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  • Drug Passes First Trial -- After Wide Use

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- A drug widely used for a rare neurological condition that mainly affects overweight women -- pseudotumor cerebri -- has successfully passed its first randomized trial, researchers reported.
  • Vitamin D Blog: Cavities in Kids?

    MedPage Today Pediatrics
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may be tied to the child's future risk of dental cavities, a new study conducted in Canadian Aboriginals found.
  • More and more parents are smoking marijuana at home

    BabyCenter Blog
    Denise Cortes
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories As more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, the stigma of this so-called "gateway drug" diminishes and the more it becomes socially acceptable. Last weekend on April 20th, pot smokers enjoyed 420, a day where marijuana smokers celebrate the consumption of cannabis.  You can bet a good... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • McDonald’s finally does away with “girl” and “boy” toy question

    Postcards from the Mothership
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    I started to rant about this on Facebook, but the ensuing conversation in my kitchen inspired me to bring it back to the blog. Waaaaaaaaay back in 2006, I ranted my displeasure at being offered the choice between a “boy” toy and a “girl” toy happy meal at McDonald’s. I’d asked for a Polly Pockets toy and a Hummer toy, and the cashier repeated back to me “one girl happy meal and one boy happy meal”. At the time, I was at the counter with my two boys standing there at my elbow watching me order. Infuriated, I pointedly re-ordered my meals with…
  • Say Cheese: Tips for Taking Family Photos You’ll be Proud to Display

    Earnest Parenting
    Amy LeForge
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    In the age of instant gratification and viral images on the Internet, everyone has probably had the pleasure of seeing disastrous family photos posted on social media sites. It seems to happen on a daily basis; you log on to your favorite social media site and someone has tagged a friend’s terrible family photo or uploaded the latest viral sensation of photo fails.Everyone wants to have good family photos on display in their home to serve as pleasant memories of a happy family, but how can you avoid becoming the disastrous family photo that others mock? The next time you gather the…
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    Parenting at More4kids

  • Helping Kids Celebrate The Real Meaning Of Easter Sunday

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    The Easter Bunny has made his residence at the mall and the chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and jelly beans can be found everywhere you go to shop. It’s Eastertime- a time when every kid looks forward to getting a great big basket full of goodies and toys. It’s hard, especially in these busy, errand full days, to help make Jesus the focus of your family celebration. It takes a bit of ingenuity and time to make sure that your kids understand that Jesus is the center of this celebration and that his sacrificial death is the reason for the season that includes a giant bunny who brings eggs…
  • Healthy Easter Candy Alternatives

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Easter candy is almost a tradition in most households. Every year moms try to decide what to give their kids for Easter. No doubt the kids would prefer candy and chocolate. However, it is a good idea to include some healhier alternatives. There are many healthy replacements for Easter candy baskets you can try. Here are a few tips and ideas. Instead of chocolate or marshmallow candy, try filling or including with: * Fruits and cookies. You can bake natural cookies at home that taste yummy. * Mini boxes of raisins and low fat candies. * Stuffed bunny rabbits and jelly beans, which are low in…
  • Parenting and Motivational Quotes to Live By

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Love is spending time with your family One way I learn is finding great quotes and incorporating them into my life. In have been doing a lot on Twitter in the evenings and have been sharing with many of my Twitter friends. Many of the quotes I have found researching, and some I have even made up myself based on experiences of myself and others. I share these quotes humbly and hope people will enjoy reading and learning from these parenting, family and motivational quotes. Please let us know what your favorite parenting quotes are. Here are some of ours: Parenting Quotes: There is no such…
  • 10 Best Recycling Websites for Kids

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:03 am
    If you want your children to grow up to be environmentally conscious, you have to start teaching them while they are young. You can't expect them to just learn on their own. However, you'll find that there are a variety of great recycling websites and environmental sites out there where you kids can learn more about the environment and recycling, while having a great time. Wondering where to send your kids to learn more? Here's a look at 10 of the top recycling websites out there for kids that make excellent choices. Website #1 – Kids Planet Website Address:…
  • Overnight Internet Sensation, Melissa Earnest, Talks about life with Autism

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:26 am
    A More4kids exclusive interview with Melissa Earnest. I hope everyone will enjoy this interview about a real important topic affecting many parents: Life with Autism On October 2, 2013, Mississippi wife, mom and proud NRA member, Melissa Earnest was just that, a wife and mom. A noble full-time, over-time job, to be sure, but not many people knew her name. Then she posted a video on Facebook and suddenly the Earnest household was on the map and Melissa Earnest was a household word. The now famous “Grabman Video” went viral with 86,000 shares on Facebook and more than 60,000 views on…
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    BabyCenter Blog

  • 10 free Mother's Day printables your mom will love

    Kami Bigler
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    by Kami Bigler posted in Life & Home Mother's Day is right around the corner (only 3 weeks away!). I know I am definitely starting to think about what to get my mom for Mother's Day. Last year, I shared five Free Mother's Day Printables with you, and I thought I'd share 10 more printables... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Parenting moments illustrated in GIFs (Part 16!)

    Roo Ciambriello
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    by Roo Ciambriello posted in Mom Stories Check out the previous installment of GIF-y (not a real word) parenting moments here. I like to use GIFs to illustrate my feelings. They’re like videos without sound, which means that maybe we’re regressing in technology as a culture, but ignore all of that. When my daughter announces that she'll be... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • Motherhood Traditions from Around the World

    Jennifer Borget
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    by Jennifer Borget posted in Mom Stories This post is part of the Global Moms Relay. Every time you share this post, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 (per action), up to $250,000, to the Global Moms Relay, to help improve the health and well-being of moms and kids worldwide in support of MAMA, Shot@Life,... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • DreamWorks Dad does it again

    Joey Lombardi
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Joey Lombardi posted in Mom Stories A few weeks ago I brought you the story of DreamWorks employee Daniel Hashimoto and the cool home videos he made of his son. Hashi is at it again: Here are all of the "Action Kid" videos put together: I love what Daniel is doing and I hope... Read more » Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
  • More and more parents are smoking marijuana at home

    Denise Cortes
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    by Denise Cortes posted in Mom Stories As more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, the stigma of this so-called "gateway drug" diminishes and the more it becomes socially acceptable. Last weekend on April 20th, pot smokers enjoyed 420, a day where marijuana smokers celebrate the consumption of cannabis.  You can bet a good... Read... Want to get the full story? Click on the headline above. And thanks for reading the BabyCenter Blog.
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    MedPage Today Pediatrics

  • Benzos Equal for Kids With Status Epilepticus (CME/CE)

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- Diazepam proved equal to lorazepam for effectiveness and safety in treating children with status epilepticus, surprising the randomized trial's investigators and others in the field.
  • Drug Passes First Trial -- After Wide Use

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (MedPage Today) -- A drug widely used for a rare neurological condition that mainly affects overweight women -- pseudotumor cerebri -- has successfully passed its first randomized trial, researchers reported.
  • Building Bridges to Be Focus of SGIM Meeting

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    SAN DIEGO (MedPage Today) -- Building the bridges of generalism with other organizations interested in improving primary care -- especially to vulnerable or complex patients -- will be a major theme at this year's Society of General Internal Medicine meeting.
  • Vitamin D Blog: Cavities in Kids?

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    (MedPage Today) -- Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy may be tied to the child's future risk of dental cavities, a new study conducted in Canadian Aboriginals found.
  • Hot Topics: Headache From Medication Overuse

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    (MedPage Today) -- How do you treat headache caused by medication overuse? Four experts described multipronged approaches that, in severe cases, may involve inpatient treatment to successfully detoxify patients.
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    Daddy Types

  • Millennial's Analysis Of Baby Boomers Confounds Gen X'er

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    So apparently Hook was the archetypal dadventure movie of the 90s, which the Paris Review dubs "The Dadliest Decade." between 1989 and 1999, ten dadventures hit the box-office top ten, and they're worth listing in full: Look Who's Talking Parenthood...
  • Is That A Scrotum-Cooling Gelpak In Your Pocket, Oh, It's In Your Underpants?

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Some people have invented underpants designed to cool your testicles, which has a pouch to hold a refrigerated gelpak. This is intended to promote increased sperm production, since sperm and testicles are highly sensitive to overheating. This is called ball...
  • Corrupt Bully Named Garmentos' Father Of The Year

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Some random assortment of garmentos have invited the abrasive, corrupt political bully and current governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to be their fundraising figurehead Father of The Year, and he has graciously accepted while in the middle of multiple...
  • Is That A Baby In Your Fleece Or Are You Just Happy To See Donuts?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    I've learned not to ask or congratulate someone on her pregnancy just on visual evidence alone. But I just saw the second guy in two days who I'd swear was wearing a baby, but it turns out he just had...
  • Do You Want

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
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  • Three Generations of Men at The Lyon Air Museum

    Dave Taylor
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    There’s something slightly cliché about multi-generational activities, but as part of our family trip to California for spring break I was determined at some point to break up the family by gender. So a few days ago my son G-, my Dad and I spun off from the girls and went out for an adventure of our own. The gals went shopping (speaking of cliché activities!) and we men? We went to the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, courtesy of Destination Irvine. Unlike other air museums that are focused on a random selection of planes that represent different eras in aviation, the Lyon Air Museum is…
  • Smooth Sailing While on Vacation…

    Dave Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I don’t know whether to chalk this up to me being a good, attentive parent or my kids learning how to deal with me and how to train me to meet their needs and interests, but we’re on vacation in California for a late spring break and it’s going remarkably well, sufficiently well that my 17yo turned around this evening (our first full day) and surprised me by saying that “this is totally fun so far!” To be fair, I’ve done a lot of legwork lining things up so we have things to do, including Seaworld, the San Diego Zoo, WonderCon, a pirate-themed dinner…
  • Brent, we can’t all be enlightened all of the time…

    Dave Taylor
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Fellow stay-at-home Dad Brent Brookhouse over at The Good Men Project site shared his upset over a Facebook at-home dad community and how it’s left him with a perception that SAHD’s are chauvinistic pigs and need to aim for a higher level of consciousness. Your best place to start is to go read what he wrote: What led me to abandon my stay-at-home dad community, sloppy and overgeneralized quotes like “a group of fathers who railed against the stereotyping of men, while marginalizing and harassing women” and all. Part of me wanted to just dismiss what he says with a…
  • Got a Young Scientist In the House?

    D. Taylor
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I was nerdy as a kid — no surprise there — but had no idea that there was a bigger picture than my family and my school. Still, I never entered the local science fair (if there even was one, I don’t recall ever hearing about it even though I was in the honors program for junior high and high school) and kinda wish one of my kids was growing up to be a science nerd. But it’s not to be, which is a drag because it turns out that more than just science fairs, there are some amazing events and competitions children can enter nowadays. One of the premier events in this space…
  • Daniel Murphy taps into his paternity leave. So what?

    Dave Taylor
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today’s viral noise is brought to you by two chowderheaded sports commentators out of New York, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, who on their WFAN radio program accused Mets baseball player Daniel Murphy of having incorrect priorities when he used the paternity leave option to take a few days off from the team to be present for the birth and first few days of his new baby. When I heard about this story I just shrugged. Murphy has a right to make the decision he wants and it sure seems to me that he made the right decision. And radio DJs? Like that really annoying kid in school who…
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    Susan Heim on Parenting

  • French’s Crunch Time Entrees: Quick Restaurant-Style Meals You Can Make for Your Family! (GIVEAWAY)

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I’ve never been shy about confessing that I really don’t enjoy cooking and meal-planning. Anything that makes my life easier when it comes to feeding my family will most likely be a big hit with me. That’s why I was excited to hear about new French’s Crunch Time Entrees! Each pouch contains a packet of crunchy coating and a packet of sauce. There are four different flavors: General Tso’s, Buffalo (made with Frank’s RedHot), Sweet & Sour, and Chipotle BBQ. As you can see from our photos below, they were so easy to make. We cut up chicken (you can also use beef, pork or…
  • Little Passports 12-Month Subscription Giveaway + Melissa and Doug Toys

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.Great news! You can win a 12-month subscription to one of the best learning tools for your children, Little Passports. Enter now and you could have your own subscription by the end of the month as well as some of the hottest toys on the market from Melissa and Doug! This prize is valued at $250, but let's be serious ... you cannot put a price on your child learning fun facts about the world we live in! Little Passports allows your child to develop…
  • Winners for the Week of April 13, 2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Spring into Cash Event: $250 Visa Gift CardCongratulations to the winners: Heather M. and Jeanna J.!Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism Book Blast: $75 Amazon Gift CardCongratulations to the winner: Kimberly M.!Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games (DVD)Congratulations to the winner: Dennise B.!ScriptureArt Tote and Wristlet ($90 ARV)Congratulations to the winner: Jasmine P.!Unquenchable Book Tour: Silver and Onyx BraceletCongratulations to the winner: Gina B.!The Tenor, by Peter Danish (eBook)Congratulations to the winner: Brooke F.!Master Lock Laptop Lock and Document Storage…
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A New Inspirational Hallmark Series Premieres on Easter!

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this new series airing on the Hallmark Channel! Signed, Sealed, Delivered premieres on Easter Sunday, April 20th at 8:00 PM, and is executive produced by Martha Williamson, who also produced the highly popular series, Touched by an Angel. About the show:Two trusted brands of family entertainment, Hallmark Channel and Martha Williamson, have joined forces for this new original series, slated to run for 10 consecutive weeks. Signed, Sealed, Delivered is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal…
  • Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 19, 2014)

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    It's the Passover / Easter edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! For those of you celebrating either holiday, I hope you had (or will have) an enjoyable time with family and friends. In your downtime, don't forget to enter some of the giveaways listed in my right sidebar and in the linky below. If you have giveaways on your blog or website, please share them with us in the linky and tell your Twitter and Facebook friends to visit this page. Rejoice!
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    Earnest Parenting

  • Say Cheese: Tips for Taking Family Photos You’ll be Proud to Display

    Amy LeForge
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    In the age of instant gratification and viral images on the Internet, everyone has probably had the pleasure of seeing disastrous family photos posted on social media sites. It seems to happen on a daily basis; you log on to your favorite social media site and someone has tagged a friend’s terrible family photo or uploaded the latest viral sensation of photo fails.Everyone wants to have good family photos on display in their home to serve as pleasant memories of a happy family, but how can you avoid becoming the disastrous family photo that others mock? The next time you gather the…
  • Hard Work And Responsibility: 4 After School Jobs To Consider For Your Teenager

    Amy LeForge
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Teenagers are often eager to earn their own spending money once they reach a certain age.They want to buy clothes, music, food and other items without going through mom and dad. When your teen approaches you about working part-time after school, this is an opportunity to help teach them about the responsibilities that come along with a job. Despite a highly competitive job market, there are several good employment options for teenagers.Animal CaretakerTeens that love animals are a good fit for pet care jobs. Local animal shelters depend on dedicated part-time staff to care for animals while…
  • Five Great Ways Fathers Can Bond with their Kids

    Amy LeForge
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    When children are born, they have an innate tendency to bond with their mothers. Mom is, after all, the one who has fed them and kept them warm and protected for nine months, and continues to do so outside the womb. That’s great, but it can leave dads at a loss for how to get that close to their children, especially as those children become older. Here are five ideas to help you begin to bond more effectively.Watch a Movie Kids’ movies are becoming more adult-friendly, with relatable, if somewhat heavy, themes. Pick a DVD to watch with the kids, and go to a site like…
  • Protecting Your Family: 7 Benefits to Having Life Insurance

    Amy LeForge
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    While it can be difficult to think about what may happen to your family in the event of your untimely passing, making decisions about life insurance can insure that should something happen to you, your spouse and children will be protected financially. Read on for seven benefits to having life insurance that all parents should consider.1. Providing for Your Family The most important benefit of life insurance is that you can establish the standard of living for your family if you are unable to provide for them. Purchasing a substantial life insurance policy will ensure that your family can buy…
  • How to Talk with Your Child About the Death of a Loved One

    Amy LeForge
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Death as a part of life is a principle that most of us have had the benefit of many years to come to terms with. However, when a loved one dies, it can be challenging to try to explain death to a child. This is especially difficult when the person who dies is special to your child or has been active in your child’s life.Listen to the Child Children have some grasp on the concept of death from an early age. Most children have seen dead insects or other animals, and they’ve probably seen death in television shows or movies as well. They might not understand it, but it will help you…
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    The World's Stage

  • 10 Random Things that Reality TV Shows are Looking For

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Have you always dreamed of being a reality TV star? If you’re like me, idle hours of watching guilty pleasure television has probably led to an unhealthy daydream. Watching strangers date, fight, and compete on the myriad of reality shows on television today, I can’t help but wonder what I would do if I were on a reality show. For some, this is just a fun train of thought, but for others, it’s a serious quest. If you’re looking for reality stardom, check out these open casting calls. Most are available on the casting sites or 1. San Diego Partiers…
  • 5 Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    If you didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards last night (let’s face it, GoT was on), here are a few quick highlights that you can catch on YouTube. 1. Mark Wahlberg‘s acceptance speech Mark Wahlberg won the Generations Award last night, because apparently all of MTV’s viewers are 12 years old and think that Marky Mark is old. Whatever. He spent the majority of his speech dropping f-bombs, and it was pretty hilarious. 2. The opening montage Conan was a great choice to host, because he has no shame, mostly. The MTV Movie Awards montage is always a great tribute to all the…
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Graduation Season

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Graduation season is coming up for high school and college students across the nation. Commencement is a proud and joyous occasion that marks a turning point in a young person’s life. Both college and high school graduates are closing the door on one chapter of their lives and embarking on a new journey with new freedoms and responsibilities. Friends and family members cherish these celebrations with their loved ones and are often invited to both the commencement ceremony and a graduation party that celebrates the graduate. But along with this exciting time come many questions of etiquette:…
  • 10 Ways to Get the Color of the Year into Your Life

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    I’m not sure how exactly Pantone was granted the gift of naming the color of the year, but they do a great job. Maybe I am the only one who eagerly awaits the unveiling of the new year’s color, but even if you’re not a fan, there are plenty of reasons to get Radiant Orchid into your decor. The color goes well with a number of pallets, and the vivid bright (without being overbearing) color is sure to inject some happiness into your life. 1. A Kiss of Color With just slightly more of a purple hue than a berry lipstick, orchid is still a very wearable lip color. Pair an orchid…
  • Seven Registry Items You Didn’t Think Of

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    When you and your fiancé registered for your wedding gifts, what did you ask for? Something traditional like a blender, a slow cooker or a toaster oven? Something romantic like a gift card to the spa at your honeymoon resort? Despite the fact that you got everything you wanted, you may have missed out on a few useful items that you later had to buy for yourself. Newly-engaged couples, take note! Here are seven of the best registry items that everyone forgets about! Cleaning gadgets: Register for a portable vacuum to stow in the living room closet, a full-sized vacuum (especially if you have…
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    Free Range KidsFree Range Kids

  • Government Should Not Step In to Make Us “Perfect” Parents

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Readers — I am honored to present this brilliant piece by Jan Macvarish, a research fellow at the University of Kent and co-author of the book Parenting Culture Studies, which asks how come the way we feed, talk to, and play with our kids has become the stuff of public debate and government policy? (Boldface is mine.) – L Babies’ Brains and Intensive Parenting by Jan Macvarish Last week, a Free Range Kids’ post, We Cannot Mold Kids Into Exactly Who We Want Them to Be, kindly drew attention to our latest report. Now I’d like to say a little more about our analysis of…
  • Teacher Shows Kids Carpentry Tools, Gets Suspended on “Weapons” Charge

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Readers — This is what truly perplexes me: Why do seemingly so many school administrators adamantly refuse to think like normal, rational human beings? The other day I visited the Sudbury Valley School  in Framingham, Mass., and saw such a completely opposite world — a heart-soaring place where kids are trusted not only with tools but with their own educations — so now it’s doubly hard to read about cases like the one below. (More about Sudbury Valley to come. It really was so thrilling, I have yet to process the whole thing.) – L A veteran teacher at a…
  • Human Decency: Over $60,000 Raised for Homeless Mom Who Left Kids in Car During Job Interview

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Readers — A few weeks back a mom in Arizona, yes, hot Arizona, left her kids in the car when she went in to a job interview. This was clearly not the greatest thing to do, but for her, at the moment, it seemed like the only option. Without a home to live in or people to help her, she needed a place for her kids to stay while she tried to get a job to lift them all out of that awful situation. Of course she was arrested for negligence, but instead of public outcry against her, the tide seems to be going the other way, and $60,000 has been raised on her behalf. This is marvelous news. To…
  • Of Easter Eggs and Kidnapping

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Readers — A friend who’d like to be identified only as Catherine L. posted the  rules from her town’s Easter Egg hunt (above) on Facebook. These include:  Wristbands indicate the age group of each child and the number on the band matches the number issued to the parent. After each hunt, children will be released only to the adult with the corresponding number from the wristband. In her post, Catherine wrote: “How do you suck the fun out of an Easter Egg hunt? Treat every adult like a potential kidnapper and every child like they are in mortal danger. The sheeple just…
  • Shoot the Mom

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Readers — Sometimes I hear about stories in an untimely manner — like this one, which happened a year ago but is making my blood reach 212 degrees Fahrenheit, so I have to write about it even at this late date: Apparently Homeland Security felt it needed to train officers to shoot with “No More Hesitation.” I.e., it wanted officers trained not to think twice when faced with danger. So to INSTILL  that hair-trigger response, our government purchased target practice posters featuring kids, old ladies in their kitchens, and pregnant women. What’s so disturbing…
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    Politics to Parenting and Everything in Between

  • Would you buy a girls leopard print string bikini for your little girl?

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:54 pm
    I don't know what makes Elizabeth Hurley and other fashion designers think our children should be wearing two piece, string bikinis, but hopefully the backlash she is getting will awaken fashion designers like her to stop pushing this on our kids. Sure parents can choose not to buy them but why market them in the first place and oversexualize children? We have enough high teen pregnancy and single mothers, thanks to oversexualized TV and movies, and other problems in our society where the innocence of childhood is becoming lost.The Stir: Former model and now children's clothing designer…
  • Ouch!! ‘Troubling’ New Trend Called ‘Eraser Challenge’ Has Kids ‘Mutiliating Themselves’

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Strange...what are kids thinking...or not thinking these days. I can't see how anyone would want to do this but if it gives them the attention they seek/need I guess that is one reason. I hope they learn this is unhealthy behavior and damaging their skin. Hopefully now that parents and the school are aware of this new 'trend' they will put an end to“Students have explained the Eraser Challenge this way: kids take an eraser and begin ‘erasing’ their skin while saying the alphabet and coming up with a word for each letter,” Muharem wrote. “Once they get to the letter…
  • ICYMI: Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews tweets

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Here are this past weeks most popular @littlebytesnews  tweets.  Enjoy and let me know what you think!Listed by rank, date and headline:1Mar 25, 2014 Malaysia’s prime minister: plane crashed in Indian Ocean, no survivors  2Mar 16, 2014#breaking #news Founder of controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., said to be 'on the edge of deat... 16, 2014 BREAKING: per The Mirror: #MH370 Pilot Moved Out Wife and 3 Kids THE DAY BEFORE Disappearance4Mar 17, 2014 Missing Jet…
  • Eight Grade CT Teacher Tells Student She's Going To Punch Him In The Face

    29 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Wow, what a witch, I should hope she gets fired, but I'm sure the teachers union will make sure she keeps her job or is given a paid "“I’m going to punch him right in the face and break that glass in his eye,” Marylou Addona was allegedly caught on a recording saying, according to the school district.Marylou Addona allegedly belittled and threatened some of her students. (Image source: WFSB-TV)WFSB-TV reported that the exchange was recorded on a student’s iPod. The Duggan Elementary School teacher was reportedly unaware she was being recorded.“I can’t…
  • A Goldstar Son--A Story About Kindness and Respect for Our Military

    29 Mar 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I remember seeing this story not too long ago on the national news. Very sweet...what a thoughtful and generous child to give something he found to a complete stranger and to honor our military like he did. So sad that he lost his dad in the war when he was only five weeks old. If you haven't seen this yet it's definitely worth watching or watching again.via FB: "A soldier's son , a lost twenty dollar bill, a story that touches &will warm your heart.When you stop crying you should share this"When you stop crying you should share this
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    Crazy Adventures in Parenting

  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W16} #happinessis

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
  • Tweet with Sean Astin! RSVP for Vox Populi Radio’s Twitter Chat 4/26 #RaiseYourVox

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Are you ready to partay!!?! Actor Sean Astin’s is premiering it’s long-anticipated Season 2 on Thursday, May 1st, and we are celebrating with a Twitter Chat this Saturday night! Get the popcorn and snacks, friends, and mark your calendars! April 26th, 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET. Sean’s Vox Populi radio show had quite a successful first season, but Sean knew he would need help to make a season 2 come to fruition. With nearly 1000 backers funding his successful Kickstarter campaign, Sean achieved his fundraising goal in order to be able to hire a…
  • Easter 2014 in Pictures

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Here’s a little taste of our Easter weekend in pictures with a sneak peek at the bottom. Here’s your sneak peek at the planting portion of our holiday. Just a little taste as we add the final touches before we share! How was your Easter? The post Easter 2014 in Pictures appeared first on Crazy Adventures in Parenting.
  • Braided Breakfast Bake

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    (I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) There’s something so special about preparing and baking a casserole-type breakfast to your family, something so hearty and happy. I can’t put it into words, I just know deep down in my momma bones that it fills me with joy to cut into it and serve it on a plate. You’ll find the full recipe and list of ingredients list on the Great Day Farms website, but you’ll want to check out how I made this with the picture instructions below This recipe uses a pie crust, that becomes a flaky, buttery crust surrounding the…
  • Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things for me, and every Wednesday I plan on sharing my answer here with you, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. You can join us and follow along by using the…
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    The Committed Parent

  • Lost Love: Five Things Your Brain and Body Want You to Know About It

    Mark Brady
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    In my mid-thirties, I at long last came face to face with a person I was sure was the love of my life, my soulmate, the one person I was destined to spend the rest of my days with. What fanned the flames so wildly was our ability and willingness to allow and support one another in asking and answering The Two Perilous Questions together. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending upon your perspective) all the questions and answers translated into us spending too much outrageous, frenzied time together in Carl Roger’s famous state of unconditional positive regard.   Social Benefits…
  • If I Could Change ONE Thing About My Brain …

    Mark Brady
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    … it would be reorganizing it in one specific way. That way would allow me to more mindfully enact The Three Noble Principles in my daily unfolding world. It is this bit of disorganized neural network that seems to underlie much of the suffering that I have experienced over the years; and it is something that I see others having to unwittingly endure in their own lives as well. Motor Cortex is in Red The Three Noble Principles were first introduced to America by Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa in the mid-1970s. They’re essentially mindfulness practices intended to go with…
  • The Body’s Role in Forgiveness

    Mark Brady
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    The spring morning when I caught my father unawares and sliced his penis off and chopped it into a dozen pieces with a meat cleaver changed our relationship forever. Which is to be expected, I guess. Sigmund Freud first hypothesized about the Oedipus Complex – the developmental work of little boys desirous of replacing dad so as to become the single object of mother’s desire. How it played out the first time in our house though, was not exactly what Freud envisioned. One morning at around age four I spied my father naked, shaving in the bathroom. I walked in below his sight line…
  • Your Senior-Moment Brain: Teaching Your Body to Serve It

    Mark Brady
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:38 am
    Several weeks ago I spent a whole day looking for my favorite jacket. It’s a blue and green Gore-Tex all-weather hooded jacket made by Eddie Bauer. It’s my very favorite jacket. First I looked in the living room coat closet where I usually hang it. No dice. Then I looked in my bedroom closet and on the hooks in my office without success. I went back to the living room closet and started pulling coats off hangers thinking that something might have been hung on top of my jacket. No more dice. Time Travel Search At a complete loss, using a kind of Anthroposophical Ruckshau process, I…
  • How Being a No-Good, Dirty Rotten Lying Cheat Made My Brain Super-Creative!

    Mark Brady
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:16 am
    Whew! Made it unscathed past another March 17th. Having considerable Irish heritage in my genetic history some would say has provided me with a gift for the blarney. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, blarney is a scientific term defined in the Encyclopedia of Science as: “Talk that is not true, but that is nice and somewhat funny, and that may be used to trick you. It also highly correlates with outlier intelligence and uncommon handsomeness.” But blarney’s actually a little more than that. In my experience it’s a fun, useful way to interact with…
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    My Home Sweet Home

  • Happy Easter from My Family to Yours!

    Dawn Camp
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Happy Easter from My Family to Yours! is a post from: My Home Sweet Home © 2014 My Home Sweet Home | All rights reserved
  • less of me, more of Him

    Dawn Camp
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    This Easter week I’ve pondered how much simpler and fuller my life would be if I focused less on me and more on Him. I stopped to shop for a new Easter dress for myself, then remembered I’m two days behind on my seven day Bible plan, which covers the final chapters of each of the four gospels. Last year I spent the weeks leading up to Easter re-reading all of the gospels (if you want to feel more intimately connected to Jesus Christ, I highly recommend it; although I’m always aware of his wisdom, I was reminded of his wit and his humanity) and this year I seem to be too busy…
  • Throwback Thursday: Classic Easter Photo

    Dawn Camp
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This 2005 Easter morning photo is a classic representation of motherhood, even though I’m not in it: mom plans the children’s clothing in meticulous detail—matching shoes and hairbands, coordinated outfits, nothing but the best—and just wants one photo to commemorate her efforts. {You moms know that I probably wore an old, un-ironed dress and didn’t have time to fix my own hair. This remains undocumented, because I’m not in any of the photos.} The kids want no part of it—too young to understand mom’s tireless efforts—except for the oldest (and you can…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day 2 #PSW14

    Dawn Camp
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today was the second of Photoshop World here in Atlanta (find the day 1 recap here), another great day of inspiration. My husband attended two sessions, visited the Expo Hall, and met some of my KelbyOne (formerly NAPP) buddies, which made it extra special for me. Here’s what I did: Session 1 Class: Thinking Outside the Box Instructor: Joel Grimes Track: Photoshop Skills I was a little late for this class, which started at 8:15 a.m. (that’s my perfect excuse), but I wish I’d seen the whole thing. He showed samples of stacking images in camera (like on this website) and…
  • Photoshop World Atlanta, Day One

    Dawn Camp
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Today was the first day of Photoshop World, the place to become a serious Photoshop ninja. Photoshop World (or PSW) is held twice a year: on the east coast in the spring and on the west coast in the fall. After attending in Las Vegas, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., I’m tickled pink as the cherry blossom in my neighbors’ yard to see the conference right here in Atlanta. It’s hard to choose sessions with so much awesome taking place at once (classes in 7 categories—Beginners 101, Photoshop Skills, Creative Cloud/Graphics, Photography Techniques, Lighting, Lightroom, and…
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    Postcards from the Mothership

  • McDonald’s finally does away with “girl” and “boy” toy question

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    I started to rant about this on Facebook, but the ensuing conversation in my kitchen inspired me to bring it back to the blog. Waaaaaaaaay back in 2006, I ranted my displeasure at being offered the choice between a “boy” toy and a “girl” toy happy meal at McDonald’s. I’d asked for a Polly Pockets toy and a Hummer toy, and the cashier repeated back to me “one girl happy meal and one boy happy meal”. At the time, I was at the counter with my two boys standing there at my elbow watching me order. Infuriated, I pointedly re-ordered my meals with…
  • Join Jamie Oliver and Sobeys for Food Revolution Day!

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:54 am
    I love Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. I was just beginning to think about learning to cook food rather than heat up food from packages when we started watching his Food Revolution television series back in 2010. Since then, I’ve become even more comfortable and adventurous in my cooking endeavours, so much so that when I invited my parents over for dinner not too long ago, my father got half way through his meatloaf and said with no guile whatsoever, “Wow, when did you learn to cook?” It may have taken me until the fourth decade of my life, but to the surprise of my…
  • Easter eggs 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Beloved asked me, as I was mixing the dye for the eggs with the water and vinegar, if I’d still be taking photos of the boys colouring Easter eggs when they were in their twenties. Of course, I replied. That’s the point. Related posts (automatically generated):Happy Easter! This week in pictures: porch portraits, family Easter and other spring beauties Project 365: Beginnings and Endings
  • Manotick families – have your say about George McLean park

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This blog post is part PSA and part rant. The PSA part is that the city is planning to update the play structures at George McLean park in Manotick. (Thanks to the Manotick Village and Community Association for the notification on this one!) According to the MVCA parks and recreation page: The City is replacing aging play structures in George McLean Park, and would like community input as to the type of new play structures it would like to have. The city has advised of the following mandatory play equipment changes: 1. The sand will be removed and replaced with wood chips 2. The little…
  • We Day 2014: Learning that anything is possible

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Imagine having the power to light the fire of inspiration in the hearts of 16,000 young people, and then sending them back into their homes and communities thrumming with the idea that they can be a powerful force of change in the world. Imagine the ripple effect of that empowerment and positivity. That’s what happened this past Wednesday at the National We Day event here in Ottawa. As I mentioned last week, Simon and I were invited to attend We Day by national sponsor TELUS. Tristan also attended, as he earned his way in to We Day by working with his school’s Kids Helping Kids…
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  • Raising Good Human Beings: Teaching Children About The World Outside Their Suburb

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I was recently moved after reading this article in the Huffington Post.   Sadly, the poverty in these photos isn’t shocking to me.  I know just how lucky I was to have been born in a an country with all of the inherent natural resources and technology that exists in the US. Seeing the photos by James Mollison reminded me of someone I recently had the luck to hear speak locally.  Dr. Tererai-Trent spoke locally a few weeks ago and her story was not only emotionally moving, but it moved me to have a conversation with my oldest daughter. As Dr. Tererai-Trent told us her life story I…
  • Pajama Party!

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Last weekend, we were so lucky to be able to join more than 1,000 supporters at the ConKerr for Cancer Pajama Party at the Please Touch Museum.  This was the 2nd Annual ConKerr for Cancer PJ party, and it was truly a night to remember for my kids. Between sewing pillowcases for children with cancer to getting their make-up done to meeting Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz and the Eagles Cheerleaders, the girls had a night to remember! But all that wasn’t the point of the event.  The point was to help children in treatment and their families to enjoy a fun night way from the…
  • Rachel Canning Went Home. What Happens Now.

    12 Mar 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Over the past week, I’ve received a lot of feedback on my letter to Rachel Canning.  One of the most interesting things that I got out of it was the realization that so many people who knew me during that part of my life had no idea what was happening in my world.  People who knew me, who knew my family and were part of my community didn’t know what was going on inside my family, inside my life. I may write more on that topic later, but for now, the idea that the most formative moments in my life went unnoticed is important to this case.  It exemplifies the reality that we, the…
  • An Open Letter to Rachel Canning – And Every Other Teenager Who Wants to Sue Their Parents

    5 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    Hi Rachel, Let me start by saying that I don’t pretend to know your story.  What has been printed in the news quite honestly doesn’t sound so terrible.  However, I know from my own experience that parent/child relationships are hard.  I know that parents aren’t always right and that children aren’t always the entitled self-centered people they appear to be. I know that because, back in the day, you and I could have been best friends.  You see, I was where you are now.  I had just been accepted to one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country when my parents…
  • Snow Days

    1 Feb 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Snow day is a both a dreaded word and a word that creates screams of enthusiasm in children.  For a working parent, snow day is a cruel joke.  The idea that you could be home playing with your children, sledding, making snow angels and enjoying a day off from responsibilities calls to you.  Sadly, so does the office. For children, they love the idea of a day in the snow.  Making snow balls, snow tubing, waiting for the snow plow to come through so you can get to a friends house. This year, snow days have been plentiful.  School districts in this area are looking to reclaim days that…
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  • There’s an app for that

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    There has been a lot of response to my blog posts that focus on learning disabilities. It seems that lots of parents of preemies are struggling with how to help their child who is learning to read or write. I came across this list of apps, recommended by parents, that I thought I’d share. These apps help kids with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia in particular. Check it out at NCLD, and let me know if you can add any to the list. Parents helping parents is key to helping our kids. Note:  This post is part of the weekly series Delays and disabilities – how to get help for your child. It was…
  • IVF, triplets and more

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    In this video, Dr. Siobhan Dolan talks with a woman about fertility treatment and how to lower one’s chances of getting pregnant with twins, triplets or more.
  • Egg safety

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Easter egg hunts are fun for kids of all ages. With a little caution, you can make sure your family stays safe from Salmonella and other food poisoning illnesses caused by eating contaminated eggs.  If you don’t celebrate Easter, this info on egg safety will still come in handy, especially with summer picnics around the corner. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an estimated 142,000 illnesses each year are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA has put regulations in place to help prevent contamination of eggs on the farm and during shipping…
  • Holidays :) or :(

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    For parents of kids with special needs, just getting through a routine day is often very challenging. If you throw in changes to routine, you could really be asking for trouble. But, it is springtime, and that means certain holidays are here – Passover and Easter. Are you traveling to visit grandparents or hosting family at your home? Eating new or different foods? Have a surplus of candy and chocolate at your disposal that may have  behavioral or digestive effects on your child? Are there unrefrigerated boiled eggs lying around the house tempting hungry kids? What do these changes mean to…
  • Time for sunshine and flowers… and bugs

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Pesticides are chemicals used to kill or keep away insects and rodents. You can use some pesticides in your home. Others are for use only outside or on crops. With the warmer weather finally upon us, we get to enjoy flowers blooming, grass growing, and all those pests that also enjoy the springtime weather. So is it a good idea to use pesticides to get rid of these critters? In her book, Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby, Dr. Siobhan Dolan states that “We don’t know for sure what effect pesticides have on an unborn baby. In some studies, high-level exposure appears to increase risk of…
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    Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology

  • 26 Summer Movies For Teens 2014

    Jennifer Wagner
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    2014 looks like it might be a great summer for teen movies. While there will still be as many sequels as usual, there look to be some very interesting new ideas also. And there are also many 2014 summer movies that both parents and teens will both enjoy. May 5/2  Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Sequel to […] The post 26 Summer Movies For Teens 2014 appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Top 20 Summer Movies for Teens 2011 40 Movies for Teens 2014 20 Summer Movies for Teens 2009
  • Watching Classic TV Favorites on Netflix

    Jennifer Wagner
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    I love that Netflix has been adding old TV classics to its inventory of television series. It brings back so many memories when I watch my favorite TV shows from my youth. And I love watching these shows with my sons. One of our favorites is Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox. My kids actually […] The post Watching Classic TV Favorites on Netflix appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Watching Arrested Development on Netflix on Large Screen PC American Idol – Popular Culture Juggernaut Watching your Teens favorite TV shows is…
  • 4 Small Tech and Music Kickstarter Projects To Back

    Jennifer Wagner
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    If you have never been on the Kickstarter website, you should definitely look around. Kickstarter is a great way to fund independently created creative projects.  It is a win-win for the creators and the backers: The creators only receive your donation if they meet their goal to fund the project. If not, you are not […] The post 4 Small Tech and Music Kickstarter Projects To Back appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: Help Education Science Apps Creator Get Funded on Kickstarter Planet of the Apps CNBC Documentary My New iPhone:…
  • How To Protect Our Families Against Harmful Chemicals

    Jennifer Wagner
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Did you know that there are over 80,000 chemicals in the U.S. that have never been fully tested for their toxic effects? And the reason why is because the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 has never been updated and is almost useless. We have to let Congress know that we are not okay with […] The post How To Protect Our Families Against Harmful Chemicals appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: 3D and Vision: Harmful? Hear from the Experts How To Protect Your Kids From Identity Theft How to Use Google Safe Search on Google Products…
  • 300 iPad and iPhone iOS 7 Tips

    Jennifer Wagner
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:27 am
    I love my iPad and iPhone. I use them all the time, and yet, I know that there is so much I don’t know how to do. This is especially so after updates, like the recent one to iOS  7. While I like How-To books, you can usually get the same information by searching online. […] The post 300 iPad and iPhone iOS 7 Tips appeared first on Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture and Technology. Related posts: How to Create Great iPhone Photos Apple IPad iPhone and IPod Cases at Great Prices iPad: The Missing Manual – Learn ALL the iPad’s Features
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  • Confessions of a Non-Stage Mom

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

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    It was unavoidable. For years I heard all of my friends dish about their obsession with Lululemon. Posting on Facebook when they bought a new outfit, usually with the word “Yay!” peppered in or wearing their new street-smart athletic threads around town. When it comes to cute athletic gear, girls built like me usually strike out. Let’s just say sports bras for busty gals are typically horrid. The larger the size, the more fabric. And if you have a thin midsection, then the elastic band underneath never fits. It’s always too big. Plus, thick straps are unavoidable, so…
  • How Martial Arts Transformed a Nonverbal Autistic Toddler into a Thriving 9-Year-Old Sensation

    24 Feb 2014 | 11:08 am
    When he was a happy but nonverbal toddler, our oldest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Doctors told us they had no idea if or when he’d become verbal or if he’d ever be social enough to have meaningful relationships. The outlook for his future was unknown and grim. Last year, at the age of 8, he performed a kung fu routine onstage in front of a crowd of 300 people, proving any obstacle can be overcome. This year, he will take the stage again Feb. 27 and dazzle the crowd with a martial arts routine consisting of fan-fighting and staff-fighting techniques with his Sifu…
  • Sochi Olympics Proving to be an Emotional Ride

    21 Feb 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’ve been tuning in to watch the Olympics and wow, it’s been a crazy week of competition! A few days ago, on the 18th, I just tweeted “carnage” due to all of the crazy slides and spills during the debut of the first-ever parallel slalom race. Today we see more bad news since a German Olympian failed his drug test. Grrr. Really? Come on. I can’t believe any athlete would even dream of doping during the Olympics?!? And the ice skating controversy chatter continues. (Of course it does.) If you want to check out a pretty wild slide show of 38 photos that depict…
  • Lake Travis Lifestyle Post: 6 Best Patios in Lake Travis

    20 Feb 2014 | 9:15 am
    Warm weather is finally on the way and Lake Travis restaurants are gearing up for lazy spring afternoons outdoors where you can enjoy the beautiful Hill Country and perhaps sip a sweet margarita (or two!). One of the great things about living in the Lake Travis area is we have lots of beautiful sprawling spaces, so we also have lots of wonderful sprawling patios where you can experience the happiest of Happy Hours. We’ve picked six of our favorite spots for patio Happy Hours and dining. They all have plenty of space, amazing views, tasty food and refreshing beverages. And they’re…
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    Priceless Parenting Blog

  • Importance of Family in Everyone's Lives

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Your childhood family has deep meaning and significance throughout your entire life. The major role family plays in shaping young adults is beautifully captured in this video of One Direction playing "Story of My Life":
  • Positively Transforming Your Kids’ Behavior Through Shaping

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are there any of your kids’ behaviors that you would like to change? Perhaps you feel frustrated that your child won’t practice the piano without being nagged, doesn’t listen the first time, or is super slow in getting ready for school. By the time you are really bothered by a behavior, your child is probably well entrenched in behaving this way. You may have resorted to yelling, threatening and taking away privileges to try to improve your child’s behavior. While that may have worked one day, you probably found you needed to yell louder, come up with bigger threats or take away more…
  • Multiple Warnings Lead to Anger Not Better Behavior

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Do you ever find yourself giving your kids multiple warnings? Do you ever say "How many times do I have to tell you?" Watch this video clip from the movie “Kramer versus Kramer” and pay attention to how this dad feels as his son repeatedly ignores his warnings. For parenting ideas that work better than multiple warnings and commands, take a Priceless Parenting online parenting class starting today!
  • Understanding Babies Who Cry Inconsolably

    20 Mar 2014 | 10:10 am
    One of the most stressful parts of caring for our baby daughter was when she cried and nothing we did helped. It can lead even the strongest parent to tears!We knew babies cried a lot but we didn't know how helpless we would feel when we couldn't comfort her. We also didn't know how common this type of crying is for all babies. The Period of PURPLE Crying acronym captures what is going on: Peak of Crying - Your baby may cry more each week, the most in month 2, then less in months 3-5.Unexpected - Crying can come and go and you don't know why.Resists Soothing - Your baby may not stop crying no…
  • Help Me Do It By Myself

    18 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
    When I was a child and struggling to do something, I often went to my dad for help. However, I wanted just enough help so that I could feel I had pretty much done it on my own. If he gave me what I deemed to be too much help, I got mad … not that much help, just a little!Fortunately for me, my dad had a lot of patience. He was willing to try giving me hints on how to solve a problem without solving it for me. It certainly could not have been an easy balance for him! I wanted to feel proud of what I had accomplished on my own. Even though I needed his help, if I had just a little help then…
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  • TED talks

    Darryle Pollack
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    About a year ago I attended my first TEDx Conference in San Jose. Out in the lobby of the venue was a huge chalkboard  titled Before I die….It was like a group bucket list where conference attendees could write their intentions or wishes or dreams.  I think Channing Tatum is pretty adorable; but when I saw that bulletin board asking what would I want before I die, only one thought flashed through my mind: Giving my own TED talk. Last weekend, this happened. The group of speakers onstage after the conference Now I might need to rethink the idea of meeting Channing Tatum. I’ll…
  • A Day in the Life: Meeting the Beatles in Miami Beach

    Darryle Pollack
    8 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    This post is part of a BlogHop to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Not that I’m bitter.  But it’s been 50 years and I might never get over the fact that I didn’t get to see the Beatles perform live when they were literally in my neighborhood. Especially  since other girls I knew actually did see them.  Like Andy and Ila and Vicki who were in my grade at school in Miami Beach and got to see them and even TALK to them. I never held it against them.  Although I didn’t  know about this until I found out a…
  • The Only Woman Writer on The Tonight Show

    Darryle Pollack
    7 Feb 2014 | 2:23 am
     As Jay Leno bid farewell and handed over over The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, I caught up with Beth Einhorn for this interview.  It’s well known that late night TV talk shows are a male-dominated field; and Beth was the only female writer on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for three years. Q: You’ve worked as a Writer/Producer/Director on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Chris Rock Show, The Man Show, the George Carlin Specials on HBO, Saturday Night Live. Tell me about getting hired as a writer for The Tonight Show. Like other shows I’ve worked on, it was people…
  • Going 26 for 30

    Darryle Pollack
    1 Feb 2014 | 2:40 am
    I was surprised.  Though I shouldn’t be.  Nothing in my life, including cancer, has delivered more surprises (and  fodder for writing) than my daughter Alli. Happily she’s delivered far more than that.  Love.  Joy.  Pride.   The rich treasures and rewards of being a parent. Still the surprises keep coming, since the day I became a mother. At two and a half, she taught herself how to read;  I  have no idea how. After high school, she rejected attending UCLA in favor of working at UPS. She also rejected money set aside for her education when she finally did go to college;…
  • Two years later: 12 things I would tell him

    Darryle Pollack
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s two years today since Howard  died, leaving a huge hole in our lives and our hearts. I miss him even more since I moved back to Los Angeles, where we lived during the 13 years of our marriage. So many things remind me of him;  I constantly wish I could call and tell him something. I finally took his name off my phone; but if I could talk to him, here’s 12 random things I would tell him: #1. You were right about driving a Lexus. #2. It turns out I actually like living in LA.  And so does V.  Go figure. #3. Even without your patronage, Costco has managed to survive. #4.
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    Kim Becker {aka MommyKnows}

  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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

    Kim Becker
    18 Jul 2013 | 2:33 pm
    I’m not sure if I remember what a blog post is! I’ve decided to start blogging from my iPad using images taken with my iPhone. I’m hoping taking away the need to edit raw images; and finding time to sit down at my desk top will alleviate some of the procrastination. It’s been an amazing summer, full of wonderful adventures. We’ve spent a ton of time in the mountains. I love the Canadian Rockies. This night spent around the fire was probably my favourite night of 2013. It was worth the 3000 foot climb to get there. So what do you think, will iphoneography work for…
  • Tulip Cupcakes Tutorial – A great Mother’s Day Treat

    Kim Becker
    14 May 2013 | 7:21 pm
    Spring time means tulips, and it’s definitely spring, so I thought tulip cupcakes would be in order. Lucky for me, I have a wonderful friend Gloria who is also the talent behind The Art of Cake. I won’t give you a tutorial on how to make and ice the perfect cupcake. This is about the decorative touches only –> The Tulip! Tools: Rolling pin Shaping tool with a round ball on the end Oval cutter (about 1″ wide and 1.25″ long approx.) non-stick vegetable spray cupcake pan Ingredients: 1/2 cup total of modeling chocolate in the colours of your tulips, plus green for…
  • Mini Heart-Shaped Cherry Pies ~ EASY! Valentine’s Day

    21 Feb 2013 | 10:12 am
    You can’t plan far enough ahead. I’m already looking forward to next Valentines Day. If you’re like @MarthaStewart and Me, you’ll plant your cherry trees now! Fine! You got me… I made these for this past Valentine’s Day (it was only a week ago!), but I wouldn’t want to post them on-time. That would just be smart, organised and all together too on-the-ball for me. I’m Mommyknows not Mommysorganised. Let’s get on with it shall we? If you want to say, “I love you!” with a cherry pie, then this post is for you. Ingredients: Pie…
  • Giveaway – Carter’s and Oshkosh are now at Sears Canada!

    20 Feb 2013 | 11:36 am
    BIG NEWS this week for Sears Canada, they are announcing the arrival of Carter’s and OshKosh! Two fabulous, quality brands we’re all familiar with, use, love! From my Hayley to my our wee baby Brian, we’ve used and loved both brands. Their newest lines are absolutely adorable, soft, comfy, affordable! Wow! Georgia is a Carter’s Pajama enthusiast, so she was so thrilled to get a bunch of new ‘jammies this week. This cute little polka-dot penguin nightie was my favourite, but Georgia was in love with these footie zebra jammies! She said, “it’s like…
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    Kids Stuff World

  • Tropical & Fiesta Inspired Meals

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    WEEKLY MEAL PLAN Monday GROUND TURKEY BURRITOS My husband has an extra long day today going on just two hours of sleep. Hopefully serving his favorite meal will let him know how much we appreciate all the things he does for us. Tuesday SWEET POTATO & BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS Tuesday dinners are reserved for quick, easy and semi-healthy meals around here. Quesadillas are a family favorite and by sneaking in extra veggies and protein I know it’s a meal we can all feel good about. I sautee a diced sweet potato and onion in coconut oil until it’s golden brown and the middle of the…
  • Simple Things: Surprises

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Nothing makes you feel more loved than a package full of surprises from a sweet friend. This box of goodies I received from my dear friend Maggie was a box full of happiness. Every time I walk pass that mug now I smile. Do you have a favorite mug that makes you smile? I think we should grab our mugs and meetup for an online coffee chat sometime very soon. Our a cup of tea, if you’re more into tea time with friends. Now tell me, What simple things made you smile this week? We’d LOVE for you to share your photos with us! You can: - Share your photos as they happen on Instagram, Twitter,…
  • Fresh Picks: Amazing Easter Projects

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:56 am
    There’s just something ultra charming about all the spring colors and cute cuddly animals that go hand in hand with Easter. Sure, there’s much more to this day than fluffy bunnies and colored eggs and we hold tight to the real reason for the celebration too, but I can’t help wanting to be a bit more creative and colorful when Easter comes around. Here’s a list of amazing easter crafts and projects: Paper Mache roosters and bunnies you’ll want to keep all year round A simple bunny graphic tee you can whip up in an afternoon The cutest little Easter egg garland you…
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    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings

  • Wednesday’s Hero

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiThis post was suggested by http://mjgolch.blogspot.comLt. Col. Jerry Coleman 89 years old from San Diego, California VMSB-341, VMA-323 September 14, 1924 – January 5, 2014 Not only was Jerry Coleman a pro-baseball player, playing for the Yankees from 1949 to 1957, but he was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marines. Coleman postponed his entry in to the MLB to join the Marines. He flew 120 missions in WWII and Korea and earned two Distinguished Flying…
  • I’m A #SprintMom So You Get To Win A HTC One Max #Sponsored #MC

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiI participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.I have been a Sprint customer, I think, for ten years now. I am definitely a brand ambassador for them, because I wouldn’t stay with a company who didn’t provide the services that I need. That’s is why I was happy to become a Sprint Ambassador for this year! You may all remember that I worked…
  • When Do You Get Sick? #AmericanWell #Ad

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well.I know that I am not the only one — it’s 11 o’clock at night and either myself or one of my kids are sick or it is the weekend and somebody comes down with the plague. It goes without saying, but my kids never get sick when their pediatrician is open. (Though I am one to talk — several weeks ago I got a severe UTI that required a 10 pm urgent care visit.) I know that I am not the only…
  • Dorothy Must Die

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiWelcome to the new Oz, Dorothy is a dictator, flying monkeys are slaves(again) and Glinda the supposed good witch is mining for magic in the land of Oz using munchkins as her workers. Gone is the sweet Dorothy you knew and in her place is a ruthless ruler who enjoys torturing people for fun and wants magic, magic, and more magic.Dorothy Must Die starts out really well introducing us to Amy Gumm who clearly has a difficult life. She gets in trouble at school for getting into a…
  • MILLION DOLLAR ARM – New Clips Now Available!!!

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings - “In doing something, do it with love or never do it at all.” – Mahatma GandhiBased on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed…
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    Bedtime Stories My Kids Love

  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 9 - Leo the Lizard

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A strange man shows up in the park and discards a brown bag in the trash..but the bag is moving and The Man in the Can is going to find out what it is!!Hear what happens on today's Adventures of the Man in the Can.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of Man in the Can - Chapter 10 - The Epidemic

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The old birds in the vent suddenly get sick and no one knows what is wrong with them. What will happen? Can the Man in the Can help save them? Find out in this episode of The Adventures of the Man in the Can. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 1

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The Man in the Can and Yellow Bird discover the old birds did not get sick from bad food and now it is up to them to unravel an evil conspiracy.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Adventures of the Man in the Can - Chapter 11 - Conspiracy in the Sewers - Part 2

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The secret is out about the poisoning of the elder birds and the park animals are in chaos wondering which among them is the villain. Can Yellow Bird and Man in the Can unwind the mystery before mayhem breaks loose? Find out now!!MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Gophers Go to the Haunted House

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Gophers visit the Graveyard of Terror and get a little bit more for the price of admission than the other guests at the Haunt....Enjoy this special October edition of Bedtime Stories My Kids Love.No worries, the Adventures of the Man in the Can will continue in November.MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
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  • What To Do When It Rains During Your Hilton Head Vacation

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We just got back from what was supposed to be a lovely, warm, sunny vacation on Hilton Head Island. This is not what happened.  It rained pretty much from the moment we got there, until the moment we left the island.  Actually, as we were driving off the island, the sun started shining and it was lovely and warm.  I think it is 80 degrees and warm this week. Bitter, I am. But, we managed to have a good time anyway, because when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  Or something. I relied quite heavily on these two posts when planning my vacation, and even while on the island, and…
  • Shoe Friday #272: Vacation Edition

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are spending a few days at the Westin Hilton Head. The weather is terrible but the resort is lovely. See you soon.
  • Actual Conversations In My House Part 5

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Michael: Mom, why do I have to do the 4 questions EVERY PASSOVER? Me: Because you are the youngest.  It is is the rule.  Before you came I had to do them. Michael: But I hate it.  I hate being the center of attention.  Everyone looks at me. Me:  I’m sorry Michael.  I can help you if you want. Michael: No, it’s okay, I’m also, the cutest. ____________________________________ One day, Michael and I were walking to school and it started to lightly drizzle.  I complained about what this weather would do to my hair. Michael: You care about YOUR HAIR?  What are you?  Some…
  • Shoe Friday #271

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Meredith’s snow boots.  I hope we don’t see snow boots again for quite some time!
  • Good vs. Bad Customer Service

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    I had a terrible customer service experience today.  They kind that makes me want to write a blog post calling out the company and tell you point by point what happened.  But I won’t. Because I’m a grown up and worried about being sued.  No, that’s not it, because blog posts like that don’t help anyone.  Instead, I’d like to discuss what is the difference between good customer service and bad customer service. -good customer service: I was trying to buy a dress I loved on  Every time I put it in my shopping basket, the dress disappeared, I…
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  • What is the T word?

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

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

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

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

    Shaman Mother
    2 Jun 2013 | 12:29 pm
    How much of your life do you feel like you are pretending?  Since our early years, we have been schooled, trained and handed over a set of beliefs from everyone around us.  We are told what is appropriate, who and how we should be behave and what to believe.  Education drills and dictates knowledge and society frowns on being different or controversial.  But do ever wonder who you really are? Identities are formed at an early age.  A child learns very young how to perform to get the love and attention they desire.  Some children give up on themselves, believing a judgment by a…
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    Jolly Mom

  • Playtex Baby Products for the On-the-Go Mom

    Piera Jolly
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Being a mom that is always on-the-go, I am constantly looking for products that make traveling a little bit easier. Whether it is a trip to grandmas or a trip to the ball field for one of Lucas’ baseball games or a trip to the beach for summer vacation, getting out of the house and packed up with all of the baby stuff is a huge chore so having a few products to make that simpler is always a plus! One of our go-to travel products is the Playtex™ SmartCool On-The-Go Bottle Tote. It is perfect for packing up Amelia’s bottles, sippy cups, or food. What I love about it is that it…
  • Join Us For The Purina Cat Chow Twitter Party #WHYWEIGHTPLEDGE

    Piera Jolly
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Join us for the Purina Cat Chow Twitter Party this Wednesday, April 23rd from 8-9pm ET. We’ll be talking about the importance of cats maintaining a healthy weight and giving out some awesome prizes. Hope to see you there! TAKE THE PURINA CAT CHOW WHY WEIGHT PLEDGE NOW! Purina Cat Chow #WhyWeightPledge is asking people to take a minute determine if their cat is at a healthy weight. Take the pledge today and get a free sample PLUS when they hit 100,000 pledges, Purina will donate $50,000 to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Purina Cat Chow Twitter Party Details Who Join…
  • Notice to Jolly Mom Subscribers

    Piera Jolly
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
      Just wanted to quickly post that if you are subscriber, then you have probably noticed that something is off with my feed the past few days. Unfortunately, my site has been attacked by a hacker, which is why you may have noticed spam links in a few posts in my feed (if you receive the full feed). I am working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. I appreciate your patience and understanding and apologize for any inconvenience! The post Notice to Jolly Mom Subscribers appeared first on Jolly Mom.
  • A Personalized Easter Celebration

    Piera Jolly
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers. My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!  …
  • Quick, Easy Dinners with Ragú

    Piera Jolly
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    One of my favorite times of the day is dinner time. It’s that one time during our busy day that we all come together no matter what. We all sit down at the table. We share a good meal. We talk. We really connect. No electronics allowed. This small moment in our day is such a big deal to us that we make it a priority. It is very rare that we don’t all sit down for dinner together.   Don’t get me wrong though – this doesn’t mean that I magically have tons of time every day to make dinner. Sometimes dinner is takeout or sandwiches or something simple. I…
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    My Mommy Manual (For the Journey)

  • Taking Love Off The Line

    Zen Mommy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Why? Why must we continue to discipline our children from a place of fear? of distant authority? of the sort of not-enoughness that soooo many of us were raised in? .... In the words you use. In the actions you take. Tell your child. Your love is theirs. Unconditionally. It just IS.
  • You Know You Are A Parent When…

    Zen Mommy
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:16 am
    (The truth is always funnier than anything we could possibly make up.) Embracing the little moments of this day (the messy, imperfect and oh so sweet little moments of life with little ones...) with you.
  • Embrace the Chaos

    Zen Mommy
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:01 am
    When motherhood offers up the unexpected there is really only one thing left to do. Embrace it.
  • Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? WATCH THIS.

    Zen Mommy
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:44 am
    Think food doesn't affect behavior? Check this video experiment out for yourself; the differences in these two groups of kids is remarkable...
  • Average Is Not What Your Baby Needs

    Zen Mommy
    21 Nov 2013 | 10:58 am
    There's a lot of information out there. It is worthless without you and your mommy-filter to make sense of it all. Step into your power. Average is not what your baby needs. You are.
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    For Love Or Funny - home of Lynn Kellan, contemporary romance author

  • You say artsy, I say fartsy.

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mother Nature loathes me. Frankly, I think she’s jealous of my beauty. I look pretty darn hot if you take off your glasses. To punish me, she’s throwing rain and cold temps our way. Ha. Do your worst, Mother Nature. I can take it. My daughter, however, can’t. Guess which one is mine: So, if any of you have any connections with Mother Nature, tell her I’m ugly. And tell her playing lacrosse on rainy spring days ain’t no picnic. Oh, and tell her the daffodils are screaming for some sun. In fact, send her this artsy-fartsy photo of a daffodil in distress. But…
  • I didn’t trip and show my underwear.

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Prom approaches…which means unexpected pimples. Sweaty armpits. Awkward silences. Dance floor discomfort. However, I’m happy to report that my kid found a dress. Yippee! How ’bout we venture down Memory Lane to my prom? It was only ten years ago. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Hah. Here we go…and yes, my date wore a blue tux. Because we wanted to match. Matching is important. Folks told me I looked like Kristy McNichol. If you’re a thousand years old, you’ll remember Kristy. Personally, I think I look uncomfortable…’cause I was used to wearing this:…
  • Darth Vader flirted with me at a concert.

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I saw Darth Vader this weekend. No, I wasn’t drinking. Why do you ask? He was in Philadelphia. At the Kimmel Center. I thought it was about time to expose my family to some culture. Apparently, Darth was thinking the same thing. Should I be worried I think like Darth Vader? Should I take it as a complement? Or seek professional help? Should I put down my light saber and cut the kids’ sandwiches with a knife instead? Darth and I went to see the Philly Pops play compositions by John Williams. During the STAR WARS tunes, Darth and his buddies appeared on stage. Photos weren’t…
  • How to raise a kid who testifies in a murder case.

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I gave birth, I had no idea my kid would be part of a murder trial. Little did I know this cuddly little bundle would take the stand in a courtroom. I never anticipated watching her testify for the defense. The darned lawyer even accused her of murder. I’m so proud. She participated in our state’s high school “Mock Trial” competition. Her job was to cast some doubt on whether the “accused” really committed murder. Real lawyers judged the proceedings and real judges presided over the case. At the end of the day, she received a gavel for “best…
  • I’ve got sequins in my pants

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Something terrifying is happening. Prom season. I’ve lost count of the dresses we’ve tried on. I’ve lost count of the miles we’ve walked around the mall. I’ve lost count of the number of sequins I’ve found in embarrassing places. (Don’t ask.) The dresses are gorgeous. Frankly, I want to get one for myself. I can wear it while I cook sloppy joes for dinner. I could wear it while I shop for groceries. Why not don a gown for my next tennis match? Let’s not conform to society’s rigid dress codes, people. Alas, I just want to find a prom gown…
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  • Project Budget: Breakfast

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Marcia has done a post, in an attempt to explain her grocery spend, she is doing it meal time by meal time – the breakfast post is here. I actually never thought she ate rubbish for two reasons – rubbish actually costs money AND I know Marcia well enough to know she won’t feed herself or her family crap. Same for my other friend. I think it has to do with the eating styles of each family. I know Marcia controls/monitors portions a lot more than we do which I suspect may be the biggest difference. We also don’t eat enough vegetables and too many carbs. So it is about…
  • The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. ~Lane Olinghouse

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    I wrote an article recently on age gaps and one of the moms who sent me a quote mentioned that she found the jump from one child to two was a lot harder than she expected. I am feeling the same way now – the jump from three to four has been hard. I think Jack and I are the only ones really feeling it but we are both feeling it hard. But I shall not bore you with my rather shaky emotional state right now because I have had my “curl up in a ball in a corner and rock” moment and now I am back up doing what needs to be done. That’s what we do isn’t it? We had a great…
  • New Baby Must Have – No Scratch Mittens

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    There are two things I managed to avoid successfully with all four of my kids when they were newborns – bathing them and cutting their nails. Emma has been the only one though who turned into Edward Scissorhands and cut her little face up quiet badly – even when we did manage to cut them/bite them off. So these little Safety 1st No Scratch Mittens would have been perfect. I am definitely adding them on to my baby shower gift list. The soft and comfortable Safety 1st No Scratch Mittens were designed to help prevent baby from accidentally scratching themselves with their sharp tiny…
  • The one where I am honest!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    My friend Julia checks in with me now and then. She often specifically asks me “How are you doing?” – knowing Julia well enough to know she isn’t looking for the standard “I am fine” answer. She is asking how I am really doing and she is probably the one person I have admitted to that it is not really fine. I know it may sound weird because Emma is nearly 9 weeks so we should be adjusted, have our routine and be more settled and I suppose we are but the last two weeks have been emotionally rough for me. Five people need me ALL.THE.TIME. FOR.EVERYTHING!
  • Dear Family

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    My dear children, I birthed you all. I know you all better than you know yourself. I know when you are scared, happy, frightened and hungry. I know what makes you anxious. I know where you happy places are. I know you! I also know where you go to school, who your soccer coach is, who your dance instructor is and how you need your shoes to be tied. I know what I need to know to get you to where you need to be. What I do not know, however, is where you put your shin pads when you came back from soccer. I do not know where you put your school socks after you wore them. I do not know where your…
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    Maryland Family Now -

  • Getting my daughter's ears pierced: The mall vs. tattoo parlor

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    My 8-year-old daughter had been begging for a few years to get her ears pierced and I recently decided to let her go ahead with it. It seemed important to her, she's pretty responsible, and -- as she has pointed out to me numerous times -- many of her friends have pierced ears.
  • ROAR for Autism is April 27

    15 Mar 2014 | 5:48 am
    Kennedy Krieger Institute's annual ROAR for Autism will be held on April 27 at Oregon Ridge Park. Particiapnts will raise funds for autism research by biking, running or walking. 
  • $5 admission to Port Discovery on March 15

    7 Mar 2014 | 9:30 am
    Port Discovery is celebrating its 15th birthday on March 15 with discounted admission ($5 instead of the usual $13.95 per person ages 2 and up) and a variety of activities including Pop Up Science demonstrations, yoga, face painting, interactive storytelling, music with Mr. Norman and more.
  • Infants' hearing could be damaged by sleep machines

    3 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Study says some white-noise machines are so loud they could potentially harm babies' ears.
  • Girls more body conscious, but just as messy as boys

    17 Feb 2014 | 2:27 pm
    As the mother of boys, I usually don’t get the chance to spend much time with tween or teen girls unless they have come to the house to visit my sons. But recently I chaperoned several eighth-grade girls on a weekend church retreat in Ocean City and I had a glimpse into their world.
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    Playground Confidential

  • Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice?

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Hey Rebecca, A fellow mom in my mom’s group was horribly sleep-deprived, sobbing and feeling emotionally bombarded by all the bullshit on the internet that tells her she is to blame for the night-nursing her ten-month-old baby is doing. Can we talk truthfully about what it’s like to breastfeed a nearly-one-year old? Signed, Sick of […]The post Hey, Rebecca! Can we talk about bullshit Internet baby advice? appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Your child is a wonderful creature filled with intellectual curiosity and boundless joy. She is a fucking delight. No, I’m serious. I bet she is. And you deserve some credit. You are a committed and fully engaged parent who takes great pains to make sure you do things the right way. Your entire family is […]The post How to stop sounding like a douchebag parent in 5 easy steps appeared first on Playground Confidential.
  • Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it

    Rebecca Cuneo Keenan
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:51 pm
    I spent the morning reading about Peaches Geldoff. Strangely, I’m having a hard time processing this one. She’s a pseudo-celebrity made famous by birthright. I really didn’t know much about her apart from the occasional tabloid headline. This doesn’t feel like a deep personal loss for me and yet I can’t shake this sense of […]The post Peaches Geldof, motherhood and how we still don’t get it appeared first on Playground Confidential.
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    Rave & Review

  • Where we were: Disneyland with young kids

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    This past week I got to do something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little girl. I got to go to Disneyland. Having never been to Disneyland before*, I knew I didn’t want to wait for the perfect Disneyland age with my own children and possibly miss the window of opportunity. I wanted to take my kids early and then try and get them back again once they were older and, presumably, more fun. So, I began to save money. I socked away my year-end bonus, I hoarded birthday and Christmas money, and I started, literally, saving my pennies. The plan was that we could go as a family in July…
  • Budget-friendly grocery shopping with kids at Grocery Outlet {plus gift card giveaway}

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A few years ago I realized that saving money on groceries was going to be an integral part of our financial plan. Eating out, dropping $150/week on food, and impulse buys at the store were going to have to be a thing of the past. Either that, or I would need to shop at different stores than I had previously frequented. I started noticing many friends sharing their couponing successes online and started clipping myself, but some weeks I simply did not have time to fully plan for each shopping trip. And, then I noticed that a friend of mine was posting shopping success stories without ever…
  • Cherishing the small moments with Gymboree

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    In some ways, parenting is exactly the way I thought it would be, but in some ways I can’t believe how different it is than I imagined. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do lists and the days that fly by, and sometimes I look at my kids and wonder how on Earth I have a five year old and a three year old. Nothing could have prepared me for how quickly my babies would grow into full-fledged kids and how much I would reminisce about days gone by. Like these days when our sweet "big sister" wasn't so big at all and their sibling shirts from Gymboree were part of some of our…
  • Fill your Easter basket with VTech toys {prize pack giveaway}

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Here at Rave Central we are big fans of VTech learning toys. From dinos to cars and our beloved InnoTab learning tablets, our VTech toys are some of our favorites even after years of play. We've taken our InnoTab tablets on numerous vacations and roadtrips and each time we remark at how awesome they were for creating a little downtime in the middle of busy trips. One of my favorite things about the VTech InnoTab is that you can reignite your child’s interest simply by buying a new game cartridge or download. We usually do a new InnoTab game for the big holidays to make the whole game system…
  • SchoolKidz by Staples makes back to school easy

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Oh back to school, how I dread you! More than just having to give up my sweet kiddos for hours every day, I also dread the whole back to school process of each new school year. This next year is going to be even harder for me as I will officially be without my firstborn The thought is enough to bring me to tears, so I have no idea how on earth I’m going to cope once Kindergarten is a distant memory and serious school starts. But, while I can’t do anything to ease my growing separation anxiety, I know where I’m going to turn to make our transition as easy as possible:…
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  • Just Like Being in the Famous Five!

    Claire Walsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Going for a walk with the family is one of the nicest things you can do, not only is it free and you're getting some exercise but it is a time when you can talk and explore together. For us, it’s always memorable. Like everyone, there are some areas which we go to time and time again. Despite the changing seasons it can be a challenge convincing the children to visit again and so I've
  • Review: The Desolation of Smaug

    Alex Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Stretching a kids book that's shorter than any one of the three volumes of Lord of the Rings into 3 movies was always going to be a task and a half and there is plenty of padding and a bit of silliness in The Desolation of Smaug but the very fact the trilogy isn't hell-bent on taking itself too seriously makes everything all right. The best manifestation of this is Bilbo, played ably by Martin
  • Review: Walking With Dinosaurs; The Movie

    Claire Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    You cant go wrong in our household with a dinosaur movie. As a family of fossil hunters we all have a keen interest in dinosaurs and ambitions to actually find one in the future. I think this movie uses some of the footage from the BBC television series and frankly it looks awesome. Walking With Dinosaurs; The Movie tells the tale of a little boy who doesn't like dinosaurs, he discovers a
  • Review: Zinc Scooters

    Claire Walsh
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    The five year old scooter expert One of the things which my children seem to excel at is scooting. Little Fifi in particular is an expert and we've had to swop between a two wheeler and her mini-micro scooter on the reception school run because she's so good at it. We were asked to have a look at a fantastic Zycho stunt scooter by UK company Zinc. From the moment the scooter arrived the
  • How a child sees the world

    Claire Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I'm often hunting for my camera, the children seem to view it as their own and use it to take random photos of their world. In a way it seems a shame to try to prevent them doing this because I'm left with a rather unique record of things. Here are the latest offerings: My brothers... Earmuffs on my lap The view from the dining room table Self portrait in cat costume
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  • Washington Talks Equal Pay for Women

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    How did you observe Equal Pay Day yesterday? I was chained to a computer all day, then made the mad dash to the after-school homework and dinner routine. So, pretty much business as usual. Read Full PostWashington Talks Equal Pay for Women originally appeared on Working Moms on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 08:13:07.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Why an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:37 am
    Actor and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines last week with the announcement of her upcoming divorce from Coldplay front man Chris Martin after more than a decade of marriage. But the biggest uproar came over her ill-advised comments that her experience working as a movie star is harder than other working moms' office jobs. Read Full PostWhy an Office Job Isn't So Simple for Working Moms originally appeared on Working Moms on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 08:37:29.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • We Set Examples in Self Appraisals

    13 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    It's the time of year for self evaluations at work. Instead of dreading it, think of the opportunity you have to set an example of self appraisal for your children! Just as we look back at our performance and identify areas of strength and need for improvement, so can they. Read Full PostWe Set Examples in Self Appraisals originally appeared on Working Moms on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 07:30:01.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • A Working Mom's Book Review of "Overwhelmed" by Brigid Schulte

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:22 am
    For the first 45 minutes of reading Brigid Schulte's book Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, I was engrossed. I did nothing but read and take notes. I soon learned that I was using a strategy that she uncovers in her exhaustive reporting on the time pressure that working moms and dads across the country feel in juggling home and work responsibilities: pulsing. That's 30, 45, 60 or 90 minutes of intensely focusing on one activity, for maximal productivity. Read Full PostA Working Mom's Book Review of "Overwhelmed" by Brigid Schulte originally appeared on…
  • The Recipe for a Good Mom

    28 Feb 2014 | 9:07 am
    "The grass is greener" doesn't hold just for working moms and stay-at-home moms eyeing each others' stain-free grownup outfits and leisurely walks home from school with envy. It's true for kids as well. Read Full PostThe Recipe for a Good Mom originally appeared on Working Moms on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 17:07:34.Permalink | Comment | Email this
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  • Popping in before Passover…

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    I thought you might like to know that I’m alive; along with all four of my children. We’re not totally well, at least not the three year old, but we are on the way! The ringworm ordeal was a total doozy. Let me tell you. We’ve had a busy bunch of weeks – in-between washing everything that stands still in our house. I’m coming to grips with the fact that this three and a half weeks plus spring break week are putting our school year into July or later. Whatever – I’m OK. It’s too hot to do much in Texas past July anyway. Might as well keep our…
  • Still in the Saga… and a Story of How God Answered a Prayer

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    It’s funny how God brings you through layers of new revelations if you stick with Him through a difficulty. You get a glimpse of the beauty in the pain of a transformation at the potter’s wheel. This last two weeks has been a flurry of motion – doing the next thing – putting fires out – refocusing on family and dropping all other distractions. That’s what you do in a health crisis… you double down and lick wounds. When the quiet comes, even in the motion… always the constant sound of the washer and dryer rumbling, the little ones being little,…
  • Little Rascals and a Give Away

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I have some little rascals at my house. I can relate with movies like Dennis the Menace and most recently, Little Rascals Save the Day. I was glad to get a chance to review the DVD before it hits the stores on April 1st. Since I have my copy, I’ll be picking up a copy of Walter Mitty (also out April 1st) instead. My boys… well, the younger two, liked The Little Rascals Save the Day much better than Walter Mitty, though. Mitty was a little above their age level. I talked about that movie over at the Homeschool Post yesterday when I put up the Field Trip link-up for March. Have you…

    24 Mar 2014 | 4:13 am
      UPDATE: When I started this blog, my homeschool kids were 5 and 7 (now they are sophomores and 15 & 17). We were using Konos Unit Studies almost exclusively as our main curriculum. I wrote this post to explain how I was planning at the time. At the bottom, there’s a link to my planner page I created as a PDF, for those of you who have been asking me about it! So sorry it took so long to get it up for you! Now for the original post from August 2005: I have had a lot of questions about Konos lately… so I thought I would do a timely post about how I do my planning.
  • Ringworm Remedies and Stuff

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:40 am
    I never set out to write a health blog. I can’t help that God keeps throwing all this new information in my lap, though. I mean, who wants to learn first hand how to use natural remedies to get rid of ringworm? Not me. You can mark my name off that list. God had other plans, though. Remember the new kitten? Yep, the insanely cute little fluff ball that no one could keep their hands off of? I found a couple of ringworm spots on my arm last week before I left for a retreat in the Texas Hill Country. I read online that you could use an anti-fungal spray on them and keep them covered and it…
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    Attachment Parenting International Blog

  • Responding Differently: School, Work and Parenting

    Amber Strocel
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Even before my first child was born nine years ago, I knew Attachment Parenting was something that fit my personality and values. My own parents practiced many Attachment Parenting principles, so it came very naturally to me. When my children were very young, I especially took the principle respond with sensitivity to heart. I wanted to be there for them when they needed me … and as babies their needs were very urgent. A newborn simply doesn’t understand the concept of waiting. Now that my children are older, the way that I respond to their needs and requests has changed. More and…
  • API Announces New Attached Family Edition: “Voices of Breastfeeding” Double Issue

    Rita Brhel
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    The core of Attachment Parenting is responding with sensitivity. API recognizes that breastfeeding can be difficult in our society. It is hard to do something different than our family and friends, who are our social network prior to becoming parents, and to find a new support system for our choices. It is hard to navigate new motherhood relatively alone, compared to other cultures where family rallies together to give the mother a “babymoon”—a time when mom and baby can bond uninterrupted while housework and caring for other children are taken up by others in her life. It is hard to…
  • Lessons from Parents of a Sleepless Baby – Part 2

    Guest blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Continued from Part 1 As we relearned loving sleep routines with our son, we did strike upon a few techniques that worked well for us as a family. We are Roman Catholic, and praying a quiet rosary with our son before bedtime has two benefits: It relaxes him, and it relaxes us. He delights in our voices, in the soothing and soft repetition of sounds he remembers from the night before. The meditative sound and pacing of the prayer likewise soothes us, which reassures our son further. Those who are not Roman Catholic or who do not want to pray a rosary might try memorizing a longer poem…
  • Lessons from Parents of a Sleepless Baby – Part 1

    Guest blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    by Abigail Flavin My husband and I learned about Attachment Parenting when, after reading many, many reviews of various baby books, we selected one by William Sears, MD. We found the principles and practices intriguing. They offered us clarity for our own thoughts and hopes for ourselves as parents. Repeatedly, we discussed the principles, sharing anecdotes from our own childhoods and from what we were reading about parenting. We thought we were completely ready for our son’s arrival, since we had acquired a car seat, clothing, diapers, and parenting ideas. We were unprepared for our…
  • The Challenges of AP Fathering – Part 2

    Guest blogger
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Continued from The Challenges of AP Fathering – Part 1… To be very honest, I believe sensitivity is the key for a father to get along with Attachment Parenting. We must allow ourselves to feel like this, without fearing or caring about what others might think of our manhood. What is to be a man, after all? If it is to drink beer and watch football, then I am afraid I have never been truly a man. It ought to be more than that! But sadly, many men today have not created secure attachments with their own parents. Many of us have not received love and affection when we were little.
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    Pancakes and French Fries

  • Gabriel García Márquez

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Some people remember their first book the way others remember their first lover. I have no such memories. I remember reading a lot as a kid, but I don’t remember the first book I ever read. There are books I still remember; I have that much. I remember The Ghost Next Door, the book about the owl with love in its eyes. The post I linked to is from 2011, and what I didn’t say in that post is how long I searched for the name of that book. How long I thought about writing that post before I even could because I didn’t want to write about a book without a title. This was back…
  • Easter 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    The boys sang again in the children’s choir for the family Easter mass. I love the relationships we are building with the priests and with the parishioners. It makes religion easier. Much to this hermit’s dismay, it appears the secret to life is participation. When you participate and are engaged, everything (family, school, work, religion) seems like less work. Not all the time, but usually. I’ve mentioned this before, but moving to the front of the church was a game changer for us. (Holy cow! That post is from 2011!) Getting to know the priest on a first name basis was…
  • On Glasses and Makeup

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    The other day a 2nd grader made a comment about my glasses, which I’ve been wearing nonstop since January. “Mrs. Kendall,” she said. “I think you’re pretty, but you’re a million times prettier without your glasses.” I laughed and told her she’d have to learn to like my glasses because I can’t see without them. I didn’t take offense. Kids are honest, and she prefers me without glasses. I know my glasses–red, heavy and large–are arguably man repellers and not for everyone. I like them, and I’ve grown so accustomed to…
  • Stuff Kids Say About Books, Vol. 1

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been taking impromptu surveys of the kids. I ask them if they like library time, if being in the library has changed how they view reading, if it has changed how much they read, and how I can do better next year. I have a ton of these, so I’m going to spread them out a bit. I guess this is really more for me, to remember my first year in the library and how it changed my life. 3rd Grade I read more now because I figured out reading is fun. :::::: Some books have lessons for kids. :::::: Sometimes people can’t afford books to read, so we get to get them here. :::::: I…
  • Newbery | Jacob Have I Loved

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated . . .” With her grandmother’s taunt, Louise knew that she, like the biblical Esau, was the despised elder twin. Caroline, her selfish younger sister, was the one everyone loved. Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister’s name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain…
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    icefairy's Treasure Chest

  • #Disney Frozen Prize Pack Giveaway (ARV $49) {Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop}

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you believe in fairies? Do you enjoy reading fairy tales? Hop in and join us for the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop, in conjunction with the 4th annual Fairy Tale Fortnight! You will have the chance to win a fairy themed prize from each participating blog from now through May 3rd. This special event is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, The Book Rat & A Backwards Story. It is not hard to guess
  • Gorton's Real Solutions Sweepstakes & Prize Pack Giveaway #RealSolutions

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In a time crunch to get a delicious meal to the table? Or running out of ideas for a nutritious dish that the whole family can enjoy? Gorton's Seafood strives to provide you with such Real Solutions as their all-new Artisan fillets! To celebrate the launch of this new product line, Gorton's is hosting a Real Solutions Sweepstakes, offering thousands in prizes to over 500 winners! One lucky
  • Try Coobie Seamless Bras with a 25% Off Discount

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    In search of a unique but thoughtful Mother's Day gift? How about a new bra that not only offers a comfortable fit but also makes her look younger and more attractive from the inside out? You may give Coobie Seamless Bras a try at a great discount by 4/30! Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (
  • Nickelodeon Easter DVD Collection Giveaway (ARV $122)

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Easter is right around the corner. My kids are counting down to the Egg Hunt with great excitement. How about yours? What fun activities are in the plan for your family? Nickelodeon invites you to spring into Easter with your favorite Nickelodeon characters and you could all the following egg-cellent DVD titles in this blooming Nick collection! Max & Ruby: Easter with Max & Ruby: Get ready
  • Win $2,500 from Blurb's My Favorite Person Contest!

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Did you know that you could win $2500 from Blurb by making a book about your favorite person? To enter, simply create a Blurb book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight! For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the
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  • Not Everyone Can Breastfeed: A Tale Of Pregnancy, Depression & Formula Feeding

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We are always told that formula is fine but “breast is best.” But this mom's story is just one example of why it doesn’t work for every family. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The New Mutants: Black Excellence In the New Class of Black Global Super-Achievers

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
      By PATRICK A. HOWELL “There is a new class of black super-achievers graduating for the first time.” Mark Penn, “Micro-Trends: The Small Forces Behind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This’ll Make Tiger Mom’s Head Explode: A Radical Way To Parent Black Children

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Our jobs as parents is to help our children practice excellence within their own unique life design. Here's a radical way one mom puts this to the test as she unschools her daughters. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the Rainbow Isn’t Enough: For Karyn Washington

    MyBrownBaby Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    African Americans need to tout that it’s okay to seek professional intervention if you are so broken, so emotionally in pain, that your everyday song is filled with thoughts about not living. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Personal Resurrection: How I Got Over Myself When It Came to Easter

    Tracey Michae'l Lewis-Giggetts
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It was easy for this Christian mom to criticize churchgoers who show up only on Easter. Then this happened. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Mother Huddle

  • Sarah’s Salad

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    I hope you are in the mood for a fantastic salad, ’cause I’ve got one for you. I have no idea who Sarah is or why or when she became famous for this salad, but whoever she is she is a genius. The flavor combination in this salad is perfect. I tasted this salad at a woman’s conference almost 4 years ago and after the first bite made it my mission to find out the recipe. I finally nailed down the woman in charge of the luncheon and she was gracious enough to send me the recipe. I couldn’t figure out what was in the dressing. There was one ingredient that really surprised…
  • Adventures for 25 cents

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    When it rained on our parade (or adventure) Mountain hiking and kayaking were the two things we were most looking forward to as we drove through the Appalachians earlier this week.  Rain was hitting the windshield and we were hoping that as we got nearer our destination the storm would let up magically.  Everything would be dry and all the things we’d dreamed of doing would be possible. Instead, it just kept raining.  It didn’t stop the whole time we were there.  The river was too fast for our beginner kayaking skills and the trails were all mud.  We didn’t want to be…
  • Pipe Cleaner Bubble Wand

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I don’t know about you, but there never seems to never be enough bubble wands for all the kids, especially when friends are over.  My daughter came home with some home made bubble wands from preschool a couple weeks ago, and I was super excited to share our new discovery with you!  Catch me after the jump for all the details… Making Bubble Wands Supplies: pipe cleaners bubble solution a bowl to put the bubbles in To make the wands it is super simple.  Simply round one of the ends… and then twist that end around the pipe cleaner. The girls had a great time making all different…
  • Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus Risotto

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s asparagus season and I am loving incorporating it into our meals lately. I shared one of my favorite ways to prepare it over on Real Life Dinner last week, and today I’m sharing another simple and delicious way to prepare asparagus. I’ve recently started a love affair with risotto and I’ve been experimenting with different flavor combinations. I made this Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus version last week. It turned out delicious. It pairs really well with grilled steak or chicken.  Creamy Parmesan and Asparagus Risotto Ingredients: 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove…
  • Feeling good when you feel bad

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Trips are awesome until you come home I love being with friends, chatting about where we see our life headed, making plans, and figuring out my next steps.  This past weekend I got to be with some friends and it was fantastic. Re-entry into my life after such an amazing trip should be seamless.  I’ve had an awesome time.  I should be grateful for it and just step back into my usual life. I wish it were that easy. What transition is really like I wish I could transition right back into being a parent and wife and business person the second I get home.  I DID just get to be away and…
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  • baby shower decorations, treats, & games: 3 ways to get your kids to help

    amy mascott
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am blogging on behalf of, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Walmart’s.   My three kids were the first grandchildren on both sides of our family, so for five years, they were pretty much the stars of the show.  They had lots of doting aunts and uncles and grandparents. But no cousins.  Until now. Five years after our first child was born, we have experienced a baby explosion of sorts: seven new babies have joined our extended family in the last four years. Seven! That’s a lot of babies. We are thankful, grateful, and blessed. It also means that my kids,…
  • prepare a family emergency plan: be EVEREADY (and grab a few free books from Scholastic!)

    amy mascott
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
          Free books.  FREE books! Seriously. Grab free books for making sure your family is prepared for an emergency.  And for goodness’ sake, don’t we all want to be prepared for emergencies? Thanks to a partnership between EVEREADY® Gold® and Scholastic, families can grab two free books from Scholastic when you purchase batteries. Or a flashlight. So in the process of preparing a family emergency plan–which everyone should do–you can also grab a few top-notch, free books to keep your kiddos occupied and reading in the event of an emergency.
  • easter egg pattern match game: for kids, by kids

    amy mascott
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Easter is right around the corner, and we’re psyched. Not only does Easter mean egg painting and candy, family time and spring flowers, fresh starts and new hope, it means my kids get to spend some time with faraway cousins. Maddy, Owen, and Cora are thrilled to see their little cousins who are much younger than they.  My kids are 10, 8, and 7 years old, and their Pennsylvania cousins are 3 years, 19 months, 12 months, and 4 months old. So this year, as we relaxed a bit after a whirlwind Disneyland adventure (more on that later!), the kids put some time into a little homemade gift for…
  • how to throw a rockstar frozen birthday party—snacks to serve

    amy mascott
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
      Frozen is all the rage these days, so it’s no wonder that my Cora wanted a ‘Frozen’ birthday party for her 7th. So that’s what we did. Starting last summer, we brainstormed and planned for her birthday.   And then in December, after we saw Frozen, we brainstormed, planned, and then re-planned. She had to have a Frozen birthday.  She just had to. And though she had to learn the tough lesson that her whole little world could not come to an at-home Frozen birthday party, she did muddle through.  When you’re almost 7, you have to make some tough decisions, and no, I was not…
  • stay connected: on the web

    amy mascott
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know you’re out there.  So let’s get–and stay!–connected! With all of the crazy changes to facebook lately, I just want to make sure we’re doing all we can to stay connected in whatever ways work best for you–my readers. And for good reason. Because there’s a ton of awesome going on over on our facebook page, on instagram, and just about everywhere. So real quick, here’s the skinny. . . Stay Connected– on the web: I know this is a strange post, but my bloggy pals have done it and have found it successful. Why? They’re…
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    A Mothers Ramblings

  • Friends

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I had an experience in the week that I wasn't sure if I should share, but decided in the end that it was worth it, so here it is along with the usual preamble that I seem to do!Do you remember when I used to post about how hard it was to make friends? I had decided that making friends sucked and decided that my online friends were all I really needed. I've made some brilliant friends through blogging, and although we might not talk to each other for weeks on end, I know that we can easily pick up with each other when we do finally get our acts together and have a chat.But.It's not the…
  • Big Boy and his Go Kart #Review

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Yesterday, whilst I was doing the gardening, Big Boy went for a ride on his Go Kart. With one thing and another it was really his first go outside since he got it for Christmas, or at least it was his first time where he got to be outside for more than five minutes because it was too cold or wet to be out there any longer!It was fab watching him ride between the two points we had agreed upon as his boundaries in our street and despite a few initial issues, where he seemed to forget how to peddle, he was soon speeding along and enjoying the sunshine.The Kettler Daytona Pedal…
  • Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last weekend, we went to LEGOLAND Windsor, for a day of Family Fun. We set off rather early, but with a full change of clothes for the children, some towels and a rather large picnic tea, we knew that we'd have a great day. We started the day, having a quick look in the LEGO store at the entrance of the park and whilst we were there Big Boy discovered some Minecraft LEGO sets and Tops was able to have a good look round at all the other sets from the different themes that she loves. We did go back at the end of the day to purchase a couple of LEGO sets, and as the queues weren't as bad as we…
  • Tips for Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:59 pm
    We were asked if we'd like to pop down to LEGOLAND Windsor this past weekend to see the new Pirate Shores and Castaway Camp and to be one of the first families to experience the new attraction. Unfortunately the area wasn't quite ready for visitors so whilst I guess it will be a great new area for LEGOLAND explorers, don't hold me to it as I've not experienced it and so I can't say for sure! What I can say about LEGOLAND is based on our families visits that we've made in the past few years and of course this most recent visit.LEGOLAND is one of those places, in my humble opinion,…
  • Why Can't I Lose Weight Like That?

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    One of my guilty pleasures is watching weight loss shows. I'm not one of the people who watches whilst eating a huge bar of chocolate or a tub of Ice-cream (although I could be), I tend to watch them whilst working out myself (well Wii U Fit step aerobics) whilst watching them motivates me, watching them also annoys me. I'm one of the people that you'd normally find on these weight loss shows. I have a lot of weight to lose, roughly half my body weight if I go by the height and weight recommendations (but I'm pretty sure if I went down to that weight I'd look ill, but we'll see when I get…
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  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

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

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

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

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

    11 Dec 2013 | 5:26 am
    Working with kids has it’s “up-hill” battles. Whether your an educator in the classroom, a coach in the gym, a caregiver in an after-school program, or a volunteer giving a few hours a week to impact the life of kids… we can all agree.  There doesn’t seem to be enough to time to create significant change in a child’s life.  Especially those that need it most. It can often seem defeating. But there is hope. There are ways to make a deeper impact on limited time.  Check out these thoughts I shared at If you work with kids in any capacity,…
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  • Sweeping Saturday 04/19/2014

    Jen Williams
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
      I hope everyone has a great Easter 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!
  • 5 Things That Can Raise Car Insurance Rates

    Jen Williams
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    One financial writer described a car wreck as a one-two punch. The collision happens first, and a higher insurance premium is the second blow. This is how things work in the insurance industry. Most drivers understand that some things can cause their insurance rates to rise. Causing an accident, getting a traffic ticket and adding […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 04/12/2014

    Jen Williams
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!!
  • #JustBrewIt with Keurig® K65 Special Edition Brewing System

    Jen Williams
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
      I hate to admit but I just started drinking coffee this year! My parents and grandparents always had a cup of coffee in their hands when I was younger. I remember one day I tasted it and UCK I never tried it again till here recently.  I was shocked that I actually liked it […]
  • Sweeping Saturday 04/05/2014

    Jen Williams
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
      Do you Have Giveaways? Please Share them here! Every Saturday there is new post with a Mr. Linky for you to list your giveaways. So Please Check weekly To Add yours!!
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    Keeper of the Cheerios

  • Saving up for the perfect holiday

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Saving up for a holiday is hard enough, but when you’ve got kids to feed, clothe and entertain, putting away a few extra pennies can seem almost impossible. But don’t despair, by choosing cheap family holidays with the Co-operative Travel and making a few small savings every day, you and your brood could be enjoying sun, sea and relaxation before you know it. Set some goals If you all know exactly what you’re all working towards, making a few small sacrifices along the way won’t be as hard, and your kids will understand why they can’t get those brand new trainers or the latest games…
  • 5 Unique Ways to Re-Energize

    26 Feb 2014 | 10:23 am
    After a day (or week) that just wouldn’t end, unwinding may require more elaborate plans than channel surfing or ordering takeout. Looking to relax, but also re-energize? Here are some unusual activities to try out. Make sure your weekend plans leave you with memories and plans to go back out again – and don’t leave you feeling down or tired. Alternative Art Just because you couldn’t draw a stick figure, let alone a person, doesn’t mean that you should keep your artistic talent to a minimum. Instead of picking up a set of paintbrushes, consider trying your hand at alternative…
  • How Different is Crete to Greece?

    20 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    More than just another Greek atoll, Crete is almost a country unto itself. Back in the Bronze Age, it was the centre of Europe’s first civilization, the Minoans, and has a rich, fascinating history that is still evident today. Fast forward to today and Crete is the largest, most populous of the Greek islands and has become a haven for holidaymakers looking for sun, sea, and sand. However, as opposed to alternative mainland retreats, Crete has several hidden treasures, cultural traits of its own, and a time-honoured way of life, especially in rural areas. If you’re looking for a more…
  • Life and Paychecks

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:34 am
    Having worked a really long time that is anything longer than 9 years in an organization is like giving a major part of your life into something. And it is not wrong to be wanting something in return for that long a commitment. Your job is either something that you are passionate about or something you do not care about but regardless of the case all your efforts could have been otherwise put into something else hence are only justifiably rewarded by Superannuation funds. Your savings are not for bets Superannuation funds such as this one can help you save for your retirement. They take away…
  • Breakthrough Game Released by Cancer Research UK

    18 Feb 2014 | 4:25 am
    The Helping Hands program from The Rational Group, owners of the PokerStars brand, has recently participated in a program to release a new game to the public. In coordination with Cancer Research UK, the company released Play to Cure: Genes in Space, a game that analyses data from human genetics based on how people play the game. Hailed as a scientific breakthrough, the game has already saved countless manhours of research work and has brought together the very disparate worlds of science and gaming. Genes in Space was released on February 4th, which has been designated as World Cancer Day…
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    Rage Against the Minivan

  • If you wouldn’t say it about a boob job . . . (a guide for adoption questions)

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    My friend and fellow adoptive parent Jesse Butterworth just made this hilarious guide for knowing when and when not to ask questions about adoption, using a boob job as a reference point. I think it works quite nicely.
  • Questions of eternal significance: We’re talking about pens today.

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Are you a pen snob? I have never understood the people who buy expensive pens. When I was in private practice there was a guy in my office who kept an expensive Montblanc pen on his desk. Inevitably some intern would grab it to write notes, or hand it to a client to write a check, and it would wind up in the communal cup of office pens, or worse . . . lost completely. And then there would be a bunch of inter-office drama because his pen was lost, and had anyone seen it? Can everyone stop what they are doing and check to see if they have the bougie pen? And I would inwardly roll my eyes…
  • Easter 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Some snapshots from our Easter weekend . . .     On Saturday, we dyed 36 eggs, a fact I’m now living to regret as I try to force egg salad sandwiches on everyone in the house.     We go pretty light on the Easter baskets. Some new books, some fair-trade chocolate, some peeps. (I realized after the fact that Mark was accidently photo-bombing this photo with his butt. You’re welcome for that.)     We managed to make it to the early service at Verizon Amphitheater, which was another example of an Easter miracle.     The service was packed, the sun was…
  • Setting the stage for our kids to confide in us

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    This post was sponsored by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility in collaboration with the Talk Early campaign, an initiative to empower parents to talk with their kids about alcohol. My oldest is nine years old. Which seems ridiculously old at this point in our lives. Though in about six years, that sentence I just wrote will seem really, really cute. Nine! What tiny babies I had back then, I'll tell myself, attempting not to ugly cry. His age—nine—sticks with me because of a graphic I saw from the #TalkEarly campaign. The focus was about the importance of talking with your…
  • That's What She Said: Losing the mommy war, racism in Israel, the future for foster kids, tone-policing, and more . . .

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The Real Losers in the Mommy Wars: Everyone Else | Jezebel"By framing the conversation about motherhood in “choice,” we aren’t talking about any of the very real problems faced by parents and children across this country. We aren’t talking about the number of children in foster care (nearly 400,000) or growing up in poverty (22% of American children). We aren’t talking about lack of education and employment opportunities for women in general and women of color in particular. We aren’t talking about the fact that the United States has the worst parental leave policies in the…
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  • Sweet Home {in} Alabama…

    Jennifer Murray
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
      I hope you won’t mind a picture heavy couple of posts. In case you missed us last week, we took a much needed trip away from home.  It was a time to regroup, have some fun again, be with friends, and let the boys be boys. Our first stop was in Northern Alabama to visit some dear friends of ours, Myra and Ernie.  We met years ago through this little thing called blogging and our friendship as families has grown into a beautiful thing. They have loved us so well from afar these past few months that I couldn’t wait to finally hug them all in person after several months…
  • Wait ‘Til They’re Good and Ready…

    Jennifer Murray
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s been a big week here at Casa de Murray… 1st Baseball Practice Running Club And Riding Around the Block with No Training Wheels! {Like A Boss} Our mantra around here has always been “wait ’til they’re good and ready”, which has been super helpful with major milestones like sippy cups, potty training, and the like.  We’re not rushers. I remember when they were babies and being around other moms who wanted to pay the comparison game whenever we got together.  Are they rolling over yet?  Have you started feeding them cereal? Are you planning their…
  • Finding Beauty In the Brokenness: Something Tangible {Giveaway}

    Jennifer Murray
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    One thing I really struggled with in the hard days of grieving over our loss, was that I had nothing tangible to remember this precious life with…yes, its days were much shorter than we desired, but they still COUNTED. There was LIFE that lived, and it shouldn’t be forgotten. I had kept myself from the baby aisles during the first trimester, even though I was so anxious to start hunting for deals. {We had gotten rid of everything – and I mean EVERYTHING that even slightly represented “baby” in our home either through handing things down to other multiples moms…
  • How To Fight A Sinus Infection Naturally With Essential Oils

    Jennifer Murray
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
      I finally caved and joined the wonderful world of essential oils. After hearing so many good things from close friends who were experiencing such amazing and vast results, my curiosity could no longer be contained.  Now I’m kicking myself for dragging my feet for so long!  My Young Living Essential Oils are my go-to instead of over-the-counter medications or trying to ignore symptoms altogether – which was my typical way of dealing with illness or discomforts in the past. So how do I use the 11 oils from my Young Living Premium Starter Kit?  Here’s a few…
  • Finding Beauty in the Brokenness: The Everyday

    Jennifer Murray
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
      I’ve been upright for three days straight now, and still beyond thankful that I didn’t need another surgery to fix things. The fog is lifting, and I’m able to see clearer. Brad and I laid in bed talking last night about a lot of the pain we’ve walked through and how we are processing things…which was the first time in a long time that we’ve been able to check-in with each other, and be able to talk about it freely without the physical side of things consuming all of our thoughts. I’m seeing beauty in the everyday again. In Starbucks cake pops.
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Organic Choice Gardening Products Review

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Organic Choice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I love growing my own garden each year.  I look forward to planting and to harvesting my own food- partly because it is fun, partly because it is healthy and partly because it is a green choice.  I love feeling the spring arrive and I love getting the garden beds ready for planting.  I love watching the plants grow and I love my kids reaction when they see fruits and veggies starting to form and grow larger.  Gardening is fun.  Organic gardening is an even…
  • 7 Easter Leftover Recipes

    Heidi Rogers
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    After the holidays, comes the inevitable stockpile of food. But what to do with all of this food, surely not throw it all away? That wouldn’t be very eco-budget-household friendly, now would it? Well, I’ve compiled a list of delicious recipes that you can use for all of your Easter leftovers this year! To view the entire Easter leftover recipe, click the title of the recipe or cited website. 7 Easter Leftover Recipes Easter Leftover Ham on Biscuits Recipe One of my personal favorites is the After-Holiday Ham on Biscuits Recipe from Taste of Home. This scrumptious meal is ideal for all the…
  • Awesome Baby Shower Decorations That Can Double As Baby Shower Gifts

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    I am blogging on behalf of and received compensation for my time, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Walmart’s. Shop online and save money to live better at I am a waste-not-want-not kind of girl, so when it comes to baby shower decorations, I say make them work double time and serve as baby shower gifts too!  Truly awesome baby shower decorations shouldn’t have to get thrown away – they should be reused and keep bringing back fun memories of the shower. Planning a baby shower can be a lot of work.  When it comes to baby shower…
  • 5 Art and Craft Ways to Reuse Plastic Water Bottles

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Each year Americans toss out roughly 28 billion bottles and jars, according to the EPA that is.  Why not try these ways to reuse plastic water bottles, turning old used plastic into art and craft projects? Instead of tossing your water bottles, try one (or all) of these recycled crafts with your kids. Tie these reuse craft activities to a theme, holiday or go with an eco-friendly Earth Day focus. 5 Ways To Reuse Plastic Water Bottles For Kid’s Art and Craft Projects Plastic Bottle Puppet Pet Craft You can also reuse plastic water bottles by turning the bottle over and decorate the…
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Libby’s for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I have come up with a pumpkin chocolate chip cookies recipe that I think you will love.  My friend, whose son is a picky eater, gave me the idea.  She said it’d be a great way to veggies down and I loved the idea.  I was thinking of a pumpkin coffee cake or a pumpkin cheesecake but when she mentioned that, I knew I had to give it a whirl because my son LOVES cookies and I love the idea of a healthier, yummy snack as well. I dig pumpkin because it adds extra fiber and Vitamin…
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  • The Annenberg Community Beach House’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    This is one of my favorite spots in LA for families. The Annenberg Community Beach House is gorgeously situated along side the Pacific ocean, and I just received this press release. “On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, the City of Santa Monica will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House, a 5-acre public beach facility nestled along the Santa Monica coastline, with spectacular ocean views, a children’s playground, art gallery, historic pool, and the original Marion Davies Guest House. This weekend-long community open house will feature a…
  • Schoola – a new way to raise money for your school and save on kids’ clothes

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Here’s a multifaceted way to help parents save money, clean their closets and raise  money for their schools. We all know how expensive shopping for growing kids can be , buying  gently used clothes is a great way to save. Not only does Schoola sell gently used clothes, but the way they collect their inventory is brilliant.  Families donate their kids’ outgrown clothes to Schoola. Then the company sells them on line and 40% of the profit from the sale of the clothes goes to your school. My kids sometimes grow out of clothes before they even have worn them twice, so there are always…
  • Snow Day at the LA Zoo

    15 Feb 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a fun idea for a cool winter family outing during this hot weather. It will soon be snowing at the LA Zoo next weekend.  This just in from my Zoo sources: Winter is in the air—and on the ground! For two days in February, the Zoo’s black bear and tiger will have their habitats transformed by blankets of snow. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view these inquisitive creatures exploring a wintry wonderland. Zoo visitors will also have the chance to frolic in the snow — a snow play area and a hill for sledding are among the featured activities. Bring your mittens and join…
  • True Pablove’s Valentine’s Family Event, February 9th

    6 Feb 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Pablove Foundation’s Anual Family Valentine’s Celebration is taking place this weekend but you can still book your tickets. This day of family friendly crafting, music, food, and fun is so dear to my heart, and is one of Los Angeles’ most heartfelt, and fun filled events. Pablo Castalez was a pre-school classmate of my children. Four years ago, he lost his year long battle with Wilm’s Tumor cancer. He was six years old. His parents, JoAnn and Jeff have started The Pablove Foundation in his honor, with the mission to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and…
  • Cabrillo Whale Watch

    30 Jan 2014 | 12:49 am
    It’s easy to get stuck in the carpool lane and forget that there is a big ocean right nearby. The next few months are a great time to see some Pacific grey whales migrating off the California Coast. We had great luck one morning when the kids were smaller actually seeing a whale leap through the water. We watched from a distance, but seeing the size, and then the tale of this gorgeous creature was one of the most spectacular family animal sightings ever. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is less than an hour’s drive from LA. A whale watch is a great outing for the whole family. Be sure you…
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  • FOX fashion fever – Young first-time models wow at 10th anniversary bash

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    The event, held on Saturday 29th March 2014, showcased a colourful assortment of clothes from the label’s spring/summer 2014 collection – along with 20 super cute first-time models! The mini-fashionistas were chosen in the FOX Factor Model Search earlier this year. The crowds which gathered at Paragon Mall, located at Orchard Road — Singapore’s shopping and fashion hub — were bowled over by the little stars’ confidence and cuteness. Looking trendy and stylish in their outfits, the 20 fresh-faced finalists did not disappoint on the runway, as they excitedly made their very…
  • Primary 1 registration 2014 – Important dates

    Justina Goh
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:47 pm
    One of the things that most parents in Singapore look forward to is when they register their kids for Primary 1. To make the Primary 1 registration a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of important dates that you should take note of  in 2014: Primary 1 Registration 2014: Take note of these important dates! (Information in this article is were obtained from  the Ministry of Education Singapore website in April 2014) Phase 1 Registration: 3rd and 4th July 2014 For a child who has a sibling studying in the primary school of choice Phase 2A(1) Registration: 8th July 2014 Announcement…
  • A reader’s amazing story about consecutive pregnancies – “I got pregnant again when my baby was just 2 months old!”

    Minoli Almeida
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Jieying gave birth to her first child, an adorable baby boy, in February 2013. Would you believe us if we told you that now, just 14 months later, she also has a 4-month-old baby girl? Astonishing, isn’t it? Pretty as a picture – Jieying with her husband expecting their 1st baby. Jieying had just given birth to her baby boy and was enjoying the joys (and anxieties) of being a new mum. Then, just when all the ‘issues’ of being a new mum had been ironed out and she could start relaxing in her new role, she found out she was pregnant again! I spoke to Jieying about her…
  • Your kid’s runny nose: what you need to know

    Nalika Unantenne
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Children and colds — they seem to go hand-in-hand. Preventing your child from catching a cold once every few months (or even more frequently) is almost unavoidable especially if they go to pre-school or school. A kid’s runny nose is annoying for the whole family! A cold comes with many irritating symptoms, such as cough and congestion. But perhaps the most annoying of them all is a runny nose.  A runny nose can also be caused by things like like allergies, influenza etc. For me, there’s nothing more irritating than seeing a constant stream of snot dribbling out of my…
  • How schools kill creativity

    Rosh Mahtani
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    The post How schools kill creativity appeared first on Singapore Parenting Magazine for baby, children, kids and parents.
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    Child Behavior Help

  • Losing Your Temper with Your Child? 8 Steps to Help You Stay in Control

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Do you ever struggle with temper tantrums at your house? You know what they involve: yelling, screaming, bad-language, and all-out loss of control until you almost can"t take it anymore and you just want to...put yourself in time out? Yes, I"m talking about our own parental "temper tantrums," which we"ve all been known to experience at one point or another as we raise our kids. Read on for tips on how to stay in control.
  • Parenting Your Adult Child: How to Set up a Mutual Living Agreement

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    "I love my son, but things are getting really rough. I never expected him to still be living at home in his twenties. I don"t mind helping him while he gets on his feet, but most of the time he acts like he"s still thirteen and he"s twenty three! This is not what I pictured!"
  • Parenting Teens: 5 Ineffective Things to Avoid Doing

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    At Empowering Parents, we talk a lot about "effective" versus "ineffective" parenting styles. In fact, James Lehman reminds us that it"s not about whether your parenting style is right or wrong, it"s about whether it"s effective.
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    I Thought I Knew Mama

  • Wordless Wednesday: Mamatography – Week 5 and 6

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    This post is part of the Mamatography 2014 Project with Diary of a First Child and Momma Jorje. We are taking (at least) a photo a day, a collage or a picture each week to keep a record of our year. Join us at any point during the year and start sharing your own daily photos! Click Get the code here below to add the blog hop to your blog and join the fun. (Also sign up to be added to a comment group!) March 19 – April 1, 2014
  • The Ultimate Teacher Will Arrive in Your Life! She Shall Be Known as Toddler.

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    To the woman I used to be before I had children: You strive to be more present in the moment and to stop obsessing over the past and the future. You wish you could be a bit less self-conscious and completely disregard what other people think. You want to be able to push yourself to be a risk taker and to take on challenges even when you’re scared to. You hope you can become a more patient person – a woman who exudes calmness and serenity to those around you. You want to be the kind of person who can always put those she loves before herself. I have good news! A teacher will arrive…
  • Win a Crystal Sensation Body Buff and Butter Gift Set – Crystal Infused, Organic, and Beautiful! {US only; $40 ARV; 4/15}

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently, I had the great pleasure to experience CrystalSensation’s Get Well, Immune Booster Body Buff & Butter Gift Set. It is crystal infused, and programmed to enhance the immune system and provide organic immunity. These products are LUXURIOUS! Each time I use them, I can easily pretend for a moment that I am being pampered at a beautiful, high quality spa. I adore the gorgeous scent of these products, and the butter has been a saving grace for my dry skin throughout the winter. No matter how raw my hands are at the end of the day due to cold air and constant hand washing, when…
  • Big Apple Circus presents Luminocity: A One Ring Circus of Joy and Wonder

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On Saturday, my husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to take our 3.5 year old son and 1.5 year old daughter to Big Apple Circus in Boston at City Hall Plaza. Big Apple Circus is in their 36th season, and for good reason. This is the kind of show that offers good old-fashioned fun for the entire family. The adults are laughing at the constant stream of jokes, the kids are smiling in amazement, and no matter where you look, the audience is happy. And it’s easy to look around at the audience because the Big Top is a very intimate place. No seat is more than 50 feet from ringside!
  • Heartbeat of Home: An Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Spectacular

    Charise Rohm Nulsen
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    On Wednesday, we had the amazing opportunity to see the East Coast debut of Heartbeat of Home at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. My husband and I took our three and a half year old son to the performance, and we were all completely enchanted. Some of the highlights of the night were our son’s insightful comments and reactions to the show: - As he watched the extremely talented Irish step dancers deliver a powerful performance, he asked, “Do they have magic feet, Mama?” Thanks to the speed, precision, and heart pounding rhythm of the dancers, I was not…
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    Life With Sharon | Texas Mom Blogger / Vlogger Lufkin, Houston, Texas

  • just because I love perfume

    10 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Sometimes when I look at my perfume collection, I feel like I just might be a addict. My favorites are usually sweet smells and I love to make sure that I smell great. I love scents such as Coach Poppy Flower. I just love the way it smells. I really like the whimsical scent of this perfume. It’s fun like I like to be and the hint of citrus makes me smile. Really who doesn’t love whimsy and citrus. I just sigh thinking about it. And it’s Coach, so just the name makes you feel like a million dollars. Who doesn’t love Coach? But of course it may not you be your favorite…
  • Attending Church in Bad Weather

    23 Mar 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Do you feel like church is a big part of your life? Perhaps you have been going once a week for as long as you can remember, ever since you were a young child, and you cannot imagine giving it up. Your faith gives you the strength that you need to take on the challenges in your life and it allows you to focus on something that is bigger than yourself. It helps you see the world in a positive light. It shows you how you should live. These are great things that can form the pillars of your life, but it can be hard to get to church in the winter because the weather can prevent it. In some…
  • Prom Season is fast upon us.

    11 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Spring, I hope is fast upon us. For most of us anyway. And with spring comes prom time! And with prom comes the mission to find the most perfect prom dress ever. I know when I was getting ready from prom when I was a teen that it took forever. Then again we didn’t have awesome online stores when I was in high school to find the right dress. Today though there are great stores like that have a lot of awesome great dresses to look at. One of the best things that I love about Prom is getting all dressed up. You get to feel like a princess and of course you get to get…
  • Rules For Visiting a New Mom

    12 Feb 2014 | 6:26 am
    Plenty of new parents love having visitors come to ooh and ahh over their baby, but don’t forget that this is also a very stressful and busy time in a couple’s life. An unexpected visit at the wrong time can be awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient, when all Mom wants to do is get some rest now that the baby’s finally asleep. If you want your visit to be enjoyable, follow these tips to make sure you’re never a burden to them! 1. Call First It doesn’t have to be something planned days in advance. If you’re thinking of dropping by, just call or text your…
  • Signs of addiction

    24 Jan 2014 | 10:26 am
    Drug abuse and addiction isn’t something to mess around about. It can be detrimental to a person’s personal and even business life. And often the cause of a messy slope of that includes health problems, family problems and even money problems. Let’s face it most addictions can be very expensive. If you think a family member or friend is suffering from addiction you should get them treatment. It is very important that they get the help they need. There are many NJ drug and alcohol treatment centers available in the New Jersey area to get quality treatment from. But before treatment can…
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    Seven Clown Circus

  • BIZ® IS Better and Here’s Why!

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Now that baseball season is in full swing I have more reason than ever to require a stocked laundry room shelf of BIZ® Stain & Odor Eliminator.  Biz cleans up to 80% better than washing with a detergent alone. Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients, and it's proven to work better on tough laundry stains. Biz has lab tests to prove it.   Since #3 wears white baseball pants and does a lot of sliding, Biz definitely comes to my…
  • How to Throw a Divergent Birthday Party

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    How to Throw a Divergent Birthday Party is super simple and inexpensive!  Especially, with these free printables from Amy Locurto.  My first born just turned 13 and there couldn’t be a better theme to choose.  The new movie release based on the best seller made for a perfect timing, although I have a feeling this Divergent will stand the test of time.  We kept the party low key by inviting only a couple of friends, going shopping at her favorite outdoor mall, watching the movie, eating dinner, and wishing her a happy birthday with cupcakes at home. This eliminated a lot of…
  • Scoring Dodgers Tickets with ScoreBig

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Dodgers are our team.  We seriously love them.  Every single member of my family is a Dodgers fan, and that’s saying a lot since there are SEVEN of us!  Jeff tries to take the boys to as many games as he can during the season, but we’ve NEVER gone all together as a family.  Until now.  When ScoreBig introduced me to their service, I realized that this was my chance to get great tickets at a great price for all of us! {{fabulous!}} ScoreBig At ScoreBig you are guaranteed to save on sports, concert, theater, Broadway, family show and attraction tickets.  There are NO…
  • Strawberry Milk Shake Recipe {#EasterIDeas}

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    With Easter right around the corner, I’m LOVING this Strawberry Milk Shake with Whipped Cream. It tastes sinfully delicious and since it’s pink, it’s the perfect festive Easter treat. Since it’s pretty healthy (just think of all the calcium and fresh fruit!!!) there’s no excuse not to make it all. the. time, right? {{snicker}} How to Make this Strawberry Milk Shake Recipe is a snap. The secret ingredients are vanilla ice cream, International Delight French Vanilla Creamer and strawberries. The best part about this shake is that it can be made year round.
  • Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am knows How to Make Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes that look fabulous.  These three recipes are perfect to make with your kiddos and would make perfect centerpieces for you table before you eat them.   Happy Easter, y’all! Easter Bunny Cake – This Easter Bunny Cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser and can double as a table center piece.  That’s one of the things I love most about it.  Plus, your kids can help decorate it, and you know that if they are involved it’ll definitely be the hit of the party! Print Kid Friendly Easter Dessert Recipes…
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  • Pretty Funny Vintage Party!

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
  • Happy Earth Day!

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    It’s a stunning Earth Day here in New York! Today my book is visiting Here, There and Everywhere where Claudia Heitler is giving away not one but TWO signed copies of “This Book Was a Tree!” Politics, economics, health, science—HTE is the place to go for global news for kids—spanning diverse fields and subjects, HTE addresses current issues in bite-sized pieces for smallish people. Check out Claudia’s site HERE where you’ll find her take on making seed bombs (and enter the GIVEAWAY!). Tonight I’ll celebrate Earth Day HERE. I would love to see you, but if you are far far…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Eleven. Warm and Cozy

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Today, because it’s a dreary April day in New York and we don’t have enough warm cozy thoughts already circling our heads, we’re going to talk about the fact that my book is visiting Lisa Jordan right this very minute. Today is the opposite of dreary in every way because: felted stones. Because: hand-dyed thread. Because: intricate stitching covering wool cocoons. Because Lisa Jordan gathers materials like acorns and stones and sticks along open shorelines and deep walks in her Minnesota woods, wraps them in a earthy palate of local hand-dyed wool, felts them, and then embroiders them…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Ten. Big Smallish Things.

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Starting this week off with a KAPOW! as my book heads down to Candler, North Carolina to visit my friend Ashley English. I honestly don’t know how she’s had had time for me this week, since her book “Handmade Gatherings” (Roost) launched just last week. In addition to her blog Small Measure, Ashley is also the author of the “Homemade Living” (Lark) book series, as well as “A Year of Pies” (Lark)—all highlighting a variety of topics related to small-scale homesteading and environmentally sensible lifestyle choices. Check out Small Measure where she chronicles her homesteading…
  • Bloggy Book Tour: Day Nine. Inspiration.

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today my book has trekked northward to Ontario for a quick visit with my friend Margie, rural family physician and textile artist extraordinaire. For quite some time I’ve been completely mesmerized by her breathtaking crocheted creations—so beautifully documented on her blog Resurrection Fern. Her nature-inspired work is a melding of fractal patterns and repurposed soft vintage threads all carefully worked with crochet hooks to cover earth worn stones and wood and other natural found objects. Lichen, leaves, webs, frost patterns—all are magically woven into intricate lacy…
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    It Builds Character

  • Keeping up with family albums

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Photo credit: Tracy Jensen I hope you had a great weekend! It’s Monday, which means I’m over at EverydayFamily, and continuing our April theme of organization, I’ve got some tips for keeping up with your family albums. With a higher volume of photos as we snap away on our smartphones, it’s no longer a project that can wait until the end of the year! Stop by EverydayFamily and let me know how you handle your family pictures. Have a good one! I’ll have a new post up here at IBC later this week. It’s my last week at my current job as I get ready for big…
  • A silver lining during spring snow

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Photo Credit: Flickr / Renee_McGurk In Chicago, we have a little bit of a problem every spring: We get antsy for some sunlight and warm weather, which causes us to have selective memory about what spring is actually like here. It teases, it warms up just to freeze over twelve hours later, and we play this game until June, when it immediately spikes to 90 and we get covered in mosquitoes. I’m over at Chicago Parent today talking about one silver lining I’ve found for the extended chill. Stop by and check it out! ~ChiMomWriter The post A silver lining during spring snow appeared…
  • How to organize your life around what fulfills you

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Photo credit: iStock The theme in April at EverydayFamily is organization. I immediately knew I wanted to talk with Theresa Sullivan of Wayfinder Advisors. Sullivan is a professional coach whose sessions have provided a lot of clarity for me, and whose exercises I still use to make decisions. As a working mom of three who has excelled in both the corporate world in launching her own business, she understands the external noise many of us struggle with on a daily basis, and she is adept at helping others boil the overwhelming issues down to manageable ideas. Today, I’m at EverydayFamily…
  • Preschoolers and public tantrums: I asked Dr. G.

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo credit: iStock Austin, who is almost four, has gotten very skilled at the public temper tantrum lately. While I know what tactics work well at home, because Austin uses his volume level as one of the key components of his meltdowns, I’m often at a loss as to how I should deal with these episodes when we are out. I contacted Dr. Deborah Gilboa of Ask Doctor G and author of Get the Behavior You Want… without Being the Parent You Hate for some strategies. Want to know her suggestions? Check out the article today at EverydayFamily. Happy Monday! ~ChiMomWriter The post…
  • Note to self: Stop trying to sound cool to the babysitter

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    I instantly aged myself last weekend – I tried to sound cool to the babysitter. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m not that old… But to a 16-year-old? I remember (vaguely, through a thick net of cobwebs) how unfathomable 30 seemed, let alone where I am now. I didn’t mean to inflict harm on this poor girl charged with the care of my children. I just LOVE music and concerts. It’s one of my favorite parts of living in Chicago. So, when my sitter mentioned she might be going to a concert that Saturday night, I, of course, asked which one. “It’s a bunch of Christian bands playing.”…
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    Toy Reviews | Toy Queen | Educational Toys | Toddler Toys | Best Apps for Kids | Toy Giveaways | Preschool Games | Baby Product Reviews

  • Genevieve Going’s CD “Do You Know ” Launch

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary single of “My Telephone Number is” by Genevieve Goings to review as a influencer with Entertainment New Media Network.  My thoughts and opinions are always my own. For those of of you are Disney Junior regulars like our family, when ever you hear the Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve anthem, you can’t but help but sing along. On June 3rd, 2014, Genevieve will release her first solo album for preschoolers entitled, “Do You Know?” “Do You Know?” is recommended for kids ages 2-7 and teaches children about everyday…
  • Goldieblox Construction Toy Giveaway

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Disclosure: I received a free sample of GoldieBlox to facilitate this review and giveaway. Any opinions are my own. STEM toys are the rage in the toy industry. These toys aim to provide children with exposure to activities that promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Also within this same category, many companies, like GoldieBlox were designed especially to help girls seek out these types of careers, given that only 13% of women enter the engineering field. GoldieBlox are construction toys that encourage kids to solve a problem using connectors, pegs and spools. You can…
  • ToyQueen Strong

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    The last 5 years, I’ve been running a blogging marathon. It’s been a long road with lots of never-ending hills, physically fueled many times by caffeine and adrenaline, that has been infused with a lot of frustration, exhaustion, breathlessness, fear, insecurity, and utter excitement. I am definitely not a long distance runner by any means, I actually hate running, 2 miles is about all I can handle. However, I know what it means to work hard and set goals. My occupational therapy background has trained me how to be focused on achieving a long-term goal of the finish line, by…
  • Tiny Love Developlace Review & Giveaway

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Disclosure: I was provided with a Tiny Love Developlace to facilitate this review and giveaway, any opinions are my own. I’ve blinked and my baby is no longer a baby, but in the same breath I’ve dubbed this moment in time as, “The year of the babies!” My best friend just had twins, and I work in a school system where it seems as if someone announces a pregnancy every week. Though we aren’t planning on another baby, I love that at this phase of our lives we can relive some of those memories as  our closest friends and family members start and expand their own…
  • LEGO Duplo How Do You Play? Contest #DUPLOPLAY

    2 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Disclosure: I have been asked to be part of the “How do you play?” jury by LEGO DUPLO. No monetary compensation is being provided for this opportunity, any opinions are my own. There’s an amazing contest that was just launched on Facebook by LEGO DUPLO, called the “How do you play?” competition. LEGO DUPLO is encouraging families to upload a video, no more than 30 seconds, of their children playing and creating with LEGO DUPLOS. For 6 weeks, fans will vote on which videos they like and participants can win different LEGO DUPLO prize packs. The top 3 videos each…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 30 Ways You Can Help the Planet

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      Today is the day every year when we talk about respecting our planet, the only one we have. Yet every day should be Earth Day. If we were to make every day Earth Day, we may be able to reverse the damage done to our planet to date. Climate change is no joke. We have seen it with our own eyes as we watch one “weather event” after the next. If we all make just a few small, easy changes to our daily habits, we can change the world. Here are 30 ways you can help the planet: Buy locally made items and locally grown foods. Shop at markets that source locally or join a CSA. Plant trees.
  • How to Not Let the Bullies Win

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    We talk a lot about bullying these days, on blogs, on television, in schools and in our homes. While it makes for important conversation and brings a serious issue to the forefront, bullying still happens across the country every single day. And bullying can affect someone for years afterwards. It is evident that bullying is an issue that is going to be around for a while despite efforts towards the contrary. With texts and social media, it has also become more difficult to define who should get involved and whose jurisdiction covers those actions. When is it the school’s responsibility?
  • Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Earth Day is coming around again. Though I love the fact that there is a day each year to celebrate the planet we live on, it concerns me that there are people who only pay attention on one day each year. The truth is that every day it becomes more and more important that we start taking better care of our environment. So let’s start now and keep the momentum going. Here 10 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day, and every day, with your children: 1. The next time it pours, go out and wash your hair in the rain.  Get them in their bathing suits and head outside with the shampoo. Kids LOVE…
  • The Power of a Smile

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When I was a kid, the girls in the neighborhood would hang out in our friend’s backyard, acting out scenes from the Broadway show, Annie. To this day over 30 years later, I can still hear my friend Stacey singing the words, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” A smile is a very powerful thing. During stressful situations, smiling can actually improve our mood. Quite literally, turning that frown upside down can be enough to lighten the mood. Merely seeing a smile on someone else has the power to activate the muscles in our face that make us smile. Think about…
  • Connected in Hope: Fashion That Gives Back (Giveaway)

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When someone strikes you from the very first moment as an individual with grace, class and style, she is the type of person you want to get to know better. She is someone who draws you in. She connects with you. That is how I felt from the very first moment I heard from Ryane Murnane. Ryane is one of the founders of the Connected in Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grew out of a “deep love and respect for the people of Ethiopia and a compelling desire to give back to the beautiful land and its people.” After taking several trips to Ethiopia, she saw firsthand how women fuel…
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  • Johnny-come-lately apology

    Abel Cheng
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Two weeks ago, I was rushing to school to fetch K. Out of good intention, J helped me start the car engine. This wasn’t the first time she did so. But there’s something that she did this time that was unprecedented. Immediately after she started the engine, she locked the car and slammed the door. That happened in front of my very own eyes. I was in shock and in that instance, I had no time to warn her not to do it. The result was dismay: the car was locked with the key inside! That little act caused me to search for the spare key frantically for a good two hours. In between, I…
  • Reading Mouserathon

    Abel Cheng
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:35 am
    After stopping for quite some time, K picked up reading again in the last week or so.  Of course, before that, I tried to encourage him to read but it was just that: light reminder. And no action thereafter. However, in the past few days, he was infected with some sort of virus that motivates him to read… non-stop. After digging up old issues of Gemelia and re-read for the n-th time, the virus took interest in adventure stories of a popular mouse, Geronimo Stilton. Ever since last week, on average, K has finished a book each day. Quite an amazing feat for an eight-year old. It might not be…
  • Let kids be kids: Joining the tree-climbing tribe

    Abel Cheng
    11 Feb 2014 | 12:03 am
    Photo Credit: Arielle Kristina You see in my neighborhood, there’s an alternative school that encourages children to climb trees. Yep, it’s true. According to the “followers,” children are born with the right to climb that you should not violate. If you don’t believe me, pay me a visit and I’ll show you a bunch of kids who are happily climbing up trees without a slight intervention from the parents. Chances are the kids who are up on a tree belong to that school. To let you in on a secret, I do secretly hope that J and K would have the tree-climbing prowess…
  • Five Firsts of Not-So-Young Children

    Abel Cheng
    19 Dec 2013 | 11:30 pm
    At different stages of life, elder kids tend to do different things than their younger peers. My philosophy is simple: I will do my best to let them do what they want to do as long as it’s not life threatening like jumping off from a tall building. Recently, J and K, 10 and 7 respectively, have collectively gone through five new experiences. Sometimes, it’s fun to know your child is able to do stuff that only adults can – albeit not perfectly executed.  Sleepover One day J and K invited a friend over to play. At the end of the day, their friend wanted to stay until…
  • Securing Your Family’s Financial Well Being

    Abel Cheng
    28 Nov 2013 | 10:44 pm
    You won’t see this in the MSM (main stream media). If you read the news today, we are STILL in the best of the economy. The best proof is the Dow Jones has reached 16,000 points. Thanks to the screwed financial systems and despite the good news released by the governments, hyperinflation is going to happen. And when that happens, it’s going to wipe out a great deal of wealth held by the people. I am not a pessimist but I want you to be financially secure by preparing for the inevitable hyperinflation that is coming to hit us. Michael Maloney has done an amazing job on explaining…
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    The Fairly Odd Mother

  • Running with asthma: A race of one

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

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

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

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

    2 Jul 2013 | 4:18 am
    No matter how many times I sit down to start a new post, I’m stuck with how to begin. I vowed I wouldn’t start with, “Hey, I’ve been gone for six months!” but here I am. . .saying just that. Fortunately, there is no reason for the absence other than being a little tired of writing about my life and also getting a bit addicted by the immediacy of Facebook. You mean I can write two sentences in my Facebook status update and have 15 comments in 10 minutes, versus spending an hour editing a post?  But Facebook posts seem lost within hours even though I’m sure…
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    Life with Boys

  • A Shout out to All the Teachers

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    I think for the most part we’ve been lucky. Almost all of the teacher’s the boys have...
  • Spring Break is Over!!!

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    For months I looked forward to Spring Break. A whole week from the grind, a week off from the norm,...
  • What the Hell, Glee?

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Yeah, I said it. What the hell? In your third season you knocked it out of the proverbial ball park...
  • Dean and his Music

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Dean is very much like me in that he loves his music. All types of music. He’ll snap his...
  • Look It's a Pit Bull!

    3 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    I won’t talk too much about the physicality of the breed itself. I don’t know much about...
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    The Young Mommy Life

  • Pursuing Your Passions Is Not All Or Nothing: Learning To Go With The Flow When Life Gets Crazy

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    I had to get a part-time job to help pay the bills, but the only job I could find is on night shift. I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was to work four nights a week and go to college full-time, all while running a household and raising a six-year-old. Unfortunately, while I struggled to maintain good grades, find time to spend with my daughter and get to work on time, I had to put my passions on hold. I love to write and I love to take pictures, but when you’re juggling so many responsibilities you have to prioritize. And let me tell you, wanting to stay up and…
  • GIVEAWAY: “The Nut Job” DVD Is Perfect For Family Movie Night

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’m going through the motions with my kids. They go to school, I stay home and work and in the evenings we’re just kind of existing in the same space, but we’re not really talking and we’re not really connecting as much as I’d like. Part of me was happy when I was knee-deep in Young Mom Summit details, because they were content to play together and didn’t demand as much of my attention, but now? I’m feeling a little lost, honestly. A good family movie night does wonders for me and my kids. We spend the whole day…
  • Disney’s “Give A Book, Get A Book” Campaign Gets Books Into Hands Of Low-Income Children

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    On Saturday, Disney kicked off some HUGE news during its 2014 Social Media Moms Celebration. It unveiled its Give A Book, Get A Book partnership with First Book that will donate up to ONE MILLION books to U.S. communities in need, as well as present families with free digital books from Disney Publishing. This is an initiative that is near and dear to my heart because I truly believe EVERY child should have access to any book they so choose. One of my major goals for the site is to partner with other organizations to make sure my readers’ kids have full, fun book libraries at home.
  • VIDEO: Take A Peek At The Magic Of The First Young Mom Summit

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Without further ado, here is the video I promised of the Young Mom Summit. If you weren’t in attendance, you missed out! Be sure to join the mailing list so you’ll be first to hear when we’re coming to your area! The post VIDEO: Take A Peek At The Magic Of The First Young Mom Summit appeared first on The Young Mommy Life.
  • Reminder: There Is More To Life Than What Social Media Shows You

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    I was talking to a good friend yesterday (on the phone! Whoaa!) after not hearing her voice for close to a year. I’ve been watching and participating in her life via snippets on Facebook and Instagram and was so impressed by how hard she’s been working to achieve her goals. But she quickly reminded me that Instagram only gives you half the story, if that. I immediately understood. Browsing my Instagram account, you’d think I was a self-assured 28-year-old with two lovely kids, a loving husband, an obsession with food and this little event called the Young Mom Summit. But…
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    The Parenting Science News Feed

  • Apr 21, Earth day: How free, outdoor play can change kids' lives

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    How do we teach kids to conserve the earth's resources? Maybe the most crucial factor is getting kids to play outside.
  • Apr 16, What do kids stand to gain from music lessons?

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    In recent months, headlines announced that music lessons do not have an effect on the way kids think and learn. But the study in question didn't test the effects of learning to play a musical instrument. Instead, it tested the effects of 6 weeks of music-oriented preschool activities on young children. What, then, do we know about the effects of serious, sustained musical training? It's clear that such training causes changes in the brain, and there is reason to think that many of the skills musicians acquire could be relevant for academic achievement. The best reason to enroll kids in music…
  • Apr 14, Genetic study: Does family instability age kids before their time?

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Some thoughts about a new study suggesting that early life adversity shortens a child's telomeres, and, therefore, hastens the aging process.
  • Apr 9, Babies get smarter after naps

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    New evidence that a nap helps babies figure out the rules that govern language.
  • Apr 7, Evidence-based education

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    How is school serving your child? Here is my updated round-up of the many articles and blog posts I've written about schooling: A review of the best-available evidence about educating our kids.
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    The Zen Mom

  • The Zen Mom Confessional

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This post is something that’s been on my mind for awhile. Sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately, I’ve been at the next stage of my mom journey and I have not shared it with you. I’m slowing... Click on or title for more.
  • First 5 California-Why I’m Making More Time For Play!

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    I just got back from a weekend ski trip with the family and on the flight home I sat next to a mom of 3 who is now an empty nester. I’m not sure how we got so deep into … Continue reading... Click on or title for more.
  • Oscars 2014: The Vanity Fair Social Club With The Insider

    28 Feb 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Here in SoCal it’s Stormwatch! I know, it’s nothing compared to what others have been going through across the country this year, but it’s definitely wet. Hoping it will clear up by... Click on or title for more.
  • “TILT -7 Solutions To Be A Guilt Free Working Mom” Book Launch

    5 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Ever feel like you’re just running on a hamster wheel that never stops? The elusive quest for balance and then at the end of it all you’re just exhausted. That’s why I started The Zen Mom... Click on or title for more.
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2014-Year Of The Horse

    31 Jan 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Isn’t 2014 flying by? I can’t believe its already the end of January, but on the Lunar calendar it’s just the beginning. So Happy Chinese New Year to you. It’s The Year of The... Click on or title for more.
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    Raising Great Men™

  • Brilliant But Lazy: Helping Your Underachieving Son to Succeed in the 21st Century

    Marie Roker-Jones
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
    One of my favorite lines from Spiderman 2 is when Peter Parker’s professor describes him- “He’s brilliant, but lazy. He’s always late to class, or absent entirely. He must stay out all night partying or something, because when he is here, he’s always exhausted, too worn out to take much initiative. He doesn’t do his homework.” How many of us can relate to that when it comes to our sons? We nag, we threaten and we yell, but nothing seems to phase our sloth-like genius.What’s most frustrating is that we know they are capable of doing the work.
  • 7 Life Lessons for My Sons From ‘Green Eggs and Ham”

    Marie Roker-Jones
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:43 am
    My sons and I are big Dr. Seuss fans and have shared many wonderful nights reading treasured favorites such as The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, If I Ran the Zoo and Green Eggs and Ham. While our reading pastime has given us quality time together, I hadn’t given thought to some of the life lessons we can learn from these books.  Recently as I read Green Eggs and Ham with my 3 year old, I thought of all the things he could learn from the tenacious and persuasive  Sam-I-Am. 1. Be Proud of Your Name Right at the beginning, Sam I Am lets us know his full…
  • 8 Things I Want to Teach My Sons About Women

    Marie Roker-Jones
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    As the mom of two boys,  I often have to remind them (and myself) that I’m a woman first, a mom second. I remember when my teen son was little and he said he wanted to marry a woman just like me. I was flattered and scared at the same time. On one hand,  he must see good qualities in me that he would want in a future wife but on the other hand was it fair to expect his future wife to be a  Star Wars, Pokemon, Hot Wheels, Lego, SpongeBob loving ninja?  I now realize that at that age, the thought of his wife being like his mother was the coolest thing in the world. Now that he’s…
  • #MomsofBoysChat Fitness and Training for Life With @AmenZone

    1 Jan 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Join the #momsofboychat this Friday at 10pm Est as we welcome our co-host @AmenZone! Amen Iseghohi is the Founder and CEO of Amenzone Fitness and the Amenzone Fitness Franchising entity. He has both business and fitness background with a BA in International Business. Mr. Iseghohi also founded the Amenzone Foundation, a 501c3 created to help fight childhood obesity and encourage better self-esteem. The AmenZone PE Foundation is founded on the belief that many of the issues facing today’s youth are a result of low self-esteem, poor nutrition and lack of fitness.   Amen is giving away…
  • Mom, Make a Promise to Yourself in 2014

    Marie Roker-Jones
    1 Jan 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dear Mom, It’s the first day of 2014, and it’s a good time to jump start on taking care of the most important person in your world: YOU! Yes, your children important too, but how good of a mom can you be when you’re tired, weary, anxious, frustrated, desperate, overwhelmed and angry. How much longer can you go on, letting others take a priority in your life. What good is it to be resentful of others because you don’t ask for help or support. Isn’t it time you did something for yourself without feeling guilty about it? Let this be the year you are a top priority!
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    Potty Training - Whats the secret!!

  • Potty Training

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Probably one of the biggest questions on the minds of parents considering potty training is, “when should I start potty training?” In fact, many parents assume that is better to wait to toilet train, when in fact their child is already ready. For starters, put the rumors to rest and learn what (if any) differences exist between potty training girls and boys. Potty training facts Toilet training is a natural function that requires biological maturation coupled with a child’s desire to master controlling urination and bowel movements. Cultures have various expectations…
  • How to potty train your boy!!!

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The post How to potty train your boy!!! appeared first on Potty Training - Whats the secret!!.
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    Life With 4 Boys

  • Wordless Wednesday - The Loves of My Life

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Sometimes they're angels. Sometimes they're not.
  • A Family of Five's Final Opinion of the 2014 Toyota Sienna #SiennaDiaries

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    I participated in the #SiennaDiaries blogger program, but all opinions are my own.  We had the pleasure of driving a 2014 Toyota Sienna for a few months as part of the #SiennaDiaries blogging program. As someone who has never owned a brand new vehicle, it was quite a treat, and honestly, our family is still in mourning a bit after giving it back. I find myself missing features that the Sienna
  • Whale Watching in Monterey with Fast Raft Ocean Safaris #Tentacles

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    I was provided with a complimentary tour or the purpose of review, but all opinions are my own. Every once in a while in life, you come across an experience so unbelievable that it is not likely to be replicated again in your lifetime. My trip out into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary on a Fast Raft Ocean Safari earlier this month was one such experience. In fact, even now, it is
  • 4 Apps That Help You Eat Healthy

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    The weather is getting warmer and you know what that means. There are no more bulky sweaters and long pants to hide behind. That's why I am making an effort to eat healthier with swimsuit season quickly approaching. Eating healthier just got easier in the digital age. There's an app for that! If you are someone who needs a little help to keep you on track and you are always on the go, try an
  • Road Tripping with Kids - Tips to Keep You Sane

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    This post brought to you by Wamart. All opinions are 100% mine. Last year, when I thought about climbing behind the wheel of Bob the van, and heading out for a 50 day road trip with four boys in the backseat, I was more than a little nervous. Would they behave, would I be tempted to throw them out the window? In my head I had visions of us singing a rendition of "On The Road Again" and
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    Sweet Memoirs

  • 3 Types of Bags Every Woman Should Have

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    As of this writing, I don't own a single IT bag. First things first, what does IT bag means? According to wikipedia, It bag is a colloquial term from the fashion industry used in the 1990s and 2000s to describe a brand or type of high-priced designer bag by makers such as Chanel, Hermès, or Fendi that becomes a popular best-seller. Apart from not being affluent to buy such IT bags, luxurious bags are just not my thing. I would rather save up for travel than own one if I ever I get the chance to live in excess.Well, my criteria for buying a bag is very simple. It has to be functional,…
  • Save a Lunch Date with Your Mum at Spuds & Aprons

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thinking of a gift for the special mom in your life this Mother’s Day? We guess nothing beats goodold-fashioned family fun time together over a hearty meal.Spoil mum this Mother’s Day with a delectable lunch this special occasion at Spuds & Aprons—thenewest dining spot at the top of Mount Faber. Dishes on the menu include Grilled Prawn withLemongrass, Superior Seafood Pumpkin Soup, and Braised Beef Cheeks with Dashi Stock and Shoyu.While indulging in the food and fun time together, capture picture-perfect moments against theinvigorating view of Sentosa and the running cable car…
  • 5 Kitchen Essentials

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    If there is one space in our flat that I love organizing and cleaning, it's none other than our kitchen. Mainly because it is where our food which nourishes our body were prepared and cooked with love and passion.Here are my top 5 kitchen essentials:1) built in stove and oven2) microwave oven 3) eco-friendly refrigerator4) tableware organizer5) pot & pan organizer
  • Places of Interest in Malacca: Walking Distance from Hotels

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    What I loved about our recent trip to Malacca is the accessibility of many places of interest from our hotel. All the places we explored are walking distance from Equatorial Hotel (you can find my hotel review here), Hatten Hotel, and Holiday Inn among many other hotels around the heritage city. We did not spend a single cent for transportation except for the Melaka River Cruise.Here are the list of places you can explore by foot from Equatorial Hotel:1. Proclamation of Independence Memorial HallIf you wish to traverse back the road leading to Malaysia's independence, this is the perfect…
  • Essential Ways To Encourage Family Interaction and Not Drift Apart

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    The pressures on all of us are greater than ever before, be they social or financial. More people than ever are seeking consultations with their doctors and being placed on antidepressants because they feel they cannot cope, For anyone, this condition is devastating, and if a person lives alone, the extreme emotions are often amplified.For those lucky enough to have a family, it is possible that by all pulling together, external pressures can be shut out at night giving everyone a chance to heal from the day they have just endured. This goes for the children too, being at school these days is…
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    Kids in Sports | Character Building | JBM Thinks

  • 25 Healthy Team Snacks

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Healthy Team Snacks are not just for t-ball and peewee soccer. Big kids need healthy food too. When my  oldest daughter played travel softball–from middle school all the way through high school–a mom would always bring a cooler of healthy snacks. Much better, and much cheaper, than the snack bar offerings, for sure! Yes, it […]
  • 9 Things No One Likes About Playing Youth Sports…and One of Them Really Sucks!

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    You and I both know that playing youth sports is not all fun and games. You probably wouldn’t be reading my blog if it was that easy. There’s a lot to enjoy, of course, but there’s also plenty that is very frustrating. This list is not meant to discourage turn you against youth sports. I […]
  • 4 Steps to Teaching Your Child Respect for Opponents

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does your child have respect for opponents when he plays youth sports? Perhaps you see way too much disdain, badmouthing, and disrespect in youth sports as your child competes. When I watched the Olympics, I saw competitive respect exemplified in the lives of many Olympic athletes. I often saw athletes congratulating opponents even after they themselves […]
  • Family Priorities Vs Youth Sports: Who Wins this Tug of War?

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Clashes between family priorities and youth sports are inevitable. It is a tug-of-war that causes conflict in many homes and on many teams. Things crop up: dentist appointments, family vacations, family emergencies. And sometimes it’s just the conflict of a double-booked calendar forcing parents to choose what gets the boot: youth sports or the event? […]
  • How Well Do You Know Your Child?

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you really know your child? We all think we know our kids; after all we live in the same house, we’ve raised them and cared for them. That automatically means we know them, right? I once heard a story about a pro basketball player who found out one day when talking with a friend […]
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    Tales From the Nursery

  • Living Life While Losing Weight {Weight Loss Update}

    Darcy Zalewski
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of my fears about losing weight is missing out. Missing out on fun and food because, let’s face it, a lot of social activities surround food. Food is social and that can create stress for someone like me. Or it creates an excuse to binge. And, I’m always looking for “good” reasons to indulge. It’s a hard battle to fight. Of course I want to be healthy. I know that requires limiting indulgences. It also means I have to reprogram my entire way of approaching food or else I’ll continue to eat my emotions. This past week I didn’t make the best food…
  • Maleficent Makes Bad Look Good #Maleficent

    Darcy Zalewski
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A good villain is essential to a great story. But some villains are more than that. They can be complex; blurring the line between good and evil. The male villain who wins my heart is Loki, but Maleficent is totally my girl crush villain. (And, yes, it helps that she’s being played by Angelina Jolie.) With every clip and featurette, I get another glimpse into the untold story. Sure, some bad guys are just pure power hungry evil, but sometimes there’s more to their motivation. “The Legacy” Featurette And I can’t wait to find out what drove Maleficent to curse a…
  • Rissa Reads: Disney’s Frozen Books

    Darcy Zalewski
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We received Disney Frozen books to review. Confession: We didn’t see Frozen until it was released on Blu-ray/DVD. I pre-ordered it, so we watched it as soon as we got it. This was after Rissa met Elsa and Anna at Disney World during our #DisneyKids preschool blogger trip in March. When I received the opportunity to review some of the books, I wasn’t sure if they’d arrive before or after the movie. (They arrived after.) I mentioned something about getting Frozen books, to which Rissa asked why I was going to give her cold books. Another confession: During the first half of…
  • Getting Around Town With Two Kids as a One Car Family

    Darcy Zalewski
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We received the double stroller featured for review. Post includes affiliate links. It’s not easy being a one car family, especially with two young children. When we first made the decision to drop down to one car, it was no big deal. Rissa was still a baby and my car had broken down beyond (affordable) repair. The savings of owning only one car was a no-brainer for us. Luckily, we live within walking distance from the library, bank, post office, park and a grocery store. Most of the time I didn’t need to go anywhere while Brian was at work. If I did or it was nice out, we could…
  • Time to Buy New Pants! {Weight Loss Update}

    Darcy Zalewski
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Getting healthy and losing weight have pros and cons, much like anything else. One of those is shopping for new clothes. I’ve been looking forward to needing new pants and I finally had to buy some on Saturday. All my pants are officially too big. A few pairs were already baggy, but several were literally falling off my ass. I’ve been trying to get by with a belt, but I ran out of notches. Seriously, if you can pull your pants down without undoing your belt on the last notch… you need new pants. Rockin' my new pants! So, I walked into Torrid, planning to try on size 16…
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    The Potty Diaries

  • Bribery and Corruption, Potski Mansions-Style

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    It's Spring Break here for all of 1 glorious week.  I know - not long enough, but I try to console myself with the longer summer holidays we get in recompense.  Doesn't work, but I do try...Unlike many of the families at the Boys' school (if I see one more fb posting showing pristine beaches or water parks I will be driven to... to... more chocolate, probably) we are staying put for this holiday, which is, I remind myself frequently - mainly when looking at fb - a Good Thing.  We've had a crazy start to the year, and the chance to stand still with no hard and fast schedule to…
  • Please hold, caller...

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    ... the person you are calling knows you are waiting.I'm fed up with the Blogger inhouse spam captcha*, so am currently trying to import a widget that will do the same job but without forcing commenters to read and retype incomprehensible strings of numbers and letters. In the long term this should make life easier for people wanting to comment.In the short term, it seems to mean that nobody can...
  • Who says we have to act our age?

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    I have just been indulging myself - to the delighted embarrassment of my older son - in a spot of chair dancing to this... One of the things about getting older is that people stop thinking you want to kick over the traces, let alone that you actually will.  Or maybe that's just one of the limitations I place upon myself, I don't know.  Certainly it's a lot harder to get up the morning after drinking too much the night before, to the extent that generally it's easier to put the brakes on and avoid the hangover in the first place.  But that doesn't mean I don't ever want to go…
  • How to tell your car was WAY overdue a wash...

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:16 am
    Moscow is a mucky city.  Not in the sense of being covered in litter - it isn't, it's admirably tidy - but as far as the dirt is concerned.  The authorities try to keep a handle on it, they really do, with fleets of orange trucks travelling in convey along the streets and spraying water to keep the dust down, but it's a thankless and interminable task.  I suspect that the reasons for this are multiple; pollution, open ground, power stations in the city (although I suppose that falls under pollution), the number of cars on the streets (ah - pollution again), and diesel trucks.
  • Today's definition of 'Irony'

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    It was a beautiful day, today.  The sun was shining and not in Moscow's usual 'bright blue but minus 5degreesC' March kind of way, but in an 'Oh my god it's still March, but it's +18degC and I am TOTALLY wearing the wrong shoes to drop the kids off at school' kind of way.So I hotfooted it (quite literally) home and changed out of my trusty Timberland knee-high boots and into a pair of ecco bowling shoes.What I did not do - crucially - was change my thick winter socks.  So a couple of hours later I found myself yomping through the middle of town on a series of errands in shoes…
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    Abundant Mama

  • 20 Happy Rules for a Peaceful Family

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Yesterday my daughter bought a tiny notebook at her school’s book fair. Being a big fan of journals, I asked her what she planned to write in her new journal. She thought for a few minutes while I read. And when I glanced over she writing in one of my purple markers on the cover of her journal. “Jadyn’s Rules at Home To Be Loving.” The apples don’t fall far from the trees around here. We are a mostly loving, peaceful family. Mostly being the keyword. And so it’s natural that the first Rule in her book goes like this: 1. Give a hug at least 3 times a day or…
  • Why Are We So Busy, Anyway?

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    I am the least busy person I know. It’s true. My calendar has a lot of blank space. My kids aren’t in any extra activities at the moment. We rarely have more than one social event a weekend. And, we really prefer it that way. Simple and slow is best for me and my creative brain that often runs a marathon of thoughts in a single hour. And, it seems to be best for our daughters who more often than not these days are opting to stay home and built a fort in the backyard. But this isn’t true for many families. So many moms I talk to on a regular basis say they just do not know…
  • A Rant Against Busyness + A Poem

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    This morning, I read poetry to the girls while they waited for their time on the clock to leave for school. We changed some things around in their lives to give them more time in the mornings. In fact, we switched schools and the change gave them an extra hour and a half every morning to, you know, disagree over who’s turn it is to feed the guinea pigs. So, I read to them. Because slow, joyful mornings are important to us. In today’s case I read poetry. “Go write down on a piece of paper your favorite word,” I told them. They rush off to find a pencil and paper and…
  • Understanding the Seasons of Motherhood

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    The clock on the nightstand says exactly 8:22 p.m. I’m in my pajamas already. We just exchanged our nightly, “Love you to the moon and back, don’t let the bed bugs bite, see you in the morning” handshake (times two). And I happily crawl into bed, faithfully write in my gratitude journal, do some mindful centering and consciously turn out the light so I can read in the dark on my e-reader. This isn’t how it always is around here. Often, I’m up late doing stuff, dabbling in this or that or at the very least plotting and planning for tomorrow. But not this…
  • Choosing Happiness Over Anger

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I love happy mama stories. Here’s another real-mama story straight from The Abundant Mama Project. This personal story about choosing happiness over anger by Scottie really makes me smile. Please leave her a comment telling her how great she’s doing. By Scottie Gilligan Our family life was stressed when I first signed up for The Abundant Mama Project (AMP) program. I was searching for solutions to my 4-year-old daughter’s behavior issues. I was finding myself yelling more and more and becoming frustrated with not being able to control her behavior. I felt like a prisoner and…
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    Project Motherhood

  • Kid Friendly: Growing Up NYC Style!

    Allison Cooper
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Being born and raised in a bubble sort of suburb of Pittsburgh, I spent my life dreaming of ways to get out of the small town and escape to the city of dreams, New York City. My husband was born and raised in Brooklyn, so to him, this place is home. And we all know that there is nothing like home. Now here we are, many years later and raising our son in the city that never sleeps, where many would be skeptical about raising a child. But for us, it is perfectly grand, and we fill our life will all of these kid friendly, daily outings to make sure our son always gets the best of what this great…
  • Bathing Suit Shopping For the Strawberry Shaped Mama!

    Allison Cooper
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Bathing suit shopping can be a BITCH…let’s just clear the air with that thought, first and foremost. It’s not really a wonderful experience for anyone, no matter how perfect we think that other people’s bodies are. We all have our insecurities, our “bad areas” on our bodies that we are less than thrilled to see the light of day as soon as summertime rolls around. As we travel through our dressing for your body shape–bathing suit shopping edition, so far we have targeted the Apple & Pear shaped Mamas, so it only makes sense to complete the fruits…
  • Get Sexy With Gingham: A New Twist On a Retro Fabric!

    Allison Cooper
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Editor’s Post by Deborah Hetrick Catanese Gingham is everywhere, a new twist on a sweet retro fabric! Even though its sexy sweetness is readily apparent in stores and websites galore, you might be wondering why I am totally craving gingham, and its new twist in fashion trends today. A while back, I wrote a piece for Project Motherhood about how I came to be obsessed with clothes and style. It was called The Making of a Clothes Horse, which “blamed” my mother’s propensity for creating my childhood clothing with needle, thread, patterns, and fabric as the cause of me being the Clothes…
  • Fashion Obsession: Peter Som For Kohls Collection

    Allison Cooper
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post was sponsored. A couple weeks ago as you all know, I had the pleasure of working with Kohl’s, designer Peter Som, and Kate Dimmock from People StyleWatch in the first ever shoppable Google Hangout that promoted the Peter Som For Kohls Collection. I had such a great time chatting about the collection and featuring different ways that I would style the collection for different events and situations. Peter Som For Kohls Shoppable Google Hangout My Style: Peter Som For Kohls Being the city girl that I am and since my family stayed in the city over spring break, I featured my…
  • Lip Color: Finding The Perfect Spring Pout

    Allison Cooper
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    We all know that spring is all about COLOR! It’s that time of year whenever everything is finally starting to blossom, and (especially after this harsh winter) we could all use some pops of color in our daily beauty routine. Personally, I have always been a little hesitant of bright lips, staying in my comfort zone with light rose tones and nude glosses, but I decided that it was finally time to change my ways. This year, I have gone bold with my lip color choices… keeping it fun and playful for spring! Top 5 Lip Color Choices For Spring! NARS Schiap Butter London Queen Vic  1.
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    The Mommist

  • Lupita Nyong'o Is The Most Beautiful Woman This Year!

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    She had it coming. I know, I've become a sort of news bearer of anything Lupita Nyong'o lately. Can you blame me? The woman is amazing!The actress was named The Most Beautiful Person for 2014 by People magazine awhile ago! A very well-deserved recognition, I must say. I'm really glad that its her on top of that list. Apart from being truly beautiful, Lupita has become an amazing style star! She was also recently crowned as the ambassadress for Lancôme.My very first copy of People's Most Beautiful edition was back in '91, I think. It was during the time when Lea Salonga made the list.
  • Magosaburo's Wagyu Lava Set

    Len Dela Cruz
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Few edibles have the enormous appeal better than a great steak. Well, for most people, at least. I'm not a true carnivore at heart, and would normally shy away from one if there are options available; but there are some beef that are step beyond what's considered to be delicious. To cut the long story short, I'm referring to that gem of a beef known as the Japanese Wagyu. Magosaburo serves a fine one that's just too hard to resist. The interior can be summed up to this: a sophisticated industrial designed man cave. It's very masculine in all angles with loads of leather, wood, and…
  • Making 'THE DIFF': A Customized Reminder To My Boys

    Len Dela Cruz
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Raise your hand if you've got kid/s who are attached to their iWhatever that it becomes part of their anatomy. I feel yah!I'm not gonna mother you all and go down the 'kids these days' talk. It is what it is. They're born into this epoch whereas I was born into the Family Com era. Different years, different addiction. My take on this? If you have instilled enough self-discipline in your kids, you can give them freedom to enjoy things like iPads confidently. Okay, enough with the heavy. Due to the reason above, I thought that one great way to give my boys a motherly message/push everyday…
  • Summer Pick: Shake ‘n Go Smoothie Maker

    Len Dela Cruz
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Just alerting you of a marked down summer essential that I'm excited to try!You know how almost everyone is getting into the healthy habit by going for au natural fruit juices and smoothies? Homemade smoothies tops the commercial ones still, of course. You can modify what goes into your drink according to your preference and can boost its healthy factor by freeing it of unnecessary add-ons.Shake ‘n Go Smoothie Maker enables you to create healthy beverages on a whim! What's even better is the portable container it comes with! The no-spill portable container has a built-in spout so you can…
  • Silk Road Thai Cuisine by Chef Cecille Chang

    Len Dela Cruz
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Those who are searching for distinguishable Thai food should head over to this lovely restaurant at the ground floor of Net Quad Corporate Center called Silk Road. What mostly sets this apart from the vast choices of Thai restos in the Metro is the curatorial role of chef and owner, Cecille Chang. The gorgeous chef extensively studied the cuisine in Thailand for one year.Thai food is a hit or miss in this part of the world. I think, mostly it's because some are tempered for the Filipino palate. That's still a good thing, I guess; but when you want something spot-on, Silk Road is the resto for…
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  • Walt Wednesdays | Dreaming Up Disneyland

    Bob Aycock
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hello, friends! It has been too long since I wrote a Walt Wednesdays post, and that must be corrected. Today I have been inspired by Uncle Walt’s dream of creating a place where parents and their children could have fun together. Walt Disney dreamed up the idea of Disneyland on a park bench while watching […]
  • Sleepless Beauty

    Bob Aycock
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Dearest Elisabeth, Thank you for sleeping in this morning. I would also like it if you would go back to sleeping through the night. I know once your sister gets here that she will be waking up often, so please let Daddy and Mommy save our restless nights until then. I do love the extra […]
  • It’s Me and You, Boy

    Bob Aycock
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I had a reflective moment during this morning’s commute to school. As usual Robert and I were listening to one of my Disney CDs, when “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story came on. We started singing along and I asked Robert if he remembered singing it when he was little on the […]
  • Happiness is a State of Mind

    Bob Aycock
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    If you constantly complain about everything and only see the negative in life, I honestly feel bad for you. Lighten up and live a little. Do I complain? Yes. Can I be a negative person sometimes? Yes. I do not let these things define me, however, and I do my best to provide a positive […]
  • Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Bob Aycock
    14 Feb 2014 | 11:10 am
    Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Stop by the official Walt Disney World Facebook page to share some special #DisneySide Valentines like the one below. Everyone has a Disney Side. Have you found your romantic Disney Side lately? From work to school, from carpools to meal times, there doesn’t ever seem to be enough time in the […]
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    The Kerrie Show

  • We've Always Done It This Way

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
  • Inspiration ... Start Where You Are

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    A friend posted this in a really cool group called One Small Step on Facebook.There are a lot of inspiring things on there and chances to check in each day or week with what you are doing to take care of yourself and your family or a situation.
  • Happy Easter!

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    These are pictures from Saturday when Nana and Poppy came over with Easter clothes and candy! Later Callie and Eva filled eggs for our hunt with friends today.Have a great Easter Sunday!Patrick from Spongebob photobombs
  • Good Friday Thankfulness

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Ah, I have arrived. I get to be married to my best friend, homeschool my 5 precious babies and work in a corner window office to boot. Life is good!Just noticed Tigger has a snake tied around his neck. Nice.Today we are enjoying the lovely weather. Well, not me so much. I am proofreading a ton so I can take Easter off. Aron was going to take Callie and Sam ice skating but now they don't really care since my friend Ambre dropped off some adorable clothes and now my girls want to play Prom.This is good news for us since now we don't have to pay for ice skating or the gas to get them there, and…
  • Michael's 11th Birthday Party in Pictures

    Kerrie McLoughlin
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    My mom could not make this party and my dad and stepmom had taken Michael out for a special lunch and present-shopping in lieu of the crazy party day, so here are some photos courtesy of Angeliina Lawson!
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    A Juggling Mom

  • Wordless Wednesday- My Little Miss Sunshine

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    If there is one thing that I adore about Sophie, it’s her vivacious personality that radiates like the sun. She’s... Continue reading » The post Wordless Wednesday- My Little Miss Sunshine appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Sophie’s First Easter Egg Hunt!

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    What started as a idea for an Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday turned into reality with a group of... Continue reading » The post Sophie’s First Easter Egg Hunt! appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • The Great Egg-venture at Sentosa

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This Easter, Sentosa has some egg-citing activities for you! We braved the heat yesterday and headed down to  the Emerald... Continue reading » The post The Great Egg-venture at Sentosa appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Child Label – Personalised Designer Labels {Review and Giveaway}

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Ask any parent whose kids attend playschool, childcare or even Sunday school and they’ll tell you that everything needs to... Continue reading » The post Child Label – Personalised Designer Labels {Review and Giveaway} appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
  • Motivational Mondays – Disconnect to reconnect

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    If there is one thing that most mums want in their lives, it’s more time in any given day. As... Continue reading » The post Motivational Mondays – Disconnect to reconnect appeared first on A Juggling Mom.
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  • 9 Gentle Parenting Hacks That Really Work

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    (I originally wrote this article for Parenting in a gentle and respectful way is no easy task, especially when your child is ignoring you, refusing to cooperate, or outright defying your every request. Sometimes offering a bit more direction can be helpful, but other times, it seems no matter what you do, you end up locked in a power struggle, feeling frustrated, and wondering what you’re doing wrong. After all, they’re supposed to WANT to cooperate when we treat them with love and respect, right? If only it were that easy. During my years as a preschool teacher and a nanny,…
  • What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Experienced a Loss

    4 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    It’s hard to know what to say to someone who is mourning a loss, but there are several things that we’d all very much appreciate if you’d remove from your “comforting words” list. 1)   “Well, it could be worse. At least you weren’t farther along, I have a friend/sister/cousin who…” (insert a story of horrific loss here) I can’t tell you how many well meaning friends messed this one up, but I’m pretty sure that anyone who has experienced a loss is well aware of all the even worse things that could happen. Trust me, when we discovered we had…
  • 5 Ways Bringing Montessori Home Makes Life Easier

    3 Feb 2014 | 9:58 am
    There are lots of reasons why I love Montessori education. It’s respectful, holistic, intellectually and socially stimulating, and child-directed. But one of my favorite things about Montessori is how much easier it is to be an adult spending time with children in a Montessori environment than it is in most any other environment. Here are the top five reasons why bringing Montessori philosophies into your home will make your life much easier. 1)   Cooperation and community mindedness are built in In the Montessori classroom the children are a community. Everyone works together to keep the…
  • My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013

    7 Jan 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Wow, 2013 was quite a year, wasn’t it? I started working as the office manager at my husband’s chiropractic office, continued coaching, spoke at a conference, and suffered a missed miscarriage. I also got my first tattoo and got pregnant again! Our daughter Julia started preschool at River Song School, a wonderful non-profit Montessori school here in Bend, OR. And ever since she started school, it seems like she, my husband and I have been fighting off one cold or illness after another. Through it all, I’ve done my best to keep writing and connecting with other like-minded parents,…
  • 4 Secrets to Mindful Giving During the Holidays

    3 Dec 2013 | 10:24 am
    Guest Post by Megan deBoer As parents, we are often filled with conflicting desires during the holidays: we want to satisfy our children’s wishes, we want to make the holiday magical, we want to create our own family traditions all without causing financial stress and unwelcome credit card bills.  And so we try to plan… Yet despite our best planning, there can come a moment during the whirlwind and heightened emotions of the holiday season when we find ourselves making impulsive, reactive, and unconscious spending choices.  We can be swept up in the mood, the beautiful display, the…
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  • Lost His Two Front Teeth

    Erica Price
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    H had already lost 4 teeth from the bottom and the last two only came out the other month.   The other week H’s tooth came at home during a meal and we had to spend a pleasant minute or two looking through half chewed food to find it. We went to the dentist shortly afterwards and the dentist predicted that the other one would come out before the Easter holidays were over.On Monday at Frankie and Benny’s the dentist’s prediction came true. Luckily this time we didn’t have to look through a mouthful of food to find it.  There was no bleeding either, I think because…
  • Week 16 of 2014

    Erica Price
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    So it’s been one of those ultra busy weeks again that I like to set up for myself and then moan about how tired I am during it.  It was a lot of fun though, so sometimes it’s worth it.  This was the first week of the school Easter holidays for H.On Saturday we’d arranged to go to see the new penguins at Sea Life in Birmingham.  We took H and his friend along and they had a lot of fun.  Every time we go I’m amazed at H’s knowledge of the animals that live in the sea (all down to Octonauts I think).  H’s friend was pretty knowledgeable too and they spent…
  • Making Easter Eggs With Stay in Devon

    Erica Price
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Easter wouldn’t be Easter without eggs.  We’ve never made our own Easter eggs before, but this year Stay in Devon very kindly sent us a kit to help us with making Easter eggs.I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it all was.  We melted the chocolate and  coated the mould with several coats.  Each time you need to wait for the chocolate to set and we popped ours in the fridge for a few minutes.  We were making hot cross buns at the same time, which is also a bit bitty, so we could get on with making the hot cross buns as we were waiting for the Easter eggs to set.Once the…
  • Blists Hill Victorian Town Review

    Erica Price
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    So this week we paid a visit to Blists Hill Victorian Town to see what we thought of it.  The idea behind the museum is that it gives you a chance to experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian Town. In the various cottages, shops and workplaces, there are Victorian characters who will give you an insight into Victorian life.  It’s a great place to teach children about how life was lived in the past as history is brought to life with working machines and friendly, talkative staff.Our first stop was at the bank to…
  • Next Kids Summer 2014

    Erica Price
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This week Next invited us to their HQ in Enderby, near Leicester to get a sneak preview of this year’s summer collection for kids.  Over the years H has had a lot of Next clothes and I’ve always found them to be not only hard-wearing and comfortable, but stylish and smart too.The event started off in a large room set up as a shop with the Next Kids Summer 2014 range on the racks.  H and I had a wander round before he settled down to some serious construction work with the other boys his age.  Anyway, we were both particularly taken by the range of T-shirts from this…
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  • Interesting Article

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    How to Stop Being Helicopter Parents - One Day They Will Fly the Coop What Happens When Overprotected Kids Leave Home? Even the most coddled child has to untie the apron strings eventually. (One historical exception: When Douglas MacArthur entered West Point as a cadet, his helicopter mom moved into an apartment near the grounds, […] The post Interesting Article appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • New Ladies Tees

    6 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    We have some new ladies t-shirt designs that will be listed for sale in our store in a few days.  Take a look at some of the exciting colors.  We gave you moms exactly what you asked for – you wanted pretty, bright and feminine colors and that’s what we did.  Take a look for yourself […] The post New Ladies Tees appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • Girl Scouts

    17 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I’ve not been getting out much but yesterday I made a quick run to the market and I saw my favorite cookies – there they were sitting on tables outside of the market in cute little, colorful boxes being sold by Girl Scouts.  My favorite are the shortbread ones – yummy goodness in every bite.  I […] The post Girl Scouts appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • Surfing, Are You Serious?!!

    10 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Doesn’t this look like fun?  It’s better for the kids to take surfing lessons, rather than go out into the ocean to actually learn how to surf.  Stay warm as you watch these kids having fun surfing.  Mother knows it’s better to practice first before doing the real thing.  Those waves can be a little […] The post Surfing, Are You Serious?!! appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
  • New Products Coming Soon

    22 Jan 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Our products page in the coming weeks will feature many new products.  New products, which you’ve requested will be added during the month of February 2014.  If you have written us with requests regarding diaper bags, they will be coming soon.  Also, I will be back to work (blogging and responding to your emails) very […] The post New Products Coming Soon appeared first on Helicoptermamma.
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    Forever In Mom Genes

  • Can't Think Of A Title For This One...

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    This post is about nothing and everything. So unless you're Seinfeld, how can you title something like that?Today as the kids and I went through our morning ritual of listening to Top 100 tunes while dancing around the kitchen making breakfast, feeding the dogs and the guinea pig, chugging coffee (me, not the kids) and making lunches, "Summer" by Calvin Harris came on. (The video is below in case you haven't heard it yet).After the first verse my son said, "How is that even allowed? Isn't that name calling?"How was what name calling? The dude is singing about some chick he met in the summer.
  • Funny But Not

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    You know those moments when you're half sobbing, half laughing, mortified but not enough to be blind to the humour of the situation? Of course these simulhumourous events are funnier when they happen to other people. But it seems they happen to me more than the average Joe.Like... It's funny, but totally not whenyou drive over the edge of a snowbank, expecting it to be soft and squishy, when in fact it's frozen solid like a block of cement. There's a deafening thunk as your hubcap flies off. When you realize what happened, you must reverse and slink out of your car to retrieve your hubcap,…

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    When I declined my son's invitation to go for a bike ride, he asked if I was sick. The fact that I was doubled over, holding my midriff probably gave him that idea.I wasn't sick. I just wasn't thrilled about mounting my bike. I also wasn't interested in horseback riding, frolicking on the beach in my bathing suit or doing gymnastics, if you catch my drift.I was a crampy, bloated nightmare. The only thing I was interested in was a heating pad and to be left alone. However, I felt I owed my son an explanation. He knows all about the birds and the bees. We had that talk ages ago. And though we…
  • Wishing You A Very Hairy April Fools' Day

    31 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    As usual I've left April Fools' prank planning to the last minute. I toyed with the idea of trading our bald skinny pig with a friend's furry guinea pig for the day. My children would awaken on April 1st to find bald-as a-baby's-bottom Ernie had suddenly sprouted hair over night. Fun, right? Probably not as fun for my friend's kids who would awaken to the shock of finding a bald guinea pig. That kind of sh*t leaves emotional scars. Thinking I'll shelf that idea. For now. Speaking of cavy savvy gags, back in 2000, The Independent newspaper in the UK reported that researchers had developed a…
  • Digital Health Rocks My World

    28 Mar 2014 | 6:02 am
    This post is part of the and Canada Health Infoway #DigitalHealthAndYou sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.  Since I’m a pragmatist (yet another -ist in our lengthy "ist list") I compiled our daughter’s complex medical history—doctor and therapist information, appointment dates, test results and educational assessments in one central and portable location…hence the behemoth medical binder I took with me to every single…
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  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 40

    My Asparagus Pee
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Day 40: April 19th, 2014Well, friends, we made it. The season of Lent is ending and Easter Sunday is tomorrow. I have successfully sat down in this chair for 40 days (give or take), chronicling the daily effort and effects of living my life with an eye towards the divine. If you've made it through these 40 days with me somehow, I no doubt owe you a drink. We will have to raise our glasses together because you guys, I think it might have worked. What does that mean, exactly? I have no idea. I think I thought when my mom died that it was a punctuation mark of sorts, like that…
  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 39

    My Asparagus Pee
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Day 39: April 18th, 2014Today we celebrate my husband’s birthday. As it happens, adult birthdays in our house have become rather subdued affairs as we transition both to celebrating the kids and also to bemoaning our own aging rather than wanting to shout it from the rooftops. But we will have dinner, his choice, and cake, and singing, gifts, and time together as family; and even if that is all we have, we are happy. We are also approaching ages where we can pretty safely say we  have been in each others lives (Nick and I) for more than half of our lives. We have been married for…
  • 40 days of gratitude: Day 38

    My Asparagus Pee
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Day 38: April 17th, 2014I have been noticing lately that I have old lady hands.  I see them sitting there taunting me on the keyboard as I type or on the steering wheel as I drive, all wrinkly and veiny and old-looking. I think, "When did this happen? Was it a gradual thing or did it happen all at once? How did I not notice until now?" And I look at them and I try to decide how I feel about them. I don't, as one would think, immediately hate them and all that they stand for. My hands and I have been through a lot, and I kind of have an affinity for them, even if my fingers have…
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  • Sitting Down to Dinner

    blog admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    When you sit down to dinner with a toddler there is actually not that much sitting down involved.
  • My Book Reviews

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    I love to read, and I love my parents to read books to me. Here are some reviews of my favorite books right now. I Love Trucks From the cheery optimism of its opening line, ‘Trucks, trucks, trucks, I like trucks!’ to its insightful character arc and shocking plot twist at the end, ‘Trucks, trucks, trucks, I love trucks,’ (italics added),  I can only describe this book as wheely, wheely good.  Not only can I not put it down (because it is stuck to my hands with apricot jam) but I have also literally devoured it. My copy has been repaired with tape, but it shows its…
  • Conversations in My Head Using Words

    29 Mar 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m working on words now. Using them to get things, I mean. I know I want some apricots, and I can say want, which is a pretty short sentence. Sometimes I’ve lengthened the sentence to want apricot.  When I need to make it the sentence a little longer longer, I just say: want want want want want want want wantwantwantwantwantwantwantwantwant, and end it with a sinus-clearing scream. This is effective. It’s not the scream. It’s the repetition that does the trick. Like pets, parents require repetition in order to learn. You wouldn’t expect your dog to sit…
  • It’s Happy Day, so I am Watching a Screen

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    They tell me that it’s Happy Day today and we all should be dancing. You can see somebody behind me dancing in the video. But I want to call your attention to something else. There is a rectangle in front of me, just out of the frame, with a man on it, and he is singing. If anybody can explain this to me, other than saying it is some kind of weird magic, I would appreciate it. I just realized that the person dancing around me is my mom, and she is busting some of her best moves and even diving in for some closeups, but apparently she hasn’t heard that this is the age of screens,…
  • Tantrums

    blog admin
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    You wouldn’t think you’d be able to have a tantrum about lemon water. After all, the primary consumers of lemon water are spiritual women in their mid-40s and early 50s, and they’re not really prone to tantrums. Meltdowns and, you know, crying jags, but not tantrums. We are solidly in the tantrum zone these days. Our nearly-21-month-old child has conceived a great passion for lemon water, and he’s added it to his list of things to have a tantrum about. It’s a growing list, and it includes noticing and not being able to have any product that is present on a…
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  • Swim wear: how many bathing suits do you have?

    Nicole orriëns
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    I wrote this post at the request of the good people of The Clymb, but all thoughts and opinions are mine. I own one bathing suit, and one tankini. That’s not a lot. Because I read somewhere the average American woman owns at least four bathing suits. Tankini’s are easier to wear I usually prefer the […] The post Swim wear: how many bathing suits do you have? appeared first on Momfever.
  • Breaking News: local woman wounded while trying to make school snack!

    Nicole orriëns
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    Breaking News. A local woman tried to get creative for the school dinner. Parents were expected to bring all kinds of great culinary treats to the school table. Unfortunately this local woman wasn’t very good at ‘cooking stuff’, as she explained. Officials are looking into the matter. Are parents expected to do too much? The […] The post Breaking News: local woman wounded while trying to make school snack! appeared first on Momfever.
  • I finally got me a curtain rod!

    Nicole orriëns
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    After living in a fish bowl for more than two years, I’m still living in a fish bowl. Thanks to the fact we still haven’t got any curtains, our whole life is permanently on display. But at least I’ve got one curtain rod now! Rooms with a view When we moved to the country two […] The post I finally got me a curtain rod! appeared first on Momfever.
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    Your Daily Serving of Mommie Daze

  • Get Ready for a Rabbids Invasion and Giveaway

    Colleen Stout
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    The Rabbids Invasion has begun! Just in time for the Easter holiday you can deliver the Easter Bunny with a funny twist. These crazy rabbits are not just for Easter and will make great gifts anytime of the year. These funny friends have lept off the screen and into the hearts of children and adults alike, and now you have a chance to win a Rabbids Invasion Prize Pack below. My boys love the Rabbids Invasion cartoon on Nicklelodeon about silly alien rabbits who are constantly up to mischief playing pranks and tricks. Now they can bring the fun home with the new toy collection. The action…
  • Top 10 Craziest Things that Happened in My House Last Week (No. 1)

    Colleen Stout
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    1. Wade “cleaned” the bathroom with toothpaste. An entire, brand new tube of toothpaste. It was all over the counter, vanity, wall and bathtub. The sink is now completely plaque free. 2. We tried the Waffle Taco from Taco Bell. I was curious. I mean, it has bacon in it. How can anything with bacon in it be bad? Well, it can. Taco Bell figured out how to do the impossible, ruin bacon. 3. ALL of the snow in our yard finally melted and when it thawed I found a cup, towel, t-shirt and two pairs of Wade’s shoes. I looked for those shoes all winter. 4. We played outside without…
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  • How to help your children when their friends move house

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How to help your children when their friends move house   Recently my daughter’s best friend left school. I thought it might be a really difficult time for her and yes it has had it’s moments but it was worse the week before she left with the build up and anticipation. Now it has finally happened she has settled down … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Healthy eating for kids: How to encourage it

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Healthy eating for kids: How to encourage it   There has been a good deal in the press in recent months about healthy eating for kids, in particular trying to encourage our kids to be active, and to stem the tide of advancing obesity in the next generation. We have therefore invited Kate Barlow to offer some solutions … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Parenting Pin it Party #49

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Parenting Pin it Party #49 Goodness another week has gone by, and I still can’t believe that this wee linky is very nearly 50! – that means we have been going for almost a year. I hope you have enjoyed popping in to see us every week? We have certainly enjoyed hosting you. This week, … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Saturday is Caption Day: Sleepy time for Chatterbox…

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Saturday is Caption Day: Sleepy time for Chatterbox… This week we are over on the lovely Keynko for #SatCap, so nip on over and check out the other entries! My entry is a lovely one from the family archives. This photo was taken after the first time my daughter had a swimming lesson – do you think that … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
  • Charity Showcase: The Children’s Media Foundation

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Charity Showcase: The Children’s Media Foundation   Greg Childs, Director of the Children’s Media Foundation has some helpful strategies to navigate the kids and media minefield. My son’s in his twenties now.  He was brought up with the internet, started to learn to read by playing video games, and is one of the generation for … Continued From: KiddyCharts [beta] - A helping hand for your little stars
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    Nanny to Mommy

  • Easter 2014 {WW #69 + LINKY}

    Diana Chastain
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    This pretty much sums up our Easter! We had a GREAT day with family.------------------------------------ Happy Wednesday!Please link up your picture posts below!And please make sure to keep up with us on Instagram:Leave a comment so I can follow back.Please share the linky:TweetPlease add this badge to your post or side bar before linking up.These are not requirements, just greatly appreciated. :)You can see where I link up HERE.
  • Enter to WIN $500 and a year’s supply of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets, Ends 5/9

    Diana Chastain
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    I am sharing this giveaway as part of being a Purex insider. I received no compensation to share this giveaway. All opinions are my own.Are you feeling lucky? Give your clothes a kick of freshness with Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets. Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets give your clothes 30 days of long-lasting freshness! Enter HERE for your chance to WIN $500 and a year’s supply of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets! In addition to the grand prize winner, fifty (50) will WIN a FREE box of Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets. Look for a review soon!
  • RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat Giveaway, Ends 5/3

    Diana Chastain
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Welcome to the RECARO Performance Ride Convertible Car Seat Giveaway! With over 100 years of experience in designing seats - award winning child safety begins here! Photo Credit: RECARO Hosted by: Crunchy Livin' Mama StyleSponsored by: RECAROCo-Hosted by: Mommys Craft Obsession   And take it away Crunchy Livin Mama Style:"With the birth of my first son, we purchased an infant seat simply knowing he'd need one for the trip home from the hospital. Past that, the world of convertible car seats was a bit foreign to me. While I didn't know too much in on the wide variety available at the…
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Publix #PublixEarthDay

    Diana Chastain
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Celebrate Earth Day with General Mills by incorporating new environmentally-friendly practices into your daily routine, like bringing reusable bags to the grocery store or other “green” initiatives. Starting today, you can find great savings on brands like the Cascadian Farm, Larabar and Muir Glen, available at Publix. Be on the lookout for the “Happy Easter” Advantage Buy flyer in stores! You’ll find great Earth Day Savings like the following: Publix Coupons:- $2/2 Cascadian Farm Frozen Organic Fruit, Vegetables or Potatoes 8-16 oz.- $2/2 Muir Glen Tomatoes 28 oz or Pasta Sauce…
  • Baby In Bloom Giveaway Event, Ends 5/2

    Diana Chastain
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to the Baby In Bloom GiveawayHosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Baby Aspen About Baby Aspen:“Baby Aspen, a premier designer and manufacturer of boutique-quality baby gifts, is proud to be run by a team of dedicated, creative and talented professionals. We design baby gifts specifically to please both baby and new parents, with quality as our top priority. We understand your confidence in selecting a Baby Aspen gift is as important as your confidence in knowing that we deliver what we promise. Our retailers are carefully selected to ensure they hold the same high…
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    Virtually Yours

  • Giveaway! $20 Starbucks Gift Card and an Autographed Copy of The Marathon

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Disclosure: I was provided with the $20 Starbucks GC to give away to readers. As always, all opinions are my own. About the Book (The Marathon): As Tom Sheeran prepares to run the Boston Marathon, he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sailing Away to Cozumel with Royal Caribbean #SeasTheDay

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Earlier this month I joined 39 other bloggers on my first Brandcation to sail to Cozumel, Mexico on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has seven classes of ships, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why We’re Giving Our Furbaby Goodlife Cat Food #GoodlifePet

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    It’s no secret that we adore our Gracie. Just look on Facebook and Instagram and you’ll see pictures of her. Taking care of her is important to us. She has a bowl of dry cat food... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Record your Evil Side & You Could Win a Trip to Maleficent World Red Carpet Premiere! #Maleficent

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Not many people get the chance to go to a red carpet premiere, but you could win a trip to the World Red Carpet Premiere of Maleficent! This movie is probably the most anticipated of the year.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FREE #Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide & Prize Pack Giveaway!

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Are you taking your kids to see Spiderman 2? Here’s another reason you may want to! Talking to our kids about Biblical things is often difficult with so many other things vying for their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Because I'm the Mommy

  • Writer's Workshop: #Autism, Birthdays and One Mouthy Little Girl

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

    The Mommy
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Last week, Myriam lost both of her top front teeth. And in our house that means that a visit from the Tooth Fairy is in order. Unfortunately, our Tooth Fairy's ineptitude knows no bounds! She cannot be trusted to deliver the goods the night the tooth is lost without advance notice and even when sufficient notice is given, she may still leave ya hangin'. So when my children's teeth started falling out with some regularity I just knew there were going to be problems....Turn the Page =>
  • Drink Up, B!tches: St.Patrick's Day

    The Mommy
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I don't know about you, but occasionally EVEN little, ole, anti-social me wants to go out and be around other adults. Once in a great while, I crave a conversation that doesn't revolve around first grade math, cartoon characters, and farting. (Farting is high comedy when you have two, almost seven year-old boys.) But jeeze! Going out is SOOO expensive! Even here in Podunk a cocktail can run upwards of $8. And the babysitting tab when you have three children requires a home equity loan....So with the help of my girlfriend Stacy, I've decided to resurrect a tradition from my…
  • Things I learned today.

    The Mommy
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I type this, it is nearly 7 PM on Thursday evening (03.06.2014). I am pseudo-sacked out on the couch, with a bag of frozen peas on my head. The boys are off to a Cub Scout meeting with the Hubby and Myriam is hovering over me, armed with a thermometer, a Santa hat stethoscope and a click-y pen.Turn the Page =>
  • What's For Dinner? Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

    The Mommy
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you're like me, then what's for dinner takes up a great deal of your time and energy. I plan my menu a minimum of a week at a time, if not two weeks out. I do that, both to save money and to save time but it seems that even though the menu is set, I spend an inordinate amount of time planning, prepping, thinking about, and arguing about dinner.Turn the Page =>
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    Empty Nest Parenting: Grown and Flown

  • The Great Graduation Gift List

    Lisa Heffernan
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Lisa writes: It is graduation time in my house, times two. And, Mary Dell’s family is rejoicing in a commencement as well. While we have been here before with our older kids we were stumped for ideas of gifts and reached out to our band of experienced moms for some wonderful suggestions to create this graduation gift guide. We have included gifts for both high school and college, for both young women and men. We have covered a broad array of price points and tried to include both the practical and the frivolous. Have a friend with a grad this year? Please share this post with them.  And,…
  • The Good, The Bad and The OMG of College Admissions

    Lisa Heffernan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Mary Dell writes: As teenagers progress through high school, the warnings to their parents about college admissions become an ever-louder drum beat that is nearly impossible to escape. With my eldest child, I braced myself for his junior year terrified at my ignorance on the subject. But anticipating only what we have been conditioned to fear can keep us from realizing a broader parenting experience. I have been through this process twice and our youngest will begin college in the fall. With the admitted benefit of 20/20 hindsight, here is my list of The Good, The Bad and The OMG of college…
  • Change, Ambivalence and the Facts About Stay-at-Home Moms

    Lisa Heffernan
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Stay-at-home motherhood is a highly examined aspect of modern life with a Babylon-level of voices and opinions. Lisa weighed in last summer with her writing, Nine Reasons I Regret Being a Stay at Home Mom, Grown and Flown’s most widely read and debated post to date. When Pew released research this week entitled, After Decades of Decline, A Rise in Stay-at-Home Mothers, we thought it was time to take another look at the facts and stereotypes that surround mothers who do not work outside the home. Regardless of one’s opinion on the “optimal way” for parents to raise their children…
  • Clean is Sexy and 58 Other Bits of Advice for Young Men

    Lisa Heffernan
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lisa writes: Our brilliant friend, Becky Blades, has just published her gorgeous book of advice for young women, Do Your Laundry or You’ll Die Alone. Nestled among her beautiful pages were 270 pieces of advice that mothers would give, if they thought their daughters were listening. As a mom with boys, I simply had to weigh in with my own advice for young men. If you need a graduation gift for a young women, go right now and buy her book.  If your life is filled with boys staring into the precipice of adulthood, stay right here, read on and then give us your thoughts. Here is what Mary…
  • Ready for Takeoff? Facing the Question with Autism

    Lisa Heffernan
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    April 2 is the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day and organizations around the globe will raise funds and awareness for the condition that now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.  This is a cause near to our hearts and Grown and Flown asked two mothers of grown children with autism to share their stories this week. On Monday  we featured Liane Kupferberg Carter’s writing and today, we are honored that Susan Berger, author of the blog, Berger’s Blather offers this heartfelt post: My 19–year–old son is almost ready to launch.  Well, that’s what…
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  • Bobby Kent and My Anxious Parenting

    Ten to Twenty
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    By Ten to Twenty My son went to prom last night. I finally attempted to go to bed at 11:45, but I didn’t sleep. I got in bed and read for about fifteen minutes until I heard the front door. Then, I ran downstairs to make sure my son was OK. He was there with his girlfriend. He was […] The post Bobby Kent and My Anxious Parenting appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • College Acceptance – Mom In Denial

    Tiffany Haywood
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:12 am
    By Tiffany Haywood I knew this was coming  We’ve been preparing for it for nearly 4 years.  So why on the day that envelope arrived in the mail I felt as if someone was sucking all the air out of the room?  As he opened the letter I keep telling myself “it’s only College“.  Then my mom in […] The post College Acceptance – Mom In Denial appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • My Kid Can’t Concentrate – Part 2

    Brenda Yoder
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Brenda Yoder Part 1 of this series identified frustration parents of tweens experience in discerning the developmental and academic changes kids experience in upper-elementary and middle school. In addition to the five strategies mentioned in the first article, here are five more tips to keep in mind when assessing the needs of a child who lacks concentration. […] The post My Kid Can’t Concentrate – Part 2 appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public

    JJ Landis
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    By JJ Landis Do Your Kid Use Electronics in Public? My beautiful daughter had attached a pink silk flower to the top of her head so she would be visible amongst the other penguin-attired, middle school orchestra members. Standard issue white shirt with black bottoms clogged the stage. When I saw the flower appear, I knew where to keep […] The post Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
  • 5 for Friday: Camera Interference, Bar Codes, and Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay

    Ten to Twenty
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    By Ten to Twenty Go Ask Daddy: Open for business. The kids don’t ask me about the fiscal cliff, or General Petraeus, or even what the heck the BCS is going to do if four schools remain undefeated. Nothing heavy, you see. No, the questions come out of what’s in front of them. The grocery store. Storms. Sports. Long […] The post 5 for Friday: Camera Interference, Bar Codes, and Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay appeared first on Ten to Twenty Parenting.
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    Four Hens and a Rooster

  • The 5 (new) Worst People on Facebook

    Kristen Daukas
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    By Kristen Daukas Who Are the Buzzkills on Facebook? There have been plenty of posts about the “worst” people on Facebook.. the over-sharer, the vague-booker, the stalker… we’ve all seen them – we all know them. Some of us are them. But I have a few new ones to add to the mix and some of these offenders will make you wish for the baby overdose posters.  The Gaper No joke.. there people put the “gaper” in a Gaper’s Delay. They’re the ones who post pictures of accidents and other horrible things that happen. If we come upon an accident or…
  • Zarbee’s Naturals – Helping You With the Ugly Side of Spring

    Kristen Daukas
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    By Kristen Daukas Natural Relief from Seasonal Congestion I love Spring.. it’s so great to see the tiny buds popping up on the plants and the trees. It’s like watching color creeping up slowly until it finally EXPLODES into a huge pool of color. And living in NC is quite possibly one of the most spectacular places to be in Spring.  But Spring has a dirty little secret. In order for all those beautiful buds to bloom, they have to pack  a little punch called pollen and if you are one of the millions who are affected by pollen, suddenly that beauty is down right ugly. The Rooster…
  • TV Shows Before There Were Thousands – #StreamTeam

    Kristen Daukas
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    By Kristen Daukas Totally Tubular Shows Streaming Now on Netflix Take a moment with me, Children of the 80′s. Remember when you only had 40 channels MAX to deal with and most of us had 4? Our shows were pretty much limited to ABC, CBS and NBC. Maybe PBS but that’s about it. Our weeknights (if our parents let us watch the one TV in the house) were spent watching Alex P. Keaton trying to reign his liberal parents on Family Ties or debating over who was hotter – Zack or A.C. (ppfft – A.C. by a longshot) on Saved by the Bell.  We remember these shows with a lot of…
  • No Mom is Perfect: Ladies Only Blog Share #LOBS

    Kristen Daukas
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    By Kristen Daukas The Mother of All Giveaways! Okay.. I’m sorry but I’m just going to cut to the chase here and tell you about the Mother of all Giveaways from the Mother of All Meltdowns. We moms deserve a lot. We contort our bodies to produce humans. We push said humans out of a hole the size of a quarter. We suffer from sagging boobs, flat butts and stretch marks as our badges of awesomeness for having these humans. We tolerate 18 years of sleep deprivation (hahahaha if you think you get to sleep before they leave for college!!) and countless times of having to count to 3…
  • Teen Driving Solutions School – A Must Have for Teen Drivers

    Kristen Daukas
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    By Kristen Daukas When I got my drivers license mmfmmmty-some years ago, it was after completing 4 weeks of Driver’s Ed with Coach Flinchum at Western Guilford HS. I’ll never forget how calm he was as each of us climbed behind the wheel decked out in our Valley Girl attire and the really important things he taught us that were NOT in the manual. Things like “if you smoke – which I don’t recommend – if you light a cigarette  at night, you need to remember that your eyes will dilate and you could have an accident.” That’s pretty important…
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    The Review Wire Update

  • Nerd Block Jr. April Video Review: A Subscription Box For Kids

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Nerd Block Jr. is a monthly subscription box designed for kids ages 6-11 and is available in both a boys and girls version. As soon as this arrived my six year old would not stop bugging me until we... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • GUM Sweepstakes: Enter the Miles of Smiles Sweepstakes To Win a $600 Gift Card | Ends 4.30.14

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Whether it’s Spring Break or Summer Vacation GUM wants you to not only make sure you pack your toothbrush but help you with your travels! Each day they are giving away a Vera Bradley duffle bag... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Purex Sweepstakes: Win $500 Plus A years Supply Of Dryer Sheets! Ends 5.9.14

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Give your clothes a kick of freshness with Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets. Purex Crystals Dryer Sheets give your clothes 30 days of long-lasting freshness! Enter for your chance to WIN $500 and a year’s... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • Nerd Block: Monthly Subscription Boxes For Nerds (March 2014) #NerdBlock

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This months Nerd Block was filled with a variety of toys and collectibles that only a true nerd at heart would love. This is my second box, you can read about all the goodies from my February Nerd... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
  • and Home Depot Giveaway: Win 1 of 50 Gift Cards a Day | Ends 4.23.14 #SpringIntoSavings

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently had a little fixer upper inside the house, thanks for my teenage son. I have a hole in the wall (let’s just say it is about the size of a fist) that needs to be fixed and... ©2009-14 The Review Wire™. All rights reserved. Use of this feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. If you are not reading this article in your feed reader, then the site is guilty of copyright infringement. Please contact me at
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    Less Than Perfect Parents

  • Breastfeeding Tips: Problems and Solutions

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Breastfeeding is really hard. The whole time you’re pregnant with your first baby, you’re focused on the delivery. Can you do it? How painful will it be? How long will the labor be? Then you have your baby and you’re faced with breastfeeding. Some babies latch on easily and some don’t. Some moms have an easy time getting going and some don’t. Either way, it’s one of the most challenging aspect of being a mom. We all know the importance of breastfeeding our babies if we can. We’re told over and over how it benefits the health of both the mother and the child but the one thing no…
  • Are YOU My Ideal Reader?

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I just read a great article about creating better content for your blog. The exercise involves describing your ideal reader and then writing every article to that one person. This is the way to define your blogging niche. I thought long and hard about my ideal reader. She is a lot like me when I was younger. Many times I feel like I’m writing to my younger self. The new mom who was EXHAUSTED and wanted to be perfect. The mom who’s whole world was her new baby. The mom who suddenly realized how much she had to teach, how much she had to give, how much she wanted the absolute best for her…
  • March 2014 Blogging Income Report

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links…make sense since I’m talking about how my blog makes money, no? CAN YOU MAKE MONEY BLOGGING? This series is an attempt to answer that question as I try to attain my goal of finding 10 different income streams where I can make $100 or more per month. March was spent planning for future revenues. You’ll hear me say often, “Plan then execute.” I’m still mostly in planning mode as far as making money. Plan then execute. {Tweet this} Income: BlogHer – $75 SponsoredTweets – $0 Shareasale – $13 Bluehost – $0 Optin Skin – $0…
  • How Magic Ears Stops Whining

    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When I was a preschool teacher, I heard a lot of whining and I tried many different tactics to prevent it. I finally came along one thing that always worked without fail…magic ears. How does it work? Just tell your children that you have magic ears that cannot hear whining. When they whine, just smile and say “What?” as if you can’t hear them until they speak calmly. Simple? Yes. Effective? Absolutely. How to Apply Magic Ears I still remember the time a girl in my class was whining about how she wanted a toy. Another little child looked at her and said seriously, “She can’t hear…
  • Planning The Perfect Kids Pool Birthday Party

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    I went to a pool party for the kids in the neighborhood last summer where I suspect the Mom thought she had planned the perfect party. She was a “helicopter Mom,” and hovered over the kids the whole time, directing, orchestrating and controlling. That’s not my idea of a perfect kids party. It can be a lot more simple. Just let them enjoy the water. If you combine kids and a pool, you have the basic elements for a wonderful birthday party. They will make up games, splash around, and have a great time all on their own. They might need the occasional bit of direction to start a new game,…
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    confessions of a crummy mummy

  • I’ve been expecting you

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    I’m not sure what I’m more pleased about: the fact it appears BB is going to have a brother or sister in the autumn, or the fact I’ve managed to get a Robbie Williams album title in the heading of this post (the former, obviously). Yep – it’s officially official: all being well three will become four in late October or early November (my money’s on November) and a whole new chapter of Confessions of a Crummy Mummy will be born. I have no doubt, at times, this will result in me becoming even crummier – like using the hoover nozzle to clean out the bottom of the fridge (I call…
  • Happy free-from Easter!

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Following on from my last post about free-from sausages and how going without gluten and dairy doesn’t mean going without per se, it turns out the same can be said for chocolate. And Easter eggs. Until six months ago health food shops were alien to me: the sort of places that emit the same waft as you pass by the door (what is that smell? The ryvita? The flax?) and are piled high with daunting looking bags of unidentifiable brown stuff. Until I went in with a list written by my nutritional therapist and actually knew what I was looking for, that is. Admittedly chocolate was not on that…
  • By’eck! I’ve just eaten a squasage

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:18 am
    That’s right, a squasage. Also known as a square sausage. That’s what gluten free sausage brand Heck have been busy making in time for the barbecue season, because it doesn’t fall through the rungs of the grill only to be burned to a crisp and lost forever, or roll off the side of the barbie onto the grass (pictured). We haven’t dusted down our barbecue yet, so I’ve been eating mine between two soft and thick slices of (gluten free) bread. It may not look like a traditional sausage sandwich – as BB was fast to point out – but it tastes just the same and makes spreading the…
  • Things the troops could do with: cupcakes made by a 2-year-old

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    I know Easter is more than a week away, but BB and I have been busy making chocolate shredded wheat nests in time to send to her uncle who’s currently serving in Afghanistan (pictured). I realise there are probably more urgent – and useful – things the troops could do with than a batch of varying sized cupcakes made from breakfast cereal by a two-year-old (decent coffee and new socks are repeated pleas from my brother), however there’s nothing like a taste of childhood either. I also realise, with the temperature hotting up out there, that sending chocolate-based treats probably…
  • ‘He was standing on the loo proudly displaying his willy’

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    We’ve been on a trip down memory lane in our house lately. It started when BB’s granny gave her a 1984 copy of I Want To See The Moon by Louis Baum for Christmas (pictured), a fave when I was growing up. If you don’t know the story, it’s about a little boy called Toby who wakes up in the night and wants to see the moon, but of course it’s behind the clouds. In some ways it’s very PC: there’s no sign of the mum (I always assumed she was at work) and the dad is the one who takes Toby out of his cot to the loo before making him some hot milk. But at the same time it contains…
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  • Embracing The Terrific Threes

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Just as we thought we breezed through the terrible two toddler year, Aiden never fails to surprise us. Each new year brings it own set of challenges. Now at age three, he is more manipulative and engages in smart negotiating to get things his way. I find it tougher trying to balance discipline & managing his emotions. He knows what's right and often convinces me to let him have his way.'Mummy, can I have a sweet please? I will only eat one.' 'Mummy, can I play with play dough then I will wash my hands and go to sleep?''Mummy mummy, can I play with this toy? I will keep my cars and then…
  • Ava's First Hair Cut

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Daddy Darren & I each have very different hair texture - me with very fine, curly hair and him with a thick crop of straight hair. When we were expecting Ava, we wondered who she'd take after. I love the way Aiden's hair turned out - a nice head of wavy hair. We have brought him for a clean shave when he was four month old, and we decided to do the same for Ava. We went to the Baby Spa at Harbourfront Centre for her first shave. I was preparing myself for a good cry out from the feisty girl, but surprisingly she wasn't the least affected and in fact enjoyed herself with 'encouragement'…
  • Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine | Little Shopaholics

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    Come join us at the Little Shopaholics Party this Saturday, 5 April 2014 at Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine, Wheelock Place.Shop to your heart's content in this haven of specially curated labels in a comfortable setting akin to your dream walk in wardrobe, while your little ones play at this party created specially for moms and kids.  Selected merchandise from PriviKids will be available for sale from 4 - 30 April 2014 in store. About Little Shopaholics "Little Shopaholics" is specially created for moms and kids, because Eclecticism + Lauren Jasmine understand the need for moms who want to…
  • Seen in stores: Whimsical clocks from Modern Moose

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Buying the right clock for the house is often an interior design after-thought for the most of us. And that might not be a bad thing, as it is extremely difficult to find clocks in Singapore that are unique, beautifully designed and reasonably priced. I was searching high and low for the perfect clocks that are consistent with the design of our new home a couple of years ago, but the shops then offered choices that were either too common, crazily expensive or just plain ugly. I could still remember my excitement when I finally found these Lemnos clocks at Lifestorey (Great World City,…
  • Review: Learn to ride using a Cruzee balance bike

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    There are three life skills that I would love to teach Aiden - riding a bike, swimming and chasing girls (hopefully in that order).Well, he still prefers playing with boys in school compared to girls, and he loves his float too much to even think about jumping into the pool without it. So that leaves me with the easiest task of teaching him how to ride a bike.Frankly, I had no idea how to teach him. I learned how to ride a bike in about 15 minutes when I was about seven or eight years old, and I struggle to recall the exact steps.  It seemed to involve only two steps though - one, being…
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    Antwerp Papa

  • Sandwich Generation

    Antwerp Papa
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Hi there; it's been a while since we met. Almost a year. It wasn't my intention to be absent that long, but sometimes you can't always get what you want. Why was I absent for so long? Various reasons; a few of which I would like to share with you.For over a year now I haven't been feeling too good. Oh, don't worry, physically I'm OK (besides the obligatory lower back pain), but mentally I wasn't in the right place. I was tired. Tired of it all. Being a father, being a husband, being a man. I had lost my sense of purpose. It took me some time and some harsh conversations with J. to…
  • Getaway Car

    Antwerp Papa
    5 Jun 2013 | 10:28 pm
    "Drive, drive, drive!!!" she hissed, while looking back with fear in her eyes. I floored the gas pedal and with screeching tyres I drove off the parking lot. I checked the rear-view mirror... "I think we made it.. " I mumbled.Seriously... You don't mess with nap time. Oh, really? You thought J. and I had robbed a gas station, fleeing in the sunset, Bonnie and Clyde style? Sorry to disappoint you.. it is a parenting blog after all, not America's Most Wanted.What would make a perfectly sane couple loose their shit and drive off in the sunset? OK, it was 2pm, so not really sunset, but you get…
  • The disgusting things we do as parents...

    Antwerp Papa
    22 May 2013 | 2:44 am
    Being a parent means sacrifice...So if you're thinking of becoming one... don't read what follows... or read it and be warned of the sacrifice required....One of the main things we surrender is our hygienic standard... so sit back and relax, read in amazement how we try to survive.. oh, and don't mind those sticky things on the floor.. they're just crusted boogers..1. Not showering for several days. There, I've said it.. There were days when the most I could hope for was a wipe down with a baby wipe.2. Wearing dirty clothes. I've been peed on, pooped on, spit on, vomitted on.... Sometimes I…
  • 2 languages , double the swear words

    Antwerp Papa
    19 May 2013 | 10:45 pm
    We raise our kids in 2 languages.. or at least we try I guess.. If we end up with two kids who can only grunt out indistinguishable noises when they go to college, then we'll know we've failed..My native language is Dutch and J.'s is English. While we were pregnant with Little Man, we did lots of research into raising a kid in 2 languages. Would it screw with his head? Would his language development be stunted? We had no idea....J. and I speak English at home to each other. I've always worked in an English language environment as well, so English is sort of our 'family language'. Little Man…
  • 5 Best Songs About Fathers

    Antwerp Papa
    15 May 2013 | 10:34 pm
    I know that everyone has lists, but I couldn't resist making one myself. These are my favourite songs about being a father. Strangely enough, lots of songs about father - son conflict and not so much about the father-daughter relationship. Anyway, here they are. My 5 favourite songs (actually 6) ...Father and Son - Cat StevensI've always been a fan of Cat Stevens (or Yusuf). This beautiful song featured on the 1970 album "Tea for the Tillerman". The song frames a conversation between a son and a father. The son thinks it's time to break away and find his own destiny, while the father doesn't…
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • MOM, THIS SUCKS! When YOU Need a Vacation From Your Family Vacation

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon After years of talking my husband out of it, I finally agreed to take a family ski vacation. I had only been putting it off because I had visions of our young daughters freaking out about ski school, freaking out about skiing, freaking out about everything. I wasn’t sure if I had the fortitude for it. It’s like this: You know when you’ve been skiing the greens forever, and you’ve been doing the blues for some time, then someone wants you to go down a black diamond? Just the idea of it might be so intimidating, that you just flat out refuse. You keep picturing yourself…
  • Happy Hunting! With Love, GIRLilla Warfare

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Wishing all of our Friends, Family and Readers a Spectacular Easter Holiday — With Love, The GIRlilla Warfare Team
  • He’s Gotta Have It: Hot (AND Happy) Wives, Money, & Cool Cars Are What REALLY Keep Men Young

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field All men are very different in their crusade to conquer their fears of mortality. The one thing we do NOT freak out about is our aesthetic value. As we men age, our image is very important to us, but superficial image issues fester in other places that are higher on the totem pole than our physical looks. There are reasons for everything, and there are many guys who DO care about their hair color, skin tone, belly size, unibrows, etc. I will say this … there is absolutely no excuse for nose hairs protruding from the nostrils. That’s just as bad as an open zipper. We tell our…
  • Competitive Parents: Did She Just Say THAT?

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Anonymous Mom I had another one of those “WTF! I can’t believe people really say these things!” moments last week. I was at dinner with a friend who was talking about a soccer coach at a Division 3 school who was interested in her daughter playing for the team. The problem was that the average ACT score at that college was a 23 and “who wants their kid going to college with those kind of kids!” Now I’m not saying that my friend’s daughter should choose a school that doesn’t meet her academic abilities or standards just for the chance to play soccer at the collegiate level.
  • True Detective: How to “Out-Lie” Your Lying Kid

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Ahhh, the innocent lies of teenagers … they feel so infallible they would rather take their chances and lie through their teeth rather than risk not being able to do what they want. In their adolescent desire to have the freedom to go wherever they please, most will stop at nothing in their effort to get out that door without so much as a goodbye. The faster they run, the more suspicious we become.  Yet, the stories we share with our friends are sometimes truly funny because all our teens are so ridiculously clueless.  And the pattern is repeated over and over again,…
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    Parenting Advice - Miami Teen Counseling: Therapist & Help for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Drug Use

  • The meaning of ADHD symptoms in Adolescents

    Miguel Brown
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    ADHD symptoms are largely viewed in our culture as a medical problem that requires medication.  Doctors and parents seem much more comfortable with adolescents taking medication to treat ADHD symptoms than with the idea of adolescents taking medication for symptoms associated with other common conditions such as depression or anxiety.  This is in spite of the fact that ADHD medication also has it's share of unpleasant and potentially problematic side effects like lack of appetite, mood disturbances and potential for abuse.  Although psychological interventions seem to be taken…
  • Talk to Your Teen About Sex: If You Don't Teach Them Who Will?

    Miguel Brown
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Talking to teenagers about sex can feel scary. When parents actually do address the topic, they often emphasize health risks, pregnancy and moral values. I seldom hear language about the emotional consequences of sex.I think most adults would agree that their first sexual experience was memorable, whether for good or bad. And that first experience likely had an effect on future relationships. So why don’t we talk to our kids about the emotional effects of becoming sexually active? Maybe it feels too intimate. Maybe we are uncomfortable seeing our teenagers in this way. Yet, these…
  • How to Help Your Teenager Get The Most Out of Therapy

    Alejandro Brown
    16 Jan 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Whenever I consider taking on a new teenage patient I speak to the parents about what they can do to support their teenager’s treatment. The single most important way parents can help their teenagers benefit from therapy is to bring them to their sessions as consistently as possible. The ideal is for the patient to attend every session, which always takes place on the same day of the week, at the same time, in the same room with the same therapist for as long as necessary until positive behavioral change and emotional growth are achieved. This consistency is a crucial part of the…
  • How to Help Your Teen Deal with Painful Emotions

    Miguel Brown
    19 Dec 2013 | 4:16 pm
    Distracting Your Teen from Painful EmotionsIt is very painful for parents to see their teenagers in emotional distress.  The love you as a parent have for your children can make the experience of seeing them suffer unbearable.   Many parents have such a difficult time with this that they will do anything to stop it.  This can include the strategy of distracting their teenagers from what is happening to them.  I am talking about doing something special for the teenagers like buying them something, giving them some unusual freedom, a release from some responsibility, or…
  • Parents & Teens Should Make Rules Together

    Miguel Brown
    18 Nov 2013 | 6:02 pm
    Many of my patients’ parents have an expectation of complete obedience. They tell me things like, “She just doesn’t listen,” or, “He doesn’t have any respect for the rules.” These discipline failures turn into blame games—the parents blame the adolescent and the adolescent complains about the parents.I often think the failure lies with the rule instead of the teenager. I suggest we think about these conflicts as an adjustment problem; the family is transitioning from parents and children to a family with parents and young adults.Teenagers have the developmental…
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    100 Things - the best apps for kids

  • How to Child Proof your iPad or iPhone

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

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

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

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

    Marina Christos
    1 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    Happy March, everyone!  We’re so excited that March is here.  We’ve been super busy here at 100 Things offices to bring you This month we’re focusing on 100 Diggers and Excavators.  Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest for some cool 100 Things swag giveaways!  We’ll be doing the giveaways throughout the month.  We’ll also feature apps for Free on Fridays.  Look for the hashtag #appfriday in our posts to let you know which app we are giving away. We’ll also be posting some all around cool info and tidbits from the folks working…
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    Natural Parents Network

  • Wordless Wednesday: Prom

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does prom look like? Shannon made 3 (and beaded a 4th) of the 5 dresses worn by her and her friends to her senior prom. Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. These girls look to be ready for Prom! Photo Credit: Shawna The best part of formal dances was the dress. This one was a short sleeve, square neckline before Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy redesigned and re-purposed it with some inspiration from the movie White Christmas for her winter formal. Lauren, at her college formal with her fiancé, Sam, now her husband of almost sixteen years!
  • 8 Great Earth Day Activities for Families

    Kellie Barr
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Celebrating Earth Day with children is a great way to help them learn about our beautiful planet, and our responsibility to care for it. There are so many ways that we can contribute to the Earth’s care every day, through things like recycling, composting, and reducing our consumption. But on Earth Day, it can be fun to find a special activity to do together to commemorate the day. 8 Great Earth Day Activities for Families 1. Plan a vegetarian or vegan meal. Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about how it takes less work for the Earth to grow plants than animals, and so eating…
  • Wordless Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This week we asked: What does Spring Cleaning look like? Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes. It is pretty hard to focus on spring cleaning when Jennifer from True Confessions of a Real Mommy just spent the last six months hiding inside from the oppressive gray of the Pacific northwest. But, there are few chores sweeter than working together to get the backyard back into shape for days of baseball, grand adventures, picnics, and reading on a blanket. Spring… warmer weather means more outdoor play… which means much more dirt and more baths. Spring Cleaning. The first…
  • Sometimes, gentle is not the whole answer – and it’s okay.

    Amy W.
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: Omninate on Flickr Sometimes gentle is not the whole answer – and that’s okay. Lessons on accepting and providing the loving guidance your unique child needs can be hard to swallow at times – especially when, as I have, you experience a severe awakening that a large portion of your parenting style needs to change in order for your trusting relationship with your child to really blossom. From my first child’s infancy, I have been learning more and more about natural parenting, especially finding meaningful connection with Attachment Parenting tenants and with the…
  • Mediterranean Garbanzo and Black Bean Salad

    Cooking Naturally Editors
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is super easy, filling and surprisingly refreshing salad that takes only minutes to make once you have the beans ready. I prepare my beans ahead of time and store batches of them in the freezer. I pull them out of the freezer when I’m ready to make this salad. If you prefer, you can purchase cans of organic garbanzo and black beans (remember to rinse them well before using). This recipe is Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy and Egg Free, and Vegetarian and Vegan. Mediterranean Garbanzo & Black Bean Salad Ingredients 2 Persian Cucumbers – diced 1 Roma Tomato – diced 1 Cup…
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    Code Name: Mama

  • A Sweet Education in Chocolate: 16 Chocolate-Based Educational Activities

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    For one of the recent sessions of our local homeschool cooperatives, I led a semester-long class called A Sweet Education in Chocolate. The class description read: Love chocolate? You’ll love this class! We’ll look at the history of chocolate (where is it grown? how is it made?), we’ll read books about chocolate (fiction and non-fiction), we’ll use chocolate to delve into several areas of learning (math, science, art, and more), and we’ll make and eat chocolate together. The kids – ages six through ten – all had so much fun during each class. Here are…
  • 15 Minute a Day Challenge (and 18 Ideas to Get You Started)

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s officially Day #1 of our challenge to find 15 minutes each day to mindfully spend doing something for yourself. You choose what that activity is. Remember, you do not need to spend 15 minutes doing the same activity every day. Each day’s activity can be different! Here are some ideas to get you started: Do you want to focus on your physical health? Meal planning for the next few days. Flossing. Ok, maybe 5 minutes flossing, 10 minutes oil pulling. Take a walk (and wear a pedometer!). Do you want to focus on your emotional/mental health? Practice ways to say “no”…
  • Join Our Community and Take One Small Step

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had health and fitness on my mind more than usual. Because of the recent experience I shared with my friend Sara, we’ve also been talking to several other friends about what really constitutes “support” versus “shame” when it comes to promoting well-being in a community setting. We wanted something positive to come out of the HuffPo article and the conversation that sparked it. We tossed around several ideas, and we finally landed on one that felt right: we created a Facebook support group called One Small Step. As my…
  • Harry Potter Potions Party

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Welcome to the April 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Pastimes This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about family pastimes. Kieran caught the reading bug early and honestly – we are voracious readers. Along with traditional picture books, which we all love, Kieran has been into chapter books since he was three or four years old. I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my favorite books with him, including the first three books in the Harry…
  • The Nightline Segment on “Body Wars”

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    The segment was heavily edited to add drama and cut hours and hours of footage to only ten minutes, and many of our statements were taken out of context, but here it is! (If the video below does not work, check it out at ABC US News | ABC Business News Several of my friends and I think we should start an empowering movement called #NoShame. We’ll provide information and support to meet you where you are. We’ll promote loving ourselves for WHO we are so that our health and fitness become natural priorities – not shame-induced activities that someone else is forcing…
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    Uplifting Families

  • Keep Vegan Kid’s Shoes Giveaway Ends 5/8

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
                                Welcome to the Keep Vegan Shoes Giveaway Hosted by Miss Frugal Mommy & Sponsored by Keep About Keep “Launched in the summer of 2006, Keep came into being through the solid combination of timing, auspicious zodiacal forecasts and the deep desire to make classic, clean shoes without the bulk and bother of other brands. Keep is a shoe company, an amalgam of interests, a way of being, a force, a language, a family and many other things. We aim to keep things personal. We pay attention to…
  • Ways to Teach Your Kids to “Go Green”

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
                    Have you considered teaching your children new ways to “go green” and help save the world around them? The term going green simply means finding new ways to help the environment. What are you currently doing to show your children about “going green”? In our house, we typically donate unwanted items, recycle the plastic bags that I get from the grocery store, and use energy efficient appliances whenever possible. Teaching your children doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. Check out Diana Smith’s,…
  • Bloggers Wanted: Coach Handbag Giveaway

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Grand Prize COACH Signature Stripe Tote Style F28504 MFSRP $268 Inside zip, cell phone and multifunction pockets Zip-top closure, fabric lining Outside snap pocket Handles with 8 1/4″ drop 14″ (L) x 8″ (H) x 5″ (W) Sign ups end Friday 4/25/14 Event Dates 4/28/14 – 5/12/14 at 11:59pm Cost 1 free link with announcement OR $5 fee Get the announcement here: Additional links: $2.50/link for Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest $3.50/link for RSS, Email, Bloglovin’, Instagram links Co-Host Pages – $20 Co-host pages include: *Backlink on all…
  • Hand and Foot Print Bunny

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I wanted to share with you how to make a Hand and Foot Print Bunny. I took the idea of my first project and expanded upon my original idea, I was going to attempt to hand draw the rest of the bunny. I am not an artist so that would have been a really bad idea. So I decided to add my son’s hand print along with his foot prints. I love that it combines both of my son’s hand and feet, into a single project, that I can keep for years to come. In fact, he is growing up fast and I am trying to savor the memories. This craft took a bit longer, about 20 minutes, to make since it involved…
  • Double Hand Print Bunny

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Easter is a few days away and I wanted to share with you the Double Hand Print Bunny that we made yesterday afternoon. This is an easy craft project and it took us about 15 minutes to make. It is a great keepsake for you because you will paint your child’s hand prints or you can even give to as a gift. Items Needed: Construction Paper Bowl of Water Paint Brushes Crayola Washable Paints Towel or Newspaper Baby Wipes Pencil Sharpie Marker Continue Reading: How to Make a Double Hand Print Bunny
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  • Seven TV Lies About Parenting (The Last One Is Shocking)

    Christian Toto
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    “When will I learn? The answer to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV!” – Homer J. Simpson I learned long ago never to doubt the wit and wisdom of the Simpson’s patriarch. When it comes to television, though, Homer might have been wrong. D’oh! The more my parenting journey continues, the more I realize TV lies when it comes to showing family life. Consider the following “truths” I gleaned from too many hours in front of the TV. I’m pretty sure none of these pass the smell test. Your water will break…
  • Son’s Toenail Polish Forces Thoughts on Gender Issues, Fatherly Expectations

    Christian Toto
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The moment I saw my son’s bright blue toenail polish I knew I’d need a moment to process the vision. Or, to be more accurate, a blog post. Benjamin is a three-year-old alpha male. His idea of exploration is ramming things with his head and then seeing what happened as a result. He’s fearless and full of passion. He also likes to get Barbie dolls nekkid. I don’t judge. At least not yet. None of that entered my mind when I saw my wife had painted his toenails a bright blue color per his request. My gut reaction was, “why didn’t my wife ask me about this…
  • Blunt Parenting Tips from ‘Farmhouse Rules’ Star Nancy Fuller

    Christian Toto
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    You never forget the first time you get scolded by a reality show star. In this case, “Farmhouse Rules’” Nancy Fuller told me in no uncertain terms I was doing the wrong thing by coddling my boys at dinner time. And she was right. Fuller, the entrepreneur/grandmother, is back for a new season of her Food Network show at 10:30 a.m. EST April 19. She took part in a blogger phone conference earlier this month to promote the show. In doing so she gave this scribe some tough love while dishing on her show’s second season. ‘Farmhouse Rules’ Salutes Soldiers with…
  • Dad of Cancer Survivor Offers Tips for Dealing with Disease

    Christian Toto
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    When Chuck Chamness’ 8 year old son Joey was diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of cancer in 2005 the boy had an important question. Will the treatment make him lose his hair? Joey’s sister asked their father the same question. “I said to him, ‘If it makes you feel better, I’ll shave my head, too,” Chamness recalls. Chamness’ son would win his battle against osteosarcoma. The father of four never forgot the fight, nor the youngsters who currently face childhood cancers. It’s why he serves as the chairman of the board of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a…
  • Daddylibrium Book Review: ‘Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments’

    Christian Toto
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    My children may look normal, but deep down they’re both mad scientists eager to be unleashed. So when I heard about “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments” I simply had to have it. Author Mike Adamick gathers 30 kid-friendly experiments requiring basic household goods, a little patience and some paper towels for cleanup. The author cautions parents to let their fledgling scientists get messy when appropriate. Scientific rules are meant to broken when inspiration strikes. Good thing we’re not dabbling in hazmat-worthy chemicals. Parental guidance is…
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    Learning Together

  • Earth Day – A Children’s Character Lesson in Disguise

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Earth Day isn’t just about taking care of the planet. It’s also a great opportunity to teach young children important character lessons about responsibility, sharing, and cleaning up after ourselves. These lessons in good character are fun and easy to sneak in while you’re celebrating Earth Day. Here’s how you can boost your child’s character development while also showing them how to care for Mother Earth: Helpfulness: Find ways your family can help. Painting over graffiti, sorting cans at a food pantry, hosting a “Kids’ Treasures Swap Party” for the neighborhood, or weeding…
  • Spring into Fitness with the Little Ones

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    In efforts to boost family heath and fitness, The National Association of Young Children (NAEYC) is sponsoring the annual Week of The Young Child from April 6-12 with events around the world. Last year alone, supporters like you added more than 250 global events to focus public attention on the needs for early childhood programs. In my family, we’ve set a goal for everyone to be outside together much more. Children need a good, solid hour of physical activity every single day, which packs the healthy punch of improving their sleep, mood, behavior, learning, and immune system. Worth the…
  • 7 Common Food Myths about Feeding Young Children

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:38 am
    Do you spend your days worrying that your children aren’t getting the nutrition they need? I certainly do. So I did some research, and found some surprising facts. Here are 7 common food myths you can banish from your worry list: Myth #1 Disguise veggies in sweet treats. It may give you temporary satisfaction to see Junior scarfing down kale tucked inside a brownie. But think of the long term game here – it’s important that he have the opportunity to gradually tolerate (and even enjoy) his veggies. Instead, you’re telling him to go ahead and fill up on treats while avoiding…
  • How to Start Healthy Eating Habits for the Little Ones

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Japanese children love fish, veggies, and tofu. Indian children adore spicy lentils, okra, and pickled mango. Brazilian kiddos dive into stewed rice and beans with meat and veggies. So why do so many American children insist on a “white diet” of pasta, fries, and chicken nuggets? They learn their habits from us. Even before birth, parents have a major impact on their children’s food preferences. Mom and Dad’s healthy eating is the fundamental contributor to our children’s healthy eating. But if you lived on drive-thru during your pregnancy (as I did during my first), there’s still…
  • Got Breakfast? 4 Tips for Busy Families

    Dr. Heather Wittenberg
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Eat your breakfast!   We’ve heard it over and over – breakfast is important. Brains need fuel to work properly. If your little one is like mine, though, breakfast is the last thing on her mind in the morning. She might ask for juice, but she’d rather wait until snack time at school to eat. When you add that to the morning madness of getting everyone dressed and out the door, sometimes it’s just easier to skip breakfast altogether.   But a hungry brain is a crabby brain, and a crabby brain doesn’t learn (or behave) very well. So we made a decision to emphasize Family…
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    Jana Kingsford

  • How I graduated uni with a heap of kids and businesses

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Hey beautiful juggler, Today I’m having a bit of a moment, reflecting on where I came from to where I am right now. Technically I’m in Week 5 of running my online program Big Dreams Bootcamp and the girls in there are amazing me every single day. It’s been a huggggge commitment creating daily videos, worksheets and emails. But with every day it gets easier and quicker. The point is, in order to fit this in, I’ve been getting up at 4.30am and getting it done before the kids get up. I don’t do this constantly and I don’t ask my students to do this. I usually…
  • Transformational Tweaking: 3 tweaks to transform your week

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    >> CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING SERIES >> TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING – WEEK 2 IS UP AND READY TO WATCH - 3 tweaks in 30 minutes - simple simple simple tweak for more energy - a simple tweak to get more flow - mummy meditation that takes no time but you can do all the time!   TRANSFORMATIONAL TWEAKING: TWEAKS 4-6 TWEAK #4: MAMA MEDITATION This beautiful trick helps you to direct your energy outwards and gives your brain a break from the negative mental regurgitation we continually regurgitate, round and round, like a cows digestive system. (Incase…
  • Juggling Tip Thursdays: 2 tips for ‘Living’ In The Moment (Even If You Have a Handful of Kids Having Meltdowns!)

    3 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Juggling Tip Thursdays: 2 tips for ‘Living’ In The Moment (Even If You Have a Handful of Kids Having Meltdowns!)   Okay let’s be reals, here’s the 101 on getting present when you’ve got a house full of kids melting down and causing chaos. Mindfulness is a beautiful concept, but is it some elusive thing for us mums? I think not. This is how you do it, even if you have a handful of kids In this video I share with you the 2 simple (& quick) reframes I do to get back in the moment, be present and engaged. Do I have to explain to you the benefits of being…
  • Transformational Tweaking: “3 Weeks Of Transformational Tweaks!” (Free Live Webcast Series!)

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Transformational Tweaking: “3 Weeks Of Transformational Tweaks!” (Free Live Webcast Series!) - how to literally STICK to habits - how to have a cleaner house with less work?! With this simple tweak. Yep totally possible! - a simple tweak I do that’s exercise without really exercising (includes demo!) I hope you enjoy the first webcast in a series of 3 FREE weeks of transformational tweaks. Don’t want to miss the next one? Hop on the Mums Juggling School interest list here Keep these tweaks in your head all week. Have an awesome week Love Jana…
  • Productivity without prosperity? you’re missing this.

    14 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Productivity without prosperity? you’re missing this. When I get asked,  why I’m soooo into a no-excuses, no-rationalisations approach to productivity? It’s plain and simple. I love productivity with purpose. These guys right here are my purpose. Purpose needs priorities. Passion needs priorities. Prosperity needs priorities. Productivity needs priorities. Knowing your priorities guides your every decision. Every focus. Every habit. Every commitment. Every outcome. Every time that I think I need to work 8 hours a day (not possible with 3 kids) to achieve my Big Dream. …
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    An English Mamma in Stockholm

  • This and that – dispatches from the web

    Kat English Mamma
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    I’ve been looking into affirmations recently, as part of trying to be more positive. One of the things that puts me off online clothes shopping is having to return the things that do not fit. A Dutch online clothing company is offering a returns service where the courier waits 15 minutes while you try the clothes on at home. Isn’t that a brilliant idea? I love bibimbap but I have never really thought about making it at home. This beef bibimbap recipe looks really easy though. (If you’re in Stockholm and wanting great Korean food, Arirang is amazing.) This book of meals from…
  • Portraits 16/52

    Kat English Mamma
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014.” Little O: Lollipop boy Baby E: does not like chocolate, apparently Weekly portraits of the boys, linking up with Practising Simplicity and The Boy and Me. Content on this site may not be used or reproduced without permission.
  • How to celebrate Husband Appreciation Day

    Kat English Mamma
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    Did you know that 19 April is Husband Appreciation Day? I didn’t until this week. Now that I know, I am going to celebrate it though. Husband doesn’t get mentioned on here too often for two reasons. The first is that that is the way he wants it. But the second is that he works long and hard, both in the office and at home on the final apartment renovation work. And for that I am very appreciative. Gift ideas We spent a few days of our honeymoon in Sonoma and one of the afternoons we visited the Ravenswood Winery. So maybe a bottle of Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel – which we tried…
  • What I Wore Wednesday – the shoes edition

    Kat English Mamma
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Spring is finally here in Stockholm, which means the winter coats are going back to the basement shortly. Even though the sun is shining, it is still a bit chilly out some days, so layering is still required. I am so glad that I bought that jacket from Hennes & Mauritz. It’s great with an outfit like this. Top: Zara (bought last autumn Trousers: A/X Armani Exchange (don’t seem to be available any longer) Meg Ryan hairstyle: courtesy of falling asleep with wet hair But it the shoes that are the highlight for me. I love these shoes, bought about eight or nine years ago when I…
  • The hardest job, but the most rewarding

    Kat English Mamma
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    And now everything changes yet again. Most likely this is a just a temporary change, so I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. The boys are friends this week, and are, on the whole, playing well together. We have had no fighting, no biting, no pushing for the past four or five days. It is wonderful. I am going to enjoy every moment of this, and of this video of interviews for the world’s toughest job. (A bit cheesy at the end but still a fun idea.) Content on this site may not be used or reproduced without permission.
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  • How to Prepare Your Teen to Be a Healthy Adult

    Dixie Somers
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy How to Prepare Your Teen to Be a Healthy Adult from . Rebellion, claims of independence and frequent clashes with authority are all part of the physical, social... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • See Irreplaceable on Tuesday, May 6

    Gerardo Campbell
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy See Irreplaceable on Tuesday, May 6 from . What is family?  Does family still matter in today’s society? What is Irreplaceable About? Every member of... Rating: 0.0/10... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Importance Of Discussing Care Options With Your Loved Ones

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:25 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Importance Of Discussing Care Options With Your Loved Ones from .   Tragically, research has shown many elderly UK residents are entering into care home and/or long-term... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dad’s Weekend: How Divorce Over a Long Distance Affects Kids

    Brooke Chaplan
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy Dad’s Weekend: How Divorce Over a Long Distance Affects Kids from . The Pretty Lady and her ex had joint custody of their two children.  We lived within... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Five Best UK Hills For Climbing With Kids

    Mary Phillips
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Hello I hope you enjoy The Five Best UK Hills For Climbing With Kids from . If you suddenly get the hill walking itch and you have to take your young children hiking... Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Cheering on Charlie

  • The Week of Hand Me Downs And An Update

    Rebecca Wood
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    The women in my moms’ groups are generous with the hand me downs. Charlie has received many of them during this past week. This is the stroller liner given to Charlie from Judy at Laughing, Living, Weeping. Charlie likes the neck support in that position above her head. It fits Charlie well and is excellent support for the long stroller rides. We tested it out Saturday during a hike. Charlie received this sand box over the weekend. Initially, she had a tough time with the feel of sand. But, she loves it now that she is able to tolerate the texture. Today, Charlie got her car. So far,…
  • Happy Easter!

    Rebecca Wood
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Charlie had her very first Easter egg hunt today.
  • I’m Not A Doctor But I Play One When I Call The Pediatrician’s Office

    Rebecca Wood
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    For a couple of hours last night, Charlie screamed in pain. Other than when she was rehospitalized, I had not heard her scream in pain and it terrified me. She didn’t pull at her ears, touch her head, gnaw on her hand, rub anywhere on her body, nor provide any clues to what the problem was. There was no fever.  She simply screamed hysterically. I spoke with the on call doctor last night. I explained how Charlie had behaved unusually through out the day and it culminated in the screaming. We discussed if and when she needed to be seen in the ED. The doctor suggested ways to remedy the…
  • Extreme Parenting

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Last night, I had trouble sleeping. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. It’s not due to a busy schedule. I don’t feel stressed by the volunteer commitments or social events. I have no problem saying “No” to those if they become a source of stress. I’ve been overwhelmed by Charlie’s medical care. The things I can’t say no to. Late last night, I jumped on Twitter and commiserated with another micro preemie parent (the author of Handpicked Miracle).  I told her how I dreaded the next day’s appointments. How I have nightmares in which I argue…
  • Full Steam Ahead

    Rebecca Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    This morning’s post is very brief. This week has been non stop with Charlie’s regular therapy compounded by appointments and activities. For example, today, we are headed to music therapy topped off by a near sprint to an appointment with the ophthalmologist. I’m dreading the ophthalmologist appointment. Charlie’s right eye has been pulling more to the center when she attempts to focus on things. I suspect I’m in for a lecture on the importance of making her wear her glasses. I know it’s important and I could do a better job ensuring she wears them.
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  • Easter Egg Science Experiment for Kids

    Becky Langdon
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Science play is a new area of play for our family. Maybe other parents are more on the ball and have been doing science experiments with their kids since birth. Maybe some science-minded parent brings his baby home from the hospital and the next day starts showing her bugs in a jar. We have not thought about it much until the last year or so. Our 5-year-old son, however, has recently become very interested in how things work—computers, space travel, the weather, you name it—so we’ve been incorporating more science play at home. Recently he asked why some things float and others sink, so…
  • 3 Ways to Enjoy Messy Play this Spring

    Becky Langdon
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Spring is a glorious time for parents. With the warmer weather, it’s easy to send the kids outside to play for hours at a time. I love my kids. But after one of the coldest winters I can remember, it’s a nice change to see them outside playing, perfectly content—instead of sulking inside with cabin fever. Spring also makes messy play easier. No need to worry about damaging furniture or staining carpet. Messy play cleans up easily outside. Here are three fun and artistic ways to play with paint outside that your kids can enjoy this spring.   1. Sidewalk Paint   Chalk is always…
  • 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

    Becky Langdon
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
  • The Surprising Ways Audiobooks Enhance Playtime

    Becky Langdon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:32 pm
    In our household, with hectic schedules, there are only a few things that stay consistent from day to day: eating, sleeping, brushing teeth, and listening to audiobooks. That’s right, audiobooks have made our list of essential daily routines for our kids. In our boys’ playroom we have a CD player and, at any given time, a stack of 4-5 different audiobooks from the library. If your kids’ room or playroom doesn’t have the same, you’re missing out on a great way to enhance playtime! Audiobooks became a part of our daily routine when my oldest son hit about 3 and a half years old and…
  • Are Your Kids Getting Enough Dangerous Play?

    Becky Langdon
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:05 am
    In any given moment of unsupervised time, my two-year-old can be found scaling the kitchen cabinets, experimenting with climbing out the window of the backyard clubhouse, or attempting to ride his red plastic motorcycle on some kind of elevated surface—like the dining room table, for instance. Needless to say, I watch him like a hawk. Why do kids, especially young kids, gravitate toward dangerous play? Well, some researchers theorize this compulsion is not only inborn but necessary for normal, healthy development. In the article, “Children’s Risky Play From an Evolutionary Perspective:…
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  • 37 Reasons CNY Is An Awesome Place To Live

    Cort Ruddy
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Whenever it snows in late March -- or, worse yet, mid-April -- the always percolating “anti-Syracuse” sentiment just below the surface in far too many Central New Yorkers seems to bubble to the top. Heck, even I, known to crow to the point of annoyance about how great it is here, started looking at job openings in the Carolinas when the snow fell on tax day this year.I ought to know better. I’ve lived in other places for extended periods, and know we have it pretty good here. But sometimes we all need a little reminding.So, as a way to lift my own spirits, and those of other…
  • 17 Signs Your Home Is Crawling With ... Kids.

    Cort Ruddy
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
      1.        The thought of being vomited on doesn’t totally gross you out.2.        You cook and serve macaroni and cheese more than three times a week.3.        At least one room in your house looks like a Toys-R-Us bomb exploded in it.4.        You know how to check for head lice. 5.        When the temperature breaks 80 degrees, your first thought is, “Let’s set up the sprinkler.”Look familiar? Then, You…
  • Dog Responds to "Mystery Poo" False Accusation

    Cort Ruddy
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    First, please excuse my limited vocabulary. My name is Sydney, and I’m an Australian Shepard mixed breed.  I know, I know; it’s a bit cliché, a dog writing a blog. But if there’s anywhere tired clichés are allowed, it’s on Ruddy Bits blog, correct? Zing.Yeah, you guessed it. I’m pissed. And I have a right to be.A few days ago, my owners falsely accused me of defecatingon their bed. To make matters worse, they did so publicly. Okay, “publicly” may be overstatement. I mean how many of you humans actually read this thing anyway? Three? Maybe four on good…
  • An Anniversary To Be Remembered ... If Nothing Else

    Cort Ruddy
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    My wife and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary earlier this week. Though, celebrated might be the wrong term. The night mercifully ended with me sleeping on the couch in the living room -- and not because I bought her a pair of lamps as a gift either. Though, I’ve figured out since that may have been couch worthy on its own.  No, I wasn’t on the couch because I was in trouble. In fact, she was sleeping in the living room too, on the next couch over.How did we end up uncomfortably asleep on separate couches on our 13th wedding anniversary?It actually involves something of a…
  • I Learned It From Watching You! ... WHOOSH

    Cort Ruddy
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:58 am
    If I needed a reminder that my kids are always watching, always learning – and conversely that us parents are always teaching – I got it the other day. And it happened in the strangest of places: the men’s room at our local, neighborhood Marshalls. It was a Saturday.And unlike most Saturdays, we had nothing planned. No kid parties to attend, no practices to schedule around, nothing. Since it was too cold to do anything outside, we took the family shopping. Not the buying-stuff kind of shopping, but the browsing kind. The kind that finds you at a place like Marshalls…
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    No Bullying|Expert Advice On Cyber Bullying & School Bullying

  • Cybercrime Law & the Consequences of Bullying
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    These days, it seems almost impossible that an American teenager could function, let alone thrive, without online access. No matter what your initial reservations about the dangers that await minors online, there’s no denying that hyper-connectivity is inevitable and that it’s impossible to control 100% of your child’s computer activity. Learn about Cybercrime Law & the Consequences of Bullying! And as companies race each other toward newer and faster ways to communicate, the technology gap between kids and their parents threatens to widen ever so slightly. Smartphones, tablets,…
  • Take Control: Managing Your Teen’s Social Media Use
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr; social media sites have become a central part of popular culture, and teens are some of the biggest users of these sites. However, many families don’t have rules in place to manage the social media use by their children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, this should change. While teens may be the largest population of social media users, they lack the maturity that is needed in order to use these social media sites responsibly. For that reason, parents need to step in and monitor use in order to ensure that their children remain safe.
  • Bullying Assembly: A How To Guide
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Bullying is one of the worst but most common things that are taking place within society today. When people think of bullying, they think of a five year old being picked on by a twelve year old. But, the fact is, bullying is much more than that. Discover our guide to getting a Bullying Assembly! Bullying takes place in schools, but also in high schools, also in colleges, and, worst of all, in the workplace. Bullying is when one person makes another afraid of them, and this bullying can make the victim do things they would not normally do, and this can even mean hurting himself or herself or…
  • Technology Addiction
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Technology addiction is a growing problem, and if we adults can’t control our own technology use, how can we expect our kids not to get allured into the same behavior patterns? Psychology experts say the technology addiction problem is not with the devices, it’s with the people who are using them – people who are predisposed to addictions of all kinds and people who have trouble with self-discipline. If you find yourself saying, “I just have to check for this one message,” and then hours later are still looking at the screen reading Facebook or Twitter, you may have a problem.
  • Bad Kids in School: Should They Be There?
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With all of the school violence reports across the country today, the question often comes up: “What about bad kids in school?” Should they be there at all? This question also raises a great deal of controversy, especially where it concerns special needs students or others with certain medical or mental disabilities or diagnoses in which they may have tendencies for violent or inappropriate behavior. So what is the solution? Before we offer an idea on the matter, it is important to analyze the various factors at work to determine what is best for everyone involved. What Is A Bad…
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    Blog - Family of Readers

  • Reading for Parents: Why Poetry Matters

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

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

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

    13 Feb 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Valentine's Day is all about friendship when you're a kid - swapping cards and candy at school and not thinking much about the sappy stuff. To help celebrate, we recommend these books with big friendships.  Sidney, Stella, and the Moon by Emma Yarlett. (Ages 5-8. Templar - October 2013.)Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosa Lamb. (Ages 4-8. Candlewick - December 2013.)Painter and Ugly by Robert J. Blake. (Ages 5-8. Philomel - January 2011.)Forsythia and Me by Vincent X. Kirsch. (Ages 4-8. Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 2011.) Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold…
  • Best New Children's Books for Valentines Day

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:25 am
    I have to admit, that so far this year, I usually have NO idea what day it is. I blame the snow! My kids are constantly coming home early, leaving early, or missing school altogether. With the latest bombardment of Pax, I almost missed that tomorrow is Valentines Day. We're enjoying the latest installment from our favorite blue cat along with some other cute titles. If you want more - check out our other list - "The Very Best Little Books with Big Heart." Happy Valentines Day! Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by James Dean and Kimberly Dean. (Ages 4-8. Festival - November…
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    Joy Makin Mamas

  • Singing in the rain

    Meghan G
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Laugh with me on the rainy days. Hand me a wipe or a diaper and be understanding when I never finish a sentence. This gig would be awful if it weren't for mom friends. Read Singing in the rain on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Back Yard Science: Rain, Rain (garden) go away… How can we keep from singing? How to build a back yard rain garden video
  • Budget SOS: How do you save on groceries?

    Meghan G
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Because I'm never satisfied, I want to not only save money, I want to save time too. Because being frugal is good, but not at the expense of hanging out with my dudes. Here are my three favorite thrifty tips to start the discussion Read Budget SOS: How do you save on groceries? on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Lunchtime SOS! Lunch ideas plus The Best Egg Salad EVER NEW Save your recipes and automatically create a grocery list! Cooking with Kids: Turkey Burgers
  • Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack Giveaway

    Meghan G
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    Any parent can tell you that one of the hardest parts of having a little baby in the house is the sleep, or lack thereof. Sleeping Baby has made it their mission to help parents everywhere get baby to sleep better by introducing their unique slumber sack, the Zipadee-Zip! This swaddling transition sleepwear for babies, helps babies feel secure, keeps them warm and is very versatile! Read Zipadee-Zip Slumber Sack Giveaway on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: ENDED $50 Matilda Jane Clothing Giveaway Giveaway: Fish In Line from Learning Resources…
  • Long live the RSVP

    Meghan G
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Invitations are special. They mean that you are a priority to the person doing the inviting, and they are your opportunity to let them know that they are important to you- even if you can't make it or maybe can't make it. Blowing off an RSVP is like saying you don't need any help when the zombies come. Read Long live the RSVP on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dinner Rolls From Scratch that turn out every time! Operation: Brainstorming #TeamCrocus Shaving Cream Play is not for me.
  • Superhero Playdate & Story Time Ideas

    Meghan G
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    To little kids who are just starting to understand that there aren't always happy endings, the idea of someone endowed with more than the normal ability to make things okay is pretty comforting. Letting them pretend to be the super hero allows them to identify themselves as the character in the story who can solve problems- and there is no better way for them to see themselves. Read Superhero Playdate & Story Time Ideas on Joy Makin Mamas! Thanks for being a subscriber- you are the best! More Good Stuff: Dragon Playdate and Story Time Ideas Heroic Princess Playdate ideas Little Red…
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    Early Intervention Support

  • Should Babies Wear Shoes? Tips For New Walkers

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Shoes or no shoes?  This is a question many parents of young children who are learning to walk will eventually ask.  Should babies wear shoes?  Do shoes make children more stable?  Or, will shoes hinder their ability to progress?  Varying opinions of friends and family may add to the confusion. Before children learn to walk, shoes are mainly decorative.  Shoes at this stage are not really serving a functional purpose and are merely a fashion choice.  There is no harm in putting shoes on a pre-walker, as long as the shoes are not too tight. At birth, the foot does not contain bones.
  • Could Your Child Benefit from a Cochlear Implant? | Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatment

    Rachel Sigala
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    What is a cochlear implant and who does it benefit? A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted small electronic device consisting of internal and external parts to help provide the sense of sound to those with sensorineural hearing loss. It is important to take into consideration whether the child developed language prior to the hearing loss, the severity of the hearing loss, the support of the child’s family, and whether the child responded to hearing aids prior to getting a cochlear implant. The FDA has approved cochlear implants for any child over 12 months of age with significant…
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System | Alternative Communication Intervention

    Emily Fawcett
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Communication comes in many forms.  From a cry to express hunger to rhythmic kicks of their feet to show excitement, children begin communicating in the earliest years of their life. For most, communication continues to develop and becomes an everyday effortless activity; however, for individuals with disabilities, communication can be a constant obstacle. Early identification of developmental delays is essential to a child’s progress. If a child has a communication delay, a speech therapist will support the family in assisting their child in developing communication.  There are five…
  • Turning Oral Motor Activities into Play

    Stephenie Gomez
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Our goal in Early Intervention is to encourage imitation skills in children because we know that children learn and practice by imitating their models. As adults, we model various gross motor, fine motor, and oral motor skills throughout the day to encourage our children to imitate us, and before long they begin to carry out those skills spontaneously. Oral motor exercises may be implemented into your child’s therapy program for various reasons, whether it be to increase muscle tone and/or strength, stability, movement, or to increase overall awareness for feeding and/or speech…
  • Fun and Healthy Eating for Kids

    20 Mar 2014 | 8:42 am
    In my profession as a pediatric dietitian I frequently have parents ask, “How do I change my child’s eating habits?” Some parents would like their child to eat more, some to eat less, others to eat healthier and others just to include more variety. We have all heard the traditional response that as a parent we should model good eating habits. Sometimes that just isn’t enough. I always include trying to make healthy eating fun for your children. Some fun ideas for mealtimes include cutting foods into different shapes made to look like animals, or including the kids in your food…
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    A Fine Parent

  • One Simple Trick to Break the Nagging/Screaming Habit

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Habits.) Has this ever happened to you? You decide very firmly that you will not nag and scream at your kids, come what may. And the very next minute your kids do the one thing that you just cannot stand. And before you know it, you are screaming at them like only a raving lunatic, or a very frustrated parent, can. And things go downhill faster than you can say “Not agaaaain!” Yep. We’ve all been there. I just happened to be there (for the umpteenth time!) while I was reading the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.
  • The Ultimate Guide For Helping Your Kids Create a Habit. Any Habit.

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Habits.) Ever wonder why some routines stick, while others fall flat? Maybe you’ve got your kids into the habit of getting to bed on time each night, but come morning, try as you might, you can’t get them out of bed and out the door on time without a few screaming matches… (or is it the other way round?) What gives? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just figure out the secret of creating habits consistently? As it turns out, there is a method to this madness! In the book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,…
  • What Michael Phelps Can Teach us About Eliminating Power Struggles With Our Kids

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Habits.) Michael was a restless and hyperactive kid. One of his elementary school teachers impatiently complained to his mom – “I just don’t ever see him being able to focus on anything in his life”. In 6th grade, he was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). And yet, today we know him as the Michael Phelps – the most decorated, legendary Olympian of all times who has to his credit 18 gold medals (twice as many as the next highest gold medal holder!), 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Ever wonder how Michael may have…
  • The Truth About the Glamorous Life: By Rock and Roll Dad Mark Hermann

    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is a part of our series on Inspiring Stories and is a gracious contribution by Mark Hermann from Rock and Roll Zen. Please contact me if you have a great story to share with our fine parents community!) It’s been a wild and crazy ride in the 51 years of life I’ve lived so far as a creative spirit. I’ve toured the world with real rock stars including Foreigner and Joe Walsh and gotten a taste of the life that goes along with it. I’ve felt the elation of playing my own music in a big arena, written songs that were placed in TV shows and films and produced…
  • How to Prepare Your Kids to Deal Effectively With Setbacks and Failures

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    (This article is part of our series on Mindset.) As you watch your child take on something new, how many of you silently pray “Oh gosh, please, please let him not fail”? It’s the natural parenting instinct in us. Most of us do this, even though we know that statistically, there is no way anyone can go through their life without failing a few times. And we do it in spite of understanding at some level that a few setbacks may actually be good for for our kids – to learn perseverance, grit, resilience; to build character and to feel a deep fulfilling satisfaction when they succeed.
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  • Aiswarya Rai’s Weight Loss Journey Which Could Inspire You

    Sangeetha Menon
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All women put on during pregnancy and trust me , though we feel happy about the increasing weight during pregnancy, we bother a lot about the same weight post baby Isn’t ? I wasn’t bothered trust me I wasn’t post baby as I dint put on so much or looked... The post Aiswarya Rai’s Weight Loss Journey Which Could Inspire You appeared first on .
  • Reader’s Question 1

    Sangeetha Menon
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A mom asks , Should I give baby foods like cerelac or pediavita to my son? Is it safe? Is such products necessary for getting all required vitamins and minerals? My son is 9 months old. He is only 7.750 kg. His birth weight was 2.750.I am really concerned about... The post Reader’s Question 1 appeared first on .
  • How I Named My Baby ?

    Anjana Jins
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    How I named my Baby? Being a Mommiiee can be really thrilling…..Especially when it happens for the very first time in your life and you have a big list of things-to-do on your cards. In short you crave to be the Best Mother in the World. My delivery eve was... The post How I Named My Baby ? appeared first on .
  • 11 Tips for Hair Care Post Baby

    Sangeetha Menon
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Having hair fall post delivery or post baby ? In today’s post I am writing about the 11 tips for hair care post baby / post delivery. A new mother becomes so busy with many things that she doesn’t have time to take care of herself. So the poor care,... The post 11 Tips for Hair Care Post Baby appeared first on .
  • Introducing Dr. Nitin Deshpande To You All – Bumps n Baby Expert Panel !!

    Sangeetha Menon
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hi Lovely readers of Bumps n Baby , Am so glad to introduce Dr. Nitin Deshpande , M.B.B.S, D.C.H. leading Paediatrician , Consulting Child & Newborn Specialist to all of you lovely readers. He would be a part of the Bumps n Baby family where in you , yes you... The post Introducing Dr. Nitin Deshpande To You All – Bumps n Baby Expert Panel !! appeared first on .
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    Change My Lane » Blog

  • The secret to happiness

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    My eight-year-old pulls this pouty duck face when she’s not happy. Yes, she is behaving more and more like a ‘tween’ every day. This morning she was complaining her life. Her best friends’ life is soooo enviable. She has everything that my daughter believes she wants. My little girl would change places with her in a heartbeat. I pointed out a few things that she has that her best friend would envy. More duck-faced pouting. She wasn’t having any of it. Then I asked, “Do you want to know the secret to happiness?” Her little eyes lit up, and she said “Yes!” So I told her.
  • 14 tips for returning to work after baby

    4 Mar 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Returning to work after having a baby can be very stressful. We’re sold an illusion that the truly competent people cope well with this situation, and glide through it effortlessly. We’re sold another illusion that only incompetent people don’t crumble under the strain. The truth of the matter is somewhere in between. In most instances, the people that don’t cope well are the ones who expect too much of themselves, and their situation. The ones who buy the myth that they can have it all. That they can return to their pre-pregnancy figure, have an eternally clean and tidy house, move…
  • Revolutionary parenting

    11 Feb 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Here’s a revolutionary parenting idea – let’s put Mums first! The other day I read an article about how a health care worker prescribes the same thing for each of her clients who are busy mums. Her prescription is to have between one and four hours each week, doing something they enjoy, away from work and away from home. When her clients give her that incredulous look that says ‘You really just don’t get it, do you?’ she responds, ‘So, when did you become the least important person in your household?’ I like her style, and found myself talking to some other mums in…
  • 6 Ways to beat the back to work blues

    25 Jan 2014 | 1:04 am
    The back to work blues tend to set in when the holiday period is over and we head back to work or school. It’s easy to fall into the post-vacation slump! The key is to make sure you have something, or some things, to look forward to so you don’t believe that the best is behind you. Here are some ideas to help you do that:   1. Plan your quarterly breaks That’s right, get your calendar out and start planning. Schedule in all the public holidays and the school terms, first so you can see what’s happening when. Then work with, or around, these dates for your breaks. You need…
  • My no-fail guide to following through on your resolutions

    25 Dec 2013 | 7:59 pm
    We often resolve to do something, but fail to actually do it. Have you noticed that? This is particularly noticeable in the new year as those of us who set New Year’s resolutions tend to sprinkle them around liberally, as though they’re fairy dust. Then, unlike the dust that tends to accumulate around my house, the resolutions disappear, leaving no evidence they ever existed. This is the problem with most resolutions. We set them, and forget them. Actually, we set them, try to make some progress over the first few weeks or days (or hours!) of making the resolve, then give up and berate…
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  • Agriculture for Kids

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    When my kids were young, we lived in the rural area of Bath, New York. One of the benefits of living there was the annual field trip kindergartners took to the Alfred State farm, where they introduced agriculture for kids. Our kids were exposed at a young age to how farms operate and how they contribute to the food supply. They gained a deep appreciation for where our food comes from and how hard farmers work to provide it.It's important for kids to learn about agriculture, but if you don't have a built-in opportunity that we had for our kids you can still help them learn about agriculture.
  • Bike Safety for Kids: 5 Important Tasks

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    Bike safety for kids is crucial for avoiding accidents. According to, 300,000 kids go to the emergency room each year because of bike injuries. That's a whole lot of scrapes, strains, broken bones and bumps. Approximately 10,000 of those children have injuries requiring them to stay overnight, and others cause deaths. Here's what to teach your child to minimize the risk.Always wear a helmet.Biking related deaths are usually due to head injuries. This means damage was done to the brain. Helmets protect the head, face and head. Make sure your child's helmet fits properly. It…
  • How To Build Confidence In Your Child: 3 Tips

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    Nowadays, it is essential that kids have some level of confidence to survive. Knowing how to build confidence as you grow up and on your own doesn't always happen with ease. While some kids are raised in highly confident households, many kids are not and need the extra help along the way. Confidence is something that is built up over time and it is felt within when goals are met and when other people acknowledge our efforts.Does your child have a healthy level of confidence? Kids are constantly growing and experiencing and you cannot have complete control of their feelings towards themselves…
  • Autism in New York City

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    I never expected our visit to New York with kids to be easy. Our girls are just six and four years old, after all. We were heading down to the city for a charity walk for Easter Seals. Our littlest girl, Kate, has autism. We are becoming pretty seasoned at making accommodations for travel that other parents might not necessarily have to make. We invited Grandma to help with Kate. We used social stories to prepare her for the big city and we filled a bag with 'treats' to keep her busy on the plane. Our last plane ride was pretty eventful and you can read about it here. Go ahead, I'll wait.
  • It's OK to Talk About Your Kids on Date Night

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:19 am
    You've done it. You've arranged for a babysitter for your little ones. You've synchronized your hectic work schedules and you're about to go on the coveted 'date night'. Maybe it has been weeks since the stars aligned and you could manage this little luxury or maybe you have a standing date. Either way, you are looking forward to some time alone with your spouse. You reach the restaurant feeling proud that your best outfit still fits and as you peruse the menu it occurs to you that your littlest one said something hilarious this morning. You hold back, though. This night is supposed to be…
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    Growing Your Baby

  • Long Island Mom Undergoes Open-Heart Surgery While Pregnant

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    When we’re pregnant, we do our best to take care of our ever-changing bodies and the baby we are growing. We try to keep the germs at bay and stay away from anyone who may be sick. But sometimes all the prevention in the world doesn’t stop a sickness. For one Long Island woman, she thought that she had come down with something, with emergency room doctors confirming that she had bronchitis, despite the fact she was coughing up blood. But her case was far from ordinary. Sharon Savino, 25 of New York had been pregnant with her third child. In the weeks leading up to Christmas last…
  • Parents Turn to Internet to Save Eliza from an Incurable Disease

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Cara and Glenn O’Neill’s life was shattered when they found out that their four year old daughter was suffering from a rare, and incurable neurological disorder. What made it worse was the news that there was perhaps a cure but not yet tested on humans. The family then took to the internet to raise money for the research and hold on to the only hope that could save baby Eliza. “We felt like we were in the Twilight Zone,” said Cara, a pediatrician from Columbia, S.C. “It was stunning.” Eliza suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome, a disease that destroys brain cells and may kill young…
  • Study: Despite Warnings Thousands of Children Still Being Given Codeine

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Despite warning against the use of codeine in children a new study has found that many emergency room doctors are still using the opioid for pains and cough. Dr. Sunitha Kaiser the study’s lead author from the University of California, San Francisco found that while codeine prescriptions for children in U.S. emergency rooms decreased slightly from 2001 to 2010, between about 559,000 and 877,000 kids were still receiving the drug in that setting each year. “My colleague and I felt like this was an important question to look at to get a sense of how often it’s being used in…
  • Kidoodle.TV Offers a Great Mix of Classic, Current and Educational Programs For Kids!

    Lisa Arneill
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Often when my boys are watching a cartoon on TV they’ll ask, ‘Was this show on when you were a kid mom.’ To which I normally respond no.  Because unfortunately all the shows I grew up watching, with the exception of Sesame Street, are long gone or locked away in some secret vault.  Well that was until recently! Just before March break I came across Kidoodle.TV.  My boys have become a little obsessed with Super Mario and the gang and wanted me to buy them a couple of episodes for their iPads.  While looking for an easier way to do it I found a couple of seasons of the…
  • Science Discovers Egg Protein Essential for Fertilization

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Back in 2005, researchers in Japan discovered a protein on the surface of sperm that helped it recognize the egg it needed to fertilize. They named it Izumo, after a Japanese marriage shrine. Recently, UK researchers discovered Izumo’s mate – the protein on the outside of an egg required to ensure fertilization. Named after the Roman goddess of fertility and marriage, Juno, researchers say the discovery of this protein could help in the development of better fertility treatments as well as new contraceptives to help prevent unwanted pregnancy. “We have solved a long-standing mystery in…
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  • Matching the Right Au Pair with your Family

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    When hiring a babysitter or nanny it often times feels like getting one that is a good match with your family is luck of the draw.  Many people find babysitters by posting an ad, through friends or family members, by word of mouth, or through a babysitting ad.  Their credentials, references, and experience may be great, but there’s always that fear that the babysitter just won’t click.   Having an Au Pair is more than just having a babysitter.  You don’t need to worry about their availability and finding one last minute.  Most importantly, YOU get to choose what you…
  • It’s An EGGcellent Time for an Easter Egg Hunt- Fun, Educational Twists on Egg Hunts!

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    It’s almost Easter and the sun is out and the weather is warming up!  The children are on spring break and home and probably looking for some fun things to do with their au pair! Let the children get involved in the Easter egg hunt planning.  Have them help you choose the candy and fill the eggs.  Add a little twist and make it a learning experience by having the kids draw up a map of the yard for you to use as a guide! One of the best ideas I keep seeing pop up is assigning each  member of the family a colored egg to find.  They will only find and collect their color, so everyone…
  • Au Pair Infant Care

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    There’s going to be a baby boom in my group of friends!  I have three friends who are due within weeks of each other; each with different childcare plans for their babies. I’ve seen the struggles they have gone through trying to weigh the pros and cons of different child care options.  For myself, it would be a tough decision sending my baby to daycare.  A babysitter is always a great option, but it’s hard to find one who will be around long term.   Having an au pair as your childcare provider is a great way to go!  Our Au Pairs have over 200 hours of experience, some…
  • Outdoor Safety Tips

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As I’m sitting here outside during one of the first warm, beautiful days this year, I’m trying to think of all the fun activities I can do outdoors.  It is important that as a child care provider, you get the children outside and get exercise.  It was a long, cold, snowy, winter and everyone was cooped up for months. Although the weather is warming up and there are tons of outdoor activities to do, there are some precautions to take to keep yourself and the children safe. First, and most important, WEAR SUNBLOCK!  Even if it’s slightly overcast, the sun’s rays are…
  • Reading with Children

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When I was a child, I had a regular babysitter, Mrs. Hickey.  She was an older woman and we thought of her as a third grandmother.  My fondest memories of Mrs. Hickey are of when she read to us. My favorite childhood book was One day, maybe the child you care for will love a book and the memories that go with it as much as I do with Ira Sleeps Over.  Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber.  The story was cute, and the pictures were nice, but they weren’t spectacular.  I have seen and read books with funnier stories and brighter, better illustrations, but the way Mrs. Hickey read this…
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  • How to Make Your Third Trimester Super Fun – Especially As A Single Mom

    Anne Sophie
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    When you hit the third trimester, you’re both happy and restless. You’ve made it through two thirds of your pregnancy and in a way, the last few months have flown by, but now you want to see your little one. You want to hold your baby in your arms, see what he/she looks like and smell that unmistakable baby smell. You are both ready and scared of this new chapter in your life, but overall you just want it to be here. But you still have about 3 more months to go. 3 long months. Ugh. You wonder how you will be able to make it through this time with your ever-growing belly, your back pains,…
  • How to Raise a Boy All By Yourself

    Christy Heady
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the past several years, I have learned to love sticks, toy guns and paper airplanes. In fact, I can now make a mean paper airplane that sails from the kitchen well into the living room and land splat at the base of the front door. My son, Liam, has opened up a whole new world for me. I have two brothers, whom, along with my late sister, Robyn, I played outdoors with growing up. Parenting a boy is a whole different story. Parenting a boy all by myself rests on a separate planet, but one I would not ever trade in this or that world. Ever. Liam is eight years old now, and over the years he…
  • I’m a Single Mom and I Don’t Feel Bad About It!

    Ty Knighten
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    I have been a single mom since day one and by day one, I mean from the time I found out that I was pregnant.  I never felt sorry for myself and to be very honest, I think I prepared myself for single motherhood long before I ever got pregnant.  I knew that I would be a single mother when I was a teenage girl and made the decision to one day be a mother. Being raised by a single mom, I was taught to be independent and take care of business and that was the example that I saw in my home. I decided probably in my senior year of high school, that I wanted to have 1 son and that I was going to…
  • How to Live Well as a Single Mom – It’s Not About the Money

    Christy Heady
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    This year marks the fifth time I am facing a cancer scare within a two-year window of time. When I heard the news from my doctor, grateful and exhausted are the two words that bubbled up from within me.   I recognized all my biopsies and surgeries from the past have come back benign but I am a bit tired of having to do this again.  My doctor believes I am fine but it is better to ensure my “health career,” he said, stays in tact. This news helped me realize I have received a bigger gift now. When you want to live really well when you are raising your children alone, it is time…
  • 4 Limiting Single Mom Beliefs to Let Go of Today

    Anne Sophie
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    When you go through the exciting, nerve-wracking, exhilarating and scary parenting journey on your own, there are many beliefs that sneak into your subconscious mind keeping you from being the most energetic and relaxed mom you can be. It’s easy to fall into the traps of the “can’t-do’s” and “have to’s” when dealing with your child, your finances, your schedules and yourself. When I decided to separate from my husband and treat my child to a life without fighting and miserable parents, I instantly had a giant list of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do in the near and…
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  • Don’t Just Learn, Understand!

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    In the last decade, the Singapore educational system has become a global leader in the education field, helping exemplary pupils to be accepted in the worlds best universities. But with the increasing competitiveness of those top tier universities, students are faced with mounting pressure to excel in every aspect which might have an impact on their exams. This has led to the mass implementation of ‘rote learning’ in Asia, where students focus more on memorising knowledge than the full comprehension of the concepts behind it. What is ‘rote learning’ and what’s wrong with it? From…
  • Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next?

    7 Mar 2014 | 1:48 am
    Life after A Levels Tags: Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Choosing a Polytechnic  Q&A with an O-levels grad  How to make an origami horse for Chinese New Year!  Happy New Year!  Don’t Just Learn, Understand!Copyright © | Epigami [Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next?], All Right Reserved. 2014.The post Have you just received your A-levels results? So what to do next? appeared first on | Epigami.
  • Top 5 Nostalgic Moments in Primary School for the 90′s ghee nas!

    2 Feb 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Top 5 Nostalgic Moments in Primary School for the 90′s ghee nas! 1. Eraser wars I would save up whatever little pocket money I have just to purchase different flag erasers to build my “eraser army”. And everyone would try to have an eraser war whenever we could (Psst.. I even had duels under my desk when the teacher was teaching in class. But I always end up losing because I was too nervous to concentrate on either activity!) 2. Power Rangers Everyone’s all-time favourite show in the 90s! I would always pretend that I’m the white ranger (My favourite ranger!) and went “GO GO…
  • Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team!

    29 Jan 2014 | 4:08 am
    All of us from Epigami wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year 2014. Tags: Digg StumbleUpon Comments:  0 (Zero), Be the first to leave a reply!You might be interested in this:    Q&A with an O-levels grad  We need Tutors!  Top 5 Nostalgic Moments in Primary School for the 90's ghee nas!  Cost of education in SingaporeCopyright © | Epigami [Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team!], All Right Reserved. 2014.The post Happy Chinese New Year 2014 from the Epigami Team! appeared first on | Epigami.
  • How to make an origami horse for Chinese New Year!

    27 Jan 2014 | 12:36 am
    Hello everyone! Did you know that the name “Epigami” was derived from 2 words – “Epic” and “Origami”? “Epi” stands for “Epic” and our belief to never settle for anything less than the best; “gami” stems from “Origami”, the Japanese art of paper craft, which symbolises creation and innovation. With Chinese New Year just a few days away, we are going to teach you one decoration to spice up your house – an origami horse (and one that can flip too!) in the upcoming year of the horse! Video link:…
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  • Fly, Fly Baby

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    I had been procrastinating it for a while. Exactly 1.5 years. It was always too hot, too cold or too tiring to travel to India with the kid. He still needed some vaccinations, you know. Let him be a little bigger so he can enjoy more. Perhaps wait for him to be potty trained. Or start eating more like adults. Or start filing his own taxes, may be? But the family was getting antsy and I had to take him on his first ever flight. For 8 hours, plus another 7 to wait for a connecting domestic flight and an hour more on that flight. Which felt like more than a lifetime. At the end of it my hair…
  • Fuctional benefits of babies

    7 Mar 2014 | 4:19 am
    Babies change your world – in the most beautiful way possible (discounting of course the spits and boogers they bring along with them). Right when you think it is impossible to love them more, they do the cuddliest of things to make you swoon. But those babies can do you more good than that. Research suggests that a happy baby can do wonders to enhance your creativity, for one. I can think of at least eleven more functional benefits of having babies. Here. Love you too, baby! 1. You can easily blame your burps and farts on them. To cover up more just say something before anyone has…
  • Who is this kid?

    27 Feb 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day when Amay and I were home. The day panned out quite normally when he woke up early, I tried to sleep in, he shouted into my ears, created a mess in the house, flung all his food on to the floor, I gave him a bubble bath, took him to the mall, bought him play-doh, he didn’t bother to play with it and preferred my hair dryer, I cleaned, he slept. (As is clear from this – a toddler’s life is the only one worth living) Except. He didn’t throw a single tantrum in the mall. He only insisted to not sit in the stroller and push it on his…
  • Wait, I’m growing up

    13 Feb 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Look at me, I’m so big! Scratchy Velcro on my shoes Amazes me no more That big. I can walk up the steps Holding dearly onto the railing Slowly putting one foot ahead Uniting it with the other Squealing with joy at my arrival Look at me, I’m so big! I can scoop a spoon Toss out that fallen blueberry When I don’t want it That big. Tip my sippy cup Tell you when I want more Exhale ‘aah’ when I am done Roll my sleeves up When it’s time to wash hands Look at me, I’m so big! I can go under the dining table Crawling on all fours Through your feet That big. I can eat with my hands Pick…
  • Top 5 ‘What the…’ parenting moments

    3 Feb 2014 | 7:58 am
    Talking from experience of about a year and a half, I think parenting is quite exciting. It may suck the last drop of blood out of your system and break your back a million times a day, but mostly the ups outweigh the downs. But there are moments (more than you’d imagine) when the last strands of your sanity are pushed over the edge. When you are like, ‘but this doesn’t make any sense at all’. After a lot of deliberation, I have come up with a list of of top 5 such moments. Considering the 24*7 circus that goes on our house ruled by a toddler, the judgement was really…
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