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  • Keeping safe from Ebola

    News Moms Need
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Lots of people are talking about Ebola. Here’s the deal. Ebola is a rare, but very serious disease caused by a virus. It’s spread by coming in direct contact with body fluids (like blood, breast milk, urine or vomit) from a person sick with the disease. You also can get Ebola if you have direct contact with items, like needles or sheets, that have an infected person’s body fluids on them. Ebola can start with flu-like symptoms, but over time it can cause more serious health problems. Eventually, it can cause heavy bleeding, organ failure and death. Some research shows that Ebola in…
  • Make Good Use of Your Kids Table and Chairs Set With the Right Activities

    Modern Tots Blog
    Tara McGovern
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You’ve found the perfect table and chairs set for your kids, like our best selling Aero Table and Stools by Sodura. It complements the decor in their playroom perfectly, and it’s simply adorable too. All that’s left is for you to come up with some fun activities for them to do that will put their new furniture to good use. To help, we’ve come up with some ideas that will hopefully spark your creativity. 1. Dust off the kid-friendly board games There are probably plenty of kid-friendly board games taking up space in your closet. If you were honest, you would probably…
  • Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match

    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology
    Jennifer Wagner
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Once teens are in their junior year at school, they begin thinking about college. Choosing the college that they will attend is probably the biggest decision they will make at this point in their young lives. How can you, as parents. help them make a sensible decision? Many teens want to go to school where […] The post Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: College Size – How Important Is It In Choosing a School? Pick-A-Prof: Help for students choosing college classes 25…
  • Warm Up with a Delicious New Hot Drink This Winter: Peanut Hottie!

    Susan Heim on Parenting
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Winter will soon be here, and we’ll be burrowed up inside with a warm blanket and a toasty hot drink. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa are usually the go-to beverages on a cold winter day, but I have a suggestion for a delicious new alternative: Peanut Hottie! This hot peanut-butter drink may sound odd, but you might be surprised at how scrumptious it tastes! There are two flavors: Peanut Butter, which tastes like a peanut-butter cookie that just came out of the oven, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, with the smooth taste of your favorite peanut-butter cup. Honestly, I can’t decide which flavor I…
  • No, it's not sexist we ask how Jennifer Garner does it all

    BabyCenter Blog
    Sara McGinnis
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Note to self: Before ever interviewing Jennifer Garner again request to also speak with her husband, Ben Affleck, so that I can ask him the same set of questions and ensure I won't be accused of being sexist. I've been thinking all day about what actress Jennifer Garner had... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • No, it's not sexist we ask how Jennifer Garner does it all

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Note to self: Before ever interviewing Jennifer Garner again request to also speak with her husband, Ben Affleck, so that I can ask him the same set of questions and ensure I won't be accused of being sexist. I've been thinking all day about what actress Jennifer Garner had... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Product of the week: Evenflo Triumph LX car seat

    Joyce Slaton
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Thrillingly easy to install and to adjust, the Evenflo Triumph LX Convertible Car Seat is the kind of seat that gets handed from friend to cousin to sister to coworker, each link in the chain passing on pleased reviews. So what do parents like so much about... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Ebola themed Halloween costumes: Yay or nay?

    Whitney Barthel
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Whitney Barthel posted in Mom Stories There are always a slew of hip Halloween costumes. Things like dressing a baby as Walter White from Breaking Bad, or maybe even toddlers clothed as Hooter’s girls. While some of these are definitely funny, some people are worried about a possible new trend – costumes inspired by Ebola. On... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Tired of gifting toys? Here's another option

    Erin Lane
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    by Erin Lane posted in Products & Prizes I was recently introduced to this fabulous line of personalized children's books from a company called I See Me. They offer books, growth charts, puzzles, placemats, stickers and more. When I got our sample (I went with the princess book, of course!) I was so happy. It was... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Jenny McCarthy "excited" by gay son idea -- because stereotypes

    Sara McGinnis
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Jenny McCarthy seems to be more than ready and willing to accept if her son, Evan Asher, is gay, but hasn't quite been able to shake resorting to stereotypes. Opening up to PrideSource about how she felt playing a transgender woman in '90s sitcom Just Shoot Me! the controversial... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    In a charmed life of newspapering, Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.
  • Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo will be released from the hospital soon, officials say.
  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana.
  • U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on passengers whose trips originated in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and due to go into effect on Wednesday. The precautions stop well short of the travel ban sought by some U.S. lawmakers to prevent more Ebola cases in the United States. ...
  • Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were on their way to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamist militants in Syria. U.S. officials declined to say if they suspected a link between the girls and militants in the region. ...
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    Daddy Types

  • The Least Surprised I've Ever Been: Marcel The Shell Has New Video, Book

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    A new Marcel the Shell video has appeared, just in time to promote the release of Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp's new Marcel book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been. This kind of marketing synergy works, though it would...
  • Adorable Dutch Urchins Wearing Garbage, By Ed Van Der Elsken

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Halloween costume production has kicked into high gear around the DTHQ; ideas were locked down weeks ago, followed by concept, design and shopping, and this weekend, sewing/construction. [Legolas and a poofy ballerina witch, btw.] But the point is, this...
  • We Are Amused: Princess Victoria Baby Tooth Brooch

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Wow, as if the royals weren't weird enough. Here is a brooch made in 1847 from the baby tooth of Princess Victoria, the 7-yo daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The princess's dad pulled the tooth during a...
  • 'We Do Not Accept Immunized Children': @LosFelizDayCare

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Tweeters who liked @HonestToddler and @JennyHolzerMom also liked @LosFelizDayCare: We always practice mindfulness, especially when some of the kids' Amazon pilots get picked up and others' don't.— Los Feliz Day Care (@LosFelizDayCare) October 17, 2014 We NEVER overpraise. When our...
  • Small Child Photographe Not Looking At A Pollock

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Pollock, Bench, Child, 1959, Hans Haacke Hans Haacke was an art student in Kassel when Documenta 2 opened in 1959, and he decided to "document Documenta" with his camera. His series of photos were included by Open Eye in...
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  • Why YOU Need to be a Healthy Dad

    Dave Taylor
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    This post is just for you, guys. You know who you are, you’re like me. You give your all to your kids and to everyone — and everything else — in your life. I know that I do just that, staying up late to find a few minutes free from kids, with whom I am constantly interacting when they’re awake, then I wake up early to get them to school, the gym, sporting events or friends. If we’re heading to a doctor it’s because one of them needs it, not because I do. Dentist? Therapist? Clothes shopping? Target?? Yeah, I’m probably modeling things wrong, but at…
  • Orange Chicken Dinner from Schwan’s was Great!

    Dave Taylor
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Let me be honest with you, dear reader. I’m good at a lot of things as a dad, I do laundry, I clean the house, I make sure we don’t run out of food essentials, either for us or for our little furry pal Kiwi the cat, and I always make time to play games, help with homework and generally be involved with my kids. And then there’s food prep. There are some mitigating circumstances, but generally speaking, it’s incredibly hard to figure out what I can cook up that all four of us will want to eat. If it’s something nutritious, organic and vegetable-based, my oldest A-…
  • Dracula Untold: How far will a dad go to protect his son?

    Dave Taylor
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Over on my DaveOnFilm film blog, I posted a review of the new film Dracula Untold. You might go read it, as the film was definitely better than I expected, and better than most critics would lead you to be believe. Just as Batman Begins is a retelling of the mythic Dark Knight origin story and Wicked is a retelling of the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, so is Dracula Untold a different origin story for a man who has definitely become an archetype for evil in the world: Dracula. What really struck me about the story wasn’t the special effects, the surprisingly few horror…
  • There are no perfect parents

    Dave Taylor
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Spend any time in the self-help section at the bookstore (well, alright, the self-help section at, watch TV or movies, and you’ll keep bumping into this mythological character, one that causes a huge amount of grief and unhappiness in our culture: the perfect parent. Whether it’s the perfect selfless Mom who has no life outside of her children but keeps the house squeaky clean, scrapbooks every week of the family’s adventures, all while also managing to be the head of the PTA and a yoga instructor or the perfect Dad who similarly has no external life, is…
  • Fun at the Anderson Farms Corn Maze

    Dave Taylor
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    I guess it’s a midwest sort of thing, because when I talk to my friends and family on the coasts or in other countries, they’re completely baffled by this idea of a corn maze. “No, imagine a corn field where they’ve used a tractor to make a maze. Then you have to figure your way through.” “But why? Why would you do that?” “Because it’s really fun.” “Yeah, um, okay. I’m off to the Met and an evening at the Opera, you have fun with your corn fields…” And we did have fun, actually. Here’s some proof: The…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Treat by Shutterfly: Buy One Card, Get One Free!

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    I love the cards at Treat! They have a huge selection, and they can be personalized with your own photos and text. Wouldn't your out-of-town friends and family love a Halloween card personalized with your child in his or her costume? The prices are awesome, and they'll even mail the card for you! Head over to Treat now by clicking on the banner above to get a free card with the purchase of one! Use promo code TRTBOGO. This special ends at 11:59pm PT on October 27, 2014.
  • Curse of the Granville Fortune Book Tour: Read a Guest Post and Enter to Win the eBook ~ 5 Winners!

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune (Granville Fortune #1)Publication Date: October 21, 2014Publisher: Tantrum BooksAuthor: Kelly HashwayABOUT CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE:Find the fortune, break the curse!The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak -- or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now…
  • Winners for the Weeks of October 5 and 12, 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles GladWare Prize PackCongratulations to the winner: Katie B.!The Learn, Absorb & Praise Classic Collection of Board Books from Graham BlanchardCongratulations to the winner: Marnie D.W.!Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith & My Song, by Jennifer ShawCongratulations to the winner: Denise S.!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 18, 2014)

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which runs all week! If you are hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please enter it in the linky below and then share this page with your social media friends and fans. If you're just here to win some prizes, you've come to the right place! Check out the giveaways listed in my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Keep coming back throughout the week as more giveaways are listed. Good luck!
  • Warm Up with a Delicious New Hot Drink This Winter: Peanut Hottie!

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Winter will soon be here, and we’ll be burrowed up inside with a warm blanket and a toasty hot drink. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa are usually the go-to beverages on a cold winter day, but I have a suggestion for a delicious new alternative: Peanut Hottie! This hot peanut-butter drink may sound odd, but you might be surprised at how scrumptious it tastes! There are two flavors: Peanut Butter, which tastes like a peanut-butter cookie that just came out of the oven, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, with the smooth taste of your favorite peanut-butter cup. Honestly, I can’t decide which flavor I…
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  • Get the Makeup Look from Steven Alan’s Spring 2015 Presentation

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    MAKEUP ARTIST KATEY DENNO AND MODEL; IMAGE: COURTESY OF BURT’S BEES We loved the celebration of the button-up shirt at Steven Alan‘s 20th anniversary collection for Spring 2015. Models looked effortlessly cool with their shirt-inspired looks and youthful makeup. Steven Alan’s shared vision of natural beauty was the perfect complement to the Burt’s Bees notion that nature is the original color expert. With this in mind, makeup artist Katey Denno created a beauty look that focused on youthful makeup with an emphasis on lips. Denno ensured models were glowing by using…
  • Our 5 NYFW Musts: How We Go from Morning to Night

    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Fashion Week tends to be jam-packed for many editors, bloggers, buyers and stylists, but there are a handful of items that can make being on the go a considerably less stressful endeavor. Celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno told us that “keeping lips hydrated and on-trend is always in fashion. NYFW is the perfect time to try something fashion-forward with your makeup and the most simple way to amp it up is your lip color.” Here’s a look at our must-have all-day lip color and four other New York Fashion Week musts. Burt’s Bees Cliché as it might be, there’s…
  • Your Guide to Wearing Burt’s Bees New Lip Crayons This Fall

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    After months of wearing lip balm and lightweight gloss, the move to deeper shades for fall doesn’t have to mean intensely rich lipstick. Make the transition with the latest lip crayon from Burt’s Bees. It comes in six different shades (perfect for any occasion) and will give you the pigment you want from a lip color, without the heaviness. Plus, it’s super moisturizing! Stash these anywhere, from your purse to your vanity at home — we promise you’ll want one of them on hand all season long. Makeup artist Katey Denno gives us her take: “Burt’s Bees’ new…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Back From Retreat Edition

    Amy LeForge
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! I got to spend the weekend with my quilting buddies and my sewing machine.Ahhhhhhhhhh.Pursuing a hobby or interest is a good way to keep yourself fresh as a parent. I hope you have something you love to do, and that you do it. At least occasionally.And here we are again at our linky day. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway LinkyWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky, Late August EditionMonday Give Away Linky: We’re into March!! Edition Copyright © 2014 Earnest Parenting. All…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Fall 2014 Edition

    Amy LeForge
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes! Here at Earnest Parenting the weather is turning cooler and the leaves are changing colors. It’s very pretty and I really enjoy my favorite colors. The last-minute panic to get outdoor chores done before snow flies? Not as much my favorite. But at least I can panic while the leaves are gorgeous. I’m pretty thankful for a husband and boys who will help occasionally. Hubby and I stained the deck tonight while The Mercenary was kind enough to mow the lawn.Of course, he did take a small break from mowing to construct some kind of gadget with a sled and some rope.
  • Monday Give Away Linky, New Week (Again!) Edition

    Amy LeForge
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Heroes, I’m going to claim it’s not my age that is causing time to fly faster and faster. It just can’t be! There must be another reason. Perhaps…I’m just more occupied. That’s it, right?Wait. Don’t answer that.What is keeping everyone so busy? Well, let’s take a look at the list: school, soccer, AYSO soccer (those are two different things, and therefore I am counting them separately), homeschooling, Scouts, church, managing the house, healthcare appointments, bills, working on various business pursuits (that counts for at least 5 different…
  • Monday Give Away Linky, Slightly Stained Edition

    Amy LeForge
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Good Monday, Heroes!So, I’ve been trying for weeks to finish a project: staining our deck. Hubby helped me clean it long ago, but we haven’t had 48 hours of completely dry weather that coincided with enough time in the schedule to do the job. A couple of weeks of rain on and off didn’t help. It did help the grass, and I love not having to water the flowers. But erg! It does make the deck project difficult.Today we finally had time to work and the wood was dry enough. That’s when monkeys started throwing wrenches at me. No fun. We managed to get a portion of the railing…
  • Monday Give Away Linky: Ouch, My Head Edition

    Amy LeForge
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Well, Heroes, I have a headache. The good news is that they’re a lot less frequent than they used to be. The bad news is this one is a doozy.While I’m off resting and trying to kick the ache, please enjoy the lovely giveaways listed below.Thank you. An InLinkz Link-up 2 Comments - Read what others are saying about this post...Recent CommentDinell HolmesTHanks for the linky!Reply this commentRead more comments...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday Give Away Linky: We’re into March!! EditionMonday Give Away Linky:…
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    Raising A Healthy Family

  • Fall Leaf Sugar Cookies Recipe

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

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I have been putting off something very important for about a year now. Going to get my eyeglasses prescription checked. Why? Because I know it needs to be updated, but the cost of getting new glasses terrifies me and since my daughter needs new glasses too, I was freaking out about the idea of having to spend over $600 just to get us both in new glasses. Luckily I found Warby Parker.  Warby Parker sells affordable eyewear and for every pair you purchase, they donate a pair to someone in need. So instead of spending about $300 each to get my daughter and myself in new glasses, with Warby…
  • Organic Avenue’s Fall into Fall Smoothie Recipe

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I am so excited to share this recipe with you today – for two reasons! One, I will be in NYC later this month and I just can not wait to visit one of the Organic Avenue locations while we are there. Two, after reading an article recently about the chemicals in Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte,  I am in search of a treat that includes the flavors of fall but is not laden with junk.   Summer may be over, but our friends at Organic Avenue are getting ready for fall by diving into all of the seasonal flavors we’ve missed. They shared their Fall into Fall Smoothie recipe with me and…
  • How to Save Over $400 Per Year Packing School Lunches

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I have been packing my kids’ lunches for school for the past 14 years – that’s a whole lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Luckily my girls have always been good about requesting fun reusable lunchware which has saved me quite a bit of cash over time. Did you know you can save over $400 per year just by switching to reusable lunchware – and of course, it is so much more eco-friendly, too. Take a look at this graphic:   That’s enough to make you want to rethink all those paper bags and pre-packaged goldfish packets!  Here are a few of my favorite…
  • Lunch Box Notes with Laura Kelly Pet Shop

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Back to school time creates a unique opportunity to connect with your kids through lunchbox note writing.  If your kids don’t pack, you can always stick little notes in their backpacks too! Here are some really cute ones created with Laura Kelly’s new die collection with Ellison Education and Sizzix. Here are five reasons that sending notes to school in lunchboxes and backpacks is a good idea.\ Your kids will know that you are thinking about them in the midst of their crazy school day. Your kids will feel supported and loved.  Sometimes this burst of a reminder helps kids get…
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  • How to Paint a Pumpkin

    ModernMom Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Autumn and children go together like peanut butter and jelly. From the apple orchard to the pumpkin patch, falling leaves to Halloween, there are many activities for children of all ages to enjoy during the crisp fall season. Front lawns adopt the seasonal hues through cornstalks, potted mums, and pumpkins. Kids enjoy carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns in the days leading up to Halloween. But why wait until the end of October? Painting pumpkins is a safe, fun craft enjoyed weeks before the holiday. Step 1 Wash the pumpkin with a wet paper towel and allow to dry. Do not scrub the…
  • Great Northern Bean Dip Recipe

    Wendy Irene
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Don’t you like that name? The Great Northern Bean kind of sounds like The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Ah, the ways I amuse myself Our family eats a lot of beans for their numerous health benefits. From time to time, I love to change up the variety to get more of an array of nutrients. Hence, the Great Northern Bean dip recipe came to being, and I have to say it’s a keeper! There are times when instead of a whole meal all I want is a nice serving of crunchy veggies and/or crackers, and a really satisfying, yummy dip. A healthy dip can be a fantastic way to get in protein and healthy fats…
  • My Baby Is Not Getting My Husband’s Last Name

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If the parents of a baby don’t share the same last name, why should the baby automatically receive the father’s last name? It’s old school and annoying: my baby will be getting my name. Period. So What If It’s Tradition!? Ok, I get that it’s tradition that a child is to receive the father’s last name, but when I was pregnant with my first baby (and we were not yet married), I had a real issue giving my daughter my husband’s name when we weren’t yet sharing a last name ourselves. When I brought up the issue my ‘almost-husband’ said…
  • #Beantastic Tailgating Twitter Party – Enter to WIN now!

    ModernMom Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Join us on Wednesday, October 22nd at 11am PST / 2pm EST for a #Beantastic Tailgaiting Twitter Party sponsored by Beanitos! We’ll be talking about healthier snacking options for game day and beyond with renowned dietitian Katherine Brooking from @appetite4health! a Rafflecopter giveaway Prizes, Prizes, Prizes! Throughout the party, 6 lucky winners will receive a three-month supply of Beanitos + a $100 gift card toward their family’s ultimate tailgating party. Use #Beantastic to join in the conversation! Make sure to follow @ModernMom, @Beanitos and @Appetite4Health to be eligible to…
  • Why It’s Better To Work Out With Friends

    Gretchen Ritter
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Change your relationship with exercise.  You don’t need to do this alone.  Whatever your fitness goal, consistency is the key to reaching it. When you join forces with your friends, you’ll find benefits that go beyond your expectations.  Anything you do consistently over time will yield results… good or bad. So instead of meeting for happy hour or a food-fest, meet up for a workout and enjoy the results.  The best groups stay relatively small with 3-4 members. Here are some of the benefits to working out with your friends: Motivation This is the FUN factor.  Let’s face it, when…
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  • A New My Sites Section

    Andy Peatling
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    My Sites just got a new look, but more importantly, it got a technical overhaul, making the page dramatically faster and more powerful. From one central location, scan and select any of your WordPress sites or create new ones with the support of a more visual interface. Head directly to the posts or pages of a particular WordPress or launch stats to glimpse trends and get inspiration for blog or website content.  Access themes, user settings, and sharing options with a click to make WordPress your own. The new My Sites page is a small piece of a larger effort to make faster,…
  • New Theme: Penscratch

    Caroline Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by adding widgets, add links to your favorite social networks, customize your home on the web with a site logo or header image, or add fancy pull quotes throughout your content. Penscratch is also responsive, ensuring…
  • Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

    Ben Huberman
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within as well as through other platforms, discuss ways to develop a coherent, effective brand for your blog, and show how to use your archives and your site’s stats to build your readership. During this two-week course…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err.” (sic) which offers an almost haunting absolution. For more of Nathanael’s work, check out his blog, G’Nat’s Eye View. Photo by P. Nathanael Gough The image below, by UK…
  • Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

    Min Wei
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google Apps for Work right in their dashboards. A powerful suite of tools With the Google Apps for Work integration you’ll be able to set up your own custom email address based on your…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • The Holidays are HOW CLOSE!?

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
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  • The Importance of Saying “Thanks” to Our Military

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
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  • Mondays of Doom™

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
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  • Quick and Easy Lunch Solutions for Busy Parents #ShineAnytime

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
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    16 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
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    Boutique Café

  • #IamBraveAndBeautiful Bloghop Special Event

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “ Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide…
  • Alexa Ray Joel sings “Just the Way You Are”

    16 Sep 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Back in 2007, I had the honour of interviewing Alexa Ray Joel for an exclusive Boutique Cafe podcast. I love Alexa’s voice and her music and have followed her career ever since. Now Alexa has beautifully reworked her Dad (Billy Joel’s) original hit “Just the Way You Are”, and also has teamed up with Gap for their “Back to Blue” campaign. Love you Alexa – Congratulations!! XO Daria Snag Alexa’s gorgeous version of “Just the Way You Are” on iTunes here>>
  • Luv Chicken Booster Cushion

    10 Sep 2013 | 5:11 pm
    Check out this adorable and highly portable booster cushion from Luv Chicken! This mini booster is cute as can be, in wipeable and easy to clean vinyl. The bottom of each cushion is non-slip and there’s a handle to make it easy to carry, even your toddler can tote it along (and believe me they will want to). The soft and comfortable foam insert makes seating issues at restaurants a thing of the past, now your child can sit up at the table at the proper height. If your child is past the highchair phase, but not quite tall enough to join the family at the table, the Luv Chicken boosters…
  • Mindy Gledhill’s Pockeful of Poetry

    5 Sep 2013 | 1:58 pm
    Did you know that you can Pre-Order Mindy Gledhill’s new album Pocketful of Poetry on iTunes? I just did and I can’t wait for the full album to drop. {LOVE IT} Sneek peeks of her new songs on Mindy’s youtube channel here>> I MUST own this, take me to iTunes>>
  • Summer Lovin’ at Boutique Cafe

    4 Aug 2013 | 9:11 pm
    Why Hello friends, I’m sure you’ve been wondering where I’ve toddled off to. It’s summer and I’ve been spending my days with my cute little kids enjoying the sunshine. We’ve been surfing in Tofino, swimming in our pool, I even hosted a wedding for a couple I’d never met before at my house overlooking the ocean. It’s been busy and wonderful all rolled into one. The truth is, that I miss you all though. I’ve been trying to make some new plans for Boutique Cafe. When I started this website years and years ago my life was infinitely different,…
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    The Committed Parent

  • Why I Own Scores of Unread Books: My Brain Made Me Do It!

    Mark Brady
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    I have an 8 foot by 8 foot bookcase full of books that I haven’t read. What I’ve recently realized is that the way my brain’s reward circuitry is structured is primarily responsible for this situation. My brain operates with book-buying in much the same way that many drug and other addictions work. Here’s how. I’ll use a recent book purchase as an example. I come upon a review of a new book. In this case let’s use Daniel Levitin’s, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Immediately, I feel this excited, pleasurable…
  • How Learned Helplessness Can Ruin a Lovely Walk in the Park – A Cautionary Tale

    Mark Brady
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Last month my wife stepped into a hole, fell and twisted her ankle while I stood by and did nothing; never offered her a helping hand or asked after her well-being. Nothing. Which seems totally out of character for someone who thinks of himself as kind, considerate and compassionate. Even rats trapped in a cage will help one another. Not only that, but I’ve personally treated rattlesnakes better than I did her. We were out together walking our dogs at the local dog park, and as you might expect, my response – or really a lack of one – was not especially well-received. To put…
  • How Debt Damages the Brain

    Mark Brady
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:13 am
    *** Free Offer at the Bottom *** When I turned 40 years old I made the decision to transition from being a carpenter, mostly working for wages, to become a spec builder. I would take on the building responsibilities of the whole house, from foundation to rooftop. In order to finance my transition into what was essentially a significantly different business, I periodically ran up bills on any number of credit cards and then paid everything off once my projects were complete and cash flowed freely. I always felt uneasy about this way of operating, but my brain struggled to come up with any…
  • 7 Essential Brain Features Every Helping Professional Needs to Know (Including Parents, Teachers and Business Leaders)

    Mark Brady
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    I believe it’s a mistake to think about the brain and brain science in any kind of reductive fashion. That said, our brains are involved in every aspect of ours and our clients’ lives. Might we be well-served to keep these 7 qualities of brain function somewhere in the forefront of our own brain? 1. The brain is the most complex creation in the known universe I suspect it’s a rare neuroscientist who hasn’t been filled with awe and wonder at both the complexity and the beauty of how a healthy brain is organized and operates. Reposting from a recent blog, here’s…
  • Why Creativity Can Be Bad for the Brain

    Mark Brady
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    When I was in my early 20s I traveled to Ojai, California to attend a public lecture by the spiritual teacher, Jiddu Krishnamurti. Seemingly through the luck of the draw, I had become unexpectedly successful selling profitable airplane hardware to the U.S. Military, and I found myself plagued, as many financially successful people are, with the recurring question, “Is THIS all there is?” I was hoping Krishnamurti would answer that question in inspiring, heartful ways. “This is my secret: I never mind what happens.” ~ J. Krishnamurti What mostly drove my interest was…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • The Gift of Rest

    Dawn Camp
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It wasn’t my intention to start a 31 days series and let it fizzle after 10, but keeping up with that schedule showed me what I’d otherwise missed: I’m burned out right now—physically and mentally—and the late nights spent writing made it worse. I don’t plan to abandon the series, but it might look different, more photos and less text. My husband and I celebrated our 29th anniversary this weekend. We spent Saturday in the north Georgia mountain town of Dahlonega, site of Georgia’s gold rush. First we went to Three Sisters Vineyards for Swine and Wine, where…
  • All about Cirque du Soleil & an Amaluna Giveaway!

    Dawn Camp
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    [Contest is closed: Alex Perez is the winner!] Sunday night my husband and I experienced Cirque du Soleil for the first time when we saw Amaluna at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station. I expected an over-the-top visual experience, but I wasn’t prepared for performers whose abilities extended beyond what I believed possible. More than once I shook my head in disbelief: the human body is capable of amazing things with skill and practice. Amaluna runs here in Atlanta until November 30, 2014. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post for your chance to win four tickets! Fun Facts about Cirque…
  • When We Look for Our Points of Intersection

    Dawn Camp
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    My hometown hosted the Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair, one of my fondest childhood memories. My family owned a piano company and my daddy tuned the pianos for the acts that performed when the fair came to town. If it was open, we were there. As a teen I was too cool for country. My daddy still reminds me how I could have seen George Strait for free (I later paid to see him as an adult), but many are the lessons you’re too impatient to learn at 17. Uncle Earl lived across from the fairgrounds. A people person and all-around character—if you know what I mean—he entertained the folks who…
  • A Free Daily Grace Printable

    Dawn Camp
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Searching for God’s daily grace this month is showing me how important it is to look for it, to actively seek it. It’s easy to miss as you fly through the day, pulled in a hundred directions. I created this free printable image to remind you—and me—to watch for those grace moments in our days. Click the image and you’ll go to the page on Flickr where it can be downloaded. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner and select “original” to download it in a size that will print on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. {This is day ten of a 31 day series, 31…
  • If I Had to Choose Next Year’s #write31days Topic Now

    Dawn Camp
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If I had to pick next year’s topic for my October Write 31 Days now, I would choose 31 Days of Bible Study Notes. I keep a journal where I write the verses that appeal to me most from each day’s reading (and yes, I miss days, too), but I wish I could discuss them with someone. I’ve always wanted to be in a Bible study or book club with other women, but coordinating one face-to-face isn’t easy. So today I set up a private Facebook group for my husband, the five of our children old enough to have Facebook accounts, and our two future daughters-in-law. Those of you…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Halloween Family Fun with the City of Ottawa Museums

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Looking for spooktacular family fun in Ottawa this weekend? Whether you’re a fearless adult or a tiny trick-or-treater, the City of Ottawa museums have an adventure that’s perfect for you. Here’s the details, in their own words. Haunted Historic Village – October 24 and 25 Experience starts at 7:30 pm with the last admission at 10:00 pm Cumberland Heritage Village Museum Confront your most basic fears in Ottawa’s newest and hottest Haunted Village! Our cast and crew will chill you to the core as you wander unassisted in small groups through creepy forested areas and…
  • Photo of the day: Adorable AND smart!

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Oh babies! So! Many! Babies! on the porch lately. I’d ask where they’re all coming from, but with three of my own, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that part figured out. This handsome fellow was so curious and interested in me and my camera, but he was not at all interested in having those fake glasses on his face. In his mouth, yes, but not on his face. I think he figured he was less “Clark Kent” and more “SuperBaby”. The weather has turned chilly, so these may well be the last chubby, naked baby toes on the porch until spring thaw. I can hardly wait!
  • An ode to two t-shirts

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    They came from the clearance rack at the Gap. It’s really rather astonishing what a large percentage of my clothes come from there. I’m sure I didn’t pay more than $6 each for them – just plain old cotton t-shirts, one in a nice cool magenta, and one in utilitarian navy blue. I’ve had them for four years at least, probably more. Man, I love those t-shirts. They are the perfect fit – a bit of a scoop to the neckline, fitted ever so slightly at the waist but not too clingy, and falling to my hips. A bit of a cap sleeve. A decent heft to them, so they’re…
  • Photo of the day: Handsome fellow fall portraits on the porch

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    I‘ve had a rush of babies on the porch for portraits this month. Lucky me!! Babies are a lot more work when it comes to portraits: they are terrible at listening to directions, I have to get down on my belly to see them eye to eye, and they have the disconcerting habit of suddenly giving over to gravity and tipping over. No other age group has quite so many drool marks to photoshop out, and I don’t generally have to jump up and down and make animal noises to maintain the attention of teens and pre-teens. Babies don’t even laugh at my knock knock jokes! However, they are…
  • Photo of the day: Sunflowers in a vintage mason jar

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    I have a new obsession: mason jars. And the only thing better than new mason jars is vintage mason jars. Not really so good for food storage, but really quite fantastic for storing other beautiful things, like say sea glass. And sunflowers. Sunflowers + porch + autumn colours + vintage mason jar = happy. Related posts (automatically generated):Sea glass mobile tutorial Photo of the day: More Peace Tower! Photo of the day: What do you mean you don’t keep your typewriter on the porch?
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    News Moms Need

  • Did you get your pertussis vaccine?

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Pertussis, also referred to as whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that is easily spread and very dangerous for a baby. Pertussis can cause severe and uncontrollable coughing and trouble breathing. Pertussis can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age. And, about half of those babies who get whooping cough are hospitalized. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported 17,325 cases of pertussis from January 1-August 16, 2014, which represents a 30% increase compared to this time period in 2013. The best way to protect your baby and yourself against pertussis is to…
  • Keeping safe from Ebola

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Lots of people are talking about Ebola. Here’s the deal. Ebola is a rare, but very serious disease caused by a virus. It’s spread by coming in direct contact with body fluids (like blood, breast milk, urine or vomit) from a person sick with the disease. You also can get Ebola if you have direct contact with items, like needles or sheets, that have an infected person’s body fluids on them. Ebola can start with flu-like symptoms, but over time it can cause more serious health problems. Eventually, it can cause heavy bleeding, organ failure and death. Some research shows that Ebola in…
  • Honoring parents with angel babies

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The loss of a baby is heart wrenching.  As today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, I want to take a moment to honor those parents who have angel babies. Most people cannot even imagine being in their shoes for an instant, yet alone having to live a day-to-day existence without the baby they continue to love. The loss of a baby touches so many people in profound and long lasting ways. No two individuals grieve in exactly the same manner. The mother may grieve differently from the father. Children who were expecting their sibling to come home from the hospital experience their own…
  • Unexplained muscle weakness in children

    10 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    We have all heard of the children in Colorado who have been hospitalized with unexplained muscle weakness. It has so far affected 10 children with an illness involving the brain and spinal cord.  Let us be clear, we have been told the children have been tested and it is NOT polio. The CDC and the California Department of Health have been looking further into the cause of some cases of paralysis earlier this year. However, differences exist between the California and Colorado cases, including age of the patients, timing of cases, etc.  You may have also heard that some of the children in…
  • Flu is dangerous for certain people

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    You’ve all heard it: get your flu shot. It is on our blog, website, and we just finished a twitter chat with the CDC, FDA, AAP, doctors, and other notable organizations. Everyone agrees that getting the flu shot is the single best form of protection from flu. Is it really that important? Yes. Flu can be life-threatening. Certain groups of people are at higher risk of serious complications from flu: • Children younger than 5 years of age and especially kids younger than 2 years old. • Children of any age with long-term health conditions including developmental disabilities. See this…
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    The Erin Experiment

  • 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 3.0: Dating

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Me, getting ready for a date: Early 2014This 'experiment' could its own blog. And, who knows, maybe that's what this blog will become... Erin's Experiments in dating. But, for now, this is probably where the most irritating humorous parts of my daily life are occurring.There have been too many suitors to recount every single one of them in a blog post; however, there are two that have stuck out in the last year.The Cougartender. Ah, Cougartender. Our meeting was a fluke, or rather, my getting to know him past "hey cute guy, can I have another" was. He was serving me drinks and I was the…
  • 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…
  • Experiment 1.01: Reinvent Self

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Blogger Note:  If you're a long-time reader of this blog: Heeeeeeeey!!! Welcome back and thanks for sticking with me through the roller coaster that has been this blog. I'm going to try this one more time, but with a slightly different posting method. If you're a new reader to the blog: Howdy. Feel free to poke around, check things out and help me see if that handy contact me form works over there on the right. Now.... back to our regularly scheduled blog post...A New LifeI'd been reading Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, when my lightbulb moment happened. There is a passage…
  • closing the door on 2013...

    31 Dec 2013 | 5:58 am
    I am a visual person. While some people can imagine shutting the door on an experience, my tendency is to find an actual gesture or symbol that I can physically do something with. I'm a girl that needs actual 'gestural-closure' to move on to the next thing.2013 has been one of those years for me that required a few symbols and gestures. This was the year of the 'plot twist'; the great character builder; the time in my life where I'll look back as a reminder of how strong I really am.I've spent the better half of December preparing to leave 2013 as something that exists only in my memory. I…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • New Design Studio Kit is Like an Internship For Your Teens

    Jennifer Wagner
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The Extraordinaires Design Studio gives teens and tweens 8+ (and even adults) a chance to learn what designers do other than drawing designs. This amazing, and extremely under-priced studio in a box, is almost like landing an internship at a real design studio. With the Extraordinaires Design Studio, users learn to think like designers. How does the The […] The post New Design Studio Kit is Like an Internship For Your Teens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Online Java, App and Game Design Classes for Teens and Tweens…
  • Talk With Your Teen About Medicine Abuse Dangers

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    Parenting Teens has always been challenging. With all the technology that has become part of our lives in recent years, it is more difficult than ever as parents have to learn how to deal with completely new problems. However, parenting is also easier, because we have much more in common with our teens than our parents […] The post Talk With Your Teen About Medicine Abuse Dangers appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Film Festival Premieres Teen Documentary on Prescription Drug Abuse Thats Not Cool Website Deals with Digital Dating…
  • Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match

    Jennifer Wagner
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Once teens are in their junior year at school, they begin thinking about college. Choosing the college that they will attend is probably the biggest decision they will make at this point in their young lives. How can you, as parents. help them make a sensible decision? Many teens want to go to school where […] The post Choosing A College Should Be Like Making A Perfect Match appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: College Size – How Important Is It In Choosing a School? Pick-A-Prof: Help for students choosing college classes 25…
  • Celebrate Family Milestones With Parenthood on NBC or Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with the TV series Parenthood. I love the actors and the characters they play, I love most of the story lines, and I love how realistic it is. I also sometimes hate how realistic it is. But whether we like it or not, we see the Bravermans, warts and all, […] The post Celebrate Family Milestones With Parenthood on NBC or Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Orange Is The New Black: Season 2 Netflix Binge Watching Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens Watching Arrested Development on…
  • Love Lists? See Alltime10s YouTube Channel For Video Lists

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Lists are very popular. People love to see lists of the best or worst of almost any category. Other popular lists are “things you didn’t know”, “amazing facts about” a person, place or thing and the most of something. Lists are popular because they are easy to read, you can learn something quickly and they are […] The post Love Lists? See Alltime10s YouTube Channel For Video Lists appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: YouTube Education, Trends and Creator Hub – Great Resources Do You Know What is…
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  • Farewell Jeter: Thank You from a New Baseball Mom

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

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

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    There are four words that can strike fear or love in a mom’s heart. Elementary school talent show. Ahhh, I have such fond memories of mine. I did a tap dance routine with my younger sister every year. I believe in our very first show we wore raincoats and twirled umbrellas to “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddy Rabbitt. Oh, yes, that was a 45 rpm record that we played over and over again until it was so scratched it wouldn’t play anymore. As we got older, we stepped it up with some clogging to “Mountain Music” by Alabama. Yes, that’s how we rolled in…
  • The Lululemon Addiction: Run Times Tank

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    It was unavoidable. For years I heard all of my friends dish about their obsession with Lululemon. Posting on Facebook when they bought a new outfit, usually with the word “Yay!” peppered in or wearing their new street-smart athletic threads around town. When it comes to cute athletic gear, girls built like me usually strike out. Let’s just say sports bras for busty gals are typically horrid. The larger the size, the more fabric. And if you have a thin midsection, then the elastic band underneath never fits. It’s always too big. Plus, thick straps are unavoidable, so…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Providing Positive Parenting Support in Your School

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Has your child ever accusingly said, "But you promised!"? Did you break a promise or did your child misinterpret a statement as a promise when no promise was intended?Being intentional about what is a promise and what is not can be helpful in avoiding misunderstandings. Once you make a promise, it is important to follow through with whatever you promised.Remembering Broken PromisesPeople remember broken promises for years, especially if it was an emotional event. Often remembering the situation even triggers some of those original emotions.One 50-year-old woman recalled being at a pool and…
  • How Exposure to Violence Affects Babies and Toddlers

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Watch this video for the latest ideas on how exposure to violence affects a child's developing brain.
  • Continually Negotiating With Kids Is Exhausting

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Do you find yourself worn down from your kids asking for a little more? It might be a little more time to play video games, more time before going to bed or more dessert. Kids have plenty of energy and motivation when it comes to negotiating for something they want!Sometimes it is appropriate to negotiate with your kids. They may have new ideas or information to consider in your decision.However, when you are negotiating on things that come up over and over again, it’s time for a rule. You may want to give your kids input on the rule. Once the rule is established though, the rule is…
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    Telling It Like It Is

  • My Willow Tree Grandparents With Grandchildren Figurines Collection

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of ourselves must be a priority, otherwise how can we care for others when we ourselves are virtually running on empty? This fact became all too clear to me a few months ago, and I had to take whatever time I needed to take care of me, leading me to an unplanned and unexpected writing hiatus. Everyone and everything else had to take a backseat in some ways, until I felt the time was right and I was able to clear my mind and heart and press on. I did it to myself though. I tend to refer to it as Information Overload. You see, for the last several years,…
  • Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup and You Should Too

    30 Sep 2013 | 9:24 am
    A little over a year ago, I completely stopped wearing makeup. I just quit makeup, cold turkey. One day I woke up in the morning, got ready to go to work and while standing in front of the mirror, I decided I would go to work with no makeup on whatsoever. I hadn’t decided to participate in some sort of “no makeup challenge” for a day, week or month, that some writers have participated in over the last few years. At the time I decided to stop wearing makeup, I hadn’t seen or read any of the numerous articles online about women’s reasons for going without makeup…
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    Darryle Pollack | I never signed up for this...

  • Life Interrupted

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

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

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

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

    Darryle Pollack
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Today is a BIG birthday. How appropriate that for someone whose life has centered around the internet for the last few years, the internet came through in a BIG way. So who told Google it was my birthday?  I saw this graphic today and was completely convinced this was a coincidence.  It took me hours to figure out that Google knows all.  Neat trick, Google, and thanks;  I can’t wait to see what you do next year. BIG Thanks to Upworthy for including my TED talk on Upworthy.  (Click here )  — a gift that makes me feel both UP and WORTHY.   BIG Thanks to humans of the…
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Best Brownie Mix

    Kim Becker
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix
  • Quick & Easy Pumpkins Spice Muffins

    Kim Becker
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I’ve become the queen of cake mix hacks. Oh the goodness I’ve been creating. It’s so easy to turn a cake mix into tasty muffins, a loaf cake or even cookies. All with your very own twist. I’ve blogged the family favourite on my LifeMadeDelicious Blog and I’m going to blog my favourite here today. Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Cake mix hacks fill all my quick, easy and inexpensive criteria. The last time I purchased Betty Crocker cake mixes they were $1.49 each and if I bought two, the third was free. That’s $1.00 each! Ingredients: 1 Betty Crocker Golden Cake Mix…
  • A Yummy New Job

    Kim Becker
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Well it’s sort of a new job. It’s an old gig, that’s been renewed. I am both grateful and excited to be once again blogging for the folks at LifeMadeDelicious … my kids just call them the Betty Crocker People, which is cute, but they’re so much more. They’re the Cheerios people, the Pillsbury people (I love that little dough-boy), the Old El Paso people, the Green Giant People, the Yoplait people, the Nature Valley people … and more! One of my tasks will be to review a product on a monthly basis. This month’s options included: Multi-Grain…
  • Giant Steps – Part 1

    Kim Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Giant Steps – Banff National Park There are places in the world world, where you stand and feel so very small and insignificant. It seems easy to feel humbled, in all the vast greatness of the outdoors, especially the Canadian Rockies. I think it is expected. Even welcomed? It puts all your worries and fears and disappointments into perspective. They are minuscule … Truth, but then not. On the sofa in my comfortable home, those thoughts and worries can seem overwhelming. The insignificance disappears and becomes overwhelming. Feelings no longer feel minuscule or unimportant,…
  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles

    Kim Becker
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Cinnamon Roll Waffles I am Pillsbury fan, not long ago I happened upon a tweet with a photo of a waffle iron cooked Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll! My kids love waffles, they love cinnamon buns, and I love EASY! This looked like it would tick all of those boxes, but I was a little bit skeptical. I’ve tried a few other ‘waffle iron recipes’ that were flops. I am happy to announce that this Pillsbury recipe worked. It was a hit! Also I found that for my teens who are always rolling out the door late. It was also made a great, ‘good-to-go’ snack eaten cold. They were also…
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  • The Easiest (WyldStyle) Wildstyle Lego Movie Costume Ever!

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    “In the hole lived Mr. Fox and Mrs. Fox and their four small Foxes.” “We will make,” said Mr Fox, “a little underground village, with streets and houses on each side – separate houses for Badgers and Moles and Rabbits and Weasels and Foxes. And every day I will go shopping for you all. And every day we will eat like kings.” – Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr Fox I’m delighted to share with you a few of Emily Carew Woodard’s whimsical interpretations of one of our favorite stories, Roald Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr. Fox appearing as an…
  • A Short Story: Unbloxing Creativity and Making Friends

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Don’t Miss the GoldieBlox Giveaway at the bottom of this post!  but as clever as she was with gadgets and gears, she had trouble being herself around other girls. When friends came over to play, they would usually raid her untouched dress-up bin or redecorate her doll house while she sat close by building cities out of legos or geared up to save endangered stuffed animal species while they practiced being princesses. but for one incredible Sunday afternoon, with the help of our friends from GoldieBlox she got to be herself … and one of the girls too! As soon as she unbloxed her box…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • MyClean Chicago Giveaway!

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - I’ll be honest — I’ve never had my house cleaned before by somebody other than me. I figured it would be strange. However, I hate cleaning. I really do. Plus, being allergic to dust, it always makes me feel bad when I do more than a touch up clean. That is why I was willing to give MyClean a try. MyClean is a residential and commercial cleaning service startup founded by two former New Yorker bankers, Mike Russell and Mike Scharf, who discovered how hard it was to find a professional apartment cleaning. MyClean is a top-rated cleaning…
  • Welcome To Food Allergies #glutenfree #soyfree #dairyfree #peanutfree #allergictolife

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - You have all followed me along this journey — when I started with Nutrisystem and lost 80 lbs., then got sick last summer and gained 35 lbs back, and even when I lost those 35 lbs recently.  I have talked about my health struggles and my struggle to lost weight.  On a whim, I got some allergy testing done.  Now, I had scratch tests done for environmentals about 12 years ago.  I reacted to everything they tests.  I’ve always made the joke that I am allergic to life because my allergy testing sure shows it.  I…
  • Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Madison is a huge Hello Kitty fan, so I am always on the lookout for stuff she’ll love.  This Firefly Hello Kitty Ready Go Brush is one of those things.  This brush features a light up timer that mimics the cycle of a traffic light and makes sure kids brush long enough.  One minute for the uppers  and one minute on the lowers!  Green means get brushing, yellow means that they are halfway done, and red means they are done!  You’ll find your Hello Kitty fan will want to brush, so they can use this really cool…
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  • Organize Your Photos In 4 Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

    Anthony Evans
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
      An online business is the widely known business that offers trade of products and services through internet. It also provides buying, transferring or exchanging information between the company, the clients or the costumers. It allows the external activities and business relationship with the other business, people, or groups. Online business involves greater responsibilities like conventional business. It requires more effort to make it profitable and stable. THINKING OF STARTING AN ONLINE BUSINESS? HERE ARE SOME REALITIES OF BUSINESS ONLINE Make a Marketing Research Before you start…
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  • Trick or Treat

    Shaman Mother
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    October is the season filled with displays of witches, ghosts, skeletons and ghoulish items.  They represent the dark side of us all and the fears that permeate our minds.   Horror movies pique interests on watching the terror a person must face to survive.  The HBO series Dexter is an example. (He’s a serial killer that kills other murderers;  a hero and a villain, all at the same time.) Do we need to watch horror flicks to stimulate our fears and darkness when the daily news fills our minds with fear everyday?  Ebola flashes across the TV screen like a red flashing light warning us…
  • What is the T word?

    Shaman Mother
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trust, according to Webster’s dictionary is: “the belief in and reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc, of a person or thing.”  If you look back on your own life experiences, how many times your trust has been violated on many different levels of life?  I think every single one of us can share a story of how a trust was broken and how painful it was.  We can look at organized religions that have broken a sacred trust, as well as governments, banks, businesses, and personal relationships in which trusts are broken frequently.  You might ask ‘Is trust humanly…
  • The Joy of Eating

    Shaman Mother
    26 Nov 2013 | 12:41 pm
    Americans are obsessed with dieting; billions of dollars are spent by consumers on weight loss companies and diet literature.  Yet, one third of Americans are obese and out of shape.  Eating disorders are rampant on college campuses and women who are petite, lament how fat they are.  The new word for diet now is “CLEANSE” OR DETOX.  No one is happy with themselves, no matter what weight they are and the joy of eating is gone! Food experts are everywhere; everyone has an opinion about food: …..Do not eat meat it’s not spiritual. …..Raw food has all the nutrients in them so do not…
  • Integrity

    Shaman Mother
    8 Sep 2013 | 12:47 pm
    Integrity is an important virtue to cultivate. In our fast paced society many people over commit themselves and never follow through on their promises.  Honesty goes hand in hand with integrity like a harmonious chord.  People are conditioned to say what people want to hear, rather than speak the truth. Recently I made hotel arrangements with an online company that had “ Price Assurance”; I thought that this was the lowest rate possible.  I booked with them and then discovered I was over charged by hundreds of dollars.  The travel service told me that the hotel did not have the right…
  • Moment of Surrender

    Shaman Mother
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:14 pm
      Do you feel like life is one big struggle?  There is always some inner or outer conflict that seems to be upsetting our inner peace.  The lists of obstacles are endless: money, health, jobs, relationships, traffic, weather and so on.  I had a client come to me recently and tell me how tired she was of the struggle.  I decided to tell her this story.  A man discovered a chrysalis on his property one day.  Observing the progress of the metamorphosis fascinated him.   But after a period of time he watched helplessly as the caterpillar was struggling to be free of her encasement.
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  • Ten Ways to Boost Your Confidence

    Piera Jolly
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    What makes YOU feel more confident as a woman? How does your confidence level affect your daily life? The truth is that confidence matters. I know that for me personally, when I feel confident – I feel like I can do anything. I can take on the world. The way that I feel about myself impacts every aspect of my daily life from being a mom and wife to my work and business life. Today, I thought I’d share some confidence-boosting tips with you. Ten Ways to Boost Your Confidence Invest in YOU. Take the time to read a good book, learn a new language, or learn a new skill or even hobby.
  • Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

    Piera Jolly
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and it’s time to start planning the evening’s festivities. If you are going trick-or-treating then it is also important to have a safety plan in place. Halloween is a fun holiday, but it is also a prime opportunity for bad things to happen. Today, I thought I’d share some safety tips so that you and your kids can have a fun and SAFE Halloween this year! Lucas with his new Rayovac Glow in the Dark Flashlight   Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips Make sure that your child can be seen! Plan costumes that are bright and…
  • New Survey Findings from Cascade Platinum and Marie Claire say – Skip the Pre-Wash!

    Piera Jolly
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine. For years, I have been pre-washing my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. It usually takes me about 10 extra minutes to “pre-wash” the food and gunk off our dishes. That’s a long time, which adds up over the course of a week! If you think about it, it’s kind of ridiculous to wash your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, but it seemed like a necessary step. I just recently learned that you don’t have to pre-wash your…
  • Join Us for the Let’s Celebrate Halloween Twitter Party #OrangeTuesday

    Piera Jolly
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    This is part of a sponsored collaboration with BuyCostumes.  However, all opinions expressed are my own. Boo! Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start planning a spooktacular night of trick-or-treating with the family. Plus, since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, a party is definitely a must! has identified the top 10 Halloween party trends this season; find them at Which will you choose? Do you coordinate your costume with your party theme? teamed up with lifestyle expert Sandra Lee for the…
  • Useful Mango Tips & Recipes – Learn How To #MasterTheMango

    Piera Jolly
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    One of our family’s main eating philosophies is to eat produce that’s in season. As the weather gets cooler, the variety of fresh fruit at the grocery store that is actually in season is dismally low. That’s why we love mangos so much! You can find a type of mango that is in season pretty much year-round. Right now, you should look for the Tommy Atkins mango  - it’s peak availability is October – January. Mangos are one of our favorite fruits. I love that they can be eaten alone and so easily paired with both sweet and savory recipes.  Plus, they are full of…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • My child won’t stop crying!

    Zen Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    The next time your little one is losing it over something you think is silly (like maybe they asked you for a banana but not a PEELED banana, and, well, you peeled it! Who knew this could cause such pain and upset, right?!? but they are kids - not mini adults, and believe it or not, it DOES...) and you're tempted to stay "Stop crying" or "Don't cry", take a deep breath and as you offer them the peeled banana anyway, say instead... (read more)
  • Helping Kids Make “Good” Decisions

    Zen Mommy
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Like learning to balance, learning to make "good" decisions takes practice and encouragement. It takes allowing our children to listen and follow their intuition, not simply our rules and directions.
  • Am I Raising An Entitled Kid?

    Zen Mommy
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    As parents, we hear much these days about entitlement. We talk about it, think about it and read articles/books/posts about it because lets face it, NO ONE wants to raise an entitled kid. Quotes like the following leave us quaking in our boots lest we end up the parent of the sniveling brat who will never learn to take out the trash, tie his shoes or appreciate the world around him: "A lack of discipline is apparent these days in just about every aspect of American society. Why this should be is a much larger question, one to ponder as we take out the garbage and tie our kids’ shoes." -…
  • Could Spanking Be the Answer?

    Zen Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    If you spank your kids as a form of discipline or you believe in spanking, let me say this to you before you go any further:
  • When did “like a girl” become a put down?!

    Zen Mommy
    28 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    A group of actors, young and old, are audition for a commercial. They are all instructed to perform simple tasks but “like a girl.” Run like a girl. Kick like a girl. Throw like a girl.
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Why nervous parents shouldn’t visit their kids at college

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I made the mistake of visiting my firstborn at college for Parents’ Weekend. I was nervous. I needed reassurance that we sent her to the right school. When we arrived, I saw terrible signs that we’d made a huge error. Clearly this “inoperable fireplace” has been used. That wasn’t the only weird thing going on at college. Apparently, there is a 24 hour study room in the library …but I saw this:   If this place doesn’t know the definition of a 24 hour study space, what nonsense are they teaching my kid? My anxiety skyrocketed when I saw this:…
  • Why you shouldn’t brush your teeth

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    My husband told me he loved our new toothpaste. I nodded and asked him to carry a heavy pumpkin to the cashier. My husband wondered why our new toothpaste tastes like peanut butter. I shrugged and wondered which mum to buy. My husband barked at a cat, which was weird. I frowned at him and kept walking. When we got home, I realized why my husband was acting so strange. This was on our bathroom countertop. Do I tell him, or not? This post brought to you by Websites With Broken Comment Boxes. I’m happy to report the comment boxes for my site work again!
  • Don’t tell my husband…

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m gonna talk about my husband. Because today is our wedding anniversary. My husband is six foot, five inches tall. No kidding. He’s actually shorter than the guy I dated in college. My husband has great legs. Great legs can get a marriage through the tough times, I believe. My husband’s favorite food is ice cream. I don’t eat ice cream any more, so he gets dessert all to himself. Plentiful ice cream helps a marriage through the rough spots, don’t you agree? Dreamy gazes can get a marriage through any rough spot. I bat my eyelashes at my hubby every night,…
  • Meet my characters

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In one month, Clear as Glass releases! This story won five Romance Writers of America chapter contests, and I’m so excited to share it with you. Published in both paperback and ebook by The Wild Rose Press. Available October 22nd. Marooned with a flat tire in the middle of nowhere, Jaye Davis isn’t sure how to read the brawny guy who offers to help. When he gets too close, she hits him in the nuts. Turns out, he’s not a murderous sex maniac – he’s her new boss. Now he has good reason to fire her, but she’s determined to save his faltering glassblowing…
  • Learning stuff makes me paranoid

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    My brain was getting “dusty,” so I went to the museum for a dose of culture. Look at the ducks! Er, I mean, what an exquisite display of texture and brushwork. On to the next picture… Oh, I wish I had her scarf. Er, I mean, observe the thoughtful, wistful expression expressed by the artist. On to the next picture… Ohmygersh, that girl in the picture keeps staring at me! I ran home. I grabbed a cookie. I felt pretty good until… Ohmygersh, that dog WON’T STOP STARING AT ME!! Artwork…and cookies…are forever ruined for me. From now on, I’m letting my…
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    Harassed Mom

  • The wheels on the bus go round and round (and round and round)

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is part of a new challenge I have started over at Blog Share Connect - please join us. Its going to be fun. I moan often about the driving around of my many kids in the afternoon. It is tiring and no really a whole lot of fun especially now that its warmer. It’s not all bad though, far from it. There really are a lot of reasons why it is great to be able to play moms taxi in the afternoon. Jack is always so super happy to see me. Every single day. Last week I was a little bit late to fetch him, the look on his face when I arrived was priceless. I get to stalk watch Cameron…
  • Standing up for yourself is NEVER wrong even if you get pushed down again.

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Articles and posts about bullies are everywhere. Stories of teens committing suicide as a result of bullies are almost a daily occurrence. I have blogged about it. Kiara has been bullied. Sharon has blogged about it. Bullies are everywhere, everyday. Wikipedia defines bullying as follows; Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination…
  • If you are happy and you know it, leave a comment!

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    I had about three blog posts in my head yesterday but I got so distracted with the next #jozimeetup and catching up on blog reading etc etc.that I missed my window to actually write at least one of them. So this morning I sat down ready to go because I had three options to choose from so I figured it would be a quick thing! WRONG! Here I sit 3 hours later and still NOTHING. I considered the post I had planned about bullying but then figured theirs enough fuel on that fire at the moment BUT there is still a post to come, then I wanted to write about teaching my kids to stand up for themselves…
  • Parenting just got real!

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:24 am
    There is nothing more overwhelming that giving birth. That moment you are handed that screaming little person is possibly one of life’s greatest moments. You are overwhelmed by every emotion there is  – fear, love, panic, wonder, admiration – you feel it all at once every few seconds but the love is rather overwhelming. I don’t you realise it until the second day when the sister comes to do those first vaccinations and you hear your baby scream, I remember wanting to punch the nurse with every single baby. You realise in that moment though, that you would lay down…
  • Lets talk about the baby – the answers my friends are blowing in the wind

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    You know how they say that by the fourth kid it should be easy? Well they lied! Just like pretty much everything else they say. Who are they anyway? The same people who say it gets easier as they grow up or don’t shout, talk to your child (have they ever talked 34680 times and had no one listen) or don’t pick them up too much (have they ever listened to crying for 50 solid minutes) or don’t let them fall asleep on the bottle/boob (have ever not slept for days on end) or just say no (have they ever said no to a 3rd old?). Do they even have kids? Emma has been a challenge,…
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  • Baby turtles hatch at Aquarium, new admission discounts announced

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    There are some new residents of the National Aquarium now that four big-headed Amazon River turtles have hatched. The aquarium said today that it believes this is the first time this type of turtle has been bred successfully in North America.
  • Having a third child. Try it, you'll like it

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, my husband and I left our twin boys — who had just turned 1 — with my parents, to head out for two nights in West Palm Beach. We'd never left our babies overnight; in fact, we were so swallowed up by first-time parenthood, we'd barely left them...
  • 'Wild Things' are at the Pratt Library

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    That day, 2-year-old Max Nistico wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another and his mother called him "wild thing." So Max wasn't even a little bit surprised when he walked into the Enoch Pratt Free Library and found himself right in the middle of his favorite storybook.
  • Kids with food allergies can seek out teal pumpkins this Halloween

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    As you walk around the neighborhood for some Halloween fun this year, you might find yourself wondering why some of the pumpkins are teal.
  • Buddy Walk for kids with Down syndrome set for Nov. 2

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    When it comes to thinking about people with Down syndrome, Katie Hudson wants the world to take a cue from her 6-year-old daughter, Maddie. "She always says, 'We're all a little different, and that's what makes us the same,'" Hudson said. "She gets it."When it comes to thinking about people with Down syndrome, Katie Hudson wants the world to take a cue from her 6-year-old daughter, Maddie. "She always says, 'We're all a little different, and that's what makes us the same,'" Hudson said. "She gets it."
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    Playground Confidential

  • “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    My thighs are killing me. So is my ass. And also the sole of my foot because I stepped on a stray game board-game piece, but that’s a different story. You see, I knew I’d slipped up. The regular exercise routine I had last winter and early spring had been knocked off course by a ... [Read more...]The post “Step on the scale, Mom,” he said. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Irene and I ran the 1K at this year’s Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run For The Cure. I am so grateful to have been a blog ambassador for the Run this year. THANK YOU to everyone who donated. I almost forgot to tell you how the CIBC Run for The Cure went. And you must hear ... [Read more...]The post We ran for breast cancer and now my heart is swollen appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Who me? I’ll be digging past the worn out granny panties I’ve been living in for the last several years and rummaging around for the one last thong at the bottom of my underwear drawer. Then Imma shave my legs and put on some heels. Then I guess I’ll find a clean dress that fits, ... [Read more...]The post Moms are the new sexy and I’m happy as hell about it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Getting Started With Essential Oils

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

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

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

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

    SafeMama Kathy
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:46 pm
    I had the opportunity to sample a swanky line of skin care this year. I wasn’t sure at first, if I wanted to review it.  It looked too pretty to be free of toxic ingredients.  I looked a bit closer and was actually impressed by the list and decided to give it a try.  I […]
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    Rave & Review

  • All the reasons I love the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s still hot enough here in the Pacific Northwest to wear skirts and sandals some days, but then it’s boots and sweaters the next, all under the gorgeous backdrop of changing leaves and fall colors. Just look at my happy harvester, collecting vegetables for the week. The one thing that isn’t awesome? Meal planning. With unpredictable weather and high temperatures nearly every afternoon, it makes it hard to plan what kind of meals to make that won’t leave the house sweltering at the end of the day. When a friend suggested I try slow cooking instead…
  • 10 tips to keep your kids safe this Halloween

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Did you know that Halloween night is one of the most dangerous nights of the year? In fact, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween over any other day of the year. With little kids in costume sharing the road with vehicles of all types and lights turned down low, it's really a recipe for disaster. While those are certainly sobering statistics, that doesn't mean you can't keep your kids as safe as possible this Halloween by planning ahead and helping teach your child basic safety rules before they head out hunting candy. 1) Avoid masks and costumes that could cover the face…
  • TacoTime Flatbread Frenzy {enter to win 1 of 20 $100 gift cards}

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Anyone that has lived in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time understands the deliciousness that is TacoTime. With 350+ locations in the United States and Canada, and most of those restaurants located in the Pacific Northwest, it’s definitely a local favorite. All through my corporate days we had set Fridays which were lovingly referred to as “TacoTime Friday” and even to this day, my ex coworkers will often message me on Fridays and wish me a happy TTF, which was our version of TGIF. And now, even though my bosses are under the age of 7 and Fridays don’t really have the same…
  • Hello, phablet! Nokia Lumia 1520 16GB from AT&T

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Remember my beloved Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone? It met its untimely demise after the screen was crushed at Disneyland last April, which is after it was revived after it took a swim in the kids’ bath, and after it had been dropped a bazillion times while juggling kids. I was so distraught about ruining my phone that I simply couldn’t retire it and kept on using it even with the cracked screen and the odd thumping noise it made when it would get shaken. But, then the Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8.1 arrived and I happily ditched the 920 in a pile of paperwork until it could be…
  • Where we were: an Urgent Care rite of passage

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Yesterday my daughter wakes up and comes into my room saying, "What should you do if you have a rock in your ear?" as if it was hypothetical. I was all "DO YOU HAVE A ROCK IN YOUR EAR?" She admitted that yes, she did have a rock in her ear that she had put there the morning before. Before recess at school, before gym class, before we played at the park and went to ballet lessons, before we went roller skating with her school, took a trip to Costco, had a birthday dinner for her brother, and then went to bed. All of that with a rock in her ear. That morning she thought she would mention it…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Quick, Cheap and Easy Keema Fusilli Pasta Bake

    Claire Walsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I was asked to design my own recipe for a dish to make with keema. Once you have made a batch of keema you'll find that its a brilliantly simple dish which is incredibly versatile. The challenge posed me with a problem, i'm not that good at cooking, well, at least i'm not all that interested in cooking. However, I know how to do all the basics and nearly everything we eat at home is cooked from
  • Ready, Steady, Cook Fish! Simple Creamy Pasta and Asparagus with Trout

    Claire Walsh
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    I was asked to design a fish dish for a new campaign from Seafish which is the national authority on fish called Ready. Steady, Cook Fish! The challenge was to design a recipe in 30 minutes using fish. I'm all for quick, easy, uncomplicated healthy dishes which are economical to make, so I thought I'd make up this pasta and Trout dish. This quick and easy dish is a perfect comfort food for
  • Cooking with Keema

    Claire Walsh
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Rather excitingly I've been asked to design my own Keema dish to be entered into a competition. I'm sure I won't win the competition, but hey, little old me has been asked to do something cookery related. With my track record of cooking this suggests that I'm improving! Anyway, like me, you're probably wondering what Keema actually is: Keema is inspired by South Asian cuisine and is used all
  • Book Review: A Treasury of Animal Stories by Holly Webb

    Claire Walsh
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Holly Webb's animal stories are brilliant for little readers and also to read to primary school aged children. Over the years we have built up a few of them individually so it was lovely to receive this collection of 11 of them all nicely presented in a soft cover book. The stories speak for themselves and are a lovely collection perfectly pitched at primary school aged readers. I enjoy
  • Book Review: Sloth Slept On Written and illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

    Claire Walsh
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    We really enjoyed Frann Preston- Gannon's previous offerings How to Lose a Lemur  and Dinosaur Beach so it was with much excitement that we received Sloth Slept On. This is a story about discovery and identification, teamwork and the value of books. Personally I think its a really charming book with fantastic illustrations and a great story. I really enjoyed reading it to the children,
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  • Chipotle-Sesame Beef Tacos with Cotija, Avocado and Cilantro

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last Wednesday my teenagers took their first high-school standardized test: the PSAT. It was the bomb that went off in our week. I don’t mind tests. I like to compare how my kids are doing along side public school kids. However, I’m not sure even with the scores – when we finally get them – how I’ll be able to compare much, because we are on a totally different scope and sequence. But… college money sounds good, so loaded the big kids up and took them to take the test this past Wednesday at a local Christian School. They spent all of 3 days studying for…
  • When Autumn Leaves Begin to Fall

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I miss the Arkansas leaves this time of year. Texas trees never know what to wear in Autumn. We are lucky to get a couple of weeks at Thanksgiving with reds and yellows; unless you count the few yards where some brave soul has dared to plant a more showy tree and has taken the time to nurture it. Even my red oak was hardly red last year – and my husband is the “tree whisperer” (he gives our trees organic fertilizer and lots of water all year at the perfect times). I’ll take this cooler weather, though… and I can make do with brown (it is one of my favorite…
  • Mostly Grain and Sugar Free Lunch Ideas

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I did a BIG List of Lunch Ideas Post a year or so ago – right before we began our journey to live a more “paleo-ish” lifestyle and ditch inflammatory grains and disease-and-obesity-causing sugar. We were really doing well with our low-grain and sugar diet until my oldest teen started slipping up. The closer he gets to 18, the more he thinks he deserves a cheat every day (or two). I’m coming to grips with the fact that I have to let go… which is hard when he’s eating sprouted grain toast and honey in front of his little brothers (who are decades away from…
  • Emptying to Be Filled

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    There hasn’t been room to do much more than breathe in the past month for me. I haven’t even been sleeping full nights because of the to-do list. The bags were barely unpacked from the last trip when I stuffed them full for today’s women’s retreat; they tell the story of a woman who needs to slow down. So I’m going this weekend to soak up some of my savior – sans the social media – and to tell a little bit of my story to my sisters. We all have a story. I’ll be ready to start next week afresh after I’m (empty, and then…) full. Do…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Why not the status quo, and instead Attachment Parenting?

    API Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    By Lysa Parker & Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart It was 20 years ago when we hatched our idea to “save the world.” We were, and remain, hopelessly optimistic that we can effect change in our society. Both of us are parents, with six sons between us, and we both were teachers with experience on the front lines, which gave us the perspective, determination and passion to begin a grassroots nonprofit organization called Attachment Parenting International (API). Why did we do it? When we were new mothers, we felt…
  • The happiness of pursuit

    Sandy Gordon Frankfort
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    As an Attachment Parenting parent, I’ve always listened to my children. I always will.  I treat them with respect, and I truly care what they have to say.  I do my best and hope they always know that someone hears them. I don’t want them to go through their lives wondering and feeling like they are alone, as so many of us do. I’m not a movie critic, although sometimes, when I’m deeply moved by a film, I wish I was. My husband and I took our boys the other day to see the delightful “Hector and the Search for Happiness.” The sweet woman giving us our tickets was…
  • There is no night and day

    Mama Bean
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Attachment Parenting International is 20 years old. Twenty years of promoting connection and spreading reassuring support to parents across the globe! When I first became a mother, I followed every instinct to connect with and nurture my baby. I held her, I nursed her, I gazed into her eyes…regardless of the time of day. Strangely though, I met a lot of resistance to my “alternative” approach to parenting. “Nursing AGAIN?!” became a common greeting, and although I did not waver in my approach, my confidence took a big hit. I was exhausted, and I felt alone. This is where I…
  • Attachment Parenting in shared custody

    Lisa Feiertag
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    We are in the midst of October, which happens to be Attachment Parenting Month,  and I am wondering what this year’s theme — “Cherishing Parents, Flourishing Children” — means to me? As I sit with this question, I am reminded of the many times lately that I have found myself in conversations about how people sometimes assume that to practice Attachment Parenting means to give yourself up fully to your child: to exist only for the benefit, safety, love, health and security of your child. Upon learning about Attachment Parenting, I can see exactly why this is what people…
  • Babywearing: The next generation

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 26, 2008, but it contains a sweet reminder for parents expecting a new baby and may be wondering how that will affect their older child. There is something so sweet about watching our older children mimic our parenting approach with their younger siblings. When our second child was born, our oldest was only 2 years old. While she was very sweet with her new baby brother, she mostly just politely ignored him. I did catch her gently rocking and lifting her shirt to nurse her favorite stuffed duck occasionally. When our third was…
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Riley’s

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My teacher’s in-service (I was well enough to go) was in Yucaipa at St. Francis X. Cabrini Catholic Church, which has to be one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the area. It was stunning and huge! As I exited the freeway, I noticed that the famous apple orchards of Oak Glen were to the left. Going to the apple orchards is something I always wanted to do as a family, so that’s what we did on Saturday. I didn’t know which orchard to pick, so I chose Riley’s because it was the first one that popped up online and looked pretty good. The boys had a great time.
  • Happy, Happy

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Every time I think I’ve dodged the cold I feel coming on, I get a tickle in my throat. I must have caught something in the TK-K classroom, even though I wash my hands all the time. There is a teacher’s in service on Friday, so the boys don’t have school. I have to go, even though I’m not a teacher. Have you ever wanted to not get sick because you don’t want to ruffle feathers by missing something important, only to secretly also want to get sick enough that you can get out of going? It gives me smug satisfaction to have bookcases that aren’t styled. Old…
  • The William Morris Project: Pinterest

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This might be one of my biggest projects yet, and I don’t even have to move from my chair. I spent two hours last night cleaning up my pinterest boards. I went from 156 to 104 boards. That’s a decrease of 33.33%. Not bad! I would love to get under 100 boards, but that’s impossible since I haven’t moved over my boards from the library account I started a couple of months ago. Yes, I started the library account because my original account was too cluttered for me to find anything. Heaven forbid I just clean out the cluttered account! At least now I can say that…
  • How to Wrap Books and Protect Your Paperbacks

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Over the summer I spoke a lot about wrapping books for the library on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, here, church, the supermarket…anywhere there was an ear and a platform, basically. It didn’t occur to me that some people wouldn’t know what I meant when I said I was wrapping hundreds of books. A few people thought I was setting up a blind date with a book program, one friend, who gives me way too much credit, thought I was wrapping them up for a giant “Christmas in August” book party with the students. Still other people thought I was wrapping everything in brown…
  • A Post About the Library, School, and Shoes

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last year, even without any sort of electronic management system, I was able to keep stored in my memory everything I needed to know about acquisitions, circulation, and cataloging. If a child said they liked dinosaurs, I knew where to go and what we had. Now, with the influx of books we received from generous parents (and my own friends!), my optimistic goal of reorganizing the entire library, and my time away from the library aiding in other classes, I need help. I’m looking at open source systems since a proprietary model is not an option this year. If you have experience with…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Bathroom Routine Simplified with Cottonelle Wet+Dry System #LetsTalkBums #Sponsored

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Have you got the chance to try out the Cottonelle "wet+dry" system I recommended to you in my earlier post? Whether or not, I've got some great news to share. The Rite Aid exclusive coupon offer is back! From now through 10/26, you can download this coupon to save $1 on any size or variety of Cottonelle bathroom tissue or flushable cleansing cloths! You will be prompted to watch an ad first,
  • Blurb’s Book Camp: Tips and Tricks for Photo Book Design from the Pros

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you enjoy photography as a hobby? Are you looking to display your talent through stunning photo books? Blur's Book Camp continues to offer tips and tricks from professional graphic designers! Now that you've spent hours sorting and editing your photos into individual masterpieces, take a look at this video from Blurb before having them turned into a printed collection of your art. In this
  • SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Air Wireless Headphones Giveaway (ARV $200) {Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop} #TreatYourself

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Halloween is just two weeks away. You can expect No Trick, All Treats from the 2nd Annual Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each participating blog is giving you the chance to win a treat valued $25 or more. Join in the fun now through Halloween night and you could win a fabulous prize for yourself or your little angels! My GiveawaySOL REPUBLIC has generously
  • Halloween Prize Pack & PayPal Cash Giveaway {Spooktacular Giveaway Hop}

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Welcome to the 5th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I'm a Reader, Not a Writer. You'll have tons of chances to win a Halloween themed prize during the days leading up to Halloween, a favorite holiday of kids and adults alike. Each giveaway will allow a maximum of 6 entries so that you can hop from one blog to the next pretty fast. Each prize is valued $10 or more. My GiveawayMy
  • All New GoPro Action Cameras Available at Best Buy #GoProatBestBuy

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Do you love adventure sports? Do you wish you could capture those precious and exciting moments while you are in action? There are cameras made exactly for that purpose and Best Buy is the perfect place to find them. Best Buy boasts the broadest assortment of action cameras from top brands, including the full line of newly launched GoPro Hero 4 series, along with all the latest accessories and
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  • The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me

    Denene Millner
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Celebrating my birthday at age 46: it just gets better with time. The post The Truth About Age 46: On My Birthday, So Happy Being Me appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember. Moms Everywhere Want To Shank Them In the Gut.

    Denene Millner
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do labor pains hurt? A new study says it's not as bad as moms think. We think the researchers should go into hiding now. The post New Study Says Labor Pains Don’t Hurt As Much As We Remember.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling

    Denene Millner
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Black activist group aims to inspire Black voters with this incredibly chilling ad. The post #VestOrVote: the Dream Defenders Bulletproof Vest Campaign Is Chilling appeared first on MyBrownBaby. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great Resources from Planned Parenthood

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    October marks Let’s Talk Month, aimed at getting families to talk to kids about sex. Here, ways to go beyond “the talk” and say what matters—and sticks. The post How To Talk To Kids About Sex: Great... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of Newborn

    Denene Millner
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Just seven days after giving birth, a teen mom had her daughter taken away during a dispute with her mom. Here's why we should all care. The post Black Teen Mom Wins $225K After Losing Custody Of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Mother Huddle

  • It’s Family Night at the Car Wash!

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    kid date idea. Every Thursday evening is Kid Date Night.  The kids have their date planned out on the calendar.  Nothing else gets in the way of that time.  And they completely look forward to it…and so do I! The weather hasn’t gotten completely ice cold (as least not here in the southeast).  It’s the perfect time to get in a relaxing bike ride together before the temperature turns frigid cold. Some little things you could add to your bike ride: plan two places you could stop (the convenience store for an ice cream cone or hot chocolate and the library) bring along some water…
  • LOL Swing Top

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Friends! Life has recently dished me up a large helping of crazy and I have much to tell you, but for today I am popping in for a fun sewing series I had the honor of being a part of in a couple of ways. If you sew, you’ve no doubt heard of the fabulous “Flip This Pattern” series held by the super talented sister duo of Frances Suzanne.  To switch things up they are hosting a September Showcase featuring Indie pattern designers who have 5 patterns or less.  I was over the moon when they chose to include my Sewlosophy Pattern Co. as part of the series-there was some serious…
  • Love What You’ve Got: Marriage and Family

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Marriage series. Six months ago I created a marriage course called Better Together.  During the weeks leading up to it’s launch I created a series of marriage tips.  This post is an excerpt from the series.  The thing is…this little tip applies to every aspect of our lives and to every relationship. I know when I start listening to the voices in my mind that want me to compare and find myself lacking to other people or families it ends up making me miserable.  It’s absolutely natural and normal for all of us to compare.  It’s something our brains do because…
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  • read magic tricks: cool, fun focused reading

    amy mascott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
            Magic is one of those things that totally intrigues kids. They want to know how the tricks work, they want to know why the tricks work, and they want to know as much as they can to trick their friends and family. So when I saw that Melissa & Doug had a brand, new Magician Role Play Set, I knew that my kids would love it since they’re longtime fans of the other Magic Sets. Cora learned first-hand recently how much time and effort magic takes to really get those tricks down. But before long, she had our family–and her buddies–wondering how she…
  • halloween party ideas for kids and classrooms

    amy mascott
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Halloween class parties. Haven’t these been held for years and years and years? Right. So why are we all searching around and surfing the internet and looking high and low for ideas? Here’s everything you need for a rockstar Halloween class party. All wrapped up in a pretty little package. Just click the links, add them to your cart, and it will all end up on your doorstep. Print out the games, put on your witch hat (Come on. You better have a…
  • pumpkin match game

    amy mascott
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
        This game was surprisingly more difficult than I expected it would be for my 10, 9, and 7 year olds. I don’t know if they were just not in the pumpkin-matching mindset or if they need more matching practice or if the pumpkin faces were just a wee bit too similar–but it took them a while to match the 24 pumpkins. Hoping that it’s not too tough for a Halloween class party later this month because I think it would be and ideal way to get kids up and moving and thinking and interacting. Here’s the skinny. . . Pumpkin Match Game: Pumpkin Match is…
  • simple spider web craft: perfect for Halloween class party

    amy mascott
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
            I love this simple and sweet spider web craft. Love it. And I think it’ll be perfect for a Halloween class party or playdate activity. No matter the children’s age, kids would totally dig it because anything crayon resist is super-fun.  And way spooky. Simple. Quick. No glue. A little spider surprise. Big win. Here’s the skinny. . . Simple Spider Web Craft: I saw this spider web art project first on my pal Zina’s site, Let’s Lasso The Moon.  It was a guest post by the crazy creative Jean of The Artful Parent. But you’ve…
  • fall classroom decor: quick and easy for teachers and parents

    amy mascott
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
          Fall is here! Already it seems as though the year is moving at light speed. For many of us, whether we’re classroom teachers or homeschoolers or parent volunteers, now is a great time to put up some rockstar fall classroom décor. And the quicker and easier the décor, the better. We need quick. We’re all busy. No matter what we’re doing, if we’re working with kids, we’re busy. I’ve recently partnered with the good people at Staples–yes, believe it–and I’m throwing them some serious high-fives for the new line…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Microwave Dinners

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    After my review post about the One Touch Microwave by Sage, I was after suggestions of meals that would feed the family and that used the Microwave as more than just a tool for reheating the food. Basically I wanted to be the sort of person who would be able to rustle up a brilliant meal in minutes and have people be amazed that I did it by using the Microwave. I called my sister up, she too uses her Microwave as something to quickly heat up leftovers, or to make quick things in so we got to work thinking up some ideas of some meals that we could cook using the Microwave, other than the…
  • Barbie Fashion Design Maker #Review

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Everyone who knows Top Ender knows one basic fact about her, when she grows up she wants to be a Fashion Designer. It's all over her blog, it's the only thing she chats about when talking about future careers, when looking at the local Schools that she could attend over the last few weeks, it's been one of the deciding factors (do the Schools offer Design Textiles or similar) and if you took a peek at any of her digital art you'd find hundreds of different clothing designs.It wasn't that much of a shock therefore, when she suggested some items we might like to look into buying for her that…
  • New Ink, New Printer, No Need To Remember #Review

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I used to hate putting the bins out for the bin men each week. Mainly because I'd always forget, and so the next week I'd have a million bags (okay so that's a slight exaggeration) to put out. Then I hit upon a genius method, where I would set a weekly reminder on my phone and then race the children to see who could get the most bin bags to the top of the drive in the shortest amount of time. The same thing could be said of changing the ink in the printer. I hated using the printer, because I was never sure when I was going to run out of ink and by the time I remembered to add it to my…
  • Creative Fun

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I like to think of myself as creative. I'm not sure why, because it is so far from the truth that everyone can see that I'm a total fraud, however it makes myself feel better to think of myself as being a creative sort. Then every so often I do something, Instagram it and get liked and inspire others and suddenly I am actually a creative sort.Well, I am for about five minutes and then Daddy goes and does something which is so loving and creative that I realise he's the true creative in our marriage. If I didn't love him so much, I'd probably be annoyed. It all started when we were in London…
  • Sage One Touch by Heston Blumenthal #Review

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I can't remember a time without Microwaves, it's a little like how Tops and BB don't know life without the internet. My Nan could blow their little minds, by explaining how she is older than not only the internet, but Microwaves as well. The thing about Microwaves, in my humble experience that is, is that you often need a degree in order to work out how to do anything. The number of times I've overcooked something, or caused something to explode all over the inside of the microwave is too numerous to mention. The one thing that always bothers me however is when I defrost meat in the…
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  • Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Soup is probably my favorite Fall food.  As the temperatures start to dip, I pull out my big stock pot and start searching for recipes.  This one from Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN is of my favorites.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 large onions, peeled, and quartered 2 large apples with skin, cored, and quartered 1 large sweet potato, peeled, and cut into chunks 1 acorn squash, peeled, halved, seeds removed 2 tablespoons honey 2 ten-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth 2 cups water 2 tablespoon curry   Instructions: Preheat oven…
  • 8 Ways To Get Kids Eating Healthier

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It is never too early (or late) to start teaching your child how to make smart food choices. More and more studies are showing that early childhood eating habits can affect health status well into adulthood so here are 8 ways to encourage healthy eating habits in your kids:  1. Lead by example: Taking the “do as I say not as I do” approach to mealtimes simply won’t work. Your children looking to you for role modeling so when they see you eating healthy, they are more likely to eat healthy themselves even if you’re not around.    2. Take kids…
  • What I Do When I Feel Self-Conscious

    Christine Hassler, Life Coach
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Ever have those moments in life where you feel awkward? Or times when you are with a group of new people or an event full of strangers and you feel totally self-conscious?  I think most of us, other than you uber-extroverts, occasionally have these kind of moments.  In fact, I just had one this past weekend so I wanted to share my tips for moving beyond it . . . I attended an event with about 150 other innovators, entrepreneurs and really cool people.  There were not many people I knew there, but I love hanging with a like-minded crowd and making new friends.  I had a…
  • Please Be Seated! Stopping Wedding Seating Chaos

    Justine Santaniello
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
     As the countdown to my own wedding starts creeping toward the single digits – AHHH! – I totally understand where the term ‘bridezilla’ comes from. Sure, it’s been a blast to find my dress, party it up in Vegas for one of two (yes two!) bachelorette parties, celebrate with our respective families, taste cake after cake after cake (and workout like crazy afterwards)…but one thing that’s really stressed me out is figuring out how to seat everyone without offending anyone. And, you know what I’ve figured out? You can’t. There’s always going to be one person – and…
  • Meet Me For Coffee… It’s Important

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    We all need to be connected, right? Yes, for most of us, that includes being tethered to our phones, tablets or desktops 24/7. Thanks to social media, we ‘meet’ people we’d otherwise never know and research actually shows in increase in productivity for employees who utilize the cyber networks.  We may be more efficient, but are we really better off? A study by Professor Gregory Northcraft out of the University of Illinois finds,“Technology has made us much more efficient, but much less effective.” Basically, we are getting less empathetic and are…
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  • How to Check Your Home for Water Leaks

    Jen Williams
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A leak can be a very costly problem for your home if it goes unnoticed. When your water bill arrives, you will be paying for the water wastage even on a small leak. One drip per second can amount to 2,000 litres a month, which is a staggering amount to go down the drain under... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 10/18/2014

    Jen Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 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!
  • Renovating Your Bathroom? 5 Things To Remember

    Jen Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Is it a real drag to freshen up in your tired old bathroom? It might be time to spend the time and money on a complete bathroom rejuvenation. This article will discuss five important things to consider while you’re in the planning stages of your renovation. In these early stages, it can be worthwhile to... [read more]
  • How to Pay the Bills When you Can’t Work Due To Injury or Illness

    Jen Williams
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    For majority of people, if you’re unable to work your entire livelihood will be changed dramatically. No more eating out, no more vacations, no more treats for the kids, but most importantly, no more bills will get paid. Being off work due to an injury or illness is hard enough as you have a whole... [read more]
  • Sweeping Saturday 10/11/2014

    Jen Williams
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:09 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!
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    2 and a half

  • Monster toast

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    The remnants of breakfast. Something has gone missing.
  • Pumpkins

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Grace's class created pumpkins from construction paper. The one on the lower right is the best. By far.
  • Typing

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    In 8th grade I took Typing for the first time. It was on an old thing called a typewriter that most people born in the past 15 or so years may never hear of. I was among the best in my class and, in hindsight, learning that skill well has really paid off. I still feel sorry for those who peck away at computer keys with one finger. Audrey will never be one of those people. She is doing 10 words per minute in 3rd grade through an online tutorial sponsored by her school. And she is excited about it. She'll breeze past me in no time.
  • Barbie dolls

    5 Oct 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Grace's barbie dolls are up to no good it appears. Oh. My.
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    Little Ones Education and Parenting Resource

  • Halloween Recipes for Your Little Ghosts and Goblins
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Halloween Recipes Looking to whip up some Halloween fun?  Here are some great Halloween recipes that are perfect for parties, lunch boxes and the entire family.  So gather around the cauldron and cook up some Halloween fun! One of our favorites is the Rice Krispies "Treat-O-Lanterns" listed below.  For more recipes, check out our Halloween Recipe Special Feature. Rice Krispies "Treat-O-Lanterns" 3 tablespoons margarine 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal Melt…
  • Magic Tree House Children’s Series: Leprechauns in Late Winter
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Leprechauns in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Series), Mary Pope Osbourne Just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Take a trip with Jack & Annie in their magical tree house to learn about Irish culture, traditions and a bit of history too!   Get whisked back in time to experience the beauty and charm of Ireland. In the Magic Tree House chapter book series, children are exposed to a variety of exciting historical events and time periods. Whether it be taking a trip to Ireland; traveling to the era of the dinosaurs; helping out soldiers in the Civil & Revolutionary Wars; getting…
  • Children’s Valentine’s Day TV Specials 2014
    1 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    Enjoy watching children's Valentine's Day TV specials starting on Monday, February 10th on PBS Kids. PBS will be airing a variety of Valentine's Day episodes starring all of your child's favorite PBS characters. Tune in during your regularly scheduled PBS times to view these heart-warming episodes all week long. In addition, don't miss the Peanuts' double-header of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine airing back to back on Friday, February 14th on ABC from 8pm-9pm, Eastern/Pacific times. Mark it down on your family calendar so you can enjoy this…
  • 2013 Top Holiday Toys For Babies
    28 Nov 2013 | 5:19 am
    We've updated our list of highly recommended and top-notch baby toys from birth-2 years guaranteed to thrill the little ones on your holiday list. Each of these top selling baby toys have won prestigious toy and parenting awards based on quality, creativity, educational value and/or entertainment value. All toys have also received outstanding consumer ratings and, best of all, are reasonably priced. Tips for selecting baby toys: Babies are master learners! Promote & support your baby's learning with stimulating toys that closely match their level of development. Start with eye…
  • Thanksgiving Books for Children 2013
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Thanksgiving is an American holiday rich in history and traditions. It is the perfect time to give your children an appreciation for the true meaning behind this special day of thanks. Thanksgiving books & DVDs are wonderful tools to teach children about the spirit of thankfulness while introducing them to the formation of our nation. The characters and events in Thanksgiving books provide children with important historical background that is explored throughout the Social Studies curriculum.  In this selection of board books, picture books and chapter books, Thanksgiving is depicted…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • How to Engage Your Kids on the Ride Home From School

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This content was sponsored by FordOur pace has really changed since the kids started school again. After we get home, the kids have to do their homework. Then they need to practice drums and guitar, and after that they are usually begging to go outside and play with the neighbor kids while I assemble dinner. Before we know it, it's bedtime, and it's easy to feel like I barely connected with the kids before they have to head to bed.I've been trying to be intentional about using our car ride home from school as a time to reconnect with the kids and get information about their day. I like the…
  • What I want you to know about what it's like to have a missing loved one

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by Anita Davis SullivanThose people you hear about on the news or see flyers of? They have real families behind them and people longing for them, missing them. I'm one of them. My brother has been missing since June 2007. You should know what's it like. Not those few cases that…
  • That's what SHE said: kids ruining marriage, the ills of homework, giving crap to the poor, Africa and Ebola paranoia, and more . . .

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap To The Poor | We Are THAT FamilyThe poor may not have wealth, but they have dignity. I’ve met people without electricity or running water who swept their dirt floors daily, pressed their clothes neatly, walked miles to work on muddy roads, dodging sewage and never had a speck of dirt on them. They value their own worth, we should too.Our Ignorance Of Africa Is More Dangerous Than Ebola | The GrioThe narrative about Africa has always been a simple, singular picture of the poor helpless, disease-ridden child with mosquitoes all over it. The continent…
  • Friday Finds

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    1. Alan tee by Scout | Gilt 2.  Hand block printed pillow cover | Toms 3. 3/4-sleeved striped jersey dress | Old Navy 4. Round live moss wreath | Zulily 5. Pair of Mid-Century hairpin wire plant stands | Etsy 6. Organic succulent ornament | Gilt 7. Open-front cardigan | Old Navy 8. Thai chicken quinoa bowl | How Sweet Eats9. Printed canvas tote | Gap 
  • What I want you to know about being a girl who Mrs. Hall would blog about

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here.  Today’s guest post is by EmilyI was the second born of three and grew up in Southern California. I have been blessed with blonde hair, blue eyes, a thin frame, and my breasts fill a D cup. I now love my body but I used to hate it. I remember sitting on the top bunk that my little brother and I shared…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 Mini Calendar

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
        The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use some geometric/hand drawn designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars work great printed on full sheet labels (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    September is here!  Seems like the summer absolutely flew by… Our summer this year was filled with lots of camping!  We camped all over the place this year, and the boys absolutely loved it!  Anyway, 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is ready, I have the new 2015 page calendar for you as well.  Just download and print! […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you […]
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! […]
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy!   Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size:  4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from […]
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  • Shuffling…

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    I’ve been quiet and a few of you have noticed. That means a lot that you are still here and checking in on me. Yesterday was Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day and I stayed off the internet most of the day, because I just couldn’t… The sadness was just under the surface and I was afraid to wake it, that I might drown in it again. I’ve been in a really good place with gratitude and even joy, but I feel shaky as some calendar days approach. My feet feel unsteady with knowing winter and its harshness are approaching. If you pray for me, would you pray that I might…
  • Input Needed: Early Reader Book Recommendations

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
      Hiya, Friends!  Can you help a mama out?  My boys’ reading is taking off.  They were slow readers, but it’s kicking in, and they are reading some easy chapter books and Level 1 and 2 Easy Readers. I have PLENTY on our Favorite Read-Aloud List, that we are working our way through. Currently we are in the middle of Hero Tales and Prince Caspian and soaking them up, but I need some good suggestions for their read-aloud and individual reading time. Is it just me or are there a lot of terrible easy readers?  I get discouraged at the inconsistency of the levels, the length…
  • Boy Mama Confession: Fish Are Not My Friends

    Jennifer Murray
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Boy Mama Confession: I’m not super fond of fishing. Catfish are down right scary looking creatures. Picking up larva is just gross. And wet moss freaks me out. I DO enjoy being outdoors and spectating. I’ve even brought along a book a few times this year. The pages don’t seem to get read with the distractions of helping four little fishermen or just the beauty of the water and surroundings. But you know what I love the most? I love the enthusiasm they get when they catch a big one. I love being there when they them jump in my arms with excitement and a smile so wide they can…
  • Medicine Cabinet Purge: How I Threw Away An Entire Trash Bag of OTCs and Personal Care Products

    Jennifer Murray
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Hello Fall! It’s time for some fall cleaning (it can’t wait until spring comes around again). I love having the windows open this time of year and getting motivated. I’ve been tackling a few projects that I haven’t gotten around to in quite some time around the house.  I conquered my closet last week, and now I’m working on room by room going through some things and purging things we no longer are needing. Yesterday I went through our bathroom closets and the linen closet where we keep anything from games, to band-aides, to towels, and anything else we can stuff…
  • Louisville. Looavul. Luhvuh. Louieville. Looaville.

    Jennifer Murray
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    No matter how you pronounce it, Louisville showed us a good time over the weekend.  Our boys LOVE traveling, it doesn’t matter where we go, they are always up for the adventure of exploring a new place and of course swimming at the hotel pool. Thankfully it was a warm weekend in Kentucky, and the boys got to swim one last time outdoors. Thumbs up for an {almost} fall swim! Caramel apples poolside was definitely a first. While their skin got wrinkly and water logged, I made my way to Lexington to co-teach an Essential Oils 101 class with my sweet gal, Myra along with Traci and Cyndi.
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Moody Sisters Handmade Natural Skincare Review and Giveaway

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Moody Sisters Natural Skincare did provide samples to facilitate review and they will provide a $100 Moody Sisters gift certificate for giveaway to one lucky reader.  I did not receive monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own. Moody Sisters Handmade Natural Skincare Moody Sisters Natural Skincare is handmade in small batches to make the freshest natural skincare, safe for the whole family.  Moody Sisters uses NO chemicals, fragrances, dyes, sulphates, or parabens- the skincare is all natural!  They handcraft each natural skincare product using only earth derived…
  • Easy Trick To Make Mulled Apple Cider Quickly

    Sarah Parsell
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a lover of all things autumn, apple cider is dear to both my heart and my taste buds. Sweet, tangy, and refreshing, it’s like being wrapped in all of the beautiful, colorful leaves of fall and rolled down a soft grassy hill in the sunshine. Bliss. However, the nights grow a bit chillier and when my teeth start to chatter I pour my jug of cider into a pot and wait for it to heat up. Mmm, yes, sweet and spicy mulled apple cider could possibly be better than cold apple cider, but that all depends on your current body temperature and your preference of hot or cold drinks. My Trick For Making…
  • 10 Road Trip Tips

    Meredith Rodefer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My family was big on driving–not flying.   My parents claim that trying to put three (happy) kids on a plane was nearly impossible, so hitting the road was our only option.  And I’m so grateful.  Some of my best memories were made on the road.   A successful road trip is all about balancing preparation and spontaneity.  Here are 10 road trip tips that made (and still make) my road tripping experiences positive and that may help to enhance your experiences. 10 Road Trip Tips Know Your Car I know hardly anything about cars, but over the years I’ve made sure that I know…
  • New My Little Pony Luna Eclipsed Storybook App & Giveaway

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Playdate Digital has released their latest My Little Pony storybook app called LUNA ECLIPSED, just in time for Halloween and I am pleased to be hosting a giveaway in celebration. MY LITTLE PONY: LUNA ECLIPSED Interactive Storybook App Now Available For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch! Just in time for Halloween, PlayDate Digital is launching an all-new MY LITTLE PONY interactive storybook app for emerging readers under license from Hasbro. The new MY LITTLE PONY: LUNA ECLIPSED App is based on the popular animated hit series, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC which is created by Hasbro…
  • DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene

    Elizabeth Dooley
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Here is an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial for a DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene! Fall and winter are probably the most exciting times of the year for interior and exterior decorating. Putting out small scenes and towns always seem to be so popular every year! So why not grab the family and make your very own town or scene? Scenes like this one here are quite easy to make and come out looking so realistic! DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene Tutorial DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene Supplies: Foam board Moss (sheet) Moss (loose) Small flower pot LED branches Flower/plant tape Air dry molding foam…
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  • Little boy calls police for help with homework – hilarious phone call!

    Raisa Tan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This article was first published on theAsianparent Philippines. The post Little boy calls police for help with homework – hilarious phone call! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 10 delicious Deepavali sweet treats

    Minoli Almeida
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ladies, do you have any special recipes for Deepavali sweet treats you’d like to share with us? You can do just that by jotting it down in the comment box below. The post 10 delicious Deepavali sweet treats appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • MindChamps PreSchool at City Square Mall

    Nalika Unantenne
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Champs will have heaps of fun at MindChamps PreSchool at City Square Mall! MindChamps PreSchool at City Square Mall If you’re looking for a preschool that can help your children become little Champs, check out MindChamps PreSchool at City Square Mall. Here is what they have to offer you and your little ones: A ‘one-stop shop’ curriculum The MindChamps PreSchool at City Square Mall curriculum is a ‘one-stop shop’ when it comes to your child’s development and care, as they nurture your child with their world proprietary academic and enrichment programs.
  • Cervical cancer prevention through vaccination and screening

    Minoli Almeida
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Cancer survivor May Tiong, 47, had no idea she had cervical cancer prior to being diagnosed. Although she was uninformed about cervical cancer and its risks, May kept going for regular Pap smear tests since she had her daughter Wen Ning 23 years ago. However, May missed her scheduled Pap smear test in 2007, and until she was diagnosed at her next test in 2008, she didn’t experience any symptoms of cervical cancer. If you have a daughter, it is important that you talk to her about cervical cancer. Daughters should urge their mums to go for screenings as well. This was an eye-opener for…
  • 8 delightful savoury snack recipes for Deepavali

    Nalika Unantenne
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Want to share your own savoury snack recipes for Deepavali with us? Please do so by leaving a comment below…   The post 8 delightful savoury snack recipes for Deepavali appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Homework and Bedtime Arguments: 8 Tips for Calmer Nights with Kids

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    "Why can"t I get my kids to get their homework done and off to bed without the constant screaming, bickering, and crying?" If you"ve asked yourself this question regularly, you"re not alone. Parents tell me that homework and bedtime battles are some of the most nerve-wracking, exhausting moments of parenthood. No wonder. When everyone is coming home tired and cranky, homework and getting ready for bed are prime fodder for arguments. But with some simple, thoughtful changes, you can develop a Calm Evening Plan that will make things a lot less stressful for you and your kids.
  • Setting Limits for Difficult Kids: Are You Too Strict?

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Do your kids make you feel like an ogre when you set limits? Does the word "no" kick off whining, yelling and protests? How many times have you heard your nine-year-old say something like: "That"s not fair! Brandon"s mom lets him watch Sons of Anarchy!" Or does this sound familiar: "Jessica"s dad lets her stay out "til 10 on school nights! Why can"t you?"
  • Dreading Parent-Teacher Conferences? Try This New Approach

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Soon we will be carving pumpkins, raking leaves, pulling scarves out of the back of the closet...and bracing ourselves for parent-teacher conferences. Some parents go to conferences expecting glowing reports, but many of us dread them. Maybe it"s because, like me, you"ve had a prior bad experience. I remember going to my first parent-teacher conference when my oldest child was in kindergarten and having the teacher run through a long list of complaints about my son. He didn"t sit still at circle time, didn"t want to write, interrupted her and on and on. The message I got was, "You"re not…
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • What is Beachbody Coaching and is it right for me?

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Team Perseverance is not just any team. We’re a FAMILY. We work together, support each other, and inspire each other on a daily basis, and this team, as well as the Beachbody programs and products, have been LIFE CHANGING for me. I am passionate about sharing this opportunity with others because it has been like a dream come true for me to be able to WORK FROM HOME, grow my own business from home, prioritize being a FULL TIME MAMA, help other people improve their health and fitness, and to feel excited and motivated about what I do on a daily basis. As a Diamond Coach with Beachbody, I…
  • Evenflo Symphony LX with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat: Review and Coupon #EvenfloPlatinum @EvenfloBaby

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    My family and I have recently had the pleasure of experiencing a wonderful new all-in-one car seat, the Evenflo Symphony LX. As I’m sure all of you feel, safety in the car is of utmost importance to us, especially when it comes to our four year old son and two year old daughter. We’ve done everything possible to keep them safe in the car including keeping our children rear facing for as long as possible, thoroughly researching car seat options, and visiting the state police station for lessons on how to properly install the car seats in the car. Even with our lessons from the…
  • Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I love finding new ways to use Shakeology! With over 70 superfoods in it and nothing artificial or synthetic (the sources come from things like acai, rose hips, ashwagandha, chia seed, acerola cherry, wheat grass, grape seed, yacon, etc.), we try to use it in as many recipes as possible. How delicious does this sound? Inside Out Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups (Makes 2 servings) Total Time: 40 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time: None 2 tsp. unrefined coconut oil, melted 2 Tbsp. powdered chocolate peanut butter (like PB2) 2 tsp. Chocolate Vegan Shakeology 2 Tbsp. water 1. Combine oil and…
  • 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group Starting June 16th!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:29 pm
    If you are looking for a way to jump start your health and fitness, please consider joining me in my next 30 Day Online Health and Fitness Challenge Group starting on June 16th. My group offers support, motivation, accountability, and most importantly, FUN! Whether you’re a busy parent who craves a half hour of me time, someone whose career seems to be taking over her life, or just someone who wants to switch things up in her fitness routine, my challenge group can help you better your health. To learn about the results people get, please check this post out. The fitness programs that…
  • 7 Day FREE Jump Start to Health Online Support Group – Join me on June 1st!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    28 May 2014 | 7:27 am
    I am running a FREE 7 day health support group for people to get nutrition tips, fitness tips, and information on jump starting their journey to a healthier lifestyle. It starts on June 1st, and there is limited availability. Please email me as soon as possible at if you would like to learn more or if you would like me to hold a spot for you. The only thing you need to participate is access to Facebook as the group will be held in the form of a private Facebook group (only the members of the group can see the activity there). I hope you will join me! **This is only…
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  • Chicago Style Hot Dogs

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Make and serve Chicago Style Hot Dogs is so easy you really shouldn’t tell anyone how little effort you actually put into the meal.  {{smiling}}  The great thing about this Recipe is that you can serve it for lunch or dinner and it looks really appetizing.   Plus, it is quite filling and a great way to add protein to your meal.  If one hot dog isn’t enough for someone, well, they can have more than one!  Easy Peasy.  I’m a huge fan of avocado, so I’ve added it to my recipe creation that was sponsored by Hillshire Brands™  as part of the Mom It Forward…
  • Crockpot Orange Scream Hot Chocolate

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you throwing a Halloween Party or have you signed up to bring a treat along to a Halloween party you are attending?  If so, this fun recipe is for you.  Perfect for cool Fall days and nights, this creamy orange flavored hot chocolate is to SCREAM for.  Made in the crockpot or slow cooker, it can be assembled in 5 minutes, and uses just 3 ingredients.  Seriously, this Crockpot Orange Scream Hot Chocolate is so yummy it should be illegal. Orange Scream Hot Chocolate Ingredients: 1/2…
  • Tres Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes {recipe}

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We have this love in our house of Tres Leche desserts. The love might stem from the fact that we always eat Tres Leche OUT. I never make it at home, so it’s a special treat. However, this week that all changed and to tell you the truth, I’m not positive that’s a good thing. I decided to make a modified recipe of one that was created by Little Inspiration {that should be illegal it’s so delicious, by the way} and I’ve pretty much been in heaven ever since. I made several modifications, but,the biggest was to use International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer for…
  • Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken {recipe}

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If you love Chicken and Hot Sauce, you are going to adore this recipe for making Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken.  Made with either boneless chicken tenders or thighs, this grilled chicken recipe uses Texas Pete Hot Sauce as an ingredient, not a condiment, insuring that your recipe is memorable as well as tasty!  The chicken dish has to marinade for 48 hours, so you need to prepare ahead, but the grilled results are worth it! Texas Pete® Sultry Grilled Chicken Ingredients 2 1/2…
  • Feather Halloween Wreath Tutorial

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to make a wreath Craft that is useful, spooky, and festive is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Halloween Wreath tutorial!  All of the supplies needed were purchased in one store, Michael’s.  Don’t you just love one stop shopping?  The best part is that you can make it in under 5 minutes.  Seriously!  Get into the spirit of Halloween with this festive Halloween wreath! Materials Needed Black feather wreath Styrofoam Skull (Michael’s seasonal section) Styrofoam Pumpkins (Michael’s seasonal section) Ribbon Greening Pins Instructions for Feather Halloween Wreath…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Have a Heavy Expensive Camera That You Shoot on AUTO? #DitchTheDSLR

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Disclosure: I am part of the Samsung Imagelogger program. In exchange for equipment my husband and I provide images to Samsung that are shared throughout social media channels with the hashtag #imagelogger. Any opinions included in this post are my own. My husband Derek and I have both been so fortunate to be part of the Samsung Imagelogger Program. Many people have asked in person, tweeted or somehow inquired about what an #imagelogger is. We are part of a select group of photographers who share images taken with Samsung’s mirrorless cameras and interchangeable lenses that currently…
  • Gavin’s Toyota Sienna Review #SiennaDiaries

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Disclosure: We were provided with a Toyota Sienna to test drive for 3 months as part of the #SiennaDiaries. While we received a stipend to participate in the experience, any opinions are our own. No one was happier to ride in the minivan for 3 months than our 4-year-old. The experience not only allowed us to share some fun family experiences, but it taught us a lot about Gavin. Boy did I completely underestimate the impact that a vehicle could have on a child.   First, enjoy our YouTube video that highlights Gavin’s Toyota Sienna Review. The Sienna allowed Gavin to earn more…
  • Noodles and Company Restaurant Review and Dinner for 4 Gift Card Giveaway

    24 Aug 2014 | 5:12 am
    When you have kids, a dinner out in a time crunch doesn’t always have to be a not so healthy drive-thru option. Sometimes the thought of entering a nice sit-down restaurant with waitstaff service isn’t viable either because at least when my son is hungry, he’s totally happy and then all of a sudden he’s in major meltdown mode. Then you are screaming at each other to just find food, while your kid wants macaroni and cheese, but you’d like Chinese and your husband wants Indian food. I was recently hosted for dinner with a few other bloggers at Noodles and Company…
  • LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure (Giveaway)

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Guess what!?! DC Super Hero character Batman is now featured in LEGO Duplo sets like this one, the LEGO Batman Batcave Adventure! LEGO Duplo sets are recommended for kids ages 2-5, given that they include larger pieces with more simplified directions. After children build the Batcave, Batman, complete with his blue cape and mask, can fire the Batarang from his Batwing to defeat and capture Catwoman! Within 15 minutes or so Gavin had the Batcave ready, with only a little bit of help. Gavin was enthralled with using the pulley, but  I myself  had my share of fun using the Batarang to knock…
  • University Games Board Game Inventor Contest (Giveaway)

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Disclosure: I will be provided with the Sort It Out Jr. game from University Games to review and another for this giveaway. Any opinions are my own. No other compensation has been received. Last minute summer project alert! Do you have children ages 5-12 who have great ideas? University Games is a sponsor in the 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest. If your child has an idea for a new board game, they can submit it in a contest and have a chance for it to be included part of the new University Games 2015 lineup.  Grand Prize Winner of the National Young Game Inventors Contest…
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  • The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the thought of writing about food allergies on a regular basis seemed quite the opposite of cathartic.
  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying. When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only…
  • How to Raise $1,000 in Apparel or Donations for Your Organization, Charity or Event

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
      Kyle Snyder was a little boy who loved life, and ladybugs. Just three weeks shy of his second birthday when Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia. He lost his life to the disease just eight months later. In 2001, Kyle’s mother Sharon founded The Kisses for Kyle Foundation to honor Kyle’s memory, and to help local families in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs who are battling childhood cancer. Sharon and her team have worked tirelessly ever since to help alleviate the extra stresses of this devastating diagnosis, by providing financial assistance and special experiences for the…
  • If the Coming Winter is Colder than Last Year, are You Prepared Enough?

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Last winter was one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record I the United States. Here in the Northeast the weather was just brutal. (In our school district alone, we exceeded the limit on snow days by a whopping nine days, taking away part of Spring Break and tacking on an extra week of school at the end of the year.) Well, rumor has it that we are about to embark on a winter that was even worse than last year. Being prepared can make all the difference, and all it takes is a few simple steps to be prepared for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather emergencies or unexpected…
  • The Essential Oil Massage Oil that Helped Me Walk 60 Miles in 3 Days

    6 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    That sounds a bit like the title of a spam email, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, it’s true. A few weeks ago I walked in my first Komen 3 Day to raise funds for breast cancer research. Almost two thousand people walked over 60 miles around Philadelphia and its suburbs in 3 days. Survivors, friends and family of survivors, and supporters of the cause all came together to not only walk, but to raise $3.8 million dollars in one of 7 walks around the country this fall. So, one would think that 60 miles in 3 days, even for a seasoned athlete, could be taxing on the body, right? Right.
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  • I Failed as a Parent

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

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

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

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

    Abel Cheng
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Honestly, we dared not take up the challenge in the past few years. We were invited to participate in an annual camping trip to Pahang – at least once a year. We turned down every time due to unreadiness and other unknown factors. But not this year! Somehow my wife and I felt that this is the time to take up the challenge. And at the same time, it’s also a weekend getaway for the family. We (ok ok, it’s my wife) took about a month to prepare for the camping. We bought some of the equipment while some we borrowed from friends. We don’t mind investing in the tools and…
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    Life With Boys


    1 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    I LOVE amusement parks, love them.  Going to an amusement park is my idea of a great day.  Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is one of our favorites.  Roller coasters are my favorite rides, and The Griffon at BG is my favorite coaster of all time. It’s a smooth ride, filled with twists, turns and loops. […] Read more →
  • The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go?

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: The Tortured (2010) – How Far Would You Go? Read more →
  • The Curse of Social Media

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Social Media is great. I use it as a way to see what my kids are doing-yes, they live with us, no they don’t always tell us everything. I can keep in touch with my Mom, Roy’s parents, friends that live on the other side of the country, and of course who can forget the […] Read more →
  • Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What?

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Check out my post on ScareTissue . Link: Jack The Reaper (2011) – Who The What? Read more →
  • It Wasn’t All Bad…

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    And when I say bad, well that was just for lack of a better word. the past few months have had some real highs and some real lows-locking myself in the bathroom to cry because I missed Joe springs to mind. BUT, throughout all the twists and turns we ran into when we sent our […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Boy Or Girl: Is It Easier To Raise Sons Or Daughters In Today’s Society?

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    by Mike Mitchum Back in the day, parents didn’t have the luxury of having an ultrasound to tell them the sex of their growing fetus.  Because of this advance, a conversation was born between my fiancé and I as we anxiously await the arrival of our child.  I had been singing the “I want a boy” song to anyone who asked about my preference.  It wasn’t until she told me that she didn’t want me to be disappointed if we waited for the child to be born only to find that it was a girl that I realized I might have been sending the wrong message. My first wish, as I’m sure is true with…
  • #Blackish Episode 4: “Crazy Mom” – Nailing The Truth About The Mom Life & Gender Roles

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    I was a little skeptical when I first saw the trailer for ABC’s new comedy, “Black-ish.” It looked a little corny, and I wasn’t sure how much Anthony Anderson I could take weekly. He’s a funny guy for sure, but would the material be his style? Would it work? Episode four of Blackish is what sealed the deal for me. In this episode, “Crazy Mom,” marketing executive dad Andre (Anthony Anderson) tells his lovely doctor wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) that he will take on all her duties for a week. First up: making two dozen cupcakes for the twins’…
  • Making My Net: The Life Of A Single Mom In Medical School

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    by Megan Thruston “Mamaaaa. Heyyy Mamaaa! I need fresh water with ice! HEY MAMAAA! It’s morning time!” I glanced at my phone and saw that it was indeed morning time. In fact it was already 6:10 a.m., which meant that I had overslept, though I hardly felt refreshed since I had been up studying until almost 2:00 a.m. After a few minutes of silence, I heard the soft thudding of feet on the hallway carpet. A moment later, a smiling face surrounded by a halo of wild curly hair appeared at the end of my bed. “I opened the door all by myself!” my daughter announced, beaming with smug…
  • I Need A Vacation

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Can’t every mother say this? If this is how you feel (“Oh, Lawd, please take me away to a place with no kids, delicious food and a nice comfy bed”), say “Aye.” AYE! We know how to put in a good day’s work, don’t we? A couple weeks ago, I asked moms on the YML Facebook page what time they go to bed and what time they wake up. Y’all are averaging six hours of sleep a night. Which, to me, sounds good at first, until you realize that a good eight hours of sleep makes you feel like a brand new woman. As moms, I admire us and how hard we go to make…
  • STYLE FILES: I’m Obsessed With African Prints

    10 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    I used to blame my lack of fashion sense on the fact that I wore uniforms to school from K-12 and then I went off to college and promptly got pregnant. So there has never been a point in my life where I devoted time to developing a personal style. I thought it was something that would just happen on its own, but I’m knock-knock-knocking on 30 and it’s becoming more obvious that this is something I’m going to have to actively work on. Luckily, I’ve gotten bitten by the style bug! I look at stylish women like Gabi and I wonder, “How did they know that would go…
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  • Is Skulptek Pro The Best HgH Supplement?

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Skulptek Pro HGH means a Human Growth Hormone and is sometimes called as somatropin. It is produced by all human beings. This is the hormone that leads to growth of individuals. It is usually produced in regulated amounts in our bodies. The molecule of HGH is large and fragile and usually consists of 191 amino acids that are joined in a specific manner such that there is no difference. THE FUSS ABOUT Skulptek Pro The world is well aware of the supplement and people are crazy about the benefits it has. People are going around claiming the Skulptek Pro supplement can help make them younger and…
  • Ideas on marketing small Publish and Profit businesses successfully

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Marketing your Publish and Profit business is very important in order for you to maximize your profits. There are many legitimate ways that you can use to achieve that. Therefore, for you to get to that level, it is vital for people to know your band and the services and products that you offer. Nevertheless, having good marketing strategies will be an added advantage for your business to thrive. Below are some of the strategies that you can utilize to realize the objectives. Business directories: Many countries provide their citizens with an address list of almost all businesses that are in…
  • Become A Freelancer Or Work On Passive Income?

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    There are many websites that can promise you a very lucrative online earning capacity. You find that they promise you the world, making you on about $ 1000 per day is what they have advertised on their website. However, they charge a certain amount of fee for the enrolment, after which, they give you a set of instructions that you need to follow in order to make that amount of money. In reality, or you get are instructions that can be freely found all across the Internet. So, when you think about it, it is very evident that you will be able to get a lot of feasibility on your online earning,…
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    When Did I Become My Mom

  • DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin

    Nicole Greene
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Cute The post DIY Paper Pumpkins – Origami Pumpkin appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
  • Toronto’s Anti Littering campaign is brilliant!

    Nicole Greene
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    I’ve never understood the desire to litter. If there are no garbage bins around, I’d rather hold my stuff in my (oversized) bag than toss it on the ground. Even as a child it struck me as inconsiderate. I mean, what’s the plan? It can’t stay there forever, so you have to intend for someone else to pick it up right? My mama would slap you upside the head if you tried that at her house. And clearly your mama should have too. None of this “I’m creating jobs for other people! What will the DEWD/URP/CEPEP people do?”. That’s crap and you know it. And…
  • Ebola – How Worried Should You Really Be?

    Nicole Greene
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    2014 seems to have seen more Ebola infections and deaths than any other year in the past. As a mother, and a citizen of a country which allows visa-free entry to some affected African nations, how worried should I really be? That’s the question I asked myself when news broke of the infection and subsequent death of one of Sierra Leone’s leading infectious disease doctors, at the hands of Ebola. I’ve closely followed the events that came afterward, and I’ve done my own research. Now I’m sharing it with you. #453210018 / What is Ebola? Ebola is a…
  • If I can just pass this test…

    Nicole Greene
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    If I can finish this post, I will have passed the test. As I type this, I can feel it happening again… but this time something has changed. The fluent and fluid words that come together easily in my head, have disappeared. Again. The story that quickly bubbles up and forms in my mind has once again melted away to nothing, right before my mind’s eye. But, this time, instead of a frustrating blank canvas, other words are finding their way out. Maybe it’s the frustration. It takes hold in the middle of the night. It wakes me from sleep, or it takes over when something else does…
  • Earache in Toddlers: Is It a Cold or an Ear Infection?

    Nicole Greene
    21 Feb 2014 | 4:30 am
    Life can be lousy when you’re little one with an ear infection. More than three out of four children have had at least one ear infection before the age of three, and many more suffer from ear pain caused from the common cold, according to When toddlers suffer from earache, it can be difficult to determine the cause, as most young children are not able to express their symptoms clearly. It’s important to distinguish between a cold or ear infection to ensure that your toddler receives the proper medical care. Along with a diagnosis from your child’s…
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Mom, You’re a Bully

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

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

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

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

    Marie Roker-Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:43 am
    1. I Love You, No Matter What Let your son know you love him unconditionally. Emphasize that he does not need to be good, successful, or smart for you to love him. 2. I Respect You Your son deserves respect too. You will teach your son a lot about respecting other people’s values and boundaries, when you show him respect. Mutual respect is key to a strong relationship with your son. 3. I’m Here For You Be supportive in his decisions, as long as it is not something that will cause him harm. There are many adults living with resentment and regret because their parents did not…
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    We Got Kidz

  • 11 of the Worst Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      I’m sure we’re all familiar with how crazy and downright disturbing some adult Halloween costumes can get. (Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman couples costume?? Seriously??) The reality is that it’s very easy for some kid’s costumes to cross the line – instantly becoming a poor choice simply because it’s being worn by a child. I believe the thing that makes the following costumes so questionable is that it’s the parents who are making the decision to dress their children this way. Sure, a baby Hannibal may seem clever and cute; but do you really want your child to…
  • What Experts are Saying About Kids and Glasses

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been “team glasses” since I was about six years old. I still remember my very first pair. They were bubble gum pink with an image of Barbie on both sides. You couldn’t have convinced me that my glasses weren’t’ the coolest things ever.  I vividly remember driving home from the optometrist with my mom and looking out of the window. I was literally and proverbially “seeing the world through fresh eyes”. For the first time ever I realized that stop lights had three distinct colors and that they weren’t just a yellow box emitting a brown blob of light. Even at six I…
  • Here’s What Happens When You Combine Disney Junior and Scarecrows in the Garden – Cuteness Overload!

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      I have a set of 3-year-old boy/girl twins. Outside of the obvious benefit to this – like the fact that they have a built in playmate in one another – I’ve also found that coming up with Halloween costume ideas for the two of them can be ridiculously fun. Given that they’re only three, I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to twin Halloween costumes that I can put together. [It should be noted that I have no clue how long they’re going to let me dress them up as a duo. I would imagine that my reign of “cutesy pootsey” twin costumes is coming to a close.
  • 13 Super Cute Kid and Dog Halloween Costume Ideas

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      There’s something about seeing kids and dogs together. I don’t know if it’s the unspoken bonds that kids and dogs seem to make, or the fact that they’re both low to the ground (which contributes to the cuteness factor). Whatever it is, seeing kids and dogs coexisting together increases the potential for cuteness exponentially. I’ve discovered that when you add costumes to the mix, the cuteness level goes off the charts. Halloween is fast approaching. In honor of kids, dogs, and all things adorable, I’ve compiled an amazing group of images showcasing the best of the best in…
  • Want Home “Cooked” Meals from your Kids? Target’s Toy Emporium Can Help You Get Them!

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
      My 3-year-old twins have a bit of a double blow when it comes to their birthday. Not only do they have to deal with having to share their special day with one another, but their birthday also falls at the beginning of December. Their dad and I are left having to deal with that awkward “birthday gift/Christmas gift conundrum. They often end up getting their best toys of the year all at one time. (We really should have timed that better.) A couple of weeks ago I watched my babies create an oven out of an overturned toy dump truck with pots and pans made from plastic tambourines. ‘How…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure - A Double Dose of Adventure #FamilyTravel

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    A few weeks ago I headed off on a solo trip down to Orlando to attend Halloween Horror Nights 24, as part of the #FacingFearsTogether trip but on my Two Traveling Moms. After our night of horror, which I actually ended up enjoying, we headed to both Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure for a day of adventure. I had been itching to see the new Diagon Alley land in Universal Orlando, and
  • Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - A Refreshing Blast from the Past #Travel

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Stepping into the bright lobby of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort with its sky-high palm trees and retro themed furnishings, you are hit with an instant blast from the past. Back to the days of when Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon rocked movies like Beach Party and Bikini Beach. Here, guests can effortlessly drift back to a simpler time with sandy white beach areas, a Galaxy Bowl
  • Getting Kids to Eat More Veggies with Pasta #PastaFits #MC

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You may remember a few weeks ago when I shared a recipe we made from the Pasta Fits website. As a Pasta Fits Ambassador, my family and I are really
  • Light Up The Night at Universal Orlando Citywalk #Travel

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    When the parks close for the night, the fun is far from over at Universal Orlando. When the sun goes down, the neon lights of Citywalk give off a gleaming glow of colors that beckons you to come and explore. From first-class restaurants to one-stop shopping, mini golf and night clubs for the adult crowd, Universal Orlando's Citywalk has something to meet everyone's entertainment needs. It is
  • Jimmy Dean® - Not Just for Breakfast Anymore #ShineAnytime

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    I'll be the first to admit, sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day. I lay out plans of homemade breakfasts and elaborate bento lunches for the boys, but these dreams of being the "perfect homemaker" can't always come true. Working from home full time and homeschooling all four boys can wreak havoc on my best laid plans at times. That's why I am glad to hear that Jimmy Dean® is
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Editing Videos with Movavi Video Editor

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Video editing might seem like a complicated thing to do but with the help of a good quality video editor you’d be able to do the job without having to face any difficulty. Operating a good quality video editor should be so simple that even if you don’t have any previous experience of editing videos, you should be able to do the editing yourself easily. An ideal video editor should be able to let you compile short videos, add music to your videos, provide animated transitions to join video clips and also convert and save your videos in any format of your choosing. Movavi video editor comes…
  • Welcome Home to Ricciotti!

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    "In conjunction with its tenth anniversary, Ricciotti officially underwent significant changes toprovide its customers with a new dining experience by developing two different concepts. Theoutlet at Riverwalk is now known as Ricciotti (formely known as Ricciotti Pizza Pasta Grill).This new change will reflect the concept of a trendy home-style Italian meal – one that’ssteeped in warmth and comfort within a design ambience." For the love of Italian Food and intense longing for some well-deserved mom-me time, I attended the Media Party of Ricciotti last night via the kind invitation of…
  • Show You Care With These Fantastic Gift Ideas For Mum

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:23 pm
    If anyone in this world deserves to be spoilt, it’s your mum. She brought you kicking and screaming into this world, looked after you when you were ill, and she’s been there for you through the highs and the lows. So once in a while, it’s nice to remind your mum just how much she means to you, right? When it comes to a special occasion like her birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day, it’s the perfect chance to spoil her rotten with a gift you’ll know she’ll cherish. There’s just one problem. Like so many well-intentioned sons and daughters before you, you’re faced with that…
  • Charlie & Co Desserts

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    #bitesizefoodreviewCharlie & Co serves burgers mainly but I love their desserts specially the cinnamon doughnut served with chocolate syrup. Nothing to rave about their banana split though, I can make even nicer version of it at home. :PFYI:Sydney-based gourmet burger concept Charlie & Co. opened its first outlet at ION Orchard. The brand pays homage to the legendary "Hamburger Charlie" of Seymour, Wisconsin, one of the genuine trailblazers of the hamburger. Combining premium top notch, fresh produce, Charlie & Co. looks to deliver their take on the ultimate burger experience to…
  • How to Plan Happy and Harmonious Family Holidays

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Image sourceGetting away from it all for a week or two with your loved ones should provide you with a chance to unwind. However, you might often find that you return from family vacations more stressed than when you left. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many family holidays are peppered with tears and tantrums.However, there are ways to help ensure that these trips run smoothly and leave you and your brood feeling refreshed and revitalized.Choose your destination with careSure, it’s possible to book vacations that take you thousands of miles from home. That said, do you really want to…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Do You Know When to Shut Up? 5 Red Flags You Should Not Ignore!

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    As parents–and especially as sport parents–we sometimes forget when to shut up. We get caught up in the emotions and the concerns of the moment, and all filters disappear. Words just start coming out and there is simply no taking them back. Perhaps if we saw some red flags pop up in our conversations, we...Read More
  • Stop Making Sports Easy for Your Kids! Here’s Why the Pain is Important.

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Making sports easy for kids has become a national sports parenting past time. Our youth sports culture has become enamored with the Fun Philosophy, the idea that sports must be a blast or kids will not want to play. PSHHAW. That’s what I say. What a Saturday Morning Bootcamp Taught Me It took a Saturday morning workout...Read More
  • You Don’t have to Hate Youth Sports Fundraising Any More, and Here’s Why

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Very few sports parents that I’ve ever met like youth sports fundraising. And yet, it has become more and more necessary as the cost of youth sports continues to rise and parents feel the pinch. There’s registration fees, equipment, tournaments, travel, training camps, and coaching. Parents of higher-level junior athletes can literally spend thousands just so their child can play...Read More
  • Mental Toughness Podcast: How You Can Use Sports to Help Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Is your child’s self esteem constantly taking a hit? I think it’s a battle many kids fight at one time or another in their lives. In this episode of the Sports Parenting Podcast, I talk with Kirk Mango, author of Becoming a True Champion, about how coaches and parents can use sports as one way to build a child’s...Read More
  • Make It Right: Former NBA Player Offers Young Athletes a Healthy Basketball Culture

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tired of reading about all that is wrong in youth sports? So are we! TeamSnap and I have teamed up for the Make It Right Campaign this fall to share stories with you of people who are doing what they can to Make It Right in youth sports. There are lots of folks out there who...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Potatoes

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m not a fantastic cook, but I can make some deliciously simple dishes. My absolute favorite appliance these days is my Crock Pot followed by my deep freezer. The end of the day is often challenging for my to cook while my kids enter the witching hour. They tend to be more cooperative in the morning. Well, after we’re done getting ready, anyway. I now use my slow cooker nearly everyday because I can get the food into it, set it, and dinner is done around the time Brian gets home. Yay! I feel more productive and less stressed on those days. The other day I didn’t quite have…
  • Yo Gabba Gabba Live: Music is Awesome Ticket Giveaway for #Milwaukee

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    We are huge Yo Gabba Gabba fans. My husband and I took our daughter to see them when they came to Milwaukee last year. We’ve been waiting for them to come back, especially since our son has become a fan as well. It’s definitely one of the kids’ shows I don’t mind watching. So as soon as tickets went on sale for the 10/15/14 show at the Pabst Theater, we bought ours. It’s a great early birthday present for our kids! He’s dreaming of happy things, like seeing Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! My daughter has been so excited that she carries around the little promo…
  • Trying for Three

    Darcy Zalewski
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Looking back through old blog posts, it’s really neat watching Rissa grow up. I started writing here when I was pregnant with her and it is hard to believe she is turning 4 years old this month. Really it’s amazing how much she has grown up this year alone – we weaned from breastfeeding, she began using the potty and she started preschool. When we decided to have another baby I let you all know and then documented my pregnancy with Xander. It was fun because some of you were pregnant right along with me! It’s crazy how similar, yet different my kids are. Xander’s…
  • Where Did September Go? {Weight Loss & Other Updates}

    Darcy Zalewski
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The other day I felt like I was getting into another posting groove, but then I looked up and it wasn’t the other day… it was over 20 days ago. (Heck, I started the draft of this post two days ago!) I’ve talked before about how the passage of time really changed when I became a mom. It’s not necessarily lapse in memory (though sometimes it is), but it’s just so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day activities and before you know it a week has gone by. Except, it doesn’t feel like a week. It might feel like a only a day or two or it might feel like a…
  • How Would You Describe Your Child?

    Darcy Zalewski
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I stared at the question on the preschool parent questionnaire. How would you describe your child? I’m not sure why, but I always hated being asked about my baby’s temperament at well baby checks. It felt like there was a possibility of giving the wrong answer or labeling unintentionally or being just plain wrong. I mean, how do you describe what a baby is like? They cry, poop and eat. The better question was always how was my temperament dealing with it all. How would you describe your child? Some days — you know, the rough ones — my views about my kids can get…
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    One Little Mister

  • Display Memories with Create-UR-Plate Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    I received products for the purposes of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. I have done a great job documenting my daughter’s growth throughout the years. My only problem is all... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • How to Create Your Own Spa Stay-cation

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
     Spa vacations are a great way to relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries. If you’re a busy mother, you also know that you rarely have time for to go off on a luxury spa trip. Between work,... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • G.H. Cretors Popcorn Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Filling my cabinet with ready to go snacks for school and work lunches has kept me busy lately. Trying to figure out what my family will eat while making it an easy to go snack is harder than I... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 10 Fall DIY Decoration Ideas to Do At Home

    12 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Dressing up your home for the Fall season can be inexpensive, especially if you are a little crafty. Purchasing craft supplies at your local dollar store will also help to keep the costs down. Here... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 3D Holiday Cards Giveaway

    Melissa Dixon
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    I received product samples for the purposes of this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own. The holiday season is quickly approaching and that means it is time to pick out cards and get them... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Inspirational Quotes. Or not...

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I love a good inspirational quote.  In fact, I have to admit that there are couple which I have even copied out into the front of my notebook to refer to in times of need.  What would Edmund Burke* say about this, I ask myself as I ponder whether giving the kids shop-bought pizza for the 2nd night running makes me a bad mother.  What would Marcus Aurelius** say?(Just kidding.)However...Is it just me, or are we currently drowning in a sea of facile truisms being spread through the internet by social meeja? Most are so superficial that it seems to me that almost anyone could come…
  • Writes of passage

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Today, I had to do something unexpectedly difficult.Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that sometime in the next year there's a strong possibility we'll move on from Russia.  In an effort to minimise the fuss when / if that actually happens, I am slowly but surely trying to empty the house of 'stuff' that we won't want to take with us (for which read; pay to move from one country to another), which we have accumulated during the last 5 years.Mostly, this 'stuff' is associated in some shape or form with the Boys.  Toys, books, outgrown clothes, skates and shoes. You know;…
  • Today's 'Through The Looking Glass' moment is brought to you courtesy of...

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    ... Auchan supermarket.When I first began to visit Russia in the mid 1990's there was what seemed to me to be an antiquated payment system in place in many retail outlets.  It worked as follows: 1.  The customer selected their item. 2.  They would inform the shop assistant of their choice (it was usually stored out of reach, often behind glass).3.  The shop assistant would then remove the item from the shelf but instead of taking payment and handing over the purchase, they would put it to one side, hand-write a sales ticket, and send the customer to the caisse (or payment…
  • Trying to say something without actually saying it...

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    This post has been simmering away on the edges of my blog-consciousness for a couple of weeks now.  I couldn't ignore it any more...'Number 10 Downing Street was besieged today by middle class shoppers aggrieved at the lack of palatable fresh milk, green vegetables, and imported meat and dairy products available in supermarkets since the government imposed sanctions on products sourced from the other side of the English Channel. Handbags and umbrellas were raised in the air as a sign of solidarity by ladies of a certain age protesting about the impossibility of obtaining basic staples…
  • The writing's on the wall. Except, it's not.

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We are considering a move back to the UK within the next year.  Nothing's certain, but in an effort to have all our ducks in a row in case we do relocate, Boys #1 and #2 need to get ready for entrance exams to possible new schools.This presents any number of challenges, but one of the main ones to exercise my mind at present is teaching them how to write.Yes, of course they can write; let me explain...Their current school is very keen on IT, to the extent that Boy #1 in Grade 5 should already have access to his own laptop (he doesn't - but only because we haven't got round to sorting…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 10 Habits of Highly Effective Mamas

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    What does it mean to be a highly effective mom? Does it mean to be productive or does it mean to feel good in what you do? Does it mean to be in control or does it mean to feel understood and connected? Does it mean to be a successful role model or does it mean to be a good teacher? By definition, in all actuality, effective simply means producing a result that is wanted. In other words, getting what we want means we’re being effective. And all of my readers in this community and my clients in my program want many of the same things: To find their happy place as mothers. To…
  • A Quick Guide to Essential Oils for a Peaceful Family

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    This guest post from Julie Vaccaro, an Abundant Mama alumni from earlier this year, makes me very happy. We’ve been experimenting with oils more and more and her ideas are just fantastic. Enjoy! If I had to choose one word to describe what I wanted for my home, it would be peace. Everyone happy, talking in calm voices, helping one another, being mindful of our decisions and remembering to breathe when strong emotions arise. Ahhh, sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Often times with busy schedules, rushed mornings or the unplanned tantrum- we are left feeling quite the opposite of peaceful or…
  • 4 Simple Tips For New Moms Returning To Work

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Going back to work as a new mama can be a challenging, scary time for any woman. I’m happy to offer this space today to Lori, a 2014 Abundant Mama alumni and now founder of the Mindful Return community for moms returning to work with intention. I love how she offers tips for new moms returning to work who are trying to juggle it all with confidence. About a year ago, I went back to work after maternity leave from the birth of my second little boy. He was a delight – if not a great sleeper, and his older brother was generally helpful – if deep in the throes of potty training.  My…
  • 10 Soothing Tips for Highly Sensitive Moms

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    When I was pregnant with twins, I couldn’t get enough information about being pregnant with twins. And then when I became a mom of twins, I couldn’t get enough information about raising twins. Add each milestone of significance after that and the trend has been clear. I like information. But too much information can send a Highly Sensitive Mom into an anxious state of mind. We get overwhelmed with the details and begin to shut down, making decision-making more challenging. It was around the time my girls were toddlers when I started to really see how the news, blogs and magazines…
  • Self-Care for Highly Sensitive Moms

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    For a long time, in my early years as a mother, I thought self-care was going out with other moms. Moms Nights Out. This has such an appeal to it. But, as it turned out, those nights out were also the only time I was taking time for myself. And, as a highly sensitive mom, large group outings with other moms in noisy restaurants can often leave me feeling anything but refreshed and nurtured. And while I always enjoyed some aspects of those nights out, the truth is that afterward I also felt a lot more … Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Unheard and unseen. Lonely. Yes, lonely. Large group…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Wide Leg Pants For The Pear Shape

    Allison Cooper
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Okay, fashion can be a fickle thing sometimes, because it’s constantly changing. I will say this though and mean it forever: a well tailored, well proportioned, well made pair of pants will look great on you forever…promise! Wide leg pants are great and can definitely be worn by all body shapes, you just have to put some work into finding the right pair for you. The thing about wide leg pants is that they are as far opposite in silhouette from our beloved skinnies as possible — so you need to make sure you keep that in mind. Typically when wearing skinny pants of all kinds,…
  • American Girl Abroad – Smitten by Scotland

    Deborah Hetrick Catanese
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    As I departed the USA for both Iceland and Scotland, I confess that Scotland was a bit of an afterthought for me, pumped up that I was for the Iceland portionthat came first. (American Girl Abroad: Function vs. Fashion in Iceland). But Scotland wasted no time grabbing my inner romantic’s heart, much like that day when I was fourteen and first saw Brigadoon, a musical that had me smitten by Scotland and its many charms. Do you know the play?  Brigadoon is chockfull of absolutely gorgeous songs like Come to Me, Bend to Me and Almost like Being in Love  It’s time travel with a…
  • The Piccing App: A Lifetsyle Shopping Experience

    Allison Cooper
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Happy Shopping Friday, Lovlies! Boy, do I ever have a find to share with you all day that I’m pretty excited about because it satisfies my shopping addiction in a very fun way! Due to the creation of Instagram, we have all become pretty visual people. As a fashion blogger, it’s an awesome tool that gives me insight into different people’s styles and how to recreate different looks that I become enamored with. Well, there is a new tool that takes that concept a step further–the new Piccing App! About The Piccing App This free app enables you to login, and choose some…
  • Calling All NYC Moms–Box Butler is at Your Service! {Giveaway}

    Allison Cooper
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    I’ll admit it, I’m a pack rat, a fashion hoarder, a keeper of all things totally unnecessary of keeping—ya know…just in case! I didn’t realize how severe my problem was until moving to NYC from our much more spacious Virginia apartment four years ago. Now here we are with one growing 6 year old, my ever-expanding wardrobe, and a husband whose obsession lies in his coat collection—all in a tiny NYC apartment! I’ve mentioned in the past that as I change my wardrobe over from season to season that I always go through the clothing items one by one for all of us, setting aside unused…
  • Shopping for Wide Leg Pants

    Allison Cooper
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    You may think that because I am on the shorter side that I steer clear of wide leg pants for my apple shaped body — but that couldn’t be more far from the truth! No matter what body shape you have, you can totally rock this style and do it effortlessly! Yes, most of the pants hanging in the closet are skinny pants or leggings, but that’s mostly because I try my hardest to work with the assets of my figure (my skinny yet shapely legs) and show that off through my clothing. My strategy is to accentuate the positive (my legs) and downplay the negative (my stomach). BUT–I…
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    The Mommist

  • Style Board: A Pop of Pink

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Ann Taylor Pencil Skirt  I  Gap Cashmere Sweater  I  Nicholas Wool Coat  Michael Kors Palladium Vachetta  I Proenza Schouler BW Tweed PS11  I  Crap EyewearNails Inc.Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Yoga Joes: Real Men Do Yoga!

    Len Dela Cruz
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    sourceG.I. Joegis! I don't do yoga, but I still want a set!Dan Abramson's simple goal of getting more people to try yoga has turned into a business. A soon-to-be lucrative one, I'm assuming. His goal of $40k in Kickstarter ballooned to more than $100,000! He describes the Yoga Joes as "a violent toy, made peaceful." The funding is now done, and the toys will be ready for action in a couple of months. Military men can acquire Yoga Joes for half the price. Oh, and the yoga joes come in hot pink, too.sourceHold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your…
  • Optical Illusion by Ivan Hoo

    Len Dela Cruz
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Amazed yet? You can check out more of Ivan Hoo's mind-blowing optical illusion pieces on his Instagram account!Hold on! Before you go, please like my The Mommist's Facebook page {on your left}. Thank you!Receive The Latest Posts Directly To Your Email - It's Free! Onward and Upward!
  • Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar's Anniversary Menu

    Len Dela Cruz
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Highly inventive savouring was what I expected from Olive Tree Kitchen and Bar's anniversary menu. Once again, they did not disappoint! Thanks to Chefs Rob Pengson and Jonvic Mangibin, the palate-beckoning creations were both a sight to behold, and a pleasure to eat!  Here's what my friends and I had:Panna CottaHugged by a crisp coating are the cute blue crab cakes resting on top of bufala mozzarella panna, sliver tomato carpaccio, purple basil flowers, and calabrese hash and oil. The play of flavors was amazing! Sweet and soft crustacean meat commingled perfectly with the lightly…
  • Soul Kitchen

    Len Dela Cruz
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Have you guys heard about Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen? It's not a new thing or a new album for that matter. It's a restaurant that's been in operation since 2011. I just recently remembered it while looking at the list of the places I'd like to dine at. The concept is pretty simple, but very cool. Well, I expected nothing less from the man. Anyway, the Red Bank, NJ resto doesn't have prices on their menu! You go there, enjoy a three-course meal {which according to reviews are pretty amazing}, then pay the minimum donation of $10 or go a little higher for others in need of a good…
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Practicing What I Preach: #Writing for Regional Parenting Magazines!

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

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Originally posted January 27, 2014 and updated now with a picture of how I can now put them on with no problems at all ... curved side to cuticle, people! I can't ever decide on my jamicure so I pretty much picked 4 from the accent sheets I send out as samples and then something different for each thumb! You can check out my site below under "Now I sell them here!" or come LIKE me on Facebook for more funny and real posts! I posted this and then started selling Jamberry the end of March and now am I Senior Lead Consultant! Exciting stuff!Star-crossed on thumb, see below for other…
  • Children's Halloween costume ideas inspired by books

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Trips to the school library are full of endless possibility, seemingly so are trips to various costume stores, thrift shops and online shops in the hope of finding that perfect child Halloween costume. Let your imagination get to work, and check out some of our tips for the best child Halloween costumes based on books:The Merry Adventures of Robin HoodAn iconic story of boyhood, friendship and adventure, Robin Hood is still so popular in children’s literature it’s hard to believe it was written over 130 years ago. Today’s Robin Hood might just be a little more badass though. Polish off…
  • Work Edition Wrap-Up Posts

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to the Work edition of the Bubblews wrap-up posts! Let's dive right in!Some great things about working from homeI am on fire in the mornings. Are you?Never dreamed I would have two different teams in two different businessesWriting at Bubblews for Christmas moneyI can't quit the working mommy playdateHere's how to find Christine Shuck
  • Homeschool Wrap-Up Posts #Calvert #VirtualSchool #HomeschoolCraziness

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    I know most of you are not here to read about my homeschooling journey. Most of that fun can be found over at Homeschooling Mommybot. But sometimes I like to share here so you know what is currently kicking my butt or making us happy or whatever the case may be. Here are some posts to check out!Used to have a nursing basket when the kids were little and now I need a homeschooling basket. Times are a'changin'Sometimes my neighbor and I manage to pull off homeschool recess and it is bliss!Unschooling to Virtual SchoolingUnboxing Michael's Curriculum #CalvertYAY! Virtual School Checkpoint Day #1…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Diaso Craft Idea – Shadow Box Decoration

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Last week, I shared this craft idea where it received more than 100 likes. Surely something this well-liked deserves to... Continue reading » The post Diaso Craft Idea – Shadow Box Decoration appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Cherishing Family Moments

    19 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    How was your weekend? My usual lament of a short weekend will not apply for me, because lucky for me we’re... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Cherishing Family Moments appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light {Review and Giveaway}

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Besides blogging, another thing that keeps me up at night is working on my crafts. It’s been a therapeutic way... Continue reading » The post 3M LED5000 Polarizing Task Light {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Seeing Red

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    {This post may contains information about a lady’s time of the month that may be too graphic for some readers.... Continue reading » The post Seeing Red appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • The Little Flower Shop Cafe & Bar at Lau Pa Sat

    9 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Lau Pa Sat, is one of Singapore’s most iconic food centers. Located in the heart of the CBD, it offers... Continue reading » The post The Little Flower Shop Cafe & Bar at Lau Pa Sat appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Christmas Cards with a Difference from Hallmark

    Erica Price
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Hallmark recently sent me a selection from their Christmas Card and Christmas packing ranges, so I’ve been taking a look through and picking out some of my favourite cards.  I love picking out nice cards and thinking who I might send them to.  In particular, they have a good selection of cards, if you like to buy a special named card for your spouse or other family members.A couple of my stand out favourites from Hallmark Christmas cards range though are in the picture.  I love the way it pops up into shape as you take it out of the envelope.  Its even got doors and windows that…
  • Win A Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

    Erica Price
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Good music always sounds better when you play it through quality speakers.  If you’re a music fan then you’ll like Nine to Three Thirty’s latest competition because you can win a Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.It does have a great retro look and will add a touch of style to your room.  The features of the Jam Rewind Bluetooth Wireless Speaker include:A retro look with the pocket-sized Jam Rewind designed to look like a funky 80’s cassette tape offering fashion and functionDespite its size, the Rewind delivers superior bass and sound performance with its four…
  • Natural Sea Sponges

    Erica Price
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    We were asked to try out some natural sea sponges from The Sponge Market.  Normally we tend to use flannels or hands for washing, so I’d not really thought of using sponges for the family before.  We were sent:a honeycomb sponge 7-7.5” for me to trya silk sponge 4-4.5”  for H (this is suitable for babies too)We’ve been trying them out in the bath and the shower.Loading I so need this. #bath #sponge #naturalsponge View on InstagramInitially when they arrived I thought they seemed a bit firmer in texture than I’d want to use on my body, but as soon as they are properly…
  • The Class Assembly

    Erica Price
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Last week was H’s class assembly.  At his school once a year each class leads an assembly for the whole school and parents are invited to come to watch.  Up till now H has had fairly small parts in these assemblies, but this time he had quite a big role.The theme of the assembly was belonging and he was involved in a sketch about a new girl joining the school and being welcoming of that new member of the class.  Ironically, H’s class have never been put to the test for real on this score as the class has remained completely unchanged since he started school over 3 years ago. …
  • Secret Spy Workshop

    Erica Price
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    This week we have been testing out the Secret Spy Workshop set.  Despite its name, it’s actually as much a magic set, I think, as a spy set.  In fact, there’s a bit of science thrown in too (this is a set from the Wild Science range after all).Inside the set you get:Big and small mirrorsScenery insertDie-cut sheetsDouble sided sticky tapePlastic beadsBendy mirrorTracing paperPlastic boxEVA foamGrids cardColour instruction manualThere are four different activities to enjoy.  You can build your own super snooper scope; there’s the black hole money-box; an ocean deep…
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  • Jan & Elly Pop-Up Class & Holiday Programmes 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Nadine is a big fan of Jan & Elly, an English Language school that conducts the most fun classes and teaches her good reading habits. We first heard about them in their Pop-Up class earlier this year and we were given a first hand experience of what classes would be like and we had a chance to speak to Elly, the founder who shared with us her views on teaching English and parenting. And we agreed with her! Thus, it was an easy decision to enrol Nadine for class. Well, the year end Pop-up Class is here! The Carnival is a pop-up class curated by Jan & Elly to bring a splash of fun to…
  • Parkway East Doctor For A Day

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In July, Parkway East invited us to be a part of their very educational and very fun Doctor for a Day programme. Ok, it wasn’t me who got to be the doctor, but all three of the kids! And the theme was Orthopaedic! Imagine that 4-syllabus word that your kids would learn, and everything about it all in a very hands-on and engaging experience.  I must admit that my first thought about the programme was how very crowded it would be! And it would be a crazy mess with parents around checking out their little ones. But I was wrong! Parkway East arranged and planned it such that parents are…
  • Chesty Coughs and Wheezing Kids

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    As a parent of 3 kids, I’ve come across MANY common medical ailments that hit our family. Top on our list is FEVER which can mean anything from fighting an unknown virus to a known virus to a common cold. Then we have the TUMMYACHE which can also mean anything from a virus to something nasty they ate to plain attention seeking. And the Least Favourite in the list? CHESTY COUGHS and WHEEZING kids! Why is this the least favourite? Simply because I can’t get my kids to blow the mucus out, and I can’t get them to cough out the phlegm! And it can go on for weeks!! I’ve…
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  • Whispers Behind Her Back

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    You can barely hear them.She can't hear them at all, and I like it that way.They're soft and intermittent and I can almost always ignore them. Sometimes I can even silence them with a look or an explanation or sometimes with just a tiny shot of snark.Mostly they're the whispers of strangers and who cares what they think? She doesn't notice them and even if she did, she wouldn't understand them. If she did, she'd probably just smile and reach out her hand because she's gentle and kind and forgiving like that. Sometimes I also want to reach out my hand. But in a more, "come over here so I can…
  • Want To WIN A $500 Shoe Shopping Spree?

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Winter. That word gets stuck in my throat like a warm tongue to a frosty fence. But winter is coming my fellow Canadians and we need to be prepared. Or least have cute winter boots. My mom bought these waterproof insulated Rieker Tex boots. Love 'em and wish we had the same size feet.  I'm a stunningly indecisive shopper. I have my eye on these black Cougar pillow boots but wonder if I really want to walk around sporting "Cougar" on my person at this stage in my life?Did you have a pair of the originals? Bet you let the tongue hang out and refused to do them up. I also bet you didn't pay…
  • Giving Old Skin The Boot — Tana Loves Shoes

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    My poor neglected boots...You thought I was talking about my 40-something skin? That's okay. My skin is starting to resemble a potato, but it has to do with hormones and over-tanning in the 80s.My leather boots have also seen better days—but due to harsh Canadian winters and dehydration. Like our skin, leather boots (and shoes, purses and belts for that matter) need cleaning and moisturizing.My husband scoffs when I refer to my boots as an "investment." But they are! Take the classic Frye boots I'm saving for—my family might have to eat baked beans for awhile, but these boots will be an…
  • Honk If You're Hornet—A Rant About Wasps

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Alternate titles for this post include: Thugs Of The Insect WorldWe Don't Like You, So Buzz OffGet Off My Apple ArseholeYou'll Never Make Honey. Get Over ItWasps Are WankersGo Back To Your Own PlanetWasps. What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing.I decided on the hornet inclusive title because a) LOL! and b) Hornets are jerks too.So are wasps good for anything?They're part of our ecosystem (though I stand by my claim that they are invaders from another planet. Magnify them about 1000x and you can totally imagine a wasp-alien eating Sigourney Weaver). Wasps eat pests like aphids and…
  • All About That Stretch—Parenting & Paper Towels

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    I won’t skimp on paper plates, toilet paper or paper towels. Clearly I'm rather particular about my paper products. We all have our things. Our new favourite paper product? Viva Vantage—a new brand of premium paper towel being introduced to Canada.  They're all about the stretch, ‘bout that stretch… which means, no trouble.They also provide some pretty great parenting perks. Seriously. Watch this! P.S. Paper Towels Curls are probably the easiest and cutest hair style ever! Avery rocks these Shirley Temple curls. #cuteness :) Try them for yourself! Visit to get…
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  • Ideas for Halloween Costume

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Kind of rushed today, but wanted to jot down a few ideas for a Halloween costume. Fire chief. I already have the hat, the red chief overcoat, and I have visited a fire station and rang the bell. Burt Reynolds. Grow mustache. Take off clothes. Pose like centerfold. Bit of a stretch. Does anybody remember that photo shoot? A German speaker. I am learning German at school. Vocabulary so far: nein. Just the one word. A Tiger.  It’s what I was last year.  I still have the costume, so it’s the low-friction choice. Costume a bit stuffy.  Digging deep into the archives (from last year)…
  • Nudity is OK, as Long as it’s Tasteful

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I was reading an article in the New York Times the other day about nudist colonies in Croatia, and it struck me. I am getting more comfortable being naked. I decided to test this out the other day. When my parents came in my room to get me at 6:30 in the morning, I had taken off my shirt and was leering proudly at them from my crib half naked. It was liberating. I saw something of the future in it. When I was very small I didn’t know what the heck was going on, so being naked was the same as wearing clothes. But as I matured, even a few months in, I started not liking the idea of…
  • The Satisfaction of No

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    There is something really satisfying about flushing a toilet over and over, especially when there is somebody in authority standing close by, telling you not to do it. There is something great about running around the apartment, turning on all the lights, closing all the doors, closing all the windows I can reach, and watching the temperature climb until my dad’s head turns red and explodes. That’s nice. There’s something gratifying about asking for bananas over and over again in a commanding voice, and then, when they arrive, not eating a single one of them. It works even…
  • Synchronicity and Whiskey

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    20 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I needed to complain to my wife. I walked into the bathroom as she was getting ready for the morning. ‘This is all just so stressful,’ I said to her. My tone was whiny. Normally compassionate, she glanced at me with a ‘so-what-else-is-new’ expression. The toddler-in-residence was saying no to everything, running around the apartment turning on all the lights and slamming doors. He was throwing some toys, falling over others, and rolling a big red exercise ball into my path wherever I went. I couldn’t do any yoga and meditation was beyond my ability to focus…
  • I enjoyed the playground today

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Don’t tell my mommy that I decided to stay in my pajama top all day. It was comfortable, and my daddy let me do it.
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  • Skirt: figure hugging or A-line?

    Nicole orriëns
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    I always wear A-line skirts.  Ever since Trinny and Susannah recommended it for pearshaped women in their show What no to wear. A-line skirts skim right over bulges and bumps, and kindly hide them. But my skirts are getting old, and they're not in fashion. Which makes it hard to replace them. So when I spotted a fitted skirt for only 7 bucks, I figured: 'What the heck! Why not try a fitted
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo: big dud!

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    For the third time in her school career,  my daughter came home with a broken smartphone. Now that's not very smart, is it?" Apparently it fell. And now there's a big crack in the screen. It won't even start up again. At first I was all: 'You broke your smartphone, now you lie in it!' But then I remembered she had to go on a school trip. To London of all places. And I really want my kids to
  • Free Blogger templates for mom bloggers

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Free Blogger templates There are two types of free Blogger templates Templates: you get a whole new look for you blog in an instance. Including a different layout Backgrounds: your blog layout stays the same. You put some html code in a Blogger gadget, and then you get a different background. Why is a template so important? A blog template is very important. It defines your blog
  • Why I ditched my Filofax and went for Moleskine

    Nicole orriëns
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    It all started with my moleskine notepad. I really loved it. I loved how it had the days of the week one one side, and room for notes on the other side. But then I saw this big, tall, bad boy. His name was Filofax.  I was impressed by his size. He was A4. Suddenly my Moleskine seemed very small. My eyes started to wander. And soon after that, I left my Moleskine for a Filofax. At first
  • Blogger problems: distorted thumbnails and how to to fix them

    Nicole orriëns
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It's one of those Blogger problems I've been wrecking my brains over! How to fix the distorted thumbnails oin my Blogspot blog. Because they look sad and amateurish. And not what I'm looking for. Blogger problems I love Blogger. I love the way it protects me from screwing up my blog. If I do something that's just not right, Blogger simply refuses to save it. Instead if sends me a message!
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  • Big Fish Stories and a Fall Getaway to Traverse City

    Colleen Stout
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I always dreamed of spending a week in a cabin the woods with a lake right outside the door. And that’s exactly where Dave and I spent last week. It was a busy summer and even busier start to fall. Dave and I needed some time away to rest, relax and have a conversation that wasn’t interrupted by someone asking for another cookie. So we left David and Wade in the care of Grandma and Grandpa and headed a couple of hours north to the Traverse City area for a fall getaway. Our cabin was one of a group that make up Shawn’s Place situated on Spider Lake, about 20 minutes from…
  • Puppy Surprise

    Colleen Stout
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Some girls have husbands who bring them flowers. Mine brings me puppies. Three weeks ago we made the difficult decision to put Elizabeth, our 15-year-old cocker spaniel, to sleep. She was sick, and it was time to let her go. But it was still hard. It was strange after 15 years to not have a dog in the house. The boys went to school, Dave went to work, and I was completely home alone. It was lonely without a furry companion around. Then crumbs and food started to collect on the kitchen floor. A Goldfish cracker here, a broken pretzel there. For years I never picked up anything like that,…
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  • 10 simple rainy day activities for kids

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    10 simple rainy day activities for kids Half term is rapidly approaching and if today’s weather is anything to go by, Autumn has really arrived and we will begin to spend more time indoors. We sometimes find that the first thing the kids think of when it rains is screen time, and if you are like me,… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #75

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #75 As always, Monday has sneaked up on me again – it always does. Back we are with another party for you, this time, you need to visit All you need is love and cake who is hosting you you this time. Come and take a look at what is going… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Destination Digital – FREE advice for women in Cambridgeshire: Cofficing back into the working world

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Destination Digital – FREE advice for women in Cambridgeshire: Cofficing back into the working world   Sometimes writing this blog, and running this site has thrown me the odd curveball, and an amazing opportunity lands in my lap. That was what happened a few weeks ago, when I found myself at the Cambridgeshire County Council (“CCC”) offices talking about my journey developing KiddyCharts and my… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting snapshots: How to cope with Separation anxiety

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting snapshots: How to cope with Separation anxiety In this week’s parenting snapshot we talk about separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety is more common in younger children and toddlers, especially when they are aware you are about to leave them.  There is no set age when it starts occurring but the usual age seems to be  between 1-2 years… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • #Win massive selection of Chocolate Spread from Tesco: Just in time for #ChocolateWeek! (2 available)

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    #Win massive selection of Chocolate Spread from Tesco: Just in time for #ChocolateWeek! (2 available) I am sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that this week, is Chocolate Week. We have decided that this is soemthing that CANNOT pass by within some series celebrating, so we have teamed up with Tesco to offer you wonderful people something amazing – a chocolate spread extravaganza! There will… Learn More From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • "Drop The Price" of Combi's Cosmo E Stroller!

    Diana Chastain
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Have you been looking into buying the Combi Cosmo E Stroller? How about saving up to 30% off?   Here’s how it works- moms can visit this link and click to “drop the price” of the Cosmo E. It started out at $119.99 and for each mom (or anyone) that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each person that participates until it reaches 30% off of the stroller. Then, participants have the option to share on social media to get more people to participate, or they can “buy now” for whatever price the item has been dropped to at that…
  • Enter to WIN a Safety 1st OnBoard 35 Air Infant Car Seat! Ends 10/20

    Diana Chastain
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Welcome To Our OnBoard 35 Air Infant Car Seat Sweepstakes Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and Priceless Product Reviews, Giveaways and Freebies.andSponsored by Safety 1st If you have babies then I am sure you know of Safety 1st. Safety 1st is a company specializing in various products to keep your baby safe in a car, at home or even on the go. Safety 1st also information on various topics and subjects. I am excited to be participating with some awesome fellow bloggers in brining you this great giveaway! You can read Tammie's post on Car Seat Safety Tips by going…
  • Celebrate Mummy's Little Pumpkin this Halloween with MAM!

    Diana Chastain
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    I received complimentary products from MAM Baby to share this info. All opinions are my own. MAM is celebrating the season with these cute LIMITED EDTION Halloween pacifiers! These fun Halloween pacifiers feature a curved shield that allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face. And includes MAM's ultra soft silicone nipple which allows for the pacifiers to stay comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture.  Other features include symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development, textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier…
  • Peanut's First Halloween with Babies“R”Us + Giveaway #BRUHalloween

    Diana Chastain
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This is a sponsored giveaway written by me on behalf of Pampers and P&G. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. This Halloween will be Peanut's first. SweetPea was almost 10 months old when she celebrated her first Halloween and although my husband took her up to the houses with her cousin, she mainly rode in the wagon. I remember it being so cold that year. I had bought her a cute Sleeping Beauty costume from Babies"R"Us that we had to cover up with a coat. It has been warm every year since. So with this unpredictable Georgia weather,…
  • ELPH Band Review & $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway

    Diana Chastain
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event!Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween.Hosted by: Mom Powered MediaSponsored by: ELPH BandThe ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your…
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    Virtually Yours

  • 4 Ideas for Easy Halloween Cupcakes!

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    I really love the holidays, and making Halloween cupcakes has been so much fun! My daughters and I brainstormed to come up with some fun designs, and all of them are so easy! What started this idea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Easy Costume Shopping at

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    This post has been sponsored by As always, all opinions are my own. News Flash: Buying Costumes does not have to be a hassle! How many times have you gone from store to store looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • All New Disney Short #BigHero6

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    When you go to the theaters to see Big Hero 6 (opening November 7th) you’ll first be treated to the Disney short, Feast. “Feast,” is a brand new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Enter to Win a $100 Lowe’s Gift Card!

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Who’s excited to win a $100 gift card to Lowe’s? I have about 100 projects I could get done if I had the money! How about you? P&G and Lowe’s are partnering with to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Reasons to Shop at

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’ve been working with for the past month or so and it has been an absolute blast. I’ve been following along with the #OrangeTuesday events as they have made their way... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • Dear Mom of High School Junior

    Lisa Heffernan
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Dear Mom of High School Junior, Okay, no more putting it off, it is time to talk about college. If you have kept the subject under wraps until now during Freshman and Sophomore years, you and your kid are about to go on a voyage of discovery during his junior year.  He or she will discover what interest them, excites them, and motivates them. You will discover an adult emerging, and the emphasis here is on emerging, on what will soon be the memories of childhood. Let’s dispense with the practical for your high school Junior: Map out the tests Make a detailed plan of where and when your…
  • Dear Mom of High School Sophomore

    Lisa Heffernan
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Dear Mom of High School Sophomore, If Freshman year was for finding their feet, Sophomore year is for finding themselves. There is something so nice about going back to high school Sophomore year. Our students are no longer the new kids on the block trying to figure out both the academic and social landscape.   Advice for High School Sophomore Year: No college talk Top of the list is still DO NOT TALK ABOUT COLLEGE. The one exception would be if your child is in an athletic recruiting process. But otherwise the mantra is grades, activities, friends and enjoy high school. High school is a…
  • Go Ahead, Call Your College Freshman

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Mary Dell writes: Whew, congratulations, we survived month one! Since that memorable hug goodbye, we have spent the last few weeks trying to adjust to the absence of our college freshman. We miss them like crazy, long for their phone calls and are thrilled when they text! We follow the rules about not hovering and abide by the sacred parenting principle that states that NOW is the time to let our kids take the lead. But after we dropped them off at their dorms, does that mean we should drop off the face of the earth?   Parenting college freshman, especially during this first semester, is…
  • Dear Mom of High School Freshman

    Lisa Heffernan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Mom of High School Freshman, It is hard not to feel, in those weeks leading up to the first day of freshman year, that you and your child have finally hit the big leagues. Because you have. High school is, in many ways, a break with everything that has gone before. Suddenly your child, and let’s be honest he may look like a young adult but is still very much a child, is in a world where sex, drugs, alcohol, along with high academic demands, competitive sports, and college are all part of the vernacular. It can seem overwhelming, almost too much. Deep breath. Don’t worry. Adolescence…
  • Books for Fall

    Lisa Heffernan
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Lisa writes: I love getting book recommendations from friends and we thought you might enjoy a few of ours. Now that fall has arrived, what can be better than curling up with a great new read, forgetting about the chilly weather to come?   Books for Fall People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges By Jen Mann. I need to start by saying that this is not my kind of book. But sometimes when an author is this good and the subject is this near and dear to my heart, well, life is about leaving your comfort zone. This book is for…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • When Your Kids Are Being Tested for IEP

    MaryBeth Matzek
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    By MaryBeth Matzek When anyone is diagnosed with a disease, there’s a whole new vocabulary to learn. Words and acronyms that weeks before you didn’t know existed are roll off your tongue. Parents of children on the autism spectrum are no different. If you had asked me eight years ago what PDD-NOS, IEP or ABA were, I would […] The post When Your Kids Are Being Tested for IEP appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Feeding My Kids Healthy Food Was A Mistake

    Ten to Twenty
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    By Ten to Twenty So You Want Healthy Food? I have a set of Tween Eating Machines in the house.  Word on the street is the older they get, the worse it becomes.  Did I mention in addition to the eating, we are also beginning to navigate the waters of puberty? So yeah, there’s that. It astounds me the […] The post Feeding My Kids Healthy Food Was A Mistake appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Marketing to Kids – Why I Don’t Do Energy Drinks

    Brenda Yoder
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    By Brenda Yoder Kids and Energy Drinks When energy drinks first came out, I decided they’d be off-limits for my middle-school and elementary-age kids. They had enough energy as it was, why would you give them more? From experiences teaching and counseling teens, I see inerrant dangers when kids use unnecessary substances to alter behavior. It sets a […] The post Marketing to Kids – Why I Don’t Do Energy Drinks appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Getting Your Tweens to Exercise Without a Battle

    MaryBeth Matzek
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    By MaryBeth Matzek Getting my son to get off the couch is an ongoing challenge. Most parents already know too many of our kids are overweight. According to the CDC, one-third of all children and teens are either overweight or obese. They don’t get enough exercise and eat too many unhealthy foods. Michael is among those ranks. As […] The post Getting Your Tweens to Exercise Without a Battle appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Teens Rocking the World: Sydney Loew of Poketti

    Ten to Twenty
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    By Ten to Twenty Sydney Lowe – Poketti Plushies This may be somewhat of a spoiler, but as I was doing research for our upcoming Teen/Tween Gift Guide, I came across a company called Poketti. What I didn’t know at first is that this company was started by a 13-year-old girl named Sydney (hey! I have a 13-year-old Sydney, […] The post Teens Rocking the World: Sydney Loew of Poketti appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Wordless Wednesday: Having a Loud Mouth

    Kristen Daukas
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    By Kristen Daukas Sometimes having a big mouth has it’s benefits. I had the chance to host a local radio talkshow last week due to the fact that the regular host was out “on assignment”. I was a little nervous at first but ended up finding my groove, had a really good time and I think I did a pretty good job. Hopefully they’ll ask me back again some other time. As a sidenote I was the only female asked to fill in! This is a post from Four Hens and a Rooster Read the original post Wordless Wednesday: Having a Loud Mouth
  • Milestones and Other Celebrations #StreamTeam

    Kristen Daukas
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    By Kristen Daukas How Do You Celebrate Family Milestones? I’ve always been a bit of a sentimental person and when it comes to milestones in our family, I can sometimes go a little overboard. I have been known to bake cupcakes and throw a celebration for many firsts that aren’t exclusive to birthdays and first days of school. While I’m not the parent that gives a trophy just for showing up to play, I think you can pat someone on the back and let them know that they’re doing a great job and that we recognize they’re doing great things. When I was growing up, my…
  • Misty May-Treanor and Eyes of Hope

    Kristen Daukas
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    By Kristen Daukas Misty May-Treanor and VSP When you get an email that asks if you’d like the opportunity to interview THE Misty May-Treanor, you don’t even wait to find out why – you just say YES!. I’m sorry… you want me to interview a 3-time gold medal olympian who is a fierce competitor and role model for young girls? When and where? Misty has teamed up with VSP Vision Care to raise awareness about the importance of protection kids eyes when they’re outside and playing sports. Since today was World Sight Day, I got to chat with Misty and VSP Vision…
  • Homework and the Struggle for Accountability

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    By Kristen Daukas Holding Your Tweens and Teens Responsible Homework has always been a struggle for 2/3 of my kids. We’ve tried every trick in the book to get them to understand the importance of it, we’ve delivered consequences of bad grades or missing assignments and nothing seems to get thru to them. On the other hand, the other one is the kid who can do their homework on the bus and get straight A’s. Boggles the mind. When the oldest started middle school a few years ago, she was assigned a pretty simple homework project on the second day of school. It was to create a…
  • Triad Love: Woods of Terror

    Kristen Daukas
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    By Kristen Daukas I’m not sure when it happened, but Halloween has definitely shifted from a kids holiday to an adult holiday – or at the very least – EVERYONE’s favorite holiday. It’s a chance to let it all hang out and take on a different persona.. complete with full on makeup and costume. With little kids, the costumes range from sweet and innocent when they’re little and as they grow, so do their interests in the more “haunting” side of the holiday. You go from hayrides and pumpkin patches to parties and trick-or-treating and then comes that…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Time for Dinner Meal Planning Service Giveaway: Everyone’s a Winner PLUS 4 Grand Prizes | Ends 11.5.14

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know how it is after you come from work, you scramble to make sure you have something to prepare for dinner. There are two things we all can agree on as parents – we are busier than ever and we... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Inspired by You Toobydoo and Umi Sweepstakes {5 Winners} Ends 11.9.14

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Inspired by You Toobydoo and Umi Sweepstakes!  This sweepstakes offers 5 Grand Prizes where each winner will receive a $100 Umi gift card and $100 Toobydoo gift card (That’s $1,000 worth of prizes to... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Animal Planet Pet Parade 2014: Vote for Perry As the Cutest Costumed Dog! #TooCute

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    To celebrate Halloween with a bit of pooch (or kitty) panache, for the fourth year in a row will be hosting a virtual pet parade featuring their adorable line of pet costumes... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Rockwell Tools Halloween Giveaway {Group Giveaway} Ends 11.3.14

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    The Review Wire has teamed up with several other bloggers to help promote this giveaway. This giveaway is hosted by: We’re Parents!?  and sponsored by: Rockwell Tools. With Christmas right... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • You’ve just been “BOO-ed” by BuyCostumes

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The latest chain reaction game sweeping this Halloween season has just hit your screen with a super discount – 20% off EVERYTHING at BuyCostumes when you use coupon code: AFCBOO20! Now for the... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Creative Galaxy: A New Series For Preschoolers!

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

    Tracy Gibb
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner. I’m not going to lie, it’s my least favorite holiday. I don’t like scary things or candy or my kid prowling the street at night or other kids prowling the streets at night or the money I spend on a costume that will last a few hours. Now that... Read More » The post DIY Quick and Easy Halloween Costumes appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Mom Confession: I Almost Lost It At A Soccer Game Last Night!

    Tracy Gibb
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tyler was asked to run lines for a game that started at 5:30 last night which I didn’t mind because it keeps him busy and he makes $10. At 7:15 I decide to run over to the game because my son likes to announce when he needs to get picked up without taking into consideration... Read More » The post Mom Confession: I Almost Lost It At A Soccer Game Last Night! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Who Will Your Children Be Tomorrow?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to think about Tomorrow when you’re bogged down in Today. Today brings carpooling, dirty laundry, tired kids, picky eaters, messy homes, friend problems, struggles in school or sports. Today is all-consuming. I’ve always told my kids to live one day at a time. And I still believe that. However, while living one day... Read More » The post Who Will Your Children Be Tomorrow? appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Goal Setting for Kids

    Tracy Gibb
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Goal setting for kids can really improve your child’s drive to succeed in all areas of his life.  I’ve been doing goal setting workshops with Tyler once a month and they have been working wonders with him so I wanted to share.  I love these workshops because it gives us a chance to talk about... Read More » The post Goal Setting for Kids appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: maternity leave starts here

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Week: 38 Waist: 40 inches (-1.5 inches, possibly owing to bump dropping further down) Feeling: Relieved At close of play today, I’m officially on maternity leave. As a freelance journalist I knew I couldn’t leave it too late to accept my last commission in case I couldn’t meet the deadline, but, at the end of a stressful few weeks and with less than half a day to go it looks like I’ve made it. It’s such a relief. Even so, I’m fried: I will have filed 7,250 words this week alone. With a bit of luck I’ll still have next week before anything happens – the plan is to recharge my…
  • Running in pregnancy: I made it to 36 weeks

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    It is with the greatest regret that I have finally admitted defeat and hung up my running trainers. I made it to 36 weeks, running an average of 8 -10 miles a week, but after the baby’s head engaged enough is enough. Quite simply, it feels too weird. Like my pregnancy with BB, running with a baby on board has been an experience. It’s been fun, sometimes hard but always exhilarating. In the beginning it was one of the best cures for morning sickness – the endorphins released afterwards overrode nausea for several hours at least – and by the end people I regularly pass have gone from…
  • It’s probably not surprising she’s playing up…

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Last night marked our ninth consecutive broken night. It all started when BB came down with a bug last Monday, and spent the majority of the day in her nightie on the sofa (pictured). So I expected an unsettled night or two, but not nine. She’s bright as rain now, but the bug has taken her usual night time routine with it. It takes her ages to settle, she cries repeatedly, and then she wakes throughout the night crying out for us. Not what we need when trying to conserve energy for our new arrival in a couple of weeks. Worst still, I’ve got absolutely no idea how to deal with it. It’s…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: we’re technically full term

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Week: 37 Waist: 41.5 inches (+ 1 inch) Feeling: Grumpy At 37 weeks – that’s technically full term – the trials and tribulations of pregnancy are catching up with me. It’s been another hormonal week thanks to Braxton Hicks making my evenings uncomfortable, hot flushes playing havoc with my sleep and the discovery of a lump on one of my boobs. I went to the doctor who found not one but three lumps, but because they are all roughly the same size and shape he’s ‘confident’ they’re enlarged milk glands and told me to keep an eye on them and come back if they get bigger,…
  • Pregnancy after multiple miscarriage: it’s been a BAD WEEK

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Week: 35 Waist: 40.5 (+0.5 inches) Feeling: Hormonal Highs are always followed by lows. This time last week I was feeling rather smug after the baby’s head engaged and instead of feeling even more uncomfortable and full of pressure I felt liberated because I could breathe freely and my heartburn subsided. I did a five mile run in which I felt like I was skipping and marvelled at how well I felt. Not anymore. This is probably the result of it having been a trying couple of weeks owing to Misery Guts spending two days in hospital with a severe migraine (again) and almost two weeks recovering…
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  • Reviewed: Recaro Monza Nova car seat

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

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Looking for a stylish first pair of boots for baby or your active toddler? Now, parents who love the original Dr. Marten's range of boots need not look further. The brand well known for setting standards for comfort, durability, design and its trademark look since 1960, has its own line of baby and kids shoes. Check out their A/W'14 Kids' Collection, available in three age groups: babies, toddlers and juniors.  Auburn in Small British Camo T Canvas & Vintage Garden Softy TThe baby booties make such unique baby shower gifts as they are packaged in a miniature version of a traditional…
  • Better late than never: Making time for the kids

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    When I was still at my full time job, the only time spent with Aiden (who was then our only child) was a few hours each night, usually after dinner and bedtime. As a brand manager in a multi-brand retail concept in the beauty industry, there was never a dull moment at work. I love what I was doing and never felt that it was a chore even when I had to work into the night for event set-up, going to work on weekends for a consumer event. I brought my work laptop home almost every day as I try to have dinner with Daddy Darren and spend time with Aiden before his bed time (which is not very early,…
  • First shoes for kids: The next best thing to barefeet, Pediped

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Being parents second time round to Ava who just turned 10 months old, we find ourselves more chill and not overly OCD in tracking her every milestone. As long as she is healthy, happy and growing well, we are not fussed over the smallest things. I may not know exactly how many day old she is (...about 9 months, oh think it's 10 months already), when she sprouted her first tooth or when she started to crawl, but when we are shopping for her, we do not compromise on quality and comfort.  We have heard a lot about Pediped shoes from fellow parents, online and in magazines, and when we were…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
  • Over-The-Top: Why Has High School Homecoming Morphed Into A Wedding Weekend?

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Perhaps I’m Old School, antiquated. But what happened to High School Homecoming, when it was actually about the kids and the dance? Never mind that I have three teenage daughters to outfit for The Ball … Yes, a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior (read: dresses, shoes, waxing, nails, makeup, and most importantly, HAIR). No, I will not bitch about what my ‘Day Of’ is going to look like; doing the suburban shuffle to three sets of photo shoots all taking place between 6 pm and 6:45 p.m., nor complain that I volunteered to have the “Sleep Over”…
  • Enough With The ‘iRude’ Teen Texting: Here Are 4 Rules for the ‘iGeneration’

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep. Allowing a student to get in the way of a binge episode of “Game of Thrones”, my phone kept beeping during critical moments of our favorite show. Jon Snow was in a tight spot. I love Jon Snow and The Husband was not pleased by the interruption. And I get it – when we sit down to finally relax at night, he hates the sound of the bleeps and rings, but with one of my own away at school and knowing my students work all hours of the night – I leave my phone on until 10 p.m.  Just in case. A symptom of what is known as the…
  • One Mom’s Fantasy: Abolish Middle School AND Eliminate the Drama

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr In an eight-day period, more than 200,000 parents from coast-to-coast (even from as far away as London, Australia, and Singapore) have read and responded to one particular GIRLilla Warfare blog: ‘Being ‘Left Out’ Hurts — Let’s Stop Social Engineering Now” Every blogger wants her blog to go viral … and when it does, bring on the bubbly, or as my colleague “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman would say, “Break out the Scotch, baby.” But in this case…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Peanut Butter Pebbles

    Emily Bartnikowski
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’ve seen recipes similar to this here and there over the years, but the ratios have never been quite right, so we set about experimenting until we hit the sweet spot: enough binder to keep it together, but not so much that you feel like you’re overdosing on peanut butter and honey. We’re calling them Peanut Butter Pebbles, and I did very little work for this one. Ingredients 2 cups cereal, separated: 1 cup to mix with the peanut butter and honey, another cup or so of cereal to roll the balls in. We used a popular puffed rice cereal; if you use corn flakes or something else,…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Cheeser

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does your cheeser look like? All smiles on the tire swing at St. Brigid’s Meadows. See more from Sara at This Mom Loves… From Shannon: “Mostly Moira refuses to smile with her mouth open now, but she’ll make funny faces if we are taking a picture together.” Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. This is what she does when she is ‘smiling’ for a picture – she looks like she’s in pain! Kelly blogs at Becoming Crunchy. Tell us: What do cheesers look like in your family? You can find our upcoming topics on our…
  • Haunted Graham Cracker House Craft

    Emily Bartnikowski
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Baz’s completed haunted house. It’s that time of year…special candy, festive decorations, and family crafts as far as the eye can see. This year, we decided to make Haunted Houses (think Gingerbread Houses, but for Halloween). So we hit up our local Target to see what they had for us. Full disclosure: It was late August, and the answer was “not much.” But I did what I could and lucked out with some candy corn and pumpkins by the register. Obviously – you can pick your own ingredients (I was really hoping for some marshmallow ghosts and spider webbing), but this…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Unwind

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does unwinding look like? (Read more about striving for balance in personal and family life on our resource page.) From Life Breath Present: “One way I love to unwind is through reading!” Relax on the dock! Meegs writes at A New Day. Chillin at the beach! Angela blogs at Earth Mama’s World. Julie Ann likes to unwind… … with these. Tell us: What does unwinding look like in your family? You can find our upcoming topics on our Wordless Wednesday page. Feel free to send in your own pictures on the themes listed and join the photo fun! Do you…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Bubbles

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked you to share your favorite bubbles photos. (Read more about Natural Learning on our resource page.) From Sara From Melanie Moira was entranced with this bubble machine she got for her second birthday. Making giant bubbles at a Science Museum. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. Who doesn’t love a bubble bath? Meegs writes at A New Day. From Marybeth: Bubbles in the rain! Blowing Bubbles at the local Arboretum as Physical Therapy Our girls at an unschooling co-op park day, pretending that each bubble gives them a new and different super power! Jorje blogs at…
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    Parenting Tips and Advice at Uplifting Families

  • Enter to Win Organic Stevia Giveaway Ends 11/3

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Organic Stevia Giveaway Sponsored by Kiva Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Kiva Organic Stevia is a multi-purpose tabletop sweetener made from Non-GMO stevia plants grown in the USA and is a perfect substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. Their organic stevia has zero-calories, no bitter aftertaste, and a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those managing calories and blood sugar. They blend their high purity stevia extract with erythritol, a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables to create a delicious blend that’s easy…
  • A Fun Guide to Having a Blast with Your Kids

    Diana Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Let’s be honest, playing with your children counts only if both of you are having fun. We live in a time when playing with our children is often pushed aside. However, it is an important part of parenting and a good way to show that you always have time for them. Experts give a lot more importance to a quality playtime with children because they think it creates and reinforces trust and honesty between a parent and a child. In addition, this is a great opportunity for physical activities for you and a way to teach your child some new skills. A lot of parents, however, say that they are…
  • Enter to Win the Big Book of Savings Giveaway Ends 10/31

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    The Big Book of Savings Giveaway Sponsored by Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet Hosted by Deals of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness The popular buffet restaurants Ryan’s, HomeTown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet are introducing limited-edition copies of The Big Book of Savings that are filled with more than $75 in discounts. The coupon books are available for purchase for $10 at any of the 324 family restaurants and is available for just $5 for senior guests (age 60 and above). Each coupon booklet features 25 coupons. Offers include discounts on breakfast, lunch…
  • Find Out How to Get Best Price Offer for the Wholesale Baby Clothing

    Daniel Clark
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parents usually love to dress up their tiny tots with the most fancy dress that they come across. Sometimes they do overlook and ignore the price of clothes but they could even opt for most affordable clothes if purchased after proper research. They could buy fancy clothes for their cuties within the most affordable budget that they can handle. However, your baby isn’t going to remember how much that you spent on their clothing. Instead, they will remember all of the memories and love that they received growing up. Many Parents Opt for Cotton Baby Clothes Majority of the parents go out…
  • Top 7 Alternative Halloween Treat Ideas for Kids #glowsticks

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I can’t believe that Halloween is in two weeks, it seems as if this year has flown by so quickly. Even though I am not a huge fan of Halloween, I embrace it for the sake of my children. I remember growing up Halloween was a big deal to me and it was always fun going from house to house to get my Halloween bag full of candy. However, times have great changed over the years and it isn’t as safe to go trick or treating throughout your neighborhood any longer. This year, I wanted to share my top 7 non-candy treats to pass out to the kids. Glow Sticks This year I got the opportunity to…
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  • Am I Too Desensitized to Sex, Violence to Protect My Kids?

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Almost nothing shocks me at the movies, and a new study suggests that may spell trouble for my children. As a film critic I watch far more movies than the average dad. Tough gig if you can get it, but this week’s news suggests a dark side to my profession. The Hollywood Reporter shares news of a disturbing study of  1,000 parents of children ages 6-17 to be published in the journal “Pediatrics.” Parents – presumably including the ones the MPAA relies on for movie ratings – become desensitized to sex and violence in movies the more they are exposed to such scenes,…
  • What Sunday Mornings Used to Be Like (Before Kids)

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    “Remember what it was like before …” Mommylibrium will say, and I know exactly what she means without hearing another word. To parents, “BC” means “Before Children,” a time when diaper changes, department store tantrums and staying up until 9:06 p.m. on Friday weren’t the norm. Here’s where I trot out the mandatory, “I love my kids and would never want to go back to that time” statement. But still … This weekend, we went back to that time … at least on paper. We hired a sitter so we could go to a friend’s wine…
  • Top 5 Lessons from Being a Fatherpreneur

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I collected art degrees like they were mint condition comics as a younger man, and I’ve yet to draw a paycheck from any of them. Now, at 46, I’m sketching my first entrepreneurial journey. I long ago abandoned my artistic dreams to work as a writer. It’s still quite an adjustment to go from a steady paycheck into the great unknown as editor of The new site offers entertainment news from a conservative perspective. It also avoids tabloid fodder, focusing on more substantial observations and fun features. If the site fails it impacts not just me but my…
  • Help Your Kids Play Outside (Even In Winter)

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Winter is coming — are your kids heading inside as a result? If so, you should re-think your plan. Why is it that so many colds and flus start circulating in the winter as opposed to the summer? For many, it’s the lack of outdoor time that causes this problem. The fresh air and vitamin D that kids get from outdoor play helps boost immunity so they can fight those bugs and stay healthy throughout the winter. But getting to play outside when the temperatures drop is a challenge. Here are some tips to help. Get the Right Gear The key to outdoor play in the winter is keeping your kids…
  • How to Survive Your Child’s Childish Sense of Humor

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Take my son’s sense of humor … please! My five-year-old has a new shtick he tries out at least a dozen times a day. He does or says something naughty, waits a beat and then cries, “tricked yah!” with a devilish grin. He might even jab me with something pokey and chuckle at his own brilliance. It’s never funny. Not even remotely. But he gets a kick out of it ever time. It’s the dawn of his sense of humor, a work in progress I suspect will end beautifully. For now, though, it’s in its awkward phase, akin to Peter Brady’s voice cracking during a…
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  • Launch a leveraged lifestyle

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    As my husband and toddler waved to me, while I was filming todays webcast… All of a sudden it struck me, like a tonne of obvious bricks. Holy crap… OMG I have that leveraged life, I used to long for! That ‘pie-in-the-sky’ dream I launched 10 months ago. Has happened. This morning I woke up and read a book for 5 minutes and then I got my walking shoes on and stepped outside into the crisp free 5AM air. The 5AM air hit me like a injection of ‘welcome to the moment-ness’. As I contemplated the day ahead, full of launching fun…
  • What You Resist Persists (So How To Stop Resisting What’s Persisting)

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    What You Resist Persists (So How To Stop Resisting What’s Persisting) Look resistance is a pain in the a**s don’t ya think. It’s something that when someone tells us… “what are you resisting” we roll our eyes as if to say I’ve heard that a million times and grrrrrr shut-up! There’s only one reason why we would get that reaction… resistance! If you are resisting reading this email, you could be resisting a message you need to hear (and guess what – yep what we resists – always bloody well persists). Untill we stop resisting (and…
  • How to find your passion – when you can’t seem to find it anywhere!

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Follow Your Nose (How to find your passion – when you can’t seem to find it anywhere!) Struggling to find your passion? It feels like you’re always dabbling and your true ‘forever’ passion seems to elude you? I got a cure for you… Keep doing what you’re doing. Follow your nose and dabble, dabble, dabble… all day long! I have been following my nose, like a Beagle (Beagle is the dog I picked on purpose for this analogy because it’s ‘strong scenting ability, it’s high energy and it’s merry personality!’). Here’s…
  • Be Like Water

    4 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Be Like Water I want one of the most profound compliments I’ve ever been given to be your new guiding post. It’s a mantra that has changed me and the way I look at myself and my perceived failures and constant pursuit to find a way. As a big dreamer always trying to find a way, you may relate. So here it is… the compliment that I got that I want to pass on to you. My hairdresser who is more wise and profound than any human I have ever met (she’s also a very successful entrepreneur). “You’re just like water… you always find a way.” Let those…
  • How To Get Motivated To Work (after you’ve been sick… or stuck)

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    How To Get Motivated To Work (after you’ve been sick… or stuck) So you’ve been feeling sick… or maybe even a little bit stuck! (am I right?) now,wanna know how to get back into the swing of things? You might not of noticed but just 2 weeks ago (a week before I recorded this video) I was sick, so sick I couldn’t hold my weight up. After 2.5 weeks totally off the grid. I didn’t even log into Facebook (you’ll notice a big gap in my FB posts for almost 3 weeks). Now you know you’re sick when you can’t even log into Facebook! The point is,…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • The week

    Kat English Mamma
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    So far, it looks like this week will be a repeat of last week. O is sick again – or most likely not again but the same thing looping around. Hopefully we should know tomorrow when we return to the doctor for more tests. This constant testing in the Swedish medical system is slightly concerning for someone from the UK though. I cannot remember one time having a blood test at the GP On the upside, I went and collected this baby yesterday. Two month’s membership at Balance gym in the city. I spotted a Groupon offer a couple of weeks ago and got this for Skr 349 (saving me more than…
  • How to keep your husband happy

    Kat English Mamma
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    I think I’ve discovered the answer to how to keep your husband happy and it’s a simple solution. A few weeks ago I spotted a gorgeous pair of ponyskin ankle boots with a thin, think heel and I fell for them. However, they were Skr 2,500. For a pair of boots that are not likely to get a huge amount of use over the Swedish winter. But they were gorgeous. Have I mentioned that they were gorgeous? Well, they were. But then yesterday, I found these in Deichmann of all places. Okay, they’re not ponyskin but they aren’t pleather. The heel is not as thin, but that will…
  • Three great products from the Testagram box

    Kat English Mamma
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    There are three great products in my first Testagram box, which I received a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve not heard of these subscription boxes, they are a little along the lines of beauty boxes but with recently launched household products for you to review. You can choose the types of products that you want; as you can see I have cast the net wide to start with. Also, it is pretty much food-based, which is even more of a bonus. Each box costs Skr 59 and they arrive every few months. For my Skr 59 I got eight different products in my first box. You can see the helpful hand there,…
  • Theas Bryllupsblogg – married at 12 years old

    Kat English Mamma
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Theas Bryllupsblogg has been created by children’s charity Plan Norge, detailing the life of Thea who is to be married at 12 years old to an older man.. The blog looks just like it should for a girl that age: pink, glittery and with photos of Thea and her One Direction posters (in fact, top of her wedding gift list is a One Direction bed set). It is really quite a chilling read, as you follow her being told that she can no longer attend school, won’t be able to work and that her friends won’t be attending her wedding. What an amazing and effective campaign.
  • September – monthly round-up

    Kat English Mamma
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    When I sat down to write my September monthly round-up, I realised that on the face of it, it seemed a normal month. Actually though, it was far from it. It was a month of new beginnings, with O starting football school each Sunday, E deciding that he wanted to be potty trained and me determining that I need to get back on track with my eating and training. September was the month of my cousin’s wedding so we spent the first week in the UK with family. The boys were in their element at the wedding venue, where there was a woodland playground and toys on loan. (We moved that cot for E as…
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  • Martial Arts – The Benefits Of Enrolling Your Child

    Matt Radford
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Martial Arts – The Benefits Of Enrolling Your Child from Support for Stepdads . Recent studies show children of divorce are not as tough as we once thought from the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • From Picky Eater To Healthy Gourmet

    Fiona Grayson
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy From Picky Eater To Healthy Gourmet from Support for Stepdads . It’s not easy for working parents to prepare tasty and healthy food every day. Unfortunately, tired and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Encore Post – What Did You Say About My Child?

    Gerardo Campbell
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Encore Post – What Did You Say About My Child? from Support for Stepdads . Last month, I was published on voiceBoks, “How to Develop a Relationship with Your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best Ideas for Raising an Urban Family

    Brooke Chaplan
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Best Ideas for Raising an Urban Family from Support for Stepdads . There seems to be an ongoing debate about whether a rural or an urban setting is the most ideal for raising... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Stepparent Adoption – What To Expect

    Amanda Jaylene
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Stepparent Adoption – What To Expect from Support for Stepdads . According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, stepparent adoption is the most common... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Blogtober Day Ten: Best Advice

    Rebecca Wood
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Today’s Blogtober Challenge is to share the best advice I have received. I woke up this morning and planned to revisit the story of the three legged dog. During my morning routine, I thought about how I would write it up. However, my back bothered me at breakfast. It was a warning. I needed to walk before things got worse. But, my back hurt enough that my usual hike was out of the question. If it won’t be a challenge, then why bother walking? Maybe, I could not walk today, catch up on things at home, and walk tomorrow. I had almost talked myself out of walking. But, I learned my…
  • We’re Not Supposed To Be Here

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “We’re not supposed to be here” has been my pouty mantra since around the end of the summer. A therapist or a doctor will tell me how well Charlie is doing and I say something along the lines of, “She is… but this isn’t how it was supposed to be.” I remind them of the empty promises from the neonatalogists and unfulfilled prophecies. Charlie wasn’t supposed to need all the specialists or therapists. She was supposed to “catch up” quickly and easily. I know, it’s small, it’s petty, and, even, childlike. But, I have been…
  • Blogtober Day 9

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Today’s Blogtober Challenge is to share a favorite back to school memory. I thought about skipping today’s challenge and sitting this one out. The thing is, I didn’t think I had a favorite back to school memory. As hard as I tried, I could not think of one happy memory from my grade school or high school years. Back to school time was miserable for me. My dislike of school started early. I remember having a brief bit of excitement about school before starting kindergarten, but it disappeared after the first day. Elementary school didn’t make any sense to me. I tried…
  • Blogtober Day 8 Challenge: Just Your Average Bag

    Rebecca Wood
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Woo hoo! It’s Day 8 of the DC Ladies Blogtober and I’ve somehow managed to keep up! Today’s challenge is to write about and photograph what’s in my bag. I’m going to admit, it feels odd to write a blog post exclusively about the bags I carry in my day to day life. But, here it goes… I typically carry a messenger bag and a diaper bag. It seems excessive but the tactic is the easiest way for me to stay organized and manage everything. I will start with the easiest. The diaper bag contains typical items such as diapers, wipes, a change of clothes, formula,…
  • 10 Things I Am Thankful For

    Rebecca Wood
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Today’s Blogtober assignment is to compile a list of ten things I am thankful for. Despite all of my rants and complaints, I do have many things for which I am grateful. I think I will start my list with the most obvious but the rest is in no particular order. I am thankful for:  1) … Charlie and that she survived. 2) … growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many. 3) …the people in life who carry out random acts of kindness. The ones who take a moment from their lives to go out of their way for other people. Like the gentleman who offered his seat to me on…
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  • 5 Signs Your Child Has Become a “Tweener”

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

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

    Cort Ruddy
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    It's the time of year when parents spend many weekend mornings searching the house for that missing shin guard, scouring local sports stores for another pair of soccer socks and loading up lawn chairs for a season on the sidelines watching our young ones chase soccer balls around.Let's admit it: Soccer can be time-consuming, anxiety-inducing and even costly -- for kids, parents and coaches alike. With the right attitude, it can also be lots of fun. As a father of four, a long-time soccer fan and a youth soccer coach, here are a few tips that can improve your enjoyment of the so-called…
  • Please Don't Shank Your Sister

    Cort Ruddy
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    One of the best toys ever, say my kids. (Ruddy Bits and its subsidiaries have notbeen compensated for this opinion).“It’s a jail!”“No! It’s juvie!”“No. It’s a jail!”“It’s juvie!”Of all the arguments I’ve witnessed as a parent, this had to be the strangest, most surreal one yet. Our 6-year-old daughter had just used Magna Tiles™ to build herself a little structure, and decided to put a few small dolls inside. She called it a jail. Along came our 4-year-old son, who never lets anyone play with these magnetic building blocks alone. (For the record,…
  • Driftwood: The Lucky Ones

    Cort Ruddy
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
     We wandered through the sand along the shore picking through and marveling at the pieces of sculpted wood, scattered and half-buried at the foot of the dunes like weary travelers that finally found their beach.  Some were whole trees, others just pieces, all brought there by waves, shaped by water and time, each representing an unknowable story. Someplace, at sometime before, these stood as living trees, or parts of one.How far they’d come and how long it took, we’ll never know. Even what they were was often beyond our ability to know. An old oak, or a young…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Why Some Kids Enjoy Physical Violence
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Some people just seem to enjoy physical violence while others avoid it at all costs. When those two types interact in a school setting, bullying is often the result. You could walk outside any school in America and see examples of physical violence in the school yard, but the farther we advance and move away from our ancestral roots of eat-or-be-eaten, the more a person has to wonder why there are still violent kids out there, and why they are getting away with bullying and harming other kids. Are some children really just cruel? What is Physical Violence Exactly? Before examining why…
  • Increase Instagram Followers
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    How to Increase Instagram Followers? Instagram is an image sharing service that allows you to take pictures directly from your mobile phone and share the pictures with people who are following you. This is great for both you as an individual and for businesses who are looking to share their own products. However, Instagram can be a bit tricky for increasing followers. Unlike Facebook (which owns Instagram), you are not directly looking up someone by name, should you want to follow a person. Unless you have their username, it can be tricky to find someone. On top of this, attempting to…
  • How to Skip School?
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to Skip School? An Appeal To Students Obsessed With The Idea Of Skipping School Disclaimer: Parents, you must appeal to your budding scholars directly to help them resist the urge to find good excuses to skip school. Before it becomes a problem, have your child read this article, and then discuss the following points in detail. Dear Students, You might be tempted to blow off a few classes to join your friends off campus for fun in the sun. Unfortunately, the risk far outweighs the reward in these circumstances. Your time off campus will end up costing you dearly in the long run. You will…
  • How to Help Kids Who are Feeling Sad
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a parent you will often find yourself wearing many hats during the course of your child’s life, or even just during one year or one day. The needs of children and teens fluctuate on almost an hour to hour basis. Some parents may find it hard to keep up with the ever evolving demands of their children’s physical and emotional needs. However, it is important to remember that if your child’s needs are not met those needs can then evolve again into destructive behaviors or emotional issues that can take years to over come. Are your kids Feeling Sad? Dealing with emotional issues in your…
  • What Are The Types Of Emoticons
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Talking on the Internet used to be as easy as typing out a message and hitting the send button. However, this is no longer possible because it never fails that you are going to find different ways to express all of your emotions in the form of emoticons. The problem is it never fails that these emoticons are all different and not always going to be in the form that you think. However, what makes it even worse is when these emoticons are going to be used on different websites and chat sites, but they are not going to work all the time on the applications that are different. This is when you…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • Books to Share While Sipping Cider

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The air finally has that nip in it, and from where we sit - the leaves are changing in spectacular fashion. My own little ones are starting to slow down more after school, looking for our seasonal rhythms to return to fireside games, books, and activities. Here are some of our absolute fall favorites and a few new ones we picked up this year:
  • "Probably the Best Book in the World"

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    It was Neil Gaiman who declared James Thurbers, The 13 Clocks, "probably the best book in the world." Back in print after it's original 1950's publication, this eerily unexpected turn on a fairytale is a great choice for grabbing the kids attention this summer. It is an entirely original story that will leave them guessing what happens next in the dark castle where the evil Duke killed time. It was chosen by Neil Gaiman's for a WSJ book club this summer and he touts it's extraordinary qualities, especially as a read aloud tale. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber - Available at…
  • Reading for Parents: Why Poetry Matters

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here are some great insights as to why poetry is so important to our children's development."Why Teaching Poetry is So Important" by Andrew Simons. (The Atlantic - April 8, 2014.) "5 Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools" by Elena Aguilar. (Edutopia - April 2013.)"Why Poetry for Kids" by Carl Bosch. (The Good Men Project  - May 2013.)
  • It's Still Poetry Month - Celebrate with These New Titles

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hi, Koo!: A Year of Season by Jon J Muth (Ages 4-8. Scholastic Press - February 2014.) Jon J Muth never disappoints with his gorgeous and meaningful characters and paintings. Beloved Koo takes us through the seasons with visual and poetic elegance. The Poem that Will Not End by Joan Bransfield Graham and illustrated by Kyrstan Booker (Ages 6-11. Two Lions - January 2014.) A young boy takes us on a poetic adventure through his day with humor and inspiring turns of words. If by Rudyard Kipling and illustrated by Giovannia Manna (Ages 6-8. Creative Editions - April 2014.) A…
  • Books Turn Green in April

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    It's that time of year again when we celebrate all things Mother Earth. Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22nd and there is no shortage of great reads to get your little one interested in growing things, water, sustainability, and recycling.  WANT A BIT MORE? Here are some great reads on Earth Sciences
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  • #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event ends 10/31

    Meghan G
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Prize Pack Includes: - Pampers wipes - $75 gift card to Babies “R” Us - 1 Year subscription to Highlights magazine - 1 Highlights book - A Halloween trick-or-treat tote bag This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. Enter to win in the giveaway tools below, all entries will be verified, one entrant per household or you will immediately be disqualified. Winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor and not the participating bloggers. Good Luck!!! Read #BRUHalloween Giveaway Event…
  • We all wanna see the plan

    Meghan G
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Has anyone ever asked your son who he's going to marry? Mine get asked what they're going to be when they grow up, not about their marital prospects. I mean, I can see how I might benefit from arranging marriages for them right now, at ages 7 and 3. I have exactly zero goats on hand, and a couple of dowries would fix that right up- but no one has ever asked them what they thought of it. Read We all wanna see the plan on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Girls just wanna be ninjas “Fitting In” Making a Home for Peace
  • Teal Pumpkin GIVEAWAY: Let’s make Halloween fun for all kids by offering food-free treats, too!

    Meghan G
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    FARE encourages us to consider painting a plastic pumpkin to re-use year after year. They also have a printable sign available. I personally prefer a little lighter and warmer style of decorating, so I have designed my own sign, which I'm sharing with you. Won't you please pin it (or the one by FARE) to your Halloween board? Even if you don't get ToTers at your place, you can spread the word! Thanks! Read Teal Pumpkin GIVEAWAY: Let’s make Halloween fun for all kids by offering food-free treats, too! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff:…
  • Sweet Potato Chicken Chili Recipe & Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest

    Meghan G
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    This sweet potato chili is what I consider "Pretty spicy," as in, "Serve with cornbread," but not "don't touch it with your skin because it's chemical weapons spicy." So grab an apron and let's get our cook on. Read Sweet Potato Chicken Chili Recipe & Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Meghan’s Homemade Red Sauce The Grill is open! Plus Barbecue sauce recipe Apricot Chicken
  • Honey Praline Bread Pudding Recipe

    Meghan G
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    My little guy declared it "honey cake" (Why? I have no idea, as it's nothing like cake, but if it makes him happy, it makes me happy.) and kept trying to steal mine. (You're lucky I got a photo for you, as he's perfectly capable of inserting his spoon right into my photo shoot!) Read Honey Praline Bread Pudding Recipe on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Mary-Alice’s No Honey Honey chicken Fizzy Honey Limeade and #foodelicious Splash Party Recipe Roundup Apricot Baked Brie Recipe
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Adaptive Devices: Chairs and Seating

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Kids naturally like and need to move around to explore their environment and socialize with family and other children. Mobility is an important milestone for our children to reach and parents look forward to this stage in development. But the importance of sitting should not be overlooked.  Children need to sit to initially work on their fine motor skills and explore small objects, work on eating skills, and to have a functional position to play before they are able to stand and move. Correct sitting posture is very important for development. There are times when extra support is needed to…
  • My Child Has a Flat Head. Does My Child Need a Helmet? | Plagiocephaly

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As a physical therapist, I encounter this question quite often when treating infants.  I also receive questions such as, “If we do our physical therapy, will the flatness improve?” and “If this were your child, what would you do?” When a physical therapist first evaluates your child, he/she may look at several things, including: Location of the flat spot (or plagiocephaly Severity of the flat spot If there is a preference to keep the head turned in one direction, or tilted in one direction Differences in facial features, ear alignment, or neck creases, from one side…
  • Preventing Tantrums at the Store

    Stephanie Saikaly
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    You are perusing the aisles at Target (or insert the name of your favorite store) and you hear a child screaming for a candy bar at the checkout counter. Now, what if the above-described child is YOUR child?  This is when we need to consider intervention strategies. How can we avoid that embarrassing supermarket meltdown from happening in the first place? Grocery stores, shopping malls, super stores, and any outing requiring some sort of shopping list can be a great source of stress for families.  This is especially true if your child refuses to sit in a cart, hold your hand, or tolerate…
  • Testing for Hearing Loss in Children

    Maureen O'Brien
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Hearing loss in children can cause delays in speech and language as well as academic skills later in childhood. Early intervention speech language pathologists work with many families of young children with speech and language delays. These families are often concerned that their child may have a hearing loss or that the child does not hear properly due to constant ear infections. They have a lot of concerns and questions regarding the process of hearing testing in children who are not able to participate well in a hearing evaluation. Here are some frequently asked questions: Should I get my…
  • Child Behaviors: Are They Due to Sensory Issues or Temperament?

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    As a mother, therapist, friend, and neighbor, I hear people say all the time, “Oh he/she is the best baby…he/she never cries, fusses, puts anything in his/her mouth, and can sleep through a train driving through our house.” Or I may hear the opposite, “He/she will only sleep if it is totally silent, cries all the time, and never seems happy.” So are these behaviors indications of sensory issues or just the child’s temperament? Never puts anything in their mouth vs. Puts everything in their mouth Children learn to explore their environment in many different ways, including using…
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  • How to Run with a Jogging Stroller

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    You may think that running with a jogging stroller is easy. After all, you just need to push the stroller while you run. Of course that’s true. But it is a little more complicated than that. Here are some pointers you may want to keep in mind.1. Consider this. When you run with a jogging stroller you are not going to be able to run in your usual manner. Normally when you run you would swing both arms. But when you run with a jogging stroller you must hold unto the stroller with both hands, or at least with one hand, at all times. Some people like to hold unto the stroller with both of…
  • Are You Ready for a Jogging Stroller?

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    If you have two young kids who are at their strolling age, and if you are an active parent who likes to run or jog, you will without a doubt want to have a double jogging stroller. Running is a great way to bond with your kids, and most kids really enjoy it.However before you go out and buy a jogging stroller there is one very important thing you must first consider and that is this. Is your youngest child old enough for a jogging stroller? Most stroller manufacturers recommend that your baby be at least 6 months old before jogging. BOB, one of the top stroller manufacturers, recommends that…
  • Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller Review

    8 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    The Joovy Too Qool Double Tandem Stroller is a high-end luxury double stroller by Joovy. The front seat is recommended for children 3 months of age and up. (If you use a car seat adapter, you can use the front seat for children younger than 3 months). The rear seat is recommended for children 6 months of age and up. The front seat is adjustable and can face either forward or backwards. This stroller can also be used as a single stroller as well as a double stroller. Joovy claims that each seat can hold a child up to 55 pounds. That claim is probably true. However complaints from many parents…
  • Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller Review

    4 Jul 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Contours Optima Aluminum Tandem Stroller is made to comfortably fit two kids up to 40 pounds each. Weighing in at only 36.6 pounds, it is easy to use with your two kids and will make going out comfortable and fun. Each seat can easily be turned frontwards or backwards creating 6 different riding combinations. Also included are 2 parent cup holders, an extra large storage basket, 2 child cup holders and an infant car seat attachment.Key FeaturesThe Contours Optima has a lightweight aluminum frame.The two front swivel wheels makes it easy to steer the stroller.There is an extra large…
  • Mountain Buggy Duet Double Buggy Stroller Review

    4 Jun 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Mountain Buggy duet Double Buggy Stroller, built by Mountain Buggy, is both convenient and compact. It is designed to be used either as a single stroller or a double stroller depending on the needs of your growing family. This side-by-side stroller can accommodate children from birth up to 5 years of age. At only 25 inches wide, it is one of the slimmest side-by-side double stroller on the market today. With its super sleek design, and 10-inch tires, it is a breeze to maneuver in a crowded city or on any mountain trail thus allowing you and your young children the freedom to go anywhere,…
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    A Fine Parent

  • Why You Really NEED to Start Exercising (It’s Not What You Think)

    Lisa C. Baker
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you think you should exercise more? After all, you’re a parent now. Taking care of yourself is so much more important… You want to be able to toss your toddler over your head without worrying about injuring your back. You want to live a long, active life so you can play pickup games when your kids are in high school and go on long walks someday with your grandkids. You want to model healthy living for your kids. And — let’s be honest — you could probably stand to lose a few pounds too, right? Feeling motivated to hop on a treadmill yet? I didn’t think so. …
  • The Healthy Family Meals Cheat Sheet (Because Cooking DAILY Can Make Anyone Want to Weep!)

    Libby Beer
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever spent a little extra time at work just so you can justify a fast food takeout instead of having to go home and cook dinner? It’s not like you don’t appreciate a healthy, home-cooked meal with your family. But, having to cook that meal every single day can feel like such drudgery, doesn’t it? I’m actually quite fortunate — I’m blessed with a husband who’s passionate about cooking, and very good at it too. Even now that we’re both full-time work-outside-the-home parents, he gets a comforting, nourishing dinner on the table every night he’s home. The…
  • 7 Habits of Families Who Consistently Eat Healthy (Without Nagging or Drama)

    Anne Ricci
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever gotten totally excited about eating healthy meals with your family, got started with unparalleled enthusiasm, unrelenting energy, and then… everything seemed to evaporate into thin air? Long hours, a commute, the 2-year-old’s tantrums, a finicky 8-year old, and your healthy optimism slowly gave place to frozen TV-dinners, skipped breakfasts, and take-out four times a week. You’re not alone! Eating healthy on a consistent basis takes time and dedication; and most working parents are already struggling to keep the balance between “being available” to their…
  • 1st Anniversary Giveaway

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Whoa, guess what? This blog celebrates it’s first anniversary next week!!! Time sure flies when you’re having a good time, doesn’t it? To celebrate the milestone, I’m giving away 4 books that have transformed my life and cover pretty much everything we need to know to raise happy, well-adjusted kids while staying sane, content and fulfilled! I’ll even ship it to you for FREE.  Click here to see the list of the books and enter the giveaway – AFineParent.Com “The Only 4 Books You Need to Become A Great Parent” Giveaway The post 1st…
  • How to Be Present and Really Enjoy Kids

    Megan Headley
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you ever notice how pregnant women and parents with little kids seem to naturally attract all kinds of unsolicited advice? When I was pregnant, so many people told me, “Try to enjoy your child. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time goes.” What exactly does that even mean? I wondered for a bit, but ultimately like so much other unwarranted wisdom sent my way in those long months of pregnancy, I cast it aside. And, for the first three months of her life, I did think that I was enjoying my daughter. It’s true, I was a bit anxious to get back to work and to taming the garden, and…
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  • Make Diwali Paper Lanterns or Aaakash Kandil At Home – DIY

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    2 more days to go. The festival of fun, happiness and lights is here. On this festive time, are you trying to make quick Diwali paper lanterns at home with your child? If yes please try this. I am no expert in this creative area nor did I end up making a perfect lantern. However […] The post Make Diwali Paper Lanterns or Aaakash Kandil At Home – DIY appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Ways To Engage Your Toddler This Diwali

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Diwali the festival of lights, the festival of happiness and what better way to spend this time with your child? Bond with your child in a special way this Diwali. Festivals gives us ample of opportunity for some mother- child bonding in a special way. Some of the things you could do with your toddler […] The post 10 Ways To Engage Your Toddler This Diwali appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 5 Cartoons That Shaped Our Childhood

    Sangeetha Menon
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    My blogging had been irregular for the past few weeks; thanks to my laptop that crashed. I took my friend’s laptop home which was due for repair. I along with my hubby browsed through the videos in that laptop and found a series of Talespin cartoons. We became so happy that we watched the entire […] The post 5 Cartoons That Shaped Our Childhood appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Here Are 6 Ways To Ensure a Safe Diwali for Children

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Diwali is around the corner. Every household is going hussle bussle with the preparations for Diwali. Cleaning the house, shopping, preparing sweets and snacks, lighting up the house has now begun. And with kids being an integral part of each household; Diwali is all the more fun. However with the fun element comes the safety […] The post Here Are 6 Ways To Ensure a Safe Diwali for Children appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Step Guide for Planning your Baby’s First Birthday Party

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Baby’s first birthday is a big day for the parents though the baby would know little about what is happening. However every parent tries to make it special in their own way so that once the child grows up there are some great memories with the big day. We had hosted our daughter’s birthday party […] The post 10 Step Guide for Planning your Baby’s First Birthday Party appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Disposing of Large Baby Items Without the Landfill

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    So you've got this new little person living in your house. He's tiny but all his stuff is so, so big. Crib, pack and play, swing, stroller, changing table, baby gate, bouncer, car seat, sit to stand walker, play yard, rocking horse, activity table and so many toys. Did you even know what half of this stuff was before you had a kid? Now it's everywhere! There will come a time when one of these big things breaks or you're finally done with it. Don't send it to the landfill to be forever entombed. There are many options for disposal if you are mindful to do your part.Contact the ManufacturerA…
  • Increasing Breast Milk Production with Cookies!

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    All lactating mommies are superheroes. Let's just start with that. It takes a lot of work, time and love to make milk for a babe. Have you heard of the famous Housepoet and her cookies for ladies interested in increasing breast milk production? For mommies struggling with milk supply, I don't know what could be better. Cookies that help make more milk! What a beautiful concept!The combination of oats, flaxseed and brewers yeast create a major milk booster. They're all galactogogues which increase milk production. Brewers yeast must be used in this recipe, also called nutritional yeast, not…
  • 5 ways to help your child wisely select their childhood friends.

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Helping children understand the value of having the right people in their lives, starts by teaching them how to wisely choose their childhood friends. As parents, we care immensely about who our children socialize with and we can be quite passionate about who they choose to call "friends." But getting them to make wise decisions about their selections can often times be challenging. Learning how to make friends solidifies the foundation upon which future relationships are built and can also help foster lifelong friendships. Here is 5 ways to help children wisely select their friends. What…
  • Positive Discipline: 8 Techniques Your Parents Would Have Never Used

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Discipline has changed drastically over the last few decades as negative discipline techniques have become outdated and rarely work anymore. Positive discipline techniques are becoming increasingly more popular when it comes to teaching children lessons from their negative actions or misbehavior. The goal of using this form of positive parenting and discipline is to instill values, to help your child learn self-control, to protect your child from danger and to teach your child responsibility for their actions.If you want to help your child learn and develop new and healthy behaviors by…
  • 5 Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Halloween can be an expensive time of year for any of us. Sandwiched between the 'back to school' rush and the holidays, Halloween usually has us working with a pretty tight budget. Throw in expensive store bought Halloween costumes and bags of treats and your budget is all but blown. Take it easier on your wallet this year and surprise your kids with homemade Halloween costumes that will have all of their friends talking.The Box of CandyKids love candy. What kid wouldn't be thrilled to walk around dressed as their favorite sweet treat? Find a large cardboard box (grocery stores are usually…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • The Duchess of Cambridge Steps Out For The First(and Second) Time Since Pregnancy Announcement!

    Lisa Arneill
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    There she is!  For the first time since her second pregnancy was announced the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine(Kate) Middleton, made an appearance in London.  While dressed in a grey Alexander McQueen dress and a Jane Taylor hat Kate, joined her husband, Prince William, in welcoming President Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife Mary at the Royal Garden Hotel. Also pictured at the ceremony was her royal highness Queen Elizabeth II who, along with the President, rode in her new Diamond Jubilee State Coach. William and Kate followed in the palace’s Scottish State Carriage. In a press release…
  • Jennifer Garner Steps Out With Her Little Super Hero

    Lisa Arneill
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Jennifer Garner was all smiles as she left the Brentwood Country Market with her son Samuel Affleck on Monday(October 20th). The actress juggled her coffee, her baked goods and her little guy as she left Farmshop.  Samuel was cute in a blue super-hero cape with his name embroidered on the back. The mom of three, Jennifer was recently asked if she would consider having a fourth. “Three almost put me right over the edge.  Like feeew – right off the cliff.  And I love that little boy and I wouldn’t live a single day without him but the shop is closed. ” Just a few hours…
  • Camila Alves Arrives At LAX With Her Crew!

    Lisa Arneill
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Camila Alves had her hands full while arriving on a flight at LAX Airport with her children Levi, 6, Vida 4, and Livingston, 1 on Monday( October 20). The model mama carried her youngest son on her hip while keeping her two oldest kids close. Camila was joined by her mother-in-law Mary Kathlene McCabe as she made her way to an awaiting SUV with her crew. Often spotted on-the-go visiting Matthew McConaughey(her husband) while he works, Camila recently told Momtastic that being on the road with young children is ‘family unity, priceless, building character, and making memories to be…
  • Hilary Duff and Ex-husband Mike Comrie Start Halloween Early With Their Son!

    Lisa Arneill
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Hilary Duff and ex-husband Mike Comrie started Halloween off early this weekend as they took their son Luca to a church fair in Los Angeles dressed as Jake The Pirate. Separated since January, Mike and Hilary are often spotted spending time together with their son. In July Hilary told Billboard that being apart has been ‘a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby.” Adding that there is a song on her upcoming album “about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we’re not meant to be…
  • Pre-eclampsia may be Caused by Fetus, Not Placenta, Experts Say

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Estimated to affect approximately 5%-8% of all pregnancies, pre-eclampsia can cause serious health complications, including seizures, kidney failure, heart failure, and hemorrhaging. It is most common in older mothers, women suffering from obesity or diabetes, as well as women carrying triplets or twins. Before now, experts have assumed that the placenta is responsible for this potentially fatal condition. However, a new study suggests that it may have more to do with the baby than the vital organ that carries blood and nutrients to the fetus. The theory was birthed by Associate Professor…
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  • Halloween Safety

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Times have changed so much since I was young enough to go trick or treating!  My parents biggest concern was making sure we were warm enough if it was too cold out!   There is so much more to worry about today, and it is important for Au Pairs who may have never gone trick or treating to be aware Although they seem like common sense precautions, the following tips will help ensure that the children stay safe while trick or treating, but most importantly, that they have fun! Trick or Treating usually starts once it gets dark out and children go from house to house dressed up in costumes and…
  • Why I Love Being a LAR

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    It’s funny to think back to when I first started as a LAR for the Philadelphia area.  Everybody was a stranger to me and all I knew about the host families and au pairs is what I read in their profiles. Fast forward almost 6 months later and I feel an amazing closeness with the host families, and especially the au pairs in my cluster.  I feel almost like a big sister to my au pairs and love that they feel comfortable coming to me and talking to me. I especially enjoy taking new au pairs under my wing and helping them to feel comfortable with their new families and the other girls.
  • Prison Escape! Our Visit to Eastern State Penitentiary

    28 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    I love the fall!  There is so many fun things to do, especially around this time before Halloween, which is why I figured it would be the perfect time to visit Eastern State Penitentiary in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia! Eastern State was the very first Penitentiary of its kind and was once the most famous and expensive prisons in the world.  Although it shut down in 1971, after 142 years, it is still open to the public for tours.  It is still in its original state, only now it stands in ruins. It was a little bit of an argument about which tour to do; the daytime tour, or the…
  • Why September is a Great Time to Match

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Where did this summer go?  It’s hard to believe we’re already into the second week of September and school has started!  So now that school has begun, so has all of the extracurricular activities and the constant taxiing service! Now is a great time to match with an Au Pair!  As the school year gets going more, so does the stress of making sure everyone is where they need to be, out the door and to the bus on time, and homework done and in bed ready for the next day. An Au Pair can help with all of this and help lessen the stress for parents, as well as for the kids.  Au Pairs…
  • Technology- Making it Easier to Stay in Touch!

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    I remember back in the “olden” days when I was younger having to buy calling cards to make long distance phone calls.  I also remember the big trouble I got into if I ran up a phone bill on my parents phone.  Even calls to just a few towns over would be charged as a long distance call! I also remember my friends going away to camp and sending them handwritten letters, and LOVING when I got a letter from them!  I never went away to camp or traveled far from my family and friends for fear I would get homesick. Oh, how times have changed!  When I arrived to the pool party early…
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    Epigami Blog

  • Top 6 Ways To Get An ‘A’ In Dissertations

    Dawn Tan
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Unlike Mathematics and Sciences, it’s never completely clear what the ‘correct’ answer is in a Humanities dissertation. This also makes them trickier to tackle in an exam, how does one get those full marks? When considering essay writing for Social Studies & History, it’s important to understand that scoring for these subjects goes beyond just memorizing the textbook: while having the real knowledge is essential (History is not the same as ‘His Story’), examiners will seek an understanding and a certain analysis of the subject at hand. We’ve put together a few tips to make…
  • PSLE Results 2014: What Next?

    Sandra Yeo
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The PSLE is the first major exam for students in Singapore so it’s understandable that P6 students and parents will come under significant stress during the wait for the PSLE results, which makes November into a period of frantic nervousness and anxiety. But when you actually get the results, what should you do? 1. It’s not all about the grades Due to the constant underlying competitivity of the Singaporean Educational System, the first thing that lots of students and parents do is to compare their results with friends, peers, relatives, the children of the parents colleague’s and every…
  • Singapore Chemistry Olympiad – How to prepare

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ever since ancient times, the Olympic trials have been amongst the most challenging events of the human civilization. Through the years it has evolved to encompass not just athletically intensive activities but also the more intellectual variety, such as the International Science Olympiads. In itself the Chemistry Olympiad is probably one of the hardest, and rewarding, challenges one can undertake before university. In fact, a significant proportion of the questions include concepts from the university curriculum. While the scope of the syllabus might seem out of reach, you can problem solve…
  • 4 SAT Tips to Score 2300+

    5 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    SAT tips to get you to the top SAT is perhaps one of the single most daunting tests high-schoolers all over the world have to face at one point in their lives. Unfortunately, it is also a prerequisite for entry to places in some of the most prestigious and coveted universities in the US such as Harvard College or Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yet challenging is not synonymous to impossible. There are handles and grips to the SAT – only if you know where to find it and how to use it to your advantage! Here are 4 proven SAT tips to ace your ecam and win yourself a place in your dream…
  • A Parent’s Guide to the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise

    Victor dMdB
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Secondary One Posting Exercise : it’s a nightmare You’ve just received the results of the PSLE and you’re trying to figure out how to get your child into secondary. Well this is where the Secondary One Posting Exercise (or S1PE for those familiar with it) comes into play. It’s honestly one of the most complex and intricate processes you’ll have to go through as a parent in Singapore, so Epigami has put together this infographic to give you all the most important information in one place. Find out more about the S1PE on the MOE website. If you’re just…
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    Funderstanding: Education, Curriculum and Learning Resources

  • A powerful key to better understanding: Make the core idea personal

    Geoffrey Caine
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    There is a huge difference between knowing about a concept or process and really understanding it. This applies both to learning in school and in the real world, and applies to everything from finding out about marketing to studying the Constitution. The point that I want to discuss here is that it does not matter how much a teacher or expert knows or how good a book or video is: the key is that learners have to make sense of things for themselves. That means that one of the best ways to get a handle on an idea or the core aspect of a skill is to develop one’s own personal way of looking at…
  • Make Confusion Your Friend

    Geoffrey Caine
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Confusion is natural:  don’t fight it – use it. It is quite natural to be confused or feel awkward when dealing with a new concept or skill.  And it is quite natural to resent feeling confused.  But the bottom line is that confusion and awkwardness are natural.  And one of the best ways to make learning more powerful is to make confusion a friend – both for you and your kids. The hidden obstacle posed by confusion Most of us have grown up with the notion that there is something wrong with us when we feel confused – as though we are not as intelligent or as competent as we…
  • To learn anything well, get it in your feelings!

    Geoffrey Caine
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Knowing something well enough to use in the real world is different from knowing it well enough to get a high score on a test.  Tests play an important role, but the key to real world competence is to get a “feel” for the skill or subject area. So what does this mean?  And how do we do it? Get it in your feelings Many years ago I participated in a leadership development workshop with an instructor who was not well educated but was a fabulous teacher.  His mantra about anything that we were trying to learn was “get it in your feelings.”  Initially I had no clue what he meant, but…
  • 3 Great Learning Sites

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
      Software and Business A lot of people love to learn software. I’ve been a big fan for several years. However, another site I love is Similar to, creativelive is more than just learning about software. They have classes that relate to business and education. The nice thing about creativelive is that if you have time, you can watch the classes for free. Classes can run from a day to multiple days and you can watch them live. If you like what you see, you can buy a digital download of the class. Take a look at their calendar and maybe you’ll…
  • Three Keys To Powerful Learning For Kids Of All Ages

    Geoffrey Caine
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
      Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of learning and guiding the learning of others, such as our kids, is that many of the “obvious” things to do sometimes just don’t work.  They should.  Everyone seems to agree.  But they don’t.  And for years I’ve been asking why. My first hint that not all was what it seemed to be occurred many years ago in my high school in Australia.  I was always an “A” student, and in my final year I aced a physics test.  The principal was so proud of me he came into the classroom and called me to the front to praise me.  Then he asked a…
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    parenting blog - Fuel Center | Family Coaching

  • 7 steps to becoming an askable parent

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

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

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

    Dr. Cameron Caswell
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    by Dr. Cameron CaswellOur teen's behavior often frustrates and baffles us. And when we ask for an explanation, we're typically met with a blank stare, eye roll, a mumbled "I don't know," or a combination of all three. The truth is, they really don't know. But fortunately, now we do. Their mood swings, emotional outbursts, risk-taking, resistance to authority, craving for novelty, and many other behaviors are because their brains are under heavy construction. In fact, they are going through the biggest growth spurt since infancy and won't be done until well into their 20s. Knowing how the teen…
  • When your life feels out of control remember…

    The Fuel Center Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    by the Fuel Center teamWhen it feels like outside forces such as family, work and the universe, have more control over your life than you do, it may be helpful to take a breath and remember that there are some choices that ONLY YOU can make for yourself.  For you may not be able to choose what happens to you, but you always have the choice of how you respond. And that choice gives you more power than you could ever imagine. liked that? try these: 7 essential steps to listening between the linesInspirational quotes about parentingListen up: The secret ingredient that turns any…
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  • How to be more Productive by Effectively Managing your Time

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    This blog post was contributed by Jairam Balakrishnan, Director, Pearson Schools Only those who know the true value of time and can manage it productively become responsible in life. They can keep up with their commitments and can fulfill their own set of interests at the same time. Good time management not only means to finish work on time but to also plan in such a manner that you make the best use of it. Learning to manage time effectively from an early age can really make life easy and productive in every sense. Very few people are born with the skill of managing time; others need to…
  • Reviewing your Early Application: Things to Look out For

    Prab Singh
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    “I’m Late, I’m Late, For a Very Important Date” Most schools with Early Application plans in the US will have deadlines in early November. Usually November 1st or November 15th. So I will assume that most of you reading this soon after I post it will already have a good portion of your application done already! For those reading this later and considering whether you will apply ED, EA or not, you should refer to an earlier post: This post will focus on some of the more common mistakes and areas to be aware of while…
  • Travels of a Working Mother

    Ramya Srinivasan
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I generally don’t travel much as part of my job, but recently I’ve had to don the traveller’s hat, stand in queues for visa and brave the 10 hour+ journey across the seas. For someone who has always compartmentalized every thought and activity into two buckets – office work and family work, such opportunities were heaven-sent. Since graduating from being Ms. Ramya to Rohan’s mom/Shriya’s mom, I’ve never ever travelled ‘alone.’ And, I’m sure all you mothers out there would echo my sentiment on how appealing the word…
  • The 3 Building Blocks of Good Parenting

    Aparna Balasundaram
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The fact that you are reading this proves you want to be the best parent for your child! And that is the best start! I just did a workshop for  ‘first time’  parents and  it was heart-warming to see how many  of them wanted to do and be their best as they came up with questions like, ‘So what is Good Parenting ? What do I need to do to be more effective? How do I know I am not going to mess my kid up! Well, the first thing I do is take a deep breath and then I tell them to do the same! Parenting is not meant to be so stressful, you need to relax, loosen up and enjoy it! Sure,…
  • My Experiences with ParentEdge

    12 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
      Mithila Iyer This blog has been contributed by Mithila Iyer, Student Editor of Issue 20 (sep-Oct 2014) of the magazine. Looking up information on sleep patterns of children was most definitely not what I envisaged myself doing when I was a student editor at ParentEdge. (In hindsight, that seems a little obvious to me now, kind of like Homer Simpson smacking himself on the head and going “Doh!”, because of course, PARENT-Edge). Nor actually was repeatedly making batches of crispy, golden brown vadas for a vada pav recipe, and trying to make them look beautiful in photographs…
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    Building a Village

  • Navigating

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    As far back as I can remember, which is eerily pretty far, I have always wanted to be a mom. When all the other little girls were picking things like princess and movie star as future life goals, I wanted to be a mom. I remember clearly, going for a walk around the block in my neighborhood alone and finishing up with 5, 6, 7 kids in tow. All the neighbors would say they could see that in my future. I also was drawn to kids with needs. Be they physical, mental, emotional – special needs. I’d worked with kids with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, children who were deaf, blind,…
  • Picking My Battles

    Trisha Selby
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Talk about an internal battle… today McKinley’s teacher/instructor from his program sent me an email at 8:25am, saying that since McKinley wasn’t there before 8:30, he would need to stay 15 to 20 minutes after classes/work today to discuss some things. Ok. Not a problem. I tell McKinley this, and he says that yes, she wanted him there a little early.. this the 1st I’ve heard of this. Not happy, but anyway! Drop him off, and within 5 minutes I get a message saying that he is refusing to stay after. After playing phone tag for a little bit, I talk to McKinley and he…
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day – Oct 15

    Kathy Parker
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 pm
    There are many ways and reasons and conditions for a fetus, newborn or infant to pass on and it is always heart-wrenching to lose your precious child. Whether you never got to hold your child or you were able to see him/her/them for a few minutes, or you got to enjoy a few “firsts” with your baby, each life meant something. Each child is a gift from God and each child never ceases to be that gift. I pray for all the mothers and fathers, grandparents, siblings, cousins, adopted parents who’ve experienced loss of a child or infant loved one, to have at least one happy memory…
  • 1,095 Days, 156 Weeks, 3 Years

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Three years ago today was a seemingly innocuous Friday in a long string of exhausting Fridays in our life. We were, I thought, back at square one, after exhausting every possibility of a diagnosis for Will. We were about to embark on the possibility of a mitochondrial disease being the crux of all Will’s issues. I remember being stunned that his Angelman diagnosis came back negative. I was so damn sure it was it. I had the tests ordered by his gastro and was positive we’d have an answer. Turns out we did, but when a gastro orders genetic tests not all the right boxes are checked…
  • The Palm Reader

    Trisha Selby
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I remember when I was 19, and went to Knott’s Berry Farm’s (an amusement park in Southern CA) Halloween Haunt. A.K.A. Knott’s Scary Farm. I had gone every year since I worked there in high school. It was my first time going since my friend Teresa had died, and was a little strange going. But I went and had a good time. While waiting in line for one of the many haunted mazes, I saw this beautiful dark haired woman sitting in a tent. She looked like an actual gypsy. She was striking. She was doing palm readings. Never had it done and was drawn to this one in particular, so I…
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    The Contemporary Mommy

  • Triple Batch of Pancakes

    The Contemporary Mommy
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    This Sunday morning was our morning to make a triple batch of pancakes. We make a triple batch so we can stick them in the freezer, this way they are readily available during weekday mornings when I don’t feel like making a thing. They come out tasting great […]
  • The Perfect Chocolate Cake When Your Pantry is Bare

    The Contemporary Mommy
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The past few days I have been craving some really good chocolatey cake. I can blame it on pregnancy cravings or on my mother who decided to send my husband and I some Godiva Chocolates for our wedding anniversary, very sweet of her, however having chocolate shipped in […]
  • From Vegetarian to Flexitarian

    The Contemporary Mommy
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    About two years ago my husband and I decided to try out being vegetarians. I at the time was around 5 months pregnant and we did a lot of research to ensure that I would still be able to provide adequate nutrients to the baby without meat. We […]
  • Finally, October!!

    The Contemporary Mommy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s finally October and here in Arizona that means you can finally go outside! Those three almost four, long summer months are a killer and require you to either be inside in air conditioning or outside in a pool. But, the rest of the year we have great […]
  • Can Women Really Have it All?

    The Contemporary Mommy
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    The question of whether or not women can really have it all has been the hot topic of discussion after the CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, stated that “No, women CAN’T have it all.” Since then various celebs and women in power positions have come out to either […]
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    Modern Tots Blog

  • Top Reasons For Using an Organic Crib Mattress

    Tara McGovern
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    What are the top reasons to have an organic crib mattress?  I’ll give you a hint, it’s all about the chemicals. As expectant parents there are so many items and so much baby gear marketed in such a way that you may begin to believe you need it all.  It can be very challenging to navigate through the aisles of baby goods, and sort out what the most important things are.  One of the biggies in our book is the mattress and specifically we recommend an organic crib mattress for your little bundle. One of the major drawbacks is that an organic mattresses are generally…
  • Make Good Use of Your Kids Table and Chairs Set With the Right Activities

    Tara McGovern
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You’ve found the perfect table and chairs set for your kids, like our best selling Aero Table and Stools by Sodura. It complements the decor in their playroom perfectly, and it’s simply adorable too. All that’s left is for you to come up with some fun activities for them to do that will put their new furniture to good use. To help, we’ve come up with some ideas that will hopefully spark your creativity. 1. Dust off the kid-friendly board games There are probably plenty of kid-friendly board games taking up space in your closet. If you were honest, you would probably…
  • The Story Behind P’kolino

    Tara McGovern
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
      Founded in 2004 by fathers DJ.B. Schneider and Antonio Turco-Rivas, P’kolino (pronounced PEE-KO-LEE-NO) is a one of the featured brands here at Modern Tots and one that focuses on innovative toys, kid’s furniture, and home decor. The idea for creating  P’kolino began when Schnieder and Turco-Rivas were attending Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts (near Boston) for their MBA studies. The duo shared a goal to “Make better products to improve play at home,” which essentially guided them down the path to launching P’kolino. With the help…
  • The Story Behind ‘Tegu’

    Tara McGovern
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Originally founded in 2006 by brothers Chris and Will Haughey, Tegu is a toy company that places an emphasis on eco-friendly practices. While the Haughey brothers’ company is still relatively new, Tegu is gaining notoriety for its unique magnetic wooden blocks and sustainable practices. Chris and Will didn’t plan on running a toy business. About a decade ago, Chris was working as a financial consultant, while his brother Will was working as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs. The two brothers had always dreamed of starting their own business; they just didn’t know it…
  • Balance Bikes Kick Training Wheels to the Curb

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The balance bike is becoming quite popular, but you may be wondering-is it around for good or is it just a passing fad? Parents and experts alike agree on the fact that the balance bike is here to stay. Many believe it is a far better learning tool than training wheels, and children are able to learn to bike at a younger age and transition to a two-wheel bike faster. If you are torn between the nostalgia of your training wheel days and the newer, balance-focused way of learning, let us share some information to make your decision a little easier… Easier transition Let’s face…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • Please Parents, Show Your Child How To Get On The Plane

    Nathaniel Turner
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    This past weekend, I spent it in Buffalo. Yeah, I know Buffalo. Buffalo’s not the tropical destination that I so often wax poetically about but Buffalo is the home of my great childhood friend and my son’s Godfather. Fear not, this is not the 21st century remake of Grumpy Old Men. Nor will I bore […]
  • Important Lessons Children Learn From Youth Sports

    Nathaniel Turner
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
      It’s fall already. Can you believe it? I can’t and worse I don’t want to accept it. I know that there are those who love the autumn winds, the changing colors, the cooler temperatures…yah dah yah dah yah! I’m not one of those fall lovers. Fall lovers, lovers of changing seasons, are crazy and […]
  • How To Remove the Clutter So Your Child Can Focus

    Nathaniel Turner
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    A common question asked by many parents is “how can I get my child to be focused?” Even the parents whose children exhibit focus find it necessary to continually seek new and innovate ways to help their children remain focused. Wise parents understand now more than ever that in this instantaneous gratification – short-term attention […]
  • 4 Ways Ignorance Can Hinder Child Behavior

    Nathaniel Turner
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Several of the news stories over the last several weeks have been very disconcerting. In particular the news stories surrounding NFL players and domestic abuse and child abuse. The fact that there are men who have yet to evolve from believing beating and hitting children is justifiable is one huge issue. An even greater issue […]
  • Quick Tip: 6 Habits of Highly Effective Parents

    Guest Author
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    There’s no one way to raise a kid right. But there are a few things that highly effective parents do. Take a look at some of the 6 habits of highly effective parents. Do you do any of these?
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    Just Another Mum Blog | Just Another Mum Blog

  • 17 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    We’ve been very quiet again recently. I’ll try and get back into the swing of things with posts about our activities and meals etc. T is nearly 17 months old now, crazy. We’ve all been sick again, T had an ear infection, J had a sinus infection and now I’ve got tonsillitis which explains our absence. Life is becoming more interesting by the day thanks to T discovering she can climb leading to me finding her in a variety of places she really shouldn’t be. She’s also learned how to flip the matters up on her bed. She definitely knows how to keep me on my…
  • The Simple Things

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’ve touched on this before, but I spend a lot of time at the moment stressing that I’m not doing enough to entertain T. It’s frustrating because she can obviously do so much more than she could a few months ago. She’s pretty much done with crawling now and she’s moved from walking to practically running around everywhere and seems to have a lot more energy to burn up and I seem to be struggling to keep her busy. I’ve been noticing recently though that I’m really the only one bothered by the way things are at the moment and I realised that really she…
  • Wrap Review: Two Trees Handwovens

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    We got our first handwoven wrap last week and it’s love. I thought I would do a little review. Weaver – Two Trees Handwovens Wrap- Paeonia-02 Blend- 60% cotton 40 % hemp Size- 2 I was so excited when this wrap arrived. It’s just so pretty! I was assured by the mamma I bought this off that it was definitely toddler worthy but on feeling it I was actually really worried I had made a mistake in my choice for our first (and possibly only) handwoven.  It is so thin that I was certain it wouldn’t be able to support T in a single layer carry and as it’s only a two I…
  • Budget Meals

    25 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    I often don’t pay much attention while I’m doing our grocery shopping and end up spending far more than I should so I challenged myself this week to plan carefully before we shopped and try to spend as little money as we could (while still eating a mainly healthy diet) and I surprised myself by getting the shopping in at under $100 for the week, only about 4 cents under, but still! I though that I would share a very vague plan of budget meals that we will be eating this week for $100 (bearing in mind that some stuff was already in the fridge/pantry) Breakfasts Cereal or toast…
  • Easy Toddler Lunch.

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    I thought I would share one of our easiest go to lunches when this mummy can’t be bothered to put in a lot of effort (or little miss T won’t let me.) No it’s not the apple pictured. When I need something quick and easy that still has goodness in it I make a Frittata. Today we made one with zuchinni and tomato because we were just about to go out and do our groceries and that was all we had left over from last weeks shopping. I’ll give you the recipe for the one we made today but really you can chuck any vegetables (and cold meats, bacon etc.) into it. I also have some…
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  • albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic]

    Santoshh Singh
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice. One of the most inspiring persons in the history of mankind is albert einstein. He is my personal favorite and I look up to him for motivation whenever I feel low in life. And what’s a better way than reading albert einstein quotes? So what are best motivational albert einstein quotes? And what are the life [...] The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice.
  • project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice. How Cloud Based Project Management Enhances Your Company’s Performance ? If you look back even just as little as 10 years ago, few people had ever heard of the cloud.  It was a form of technology that was for the most part exclusive to a very specific group of businesses.  The average small business owner [...] The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 motivational hard working quotes

    Santoshh Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice. we all need motivation in order to keep performing at our best. In my quest to keep myself motivated, i came up with these top 9 motivational hard working quotes. These are not simple quotes to be read and forgotten. These are the pearls that i have chosen over a period of time. I have [...] The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people

    Santoshh Singh
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice. Curiosity is at the bottom of all the progress in human society. We always want to know what causes someone to achieve incredible success in life. We constantly search for some kind of secret formula that can make us a success as well. Do you want to know the top 7 evening habits of highly [...] The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings

    Santoshh Singh
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice. Yesterday one of my posts has resulted in 609 % increase in website traffic in a single day. After posting it I tried to list down all the things that I did differently that resulted in such a phenomenal increase in my blog traffic. Of course I am trying a number of things to increase [...] The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice.
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    Sessa Daily

  • September Favourite Photos

    Sessa Daily
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    The post September Favourite Photos appeared first on %% The internet issue still rages on but I’ve finally got my September favourite photos rounded up into a post for you. I love this shot of Baby G concentrating. She’s really beginning to take everything in now and study it. Mostly the things she study end up in her mouth. That’s the top of her beloved Mr Monkey that she’s so transfixed by.These images taken while we were on holiday in France. This is the morning she first tried solid “solid food”. We’re doing a mix of baby…
  • Our Holiday in France – in Pictures (Part 2)

    Sessa Daily
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The post Our Holiday in France – in Pictures (Part 2) appeared first on %% Since I’m such a sentimental sofite, I feel the need to document everything with pictures. I think I’ve mentioned before that there’s this weird part of me that feels if I don’t have photos of something then there’s that feeling like it might not have happened. It also probably doesn’t help that I have a memory of a goldfish and I respond well to visuals. So to follow on from my first post, here are the pictures I took on my phone of our holiday in France.
  • Milestone: 6 Months of Breastfeeding

    Sessa Daily
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    The post Milestone: 6 Months of Breastfeeding appeared first on %% When I first started breastfeeding my baby, I told myself I’d take it one day at a time because I knew that everyone’s experience is different. Some people find it the easiest thing in the world and others really struggle. I know a lot of people put pressure on themselves to breastfeed their babies and if they discover they just can’t (for whatever reason) they really beat themselves up over it. For me, I have two older sisters who have both had kids. My oldest sister tried to breastfeed her son…
  • Baby G is… 6 Months Old!!

    Sessa Daily
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    The post Baby G is… 6 Months Old!! appeared first on %% Ok, so technically she turned 6 months old 12 days ago but…I can hardly believe it has been HALF A YEAR since Baby G was born. Where has the time gone? On one hand, it feels like we only brought her home last week and on the other I can hardly remember a time without her. I was looking through some photos the other day and looking at some of the last pictures we took before I went into labour and I sudden remembered the excitement and terror that I felt at that time. 6 months has changed everything. Sure,…
  • Deers at Dawn

    Sessa Daily
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The post Deers at Dawn appeared first on %% Yesterday morning, we got up at the crack of dawn to go take some pictures in Phoenix Park. We hit the jackpot! There was low lying mist, lots of deer and some beautiful light. I’d borrowed a lens from my dad (Canon 70mm-300mm) and got some really lovely shots as the sun came up. We drove all over the park looking for the best shots. Here’s some of my favourites.       If you like what you see, please be sure to check out Sessa Daily - An Irish parenting and lifestyle blog bringing you a little dose…
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  • More El’s Funny Quips

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    I found some of these old funny quips by El collected on my laptop. 1. El’s composition Naughty nightingale Sings to me naughty nightingale On a tree And a great big owl Laughs at him Ha ha ha ha He … Continue reading → Tags:  bactrian camel, dromedary, nightingale Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Summer Reading  It's A Jungle Out There  El's Sports Day  Water and African Children Conversation  Finding True…
  • How A Four-Year-Old Names His Future Business

    4 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    After dinner, El and I were in the car having a conversation. I cannot remember whether all the questions were asked by me, or my husband had asked too. Me: We were eating at the thai restaurant and many children … Continue reading → Tags:  art school, child's logic, restaurant Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Why The Pram Does Not Work For Me  History Fieldtrips to WWII sites in Singapore  The Day El Came Home On His Own  Dinner,…
  • 7 Ways To Advocate For Your Gifted Child

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Whether you have a gifted child, or one with learning issues or other disorders, it is important to be an advocate for them. You, as the parent, know your child the best. They are too young to speak up for … Continue reading → Tags:  advocating for your gifted child, gifted advocacy, gifted children singapore Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  4 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Baby Talk  Kampong Glam Heritage Trail  German Nursery Rhymes and Songs  Reading To Gar At Night  Mint…
  • How To Encourage Young Advanced Readers

    21 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    (I wrote this a year ago and had forgotten to post it.) El is a voracious reader. He loves to read, and he asks for books to read. He is also reading at a few grades higher than his age. … Continue reading → Tags:  reading, young advanced readers, young readers Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Ben 10 Obsession  El Practises The Piano  Gar And His Kiddy Rides  Garisms – Funny Quips from Gar  Christmas Decorations…
  • Dinner, Music, Art and Ninja Skills

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    We went out for dinner, slightly unusual for a Sunday night, but because it was the school holidays. It is really hard finding suitable food for El. As a picky eater, he stopped eating the mac and cheese after tasting … Continue reading → Tags:  dinner, geronimo stilton, manuscript book, music, picky eater, water colours Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Sand Playground  El's Colouring and Drawings  Gar's Hospital Stay  History…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • Everything You Hate About Your Kid's 'New Math' May Be Wrong ​

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Post by Linda Sharps. I’ve been pretty vocal about my frustrations with my son’s math worksheets in recent years. Last year I wrote a post berating myself for not being able to understand his second-grade homework, what with the confusing blocks, lines, and swoopy curves he was using to figure out a subtraction problem that I’d been taught to solve via a comparatively simple (to my eyes, anyway) column. “Is this really intended to make math easier?” I moaned, before confessing my fear of being completely unable to help him with future assignments. I don’t think I’ve ever gone so…
  • 5 Reasons I Refused to Let My Son Be Labeled 'Special Needs'

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Post by Alina Adams. When my oldest son was 6 years old, he was diagnosed with an Auditory Processing Disorder. We'd taken him to see a specialist because we suspected he had trouble hearing. He'd suffered repeated ear infections as a toddler, which led to a speech delay that he'd already received Early Intervention Services for. By first grade, his speech delay was mostly under control, but we were told that the Auditory Processing Disorder required treatment and that if I agreed to have him classified as Special Needs, he would become eligible for a host of services, therapies, extra time…
  • 9 Surprising Scientific Facts About Sisters

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. There's something about sisters that make everything okay: sweet, sensible, keeper of secrets, these behind-the-scenes operators are the balm that keeps family bonds warm and fuzzy. (Except for when you borrow her clothes.) And science backs this up: Sisters not only are proven to be good for our mental health, but help their brothers snag dates! But it's not all good news. To hear more about the impact sisters have, both positive and negative, on you (if you have sisters) or your kids (if they do), see the slideshow below, which is full of surprises.Holy moly #4! Think…
  • 5 Ingenious Solutions to Maddening Kid Laundry Problems

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Post by Linda Sharps. Laundry is one of my least favorite household chores, not because it’s intellectually challenging or whatever, but because it’s never-ending. I mean, ALL of my household chores are never-ending, but there’s something particularly Sisyphean about laundry. On the rare occasion that I actually reach the bottom of every single clothes hamper in the house, my victory is so incredibly fleeting. I swear I blink and there’s a brand new pile of stale wet towels and grass-stained jeans lurking there, chuckling evilly at me. I have found a few tricks to make doing the…
  • 25 Top Chapter Books to Read With Your Child at Bedtime​

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Post by Jeanne Sager. Chapter books. Two words that are harder on parents than one would expect. Sure, we're proud when our kids "graduate" from picture books, but all too soon we know they won't need us to come into their bedrooms at night for a bedtime story. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to give up that special time at night without a fight. And according to the experts, you shouldn't either. Even when your kiddo is zooming through chapter books, it turns out they still need Mom or Dad to read to them at night. "As children become proficient readers, they begin to place an…
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    Loving Moms Diary

  • Simple Useful Tips on How to Put Your Baby to Sleep Safely

    Gloria Duff
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Babies spend a significant amount of time sleeping, and it is crucial that they are able to do so safely. Your baby’s nursery should have as few hazards as possible so you can avoid the risks of SIDS, suffocation and strangulation. Crib reviews, baby monitor reviews and other descriptions of products for infants can help you make informed safety decisions. Even with the best baby monitor monitoring your child, it’s important to take every precaution and make sure you are putting your baby to bed safely. Preventing the Risk of SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is also known…
  • Practical Tips on How to Get Babies to Sleep and Stay Asleep

    Gloria Duff
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    One of the biggest problems that parents have when it comes to their babies is the baby’s inability to sleep through the night. Parents may lay awake at night watching the best baby monitor while their child laughs, cries or simply stays awake throughout the night. No matter what baby monitor reviews parents look at, they will probably find that many parents are having the same problems as them. There are a few ways that parents can help get their babies to go back to sleep and these ways include establishing a routine, giving the baby the most comfortable sleep position possible and…
  • Few Tips on How to Childproof Your Home

    Gloria Duff
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Whether you have a new bouncing baby or a seasoned toddler roaming the house, there are countless dangers around every corner. From sharp corners to chemicals in cabinets, your home needs a thorough evaluation before any child explores the space. Get down to their level by sitting on the floor. The entire home looks different as you pinpoint specific areas to childproof. 5 Simple Ways to Start Childproofing Your Home Cover the Outlets Even if you’re concentrated on finding the best baby monitor, don’t overlook the outlets it must plug into. Inspect every electrical outlet in the…
  • Few Common Sleep Problems among Babies

    Gloria Duff
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Many infants have difficulty with getting to sleep and staying asleep. This often results in both you and your baby not getting enough sleep and suffering from low energy during the day. Sleep disorders in older children and adults can be rooted in infancy, so it’s best to deal with them now. Luckily, there are many techniques you can try to help your baby cope with sleep disturbances. Reading baby monitor reviews and finding the best baby monitor can also help you keep tabs on your child’s sleep patterns. Every baby is different, and the trick is figuring out what works for you…
  • The Best Sleeping Positions for Your Baby

    Gloria Duff
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Most parents who have a new baby will look for the best baby monitor. They will also probably be wondering the best position for their baby to sleep in. Whether you are a parent who chooses to use a baby monitor or not, it is a good idea to know the best position for your baby to sleep in. There are many baby monitor reviews that will tell you that you do not have to worry about the sleeping position of your baby as long as you are using a monitor, but you should always understand what is best for your baby. The most widely recognized phrase when it comes to the position a baby should sleep…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

  • Kristin van Ogtrop and Arianna Huffington have defeated me. This project ends today.

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

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

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

    Miso N. Grey
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Other than a circumcision, the first name you choose for your child is the only gift you can bestow upon him or her forever. It’s critical that you choose that name as wisely as you can. Continue reading →
  • Circumcision hurts, mommy.

    Miso N. Grey
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Circumcision is torture. Apparently, male infants are not protected against cruel and unusual punishment by the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Whatever you decide, remember that circumcision is an irreversible procedure. You can’t easily slap that foreskin back on when he’s 20 and foreskins are as cool as iPhones once were. So think about it, discuss it, and choose for your son very carefully. Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • My Kids Are Now LISTERINE Healthy Habit Heroes #MC #Sponsored

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: My Kids Are Now LISTERINE Healthy Habit Heroes #MC #Sponsored I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for...Read the whole entry... »          
  • 7 Under-the-Radar Desserts You Have to Try

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 7 Under-the-Radar Desserts You Have to Try When the waitress brings out the dessert menu, it takes strong willpower not to order something. But sometimes the variety and nutritional facts will make people turn down great options....Read the whole entry... »          
  • Hobbies are a Healthy Playdate Idea

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Hobbies are a Healthy Playdate Idea Busy parents often find themselves bereft of ideas for last minute chaotically arranged playdates.   I know, I have 3 boys who’re demanding and very energetic.   I...Read the whole entry... »          
  • 16 Fall Apple Recipes That’ll Make Your Mouth Water

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 16 Fall Apple Recipes That’ll Make Your Mouth Water This is a sponsored opportunity with All opinions are 100% my own. Fall is officially here and which means it’s time to start digging into those Fall...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Star Magazine Free Subscription (1 Year)

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Star Magazine Free Subscription (1 Year) This post contains affiliate links. Yes, you read that right! You can get a Star Magazine Free Subscription for a Year! Enjoy a free one year Star Magazine digital subscription. No...Read the whole entry... »          
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Halloween Book Giveaway: Capstone Young Readers

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Costumes and candy and pumpkins and parties. ‘Tis the season to celebrate all things spooky. Growing up in a relatively anti-sugar family, the idea of collecting candy on Halloween seemed slightly fruitless. We ate plenty, don’t get me wrong, but a majority of it got hidden from diabetic eyes in our highest kitchen pantry. (Now [...] The post Halloween Book Giveaway: Capstone Young Readers appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Fall Fun: Malt-Tees Mini Golf & Pumpkin Patch

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    MALT-TEES MINI GOLF AND PUMPKIN PATCH  |  RICHFIELD, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  So, I love fall. My husband loves biking. My son loves mini golf. And my daughter loves bounce houses. But, where oh where could you find all of these very specific loves in one place? I know! Pick me! I know I know! [...] The post Fall Fun: Malt-Tees Mini Golf & Pumpkin Patch appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • 74 Schools. One Day. A Big Difference.

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    I wanted to do something to recognize National Bullying Awareness Month on my blog to push parents to get involved in their childrens’ schools. Something that required effort, but wasn’t too challenging. Something that made a difference, but wasn’t too pushy. Something that shouted “Kindness Always Wins” without disclosing blame, shame or embarrassment. On September 28, my [...] The post 74 Schools. One Day. A Big Difference. appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • A Wild Time: Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    TWIN CITIES HARVEST FESTIVAL AND MAZE  |  BROOKLYN PARK, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  My family went to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze a week ago and I am still picking up corn kernels that are trickling out of my kids’ pants pockets, shoes and from the bottom of my purse. And every time I pick up [...] The post A Wild Time: Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Kindness in Chalk: An Anti-Bullying Movement

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    A few bullying statistics to start the conversation (Source: 90% of children in grades 4 through 8 have been bullied at some point 70.6% of teens have seen bullying occurring in their schools At least 50% of teens have been bullied online Only 20-30% of students who are bullied tell adults or authorities about their situations Adult intervention [...] The post Kindness in Chalk: An Anti-Bullying Movement appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • This Week's Giveaway on Kidizen

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

    casey swanson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Happy Friday! Could you think of a better way to head into the weekend than to shop the top Hipster KID Picks? We sure can't! Our super stylin' Mombassador, Heather, brings us her hippest duds for the week. Brands of interest for this Kidizen include: Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Beau Loves, Saltwater Sandals, Mini Melissa Shoes, Anthem of the Ants, Hello Apparel, Converse, Little Boogaweezin, Kid + Kind, Ace & Jig, Mini & Maximus, Mag + Pie, Freshly Picked, Raine and Monet, Sweet Luka Mo, Winter Water Factory, Minnetonka, Misha Lulu, Popupshop, Paper Wings, Toms, plus VINTAGE &…
  • Today's Top Shop: Mini Mall

    Dori Graff
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
  • This Week's Giveaway on Kidizen

    Dori Graff
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    About Little Boogaweezin: How to Enter:Each time a new user enters your referral code to sign up with Kidizen, you are both entered to win. The more you share, the more chances you have to win! So go ahead, encourage your friends to use your code now! For more info on how to enter, click here. Every Monday marks the begining of a new giveaway period. Please refer to the Official Rules of Kidizen Weekly Giveaway for complete details.
  • Kidizen + Awesome Kid Brands = Weekly Giveaways!

    Dori Graff
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Not only can you find top kid styles on Kidizen, but now you can win some uber cool stuff from our brand partners – every week. Get in on the weekly giveaways now! First you'll need to make sure you have the newest version of the Kidizen app.Everyone on Kidizen has their very own referral code. You'll find yours under the Friend tab on the Kidizen app. Share this code with friends right from the app via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS. When a friend signs up for a Kidizen account, both you and your friend get entered into the Kidizen weekly giveaway.Share it again! Every time…
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    Growing Children

  • Now in Chinese!

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Seven Reasons to not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions has been translated into Chinese at this site : using the lovely photo above. It has been viewed by almost 2,000 people who visit this Waldorf website. I have been enjoying learning a few Chinese characters by entering parts of the post in Google translate.  Many thanks to the person who translated this post into Chinese.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Seven Reasons to Not (always) Answer Your Child’s Questions

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

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

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

    Kim Allsup
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    She sits on my lap, lining up sage leaves. Her little hand lifts the aromatic, fuzzy leaves from their water bath and lays them on the perforated tray that I will slide into the dehydrator. It is a bright September day on the back deck where we work together, steadily filling the trays with the taste of autumn stews. I scratch a sage leaf and smell it and she smells it too. I slowly place the leaves in tight rows, occasionally adjusting a leaf so it does not overlap. She imitates my actions carefully, re-positioning leaves that clump up. I don’t tell her what to do and she doesn’t ask. My…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Recycle Your Old Vacuum Cleaner with Dyson’s Recylone Program

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Do you have an old vacuum cleaner lying around your house that you’re not using? From now until November 2nd, Dyson will be offering their “Recylone” program for those who want to trade-in and recycle their old vacuums. How does the Recylone Program work? It’s very simple! Simply bring in any unwanted vacuum, no matter the […]
  • Home Security Doesn’t Have to be Scary – It Can Be UNSCARY with Piper

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Halloween’s almost here, and it makes us think of all things frightening – from ghosts and goblins to things like intruders and emergencies. Home automation doesn’t have to be scary at ALL. Did you know that you can have the convenience and security of a smart home system for a little bit of money? We […]
  • Applegate HALF TIME Lunch Kits Prize Package Giveaway – Ends 11/3

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    What would you do if you didn’t have to pack your kid’s lunch? Sleep? Drink a cup of coffee and read the newspaper? Paint your toenails? Get a massage from your significant other?  Applegate wants to know and so do I! In exchange for this post I received a lunch kit that included all 3 […]
  • Surefire Party Tips for an Awesome Fireman Themed Birthday Party

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stop, drop and roll out an awesome fireman themed birthday party by observing these surefire party tips! Jennifer Carver from Spaceships and Laser Beams has ideas for party decorations, refreshments, activities and favors that will ignite your imagination. Add some spark to the fireman party space with creative decorations. There are many ways to successfully […]
  • Enjoy Authentic Smokehouse Flavor with the Original Bradley Smoker

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hunting season is right around the corner. Um, while there is certainly something to be said about literally “bringing home the bacon”, you often end up with a LOT of meat. So you make ribs, veggies, chicken…and then it gets BORING. What else can you do with it?  Um…you can smoke it of course! Smoked […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • What's Your Parenting Mantra?

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    I think the hardest thing about parenting - aside from the whole sending what is essentially your heart out into the world completely unprotected, plus the amount of vomit and snot you have to deal with - is that it keeps changing. I remember when Ironflower was a baby and I took her to Target for the first time by myself. All these scenarios kept running through my head; What if she has a
  • Fun With Creative Galaxy!

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    <!-- Amazon Prime Instant Video: Creative Galaxy / Clever Girls Snippet --> <!-- END Clever Girls Snippet --> When I first saw that Amazon Prime Instant Video  had a kids' show called Creative Galaxy, I wasn't sure if I was the right person to review it. Hugmonkey, though he is only 5, tends to watch more "big kids" shows. Mostly because he wants to keep up with his siblings, not because he
  • My Day As A Reality TV Star

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Yesterday I was a reality television star. Okay, co-star. Among the many jobs Hot Guy does, his favorite is acting. Over a year ago, he auditioned for something looking for actors with type 2 diabetes. The casting people loved him, but the corporation did not. Or something. He was called in again a while back. And then they asked if they could film not only him, but our family. At home. And
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