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  • The first divorce selfie

    Family Edge
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    And why it makes me sad.
  • Aug 11, How I Organized our Home Budget and began to grow our wealth with a 4 Step Plan!

    Organize Our Family Blog
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Get your home budget under control and see your ability to grow wealth change with these simple four steps!
  • Who Is the Champion in Your Life

    Aha!NOW Life blog
    Harleena Singh
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Most of us want to be successful and champions in life. However, when we were kids, we had no idea where to take our lives and what to make out of it. Who taught you to become a champion? Who inspired you to become somebody? Who filled you with confidence and made you aware of your hidden […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Who Is the Champion in Your Life. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our email newsletter,…
  • V-J Day, Blueberry Popsicle Day

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    Katybeth Jensen
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ September 2, 2014  ★~ Today’s Quote: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.” ★~  V-J Day: V-J Day, which stands for “Victory over Japan.” On August 14, 1945, it was announced to the world that Japan had surrendered to the Allies – signifying […] The post V-J Day, Blueberry Popsicle Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Last Hike of Summer

    A Family Runs Through It
    Idaho Dad
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
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  • Who Is the Champion in Your Life

    Harleena Singh
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Most of us want to be successful and champions in life. However, when we were kids, we had no idea where to take our lives and what to make out of it. Who taught you to become a champion? Who inspired you to become somebody? Who filled you with confidence and made you aware of your hidden […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Who Is the Champion in Your Life. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our email newsletter,…
  • Amazing Community Features and Giveaway at Aha!NOW

    Harleena Singh
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    “Giveaway at Aha!NOW? That’s music to my ears. Where did the sun rise from today?” Did you just have such thoughts? I don’t blame you! In my three and half years of blogging, this is the first time I’m having a giveaway on my blog. But this post is not only about giveaways, it’s about […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Amazing Community Features and Giveaway at Aha!NOW. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get…
  • How Many Hours Should You Work Per Week

    Vinay Kachhara
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    How many hours should you work per week? Should it be 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, or 60? This question has been  talked about a lot in recent years. Should you have a three-day workweek, or does a 5-day workweek work fine for you? How many work hours do you prefer in a day? Another […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on How Many Hours Should You Work Per Week. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our email newsletter, latest…
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  • V-J Day, Blueberry Popsicle Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ September 2, 2014  ★~ Today’s Quote: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.” ★~  V-J Day: V-J Day, which stands for “Victory over Japan.” On August 14, 1945, it was announced to the world that Japan had surrendered to the Allies – signifying […] The post V-J Day, Blueberry Popsicle Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Family Oddities

    Katybeth Jensen
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    My family is odder than your family. This weekend, I’m doing a little Odd Blog housekeeping. I wrote this post in May, 2009.  It may be due for an update. I’ll work on it. In the meantime, I’ve cleaned it up a bit to share again. . . My Odd Family… My mother always travels with […] The post Family Oddities appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Trail Mix Day, Eat Outside Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ August 31, 2014 Please enjoy some  Trail Mix and Eat Outside today to celebrate the last day of the August. If you are so inclined you can read more about today by clicking  August 31, 2013. El Morno friend BethAnn suggests this savory trail mix like recipe.  El Morno will […] The post Trail Mix Day, Eat Outside Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Unsubscribe? Go Ahead Break My Heart

    Katybeth Jensen
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Unsubscribe? Don’t go! This past week I’ve been creating e-mail list for both Camp-Run-A-Pup and Deer Antlers for Pups. I’ve never created e-mail lists for either business because I don’t send mass e-mails. If I have something to say, I e-mail the person directly. But recently I had something very important to say and it […] The post Unsubscribe? Go Ahead Break My Heart appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Lush Who Me?

    Katybeth Jensen
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    This Morno. I ate a bagel  in case I get a hang-over later. Lush Signs. . . Drinking alone. Well, technically, I wasn’t alone. My teen was drinking alongside me. I was drinking the damaged frozen strawberry daiquiri while he indulged in the virgin ones. Drunk Facebooking. “I just drank a full pitcher of frozen […] The post Lush Who Me? appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
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    A Family Runs Through It

  • Last Hike of Summer

    Idaho Dad
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
  • Scouting London

    Idaho Dad
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Continuing the story of the big adventure to England that my son’s Scout Troop embarked on this summer. Before they hit the trail, a few days of sightseeing were planned for London. Most of these boys are from small towns and rural areas. They aren’t brimming with experience of dealing with the big city, especially not one of the largest in the world. The traffic, the Tube, the people, it can all be so chaotic. But, being Scouts, they were prepared. They dealt with it, even reveled in it. I think a few of them could see themselves living in a place like London. We walked for…
  • Lake Life

    Idaho Dad
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    When you live near one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, you want to spend as much time at it as possible. This is what we try to do all summer. We look at it, swim in it, walk next to it, boat on it, take pictures of it, and brag a lot about it. It will still be there in the winter, it’s just not as much fun.
  • The Biggest Challenge

    Idaho Dad
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:27 pm
    More about Troop 3′s amazing England adventure… Who knew that the biggest challenge to taking a group of teens and adults halfway around the world for a week-long hike would be getting them all to look in the same direction at the same time for group photos? It took an average of 7 clicks of the camera to get most of them facing forward and attempting a smile. But there was always one who couldn’t quite get with the program. Here are the boys on the deck of the HMS Belfast. And also with some of the dads in front of Buckingham Palace. Notice the rare coordination of…
  • Making History

    Idaho Dad
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:08 am
    They did it. Troop 3, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, became the first Boy Scout troop in the history of the Inland Northwest Council and the State of Idaho to travel to Great Britain and to walk the entire length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path. They came, they saw, they blistered. And they conquered the 84-mile trail from the North Sea to the Irish Sea. They made history while seeing history. It was a long journey, but worth every step. I’ll write more about it in the weeks to come.
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    Family Matters

  • Moving House Made Easy: Just in Case

    Ronit Baras
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Moving house is a very time-consuming activity. When things do not happen as you expect, they require even more time, which you probably cannot afford. That is why it is better to be as prepared as possible before you move. Arrange your relocation as if you are starting a new life in your new house. Here is a list of things to do to make life easier and help you start fresh. Back up your computers, just in case.  Make sure you have more than one copy. Find all your warranties and put them in one place so you can use them in case something happens during the house move. Make a folder with…
  • Obedience: Should You Teach it to Your Kids?

    Ronit Baras
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    One of the biggest dilemmas in parenting is how to teach your kids to respond to authority. Should you teach them obedience? The reason this is a dilemma is because you are the first authority figure they will ever meet and you want them to obey you. After all, you have their best interests at heart. But not every authority in their life will be the same, and if they learn blind obedience, they may simply obey other authorities and lose their way. Kids are born completely helpless. They look up to their parents and their lives are highly dependent on them. Parents become authority figures.
  • Moving House Made Easy: Changing Address

    Ronit Baras
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Many people who are moving to a new house are stressed about changing their address. No matter how many times you move, you still worry about missing letters, statements, services and people. But there are ways to make this change easier. The easiest way to manage this is to have the post office divert your mail to your new address for the first 3-6 month, until you can notify all the services that have your previous address. The fee is reasonable and if you keep getting letters over time, you can see who you need to contact to change your address. Another way to make sure your mail gets to…
  • Parenting 101: Top Parenting Essentials

    Ronit Baras
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    After coaching so many parents, and raising my own kids, I have accumulated many essential parenting tips that I want to share with you. I hope you find them useful. Take care of your happiness first. Just like they tell you on a plane, you should put the oxygen mask on your own face before helping your kids. If you want to raise happy kids, you must take care of your own happiness first. If you do not have oxygen, you are no good to your kids. Happy parents raise happy kids. Be positive. It is very easy to notice what your kids are doing wrong but harder to pay attention to the great things…
  • Moving House Made Easy: Bills and Services

    Ronit Baras
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When you move to a new house, it can be a bit of a juggling act to manage without a phone, with no electricity or without gas. One of the things I learned from the moves I have made is that it is better to connect and disconnect in advance, and to follow up a week before moving. Many utility services require time to carry out the connection or disconnection, so do not wait for the last minute. Contact your service providers as soon as you can and find out how long in advance they need to know. Schedule in your diary to contact them on time. For example, if the phone company needs 1-3 weeks…
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    Our Modern Family

  • Quickdate

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I started this blog in order to document all the new experiences , learnings and blunders that I would encounter …Continue reading →
  • On The (Bumpy) Road Again…(pt.2)

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Our last big adventure while I was in town was on July 4th. We went to see the Altoona Curve, …Continue reading →
  • On The (Bumpy) Road Again…(pt.1)

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Childhood summers are magical. Although my mom is approaching senility (just kidding mom), she still fondly recalls her summers growing …Continue reading →
  • Holiday Road

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Why aren’t we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that. A perfect line to steal from …Continue reading →
  • A Father’s Day

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:21 pm
    It probably goes without saying that this Father’s Day was a little more enjoyable than last year. Although I was …Continue reading →
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  • The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling For Kids

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    (Written by Irene Kovalyova) Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular among parents in US these days. Research conducted in last few years showed a significant increase in the number of children, who are homeschooled, from 1.7% in 1998 to 2.9% in 2007. What for some is a question of choice, for others is a necessity. Many children, who live in remote, rural areas or frequently travel and relocate have no other choice but to be homeschooled by their parents or professional tutors. However, in the vast group of homeschooled children there are some families, which deliberately made the…
  • 5 Back-to-School Tips For Parents Of Children With Disabilities

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    (Written by Leslie Mason) Back-to-school season is stressful enough for any parent, especially if it’s a child’s first year at school. No parent feels this more than the parent of a child (or multiple children) with disabilities. If you’re a parent with a disabled child and this is your first time sending a child to school, letting them out of your home where you can’t protect them is probably scaring you to bits.  However, if you know what to do, you can give them a good school-time experience, even if you’re not there every minute. Here are 5 back to school tips you can do to…
  • Silly Summertime Sensory Play That Only Cost Pennies

    A Guest Blogger
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    (Written by Tracey Louis) Parents of busy toddlers and pre-school children are often kept on their toes trying to find fun, engaging and affordable activities to keep the kiddos occupied.  Kids learn so much through their play; it is how they discover the world and develop their coordination, ability to focus, body awareness and many other skills that translate to more social, intellectual and emotion success as they grow up.  Sensory play (play activities that engage the five senses: smell, sight, sound, taste and touch) are ideal for developing these skills. Summertime brings the perfect…
  • How To Play Safe In The Sun | Safety Tips For Summer

    A Guest Blogger
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    (Written by Beth Stubbings) When the sun is shining, everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. With most families making the most of their gardens and getting plenty of play equipment for their children to use, it is important that parents make sure that their children are safe when they’re having fun.  Make sure that your children stay safe in the garden throughout the summer by following these handy safety tips. Follow the rules of Slip! Slop! Slap! Most parents have heard of this iconic Australian sun safety campaign, and it really is important to slip on a shirt, slop on…
  • Powerful Parenting Quotes for Father’s Day

    1 Jun 2014 | 6:27 am
    (Written by Elle Yi) Parenting quotes could be the essential guidelines of being a parent. These include something that is learned from one generation to another. All quotes are excellent reminders that parents need to lead by example. The provoking parenting quotes can be very powerful resources for raising a child. It may also advise us what our kids actually need Enjoy powerful parenting quotes for father’s day to have inspiration to be the best dad and discover new parenting approaches. “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say,…
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  • Labor Day Family Fun

    Ashley B
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Do you have plans for Labor Day yet? This is the holiday that marks the official end of summer for many people, so it’s important to make it a special day for you and your family to have fun and relax before everybody returns to the daily grind. Labor Day is a day set aside to celebrate the hard working people of America. And really, kids contribute to the labor force, too. Whether by babysitting, walking the neighbor’s dog, or just doing chores around the house, kids contribute to society in important ways, so Labor Day is a holiday for the whole family. Here are some fun ways you and…
  • Our messy Family Vacation to Naples Florida

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Edgewater Beach hotel view from 3rd floor My husband and I celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary this year! We waited till August to take a nice vacation as a family and unfortunately it did not turn out so well. I am big on TripAdvisor and for once I went out of my comfort zone and stay at a hotel that was not in the top 10. Boy oh Boy I will never ever do that again. Naples, Florida was our chosen destination for our summer trip. There were a lot of hotel options but not too many hotels were on the beach. Of course we all know when traveling with a family you are always trying to…
  • Non-Boring Brown Bag Lunches

    Ashley B
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Back to school is rapidly approaching! With the return to classrooms and school buses and school supplies comes a return to packing school lunches. Now that your little scholar has had all summer off, he might be a bit more inclined to be picky about his packed lunches than he was by the end of the last school year. You can get around this, though, with a little creativity. Try some of these ideas to help your picky little eater want to finish his lunch: Skip the bread. When you make a sandwich in the morning or the night before and it sits for hours in your child’s lunch bag, what she has…
  • Helping Your High School Freshman Adjust

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    If your son or daughter graduated from 8th grade a couple of months ago, you’re ready to jump into being the parent of a high schooler! This transition can be just as hard on you as it is for your child, or even more so; it can be hard to realize that your baby is growing up! Just a few short years from adulthood, your young teenager is on the brink of some exciting opportunities, and will be stretching those wings in an attempt to fly, often away from you. Here are some things you need to know in order to help your child acclimate to the new rigors of high school life: Prepare your child…
  • Asking for forgiveness for their puppy brother

    6 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    This is how the kids think they can get their puppy brother out of trouble! I like the bow, it was a nice touch but its not going to work. Jake is a bit of a nervous dog and he gets especially scared when we vacuum. He is a rescue dog and its only been a little over four months since we got him. We are still trying to figure him out. He is a great dog but he has some quirky things he does. Share some of your rescue dog stories with us! Follow us on Instagram where we share pic’s of Jake often and let us know your instagram name so we can follow you back!
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • I Bring You a Funny

    Imperfect Mommies
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    I found a funny at the Oatmeal.  
  • Carpet Calamity

    Imperfect Mommies
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    So, yesterday I had the carpets cleaned which was a particular treat for me because I have children. So, naturally this happened the very next day: Me: (entering room and noticing a glass knocked over on the coffee table and a whole lot of chocolate milk dribbling off the table onto my newly cleaned carpet) […]
  • Would You Have Kids Again?

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    By the time I had my second son, I had already been asked the three most personal, invasive questions that anyone who isn’t your doctor could possibly ask.  You have probably been asked them, too, or have asked them yourself (Shame on you!).  You know the questions: When are you getting married? When are you […]
  • Imperfect Mommy is on HuffPost!

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    HuffPost, in partnership with Chevrolet, launched a new section today called ‘Moments Not Milestones’.  Guess who was featured as their first blogger?  That’s right, Imperfect Mommy!  Check it out.  Like it! Share it!  Comment!  Enjoy!
  • Toilet Paper Troubles

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I hunched over the toilet tonight, trying to plunge the half roll of toilet paper it apparently takes my son to wipe his bottom (or “bum” as the creepy lady from the Cottenelle commercials likes to call it)  down the pipes, I couldn’t help but reminisce about toilet paper troubles past.  This post originally appeared […]
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  • It's not you - it's always me.

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Me: Something smells funny in here. Carl: Well, the toddler did eat a lot of grapes earlier. You know how those make her feel. Me: No, I don't think it's her this time.  Carl: Can't be the dogs.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for food tyranny if I could

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    I was supposed to sleep in today. Instead, at a bleary-eyed seven o'clock in the crappy morning, the toddler tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Me eat something. Me want eat something." Is it only... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Deep thoughts while braless

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    On my way home from dropping the kids off at school this morning, I stopped at a stoplight because I like to follow the law of the land and also, fatal accidents pretty much suck. The driver two cars... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Odin-Thor Collaboration

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I wrote this really hilarious bit just now about how Carl put Tobasco in the 11-year-old's drink last night and we two fools just gassed on and on about it, but then she didn't drink it because she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wolf power

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    9-year-old: Mom, can I have forty bucks? Me: Why? I think I have a couple pennies. 9-year-old: Because this. . .  Me: What the. . .  9-year-old:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The Bond Girls: True Friendships Are About Being Stirred NOT Shaken

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Yeah, yeah, yeah. I turned 50 last week. And if you had asked me about facing that milestone a month ago, you would have seen a totally different me: a woman who was afraid to face THAT number. Fifty sounded grandmother-ish; it also sounded half over (half dead or half alive — your call). And then in consecutive order over the next few weeks, it all changed. It went down like this: the walk, the concert, the drink  (correction: drinks), the dinner, and the Surprise Party. Not to ruin the ending but it was all about My Girls, My Peeps, My Sistahs who turned me around. The…
  • Wake Up, Sistahs – GIRLilla Warfare IS Back

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr No more lounging, no more chill time at the beach, pool, club, backyard, or wherever you vacay — because those dreaded school forms are now facing you again. The “just sign this … and this … and this” is back with an inky black vengeance. Not to mention the pressure: carpools, tryouts, buying books, supplies, gear, clothes, classes, tutors, doctors’ appointments  – all of that and more is eyeballing you. No worries, Ladies — GIRLilla Warfare is in the house, and you are SO not alone. At GIRLilla Warfare, there is no subject left…
  • Summer Solstice: GIRLilla Warfare Hits the Beach … and the Books

    9 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Even bloggers need a vacation … well, kind of. GIRLilla Warfare is taking a Summer Break and will be back in the Fall just in time for Back-To-School … when Motherhood and To-Do is in full swing. I will be enjoying the summer with my peeps, and working 24/7 on my second book — Agent’s orders. Like my debut novel, Fugitive Colors, “Book Number Two”  will be filled with love, passion, and suspense — only this time around the heroine will be a Mom on the Move. It will be GIRLilla Warfare-meets-Tom Clancy. Stay tuned … I will miss you,…
  • The “M” Word: Here’s Why ‘Middle Age’ IS the Hottest Term in the Dictionary

    2 Jun 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon The term “Middle Age” immediately conjures up a milieu of knee braces, balding heads, and AARP subscriptions. But by definition, once you’re around 40 or so, you’re considered middle aged. It seems these stages of life are more about where you are rather than how old you are, so using that way of thinking, once your kids aren’t babies anymore, once you’ve started running your kids from school to the ortho to baseball practice, once you’ve said at least once, “Wow, I can’t drink like that anymore,” once you’ve seriously considered a cortisone injection to…
  • SUN Of A Bitch: 4 Steps To A SEXY (and Safe) Summer

    26 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: GIRLilla Warfare’s “Beauty Babe”) “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who Cares?” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants How gleeful are we that the long awaited yummy warmth of the sun is finally here. For those of us residing in the Midwest, the gloom and arctic air lingered for eternity. Now we can peel off those layers of itchy wool sweaters, and bask in the glow of the sun. Here comes the buzz kill — the sun is a sneaky friend.  She will woo you with her tingly warmth and promise you a youthful…
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  • 60+ Real Jobs for Stay at Home Moms (advice from REAL moms)

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a post I've been wanting to write for a long time! In a way it's a follow up to my post on How to Afford to Be a Stay at Home Mom article. And in a way it is at the crux of everything I write about here at GrowingSlower. In that article, I noted how the average mother only needs to make up $700 per month in order to afford to be a stay at home mom, after taking out all the costs of going to work.So how do you find that $700 (or however much it is in your case) when it means the difference between a roof over your heads or food on the table, and still afford to be a stay at home mom.
  • Don't Cut this Budget Category

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I'm kind of an all or nothing kind of girl. I'm guessing that comes from my INTJ-ness (if you're a fan of Myers Briggs you might know what I mean). When I start a project, I'm all in, which translates pretty well to making a budget, getting out of debt, saving money for an emergency fund and all that. But there is one budget category that I realized long ago that it just wasn't practical to cut all the way to zero. It seemed that we would always have at least some spending in this area, and it was much better not to be surprised by the expense popping up rather than denying that it would be…
  • How to Get your 2014 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FREE. Hint: It's really easy!

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Here's the scoop on how you can get your 2014 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FREE! It's really easy...First...Click this link and sign up. (It's Free)Second...Share the unique link you'll find there via email, Facebook or Twitter and earn rewards for each friend who signs up. (Also Free. They don't  have to purchase anything! And they'll get the same opportunity to share for a free bundle, so you don't have to feel bad about bugging them.)If 1 person signs up you get $5 off your BundleWhen 10 friends sign up you get your bundle FREE! That's it. Trust me, you are not…
  • How to Deal with Potty Training Regressions and Bed Wetting

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Ok you guys, this is going to be the kind of post my kids are just going to hate me for writing in about 12 years. I'm sorry my children. I had to do it. Maybe you'll understand when you have babies of your own someday! Anyway, way way back in the great history of my motherhood, I read this book. It was recommended to me by a friend as the BEST book, funny, and interesting. I couldn't wait to pick it up until I realized she was talking about a book on potty training. (This post contains affiliate links.)Well, I did read it, at least the most crucial chapters. And then I proceeded to…
  • Confessions of a Thrift Shopping Novice

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    My name is Shannon, and I'm a frugal mom blogger who doesn't thrift shop. Yes, today I'm revealing my deep dark secret on one of the most popular simple living blogs on the web. Eek!But I decided it was about time to do something about it by doing my own experiment in thrift shopping.Does it really save money? Is it worth the time it takes to hunt through all those racks? Can you find a good value on what you actually need? I was dubious. But the simple truth is, I didn't know.Check out the surprising results over at The Humbled Homemaker.Copyright 2011-2014 GrowingSlower. Thank you for…
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    Crazy Mom Life

  • Unschooling Observations: Math and Language

    Stacie Mahoe
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We began our unschooling journey back in February by deschooling. I still feel like we’re all still in the deschooling stage, learning more about each other, learning more about how we can experience life more fully together, learning about how to better love and respect each other and live together more peacefully. For me, these are all part of unschooling which some would consider more “radical” or “whole life” unschooling. Whatever the case may be, it’s been an extremely enlightening journey for ME. I’m sure the kids are learning too, but I know…
  • How to Reduce Your Mommy Guilt

    Stacie Mahoe
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently read an article over at I’ve been there before and even grabbed the free course they offer. I have to admit, I really love getting email from them. It’s always entertaining AND makes good points. I honestly don’t know any other email I get that’s as entertaining as theirs. Anyway, I saw an article in my Facebook Newsfeed the other day called 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running a Business from I didn’t even know they unschooled! Since that’s a big thing in my life right now, I had to go and read it. Two things I’d…
  • Thoughts on fear based parenting

    Stacie Mahoe
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The other day, as I was sweeping up the kitchen, I came across a number of Lego pieces. At 31 weeks pregnant, going down to the ground over and over and over again is not the most pleasant task. So instead of doing what I’ve done for the past 4 months (pick up non-trash from the floor before sweeping), I told my kids, “If you guys don’t pick up your Legos I’m going to sweep them up and throw them away!” It was is exactly what I felt like doing and yet I regretted the words even as they came out of my mouth. They have a ton of Legos. They probably wouldn’t…
  • Not so Wordless Wednesday: Not Back to School Haircuts for My Boys

    Stacie Mahoe
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just so happened that my boys really needed haircuts at the same time as “back to school” in Hawaii. One perk I enjoy about unschooling is not worrying so much about the back to school rush, stress, shopping, etc. However, I’ve wanted to get the boys haircuts for a while. There’s even a $5.99 special going on nearby, but one day, I finally just felt like getting it done! So, we busted out the buzzers and buzzed all of their heads (and saved about $24 in the process). I think that’s the first and last time my 4yo will let us buzz his hair though. He’s always…
  • Modern day parenting crisis? Should you give more or less?

    Stacie Mahoe
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I continue my shift from a “do as I say, or else” parenting perspective to a grace based one, Jennifer Grail’s site is one I go back to time and time again for help making this shift. Here’s an excerpt from an article that really helps me see things from a different perspective… “We need to give more. More to the people around us, more to our children, more to ourselves. We need to give freely. Abundantly. Selflessly. We need to give of our hearts, our time, our attention. Yes, we need to give more. And when we lovingly give to our children, they in…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • PACT Super Soft Organic Cotton Underwear Review and Giveaway

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
    I received PACT super soft organic cotton underwear in order to facilitate review.  I received no monetary compensation and opinions expressed are my own. About PACT Super Soft Organic Cotton Underwear And Other Basics “PACT is obsessed with a big idea: super soft organic cotton that makes the world a better place. Socks with soul, altruistic underwear and other everyday essentials ethically manufactured with fabrics that feel good and go easy on the environment. Sounds good? Oh it is.” PACT goes to great lengths to make sure their entire supply chain, from growing non GMO seeds…
  • VarageSale Lets You Buy And Sell Gently Used Items Locally

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post is brought to you by VarageSale- a platform to buy and sell gently used items within your local community. What is VarageSale? VarageSale is a unique way to buy and sell used items locally because the communities are built around trust and real identities. VarageSale has over 300 communities across the U.S., Canada and around the world. VarageSale is free to use, and available on iOS, Android and online at How does VarageSale work? Post your gently used items to the VarageSale feed. It’s quick and easy from the website, but even easier on our mobile app. Post…
  • Free App For Storing Family Videos and $200 Gift Card Giveaway

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    This post brought to you by RealPlayer Cloud. All opinions expressed are my own. RealPlayer Cloud- A Free App For Storing Family Videos Many moms and dads use their smartphones and tablets to take family videos of family events, vacations, kids’ activities and more. Many times those videos never make it off the phone. RealPlayer Cloud is a free app for storing family videos that solves the problem of what to do with digital memories. It’s an easy-to-use, free service that lets you store your family videos in your own private cloud account. Then you can watch your family videos from…
  • Homemade Green Chili Sauce Recipe

    Elizabeth Dooley
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    This is a recipe for homemade green chili sauce. Who doesn’t love green chili?! This recipe is inspired by The Hot Sauce Addiction. They have a ton of different recipes for hot sauces and chili sauces. This one is my personal favorite and I did tweak their recipe. Feel free to try different or raw peppers. If you are into canning your own good from the garden or just want to add some kick to any meal then definitely try out this recipe.  Green chili sauce is great with breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes! Green Chili Sauce Recipe: Green Chili Sauce on Grits Green Chili Sauce Ingredients:…
  • Parenting Teens- Navigating the College Process

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am so honored to have the parenting expert and author of the recently released, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting,Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out, Joani Geltman, MSW, agree to share a section of her new book with us.  She is all about helping 21st century parents survive the teenage years with sage advice for parenting teens. Tips For Parenting Teens In addition to her experience as a psychology professor, school counselor and parenting coach, Joani has had the experience of raising her own famous teen – Ari Graynor, who has…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Let’s Talk Health: Essential Oils to Help Curb Cravings and Addictions

    Erica Brooks
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    ADDICTIONS: We have all dealt with one or another of some kind. Sweets/Sugar, Chocolate, Cokes, Caffeine, Coffee, Alcohol, Nicotine, etc! TODAY on Oily Wisdom with April we will talk about the essential oils that may help curb these cravings and addictions. Listen to the replay below: Click here to ====> Order Essential Oils Linked up at Friday Favorite, Weekends Are Fun
  • Let’s Talk Health: Essential Rewards 101

    Erica Brooks
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Join us as we discuss Young Living’s Essential Rewards program and how it can help you and your family live a healthier lifestyle. Wednesday August 20, 2014 Join us at 12:30pm CST Call in: 530-881-1212 Meeting ID: 452-974-222
  • 10-Minute Arm Day Workout

    Erica Brooks
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Today is arm day. Thought I would switch things up a bit and try something new. I tried a Popsugar Fitness video on Youtube. It was a little more fast paced than I’m used to but I’d try it again. It was only 10 minutes yet it got a variety of arm exercises to work your biceps and triceps in for a short amount of time. Check it out below: What’s your favorite arm workout routine? To follow my healthy weight loss journey on Instagram click here.
  • Essential Oils for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    Erica Brooks
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Recently while the kids were playing outside our neighbor came over to let me know that her son had Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and that it was contagious. Since my children were outside playing with him I immediately made them come inside, wash their hands and I applied Thieves essential oil to their hands and feet. Thieves is antiviral and helps to fight infections. Fortunately they have not contracted the disease. Yay! A good recipe to use in case your child contracts Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is to mix 5 drops each of Purification, Thieves and Lavender essential oils with 1 oz coconut…
  • Peace and Calming Essential Oil to Help Relieve Back to School Stress

    Erica Brooks
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It’s that time year again! Back to school time. When I was a little girl, I loved this time of year. It meant new school supplies, new school clothes, seeing old friends, new classroom, new teachers and starting a fresh new year. Unfortunately, times have changed and not all children are as excited to start a new school year, especially with all of the “new” changes that will be taking place. If your child is having trouble adapting to all the newness of going back to school consider Peace & Calming essential oil. Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When…
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    Anna And Essie

  • Shake The Crave - Health Weight Loss Shakes

    Laura - Momblogger
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    Many weight loss shakes don't taste very good. Is Shake the Crave different? I'm excited to tell you that I recently got a chance to try a new brand of weight loss shakes called "Shake the Crave". It's made with organic ingredients and is sweetened with natural cane sugar, vanilla, and coconut powder. My review was mainly just for taste, but soon I will try a full-scale 90 day challenge to test how it works. For now, we'll just talk about what this product claims it does and my experiences with it. Claim 1 - Tastes Like an Old Fashioned Hand Dipped MilkshakeMy response? I wouldn't go that…
  • Pregnant? Learn More About Cord Blood Donation

    Laura - Momblogger
    23 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Having a baby is an amazing thing. Helping another person keep their baby is something more of a miracle. Find out more about cord blood donation.  Our StoryMy daughter Anna, age eleven, has been battling Large Cell Lymphoma for over a year and a half now. As soon as her first year of treatment was over, we thought that was the end of the road and she was in remission. Unfortunately, she got very sick and two months later (and several hospital stays later) we got the news that she had relapsed. We were told that we would need a stem cell transplant to save her life. You may also know it…
  • A Tale of Two PET Scans

    Laura - Momblogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Anna had a PET scan this past week, as did her friend Kayla. The two outcomes were completely different. How do parents cope?If I haven't updated my readers on Anna's current situation, it's only been because we have been so busy figuring out what her situation is. Her cancer recurred immediately after the end of her first year of treatment, and we had to go back on chemotherapy in the form of an antibody specifically targeted toward lymphoma. We are waiting for news on a donor for a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant. We are ready and prepared to spend three months away from home to get that…
  • Guest Post -Drug Rehabs

    Laura - Momblogger
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    With advancement of technology and society, we come to face many problems too. Drug addiction is one of the harsh tragedies of modern life style and society. Drugs addiction destroys the physical and mental health of person. Addicts need our love and sympathy to overcome their problems and to retain their health.Rehabs Drugs or Drugs rehabs term refers to the efforts and treatments to resettle addicts in society as useful citizens. It includes medical and psychological treatments. Mostly, it is observed that people start using drugs after facing some intensive failure in life regardless of…
  • The Opposite of Jealousy

    Laura - Momblogger
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Jealousy is often described as a disease. I would even say a debilitating disease. Learn opposite words for the emotion and fight back.If I asked you to tell me the opposite of jealousy you'd probably say trust right? You're not exactly wrong, but recently I discovered there's much more to it than that. Most women are emotionally driven creatures, and can only see through issues with "emotional goggles" on. Men on the other hand are much more logical creations and see through issues with rationalization. That can make a recipe for disaster unless the two are willing to work together and see…
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Pros And Cons Of Being A Work At Home Mom

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:09 am
    Working at home sounds like a dream from many. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons of being a work at home mom.  The potential perks of making this decision can impact your life financially, emotionally and right down to the very relationships you hold dear.  Pros And Cons Of Being A Work Read more... The post Pros And Cons Of Being A Work At Home Mom appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Tamara – The Newlyweds Style

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:31 pm
    When I came to spend 6 weeks with Frank for the first time to see if this is the real thing, he got tagged in one of those MySpace games where you have to make 15 questions about yourself and send them to your friends to see how well they know you. I was never Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Tamara – The Newlyweds Style appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Quick And Easy White Beans And Rice Recipe

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    This white beans and rice recipe came out of the blue one day as I was standing in the kitchen and didn’t feel like making the same old thing. But I also didn’t want to spend time surfing Pinterest for ideas or search for recipes. I do that sometimes. I take a few ingredients, mix Read more... The post Quick And Easy White Beans And Rice Recipe appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • 10 Tips To Increase Your Productivity

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Did you ever wish your could be more productive? You know, just wave a magic wand, and increase your productivity ten fold? Often people mistake being productive for being busy. However, that is not always the case. The trick to being productive is to work smarter, not harder.  The trick to being productive is to Read more... The post 10 Tips To Increase Your Productivity appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Echo aka The Mad Mommy

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Yay, it’s another Friday which means it’s time for another Ask Away Friday session. This time we swapped with Echo who blogs over on The Mad Mommy; while trying to preserve the last shreds of her sanity. She is funny, witty and makes the best memes ever. Her questions were super fun and even Frank Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Echo aka The Mad Mommy appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
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  • Purple Lemur Our 80s Rock Cover Band

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’re probably wondering what if anything this clip from Armageddon has to do with this post and to begin with I want to say: Armageddon is my guilty pleasure movie Don’t judge me Seriously don’t judge me It’s not about Armageddon it’s about the concept in this clip Let me explain what I mean by the concept. In this clip they discuss the fact that A.J is going to save the world and that they hope other couples are spending time with each other right now or what’s the point in saving the world. It’s a cheesy moment but as I mentioned it’s my guilty pleasure movie so seriously,…
  • Nothing Beats That Back To School Feeling

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Only 4 more days until our children are shuffled back off to school and we can finally get back to some normalcy and a routine in this household. Having this thought makes me feel horrible though. I love my kids and I love having them home around me, it’s just that after 2 months, I’m ready for them to head back and stop telling me how boring things are, how bad lunch tastes, how bored they are, how much they hate each other and did I mention how bored they are. Then I think about how it’s only a couple of more days until school starts and I can’t help thinking about just how fast…
  • 7 Methods You Can Use To Defeat Stress

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This has been an incredibly stressful month for our family – especially Amanda and myself. It seems like no matter what we do, something goes wrong. What’s that old saying when it rains it pours? or something like that. This has been entirely true this month and the stress has been piling on our shoulders to the point it feels like something is going to snap. We’ve had vehicle problems, back to school issues, money problems, scheduling and work problems and even the passing of a family member (not immediate but close enough that those around us are hurting.) We just can’t seem…
  • Hair And Nail Styles For Girls That Are Anything But Boring

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a dad of two girls I’ve had to learn a few skills that I never thought I would ever need to know about. This includes painting nails, doing hair and even matching dresses or outfits to shoes. But as a dad my skills only go so far and when it comes to hair as I have three ways I can style it: Brush it straight The ponytail The braid (single or double) And when it comes to painting nails I really only have one way and that is paint a solid colour and hope I don’t spill the bottle or paint their fingers. With school fast approaching and our family in full on back to school mode…
  • Geocaching: A Real World Treasure Hunt Your Whole Family Will Love

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t know about your family but in our family, walk is a dirty word and using the term hike doesn’t disguise it either. Our oldest at 8 thinks the idea of going for a walk with his family is boring, our middle at 6 (turning 7 real soon) loves going for walks, loves holding hands with Mom and/or Dad but often complains about being tired halfway through and our littlest at 4 is…well have you ever walked anywhere with a 4 year old? They tend to get distracted easily, tend to run away in the opposite direction, or stop completely to look at a bug or dirt and well sometimes you…
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    Twisted Glasses

  • Long Weekend Plans

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    For the long weekend, we had big plans. We were going t […]
  • Pet Peeves – Ice Cream Licking

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    So, here it is. Ice cream must be licked in circles, to […]
  • New Teachers

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Well, I just got the phone call. Keilan’s grade 1 […]
  • The Date

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Life has been so been busy the past 6 months. It seems […]
  • Summer’s slow demise

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Well, today I do a practice run of my new (revised, rea […]
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • Introducing Solid Foods to an Infant

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Image Courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / Introducing your baby to solid foods is an exciting milestone for the whole family. It can also be a very nerve wracking and confusing time for new parents. When is the right time to start your baby on solid foods? What kind of food should you start with? How do I know my baby is ready for solid foods? It’s important to consult your doctor first and then follow some simple rules and guidelines to help you tend to your baby’s needs. Is my baby ready for solid foods? Breast milk or formula is the only food your newborn needs.
  • Preventing Obesity in Children

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our children, nothing poses as much of a threat as childhood obesity.  According to the American Heart Association, the number one health concern of parents in the United States is childhood obesity, which tops both drug abuse and smoking.  At such a young age, it’s important for parents to understand what obesity is and how to prevent it amongst their children. Obesity is defined by having excess body fat that is beyond the normal range for a person’s height, age, and body composition.  Important factors in determining whether or not a…
  • The Effects of Bullying on Children

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Bullying has always been a prevalent issue but its seriousness isn’t always handled properly.  Anyone, at any age, can become a victim of bullying. This type of abuse leads to more than just a black eye.  Bullying extends beyond physical aggression and reaches mental and emotional abuse.  The scars that that bullying leaves can affect the health and wellbeing of your child.  It’s important for parents to understand this issue and how to take action against it. According to Children’s National Medical Center, even one incident of bullying can scar someone, especially if the victim is…
  • Video Games and Kids: Minimizing Your Child’s Risks

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are many reasons why it is important to limit a child’s use of electronic devices. However, many parents aren’t sure how to go about limiting their child’s screen time – especially when it comes to video games. Parents should be aware of the risks involved when their child plays video games and set rules and restrictions for their safety. What are the risks of playing too many video games? The effects of too much screen time associated with playing video games can cause harm to your child and has been linked to the following: Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at…
  • Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children Against Chickenpox

    9 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
    Image Courtesy of hin255 from Chickenpox is one of the most common diseases among children – particularly among those under age 12. Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that appears as itchy rashes that look like blisters all over the body and is accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. The best preventative measure to protect your child from chickenpox is through vaccination. Parents should vaccinate their children at an early age to…
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • The Best Homemade Cannoli Recipe in the World

    Larger Family Life
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
        I am not exaggerating. Cannoli are a delicious Italian pastry dessert made from a fried pastry shell containing a sweet ricotta based filling. Originally from Sicily, the dessert is a favourite in Italy and is 100% calorie free*. I have no idea why we can’t buy them readily here in the UK but, […]Related Posts:Mince Pie Pastry RecipeHomemade Custard CreamsEasy Shortbread RecipeSpring flower cake popsChristmas Present Mini Sponge Cakes     
  • How to Find Cheap Accommodation in Barcelona

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
        Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities. Its visitors include everyone from arts and culture lovers to families and those looking for a party. Food, music, art and history are all abundant in this vibrant Spanish city. Famous for Gaudi’s architecture and the city’s football team, Barcelona is a city not to […]Related Posts:Easter Surprises Across the Globe!Ways to holiday for lessPlaces to Stay with Kids in Lanzarote10 Ways for Large Families to Holiday Abroad on a BudgetSave Here, Spend There: How to Live Well on a Budget…
  • 5 Gifts to Celebrate Mum

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
        No matter the occasion, there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Mum! Whether she is a first-time mother, your own unconditionally loved mum or your dear granny, here are some truly special ways to let her know just how much you love her. The secret is to give her something that only […]Related Posts:Gift Ideas for Mother’s DayHome-Made Gifts Your Mother Will LoveHomemade Gift Ideas for Mum that Require Minimal DIYEarly Pickings for Fathers DayCustom made gifts for you and your home – by us!     
  • Review: Hardwall Takker

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
          With all the renovations going on in our house at the moment, we’ve unearthed a lot of pictures, canvases and mirrors that we would like on show. The problem we found isn’t finding knickknacks to put on the walls, but rather going about putting them up without ruining our brand new tiles […]Related Posts:A Softer Warmer Look for Family HomesHow to Give Your Kitchen a Quick Makeover10 Great Space Saving Ideas for Children’s BedroomsDesigning a Wet Room that is Right for YouBananagrams just got bigger!     
  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Cosy for Winter

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
          The days are already getting shorter and the nights will soon be drawing in. If you are already mourning summer and dreading the change of seasons rest assured that you are not alone! It might still be August but this is the ideal time of year to think about preparing your home […]Related Posts:Cosy Winter Décor Ideas12 Ways to Stay Warm for Less5 Quick Ways to Transform a RoomFour Ways to Give your Home a Makeover this SummerSeasonal decorating     
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    More With Less Mom

  • Celebrate 1000 Likes – Free printable inspirational quote “Season Everything With Love”

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Woo hoo! 1,000 Likes! You guys are the bestest. I got a jump in Likes and I’m not sure why, but I’ll take it. To celebrate I have created a free printable for you, as well as offering a discount code in my shop. If you haven’t joined in on the fun, don’t forget to Like me too! This printable is an 8×10 inspirational quote. The background is a sage green vintage wallpaper with white and pink roses. There is a lady in a dress with an apron, holding a cookbook and fork. The text is “Season everything with love” in sage and pink. Download PDF suitable for…
  • Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:53 am
    Generally speaking, I don’t do giveaways. I like sparklies as much as the next person, but I’m trying to get rid of stuff, not bring more in. However. Ummm… Kindle Fire. Since I use my Nook (ahem) multiple times a day, and I know Amazon has more free books, I am all over the literary excess. And I could find lots of sparklies at Target for $100, and just hang them from the ceiling of my overflowing home. Or something. Welcome to the Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational…
  • August Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    For us August brings the beginning of the school year (eep!). Kid #3 is starting kindergarten this month. This plan is a quickie, lots of our dinners are whatever I bought from a stand on the side of the road. This month brings a bunch of holidays, including National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (I’m an addict, Aug 2), Chinese Valentine’s Day/Daughter’s Day (7th day of 7th Lunar Month Aug 2), National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Aug 4), Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (Aug 8), Book Lover’s Day (Aug 9th), National Thriftshop Day (Aug 17), and National…
  • Blogosphere Tour & My Little Friends

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:29 am
    Cecilia Lynne of My Thrift Store Addiction recently contacted me about joining in on a blog tour. She has an Etsy shop and shares pretty, thrifty things. Basically for a blog tour I answer a few questions about myself, and then introduce you to a few blogger friends to learn about them. I like to read about how other people work through the creative process. I like to share, so I’ll just tuck my social awkwardness back up and give it a go. When you’re done don’t forget to visit my little friends and sprinkle some love on them. Here are the questions for this little quiz…
  • Free Printable Vintagesque Bedtime Routine

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    In my shop I am introducing two versions of a bedtime routine item. It is a loverly chart with vintage illustrations. The background is a scrolly frame around a tan dictionary page. It has that look almost like an old botanical print with sepia tones. I have tried several routine methods over the years. I have learned that if I just slap something together it ends up lost under the fridge more than it gets used. And if I make it pretty I will stick with it longer. As a parent I know establishing routines and a schedule is important to help children gain confidence, as well as set them up for…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • Keeping Score In Marriage: 7 Tips To Help You Not Keep Score

    Marcus and Ashley
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    Are you keeping score in your marriage? If you are, stop! You might be keeping scores in your head, or written them down on a hidden piece of paper somewhere, or on your phone. Keeping score in marriage will not only make you feel miserable and guilty, and could also be devastating for your marriage. It will keep you waiting like a Lion, ready to  pounce on your predator (in this case your spouse) for any mistakes he/she makes. If it was a genuine mistake, and wasn’t a deal breaker kind of thing, then why hold on to it? Do you want your mistakes to be held over your head? For you to…
  • Friendship In Marriage: How To Become Best Friends

    Marcus and Ashley
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Friendship in marriage builds intimacy, and helps married couples to open up to their  insecurities without worrying about being judged. In a marriage where the couples are, or eventually become, best friends the marriage blossoms. Does your spouse deserve to be your best friend? Yes! You might not agree with us, which is fine. You are still our friend, and its okay to have one or two differences. Who is your best friend? Your best friend has similar interests as yours, shares their joys and sorrows with you, and nicely critiques your bad actions (and vice versa). Would you agree that…
  • Is Marriage The End Of Your Life?

    Marcus and Ashley
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    “Once you get married, your life is over.” You might have heard this statement before, but is it really true? Is marriage the end of your life? It all depends on the way you and your spouse decide to look at it, and the kind of marriage you both desire. Two questions you can ask each other are: What kind of marriage do we want to have? Where do we want to go with our marriage? We believe marriage does not have to be the end of your life! Rather, it can be the beginning of a whole new life blossoming from your old life. “When I was younger I thought once you got married…
  • How To Say Sorry To Your Wife Or Husband

    Marcus and Ashley
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Learning how to say sorry to your wife or husband is part of marriage, it’s also part of life! During our first year of marriage, we viewed apologies differently than we do now. Neither one of us was willing to say sorry, it made things worse, and showed how selfish we were! You probably have experienced it too.  In marriage, you will have a fight or an argument with your spouse. Yes, you will sometimes be wrong, accept it! You might feel awful about it, and wonder if you should say sorry; well, you have to! You don’t have to be the one in the wrong to apologize. Sometimes…
  • 17 Inspirational Marriage Quotes For Couples

    Marcus and Ashley
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    Do you have two or more inspirational marriage quotes? Maybe, maybe not, but after reading this post, we hope you will find one or two that will resonate with you. Whenever you are down in your marriage or need a pick me up, reading inspiring marriage quotes may be the pick me up you were looking for. Inspirational quotes for marriage will help you stand strong when everything seems to be falling apart; as well as inspire you. As newlyweds, when we were struggling to adjust to marriage, I sometimes read inspirational marriage quotes. The marriage quotes I read were about 3 in total, but…
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  • 10 Tips To Keep Toddlers Safe And Happy In A Car

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Road trips with kids can be a lot of fun. If you are traveling with a toddler, a little bit of pre-planning can go a long way into making your experience a positive one. The key to a successful car trip is keeping the child busy. The following are 10 tips for stress-free car outings […]
  • Top (Award Winning) Baby Toys For Learning And Development

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:17 pm
    What do all the best baby toys have in common? It was that exact thought that inspired me to make this list, and it also occurred to me the crucial role toys play in babies age 0-24m and beyond. I know there are so many toys out there and it can get overwhelming. Plus there’s […]
  • 10 Signs That Your Kid May Be A Victim Of Bullying

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Bullying, as a social issue, has some pretty high visibility these days, and rightfully so. News and media outlets are picking up on more and more stories of kids hurting themselves, or each other, due to bullying at school and at home. Bullying can be an emotional, social, and/or physical issue, and the results of […]
  • 5 Things Other Parent’s Don’t Warn You About Toddlers

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:21 pm
    There is an endless supply of information available to you when you’re ready to have a baby. When you do finally get to meet your little human, there is even more information available to you in the form of parents ready to bestow on you every tiny little piece of advice that they have. The […]
  • Englacha 2-in-1 Junior X Rider – How We Venture Out Of Our Home

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    I have had three children within a two year period – twin boys first and then our singleton girl. When I found out I was pregnant with our third, as exciting that was, I was also a bit concerned as to how logistically we were going to get around. I was afraid that we would […]
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  • Pampers #DDDivas #BabyGotMoves #sponsored

    Liz Chapman
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
      **I received a free gift pack of Pampers andDouble Duty Divas to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. If you are pregnant, know someone that is or have had a child of your own DIAPERS are a huge part of this process. Whether you choose cloth or throw away, we all use diapers from the start! You need a strong hold, no matter what diaper you use. Let's face it happy Baby, Happy parents! If your baby is not dry he/she…
  • Our Trip to NYC

    Liz Chapman
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Last week I shared several posts on our trip to the big apple, NYC. It was my son Mclachlan's first time and I wanted to share some more pictures & stories. First, if you are taking your children do some research before going. Know how to travel and get around because once in the city it is VERY difficult to stop & read a map or ask for directions. The pace in NYC is SUPER fast moving so get on a tram and hang on!Once off at Port Authority we headed to Time Square. I had to stop and snap a few photos!We stopped in the Disney Store & ToysRUs in Time Square. They have so many…
  • Netflix #StreamTeam Monthly Picks

    Liz Chapman
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
     It is that time again when we all send our little one's out the front door & off to School. If you are like me, this will be the first year your home will be empty from 8am-3pm in years! I have so many mixed emotions but I am sure I can find something to do during those times ;). I can actually watch adult TV with out the mute button or waiting until darken hours at night. I don't know about you but I have not had control of my REMOTE in 5 years! The other day as I was searching around on Netflix I found a new series, ONCE. Mind you I am only on the first season, episode…
  • The Ride NYC tour Review #Familyfun

    Liz Chapman
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    **We received free tickets to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.We were SUPER excited to try out the new tour bus circling Time Square, The Ride. If you have never been to NYC as soon as you walk out of the Port Authority building you are stopped by different tour bus companies trying to buy your time. They all have a special niche which many tourists are attracted too. Having never taken a tour bus, in NYC, I was…
  • LegoLand Discovery Center Review

    Liz Chapman
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    We were invited out to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester near NYC. This location is within a walking outlet mall. It houses stores such as H&M, Children's Place, Gap, Gap kids etc. and the parking is only $3! This center is ideal for children aged 3-10 years, although children under the age of 2 are FREE. Tickets are priced around $16.50 each.We were rather excited to go because my five year old has just started to LOVE Lego sets. I was hoping this would encourage him to build and create more on his own rather then follow the directions. The first stop was a family photo and…
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