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  • Your kids and Apple’s iMessage – learn how you can see them all for free

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    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    So it is New Year and your kids and teens have their new shiny Apple mobile devices. Maybe it’s a new iPod touch for the young ones, a fancy new iPad Mini, or the ultra-hot iPhone 6 Plus! Regardless, every new toy brings its set of challenges for parents.   One of the most favorite features is of course, Apple’s proprietary texting tool – iMessage. It allows kids and teens to text one another over wifi or traditional carriers. It is almost impossible to filter out so parents everywhere are trying to figure out how to control it or at least, have a way to monitor kids using the app.
  • 4 Pieces of Advice You Should Never Take

    The Disorganisation Guru
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    We hear those pieces of advice all the time, often from people who care for us deeply. They are given to provide us support, comfort, encouragement, not to do us harm. But, if you come to think about them, very often it is precisely the advice that you should not take. Here is several of them […]
  • Invest a Day in Sharpening Your Parenting Skills

    Priceless Parenting Blog
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Would you like to parent from a calm, confident place that invites cooperation instead of confrontation? Even when you know how you'd ideally like your family to operate, it can be challenging to make those intentions a reality. You don't want to yell at your kids, yet you find yourself yelling. You want your kids to treat you with respect yet they talk back. You want to be on the same parenting page as your partner and yet you have very different approaches with the kids. Raising kids is not easy. In these classes you'll learn to set limits on inappropriate behavior and encourage…
  • Family New Years Resolutions

    Parenting at More4kids
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    It is that time of year when we all look back on the year we have had and get ready to make our lists of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the New Year. Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the old stand-bys such as losing weight or quitting a bad habit. This year I would like to make a proposal, make your New Year’s Resolutions about bringing your family closer. I know that at this time with our economy as bad as it is, and many of us face the hardest times that we can remember. It is now, at this time of year that we need to look at all we…
  • Post-loss pregnancy: Redefining your relationship with your OB

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    Tara Shafer
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    by Tara Shafer posted in Mom Stories Following the stillbirth of my son in 2005, I considered how my relationship with my doctor would be altered. In the wake of loss, my needs had indeed changed. I was confused about how to open a dialogue that allowed for discussion of fear. I briefly considered changing... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Family New Years Resolutions

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:52 pm
    It is that time of year when we all look back on the year we have had and get ready to make our lists of promises to ourselves about how we are going to improve in the New Year. Yes, I am talking about New Year’s Resolutions. We all know the old stand-bys such as losing weight or quitting a bad habit. This year I would like to make a proposal, make your New Year’s Resolutions about bringing your family closer. I know that at this time with our economy as bad as it is, and many of us face the hardest times that we can remember. It is now, at this time of year that we need to look at all we…
  • Teaching Kids The Meaning of Christmas

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    by Stacey Schifferdecker Beyond Santa Claus All I want for Christmas is… a dancing Elmo and a Kidzoom camera and a Littlest Pet Shop Pet Town and… It is all too easy during the Christmas season to lose focus on Jesus and concentrate only on gifts, parties, decorations, and fun. If even adults have trouble keeping Christmas as a celebration of Jesus’ birth, how much more difficult it is for children entangled by the excitement and mystery of Santa Claus. But you can help your young children learn the true meaning of Christmas. Incorporate some of these ideas into your Christmas…
  • Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Most kids love to make stuff and they love to give gifts – why not combine these two interests and let them make Christmas gifts? Think of the advantages of making Christmas gifts with your kids this year: It will probably take less time than a shopping trip to the crowded mall. It will save on your budget. It will give you fun bonding time with your children and good holiday memories. People love to receive items kids have made. Here are some ideas for simple and easy gifts kids can make. Most will require at least some participation from you, although older children may be able to make…
  • Teaching Children The Meaning of Thanksgiving

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

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

  • Post-loss pregnancy: Redefining your relationship with your OB

    Tara Shafer
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    by Tara Shafer posted in Mom Stories Following the stillbirth of my son in 2005, I considered how my relationship with my doctor would be altered. In the wake of loss, my needs had indeed changed. I was confused about how to open a dialogue that allowed for discussion of fear. I briefly considered changing... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Trend alert: Hand Lettering

    Kami Bigler
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    by Kami Bigler posted in Life & Home There is a hot new trend in the craft world, Hand Lettering! It took me just a few minutes of research to find out why everyone is loving it. There is just something that seems so relaxing about the whole process, and the results are just so... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Powerful, emotional photos capture the beauty of surrogacy

    Sara McGinnis
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Emotions run high at each and every birth, but photographer Leilani Rogers has captured the arrival of twins that was special in more ways than one. The Texas resident recently posted a series of photos from a surrogate birth that instantly brought a tear to my eye, including this... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Super Bowl sweets: Chocolate, peanut, pretzel and beer cookies

    Lindsay Weiss
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    by Lindsay Weiss posted in Life & Home For the first time ever, I actually know what's going on with the Super Bowl! I mean, how could you miss the whole #DeflateGate scandal, and all of the exceptionally good balls jokes that originated from it. This might be my favorite Tom Brady quote ever: Everybody... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • 11 heart-filled gifts for kids

    tada shop
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    by tada shop posted in Products & Prizes Valentine’s Day gifts for children don’t strictly have to be flowers and chocolates, especially not when there’s a special little one to whom you’d like to give a gift. Tell your little one you love them in a new way—in French—with the Je T’aime Letter Cushion from... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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  • Opera strives to strike a chord with U.S. youth

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a public high school in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, opera singer Eric Owens recently talked with a music class about stage fright, proper breathing and making words matter. The news for U.S. opera has been gloomy in recent years with big opera companies like the New York City Opera and the Baltimore Opera Company shutting down. "There's a concern that if we see a lot of senior citizens, what happens when they pass away and who will fill those seats?" said Cayenne Harris, manager of Chicago's "Lyric Unlimited"…
  • Hezbollah carried out deadly attack on Israeli convoy

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Lebanese Hezbollah militants killed and wounded a number of Israeli soldiers in a "big operation" on Wednesday targeting an Israeli military convoy in a frontier area, a Lebanese political source said. The attack in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area was in response to an Israeli rocket attack in Syria, the source, who is familiar with details of the operation, said.
  • Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Jordan says it is ready to trade an Iraqi woman militant for a pilot held by IS extremists.
  • South Carolina court to clear 'Friendship Nine' of civil rights crimes

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Black civil rights protesters who helped reinvigorate the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters will appear in a South Carolina court on Wednesday to be celebrated instead of criminalized for standing up to racial injustice. A judge is expected to vacate the 54-year-old trespassing convictions of the "Friendship Nine," a group of mostly students at the now-closed Friendship College who agreed to risk arrest by sitting at the McCrory's five-and-dime store lunch counter in Rock Hill on Jan. 31, 1961. Hauled to jail and quickly found guilty, they became the first U.S.
  • Bucking Obama, senior Democrat seeks limits on war against IS

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    Rep. Adam Schiff's resolution forbids using ground forces in combat against IS militants.
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    Daddy Types

  • l'Etat Say: Nutella? Banane!

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Unlike other third world nannytatorships like Germany, New Zealand, and Scandinavia, France does not maintain a list of approved baby names. It merely grants "civil control officers" of the state the unchecked authority to veto your baby name choices. You...
  • DT Friday Freakout: Arsenic Edition

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a compendium of news stories from the worlds of science, health, and parenting, saved up during the week and unleashed here all at once to freak. you out: Though one could easily say, "There's...
  • Where Did The Bad Formula Commercial Touch You?

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Bwahaha, at first I was like LOL, then LMAO, then ROTFLMAO, and then I was like, FULL STOP, AS YET UNIDENTIFIED ADVERTISER. Advertiser who was making me laugh at parenting stereotypes one second, but who the next compels me...
  • A Vacctivist We Can Believe In

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is the first explanation of why not to vaccinate your kid that makes any sense. Of course, it's also from August, so we should be due for some updates? In other vaccination news, the Disneyland Measles are spreading to...
  • We Are Easily Amused: British Buggy Bidders Bonkers

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    The UK has found its next Susan Boyle, and it's a dad of three trying to unload a beat-up Phil & Ted's stroller on eBay. A viral media frenzy has eruptedover seller ukjoel25's auction, which has received 564 inquiries...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • 23 Blast: Review and DVD Giveaway (US/CAN) #23Blast

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    About the movie:As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman is a local hero, both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town. But in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.Watch the trailer:Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutesMy thoughts:Based…
  • Introducing "The Story Catcher" by Donna L. Martin: Giveaway for a $20 iTunes Gift Card and Writing Journal!

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    We are so excited to share this picture book release today!Title: The Story CatcherAuthor: Donna L. MartinImprint: AdventuresRelease Date: January 20, 2015Addie comes from a long line of readers, or “story catchers,” as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own, though, the words play tricks on her. Addie tries everything she can think of to corral those wiggly letters, but it will take a little faith to become the next STORY CATCHER.BUY LINKS:Amazon Kindle: Paperback: &…
  • Winners for the Week of January 18, 2015

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teddy Bears Personalized Valentine’s Day GiveawayCongratulations to the winner: mrsshukra!The Identical (DVD)Congratulations to the winner: Anita Y.!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (January 24, 2015)

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? If you're feeling a little blue because you're not making much progress on them, why not take a break and enter some giveaways! Visit the right sidebar for a list of all of my giveaways, and be sure to click through the titles in the linky below for the chance to win more great prizes! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. And don't forget to tell your Twitter and Facebook friends about this page so they have a chance to win, too. Have a great…
  • Enter to Win the GE Lighting Home Makeover Giveaway!

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    My husband has been on a mission lately to replace all of our home’s light bulbs with LED bulbs! I have to confess that I didn't know very much about LED lighting until recently. How do LEDs work? And which light bulbs are the best? Fortunately, GE tells us that choosing the right bulb for each room can be easy if you remember these four steps: pick the right fit, choose the right brightness, select energy savings and lifetime of the bulb, plus the right color and effect. GE has created the following infographic along with a video to help you along the way to a brighter home as you compare…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Big Progress Edition

    Amy LeForge
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Happy Sunday evening, Heroes! At least, it’s Sunday evening when I’m writing this. Only about an hour left in the day. I’m rather pleased with myself tonight. I am just about finished with the second humongous job that has been hanging over my head for waaaaaaaay too long. I got the finances straightened around and even (mostly) have the budget done! This is a job I have been avoiding. I used to keep track of every penny, and then the software I used was discontinued.I’ve been adrift ever since.Thankfully I finally got my act together and got all of the accounts…
  • Confrontation With a Teen: Inevitable Results Edition

    Amy LeForge
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    All right Heroes, I promised long ago to be more forthcoming about teens. Then I felt guilty for potential privacy violations, so I held my tongue.After two blow-ups in less than a day, I’m ready to talk.Because wow.So! Here is the issue from last evening. I was requested to drive a boy to the high school so he could watch the basketball game with his girlfriend (yup, we have one of those now. She’s sweet.) He wanted to arrive at 6pm. The difficulty was twofold: he doesn’t have a license to drive himself, and I had a meeting nearby at 6:30. I didn’t want to drive him,…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Aching Head Edition

    Amy LeForge
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Well Heroes, I have a headache. I am not fond of headaches. So! I am getting my work done earlier and going to bed. This means the giveaway linky is open a bit earlier because usually I’m just getting to this in the middle of the night. But I am tired, so it is just about sleepy time here at Earnest Parenting.Say, if you win a prize, wouldja let me know? I always enjoy it when people win. An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway LinkyMonday Giveaway Linky, Back From Retreat EditionWahoo Monday Give Away Linky!Monday…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Back on the Job Edition

    Amy LeForge
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:18 pm
    So last week I missed the linky entirely. This was due in part to a series of events that culminated in a round-the-clock effort to clear viruses off of my computer. For about 3 days.This, was not fun.So I’ve decided to just swing back into action and try to ignore the carnage of last week.That’ll work, right?Wait. Don’t answer that. I’m enjoying the fantasy.While I’m off working, please help yourself to the lovely giveaways below, and let me know if you win! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky, Extreme Drudgery Edition

    Amy LeForge
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:11 pm
    So, Heroes, I have spent the last two days sitting on my fanny editing articles. There are over 2000 blog posts on this site (can you believe that???!?) and because Google slapped me last spring and I changed the site theme recently, EVERY SINGLE POST requires an edit.Have you ever added up how much time a job like this could take? Assuming that I spent 3 minutes on each post, we’re looking at…hang on, let me run the numbers…one hundred hours of work. Once I figured that out, I decided to work faster. As of the writing of this post, I’m about halfway done. I think I…
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    Free Range Kids » Free Range Kids

  • The Meitivs are Restless

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Update on Danielle and Alexander Meitiv in suburban Maryland who  are being investigated for negligence because they let their kids, 10 and 6, walk home from the park unsupervised. (I don’t write “walk home alone” because they weren’t — the had each other!) The parents had their hearing with Child Protective Services yesterday. Writes Donna St. George in the Washington Post: The neglect investigation that started after a Silver Spring couple allowed their children to walk home a mile from a park could continue for another couple of weeks, despite the parents’…
  • Unsupervised Play is BETTER for Kids, Says New Study!

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The idea of arresting parents who let their kids play outside unsupervised just took another hit.  Yoo-hoo, CPS! According to The Globe and Mail: A new Canadian study suggests there could be added health benefits for kids who play outdoors on their own or with their friends. Researchers analyzed data from a survey of more than 1,000 parents of Grade 5 and 6 students at 16 public schools across Toronto. Kids had to wear an activity measurement unit for seven days and parents were asked to self-report how often they allowed their kids to go out on their own….Kids who were allowed some…
  • My Daughter, 10, Wondered Why the Boy Walking Her Home Wanted to Go In The Alley

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    A mom lets her daughter walk home. The girl’s new friend, an older, taller boy, walks home with her…and starts talking about weird stuff. One mom’s surprising and Free-Range story: Dear Free-Range Kids:  My daughter is 10, our only child. She was born when I was 43 and I did not fit in with my mothering peers. I felt constantly judged, simply because I believe that kids are lot more capable than we give them credit for. Besides that, I was just too tired to micromanage her! I needed her to be strong and independent. As an older mom with health issues, I needed to know…
  • How to Find “World’s Worst Mom” on Your TV

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    “World’s Worst Mom” (you know who) debuts tonight at 9/8 Central Time, on the Discovery Life channel. (Which, as I’m sure I’ll be saying for a while, “Is NOT ‘Lifetime!'”). To find out what channel it’s on in your neck of the cable woods, here’s  a handy-dandy station finder. The show is not online and episodes don’t repeat throughout the week. Alas! – L. And so it begins!
  • “I Will NOT Let My Son Go Into the Men’s Room”

    22 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    It feels almost like reading, “Thou art a wicked wench!”so archaic does this Facebook comment sound, at least to me.  Suddenly obsessive worry seems so over. Anyway, this was posted below a column of mine that ran in the Chicago Tribune: Call me a Helicopter Mom all you want, but my child will never walk to school alone. That’s my choice for my child. He’s six and Thank Goodness for Family restrooms because I don’t trust a child going into the men’s public restroom alone either. There are bad people in this world and I am solely responsible for his well-being. Obviously,…
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    Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Get Inspired in 2015

    Ashley Mowrey
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    Fashion starts early with these cute new Graco styles, inspired by adorable, mom-approved trends. Affinia: Inspired by bold design and cool geometry. Azalea: Inspired by airy flowers and pretty prints. Stratus: Inspired by blue skies and puffy, soft clouds. Sunshine: Inspired by bright ideas and sunny dispositions. Whisk: Inspired by delicious bites that bring loved ones together. Zuba: Inspired by the whimsical animals of baby’s dreams.
  • Boost Up for Back to School

    Ashley Mowrey
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-school tradition: carpooling. Of course, whenever cars and kids are involved, safety is the top priority. So, as your little (or big!) one heads back to school this year, we hope you’ll enjoy our helpful tips – based on the respected American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendations – to help keep all kids safe on their way to school,…
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we are recalling an older model of harness buckle used on infant car seats manufactured between July 2010 and May 2013. As a solution, Graco will offer a free updated replacement buckle. In reviewing the matter further with NHTSA, we found that an older buckle design used on select infant car seats was difficult to open. Although they might look the…
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List

    Ashley Mowrey
    1 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do with your little one. All Summer long, we’ll reveal one item on our #BabyBucketList each week and offer additional ideas and prizes (hello, #WinItWednesday!) to help get you on your way. Be sure to share your ideas with other moms and dads in the comments below. We hope you will enjoy making memories with your little one this Summer!
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)

    Ashley Mowrey
    12 May 2014 | 11:01 am
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessories to make the stroller work with your child’s infant car seat or to be able to carry all of your necessities (who wants to jog without a bottle of water?). That’s why Graco is proud to introduce our new Relay Click Connect Stroller – it’s the ultimate performance jogger with all accessories included! You’ll love all of these terrific…
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  • Taking Meetings From “Dull and Dreadful” to “Energetic and Effective”

    Allison Brecher
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    A friend recently remarked about how she was bored to tears at one of her team meetings. I was surprised to learn there is a name for this feeling– “meeting narcolepsy,” and even a support group on LinkedIn for employees suffering from it. Meetings happen in every office, every line of business, and there’s no way to avoid them. But they are also opportunities to build camaraderie, demonstrate credibility, and hone leadership skills. Here’s how to make them more interesting and effective. Do you need a meeting at all and, if you do, define the purpose and goals. I’m not one to…
  • Tips For Managing a Large Family

    Errin Spencer
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Swim practice, basketball practice, soccer, choir oh my! With six active children there is rarely a dull moment in my house. I can’t even begin to imagine what our lives will look like when they are all participating in some sort of extracurricular activity. You know, if I had a dollar for every time I was asked “How do you do it?” I would be a very wealthy woman. The truth is, there are days I don’t know how my husband and I do it. During the spring and fall or otherwise known as baseball and football season, we only see each other’s faces in passing. Bedtime…
  • Should You Ever Discipline Another Parent’s Child?

    Leslie Morgan Steiner
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Last Sunday, I sat with a group of parents watching our nine-year-old daughters play the first basketball game of the season. Next to us, a young boy, maybe five years old, sat playing on an iPod.  No headphones.  It was very loud.  It was very annoying. His mom sat on his other side, oblivious, cheering for her daughter. One of the dads leaned over to the young boy.  He asked  — nicely, with a smile — if the boy had headphones or could turn down the volume. Before the boy could answer, his mom intervened. “Next time, you can ask ME instead,” she said angrily.  She…
  • Reach Out For Help

    Jodie S
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    One of my biggest strengths raising my daughter alone is my independence and ability to take care of all the things that go into running a household. But if I’m honest, this is my greatest weakness as well. Sometimes, as a single mom, you need help. And it’s okay. Using your resources makes you smart and, well, resourceful. We need to step outside of our comfort zone and pull others into our circle when the pile of “to-do’s” gets overwhelming. After all, where did we get that fierce independence from in the first place? Dare I say our mothers… I can offer a few tidbits of wisdom…
  • 8 Easy Ways To Be Happy in 2015

    Samantha Parent Walravens
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. – Pharrell Williams A lot has been made in our culture about how to be happy. Pop stars sing about it. Ivy League professors lecture about it. Best-selling authors write about it. “Positive psychology” has become a popular field for researchers exploring the roots of what makes for a happy and fulfilled life. What they’ve discovered is that happiness is not something that appears by magic. Nor is it something that a person is born with. Rather, happiness is something you can cultivate. Yes, you can CHOOSE to be happy. Moreover, there…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Happy New Year Everyone!

    1 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Happy New Year 2015!May you have a healthy and prosperous new year! I don't know what the new year has in store, but as you may have noticed I have taken some time away from blogging and am going to reduce my time on social media this year. I hope to find a new path in life this year, perhaps a job outside the home. I don't know for sure yet, but hopefully I can find a better balance between home,family and my life online. Have a great year and stay in touch!  ©2008-2014 Patricia Garza
  • Merry Christmas!

    25 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Merry Christmas everyone! I had planned to post this sooner but life got too busy just before the day comes to an end I thought I'd take the time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope all your Christmas wishes came true and you have a safe and enjoyable weekend with friends and family nearby. With all the negativity in the news against our law enforcement lately, I wanted to share this great video of the Lowell Police Dept in Lowell, Michigan. If you haven't seen it already it's definitely worth a few minutes of your time to appreciate the good police do for others. If…
  • School calls the cops on tantrum throwing preschooler

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    This was the schools fault more so than the police. The school called the police and failed to handle the situation appropriately. I wouldn't put the blame on the police who are only trying to do their job and assist. Obviously the police aren't trained to deal with tantrum throwing four year olds, but the school should have been. I taught a pre-K and Kinder combination class before and had a tantrum throwing four yr old in my class and I never would have called police. The principal or the school psychologist maybe, but not the police. Most often if you move others away from the student and…
  • Pixar Gift Ideas For Kids

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Woody, Sulley, Buzz Lightyear, Bullseye, Lightning McQueen, Angus, Mike Wazowski, U-Command, and my favorite Dr. Evil Porkchop.  Here is a collection of some of the famous and not so famous characters from Pixar movies. Which is your favorite?Monster - SulleySpin Master Toys - Disney Pixar Monsters University - Monster Brights - Sulley - $6.00, 4.95 shipping - Available at Bealls FloridaToy Story - Buzz LightyearDisney - Toy Story Disney/Pixar Deluxe Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear Figure - $13.24, 6.34 shipping - Available at Fullfillment By AmazonToy Story - BullseyeDisney - Toy Story…
  • Heartbreaking:25lb 7yro boy nearly starved, beaten by family in PA

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Heartbreaking...thank God he was saved and hopefully survives from the physical and emotional trauma done to him...what sick people, if you can call them that to do that to another human being. May God save him!I hope the grandparents, parents and anyone who knew about this intentional neglect and abuse is sent to prison for life for attempted murder,and abuse/neglect,child endangerment!! Sick!ABC15 Arizona:  Autoplay:7-year-old boy found nearly starved to death, taken from his home covered in bruises.GREENVILLE, PA - A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy beaten for sneaking food was nearly…
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  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
  • New Themes: Boardwalk and Sela

    Thomas Guillot
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’re celebrating the New Year with two free themes: Boardwalk and Sela. Boardwalk Designed by yours truly, Boardwalk is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. Powered with horizontal scrolling and built around large featured images, Boardwalk is the perfect choice for photobloggers and those of you looking for an unconventional — yet elegant and creative — theme. Learn more about Boardwalk at the Theme Showcase, or preview it by going to Appearance → Themes. Sela Sela isn’t your typical business theme. It’s a vibrant, bold, clean theme with lots of space for large…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • I Made a Whole Dinner in a Blender (Including Appetizer and Dessert!)

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Blendtec. You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!! I can nearly contain my excitement over this delicious new appliance that is gracing our kitchen right now. I. seriously. can’t. even. with how ridiculously easy it is to plop ingredients into this thing and then POOF! make a several-course dinner without even cleaning the dang thing. Yes, you just heard that correctly – a several course dinner, multiple blends, and I didn’t clean it. IT. CLEANS. ITSELF. Look! ASDFJKLHWERIWERKDFWE!! Are you squealing? Because I am squealing! It…
  • Hello, 2015. Not Sure About You Yet.

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    I want to celebrate you. I want to toast to a “fresh start” and “new opportunities” with the flip of a calendar page. I want to slough off the old and used from 2014 to reveal shiny and new for 2015, like so many others are doing. Hopeful. Excited. Ready. But I hesitate. Your calendar’s days are already pre-planned for me for part of my year, colored in black with a void in our family’s dynamic, as my husband is scheduled to travel overseas for some of this year. Ah, the military life. He’s been gone for a week at training, and I’ve crafted a…
  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W51 & W52} #happinessis

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • King Julien Premiere and Holiday Movies from Netflix #StreamTeam

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:36 pm
    I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. All Hail King Julien Did you hear? King Julien from Madagascar got his own show! Check out this clip from the all-new Netflix original All Hail King Julien which just premiered December 19th! I like to move it move it! Celebrate the holidays with King Julien’s friends from Madagascar with these merry selections: 1. Merry Madagascar 2. Madly Madagascar 3. The Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper Snuggle up with a few holiday favorites with your little ones: 1. Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas 2. Mumfie’s White…
  • For What Matters Most this Holiday – Family

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:55 pm
    This is sponsored post on behalf of TYLENOL. The holidays are such a special time, filled with travel, home baked goodness, together time, and celebration. It is, beyond a doubt, my most favorite time of year, and I love every aspect of it, from the decorating, to the twinkling lights, the baking treats, to the mugs of hot cocoa, the chill in the air, the secret shopping, the present wrapping, the ho-ho-ho’s, and the hugs of loved ones. It’s quite a reminder of the important things in life. Officially, the holiday has begun in our home now that school’s out, which means…
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    The Committed Parent

  • 10 Experiences My Brain & Heart & I Will Be Ecstatic About on Our Deathbed

    Mark Brady
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    1. We grappled with thoughts that generated high-arousal states and managed to redirect at least a few of them. As often as we were able, we thought outside our adrenals. 2. We managed everything we could so as not to give in to the ignorance that contributes to great suffering in the world. Your Kidney-Topping Adrenals 3. We did our best to follow the path of our own heart, brain, mind, body and spirit. 4. We practiced authentic gratitude as much as we could, and when we couldn’t we simply accepted that fact. 5. We did our best to grow our compassion and generosity networks. 6. We…
  • How to Overcome Conventional Psychotherapy’s Fatal Flaw

    Mark Brady
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    I’m pretty sure a combination of my mother’s high levels of stress hormones and unaddressed grief, together with the toxins in the alcohol and tobacco she used daily, worked to interrupt the easy flow of the bonding hormones between us during gestation and after birth. With dire relationship consequences. I was in the fourth grade. It was Parent’s Day at Katherine Brennan Elementary School and I can still remember David Coe cooing “Isn’t my mother … beautiful?” There was total rapture in his voice. In response to him, my thought was, “Why…
  • Joy and Divinity: Might Last Year’s Number One Brain Research Breakthrough Hold a Key?

    Mark Brady
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    I bet you’re sitting there right now wondering how the Number One breakthrough in Neuroscience last year might impact the joy and divinity in your life. Let’s start here: Many of us have had this experience I’m guessing – we’re driving to or from the office or the grocery store and just as we park the car we realize that we haven’t been aware of anything much in the world around us that we passed along the way. We completely missed the moonwalking gorilla that was dancing with the basketball players; we missed the change of clothes, backdrop and table cloth…
  • How to Know When You’ve Gone Temporarily Insane

    Mark Brady
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    “If there’s no sense of rejoicing and magical practice, you find yourself simply driving into the high wall of insanity.” ~ Chogyam Trungpa “Sanity rarely sounds an alarm.” ~ Mark Brady In my mid-30s I voluntarily committed myself into a mental hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. I was there for two months receiving treatment for “Extreme Grief Reaction.” The thing that was most scary to me (besides the freedom granted obvious psychopaths to roam the halls unmedicated and unsupervised at 3AM) was the difficulty I had making clear distinctions between…
  • Are a Brain-Sourced 10 Commandments Better for Your Brain than the Bibical 10?

    Mark Brady
    28 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    How about if you read them over and decide for yourself? You can probably guess what I think. Let us know what you think and why in the comments section below. I let you know some of what I think in response. A Brain-Sourced 10 Commandments 1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter the beliefs your brain generates with new evidence. 2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what your brain wishes to be true. 3. The scientific method is the most reliable way for your brain to understand the natural world. 4. Every person has the right to control of their mind, body…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • FLASH SALE from Mary & Martha!

    Dawn Camp
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    I love when Mary & Martha runs a sale, and the Spring into Spring Flash Sale is a good one! It includes a nice selection of personal and gift items. Unfortunately, the Grace & Gratitude Pie Plate has already sold out. {Click here to see this ad in a larger size.} My Favorites: Small Indigo Vase ($10) – this vase only shows up in sales now. When it was first introduced, in both a large and small size, it was my favorite item in the catalog. I own both sizes. This is a heavy, gorgeous piece and you won’t believe you got it for $10. Take My Heart Seal Necklace ($14)…
  • Beauty of Grace Book Launch Party—You’re Invited!

    Dawn Camp
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    My first book, The Beauty of Grace, officially releases February 3, although it’s already available online (click over to my book page for links). If you live here in the Atlanta area, I’d love to invite you to my launch party on Thursday night, February 5! Bring your girlfriends and join us for an evening of fun, including live readings from the book from contributors Robin Dance, Kayla Aimee, Katie Kenny Phillips, and me. Books will be available for purchase and there will be giveaways from DaySpring. Yes, DaySpring giveaways! When: Thursday, February 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where:…
  • Things That Steal Your Peace today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We place the last off-season kids’ clothes into boxes. Stacks of shorts and t-shirts, as well as size- and season-labeled boxes, start to litter our bedroom floor as soon as the slow tug-of-war between hot and cold weather begins. My husband sorts them and carries the keepers to the attic; the Goodwill boxes to the car; and the trash bag full of items that no one would want to the garage. I breathe a sigh of relief, beam at him, and declare, “Now we can have company!” He looks confused, but I know how this cast-off clothing chaos has stolen my peace. Please stop by (in)courage to read…
  • Hey Strong Woman, It’s Okay to Be Weak Some Days

    Dawn Camp
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    I want to introduce you to my friend, Margaret Feinberg. She’s written tons of books and Bible studies including Scouting the Divine and Wonderstruck, and she’s a contributor in my soon-to-be-released book The Beauty of Grace.  Margaret’s had a tough couple of years fighting cancer. She’s chosen to fight back with one of the most unusual weapons—joy. Bet you can see why I love her already. I asked her to share a few thoughts with us today. May you be as blessed as I am.  From Margaret: I can’t help but admire your strength. When other people say “impossible”, you hear a…
  • Get January’s Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Are you with me in what happened to 2014 mode, here on this last day of the year? My perception of this year’s speed shifted based on where I was with my book(s). January and February flew as I bore down on the March 1 deadline. I couldn’t imagine why it took 11 months to turn a manuscript into a finished product, but Revell has worked steadily through these seemingly endless months. Now time whooshes by again as we approach the February 3 release date of The Beauty of Grace. I can’t believe it’s almost here! Friends, you will love this book. Pre-orders tell…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • Culinary evolution via the hot turkey sandwich

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The request was simple enough. Beloved mentioned in passing the other day how much he loves hot turkey sandwiches for dinner. No problem, I can do that. Back in the day, this would involve storebought turkey with a can of gravy beside oven-baked fries from a bag. Oh baby, how far we’ve come! I have still never actually roasted a turkey, although I’ll probably try that one of these days. In the name of simplicity, I decided to go with the store-baked sliced turkey from Farm Boy. Have you tried it? SO GOOD and probably the next best thing to home cooked. On the menu plan, I…
  • A dozen reasons Kinder eggs are better than chicken eggs — with bonus yolks, I mean jokes!

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Some blog posts are more fun to write than others, and I had WAY too much fun collaborating with Beloved and all three boys on this one. And then I had TWICE as much fun creating the visuals. (A dozen! Get it? Cuz they’re eggs? I slay me. Just wait, it gets better!) Let’s do this countdown style. One dozen reasons why Kinder Surprise eggs are better than chicken eggs: 12. Because the white inside a Kinder Surprise egg is not slimy. 11. Because people are delighted when you surprise them with the gift of a Kinder egg. (Not so much with the chicken egg.) 10. Because chicken eggs…
  • Flashback faves: Is this my life?

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    In honour of the blog’s tenth birthday this month, I’m revisiting a handful of favourites from my archives. I think this post from 2005, which I refer to as “my epic wail,” was a seminal moment for me in a lot of ways. Years later, people still mention it to me, and it brought a lot of readers to the blog – people who I’m assuming felt exactly the same way. I think it resonates with people because it’s very close to a universal thing in parenting – we all at one point or other feel this sense of being stuck on a hamster wheel that’s…
  • A new high in parenting lows: UK parents send invoice to child for not attending birthday party

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    I was all fired up to blog about this outrageous story about a Maryland family who were reported to police and eventually had child protective services threaten to take away their children for the egregious sin of letting their six and eight year olds walk a mile or so to a park unattended. But then I stumbled across this even more rant-worthy story. A mother in the UK sent an invoice to the child’s family in the amount of £15.95, which is just shy of $30 Cdn, when said child failed to attend the birthday party to which he had been invited. I have more than one problem with this. Ahem.
  • Deconstructing our grocery store family portraits: A learning experience

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    I am still chuckling over the irony in the post I wrote back in 2006 about getting our family portraits done at the local grocery store studio. That was the last time I was ever in a big box store studio, for good reason. Nine years later, I’ve learned a thing or two about portraits. While my “mommy goggles” love the subjects of these portraits, which made me love the portraits themselves, I can’t help but pick out some significant faults that make me cringe when I look at the finished product, some more egregious than others. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
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    Dinker & Giggles

  • Changing Colors While Crocheting

    Alaina Frederick
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Many amigurumi and hat patterns call for color changes while your crocheting in the round. I don’t know about you but I try to keep all of my changes clean and undetected to a trained eye — it’s sometimes an almost impossible feat. I love how Stacey Trock of Freshstitches shows how to simply (and neatly) change colors while working in the round. This tip will come in handy while using up scraps to crochet Mr. Scrappy a free amigurumi pattern from Stacey. Read all of Changing Colors While Crocheting on our website.
  • Simple Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters

    Alaina Frederick
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    After a few days of working on amigurumi creation after another I find that my wrists and fingers get sore and start yelling at me. With a few deadlines on the horizon for handmade toy donations I’m crocheting even more these days. It’s important to take care of yourself not just for general health but so that you can keep doing the things you enjoy – and crocheting is one of them! Let’s watch as Stacey Trock of Freshstitches shares a few simple wrist exercises that knitters and crocheters can do to stay limber during crafting sessions. Simple Wrist Exercises   Do…
  • 2015 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival

    Alaina Frederick
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    Wool, bamboo, silk, spinning, felting … OH MY!!! It is once again time for the annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. For years it has been at the Four Points Sheraton in Mars, PA, however, this year they have completely outgrown the space. You’ll now find even more vendors, classes, and gatherings at the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. This festival is more then a celebration of the fiber arts, it’s a chance for those that can to pay it forward. Bring your extra fabric and yarn for the Salvation Army Fabric Shop that over the past few years has…
  • Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival {in photos}

    Alaina Frederick
    18 Mar 2013 | 11:02 am
    T his past weekend I had the honor of spending time with some of the most talented and creative fiber artists in the area (and out of the area)! There was this one particular lady that was just the cutest thing and reminded me so much of my own grandmother. I watched her use gigantic knitting needles, then showed me how to tungsten crochet with the largest crochet hook I’ve ever held. Early 2012 was my first time attending the festival. It really opened my eyes and showed me that just because I liked to crochet I wasn’t old. There were lots of people there my age and even some…
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  • Measles outbreak continues

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Are you and your family immunized against measles? On my way to work today, I heard that the number of measles cases in the United States has continued to rise. At last count, there were 78 cases in 11 states. Most of those cases originated at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure theme park. Visitors who went to the parks in December 2014 who were infected with measles spread it to people who were unvaccinated. What should you do? If you or your child have not been vaccinated against measles, or if your child is under 12 months old, you need to take precautions. According to the…
  • Painkillers and pregnancy don’t mix

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Did you know that a significant number of women of childbearing age fill prescriptions for narcotic painkillers each year? If a woman becomes pregnant while taking these medications, she is at an increased risk of having a baby with birth defects. Opioid-based (narcotic) pain medications, such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine, are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Many women are unaware that the use of these medications during pregnancy, even when used as directed, may increase their chance to have a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain, spine, or heart. They also…
  • Tracking birth defects helps states help you

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Did you know that many states track and monitor birth defects? It is one way for them to better understand birth defects in order to try and prevent them. Today, I welcome guest blogger Melissa Gambatese, MPH, Research Analyst in the Perinatal Data Center here at the March of Dimes. Melissa will introduce you to the world of birth defects surveillance systems. It may sound a bit high tech or like something from a spy movie, but it is really a way for states to monitor birth defects and to hopefully use the information to help combat them and help families.   Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is…
  • Preparing your home for your preemie

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:18 am
    We often receive questions about “preemie-proofing” from parents who are preparing for their preemie’s homecoming. You may have waited a long time for this day, but bringing your baby home, and leaving his team of doctors and nurses behind can be overwhelming for many parents. Here are some tips to help ease the transition: Before your baby comes home: • Speak with the NICU staff at your baby’s hospital. They are very knowledgeable about what your baby may need when going home. • If you clean your home before your baby’s arrival, (or if you want to brighten up your preemie’s…
  • Breastfeeding and returning to work

    16 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    My girlfriend just returned to work last week after having her baby. I went to visit her yesterday to catch up and see how things were going. While she was glad to be back at work, she was stressing about how she was going to be able to continue breastfeeding. As a Certified Lactation Counselor, I happily told her that breastfeeding after returning to work can be a challenge, but it can be done successfully. Here are some tips to make things a little easier: Before you return to work • Talk to your employer and let them know what you need to continue breastfeeding. Employers with more than…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Bill and Melinda Gates 2015 Annual Letter in Images

    Jennifer Wagner
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    In what appears to be their most optimistic annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates predict that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. The reasons for these predictions are due to new advancements in Agriculture, Banking, Education and Health. Agriculture […] The post Bill and Melinda Gates 2015 Annual Letter in Images appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Bill Gates Debunks 3 Myths That Block Progress for Poor Newborn Health Advocacy at Global Conference…
  • Favorite Animals in Movies and TV Shows on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    There is an old show business saying, “Never work with Children or Animals“, attributed to W.C. Fields. That is partly because they are so adorable they steal every scene they are in. Those of you that are pet and animal lovers can attest to that. So with the addition of The Adventures of Puss in […] The post Favorite Animals in Movies and TV Shows on Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Use Movies and TV to Teach Kindness to Kids at School Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens Watching Arrested…
  • Nicole Kidman On Paddington Bear Movie and Family

    Jennifer Wagner
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Paddington is an adorable, funny, delightful movie that kids and parents of all ages will enjoy. And Nicole Kidman, the villain of the story, is as beautiful and charming in person as she is despicable in the Paddington movie. Paddington is about a talking bear leaving his jungle home in Peru to find a home […] The post Nicole Kidman On Paddington Bear Movie and Family appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Madagascar 3: Movie for Kids, Teens and Parents About Time Movie: Comedy, Romance, Family and Time Travel Netflix Family Movie…
  • 36 Movies For Teens, Tweens and Parents 2015

    Jennifer Wagner
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Here is my annual list of movies for teens and tweens. I’ve added parents to my 2015 list since I’m sure that many, if not most of these movies, parents will also want to see. January 1. Paddington Bear (1/16) – A British film based on the character Paddington Bear from the Michael Bond books. A young […] The post 36 Movies For Teens, Tweens and Parents 2015 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 23 Summer Movies for Teens and Tweens 2010 30 Summer Movies For Teens and Tweens 2013 Top 20 Summer Movies for Teens…
  • Best Connect With Your Teens Posts 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Here are my favorite articles from 2014. I hope that you enjoy, or get something out of them, as well. 1. The Beatles: Not Quite 50 Years of Memories 2. Educade: Free Game-Based Learning Resources for Teachers and Families 3. 125 Favorite Lost Quotes From Lost TV Series 4. Mayim Bialik: Big Bang Theory Actress Does It All 5. David […] The post Best Connect With Your Teens Posts 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Discount Broadway Show Tickets from TodayTix App My Favorite Connect with your Teens Posts of 2009 My…
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  • Pure Barre & My Road to Recovery

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    This month I am featured in the Client Spotlight at Pure Barre Lakeway! It’s very special to me, because my journey back to health has not been easy. I’m recovering from (and living with) a herniated disc. It was a long and grueling ordeal and as I sit here writing this post, I can still feel twinges of pain in my left leg. But thanks to Pure Barre, life is resembling “normal” again. A catastrophic event did not occur to cause the injury, but I remember it seemed to happen the day after my boys performed in the school talent show last year. My back had been bothering…
  • Top 5 Things I’m Obsessed With…

    7 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    I think we all suffer from short-lived or long-lived obsessions. I remember back in the day when I just couldn’t stop watching Real Housewives or eating blueberry muffins or stumbling on StumbleUpon. Yikes! Here are my Top 5 Obsessions going into 2015. Chime in and let me know what’s floating your boat. #1 – The Food Network – Heaven help me, I can’t stop watching Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen. I was also glued to any Holiday Cooking competition too. You’re gonna make cookies, cakes, gingerbread houses, salted porks? I’ll watch it. I…
  • I’m Writing a Book: Interview with My Bestie

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    The Prologue. I’ve finally decided to write that book I’ve always been talking about writing about. It will focus on the epic, oft gluten-free and humor-free-to-the-public adventures that bind me and my bestie together for all eternity in the goofy and nonsensical ways in which besties are intertwined. (Disclaimer: No twine was harmed during the writing of this book.) My book is dedicated to everyone who has a bestie or has recently purchased one via the Interweb. I’ll share the laughter, the tears, the tears due to laughter and the laughter due to tears that me and my…
  • Walt Disney World via Selfies by MommyQ

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    We recently visited Disney World in Orlando after Thanksgiving for a pre-holiday vacay. Lots of fun to be had, but sadly I forgot to pack my selfie stick. Booo! I did actually see a few other folks with their selfie sticks, so I knew it would’ve been fun. Oh well. Mom brain. Anyhoo, we managed to snap a few shots between the lines, FastPass stress, expensive food, small thunderstorms, character meetings, way too many strollers, lack of alcohol and…oh, wait….I digress. Yes, I took a few selfies on the rides themselves. I learned some stuff too. #1 – I’m awful at…
  • A 10th Birthday Wish: He Outshines Autism

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

  • Invest a Day in Sharpening Your Parenting Skills

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Would you like to parent from a calm, confident place that invites cooperation instead of confrontation? Even when you know how you'd ideally like your family to operate, it can be challenging to make those intentions a reality. You don't want to yell at your kids, yet you find yourself yelling. You want your kids to treat you with respect yet they talk back. You want to be on the same parenting page as your partner and yet you have very different approaches with the kids. Raising kids is not easy. In these classes you'll learn to set limits on inappropriate behavior and encourage…
  • Strong Feelings Make Kids' Communication Rocky

    8 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    When something is troubling your kids, expect their strong feelings to make talking about it rocky. Focusing on the poor ways your child is communicating (eye rolls, attitude) will negatively escalate the situation like it does in this video. Instead, try to connect with your child’s underlying feeling by saying something like “Hmm … it sounds like something upset you today.” After saying this, drop the conversation unless your child wants to continue. Plan to continue the conversation later on when your child is ready to talk about it.
  • Teaching Kids Healthy Ways to Express Their Feelings

    7 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Your kids will experience a wide range of emotions each day. They may feel elated one moment followed by disappointment in the next moment. Perhaps they are thrilled with the red helium balloon they’ve just been given, only to experience dismay when they forget to hold on and the balloon floats away. Or they may feel terrified in asking someone to the dance and then exhilarated when that person says yes.Part of being human is experiencing all these different emotions. How your children learn to handle their feelings will affect their success in relationships and school.Name That…
  • Signs That Your Kids Have Too Much Power and You Need to Step Up to Parent

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Is it possible for kids to have too much power? Yes! Your household is not healthy and safe if your children are in charge instead of you. When you set firm boundaries, your kids feel secure. If you find yourself feeling out-of-control with your kids, you may have handed them too much control. How do you know if your kids have too much power? Here are some warning behaviors: Your kids hit or push you.Your kids are disrespectful to you. Your kids do not listen to you.Your kids get by with inappropriate behavior.Your kids negotiate or whine to get what they want. If any of these behaviors are…
  • Modeling Appreciation for the Gift

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I was so excited to receive this special gift. It was everything I ever wanted! When the gift arrived it was the most beautiful gift I’d ever seen. It simply sparkled like a shiny, brilliant star!I immediately fell in love with my gift. Who cares that there was no gift receipt! I certainly would not be interested in returning it.As I familiarized myself with the gift, I realized it was more intricate and complex than I imagined it would be. I couldn’t help but notice there were thousands of pages of instructions. How could it possibly be this complicated?I soon realized that part of the…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Happy Handmade, the new craft book you & your kids will love!

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    *Happy Handmade is an e-book, you can purchase & download your digital copy here. I’ve been a lover of craft books for as long as I could remember. Growing up the way I did and moving around so much, I never had a lot of toys. I used to spend hours in libraries and bookstores flipping through magazines and craft books imagining all the things I’d make on my own someday. I’ve passed my love of craft books on to my daughter, but with a few big differences. For starters, we own a lot of the books we pour through together in those bookstores. We’ve got quite the…
  • Using technology to personalize the holidays

    30 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Every year I tell myself I am going to make all our wrapping paper by hand or from recycled materials. I’ll stamp beautiful snowflakes, and make my own gift tags and tie every gift I can find in sparkly ribbons and bakers twine. I always fail. Suckered in at the last-minute by the graphic designs and ease of purchasing from a big box store, overcome by just how little time I have left or how poorly I planned out the handmade Christmas of my dreams. Still every year, a few sweetly wrapped gifts do seem to make it under the tree. I’m calling that a win! The gifts we happened to wrap…
  • My Secret Weapon: Boredom Busters from Smallful

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:25 pm
    The kids have been home for a couple of days now and I am reluctant to report I have already heard them mutter the B-O-R-E-D word a few times. I don’t know how we have made it this long without them using it, but they have picked it up somewhere and I don’t like it. I pulled my daughter aside just after we walked in the door from grocery shopping yesterday to tell her we wouldn’t be using that word in our house and if she did start to get to feeling that way, there were PLENTY of things in the house for her to do on her own. Up until now, she has always kept herself occupied…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - The only thing that can make a great movie or TV series even better is a four-legged star. Celebrating pets this month, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite dogs, cats and even monkeys who hit the big screen. Aside from upping the cute factor, these loyal companions can deliver important lessons on courage, protection and love. This hold especially true if you live on the East Coast and have a massive snowstorm heading your ways! You definitely want a movie that is going to keep you warm over the next couple of days.  Here are a few movies…
  • Attention WAHMs: Could Your Job Be Putting Your Family at Risk?

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - The benefits of working at home are numerous, especially for wahms (work at home moms). There’s no commute, and you can wear pajamas to “the office.” Unfortunately, there’s always a downside. By working out of the house, the home network is vulnerable to all sorts of malicious scams and viruses. This puts the entire family at risk for vicious attacks that threaten the family’s physical and financial safety.   How to Identify Work-at-Home Scams Unfortunately, not all work at home positions are legit. The Internet is full of scammers hoping to…
  • “Upgrading” from LPN to RN

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - It’s no secret that there is a shortage of nurses. The Health Resources and Service administration predicts that the country will face a 20% shortage of nurses by 2015, and that shortage will be even greater in Pennsylvania. If you are a nurse in Pennsylvania, you might be experiencing the train of the nursing shortage first-hand. If you are an LPN you might be wondering if it’s worth it to spend the time and energy “upgrading” to become and RN. The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of time getting that RN. In fact, since…
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  • Be Legendary: What You Can Do to Drive Her Crazy

    Anthony Evans
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    “Think what you can do to drive her crazy in bed” There are many ways for a man to impress others. But the most of them require hard work and patience. Achieving a successful position in a job can take years, not to mention how much work you invest in it and the small chance of everything back-firing on you despite it all. Even developing and programming the best online personals sites needs these things. However, even when you’re on the best road to becoming a member of the Halifax list of notable Haligonians, every once in a while you need a quick success. One that…
  • Sensual Gifts Your Mistress Will Love

    Anthony Evans
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    “Surprise her by giving her sensual gifts”  The right gift for your mistress doesn’t always have to be just candy and flowers. You can get your mistress a gift that’s sensual and fun in the bedroom, and it’ll be something that really stands out from all the other men that she’s seen on When you’ve been doing comparisons of affair dating sites, you’ll probably see that the most successful men out there make the best sites work when they gift their mistresses unique things…and the right sensual gift is really going…
  • Money and Power Dynamics in Your Relationship

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

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

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

  • Valentine’s Day Family Breakfast & Gift Ideas

    Piera Jolly
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I adore Valentine’s Day. To me it’s another opportunity to show my family how much I love them. So every year, I try to do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. It doesn’t have to be something big or fancy. Typically, it’s a meal at home with lots of sweet touches. For instance, this year I am planning to surprise Mike and the kids with a Valentine’s Day breakfast at home. The love can be seen in the details. I like to keep the food simple. Heart-shaped eggs in a basket, fresh berries, bacon, orange juice, coffee, and a variety of  freshly…
  • Five Tips to Start the New Year Right

    Piera Jolly
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to ring in the new year. We’ve spent the past few days organizing and purging our home of unused and unnecessary things. It feels so good to renew and prepare for 2015! Below is a checklist of items that we like to do at the end of the year.   1. Go through the entire house and get rid of anything that is unused, doesn’t work, or is unnecessary (including kids’ toys). I like to have three containers with me as I go through the house – donate/sell, storage, trash. As I move through the house, I also clean,…
  • Holiday Party Appetizer: Blue Cheese Artichoke Dip Recipe

    Piera Jolly
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    We are so excited about the next few weeks – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. It’s time to celebrate! We go to my parent’s Christmas Eve party on the 24th and do Christmas Day at home with just us and the kids. However, we have one more party left to host – New Year’s Eve. Honestly after hosting so many parties towards the end of the year, we like to keep New Year’s Eve simple and relaxed.   It’s all about being together as a family to ring in the New Year. We do firecrackers and sparklers, of course.   Food is simple. Heavy…
  • Our Home – All Dressed Up for the Holidays

    Piera Jolly
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    There’s nothing more warm and inviting than a home decorated for the holidays. The twinkling glow of miniature lights and candles. The smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree. We look forward to decorating our home every holiday season. It’s one of our most treasured traditions. DID YOU KNOW? Kmart and Sears recently conducted a survey and found that: 1 in 4 Americans will begin to deck the halls one month before the holiday. 41 percent of Americans defined their signature design as “classic,” followed by “colorful” (37 percent) and “vintage” (12 percent). More than half…
  • Magic Reindeer Food Recipe and Free Printable

    Piera Jolly
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    A fun activity to do with the kids this year is to make magic reindeer food that can be sprinkled on the yard on Christmas Eve. The sparkle will draw the reindeer to your house on Christmas Eve. Making it is super easy! Lucas and I made a large batch using Kellogg’s All Bran Flakes so that we could pass them out to all of the cousins before Christmas.   Magic Reindeer Food Recipe Ingredients 1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran Flakes, lightly crushed 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals 1/4 cup Christmas sprinkles Directions: Place all ingredients in a large zip-top bag and gently shake.
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Parenting by the book. Don’t do it.

    Zen Mommy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    The first few years (decades?) of motherhood are hard. Wanting to feed, love and help this adorable little person grow the 'right' way fills any new parent with all consuming questions, the answers to which seemingly allude you alone. And the questions other people ask --- ohhhh the questions. "Is he sleeping through the night?" What the hell does that matter? Worst. Question. EVER.
  • It Is Not Your Job

    Zen Mommy
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    If we asked our children these three simple things daily in the way we parent, we just might get a closer look at each one's nature and stop deluding ourselves into thinking we are responsible for MAKING our children (fill-in-the-blank).
  • How to Get Kids to Listen Without Yelling

    Zen Mommy
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you are parenting a strong-willed child, it’s likely that each and every time you attempt to exert your authority, your child responds with some sort of resistance. Ignoring you. Defying you. Engaging you with back talk and banter.
  • 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.
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    Home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • Why I am a horrible wife

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I am a HORRIBLE wife …because I decorated our master bathroom suite like this: Blech. Yucky. Ew! In my defense, the bathroom was 25+ years old. So, I asked my husband if he’d like to help me renovate. REASON #2 that I’m a HORRIBLE wife: I suggested we renovate the bathroom over Christmas vacation. Er, that wasn’t such a good idea. My poor husband spent every waking moment working on the bathroom. Not exactly a relaxing, fun vacation. But we ended up with this: Problem is, he did such a good job. What renovations shall I ask him to tackle next Christmas? This post is…
  • The real reason Dinosaurs died is…too much sex.

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    During one of my archeological digs in Costco, I discovered the REAL reason behind the extinction of dinosaurs: Essentially, dinosaurs engaged in too much sex. All that’s left of their orgiastic lifestyle  is sensuous slathering sauce. MORAL OF THE STORY: In order to survive, species must display a high level of control. No matter what the temptation… be it sex, surfing the Internet, or heart-shaped snacks, a strong level of self-discipline ensures the survival of the fittest. Denying self-defeating impulses will help individuals to another day. In conclusion, I’d like to…
  • Why I’m holding my breath

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
     Every time I see my brother’s dog, I have the following conversation with my husband: Husband: “No. He’s too big.” Husband: “No. He’s too big.” I decide to hold my breath until he changes his mind. And then I see my brother trying to cook dinner with his dog… Me: “He’s not THAT big.” Husband: “Yes. He is too big.” Me: “I was talking about my brother.” Bwah ha ha ha ha! This post brought to you by Bad Jokes. I’ll stop telling them if you get me an Irish Wolfhound
  • Don’t eat birdseed.

    7 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s REALLY cold right now. So I decided to stop at the local birdseed shop. Might be nice to feed the brave little birdies who stay for the winter. Wait. What does the sign say? Well, alrighty then. Remind me to never, ever eat here. Happy NEW YEAR!!!  
  • I resolve to stop running over my dog.

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    In 2015, I’d like to stop running over my dog. She lies right behind my desk chair, so every time I back up…YELP! So I bought her a new bed. This bed is EXACTLY like her boo-boo bed. She LOVES her boo-boo bed. It’s downstairs in her crate. She doesn’t like her new “office” bed. In fact, I had to leash her so she wouldn’t keep running away from it. After a while, I finally picked her up and placed her in the new bed. Not happy. She left ASAP. I cajoled. I pleaded. I sang. I waved treats in the air. Nothin’. So I scooped her up (again), and squished…
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    Parenting Help Me

  • Senior Care Giving Services

    Nikki Maven
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Is It Time To Consider Senior Care Services? A couple years ago at the age of 80, my Mom had a knee replacement surgery. Mom has always been independent, and a bit of a homebody.  The idea of months in a rehab facility were very distressing and added to her anxiety over the surgery. Mom [...]
  • What’s A Guy To Do? When Your Marriage Falls Apart.

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

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

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

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

  • Of course new moms take everything personally

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    This card popped up in my Facebook feed last week. Yeah okay sure, I thought. I remember what it’s like to have your first baby. I remember when any piece of well-meaning advice, any tidbit of info, felt like a sneering admonishment. I remember how I absorbed all and any criticism or suggestion into the ... [Read more...]The post Of course new moms take everything personally appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    I’m a big fan of the Toronto Symphany Orchestra’s Young People’s Concert series. This series is aimed for kids 5 to 12 and is a fun way to introduce children to music beyond Taylor Swift. The upcoming Pianorama concert sounds like the perfect way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon. It  features superstar pianist Emanuel ... [Read more...]The post Stuff I’m Digging: TSO Young People’s Concert Pianorama appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Not everyone’s excited about kids riding free on the TTC. Here’s why we should be.

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Image credit The new mayor of Toronto, John Tory, [insert Rob Ford tribute video] just announced a huge increase in public transit spending and service that includes every-ten-minutes-or-better service, 50 new buses, four new express lines, 11 new 24-hour lines (!) and FREE TTC rides for kids 12 and under. And, oh yeah, the price of ... [Read more...]The post Not everyone’s excited about kids riding free on the TTC. Here’s why we should be. appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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  • Resolve to take better care of yourself {Fitbit Charge giveaway}

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    What's your New Year's resolution? Whether it's eating less, exercising more, sleeping better, or simply taking better care of yourself, AT&T and Fitbit have you covered. By now you hopefully know that AT&T stores offer a huge variety of wearable technologies for consumers interested in health and fitness, but I bet you're wondering how an activity tracker can handle your entire resolution list and more. The answer is that activity trackers have come a long way, baby. With an entire system dedicated to helping you figure out how much you are consuming, how much energy you're burning,…
  • Grace Thomas: 2015 Girl of the Year from American Girl inspires kids to bake a difference

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Every year we look forward to January 1st for one reason. It’s like the Super Bowl for doll fans as American Girl debuts their Girl of the Year in store as well as on their website for purchase. And, this year was no exception as they introduced a beautiful new doll that every young girl is excited about. Readers, meet Grace Thomas, the new Girl of the Year for 2015. With dark brown hair with light brown highlights, bright blue eyes, and freckled cheeks, Grace has a certain spark about her. Dressed in a Parisian-inspired bow-topped skirt and an Eiffel Tower shirt {shown here with her dog,…
  • No time for car maintenance? #DropShopAndOil makes car care easy

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias If you saw under the hood of my car, you would never believe it is 15+ years old. This isn't just luck, I've got a secret weapon on my side when it comes to taking care of my car: Regular maintenance. This may sound too simple to be considered a secret, but you would be surprised how many people neglect regular maintenance and then wonder why their engine parts are failing after only a few years. But, I come from a family who treats their cars like beloved…
  • Make blueberries part of your little changes to start the New Year off right

    8 Jan 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” My family loves blueberries. Blueberries in baked goods, blueberries in smoothies, blueberries on dessert, or blueberries by the handful… as long as its blueberries, they are happy. In fact, my son {who is a notoriously picky eater} decided a few months ago that he would like his nickname to be “blueberry Bubs” in honor of his favorite berry. It all…
  • Behind Closed Doors with Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Scrubbing Bubbles®. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. What does your house look like after the holidays? Besides all the clutter that the holidays bring to a home, there are also houseguests, messes from holiday cooking and baking, and a whole host of other things that could make any mom crazy. But there’s probably one room that you haven’t even considered in your post-holiday cleanup: the bathroom. Product recently rebranded as Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Book Review: Oliver & Path by Claire Freedman and Kate Hindley

    Claire Walsh
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    Oliver & Patch is a delightful story of the little boy who moves from the countryside to the city and feels all alone. On a walk he finds Patch, an adorable dog, although he loves Patch he knows he has to do the right thing and find his owner. Oliver tries to find Patches owner without much luck and then one day they stumble across a sad looking girl at the swings. Patch recognises his owner
  • Book Review: Roo The Roaring Dinosaur by David Bedford and Mandy Stanley

    Claire Walsh
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:56 am
    If you are on the lookout for a book that deals with sharing and friendship for your little one in a lovely subtle but heart warming way then this is the book for you. In this story Roo the little dinosaur who loves his comforter meets a new friend, Wooly the mammoth and has lots of fun with his new friend. He finds that Wooly needs his comforter more than him. I was so impressed with this
  • Tips for getting children to school

    Claire Walsh
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Its not without irony that I write this post as I'm the first person to say that I'm late about 2% of the time for school runs. However, with three children, sometimes four, in tow I don't think that its too much of a bad record. Over the years I have developed a system for getting them all out to school and there on time and I thought it might be useful. This is what I do: Set the clocks five
  • My top parenting tip for SMA B.A.B.Y

    Claire Walsh
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I've finally reached the hallowed halls of parenting where, after three children other mums do actually occasionally listen to my advice. It has taken me seven years and three children but, hey, sometimes you need a bit of experience for people to take you seriously. Nonetheless I'm always keen to hear advice from other mums because all children are different and what works for one doesn't
  • New Year, New Approaches

    Claire Walsh
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    This camel has stopped procrastinating and banned children's television from the living room as well... One of my resolutions this year is to spend a bit more time living in the present and not so much time procrastinating on what could be or what was. This is very hard, especially so when you have a fairly large amount of what essentially (in many ways) amounts to free time.  Fortunately I've
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    Simple Father - kids are too complex

  • Time, Why You Punish Me?

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Categories: schoolquestionmeltdown The work day came to a close. I shut down my PC and started mentally switching from software developer mode, to husband and parent mode. When I arrived at home I thrust open the door, crossed the threshold, and handed my overcoat to my lovely wife (who was anxiously awaiting my arrival) as she handed me the evening paper. I then tossed my hat lazily, but with perfection, onto the coat rack and slipped into my house shoes. As the intermingling smells of a delicious meal and freshly baked apple pie greeted my nostrils, I heard the pitter patter of little…
  • The Turbulent Twenty-Five

    30 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Categories: storyhumorswimming There comes a day in every child’s life that they must face their fears. For Special K, today is that day. Several months ago… The excitement in the air was palpable as Special K suited up in her brand new swimwear. She donned her pink swim cap and reflective goggles, which would surely shave seconds off her time, and she was ready to hop into… the car. The ride to the aquatic center was full of quiet, nervous energy as Special K tried to mentally prepare herself for what was to come next. Upon entering the complex, it soon became apparent that…
  • Keep on the Lookout

    19 Sep 2012 | 9:35 pm
    Categories: advicestory Many years ago there lived a man, we’ll call him Jake. Now Jake was blessed with many children. One of his sons, Joe, was born very late in Jake’s life. As a result, just like many baby’s of the family, Joe was a bit spoiled. For Joe, this was awesome. It meant a TV in his room, all the latest GameStation games, and qPod devices... not to mention the latest designer threads. However, what he didn’t realize was that his siblings despised him because of his special treatment. On top of that, Joe began making up stories about how his brothers were all bowing…
  • Becoming A Brony

    11 Sep 2012 | 9:05 pm
    Categories: humor It seems that my worst fears have been realized. I’ve been told that the first step in the healing process is admitting that you have a problem. So I admit to you now, that I’m becoming a Brony. What, you may ask, is a Brony? Well... if you take a trip through the neckbeard infested nether regions of the internet, you will find out that a Brony is the name given to male fans of the popular animated series know as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which primarily targets prepubescent girls. How did this all happen? Quite easily. You see, all the groundwork was…
  • Back to School

    14 Aug 2012 | 9:58 pm
    Categories: back to school Ah... back to school time. It’s that time of year that either pulls at the heartstrings, or has parents jumping for joy. Whether you’re sending Timmy to a world filled with dioramas or dorm rooms, there’s no denying the electricity in the air as summer comes to an end. So are you ready? Are your kids ready? Have you set them up to succeed? What will Timmy do when he is offered his first beer bong? What will Sally do when the other little girls tell her that Suzy’s not cool enough to hang out with? Will they get terrible grades? The other afternoon,…
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  • Homeschool Service Project: Feeding Austin Area Hungry

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Love this lady! For the past few years, our family has had the privilege of working with the Brighter Days Food Pantry which partners with Austin Area’s Texas Capital Food Bank to feed the hungry in our community. Our pantry is one of the few in our area that offer fresh produce, meat and dairy as well as dry and canned goods, hygiene products, cleaning products, fresh flowers, and more. The pantry started out helping only 30 families and has grown to serving more than 100 each week. My teenagers have done much more work than I have – especially my eldest son who will be 18 next…
  • A New Convention on the Block… in Texas!

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Apparently, you won’t have to wait until the summer to get your homeschool inspiration on this year. Great Homeschool Conventions is branching out into the Lone Star State in a big way with a new convention debuting in Forth Worth this February (next month). Not long after the homeschool burnout fog has settled, GHC has a super line up to give Texas homeschool moms a jolt to pick up the pace and finish 2014-15 strong. GHC has sponsored this post to offer my readers a family registration ticket, teen track tickets if they have teenagers, and FOUR general seating admissions to see Dr.
  • Reflecting on a Decade of New Year Resolutions

    4 Jan 2015 | 12:21 am
    A smart way to look forward is to look back first. After all, they say that you are doomed to repeat history if you don’t study it. I always like to start my year off with reflection. This year I dug a little deeper because I had TEN years worth of records to peruse via the blog archives. This year in June will mark my TENTH year of blogging. TEN whole years. One for every brain cell I have left after 13.33362 years of homeschooling. No, really. I looked it up on the internet to the date, hour, minute, and second. Want to hear a scary story? I still have about 15 years to go until I…
  • Merry Hanukkah, Happy Christmas

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Hanukkah Latkes We like to go crazy around the holidays and use every excuse we can find to praise the Lord. Hanukkah gives us eight extra days of celebration and more chances to sit around the table together as a family, eating delicious foods, talking about how thankful we are for God’s miracles. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to Christmas, you could sprinkle Advent in and create your own Hanukkah-Advent-Christmas tradition. This year – what a blessing – Hanukkah wraps up on Christmas eve. Talk about worthwhile miracles! Speaking of miracles… I have…
  • Night at the Museum 3… and a Farewell Film for Robin Williams

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Saturday we went to see the Austin media screening of Night at the Museum 3, which is releasing on December 19th. Being a huge fan of the first movie in the trilogy, and owning the other two in our personal movie collection, we were not going to miss it. You can’t top a cast like Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Stiller (now a favorite of mine after Walter Mitty), Ben Kingsley, the amazingly awkward museum manager Ricky Gervais, and the hilarious antics of Owen Wilson and Steve Coogan (who should always dress like a Roman Centurion in my opinion). Also: Patrick Gallagher, who made…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • A sign of affection

    Jillian Amodio
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    My beautiful 3 year old, like most I would presume, is a rather emotional breed. Juliette knows not only what she wants but can also quite effectively articulate why she wants it and why we should appease her wishes. Sometimes I joke that she is a lawyer in the making. She is clever, intelligent, determined and oh so independent. While these qualities are all incredibly wonderful and make her the amazing kid that she is, they also tend to be what causes us to get into battles of the will. I have learned long ago that arguing with a child leads to frustration, hurt feelings and even more…
  • Tantrums

    Kelly Shealer
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:19 pm
    My 2-year-old son was standing in his bedroom doorway with little sobs, tears rolling down his cheeks. All because he was so tired and it was bedtime, but he wanted to keep playing with his trains. My heart was breaking. He wanted me to take him back downstairs, but I was nursing his half-asleep baby sister, and his older brother was already in bed and ready for me to sing his bedtime songs. I felt like I was doing everything I was supposed to do during a tantrum. I had stayed calm. I had talked to him about how I knew he was sad, how I knew he didn’t want to stop playing but that it was…
  • Giving our children presence…at work!

    Guest blogger
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Oct. 9, 2008, and in the past 7 years since, workplaces are increasingly becoming more family friendly, including allowing employees to bring their babies to work with them. By Carla Moquin, president of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute For many working parents, their desire to be present for their children is at its most visceral when they return to work weeks or months after their baby’s birth and leave their baby in the care of others for dozens of hours each week. Our society — and many others — assumes that…
  • Lying and trust

    Shoshana Hayman
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    We catch children hiding the truth from the time they are quite young. It might be a child who has just scribbled on the wall, who says “no” when you ask her if she did it. It might be a child who points to his brother and says, “He did it!” when you ask him if he spilled the juice. It might be a child who denies taking money from your wallet when you know he helped himself to the $10 that was there. Children will tell you they finished their homework, cleaned their room or brushed their teeth when in fact they did not. Lying or keeping secrets is a defensive instinct…
  • A nod to my husband

    Katelynne Eid
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Often times it seems — at least to me — that dads don’t get a lot of recognition, especially when their kids are babies. So in honor of my husband’s milestone birthday this month, I thought I’d take a moment to tell the world why he is so invaluable to my children and me: To my children, he’s their whole world. He’s their confidante, their tickle monster, their tent builder. He’s the one they watch for out the window, unable to contain their excitement that he’s home from work. He’s the strongest role model they could have, providing a constant example of the type…
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  • New Year Celebration Prize Package Giveaway (ARV $1100)

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2015. The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to try something new - a new hobby, a new look, a new lifestyle, or some cool new products like the ones you could win from today's giveaway. A prize package filled with $1100 worth of goodies is up for grabs and the lucky winner could very well be YOU! Hosted by: Holiday Contest and
  • Win a Year's Supply of Popcorn (Today Only)!

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today is National Popcorn Day! To celebrate, Gaslamp Popcorn is hosting a one-day giveaway, where one lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a year's supply of yummy Gaslamp popcorn! To enter, simply post a pic of yourself (not required to contain Gaslamp) on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram), using the tagline “I want @GaslampPopcorn for a year”. Feel free to add #GaslampPopcornDay
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash Giveaway {Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop}

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Do you love reading so much that you even have dreamed of discovering a great book? Well, a group of bloggers who share the love for books have teamed up for the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop to help make your dream come true. Each site is giving away a book related prize valued $10 or more, including gift cards and cash! My GiveawayI'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash of the
  • Isotoner 4-Piece Gift Pack Giveaway {Welcome Winter Giveaway Hop} #RWMevent

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You may have guessed from my nickname that winter is my favorite season. While I love ice, snow, layered clothing, and many winter activities, I always make sure to keep myself warm during cold weather both at home and while on the go. I'm happy to bring you the chance to win an awesome set of products from Isotoner to help you welcome winter with warmth and in style! Plus you could win more fun
  • Escape the Cold Giveaway: Win $1400+ Travel Gift Cards & Designer Luggage Set!

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Do you live in one of the cold weather regions and would like to travel to somewhere warm before winter ends? I'm very excited to bring you this chance to win an amazing travel prize package to help you escape the cold with ease and comfort. The total value of the prize is $1460, including gift cards to cover airfare and lodging, and a fashion-forward designer luggage set! Hosted by Dixieland
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  • Crazy Eyes Uzo Aduba: If You Can Say ‘Tchaikovsky,’ You Can Pronounce My Name (VIDEO)

    Denene Millner
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Crazy Eyes Uzo Aduba has a darn good reason why you should be able to pronounce her name. The post Crazy Eyes Uzo Aduba: If You Can Say ‘Tchaikovsky,’ You Can Pronounce My Name (VIDEO)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cellist Kandis Davis: Inspiring Brown Babies To Take A Different Look At the Arts

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Celebrating Kandis Davis, a professional cellist who stands out for being different and showing Black children a new way to... be. The post Cellist Kandis Davis: Inspiring Brown Babies To Take A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Full Circle: The Connection Between ‘With This Ring’ and Ernie Banks

    Denene Millner
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    When the "With This Ring" premiere trended on Twitter this weekend, the road God planned for me long ago became abundantly clear. The post Full Circle: The Connection Between ‘With This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With This Ring’

    Denene Millner
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The book to film road for the novel, "The Vow," was paved with a decade's worth of obstacles before it became the Lifetime movie, "With This Ring." The post Book to Film: How ‘The Vow’ Became ‘With... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hope. Or When History Stops Repeating Itself.

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    If hope fueled the courage of our forebears in Selma, surely it can fuel the courage we need to fix Ferguson and make the world a better place for our kids. The post Hope. Or When History Stops... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Tips for Choosing the Best Clothing for Hiking

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:38 am
    Hiking is a very important activity as it offers you physical and psychological exercise in addition to an opportunity to relax and interact with nature. However, hiking becomes more challenging when it comes to selecting the best clothing for the activity. A good hiking experience is all about comfort and safety; the best clothing should offer you these two. Choosing the best clothing for hiking is determined by the location to which your hiking experience is to take place. It is important to clearly analyze the weather condition in the area as it will help you choose the most suitable kind…
  • Do You Love to Stay at You Lawn While Relaxing? – Watch This

    10 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
  • Is Vaporizing The New Way To Smoke?

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

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

    amy mascott
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
            This is so funny–I created this bingo game ages and ages ago but never really shared it. So? Here it is: Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo. Super-basic and similar in layout and design as our Halloween Ghost Bingo, but, of course, all Valentinesy and lovey. Here’s the skinny. . . Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo: This is a great one to print out and use for classroom parties, for playdates, or for any time that works for you. It’s a good, calm-down bingo game with a Valentine’s Day theme.   Valentine’s Day HEART Bingo can be downloaded…
  • how to schedule power kid time into your every day

    amy mascott
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
          I am not kidding with this. You guys, the days may seem slow, but once your kids hit elementary school, life totally moves into fifth gear. Completely. Like seriously life starts to flash by. I’ll never forget what a gal from my Moms Club said to me, when I ran into her at the grocery store one day, (she was kid-free, and I was juggling three kids under five). She said, Amy, you won’t believe this now, but it’s true: the days are slow but the years are fast.  At the time, I remember thinking, Suuuuuure, lady. You enjoy your peace and quiet and…
  • organizing play spaces: 4 steps to awesome and tips every parent needs

    amy mascott
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Friends. I’m  hoping that you’re still doing a rockstar job taking control your three things this month because, sweet mercy–you can manage to organize three things. Whatever it is that has been bugging you, whatever it is that causes you the most stress or anxiety, start there. That sock drawer? The coat closet? The laundry room? You can do it. This is the year, friends. We’re taking control of our life and our time, and we are living focused. Need the whole deal? Check out the get yourself organized post as a refresher. I do understand that often it’s…
  • free blank 2015 calendar: get organized STAT

    amy mascott
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
        Friends I am totally and completely overwhelmed and excited. The feedback you’ve shared makes me so weepy. You are excited about our #livefocused in 2015, and so am I. You’re organizing. You’re arranging. You’re doing great things.   You’re thinking about what you’re doing and trying to move more deliberately through each day. You. Rock. I mentioned that I was doing my best to stay organized, and though I still have a long way to go, one thing that help me stay sane is keeping things on a calendar. Though I do use Google calendar for our…
  • family volunteering on martin luther king, jr day

    amy mascott
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last year was the very first year we volunteered as a family to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. But it will not be the last. Already, we’re looking for other ways we can give back to our community this year to celebrate the life of this great man. Family volunteering on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is easy, thanks to a handful of really awesome organizations designed to make finding volunteer opportunities the easy part. Not even kidding.   It takes five minutes to find a great option for your family and then register right there and then. And registering means only…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • The Third Week of January

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    I'm quite liking this sum up of things I'm doing each week, for a start it's helping me to actually recognise that I do do something when the children are at School and also it's making me do some more "stuff" so that I have something decent to report back to you all!THE THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY HAS HAD MEWell, we didn't go for our walk on Sunday as we were busy watching the film Big Hero 6, it's an amazing film and I would suggest you book tickets to go and see it now because it is BRILLIANT! At Church, I did remember to do a quick Welcome to Primary drawing on the board, but it got wiped off…
  • Thursday Night Walk - Wordless Wednesday

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Big Boy was at Beavers and I went for a walk. If I told you that it was pitch black and the only reason you could see this bench is because of the camera flash would you believe me?It was so dark and cold I swear I burnt more calories jumping because thinking the bogey man was going to get me than the actual walk burnt!Don't forget to comment if you link up!This feed comes from A Mothers Ramblings You should follow Pippa on Twitter on her blog, or on her Facebook Page
  • Baby Chicks!

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The Reception Class at School have had some Baby Chicks (they were eggs first!) in the classroom for the past couple of weeks and all the children in the School have been invited down to see the chicks and as always the Parents have been invited in too. In fact everytime I have walked pass the Reception playground Miss Charles* has invited me into come meet the newest School residents... well we're only borrowing them, they'll be returned to their original owners soon and Miss Charles has reminded everyone that she counts the Chicks each night and after each visit to ensure that the…
  • National Chocolate Week, Rangemaster, Ruined Cake Pops, Chocolate Lollipops and err Me

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I have one of the best cookers in the world, I have a rangemaster and it's one of the few things in my kitchen that I take pride in. Although, I do hate cleaning it and so I guess I don't take that much pride in it...Anyhoo.When Aga Rangemaster asked if I'd like to make some cake pops to celebrate both National Chocolate Week and Aga Rangemaster and they'd supply everything I needed I was like YES! As one thing I know I can make with my eyes closed is cake, especially if I use my right hand oven instead of the left hand oven (it runs a little hotter).So the ingredients arrived and I made my…
  • Family Savings - End of Week Four

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I have to admit that when we started this Family Saving plan I didn't think we were going to do it. I didn't think that Top Ender and Big Boy were really selfless enough to give up their pocket money for a family treat, despite it being their idea, and I didn't think that we would get more than the £40 that we had planned to save.  And yet already we are ahead of our goal!This week, Big Boy wanted to buy a new Skylander character to add to his ever increasing collection. He had £20 in his wallet and the character he needed was £15 and so he decided to add his £5 to the piggy bank. He…
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  • Winter Minestrone Soup with Ravioli

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Packed with vegetables, herbs and pasta, this seasonal soup is certainly a meal in a bowl.  Ingredients: 1/2       Cup Olive Oil 2          Medium Onions, diced 2          Medium Carrots, diced 2          Medium Parsnips, diced 1          Medium Leek, diced 2          Medium Rutabaga, diced…
  • Is Natural Childbirth All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

    Elissa Sungar,
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The short answer is, Yes! The long answer… I was just 12 weeks pregnant, when our mid-wife asked about our birth plan. I responded, “What is a birth plan”? Before becoming pregnant, I always had planned on getting an epidural a.s.a.p. Why on earth would I want to experience such pain, if there is miracle drug to take it all away? My husband encouraged me to make my own choice, but challenged me to do a bit of research on natural childbirth before I made my decision. After researching and talking to other moms about their birthing experience, I decided natural childbirth was my “birth…
  • 5 Baby Items You Really Don’t Need

    Elissa Sungar,
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With the birth of our first child, it is needless to say that the past six months have been an adjustment! It has been a magical time, but still an adjustment. Trying to balance a new baby, time for my husband, laundry, housework, errands, friends, going back to work, exercise, time for myself…has been hard. I quickly learned two things after Declan’s arrival. First, that in order to get everything done, I was going to need to “cut corners”. Ordering take out, hiring a house cleaner when necessary and online shopping are a few of what have become consistent ways to save time in our…
  • Shy Kids: Tips for Introducing Children to New Experiences

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Signing a child up for an indoor soccer club, a local theater club or piano lessons can be an exciting — and emotional — experience. It’s full of possibilities for parents and their children, but it can also be overwhelming. It becomes even more stressful when a child has trouble adjusting.   Teaching kids how to enjoy new experiences and socialize with their peers doesn’t always come naturally. Let’s face it, just like some adults, children can be introverts. While it’s common for parents to worry when a child isn’t participating in an activity, there are…
  • 5 Seconds to Better Teen Texting

    Barbara Greenberg PhD
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Teaching Teens about Texting Etiquette  Yep, some of our teens are sending up to 50 or even more text messages per day. This is concerning because, as we know, lots of information can be lost or misinterpreted in a text. There are no faces to read, no eyes to look into, no sighing  and no crying to hear.  We have got to help our teens with this way of communicating. Surely, we can teach them some things that will make their preferred mode of communication easier, safer, and more likely to come across as intended.  I suggest that we teach them about a “Five Second…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 1/24/2015

    Jen Williams
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/24/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 1/17/2015

    Jen Williams
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/17/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • The ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS Premieres on Netflix Tomorrow #StreamTeam

    Jen Williams
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix #Streamteam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I don’t know about you, but this year seems to already be off to a fast start! I’m just now getting back to schedule due to fact that the […]The post The ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS Premieres on Netflix Tomorrow #StreamTeam appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 1/10/2015

    Jen Williams
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/10/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 1/03/2015

    Jen Williams
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours! After you have submitted your links feel free to share this post on your social networks for even more exposure!The post Sweeping Saturday 1/03/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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  • Things I’ve learned in 40 years of living

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    I turned 40 two weeks ago, a milestone that felt pretty big for me. I confided in a few friends about the angst I had, and most of them disclosed that they had felt the same way leading up to 40, but then after the Big Day, it wasn’t a big deal. I’ve had that experience as well. I’m settling into this new decade of life comfortably, and have been reflecting on the gifts of being older . . . namely, having the life experience to learn from my mistakes. As I’ve contemplated some of the wisdom I have earned in 40 years of life, here are some of the things that come to mind. For full…
  • Bachelor Recap: A Date for Bimbos

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    When Sarah was visting last week we asked our readers what we should talk about for our videos, and overwhelmingly everone asked us to recap the Bachelor again. Unfortunately, since Sarah moved, the distance makes that impossible to do every week. But my local friend Samantha and I decided to give it a go. (I’m sorry, Sarah! We only did it once! It didn’t mean anything!) As you will notice, we were quite comfy with our sweats and some wine – so comfy that I might have forgotten to focus the camera. Did you watch the episode? Who are you rooting for?
  • Mama Said: January TV Recaps

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everyone has been asking Sarah and I to do another recap of The Bachelorette. We’re sorry to disappoint . . . but we are sharing what our current tv obsessions are, and what we are watching (or not watching.)  
  • What I want you to know about delivering a stillborn twin

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Cyndi Taylor. My son is a bundle of energy. His hair is the color of corn silk. His eyes match the color of the sky and sparkle like the stars. He is quick to offer his smiles to the world and collects admires like a beachcomber collects shells. Like all my children, he has changed…
  • Friday Finds

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    1. Puma Sneakers Kids | Gilt2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Squash | Bloggingoverthyme3. Green Corduroy Dayla Jumper | Zulily 4. Black Herringbone Hooded Peacoat | Zulily 5. Organic Onesie Set | Shopping for a Change6. Long Sleeve Tee | Crane and Lion 7. Heather Grey Baby Wrap | Baby K'tan Baby Carrier8. Jonathan Adler Carnaby Striped Vanity Tray | Gilt 9. Gold Heart Ring |  Etsy
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    Decide On Day Care

  • Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Daycare

    Daycare Dad
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday each January. King’s birthday is January 15, so the observance falls around the time of his birthday. Many schools observe this holiday and are closed for the day, but many workplaces are not, so there will be lots of kids in daycare that are normally in school. These school age kids will likely learn about Martin Luther King Jr. in school, and there may be some activities in daycare. Martin Luther King Jr. is probably the most recognizable figure in the . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Celebrate Martin Luther…
  • St. Patrick’s Day is Coming Up!

    Daycare Dad
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:27 am
    St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner, so make sure you and your child are ready for a fun day at daycare! The holiday itself can mean different things to different people but it is is a widely celebrated holiday which you will not want to miss out on in daycare. It’s never fun for your child to feel left out. St. Patrick’s Day is the celebration of the Irish patron saint, St. Patrick. It is a popular holiday, traditionally celebrated with lots of feasting and parades. As a parent, it’s . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: St. Patrick’s Day…
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year at Day Care!

    Daycare Mom
    31 Jan 2014 | 12:31 am
    Chinese New Year begins on January 31, 2014. It’s one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. It lasts for 15 days and is cause for much celebration, and a feeling of renewal. Sharing the concept of Chinese New Year with day care children would open the door for some fun activities! Many families will clean the house during the celebration, in order to sweep away bad fortune and welcome good luck into the home. Making cleaning a part of . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Celebrating Chinese New Year at Day Care! The post Celebrating Chinese New Year at Day…
  • The Fallacy of Being a Tattletale

    Daycare Dad
    16 Sep 2013 | 10:06 pm
    There is something that has bugged me for some time as a parent: how to discipline a child for being a “tattletale”. It seemed kind of strange that a parent, teacher, or daycare provider would discipline the child that “tattled” to them regarding another child’s bad behavior instead of the child who is actually behaving badly. I dismissed this as “just what we do” for so long but that nagging feeling about this idea persists. As a parent, I have avoided it because it made me feel uncomfortable but . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: The Fallacy of Being a…
  • Daycare Back To School Blues

    Daycare Dad
    9 Sep 2012 | 2:56 pm
    Back to school time comes with a whole mix of emotions for parents and children alike. Even if you don’t have kids that are in school yet, they are bound to be affected by those that are heading back to school. Some kids will love going to school, while other children will be terrified about a change from their usual daycare routine. Parents can have the same range of emotions as they try to deal with their children in different places and always the struggle of them growing up too . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Back To School Blues The post Daycare Back To…
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  • {Almost} Eight…

    Jennifer Murray
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    Eight years ago I looked like this… No, this is not a Biggest Loser “Where Are They Now” Segment. That’s me with 3 placentas inside of me taking up every bit of rib cavity and pelvic floor space possible. YEOW.  {My final days pictures are unpublishable. Just picture anguish, swelling, and a whale all mixed together in one hot mess.} It’s one week from the Fantastic Four’s 8 year old birthday. It seems like both a lifetime and just a breath ago. The week leading up to their birthday I’m always struck by a variety of emotions. Excitement to celebrate…
  • Life in the Bowling Lane: Duckpin Bowling at Fountain Square

    Jennifer Murray
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Photo Credit: Fountain Square Bowling   One thing I LOVE about the boys’ school is Early Release Fridays.  It’s just a 1 hour early dismissal, but it makes the weekend seem even longer, and it gives us a chance to be out of school when most kids are still finishing up their school week. (It’s like a little taste of the perks of homeschooling.) Most Fridays, Brad and I try to wrap up work obligations and other commitments so we can spend the Friday afternoon as a family.  Usually it’s something little to celebrate the end of the week, but on occasion we’ve…
  • Creating a Simple Gallery Wall

    Jennifer Murray
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    One of the best books I read in 2014 was The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by one of my favorite bloggers Myquillin Smith. I savored each chapter, not wanting it to be over.  In it I found inspiration and permission for a home well-lived over perfection. One idea that I’ve drooled over for quite sometime is her infamous gallery wall with the giant chalkboard. Photo Credit: The Nesting Place I wanted to incorporate it into our home, but I had a lot of excuses why not to in my head… It’s cost prohibitive to buy that many decorations for…
  • Fresh Year, Fresh Starts

    Jennifer Murray
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Even in its bitter harshness (ummm -7 this morning was completely unacceptable, Indiana), there’s something I love about January.  I love fresh starts. I love the blankness of a clean slate.  Do-overs are embraced, and we all cheer on each other’s ambitious. There’s real beauty in that, Friends. After if we all learned something in 2014 wasn’t it that “the past is in the past”? (Got it in your head for the rest of the day, Your Welcome.) A new year and a new start remind me of God’s patience, forgiveness, grace, and mercy for a zillion and 3…
  • Presence Over Presents

    Jennifer Murray
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Back to Reality. Back to Routine. Back to Life Outside of Pajamas. There’s definite advantages to the rigamarole of getting back to a schedule, but none of us were ready for break to end this morning. The beginning of Christmas break was busy with multiple Christmases, new toys, and honestly a lot of conflict.  There were some hard parenting moments and exposure of heart issues that needed addressed.  Sometimes presents do that, because it’s the hard reality that things don’t make you happy, and it exposes what you are holding too tightly. There was some great Christmas…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Quick and Delicious Cornbread Muffin Recipe

    Erika Wassall
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here, with a winter favorite of mine:   Quick and Delicious Cornbread Muffin Recipe   Winter. Snow. Warm, stick the bones type of food. It all goes together for me.   This receipt came up this week because of the big snowstorm that was supposed to hit the other day. We got lucky here in South Jersey, but there was still plowing to be done and animals to keep warm and dry.   My husband helps out with our friend’s commercial snow removal business. So snow means crazy schedules, 3am dinners and food on-the-go. I had sandwiches stocked…
  • Creative Ways to Hide Electrical Cords and Devises in Your Home Décor

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    As TVs change (can you believe we didn’t used to have flat screen TVs?!) and electronics advance, most homes are encountering a problem- how to hide electrical cords and electronics themselves in your home decor.   Today, I have an expert to share with us some tips to hide power cords and tech.  As an architect, Ronique Gibson gives great advice and tips on everything decor related for her site and The Home Depot. To find out more ideas and AV accessories for hiding and organizing your home electronics, such as TV stands and wall mounts, visit The Home Depot. Creative…
  • 2015 Jeep Cherokee Review

    Rob Youngblood
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A solid new entry from Jeep – and this time (unlike the thankfully gone Liberty) they hit the mark. 2015 Jeep Cherokee   From the minute you lay eyes on the Cherokee, it is different. starting with the sleek exterior styling right down the the squinting LED lights located with the turn signals and a separate display and layout for the headlights – all on a shark nose front end that definitely turns heads. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is a smaller crossover utility vehicle and competes with the Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue, and  Hyundai Tucson among others. The Jeep…
  • Gluten Free Snacks- 3 Gluten Free Chips

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    This post is brought to you by Simply 7 Snacks, non-GMO, gluten free, and delicious! Natural, Simple, Gluten Free Snacks No one in my family has a gluten intolerance but like many families, I am hearing about the health benefits of gluten free snacks and incorporating more and more into my diet. Simply 7 Snacks is a company that makes wholesome snacks that don’t sacrifice flavor. All of the Simply 7 Snacks are gluten free and have 0 Grams Trans Fat, No Cholesterol, No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, and No Preservatives. That that is they type of healthy snack I can live with.
  • Choosing The Best Healthcare Plan For You

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    This post is brought to you by United Healthcare. Finding the best healthcare plan for you has always been a bit challenging and now it seems there is even more to know about before you make your healthcare plan selection, such as the Affordable Care Act, Open Enrollment, and Health Exchanges.  Here is some information to help you learn more about how health insurance works, and see if you can save money on your health insurance. Tips For Choosing The Best Healthcare Plan For You   About The Affordable Care Act (ACA)   You have probably heard of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),…
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  • How a gentle body wash does wonders for kids with eczema

    Justina Goh
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:14 pm
    My youngest child has been battling eczema since her baby days. It was easier to manage back then when simply wearing mittens or swaddling her could stop her from further aggravating the affected areas. However, things spiralled a little out of control after she started school around the age of 2. Perspiration and dirt accumulating on the skin when kids go wild playing, the humidity of our weather when they are outdoors, and the dry environment in air-conditioned classrooms are the very things that trigger the itchiness in eczema-plagued kids. We are hoping and patiently waiting that she can…
  • 5 things you never thought to do with pancake mix

    Justina Goh
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Know of other ways to use pancake mix? Share your recipes with us by leaving a comment below! The post 5 things you never thought to do with pancake mix appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 3 unique staycation ideas in Singapore

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Fancy a staycation on an island with a sandy beach and lagoon for swimming? In a holiday bungalow that  can accommodate 10 people and which costs less than $20 per day? Didn’t manage to book holidays for the long weekend or school holidays? Fret not – we have put together some unique staycation ideas for you and your loved ones. 1. An idyllic getaway at St. John’s Island   The treasures of St. John’s and Lazarus Islands await you. Linked by a causeway, the 2 islands offer a wonderful respite from the hectic pace of our urban jungle. The coconut trees and benches on St.
  • From dropping a spoon to playing peek-a-boo: Why these things are good for your baby’s development

    Nalika Unantenne
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
      Your little one’s brain develops rapidly between the age of six months to one year If your baby is now around six months old or older, you have already probably noticed that he is very curious about what’s going on in his small world. He may want you to sing the same nursery rhyme over and over again and “talks” to you all the time. He might be crawling, holding on to things and standing, or even walking! He squeals in delight repeatedly when you play peek-a-boo with him, and every time he drops his spoon and you hand it back to him, he drops it again! While your…
  • This is how people react to domestic abuse in public

    Justina Goh
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Tell us what you think of this social experiment on domestic abuse in public. Do leave a comment below!   The post This is how people react to domestic abuse in public appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • 6 Ways to Stop Sibling Bickering and Rivalry

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    "Mom, he just called me a bad name." "I did not, you liar!" "He did too, Mom, and he always does; you just never see it!" "Get lost, you brat; you"re such a baby!" "I hate you!"
  • How to Talk to Your Child About Lying

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    When your child lies to you, it stirs up a potent mix of emotions. You might feel angry, hurt and offended all at once. Lying is extremely upsetting for parents because it shakes the foundation of trust we have in our child. So it"s understandable and normal if you have an emotional reaction to lying whether the lie is elaborate and "premeditated" or impulsive a fib your child tells because he just didn"t stop and think.
  • Backtalk: Should You Ignore It?

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Does this sound familiar? "Stop hitting your sister. If you don"t stop, you"ll have to go to your room." "You can"t tell me what to do!" "I most certainly can! Now get to your room... or else." Backtalk can be terribly aggravating to parents, often evoking a strong emotional response. It feels hurtful and disrespectful, and we just want it to stop.
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Homemade Healthy Chocolate Cinnamon Almond Butter Ice Cream

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Doesn’t healthy homemade chocolate cinnamon almond butter ice cream sound too good to be true?? My two year old and four year old will show you it’s not only real, but super delicious and best of all, it’s super EASY! What makes this so healthy? One of the few ingredients in this is Shakeology, and […]
  • 10 Foods to Add to Your Diet for Maximum Health

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:10 am
    The following foods are delicious AND nutritious! Plus, they’re easy to mix in to recipes that you already have in your rotation or to simply add into your diet as a snack. 1. Avocado Avocado contains healthy fats, fiber, potassium, and vitamin E. You can use it in sandwiches, salads, omelettes, or smoothies. I love […]
  • What is Beachbody Coaching? Join me for a Sneak Peek on January 26th!

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    If you said to me a few years ago that I could make a full time income as a Stay-at-Home-Mom without leaving my house, on my own time, by simply helping other busy parents better their health and fitness to create a healthier lifestyle for their families, I would have never believed it, but that […]
  • My Story: How I Became a Beachbody Coach and Why It Is My Passion {Video}

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This past weekend, I had the honor of speaking at Beachbody’s Super Saturday event in Katonah, NY. Please watch to learn how Beachbody came to enter my life as well as why it has become my passion.
  • How to Make a Vision Board (Plus My 2015 Vision!)

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Happy New Year! Are you someone who makes a resolution every year? I’ve made small resolutions, but I tend to think in big themes when I generally think about my life. That’s why I was so excited to try making a vision board for 2015 after my friend and Beachbody Coach Success Partner, Jenn, suggested […]
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • Benefits of Putting Up a Fake Christmas Tree

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    In your memory, childhood Christmases were always accompanied by the scent of a fresh tree that your dad cut down himself. In reality, though, your adult life doesn’t have time for any extra “To Do” list items. Don’t feel guilty about getting a fake tree this year! There are plenty of perks to having a faux tree. 1. You only have to pay for a fake tree once, which beats paying $50 or more for a real tree every single year. Fake trees last for several years, so it’ll be awhile before you have to replace it. 2. In theory, heading to a Christmas tree farm sounds like the perfect winter…
  • Clothing to keep you warm during Christmas

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    fffd2de7cfaa12feb8066d1626b46e21962ba348059e71b4d3 Clothing to keep you warm during Christmas If you are looking for the best warm clothes for Christmas, then this post is for you. We have compiled a list of ideas to help you, and if you want to buy them today, here is a Nordstrom promo code. Buy them all and still enjoy an amazing discount on your purchases. Walking coat: During Christmas, this is one of the best add-ons you should look out for. However, if it is a reversible hooded down walking coat, it can be an additional benefit for you. Bow gloves: This is a stylish add-on that looks…
  • Why You Should Consider an Identity Theft Protection Service

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

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

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

  • 2 Ingredient Queso Dip {recipe}

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL & VELVEETA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Nothing calls my name louder than a quick, easy, and delicious Queso dip, especially one that only requires 2 ingredients!  Queso For All, y’all!  This creamy 2 ingredient Queso dip features RO*TEL and VELVEETA and is guaranteed to be the star of your next tailgating party.  If tailgating parties aren’t your thing, don’t worry, this Queso dip is pretty much perfect for any get together.  No one need know just how easy it really is….. Queso…
  • Bucket Valentine Card Holder {how to}

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to make a Valentine Card Holder Craft that is easy as 1-2-3 and perfect for holding a bucket full of love notes.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it can be reused year after year! {{wink}}  Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this fun bucket Valentine card holder! Materials Needed Metal Bucket or Tin Vinyl Letters or Stickers Ribbon Scissors Instructions for Making Vinyl Lettering If you already have a die cut machine then making your own vinyl letters is a snap.  If not, you can always purchase letter stickers or use a stencil and paint.
  • DIY Pom Pom Garland {Valentine Craft}

    19 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Making a Valentine’s Day Craft that is useful, pretty and decorative is easy as 1-2-3 with this DIY Pom Pom Garland!  Most people have all of the materials on-hand, it’s super inexpensive, and I guarantee it’ll bring a smile to your face.  The best part is that it doesn’t take long to make and it’s absolutely kid friendly.  Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this fun garland! Materials Needed White Yarn Red Yarn Twine Scissors Instructions for Making Pom Poms Depending on the size or diameter that you want your pom pom depends on how many…
  • AWAY & BACK: Family Friendly and Heartwarming

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hallmark Hall of Fame for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Mark your calendars!  A heartwarming, family friendly film that brings adventure, humor and romance is coming our way!  Staring Jason Lee and Minka Kelly, the premier of Hallmark Hall of Fame‘s AWAY & BACK is set for Sunday, January 25th at 8/7 Central on the Hallmark Channel. About AWAY & BACK The movie stars Jason Lee and Minka Kelly, and is directed by Jeff Bleckner, director of Hallmark Hall of Fame fan favorites like Remember Sunday (2013) and Loving Leah…
  • Dine in California This Month!

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of California Restaurant Month for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. California Restaurant Month is THIS month, the perfect time to treat yourself to dinner out, don’t you think?  {{smiling}}  California has fresh seasonal offerings that you definitely don’t want to miss.  Just about anywhere you go throughout the state you can find gourmet or casual menus and innovative chefs with mouth watering dishes.  Plus, the weather is so darn spectacular most of the time, you might even be able to enjoy your meal outside. Dine On Us in…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Little Mermaid Songs Available Through Legacy Collection Soundtrack- Giveaway

    18 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. The Little Mermaid was originally released on my 12th birthday. While as an ordinary pre-teen I may not have paid that much attention to animated movies, my little sister was born that year, right at the dawn of the new Disney princess era. We owned the movies on VHS, but my most predominant memories included listening to the soundtracks on cassette tapes in my mother’s wood…
  • New Exclusive Look at NERF Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow #RebellePower

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:31 pm
    NERF Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow Do you like sneak peeks and exclusive info? I can’t believe we are even thinking about next Christmas (December 2015!), but if you have a NERF Rebelle fan in your house, here’s a picture of the newest NERF Rebelle toy, the Arrow Revolution Bow! It’s not available until Fall of 2015, but I’m hoping to get my hands on one during my annual trip to Toy Fair! For kids who love blaster toys, the NERF Rebelle Arrow Revolution Bow allows them to rapid-fire 6 whistling arrows, up to 90 feet! Here is more information on the NERF Rebelle Arrow…
  • Keri Wilmot of on NECN Sharing Toy Buying Tips

    4 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Ally Donnelly of NECN (left) and Keri Wilmot at Walmart The holidays were a busy time of year, but in case you didn’t see the excitement prior, here’s a link to a live news segment I participated in with Ally Donnelly of NECN at a local Walmart as part of a hot toys segment. While I’m sure the craziness of running around buying toys prior to the holiday is a far distant memory, but there are some great tips in these videos that may already plan your prep strategy for any toy buying situation. Tips on How to Find Hot Toy Alternatives:   Toy Alternatives for Tweens:…
  • Holiday Toy Lists for 2014!

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I’ve been a busy little elf this holiday season helping create some lists of my favorite holiday toys, many of which appeared on Toys. In case you are ready to do some last minute shopping, here are links to some of my favorites articles! Links to these posts will take you to content I wrote for Toys as their Toys Expert. 20 of the Best Toys for the Holidays 18 Toys for Girls Cool Toys for Boys 6 of the Silliest White Elephant Gift Ideas  Ways for Families in Need to Get Toys for Free Toys for the Holiday Where Can I Donate Used Toys? How Can I Donate to Toys for…
  • How To Help Kids Tie Their Shoes! Giveaway

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Photo Credit:  © Brittany Randolph Flickr Creative Commons In my opinion, THE hardest fine motor skill for kids to learn is the art of tying their shoelaces. When, an online retailer of shoes and accessories for men, women and children offered to sponsor a giveaway, it seemed like the perfect time to share some of my favorite tips on how to help kids tie their shoes! For kids who struggle with learning the steps of this major life skill, slip-on shoes are so fashionable these days, it can be even more challenging for kids to learn how to master the steps because exposure…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • What You Need to Know about GMO’s

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Let’s say that you have been hearing a lot about GMO’s lately. You see it on social media. You hear it in conversations or on television news. You spot the little “GMO Free” labels in the supermarket. BUT,… you really aren’t sure just what that all means or why there has been such an uproar about GMO’s recently. That’s okay. Nobody’s mad at you! Let me just take a few moments to fill you in on what you may have missed so far, because this information about GMO’s really is worth your while. What are GMO’s? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. (Much easier…
  • 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Here we go again. The first snowpocalypse of the season is upon us. Tis the season for snowy days and long, cold, dark nights. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real issue for a lot of folks. Research has found that people with it have lower serotonin levels than the rest of the population. For others, it’s just a matter of not enjoying the colder weather. Have no fear. There are several ways to go about staying happy during what many people find as a depressing time of year! Here are 10 ways to beat the winter blues: Get creative. So if you are like me and want nothing more to move to…
  • Some of the Best Essential Oils for Moms

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Between work, homework, home life, meals, carpools, doctor appointments, bedtime, and so on, the life of a mother is just plain hectic. More and more, I have noticed this clear as day pattern when talking with women about the benefits of essential oils for their families. Interestingly, it is always the moms who inquire about the essential oils, for their children, their husband or their own medical needs. They want a natural alternative to promote their family’s overall wellbeing. Though what I have noticed since I began as a Young Living distributor is that these same women never inquire…
  • How to Green Your Road Trip… and Save Money too!

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past 18 months, I have made over 40 road trips from Pennsylvania to Boston. Five plus hours and 285 miles each way. That is a lot of driving, people! There is also a lot that I have learned in that time about making environmentally friendly road trips. Believe it or not, it can be done with just a little bit of forethought! Here are my tips for a green road trip, so you can make your next car trip environmentally friendly: Before the Trip: Plan your route ahead of time. The shortest route will be the most gas-saving one too. And less gas used equals less money spent on gas! Get your…
  • How to Find Out if Your Favorite Brands Give Back

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    I am a huge believer that the best way to make change happen is with our wallets. Everything is about business, about the bottom line. As individuals, we can preach it from the mountaintops. We can rally the crowds. But only when consumers talk do businesses listen. The government, let’s not forget, is influenced by business too. That is precisely, in my opinion, how and why companies like Monsanto are still around today, having spent over $3.3 million in lobbying in 2014 alone and more than $57 million in the past 10 years. Every day millions of dollars are spent around the country at…
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  • Learning this simple concept could make your home tidy

    Abel Cheng
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:28 am
    Photo Credit: Nathaniel Rosa All this while I have been dreaming having a minimalist house. That is, as simple as possible, for everything. I want the house to be clutter-free with clean, simple look. To have the home stuffed with furniture and lamps and decorative items (and toys!) is the least that I want. Funnily, having a simple house is not simple. And I have been putting off this dream until now. Not that I am lazy to go after it but I don’t know how to begin. As luck would have it, I think I have found the formula to having a tidy home. I have tested it with some of the items and…
  • How to handle unfairness between siblings fairly

    Abel Cheng
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus It’s too long. I can’t remember when was the first time J and K started to argue over what’s fair and what’s not. It’s as old as history. I only know that lately their quarrels, sometimes even over tiny things, intensify to a level that I can’t stand anymore. They happen too often and over things that are getting smaller. They try to uphold fairness in almost everything. If one party has not done something equally, the other party will start complaining. Oftentimes, this leads to unhappiness in all. “It’s time for…
  • How I reward my children with a twist

    Abel Cheng
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    Photo credit: bricolage 108 I don’t do what most parents do. In fact, I do it the other way around. Sometimes, I don’t do it at all. I am talking about giving rewards to children. Especially when it comes to motivating your child to achieve academic excellence. (There are reasons why I don’t do it. To know more, read this past article: ) I don’t motivate J and K with rewards to bribe for good results. I tell them to do the best they can. And to do it out their own motivation and willingness…
  • Learn about money: Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery

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

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

  • Seeing eye to eye

    1 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    You know what is really startling? The day your oldest child walks up to you and you realize that she is looking you straight in the eye and not gazing up at you like the big maternal figure you’ve always been to her. On some days, it feels like a challenge. See me? I’m becoming your equal. I’m not your little girl anymore. That’s mostly in my head, of course. She is still my little girl who needs my help, advice, and cash (of course) to get through the days. But, she often reminds me that she’s not a baby anymore through her words, actions, and the occasional…
  • Running with asthma: A race of one

    30 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    I was supposed to run a 5K today as part of my “me-and-my-big-ideas” Facebook proclamation to run one race a month in 2014. Things were looking good: I made it through races in  January and February even though they aren’t typical “racing months” up here in New England. With spring around the corner, my resolution was looking like a sure thing. Funny how “sure things” can become “not sure things” so quickly. I’ve been plagued for the past few months by the reappearance of an old and not-so-welcome friend: Asthma. I used to blithely…
  • Let’s Play “Match the Child to their Christmas List”

    5 Dec 2013 | 4:40 am
    The cast of characters: Almost-13 year old girl. Wants to be 15. Spends days with headphones on and iPod in hand. 10 1/2 year old girl. Loves the “big girls”, but not quite ready to leave behind her little-girl ways 9 year old boy. Has no concept of “budget” yet. List #1 LEGO Mindstorms EV3; Minecraft for PC; Swedish fish; LEGO sets; soda; money; iPhone; email account; candy; remote-control helicopter-car-boat; a bird; a rat; DS games; Wii games; a trip to anywhere; Wii U; a go-cart; iPad; a boat; a car; a kite; a Wii remote; a sled; laser guns List #2 iPhone 5S (or…
  • The dream becomes reality watching Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker

    4 Dec 2013 | 5:41 am
    Last year, my then-nine-year-old daughter and I were invited to attend the Boston Ballet’s brand-new production of the Nutcracker. As we sat there in the glow, her hugging a pair of worn ballet shoes that were in the “goodie bag”, I thought, “I’d love to give her the chance to dance in this ballet.” This year, she will. Not with Boston Ballet (their ballet school is even more of a drive than the one we are currently attending), but with the Franklin Performing Arts Company which puts on a lovely Nutcracker every year, starring, coincidentally, two Boston…
  • Never sign your children up for anything

    19 Sep 2013 | 3:47 am
    The biggest mistake I’ve made as a parent is that I started a playgroup for my firstborn when she was four months old. FOUR MONTHS. Think about this: Why the heck did she need a playgroup at four months of age? Let this be a cautionary tale to you new parents. Because, after a few months of pleasant chatting with other moms while our babies kicked their chubby legs on blankets spread carefully over the rug, the little buggers started reaching out and taking each other’s toys. I later remember the three little boys and three little girls all lurching around on unsteady legs, so…
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself – My Vision For Women

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    I’ve been blogging in this space forever now (May marks SEVEN years) and from time to time I have to ask myself what I hope to accomplish here. Above all else, this space is where I became a full-fledged woman. These archives are testament to my growth and accomplishments, in spite of the obstacles and pain life threw at me. But beyond this blog as a personal document, I want it to mean something for all of you as well. I’ve gone through cycles where I feel like the blog isn’t doing enough, isn’t publishing enough, isn’t producing enough to really make a…
  • Six Non-Negotiables For Self-Care #HappyYouHappyMe

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    1) Getting Enough Sleep I put this at the top because it’s almost criminal how many of us don’t get our recommended amount of sleep. I was floored when I first had kids about how much they slept. My son in particular would sleep about 20 hours a day when he was a baby. He’d eat, smile that satisfied #breastmilkwasted, and then go right back to sleep. My pediatrician hammered home the point that kids need a lot of sleep because they’re growing so rapidly. But I think we need to extend that logic to ourselves as well. As women, we handle so much. There is a lot on our…
  • Bonefish Grill Review: New Menu Warms Up Your Winter Taste Buds

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    Disclosure: I was given a $50 gift card to review a dinner at Bonefish Grill. All opinions are my own. One of the New Year’s Resolutions my husband and I made as a couple was that we needed to be more intentional about our relationship. Spending time together (sans kids!) needed to be more of a priority. Too often we get busy with our individual lives that we’re not cultivating a joint life. That needed to change. And as most New Year’s Resolutions go, we’re off to a great start. For our first date night of 2015, we went to Bonefish Grill to try its new Winter Tales…
  • So Now I Have A Therapist…

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I decided that I needed to do something about the fact that, as I would try to explain to my husband, that my brain feels “broken.” I can’t focus, and it’s getting harder for me to manage my day-to-day anxiety and depression. These are facts. So I did what I’ve been scared to do for four years: pick up the phone and make an appointment with a therapist, someone who can help me make sense of my life and work with me so I can develop coping skills and solutions to the issues that plague me. For so long, I questioned whether I even needed to go to therapy.
  • [A New Me] What Do I Want My Life To Look Like?

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
      2015 marks the end of my twenties and man, what a decade. I fell in love, got two degrees, birthed two beautiful children, released a book, became self-employed, and bought a house. What a journey. But I’m noticing a trend in my life over the past ten years. For so long, it always felt like life was happening to me. I was always reacting to things, or recovering from things, but I wasn’t truly living. I want this year to be different, to be the first year in my adult life where I set personal goals (not professional ones, because I’m already really good at doing…
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  • That time when Kim Kardashian cropped her daughter out of their selfie

    Nicole Greene
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Maybe I just don’t understand, since I’m not as fabulous looking as Mrs West. It’s stuff like this that makes people hate all things social media. But while there’s no explaining these…   … I have to remind myself that, every now and again, there’s one of these. The post That time when Kim Kardashian cropped her daughter out of their selfie appeared first on When Did I Become My Mom.
  • Trinis, Institutional Racism, and the Botched Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    Nicole Greene
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Interesting commentary on the Ferguson Grand Jury decision by Adam Mordecai, Upworthy founding curator & Editor-at-Large: The fact that this didnt at least get a trial infuriates me. But my being upset isnt that interesting. Im white. People will take me seriously because I dont have the “bias” of being black. But actual black people, who live with this every day, are constantly second-guessed because they are somehow “biased.” As though not wanting to get shot by police at a 21x higher rate is a bias. Its a daily reality of being black in America. via The Truth…
  • Dutch mother rescues daughter from ISIS

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

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

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

  • Lions Do Raise Lambs: Embracing Your Child’s Personality

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Years ago, I adopted a phrase that a friend’s mother used to say “Lions don’t raise lambs.” I thought it was a powerful statement to make and soon made it my parenting motto. That is until I decided to take a look at myself. Who was I kidding? The only lion I was like was the Cowardly Lion or Alex the Lion from the movie Madagascar. After all, I’m the one who had to sleep with the lights on after watching The Sixth Sense (it’s not even a horror film). The more I thought about it, I realized that this statement reflected my relationship with my mother. My mom is one tough cookie…
  • The World According to Little Kids

    Marie Roker-Jones
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Walls look so much better when they are decorated with artwork. Markers and crayons work best. The living room is so much better for running around and making noise than your own room. A couch makes a great trampoline. Things that belong to parents are made to taken apart and explored. Just feel the music and dance. Don’t worry about how you look. I won’t play with that kid just because you’re  friends with his parents. Stop asking “Why did you do that?” I don’t have an answer. Some of us like to play quietly and some of us like to run wild, don’t…
  • Should Women Mentor Boys?

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    Recently, I was talking with a male friend who has a high profile position about mentoring and I was pleasantly surprised when he shared that his mentor is a woman. Our conversation led me to think about the numerous young men I have informally mentored throughout the years. I never considered myself a mentor simply because I did not attach a title to our interactions. They would simply reach out to me from time to time to brainstorm or share ideas. What they shared with me helped me to better understand their experiences as young men.When I look back on the mentors who have influenced me, I…
  • 5 Tips To Help Your Son Think Like a Champion

    Marie Roker-Jones
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.”-Muhammad Ali Growing up, I remember Wheaties cereal being a staple on our breakfast table. I’ll admit that I hated the cereal but loved the tagline: Breakfast of Champions. Yeah, they sold my parents on that concept and my parents were shortchanged (well not my brother, just me).  But seriously, we love the idea of being a champion yet some of us believe that it’s reserved for those high achievers in life.  What if we didn’t talk…
  • Teaching my Sons That Grief is Not Contagious

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

    Mindful Mum
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Yep, your body is making you look much older than you really are. But before you give up, let’s look at how the celebrities seemingly cope, with our top tips on keeping skin looking youthful. Visit a Botox Clinic Botox treatment is becoming a more acceptable way of dealing with unsightly wrinkles. Millions of women, and men, around the world have paid a visit to their local Botox clinic in a bid for perfect skin. Rather than booking in for the kind of operation that would make Bruce Jenner and Pete Burns wince, you can have Botox treatment in your lunch hour, with the fine lines on your…
  • Is Driving Now A Necessity As A Parent?

    John McHugh
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Nowadays we are not as insular and locally rooted. Schools, shops, family, parties and a whole host of other things used to be just on the doorstep. Everything was walking distance, but nowadays it’s spread out much further afield. Kids would play in the street, now we take them to fancy playgyms and parks. You can still survive without being on the road, but it’s getting increasingly harder. The likelihood is, unless you, your partner or a very close relative has means of transport, you’ll find yourself stuck quite a lot of the time. Even in a single car household…
  • 5 Tips To Keep Your Weight Loss Resolutions Intact

    John McHugh
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Whether you planned to quit smoking or lose weight and get rid of double chin, the reality of horrible winter weather and the ‘January Blues’ have combined to make life’s vices even more appealing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whilst December is often a time for overindulgence and temptation, January offers the opportunity to discard those festive pounds and get your healthy, pre-Christmas lifestyle back on track. Here’s how… 1. Stay Positive We’d all love to click our fingers and get back to the weight we were pre-Christmas, but it’s important to stay realistic and…
  • Flying with kids this Christmas

    John McHugh
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    As new parents, you’ll be on a constant learning curve as you adjust to doing just about everything for a another little person. Preparation is half the battle, so making sure that you have the essentials close at hand such as baby monitors, nappies and plenty of babygrows, along with your travel documentation, is key. When it comes to travelling with your new arrival, it can be difficult to know how to prepare both yourself and your child for what could potentially be a very long flight. Everyone needs a passport to fly out of the UK You will need to get your child’s first passport as…
  • DJ Monski Mouse Performing Baby Disco – While Pregnant!

    Alison McHugh
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    At 33 weeks pregnant, the DJ Monski Mouse, has been performing her Baby Disco throughout her pregnancy, dancing up a storm at her events, which she self-produces at festivals in Australia and across the UK. Currently performing a season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, while playing dates in London on The Southbank and London Wonderground. How did you develop the Disco? I had been DJing for eight years at festivals and clubs, and always had a very playful, retro DJ style. When my little one came along, playing late at night wasn’t really an option that worked with parenting. Learning…
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  • Here are 3 Surefire Ways to Get the Most Out of a Romantic Hotel Stay with Your Spouse [$50 Valentine’s Day Giveaway!]

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:24 am
    You’ve lined up a sitter for Valentine’s Day weekend and you and the spouse are ready to get a hotel room to enjoy a weekend full of debauchery and excess… or maybe just some extra sleep and a little cuddle time. Whatever the case may be, getting a hotel room can easily infuse a marriage with some much needed romance and excitement. Getting away for a few days can bring the sparkle back to a union that has become a little lackluster; and with Valentine’s Day falling on a weekend this year, there’s no better time than now to plan that romantic getaway for you and your boo. Before you…
  • 5 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas For the Romantic On A Budget

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
      Whether you give flowers, or boxes of fattening chocolate treats, Valentine’s Day is an awesome reason for the romantics in all of us to come out and show our sweeties how much we care. The holiday in itself has become quite commercialized with people spending millions of dollars annually on chocolates alone. (Can we say cavities??) Chocolates and extravagant gifts are nice, but I’ve always been a firm believer in finding ways to show your love without spending a fortune OR giving your loved one a box full of rotten teeth. So without further adieu, here are my top 5…
  • How to Repair Your Child’s Dry, Damaged Natural Hair in a Few Easy Steps

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “If you happen to have kinky/curly/textured hair and you’ve just really begun digging into the facts of how to take care of it in its natural state, I’m sure you’ve probably come to the conclusion that our parents had no earthly idea of what they were actually dealing with on top of our heads. Back when we were children, there were no natural hair blogs to read or YouTube videos to watch. Our parents just did to our hair what their parents did to theirs: snap a comb through it, slap some grease on the scalp, throw some cornrows in it, and call it a day. The reality is that this…
  • 7 Amazing Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I remember coming home from grade school with a cut or scrape. My mom would pull out the big brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide and poor a generous amount on my affliction. It would get to bubbling and sizzling and I thought, for sure, that this had to be the coolest thing in the world. Fast forward to today, the advent of the internet has given us better access to information. I discovered that hydrogen peroxide isn’t the best thing to use on “boo-boos”. Apparently it kills the good germs that help the cut heal. Soap and water are best. Who knew?! I didn’t want to…
  • How to Get Your Family to Snack Smarter in 2015 with Minute® Ready to Serve Rice

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    We made it to 2015! Whoop, whoop! It’s a new year, which translates to new beginnings and fresh starts. Every year I throw out that cliché “This is going to me MY year” speech. This year, I really plan on trusting in the magic of beginnings and doing everything in my power to start this year off right. 2015 will be my year to be successful in my career, successful in my marriage – and most importantly – my year to help my family find smarter, easier ways to eat a little bit healthier. Thankfully, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice sent over some free product to help me start off…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Secrets of the Magic Kingdom You May Not Know + #Giveaway

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The boys and I are off exploring Disney World this week. It is perhaps my favorite place in the world, but this is the first time we have been back in two years, and since the new Fantasyland expansion has been completed. I thought it would be fun to share some Disney World secrets with all of you and a special surprise $25 Disney Gift Card giveaway too! Underground Tunnels The park was
  • 15 Finger Licking Game Day Chicken Wing #Recipes

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I don't know about you, but when I think "ultimate party food," a big plate of wings smothered in sauce comes to mind. Yum! There are so many different ways to make chicken wings, spicy, tangy, sweet, Asian etc. They really are a versatile party food, and perfect for the upcoming Superbowl game day parties that many of us have planned. Check out this incredible collection of 15 game day wing
  • 4 Steps to Planning a Football Party Menu #CVSGameTime #GoldEmblem

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post is brought to you in collaboration with CVS/pharmacy, all opinions are my own.  The Superbowl is right around the corner, and people everywhere are prepping their homes for football parties. Friends and family will gather around the TV to watch the big game. If you are the host of one of these football parties, you want to make sure that friends and family members of all ages have a
  • One-of-a-Kind Valentine's Day Cards #DIY

    Jennifer Rollins
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Can you believe that Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away? That means Valentine's parties and the need for cards. I hate jut buying the store bought versions, not that there is anything wrong with it, I just like to use Valentine's Day as an excuse to help the boys get creative. Check out some of these one-of-a-kind Valentine's Day cards, that are sure to be the hit at any party.  1.
  • Stop the Judging and Join the Sisterhood of Motherhood #SisterhoodUnite

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    I'm a Sisterhood of Motherhood Partner and am a sponsored blog partner, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. Did you know that if you Google the term "moms judge other moms" you will get over 136 million results ranging from rants about working vs. stay at home moms, breast vs. bottle feeding, disposable vs. cloth diapers and the list goes on? Go ahead, go
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets and Bedding

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Every household has their own opinion when it comes to how often you should wash your sheets and bedding, however it is important to keep on top of it in order to keep your linen clean and fresh.  Whilst most people do tend to slack when it comes to washing the bed clothes, hopefully this guide will give you some ideas on not only how often to wash, but also how to keep your sheets in top condition.How Often Should You Wash? Item How often should You wash? Sheets Every week Duvet covers Every week Comforters Every week Mattress cover Every month Pillow protectors Every month Duvet Twice…
  • A Prayer For You and Me

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:06 am
    I have been meaning to pen down this prayer since last year but will all the excuses I have up my sleeve, I failed to do so. This morning while on board the train on my way to work, I put back my phone inside my bag and took the notebook and pen that I brought along with me and finally penned it down.Here it is, a prayer for you and me...DEAR GOD,I PRAY THAT...I don't need to see a beggar digging for a food in a rubbish binto be grateful to You for the food I eatI don't need to see a homeless personto be grateful to You for giving me a roof above my headI don't need to get sick firstto be…
  • Top 5 Tips For Smooth Air Travel

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Image SourceFlying can be an exciting adventure. Taking to the skies and jetting off to a distant land is something many people look forward to. But air travel can also be stressful, time-consuming and is often something that people dread. But a lot of the time this is because they haven’t taken steps to ensure that they can enjoy the process of air travelFlying can be a lot of fun you just need to make sure that prepare properly for your journey to avoid stress and panic. There are a lot of things to take into account when you are planning your journey.So many of these factors get…
  • Phuket Thailand Travel Itinerary

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    Booked via Asia-Euro Holidays Pte Ltd (Groupon Deal)Length of stay: 4 days, 3 nightsAirline: Jetstar AsiaAccommodation: Sea Sun Sand Resort & Spa (4*) deluxe room with extra bed and daily breakfastNote: We did not book any tour in advance. The private city tour and Phi Phi Island day tour were both a spur of the moment decision and turned out to be the best last minute decision we ever made.Day 1Departure from Changi Airport Terminal 1, Singapore: 25 Oct 2014, 8:20am, Flight 3K 533, Airbus A320Arrival in Phuket International Airport, Thailand: 25 Oct 2014,9:10am (Thailand is 1 hr behind…
  • 3 Romantic Valentine Dinner Ideas

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Confession: I am a hopeless romantic.That said, I am now on the look out for a romantic restaurant where I and the hubby can dine and spend some lovey-dovey time on St. Valentine's Day. Remember our candle-lit Valentine dinner at P.S. Cafe last year? We are definitely not going there again because I love painting new memories with my love ones in places we've never been to . Yes, I am very particular with dining options like that. You are welcome to roll your eyes. Haha!Here are my shortlisted romantic dinner ideas to celebrate love:1) Torch-lit Dinner by the BeachImagine dining with sand…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Are You Concerned that Your Child is Overly Competitive?

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Do you ever worry that your child is overly competitive? Does he shut down after a bad game? Is she too hard on herself after making mistakes? Take a few minutes to listen to how to help a child with what I call “Competitive Spirit Syndrome”:        Looking for a better way to...Read More
  • In Youth Sports, Will Your Child Be Able To Climb His Mountain?

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sooner or later everybody has a mountain to climb. And for your child, that challenge very well may come in youth sports. He will face an obstacle, a battle, a mountain that will test him to his very core and if he manages to face that uphill climb with persistence and passion, he will succeed. Last...Read More
  • What’s the Rush, Sports Parents?

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you in a hurry to rush your child’s sports technique development? Before you answer too quickly, let me ask you: Is most of his young life full of structured practices, lessons, and games, with little or no free time? Are you in a hurry to help him improve his skills, perhaps more quickly than...Read More
  • Team Player Podcast: What’s the Big Deal About Winning?

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the podcast, click on the above arrow. It seems there’s a movement to de-emphasize winning in youth sports. This is done by teams not keeping score and giving everyone on the team a trophy so that everyone feels they win. What’s the Big Deal About Winning? Today, I talk about winning with...Read More
  • How Your Child Can Be Victorious Win or Lose

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    No matter what happens with your child coach, no matter what happens in the game or in practice, your child can be victorious. Here’s how my daughter had victory, and how your child can too!     Help Your High School Athlete Have Victory and Experience Success in High School Sports!    
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Disney On Ice Treasure Trove is Coming to Milwaukee! #DisneyOnIceInsider

    Darcy Zalewski
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:21 pm
    I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Our whole family enjoys many Disney movies and television shows, but there is something magical about seeing familiar stories and characters come to life! We have not been to a Disney On Ice show before so we are pretty excited that they’ll be in Milwaukee very soon. The highlight of going to Disney World last year was seeing how happy my daughter was to meet the princesses. She still talks about that experience…
  • Drink Up! 16 Smoothies to Enjoy On-the-Go

    Darcy Zalewski
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This collection of smoothies is sponsored by, a place for collecting and organizing recipes. Enjoy all the delicious smoothies I found to share with you! Check out Smoothies for Breakfast by Darcy Zalewski at Whether it’s for breakfast or a midday pick-me-up, it’s hard to go wrong with a smoothie. I like them better than juice as I find smoothies to be more filling (thus I don’t drink more than I should in one sitting). But also? Smoothies are like a treat for me – even when they are chock full of healthy ingredients! I love milkshakes, so I…
  • Strolling into 2015 and an Interview With Myself

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Hey there! Hi. Yes, you. How are you? I’ve been thinking about you. No really, it’s true. Not in a stalkerish kind of way, but I’ve been wondering how your holidays went and if you wondered where the heck I went. I’m still here! Well, not always herehere, but around. I’m rarely completely unplugged, but balance can be a fickle thing and time is a commodity that’s in short supply. I know you get it. Anyway, I miss just sitting down to chat with you a bit, so here I am. Trying to kick off the new year around here. Trying to sort things out and sharing some…
  • A Visit With Santa

    Darcy Zalewski
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Recently we took the kids to see Santa for the first time. Granted, Rissa has spotted Santa at the mall from afar, but she this was the first time we took the kids to actually meet the big jolly red guy. We “do” the Santa thing, but try not to focus on the naughty or nice aspect. We focus on the magical fun and the spirit of giving. I really enjoyed the Santa experience as a child. It was a tad disappointing when I learned “the truth,” but it kinda felt like I was in on this incredible secret. While we encourage the kids to write wishlists to the big guy and leave out…
  • 22 Cookies and Bars Perfect for Holiday Parties or Gifts!

    Darcy Zalewski
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    This collection of tempting holiday cookie and bar recipes is sponsored by Foodie, a place to collect and organize recipes online. Check out Holiday Cookies and Bars by Darcy Zalewski at I love sweets, but cookies and bars are probably my favorites. Especially during the holidays. Oh so many delicious flavors which makes it near impossible for me to have any self-control. I mean, I love cookies all year round, but it seems like people go all out baking all sorts of yummy treats this time of year. My kids want to be increasingly helpful in the kitchen which is fun, yet makes me…
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    One Little Mister

  • Easy Ways to Make Time for Your Husband or Partner

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Finding time as a couple can be something very difficult to accomplish in today’s times. Parents tend to work very long hours and other obligations may take prevalence, and this can eat away at their... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 10 Festive Christmas Cookies

    Nelly Daniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
      What other better way to spice up your Christmas than to make delicious cookies for your family. Christmas cookies are one of the best parts of this holiday season. Whether you decide to make... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • 10 Christmas Ornaments Kids Can Create

    Nelly Daniel
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
      We  can’t resist homemade Christmas Ornaments because they make great DIY Christmas gifts. Christmas ornaments for kids can keep your kids busy for hours. Every child can create... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Couple Time After Baby Is Possible!

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:37 pm
      Finding time as a couple can be something very difficult to accomplish in today’s times. Parents tend to work very long hours and other obligations may take prevalence, and this can eat away... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • How to Clean Kids’ Messes Off Furniture

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
      Kids are known for making some pretty big messes all over the house. It’s simply in their nature as they grow and learn to be polite andclean individuals. Until they learn these skills,... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • 'Trees'; Week 214 of The Gallery

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    I've not done this for a while - pure laziness, probably - but this week I'm submitting a photo for Week 214 of Tara's Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. Well; how could I not?  This week's theme is 'Trees', and if there's one thing Russia has in abundance, it's trees.  Honestly, I was spoiled for choice when it came to selecting a photo.  There was only ever going to be one winner for me though; this shot, taken a couple of years back when I visited Izmailovsky Park on one of Phoebe's Walks (long-term Moscow expats will know what that means) and turned a corner to be confronted…
  • Because we all need to shake it off sometimes...

    19 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    Got the Monday blues?You won't have after watching this.Genius.
  • Not dead...

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    ... and not even in Moscow (although we will be again, soon).  No, just trying to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together.And that, for the moment, is all.
  • All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Well.  Not really.  Although Santa-Baby, whilst we're on the subject, an American smile might be nice...Christmas is coming, dahlinks, and the goose is getting fat.  (As are the rest of us on all this festive fare and drink.  Not that I care right now, having taken an oath recently to cut out dieting because of the appalling mood it puts me in and the bad example it sets my sons.  Plus, you know, the chocolate.)Anyway, the end of term is fast approaching, and the seasonal tension is rising.  'Are you Ready?'  That's the question that I seem to hear here…
  • Christmas Shenanigans from Footballer's Knees.

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:55 am
    I am blatantly stealing cred from my insanely talented sis, Footballer's Knees, again.  A quick recap; she lives in the UK with her husband Big A, and son J.Here for your delectation is one of her latest fb missives...Big A and I are playing the traditional game,'What's behind the Advent calendar door?' As usual, we are days behind, so have a week's worth to open.'Number 5 - what's it going to be?' I ask, expectantly. Big A draws in a breath and sucks his teeth, in the manner of a brown coated hardware shopkeeper, thinking about whether he has 3 mil washers in stock. He's an…
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    Abundant Mama

  • Crafting The Imperfect Mom’s Real To-Do List

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    Some days, we’re just on. And we get everything right. We’re walking with a hop in our step. We’re productive and happy. And some days, we’re just so not on. And we get many things wrong — like that time recently when I was heating up my lunch and doing too many things at once and dropped the whole saucy mess all over the floor, the counters, the dishwasher. Imperfect swoops out of me like birds out of a tree. Wild. Rash. Anything, but delicate. And this is when I know it’s time to craft my real to-do list — the one that reminds me of all the beauty…
  • 10 Productively Peaceful Things To Do During Mercury in Retrograde

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:34 pm
    If you’ve ever just felt off, like everything was going wrong, and all of your communications with others is failing, it’s a very good chance you were possibly experiencing the affects of Mercury in Retrograde. This may feel a lot like a bunch of New Age Woo-Woo to you but, read on, just in case. Seriously. I have never had a total fail during Mercury in Retrograde … more of lots of little things that add up. But, the older I get and the more in alignment I become with the stars and the moon and how they affect our energy levels, the more I really began wondering about…
  • A Busy Mom’s Guide to Meditating without Meditating

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    For years I wanted to be that woman meditating. I wanted to feel that peace. I wanted to be mindful and purposeful in my everyday moments. But getting myself to the meditation cushion was so hard, and the more I didn’t do it, the more guilt I felt. So after a while I gave up on it. And even now that I can easily sit and meditate for up to 40 minutes at a time, I am reminded of those days when I released meditation as my goal. Instead, I took up daily meditation in other places and spaces because that was more possible with my busy mom schedule. You don’t have to sit on a cushion for…
  • A Simple Life Hack For More Joyful Days

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
    In my Abundant Mama alumni program, we have spent the first part of this month focused on our work on three big, juicy concepts: Joy, Softening and Self-Care. And, as part of our weekly work, each of the mamas — who span the world in where they live and how they mother — sets a weekly intention. An intention is simply a tight focus for your week. And it’s one of those amazing little gifts you can give yourself each week – or each day — to live more intentionally. This week’s intentions that stood out to me really reminded me how powerful intention…
  • 10 Posts to Encourage You on Your Happy Motherhood Journey

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    I realized this past weekend that the idea of a “New Year, a New You” isn’t about resolutions and goals and words of the year. It’s about happiness. We all get complacent by year’s end and we start to crave ways to break up the monotony. We need change for change’s sake. Why not be open to a clean slate? Why not be proud to make changes to the inner and outer parts of ourselves? I am a big fan of making changes. I do it all year – and I lead women around the world to do the same — all in the name of loving the life we have right now. It’s…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Finding The Right Fit in Your Fitness Clothes

    Allison Cooper
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    There is nothing like starting off the new year with a commitment to yourself – to get fit! It can feel so liberating to know that you have chosen a healthy path for yourself and are ready to jump in full force. You might join a gym, a yoga studio, or even try a new workout DVD at home. Either way, you are ready to grab that workout by the balls and dominate. But as a woman, there is always the looming question: what to wear? It can be so frustrating to go to your drawer and pull out a bunch of workout clothes that don’t fit! Yes, finding the right fit in your fitness clothes is…
  • Get Your Healthy Back With Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems!

    Allison Cooper
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    What are you doing this year to get your healthy back? It’s a simple question really, but for some reason, difficult for us to answer. We often begin the year with an awakening. We promise ourselves that we are going to make changes, workout more, eat better – the usual. The thing is that our health is worth so much more than an aggressive spurt of putting our body first during the beginning of a new year – we need to be kind to ourselves always. Using Rainbow Light Nutritional Systems offers an easy way to integrate those first healthy steps of the new year into your life…
  • Wardrobe Staples for Every Woman

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I know that I do an awful lot of talking about my love for designer labels. The truth is, my obsession with designers is only really pertinent when it comes to having high quality staple items hanging in your closet.  These important wardrobe builders are the items that are worth splurging on, since they are your workhorses and can last you a lifetime if chosen well. The trendy items that go in and out of style should by no means be your most expensive items. To be completely honest, there are some items that I consider to be wardrobe staples that don’t even need to be high in…
  • 5 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands To Learn Now!

    Allison Cooper
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    One concept that has really stood out to me this week in terms of being healthy is to not half-ass it. Seriously. Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes and at the end of the day, its all about how you feel. To me, feeling good comes from balance in all areas of my life, ranging from relationships with my husband, son, family, friends, food, fitness – and of course, fashion. I’ve been learning a lot about Eco-friendly brands as a whole through my writing for The New Betty (an online magazine with a focus on a modern day Eco-friendly woman with old fashioned values) and wanted to…
  • Bronzed Horizons: Channel Your Inner Sun Goddess With Fake Bake

    Allison Cooper
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    It’s about that time of year when all I can do is look out the window and wish that I was somewhere warm – instead of in the freezing cold city! Then, I turn to my trusted full length mirror and feel completely disgusted when I see how pale my skin is. There is nothing like a dose of reality to make you feel wonderful, right? The thing is, I kicked tanning beds to the curb whenever I left high school – the thought of actually baking my skin in a life-sized oven makes me cringe! Then, we are left with the option of a spray tan at this time of year, which is certainly less…
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    The Mommist

  • Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Your Man [a.k.a "My Bae"]

    Len Dela Cruz
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:14 am
    Women are traditionally the ones who make a big fuss about Valentine's Day. Hell hath no fury like a woman without a posy to post on Facebook and Instagram on Valentine's Day! Women, right? In our defense, we're wired for it. We are just too emotional to forgo the cheesiest day of the year. Hormone blaming coming up in 3, 2, 1. Darn those chemicals! It's high time we surprise the men in our lives with something nice, right? Other than the good 'ol fadoodling, that is. Anyway, I've always believed that there is power in giving your man a gift. If he's nice to you, go surprise with…
  • CITE: Fortunate Truth

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    The best kind for me. It's a quote from the movie Henry and June which is based from the book of the same title. Yes, Anaïs Nin's lived in a debauched world {polyamory at its rawness}, but one can't discount the obvious strength in her prose. I like her...a lot. 
  • Interior Snoop: Gold Coast Condominium

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    originThis Gold Coast condominium designed by Adler and Lauren Buxbaum of Nate Berkus Associates embodies my dream interior mix! The green velvet dining chairs alone are giving me a good case of euphoria. Add the Jacques Adnet lamp to my current interior lusting state for a definite mental breakdown. What's even greater {the awesomeness of this place knows no bounds} is that the whole unit is kid-friendly as per the owner's proviso. You can find out more about this gorgeous condominium here.Onward and Upward!
  • Pepper Lunch's Taste the World Dishes

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    It's 2:43 in the morning {I'm born nocturnal}, and I'm torturing myself by writing about Pepper Lunch's new dishes named Taste the World. I am so hungry! Recalling the taste and seeing the photos of the dishes makes me want to eat my computer. I mean it.I...can...taste...the...Burrito...Beef...Pepper...Rice'! I am starving!!Burrito Beef Pepper Rice  PhP 255Pepper Lunch's latest triumvirate takes its cue from Mexico, Italy, and Korea's popular gastronomic contributions: Burrito, Bistecca, and Bulgogi. The Burrito Beef Pepper Rice had a strong emphasis…
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Manila's Sizzling Opening Day Offering!

    Len Dela Cruz
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    What is it? You'll get Free Buffalo Wings FOR A YEAR! That is, if you're one of the first 100 guests in line at Buffalo Wild Wings Estancia mall in Capitol Commons on the 29th of January, 2015. I've tried these glistening beauties {Honey BBQ and Spicy Garlic} at BWW Chula Vista, and they were tasty! They have the boneless wings, but I prefer the bone-in version. I don't know. The struggle to get the meat out while half of your face is covered with sauce and morsels of meat is what makes it extra goooooood! I hope they show Super Bowl XLIX at Buffalo Wild Wings Estancia, 'cause if they…
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  • Creating More Magic on the #DisneyMP

    Bob Aycock |
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Last January, I started helping Guests on the Disney Parks Moms Panel as a Walt Disney World Resort Specialist. It was an honor to serve in 2014 and will be an honor to serve again this year. I am very excited to announce that I was asked to return to the Moms Panel for another […]
  • Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

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

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

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

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

  • Want to Lose Weight? Don't Deprive Yourself!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Today's #WeightWatchers Weigh-In #12PoundsIn12Weeks Challenge January 27, 2015Today's tip from me as a veteran of trying to lose weight and knowing how to do it in a healthy way is DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF!No, this does not mean every Hershey Kiss in the bag. It means if you are dying for a Kiss, have a freaking Kiss. Figure out the points for, say, 3 Kisses and take the points and enjoy those Kisses. No, I don't want your Kisses to take up your entire 26 points for the day. I'd like for you to include a veggie or fruit every now and then.Examples of how I indulge:My husband made amazing…
  • I Used to Hate Mondays #ILoveMondays

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    I used to hate Mondays so badly. I know my husband doesn't enjoy them! That's because the kids are so awesome and he loves hanging with them over the weekends! I used to hate them when I was working at an office, too!Now Monday means back to homeschooling, we usually go swimming at the indoor pool, I get a light Starbucks drink treat for myself and cookies for the kids, we get to sleep in after getting up early the day before for church, I get to go to the gym by myself to walk on the treadmill and get some quiet time or TV/music time while I do something good for my body/health. I also love…
  • How to Start a Recycling Program For Your Community

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    How To Start A Recycling Program For Your CommunityIt’s the New Year and perhaps one of your resolutions was to improve yourself and the world around you. Increasing awareness about landfills and the overuse of resources in your community might make you think about the need for a recycling program, but with such a huge task, where do you even begin? If you are ready to make a difference, here are some tips to help you turn your town into a recycling community. Get Support from OthersThe best place to begin is by assembling a group of people like you who are aware of the need for recycling…
  • Today's #WeightWatchers Weigh-In #12PoundsIn12Weeks Challenge January 20, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Here's where I posted how I signed up for 12 weeks of Weight Watchers (not my first rodeo with them) and hope to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks. The first few weeks loss is fast but after that it gets harder to maintain and treats are super tempting sometimes and willpower does fail. I love how I have the extra 49 points per week built in to my plan for times I am dying for a cookie, cake, burger, whatever.So I set out this morning to weigh in for the 2nd time and knew I could not stay for the meeting because we have our 2nd or 3 homeschool testing days at our house so I had to get home fast. I…
  • Books I Bought Today by Authors Like Gillian Flynn

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Let me start by saying THANK YOU, DAD AND NANCY for the Half Price Books gift card with $5 bonus coupon that you gave me for Christmas ... the perfect gift! I also sold a few books I had around the house and got another $1.50 to spend and I came away with about $6 left on my gift card so I will be going back to check for the other 3 books on my list! In case you're wondering about those other 3 books, they are:The Never List by Koethi Zan#GirlBoss by Sophia AmorusoHand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda TiradoI'm on my third Gillian Flynn book and never thought I would like a…
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Always cherish these little moments

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “Mummy can you please play family with me?” Since the start of the year, I must have been asked this... Continue reading » The post Always cherish these little moments appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Teaching children how to save and spend wisely

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    When the school term started, my Facebook feed was filled with parents’ stories of their newly minted primary ones. You... Continue reading » The post Teaching children how to save and spend wisely appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Spell Bound by A Night of Magic at Raffles (Review and Giveaway)

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Magic shows, you may watched them on the big screen and even on the television. But watching it live and up... Continue reading » The post Spell Bound by A Night of Magic at Raffles (Review and Giveaway) appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Positive Mind, Positive Life

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Quote to remember in this brand new week – It doesn’t matter what others are doing, it matters what YOU... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Positive Mind, Positive Life appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Matching mother daughter dresses for Chinese New Year

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    We’re now 5 weeks away from the Chinese New Year. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 19 and 20 of... Continue reading » The post Matching mother daughter dresses for Chinese New Year appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • January Round Up

    Erica Price
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    We have been trying out a range of things this month and here are a few of our favourites.PG tips and Red Nose DayPG tips tea is launching a very special limited edition pack, resplendent in Red Nose glory, to celebrate the big day. As an official partner for Red Nose Day 2015, PG tips  is joining in on the fun, with Monkey donning the famous Red Nose for a very special and limited edition pack due to appear on shelves from January and will be on the shelves until March. They will also give a clue about the top-secret mission Monkey will be doing for Red Nose Day– but what could it be?By…
  • Win A Weber Smokey Joe Barbecue

    Erica Price
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I saw my first snowdrop today.  I think it had probably been there on the way to school for a while, but today I noticed it for the first time.  It’s lovely to see the first of the spring flowers coming through and to know that crocuses and daffodils won’t be long behind.  In recent years we have had some gorgeously warm and sunny days in March, so it’s as well to be prepared.  A lovely way to celebrate the start of warmer weather is to get out the barbecue and get sizzling. There’s something about cooking and eating outdoors that makes you feel good, I think.Now…
  • Copper Music Medal Exam

    Erica Price
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    I was a bit slow on the uptake with this music diary which I think is intended to provide some communication about progress, between music teacher and parent.  Having only started reading it regularly recently, it was nice to see this pleasing entry the other week saying that H was well prepared for the copper music medal. The copper medal is the first level of H’s music exams.A little before Christmas H had announced that he felt he wasn’t quite ready to take his medal and that he was going to practise a bit more before taking it.  That was fine, although it did cross my mind…
  • Week 4 of 2015

    Erica Price
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    We seem to have had another fairly quiet week.  At the weekend I wanted to get some pictures of H with various things we’d been asked to try out.  Taking pictures of review items can be difficult at this time of year, as the light is so poor by the time H gets home from school, so I’ve been trying to get organised about taking them at the weekend.  H had a busier weekend than us, but there were no problems getting a shot of my little bookworm reading this book.H went off to a laser quest session for a friend’s birthday and came back exhausted, but happy.  On Sunday we…
  • Saturday is Caption Day: The Cats

    Erica Price
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    My cats have been featuring heavily on my Instagram account recently and they always do well for likes and comments because they are very pretty.  They love to snuggle up to each other so I’ve taken to taking some pictures of them together sleeping.  Most of these are taken of them sleeping in the cat’s cradle, or on the bed or on their favourite cushion, but the other day, I was the bed for them and had one on each leg.  I was wondering if you could caption this?Today’s snuggling spot is my lap apparently. #burmesecatsA photo posted by Erica Price (@ericaprice6) on Jan…
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  • Easy Quick Breakfast: Everything-Also-Can Egg Casserole

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    This year is a huge milestone for my family. All 3 kids are in primary school, and this means breakfast is served at 6.15 a.m. in the morning. While I have a very capable helper, she is limited to the breakfast dishes she can come up with at that hour. I certainly do not want her or myself up at 5 a.m. to sieve flour and bake bread for breakfast! And it’s not possible to come up with a complete sausage/egg/ham with banana waffles at that hour! So I was pleasantly surprised when I found this breakfast dish that I can prepare the night before!!! According to the recipe, all I need to do…
  • Therapy 101: My Heart Broke Because of the Learning Support in School

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:07 am
    Yesterday, my heart broke when I had a chat with Nadine about school. And I’m still reeling from the emotions that hit me. I kind of guessed this would happen, but I didn’t know it would be so soon and so fast. It started with the Learning and Behavioural Support Allied Educator (AE) in her school. “Allied Educators work with teachers to nurture and develop every child in school by raising the quality of interaction with every child. He/She guides the learning of students with special educational needs“ I did my homework and found out the school’s support…
  • What Prospers My Soul

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The Bible says we should prosper in all things, just as our soul prosper. Do you know what makes your soul prosper? To many, spending time with our family and close friends always satisfy our souls. It can be a meal, an outing, or just simply spending time together. These always makes us happy. Putting the people factor aside, I feel one should always know what satisfies us. For me, it is easy. Reading always makes me happy. I just need a book, a comfortable armchair or cushion and I’ll be so happy. Whenever work gets stressful, I would take time to read. It refreshes me and somewhat…
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Red Wine and Grody Grout: Coming Clean About Getting Dirty

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you’ve ever spilled red wine on your lap (or heaven forbid, somebody else’s) you know how alarming it is. Know what else is alarming? When you cross your legs and knock over an end table, causing a glass of merlot to splash down onto your friend’s new cream carpet. It’s been over fifteen years and she’s still mad at me. Red wine spills are pretty scary, unless you know the “stain solution.” Watch this short video and I’ll share some stain removal hacks for dirty girls. Dirty like, avocado squashed into your pants or mustard on your collar... ahem.I’ll also reveal a dirty…
  • A Soft Place To Land—A Story About Friendship

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    I'm not calling my friends soft but, they are. Not in a doughy"Gym? What gym?" kind of way. But in a gentle, comforting, curl up in their bosom and nestle, kind of way. Not that I curl up in their bosoms. There is absolutely no bosom nestling going on. Except for that one time at that Christmas party and it was mostly innocent. Life for so many of us is stressful these days. Like REALLY stressful. I have no idea why, it just is. Maybe it's because a lot of serious stuff goes on "mid life." Good god, we're middle aged. I'm just going to go ahead and glaze over that statement. I don't get to…
  • When Your Child Is Shunned

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    ImageConversations like these with my eight-year-old special girl make me want to scoop her up in my arms and then storm down to the playground, finger wagging, to kick some rude kid butt.Me: How was school today?Avery: Good. I made you a card. I did my letters. Me: Who did you play with at recess?Avery: Katie and Susanna. But Katie say, "Go play with your own friends." Me: What?!Avery: She say to me, "Go away." Me: Silence. Stewing. Blood pressure rising. Me: So what did you do?Avery: I want to play with Susanna, but Katie say, "Play with your own friends."Me: So who did…
  • Life Lessons Learned From Loss

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    2014 was a year flanked on both ends by grief. Our family lost close family members in February and December. There was also the death of a pet in the middle (insignificant in comparison, but try telling that to a sobbing child who has only just recently had his first experience with losing a loved one). I've written about how death has affected our children. Insecurities, anxiety and fears have been addressed by talking about our feelings honestly, but age-appropriately. For the most part, the kids are coping and moving forward.Our daughter Avery, eight years old, but cognitively closer to…
  • Yummy Mummy Musings—December 2014 Edition

    31 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Heyyyyyy-oh! It's the December edition of "Yummy Mummy Musings" aka stuff I wrote on my blog over at the Yummy Mummy Club (dot) ca. This is one saucy edition if I do say so myself.Happy New Year friends! May 2015 be happy, healthy, joyful and of course, yummy!How To Host A Video Game Party for Kids Without Losing Your Fricken MindHeavy Petting: Keeping Pets Safe During the Holidays and Any Old TimeOh Mamma Mia! Host This Easy DELICIOUS Adult Pizza PartyFancy Up Any Party By Folding Your Napkins Like This (Super Easy!) Or.... Make Your Guests Blush With This X-Rated Napkin Fold. Heh…
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    over 50 under 5

  • I Work Hard to Stay Relevant

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I work hard to stay relevant. When I go to a park, I seize the moment by creating sculpture using a traffic cone, eucalyptus leaves, branches and bark. Look out Louise Nevelson, because I might be more relevant than you already, and I am just two and a half. I am a seizer of moments. At mealtimes with my parents, I repeat mommy mommy mommy over and over to break up the conversation when I can’t think of anything to say. I believe in staying on top of the conversation at mealtimes and this means talking a lot. My father refers to this as ‘sucking the oxygen out of the room,’…
  • Afraid of the Vacuum

    4 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    To My Parents, This is a new year so I want to give you both a chance to get this right. Here is a caliper and a metric ruler so you can cut my waffle pieces into the precise sizes that I require. Here is a schedule to tell you when you may run the vacuum.  Please note that all the times listed are when I am out of the house. I don’t think it’s being overly picky to say that I forbid you from running the vacuum in my presence.  I am afraid of the noise of the vacuum, but I will never admit that publicly. It is a better choice for us all if you never use the vacuum. Who cares if…
  • 5 Things I’ve learned so far…

    Lee Schneider
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Lee Schneider:This is good, solid advice and learning from Chris Gaspic. Originally posted on This, That & The Other: So, in honour of all of the end of year lists out there, I thought I’d quickly share what I’ve learned just over the past year (Matilda is only 14 months). I don’t think listing only five will be enough, so perhaps I’ll carry this over. I’ll see. Well, let’s get this started. 1. You sleep more than you think. We’ve all heard the stories when you don’t have a kid and you’re preparing to have that first child: “Oh, say goodbye to sleep” or “You’ll…
  • One more minute

    Lee Schneider
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
    We say ‘one more minute’ a hell of a lot around here. One more minute, and we will be leaving the playground. One more minute and we will be changing your diaper. One more minute and we will be going out. One more minute and we will be coming back. Mama texted to say she will be home in one more minute. We are staying in the bath for one more minute. We are reading for one more minute and then it will be bedtime. I will stay here for one minute to help you fall asleep. When you wake up and repeatedly shout, ‘Mama come in here right now,’ you will need to wait one more minute for me to…
  • The Registry: Free Stuff Never Felt So Hard

    Lee Schneider
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Lee Schneider:All the ‘stuff’ is confusing. The writer of the blog below has done a good job here of sorting it out. Just imagine what it’s like a few years in, when you have a house full of stuff. This Christmas we made a point of putting a few toys away ‘for later’ before bringing out the new ones. Originally posted on HypeDad: Having trouble comprehending the gravity of having a child? The largeness of it? The overwhelming magnitude of it all? Start your registry. Then let’s talk. Yes, it’s a bit of a wakeup call. All that stuff. The bottles, the bottle…
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  • Who says you can't wear Birkenstocks in the snow + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    My husband lóves his Birkenstocks. Even when there's snow he won't take them off... And with plastic sandwich bags he doesn't have to. An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Mom video: we have more in common than we may think!

    Nicole orriëns
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    What starts out as yet another mom video parody, featuring all the controversial issues surrounding modern parenthood, changes into a touching little movie that shows:In the end, we're all in this together.It actually made me tear up!Watch it now:   Make sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Teenagers love a Stay At Home Mom too + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
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  • How to organize your chest freezer

    Nicole orriëns
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    I've been blessed with five children, one husband and a house in the country.Which is why I absolutely love my freezer. My chest freezer to be exact. Secretly I would have prefered a freestanding fridge freezer, but I was told you can't put as much stuff into those as in a chest freezer.And since the whole point of a freezer was to be able to store lots of food I sensibly chose the chest freezer.Chest freezer versus Fridge freezerHere's some pictures of both kinds of freezer:Chest freezer. This is the kind I've got.Freestanding Fridge Freezer. The kind I secretly long for.Chest freezer gets…
  • Are they trying to tell me something? + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    A present from my husband and my kids... Are they trying to tell me something? An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Chicken Salsa Roll-ups Simple Delicious Super Bowl Snack

    Colleen Stout
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Super Bowl is next weekend. I’m always ready for some football. I’m a fan, not a huge super fan, but I enjoy a good game. I don’t know all the rules. I mean, my husband yells at the TV about how the coach shouldn’t have done this and the refs were wrong about that, and I have no idea what he’s talking about. But I understand that the team with the ball wants to move it from one end of the field to the other, and the team that doesn’t have the ball wants to stop them. That’s really all you need to know. I admit to feeling a little meh about the Big…
  • What’s So Scary About 40?

    Colleen Stout
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    I’m turning 40 in — Oh, that’s sooner than I thought — less than four months. While it’s always been this distant, magic number, it was never something I feared. I owe most of that to the other women in my life who didn’t fear age either. I don’t remember my mother ever complaining about getting old. I never heard her decline to tell someone her age. I never saw her staring at her reflection in the mirror and lamenting over crows feet. When I was four, I told everyone she was 56. She was really only 32. If you met her today and I told you she’s…
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  • Developmental milestones – the difference between boys and girls

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Developmental milestones – the difference between boys and girls Developmental milestones differ greatly between children as a whole, but what about the differences between boys and girls? We always ask each other in the car on the way home from school what each child liked best about their day. A while ago, my youngest, at the time, a boy of five, said: “Play-time.” And my little girl, who was seven, said: “Reading club, mummy.” It’s Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • #Fridayat11 – The one where we do the Honkbot for the Teamhonk Danceathon…..

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    #Fridayat11 – The one where we do the Honkbot for the Teamhonk Danceathon….. It wasn’t easy, but we made it in the end’ Maris’ World’s pooter died, we got some stuff wrong, and so we moved the party to a different house, but we did manage to broadcast in the end… Last Friday’s chat was all about Google Plus shenanigans, the Teamhonk Danceathon and we were joined by Annie Spratt (Mammasaurus), Penny Alexander (A Residence) and Tanya Barrow (Mummy Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #89

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #89   As usual, Monday has come round all too quick.  We are back with another party and your hostess with the mostest this week is All you need is love and cake. Come and take a look at what is going on, and I can guarantee that you will find some great activities and advice. If you’ve not been here before, these are the Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Capturing Life, Laughter and Love – a 2015 Instagram Photo Challenge

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Capturing Life, Laughter and Love – a 2015 Instagram Photo Challenge What better way to capture places, and people that you love than through photos… If you are like me, and love using your mobile phone for capturing those special moments, then we have something that little bit marvellous for you; a year long photo challenge to get you back into your photography, or start you off on a new photographic journey. All you need is Instagram on Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Asking questions … stay sane when your kids ask “why”

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Asking questions … stay sane when your kids ask “why” “Why, mummy, why?” Hands up all of those mums and dads out there who have heard those three little words a little bit more than you would like. Perhaps you even pretended you hadn’t quite heard properly, or you were desperately busy doing something else, or maybe you just hid behind the sofa. Everyone with a toddler knows that “why” is a favourite word, Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Daddy/Daughter Dance {Wordless Wednesday}

    Diana Chastain
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    My husband and daughter go to go to their very first Daddy/Daughter Dance at her school. It was so much fun playing dress up with her and my husband bought her a corsage. He said she danced and danced. The videos are videos cute.  So how was your week? Please share your picture posts with us in the comments below!
  • Adventures of Puss in Boots Coming to Netflix on Jan. 16th! #StreamTeam

    Diana Chastain
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and receive complimentary products as such. All opinions are my own."The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur is back in this original series filled with daring adventures, great boots, and laugh-out-loud fun! The entire family will be entranced by Puss’ fantastical CG world filled with new characters, exotic locations and mystical tales that make up the stuff of legends. There’s nothing that can get in this celebrated swashbuckling kitty’s way…except maybe a hairball." My daughter loves this show. We don't have a…
  • 2015 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide

    Diana Chastain
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Now Seeking Sponsors! If you would like to see your product featured in The 2015 Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide here at Nanny to Mommy, please contact Sponsors so far:Tommee Tippee Fiesta Bottles + GiveawayHALO SwaddleSure + GiveawayButtons Cloth Diaper + GiveawayZubels 100% Cotton Knit Hats + GiveawayBaby Bullet + GiveawayBaby Mum Mums + GiveawayReed & Barton 'Gingham Bear' Baby Gift + GiveawayBoba WrapNuby SterilizerPediPed Originals ShoesEasy@Home Baby MonitorSafety 1st Car SeatLillebabyNested Bean ZenSwaddleBobee Diaper CaddyBaby Bella Designs Crinkle…
  • Enter to WIN a $50 Walmart Gift Card from!

    Diana Chastain
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This giveaway is sponsored by Gift Card Rescue. I received compensation to share this giveaway. All opinions are my own.   $50 Walmart Gift Card GIVEAWAYHosted By: Nanny to MommySponsored By: Gift Card Rescue sells discounted gift cards to over 600 merchants at up to 35% OFF. They also buy unwanted gift cards and pay up to 92% cash back. Their company first appeared on ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank and is recognized as one of the most successful brands to ever land an investment on the show. They have been featured in The New York…
  • A Better Pharmacy Experience & Target HEALTHFUL™ App + GIVEAWAY

    Diana Chastain
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. Please visit for restrictions and see your pharmacist for details. #sponsored I have been shopping at Target as my go-to store since I've had a driver's license. My daughter & her friend B. Why is Target my go-to store? Because it is my home away from home. I can get everything in one stop. It's been our favorite place to visit on a cold or rainy day just to get out of the house. I love that I can get a snack for the kiddos at their little café, shop for my groceries, buy some…
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    Virtually Yours

  • St. Francis Inn Wins Florida Green Lodging Award

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    We moved to Florida almost five years ago from Maryland. We had visited this gorgeous state a bunch, head over heels in love with the warm weather and beaches. Conserving and protecting our natural... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Healthy Black Bean Burgers

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    In case you haven’t been following along, many people begin the new year with a healthy fast. Starting off something new can always be daunting – but some of the difficult things in life... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • St. Pete and Clearwater Reduce Rates for Stranded Flyers

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:12 pm
    When many hotels would take advantage of crowds of people being stranded at airports because of bad weather, more than 30 properties in St. Pete and Clearwater, Florida, decided to do something to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 18 Homemade Valentine’s Cards

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 pm
    It’s that time of the year again! Time to create some fun Valentine’s Day cards and activities for those class parties! Whether you are looking for printable Valentine’s Day cards... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Big Game Snickers Snaps #BigGameTreats

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias I don’t know who’s more excited about the Big Game this year… me... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Because I'm the Mommy

  • Bad Morning

    The Mommy
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    It seems like Porter can only have one good day at a time. And that's harder than when he's just having bad days, because good days give you hope. So when that bad day comes so quickly and your hopes are crushed, it hardly seems like those good days are worth it.Yeah, it was a bad morning.Turn the Page =>
  • Answered Prayers and God's Wicked Sense of Humor

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

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

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

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

  • Summer Vacation: More Than Just Summer Jobs

    Grown and Flown
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Right about now, high school and college kids are looking for summer jobs and, perhaps, a touch of panic is setting in. The economy has improved but finding a job for just three months, without many skills or a degree, has always been challenging. Good luck to all of the job seekers. While a good summer job can be a real learning and growing experience as well as a chance to make some money, there are some equally important things that students might want to do in those precious summer breaks before real life begins. Recharge While this might seem obvious from the perspective of a parent,…
  • Rape in College: What Parents Need to Know

    Grown and Flown
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:49 pm
    “I received a call from my daughter on Saturday afternoon. One of her high school friends had suffered a rape in college in California,” a Grown and Flown reader wrote to us. “It was not a student from the campus – she was not drugged, nor was she drunk. She met for a date and was assaulted and raped. At 4 am the phone calls to all of the high school friends began. The girls are at colleges all over the country. These are smart, good girls. They all discussed what to do. The girl was worried about telling her mom and dad. Finally, about 10 hours later, my daughter called me…
  • 3 Financial Aid Mistakes to Avoid and Other Expert Advice

    Grown and Flown
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Mary Dell writes: Oh, January…college-bound seniors have now submitted their last applications and returned to high school for a final, emotional semester. While they turn their attention to a well-deserved victory lap, their parents turn their focus to financial aid. According to Jodi Okun, founder of College Financial Aid Advisors, the timeline for considering financial aid accelerates on January 1, with the annual release of the FAFSA application, but parents of all high school students should become knowledgable about financing college well before these last few months of a…
  • Grown and Flown, Chocolate Cake and Champagne

    Grown and Flown
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Mary Dell writes: On January 18, 2012, Lisa and I held our breath and clicked the “publish” button on Grown and Flown for the very first time. With that single keystroke, our blog was born. We were excited, we clapped, we hugged, we poured ourselves another cup of coffee and sat down again, and wondered, what exactly do we do now? We had scant knowledge of blogging and social media on that snowy winter day. Sure, we had our personal Facebook pages and read The New York Times Motherlode column faithfully. But we were unaware of the myriad elements that are part of blogging. To friends and…
  • 18 Bucket List Ideas for Parents

    Grown and Flown
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Life is short, hence the bucket list. The years our children live in our homes are even shorter, thus, here are 18 bucket list ideas for parents, year-by-year. When we are young it feels as though we have forever, but once we have children, it soon becomes clear that we do not. The Sunday morning my eldest son was one week old my husband turned to me in amazement and said, “He is 1/52 of the way to his first birthday, how did that happen?” It is a question that I have never been able to answer. Childhood is fleeting and if you miss these buckets, with one for each year of childhood, the…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • Communication Conversion

    Ten to Twenty
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    By Ten to Twenty Honestly – does your teen text you from inside the house? And if they do – do you text back? What is happening to the art of conversation? Or at least the ability or desire to converse in person? It’s an interesting phenomenon if you step back and look at it. When cell phones allowed […] The post Communication Conversion appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Teenagers & Alcohol…Why It’s a Bad Idea to Turn a Blind Eye

    Kimberly Muench
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    By Kimberly Muench It’s difficult to decide whether growing pains are something teenagers have…or are. ~Author Unknown I was the first of my friends to have a baby. Therefore, I have also been the first to encounter parenting milestones such as sending my child off to kindergarten, shuttling him between two households, watching with pride and tears as […] The post Teenagers & Alcohol…Why It’s a Bad Idea to Turn a Blind Eye appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Failure: The Upside of Letting Your Kids Fail

    Linda McGuire
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    By Linda McGuire Many parents today are putting in overtime hours to make sure their teenager never experiences academic failure, but to what end? Exhausted working parents are running around Staples late at night grabbing poster board and glue stick for a forgotten project, or spending hours trying to squeeze the best possible homework out of their child. […] The post Failure: The Upside of Letting Your Kids Fail appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • From the Mouth of Babes “Look in the Social Media Mirror”!

    Dorien Morin-van Dam
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    By Dorien Morin-van Dam Kids Say The Darndest Things! I am not only a social media consultant and business owner, I am also a mom to four kids, three of them teens. Having three sons, the conversations with them are often limited to sports talk, school work, friends and the standard ‘what’s for dinner’. With my daughter the conversations […] The post From the Mouth of Babes “Look in the Social Media Mirror”! appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 6 Tips To Teach Responsiblity To The Entitlement Generation

    Brenda Yoder
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    By Brenda Yoder The first article on raising kids in an age of entitlement identified that your kids “absorb” privilege because it permeates their generation. Being a role model and teaching kids your values about work, finances, and privilege rests on those of us who are parenting. When I polled parents about how they’re teaching values to teens […] The post 6 Tips To Teach Responsiblity To The Entitlement Generation appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • I Love a Good Deal: Wordless Wednesday

    Kristen Daukas
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    By Kristen Daukas Anyone who knows me, knows that I love a bargain and will spend more time than it’s worth to find the absolute lowest price on something. Adrienne ordered some super cute glasses last fall from Zenni Optical and I knew that I had to get some for me and Sydney. Especially since her brand new ones ended up swimming with the fish in LBI last summer (and no, that is not code for a mafia hit…). Check us out… 3 pairs of new, funky glasses for $28 and that includes shipping. How is that for a great deal?! This is a post from Four Hens and a Rooster Read the…
  • What Journey Taught Me About Blogging

    Kristen Daukas
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:34 am
    By Kristen Daukas Children of the 80’s, this post is for you. Why? Because I’m going to let you in on a secret: Everything I know about blogging, I learned from Journey. Go ahead and think about that for a second. While you’re at it, grab your Sony Walkman because by the time I’m finished, you’ll be looking for your cassette tape of Escape or Frontiers. Creating a compelling blog that people want to read takes time, but it’s not impossible. Here are 5 ways to help you get off to a good start as only Steve Perry could tell you: Open Arms: When you begin…
  • Little Mama, The Contest Queen – Take 2

    Kristen Daukas
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    By Kristen Daukas I will never forget the first time my mom won her first “big” prize.  And by big, I mean it wasn’t being the 10th caller for a pair of tickets to Olympic History on Ice. I was living in Chicago at the time, tending bar at K’s Dugout which was nothing more than a Cop-Shop – a bar located across from the 20th Precinct of the Chicago Police Department. I wasn’t working that night which means I was on the other side of the bar so when my roommate walked/ran (no cell phones at this point) up to the bar at 10:00pm on a Friday night to tell me…
  • Oh Snap Saturday! What the Duck Just Happened Here?

    Kristen Daukas
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    By Kristen Daukas The REAL Meaning Behind Closing Time – I know what this song means to me so I was a little blown away to find out how close MY interpretation was to HIS! For me, I was pregnant with my first girl and while I wasn’t trying to move her out of my womb, I knew that I was closing the chapter on one part of my life and opening the door to a brand new, wild and beautiful one called motherhood.  If you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and watch it. What the Duck?! No more duck face?!     Have you heard the news? The duck face is so last year.
  • 5 on Friday: More Random Thoughts than the NFL has Balls

    Kristen Daukas
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    By Kristen Daukas If you’re used to seeing this post load up at 6-something in the morning, I have bad news for you. It ain’t gonna happen. Why? Because it’s 10:15 and I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy and thinking that I would make an amazing Gemma. And that I’m 15 minutes late to bed. Which leads me into today’s post about some of the random crap that runs thru my head.  Shoot… even I don’t know understand half the crap that rattles thru my head. Just like what I just said about Gemma. The Pats Balls – Is anyone else really tired of…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Medi-Pals Soothe and Play Giveaway | Ends 2.11.15

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Welcome to the Soothe and Play Giveaway, generously sponsored by Medi-Pals! The Review Wire has teamed up with several other bloggers to help promote this giveaway. The Medi-Pals kid-friendly medication dispensers are available in 3 fun characters. Medi-Pals dispensers are familiar and fun for the... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Simple DIY Sunday: DIY Coasters With Tiles & Stamps {DIY Projects Link Up)

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
      Hey guys and gals, it’s Marci Loehner, Dena’s Sister in Law {the greatest person she knows!}! Did you catch our first week when we shows you how to create a No Sew Pillow Using Placemats? If all goes well this will become a weekly feature here at so be sure to... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • The ModCloth Sweetheart Shop Has Got You Covered This Valentine’s Day!

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Want to express your love for standout style this Valentine’s Day? ModCloth’s Sweetheart Shop is your perfect match! From heart-printed pieces to charming... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 1.24.15

    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current giveaways. ~ Leave a link that leads directly to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the deadline for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to leave your email... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Be Our Valentine Hop: Best of Me “Tears of Joy” Edition Giveaway | Ends 2.6.15

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller from celebrated author Nicholas Sparks comes this tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love. When former high school sweethearts Dawson and Amanda (James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan) meet at a loved one’s funeral 20 years after... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • 4 Ways to make Family Fitness Fun

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Whether or not your kids play sports, teaching your family the fun of fitness will be a gift you give them that stays with them for life. Our three kids played sports from preschool through college and today they embrace a lifestyle of fitness–crossfit, running, coaching–that has totally blossomed out of their personal enjoyment of... Read More » The post 4 Ways to make Family Fitness Fun appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Healthy Eating Tip: Replace Dessert With @Yoplait Greek 100!

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Many thanks to Yoplait for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try Yoplait Greek 100! I see lots of Greek yogurt in my future! Hopefully we’re all still sticking to our New Year’s Resolutions. I didn’t have one particular  huge resolution but I believe in replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones. Nothing huge at... Read More » The post Healthy Eating Tip: Replace Dessert With @Yoplait Greek 100! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • We Are Going Green

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    In my family and on this blog, we are going green. As a parent, we always try to do what is right and teach our children these same values.  Many of us have considered going green and becoming more environmentally aware, however, many are unsure where to start.  And the bigger question – will my... Read More » The post We Are Going Green appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • Basketball Season Is In Full Swing!

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Basketball season is in full swing and it’s so exciting! Tyler is a freshman in high school, the same high school I went to. He’s now playing basketball in the same gym where I used to be a cheerleader. It seems like just yesterday I was watching my friends play and now my boy is on... Read More » The post Basketball Season Is In Full Swing! appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • 2014 Best Of Less Than Perfect Parents

    29 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I can’t believe 2014 is over and we have a new year upon us! I love that fresh, new feeling where I feel like I have a clean slate and can accomplish anything in the new year! I wrote this post for two reasons: I want to share the best posts on Less Than Perfect... Read More » The post 2014 Best Of Less Than Perfect Parents appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • My bum is a depot for building my baby’s brain

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Excellent news: curvier girls produce brainier children. I’m not joking. Scientists have this week said that the fat found in our bums helps to build our babies brains because fat cells in our derrieres are ‘routed’ directly towards them. Apparently these ‘fat banks’ are depots for building a baby’s brain via breast feeding, and women with larger stores of fat are likely to produce brainer children. And there was me turning my back on a rather lovely looking slice of blueberry frangipane in the coffee shop yesterday, which really did have my name on it. The scientist behind the…
  • If my blog were a concert at the Sydney Opera House it would have sold out 5 times

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    I don’t know where on earth the time has gone, but this week I have been blogging for two years. Two whole years! It all started in January 2013 as I prepared to stop breast feeding 17 month old BB, and now, two years on, I’m breast feeding again. According to the nice people at WordPress, in 2014 Confessions of a Crummy Mummy was viewed 14,000 times by people in 102 different countries. Apparently, if it were a concert at the Sydney Opera House, it would take five sold out performances for that many people to see it. Which I think is pretty amazing. So, while the nice people at…
  • I’ve been giving our baby drops of something I don’t EXACTLY know what is from a bottle I bought on the internet…

    16 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    After weeks of nightmare evenings and nights with Little B wreathing around in discomfort I’ve started to give him something to help with the griping pain. I had hoped the phase would pass without third party help, but I couldn’t stand it any longer. I visited Boots but came away empty handed when I read the ingredients in the likes of Infacol and Gripe Water – there are more E numbers than you can shake a stick at. Rather than giving him something to treat the symptoms (mega wind, gas, tummy as tight as a drum) I want to get to the root of the problem, so am starting with a probiotic…
  • How to make eye drops out of breast milk

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    It’s been almost two years since I first blogged about breast milk eye drops, and I’m at it again. Last time it was me with the eye infection (it was swiftly cured by pouring in drops of my own milk): this time it’s Little B, who’s had blocked tear ducts (pictured – I do hope you’re not eating elevenses). Apparently blocked tear ducts are really common and can last for up to a year (a year!)Our doctor suggested massaging the area under his eyes from the edge of the eye towards the nose to encourage the fluid to flow through, as well as keeping his eyes clean, but with his eyes…
  • I should have been more assertive and insisted on breast feeding

    9 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Little B’s gorgeous, podgy legs are now sporting a pair of plasters thanks to the administration of his 8 week jabs (pictured). It was an ordeal, in more ways than one. As if getting us all up, breakfasted, dressed and out of the door by 9.15am wasn’t bad enough, it was raining cats and dogs and we had no option but to go on foot. In order to get to the surgery in the fastest possible time and avoid unnecessary drenching, there was nothing for it but to put BB in the pushchair with the rain cover (I was hoping her pushchair days were over) and Little B in the papoose, under the cover of…
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  • No more babies Mummy!

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    'No more babies Mummy!' Aiden said to me recently in the shower,'Can you don't born (give birth to) anymore babies Mummy?' Puzzled as to why he suddenly said this, I asked him and he said, 'With so many babies, they will sleep in my room, in ah-ma's place, all over the sofa and Daddy cannot sit on the sofa to watch TV and I will have to sleep with Daddy and Mummy as the babies would take up space in my room.' Interesting train of thoughts.Credit: The GuardianWe were chatting about being the first child, middle child or youngest child of the family with my parents. I asked Aiden aloud, 'can…
  • Sleeping arrangement for the kids

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    How do you plan the sleeping arrangement for your kids? Do you co-sleep in the same room, have separate beds in the same room or have them in their own bedrooms? When we first had Aiden, we planned for his cot bed to be beside our bed in our bedroom. It is easier for us as first time parents, to respond to his needs and cries.Aiden at 10 month old, pulling himself up for the first time. I breastfed Aiden for twelve months, and what helped with this was co-sleeping with him. I was exhausted as he was still not sleeping through when he was a year old. I remember him as a bigger baby, and so…
  • Better parenting friendly practices at work = better parents?

    29 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    According to a recent employment survey performed by the Ministry of Manpower, more firms in Singapore are providing flexible work arrangements and leave benefits to help their employees with family commitments. Employees are now expecting and are getting more benefits/arrangements to achieve better work-life balance and generally be happier at work.While I do appreciate the growing flexibility and options when it comes to parenting-friendly practices, we do need to re-think some of the following parenting choices which are becoming more common.Going on unpaid leave to accompany their child…
  • Reviewed: Stuck on You Labels & Personalized Gifts

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    When the time came for us to prepare Aiden for play school two years back, we were overwhelmed. We had to prepare a whole list of personal belongings for him including his own water bottle, mug, toothbrush, milk bottle, milk powder dispenser and label them for easy identification in school. I happily shopped around for a bag for him before we received the list of items to bring for school, and needless to say, it was only big enough to contain half of his belongings! The labels we used were also the non fancy, black on white name labels and they faded over time through repeated washing of the…
  • Safe Water Play For Babies & Toddlers

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    It's hot and humid weather for most of the days in Singapore. For some respite from the heat, we enjoy playing in the water with the kids whenever we get the chance to.However, the harmful rays from the scorching sun had me thinking twice some days and I slather on sunblock on the kids before bringing them to the pool.When we found out about Poolzies, pool shoes with anti-slip protection for those tiny toes, we were sold! Before we had pool shoes for Aiden and Ava, bringing them to the pool would have me worry about them slipping while playing at the water fountains. With the Poolzies Pool…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • 50 Shades of Suburbia: Gear Up For “Naked Month” at GIRLilla Warfare

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Valentine’s Day … 50 Shades of Grey (or 50 Shades of Highlights as we like to call it in Suburbia — I mean, really, who here does Grey?). Yes, it’s going to be a smokin’ hot month at GIRLilla Warfare, and we are going to tap into our vulnerability, our MOM-ability, our sexuality, our desires, our beauty, and our finances. So buckle your seatbelt, and put this on your Tuesday To-Do List kicking off in February: 1. “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman writes about how hurtful our kids’ rejections (You’re wearing THAT, Mom … Just…
  • Hot-Off-The-Press: ‘FUGITIVE COLORS’ Debuts In Paperback

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends – It’s been a crazy ride — juggling my book, the blog, and of course, THE FAM, but wouldn’t have my so-called life any other way. My award-winning debut novel FUGITIVE COLORS, a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge on the “eve” of WWII, is now available in Paperback — with a whole new look. Pre-sales begin TODAY onAmazon, B & N, and IndieBound (pick your fave) … and for those who like to listen, check out the novel in audio. Of course … there’s still hardcover and Kindle versions. So…
  • GIRLilla Warfare’s 2015 “Top 10″ IN & OUT List

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: “The Beauty Babe”) From the explosion of Tinder Hookups to Kim Kardashian’s tabletop-sized butt, 2014 was truly a roller-coaster ride of seriously wacky pop culture and beauty trends. As the self-proclaimed yenta on all things trendy, I have consulted with my posse of experts to compile my Second Annual Beauty Babe’s IN & OUT List for 2015. 1. Competitive “Alpha” Yoga is So OUT, Authentic Mindful Yoga is IN. Full disclosure here … I have never taken a yoga class. This is due to my inability to touch my toes and the paralyzing fear of…
  • Wishing You & Your Family A Merry Christmas Filled With Joy & Laughter xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    24 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    May your Christmas sparkle with unforgettable moments of Love & Laughter, Peace & Presents, Family & Friends …  May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces who mean everything to you.   With Much Joy, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare
  • Happy Chanukkah — LIGHT IT UP With Latkes, Love & Laughter – xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends –  Spin the dreidel … Light the Menorah …  and Live it up on latkes for Eight Crazy Nights … May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces around the table who mean everything to you.   With Much Love, Joy & Laughter, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare 
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Calling for Submissions for the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in February 2015! (Check out January, December 2014, November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for February 2015: Theme: Do It Yourself: Teach us how to do something with your best tutorial – on anything.
  • 7 Steps to Stop Arguing and Start Collaborating

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself in the run around of arguing with someone you love? I do and it leads me nowhere – in a hurry. For years I’ve been working on building my communication skills such that I can leave arguing behind, but alas, I’m still a work in progress (just ask my husband and kids). Recently, I’ve been implementing three strategies to problem solving in my family. The first option is having a peaceful solution focused discussion and that means to stop arguing and start collaborating. If it was only that easy, like flipping a switch. But it’s not…
  • Seven Tips for Decluttering with Your Clutterbug

    NPN Guest
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Why seven tips? Because I like lists and random numbers. This is both. Hashtag: NAILED IT. Even kids raised in minimalist households can often have trouble separating from possessions. The connection to possessions can be…
  • Questions to Ask When Interviewing a New Pediatrician (with Printable Questionnaire)

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    One of the most common questions I see on my local parenting group forums goes something like this: “I’m 30 weeks pregnant and still need to find a pediatrician. Do you have any recommendations?” or “We’re moving and need to find a new family doctor. Is there anyone in the area who is delayed-vax friendly?” Finding a new doctor can be a daunting task, but you are entitled to interview doctors and select someone who is a good fit for you and your family. Pathways to Family Wellness, a magazine dedicated to helping families “create wholeness on all…
  • The Twelve Days of the Crunchy, All-Inclusive December Holiday Season

    23 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Photo by Elena Roussakis As we celebrate the Winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Southern, the Natural Parent Network volunteers would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays, whatever holiday(s) you may celebrate. We know that the holidays can be stressful – so much to do and make and wrap. So, in order to take ourselves a little lighter during a time when we may be trying to make everything perfect, please enjoy our generic rendition of a classic, and cherish the memories you make this season with your family!   The Twelve Days…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • That Light Bulb Moment

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    When Kieran was maybe five years old, he asked me if he could learn to knit. He often watched me knitting and thought it was cool to see the yarn go from an endless string of nothing much to an intricately patterned something else. He spent a few painful afternoons of his five-year-old existence trying to use fine motor skills that simply hadn’t developed yet. It was frustrating for both of us. Shortly before he turned seven, he started asking me again to teach him how to knit. It was my annual pre-Christmas gift-making frenzy period, and I managed to put him off until a week or so…
  • Calling for Submissions for the February 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Do It Yourself

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in February 2015! (Check out January, December 2014, November, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Lauren at Hobo Mama and Dionna at Code Name: Mama. Here are the submission details for February 2015: Theme: Do It Yourself: Teach us how to do something with your best tutorial – on anything.
  • Do Families Outgrow Attachment Parenting?

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    I did an interview once with Sona from The Bump on attachment parenting. She mentioned that a lot of parents “leave” AP because they feel like it is an all-or-nothing philosophy. It saddens me that because so many of the AP ideals revolve around babyhood, parents get confused about how AP could possibly apply to older children. But attachment parenting is about building healthy relationships. Period. Nurturing relationships with our children does not stop at some magical moment when babies become toddlers. Or when toddlers become preschoolers. Building those secure relationships…
  • Whistling While We Work: On Kids and Chores

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. My kids have always helped pick up their toys, and they will do tasks as we assign them, but they’ve never had regular “chore” expectations. In talking to several other parents about what kind of…
  • January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions – Household Chores

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    We continue to be delighted with the inspiration and wisdom our Carnival of Natural Parenting participants share, and we hope you’ll join us for the next carnival in January 2015! (Check out December, November, September, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January 2014, and summaries of all our 2013 posts, 2012 posts, and 2011 posts if you missed any.) Your co-hosts are Dionna at Code Name: Mama and Lauren at Hobo Mama. Here are the submission details for January 2015: Theme: Household Chores: Oh, that dreaded word! We all have ‘em, but how do we manage to do…
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  • 5 Tips to Help Kids Blow Their Noses Right

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Being a dad means taking a keen interest in my boys’ bowel movements, sleep cycles and, yes, boogies. Who signed me up for this? And where is the adult-ed course that tackles these topics? For most dads, it’s a learn as you go process. But sometimes we need a little extra information to get the job done. So I’m glad Boogie Wipes sent along the following five tips on the fine art of nose blowing. I remember my mother used a device on me that looked like a small gray balloon to literally suck the snot out of my nose. Clearly, my nose blowing skills were lapped by my coloring…
  • 5 Things Dads Should Do As Soon As Possible

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:31 am
    Is there a father out there whose plate isn’t absurdly full at any given moment? Didn’t think so. Still, our to-do lists must be prioritized to keep all those plates spinning. Fantasy Football, alas, can wait. Other items will make a swift difference, and they shouldn’t take an absurd amount of time. Here are five items dads should do now, if not sooner, to put a serious bounce in their step. Make a Goodwill Run: Clutter may be a first-world problem, but the amount of stress it causes can’t be overlooked. Take those unwatched DVDs, dog-eared books and shoes you think…
  • Another Crazy Day at the School Drop-Off Line

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    I’ve officially seen everything now at my kid’s school drop-off zone. Mommylibrium works a 9-to-5 style job, leaving this budding entrepreneur to taxi my sons to and from school. It’s mostly a joy, especially seeing my oldest son smile when he spots our sleek KIA Rondo in the school drop-off line. It’s been an education in the drop-off process, that dance involving pokey parents, scampering toddlers and a half-dozen other daily calamities-in-waiting. By January I’ve got the system down cold, but nothing prepared me for the scene I saw earlier today. Picture the…
  • Top 5 Ice Skating Villains to Avoid at the Rink

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Even winter haters like myself melt over ice skating with my kids. My boys are old enough to maneuver around Denver’s downtown rink solo. We helmet them up just in case, but that’s just our inner helicopter parent. The trouble now isn’t our boys face-planting on the unforgiving ice. It’s the array of hyper-annoying skaters clogging the rink. You know them by the sight, but let’s call them out by name. Hopefully, a little cyber-shaming will help change their ways. Or, in a perfect world, make them consider a different sport. The Selfie-Obsessed: Yes, selfies are a…
  • ‘Daphne Dishes’ Star Balances Career, Family Ties

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Daphne Brogdon used to love appearing alongside her children on TV. These days, she’s more cautious about sharing her career with her kids. Brogdon is a blogger, cook, stand-up comic and now host of her own Food Network show. “Daphne Dishes,” which airs at noon EST Sundays, lets her combine her skills into one family-friendly dish. Her show finds her preparing food for comforting dinners, birthday parties and the occasional girls’ night out. She spoke with Daddylibrium and several other reporters during a phone press conference earlier this week about her novel way of keeping…
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    Learning Together

  • Raising a Reader

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    What’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child prepare for reading and learning? Would you believe it only takes 15 minutes a day? Yes, that’s it. The answer: Read to your child. Does just 15 minutes a day make a difference? You bet it does. Spending 15 minutes a day reading aloud to your child from birth to age five equals 27,375 minutes! That’s 456.25 hours of critical language and vocabulary! The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended daily reading because studies show that fewer than half (48 percent) of U.S. children are read to by a family member…
  • New Year, New Family Traditions

    12 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Will this be the best year ever for your family? Forget about resolutions which are easily broken (or forgotten) by the second week in February. Instead, focus on making memories together! This year, start some new traditions to make this your family’s most memorable year so far. (At least until the next one.) Here are some ideas to get you started. Celebrate the little things. For both kids and parents, make a big deal out of milestones and developments in your lives. You can have a potty training party. Celebrate good grades or a promotion or a new job with an impromptu shindig. Dig out…
  • Printable New Year’s Resolution Worksheet for Kids

    23 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The new year is a perfect time to reflect on all of our past accomplishments, as well as identify new ways to make positive changes for the future. Many adults make new year’s resolutions, but it’s also important for children to reflect on the milestones they met in 2014 and identify their own goals for 2015. Here, we have provided two “New Year’s Resolution” worksheets for your little ones to fill out and sign! For younger children, print out the sheet on the left and work with them to fill in the blanks as they reveal what they want to learn, see and do in the…
  • Free Winter-Themed Snowflake Activity for Kids

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    December 21st marks the first day of winter! Whether you’re bundling up for the cold or enjoying a warmer climate, it’s still fun to celebrate the beauty that comes with this season in many parts of our country. Here is a winter activity that will let your kiddos do just that while perfecting their fine motor skills and inspiring creativity. Click the image below to view and download our free printable snowflake craft. We have provided a template, as well as instructions for kids of all ages to create their own beautiful flurries!
  • Moving Up: Transitioning Your Child to a New Classroom

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    Moving up to a new classroom is an exciting time filled with fun and opportunity. We know transitions can sometimes be a little scary for both children and parents. That’s why our teachers and school staff are dedicated to supporting families every step of the way. Every child is different; for some, moving to a new classroom is fun and exciting, but for others, it may be more stressful. Our goal is to make transitions as smooth as possible, for everyone involved. Our School Readiness Pathway ensures that each child is in the classroom that best meets their individual needs for proper…
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    Jana Kingsford

  • LOVE the LITTLE time you have to work on your BIG dreams.

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    LOVE the LITTLE time you have to work on your BIG dreams. I want to tell you a little secret about the LITTLE time you have to work on your BIG dreams. I’m guessing it annoys that shiz outta you, that you only have dribs and drabs of time to work on your BIG dreams. You think “if I only I had one solid chunk of time to work on my BIG dreams, imagine what I could do”… I’m hearing ya. We see all these people (usually childless) getting to work on their BIG dreams for BIGGER amounts of hours and it’s soul destroying seeing what they can achieve and what…
  • 4 Ways To Colour In Your LIFE (So You Can Have More Fun + More Focus + More Productive!) Ohhhh and feel more alive!

    17 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    4 Ways To Colour In Your LIFE (So You Can Have More Fun + More Focus + More Productive!) Ohhhh and feel more alive! I’m exhausted, I’m tired and I’m soooo sore from wakeboarding… BUT I feel totally alive, because this year is all about COLOURING IN! You’re invited to BIG DREAMS BOOTCAMP my step-by-step productivity + priorities + project planning + blockbusting methods + flow + focus + anti-procrastination SYSTEM Colouring in the lines of your life adding back that contrast. That’s the direction and intention for this year. COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE! Have more…
  • Day 13 Clean Kitchen Before Bed

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Day 13 Clean Kitchen Before Bed Day 13: Clean Kitchen Before Bed! (even when and especially when you’re super tired!) Last night I got home from a 1.5hour drive and a day in the sun wakeboarding… I got the kids showered, dinnered, dressed (at the same time unpacking the bags and hanging wet towels!!), I looked at the containers, the esky’s, the bags that needed unpacking and I was like…. “I’ll do it in the morning – I’m way too exhausted!” Then I remembered, OMG JANA if you do not clean this kitchen and these dishes, and unpack this food,…
  • FREE LIFE LIST TEMPLATE Day 12 Make a Life List

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    FREE LIFE LIST TEMPLATE Day 12 Make a Life List Do you ever see someone do something and think to yourself – “ohhhhh that’s a nice idea – I ‘should’ do that one day. I’m the same. Put me on Pinterest seeing those fancy birthday cakes some mamas make – makes me go “ohhhh I wanna do that too!” So why don’t you? Yeah good question I ask myself too. Why don’t I. I have a database inside my head of all these crazy BIG and LITTLE things I want to do = MAKE A LIFE LIST! A life list is your cure to store the database of…
  • Day 11: 30 in 30! (30grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up)

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Day 11: 30 in 30! (30grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up) Okay I’m saying fat or protein because recently I changed from protein to (good) fats within 30 minutes of waking. Everyones different and do what you do – but here’s the thing. Link what you’re eating with it all. This method is from the “4 Hour Body” by Tim Ferris (it’s not my method – I just use it!) Don’t do this if it doesn’t call to you – BUT if you feel like you are up and down all day – or you get tension headaches – you could be needing…
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • Weekly wishes – week 4

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    January is almost at an end. Just the worst month of the winter to come: February. But on a more cheerful note, it’s a new week with new opportunities. Bring it on. Weekly wishes last week Work on a headpiece/fascinator – NOPE. Start the Bikini Body Guide – DONE – big success with this as I did all three training sessions for the first week and also made one of the recipes. Bake a cake for E’s third birthday – DONE, of course. The week The birthday week about summed up the week for us, as E turned three on Wednesday. So Tuesday evening was all about cake…
  • Memories – a few favourites from South Africa

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    I think I left an even larger piece of my heart in South Africa this trip. Both Husband and I fell in love with the country when we visited for the first time in late 2013/early 2014, but this time around I fell even harder. Sitting back at home in snowy Stockholm, all I can think of are our South African holiday memories. To help ease my heartache, I thought I would share some of our favourite moments from the first part of our trip with you. South African holiday memories – Stellenbosch wine region I think this might be one of my favourite shots from the whole holiday, and I took it…
  • What I Wore Wednesday

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    I was inspired for What I Wore Wednesday this week by this outfit Hallie wore and because I wanted an excuse to wear my new Kingsley Heath t-shirt. What I Wore Wednesday I didn’t mix up patterns like Hallie did (I need to get brave and start doing that though), but I loved the look of the shirt collar (from J Crew) peeking out of the neckline. And as I said, it gave me a reason to wear the t-shirt, which I picked up from one of my favourite South African brands, Kingsley Heath. And I added a jacket (from H&M) as today was Annual Review Day (eek!) and I wanted to smarten up a bit. I…
  • Weekly wishes – week 3

    19 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Given how late last week I posted my weekly wishes, it’s not surprising that I only managed one out of three. That’s my excuse anyway. Last week sped by in a flash. Monday and Tuesday we were enjoying our last days in Cape Town before we headed to the airport on Tuesday evening.   First thing on Wednesday morning we landed in Heathrow and then we were home by midday, and then back on work and preschool on Thursday. All I wanted to do on Thursday night was sleep and sleep and sleep, but I had a team dinner to attend and my appalling bowling skills to showcase. The Dude I am…
  • Weekly wishes – 2

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Last week, I decided to set a few weekly wishes that would last the whole year. Not resolutions as such – since I believe that you can make changes (and sometimes need to make changes) at any point in the year – but goals for 2015. And so far, I’ve managed to stick to one of the three – watching films. But that is because we have actually been away for the past couple of weeks. We loved our trip to South Africa last holiday season so much that we returned again this season (more to follow on this). So my film watching was on the plane: The Fault In Our Stars and…
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    Support for Stepdads

  • A Mobile Monitoring App For Keeping Your Children Safe

    Paula Green
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy A Mobile Monitoring App For Keeping Your Children Safe from Support for Stepdads . Has your child expressed anger or sadness after going online? This might be one of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Wedding Essentials

    Anna Donato
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy 15 Wedding Essentials from Support for Stepdads . A wedding is a public declaration of a couple’s union. It’s the happiest day of a couple’s life.  It’s a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five Tips To Help Any Husband Be Supportive To A Pregnant Wife

    Dixie Somers
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Five Tips To Help Any Husband Be Supportive To A Pregnant Wife from Support for Stepdads . As a future bio father, your thoughts may be running wild. Fortunately, you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eight Tips For Improving Family Communication

    Brooke Chaplan
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy Eight Tips For Improving Family Communication from Support for Stepdads . Family disputes can be very hard on everyone. They can tear rifts in a family that aren’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Effective Parent – How To Stay One After a Divorce

    Anita Ginsburg
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Effective Parent – How To Stay One After a Divorce from Support for Stepdads . While it may seem like the divorce is difficult enough to get through, the aftermath... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • Today, The Pediatrician Called

    Rebecca Wood
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    This afternoon, we had barely made it to speech therapy in time and Charlie needed her diaper changed. I was in the midst of changing Charlie’s diaper when my cell phone rang. It was Charlie’s pediatrician. Normally, I let all calls go to voice mail when I’m busy. But, the pediatrician’s call went to voice mail yesterday. I didn’t want to waste more of her time. I answered the phone and awkwardly cradled it between my head and shoulder. It wasn’t a surprise the pediatrician called. We usually talk after Charlie’s clinic days to discuss how the…
  • The End Of Holiday Break

    Rebecca Wood
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    I’m guilty of not updating my blog. The vacation from therapy allowed Charlie and I to do other things. For example, I’ve written this post: Ten Activities In Virginia State Parks For Kids Who Aren’t Walking Yet and this post: Why We Didn’t Have More Children. Mostly, Charlie and I had fun playing. She’s tried new things like a toddler tumbling class and regular swims. Here is a video of tumbling class: Next week, we hit the ground running as her therapy schedule resumes after a very long winter break. Hopefully, her orthotics will finally arrive. Charlie…
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (and Charlie)

    Rebecca Wood
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Charlie did really well with the MRI on Monday. By the afternoon, she was feeling well enough to bowl. Despite my high level of anxiety, the procedure went smoothly. First, she was given an oral medication to help her relax. She acted silly, laughed excessively, and played peek-a-boo with anyone who made eye contact. Afterwards, she was wheeled back and given anesthesia via gas. According to the nurse, Charlie counted down with the anesthesiologist before falling asleep. Once she was asleep, an IV line was put in and her airway was protected. The MRI took a little over an hour. She slept…
  • Count Down To Christmas!

    Rebecca Wood
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:30 pm
    We watched the Polar Express together. Friday night, we bought and put up our very first Christmas tree. Charlie was an enthusiastic participant. In addition to the tree, I hope to make gingerbread houses with her between now and Christmas. This is the first Christmas that she is able to actively participate in holiday themed activities. We are enjoying the novelty of it all. During the tree assembly, Charlie shifted her focus between helping and running around the living room. At one point she babbled, “Mommy, mommy, mommy, I love mommy.” as she ran towards me. Stunned, I asked…
  • Charlie Loves Gymnastics

    Rebecca Wood
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Charlie was invited to a gymnastics themed birthday party. “How fun!” I thought when we received the invitation. I wasn’t sure how Charlie was going to participate but I knew she would enjoy it. The party was Saturday. Charlie was the smallest of the preschoolers that ran through the gym while the instructor set up mats. The other kids seemed bigger, possibly older, and had a more advanced skill set. To top things off, Charlie fell on her face before things even really began. I assumed I would have to help Charlie participate. I was mostly wrong. After I helped her with…
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    The Disorganisation Guru

  • 4 Pieces of Advice You Should Never Take

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    We hear those pieces of advice all the time, often from people who care for us deeply. They are given to provide us support, comfort, encouragement, not to do us harm. But, if you come to think about them, very often it is precisely the advice that you should not take. Here is several of them […]
  • And the Immigrant vote goes to…

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    Originally posted on Jobstealer:So, you moved to another country and built your nest there. You pay your taxes, buy local products, your kids form part of the local education system, in other words, you are a part of local economy and society. With some tinny tiny differences, but still. You have even made friends…
  • How to Operate an Elevator and Make the World a Better Place

    20 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    You see it every day. People pressing buttons like crazy, even though there are actually only 2 to press, and expecting the elevator to understand their intentions. Frustration, irritation. People who want to go down, entering a lift going upwards.The humiliated look on their faces when they have been given a ride and returned to […]
  • Who Should Teach Online Manners?

    17 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    This definitely is the digital age and we are plugged in, all of us. My two children are only 11 and 8 and yet they already spend some time every day glued to their gadgets. Part of that time is used for gaming and part for interacting with their friends. Sometimes I want to just […]
  • Confessions of a Disorganized Mom

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    It is difficult to be a parent In this era of social media, where everybody is striving to broadcast the best version of themselves. I know that what I’m about to write will expose me to a lot of judging, but I am going to confess anyway. So, here it is: I don’t put enough […]
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    Ruddy Bits

  • Ending the Holidays With Style ... and a Splat.

    Cort Ruddy
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Some kids are barfers. Let’s just get that out there.   It seems every family has one. I remember growing up in our rather large family that my younger brother was our designated barfer. Whenever even the slightest cold would work its way through the gaggle of siblings, he’d end up hung over a bucket for a few hours or a few days.In more recent years, my own kids have had a fairly open competition for who would carry the mantle in our family. They’ve all done their share of regurgitation. But as I look back over the years, and read the related posts, I realize that one…
  • A Cat, a Pine Tree, and a Christmas Wish

    Cort Ruddy
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    Christmas miracles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big, some quite small. Some are furry. And some involve men with bucket trucks.Before we get to that, let’s just establish that I don’t consider myself a cat person. I’ve even been known to poke fun at friends who use Facebook as their cat’s personal online photo diary.Growing up, my family always had cats and dogs, and I always leaned toward the barking variety – in part because I found them more manageable and thus more easily loved. Don’t get me wrong, I adore kittens, with their rambunctious playfulness. But the…
  • Canceling Christmas (Cards)

    Cort Ruddy
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    This is exceptionally lame. But, then again, it’s been that kind of year.First, we’d like to thank all the family and friends who had the decency, organizational skills, and mastery of time to send us holiday cards. We truly appreciate each and every one.Appreciate may be an understatement; We celebrate each one. Cards arrive each day and the kids line up at the kitchen counter next to the fresh pile of mail for the chance to open one. They revel in it. After all, it’s not often that we get mail addressed to the whole family. “Is this for me?” They say with excitement. “Yes.
  • Kid Writings #1: The Rooster and the Royal Chores

    Cort Ruddy
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    So, my kids are writers. Their school makes them write stuff all the time, obviously. But they also do it when they’re not required to, just when a story moves them or they grow bored with sneaking an iPhone to build a new Minecraft world.They write just for fun. That makes them writers in my view.With all these little authors running around I thought, “Why not share some of their work with the world.” (Quote marks to indicate me talking to myself). To which I responded, “Yes. Why not?” So that’s what I’m doing. As said before, it’s my blog and I’ll do what the heck I…
  • Did I Find My Parenting Mojo? Or Just Lose My Mind?

    Cort Ruddy
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    I can’t decide if I’m getting better at this whole parenting gig, or if I’ve officially lost my mind.Compare a scenario from a few years ago to a similar one recently. About two years back, as part of an ill-conceived Mother’s Day bonus gift, I took all four kids with me to Wegman’s for our weekly supply run. I don’t recall much because most of the actual memories are suppressed, but it was mayhem. You’ve surely heard the expression herding cats. Now imagine herding cats in a crowded grocery store while trying to get enough food to last a family of six for a week. The kids…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Intimidation: Bullying’s Evil Twin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bullying has a twin, and it is intimidation. When teens or adults bully someone, their goal is to intimidate the victim into feeling fear and shame. Intimidating a person can come in many forms, and if the intimidation is life-threatening, the person can be arrested for their behavior. How Do Manipulators Intimidate and Control their Victims There are certain characteristics and behaviors that are common in intimidating another person. Two clinical psychologists, Braiker and Simon, have identified tactics that show the manipulation. Negative reinforcement Intermittent reinforcement creates an…
  • The Hidden World of Sex Slavery
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sex slavery in America is life at its worst, and being transported to an unknown destination makes it worse. Different cultures have different meanings, but basically it means holding a person against their will for non-consensual sexual activity. The victim could be either male or female, but primarily it is women and children who are used in this industry. Slavery itself refers to a person who is not free to live as they would choose. In many countries there is a traditional form of sex slavery, such as concubines, who spend their entire lives serving a man with sexual favors. Prostitution,…
  • The Best Online Dating Tips in the World
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everyone wants to get out and mingle at some point in time.  Online dating is a great way to mingle without leaving the comfort of your home.  Online dating can be dangerous but here are a few men and women can remain safe, mingle and make new friends, and find a special someone. Discover more Online Dating Tips here.  5 Online Dating Tips for Women Try Not to Use Cliches  When you are creating your profile, one thing you should try to do is avoid clichés.  Strive to stand out and be unique.  A lot of people have the same information and pick-up lines on their profile.  Write…
  • Top Dating Advice for Women
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Finding the perfect person to spend the rest of your life with can be a daunting process. There are a lot of men out there, but finding the right one can be overwhelming, leaving you to wonder how to find a good man who will serve as the perfect complement and won’t become someone you can’t live with shortly after you commit. The best dating advice for women will help you find the easiest ways to find the right man and make your dating life the success you’ve been looking for. You can get your fairy tale ending as long as you take care in your dating strategy. Online Dating…
  • What Causes Depression?
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    What causes depression and anxiety in successful students, professionals and outwardly stable individuals? 19 million adults in the United States are affected by depression every year. Depression can cause an extremely low mood, feelings of worthlessness and a loss of pleasure in everyday life. Depression is considered to be a chronic medical condition because it can affect the brain. Below is the scientific explanation of depression as a medical chronic condition treatable by drugs and therapy. Neurotransmitters Depression’s effects on the brain are understood in context of…
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  • GIVEAWAY: Maryland prize basket

    Meghan G
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:39 am
    Kathi Haacke celebrates the release of her first novel with a prize package from her home state of Maryland. Read GIVEAWAY: Maryland prize basket on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Calling all cooks! Boticelli Gift Basket Giveaway ends 1/6 ENDED prAna clothing Sustainable Style Giveaway ENDED Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack Giveaway
  • Moms Night: DIY Wine & Paint Night

    Meghan G
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Does a "wine & paint" night sound like a blast, but the price tag isn't quite in your budget, or they aren't offered in your area? Never fear, team up with a few friends and do one yourself, at a family friendly cost and on a family friendly schedule! Read Moms Night: DIY Wine & Paint Night on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Fun, frugal Moms Night In ideas Card Sharps and Super Sleuths: Mamas Game Night In Crafty Mamas Night In
  • #MonsterJam doesn’t disappoint!

    Meghan G
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    My kids love monster trucks, they love mayhem, and they love noise, so Monster Jam hits the trifecta as far as we are concerned. It’s hard to say which part of Monster Jam we enjoyed most. The stunts, the recovery crane, the digger fixing up the course during intermission… They all were all well received by Read #MonsterJam doesn’t disappoint! on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Your kid will love Monster Jam ® more than cookies. Monster Jam Contest Roundup Monster Jam® Thunders into Washington, D.C. show information and…
  • Books on First: ‘A Date to Die For’ by Bonnie R Paulson

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A Date to Die for: Complete Experience $2.99 Release Day -A Date to Die for: 5, 6, & 7: Dirty Twist, Check Mate, & Last Chance On Sale $.99!! This month’s book review continues our theme of stories that we can follow while chasing small children.   Because the sad truth is that it’s hard to Read Books on First: ‘A Date to Die For’ by Bonnie R Paulson on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Books on First: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Books on First: Tanglewood Plantation by Jocelyn Miller Books on…
  • GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy

    Meghan G
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Enter to win four tickets to see the show on Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m. The winner's tickets will be held at will call. Winner may be required to show ID in order to collect tickets. Pin this or share it to your facebook profile to remind you to come back and get your daily bonus entries for your best chance to win! Read GIVEAWAY: Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic show information and ticket giveaway Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Fantasy…
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    Early Intervention Support | Early Intervention Support

  • Gross Motor Skills for Infants Aged 0-12 Months

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
    You can help support the development of your baby’s gross motor skills from the moment you bring them home. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body, such as the arms and legs. In early child development, it’s the strengthening of these muscles that enable infants to hold their head up, sit up independently, crawl, and eventually walk. Find out more about gross motor skills for infants, gross motor milestones, and activities that support gross motor development in our presentation below. The post Gross Motor Skills for Infants Aged 0-12 Months appeared first on…
  • Explaining Early Intervention Services to Grandparents

    Tamara Guo
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Sometimes when a child is first enrolled in Early Intervention services our families tell us that their own parents are not “on board” with the program. They sometimes hear things from their child’s grandparents such as, “You didn’t talk until you were 3, and you’re fine!” or “There is nothing wrong with my grandson, he doesn’t need therapy!” Talking with grandparents about the benefits of Early Intervention services is very important in order to help them to understand the pluses to a program that may not have existed when they had their own children. Grandparents can…
  • 10 Winter Safety Tips for Kids: Keep Children Warm & Safe

    Tamara Guo
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:59 am
    With the New Year comes cold winter weather in many parts of the country, so what can you do during these long, dark months of cold, snow, sleet and rain to help keep your children safe and warm? Be aware that little ones lose their body heat more rapidly than adults and they are also less able to understand and express to you when they are starting to feel cold. Winter Safety Tips for Kids: Be vigilant: Check on your kids frequently when they are playing outdoors and if you notice them getting wet or they look visibly cold, bring them indoors. Teach toddlers the difference between warm and…
  • How to Encourage Baby to Walk

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    If your baby has been crawling for approximately four months, you can help encourage her to take her first steps with some simple activities. Check out our infographic below: The post How to Encourage Baby to Walk appeared first on Early Intervention Support.
  • What To Do When Little Kids Say “Bad” Words

    Tamara Guo
    6 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    The first time that your toddler uttered a swear word, it undoubtedly caught everyone by surprise and might have even made people laugh. Why do little kids say bad words? Because they often get a BIG reaction (be it positive or negative) from the big people in their lives.  They may have heard an older sibling say a swear word, or may have heard the word on TV, via video games or even out in public from a complete stranger.  But, admit it, many times they learned it from YOU, their parent. Often this was inadvertent by you, such as being cut off in traffic, or stubbing your toe on the…
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    A Fine Parent

  • Are These Character Education Mistakes Sabotaging Your Family?

    Brit Chambers
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    We saw several articles this month outlining a variety of ways to build character in our kids. But, what if none of our efforts seem to make any difference? What if our kids continue being mean, in spite of our attempt to teach them compassion? What if our kids continue to be bossy, in spite of our attempt to teach them politeness? What if all our attempts to teach them to be responsible come up short? As parents invested in raising kids with good character, this can be very frustrating. But the reasons for these setbacks may actually just be us unintentionally sabotaging our character…
  • Are You Teaching Kids Responsibility? 50 Simple Challenges to Get You Started

    Cara Sue Achterberg
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    How capable are your kids? I’m not talking about their math ability or how well they throw a baseball. Can they operate a vacuum cleaner? Cook a meal? Lodge a complaint? Change a light bulb? Many kids today live a life of entitlement. Very little is asked of them in terms of responsibilities at home. I know, at least in my house, this is mainly due to parental laziness. It’s much easier to do a job myself, especially if I want it done right (interpretation – the way I think it should be done). I get tired of nagging, demanding, and threatening. Consequently, instead of teaching kids…
  • How to Teach Bossy Kids to be Polite (Without Squashing Their Assertiveness)

    Cate Scolnik
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s a bit embarrassing when someone describes your kids in ways that are less than complimentary, isn’t it? “She really tells the other kids what to do, doesn’t she? A right little bossy boots!” You instantly feel the need to justify your child’s behavior, but later you wonder… You wonder if your child really IS bossy. You wonder about your parenting techniques and if you’re on the right track. You wonder if you ought to be doing something when you see your child being assertive the next time. My own daughter is strong willed and opinionated, and I wonder. I…
  • What to Do When Your Kids Are Mean

    Marianne Griebler
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have your kids ever said something so unexpectedly mean that it made you recoil with horror? When our second daughter, Claire, was born, it was immediately clear that Sarah, our first born, was not a fan. She put on a good show initially – at least as a good a show as you can when you’re 2-1/2 and your world has been turned upside down. She claimed to love the baby; she would pat Claire’s head, try to feed her Cheerios and read her board books in a high-pitched, sing-songy voice. Soon these charitable acts were interspersed with minor acts of terrorism. Pinching. Yelling. Failed…
  • Positive Parenting Pledge for 2015 + Giveaway

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    From the surveys, your comments and your response to my emails so far, one thing is clear – We are a community of parents who love the idea of positive parenting. And yet, many of us struggle to implement the ideas on a day-to-day basis. What say we do something about it? Let’s end this year and start the next one with a bang. Let’s take a pledge, as a community, to be positive parents in 2015. I’ll be taking the pledge right alongside you, and will support you in this pledge the best I can – All articles in 2015 will be approached from a positive parenting…
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  • Gentle Giants: Greyhound Adoption

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Puppies are cute, right? Who doesn't love a puppy? Me, that's who. With their tiny razor teeth and their incontinence these sweet little balls of fur can be a tad overwhelming for a mother of two. While many are lining up at the breeder for a chance to snuggle with a picture perfect furbaby, I'll take my chances with a mature dog any day. The idea of Greyhound adoption hit my radar just weeks ago and let me tell you, I am hooked.While we won't be able to take part in a greyhound adoption ourselves, I'd like to commit to encouraging others to do so this year. We've recently welcomed an autism…
  • Fostering Talent in Your Kids: Encourage Them to Believe in Their Abilities

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Being a parent also includes fostering talent within your child. Nurturing your child's strengths and specific talents is a fantastic way to increase more confidence in your child, allowing them to develop and grow into confident teenagers and then adults. Not all parents can afford to send their kids to multiple recreational classes and lessons outside of school such as swimming courses and skating classes, but they can still keep fostering talent in their child with encouraging words and quality time. As parents, we love our children unconditionally and may feel as though anything our child…
  • Is It Possible to Be Friends With Kids?

    23 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Old wisdom says, "Kids need you to be their parent, not their friend." I've always wondered why it can't be both. I recently polled dozens of parents to see if they think it's possible to be friends with kids. The responses were torn.Parents only."After 26 years of parenting, I can tell you that parent over friend is the way to go. Once they're adults, friendship forms, but kids take advantage when mom is your buddy.""We have both adult children and a little one. When they are young they need us to be their parents and not their friends.""Children need to be taught, guided, disciplined and…
  • Our Family Projects in 2015 that Help Us Grow Together

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Each year comes with new promises. This year has been a true whirwind, jumping into the New Year with lots of projects, school functions, and loads of work. So, I decided to make my two boys (8 and 5) a central part of my 2015 planning with fun family projects. I have started the year with these few ideas, and wanted to share them with you. Maybe you can do them as well!2015 Wish BoxThis year we each wrote down what we wanted to accomplish in this year and put it in a box. We will open it January 1st of next year to see how many of our goals we accomplished. The goals do not have to be…
  • Pack a Waste Free School Lunch in Five Steps

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Some parents pull together a packed school lunch so pretty, it's shared all over social media. Others of us put together everything one night of the week while some hastily throw stuff in a bag before school. No matter how or when it's readied, a packed lunch is a bit of food love from you to your kid. So while you're making an effort to craft this on the go meal, why not make it greener and consider the waste it creates? With some forethought, there could be no waste at all!Zero Waste is a growing trend across the world. It's defined as recycling and composting 90% of waste from a specific…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Week Old Denver Baby Fights Rare Cancer

    Lisa Arneill
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:20 pm
    When baby Cooper was born on January 20th, his parents immediately noticed that something was wrong  with their baby. “He wasn’t crying, so I kind of just sensed something was off,” Cooper’s mother Danielle Wilson, of Denver  told “His discoloration was very apparent.” Just 36 hours after his arrival Danielle and her husband Eric would receive the shocking news that their son had Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or AML. During talks with specialists later, they learned that AML is a common form of leukemia in adults, but is very rare in newborns…
  • Coast Guard Rescues Baby From Cruise Ship In Gulf Of Mexico

    Lisa Arneill
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Sometimes when you travel with young children, things don’t go as planned. Thankfully for one family whose baby fell sick on their vacation, Carnival Cruise Line acted quickly and their child was able to be transported to a U.S. hospital. The Coast Guard was dispatched to the Carnival Triumph cruise ship on Sunday night after the crew requested medical assistance to airlift a baby on board who was experiencing serious medical problems. According to a press release from the Coast Guard, they were called around 7:15 p.m. Sunday by the cruise line after an 8-month-old baby onboard was…
  • 4-year-old Saves Pregnant Mom’s Life with 911 call

    Lisa Arneill
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    As parents one of the skills we try to teach our kids is what to do in an emergency. For some kids, however, remembering all of the information that you need to give in the event of a critical situation – can be overwhelming. But thankfully for one pregnant mom, her 4-year-old stepped up when she was in the midst of a seizure. Centerria Manning only remembers waking up to her daughter standing over her on the phone with 911. “Somehow, she fell, and I went to go see what happened,” her daughter Calise told In a nearly 7 1/2 minute call with 911, Calise can be heard…
  • Twin Girls Need Liver Transplant and Father Can Only Donate to One

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    It is a scenario that no parent should ever have to face: making a choice between two of your children. Michael Wagner and his wife, Johanne Wagner, have decided to leave that choice up to the doctors of their twin girls, girls that both need new livers to survive. “We told them we didn’t want to be burdened with the decision making,” Johanne told CTV News. The girls, Binh and Phuoc, were 18 months old when the Wagners adopted them from Vietnam, putting their family at nine children. They knew early on that liver problems existed, but they didn’t know the extent of their condition.
  • Advanced Technology Helps Legally Blind Mother See Baby Boy after Birth

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:02 pm
    That first moment when you see your child—their face, their tiny fingers and toes, how much hair they have, what color their eyes are—it’s a moment that simply cannot be described. There’s nothing quite like it in the world, and you never forget it. Karen Beitz wouldn’t have had that moment if not for $15,000 eyewear. Karen has Stargardt disease, a genetic condition that causes macular degeneration. This condition has created a blind spot that blocks the center of her field of vision, leaving her with only a little bit of peripheral sight. But with eSight, she was able to see her…
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  • Misconceptions about Au Pairs in Rematch

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Whenever I have a family and au pair decide to rematch early, the biggest fear for the host family searching for a new au pair in country is “why are they in rematch?” When a family is given, or has given, their two weeks notice, they of course need someone to provide childcare as soon as possible, so they begin their search with in country au pairs. I have experienced the same fears from every host family; why is this au pair in rematch? Did something bad happen that they are no longer with their host families? Did they not provide quality childcare? These are all natural, fair,…
  • Bates Motel- A True American Halloween Experience!

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    It sounds silly, but I never realized that other countries don’t celebrate Halloween!  Once I heard this, I of course had to give the girls their first true Halloween experience!  What better way to do this than to visit Bates Motel in Glen Mills!  The Hayride has been featured several times on the Travel Channel and has now been rated as the Number 1 Haunted Attraction in America by Haunteworld Magazine, USA Today and many other national publications. I was a little nervous going on the hayride as I heard they have people in costume jump out at you and scare you.  This is NOT…
  • 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…
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    Raising Wild Ones

  • How to declutter magazines, journals & catalogues

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
     Are you a magazine addict? I am was. Newspapers not so much, I’d read them on my commute and leave them on the train for the next person (and if that sounds weird to you EVERYONE on the London tube did that!). Journals? YES! I have about 7 or 8 different journals I used to... Read More » The post How to declutter magazines, journals & catalogues appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • January themed crafts & activities + We Love Weekends

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
     Keep the little ones entertained this January with some awesome activities, crafts and play ideas from the awesome We Love Weekends bloggers. Featuring a few indoor crafts (for when it’s just WAY too cosy inside to start getting your coat on), some outdoor activities for those little wild ones that want to brave the January weather… and... Read More » The post January themed crafts & activities + We Love Weekends appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • Free Valentines printables + Frugal Family Linky

    21 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
     Looking for some free Valentines printables or worksheets? Or want to see some cool kids crafts and activities for Valentines that include free printables? OR are you looking for some home-made Valentines Day gift ideas that ALSO include free printables? Whatever it is, the awesome bloggers linking up to the Frugal Family have you covered!... Read More » The post Free Valentines printables + Frugal Family Linky appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • How to simplify: Books, DVDs & CDs

    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
     Books, DVDs, CDs, records, tapes…. These are the kind of things that somehow mysteriously multiply over time, and often end up in various places around the house. It’s easy to see why, these are things that bring us joy, they entertain us, they can even be conversation starters. But they are also clutter. Yes! Even books... Read More » The post How to simplify: Books, DVDs & CDs appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
  • We Love Weekends 16th Jan 2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
     Hello and welcome to the first We Love Weekends of 2015! I am super excited to be a co-host this year as this is a linky that I have loved ever since I found it and I can’t wait to help make it bigger and better than ever We Love Weekends is the ideal place... Read More » The post We Love Weekends 16th Jan 2015 appeared first on Raising Wild Ones.
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  • Activity-Led Learning

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
  • Addictive and Educational Cards Games for Children

    Rima Desai
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Activity: Ways to use the same set of cards in several different ways. We will explore creative imagination + practical learning. Age: Apt for 3-10 years, with adjustments made for the different age groups. Requirements: Any set of kid-friendly cards; ideally Go Fish or UNO   GAME 1: Play the core game Go Fish is a wonderful game for 4 year +. It emphasises attention span, quick mindedness and maths skills. Uno is wonderful for teaching Maths, Reasoning, Matching colors and numbers. Tip 1: Bend the rules as per your toddler’s comfort. My daughter played UNO at 2.9 years (Yes!). So each…
  • Somatization Disorder, and the Role of Unconditional Love

    Krishna Mahathi
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Source: Google images I have been reading a thought-provoking and enlightening book by John Bradshaw titled Healing the Shame that Binds Us. The author talks about ‘toxic shame’, wherein a person can come to believe that his whole self is fundamentally flawed and defective(instead of knowing his limitations, moral obligations and potential, which is  termed ‘healthy shame’). He goes on to explain how unexplained and concealed feelings of this nature in early childhood operate destructively in adult personalities and interpersonal relationships. My thoughts went back to numerous…
  • Helping your Child Cope with Stress

    Sridhar Ramanathan
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:38 am
    Source: Google Images Caution: If you dont know how to cope with your own stress, then attend to that first. How do you know your child is stressed? Here are a few possible symptoms does not pay attention to his favourite food prefers to stay alone mood swings outbursts answers questions in mono syllables distracted, disinterested pre-occupied Each child has his own way of expressing stress, and a sensitive parent will be able to tell that the child is not his usual self. (In some cases the child mimics what the parent does when stressed) Why does the child get stressed? Often, it boils down…
  • Child Safety and Indoor Health Hazards that are Easy to Overlook

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. If your child has frequent bouts of allergies and colds, the culprit could be hiding right at home under the guise of mold, animal dander, dust mites and chemicals found in everyday products. Here are 5 easy ways to reduce indoor pollution and lead a safe life. Ventilate often: Ventilation is very important in today’s day and age where smog, and airborne chemicals from perfumes and room fresheners can linger on, irritating asthmatics. Closed doors and windows are also a free passage for mold and fungus to develop.
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    The Best Baby Strollers Guide

  • BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller Review

    Lisa Sunny
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    When caring for young children, one of the most important investments that you can make is a reliable stroller. Caring for multiple young children makes that decision even more difficult and important. While you are searching for a new stroller, consider the BOB Revolution SE Duallie Stroller: lightweight and easy to operate, this one of the best double strollers currently on the market.This stroller has a number of features to support busy, active families on the go. As parents or caregivers run from one errand to another, they will appreciate its easy-to-fold design. The stroller weighs in…
  • Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop Folding Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller Review

    Lisa Sunny
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:13 am
    Unlike any other infant toddler triple strollers , Angeles has introduced an Infant 4-passenger Commercial Bye-Bye Stroller. The stroller has been designed to accommodate up to 4 babies at a go. For parents who are expecting triplets and have a toddler or need a baby stroller that can accommodate four babies, The four -Passenger stroller is perfectly designed for the job. Angeles Infant Toddler SureStop Folding Commercial Bye-Bye StrollerThe strollers are fitted with four padded reclining seats that are built to comfortably hold four infant toddlers.The No-roll technology with the…
  • Baby Strollers Tips

    Lisa Sunny
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:09 am
    Finding the right baby stroller for your infant can be a daunting task. The type of stroller can mean a world of difference for your child. It could be a place of enjoyment and entertainment as well as a place that is comfortable and relaxing. When it comes to finding a baby stroller, there are many different things that you need to consider. This baby strollers guide will help guide you in the right direction when it comes to purchasing your next stroller. There are different types of strollers depending on the age of the child. If the child is a newborn, the stroller will need to be…
  • Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller Review

    Lisa Sunny
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Contours Options LT Tandem StrollerFirst thing that comes to one’s mind when they think of a tandem stroller is something that’s big and heavy. Not with the Contours Options LT Tandem stroller. This double compartment stroller encompasses the newest designs making it lightweight at only 33.5lbs. The stroller is unisex meaning you can use it for boys and girls. Each seat can carry weights of up to 40lbs meaning 80lbs in total and the seats are reversible meaning that your child or children can face you or see their surroundings and still be in a comfortable position. What’s more, the…
  • Guide to Choosing the Best Baby Strollers

    Lisa Sunny
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Do you wish to buy the best stroller for your baby? Well, although there is no basic rule that requires you to buy it, it is unimaginable to think that you will leave the house without one. Perhaps when your child starts feeling more like a large sack of potatoes, you will learn to appreciate the importance of getting one.Since this will be one of the biggest purchases, you may want to ensure that you choose the right one. In fact, great varieties of baby strollers are available in the market that varies depending on prices and styles.>> Baby Jogger POD Chassis Review>> Graco…
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    The Raising Supaman Project

  • Has Your Life Mask Been Properly Secured First?

    Nathaniel Turner
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    “In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to […]
  • It’s Time To Develop Your Parental Involvement Policy

    Nathaniel Turner
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    The other afternoon, I received an email from a service provider that was the impetus for this post. Enclosed in the email was an important but inconspicuous statement. The statement that I received was the same statement that we all get but are reluctant to read. It’s the statement that is included with practically every […]
  • It’s Time To Give Children The Ultimate Christmas Gift

    Nathaniel Turner
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    If you are like many parents, with Christmas only a week away, you are probably running around behaving like a combination of Santa Claus and the Federal Reserve Chair. Double checking our children’s gift wish list while simultaneously trying to make certain our checkbooks balance. There are a few other noteworthy certainties about the holiday […]
  • Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

    Nathaniel Turner
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Each night at 11pm, on numerous local news stations across the country, an important question is asked – “do you know where your children are“. Ordinarily, the person asking the question is a member of local law enforcement. Explicit in the law enforcement officer’s question is an overt admonition to parents. “Parents” – the local […]
  • Why Now Is The Time To Leave The Dark Age of Parenting

    Nathaniel Turner
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
    Recently, I had a wonderful and engaging conversation with a dear loved one. Dissimilar to normal conversations, this discussion had more layers than an onion. During our tête-à-tête, there was one layer that I found particularly intriguing. The other party asked: “What should an elder do when a child is disrespectful?” IN THE OLDEN TIMES […]
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    Sessa Daily

  • My Baby Eats Better Than I Do

    26 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    The post My Baby Eats Better Than I Do appeared first on %% There is something that has been weighing on my mind the last few weeks. It’s something I find disturbing because it shows not only an incredible lack of will power on my part but also a total disregard for my health. My baby eats better than I do. First of all, nothing goes into her mouth that hasn’t been either handmade by me or the ingredients scrutinized first. She eats mostly organic. All her meals are well balanced. I make sure she gets portions of fruit, veg and protein throughout the day.
  • Baby G is…9 months old!

    3 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    The post Baby G is…9 months old! appeared first on %% I’m sorry, I have been completely neglectful of this site. This is because I’m actually building another site that I think I’m going to be migrating these old posts over to. It’s a site that’s for my work as well. So between that, Baby G’s first proper flu and Christmas – I’ve been so so busy. I’m sorry I haven’t been around more! Weight: I’m not sure at this point in time, but she’s getting heavier every day. She’s also getting…
  • Baby G is…8 Months Old!

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:27 am
    The post Baby G is…8 Months Old! appeared first on %% I can’t believe she is 8 months old. Time is going by way too fast! We just had our 8 month check up though so I’m ready to update you on where she’s at! Weight: 16lbs 9oz (she’s getting heavy to lift out of her crib in the mornings! My back is beginning to ache…) Feeding: She still absolutely loves her food. She has 3 proper meals a deal – breakfast, lunch and dinner – as well as a mid morning snack and sometimes an afternoon snack too. I think she’s actually…
  • Moods of Motherhood

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

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

  • My Daughter Wants to Go Topless: Why Can't She?

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Post by Judy Dutton. There are certain things about having a girl that can leave parents tongue-tied. Let's say, for instance, you're at a beach, or a playground with sprinklers, or just out in public and it's hot out. Her brother Jimmy takes off his shirt. Your daughter wants to do the same, but your shake your head. That's when she hits you with a doozy: "Why can't I go topless, too?" While it's a tricky question to answer, phrasing it just right is important, since it will shape how she views the parts she's covering. "Its important to note that nothing is wrong with these areas," says …
  • Is Expired Medicine Safe for Kids?

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Post by Stephanie Booth. We all have a forgotten, half-empty bottle of Children's Tylenol or Motrin tucked away in the back of a bathroom medicine cabinet. And when our child's running a high fever in the middle of the night, who's reading expiration dates? Fortunately, giving your child expired over-the-counter medicine is usually not the end of the world ...As it turns out, the date stamped on the side of a medicine bottle is not a hard and fast rule for when the contents go bad. More From The Stir: 12 Things All Moms Need in Their Medicine Cabinet (PHOTOS) "An expiration date is the…
  • Making Snow Slime Is a Fun Winter Craft Even Tweens Can't Resist

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Post by Kat Bouska. With winter in full effect, I find my kids are spending a little more time indoors, and as always, they look to me to cure their indoor boredom blues. I found a Snow Slime craft on Pinterest that I thought might be right up their alley, but I had reservations about the mess that it might cause. Was it sticky? Crumbly? Messy? The recipe I chose to follow was traced from Pinterest back to Growing a Jeweled Rose, and it was nice to see that Snow Slime requires only four ingredients. I gathered together white glue, glitter, water, and Borax. The Borax was the only tricky…
  • 10 Sweet (Candy-Free!) Homemade Valentines

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Post by Stephanie Booth. As parents, Valentine's Day can feel like a mini-Halloween, where your child suddenly has enough Nerds and gummy bears to last them until springtime. We are all for candy-free valentine swaps to curb all that sugar -- but that doesn't mean your child can't still pass out adorable, gush-worthy treats.Click through the slideshow to see the sugar-free but still sweet valentines your kids can make at home. Even kids who aren't "into" Valentine's Day will love the creepy, crawly factor of #7! Which one is your favorite? Image via Chalk in My Pocket
  • Old Wives' Tales and Kids' Health: Fact vs. Fiction

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. Moms are full of health advice. "Put on your coat or else you'll catch a cold." "Eat this, don't do that." Yet while mothers have been passing along this advice for centuries, that doesn't mean they're necessarily right. To get to the bottom of whether mother really does know best when it comes to kids' health, we scrutinized their most beloved advice to see if it held water. The results may surprise you.Who knew mom was right about thunderstorms?! Image via lightwavemedia/shutterstock
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    Loving Moms Diary

  • Levana Sophia Digital Video Baby Monitor Reviews

    Gloria Duff
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    A baby is a joy and an exciting new member of any household. However, watching your little one constantly can be a bit exhausting, particularly when there are other things that you need to get done around your house. Because of this, many parents turn online to research baby monitor reviews to determine the best baby monitor for their family’s needs. For many, the Levana Sofia Digital Baby Monitor is a top candidate for the best baby monitor, based on its many positive baby monitor reviews. Levana Sophia Digital Video Baby MonitorA Highly Rated Video Baby Monitor How Well do You Know…
  • Coping with Work Life After Maternity

    Gloria Duff
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Going through labor and thriving through an infant’s first few months are challenges all moms face, but adding in a career afterward is a major task. Many mothers decide to head back to work for personal advancement or merely financial stability. You may have flipped through all the baby monitor reviews to ready yourself for each simple maternity challenge, but leaving the child altogether is hard for everyone involved. Transitioning back into regular work life will be difficult, but try a few key coping mechanisms to make the change a positive one. How to Cope with Work Life after…
  • Simple Tips Every New Father Has to Read

    Gloria Duff
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    I wish all new fathers a hearty congratulations on becoming parents, proud dads who can’t wait to fuss over the latest addition to the family, but take a break from touching tiny fingers and toes for a minute. In fact, take a proper breather and give your other half the chance to bond with baby. Sleepless nights lay ahead, so take hold of this period of clarity with both hands, and use the natural high of parenthood to create the outlines of a strategy geared at responsible guardianship. Struggling as a New Father? Don’t Worry. You’re not Alone Sleep Well. Rest Well My first…
  • Tips to Balance A Newborn and Chores

    Gloria Duff
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Having a baby is fun, exciting and even a little bit scary. You will want to donate all of your time to taking care of baby and enjoying the snuggles that come with it. What people may not tell you is that life still goes on even after you are in baby gaga land with your new little one. Dishes pile up, carpets get dirty and errands still need to be run, even if you want to spend all your time hanging out with diapers and bottles. So, unless you are one of the few lucky ones who has an extraordinary amount of help in your home, you will be able to benefit from these balancing tips that come…
  • How to Tell if Your Baby is Breathing Abnormally

    Gloria Duff
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Your new family member is a brand new experience for everyone in the household. Taking care of a baby requires attention to minute details overlooked before the birth. From the nursery’s temperature to the bedding, every environmental factor contributes to the baby’s comfort. Because the child is just developing, their breathing patterns are different from a grown adult. Even if you have the best baby monitor, it’s often difficult deciphering between normal and abnormal breathing. Common Breathing Problems Among Babies Blue Hue You may have read all the baby monitor reviews,…
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    Mom Fuse

  • Getting Game Day Ready with LTD Commodities ($50 Gift Card Giveaway)

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Getting Game Day Ready with LTD Commodities ($50 Gift Card Giveaway) I don’t know about you but I’m pretty excited about game day.. you know the big football game! If my team doesn’t make it.. that’s fine....Read the whole entry... »           CommentsI like the can coolers for my favorite team. by ElleOh I would love to get the 16-Pc. NFL Party Drink Sets! Would ... by Laurajj JacobsonI would get 2 Gameday sculpted Bowls . by LindaIi think I would get the NFL Game Day Sculpted Bowls. They look…
  • Super Bowl Appetizers from Jimmy Dean! Yum!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Super Bowl Appetizers from Jimmy Dean! Yum! I know you’re all familiar with Jimmy Dean.. If you are looking for Super Bowl appetizers, Jimmy Dean has some great-tasting appetizers that your guests will enjoy. It’ll...Read the whole entry... »          
  • New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & More

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & More New Coupons Gerber Sara Lee, DIGIORNO, Kraft & others have been added! There are some good ones so be sure you print them before they’re gone. I have a feeling...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Julep Coupon Code – $10 off a $30 purchase!

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: Julep Coupon Code – $10 off a $30 purchase! We love everything about Julep which is why we continue to bring you the latest deals they are offering. They offer a lot of great deals throughout the year but this Julep coupon...Read the whole entry... »          
  • Important Things to Know Before Marriage

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Important Things to Know Before Marriage Unity and togetherness, these are some of the things that come to mind when we think of marriage. Whether it’s over the top and expensive or small and humble, the idea of togetherness...Read the whole entry... »          
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • The Top 6 Indoor Mall Play Areas Around the Metro

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    When the weather outside is spiteful and my finances are frightful, I take my kiddos to a warm mall where I can sip a hot cup of coffee, possibly meet a friend for a play date, and release the wildly beasts into a specifically-created closed-in space where they can run off their energy without me spending a dime (except [...] The post The Top 6 Indoor Mall Play Areas Around the Metro appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • An Honest Look at the MN Ice Castles + 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Congratulations to Alyssa B. for winning the ticket giveaway! Disclaimer: I received admission to the Ice Castles in exchange for my time sharing this post and hosting this giveaway. All thoughts are my own. MINNESOTA ICE CASTLES  |  EDEN PRAIRIE, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  Elsa would be proud…she would be proud of the beauty and magnificence [...] The post An Honest Look at the MN Ice Castles + 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • All Aboard, Tiny Engineers: Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store

    18 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    CHOO CHOO BOB’S  |  ST. PAUL, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  Sometimes I wonder…if I could open an “anything” store, what would my “anything” be? Maybe I’d create an entire store designated to casseroles…or flip flops…or scarves…or margarita salt. Can you imagine walking into a store that only sold margarita salt? Talk about following your passion (and [...] The post All Aboard, Tiny Engineers: Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Flip-worthy Fun: Gleason’s Gymnastics Open Play

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    GLEASON’S GYMNASTICS OPEN PLAY  |  MAPLE GROVE & EAGAN, MN  |  VISIT WEBSITE  My daughter is an acrobat, a trapeze artist, a marathoner, a track star, a mountain climber and a gymnast…and she’s only three. Pretty impressive, eh? For my three-year old energy ball, winter can get pretty frustrating (almost as frustrating as the crayon [...] The post Flip-worthy Fun: Gleason’s Gymnastics Open Play appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Smashing Fear with Hope: LungLeavin’ Day

    12 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    My daughter walks out of her bedroom in her new Elsa nightgown and my first response is, “Oh, honey, you are so pretty!” My son cries over a non-existent, three-week-old paper cut and I sharply say, “Don’t be so dramatic!”  I don’t keep every art project. I donate their toys without asking. I react insensitively to [...] The post Smashing Fear with Hope: LungLeavin’ Day appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    The Kidizen Blog

  • Shop of the month: Alice & Finn

    Mary Fallon
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Hi Cadyn! Please tell us about yourself and your family.Hello! We are a very adventurous and lively family. My husband Alan and I have a 6-year-old, Finley Sophia and a 3-year-old, Alice Amelia. He is an artist and I work in advertising, so design is a huge part of our life. We love to travel and we jump at every opportunity to explore, but for the past 15 years or so Austin has been our home. My family is all about constantly learning by our own experiences or ones we read about. Creativity and love of learning is crucial.How did you hear about Kidizen and how did you get hooked?I was…
  • Meet OUR Kids...

    Mary Fallon
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Here at Kidizen, we've asked ourselves, "what message will inspire us as a community in 2015?". You may have realized by now that we're not the "out with the old, in with the new" type, more of the "old is IN" type. And by "old" we mean: super stylish, pre-loved hand-me-downs that deserve to be out climbing trees, riding bikes, visiting grandmaw, learning addition, going on playdates, dressing up for the holidays and all the other fun stuff that kids do!In looking back on our last year together, we realized that what makes our community so special is SHARING. You've shared your outgrown…
  • Meet Katherine, the Mama Behind Style Addiction

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

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

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

  • Toddlers Blooming in the Garden Revisited

    Kim Allsup
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The frozen earth is a fertile zone for the gardener’s active mind. Seed catalogs, plot plans, old planting records and books about organic pest control and landscape design are the tools of dreamers who see beyond the white blanket hiding last year’s garden stubble and the remaining leeks. If you are a parent or a gardening teacher, chances are your dreaming and scheming about the upcoming growing season is set to the music of childish voices. And, alongside the plans for rows of spring peas and lettuce is a growing imagination of how how to work with children in the garden over the next…
  • Five Reasons to Think Twice Before Praising Your Child and Five Ideas for What to Do Instead

    Kim Allsup
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    (photo:You want your child to be free to be led by his or her own inner self) A mom at the playground this morning called excitedly to her child. “Good job!” I couldn’t see her because I was working inside a greenhouse next to the twisty orange plastic slide. Thirty seconds later, I heard it again, “Good job!” and again perhaps a minute later, “good job!” Had I been a time traveler, I could have dated this scene as being in the post year 2000 era. I don’t remember being praised as a child. I didn’t miss it. It is not as if all my friends were blanketed with praise and I was…
  • Finding Balance in the Garden

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

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

    Kim Allsup
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Originally posted on Growing Children: Childhood questions about facts and philosophy are a bit like childhood requests for small favors. “Mommy, you have to carry my backpack. It’s too heavy.” “Daddy, I can’t find my coat. You look for it, please, pretty please?” Of course you don’t want to ignore your child’s requests or their questions. Some small favors and some questions clearly call for parental follow through, for instance when your child will miss the school bus if you don’t find the coat. Other questions and requests, however, are an opportunity to encourage your…
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Meet Grace Thomas: American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year

    Ty Watson
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Um, I LOVE American Girl dolls! I’m thrilled to tell you about the latest addition to my American Girl family. Her name is Grace, and it fits her perfectly. You just know that if this little girl was real she’d be full of grace for sure. Meet Grace Thomas Take a look at her. Isn’t […]
  • DIY Chevron Tray

    Ty Watson
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Um, you’ve probably seen those beautiful serving trays in department and home stores recently. They’re gorgeous, right? They’re perfect for centerpieces or serving pieces but they’re not perfect for the budget! They’re very beautiful but let’s face it — they come with pretty hefty price tags. This DIY Fabric Tray is easy to make and […]
  • Angry Birds Take Flight to Burger King

    Ty Watson
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Video games and fast food…the stuff dreams are made of. Okay, maybe not, but in moderation, both are AWESOME! Um….that’s why I’m happy to tell you about a new partnership between one of your favorite video games, Angry Birds and your favorite fast food place, Burger King. We’ll start with Stella. She’s an Angry Bird […]
  • Keeping a Carpet Clean and Beautiful

    Ty Watson
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Um, it can sometimes be difficult for a household wife to keep track of everything, such as cooking, cleaning and many other household duties. One of the most difficult tasks to accomplish when it comes to cleaning is keeping the carpet looking fresh and clean. However, companies like Green Choice has made carpet cleaning much […]
  • 3 Essential Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Germ-Free

    Ty Watson
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    While you’d love to enclose your entire family into a germ-free bubble where no one encounters harmful bacteria or ever gets sick, we moms know that that’s just not practical. In reality, germs live everywhere, including your home, so it’s up to you to try and eliminate as many potentially harmful microorganisms as possible. You […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • Evolution 2015

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    I always write a New Year's post. Always being a relative term - I only checked for the last two years. So I know I wrote a New Year's post in 2012 and another in 2013.  I stopped checking for older New Year's posts because I knew they wouldn't be as good as those two.  I really like those two posts.  (It feels weird typing that. Not sure if the weirdness is from how rarely I like what
  • While You Were Busy (volume 2)

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    All the news parents can use. . . . . this week. 1. This is the greatest explanation for why your kid's math homework looks different than your math homework. 2. Boys may be meaner than girls. As someone who spent 8th grade being tormented by a group of boys every day in social studies class, while simultaneously being bad mouthed and excluded by the girls she thought were her friends, I'm
  • 10 Safety Rules For Everyone

    Jennifer Zimmerman
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    The inspiration the entire basis for this post comes from a great infographic on But while I loved the sentiment and advice, I knew my kids would be distracted by the graphics and the wordiness. So I figured I'd simplify both and share, in case your kids are anything like mine.  1. I am in charge of my body.  2. I always check with someone before I go places, change my
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    Problem Kids Blog » Problem Kids Blog

  • 7 Discipline Rules For Children That Will Work

    Robert Locke
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    When we think of discipline rules for children, we probably think of our own parents and how they brought us up. Many parents try to copy their own upbringing in many ways. Others seek to reverse the trend if they suffered from over strict rules and had an unhappy childhood. Above all, we want to find pretty simple and enforceable rules that will result in reasonable behavior. If the kids are happy and the atmosphere is fairly relaxed then we really have found the formula for setting limits for acceptable behavior. Easier said than done? Let’s see. The guiding principle is always, as far as…
  • Overprotective Parents Effects – 7 Things You Need To Know

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

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

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

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

    Ashley Beolens
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s funny sometimes people wonder why I walk everywhere, utilising shanks pony as my means of transport, yet I wonder why not? OK so I can’t drive (yeah 39 nearly and a none driver, shocking, but it is one of my goals for the year) but even if I could there are lots of places […] The post Shanks Pony appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • A Day of Discovery

    Ashley Beolens
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:51 am
    Sunday morning (yeah a few days late), after breakfast at Wolverton House (all you can eat breakfast buffet, a cheap and tasty treat) four of us (we left the eldest at home sleeping and Granny didn’t fancy the long walk) decided to head off on a walk, along the canal to gather lunch ingredients that […] The post A Day of Discovery appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

    Ashley Beolens
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This weekend saw the annual RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, and as usual we took part. This is our first year in our new house so the number of birds we saw is down on last years garden watch, but that is because the birds have not really found the feeders yet, but it was interesting […] The post Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • The Awesomeness of Being a Dad

    Ashley Beolens
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ll let you in on a secret I LOVE being a dad, it is the single greatest thing in my life. Zoe, other family, friends, hobbies and other loves (reading, music, photography) you are all great (don’t be jealous now) but nothing, and I do mean nothing, quite compares to the awesomeness of being a dad. […] The post The Awesomeness of Being a Dad appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Proud Daddy Moment 1

    Ashley Beolens
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Over the years I’ve, obviously, had many a proud daddy moment (too many to count), but I’d like to talk about the latest one in this post, this is one that my daughter (aged 5) gave to me, after a recent school lesson (Forest School). Proud Daddy Moment I should start with a little explanation. I […] The post Proud Daddy Moment 1 appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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  • How To Eliminate Back Talk Forever

    Dr. Becca
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:27 am
      I encounter frustrated parents all of the time who are at their wit’s end with their child’s back talk. They ask me, “Why won’t my kid just do what I say without questioning me all the time?” or “Why Continue reading → The post How To Eliminate Back Talk Forever appeared first on .
  • My Modern Kid Wins An Award: How To Encourage Your Child To Find Their Passion

    Dr. Becca
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
      I love writing posts like this one. Patrick (he said he was “cool” with me using his name on the blog) won not only ONE award, but TWO awards during this year’s high school mock trial county-wide awards ceremony. Continue reading → The post My Modern Kid Wins An Award: How To Encourage Your Child To Find Their Passion appeared first on .
  • The ABCs Of Modern Parenting

    Dr. Becca
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
      All too often, the media and other misinformed people want to reduce Modern Parenting to LAZY PARENTING; however, I argue that true MODERN PARENTS are people who care so much about the well-being of their kids that they go Continue reading → The post The ABCs Of Modern Parenting appeared first on .
  • 20 Ways You Can Regain Balance Back Into Your Family Life

    Dr. Becca
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
      When you reflect back on the year 2014 as a parent, do you remember feeling stressed out most of the time? Was it a year where you did not enjoy your family as much as you wanted to? Do Continue reading → The post 20 Ways You Can Regain Balance Back Into Your Family Life appeared first on .
  • How To Make Family New Year’s Resolutions

    Dr. Becca
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
      When you think of New Year’s resolutions, you normally think of people making plans to lose weight, improve their time management skills, or decide to break a bad habit once and for all. Making resolutions to improve the family Continue reading → The post How To Make Family New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on .
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  • Your kids and Apple’s iMessage – learn how you can see them all for free

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    So it is New Year and your kids and teens have their new shiny Apple mobile devices. Maybe it’s a new iPod touch for the young ones, a fancy new iPad Mini, or the ultra-hot iPhone 6 Plus! Regardless, every new toy brings its set of challenges for parents.   One of the most favorite features is of course, Apple’s proprietary texting tool – iMessage. It allows kids and teens to text one another over wifi or traditional carriers. It is almost impossible to filter out so parents everywhere are trying to figure out how to control it or at least, have a way to monitor kids using the app.
  • Your teen may circumvent your parental controls

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Learn Your Teens Top Tricks to Get Past Your Parental Control Technology   The following blog post may seem long and get somewhat technical at times, but guess what? The minute you bought your child a smartphone, laptop, tablet, gaming console or any other Internet connected device you became a technical parent! Whether your kid knows more than you about this technology, is now up to you! You trust your kids, but you also know that with kids you need to take the proper precautions at home and away, to make sure that they stay safe and do not venture into the seedy world of internet porn…
  • How to Simplify Protecting Your Kids on iOS

    Robin Petrovsky
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Combine Multiple Apps and Programs to Get the iOS Parental Control Features You Need When you have a teen that has their own iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you want to protect them. There are many different dangers that are awaiting kids while they are online. While a phone does make it easier for them to keep in touch with you, they also allow your child access to the Internet and the ability to call, email, text or message anyone they like. Instead of giving your child free reign on the internet before they’re ready to understand all of the hidden dangers, you may want to look into iOS…
  • Are Apple iOS Parental Controls Enough?

    Robin Petrovsky
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Are Apple iOS Parental Controls Enough? Apple makes amazing products. They are elegant, easy to use and the functions that we have grown to love and take for granted are rarely duplicated. Going back from the first Macs to the latest generation of iPads and iPhones – Apple has always been a design king. Part of what makes Apple products so great is their operating system(s). Whether it is their desktop and laptop OS – OSX or their mobile device operating system – iOS, the software makes using an Apple device wonderful! So why the disappointment with their parental controls?
  • Kim Kardashian: Hollywood – a Mom’s Review

    Robin Petrovsky
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Kim Kardashian: Hollywood – a Real Mom’s Review Has anyone in your family become addicted to the new “Kim Kardashian-Hollywood” app? Over the past week, we have heard from parents of tweens & teens who have downloaded this new and viral app. Since we were bombarded with emails and requests to add this game to our AppBlocker . As a mom of two girls, I was intrigued and had to check it out for myself and here is my honest review. While many of us have a somewhat bizarre curiosity and fascination for Kim and the Kardashian’s, after reviewing and playing the game, we…
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  • Playdate Pizza Party

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    We’re always happy to help out with cool ideas and tips for making your kids playdates even  more special.  So when we come accross an offer for parents to save money or do something new and cool, we can’t help but post it. So why not make your next playdate a pizza party! Fun, Food and Family America’s Incredible Pizza Company is the place to find it all! Incredible Pizza Company delivers high energy and a quality experience for the entire family. After enjoying our freshly homemade buffet; enter our world famous Fair Grounds and play over 100 arcade and carnival style…
  • Bringing Your Childhood into Your Children’s Life

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    Fun is fun is fun and whilst times have changed and technologies rule our lives there’s nothing like a bit of reminiscence to revitalize kids activities. When I was a kid I remember by dad teaching me to play Yahtzee… it’s simplicity and addictiveness captured my imagination instantly and the ‘hidden’ learning was a treat for my parents. Yahtzee, most say it is all in the luck of the roll. That maybe true but there is some logic involved as well. Do you use four ones for your four of a kind or do you try for sixes instead. Do you go for your large straight when…
  • Making Youtube Part of Your Kids Education

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    We’ve heard from many parents we speak to how the new generation of kids are not only computer literate but anxious and eager to explore the world of learning.  YouTube being the prime source of education and inspiration.  The question is how you use this fantastic media tool to educate and still be fun. I won’t dig into the security and safety issues that surround YouTube here (there’s plenty of articles available on how to protect kids from unsuitable content) I want to share a game one of our members told us about that we’ve tried with our kids and it works a…
  • How to Survive Organizing your Kids Party

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    You couldn’t have missed the story over the weekend about the child who sent an invoice to a friend for missing his party.  We thought it was obnoxiously genius and the parenting skills to go along even better.  Such a good way to instill in children the values of fiscal and social responsibility. Which got us thinking and reading about how best to survive planning and executing your kids parties without killing yourself. The Daily Mail ran this excellent article which rather than curate, you can just click and go read for yourself!    
  • Get ready for parenting inappropriateness

    16 Jan 2015 | 12:39 am
    Our monthly look at some of the funniest, cutest and above all the most innapropriate parenting fail pics we could find on the web. Some are oldies but we love’em so much we sharing again:  
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  • Snow Day Jams

    Sara Goldstein
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Snowed in? We’ve got your wintry playlist right here. Songs in this mix: White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes Cold as Ice – Foreigner What the Snowman Learned About Love– Stars Snowball – Devo Purple Snowflakes – Marvin Gaye Winter Song – Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson By-Tor and The Snow Dog – Rush California Dreamin’- The Mamas and The Papas The post Snow Day Jams appeared first on Parent Co..
  • 7-ish Alice in Wonderland Quotes That Sum Up Parenthood

    Sara Goldstein
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Alice in Wonderland, written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll (who would turn a youthful 183 today), is considered the best example of the literary nonsense genre. In such writing, the effect of nonsense is often caused by an excess of meaning, as opposed to a lack of it. By that definition, parenting is full of nonsense. And because life with kids is often as long and strange a trip as Alice’s, I’ve rounded up my favorite snippets from the story that could just as easily describe my day to day. “How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from…
  • Your Ultimate Snow Day

    Sara Goldstein
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    With the northeast poised to be slammed by the type of snow storm that clears grocery store shelves of everything from cartons of milk to decks of playing cards, it seems likely many kids are going to be home from school tomorrow whether they sleep with their pajamas inside out or not. We know there’s a range of emotion that occurs when you’re staring down the barrel of being snowed in with children. Panic, excitement, and anxiety, followed by a mental inventory of toilet paper, alcohol, and hidden junk food stashes. So in an effort to take some of the work off your shoulders,…
  • Sugar on Snow #Protips

    Edward Shepard
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Catch the freshest, cleanest snow for sugar on snow by putting mixing bowls outside during the big snowstorm. Sugar on snow is the best. It’s a delicious, easy, seasonal treat for all ages. Simply heat real maple syrup on the stove and drizzle it over packed snow. The maple syrup instantly transforms into a kind of chewy, icy taffy. Many New Englanders eat it with a fork, accompanied by a pickle and a donut. I grew up eating it with a side of saltines. Now I enjoy it with coffee or malty beer. Sugar on snow is most popular in in March, during maple sugaring season. However, my…
  • Lists for Winter Storm Preparedness

    Edward Shepard
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Blizzards and snow days can create havoc with schedules, commuting and childcare. They can also bring families together for some of the best days of the year. A key to enjoying stormy days is preparing for the worst. This includes potential power outages and running out of food or water. I’m a fan of simple checklists for managing daily life. (More about the Checklist Manifesto.) There are many checklists available online to help prepare for winter storms. The CDC and have useful lists for winter storm preparedness that include reminders for easy-to-overlook items, like…
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  • Newborn Feeding Schedule

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    It's highly recommended to breastfeed on demand for at least the first month after birth. Simply put, this means you should feed your baby when he starts showing signs of hunger. The same applies to babies that need to be bottle fed.
  • Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    What you are experiencing is called edema and is very common among pregnant women. It's estimated that up to 80% of women get some edema/swelling during pregnancy.
  • When do babies roll over

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    When babies start to master the ability of rolling over varies between individuals. That's actually the case with almost everything else related to baby development. While some babies start rolling others begin by sitting and even crawling first.
  • Weaning Baby

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    The time will come when breastfeeding ends as does everything else. Weaning a baby from your breastmilk to solid foods is a new era for the mother and child. New and exciting things are taking over.
  • When do babies smile

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    Your babies first smile is what is considered a reflexive smile. When your baby is 0 - 6 weeks of age it shows an occasional smile when he's sleeping. This is caused by reflexes activated by the bodies physical changes.
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  • Gestational Surrogacy Suburban Style – Jody and Shannon’s Surrogacy Story

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    On the surface, Shannon and Jody Bowen are the average All-American couple living the suburban dream. They are happily married with a brand new baby daughter that is the center of their world. The picture of domestic tranquility, they are absolutely ordinary, in the most wonderful sense of the word. Until, that is, you consider the fact that baby Hazel arrived via Gestational Surrogate. Though Shannon and Jody had always dreamt of being parents, they had also always known that Shannon’s medical history would not allow it to happen in the traditional way. Adoption seemed the obvious answer,…
  • Family Advocate Article – State-by-State Surrogacy Law Across the US

    Ruthi David
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    For same-sex couples, the surrogacy journey can be doubly daunting. In addition to having less than half the number of states available to them for a gestational carrier match compared to their straight counterparts, their challenge in securing their parental rights pre-birth is considerably more difficult. In this article, Diane writes about this disparity, and discusses Creative Family Connections’ interactive map: Gestational Surrogacy Law Across the United States. What will it take to level the playing field? As a nation, where are we now, and where are we headed when it comes to…
  • Surrogacy in the District of Columbia – Hope from the DC Council

    21 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Did you know that surrogacy contracts are illegal and subject to criminal penalties – including jail time – in the District of Columbia? It is for this reason that Creative Family Connections’ office is located in Chevy Chase, Maryland – even though we can reach out and touch the District with our toes! Last year, Creative Family Connections played a key role in helping to draft a bill that would decriminalize surrogacy contracts in the District of Columbia and permit surrogacy for all kinds of parents – straight and gay, coupled and single. We then worked with a coalition of…
  • Building Gay Families – CFC Team Talks Personal Motivation – “How Do You Find a Surrogacy Agency?” – Featured in GayStarNews

    11 Jan 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Recently, Creative Family Connections was mentioned on GayStarNews as one of the top two surrogacy agencies for gay parents according to the Men Having Babies rankings – how exciting! Free positive press, right!? Well, yes, absolutely… that’s never a bad thing – and we are thrilled that they took notice! But, this is a topic that is not just about “business” for us. It’s personal. From the beginning, our core principle has been that “EVERYONE can build a family.” This is a belief that has always come straight from our heart. Not only do…
  • Connect with CFC – Questions about Surrogacy? Here is How to Reach Us!

    4 Mar 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Creative Family Connections feels that it is important to be involved throughout the entire process of your surrogacy journey.  We also believe it is important to be available to answer questions from those who may not have all the information necessary to determine whether gestational surrogacy is right for them. We can be reached by phone at: 240-235-6006 Email at: Or via contact form on our website: Information Request Form We also feel that it is important to have a visible social media presence, and to share information that is valuable to anyone…
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