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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, Are Family Board Games Part of Your Family Tradition?

    Organize Our Family Blog
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    What is so good about family board games? Here are some great reasons to make them a weekly family tradition!
  • Father-daughter bonding time

    Family Edge
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    You're going to love these two cute videos.
  • 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.
  • Life Lessons From A Blind Blogger

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    Maxwell Ivey
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Anyone can teach life lessons because each one of us is enriched with different life experiences. However, when it comes from someone who has to go through hardships and difficulties in life, it gains more value. There are people who are not as fortunate to enjoy life by all means and senses. Nevertheless, these people […] 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 Maxwell Ivey on Life Lessons From A Blind Blogger. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :)…
 
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  • Life Lessons From A Blind Blogger

    Maxwell Ivey
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Anyone can teach life lessons because each one of us is enriched with different life experiences. However, when it comes from someone who has to go through hardships and difficulties in life, it gains more value. There are people who are not as fortunate to enjoy life by all means and senses. Nevertheless, these people […] 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 Maxwell Ivey on Life Lessons From A Blind Blogger. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :)…
  • Mental Health: How to Take Care of Your Mind and Memory

    Vinay Kachhara
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Do you know that your mental health is as important as your physical health? In my opinion, your mental health is your most prized possession. I wrote about this aspect in my previous post with an aim of creating mental health awareness. Most of us agreed that our mind and memory are most crucial to […] 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 Mental Health: How to Take Care of Your Mind and Memory. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading!
  • Internet Addiction: Are You Suffering From This Disorder

    Harleena Singh
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Have you ever heard of Internet addiction or Internet addiction disorder? These terms may sound surprising to you, but they do exist! Well, honestly, are you addicted to the Internet? I’m sorry if I scared you, but that was not my intention. I just want to create some awareness about Internet addiction and the ways […] 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 Internet Addiction: Are You Suffering From This Disorder. Looking forward to meeting you there.
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  • Milk Chocolate Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 28, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions, chocolate understands  (unknown) ★~ Milk Chocolate Day: After it was imported from America beginning in the 16th century, the upper crust of Europe fell in love with chocolate — but they only knew it as a ground-up mixture that […] The post Milk Chocolate Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Pray For Peace

    Katybeth Jensen
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 27, 2014  Pray For Peace I was going to post a very late El Morno (let’s blame Cousin Carla), but first I stopped by, It’s Just Life , El Morno friend Beth Ann’s blog, and watched this music video. I like Reba and the message. War is not just […] The post Pray For Peace appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Dance Day, Cowboy Day, Coffee Milkshake Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 26th, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,  They danced by the light of the moon.” ― Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat ★~ National Dance Day: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like […] The post Dance Day, Cowboy Day, Coffee Milkshake Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day, Threading the Needle

    Katybeth Jensen
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 25, 2014 ★~  Today’s Quote: ‘Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.’ ~Winnie the Pooh ★~ Hot Fudge Sundae Day: Today we honor an ice cream dessert combing hot and cold and loved by most the hot fudge sundae. Hot fudge was first introduced in 1906.  A variation to […] The post Hot Fudge Sundae Day, Threading the Needle appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Cousins Day, Tequila Day, My Birthday!

    Katybeth Jensen
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 24, 2013 I am toasting my birthday, and Cousins (especially those that visit, shop, cook, and cut-up fruit) with a Banana, Pineapple Pina Colada! One of my birthday gifts was a Ninja blender. And for those of you that wonder if I get out enough worry no more!  I’m […] The post Cousins Day, Tequila Day, My Birthday! appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
 
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    Family Matters

  • Moving House Made Easy: Movers

    Eden Baras
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Moving house can be a stressful situation. To make your life easier, find trustworthy and reliable movers. Adding unreliable movers to your list of things to deal with will make the move more expensive, not to mention draining emotionally, and you need all the energy you can get to manage such a big transition. Some professional movers will take advantage of your situation and put pressure on you. To prepare, get 3 quotes for everything. Make sure there is an agreement they cannot get out of. Some movers (called "removalists" in Australia) will come to your door on the day of the move…
  • Social Media Reality: Look Up! What Are You Missing?

    Eden Baras
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Technology and social media have become a significant part of our life. Recently, I learned some valuable lessons about just how they affect us and the opportunities they make us miss. My 13-year-old daughter Noff is the youngest in our family. Lately, she has been struggling with not having a mobile phone to take to school. To her, mobile phones are very cool. Some kids also use them to coordinate pick-up times or for safety on the bus. Unfortunately for her, she does not need it for any of those things. She wants to be part of the mobile phone in-crowd so much that she uses our old phones…
  • Moving House Made Easy: The New Place

    Eden Baras
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Moving to a new place is very exciting and a great opportunity to start fresh. A helpful tip to make the move smoother for everyone is to prepare them for what it is going to be like ahead of time. How to prepare When we move, we are usually concerned with the change in our basic needs and services. Being used to the old place, it can be hard to imagine what life in the new place is going to be like. If you can, check out the new place. Checking out the new place ahead of time makes it easier to prepare yourself and your family for the new environment. If you get a chance to do that,…
  • The Power of One Second

    Ronit Baras
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Life is a series of seconds that lead us in different directions. A slightly different choice can lead us towards a totally different life. One second is all it takes to make a change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. This one second will never come by again. If we let it pass by, it will be lost forever. If you want to know the power one second can have on life, think of the second the sperm connected with the egg that created you. One second earlier or one second later could have allowed a different sperm to win the lottery of life and be the difference between you and…
  • Moving House Made Easy: Telling the Kids

    Ronit Baras
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    One major challenge of moving houses is telling the kids about it. Most parents are afraid to do this. They wonder when the right time will be to share the information with the kids and how to do it. When and how to tell your kids you are moving If you have young kids, do not tell them about the move until you absolutely have to. Children's perception of time is not sophisticated enough yet and they will just be anxious. As soon as you tell your kids that the move is on, they begin to deal emotionally by saying goodbye to the people and things around them (this is a coping mechanism we all…
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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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  • Silly Summertime Sensory Play That Only Cost Pennies

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

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

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

    A Guest Blogger
    29 May 2014 | 10:58 am
    (Written by Pheobe Johnson) Working long and tiring hours to provide their kids with the best food, healthcare and education is no easy task but each day 70 million fathers across the nation accomplish that mission. Their involvement in a child’s life and his upbringing can have a profound impact on how he turns out as a person, which basically means a healthy relationship with your father can make all the difference. Father’s Day is our way of thanking our dads for all they have sacrificed for our wellbeing, and while a single day to appreciate your dad may not be enough; it certainly…
  • How Technology Class Help Kids In Developing Their Career

    Jimmy Sorensen
    23 May 2014 | 5:02 am
    (Written by Jimmy Sorenson) If you are a parent of a young pre-teen or a school going teenager, this article is aimed at equipping you with the necessary information about the kind of after school or summer camps that will benefit your children the most. Fortunately, the children of today have many more options and opportunities than you had at your time. For, after school programs are no longer confined to just sports, music, and dancing; they have new and advanced courses on the latest technologies that can help children with their careers, besides being major soft skill enhancers. Why…
 
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  • 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.
  • Make a Difference for Children in July

    Ashley B
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    If you’ve been looking for a good cause, then July is a good month for you. The month of July is Make a Difference for Children Month, a grassroots call to action for adults to do things that will make a difference in the lives of children one-on-one, in groups, and as a whole. Of course you make a difference for your own children every day, but it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to expand that reach outside of your own home and do something good for children anywhere. Here are a few things that you can do. Volunteer.  It’s rare for an organization that runs on volunteer work not…
  • 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…
  • Family Fun on the Fourth

    Ashley B
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Independence Day is the biggest holiday of the summer, and it’s one that kids love to celebrate. Fireworks, picnics, and barbecues are staple activities, but there are some more unique family activities out there that can make your Fourth of July fun. How about a Fourth of July makeover or a neighborhood parade? Maybe your kids would enjoy making some special kid-friendly Fourth of July recipes, or learning about the history of Independence Day in a fun way. Here are the outlines for some great ideas to help make your Fourth a special family fun day. Fourth of July makeovers. Kids will love…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in July

    Ashley B
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Can you believe that we’re already halfway through the year? It’s already July, and retailers are taking advantage of the hot weather, Independence Day and school starting next month in many areas. You’ll see “Christmas in July” sales at many stores, and occasionally, the deals rival those that you might find on Black Friday! This month, keep your eye on all of those circulars and flyers that you get in the mail or in the newspaper, because you never know where you might find a great deal. In the meantime, here are some bargains that you can usually take advantage of in July:…
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  • 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:
  • We Got Nominated for a Liebster Award! (AGAIN!!!) WOO HOO!

    Imperfect Mommies
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    We were nominated by the author of Spin Cycle Diaries. Go check out her blog. We’ll wait. You can find her here. She’s awesome, right?! Anyway, Tal included 11 questions for us to answer. And here they are: 1.  Describe your blog in five words. Irreverent musings of two moms. 2. What inspired you to […]
  • Melissophobia* to The Rescue

    Imperfect Mommies
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    So, we took the kids to Costa Rica for 10 days a couple of weeks ago. It was enthralling (at least to me). David declared the food to be “gross.” Scott wanted to know why everyone “talked weird.” And Kelly….well, Kelly was pretty happy actually. Anyway, on one day David and I decided to go […]
  • Want to Know What’s Keeping Us Awake Now?

    Marie
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    To find out what’s causing this Imperfect Mommy’s sleepless nights, check out the latest post on our Things the Keep Us Up at Night page.  You’ll hear what’s keeping us awake. http://imperfectmommy.com/things-that-keep-us-up-at-night-coming-soon/
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  • There's a message here somehwere

    RK
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Gosh. My sex life is really lacking. My finances are nothing to sing in the rain about. And I have a penis that needs enlargement. Because penis envy.  [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for Noah if I could

    RK
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    There this family of of raccoons living in my neighbor's yard. Proof that they need to clean their damn yard.  I've become the yard police. Oh my god - this is my life. How did I get here?This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bueller? Bueller?

    RK
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Guess who just sent me spam email?  Les jeuz sont faits. Translation: The game is up, Broderick. The game is up.     [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is my legacy

    RK
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    11-year-old: Shoot. 9-year-old: What? 11-year-old: Mom already read this book. 9-year-old: How do you know? 11-year-old: There are food stains on practically every page. Incessant giggling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Genesis

    RK
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    So the 11-year-old found six snails that she has now made a full-on ecosystem for. The dogs growl at them in their enclosed environment and frankly, I think the dogs are just jealous the snails get... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Is sending a greeting card still worthwhile? The reasons it matters.

    cjblythe
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Is the act of sending a greeting card a dying form of communication? With all of the social media and technology available today, many people are skipping the traditional greeting card, instead... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mark, salmon roe, and his cats.

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Mark, salmon roe, and his cats. When Mark refers to the dogs, they’re always “my dogs”. I know they seem attached and like to lounge all over me, come to me for their protection, and run to me for my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anne of Green Gables? or Erin Blythe?

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is this Anne of Green Gables? …or Erin Blythe? When our daughter Erin was three and my son Stuart was eighteen months, we left Cold Lake, Alberta because my husband was transferred by the Canadian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Questions to ask yourself before buying a wood stove.

    CJB
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    You may be considering buying a wood stove as they are very popular nowadays because of their efficiency and economy. They allow an escape from the modern setting of the city every time you cook your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Closed-cell foam pads: A helpful, versatile material to have on hand.

    Guest Author
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    I started this post with just the plain closed-cell foam slabs in mind, but quickly found much more to talk about. Plain foam slabs have always been used by us, simply because they are versatile and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 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,…
  • Lesson from my 4yo: stop and smell the flowers :)

    Stacie Mahoe
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Sometimes we forget to “stop and smell the roses” in life. Today, my 4yo stopped to smell the flowers in Costco. We paused for a bit so he could check them out at his leisure. I hope he never stops enjoying the beauty around him Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera ready to capture those moments, but his face looked a lot like this when he came away from the flowers…
  • How do you keep track of everything? Mom of 7

    Stacie Mahoe
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    People often ask me, “How do you keep track of everything?” Mmmm, good question. I don’t. I use simple tricks and tools to help me… I have lots of reminders set on my phone. I pin up papers with important information in places I know I’ll see them so I don’t forget. I use the task list app on my phone if I need to remember to get/do certain things in any particular day. I talk to my husband as much as possible about everything going on so he can help me remember. I try to instill in the kids that THEY need to also be responsible for making sure they do/get…
  • 10 tips to help your marriage survive parenthood

    Stacie Mahoe
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Not long ago a friend in a Facebook Group asked how our marriages were surviving parenthood. She also wanted to know what worked or didn’t work for different people. That got a lot of thoughts flowing in my head and after 17 1/2 years of parenting and 18 years of marriage, here were the main things that came to mind… 1. Let the small stuff go …or at least handle those situations with the most peace, grace, and forgiveness you can muster. Honestly, what’s REALLY important to you and what’s REALLY worth getting upset or starting arguments over be it with your…
  • Two FOOD things I want to try: edible cookie dough and this potato thing

    Stacie Mahoe
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I saw this on facebook and seriously wanted to head right to the store to buy potatoes. Since trying to eat cleaner a few years ago (not so much succeeding during this pregnancy), we don’t often buy potatoes so I don’t have any laying around in my fridge. However, as soon as I saw this, I really wanted to try it! Unfortunately, I don’t have grocery shopping on my to-do list for today and I just went to the store yesterday. In an effort to stick more closely to our food budget, I’m trying to minimize the number of trips I take to the grocery store as well as shop with a…
 
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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

  • San Antonio Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk Review

    Scarlet
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    I was provided with a stay at the Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk in order to facilitate this review. Comfort Suites Alamo River Walk Review- A Downtown San Antonio Hotel I love to see new places and do new things.  That is why I love to travel so much.  When I heard that I could review a stay at a Choice Hotels property I talked it over with my husband and we decided to go see San Antonio as a parents only getaway while we were visiting his family in Texas. First I went to ChoiceHotels.com to find San Antonio hotels.   Choice Hotels celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and is one of…
  • Healthy Diet and Exercise Are Critical for Child Development

    Heidi Rogers
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    In the past I’ve talked about the importance of childhood development and being aware of important developmental milestones as well as what to do when you notice your child isn’t meeting critical milestones. Today, I’m going to be addressing the importance of a healthy diet and exercise in early childhood development as well as the effects it has later on in life. Healthy Diet For Early Childhood Development  Photo Source: American Psychological Association  The impact of an unhealthy diet on young children does not just jeopardize their health but it stints young…
  • Kohl’s Has School Supplies! $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

    Scarlet
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    The sponsor, Kohl’s, is providing the gift card for the giveaway. Now You Can Do Your School Supplies Shopping At Kohl’s   You may be thinking that you already do you back to school shopping at Kohl’s and wondering what I am so excited about.  Well now, in addition to back-to-school essentials like kids uniforms, Kohl’s is working in partnership with Office Max to offer school supplies in-store for the first time ever!  That is right, now you can get school supplies like folders, notebooks, pens and pencil cases at Kohl’s during the back to school season.  To…
  • How To Make Finger Paint

    Scarlet
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    My kids love art. I mean most kids love the opportunity to be creative, express their imagination, and make a mess (LOL!) I am going to share with you a recipe for how to make finger paint that is easy to do. You and your kids will have so much fun making these finger paints together that it will be worth the effort not to mention saving you money! This finger paint recipe and tutorial was originally shared by Tanya Memme on the Home & Family Show which airs weekdays at 10 am on the Hallmark Channel. I was given permission to print the finger print recipe and step by step directions. How…
  • Ideas For Care Packages for Every Member of the Family

    Jesica Stevenson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Everyone loves a care package from time to time, they are great for college students, kids at camp,  family members that may not be feeling to well and even just a care package to show you are thinking of the person. They change with the seasons, sports activities and even by flavor. You can customize by theme and even target a certain age group! Care packages aren’t standard. During my college career my family sent me everything from chocolate covered strawberries to flower shaped fruit and popcorn in flavors you can’t even imagine. Check out my Care Package Picks for Every Member of…
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    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.
  • Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My husband and I met twenty six years ago this month on a humid Memphis night.  I was sixteen and scooped ice cream at the local Baskin Robbins to earn money for a car.  One July night at closing time, with Def Leppard blasting from my smuggled boom box, my co-worker and I perched ourselves… The post Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • Beautiful Hindu-Jewish Lesbian Trailblazing Wedding

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    When I began this blog, my purpose was really to just share my personal stories about my intercultural life.  Being sort of physically and philosophically sequestered from the world down here in Georgia, and snuggled nicely in my suburban bubble, I have felt like a real trailblazer with my little blog. Still, no matter how… The post Beautiful Hindu-Jewish Lesbian Trailblazing Wedding appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
 
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Mompreneur: 7 Ways to Rank Up Still THIS SUMMER!

    Erica Brooks
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    THE MONDAY MORNING MEMO WITH MELISSA Mompreneur, ARE YOU READY for your MONDAY MORNING SHOT OF MOTIVATION!?!?!?! Summer is more than half gone. But you know what? There’s still time left to hit your next rank! Join us as we discuss 7 ways to rank up still THIS SUMMER! READY. SET. SHARE this link =====> http://bit.ly/1tV9hai Comment below to let me know how you will use this training to grow your business this summer.
  • Success Hindering Habits to Avoid to Start Your Own Business

    Erica Brooks
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Are you trying to start your own business but it seems like success is eluding you? Success is only as close as you allow it to be. Surprisingly, it’s something that you have complete control over and can easily will into your life. If it’s so easy, you might wonder, then why don’t you have more of it? Have you stopped to think about why that is? Start your analysis by looking within. Reflect honestly on your life – your behaviors, habits and attitudes – to determine if there might be some things you may be able to do differently to achieve different results.
  • Clear Skin Using Carrot Seed Essential Oil

    Erica Brooks
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Today on Real Essential Oils User Speaks: “Skincare That Actually Repairs Wrinkles And Scars” “For years I have researched what repairs the skin. I was discouraged because everything I found, even from the experts, said that nothing repaired the skin. I was determined to find something. I tried many products and oils that supposedly repair (not just prevent) wrinkles: avocado, walnut, olive, almond, borage, vitamin E, and castor. I really did not see a difference. I also tried various essential oils… and still no change. I have always had good skin; however, I am almost 50, and…
  • Let’s Talk Health: Gustavo Reynoso, Zyto Compass

    Erica Brooks
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Have you ever heard of a Zyto Compass? It’s a biofeedback device that scans your body and makes product recommendations based on energetic imbalances it finds. Sounds like hocus pocus? I have seen the Zyto scan people and hit the nail on the head with suggestions over the years. Biofeedback is also a proven science that uses high technology to do it’s thing.How does this help you? It can help you choose what your body needs to balance health. It can also help you work with others in an easy, non-prescriptive way. This takes the guesswork out of “what to do for what”!
  • Rotator Cuff Injury Eased With Palo Santo Essential Oil

    Erica Brooks
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Today on Real Essential Oils User Speaks: “Rotator Cuff Injury Eased With Palo Santo” “In 1998 I injured my rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I did not see a doctor. For 10 years I had very little strength in my right shoulder. In 2008 someone told me about using Palo Santo. I did as I was told and within 4 to 5 months I regained full range of motion and with a little exercise I now have my strength back. I can even throw a baseball without pain.” Palo Santo Essential Oil Palo santo (Bursera graveolens) comes from the same botanical family (Burseraceae) as frankincense, although it…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Is sending a greeting card still worthwhile? The reasons it matters.

    cjblythe
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Is the act of sending a greeting card a dying form of communication? With all of the social media and technology available today, many people are skipping the traditional greeting card, instead... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mark, salmon roe, and his cats.

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Mark, salmon roe, and his cats. When Mark refers to the dogs, they’re always “my dogs”. I know they seem attached and like to lounge all over me, come to me for their protection, and run to me for my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anne of Green Gables? or Erin Blythe?

    cjblythe
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Is this Anne of Green Gables? …or Erin Blythe? When our daughter Erin was three and my son Stuart was eighteen months, we left Cold Lake, Alberta because my husband was transferred by the Canadian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Questions to ask yourself before buying a wood stove.

    CJB
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    You may be considering buying a wood stove as they are very popular nowadays because of their efficiency and economy. They allow an escape from the modern setting of the city every time you cook your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Closed-cell foam pads: A helpful, versatile material to have on hand.

    Guest Author
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    I started this post with just the plain closed-cell foam slabs in mind, but quickly found much more to talk about. Plain foam slabs have always been used by us, simply because they are versatile and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • How To Tackle Summer Messes

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Remember all those tips to keep your kids busy this summer? I’ll admit to some of the activities I mentioned being a potential mess disaster waiting to happen. And if you are anything like me, cleaning is not necessarily the most fun way to spend your summer vacation, am I right? Fortunately, there are ways to avoid summer messes or to make them easier to clean up.  I openly admit to not really freak out if something happens. I know some parents who dress up their children like they are going to a gala party when all they are doing is going to the local park. Or the zoo. (I…
  • How To Stay Productive

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    DISCLAIMER: I received a free license to try out the full version of Time Doctor for this review. However, all opinions are my own and in no way influenced by Time Doctor. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome when I launched my own business was to stay productive. I was caught between trying to call potential clients, working on a few projects, trying to launch my own website, helping our son with homework, and cook dinner for the family. Oh yes, I was also setting up my social media profiles and trying to schedule regular updates.  I often felt like I tried to do so much, yet…
  • Keep Calm And Dodge Balls

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    While I was in school (be it elementary or high school) it seemed like every PE teacher I had was either a volleyball or dodge ball fan. So for good 12 years of my primary education, I was doomed to either play volleyball or dodge ball. Now, I have a confession to make. I am not very athletic. Or sporty. Unless you consider yoga or dancing a sport. Now those I can do. I also have an interest in martial arts but knowing me, I’d probably wind up with more broken bones than actually deliver a turn-and-back-kick Mel Gibson style. When I finished high school, the non sporty side of me…
  • WordPress Blog Design Course Launch!

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hey guys! I’m a little hyped up today and super excited! Today, the long awaited WordPress Blog Design Course launches! If you are wondering how it’s all going to work, what it’s inside the course, and what do you need, let me give you a brief rundown! WordPress Blog Design Course – The Lo-Down I structured the course to be self-paced, meaning there is no expiration date. Once you purchase it, you will have access to the files and video lessons, as well as any additional material. The lessons will be emailed to you every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – there is…
  • 5 Ways To Stay Creative

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    When you are a blogger, a writer, an artist, people automatically assume you always have ideas floating around. They think that being creative is your natural state of being. Sometimes, and for some people that is not always true. Sometimes, even artists struggle with ideas. Sometimes, even writers face the infamous writer’s block. And there are of course times, when creativity seems to have gone AWOL. (Absent Without Leave for those who don’t understand military jargon).  I read an article recently that outlines 9 secrets to stay creative. The advice shared in the article…
 
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    Twisted Glasses

  • Progress

    Christy
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Well, yesterday was a productive one; if not a super lo […]
  • The stolen bike

    Christy
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    It would seem that my mountain bike was stolen from our […]
  • This move is driving me crazy!

    Christy
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    I was hoping that today I’d at least finally get […]
  • Teaching my kids to serve others

    Christy
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    Definitely one of my personal core values is “hel […]
  • My son

    Christy
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Yesterday was 3 years since our son made the decision t […]
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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

  • Norman Peires knows you have to let your children try, and sometimes fail

    Features
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
        It’s human nature for people to want to help their children as much as possible. Nurturing our young is an instinctive part of parenthood, and key to this is making sure they are given every opportunity to be successful. Parents try to make their children’s lives as easy as possible, but is it […]Related Posts:Norman Peires on South African Braai, and Japan’s…5 Ways to Teach Your Children About Money that WorkPktMny: Helping children to learn great money skills at homeHow to turn a blog into a businessThe problem with large family holidays…
  • Setting Boundaries: How Do Parents Discipline Their Children?

    Features
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
          Earlier this year, Room to Grow organised a discipline survey which asked UK parents to answer a series of simple questions on how they manage their children and their general attitude towards discipline. More than 1000 parents responded. The first part of the survey asked parents how regularly (always, often, sometimes, rarely […]Related Posts:Busy parents need a 38 hour day to complete daily tasksTeacher sends letter home to say ‘Your children…The Top 10 Ways That Parents Snoop On Their KidsMedia Request: Parents wanted for TV series on…
  • Why divorces do not need to be expensive

    Features
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
        While many marry with the best intentions, it is a sad fact that some marriages simply don’t work out. Wealthy divorces are becoming more expensive in the UK with financier Chris Hohns divorce looking set to be the largest in British history. The media comes alive with an attentive buzz when the finer […]Related Posts:The Changing Landscape of Marriage & DivorceDealing with an abusive partner or ex5 strange but true divorce storiesKatie Holmes: A Passion for FashionDating after divorce and dealing with jealous kids     
  • The Benefits of Clean Water In Your RV

    Features
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
          Whether you’re in an RV or a stationary home, clean water is an absolute necessity. It’s important to find cost effective means of purifying water in our homes and elsewhere. Around the world, clean water has become an issue to which many are seeking solutions. While 70 percent of the earth’s surface is […]Related Posts:Keeping Healthy: The Importance of Staying HydratedSave water, save money with free water saving productsPreventing Eczema OutbreaksTips for Garden Pond Beginners – Pond Pumps, Filters…Environmentally friendly methods…
  • Review: Land of the Dinosaurs by Clementoni

    Reviews
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
        We’ve said recently how much we love Clementoni products. With their appealing designs, interesting objectives and, of course, the educational aspect, our family is drawn to the games. They were firm favourites while the kids went to school, and this has only increased since we began home educating. We’re particularly fond of the […]Related Posts:Review: My Very Own Crazy PotsWhen Toy Dinosaurs Come AliveThe Land of Sometimes – Review11 reasons why I won’t do everything for my kidsSafe Gardening for Kids     
 
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    More With Less Mom

  • 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…
  • Question for The More With Less Mom: How do I calculate food cost per month?

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    This is question from Quora that I answered: How do I calculate food cost per month? The answer really depends on whether you are just tracking your spending, or creating a food budget. If you are trying to track expenses, the best method is different for everyone. The easiest way is to save all of your receipts (start getting them if you don’t already) for a week and add them up at the end, then multiply by the 5 weeks in a month. This is not the most accurate method, but will give you an idea. For an accurate measurement you need to track your receipts for an entire month. Since…
  • Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Blogger Opp

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    I just joined the Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event! Come back at the end of August to win a Kindle Fire and more, or sign your blog up to host! Tell them More With Less Mom sent you! Signups are now open for bloggers to join The Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Event Organized by Michelle @ Failing Perfect      Signups Close at 8 PM EST on August 11th. Event will take place August 15th – August 30th. Open to residents of the United States. One winner takes all: Amazon Kindle Fire HD, $100 Target Gift Card, Backpack full of school supplies, plus more. Free…
  • July Real Food Monthly Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:22 pm
    July brings a few holidays, including the 4th of July, Teddy Bear Picnic Day, Embrace Your Geekness Day, and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. We really don’t have a lot of plans this month, except splashing in water and hanging out outside. This is how I like it. And ice cream! Way too much ice cream. And possibly losing track of days and posting the meal plan a week late. But what is summer for if not forgetting what day it is?? Ideas and resources for menu planning in July, many seasonal summer and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all…
  • DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday (on a tight budget) – Favors

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    My little geekling, Kid #2 turns 15 in July. She wanted to have a glow party/rave for her birthday bash. This summer party will be fun and frugal, as I try to stick to a tight budget. In this series: DIY Glow Party ~ Invitations ~ Decorations ~ Food ~ Summer Party Time ~ Blacklight Party Time ~ Favors Favors I will put extra glowsticks, pop rocks (3 for $1 at the dollar store), and ring pops (4 for $1 at the dollar store) in the goodie bags. I don’t want to spend money on junk people will toss out. But I am sorely tempted by some of the glow stuff on eBay. And I would love to include…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • 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.
  • Empathic Listening: How It Applies To Marriage

    Marcus and Ashley
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Do you apply empathic listening in your marriage? We have touched on paying attention to your spouse before, and this week’s post is about empathic listening. Have you caught yourself listening to someone (your husband/ wife) with your immediate intent being to reply, with or without empathy? I bet you have. We are also guilty of doing this. Over the years, we have learned to solely devote our attention to listening until the end of a statement before thinking about responding. And when we respond, we want to do it with empathy. We are not perfect and sometimes repeat this same…
  • Supporting Your Spouse

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Are you supporting your spouse? Did you ever have a moment where you didn’t even believe in yourself, but your spouse did? We have been in both the giving, and the receiving end of supporting and believing in each other. We both love giving and receiving support from each other. Who doesn’t? Who doesn’t love receiving encouragement from friends, parents, relatives, co-workers, strangers, and even better, their wife or husband? One way to be an encouragement to your spouse is to be a supportive spouse. By being a supportive spouse, your actions and attitude will show that…
  • Thanking Your Wife Or Husband

    Marcus and Ashley
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    There is something we do everyday to help us from taking each other for granted, and to help each other feel appreciated; we say Thank you. In our opinion, if we pay attention to the little things, the bigger problems won’t happen by surprise. By saying Thank You to Marcus when he mows the lawn, remembers to take the garbage out, does the dishes because he knows I have no energy, or spends time with our daughter to give me a break etc, it takes the stress off of me. As a wife,  sometimes it is easy to not thank your hubby, but making it a priority goes a long way to show your appreciation…
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