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  • Kids and moms all best friends? Be careful!

    BabyCenter Blog
    Laurie Gelman
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    by Laurie Gelman posted in Mom Stories Here is my question. When do you stop planning your child's social schedule? When they are little and the play dates start, you and your child are busy busy busy. Music class, baby gym class, Italian for toddlers (or was I the only moron who did that one?)... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Teaching Kids the Meaning of the 4th of July

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

    BabyCenter Blog
    Sara McGinnis
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Amanda Seyfried is hoping she'll join the motherhood club very soon. The actress, who has been dating fellow star Justin Long since 2013, has opened up about how she's itching to start a family -- and it's safe to say she's got a bad case of baby fever. "I... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.
  • Friday Feedback: Children's Experiences of Violence

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    (MedPage Today) -- How great is the danger, and what is the clinician's responsibility?
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Teaching Kids the Meaning of the 4th of July

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

    20 Jun 2015 | 12:41 am
    Father's Day is a time to celebrate dads, and for fathers, it is a great time to reflect on the relationship you have with your children. Maybe you have a great relationship with your children or maybe you would like to be more involved in your child's life. The role of a father is an important one, and many studies show that having a father that is involved is beneficial to the entire family. Of course, not only will your children benefit from you being involved in their lives, but you'll enjoy great benefits too. This Father's Day, consider the benefits of being an…
  • Parenting: Words That Empower

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Words That Empower Our Children Often as parents, words slip out of our mouths before we even think about them. I am no exception and will be the first to admit it. Sometimes we may quickly tell our kids things like "you should be ashamed of yourself" or "I'm going to leave you right here if you don't stop" and don't realize how this actually affects our children in the future. The way that we communicate with our children is so important to their emotional health, their self esteem, and even their personal empowerment. The outcomes and attitudes our kids…
  • Parenting and The Dad Difference

    13 Jun 2015 | 3:31 am
    by Claire Thurston Even though more and more fathers are prioritizing time with their families, many may not know how they specifically impact their children in different ways from mothers.[1] This article spotlights fathers’ contributions because those long term research results have not yet reached a mainstream audience. By highlighting father’s importance to his child, The Dad Difference does not seek to disparage mothers, especially single mothers, or to condone male or paternal violence. There will be those who fear that scientific data demonstrating father’s impact would…
  • Making Mothers Day A Special One

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

  • Amanda Seyfried worries her "eggs are dying off"

    Sara McGinnis
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Celebrities Amanda Seyfried is hoping she'll join the motherhood club very soon. The actress, who has been dating fellow star Justin Long since 2013, has opened up about how she's itching to start a family -- and it's safe to say she's got a bad case of baby fever. "I... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Kids and moms all best friends? Be careful!

    Laurie Gelman
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    by Laurie Gelman posted in Mom Stories Here is my question. When do you stop planning your child's social schedule? When they are little and the play dates start, you and your child are busy busy busy. Music class, baby gym class, Italian for toddlers (or was I the only moron who did that one?)... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Summer rant: Babies need to wear more than a diaper

    Denise Cortes
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories Where I live, summertime means it is hotter than the devil's buttcrack. One hundred degrees and what feels like a billion degrees humidity -- hot and steamy is on the menu. It makes sense to wear as few clothes as possible. Unless you're a baby. This is one... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Your smartphone could soon double as a pregnancy test

    Michelle Stein
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    by Michelle Stein posted in Mom Stories Thanks to modern science, your smartphone will soon be able to tell whether or not you're pregnant. Yep. There's an app for that! Researchers from the Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies at the University of Hanover in Germany recently developed a fiber optic sensor for smartphones that can be used...... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • What happens when you disagree about using a pacifier?

    Sara McGinnis
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    by Sara McGinnis posted in Mom Stories Deciding whether or not to give your baby a pacifier can be hard to begin with, but what happens when you and your partner disagree? My husband and I were both so desperate to get our little ones to sleep we reached for the "plug" without hesitation, but... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • Presidential candidates campaign in July Fourth parades

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Alongside the patriotic music and waving flags Saturday in parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of a presidential race coming up next year: Red balloons promoting "Jeb! 2016," a tractor draped in a Rick Perry banner and dutiful volunteers holding signs and chanting for their chosen candidates.
  • Greeks mull consequences of crucial bailout referendum

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    With the crucial austerity referendum a day away, Greeks contemplated Saturday how their vote will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.
  • IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra. It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag. IS reportedly carried out more than 200 executions, including of civilians, in and around Palmyra in the period when it captured the city.
  • Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Matt Stonie upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory.
  • Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
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    Daddy Types

  • Luck Be A Lady Tonight

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    Oh there are so many ways to parse this story about Amber Pangborn, who gave birth to her daughter Marisa alone in the forest. Where she was stranded out of gas. And attacked by placenta-hunting bees, And started a forest...
  • Made Like They Used To: Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Shooting Brake

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    We are on a road trip, and have spent the last week visiting with family in Orange County, Newport Beach, to be precise. Which has presented many opportunities to explain to the kids that Rolls Royces and Bentleys used...
  • Children Standing Around Playgrounds Photobook

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:04 pm
    I'd seen the link to this before, but hadn't clicked through until dt reader Erik sent it along tonight. Photographer James Mollison has traveled the world to show what playgrounds look like, or more precisely, to show what masses...
  • Dad Shows Dodgers How Interference Is Done In Chicago

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    Basically this Cubs fan's catch of a side-retiring foul ball was so awesome that while the Dodgers were demanding a player interference ruling, the crowd was going wild reviewing the tape. He and his 7mo accomplice were allowed to...
  • Confederate Flag Diaper Wipes

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Are not out there yet, but they definitely should be. Someone get on it please. LOL there goes that million-dollar bizness idea. As the URL shows, when I first linked to this Fusion story, the headline was "Confederate Flag Sales...
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • Create Your Own Colorful Coral at Home with Little Passports' Coral Reef Kit!

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Are you looking for a fun science project for your kids to do? What about one that can spark conversations regarding different ecosystems around the world? Sound like something for your Little Explorer? Little Passports has you covered! With simple step-by-step instructions, this easy science activity for kids demonstrates how crystals form and encourages an understanding of underwater ecosystems. Set up your trays with the paper coral forms, add the terraforming solution, and enjoy your child's amazement as you both watch the transformation!The Companion Guide features new adventures in…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 4, 2015)

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Happy Independence Day! Let's celebrate the holiday by entering some giveaways! Check out those listed on my right sidebar and in the linky below. Come back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. Have a fun and safe holiday!
  • Inspyr Socks: Sharing Empowering and Motivational Messages (GIVEAWAY)

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Have you ever noticed a shirt or other item of clothing that had a really offensive message on it? If you’re like me, it didn’t exactly put a smile on your face! That’s why I love Inspyr Socks. They include motivational words on them so that people feel good when they read or wear them! The socks include messages such as Never Quit; Earn It; and Step Up on the back so everyone can see them and smile. Inspyr Socks come in a variety of styles, including:Inspyr Socks are 62% polyester, 21% nylon, 15% cotton and 2% spandex. They are very well-made, with heel-and-toe reinforcement (a…
  • Fairy Tales Hair Care: Safe and Gentle Products Created for Kids (and Parents, Too)!

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Our kids are precious, and we want to be sure that we’re nourishing their bodies, both inside and out, with products that won’t harm them. This applies not only to food, but to hair care products, too! Thankfully, Fairy Tales Hair Care has created a line of natural hair care products that have no harsh chemicals, pesticides, toxins, parabens or sulfates. They contain nourishing natural ingredients that make them safe and gentle, but still effective. Their products include:A Sun & Swim line to remove sea salt and chlorine from the hair of little swimmers.A Tangle Tamers line to help…
  • Winners for June 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Joshua and the Lightning Road, by Donna Galanti (eBook)Congratulations to the winners: Heather P., Tracee, Tammy H., Cynthia B., and Mai T.!Spare Parts (DVD+Digital)Congratulations to the winner: Nicole C.!Sovereign, by Michael W. Smith (CD)Congratulations to the winner: Lisa P.!Come Out and Play Giveaway Hop: Konfidence Floatsuit ($39.99 Value)Congratulations to the winner: J Ivy B.!Wonder Horse, by Anita DaherCongratulations to the winners: Mona C., Nikki H., Elizabeth C., Sharon E., Heather B., Nicole K., and Penny O.!Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks to My Mom (paperback)Congratulations…
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Monday Giveaway Linky: A New Week Edition

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

    Amy LeForge
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:13 pm
    It’s Monday again!Well, almost. I’m writing this late on Sunday night. But I’m assuming you’ll read this on Monday. This week I have 2 fewer boys, because some of them are off to Scout camp. So! I’m going to get a fresh start on publishing articles again. Because I need to get back in the groove.So while I’m busy typing, feel free to check out the awesome giveaways below. Enter a few. Win one or two! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky – Parenting is Hard EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky: Beginning of Summer Edition

    Amy LeForge
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Hello, Heroes!Well, the older boys finished school on Friday so we are now officially into summer vacation around here. Well, they are. The younger ones have 2 more weeks of full-time lessons (and by that I mean a few hours a day of schoolwork), and then we’ll be finishing a few more subjects over the summer. One of them is History, which is well-loved and appreciated. No sweat there. Another is Latin. Not so loved by boys. But they’re doing all right, and we’ll be done soon.So! Summertime. Later nights and sleeping in, yay. This makes us happy.While we’re over here…
  • How a Blue Gorilla Helped With Speech Development

    Amy LeForge
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    So, back when the boys were quite small, they had all sorts of speech impediments and cute sayings. Not massive speech impediments….just the cute things that kids say when they’re still learning to speak properly. Such as when they can’t say their “r’s” properly and so on.I remember that they said “ruth” instead of “roof”, and “thrisbee” instead of “frisbee”. I have no idea why with that second one. Oh, and when they counted, they said “ten, eleven, twelth” instead of “twelve”. I did…
  • Monday Giveaway Linky – Parenting is Hard Edition

    Amy LeForge
    31 May 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Good Monday! I bring you our weekly giveaway linky, Heroes. There’s not a lot more to say, really. It’s been a tough day around here…teens can be emotionally exhausting.So while I recover, feel free to enjoy the linky! An InLinkz Link-up Be the first to comment...Related Posts:Monday Giveaway Linky: The Well-Rested EditionMonday Giveaway Linky: Oops Holiday EditionMonday Giveaway Linky – On Time and Feeling Fine EditionMonday Give Away Linky, Grumpy Mom EditionGiveaway Linky Copyright © 2015 Earnest Parenting. All rights reserved.RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress…
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  • When my daughter tries to be a model...

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:53 pm
    We may have to work on her pose.
  • True love is...

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Sharing a cookie with Barbie because toys have to eat, too!
  • Some days I can't do it

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:28 am
    Previously I had written a post about how I manage to get through each day as a mum of toddler triplets. Some of you who read it might have found it inspiring. Yesterday I wrote a post about the truth behind depression and suicidal thoughts. Both have proven to be quite popular. So here is a little more truths for you all as it seems to be a popular thing. Some days I can’t do it. There are days that I wake up in the morning and wish my kids would just sleep all day. Of course if they were to sleep later than usual I would have a complete panic attack and rush in to check on them as I…
  • Striking the right balance!

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    On a Sunday evening, I am a whirlwind of emotions.  The time with my family has flown by and I have to start to prepare mentally to leave them and return to the consumption of work the following day.  My three year old asks inquisitively “are you going to mind me tomorrow Mummy?” and I almost break down in tears.  By Monday evening, the harrowing loss that I felt on Sunday evening has lessened as by then, Friday seems so much closer and I can see that the children have survived the day without me.  We cuddle on the sofa before bedtime, watching “In the night garden” as I…
  • In My Kitchen -Joyous June 2015.

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    Ross and I would both like to share our exciting news with you.  We have been away for a number of weeks because I gave birth to a baby girl called Alice weighing 8lb 70z on May 7th 2015.  As anyone with children out there knows our lives have been turned upside down so our kitchen is currently in a state of disarray.  Anyway here goes… In my kitchen this month…. Introducing our little Alice in Wonderland or rather the french bulldog I’ve always wanted.  We had a very long and difficult delivery with Alice which is why we have been away for so long plus she had an…
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    Free Range Kids

  • A Social Experiment with Kids and Strangers that Does NOT Involve Abduction Fantasies?

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Kids, age 5, at the bus stop. Strangely enough, this isn’t a “social experiment” to show how endangered they are. It shows something else. Something you don’t see much of on American TV. . . Yes, mom is leaving him at the bus stop alone with strangers…and a dilemma.

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    From last night’s email: Dear Free-Range Kids: Hello!  My name is L. and today I had a pretty traumatic experience. I am a nanny for 3 children and haven’t been doing it for too long. Today when I had the kids I needed to get gas so I pulled into the nearest gas station pulled out my card and swiped at the pump, the pump for whatever reason told me to pay inside. So I cracked the window even though the temp was around 65 and windy I even had a light jacket on, and locked the doors. I went inside to pay. When I came back out there was a strange lady by my car and she started…
  • ACTUAL WARNING: “Playing outside…can truly disrupt sleep schedules and lead to long term health effects.”

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Readers — Pay heed this important warning! Hi Lenore, I hope all is well! I wanted to circle back on a story idea I sent your way about helping your kids adjust their sleep schedules during the summer…Kids of all ages think of summer as an amazing time to stay up late, sleep in and spend their days playing outside or laying on the beach or the couch; however, these actions can truly disrupt sleep schedules and lead to long-term health effects. Well of course! Everything presents a danger to children and a challenge for the vigilant parent. Children have no resilience and must…
  • Treating Nature Like a Snooty Museum

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    . Is there a “right” way for kids to play in nature? A letter I got: Dear Free-Range Kids: At my son’s former pre-k, he and another boy were picking leaves off of an overgrown bush while adults were talking. The boys were quiet, engaged, and the bush seemed pretty hardy. When the teacher and the other boy’s dad realized what was going on, there was lots of Very Concerned Talk about respecting the bush, and keeping it nice for the other kids, and sort of a glance towards me like: Really? You watched this? Whatever. It’s not like it was an orchid waiting to be…
  • Is it “Rape” To Hold Someone’s Hand without Explicit Consent?

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    In the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea,” a princess is placed atop a pile of mattresses. Her exquisite sensitivity allows her and her alone to feel the pea underneath them all. You’d think that would signal to everyone: “Get away from that princess! She’s impossible!” And yet she has become a role model… For our country. A country that seems to value hyper-sensitivity as evidence of moral worth and goodness. This brings us to an amazing essay by Judith Shulevitz in yesterday’s New York Times titled, “Regulating Sex.” Shulevitz…
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  • The Art of Curse Word Substitution

    Casey Berna
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:09 pm
    The other day, I dropped a cast iron skillet on my pinky toe. I was aware my daughter was in earshot, so I let out a long string of faux curses that I always say, “Mother of goodness…holy bananas… mother farger, that hurt!” I then limped around my kitchen until I was able to see straight again. My daughter hearing the crash and my yelp called in from the living room, “Mom, are you okay?” I assured her I was fine, picked up the skillet and went back to preparing dinner. After my toe injury, I started wondering what words other parents use in lieu of curses. I reached out to my…
  • Opening Your Heart and Your Home

    Errin Spencer
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    If you would have asked me at the age of sixteen, how many children I planned on having, the answer would have been a quick ZERO! It’s funny how life sometimes throws you for a loop. Now at the age of thirty-three, my husband and I have six children going on eight. Yes, that wasn’t a typo – I meant to say going on eight. Five of our children are biological, one is adopted and we are planning on adopting a sibling group of two from Ukraine. This summer we are hosting a fourteen year old orphan from Ukraine. She is amazing and she has a little brother. They don’t speak…
  • 7 Questions Every Parent Should Ask Before A Play Date

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    I’m embarrassed to ask that…what will they think of me? This is what many parents tell us when we discuss the importance of asking “safety questions” of another parent/friend /adult before sending their kids to a play date, sleep over, or off to sports practice. With all of the stories in the media lately about seemingly “trusted” adults in children’s lives who have broken that trust and abused children, it is important to ask yourself as a parent, “Is my discomfort with asking safety questions more important than my child’s safety?”  “Is the chance of…
  • 6 Foods You Blame for Breakouts: Is It True?

    Charli Radke
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    When it comes to your skin, are you what you eat? Chocolate and fried foods are famous for causing breakouts, but are they true or is it just a skin myth? Take a closer look at six foods you probably blame for breakouts, and find out what’s really causing problems on your face. What causes breakouts? Your face is covered with hair follicles and pores. Oil, dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria can clog up these pores, and that causes breakouts. The foods you eat may go inside your body, but they have a way of affecting the outside, too. Can the foods you eat affect the amount of oil on your…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Firework Photography

    ModernMom Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Few things spark that sense of awe like a well-done fireworks show.  But capturing those special moments on film – especially at night – can be tricky. Luckily, we have a few “Do’s and Don’ts” from the photo enthusiasts at Pholium, the digital photo book design and giving app for the iPad. Here are some tips to help you get the perfect shots this Independence Day. 1.  DO have the right equipment. A camera with manual controls and a tripod is crucial, and a remote shutter release is highly reccomended. Setting the camera on manual allows you to control the…
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  • New Theme: Libre

    Caroline Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m happy to introduce Libre, a new free theme designed by yours truly. Libre Libre brings a stylish, classic look to your personal blog or longform writing site. The main navigation bar stays fixed to the top while your visitors read, keeping your most important content at hand. At the bottom of your site, three footer widget areas give your secondary content a comfortable home. Customize Libre with a logo or a header image to make it your own, or use one of two custom templates — including a full-width template with no sidebar — to change…
  • Reinvented Video for WordPress

    Guillermo Rauch
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere. Take a peek at what’s under the hood! Embed anywhere, play anywhere Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern…
  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version —, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Family Fun with Classics from Childhood #StreamTeam

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

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

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
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  • Summer Family Indoor Fun with Netflix #StreamTeam

    31 May 2015 | 5:30 am
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  • Surprise!

    27 May 2015 | 8:55 am
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    The Committed Parent

  • Abandonment and Neglect: How They Adversely Impact the Brain

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

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

    Mark Brady
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:42 am
    “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” – Jonathan Swift Here are 3 changes plus a bonus that will almost certainly affect your money brain in good ways… Make more friends. Every spiritual economics book I’ve ever read counsels that the greatest riches come from the close connections we obtain in community. It’s magical when we find our tribe (and if you believe Dunbar’s Number your tribe will have 150 members in it, plus or minus). Healthy communities become rich in many ways. An exemplary example in my mind is represented in the…
  • Why Your Money Brain Needs a CAO and Not a CFO

    Mark Brady
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    “I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too.”       ~ Steve Martin I’ve made a LOT of mistakes with money over the years. I wish I could say I learned something valuable from each of them, but I can’t. I’ve made some of the same mistakes over and over again. It’s by examining the mistakes I’ve made repeatedly that I’ve probably learned the most. One small example: Stop borrowing big…
  • Why Are So Many of Our Brains Money-Challenged?

    Mark Brady
    31 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    “With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome, and you sing well, too.” ~ Yiddish Proverb Take this short, three-question, multiple choice quiz from the Atlantic Monthly… Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2 percent per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow? A) more than $102; B) exactly $102; C) less than $102; D) do not know; refuse to answer. Do you think that the following statement is true or false? “Buying a single company stock usually provides a safer return…
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  • Fields of Flags for Your Fourth

    Dawn Camp
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    This week I noticed that my Memorial Day post from 2012 has been pinned nearly 5,000 times. Folks love pictures of our flag! The following photos come both from our county’s Veteran’s Day celebrations and a visit to Union Station in Washington, D.C., from the summer of 2013. It’s no news that there’s turmoil in our country right now and if you’re looking at your news channel or your Facebook feed, you might feel like we’re living in a land divided. No matter where you stand on the issues, the world will never be your source of peace: These things I have…
  • Summer Reading List: Anchored (with giveaway!)

    Dawn Camp
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    One of my favorite things about editing a series of books with multiple contributors has been meeting new writers. Although many are old friends, some—like Kayla Aimee—I met during the process. Later Kayla and I became fellow cast members in the Atlanta Listen to Your Mother event in May! Kayla actually lives here in Atlanta and read the story she contributed, “It Happened on a Tuesday,” at my book launch party for the Beauty of Grace. On Saturday, Kayla held a launch party of her own for her first book Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, which officially releases today,…
  • Get Your July 2015 Desktop Calendar!

    Dawn Camp
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The beauty of God’s creation amazes me when I slow down and look for it. This lovely tree was next to our car in a parking lot in South Carolina where we took the kids to play the morning after our oldest son’s wedding. It’s easy to focus on shooting the events—like a graduation, two weddings, and a week of singing school—and miss the seemingly insignificant {God-is-in-the} details, like the fleshy mushrooms at my feet in the morning light. If you use these monthly calendars, please share them via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest using the buttons at the bottom of the…
  • The Best Policy

    Dawn Camp
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:34 am
    My youngest daughter is as outgoing and precocious as you’d imagine the baby in a family with eight children would be. We welcomed her into our world on a hot June day, in what would later become the week of our annual trip to singing camp in Alabama. In 2011, the first year we attended, Lily lost her two front teeth on her sixth birthday. As predicted, it’s a story we still share. Now that my daughter is almost ten, she realizes that having a birthday the week of singing school complicates her celebration. Years ago I started the tradition of the birthday date: either a lunch or…
  • What it Means to be Winsome today at (in)courage

    Dawn Camp
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The spring before I began tutoring high school students in our local Classical Conversations homeschool program, I sat in on another tutor’s class to observe for a day. Latin, British lit, music history — the discussions fascinated me as I imagined someday guiding my own students in their study of these subjects. But the most memorable lesson came during debate when the tutor challenged the class — and subsequently, me — to think about what it means to be winsome. I’m sure I sneaked a peek at the dictionary app on my phone as I analyzed this unfamiliar word, which the tutor…
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  • Photo of the day: Cousins in the tent

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Does anything say summertime like a backyard camp out with your cousins? Pretty sure they didn’t all five of them sleep like that all night, but they did make it most of the night out in the tent. Isn’t summer awesome? Related posts (automatically generated):Friday Family Fun: Back yard camp out! And you thought the time she enrolled the boys in dance camp was bad… Fantastic Summer Camp Giveaway from our newest sponsor, Starr Gymnastics
  • Photo of the day: Rowing with Tristan

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    So this isn’t exactly my photo, but I did ask for it to be taken, and it was of me, and it was my phone. Close enough, right? Heck, it wasn’t even today – the rules of this project get more loosely defined with every passing day! But oh my goodness, what a fun time we had! I found out through the community newsletter that Shells & Sails was hosting a “Try It” day in Manotick, where you could sign up for a free rowing or sailing lesson this week. My friend Yvonne has been rowing competitively for a few years now, and I’ve always had the rowing machine…
  • 10 tips to walk 10k steps a day

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Did you hear that bellow of “GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL” on Sunday morning? No, that wasn’t an overenthusiastic fan at the FIFA Women’s world cup – that was me, reaching my weight goal after more than a year of (admittedly on-and-off) trying. Yay me! Even better than meeting my weight goal, though, has been that I’m meeting my movement goals. Even though I’ve had my FitBit for more than two years now, it’s only since this spring that I’ve been consistently meeting my goal of 10.000 steps each day. A goal of 10K steps per day is sort of…
  • Planning for PEI 2015: Day tripping

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    One year ago today, we arrived in PEI: *happy sigh* We’re still a few weeks away from embarking on our PEI 2015 adventure, in that delicious time when you can actually start thinking about all the things you want to see and do, but before the panic of packing and attending to all the forgotten last-minute details. I think the thing we are most looking forward to during our PEI vacation this year is exploring. It was our favourite part of the trip last year. There is something delicious about turning down a random road and wondering what’s around the next bend. The Points East…
  • Photo of the day: Three handsome fellows

    27 Jun 2015 | 6:02 pm
    This photo session for a colleague and his family was supposed to take place on Father’s Day, but we got rained out. Today was a perfectly perfect day for pictures, though, and you couldn’t ask for three funnier, kinder or more patient subjects for family portraits! Adorable, right? They were wonderfully patient with my ideas and let me boss them around a hike that only got us a little bit lost. This was my absolute favourite kind of family portrait session: casual, playful, and with lots and lots of laughter. Kind, funny and photogenic, too – I can’t wait to show you…
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  • Food on the Fourth–safe eating tips

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:02 am
    Foodborne illness can be extremely dangerous—especially for pregnant women and young children. Symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea and fever, can become life-threatening. So if you will be celebrating the 4th of July with family, friends, and a cookout, remember to keep foods fresh and safe. Here are some important safety tips: Separate raw meat and poultry from cooked or ready-to-eat foods. Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water before eating, and remove surface dirt with a scrub brush, cutting away any damaged sections, which can contain bacteria. Cook foods to their proper…
  • Fourth of July – fabulous or frightful?

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Holidays can be an especially stressful time for children with special needs; Fourth of July celebrations are no exception. Here are some tips to get through the holiday weekend happily.   Fireworks It seems that people either love them or steer clear of them. The colors that light up the night sky are beautiful to watch. But, for children with sensitive hearing, it can be a painful experience. Learn how you can help your child enjoy a fireworks display without discomfort or a meltdown. Even though fireworks may be legal to use in some areas, it does not mean they are safe. Use extreme…
  • Breastfeeding on demand vs. on a schedule

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    We often receive questions from new moms asking when they should start their newborn’s next feeding. If they breastfed their baby at 2pm, they wonder if they should wait to feed their baby until 5pm. The golden rule is to feed your baby when she’s hungry, called “on-demand” feeding. It is more important to watch your baby for cues that she’s hungry rather than worry about the timing of her feeding. If you have ever gone to a party, the hostess usually will offer you food or a drink without first asking “are you hungry?” She offers you the food and then you can decide if you want…
  • Screening vs. diagnostic testing—what’s the difference?

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    If you are pregnant, you know that every visit to your prenatal care provider involves a number of tests. At each prenatal checkup, your provider checks your weight, blood and urine. But in addition to these routine tests, you will also be offered prenatal tests that can assess your risk to have a baby with certain birth defects. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all pregnant women, regardless of age, be offered prenatal testing for Down syndrome and some other birth defects. There are two different types of tests that you can have: a screening…
  • Having a baby in the NICU can be stressful for siblings

    24 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Giving birth early and having a baby in the NICU is stressful for parents; but what is sometimes overlooked is how upsetting it is for the preemie’s siblings. A change in routine is upsetting to children. Having mom and dad away from home for long periods of time can turn even the most well-adjusted child upside down. If your child has not been able to visit her sibling or she does not have a solid grasp on what is happening, the uncertainty of the situation can cause distress. What can you do to ease the anxiety that is trickling down to the smallest members of your family? Talk to your…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • Affordable 3D Printing Options For Families

    Jennifer Wagner
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    3D printing has come down in price enough that families and other consumers can now use this technology at home. Not only are these 3D printers affordable, they are also easy to use. Teens and tweens will have no trouble creating 3D objects and parents will easily be able to make toys with their younger […] The post Affordable 3D Printing Options For Families appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Wireless Printing for Families and Home Offices Skype on TV – More Options For Families Fashionable Yet Affordable Handbags for Moms…
  • Pixar’s Inside Out: Amazing Family Movie Perfect For Tweens

    Jennifer Wagner
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    I have been a huge fan of Pixar movies since my family saw Toy Story together the day it premiered. And even though my sons are now in their twenties, we still love watching Pixar movies. After seeing an advance showing of Inside Out, I am now a bigger fan of Pixar than ever. Inside […] The post Pixar’s Inside Out: Amazing Family Movie Perfect For Tweens appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Scene It? Bright Lights! Big Screen! – Perfect Gift for Movie Fans Netflix Family Movie or TV Night With Teens Adventureland: Movie…
  • Lois Lane Teen Student Reporter In New YA Novel

    Jennifer Wagner
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    While walking through the aisles at Book Expo America last week, I saw a new book, Lois Lane: Fallout, a Young Adult (YA) novel about Lois Lane as a teenager. I knew that it would be a perfect book to review for this blog. Both boys and girls will love it, as well as parents […] The post Lois Lane Teen Student Reporter In New YA Novel appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Top 3 Student College Review Websites Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Teen Selves in New Book Adult Novels for Teen Girls and Their Moms
  • BookBub Alerts Readers To Discounts On Ebooks

    Jennifer Wagner
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Wouldn’t you love to get recommendations of ebooks that are discounted or free, in categories that you have selected? All you have to do is give BookBub your email address and check off the book genres you enjoy. You will then get a daily email with a list of books in those genres, that are […] The post BookBub Alerts Readers To Discounts On Ebooks appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Amazon Kindle ebooks as Gifts – Email Required, Kindle Optional Buy and Read Kindle eBooks on PC and Mac 3 Websites To Buy Gifts for Book…
  • Disney’s Tomorrowland Movie Review

    Jennifer Wagner
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Disney’s Tomorrowland movie is a great deal of fun. It has so much adventure packed in, you will definitely never get bored. However, Tomorrowland is not all light and happy. Most of the ads make it look like a movie for all ages, however, this film may be too scary for kids not yet tweens (under […] The post Disney’s Tomorrowland Movie Review appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Prosecuting Casey Anthony: Rob Lowe Stars in Lifetime Movie J.K. Rowling Bio Lifetime Movie Review Movie Review Intelligence: Rotten Tomatoes…
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  • Playground Workout for Moms: 8 Exercises You Can Do While They Play

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    So excited to introduce you to personal trainer and pro photographer Stephanie Smith for today’s total body playground workout, she’s about to rock your world. As a mom of young kids, it is so tough to find time to work out. Let me tell you, I have been there. With three kids under the age of 6 at home, it was hard to find the time to workout. As a young couple with three kids, money was tight and a gym payment was just not possible. Without much free time or money, I had to get creative with my workouts, so I started training at the playground. A playground has all the equipment…
  • Summer in Your Own Backyard: The Power of Staying Home

    Stacy Teet
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:43 am
    I made a promise to myself at the beginning of last summer, much like the promises I’ve made dozens of times before. This summer, while all three of my kids are home, I will be more present. We will do less, but enjoy more. We will spend more time together as a family, and darn it — it will be fun!! Lofty goals, I realize, but fast forward to the end of the summer, and we DID do less. I strongly believe it was because of this that we ENJOYED MORE. The days seemed longer, yet more carefree. Want to know what we did? We started staying home. Without all the commitments and…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • The Marvel Experience Giveaway!

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:24 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - You all know how much we are Marvel fans. We LOVE everything Marvel. Will breathes Spiderman. That’s why we are going to The Marvel Experience when it comes here to Chicago! You get to become a part of THE experience. You will smash villains as Hulk, fly as Iron Man, shoot energy beams with Vision, and scale buildings with Spidey! Your journey will take you through the amazing 3D 360 degree Stereoscopic full-Dome projection theater before taking flight in the thrilling motion ride. S.H.I.E.L.D. has assembled Marvel’s Avengers to battle Red Skull and…
  • 10 Places To Go With Your Dad On Fathers Day

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - What did you get your dad for Father’s Day? If your dad is like mine, he already has everything he wants. If he wants something, he buys it. It makes gift giving a tad more difficult. That being said, we now gift both my dad and father-in-law experiences.  This is also something I have incorporated with my husband too.  We all have enough “stuff”, and sometimes memories together are a much better gift.  If you are looking for ideas, here are 10 places to go with your dad on Fathers Day: Go to an old school arcade.
  • Having Fun With Honeycomb

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:31 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Post Honeycomb cereal is turning 50 this year!  Can you believe it?   Since 1965, Honeycomb’s one-of-a-kind playful shape and sweet honey taste have made the cereal a breakfast classic that is not only great in the bowl, but also a flavorful addition to treats.  There is nothing better than a cereal that you can eat for breakfast and also eat for a snack later!  My kids can eat Honeycomb all day long! Honeycomb cereal is perfect for baking and creating, giving familiar types of recipes a whole new taste.
  • Repurpose Tableware

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:16 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - In need of great tableware for your July 4th holiday?  Make sure you use Repurpose Tableware this holiday!   Repurpose products are made from plants like corn and sugar, which are annually-renewable resources.  Unlike traditional plastic or even paper items, all Repurpose products are 100% compostable in an industrial composter. They still maintain their high quality and functionality!  They work just as good as any other paper plates in our house.  Best of all, they are much better for the environment.  …
  • Throw Back Thursday On Netflix

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - Ever geek-out with your kids over which superhero has the coolest super powers? Or sing the Scooby Doo theme song and subsequently begin speaking only in words that start with ‘R’?  There’s something pretty awesome about connecting with your kids over something you loved when you were young. It offers kids a glimpse into what you were like as a kid yourself and gives you a way to relive your childhood.  I know that my kids are always amazed when my husband and I tell them we watched these shows when we were their age.   As it…
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  • 4th of July Milkshakes Recipe

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

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

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

    Piera Jolly
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    There are a few things that truly scare me about being a parent. One of them is the kids getting into the medicine cabinet or household cleaning products. We had a frightening experience with Lucas two years ago. He was at my parents house and him and his cousin got into my mom’s medicine cabinet and took cough drops. They were only cough drops, but I thought Lucas knew better. He was 6 years old and he knew the dangers or…I thought he knew. It could have been a lot worse. We were very lucky, but after that I made sure that medicine and cleaning products were out of the kids reach…
  • Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad at Kmart

    Piera Jolly
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    I got lots of things from my dad. My nose. My eyes. My business savvy. And, among other things – my love for cooking. Growing up, both of my parents cooked, but my dad had a real love for food and ingredients. He still has this same passion for food today. He and I both love to cook from scratch as much as possible. He taught me that fresh ingredients are always best and that what we put into our bodies matters. So for Father’s Day or any day, the gift of food is always a welcome gift for my dad! I typically make my dad one of his favorite treats for Father’s Day. I’ve…
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  • On the Boardwalk, you’re never bored.

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

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

    17 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    We just spent a week vacationing at “the shore,” and I learned some VERY odd things. First of all, Carmen won’t talk about my future… unless I pay her money. Does that seem wrong to you? I gave Carmen money… because I want to know what I can look forward to. Maybe I’ll sell tons of books, or sign a huge movie deal! But there’s a ton of people around, Carmen! Maybe we should just focus on my future love life… Geez. Forget it. This post brought to you by Carmen. She’s got a one track mind.
  • Signs you need a vacation…

    10 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you experience any of these symptoms, you need a vacation. Pronto! Symptom #1: You think this is warm: Symptom #2: You have no idea why you took this picture for your blog: Symptom #3: The baby cardinal is your only company. Symptom #4: You catch your dog in a terrible lie. Let’s pack our bags…Let’s get outta Dodge… Let’s eat junk food and do nothing for a week… Are you game?
  • 2 plus 2 equals orange

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    My daughter is taking a math final today. On her way out the door, she proclaimed, “Math is STUPID!” Well, I’m here to prove that I still use math, every single stupid day. Take, for instance, household chores: And then there’s pet care: (There’s no data at the top of the chart because that’s when your dog is sleeping.) If you’d like to know how to be a GREAT husband, check this out: And finally, in conclusion, here’s mathematical proof that being an author isn’t for the faint of heart: Now stop fooling around and STUDY FOR YOUR MATH…
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  • 5 Reasons Why My Kids Do Chores

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Our dishwasher broke last week. I came home last week Thursday to a flooded laundry. The next day the children went on leave. We only had it fixed yesterday. So in case you didn’t get it – we had no dishwasher for a week, 4 kids were on leave AND Jane was off on Wednesday. In case you STILL aren’t getting it – there were 4 kids (plus myself and David) at home for 50 something meals using enough crockery and cutlery to stock Boardmans! AND THE DISHWASHER WAS BROKEN! Got it? Ok good. My children have to pack and unpack the dishwasher daily on alternate days so despite…
  • Quick and Easy Lunches with Simply Chicken

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    Afternoons in our house are my busiest times. From 13h00 I head out for school pick ups and am often only home after 16h00. On the days Jane doesn’t come, Emma has to come with me and the time in the car does test her patience levels. There are also days where she wakes up from her nap as I need to leave, which means lunch is often on the go or has to be prepared quickly. Simply Chicken has a range of products that caters for both of these types of meals. They have the Simply Chicken Viennas, which probably are the quickest and easiest meal for kids that there is, and there are few kids…
  • {Giveaway} Soil Voucher

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    For the longest time I have been searching for scented candles that will make my house smell divine. I have yet to find one that actually smells like it says it does and actually does waft through my house and doesn’t just make the 3cm radius it is burning in smell. I had all by given up but then I received a voucher from Soil to buy some of their products to try out. Browsing their online store I discovered soya wax melts so I added them to my basket immediately together with some citronella oil, preparation for Spring and all the baby mozzie and a burner. It arrived 3 days after placing…
  • {Product Review} COOL TO BE ME Educational Boxes

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am slightly ashamed to admit that I do not take Life Skills seriously. It is the one subject that don’t really pay much attention to. I am aware that that is probably not the best attitude because the lessons children learn there, may seem unimportant but actually they aren’t. When we got sent the COOL TO BE ME educational box recently I was made more aware just how important social-emotional learning is. The COOL TO BE ME educational boxes is a home-based programme that is aimed and aiding social-emotional learning. The boxes are packed according to age and range from ages 5 – 10.
  • On being a mom to a teenager

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This year I celebrated a first birthday and a 13th birthday. Both milestone years. Both with very different emotions. With the first birthday it is sort of a case of “been there done that” but I did pause for a moment back in February and appreciated that that was the last first birthday party my children would have. The thirteenth, however, was a first and totally unchartered territory. I think I have said it ad nauseum by now, but this teenage thing is super scary. Unlike the wealth of information out there about dealing with sleepless nights and tantrums and what not, there is…
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  • Taming Summer Bedtimes: 3 Tips You Need

    Emily DeJeu
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Summer is fully upon us, readers! But while warm temps and fun outdoor activities are great, those long, lazy days of summer may be seriously messing with your baby or toddler’s inner sleep clock. Over the summer, many babies start crying at bedtime and resisting sleep even more than usual. It’s also common for toddlers to stop staying in bed and falling asleep much later, trying to tell you, “I’m not tired!” So frustrating – but not really unexpected, if you think about it. The sun goes down so late these days, and since your baby or toddler can’t exactly read the…
  • On Newborns and Sleeping Through The Night

    Emily DeJeu
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    For 10 months (or longer) you look forward to taking your newborn bundle of joy home. You have all the gear, the room is perfect and you’ve read all the books. And then it happens… You get home and  your darling sleeps for a few hours and is up. I don’t mean up and needs a little cuddle, I mean up and ready to party. I remember those first few weeks with my newborn. Trying to heal from delivery, trying to do everything right and struggling with lack of sleep. My little guy was colicky and only slept one to two hours at a time. He would take hours to settle down. This…
  • Baby Sleeping More Than Usual? Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

    Emily DeJeu
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all want our babies to sleep – but can you have too much of a good thing when it comes to baby sleep? We’ve written before about baby sleeping too much, but what if your baby suddenly start sleeping more than usual? What if you’re suddenly seeing marathon naps, later-than-usual morning wake-up times, and finding that you need to bump up bedtime? That makes lots of parents worry. So what’s behind this sudden onset of sleepiness? Why is your baby sleeping more than usual? We’re sharing 3 common reasons – keep reading for details! 3 Reasons Your Baby Is…
  • Night Weaning vs. Sleep Training: Which Should Come First?

    Emily DeJeu
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    For many of the exhausted families with whom we work, night weaning and sleep training are both high on the list of priorities. After all, constant night feeds can exhaust even the strongest parents, and a baby who can’t fall asleep independently is one who will wake too early from a nap, or wake during the night due to sleep associations, and not out of true hunger. So yeah…when it comes to night weaning and sleep training, most parents would say, “Both, please!”. But this raises an interesting question – should one come before the other? Our team of consultants…
  • Baby Sleeping On Stomach? Here’s What You Need To Know.

    Emily DeJeu
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
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    Playground Confidential

  • Summer saving tips to keep you afloat

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring this post and making me realize that we really do need to plan for that extra summer spending. Clockwise from top: St. Lawrence Market, classic playground structure, skipping in food truck parking lot, and Maple Leaf baseball at Christie Pits Forget about diapers. Forget about formula. Forget about shoes ... [Read more...]The post Summer saving tips to keep you afloat appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • The real reason I dig a dadbod

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    4 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Image via Flickr cc license.  Beards and man buns can step aside because the latest dude trend is the dadbod. It all started about a month ago when Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called “Why Girls Love The Dad Bod,” on The Odyssey. Then last Thursday New York Mag’s The Cut tried to figure out what ... [Read more...]The post The real reason I dig a dadbod appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • My spring body image hack

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Image credit via Flickr cc license I accidentally bought the wrong size pants. This happens sometimes, when your number one method of clothes shopping involves grabbing something off the sale rack and then sprinting across the store to catch your three-year-old before she falls down the escalator. It can also happen when your number two method ... [Read more...]The post My spring body image hack appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Getting sporty with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:29 am
    We’ve tested, borrowed, and rented quite a few cars in the past few years. But never have we been asked so many times whether we were thinking about buying those cars than with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that we borrowed this week. Maybe it was the bright blue color, or the fact that it’s a bigger car without being too big, or maybe it was because we’re due for a car that can handle the kinds of adventures we love to go on, but whatever it was, it seemed to be the consensus that we belonged in a vehicle like the Outlander Sport. I like to think it’s because we’re definitely a…
  • Make BBQ season last all year with 2-in-1 healthy grilling indoors or out from George Foreman

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    I can’t even tell you how many times our plans to grill have been thwarted by rain. Without a covered area to cook under, grilling in the rain just doesn’t sound fun and we usually end up just using the oven or the stove instead. If only there was such thing as an indoor/outdoor grill that could safely be used both inside AND outside. Well, that’s exactly what the George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill {GFO240GM} is designed to do, and it can make it so inclement weather never ruins your next grilled meal. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of George Foreman grills, in…
  • Effortless curls with the T3 Twirl 360 styling iron {review & giveaway}

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Every time someone is styling my hair at an event or for a special occasion, they all want to do the same thing – bold, beautiful curls in ringlets. I always love when they do, because this is one style I have never been able to master on my own. I can do okay in the front, curling little sections at a time until it’s full of ringlets. But, the problem comes when I try to curl the backside of my hair. I’m famous for clamping the hair and then forgetting which way to curl and I end up crimping my hair on accident. As anyone who has ever done this before knows, those crimps will never,…
  • Stylish Quilted Koala "Mommy & Me" totes keep you organized on-the-go

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:21 am
    If I could name one thing that keeps me sane as a mom of three kids, my answer would undoubtedly be “organization”. Gone are the days of happy-go-lucky Leanne where I would simply grab my purse and leave the house. Now going anywhere requires a few lists: the must-haves, the would-be-nice-to-haves, and the if-I-have-time items. I’m constantly organizing things into small piles each night, prepping what I can ahead of time so that our mornings and days run a little smoother, and for the most part I would say that I’m pretty well organized and we haven’t had any major catastrophes in…
  • Create a Mickey-inspired Disney Baby basket

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MagicBabyMoments #CollectiveBias There has been a big baby boom recently, and just in our family alone we have welcomed 4 babies in the past year. But, while all babies are celebrated, only first babies get a big baby shower with extended family and friends, second {and third, and fourth} babies get what is known as a Meet & Greet. Never heard of a Meet & Greet? It’s basically the answer for the non-baby shower that takes place after the baby is born to celebrate each birth and…
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    Being a Mummy

  • Book Review: Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

    Claire Walsh
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:24 am
    Benji Davies writes and illustrates the most beautiful, thoughtful children’s books and Grandad’s Island is not exception to this. Its the story of Syd and Grandads relationship and deals with death in a very subtle thoughtful manner. This is a wonderful book to use with children who are struggling to deal with where their loved one might have gone. It clearly shows how those that are close to us remain with us however far away they might seem. This is done in such a thoughtful way that it really brought a tear to my eye when I was reading it. Therein lies a slight problem in that…
  • #SweetsandTreats at The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

    Claire Walsh
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    A display of sweets in The Great Hall One of the best local attractions in Hertfordshire is The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour, its literally ten minutes down the road from us in Leavesdon but people travel from a long way to visit because frankly, its awesome. From the minute you arrive at the sound studios you are transported into the world of Harry Potter and even if you are not a big fan of the books you’ll find something to enjoy. We loved the moment when the cinema screen lifts up to reveal the doors to The Great Hall, when you walk through those doors you are…
  • Featured Post: Things to Do in Leicester

    Claire Walsh
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:10 am
    The first time I visited Leicester was when I was thinking about studying at the University. The Museum Studies department there is second to none. It struck me as a completely different place to what I had expected and we had a lovely day there. Following that I’ve been back quite a few times, partly because New Walk Museum and Art Gallery in central Leicester is one of the best museums in the country. One particular highlight is  The Den, the special area for under 5s. It also has a brilliant collection of Ancient Egyptian stuff which is always of interest. Leicester is also home to…
  • Featured Post: Eight ways to capture your baby’s first experiences

    Claire Walsh
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    The other day I was sorting through some photographs and I realised just how many pictures I had of my eldest son when he was a baby compared to the other two children. In fact, there are very few of my third child. I think that because when you have your first baby theres a real urge to take pictures of everything your baby does. Looking back its a brilliant record and I do wish I had taken as many of the other two. Here are some ideas which will help you capture those moments and enjoy them! Be prepared Make you sure know how to use your phone and its camera functions properly or if you use…
  • The Healing Power of an Ancient Landscape

    Claire Walsh
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:23 am
    Dragons Hill, Uffington. The white spot on the hill is supposedly where St George slayed the dragon Things have been stressful in our household of late, we’ve had some difficult personal news and have been teetering on the brink of financial difficulties. With three children comes the inevitable stresses and strains which each of them bring in their own ways. Overall it has been time-consuming, challenging, worrying and there have been moments when I have wished for massive and dramatic positive change. This is difficult to achieve and I spend a lot of time pondering what we should do.
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  • Swapping Books Instead of Buying Them – Just Pay Postage!

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

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

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

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

    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Dried Mushrooms Hanging from the Stove A while back, as we were studying about Russian in our chronological journey through history, I decided to research Russian restaurants in the Austin area. I remembered going to a place where we got some fantastic brine pickles and bought a beautiful book on Russian cuisine right after we first moved back to this area in 2007, but we hadn’t been there in many years and found it had closed down. I discovered to my delight that there was, in fact, a different place in downtown Austin that we could try out called (of course) “The Russian…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Attachment Parenting doesn’t make me a perfect parent

    Jillian Amodio
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Attachment Parenting doesn’t make me a perfect parent. It makes me an involved parent, a loving parent, and well… an attached parent, but certainly not a perfect one. It sneaks up rather quickly. It consumes my thoughts and drags me deeper and deeper into the same vicious cycle. All seems well, and then out of nowhere, it launches an attack on my psyche. It plagues my subconscious mind more than I care to admit. I’m sure it has an effect on the way I parent and the way in which I interact with my children. How can it not? What is this mysterious thing that infiltrates my parenting and…
  • Expecting your first baby? Talk about parenting now, before baby arrives

    Patricia Mackie
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Henry and Isabel had been married for 3 years when they found out they were expecting their first child. They had dated for 4 years in college before getting married, and they were sure that they knew everything about each other. They were very excited about becoming parents and did everything the parenting magazines suggested: attended birth classes, completed registries, attended baby showers, interviewed pediatricians and pored over to-do lists to ensure that their house was ready for their new arrival. Isabel gushed to anyone willing to listen that Henry was going to be the best father in…
  • This Father’s Day: Dads, talk about being a father

    Rita Brhel
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Happy Father’s Day! Today we celebrate you, Dads, for your role and involvement in your children’s lives. This is your holiday, when you can truly relish in the profound impact you make in your child’s life. It is amazing the difference a father can make for a child: from the moment a baby is conceived, through Dad’s presence from birth through today and beyond, well into the years – and decades – to come, as the children grow into teens and move out on their own, becoming adults with perhaps little ones of their own. Dads, your secure attachment with each of your children can…
  • Attachment Parenting and siblings

    Rita Brhel
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    I am often amazed at how well my children get along. They are 9, 7 and 3 years old and each have very close, warm, secure and unique bonds with one another that very much enhance our family. My 9-year-old and 7-year-old daughters are 16 months apart. They are each others’ best friends, whether at home, softball practice, 4-H contests or school. They protect one another, tell each other secrets, share many of the same interests and respect each others’ differences. Yet, neither ever leave their 3-year-old brother out of the mix. Though my 9-year-old tends to take more of a…
  • What does Attachment Parenting look like in your home?

    API Blog
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Editor’s note: Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates for a parenting approach rooted solidly in research, and continuing research further validates and builds upon API’s foundation. Help us tell your story! Describe what Attachment Parenting (AP) looks like in your home through this landmark, definitional survey designed to provide ground-breaking insights about AP families. Created by researchers at Southern Methodist University in collaboration with API, the survey is voluntary, confidential, anonymous and takes about 40 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us…
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    Mrs. Kendall

  • Stuff Mikey Says, Vol. 14

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    On patriotism“You know what I can’t imagine? Founding fathers in a pool. You know–swimming, hanging out, doing whatever.”
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    5/5 Stars Before the end of the second page you’ll know whether this grotesquely beautiful coming of age story is one you can read.   Penny Wilson wanted a baby of her own in the worst way. That’s what I figure, because she was only supposed to watch me for an hour and a half, and obviously she loved me a little too much. She must have hummed a lullaby, fondled each tiny finger and toe, kissed my cheeks and stroked the down on my head, blowing on my hair like she was making a wish on a dandelion gone to seed. I had my teeth but I was too small to swallow the bones, so when my…
  • The Fine Art of Negotiation

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Mikey: Nico, get out of my face. Nico: I’m not in your face. Mikey: Nico, please! [tap tap tap] Nico: … Mikey: Dude, I can’t see what I’m doing. [tap tap tap] Nico: … Mikey: Oh my…Nico! You’re hovering! It’s annoying. Stop. Nico: I’m not hovering. Mikey: Are you seriously [tap tap tap] kidding me right now? [tap tap tap] I can feel you breathing. Stop hovering! Nico: But I want to see what you’re doing! Mikey: [tap tap tap] Too bad. Go away. Nico: Dude, I can’t see what you’re doing if I go away! Mikey: Not my…
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Score 5 out of 5 stars Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Genres Young Adult My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black–black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair…
  • The Casualties by Nick Holdstock

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars The Casualties by Nick Holdstock Genres: Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Biography & Autobiography, Fiction, General, Historical, Literary, Science Fiction  In Nick Holdstock’s The Casualties, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event that only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac,…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • Pampers #BetterForBaby Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $105), Twitter Party & Pledge to #Win an Apple Watch!

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Becoming a mom has been the most significant life-changing event for me in the past 10 years. I'm highly motivated to work toward a better self in order to take better care of my children and to become a better role model for them. Do you believe that babies have the ability to bring out the best in all of us? Pampers certainly does and so do I. Last week, Pampers released a heartwarming Better
  • Pollo Tropical New Menu Items & Summer Swag Bag Giveaway #PolloTropiCulture {Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop} #SummerSweeping

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    While you are enjoying all the outdoor fun during summer, please be sure to get sun protection and stay hydrated. Plus, join the Summer Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and Lindsey Blogs, to discover all the cool prizes you could win to help you beat the heat this summer! Each prize has a retail value of $25 or more! My Giveaway In celebration of their new Caribbean-inspired summer
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Can you confidently say that you are very good at staying on top of the health records of your kids? Or are you on the lookout for an easier and more efficient way to get things organized in this department? Kinsights may be the perfect match for your needs. Learn more about their services and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card for summer shopping fun! Hosted by Tales From A Southern
  • Era Organics Hair & Skin Care Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $120)

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you feel that your skin condition has noticeably changed due to the increasingly warmer weather? It may be necessary to change up your skin care routine accordingly. Why not take the opportunity to try out some new products from Era Organics? You could win some of their most popular products along with their new hair care line! Era Organics offers an all natural approach to your beauty
  • $50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway {Summer Dreams Giveaway Hop}

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Summer is now in full swing. It's the perfect time to celebrate Christmas in July with some awesome giveaways! The Summer Dreams Giveaway Hop hosted by Michigan Saving and More features three fantastic Grand Prize packages and additional giveaways at each participating blog. After entering both my giveaway and the Grand Prize giveaway right here, feel free to follow the linky at the very bottom
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  • summer fun for kids: week 3 #tabletopsurprises

    amy mascott
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    We have had one wild week here, friends. Our Owen headed to his Nanny and Pap’s for baseball camp, and our Maddy and Cora were stuck here with me and were pretty darn sick. Luckily, our girls are on the mend (finally!), and Owen is back here with us in Maryland, now determined to land himself on a baseball team. (Not sure how that’s going to happen, but you never know. . .) Needless to say, he had a blast at camp–we knew he would!–and we managed to have some fun here, too, while he was away, though we missed him terribly. The kids and I just wrapped up week three of…
  • anchored: finding hope in the unexpected: a book for all parents (giveaway! #AnchoredHope)

    amy mascott
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
      Confession: There are days I don’t appreciate my life the way I should. I stress over a sink full of dishes, crumb-covered counters, and unmade beds. Some days, when I hear my kids bickering, I want to poke my eyes out.  When I watch four people walk by a pile of clothes on the stairs, I want to weep. (I mean, can’t someone take them upstairs?) But reading Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected, by Kayla Aimee, has brought me down. It’s grounded me during these long summer days when trying to work with three kids home all day makes me feel like I’m getting…
  • get kids to play outside: 4 tips for summertime playground fun

    amy mascott
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
      Sometimes, getting kids to play outside is no easy feat, especially in the summer. Because here in the DC Metro area, it’s hot. It’s hot. Hot. It’s muggy. It’s oppressive. When the sun’s beating down, the heat’s suffocating, and the last thing my kids want to do is go and play outside. But last week, two friends and I got our big kids and little kids outside, playing, and having fun. Old-school style. Free-bird, playing outdoors in the summertime. We had some serious playground fun thanks to our friends at Clif Kids, and you can too. Get your kids to…
  • fun summertime learning for kids: tabletop surprises

    amy mascott
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Week two of tabletop surprises is in the books, and it was a blast! Because my crew was busy fighting off some pretty awful summertime colds, we did a bit of re-arranging with our tabletop surprises calendar this week. But you know what? That’s the awesome thing about it: you can do what you want. When you want. And the freebie 10 week resource guide includes a whole bunch of awesome extra ideas to use if one day doesn’t work for you.  This week, we drew, built, wrote, and more. Here’s the skinny. . . Fun Summertime Learning for Kids–Tabletop Surprises: Monday:…
  • matchstick math: patterns, puzzles and critical thinking

    amy mascott
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
        The matchstick math activity we did last week for tabletop surprises was a real hit. I had an inkling that the activity would be a favorite of Owen’s but really all of the kids were into it. And when we didn’t bump the table, making the matchsticks fall all out of place and go everywhere, it was all good. It was super-simple, and I thank the good folks who write Matchstick Puzzles blog for their ideas. Here’s the skinny. . . Matchstick Math:  Really, I had heard about matchstick math years and years ago but never really tried it with my kids. And the idea is…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • What We Are Eating This Week (W/C 4th July)

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    This week I asked friends on Facebook, what they liked to read on my blog. Lovely Leoni-Fay said that something she has missed in recent months on my blog has been reading my meal plans. It's funny because, the children have also been suggesting to me recently that they would like to see a return of the weekly meal plan post, because the Meal Plan on the back of the living room door isn't visible when they are in bed!So, with this in mind I welcoming back my weekly meal plans.Queue applause, fanfare and fireworks.Oh. No applause, fanfare or fireworks eh? Well, I know where I stand…
  • Reading Certificates, Collins Big Cat Books and A Proud Mama #Review

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    At the School that Top Ender and Big Boy attend (although Top Ender leaves in just a few short weeks) there is an ongoing challenge to all the children. The challenge is to read, something which we do in our house at least four times a day, but closer to seven or eight if I'm truly honest.The reading material doesn't have to be a reading book, it could be reading a shopping list, a recipe, a comic even just as long as the children are reading everyday. Then the children or a parent, note down that they have read in the School/Home contact book and that's that. I have a further rule, that…
  • Giant Daisy Bowl - Wordless Wednesday

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I love the bowl my husband got me for my Monday bag!This feed comes from A Mothers Ramblings You should follow Pippa on Twitter on her blog, or on her Facebook Page
  • Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker #Review

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A few months back, I was asked if I would like to review the Kinivo BTX270 Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker. I said yes, mainly because the one thing I am missing from my Primary arsenal (at Church) is a good quality speaker that can link up to my phone and allow me to play music if the music leader isn't around and also because I want to be the annoying Mum who has a portable speaker on her picnic blanket this Summer.When it arrived, it was perfectly timed. It was the day of the Primary Talent show and so I thought I'd take it with me, just in case. It was actually needed, needed…
  • The Summer Menu at Beefeater #Review

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Every week, my Mum and I go out for a walk. Well, actually it started as us going out for a walk, but soon turned into us going to the local shopping centre and going shopping! The point is, we get a bit of exercise together, we spend some time together and then after School and picking up the Children we disappear off to a restaurant and share a meal together. This week, I was asked if I'd like to review the new Summer menu at our local Beefeater, so my Mum, the Children and I descended upon our local branch, ready to taste, nibble and slurp!I am normally terrible at picking what I'm…
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  • Talking to kids about Baptism & how we changed it

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
      Like many other ministry leaders, baptism for elementary age kids is something we evaluate often. Most of the time we’re asking ourselves, “How can we make this better?” There are 3 key aspects to the baptism process that we pay close attention to: the Child’s Understanding; the Parent’s Perspective; the Ongoing Conversation. the Child’s Understanding We want to do a great job ‘vetting’ kids who express interest in baptism to ensure that they have made a faith decision and are able to articulate that decision in their own words. For some kids, the story of their…
  • Share Your ‘Prayer Challenge’ Story

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2009-08-27 05:37:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterLast week I posted a challenge here.  Today I’m pumped to hear the thoughts of those that participated. Comment below or email me ( and share your thoughts, stories, successes & fumblings. I’ll get the ball rolling with my own fumblings… Praying with my kids is not unusual but not routine either.  The first few nights were not difficult b/c I was motivated by the challenge to change my routine.  By day 4 I admit it was the accountability of this challenge that kept me in it. …
  • Orange Week: Best Breakout Session

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2011-02-09 20:05:32. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSometimes Kyle and I watch that Food Network show: Best Thing I Ever Ate.  Not sure why.  Personally I think it’s torture to watch someone talk about an amazing food that would require a plane ride to enjoy. I guess, in a sense, I’m doing the same thing today.  Sharing with you my favorite breakout session from past Orange Conferences could evoke some frustrations knowing that it might require a plane ride for you to enjoy it.  However… the plane ride is worth it. Every year that I attend Orange I…
  • God has a sense of humor…

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2007-03-16 03:19:38. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWe all know it’s true! Yesterday I blogged about getting involved in the ‘messy’ side of ministry. Working an event at the church tonight. A woman randomely walks in. The event was not advertised publicly so I’m confident she did not know something was happening that night. I believe she saw the lights on and figured it was a safe place to stop. We fed her, gave her hot coffee and spent a few minutes talking with her. No heroic moves by any standard… but nice to stop and chat with someone…
  • Living Life in the ‘But’

    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2013-02-06 12:30:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter “I know, but…” This has to be the single most limiting factor in my own personal growth today. It smacks of conceit, doesn’t it. It means I possess knowledge & understanding that I’m unwilling to apply.  Plain and simple. I know that eating less sweets would help me lose weight, but… I know exercising regularly will give me more energy, but… I know that turning my phone off in the evening would result in increased attention to the people that matter most in my life,…
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  • Cowebs in our souls

    19 Jun 2015 | 9:23 pm
    I can’t remember the source for this but the story is still too good not to share ….. When I was traveling the road to Rome, one of the four sacred roads in my magical tradition, I realized, after almost twenty days spent entirely alone, that I was in a much worse state than when I had started. In my solitude, I began to have mean, nasty, ignoble feelings. I sought out my guide to the road and told her about this. I said that when I had set out on that pilgrimage, I had thought I would grow closer to God, but that, after three weeks, I was feeling a great deal worse. ‘You are…
  • Santa’s Back – For Kids With Autism & Special Needs

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    We just got our confirmation from Santa that our annual “Special Kids Santa Event” at 12 Oaks Mall will be taking place on November 30th this year from 9:00am to 10:30am. During this special reserved time families of children with Autism and other special needs have the ability to take the time they need in a more relaxed environment to visit and take pictures with Santa. Professional photographers will be available.  If visiting Santa has always been a tough thing for your child and family because of the crowds, noise, chaos, lines, etc. this event is the solution you’ve…
  • This Is Your Life Do What You Love ….

    16 Nov 2011 | 3:36 am
  • How It Feels To Be Dad (sometimes)

    4 Nov 2010 | 1:53 pm
    I originally posted this in the spring of 2010 and it quickly became one of the most read posts on this site.  A  friend recently read it and suggested I repost it so that folks that might have missed it could read it, so per their request – I am.   I hope you enjoy reading and sharing it with your friends. One small caveat though, when you write something like this you inevitably get the “that’s not my husband” or the “Mom’s feel that too” and both are fair statements.   So, for the second portion of this post especially, where it talks about…
  • If I Had My Life To Live Over..

    25 Oct 2010 | 9:09 am
    Found this great piece via author Paulo Coelho’s great blog and thought it was a nice piece to start the week (heck, even most days) with. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do …… Of course, you can’t unfry an egg, but there is no law against thinking about it. If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes. I would relax. I know of very few things that I would take seriously. I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less bran. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles. You…
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  • When You are Lonely In Your Marriage

    Katie Parsons
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    When you get married, you are psyched for so many reasons. You are finally with your one-and-only, forever. You’ve got a partner in crime. It’s you and your spouse against the world. You’ve got each other’s backs, you’re best friends. Shall we go on? Oh, yeah. One more. You’ll never be lonely.  Uh, not so fast on that last one. Research shows marriage can be one of the largest sources of social stress. When expectations are not met within the union, it can lead to depression, resentment and, yes, loneliness. Researchers found that one or both…
  • Our Picks: Star-Spangled Fashion

    Carla Bellantonio
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    You want to look patriotic this Fourth of July, but who wants to look childish or, worse, cheesy when sporting the ol’ red, white and blue? Fear not, fellow fashionistas. Whether you’re headed to the beach or BBQ, parade or a fireworks extravaganza, you can strut your stuff in our fave finds: Stars and Stripes Forever Forever 21, $27.80 These American flag denim shorts are a must-have this Fourth of July. They are the perfect way to show some spirit and look cute doing it. If you’re going for a more casual and comfy look for the festivities, these shorts are the…
  • #WeighThis: How Do You Weigh Your Worth?

    Katie Parsons
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Brought to you by: We all know a scale can be frightening, and can alter how we see —-and present ourselves. A hefty number can make us less social, less secure….less— a lot of things. A Today/AOL study found that 60 percent of women and 78 percent of teen girls view their appearance in a negative light.  Lean Cuisine set out to change the conversation with its #WeighThis campaign. When women were asked what they really weigh by thinking about what is most important in their lives, they never brought up body image or physical…
  • 10 Best Summer Date Ideas

    Katie Parsons
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:04 pm
    The great thing about dating in the summer is you don’t have to be limited to things you can do indoors. Even veteran couples can learn a thing or two about each other by heading out on an adventure together. “People really do start to have that delicious, expectant feeling about romance and dating around the same time each year,” said April Beyer, women’s dating advice expert. “So when the days begin to warm up, everyone starts to feel better about everything — not just matters related to dating.” As you make romantic plans for the summer…
  • How Social Media Gets People to #BeSocial IRL

    Katie Parsons
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Brought to you by    Sometimes social media gets a bad rap for closing people off from interacting IRL (in real life). Others say that social media has made relationships even stronger by allowing people to be “friends” even if distance and life have otherwise pulled them apart. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, there’s no argument that social media has changed the dynamics of relationships.    Jacqueline Whitmore is the founder and director of The Protocol School of Palm Beach. She believes that social media makes real-life interactions…
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    Loving Your Child

  • How To Make Sure Your Kids Have Good Role Models

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

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

    Priya Florence Shah
    21 May 2012 | 2:52 am
    This article is the second in a series by Pallavi Bhattacharya, the first of which was published as Adoption For Single Women In India. Child adoption in India is governed by the Personal Law of each community. The Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956 (HAMA): This Act provides for legal adoption to those of the Hindu faith or religions that have taken birth from Hinduism. Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Brahmos and those belonging to the Prarthana, Arya Samaj, Virashaiva and Lingayat faiths are included under this act. The woman who adopts should be an adult and of ‘sound mind’. If a single…
  • Parents, Google Yourself Before Your Kids Do

    Priya Florence Shah
    16 Mar 2012 | 5:26 am
    People share far too much information online. They post revealing or suggestive photos of themselves on Facebook or Twitter, they run inappropriate blogs and use their full name, they comment on posts with anger, poor spelling and grammar, and potentially offensive comments. And they willingly share this information, forgetting that there are consequences. When you have a child, you need to remember that your kids can now find this information. There’s no such thing as true privacy, because once something is online it’s there forever, even if it’s “deleted” or…
  • Parenting After Divorce: Tips From A Divorce Lawyer

    Priya Florence Shah
    15 Feb 2012 | 8:26 am
    Going through a divorce can be a difficult time for every member of a family. Although parents can experience a great deal of emotional pain and stress during this time, they must learn to help their children cope with the changes in the family structure. Parents who have no experience with divorce may be unsure how to proceed. An uncooperative ex-spouse can make parenting with traditional methods seem impossible. However, a divorced parent can also be a great parent. Using the following five strategies will help you be an excellent parent in spite of divorce. Let Your Kids Know that the…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 7/04/2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happy 4th of July!! I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!! 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 […] The post Sweeping Saturday 7/04/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sun safety tips for the whole family

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the summer, we know it’s important to wear sunscreen and make sure we adhere to sun safety tips. But are you doing things the right way or as much as you should? The following are some easy sun safety tips for the entire family to live by. They will suit all your needs and […] The post Sun safety tips for the whole family appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • How to handle glasses or contacts at the beach

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:24 pm
      For contact and glasses wearers, going to the beach or other bodies of water during the summer can be a hassle. There are many precautions that need to be followed to keep your eyes protected, your glasses and contact lenses intact, and for you to be able to see while in public. Here are […] The post How to handle glasses or contacts at the beach appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Trying to Conceive with Astroglide TTC

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Lately, the desire to add to our family is very strong. So, I guess it’s safe to say I have caught baby fever! I have gone back and fourth on this big life changing decision and feel that it’s time to start actively trying for another baby! I’m currently 35 and due to timing and […] The post Trying to Conceive with Astroglide TTC appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
  • Sweeping Saturday 6/27/2015

    26 Jun 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 6/27/2015 appeared first on Mommy's Hangout/Atlanta Mommy Blogger/Jen Williams.
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • Friday Finds: Hot Pots & Planters

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    1. Chunky White Block Planter | CB22. Threshold Ceramic 2-Hole Hanging Planter | Target 3. Large Mod Cube Planter by Torre | Gilt 4. Mod Metal Planter | Urban Outfitters 5.Teak Wood Hanging Planter | Anthropologie 6. Iris Planter + Chevron Stand | West Elm 7. Micro Dot Cache Pot | West Elm 8. Mod Saucer Planter in Orange | Dot & Bo9. Owl Planter by LunaReece | Etsy
  • What I want you to know about domestic abuse

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Rebecca Aske. What I want you to know about domestic abuse is that it's quiet and it looks like love. It looked like he cared – a lot. He cared so much for me that one week after we were married he wanted to help me pick out clothes to wear. He picked out my clothes and flirted…
  • Wednesday's Child: Lamontae & Nicolas

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.
  • What I want you to know about having a tubal ligation in your early 20s

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    What I Want You to Know is a series of reader submissions. It is an attempt to allow people to tell their personal stories, in the hopes of bringing greater compassion to the unique issues each of us face. If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. Today’s guest post is by Anonymous.I was 22 when I made the decision. I had two biological children and one stepchild. Plus a husband.... We told the doctor that we were SURE. That I was SURE. And I was....Or at least I thought I was.Fast forward 3 years-- nieces and nephews are being born. Friends who had not…
  • QOES: How Do You Fold Your Towels?

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    Have you ever watched someone fold towels differently than you do and discovered your inner OCD when you want to snatch it away and redo it for them? Or have an anxiety attack when a friend is trying to be helpful and folds your towels the wrong way?No?Liar.Folding our towels can become weirdly proprietary. I don't know why. It just does.I fold mine like the hotels do. From the end I fold 1/3 of the way in, then do the same with the other end. Then I fold it in half so you get that nice edge display.Or you can just do this every time:What about you? How do you fold your towels?
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  • Well Hello, Gorgeous New Premium Starter Kit

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

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

    Jennifer Murray
    28 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    It’s the day before the last day of school, and like many mamas it’s with mixed emotions. They have had SUCH an incredible year and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing! (Okay so in the perfect world I would have no homework.) Overall, their teacher couldn’t have been a better match, their classmates have become their closest friends, and their school has been a phenomenal fit. To go from getting ready to homeschool another year to enrolling them in a private school the day before the first day of school, it’s hard to believe it’s coming to a close.
  • 7 Tips and Tricks for Visiting Cedar Point

    Jennifer Murray
    21 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    I’ve been neglecting this space because we’ve been CRAY busy in the month of May: Brad’s Trip to Idaho, Baseball Games, Soccer Games, End of School Madness, a Trip to Cedar Point, My Dad’s 80th Birthday, My Dad’s Knee Replacement Surgery. WHEW!  My apologies! This is our 3rd time to return to Cedar Point and just when we thought it couldn’t get better it does each and every time! The older our boys get the more they are able to enjoy and the more we get to do all together as a family.  Everyone was 48″ this year (Yay, Henry!) so very little was off…
  • 5 Things That Saved My Sanity This Week

    Jennifer Murray
    1 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This week I’ve had the privileged title of “Fort Holder-Downer”, while Brad is across the country. It comes with responsibilities of transporter, homework overseer, meal provider, house manager, conflict revolutionist, and a 4,127 other roles. And YES, I do these every single day, I just usually have back-up.  I have the best teammate I could ask for, so it’s HARD when he’s gone. It’s good in lots of ways too for all of us. It stretches us and forces us to step up, and our appreciation grows for one another, but I’m not going to lie and tell you…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Communication Tips for Long Distance Parenting

    Rob Youngblood
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    My ex-wife (and the mother of my son) lives in a different state than my son and I, but we still have a strong and healthy relationship – and we co-parent very well. One of the main reasons we do so is because we communicate well. We both know that great communication skills are the […]The post Communication Tips for Long Distance Parenting appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • 5 Of The Best Imported Toys

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Whether you like imported toys because there are so many unusual toy options that make great unique gifts or because they remind you of a faraway home, here five of the best imported toys.  All of these imported toys are made of top quality materials from countries with high production standards.  This post is sponsored […]The post 5 Of The Best Imported Toys appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares

    Racquel Bregg
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The 4th of July is only days away and my family is so excited that they can hardly stand themselves!  We’ve been making some 4th of July treats and 4th of July crafts the last few days to get us even more in the spirit.  These American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares are a quick and […]The post American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Encourage Kids To Read This Summer!

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Let’s face it, reading opens the door to adventures and learning. Taking the time to read to children is not only a great bonding experience that you can both enjoy together, it is also a great way to inspire your child to love reading. I have a rule. Whenever, my son asks me to read […]The post Encourage Kids To Read This Summer! appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • The Buccaneer Resort In St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The U.S. Virgin Islands have always sounded like a tropical paradise to me. Renowned for beautiful beaches, tropical flora and fauna, and amazing snorkeling, I have always wanted to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) so I am excited to tell you, I just got back from my first trip USVI. It is the choice […]The post The Buccaneer Resort In St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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    Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents

  • Baby meets twins for the first time – his reaction is too adorable!

    Dinah Amira Nordin
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post Baby meets twins for the first time – his reaction is too adorable! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • 4 Ramadan activities for kids: celebrate without fasting

    Wafa Marican
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    During this beautiful month of Ramadan, Muslims from all over the world will fast from dawn to dusk. This holy month is one that is anticipated by all Muslims as it is the holiest of month in the Muslim calendar. Children usually start fasting from the age of 9 or 10 but for those who don’t fast, there are plenty of other Ramadan activities for kids that they can do to experience and celebrate the bounty of the month. 1. Goodness personified At the start of Ramadan, draw up a calendar of good deeds that your child can do throughout the month. This can be as simple as helping Daddy clean…
  • 15 places where your kids can learn about Singapore’s history: SG50 special

    Nalika Unantenne
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    The post 15 places where your kids can learn about Singapore’s history: SG50 special appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • These kids were asked about their aspirations. Their answers might surprise you!

    Divya Maniar
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The post These kids were asked about their aspirations. Their answers might surprise you! appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
  • The doors to quality early years education open at EtonHouse Bilingual Pre-school @ Upper Bukit Timah

    Nalika Unantenne
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Nurturing your child through his early years at EtonHouse Bilingual Pre-school @ Upper Bukit Timah Road can help lay a strong foundation for his future. Children’s early years are when the foundation of their future is built, and choosing a preschool is crucial to setting this foundation. Education experts point out that an important component of this foundation is bilingualism. A bilingual brain is quicker and nimbler, and comes with benefits such as the ability to deal with ambiguities and solve problems. For these reasons and more, it’s no surprise that parents today want…
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  • For people who tell me to slow down

    Jodie Benveniste
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I’ve been very consciously and deliberately trying to slow down. Not rush. Not be busy. Not keep busy. Just have a bit more space to be. It takes practice. But it can be done. And on the eve of taking a couple of weeks’ holiday, I’m reminded once again of the value of being the […]
  • Yoga hacks for better health, easy organic whipped body butter, and preschoolers hanging out at the nursing home

    Jodie Benveniste
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Some interesting links for this week – If you’re at your computer a bit or hunched over your iPhone a bit, you might like to try these yoga hacks to undo those sore spots. Plus how delicious does this sound – whipped organic body butter. And check out what happens when you mix a preschool with […]
  • 6 ways to help our kids to be ‘whole’ rather than ‘happy’.

    Jodie Benveniste
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    A couple of days ago, I wrote this post about how I reckon wanting our kids to be happy isn’t the way to go. At first glance, it may seem like a reasonable ambition to want our kids to be happy. But I think it may be leading to some unintended consequences, which aren’t great […]
  • We don’t want ‘happy’ kids. Here’s why

    Jodie Benveniste
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If you ask most parents what they want for their children, they will likely say they want their kids to be happy. At first glance, this seems to be a perfectly reasonable ambition for our kids. Who wouldn’t want to be happy? I certainly have wanted my kids to be happy. But now I’m not […]
  • The wisdom of Winnie the Pooh & Piglet

    Jodie Benveniste
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:37 pm
    I love this quote from Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. Don’t you? Join our community to receive weekly updates and your free gift Email Address First Name
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Farm Share Recipes: Using Your Greens

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

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

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

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

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    26 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    I am excited to share Laura Schiller’s success story with you all today. Laura is a busy attorney and was a mom to a toddler and twin babies when she started with us, so she had every excuse in the world to not make time for her own health and fitness. With the help of […] The post Laura’s Story: How a Mom to a Toddler & Twin Babies Found Fitness appeared first on I Thought I Knew Mama.
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    STL Family Life

  • Let’s Go to The {Outdoor} Movies

    Melody Meiners
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    If you have young kids, like me, family movie night means sitting on the couch with more pausing than playing, and begging the youngest to stop jumping into your lap during those “dull” dramatic story arcs that don’t involved a huge musical number. And seeing a movie on the big screen with kids in tow? Out of the question. Outdoor movie nights and drive-ins are our only option until both of them are old enough to stop acting like lunatics when something we want to listen to comes on TV. (And by that I mean anything comes on TV that doesn’t involve a…
  • AB Holiday Lights: A Unique St Louis Christmas Light Tour For the Whole Family

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

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

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

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

  • Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub {homemade gift idea}

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’ve made a ton of sugar scrubs, but this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub just became my favorite because it only uses FOUR ingredients, and it smells so good.  All you need is coconut oil, sugar, lime essential oil, and a lime to make the scrub.  I adore that sugar scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin!  Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever!  They are my new latest craze {as you know} and after the recent success of my Lemon Sugar Scrub for Mother’s Day gifts, and my Coffee Sugar Scrub for Teacher Appreciation I decided to go all out and try…
  • DIY Flower Crown {how to}

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Flower Crowns make the best summer and spring photo props ever.  I’ve fallen in love with how flower crowns look in braided and wavy hair and so I had to make one.  Surprisingly, they are easier to make than you’d imagine, and the best part is that they are completely customizable.  When you make the DIY Flower Crown, YOU pick the flowers, and you custom fit the crown.  It’s a win/win.  Here’s how. DIY Flower Crown Flower Crown Supplies: Silk Flowers (my stem came from Michael’s for $4.99) Green stem wire (I got a pack of 12 at Michael’s for $1.99)…
  • Keep Playing with QUAKER plus {$100 GIVEAWAY}

    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This post brought to you by Quaker Oats. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Any chance to have a party or playdate gets a “yes, please” from my kiddos.  I’ve learned over the years that some of the best parties and playdates are the EASY, LOW key kind that happen at the park or right in my own backyard.  Lucky for me, I have lots of kids so family playtime is always kind of like a party and if I just invite over one other family, we’ve got a pretty substantial gang.   Quaker realizes that family time is important, too,…
  • Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUBBA Burger for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We made big changes in the way we ate a few months ago and cut red meat completely from our diet.  Whoa, right?  That’s a big deal for a family of 7.  In the ensuing weeks, we made it our mission to find healthy, interesting and delicious ways to enjoy veggie burgers in ways that we had never thought of before.  One of our favorite combinations are Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole and Sprouts. Ingredients Needed Here’s what you need to make Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole…
  • Free Printable Thank You Tags for Teachers {teacher appreciation gift}

    11 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m always trying to think of fun ways to say THANK YOU to my kids teachers for all of their hard work.  I want them to know that I don’t take them for granted and that I appreciate that they work hard each day.  May is always a hot month, so to say THANK you to my children’s teachers I got them a water bottle and had a printable designed that said, “thank you for quenching my child’s thirst for knowledge“. Teacher Appreciation Printable Free Printable Files! Thank You Tags for Teachers (9153) {click on link to download} These adorable printables were…
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  • Summer Books for Mom: 5 Fast Reads

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

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

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

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

    15 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Image via Flickr/ Donnie Ray Jones I love finding ways to tame my household chaos, especially when those hacks keep me away from the often overpriced children’s lines of products. I’m over at EverydayFamily with 5 unexpected items that have rocked my parenting world, plus a summer tip for your kiddos in car seats this summer! I hope you will check it out and add your own tips as well. ~Tracy The post What rocks my parenting world, plus a car seat trick for summer appeared first on It Builds Character.     Related StoriesUntetheredThe lasting impact of a…
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  • My Healthy, Tasty, Easy Mango Chip Dip Recipe

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    As an ambassador for Stonyfield Organic, we are sometimes called upon to participate in really fun recipe challenges, and this one is no exception. The folks at Late July Snacks sent us a bag of their multigrain tortilla chips and our job was to create a yogurt recipe for dipping those delicious chips. As they say, it’s a tough job, but someone had to do it. Well, okay, it wasn’t really a tough job after all. If you know me, I need easy recipes to both follow and to create. So I came up with a super easy mango, avocado, yogurt chip dip recipe that is perfect for summer…
  • That’s Caring: Gifts That Give Back

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you need to purchase a gift for a friend, colleague, or loved one, look no further. Because there are few gifts more truly special than gifts that give back. Recently I learned about, and couldn’t wait to share it with my readers! That’s Caring is a high-end online gifting company offering gourmet bakery products, confections, and wine and cheese gifts perfect for any recipient. Better yet, each gift purchased from That’s Caring gives twice – once to your intended recipient and once to a hungry child somewhere in the U.S.  They’re fighting childhood…
  • The Healthy Habits of the Lassy Project’s Laura Ownbey

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Laura Ownbey is one of the founders of the Lassy Project, a website and safety app that provides child abduction alerts, giving parents the ability to notify their community about a  missing child within seconds. The project was started after the Colorado community was rocked by the abduction and murder of a 10 year-old girl. The Lassy Project is a combination of GPS, crowd-sourcing, and SMS technology that works together to ensure that when a child is not where they’re supposed to be, you’re notified immediately, giving you the chance to send an alert and create an…
  • 20 Ways to Boost Your Workout Performance

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Lately when I’ve been exercising, I’ve been feeling a little sluggish. It may just be the weather change, or the need to change things up a bit, but for whatever reason I’m just not feeling it these last couple of weeks. So I started to look at my own habits, and do a little research. What I came up with is this list of 20 ways to boost workout performance, and now I am sharing them with you. Are you ready? Drink plenty of water. This is a big one for me. I’m learning that my body requires more hydration to sustain energy than I thought it did. Water lubricates your muscles and…
  • The Legislation Intended to Keep Consumers in the Dark

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    You know what I am really tired of? I’m tired of the government and government agencies trying to tell us what foods to eat and what products to buy. I have a right to purchase homeopathic remedies, and to know what is in my food. I have a right to know how food is made. I have a right to know whether or not the food on my plate has been genetically modified. And so do you. Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or genetically modified/edited food is completely your choice. Or is it? Let me rephrase that for a moment. Whether or not you choose to purchase conventional or…
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  • What can crows teach us about parenting?

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

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

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

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

    Abel Cheng
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Photo Credit: Thomas Hawk By now, you might have known that an earthquake hit Nepal last Saturday and it caused more than 3,000 deaths so far. The victims have gone through tremendous sufferings of having lost their loved ones and properties. A friend who works for a charitable organization was quick to announce that she was collecting donation for the Nepalese victims. I usually chip in and that is the end of story. But this time, I wanted to do it differently and more meaningful. Before that I will let you in on a secret. Although J and K are not the richest kids in the neighborhood but…
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    Life With Boys

  • Customer Service with a… nasty attitude?

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Roy and I are lucky enough to be able to do some traveling.  We’ve gotten away for romantic weekends a few times in the past couple of years-now that Corey is old enough to watch the little boys.  We’ve gone on cruises alone and with all the boys. We do amusement parks, camping, etc. In […] Read more →
  • Graduation is Not an “I” Event

    1 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    I woke up this morning and when I had a moment checked out my Facebook feed on my phone.  All over it was a story about a young man that wanted to use his valedictorian speech as a means to come out. Apparently, the school was not on board. Now, I’m of two minds about […] Read more →
  • Return To Camp Crystal Lake

    28 May 2015 | 6:53 pm
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  • Redefining Beauty

    28 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Tess Holliday is all over the news lately.  The plus size model-she says she wears a size 22-is breaking down walls and barriers. She is the first plus sized model to be signed to a mainstream agency, but it’s her attitude that seems to be causing the most uproar. “eff your beauty standards.” That seems […] Read more →
  • Round Two in the Mommy Wars

    26 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you follow my blog you know I despise the whole mommy war thing-most parents simply try to do their best with their kids. Personally, I think that’s about all we can ask for. There will always be someone more organized than you, a better cook than you are, someone with more money, etc, etc. […] Read more →
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • She Inspires: Samantha Chuawongse, Teen Mom + YouTube Power Player

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Last month I had the privilege of joining an amazing group of bloggers in L.A. for a fun event. Since we were mostly Millennial moms, there were tons of young mamas in attendance and we bonded over stories of breastfeeding in class and constantly being mistaken for the big sister. I met the funny, beautiful YouTuber Samantha Chuawongse, and am now obsessed with her videos. (Her makeup tutorials are mesmerizing and her family videos are too cute.) She is killing it over on YouTube (seriously, over 300,000 subscribers!) and I had to feature her on the site because I love profiling teen moms who…
  • Have Fun All Summer With BJ’s Wholesale Club + A Giveaway!

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:17 am
    This past weekend, we went to BJ’s Wholesale Club for a big shopping haul. As part of my “contain the grocery budget by any means possible” strategy, I go to wholesale clubs to stock up on certain staples like protein, pasta, frozen food and snacks. As I stated before, BJ’s surprised me with its organic selection and I was excited to fill up our cart with some delicious organic food.  Since it’s summer, I decided to surprise the kids with one special, non-food purchase. My kids have talked about getting a slip ‘n’ slide for the past two summers, but…
  • Is A Kid-Tested, Mother-Approved Website For Your Little Math Lovers

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Over the past year, my 6-year-old son has really blossomed in math. I was talking on the phone to my husband about a delivery with my son present. “It’s going to be an additional $50 with a $59 delivery charge,” I told him. “They’re charging you $109 dollars?!” my son Thomas asked, his eyes wide. My husband and I looked at each other. When did he learn to do math like that in his head? We want to make sure his math skills don’t deteriorate this summer, and while completing worksheets and flash cards used to be my go-to tools for helping the kids with…
  • Four Reasons Pixar’s “Inside Out” Hit Me Right In The Feels #SummerWatchathon

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
      Out of my top 10 movies of all time, any genre or any time period, three of them are animated movies. Currently “The Princess & The Frog” (for fulfilling my childhood dream of having a Disney princess who looked like me and then ALSO giving me a Disney princess who had my work ethic), “The Lion King,” and “The Incredibles” all are on the top of my list. I never miss a Disney/Pixar movie and so I was as excited as my kids to go see “Inside Out” when it hit theaters. (Fun fact: I went to go see “Toy Story 3″ by myself…
  • [Travel] Visiting Cedar Point’s Newly Renovated Hotel Breakers #BloggingAtCP

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    For as many years that I have been journeying to Cedar Point with my family, I have never stayed overnight. We usually drive up in the morning, spend a fun day at the amusement park, and then make the 90-minute drive home. We would have a great time, of course, but I never considered making it a point to stay at one of Cedar Point’s hotels until I was invited to a #BloggingAtCP event to celebrate the re-opening of Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers. My family was invited to spend a free night at the newly renovated hotel, only steps from the amusement park. Unfortunately, my husband…
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  • The Seasons of Your Son’s Life

    Marie Roker-Jones
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    As we get ready for the summer season, I think about how we go through various seasons in life. We are reminded in Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. As  we watch our kids finish the school year and prepare for the summer,  their physical transformation during  these brief months can leave us baffled by the brevity of childhood.  Just as the seasons change, our sons go through their seasons of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical change. Whether your son is in kindergarten, middle/high school or college, the season of…
  • 7 Mini Pep Talks to Have With Your Son

    4 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Everyone needs a pep talk from time to time. It’s easy for kids to get discouraged when they can’t do something and want to give up. More than giving support and cheering our sons on, we need to help them overcome the challenge and stay on track. 1. Change Your Approach Step out of your point of view and look at things objectively.  It will help you gain a new perspective. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success…
  • The Legacy of Black Father’s Love

    17 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    The best part of my childhood was knowing how much I was loved. It wasn’t the “be a good kid and we’ll show you love” conditional kind of love. As for my father, he loved me with a fierceness that made me believe that I was infallible. I wish I could say that that I loved my father in the same way. Unfortunately, I held him up to unrealistic expectations and made unfair demands of him to prove his love. I had high standards for my dad. I wanted him to be the perfect husband, father, and man. Anytime he made a mistake, I voiced my disapproval. I wanted him to be more than he could be…
  • 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…
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  • Summer Gets Funner With Defend-It Game

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Looking for a fun outdoor game this summer? The temperature’s rising, school’s out of session, and all your kids want to do is sit inside and play. Make the next warm Summer day more fun than ever with games, crafts, and activities they can’t really do indoors. Defend-It is the all new outdoors game that is fun for everyone. Its an outdoor game created for children and adults. Players take turns defending and scoring. First to 21 wins. The game entails defending your rings from three other opponents trying to land bean bags in them. Everyone has their turn as the defender,…
  • How to Soothe a Crying Baby

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    Every parent has been there. Wondering what went horribly wrong when a once sleeping beauty turns into a screaming force to be reckoned with is enough to rattle the nerves of even the most experienced care giver. My mother used to say, “Birds fly and babies cry.” She wasn’t kidding. Understanding the normalcy of a crying baby is the first step to soothing the baby. Babies cry. It is the only form of communication they have mastered at an infant stage of life. The first step in calming the baby is to be a calm parent. An infant cries to get our attention so that we can…
  • Stay at Home Mom – Keeping a Sense of You

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    It’s entirely too easy to lose yourself in motherhood when you’re a stay at home mom. You’ve entered into a whole new world full of diapers, bottles, tiny clothes and new responsibilities. The first few months of baby’s life are very demanding as you both adjust to this new world together. But before you morph into super mom trying to take on every challenge yourself and forget about tending to you… stop, breathe and remember yourself! What hobbies do you enjoy? What friends would you like to spend more time with? What new activities have you thought about trying? Who…
  • Preparing for Baby’s First Month

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    The anticipation of child birth is unparalleled by any other feeling in a person’s life. It is because of this, in my opinion that expecting couples make several trips to their nearest retail giant or infant specialty store and purchase on pure impulse rather than need. The feeling that something has been overlooked can be so intense that it becomes more and more difficult to determine what is necessary and what is a luxury. With that being said, an infant rear-facing car seat is completely necessary. If the birth takes place at any location other than the parent’s home, the baby…
  • Keeping Active with a New Baby

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    Being in constant care of a new baby could mean spending lots of time on the couch to cuddle, feed or entertain. Although this may be just what the doctor ordered after childbirth, when doc says it’s OK to get moving take the advice and get active! It is the simplest way to boost your spirits and get more energy to keep up with a growing baby. There are several ways to keep moving without having to venture out of your home. The most common form of new mommy exercise would be the “walk and cuddle.” Simply hold your baby close and walk around the house stopping at all points…
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    Mindful Mum

  • Following the money – why you should consider a career in accountancy

    John McHugh
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Looking for a well-paid job with great prospects for promotion and career development? Forget for a moment the disparaging comments about the heavy hand of ‘bean-counters’ and take the time to seriously consider accountancy. Yes, you will need a sound grasp of mathematics and an analytical mind but equally, depending on your specialism, you will need good communication skills, an ability to solve often complex problems and even some serious detective skills. What is accounting/auditing? Basics first: accountancy involves the accurate monitoring and control of an individual’s or…
  • The Importance of Being Happy with Your Job

    John McHugh
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    “It’s just a job” – but is it? According to a study conducted by Online HR consultancy, one third of the British employees questioned are unhappy with their job. If you don’t get on with your colleagues, feel under appreciated, or are under constant stress, then you’re likely to take that bad mood home with you. Considering that full-time workers in the UK spend approximately 8 hours a day at work, it’s not hard to believe that a work environment they’re unhappy in will have a negative effect on them and even their families. Unfortunately, bullying at the…
  • Luxury cars bought during mid-life crisis

    Mindful Mum
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Statistically, men are most likely to go through a midlife crisis when they hit 42 and it can last for anything between three and 10 years. Rather than being looked at as a sign of depression, many claim that the modern way to view a midlife crisis is to treat it like a transitional period and not fear it creeping up on you, as there are lots of signs that a midlife crisis is about to rear its ugly head! Nowadays, looking up ex-partners on Facebook despite being married with 2.4 children is a common tell-tale sign, along with sleep problems, hair thinning and of course, the obligatory…
  • What to do if you’re worried about your child’s hearing

    Mindful Mum
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    There are many different aspects of our children’s health and development that we worry about. These include whether they’re eating enough, putting on the right amount of weight, and hitting development milestones along with all of their peers. One health aspect that doesn’t always necessarily occur to parents to consider is how good their child’s hearing is. If you’ve not given your child’s ability to hear any thought, then that’s generally a good sign that everything is fine. When your child goes through their different childhood checks at the health centre, hearing tests are…
  • Be the office legend, thanks to JUST EAT’s tasty competition

    John McHugh
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    It’s a dilemma faced by every employee who’s unlucky (or foolish enough), to be friends with a colleague whose birthday falls during the working week – the responsibility of organising the birthday meal for not just the birthday man or women but for their entire department. As much as anyone in that position would want to prepare some fabulous food all by themselves, having to perform your office duties as well makes this becomes impossible. Of course ordering-in has crossed your mind! The idea of piping hot food arriving at the office door is bound to make your mouth water. Thankfully,…
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    We Got Kidz

  • 4 Fun, Cheap, and Easy Ways to Keep your Kids Cool this Summer [Activities Featured on AMHQ with Sam Champion!]

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

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

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    It can be tough to sift through the many products made for natural hair in order to find the perfect ones that will be safe for your little one. Although product choice isn’t everything, what products you choose to put in your child’s hair could possibly mean the difference between moisturized healthy hair and stunted hair growth. Click the image below and head over to the natural hair kids blog to find out about 10 chemical free products that not only work, but are safe enough to work on your child’s kinky, coily, curly hair.  
  • The 4 Biggest Internet Scams to Warn Your Children About

    Karen Boyarsky
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      You’ve got to give credit to those people running scams on the internet for creativity and as well as for their staying power. If only they could harness those powers for good. (Sounds like the plot for a Hollywood superhero movie, but that’s another topic for another time.) Nevertheless, it seems as though internet scams are here to stay; but the schemes of a small group don’t have to keep your group offline. By keeping some basic online safety tips in mind, the World Wide Web can be a safe, enjoyable experience for you and the entire family. Flip through to…
  • Kids Grow Up Fast! Here are 15 Celebrity Kids Who Seemed to Have Grown up Over Night

    Kesha of We Got Kidz
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      I’m convinced that, as a parent, if you blink, you’ll miss your kids growing up. I swear that yesterday my twin 4-year-olds came out of their room three inches taller sans all of their baby fat. It happens fast! They look like little… big kids! They’re no longer the tiny little helpless creatures that I held in my arms only but a few years ago. It makes me misty.   Outside of my own children’s super-charged growth, when I see celebrity kids who were only youngsters yesterday all grown up driving cars and swollen in places that I don’t remember them being swollen, it…
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Exploring Niagara Falls with the Discovery Pass #90DayRoadTrip #Travel

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:39 pm
    There are some places that you see in life where the sheer beauty and wonder just take your breath away. For me, one of those places was Niagara Falls. When I experienced it by myself a few years ago, I knew it was a place I had to share with my boys. A few weeks ago, I got that chance as part of our #90DayRoadTrip, when we visited Niagara Falls together as a family, and took advantage of the
  • This is How I Stand Being in a Van with 4 Boys on a #90DayRoadTrip #PERKFRESH

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you ever been around a teenage boy for a long time? I mean, as in 24/7 for 90 days straight? Well, sometimes teen and pre-teen boys leave a lot to be desired in the personal hygiene department. I am currently in a strong-hold debate with one of my boys over why they should wear deodorant, and
  • Delicious - Emily's Home Sweet Home #App Review

    27 Jun 2015 | 8:56 pm
    It seems that all I ever do is work, work and work some more. When I am not constantly doing things with the boys, I am spending every waking moment working. Sometimes though, I just need to escape reality for a bit and zone out for a few minutes. That's why I love time management apps and games so much. I have tried a ton of them in the past. They are challenging, and help to take my mind out
  • Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point #90DayRoadTrip #Travel

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    If you read my post yesterday, you got a taste of some of the old fashioned fun that we had during our visit to the Sandusky area. On the night of our arrival, we had the opportunity to stay at the historic Hotel Breakers, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. I can tell you, the renovations were worth every penny. From little touches like the flooring in the bathroom
  • Fresh Air and Wide Open Spaces - A North Dakota Family Vacation #NDLegendary

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Fresh Air and Wide Open Spaces - A North Dakota Family Vacation #NDLegendary North Dakota is a land of fresh air and wide open spaces. Parts of the state still seem to be untouched by modern activities. I guess that is why I love it there so much. The boys and I visited the state last year on our #70DayRoadTrip, and have been itching to go back ever since. It is the wild frontier and
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • Flowery Fun Times Floral Display

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:29 pm
    My mom came to visit us for a week and brought along her friends from Manila and Alaska. On their first day in Singapore, I took leave from work to be their tour guide. I brought them at Gardens by the Bay with the kids. I asked K to accompany them at the Flower Dome to see the Flowery Fun Times Floral Display because I wanted to bring G at the Children's Playground for some water fun.I handed K my camera so that she could take souvenir photos for them. Turned out, they had so much fun checking out the breathtaking floral display and they also asked K to take photos of the beautiful flowers.
  • Pack Carefully When Moving Abroad

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    photo credit: When it comes to moving abroad, you have a lot of things that you need to consider, as well as research. If it is not just you and you also have a family to move, then this complicates matters even further. You should start to do your research well in advance of your move, as there are a lot of things that you will need to find out. Your research will be able to provide you with valuable information that will make your transition as smooth as possible.  Locations to liveWorkPlaces to ShopHospitalsSchoolsThings to bringThings not to bringA great place to…
  • 10 Reasons Why We Love Singapore

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    March of 2015 marked my 10th year anniversary here in Singapore. I left the Philippines to work here as a Dental Coordinator and had no other expectations except to earn a decent living as I was a sole provider to my baby girl at that time. Little did I know that there's a whole world of endless possibilities and opportunities waiting for me in this tiny country called Little Red Dot. After 3 years of working under an employment pass, my whole family was granted permanent residence and the rest was history...A history that we love traversing back all the time and it never fails to make our…
  • Tips for Properly Packing Moving Boxes

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:23 pm
    Are you preparing for a big move? Whether it's just a few miles away or a few hours away, you'll need some new sturdy moving boxes to pack up the contents of your house. That probably sounds overwhelming but if you follow these tips, packing can be less stressful and your items will arrive safely.Tips for Packing up Your House SuccessfullyAs you begin packing up your belongings, remember to give yourself plenty of time, as well as invest in the correct type of boxes. These tips along with others will make for a successful moving experience.Assess your time schedule. Typically, it's better to…
  • Turi Beach Resort (Day 1)

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Last Mother's Day, the hubby gifted me with a fabulous staycation at Conrad Centennial Singapore. The kids enjoy staying in a "new house" (aka hotels) so much that hubby and I made a pact not to give each other material gift on special occasions as "the gift of experience" is more valued and appreciated by the entire family. So came the month of June, I started planning for our mini Father's Day getaway.I bought 3 vouchers worth $99 each from the Turi Beach Resort groupon deal. We've been to Harris Resort Waterfront, Batam in 2012 but we left via Batam Fast from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal to…
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    The Sports Parenting Podcast | JBM Thinks

  • Tips for Teaching Kids to Respect Their Sports Opponents

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    No need for badmouthing in competition. Teach your kids to respect their opponents… Tired of Youth Sports Fundraising? Click HERE to Learn how it can be Quick, Easy, and Free!
  • Easy Fundraising for Parents, Coaches, Teams, and Leagues

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    What is one of the biggest hassles of being involved in youth sports? FUNDRAISING! That’s why I am proud to partner with FlipGive, a fundraising program that provides youth sports teams, associations, and athletes with a fast, easy, and free way to raise money by shopping online! Having been a sports mom for 21 years,...Read More
  • Sports Parenting Podcast: Female Coach, Football, and Sports Safety

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    To listen to the sports parenting podcast, click on the above arrow. Is football safe? Can a female coach high school football? What can you do to help your child stay safe in youth sports? Knengi Martin of USA Football is my podcast guest and she answers all of these questions–and more. Currently on staff at Valhalla High...Read More
  • How to Deal With One of the Biggest Hassles of Youth Sports!

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you are tired of the hassle of youth sports fundraising, if you are ready for a new idea, take a few minutes and listen! Check out hassle-free fundraising at FlipGive!
  • 2 Key Ways to Invest in Kids Playing Sports

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you fully investing yourself in your child’s youth sports experience? As sports parents, it’s easy to coast through youth sports. Go to the games, volunteer your time, write the checks–yes you are enjoying the experience of kids playing sports, but at the same time, you might be missing out on some very valuable opportunities...Read More
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Creating 4th of July Traditions and Frozen Graham Cracker Sandwich Recipe

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

    Darcy Zalewski
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. My sweet, independent little guy (who prefers not to wear pants because, toddlers).   All moms worry about their children. Some worries are small, others carry an enormous weight. Right from the beginning, I’ve worried about the health and wellbeing of my children. The first time our pediatrician said she heard a murmur in my son’s heart, I worried. I didn’t know a lot about heart…
  • Building Inspiration with the LEGO® Americana Roadshow

    Darcy Zalewski
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about the LEGO Americana Roadshow at Mayfair Mall. All thoughts and experiences shared are our own. After spending a week hanging out by the lake, it was rough adjusting to our summer routine. While I welcome the warmth of summer, I do not enjoy the humidity. The Monday after vacation was stormy and humid. After being free to run around outside to play in the sand and water, it was not so fun for my kids to be cooped up indoors. Especially since it meant mommy was working rather than playing. We decided it was the perfect day to head…
  • Family-Friendly Milwaukee Area Bucket List for Summer 2015

    Darcy Zalewski
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about the LEGO Americana Roadshow. All events listed are ones we think make great family fun! Our summer seems to be filling up fast with playdates, swim lessons, dance lessons, and everything else. While our daughter may be out of school, my husband and I still have to work. This can be frustrating for all of us at times, but we do get out and do more family activities during the summer. It’s definitely easier! There are so many fun things to do and places to see! Here just a handful of things to do with kids…
  • Crockpot Cheeseburger Spaghetti Recipe

    Darcy Zalewski
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Disclosure: The Zaycon Fresh ground beef used in this recipe was provided to us. I, of course, was thrilled since I love ordering Zaycon Fresh chicken breasts! Our referral link is included as well. When I can throw dinner in my Crock Pot while I get other things done, I feel productive. When I serve dinner that my four year old willingly eats (and gives me a thumbs up), I call that a Mom Win. This recipe helped me achieve both! As I mentioned before, I was pretty stoked to be receiving about 40 pounds of lean ground beef from Zaycon Fresh. I’ve really been getting more and more into…
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    One Little Mister

  • Star Wars and Big G Cereal = Win-Win

    Christi Kopp
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    I’ll admit I am a complete Star Wars fan.  We are already counting down to the release of the newest Star Wars Movie whose projected release date is December 18, 2015 as if you didn’t know.  So, as... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Raising Tadpoles with Preschoolers

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    I love my job. I feel like sometimes I don’t say that enough, but I truly do. I never thought I’d end up teaching preschool, and I truly never thought I’d end up loving it as much... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • A Learning Mouse in the House

    Christi Kopp
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    We all know what absolute sponges kids are for information.  They learn so fast in those early years that many parents find it a constant struggle to keep finding new kid appropriate content to help... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • #Underwareness for 65 Million Like Me

    Christi Kopp
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:50 pm
    A Taboo Talk I want to  throw a topic out that has too often hidden in the dark recesses of the bathroom.  I want to talk about incontinence.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.  As mothers, we talk... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
  • Vitamins A Better Way

    Michelle Davis
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Fighting SLE Vitamins B12 and D3 are vitamins that are essential to our health.  Unfortunately, these are two vitamins that my body seriously lacks.  It is part of the condition I have known as... This is a content summary only. Visit for full links, other content, and more!
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Remembering why I blog - the moving diary

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

    10 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    It can seem like a bit of a circus here in expat land as the end of the school year approaches.  Every weekend features at least one leaving party, there are weekday lunches where women who have become as close as sisters over the previous 10 months bid each other a tearful farewell in the summer sunshine, and children write their bucket lists of what they want to do for one last time before they leave their current country of residence for another.Expat wives - usually the main carers at home, whether you like to hear that or not - continue the normal routines that hold their family…
  • Un-seasonal musings from Boys #1 and #2

    2 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    At dinner this evening:Boy #1:  "Do you think the Easter Bunny is real, Boy #2?"Boy #2 narrows his eyes.  "Well.  I think that he is in certain parts of the world, but I think that here in Russia people put their own eggs out."I look hard at Boy #1.  If his brother still believes, let the myth continue for a little longer, I think.  But there's no need to worry - Boy #1 agrees with his younger sibling.Boy #1:  "And the Tooth Fairy?"Boy #2:  "Oh, the Tooth Fairy is DEFINITELY real.  But I was talking to J (one of his best mates) the other day, and…
  • The Photo Gallery 231: Landscape

    20 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    This post is for Wk 231 of Tara's Photo Gallery over at Sticky Fingers (click here to see the other entries).  The prompt this week is 'Landscape'.At the beginning of last year, we were lucky enough to visit New Zealand; what a magnificent place. I've been fortunate in my life and have travelled through all sorts of interesting landscapes, but I have to say that New Zealand currently holds top billing for me - and here are a couple of examples why...Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park, South IslandMitre Peak at Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South IslandThe view from Te Mata…
  • The Photo Gallery 230: Animals

    13 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    This post is for Week 230 of The Photo Gallery over at Sticky Fingers blog (click here to see the other photos participating).  This week's theme is Animals...You might have noticed that we're leaving Russia - for the foreseeable future - in the next few months.  Moscow is, of course, putting on a spectacular show for us now that we've decided to up sticks; the weather is warm, the trees are all in blossom, and we are surrounded in our suburban neighbourhood by the type of greenness that you normally only find when you stick a filter on your camera.  The city is not making it…
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    Abundant Mama

  • The One Common Bad Habit That Causes Moms to Yell

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Last year, one my most popular posts, 20 Bad Habits that Contribute to Mom Burnout, really hit a nerve. We operate naturally on a lot of bad habits that keep us from being peaceful, present and playful. But there is one very common, bad habit we can almost ALWAYS blame our impatience on as mothers. And it’s a habit that we often pride ourselves on. It’s the practice of multitasking. That’s right. The more we try to do, the more we can’t do. The more we try and do it all, the less we can do anything effectively, especially handling tough parenting moments. Multitasking…
  • A Secret Tip for Encouraging Children to Slow Down

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    One of the hardest aspects about *trying* to live a slower paced life is one that is often out of our control as parents. Our child’s endless amount of energy. And by endless I mean truly never-ending. Until the kids crash and burn as teenagers when they stay up all night and sleep all day, there’s a decade or more of running, skipping, wrestling, dancing, screaming, laughing, tickling, playing, creating, making, destroying, bouncing, spinning, moving, dreaming, questioning, exploring, wondering, writing, drawing, scribbling and much, much more. Each day our children, as they…
  • A Day in the Life: Our First Day of Summer Break

    9 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Sometimes, what you really want to know is just what do you do all day, Abundant Mama? Well, this post answers that for you. Enjoy this day in the life of the Abundant Mama. I hope you enjoy reading it like I did writing it. A Day in the Life … 4:45 a.m. — Rise and Shine. My morning started a little earlier than usual. I woke to the birds singing and after some time decided to just get up and rise and shine the proper way. I started with a nice yoga flow on my mat in the quiet living room. No noise. No video. No one telling me what to do. I just listened to myself, moving from…
  • How to Be Peacefully Productive as a Mom

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about what I called the biggest modern mother inner conflict that we’re facing as a community. The blog outlined that we both want to have everything our way, but we also want to have more time for ourselves. But quickly and easily our inability to let go and let others do things their way gets in the way of the time we have. We’re just too busy trying to make life perfect for ourselves. But, what if we can do it a bit differently? The key for me is a practice I work with Abundant Mama alumni on and that’s being Peacefully Productive™…
  • A Few Simple Ways to Explore Self-Care through Photography

    28 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    It is my pleasure to offer this space over to my friend Beryl Ayn Young, a mama photographer and teacher with a gift for capturing the beauty of motherhood. Welcome, Beryl! There was a season in motherhood where I was a sprinter. Not in the hit the pavement, run races kind of way. In the ‘we must do all the things!’ kind of way. I was working a full 9-5 (ok ok it was actually a 6-5 when you totaled in all the commuting to and from), mothering a wee one, building a part-time business, having weekly dinner dates with friends, squeezing in time for my husband & family, and doing nothing…
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    Project Motherhood

  • 5 Cool Mom Apps That Are Saving My Summer

    Allison Cooper
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    It’s been EXACTLY one (1) week since school has been out, and my days now include some extras: play dates, mommy & me time, park visits, and today – packing for vacation. I’m trying not to wish it all away but truly take it all in, the way I said I would in my 5 Wishes For Summer Break, but I have an inkling that after the vacation is over, it might get a little rough. But working in digital media often has me turning towards technology for the answers – hey, its the modern way! These are 5 really cool mom apps that will make a difference in your summer and…
  • Quin Organics – Cool Mom Beauty Products

    Allison Cooper
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    When was the last time you said, “Pass me the elixir?” Probably never. So, I’m going to share a little secret: ‘elixir’ is the new cool mom beauty word on the block, and Quin Organics is setting the record straight with their wide range of Emu oil-based beauty elixirs to solve everyday beauty problems and make our lives more…beautiful. Why Use Emu Oil? Quin Organics uses this oil that is literally derived from the fatty deposits of the Emu bird (I know…sounds so…Upper East Side, huh?), which was was traditionally incorporated by the Aborigines…
  • Kickin’ Off Summer With Hey Mama Teas

    Allison Cooper
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    As I get older and learn more and more about the world around me, nutrition has become a HUGE factor in my life. I will cut into my wardrobe budget (GASP!), if it means that I can spend more on choosing the right foods and nourishment for my family and me. It has also become increasingly important to me that we are all obtaining our essential vitamins from what we eat and drink, versus taking vitamins everyday. And, nutrition becomes even more important whenever a woman is trying to conceive or is pregnant or breast feeding. Since we plan on expanding our family soon, I can’t tell you…
  • Good Threads: Belts For a Cause Bigger Than Us All

    Allison Cooper
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    I can’t stress enough how much I love a feel good story, especially whenever it involves the marriage between fashion and helping people – especially when the benefits are endless. Our daily news is filled with so much tragedy, that it’s refreshing to hear something wonderful and be introduced to a company that’s finding a solution to a problem. To put it simply, the world would be a much more beautiful place if we had more people like those who have founded Good Threads.  This company is championing change for the women in the Dominican Republic – mothers of…
  • Summer Lovin’ With PS From Aeropostale

    Allison Cooper
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    Summer is magical. Maybe it has to do with the heat going straight to your head, but no matter how it happens, there is something so special about this time of year. Yes, it’s filled with anticipation of vacation, day trips, getting to see friends and family that might live far away, smores, and lots of summer lovin’. // Kids’ Swell Gradient Tank // Kids’ Neon Flat Front Shorts // But my focus today is on the beautiful in between moments. The days that haven’t been planned out. Those mornings where you wake up and say, “What do you want to do today?”…
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    The Mommist

  • I am Kim Stone Bowl Bibimbap Restaurant

    Len Dela Cruz
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    After the upsetting demise {dammit!} of Chef Him Uy de Baron's Nomama comes the birth of his latest baby: I am Kim! It's a bibimbap haven - a great place to visit when you want to be gastronomically surprised. I fancy this restaurant based on three circumstantial proofs - the food is really good, you can create your own Korean mixed rice wonder, and they don't scrimp on the ingredients. You know, Chef Him's Instagram username is @himstheman. Catchy with a lot of cool, but it can't just be all that. You gotta back that up. For instance, can he fly? Nope, but he can cook, and…
  • The Rebirth of Racks

    Len Dela Cruz
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Under a new management, Racks is given a much needed face lift, a new addition to the menu, and better classics! I'm referring to the new Megamall branch {right beside Tenya} regarding the renovated part. I don't know about the other branches yet such as El Pueblo. Speaking of which, I just remembered that I had my 16th birthday party at the second floor of Racks El Pueblo. The place had that barn-like interior that was stark white! I haven't been there in a loooong time, so I have no clue if they've renovated the place or not.  Anyway, I barely ate the famous baby back ribs that…
  • Interior Snoop: Quaint and Historically Charming Home in New York

    Len Dela Cruz
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    If you ask me to choose between a newly built house and a renovated space with a historical past, I'd choose the latter in a heartbeat. Water seepage, cracks, and all those hiccups that old houses have can be real tough {not to mention costly}, but I'm nostalgic. I can't help it. I like buildings with a lot of history. It's kind of creepy to live in one though, it being riddled with ghosts and everything. Well, we all need a little excitement in our lives, yeah?The New York home above is one of the seven buildings in the area that were once a schoolhouse, a post office, a store, and a hotel…
  • Photo Lust: Payphones

    Len Dela Cruz
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    This is one of the Instagram accounts that I fancy so much! Maybe because I lived through the years when payphones were de rigueur. Well that, and the fact that the shots are really good. Do you remember the payphone era? The struggle to always have the right coins? Seeing a deserted payphone when you really needed to "page" the chorus of Two Minds Crack's Upside Down to someone is the very definition of euphoria back then. Ah, kids nowadays; they will never know how half breathing through every payphone convo because of that super special handset smell will do to a person. Is that mint…
  • Desire: Leather Overalls

    Len Dela Cruz
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    sourceThe sartorial talent of this woman! Olivia Palermo can definitely make leather overalls looks so elegant - softening the look with a thick gold chain necklace and off-the-shoulder top. Leather during summer? Why not? steal her styleJavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.Onward and Upward!
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    The Kerrie Show

  • Runs/Walks in Kansas City: The Rivalry Run 5K August 15, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    Before I was the homeschooling writer mom of 5, I used to love to walk all the time as a stress reliever and to stay in shape. Walking is something you can do as a parent anytime, but now that my youngest is 5 and my oldest is 14, it's a lot easier for me to fit in time for my own fitness. Over the winter I walked some at the gym on the treadmill and track. Now I can walk the neighborhood or the field at the school by my house. I'm not a jogger or a runner yet ... special equipment needed for my upper lady parts ... but might be someday! For now I walk in my OOFOS sandals because…
  • Runs/Walks in Kansas City: Rock the Crossroads 5K July 25, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    Before I was the homeschooling writer mom of 5, I used to love to walk all the time as a stress reliever and to stay in shape. Walking is something you can do as a parent anytime, but now that my youngest is 5 and my oldest is 14, it's a lot easier for me to fit in time for my own fitness. Over the winter I walked some at the gym on the treadmill and track. Now I can walk the neighborhood or the field at the school by my house. I'm not a jogger or a runner yet ... special equipment needed for my upper lady parts ... but might be someday! For now I walk in my OOFOS sandals because…
  • Sunday Family Fun at My House, June Edition When Daddy is in Town

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Sunday mornings.My kids gripe because it's going to be a boring day because we go to church and we pick up the house and we don't go anywhere to spend money, don't go to the pool, aren't allowed to get online or play games and yet by the end of the day ...we have all had the BEST DAY EVER.Callie and I walked home together from church and chatted. And yesterday I got a nap, people. A nap. Shocking. And while I did that Mr. Kerrie baked and cooked with various kids while others did iron-on (Perler) beads and played in the water with the neighbors.Sam got funky and tried on Joel's old Scout…
  • Runs/Walks in Kansas City: Plaza 10K Run/Walk September 13, 2015

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Before I was the homeschooling writer mom of 5, I used to love to walk all the time as a stress reliever and to stay in shape. Walking is something you can do as a parent anytime, but now that my youngest is 5 and my oldest is 14, it's a lot easier for me to fit in time for my own fitness. Over the winter I walked some at the gym on the treadmill and track. Now I can walk the neighborhood or the field at the school by my house. I'm not a jogger or a runner yet ... special equipment needed for my upper lady parts ... but might be someday! For now I walk in my OOFOS sandals because they are the…
  • 10 Things I Didn't Consider When I Said I Wanted Five Kids

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Since the second I could hold a baby doll I have wanted my own kids. I didn't have brothers or sisters so I would babysit every chance I could get. I would mother my friends, younger and older. I still mother anyone around me who will allow it. I always knew I wanted a ton of kids. Just had to find the right guy.So when I met Mr. Kerrie and we agreed we both wanted more than one kid but less than 6, it was go time. We didn't live together before we were married, so we got engaged, got married, bought a house a year later and started a family a year after that. Five kids later we are 44 and 48…
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    A Juggling Mom | A Juggling Mom

  • Working mums, you are doing your child good

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

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Earlier this week, I saw this article, Why I Always Ask for Photos of Just the Two of Us,  shared... Continue reading » The post Dad and Mum in the Picture appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • SG50 Celebration at Pan Pacific Singapore

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:45 am
    As busy city folks, an overseas vacation is always something to look to with extended family time to bond and... Continue reading » The post SG50 Celebration at Pan Pacific Singapore appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Preparing for Primary One – Choosing the Right School

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
    In less than a month, it will be our turn to make that all important decision on the primary school for... Continue reading » The post Preparing for Primary One – Choosing the Right School appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Father’s Day Card – Dad, You’re So Cool!

    16 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    Father Day falls on 21st June this year. So on the blog, I’m sharing a Father’s Day card idea that’s for... Continue reading » The post Father’s Day Card – Dad, You’re So Cool! appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • Week 27 of 2015

    Erica Price
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Since H was taught how to ride a bike our weekends have included a bit of bike riding practice.  We’re keen to build his confidence and stamina.  This was the first time we managed to persuade him to ride somewhere other than the car park where he learnt.  The car park was great, but it involved getting in the car every time and we have lovely parks on the doorstep.  Also, we need to get him a bigger bike which will be harder to get into the car, so we were keen to wean him off it.  The downside of the parks is that they aren’t as flat as the car park and H has had to start…
  • Spaced Out Food

    Erica Price
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Miles Kelly the book publisher got in touch with us recently and asked us to let ourselves be inspired to create some space food.  Now H is already pretty knowledgable about all things space.  He moved onto learning about space when he had read everything he could get his hands on about dinosaurs.  He’s really enjoying the three lovely books that Miles Kelly sent through to act as our inspiration: 100 Facts Space Travel, 100 Facts Solar System and 100 Facts Stars & Galaxies.As well as sending the books through as inspiration, they sent us some ingredients and materials to make…
  • All My Secrets Review and Giveaway

    Erica Price
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    I quite often read young adult fiction.  Over the last few years I’ve read the Hunger Games series and the Divergent trilogy.  I know I’m not alone in reading young adult fiction, as an adult, as I often talk to people who do this same. I’ve just finished reading All My Secrets by Sophie McKenzie.  Now I’ve not read one of Sophie’s novels before, but I probably should have.  Sophie’s debut was the multi-award winning Girl, Missing (2006), and she is also the author of Blood Ties and sequel, Blood Ransom, The Medusa Project series, and the Luke and Eve…
  • Win My Little Pony: Putting Your Hoof Down on DVD

    Erica Price
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    My Little Pony: Putting Your Hoof Down is the latest DVD release from the My Little Pony stable (sorry couldn’t resist). Sick of being pushed around by other ponies, Fluttershy takes a class on assertiveness taught by a self-help guru Minotaur called Iron Will. Fluttershy is thrilled with her new found confidence, but when her concerned friends Rarity and Pinkie Pie confront her about her recent behavior, she mistakes their concern for an attack and retaliates by insulting them. Distraught by the upset she’s caused her friends Fluttershy locks herself in her cottage.Concerned about…
  • Tips to Help Decorate a Boy’s Bedroom Perfectly

    Erica Price
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Picture by Flickr When it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom in your home, there are a number of different things that you need to consider. One of the key points is the gender of your child, as the decor that is likely to appeal to a boy may be very different to the decor that will appeal to a girl. It can often be more difficult to decorate a boy’s bedroom without making it look a little bland and dull but there are tips that can help you to create the perfect look.When you are decorating a boy’s bedroom, you need to create a space that…
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  • Unlimited WiFi when Traveling Overseas

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Every time we travel, we have to do research how to stay connected with our family and friends back home. This includes the usual social media channels, emails and various chatting apps. We’ve tried so many options that we know what would work for us, and what is the most cost efficient method! Long ago,Read More Related posts: Changi Recommends – WiFi Routers for all travelers
  • French Studio – Learn French the Easy way!

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Last month, our kids embarked on a very special 4 weeks French Language course at the French Studio. It was very timely as we were going on a holiday to Paris in early June. I thought it would be a great idea for the kids to know a bit of French, and try it outRead More Related posts: Dermagold Miracle C+ and Skin Elixir Review #Giveaway Hadara Aesthetics Boutique: Manual Lymphatic Drainage Review 8 Reasons why Shangri-la Mactan is the Holiday Destination for your Family
  • #momazing moments with Mum’s the Word

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Recently, we were involved in filming a video for Scotts. It was to feature Momazing moments for me as a mummy. These were times when I felt proud to be a mum, and times that I want to hold dear to my heart. When we did the video, the question thrown to me was, tellRead More Related posts: Changi Recommends – WiFi Routers for all travelers Jubilee at the Botanics Greenfields Milk makes Yummy Bread Pudding
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  • Do You Remember Your Dreams?

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

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

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

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

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    It seems my daughter and Culture Club share a mutual fondness for tumbling. I spent countless hours of my childhood turning cartwheels and standing on my head. No iPads just "get outside and roll around on the lawn until dinner is ready!" Thirty-ish years later I’m more turnovers—of the apple variety—than walkovers, but my little girl is in the midst of full-on gymnastics adoration. Here's a clip of her on the uneven bars.Okay fine, that's Olga Korbut at the 1972 Olympics. But with practise Avery will get there. Minus that 'Korbut Flip' on account of it being all…
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  • How does the heat affect you?

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

    Nicole orriëns
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:28 am
    My Granny's roses are still going strong. They're decorating what is now my front door. An InLinkz Link-upMake sure you don't miss any posts on Momfever! Enter your email address:Delivered by FeedBurner
  • Being there

    Nicole orriëns
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    After she has made us contort our bodies in every possible direction, my yoga teacher always whispers some calming words and finishes the lesson by saying solemnly: 'Just bé.'And as I was spending time with my kids, contorting myself in every direction as a mom, trying to do the best I could, I realized that 'just being there' is the essence of motherhood to me. Being there when they need me.But that's hard, isn't it?! Because you never know when that will be. You can be available for hours on end, but then they don't need you. And just when you decide to do something yóu want to do you…
  • He's no snow angel, but a sand angel + Linky

    Nicole orriëns
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:36 am
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  • Pushing trees: bios urns

    Nicole orriëns
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:31 am
    Ever since my uncle Hank told me he thought you can never be sure the cremation ashes you take home are in fact the ashes of your loved one, I've been on the fence when it comes to cremation. Because what if my uncle Hank is right?!Then I read about bios urns. Those are biodegradable urns you put the ashes of your loved ones in, and then you add some seeds and after a while a tree begin to grow. It transforms a loved one in a tree.And I have to say, the idea appeals to me. I can just picture myself, a beautiful oak tree in the corner of our garden. But I also like the idea of remembering a…
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Dollar Store Finds for the Beach

    Colleen Stout
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    It’s beach season here in Michigan, that time of year we look forward to during all those other months we’re buried under snow and ice. I love going to the beach, and so do my boys. We’re just down the road from a state park with a beautiful inland lake. In July and August we’re there at least once a week. Sand and water is always fun, but it’s even more fun with toys. The dollar store is a great place to stock up on toys for the beach. If they get lost or broken, you won’t feel bad. Although, our Dollar Store beach finds have actually held up pretty well.
  • Carpe Aestas – Where I’ve Been

    Colleen Stout
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Carpe Aestas! That’s my motto for this season. It means seize the summer, because it doesn’t last nearly long enough around here. We’ve been on the run since school let out trying to do just that, and that’s why it’s been a little quiet around here on the blog. Memorial Day weekend, we kicked off the camping season with a quick trip to Muskegon and Lake Michigan. Right after school was over, we headed to Ohio and Cedar Point. Just last week, we camped Up North, near Traverse City. It’s one of my favorite areas of Michigan. There are miles of Lake Michigan…
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  • How to encourage your children to be a good friend

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    How to encourage your children to be a good friend Welcome to another Parenting Tales from the Sofa and we are again joined by Beckie Whitehouse of Be Confident Coaching.  This week we are talking about childrens friendships and how to help to be good friends with each other.  Friendships play a massive part in our child’s development and helping them to built trusted friendships from an early age will help them as they Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • How to never have to sew on school labels again

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to never have to sew on school labels again Right. I am going to be totally upfront with you. I don’t sew well. In fact, I avoid it as much as I possibly can. If a button needs sewing on anything, the thing it needs sewing on is left on the arm of the sofa until it’s moulded into it and becomes part of the fabric. The cat tends to sit on it. Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Free ticket giveaway to this Friday’s Child Internet Safety Summit – July 3rd

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Free ticket giveaway to this Friday’s Child Internet Safety Summit – July 3rd This Friday, an incredibly important event will be taking place in Westminster – the Child Internet Safety Summit (CIS). Now in its third year, the event will bring together the UKs highest decision makers – including senior officials from Government, law enforcement, social services, business and academia – to discuss, understand and demonstrate how we can protect children online in a world of rapid Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • 33 fun summer activities for the kids

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    33 fun summer activities for the kids Summer holiday fun is just around the corner – we’ve got some great summer travel tips for you all, but what about keeping those kids entertained. How about you make the most of summer and keep your kids happy without spending a fortune with these fun summer things to do with kids. Keep budding archaeologists cool with some Lego excavation at Lemon Lime Adventures. Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin It Party #111

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin It Party #111 Gosh, that weekend went rather too quickly for my liking but wasn’t it rather warm?  I hear the Minion Movie was released over the weekend.  Did you take your children to see it or did you go by yourself?  I know of a few friends who would secretly like to go and see it Whatever you did this weekend I hope it was a Learn more From: KiddyCharts - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Smithsonian Interactive Books and Activity Kits for Kids {#SummerSweeping Giveaway Hop, Ends 7/17}

    Diana Chastain
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own. The Smithsonian is one of the coolest places on Earth. We traveled to D.C. the year before our daughter was born and it was awesome. Now, the WOW factor of this amazing museum is now available via interactive books and activity kits - perfect for chasing away those summer boredom blues.  The Smithsonian Sticker Creations line (ages 6+) – Dinosaurs and Under the Sea – engage young readers with an innovative, hands-on approach to learning. Each book presents fun facts about dinosaurs and sea…
  • Six Flags Over Georgia {Wordless Wednesday LINKY}

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thursday we went to Six Flags Over Georgia, just my husband, my daughter, and me. It was through my husband's work. My daughter rode her first "roller coaster". She wanted to ride anything she was tall enough for. She was 41' inches and lot of rides were 42'. She was bummed, but it was a good opportunity to teach her about the reasons there are some rules and this time it was safety! It was a very HOT day, but such a great time! First time riding the Sky Buckets!------------------------------------ Happy Wednesday!Please link up your picture posts below!And please make sure to keep…
  • Baby Mantra Products Giveaway, Ends 7/15

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
     All Natural Baby SkinCare GiveawayHosted by Tales From A Southern MomCo Hosted by Michigan Saving and MoreSponsored by Baby MantraMany people do not realize how important our skin is when it comes to chemicals and toxins. Developing skin is extremely permeable and a less effective barrier to entry of toxic substances. These are the reasons that natural baby shampoo and natural baby conditioner is so important. Baby’s skin is much more able to absorb everything and we need to be even more careful about using natural baby skincare. Because this is so important Baby Mantra is sponsoring…
  • Summer Travels with GooGah Baby View Mirror

    Diana Chastain
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    I received this product complimentary for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.We are still rear facing my son, although he has picked up this habit of screaming in the car because he was bored. It was a playful scream and I think it was just to get his sister to pay attention to him. I have tried giving him toys to play with, but he throws them all down. LOL So when I was sent the GooGah Baby Car Mirror to review, I was pretty excite because I thought that this might be something that would keep him entertained while I was driving. I loved being able to see him in the car. It also…
  • Live Gluten Free with NoGii

    Diana Chastain
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I received complimentary products to provide this review. All opinions are my own.Created by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Gluten-Free Mom, Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host, and New York Times Best-Selling Author of “The G-Free Diet” and “Deliciously G-Free,” NoGii is a line of certified gluten-free protein bars, protein powders, and paleo bars. Made from high quality and sustainably sourced premium ingredients. All products have an ideal balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and do not contain high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or hydrogenated oils. NoGii offers a variety of…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    My oldest daughter loves Tortilla Soup. The slightly spicy flavor is perfect served with a cool scoop of sour cream. Yum! I usually leave a bowl of cilantro on the table and let everyone add their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Homeless Man Plays Piano that will Blow Your Mind

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Back in December of 2013 I shared about Sarasota Florida beginning a 180-day pilot program to place up to six pianos on public sidewalks for anyone to play. Local artists decorated the spinet pianos.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Victorian Inn on Cannery Row in Monterey California

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    I was invited to attend a press trip to learn about Cannery Row in Monterey, California. All opinions are my own. Last year we spent about 10 days driving up the Pacific coast of California, and I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pineapple Peach Pie Smoothie Recipe

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    This recipe for Pineapple Peach Pie Smoothies is all natural, sweetened with honey and fruit, but it tastes like a decadent dessert! It’s a great breakfast or pick-me-up in the afternoon! It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Healthy Blueberry Orange Muffin Recipe

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    This blueberry orange muffin recipe is perfect for breakfast! I love easy recipes that I can serve my family and guests. I used to head to the store but now I DIY! Homemade food tastes better and is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Grown and Flown

  • Freshman Year: The High School Race Begins

    Grown and Flown
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Freshmen are all bodies and nervous excitement. They are hormones and awkwardness and giggles and curiosity. When they walk into high school, there is an energy and expectation in their eyes. They are first time marathon runners who have trained for this moment. All through middle school, they have heard about high school. They have been warned about the higher expectations, been cautioned about work ethic and homework and grades that suddenly matter. They have been told that from the moment they walk through the doors, that colleges will be watching, and though it is impossible for them to…
  • The Container Store College Savings Weekend: A Review

    Grown and Flown
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    This is a sponsored post but the opinions expressed are ours, truly. My first attempt at college dorm shopping with our eldest child was a bust.  Ever-multiplying lists of dorm room “essentials” only added to my anxiety that I would send off our son to the wilds of freshman year lacking in some crucial provisions. I bought several things he never used and others that were flimsy, ending up in the trash can before he took his first midterm. When It was our daughter’s turn to dorm shop last summer, I brought my experience along with my credit card, making smarter, and therefore, less…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Family Close While You Grow Apart

    Grown and Flown
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    College kids and young adults communicate and share more with their parents than in past generations. Some of this is the changing relationship between the generations and some of it is technology. Research shows our children are happier to talk with us and more comfortable sharing information about their friends, relationships and finances than we were with our parents. Yet, as our kids leave for college or when they move out of our homes, we need to take more deliberate actions to stay close. We look to maintain the one-to-one relationship with our kids as well as the family relationship…
  • The “Sibling Factor” in College Choice

    Grown and Flown
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    High school seniors are influenced by many factors when selecting a college to attend but new research suggests an additional influence: siblings. Researchers from Harvard* found that an older sibling’s college choice had a measurable impact on younger kids in the house, particularly if the siblings were the same gender, close in age and academic ability. The study found that fully 20% of siblings follow their older brother or sister to the same university and fully 31% applied to that same university. This pattern happened in my house and it is easy to see why. The younger child visits…
  • What Parents Worry About When Their Kids Go To College

    Grown and Flown
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Letting our kids go can be hard. Part of the difficulty in watching them go to college is simply the pain of separation from those we love so passionately. But for many parents, (hand raised) worry, or maybe just concern, is a big part of the challenge. We worry about illness, safety, happiness, in short, all of the things we have fretted over since we first beheld our children. In the end, we know that most of it will be alright. But there is a wall of worry between here and the end. As they leave we are truly excited for them as they face this adventure. I was never as envious of my kids as…
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    Ten to Twenty Parenting

  • 5 Fun, Family Flicks to Watch with Tweens

    Ten to Twenty
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Ten to Twenty Grab the Popcorn for Family Movie Night! “How about Shrek?” I asked my eleven-year-old son. I held up the DVD case splashed with the picture of the lovable green ogre. “Mom,” he replied. “NO.” “What’s wrong with Shrek?” I queried. We were going through our DVDs, trying to pick G- or PG-rated movies that his […] The post 5 Fun, Family Flicks to Watch with Tweens appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Chocolate and Fruit Pizza Recipe

    Ten to Twenty
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    By Ten to Twenty Chocolate and Fruit Pizza – YUM!! Why not? I love chocolate and peanut butter! I love chocolate and bananas! I love chocolate and strawberries!  Most importantly, I love pizza! BOOM! PrintChocolate and Fruit Pizza Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 4 The variety of chocolate chips and choice of fruit gives this […] The post Chocolate and Fruit Pizza Recipe appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 5 Ways to Help Teens After a Break Up

    Brenda Yoder
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    By Brenda Yoder Teenage Heartbreak Break-ups are inevitable for teen relationships. It’s one reason I advocate kids shouldn’t date someone they wouldn’t consider marrying. Realistically, high school romances will either end up in life-long committed relationship, or an eventual break up. There are no other options. When the break up happens, then what? Here are 5 tips for […] The post 5 Ways to Help Teens After a Break Up appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom

    Jennifer Roskamp
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:21 am
    By Jennifer Roskamp The World of Sons I was raised in a family of girls, so the world of boys is an ongoing mystery to me. I always thought I would have all girls since my mom also cam from a family of girls. I realize that my family of origin and my mom’s family of origin really […] The post 10 Things Your Growing Son Needs From His Mom appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

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    30 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    By Guest Post This morning I am making you a cake, per your request like I do every year. This time you asked for something so simple, I almost prod you for more. How about raspberry jam filling? Chocolate shavings? Rainbow layers? But no, all you want is a lemon cake, leaving the icing up to me. You […] The post To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • Having an Only Child and Making Crayon Art

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

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

    Kristen Daukas
    27 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    By Kristen Daukas Here’s the obvious statement of the day: times are tough for almost everyone. Those who never used budgets to manage their money have started to and those who had them before the recession have tightened them up. Some families have weathered the storm with little financial impact and others have had the wind knocked out of their sails. Personally, we’ve done “okay” the past few years in this God awful recession.. not great but we’re still standing (so far). We’ve knocked on a lot of wood and realized that stressing over it doesn’t do…
  • Being Mrs. Grant – the True KoolAid Mom

    Kristen Daukas
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Kristen Daukas When I was working on my 400th post on this little slice of my world, I thought that I would extend an OPEN invite to my friends and readers. The invite was to give me ANY topic and I would write about it in my next 4 blogs. I was expecting some outlandish requests but honestly, they were pretty tame. I really expected more out of you people, but I’m not disappointed ;). The first post goes out to from Doris Grant – or Mrs. Grant as she’s known to me. Yes, I’m 43 years old and I still can’t bring myself to call her Doris. Mrs. Grant’s…
  • The Beauty of Blended Families

    Kristen Daukas
    17 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    By Kristen Daukas I was driving Mackenzie to work one day and we were talking about the big grand opening festivities that Mast was having over the weekend. I mentioned to her that one of the bands that was going to be playing there had a cousin of ours in it. Bear in mind he’s a distant cousin, but a cousin none-the-less. I started to explain to her that ‘his mother and Gamps’ mother were sisters’ when she just shook her head and said “our family has a lot of cousins and is very confusing”. Welcome to blended families.  Ever since the first couple had the…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 7.4.15

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current GIVEAWAYS. ~ Leave a link that leads DIRECTLY to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the DEADLINE for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to LEAVE your... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Blogger Opp: 2nd Annual Christmas in July Giveaway Hop {OPEN} #ChristmasInJuly

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    The Review Wire will be hosting a free Blogger Opp called the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop, which will run from July 17-31, 2015. This hop has an open theme but the retail value must be at least $15. Sign up below!  DETAILS: ~ This Event will run July 17-31, 2015 ~ Posts must go live at 12:01AM... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Come EXPLORE with the Cricut Electronic Cutting Machines

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Want the ability to easily make a personalized wedding gift or perhaps some unique home décor? Then you might find Cricut electronic cutting machines to be the best DIY crafting tool since the sewing machine. There are two machines that Cricut currently offers on their site: Cricut Explore One... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • The Silver Lining Guide to Breast Cancer Companion Book Giveaway {2 Winners} Ends 7.13.15

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Every year, approximately 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer – it’s the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic and Latina women. My mom is a Breast Cancer survivor, going on almost 16 years now! I love when I can find companies that truly give back.... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky 6.27.15

    26 Jun 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Feel free to link up your current GIVEAWAYS. ~ Leave a link that leads DIRECTLY to the featured giveaway. ~ Be sure to leave the DEADLINE for your giveaway. Those that DO NOT have an end date will be automatically deleted. ~ Be sure to LEAVE your... This is a content summary only. Please visit The Review Wire for more!
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Zucchini Noodles with Meatballs

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello! It’s Ciara here again from My Fussy Eater and I’m back with another recipe showing how you can sneak some extra vegetables into your children’s diet. Last month was all about swapping regular french fries for the sweet potato kind and this month we’re talking zucchini noodles! If there’s one meal that almost every child is guaranteed […] Author information Ciara Ciara is mum to two fussy eating children and wife to a fussy eating husband! After spending all of her second pregnancy eating white bread and pasta she decided to overhaul the family’s…
  • When Your Child Hurts You

    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    No parent likes to hear hateful things from their child. It’s like a dagger to the heart to hear your child say, “I hate you!” or “Why can’t you be like Jimmy’s mom?” Your instinctive response may be to say, “How dare you speak to me that way!” While thinking to yourself, “After everything I’ve […] Author information Janis Janis Meredith has been a coach's wife for 28 years and a sports mom for 20. She sees life from both sides of the bench. Check out her blog at jbm thinks. | The post When Your Child Hurts You appeared first on Less Than Perfect Parents.
  • The Recipe for Perfect Parenting

    15 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    How hard is this parenting gig? It’s really freaking hard, right? When I signed up, I obviously hadn’t the slightest clue how these creatures would affect my life, but it would have been equivalent to turning me on my head and asking me to speak a foreign language. It’s HARD! I felt kind of tricked […] Author information Alison Alison Chrun is a wife and mother of two boys who is receiving her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the author at Appetite for Honesty where she writes about self-development, relationships and the highs and lows of parenting. You can also find…
  • Skin On Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    12 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi, it’s Ciara here again from My Fussy Eater. I’m excited to be back on Less Than Perfect Parents sharing my tips on how to sneak some extra vegetables into your children’s diet. Last month I posted a recipe for a delicious Blueberry Smoothie with some sneaky hidden spinach and this month I’ll be showing you […] Author information Ciara Ciara is mum to two fussy eating children and wife to a fussy eating husband! After spending all of her second pregnancy eating white bread and pasta she decided to overhaul the family’s diet last year, ditching processed and…
  • Gardening Activities for Kids

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    There is no better way to introduce green living to your children than gardening.  Gardening can foster many special family memories, and instill a deep appreciation for the environment.  Caring for a garden will not only provide fresh food, but will provide exercise and a wealth of new information that will stay with your children […] Author information Tracy Mom of one and owner of Less Than Perfect Parents. I live in CT and spend most of my time involved in my son's school and sports all while managing my blog as a business. Twitter and Instagram: @Tracy_Gibb | Facebook | Google+ |…
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  • Fast & Convenient Write On Labels

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

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

    11 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Just a year ago, I was working full time at my branding and marketing role, and with Ava joining us, my mum helped to care for her while we were at work and Aiden attended full day child care. Today, I juggle my full time role running PriviKids, our kids apparel and lifestyle business and my role as mummy to Aiden and Ava. With the opening of our second store at Suntec City this April, I learn to prioritize and work even more efficiently. There is no typical day for parents as we all know how surprises come our way, and things do not always go as planned. I learn to relax more and enjoy the…
  • Ava at 16 months

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Dear Ava,You have started to take your first independent steps a few weeks ago and the family is so thrilled to see you stand without support for a longer period. With your new found skill, you waddle around the house and enjoy carrying a bag on your arm as you wave goodbye to us to go on your imaginary date. Your brother Aiden was amazed, 'Wow mei mei can stand for so long time', to see you achieve this milestone. I am sure there will be so many more games you both enjoy in time to come.Whenever I see you after work, you will stretch out your arms longingly for me, and as soon as I have you…
  • To a healthier year ahead: Guardian Gummies for Kids

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    With the Chinese New Year celebrations coming right after Aiden's 4th birthday, we had an extended celebration and with this, feasting on food that is not exactly healthy for both ourselves and the kids.Aiden is a relatively fussy eater, and is not open to trying new variety of food. He also has a very limited list of favourite food which he will ask for daily. Worrying he does not get a balanced diet and the necessary nutrients and vitamins he needs, we turn to vitamins and supplements that are appealing to him and complement this with his diet.Guardian recently launched two new products for…
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  • Feeding the Picky Eater

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

    Emily Bartnikowski
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ingredients for at-home popsicles: yogurt, almond milk, thawed-from-frozen berries. Sugar is getting a bad rap lately. My only problem with sugar is that everything I’m seeing and reading and hearing is so full of fear and loathing that I just want to turn it all off. Especially since my next move is to make a snack for my boys and myself – crackers (for them, baguette for me), cream cheese, pomegranate seeds, honey. The crackers, your basic water-cracker variety – have zero grams of sugar . . . but they also have very little flavor. The baguette came from the bakery at our…
  • Round Table Discussion: On Being a Peaceful Parent to Children

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post is written as part of the Round Table Discussions with Natural Parent Network volunteers. In an effort to discuss, support, and promote a kinder, more gentle world, we are taking an in depth view of various books. Our current book is Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham, author of  Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting. We hope you will join us with an open mind and a desire for change and growth. Photo by crdotx (Flickr) We speak a lot about parenting peacefully and being a…
  • Upcoming Round Table Discussion: Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings

    12 Jun 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The relationship between a parent and child is just that: a relationship. We can help foster a life-long loving relationship between our child and ourselves by parenting gently, respectfully, and with mindfulness. When we have more than one child, we add more relationships into the mix, ones that we hope our children will form for the rest of their lives. For our upcoming session of Round Table Discussions, I would like to ask you to join Natural Parent Network volunteers as we read and discuss Dr. Laura Markham’s latest book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting…
  • The 5 Best Things about Surrogacy

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    This past January I was lucky enough to give birth to a beautiful baby boy as a surrogate. The whole experience was amazing and I’ve written about it in depth on my blog. There are certain awesome things about a surrogacy, however, that just don’t fit within those more thoughtful posts. And so I present the 5 Best About a Surrogate Pregnancy: 5. The look on people’s faces when you tell them it’s not your husband’s baby, but don’t worry, it’s not yours either!  Priceless! While I presented the pregnancy more delicately to family and close friends,…
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  • Summer Fun – July Carnival of Natural Parenting Call for Submissions

    27 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Calling for Submissions for the July 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Summer Fun 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 July 2015! (Check out June, April, March, February, January, and a summary of all our 2014 posts, 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 July 2015: Theme: Summer Fun: In the Northern hemisphere, the dog days of summer…
  • 20 Fun Ways to Roughhouse with Your Kids

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    To strengthen your parent-child relationship and lay a solid foundation for great sibling relationships, Dr. Markham recommends in Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life that parents do 15 minutes of roughhousing with their kids every day. Not only does roughhousing build your relationships, it also helps kids (and adults!) release stress and anxiety. Below are 20 ideas you can try with your kids. Remember to take it slow – go at your child’s pace. The idea isn’t to frighten your child, it’s to get them laughing by…
  • Preventative Maintenance: 4 Habits to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    I am participating in a round table discussion with some friends from Natural Parents Network, where we’re all reading Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Dr. Laura Markham. I’m loving some of Dr. Laura’s suggestions on connecting with kids! One thing she recommends is to do daily “preventative maintenance” with your kids. Preventative maintenance refills kids’ love tanks and gives them “an emotional tune-up” everyday, “so you don’t end up in the breakdown lane.”1 Life gives…
  • 5 Toxin-Free Recipes to Enjoy (and Scrub Away) Summertime Fun

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    My favorite time of the year is when spring begins its surrender to summer. The garden is planted, the mornings are optimistically warm, the earth feels alive and vibrant with color after the drabness of late winter. My kids and I dig in the dirt in our backyard, tending to our seedlings, talking to worms, and discovering buried treasure. We get lost amongst our nature center’s forest-within-the-city, looking for birds’ nests, turning over rocks, and scattering insects. We spend as much time as possible out of the house. Of course along with all of that earth-digging and worm-whispering…
  • Dear Me: I love you.

    9 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the June 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Talking to Yourself 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 written letters to themselves. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. Visit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting! Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants: Dear Me. — Meegs at A New Day writes to her…
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  • 4 Ways To Get Grandparents & Grandkids Connected & Protected Online

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Today’s generation gaps are bigger than ever and technology is one of the biggest reasons this cultural space continues to widen. Think of it this way, while many youngsters are fully engaged with their handheld devices, their grandparents may be struggling with today’s technology. Grandma and Grandpa’s idea of a handheld device might be a book instead of an iPad, smartphone or laptop. If you were to say ask them to hand you a tablet, they may grab a pad of paper with pen or pencil rather than the newest Samsung or Apple device. Instead of separating these alienated family members with…
  • Best Stores Coupon Codes

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    3 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    Crabtree and Evelyn Coupons: Buy 2, Get 2 Free Trying to save money, but still enjoy in relaxing indulgences like luxury bath items? Shop more and save more with Crabtree and Evelyn’s current promo of buy 2 get 2 free! With this deal, save when you purchase any 2 500 mL value sized products, by getting two products of the same size for FREE. Choose from Crabtree and Evelyn favorite scents including: Nantucket Briar, Summer Hill, La Source, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Rosewater. Shop this amazing discount online at and save on the luxury that you deserve! Dermstore…
  • Engaging Home Activities for Building Self-Confidence in Kids

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Parenting is more than changing diapers, buying clothes and feeding children. We teach them to talk, walk, how to play and how to interact with the world. Children don’t come with a one-size-fits-all personality. Some children are shy, some outgoing, some hyper and some naturally quiet. Creating a balance in your children to be self-confident without being a braggart or worse, a bully, is a tough job. We as parents strive to teach our kids balance and self-confidence is best learned through realistic encouragement and avoidance of unrealistic expectations. While it may seem an easy concept…
  • Emergency Preparedness and How to Handle Children or Adults with Diabetes

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and pandemic illness—these are just a few of the emergencies that can crop up.  While you may have time to grab essentials and go, in many cases there are only seconds to take action.  That’s why being as prepared as possible could save your life and help you prevent serious diabetes-related health consequences after a disaster strikes. Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding diabetes. Build a Plan and a Kit Everyone with diabetes should take special steps to prepare for…
  • 5 Easy Ways for Busy Moms to Boast their Confidence

    Zyana Morris
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    When you are pregnant the first time you do not imagine you would soon lose your sense of style and would not care less about your appearance. That is what you were being told by your more “experienced” friends, though you have always been very conscious about yourself. No way that this could happen. Never! Reality hits when you enter the third trimester, give birth and have a baby. You are probably no longer in your groove. Most of the times, however, the new mom is not out of fashion because she wants it that way, but because she is usually way too tired and does not have any time to…
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  • Why I Need Solo Time with Hannibal Lecter

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Hannibal Lecter is ruining my marriage. My latest nighttime ritual is watching at least one episode of “Hannibal,” the just-canceled NBC series, on my Kindle tablet. The show examines the early years of the fictional cannibal, detailing how he once worked closely with law enforcement to capture other serial killers. All the while he stayed a European shoe length ahead of them, devouring his way across the east coast. Brilliant! My viewing habits are bad news for my marriage, alas. Sometimes the only moment I have to share with the Mrs. is in those precious seconds before sleep. I…
  • Dear Alcohol: It’s Not You. It’s Me

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:58 am
    I think it’s time we had a talk, old friend. We go way back, but I don’t need to tell you that. We met a little later than expected, but when we finally got introduced in college it was buzz at first sight. You helped me make new friends, reduced my nerves when approaching beautiful strangers and bond with roommates virtually overnight. I knew how much trouble you brought to some people’s lives. Our connection was different. I didn’t abuse our friendship, keeping strict boundaries along the way. You were kind enough to oblige my demands. Part of growing up meant…
  • Take Me Out Coach, I’m Not Ready to Play

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Babe Ruth once pointed to the center field seats before launching one of his epic home run blasts. I should have grabbed my right arm and motioned for the skipper the last time I hit the diamond. Yes, I’m still playing softball at 46. And I’m feeling every year of it. Getting injured in softball is like pulling a muscle bowling. It just shouldn’t happen unless someone slides into you cleats first. To make matters worse, I hurt myself on the first throw of the game. When it comes to hitting the disable list, I don’t waste any time. I’d like to think the injury…
  • Forgetting My Dad on Father’s Day

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    My memory is as unpredictable as a “Game of Thrones” finale. Mommylibrium constantly ribs me about how I’m always forgetting things. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, no pun intended. I’m a combination of “Rain Man” and the neighbor who can’t remember to bring in your garbage cans when you’re on vacation. Let me sum up my noggin. I can’t recall portions of my wedding day but remember the box numbers from the two VHS copies of “Raising Arizona” from the video store I once worked at (2690, 2691). Is that…
  • Why Married Dads Must Watch ‘Togetherness’

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Brett and Michelle are drifting apart before our eyes on HBO’s “Togetherness.” The worst aspect of their marital collapse? We’re watching it in slow motion, like a CGI crash in “Furious 7.” It’s not wise to scream at the television screen, but it’s tough not to do so here. The series bowed in January, but this Dad just binge-watched all eight episodes over the last week. See, kids, Daddy’s cool! I binge. What struck me about the show, beyond the crisp acting, sly humor and (long, deep breath) Amanda Peet, is how it showed a couple…
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  • Patriotic 4th of July Craft for Kids and Parents

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

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    As the long, lazy days of summer stretch on, sometimes your family can succumb to boredom. But don’t let this happen to you! We have five ways to inject some fun into your summer. Have a ball . . . with sponge balls! With a pen and ruler, make five lines lengthwise on a sponge, each ½ inch apart. Use scissors to cut the sponge, using the lines as a guide, into six rods. Repeat with the other two sponges. Lay strips on top of each other in three layers, five to six in a layer. Cinch them across the middle with a piece of string; knot it tightly. Fluff the pieces out into a ball! Drip, drip,…
  • How School-Age Students Learn to Be Their Best Self

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    In our Before- and After-School Clubhouse, school-age students will learn character development that will help them with personal growth and lifelong success through the five unique clubs of our My Best Self! program. Strategies, routines, and support help students build their learning skills, independence, sense of responsibility, and control over their own lives. Before school, Kick-Off Club establishes comfortable morning routines to prepare student for the day and helps them set daily goals to strive towards. Prep Your Brain: Quick, independent activities in the morning help students get…
  • Easy and Healthy Summer Snack Recipes

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    Easy and Healthy Summer Snack Recipes By Andrea Lynn Just in time for an on-the-go summer are a few healthy treats to keep your kids satisfied without hefty amounts of sugar or preservatives. First is a homemade fruit leather—no dehydrator required. Just bake in the oven for a few hours and let sit overnight to be rewarded with their sweet, chewy goodness. Then, roasted chickpeas provide a nutritious, fiber-filled crunch factor and a homemade ranch dressing will have kids happily dipping veggies to coat. Apricot Fruit Leather The amount of honey may change—less will be needed if the…
  • Meeting Your Child’s Learning Needs

    Dr. Susan Canizares
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    We’re committed to assessment-based curriculum. Why is this so important? Since curriculum is what happens in the classroom every day, when it’s customized to the developmental needs of the specific children in that class, it is more effective. Assessment-based curriculum means children are exposed to, and given practice in, those skills that they are ready to learn. In order for assessment-based curriculum to accurately meet each child’s needs, teachers must observe for important milestones and capabilities. These are categorized by domain to help teachers focus their observations and…
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  • BigDreamsTV: Surviving School Holidays with Kids and Work

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

    Jana Kingsford
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:36 pm
    BigDreamsTV: Make Better Choices (HINT: Calculate Choice Cost)   This video really hit a nerve with people. It’s a simple tool I use to make great decisions during my day that lead to ultimately more energy, better balance and a whole lotta focus too. Whatever you do today, I want you to take a moment to calculate the cost of the choice. The choice to sit scrolling on Facebook – ask yourself are you willing to pay the price for it (because it does mess with your flow). The choice to skip a meal – ask yourself are you willing to pay the energy and mental price for that…
  • BigDreamsTV: How to Find Balance (HINT: Balance is NOT something you find, it’s something you create!)

    Jana Kingsford
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:21 pm
     BigDreamsTV: How to Find Balance (HINT: Balance is NOT something you find, it’s something you create!) Topic: how to find balance. Intention: help you stop flaking on your balancing acts. Objections: you can create big freakin balance even if you have big crazee dreams (you can find balance, YES even with a heap of kids). So finally my toddler is asleep and I can send this episode of BigDreamsTV on how not to flake on your balancing acts. First a little catch up (let’s pretend we’re sitting down over coffee)… I’ve been writing my book (and sending the First…
  • BigDreamsTV: JUNE is the new JANUARY (How To Get Inspired To Write)

    Jana Kingsford
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:48 pm
    BigDreamsTV: JUNE is the new JANUARY (How To Get Inspired To Write) Why hello there big dreamer! I have so much exciting news to share with you. I don’t know where to start. Well let’s start with a little inspo. Yesterday I sent you an email about getting motivated to make June is the new January! Phase 1 of my “Tighten Up Your Lifestyle” initiative to make June the new January (see pic!). This morning at the crack of dawn… I got up in the cold and dark, put my runners on and drove to the Noosa National Park for walksies with the awesome Bridget Jane Thompson…
  • BigDreamsTV: Motivation For Success Make Today Matter

    Jana Kingsford
    25 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    BigDreamsTV: Motivation For Success Make Today Matter I recorded this video and got a little teary eyed and emotional. You’ll see why when you watch it. It’s a sobering moment, when you witness someone having their final moment. I’m struggling to find the written words to describe this episode of BigDreamsTV. It’s been a long time coming. Actually I wrote about it last year and got a few motivated for success back then with it. I hope this video gives you the motivation for success – to get up and give it all you’ve got. Ohhhh and let me know one thing you…
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  • Insta moments

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

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

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

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

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:37 am
    My recent discovery of Creative Market has actually coincided with the site reaching its 1,000,000th member, although I cannot claim any credit for this success, other than telling people about the site. The site is a brilliant one-stop-shop for photos, website templates, fonts and blog themes. I’ve used it for both fonts and photos for this blog and I’ve also downloaded a fantastic CV template to use. An added bonus with Creative Market is that you can download six items for free each week. And there are some brilliant things among those six and some fantastic ones that cost…
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    Gerardo Campbell
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Hello I hope you enjoy SOAP CLUB – PRODUCT REVIEW from Support for Stepdads . Do the best things really come in small packages? Well, it does when it comes to the Soap Club. I recently... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Depression Myths Debunked

    Marcie Pregulman
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Depression Myths Debunked from Support for Stepdads . Depression is the most common mental disorder in the United States with 18.8 million individuals affected at any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Teaching Your Kid’s About Money

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Teaching Your Kid’s About Money from Support for Stepdads . The Road To Responsible Spending Ninety-five % of the learning by children about finances is done at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Helping A Family Member Struggling With Substance Addiction

    Anita Ginsburg
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Helping A Family Member Struggling With Substance Addiction from Support for Stepdads . It isn’t easy watching someone you love struggle with substance addiction.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Best Sports Themed Parties For Active Kids

    James Sinclair
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Best Sports Themed Parties For Active Kids from Support for Stepdads . Design Your Own Sports Party – Ideas And Packages If your child’s birthday is coming up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Is Your Kid Egotistic?
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Small children – toddlers and preschoolers – are egotistical. That is, they think first of themselves and their needs or wants before they think of someone else’s. It looks something like this: You’re dropping with exhaustion. All you can think of is your pillow, comfortable bed and dropping off to sleep for the next ten days. Your child has something else in mind. They want you to get them a glass of water, the stuffed toy they dropped from their bed – or a third, fourth or fifth bedtime story. Being egotistic is quite different from being narcissistic.  Define Egotistic The…
  • Bullies, the Bullied and Self Pity
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    When bullies target their victims, they do so because they don’t feel good about themselves. Some of them may experience feelings of self pity and, to make themselves feel better, they go after their chosen victims. As their victims experience more and more bullying and cyber bullying, they may also begin feeling sorry for themselves, wondering how they are going to stop the cycle of bullying so they can resume a normal life.  Over time, victim and bully both find themselves caught in a cycle of taunting, bullying, self pitying and trying to pull out of this useless emotion. If they are…
  • What is a Mobile Parental Filter?
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you know what your children are viewing on their Smartphones? If you don’t, then you need to make yourself aware of the dangers of your children using unfiltered internet access, whether at home or on mobile devices.  A mobile parental filter will give you the tools that you need to monitor and place a parental lock or on websites or the ability to control mobile devices remotely when necessary. Mobile Parental Filter Parental software allows you to filter the content that is being viewed by your children, allowing you to block porn sites, mature sites and sites that contain profanity…
  • Static Character Vs. Dynamic Character in Fiction
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Static versus dynamic – this doesn’t refer to buzzing with static electricity or being a dynamo. Well, in fiction writing, the dynamic character may actually be a dynamo as he or she learns to change and grow. The static character doesn’t grow. In fact, she stays a bit “stuck” in her personality and reactions to events in a work of fiction. A good example might be an antagonist who wants something to change, but doesn’t undergo change or growth. Instead, this character stays the same from her first appearance in a book to her final appearance. The reasons for the lack of…
  • Life Skills Your Child Needs to Know
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    In addition to protecting your child and providing everything he needs, it’s essential to prepare him for life apart from you once he is grown. Therefore, it’s essential to find ways to teach your child the life skills necessary to succeed in their adult life. Using life skills lesson plans can help you become a more effective teacher in your home. This, when combined with the life skills curriculum many schools use, will provide your child with the tools necessary to become a self-sufficient adult. What Are Life Skills? In the broadest definition of the term, life skills refers to…
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  • Fun Ideas for Outdoor Play

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:11 am
    Headed to a park or playground this summer? If so, keep these fun ideas in mind to foster your child’s development and creativity while outdoors! Birth-6 Months Simply being outdoors, where your child can experience a multitude of new sounds, sights, and smells, will provide your child with new sensory experiences. Allowing your child to touch leaves, grass, flowers, and other textured objects will also give your child the opportunity to begin to use basic motor skills like grasping and reaching. 6-12 Months Building on the above experiences, your child may now be entering a very active…
  • Tummy Time Ideas For When You Can’t Use The Floor

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    From a very young age, it is important that babies be given playtime on their tummies. This helps develop strength in the neck, arms, and trunk which your baby will need to eventually sit up, crawl, and even walk! Tummy time also provides your baby with an opportunity to see his environment from a different perspective. But what are you supposed to do if you don’t have a lot of floor space for your baby to play on his tummy or if your baby seems to be upset every time you put her on the floor? Don’t worry, there are many other options! Lay Baby on Your Chest If you are lying on your back…
  • The Challenges and Rewards of Foster Parenting

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The AFGARS (Adoption & Foster Care Analysis Reporting System) Report for the 2013 fiscal year reported that there were 402, 378 children from birth through age 20 living in foster care in the USA. Of that number, 54% were 8 years old or younger. Only 4% of the total number of children were in pre-adoptive homes while the rest were in foster placements varying from homes of relatives, to homes of non-relatives, to group homes or other institutions. Being a foster parent to a child comes with a unique set of challenges, even though prospective foster parents are screened and do receive some…
  • Establishing a Naptime Routine

    15 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Let’s face it, as adults wouldn’t it be nice to be able to build a nap into your daily schedule? Sure it would, and some lucky adults actually do it. But why do kids fight nap time so much? Sleep schedules and napping routines can vary widely from child to child and depending upon age, but here are some general guidelines to help your little one sleep (which in turn may possibly give you some downtime). Infants Very young babies have longer sleep periods than awake periods at first. As your baby grows and develops, he typically will get set into a napping routine with a little help from…
  • Using Meal Planning in Your Lunch & Dinner Routine

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Ah! The moment when you realize you forgot to plan something for lunch or dinner. You are at a loss for what to make and everything is either frozen or cereal. There has to be something better, and there is! Meal times shouldn’t be stressful. But how do you make them less stressful and yet nutritious? One simple thing can change stressful and not so healthy into simple and healthy. What is that one thing you ask? Planning. What? Wait? Planning? How is planning going to change this? Taking some time one day a week to plan for your upcoming week can really change the dynamics for lunches and…
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    A Fine Parent

  • 25 Of The Best Family Movies For Teaching Honesty, Grit, Courage & More

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

    Ashley Trexler
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Does it bother you when somebody judges you? I am an unmarried mom. No, not a single mom, but an intentionally unmarried mom. In a committed relationship with the father of my 2.5 year old daughter for the past 11 years. While many of my friends are happy for my happiness and have accepted my choice (whether they agree with it or not), every so often, I stumble into people who just cannot mask their disbelief (and often disdain) at the path we’ve chosen. While I don’t easily get fazed by judgemental people, when someone assumes a moral high ground, it makes me wonder. Am I missing…
  • Exclusive Limited-Time Special Offers on Summer Boredom Busters and Unique Gift Closet Items

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:50 am
    Looking for opportunities to stock up on Summer Boredom Busters and unique gift closet items? Here’s something for you, then… Our wonderful sponsors of the Scream-Free Summer Pledge + Giveaway that we ran last week have generously offered a chance to snag some cool, unique gifts at up to 40% off simply for taking the pledge! These are limited time offers, so grab them right away. Enjoy! 1) 25% off Snowflakes Connect from Little Genius Minds Snowflakes Connect is an educational toy that sparks imagination and lets your child exercise creativity and learn the fundamentals of…
  • Announcing the “Scream-Free Summer” Pledge + Giveaway (With COOL Prizes)

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re taking a bit of a break today to kick off the “Scream-Free Summer” Pledge + Giveaway (with LOTS of cool prizes). Come join us here – “Scream-Free Summer” Pledge + Giveaway We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled, potentially life-altering articles again next Monday Here’s to a happy, scream-free summer everyone! [Update:] For those of you already signed up and cannot see the list of prizes on the giveaway page anymore, here is the list. I’m sorry I couldn’t quite figure out how to modify the giveaway page…
  • 20 Good Character Traits That Will Make Your Kids Grow Up to Be Happy, Successful and Loved By All

    Vibha Sharma
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever had to deal with complaints from your child’s teacher about his unacceptable behavior in school? If you have, you surely know how it feels. If not, let me tell you — it’s NOT a walk in the park. As a matter of fact, it is heart breaking and fills you with a gut wrenching sadness that makes you wonder where you could have gone wrong on your parenting journey. How could I explain to his teacher that my sweet six year old has many good character traits and is usually not abusive? It was dispersal time. I had gone to pick my son from school.  His teacher stopped me to…
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  • Tomato Dosa Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids

    Geetu Vinod
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Have you tried our cabbage dosa and whole moong dosa recipes? Today I present to you a tomato dosa recipe which is apt for babies, toddlers and kids! This can be prepared in a jiffy and does not require any planning. The ingredients used are simple ones readily available in the pantry. Health benefits of [...] The post Tomato Dosa Recipe for Babies, Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Choosing the Perfect Name for Your Child – 10 Step Guide

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    How to choose the perfect name for your child? How to finally end up in a name that would be unique for your little one? How to select a name from the tons of baby names in the world? Our 10 step guide will help you to make this task easier. “What’s in a name?”-  asked [...] The post Choosing the Perfect Name for Your Child – 10 Step Guide appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Passport for Babies in India – a Beginner’s Guide

    Vandana Srirangam
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Through this post we will see how to apply and the whole process of passport for babies in India. In today’s scenario, it is common for many of us to fly outside our country once in a while. Most of us are likely to have our own valid passports. But have you thought of applying passport [...] The post Passport for Babies in India – a Beginner’s Guide appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • Bumps n Baby Parenting Forum Launched – Join NOW!

    Sangeetha Menon
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:29 am
    As mentioned in Bumps n Baby FB page, I have completed my 1 year of full time career as a Professional Parenting Blogger on 27th June 2015. Bumps n Baby has its own android APP, magazine and Ebook store as the highlighted features. To mark the beginning of 2nd year, we have come up with [...] The post Bumps n Baby Parenting Forum Launched – Join NOW! appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
  • 10 Rainy Day Essentials for Toddlers and Kids

    Saumya Ajaykumar
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today I bring to you the 10 rainy day essentials for toddlers and kids which a parent ought to invest in. It’s pouring in most parts of the country this time of the year! Rains bring a great sigh of relief from the scorching heat. The weather is moist and the humid conditions during the [...] The post 10 Rainy Day Essentials for Toddlers and Kids appeared first on Bumps n Baby.
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  • Baby Proofing Your Home: Say Goodbye to the Pretty Things

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Once your child becomes mobile everything instantly turns into a potential hazard. This has forced my husband and I to become minimalists, which I'm totally loving. As soon as my son began crawling he couldn't get enough, and now, at yearly a year he doesn't stop moving. If you feel a bit overwhelmed at the thought of baby proofing your home, check out these tips.DeclutterThis one is a biggie for me. If you have items laying around that don't serve a purpose store them for now. It's not worth keeping decorative items on display if you have to move them away from your child. Plus, when my son…
  • 7 Toys You Should Never Buy For Someone's Child

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Parent's everywhere need you to know that some toys are simply not welcome in their homes. Like anything that makes noise, for example. So, the next time you are shopping for someone's child, please keep this 'Do Not Buy' list in mind.{zphotos::1881}
  • Step Parenting: 4 Things I have Learned Over Time

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Step parenting can have its rollercoaster moments, but a blended family can be a beautiful experience if you keep an open mind and an open heart. There are so many things that I have learned with my three amazing step children along the way, and I wouldn't change any of those moments for the world. We have grown closer since four years ago when I first met them. I enjoy spending time with them on weekends and if we get to do some sort of adventure such as a vacation or excursion of some sort.Without a doubt, I make my share of mistakes and will probably make many more, but my main objective…
  • What I Learned from Parenting Three Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Severe to profound hearing loss.That's how the audiologist, an expert working with deaf children, described my son's "condition." I had suspected my toddler son was deaf when I started noticing little things here and there. He wasn't turning to his name consistently. He wasn't responding to auditory commands unless we signed as well.I was pretty darned sure he had hearing in the normal range when he was born. Despite four generations of deaf and hard of hearing people in my family, we didn't test my son's hearing. This was long before the routine practice of testing newborn babies' hearing at…
  • Five Things Kids Need, but Really Don't

    27 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    There are just so many things that your kids need when you become a parent. There's too much information and websites telling you that you must get the latest and greatest gadget, and when you do, your kid only ends up playing with the packaging that it came in. My wife and I were like that. Since we had no idea, we bought everything. Monitors, warmers, dehumidifiers, new bedding; you name it, it's still sitting in our basement storage room unused. Kids need so much stuff, but do they really? He are some things that we found useless.Bottle Warmers. Or a warmer for anything for that matter. I…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Cuba Eliminates Transmission of HIV and Syphilis from Mother to Child, WHO Says

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Since it was discovered that HIV and syphilis could be transmitted from mother to child, science has been working to stop it. Unfortunately, there’ve been a lot of obstacles, including the ability to detect each possible exposure. But Cuba has made a huge step and achieved a “major victory,” not just in the eyes of the World Health Organization (WHO), but the rest of the world. Every year, around 1.4 million HIV-infected women get pregnant. Without treatment, there is a 15-45% chance that they will pass the virus along to their babies while in the womb or through breastfeeding. With…
  • Tiffani Thiessen Welcomes Her Second Child – A Boy!

    Lisa Arneill
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Congratulations to Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith on the safe arrival of their second child – a boy! Image via Tiffani announced the baby’s arrival on Instagram on Thursday, a day after the baby was born. “Yesterday Harper got a little brother!” The new mom wrote. “We are so excited to introduce Holt Fisher Smith. Our perfect sweet little man. #weareblessed #familyoffour.” During an interview with Zooey Magazine in April Tiffani revealed that Harper was ready to be a big sister. “Harper has been so ready. For about a year…
  • Study: Kids with ADHD Prescribed Wrong Medication

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Behavioral therapy and psychotherapy prove to be some of the most effective forms of treatment for children with ADHD, but medication therapy can also be an important part of that treatment plan. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many children are actually receiving the wrong drugs, and this could mean serious problems for them now, and in the future. According to the JAMA Psychiatry published study, many children are receiving antipsychotic medications. These drugs, meant to treat diseases like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have serious side-effects like severe weight gain,…
  • Paul Rudd Celebrates Hollywood Walk of Fame Star With His Family!

    Lisa Arneill
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Paul Rudd was honored with the 2,554th Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 1, 2015 in Hollywood, California. The actor, who is known for his roles in Clueless, This is 40, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and I Love You Man posed next to his star with wife Julie, and kids Jack and Darby At the ceremony the actor said, “I remember being a kid and walking this boulevard and reading the names and thinking about what so many other millions of people thought about, which is, you know, who’s that?  The fact that millions of people are going to be able to now see me and ask…
  • Milwaukee Couple Welcomes Identical Triplets!

    Lisa Arneill
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Already parents to three under 4, Alison and Brian Strandt added triplets to their brood on Monday  – more than doubling their family in just minutes! Born naturally after a 27.5 hour labor, Abigail, Bridget and Cecilia Strandt each came into the world at under four pounds. The babies, who are rare identical triplets, were conceived naturally and shared the same placenta.  Doctors said the odds of this type of pregnancy are about 1 in 200 million.  To tell them apart, the family plans to designate colors to each baby. The triplets will be in the NICU for the next few weeks. The…
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  • How to Take Care of Your Overall Hearing Health

    Cochlear India
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    This article has been contributed by Cochlear India. Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions with high-quality products that help implant recipients interact more fully with their world. After more than 25 years of ground breaking innovations, people at Cochlear continue to be passionate about helping people to hear. Have you recently turned down invites to parties only because you struggle to be a part of your friend’s conversation due to the noise around? Do you feel awkward when you don’t get a word, or feel embarrassed to ask people to repeat whatever they…
  • Worrying over Worms

    Krishna Mahathi
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:48 am
    If you have a toddler who loves the outdoors like I do you’re sure to worry that your child might have worms thriving in her body. Many vague symptoms are attributed to worm infestations like alteration in the child’s bowel habits (smelly stools, crampy stomachaches, passing gas to vomiting and diarrhea), a change in appetite (to both extremes), headaches, disturbed sleep and generally feeling unwell. Physicians suspect infestations if they note itching, rashes, anemia and frequent urinary infections. According to the World Health Organization, India is a high-endemic zone for Worm…
  • Kids’ Kitchen Korner: Learning from the Kitchen

    Rima Desai
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    A kitchen is a storehouse of our happiness. Not only does it contain the delights that satiate our sense of taste but also does well to bond us to our family through numerous memories of dining delights. Today we will use this happy storehouse as a creative place for our little monsters. Sometimes all we must do is stretch our minds beyond the visible. Kitchen utensils sure can be used to teach how to cook and about cookware but can also be helpful in other ways. Below I am listing activities that will suit different age groups ranging from toddlers to 10! MUSIC and EXPLORATION –  (1 year…
  • My Experience as an Intern

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    This blog has been contributed by Shruthi Venkat, Student Contributor for Issue 24 (May-June 2015) of ParentEdge. I began writing in grade 3. It started off as a small poem that I had written for my school magazine. It was just a poem I had thought. But a year or two later, my flair for writing was recognised by my English teacher who encouraged me. This teacher pointed out my knack for writing and asked to work upon it. My parents equally encouraged me. After that there was no looking back. I kept writing poems, articles and short stories. It gives me a way to express my thoughts, emotions…
  • Be Monsoon Ready With These Fantastic Games For Kids

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. My 3 year old daughter watches the rains lashing down on the verandah, singing softly to herself “Rain rain go away,come again another day, little Sofia wants to play”. I realized that she was sad that she couldn’t go out and play at her usual time. But at least I knew how to arrange indoor and outdoor games so she would learn to enjoy monsoons just like we did in our times! So here’s a little something from a mumma’s list of games for a rainy day. Outdoor games: Boat Race – Didn’t we spend hours having fun…
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  • Father’s Day Is Sunday And I Couldn’t Care Less

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

    Nathaniel Turner
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    In Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene 1, William Shakespeare wrote a line that should be forever tattooed on the foreheads of every child. Okay, perhaps “tattooed” is a bit strong. Allow me a moment to pause so that I may make it perfectly clear that I’m not proposing any form of child abuse. […]
  • Things I Think About Parents But Rarely Say Out Loud

    Nathaniel Turner
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A week or so I was interviewed by George Kilpatrick of New Inspiration for the Nation. During the interview Mr. Kilpatrick asked me a question that I had never been asked. George asked “Is this a hobby for you or is this a lifestyle?” My response which surprised even me was that writing, speaking and […]
  • Is Your Child Happy and Healthy?

    Nathaniel Turner
    29 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Chances are that if you ask any expectant parent what their hopes are about their pregnancy the overwhelming odds are that they will respond – “all we want is a happy and healthy baby”. In fact, the phrase happy and healthy is so common that it should be catalogued as part of the standard and universally […]
  • Sometimes Humble Pie Tastes Ooh So Good!

    Nathaniel Turner
    21 May 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The other day, I was served a hot heaping slice of humble pie and I loved it. Okay, truth be told when the slice of humble pie was first presented to me, I was – in G-rated terms – irritated. I wasn’t irritated because the humble pie wasn’t served à la mode either. Nor was […]
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  • i want this tee now

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:31 am
    The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.     tees designed by me . i have posted some tees on teespring. i have designed these tees as a hobby. if you are interested in these tees then click on the blue “Buy Now” button . these are never before offer. enjoy and share with your friends as well. The post i want this tee now appeared first on Palchoice.
  • books to read

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice. This post is for all those book lovers, who like to read and read and read more… I have read all these books while i was preparing for my management entrance exam. I know it sound odd but this is how i started my reading habit. This post can also help all those who are [...] The post books to read appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice. Man quest is always to learn new things. But we can learn so many new things from our ancient history also. The ancient text is full of wisdom quotes and text. They can teach us how to live a wonderful life. Recently I completed reading the ancient Indian text panchtantra. I tell you this book [...] The post 15 life lessons from ancient text panchtantra appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 16 wake up early quotes to inspire you

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

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

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    I feel as if I have been inducted into a secret sisterhood which few people dare to mention. This guild is lonely, but once a member pops up, you do your best to connect. This is the secret sisterhood consists … Continue reading → Tags:  gifted, gifted parenting, relationships with gifted parents, sisterhood of mothers with gifted children Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Today I Am Loving  Gifted Characteristics Of Lee Kuan Yew  The…
  • The Art of Lying

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    After weeks of missing lessons, El finally finished his painting of Mickey Mouse. His teacher had explained the concept behind it, but I had forgotten who the artist was. It was supposed to be have vintage feel, with all the … Continue reading → Tags:  child lying, heart studio, lying developmental stages, mickey mouse vintage painting Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  2 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Garisms – Funny Quips from Gar  Montessori Method - An Introductory Workshop  Speed…
  • Getting My Article Published

    14 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    It is the 28th SEA Games and I love watching the events, especially the swimming finals. I used to watch the competition on television, and even go to swimming meets with my friend. Even though I was very keen on … Continue reading → Tags:  commentary, forum, sea games, swimmers, writing Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  12 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    10 Free Activities To Do In The Holidays  Summer Reading  El Practises The Piano  El Composes Gar Come To Play  Educational…
  • 4 Ideas For Children During Free Time

    31 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    After being confronted with the reality that my young children spend far too much of their free time on iPad either playing Minecraft, Tap Zoo and Surfer Run, or watching YouTube videos, I decided there must be better things for … Continue reading → Tags: Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  18 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    The Day El Came Home On His Own  El's Sports Day  Sand Playground  El's Dinosaur Train Themed 5th Birthday Party  Garisms – Funny Quips from GarCopyright…
  • Gar’s Toilet Training

    30 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    I had met up with my children’s teachers last week, and Gar’s teacher said that he should be ready to go without diapers. I was a little doubtful, because he had not told us he needed to pee all the … Continue reading → Tags:  toilet training, underwear Facebook TweetThis Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  5 comments on this itemYou might be interested in this:    Gardens By The Bay Visit  History Fieldtrips to WWII sites in Singapore  A Hairy Affair  El's Colouring and Drawings  Playing Dinosaur CharadesCopyright…
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    The Stir By CafeMom: Big Kid

  • 10 Bizarre Camps for Kids to Up Their 'How I Spent My Summer' Game

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Post by Judy Dutton. Each summer, around 11 million kids pack their bags and head off to one of more than 12,000 camps across the U.S. Meanwhile, you kick back in your astoundingly quiet home with visions of your little tykes reveling in "normal" camp activities -- from hiking to canoeing to arts and crafts.Or maybe not. Camps have gotten a lot more eclectic over the years. And we're not talking unorthodox a la space or chess camp, but really off the rails, where kids can master far stranger skills. In case you're curious just how weird summer camp can get, check out these offbeat options…
  • 15 Cringeworthy Signs From Kids Who Meant Well, But ... (PHOTOS)

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Post by Caroline Olney. We love little kids for a lot of reasons, but maybe the biggest is their blinding obliviousness to adult concepts like sexual reproduction and rude language. It's hilarious, every single time, when kids misuse the English language / rocket shapes when they're trying to get across a serious concept via hand-drawn sign.How hilarious? Here are 16 of the best, most museum-worthy signs kids have made that are truly cringe-worthy. Cherish these, parents, because they'll become valuable currency in, say, 15 years or so. Have you ever found a sign like these in your house?
  • Let Your Child Be Wild: Bring Back the Magic of Outdoor Play

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. I grew up on a mountain, in a development nestled deep in the woods of the Poconos.  Living in the woods, I spent an incredible amount of time outside. I climbed trees. I fell out of trees! I splashed through streams and puddles, brought home handfuls of salamanders after a rain storm and had wild adventures every day.  I even made friends with a bobcat, although that freaked my grandmother out something fierce when she found out! What can I say? I was a bit of a wild child, and the wild creatures loved me! Fast-forward a quarter of a century to the first time my…
  • Get Active and Have Fun With a Printable Summer Bucket List

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. My family loves the outdoors, especially in the summer. There are so many things to do and places to explore. It’s easy for my kids to get sucked into spending hours playing video games or watching TV. That’s why I like to plan at least one activity per day that gets us all moving together. I love it when my kids end up begging to stay outside playing - even after the sun goes down. It is important to encourage our children's healthy habits like active play.Sneak in Active Time at Home and on Vacation. We visit a lot of local attractions like parks and…
  • Tips For A Summer Inspired By Play

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Post by The Stir Bloggers. Whatever happened to get outside and play? To go outside and be gone all for an all-day adventure? The kind that created bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes? Adventures that included stories and memories.  I had those memories growing up in the mountains. We would play in a creek or ride our bikes as far as we could into the forest. We'd build forts and when it snowed our adventures included sledding and exploring that lasted all day long. It seems more than ever kids won't have those experiences because play has been replaced with a lot of technology.I have found…
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    Diary of an Angry Father.

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

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

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

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

    Miso N. Grey
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Our civilization may have arrived at a turning point, where we're heading towards uncivilized behavior. Continue reading →
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    Mom Fuse

  • What’s causing your wet basement?

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Original: Mom Fuse: What’s causing your wet basement? This is a sponsored post. If your home has a basement, there’s a very good chance that at one time or another, you will experience the unwelcome phenomenon known as a wet basement. A wet basement can be the bane of any homeowner’s existence, as it can lead to water damage to your home’s structure […]        
  • Conscientious Couponing – Avoiding Coupon Scams

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Conscientious Couponing – Avoiding Coupon Scams   by Clinton Wilson Frugality made a big comeback when the Great Recession began in early 2008. Trundling through this sluggish recovery, a significant number of Americans are counting on online coupons to bring them discounts on everything from groceries to vacations, electronics, and even high fashion. An estimated 63% of shoppers search for online […]        
  • 5 Unique DIY Gift Ideas for Mothers

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: 5 Unique DIY Gift Ideas for Mothers As kids, we were never hesitant to give our mothers a handmade card or art project. No matter what the gift looked like, our mothers would gawk over it and make us feel like we were a brilliant and talented artist. Somewhere along the way, with the influence of materialism and our busy schedules, DIY […]        
  • Juice in the Box – Reusable Juice Boxes For Kids

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Juice in the Box – Reusable Juice Boxes For Kids Meet Juice in the Box: The new Juice in the Box makes lunch time fun for kids and the Juice in the Box makes the ultimate travel drink box. Made from near indestructible Tritan the juice container is BPA and Phthalate free, convenient and spill-proof. Since the new Juice in the Box fits into most […]        
  • Family Camping Trip Essentials

    Jessica @ Mom Fuse
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Original: Mom Fuse: Family Camping Trip Essentials It’s summer time – one of the most popular times for going on family camping trips. Of course, there are lots of different ways you can do the family camping trip and lots of places you can go, but as you are getting ready for your trip, keep some of these tips in mind. No […]        
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    MinneMama Adventures

  • Ridin’ the Rails: North Shore Scenic Railroad

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Hello everybody! My name is Stef and I blog at Non Toy Gifts about toy alternative gifts that will create beautiful childhood memories through experiences, adventures, fun, learning and more. I’m not an anti-toy parent. I have two little boys with lots of toys, but kids quickly lose their interest in toys (even those they [...] The post Ridin’ the Rails: North Shore Scenic Railroad appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • The Patchery’s Persephonee Collection and $50 Giveaway

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Disclaimer: I received a free swing dress from The Patchery in exchange for my time sharing this post and hosting this giveaway. All thoughts are my own. Persephonee. What a gorgeous name for an amazingly gorgeous little girl. I’ve followed Persephonee’s story since the moment it showed up on CaringBridge. From the moment I read the [...] The post The Patchery’s Persephonee Collection and $50 Giveaway appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • Movie Night on a Budget: 5 Tips For a Fun Family Night In

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Taking your family to the movies is a fun but expensive adventure. The price of movie tickets and treats for a family of four can cost up to $60. That is a lot to spend for a couple of hours of entertainment (with no guarantee that the kids will sit through the whole thing anyway). [...] The post Movie Night on a Budget: 5 Tips For a Fun Family Night In appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • 2015 Outdoor Family Season Pass Ideas

    27 May 2015 | 3:15 pm
    How nice is this weather? Waking up and seeing sunshine and green grass. Passing by your long-lost neighbors during a warm long-awaited walk. Getting the kids together for a game of t-ball or kickball or just a little energy-burning at the local park. This is the stuff. This is the good stuff that Minnesotans wait for [...] The post 2015 Outdoor Family Season Pass Ideas appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
  • The Library Series: Roseville and Rockford Road

    23 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    MinneMama Adventures welcomes back Kelly Sullivan Noah as a returning guest poster. In her fun series, “Go and Stop: The Library Series,” she breaks down the numerous kid-friendly libraries our city has to offer. I hope you continue to enjoy her insight! We’re featuring two libraries today: A Place to Go (a destination-worthy library) and A Place to Stop [...] The post The Library Series: Roseville and Rockford Road appeared first on MinneMama Adventures.
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    Mama of 3 Munchkins

  • Step out in Style with Fricaine

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to me, “exotic” isn’t a word that’s generally used. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty plain Jane. However, I like my handbags to have a little bit more personality than my clothes, and I’m frequently changing them out. At the moment, however, all of my handbags are in storage, and I […]
  • Five Reasons to Try GoPhone this Festival Season + Win Two Tickets to the California State Fair (Ends 7/7)

    1 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by AT&T. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Guess where I’m going this summer? To the California State Fair! It’s one of those things we do every year, and as soon as it’s over we start looking forward to the next one. The kids are old […]
  • Hitting the Road this Summer with Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Summer weather is here! What are your plans? We’ll be doing a little bit of road tripping. Fun, right? The kids aren’t too bad now, but when they were younger, we found ourselves stopping at EVERY single rest stop so they could have a snack. It seems that riding in the car makes them bottomless […]
  • Summer Grilling with Applegate + Grilling Kit Giveaway (Ends 7/13)

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Have you been grilling? I have! When my husband grills, it’s just normal. When I grill, it’s called Grill Power! Recently, I grilled up some Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs. The wondrous folks over at Applegate sent me an awesome Cleaner Weiner Grilling Master kit to review. It included: ‐ Applegate Natural Beef Hot Dogs […]
  • DIY Seashell Trifle

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re into beach décor, you’re absolutely going to LOVE this DIY Seashell Trifle. It’s seriously one of the easiest things I’ve put together and it looks AMAZING! Beach décor is extremely soothing, and the neutral colors of the sand and shells make it fit in anywhere. With this in mind, I decided to make […]
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    TripleZmom, not Supermom

  • Going To England

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

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

  • WhatsApp: A Biggest Addiction!

    Chandni Sharma
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Smartphones have become super colossal and crowd pleasing because many free messaging applications have launched which entirely makes it more popular. The idea that this app is plainly a messaging app with no ads, games, reminders, gimmicks and extra banners, is the major reason that users get addicted to it. This chat application is user […]
  • Worried About Your Child’s Unknown Reality?

    Chandni Sharma
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Parents of teens often think of several ways to discover the qualms and doubts about their kids awkward behaviour. Adolescence is such a phase of life when children are persuaded and influenced by their companions and the possibility of indulging into bad deeds like urge of drugs, being a party animal, obsession of watching inept […]
  • Real Time Cell Phone Tracking Now Possible!

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

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

    Chandni Sharma
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Do you feel your loved ones are reluctant to answer your questions? Or they’re always captivated by their smartphones which makes you inquisitive and you want to find out whom are they chatting with and what are the topics of their conversation, on their favorite chat messenger – WhatsApp. Well, it is actually possible to […]
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    Problem Kids Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Word of the Week – Moth

    Ashley Beolens
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Welcome to our Word of the Week post for Saturday 4th July 2015 is Moth, the “dull” night flying insect bemoaned for eating clothes and bumping into lights. This Weeks Word of the Week Moth Meaning of the Word Moth noun An insect with two pairs of broad wings covered in microscopic scales, typically drably coloured […] The post Word of the Week – Moth appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Sometimes Advice is Useful

    Ashley Beolens
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I’m sure you will have read blog posts by parent bloggers asking people to sod off with their advice on child rearing, you may have even agreed or written one yourself but, here is a little advice for you (see what I did there) Sometimes Advice is Useful! Holy crap is this guy serious? The post Sometimes Advice is Useful appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • I Never Wanted to be a Dad

    Ashley Beolens
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    With Fathers day having just been and gone, there have been a lot of great dad blog posts out there (even more than usual), I’ve read quite a few birth tales etc. and what struck me is just how many of the guys out there differ to me. The post I Never Wanted to be a Dad appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Top 7 Cover Songs

    Ashley Beolens
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Recently at a party (I know I’m living the dream! Alright it was my mother in laws 60th) a song came on that a couple of the young lads there started to tap their feet to until the realised it was not the modern version that they were expecting it was in fact the original […] The post Top 7 Cover Songs appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
  • Understanding Pregnancy as a Dad

    Ashley Beolens
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Understanding pregnancy as a dad or from a dads perspective is not something that is often written about, but perhaps is something we should, as a society, discuss more. After all, we dads are often half the process. The post Understanding Pregnancy as a Dad appeared first on When the Dust Settles.
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    Parenting The Modern Family

  • How To Make Better Parenting Decisions

    Dr. Becca
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:10 pm
      Take a guess… What’s the #1 question I get from Modern Parents – from both my private clients as well as from those who read my blog posts and Continue Reading → The post How To Make Better Parenting Decisions appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • Turning A Discussion About Celebrities Into a Teachable Moment

    Dr. Becca
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Yes. I’m that kind of mom that takes her 14-year-old daughter to stand in a long line at a random mall in Los Angeles to meet some Kardashians. But before Continue Reading → The post Turning A Discussion About Celebrities Into a Teachable Moment appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • How To Prepare Your Child For Their Summer Visitation With The Non-Custodial Parent

    Dr. Becca
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Warning: this post is meant for co-parenting situations that do not include abuse. Summertime custody schedules can be a stressful time of year for kids of divorce – especially when Continue Reading → The post How To Prepare Your Child For Their Summer Visitation With The Non-Custodial Parent appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • Ask Dr. Becca VideoBlog – How Can I Have a Conversation With My Child That DOESN’T End in an Argument?

    Dr. Becca
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Tired of always being frustrated after having a conversation with your child? Do you miss those times when you felt closer with your child after spending time with them? In Continue Reading → The post Ask Dr. Becca VideoBlog – How Can I Have a Conversation With My Child That DOESN’T End in an Argument? appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
  • Compromise: The Secret Sauce That Keeps My Modern Family Functioning Well

    Dr. Becca
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    It seems like I always find myself in the same situation. Two people in my little family want something different from me at the same time. And I want to Continue Reading → The post Compromise: The Secret Sauce That Keeps My Modern Family Functioning Well appeared first on Parenting The Modern Family.
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  • Parental Controls and Parenting – Fact and Fiction

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

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

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

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

    Robin Petrovsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Read more and take a free trial of NetSanity today at NetSanity - Protection for Kids. Sanity For Parents. Learn how you can see every iMessage for free   So it is New Year and your kids and teens have their new shiny Apple mobile devices. Maybe its a new iPod touch for the young ones, a fancy new iPad Mini, …Read More The post Your kids and Apples iMessage appeared first on NetSanity.
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    Parent Co

  • 5 links to share with your curious kids (week of 7/4/2015)

    Erika Lowe
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    Share awesome, fun links with your kids curated by Today Box. Today Box curates fun and educational facts, videos, photos and jokes for curious kids, parents and educators. View past Internet Field Trips here. Week of July 4, 2015 Celebrate the Fourth of July with tiny hamster and his friends in this video posted to Today Box. Learn about the structural art of Ben Butler and his newest work of art called Unbounded. Use Google Street View to dive underwater and tour Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Learn why scientists are lighting up leaves in this video from Science Friday. Watch a…
  • Best links of the week

    Sara Goldstein
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fourth of July weekend should include all the quintessential fun of summer: Barbecues, lawn games, parades, watermelon seed spitting, and fighting over the last sparkler fireworks. Basically, 72 hours of awesome.  Pro tip: Buy the glow sticks and necklaces before you head to the fireworks. Save some money while achieving hero status. Still not sure what to make or bring for the weekend festivities? This pinterest board from the ever-awesome Smitten Kitchen should have you covered (and maybe even make you some new friends.) Just when we thought Dad-bod had fatigued completely, we read this…
  • Celebrating Freedom and Unity as Family

    Edward Shepard
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    I live in Vermont, where the state motto is Freedom and Unity. This sums up America's seemingly opposite ideals; it also describes an ideal family dynamic. The post Celebrating Freedom and Unity as Family appeared first on Parent Co.
  • (Questionable) parenting tricks that work like that a charm

    Nicci Micco
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    Over the years, I've picked up some really effective parenting tricks, that—as a generous fellow parent—I feel obligated to share with you now. The post (Questionable) parenting tricks that work like that a charm appeared first on Parent Co.
  • 8 tips for enjoying live music concerts with your kids

    Sara Goldstein
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Some of the most enduring family memories come from enjoying music together - especially live and in person. Here are 8 lessons to make concerts with kids even better. The post 8 tips for enjoying live music concerts with your kids appeared first on Parent Co.
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    Creative Family Connections

  • Marriage Matters

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

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

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

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

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

    Alejandra Ulloa
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Hay tardes en que la mamá de la familia no tiene ganas de pelearse con los hijos para que apaguen la televisión… Hay tardes en que la mamá de la familia no tiene ganas de pelearse con los hijos para que apaguen la televisión, ni con el coautor que recién llega de la oficina para que conviva un rato con los hijos, ni con la tita para que abandone la cama. Entonces esa mamá simplemente se baja al patio a jugar con el cachorro, a ver las nubes… y como por arte de magia aparecen los hijos a robarse al perro y el papá a robarse…
  • Frases ingeniosas y divertidas de los niños

    Yusel Flores
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Nos encanta escuchar las ocurrencias de los pequeños, a veces nos divierten, a veces nos remueven algo ahí dentro y siempre nos sorprenden con su sinceridad…   Nos encanta escuchar las ocurrencias de los pequeños,  ¿cómo esos inteligentes seres librepensantes a veces nos abren los ojos?, a veces nos divierten, a veces nos remueven algo ahí dentro y siempre nos sorprenden con su sinceridad. Estas son algunas ocurrencias que nos comparten los Papás Umbilical y que seguro te divertirán: Diana, 4 años: “Oye Papá, y…
  • ¿Qué pasa cuando pones un preescolar dentro de un asilo de ancianos?

    Yusel Flores
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita Ver a los niños pequeños jugando entre ellos es algo muy tierno, pero qué sucede cuando unes a unos adorables abuelitos, creo que nos derretimos de la emoción. Ver a los niños pequeños jugando entre ellos es algo muy tierno, pero qué sucede cuando unes a unos adorables abuelitos, creo que nos derretimos de la emoción. Pues esto lo hizo una institución  al tener la idea de unir a estos pequeños en edad preescolar con un centro de cuidado de ancianos en Seattle, para hacer actividades juntos. Allí, los dos extremos generacionales…
  • 8 Actividades al aire libre para desarrollar habilidades motoras finas

    Yusel Flores
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita ¿Cuántas veces a lo largo de nuestras ocupadas semanas hemos tenido ganas de hacer una pausa y organizar algo especial para compartir con nuestros hijos? ¿Cuántas veces a lo largo de nuestras ocupadas semanas hemos tenido ganas de hacer una pausa y organizar algo especial para compartir con nuestros hijos? Las vacaciones de verano son el momento ideal para juntar todas esas ganas que surgen motivadas por el calorcito, para pasar un día muy entretenido siguiendo esta guía de juegos al aire libre que además ayudarán a estimular las…
  • ¡A olvidarse de las calificaciones!

    Yusel Flores
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Para saber más sobre este tema visita El verano ya está aquí y los niños están listos para las vacaciones. Pero muchas veces esta época de diversión se convierte en una pesadilla para los más pequeños de la casa cuando las temibles calificaciones no son tan buenas como esperaban. Llega el verano y con él… ¡y las vacaciones escolares!. No es extraño, pues, que junio sea el mes más esperado por todos los niños. ¿Por todos? Quizá, no tanto por los que temen una boleta de “malas calificaciones”, y menos aún por los que saben que ese hecho provocará un…
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    Raising Creative Children

  • Adult Friendly Music For (Babies &) Kids 2 (with project ideas)

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

    27 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Fourth of July provides countless opportunities to have children engage with music. Here are 4 ideas for exploring musical possibilities connected to the Fourth of July.  These activities are perfect for kids’ enrichment over the summer or as part of a homeschool curriculum. 1. Compile a patriotic music playlist for listening to throughout the day This … Continue reading Enrich kids’ Fourth of July with these 4 musical opportunities!
  • 3 Key Considerations To Guide Children’s Actions With Songs!

    24 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    For ages, music has played a role in providing directions and guidance to young ones. For instance, in music classes a teacher might start singing Put Your Instruments Away and magically students will start putting their instruments away (well, sometimes with some additional encouragement). Sure, you can purchase songs that guide children’s actions but it’s … Continue reading 3 Key Considerations To Guide Children’s Actions With Songs!
  • Encouraging girls (and all kids) to rock out! “Science Riot Girls” and the joy of creating empowering music!

    31 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    We absolutely love seeing examples of young people creating and performing original music that expresses how they feel and their place in the world. While searching for info on signing for babies we came across this fantastic video on the My Smart Hands YouTube Channel, which is such a great example of empowering original music … Continue reading Encouraging girls (and all kids) to rock out! “Science Riot Girls” and the joy of creating empowering music!
  • Experimenting with watercolors and art!

    22 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    We are big fans of providing young children opportunities to experiment with art. While experiments take place in science or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) contexts, anyone who engages in the arts knows that inquiry and experiments are a key part of being creative. . . A post on watercolor experiments on Ms. Walker’s … Continue reading Experimenting with watercolors and art!
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    One Time Through

  • Indoor Alphabet Phonics Hunt

    Sue Lively
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:12 am
    Today, I am thrilled to be over on the Meaningful Mama blog today sharing a really fun Indoor Alphabet Phonics Hunt activity that Onetime did recently with a playmate at our house. It was the perfect indoor playdate activity – and it could easily be adapted in difficulty for kids aged 3 to 10. I hope you hop on over to Meaningful Mama to check it out! If you’re looking for another hands-on letter sound learning activity you can do at home, be sure to check out our new DIY Phonics Game. Or check out Meaningful Mama’s Textured Letters craft to try!     Follow us…
  • How to Solve Problems WITH Your Kids in 5 Simple Steps

    Sue Lively
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Problem solving WITH your kids is a really helpful positive parenting tool. It shows your children respect, it models healthy conflict resolution, and it can be very effective in finding solutions for repetitive problems that seem to continue no matter what you do! Read on to find out how you can use the 5 simple steps to problem solving with your kids. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Please see Disclosure for full details.  I first heard about these problem solving steps when I started teaching. I found them to be really helpful with students with whom I had already tried a…
  • EASY Seedy CD Art and Science

    Sue Lively
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Last year, my then 2.5 year old son Onetime and I had a blast finding seeds outside and starting a seed collection.  We also went on an indoor search for seeds. After learning a little bit about what seeds are (that’s the science part!), we had an all-seed snack and then made this fun open-ended seedy CD art/craft! A Seedy Hunt To begin our indoor seed hunt, we raided the cupboards and found all of these goodies!  (The rice was leftover from our Spring/Easter sensory bin).  We had corn kernels, rice, red lentils, a mixed bean soup mix, and oatmeal.  We didn’t use the pecans…
  • Teach Your Child Letter Sounds with a Fun DIY Phonics Game

    Sue Lively
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Check out today’s DIY Phonics Game for a really simple but engaging way to get kids connecting letters to their sounds. These little alphabetic cubes are guaranteed to catch your child’s attention and will quickly become a favourite learning toy! Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post. Please see Disclosure for full details.  Supplies A set or two of alphabetic loose parts (we used small wooden coloured cubes that I wrote the letters on with permanent marker) OR you could print out a copy of our Summer Paper Alphabet Letters from our FREE Printables page to use…
  • 16 Reasons Why Great Coaches Make the Best Parents

    Sue Lively
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:39 pm
    With the Women’s World Cup playing regularly in the background of our house lately, I got thinking about how being a good parent is a LOT like being a great coach. After all, a coach has to use many of the same qualities that a great parent has to use to get their players to support each other, to cooperate, and to be happy and successful. Today I’m sharing 16 lessons that we can learn from great coaches to create our own “All-Star” families! Amazon Affiliate links are included on this page. See Disclosure for more details.  16 Parenting Lessons We Can Learn From…
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    Holy Shit, I'm a Dad.

  • Dad’s Endorsements: Zen Pig

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    "Zen Pig" is a critically-acclaimed children's book character that teaches gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in easy to understand language and is brought to life with beautiful, minimalist art.
  • Dad: The Hero Without a Cape

    Matthew Danieluk
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:39 am
    As children we watched superheroes on TV, read the comic books, watched the poor-quality movies and dreamed of being able to fly. As adults we get to watch better-quality films and still secretly dream of being able to fly but now our adoration and idolization has evolved.
  • Staying North of the Border on B-Day

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 pm
    This topic fascinates me and it’s an article I have been thinking about for a while. There is widespread debate in the parenting community regarding a Father’s position in the birthing room when the baby arrives. Think what you like, but if you are unsure of where you stand on the subject (and you don’t […]
  • Mothers Day- The Most Important Holiday of The Year

    Matthew Danieluk
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    A Mother is a Warrior who seeks no riches and serves no king; she battles the world's evils for the safety, happiness and well-being of her children.
  • Advice From The Battlefield: Jake Valentine- Real Dad

    Matthew Danieluk
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:03 pm
    This segment of HSIAD brings the words of other real Dads to the site for public viewing. Our friend Jake had some advice to offer this week, please read Jake’s Advice From The Battlefield. My advice: Answer the damn question! I was eating lunch at a fast food joint with my five-year-old when she asked […]
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    Modern Dad Pages

  • Stay off your phone while making your purchase!

    Modern dad
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Far to often now I am standing in line waiting to make my purchase and I often see  someone who is making their purchase and talking to someone on their phone while the cashier is trying to ring them through. I can imagine as a cashier what you really want to say would be any of the following…. I am sorry, but would you like me to pause your transaction until you can stop talking on your f**king phone long enough to complete it properly? (with a smile of course) I am sorry, but do you know how impolite you are? I am sorry to interrupt your phone conversation, but I didn’t ask you to make…
  • #effitfriday July, 3, 2015

    Modern dad
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    It’s Friday again everybody and that means myself and Laura from Life with Baby Kicks are back again for another edition of #effitfriday, the home of the ultimate rant, the rants a two year old would be proud of. Last week was another great link up with 46 of you linking up, this week we would love to hit the magic 50 so make sure you spread the word once you’ve linked up. As always we will RT all you #effitfriday tweets, so pop our names (@Laura_BabyKicks and @moderndadpages) on and don’t forget the hashtag! Happy ranting! We have only 2 rules for #effitfridays: Add the badge to your…
  • Chicken tacos

    Modern dad
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    This is a favourite dish of mine and it’s fairly easy to make. Takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. So this is the chicken mixture that goes inside the taco. you will need… 1 – roasted chicken 1 – 540ml can of crushed tomatoes 1 – medium onion juliened 2 – cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 – chipoltle chile for flavour and some heat salt to taste Shred the roast chicken with your hands and place in nonstick skillet, add the can of tomato, onion, garlic,chipoltle and salt and let simmer until liquid is almost gone. you will need about 25 corn tortillas like these. Warm 5…
  • #foodpornthursdays July, 2, 2015

    Modern dad
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Welcome to another addition of #foodpornthursdays with your hosts Domesticated Momster, Cuddle Fairy, and Modern DadPages. This linky is all about your most seductive delicious recipes that will not only lead our taste buds into temptation but deliver us right into a food coma! Thanks so much to everyone who linked up last week! We are delighted to have 29 amazing recipes join in! If you are new to #foodpornthursdays – you are very welcome! If you need any help linking up, please visit Cuddle Fairy’s LinkyGuide or feel free to ask us any questions! About #foodportnthursdays: * It’s open…
  • #happyquacks July,1, 2015

    Modern dad
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Thanks to all those who linked up to #happyquacks last week, I absolutely loved reading all your posts. So in no particular order, these were the 3 that really called out to me this week! 1. One Yummy Mummy’s post about Father’s Day and the beautiful scene of unconditional love she witnessed at a cemetery, filled my heart with joy. 2. Dear Mummy’s blog post about 50 things that make me happy…by a toddler, had me smiling the whole way through. Many on that list make S very happy as well, especially stickers and stealing all the toilet roll! 3. Flustered mom’s post about her son…
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  • Let It Come In Waves

    Jess Townes
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    But oh, let it come in waves. Let it roll in on a high tide and let them splash around in the surf of manhood, and then let it slip back in low tide so they can still search for shells on the wet shore of childhood.
  • The Summer of No

    Katie Moore
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    So this summer I am saying no. Unless something directly benefits the relationship that I have with my children or my marriage or my close friendships than it is quite simply, not worth it. I am choosing them. I am choosing me.
  • The 5 Phases of Deciding To Have a Baby After Losing One

    Melanie McKinnon
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    After that immense loss, I never thought I would have another child. The issues I was dealing with at the time seemed insurmountable and I was sure it wasn’t in me. But I eventually overcame my insecurities and had my Rainbow Baby.
  • Magic in a Summer Night

    Elizabeth Thompson
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The whole world is a kid again, if only for a time. For an extra hour, maybe two, we revel in the lingering daylight, wrapping ourselves in the friendly dark that slowly puts the day to sleep. And in those hours, anything is possible.
  • Sand

    Tamara Woods
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Sometimes it’s not about the most expensive game or complicated activity. It’s just activating the imagination.
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    Rock Star Mums

  • Hear My Prayer – The Serenity Prayer

    19 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In some of my deepest, darkest moments, the Lord has continued to send Angels down to watch over me and …Continue reading →
  • A Humbling Lesson from Nepal

    12 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Video Credit: singhgurpreet On April 25th, a devastating earthquake of magnitude-7.8 rocked Nepal, injuring and killing thousands of innocent children …Continue reading →
  • My Wish on Mother’s Day

    10 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Anyone can have a child, but it takes the true spirit, kindness, patience, and love of a mother to raise …Continue reading →
  • Happy Rock Star Mother’s Day

    10 May 2015 | 11:43 am
  • Dealing with Children Who Won’t Eat

    29 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    I hear far too many parents who are stressed out and deeply concerned about their children’s nutrition. Many of them …Continue reading →
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  • Top 15 Best Baby Bathtubs

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Image : Shutterstock Are you thinking of purchasing a bathtub for your baby? Which bathtub will be the most comfortable her? Which one will be easier to clean? Are these questions weighing you down? Well, let’s snip those taut ropes now! Here, we look at an amazing collection of bathtubs for your little angel. Most babies enjoy bath time, but it can be a nerve-wracking task for moms. You need the right types of shampoos, body washes, toys, and, most importantly the right bathtub. Babies cannot sit up for several months as they have a fragile underdeveloped neck and head, which you must…
  • 6 Effective Home Remedies To Treat Strep Throat While Breastfeeding

    Payal Morjaria
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    Image : Shutterstock re you a new mom who loves bonding with your baby while breastfeeding him? Are you suffering from strep throat and are afraid that you may pass the infection to your little one? If you said yes to the above questions, then reading our post is a good idea. No mother can see her baby suffering from any ailment. For a new mom, the thought of passing on a disease to her breastfeeding baby is her worst nightmare. According to popular belief, if a lactating mother is suffering from an ailment, then it is a wise decision to stop nursing her baby to safeguard him from the…
  • 8 Serious Side Effects Of Energy Drinks On Breastfeeding Mom

    Debolina Raja Gupta
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Image : Shutterstock Do you need your daily dose of energy drink to kick-start your day and manage the endless maternal chores? Are you a caffeine addict but are wondering if your habit may affect your breastfeeding baby? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a must. When you are breastfeeding, everything you eat or drink comes under the scanner. Your diet as a new mom not only affects your health, but it also has a huge impact on the growth and development of your baby. If you are keen to find out whether consuming energy drinks is a safe bet or not as a…
  • 4 Childbirth Myths And Facts Every Mother Must Be Aware Of

    Nikita Mankani
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Image : Shutterstock Everyone has an opinion, friends, family, mothers, neighbors, and even the internet. With the deluge of opinions, it is easy to be swept away. Same is the case with childbirth. Yes, it is extremely simple to acquire information from various sources, but how do you know if it’s true or not? Luckily for you, we are here to help you debunk the myths and tell you the truth. Since there are so many stories, options, opinions, and different experiences, one can get confused and overwhelmed. If you want to know the truth about childbirth, don’t go anywhere, as we tell you…
  • 10 Amazing 4th Of July Recipes Your Kids Will Love

    Debolina Raja Gupta
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    Image : Shutterstock Are your kids all excited about the Independence Day celebrations? Have you planned some fun and interesting activities for them for this very special day? How about trying some interesting recipe ideas that they will love to make and eat too? If you would like to know some fun and easy recipes that go perfectly with the patriotic theme, go ahead with your read. Ten Amazing Fourth Of July Recipes For Your Kids: Here is our collection of ten delicious recipes that your kids will love making for Fourth of July: 1. Red Blue And White Toast: Via Source You Will Need: A slice…
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    Providence Place » Blog

  • Myths About International Adoption

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

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

    5 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Has your church organized a Vacation Bible School for this upcoming summer? VBS is a great time to share stories of the Bible that teach very valuable lessons. What a joy it is to pass down traditions and values to the generations after us! For over 120 years, Providence Place has been an integral part of the United Methodist Church family.  Instill a sense of responsibility and charitable giving – in what could be your children’s first mission experience – by supporting Providence Place with our 2015 project, Pennies & Prayers. Children who collect loose change for…
  • Yeaker Can’t Wait To Graduate!

    5 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    This month, 26 students will graduate from the Center for Higher Independence (CHI). Graduation is an important milestone in their lives. During their 18 months here, they learned how to budget, prepare for an interview, job search, ride the bus and cook. They volunteered, worked at the Work Training Center and — for 80 percent of the graduates — started a new job in recent weeks or months. After graduation, they will begin their life of independence. Some are a bit anxious and are cherishing their last weeks on campus, while others are just totally excited about the future ahead.
  • Post Adoptive Advice For Parents

    20 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Adoption, like the birth of a child, is a joyful time, as you welcome a new member of your family into your home. However, also like childbirth, all types of adoption can sometimes trigger a form of depression that can hinder your ability to bond with your child. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to fight post adoption depression and build a strong, lifelong relationship with your child. Build A Support System Bringing an adopted child home is a life-changing event. With it will come a period of adjustment that will affect every area of your life. During this time, your…
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    Man vs. Pink

  • Playtest & Giveaway: LEGO Star Wars Imperial Shuttle Tydirium – with Princess Leia!

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

    Man vs. Pink
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    A mostly sunny June was full of outdoor fun, with some indoor adventures too.
  • Playtest: LEGO Star Wars – Death Star Final Duel set

    Man vs. Pink
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    My daughter loves LEGO and loves Star Wars, so naturally she enjoys playing with LEGO Star Wars. This week we were lucky to be sent a trio of sets to build, play, and review. When they arrived my daughter was rather overcome with excitement. Honestly, her choice of a LEGO Star Wars t-shirt that morning really was a coincidence. I assumed she’d have trouble deciding which one to make first, but she opted straight away for the set with Darth Vader. She loves Darth Vader. I like to think it’s because he’s Leia and Luke’s daddy. This new Star Wars LEGO set recreates the iconic…
  • ‘My Daddy is Super Because… He Watches Star Wars With Me’

    Man vs. Pink
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:34 pm
    As Father’s Day messages go, you may not think much of it. But to me, this message from my 3-year-old daughter in a card she made at nursery, is gold. While obviously dictated (her writing isn’t that good), one of the reasons I love it is I know that it’s genuine. Our shared love of Star Wars has become a defining aspect of our relationship. Those of you who follow my blog will know I’m rather into all things Star Wars, and most people – especially those who know me – assume that I’m merely indoctrinating my young padawan daughter into the ways of the force. The…
  • REVIEW: Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

    Man vs. Pink
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:32 am
    If you’re a Star Wars fan who’s always wanted to know what it would feel like to sit next to Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon, or opposite Han Solo in a Mos Eisley Cantina, then the new Star Wars at Madame Tussauds attraction sounds perfect for you. A long time ago (now), in a galaxy far, far away… (London) – Star Wars at @MadameTussauds. #StarWarsatMT — Man vs Pink (@ManVsPink) June 19, 2015 My wife and I took our little Star Wars fangirl along to it this week. With 16 different characters placed in a variety of iconic scenes from the movies,…
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    Why we think about motherhood the way we do

  • How to escape education’s death valley – video

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    Last week, I already posted a link to a talk of Robinson. Here is another great one. Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility. As a reminder, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and…
  • Parenting in the 60’s – From Conformity to Rebellion

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    The Sixties: Dr. Spock’s positive parenting philosophy, the popular Donald Winnicott and experts Loise Bates Ames and Frances Ilg with TV show “Parents Ask”The 1960’s were a time of great social change. One of the most important changes was that birth control became widely available for women, which made family planning possible. Another important change was a post-WWII society in which mothers had more time to spend with children due to modern conveniences such as the washing machine. A post-war mentality focused less on the discipline and conformity necessary for the…
  • Quote break on fathers

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    “The life of the father has a mysterious prestige: the hours he spends at home, the room where he-works, the objects he has around him, his pursuits, his hobbies, have a scared character He supports the family, and he is the responsible head of the family. As a rule his work takes him outside, and so it is through him that the family communicates with the rest of the world: he incarnates that immense, difficult and marvelous world of adventure; he personifies transcendence,(…).” Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex The post Quote break on fathers appeared first on Why we think…
  • Changing Ideals – Mothers in Literature and Film

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    The definition of mother has changed a lot over time, especially since the birth of the nation-state, and America is no exception. Throughout history, literature and film have provided us with representations of motherhood that reflect the social realities of the time and place. The book “Motherhood and Representation: Feminism, Psychoanalysis and the Material American Melodrama” takes a look at some of the ways in which literature and film have presented society’s changing definition of mother. Nineteenth Century Motherhood In Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little…
  • “Mentally, socially, spiritually, a woman is more inferior than man (…).” Errors from the Past, 19th Century

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    “Mentally, socially, spiritually, she is more inferior than man. She herself is an inferior part of man, and her love and life are always something inferior and incomprehensible to him. . . . Woman is to deal with domestic affections and uses, not with philosophies and sciences. . . . She is priest, not king. The house, the chamber and the closet are the centers of her social life and power, as surely as the sun is the center of the solar system.” Smith-Rosenberg, C., and Rosenberg, C. The female animal: medical and biological views of woman and her role in nineteenth-century…
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  • 5 Types of teenagers’ problems and how to spot them

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

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

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

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

    Zoey Campbell
    13 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    A rise in web-based products has packed multiple social, photo-sharing, and instant messaging applications, mostly from un-trusted publishers. Even if the source is trusted, guaranteeing complete personal information safety, no one knows for sure what future holds for your child. Believe it or not, a picture uploaded on web never gets off even if you delete it. There is always a server keeping logs somewhere in the world for the developer. Suffice to say, you as a parent can never be sure where your child shares photos and in-appropriate pictures and with whom. Have a look at the three most…
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