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  • I Want To Be My Kids’ Hero

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    I noticed my four-year-old with her thumb in her mouth. I said, “Aren’t you a little old to be sucking your thumb?” She replied, “I not sucking my thumb. I cleaning my face like a cat.” And then she proceeded to wipe spit all over her nose, cheeks, and forehead. Well, okay… Just as long as she doesn’t start using the litterbox. I write things like this down so that we can have a good laugh about it when she’s grown up. Sharing good memories is one of my favorite pastimes. If only I had more people to do it with. Most of my friends and family…
  • 024: 7 Simple Steps for Effective Communication in Marriage

    Marcus & Ashley
    Marcus and Ashley
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    In today’s episode, Ashley shares the audio version of Chapter 7: 7 Simple Steps for Getting Started, of our new eBook on Communication in Marriage. You can get a copy of the book by clicking the link below. Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without Fighting A summarized version of the 7 Steps are: 1. May I have your attention, please? 2. No yelling. 3. A mile in your spouse’s shoes. 4. Confirm understanding.  5. Change your style and hit the home run.  6. Take a break. 7. Rinse and repeat.  How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player below the…
  • Childproofing 101: A Guide for New Parents

    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First
    familyfirst
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
      Photo courtesy of Alec Couros / Flickr Creative Commons The birth of a first child is an exciting time for new parents. Once he or she starts to become mobile, you’ll want to make sure your home is as safe as possible. Childproofing your home is essential to protect your child from unforeseen dangers lurking around the house. For a helping hand, take a look at our childproofing guide which gives tips for creating a safe environment for your child. Kitchen The kitchen is full of everyday dangers for small children. Sharp utensils, hot surfaces and cleaning chemicals are some of the…
  • Top 60 money saving tips

    My Family Club
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Families across the UK are turning to savvy ways to save money. Here are the best money savings tips to give you some inspiration. Read More...
  • How To Trap Monsters (and kill your kids fears)

    Wanted Hero™
    Author Jaime Buckley
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Ever been afraid of the dark? You're not the ONLY one. Our kids deal with this terror every day...and I found a not-so-simple, yet effective way to help my little boy overcome this fear once and for all. Check it out!
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    Aha!NOW & ABC

  • GEMS Of The ABC, Guest Post & Paid Activity Offers – March 2015

    Vinay Kachhara
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Tell me honestly, are you into blogging because of the money or for the love of blogging. I’ve been told by my peers and what I always suggest to others – follow your heart and do what you love to do. Life is eventually all about being happy, and you are happiest when you enjoy […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on GEMS Of The ABC, Guest Post & Paid Activity Offers – March 2015. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
  • Live Your Best Life In The BEST Way

    Vinay Kachhara
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Wouldn’t you agree that living your life to the fullest is determined by how you live your life? Of course, it also depends on how you define your way of life. Moreover, what elements you perceive as capable of making your life full also are the determining factors. Therefore, whether you live your best life […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on Live Your Best Life In The BEST Way. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can…
  • 14 Free Blogging Apps for Your Android Mobile Phone

    Rahul Krishnan
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a guest post from Rahul Krishnan, who is a blogger and a freelance writer. He was the topper of January ABC Leaderboard and thus the winner of this guest post opportunity. In this post, he reveals the free blogging apps for Android mobile phones. When it comes to mobile operating systems, we all […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Rahul Krishnan on 14 Free Blogging Apps for Your Android Mobile Phone. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
 
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    Idaho Dad

  • Evil Elves and Messy Rooms

    Idaho Dad
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    My daughter spun a tall tale last week about evil elves who live in her closet. It was yet another excuse to not sleep in her room. I checked her room out thoroughly and declared it to be free of elves, but she was not convinced and spent another night in mommy and daddy’s bed. But what if I was wrong? What if there really are evil elves in there? I’m beginning to think that my daughter is telling the truth! The other night I was cleaning up her room for the umpteenth time. Toys littered the floor, bed, and shelves. I gathered them all up, put some in boxes and bins, while others made…
  • I Want To Be My Kids’ Hero

    Idaho Dad
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    I noticed my four-year-old with her thumb in her mouth. I said, “Aren’t you a little old to be sucking your thumb?” She replied, “I not sucking my thumb. I cleaning my face like a cat.” And then she proceeded to wipe spit all over her nose, cheeks, and forehead. Well, okay… Just as long as she doesn’t start using the litterbox. I write things like this down so that we can have a good laugh about it when she’s grown up. Sharing good memories is one of my favorite pastimes. If only I had more people to do it with. Most of my friends and family…
  • When Good Things Go Bad

    Idaho Dad
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    It’s a Throwback Thursday blog post, going all the way back to 2005 when my son was 7 years old and everything was different. I totally blew my son’s mind tonight. We’ve been reading the seven Chronicles of Narnia books and thoroughly enjoyed each story. Until the final book, The Last Battle, in which Aslan wipes out Narnia and brings all the good creatures to “the real Narnia” (aka heaven). The last few pages of the book are mostly description, as C.S. Lewis paints a picture of an afterlife where everything is as perfect as you can imagine. My son was bitterly…
  • Family Weekend in Tacoma

    Idaho Dad
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The Super Bowl has once again put Seattle in the spotlight, and it’s sure to see an increase in tourism as people come to check out the home of the Seahawks. People will flock to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Experience Music, and the Museum of Flight. It’s a beautiful city, with no shortage of fun activities for families. However, if you’ve been there done that, and you’re looking for something different for a family weekend, you might cast your glance a mere 30 miles to the south of Seattle, to the city of Tacoma. Washington’s third largest city often…
  • A Super Bowl Lesson

    Idaho Dad
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Living in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of Seattle Seahawks football. These past few weeks, leading up to the Super Bowl, the blue and green has been everywhere, from jerseys to posters to balloons, in restaurants, grocery stores, and schools. The 12th Man was all around us. So, naturally, we sat down to root for the Seahawks to win the big game. No one in my family had their heart set on a Seattle victory. It was more a matter of having fun with our friends and neighbors, and wanting to see them happy. While others were crushed by the…
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    Family Matters

  • What to Stop Doing if You Want to Be Happy

    Ronit Baras
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Happiness is a journey and a choice. Happiness has been one of my biggest goals for many years. In the most recent years, I have been writing about happiness in this blog and in my books. The topics of my posts may be different but the focus is always on one thing - being happy. To reach happiness, we need to focus on what we can do to make our life happy, rather than what we need to stop doing in order to avoid being miserable. Aiming forward, towards a better life, is a better journey than running away. Focusing on the good has been my motto for years. I teach my clients to avoid pink…
  • Attachment Theory: Insecure Attachment Style

    Ronit Baras
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    What Causes Insecure Attachment Between Parents and Babies? The attachment between babies and their parents in those first few years of life becomes the blue print for the child's future relationships. Insecure attachment style happens when parents cannot give their child the feeling of security that he or she needs. Usually, this happens completely unintentionally. There are several causes for insecure attachment. Here is a list of reason. Each of them on their own, or in combination can interfere with a healthy bond and secure attachment. Separation from the primary caregiver - One of the…
  • How Can Parents with Different Religions Raise Kids Successfully? (Q&A)

    Ronit Baras
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:34 pm
    The question about two parents with different religions or belief systems raising kids has become very relevant in our society today. The world is much more multicultural and there are many mixed couples finding love and wondering about the impact of this on their kids. My eldest daughter, Eden, is getting married in 2 months to her now-boyfriend, Sandy. Eden and Sandy are a gorgeous couple and we are very happy they found each other. No pressure or anything, but we are also very much looking forward to them having kids. The interesting thing is that Eden and Sandy come from two different…
  • Attachment Theory: Four Attachment Styles

    Ronit Baras
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    In the first chapter on attachment theory, I explained the four characteristic of attachment: safe haven, separation distress, secure proximity maintenance and safe base. Based on how well the caregiver meets each characteristic, the baby and his/her caregiver will form a different attachment style. In a famous experient titled the "Stranger situation" psychologists Mary Aninsworth (expanding on work done by Bowlby) observed children between the age of 12 to 18 months. She was interested in their response at being left alone and then reunited with their mothers. The results led her to 3 major…
  • From the Life Coaching Deck: The Want Muscle

    Ronit Baras
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Magda came to see me after 16 years of heartache and pain. She was referred by a client of mine. She had seen psychologists and psychiatrists before, but felt very criticized and had never gone for a second session with any of them. When I finally got to meet her, I was a bit surprised. She was in her early fifties and looked amazing - almost like a doll. She was tiny and very well presented with beautiful skin. Yet, during the first 10 minutes of introductions, she managed to say only bad things about herself. The gist of them was that she was not good enough, unworthy and helpless. She said…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • The Most Magical Place on Earth

    probrien1
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    For Christmas, my parents gave us four-day passes to Disney, the most magical place on earth…or every parent’s worst nightmare. …Continue reading →
  • The Weekend Adventures of Bonnie & Clyde

    probrien1
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    A couple weeks ago Jenn and Nolin took a quick trip up north to visit family and for Nolin to …Continue reading →
  • The Holiday Wrap Up (Pt. 2)

    probrien1
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Ok, so now not only am I dragging this whole thing out too long, the Holidays were over 18 days …Continue reading →
  • The Holiday Wrap Up (pt. 1)

    probrien1
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    12 hours up, 15 and a half hours back. Two kids very tolerant of Christmas car rides. 3 cold rainy …Continue reading →
  • Sick Santa

    probrien1
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    As we get ready to enter the fun and chaos that is Christmas, Nolin has been sick. My biggest hope …Continue reading →
 
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    ParentingInformer

  • Parent’s Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences

    A Guest Blogger
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    (Written by Jo Salt) The fundamental downside of Parent Teacher Conferences is the fact that you and the teacher probably have quite a lot of questions you want to ask and topics that you’d like to cover but you’re limited to a short meeting that’s between five and fifteen minutes long to fit all of that into. As well as being limited on time it’s also likely that you’ll forget a lot of what you wanted to say when you get there too which means that you’ll come away frustrated that your questions haven’t been answered. In order to combat the majority of your problems – the…
  • Wicked Step-Mother or Privileged Position?

    Sarah Aiono
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    (Written by Sarah Aiono) I became a Mum when my son was 4 and a half years old.  I moved in with my (now) husband and took on the responsibility and role of Step-Mum to my gorgeous son.  Prior to this, my experience with children had only been as a fairly new primary school teacher.  At first, I was very cautious as to my role as we initially had shared contact arrangements with his biological mother.  I treated the relationship as if I were in his biological mother’s shoes.  I respected the fact that I was not his mother, and that I did not have the relationship that I presumed they…
  • The Magic Of Music In The Lives Of Our Children

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Watch them learn and grow as the magic of music brings joy and new sensory experiences to their little lives. (Written by Carrie Thompson) Music is an incredibly powerful force in our lives. An exquisite symphony inspires awe. An upbeat rock tune makes us want to get up and dance. A familiar lullaby brings back vivid childhood memories. A good choice of background music makes us cry during an emotional scene in a movie. We experience the power of music daily as adults, so it should be no surprise to us that music is equally powerful for our children. Although, it affects them somewhat…
  • 10 Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Money

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Reference From mrsprinceandco.com (Written by Tara Blair edited by Elle Yi)  Teaching about money for kids is one of the most valuable life lessons they will ever receive. Instilling good spending and saving habits within your children, from a young age, is paving the road for a successful financial future. For some great ideas on how to teach your kids about money, check out our guide below. Embrace Technology Most children are better at using smart phones than their parents, so why not embrace technology and find some fun apps for teaching your children about money? With the app store…
  • Encouraging Social Skills For Kids At Home

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    (Written by Elle Yi and David Zielinski)  Kids need many opportunities to play with their friends and go on trips with their families. Now is the time to put away the cell phones and video games and shut off the computers and televisions. Children have to learn how to talk to one another by playing games and having conversations. This allows them to learn how to improve their reciprocal conversational skills and read non-verbal body cues.  Also, Attending extracurricular activities and organized team sports are also beneficial. Our children will learn how to cooperate and become a team…
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    ShopaholicMommy

  • Dr. Seuss Family Celebration Ideas

    Tina
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, was a well-loved author of many books for children of all ages. His birthday, March 2, is a day when many libraries, schools and bookstores hold events commemorating this special day and celebrating the magic of his stories. Whether your kids are knee-high to a Who and sounding out Green Eggs and Ham, or old enough for you to be purchasing Oh, The Places You’ll Go for a high school graduation gift, you can take some time out to observe Dr. Seuss’s birthday and help instill a love of reading in your children. The big day falls on a Friday, but…
  • What to Buy on Sale in March

    Tina
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    You know what they say about March: It comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As the lion blows through, you can look forward to warmer spring days ahead. You can also look forward to some great sales, as there are items that typically are on sale this month. The good thing about March is that you’ll see prices slashed on winter items as retailers try to clear them out for spring, as well as some summer items brought out for the first time this season at reduced prices. Here are some things to buy on sale in March: Boats.  Apparently, February is a big month for boat shows, so in…
  • National Tooth Fairy Day

    Ashley B
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day. Did you know that the tooth fairy is actually becoming quite generous? Over recent years she is leaving about 15% more money under the pillow of little ones that leave her a tooth. The Tooth Fairy is also more likely to leave more money for the first tooth lost than subsequent teeth. In honor of National Tooth Fairy Day we’ve put together some fun facts about teeth that you can share with your little one. Teeth begin to form when babies are still in their mama’s belly Children tend to get their first teeth between 6-12 months old The top surface…
  • February 20th is Hoodie-Hoo Day

    TinaB
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    If you live in the north then you are probably pretty tired of the winter. Snow storm after snow storm has pummeled the Northern Hemisphere and many residents are looking forward to spring. February 20th is Hoodie-Hoo Day. This fun holiday helps the north say goodbye to the winter so that they can welcome the spring. What It Is: On Hoodie-Hoo Day, participants step outside at noon and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” while waving their hands in the air. This symbolizes chasing winter away so spring can come in. Dealing With The Cold: Even if the warm weather doesn’t roll in on Hoodie-Hoo Day there…
  • It’s Time for Mardi Gras

    Tina
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, takes place on February 17 this year. Each year, it’s the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the 40-day period of Lent, celebrated by Catholics and some other Christian denominations. Last year, we talked about ways to celebrate Mardi Gras at home with the kids. Most of us will probably be doing just that, but some might want to travel to New Orleans to experience all of the revelry! At first mention, you might think that there’s nothing about Mardi Gras in NOLA that’s really child-friendly, but it’s not true! There are some family-friendly…
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • Parenting by Proxy

    Imperfect Mommies
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    So, I was driving the kids to school when this conversation happened: CHILD: “Mom, I’ve made an important decision.” ME: “What about?” CHILD: “Well, [SIBLING] thinks it’s gross when I pick my nose and eat it so I’m not going to do that anymore.” ME: “It seems like you put a lot of thought into […]
  • Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Imperfect Mommies
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    My oldest son, David, just recently turned 13 years old. Which now makes me the mother of a teenager. I once heard a psychologist say that adolescence is mother nature’s way of preparing parents for the child’s departure. David’s decided to get an early jump on that preparation.
  • Naughty Elf #12 (Quickie)

    Marie
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Fisbee, you Naughty Elf, what are you doing in Nic’s room?  Oh, Fisbee….not the Puffle!
  • Naughty Elf #11 (Bong Hits)

    Jennifer
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:50 pm
    What holiday characters do during the other 11 months of the year.  Fisbee, you naughty elf, you’re supposed to share!  
  • Naughty Elf # 10 (Panty Raid)

    Marie
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Oooooooh, that feels soooooo nice…. Fisbee, you naughty elf, what are you doing in my lingerie draw…even I don’t go in there anymore!
 
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    Dumb {Squared}

  • Acccckkkk - my body is failing. Ctrl+Alt+ Del!

    RK
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    I've been in pain for three years now; I was convinced it was all in my head and yet, I'd try to rationalize what was going on with my hips and thighs.  Because hips don't lie. Rimshot. Maybe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is how I treat my friends

    RK
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    So I finished Serial the other day.  Now what to do I do with my oh-so precious time? My friend Sean - Mr. Know-It-All of all things comics, some weird game I can never remember the name of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'm pretty much clueless all of the time

    rhana kennedy
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:28 am
    I'm clutching my laptop like Kate Winslet clutching Leo in Titanic, taking small gasps of air and rationalizing to myself why potato chips are the perfect breakfast meal.  In the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for Serial if I could

    RK
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:31 pm
    So yeah. I finally started listening to the Serial podcast last weekend. I know. I'm the last person on Earth to do so. Unless. . . you are? I avoided it mainly because I didn't want to be one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I need a Shawshank Redemption today

    RK
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    My head is a jumble - drowning, racing, screaming. And I am so, so tired. The kids? They're great. They are hilarious, kind, beautiful, talented, smart, inquisitive, independent, stubborn, loud,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Kisses and Huggs Devotional for Singles and Married Couples

  • 2015 Daily Devotional

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Kisses and Huggs Club Daily Devotional 2015 has moved to a new Platform.To view current Devotional, kindly CLICK HERE
  • Kisses and Huggs Club - Blog View - Three Don’ts of a Successful Relationship and Marriage

    14 Feb 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Kisses and Huggs Club - Blog View - Three Don’ts of a Successful Relationship and Marriage
  • 2014 Daily Devotional for Singles and Married Couples

    28 Dec 2013 | 7:33 pm
    This is saying THANK YOU to all our readers, followers and partners! Thanks for voting for us to emerge as the Best Faith-Based Blog and Best Relationship Blog of 2013!This is to inform you that 2014 Daily Devotional is now on our CLUB PLATFORM!To continue reading daily devotional, simply go here to READ. You don't need to register to read but we encourage you to Join Kisses and Huggs Club as a member alongside over 5000 others to enjoy other resources like Academy and special online meetings which are not available for the general public.Thank you very muchEverlastingly at it!Dunamis &…
  • Thanksgiving Galore! That is the attitude!

    27 Dec 2013 | 9:42 pm
    Can you imagine?It is a few days to the end of 2013. Soon the year will come to an end, never to be re-lived again, gone into history and the archives, only to be accessed in the timeline of history.Yes, it is possible there were shares of regretful times, times of loss of dear ones, times of recuperating from wounds and hurts, and so on!But I also want you to know that there is something God has given you and that is the gift of life. Since the inception of this year, in the MORE when you CONTINUE here! »
  • How to express the joy of the Lord and enforce victory in our relationship and marriage

    27 Dec 2013 | 12:32 pm
    In 2014, we need the force of joy to pull through. This is so important that the scripture tells us that Neh 8:10b KJV says… for the joy of the LORD is your strength.Another translation saysNeh 8:10 AMP… for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.When you get into God’s word and start to read, study and meditate, it becomes the source of your strength!Joh 15:11 KJVThese things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.Make up your mind never to miss that daily time of spendingMORE when you CONTINUE here! »
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The Age of Anxiety: Stop Stressing Out Your Kids

    Lisa
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    By Debby Shulman When I was a freshman entering high school, our well-known, endearing and ultra-conservative principal gave the same welcome speech year after year. Word for word, he spoke to us about the excitement of high school, exploring new activities with different groups of friends, recognizing we were still so ‘little.’ His well-rehearsed and most repeated phrase?  “Green things grow.” And while E. J. Duffy’s words and memory still linger throughout the hallways of my alma mater, I am particularly reminiscent of his child-rearing philosophy these days. Troubled from…
  • ‘Date Night’ & 50 Shades: How Can I Arouse My Wife? A Husband’s Perspective

    Lisa
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    By Evan Field So we went to see the movie. Yeah that movie. 50 Shades. Before the movie … My wife, excited as can be, telling me that this will be a GREAT date movie. Making side comments about how there’s no way we are making it to dinner afterward because she will need to be taken home and I will have to get rid of the babysitter at lightning speed. Before the movie, I was neither here nor there about the actual film, but I was extremely excited about the effect it might have on my betrothed, knowing how the book brought out her carnal side. Popcorn bought, seats taken, lights…
  • Baby ‘Battle Scars’ & Flaws: We Celebrate YOU, Cindy Crawford

    Lisa
    16 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup (aka: “The Beauty Babe”) “Even I don’t look like Cindy Crawford in the morning.” — Cindy Crawford While 50 Shades has been on everyone’s mind, here’s the Other Story that women nationwide are talking about. This past week, an “unaltered” photo from 2013 of Supermodel Cindy Crawford in a black bikini for Marie-Claire was leaked, unveiling the 49-year-old’s “flawed” body. The unretouched stretch marks spanning Crawford’s stomach reveal the beautiful battle scars of two pregnancies, just like the rest of…
  • Here’s To YOU, Girlfriends — Happy Valentine’s Day

    Lisa
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    May your hearts be full, your minds be at peace, and your souls be 50 Shades of joyful … With Much Love, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare
  • Bedroom Or Bored-room: 5 Ways To NOT Hate YOUR Love Life When You See ‘Fifty Shades’

    Lisa
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon One of my friends said to me, “Are we all going to go see Fifty Shades together on a girls’ night?” My immediate response was, “Yeah, I’ll go, if I’m in the mood to hate my life.” My friend laughed. She got it. It’s not that I’m unhappy. My marriage is a good one. Yes, we work at it, but it’s good. And sure, the book was erotic and exciting, but whips and chains and red room pain aside, reading Fifty reminded me of something else. It made me long for The Beginning. In The Beginning, there was excitement. Not should we go to Cabo or Puerta Vallarta kind of…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • A quick explanation of fluoxetine.

    cjblythe
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    What is Fluoxetine Hcl? Fluoxetine Hcl is an abbreviated name for the generic medication that goes by the full name of fluoxetine hydrochloride. The most popular brand name on the market that many people are most familiar with is Prozac, but due to the cost, generics are available. Regardless of whether you will be using […]
  • Why you should call a skilled handyman service for yard cleanup.

    cjblythe
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Maintaining a lovely yard is the cornerstone to having an attractive property. A yard that is in a state of disarray ruins an otherwise high-value property. If you’re in need of a yard clean up in Perth, the best option is to call a skilled handyman service. Not only can they clean up your yard, but […]
  • How to find the perfect ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress.

    Guest Author
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Although all eyes will focus on the bride on that deeply meaningful day, as a mother of the bride, you will also get a lot of attention. The following is a sponsored post for: At this time, a suitable mother of the bride dress will play an important role. However, choosing the perfect mother of […]
  • Fifty Shades of Gray is a harsh study in black and white.

    cjblythe
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is a harsh study in black and white. Where are the softer nuances of color? Where are…  …the rose-colored hues through which we normally view love and relationships?  …the bright sunny yellow of our days thinking of and anticipating seeing and spending time with our loved one? …the emotional blues […]
  • Fresh flowers say it all.

    cjblythe
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
     Delivering fresh flowers is one of the best ways to say “I’m sorry,” “I’m thinking of you,” “I love you” and much more. Flowers brighten anyone’s day and express that you truly care. While you can send flowers for any occasion, there are some things to take into consideration for your gift to have the […]
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    Crazy Mom Life

  • How to find out exactly what your customer wants and how to speak to them

    Stacie Mahoe
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of my new favorite pastimes is listening to podcasts with the bluetooth headset my husband bought me for my birthday. I’m currently enjoying a number of podcasts including Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, The Flipped Lifestyle Podcast, Michael Hyatt’s This is Your Life, and a few others. I really enjoyed this podcast episode by Pat Flynn and Ramit Sethi which shares excellent information on selling. I love the new perspective it gave me because it’s definitely an area I need to get stronger in. They covered topics such as… How…
  • Trust your gut, carry your baby!

    Stacie Mahoe
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I recently found Jennifer McGrail’s blog and I absolutely LOVE it! Here’s an excerpt from a recent post of hers. I SO wish I’d read this when I first became a parent… Yes, lots of parenting books still advocate “sleep training” and “self-soothing.” Yes, many parents will tell you you’ll “spoil” your child if you respond to them too often. But what does your instinct tell you? Do you listen to it? Instinct tells us to go to our children when they cry. Instinct tells us to pick them up when they want our assistance. Instinct tells us to comfort them, to…
  • What to do when your toddler is a picky eater

    Stacie Mahoe
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    “My toddler is a lucky eater, how do I get them to eat more?” If you’ve ever had this thought, you are not alone!  I hear this question so often. This article reveals WHY so many parents are dealing with this. Guess what…it’s because toddlers, generally speaking, ARE picky. The thing most adults don’t realize is that there are real reasons for it.  Ones that we shouldn’t take lightly! This article also gives the same piece of advice that I give parents ALL the time. Let them be. The LESS you push the issue, the less picky your toddler with stay as…
  • 3 Simple Money Saving Tips for Stay at Home Moms

    Stacie Mahoe
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I don’t know about you, but big family life can sure get hectic around here.  Between household errands, kids activities, parent activities, there’s a lot going on!  That’s one area that can cause extra spending if I don’t pay attention. One simple way to avoid that extra expense and save you some money is to PLAN. Now, I’ll admit, p-l-a-n is almost like a dirty four letter word for me. The thought of too much planning and organization stresses me out.  So I don’t always plan as much as some people, but ANY planning you do will help save you money.
  • Big family blessings

    Stacie Mahoe
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When you wake up in the morning and this is one of the first things you see, you can’t help but have a great day… “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox
 
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  • Clever LED Nightlight Solution From SnapPower

    Scarlet
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    This is really one of those genius ideas that is so simple but so useful.  I love this clever LED nightlight solution and I am sure you will too.  This post is sponsored by SnapPower, makers of SnapRays Guidelights (the genius LED nightlight solution I was telling you about.) LED Nightlight That Doesn’t Take Up Outlet Plug Space And Makes A Great Baby Nightlight, Kids Nightlight or Guidelight System For The Home I’m telling you, this SnapRays Guidelight idea is just so smart!  The SnapRays Guidelight is a convenient LED nightlight that is built into your electrical wall…
  • Baked Avocados and Eggs Recipe

    Elizabeth Dooley
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    This is a step-by-step recipe for baked avocados and eggs! Whether you are looking for an easy quick dinner or breakfast this combination is perfect. Add grits on the side for breakfast or bacon bits for dinner. This is a great alternative to a traditional baked potato. Use greek yogurt as a sour cream substitute and crushed chili peppers as a bacon substitute. You certainly cannot feel guilty over this meal, please enjoy! Healthy Baked Avocados and Eggs Recipe: Baked Avocados and Eggs serves 1 Baked Avocados and Eggs Ingredients: 1 Avocado 2 Eggs Green Onion Plain Greek Yogurt Onion Powder…
  • We Dare You- Small Steps To Making Healthy Choices

    Scarlet
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    I am all for healthy living. When you stop and think about it, health is one of the most important things you have. It is also something that we tend to take for granted when we are in good health. This healthy living post is brought to you by United Healthcare. Three Dares For Making Healthy Choices: I want to tell you about a new website called wedareyoutoshare.com. The goal of the website is to get people to take small steps to live a little bit healthier every day by making healthy choices. Each month they come up with fun dares for making healthy choices and when you complete a dare, you…
  • Face Painting Is Fun For Kids and Adults

    Scarlet
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    My kids love face painting. I am doing face painting for my daughter’s birthday party this year and I am excited because it is always a popular choice and lots of fun for me and the kids. Face Painting Tips: *Professional face paint is a little more expensive, but it is so worth it because they are certified safe.  That way you can rest assured that there are no hidden nasties or toxic pigments in the face paint. *Professional face paint goes on a lot easier and is easier to do more intricate designs with. *Professional face paint also comes out of carpet and clothes more easily. *To…
  • Blackberry Pie- A Raw Vegan Recipe

    Scarlet
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    My mom is a real health nut, the kind that I aspire to be some day! She is always whipping up some delicious vegan, raw food recipe. I am always marveling at how good it tastes and while still being pretty darn healthy! When I received permission to share a raw vegan recipe with you from the new cookbook- SWEETLY RAW DESSERTS [Quarry Books, December 2014] by Heather Pace- I was super excited. The cook book (available at Amazon on other book retailers) shares everything you need to know about making the most delicious and nutritious raw food desserts and I am able to reprint the Lemon-Ginger…
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  • Announcing My New Blog SherylParbhoo.com

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:27 am
      I’m excited to announce that I am branching out into new territory in the blogosphere! I love writing here at Southern Life, Indian Wife about my mixed up and often crazy intercultural family. Being a southern girl in an Indian family is who I am. But, there is a lot more to me that… The post Announcing My New Blog SherylParbhoo.com appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • The Morning After Thanksgiving

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
      My growling stomach woke me up this morning around 4:30 am.  I am normally not a big breakfast eater, but my belly taunted me relentlessly as I squeezed my insomniac’s eyes shut, praying for just a little bit more sleep. But, suddenly, I opened my eyes, giddy, and buoyantly thankful.  Today is the day… The post The Morning After Thanksgiving appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • My Guest Post and a Confession

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Recently, my friend and fellow blogger, Kiran over at Masala Chica asked me to write a guest post.  Her blog is one of my favorites, and my reaction was immediate.  I’m there – when can I start? There was no question in my mind what I wanted to write about, because I was burning to… The post My Guest Post and a Confession appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
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  • 10 Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

    Cadence Carlyle
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    How to Use Orange Essential Oil Orange essential oil is popular and highly praised by beginners as well as season pros. It is considered to be one of the best essential oils to experiment with when learning about essential oils because of its many uses as well as its flexibility. Orange essential oil mixes very well with many essential oils and therefore is considered fool proof. Orange essential oil is collected by a cold press method from the peel of the orange and is relatively inexpensive due to the fruits abundance. Native to China and India the orange is now grown in the Americas,…
  • Marriage – 10 Steps to Building a Healthy Marriage

    Michael Finlayson
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    When you get married you hope for a happy marriage, I don’t think that anyone getting married deliberately seeks out an unhappy marriage, but the sad fact is that far to many marriages result in misery and divorce. Far to many people seem to forget that once you get married you still have to work at your relationship, you might live happily ever but it will take effort. Here are my 10 steps to building a healthy marriage and I hope that they are of use to you. 1. Share Interests If you want to have a happy and harmonious marriage then you need to be able to share interests. This could…
  • Healthy Meal Ideas for Busy Moms With Wasa Crispbreads

    Erica Brooks
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This post contains sponsored content. All opinions and meal ideas are my own. Now that it’s the new year and all of the tempting holiday treats are behind me I am looking forward to all things new including cutting back on dining out. Being a stay at home mom dining out was my treat. My mommy time. A way to get out of the house and talk some grown folks. Dining out often can not only take it’s toll on the family budget, it can also take it’s toll on a mommy’s waistline. So I have recommitted to cooking more often and getting back to my prebaby weight. Hey it can…
  • Happy New Year!

    Healthy Family Matters
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Healthy Family Matters.
  • From Our Family to Yours Merry Christmas!

    Healthy Family Matters
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    The post From Our Family to Yours Merry Christmas! appeared first on Healthy Family Matters.
 
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  • New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

    Laura - Momblogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Being a Purex Insider, I get to try new products all the time. Through that program, Dial provided me with a bottle of new miracle oil body wash to try out and let you know how it went. They don't tell me what to say though, so everything you read is all my own opinion.The first time I used the product I didn't have a shower pouf, so I applied it directly using my hands. For this, it felt fine but a little too soapy. A little goes a long way...that means it's more cost efficient. The second time I used it, I used it as a bubble bath. My daughter and I have been in the hospital for over…
  • Detox Cleanse Diet Kit For Health and Weight Loss

    Laura - Momblogger
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    I was given the opportunity to try this Detox Cleanse Diet Kit by Team Innovations Labs. I want to be as thorough as I can in my review, because I don't think it's a good idea to "play around" with diet pills. Even the naturally derived ones. I do however, need to lose some weight and feel better. I'm going to have several sections on this review post, so you can scroll over the ones you don't want to read. All the information about the actual product as far as what it is and what it does is on the amazon sale page, so you can click through and read that there. This post is just about my…
  • Just Say No

    Laura - Momblogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    When I was a pre-teenager the Nancy Reagan "just say no" campaign was on the television all of the time. Just say no to drugs. It was a great concept, and if I remember correctly pretty successful. "No", the universal word that means the same in every language, is very powerful; yet, we don't use it often enough about anything. What do I mean?I mean that for so many of us, if someone asks us to do something and we don't want to, sometimes we'll do it anyway just because we don't know how to say no. If we do say no, we feel like we need a really good excuse to say it. We will offer more…
  • Anna Reached a NEW Milestone!

    Laura - Momblogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    It's been a really long time since I did a MeCP2 post. With the lymphoma, MeCP2 has taken the back-burner, but it's still been very prevalent in our lives. Can you even imagine what dealing with cancer treatment is like for a kid who has special needs?Yet, even through all the rigorous cancer treatment, we have seen Anna make strides in her development and ability to learn and understand. Normally, I would not have posted the photo above. Her hair is disheveled, she has dark circles under her eyes, and she's a little bit pale; but, that shirt she is wearing is special. Why? Because it was the…
  • Hipknoties Convertible Wrap - Dress, Skirt, Top, Whatever!

    Laura - Momblogger
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Have you seen the Hipknoties convertible wrap? With one garment you can have tops, dresses, and skirts! I saw a video going around on Facebook and I watched it. Then I watched it again, and again. I started to dig for more videos. After what was probably a couple of hours obsessing over this thing, I had to order one. The size I wanted runs for about $68, which I wasn't quite prepared to spend, but I found one for $27 in the SALE section. Yippee!Plus, since I "liked" the facebook page, I was given a coupon for 10% off. So I ended up spending $30 total for shipping and everything. I haven't…
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  • A quick explanation of fluoxetine.

    cjblythe
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    What is Fluoxetine Hcl? Fluoxetine Hcl is an abbreviated name for the generic medication that goes by the full name of fluoxetine hydrochloride. The most popular brand name on the market that many people are most familiar with is Prozac, but due to the cost, generics are available. Regardless of whether you will be using […]
  • Why you should call a skilled handyman service for yard cleanup.

    cjblythe
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Maintaining a lovely yard is the cornerstone to having an attractive property. A yard that is in a state of disarray ruins an otherwise high-value property. If you’re in need of a yard clean up in Perth, the best option is to call a skilled handyman service. Not only can they clean up your yard, but […]
  • How to find the perfect ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress.

    Guest Author
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Although all eyes will focus on the bride on that deeply meaningful day, as a mother of the bride, you will also get a lot of attention. The following is a sponsored post for: At this time, a suitable mother of the bride dress will play an important role. However, choosing the perfect mother of […]
  • Fifty Shades of Gray is a harsh study in black and white.

    cjblythe
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Yes, Fifty Shades of Grey is a harsh study in black and white. Where are the softer nuances of color? Where are…  …the rose-colored hues through which we normally view love and relationships?  …the bright sunny yellow of our days thinking of and anticipating seeing and spending time with our loved one? …the emotional blues […]
  • Fresh flowers say it all.

    cjblythe
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
     Delivering fresh flowers is one of the best ways to say “I’m sorry,” “I’m thinking of you,” “I love you” and much more. Flowers brighten anyone’s day and express that you truly care. While you can send flowers for any occasion, there are some things to take into consideration for your gift to have the […]
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Compassion As A Choice

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:19 am
    A young woman stood in the kitchen crying. She just finished cooking dinner from the last bit of groceries she had in her kitchen. As she was pulling out plates, preparing to set the table, tears started running down her face. She grasped the counter, trying not to crumble in the middle of the kitchen, […] The post Compassion As A Choice appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Getting Ready For A New Baby

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    As you all know, we are getting an addition sometime in June this year. It’s been a while since I had a baby and although I have to admit I was scared at first and couldn’t remember a thing, it’s all slowly starting to come back to me. I guess it’s like riding a bike […] The post Getting Ready For A New Baby appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Fun And Easy Ways To Keep A Healthy Heart

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    February  is widely regarded as the month of love and Black History Month. But did you know that there is one important day marked on February 6th that should definitely NOT be ignored? February 6th marks the national Go Red For Women Day which is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and […] The post Fun And Easy Ways To Keep A Healthy Heart appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Restaurant Madera Zapresic Review

    Frank
    4 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    You know, pizza in Croatia is a very interesting thing. I mean these guys put eggs on pizzas. 1 egg, over easy, dead center on your pizza. Pepperoni? They wonder what the hell that is. Ham, Croatia has better ham than 90% of any pizza shops in the US that I have ever had the […] The post Restaurant Madera Zapresic Review appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • One Word: Focus

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:45 am
    Last year, our word of the year was home. I dreamt of home, I yearned for a home, and all the while I had certain lyrics in the back of my head: No matter how hard I try You’re never satisfied This is not a home I think I’m better off alone (lyrics by 3 […] The post One Word: Focus appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
 
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  • Impress The Family With A Batch Of Easy To Make Caramel Popcorn

    Chad
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Amanda and I are the types of people that when we see something in a store our first thought isn’t how much but instead I bet we can make that. This can be for food, furniture or anything else that catches our eye. For the month of March on Just Another Family we thought it would be fun to share with you some food items you see in a store and think are hard to do or nearly impossible to do at home. The truth is if you see it in a store chances are it was made in a factory which at first was made in small batches by somebody and that means you can make it at home. We’re calling it…
  • Getting Kids To Do Their Chores | Episode 14

    Chad and Amanda
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show I knew it was too good to be true but that cold/flu that has been lingering around our house (the one I’ve been careful to avoid) has knocked me on my ass but as they say the show must go on. This week Amanda actually gets mad at me because of well you can hear that on the show and then we get into some family talk about kids and chores and some recent crime in our community that has us concerned. Getting Kids To Do Chores Amanda was paid a compliment by a teacher in our school about our kids doing chores and this leads us into a full on discussion about chores, getting…
  • We Review Crayola Colour Alive

    Chad and Amanda
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Amanda and I first noticed the Crayola Colour Alive app and colouring books before Christmas 2014 and wanted to pick those up as gifts for the kids but we were unable to find them in Canada and so we forgot about them until stumbling upon them the other day in Michaels. As we had been quite excited by the product and what it promised to do, and that promise was that after colouring a page in the Colour Alive colouring book you could then use a separate app (available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone) to bring your creations to life with augmented reality and special effects. We decided to…
  • DIY Homemade Cocoa Puffs

    Amanda
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Last Friday as I got home from work my kids came up to me, and obviously overcome with concern as I had been sick for the last little bit, they said lovingly “Hey Mom we have no cereal for tomorrow morning”. Now I was sleepy and not feeling the best but unfortunately Pinterest came into the picture. What actually happened was I busted out the laptop just to get one little thing done that I had been procrastinating on. Didn’t even make it there. Went straight to Pinterest thinking maybe there was a quick breakfast I could whip together that they could just heat up in the morning.
  • Meal Planning Basics

    Amanda
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    When our first child was born and we tried to settle into any sort of a routine I quickly realized that the current method of scrambling around at 5 pm wasn’t working. We generally resorted to three options: pulling something (anything!) out of the freezer, running for fast food which always makes me feel sick afterwards, or hitting up the grocery store hungry and with no clue what I was looking for. Before kids I was very much a fly by the seat of my pants, deal with stuff as it happens kinda person. And honestly I still am to a degree. But life just runs more smoothly with a bit of…
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  • On the thank you note….

    Christy
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    I want to send a special huge note of gratitude and tha […]
  • Merci. …

    Christy
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Tonight I am going to take a moment to thank my awesome […]
  • A night to read…

    Christy
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:54 pm
    I took a single book out of the library 3 weeks ago tod […]
  • 2015 ‘ s monthly goals…

    Christy
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Over the past number of months I have been working on t […]
  • Sheets

    Christy
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Yesterday was clean sheet day.  I started a load o […]
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • Why You Should Reconsider Not Vaccinating Your Child

    familyfirst
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:52 am
    Photo courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Vaccinations spark a lot of debate in the parenting community. Anti-vaccination advocates assert that vaccinating children exposes them to harmful ingredients that can cause grave side effects, most notably autism. However, the recent measles outbreak has many parents reconsidering their stance against vaccination. The media has played a tremendous role in molding society’s perception of vaccinations. As specialists in pediatric care, it is our duty to ensure parents are properly informed regarding the nature of vaccines. If…
  • Preparing Your Child for A New Sibling

    familyfirst
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Bringing home a newborn baby is a joyous occasion for the parents, but what about for your other children? Sibling rivalry and jealousy is common when introducing a new brother or sister into the family. Children age two to six are most likely to go through these emotions. Your goal should be to carefully transition and prepare your children for the arrival of a newborn. That way, they are comfortable with the changes that come along with it. To help you through this process, here are some helpful tips to prepare your child for the arrival of their new sister or brother. During pregnancy The…
  • Childproofing 101: A Guide for New Parents

    familyfirst
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
      Photo courtesy of Alec Couros / Flickr Creative Commons The birth of a first child is an exciting time for new parents. Once he or she starts to become mobile, you’ll want to make sure your home is as safe as possible. Childproofing your home is essential to protect your child from unforeseen dangers lurking around the house. For a helping hand, take a look at our childproofing guide which gives tips for creating a safe environment for your child. Kitchen The kitchen is full of everyday dangers for small children. Sharp utensils, hot surfaces and cleaning chemicals are some of the…
  • Monitoring Your Child’s Eating Patterns

    familyfirst
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
      According the American Heart Association, one in three children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese. With childhood obesity becoming a top health concern, emphasizing the consumption of green vegetables and other colorful foods in your household is more important than ever.  Be sure to monitor your child’s eating patterns and help them develop healthy habits that carry over into adulthood.   Here’s how you can ensure your child develops healthy eating patterns.   Say no to junk food Fast food meals should be few and far between. Try not to…
  • How to Foster Good Behavior in Children

    familyfirst
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
        A child’s manners and behavior can affect his or her social development. Therefore, parents should start teaching their child proper behavior from an early age. Teaching your child how to behave appropriately is just as essential as teaching them how to read and write. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait until your child is in school to start instilling good behavioral patterns. Using these guidelines, your child will be well on their way to functioning successfully as an adult.   Lead by exampleChildren tend to learn by example. Consequently, parents play an integral…
 
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  • How to Gut a Fish: A Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial by Paddy (Aged 7)

    Larger Family Life
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:52 am
        Paddy was keen to learn how to gut and cook fish… so that’s what he did! Soon enough, not only was he a dab hand at gutting the fish by himself but also teaching his siblings how to do it too. As if that wasn’t enough for a seven-year-old to know, he also […]Related Posts:Car Organiser Craft TutorialPantsA productive homemade weekendThe Box of Shocks – ReviewQuick’n’Easy Tuna Pasta     
  • Cooking for a large family…

    Larger Family Life
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
          …is usually a family affair. We are most definitely a family of foodies. We do love food (so much so that I’ve put on a stone over the winter months. Time to hit the gym again!) and we are extremely fortunate to have a pretty sizeable kitchen. Fortunate to be big enough […]Related Posts:Are family meals around the table dying out?Top Tips for Organising the Perfect Dinner PartyHave the Perfect Traditional Family ChristmasWhat to Look For in a New CookerFrugal family foodies     
  • Review: Star Stable

    Reviews
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:47 pm
      While we usually try to keep everyone occupied with toys and crafts, there are some days where we’ll let the kids play on the computer or their Kindles for a couple of hours as a treat. The older and middle ones enjoy playing Minecraft and could talk for hours about it, while the younger […]Related Posts:Review: Britains Big Farm Horse Trailer with Horse and FoalCosy nights with this Red Star Snuggle SacReview: LOGO Grab by Drumond Park (and win!) **ENDED**Review: Wordsearch JuniorReview: Catch Phrase     
  • The best car for a family summer holiday

    Features
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:39 am
        There’s no doubt about it, we all enjoy jumping in the car and getting away from the daily grind every now and again. One way to do this is to plan a road trip. If you’re in the midst of planning a self-drive summer getaway, it’s important that you have the right car […]Related Posts:Top 5 family cars in 2013Reasons to Choose a Villa Holiday This SummerWhy a Minibus Could be the Perfect Choice for Your FamilyTop-five accessories for the family carThe Best Family Cars     
  • 8 Tips for Writing Great Essays

    Features
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:52 am
      Learning how to write good essays can make a difference between mediocre grades and great results. Developing essay-writing skills even further will result in terrific grades. Here are some top tips to creating great essays every single time:   Set aside time You can’t write up a half-decent essay in a rush. Make sure […]Related Posts:5 Time-Saving Strategies for the College CrowdFuture of EducationImportance of Post-Secondary Education8 Steps to Successful Self-Promotion5 Ways to Support Students in the Learning Process     
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  • February Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:24 pm
    February includes Valentine’s Day, so make sure you way over-indulge on the chocolate! Ideas and resources for menu planning in February, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans use an alternative meal planning method, recipes organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days. *Attention real food purists/whole foodies –…
  • Royal Color Behavior Clip Chart Free Printable

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:59 am
    This behavior chart is intended to be a positive tool to help your child visualize the progress of their day or goal. This should be a motivational tool to help your child eliminate negative behavior, as well as reinforcing positive behavior. This is a very simplistic color chart where you move a marker from level to level. You can use a clothespin to mark the level, use stickers, or write a smiley/frowney face with dry erase marker. I have seen other color charts around, but did not like how often these charts were very negative. And they were backwards, purple is the best and should be on…
  • January 2015 Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    January includes my birthday, so cake for me! Ideas and resources for menu planning in January, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans use an alternative meal planning method, recipes organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days. *Attention real food purists/whole foodies – the recipes I link/pin are all from scratch, but…
  • 2014 Recap from The More With Less Mom

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    With a new year here, let’s take a look at the wondrous wonders from the past year. Some lovely posts happened in 2014. I might have had a little too much fun digging into stats on the different social media sites. Here is a snapshot of the year on this little blog o’ mine: Top Blog Posts From 2014 DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday – Free Printable Neon Invitations April Real Food Monthly Meal Plan May Real Food Monthly Meal Plan DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday (on a tight budget) – Decorations Dinosaur Felt Play Mat – DIY Tips and Printable Templates Not-Margarine Spread Recipe –…
  • Simplify Your Christmas Gifts: Want, Need, Wear, Read, Eat, Create Printable Gift Tags

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    If you are a fan of simple living most likely you have heard of the Want, Need, Wear, Read gift giving method. Want, Need, Wear, Read, + Eat, Create Something you WANT Something you NEED Something to WEAR Something to READ Something to EAT Something to CREATE If you haven’t heard of it, it is a way to be more mindful about your gift giving. Most people give four gifts that are carefully thought out. This is a guideline to help you focus your planning. It is not meant to restrict or punish. Many people have adapted these rules to fit their family and lifestyle. Something to EAT I believe…
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    Marcus & Ashley

  • 024: 7 Simple Steps for Effective Communication in Marriage

    Marcus and Ashley
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    In today’s episode, Ashley shares the audio version of Chapter 7: 7 Simple Steps for Getting Started, of our new eBook on Communication in Marriage. You can get a copy of the book by clicking the link below. Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without Fighting A summarized version of the 7 Steps are: 1. May I have your attention, please? 2. No yelling. 3. A mile in your spouse’s shoes. 4. Confirm understanding.  5. Change your style and hit the home run.  6. Take a break. 7. Rinse and repeat.  How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player below the…
  • 023 Annual Love Contract With Warren and Betsy Talbot

    Marcus and Ashley
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Our guests for this week are Warren and Betsy Talbot. Warren and Betsy have been married for more than 10 years, live in Spain and co-host the popular marriage podcast, Married With Luggage. They also enjoy showing couples what they have learned about love by traveling around the world. Description of  First Year in one or two words Difficult  Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. How to fight with your spouse without attacking them. 2. How to deal with different marriage expectations. 3. Benefits of an Annual Love Contract. 4. Putting your marriage first. 5.  How to resolve differences…
  • 022 Importance Of Learning Your Spouse’s Love Language With Ryan and Cassie Celestain

    Marcus and Ashley
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Our guests for this week are Ryan and Cassie Celestain from the popular lifestyle blog TrueAgape.net, where they help couples build endurance for their marriages and families. Ryan and Cassie have been married for 4 years; have an 7 month old baby girl, and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ryan works in the oil and gas industry, and Cassie is a stay at home mom. Description of  First Year in one or two words Ryan: Awesome   Cassie: Easy  Some of the topics we discussed are: 1.The importance of learning your spouse’s Love Language. 2. Building a strong foundation for your marriage 3. Being…
  • 021 How To Carve Out Time For Your Marriage With Justin Ricklefs

    Marcus and Ashley
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Our guest for this week is Justin Ricklefs. Justin has been married to his beautiful wife Brooke for 12 years, have 5 children, and live in Kansas City, Missouri. Justin works as a Sales Executive with a technology company, and loves photography. Description of  First Year in one or two words Fire Hydrant.  Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Adjusting to married life while in college. 2. Making sacrifices for your marriage, and talking about your unspoken marriage expectations. 3. Looking out for your spouse. 4. How to deal with the Holidays without neglecting your spouse. 5. What to…
  • 020 Benefits Of Premarital Counseling With Paul And Courtney Burton

    Marcus and Ashley
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Our guests for this week are Paul and Courtney Burton. Paul and Courtney have been married a year and a half, and live in Lynchburg, Virginia. Paul is Applications Developer, and Courtney is stay at home wife. Description of  First Year in one or two words Paul: Rolla coaster Courtney: Learning curve. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Dating with a purpose. 2. Benefits of pre-marital counseling. 3. Learning about your spouse, and how to mesh your lifestyles together. 4. Making decisions before marriage. 5. Respecting your spouse, and learning to listen to him/her. How to Listen to…
 
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  • Home Remedies To Treat Diaper Rash

    Hillary
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:47 pm
    Depending on the cause of the diaper rash, the severity, and whether certain factors have been ruled out, there are lots of different options for the at home treatment of diaper rashes. Many treatment options are appropriate no matter what the cause of the rash may be. Changing one thing at a time will be […]
  • Baltic Amber Teething Necklace Review

    Jess
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I got my baby a Baltic amber teething necklace when she was around 4 months old. She was so fussy from her teeth trying to come through, there were huge knots on her gums, she was drooling buckets of drool a day (or so it seemed). I wasn’t too keen on constantly putting orajel or […]
  • How Do I Tell My Children Our Dog Died

    Jenny
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Sometimes, things happen that overwhelm a family. An illness or injury, the loss of a home, and other circumstances can be more than a child can comprehend. When the loss is a pet, though, children need to be told something… but what? Well, that depends on the ages of the child. Very small children do […]
  • Tips To Help Improve Your Child’s Speech Development

    Ciara
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:54 pm
    If your toddler is tight-lipped, here are some tips to use to get them to open up. 1. Speak Clearly Talk to your toddler in a way that he or she can grasp every word and its meaning. If you speak a little slower and make hand gestures toward whatever it is you are describing, […]
  • How To Conceive A Baby Girl Naturally: 10 Tips

    Jayme
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:35 pm
    “Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” This is one of the most common questions that every couple will hear when they are expecting a baby, or planning to try for a pregnancy. Most people will say that it doesn’t matter, but since the beginning of time, humans have always desired a little […]
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  • Fusilli with Sauce Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
     Fusilli with Sauce RecipeWhat you will need: 1 pound ground burger (we used turkey burger)2-3 cloves of garlicFusilli pasta3 ripe tomatoes diced1 can of tomato sauce2-3 mushrooms (optional)2 packets of Brown gravy mix1 unionSalt & pepper to tasteshakes of rosemary (to taste) 2 tbs olive oil Dice up the onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic cloves. Boil pasta as directed on your packaging. Place olive oil in a sauce pan along with the onions and garlic. Once they are golden brown add the meat and cook until browned. Once the meat is brown add the tomato sauce, diced…
  • 21- Day Challenge with #Listerine

    Liz Chapman
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
     “I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”For the past 21 days plus I took the Listerine challenge. Yep, this lady right here, committed to changing my mouth was and rinsing every night and day. I also used some of the other Listerine products such as floss, breath strips to see how I felt about them. I have to say my teeth have never felt so…
  • Faith Corner: Friendship

    Liz Chapman
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    Have you ever wondered if you were a good parent, worried you might not be doing the right thing? Why do you ask yourself that, why do we have such guilt? I'm not just calling out parents either, do you think: " Am I a good friend, co-worker, spouse etc?  I often wonder what people would label me as. To be honest I think it might be good that I don't know. In my mind I try to help others. I try to be the bigger person, not react when people cause a scene. Sometimes what you think you are doing and what others preserve can be so different. Do you ever feel this way?Do your…
  • Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel #HydroBoost

    Liz Chapman
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:22 pm
     **I received a free products to facilitate this party/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.Thanks to Crowdtap I was able to throw a intimate Oscar party with the New Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel. Look at all the lovely items they sent my way to share!! I hope you join us on the Sample Swap shop because I will giveaway some samples of these. "Hydro Boost Water Gel instantly quenches dry skin and keeps it looking smooth,…
  • Weekly Book Reviews

    Liz Chapman
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    **I received a free copy of this book 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. Bethlehem Road: A Guide to Ruth targets those wanting to learn more about the Biblical book of Ruth and how it relates to us today. It starts out with a shattering question: “What do you do when your dreams are shattered?” This book uses the English Standard Version of the Bible, the HCS, NASU, NCV, NIV, and NLT are also referenced. There were times…
 
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  • Net Neutrality, the FCC & Doritos

    Author Jaime Buckley
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Net Neutrality is being shouted all over the web. Have you studied it? Have you thought about the long term ramifications if the government gets involved? You should.
  • This vagabond, this wanderer

    Author Jaime Buckley
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This week, I bring you the most challenging Mind's Eye yet! Come, read the story and see if YOU can guess the answer before asking us to reveal it....
  • How To Trap Monsters (and kill your kids fears)

    Author Jaime Buckley
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Ever been afraid of the dark? You're not the ONLY one. Our kids deal with this terror every day...and I found a not-so-simple, yet effective way to help my little boy overcome this fear once and for all. Check it out!
  • WIN ALL 7 CHRONICLE BOOKS! Janie Girl Giveaway

    Author Jaime Buckley
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    If you've wanted to read the entire main series, now's your chance! Linda, from Janie Girl has set up a contest for her lucky readers and YOU can participate too!! Check it out.
  • MME #6: Our Best Friend

    Author Jaime Buckley
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    So far we've had the older children participate. This week, we get to enjoy the creative power of one of my youngest children =) Enjoy!
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  • Disney Done Right

    Guest Contributor
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Have you ever considered a trip to Walt Disney World? Were you overwhelmed with all the information and choices? Did you wonder where to start? Have you visited Disney World before, only to be stuck in crowds and long lines, swearing you’ll never return? You’re not alone. Planning a Disney vacation is time and labor intensive, to be very honest. It is very hard work if you want to do Disney World the right way. There is a whole new way Disney wants to make it easier for you, and I am very happy to discuss ways you can make The post Disney Done Right appeared first on Des Moines Parent.
  • Spring Break at the Urbandale Library

    Thomas Brogan
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Looking for something to do over Spring Break with the kiddos that won’t break the bank?  Check out these great options at the Urbandale Library. SPRING BREAK – Family Story Times – It’s Not Easy Being Green Saturday, March 14th at 10:30 am; Monday, March 16th at 10:00 am; Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 pm in the Story Room Families with children ages two years and up can listen to green stories, do activities and make a craft during this 30 minute program. No registration. SPRING BREAK – Life-Size Candyland Game Tuesday, March 17th from 10:00 to 10:45 am in The post Spring Break…
  • YMCA Preschool Programs: Tumble Tots

    Erin Huiatt
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    I love the YMCA they have so much to offer! I cannot wait until they build the new Northwest YMCA so all of their awesome resources are a bit closer to home. YMCA has some awesome classes for different ages, that you must register for. I decided to sign Monte up for Tumble Tots because he absolutely loves running around, climbing, and bouncing. This class ended up being perfect for him! Tumble Tots is for ages 3 to 5 years old with an accompanied adult. It is slightly structured, but not too much. Monte likes to do his own thing and The post YMCA Preschool Programs: Tumble Tots appeared…
  • Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest

    Thomas Brogan
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    Children & Families of Iowa’s Kidsfest is about families, fun and lending a helping hand. Kidsfest is a kid-centered festival full of fun activities, games and entertainment for kids and their families. This exciting event promises to thrill families and children of all ages. The greatest thing about Kidsfest is that it is truly an event where kids can help kids. While you and your family are having fun at all of the great attractions, you are helping at-risk families and children in Iowa. Snow Queen and Ice Princess Private Party: The first 100 individuals in line at the SE The post…
  • Spring Break Workshops: Art Around the World

    Thomas Brogan
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Grab your passports and join the fun at the Des Moines Art Center for a five day adventure of fun and creativity! Each class will study a different cultural art form as inspiration to make your own masterpiece. Morning and afternoon classes are available. Click on the class link for detailed information and registration. MEXICAN “BARK” PAINTINGS Ages 4–5 Monday, March 16 / 9:30–11:30 am MEXICAN “BARK” PAINTINGS Ages 6–8 Monday, March 16 / 9:30–11:30 am A381 – MEXICAN “BARK” PAINTINGS Ages 9–12 Monday, March 16 / 9:30–11:30 am DESIGN A SARCOPHAGUS Ages 4–5 Monday,…
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    Handmade Cremation Urns For Ashes | ARTISURN - Memorial Chronicles

  • Ask A Mortician: Talking To Your Parents About Death

    Irina Jordan
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Tweet This video is a must see before you talk to your parents about their final wishes.
  • Find the Right Cremation Urn: Types and Sizes

    Irina Jordan
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Tweet We want to share this brief help guide with you that explains kinds and sizes of cremation urns to hold ashes to make your selection process easier. Simple rule to calculate the right size of an urn: every pound of the person's total weight equals one cubic inch of space but even very large people usually fit in a 200 cubic inch urn. So if a person weighed 150 lbs. you will need an urn that is 150 cubic inches or larger. Companion Cremation Urn can accommodate the cremated remains of two people (e.g. husband and wife). Their size varies from 300 to 500 cubic inches. Individual Size…
  • Layered Portraits With Ashes: Behind the Scenes

    Irina Jordan
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    Tweet Layered Portraits are an artistic creation of a person or pet using sheets of paper that are hand-cut with an X-acto knife and stacked together to represent the person/object. How are they done?Layered Portraits are created in 3 phases: preparation, cutting and assembly.Preparation A digital/electronic photo is selected that is closest to a ‘head shot’ as possible to ensure that accurate details can be created. The photo is then ‘posterized’ using computer software, which renders the photo in layers. Each layer is assigned a color which will be individually hand-cut and stacked…
  • Ask A Mortician: Are Those Really My Mother's Ashes

    Irina Jordan
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Tweet If you have ever wondered how cremated ashes get identified, this episode of Ask A Mortician is for you.
  • Novelty Urns: Behind the Scenes

    Irina Jordan
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Tweet The creative process for the artisans behind these unique urns comes from a place of authenticity and relating to everyday people. They look for the simple things that bring joy. The urns are subjects that represent people's passions and interests, reflecting their individuality and honor a life well-lived. Each of these urns is a work of art produced solely by the team of two artisans. Their hands-on approach produces artisan quality sculptures that will vary slightly from piece to piece. No two will ever be exactly alike creating an heirloom-quality, unique work of art. With a subject…
 
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  • Never Give Up

    Ayurshi Dutt
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:25 am
    Pamela’s son was very intelligent. Her husband had died while serving for the country. So, she raised the child herself. His name was Harry. Harry was very diligent at school. He would always top the class and make his mother proud. By the time was in eighth standard, he was a very studious child. But, unfortunately, his grades went down gradually, He was not able to understand what was being taught in school. He used to study well before the exams. but when he started to write in the exams, Harry was blanked out. He could not recall what he learnt mostly. His teachers were astonished…
  • 4 Minute Barrier Broken : Roger Bannister

    Ayurshi Dutt
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    Before April 1954, there was a firm belief that a man could not run a mile in less than 4 minutes. But this myth was broken by a hard-working athlete, Roger Bannister. When the announcer declared, “the time was three minutes, 59.4sec”, the crowd was unmanageable. They were shocked that the 4-minute barrier had been  broken. HIs record lasted 46 days. More notable was that he had reached this record with much little training, while practicing as a junior doctor. Watch Les Brown, the powerful motivational speaker, talking about how this record breaking helped others to overcome…
  • Overcome Peer Pressure

    Ayurshi Dutt
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:51 am
    Watch the brilliant motivational speaker Les Brown, speaking about peer pressure. He gives the example of his own friend who succumbed to a serious misery due to peer pressure. Peer pressure is something which affects everybody, especially teenagers. To show them the right path, right words are needed at the right time. It’s important that teenagers realize whether they are doing something due to peer pressure or not. It’s important to understand that fine line. At the same time, it’s also important to know the consequences one will have to go through after peer pressure.
  • Brains are required for Copying

    Ayurshi Dutt
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Once there was a very mischievous kid,, who struggled with studies. He would always cheat in his exams from his friends and pass. One day the teacher was suspicious of his answer sheet. She called him to her. To know what happened next, click on the video. And, you’ll hold on to your stomachs at the end of the video. So, the story is all about thinking before you copy something. Cheating is something which will eventually be caught. So, it’s better to cheat with brains, rather than copying something as it is. The post Brains are required for Copying appeared first on…
  • Man Vs Monkey : Boxing Match

    Ayurshi Dutt
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    A troublesome monkey. A patient individual. A mobile phone. How does one tackle a monkey who has snatched his mobile phone?  Watch this extremely hilarious story to know about this brief knock-out between a monkey and a human being. This story is of a man who has indulged in a fight with a monkey to impress his girlfriend. The story is an excerpt from the comedy blockbuster, Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan. The video stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone. Watch the full story to know whether he actually impressed his love interest or not? This is a funny account of how the monkey…
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