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  • How Women TRAP Men in Relationships

    The Committed Parent
    Mark Brady
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    When my wife and I first began courting, she orchestrated several world-class moves that absolutely sealed my fate. Before I provide you with any of the gory, intimate details, let me offer up a little pertinent social neuroscience as relevant backstory. I know many people don’t believe it – including a number of neuroscientists – but when it comes to the brain, there’s no one at fault and no one to blame: we’re all doing the very best the current state of our brains and bodies will allow in response to whatever stressors we’re having to deal with in any…
  • Teaching Children The Meaning of Thanksgiving

    Parenting at More4kids
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker   "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day" Robert Caspar Lintner When people ask me what my favorite holiday is, I always say Thanksgiving. I don’t know that deep down Thanksgiving is really my favorite holiday, but I feel sorry for it. There it is, sandwiched between the candy, costumes, and trick-or-treat of Halloween and the gifts, glitz, and glamour of Christmas. How is a simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday like Thanksgiving supposed to compete? Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You…
  • Why I'm so thankful for NICU nurses

    BabyCenter Blog
    Anna Nordberg
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Anna Nordberg posted in Mom Stories Last week a NICU nurse wrote a piece about life in the neonatal intensive care unit. I read it right before Thanksgiving, when we were flying back east with our two year old and five month old to spend the holiday with our family. She perfectly captured the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages, as government meets with U.N. officials

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Cape Verdean government called for an emergency meeting on Friday with U.N. representatives to discuss the nation’s largest volcanic blast since 1951.
  • What the World Was Missing: A Play About the Immune System

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    (MedPage Today) -- My youth: playing baseball, watching TV, writing a play about streptococcus.
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Teaching Children The Meaning of Thanksgiving

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker   "Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day" Robert Caspar Lintner When people ask me what my favorite holiday is, I always say Thanksgiving. I don’t know that deep down Thanksgiving is really my favorite holiday, but I feel sorry for it. There it is, sandwiched between the candy, costumes, and trick-or-treat of Halloween and the gifts, glitz, and glamour of Christmas. How is a simple, mostly non-commercialized holiday like Thanksgiving supposed to compete? Sure, there have been a few attempts to make Thanksgiving more exciting. You…
  • Thanksgiving Craft Ideas for Kids

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    There are many ways to make Thansgiving fun and special and there are many Thanksgiving craft ideas for kids you can work with on with your child. If you are a parent, teacher, Sunday School teacher, or work around children in any other type of profession, you will be interested to discover that there are a large number of crafts available for all holidays – especially Thanksgiving! You can discover ideas for toddlers, school age children, and even teenagers if you find the right resources. In this helpful and informative guide, you will be introduced to many Thanksgiving craft ideas for…
  • Parenting: Words That Empower

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Words That Empower Our Children Often as parents, words slip out of our mouths before we even think about them. I am no exception and will be the first to admit it. Sometimes we may quickly tell our kids things like "you should be ashamed of yourself" or "I'm going to leave you right here if you don't stop" and don't realize how this actually affects our children in the future. The way that we communicate with our children is so important to their emotional health, their self esteem, and even their personal empowerment. The outcomes and attitudes our kids…
  • Father's Day 2014: The Benefits for the Involved Dad

    15 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Father's Day is a time to celebrate dads, and for fathers, it is a great time to reflect on the relationship you have with your children. Maybe you have a great relationship with your children or maybe you would like to be more involved in your child's life. The role of a father is an important one, and many studies show that having a father that is involved is beneficial to the entire family. Of course, not only will your children benefit from you being involved in their lives, but you'll enjoy great benefits too. This Father's Day, consider the benefits of being an…
  • Parenting and The Dad Difference

    14 Jun 2014 | 3:31 am
    by Claire Thurston Even though more and more fathers are prioritizing time with their families, many may not know how they specifically impact their children in different ways from mothers.[1] This article spotlights fathers’ contributions because those long term research results have not yet reached a mainstream audience. By highlighting father’s importance to his child, The Dad Difference does not seek to disparage mothers, especially single mothers, or to condone male or paternal violence. There will be those who fear that scientific data demonstrating father’s impact would…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • Why I'm so thankful for NICU nurses

    Anna Nordberg
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Anna Nordberg posted in Mom Stories Last week a NICU nurse wrote a piece about life in the neonatal intensive care unit. I read it right before Thanksgiving, when we were flying back east with our two year old and five month old to spend the holiday with our family. She perfectly captured the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • How much should you help on a school project?

    Laurie Gelman
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    by Laurie Gelman posted in Mom Stories Another school year means another round of school projects. You know the ones I'm talking about. Your kids come home with some kind of crazy assignment to build a replica of Radio City Music Hall using just poster board, or a pinata that looks like a penguin. Do... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Giveaway #1: Elsa and Anna My Size Dolls

    Nicole Hempeck
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    by Nicole Hempeck posted in Products & Prizes As a thank you for being the best fans in the world, BabyCenter is hosting 12 Days of Giveaways between November 28th and December 9th. Be sure to check back every day to see what goodies we have in store. Happy Holidays!   I have three daughters.... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Carrie Underwood says goodbye to veganism during pregnancy

    Sara McGinnis
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Pregnant Carrie Underwood has decided to shake her diet up a bit. The mom-to-be, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher, has opened up to Yahoo! Beauty about relaxing her vegan ways and how she'll approach teaching the daughter she may someday have about makeup.... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • New book has perfect answer to "is Santa real" question

    Whitney Barthel
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories Christmas was so special as I grew up. Learning Christmas hymns and gearing up for the same play we performed every single year at church, jamming out to Neil Diamond Christmas tapes, and the hoards of strategically placed decorations my mom would set out. It was magical. Although... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Daddy Types

  • The Blackest Friday

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    "Deal is 58% Claimed". [amazon via kottke] Friends don't let friends buy Amazon Black Friday deals. For themselves. But they might buy them for their friends' baby showers. Or for their brothers who just had a kid. Just sayin'. Three...
  • Koonsian Balloon Dog Leggings From Candy Kirby

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The Jeff Koons retrospective has closed, the Whitney Museum has packed up and moved downtown. And so the balloon dog-covered leggings from Candy Kirby are on sale, for 40% off. organic cotton leggings in balloon dog, $22.80 0-3mo to...
  • The Case For Me Time

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Come to Laura June's Parent Rap post about giving a kid time alone for The Awl for the license it gives you to not spend every waking minute attached and focused on the kid. Stay for writing, and the emotional...
  • Best Alternative Baby Mama

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    Here is a picture of Nirvana backstage at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, where RuPaul tries to deal with a fussy Frances Bean. And here is an interview after Nirvana won Best Alternative Video where Kurt Cobain doesn't...
  • No. There Is Another.

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Last month Brendan McAleer found the Paris Auto Show full of awesome station wagons we will never get in the US of SUV. You'd think 10 would be enough. But no. VW unveiled the 296-hp Golf R Wagon at...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens ~ See the "Teaser" Trailer!

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Honestly, there are a lot of movies I can easily wait to watch on DVD, but there's one movie coming up that I absolutely MUST see in theaters! I have loved the Star Wars movies ever since I saw the first one with my dad and sister when I was young, and I am SO excited to see the new one, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I just hope I can wait a whole year! Following is a teaser that gives a glimpse at what we can expect to see...In 2007, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, Parade magazine asked readers to submit their favorite memory of the first time they saw Star Wars…
  • Tiny Prints Black Friday Sitewide Sale: 30% Off Any Order + An Extra 10% Off (Through 11/30)!

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sitewide Sale: 30% Off Any Order + An Extra 10% Off!When: 11/28 through 11/30Promo Code: 1128DEALClick on the Banner Above to Order Your Personalized Holiday Cards & Gifts!Offer expires 11/30/2014 (11:59 P.M. PT). Save 30% off any order plus an extra 10% off using the code 1128DEAL at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. Offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, calendars, photo books, gift certificates, personalized postage stamps and Erin Condren weekly planners. This promotion code cannot be combined…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    A very happy Thanksgiving to all of you.Thank you for visiting my blog this year.Have a wonderful day with loved ones! 
  • The Second Holiday Giveaway of the Year from Teddy Bears Personalized! (US/CAN; 2 Winners)

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    We picked two lucky winners for our recent holiday giveaway from Teddy Bears Personalized, but we promised there would be a second one, and it has arrived! Teddy Bears Personalized is the perfect place to do your gift shopping. A personalized gift shows the person receiving it that you really care because you took the time to design a present that’s just perfect for him or her. These plush animals are great for children, sweethearts, parents, grandparents, best friends, new babies, teachers and just about everyone! Each includes a personalized card, and shipping is free within the United…
  • Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors Weigh In: How Can We Raise Children Who Are More Thankful?

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Cultivating gratitude in a child can be a long process. This month, Graham Blanchard’s Mom Mentors are sharing some creative strategies for your family to try!I loved reading the very insightful answers shared by my fellow moms. I hope you'll be inspired by them, too! You can read them HERE. And feel free to share your ideas and advice for instilling thankfulness in our children in the comments section below!
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Building a Better Student: Pace Car

    Amy LeForge
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    Over the summer I took a road trip, an experience that is as much a part of my DNA as my brown hair. A good portion of my youth was spent in the back seat of a Ford Galaxy 500 as my parents criss-crossed the country, and I’ve never outgrown my love of the road.One thing I learned to appreciate during these jaunts was the pace car. On the highway you want to make good time, but you also want to avoid the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. So you wait for another car to pass you at a good clip and you quietly fall in behind them. It’s no guarantee that you won’t get a ticket, but…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Cheering Up Edition

    Amy LeForge
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! Today we are more cheerful than we were last week. You see, we had to decide it was time to find a new home for our beloved Marlee (one of our Jack Russell Terriers). She really needs to be the only pet in the home; living here with another dog had turned into a lot of conflict. A wonderful trainer helped both dogs get back on track but advised we find the new home for one girl. Wow, was that ever a difficult week. I was a wreck myself because Mar Mar has been my dog mostly. The older boys were sad, as was Hubby. The younger ones were really sad. For all of them, this was…
  • Building a Better Student: Spell Check

    Amy LeForge
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    One of my co-workers at the radio station said something interesting to me this week. He said, “Spell check made me into a good speller.”At first I thought he was kidding, but no. He told me that he was horrible at spelling when he was younger, but through the years spell check taught him. And it stuck. Today his computer and phone rarely need to correct him.I walked away and thought about the significance of this observation. At their core people seem to scowl at technology in terms of education and all-around learning. In fact, almost daily we hear someone lament that “kids ain’t…
  • 4 Suggestions for Helping Kids Deal With Grief

    Amy LeForge
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    So, we had a very sad week here at Earnest Parenting. We decided that Marlee, one of our beloved dogs, needed to find a new home.To explain: we got Keely when she was a puppy in 2009. In 2012, we got Marlee from a local rescue organization. We believe she was 2 years old at the time. When M-dog arrived, Keely spent a LOT of time just barking at her. They never really bonded and became friends the way we’d intended but they did seem to get along well and this spring we even saw them chase one another playfully here and there.In June after 3 days of stress (people were driving in and out…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Time off for Good Behavior Edition

    Amy LeForge
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Hello, Heroes! Here we are at Monday again. I have to tell you that I did something potentially naughty this weekend. I didn’t turn on the computer. For 2 days! I got lots of other things done, including resting quietly for a time.It was wonderful. I highly recommend unplugging every now and then.Now that we’re all back together again, how about some giveaways? Take a look at the links below and click on as many as you like. Then enter the giveaways. I hope you win! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionMonday Giveaway…
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Making Raw Veggies Even Yummier

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Getting kids (of all ages) to eat raw vegetables is sometimes a challenge.  Sometimes the trick is all in the presentation!  I recently served Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in mini mason jars with veggie slices and it was a huge hit.  They were also super cute and festive.  Check them out!   Using Ranch spices can create lots of ways to make food yummy, and often times healthier than some of the alternatives.  Here are lots of great ways to use it while cooking for the holidays and everydays.  If you are intetested in any of these recipes, here are links to get you to them! An…
  • For the Love of Macarons

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    During a recent trip to New York City, my cousin introduced us to the amazingness called the Macaron at Bouchon Bakery in Rockefeller Center. (Now this is not to be confused with a Macaroon and your pronounce it like Macaroni without the i at the end.) One bite of these delicate little cakes with their crisp outside, melt in your mouth cake inside and fabulous fillings and we were all hooked! Now back home in our small town, I looked EVERYWHERE for these little gems. No one had them. Until a few weeks ago, that is. My daughter and I were visiting her favorite downtown boutique, Monkees, when…
  • MetLife Defender – Protection For The Digital World

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    So I was just doing my normal work today when a message from my son who is away at college popped up. It went something like this: “Mom, I just got off the phone with the bank and someone used my credit card number to buy stuff on a Kenyan airliner…” Say WHAT???? Luckily our bank is awesome and they are sending him a new card, refunding the money that went astray and not penalizing him at all, but that is just a little freaky scary!! With more and more reports in the media of credit card numbers and personal information being compromised, it’s really hard to know if…
  • Family Fun in Daytona Beach

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    This post brought to you by Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Raising a Healthy Family . For the past two years, the number one destination discussed in our house has been Daytona Beach, Florida. I had been there years ago and love the fact that it is surrounded by so much water, but I really hadn’t give it much thought otherwise. When my son got accepted to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, of course we had to take a visit to the campus – which happens to be in Daytona Beach. Talk about a beautiful area!
  • Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies Recipe

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    I love to make sugar cookies, they are easy and people are always so impressed by them. One of my favorite times of year to make them is in the fall when the leaves are changing. Here is how to make your own fall leaf cookies that reflect the season. First I make a batch of sugar cookie dough up. I make it the day before so it is a little easier to work with. Karen’s Sugar Cookie Recipe 1 cup of margarine 1 cup of sugar 2 eggs 4 tsp vanilla 3 cups of flour 2 tsp baking powder Beat the margarine and sugar add the eggs, vanilla and milk. Beat in the baking powder and flour. Place your…
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  • Turkey Pesto Panini

    ModernMom Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:08 pm
    This recipe was originally published by Jenny Unternahrer on In The Kitchen with Jenny. Go check her out there! The following post was sponsored by Hellmann’s Mayonnaise. Thanksgiving Turkey is delicious but no matter how moist it was when it was served it can quickly dry out in the days following. Transform your leftovers with a little help from Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.   Hellmann’s Mayonnaise is made with real, quality ingredients; like eggs, oil and vinegar and will make turkey moist and delicious. This loaded panini is one of the perfect ways to use up your leftover…
  • 5 Ways To Teach Your Kids To Be Thankful This Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    “A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” – Cicero Gratitude – or a lack thereof – is something all parents encounter during the process of raising children. At some point or other, what mother hasn’t looked on with horror as her child blurted out a variant of, “I don’t like this! It’s not what I wanted for my birthday!” or worried that her kids took the many blessings and privileges in their lives for granted? While it’s fairly easy to drill polite responses (like saying “thank you”) into youngsters,…
  • 10 Small Things Moms Are Thankful For

    ModernMom Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The holiday season is full of warmth, generosity and good spirits. It’s a time to treasure family and friends and a time when you’ll always find yourself making more – more room for guests, more food, and more happy memories. So in the midst of spending time with family and giving thanks for all our blessings, we would like to take a moment to celebrate some of the little things moms are thankful for:
  • Green Bean Casserole Recipe

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    When serving Thanksgiving dinner there are tons of ways to make classic Thanksgiving recipes. You can multi-task during the cooking process, with this alternative way to make a green bean casserole. While using the oven to cook, use the stove top to make this delicious side dish! Stove Top Style This recipe allows most of the cooking to be done on the stove top. The last 30 minutes are spent in the oven, so here’s what you do: When the entrée (turkey) is removed to be carved, place the prepared casserole in and the Thanksgiving dinner will be timed properly! Ingredients 4 (15 oz.) cans…
  • 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    ModernMom Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    MiP by WowWee With its unique dual wheel balancing, MIP is a fully interactive robot able to navigate its surroundings while controlled by hand movements using GestureSense™ technology, or through a Bluetooth link to any smart device using the free app. Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red Blaster Who says you can't look fabulous while you launch a powerful motorized attack? Arm yourself with the fast-firing power of the Rapid Red blaster! This motorized blaster can hurl the 12 darts at targets up to 75 feet away. Rollors Inspired by the challenge of horseshoes and the sleek bowling nature of bocce ball,…
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  • Black Friday Special: A Year of Unlimited Premium Themes

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our Black Friday special is a great way to get your blog ready for the new year. This weekend, every purchase of Premium will include a free year of unlimited access to all our premium themes — a $120 USD value — so you can use any theme at no extra cost. The special sale starts just after midnight on Friday, November 28th, and ends just before midnight, on Monday, December 1st, for all time zones. That’s right: this year, our offer will go live on Black Friday and remain in effect through Cyber Monday, and will be available on these dates across the globe,…
  • Explore Longform with Writing 201

    Michelle W.
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We often think of blog posts as being just a few paragraphs long, or being a “less serious” kind of writing. Not so! In this challenge, we’ll focus on writing longform pieces that are equally at home on your blog or in a magazine. Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts in longer pieces of writing or simply want to challenge yourself as a blogger, Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post can help. What is Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post? Writing 201: Beyond the Blog Post is a four-week course to help those beginning to explore longform writing (or who are frustrated…
  • Just Released: New Blogging U. Ebooks

    Ben Huberman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our recent Writing 101 and Writing 201 Blogging U. courses were a huge success — so we thought you should be able to enjoy them even if your schedule didn’t allow you to take them in real time. We’re happy to announce that both courses are now offered as free ebooks, available for download in .pdf, .mobi (Kindle), and .epub (iBooks) formats. While conceived with nonfiction writers in mind, fiction writers (we know you’re out there, NaNoWriMo participants!) could find both courses just as useful. Which ebook should you choose? Writing 101: Build a Blogging Habit…
  • Emoji Everywhere 🎃

    Marcus Kazmierczak
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Emoji? What are they? “Emoji” is a Japanese term meaning “picture character.” It’s a standard for showing smileys and other little symbols inside text. But unlike traditional smileys that are made up of a sequence of letters like , every emoji has its own letter. Emoji blossomed on smartphones, where quickly picking out an emoji is often faster than typing out a long sentence. Today we’re rolling out hundreds and hundreds of emoji across — 872 to be exact. Do they look familiar? That’s because Twitter has graciously decided to open-source their entire set,…
  • New Themes: Editor and Sequential

    David A. Kennedy
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today, we have two new free themes ready for you! Editor Meet Editor, a new addition to our theme collection designed by Mike McAlister at Array. Geared toward personal bloggers and photo bloggers, Editor features big typography and images and a tab-based sidebar with a spot for featured posts, a site logo, and a social links menu. Editor makes it easy to put a personal stamp on your site or blog. Learn more about the free Editor theme at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sequential Crafted by Thomas Guillot, Sequential is a contemporary, clean, and…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Gift Guide: Silver Vines Cuff {Giveaway} #GiftCatalog

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
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  • The Importance of Our Parents Staying Healthy #AgingWell

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:28 pm
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  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W47} #happinessis

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
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  • Handprint Calendar (Plus 15 Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas Kids Can Make)

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
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  • Sofia the First Preschool Playdate #DisneyKids

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
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    The Committed Parent

  • Why You’re Not a Slug or a Slacker for Sleeping In

    Mark Brady
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Rather than me putting together a thousand words or so, giving you my filtered explanation, I thought this week I would simply invite you to listen to Dr. Jeff Iliff’s TEDMED talk. He does a great job clearly and dramatically explaining how the brain’s R & S Department (Recycling and Sanitation) works night after night after night to keep your neural roadways pristine and debris-free: One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep. A reassuringly enjoyable talk. P.S. You can still sign up for the novel series “Managing Weight with the Brain in Mind,” and attend…
  • How to Keep a Rape From Covertly Damaging the Body and Brain … for Years and Years

    Mark Brady
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    In my early 20s I hung around with a group of fun-loving kids trying to figure out what to do with our lives. Some of us were in college, some of us worked and some of us simply hung out in the basement of David’s house drinking beer, playing video games and smoking pot. Lazy days in LA. Vanessa was a popular member of our informal circle and she and I had a strong platonic connection. One day I showed up at David’s basement and Vanessa was there alone … in tears, with her face bruised, almost hysterical. When I was finally able to calm her down enough so that she could get…
  • 3 Small Changes that Can Ignite Your Brain’s Neural Network Potential

    Mark Brady
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:26 am
    Greetings, friends. In the interest of providing your brain’s novelty needs with some different stimulation, today we’re going to change things up a bit. I’m experimenting with different ways for the blog to be easily accessed and interestingly delivered. Click the image on the right, or this link to watch an 8-slide Vimeo graphic presentation with voiceover (The Password is: markbrady). I’d love to get any feedback – good, bad or indifferent – that you’d care to offer in the “Comments” section at the bottom of the blog page (skip the fact…
  • How Women TRAP Men in Relationships

    Mark Brady
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    When my wife and I first began courting, she orchestrated several world-class moves that absolutely sealed my fate. Before I provide you with any of the gory, intimate details, let me offer up a little pertinent social neuroscience as relevant backstory. I know many people don’t believe it – including a number of neuroscientists – but when it comes to the brain, there’s no one at fault and no one to blame: we’re all doing the very best the current state of our brains and bodies will allow in response to whatever stressors we’re having to deal with in any…
  • It’s Not Me – It’s My Big Fat Brain: How Faulty Brain Wiring Gained Me 60 Unwanted Pounds

    Mark Brady
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Note: Please Check Out the Short Offer at the Bottom! When I was about 9 or 10 years old growing up outside New Haven, Connecticut, the highlight of most days was when Charlie’s Traveling Candy Store would come rolling through the low-income housing projects. Each afternoon I would eagerly await Charlie’s white step van and use my paper route money to buy Jujyfruits, Necco Wafers, Milky Ways, Wise Potato Chips and glass bottles of Coca-Cola and Bubble-Up sweetened with real sugar instead of High Fructose Corn Syrup. I would then take this treasure trove back to my bedroom and…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • When You Ask Others to Pray

    Dawn Camp
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:23 pm
    She looks me in the eye and says, “Do you have a group of people praying for you?” We met this morning, my new friend and I, but already she asks hard questions. The truth is that no, I don’t have a group of people praying for me while I work on my second book. {I’m editor, writer, photographer, and secretary for a series of three books to be published by Revell in February 2015, 2016, and 2017, on the themes of faith, friendship, and marriage. Read more about it here.} She tells me about a writing project when she asked people to pray for her. Later, she assumed she…
  • Everlasting Light (and a DaySpring giveaway)

    Dawn Camp
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    [Contest is closed: the winner is Terry C.]   The end of Daylight Savings Time combined with the ever-shortening days of fall throw my internal clock for a loop. I circle the house in the morning opening blinds to let in the sun’s rays, but close them again come early evening. At this time of year my husband only sees daylight at home on weekends. These mini days mess with my mood and my mind and often my patience shrinks like the daytime. I miss the light: it makes me happy. It gives me life. But God’s grace shines brightly in a dark world. As His blood-bought sons and…
  • Win Tickets to See Straight No Chaser in Atlanta!

    Dawn Camp
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    [Contest has ended: Charlotte is the winner!}   Straight No Chaser and I connected at the perfect time. Perfect for me, that is. I met the group in 2009 and have seen them every time they’ve performed in Atlanta, from Center Stage (twice) to the Cobb Energy Center to the Atlanta Civic Center to Chastain Amphitheater and now—to the Fabulous Fox! Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win tickets for two to see Straight No Chaser at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Friday, November 14! Straight No Chaser, a men’s a cappella group founded in 1996 at…
  • Decorate Your November Desktop!

    Dawn Camp
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    My husband and I visited a winery and vineyard on our anniversary and thankfully we found a few clumps of grapes still on the vine. Although it wasn’t the best time of day, photographically speaking, I was able to crouch down and get some backlit images. I’m still doing that only-a-tiny-sliver-of-this-image-is-in-focus thing with my macro lens, but I love the detail in the grapes. And did you see how I emphasized the backlight and then used a verse with light in it? Yeah, I can be clever that way. Download November’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large So 31 Days of Daily…
  • Practice Makes Perfect is More Than a Catchy Phrase

    Dawn Camp
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    We all have gifts. Some naturally sing, write, run, cook, or throw better than others. But no matter the amount of talent, there’s a level of performance you won’t exceed without practice. Today’s daily grace uses an alternate definition of the word: Grace noun : simple elegance or refinement of movement As the 2014 baseball season ends, here’s to three classic plays that embody this kind of grace. [Email subscribers click over to watch videos.] When I saw this first one, I told my husband, “That play started on a little league field when he was five years old.
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Photo of the day: Hey in there, can I come in?

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    More photos from this past weekend. They had a lot more snow on the ground in London when we arrived than there was in Ottawa when we left – and I had decided not to pack boots, mitts or ski pants! This is my brother’s adorable dog Fin. Want to play “caption that photo”? This one calls for funny captions. Related posts (automatically generated):Wordless Wednesday: Snow(man) Day! This week in pictures: Road Trip! Photo of the day: Writer’s Block
  • Conquering the out-of-control plastic food container cupboard

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    One of my leitmotifs for this year has been learning how to cook. I continue to be surprised at my capacity to cook healthy and tasty food for my family – real food from scratch ingredients, instead of assembled meals from prepared foods. This has had all sorts of benefits. There’s the ones I expected, like the fact that I know what’s in the food and I can control the ingredients and I can cut out huge amounts of additives and preservatives. And the fact that food is actually tastier, and the kids are more willing to eat it without argument. That much I could see coming. But…
  • Photo of the day: Saturday morning at the arena

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    While I don’t often regret our decision to opt out of hockey, there is something fundamentally Canadian about hanging out in a damp, chill arena on a Saturday morning with a hot cup of coffee watching a practice or a game. Thanks to my awesome niece, I get to experience it just often enough to enjoy it and remember that it’s only fun for about the first 40 minutes or so. It was a lot of fun cheering her on, though. Isn’t she awesome? I love that the only girl grandchild turned out to be the hockey player in the family. Related posts (automatically generated):Long overdue…
  • Photo of the day: Team Donder

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    I love it when a plan comes together. This was a half-baked idea that came to fruition thanks to Photoshop, family pride, and a friend who does small-run custom screen printing. Oh yes I did make matching Christmas sweaters for all the cousins. And my brother. I love how they came out, and the hoodies are wonderfully soft and warm! Team Donder for the win! Related posts (automatically generated):In defence of Donder – redux Five things that are making me happy this Christmas The case of the mis-sized sweater
  • Win tickets to the YOMA Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction Fundraiser with Mayor Jim Watson

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    In the past year, the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) has been offering regular activities for local youth, primarily through Friday night drop-ins. YOMA’s activities provide a safe, inclusive and socially accepting environment that helps support local and area youth in building positive relationships, experiencing new opportunities and connecting them to their community. They focus particularly on kids aged 12 to 17, an awkward age where they’d like to get out of the house and socialize, but don’t always have the means to get to Barrhaven for a movie or hang out the…
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    News Moms Need

  • We’re thankful for you

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Here at News Moms Need, we’re grateful for so many things this year–especially all of you. Thanks so much to all of you who helped us make this year’s Prematurity Awareness Month such a success. Many of you shared your stories with us and others so that everyone could have a better understanding of how premature birth affects us all. We’re very grateful for your energy and support. To all of you and your families, our thanks and best wishes. And make sure to check out our Facebook page to see images of how World Prematurity Day was celebrated around the globe.
  • Taking Thanksgiving in stride

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season is here. For children with special needs, the unstructured vacation time, introduction of new foods, travel and social situations can bring on a new level of stress. Kids with special needs tend to have extra difficulty adjusting to unexpected changes in routine and their coping ability gets challenged to the max. What can you do to help your child? Prior posts on News Moms Need talk about what you can do to help smooth transitions for your child, especially during holidays. Here are a few posts to help you: Bracing for the holidays Holidays …
  • Holidays are a time for family

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    And learning about family health history! I recently visited some relatives that I had not seen in years. After we caught up, they mentioned to me that colon cancer runs in that side of the family. This was news to me, as I did not know much about our family’s health history. At my next doctor’s appointment I told my doctor what I had learned from my relatives, and we made a plan on how to manage my health care going forward. At Thanksgiving, you may be getting together with your family over a delicious turkey dinner. This is a great time to bring up your family’s health history. You…
  • The NICU–what you need to know

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Having a baby admitted to the NICU can be frightening and confusing. There is a lot of information to learn and understand very quickly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. But understanding what is going on and knowing what to expect can help lessen anxiety and make you feel more confident about being a parent in the NICU. We have many resources available online that can help you. As you probably learned very quickly, the NICU is a busy place. The babies need 24-hour care from a number of different medical professional. Here’s a list of NICU staff and what they do. Some…
  • Nearly 5 million Graco strollers recalled

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    Parents – here’s another big recall you want to pay attention to. Graco® is recalling nearly 5 million of its strollers because of a problem with the side hinges used to fold the strollers. The hinges may cause harm to children’s hands and fingers, in some cases even cutting fingers off. The recall includes 11 Graco stroller models made between August 2000 and September 2014 and sold in retail stores nationwide as well as Canada and Mexico. The models include: • Aspen • Breeze • Capri • Cirrus • Glider • Kite • Literider • Sierra • Solara • Sterling •…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Toys and Games For Tweens and Teens For Holiday Gifts

    Jennifer Wagner
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    While you are probably looking to buy toys and games for your tweens,  you might think that your teens are too old for them. You’d be surprised. Many toys and games, especially those that are tech related, have opened themselves up to a much larger and older audience. Check out these Toys and Games for your […] The post Toys and Games For Tweens and Teens For Holiday Gifts appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Toys and Games for Teens and Tweens Holiday Gifts Fun Educational Gifts for Teens and Tweens 15 New Video Games for…
  • Technology Gifts Teens Will Love

    Jennifer Wagner
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There are a variety of items that teens love to receive as gifts. For many, or even most teens, tech gadgets are at the top of the list. Here are some fairy inexpensive technology products that I found during 2014 that your teens will love. 1. Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player For less than $35, the […] The post Technology Gifts Teens Will Love appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Tech Gadget Gifts for Teens – Holiday 2013 Tech Gadget Gifts for Teens and Tweens 2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers for Teens and College…
  • Osmo Interactive Games For iPad Giveaway

    Jennifer Wagner
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Osmo is a game system that allows you to play on your iPad with real objects. This opens up a variety of games that can be played in new ways. And while Osmo was originally created for kids ages 6 and up, for its many learning benefits, it was discovered that teens and adults enjoyed […] The post Osmo Interactive Games For iPad Giveaway appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Use Two Hands to Hold Your iPad, Tablet or eReader – Giveaway Verizon FIOS Apps and iPad Giveaway 3 Teen and Tween Logic Solitaire Games
  • Gift Books For Teens and Tweens

    Jennifer Wagner
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Here are some interesting books that would make great gifts for teens and tweens this holiday season. There are even some books for their younger siblings thrown in also. 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition More than a book, this is a journal that will keep your tweens busy writing creatively for a […] The post Gift Books For Teens and Tweens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Gift Books for Tweens that Create Book Lovers Complete Holiday Gift Guide for Teens and Tweens 8 Books for Teens for Holiday Gifts 2013
  • Felicity Jones Speaks About The Theory Of Everything

    Jennifer Wagner
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I loved the new movie, The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking. The movie focused much more on their relationship than anything else, which is why I think that I can recommend The Theory of Everything to almost everyone. I am so glad that I […] The post Felicity Jones Speaks About The Theory Of Everything appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Frost/Nixon movie screening, Ron Howard speaks Mayim Bialik: Big Bang Theory Actress Does It All Jane Lynch Discusses…
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  • A 10th Birthday Wish: He Outshines Autism

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Today is my son’s 10th birthday and what a milestone it is! From the moment he arrived, our journey as individuals, as parents and as a family changed in an unexpected, yet extraordinary way. He was a happy beautiful baby, but seven years ago he was diagnosed with autism and it was devastating. However; an amazing thing happened over the years. While we loved, guided and protected Steele, he became our teacher. When we were scared and restless, he was brave and determined. When we questioned his limits, he exuded confidence. Today he no longer lives in the shadow of autism. He outshines…
  • National Cat Day: Finally, a Special Day I Understand

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I’m so excited it’s National Cat Day today, because I love cats. I had a dog growing up, so I love dogs too. But I’ll take an independent, fickle and moody cat over a hyper dog any day. I’ve created a little video In honor of my three cats, Rocky, Smoke & Tiger. Rocky & Tiger are about 14-years-old, so that’s why they just walk as their main form of motion. Smoke is a stray we’ve been feeding for almost six years! He’s too wacky to bring indoors (we’ve tried!), but he does have a Cat Igloo outside for the chilly nights that we rarely get…
  • Farewell Jeter: Thank You from a New Baseball Mom

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I’m not a treasure trove of baseball trivia, but I’m a big fan of the game. I watched the entire 2004 series featuring an epic and excruciating battle between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. I was hugely pregnant with my first child (due in November 2004), so vegging out on the sofa watching other people’s awesomeness was all I could muster. I especially loved the Yankees that year (Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, A-Rod — yes, A-Rod) and, in stark contrast, I detested the Red Sox. Maybe it was because Big Papi couldn’t stop crushing…
  • Win Craft Brew for Your Crew at Oasis Texas Brewing Company

    14 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Summertime in Austin typically brings new delights in the way of cool new hangouts. This summer we welcomed an awesome new taproom to the Lake Travis area, Oasis Texas Brewing Company. Not only is this brewery serving up delicious ales and lager, but it happens to be situated on one of the most beautiful hillsides in the city, so the views of Lake Travis are amaze-balls! Oasis Texas Brewing Company celebrated its official grand opening last week and it also celebrated a co-grand opening a few months ago for its spectacular (shared) venue space, The Mansfield. I was an event planner for years…
  • “I Don’t Mean This in a Mean Way, BUT…”

    28 May 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Kids say the darnedest things. We all know this is true. But what they say can be quite brilliant if you really listen. For instance, when we were little girls my younger sister would call breakable objects “glassable.” She mixed “glass” and “breakable” and voila! Glassable. My youngest son used to say, “buckle me out” instead of “unbuckle me” when he wanted help getting out of his 5-point harness car seat (and who can blame him for that?!) Thanks to an intense year of being taught the importance of good manners and his genuine…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Wild Behavior When Parents Are Not Around

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    A mom described how well her 5-year-old nephew, Jake, behaved when his parents were around. However, the minute they left, Jake took the opportunity to behave wildly. He seemed to have a lot of pent up behavior bursting to be released.Most kids save their worst behavior for around their parents because their parents are safe. Their parents will love them and not abandon them regardless if they misbehave. Parents are often dismayed to learn that their child is an angel at school and feel like something must be wrong since their behavior is much worse at home. However, it's normal for kids to…
  • New Release! How To Parent In Ways That Are Truly Helpful, Not Hurtful

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    This book packs powerful parenting ideas into one or two page topics. You can pick the book up and in a few minutes have a new insight which will help you parent your kids. This fourth version of the book includes a new chapter called "Leading Your Family with Your Best Parenting". Below are some of the ideas you'll find in this book. You can also look inside the book on Amazon.Chapter 1: Guiding and Encouraging Children Creating a positive tone in your home Identifying conversation roadblocks Guiding children to solving their own problems Chapter 2: Parenting Behaviors to Avoid Replacing…
  • Free Window Cord Safety Kit

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    If you have young children in your home, it's wise to check if your window cords could present a problem. Tragically over 200 infants and young children have died since 1990 from strangling with window cords according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can prevent a strangling tragedy by retrofitting your blind cords to make them safe. Free retrofit kits are available from the Window Covering Safety Council. There are instructions with each kit plus videos demonstrating how to do the installation.
  • Providing Positive Parenting Support in Your School

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    A mom of a first grader spoke to me today about how she can provide positive parenting support to other parents at her daughter's school.  She's learned a number of positive ways to respond to her daughter's behavior through the Priceless Parenting online classes.   She loves the fact that she can continue to get support in her parenting through ideas in the monthly newsletter and on the web site.After observing various parent/kid interactions, she is passionate about sharing what she's learned with others who might appreciate it.  She called me for ideas about how to…
  • The Effects of Media Violence on Children

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    If Not You, Then Who? Guest Blog by Gloria DeGaetano, educator, author, and founder, The Parent Coaching Institute Many parents, unfortunately, seem to think that their children can handle M-rated video games. Nothing can be further from reality. Yet, so many moms and dads are looking the other way, while children as young as six years old, look at inappropriate content such as murder, torture, and prostitution for up to six hours a day. In a new survey, 50% of parents weren’t keeping tabs on the video games their kids played. This is such a tragic situation. Have you seen the psychopathic…
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • Closet Purge to Fashionable Working Wardrobe Upgrade

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    The thought of spending an entire day cleaning out the closet and getting rid of more stuff in a massive closet purging session seemed overwhelming and somewhat depressing. I had the urge to purge nearly 90% of the clothes, shoes and fashionable accessories in my closet that I had accumulated over the last several (many) years. Having scheduled a few career-changing interviews in my ongoing effort of leaving dentistry completely and beginning a brand new career path, standing in my closet and looking for interview-worthy business casual wardrobe attire that would work, fit well and look…
  • My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    As a grandparent with several grandchildren, and surely more to come in years ahead, I was instantly drawn to the Willow Tree figurine collection, Susan Lordi’s line of carved, figurative sculptures. I was introduced to Willow Tree figurines a few years ago when I received the “Together” Willow Tree figurine from my husband as a Christmas gift. I was hooked on Willow Tree ever since, and have regularly searched for any and all newly added items to the Willow Tree family of products. I’m especially drawn to the Willow Tree Grandparents figurine collection, and have…
  • Preparing for the Holidays

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The Holidays are Coming! The Holidays are Coming! The holiday season is upon us, with Halloween due in a couple of weeks, followed by Thanksgiving shortly thereafter, and then Christmas and New Years. Where has the year gone?! The stores are stocking up on all of the holiday goods, and we’re in full holiday mode in our home, making necessary preparations for family gatherings and fun times for all. I think my favorite holiday of all is Thanksgiving. Family and friends gathering together to enjoy each others company and joyful conversation, making memories, and enjoying good tasting…
  • Occupational Mercury Poisoning in Dentistry

    9 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    I. Dental personnel and mercury exposure Dental offices are known to be one of the largest users of inorganic mercury. It is well documented that dentists and dental personnel who work with amalgam are chronically exposed to mercury vapour, which accumulates in their bodies to much higher levels than for most non-occupationally exposed. Adverse health effects of this exposure including neurological effects have also been well documented that affect most dentists and dental assistants, with measurable effects among those in the lowest levels of exposure. Mercury levels of dental personnel…
  • It’s Not Selfish to Take Care of Yourself

    28 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of ourselves must be a priority, otherwise how can we care for others when we ourselves are virtually running on empty? This fact became all too clear to me a few months ago, and I had to take whatever time I needed to take care of me, leading me to an unplanned and unexpected writing hiatus. Everyone and everything else had to take a backseat in some ways, until I felt the time was right and I was able to clear my mind and heart and press on. I did it to myself though. I tend to refer to it as Information Overload. You see, for the last several years,…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • The Best Sweet Treat on Thanksgiving

    Darryle Pollack
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    For yourself and those you love, nothing is sweeter than giving thanks. And here’s a close second: the best pumpkin bread ever, a yearly tradition for our family and my blog. Ironically, I don’t like the flavor of pumpkin. No pumpkin spice lattes; I don’t even eat pumpkin pie. But I can’t get enough of this pumpkin bread and everyone who tries it gets addicted, too. When you make it, you won’t only GIVE thanks, you’ll GET thanks. THE BEST EVER PUMPKIN BREAD Blend in one large bowl: 3 eggs beaten 2 cups canned pumpkin 1 ½ c. white sugar 1 ½ c. brown sugar…
  • Life Interrupted

    Darryle Pollack
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    She never signed  up for this….. Barbie Ritzco did sign up to be a Marine, to be on the front lines fighting America’s battles. She did not sign up to be on the front lines fighting breast cancer. Soon after her deployment to Afghanistan in 2011, as she stood in the shower she could feel a lump in her breast growing bigger every day.  Her code of honor and loyalty ran so deep, she agonized that having cancer  could require her to prioritize her own health over her responsibility to her fellow Marines.  When that happened, she later said, leaving her unit was harder to accept than the…
  • My Husband Drove his Car Over My Foot….and here are 10 GOOD things about it

    Darryle Pollack
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    1.  It makes great blog fodder. 2.   It was an accident.  I thought I should probably mention that.  In today’s world, you never know. 3. There were witnesses. We were with another couple (who both escaped injury.) 4. It’s not life threatening; I don’t need surgery but potentially could score a handicap parking pass. 5. Need I mention my husband is now waiting on me hand and foot. Possibly for life. 6.  Wearing a canvas boot for weeks is a great excuse to buy new shoes. 7. In the ER I got to try out my brand new Medicare card.  Wait, is that really a good thing? 8. No…
  • Life@50+ Top 10 List

    Darryle Pollack
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 am
    Welcome to AARP.  By welcome I don’t mean getting the card.   I’ve had mine for a while.   (okay, a LONG while.)  By welcome I mean attending my first AARP event,  Life@50+. They had me at hello.    Actually they had me even before Hello, as soon as I walked in the door of the San Diego Convention Center. #1:  My intimate friend Mrs. Fields greeted me right off the bat in the lobby.   Immediately I knew this would be a good time.. Blogger friends: Suzanne Simone Stavert (left) and Lois Alter Mark (right) #2.  Inside, more friends, old and new.  Which set the tone with a…
  • Heroes Among Us

    Darryle Pollack
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    In a world where Kardashians are the gold standard of celebrity; where Oscar Pistorius, one of the world’s most admired athletes, is tried on murder charges; our world seems sorely in need of heroes. Yet often heroes seem to be in short supply. Who is a hero?  The official definition:  a person, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.Many qualify who deserve but rarely get our attention. Even though many of us are exposed to heroism on a daily basis….by people who demonstrate character and courage and nobility.Sometimes we wonder how we’d…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Make A Personalized Thanksgiving Keepsake: DIY Salt Dough Place Cards

    Carla Wiking
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    I can’t believe Turkey Day is right around the corner!  There are so many things to love about Thanksgiving: the food, the gratitude, the family time, the pie.  Yes, I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday because it is unabashedly centered around food.  I’m always on the hunt for new recipes and Imperial Sugar has an amazing Thanksgiving page full of great ones.  Not just recipes for pies (my favorite part of the feast) but appetizers, breakfast for company, and everything in between. And if that wasn’t cool enough, they’ve totally got the kids…
  • Why I travel with a NOOK by Samsung (& how you can WIN one!)

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    This contest is over. The winner was Eva B. and she has been contacted, thank you for all who entered. I’ve been on the road more than I have been home the last two months, and one thing I am finally getting thing hang of is learning how to pack everything I need for my trips in only carry-ons. Gone are the days when I needed great big suitcases to get me where I was going. I’m even learning how to travel without a laptop or a big camera, but for today I want to share this travel essential with you! I received a NOOK by Samsung to try out and share with you here. It couldn’t…
  • The Easiest (WyldStyle) Wildstyle Lego Movie Costume Ever!

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    This costume really couldn’t get any easier! All you need to make your own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume is a pen and some paper, a black sweat suit, some bright pink and blue duck tape, scissors, and some hair chalk. To Make Your Own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume Start, by sketching out the graffiti pattern onto a sheet of paper so you have a solid visual reference to refer to as you go. Now, cut corresponding strips of blue and pink duck tape and attach them to the black sweatshirt as closely to the pattern on the lego character as you can. The result looks…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • K’nex 70 Model Building Set

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - My kids love building sets. Bill and I love products that make our kids use their imagination. The K’nex 70 Model Building Set is perfect for our house! There are 702 pieces to build a hot air balloon, boats, trucks, a sand castle and more with this set. This works with other Knex sets and includes 70 model building ideas! I personally love that this comes in a storage treasure chest. I love toys that self container themselves. My kids had hours of fun with this! I also love that it is made in the USA. This is for 7 and up. However, it is easier for…
  • Big Hero 6 11″ Deluxe Flying Baymax

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Will cannot wait for us to take him to the theater to go see Big Hero 6. He has watched all the previews and dies laughing each time. That is why I knew he’d love the  Big Hero 6 11″ Deluxe Flying Baymax! Baymax is who he is dying to see so playing with him is the next best thing!  Large and in-charge, this massive Baymax is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features to save the day, just like in Disney’s movie, Big Hero 6. Baymax is huge at 11 Inch tall with a wingspan that extends to 18 Inch.
  • What Is Your Wish This Year?

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With Black Friday, right around the corner, it is time to get into the holiday spirit. This is the time of year that we are often asked what we wish for ourselves. I know most of us have a list of things we want: new car, new clothes, new electronics, new computers, etc. I’d love Blackhawks tickets myself. Madison has been eyeing up spywear: This holiday season, Capital One is instead asking people to share their Wish For Others. They want you to…
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  • Money and Power Dynamics in Your Relationship

    Anthony Evans
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    “So, what does really matter?” You’re wealthy and your partner is not. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the kind of relationship you have will be dependent on money, but unfortunately, many people can misconstrue that as being the case. It’s hard not to compare your different social standings in this kind of situation, especially if the difference is markedly noticeable. It might end up being the difference between a free bondage dating site and one that you end up paying a metric ton of money in order to join. The important thing to consider here is the rating…
  • Organize Your Photos In 4 Easy Steps

    Anthony Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    DSLRs and digital cameras have really made the capture of pictures easier. Because of the ease in capturing photographs, more and more people are taking pictures and a new problem now has to be resolved. People have now problems in organizing the pictures that they captured especially the digital format. The need to organize photographs especially in digital format has never been this great in the past years. Here are steps that you can do so you can organize your photographs. Always set the current time and date of your camera It is one of the easiest ways to organize your photographs but…
  • 5 Date Night Ideas For New Parents

    Anthony Evans
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    When you’re a new parent, you may feel like you have to learn how to do everything over again. When you have a newborn, you world gets turned upside down and you have to learn how to multi-task. For some people, this adjustment is fine, but for others, this is a frustrating and challenging task to grasp the concept of. Although you are new parents, you can still have dates and enjoy spending quality time with your significant other. Having a Simple Movie Night When you think of a movie night, you think of a big screen, surround sound, popcorn, drinks, and candy. Contrary to popular belief,…
  • Beauty Hack: Tips For Younger-Looking Skin

    Anthony Evans
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Search for a photo of Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise now and compare it 10 to 15 years back. Notice how incredibly ageless they are? If they can achieve it, so do you. This digital age appears to have kept us occupied and flitting from one activity to another. There is really no need to spend thousands of bucks to be forever young! Here are five tips on how to effortlessly attain a younger-looking skin and achieve beauty from within. Sleep is the fountain of youth You may say that you still function well even with less than 8 hours of sleep but it is taking a toll on your skin. When we…
  • Save A Lot Of Money On Your Next Family Vacation

    Anthony Evans
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    When was the last time you and your family went on a vacation and not think of the huge costs it will entail? Having a vacation with your family is becoming more and more expensive these days, it makes it very hard for the family to enjoy and seize the moment while on vacation. Fortunately, there are still ways to save a lot of money while going on vacation. There are tons of discounts and promos on venues and hotels out there, it would be hard not to participate. Also, you can do some planning yourself ahead of time in order to save on cash. Here are a few of the tips on how to save money on…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Holiday Gifting – Save on Rayovac Batteries

    Piera Jolly
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    I swear that that they day you become a parent, someone should give you a lifetime supply of batteries because oh my goodness…you will go through a ton of batteries. Literally. Now that the holidays are approaching and you are checking people off your gift list, make sure to remember the batteries too. I always include a pack of whatever size Rayovac Alkaline batteries are needed for the gift that I’m giving. It’s a nice and thoughtful thing to provide especially when the gift is for a child. The child will be so excited about the gift and will want to immediately start…
  • Easy No Bake Christmas Cookies: ‘NILLA Holiday Cookie Bites Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is make cookies! Unfortunately, I (along with every other mom) am also so busy around this time of the year. That’s why I love when I discover an simple treats to serve at holiday parties, take to Lucas’ school events, or give out as yummy gifts to neighbors and teachers. Today I wanted to share with you the recipe for ‘NILLA Holiday Cookie Bites. Aren’t they pretty?! I say recipe loosely because there is ZERO baking. These gorgeous treats are made by stacking Nabisco NILLA Wafers, filling with jam, and coating…
  • Semi-Homemade Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Desserts Ideas #HolidayExperts

    Piera Jolly
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    As you know, we have been hosting Thanksgiving at our house for several years now. We have a huge family! We typically have 20-30 family members join us for Thanksgiving dinner. That’s a lot of cooking! In the beginning, I used to insist on making everything from scratch. Now many years and turkeys later, I am singing a different tune lol. I now fully embrace outside help in many forms such as buying a few pre-made items that I either serve as-is (think dips for appetizers or easy cheese course) or I doctor to make my own or to incorporate into a more complex dish. A great place to…
  • Create Meaningful Moments with Your Kids: Build an Adventure

    Piera Jolly
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Lucas turned 7 years old this year. I can hardly believe it. What I’ve realized over the years as a parent is that time is but an instant. It is fleeting and there is never enough of it. As a mom, I only have a few years to make an impact on Lucas and Amelia. Those few years will shape who they become as adults. Plus, those years…are special. They are ours. That’s why it’s important that we make our time together meaningful. DID YOU KNOW? Youth today are spending less time outside and more time with technology and parents are increasingly concerned that this screen…
  • Radio Control Heli Beast Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Lucas loves all things RC and was super excited when we received the Heli Beast from Silverlit to test out. It’s basically a remote control helicopter that walks and really flies. The boys (Lucas and Mike) had a lot of fun testing it out as you can see from the video below! The one area that they had trouble with was the landing. As you can see in the video that part did not go as smoothly. This could be an issue with the Heli Beast or it could be a user issue LOL. We haven’t quite figured that out yet, but they are having lots of fun practicing! Plus, even though it’s gone…
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Thinking of you…

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
      I’m so thankful for…YOU! Happy Thanksgiving.
  • Merry Halloween!

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m all messed up. I missed Halloween while I promoted my book. By gosh, I won’t miss Christmas…so I’m starting early. Unfortunately, the store had only LEFT boots on sale, but I managed to make the left boot look sexy AND creepy at the same time. I decided to get this, instead… No, this isn’t a “selfie.” It’s an “elfie.” And, of course, we need this… Oh, just one more thing… Let’s not tell my husband about these purchases, okay? He loves surprises. This post brought to you by Delusional Wives. We shouldn’t…
  • College is better without homework

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    How do you celebrate a wedding anniversary without spending a ton of money? My husband and I decided to go back to college, tuition free! We travelled north along the Susquehanna River and spotted Lady Liberty: A local lawyer and an artist built a replica of Lady Liberty to celebrate the statue’s centennial in the 1980s. It’s really cool to see the replica. My husband and I  were inspired to replicate our first meeting: Looks romantic, right? We met on this street near my old dorm and his fraternity. Back then, I had a ton of homework, so I said hello and went to the library.
  • My husband’s secret life

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I realized my husband was living a secret life in Kmart. Because  devastating secrets are found in the costume aisle. You see, I thought my husband was a geeky scientist, but he’s also… …a Halloween wig model! Ohmygosh, this explains all the extra cash in his wallet. Apparently, sticking a comb in my husband’s wig makes him REALLY happy. And look! This is how my husband looked when I met him in college: What a hunk, right? This next picture boosted my estrogen levels: Honey, please wear that wig tonight and all is forgiven. Love, Your groupie This post is brought to you…
  • Fire + hot guys = new book

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few years ago, I visited the Simon Pearce glassblowing factory. I was awestruck by the whole operation. In order to make glass pliable, it has to be heated in 2,400 degree fires. Glassblowers have a short period of time to shape the glass before it hardens. Often, glassblowers work in pairs. The loud furnace makes talking virtually impossible, so glassblowers use nonverbal cues to communicate with one another. Hot glass can cut through skin and bone… yet glassblowers create works of art out of molten silica. Here I am at Manchester Hot Glass in Vermont, with Andrew. He helped me make a…
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    Harassed Mom

  • How to tame a toddler tantrum in 3 easy steps.

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This year end has not been easy on us all. I am not really sure why but we are all feeling it. Jack, specifically has been a challenge. There have been tantrums, huge, elaborate, throw himself on the floor, kind of tantrums. It’s mainly about clothes – socks, shorts, jeans, shirts – getting dressed is a fight. If the socks can’t get on right or the jeans have a spot on or the shirt isn’t long sleeve or if Barack Obama wears a black tie then its a huge deal. HUGE. Tears, screaming, whining, shouting, crying. He is an angel at school, obviously. I think the only…
  • {Giveaway} Cafe Culture Hampers

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Holidays are just around the corner, not close enough if you ask me but they are almost here. Holidays, especially these ones, are all about over indulgence. We all do try to say no to the second helping, close the bag of chocolates, ignore the peppermint tart in fridge but generally we do eat a little much and have a little too much wine. Cafe Culture contacted me with a few delicious recipes and the offer of a giveaway! Who can say no to wine, right? Café Culture is a non-traditional crafted Pinotage with a soft, mocha, dark chocolate and toffee undertone complimented by an aroma of fresh…
  • Being Safe Online – thinking long term!

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    I joined Facebook a few years ago. I was newly single and did a fair share of partying. Back then social medial was pretty new, we didn’t think much of the long term impact of what we were doing so we shared a lot more (well I did anyway). There were a large number of pictures of me at parties, having a good time, drink in hand. No big deal right? I mean we all did and we all wanted to share the good time. I have removed most of those photos, not because I am embarrassed or have regrets but because my children are getting older now and I don’t really want them seeing some of those…
  • Perspective

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I have been pretty negative recently. Things have been tough. We have been too busy, there’s been too much going on. The kids have been under pressure, David and I have both been under pressure. Honestly I haven’t been able to see the silver lining. After a really positive lunch with friends last week things started to turn around. I got my head out of my own backside and started to look around me. I very quickly gained perspective. It was raining one morning on the way to school, a young girl who attends Kiara’s school was walking with her mom who had a baby on her back. It…
  • Shameless plug – South African Blog Awards

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Last year we were left off the South African Blog Awards. There was no parenting category. It was a little annoying. But we are back on! And voting has opened.I personally hate the whole “vote for me” stuff but it is what it is and despite what I would like to say, awards are important. So please vote for me. Click the badge on the right or this link and vote for me PLEASE. Remember you need to click the confirmation link on the email you get otherwise the vote doesn’t count.
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    Parenting Help Me

  • What’s A Guy To Do? When Your Marriage Falls Apart.

    Karen Kramer
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    Hanging on By the Skin of Your Teeth You’ve been married for two decades. You’ve put your heart and soul into your relationship. It’s taken all of your time, energy, and your youth, but you have never fallen out of love with the girl of your dreams. It all started out as an adventure, but [...]
  • Child Safety Around The Home

    Karen Kramer
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Tips for Childproofing Your Home Accidental injuries kill thousands of children every year in the United States. The saddest thing about preventable injuries is that they could be avoided with proper safety measures. If you want to ensure that your home does not provide opportunities for your children to accidentally hurt themselves or others, keep [...]
  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Karen Kramer
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Your Survival Emergency Plan   It’s 1:00 AM… You’re in the middle of a fantastic dream, when suddenly it turns into a nightmare.. You hear loud banging on your front door…  Stumbling out of bed you head to the door .. “Open Up! This is the Police! We have an emergency situation!” You struggle to comprehend [...]
  • Sunny Afternoon Fun

    Karen Kramer
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The Perfect Sunny Afternoon In this digital computer-driven age, it is very tempting to sit your children in front of the television, games console or iPad. It will keep them entertained and quiet while you can do your own thing. But remember your own childhood, before all the computers and gadgets: hide and seek, water [...]
  • Dreaming of Grinnell Iowa

    Karen Kramer
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Sitting here in my sweltering hot Florida condo by the barely working a/c unit waiting for a puff of cool air while dreaming about Grinnell Iowa hotels. Why Grinnell Iowa? Because it’s the “3rd Coolest Town in America” according to Budget Travel and Florida in the summer is stupid HOT! I can just image chillin in a two-room [...]
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    Playground Confidential

  • All our kids need to learn about Black history

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Civil rights march on Washington, DC police line on August 28, 1963. We shelter our children by censoring Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, lest they ever encounter offensive language in literature. But Ferguson still burns. We tip toe around ideas of race and class, forever tweaking the way we talk about these things as though some ... [Read more...]The post All our kids need to learn about Black history appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    This is a guest post written by local Toronto mom and wonderful person, Rebecca Lee. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need anything this holiday season. Sure, I’d appreciate a new duvet cover and I wouldn’t say no to a fancy mixer, but I don’t need these things. My kid has a list ... [Read more...]The post 10 places to give in Toronto this holiday appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • 5 random facts about me

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    I was tagged in a “5 Random Facts About Me” meme by the talented Susan Goldberg nearly a month ago. I am bad about participating in things like this, so it was only just now, realizing I have an hour before preschool pick up and wondering what I might write in that small window that ... [Read more...]The post 5 random facts about me appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • The Concern with Triclosan in Toothpaste

    SafeMama Kathy
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Mark Burhenne DDS gives us the low-down on whether you should be concerned about Triclosan in your toothpaste. Colgate Total is a best-selling toothpaste with the active ingredient Triclosan, a pesticide that is added to reduce the risk of gingivitis and kill oral bacteria. While it’s been shown to reduce cavities, the problem with triclosan […]
  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    By now you probably have heard people talking about essential oils and may be wondering what they are, as well as how to use them.  When my family first started using essential oils my expectations were fairly minimal, I figured our house would smell great from diffusing something natural, instead of using synthetic fragrances and that […]
  • WaterWipes Baby Wipes

    SafeMama Kathy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve gotten hundreds of emails asking me my opinion on WaterWipes! I have since added my two cents in the Baby Wipes Cheat Sheet but the kind folks at the copy sent me some to test out.  Granted, I do not have any babes around here anymore but I know a good baby wipe when […]
  • Updates Coming to Your Favorite Cheat Sheets

    SafeMama Kathy
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    See I told you I was back! It’s been a long year and there is a lot to cover around here but I started by updating the Baby Wipes cheat sheet for you mainly for the #1 email I received on my hiatus.  I have a review in the works of the new product on […]
  • SafeMama’s back!

    SafeMama Kathy
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    Hello loyal SafeMama readers! I know I have been VERY quiet and despite that, your emails and comments and visits still flood the SafeMama gates.  I am so grateful for that.  I needed, without realizing it, a break from this project.  I love this website and what it provides.  But my life became busier and […]
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    Rave & Review

  • I'm thankful for...

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    It's been quite a few years since I've done a thankful post, so I thought I would write another in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes it's more important to rave about the wonderful people and things in my life instead of a product or service I love, so I thought a new updated post was in order. I am thankful for: A daughter who makes every single thing magical. When she was first born, I assumed that this magical feeling would wear off and soon I would come to dread the day to day with her, but that feeling never went away and each year I am more and more under her spell. My family…
  • Getting ready for the holidays? Don't forget the batteries! {with printable coupons}

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    You know what's a big bummer? Opening presents Christmas day and realizing that the amazing toy your kiddo has been waiting for all.year.long needs batteries you don't have on hand. Also a bummer: Realizing that there is absolutely no stores open on Christmas day to go get those batteries. So, here's a mom tip for you: Buy those batteries now, instead of waiting. Pick up a few packages of Rayovac batteries when you're out Christmas shopping and either put them in the stockings or in the gift packages themselves. It may not be the most exciting thing they receive that morning, but a stocking…
  • Travel buddies: Corolle Dolls on the go

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:33 pm
    There hasn’t been one single vacation we have taken in the past 4 years that we didn’t take with us a Corolle doll {or 6}. Even when space is most precious and we’re confined to just carryons, we always manage to make room for Corolle. While the reasons behind this are many {comfort of home, favorite toys, open-ended toy, etc}, the main reason is that the kids travel better with them. It started when my daughter was little because she wanted her own baby just like brother that she could cradle, tuck in, and babywear, but then it turned into much more than that. We realized quickly that…
  • I'm thankful for HoneyBaked Ham this Thanksgiving {giveaway}

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    By now you probably know how much I love HoneyBaked Ham and how it made me into a ham-lover after 3 decades of turning the stuff away. These days I'm always looking for another reason to visit the store near me and load up on their ham and turkey, and the fact that Thanksgiving is just a week away solidified that a trip to the new Lynnwood HoneyBaked Express was definitely in order. Not only do they have amazing ham, they also have turkey {both smoked and roasted}, as well as a ton of sides, entrees, and desserts that can make Thanksgiving dinner as easy as calling in an order and heating up…
  • Create your holiday look effortlessly with the KISS InstaWave automatic curler

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:16 pm
    I love a good curly hairstyle every once in a while, especially this time of year with holiday parties and birthdays galore, but I swear that every year I get worse and worse at styling a good curly ‘do. I’m fine for the first few curls and then out of nowhere I clip the iron and accidentally turn it the wrong way. Anyone who has ever done this knows that you then end up with that awful crimped piece at the bottom where the clip was holding that no amount of recurling can ever fix. That, my friends, is pretty much my signature “curly” look. Or, at least it was. I was recently…
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  • Pet Furniture Covers- The Solution to Fur in All Over The Sofa

    Andrea Collins
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Having the funny pet is a lot of fun. You can play in all your day with them. Watching the television is the main activity that you can do in your night. The chic dog will accompany you after your busy time. It is really interesting indolence to do. But the problem is coming when the fur that in all over the sofa. You need to think hard in order to keep clean of your sofa. Adding the pet furniture covers can be your next decision in order to anticipate the fur that will discolor your comfortable sofa. If you decide to choose the pet furniture covers to coat your sofa, you have to do some…
  • How to Find and Caring Pet Monkey for Sale?

    Cindy Sherman
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Human are having a physically powerful connection with animals. Nowadays, people are like to have exotic animals to bring in home. And, monkey is the exotic animals which interest by people, and as we know, monkey having large similarities with human than other animals. It is why, there are a lot of people like to find pet monkey for sale. If you want to decide purchase pet monkey for sale actually you should take a high challenge and have a huge amount in responsibility. If you are really to bring it in home, it is recommended if purchase in couple. Don’t forget, before you want to…
  • Stainless Steel Pet fountains to Help Your Pets Grow Healthy

    Cindy Sherman
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    What do you know from pet fountains? As we know, fountain is water, which is stream forced up into the air from the small hole, so, pet fountains is a fountain which used for your pets. It is designed in small, so pets easy to reach then drink from it. Pet fountains are ready in any size, style, and materials so you can choose the pet fountains suitable with your necessity. The usual material to build pet fountains is plastic, ceramic or stainless steel. Most people like to choose stainless steel as they favor than ceramics or plastic. Why? As we know today most of the pets owner will love…
  • The Excellent of the Movable Pet Clinic – Mobile Pet Clinic

    Cindy Sherman
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    What do you think when you are meeting with mobile pet clinic? I guess that all of you are thinking about bringing the clinic go around your areas. Yes, I guess it is the truth. Mobile pet clinic is providing a clinic service for animals which needed this service, especially dogs or cats. Actually, the service of mobile pet clinic is depending by the staff availability. This is because, just a few specialist who provide medical service for exotic pets and also surgical service in mobile pet clinic. Some mobile pet clinic provides you to services the exotic animals such as birds, rabbits,…
  • Using Pet Bed Warmer to warm up the Environment

    Cindy Sherman
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Thinking to buying a pet heating bed for dog or the cat is the great ideas to spoil your pets. You will be surprised by a lot of choices of pet heating bed are available today. Actually, there is some pet heating bed which usually people choose and there are as follows radiator, thermo kitty, orthopedic, pet bed warmer and outdoor. All of that type have differences in their purposes for example, radiator are the pet bed heating which hangs from the radiator; orthopedic is usually used to cure some injuries, it is completed with foam cushions and gel; thermo kitty is used for cat and have…
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    Being a Mummy

  • What I've Been Doing- CRAFT!

    Claire Walsh
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    I know I've been neglecting this blog, well, in a way I have because you haven't seen much action here. However, I have written loads and loads of posts, I have just chosen not to publish them. The problem is that there are so many people with vested interests in the blog these days, many of whom interpret what I write in a way which is different to which my posts are intended that it doesn't
  • Film review: Paddington the Movie

    Alex Walsh
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    There has been a fair amount of coverage in the press this week past over the rating that Paddington was given. Paddington is a PG, which has had a few people scratching their heads. Darkest Peru's most famous export is also famous for being one of the most gentle children's favourites of the past 50 years. His scrapes with his adopted family, the Browns, his run ins with their irascible
  • Playmobil Advent Calendars and introducing Playmohair

    Claire Walsh
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    I really don't know where the time has gone! One minute it was summer and now its not long till Christmas. With these thoughts in mind I've been on the hunt for ideas for advent calendars for each of the children. I'm really lucky as I get ahead start as we get to try out a new Playmobil Advent calendar each year in our role as Playologists. That means we have a guaranteed brilliant fun
  • Book Review: Snappy Birthday written by Mark Sperring and illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

    Claire Walsh
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    One day an invitation  Came to number 24 It was from a next-door neighbour Who they'd never met before As soon as I started reading this book to the children at bedtime I knew that I would love the flow of the text. The extract above gives you a flavour. Its a wickedly slightly sinister take on scary neighbours and provides plenty of talking points which we really enjoyed. The basic premise of
  • Book Review: Sir Charlie Stinky Socks The Pirate's Curse by Kristina Stephenson

    Claire Walsh
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    We first discovered the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books when the eldest was in year one and he came home with one as a reading book. He was so excited about the book and the way that it made use for the pages having to rotate them, or flip them and the way the text curled around the pages out really captured his imagination. From that moment onwards we became quite firm fans of the series and
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  • Thanksgiving Week Lists, a Wild Turkey and a Menu

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    Lest you think I’ve disappeared, I thought I would check in and share a little about my Thanksgiving week. I’m pretty sure it will be better than last week. Last week was a good week to be looking BACK on. I’m looking forward to THIS week… counting my blessings like it’s going out of style. What are YOU thankful for? I think I wrote about 20 things down today I was thankful for. I scribbled some on my 1000 Gifts gratitude journal. I wrote some on my Gratitude Garland. I thought about a ton of them that didn’t find their way into ink. I’m still…
  • On Raising Godly Teenagers…

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The “Cross Road” with Teens Having toddlers and teenagers at the same time is just HARD, people. I dare you to try it sometime. Lest you start going on about how I’m a saint, let me clear up the record for you: this homeschool blogging mama may have great intentions, but I don’t have it all together. My goal is to journey down the “Cross Road” with my teens, though… even if there are difficulties and failures along the way. It’s our little version of ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’… and I’m happy to see glimmers of progress…
  • Whoo Wants to Create Another Picasso?

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    In my house we love art. Not just the realistic kind that most people aspire to… but the whimsical. The abstract. The personal. I mean, there might be a thing as too realistic. When you can’t tell the difference in a photograph and a piece of art, why not use a camera? That’s what I do… I’m a photographer artist. Or you could make art with a piano… or pots, pans, and knives in the kitchen. Art is whatever you create - even if that beautiful thing is a bowl of mushroom and barley soup, or a neatly lined vegetable garden, or a DIY project that makes your…
  • Bibles for Uganda… and Answered Prayers You Didn’t Even Know You Had Prayed

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    I had to share my God moment that happened this week… even though it wasn’t something I had on my sadly neglected blogging calendar that was put aside for sick kids with fevers, field trips to the pumpkin patch and getting my handgun license this week. Somehow God was able to sneak in one of His own to-do list items on my overbearing checklist, even though I was totally unaware of Him doing it. He’s awesome like that. First of all, we use Mystery of History curriculum, if you didn’t know that already (if you don’t know what that is, click the Bright Ideas Press…
  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    El Picosito Copycat Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I’m proud to be working with the Beef Checkoff. I would have shared this recipe with you regardless, so the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is a perfect partner (since I already use Beef at home every week). Also, you need to know, that although they did provide me with some tips to share about beef, I’m going to share a bunch of additional health information with you that DID NOT come from them. I’m kind of on a bit of a soap box about proper nutrition lately, and I think beef and fat in particular…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Our lasting presents as parents

    API Blog
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International (API) and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker My mom has a compression fracture in her spine and will spend Thanksgiving and maybe Christmas in rehab. At 95 years young, she has been in remarkable health for most of her life, so seeing her suffer in pain is so hard. When something like this happens to an aging parent, the roles reverse and I find myself doing all the things that I’ve done for my own children, and of course the things that she used to do for me. I’ve been reflecting on my childhood in the…
  • Struggling with Attachment Parenting?

    Rita Brhel
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    I feel it is such a sign of true strength when parents can be honest with themselves and others that they, too, struggle. Especially with Attachment Parenting (AP), many parents feel that they have to be “perfect” but that is an impossible standard. We all have moments where our knee-jerk reactions get the best of us. Just the other day, I stubbornly insisted my oldest daughter was the one misunderstanding a situation. She was in tears, and I was adamant that I was “right.” It was a little past our usual lunch time, but it didn’t even dawn on me that perhaps I…
  • Control or the lack thereof

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Sept. 24, 2008, but it puts into perspective why new motherhood can sometimes be hard to adjust to. I’ve always liked to feel in control of my life. In my pre-baby days — back in the mists of time — I used to work full time in various office environments. My desk was always tidy, my in-tray cleared by every evening, my out-tray filed away neatly. Any outstanding work issues were jotted down in my diary at 16:45 so that my head was clear of work details, and when I walked out that door every evening, I left work…
  • A grandmother’s take on Attachment Parenting

    Rita Brhel
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    By Donna Wetterlund Like every grandparent, the arrival of my first grandchild was a rite of passage with mixed emotions. I was in denial about the label that clearly identified me as “old,” but I was fascinated with my daughter’s changing body and the life growing inside it. I was proud of my daughter’s healthy and well-adjusted approach to pregnancy. But most importantly, I was celebrating the addition of a baby in my world without the morning sickness, stretch marks and sleepless nights. I was excited! When pregnant, my daughter Sharon and her husband traveled to attend a…
  • How children benefit from rough-and-tumble play

    API Blog
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    By Barbara Nicholson, cofounder of Attachment Parenting International and coauthor of Attached at the Heart with Lysa Parker Play is a critical component of healthy, secure attachment. As our children grow, we parents need to ensure that they have plenty of opportunity for active, fun activity. Our culture is often criticized for too much structured time, with team sports often taking the place of unstructured play time for families and friends. Even preschoolers are shuttled to dance, gymnastics and other classes that can take the place of play time. Why is play so critical to our…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • I’m Still Blogging, Just Not Here

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m still blogging! I just moved my blog over to a new site. There was some confusion with my last post, and I apologize for having written it so poorly. I hope to see you at my new blog! Please visit me at Mrs. Kendall
  • The End

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    After 1531 posts and over 37,000 comments, I’m going to slowly step away from this blog, at least for the time being. I’ve been feeling uncomfortable here for some time. I haven’t been happy with the direction I was taking, and no matter what I did, it didn’t seem to get better. Right now, I don’t want to give up blogging. I do want to go back to blogging the way I used to do, which was in journal format. I started another blog–very simple, no fuss! Where I will be writing about books and my day-to-day life. I named it Mrs. Kendall, since that’s what…
  • Zombie Training

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    We decided to let Nico join the Boy Scouts. He loves it! Loves it so much that he gets dressed, without being told, two hours ahead of time. This past weekend the troop went to Corona for the Green Zone 11 Apocalypse Training (survivalist training with the word zombie in it to sound cool). Nico loved it. Mikey liked it. The Mister didn’t have a great time. I couldn’t go because at the last minute I got a coveted appointment with my hair stylist. I hadn’t been in so long that I touched up my roots at home 3 times. When I got out, I texted the Mister that I could head out that…
  • Happy, Happy

    7 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor McGonagall gives Hermione Granger a Time Turner. This hour glass on a necklace allowed the wearer to travel back in time. Hermione used it in order to take more classes during her third year. I want one. What have I been doing lately? Everything and nothing. I go to school, I volunteer in the library. I help the boys with homework, I cook dinner. On the weekends we try to do something as a family. I find myself returning to journal-style blogging, which is how I used to blog when I started 7 years ago. I do have one exciting…
  • All Hallow’s Eve

    3 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    If it’s possible to be a grinch outside of Christmas, I suppose I’m one when it comes to Halloween. I can count on one hand the number of times I have carved a pumpkin. It’s something I never really did as a child, so the Mister does it with the boys every year. I find the ghoulish decorations depressing, and the costumes some of the teenage girls wear make me want to pelt them with a collection of hardcover Gloria Steinem books. If I had my way, I’d probably turn out all the lights and read a book. And yet, somehow, we have a party every year. Except this year. I…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Amazon Prime One-Year Membership Giveaway {Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop}

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    For many Americans, Black Friday marks the official start of holiday shopping. Have you snagged some really exciting deals so far? Christmas is even closer now that Thanksgiving is over. Join us in the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop, hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay's Views, and you could win even more nice gifts for someone on your list. Each prize is valued $25 or over! My GiveawayI'm
  • #HolidayGiftGuideBloggers100 Giveaway: Win a Holly Clegg Cookbook

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving! Are you getting ready for your family dinner party tonight? No party is quite complete with delicious food. Are you a creative cook in the kitchen? Would you like some inspiration for your next signature dish? Check out Holly Clegg's award-winning cookbook and enter to win one for free! But hurry, today is your last chance to enter. Holly is known as the “Queen of Quick” has
  • Everyone Can Drive $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    It is hard to imagine days without cars now that we are so dependent on our four-wheeled friend to get around, from grocery shopping to holiday travel. What if your old car is groaning for a replacement but you are short on cash at the moment and might be turned down for a loan? You can turn to for help if you live in one of their service areas. And you could win a $100 Visa
  • The Swiss Colony Bakery Giveaway: Winner's Choice of Item Valued up to $75

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you are entertaining guests at your own home or looking for a hostess gift for the party you are attending, The Swiss Colony Bakery is here to help with their large selection baked goodies, from cakes and cookies to gift boxes and baskets. Enter to win your favorite item valued up to $75! Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Tammie's Reviews Giveaways & More, Momma Without a Clue, My Mommy's
  • Nature's Bakery Fig Bar Giveaway: Five 6-Pack Boxes

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With so much yummy food that tempts you around the holidays, it is more important than ever to eat smart. Nature's Bakery invites you to try out their well-balanced snack bars. Win some to bring to your holiday road trip or share them with your house guests! Hosted by: Queen of Savings, Tammie's Reviews Giveaways & More & My Mommy's NeighborhoodSponsored by: Nature's Bakery Nature's Bakery snack
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  • Finding Hope and Humanity In Ferguson On Thanksgiving Day

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    While contemplating Ferguson on Thanksgiving Day, our Faith & Motherhood columnist is grateful for that sliver of hope she still has for humanity. The post Finding Hope and Humanity In Ferguson... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12-Year-Old Shot By Police: No Safe Place For Black Children

    Denene Millner
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot by police, was a child who had the right to be just that... A CHILD. The post 12-Year-Old Shot By Police: No Safe Place For Black Children appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys

    Denene Millner
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    David Banks, author of a new book about educating and inspiring Black boys, says they can find success—with our help. The post There’s Hope: How to Transform the Lives of Black Boys appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting Our Daughters To Violence?

    Denene Millner
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Black girls fighting on reality TV has our daughters thinking they need to use their fists to problem solve—and they're hurting because of it. The post Black Girls Fighting: Is Reality TV Inciting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter Chat with MyBrownBaby

    Denene Millner
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Not everything about being an African American mom is about race. Sometimes, the little things confound and bring great joy. The post The Joys of Being An African American Mom: An #MBIBMoms Twitter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Thanksgiving: 9 Ways to Familyness

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Let the stress melt away Thanksgiving, or the holidays in general, can get pretty crazy and stressful.  I love it when everyone pitches in to help and each person gets to give whatever talent and ability they want to the process.  My sister and mom are ultimately the best planners in our family.  They plan backwards from the time they need to be ready for an event, backtracking until they know what time they need to get started on the turkey, pies, and whatever else.  Me?  I just wing the whole thing. I make some plans but they just pull it off so much better.  They are amazing. I LOVE…
  • Halloween: Favorites Flashback

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    The day is finally here! Over the years there have been lots of awesome ideas shared by Destri!  She always makes Halloween a special event at her house.  I wanted to bring back some of those incredible ideas today, in case you were looking for some ways to make the 31st extra special. Halloween Trivia Game This little trivia game can be one you share around the table or a testing ground for your goulish party later tonight.     Spiders and crafts If you have little ones at home this morning who are bouncing off the walls with excitement about tonight…these are lifesaver…
  • Four Last Minute Costumes

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The Eleventh Hour With only two days until Halloween, you might still be trying to help a child decide on a costume or you may have been trying to avoid this day.  And now it’s here and you need to call in for back up.  We are here for you! We have four ideas for you that are fairly simple to pull together here at the eleventh hour. Medusa We just finished reading the Percy Jackson series about a month ago and Miriam loved the idea of snakes in her hair.  We got some glow in the dark snakes and even though they didn’t really work….they still looked awesome! And I love her intense…
  • It’s Family Night at the Car Wash!

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    some fun Make tonight a family fun night…just for the heck of it. The weather is perfect for a car wash together…. in your front driveway. It can be super fun. Grab some buckets, some Dawn, and some old cloth towels. Just add water. People will get wet.  There may be some squealing. Most likely the car will get the least amount of water. With this 60 degree weather we might as well act like it’s summer. It’s Monday night at the car wash! Where do you wash your car? Davina Fear is a Familyness Adventurer. She is expert at building forts and is excited about her next…
  • Ribbon Pillows

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Part of something bigger This little project is part of a much bigger project that we did a few years ago!  This is just a small piece of our Dinner in the Woods.  To see more of that project begin here. These pillows are oh! so simple but look fantastic here as fall approaches.  They have a wonderful Anthro feel to them for a fraction of the cost and look fantastic thrown into vintage chairs for a dinner in the woods. Ribbon Pillows: We loved the look of all mismatched chairs and went to garage sales and estate sales hunting down our favorites.  We wanted to give them a more warm and…
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    Making The Best Home For You Family

  • Is Vaporizing The New Way To Smoke?

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:56 pm
    With the market flooding with a new alternative for smoking, more and more people are drifting towards using vaporizers. Most studies show an evidence of vaporizing being a healthier choice for those who are not able to quit nicotine addiction. It is probably a milder way to pump nicotine in your body while eliminating the consequences of carcinogens and toxins entering your body. But is vaporizing healthy for your lungs? Let’s take a look. But before we do we recommend checking out the G5 Vaporizer. We have the G5 Vaporizer Review article right here for you.   #1 Vaporizing is milder…
  • How To Pick The Best Home For Your Family

    27 Feb 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Finding the right home is not an easy task especially when you consider the well-being of your family. There are certain things that youhave to consider when you are out there looking for the perfect home of your family. The following points will help you in choosing the right home for your family. The cost of the home. Different homes have different prices due to different factors. You should choose a home that is affordable to avoid financial problems later. Weigh your financial ability and decide which type of home you would like depending on the available funds. Best homes for sale in…
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  • the only black friday deals you need for kids and family

    amy mascott
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
          Friends. I’m not sure if you’re a wild and crazy Black Friday shopper or not, but in case you are, happy holidays! Here are a few biggie sales that I’m taking advantage of and that you could, too, so that you are less stressed, closer to being finished with your gift-buying, and securing some pretty decent deals this holiday. Just a few. A few deals that will help you and will help me. Bam. Here’s the skinny. . . The ONLY Black Friday Deals You Need for Kids and Families: These are the only deals you really need to grab. So grab them, and then eat…
  • monthly craft gift for kids: kiwi crate

    amy mascott
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
          Often people ask me for cool gift ideas for holidays and birthdays, and though I often immediately share with them my holiday gift guide (because really, it works for any time of the year!). But when I’m away from the computer and someone asks for a quick idea for a birthday or holiday for a child, I often recommend Kiwi Crate. Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription gift for kids. Crafts, making, and a whole lot of cool.  And it’s not just for girls, and it’s not just for the teenies. It’s for all kids. Which is why it rocks. And right now they…
  • gifts for sunday school teachers or CCD teachers

    amy mascott
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
        My kids have gone to SOR (School of Religion for our church and which we grew up calling CCD), for years now. Every single week since Kindergarten, they’ve spent an hour with good people who take the time out of their lives to teach my kids what many other kids learn in Sunday School. I’m truly thankful for these great people because I know it’s hard enough for me to teach Children’s Liturgy with a group of women on a rotating basis. It would be a lot more work to teach a weekly religion class–that I know for sure. But what I have just come to…
  • our favorite thanksgiving printables for BIG kids!

    amy mascott
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This week is the big week for us–lots of travel, lots of family, lots of friends, and lots of food! Officially, the fun winter holiday season is upon us, and from here until January 2nd, it’s a wild ride. But often that wild ride means that our kids tend to be kicked off of their normal schedules. They get tired. We get tired. They get cranky. We get cranky. And they need some down time. We need some down time. So we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Thanksgiving printables–ones we are printing out and bringing to Thanksgiving meals–so that the kids have some…
  • family holiday cards: how to get the kids involved

    amy mascott
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
      This year, ordering family holiday cards was totally different for us. This year, our family agreed on the photos. Each and every one. And this year, we agreed on the card. We agreed on the message, and we agreed on the language. From start to finish, ordering holiday cards was a family affair, and this year, every single one of us was happy. Mom and Dad were happy. My tween was happy. My third and second grader were happy. No tears. Only a happy family, all five of us. Thank goodness we were all happy, because last year was a total nightmare. Here’s the skinny. . . Family…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Do You Deep Clean?

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This coming weekend, Daddy, the children and I will put up our Christmas Decorations.Before we do this however, the house needed to be cleaned and for me it needs to be more thorough than the surface clean that I normally do. In order to get ready for Christmas I have to deep clean the house.Well, my room and the living room. I deep clean the kitchen every month as an ongoing process (I do a little each day to keep on top of it!) and the children's rooms were deep cleaned the other week (thanks to Daddy) and the bathroom is so small I practically deep clean it every time I go in…
  • We Need To Talk About Pippa

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Dear Pippa,Hello! Long time no see!We're the craft boxes that did live under your bed. You moved us the other day, when you moved your bed in order to clean under there. You may have noticed that after you moved us out, you didn't put us back. That's because we've had enough.We've decided to come to you, via your blog to help you, because you have a problem.You're addicted to buying craft items and by your own admission you suck at crafting.You have so much craft stuff that you've not even looked at, that you should probably try to finish them before buying more. In fact, I saw you looking at…
  • A Family Christmas Day at Cadbury World

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last weekend, Daddy, the children and I headed up to Birmingham to visit Cadbury World again. Now, last time we went I had said that I didn't think that the tour itself was very child friendly, and at the end of it we were all craving vegetables and protein (in the form of Chicken drumsticks) and not eager to get away, but basically we were wanting to not be thinking about chocolate for a while! However, we thought we needed to be fair, we would go and pretend we'd not been before. We would pretend this was entirely new to us and seeing as Santa wasn't there the last time, we thought…
  • Calamity Jane #Review

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As many of my theatre review posts start out, this was a musical I knew well as a child, thanks to my Mother. I was joking with Top Ender, that every weekend there was a Doris Day film on, but I know that it wasn't as often as that, it's just the way that memories work isn't it? You filter out half the things that happened and only remember the good things, and of course watching my Mum sing along to a musical on TV was one of the good things I didn't filter out.I thought it would be best if my Mum took Top Ender with her to the Theatre to see Calamity Jane for a couple of reasons. Firstly,…
  • New Handwriting Books and How To Help My Children Succeed

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    We, like most of the UK population, had parents evenings to attend over the last couple of weeks. I always love parents evenings as I tend to have a pretty good idea of what the children are up to within School as I'm one of the lucky parents who gets more than a grunt from the children in reply to my questions about their lessons and what they've been up to in the day and so I spend the time allotted picking the teachers brains about what extra work my children can do to help them improve and to get better grades and that's on top of what we like to call Mummy Home School. I guess I'm one of…
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  • They Won’t Do It for Jesus… for long

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Leading volunteers is a craft. One that requires constant tweaking and learning. Yet there are some principals you learn about leading volunteers that never change. Volunteers want to know that what they do to matters. Volunteers want to enjoy what they do. Volunteers want to feel needed and known. Now, I can convince a volunteer to do just about anything if I present a compelling need. People are pretty generous and willing to do something they may not enjoy in order to meet a need. For a season, they will ‘grin and bear it’. But as ministry leaders, working with volunteers…
  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last summer the McClain clan traveled to Monterrey Mexico and served with Back2BackMexico. We won’t try to convince you that we had the time of our lives. It was hot, we worked hard but most of all we had the privilege of getting to know the people the Back2Back Ministries is serving there. Not by swooping in with the gospel. No. Instead Back2Back is there, day after day, meeting all of the needs of the marginalized….earning the right to share the gospel and living it out in front of them. We got to know Dario and Rubiel, brothers living in a children’s home with which…
  • The Value of a Response

    19 Dec 2013 | 5:13 am
    I have to admit.  One of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so.  And if I’m totally honest, I DO respond… 100% of the time… in my head. and that’s the problem. People don’t receive the responses that never leave my head. I’ve worked hard to improve this one thing this past year.  And one of my personal goals for 2014 is to make that even better. (ask me in 12 months how that’s gone ) The reason I’m focused on this is based upon my own consumer experience in communicating with two…
  • Safety Process: Communicating to Parents

    18 Dec 2013 | 7:40 am
    Hey #kidmin audience.  I need your feedback and ideas. In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids.  Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer. They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with: a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there. Although the Secure Checkpoint…
  • Volunteers & Safety Procedures: What works?

    16 Dec 2013 | 5:45 am
    Safety Procedures are some of the more important and more  minute aspects of Kids Ministry.  And these details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with Safety Procedures is their regularity. Some safety processes you use so often you don’t even think about them like diaper changing, restroom procedures or illness. Other procedures you use so rarely, it’s easy to forget the proper process to handle it.  Things like bleeding or vomiting. As a ministry leader, I want to make sure our volunteers have the knowledge and resources to handle…
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  • Make Going Back to School Work

    Katie Parsons
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Brought to you by:    Technology has made it more convenient than ever to obtain a college degree and stay in the workforce at the same time. For women who are also mothers, this convenience is a modern-day luxury because it provides greater flexibility at home alongside career advancement.   The role of technology in learning comes at a time when women are even more in demand in the workforce than ever.  Consider these statistics on women from the Department of Labor: Sixty-nine percent of women with children under the age of 18 are in the workforce.  The…
  • What Is Your Money Personality?

    Mary Schwager
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Here’s a money-spending pop quiz for you: Do you shop to relieve stress? Can you window shop without spending money? Do you buy things that are on sale even if you don’t need them? If you’re wondering what your answers mean, keep reading! They’re just some of the questions financial expert and author Carla Cargle created to help you try to recognize your money personality. Why is that so important? Cargle warns it directly impacts people’s bottom line. “It enables them to predict potential habits and choices concerning money. Therefore, if a person realizes that they spend too…
  • Get Curls Without Heat

    Katherine Hahn
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
      Yep, you read that right – it’s totally possible to get red-carpet curls without frying your hair. Sound crazy? It’s easier than you’d think. We called on stylists and hair aficionados from all over to brainstorm fantastic and heat-free methods of curling great curls! From old-fashioned rollers to pillowcases, the stuff they came up with was pretty great. Take a look. Get Your Braid On “Rock a braid all day and have gorgeous curls and waves all night! Or sleep in a braid, and release gorgeous, bouncy curls the next day,” say the stylists of Assembly Salon, L.A.’s…
  • 5 Heart-Racing First Dates

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Oh, the hope. And the pressure! First dates can be wonderful and worrisome, all rolled up into a few hours. Are you tired of dinner after first-date dinner? Done with the same old drinks? Don’t want to be stuck in silence at a show? Maybe it is time to jump off the bar stool and get a little sweaty together on your first meeting. It doesn’t have to be risque. Or even complicated. Just choose a fun activity you can enjoy and get to know each other while doing — a little heart racing, sweating and flushed cheeks is great for that. And if the first encounter sets the foundation…
  • Are You Overcomplicating Things?

    Katie Humphrey, Certified Life Coach
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Getting healthy is simple. Not easy…simple. And many times we over-complicate our plan and overwhelm and frustrate ourselves instead of taking action. This can lead to unnecessary stress that impacts your waistline and quality of life. Let’s clear up what needs to be done to get the results you want, as well as the reasons behind any need you might have to over-complicate your action plan. It’s burdensome enough to carry around extra weight and deal with the effects of nasty hormonal symptoms. I know. I’ve been there, and I help women every day whose jobs, families and happiness are…
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  • Simple ways to make your home seem bigger

    Jen Williams
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Are you starting to think your home is too small? Are you frustrated by its lack of storage? Fear not, as there are lots of clever tips and tricks to make your home seem bigger. Here are some simple and effective ways to achieve this. Declutter Probably the fastest and cheapest way to make your […]
  • Behavior Disorders vs. Normal Kid Behaviors

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
      It is completely normal for a child to have behavioral problems every now and then. Just like adults, children can be moody, difficult, and even angry at times. But when does this behavior cross the line of “normal” and become a cause for concern for parents and family members? It is important to first […]
  • Child Safety Accessories That Won’t Clash With Your Interior Design

    Jen Williams
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    With so many baby products on the market today it is hard to work out what is essential and what is nothing more than a cleverly marketed gadget you don’t need. Here’s some advice on what’s essential and what’s useful. Safety Barriers If your child likes to explore, you’ll need to put something on the […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 11/22/2014

    Jen Williams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving week!! Wow Christmas countdown just got real! Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!
  • Is the LG OLED TV – The Ultimate Display from Best Buy on your wish list?

    Jen Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.   It’s no secret that I LOVE technology! The truth is I’m usually the one that has to be the first to see and play with a new product on […]
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  • Hot

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Grace, age 6, had some good ones tonight. "I get confused by the word 'Hot.' What does it mean when you're both pretty AND sweaty?" "Dad, I picture things in my head that you'll never know." Did I say things like that when I was 6?
  • This kind of behavior cannot be taught

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    It's just innate. Yes, I'm in trouble.
  • Pumpkins

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    On the left is Olaf from Frozen. Grace did the next one, Audrey the next, and then we have the token scary mean pumpkin on the right.
  • Lost bunny

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:38 pm
    "Hello?" "Hi. We have your bunny." Click. It's miraculous actually. A little gray bunny, who goes by the decidedly mystifying name "Peanut," wandered through an opening in a courtyard gate, down a sidewalk and through a parking lot, across an intersection and down another block toward Broadway. He may have traveled a half mile or more. And survived. No one suspected as much. Maybe he was looking for a ride. A thrill. A carrot perhaps. It was impossible to fathom what drove him to wander off. A search team assembled. It was dark. Flashlights frantically…
  • Monster toast

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Grace learned about a thing called monster toast at school so naturally we had to make it at home. It's edible art. Want to make it yourself? Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup of water for each color. Use a small paint brush to apply. Toast in a toaster or toaster oven. Spread butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
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  • A lazy SoCal Thanksgiving

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    We had a great Thanksgiving yesterday, albeit a bit non-traditional. My family lives in Florida, and Mark’s parents were visiting his brother and family in Seattle, so we found ourselves with no plans or obligations. And because it has been a stressful, overscheduled month for us, we were excited to just do nothing. We decided to hit the beach in the morning, because it’s really the only thing to do when it’s this hot in November. Trussing surboards > trussing turkey. The kids have been really enthusiastic about learning to surf, and they spent most of their time in the water, trying…
  • What I want you to know is that if you are Christian and gay, it gets better!

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by SabrinaI grew up in a church where I was the leader of the “cool group” in youth group. Younger kids came to me for godly advice, I was apart of multiple bible study small groups, and I sang the loudest during worship. I was a master of disguise, sort of. Although I knew Jesus…
  • James Baldwin for Esquire magazine in 1960

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
  • What I want you to know about the pain of being told you can't have children

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Laura. On my 21st birthday I was taken into hospital with a suspected infected ovarian cyst. I was living 300 miles away from home for a university years placement, but I wasn't too worried, I was told it wasn't anything serious and I'd be out the next day. I had the surgery…
  • Why the lack of indictment for Mike Brown's shooting is a devastating blow

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    My boys are growing so fast. They are almost as tall as me. It's a milestone most mothers will feel bittersweet about, as we watch our boys turn into young men. But for mamas of black boys, it's also tinged with fear. My boys aren't as "cute" anymore. They don't look like little boys. They are nearing an age when their skin color becomes a liability to their safety.Yesterday, a boy not much older than my own was shot by police while playing with a toy gun in a park. A concerned witness noticed it, and instead of approaching the boy, called the police. He acknowledged twice on the call that it…
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  • Snake Oils? A Dude’s Perspective on Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
      A year ago, I made fun of Jen’s “Snake Oils“. Today, I use them literally daily. When I am wrong, I am wrong.  I’m man enough to admit it. I was honestly the biggest skeptic around when we started this stuff.  Jen was trying it, and I was laughing at her.  Honestly, I owe her an apology for my pride and my tendency to think I know everything.  I was being “logical”, and just didn’t think it made any sense.  Well, once I saw some results, it made me curious.  Since then, I have educated myself on the body and it’s ability to absorb…
  • 2 Turkeys + 2 Pilgrim Boys

    Jennifer Murray
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    We were able to kick off this Thanksgiving season with the boys’ Thanksgiving school play. They did such a great job being pilgrims and turkeys, reciting their poems and lines, quoting Psalm 100, reading their stories, and singing their songs. That is no small task to pull off for the teachers and their hard work was well displayed! The turkeys had a better idea for Thanksgiving than being eaten. It was soooo nice having both of our parents there to enjoy their grandsons in action. It’s definitely been an adjustment for all of us to switch our school plans {although much easier…
  • Better Than Black Friday! < $5 Gifts at Dayspring

    Jennifer Murray
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    It’s not even Black Friday, and let’s not even begin the ugly debate of if stores should be open on Thanksgiving, because who needs to go out with deals this good????!!!  All of these that I’m showing you are listed at 5 DOLLARS!  >>> But here’s what’s even sweeter, you can save even more with the promo code THANKYOU15 – making $5 gifts only $4.25!!!!! <<< I think Dayspring has lost their marbles!  Less than $5 gifts, People! And they don’t scream, “You bought this at the flea market”. Most of these items will…
  • Boy Mama Confession: I Let Them Play Ball In the House

    Jennifer Murray
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    I grew up on Indiana basketball. I would watch it on the floor of our family room on our Zenith TV with my pajamas and pom-poms thinking they needed my cheers to win.  Team sports have been part of my childhood and adulthood as I’ve participated and cheered on various teams through the years.  Now I see the passion my own boys have for competition.  Some have more of a drive than others, but all of them have at least average ability and at least one competitive bone in their body (Isaac’s entire skeletal system). We’ve lived in a baby-proof, toddler proof, and now mostly…
  • Essential Pumpkin Bread

    Jennifer Murray
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Pumpkin is my favorite taste of fall.  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, my mom’s pumpkin pie (or Costco’s if I’m in a rush – it’s amazing and HUGE), pumpkin rolls, even those gummy pumpkins! =) Pumpkin Bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I like making a big batch so we can enjoy it most of the week and have some to share. This is my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Bread.  It has turned out great every time I’m made it.  This time I changed it up a little bit to use some of my essential oils that I had on hand instead of a couple of my spices.  The…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Holiday Madness Help

    Rob Youngblood
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The day after Thanksgiving and let the Christmas holiday madness begin! Black Friday, Cyber Monday. Travel Tuesday, Whining Wednesday, Pull Your Hair Out Thursday. The list goes on and on and on… and for four more weeks! But fear not stressed out parents, I have seven unbelievably useful tips that will help you keep your sanity (at least a little) until 2015, and the champagne, arrives. 7 Tips To Help You Survive Holiday Madness Number 1 –  Holiday travel means holiday hunger pains, literally. If you are headed to an unfamiliar town. Try looking online to find a restaurant…
  • Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

    Meredith Rodefer
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone enjoys this day full of fun, family, gratitude, and food.   Every Thanksgiving, my family—well mostly my mom—makes a dinner probably large enough to feed 12 people.  There are only 5 of us!  So that means massive amounts of leftovers!  Although traditional Thanksgiving dishes are great today, and maybe tomorrow, and maybe the next day, they can get old.  This year, I’ve decided to take this matter of leftovers into my own hands. Why not make something new out of something old, right?   I’ve searched and found some of the best…
  • Family Holiday Gift Guide

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is gift giving season and sometimes you need ideas for those gifts.  Sometimes you find that perfect item that just matches right up with someone you love.  And sometimes you have no idea what to give!  We’ve all been there- wondering what gift to get and wanting the recipient to love the selection.  That is why we have created the Family Holiday Gift Guide to help you find hot new gifts and solid favorites that everyone will love. Some samples of the items included in this list were provided to me for consideration, others I found on social media, and still others come straight…
  • Snaps for Spirulina!

    Sarah Parsell
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Since my mother is a super health nut, she’s always passing on new recipes, fads, and foods to me that are fabulous for the health-conscious folk. The latest find is a lesser-known plant called spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows both in fresh water and salt water in tropical climates. It’s recently begun to be found in health food stores as a finely ground green powder.  Never heard of it? Don’t worry, you would have sooner or later, as its popularity is on the rise for being one of the “most easily digestible forms of protein[1].” Easily digestible is really…
  • Hitting The Road For The Holidays? Consider Getting AutoVantage at Walmart

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    I’ve been compensated for this post with sample product and payment. All opinions and experiences are my own. AutoVantage Emergency Roadside Assistance Service Will Help Give You Peace of Mind AutoVantage is an Emergency Roadside Assistance Service that provides 24-Hour Nationwide Coverage for your entire family for one affordable annual fee. I went into my local Walmart and over to the auto section and there on the counter I saw a stand set up with an AutoVantage brochure. I picked it up and flipped it over and it provided a list of the benefits and it compared them to another popular…
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  • Pancakes for Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    One of my all time favorite Thanksgivings was spent with my then 3 year old at a diner in Los Feliz. Just as we were heading over to our friend’s for dinner and we noticed that our little girl had a rash all over her. We knew one of our friends was going to be flying back to Boston with his family the next day – suppose the rash was the beginning of the flu or something? We couldn’t risk it. So my husband packed up our baby and the mashed potatoes and peas and headed to Santa Monica without my daughter and me. I looked at my toddler, all dressed up with no where to go, and wondered…
  • LEAF College Savings Gift Cards – A great holiday gift idea!

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    *this is a sponsored post, but as always, the views and opinions on are my own. Thinking about how much it will cost to send my two kids to college is enough to make my head spin in spite of the fact that they are still years away from enrolling. Still it’s never too early to start saving, and that’s why I am delighted to tell you about a fantastic holiday giving (and receiving) idea. Leaf College Savings Gift Cards are such a clever product. You can buy a Leaf College Savings Gift Card  for as little as $25.00 dollars, or as much as $1000.00. Through the web site, you…
  • I AM ELEVEN documentary opening in LA

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:41 am
    “I think at heat we are all the same person….at heart, we’re just really all the same.” These are the words from one eleven year old in Genevieve Bailey’s lovely new documentary, called “I AM ELEVEN,” which opens today at Laemmle’s in Los Angeles. Bailey, an Australian filmmaker, traveled the globe and interviewed 15 eleven year old children from all walks of life. The filmmaker poses questions to them about themselves and the world. I had the chance to screen this movie, and am excited now to show it to my children. Hearing from these 15 kids from such a cross section of…
  • 6 great portable family games

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Spending time with the kids on hot lazy summer days can be a great family bonding experience. Or it can be incredibly trying. There’s nothing worse than hearing, “I’m bored, Mom. There’s nothing to do!” While I like to encourage my kids to be resourceful and make their own fun, I also like to steer them towards interactive games they can play together or that we can play as a family. Here are some of the best ones I’ve found. 1. TENZIS (a ridiculously simple dice game that’s great for all ages) 2. DWEEBIES (an obsessive card game) 3. Story Cubes (dice covered with pictures…
  • LACityMom Family Travel : Istanbul, Turkey

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:52 am
    We have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel. From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website:  “Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic,…
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Anger, Guilt and Spending on Kids: 8 Questions to Ask Before Buying Anything

    10 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    With the holidays rapidly approaching, I find myself wondering how many parents are saying to themselves things like: "We spent big money just last year on a new PlayStation and now my son says he wants an Xbox! Why can"t he be happy with what he has?" If this sounds familiar, you"re not alone.
  • Ground Rules for Living with an Adult Child (plus Free Living Agreement)

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    You put in the work: you raised your child, got them through school, and prepared them as best you could for living on their own as an adult. You were looking forward to having the house to yourselves again. Finally, a little peace and quiet!
  • Teen Temper Tantrums: 3 Steps to Stop the Screaming

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    You thought "The Terrible Twos" were bad. Now you"re dealing with "The Terrible Thirteens," and it"s just as bad, if not worse. When you ask your child to help around the house, inquire about school or say no to something they want to do, your teen explodes. When she was two, she cried, kicked and screamed on the floor. At 13, she"s yelling, slamming doors, storming out of the house and screaming, "You can"t control me!"
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    STL Family Life

  • AB Holiday Lights: A Unique St Louis Christmas Light Tour For the Whole Family

    Melody Meiners
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    Are you looking for a holiday light tradition that is more than just a quick drive through the park? Want to create a unique Christmas tradition with your family, or looking for something to do with friends or for a date night that is seasonably appropriate? Might I suggest checking out the Brewery Lights at the Anheuser Busch tour center? And how does free-ninety-nine sound for a price tag? In its 29th year, my family’s first trip through the Brewery Lights was last year. We immediately knew we wanted to make it part of our family’s Christmas traditions for years to come, and…
  • Dance Camp Review + 10 Things to Look for in a Dance Studio

    Melody Meiners
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    When the summer started I had grand hopes of spending every waking moment with my children, playing in the sprinkler, eating popsicles, planning play dates packed with educational value, and turning our kitchen table into a Pinterest sweat shop. I only have this summer and next before my oldest starts Kindergarten and I was going to make every second count. We’re about 50% in and we’ve been a lot of really cool places, but I’ve only bought one pack of popsicles, I’ll have to clean out the garage before I can find the sprinkler, and it took me four late nights…
  • Slowing Down, So Close to Home: Cedar Creek Review & Travel Plan

    Melody Meiners
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    St. Louis families traveling to Cedar Creek can enjoy fishing at their stocked pond. They’ll even provide supplies. The last few summers have been dominated by staycations, but more St. Louis families are trying to find options little bit further from home to get in some serious quality and play time without breaking the vacation day or financial banks. While there are a few regional, family travel staples that come immediately to mind, and all have their merits, our family was recently invited to visit a newer place not on that quick list. One that is close to home, but feels miles…
  • Make Time, Save Money: Five Family Meal Planning Tips & Printables

    Melody Meiners
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:38 pm
    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, and according to the way I feel at 8:30pm, we spend about 3.3 hours caring for others, doing household tasks, and eating or drinking. That’s in comparison to 2.6 hours doing leisure activities. Even if it’s just a half hour, anything that adds more time to that part of the pie they call “leisure” (and which I call walking to the ice cream shop and/or trying to read the same paragraph thirty times in a row) is worth a shot. Add to that, like most parents I also have found my shopping habits have taken a major…
  • One Thing This Weekend: Little Fishes Swim School Grand Opening

    Melody Meiners
    30 May 2014 | 12:33 pm
    After almost eleven months of construction, six months of training coaches on their proprietary instruction method, and a lot of heart and hard work, the newest Little Fishes Swim School facility will celebrate the grand opening of their newest facility in Chesterfield, MO this Saturday. Complete with ribbon cutting, crafts, photo ops with celebrity surfer Keala Kinnelly, and a raffle for one year of free swim lessons, families will be able to check out this location serving families in the West County area from 10am until 2pm on May 31st, 2014. I chose the grand opening as this…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Why You Should Consider an Identity Theft Protection Service

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Why You Should Consider an Identity Theft Protection Service Identity theft is becoming a more prevalent and widespread problem these days. You likely hear about it in the news regularly, and you may even know someone personally who has had identity theft happen to them. It’s become such an issue that professional companies have popped up to help consumers deal with the problem. These businesses charge a fee to monitor and alert customers to the possibility that their identity is being used fraudulently. You may wonder if it is worth it to invest your money in a professional service to…
  • The biggest deal in European sports

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:21 am
    When you live in the States, it’s easy to lose your perspective on sports in the rest of the world. Here, NFL football, Major League Baseball and NBA Basketball hold sway – probably in just about that order. But if you look at Europe soccer (called “football” of course) is really where it’s at. Obviously other sports are big news in different countries, but from a continent-wide perspective, soccer / “football” is the uniting theme. Within Europe itself, four major national leagues hold sway; the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the German Bundesliga and the Italian…
  • A game to get you through the winter evenings

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    During the summer, the evenings merge with the days and it’s a time that is packed with parties, barbecues, and drinks in the garden. You might go out for the day with the kids and some friends and find that you don’t get home until way after their bedtime because the weather’s been so great. But when the nights start drawing in, and darkness falls at the end of the afternoon, those hours in the evening time can feel like they tick past really slowly. It’s something about being confined to the inside that makes time move more slowly. And once the kids are in bed, and you’ve finished…
  • Is there one sport you know loads about?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Is there one sport out there that you’re really into – and that you know more about than the majority of other people? If there is, then it can be quite good fun to see if you can profit from that knowledge – either as a theoretical exercise only – or for real money using mainly free cash. Let me explain… Bookmaking and gambling online is just about the most competitive industry out there. This is why almost all bookmakers offer us free cash and incentives to gamble with them. The same is true, though, of gambling exchanges like Betfair and others, where there is no bookmaker and…
  • The Best Dogs Breeds for Home Protection

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you’re worried about being burgled or having your home threatened or broken into, then you should think about getting a guard dog. They are brilliant at protecting their human masters as they are furiously loyal creatures – unlike those horrible little feline things. A little Chihuahua might not exactly be enough to scare away a burglar (although they would make a lot of noise, which might deter one). Chihuahua is out of the question, so what dogs would make a good guard dog? Well, I’m glad you asked, as it just so happens that I have a list here waiting to go. There are 5 things to…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • Thanks a LATTE Gift {easy gift idea}

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC®. All opinions are 100% mine. This is the perfect time of year to say thank you to friends, teachers, and family, and a quick handwritten note with a gift card is just the ticket.  With the new BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers you can personalize a gift card in a way that’s fun and original and blow them away with your genius.  {{smiling}}.  I’m all about saving time and since presentation is important to me, I’ve got all kinds of ideas rolling around in my head of ways to use my BIC Mark-It™ Permanent Markers.
  • The Best Time to Be a Kid + Win a $2500 Gymboree shopping spree!

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Gymboree believes in savoring the special moments, especially during the holidays.  That’s why they are ushering in the holidays with “The Best Time to Be a Kid“, a fun initiative that allows us to tell the unique stories of special family holiday moments.  I’m all about savoring memories with my kids, and since these moments are more and more fleeting {they are growing faster than the speed of light}, I get excited about any chance to share their #besttimetobeakid moments. It’s not surprise that I am delighted to partner with Gymboree, spreading the word about…
  • Gingerbread Fudge {recipe}

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the things I love most about this time of year is FUDGE! One of the best things about fudge is that just about everyone loves it, and it makes the BEST friend and/or neighbor gift. Plus, there are so many ways you can make fudge variations for a sweet palette adventure. I adore gingerbread, and wanted to experiment with making an EASY Gingerbread Fudge Recipe so I pulled out my Gingerbread Latte Creamer by International Delight and voila, this recipe was born. It’s creamy, sweet and just plain delicious. Here’s what’s to like about the recipe: it’s super easy to…
  • Overnight French Toast Casserole {recipe}

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make an Overnight French Toast Casserole is pretty darn simple.  The best part, of course about overnight casseroles is that all the prep is done the night before so in the morning all you have to do is pop the casserole in the oven and serve.  The great thing about this Recipe is that is makes great left overs.  Overnight French Toast Casserole Ingredients 1 loaf cubed French Bread 3 TBS granulated sugar 1 TBS cinnamon 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cube butter (1/4 cup) 3 TBS light corn syrup 8 oz. cream cheese 2 cups of International Delight® French Vanilla Creamer 6-8 eggs,…
  • Easy Homemade Dorothy Costume

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    How to make a Dorothy Costume is an easy craft that’s perfect for dress up and Halloween costumes!  I do not claim to be a seamstress by any means, but if you can sew a straight line like me then you can definitely sew this costume.  All you need is a plain white t-shirt, blue gingham fabric, sewing machine, elastic and pins.  I guarantee your child will be skipping with delight in this Dorothy Wizard of Oz costume! Materials Needed for Dorothy Costume Blue Gingham Fabric, 1-2 yards Pins Elastic Sewing Machine Iron Note: Fabric, pins and elastic were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    A few weeks ago after a visit to the LEGO store in the mall, we were given a coupon for a free ticket to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Since then, Gavin repeatedly asked when we’d be going to LEGOLAND. When we were invited to a media event in Boston, I decided to keep it a surprise, telling him just before we left, and then he didn’t believe me that we were actually going! Someone doesn’t believe we are going to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston, right now. He thinks we are going to the YMCA. A video posted by Keriann Wilmot (@keri_wilmot) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:24pm PST…
  • LeapFrog LeapPad3 Review

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Tis the season for learning tablets! So, for those of you who are looking to score a deal on a tablet for your kids during the holiday season, I’ve been having some fun with the new LeapFrog LeapPad3. We were fortunate to receive one free to utilize, prior to our trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand conference.  Given that it was Gavin’s first time on an airplane, the LeapPad3 and a pair of headphones were the first items I put in his backpack! The LeapFrog LeapPad tablets have evolved over time, but to date, the LeapPad3 is not only…
  • Meet Newest Pup on Paw Patrol – Everest

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    New Pup on Paw Patrol Everest! Today might as well be a national holiday in our house. A new pup debuts on Paw Patrol, Everest the Husky. We don’t have cable and watch most shows on Hulu and Netflix. What we do own is a season pass to Paw Patrol. Gavin is in love with the show and Paw Patrol toys have been flying off store shelves since the Spring. When I told him there was a new pup, he had a dozen questions, including, “What type of vehicle do you think he’ll drive?!?!” Check your DVR’s and listings for the newest Nickelodeon Paw Patrol episode, “The New…
  • International Luggage Shipping with Luggage Forward

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Luggage Forward Review on As one of the inaugural #BeachesMoms, my family and I recently returned home from a long weekend at Beaches Turks and Caicos for the Social Media on the Sand Conference. As the summer months dissipated into cooler Fall weather here in the North East, I began packing our luggage months before the trip. Nothing made me happier to wash and pack my summer clothes instead of storing them in the closet for a long winter ahead. My husband is a pretty seasoned international traveler and suggested we consider international luggage shipping services given that we…
  • Loving Frogglez Goggles, Swim Goggles for Kids

    5 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Loving these kids frogglez goggles, easy to adjust plus simple for kids to put on themselves. #ad A photo posted by Keriann Wilmot (@keri_wilmot) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:42pm PST We recently took a trip to Beaches Turks and Caicos for the Social Media on the Sand conference and boy do I wish we received these goggles prior to our trip. Frogglez Goggles are swim goggles for kids that have a unique, neoprene head strap and include a velcro adjusting side strap. Genius. Literally today, at Gavin’s swim class, a little girl came out of the pool halfway through the class and asked her…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Gluten Free Iced Lemon Sugar Cookies – with a Giveaway!

    28 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
      This season, 10 fabulous bloggers have gathered together to stock you up with real food cookie recipes for your holiday season in a #RealCookieSwap! Whether you’re hosting or attending a cookie swap or headed to a holiday party, bring with you some treats that not only taste amazing but use unrefined ingredients as well. Gluten-free recipes are perfect for this family, so that everyone can enjoy the treats. I opted to make a gluten-free lemon sugar cookie, one of my personal favorites! In my home we use as many GMO-free, gluten-free, and organic ingredients as possible, so you…
  • 10 Random acts of Neighborliness

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
      A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community is so important, especially now, surrounding all the negativity we hear about daily in the news.
  • Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may want to think about finding a new brand, pronto. Here’s why. The study shows that triclosan causes…
  • The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social selection of items for sale. You can even search items that are made in the USA by state! One of my very favorite…
  • In Celebration of World Kindness Week

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. Think about how much better the world would be if we all took just a bit more time to consider the…
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  • Learn about money: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

    Abel Cheng
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Who doesn’t love money? Even kids know the importance of it. Without it, there will be no new, shiny toys. One of the ways to teach children about money is to tell them about the history of the most sought after stuff in the world. What better way to do this than to bring them to the very institution that prints money: the central bank. I did not know about it until recently that Bank Negara Malaysia, the central bank of Malaysia, has its own museum and art gallery. I quickly jumped at the opportunity to bring J and K (and their 2 other friends) to Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art…
  • I Failed as a Parent

    PW Editorial Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    Photo Credit: Steve Garvie In the past few months, my parenting life was smooth and without any big challenge. Life has its way. When you think you are having a good time, it wants to make it even more interesting. Out of a routine conversation we had yesterday, I accidentally found out that J was lying to me. It’s about school exams. She contradicted herself and I picked it up like a policeman investigating a case. Here’s the fact: As a parent, when you realize that you child tells a lie, it’s definitely heart-breaking. I am no exception. Putting aside sadness and…
  • Kung Fu Master’s View on Spanking

    PW Editorial Team
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Photo Credit: Jenni C Ed. Note: Matt Furey is a man of multiple talents. To begin with, he is a wrestler and Chinese kung fu master. He is also a bestselling author in the area of self-empowerment. It’s interesting to see a “violent” guy talks about spanking. With permission, I have reproduced his article on how he handles spanking. Read on to find out what he has to say. Over the past two weeks I’ve been listening to accusations of child abuse involving NFL running back Adrian Peterson and his four-year old son. The allegations go way beyond a slap or swat on the rumpus.
  • Born in Malaysia: Malaysian Legacy on Print

    Abel Cheng
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:06 am
    I love things that bring nostalgic feelings. That’s why this exhibition drew my attention. While it was still on, I took time out to visit “Born in Malaysia” photo exhibition in one of the art galleries. What a pleasant surprise. I met the photographer – the man behind the project – at the exhibition. He took us around and explained to us the stories behind photos that he took around Malaysia. For 3 years, Kenny Loh went around Malaysia and took pictures of people (subjects that most people would go unnoticed) who helped form the colorful fabric of Malaysia. With…
  • Family Trip to Macau

    Abel Cheng
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    We took advantage of the UPSR exams holiday for a trip to Macau 澳門 (also Macao). Macau is Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, just like Hong Kong. It used to be Portuguese colony until 1999. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes four hours’ flight to reach Macau International Airport. Macau Airport is not huge and it’s good for travelers as we don’t need to walk too far to get out the airport. We have booked rooms at a hotel (we can only afford 2-star in Macau) – which is near to the Cultural Center – for our stay in Macau. It’s a no-frill hotel but…
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • That Time We Got Hit By A Drunk Driver: A Personal PSA Against Drinking And Driving

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    This past weekend, my family and I were in a pretty bad car accident. We were on our way home from dinner and I was thinking about the leftover pumpkin pie we had in the frid—BAM! A pick-up truck slammed into us and slammed us into the pick-up truck in front of us. My first thought was, “What the hell just happened?”  The confusion quickly gave way to fear because all I heard was my children’s screams from the backseat. I turned around and saw both of them shaking and screaming and crying for help. My husband quickly unbuckled and got out of the car and into the…
  • [Date Night] “Beyond The Lights” Brings Love Back To The Big Screen

    14 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    I’m a sucker for a good love story. Show me two people falling for one another, helping each other grow and evolve, and I’ll show you a woman who is swooning. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of both Love & Basketball and Disappearing Acts, knows how to write incredible love stories. So I knew I was going to go see her new film, Beyond the Lights, as soon as I saw a trailer earlier this year. A lot of folks I know were underwhelmed by the trailer and I get it: In an industry where there are more superheroes, more car chases, more splash, more flash than ever, a good ol’…
  • Finding Beauty And Making Memories In Unexpected Places

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    I’m a Midwestern girl through and through. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, went to college 45 minutes away, and bought my first home 15 minutes away from my alma mater. When I say I love Northeast Ohio, I mean it. But as of late, life has gotten downright boring here in my little corner of the state. I felt like I’ve seen it all and done it all and I just want more to do. But a recent trip to nearby Mansfield, Ohio, has convinced me that I have seen very little of the state I claim to love. In working with the Mansfield and Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau,…
  • Four Reasons You Should “Drop-In” On Your Kids At School

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    By Erica Hawthorne Outside of eating lunch with your child every now and then and parent-teacher conferences, how often are you able to drop in at your child’s school? Probably not often, considering most of us are extremely busy with life. However, even if it’s just for an hour here or an hour there, doing drive-bys at your kids’ school is beneficial, and here’s why: You Get To See What They Really Do At School If you’re anything like me, at some point, part of your daily routine is asking your kids, “How was your day? What did you do at school today?” It has been my experience…
  • OPEN THREAD: Do You Need Your Partner To Show Their Love For You On Facebook?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Yesterday was Wednesday and as such, folks were posting their #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesdays) photos. Three of my newly married friends got a shout out from their new husbands, with each saying something sweet like, “The only #WCW I need in my life. She is indeed a dream come true.” So lovely, right? So why, if I’m completely honest, was I a little jealous? My husband does not use social media like most 30somethings do. He’s busy, he says. He will hop online to check out the Lakers’ score or see just how bad Kobe’s ankle is and maybe comment on a photo or…
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  • Dutch mother rescues daughter from ISIS

    Nicole Greene
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Over the past few months, there have been a lot of stories about young girls being lured to Syria, away from their Western families to become “jihadi brides“. The brides of ISIS. It’s a disturbing trend. So much so, that the Canadian government has called for research to better understand why and under which circumstances women are recruited and the extent to which they become involved in violent extremist movements. Just like the grooming carried out by pedophiles on the internet, much of this recruitment is carried out via social media. And the…
  • The Risk You Take in Telling That Little White Lie

    Nicole Greene
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:16 am
    As parents, we often tell ourselves that a little white lie is harmless but necessary to preserve a child’s innocence, to protect them from knowledge they’re not ready for, or just to save our own sanity. And yet… we expect our kids not to keep things from us, and teach them that “honesty is the best policy”. Somewhat unsurprisingly, a recent study at University of California-San Diego supports what most of us know deep down – when you lie to a child, even if it’s a white lie, you’re teaching them that there are times when it’s ok to…
  • Why GoldieBlox Really Isn’t Breaking Gender Stereotypes

    Nicole Greene
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I first heard about GoldieBlox when they were at the Kickstarter fundraising stage. As a woman working in Science and Technology, I have experienced first hand the kind of chauvinism in the classroom and workplace that pushes many brilliant female minds away. I was very much willing to embrace the idea of the clever Miss Goldie and her Blox, because I’ll support anything that helps children develop their spatial thinking skills. I also liked the idea of a toy that wasn’t born out of the lazy notion that girls’ toys must focus on looks and fashion in order to be…
  • Ziggy Marley’s Children’s Book – I Love You, Too

    Nicole Greene
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Pretty cool gift idea this holiday season.   It is reassuring for children to hear how much they are loved. It is also reassuring to know that love is not conditional. Mr. Marley creates a story that children can relate to and bond with discovering that love can move mountains and will always exist no matter what.   via a book review by Renee Hand: I Love You, Too.   The post Ziggy Marley’s Children’s Book – I Love You, Too appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
  • DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin

    Nicole Greene
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cute The post DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
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  • Teaching my Sons That Grief is Not Contagious

    Marie Roker-Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:41 am
    When a loved one dies, people react to you in one of three ways: 1. They offer their condolences and awkwardly try to have a discussion about the situation. 2. They offer you support and comfort. 3. They send you an impersonal message and avoid you as much as possible. The funny thing is you never know how anyone will react to your grief. When my dad passed away to years ago, I experienced an outpouring of love from people; online friends and friends I’ve known for years. I was unprepared for the reaction from people I assumed were friends. I understand that death is a delicate topic…
  • Mom, You’re a Bully

    Marie Roker-Jones
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
      As we sit in frustration and horror about the bullying epidemic, we continue to look around for someone to blame. We point fingers at everyone and refuse to acknowledge that we all play a part in the bullying situation. Our generation has started a bullying trend that is now out of control. Let me make this clear, EVERY child is involved in the bullying the situation, including my child. Our children are either the bully, the victim or the spectator. Even if you are sighing with relief that at least your child is not the bully or the victim, the tides turn quickly. Today’s bully…
  • 5 Healthy Habits to Teach Your Son

    Marie Roker-Jones
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:39 am
    Imagine it is 15 years from now, what do you see your son doing with his life? To answer that question, you need to think about what your son is learning about life now. 1) Be of Service to Others What will be your son’s legacy? His life defines who he is and the choices he makes will impact his the lives of others. Teach him to understand the power of his words and actions. Remind him that he was uniquely created to make a contribution to the world. Surround him with people who are supportive, positive and encouraging. Staying small and thinking small will not get him where he needs to…
  • Could You be Raising a Misogynist?

    Marie Roker-Jones
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    I know a mom who frequently says how much she doesn’t like women or girls. She believes that her way of thinking is fine because she has raised boys. Unfortunately, she has also raised misogynists. What she failed to realize is that in all her years of making negative comments about women and creating an environment of distrust and disrespect for women, she has conditioned her sons to share in her belief. A misogynist is a person who hates, dislikes, mistrusts, or mistreats women. Despite your best efforts to teach your son to respect, like and trust women, you may inadvertently be…
  • Are You Losing Your Compassion?

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    I recently signed up for a course that focus on compassion. At first, you may think “Why would someone need to learn compassion?” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become less compassionate and empathetic to the needs of others. This change in me has been subtle. Over the years, the person who cared too much has become the person who cares a little.  I noticed a bubbling of apathy when someone shared a story that in the past would have compelled me to take action. I slowly was becoming a rigid and polarized thinker. This awareness was brought to light as I looked at my life…
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  • Pressure Cookers 101: What they are and Why You Need One This Holiday Season [Giveaway!]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ll begin this piece by being completely transparent and admitting that I had no earthly idea what a pressure cooker did, or why I needed one. The fact that this was even a “thing” at all completely eluded me. I was – for all intents and purposes – a pressure cooking ignoramus; but thanks to an awesome representative from T-fal USA, I’ve not only broken my proverbial pressure cooking “virginity”, but I’ve warmly welcomed the Clipso Pressure Cooker by T-fal to my rotating arsenal of kitchen cookware. Now, let me tell you why you really need a pressure cooker, and…
  • 20 Amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Facts to Share with Your Kids

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      Thanksgiving food checklist: Green bean casserole? Check. Stuffing? Check. Grandma’s sweet potato pie? (Yum.) Double check. And turkey! What would a Thanksgiving be without a big, juicy, golden brown, oven cooked bird sitting in the middle of the table? But wait – Why in the world do we eat turkey every Thanksgiving anyway? How did this big unattractive bird earn its illustrious place of honor at the center of every Thanksgiving meal? Why is this “Thanksgiving food”?? The weird truth is that no one really knows for sure. Historians have a few different theories. Related…
  • LeapFrog LeapTV : The Only Video Gaming System your 3 to 8-year-old Needs

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    My twin 3-year-olds are little techies; and rightfully so. I – being their mother and all – covet any electronic gadget that can make my life easier by giving me information and entertainment with a simple flick of a finger. Needles to say, my children received their love of phones, tablets, and gaming systems totally honest. I sit and look at my children in amazement at times at how quickly they catch on to new games and applications. They flick, slide, pinch, and push buttons so quickly and efficiently that I often wonder if I don’t have two little geniuses on my hands; But…
  • How to Save your Sanity This Holiday Travel Season With These 2 Easy Road Trip Activities for Kids

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      At almost three years of age, my two little munchkins have had their fair share of road trips. With family in North Carolina and family friends in bordering states, my twins are no strangers to long car rides. For preschoolers, they actually do pretty well, but I’ve noticed that it’s getting harder and harder to keep them occupied. If you haven’t seen my road trip video, be sure to watch it. As a relatively new – and apparently clueless – parent, I forgot to bring activities for the kiddies on a six hour road trip. The insanity that ensued was quite epic. Needless to…
  • How to Keep from Bringing ‘Cooties’ Home to Your Family This Cold and Flu Season

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      It’s almost cold and flu season again; and with scientists saying that this year will be one of the worst on record for colds and flus, it’s important for us as parents to take whatever precautions necessary to protect our families from those dreaded germs. It won’t be long before co-workers, fellow travelers, and fellow gym members are sharing their germs with you and everyone else around them. Although there isn’t a way to completely protect yourself from exposure to the viruses that your “friends” are spreading, (short of isolating yourself in a…
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  • 3 Holiday Appetizer Recipes with Stonefire Flatbread and Alouette Cheese #Flavorology

    28 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    With this holidays come parties, guests and a need for food. I hate serving the same thing every time, and I have found that I get more inventive as time goes on. I also really enjoy coming up with my own unique flavors and recipes to serve others. Of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible too. That's why I love the fact that Stonefire
  • 6 Reasons We Visit Local Parks #OurLand

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with MomDot Media and The Trust for Public Land, all opinions are my own.  If you have been a reader of this site for any length of time, it is not secret that the boys and I travel a lot. In fact, we travel together about a third of the year, and most of that is travel spent outdoors. I love the great outdoors. I love to be outside, to explore
  • 15 Things You Can't Miss in Universal Orlando's New Diagon Alley #FLBlogTrip #Travel

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    There are no words to describe the looks that passed over my boys faces when we first passed through the enchanted entrance to Diagon Alley in Universal Orlando's newest Harry Potter addition. Awe and wonder took turns gracing their faces as they peered into shop windows, watched as magic literally happened right before their eyes from the wands of others, spoke with a goblin at the Gringott's
  • Buca di Beppo Thanksgiving Feast - A Holiday Meal without the Mess

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I love Thanksgiving. I love it because my whole extended family comes together for four days of fun starting on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the time, we have not seen each other all year, and every second is precious. Unfortunately, preparing the Thanksgiving meal is an all day process that
  • Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Glaze #TimeToBelieve

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:20 pm
    <!-- I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®: Time to Believe / Clever Girls Snippet --> <!-- END Clever Girls Snippet --> Christmas if finally coming! Christmas time is by far my favorite time of year. I love the sights, smells and especially tastes of the holiday. Those holiday treats can really help you pack on the pounds though, so I look for simple substitutes that can be made to help shave
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Travel Tales: Phi Phi Island Day Tour (Thailand, Day 3)

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Day 3 is the most-happening day of our vacation in Thailand. We went on a spur of the moment adventure courtesy of the hubby who decided to treat us to a once in a lifetime island hopping experience for our anniversary and my birthday. He booked a Phi Phi Island day tour package from the same tour operator who accompanied us for a private city tour the day before. BEST. last minute. DECISION. EVER.We left the resort at around 8am via an airconditioned minibus (it's actually a van but they call it minibus there) with a bunch of other tourists. We took the photos above while waiting to board on…
  • Make Someone's Christmas Sweeter With These Edible Gifts

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    I think we can all agree that one of the best things about Christmas is the food. Together we abandon our healthy eating regimes and indulge in the rich, spiced festive delicacies. Whether you are looking for stocking filler inspiration or something bigger, we have come up with some edible Christmas gift ideas that should help you out. Image sourceTraditionalYou may wish to keep things traditional and give a fruitcake. If you know the person you are giving this gift to enjoys Christmas fruitcake, then your job is done. However, this dense cake is a bit like marmite; you either love it or hate…
  • Executive Lunch at La Fondue

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Last Friday after collecting the PSLE result from K's school, I brought her along with me at work and surprised her with a fancy schmancy executive lunch at La Fondue in Dempsey Hill which is just a stone throw away from my workplace. She was deeply touched and I was so happy to finally get to spend alone time with her. It's been a while since our last foodie girl's date.La Fondue is a perfect place to bond over food with your spouse, bestfriend or grown up daughter or son. The restaurant is really cozy and obviously very instagrammable specially that we were the only costumers when we…
  • How To Deal With Living Apart From Your Family

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Sam HowzitSome families stay close to each other through the generations, often living in the same town for decades or even centuries. But other families spread their wings and move to different cities, countries and even continents. When either you or a family member moves abroad, it's both an exciting and worrying time. It's always exciting to be starting a new adventure or to watch your family do the same thing. But being apart is difficult, and you can't help but miss your family. Living in a different country to your family can cause problems and make some things harder. Difficult times…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Download Gardens by the Bay Mobile App

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    Have you downloaded Gardens by the Bay Mobile App yet? If your answer is no, then you better download it for free NOW either in iTunes or Google Play! I promise, you won't regret it. Let me tell you why...1) THE APP IS PACKED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE GARDENSWhen you download Gardens by the Bay Mobile App, you no longer need to research frantically over the internet for all the information you will need prior to visiting the gardens. The app comes with a "magazine", all you need to do is tap on the photos shown in your phone screen (see sample in the above photo) and viola, you will get the…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • The Cost of Youth Sports: How Much is Too Much?

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The cost of youth sports continues to increase with the goals parents are setting for their young athletes and as competition gets more heated. Loftier goals + stiffer competition=more money spent. The question you as a sports parent must ask yourself is this: how much is too much? I’ve read stories of parents who won’t go...Read More
  • How To Raise Money for Youth Sports…AND Do Your Christmas Shopping at the Same Time!

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    How to raise money for youth sports is a dilemma that many parents face every season.  And to make matters worse, we have entered the busiest holiday season of the year. Who’s got time to worry about fundraising for a youth sports team when there’s Christmas and Hanukkah shopping to be done, decorations to be put...Read More
  • Making It Right in Youth Sports: John Vcelka Wants EVERYONE to Play Sports Safely

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports. There are lots of folks out there who...Read More
  • Teamwork Done Right: 4 Signs That Your Sports Team Has Got it Down

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Teamwork is encouraged by youth sports teams everywhere. But of those thousands and thousands of squads, how many of them are doing team the right way? As a sports mom for 21 years, I watched my kids play on over 100 teams and if I am being honest I will have to admit that a lot...Read More
  • Is Your Child Doing Success the Right Way?

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Success looks like fun from a distance. Your child sees what he wants to achieve and is determined to be successful in his sport. I want to hit home runs like he does! I’m gonna work until I’m as fast as her! I will practice my shots until I can score 20 points a game! But...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Drool-Worthy Desserts: 12 Holiday Pies to Send Your Taste Buds to Heaven

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    This recipe collection is sponsored by, a place to collect and organize recipes. I only added pies I want to eat! Check out 12 Heavenly Holiday Pies by Darcy Zalewski at Anyone who knows me knows I love sweets. They are definitely my weakness. And even though I tend to prefer cake over pie, there are some very, very delicious pie options for dessert. Plus, pie just seems to fit Thanksgiving better than cake, don’t you think? I don’t really know why, but they just go together perfectly. (I might stretch the definition of pie a bit at times, but your tastebuds…
  • Do Your Holiday Gifts Have Batteries Included? #PowerTheHolidays

    Darcy Zalewski
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post is part of a sponsored campaign with SheSpeaks and Duracell. All thoughts shared are my own. A few of my kids’ favorite toys require batteries. They make sounds, they light up, or they move around. Toys like Scout, the Little People Princess Castle, and noisy cars with buttons. My son has this music cube that he loves. It’s played with a lot, so I’m surprised we haven’t gone through more batteries than we have, but the music gets distorted when the power gets low. Toys do strange things when their batteries are giving out! Seriously, that’s when they…
  • Dance and Sing with The Fresh Beat Band – Live in #Milwaukee!

    Darcy Zalewski
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We’re happy to help spread the word about great family-friendly entertainment in the metro Milwaukee area! Do you have a preschooler who loves to sing and dance? Silly question, I know! Both of my kids love music too. I never thought I’d be one of those moms who actually enjoyed some of these children’s bands, but they really grow on you. From their brightly colored clothes down to their catchy tunes, The Fresh Beat Band is great fun for the little tot crowd. Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout go to music school together and everything they do is infused with music! Whether or…
  • Get 10 Free Holiday Cards From Tiny Prints! #Ad

    Darcy Zalewski
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Disclosure: This post contains my affiliate link. It’s that time of year again – time to order holiday cards! My favorite cards these days are personalized. I love to see everyone’s smiling faces. If they aren’t personalized with photos, then a pretty design or funny text is the way to go. Cards can get expensive and we really love Tiny Prints holiday cards, so hooray for a free card promo! We’re not getting our family photos taken until next weekend though. Hopefully you don’t miss out on these 10 free cards since we can’t get them yet. On to the…
  • Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure – Coming to Milwaukee! + Ticket Giveaway #DisneyJuniorLive

    Darcy Zalewski
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Yo ho, let’s go! Get ready for Disney Junior Live! Pirate & Princess Adventure coming to Milwaukee! Feld Entertainment is providing my family with complimentary tickets as well as tickets to giveaway. I dare say that’s better than grabbing gold doubloons. My kids absolutely LOVE Jake and his crew. My daughter enjoys dressing up and pretending to be Izzy, but sometimes she wants to be Sofia. They are going to be so excited to see this show! They don’t know we are going yet. Shhh, it’s a surprise for them! I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they…
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    One Little Mister

  • Get Creative with Kids This Holiday Season with Fun DIY Projects

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Keeping the kids entertained over the holidays does not have to be difficult or break the bank. These great DIY projects make spending time with the kids an exciting experience and these projects are... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Beginner Bikes – Strider Balance Bikes are Perfect

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    There is no greater joy than being a parent or a grandparent and teaching your child something new and seeing them be successful in their accomplishments. I have loved teaching my kids how to ride... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Holiday Gift Basket Ideas & Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    This post is sponsored by The Lakeside Collection. I received a sample of this product for the purposes of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. Forget “Basket” Gift baskets... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Have You Explored Food for Healthy Eyesight?

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
      With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s important to think about healthy foods and how they can be incorporated into your holiday meal to improve your overall eye health. Bet you... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Get your Healthy Snack On with Snikiddy Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    In my house healthy snacking is very important. When we are rushing from one place to another and it will be a while before we get a chance to eat our next meal, grabbing a quick snack is necessary.... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • How do you know which movies and electronic games are age-appropriate for your kids?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:16 am
    Please note; this is NOT a sponsored post; just something I thought might come in handy when we're all casting about for ideas for gifts this Christmas...As an involved / engaged / helicopter (delete as you see fit) parent, I like to understand what it is my children are watching or playing when they're staring at their electronic devices.  However, researching every single online purchase that my children want to make - and properly understanding the plots and techniques etc that various games use - is something that I simply don't have the time (or, if I'm honest, the enthusiasm) to…
  • 21st Century Learning

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Who can place this quote:"... your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not that they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."*I remembered this quote today when I was having a conversation  with a friend and we found ourselves pondering this question: how much screen time do our children get each day? In fact, how much screen time does YOUR child get each day?I'm asking this not because I'm trying to make you feel guilty about the kids flopping down in front of the tv the moment they walk through the door at the end of their school day, or to make judgements about the…
  • Remembering

    12 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Yesterday it was Remembrance Day in the UK (and in various other nations around the world, I know).  I had hoped to take the Boys to see the amazing installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London when we were in the UK a week or so ago, but heavy traffic and a late-running doctors' appointment meant we didn't make it. Life, as ever, got in the way.However, yesterday Boy #2 came home from school to tell me how his teacher (a South African) had shown them footage from Sunday's ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall London, regaling me with his tale as if it related to events from…
  • The curse of Halloween; I'm just going to come right out and say it...

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Want to hear a rather unfashionable secret? Deep breath.I hate Halloween.There, I said it.  And if you want to accuse me of being a boring old fuddy duddy, go ahead, I really don't care.  It's not that I hate the Halloween I grew up with, you understand.  No, it's more that I hate the way that we (as in, those of us who didn't grow up in North America) are being shoe-horned, cajoled and emotionally blackmailed, however you want to put it, into the Hallmark-isation of what was previously a low key event on our festive calendars.As a kid growing up in the UK during the far…
  • Big A's Culinary Adventures

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    This is another post from my sis on fb.  It just made me spit tea all over the keyboard, so wanting to bask in the reflection of her glory (yet again), I have nicked it for your reading pleasure.A bit of background: my sister (the former blogger known as Footballer's Knees) lives with her husband Big A, and 18 year old son, J.  Once a week she spends the night away from home on business - no prizes for guessing which day that is...Big A's food baby is hanging around, despite frequent grym visits, so his personal trainer has suggested that he keeps a Food Diary for a week. Here…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 6 Ways A Gratitude Practice Can Change You. For the better.

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m in the process of gratitude journal shopping. This is a big deal in my world. Each year, I choose one special journal to carry me through the year in my very deep, spiritual abundance and gratitude DAILY practice. I’ll be starting my fifth journal on Jan. 1. Recently, on a coaching call with my lovely mamas around the world in my membership program, I was asked a great question: What changes in yourself have you seen since keeping your gratitude journal? As I began answering, the ladies thought my words should be shared more widely on this topic. To write this post, I gathered…
  • Got Gratitude? 50 Often Overlooked Motherhood Joys to be Thankful For Today

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, I’ve been talking a lot about my gratitude and abundance practice to some of my coaching clients and how it’s the be-all and end-all of how any mom can stay out of the Land of Bitter and Sour. The key to feeling like an abundant mama begins and ends with how you feel about your life. I know no other way to show up for my life than through a simple thank you.  I keep a simple gratitude journal, but my practice is so much more than a journal. It’s a full-blown and deep practice that I work on every single day of my life. And I do so because life is hard.
  • Are you stuck in the Land of Bitter and Sour? Here’s Why.

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Here’s a really familiar story. Last week, a dear mom with the best intentions sent me an email. She was tired. So tired. And, overwhelmed. She needed a B-R-E-A-K. She needs a vacation, she said. Just one week away. I could feel the desperation in her voice through the email. I know because I’ve been there — many times. Long hours alone with children can wreak havoc on our minds, our bodies and our souls. We start to grow bitter and angry. This leads to lashing out. Yelling. In my coaching practice, I call this the Land of Bitter and Sour.     Do you relate to that…
  • Holiday Stress and Honoring Your Own Hungers

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    The holiday season is upon us, which can mean that holiday stress is also upon us, like a great weight of gifts over our shoulders. We can take it and run with it without thought and feel constantly inadequate. Or we can own it and hold it and nurture it and make it ours by honoring our own hungers. What do I need this holiday season? What am I hungry for this season? I need … love, knowingness and bliss. I need joy, beauty and comfort. I need deep, deep gratitude both in me and around me. I need simple living, simple activities and simple joy. I need healthy, nourishing foods to…
  • 12 Mantras to End Your Day Feeling Like You Are Enough, Have Enough and Do Enough

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    There is waking up. And there is waking up ready to be awesome. I’ve had many of each and I generally prefer the latter. But waking up and ready to be awesome takes great preparation — mentally and physically — so that by day’s end, we can sit back and smile at what we accomplished, rather than feel inadequate and deflated. Yes, my inner critic talks too much. And I’m not always feeling like I am enough, that I have enough or that I’m doing enough. But for the most part I do a pretty good job at keeping myself out of the dark shadows and heading toward the…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Black Friday: Indulge Your Inner Leather Lover

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Good Morning, Ladies! Thanksgiving leftovers are safely tucked away, so you all know what THAT means…time to indulge in some Black Friday shopping therapy. And whether you explore the sales offerings at the mall, at the trendy neighborhood shops, or online, we all know that great prices are not just for gift buying but for wardrobe enhancing.  So, this is your Project Motherhood permission to do a little shopping for yourself on Black Friday, too.  And how better to do that than by releasing your inner leather lover? I know all of you aren’t necessarily sure about this leather…
  • Holiday Gift Guide For The Beauty Lover {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    As of lately, my list of beauty obsessions has gotten longer, and I have come to look forward to our beauty day of the week more and more, as we share our latest finds with you all! I can’t even begin to express how much the beauty lovers in your life are going to love discovering these amazing beauty products on our list this year! We have covered a little bit of everything in the beauty department and will have your beauty lover going crazy in no time! (Hint: we also have a totally FAB giveaway to enter after you leave scrolled through all the products!) Holiday Gift Guide For The…
  • Holiday Gift Guide For Kids {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    The kids always seem to know exactly what they want, right? Their lists have been made, and they are most likely waiting for their arrival to the North Pole as soon as Thanksgiving is through (or maybe since 4th of July?!). But this season, I had the amazing opportunity to preview and connect with the absolute coolest kids toys on the market – some you probably never even knew existed! This year, take charge of your kids wish lists and surprise them with one of these goodies!  Holiday Gift Guide For Kids 1. Born on Bowery is a beautiful New York City based online boutique filled with…
  • Holiday Gift Guide For Your Man {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Why does it always seem so hard to buy gifts for the men in our lives? I mean – I can’t be the only one to struggle with this! We spend so much time with them and know them well, and of course they want things like fast sports cars and vacations – but the budget doesn’t always allow for that. Undaunted, we have nontheless rounded up some of the absolute best gift ideas for all the men in your life, plus are giving away a bunch of these goodies below. Happy shopping!  Holiday Gift Guide For Your Man 1.For the man in your life who loves to golf or is interested in…
  • #CelebStyle – Celebrities With Pear Shaped Bodies

    Allison Cooper
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Last week, we featured Drew, Jennifer, and Angelina, this week we are moving onto the celebrities with pear shape bodies! Again, it’s so great to keep these shapes in mind whenever starring yourself down in the mirror while shopping. I can’t stress this enough – just because you fit into a certain body shape, doesn’t mean that your body can’t be different – or fit into a couple different categories. The celebrities that we know and love deal with the same obstacles! Celebrities With Pear Shaped Bodies Time to discover the shopping tricks of the celebrities…
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    The Mommist

  • Photo Lust: Thanksgiving, Marilyn Monroe Style

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Marilyn Monroe circa 1950Happy Thanksgiving!Onward and Upward!
  • Interior Envy: Old Warehouse Loft

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    originThis stunning renovated loft apartment inside an old warehouse that was metamorphosed for residential use at the Pearl District in Portland is something I'd like to call home. *heavy sigh* If I can't have it, I'll just do the next best thing: copy. The soft industrial design with hints of vintage was done by Jessica Helgerson. I'm seriously going crazy over those upholstered Eames DKWs, handblown glass bubble pendant, and the floating credenza! Onward and Upward!
  • Desire: Thanksgiving Downtime Essentials

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Bubble Bath  /  Sea Sponge  /  Bathtub CaddyBamboo Bathrobe  /  Bath & Shower Gel  /  Soy CandleThanksgiving is that special time of the year you spend with your whole clan over a sumptuous meal while reflecting on all the things that you're grateful for. It is also a time of great stress - from braving the lines at your favorite grocery store to fighting over the wishbone! A good downtime after is de rigueur. As for me, well, a leisurely bath before hitting the…
  • Photo Lust: Still Life - Irving Penn

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    AphrodisiacCholesterol RevengeRipe CheeseOnward and Upward!
  • Photo Lust: Bob Dylan Collage

    Len Dela Cruz
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    origin“Don't criticize what you can't understand.” ~ Bob DylanOnward and Upward!
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  • Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    Today is Mickey Mouse’s 86th birthday! And who better to tell us a little about him than Uncle Walt? “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” —Walt Disney “The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal […]
  • Back to School

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Around this time each year, I like to share a few words to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school time. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some solace to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year. To all the students starting school, be appreciative […]
  • Mickey Monday

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “The life and ventures of Mickey Mouse have been closely bound up with my own personal and professional life. It is understandable that I should have sentimental attachment for the little personage who played so big a part in the course of Disney Productions and has been so happily accepted as an amusing friend wherever […]
  • Though the World is Fast Asleep

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    This time of night was once quiet. I expected it to change when Gretchen arrived. I did not expect William and Elisabeth to be the ones crying or up more than her. It seems our middle Tweedles have acquired an internal alarm that goes off, waking them to call out to Daddy and Mommy, while […]
  • It’s A Girl!

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    I am very happy to announce that my wife gave birth to our fourth child and second daughter this morning. Gretchen Isolde Aycock arrived on June 6, 2014 at 1:44 a.m. She is 7lb 13oz and 21″ long. Welcome to the world, Gretchen! What a blessing you are, baby girl. We are in love with our […]
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Whore in a Drawer Versus Elf on a Shelf

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    I know this is horrible and Mr. Kerrie is going to either pee his pants laughing like I did or give me that stern look that says I have gone too far, but I found this and had to share because I love a good laugh and bet you do as well! Furthermore, this is my sense of humor so this blog might not be your speed if you don't get a giggle out of this one. I like things that rhyme! Here is the accompanying Bubblews post about why we don't do Elf on a Shelf.
  • 33 Things to Do Indoors with Kids in #KansasCity

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Posted this on Facebook and got a great response so it needed to be in a permanent spot:Okay, so my visions of snuggling up by a fire and homeschooling every day this winter have been blown to bits by the fact that my kids are getting older and bounce off the walls when stuck inside on freezing days. So here are some indoor ideas I have come up with so far ... some are free and some are so expensive they should not even be on the list, but I would love your input for KC area things to do indoors with kids ranging from 5-13 (including field trips)!Don't send me money and don't kiss my feet…
  • #Halloween Week Craziness ... October Insanity, #WorldSeries #Royals

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    This post is kinda for my parents and Mr. Kerrie's parents so they can see all the cool stuff we have been doing with the grandkids lately. Somehow into all this crazy I am also fitting the Leavenworth Virtual Schooling and it's still working out really great for us! When I can catch my breath I will post more on that on my homeschooling blog! For now, here are some photos!Science City with 2 of our Connors friends! Thanks for the pass, Dad and Nancy!Trunk or Treat at our churchBoo at the Kansas City Zoo ... thanks, Mom and Dave! Finally got to ride the boat after all these years!Leaving the…
  • Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream #HolidayGiftGuide2014

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    I have the opportunity to review Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream and am super excited about it! Here is some information about it while I wait for my actual product to try so you can read up on it and purchase it if it sounds like something you would love. I'll be back in about a month to write my review!From the manufacturer:Anavita Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is GUARANTEED TO LEAVE YOUR SKIN FIRMER, tighter, more toned, moisturized and more youthful looking. It's PROVEN TO STIMULATE COLLAGEN and reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles so you can avoid painful and more expensive…
  • Practicing What I Preach: #Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Here is a link to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and TWO articles I have in there this month (Halloween Traditions and Pumpkin Decorating)! Guess how much I got for both of these reprints? $75! Yes, for something I wrote a year ago and have been selling ever since, I got a decent amount of money and it is going to help pay something off this month faster than we planned!If you want to do the same or know someone who needs to make extra money from home or needs it to make ends meet and is a decent writer, please point them toward my resource that I wrote in 2009 and have been updating ever since…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • SOFZSLEEP Pillow Review, Giveaway & Discount Code

    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A good’s night sleep is unmistakably the most important thing to get you up and running for the day. After... Continue reading » The post SOFZSLEEP Pillow Review, Giveaway & Discount Code appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Carrying one another’s burden

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    For many marries couples, familiarity breeds contempt the longer you’re married.  I too have gone down that slippery slope where... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Carrying one another’s burden appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Thankful Tuesday – All is well

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Thanks everyone for your concern, prayers and well wishes. The op last Wednesday went well and I'm now recuperating back... Continue reading » The post Thankful Tuesday – All is well appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Phuket Beach Holiday Getaway Part 2– Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    After spending 2 and a half days in the lovely Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao, we headed to a more... Continue reading » The post Phuket Beach Holiday Getaway Part 2– Holiday Inn Resort Phuket appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Phuket Beach Holiday Getaway Part 1- Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao

    6 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    When it comes to holidays, I have concluded that beach holidays are more my kinda thing. I used to turn... Continue reading » The post Phuket Beach Holiday Getaway Part 1- Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Planes: Fire & Rescue Blu-Ray Giveaway

    Erica Price
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    Have you seen Planes, last year’s big children’s film hit?  If so, you’ll be glad to hear that Planes: Fire and Rescue is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 1st December.  Planes: Fire and Rescue is full of action and adventure with plenty of laughs too.The focus of the action is a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft who are devoted to protecting the historic Piston Peak National Park from fires. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he decides to move into the world of aerial…
  • Christmas Gift Guide: Chocolate

    Erica Price
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Well it wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate would it? This year we have been checking out some of the lovely chocolates and chocolate related goodies like biscuits and cakes that contain, you’ve guessed it, chocolate. It’s been a tough task, but someone had to do it and we’ve enjoyed being your taste testers.Cadbury always have a good range of products for Christmas and our favourites were the Tree Decorations and the Advent Calendar.  What we tend to do is obviously use the Advent Calendar in the run up to Christmas, but spread the Christmas fun out a little more…
  • Are Men Better At Christmas Shopping Than Women?

    Erica Price
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Intel have commissioned some consumer research with some really interesting findings this Christmas shopping season. According to the survey by Intel, men spend more than women on gifts to the tune of £100 more.  Women often end up splitting their budget between their partner and the children, with over a third spending more on the kids.Another interesting fact is that 62% of us will shop online (I certainly will be for the most part, although I love the idea of selecting each gift lovingly from an independent store, there isn’t time when you are a busy mum).  A lot of those online…
  • Christmas Ice Rink at Webbs of Wychbold

    Erica Price
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    I’ve been meaning to take H ice skating again for so long.  We went to an outdoor rink in a local park a few years back and it was a total disaster because not only could H not skate, but I couldn’t really either on their horrible plastic ice rink.  When Webbs of Wychbold invited us along to try out their outdoor ice rink, I was a bit worried that perhaps I’d lost the knack of skating and it wasn’t just the fault of the nasty plastic.  It was quite a relief when we got on the ice to find that all those teenage Saturday mornings skating round and round our local rink…
  • NattyMat Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    What’s your routine for after a swimming session?  After showing and drying my body, I use my towel to dry my hair and keep wet hair off my clothes (wearing it turban style) while I get dressed.  Once that’s done I turn my attention to getting my feet dry before I put shoes and socks on by standing on my towel and using it to dry my feet.  Next up I put the wet stuff in a plaky bag and off we go.  This works reasonably well, but it’s not ideal.  My feet aren’t that dry as I’m putting my trousers on.  If the floor is very wet, my towel gets soaking wet and…
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  • The First Pimple

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The first pimple is out. Ya, so soon, too soon maybe. Did I fail to teach my kids about cleaning their face? How to play catch up now? I’m not going into a discussion on the puberty cycle… but I thought I should share what crossed my mind when I saw that pimple. I don’t know about the others, but from Day 1, we bathe our kids with Baby Soap and Baby Shampoo. And I was taught to focus on hair and body only. We just used a damp towel to clean the baby’s face. This procedure continued till erm… now… when that pimple appeared. Did I do something wrong? Should…
  • Shangri-La Mactan Review

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    A few years ago, I learnt (from experience) that one of the best kinds of family holidays to have is a Beach Holiday! I know farm stays, city sightseeing or adventure trekking are great, but there’s something about a beach holiday that resonates with everyone. It somehow brings you away from the realities of Work and for the kids, realities of School. (unless you live by the beach!) But it’s not that easy to find a nice beach resort that would add value to a beach holiday. No one likes to have sand on your feet all the way from the beach to your room. And worse, to take a shower in your…
  • Therapy 101: Confidence Building

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Sometimes we parents have to make unexpected or even unnecessary purchases for our kids. I’m not referring to stuff they need or an unexpected circumstance that occurred. For me, it was like a seed investment to buy my daughter’s words. Yes, I paid S$128 just for that. As many of you know, Nadine does not express herself much. When she’s facing a tough time, or not feeling too well, she would cry. (And it’s those silent cries, not temper tantrums or screaming cries… usually you can’t’ even hear a sob.) And it would be up to the teachers, caregivers or…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Make A Wish From The Heart...

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    As a kid, I went berserk for Barbie. I had the clothes, the camper, multiple Kens...mmmmm, multiple Kens...And now *a few* years later my daughter Avery is playing "Barbies." Sadly, I didn't hang on to any of my Barbies (I gave them to a younger neighbour). It's probably for the best—most of my dolls were bald-ish after I attempted and failed to master the "Dorothy Hamill" haircut. Not only do Avery and I love to play with Barbies, Avery has her own "Barbie My Dreams" account. This post isn't about that, but I'm sharing because hello...1. Barbie!2. It's free fun. 3. You can play with Barbie…
  • How Do We Protect Our Special Daughters?

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    We listened to this man's thoughtful commentary on the radio and welcomed the other man into our homes every Thursday night for eight television seasons. Both intelligent, successful, well respected, charming—why wouldn’t we trust them?It’s hard to believe they’re actually monsters, if not sick puppies at the very least.I’m not the only woman who believed they were the “good guys.” If you don’t know who I'm talking about then your computer, television and radio are broken. Oh, and your newspaper subscription has expired. I consider myself a pretty good judge of character and…
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    What people said when I told them we were getting a cat.A) We have reasons.B) Correct, I'm a dog person. Cats are pretty weird.C) You can never have too many pets, can you? Wait. Cat horders. I suppose you can. D) I am a little allergic—hives, scratchy throat, red eyes swollen eyes, sneezy allergic.So WHY get a cat??!!Because.Her.Our girl likes loves animals. Dogs, cats, anything with fur.Or without fur even. RIP Ernie. We miss you tremendously.When she grows up I imagine she'll choose a vocation involving animals. Perhaps she'll work as a vet tech? Or at a vet clinic or animal shelter in…
  • 3 ways to keep kids with special needs safer

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Children wander, some more often and farther than others. If I could microchip my daughter like a pet, I would. Wait, can I?! Our cat has a teeny chip the size of a grain of rice between his shoulder blades. If he’s found far from home, the finder will be able to return him to us. Mental note: ask sister in law the vet to micro chip Avery. Children with special needs may have trouble identifying themselves or asking for help. Avery doesn’t know her phone number or address—I ordered this bracelet for her from Etsy. It’s stainless steel so she can wear it 24/7. My cell number on…
  • The Hills Are Alive, With The Sound of.... What IS That Sound Anyway?

    10 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    You've heard of the Von Trapps — a beloved and marvelously musical Swiss family whose music lives on amongst the hills and beyond. Our family is also musical. That is to say we attempt to make music. It may not be harmonious or even bearable to listen to, but it's a fun way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with family.So pull up a chair, insert some earplugs and get ready to witness the most horrendous and off-key music you've ever heard.I give you, the Von Crapps!You're welcome and I'm sorry.
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  • Mom down! Mom down! + Wordless Wednesday Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
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  • Can men make it through labor?

    Nicole orriëns
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Giving birth is no picknick! Just ask any mom.So would men be able to do it? They've always had the perfect excuse not to have to try: they don't have the right body parts.2 Dutch go through laborBut now it's possible to simulate labor! In the video below, two Dutch men undergo labor. Labor is simulated by placing electrodes onto their stomach.And sure enough, soon they're writhing in pain! One of them even gives up.Enjoy this video of men going through labor! With English subs. Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • The Circle

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Do all your different usernames and passwords drive you crazy? I for one, forget mine all the time! It's so annoying.Wouldn't it be easier if there was only one network that you could use for everything? From social media accounts to messageboards etc.One network, one username, one password, one person?In Dave Egger's book The Circle that's a reality! The Circle is this big innovative company that wants to make the world a better place. And one of their inventions is TruYou. A system that allows you to use all the facilities you like with only one personal account.But unfortunately the great…
  • Nót based on true events with Linky!

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Dramatized pictureWordless Wednesday Link Up! An InLinkz Link-up -->
  • Filofax: cheap alternative!

    Nicole orriëns
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    Remember my short, ill conceived affair with Filofax?I was seduced by its size. But it was that very same size that drove me back to my Moleskine diary.I paid 60 bucks for a Filofax I don't likeBut unfortunately, I spend 60 dollars on eBay, to buy that Filofax Metropol Organizer. That's quite a lot. Especially since it turns out I don't like it after all. It's an expensive lesson.I'm going to tell you a secret!So I'm going to share something with you. Something I wish someone had told me, before I paid 6o bucks for an organizer I don't use. Because I did the research before I bought it.
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • 10 Things Women Over Age 30 Should Wear

    Colleen Stout
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    There’s this post floating around the internet, 20 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30. As a 39-year-old-woman this post annoys me. It sounds like ageism to me, and since when is everyone over the age of 30 old anyway? I don’t like being told not do something either, and I don’t like the negative, mean-spirited tone. I thought I’d put a positive spin on it and talk about what we elderly ladies over 30 should wear. 1. Bold prints – Wear all the bold prints you want, especially now that you’ve developed your fashion sense enough to know how to wear…
  • That Time I Wanted to be Laura Ingalls When I Grew Up

    Colleen Stout
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Dressed up like Laura Ingalls, my literary heroine, in the early 1980s. I was four or five, I don’t remember exactly, the first time I watched Little House on the Prairie. It was an afternoon re-run on our old black and white TV. The TV had dials to change the channels and an antenna on top to help them come in. That was my first introduction to Laura, and I was hooked. At first, it was probably the costumes that drew me in. A little girl who adored playing dress up, I was taken with Laura and Mary’s long calico dresses, pinafores and bonnets. Then I fell in love with the…
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  • Getting your kids moving with Virgin Active Crew

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Getting your kids moving with Virgin Active Crew   We are keen on keeping our kids as active as we can… Not least because if we don’t, well I am not sure we can cope twitch the extra energy that they might have…this was after a day on the ski slopes, just imagine what he might be like… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Introducing the One Feeds Two Foundation

    J P
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Introducing the One Feeds Two Foundation   It’s November and I am not ashamed to say that the launch of the new John Lewis advert has already got me feeling slightly festive. I am not usually so easily taken in by these adverts, if anything I am the ‘bah humbug’ guy who leaves Christmas until the… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Biting child: how to stop your child if it happens to you

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Biting child: how to stop your child if it happens to you   In our latest Google Hangout, I am accompanied by Beckie Whitehouse of Be Confident Coaching to discuss what to do if we have a biting child in the family.  Sometimes we can see it as an embarrassment but we also forget that it can be a natural part of… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Facebook’s talking car insurance in the kitchen, so go see Tsu in the lounge!

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Facebook’s talking car insurance in the kitchen, so go see Tsu in the lounge! Last week, I stumbled across yet another social network…admittedly one with rather a cool name, Sue. What’s the point of another social media network? Well actually it’s Tsu, but Sue seemed a tad more friendly, and sounds a little bit like the network could actually be my mum. Though god knows… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #80

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #80 After my stint last week, we are back with the original party lady, Mum of One, do nip over and give her some care and attention, won’t you? We had some good entries last week, why not see which one she liked the best? I hope you know the rules… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Peanut's First Flu Shot {+ $25 Target e-Gift Card Giveaway}

    Diana Chastain
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Please visit for restrictions and see your pharmacist for details. #sponsoredIt’s that time of year. Have you received your flu shot yet? I took Peanut last month for his follow-up flu shot. I still need to get SweetPea her flu shot (I know I'm behind) and am thinking about going to Target Pharmacy.  Target Pharmacy makes the pharmacy experience simple and enjoyable. Target Pharmacy offers GREAT value with hundreds of $4 generics and Pharmacy Rewards which include 5% off a day…
  • Thankful

    Diana Chastain
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I know it's the day after Thanksgiving and technically "Black Friday". But I wanted to share what I'm thankful for, because it's not just yesterday but everyday that I am thankful for my many blessings. I wish I had done this type of picture for every Holiday. Oh well.I have two beautiful and healthy children that surprise me daily. Just the day before Thanksgiving, SweetPea found a penny on the bathroom counter and she said she was going to save it. Then she said I'm going to save it, to give to daddy so he doesn't have to work hard. The sweetest thing with such innocence. After…
  • Add Some Spice to Thanksgiving with #TargetWedding + $25 e-Gift Card Giveaway!

    Diana Chastain
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Thanksgiving is such a special occasion where family can come together and give thanks to the ones they are thankful for all year long. When my Hubby and I were newly weds, I wanted more than anything to host Thanksgiving at our home. But we were still moving in and didn't have a way to make that dream become a reality. I wish I had known about all that Target has to offer to make our first Thanksgiving together a truly magical one with Target Wedding Registry.Our first Thanksgiving as newly weds in…
  • Wordless Wednesday - Our Week in Pictures

    Diana Chastain
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I was going through pictures on my blog the other day for a post and I miss Wordless Wednesday. I miss keeping track like that and knowing where all my pictures are. So I decided to bring it back. Most of these are shared on Instagram, but some of these will be pictures I only shared Facebook for whatever reason or my husband shared. Enjoy. :)This week was better than last week for sure. Last week was an emotional roller coaster in so many ways. This week was recovery week.This is for an upcoming review. Be Inspired Boutique Just Like Mommy line.Daddy said, "The force is strong with…
  • Green Bean Casserole with Bacon

    Diana Chastain
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    I am sharing this post as part of being an emeals blogger. Join eMeals During November and December and Get a Holiday Plan for FREE! eMeals knows it can be daunting to enter the kitchen to cook for your family during this time of the year, so take this as your easy way out! eMeals has a Traditional Holiday Menu Plan, a Paleo Holiday Meal Plan, and a Clean Eating Holiday Meal Plan available for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are even complete with a pre-made grocery list!As you prepare for the holidays this year be good to yourself and let eMeals be your game plan.  Along with…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Star Wars The Force Awakens Official Trailer #TheForceAwakens

    28 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    How much longer? I hate to tell you, but we’ve got over a year to wait until Star Wars The Force Awakens hit the theaters. To be exact, we’ve got a year and 20 days from today. But... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • JORD Wood Watches make a Perfect Gift for Anyone

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    . I was contacted recently by JORD Wood Watches asking if I would like to check out one of their timepieces. Honestly, I have several watches, and wear the same one all the time. The others I have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 DIY Christmas Ornaments

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Handmade DIY Christmas Ornaments Many people like to do crafts during the cooler weather. One favorite pastime is to make Christmas Ornaments as gifts or to sell at craft fairs. Many of these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Friday Deals at Amazon Through Cyber Monday!

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    I don’t know about you, but I love saving money. The question is, do I love it enough to brave the crowds on Black Friday? Or…why not get the deals from home? Amazon has sales on just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 6 Reasons to Visit Busch Gardens Tampa

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As an Ambassador, I am occasionally given tickets to visit Busch Gardens Tampa in exchange for sharing it with you. Just so you know! Our family moved to Florida five years ago from Maryland. When... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Because I'm the Mommy

  • Answered Prayers and God's Wicked Sense of Humor

    The Mommy
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The story I'm going to tell you happened a week ago. It was a very serious situation but the humor isn't lost on me. There are also several f-bombs. If you have a problem with that, you might want to come back another day. Turn the Page =>
  • Get a Brain! It's a Saturday. At Wal-Mart!

    The Mommy
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Let me start off by saying that extreme couponers both frighten and fascinate me. Mostly, fascinate. I've seen the show. I too have had visions of free food dancing through my head. But realistically, it just doesn't work for my family. I don't have 40 hours a week to clip coupons and plan shopping routes and I DON'T have the storage space for 6000 bottles of ketchup. I save grocery money in other ways.Turn the Page =>
  • It's Time You Knew

    The Mommy
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Hi.I'm ready to tell you the reason I haven't written in awhile. Porter is bipolar and more than likely, autistic. I didn't want to share this with anyone, for reasons that aren't particularly clear to me. I just didn't want anyone to treat him differently; I just wanted everything to be alright. But it's not alright.Three weeks ago, Porter told teachers and the SRO officer that he wanted to die. His behavior became increasingly violent, both to himself, his siblings, his environment and to me.Three weeks ago, we had to commit our son--my baby. I had to leave him, in the care of strangers,…
  • Don't Judge Me!

    The Mommy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Last night, after a day spent deep cleaning the house, chasing kids around the swimming pool and a trip to our local library (Yes, they've let me back into the library!) I decided to treat us all to a little post-dinner ice cream. Because I'm frugal, read, cheap I headed to the grocery store instead of the drive-thru. No big deal, right? Well, I didn't think it was either. So with three kids in tow we head into a nearly deserted grocer.Turn the Page =>
  • Writer's Workshop: #Autism, Birthdays and One Mouthy Little Girl

    The Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Write a blog post inspired by the word: ReflectionWhen my mind is quiet and I have time to reflect, I often have these big, mind-blowing epiphanies. My latest is that my daughter was born both autistic and during Autism Awareness Month. I don't think it's a coincidence. In fact, I think it's yet another clue from the cosmos pointing us in the right direction.Turn the Page =>
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    Grown and Flown

  • Why I Love My Empty Nest

    Grown and Flown
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Martha Handler, a guest blogger, writes: The kids have all grown and flown, as the last of our four headed off to college this past fall, and I find myself repeatedly being asked, “How is it being an empty nester?” While I’m extremely supportive and understanding of my friends who find this transition period difficult, if I’m being perfectly honest, for me, the empty nest feels great. My career as a full-time mom began over twenty-three years ago and, I think most would agree, that’s a long time for any career to last. So, while I loved every minute of it (lol), I’m actually very…
  • The Eldest Son Has Returned

    Grown and Flown
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Sue Robins, a guest blogger, writes: My eldest son has returned home from a five-week band tour of 26 cities and 30 shows. He zigged across America to New York City in his black van crammed with band members, zagged back to LA, and then zoomed up the west coast to Canada. In the pictures I saw on Facebook, he grew a fuzzy beard and appeared to wear the same slowly deteriorating sleeveless t-shirt for several weeks at a time. He is now 21 years old, and is supposed to be in his third year of college. He is supposed to be living in a decent walk-up apartment near campus, climbing on a bus every…
  • 18th Birthday Ideas for Your College Kid

    Grown and Flown
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Mary Dell writes: Name. address. click, click. I type the info into each box, working my way down the page. Yes, three dozen freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and cold milk to be delivered to my daughter’s freshman dorm for her birthday. Yes, her cell number for the delivery person. Credit card. click. click. The order is 99% complete. But the final question – completely innocuous in every other context – Do you agree to the terms and conditions? My heart sank. No, no. I do not agree. I do not want to be 400 miles away on our daughter’s birthday. That is not a term or…
  • Confessions of a Stalker Mom

    Grown and Flown
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Marjorie Rosenblatt, a Grown and Flown friend, writes: I am a physician, and a writer, but first and foremost, I am a mother. While having our children grow up and move on is a natural progression, it somehow is not feeling so natural to me. I was never one of the “powers-that-be” mothers, able to ensure my child’s role in the school play or acceptance on a team as a result of personal contacts or social status. Nor was I ever a helicopter parent, preoccupied with the minutiae of the everyday lives of my offspring. I attended as many parent-related meetings and school performances as I…
  • 11 Reasons Why College Admissions is HARDER Than You Expected

    Grown and Flown
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Lisa writes: You thought college admissions would be challenging, you knew it would be difficult, you had no idea. 1. Prepare for heartbreak You are filled with confusion as you watch your kid prepare to leave. The frustration and sadness you feel is not about college admissions but about the inevitable change that is coming to your relationship and your family. You worry that this next stage in life may not be good, for you. 2. Rejection is coming Your kid is going to be rejected by some universities and, if history is any guide, as a parent, that is going to sting. You know you have raised…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Exploding Turkeys and Obnoxious Relatives – NOW it’s the Holidays!

    Dr Wes
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    By Dr Wes Are you ready for Thanksgiving?! The relatives are coming! The relatives are coming! But before you take that knife out of the turkey and plunge it into the back of your sister-in-law, watch this video as Dr. Wes discusses what goes wrong at family holiday gatherings. Or at least he tries to scratch the surface. The […] The post Exploding Turkeys and Obnoxious Relatives – NOW it’s the Holidays! appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • The Reason for the Season – What are You Grateful For?

    Caroline Poser
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    By Caroline Poser When I hauled the three boxes of Halloween decorations and costumes back up the attic, I realized that the candy bowl I’d been looking for the week before – the one with the grabby hand and sound effects – was in one of two other boxes of Halloween stuff that I had completely overlooked. “Oh, […] The post The Reason for the Season – What are You Grateful For? appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • I am a Metal Mom – Not a Soccer Mom

    Lisa Petty
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:29 pm
    By Lisa Petty When we first moved here to Wisteria Lane, I knew we didn’t fit in. (Let me clarify, we don’t actually live on Wisteria Lane.) We live in a cookie cutter subdivision where everyone has 2.5 children, a dog, and a vehicle with third row seating. Sure, everyone said hello when we moved in. It’s not […] The post I am a Metal Mom – Not a Soccer Mom appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Win the December Box from The Boodle Box!!

    Ten to Twenty
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    By Ten to Twenty If you’re a mom who gets Birchbox, then you’ll LOVE The Boodle Box for your tween and young teen. Same concept in that each month that special girl in your life gets a new box full of the latest  trendy products for teens and tweens from some of the top manufacturers in the beauty and […] The post Win the December Box from The Boodle Box!! appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Puppy Love

    Scott Rigdon
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    By Scott Rigdon Puppy Love Puppies at play.  You can’t watch puppies at play without smiling.  Or, if you can, you’re even more dead inside than I am! If you watch them closely, though, you’ll see that they’re actually fighting.  They’re slowly gaining skills in agility, strategy, and combat, in a harmless way that allows them to practice […] The post Puppy Love appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • The Gift Guide for What Your Wife Really Wants

    Kristen Daukas
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    By Kristen Daukas WooHoo!!! It’s Black Friday!!! Disclaimer… I have lived 45.11 years without EVER seeing Titanic OR shopping on Black Friday (of Black ThursdayFriday) and have no intentions of breaking that streak. You can carry on now.  I remember the one year that the Rooster bought me a naughty nighty for Christmas. Bless his heart he tried, but the problem is that he bought like a size 6 and it just went downhill from there. Then there was the year he got me a bunch of giftcards – which is fine but doesn’t really fill the “I thought about you more than 5…
  • 700 Ways to Cook Turkey for Your Friends

    Kristen Daukas
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    By Kristen Daukas An Ode to Friendship Okay that title is a complete lie. I don’t even know one way to cook a turkey because I hate turkey. But when I opened my laptop this morning (after it took 30 minutes to get all the kinks out of it – note to Santa) to do what I thought was going to be a quicky post, my WordPress dashboard told me that I was getting ready to write post #700 on this little place of my world. 700 posts is a lot of words. When I started this blog 11 years ago it was merely a way to keep family up to date on who had a new tooth or who had a crappy day at…
  • She’s Got a Ticket to Ride: Wordless Wednesday

    Kristen Daukas
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Kristen Daukas Remember this day? The day you got your freedom and your ticket to ride? Somebody please stop this ride.. it’s going too fast.   Ticket To Ride I think I’m gonna be sad I think it’s today, yeah The girl that’s driving me mad Is going awayShe’s got a ticket to ride She’s got a ticket to ride She’s got a ticket to ride But she don’t careShe said that living with me Is bringing her down, yeah For she would never be free When I was around She’s got a ticket to ride She’s got a ticket to ride She’s got a…
  • 6 Ways to Go Social and not Postal this Holiday

    Kristen Daukas
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Something Wrong? Quit Bitching and Start Getting Results Black Friday is just a few days away which means most of us will be whipping out our credit cards and either shopping from the comfort of our home (me!!) or braving the crazies. I feel pretty certain that at some point over the next few weeks something will happen that will tick you off… misleading ad, out of stock items, rude cashier, delayed flights.. something. And when this happens, what are you going to do? If you’re like many, you’ll turn to social media to air your grievances and if…
  • The Perfect Mother – a Novel from Nina Darnton

    Kristen Daukas
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    By Kristen Daukas When you become a mother, your head is full of so many thoughts and dreams. They’ll be the most beautiful, intelligent, successful, well-rounded, athletic human being that ever walked this earth. You’ll have the most incredible relationship with them.. when life is hard and they have problems, they’ll know that they can always come to mom for support and good advice and when life is great, it’s you they will call first to celebrate with. I’d love to say that all these things are true, but somewhere along the way reality sets in and you realize…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Merry Christmas Hop: Win a Posh Pak: Monthly Subscription Box for Girls {Best of Box} Ends 12.8.14

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I received the October Posh Pak and what a fabulous gift package my daughter received in the mail! At almost 8 years old, my daughter Jordan is mature beyond her years and completely is into the “designer” scene thanks to Disney Channel & Nickelodeon child stars. Not only did she... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Happy Thanksgiving From The Review Wire

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you for spending part of your day with us, here at The Review Wire.     Sign up to Receive Daily Updates with The Review Wire Newsletter! Copyright © 2009-2012 The Review Wire™. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Copyright © 2009-2012 The... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway | Ends 12.5.14 #TheThreeDogateers

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Download Phineas and Ferb Star Wars and Chuggington Activity Sheets

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Download these Phineas and Ferb Star Wars and Chuggington Activity Sheets! Copyright © 2009-2012 The Review Wire™. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Holiday Gift Guide 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:04 pm
    The Review Wire's Holiday Gift Guide 2014 is HERE, filled with the best gifts for anyone on your list! Copyright © 2009-2012 The Review Wire™. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Who Are Your Kids When No One is Looking?

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
      As a parent, you can establish clear boundaries and limits to protect your children, but what will hold those in place? Integrity will. Integrity is the virtue that gives your kids the strength to do what is right when no one is watching. Here are a few thoughts to remember as you work to... Read More » The post Who Are Your Kids When No One is Looking? appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Mom Confession: My Life Is NOTHING Like My Instagram

    Tracy Gibb
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been posting a lot of pictures of my son on Instagram because he really is doing well and loving high school which has made me proud as can be but I didn’t realize how it could affect other moms. Someone said to me the other day, “I don’t even want to swear in front... Read More » The post Mom Confession: My Life Is NOTHING Like My Instagram appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Mom Confession: I Grounded My Son For Getting a B

    Tracy Gibb
    7 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I grounded my son because he got a B. Tyler looooves to tell people how strict I am so he can show how tough he has it at home by telling them, “My mom grounded me because I got a B in math.” At first he gets sympathy until I step in, “Did you tell... Read More » The post Mom Confession: I Grounded My Son For Getting a B appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 3 Ways to Starve Your Martyr Complex

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
      As a parent, do you ever play the martyr in your home? I will be honest with you; I’ve gotten the role down pretty well. But I also know that being a martyr to get a desired response from kids and spouses does not promote a healthy family dynamic. Why do you play the... Read More » The post 3 Ways to Starve Your Martyr Complex appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Creative Galaxy: A New Series For Preschoolers!

    Tracy Gibb
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I was excited to review Creative Galaxy which is a series for preschoolers that will take your child on an interactive adventure as Arty and Epiphany travel around the galaxy using art, music, and dance to solve problems. You can recreate their crafts with your child via a step-by-step guide in each and every episode.... Read More » The post Creative Galaxy: A New Series For Preschoolers! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Paddington: there’s going to be a run on marmalade, duffle coats and Cornishware

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    There’s much excitement in the crummy mummy household: Paddington the movie has finally been released and we can’t wait to go and see it. Admittedly most of this excitement is from me: even though I’ve promised BB there are no Scary Bits she’s slightly dubious after our last trip to the cinema, when I took her to see Book of Life without researching the plot (ghosts + lost souls + Land of the Forgotten = lots of Scary Bits) Mostly I’m excited because there’s nothing like a good old British film at Christmas – acting greats including Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters, famous…
  • Mother’s ruin: Misery Guts is back at work and mum has gone home

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    The babymoon is over. Misery Guts is back at work, my mum has gone home and BB, Little B and I are on our own, forging new routines and getting to grips with being three. It’s definitely a case of the blind leading the blind, and means only one thing: by 7 o’clock I need a drink. Sadly I can’t indulge as often as I’d like owing to the small issue of breast feeding, so I’ve decided that when I have one it’s going to be a good one. Pictured is this week’s tipple: a mother’s ruin gin cocktail after the nice people at Greenall’s sent me a bottle of their new wild berry…
  • School admissions: what would God say?

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    I can hardly believe it’s time to apply for a school place for BB. Being an August baby she’ll start school within weeks of turning four next September, which means we have until January to get our application in. Our first choice is the local Catholic primary, whose performance is ranked in the top 7% of primary schools in the country, which unfortunately is also one of the reasons it’s the first choice of parents across town. The school is so oversubscribed there exists a list of Strict Criteria one must meet in order to be in with a chance of obtaining a place, and that criteria…
  • Hopefully that’s our last medical-related appointment for now…

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Not only was Little B diagnosed with tongue tie on the day he was born, the paediatrician also discovered a heart murmur. This was found at his paediatric check, which took place when he was just a few hours old because we were on a six hour discharge from the hospital. I wasn’t overly concerned: he has a good colour, has put on a whole 2lbs since he was born almost three weeks ago and doesn’t look like there might be something wrong with him. Apparently a heart murmur isn’t unusual in really newborn babies after their circulation switches from running on the inside to functioning on…
  • When the nurse brandished some shears I nearly passed out…

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    At 13 days old Little B’s tongue tie has finally been sorted out. I’m not normally squeamish, but when the nurse brandished a pair of shears scissors to make the snip at the base of his tongue I nearly passed out. And I’m not joking. Admittedly the room was hot – stiflingly hot as only ante natal units are – and I was already feeling a little light headed because it was way past lunchtime owing to the fact they were ‘running behind’. But even so, after reading somewhere that they take the baby away to cut the tongue tie, I didn’t expect to have to hold him down while they…
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  • New Shoes For The New Year!

    11 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    With the festive season fast approaching, and the kids growing at an alarming rate, it is time to shop for new apparel and shoes for Christmas and the new year. Before being parents, we were not aware of the many qualities we need to look out for when shopping for shoes. After discovering Pediped range of shoes, we realized that soft, comfortable and good support for shoes are important features, especially for babies taking their first steps.  With a brand new range of shoes launching with the Pediped Fall Winter 2014 collection, who can resist picking out a new pair for the kids for…
  • An Indulgent Day Away - Sunday Garden Party

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    As parents of younger kids, we would often dream about going away on a vacation, being away from the usual shopping malls we visit and just chilling on the beach. And having to plan the vacation with a 3 year old and 1 year old in mind, putting together the endless packing list of diapers, milk powder, first aid kit, just in case medication, meal plans, clothes for the little ones for outdoor play, for indoor play, for the beach – it seemed like mission impossible. In fact, it stresses me out too much before even making the trip.How does a garden party by the sea with a sumptuous spread of…
  • What are you scared of Mummy?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I am scared of cats. When there's a cat standing in the way of my path, I will make a big detour just so we will not cross paths. When a cat comes to our table at dinner, I will lose my appetite worrying about it brushing against my legs. My hair will stand and even typing about it now. I do not dislike cats and I can't explain why but I fear them and I know they can sense it as they often give me a stare and a hostile meow, like they are asking me to back off or they will come to me.After having kids, I feel that I have to put on a brave front so as not to influence them to be scared of the…
  • Reviewed: Recaro Monza Nova car seat

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Being an active advocate of using car seats, I have heard varied accounts of how my friends’ kids would reject their car seats. It seems to be an impossible task to entice/force/coax the little ones to climb onto one. Parents need all the help they can get, and luckily, we discovered that the amazing Recaro Monza Nova car seat can make our lives much easier.Aiden weighs around 20kg and is tall for his age, which meant that he has to use the booster seat (group II/III). For quite some time, he was using the Maxi Cosi Rodi Airprotect. We loved it for the sleekness and relative comfort, and…
  • Losing it

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Aiden has always been a competitive kid. Be it pressing of the lift button, or the racing of his toy cars, or simply running from point A to B, he always wanted to be first and has always found it upsetting to lose. He would get mad, cry, shout, and even ask you to stop whenever he is losing.When I told him about the many competitions that I had won in the past, he insisted that I take the trophies and medals out from the storeroom and show it to him. He was fascinated as I explained to him what the trophies and medals were for, and I could see the sparkle in his eyes. For some reason, he…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • From Our GIRLilla Warfare Family To Yours: Screw the Guilt and Have An Awesome Thanksgiving

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare It has been a year of blessings, challenges, great moments and tough ones, filled with those days that go on and on, and those days that all we want is for time to freeze and that special moment to last forever. As Moms we’ve loved, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve yelled, we’ve nagged, we’ve messed up, and we’ve risen to the occasion and got “it” right. But whatever it is, and wherever you are, we’ve been through it all together. You, Me, and Our Girlfriend Next Door. From a…
  • Black Friday Frenzy: 6 Tips to Help You Save Money & Your Sanity

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Jamie Kanner The hype is already growing.  I just read a story about one guy who has been sleeping outside of Best Buy in Los Angeles since LAST WEEK to nab a big screen TV for $200. Crazy maybe, but some people are willing to do just about anything to save a bundle. So how do you maximize your savings and stay away from the insanity of it all? View Black Friday Frenzy as a Shopping Mission. The bottom line: You gotta have a plan … Here are my 6 “BFF” top tips: Make a plan AND a list:  What do you really need? For whom are you holiday shopping? If you have kids, go…
  • Shop ’til You Drop? Fuhgetabout It. Kick Start Your Fab Finds At ‘Loree’s Closet’

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Loree Wasserman, owner of Loree’s Closet In case you had not noticed the subtle red, green, and gold decorations that have been adorning every store since before Halloween, the holidays are coming! If it’s not too early for other stores, it’s definitely not too early for us. At Loree’s Closet, the holidays are our very favorite time to shine and we think you’ll love what we have in store for you whether you are styling it up for the party season, prepping for holiday travel, or searching for that perfect gift! Loree’s Closet will be bringing our eBay store LIVE! to…
  • Mom-To-The-Rescue: 7 Failing Parenting Behaviors … Here’s How You CAN Change Them

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman We can all agree that we are very different parents than our own. For better or worse, I believe we extract what we loved and cherished about our teen years and leave out what we dump on our shrink’s couch. And I think after raising two and a half teens (we’re still ‘in progress’ with number 3), I can look back with more compassion; understanding where my parents were coming from and why they felt strongly about certain things. And one thing I believe we all can relate to, as a parent of our generation, is that we admittedly do things our parents would have NEVER…
  • De-FRIEND Him NOW, Mom — Kids DO Get Angry When Your Facebook Friend Is An Old Boyfriend

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon I breezed into yoga last week and snuck a look around. I didn’t see anyone I knew, which was sort of what I needed that day, just introspective peace and quiet. A woman slightly older than me was behind me chatting quietly with her friend, when a third woman walked in, and from across the room she yelled to the slightly older woman, “Hey! How was your birthday?” The slightly older woman responded, “It was, well, you know. It was fine, but an ex-boyfriend of mine posted on my Facebook wall, and my kids saw it and got very upset.” I happily eavesdropped as the birthday…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Calling for Submissions for the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in December 2014! (Check out November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for December 2014: Theme: Greatest Gifts: We’re talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Fire

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does fire look like? Ready, Aim, FIRE APPLE! Shooting targets with an air compressor cannon and rotten apples is pretty exciting. Jennifer blogs at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. From Emily: “Our new apartment has what we like to call a “discotheque fireplace”, which is really a glorified space heater. The boys like to pretend it’s a light show…I miss the crackling warmth of an actual fire.” Emily blogs sporadically at Embrita Blogging. Lauren’s son Mikko loves to roast most anything over a campfire. And he gets a huge kick…
  • 5 Foods to Eat when You are Stressed

    Jaye Anne Gallagher
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    You’re stressing out and it seems that the only thing in your life you can control is what food you eat. You want to reach for some of the ice cream left over in the freezer or for some reason you are craving a big bowl of pasta. Eating healthy is a big concern, but you are sure that the gluten-free pack of crackers in your cabinet is made from the same material as its cardboard packaging. Suddenly, your stomach is being pulled in as many directions as your mind is. If you are stressed and hungry, here are five super-simple foods for you to reach for. That cracker may be gluten-free but so…
  • 4 Steps to Raising a Free-Range Family

    Justine Uhlenbrock
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dear Gruff Stranger Who Recently Gave Me Parenting Advice, What harm do you imagine could come from leaving my kids in the car for three minutes on a 60ºF day while I ran in to buy the forgotten milk? The car was parked, the doors were locked, the keys were with me, and I left the windows and the sunroof partially open. At six and under, my kids were strapped into car seats. I don’t even think they noticed, as content as they were to flip through a new stack of library books. You’re right about one thing, though. You could have called the police. No doubt it’s breaking some law to…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Trick or Treat

    4 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your Trick or Treating photos. Teal Pumpkin Stuff! Kym blogs at Our Crazy Corner of the World. Rainbow Kitty, Hobbit, and the TARDIS Jennifer writes at True Confessions of a Real Mommy. From Marybeth. By gnome means… Kellie blogs at Our Mindful Life. Walker as the Dread Pirate Roberts. Moira was terrified of him. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Its all about enjoying them enjoying the holiday. What Does the Fox Say? Jorje writes at Momma Jorje. Tell us: What does Trick or Treating look like in your part of the world? You can find our…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Calling for Submissions for the December Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in December 2014! (Check out November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for December 2014: Theme: Greatest Gifts: We’re talking materialism! What have relatives or friends bought your family or kids that…
  • Family Zentangle Fun: Tutorials and Activity Ideas to Get You Started

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Indoor Play This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared ideas and inspiration to keep families happy and healthy while cooped up indoors. Everywhere I go, it seems someone is talking about or doing a zentangle. Zentangle is a beautiful artform that marries doodling with meditation. A zentangle is an abstruct and unplanned, yet structured drawing; but the best thing about a zentangle is that it doesn’t have to be…
  • November 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Indoor Fun

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in November 2014! (Check out September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for November 2014: Theme: Indoor Fun: With wintry weather, how do you keep little ones amused without braving the elements? What toys, games,…
  • Not-So-Extreme Makeover: Sunshine and Rainbows Edition

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Welcome to the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have opened up their doors and given us a photo-rich glimpse into how they arrange their living spaces. My living spaces tend to be fairly simple and clean: not only because I’m a little OCD about excess stuff, but also because I’ve never had an eye for decorating. But I do love to have plenty of light in our rooms, and I am a sucker for rainbows (
  • Calling for Submissions for the September Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Calling for submissions for the September 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Home Tour We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in September 2014! (Check out August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for September 2014: Theme: Home Tour: We want to see, and you want to…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Enter to Win a North Pole Communicator Giveaways Ends 12/7

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Welcome to the North Pole Communicator Giveaway Sponsored by NorthPole by Hallmark Hosted by Uplifting Families Christy at Uplifting Families had a chance to review the North Pole communicator. Her kids are super excited and can’t wait to talk to Santa and the elves starting on December 1.  After all, who doesn’t enjoy talking to Santa. The communicator can only be used once a day so it is best to make this a family event so that everyone can participate in the fun. Note: There are special directions for parents to set the calender so that the communicator knows that it is December…
  • 5 Easy Dessert Recipes #Thanksgiveitup

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The holidays are usually filled with laughter, lots of food including desserts, and spending time with the family. But for some this time of the year is quite difficult. As you are busy preparing for your Thanksgiving meal and spending time with your family, if you know of someone that doesn’t have a place to go like a military family, a widowed spouse, or a friend simply invite them over to join in your festivities or take the a plate of goodies. A simple gesture can make someone’s day. When I had my kids I was a military spouse and I often would cook meals for several of the…
  • 9 Fun Christmas Traditions for the Entire Family

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    When I was growing up, I always remember Santa coming to visit my house when I was younger. He come through the front door and you could hear the bells from a mile away. My brother and I would come running into the living room to greet the man in the red suit. He even had a bag a wrapped gifts for us too. This was a tradition that my parents came up with for several years and it is a memory that is forever etched into my memory. I was impressed with this tradition that I later asked my mom about it when I was older. She said that had the opportunity to hire Santa (a college kid from Texas…
  • Enter to Win an All Terrain Sound Bluetooth Speaker Giveaway Ends 12/10

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Enter for a chance to win your own ALL-Terrain Sound® Bluetooth Speaker in this fantastic Giveaway! Brought to you by A Medic’s World and Sponsored by FRESHeTECH A Medic’s World and a wonderful set of bloggers is helping bring this giveaway to you. You have an opportunity to win this fantastic prize. So how does it stand up to other products, check out the review here that A Medic’s world did. Basically it is one of the toughest Bluetooth speakers you can own, and it holds up to almost everything. Open to US Residents Only, One entry per Household Only  …
  • Give Your Child the Gift of Learning with Animal Trackers Club #AnimalTrackersClub

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Animal Trackers is a cute subscription box that you can use to help teach your preschooler about their animals. I have been working with my youngest son on learning to spot different types of animals since he was fairly young. He started learning how to identify and make animal sounds in daycare. So when we pulled him out of daycare, I wanted to continue helping him learn so that he didn’t lose his knowledge. My son is super smart and was able to easily identify quite a few animals. Over time he has learned a wider variety of animals. When I received the Animal Trackers box in the mail,…
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  • Wants to See Your #newcarface

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    (The following post is sponsored by I’ll never forget the time I saw my first new car. The dealership wasn’t big or located in a hip neighborhood. Still, walking up to my – my! – new Pontiac Sunfire made me feel like a bona fide grown up. I had my first #newcarface. I’ve driven a few cars since then, both new and gently used, as they say. Our culture’s love affair with cars is as American as apple pie, which is why Daddylibrium agreed to share the news of’s new contest. The rules for the newcarface promotion are simple … share your happiest…
  • Five Things I Wish I Could Share with My Father

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    My father’s birthday reminds me what I’m missing without him in my life. Dad passed nearly three years ago after a long illness. My boys were both under three at the time. He barely got to know them, and when we visited him he was often too sick to fully appreciate their toddler mischief. My boys’ memories of Pop Pop are fading despite my best efforts to keep them alive. He would have been 77 today, and while I’m sure his verbal fastballs would have lost some zip I wish he was still part of my sons’ lives. Not a day goes by when something happens that I wish I…
  • The Force Is Strong With My Sons … at Last

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I was obsessed with “Star Wars” long before I actually watched the sci-fi classic. Call it marketing magic, the cultural zeitgeist or just the perfect marriage between a geeky boy and an epic space western. Getting my hands on the latest “Star Wars” toys was my obsession back in 1977. That made my parents’ lives miserable. Those first few “Star Wars” action figures were hard to come by, which meant Ma and Pa had to battle a power more sinister than the dark side of The Force – fellow parents desperate to keep their own kids happy. I finally got…
  • Try This Chocolate Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 am
    Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas season and the peak of pumpkin-flavored treats. So before pumpkins give way to candy canes and egg nog why not try the following chocolate-flavored recipe? It’s courtesy of “Thanksgiving at Bobby’s” which premieres at 12 p.m. Nov. 22 on the Food Network. The all-star special features Thanksgiving-themed recipes and cooking tips from Bobby Flay along with co-host Katie Lee, Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon. Worried about cooking for friends and family come Thanksgiving? The show will go through the steps…
  • How Parents Can Steer Clear of ‘Dumb’ Movie Choices

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Nell Minow, AKA Movie Mom, is none too pleased with the PG:13 rating attached to “Dumb and Dumber To.” The veteran film critic, a friend of Daddylibrium, excoriated the MPAA’s ratings system for dubbing a film teeming with inappropriate material in such a fashion. Parents should know that this movie has material that would receive an R rating if it were not a comedy. Let’s face it. Parents often take PG and PG:13 ratings the same way, and not all PG:13 films are created equal. Some earn the rating through a few explosive action sequences or a handful of F-bombs.
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • A Year in Books – December

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    There was a falling out over A Year in Books last month. I fell out with The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons in dramatic fashion. I cannot remember the last time when I have not even reached chapter 2 of a book. I really did try to read it, but not warming to the two main characters in a love story does cause something of a problem, doesn’t it? In fact, I actively disliked them and found them to be vapid and unrealistic. I just could not warm to this book. I use Good Reads to record which books I’m reading and have read. Once I had decided to abandon the book, I was…
  • What I Wore Wednesday

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    It’s the end of November and this week’s What I Wore Wednesday still features my wool winter coat – no thick down coat so far. (Of course, I realise that simply by typing these words, I am bringing on a cold spell immediately – sorry.) But I’m so pleased that the winter is proving so mild so far. Coat: Reiss – a good few years ago now Scarf: Lindex – I think this is this year’s answer to last year’s red tartan scarf Handbag: Modalu Pippa Brogue I love this handbag (which probably explains why I have two: one brown and one black) –…
  • The week

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Can you believe that it’s the last week in November already? I know I say this each month and each year, but where is the time going? The summer seems like yesterday and the snow earlier in the year in February is still fresh in my memory. Weekly wishes – last week Healthy eating – hmmm, I half achieved this but then Husband bought ice cream one evening and at the end of the week, my mother-in-law arrived with homemade cinnamon buns. Training – yes, I achieved the training that I wanted to do: with my personal trainer on Monday, running on Wednesday and I tried out…
  • My top 7 WordPress plugins

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Since I moved over to earlier this year, I’ve been gradually using more and more of the features and discovering WordPress plugins that make blogging easier. My 7 favourite WordPress plugins My absolute favourite two are CoSchedule (referral link) and WordPress SEO. I use both of these with every single blog post that I write now. CoSchedule by TodayMade allows you to time the distribution of blog posts and social media messages on a range of social media platforms (such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ etc). WordPress SEO from Yoast is a brilliant tool for amping…
  • What I Wore Wednesday

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    What I Wore Wednesday this week is very much influenced by the fact that we had a playdate at the park after preschool today. So I needed to be wearing something that meant I could go straight from office to playground without a problem. And that meant no skirt for this week’s What I Wore Wednesday. I opted for my new leather-look trousers from Zara, the best white t-shirt from H&M (I love this so much that I bought three of them), a long powder blue cardigan from Lindex and those rose gold thin necklaces from Glitter again (they look unlikely to last but they were so cheap that…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Leaf Peeping – A New Thanksgiving Tradition

    Daniel Bernzweig
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Leaf Peeping – A New Thanksgiving Tradition from Support for Stepdads . New stepparents are frequently challenged during the holiday season. In addition to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ten Scriptures To Help Your Marriage

    Andrew Fujii
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Ten Scriptures To Help Your Marriage from Support for Stepdads . A marriage is an incredibly precious and sacred relationship that should be cherished always. Any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Teen Driver – Five Apps That Will Keep Them Safe

    Dixie Somers
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Teen Driver – Five Apps That Will Keep Them Safe from Support for Stepdads . Distracted driving is one of the biggest problems on the road. Many teens tend to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Seven Timeless Rules Of Dating

    Milan Budimkic
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Seven Timeless Rules Of Dating from Support for Stepdads . Like everything else, dating has evolved over the decades. Although evolved is probably an understatement.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #BEMORE – 77 Secrets To Your Most Powerful Self

    Gerardo Campbell
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy #BEMORE – 77 Secrets To Your Most Powerful Self from Support for Stepdads . In his book Life in the Woods author Henry Thoreau said, Are you living a life of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Break Status Update

    Rebecca Wood
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for all of this: These pictures were taken on Monday. We played outside all day. And this video was taken today: I have a lot for which I am grateful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  • Thanksgiving Break!

    Rebecca Wood
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Even though Charlie is not in school, we are on a Thanksgiving break of sorts. Due to the holiday, Charlie does not have a single appointment next week. And… I’m pretty excited. The question of what to do with our free time will certainly be no problem. I keep a running list in my head of things I’d rather be doing with Charlie than therapy or appointments. Sometimes, it’s all I can think about during therapy sessions. The week following our break, we hit the ground running again. Charlie has an appointment to be casted for a new pair of orthotics. She walks mostly on…
  • Premature Babies: What You Don’t See

    Rebecca Wood
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    In honor of upcoming World Prematurity Day on Monday, I sent out the following tweet: This is Charlie. She was born 10 hours into her 26th week of gestation at 1 lbs 11 oz (790g). #WorldPrematurityDay — Becca (@woodra) November 14, 2014 It was favorited and retweeted among those who celebrate World Prematurity Day. A prematurity poster toddler of sorts. You see the before and after pictures. Maybe you think that prematurity is no big deal. These babies seem to turn out fine. But, these pictures are oversimplifications… only part of a story. What is…
  • 10 Things You May Not Know About Me And My Preemie Mom Life (Or Confessions Of A Preemie Mom)

    Rebecca Wood
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Because it’s Prematurity Awareness Month, I feel like I should be writing more this month. However, my mind is rebelling against any attempts I make.  It’s more than writers block. I have a lot of negative feelings when I think of writing about premtaurity. Today, I thought I would just go for it and write those thoughts I have but don’t share. 1) I am not strong or brave. I am simply a mom. I do for Charlie what any mother in my position would do. We’ve been handed more challenges than some. Quite honestly, I feel like I’m barely holding it together. 2) I am…
  • Time For Class

    Rebecca Wood
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    On Friday, Charlie and I spoke to a public policy class at the social work program from which I graduated. It was my first time speaking to a class about public policy. Some things went well and there are some improvements I can make in the future. I hope the students went away with something useful from our talk. I left so hopeful and inspired. These students were bright, compassionate, creative, and full of energy. They asked great questions and had many good ideas. As usual, Charlie was the star of the presentation. Today, we attended a birthday party for a good friend’s two year…
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Lessons from Boston: Something Bold, Something New

    Cort Ruddy
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s Saturday night in downtown Boston. I’m pacing the sidewalk in front of a gastropub, outside with the smokers. I’m not smoking. Instead I’m canceling a 9 p.m. dinner reservation across town at a restaurant I’ve never been to, and making a 9:30 reservation at another I'd never heard of until ten minutes before, all on the advice of a stranger. Guide books be damned. The decision is made. Now let’s hope it's the right one. There are lessons in travel, if you’re open to them. More so than just in the discovery of new places or the facts behind a historic sight, but…
  • Time For A Backward Skate ...

    Cort Ruddy
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Talk about reeling in the years. My 11-year-old daughter ‘s school is hosting a roller skating party. That is not a typo. And no, you have not gone through a time warp back to 1984. An actual roller skating party. Not roller blading or ice skating, but that thing you usually only see nowadays when overly-tattooed women bash into each other in the aging female hipster version of men’s softball. When I heard about this 6th grade roller skating party, the memories came rolling back. Cool skates. No, that's not an oxymoron. Ah, roller skating. If you grew up in the 80s, in Maryland, in…
  • Hey Nation, Take a Deep Breath

    Cort Ruddy
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    It’s that time every two years or so when all the political talking heads out there do their best to digest and explain what happened in the election.They list lessons learned and often describe major shifts in the American electorate. As you peruse the web and watch cable news, you’ll find people saying that this election was a repudiation of the president, or that it proves America’s support for a more conservative agenda. You’ll also hear people saying this leaves the Democratic Party in disarray, or that it sets the GOP up nicely for the next presidential race. You might even see…
  • 5 Signs Your Child Has Become a “Tweener”

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    From the moment our kids come into this world the more experienced parents out there warn us that it’s the teen years when the real challenge begins. It usually goes something like this: New parent says, “I haven’t slept in a month, I’ve changed ten diapers since lunch, and they won’t stop crying long enough for me to drink a glass of water.” Experienced parent dismissively responds, “Just wait until they're a teenager.” Okay, okay. We get it. Being a parent of a teenager must really suck. Warning received. Rarely, however, do we hear similar warnings about…
  • One Smiling Moment -- The Truth Behind an Okay Photo

    Cort Ruddy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    We all know a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet, sometimes that’s not the whole story. Whenever I see a photo of a family our size (four kids) smiling back from a picturesque locale, I imagine the happy story it’s telling is more than likely a work of fiction. But that’s okay; I like fiction. A picture I took of our four kids smiling from the shores of Green Lakes State Park recently is no exception. You wouldn’t know from looking that it was our fourth attempt on this walk to get a group photo – the three before ending in tears, temper tantrums or fake toot noises.
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Famous Suicides
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The death of a loved one is difficult for anyone to take, but famous suicides often cause a collective mourning across the country, as well as the world in cases of celebrities with international fame. Celebrities come into the home through movies, television, magazines, and smartphones, and they’re a source of entertainment and comfort to millions of people. Suicide and Mental Illness According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicides claim the lives of approximately 30,000 lives every year in the United States, which equals around 1 percent of all the deaths that occur…
  • Tips For When You Are Stressed Out
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    When you are feeling overwhelmed in life you may feel that you are stressed out. Whether you are thinking that school is stressing me out or “I am so stressed out” all of the time, there are a few tips and tricks to help with relieving some of the overwhelming stress you may have in your life at the moment. The more you know about stress and now it impacts the body over time, the easier it is to identify when you are feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed to help in taking the right actions to properly calm your body or if you have a stressed out mom who may need assistance…
  • Sectarian Bullying; More Than Just The Schoolyard
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Oftentimes, parents wonder why their child is being considered a bully at school. Many parents do not understand that children learn from their parent’s words, actions and behaviors. Parents will deny that they themselves have done anything to create this behavior in their children. Most often, this is due to the fact that they do not see their own Sectarian behavior as a form of bullying. What is Sectarianism Many people grew up not realizing that Sectarian behavior is a form of bullying. What exactly is the definition of Sectarian and Sectarian behavior? One dictionary will tell us that…
  • How to Get Over a Break Up
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Going through a breakup is never an easy situation. Sometimes, it may even feel as though you’ll never find another person who can make you as happy and fulfilled as your ex. In many ways, a breakup can seem like the end of the world; you may find yourself feeling depressed and wondering how you are ever going to move on. Fortunately, however, a breakup doesn’t need to be the end of the world. In fact, there are many solutions when it comes to how to get over a break up. Read on to explore a few of the best ways to make it happen. How to Get Over a Break Up: Understand Why it…
  • Family Problems and Ways to Address them
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are there any ideal families? This is a great question to ask, and in all honesty one can easily answer such question by saying that there are no ideal families and no family is without some form of family problems. Nevertheless some families have much better relationships than others. The fact of the matter is that from time to time all families experience different types of family problems. Even in families that seem very normal and healthy, family problems can result from different issues some of the issues may appear simple in nature, but if unaddressed could lead to more serious problems…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • Warm you up Homemade Chili Kit

    Meghan G
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Create and give a kit your recipient can turn into delicious, savory chili to warm them any time. Recipe and FREE PRINTABLE recipe cards included. Read Warm you up Homemade Chili Kit on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Sweet Potato Chicken Chili Recipe & Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest Pasta e Fagioli (aka “Pasta Fazool”) with slow cooker variation Meghan’s Homemade Red Sauce
  • WorldVision Balinese Necklace Giveaway

    Meghan G
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    The holidays are fast approaching, and there is nothing Joy Makin' Mamas everywhere love more than gifts that give back! The WorldVision Gift Catalog features a full range of alternative gifts, and also has a handmade gift catalog where you can make a donation AND receive a gorgeous, handmade item to gift to a loved one. Joy Makin' Mamas reviewed the Balinese Multi Strand Necklace, and we are pleased to be offering one lucky winner the chance to receive one of their very own! Read WorldVision Balinese Necklace Giveaway on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More…
  • Santa and the Three Rs

    Meghan G
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Have you ever thought, "do you suppose it's okay to buy my children's Christmas gifts off Craig's List?" or, "is it okay for Santa's gifts to be used?" What if they ask you, "Why does Santa bring me used toys?" Read Santa and the Three Rs on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: How to explain… Debt Free Holiday: DIY Felt Boards Debt Free Holiday: Alternative Gifts
  • WorldVision Handmade Gifts Balinese Necklace Review

    Meghan G
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    This necklace reminds me of a waterfall, and it is not only lovely but well-made. The glass beads are well chosen and the construction of the jewelry is sturdy enough to hold up to daily wear. (If you'd prefer a different handcrafted item, there are others available. They are all more lovely than the last- hard choices, indeed.) This necklace is quite long, and has leather thongs at the back of the neck. They don't "adjust" per se, but you can tie them in a knot to make it shorter. The length makes it is the perfect accessory for a cowl neck sweater. My son calls it "the Merry Christmas," and…
  • Orangutan Houdini

    Meghan G
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Raising children with an appreciation for our natural world requires that we show them that world in every way we possibly can. Visiting our nations best zoos and natural parks, going outside and building a rain garden, observing the comings and goings of birds, squirrels, lizards, butterflies, bees, and other everyday animals are all great Read Orangutan Houdini on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Hunger in our communities: PWNED by Maddi’s Fridge Book Review: Everything Goes On Land BabyLit books: You won’t want to put your eye…
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Language Delay or Selective Mutism?

    Katie Blauth
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    This question comes up very often when a child seems to understand everything you tell her, yet she isn’t talking.  Many parents report that they feel that their child is able to talk, but is refusing to do so. Selective Mutism Characteristics of selective mutism are described by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as: consistent failure to speak in specific social situations (in which there is an expectation for speaking, such as at school) despite speaking in other situations. interferes with school or work, or with social communication. lasts at least 1 month (not limited…
  • What is Williams Syndrome?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Having been lucky enough to grow up with a family member with Williams Syndrome, it’s almost difficult for me to describe the diagnosis when asked what it exactly it is. My cousin’s diagnosis, although more defined in our adult age, was never a concern, topic of conversation, or even differentiation for me while we were growing up. When I picture my cousin, I picture an encouraging, social, outgoing individual with a love for family gatherings, music, and time with her friends. I think of her phenomenal skill on the piano and the computer and how her Facebook friends exceed mine by the…
  • Children’s Orthotics for Flat Feet

    10 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    As a physical therapist, I receive questions surrounding orthotics quite frequently.  Parents and caregivers may have heard from other parents about his or her child wearing orthotics for “flat feet.”  Some physicians might recommend orthotics, while others believe the child will “grow out of it.” Consider the following questions and discuss them with your physical therapist prior to pursuing any children’s orthotics: Age of your child: typically a child who is not yet putting weight on his or her feet, is not appropriate for orthotics of this style.  Weight…
  • Why is My Toddler Hitting?

    Stephanie Saikaly
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    We have heard it before: My toddler just started hitting!  Rest assured, you are not alone if this is something you have encountered.  It is often a “phase” that toddlers may experiment with during interactions or play.  However, for some children it could require further investigation as to what may be the cause of this behavior and how to prevent it from worsening. When I meet with families, I routinely ask, “So, why do you think he is hitting?”  Often times, the caregivers have not considered WHY the hitting is occurring.  This is of utmost importance to me since I will work…
  • Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate & Submucous Cleft

    Emily Fawcett
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Image via Occurring in 1 in every 600 births, clefts are one of the most common birth defects in the US.  Clefts form early on in pregnancy (between 4-8 weeks after conception) when the facial prominences (group of cells) are fusing together. Three common types of clefts are as follows: (1) Cleft Lip is when the tissues of the upper lip have incomplete formation, resulting in an opening in the lip.  The opening can vary in size from a small split to a large gap (opening from lip to nose) Unilateral cleft is when the opening is on EITHER the left…
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    A Fine Parent

  • 5 Essential Tips to Dodge Toxic Holiday Stress and Enjoy Quality Family Time

    Laura Falin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you excited about the upcoming holiday season? Crisp, cool (or downright freezing cold!) nights. Hayrides. Hot cocoa. Kids singing carols. Family meals. Decorating the Christmas tree. Opening presents. I love it all so much. And yet… As the kids get older and have more and more of their own events and activities, our holidays are getting more and more rushed. Last December we had six – yes, six!! — concerts, plays, and recitals. And only two of my four kids were in school. It’s only going to get crazier. And a whole lot more stressful, if we let it. So how do we enjoy…
  • 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you enjoy everyday family life (1 being the least, and 10 the most)? If you had asked me that question a few years back, I’d have lied. My real answer would have been way too embarrassing to admit. It’s so easy to get lost in the responsibilities of parenting that we forget to actually enjoy the journey! We’ve come a long way since. One of the things I’ve learnt along the way is that if you remember to have fun, your day automatically becomes more enjoyable, irrespective of how mundane or stressful it may seem on the outside. With that…
  • How to Establish a Morning Routine for Kids That Actually Works

    Bryn Huntpalmer
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know the easiest way to get the stress out of parenting? Find the one situation that constantly causes friction and figure out how to make it go smoother. That’s it. The rest will simply follow suit. To us, it was the mornings. Getting an entire family up, dressed, fed and out the door before the sun even comes up could easily be a recipe for disaster (or at least a meltdown or two!) And, I have two kids under the age of 3 that go to two different schools 30 minutes away from our house. Believe me we have our share of morning meltdowns but I’ve spent some time really working on…
  • Are You Milking These Scientifically Proven Benefits of Laughter Yet?

    Libby Beer
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Gosh, do you ever feel drained trying to be a stand up parent all the time? A few weeks ago, I was feeling really down about my parenting. Our son was starting daycare soon, and I wanted to make the most of my last few long weekdays alone with him. But I was tired, and he wasn’t in the mood to nap. So, instead of doing anything fun with him, I was sitting in a mess of toys feeling guilty. My husband called to let us know he’d be working a bit late, and I unloaded my disappointment in myself. His advice? Read him a book, and do something that makes him laugh. My husband doesn’t read…
  • Teenage Alcohol Abuse: One Mom’s Dreaded Reality And How to Protect Our Families

    Kimberly Muench
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You know how every single one of us parents dreads the phone call that tells us something is wrong with our kids? Mine came one evening in May. As I picked up the receiver I noted the caller I.D. revealed it was the eldest of my five children, Nick. “Hi Nick!” “Mom, I’m in trouble and I need help.” That phone call launched a series of events in our lives which could have gone one of two ways; it could have catapulted me (as his mom) into denial and despair, or it could (and, by the grace of God, did) allow me to pull my head out of the sand and work with my son toward a positive…
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    Bumps n Baby

  • Diaper Dilemma: How To Choose the Right Diaper for Your Baby

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    How to choose the right diaper for my baby? Do I go in for reusable cloth diapers? How do I know what is the right brand? How do I ensure I get the best deals on diapers in the market? This is one universal dilemma that every mom goes through. Well the list is long […] The post Diaper Dilemma: How To Choose the Right Diaper for Your Baby appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Easy Home Made Peanut Butter Recipe for Toddlers

    Darshika Gupta
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the easy, creamy and quick home made peanut butter recipe for toddlers. My daughter is crazy about peanut butter. I can make her eat most of the things with it. Given its health and nutritional value, I don’t mind her eating it everyday but in limits Initially I bought it […] The post Easy Home Made Peanut Butter Recipe for Toddlers appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Himalaya Baby Care Giveaway in Bumps n Baby Facebook Page!!

    Sangeetha Menon
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Yippeee.. Himalaya Baby Care Giveaway Time!! 3 lucky readers stand a chance to win a Himalaya Gift Hamper worth Rs.500!! Guess what? The hamper has goodies for both Mom and Baby!! To win, check out the Facebook page of Bumps n Baby and  follow these rules (mandatory): 1. Tell us your favorite Himalaya Baby care […] The post Himalaya Baby Care Giveaway in Bumps n Baby Facebook Page!! appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Reasons Why Normal Delivery is the Best for You and Your Baby

    Anu Prabin
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Why normal delivery is the better than C section? How does it benefit you and your baby? Recently I came across an article regarding the shocking increase in the number of CDMRs. Wonder what a CDMR is? CDMR is Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request. It is a medically unnecessary elective caesarean section, where the pregnant […] The post 10 Reasons Why Normal Delivery is the Best for You and Your Baby appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • All About Teething in Babies You Ought To Know

    Jayalekshmy Velswamy
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
     When will my baby get his first tooth? The first tooth breaking is a milestone for every baby and a very memorable moment for all parents. I too was eagerly waiting for that day to saw Rithvik’s first set of brand new tooth. But at the same time I got very much worried hearing about […] The post All About Teething in Babies You Ought To Know appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Five Ways To Make Your Thanksgiving Table Kid Friendly

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be scrambling to come up with ideas on how to keep the younger guests at your thanksgiving table entertained. No worries, from coloring pages to games, here are five fun ways to make your meal kid friendly!Coloring PagesOne of the easiest ways to make sure the kids are happy at your Thanksgiving table is to provide plenty of coloring pages for them to color. Lucky for us there are hundreds of free options available on the internet with a quick Google search.Small ToysWhat child wouldn't be thrilled to find a small toy waiting for them at their…
  • Uplift Your Life with Gratitude

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    During a meeting with Jean Kuhn, a business coach, I was complaining left and right about various situations in my life which weren't coming together in the way I had hoped for. After listening to me ramble for a bit, Jean reached into her purse and pulled out a beautiful, teal-colored journal."Here, I want you to have this," she said. "This is your new gratitude journal. Every morning, write down five things you are thankful for. Every evening before bed, reflect on your day and write down all that you're grateful for."It took me a while to get into the gratitude journal routine. I write for…
  • The Ten Best Sites for Online Christmas Shopping

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I know you have better things to do than spend time in a crowded mall this holiday season. After all, those episodes of House of Cards aren't going to watch themselves. So, in the interest of saving you time and hassle, and getting you all caught up with the Underwoods, here is a list of the ten best websites for Christmas shopping.Red EnvelopeThis might be my absolute most favorite online shop ever. The carefully curated gifts are second to none and the little touches of personalization make these gifts stand out from the rest. If you're getting a gift from me this year, it probably came…
  • Honor The Great American Smokeout by talking to your kids about smoking

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    The American Cancer Society sets aside the third Thursday of November each year as the Great American Smokeout. This year's event is November 20. The goal is to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit smoking. Another option is to quit just for the day. Any type of participation puts smokers on the road to better health.Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, yet one in five adults still smoke. According to the American Lung Association, 85% of smokers started before they turned 21. Here are some ways to introduce the topic to your kids, so…
  • Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:13 pm
    You've exhausted all your options. He already owns the latest in electronics and every tool known to man. He prefers to pick out his own clothes (and rightly so, don't you feel the same way?) and colognes are a thing of the past. So, what do you get for the man in your life? Here are some interesting and unique gift ideas for him.The Intellect Let your brainiac test his skills against the great ones with this IQ test kit. Hopefully he won't feel too bad when you take a turn and blow them all away. Maybe go easy on him, and hide your results. After all, these are gift ideas for him. The Gamer…
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  • Experts Say Children Switched At Birth Should Remain With Parents Who Raised Them

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Next to actually delivering your little one, bringing home baby is one of the most incredible days of a new parent’s life. Lives are turned upside down, but for the better. Two sets of South African parents felt that same joy four years ago when they bought their little bundles of joy home. But little did they know that they had actually brought home someone else’s child, and not their own. Now experts say that the children should stay with the family they have been with for the past four years, and not be switched back to their biological parents. It all began back in 2010, when…
  • Baby in Critical Condition After Pregnant Mom Is Pinned To The Wall By Minivan

    Lisa Arneill
    28 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    On November 13th Jodie Guthrie’s Facebook post sums up her excitement about the arrival of her baby boy. “Went to Magee for an ultrasound and Trace Joseph Weatherwalk is 5-pounds-9-ounces…God Blessed this perfect angel – and I can’t wait to meet him.” But due to a freak accident she was never able to meet her baby boy. Police say the mom-to-be was waiting outside Rite Aid Pharmacy when an elderly driver lost control of his Dodge minivan as he pulled into a parking spot. “The driver may have hit the gas instead of the brake causing the car to lurch over, off the curb and…
  • Woman Delivers Baby on Side of the Road after Crashing Car

    28 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    We share all kinds of speedy delivery stories, but this one literally gave me chills! In Kilkenny, a mother of three delivered her baby on the side of the road. The delivery happened Wednesday night after the mother had tried driving herself to the hospital. Chilly and foggy, the night made for poor driving conditions for the woman who, at the time, was in labor. She ended up hitting a roundabout and crashed her car. Passersby stopped to help after seeing the accident. Two of the most influential were Eamonn and Mae Doyle from Kilkenny. The couple were told by a young man that had arrived on…
  • Health Canada Warns Parents About Homemade Baby Formulas

    Lisa Arneill
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:35 pm
    While breast is best, it’s not always an option for every baby.  Formula is the most popular choice for parents who aren’t breastfeeding, but many other are seeking more natural options.  With the increasing flow of information on the internet comes a lot of third party advice. Concerned, Health Canada is warning parents about the dangers of making their own baby formula. Health Canada, in partnership with the Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society, issued a warning Wednesday following a jump in recipes that are being promoted online and in workshops. Those…
  • Collect and Play at the Shopkins Small Mart & Bakery {VIDEO Review}

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Since they were announced earlier this year, Shopkins has taken the toy world by storm. Created to give kids a way to re-create their own shopping experience, this set of toys has become one of the hottest items for those 4+. To see what all the hype was all about we recently received the Shopkins Small Mart and Spin Mix Bakery.  There is also a third set in their collection – a fruit & veggie stand – that we didn’t test. Out of the box, my kids couldn’t play with these sets fast enough. The small mart is the biggest set in the Shopkins Collection, and it offers…
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  • Teens with ADHD: 7 Powerful Ways Parents Can Help Them Succeed

    cameron caswell
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 pm
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Teens with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) often have a hard time focusing long enough to learn or study and get easily distracted when trying to complete their homework. As parents, we want to do everything we can to help our children succeed, but even on a good day, our teens may be resistant to our efforts. Throw in the added challenge of a learning disability, and the chances of having a harmonious homework session fly out the window.So how can parents help their struggling student without triggering a power struggle? Dr. Karin Varblow, an…
  • Teen Slang 2014: Are your skills fleek or meek?

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Dr. Cameron Caswell Sarah | Once you’re successful at getting your teen to open up to you, you’re still at risk of not being able to understand what the heck she’s talking about. Now, if you were off to Italy for a vacay, you'd probably cram in several Pimsleur or Rosetta Stone Italian lessons before you went so you could understand some of the native language—or at least learn enough words so you don't feel like a total hot mess. So, if you feel like you're going cray cray listening to your teen talk, it's probably a good idea to hone up on her terminology in the same…
  • 7 steps to becoming an askable parent

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    By Dr. Cameron L. Caswell | scott feldstein Although it may feel like your teen is pushing you away, and chances are he is, he needs your love, acceptance and guidance now more than ever.  But many parents struggle to break through their teen's attitude and posturing, and even give up before they're able to build the type of relationship their teen secretly wants. Askable parents set aside their fears and frustration and focus relentlessly on building a relationship with their teen based on trust and confidence. The goal is to increase the chances your teen will…
  • 9 power phrases to respond to arguing

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell Vic | You want your child to grow into an independent, intelligent adult who can think for herself, right? Well then, as frustrating as it can be, disagreeing with you is actually a sign of healthy development. Instead of blindly accepting everything she is told at face value, she now has the mental capacity to think abstractly and question the validity and reasoning behind what is being said. Instead of resorting to the standard parental response, "because I said so," encourage your teen to learn how to negotiate, problem-solve and collaborate by pulling…
  • 12 clever tricks to regain your cool quickly

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    by Dr. Cameron Caswell JD Hancock | One of our biggest foes when it comes to parenting is our patience—well, our lack of it. No matter how laid back we are in our "normal" lives, our children seem to have an innate knack for finding and pushing our buttons (and pushing, and pushing) until we erupt. But it's not because they want us to get mad at them; negative attention really isn't better than no attention. It's usually because they want to get their way and haven't learned the art of negotiation yet, or they are testing us. Testing to see if our love for them is, in fact,…
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  • What does insomnia feel like?

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Insomnia is weird, it’s like one of those things that’s really hard to describe, and hard to imagine until it happens to you. I guess it must be different for everyone, but for me it was a super gradual process. Whenever I’m stressed I struggle to sleep. If I resolve that stress, I start getting... Read More » The post What does insomnia feel like? appeared first on .
  • 5 Minute blog tip: How to optimise your photos

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    It’s really important to optimise photos before uploading them to your blog, something I’ve only recently discovered. My images were huge – some over 20mb each! Photos this size will seriously slow down your site, especially if you have more than one on each post! So my 5 minute tip is optimise your blog photos... Read More » The post 5 Minute blog tip: How to optimise your photos appeared first on .
  • Introducing the newest member of the family

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Part of the reason we’ve been SO busy for the last month is because of this little rascal. Yep, that’s right. On 12th October we finally collected our long awaited for puppy! His name is Luka. This is a video I made of... Read More » The post Introducing the newest member of the family appeared first on .
  • Non-toy gifts for children of all ages

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I’ve compiled a mega resource of gift ideas for children of all ages (from babies to teens) that doesn’t include toys! I don’t intend on writing ‘gift guides’ every year, because I believe in timeless gifts such as experiences rather than toys or the latest fad. So this page is now my sort of ‘forever... Read More » The post Non-toy gifts for children of all ages appeared first on .
  • Monthly blog statistics – October

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Ok bare with me, this is a new thing I’m trying… I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I didn’t post to this blog at all in October. I didn’t engage much with anyone on social media, I didn’t link up to any linky parties (although I haven’t done this for a good 6 months),... Read More » The post Monthly blog statistics – October appeared first on .
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  • Activities to Build your Child’s Emotional Quotient

    Rima Desai
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Rima Desai This blog post has been contributed by our new Parent Blogger Rima Desai. Rima has a Masters Degree in Psychology from Mumbai University. She wrote numerous articles for Parents, Women and creating Self-Awareness in a leading newspaper in Tanzania when she lived there. Her work includes writing for in-flight magazines and editing internationally published books. Rima is a certified Childcare Professional and Life-Coach in USA. She has extensive experience in training teachers, students and holding camps for children (3-9 years).  There is a lot of talk that goes on about parenting…
  • Do children need vitamin supplements?

    Krishna Mahathi
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Source: Google Images During my residency days I was under the impression that the head of my department was a tyrant (I now believe that residents are supposed to feel that way) but as the years go by there are so many instances when I remember him with gratitude. My carelessness at certain tasks would not escape his observant gaze….from misspelling I’s and e’s in prescriptions to answers I gave from hearsay without actually reading my textbook. One busy day in the OPD he told me that I had prescribed multivitamins to twelve children and asked me for the reason.” Nothing major…
  • How to Prepare a Classroom for a Child with a Cochlear Implant

    Cochlear India
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    This blog has been contributed by Cochlear India ( Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions with high-quality products that help implant recipients interact more fully with their world. After more than 25 years of ground breaking innovations, people at Cochlear continue to be passionate about helping people to hear. Hearing loss in children can have long-lasting effects on learning, development and socialization. With proper care, treatment and attention, children with hearing loss can live healthy, normal lives in the…
  • The Importance of Sending your College Applications in Early

    Prab Singh
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    I know that many students cannot really take parents’ warnings about the need to finish applications earlier than deadlines seriously. You think, “Come on, finishing the applications in the beginning of December when there is no real negative consequence if I don’t, Ha!” So I thought that I would represent this blog entry a bit more visually for you so you can imagine what is happening in a typical admissions office. Beginning of December: Though still full from Thanksgiving food, the admissions offices are functioning well and busy finishing off their Early Applications and sorting…
  • Monitoring your Child’s Online Activity

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Source: Google Images You are a parent, your kids are growing up. You are now thinking about how can we keep a watch on our kids online activity, without being too intrusive? Quite frankly, I have no ideas on how to do this. But I asked myself a question Why should I keep a watch? After all I trust my kid when he goes out, I trust him to look after himself if I give him a car, etc. The thought of giving him a car leads me to think about driving, driving licence, etc. Ah! Here is a possibility. What about giving an ‘Internet Licence’ to my kid? The idea of licence leads to me ‘driving…
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  • Tell Your Child That Adversity Is As American As Apple Pie

    Nathaniel Turner
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    The other evening, I had the great pleasure of participating in an advisory panel discussion with a group of Indiana University undergraduate students. No different from any other time that I am asked to speak to the “future”, I had an absolute blast learning from and sharing with the insightful students. Plus there was an […]
  • Your Child Is A Genius Just Don’t Mess Them Up

    Nathaniel Turner
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    It was the academic spring semester of 1981 when a middling student was called to the guidance counselor’s office. The guidance counselor requested the meeting so that he could talk to the young man about his future. From the guidance counselor’s viewpoint, the young man’s future – like the young man’s intellect – was not […]
  • Every Child Needs Pep Talks From Their Cheerleader

    Nathaniel Turner
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    The older my son gets the more I realize that there are very few things that I can give him. As he matures, the need for my fatherly guidance and instruction dissipates. The realization that our children are growing increasingly independent is not always so easy to accept. As much as I would like to […]
  • Thanks to STEM, This Time The Revolution Will Be Televised

    Nathaniel Turner
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last week, I shared with you the wonderful experience I had with the YPR. I also mentioned how meeting with the YPR (Young People Revolution) made me ponder what I believe are critical questions parents should ask themselves: Does my child even know that they are living in the midst of a revolution? Am I […]
  • Will Your Young People Be Ready For The Revolution?

    Nathaniel Turner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of professionally dressed, intellectually competent and extremely respectful young people.  These young people, male and female, whom I am guessing ranged from the ages 18 to 25 were a far departure from the narrative routinely used to describe millennials. These young people were a […]
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  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.   Why is there  so much fuss about waking up early in the morning? Why your mother keep on pestering you from the day you started your school to get up early in the morning? What’s so magical about getting up early in the morning? Let’s get it clear that every person is different. Some [...] The post 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 famous quotes of chanakya

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice. Chanakya was an acclaimed Indian teacher, philosopher, and royal advisor. A professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University, Chanakya is widely credited for having played the most important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. Maurya empire was the first empire in archaeologically recorded history to rule most of the Indian subcontinent. [...] The post top 9 famous quotes of chanakya appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice. Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself for studies? Or do you want to find the ways to motivate your children for studies? If your answer is yes to above questions then I think you are landed on the right place. In this article, I am going to share some of the practical things [...] The post 7 ways to motivate yourself for studies appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Walking lesson: learn to walk really?

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:35 am
    The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice. Since I was working continuously sitting in front of the computer my mother was forcing me to go for a walk in the park. I also needed a break so I decided to go for an evening walk and get refreshed. But this evening walk turn out to be very fruitful for me in more [...] The post Walking lesson: learn to walk really? appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 12 ways to increase your productivity

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:24 am
    The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice. We all want to achieve success in our life. That’s why we are working so hard to be a part of top 1% of the population who are called success. So what is the secret of this top 1 % of the population? It’s hard work. I hope this has not shocked you. Everybody knows [...] The post 12 ways to increase your productivity appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • Moods of Motherhood

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    The post Moods of Motherhood appeared first on %% Hi guys, As you can see I’ve been very quiet this past month. This is because we have been going through huge changes and I’ve been doing my best to process everything. Which brings me perfectly to this post – Moods of Motherhood (see end of post for more details). Baby G is almost 8 months old. And by almost I mean literally two days away from turning 8 months old. I’ve been feeling incredibly sentimental about it all this past month because she is going through SO many changes and it makes me…
  • Baby G is… 7 months old!

    5 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The post Baby G is… 7 months old! appeared first on %% Since we had internet issues when we moved house, I actually only posted Baby G’s 6 month update a few weeks ago…and here we are, ready to talk about the fact that she is 7 months old. Whatever about that – can you believe it’s only 7 weeks until Christmas? But I digress… Weight: No idea since we don’t get weighed regularly anymore. But I can tell you that her clothes are getting harder to pull up and her leggings today kinda sorta looked like they had been spray painted…
  • October Favourite Photos

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    The post October Favourite Photos appeared first on %% Here are a few of my favourite photos from October. I cannot believe it’s November and only about 7 weeks until Christmas. WHAT IS HAPPENING?? Time is just flying past these days! Also, it’s suddenly gotten very cold. I was half thinking we might be in for a mild winter but this morning we woke up frozen and I could see my breath in the air in the kitchen. So, I guess it’s time to crank up the thermostat and have the heating come on for longer bursts now, not just for hot water. No new pictures to…
  • Baby G’s 1st Halloween!

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    The post Baby G’s 1st Halloween! appeared first on %% Happy Halloween everybody! It’s Baby G’s 1st…and here are some pics I took of her in her costume. Hope you all have fun plans! Can’t believe it’s November tomorrow. How is this year going by so fast?? If you like what you see, please be sure to check out Sessa Daily - An Irish parenting and lifestyle blog bringing you a little dose of my life as a new mother… for more content!
  • Baby Portraits

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    The post Baby Portraits appeared first on %% I’ve been taking non stop photos of Baby G this past week since getting my new camera.I’ve so many to process, but here’s a small selection of my favourites I’ve already processed. All of these were shot at home in natural light. If you like what you see, please be sure to check out Sessa Daily - An Irish parenting and lifestyle blog bringing you a little dose of my life as a new mother… for more content!
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  • Mixed Up Upper And Lower Case Letters

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    With El having pen pals, I observed closely in ages how he wrote. When he was very young in N1, he would write gibberish, or sometimes nonsense words with random letters put together. As he became older, he wrote words, … Continue reading → Tags:  dysgraphia, mixed up upper and lower case letters Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    El's new school  The Artists Who Painted  Coolest Babies  Trip To The Dentist and Lunch  Parents…
  • The Artists Who Painted

    8 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    After buying art supplies, we had a few painting sessions. They love to paint! Gar loves to dip his paintbrushes into the water, so he ends up with very wet paper. El uses more vivid colours and he painted a … Continue reading → Tags:  rainbow colours, watercolour paintings Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    More El's Funny Quips  Christmas Decorations 2013  Trip To The Dentist and Lunch  Self Care - Setting Physical and Mental…
  • El Gets International Pen Pals

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Pen pals! Do you remember the time when you paid a few dollars to get pen pals from all over the world? There was a service which my classmates told me about. I remember I had pen pals from Indonesia, … Continue reading → Tags:  international pen pals, pen pal, pen pals for gifted children, posting letter Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    El Plays The Piano  Carrot Vs Stick - Sticker Reward For Piano Playing  Recovery Phase  Wild…
  • Self Care – Setting Physical and Mental Health Goals

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    “I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.” — Jim Rohn It was the June holidays, and I thought I had all the time to do whatever I wanted. I could … Continue reading → Tags:  cough, jim rohn, mental health, physical health, success goals Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  6 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Gar And His Kiddy Rides  Garisms: Gar's Quips  Recovery Phase  Mum and Dad Restraunt Menu  Trip To The Dentist and LunchCopyright…
  • El’s Dinosaur Train Themed 5th Birthday Party

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    El turned 5 in October! With a few weeks before his birthday, he announced that he wanted a Dinosaur Train birthday celebration in his school. Originally he did not want, but he had changed his mind. Immediately, I started looking … Continue reading → Tags:  buddy tyrannosaurus, dinosaur train cupcake toppers, dinosaur train cupcakes, dinosaur train party, tiny pteranodon Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Mum and Dad Restraunt Menu  It's A…
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  • Hot Holiday Toys of 2014 Put to the Test by Real Kids (PHOTOS)

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Post by Jeanne Sager. Well, Black Friday is here and Christmas will be before you know it. While Santa is checking his naughty or nice list -- twice -- the kids are taking stock of the hot holiday toys and loading up their own lists. Big this year are a tow truck that claims to drag 200 pounds, Cabbage Patch dolls (yup, they're back), and several animal toys that come to life as "pets" you don't have to feed or clean up after. But what's worth spending your money on this year and what will the kids break in two minutes? The Stir asked five kids to test some of the hottest toys on the store's…
  • 11 Ways to Keep the Magic of Santa Alive (PHOTOS)

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Post by Suzee Skwiot. It's a moment all parents dread: the official time that the kids confront you to ask if Santa Claus is real. So it's time to step up your game. Keeping Santa real is a very intricate art and requires serious dedication and creativity. Luckily, we've put together the best and easiest things you can do this holiday season to keep the magic of Santa alive:#7 is such a great way to keep kids believing! What do you do to keep the magic alive? Image via Hasloo Group Production Studio/shutterstock
  • 10 Non-Toy Gifts Kids Will Absolutely Love (PHOTOS)

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Post by Maressa Brown. Well before the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday, toy fever kicks in. Our little ones' requests for the latest dolls or video games are pretty much inevitable. But not every gift they receive this holiday season has to come shrinkwrapped in abox. Not even the most prized one! We rounded up 10 of the best, most creative non-toy gifts out there for kids.Check 'em out, then tell us: Which of these would your child love the most this year? Images ©; ©
  • 10 Hilariously Perfect Children's Letters to Santa (PHOTOS)

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Post by Linda Sharps. There’s something magical about the age when children are old enough to write a letter to Santa, yet not too old to be wavering in their belief. As we gear up for the holiday season and all it entails, take a moment to unwind with these 10 hilarious letters to Santa from children, which run the spectrum from ridiculously adorable to downright snarky. Kids embody everything that’s awesome about Christmas, and these heartfelt messages are the perfect way to start feeling the holiday spirit. Image © 
  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' -- What Parents Need to Know

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Post by Jeanne Sager. Trying to figure out what movie to take the kids to over the long Thanksgiving break? Penguins of Madagascar is Dreamworks' attempt to get families into theaters over the holiday, cashing in on the following it's built up over three Madagascar films. But before you promise the kids popcorn, know this: Penguins is not a sequel. Which is exactly what the animated Benedict Cumberbatch flick has going for it. Based on minor characters introduced in the popular trilogy -- and spun off into their own Nickelodeon show -- Penguins diverges from the story of four zoo animals and…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • FREE Christmas book for the tweens and teens!

    Miso N. Grey
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    FREE #christmas book @amazon this weekend! under: Advice for Parents
  • Dual Enrollment vs AP Classes.

    Miso N. Grey
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Regardless of what your counselor tells you, taking AP courses is not the best choice for your child's path to success. Continue reading →
  • Kristin van Ogtrop and Arianna Huffington have defeated me. This project ends today.

    Miso N. Grey
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    I hereby admit that @kvanogtrop and @ariannahuff have defeated me fairly and squarely. Not only defeated, they have collectively and indirectly decimated the Diary of an Angry Father project. In my defeat, this will be my final blog post and tweet from Diary of an Angry Father. You were both right. You didn't have to say it. No one cares what fathers think in our maternally-centric world. There is no audience. I'm YELLING to myself in an empty room in an effort to create better parents and better children. To my dismay, fathers don't seem to care about becoming better fathers. Continue…
  • Modern World Discipline.

    Miso N. Grey
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Your primary job as a parent is to teach your child the difference right from wrong. Today, our children are inundated with mass media, social media, and marketing messages that have greyed and often obscured the lines between these concepts. Your task, to communicate the difference, is now more difficult than it has ever been before, in the entire history of human evolution. You need to be clever and underhand for your lessons to be effective. Observe your child’s behavior, and then make predictions about future behavior in certain situations, as best you can, based on the evidence you…
  • My kids came up with the solution to our political mess.

    Miso N. Grey
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    You never know who the next hero or world leader might be. It could be the straight C student down the street, or the autistic chess genius who keeps to himself in the back of the classroom. Barack Obama was raised by a hippy, and he didn’t do too bad for himself. Benjamin Netanyahu went to high … Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • Julep Black Friday Sale – $1 Nail Polish with Any Purchase

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep Black Friday Sale – $1 Nail Polish with Any Purchase This post contains affiliate links. The spectacular and extremely popular Julep Black Friday sale is here!  Last year this was a very very popular deal and...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Multitasking with My Intel Tablet #IntelTablets

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Multitasking with My Intel Tablet #IntelTablets As a busy mom and a busy blogger most of my days are jam packed with activities, errands, writing posts, responding to hundred’s of emails each day, fixing lunches, getting...Read the whole entry... »          
  • DIY Flower Food & Tips For Longer Lasting Flowers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: DIY Flower Food & Tips For Longer Lasting Flowers I love getting flowers, especially during the holidays. I always like to have fresh flowers on the dinner table and spread around the house. It just puts a smile on my face...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers & Centerpieces from ProFlowers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Beautiful Thanksgiving Flowers & Centerpieces from ProFlowers I love having a beautiful centerpiece during family dinners. It just makes the table that much more festive and always make for a great conversation started. We...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Food Lion Coupons + (4) $25 Gift Cards to Win

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Food Lion Coupons + (4) $25 Gift Cards to Win This is a partnered post with Food Lion to share the information about the Food Lion MVP Coupon Hub. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I like to save money, but who...Read the whole entry... »          
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • { 25 Days of Christmas Joy }

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la…Hey wait, I have an idea! While you’re out there being merry and jolly, choose also to be generous and kind. ‘Tis the season to be giving. To share what we have with others. To give thanks for what we have. And to do it [...] The post { 25 Days of Christmas Joy } appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • All Tangled Up: The Whimsy Factory Costume Giveaway

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair! Awhile back, we reached out to The Whimsy Factory regarding a potential giveaway because their products are seriously more than adorable! We were thrilled when we got an email back saying they would not only do the giveaway for our readers, but that my daughter Ruby would get her [...] The post All Tangled Up: The Whimsy Factory Costume Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Growin’ Up

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Last night was supposed to be a movie night. We were supposed to put on our sweatpants, make popcorn and drown ourselves in blankets and pillows. It was how our Friday night was supposed to go, according to Friday morning’s short-and-sweet weekend agenda conversation with my husband. Movie night. Done deal. Fast forward to the after [...] The post Growin’ Up appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • A Fresh Face + A Monogrammed Giveaway

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Readers, meet Juliet. Juliet, meet the readers. Now that you’ve been formally introduced, I’d like to brag her up a little bit for you. Julie is a local mother of two beautiful daughters and has been one of my greatest encouragers, promoters and cheerleaders since the beginning of my blogging days. But long before that, she [...] The post A Fresh Face + A Monogrammed Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • No Snow Allowed: Williston’s Indoor Splash Pad + Tree House

    10 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    WILLISTON FITNESS CENTER SPLASH PAD & TREE HOUSE  |  MINNETONKA, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  Sometimes I wish Minnesota had retractable shelters available on every outdoor activity our lovely city has to offer so we could continue to enjoy them during the (seemingly endless) cold winter months. I’ve deemed that idea silly, unrealistic and probably crazy expensive. Instead I have [...] The post No Snow Allowed: Williston’s Indoor Splash Pad + Tree House appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Meet Katherine, the Mama Behind Style Addiction

    Dori Graff
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hi Katherine! Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.As of March of this year, I am a stay at home mom. Previously, I was a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company. My husband also works in the healthcare industry. I have 2 kids, Madison is 4 going on 15, and Alex is 2. We live in the suburbs of Chicago in Plainfield.We would love to hear your Kidizen story, how did you get started?I started with Kidizen pretty recently (I think in August or September). I have always thought that running a kids consignment shop would be fun, but I would never be able to do the hours as my family keeps me…
  • Kidizen Giveaway!

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Find all the info, rules & where to find your referral code here!
  • Weekly Giveaways

    casey swanson
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    First you'll need to make sure you have the newest version of the Kidizen app.Everyone on Kidizen has their very own referral code. You'll find yours under the Friend tab on the Kidizen app. Share this code with friends right from the app via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. When a friend signs up for a Kidizen account, both you and your friend get entered into the Kidizen weekly giveaway.Share it again! Every time someone new signs up with your code, you get entered again. Share with as many folks as you can, to rack up entries and increase your chances! And if you have a shop…
  • Hipster KID Picks.

    casey swanson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It's Friday! That means our favorite Mombassador, Heather, is bringing us more of her best hipster picks for the week. Brands of interest for this Kidizen include: Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Beau Loves, Saltwater Sandals, Mini Melissa Shoes, Anthem of the Ants, Hello Apparel, Converse, Little Boogaweezin, Kid + Kind, Ace & Jig, Mini & Maximus, Mag + Pie, Freshly Picked, Raine and Monet, Sweet Luka Mo, Winter Water Factory, Minnetonka, Misha Lulu, Popupshop, Paper Wings, Toms, plus VINTAGE & more!!!!Make sure to join Heather's Facebook Group Hipster KID and the Kidizen Facebook page…
  • This Week's Giveaway on Kidizen

    casey swanson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    About The Measure:We create girls clothes that embody the nostalgia and magic of childhood, that allow your tiny adventurer the freedom to explore the woods, yet still look proper enough for tea with Grandma.We're preparing her for wandering, and for coming home. Sizes 3-6m - size 8.A note from Kiki, Designer/Owner:I believe in little joys and hidden exultations. I believe in climbing trees as much as possible. I believe the ocean is more exhilarating than the Taj Mahal. I believe in the transformative power of clothing, and I strive to give you special pieces you and your daughter will…
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    Growing Children

  • Finding Balance in the Garden

    Kim Allsup
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Kim Allsup:Sharing an older post. Originally posted on Growing Children: She wore a man’ s castoff button down shirt, white with long sleeves to shield her from the sun, from the green sap that oozed from the wounds created when she snapped suckers emerging between stems and leafy branches. She was ten years old, working whole hot blazing days in the tomato ffelds,working too hard, too long, losing too much of her childhood to the flat Illinois fields of her uncle’s farm. She was one of thousands of children who knew such labor In the Great Depression, children who have etched indelible…
  • Now in Chinese!

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Seven Reasons to not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions has been translated into Chinese at this site : using the lovely photo above. It has been viewed by almost 2,000 people who visit this Waldorf website. I have been enjoying learning a few Chinese characters by entering parts of the post in Google translate.  Many thanks to the person who translated this post into Chinese. November 1, 2014, now over 2,700 views. I wish I could have a conversations with a person who read this in China so I could learn their thoughts about the idea of encouraging…
  • Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Childhood questions about facts and philosophy are a bit like childhood requests for small favors. “Mommy, you have to carry my backpack. It’s too heavy.” “Daddy, I can’t find my coat. You look for it, please, pretty please?” Of course you don’t want to ignore your child’s requests or their questions. Some small favors and some questions clearly call for parental follow through, for instance when your child will miss the school bus if you don’t find the coat. Other questions and requests, however, are an opportunity to encourage your…
  • Toddlers blooming in the Garden: Finding Wonder

    Kim Allsup
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Part Two of Four “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ― Rachel Carson Wonder in the first years of life creates the roots of self-motivation. It is the foundation of a personal connection to the world, the nexus of the self. Wonder cannot be scripted. It arrives unbidden. And while we cannot call forth wonder just wen we want it, we can be expectant. The best a person can do is to…
  • Who reads Growing Children? Welcome Uganda!

    Kim Allsup
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Almost everyday I get a wonderful surprise when I peek at reader statistics. I love seeing where my readers live and I am especially thrilled to welcome a reader from a new country. Today, I was happy to notice our first reader from Uganda! I also note that some small countries have more readers that I might expect, notably Romania.   Isn’t it wonderful to imagine like minded people around the world all devoted to growing their children, all of our children. United States FlagUnited States 1,887 Canada 256 Australia 160 United Kingdom 111 New Zealand 98 Romania 68 Brazil 47 Germany 33…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Ty’s Gift Idea of the Day: Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ

    Ty Watson
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you a breakfast person? I’m not really. Most mornings, things are so hectic that I’d rather just have something fast, like a pop tart, or maybe grab something at Dunkin Donuts. The problem is that these options aren’t very healthy. So when I was asked to review the Nutri Ninja, I was excited to […]
  • Ty’s Gift Idea of the Day: Redbubble Rainy Clouds iPhone 5s case & Throw Pillow

    Ty Watson
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    When cell phones first became popular, there were a few options for cases, and the primary purpose of the case was to protect the phone (I’m not the only one who dropped a phone, right?). Now, since everyone has a cell phone, the case has also become a way to identify it. This is especially […]
  • Ty’s Gift Idea of the Day: American Girl Samantha Doll & Paperback Book

    Ty Watson
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you have a little girl, chances are you know who Samantha Parkington is. For those who don’t yet know, she’s one of the American Girl dolls, and a favorite of many due to her classic brown locks. She’s dressed in an authentic 1904 dress, and, according to American Girl’s description, Samantha is “kind, generous, […]
  • AT&T GoPhone NEW Rate Plan Info + Freedom Kit Giveaway – Ends 12/15

    Ty Watson
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    This post is sponsored. All products mentioned and reviewed on this page are compliments of AT&T. All opinions of the products are my own. Prepaid, anyone? Have you thought about going the prepaid cell phone route? Some people prefer to go with the contract phones so that they can get the FREE or very reduced […]
  • Ty’s Gift Idea of the Day: Acer Aspire Switch 10

    Ty Watson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. Do you have a blogger on your Christmas list this year? They’ll love the Acer Aspire Switch 10 I was asked to review. Busy people, particularly bloggers, know the […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • KizVuz Holiday Party 2014

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    This was the second year we were lucky enough to go to the KidzVuz Holiday Party. I can only hope we're lucky enough to go again next year, because my kids are already planning on it!  After posing for pictures at the step and repeat, we went into the event space at Chelsea Piers. Which was awesome, by the way. The first thing we did was get frozen yogurt from 16 Handles. In addition to
  • Take This Drama and Shove It

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making new friends has been difficult for me since I've had kids. And while I'm definitely not in the same position as I was when I started blogging (ie suddenly staying at home with a toddler and a newborn, exhausted, insecure and having trouble relating to people who aren't also obsessed with my children), I don't really socialize much unless it has to do with my kids. Thus most of the women I
  • Inspired By Annedroids

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    <!-- Amazon Prime Instant Video: Annedroids & National Recycling Week / Clever Girls Snippet --> <!-- END Clever Girls Snippet --> When my kids talk about, draw or build their dream houses, several things are always included; a candy room, an indoor slide and a science lab. From their descriptions, I'm pretty sure their science lab would also include every art and craft material known to
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • WhatsApp Updated The Android App, By Default End-To-End Encryption

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Great news for all the love birds! Lastly they find some space for themselves to have endless talks without any hindrance. The popular cross-platform mobile app- WhatsApp Messenger have granted them some online privacy across the world by establishing a default aspect of end-to-end encryption in it. With around 600 mn. account holders, the most […]
  • Snapping A Selfie: A Trend Or A Threat?

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Selfies- A short-form for Self Portrait photographs. Selfies have created upsurge in the world of new media, Social Networking Sites. Every second person has started posting their self pictures on social medias. The latter is the most famous and latest genre of the photo as people, especially youngster, finds it amusing and lively to take […]
  • How To Remotely Spy On WhatsApp Conversations?

    Chandni Sharma
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Do you feel your loved ones are reluctant to answer your questions? Or they’re always captivated by their smartphones which makes you inquisitive and you want to find out whom are they chatting with and what are the topics of their conversation, on their favorite chat messenger – WhatsApp. Well, it is actually possible to […]
  • WhatsApp: A Biggest Addiction!

    Chandni Sharma
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Smartphones have become super colossal and crowd pleasing because many free messaging applications have launched which entirely makes it more popular. The idea that this app is plainly a messaging app with no ads, games, reminders, gimmicks and extra banners, is the major reason that users get addicted to it. This chat application is user […]
  • Worried About Your Child’s Unknown Reality?

    Chandni Sharma
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Parents of teens often think of several ways to discover the qualms and doubts about their kids awkward behaviour. Adolescence is such a phase of life when children are persuaded and influenced by their companions and the possibility of indulging into bad deeds like urge of drugs, being a party animal, obsession of watching inept […]
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    Problem Kids Blog » Problem Kids Blog

  • Overprotective Parents Effects – 7 Things You Need To Know

    Robert Locke
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Let me tell you a story about the world’s worst Mom! Her name is Lenore Skenazy and she has her own TV show now which, not surprisingly, is also called World’s Worst Mom. She earned that title because she let her 9 year old travel alone on the subway.  As you can see, she has very definitie ideas about overprotective parents effects and how to raise safe and self reliant children. Watch the video here or even read her book called Free Range Kids to get a better idea of why helicopter parenting is bad. Basically, her message is that kids are much safer and more savvy than we think. Here…
  • Smartphone Distracted Parenting – 7 Things You Must Do Now

    Robert Locke
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Everybody is becoming a mobile phone addict. That is the alarming trend we are seeing. Guess who are the worst offenders? Parents! This was the result of some research done by the Swedish government’s YouGov agency. They found that 33% of parents have received complaints from their kids that they (the parents!) were spending far too much time on their phones and that they felt somewhat neglected. Wouldn’t you, if you were a young kid trying to tell your mum or dad something and you did not even get a glance. If you are not a mobile phone addict, you can ignore the rest of this post!
  • Top 10 Things You Must Know About Angry Child Outbursts

    Robert Locke
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    How do you deal with all that anger and rage? They seem to blow up out of nowhere. The main problem we have as parents is how to react calmly and not get drawn into the fight and start reacting in an angry, offended and threatening way ourselves. Here are the top 10 tips to help you deal with angry child outbursts. 1. Don’t freak out “Freaking out on your child for freaking out is as hypocritical as it is ineffective. Slow down. Breathe. Then act like the adult you want them to become.” – L.R.Knost.   This says it all really. You really do have to control yourself so that you…
  • The Shocking Truth About Why Kids Can’t Sit Still.

    Robert Locke
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Kids in classrooms fidget more than they used to. Ask any teacher. Most teachers will even recommend that the child be sent for ADHD testing. He or she may well have ADHD but actually, many of them do not! What is going on? Look at these facts: Some teachers say that 1 in 8 kids have attention problems Kids are expected to sit for longer and longer periods Recess times are being continually cut because of educational demands Kids have to sit upright Look at what happened in the past. First, nearly all kids played outdoors and they were not stuck inside attached to their devices which did not…
  • Are ADHD Brain Scans A Scam?- Latest Updates

    Robert Locke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Could brain scans of ADHD children provide an easy way of diagnosing this disorder? This is the exciting news coming from the University of Michigan Health System which has just finished a study which could lead to a better diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in the future. The only problem is that we will have to wait several years before this happens. ADHD brain differences After studying brains scans of ADHD children and those who were normal, researchers were able to map what is going on in the brain. They used a system which they have dubbed ‘connectomics’. That simply means that they…
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