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  • Making Mothers Day A Special One

    Parenting at More4kids
    9 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Mother’s Day is a tradition that has been celebrated all throughout history. On this special day, Dads and kids all around the nation gather to show the mother in their life how much they appreciate and cherish them. If you are a dad that is searching out for ideas that you and the kids can use to order to achieve the goal of making mom’s day special, then this can serve as a very powerful tool and resource. Here, you will find many different creative ideas that you can put to good use. In the end, your wife will feel absolutely honored that you have taken the time to devise a way of…
  • Teaching Kids the Meaning of the 4th of July

    Parenting at More4kids
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    Unfortunately, many kids today are not aware of the real meaning behind the 4th of July. Many celebrations on July 4th include fireworks, picnics, BBQs, and other celebrations. While celebrating the holiday is wonderful, we cannot allow our children to forget what this day is all about. It's time that kids learn about the history that is behind all the festivities that occur on the 4th of July. If you are not sure where to begin teaching kids the real meaning of this important holiday in the United States, here are some tips that can help. Tip #1 – Talk to Your Kids About the…
  • Satisfy your family's cravings with these good eats!

    BabyCenter Blog
    Kierste Wade
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    by Kierste Wade posted in Products & Prizes The pantry door opening and closing is a pretty common sound at my house, especially during the summer. Now that my big kids are out of school and they're all home every day, I have to work overtime to make sure that the pantry is stocked. All the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Mike Huckabee defends Holocaust comment amid backlash

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Yahoo's Katie Couric interviews the presidential hopeful about his controversial remarks on the Iran nuke deal.
  • FDA Okays Obesity Balloon Device

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Belly balloon is latest in a flood of new obesity therapeutics
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  • Teaching Kids the Meaning of the 4th of July

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    Unfortunately, many kids today are not aware of the real meaning behind the 4th of July. Many celebrations on July 4th include fireworks, picnics, BBQs, and other celebrations. While celebrating the holiday is wonderful, we cannot allow our children to forget what this day is all about. It's time that kids learn about the history that is behind all the festivities that occur on the 4th of July. If you are not sure where to begin teaching kids the real meaning of this important holiday in the United States, here are some tips that can help. Tip #1 – Talk to Your Kids About the…
  • Father's Day 2015: The Benefits for the Involved Dad

    20 Jun 2015 | 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: Words That Empower

    16 Jun 2015 | 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…
  • Parenting and The Dad Difference

    13 Jun 2015 | 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…
  • Making Mothers Day A Special One

    9 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Mother’s Day is a tradition that has been celebrated all throughout history. On this special day, Dads and kids all around the nation gather to show the mother in their life how much they appreciate and cherish them. If you are a dad that is searching out for ideas that you and the kids can use to order to achieve the goal of making mom’s day special, then this can serve as a very powerful tool and resource. Here, you will find many different creative ideas that you can put to good use. In the end, your wife will feel absolutely honored that you have taken the time to devise a way of…
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  • Satisfy your family's cravings with these good eats!

    Kierste Wade
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    by Kierste Wade posted in Products & Prizes The pantry door opening and closing is a pretty common sound at my house, especially during the summer. Now that my big kids are out of school and they're all home every day, I have to work overtime to make sure that the pantry is stocked. All the... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Photos: Watch as this incredible birth story unfolds

    Carolyn Robertson
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories Kansas City photographer Cate DePrisco was still asleep when the call came in. Mom was in labor. She had just enough time to pack her bag and head to the birth center. When she had a spare moment, Cate picked up her phone to post a quick note... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • New moms often get conflicting advice on baby care, study says

    Michelle Stein
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories Navigating the world of motherhood is tough in the beginning, especially with so many people offering up their parenting advice. In fact, the information that new moms are bombarded with from doctors, family members and the media is often conflicting -- and frequently goes against American Academy of... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • My weaning plan was perfect, until it failed

    Stacy-Ann Gooden
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    by Stacy-Ann Gooden posted in Mom Stories I had a master plan. Rather than go through the weaning phase of breastfeeding, I’d nurse my son for two years, and go cold turkey on his second birthday just like I did with his sister a few years ago. I’d prepare him weeks before so it wouldn’t... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 9 cloth diaper deals, steals and systems BabyCenter moms love

    Joyce Slaton
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Wading into the cloth diapering world is dizzying. There are so many different kinds, each with their own upsides, drawbacks, passionate adherents and frowning naysayers. So we’re not going to even try to advise you on what type to buy (we love BabyCenter’s cloth diapering primer and... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Mike Huckabee defends Holocaust comment amid backlash

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Yahoo's Katie Couric interviews the presidential hopeful about his controversial remarks on the Iran nuke deal.
  • From rents to haircuts, Americans start to feel price hikes

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee.
  • Tom Brady's destroyed cell phone is smoking gun that crushed the Patriots superstar

    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
  • Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:17 pm
    The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has attended the proceedings on the outskirts of Denver almost every day since they began in late April, made his long-anticipated appearance on the witness stand during the trial's punishment phase. Arlene Holmes is expected to testify on Wednesday.
  • Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn't realize she was gay

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women's cues. The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia. In it, Constand's lawyers argue that Cosby,…
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    Daddy Types

  • Libre Soy, Libre Soy

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Everything's bigger in Texas, including the family prisons. image: ICE I'll be honest, when I first heard that the ICE immigrant family detention centers full of Central American refugee kids and moms had animal-themed cell blocks like red bird...
  • Road Trips And Hanging Out

    18 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    If you need a place to hang out with a baby for three hours in the greater Chicago area I can recommend the lobby of the Westin at O'Hare— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) July 19, 2015 No one's even asked for...
  • Color It Out!

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    I am deeply unsettled by the coloring books for grownups trend. Honestly, if you have that much time, you should be editing Wikipedia articles, or working on your Pinterest board or something. Unless you're talking about something actually unsettling,...
  • The Sonar System, By Ras Mykha

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    With all the hype about Pluto, now's the time to get your kid psyched for the next cosmic destination, The Sonar System. The Sonar System is a group of planets orbiting around a giant speaker, where everyone's really into...
  • I'm Sure There's An Uptick In Romans, Too

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Just one more and naming your kid after the kid in the podcast will officially be a trend:There are now two other little boys in the world named Mazlo. Amazed by that.— Roman Mars (@romanmars) July 15, 2015...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Summer Reading Giveaway: "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be" (3 Winners)

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    I'm sure you've heard the news by now that students experience a "summer slide" -- a loss of reading skills -- when they fail to read over the summer break. But for some kids, an entire book can feel overwhelming. That's why Chicken Soup for the Soul's books for kids are perfect for reluctant readers. They contain brief short stories (usually 2-4 pages) that are not only interesting to read, but teach kids about topics like tolerance, compassion and respect. Fortunately, Chicken Soup for the Soul has a new selection out that is perfect for beating this summer's slide. Read on to learn more…
  • What's New This Week at Camp Explorer from Little Passports?

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.This week with the Little Passports Blog -- Camp Explorer Week 3, you can watch your kids reach for the stars! Literally. Download their free constellation activity sheet and watch your child learn the names and shapes of six constellations! While you are on the Little Passports blog, find out what it is like to raise a Global Citizen in Pakistan from Little Passports' latest guest blogger, Zareen Rahman. Zareen is a stay at home mom and shares a…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 25, 2015)

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's close out the month of July by winning some prizes! Check out the giveaways listed in the linky below and on my right sidebar. Be sure to visit throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting a giveaway (or more), too, feel free to share it in the linky and let your fans and friends know about this page. Good luck!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 18, 2015)

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    It has been hot, hot, hot here in south Florida! If you're indoors enjoying the air conditioning like me, I hope you'll take the time to enter some giveaways! Check out those I've added to my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Check back throughout the week as more are added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it in the linky and tell your followers about this page. Stay cool!
  • No More Beverage-Ruined Papers or Computers with Mighty Mug (GIVEAWAY)

    16 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Have you ever ruined your computer, keyboard or important documents by knocking over a drinking glass or coffee mug on your desk? Most likely, it’s happened to you at one point or another, and the results weren’t pretty! In my home office, I keep all of my beverages to the side of my desk on a bookshelf just to avoid the possibility of knocking them over. But I recently learned that I can once again keep my coffee and drinks close at hand thanks to Mighty Mug! Their drink containers can’t be knocked over thanks to Smartgrip technology.Watch this brief video to see how the Mighty Mug…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Get Teens to Help With Household Chores

    Amy LeForge
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Involving teens in the household chores is always a challenge, because after all, nobody feels enthusiastic when it comes to cleaning. The role of parents is to encourage children to be more organized and disciplined and to take part in the cleaning of the house on a regular basis.It is true that you may find it difficult to inspire teens, as they are usually busy with other more pleasant activities. However, it is also true that there are effective ways in which children could be encouraged to deal with house cleaning.In this article, you will become acquainted with the best ways in which to…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Getting Revved Up Edition

    Amy LeForge
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I am feeling quite cheerful tonight, not because I accomplished the goal I set weeks (months!) ago of getting things done around here, but because I made excellent progress on getting SOMEthing done today.It’s always the little things, isn’t it?The truth is I had rather a discouraging event about 15 months ago with regard to this site. It really knocked the stuffing out, you know? I’ve had a hard time getting back into the swing of things. But I’m feeling the energy again…feeling some change.So while I’m over here feeling energized…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Best-Laid Plans Edition

    Amy LeForge
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    So, yea. The week just flew by.Again.I really do plan to get into writing here. But then life just overtakes everything and pffft. Week gone.This summer, we are in the process of changing gears in a big way around here, but as with most things in life, the process is…a process.In the meantime (again), please enjoy these lovely giveaways. I, for my part, will endeavor to focus on writing.Again. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky – Parenting is Hard EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Going to the Beach Edition

    Amy LeForge
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:40 pm
    I’m writing this post on Sunday night, Heroes, and I’m planning to take the boys to the beach tomorrow. For many of you, this is not a momentous thing. But for a workaholic like me, it’s a big deal. I’m very proud.Full confession: we’re going to the beach because I had to drive an hour to drop off some print materials for a client.So yea, it’s kind of a work thing. But I am being a good Mom and turning it into a fun day for boys. I get points for that, right?And yes, I do have 2 meetings in the morning, and boys have schoolwork to finish.I’m not doing…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: A New Week Edition

    Amy LeForge
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:59 pm
    So here we are at another Monday, Heroes. I didn’t manage to do the writing and publishing I wanted last week. Maybe this week I’ll get there. Shall we all cross our fingers and hope?In the meantime, please enjoy the linky. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky – On Time and Feeling Fine EditionMonday Giveaway Linky – Parenting is Hard EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom Edition Copyright © 2015 Earnest Parenting. All rights…
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  • Back to the Blogging World!

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Hey, everyone! I’m still here and I apologize for being absent for so long. It’s been crazy busy for our family lately! I know I previously mentioned that we were planning to move at the end of the summer, and we’re finally down to our last week before the move. Here’s a glimpse at the craziness of our life: We sold our fridge and stove! With a one year old who still drinks a lot of milk, this has been a slight challenge. Every day I have to go buy milk and ice for our tiny cooler, and I’ve had to get creative with our meals. My husband keeps making jokes about…
  • Economics 101: What I'm Teaching My Kids About Money (And What They're Teaching Me)

    Harvey Millican
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    So last night, this happened… Last night was a peaceful evening in our home.  I had
  • Weekend Wanderings in Pictures

    11 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    3 weeks to go before our move, which means 3 weeks left of going for walks with my in-laws. Today wasn’t too warm so we decided to go for a short walk. Here’s some pictures from our afternoon adventure! My girl found a purple flower. Someday we’ll learn the correct names for them. Little brother was feeling left out so his Nana found a flower for him as well. Comparing their flowers. As my daughter said, “They the same!” My daughter tried picking some flowers on her own. She figured out pretty quickly that she needed help. The whole group (minus me). The kids…
  • 2 Odd Things My Daughter Learned From Wall-E

    9 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    After watching Wall-E, my three year old daughter made two major realizations. Well, major in her eyes. To us, her realizations were more on the funny side. Like, “put it in the quote book to tease her about later” type of funny. So, what my daughter learned: 1. A new term for bras. Ready for it? Boobie undies. That’s totally become my go-to name for them now, simply because it’s so funny. Only in private, though. I better start educating my daughter on the correct word, though. I can just imagine her yelling across the store to her dad, “Mommy’s looking at…
  • Mummy Fail

    8 Jul 2015 | 12:22 am
    I’m the kind of mum that although I protect my children I also allow them to explore and learn from experience. I have noticed that I am a lot more protective with each child I have and especially protective over my trio. I guess the main reason for that is more experience as to what can hurt them, and as for my trio they had a very difficult start to life so I am quite paranoid about them getting hurt. Add in the fact that there is three of them to egg each other on and encourage mischief and it’s mostly a recipe for disaster.  So needless to say my home is set up as safe as it…
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  • Wrap It Up with Expressionery

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    One of my good friends is headed off this week to a new home in a new state to start her new career as a teacher. I thought it would be fun to put together a little bag of goodies to take to her new classroom. Since I am part of a fun blog hop that combines some of my favorite things – like Cost Plus World Market and Expressionery – this seemed like the perfect opportunity to put it all together! It all started with a fun box of goodies from Laura. I took a look at the box and looked in my stash of gifts and started putting together things a new teacher might need –…
  • Easy, Peasy Teacher Appreciation Gift

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and while you may feel stressed about what to get or make for your kids’ teachers, think simple.  I recently got a custom, self-inking stamp from my friends at and it is the perfect finishing touch on any gift. As a matter of fact, I think it takes any basic gift and really makes it special. The one I chose was designed by Laura Kelly and can be used by my daughters and me for a variety of projects and gifting.  So, how did I create this sweet little gift? It was so easy. I used a glass jar from the dollar aisle and filled it…
  • Monday Motivation – Be Happy, Nothing Else Matters

    2 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
      Happy Monday! What is your motto this week? As we approach the end of the first month in our apartment, I am reminded that no matter what, happiness is the most important item on my to-do list. The property manager that worked with us was super sweet and made sure our apartment was in perfect condition for us to move in. She left us a very nice card, but on the refrigerator to do notepad she wrote us the note above: Be happy. Nothing else matters. What a true statement. Everyday we are presented with challenges in every aspect of our day. We choose how to deal with them. If you can…
  • 5 Classic Irish Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    This is an article I originally posted in 2009, but these recipes are still perfect! Ireland is by far one my favorite places on earth! Lucky for me, my grandparents live there and we have made quite a few trips there over the years. When we go we usually stay at Oysterhaven which is a very family friendly resort near Kinsale (see my photo above) with one of the most breathtaking views ever. Growing up, my Mom would make classic Irish dishes year round, but the week of St. Patrick’s Day was always guaranteed to be special. Six of my favorite Irish dishes are: Potato Leek Soup –…
  • Did You Know? Child Safety in Cars

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    One of the most confusing and daunting parts of being a new parent is knowing how to keep your child safe in every car trip – from the time they are first born until they are old enough to sit up front. When is it safe? When is it legal? Rear facing car seat? Booster seat? The questions are endless!  The following infographic should help clarify some of these questions and help you make the best safety decisions for your child. Via: SchoolMatters San Diego Don’t forget, child car safety doesn’t stop at 13 – it just evolves as your teen prepares for the next step in…
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  • The Saddest News

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    The saddest news. You know what it is. Hearing that 8-year-old Maddy  Middleton of Santa Cruz, CA, was found dead today, and the suspect is a 15 year old neighbor. I will remind us all that this is the least common of crimes. That there are no more murders today than there were in our own youth. That when danger is random and exceedingly rare there is no way to organize one’s life to prevent it. (Remember, after the attacks of 9/11, many Americans cancelled their flights to avoid terrorism — and there was an uptick in auto deaths. The best laid plans…) To act as if there…
  • American Child Protection Workers Would Investigate All Parents in Europe

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Here’s how we look to other, less fear-wracked countries. Boldface, mine. (And for contrast, see my piece in yesterday’s New York Post about not expecting kids to walk to school): Dear Free-Range Kids: I am from Germany and what I read on your webpage is really shocking for me. How did American parents get so paranoid and CPS professionals support that! I am a social worker and a mother of a 4 year old girl and a 6 year old boy. I work for the city of Regensburg at the youth department. Our CPS would NEVER even think about investigating Free-Range kids. Parents who are no giving…
  • A Survey about Kids and Risk

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    Hey folks — Researchers at the University of California-Irvine are studying how people perceive risk. They need people to take their survey and have asked the Free-Range community to join in. I just  took it myself. It’s basically brief descriptions of situations when a child is left alone. You rate how safe they are. The whole thing takes five minutes. Here’s the link: Thanks! The researchers promise to send us the results! – L Kids, parents, risk. A quick survey.    
  • Why the “No Touch” Policy at Schools and Camps Makes No Sense

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    This letter I got yesterday reminds me of one of the most thorough, fascinating, damning study I’ve ever read about where the “No touch” policy comes from (and why it is unnecessary, and how it actually makes us all MORE afraid for our kids): So those sex crazed pedophiles have invaded the Girl Scouts now apparently. My daughter went to horse camp this summer and even though the girls are as young as 5 and out in the heat and sun of Tucson the female leaders are unable to help the girls put sunscreen on or help them with their riding helmets because that would require them…
  • Don’t Hate My Boy Because He Acts Like One

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Here’s a a piece in Canada’s Globe & Mail by teacher Dionne LaPointe-Bakota, about her 3-year-old  Malcolm’s “wildness.” Malcolm growls and chases and brandishes sticks. Onlookers who see him always say something like, “My, you have your hands full!” She wonders if they really mean she should make her boy act more like a stereotypical girl: Malcolm and I met some friends in the park after their son’s music/art/dance class (I can’t remember which). Malcolm scouted out a stick as soon as we arrived and began to swing it around. I asked him to…
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  • How To Fuel Your Young Athlete

    ModernMom Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Sports dominate our lives. My kids are either playing sports or they are watching it. Almost every night we are driving to practice and every weekend we are driving to a tournament, scrimmage or league game. Most frequently my husband is heading in one direction with one of the kids and I’m heading an hour the opposite way with the other. More often than not, we are rushing from one game to another and need to have a plan for food and drinks because there often isn’t time to grab food and the drinks and snacks that are offered at the fields tend to be unhealthy. So you definitely should…
  • Pole Dancing – The Toughest Workout You’ll Ever Do

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Making healthy choices is the trend these days with people opting for blenders, juices, and fresh produce over fast foods, processed foods, and synthetic ingredients. With this shift in perspective over nutrition, people are also seeking alternative means for exercise, attending boot camps, doing home workouts, and even planning “hike” vacations to majestic sites. The one-dimensional approach to exercise as being done in a gym or on a machine has now evolved to include much, much more. Enter: pole fitness. Upon first glance, it’s a turnoff. Only strippers do that, right? Those girls…
  • No Child Left Behind Sex Ed Clause

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    When it comes to kids and abusive relationships, here’s the challenge facing parents, educators, and advocates: we all agree that relationship violence and sexual assault are unacceptable, but we don’t know exactly how to talk to kids about avoiding it. Abusive relationships are enormous problems for our children. The Centers for Disease Control reports 15 million kids experience relationship violence each year. The riskiest period in anyone’s life, in terms of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, is 16 to 24. A 2015 Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post poll  found that…
  • Brooke Burke’s Favorite Summer Salad Recipes

    ModernMom Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Serve up a crisp and crunchy summer side with these delicious salad recipes from ModernMom’s Brooke Burke. All three are crunchy, colorful and full of great protein – the perfect options for a healthy and tasty lunch that won’t weigh you down! Endive, Cucumber and Tomato Salad Wash and slice endive, cherry tomatoes and Israeli cucumbers. Toss together with my French Dijon shallot dressing and add salt and pepper to taste. Garbanzo Bean Salad Start with a can of garbanzo beans, chopped raw carrots, raw celery and raw string beans. Toss together with French Dijon shallot…
  • Black Bottom Cupcakes

    The Sugar Mommas
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    We make a lot of cupcakes and we especially love these because they require no frosting. Because they are black with a white filling, it looks like you went to a lot of trouble because you had to bake them twice – but you didn’t! This surprise cupcake is a good one to keep in the baking repertoire. Black Batter Ingredients 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1 c. sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup water 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp white vinegar White Batter Ingredients 8 oz. cream cheese – room temperature (regular not whipped) 1 egg 1/3 cup…
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  • August in Blogging U: Blogging 101

    Michelle W.
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. This August, we’re offering Blogging 101— and registration is now open! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — August 3 – 21 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your…
  • New Themes: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication

    sarah semark
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today we’re introducing three new free themes to our collection: Libretto, Lovecraft, and Publication. Libretto Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Fully responsive, the theme adapts easily to tablets and other mobile devices, ensuring that your content is easy to see. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower. Get to know Libretto in the Theme Showcase, or give it a…
  • Four Food Blogs to Follow Now

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From sweet to savory, these four fantastic food blogs will satisfy your appetite. If you enjoy eating (and who doesn’t?!), check them out and follow them in your Reader so you won’t miss a dish. The Dinner Party Collective The Dinner Party Collective is a collaborative blog dedicated to “reinvigorating the delicious lost art of dinner parties.” The DPC features seasonal full-course menus, photos, and recipes from apéritifs to dessert (complete with wine pairings, no less!) ideal for dinner groups of six to eight. Blogger Margot leads an international troupe of food and wine lovers…
  • Reader Refresh

    Ben Lowery
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Today, we’re proud to present an improved version of the Reader. We’ve made the Reader faster, with shorter load times and smoother scrolling. We’ve also improved the way we display posts, so you can now see the highlights of each story at a glance. The new interface works just as well on a mobile device as it does on your computer, so it’s simpler and faster for you to catch up on blogs while on the go. Keeping track of recent posts from the blogs and sites you follow is now both easier and more fun. Our new cards — which preview each post’s…
  • Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we!

    Michelle W.
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Note: we’ve just updated the workshop times slightly — see below for the final schedule. BlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us! At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll be able to get one-on-one help with your WordPress sites. Staff from across Automattic will also be leading…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Kids in the Kitchen, Vegetarian-Style #MakeYourMove

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
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  • Making My Move with Kohl’s This Summer #MakeYourMove

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
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  • Family Fun with Classics from Childhood #StreamTeam

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
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  • Mom Gets The Night Off with Papa John’s – Worry Free Dinner with Better Ingredients

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
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  • Most Heavenly, Easiest Raspberry Pie Recipe EVER!

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • Why HSPs Need SUDs

    Mark Brady
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    A number of years ago I took a volunteer job with a community service agency that I thought would be great fun. At the same time that I showed up, so did a woman my daughter’s age. When the director of the agency introduced me to Carolyn and told her that I was a neuroscientist, I immediately noticed her eyes grow wide. Pupils in the eye dilating can mean any number of things, and it’s happened to me often enough upon people finding out what I study that I don’t lend too much significance to it. Any interest a person might show I don’t take personally. Mostly I expect it’s interest…
  • Zapposthesia: When Shoe-Buying Becomes Orgasmic

    Mark Brady
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    So, after many decades neuroscientists have finally gotten around to constructing a “femunculus,” the female version of a model that shows the amount of cortical network the brain devotes to various body parts. Until 2011 all we had was the male homunculus to marvel at … What’s quite striking (not in this representation, but in the femunculus) is it offers up a possible explanation for why any number of people in my circle seem to own more than a small number of shoes. A great many more. These Boots Were Made For More Than Walking I genuinely appreciate a good pair of shoes. About…
  • A Surprising Sense of Kindness

    Mark Brady
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:46 am
    Once, a number of years ago, I remember sitting in a couples therapist’s office, driven by what seemed like 10000 traumatic memories surfacing in my psyche and my primary relationship simultaneously. I managed to compress them all into one single complaint: “She treats the dog better than she treats me.” While the therapist looked directly into my eyes, she actually spoke for my partner’s benefit: “Be kind to Mark,” she said, “And he will deliver you the world.” Not surprisingly, that directive brought me to tears, not only for its kindness and its clarity, but also for…
  • Abandonment and Neglect: How They Adversely Impact the Brain

    Mark Brady
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    Below is a collection of unintended consequences that frequently show up in the wake of abandonment and neglect. Each one of the topic headings below is a hyperlink that will take you to the relevant research. The good news is that once we understand the implications, we can begin the work of creative restoration … Lack of Modeling When a parent abandons the family one of the main things that goes missing is the energy that person expended to operate inside and outside the home. They can no longer serve us as models – good or bad – for how to make sense of our nescient, unfolding…
  • The Neuroscience of Leadership

    Mark Brady
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Will you help by taking this One Question Survey? For most of this year the readership, engagement and public commentary on the blog has been steadily declining. While it’s probably to be expected after 7+ years, it’s my belief that whatever use and value readers used to get from my research and writing, they no longer get. So, that suggests I need to either change things up in ways that actually do provide use and value for the time and energy people spend reading what I write each week, or I need to consider moving on and devoting my own time and energy to something that will…
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    My Home Sweet Home - decorated with family, faith, & photoshop

  • $1.99 eBook Sale on The Beauty of Grace & Other Titles!

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! $1.99 eBook Sale on The Beauty of Grace & Other Titles! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved My publisher, Revell, has a $1.99 eBook sale on The Beauty of Grace (with color photos!) and other titles through July 30th. What a great time to stock your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other ebook reader! Titles include: The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love from Today’s Most Popular Writers by Dawn Camp (me!) – Amazon | Barnes & Noble A…
  • God Doesn’t Need Our Help today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! God Doesn’t Need Our Help today at (in)courage is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved Sometimes I think God needs my help, that the ruler and creator of the universe needs me, the frazzled mom in the SUV, to help him get ‘er done. Laughable, yes? Do you do it too? I seek God’s guidance in my life and earnestly pray for it: Lord keep me in Your will. I trust Him and I know that His plans are more perfect—and certainly more…
  • My Feature in Home Life Magazine!

    Dawn Camp
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! My Feature in Home Life Magazine! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved Last winter I submitted a feature about photographing God’s creation to HomeLife, the magazine of Lifeway Christian Bookstores and Saturday it arrived in my mailbox as part of the July edition. There it is—Creation in Summer: Catch the photo bug—at the top of the article list on the cover! Squee! I love the layout, the rich texture of the paper, and the drenched color of the…
  • The Peacemakers in Your Social Media Feed

    Dawn Camp
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! The Peacemakers in Your Social Media Feed is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved I‘m a peacemaker by nature. Give me any personality test where it’s a possible result, and you can skip the test and check that box. Chances are you have friends like me or maybe you’re a peacemaker yourself. Currently we’re the ones in your social media feed sharing funny videos, old photos, or cute pictures of our dog. We’re conspicuously silent on…
  • FLASH SALES at DaySpring this Week!

    Dawn Camp
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Have you seen my first book, The Beauty of Grace? Add it to your summer reading list! FLASH SALES at DaySpring this Week! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2015 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved Gift giving is one of my love languages, and as a writer for DaySpring’s (in)courage website since 2009, I’ve given a lot of DaySpring gifts over the past six years. Without a doubt, DaySpring cups and mugs are some of their greatest products. I love visiting friends and seeing mugs in use that I gave them years ago. This week DaySpring is running a series of Flash Sales…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Sandcastles and SUNSHINE in PEI National Park

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:11 am
    It was a celebrity sighting of the highest order. A whisper rippled up and down the beach as the crowd peered up in wonder. “Is that what I think it is?” “Oh my goodness, do you see what I see?” “Holy crap, THE SUN IS SHINING!” My mom left a comment on yesterday’s post saying she’d been talking to Mother Nature for us. Apparently not even Mother Nature ignores what Granny has to say! We were on our way to Brackley Beach for a sandcastle making workshop (how awesome is that?) when we drove past one of the more youthful lighthouses on PEI. This…
  • Sea glass, wild roses and a boardwalk through the dunes

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    We’ve had an amazing first week in PEI, but I have to tell you that it’s been a bit of an uphill struggle to be cheerful about the relentlessly awful weather. We’ve been here seven days, and it’s rained for seven days. Every single day, the forecast calls for showers for that day, and the next day or two — but the day three days hence will be partly sunny, and by the fifth day summer returns! And then three days later, it calls for showers for that day, and the next day or two — but the day three days hence will be partly sunny! It reminds me a little bit…
  • In which they survive Summerside AND the cliffs of despair, and discover Link’s sword in New Glasgow

    25 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    The young woman at the cash register of the gift shop regards me blankly. Then her nose crinkles, as if I’d asked her where one might go to see the lobster fights instead of a suggestion for family activities in Summerside and she shrugs. “There’s not much to do here.” So we’ve discovered. It took about 90 minutes to drive to Summerside, and you’d think in all my obsessive researching, I’d have thought to look up whether it was a place worth visiting. I knew it was PEI’s second-largest city, home to the local tax office, and had a nice place on…
  • #GrowingUpCanadian: Generation X edition

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    While we were waiting for the rain to let up in PEI, I was surfing Facebook (I’d rather be surfing the actual sea!) and came across this BuzzFeed article about a new trending hashtag on #GrowingUpCanadian. I should have known I was not the target demographic audience when the first point made reference to autocorrect, but yeesh – I have no idea what *most* of these things are. So, my Gen X bloggy peeps, let’s do this properly. Never mind the millennial edition, what did it mean for you to be #GrowingUpCanadian in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s? I’ll start!
  • A long hike, a drizzly morning, a landlocked lighthouse and a walk on the beach

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The sun was elusive again this morning, but on our fifth day of vacation I had run out of patience waiting for the rain to clear off enough for me to go exploring for the landlocked lighthouse I knew was not too far away from our cottage. Tristan is always up for an adventure that includes a walk and I am woefully short on my FitBit goals this week, so off we went into the dull grey morning in search of the lighthouse. We hadn’t been walking long when we were surrounded by a good old fashioned Scotch mist. The first discovery we made was a little hollow with these two gravestones…
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    News Moms Need

  • Severe bleeding during pregnancy can be placenta previa

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
     During my mom’s pregnancy with me, she was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta lies very low in the uterus and covers all or part of the cervix. The cervix is the opening to the uterus that sits on the top of the vagina. If you have placenta previa, when your labor starts, your cervix begins to thin out and dilate (open up), and the blood vessels connecting the placenta to your uterus may tear. This can cause severe bleeding. My mom remembers the day I was born, like it was yesterday. She remembers my Aunt running down the hall to get towels for her while she…
  • Maternal PKU

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    PKU or phenylketonuria is a condition in which your body can’t break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. In the US, about 3,000 women of childbearing age have PKU. A woman with PKU can have a healthy baby but it is very important that she stay on a special diet to control her phenylalanine intake while she is pregnant. According to MotherToBaby, babies born to mothers with untreated PKU (women who are not on the special diet) are commonly born smaller, have microcephaly (an abnormally small head), intellectual disabilities, behavior problems, facial features similar to those of fetal…
  • Happy 25th Anniversary ADA!

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    There is so much that we have in our country that enables individuals with disabilities to access buildings, streets and facilities safely and without difficulty. A sidewalk ramp, an elevator, handicapped parking spots, wider doors to allow wheelchairs to pass through, sign language interpreters, tweeting sounds at street crosswalks, and braille on elevators are just a few of the enhancements that people with disabilities utilize today. But it was not always this way. I remember a time when my classmate who was in a wheelchair, could not enter a bathroom stall in a public restroom, because…
  • Baby it’s hot outside

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Extreme heat can be dangerous. High temperatures, especially coupled with humidity, can cause heat related illnesses. If you live in the northeast, you are familiar with the brutally hot weather we have been experiencing. Here is what you need to know to stay safe, especially if you are pregnant, have a medical condition, or have a baby or young children. Know the signs of heat illness and what to do: Heat cramps Symptoms: Muscle cramps in legs or abdomen (stomach area), with or without sweating. To do: Get the person out of the heat – into an air conditioned room, if possible. Gently…
  • Silent but dangerous bacteria

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    About 25% of pregnant women carry Group B streptococcus (also called Group B step or GBS). GBS may come and go quietly in your body without any symptoms, so you may not be aware that you are carrying it. GBS may never make you sick and we don’t know exactly how the bacteria is transmitted. But while GBS may not be harmful to you, it can be very harmful to your baby. How can GBS affect you during pregnancy? GBS lives in the rectum or vagina and can cause a bladder or urinary infection (UTI). Women who have symptoms can receive antibiotics from their provider. If you don’t have symptoms of…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • Dear Suitors of Past, Present and Future....

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Yes, I'm a unicorn.I am that rare breed of woman that loves to wear dresses and act like a lady, yet loathes drama, long relationship talks.No, I'm not secretly a dude.Yes, I am a burlesque dancer. I also was a belly dancer for a brief time and took pole dance fitness classes.No, that doesn't mean I want to be a stripper or that I want to strip for you in the middle of a park (restaurant, bar, your place on our first date, etc.).No, I won't wear my 6-inch heels out to meet you for beers.Yes, you'll probably get to experience some of the dance moves I've learned, but it's not a given.No, I'm…
  • Lessons in masterdating

    1 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Ladies and gentlemen....My name is Erin and I am a masterdater. I heard the term 'masterdating' on Facebook and I nearly choked on my kombucha when I realized that's what I'd been doing lately. Depending on which source you check, masterdating is the fine art of dating -- including going on dates with -- yourself.I'm not talking about grabbing a quick Starbucks on a rainy day or sitting by yourself with a burrito bowl at Chipotle. Masterdating is practicing some full-on self-loving without the heaping spoonful of self-loathing. How I became a MasterdaterI'm not self-confident enough to…
  • Q&A with Erin: February 2015 edition

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:47 am
    If you've come to this blog after reading my article in StepMom Magazine, welcome!!!! If you've followed this blog for a while and are curious how things have been going...welcome to you!!!I've decided the 'lab experiment' post style wasn't working for me, so I'm going back to just blogging in whatever format feels comfortable. I realize when looking at the sparseness of posts that, unless we're Facebook friends, there's little to no update on how I've been, what I've been up to, etc. Using my reappearance in StepMom magazine as a catalyst, I decided to put my journalism degree to good…
  • Experiment 4.0 Launch a business

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    One of the reasons I haven't been blogging on here very often is because I recently launched my own business. After years of helping family, friends, local business and website owners with their digital marketing, I decided to turn my passion into something more substantial.Once I unpacked the moving boxes and got the new home office set up exactly how I liked it, I bought myself a domain and started building the site. Because I have a day job (doing a similar kind of digital marketing, but for a different audience and with different clients), it took a few nights and weekends to get…
  • Experiment 2.01: Soul Collage

    13 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    I have a friend, S, who I've known since 8th grade. S is one of those people who knew me even before I knew myself; she's one of the few people that have seen me through AquaNet bangs, great outfits and bad breakups. She was someone who I knew I could count on during the great 'Reinvention of 2014.'About a month ago, S invited me to a "Soul Collage" night. The idea sounded kind of cool and heaven knows I needed all the nourishment to my soul I could get, so I agreed to attend.For those who have never heard of SoulCollage (and I'd imagine it's a lot of people), it's a creative way to tap in to…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • 5 More Recommended Gadgets From CE Week

    Jennifer Wagner
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Attending events such as CE (Consumer Electronics) Week in NYC and CES in Las Vegas is one of the best ways for me to keep up with new gadgets and technologies. Sometimes I learn by speaking to the representatives manning the product booths and then following up with the press kits I receive. Other times […] The post 5 More Recommended Gadgets From CE Week appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 7 Gadgets of Note From CE Week 2013 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014 Mobile, Video, Audio and Lighting Gadgets From CE Week
  • Netflix 34 Emmy Noms – Will This Change TV Watching?

    Jennifer Wagner
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    As time goes by, less and less of the best and most creative television series are not being watched on network TV. Pay Cable and new production companies such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Videos, are becoming the place to go to watch quality TV. And if the Prime-time Emmy Award nominations are any barometer, the Emmy’s showered its love […] The post Netflix 34 Emmy Noms – Will This Change TV Watching? appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: New Comedy Series by Tina Fey Jane Fonda…
  • Author Jane Green’s Summer Secrets and Upcoming Cookbook

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    You probably know Jane Green as a novelist and the author of 16 New York Times best sellers.  Her newest novel, Summer Secrets, published in June, had me reading it non-stop. Yet, even with all her success as a novelist, Green decided to try something new. She wrote a cookbook, Good Taste, and is self-publishing it through a […] The post Author Jane Green’s Summer Secrets and Upcoming Cookbook appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: New DIY And Cookbook For Teens From Zest Books Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Star in Grace and…
  • Mobile, Video, Audio and Lighting Gadgets From CE Week

    Jennifer Wagner
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    When I attended CE Week NYC in June, I saw many other gadgets in addition to the 3D Printing options that I wrote about in a recent post. In fact, I was invited to a blogger workshop where I had a chance to learn about a few products in greater depth than I would have just […] The post Mobile, Video, Audio and Lighting Gadgets From CE Week appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 5 More Recommended Gadgets From CE Week 7 Gadgets of Note From CE Week 2013 10 Interesting Gadgets From CE WeeK 2014
  • Still Not An Amazon Prime Member – Join Before Prime Day!

    Jennifer Wagner
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    I have been an Amazon Prime member for years. I joined when the only benefit was free 2-day shipping. It was worth it because I buy almost everything except for clothes and food on Eventually so many other benefits were added to Amazon Prime : Amazon Music allows me to listen to unlimited, ad-free music, […] The post Still Not An Amazon Prime Member – Join Before Prime Day! appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Why a Kindle Fire makes the Best Holiday Gift Amazon Kindle ebooks as Gifts – Email Required,…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Talking To Kids About Problems of Racism

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    Tragic stories rooted in racism have been exploding across the United States. In the past year there have been many stories of unwarranted police brutality against black people. You no longer have to rely on verbal accounts; you can see for yourself in graphic videos documenting these injustices.The heartbreaking tragedies continue. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof attended the weekly Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. After participating in the meeting for an hour, Roof, a 21-year-old white man, shot and killed nine black people including the senior…
  • Publicly or Privately Shaming Harms Kids

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Do you remember being scolded with “Shame on you!” growing up? Perhaps it was followed with “You should know better than that!” How did it make you feel? Probably pretty bad.For many generations shame has been a primary parenting tool. Brené Brown explains the power of using shame in The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting. "The truth is you can change a child's behavior on a dime with shame. For this simple reason - children experience shame as the threat of being unlovable. And so it's not very difficult to use shame to turn their behaviors around."So if it’s effective why not use it?
  • Stories + Yoga = Fun!

    28 May 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Could your kids use some exercise? While exercising doesn't sound very fun, when you add acting out an engaging story with yoga poses it passes the fun test!The Cosmic Kids Yoga videos are getting great reviews from kids. Here's an example of one of their videos:
  • What influences kids cheating or not?

    11 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    VitalSmarts created an experiment to test out if they could get more teens to cheat by using certain techniques. They base their manipulations on what science has found are ways to get people to set aside their values: 1) offer moral justification2) minimize the consequences3) dehumanize the victims 4) displace responsibilityWatch this video to see how well it worked and which kids were able to resist the temptation to cheat regardless of the pressure:
  • Are You Unintentionally Harming Your Kids?

    6 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    You love your kids and you want the best for them. What if in striving to do what is best for them, you actually stifle them or even harm them?Not many parents admit to making any mistakes in their parenting. It’s too painful, too personal, and feels too vulnerable. E. Way risks all of this in Coming Out Of Cage: Journey of a Tiger Mom as she courageously explores how her parenting influenced her daughter’s post-traumatic stress disorder.Seeing Signs of Serious ProblemsAfter working hard to get her daughter into a prestigious college, E. Way was ready to celebrate having both her kids…
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    24 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Bacon ipsum dolor amet pork belly ground round prosciutto strip steak hamburger kielbasa. Filet mignon tenderloin landjaeger turducken, hamburger meatloaf venison jerky chicken beef ribs frankfurter rump. Leberkas venison jerky, pork pancetta kevin flank bresaola frankfurter salami doner hamburger. Cupim turducken andouille short loin tail. Bresaola corned beef brisket drumstick kielbasa t-bone tongue shank meatloaf […]
  • Hope on Mother’s Day

    8 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    My family totally spoils me on Mother’s Day.  As they should. Of course there’s chocolate. And well before I open my box of See’s Chocolate Nuts and Chews, I will be served coffee and breakfast and the New York Times before I get out of bed….. delivered by one or both of my adult kids if they’re […]
  • Deli Man: Support Your Local Deli

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
    You don’t have to be Jewish to Believe: that blintzes are bliss, pastrami is perfection;  matzo ball soup is magic. Support your Local Deli! If you even have one, you’re lucky.  As documented in the new documentary film Deli Man, delis have become an endangered species disappearing at an alarming rate. We’re down to less […]
  • Remember me and let my words live on: Lisa Bonchek Adams

    9 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    Long before she died 3 days ago at age 45, Lisa Bonchek Adams wrote about her death.   Her post is typical Lisa.   Tackling the tough topics.  Simple direct words. Strong opinions about how she wants to be remembered.   It begins: When I die don’t think you’ve “lost” me. I’ll be right there […]
  • Jane Pauley: What’s not to like?

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Everyone loves Jane Pauley.  And I get it.  But I have to confess, it would be so easy NOT to like her. Author of two books, mother of three children,  television career of four decades,  Jane’s always seemed be one of those women who made it look possible, even easy to “have it all”.  Being […]
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • How Are You Spending Your I-Cash?

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - As you all know, I live in the wonderful state of Illinois. Now, if you are a resident here, have you heard about the I-Cash program? The program was founded in 1999 with the goal of reuniting Illinois residents with their unclaimed assets.   You’d be amazed at how much money the Illinois Treasurer is holding that people haven’t claimed.  It is shocking!  The Illinois Treasurer is currently safeguarding more than $2 billion in cash and 20 million shares of stock and mutual funds that need to be returned to Illinoisans!
  • Where will you PERK?

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My van is almost 10 years old.  I have two kids.  Needless to say, my van doesn’t always smell “fresh”.  I’m happy that it doesn’t stink most of the time.  That is why I was excited to try out PERK Fresh Link.  Who doesn’t want their car to smell better?   PERK Fresh Link is a fun, colorful air freshener that can be clipped anywhere and linked together for personalized fragrance combinations. The Fresh Link’s patented…
  • Join me for a dragon ride?

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - This summer, Hiccup and Toothless, from the critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon films are embarking on unparalleled adventures in the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge – and inviting you along for the dragon ride.Soaring beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.  With the magical Dragon Eye, an artifact Hiccup…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Get Fuller, Thicker Eyelashes with Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara

    Piera Jolly
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    When my mom was a kid, a “friend” advised her to cut her eyelashes so they would grow back fuller and longer. Unfortunately, that friend was very, very wrong and my mom’s already sparse eyelashes barely grew back at all. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with thick or long eyelashes either. The problem with my lashes is that they are very fine and have blonde tips so you can barely see them. I have basically been on the hunt for the perfect mascara for years. A few months ago, a good friend from high school started selling Younique cosmetics and my interest was piqued…
  • Three Tech Products That Changed My Life

    Piera Jolly
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Technology is an amazing thing. It was made the world a smaller place. We are now interconnected on a global scale and have access to pretty much anything at the click of a button. Today, I want to share with you three tech products that have been game changers in my life. 1. The DVR. I love being able to record a show and watch it later. WITHOUT commercials. How awesome is that? And I know it’s not healthy, but one of my guilty pleasures is binge watching TV shows. Thanks to my XFINITY X1 Entertainment System, I can watch whatever I want whenever I want. 2. The Roomba. A robotic…
  • 4th of July Milkshakes Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    Today I’m sharing the perfect patriotic treat for 4th of July. Red, white & blue milkshakes made with a layer of vanilla milkshake, strawberry slushy, and fresh blueberries. Not only are these milkshakes adorable, but they are delicious and cold. The perfect way to cool down after grilling out and fireworks this Independence Day! 4th of July Milkshakes Ingredients: 3 cups vanilla bean ice cream 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup blueberries 2 cups frozen strawberries 1-2 Tbsp Honey or sugar 1/4 cup water Directions: 1. Make red layer. Put frozen strawberries, honey (or sugar) and…
  • Tell Your TV What To Do with the New XFINITY Voice Remote #Giveaway

    Piera Jolly
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    Technology is simply amazing. I can remember watching The Jetsons as a kid and thinking no way will we ever be able to do any of those futuristic things. But now? We can FaceTime and carry thousands of songs in tiny devices and we can even speak to our TV. Just this past month, XFINITY introduced the new Voice Remote for the X1 Entertainment Operating System, which allows you to literally tell your TV what to do. What do I mean by that? My husband (a.k.a. Jolly Dad a.k.a. Mike) will show you! As you can see, he’s super excited about all of the cool features of the new Voice Remote!
  • Our Summer Yurt Camping Trip & Campfire Hot Dogs Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    We love camping because it gives us the perfect opportunity to truly disconnect and spend quality time with each other as a family and with nature. It’s a moment to breathe and find some stillness in a world that has gotten way too fast paced. This past month, we packed up the car and headed only 30 minutes away to Fort Yargo State Park in Georgia to do some yurt camping. This is our third time camping in a yurt and let me tell you…it’s a much easier way to camp with young kids. We had a great time! We did lots of goofing off… and hiking… and canoeing… and…
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • I’m not relaxed.

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I caved in and bought an “adult” coloring book. Because why cook dinner when I can color, instead? The pages looked promising. Ah, the works of art I’d create while I forgot all my troubles! I dreamed of my new art career, eagerly opened my new box of crayons, and… Wait. What? The tips were broken! ALL the tips were broken off!!!! Anger zipped through me. I paid good $$ for this stuff! I screamed and yelled and ripped my coloring book and cried… …and felt like a five year-old again. Alas, here is the fountain of youth!!! Yippee!!
  • Well, howdy.

    15 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I met a guy who is TOO tall…but wears heels, anyway. I admire him for his fashion choices, but I wish someone would remove his shirt label. He’s got a remarkably flat bottom for such a big guy. I guess carrying a huge gun works your glutes. I didn’t know how to read him. Was he happy or sad? His big smile seemed at odds with his “thumbs down” gesture. But then I noticed the distant telephone pole between his legs… and suddenly his strange expression made a little more sense. Or not. I climbed up to his hand to see what he held. It was a small town…and now…
  • A case study on teenaged girls

    8 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve just completed a major study of 16 year-old girls. Frankly, the results are terrifying. You see, I invited a bunch of 16 year-olds to my house for a party. I hid in the corner and watched their behavior. My first observation: they eat a ton. They powered through a 5-gallon tub of popcorn in one night. Yowza. That’s a lot of popcorn. While they ate, they… …played charades into the wee hours of the morning. …and then they walked on the Boardwalk… …and then they went on the beach to surf and swim. I couldn’t keep up with them and had to ditch my…
  • On the Boardwalk, you’re never bored.

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our national anthem plays every morning on the Boardwalk at Ocean City, NJ. And every morning, people stop, put their hands over the hearts, and listen. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. Every time I witness this, I decide to indulge in some good ol’ American festivities… After the ride, I was a little dizzy. Which may explain why I fell in love with this guy. Our relationship was a bit scary. But not as scary as… Which is one example of how a day can start out so beautifully… and end so tragically.
  • Signs of insanity

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love the Boardwalk. Aaaaaand, I found a way to spend the whole summer here: Will they hire me if I eat all the fries? I won’t need to use my salary to buy groceries, because I found a free way to feed my family food they love: I tried to eat a pizza pie in 11 minutes to win lots of pizza, and failed. So, this is my new meal plan for delicious summer dinners:  After tonight’s dinner, we went for a walk and saw this sign. Signs like this one are all over the Boardwalk. I love ’em. Unfortunately, my dog spotted a different sign… and stopped talking to me. We resolved…
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  • How to raise an imaginative child.

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    Kiara has always been able to occupy herself. She will happily spend hours outside talking to herself, playing with her toys, making up games and generally using her imagination as her friend. Jack is pretty similar, he will also happily play for ages with his action men, or more recently his growing Lego collection. It is rather entertaining listening to the two of them when they are playing. I love that the two of them are able to play like this,using their imagination to create scenarios and games. There are times they join forces and make up games to play that only the two of them…
  • Pinterest and I made friends again

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    I have always had a bit of a weird relationship with Pinterest. It started out as just a place I could dump all the pretty things and plan my kids parties. It was also great for wedding inspiration but apart from that I never really “got it”. In am busy doing some serious research for my Blogging 101 series over at SA Mom Blogs and spent the weekend working on my own Pinterest board and understanding how to use it better, not only for my blog but also for me. It really is more than just a space to dump all the pretty things. I felt totally inspired after I cleaned out my boards,…
  • Was it God, or karma or fate or just a bit of good luck?

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    This is a little bit of a random post but I always wonder when stuff like this happens, is it just a stroke of good luck or are there other forces at play. My car started making a grinding noise on Sunday, I was women down on Monday so only phoned Hyundai on Tuesday and booked it in for Thursday morning because Wednesday I had to be at Cameron’s school. David was away for the week and the lady who normally fetches Cameron from swimming for me can’t really do it on a Wednesday, so I would have had to take all 3 kids out at 18h30 and wait for Cameron (there end times vary a lot…
  • Throwback Thursday

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
  • Active Kids and Diet – Should my child take supplements? Juniva gives us the answers

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Should active kids be given a supplement? If so, when? Ideally, nutrients should be taken in as food. A healthy diet is the best way to meet your child’s nutritional needs, in terms of energy, protein and fats (macronutrients), as well as micronutrients, which are your vitamins and minerals. It is possible to meet your child’s nutritional needs through diet alone, provided that he or she does not have any nutritional problems. Athletic children do have increased nutritional requirements as they are using up more nutrients through exercise than they would if they were sedentary. In cases…
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Finding The Right Family Organizer

    Karen Kramer
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    We live in The Future. Aren’t you constantly amazed that we possess technology first encountered in Star Trek, but who could have predicted (in 1966) the trade-offs that come with […]
  • Are You A Candidate For Surrogacy?

    Nikki Maven
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Have you been considering surrogacy but lack the necessary information?  The information below may help you start your own journey through surrogacy. Presented By Growing Generations
  • Swimming Pool Family Safety Tips

    Nikki Maven
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Keeping Your Family Safe Near the Swimming Pool A backyard swimming pools provides hours of fun for you, your family and friends, they also come with certain risks, and there’s […]
  • Mother’s Day 2015 Ideas

    Nikki Maven
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Your mother has always been there for you throughout your life. Whenever you have needed some encouragement, moral support or a shoulder to cry on, your mother has never let […]
  • Senior Care Giving Services

    Nikki Maven
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Is It Time To Consider Senior Care Services? A couple years ago at the age of 80, my Mom had a knee replacement surgery. Mom has always been independent, and […]
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    The Baby Sleep Site - Baby / Toddler Sleep Consultants

  • Sleep Like A Baby? Let’s Hope Not!

    Emily DeJeu
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Sleep like a baby”…..have you heard that expression before? If so, then you know most people use it to mean someone is sleeping peacefully and deeply. But if you have a baby at home, then odds are you know what all of us on The Baby Sleep Site® know: generally speaking, babies DO NOT “sleep like babies”! Sleep Like A Baby? Here’s How Babies Really Sleep At Night As many of you know, while babies may sleep deeply and peacefully for an hour or two, all that sleep is broken up by plenty of nighttime waking! And while sometimes, that nighttime waking is…
  • How To Relax Your Baby At Bedtime

    Emily DeJeu
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    a guest post from Mimi Sommers, author of Relax a Bye Baby: A bedtime guide to help your little one relax and sleep tight. I know some parents out there have no problem getting their little ones down for the night, but there are a number of you who probably struggle with bedtime like I did on a nightly basis. While the struggles of putting a child to bed is an old story, bedtime using mindfulness techniques for kids has started a new story. Enough scientific evidence to validate the physical and mental benefits of relaxation has spurred my desire to offer another bedtime resource and bridge…
  • The 8-10 Month Sleep Regression Survival Guide

    Emily DeJeu
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The 8-10 month sleep regression is a tough one, parents. I’m just going to come right out and say it. You’re already feeling weary and worn out from the 4 month sleep regression, which is a doozy itself (and which creates permanent changes in your baby’s sleeping habits), you’ve endured the 6 month growth spurt, and you may even have embarked on sleep training, since the period between the 4 month regression and the 8-10 month regression is a great sleep training window. And then – after all that sleep deprivation you’ve been through, and after all that…
  • Baby Nap Chart: Learn How Long Baby Should Nap, and How Many Naps Baby Needs

    Emily DeJeu
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We get nap questions really frequently from our clients – particularly these two questions: How many naps does my baby need? How long should my baby’s naps be? Well, we’re answering both in today’s article. We hope you’ll use this chart as an ongoing reference tool, since it covers nap totals and lengths from the newborn stage all the way through age 3. Print off a copy for yourself and use it as an easy reference tool – and consider printing off a few for your friends or family members who have struggling nappers at home! Baby Nap Chart: Naps By Age Age #…
  • 5 Ways To Help Your Baby Sleep Well During Summer Travels

    Emily DeJeu
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Need Summertime Sleep Help For Your Baby or Toddler? The Baby Sleep Site® Is Here For You!   If you are looking for a more customized solution for your unique situation, and want plenty support along the way, please consider one-on-one baby and toddler sleep consultations. Your consultation package will provide you with the chance to interact one-on-one with a trained sleep consultant, who will create a Personalized Sleep Plan™ for your family and then work to help you implement it at home.       Our Members Area is packed with exclusive content and resources:…
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    Playground Confidential

  • I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Super big thanks to Wacoal for sponsoring this post and finally getting me a bra that fits right. I rode the escalator up to the fourth floor lingerie department at Hudson’s Bay and was awash in memories. The last time I’d gone to a large department store for a bra was when my mother took ... [Read more...]The post I’m never guessing my bra size again. My new bra is heaven except better. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    So who’s right, the restaurant owner who yelled at a toddler or the parents who let her “fuss” for over 40 minutes? I don’t know; probably neither of them. I’ve been in both positions and I’ve probably fallen short of ideal behavior as both a restaurant employee and as a parent. Let’s look back at that ... [Read more...]The post How to eat out with kids. I’m sorry. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I long ago made it a rule not to blog about not blogging. No more posts that start off with an apology for having been away, follow with a litany of excuses and end in a heap of empty promises, I said to myself. God. What kind of abject narcissist thinks people have been stopping ... [Read more...]The post On not blogging and hating the internet and coming crawling back anyway appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Never miss a moment with the Lumix G7 lightweight and compact DSLM camera

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” As someone who has a camera with me at all times, the struggle is always between whether I want quality pictures or I want lightweight options, because up until now there was no real compromise in my eyes. That means I typically end up going the DSLR route because I need to have good pictures for blog posts and for capturing all those important milestones with the kids, but I hate that I end up carting around bags of…
  • Diapering advice from an experienced mom - Diaper Genie Essentials

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is what my current diaper changing station looks like. Clearly, a lot has changed since I became a mom 7 years ago. Sleeping in is now the finest of luxuries, my purse currently houses a combination first aid kit and toy box, coffee has become my best friend, and I’m so over the so-called must-haves. I know what works for me {coffee} and I know what doesn’t {the picturesque nursery}. Hey, I’m not saying you never should design that dream nursery. I did for my first child and I enjoyed every second of planning, shopping, and seeing it all come together. What I’m saying is that,…
  • Peripop: the perfect blanket, play mat, and cushion for baby and beyond

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:57 am
    As someone who is always on the go with kids, I feel like I am constantly shuttling belongings from point A to point B, then to point C, and back again. It used to be that I would arrive at my destination and unload bags and toys and gear just for a few hours and then would cart it all back home again when I was done. But, my years of doing that are over now that I have three darlings who all need gear and I still only have two hands. Since baby items are traditionally big and bulky, they were the first things to get abandoned for the sake of not feeling like a pack mule. But, then...
  • Taking the scenic route with the Mitsubishi Lancer

    22 Jul 2015 | 10:43 pm
    By Tyler, editor and reviewer My wife says I can’t buy a race car. Something about how it’s not practical and we have three kids, blah blah blah. But after spending time in the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer, I think I might just be able to sneak this one by her. It may not have a roll cage or nitrous, but the Mitsubishi Lancer with the optional 2.4L engine does satisfy my desire for a compact car to cruise in that really feels like I’m driving. Anyone out there that has ever wanted to race knows what I’m talking about. There’s driving, and then there’s really feeling like you’re…
  • A teddy bear that is changing the world: Bears for Humanity

    20 Jul 2015 | 10:34 pm
    On my 30th birthday I got hit by a drunk driver on my way home from renewing my driver’s license with my two small children. While the driver who hit us sped off, our car bounced around the freeway, sliding across loose gravel, and straight into a guard rail, narrowly missing a 30 foot drop. Eventually, our car ended up in oncoming traffic where kind passersby helped push our car off to the side while we waited for the emergency responders to check us over and assist us. My husband arrived in just minutes to escort us off the freeway and together we got the car to the state patrol’s…
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    Being a Mummy

  • 10 Free and Simple Summer Holiday Activities

    Claire Walsh
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    Hooray! The school holidays are upon us again and its time to rejoice that there are six weeks free of the school run. I love the school holidays, its my favourite time of the year because it means I get to spend some quality time with my children and I dont have the additional stresses and worries that their time at school entails. It wasn’t always like this though, I can remember my first school summer holliday filling me with dread and being horrific because I didnt know what to do or how to keep the children entertained. The breakthrough came for me when I realised that at small…
  • The End of an Era

    Claire Walsh
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    My baby is growing fast! With three children things can drag out somewhat. Now Ned is nearing nursery age i’m finally getting to the stage where after 8 years I can get rid of the pushchair. This will be revolutionary in lots of ways, not least because its quite a good general coat hanger in the hallway. Where will I put all the general ‘stuff’ when I go shopping? What will I be able to hide behind and use as a sort of barrier to sociability on the school run? Its a frightening new world out there. In many way this week will mark a real change. Last week Ned finished his…
  • My Top 6 Summer Holiday Reads 2015

    Claire Walsh
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    One of the things which can make or break a summer holiday for me are the books i’m reading. A really great book can make a holiday even more memorable or change your feelings about your trip. As St Albans Literary Festival Director, book club member and avid bibliophile I thought I’d share some of my top reads this summer. For me this year its mainly about strong women and quality writing: Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune by Kate Griffin This was going to be my summer trip to Dorset read, but being a big fan of Kitty Peck I couldn’t resist making a start on my…
  • Feeling Safe at Home

    Claire Walsh
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    Our Quiet Street For the past ten years we have lived in a fairly ordinary suburban house in St Albans. It is a very quiet neighbourhood with lots of pensioners and parents, nothing happened really and when it did everyone knew about it. Things were quite dull, boring even. Children could go out to play fairly freely as being a 1960’s- 1970’s housing estate there are networks of wide alleyways and few cars. However, things have changed in the past year we have been experiencing a bit of a crime wave. All over the estate houses are being broken into, in broad daylight. People are…
  • #MyDragonandMe with #Netflix #StreamTeam for Dragons: Race to the Edge!

    Claire Walsh
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    How To Train Your Dragon Series Launch – Netflix. 28th June 2015 Photo Credit – Doug Peters There is a hardly a day that goes by in our household when someone doesnt have Netflix on. Interestingly the other day it was suggested that the BBC iPlayer might become a paying service and I was consciously thinking about which on demand services we use  the most and it has to be said that Netflix was far and away the winner. I think its value is in the sheer diversity of stuff available. I’ve recently been watching the third series of Orange is the New Black, Community and Black…
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  • Wrapping Up a Homeschool School-year and Grading the Teacher

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    So the summer has begun. I officially quit adding to the weekly assignment list spiral over a week ago and we are in our first 2 month summer break in a long while. We have homeschooled year round by necessity for the past few years because of distractions (two of them who are 6 and 4 currently), medical issues, and other problems. I would say that 90% of the time, the year won’t turn out the way you plan it… but about that often, something else will happen that wows you into the realization that God was the one re-directing your steps. In his heart a man plans his course, but the…
  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    I’m sure that you’ve probably heard of Paperback Swap by now, but I just had to share about it in case you haven’t. I love swapping books and finding things that our local libraries don’t carry. Ever notice how hard it is to find good books that are recommended by your history curriculum these days? It’s like the public library is actually trying to erase the memory of them. I know it’s not just me thinking it. I love a good book. I love the way an old book smells. I love seeing my kids reading books. Despite all the newest technology, I just can’t…
  • Are Texas Home School Coalition Conventions for You?

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer. Well, at least for most of us. We have maybe two weeks left of tidying up and tying loose homeschool ends and we are DONE with 11th grade for my teens, Kindergarten for the 6 year old, and Preschool for my littlest guy. I’m in purge mode, research mode, curriculum buying mode, class scheduling mode, organize mode, transcript mode, and CONVENTION MODE. You might wonder why I listed convention there if you’ve never been to a good convention before, but let me explain. Ever since I started homeschooling in 2001, I have been going to a convention – almost…
  • The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle for Beginner, Intermediate or Pro-Photographers!

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been eating, breathing, and sleeping photography lately, so when I got invited to be an affiliate for this sale to share this amazing package of digital photography tips for everyone from beginners through pros, I jumped on board. I love photography, and since I want this set of ebooks myself, I’m sharing the love! For all of your photography needs – whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or a pro-photographer who is starting a business or a pro who is growing an already established business like me, there’s something for you in this “Ultimate…
  • Awesome Things About Honey (and Recipes)

    1 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Honey Bear n Sprittibee Sometimes wonderful things happen on the internet that leave you scratching your head. One of those things this past month has been my fortunate partnership with the National Honey Board. I’ve ALWAYS loved honey. Who doesn’t? I also love bees (as you might have noticed from my blog title and logo all these past 10 years). Proof of my devotion is below in the links to honey-sweet recipes and remedies I’ve shared – be sure to read to the end! { I hate to tell the National Honey Board this, because they sponsored this post, but I would be talking…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • How else does Attachment Parenting look like in your home?

    Rita Brhel
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. In June, you were asked to help tell your story through a survey created by Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers in collaboration with API. We are thrilled to report that more than 1,200 parents participated in this first-ever survey on what Attachment Parenting (AP) actually looks like in the home! THANK YOU! This essential data will help expand our objective understanding of…
  • There’s a monster under the bed

    Shoshana Hayman
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    When I was a little girl, I was certain there was a monster hiding under my bed, waiting to grab my feet and drag me under the bed! To fool him, I would take a running leap onto my bed at night. Sometimes I thought that I jumped too close to the bed, so I would do this over again, until I was sure I jumped from far enough away. This little ceremony would repeat itself every night. At a young age, children can become obsessive and compulsive, behaving in ways that are quite illogical. I’ve spoken to parents whose children’s compulsive behaviors are baffling and appear in many…
  • The sunrise of balance

    Kendrah Nilsestuen
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    It was a Tuesday morning, years ago. And like many other mornings, I awoke and started into my day. Awaiting me was housework to be completed, emails to be answered, errands to be accomplished and deadlines to be met. If not for my then 6-year-old son, I likely would have stayed in this state of mind. He woke after me, ready to begin his own day. Within moments of waking, I saw him approach the window and look toward the sky. He then spoke, offering words to describe what he was seeing. In awe, he exclaimed, “Mama, the sky! It’s so colorful!” I turned to him, and seeing his…
  • Diaper nostalgia

    Effie Morchi
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    I thought I kept my car clean and tidy…until my husband walked in the door, waved a diaper in the air and said, “Hey, look what I found in the trunk!” It was quite a surprise — with our kids being 10 and 7 years old, the diaper era is long gone for us. I placed the diaper on the kitchen counter. I stared at it and felt a sense of relief and a hint of joy. Memories started to flood my mind, and I thought, Boy, how I don’t miss those diapers. How I don’t miss the sleepless nights. I used to joke around and say that my babies had a unique “no sleep” gene. It was a period…
  • What does your family’s attachment look like?

    API Blog
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. Please complete a brief, anonymous survey (access using your API Forum login) regarding your experiences with family members and relationships. It is hoped that the information gathered will help move the psychological research and therapeutic community forward regarding the complex needs of today’s families. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes of your time, and will…
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    Mrs. Kendall

  • Prep Work is Boring

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I found the book in a purse under our bed. I emptied out my purse some time at the end of the school year (except for the book, obviously) and left it on the bed in my rush out the door. My deflated purse slipped between the footboard and the mattress, fell to the ground, and didn’t appear again until this weekend when we moved the furniture around in the bedroom. Funny that I remember this now. You never know how you lost an item until you’ve find it again. Only then does your memory kick in, the cruel mistress. I can now say I’ve read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up…
  • Music Mikey

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Last May, at a ridiculously early hour, Mikey and his music partner performed at the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association regionals held at Cal Baptist University. They played well, scoring an Excellent, despite Mikey playing with a reed that looked as if it had been gnawed on by a rat. He didn’t have an extra reed because he “forgot” them. The Mister flew home to grab them only to discover that when Mikey said he “forgot” his extra reeds, what he really meant was that he “lost” all his extra reeds. His music he didn’t bring…
  • Happy, Happy (ish)

    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “…sitting and waiting is one of the most miserable occupations known to man – not that it usually is known to men; women do it much more often.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber – I waited 16 days for Nico’s appointment with the allergist. I monitored every crumb before it passed his lips. I stared at him while he chewed. I asked him how he was feeling and checked on him while he slept. I was very, very annoying. One night, after I researched and called corporate headquarters, we went out for frozen yogurt. I barked instructions the entire time and made my…
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Cathy Hirano Published by Ten Speed Press on October 14th 2014 Genres: House & Home, Cleaning, Self-Help, Inspirational/Motivational Pages: 204 Buy on Amazon, Buy on Barnes & Noble Goodreads This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a…
  • Cravings

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m reading the book Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God; I like it, though don’t take that as a recommendation because I’m only half-finished. I would describe it as an amalgamation of Geneen Roth and books on mindless eating viewed under a lens of Catholicism. Good, though not new. I had to put the book down when I felt forced to make a decision I want to avoid. Years ago I lost 50 pounds by attending OA meetings. OA is structured like any 12-step program, though unlike AA or NA, you determine your abstinence and your meal plan. The definition of…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Free 500 Points for Dial Rewards! Chance to Win Cash & Gift Cards!

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Have you heard about the newly launched Dial Rewards program? It is a new way to get rewarded for being a Dial brand lover. After filling out the registration form with a little basic information about yourself and confirming your email, you can start earning reward points right ways, for completing simple activities such as daily sign-in, watching short videos, taking brief surveys, or
  • TWELVElittle Allure Diaper Backpack Giveaway (ARV $245)

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Getting around with a new baby means extra loads of stuff to carry in your bag, including but limited to diapers, wipes, changing pad, nursing pads, nursing cover, bottles, extra change of clothes, blanket, etc. A spacious and sturdy diaper bag will make a new mom's life a lot easier. Check out Amanda's review of the versatile Allure diaper backpack from TWELVElittle and enter to win one!
  • Winner's Choice of Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheets Giveaway

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Since we spend almost one third of our daily time sleeping, it is well worth our investment in high quality bedding products for us to get a good rest with comfort. Bamboo not only makes a luxurious, ultra soft, and naturally cooling fabric, it is also known to be good for the environment. We've got a few bamboo shirts and really love how they feel on skin. Enter to win a set of Cariloha (
  • Win a Step 2 Prize Package Valued $1000 & More (11 Winners)

    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Purex has partnered with Step 2 for the Backyard Fun in the Sun Sweepstakes this month. One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive an amazing package valued over $1,000, consisting of a Step 2 prize suite (Clubhouse Climber, Extreme Coaster and Cascading Cove Sand & Water Table), a year’s supply of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Purex Baby Laundry Detergent! In addition, 10 second place winners
  • Courtlight Series Book Blast: Free Books & $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Looking to add a few fantasy stories to your reading list this summer? Try the well-acclaimed Courtlight Series by Terah Edun. The first three books (kindle version) are FREE! Plus you could win a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash from the author! About Courtlight Series Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath
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  • Homeschooling Black Children: This Is How (and Why!) This Mom Does It. Plus: a Book Giveaway!

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:56 pm
    Homeschooling Black children took a whole 'nother meaning after this white mom of brown children saw Black history ignored in her children's school. The post Homeschooling Black Children: This Is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dear Walmart, Where’s Black Barbie?

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When a Black mom can't find a Black Barbie in her local superstore, she's forced to have conversations with her toddler she's not ready to and doesn't want to have. So she's penned a letter getting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Talk to White Children About Race: Here’s How To Avoid Raising Another Rachel Dolezal

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Want to avoid raising a delusional kid who thinks being Black is "cool"? Consider these tips for how to talk to white children about race. The post How to Talk to White Children About Race:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Importance of Happy Birthdays: Celebrations Aren’t Just For Kids

    Denene Millner
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Everybody deserves recognition on their birthday, but I didn't realize how important this is until my daddy turned 75 and made this stunning revelation. The post The Importance of Happy Birthdays:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted Parent)

    Denene Millner
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A new dad to twins realizes that he may never have the relationship with sleep that he used to have. At least he has a sense of humor about it. The post An Open Letter to Sleep (From an Exhausted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • talk with kids about emotions: ‘inside out’ mini-book and card game

    amy mascott
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
        With an 11, 9, and 8 year old, you’d think that we would be over talking about and identifying emotions over here, but we’re not. In fact, after watching the Disney*Pixar film, Inside Out with my family this summer–and getting a sneak peek of the movie at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference–I realized that as we move swiftly toward the teen years, understanding and talking about emotions is more important than ever. So I created this cute little Inside Out Mini-Book and card game. It features the five characters from Inside Out with some space to add…
  • chocolate math: age by chocolate

    amy mascott
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
      Our tabletop surprises are rocking and rolling this summer, but one thing that really, truly got the kids’ attention was our first (we have another planned!) chocolate day. The whole focus was chocolate, and friends, it was pretty sweet if I do say so myself. Who wouldn’t like to talk math and chocolate? Here’s the skinny. . . Chocolate Math–Age by Chocolate: The premise of this day’s activity was twofold–1. figure out their age by chocolate; and 2. watch the multiplying chocolate video and try to figure it out themselves. Figuring out Age by…
  • smart apps for busy families: get ready for back to school! #BTSTech chat

    amy mascott
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I can’t even believe it, friends, but (gulp!) school is around the corner. And before we know it, our schedules will be kicked into high gear. Afternoons and evenings will be filled with homework, activities, projects, meetings, and more, and our lazy days of summer will be a quickly fading memory. But guess what? There are a ton of apps out there that can really simplify your life and make your kids’ screen time more productive. Really. And to get an early jump on the back to school rush, I’ll be chatting about these apps and more on twitter this week. And I want you to join…
  • camp google: ocean, space, music and nature weeks

    amy mascott
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends. I have been working with National Geographic Kids for some time now, as one of their ‘Insiders’ and honestly the coolest thing about it is that I get kind of ‘behind-the-scenes’ information that I can share with you. Honestly. Fab books, cool programs, you name it. And this summer, National Geographic has partnered with Khan Academy, National Parks, and NASA to create some really rockstar at-home ‘camps’ for kids. Really. It’s called ‘Camp Google’, and of course, along with our tabletop surprises, it’s going to make our…
  • need something fun and unplugged for kids?

    amy mascott
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends. We’re rocking and rolling this summer. We’re doing just about everything we can to keep ourselves smiling and sane in between 50 thousand swim and dive meets. And though it’s so fun, just about every year we hit a wall come mid July. Before we know it, though, summer swim and dive will be over, and we’ll (sob!) be getting ready for a new school year. So like we do every summer, we’re playing with some tabletop surprises so that Maddy, Owen, and Cora can find their own time through the day to explore the fun I’ve got planned. Tabletop surprises keep…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Because I'm Happy - Wordless Wednesday #Linky

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This feed comes from A Mothers Ramblings You should follow Pippa on Twitter on her blog, or on her Facebook Page
  • Making School Based Activities Holiday Fun! - What You Want To Read

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A few days ago, I asked my friends on Facebook if they were to read a blog post written by me, what would they like it to be about? This is one of the posts, based on those suggestions.Making School Based Activities Holiday Fun!If my children are anything like me, then by the time they go back to School in September they are going to have forgotten almost EVERYTHING they have ever learnt. I think this is why that for as long as I can remember, I've tried to incorporate the children's learning into everyday activities for the children to participate in. I figure that the if the children are…
  • The Fourth Week Of July

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I swear this last week has flown by, mainly because as well as all the normal activities the children and I have scheduled into our week, we've also had tonnes of other activities to attend too. I love the saying if you need something doing ask someone busy (or however it goes) because this week it has seemed a little like that for me and the children!The Fourth Week Of JulyThe weekend was good, we were busy with playing with our new Tent, listening to the music coming from a local Fete and generally doing the things we do at the weekend, shopping, visiting my Mum, being together as a family.
  • What We Are Eating this Week (W/C 25th July)

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Technically for us, this is the first full week of the Summer Holidays, however this week coming Top Ender is going to Summer School. It's billed as a week for students to get used to the school, meet some new friends, have some taster lessons and generally allow the students a chance to build confidence. The end of the week finishes with a fun day at a local water sports centre (that's Top has been to recently with Guides!) and an awards ceremony. Then our Summer Holidays as a family can almost begin!Saturday - Loaded Hot DogsLoaded Hot Dogs are a bug favourite of Daddy and I. The Children?
  • Top Ender's Festival Look From Hobbycraft #Review

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Top Ender is rather taken with Music Festivals. It's my own fault, of course. Had I not taken her to a couple when she was younger she wouldn't have any clue what she was missing out on and wouldn't spend hours working out the perfect Festival outfits in her bedroom and creating outfits on Pinterest and various other mood boards that are scattered across her bedroom. Luckily, because I'm a brilliant Mummy, when Hobbycraft asked if Top Ender would like to review a Daisy Headband Kit I knew it would go with her outfit and she'd love me forever!As I had worked out, I was indeed the hero of this…
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  • 21st Century Cures Act …. The Problem With The Cure

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Starting to hear a lot about the “21st Century Cures Act”. There’s a big push to get it passed with the promise of millions/billions to the special needs community. I’ve seen pieces from Autism Speaks & the National Down Syndrome Society encouraging folks to actively support this legislation. I’ll admit I’m no expert but I am a skeptic and the name alone makes me feel itchy. It’s not that I’m against “cures” even “21st Century Cures” it’s more that a name like that sounds like a sales pitch aimed at duping us,…
  • Cowebs in our souls

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    I can’t remember the source for this but the story is still too good not to share ….. When I was traveling the road to Rome, one of the four sacred roads in my magical tradition, I realized, after almost twenty days spent entirely alone, that I was in a much worse state than when I had started. In my solitude, I began to have mean, nasty, ignoble feelings. I sought out my guide to the road and told her about this. I said that when I had set out on that pilgrimage, I had thought I would grow closer to God, but that, after three weeks, I was feeling a great deal worse. ‘You are…
  • Step By Step Guide On How To Order A Attractive Customized Lace Front Wig By

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Step By Step Guide On How To Order A Gorgeous Custom-made Lace Entrance Wig By Girls wigs have been around for a really long time, but until the creation of artificial fibers, human hair was largely used to make girls wigs. So to keep the brilliant and glossy of the online retailer Girls Wigs on sale a person better get yourself some hair oil onto it after every cleansing. Hair shampoo must be mixed with the strengthener in tepid to Party Wigs 2015 warm water previous to the wig is actually drizzled with it. Rinsing associated with?low cost…
  • Step By Step Guide On How To Order A Attractive Customized Lace Front Wig By

    20 Feb 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Step By Step Guide On How To Order A Attractive Customized Lace Front Wig By Women wigs have been round for a really very long time, but till the creation of synthetic fibers, human hair was mostly used to make girls wigs. So to maintain the brilliant and glossy of the online retailer Girls Wigs on sale an individual higher get your self some hair oil onto it after each cleaning. Hair shampoo must be mixed with the strengthener in tepid to heat water previous to the wig is definitely drizzled with Cheap Bob Wigs it. Rinsing related to?low…
  • How To Know The Finest Promenade Costume For Your Body Form

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Fashionable Bridal Robes Prom dresses are attractive and glamorous, but they will also be very uncomfortable. Often it’s noticed that you just find it hard to get matching masks for pastel coloured masquerade dresses, hence ensure you select dresses that come with matching masks in a desired pattern. In case you don’t find any of those promenade attire appealing or in line with your style, then you can always make your individual promenade dress with your individual design and magnificence. Now, it’s time for brand new spherical of style trend of prom dresses 2012, although…
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  • Destination Weddings– In Your Own Backyard

    Danielle Rothweiler
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:04 pm
    One of my favorite things about being a planner in New Jersey is that there is no reason to get on a plane to plan an amazing, getaway-style wedding. No offense to the other beautiful parts of the country and world, but we have everything right around us. The thing is, you can find similar locations in whatever state you find yourself. Whether you want the city, country or beach vibe, plan a destination wedding that is more like a staycation. Getting Camp-y Many couples are trying to bring the “fun” back to weddings and that includes looking at camp campsites for the entire…
  • Relationship Revamp: 4 Ways to Lighten Up

    Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D.
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    When was the last time you came home and complained to your partner that your relationship needs more pressure? I’d bet the answer is “Never”, and for good reason. I’ve studied the topic for 25 years and can confidently report these two facts: Pressure adversely impacts all relationships. Couples that have learned to handle pressure are far better off than their counterparts who can’t. Relationship pressure occurs when either or both partners feel forced to act/think/feel/ in a particular way to please the other. When we are forced to act in a particular way to gain acceptance,…
  • How To Stop Criticizing Yourself!

    Charles Meusburger MD
    19 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    A small dose of self-criticism can inspire you to make changes, but too much self trash-talk can lead to depression. Here are a few ways to deal with your inner critic. A woman’s self-talk is formed from the course of her human journey, and most especially, events occurring in the early adolescence of a young girl’s life impact the formation of self-worth and self-esteem. If those events are attached to negative reinforcements, then negative self-talk is the likely outcome. A critical key to stopping the habit of negative self-talk is that you must first recognize and admit that you…
  • Makeup #101: Don’t ‘Brush’ It Off!

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Brought to you by  (Psssttt…CONTEST BELOW!)   When it comes to beauty, everyone’s routine is a little different. Whether you take 5 minutes to put on your face or map out the morning to perfect your look, it really is all about the application. Read that as: it’s all about the brushes! Forget smearing on concealer or blending blush and bronzer with your fingers; that’s so amateur. No matter how much time you have, all the pros agree: brushes matter. From how you store and clean them to which ones you use, it’s time to test your Brush IQ.  In…
  • 3 Clues You’re Dating a Keeper

    Katie Parsons
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Think you’ve found ‘The One?’ Sexy? Check. Ambitious. Yep. Good looking? Oh, yeah!  Well, that’s all well and good, but those factors aren’t the only things on the checklist that matter.   Relationship expert Lisa Steadman tells us we women often skip what really matters when determining whether we are in a relationship with ‘a keeper’.  To what should we pay attention? It ‘feels’ right  Sometimes, says Steadman, women tend to confuse attraction for compatibility. Attraction is important, of course, but you need to…
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    Loving Your Child

  • How To Make Moving House Easier For Children

    Priya Florence Shah
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Moving is one of the most stressful undertakings you will deal with in your life time. While obviously adults have much to fret about; between financing the move, organizing it and obviously executing it you will have plenty of work to do. While it is easy to get wrapped up in the stress of everything you are dealing with, it is important to remember the stress your children are enduring as well. They are going through a major life change during pivotal learning years and this must be taken into account. Use these tips to help your children cope with moving: Before the Move Tell them Early…
  • Your Child’s Secret Life Online: 7 Ways to Manage It as a Parent

    Priya Florence Shah
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:44 am
    by Spencer Melnick, LCSW Your teen needed a laptop for school, so you bought it. He needed a phone to keep in touch with you, so after a half-hour argument with him at the wireless store, a “phone” became an iPhone 6. He has an iPad Air because, after you told him it wasn’t in the budget, he spent the weekend with his dad, and voila! He has an iPad. Now, every time you look at your son, he has a screen in front of his face, barely audible text notifications going off at all hours and he’s on social media sites you’ve never heard of. Suddenly, his use of technology has gone past…
  • 5 Warning Signs Of Teenage Crises That Parents Must Watch Out For

    Priya Florence Shah
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Contrary to popular opinion, not all teenage crises will appear out of the blue and because of its unexpected appearance, render parents helpless to change the situation for the better. There are always warning signs – and you just have to know what you’re look for. What Are The Warning Signs? Change in Academic Grades Most teenagers who are experiencing serious problems – mental, psychological, or emotional – would usually end up letting their grades slip although this may be unintentionally or otherwise. If your child used to have straight A’s all the time and yet all of a sudden,…
  • How To Make Sure Your Kids Have Good Role Models

    Priya Florence Shah
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    As they get older, we need to keep a closer watch. Regardless of what parenting style you adhere to, you know that children can be very impressionable. At all ages, parents must keep a close eye on the things that their kids consume, be it TV shows or websites, and we need to make sure that they’re not idolizing – or more importantly, emulating – the wrong things. The task of making sure that our children have good role models is deceptively easy, because younger children aren’t nearly as hell-bent on having their way. Correcting bad behavior in children has sometimes even been said…
  • The Dangers Of Helicopter Parenting

    Priya Florence Shah
    2 Jun 2012 | 1:42 am
    Many parents these days tend to be extremely protective of their children, to the point that it seems like they’re constantly hovering above their kids. This behavior has been jokingly coined “helicopter parenting,” and despite the humorous name, experts believe it’s no laughing matter. It’s natural to be protective of your children. I myself have two boys, and I experience an incredible urge to shelter them from harm. In many times, it pays off—we can often anticipate trouble better than our kids, and know how to best avoid it. The problem arises when we overdo it. We find…
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    Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams

  • Sweeping Saturday 7/25/2015

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    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! The post Sweeping Saturday 7/25/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 8 Perfect Weekend Getaways plus Coca-Cola “On the Road” Giveaway

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Thanks to my friends at Coca-Cola 
for sponsoring this conversation with an “On the Road” prize pack full of summer road trip essentials for one lucky reader.   I think anyone can vouch for the fact that no matter how great of a life you may have, we all need a break sometimes! A break […] The post 8 Perfect Weekend Getaways plus Coca-Cola “On the Road” Giveaway appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 7/18/2015

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    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! The post Sweeping Saturday 7/18/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 3 Bed Accessories To Help You Sleep At Night

    17 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    For some, simply getting to sleep means that a litany of conditions must be met lest they lie awake half the night, unable to get comfortable. Luckily, there are any number of useful accessories for your bed that will not only help you get to sleep, but help you stay that way all night. Read […] The post 3 Bed Accessories To Help You Sleep At Night appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • 5 things you need for a new baby, and 5 you don’t

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
      Getting ready for a baby can be overwhelming, to say the least. If you are a first time parent, you may be facing a long list of things for baby and wondering how you are going to fit it all in your house and afford it. The good news is, you really don’t need […] The post 5 things you need for a new baby, and 5 you don’t appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • The break-in that wasn’t: on raising black sons and interacting with law enforcement

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Last night we had a experience that rattled me to the core. In the middle of the night, I heard the sound of glass breaking. But that's not the part that has me still reeling. Because we thought it might be a break-in, we immediately called the police. They came out and searched out house and yard. The kids were still sleeping. As they searched the backyard, with guns held up in front of their chests asking an intruder to make himself known, they woke Jafta and he screamed and ran down the hall into my room. And suddenly I had the thought - what if they had been in the house at that moment,…
  • QOES: In what ways were you different with your first child compared to the second?

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    With my first child, he got all my attention. With my second, I was busy running after a toddler so she had to learn to be more independent. I was also way more chill. If the pacifier dropped on the ground - whatever. I didn't boil the bottles. I just knew at that point she wasn't going to die like all the things I read said she would.SourceHas anyone ever been the exact same parent with each child? If you've pulled that off, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. What about when your first child is several years older and doesn't require as much from you when the second one comes along?
  • What I want you to know about delivering a stillborn twin

    27 Jul 2015 | 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 Cyndi Taylor.My son is a bundle of energy. His hair is the color of corn silk. His eyes match the color of the sky and sparkle like the stars. He is quick to offer his smiles to the world and collects admirers like a beachcomber collects shells. Like all my children, he has changed…
  • That's what SHE said: vulnerable black bodies, mixed-up twins, moms who love gangsta rap, the parenting wall, and more . . .

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    ON THE DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND AND OUR VULNERABLE BODIESBecause Sandra Bland was driving while black, because she was not subservient in the manner this trooper preferred, a routine traffic stop became a death sentence. Even if Ms. Bland did commit suicide, there is an entire system of injustice whose fingerprints left bruises on her throat.TRYING OUT SLOW PARENTINGThis month, I’m inspired to slow down and let the boys take the lead. Maybe we’ll skip a carousel excursion and instead just walk around the block as slowly as they’d like. Maybe we’ll take an hour! We’ll notice little…
  • Friday Finds

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Presage Moisturizer SPF15 | Sonage2. Tmbr Maple Wood 'Knotty Wood' Chronograph Watch | Overstock.com3. Pulsaderm | ReNu Diamond Microderm System4. Nutritional Shakes for Kids | Kidzshakes5. Your Favorite Memories | Memorita6. Newborn & Active Baby Detergent | Dreft7. Weleda | White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream8. Compose Yourself™ | Thinkfun9. Chalk Ink® Markers | Classic Set of 8 Chalk Markers Wet Wipe
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  • Because a A Life is a Life No Matter How Small…

    Jennifer Murray
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:20 am
    Today marks what would have been #5′s first birthday. A day that could have been filled with messy cake hands, squeals of delight, playing with boxes, and a crowded room singing “Happy Birthday”. But it was not to be. Brad and I talked a little about it today for the first time in a while. Our hearts have mended, but the scar remains. We talked about how good of big brothers these boys could have been and how we still miss that life that we were given for such a short while. It simply just isn’t something you get over or learn to forget. In fact, I don’t want to.
  • The Dog Days of Summer

    Jennifer Murray
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We’re fully enjoying the Dog Days of Summer the last few weeks. What’s the BEST way to enjoy the benefits of a dog without the full-time responsibility? Have awesome dog-neighbors and family! Currently we’re all falling hard for this Mini-Golden Doodle puppy, Jada. We’re watching her just for today while our neighbors are out. She’s on a 3 hour rotation similar to what our newborns were on when they came home from the hospital, but she makes you absolutely MELT. We have a bad case of Puppy Love. And then there’s our next door doggie, Bugsy, who we get to…
  • Why You Should Runaway With Your Husband

    Jennifer Murray
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    Hello, Lovlies. How’s your summer shaping up?  Are you getting some time in to soak it up and kick back a little? I sure hope so! I absolutely LOVE summer. It’s my favorite season by far. I love the warmth, having the boys home, all the fun get-togethers, being outdoors, and pretty much everything single dag-gone-thing about it. Perhaps it’s because when you survive Indiana winters summer is all the more glorious. Another thing I adore about summer? My in-laws take the boys for 4 nights.  I owe them forever. Not only is it a break for us from the parenting duties,…
  • Well Hello, Gorgeous New Premium Starter Kit

    Jennifer Murray
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    When I first signed up with Young Living essential oils, I didn’t know they would impact our family’s lives so significantly. I remember opening my box of oils with some excitement and anticipation, but mostly just confusion on where to start and what in the world to do with them. I remember passing them around the dinner table for the boys to smell (they were not so impressed) and trying to figure out what a diffuser was and why I could want to use it. Fast forward over a year later, we use Young Living essential oils every single day. We take them with us on trips and when we…
  • Summer Beginnings

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
      We are just a little over a week into summer and it already feels so full. We finished up soccer on Saturday and baseball last night with a disappointing loss in the tournament. The boys have been attending a Bible school this week in the mornings.  My dad is making a fantastic recovery from his knee-replacement and will most likely be released from the nursing facility this week! A HUGE praise!  In the midst of a busy season of serving my parents {what a joy it has been to have them in our town}, we’ve managed to have pool parties, pick 10 lbs. of strawberries, consume plenty…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in Lemon Cups

    Racquel Bregg
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    It has been so, so hot here the last week.  Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not complaining.  It wasn’t all that long ago that we were waking up to 20 below zero temps and I know they’ll come around again too soon.  The heat has had us spending lots of time at the […]The post Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in Lemon Cups appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Classic Nature Games Kids Love- Catch A Lizard

    Anna Beckendorf
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    I am a firm believer in the best things in life are SIMPLE and FREE! They are not hard, not complicated, and they cost you NADA (nothing)! Got it? Not a single penny!  Kids love classic nature games.  They can make a game out of almost anything outdoors (if they know there are no electronic […]The post Classic Nature Games Kids Love- Catch A Lizard appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • 5 Tips For Overcoming Gender Wage Inequality

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    I totally believe that women should receive equal pay for equal work and I think most people do too.  However, there is a gender wage gap.  That is why I am so pleased to welcome Bettina Bush to talk about this issue today.  She is editor-at-large for Working Mother magazine, host of the nationally syndicated […]The post 5 Tips For Overcoming Gender Wage Inequality appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • SUBWAY® Restaurants Are Joining Forces With Local Charities

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I am proud to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, so when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms invited me to be part of the “You Share. We Share.” program, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk about how easy they are making it to help local charities and give back […]The post SUBWAY® Restaurants Are Joining Forces With Local Charities appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Best Grilled Cheese Recipe

    Erika Wassall
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here with The truly Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe (with tomato!) Such a simple, feel-good food.  And with fresh tomatoes it’s a sandwich that can’t be beat this time of year.  But avoiding soggy bread, flavor-lacking bites and no outside crunch can make it more of a challenge than it […]The post Best Grilled Cheese Recipe appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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  • Your must-have Jubilee Weekend fun guide: Day 4

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Enjoy a scenic view of Sentosa from the cable car. Image: It may be Monday, but that doesn’t mean the Jubilee Weekend is over. Hardly! Not with this fantastic lineup of fun must-tries for you and the family. Sentosa Free Cable Car Joyrides 10 August 2015, 8:45am–10pm (last boarding 9:30pm) End your long weekend by enjoying a bird’s-eye view of Singapore with complimentary cable car joyrides around Sentosa. Sands of Time at Siloso Beach 10 August 2015 Sentosa celebrates Singapore’s key achievements and milestones with an exclusive exhibition of the…
  • Your must-have Jubilee Weekend fun guide: Day 3

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Catch the spectacular fireworks display from the Marina Bay area. Image: Don’t feel like staying in on National Day? We’ve curated a list of amazing events and activities to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday! From viewing firework displays and catching live musical performances to outdoor live screenings of the National Day Parade, you and the family are in for a treat. For things to do on the first two days of the Golden Jubilee Weekend: Click here for Day 1. Click here for Day 2. National Day Parade Celebrations from Padang to Marina Bay 9 August 2015,…
  • 12 ways to celebrate SG50 like a foodie!

    Mary Anne Ho
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:04 am
      The post 12 ways to celebrate SG50 like a foodie! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • Mum throws toddler to safety before falling to death

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post Mum throws toddler to safety before falling to death appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • You know you are a Singaporean parent when…

    Leigh Fan
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    The post You know you are a Singaporean parent when… appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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  • 5 qualities that might help your parenting

    Jodie Benveniste
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    When we’re raising our kids, it can feel like we are always reacting to what our kids are doing. Stop that! Eat properly! Quiet down! If our kids are having a good day and behaving beautifully, then we can have a good day too. But if our kids are having a not-so-good day, then our […]
  • How are you feeling right now?

    Jodie Benveniste
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Whenever I’m talking to someone about something that’s important, I like to ask them: ‘How do you ‘feel’ about it?’ Not what do you ‘think’. But how do you ‘feel’. You’re thinking about quitting your job. How do you feel about that? You’re just received some health news. How do you feel about that? Your child is going […]
  • Chaos

    Jodie Benveniste
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Family life can feel chaotic, can’t it? Well here is your antidote. Just try this… Studio Stationery Join our community to receive weekly updates and your free gift Email Address First Name
  • DIY gifts people would like to receive, ingenious kindness cards, and must-see starry skies

    Jodie Benveniste
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This week’s links: get DIY with these gift ideas for yourself or others, try out some anonymous generosity with these Kindness Cards, and check out the most amazing photos of beautiful starry skies. Inspiring! I always like the idea of DIY but never quite find the time/energy to begin any projects. That’s why I like […]
  • Are your children not listening to you? This might be why

    Jodie Benveniste
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I’ve done this lot. I tell my kids what to do. Do this. Do that. Put that away. Tidy your room. Get dressed. Finish breakfast. Hurry up! A lot of telling. A bit too much telling, I’ve realized. Too much telling. For a number of reasons: If we’re always telling, that’s when kids (and in […]
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • FIXATE: The Brand New 21 Day Fix Cookbook GIVEAWAY {US Only; ARV $19.99; ends 7/28/15}

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Have you heard about 21 Day Fix? 21 Day Fix is a nutrition and fitness program that makes losing weight so simple. Easy-to-follow portion control and 30-minute workouts take the guesswork out of losing weight to help you see results fast—up to 15 pounds in just 21 days. You can read one of the many […] The post FIXATE: The Brand New 21 Day Fix Cookbook GIVEAWAY {US Only; ARV $19.99; ends 7/28/15} appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Farm Share Recipes: Using Your Greens

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    We are thrilled to have a farm share this year at one of the most beautiful and oldest working farms in our area, Appleton Farms. It is such a joy to visit the farm each week with my little ones. They especially love picking their fruits and vegetables, and I love that they can really […] The post Farm Share Recipes: Using Your Greens appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Transformation Tuesday: A Mom of 3 Learns to Prioritize Her Own Health

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY. This is the story of one of the coaches on my wonderful team, Team Fit & Natural, “Crystal.” She is currently in her 10th challenge group. Crystal is a wonderful person and a fellow naturally minded mama of three. She is passionate about outdoor adventure with her family and music. It has […] The post Transformation Tuesday: A Mom of 3 Learns to Prioritize Her Own Health appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • Matt’s Health Transformation: How This Dad Got It Done

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    What a journey Matt has had! I can’t tell you how happy it made me to read Matt’s responses to my questions here. To see a dad transform his life in this way on our team – bettering himself physically, mentally, and emotionally – and inspiring others with his story is an amazing thing. I’m […] The post Matt’s Health Transformation: How This Dad Got It Done appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
  • What is the 3 Day Refresh Cleanse? Join Us on June 8th!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    Need to get back on track or jump start your health for the summer? Each time I do the 3 Day Refresh cleanse, I lose around 4 lbs. It’s been a great way for me to recharge, detoxify, and lose some extra weight. Along with Shakeology for breakfast, a fiber sweep each morning, and a […] The post What is the 3 Day Refresh Cleanse? Join Us on June 8th! appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • What Not to Do During a Divorce

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Divorce is likely one of the most emotionally overwhelming experiences you will go through in your life. When you decide to unravel a life you’ve built with someone, there are bound to be tensions and disagreements. These occur even in the most amicable of divorces. Because people tend not to make the most logical decisions during times of emotional turmoil, it’s a good idea to avoid some situations altogether. Consider this list of things not to do during a divorce as a guide. Don’t Forget to Change Beneficiaries With so much on your mind, it’s easy to forget the…
  • What you need to know about Indoor Air Pollution

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
  • Which Is Better for Reducing Wrinkles, Juvederm or Botox?

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    No one is happy with those lines that begin appearing on the face as we begin to grow older. Unfortunately, those tiny lines and unsightly wrinkles are not only indicative of age, but can also be related to damage caused by UV radiation and the elements. If you are worried about your appearance and how those lines make you appear older, there are skin products and treatments that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tiny lines. You have probably heard of two of the leading treatments, Juvederm and Botox. If you are wondering which is better, the following information might help. How Are…
  • Keeping Independence

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:46 am
    When we are young one of the most important things that we strive for is our independence. We spend many years independent and doing things on our own after we have earned it. Though as we get older our bodies become weaker and that independence can be taken away or severely limited. So again we are back to the struggle of trying to be independent. It is sort of like a circle if you think about it, we get back to where we started nearly.   As an older adult to keep our independence for as long as we can, we may use power lift chairs. These help keep older adults independent and allows…
  • Tips for Becoming a Freelance Writer

    23 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    There are a number of perks of being a freelance writer like Daniel Handler. You can be your own boss, make your own work hours, and spend entire work days in your sweatpants. However, being self-employed and making a living as a freelance writer is also extremely difficult, and it’s not a challenge that everyone is up for. The following information will get you started as a freelancer or at least give you some food for thought. According to the Freelancers Union, a freelancer is, “An individual who has engaged in supplemental, temporary, project- or contract-based work within the last 12…
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    Our Empty Nest

  • Baby!

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Brittany’s pregnancy went fast! She had four showers which were all lovely and great fun.And we really saw the power of Facebook at them! I had made one remark on my page that Brittanyreally liked Kennedy’s monogram: KSR. And every other gift seemed like it was monogrammed! Even a book bag and a little robe and slippers!I can’t wait to put her little head in a turban, teeny tiny cucumber slices on her eyes and put on her robe and slippers. We’ll have a spa day!!One of my friends gave me a “Grandma bag” ( pretty pink tote) filled with books to read to Kennedy and a Baby book to…
  • The Grandmother’s Club

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    When I was expecting BrittanyI felt like I was joining The Moms’ Club. Something I’d never known existed until I started letting women know I was pregnant.Suddenly ladies who were already moms seemed more interested in me. They fell all over themselves offering me advice, maternity clothes and inviting me to do things with them. It was a little surreal.Well, guess what? Now that I’ve found out I’m going to become a grandmother, I’ve discovered there’s a Grandmothers’ Club too! Everyone I know who is a grandparent has rushed to tell me “There is nothing like it” and “Just…
  • Names, Names, Names

    13 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Almost the first question people ask when they find out Brittany and Dan are expecting (besides “when are they due?”) is, “Have they picked out names yet?”And they’ve worked hardat it! Nearly everyday Brittanywould call me to see what I thought about a name. It was surprisingly hard to find a middle name that sounded good with the first names she was coming up with. It was also hard because they had to come up with names for both sexes even though they’d only be using one.Then invariably Dan wouldn’t like the name or one of her friends wouldn’t so eventually she decided she…
  • Surprise!

    25 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Brittanycalled on her way home from work one night and the first thing she said was, “Promise you won’t get mad?” Of course my mind started racing wondering what she could have done that would cause her to ask. Before I could say anything she started sobbing.Now I was really concerned! “Brittany, are you ok?”“I’m pregnant!”“Well, you’ve always wanted kids! And you wanted them before your second anniversary. So why are you crying?”“Because the timing’s so bad!”And then I started doing the math. She will be 7 months pregnant when John and I take she and Dan to Punta…
  • Dog Sitting

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    Brittany and Dan weren’t able to see his parents over the Christmas holidays and had planned on visiting them in February. (Dan works most Saturdays so scheduling weekends away is hard.)In mid January they started planning the trip beginning with what to do with their two dogs. They had had a bad experience with the kennel the last time they left them and Brittanycouldn’t find anyone she trusted to come and stay with them.After talking to John… or maybe I didn’t ask him, I forget…. I called Brittanyand said, “It’s far enough out that we don’t have plans yet for that weekend.
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    It Builds Character

  • New ventures and leaving the grey space

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Forgive the grainy late-night phone selfie. Loving this new journal from a fantastic group of women entrepreneurs. I started the summer feeling “in between.” The kids are at camp three days each week and home with me two, so parent mode has ramped up. I left my job and started my own marketing consulting firm, so I have been juggling “launch mode” and doing work that will pay the bills. I am networking and building business processes and playing and road tripping and… quite simply, wearing a whole lot of hats. Not too long ago, I met with an old friend to talk a little shop and…
  • Summer Books for Mom: 5 Fast Reads

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Image via Flickr / Randy Roberston I love to read, and the book nerd in me misses diving into books and not coming up for days. These days, though, I’m lucky if I get through ten pages before I am nodding off. Because of that, I have been reading more anthologies and essay collections. If you’ve been looking for some summer reading that you can pick up and put down at will, head over to EverydayFamily to check out five books that can’t miss. So much exciting news to share – I can’t wait to catch you all up! Have a great 4th of July holiday! ~Tracy The post Summer…
  • The lasting impact of a teacher’s kindness

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Image via Flickr / Katharina Friederlike Summer is off to a crazy start, which I will fill you guys in on later this week. In the meantime, I managed to sneak in a little writing time and I am excited to be featured at Mamalode today. The kids and I are in a good place right now, and it took us some unexpected turns to get here. Both of my children are resilient and happy, and I am thankful for that. I do not kid myself – I know decisions of which they had no part will have a long-term price, and I struggle with that guilt. We have wonderful people in our lives, and my two sweet peas…
  • 10 ways for your kids to give back this summer

    28 May 2015 | 10:12 am
    Image via Flickr/ Beth, I Should Be Folding Laundry It has always been important to me that my kids build giving back to our community into their lifestyle from an early age. Like eating well, exercising and working hard, I want this to be a part of their lives that they don’t question – they just do. There are plenty of ways to have kids get involved. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 10 easy ways you can have your kids jump in this summer, too. How does your family give back? The post 10 ways for your kids to give back this summer appeared first on It Builds Character.
  • Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books!

    20 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Image via Flicker / Donnie Ray Jones It’s National Water Safety Month and summer is on its way… which means more time around pools, lakes, and water parks. If you are trying to launch your little ones into lessons but they have other ideas, there are great some great children’s books out there to remove the fear factor. I’m over at EverydayFamily today with 5 books for nervous swimmers. Do your kids have swimming stories they love? Share them! The post Kids anxious swimming? Try these fun books! appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Undeniable Health Benefits of Beets and Beet Juice

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    Love beets? Me too. However, beets aren’t just a colorful item to add to an otherwise bland-looking salad. The health benefits of beets and beet juice are plentiful too! First of all, beets are high in high in folate, betaine, and nitrates. Of course, we all know that folate is important for women who are pregnant. Betaine helps to maintain liver, heart, and kidney health. Nitrates increases blood flow throughout the body, which reduces oxygen intake and can make exercise less tiring. Yummy red beets are still one of my favorite items to add to a salad. My favorite beet salad recipe…
  • Clean the World: Recycling Soap Bars and Saving Lives

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    You might assume that recycling soap bar remnants is environmentally friendly, but would you have known that recycling soap from hotels could save a life? Me neither. Ever since last summer when I learned about Caesars Entertainment Group’s CodeGreen initiative, I’ve been reading more and more about hotels, resorts, and other hospitality venues that are utilizing sustainable practices. In the springtime our family stayed at a resort that wasted an enormous amount of food and other products. As much as we enjoyed our vacation, it was difficult to see so much being wasted, not recycled,…
  • Why You Should Be Wary of Super Foods

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Are you ready for a supermarket filled with genetically edited produce? Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables (such as berries) that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” and other such “super” fruits and veggies. But…
  • What to Pack for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

    14 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Whether you have already signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, or are still considering becoming a walker, you may be curious about what to pack for the event. Never fear, I’ve got you covered! It is, after all, a fairly big undertaking to walk over 60 miles in three days. Though I promise that it is one that you will never, ever, ever forget. Though I am an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, it should be noted that these items are solely based on my own personal experience. They are not specifically suggested, endorsed, or recommended by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but rather by…
  • Say Goodbye to Toxins With These Detox Juice Cleanse Tips

    13 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    So you’re ready to give your liver and digestive system a break by trying a juice cleanse, but you are a little intimidated by where to start and how to not eat food for 3 to 5 days. I hear you. Recently I did a detox juice cleanse, and have learned quite a bit about it. It is designed rid your body of toxins that can potentially be causing bloating, weight gain, acne, digestive issues, and even pain or illness. Cleansing your body through the process of a detox juice cleanse can be enough for you to pretty much start fresh. There are several ways to detox the body, and often more than one…
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  • Broga Hill Hiking: An Outdoor Activity with Family and Friends

    Abel Cheng
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    During the recent Aidilfitri holidays, we made a plan to hike Broga Hill after a few unsuccessful attempts to make this outdoor adventure a reality. We went with two other families – who have school-going children – and friends. One of them who has been there be the guide. The hill is located near Semenyih town and it’s about 5 minutes’ drive from there. The entrance to the hill is before Broga town if you’re coming from Semenyih. To reach Broga Hill from Kuala Lumpur, it takes about 45-60 minutes by car depending where you live. Broga Hill, as I was told, is a…
  • What can crows teach us about parenting?

    Abel Cheng
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Photo Credit: Pandiyan V K insists that I should write about this story. I don’t have a choice, do I? By the way, it’s a good story and I want to share with you. Let me warn you before you continue, this post is longer than usual. But worth every minute of your time. Here we go: It was a clear morning and we took K out for breakfast the Saturday before last while J was in school for tuition. We saw a black bird on the ground at the roadside near where we parked the car. There’s nothing unusual but what caught our attention was the bird was bitten by fire ants all over its…
  • The Parent I Aspire to Be

    Abel Cheng
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Photo Credit: Christ’s Place I just read an article written by one of my favorite authors. I always like the simplicity in his articles. This one is no exception. Not only is the article short and simple but it really speaks to my heart. While reading, sentence by sentence, it hit me like a fast moving train. Why? What he said in the article resonates with me so well that I wanted to share with you. As with Leo Babauta, this is what I aspire to be as a parent too. These are simple pointers but it takes a lifetime to master. By doing so, you free yourself from unnecessary stress and…
  • Why you should change the way you celebrate your child’s birthday

    Abel Cheng
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:41 am
    Photo Credit: Amanda Tipton We are invited to her birthday party this Sunday. Domenique is celebrating her 11th birthday and we have been her guests for more than 5 years, I guess. It seems her parents throw a party for her every year without fail. And get this: While this sounds like a party for children, it is also one hell of an event for adults to have fun. Talking about killing two birds with one stone. From the get go, I can tell that her parents treasure and enjoy the togetherness with family and friends, besides food, of course. That is not what I want to tell you. There’s…
  • Use This Simple Method for Re-igniting the Flame of Reading

    Abel Cheng
    12 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Photo Credit: thejbird If possible, I want to inculcate the habit of reading in my children. We did it when they were young. J and K both love books. However, with the daily grind of school works and activities, somehow the passion subsides and reading is not part of what they do anymore. In comparison, K fares better than J as I mentioned in this article: For some strange reason, what works on K doesn’t work on J. J needed a little push as far as reading is concerned. I wanted to sit down and relax and was hopeful that J would catch up…
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    Life With Boys

  • I Can’t Wait! I Can’t Wait!!

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I’m pretty sure we were actually driving down to Port Canaveral for our Christmas cruise (we actually cruised in January, but it was a family Christmas present-rather than buying a bunch of little things) when I brought it up to Roy. “We should go to Disney this summer.” I said. “Really,” he sighed, “Honey, can’t […] Read more →
  • Better than a Boyfriend?

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    On Facebook I follow a number of lifestyle sites, and yesterday as I was browsing my feed I ran across and article entitled, “14 Reasons why Having a Best guy friend is better than having a boyfriend?” And though I am a VERY happily married woman, I was intrigued, so I clicked on it. What […] Read more →
  • Rabid Loyalty

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    The past few years has seen us (maybe me more specifically) bitten by the cruising bug.  It all started in July of 2011, or I should say it started in November 2010.  It had been a few years since we taken any kind of family vacation, and as I looked around I realized that the […] Read more →
  • How Could You Be So Heartless…

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    No this post is not about Kayne West-another post, another day-rather this is about me. I’ve been accused of being heartless, cold, demanding, sometimes even cruel. I don’t think I AM any of those things, rather I think I can be heartless, cold, demanding or cruel on occasion, but at my core I don’t see […] Read more →
  • A Mother’s Pride

    21 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    I shouldn’t even call this post that-it should probably read a parent’s pride.  Without going into too much detail (one-because I don’t know how much we are allowed to say and two-it’s so complicated I don’t even really know how to describe it!) we recently got back from Charleston, SC.  Ok, I can give details […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Confession: I’m Scared Every Day

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Last December, I was in the biggest funk of my life. If I wasn’t actively doing something with my kids, I was in the bed, attempting to sleep the day away. It hit me that the “sadness” I was feeling was actually depression and it stemmed from a number of things and past traumas that I never quite worked through. After seeing a therapist and making strides to get better, I decided that I was going to make 2015 the best year ever. And I have. I launched my Self-Care Retreat, published a new book, hit a professional milestone that I can’t wait to share with you in the…
  • #SmashYourGoals – 5 Steps To Successful Goal Setting (Part 5 – Reflect)

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    You’re reading my five-part goal setting series to help you #SmashYourGoals. Read the other four tips here. 1) Determine what YOU want 2) Visualization 3) Break your goals into bite-sized chunks 4) Do the damn work 5) Assess + Celebrate So you did some soul searching, you wrote down your goals, you made those goals manageable, then you rolled up your sleeves and went to work. Now what? Now, you look at what you’ve done. What went well? What do you need to improve? If you set a fitness goal, for example, ask yourself: How often did I actually work out versus how much did I anticipate…
  • #SmashYourGoals – 5 Steps To Successful Goal Setting (Part 4 – Do The Damn Work))

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    You’re reading my five-part goal setting series to help you #SmashYourGoals. Read the other four tips here. 1) Determine what YOU want 2) Visualization 3) Break your goals into reasonable steps 4) Do the work! This is the simplest and most basic step of all five. It’s time to stop fooling around, to stop procrastinating, and just DO THE $%@$@%# WORK. Of course, this is where most people get stuck. Because they’ve thought about what they want to do, they’ve made plans for it, they’ve probably told their friends for accountability. But yet, the goal is unmet because…
  • #SmashYourGoals – 5 Steps To Successful Goal Setting (Part 3 – Baby Steps)

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    You’re reading my five-part goal setting series to help you #SmashYourGoals. Read the other four tips here. 1) Determine what YOU want 2) Visualization 3) Break your goals into bite-sized chunks Everyone gives this advice but don’t nobody listen. We live in a “dream BIG” culture. Everyone wants to reach for the stars, to stretch themselves out of their comfort zone, to do things they never imagined. But you can get paralyzed when you’re dreaming so big that you don’t know what comes first or when to make a move or how to even get started in the first place.
  • #SmashYourGoals – 5 Steps To Successful Goal Setting (Part 2 – Visualization)

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    You’re reading my five-part goal setting series to help you #SmashYourGoals. Read the other four tips here. 1) Determine what YOU want 2) Visualization The simplest method of visualization is to just Grab your Smash Your Goals worksheet and a pencil and get to work. You can also do a vision board or some other method that makes your goals clear and plain to you. Researchers have found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down. There’s something about making that small commitment that leads to bigger commitments. Here’s two…
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    Mindful Mum

  • Introducing Pampers Poo Face

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    There can only be one saviour in those situations: baby wipes. What parent doesn’t always carry an emergency pack of wipes? Parent madness not to! Did you know that 91% of parents use baby wipes to clean their little one’s bottoms? And that, according to a newly released Pampers study, 9 out of 10 parents admitted they can’t leave the house without a pack? As well as going through a lot of wipes, we need to ensure that we are using only the best of the best, and Pampers Baby Wipes have been dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance. They have been proven to be milder than…
  • Pampers Poo Face 1

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Check out this fabulous award-winning video from Pampers featuring the latest littlest stars and their very own hilarious #pamperspooface. We love these little babies <3 Do you have any funny pooface stories to share with us? Go on, let’s have a laugh at the ridiculous, most awkward moments our babies have ever pulled ‘the face’! What’s your baby’s funniest poo moment? #funnypoomoment  
  • Pampers Poo Face 2

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Check out this fabulous award-winning video from Pampers featuring the latest littlest stars and their very own hilarious #pamperspooface. We love these little babies <3 Do you have any funny pooface stories to share with us? Go on, let’s have a laugh at the ridiculous, most awkward moments our babies have ever pulled ‘the face’! What’s your baby’s funniest poo moment? #funnypoomoment  
  • Pampers Poo Face 3

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Check out this fabulous award-winning video from Pampers featuring the latest littlest stars and their very own hilarious #pamperspooface. We love these little babies <3 Do you have any funny pooface stories to share with us? Go on, let’s have a laugh at the ridiculous, most awkward moments our babies have ever pulled ‘the face’! What’s your baby’s funniest poo moment? #funnypoomoment  
  • Pampers Poo Face 4

    John McHugh
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Check out this fabulous award-winning video from Pampers featuring the latest littlest stars and their very own hilarious #pamperspooface. We love these little babies <3 Do you have any funny pooface stories to share with us? Go on, let’s have a laugh at the ridiculous, most awkward moments our babies have ever pulled ‘the face’! What’s your baby’s funniest poo moment? #funnypoomoment  
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    We Got Kidz

  • Saving Money and Sanity with the Prepaid Visa® RushCard

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m so excited! You guys are in for a treat as I’ve just teamed up with my friends at Prepaid Visa® RushCard to share with you a couple of amazing ways to keep your family on budget and more organized. Back in college, I used a prepaid card to handle most of my finances. Unfortunately, with all of the miscellaneous fees, the card just became too frustrating and confusing to use. Half of the time I had no clue whether or not my money was coming or going! The Prepaid Visa® RushCard helps make confusion a thing of the past. Visa has introduced a new standard on prepaid cards having…
  • Back-to-School Printables: Themed Water Bottle Labels, Snack Toppers, and More!

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
      It’s that time of year again… It’s time to start preparing for back-to-school! (I can hear parents cheering right now.) You’ve had a long summer full of camps, skinned knees, curing boredom, and more. Now it’s time to put a smile on your face and prepare the kids for another year of learning and socializing. In order to make it just as fun for the kids as it is for the parents, (although I’m not sure if that’s possible) I’ve created some cool printables that will help make your youngin’s first day of school a little bit more appealing. First, you have some…
  • Back-to-School Clothes Shopping 101: What Your Child REALLY Needs and How to Not Break the Bank

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of It’s that time of year again – between the commercials, store signs, and your children who are growing ever anxious at the fast approaching new school year, it’s undeniable that back-to-school season is in full swing. According to the National Retail Federation, families like you and I are spending a little less this year on back-to-school essentials; but the average is still a whopping $600 per family. Between supplies, electronics and – of course – clothes and shoes, it’s amazing how much we actually spend. The…
  • 4 Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ways to Keep your Kids Cool this Summer [Activities Featured on AMHQ with Sam Champion!]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We’re officially in the summer season. You’ve probably heard the words “I’m bored” more than you care to. It’s too hot to just let your little boogers run around outside, and the few activities that you do have will probably only hold their short little attention spans for only a few minutes.  So what do you do?  It’s time to get a little crafty! No need to have a degree in Martha Stewart Living or hold stock in your local craft store. Just grab your glue gun, and a few odds and ends and you can have the following items ready to go…
  • 5 Easy and Delicious Father’s Day Breakfast Recipes

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
      Father’s Day is fast approaching. Are you still wondering what to do for the dopest dad in your life? Well, start by cooking him a good breakfast! There’s no doubt about it – men love to eat. Appeal to that manly trait and whip him up a tasty breakfast to start his special day off right. With the help of eMeals menu editor, Julie Gunter, I’ve compiled a decadent and delicious list of easy Father’s Day breakfast recipes that any hungry papa would enjoy. The best part about these recipes? The kids can easily help you make any one of them! There aren’t too many ingredients and…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Why We Had A Dog Named Abraham: Sponsored Video

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    I was watching an IAMS dog food video the other day about a boy and his journey through childhood with his dog Duck. It got me thinking about the dog I had growing up. When I was little, my dad brought home a hunting dog and told me I could name it. I was too young to remember it now, but the story goes that I told him I wanted to name it Big Bird, and he protested saying he was not going to
  • Planning a Camping Trip with Your Special Needs Child #Travel

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Planning for a camping trip with your child that has special needs requires a whole new level of planning and preparation. While there is a lot that the family can do together and join in on, there might be the chance to try new options, the need to go at a slower pace and pick alternate activities. The outdoors offer so many opportunities to learn, stretch comfort levels and try out new
  • Fighting the Insomnia Battle #IC

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for Pernix Therapeutics. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As I get older, I am finding it harder and harder to get the sleep that I so desperately need. The majority of my sleep troubles come from having too much on my plate, especially when I am traveling with the boys like I am now on our #
  • The Wentworth Condos: Spacious Family-Friendly Accommodations #90DayRoadTrip #travel

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    If you've never visited the Mt. Washington Valley and marveled at the towering White Mountains of New Hampshire, then you are missing out on an incredible family vacation full of outdoor adventure. On our recent visit there as part of the #90DayRoadTrip, the boys and I had a tremendous amount of fun, including the day we were rained in. Why? Because we had perhaps the best accommodations
  • Transition Into the New School Year with Great Deals on AXE Products #AXEGoBold

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Thousands of college guys are getting ready to head back to school as the end of Summer draws ever closer. One of the biggest steps they will take towards preparing for the new school year, is stocking up on their favorite personal hygiene product. AXE knows how important it is to be bold, progressive and interesting, that is why they have recently redesigned and evolved their brand. Now, guys
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Nature Date with G at Singapore Botanic Gardens

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Last Saturday, I covered for a colleague who went on a holiday. Instead of sulking for having to work on a weekend, I brought G along with me and planned a nature date at the Singapore Botanic Gardens - a newly listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, since it was just across my workplace. G was so happy and he looked forward to our double-decker bus ride. Look at his delighted face!I worked for half a day and we went straight at the gardens as soon as I closed the clinic. Our first stop was the Botany Centre where there is an ongoing exhibition called Orchids of Singapore Botanic Gardens and Their…
  • Boosting Your Health at Work

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:53 pm
    If you’re trying to stay healthy and keep in shape, you probably resent your time at the office. Although it can be difficult to stay healthy at work, it’s certainly not impossible.Check out some of our top tips for boosting your health at work: Natural energy boostersAlways opt for fresh fruit instead of vending machine junk food to improve your health and well being. delivers delicious fresh fruit to your office door for breakfast and lunch, and it’s the perfect way to boost your health at work while keeping your energy levels up. Getting your daily necessary intake…
  • Turi Beach Resort (Day 2)

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:11 pm
    If you missed reading about how we spent our Day 1, click here.Our day 2 at Turi Beach Resort was nothing short of fun. As evident from this photo, we were all 50 shades darker but extremely happy from all the exploration we did nonetheless.We woke up to a subtle yet breathtaking sunrise. Perfect weather to celebrate a wonderful Father's Day! Just to refresh your memory, this trip was a Father's Day gift to my hubby. As always, we had to "kidnap" him over the weekend so that the kids and I will get his undivided attention. (His demanding and heavy workload often requires him to work even on…
  • 5 Entertainment Accessories every New Homeowner Needs

    25 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    Buying a new home can be exciting for many reasons, and after you get settled in, you will no doubt want to have your friends over for a housewarming. If you aren’t a seasoned entertainer or you’re a first home buyer, you may not have all the accessories you need to host a great party or gathering. If you feel like you’re currently in this position, read on for five entertainment accessories every new homeowner needs. Photo credit: Crate and BarrelDinnerwareA good set of dinnerware will serve you well through life in general, but is also a great addition to your entertainment arsenal.
  • G's Vehicle Themed 4th Birthday Celebration

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    We have always preferred celebrating birthdays either at home, with just us - Dada, Mama, K and G plus G's nanny or through short getaways and vacations with just the 4 of us like what we did in Bintan and Phuket.READ:G's Micky Mouse Themed 1st Birthday PartyG's Car Themed 2nd Birthday PartyG's Choo Choo Train 3rd Birthday PartyFor G's 4th birthday, we made an exemption just like when we celebrated K's 7th birthday at McDonalds. G's school allows kids to celebrate birthdays with their classmates so we decided to celebrate G's birthday there as it fell on a school day.G is still so much into…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Sports Parenting Podcast: How Parents and Coaches Should Work Together

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. What are sports parents biggest concerns? How does the job of parent and coach differ? What can coaches and parent do to get on the same page when it comes to youth sports? In this episode Emily Cohen from TeamSnap answers these questions and more as we discuss...Read More
  • Help Your Child Learn the Secret of Real Leadership

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The secret of real leadership is not in how loud you yell or how dominating you are in the game….   Help Me Raise $500 for Caps for Kids! Caps for Kids is a program that gives autographed baseball caps to kids battling cancer. The  caps and autographs are from their heroes. Please take a...Read More
  • 3 Reasons Why it’s Okay for You to Miss Your Child’s Youth Sports Event

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For many parents, youth sports is both a blessing and a curse. We love the fact that physical activity is good for our kids’ physical and emotional development, but attending every game can be a challenge for busy parents. As a sports mom for 21 years, I can remember the weekends lost to volleyball, softball...Read More
  • Should You Go to Your Child’s Youth Sports Practices?

    17 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    There’s been debate over whether youth sports practices should be closed to parents. Here’s my thoughts on parents and practice. Help Me Raise $500 for Caps for Kids! Caps for Kids is a program that gives autographed baseball caps to kids battling cancer. The  caps and autographs are from their heroes. Please take a minute to...Read More
  • Sports Parenting Podcast: A Football Coach Talks to Parents

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the sports parenting podcast, click on the above arrow. If you’ve never coached, then you don’t know what a coach thinks, feels, and sees as he or she coaches kids in youth sports. In this podcast episode, I am featuring Joe Daniel of Joe Daniel Football. Joe Daniel is a the varsity defensive...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • I’d Appreciate It if You Would Shut Up (because I’m trying to raise children with a healthy body image)

    A. Hager
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    “I’m sick of being fat” is what she said. I knew she meant ‘I’m sick of feeling like crap’. You know the feeling – no energy, short of breath, can’t keep up with the kids kind of crap. But that’s not what she said. What she said was ‘I’m sick of being fat”. Fat is essential for the body. It’s essential for survival. The fat in your body helps regulate and maintain body temperature. Fat is an important source of energy. It also helps your body to absorb nutrients such as fat-soluble vitamins. Without fat our bodies…
  • Taking Daddy Dancing: Sunset Safari

    A. Hager
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Previously I shared my 4-year-old’s adorable request to take her Daddy dancing for Father’s Day.  I researched local live concerts around the Milwaukee Area and was able to find a bunch of family-friendly events! We decided to check out five of the events I found over the next five weeks. Last week was checking out the awesome Tosa Tonight in Wauwatosa’s Village. This week, we were all set to go to the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Sunset Safari! Seeing how much fun we had last week, our friends decided to join us this week. The band was set up on the Flamingo Patio…
  • Taking Daddy Dancing: Tosa Tonight

    A. Hager
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A week ago, I shared my 4-year-old daughter’s sweet request to take her Daddy dancing for Father’s Day.  I researched local live music concerts in the Milwaukee Area and compiled a list of the family-friendly events I found.  My daughter created a card for him and in it we wrote out an itenerary with five of the events I found to check out over the next five weeks. Our first stop was Wauwatosa’s Tosa Tonight by the Village in Hart Park.   The R & B Cadets were playing at the Rotary Performance Pavilion. So we put on our dancing shoes and headed out to the…
  • Taking Daddy Dancing (Free Summer Music Events)

    A. Hager
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Let me preface this by saying, I usually let my daughter pick out gifts for others, for any special occasion, by herself. I want to instill in her the joy of giving. So for every birthday or holiday I ask her what she would like to gift her loved ones. Her little four-year-old brain has had some pretty interesting ideas, but because they are so heartfelt, I have always tried to deliver. But within reason, of course, because there was that time she wanted to buy Daddy a new stove for his birthday (and that wasn’t a gift I could deliver on). I do admit to some subtle steering in a less…
  • Creating 4th of July Traditions and Frozen Graham Cracker Sandwich Recipe

    Darcy Zalewski
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Honey Maid. All thoughts and experiences shared are our own. Sparklers, sprinklers, and cool treats were the highlights of my childhood 4th of July gatherings. When I close my eyes I can hear the murmur of family members chatting and laughing at my aunt’s farm. There were card games going and plenty of food. It also meant staying up past bedtime. My parents would park in the mall parking lot as night fell. We’d listen to music as we waited for the fireworks to start. It was nice watching them from our car. They weren’t too loud to be scary and there…
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    One Little Mister

  • Mommy Talk Monday – Favorite Children’s Books

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Reading is HUGE in our family, and I chose to have us share our favorite children’s books this week, because I know it’s a huge part of many families’ bonding experiences as well.... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Allure Diaper Backpack Giveaway ends 8/10

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Disclosure: No compensation received.   Welcome to the $245 Allure Diaper Backpack Giveaway! This event is sponsored by: TWELVElittle.  Hosted by: Rats and More. and Co-hosted by: Michigan... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Dreamy Bamboo Sheet Set Giveaway ends 8/10

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Dreamy Bamboo Sheet Set Giveaway Sponsored by Cariloha Hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom Co Hosted by Michigan Saving and More and IMHO Views, Reviews and Giveaways These sheets are so incredibly... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • So Light On Your Feet

    Christi Kopp
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
      Let me start by setting the record straight.  I hate to wear shoes.  Really, year round I’d rather be bare foot.  But, society dictates that it is socially unacceptable for a woman in... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Raise a Hand with thredUP

    Christi Kopp
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Once again we are moving into back to school time.  For most of us, that means shopping for clothes and supplies for our kids.  But, if you are a teacher, that likely also means a fair amount of... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • On living with Boys...

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    At the lunch table today I was not really concentrating on what Boys #1 and #2 were talking about, when suddenly:Boy #1:  "No, I didn't do that.  I fighted."Boy #2:  "Fighted?  What are you talking about?  You mean 'fought'.  'Fighted' is something a Boove would say.  Your grammar is as bad a Boove's!"Boy #1:  "Yes, of course.  I was trying to sound like a Boove."  (He so wasn't). Me (not really having paid much attention up until this point):  "Hang on - what did you say, Boy #2?  Did you say Boy #1 sounded like a boob?"Both…
  • Pre-move prep

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    We are now 5 weeks into the Boys' summer holidays.  Yes.  You read that right. Five weeks.  And bearing in mind that we are moving from the US school year to the UK school year, we still have six weeks more to go before they re-enter the bosom of educational establishments.So, that's 11 weeks.  Eleven weeks.You know, until I just checked the details for this post, for some reason I had myself convinced that their summer holiday was only 9 weeks.  Self-delusion is a wonderful thing.Anyhow, the Boys and I have been keeping ourselves busy, not least going through…
  • Market tips from a nine year old.

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    It was raining for much of today, so in an attempt to delay the dreadful moment when I had to give in to Boy#2's demands that I sit down and play Monopoly with him (he loves it, I hate it - mostly because my children show no mercy and bankrupt me every time), I took the boys to a local shopping mall this afternoon.Officially we were there to visit the supermarket for a light top-up shop before we head off for a week's holiday in a few days.  Unofficially we were - in my children's minds, anyway - there to put a dent in their ruble-based savings as they took the chance to visit the local…
  • Remembering why I blog - the moving diary

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    It's been quiet on this blog for a couple of weeks now.It's not that there's nothing happening; there's plenty going on in our lives.  We're preparing for an international move, the Boys have just finished at the only school either of them can remember, and we're ticking off items on our 'Say Goodbye To Moscow' bucket list.  We need to find a base in our new home-town, set everything up for a smooth arrival there, and re-establish some dormant relationships in the UK.Having said all that, it feels like the calm before the storm. Practically, I know that isn't the case.  We've…
  • The greatest show on earth. Or in this part of town, anyway...

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It can seem like a bit of a circus here in expat land as the end of the school year approaches.  Every weekend features at least one leaving party, there are weekday lunches where women who have become as close as sisters over the previous 10 months bid each other a tearful farewell in the summer sunshine, and children write their bucket lists of what they want to do for one last time before they leave their current country of residence for another.Expat wives - usually the main carers at home, whether you like to hear that or not - continue the normal routines that hold their family…
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    Abundant Mama

  • My One Daily, Non-Negotiable Self-Care Ritual

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Since 2011, I’ve been sharing one common theme here in this project. That your life — even in the midst of motherhood and raising children — is happening right now. We cannot sit around waiting for it to be better, to have more time, to have more money, for someone to step in and save us, etc. Right now is all that is certain and we always have ourselves to take care of us — to mother ourselves. So embrace it. Find the beauty now. Love your life now. Live your life your way. Because when you don’t, you end up in the Land of Bitter and Sour, which leads to mommy…
  • A Simple Way to Tackle Your Child’s Screen-Time Obsession

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Please enjoy this sponsored post from OurPact, an app for parents who want to monitor their children’s screen-time use.  Screens! With more and more screens being introduced, it’s natural that parents around the world have very different ideas on how much is too much, or if screen use is even a good idea. This is NOT a dilemna or conversation that will be going away anytime soon. Seriously. Screens are now available on watches. And who knows where else they will be in the next decade as well. So it’s time you and I figure out what a good balance looks and feels like  so…
  • How (and Why) to Be a More Patient Parent

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    When it comes to parenting struggles, there is one that trumps all and it’s the one that we all have to work at, constantly, every single day, forever and ever. And, it’s the most passionate response I get whenever I ask this question on my Facebook page: What are you struggling with the most right now as a parent. Being a more patient parent. There is no greater test of our patience than raising children. No matter their age, they have a way of pushing our buttons, challenging us and pushing us into new territory we’ve never been as human beings — or as parents.
  • 20 Loving Ways to Foster a More Peaceful Family

    13 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If yelling and chaos isn’t your thing, then why is creating a peaceful home with kids so hard? Well, children live in the moment and sometimes that means dissatisfaction … and that leads to other unhappy kinds of moments in a day or week. However, once you get past the fact that chaos is going to happen, you can then focus on keeping it at bay more and more each day. It can take years to turn a chaotic, angry family around, but it is possible. There are many elements to keeping a peaceful family and it all begins at home. Chaos Breeds More Chaos Years ago, just before I become a…
  • Your Mommy Meltdown, Decoded

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    As someone who coaches moms who want to be more peaceful, present and playful, it breaks my heart when I chat with a mother who confides in me about one really big issue that bothers her. She loses control with her kids. That’s right. She has a mommy meltdown. And then she regrets it fiercely. She regrets the words she used. Her actions. Her tone. Her fear tactics. Her shaming and blaming. She regrets all of it. Oh, and dads have them, too, but this post isn’t for them. You might think it’s silly to call it a mommy meltdown but these kinds of harsh reactions in…
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    Project Motherhood

  • 6 Life Lessons I’m Learning from My Six-Year-Old

    Allison Cooper
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Is it just me, or are kids totally profound sometimes? I find myself joking with my husband about how our son is such a “little man” because of how wise and observant he can be about the world. Age six has been a particularly insightful year. I’m often taken aback by Branden’s perspective on the world, while also experiencing life lessons through his eyes. I get so focused on my day-to-day, which mostly consist of writing, that I don’t always open my eyes to the lessons around me. Here are six things he’s taught me this year. 1. Just say “yes” I find myself…
  • #MomSurvival With ABC Arbonne Baby Care {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    Our baby story with Branden started out much like everyone else’s. We delicately brought him home from the hospital, promptly tending to every coo and whimper that we heard coming from the back seat. We did everything, everyday in our power to protect him from anything bad that could ever happen in the world. When you are small, and spending most of your time in a crib or bouncy seat in your living room, one of the major predators are the chemicals and toxins found in the products used against your soft, baby skin. Which is why we used ABC Arbonne Baby Care from the beginning, and still…
  • Xbox is Ruining My Life and How I’m Changing That

    Allison Cooper
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    I can pretty much feel your judgement as you silently read the title to my article. Yes, we’re the a**hole parents that bought our son an Xbox One for Christmas. We saved for a few months prior (those things are expensive!), bought it, had it shipped, and as it sat in our closet for about three weeks prior to Christmas, my husband and I could feel our excitement grow with each passing day. Now, a half a year later, I am despising my decision and starting to question all of the decisions I’ve ever made. I guess in my mind I thought that it would be this fun little addition to his life,…
  • 5 Tips to Make a City Mom’s Life Easier {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    City mom life is no easy feat. Period. It might look glamorous on the outside, but I promise you, there is an extra step to everything that we do. For instance, the next two week have had me asking EVERY PR rep “can I please bring my son to your holiday preview with me?” Most are accommodating, but summer has been a bit hectic dragging B places with me, and not to mention – public transportation sucks. And while it might sound cool that we send our laundry out to be washed, it sucks not being able to run downstairs and wash something quickly, or worse – having items…
  • Time to Shift Your Focus – College Ave Student Loans

    Allison Cooper
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    I hear the words “student loans” and I shudder. We’re only approaching 2nd grade, but so many questions fill my mind about college savings. So, when given the opportunity to get some answers from Joe DePaulo, CEO and Co-Founder of College Ave Student Loans, a student loan marketplace lender focused on funding higher education costs – I jumped on it! What are your thoughts on 529 plans in general? Are they worth it? A 529 plan is a good option to save for college. Even if you’re not sure what path your child will take, a 529 plan can be used for almost any post-high…
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    The Mommist

  • Coco Ichibanya Curry House at Estancia Mall

    Len Dela Cruz
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    Since being born in 1978 at Nishi-Biwajima-Cho in the outskirts of Nagoya, Coco Ichibanya Curry House has made a breakthrough all over the world including Manila! Aside from their first branch at Estancia mall, a new one is being constructed in the Greenhills area. My boys and I are highly anticipating for the opening of that one!Fried Squid Salad  PhP 150Coco Ichibanya specializes in Japanese curry, but they have more than that to offer. They have a variety of salads for those who want to keep it light such as the one above. Lightly battered and deep-fried calamari circles tops the…
  • The Choice Awards and BLOSOMEX 2015

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    If you haven't heard of BLOSOMEX and The Choice Awards, please allow me to give you a quick insight:What is The Choice Awards?The Choice Awards is simply an award-giving body that recognizes what YOU want, or specifically, your favorite places to eat.  You can vote for them via THIS SURVEY. This is your choice, so better make your vote count!We'd like to emphasize that this is NOT a "Best of..." list. Our good friends and respected colleagues from The MBKRS are doing an excellent job of recognizing the restaurants and restaurateurs in their prestigious bi-annual awards.We…
  • Welcoming BONO Artisanal Gelato's Low-Sugar Treats with a Sweet Smile

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    These new low-sugar flavors from BONO Artisanal Gelato makes me very happy! That statement has zero exaggeration factor, by the way. Why do I like thee? I eat a lot, and I really worry about how much sugar I take in. Well, it's usually after I have consumed it, but anyway, that doesn't matter. The point I'm driving at is that I worry. Eating less is an option, but that should be the last. Number two: I've never been a fan of anything that's cloying - from person to food. Number Three: They're delicious! The most important factor of all, of course.The three new low-sugar flavors…
  • Desire: Guipure Lace Dress

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    I'm not a total dress kind of girl. I mean, I'd definitely prefer jeans and shorts over it, but then sometimes, there is that dress that plagues my dreams! Presenting, the guipure lace dress by Self-Portrait! I don't have the body for it, but I'm willing to sacrifice everything that makes my belly euphoric to fit into a "small" one perfectly. For a simple night out, I'd match that with this glam-packed pair; and for casual daytime meetups, this and this!Onward and Upward!
  • Costa Coffee's Flagship Shop Opens in Eastwood

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    With the ever bulging list of coffee shops in Manila, it is no surprise that it is included in the 11 of the World's Best Cities for Coffee Lovers list. Another one recently started brewing in the Metro: Costa Coffee. It is considered as the leading coffee chain in the UK.The first Costa Coffee in Manila is at the Eastwood Citywalk 1. The two-story coffee shop highlights its English roots by incorporating the Union Jack - from the cappuccino to the sofa - and the iconic red telephone box at the shop's entrance.Brothers Bruno and Sergio Costa opened their very first Costa coffee shop in the…
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  • Spread a little love and magic

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I log in and post on social media channels each day, mostly out of habit. These platforms have provided great ways to keep in touch with family and friends. However, they’ve also created cyberbullying and the widespread sharing of utter rubbish. I try to share things that will make people smile or bring a little […]
  • Walt Disney World Resort News

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Here is the latest Walt Disney World Resort news from Destinations to Travel with Donna! Latest News from Around the World for the Week Ending July 5, 2015!Filed under: Disney News, Walt Disney World
  • Frosty Treats to Beat the Summer Heat at Walt Disney World Resort

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month throughout July at the Walt Disney World Resort! Nothing tastes better than a delectable frozen treat while exploring the parks during the “Coolest Summer Ever.” With an abundance of food and beverage locations serving ice cream snacks across property, these are a few of the must-try chilled treats at Walt […]
  • In Summer

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    “A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand, probably getting gorgeously tanned in summer!” Happy Summer, everyone! Bees’ll buzz Kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz And I’ll be doing whatever snow does In summer A drink in my hand My snow up against the burning sand Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned In summer I’ll […]
  • Frozen Royal Welcome during Frozen Summer Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

    Bob Aycock &#124;
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:25 am
    Twice each day, from June 17 through Sept. 7, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff from Disney’s “Frozen” take part in a festive cavalcade throughout Hollywoodland, accompanied by the Royal Arendelle Flag Corps and a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, along with lovable snowman, Olaf. Anna leads the procession in a beautiful horse-drawn sleigh, with […]
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  • OMG My Mother Was Right About Everything

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:02 am
    My mom gave me this and I had to get a shot of my own daughter holding it!
  • Runs/Walks in Kansas City: Monster Dash October 24, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Before I was the homeschooling writer mom of 5, I used to love to walk all the time as a stress reliever and to stay in shape. Walking is something you can do as a parent anytime, but now that my youngest is 5 and my oldest is 14, it's a lot easier for me to fit in time for my own fitness. Over the winter I walked some at the gym on the treadmill and track. Now I can walk the neighborhood or the field at the school by my house. I'm not a jogger or a runner yet ... special equipment needed for my upper lady parts ... but might be someday! For now I walk in my OOFOS sandals because…
  • Take Your Kids Ice Skating This Winter #winterbucketlist

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    *originally published December 20, 2013I have to admit I did not brave ice skating with the kids until last spring when Mr. Kerrie was off work one Friday. There's a twice a month homeschool skate at KC Ice Center and it's only $3 per kid (adults are free) and it includes skate rental!There's also a roller skate that's monthly at Skate City but I haven't braved that yet. The problem is that it's more expensive, jam-packed with people (I hear) and you pay to rent those walker thingies and I also might never leave the skating rink if my butt got out on roller skates. I do love skating in…
  • Viter Energy Mints Review: Boosts Energy & Freshens Breath #goviter

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    I received these Viter Energy Wintergreen mints to review and I super love them! At first I was like, "There is no way I would spend that much on mints" ...but then I actually tried them and I have to say they are a real pick-me-up for those afternoons when I have all the kids at the pool and I just want to fall asleep but I CAN'T fall asleep because I am responsible for many lives so what can I do?So I gave them a try. And they have caffeine AND vitamins AND they freshen my breath so they are a triple whammy of awesomeness. There are 20 in a flip-top tin and I really only need one a day six…
  • Runs/Walks in Kansas City: Get Your Rear in Gear September 20, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Before I was the homeschooling writer mom of 5, I used to love to walk all the time as a stress reliever and to stay in shape. Walking is something you can do as a parent anytime, but now that my youngest is 5 and my oldest is 14, it's a lot easier for me to fit in time for my own fitness. Over the winter I walked some at the gym on the treadmill and track. Now I can walk the neighborhood or the field at the school by my house. I'm not a jogger or a runner yet ... special equipment needed for my upper lady parts ... but might be someday! For now I walk in my OOFOS sandals because…
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  • Preparation for Primary One – School Registration at Phase 2B

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Like all Singaporeans parents, we had to go through our rite of of passage for my daughter’s formal education with... Continue reading » The post Preparation for Primary One – School Registration at Phase 2B appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Making time for my Mummy’s me-time indulgences

    19 Jul 2015 | 4:20 pm
    As a young mum, I remember feeling despondent that my whole life was revolving around my little baby and her... Continue reading » The post Making time for my Mummy’s me-time indulgences appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Splash-N-Surf Water Playground, Kallang Wave’s Singapore Sports Hub

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    As parents, we sometimes feel like it’s necessary to take our kids out to have fun at theme parks, indoor... Continue reading » The post Splash-N-Surf Water Playground, Kallang Wave’s Singapore Sports Hub appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Maker Faire in Singapore

    12 Jul 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Maker Faire Singapore happened last weekend and we made time to check out some of the most creatives minds from tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, educators,... Continue reading » The post Maker Faire in Singapore appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Working mums, you are doing your child good

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Ask any working mum and they’ll tell you that the one thing they struggle with the most is mummy’s guilt.... Continue reading » The post Working mums, you are doing your child good appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • The 3 Little Pigs

    Erica Price
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    ‘We’ve been invited along to see the brand new family musical, The 3 Little Pigs, at the Town Hall, Birmingham from Tuesday 28th July – Sunday 2nd August before it heads off to London’s West End.Featuring Birmingham’s own Simon Webbe (Blue, Strictly Come Dancing, Sister Act), Alison Jiear (Olivier Nominated – Jerry Springer The Opera, On The Town, Britain’s Got Talent 2015), Leanne Jones (Hairspray), Wolverhampton’s Taofique Folarin (The Lion King, Avenue Q) and Daniel Buckley (Book of Mormon) The 3 Little Pigs is the latest musical from the multi-award winning…
  • The Enormous Crocodile

    Erica Price
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    H first read The Enormous Crocodile at school the other year, but he missed the end of it because he was off for some reason.  I’ve had it out of the library since, for him to finish reading and it’s a firm favourite with H.  House of Fraser got in touch and H picked out this Roald Dahl cushion from the lovely range of bed linen and cushions they have available featuring Roald Dahl characters and stories.H loved the fact that the cushion looks and opens like a book and even features a few lines from the book itself inside.  This crocodile wants to fill his empty tummy with…
  • Week 30 of 2015

    Erica Price
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    School’s out for summer. That’s been the theme of the week. H and I have been enjoying not having to do the school run and we have been taking it fairly easy (for us). I wanted to give H a bit of a rest after a busy term, so I haven’t packed too much in this week.  We have spent quite a bit of time in the garden where the weather has allowed.  Often the cats came out to join us (or steal our chairs).H had great fun at a friend’s party, in their garden, where the pool was out despite it not been the sunniest day and super soakers were the weapons of choice.  I came…
  • Bolts and Blip: Battle of the Lunar League Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    It is every bots wish to be able to compete in the coveted Lunar League of Robotic Sports! Bolts and Blip are no exception. Just a pair of average everyday robots, but they dream of playing in the League, but when the pair finally get their wish, they quickly realise they are in over their heads. It’s time to discover what they are really made of as they battle against formidable foes such as the Tread Heads, Blood-Bots, Galaxy All-Stars, and the eccentrically evil Dr. Blood. On this adventure, Bolts and Blip will learn the true value of teamwork, believing in oneself and, above all, the…
  • Help Your Child Avoid The Summer Slide

    Erica Price
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    I think most parents are aware that a lot of children regress a little over the summer holidays.  Six weeks or even a little more is quite a lot of time to be outside the school environment.  I was interested to read a little more about it after the Tutorfair Foundation got in touch with me to offer some tips on halting the summer slide.  Some children lose as much as 2 months of reading skills over the summer, but even reading four or five books over the summer can be a real help.  H enjoys taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge which is taking place across the country in…
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  • Me Time is just for ME!

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    I’m a big advocate for Me-Time. Regardless if you are young or old, single or married, kids or without, I believe each person should have time to themselves, doing absolutely what one enjoys. It can be something that costs a LOT (like travel round the world) or have little costs (like having a long hotRead More Related posts: What Is In Your Phone’s Address Book? The fear of Travelling With Kids Keeping the Internet Safe for Kids
  • Sponky Newborn and Toddler Toys #giveaway

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Have you heard that Sponky is in town? The latest range of new-born focused toys is here, available at Motherswork. So who is Sponky? He is a really cheeky and chute Chihuahua who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He is also a star in his own cartoon and book series! Sponky is in super-soft plush andRead More No related posts.
  • 5 Tips to Survive the Sundown Marathon

    12 Jul 2015 | 9:10 pm
    I did my second 10km run recently. If you recall, one of my goals this year is to complete 4 such runs as I celebrate turning 40! I’ve done a Charity run in March, and now this is a formal run. I am a pure novice, to me, a formal run is one that’s competitive,Read More Related posts: When I Turn 40… Turning 40 – A Monthly Update
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • The Home Run That Made Me Cry

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Though I enjoy peanuts and popcorn and crackerjacks, (and a cute baseball hat), I stink at baseball. It's probably why my softball team called me "No Depth Perception Lisa." My nephew however is a talented player. He plays on a traveling rep team in the states. He's a pitcher. And a bit of a belly itcher. But that's only because of the mosquito bites. :) Zach's team finished the season on top. They take their sport seriously and practise hard. What's as impressive as their dedication is the coaches' commitment to teamwork and good sportsmanship. For extra practise and for the love of the…
  • Do You Remember Your Dreams?

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    Some nights our daughter ends up in our bed. Like when she's sick, obviously. Or like when my husband and I watched The Conjuring on Netflix (WHY did we do that?!) and brought her to bed with us to keep her safe from creepy entities. Our son was on his own. Not playing favourites, but he's huge—too big for our bed and fully capable of fighting off creepy entities if need be.  Last night Avery ended up in our bed because she fell asleep there reading stories and she was just too comfy to move.I love to snuggle with her and listen to her breathe, burying my face in her neck and cuddling…
  • The Time I Told My Child With Speech Delays To Stop Talking

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Yesterday I posted a story about our daughter's "profound" speech delay and you left such kind and supportive comments. It means a lot to my husband and I that people care. But it also makes me feel like a bit of a dick. Like my sharing/over-sharing about recent trials is an attempt at garnering sympathy or even worse, asking for a pat on the back for stellar parenting. I'm not a stellar parent. I'm just a parent who is crazy about her kids and wants the best for them. Pretty par for the course. We all want that for our children. We can't even help it. It's instinctual.A few people commented…
  • My Child Has A Profound Speech Delay

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    My parents claim they're grateful that our early home movies are without sound Blab, blab, blab. I've always been a chatty Kathy Lisa. I have a lot to say, but I listen too. I'm not one of those conversation hijackers or the person who is only half listening while they're busy thinking about what THEY are going to say next. Irksome. Not to mention the people who tune you out—looking over your shoulder or at their phone while you're still talking. #EpicIrk. My son conversates just like me (real word even though Spellcheck is screaming "Moron! Can't you see the red squiggly…
  • Lammenting The Loss of Your Lashes?

    12 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    My lashes have become short, stubby, spindly, sparse—words to conjure up an image of Charlie Brown's pathetic Christmas tree. It was loved despite being pine needle challenged, but I have no love for my lashes. Where did they disappear to anyway—the long lashes of my youth are long gone. I want my kid's healthy lashline. I'd even settle for my dog's lashes at this point.Can you be beautiful without having luscious lashes? Of course! But this post isn't about beauty, as much as it is about being busy. And lazy.  Putting on my face every morning is an effort. And time consuming. So why…
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  • Warming Up My Act

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    I have a big gig coming up this week. I am traveling back East to play six days in Rhode Island. It’s a pretty easy crowd, because they think I’m cute, but that doesn’t stop me from working hard on the routine. I like to play small rooms to warm up the set. I will try out jokes at school and on the playground. I’ll test some set ups on the cafe cashier selling me a gelato. If there’s a babysitter around or a friend of my parents visiting, I will run through a few lines. Of course, I work it pretty heavy on the plane out. It’s nearly five hours on the…
  • Don’t Scream Monkey Water in a Crowded Theater

    Lee Schneider
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a dream I had recently.  I was attending a talk by Seth Godin, a respected author and an influential thinker. Unfortunately, the talk wasn’t that good, and it got worse when he singled me out in the audience to answer a question about talking puppets wearing eyeglasses. I know it doesn’t make sense, sorry, and anyway I did poorly with my answer. Then the talk was ruined by a child screaming monkey water in the theater. It was completely disruptive and people started to file out of the theater, disappointed and angry. I woke up and realized that my own child was screaming monkey…
  • I didn’t run the marathon this year

    17 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The main reason I didn’t run the LA marathon this year is that I didn’t train. I trained for other things instead. I trained for the stamina to wear out my parents so they required naps more than I did. I trained for chasing the cat, and then trained for complaining that he swatted at me. I trained for building enormously tall towers of blocks that fell with a crash at eight in the morning. I trained for eating the crust of pizza only, only a half cup freshly-squeezed orange juice that cost $5, and I have trained hard to ask for vanilla yogurt in a bowl, wait for the parent…
  • The Be Careful Voice

    Lee Schneider
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    As a parent, you are always telling your kid what to do. You hope that a particular kind of voice gets inside their head. It’s called the ‘be careful’ voice. It starts with ‘be careful not to run into the street,’ ‘be careful not to jump around on the couch and fall off,’ and ‘be careful not to play with that sharp object that you somehow got ahold of and that you are not allowed to have.’ Later on it becomes, ‘be careful to take a job where they value you, ‘be careful not to drink and drive,’ ‘be careful to use protection when you have sex’ and all kinds of…
  • On the Importance of Dirt

    Lee Schneider
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Creative life starts with dirt.  You take your dirty laundry, metaphorically, and metaphorically put it out there for everyone to see.  Nothing worthwhile that is creative is accomplished without digging into the subconscious, and it is dirty in there. I would like to think that we learn this first as children, mucking around in playgrounds. I don’t think that’s true. The creative connection with play is forged there, along with a sense of cooperation with playmates, and fighting with playmates, and together making something or destroying it. It is valuable, but it is missing the…
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  • New remedy against ADHD

    Nicole orriëns
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    'Mommy, Johnny has ADHD,' my youngest son declared in his little boy's voice.'Oh? How do you know?''He told me.''Oh, and what does it mean?' I treaded carefully, not wanting to put words into his mouth.'It means you are a very naughty boy, and you laugh when you're doing naughty stuff,' Piet knew.'Aha!''Yes mommy, like this!'And he pulled his sweet little mouth into an evil grin that would give Jack Nicholson's Joker a run for his money.'And can it be fixed?''Yes, you have to dig a hole and then hide it. Then he won't see it and he'll fall into the hole.''But isn't that sad for poor Johnny?'…
  • Toothless dragon + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    I knew it!I knew that if my kids would get bored enough, they'ld start getting creative!My 16-year old daughter made her own toothless dragon out of clay. You know, the one from How to train your dragon? Isn't it beautiful how boredom works? An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • 9 things my kids like, that I don't

    Nicole orriëns
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Things my kids like, that I don'tPlaying Tag, you're it! in the living roomPlaying Hide and Seek in the living roomPlaying Cowboys and Indians with waterpistols in the living roomPlastic toys that break if you look at themJokes about fartingFartingPlaying games on the the Nintendo all day longPlaying games on the computer all day longMusic featuring Barney and Hannah MontanaStuff that I like, but my kids don'tQuiet timeReading a bookGoing for a walkListening to sad Country and Western songsWooden toys, that aren't even painted. Preferably a branchSilenceSilenceSilenceMore SilenceWhat do your…
  • What are they doing together? + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    Two figurines.Found at different local thrift shops.Standing together on my desk.Now going for a leisurely stroll. An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • How does the heat affect you?

    Nicole orriëns
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
    I'm sorry to say that the current tropical temperatures don't do my personality any favors...Normally I'm friendly and courteous. But when it's tropical hot I feel this overwhelming urge to slap people in their face. Like when they're taking up all of the aisle space in the supermarket. Or when they're dawdling.How the heat affects meIt's really bad for my IQ. For example: please don't ask me how much 1 + 1 is. Because right now I can't tell you. But I thínk it's 3.It makes me cranky.It makes me impatient.It turns me into a slob because I simply can't be bothered to do the…
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  • A Love Letter to My Facebook Friends

    Colleen Stout
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    I was having a bad morning. I felt discouraged and bothered by something I knew shouldn’t bother me. In fact, I was even more upset that I let it bother me, and it resulted in all kinds of negative thoughts and feeling sorry for myself. I wasn’t about to talk with anyone about it either, because it was shamefully selfish. I was having one big, sad pity party of one. Then I opened up Facebook. I know you’re thinking that if I was already having negative thoughts, the last thing I should do was log on to social media. Facebook is often one big haven of gloom and doom. But I…
  • Back 2 School with JC Penney Optical

    Colleen Stout
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. David has two pairs of glasses now that we took advantage of the JCPenney Optical Back 2 School promotion. Why does a ten-year-old boys need two pairs of glasses? Well, because ten-year-old boys are rough on eye wear. David started wearing glasses about a year and half ago, and he’s already on his third pair. The last time David’s glasses broke, he went two weeks without them while we waited for the replacements to arrive. Without his glasses…
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  • Awesome activity printables

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Awesome activity printables   You know how much we love our printables here on Kiddycharts, I am sure that goes without saying    We also love the printables that TinyMe have to offer and we have some great activity printables to share with you today. There really are some stunning designs that will help you get through the summer holidays and beyond.  I am sure they can Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • 10 great reasons to get your family cycling on holiday #HolidayCycling

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    10 great reasons to get your family cycling on holiday #HolidayCycling It may not have escaped regular readers of this blog’s notice that I am a little bit of a cycling widow. As I type this, my husband is cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours. This Find my Phone App is great for making sure your other half hasn’t fallen off his bike on an Epic London to Paris 250 mile ride in Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin It Party #115

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin It Party #115 The summer holidays are now in full swing.  Who is hearing cries of “Mum, I’m bored” already?  We had a wonderful day on Saturday seeing the film, Inside Out.  Have you heard of it?  You can read what we thought about it, but I would recommend anybody to go and see it! However, that was just one day and I’m sure you can’t go Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Inside Out Review – a celebration of emotions for all

    25 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Inside Out Review – a celebration of emotions for all We were given the chance to see Inside Out, almost as soon as it was released, courtesy of Subway, who have teamed up with Disney Pixar to offer customers at their stores Inside Out themed Kids’ Paks. More information on these after the review…so what did we think of the film? Inside Out is destined to be THE hit of the summer. Disney Pixar has Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Free Printables to teach kids how to set the table so you don’t have to

    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Free Printables to teach kids how to set the table so you don’t have to We are firm believers that encouraging kids to do chores about the house from a really early age helps them to understand how important it is to contribute to the running of that house throughout their life. It is never too early to start, from setting the table, to helping hang out the washing, and washing up; little hands can sometimes make light work of Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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  • Bath Time with Hurley Hippo

    Diana Chastain
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received this product complimentary to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own. Contains affiliate links.Bath time in our house is not only a part of our nightly routine, it is also a big part of our play. We not only take a bath when the kiddos are dirty, but as a way to calm them down when nothing else will. We have quite a few bath toys and I am always looking for a good storage system. That's why I was excited when I received the Hurley Hippo Bath Toy Organizer from Cheraboo to review.My biggest concern with this bath toy organizer was the material it is made of. I thought it…
  • Smart Simple Snacking with Nature Valley + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    School is right around the corner. Can you believe it? It feels like this summer has just flown by! My daughter will be in five days a week pre-school this year and she is starting dance. So our schedule will be jammed packed and we will always be on the go. I am excited for everything the new school year will bring, but this means I will have to choose smart, simple snack options that are great for on the go. Here's a sneak peak of my go-to items that are in my bag for the school year. Besides having a great bag, diapers and wipes for my youngest and other essentials, I…
  • Apply to Host a Healthy Baby Home Party!

    Diana Chastain
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:23 pm
    If We Can Get Monsters Out of Closets, Bring Toys Back to Life, and Heal Scrapes with a Kiss, We Can Get Toxins Out of Our Kids.   What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Parties are fun and informative for you and your guests, and together you will create a healthy environment for your families! And of course, the most fun of all is the opportunity to get together and talk about your kids and the things that matter to you most.The Healthy Baby Home Party kit contains educational information from non-profit partner Healthy Child Healthy…
  • Stone Mountain {Wordless Wednesday LINKY}

    Diana Chastain
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hubby was on vacation last week. We celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and took the kids to Stone Mountain to watch the laser show. We decided to ride the Sky Buckets up to the mountain this time since it was so hot. It was still one of the cooler days of the week to go and we had a great time. ------------------------------------ Happy Wednesday!Please link up your picture posts below!And please make sure to keep up with us on Instagram:Leave a comment so I can follow back.Please add this badge to your post or side bar before linking up.These are not requirements, just greatly…
  • Christmas In July with Fricaine Bags + Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own. Fricaine offers high quality fashionable products made from globally-sourced exotic fabrics that accentuate the tastes and unique style preferences of our customers. I was so excited to get the opportunity to review a Duchess Shoulder Bag from Fricaine because I felt they would be great for a beautiful work bag or a fashionable and trendy diaper bag. I love the funky print and how high quality it is.  Just The Facts:- High quality synthetic leather meshes with the body made from 100% cotton…
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  • 22 Amazing Brownie Recipes

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:33 pm
    When we have a craving for something sweet in my house, Brownies are usually our go-to dessert. However, when bringing brownies to a picnic or party, I sometimes feel like there are 5 pans filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 Fun Family Activities in Chicago

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    As the third-largest city in the United States, Chicago is full of things to do with the kids in tow. With giant Ferris wheels, museums, and so much more, Chi-Town is the place to be when the city’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Royal Peach Cocktail

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    I’m currently in Indianapolis for the Jeff Kyle 400 NASCAR race, and I thought it might be time to share a new cocktail since I’ll be doing a tasting of different varietals of Crown Royal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach South Carolina

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Ahoy, Mateys! Visiting the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area and looking for something other than an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet for dinner? I thought so! Check out Pirates Voyage! This dinner... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Fun Places to Shop on Cannery Row

    23 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I love to shop, but I really don’t like malls. While I was visiting Cannery Row in Monterey last month, we had an afternoon free so we could see the area on our own. I love that, because I want... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Yes... I'm a crazy chicken lady. *sigh*

    The Mommy
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Ever since I first heard about the backyard chicken craze, I wanted chickens. I loved the idea of fresh eggs. I wanted a cute, little, dollhouse, coop decorating my backyard. I wanted fluffy chicken butts running around my yard and I wanted my kids to cart chickens around like a living, clucking.. er... chickens.Turn the Page =>
  • Life on the Farm

    The Mommy
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    For those of you that only keep up with me through this blog, (or Twitter or this blog's Facebook page) you should know that we've had a pretty drastic lifestyle change. We've become farmers!Ok not really, BUT we have acquired 8 chickens, a breeding trio of rabbits (who procreated and we now have three babies), a pet rabbit named Otter, a garden, a blackberry patch, a raspberry patch and a hound dog. And we're doing it all in our small town backyard. We've become "urban" farmers.Turn the Page =>
  • A Small Town Moment

    The Mommy
    27 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    When I stop and remember to count my many blessings, (I. too, get wrapped up in the desire for more, so that I often forget the wondrous bounty that surrounds me.) small town life is often very high on my list. Because I know that if I lived in KC proper or even one of its many burbs, my life would be very different than the one I enjoy now. I'm not saying that's a bad thing but the moment I'm going to tell you about, probably wouldn't have had the poignancy if it hadn't been set in a small town.Turn the Page =>
  • Why I Hate the End of the School Year

    The Mommy
    5 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    The whining, in my household, begins on the first of March and continues until I quit dragging the children from their beds, at the crack of dawn, at the end of May. And then they continue getting up on their own, even though we could sleep in!And the reason for the whining? A horrific case of The Wants. Turn the Page =>
  • Every Day's a Hostage Situation

    The Mommy
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
         That's how I feel most days. In case you didn't realize it, I'm the hostage and I live by the whims of my children/captors. I can't make plans because even the best laid will be contingent upon the moods of three, temperamental, asshats determined to be dictator of my schedule.Turn the Page =>
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  • “Love, Mama,” A Letter to My Daughter Before Freshman Year

    Grown and Flown
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    My daughter left for college last August. This is the letter I gave her during our last family dinner at home. We laughed…we cried…and surprisingly, we let her go. Dear Daughter, Don’t go. Love, Mama Dear Daughter, No, of course that’s not my message to you. That would go against every article I’ve consumed over the past year in an effort to gear up for this very moment: the ones that tell me that the healthy way to cope — for me and for you — is to embrace this change in our lives and to make sure to let you know how ready I think you are and how excited I am for you as you…
  • Grown and Flown Appearance at The Container Store

    Grown and Flown
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    We have previously gushed about our admiration for The Container Store, writing about the reasons why we love dorm shopping there for our off-to-college kids. We are thrilled to announce that, on August 5, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, we will be making an appearance in The Container Store in White Plains, New York, to share our thoughts on how to help kids, and parents, get ready for freshman dorm drop off. If you live nearby, we hope you can join us.  Please RSVP here by July 29 to receive a 20% discount off your in-store purchase that night.   The post Grown and Flown Appearance…
  • Why The Lazy Days of Summer Shouldn’t Be Quite So Lazy

    Grown and Flown
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    It’s the middle of July and it is time for your teenager to get off the couch.  Never mind the many voices wistfully calling for a summer break, imagining high school kids filling their days with reading for pleasure, swimming and long walks in the woods. Or college students giving their brains a rest and taking “mindless” summer jobs—mowing lawns, babysitting or scooping ice cream. These critics scoff at “resume-building” summer internships and work designed “to impress a college admission dean.” They poke fun at teenagers who “spend the hot months building latrines in…
  • We are the Luckiest Parents. Ever.

    Grown and Flown
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    From the moment that we first pondered having children through the day that those children bear our grandchildren, we stand apart from parents throughout the rest of human history in our good fortune. While I love complaining about parenting as much as the next mom, I think there is value in stepping back for a moment, adjusting our lens and taking a more objective look at the hand that life has dealt us. I know all too well that many parents are faced with truly challenging situations and that life can be a daily and even hourly struggle. Yet, I also know that as we sit here in the earliest…
  • “Dear Mom,” From Your Off to College Daughter

    Grown and Flown
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    In examining the off to college process we have heard from the parents. We have looked at dorm shopping, adjusting to life without our kids and the silver lining that just might exist in the empty nest. But up until now we have not heard from the kids. How does it feel to be 18 years old and leaving home? What will they miss? Looking back at their childhood, what memories loom large? We asked actress and recent Harvard Ivy Orator for the class of 2015, Taylor Kay Phillips, to give us a taste of what it felt like four years ago when she left home. We asked her to be the every-student and give…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Giving Your Teen Their License to Date – Podcast

    Ten to Twenty
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    By Ten to Twenty Teens and Dating Podcast You wouldn’t let your teen get behind the wheel of a car before they’d gone thru driver’s ed or driving school lessons, so why would you let them start dating without some lessons on relationships? Our guest this week is Lisa Jander, also known as the Teen Dating Mechanic and in […] The post Giving Your Teen Their License to Date – Podcast appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 8 Basic Life Skills Every New College Student Must Have

    Ten to Twenty
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    By Ten to Twenty College is a time for self-exploration, new discoveries and freedom — and your daughter is probably counting down the days until it begins. Before she leaves, bring your teen back down to earth by providing a few skills that will reduce the number of embarrassing situations, social mistakes and traumatic experiences she could have when […] The post 8 Basic Life Skills Every New College Student Must Have appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Pulled Pork BBQ

    Jennifer Roskamp
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:20 pm
    By Jennifer Roskamp BBQ Heaven on a Bun! Tangy, zippy, and with just the right amount of zest, this recipe is a crowd pleaser. I love making this when I have leftover pork from a roast since repurposing meals into something completely different is a great way to stretch the family dollar. Sometimes leftovers are hard to get rid […] The post Pulled Pork BBQ appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Hook Ups & Hangovers: The Pre-College Conversation About Partying

    Kimberly Muench
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    By Kimberly Muench College Freshmen and Partying I remember the day clearly, the sun was shining on the field as my son walked across the stage with his diploma in hand. I was mentally patting myself on the back for having done a stellar job of getting him through high school without any drug or alcohol issues, or […] The post Hook Ups & Hangovers: The Pre-College Conversation About Partying appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • How Would You React If Your Son Wanted to Enlist?

    Carrie Wible
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    By Carrie Wible “So, Mom, I Need to Talk to You About Something…” Oh crap. My 18-year-old son, Nathan, wants to have a sit down with me to talk. My mind is going in a million directions, and none of them positive. My first thought was: “Oh, no, his girlfriend is pregnant. Dammit, what do we do now? They are […] The post How Would You React If Your Son Wanted to Enlist? appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Wordless Wednesday – Being Sixteen and Loving Summer

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    By Kristen Daukas #WordlessWednesday Remember being 16 during the summer? Maybe you had a job (I did.. American Express NROC!!!), maybe you didn’t but the one thing you most likely did have was your license. Was there a better freedom than being able to go and do what you wanted to do, when you wanted to? No more waiting for mom and dad to take you someplace.. all you needed was your license, a car and a willing partner in crime! Love seeing my oldest spread her wings and taste all there is to love about being carefree and full of life. Seeing her and her friends head off to the next…
  • #StreamTeam Binge Watching – Dragons: Race to the Edge

    Kristen Daukas
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    By Kristen Daukas It’s no secret that we binge watch a lot of shows in this house. 5 summers ago it was Weeds. 2 years ago it was Breaking Bad. Last year it was Sons of Anarchy and currently it’s Orange is the New Black (no we haven’t finished.. we’re trying to NOT binge watch a show for once…). But those are all VERY adult shows that we really can’t watch with the kids so, often, we’re either watching a movie or another show on Disney. Not that those are bad options, but still… When the girls were younger, they were in love with shows like…
  • Do Moms REALLY Get a Vacation?

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    By Kristen Daukas What IS a Vacation? The Rooster and I went out to dinner last night to meet up with a friend that he had graduated high school with 29 years ago. It was a nice evening and we were talking about the possibility of them relocating down to our fine state of North Carolina after her daughter graduated from high school. We were discussing the pros and cons of each town and what she was looking for – essentially a place for a young retirement. The evening was going great and eventually, the conversation turned to a beach trip that we are taking in a few weeks. We have not…
  • Having an Only Child and Making Crayon Art

    Kristen Daukas
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    By Kristen Daukas Today, Mackenzie and I found ourselves alone, with a day ahead of us so we thought we’d do another one of the projects that she had found on Pinterest. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that Mackenzie was an only child and we were doing crayon art of a different kind. We looked at the original pin and decided that we wanted to do it a little bit differently, so we headed to Michael’s for the necessary supplies. Instead of the originally recommended foam board, we opted for 9×14 blank canvases – this way it could make an instant wall…
  • Throwback Thursday: Entertainment Edition with #StreamTeam!!

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    By Kristen Daukas What are your favorite shows & movies you’re sharing with your kids? When the girls were younger, it seemed our TV was on all. the. time. One or both of us have always been fortunate enough to work from home and while that’s great for raising kids, sometimes those kids needed entertainment that was provided by someone/something other than mom or dad. Whether it was Mackenzie watching Blue’s Clue’s (original, please) or the Powerpuff Girls (my all time favorite), Sydney with Dora the Explorer or the Wonder Pets (I still know the theme by heart) or…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • K’NEX Beasts Alive: Bronto Building Set {Review}

    Special Guest
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    My 8 yr old son loves dinosaurs and robots so this toy (for him) was a winner.  It came with 213 pieces in the set and created one dinosaur.  I thought by the way it was advertised on the front of the box that you could make three different dinosaurs.  It not only said 3 dinosaurs, but it also... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 7.25.15

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current GIVEAWAYS. ~ Leave a link that leads DIRECTLY to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the DEADLINE for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to LEAVE your... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Tin Toy Arcade: Vintage, Classic and Retro Toys

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Do you wish that sometimes your kids would just get off their phones, iPods or electronics? Maybe sit down and play a game face to face with their siblings? Can you remember what the games you use to play with as a child were? Growing up, was there one in particular that you just had to have for... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • $2000 Grocery Giveaway: Win 1 of 100 Gift Cards | Ends 7.24.15

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    To help YOU spend less on food and more on fun, is giving away $2,000 in Visa gift cards to help with your groceries! Grocery Giveaway Details:  – Sweepstakes ends Friday, July 24th at 11:59 PM ET. – One Hundred (100) winners will receive a $20.00 Visa gift card. –... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray + Giveaway | Ends 8.6.15

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • 10 Things I Will Never Regret Doing as a Parent

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    As you already know if you are a mom or dad, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. I made many mistakes as a parent and if I had it to do over, I’d probably change the way I handled some issues. But hindsight is usually 20/20 and it does me no good... Read More » Author information Janis Janis Meredith has been a coach's wife for 28 years and a sports mom for 20. She sees life from both sides of the bench. Check out her blog at jbm thinks. | The post 10 Things I Will Never Regret Doing as a Parent appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • What She Wore: Getting Gorgeous

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Exactly one week ago I was in NYC for Getting Gorgeous and Conversations with Coca-Cola, one event was right after the other so I had to dress for both. I’ve been to Getting Gorgeous for several year sin a row and knew what to expect.  The hosts are Vera Sweeny from Lady and the Blog... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest | The post What She…
  • Ways To Save Water

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all know how important it is to save and conserve water.  Fresh, clean water is becoming harder and harder for many to gain access to, and we need water to survive.  Even if recycling has become part of your everyday life, many do not think about the ramifications of wasting water.  Conserving water, even... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ | Pinterest |…
  • How to Know You Have a Minecraft Addict in 30 Unsettling Phrases

    13 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Minecraft and I, we have a love-hate relationship. It’s the game that teaches my son how to use his creative mind yet has also introduced zombies and creepers into his life. It’s an awesome babysitter when I need a shower, or 30 minutes to myself, but also consumes his time when I prefer he do... Read More » Author information Alison Alison Chrun is a wife and mother of two boys who is receiving her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the author at Appetite for Honesty where she writes about self-development, relationships and the highs and lows of parenting. You can also…
  • How To Get Your Kids To Exercise

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you wonder how to get your kids to exercise? In today’s technology driven world, kids spend more time inside utilizing that technology – video games, smart phones, tablets and more.  While technology is great and an important part of life today, exercise is still just as important as it was years ago, maybe more... Read More » Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ |…
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    incy wincy spider | BLOG

  • Ava at Julia Gabriel Playclub II

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    We decided to sign up for a term at Julia Gabriel after our initial trial session with them. We opted for the bilingual class so that Ava can be exposed to both languages in a more structured play group setting. A 2.30-4.30pm class would be perfect leaving us with some time to explore after class before returning home for dinner. However, Ava's nap time is later nowadays so we went ahead for the 4.30-6.30pm class.Snap snap! No monday blues. No more pictures Mummy! Where's the sweet you promised?Ava missed her nap before her second class, and with only thirty minutes of shut eye on our way to…
  • Ava at Julia Gabriel Bilingual PlayClub

    15 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    With Ava turning 20 month old this month, I started looking around for playgroup sessions for her to socialize with other kids and get a glimpse of how playgroup sessions are, before starting her on full day playgroup from next January.With some positive reviews from friends and customers in the store, I decided to sign up for a trial class for the Bilingual PlayClub at Julia Gabriel Centre. On the day of the trial class, we swapped from the 2pm class to 4.30pm as Ava had a later nap than usual.Setting out for her first playgroup sessionWe arrived at Forum Shopping Mall ahead of our session,…
  • Blog Train - Favourite 'Me-Time' Indulges

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Since becoming mummy four years ago to Aiden, time for myself has taken a backseat. With the brackets of time I have after work, in between meetings, I find myself missing the kids and wanting to spend time with them. I would pick Aiden from the childcare centre earlier when I am done at work and bring him for an ice cream treat or swim in the pool.However, to recharge and be a better mum to the kids, I think every mum should take time off and indulge in what makes herself happy. Here are my top me-time indulgences:1) MassagesNothing beats getting a good massage, where all the knots and…
  • Fast & Convenient Write On Labels

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Missed another deadline for submission of materials for school? Skipped a consent form for a school excursion? For mummies who are time-pressed as I am, Stuck On You introduced the perfect solution for those last minute labeling needs, in their fabulous designs. I was introduced to the wonderful range of labels from Stuck On You when Aiden started attending playgroup. The brand had such an extensive collection of labels, it blew me away.The only downside of it was, we needed to plan ahead and order two to three weeks ahead for the customized labels to reach us. Recognizing the demand for…
  • Chasing dreams

    25 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Unveiling our new store at Suntec City Mall, and really happy to see our dream unfolding right before us. Love the way Daddy Darren puts it, Amazing things happen when you are chasing dreams. Took just one month to go from 'Should we take up this little unit?' to 'Hello Suntec!'I definitely hope the amazing continues. Sweat, blood, tears literally in the process of opening this store and I am happy to have friends, customers, overseas visitors come up to us, sharing how they love our store concept and the products we carry. Thank you. These little things keep us going. Squeezing as much time…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • TOO HOT: How Far Would YOU Go For Your Passion?

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Barr Girlfriends — ‘Hope you’re having a fab summer … a little beach, a little breathing, and whole lot of love & laughter with your family, your peeps, and of course, enjoying your Alone Time. This is not my usual blog about Parenting/Marriage/Suburban Drama … but it is, indeed, the other side of my writing and I wanted to share. Check out my award-winning debut novel Fugitive Colors that goes on sale today on Amazon for $1.99. It’s a ONE WEEK ONLY deal, running  July 21 – July 27. Your support would mean the world to me to help kick…
  • My Daughter/My Selfie: And There She Goes …

    25 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Many years ago I wrote an article for a newspaper about how studies have shown that the two most difficult times to “let go” of your children are sending them off to kindergarten AND sending them off to college. Back then, I was on the kindergarten side of the spectrum. And now … (somebody bring me a box of tissues). Yes, there I go again. Immediate tears like an actress at an audition, only I’m not acting. I’m feeling every damn thing. My eldest daughter Noa (the first of my three teenage daughters) is graduating high school this week and heading…
  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
  • Buddy, Shadow & Wingman: The New ‘Girl Code’ On Campus

    11 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Hannah Wilson, the young lady who was tragically murdered last month at Indiana University, has left an indelible mark on our hearts. As mothers, we mourn for her parents and family, as sisters, we cannot fathom losing our best friend and confidant and as a community, we reel in anger at how perilously dangerous it has become to send our girls off to college. Tales of campus rape and sexual assault, in addition to first-hand reports of raucous college parties gone terribly wrong, appear on the news with such regularity, we are barely able to recover from one story just as…
  • Happy Mama’s Day, Girlfriend xo With Love, GIRLilla Warfare

    9 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    ‘Wishing you a Stress-Free Day filled with Love, Joy, Breakfast in Bed, Internal Peace, Uninterrupted Sleep, the Perfect Cup of Venti, a Smell-the-Roses Moment, A Clean House courtesy The Kids/The Hubby, a Stocked Fridge, the Laundry Put Away, Special Time to Watch Your Shows/Read Your Book/Breathe, No Nagging, No I WANTS, No Meltdowns — Just Life’s Goodies: Laughter, Hugs & Kisses — an Appreciation for ALL that you do. In Our Bible — EVERY DAY is Mother’s Day. We love you, Girlfriend. xoxo THE GIRLilla Warfare Team
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    100 Things - Photo & Video Books for Toddlers of Animals, Trucks, Planes, Excavators, and more!

  • Types of Construction Trucks for Toddlers & Children

    100 Things
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:40 am
    If your little one is anything like mine, they may be able to say and identify an excavator from a bulldozer before they are 2 years old.   As a mother of a budding truck aficionado, researching all the different types of construction trucks and vehicles we spotted each week became quite a task.  Here is a cheat sheet list of the types of construction trucks, vehicles and diggers to help you and your little one identify the more common types of heavy equipment next time you spot a construction site.  Save it on your phone or print it out, and don’t let your toddler leave…
  • How to Child Proof your iPad or iPhone

    100 Things
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Childproofing your iPad or iPhone is a MUST when you have little ones running around! Childproofing can prevent any major damage to your Apple devices, both internally and externally. 100 Things App believes that you should feel safe when your child is playing around on your Apple products! As you know, 100 Things App has restrictions in place for in-app purchases, however this is not true for all applications. So here are the steps to follow when you child proof your iPad or iPhone! 1. You must make sure you have the most recent version of iOS for you iPad or iPhone to make sure all parental…
  • Planes. Planes. Planes.

    100 Things
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
      It’s April and the madness continues! So, buckle your seat belts and get ready to fly up high with 100 Planes! No longer will your kids be watching planes from miles away, 100 Things App will be taking your kids up close and personal! From private planes and commercial airliners to navy jets, your kids will be exploring all of these spectacular machines through our exhilarating children’s app. Your child will also get a closer look into the cockpit, where they can name themselves the pilot of the flight and say hello to the control tower and take themselves down the runway. This…
  • Can you say Free App Friday 10 times fast?

    100 Things
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    You heard it right!  The last Friday of the month, 100 Things App will be giving away their app of the month for free!  So get your imaginative minds in gear and get ready to rumble!  Because the first app that we will be giving way is our 100 Diggers and Excavators App!  Let’s just say your kids are going to love all of our amazing apps because we pride ourselves in the stunning quality of our photographs and the ability for children to explore some of the coolest things on earth without the threat of in-app advertising!  100 Diggers and Excavators will be free Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Let the Construction Begin: 100 Diggers are ready to rumble!

    100 Things
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Are you ready for a new app every month? 100 Things App will be introducing you to our amazing apps every month, starting with 100 Diggers and Excavators! This app provides you with a front row seat into the larger-than-life world of diggers and excavators.  These massive pieces of metal can take down everything and anything in their path. 100 Diggers provides a series of pictures and videos that allows your child to not only watch, but to experience.  Each time your child begins their exploration into the world of diggers, they will read about these massive machines and have the option…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Round Table Discussion: Are You Fostering Sibling Relationships or Sibling Rivalries?

    24 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. We would like to think that when we give our children siblings, we are giving them…
  • Enjoying Your Baby

    NPN Guest
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:26 am
    As a typical new mom, I was constantly worried about whether or not I was doing enough with my babies. Like us all, I wanted them to be smart and engaged and give them a head start at life. I felt pressure to constantly be “stimulating” them with black and white pictures, or the correct toys, playing classical music, and at one point, I even seriously researched the “teach your baby to read” program! It was up to me to make sure I gave these girls every chance in life, starting from infancy. It didn’t quite feel right, though. I couldn’t just relax and…
  • Round Table Discussion: Preventative Maintenance for Happy Kids

    10 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. Photo by clappstar (Flickr) Life gets busy. Life with kids gets even busier. And in…
  • Is your child ready to use the public restroom alone?

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    When my oldest son began kindergarten, he started refusing to use the public restroom with me. He wanted to go into the men’s room because at school he had to use the boys’ bathroom. Boys, they were told, were not to go into the girls’ restroom and vice versa. At the time, his siblings were still young and two were in diapers. While it was easier for me to herd all four of them into one room, Engineer Husband and I wanted to respect our son’s new-found independence and modesty. We talked about it and decided he was old enough to use public restrooms alone. How did we know he could…
  • Feeding the Picky Eater

    NPN Mentors
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    An NPN reader asks our natural parenting mentors: I am really worried about my son’s diet from a nutritional point of view, but I am also concerned about the techniques my partner and I are resorting to in order to encourage him to eat. My son is four years old. I breastfed him until he was three and a half, although for the last six months or so, this was only one feed per day (to get him off to sleep). We set off with the best of intentions when introducing solids. We read up on baby-led weaning and gave my son access to a wide range of foods. I didn’t worry too much about what…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • Life Learners – August Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    25 Jul 2015 | 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 August 2015! (Check out July, June, April, March, February, January, and summaries of all our 2014 posts, 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 August 2015: Theme: Life Learners: How do you continue to educate yourself once you are out of “formal” schooling? Are you inspiring your own children to…
  • Homemade Cleaners on the Pure Green Magazine Podcast

    24 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Mandy and I visited with Celine McKay of Pure Green Magazine about Homemade Cleaners. We talk about the chemicals in store-bought cleaners, how easy it is to make your own from ingredients you have at home, and we share a few of our favorite recipes. Click on over to Pure Green for the podcast! Photo courtesy Pure Green Magazine   Thank you for subscribing to my RSS feed at Code Name: Mama! I would appreciate your comments and feedback on the entry you just read, Homemade Cleaners on the Pure Green Magazine Podcast. If you write about similar topics, I would also like the opportunity to…
  • How to Have Special Time with Two (or more) Kids at Once

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Life is crazy busy, right? Sometimes when I read books that tell me how beneficial individual special time is with each of my kiddos, every day, I get a very huge case of the guilties. Because, really? Every day? Mama ain’t got time for that. What I do try to do is to create some space for one-on-one time with each kid while they’re both with me. Here are a few things I do to have special time with two kids at once: We take turns. We read books, first one chosen by one child, the next chosen by the other. Or we play board games, taking turns playing things that each child had…
  • How to Make a Messy Fun Car Emergency Kit (+ a Recipe for Homemade Disinfecting Wipes)

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun 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 talked about how to get out and enjoy the warmer season as a family. We spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather warms up, which means tons of random grime on my kids from somewhere around the beginning of March to approaching the end of December. And while I have been known to ask my kids to steer clear of mud puddles or nasty sandboxes when we are on a tight schedule…
  • Positive Parenting Affirmations and Resources

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    In preparation for my homebirth with Ailia, I attempted to do something that has never come naturally for me: relax. I’d had a long, hard labor with my son that would have ended in a cesarean section, had I not been with a patient midwife in a birth center. I was scared of a repeat performance. And so I taught myself how to relax. Climbing in bed one night sometime during my second trimester, I explained to Kieran, my then three-year-old son, that I was going to practice relaxing all of my muscles. I told him that learning to relax was important for mama to be comfortable during labor.
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • 11 Ways to Prevent and Treat Eczema Flare-Ups #WaterWipes #IC #AD

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Does your child have eczema? One summer when my oldest son was 2 years old, I noticed that he was having some problems with his skin. He had a rash on the back of his legs, along the rolls on his arms and legs, and in the folds of his arms. I had no clue what was causing this rash so I took him to the doctor. His pediatrician diagnosed him with eczema. Disclosure: “I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” The symptoms of…
  • Treat Skin Conditions Promptly to Avoid Severe Skin Infections

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Skin is extremely good barrier to various bacterial infections. Although there are many bacteria living on the surface of the skin, they usually do not pose any threat. Bacterial infections can appear on certain places (similarly to acne) or they can spread affecting a larger area. These diseases can vary from smaller to potentially life threatening states such as syndrome of skin peeling caused by staphylococci. Disclosure: This post is for information purposes only. Please consult with your child’s doctor before treating severe skin infections. Bacterial infection of the skin and soft…
  • 18 Free or Low Cost Ideas to Keep the Kids Cool This Summer

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:41 pm
    How is your summer going? It is super hot here in Texas which is very typical for this time of the year. It finally reached triple digits temperatures a few days ago so we have been staying inside quite a bit. Staying inside at home has its benefits but my kids have already gotten a bit restless. They have been constantly asking me if we can go do this or that. Since my kids are getting restless and I am sure that your kids are the same way, I wanted to share some ideas on how to keep the kids busy while beating the heat. Plus, most of my ideas are free or low-cost too! Disclosure: This post…
  • Kicking the Habit: Maintaining a “No Cigarette” Policy After a Pregnancy

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Quitting smoking is a difficult journey and a great gift to both you and your child. You will be protecting your own health from cancer and heart disease, and your baby from potential second hand smoke risks, like asthma, allergies, ear infections, and pneumonia. Maintaining a “no cigarette” policy is hard, but one of the best things you can do for your family. Develop Alternative Coping Mechanisms Have a plan in place for what you will do to resist a craving when it strikes. For some people, chewing on a mint flavored tooth pick, eating carrot sticks, drinking cold water through…
  • Going Meat-Less? Be Careful On Your Choice Of Protein Intake

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    If you are attempting to cut down on meat and animal protein, you will discover a whole new world of meatless options in front of you. The tide across the world is flowing in the direction of a nonmeat lifestyle. Just a glance round you will reveal a host of bestselling books that claim the many advantages of a plant-based protein diet. And given the numerous campaigns around a pro plant diet, the awareness and participation of vegan proponents is rapidly climbing around the world, especially in the last five years. Disclosure: Please talk to your doctor or health care professional before…
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  • Grilled Chicken Tips for Frustrated Fathers

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Some Daddy stereotypes aren’t so bad. Yes, modern dads cringe over jokes about fathers who don’t change diapers or who wash their hands of household chores. Still, what father doesn’t like being considered the King of the Grill? Only this king is a bit like a jester when it’s time to grill chicken. I’ve served up far too many dry, tasteless chicken breasts this summer before the culinary team at Chef Works sent me a handy grilling tip sheet for preparing … you guess it … chicken. Being on numerous press lists does have its perks. Why not give the…
  • The Final Word(s) on Marcy’s Diner

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The mother at the heart of the Marcy’s Diner saga has said her peace. That won’t be the end of it, of course. For those who live blissfully free from the social media cycle, the controversy began when the owner of a Maine restaurant yelled at a nearly two-year-old girl to shut her yap. This much we know. What’s not quite clear? How long said child was caterwauling … if the parents in question truly did all they could to quiet her and not disturb nearby diners … and just how loud the little girl was in the first place. The only folks who know for sure are those…
  • A Serious Case of the Mondays

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Some Mondays are worse than others. Welcome to mine. Things started off well for this unsuspecting Daddy. A live-chat with my hosting provider unstuck my web sites from the cyber-muck. No extra fees … no need to enter the labyrinth that is the modern web site to fix things myself. I chalked it up as a win, but the “in” box still looked too tall to measure. Next, the sprinkler repair team arrived, on schedule, to see if our system could spring to life for the first time this summer. One hour later I got the, “we have some good news and bad news” speech, which usually means the bad…
  • What Dads Can Learn from ‘Sky Captain’ Catastrophe

    17 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    Every father should tell his children about one of the biggest box office duds of the past 25 years. “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” isn’t “Ishtar” level awful. It’s actually a breezy romp with some big name stars – Angelina Jolie, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. That’s not the part that should grab a dad’s attention. It’s the sad saga of filmmakers who got a chance to make their name in Hollywood but botched the follow through.   Here’s the short version, chronicled beautifully by The Telegraph’s Olly…
  • Crash, Bernstein and the Death of Masculinity

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:07 am
    Are my kids manly enough to watch “Crash and Bernstein?” The bigger question remains … does our culture want them to be? The Disney XD series, featured on Netflix’s streaming service, follows a pair of best friends. One of them happens to be a puppet, but we’re all a little different, right? The show’s setup paints the picture. Young Wyatt Bernstein has three sisters and desperately craves a male role model. There’s no father in Wyatt’s family, and in the episodes I’ve seen we don’t get a reason why. Enter Crash, who comes to life…
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    Learning Together

  • Choosing the Right Preschool

    21 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Finding the right preschool for your child is an important step in their development. Having a formal educational experience before entering elementary school contributes significantly to their cognitive development, social skills, and autonomy. Here are five essential considerations when deciding on your child’s early educational experience: Parenting Style – You have your own communication style you’ve developed with your child. Pick a setting in which the approach and attitudes of the staff are compatible with that style to convey behavioral expectations, express affection, and share…
  • Planning the Perfect Family Night

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Summer’s a great time for togetherness. So bring the whole family together to enjoy each other’s company, as well as fun activities, tasty snacks, and plenty of laughs. Indoor Beach Party - Bring the beach to you! It’s easy: Make tropical punch. Serve tropical foods. Set up beach towels (and inflatable palm trees, if you want). Play some Luau music. Watch a Hawaiian movie (we think Elvis made a few). Campout in the Yard - Skip the long drive, avoid the bears and poison ivy, and just go camping out under the stars right in your own backyard. Set up a tent and roll out the sleeping…
  • Meet Our La Petite Academy Staff – Ms. Dana, Pre-K Teacher

    20 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    For 16 years, Ms. Dana has worked at our Baines Court/Cary, NC center in a few different roles including assistant director, 13 years as a preschool teacher, and now, pre-kindergarten teacher. Even after all these years, she continues to teach with the same energy and excitement as she did on her first day. Read on to learn some interesting facts about Ms. Dana and why she loves it here at La Petite Academy!   Why is early education important to you? It’s important to me because when kids start school, there are things they need to know and if they weren’t in an early child care…
  • Cow Appreciation Day

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Here are some fun facts about our bovine friends (click on the image to download the printable PDF):  
  • Patriotic 4th of July Craft for Kids and Parents

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    Written by: Barbara Hiatt As the biggest holiday of the summer approaches, we are knee-deep in red, white, blue. And why wouldn’t we be? The 4th of July is the time to beam with patriotic pride!  Some of us are hosting get-togethers and barbecues, and some are heading elsewhere to celebrate.  Regardless, we’re all excited and ready for fireworks!  Kids in particular are ready to revel in this quintessential summer event. They’re out of school and have plenty of time to get a little party planning going with Mom or Dad, especially when there’s candy involved!  This…
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    Jana Kingsford

  • Tips For Letting Go Of Mama Guilt

    Jana Kingsford
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    If mama guilt is wrapping you up and taking you down, it’s really hard to get to work! I’ve been juggling kids and big dreams for 12 years now, so I’ve had my fair share of guilt ridden moments. Which = a backpack full of tips on how to deal. Even today, because I had a client call so I couldn’t go the kids sports carnival! That’s the point of my business right, so I can do that stuff! So I was guilty as hell. Ironic right, given todays topic on mama guilt! But here’s the thing, as I was dropping the girls off I forgave myself. We’re never going to…
  • Once apon a time

    Jana Kingsford
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Once apon a time, I was a high-school drop out, couch potato, teenage mama and shoes sales girl… Who one day, had enough of keeping her big dreams in her heart and decided to start with this; “How can I tell my girl to go after her dreams, if I never do?.” So I did. Fast forward 10 years and this girl (me) with 3 kids in tow, graduated university, aced the work-from-home job and started-from-scratch 5 businesses. This right here (like behind the scenes of this email) is the business where I get to share my big dreams strategies with you… weekly. What are Big Dreams…
  • BigDreamsTV: The Productiveness of Nothingness

    Jana Kingsford
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    BigDreamsTV: The Productiveness of Nothingness I was trying to figure out a problem in my head (worst place to do that) Inside My Head Convo went down like this; Me 1: “Should I do X, then Y, then Z? No maybe I should do Z, then Y, then X. Ohhhh I don’t know what to do, I’m so freakin confused”. Me 2: “Aren’t you supposed to be-in-the-moment right now? OK, yep be present. Right, I’m showering, let’s just be here now.” Me 1: “NO, I can’t, I have to figure this out right now, I’m not going to get a chance to think…
  • BigDreamsTV: Surviving School Holidays with Kids and Work

    Jana Kingsford
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:11 pm
    BigDreamsTV: Surviving School Holidays with Kids and Work OK before we get started can you SMILE like right now. Does that make your  whole body change how it feels? You still smiling? Good. I want to challenge you to smile the whole time you read this (hehehe). You can thank me for the serotonin rush you get later (or just hit reply). Today it’s school holidays for my kidlets (is it school holidays for yours too?) so I wanted to give you this episode of BigDreamsTV. My kids have given me the list (I love lists) of everything they’d love to do and I’ve given them a list of…
  • BigDreamsTV: Make Better Choices (HINT: Calculate Choice Cost)

    Jana Kingsford
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:36 pm
    BigDreamsTV: Make Better Choices (HINT: Calculate Choice Cost)   This video really hit a nerve with people. It’s a simple tool I use to make great decisions during my day that lead to ultimately more energy, better balance and a whole lotta focus too. Whatever you do today, I want you to take a moment to calculate the cost of the choice. The choice to sit scrolling on Facebook – ask yourself are you willing to pay the price for it (because it does mess with your flow). The choice to skip a meal – ask yourself are you willing to pay the energy and mental price for that…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Insta moments

    10 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    See those blue skies? The weather did slowly get better for us, brightening up our Instagram moments. And luckily, it was on the day that we visited Bourton-on-the-Water, which has to be one of the prettiest villages you could imagine. It also calls itself the Venice of the Cotswolds, which made us laugh as Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North. “Now we’ve been to these two, do we need to bother with the real Venice…?” After a cream tea and just when the boys we were antsy, we discovered this Mini outside the Cotswold Motoring Museum. And Brum. The…
  • Insta moments

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    We have been away in the UK (as you might have seen on Instagram and Twitter) for a couple of weeks, first at a family wedding in Wales and then in the Cotswolds, Sussex and Surrey, with a quick visit to London. Apparently, we believe in packing in as much as we can on our holidays. There were many, many Instagram moments though. This photo, that I took during the wedding dinner, just about sums E up – all dressed up but running around and insisting on doing so while holding a cuddly toy. Sometimes we find that he has climbed out of bed and collected more from the shelf, so that his…
  • Insta moments

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    We’ve been to the most Instagrammable wedding. You might also like these: The Gallery: Light I took this picture in November 2007, shortly before Husband a... Three of my favourite Instagrammers Last month I missed out on participating in answering the question posed by Victoria and Meg on The B Bar: what had I purchased in the past year that became invaluable. I really wa... Photo 366 challenge – week 28 Little O has been off preschool all this week (and will be for the next two weeks as well), so he decided to celebrate this by coming down with a cold and fever, which he…
  • How to survive travelling with children

    17 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    As the summer season approaches, we’ve started planning our holidays. We love to travel and explore new places. Our trips have not always been without incident though. I thought I’d share what we have learned (often the hard way) about travelling with children, so that you don’t have to make the same mistakes as us. Travelling with children at the airport Pack more spare clothes, nappies, wipes, etc in your hand luggage than you think you will need. Seriously. It just isn’t worth having to take your child off a plane dressed only in their pants, or worse. If…
  • Oasis reversible shopper: double the fun

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    You know that adage “If you love something, buy it twice”? That is an actual motto, isn’t it? Well, it should be, and especially when it applies to this Oasis reversible shopper. I bought this shopper a month or so ago in this beige/bright yellowy-green and have been getting my money’s worth from it. It’s bright and spring-like and is perfect for perking up both an outfit and my mood (the weather has been terrible, with the country recording the wettest May in 200 years). The Oasis reversible shopper includes an inner bag, in the bright yellowy-green in this…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • Summer – An Opportunity For Fun And Learning!

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Summer – An Opportunity For Fun And Learning! from Support for Stepdads . School ends for the summer, but should learning end as well?  Research shows many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Single Dad Poetry ~ In Praise And Support Of Single Dads

    Gerardo Campbell
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Single Dad Poetry ~ In Praise And Support Of Single Dads from Support for Stepdads . In Praise and Support of Single Dads Single dads go above and beyondTo maintain an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Toys – Are They Safe & Age-Appropriate?

    Nik Donovic
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Toys – Are They Safe & Age-Appropriate? from Support for Stepdads . Browse the aisles of any store, from grocery to convenience to big box, with your child... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stepfather Poetry ~ To My Stepdaughter On Your Wedding Day

    Gerardo Campbell
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Stepfather Poetry ~ To My Stepdaughter On Your Wedding Day from Support for Stepdads . To My Stepdaughter On Your Wedding Day   My Stepdaughter Today, the beautiful... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Can A Man Have Their Kate and Edith Too? Part II

    Gerardo Campbell
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Can A Man Have Their Kate and Edith Too? Part II from Support for Stepdads . This post is a continuation of Can A Man Have Their Kate And Edith Too? Part I.  These posts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Sometimes, You Have To Actually Turn the Car Around

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I relearned an important lesson this week: With kids, sometimes you have to follow through on all those threatened consequences. If you keep telling them you’re going to turn the car around if they don't behave, and never actually turn the car around when they continue to act like … well, children, they will learn that the car isn’t going to get turned around no matter what they do.This may seem obvious. It's straight from the parenting 101 books that I failed to read when I first started taking this experiential course in child-rearing a dozen years ago.  But,…
  • Facing Fears (and Gaining Friends) In the Name of Humor

    Cort Ruddy
    29 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    What possessed 15 dads, most of whom can’t sing a lick or dance very well beyond the occasional “sprinkler” move, to get on a stage in front a few hundred friends, family, and neighbors on a recent Spring night and generally make fools of themselves? Did I mention that some were wearing princess dresses?So, why exactly would grown men act this way? The answer’s quite simple. But the impact is kind of profound. I heard about this annual school event, called “Dad's Night,” from one of the few friends I’d made over the years on my many trips to open-houses and other…
  • Learning Lesson From A Little Boy

    Cort Ruddy
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    “This is not a joke!” “Yes it is.” “No, I’m not fooling around.” “Why not?” “Because this is serious.” “No it’s not.” The boy is four years old. Four and a half, as he’s quick to correct. Yet we still struggle mightily with how to discipline him. He literally thinks everything is a joke. And I am using the word literally as it is supposed to be used. We aren’t rookie parents. He’s our fourth. Of course, we’re not the best at all aspects of parenting (ahem… bedtime). But we aren’t new to our struggles. Figuring out…
  • Dad and The Trampoline

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    I bounded not once but twice on the trampoline, hoping to get the height and momentum needed to flip my body forward on the next jump over the edge and into the pit of foam cubes. That’s just what a random five-year-old kid did on the turn before mine. And it looked easy enough. Besides, I’ve been known to do forward flips off the diving board with regularity, if not with grace. How different could it be? Once the kid before me cleared the landing area, and the teenager with the whistle signaled it was my turn to go, and my daughter watching gave me a supportive…
  • Lucky Seven

    Cort Ruddy
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:07 am
    Today is our wee Sadie’s birthday. Our creative, zany butterfly-trapped-in-person’s body of a child is lucky seven years old. To put it mildly: she’s a personality. As my sister describes her, she’s what you might imagine Tina Fey was like as a child. Sadie's hilarious, and so in her own world. She can draw better than any kid I’ve ever met, and does a mean robot dance.  Me: "I want to take a picture for your birthday."Sadie: "How about one with me drinking apple juice."Me: "Sure?" Celebrating her birthday also reminds me of what I was doing when she was born. Seven…
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    |NoBullying|Bullying & CyberBullying Resources

  • How to Tackle Aggression in Children
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    While most children become upset at one time or another, there are some children who react to negative situations with aggression. This can be either direct or passive aggression, both of which can present their own challenges. For many parents, dealing with an aggressive child can be complicated and may not come naturally. For this reason, it’s important to learn the definition of aggression and how to handle it when you have a child who displays this kind of behavior. What is Aggression? The first step is to define aggression. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of…
  • How to Not Antagonize your Children
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you know what it means to be antagonistic? Do you know that your behavior can affect your children in a positive or negative way? The definition of antagonize means to, (1) “incur the dislike of; provoke hostility or enmity in. (2) To counteract.” (The Free Dictionary)  To define this further we need to look at the definition of antagonist.  It is defined as, “a person who is opposed to, struggles against or competes with another; opponent; adversary.” (   Looking at the definition from that light, one thing is for sure, being your child’s adversary, outside of…
  • Teaching Kids The basics of Cooperation
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Few children, if any, are born with the desire to share or cooperate with others. Cooperation is a trait that needs to be taught. The home environment is one of the best places to start. Teaching young children to cooperate and share can be a challenge. Strong-willed children have a mind of their own and sharing is not usually one of their greatest virtues. Learning this trait, however, will greatly benefit kids as they grow and will be of great value once they transition into adults. Cooperation Definition Most dictionaries define cooperative behavior as ‘the ability for people to work…
  • How to Teach Your Child Responsibility
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the biggest problems in today’s society is the lack of taking responsibility, especially in regard to the younger generations. When individuals fail to be responsible for their actions, life tends to become more chaotic. For this reason, it’s important to make sure parents are ready to teach their children how to take responsibility for their words and actions, as well as the way they live their lives. What Is Responsibility? Before learning how to teach your child to be responsible, it’s important to define responsibility and determine how it impacts their lives. According to…
  • How to Teach Children About Not Bragging
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    There are plenty of ways to teach a child not to brag about himself.  Parents can support their child’s achievements or success while consciously steering them away from having a big ego. Parents can teach humility and lead by example. With an awareness of peer comparisons, parents can steer children away from bragging and turn them into supportive people and build their character with various exercises. Fair minded parents can promote a humble attitude while praising their child with honesty and fully acknowledging the efforts and accomplishments of others. Bragging What is the simplest…
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    Day 2 Day Parenting | Day 2 Day Parenting

  • 10 Strategies for Picky Eaters and Kids with Feeding Difficulties

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    Is your child a picky eater? Here are ten strategies for picky eaters & kids with feeding difficulties: 1.  Establish A Daily Meal Routine Try your best to have family mealtimes. This teaches children skills needed for eating in a social situation, things such as passing food from person to person and serving food from bowls. Kids also like to help with setting the table & cleaning up after a meal. Having daily mealtime routines at a table with your family (instead of grazing on food while walking around or at the coffee table watching TV) sets up positive mealtime experiences for…
  • Signs of Potty Training Readiness & 10 Tips to Make It Easier

    20 Jul 2015 | 3:49 am
    6 Signs of Potty Training Readiness Your child can stay dry for a period of at least 2 hours during the day and/or you child wakes up dry from his nap. Your child is beginning to show interest in the potty or imitate the behavior of older siblings or adults when in the bathroom. Your child is showing discomfort or awareness of a wet or soiled diaper. Your child is able to pull her pants up and down without much assistance. Your child is able to follow simple one-step directions. Your child can communicate with words, signs or gestures that she needs to use the bathroom 10 Tips to Make Potty…
  • How to Work on Rolling & Sitting During Diaper Changes

    Erin McNulty
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    Looking for ways to encourage your baby to roll and sit? Typically, rolling skills develop between 4-6 months and sitting independently develops between 6-8 months of age. You can help your baby meet these motor milestones by helping them to develop strong core muscles and assisting them in these movements every day. Diaper changes are a great time to help them practice these gross motor skills every day. Reaching and Grabbing Work your baby’s core muscles by getting them interested in reaching and grabbing their feet. Help them lift their feet toward their hands or face by kissing or…
  • The Importance Of Cuddling Your Children

    Tamara Guo
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Most parents love snuggling with their babies but they feel like at a certain age kids may be too old for “cuddle time”. This is not the case! Hugging is SO beneficial for not just kids, but humans in general. Several research studies seem to confirm that cuddling your children is not only pleasurable for both of you, but can result in happier, healthier, more curious kids with bigger brains! A study cited in a NY Times article states that McGill University neurologist, Michael Meaney, discovered that his rats who licked and groomed their babies frequently, produced rats who figured out…
  • Fun Ideas for Outdoor Play

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    Headed to a park or playground this summer? If so, keep these fun ideas in mind to foster your child’s development and creativity while outdoors! Birth-6 Months Simply being outdoors, where your child can experience a multitude of new sounds, sights, and smells, will provide your child with new sensory experiences. Allowing your child to touch leaves, grass, flowers, and other textured objects will also give your child the opportunity to begin to use basic motor skills like grasping and reaching. 6-12 Months Building on the above experiences, your child may now be entering a very active…
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    A Fine Parent

  • The Deadly Character Flaw that Results in Misbehavior (And How to Deal With it)

    Heather Sanders
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Your kids say “Please” and “Thank you.” They are kind, considerate and caring (most of the time). They respect others by listening when they’re speaking and they share and take turns (usually). You’re feeling pretty capable at this Parenting thing, and the truth is, you’ve done well – considerably well. And then, you have a play date, and not only you, but also your friends and half the neighborhood learn your child’s one defining character flaw. Don’t worry. You’re still a fine parent, and now, you’ve been given your…
  • How to Teach Your Kids to Value Personal Accountability

    Barbara Leech
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    You know that one of the most important character traits we can teach our kids is personal accountability, but how? Accountability is a hard enough concept to explain to a child, never mind teaching them how to make it an integral part of their inner guidance system. If you feel like you are missing out on opportunities to teach this because you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone. The task does seem daunting. In my years of parenting, I’ve learnt (and in many cases, mastered) how to nurture and care for my kids. I have potty trained four kids (my kids are 6, 8, 24 and 27)…
  • Constantly Out-Negotiated By Kids? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Cally Worden
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever found yourself drawn into deep negotiations with your child? So deep that you temporarily forget you are the parent? My daughter has a knack for reeling me in. At the tender age of seven she has already mastered the fine art of negotiation and seems destined for a career around the negotiating table at the UN. She’ll do well I’m sure. Her persuasion skills are legendary. Here’s a scene from my house just the other night. My 4-year-old son is in the bath, all soap and steam. There is water everywhere. Toy action figures are littered across the floor, around the…
  • 32 Etiquette Rules That Will Help Your Child To Be Heard In A Noisy World

    Amie Perea
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a child in today’s busy grown-up world? What with the information age and the incessant noise, it is hard enough for grownups to be heard. Can you imagine how much harder it must be for kids? As an anthropologist, I will tell you this – good manners make it a lot easier to cut through the noise and be heard. Manners are the social glue that allows disparate members of society to come together. Adults need to teach children this language, which is essentially what social etiquette is, so they can communicate with peers and adults in order…
  • 25 Of The Best Family Movies For Teaching Honesty, Grit, Courage & More

    Tiffanie Ceynar
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s so hard as a parent to draw our kids in to meaningful conversations, isn’t it? Especially if the conversation is about something extremely important, but rather abstract in the minds of our kids, as the topic of building character? Then again who says you have to sweat it out? I’m a lazy parent – if there’s an easier way to do the job as well without me having to do all the heavy lugging, I’ll take that option any day, and twice on Sundays. Which is why I love family movie nights. The lights are dimmed in the house, and the sun is starting to set. The…
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    Bumps n Baby

  • 3 Leftover Dosa Batter Recipes – Make the Most Out of Leftovers

    Durga Prakash
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Don’t know what to do with that left over dosa batter? Looking for a variety recipe with dosa batter? Read on to know how I use my left over dosa batter. 3 Letfover dosa recipes for toddlers and kids: Usually I end up with a small amount of dosa batter, which will not be sufficient [...] The post 3 Leftover Dosa Batter Recipes – Make the Most Out of Leftovers appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Planning for a Second Baby – 14 Things To Consider

    Roshni Ann Mathew
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Am I ready for another child? What all to consider while planning for a second child? Today the post is about the 14 points to be taken into account while planning for a second baby. Once you are a parent you know that a baby takes a major part of your life. The new bundle [...] The post Planning for a Second Baby – 14 Things To Consider appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Tackle Motion Sickness in Children Using Our 10 Step Guide

    Chitra Santosh
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    What is motion sickness in children? What causes the car sickness or sickness in vehicles for children while travelling? What are the precautions you can take to prevent or reduce the intensity of motion sickness in kids? This is a simple guide to help you make that trip with kids less rocky. Picture this – [...] The post Tackle Motion Sickness in Children Using Our 10 Step Guide appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Ivy Gourd Chutney Recipe for Toddlers and Kids

    Neha C
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I am sharing with you a very interesting ivy gourd chutney recipe. Kundru, tindora, tendli, kovakka, kovakkai or ivy gourd is always a neglected vegetable and definitely not included in kid’s menu. I often make kundru fry or kundru ki sabzi at home. This ivy gourd chutney was a super hit at my home. [...] The post Ivy Gourd Chutney Recipe for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  •  8 Practical Tips for Surviving a Movie with your Kid (minus the drama)

    Chitra Santosh
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I present to you a simple guide for surviving a movie with your little munchkin. A friend of mine went to see the movie Minions 2 recently. When asked for a review, she said “who knows? I couldn’t hear anything above the wails of a tiny little baby who can give Dolby atmos a [...] The post  8 Practical Tips for Surviving a Movie with your Kid (minus the drama) appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Creating a Positive Atmosphere at Home

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    You've probably heard the saying, "If Mama (or Daddy!) ain't happy, nobody's happy."There have been many points during my parenting journey when I was tired, cranky, and at the end of my mothering rope. When I'm like that, I'm definitely no fun to be around. The same thing happens when my kids are cranky or going through a major challenge--it takes every effort for me to keep a positive attitude going.One piece of parenting advice that someone once gave me was "Choose your battles carefully."At first, I didn't get it. I was the mom. I was in charge. Not this little headstrong toddler. Of…
  • How to Talk to Your Teenager and Get Them To Open Up

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Every parent would love to be given the book "How to Talk to Your Teenager" before the going gets tough, but if you learn some simple tools before they hit 13 years of age, you'll survive it just as many parents have before you. Teenagers have a lot going on as they try to figure out their own identity in this great big world. Talking to your teenager does not have to be a dreaded experience and even the shyest of parents or those without essential communication skills can get their teenager to open up. While regular communication is important in families, you can learn how to talk to your…
  • Expecting Your First Baby? Here are 16 Things You and Your Baby Can Live Without

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You're expecting your first baby! And if you're anything like me, you've been going through baby items online, as well as walking up and down the aisles in the baby store with a full heart and tears rolling down your face. Aren't baby stuff just the cutest?! Well, before you register or splurge on anything, here are some things you and your beautiful bundle of joy can definitely live without.1. Wipe WarmerI observed my friends who used this when I was pregnant. Sure, baby looked cozy at home, but when out and about, you can bet the child threw a fit every single time he was being changed. So…
  • Family Scrapbook: You Don't Have to Go on Vacation in Order to Preserve Memories

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    If it isn't in the budget to go on a vacation this year that doesn't mean you shouldn't create a family scrapbook of all the things you do this summer. Your kids will appreciate looking back on their weeks of summer fun for years to come. Relax, you don't have to take a course on scrap booking and you certainly don't have to watch the summer unfold from behind your camera. Just commit to snapping a shot or two here and there and see what unfolds.{zphotos::1887}
  • Bad Parenting: 5 Things Parents Should Never Say To Their Child

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    Parenting isn't an easy job and there are moments when we fall into using some bad parenting techniques. It is normal to say the wrong thing or make a mistake when parenting your child, but there are some specific statements and phrases that should be avoided at all costs. Some phrases that parents may say either on a regular basis or in the heat of the moment can be extremely damaging to a child. Watch your words and if you slip up and say any of these statements or phrases, find a way to remedy the situation.You Are Useless or a FailureThis is one that every parent should avoid saying to…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Twin Sisters Give Birth in the Same Delivery Room Three Hours Apart

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    The connection between twins can be uncanny. In fact, we’ve witnessed it time and again, twin sisters getting pregnant and giving birth right around the same time. Recently, Jessica and Joyce joined the ranks after giving birth within just three hours of each other in the very same delivery room. The 23-year-old identical twin sisters had learned they were pregnant right around the same time, with Joyce being just two weeks ahead of her sister. Sunday morning, they both started experiencing pain. They messaged each other throughout the day, and by the time night came around, the pain for…
  • Amanda Booth’s Son with Down Syndrome Lands His Own Modeling Contract

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    Amanda Booth has modeled for Target and Old Navy, and has appeared on television shows like “Community” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She also landed a Lancome commercial with Julia Roberts recently. And now it would seem that modeling runs in the family . . . Micah Quinones, Amanda’s 11-month-old son, recently landed his own modeling contract. It’s not hard to see why when looking at Amanda’s Instagram account: he seems quite the natural. via @Mikerunt “As soon as the camera comes out, he looks right into it,” model and actress Amanda Booth told ABC News. “Everyone says to…
  • Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky Arrive at LAX With Their Kids!

    Lisa Arneill
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    It was all hands on deck for Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky as the two flew from London to Los Angeles with their 3 kids on Sunday. While accompanied by some friends and airport staff the couple made their way through the airport with their daughter India and twins Tristan and Sasha. At one point Chris and a friend each carried a twin, while India rode in the Bugaboo Donkey, which was piled high on the other side with their gear(including Pacapod’s Picos Backpack!) As they headed to their gate Chris carried one of his twins, while Elsa pushed the other one in the stroller along side…
  • Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Step Out With Their Kids

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Separated couple, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were both spotted out in Atlanta, Georgia individually on Sunday spending time with their kids. Earlier in the day the actress visited the park with son Samuel before accompanying daughter Violet on a walk with her new puppy. Later in the day Violet and Ben headed to the pet store to get a cage for their new fluffy family member. Last week Ben was photographed arriving in Atlanta with a puppy that the family had adopted from a shelter in the Pacific Palisades this Spring. Ben and Jen have been co-parenting their children in Atlanta while Jen…
  • Kelly Rutherford Enjoys A Super Saturday With Her Kids!

    Lisa Arneill
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Kelly Rutherford was in good spirits while at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Super Saturday shopping event in the Hamptons. While joined by her kids Helena and Hermes Giersch, the actress posed for photos on the green carpet. Looking beach ready, Kelly and Helena matched in linen embroidered dresses from Calypso St. Bart. The outing comes just a couple days after Kelly’s custody battle for the kids took an odd turn. After fighting for more than 3 years to re-gain full custody of her children in California, the court ruled that they no longer have jurisdiction over the case. …
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • The joys (and unexpected frustrations) of raising children

    Raising Wild Ones
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Anybody who has children will completely relate to most everything in this post. While children are amazing and I love them with all my heart, it can be extremely difficult sometimes! Not in the sense that you dislike your children, by any means, but more of the fact that you cannot believe what just happened. Let me tell you a story about when my lovely kids decided it would be a good idea to obliterate my brand new computer… First of all, we just bought a new computer from Dell and were totally in love with it in every way. It was fast, it was clean, and it was everything we needed! I…
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  • Teaching your children about the natural world

    Rima Desai
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    We introduce our kids to some common animals at a very young age. Which child will not know Cat, Dog, Monkey, Lion and birds like Crow, Pigeon, or Parrots? I realized that however, our children are not exposed to a wider range of the natural living world. How many children know Seagull, Vulture, Yak, Mongoose, Hyrax, or Wildebeest at an age of 3, 4, or even 9? The activities I list below will open up a new world to your children and increase their knowledge of all these creatures. You can add other learning to these with Phonics and Alphabets as well.     Age: 6+. These activities…
  • Do you talk to God, grandpa?

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    I think God created GrandParenthood to help us understand that we are capable of such unconditional love, affection, patience, tolerance for ambiguity, optimism, positive outlook, cheerfulness, fun, laughter, willingness to let our hair down and adorable behaviour. In his mischief He has left it to us as a choice to extend that to others. Our grandsons, Arhan – 7 years & Pratyush –  5 years, are visiting us. What follows are our conversations – spontaneous, unedited and authentic. They appeared in Facebook over the last 3 weeks Conversation with Pratyush. “Thathu we are…
  • Should we Bring Old Values Back into Vogue?

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. We all do it subconsciously, try to instil habits and values that we learnt as a child into our own children. But how many of those values still hold water in today’s day and age? When I was a little girl I remember my parents urging me to befriend a lonely, elderly neighbor. But my 8 year old mind refused to believe that an 80 year old could have anything interesting to offer in terms of play. So every week I would knock on her door for conversation and biscuits. After a few weeks, strangely I remember I used to look…
  • Suicidal Adolescents

    Shobhika Jaju
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Much has been said and written about suicide and its prevalence among the youth, especially in today’s world, when the average tolerance level of not only the youngsters but also the adults has gone down considerably. There are cases in the paper reporting suicide by eleven year olds; suicide by young men or women because their relationship didn’t work out or because they got less marks than expected. The question we have to ask is that can we do anything about it? And the answer is a big YES. Of course, we can. Before we proceed further, lets’ distinguish between three key…
  • Encouraging a Passion for Reading

    Ramendra (Ramen) Kumar
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    This blog is an excerpt from Ramen’s parenting book,“Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm”. Of all the things my father taught me, possibly the one that I cherish the most is the value of reading. Alas, today reading as a habit is becoming rarer by the day. All that the child reads today are  text books or guides or books on careers – stuff that will help her make a living. In that process the child neglects to read words that will help her make a life – books that entertain and elevate, words that are endearing and enduring. From a very young age read to her as much as possible.
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    Life Behind the Smiles

  • The wheels in my mind keep turning

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    I know I’ve mentioned anxiety in the past, but boy howdy is it strong now.  From the lump on the kittens spay site (which I read is normal) to the blood test I’m having done on Friday. My life is one giant episode of medical anxiety.  It sucks. I know we are doing blood for thyroid levels Friday and the nurse mentioned more she wants to run but didn’t want to tell me because I’d google – she was right.  I had a urinalysis that showed ketones so I’m pretty certain it’s a sugar thing.  Who knows. I would love 24 hours where something simple to…
  • The Hits Keep Coming

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    What a week this ended up being.  First our sweet Tommy passed on Wednesday, then the news reported an incident in Wisconsin. An apparent attempt of a homicide/suicide. The homicide was successful by the time first responders got to the scene, the suicide wasn’t. A man and his 16 year old son.  As the story continued, we all learned this boy had Angelman Syndrome. Little close to home.  Father was taken to the ICU of a local hospital where he died yesterday. And it’s so easy to jump up and judge, especially on social media.  Hiding behind that screen that makes everyone so…
  • What a day

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Today was a rough one.  I knew when my cell rang at 9:30 at work from Gab it wasn’t good.  Her sweet little kitten had passed sometime before morning. And she was hysterically sobbing. I had to get to her, to hug her and help her handle the situation so I immediately headed home. What I saw when I got there would slay any mom.  My sweet girl sitting on her bed holding this poor lifeless kitten she loved and nurtured and worked so hard to save, just sobbing. So I went to her and hugged her.  Let her cry.  Then I took Tommy from her and told her there was truly nothing we could have…
  • Daily Horoscope – Virgo

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    So awhile back, a friend told me about this horoscope app he used.  Said it was freakishly on point.  I found it, called simply Daily Horoscope, installed and wow is he right.  Here is mine today : Got me thinking.  Sometimes you don’t realize how isolated you feel until it feels like you’re in a bubble.  You can see and hear people and life around you, but it’s like you’re watching them on TV and aren’t part of the movement. A big reason I deleted this blog is because it was becoming far too tempting to use it to ruin the life of someone who caused mass…
  • Life

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    So, it has been roughly a year since I used this blog.  I had acquired a few other domains, abandoned them all, went back to WordPress hosted blogging, abandoned that. This is home to me. Lots happened over the last year.  Gab turned 14, Will turned 5, I turned 40.  Will flew through inclusive pre-K with flying colors and Gab finished junior high. As for me, well I worked on healing. Letting go of the things I couldn’t change little by little.  Focused on things I could improve little by little. While where I am today is far, far from complete, I am worlds better than I was one year…
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    Moms Best Umbrella Strollers

  • First Years Jet Stroller Review: First Love Hard to Forget

    Grace Wilson
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    They may be known as The First Years, but it is definitely not their first time to be recognized as one of the awesome umbrella strollers of all time. They are not even known for producing cheap baby essentials, but they are actually recognized for providing high quality products that can meet the needs of both parents and children. So when I learned that a First Years stroller is available at a low price, I quickly checked it out and as expected, it is just as amazing as the other ones and it comes to the form of The First Years Jet. But first, Here’s a quick rundown features of the…
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    The Best Baby Strollers Guide

  • Baby Safety Gates Tips

    Lisa Sunny
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Has your baby grown up enough to start crawling? While that’s probably good news, you might be concerned about another scenario that might or is very likely to occur. Do you find your baby crawling away when you have taken your eyes off him/her? Of course, you must have found that out on quite a few occasions. Also, compelling situations when you leave the house to complete a quick job can leave you rather worried. There is a bright solution to such a problem and prevent them from occurring.You can look to install baby safety gates in the house or the baby’s room. This is a very good way…
  • Kidco Auto Close Configure Gate Review

    Lisa Sunny
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Is your child at that age where they are learning to crawl? They are very curious little ones and are exploring your home. Yes, it they are having great time, but their curiosity may lead them into getting hurt. The Kidco Auto Close Configure Gate is the answer; it is an easily customizable safety gate to keep your baby out of trouble.The Kidco Auto Close Configure Gate has a dual magnet design that automatically locks the door when it closes, and it has much versatility with the adjustable joints that can be changed into different configurations that best suit your needs. It is especially…
  • Safeway Safety Gate

    Lisa Sunny
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    This white safety gate is designed for use at the top of the stairs and has no bottom rail that could be a serious trip hazard in this location. It can also be used in other areas of your home, perhaps to avoid a young child coming into the kitchen while you are cooking, for example.This model is in a stylish white that fits unobtrusively with most modern décor schemes. It is popular with parents because of its one-handed operation and because, at 33.5” in height, it is taller than a many other child safety gates, providing additional safety for toddlers who might try to climb it.The width…
  • Regalo Easy Step Walk-Through Gate Review

    Lisa Sunny
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Now that you have had your baby, it’s time to start thinking about how to protect and childproof your home. The love of your life has started to move, spreading her wings and of course, you want your home to be a haven for her, not an obstacle. Maybe you have a pet that needs to be separated from the baby, either way; it’s time to put up the gate. Help set your boundaries, especially if you are using this gate for a pet.One of the best ways you can do to childproof your home is by using the Regalo Easy Step Walk-Through Gate, which has a convenient, and easy to install gate that can help…
  • About Baby Jogger Travel Systems

    Lisa Sunny
    22 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    Moms are normally anxious to get back into shape after the arrival of their new baby, and for this purpose some even opt for jogging stroller travel systems which is believed to help reaching their goal while keeping the baby safe and secure inside the unit.You can baby jogger travel systems from nearly any well-known stroller manufacturers, as if you have two kids or twins to carry, you can rely on Baby Trend Double Jogging Strollers or Instep Double Jogging Stroller to make sure you get what you want.So here is more about baby jogger travel systems for you to consider.FunctionDetermine the…
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    The Raising Supaman Project


    Nathaniel Turner
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The other afternoon, I had the good fortune of chatting with a friend whom I have known for more than thirty years. During our discussion, he was lamenting his dissatisfaction with parents. Specifically, he was irritated by the number of parents who have children who merely strive to be average. My response to his parental […]
  • Guess Whose Child Will Be The Next World Famous Billionaire

    Nathaniel Turner
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Imagine for a moment that an omnipotent, extraterrestrial, or some being of your choosing – who is of course more benevolent than you – sent you a gift. Further, imagine that the gift you receive weighs approximately 8 pounds and is around 20 inches in length. Upon receiving this gift, you notice immediately that this […]
  • Make The Difference Don’t Make A Difference

    Nathaniel Turner
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    July is a month where we commemorate a number of significant days. Among those celebratory days, the most significant is Independence Day. Although, few things can top the birth of a nation, there are some lesser known days that are certainly worth celebrating. In addition to July 4th there is July 15th. For any who […]
  • Father’s Day Is Sunday And I Couldn’t Care Less

    Nathaniel Turner
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    Father’s Day Is Sunday and I Couldn’t Care Less This Sunday, America will do as it erroneously does every year – pay homage to fathers everywhere. Now I realize my last statement might seem peculiar coming from a man who has found indescribable joy from being a father. Yet, no matter the overwhelming adulation I […]
  • Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears A Crown

    Nathaniel Turner
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    In Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene 1, William Shakespeare wrote a line that should be forever tattooed on the foreheads of every child. Okay, perhaps “tattooed” is a bit strong. Allow me a moment to pause so that I may make it perfectly clear that I’m not proposing any form of child abuse. […]
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  • Singapore in the 60s by James Suresh Book Launch

    12 Jul 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Having read the Mr Kiasu comics when I was growing up, I couldn’t resist the chance to meet one of the co-creators, James Suresh at his book launch. He has written a new book, Singapore in the 60s, illustrated by … Continue reading → Tags:  brian richmond, dr william wan, james suresh, queenstown, sg50, singapore in the 60s Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  1 (One) on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Coolest Babies  Flea Market And Mid Autumn Festival  Educational Toys and Books from Flea Market…
  • Sisterhood Of Mothers With Gifted Children

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    I feel as if I have been inducted into a secret sisterhood which few people dare to mention. This guild is lonely, but once a member pops up, you do your best to connect. This is the secret sisterhood consists … Continue reading → Tags:  gifted, gifted parenting, relationships with gifted parents, sisterhood of mothers with gifted children Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  9 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    A Hairy Affair  Water and African Children Conversation  The Day El Came Home On…
  • The Art of Lying

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    After weeks of missing lessons, El finally finished his painting of Mickey Mouse. His teacher had explained the concept behind it, but I had forgotten who the artist was. It was supposed to be have vintage feel, with all the … Continue reading → Tags:  child lying, heart studio, lying developmental stages, mickey mouse vintage painting Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  2 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Speed Bumps To Gifted Acceleration  Gar's Hospital Stay  River Safari  Dressing…
  • Getting My Article Published

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    It is the 28th SEA Games and I love watching the events, especially the swimming finals. I used to watch the competition on television, and even go to swimming meets with my friend. Even though I was very keen on … Continue reading → Tags:  commentary, forum, sea games, swimmers, writing Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  12 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Trip To The Dentist and Lunch  Recovery Phase  Getting A Piano Finally  12 Anxiety Issues Parents Of Gifted Children Face…
  • 4 Ideas For Children During Free Time

    31 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    After being confronted with the reality that my young children spend far too much of their free time on iPad either playing Minecraft, Tap Zoo and Surfer Run, or watching YouTube videos, I decided there must be better things for … Continue reading → Tags: Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  18 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Dirty Medela Pump Membrane  How A Four-Year-Old Names His Future Business  Christmas Decorations 2013  Moonlight Parties  Garisms – Funny Quips from…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • Giveaway: 'Trollhunters' Prize Pack and $250 Visa Gift Card

    23 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Post by Caroline Olney. From Guillermo del Toro, the horror genius behind Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Hobbit, and Pacific Rim, comes Trollhunters, an exciting, monster-filled illustrated adventure novel for children.Trollhunters is the story of Jim Sturges, a typical teen in a suburban California town. But Jim goes from typical to extraordinary pretty quickly when a 45-year-old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy city. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.
  • 47 Creative (and Easy) Snack Ideas for Kids

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. Snack time sounds fun, but it’s seriously mind-boggling trying to figure out what will keep everybody satisfied, energized, and well nourished. Junk food covered in cheese-like orange dust isn’t going to cut it, and to come up with new, original ideas every day -- well, who’s got time for that? We did the time-consuming part for you: finding easy snack ideas to make kids happy, keep them healthy, and beat snack-time boredom. If you and your family want to avoid a monotonous loop of cheese and crackers and chips and dip, you’re going to love this slew of…
  • 25 Best Places to Visit in America Before Your Kids Fly the Coop (VIDEO)

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. America is beautiful! And you should see it with your family. Not only is it a great educational experience, it's fun! Take a look at the 25 best places in the good 'ole USA you should be bringing your kids ... before they grow up. See this video on The Stir by CafeMom. Image © Sasa Dinic/iStock
  • 6 'Duh' Signs for Misbehaving Kids (and Parents) the World Badly Needs

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Post by Aimee Ogden. There are some aspects of parenting that seem so obvious no one should need to have them explained -- like the above Imgur photo of a sign for parents at an amusement park, which the original poster notes that he thinks there shouldn't have to be a sign for. Except, if such a sign does exist, it's almost certainly an indication that this has come up much, much more than once. So as long as "duh" signs like this one exist for parents, what other signs should we start seeing soon in businesses and establishments that welcome families?1. "The waiters are not responsible for…
  • 17 Best Vacation Ideas for Families With Grade School Kids (PHOTOS)

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Post by Carinn Jade. You've left behind the diaper bag and outgrown the nap schedule; it’s time for a proper vacation again! Grade-schoolers are easier to manage, and not yet as jaded as teens. This is the time to make lasting memories as a family. We’ve got 20 of the best destinations all across the country sure to please the grade school set -- and with all-inclusive packages and supervised programs, parents will love these options just as much! Image via Futcher
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Mom files excessive force complaint after her son runs over a police officer.

    Miso N. Grey
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Parents, there is no valid reason on God's green earth your 17 year-old child should be out joyriding at 2:45 AM. This is a parental failure at its worst, and those mothers should be charged as accomplices. I bet that would smack these idiot mothers into shape, Continue reading →
  • Updates.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    Even though a completely out-of-touch @kvanogtrop gets a soapbox and I won’t, I feel that I shouldn’t give up on the world. Not yet, anyway. So, as a responsible parent, here’s what’s bothering me lately. Save your children. Please. 1. Some idiot in Mexico saw Jesus in her taco. She made a shrine around it, and people … Continue reading →
  • Another sad day for All-American kids.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    When Vanya Shivashankar, 13, spelled “scherenschnitte” correctly and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, nailed “nunatak,” it meant the duo would share the title of 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee champion. It has now been 8 years since any European-American descendant has won an American Spelling Bee. Remember, these are the folks who created the English language. It seems kind … Continue reading →
  • Van Ogtrop is back. And her parenting advice is really simple — and worse than ever.

    Miso N. Grey
    22 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I sincerely hoped the last column I read was the managing editor of Real Simple's worst, but it simply wasn't. May's column seems like a drunken suburban stay-at-home mom babble. Continue reading →
  • Depression is the direct result of parental failure.

    Miso N. Grey
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    If your child is depressed, it may have been your lack of guidance that caused it, mom and dad. Depression is the direct result of a parental failure. Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • Evenflo Creates Car Seat Designed to Prevent Hot Car Deaths

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Evenflo Creates Car Seat Designed to Prevent Hot Car Deaths Evenflo Creates Car Seat Designed to Prevent Hot Car Deaths. The Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace Infant Car Seat car seat uses a wireless receiver that plugs into a car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD) port and syncs with the chest clip that goes around the baby. If the car is turned off and the chest clip […]        
  • Free $10 Aéropostale eGift Card with $20.00 Purchase

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Free $10 Aéropostale eGift Card with $20.00 Purchase With back to school season in full swing it’s always nice to save money. School supplies and new school clothes can get costly. If you shop at Aéropostale and you spend at least $20.00 with your registered VISA credit card at an Aéropostale store, you will a free $10 Aéropostale eGift card! Valid through August […]        
  • Must-Know Tips for the First Time Dad

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Must-Know Tips for the First Time Dad Welcome to the scary and exciting new world of parenthood! As a new dad, you most likely have some concerns about your roles and responsibilities for this weird little life form you’ve welcomed into the world. In times of doubt, look for advice from those who have gone before you. Here are a few standard […]        
  • Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Desserts & Appetizers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Desserts & Appetizers Take your birthday celebrations from ordinary to extraordinary this summer with these unique, savory or sweet treats made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Hosts and guests alike will love the buttery flavor and flaky layers that make up Puff Pastry sheets, cups and shells. The versatility of Puff Pastry allows you to make easy yet […]        
  • Graduation Gift Ideas For Kids

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Graduation Gift Ideas For Kids Do you know of a family member or friend that is graduating from school? If so, a simple “job well done” is not enough to celebrate their accomplishments. While finding an interesting yet useful gift may seem difficult, the following gift ideas are sure to score big with your graduate. Tablets and Notebooks If your […]        
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Back Up Your Phone Photos for Free with Google Photos

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Welcome to “All Around Dad” – the newest addition to the MinneMama Adventures website! I’m so excited to unveil this, mostly because it has been a topic of discussion in our household for more than a year, but also because my husband Nate is one of the most well-researched, insightful and advice-filled people you will [...] The post Back Up Your Phone Photos for Free with Google Photos appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Make It Count: Developing a Summer Bucket List

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    I’ll be the one to say it: Summer is 1/3 over. There. Are we all a little more depressed now? If you’re anything like me, you hear that and a cloud of anxiety sets in – “I haven’t gone here yet or taken the kids there yet or eaten at this place yet or swam in that pool yet [...] The post Make It Count: Developing a Summer Bucket List appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Donate to the Children’s Miracle Network + a Gift Card Giveaway

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Congratulations to Rachel, who is the winner of the gift card! I have been compensated for this post however all thoughts and opinions are my own. All statistics and the Walmart gift card have been provided by P&G. Every day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms. 26 years ago, only days after [...] The post Donate to the Children’s Miracle Network + a Gift Card Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Near and Deer to My Heart: Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Park

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:20 pm
    FAWN-DOE-ROSA  |  ST. CROIX FALLS, WI  |  VISIT WEBSITE This incredible Wildlife Education Park has become a Mother’s Day tradition for my family. With our love of animals and respect for the way the Fawn-Doe-Rosa staff focuses on care, conservation and rehabilitation, it has become the local adventure we most look forward to every year! It’s [...] The post Near and Deer to My Heart: Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Park appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Stillwater’s Teddy Bear Park (and More)

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    TEDDY BEAR PARK  |  STILLWATER, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  A day trip to Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater is sure to be a hit for your kiddos. This small-but-fantastic park is located just a block away from Stillwater’s Main Street. It’s tucked above the busy road yet is walking distance to the restaurants and shops (or [...] The post Stillwater’s Teddy Bear Park (and More) appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Shop Stories: Birdie & Bubble

    Lisa Bronwyn
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    THIS WEEK'S SHOP STORY IS WITH BIRDIE & BUBBLE. MEET KRISTEN AND HER FAMILY!  Your brief story: My name is Kristen of Birdie & Bubble, and I am mommy to Avery (the Birdie), age 7, and Ezra (the Bubble), age 1.  They are beautiful and wild and curious and busy, but most of all, they are joy incarnate.  I saved all of Avery’s clothes because I was sure I would have another girl someday.  You know what they say about where the best laid plans lead you……and almost 6 years later, our little guy was born and we had BINS and BINS of girl…
  • Kidizen Now on Android!

    Dori Graff
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Kidizen for Android is now available!We are so excited to introduce Android folks to the wonderful world of Kidizen! Initially, the Android app will be buy-only, but we'll be adding the ability to sell via Android in the coming weeks. Help us spread the word and welcome our new Android friends to the Kidizen community.
  • Shop Stories: The Bear and the Bow

    Lisa Bronwyn
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    THIS WEEK'S SHOP STORY IS WITH The Bear and the Bow. MEET Alyssa AND HER FAMILY!   Alyssa's story: My name is Alyssa, and I'm a born and raised Midwestern girl living in New England. I say "Pop," not Soda, but will also say "lob-stah" non-ironically. I enjoy reality television, boxed wine, trips to Target just to "get out of the house," and the overuse of emojis. I have two kids I love and tolerate - Blair is three and a half and Wells is 14 months. I stay at home with them, and love that Kidizen has given me a little "part time job" in selling (and buying -…
  • Win a $100 Gift Certificate from The Patchery!

    Dori Graff
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    We love it when we stumble upon unique style trends in our very own community of parents. We're proud to introduce you to The Patchery, a mom-run online business that lets you and your kiddo custom-design clothes that they then stitch to life, the old-fashioned way.The Patchery is doing a special giveaway to our Kidizen community. Follow The Patchery on Kidizen and get entered to win $100 gift certificate so you can create your own unique looks on!  See more listings from The PatcheryOh, and here's another something special just for you!
  • Shop Stories: KK&H

    Lisa Bronwyn
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    This week's Shop story is with KK&H. Meet Kelsey and her family!   Kelsey's story: Hi, I'm Kelsey from Northern California. I'm a full time mommy during the day and a KAIA FIT coach and TRX trainer in the evenings. I love love love clothes, especially for my littles! My shop is KK&H named after my three littles Kayleigh, Kenzie (or red as we call her), and my little guy Holden.Brands we like: I have always been a sucker for Gap, H&M, and Old Navy over the years for my girls and we always find cute little things at Target, where I love to spend any free…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Tips for Reducing Stress

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Stress is something that affects millions of people in the world today. Stress is an overwhelming sense of uncertainty, nervousness or the need to rush to complete a task. People suffer from work, relationship, intimacy and performance stress. It affects each person a different way. The worst cases of stress can cause a person to […]
  • Three Ways To Save Time In The Kitchen

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Although many if not most of us love eating, this doesn’t mean we enjoy the food preparation process. In fact, many people find the process of cooking food to be a bit boring, tedious, and/or time-consuming. If you love eating but are interested in shaving minutes off the food preparation process, here are three simple […]
  • Summer Getaway Survival Kit Giveaway

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Um, the summer travel season is in full swing. Unfortunately, that also means that you’re likely pulling wrinkled clothes out of a bag and walking around looking like you slept in them. You’ve tried all the special packing techniques, purchased wrinkle‐free clothing, and nothing is helping. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to the rescue! Whether you’re […]
  • 2016 Mazda CX-5 Crossover SUV Review

    24 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    I recently had the opportunity to take a 2016 Mazda CX-5 for a week long test drive. We’ve been toying around with the idea of a new family vehicle for a while, and this one is definitely at the top of our list. It’s not really a station wagon and not what you’d think of […]
  • Give Back with Subway’s #youshareweshare Campaign

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you love SUBWAY® Restaurants? It’s been my go­-to sub shop for a long time. Not only is the food good, they’re a company that gives back and that’s always something that I try to support. Right now, SUBWAY® Restaurants located in USA & Canada are joining forces with several charities to give back to […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • In Which I Still Do Not Quite Meet Paul Rudd

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    I have had a crush on Paul Rudd for twenty years now (ever since Clueless). It intensified when I moved to Kansas City; he's from there and is apparently very cool and down to earth when he goes back home to visit. He usually goes to a bar where my friend works and the whole staff loves him. I probably could have met him there, except that whenever he went back to KC I was back in NJ visiting my
  • Going To England

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Writing this post makes me sympathetic to that guy who didn't call me after we went on a couple of fabulous dates, then was hurt I wasn't friendly when I ran into him. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm sorry I haven't called  written in way too long. I was busy. And confused about what direction I wanted to take the blog. But I never stopped thinking about you blogging. I have a
  • Happy 9th Birthday, Lovebug!

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    Dear Lovebug,       I haven't blogged in a long while, but you've inspired me. You are such a great kid; though with all the maturing you've done this year it seems more appropriate to call you a young man. You are so responsible and helpful. Though you do still love Legos. I love how you build things according to the directions, then let them morph into new objects. You've started to
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    Spymaster Pro Official Blog

  • 4 Apps Teens Love that Parents Need to Monitor!

    Chandni Sharma
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Lets Check-Out The 4 Best And The Famous Apps Used By The Teenagers And The Reason Why Parents Should Feel The Need Of Monitoring them! Around 78 per cent children, especially teens, possess mobile phones among which half the majority uses smartphones – A report by Pew Research. Teenagers love to communicate through their cell […]
  • WhatsApp: A Biggest Addiction!

    Chandni Sharma
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 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
    23 Jun 2015 | 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 […]
  • Real Time Cell Phone Tracking Now Possible!

    Chandni Sharma
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Technology has done wonders in each and every sphere of the human life, presenting enormous ways to accomplish things which were considered impossible in the past. A few years back nobody might have an idea about smartphone revolution; and today technology has outdone not only in cell phones, but has made it possible to convert […]
  • How to Spy on Android Phone in 5 Minutes?

    Chandni Sharma
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Howdy everyone? I hope all good! Well, recently we have received a lots of queries regarding the installation of Spymaster Pro. Some users were facing difficulties in installation, while others said the app didn’t downloaded even if they followed the instructions. Whilst, Spymaster Pro shares a large user base already, yet there has been a […]
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    Problem Kids Blog

  • How To Build A Resilient Child –10 Parenting Tips.

    Robert Locke
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Ever wondered if you are doing it right in how to build a resilient child? Maybe you are too anxious or overprotective? Here are 10 parenting tips to help you stay on track and make sure that your kid will bounce back from setbacks and grow up much more confident, independent and resilient. The good news is that resilience skills can be taught. WHY kids need to be resilient. Kids have to adapt to changes and they have to face obstacles and setbacks. Just one of the normal aspects of life. They have to get used to a new class, new braces on their teeth, challenges with homework, not being…
  • Dash and Dot Robot Pack Review

    Robert Locke
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    We had lots of questions which needed answering when we bought the Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Robot Pack. The best way to find out was to actually buy it and try it with the kids. These were some of the questions we had in our minds as we opened the pack. Everybody loves a robot and kids are no exception. Start telling a robot what to do and you are taking the first step to learning coding so that is a good start. Could there be a toy that would blend the whole new world with robotics, inspire kids and get them to be creative and have a lot of fun while doing so? Could it actually teach…
  • Start Potty Training- Interview With An Expert

    Robert Locke
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Unbelievable but true. A father beats his son to death because he has not made progress with his potty training He is charged with murder and may face the death penalty. You can read this incredibly sad story here. This is an extreme case but it does point to some of the problems with parents’ frustration when they have to start potty training. James Franco decided to do a spoof video of Shia LaBeouf’s video in which he shouted ‘Just do it’ and all your dreams etc. James decided to use potty training as the motivation for doing something. However a much kinder and softer approach has…
  • Getting Inside A Teenage Brain – 8 Facts You Must Know

    Robert Locke
    2 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.”- Aristotle You know the scenario better than I do. A pile of clothes on the bedroom floor which has been there a long time or breaking the speed limit. Teenagers can be anything from moody, impulsive, verbally abusive, reckless, to being downright maddening and disrespectful. Getting inside the teenage brain is absolutely crucial to coming to terms with all this. Who are the experts on all this teenage brain stuff? One parent of teens (they are now in their twenties) is Frances Jensen who was not only a parent but also a…
  • Easier Pill Taking For Kids – 15 Tips For Parents.

    Robert Locke
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    “And a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, the medicine go down…” Mary Poppins Is Mary Poppins’ advice enough to make pill taking easier for kids, you might wonder? It appears from research that this is quite a common problem – about 40% – 50% of kids really do have difficulty in taking the standard capsules and pills. The reasons are manifold: fear of nasty tasting medicine parental pressure fear of discomfort put off by size of pills and capsules kids’ age and development associated with negativity and anxiety Pill Taking Easier For Kids. Rather than telling the…
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    When the Dust Settles

  • Delaying School for Summer Babies

    Ashley Beolens
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I’ll be honest until very recently the thought of delaying school for summer babies had not even crossed my mind, I was a February child, both my sons January, and even with a July daughter it just didn’t occur. Things changed! The post Delaying School for Summer Babies appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Dad Post of the Week 6

    Ashley Beolens
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Dad Post Of The Week 6 – Welcome to a New weekly Linky for blog posts all about dads. Because dads are important too. The post Dad Post of the Week 6 appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Silent Sunday

    Ashley Beolens
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The post Silent Sunday appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Word of the Week – Zombie

    Ashley Beolens
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to our Word of the Week post for Saturday 28th March 2015 is the chosen word is Zombie – Yeah, I love them brain eating, dead guys! This Weeks Word of the Week Zombie Meaning of the Word noun 1. The post Word of the Week – Zombie appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Dark Pictures – a Facebook Rant

    Ashley Beolens
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I love photography, it has been a passion of mine for many years, and I appreciate good technical work or stunning aesthetic photos, but I also enjoy other peoples snapshots (sometimes) but what I don’t understand is why people post dark pictures or out of focus blurs to Facebook? And while I’m here WTF! The post Dark Pictures – a Facebook Rant appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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  • Kids, teens, and online roleplaying – what parents should know

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents.           What Is Online Roleplaying? “I’m going to go RP with my friends” “I’m bored… let’s RP” Roleplaying is an activity in which people assume the role of a character in a fictional setting and interact to create a story. This type of role-playing …Read More The post Kids, teens, and online roleplaying – what parents should know appeared first on NetSanity.
  • Parental Controls and Parenting – Fact and Fiction

    Robin Petrovsky
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. e talk to many parents. We talk to many kids and teens. We talk to and present to schools. We know both sides of the argument – use parental controls and be engaged; or trust your kids and let them …Read More The post Parental Controls and Parenting – Fact and Fiction appeared first on NetSanity.
  • The “Mobile Porn Problem” and why parents need to know

    Robin Petrovsky
    7 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents.   he days of kids hiding a stack of Playboys in the basement may be over, but unfortunately, many teens and even young kids today have something much more dangerous in their hands pretty much “constantly”.   According to one of the …Read More The post The “Mobile Porn Problem” and why parents need to know appeared first on NetSanity.
  • How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps

    Robin Petrovsky
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Kids are smart. They are curious and they are sometimes a little devious! You have your kid’s passwords and you don’t allow them to take their phone or iPad to bed. You make sure you look at the text messages …Read More The post How to Stop Kids From Hiding Apps appeared first on NetSanity.
  • TV In The Palm Of Their Hands

    Robin Petrovsky
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Remember when the lucky kid’s got a TV in their bedroom? Back in the day, all the way back to 2010 , there was something called “traditional Television”. Some of the cool folks called it “TV” for short. It was …Read More The post TV In The Palm Of Their Hands appeared first on NetSanity.
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    Parent Co

  • New: Online Video Classes For Parents

    Edward Shepard
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Parent Co. is offering a new series of online video courses to help parents streamline home routines, learn new skills, and improve everyday family life. Each course includes practical advice, tips, and tactics from experts who have seen it all, in a format designed for busy parents on the go. The post New: Online Video Classes For Parents appeared first on Parent Co.
  • Review: Stearns Puddle Jumper

    Sara Goldstein
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Of the millions of kid related products developed every year, occasionally one comes along that truly makes life easier. Puddle Jumpers, a high performing alternative to the standard life jacket fit that bill completely. Made to fit kids 30-50 pounds, they come in one size with an adjustable strap and several different prints and colors. Unlike […] The post Review: Stearns Puddle Jumper appeared first on Parent Co.
  • Are you holding your own daughter back? Here are 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders. – The Washington Post

    Sara Goldstein
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    As the parent of a little girl, I can say for certain that raising her to be a strong leader is an everyday consideration. Yet in reviewing the research of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common project, it’s apparent that gender bias makes that an uphill battle. The research found that 23 percent […] The post Are you holding your own daughter back? Here are 5 ways to raise girls to be leaders. – The Washington Post appeared first on Parent Co.
  • Netted: The Best Way to Find the Best Things

    Sara Goldstein
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    While it’s easy to get caught up in the multitudes of cat videos and heated debates about public parenting, the internet, via its apps, websites and services can actually provide us with tools to make life a little better. Netted by the Webby’s (the internet’s most prestigious award) hunts down the best of all those […] The post Netted: The Best Way to Find the Best Things appeared first on Parent Co.
  • Our obsession with safety is harming our kids –

    Parent Co.
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    In this age of parenting, it seems one of our main objectives is “keeping our kids safe.” But safe from what? Is the fear that guides our need to hover even logical? And what sort of people will result? Julie Lythcott-Haims has met this kind of person, thousands of times in fact, in her job […] The post Our obsession with safety is harming our kids – appeared first on Parent Co.
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    Creative Family Connections

  • Marriage Matters

    Ruthi David
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    At Creative Family Connections, we have always known that marriage matters – that it’s not “just” a piece of paper. All married couples are entitled to equal treatment under the law. What does this mean for surrogacy? Quite simply, that there can no longer be different rules for married straight couples and married gay couples. If a state’s laws permit surrogacy for married couples then all married couples can now build their families by surrogacy. This is a vitally important step forward for equal rights for all Intended Parents, and we celebrate this victory! It’s also a…
  • Surro Snacking! Lisa’s Protein-Packed Oatmeal

    Ruthi David
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    It’s time to feature some Surro Snacking! Today, CFC surrogate Lisa shared a great hint with us for beating morning sickness in the first trimester (or beyond, if you are unlucky…) “what gets me through the morning sickness with a little protein is oatmeal (plain oats) cooked with apples and milk with an egg mixed in (like you would for a custard). The milk and apples make it sweet but you can top with a little maple syrup if you want!” Who knew!? Give it a try and let us know if it works for you! Thanks, Lisa. Protein-packed Nausea-Neutralizing Apple Oatmeal:…
  • Calling All Hopeful Surrogates: Introducing CFC’s Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program – $250 Match Bonus!

    Frankie Marrero
    21 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Here at CFC we are always looking for ways to sweeten the journey – for our Intended Parents AND our surrogates. In that vein, we are very happy to announce our brand new Exclusive Gestational Carrier Program, which offers our GC candidates a $250 bonus upon matching! Our extensive GC pre-screening program gives both our GC candidates and Intended Parents peace of mind. Through our caring and comprehensive process, we take the guesswork out of matching. We work with each candidate one-on-one from the very day that they apply to become a surrogate at CFC. During our pre-screening process we…
  • Wyoming

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    WYOMING GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WYOMING WY Stat § 14-2-403(d) “does not authorize or prohibit” Gestational Surrogacy contracts; however, WY Stat § 14-2-901 et seq. covers assisted reproduction in some depth. As a practical matter, Gestational Surrogacy is rare in Wyoming. To date, there are no known requests for parentage orders in Wyoming.  Rather, parentage rights of Intended Parents using Gestational Carriers in Wyoming have been secured when Wyoming’s Vital Records honored an out-of-state pre-birth parentage order from the Intended Parents’ home state, and issued a birth…
  • Wisconsin

    Ruthi David
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:32 pm
    WISCONSIN GESTATIONAL SURROGACY IN WISCONSIN Gestational Surrogacy is permitted in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Paternity of F.T.R., Rosecky v. Schissel.  The court concluded that surrogacy contracts are enforceable unless contrary to the child’s best interest. Pre-Birth Parentage Orders Do courts grant pre-birth parentage orders?  Yes, pre-birth orders are issued, but they are considered “interim” orders. An additional, final, order must be issued after the child’s birth to facilitate obtaining the birth certificate. Can both Intended Parents be…
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  • Respuestas para niños

    Verónica Nieva
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita ¿por qué los pajaritos parados sobre un cable eléctrico no se electrocutan?” me preguntó Regina en medio de una tormenta eléctrica que cortó la luz de nuestra casa por 10 minutos Ya les he platicado cómo Regina, de 4 años, crece y aprende de todo lo que la rodea: las estaciones del año y el clima, el planeta Tierra y su satélite, la anatomía animal y vegetal, las ciencias naturales, y muchas otras cosas que la intrigan. Yo, para no quedarme corta de respuestas (“¿por qué los pajaritos parados sobre un cable eléctrico no se…

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Hoy en esta sección te comparto una sencilla reseta que te hará viajar por la ruta del tiempo, del espacio y como lo dije anteriormente de los sentidos. Deliciosa, nutritiva y escandalosamente irresistible crema de cacahuate. Sentir, oler, untar, saborear… mmm, son sensaciones que a todo niño le gusta experimentar y a todo adulto le invita a probar. Hoy en esta sección te comparto una sencilla reseta que te hará viajar por la ruta del tiempo, del espacio y como lo dije anteriormente de los sentidos. Deliciosa, nutritiva y…
  • Mentiras en los niños: Por qué suceden y qué hacer al respecto

    Yusel Flores
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Cuando descubres a tu niño en edad preescolar tejiendo un largo cuento o negando algo que sabes  que ha hecho; él, no precisamente esta tratando de engañarte. Cuando descubres a tu niño en edad preescolar tejiendo un largo cuento o negando algo que sabes  que ha hecho; él, no precisamente esta tratando de engañarte. A esta edad la línea entre la realidad y la fantasía es todavía un poco borrosa, así que en lugar de ser un astuto diablillo, sus mentiras pueden provenir de: Olvido. Los preescolares tienen poca memoria, por lo que…
  • Dama de blanco

    Alejandra Ulloa
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Abro el Facebook y leo en el muro de mi amiga Yolinda una de esas historias que me gustan: Abro el Facebook y leo en el muro de mi amiga Yolinda una de esas historias que me gustan: “Mi lavadora pasó a mejor vida y hoy tuve la fortuna de recibir al comprador de todo lo inservible que entonaba su canción de: ‘…colchoneees que vendaaa…’ Entró a mi casa a ver el cadáver metálico, me dijo que podía darme 100 pesos por ella y yo acepté más que encantada. Mientras arrastrábamos por las escaleras a mi (ex)compañera de…
  • 20 Actividades para desarrollar la psicomotricidad fina en tu hijo de 1 a 5 años.

    Laura Cervantes
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Para estas vacaciones te dejo 20 actividades que puedes realizar a modo de juego para fomentar la psicomotricidad en tu hijo. Te recomiendo realizarlas al menos dos veces por semana. Tu hijo durante su crecimiento pasa por distintas fases, una de ellas es la de experimentación y adquisición del conocimiento, la cual comienza en los primeros meses y se extiende a lo largo de toda su vida. En esta etapa las habilidades motrices se utilizan como medio para adquirir información de todo tipo. De los 3 a los 5 años en la etapa…
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    Raising Creative Children

  • How much do you know about white noise for babies?

    12 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    We’re expecting our first child any day now and trying to prepare (as much as we can) to help our baby sleep. We’ve read Dr. Harvey Karp’s Happiest Baby on the Block (and watched the DVD). White noise, is one of Karp’s suggestions for helping babies sleep. So we’re now exploring the potential of white … Continue reading How much do you know about white noise for babies?
  • Music For Kids (& Adults) During Shark Week

    11 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    As we wrap up Shark Week, let’s explore some musical connections. Sure, the easy thing to do is to find music that has the word “shark” in the lyrics or play the ubiquitous and ominous music from “Jaws.” We’re going to get a bit more creative here and discuss some connections to Shark Week that … Continue reading Music For Kids (& Adults) During Shark Week
  • Creativity, Chameleons, and Fan Fiction Art!

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    Patty Palmer’s “A Color of His Own” Art lesson inspired me to think about the possibilities of children creating their own versions of stories and related art – sort of like fan fiction art! In Patty Palmer’s lesson, children create water color versions of chameleons from Leo Lionni’s A Color of His Own after reading the … Continue reading Creativity, Chameleons, and Fan Fiction Art!
  • Adult Friendly Music For (Babies &) Kids 2 (with project ideas)

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We are often skeptical of albums that are branded “for babies,” “for kids,” or the like. The recently released Schumann: Album for the Young  is a completely different case. This is fantastic album and is perfect for the entire family! Find out why we love this album (and many others with the same music & … Continue reading Adult Friendly Music For (Babies &) Kids 2 (with project ideas)
  • Enrich kids’ Fourth of July with these 4 musical opportunities!

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Fourth of July provides countless opportunities to have children engage with music. Here are 4 ideas for exploring musical possibilities connected to the Fourth of July.  These activities are perfect for kids’ enrichment over the summer or as part of a homeschool curriculum. 1. Compile a patriotic music playlist for listening to throughout the day This … Continue reading Enrich kids’ Fourth of July with these 4 musical opportunities!
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  • Best Parent Resources to Teach Kids About Feelings

    Sue Lively
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    There are lots of things that parents can do to help their kids become emotionally intelligent and empathetic – the cornerstones of resilience. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding great resources to spark those kinds of conversations with your kids. Today I’ve gathered up a collection of awesome picture books, games, and activities that you can read, and do, to teach kids about feelings!  Amazon Affiliate links are included here. See Disclosure for details.  First, I’ll start with the books (and I’ve got some great ones for kids of all ages!), then…
  • How to Build an Awesome Kids Stick Forest House

    Sue Lively
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am thrilled to be a guest poster today on Rainy Day Mum. After reading the hilarious picture book, “Stella: Fairy of the Forest” we got inspired to visit our local plot of the woods and create our own stick “Forest House” – just like the characters. Check out the awesome fort we made – and learn how you can make a stick forest house with your kids too for an afternoon they’ll never forget! My favourite part of this activity was that it allowed the boys to get outside, be active, and get up and close with Mother nature! It was a wonderful cooperative activity because…
  • How to Teach Kids to Value and Accept Feelings

    Sue Lively
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have always been a very emotional person. I feel things very deeply and according to all my friends and family, I “wear my emotions on my sleeve.” However, I’ve also always struggled with this aspect of my temperament. I am choosy about who I intentionally reveal my feelings to and have struggled with expressing (or not expressing!) negative emotions. When my son was born, I vowed to learn more about how to help him learn about feelings and their healthy expression, and in the process I’ve learned a lot too – and the learning curve has been STEEP! This post is…
  • How to Make Exciting Phonics Discovery Dishes

    Sue Lively
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    I can’t wait to share this fun learning idea that I stumbled upon this week. While cleaning out my always over-crammed craft and storage room, I found some unused petri dishes from high school (I never throw something out if I think it can be used for arts or crafts!), and I got a brainstorm! I was supposed to be joining some other awesome bloggers this week to share a discovery BOTTLE that could be used on a light table (or in a sunny window) but I thought the DISHES would be a fun twist instead! Read on to find out how I turned my “antique” petri dishes into awesome…
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Kids Get Angry (and how you can help!)

    Sue Lively
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:46 pm
    As a former behavioural therapist who worked with autistic preschoolers and brain injured teenagers, and now as a mom and teacher, I have seen my share of angry kids! It’s important to remember that anger is a normal and healthy emotion – when expressed in socially appropriate ways. But if your child or student is struggling with regular angry outbursts, or if they are becoming aggressive, it may be time to become an “anger detective.” Today we will be discussing the 10 top reasons WHY kids get angry andI will be sharing positive and proactive tips for helping with…
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  • #wineandboobs July, 28, 2015

    Modern dad
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s that time of week again for #wineandboobs! The theme of #wineandboobs will be the same each week… Link your favourite post up! It can be an old or new post. Last week was #wineandboobs best week yet! Thank you all so much who come and link up with me! You make my week and the posts are all so great to read. We have only 2 rules for #wineandboobs: Add the badge to your post Comment on at least 2 other posts. (please make sure you do comment on at least 2, would be great if you could on more) Please feel free to link as many posts as you wish. If you want to share your post via…
  • Becoming a Father

    Modern dad
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Becoming a father for the first time will be the most amazing time of your life. Quite honestly it is not the same for dad as it is for mother to have a baby. Those 9 months leading up to birth you know there’s a baby coming and you fully grasp it and your excited about becoming a dad, but your life seems much the same it has all along until the day your baby is born. I know this may not make total sense right now, but it is true. As the fathers we spend nine months watching in amazement as the baby grows inside of the mom. We have a connection to the baby and it feels deep which it already…
  • #babybrainmonday July, 27, 2015

    Modern dad
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:57 am
    Hello all! It’s week two of #BabyBrainMonday – a new linky that I’m co-hosting with Harps of Baby Brain Mondays. A big thank you to all those that linked up last week – I loved reading your posts and watching the vlog! I’m looking forward to this weeks link ups!:) The weekly theme of #BabyBrainMonday is an open linky which welcomes you to share any posts you have be it new or old. Baby brain, in my case, often means I forget about the olden but golden posts I’ve written. We all have some of those buried deep in our blogs as well as newer posts that may not have gained the…
  • I was wrong!

    Modern dad
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:44 pm
    I ran across this quote just after writing “I don’t want you to be me!“. It led me to thinking about myself and who I am and how I am as a person can affect my children in their lives. I came to realize the more I thought about this quote is I can’t just say to them “I don’t want you to be me” and excuse myself and my behavior, by saying “don’t be me”! I want them to be just like me, so I must make the changes in myself and show them. I don’t want to say to them “do as I say, not as I do”. To me that is not a way I want to parent, so my only option is to show them.
  • #effitfriday July, 24, 2015

    Modern dad
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    It’s Friday again everybody and that means myself and Laura from Life with Baby Kicks are back again for another edition of #effitfriday, the home of the ultimate rant, the rants a two year old would be proud of. Last week was another great link up with 46 of you linking up, this week we would love to hit the magic 50 so make sure you spread the word once you’ve linked up. As always we will RT all you #effitfriday tweets, so pop our names (@Laura_BabyKicks and @moderndadpages) on and don’t forget the hashtag! Happy ranting! We have only 2 rules for #effitfridays: Add the badge to your…
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    The Alchemist's Heart » Alchemy for Moms | The Alchemist's Heart

  • Inviting Aphrodite: How To Easily Woo Your Inner Goddess (Part Two)

    Christy Harvey
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Ready for more yumminess? There is an art and a science to inviting Aphrodite into our lives, and I am excited to share  these incredibly effective ways to connect with and embrace your Inner Goddess so your brilliant light can shine. These jewels are based on Kisses from your True Self – simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like. Here is Part Two of Inviting Aphrodite – 15 Ways to…
  • Essential Daily Alchemy Is Here For The First Time

    Christy Harvey
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Announcing Essential Daily Alchemy to help your life feel better fast! Imagine being energetically held, cared for & supported every day, and the difference this can make now.  Are you frustrated that you don’t have someone who truly believes in you and your ability to create a life you love? Are you tired of not having the support you need to move beyond surviving into thriving? I am an alchemist at heart, and I have a solution that came two weeks ago because of a client very much like you. She wrote me, as so many have over the years, with a crucial request: “Please…
  • Inviting Aphrodite: 15 Ways to Absolutely Thrive Now (Part One)

    Christy Harvey
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Finding Your Inner Goddess Ask any woman whether she’s happy with what she looks like or if she’s completely happy with her life and you’ll likely get a resounding “no.” Ask that same woman, “When was the last time you did something really nice for yourself?” and you’ll likely get silence. After a few moments, she might come back with, “Well there was that day a few months ago when I had the flu and I slept in until 6:00 am.” Sound familiar? It’s sad, really. Why can’t we as women take a day off or do something nice for ourselves? Mary E. Pritchard, PhD of Awakening…
  • Learn the Secrets of Luminous Listening for Beautiful Relationships Now

    Christy Harvey
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    You are an amazing human being. You bring your heart forward to people you love, but perhaps you don’t always feel like you’re able to help them as much as you’d like. Luminous Listening is a powerful technique here to help as we explore the letter L in my A to Z Alchemy series. Imagine that someone you care about is talking to you.  They’re stressed and you want to help.  I’ll bet your attention is focused intently on them as you listen with all your might to what they’re saying.  You’re probably caught up in the surface content of what…
  • Kaleidoscope of Kisses from the Alchemist Guaranteed to Transform Your Life

    Christy Harvey
    15 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Consider yourself kissed!  Today is “K” in the alchemical alphabet. I am completely delighted to be celebrating “K” in our A to Z alchemy exploration by starting a new tradition of gift-giving  from The Art & Science of Creating Sacred Space. Kisses from your True Self are simple practices designed to inspire a deeper relationship with the wisest part of you. The best part is that each kiss is GUARANTEED to take 3 minutes or less – although you have total freedom to enjoy the goodness as long as you like! During class I send these out DAILY, and my…
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  • It’s Never Too Late To Start

    Tammi Salas
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
     I'm also motivated to graduate before my own son graduates from high school, giving me a six year window to get my degree in hand.
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson, A Review

    Elke Govertsen
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    As a mom this book fascinated me—the hidden secrets of the mother, the way her children felt about her as tweens, the giant hole she left behind. She is a complex, full, conflicted and passionate mom. 
  • No Diving In, Only Inching Forward

    Michaela Mitchell
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    My baby isn't made for diving in to anything, at least not right now. He needs to think about things, weigh his options, get a feel for the people, and then decide.
  • Diving Into Every Day

    Meagan Saia
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    I want to dive into the present and future with my son, not shy away from it because I am worried these are my glory days with him as a young mom.
  • With Both Fear and Love, We Dove In

    Kathleen Sullivan
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
     I want many things for my children. I want them to be happy. I want them to enjoy life. I want them to take the risks that I may not have taken.
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  • Top 10 Health Benefits Of Pomegranate For Kids

    Manjiri Kochrekar
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Image: Shutterstock Is your kid suffering from digestive problems? Do you wish to ensure your kid practices good dental hygiene? If you said yes, then pomegranates can be one of the best solutions to help. Pomegranates offer several health benefits for kids. Read our post to learn why kids should eat pomegranates here. What Is Pomegranate? Pomegranate is popular as tropical, sweet flavored fruit. The bright red colored fruit is semi-seedy and has the size of an average apple. The fruit is native to Granada, Spain, but now you can find it throughout the world. Pomegranate possesses several…
  • Top 10 Beans Coloring Pages For Your Little Ones

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Do you have an artistic child who likes to draw and paint more than learning? Are you looking for coloring pages to teach your child about distinct types of beans? If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you should read our post. The bean is the colloquial name for large plant seeds of the Fabaceae family. This tiny, but mighty vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse. It provides tons of nutrients to the human body. Here are ten high-quality beans coloring pages for your child to display his creativity. Check them out below. 1. Green Beans: Here is a simple outline of a green bean…
  • Top 10 Pepper Coloring Pages For Your Toddler

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Is your child petrified of peppers? Do you want to dispel his fear, but you don’t know how? Why don’t you try some pepper coloring pages to pique his interest? Peppers are a terrific way to spruce up a dish. But do you know where this tiny, but mighty veggie, originates? Peppers come from South America, but farmers from all over the world cultivate them. It has resulted in a broad range of species with different shapes, colors, flavor and spiciness. Today we have compiled a set of coloring pages of different types and varieties of pepper found across the world. The coloring sheets are an…
  • Polio In Children - Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

    Manjiri Kochrekar
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Image: Shutterstock Is your child complaining pain or stiffness in the arms and legs? Is your child down with fever and fatigue? If you nodded along anxiously, your dear little one might be suffering from polio. You need to seek medical assistance as soon as possible to help your child lead an independent and happy life. Read our post to learn causes, types, symptoms, and treatments for polio in children. What Is Polio? Polio, medically popular as poliomyelitis, is a contagious disease that occurs due to a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children below five years are more prone to the…
  • 10 Best Cucumber Coloring Pages Your Toddler Will Love

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Are you looking for some summer vacation activities for our child? Are you thinking of introducing him to summer fruits and vegetables through coloring pages? If you said yes, then our cucumber coloring pages will surely help you. There are just a few foods as cool as a cucumber. While most of the people think cucumber is a vegetable, but it is a fruit. Cucumber belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons and squashes. Cucumber was once accessible only to the best-stocked farmers. Now different types of cucumbers are showing at the grocery stores and of course, the garden…
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  • When Courage Counts – the Amazing Gift of Open Adoption

    8 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
      “I was in labor until the morning of December 4,” wrote Sandra, Texas Search Angel, blogger and birth parent. “They got a wheelchair, took me to my room and left me there. I was by myself with no one to talk to or ask questions.” In the early days of adoption, placing a child was a hushed, secretive process. There was a great deal of shame associated with the process, both on the part of parents who weren’t able to conceive and the pregnant and unmarried birth mother. Historically, all adoptions were closed, which meant no contact between birth and adoptive parents before…
  • You shop, Amazon Gives!

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
      If you shop online via Amazon, did you know that you can benefit Providence Place at the same time? Whether you normally shop through Amazon or Amazon Prime, you can now help Providence Place at the same time… through Amazon Smile.  Same products, prices, service AND Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. It’s easy to do. Just follow the directions below to set-up your Amazon Smile portal purchases. Even at half a cent on the dollar, every little bit helps! Thank you for your charitable action and ongoing gifts of support to enrich the lives of…
  • Myths About International Adoption

    19 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    International adoption is an exciting opportunity to welcome a child from another country into your forever family. This type of adoption has many advantages, but also suffers from a number of misconceptions that may discourage prospective adoptive couples from pursuing it. Before you reject pursuing an international adoption program, make sure you are not falling for one of the following myths. International Adoption Costs More Than Other Types Of Adoption One of the most pervasive myths regarding international adoption is that it is significantly more expensive than other types of adoption.
  • Twenty-six Young Adults with Disabilities to Graduate from the Center for Higher Independence at Providence Place

    11 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    SAN ANTONIO- Thursday, June 11, 2015- After long months of effort, challenges and struggles, on Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. 26 young adults with disabilities will cross the stage for the 41st annual Center for Higher Independence (CHI) graduation ceremony at Providence Place, formerly known as Methodist Mission Home. It’s the largest graduating class in the past 10 years. “This event is always very inspiring,” says Judith Bell, Interim President and CEO. “It is wonderful to see students making strides they never dreamed of to achieve a life of new and exciting independence.” For…
  • Vacation Bible School

    5 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Has your church organized a Vacation Bible School for this upcoming summer? VBS is a great time to share stories of the Bible that teach very valuable lessons. What a joy it is to pass down traditions and values to the generations after us! For over 120 years, Providence Place has been an integral part of the United Methodist Church family.  Instill a sense of responsibility and charitable giving – in what could be your children’s first mission experience – by supporting Providence Place with our 2015 project, Pennies & Prayers. Children who collect loose change for…
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    Man vs. Pink

  • Win This Fantastic Rockabilly Lottie Doll!

    Man vs. Pink
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    My daughter recently received a new Lottie doll, kind of as a thank you from them for our previous post about these great dolls. For a general overview for why we like Lottie so much, please have a read of it. However, while those other Lotties are awesome, I think this new one might be our favourite yet. We like this one so much we’re offering you the chance to own one too. What’s so great about the Rockabilly Lottie doll? The first thing that struck me about Rockabilly Lottie is her outfit is exactly like the kind of cool and quirky mash-up my daughter would put together. We’ve…
  • First Look at Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

    Man vs. Pink
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:54 pm
    While it’s pretty clear that Star Wars – The Force Awakens was the big winner at Comic-Con 2015, the Princess Leia reveal overshadowed another iconic female character who’s returning to our screens soon. A new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us our first look at the brand new big screen Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) in action. You can also check out the full trailer here: I showed these images of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman to my daughter (who has numerous items of Wonder Woman merchandise) and she had no idea who this was. However, she recognised…
  • First Look – Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Man vs. Pink
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Well, this just dropped – the Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic-Con 2015 Reel. If you’re a Star Wars fan I dare you to watch this and not have a smile on your face. But the best part is it gives us our first look at Princess Leia since Return of the Jedi over 30 years ago. What do you think?
  • Playtest & Giveaway: LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle Tydirium – with a LEGO Princess Leia!

    Man vs. Pink
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    More LEGO Star Wars fun with my daughter this week as we built another new set, the Imperial Shuttle Tydirium. Firstly, a confession. I’ll admit it. The reason why we selected this particular set for review was because of one of its smallest elements – the Princess Leia minifig. (As you can see, we also have Sabine, from another soon to be reviewed set.) This is not to put down this LEGO Star Wars set by any means. But we have wanted a Leia figure for some time (that WASN’T in her ‘slave’ outfit) and we’re stoked to finally have one. My daughter was so desperate for one she…
  • My favourite photos of the month – June

    Man vs. Pink
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    A mostly sunny June was full of outdoor fun, with some indoor adventures too.
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    Why we think about motherhood the way we do

  • “Men should be active and strong, women passive and weak (…).” Errors from the Past, by Rousseau

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    “Men should be active and strong, women passive and weak; it is necessary the one should have both the power and the will, and that the other should make little resistance.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) in Emile, 1762. The post “Men should be active and strong, women passive and weak (…).” Errors from the Past, by Rousseau appeared first on Why we think about motherhood the way we do.
  • The view of one of the most inspirational women in combining motherhood, multiculturalism and ambition

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    “I usually make sure that my stories are from Africa or my own background so as to highlight the cultural background at the same time as telling the story.” Inspirational Women Some of the things that make inspirational women inspirational include overcoming hardships and succeeding despite nearly impossible odds. Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta OBE writes what she knows, and has described her stories as “stories of the world…[where]… women face the universal problems of poverty and oppression, and the longer they stay, no matter where they have come from originally, the more the…
  • Nurturing Genetics of Humans and Chimpansees: Commonalities of Mothering

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Nurturing Genetics of Humans and Chimpansees: Commonalities of MotheringNurturing Genetics of Humans and Chimpansees: Commonalities of Mothering”We’re so closely related genetically, yet our behavior is so different. This [study] will allow us to look for the genetic basis of what makes modern humans different from both bonobos and chimpanzees.” — Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. The Beginnings of Genetic Similarities In 2012, an international team of researchers sequenced the genome of the bonobo. They found…
  • The best kindergarten you’ve ever seen – video

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world’s cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming TED talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids. According to TED – Architect Takaharu Tezuka creates imaginative and versatile personal spaces. Takaharu Tezuka and his wife Yui make up Tezuka Architects. Together they have built schools centered on trees, play areas created from interwoven wooden beams and hospitals that offer patients the healing gifts of…
  • Penelope Leach, Champion of Infant and Baby Care and Children’s Rights

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    “Whatever you are doing, however you are coping, if you listen to your child and to your own feelings, there will be something you can actually do to put things right or make the best of those that are wrong.” While most people can probably agree with this statement from author Penelope Leach, her work on infant and baby care has been generating controversy for years. In a 1994 article in The Independent, she is referred to as both the “scourge of the guilty middle-class parent” and “Britain’s leading authority on child care”. The Path to Authority…
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  • Five revealing signs that your child is being bullied…

    Aly Anderson
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Are you constantly worried when your child starts to behave strangely? Do you realize that they have changed their eating habits and have lost appetite? Do you feel panicked that your child may be constantly hiding something from you, and that something has resulted in falling grades? If you have a strong gut feeling about this then it is probable that your child might be bullied or abused. The revealing signs Look at your child closely, his eating habits, the sleep cycle that he used to possess and that he is now practicing, any loss in diet. These are basically the telltale or revealing…
  • 5 Types of teenagers' problems and how to spot them

    Aly Anderson
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:31 am
    It doesn’t take a genius to understand that your child doesn’t always behave the same way when he is with friends. There is a huge difference in-between. And this bothers the parents of not knowing what their child might be up to. Lucky for parents, cell phone monitoring is on the curve and has gained reputation among parents. The question to be asked is, why would any parent monitor their child’s activities? This article aims at explaining the five problems that your teen might be into but you are unaware of it. So, read on! The hopeful gangster While a lot of critics blame rap music…
  • Even Steve Jobs did not allow his kids to use technology freely, do you know why?

    Zoey Campbell
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Long gone are the days when kids demanded candies, bikes and toys on their birthdays. Nowadays they only demand iPads and electronic gadgets. Playing games nowadays does not mean basketball or badminton, it means candy crush and subway surfer. Technology has taken over our lives in every way and even kids need technology for educational and informational purposes. Although these games teach a child quick decision making and multitasking ability, playing games for longer time can lead to detrimental effects. Even a toddler can easily operate a smartphone these days. Technology has in many ways…
  • Three reasons why you should go for parental control apps

    Aly Anderson
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Some parents are more trusting than others and avoid taking rash decisions before they are sure  about things. Cell phone tracking software are one of those steps that most parents avoid taking. But with the changing times and all, it has become a necessity not only for your child to keep relations with the right people but also for you to ensure his safety. So let’s get to the point! What is a parental cell phone software for kids? And more importantly, should you need to install it in? Cell phones have lost their previous standard of just for communication devices. Now, their status has…
  • Can iMessage be tracked? This is not a question anymore

    Aly Anderson
    20 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    The moment your teenage daughter or son starts using iPhone, joy overtakes them but there are parents who start worrying. iMessage is just not everyday text messaging. It is equipped with countless features that make your son or daughter stay glued to the iPhone. While, it might be a source of fun for them, it is also a source of potential harm. One’s joy is another's worry: It is true when it comes to parents as teenagers play with the smartphones and have fun, parents stay in constant state of distress and restlessness. It is not because they do not want to see their children happy. It is…
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