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  • Jul 3, 30 Top Family Traditions to Build a Strong Family

    Organize Our Family Blog
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    The best family traditions that will help you have fun with your family and create strong and bonded relationships.
  • Jul 3, Your Organize Home and Family Guide

    Organize Our Family Blog
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Best Organize Home and Family Resource! Discover a complete practical home organization tool full of exciting and fresh ideas.
  • Meal plan - summer sizzlers

    My Family Club
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    This week's family meal planner includes lamb koftas, fish goujons, chicken fajita wraps and chickpea burgers. Read More...
  • August Real Food Meal Plan

    More With Less Mom
    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…
  • The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother

    Family Edge
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    A Norwegian study finds more than it was looking for.
 
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    Aha!NOW Self-development blog

  • How To Cope With Teenage Pregnancy As A Parent

    Yvonne I. Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    How would you cope with teenage pregnancy if you were a parent? Isn’t that a tricky, tough, and traumatic question? This is one of the most touchy topics that parents would ever want to even think of. None of them expect teen pregnancy when they raise their daughters from being their beautiful baby to a […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Yvonne I. Wilson on How To Cope With Teenage Pregnancy As A Parent. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for…
  • Are You Worried About Your Blog’s Alexa Rank

    Harleena Singh
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    When I took a summer break from blogging, as expected, my blog’s Alexa rank dropped a little. I was not really worried because I knew it would rise once I am back to blogging. However, my real experiences were different. Aha!NOW’s Alexa ranking did not increase in spite of an increase in the blog traffic when […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Are You Worried About Your Blog’s Alexa Rank. Looking forward to meeting you there.
  • 7 Important Reasons to Become an Organ Donor

    Vinay Kachhara
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    Recently, I became a registered organ donor. I didn’t take this step to receive anything and I have not given anything to anyone yet, but I’m already filled with a sense of satisfaction and inner happiness. The fact that I will be able to help people even after my death is so overwhelming that I […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on 7 Important Reasons to Become an Organ Donor. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now…
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  • Water! Wet Blanket Rant

    Katybeth Jensen
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Water! Unless you are living under a rock, by now you know about the ice bucket challenge set forth by the ALS Association (ALSA). But since I am often a rock dweller myself, I will bring you up to date. Cool people are chilling their brains to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the […] The post Water! Wet Blanket Rant appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ August 21, 2014 ★~  Todays Quote: “’Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?’ ‘Supposing it didn’t,’ said Pooh. After careful thought Piglet was comforted by this.” ~ A. A. Milne ★~ Senior Citizen Day:  In his Presidential Proclamation (August 19, 1988), President Ronald Reagan said “For all they […] The post Senior Citizen Day, Spumoni Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Radio Day, Lemonade Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ August 20, 2014 ★~ Todays Quote: Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”  ― Jerry Seinfeld ★~ Radio Day:  Crank it UP! On […] The post Radio Day, Lemonade Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Real Men Use An Apple Peeler

    Katybeth Jensen
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Real Men. The video below has been shared with us countless times, with the suggestion that Cole might like to try it and share his experience . . . because, well, we are the kind of family people make these suggestions to. Mostly because I don’t mind the risk of my kitchen catching fire whilst […] The post Real Men Use An Apple Peeler appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Bad Poetry Day, Soft Ice Cream Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ August 18, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world. - Unknown ★~ Bad Poetry Day: Not everyone can be a Frost or a Dickinson or a Whitman or Hawk. Bad poetry day encourages you to give it a […] The post Bad Poetry Day, Soft Ice Cream Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
 
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    A Family Runs Through It

  • 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.
  • You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

    Idaho Dad
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I felt much like Ralphie, the bright-eyed optimist in A Christmas Story, who asked for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. In my case, however, it was a simple proposal that began nearly three years ago when the adults in my son’s Boy Scout troop were discussing high adventure trips for the older boys. I tossed out the idea of walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Path in England. I had just made the trip myself the year before, and it was really the only suggestion I could make. “No, no, you’ll shoot your eye out!” is what I seem to…
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    Family Matters

  • Parenting 101: Top Parenting Essentials

    Eden 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

    Eden 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…
  • Goal Setting and Long Life

    Ronit Baras
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    I was officially introduced to goal setting for the first time in my life when I was 18. I was doing a course at university, and goal setting was a very small component in it. I never realized how significantly it would impact the rest of my life. Research published in Psychological Science says that setting goals, at any age, can add years to your life. I like to think of it in the opposite way as well: goals add life to your years. The study followed 6,000 people aged 20 to 75 for 14 years. The researchers looked at 3 components: If participants were goal oriented If participants had more…
  • Moving House Made Easy: Food

    Ronit Baras
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    One of the biggest challenges of moving to a new home is managing food. Eating becomes tricky in your last week before the move and your first week at the new place. You have cleaned out your old fridge and pantry, so you do not have all of your food, and the dining table, kitchen equipment and aluminum foil are packed for the next few days at least. One of the first things I do when I know that we are going to move is try to use up everything in my refrigerator, freezer and pantry. That way, we travel lighter and do not have to throw away too many things. There is something liberating about…
  • Handy Family Tips: Road Trip Games

    Ronit Baras
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Most parents dread taking their kids on long drives. Without some cool road trip games and activities, many children grow restless and fall into the "Are we there yet?" routine, which makes everybody go nuts. We started having a taste of this ourselves when our eldest, Eden, was four and a half years old. We moved to Arlington, TX, where we spent most weekends touring Texas on long road trips with another family that had a boy a bit younger than Eden. We spent many hours in the car, but we did not seem to have a problem entertaining the kids. When we lived in Thailand, entertainment in…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • On The (Bumpy) Road Again…(pt.2)

    probrien1
    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)

    probrien1
    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

    probrien1
    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

    probrien1
    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 →
  • Hourglass

    probrien1
    21 May 2014 | 4:34 am
    Dear Nolin, As I write this, you are sleeping on what will be your last night as a three-year old. …Continue reading →
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  • how this mama works it out

    AllisonO
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    One of the greatest revelations I have had as the result of being a mother is this: I am a better mother when I am exercising. I kind of wish that weren’t true, you know? It’d be nice to plug my ears ::lalalalala:: and deny it – and some weeks I try to – but there is no escaping reality. On days when I haul all three kids to the YMCA childcare by 9am and lift weights or pound out some miles on the treadmill I parent from a better place for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, it is really friggin hard to haul all three children anywhere by 9am and if I get there after…
  • help a mama out – school uniforms

    AllisonO
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    This fall we will be homeschooling our oldest at a kindergarten level, and he will also be attending three abbreviated days a week at a Montessori Academy that has a homeschool program.  The Academy also has a full-time student program and both arms of the school require uniforms. This is completely uncharted territory for me. With the exception of dressing up as Brittney Spears in Hit Me Baby One More Time for Halloween, I’ve never worn a school uniform and I have a gazillionty questions about it. DanO high school’s required uniforms but he was a teenage dude and doesn’t…
  • three kids in one bedroom

    AllisonO
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    It is not our ideal arrangement, but right now all three of the kiddos share one bedroom. Because our house has two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms on the ground floor, and because we aren’t yet comfortable doing two-story sleeping arrangements with our babies still relatively young, this is what works for us. I wrote about the boys sharing a room a while back, but this third kid thing has been a game changer and I’ve been asked a few times to write about how we make it work. The good news is: it does work. Here’s what it looks like for us. {As I talk about all of this,…
  • the ‘are you guys done?’ question

    AllisonO
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Three babies. Four years. It’s been quite the streak. We have always wanted a family. Our senior year of college (for which we were married) I used to joke with DanO about dropping out and just making babies. Mostly joking. Sorta not joking. Not really joking. We were quite pregnant on our second anniversary and we haven’t looked back. When I was not-really-joking about dropping out of my ridiculously overpriced college and starting our family, the number we threw around was four. Four kids. This likely had a lot to do with my husband’s family of origin. There wasn’t…
  • family of five – portraits by Leah Fontaine Photography

    AllisonO
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Four and a half months ago I managed to get our whole family bathed and dressed and in front of the immensely talented Leah Fontaine‘s camera. Unfortunately, I was not able to tame the 2 year old’s cowlick. Please forgive the third-of-a-year delay on the sharing of these photos here on the blog. Frankly if it’s not crying, hitting its sibling, or pulling on my pant leg, it’s not getting my attention any time soon. Not that anyone ever hits their sibling around here. Just kisses. And hugs. And maybe the occasional tickle-fight-turned-wrestling-match. But I digress. Ms.
 
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  • Helping Your High School Freshman Adjust

    Tina
    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

    Tina
    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!
  • Things to Buy on Sale in August

    Tina
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:22 pm
    It’s August already! This is typically the time to stock up on back-to-school items if you live in a state that doesn’t start back to school until the end of the month or after Labor Day. (You might still be able to get some great deals in the states that start earlier, as well, but your selection may be limited.) We recently picked up some Crayola crayons for 50 cents and composition books for the same price, which are both bargains! Besides kiddie school supplies, though, what else can you save money on this month? Here are a few items to buy on sale in August: Dorm furniture. Whether…
  • The Benefits of Music Lessons

    Ashley B
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Learning to play an instrument is a common activity for children, and in some families it is even expected. There are many reasons why parents might want their kids to have music lessons; a child might express an interest in a particular instrument, or a parent may have fond memories of their own childhood music lessons. My daughter recently expressed interest in playing the guitar, and she started lessons a few weeks ago. I’ve been really happy with how she’s progressing, and I’m impressed with her fledgling ability to read music, as this is not something that I ever learned how to do.
  • Almost Homemade: Incorporating Convenience Foods Into Your Home Cooking

    Ashley B
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    As a busy mom, you want to provide healthy meals for your family, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out: On the days that are jam-packed with activities, not to mention school and work, it can be much easier to simply hit the drive-thru or pop a frozen lasagna into the oven. Relying too much on fast food and convenience food is not only expensive, however, but not good for your health; between high calorie and fat content and huge amounts of sodium, these can wreak havoc with your waistline, blood pressure and overall health! So, what’s the answer on days that you don’t have an hour to…
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • Would You Have Kids Again?

    Marie
    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!

    Marie
    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! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marie-zullo/i-wonder-what-my-barbie-w_b_5546027.html
  • Toilet Paper Troubles

    Marie
    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 […]
  • Nice Try

    Imperfect Mommies
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    David recently appealed to me for more screen time. When his verbal pleading and protests didn’t work he submitted the following cartoon depicting what would happen if I gave him more screen time:                       I give him points for creativity, but the answer is still […]
  • CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON!!!

    Imperfect Mommies
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I’m not sure what this display is for but this is what greeted me as I came downstairs this afternoon:
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  • Moshi moshi

    RK
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    I just made some surprisingly great corn bread. So I'm about to get busy (yes, that's what get busy means in my book. Ohmygod this is fucking pathetic) and stuff my face right now with oodles and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Foreshadowing

    RK
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    12.30 am Carl: Don't you have to get up at six-thirty for school?  Me: But I have all those True Blood episodes to catch up on. 2.00 am Me: Remind me again why the toddler has a bed yet she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for Io if I could

    RK
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Last night, while at a party with Carl, trying to look cool in a pair of jeans that were a little (okay fine - VERY) snug after eating about a million pigs in a blanket and holding a bottle of beer,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Daydreaming

    RK
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As I sit behind a long snake of cars honking their horns because, yet again, someone has rear ended another car, the conversations and noises in the car turn to a low hum. I look at the car to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nanu Nanu

    RK
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    When I was I kid, I was obsessed with television. It was a parent to me, an older sibling, a best friend, a lighthouse in the fog.  There were a few shows I would drop everything for: The Love... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • She {hearts} Urban Baby Bonnets (Giveaway)

    Stacey
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summertime brings with it loads of sunshine and blue skies.  While I was looking for a fashionable way to keep Holland’s head covered this summer, I came across Urban Baby Bonnets, a great Etsy shop run by Colette. Urban Baby Bonnets are so stinkin’ cute with completely reversible prints.  They have the perfect sized brim […]
  • She {hearts} IrresistibleMe Hair Extensions

    Drea - Co-Owner
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:13 am
    For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram (@dreawood), you would have seen by now, my amazing clip in hair extensions by IrresistibleMe. I have been eyeing clip in extensions for some time now. Even when my hair was super long, I wanted some. They truly are just a great and easy […]
  • she {hearts} britax bob b-safe

    Liz Q
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the most important things a momma will buy for her babe is a car seat.  It gives you peace of mind and allows you to rest easy knowing you are doing all you can to protect your little one.  We were in need of a new infant car seat since ours was expired […]
  • She {hearts} Sammy Dress

    Drea - Co-Owner
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Many months ago I was introduced to a company called Sammy Dress. Some of you may have seen this company advertised on facebook. I know I have seen it there a few times. This website is packed full of fashion items for less. When I looked at the website I found myself stuck there for […]
  • she {hearts} ju-ju-be

    Liz Q
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I am in baby mode right now.  We only have a little over two weeks before we welcome our little bundle, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  I am even more excited now that I have the most amazing diaper bag to tote all the toddler and baby items I will need when […]
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  • Wake Up, Sistahs – GIRLilla Warfare IS Back

    Lisa
    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

    Lisa
    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

    Lisa
    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

    Lisa
    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…
  • The Emotion Train: When Graduation Hits Home

    Lisa
    19 May 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman (who is photographed with her eldest son Joey, aka: The Graduate) This May has proven to be a wild ride on the emotion train. Some years are like that, in which we have to acknowledge that this month represents huge transitions for our kids graduating from high school and college … and even those who are moving on to high school. The flurry of commencement photos and my own son’s graduation from college has left us kind of scratching our heads and wondering how this all happened when we weren’t looking … It’s that quick blink and all of the sudden you’re watching…
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  • 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…
  • Disappearing Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    So, I think I've reached the question and answer phase of motherhood...E: Can I have some more raisins? Where do raisins come from?Me: You know, raisins come from grapes, right?E: Where do grapes come from?Me: They grow on a vine.E: What's a vine? oh dear...I don't know if I like where this is headed!Anyway, the boy loves raisins, and I love that they're a great alternative to more sugary snacks. I was also impressed to find out that they also have lots of fiber, potassium, and iron. And at about 20 cents per serving for organic raisins, they're also affordable.We all know cooking from…
  • Grocery Price List {Free Printable}

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Wow! What a difference a year makes! Over the past year we have saved a total of $5,616 on groceries, just by making a few simple changes. (It actually hurts to type that. I can hardly believe I was unnecessarily spending so much on groceries before!) And more importantly we are now debt free! If you asked me a year ago, I would not have thought it was possible.And just in case, you're thinking it's all cupcakes and daisies over here, but it wouldn't work in your real life, let me tell you, this has not been an easy year. We had a baby, we moved, I started a new business, and I've been…
  • Announcing "the quick and simple grocery savings system for real moms" course

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    I'm excited to announce the first open registration for my Grocery Savings Made Simple course. In the past this has only been available to my GrowingSlower subscribers. I've added even more valuable goodies and now everyone can join in on the savings.The Basics: This is a intensely powerful grocery savings system that I have spent the last year and a half developing and using to save thousands on groceries. I saved $5,616 in the last year alone! It includes 8 lessons that will walk you through exactly how to save big on the foods your family loves. No coupons, no sales, no…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Grouper Week? Grouper swallows a four foot shark in one gulp.

    cjblythe
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Should Shark Week now be called “Grouper Week?” This video is of a fisher’s surprise when a grouper swallows a four foot shark and should give us a clue. I hope not, because as much as I am... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five good reasons to use wood burning stoves.

    CJB
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    If you are considering buying a wood burning stove but are not sure if wood burning stoves are the solution for you, think again. Following is information about the benefits of using a wood burning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our amazing grilled seasoned salmon dinner from the Fraser River.

    cjblythe
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Tonight, I had the most amazing dinner I’ve had for a very long time: grilled seasoned salmon caught in the mighty Fraser River last night by Mark; and garden fresh peas, green beans and store-bought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five great free wedding planning apps for easy and worry free planning.

    Guest Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Planning a wedding is a daunting task, even for the most organized people because there is a whole host of things to plan, to sort and to think about. The following five wedding planning apps make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is it better to buy a hybrid laptop or an all-in-one computer?

    cjblythe
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Recently, I did a very bad, frustrating thing and spilled a glass of wine on my nearly new Dell laptop computer. We tried the rice trick (immersing it with the keyboard upside down in rice), and just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Crazy Mom Life

  • 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…
  • Why your child doesn’t LISTEN when he’s playing that “stupid” video game

    Stacie Mahoe
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    I recently read an article about kids playing video games and this really stuck out at me… Next time your kids “can’t” hear you because he/she is absorbed in a video game, consider this… “A kid who is completely absorbed in a video game and can’t hear a word his mom says is actually exhibiting the behavior psychologists like Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi call FLOW —which is the highest form of learning because it’s such engaged attention toward mastery of a skill that you don’t notice anything around you.” I know what this state is like.
  • Clarity About Business, Family, and Enough

    Stacie Mahoe
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Gosh, I feel so much shifting going on this year. The epiphanies and clarity coming through are amazing and almost scary at times. As you may know, we started unschooling this year. As we dove into that, I put online “business” on the back burner to really focus on my kids and family and learning and applying the concepts of unschooling. During that time I also began to accept that what I love most and what I cherish most (my family, seeing my kids grow, cherishing them, and being a mom) is *enough*. I’ve always felt like I was chasing after something in online business,…
 
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    Confessions of a Serial Napper

  • The Wedding

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Wondering where I've been? Yea...me too. It has been a friggin NUTHOUSE up in herrrr.Between the Bug....and a new(BETTER..super-duper-awesome-can't-believe-im-so-lucky BETTER)job (YEP) and planning a wedding we have had like zero free time. Yep...we are planning the WEDDING.Please excuse me while I vomit.We have our venue.The buildingThe Ceremony SpotThe Reception AreaAnd we have our date.September 20, 2015.Holy Crap.My Colors are Purple, White, and Grey and will be incorporated into just about everything.These our colors and roughly the look of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We're going for…
  • Maternity Shoot with Brittany and Bailey

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Some shots from my most recent maternity shoot that I am absolutely OBSESSED with.
  • Raeanne & Colin Save the Dates

    7 May 2014 | 11:05 am
    Here's a sneak peek of my shoot from last night with my favorite couple. Oh, and did I mention their ADORABLE new puppy. Meet, Mater :)This shoot was so important to me on so many different levels. Not only are Raeanne and Colin returning clients (check out our previous shoot here) but since then Rae has asked me to do her wedding. Yep. My first wedding. I was in absolute hysterics when she asked. It's so awesome to have so many amazing people support me and help me as I grow my photography business. And speaking of growing, this is the other reason this shoot was so important to me was it…
  • Pre-Photo-shoot Photo-shoot

    2 May 2014 | 7:44 am
    My little fam bam went to the park right next to our house last night before a shoot I had (thanks to daddy, who loves to sing my praises). And while we waited I snapped these. Allllll these beautiful trees are blooming, thank god spring finally decided it wanted to join us. Mama needs some Vitamin D...and a tan. Pasty is just NOT my color.Cannot wait for all the spring and summer shoots to come!
  • The Easter Buggy

    25 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
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    Family Focus Blog

  • DIY Backyard Projects To Add Personality

    Heidi Rogers
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    One of my favorite parts of having a backyard space is the pops of color and the array of different ornaments that express your own personal style. Whether it is metal art or fabric pots, having those distinguishing pieces in your backyard is what gives it a personality of its own. Sometimes those personal pieces can come at a huge expense to your pocket books. But honestly, if I can make something with my hands, even if it isn’t expensive, I prefer getting down in the dirt and doing it myself! So, I’ve compiled a great list of DIY Backyard Projects that will add a bit of personality to…
  • Back To School Teacher Appreciation Gifts

    Scarlet
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    This post is sponsored by Quaker to share their partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org Teachers Give A Lot To Their Students We all know how important a teacher is in the lives of our students.  A teacher has the potential to inspire a love for learning in children.  A teacher interacts daily with your child.  A teacher is there to answer questions, help kids out of though spots, recognize potential, and help your child learn.  When I look back at my time in school, great teachers are what inspired me to love certain subjects.  Teachers put a lot in their jobs in preparation and in after…
  • Pure Energies Giveaway- Solar Backpack and $500 Cash

    Scarlet
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    This post is sponsored by Pure Energies, a leading energy advisor in Canada and the United States. They help homeowners adopt solar energy and home conservation products by providing expert guidance on the vast amount of options and ways to go solar as well as comparisons from every major solar installer. Pure Energies Is Encouraging Sustainable Choices Pure Energies has just launched a back-to-school promotion revolving around making sustainable choices for the school year. They want to encourage families to pledge to making one sustainable choice for the school year to bring more awareness…
  • 5 Quick & Easy Activities to Boost Your Kids Creativity

    Scarlet
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    A Child often comes up with tricky questions; you are often loss for words. This because your child reaches the peak of cognitive development, his brain develops up to 90% in the first five years of age. So as a parent, it is your duty to nurture his creative mind and help him think logically. Arrange for some fun activities to boost your kids creativity rather than just playing video games or watching videos on iPhones or tablets.   Once your child gets addicted to electronic gadgets, it is very difficult for her to concentrate on anything else. Research shows that creative activities…
  • DIY Pumpkin Decor Tutorial

    Elizabeth Dooley
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Here is a step-by-step tutorial for DIY pumpkin decor. Pumpkins do not have to be just for Halloween and by using faux pumpkins you can display them for the whole autumn season. These are great to place outside the front door, on the center of a table, or next to the fireplace. They are very simple and inexpensive to make. This can also be a great craft for the kids or the whole family to enjoy together! Step By Step DIY Pumpkin Decor DIY Pumpkin Decor Supplies: Faux pumpkins Spray paint Rhinestones Glitter Glue Glue gun Instructions: After purchasing the pumpkins you will need to get spray…
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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
  • 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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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Grouper Week? Grouper swallows a four foot shark in one gulp.

    cjblythe
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Should Shark Week now be called “Grouper Week?” This video is of a fisher’s surprise when a grouper swallows a four foot shark and should give us a clue. I hope not, because as much as I am... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five good reasons to use wood burning stoves.

    CJB
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    If you are considering buying a wood burning stove but are not sure if wood burning stoves are the solution for you, think again. Following is information about the benefits of using a wood burning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our amazing grilled seasoned salmon dinner from the Fraser River.

    cjblythe
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Tonight, I had the most amazing dinner I’ve had for a very long time: grilled seasoned salmon caught in the mighty Fraser River last night by Mark; and garden fresh peas, green beans and store-bought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Five great free wedding planning apps for easy and worry free planning.

    Guest Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Planning a wedding is a daunting task, even for the most organized people because there is a whole host of things to plan, to sort and to think about. The following five wedding planning apps make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is it better to buy a hybrid laptop or an all-in-one computer?

    cjblythe
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Recently, I did a very bad, frustrating thing and spilled a glass of wine on my nearly new Dell laptop computer. We tried the rice trick (immersing it with the keyboard upside down in rice), and just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    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.
  • Book Review: Top 10 Secrets Of Successful Mommy Bloggers

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    There are a lot of bloggers out there. Food bloggers, fashion bloggers, blogging bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, and then there are mommy bloggers. Some see the term as derogatory. Some don’t give a damn. And some proudly accept it. I tend to simplify things and view it as I am a mommy, I am a blogger, [Read more] The post Book Review: Top 10 Secrets Of Successful Mommy Bloggers appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Thought Of The Week: Mom vs Mother

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Mom vs Mother. Two words that mean the same thing. But when you think about it, do they really have the same meaning, the same connotation? I remember talking with my mother in law one day about my ex husband, and she said something that has been engraved in my mind ever since: “Remember Ana, any man [Read more] The post Thought Of The Week: Mom vs Mother appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Stacey From This Momma’s Ramblings

    Ana & Frank
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It’s Friday. There’s something special about this day, the end of workweek for most, the beginning of the weekend – our favorite time of the week. No work, just some free time to spend with our friends and family. Friday is also time for Ask Away Friday. We’ve been reading for quite some time now [Read more] The post Ask Away Friday With Stacey From This Momma’s Ramblings appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Farewell Robin Williams

    Frank
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    On August 11th 2014 the world lost a valuable person. I don’t want to remember this day as a sad day, I don’t think that Robin Williams would want that. I know it wasn’t a happy day either, because Robin Williams gave his life. No matter how his end came, I can not agree to [Read more] The post Farewell Robin Williams appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Lessons Learned After 35 Years On This Planet

    Chad
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week happens to be my birthday which means I’ve now been living on this spinning rock we call earth for 35 years. To some 35 may seem like no big deal, to me it seems different. At 30 I said goodbye to my 20’s and that sucked and now at 35 it seems that 40 and even 50 are so close that it if I blink my 30′s will be over. Yet along this journey I’ve managed to learn a few things either by accident or with the help of others and this is what I want to share with you today. Alcohol The Cause Of And Solution To All Life’s Problems I’ve found this quote from Homer…
  • The Great Loot Bag Dilemma

    Chad
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sorry for the interruption but I’m about to go on a little bit of a rant. Our little girl is about to turn 7 on September 1st but because of scheduling, the holiday and back to school we have decided to schedule her birthday party for the week before. Not a problem. We sat down with her and planned a fun afternoon of mini golf with 5 of her friends, a BBQ hot dog lunch followed by cake and of course opening presents. The party will conclude with parents picking up their children and us handing out the expected loot bags. I won’t lie I have begun to despise these after party treat…
  • Seeing The Good In People

    Amanda
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    On almost a daily basis I find I get upset, exasperated or downright mad at the actions of others. I try not to but the pure ignorance and selfishness of some people blows my mind. Even the  little things that I should be able to look past have really been  getting to me. The lady that walks her dog across the street and doesn’t clean up after it every day. The people that speed up to get through the crosswalk so they don’t have to stop when a family with small children are standing there waiting to cross. It seems to me that being kind and helpful to others has been lost and most…
  • Canning: A Little Bit Of Effort For A Whole Lot Of Delicious

    Chad
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember as a kid having to spend a couple of weekends during the summer over at my grandparents house and along with the rest of my family as well as aunts, uncles and cousins we would spend time husking corn, shelling peas, snapping beans and cleaning vegetables in order to freeze or can the produce for the coming winter. At the end of the work my family would have jars of jam and dill pickles along with bags of fresh vegetables ready for freezing. This didn’t seem at all odd to me and in fact seemed very normal and just something we did as a family every summer. It wasn’t until years…
  • The Great Bee Rescue (Or The Story Of How We Saved The Life Of A Bee)

    Chad
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our family had quite an adventure this past Sunday (August 10, 2014) and it involved the rescuing of a bumblebee. After supper the kids asked if they could jump in the pool and as they burn off energy and generally leave each other alone we immediately said yes as this gives Amanda and I an opportunity to pull out the camp chairs, relax and have a conversation while they splash around in the pool After some splash time, our middle Brooklyn’s teeth started chattering (it was 28C, she’s just tiny and can’t keep her heat) got out of the pool and started jumping on the trampoline (don’t…
 
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    Twisted Glasses

  • Things we dont know…

    Christy
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tonight we went and filed an official report for my sto […]
  • Settling in

    Christy
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Well, we are finally getting towards the end of the box […]
  • Mathematical Savings

    Christy
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Our son is entering grade 10 in a few weeks. In fact, t […]
  • The end of summer

    Christy
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Well summer is coming to an end.   Today I we […]
  • Store Line ups

    Christy
    16 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    I was at Walmart, buying supper and a few other things. […]
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • Preventing Obesity in Children

    familyfirst
    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

    familyfirst
    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

    familyfirst
    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

    familyfirst
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
    Image Courtesy of hin255 from FreeDigitalPhotos.com 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…
  • Social Media and Children – Online Safety

    familyfirst
    20 May 2014 | 12:31 pm
    At times, it can be difficult for parents to ensure that their child is happy and healthy.  Bumps and bruises are easy enough to tend to. However, with the rise of technology, raising a child in a safe environment now comes with even more hurdles. Image Courtesy of Yingyo on FreeDigitalPhotos.net More and more children and adolescents see computers, smart phones, and iPads as an essential part of life. Parents should be aware of what their child is doing on these devices – and more specifically, how their child is using social media on these devices. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • What to Do in Berlin With Kids

    Features
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
        If you’re planning a holiday with your kids, Berlin may never have crossed your mind. However, it’s a fantastic city to visit for all ages. The sheer amount of fun things you can do here are sure to make any family happy! Here are just a few things you can enjoy in Berlin […]Related Posts:Planning a Family Holiday in Germany4 Child Friendly Days Out In The CotswoldsEdinburgh With The KidsTouring Venice by canalTop 10 Family Days Out in Cornwall     
  • How to Give Your Home a Vintage Makeover

    Features
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
        Modern living has provided us with so many leaps and bounds in making our lives easier. We have the internet, online shopping, and appliances and gadgets that can do pretty much anything. But when it comes to home décor, sometimes a touch of vintage in this manic, modern, technology-fuelled world is just what […]Related Posts:Mixing vintage and modern clothingNail the Shabby chic trend on a budgetFour Ways to Give your Home a Makeover this SummerCosy Winter Décor IdeasLuxury for Less – How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget     
  • Your Little One and Their Best Friend: Children and Pets

    Features
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
        Animals are cute, fluffy and playful, but did you know that having a pet could also help your children learn and develop? So next time your children nag about wanting a puppy or a pet tortoise, stop and consider it. A pet is an important part of the modern day family – here’s […]Related Posts:What makes the perfect family pet? Five things you need to…Are Pet Portraits a Good Idea or a Step too far?Family holidays in the UKHow To Keep Your Family Pet Pooch Happy And HealthyFun Activities to Help Keep the Whole Family Fit &…     
  • Help to Buy 101

    Features
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
        If you are looking to buy a new property but don’t quite have the funds you may be able to apply for the Government Help to Buy Scheme and purchase your dream home through Hugh Grover Associates.   What is the Help to Buy Scheme? The Help to Buy Scheme centres on equity […]Related Posts:Saving For A Deposit On A New Home? It Doesn’t Have ToHow to make the move you want without breaking the bankThe Green Deal: Relieving the Stress of ChristmasExplaining Self-Funding Care Home FeesClarifying confusion on student finances with Student……
  • Want to Start Your Own Business? How to Launch Your Own Shop

    Features
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
        If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, then you’ll have no doubt realised just what a large undertaking it is likely to be, with lots of things to do and requirements to meet before you are in a position to start selling your goods and services. If you want to start […]Related Posts:Tackling Inefficiency in the Family BusinessEmploying outsiders in a family business5 simple but effective ways to market your businessArmchair Shopping3 advantages to online gift shopping for busy parents     
 
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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Differences In Marriage: How It Makes Your Marriage Stronger

    Marcus and Ashley
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Dealing with differences in marriage is a stepping stone to having a healthy marriage. Each spouse is different, we hear it time and time again. Can you truly grasp that concept though? Once you have lived together with your spouse for an amount of time, you will be able to see it more clearly. Have you said some of these statements before: We are so different! We do not have anything in common. He/she just does not get me. When you first start dating your spouse, everything is new and exciting. You have no problem going the extra mile, being extra patient, and over looking certain things.
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  • 10 Signs That Your Kid May Be A Victim Of Bullying

    Jenny
    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

    Melly
    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

    Jessica
    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 […]
  • 15 Ways To Increase Your Metabolism Without Any Exercises

    Jenny
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Due to the obesity crisis lots of research is being done on how to increase the body’s metabolism. Whilst some of these tips may only provide a small increase in metabolism those small things coupled together can make a big difference! Focus on one small change at a time for long term results. Drink a […]
  • 5 Ways To Make Reading Fun For Toddlers

    Amy
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Parents are constantly told that reading to their children from a young age is important. Reading to young children helps them develop language skills. As they get older, it helps them to become independent readers. While you should be concerned that your child learns when you read to him, don’t lose sight of the fact […]
 
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