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  • Heat and Kindness

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Everybody told me I would die out there. A horrible, painful, melting death. We here in North Idaho are not accustomed to day after day of 100+ degree temperatures, especially in June, when a freak snow flurry wouldn’t surprise most people. There was no denying that it was unusually, blisteringly hot. But my family didn’t let the fear of spontaneous combustion stop us from going outside, because we had a promise to keep. And miles to go to keep that promise. We had agreed to walk, bike, run, or hike as many miles as we possibly could over a two-week period. For each mile that my family…
  • Everyday Resolution: How to Rub Your Genie the Right Way

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    As a life coach , I believe in new-year resolutions and having targets for the new year. People often create resolutions on their birthday or on New Year’s Eve. The difference between that and being a life coach is that I believe every day is an opportunity to set new year’s resolutions. Every day is a new opportunity to want more, to ask more, to be more, to have more, to love more and enjoy life more, to tune ourselves for more happiness and joy. Happiness is never ending. Every day, when we get up in the morning, we can start fresh. Every day can be the start of a new year.
  • Two Week’s Notice (pt.1)

    Our Modern Family
    probrien1
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:53 pm
    It is that time of year again. I get two weeks of vacation and we pack the car up Griswold style …Continue reading →
  • A letter to engaged couples of the future

    Family Edge
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Engagement isn’t necessarily an easy time, but it sure is beautiful.
  • Silly Summertime Sensory Play That Only Cost Pennies

    ParentingInformer
    A Guest Blogger
    7 Jul 2015 | 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…
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    Idaho Dad

  • Heat and Kindness

    Idaho Dad
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Everybody told me I would die out there. A horrible, painful, melting death. We here in North Idaho are not accustomed to day after day of 100+ degree temperatures, especially in June, when a freak snow flurry wouldn’t surprise most people. There was no denying that it was unusually, blisteringly hot. But my family didn’t let the fear of spontaneous combustion stop us from going outside, because we had a promise to keep. And miles to go to keep that promise. We had agreed to walk, bike, run, or hike as many miles as we possibly could over a two-week period. For each mile that my family…
  • Family Vacation to Maui

    Idaho Dad
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    On our recent family vacation to Maui, I knew there was one thing I had to do for the very first time: Snorkel. I had promised my kids, and myself, that this would be the year I finally get over my irrational fear of the ocean (thanks to repeated viewings of “Jaws”) by donning a mask, fins and a snorkel, and swimming right out into that deep blue water. First thing I had to do, however, was find a good place for beginner snorkelers, where the water would be calm, clear and filled with ocean life. ====> Continue reading my article at TripAdvisor’s Family Vacation Critic blog. The…
  • Minions Giveaway!

    Idaho Dad
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Minions are here! The silly little yellow sidekicks from the two Despicable Me movies are starring in their very own hilarious adventure, and it hits theaters today. The Minions movie imagines their quest to serve the most horrible villains in history, starting back in prehistoric times and moving up to the 20th century. Eventually, the minions arrive in 1960s London, where their latest master uses them in a crazy attempt to overthrow the Queen of England. Minions is a genuinely fun time at the movies for families. Now you can bring some of that fun home with the help of General Mills, which…
  • Family Vacation to the Moon

    Idaho Dad
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Inspired by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, one of my dreams of childhood was to walk on the moon. I didn’t want to be an astronaut. Rather, I wanted to romp around in low gravity as a tourist. It wasn’t an unreasonable fantasy. I mean, not if you were a regular viewer of “The Jetsons.” We all thought there would be flying cars and robot maids in our future. Vacations on the moon aren’t about to happen anytime soon, so I’ll just have to settle for a little imagination, and a road trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument, in southern Idaho. ====>…
  • Spaghetti Birthday Cake

    Idaho Dad
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    My wife baked a cake for my son’s birthday. Yes, that’s a cake! The post Spaghetti Birthday Cake appeared first on Idaho Dad.
 
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    Family Matters

  • Everyday Resolution: How to Rub Your Genie the Right Way

    Ronit Baras
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    As a life coach , I believe in new-year resolutions and having targets for the new year. People often create resolutions on their birthday or on New Year’s Eve. The difference between that and being a life coach is that I believe every day is an opportunity to set new year’s resolutions. Every day is a new opportunity to want more, to ask more, to be more, to have more, to love more and enjoy life more, to tune ourselves for more happiness and joy. Happiness is never ending. Every day, when we get up in the morning, we can start fresh. Every day can be the start of a new year.
  • Ronit Celebrating Diversity by Challenging Teachers’ Cultural Thinking

    Gal Baras
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:14 pm
    As teachers, we like to think of ourselves as very open-minded. We model this attitude and believe that open-minded teachers can raise open-minded students and when the mind is open, the possibilities are endless. Together with our students’ parents, we are the most important social agents in our society. Our best tool is to believe and be true to what we want to create. If we want to raise a whole generation of open-minded kids who are accepting, appreciating and celebrating diversity, we must first be living proof of what we want to teach and be able to ‘walk the talk’.
  • I’m Always Late for a Very Important Date!

    Ronit Baras
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Time is a precious resource. Some say it is the only resource we have. Have you ever missed something important because you came just a bit late? This happens to a lot of people, and sometimes too many times. The outcome can be very problematic. There are some people I know who are always late. They are rushed, don’t think clearly and are in a total state of chaos. Many kids grow up in such households and learn to be the same when they grow up. Parents who are always late raise kids who do not value their own time and miss many opportunities. I’m late, I’m late, for a very…
  • Top 7 Things Parents Struggle With

    Ronit Baras
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:25 pm
    I recently did an interview for a radio station about parenting. They wanted to know what were the top things parents struggle with. I have seen hundreds of parents over the last 28 years. If I had to list every struggle, the list would never end – parenting is hard! So, I figured the best thing to do would be to group challenges by category. Today’s parents struggle with 7 main things. Not surprisingly, modern parents struggle with roughly the same things their parents struggled with in the past. Today, they just give it a different name, maybe to feel a bit more modern or…
  • Character Traits: Swapping the Bad for the Good

    Ronit Baras
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    In the previous post about bad character traits, I gave an exercise to examine the bad traits parents and kids have. In this post, I will focus more on the good character traits and how to make sure they are “watered” well and kept alive. Here is the list of good character traits again: Good Character Traits List Letter A: Active, Adaptable, Adventurous, Agreeable, Appreciative, Articulate, Athletic, Ambitions, Artistic, Aesthetic Letter B: Balanced, Brilliant, Brave Letter C: Calm, Capable, Caring, Charismatic, Charming, Cheerful, Careful, Clean, Clever, Colorful, Compassionate,…
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    Our Modern Family

  • Two Week’s Notice (pt.1)

    probrien1
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:53 pm
    It is that time of year again. I get two weeks of vacation and we pack the car up Griswold style …Continue reading →
  • Dancing Queen

    probrien1
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Several months ago, Jenn came home and said I want to sign Grace up for a 2 year-old dance class …Continue reading →
  • Radiate

    probrien1
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    1,825 days of new adventures, some sleepless nights, but ultimately unforgettable life changing moments. We celebrated Nolin’s 5th birthday a …Continue reading →
  • Happy Mother’s Day

    probrien1
    13 May 2015 | 7:08 pm
    First came love, then came marriage…and then all hell broke loose. That was the Mother’s Day card I got Jenn …Continue reading →
  • The Marathon(s)

    probrien1
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    3:27:05 / 9119 / 1933 / 1561 / 7:53 No, it’s not the mysterious numbers from a new Lost spinoff. …Continue reading →
 
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    ParentingInformer

  • Silly Summertime Sensory Play That Only Cost Pennies

    A Guest Blogger
    7 Jul 2015 | 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
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:38 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…
  • Thank Your Dad This Father’s Day

    A Guest Blogger
    29 May 2015 | 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…
  • Getting Your Child Ready To Start School: Tips For School Readiness

    A Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Written by Ben Blanchard) Just a minute ago, you were bringing your baby home for the very first time. In the blink of an eye, your child is getting ready to go to school for the first time. You might feel nervous about sending your kid away to school for the day, but you will be doing him or her a great favor by providing the proper preparation for school. Above all, it is important to stay positive and keep practicing with your child to boost confidence. Here are some tips for school readiness on preparing for school. How to get ready for school? Social Skills When most children enter…
  • Stanch Kid’s Summer Learning Loss

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    (Written by Trudy M. and Edited by Elle Yi) Most children look forward to summer vacation because it is a break from school and learning. Unfortunately, children can also experience loss of learning if they do not continue to practice academic skills away from school. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that children will lose as much as 25 percent of their academic learning during summer vacation. Many children exercise their bodies during the summer, but it is also important for them to exercise their brains. There are many easy ways for children to exercise their brains during…
 
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  • 5 Stories You Should Read Aloud With Your Kids

    TinaB
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    When you think about traits that you want your kids to develop, being intelligent is probably one of them. Basically every parents wants a smart child. Sure, good schools and extracurricular activities might help with that, but something that seems very basic might be the root of it all: reading to your kids. Starting a routine of reading to your kids every night will spark their imagination and set them up for future success. It stimulates their brain and allows you to have bonding time after the end of a long day. There are so many books out there that you never have to worry about finding…
  • Chores: How to Make Them Get Done

    Tina
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Do you remember when your children were two or three years old, and all they wanted to do was help you with the housework? Whether you were mopping the floor, cooking dinner, scrubbing the toilet or folding laundry, you had a little one wanting to be a helper. You might have accepted the help or diverted them elsewhere (because let’s face it: It’s much faster and easier to get the job done without a preschooler helping!), but you might not have realized at the time that the day would come when those very angelic cherubs would try to refuse to do chores! If you are engaging in battles each…
  • Mom’s Guide to Car Care

    Tina
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    If the distribution in your home is anything like that in mine, your partner takes care of all things car-related, aside from getting gas. I know that other moms are more car-savvy than I am, and their knowledge goes beyond knowing how to check the oil and recognizing where the windshield-wiper fluid goes; if you’re one of them, then I commend you on that! For the rest of us, though, there are some things that we need to know about keeping our cars in safe driving condition as we traipse to work, to the grocery store and to soccer practice. Here are a few of them: Get someone to show you…
  • Kid Friendly Firework Destinations

    Tina
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The 4th of July is right around the corner. With it being on a Saturday this year, it might be a good time to make it a three day weekend and head over to one of your favorite bigger cities for a little bit of Independence Day fun. We’ve included four big city, kid friendly firework destinations for you to check out, and hopefully fit in a last minute family vacation. Washington, DC This city puts on one of the grandest 4th of July celebrations in the country. One thing that kids love (besides the fireworks) is the parade. It features marching bands, drills teams and of course, many floats…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in July

    Ashley B
    1 Jul 2015 | 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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    Dumb {Squared}

  • Are you there cheap wine? It's me, Rhana

    RK
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Groan. Okay, summer hasn't been all sunshine and lollipops this year. I don't even need goddamn light and candy. All I'm asking for are some leftovers. Really. We're still dealing with our home... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where the heck is Will Smith when you need him, huh?

    RK
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Well, 4th of July was fun. Our neighbors started drinking around noon on Saturday to celebrate our independence from British rule. I know this because someone yelled out: We're drinking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Punch me in the gut twice, why don't you?

    RK
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I have to take the kids to Dave and Busters later. That's what happens when your kids have friends and your husband makes lame excuses like, 'well, I can't do it - I have work.' Do you even know what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The myth of time

    RK
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:13 am
    I don't even know what day it is. Now that the kids are on summer vacation, days and nights bleed into one another and time is merely predicated by my stomach: oatmeal - morning. Sandwich - midday.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is what drowning must feel like sans water

    RK
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    I don't deal well with stress. Asthma, panic attacks, hives, migraines, stomach pain, tears, non-sequiturs. It's a list full of how my brain and body hates on me constantly. We may have to move. Like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • TOO HOT: How Far Would YOU Go For Your Passion?

    Lisa
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Lisa Barr Girlfriends — ‘Hope you’re having a fab summer … a little beach, a little breathing, and whole lot of love & laughter with your family, your peeps, and of course, enjoying your Alone Time. This is not my usual blog about Parenting/Marriage/Suburban Drama … but it is, indeed, the other side of my writing and I wanted to share. Check out my award-winning debut novel Fugitive Colors that goes on sale today on Amazon for $1.99. It’s a ONE WEEK ONLY deal, running  July 21 – July 27. Your support would mean the world to me to help kick…
  • My Daughter/My Selfie: And There She Goes …

    Lisa
    25 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Many years ago I wrote an article for a newspaper about how studies have shown that the two most difficult times to “let go” of your children are sending them off to kindergarten AND sending them off to college. Back then, I was on the kindergarten side of the spectrum. And now … (somebody bring me a box of tissues). Yes, there I go again. Immediate tears like an actress at an audition, only I’m not acting. I’m feeling every damn thing. My eldest daughter Noa (the first of my three teenage daughters) is graduating high school this week and heading…
  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
  • Buddy, Shadow & Wingman: The New ‘Girl Code’ On Campus

    Lisa
    11 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Hannah Wilson, the young lady who was tragically murdered last month at Indiana University, has left an indelible mark on our hearts. As mothers, we mourn for her parents and family, as sisters, we cannot fathom losing our best friend and confidant and as a community, we reel in anger at how perilously dangerous it has become to send our girls off to college. Tales of campus rape and sexual assault, in addition to first-hand reports of raucous college parties gone terribly wrong, appear on the news with such regularity, we are barely able to recover from one story just as…
  • Happy Mama’s Day, Girlfriend xo With Love, GIRLilla Warfare

    Lisa
    9 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    ‘Wishing you a Stress-Free Day filled with Love, Joy, Breakfast in Bed, Internal Peace, Uninterrupted Sleep, the Perfect Cup of Venti, a Smell-the-Roses Moment, A Clean House courtesy The Kids/The Hubby, a Stocked Fridge, the Laundry Put Away, Special Time to Watch Your Shows/Read Your Book/Breathe, No Nagging, No I WANTS, No Meltdowns — Just Life’s Goodies: Laughter, Hugs & Kisses — an Appreciation for ALL that you do. In Our Bible — EVERY DAY is Mother’s Day. We love you, Girlfriend. xoxo THE GIRLilla Warfare Team
 
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    Kate's Blog

  • INSIDE OUT Lolly Stick Puppets - SADNESS

    Kate Armon
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:35 am
  • Our New Website - Super Excited

    Kate Armon
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Hi Everyone We are all very excited in the Armon household this morning as today we launched our new website.  www.bycharliandkate.com This will be one of the many places where you will be able to purchase our new book 'My Wibberly Wobberly Tooth' which is due out in October 2015. As part of the new website we also have a blog which Charli will be doing most of the content for as she is
  • FROZEN craft - Make a Craft with Charli

    Kate Armon
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
  • MINION craft - Make a craft with Charli

    Kate Armon
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
  • All thing Aussie

    Kate Armon
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    Well it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I last wrote and I was jolted back into writing partly by all the amazing things happening in our lives at the moment and partly from a comment I got on a previous entry about thyroid problems asking for reassurance.  So firstly readers I apologise for my lack of content for the last year!  I will make it up to you this year! I suppose the biggest
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Bizarre laws in our sometimes bizarre world.

    Melissa Morrison
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    There are some countries in the world who take the concept of law and its implementation far more seriously than they ever should be. These laws are not only present in the world but are implemented in the most diligent and active way possible. More than that, the local citizens are very aware of these ...
  • Buying your first home? Don’t do like I did – do it right!

    Christine Blythe
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Over 25 years ago, I was 26, single, barely making ends meet, couldn’t afford the rents required for decent places, and ended up buying my first home.   On a whim one day, I checked the real estate listings and found the cutest little war-time house for sale for $39,000. I was ready to continue ...
  • Care for each other, as much as yourself… Zen Pig

    Christine Blythe
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    …and never lose sight, that love is true wealth.   Such is the philosophy and lesson for our children brought forth by Mark Brown, author of “Zen Pig”. “Zen Pig” is a critically-acclaimed children’s book character that teaches gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in easy to understand language and is brought to life with beautiful, minimalist ...
  • Our dogs’ ears perk up when ears of corn are cooking.

    Christine Blythe
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    It’s late July, corn season in Chilliwack, BC…   It’s that lovely time of year when Mark comes home from work every night carrying a bag filled to overflowing with a dozen large ears of corn. After the first day he brings the corn home, I know it’ll be corn for dinner every night until ...
  • History gives the present a royal salute. | The Globe and Mail

    Christine Blythe
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    “The present is not the past. It’s frightening how easy it is to blind ourselves to this simple truth. Sometime in 1933, a seven-year-old girl who is now Queen Elizabeth took a break from playing with the royal corgis and briefly raised her arm in what we call a Nazi salute. Then she lost interest ...
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    My Family Club

  • FREE Limited Edition Disney Gift Pack worth with Walt Disney World tickets!

    22 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    Heading to sunny Florida this summer? Don’t miss the chance to get your hands on a free limited-edition Disney Gift Pack worth £20.00. Read More...
  • Cheap KidZania Westfield London tickets and offers

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    One of the hottest new attractions for kids in London, KidZania Westfield London offers your little ones an experience to role play like never before! Let them explore the workings of everyday life in a kid-sized city, where they can get kitted out as a doctor, fireman, bank manager or one of the many other townsfolk Read More...
  • Creative Ways to Save Money for Your Holiday

    22 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    If you're like most parents, you'll be worried about the looming cost of the summer holidays. Using your credit card for your holidays can increase the cost by a few hundred pounds. One way to fund your family holidays is to save money by cutting back on your household spending. Here are some creative ways to help you save some extra money for your summer holidays. Read More...
  • Five quick wins to add value to your home

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Thinking of selling your house or flat? Get the best possible price with our list of the top five ways to add value to your home. Read More...
  • Cheap family holidays UK - holiday park & caravan deals 2015

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Get cheap family holidays UK here - including caravan and holiday park deals. Breaks from £59 - that's less than £5 per person per night! Read More...
 
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Fun Ideas To Keep Kids Busy

    Scarlet
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    As summer comes to a close, you may find there are days when you are busy doing a thousand things but your child will saunter over and say, “I’m bored!”  Well you might have tell them to clean up if they are so bored or you might offer to them some fun ideas for kids […]The post Fun Ideas To Keep Kids Busy appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in Lemon Cups

    Racquel Bregg
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    It has been so, so hot here the last week.  Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not complaining.  It wasn’t all that long ago that we were waking up to 20 below zero temps and I know they’ll come around again too soon.  The heat has had us spending lots of time at the […]The post Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt in Lemon Cups appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Classic Nature Games Kids Love- Catch A Lizard

    Anna Beckendorf
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    I am a firm believer in the best things in life are SIMPLE and FREE! They are not hard, not complicated, and they cost you NADA (nothing)! Got it? Not a single penny!  Kids love classic nature games.  They can make a game out of almost anything outdoors (if they know there are no electronic […]The post Classic Nature Games Kids Love- Catch A Lizard appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • 5 Tips For Overcoming Gender Wage Inequality

    Scarlet
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:39 am
    I totally believe that women should receive equal pay for equal work and I think most people do too.  However, there is a gender wage gap.  That is why I am so pleased to welcome Bettina Bush to talk about this issue today.  She is editor-at-large for Working Mother magazine, host of the nationally syndicated […]The post 5 Tips For Overcoming Gender Wage Inequality appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • SUBWAY® Restaurants Are Joining Forces With Local Charities

    Scarlet
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I am proud to support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, so when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms invited me to be part of the “You Share. We Share.” program, I was thrilled to get the opportunity to talk about how easy they are making it to help local charities and give back […]The post SUBWAY® Restaurants Are Joining Forces With Local Charities appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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  • 3 Days of Family Fun in Mansfield, Ohio

    Erica Brooks
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:35 am
    During our visit to Mansfield, Ohio to visit the Biblewalk Wax Museum we had a chance to take in the area. It’s a interesting town as almost all of the local attractions and restaurants closes between 4-8PM. Being that we’re city folks that took a little adjusting. During our travels we saw many industrial buildings throughout the town however, Downtown Mansfield is a charming place to visit. My husband and I are 60’s and 70’s babies so being surrounded by so many nostalgic sites like the Coney Island Diner and old school news stand shop and bookstore was a lot of fun.
  • Free Things to do in Mansfield Ohio – Ohio Bird Sanctuary

    Erica Brooks
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:47 am
    On our last day in Mansfield, Ohio we visited the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  The sanctuary mends and houses a variety of birds including falcons, owls, crows, hawks, vultures, bald eagle and many others. Turkey Vulture Red Tailed Hawks Oriole It’s a fantastic place to take children as they get to learn about the birds as well as interact with smaller birds by feeding them worms and beetle larva which could be purchased for only 25 cents per cup. Out of all the birds who came to us for feeding was the Baltimore Oriole which was really cool since it’s our hometowns state bird. The site…
  • Things to do in Mansfield Ohio – Biblewalk Wax Museum

    Erica Brooks
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    If you’re looking for things to do in Mansfield Ohio consider a visit to the Biblewalk Wax Museum. With over 300 life size wax figures it’s a treat you’re whole family can enjoy. When I first read about the museum over at The Traveling Praters, I knew I had to visit. When we travel with our children we love the idea introducing them to unique experiences and what better way to do that than a life size reenactment of the Old and New Testaments. Biblewalk offers four tours:  Miracles of the Old Testament – An hour long tour which walks you through the stories of the Old…
  • The Essential Children’s Party Checklist

    Chris Mayhew
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    If you ask any child what their favorite day of the year is, more than likely the answer will be their birthday. Unlike Christmas, this is the one day on the calendar that is totally dedicated to them and no one else and we all know children love to be the centre of attention. Lots of parents like to organise a party for their child, where all of their friends can get together and really celebrate and have some fun. This can be a great idea but it also involves lots of planning and organization and if not done properly it can lead to a time of great stress instead of joy and celebration. It…
  • Organizing Children’s Parties – The Stress Free Guide

    Chris at Tenpin
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    A time of joy for any parent, children’s birthdays are always a highlight of the year and of course what better way to celebrate your child’s birthday than by throwing a party. However, although it is a time for celebration and joy, the process of organizing a party can be a stressful experience. Through this stress free guide I will try and offer some suggestions on organizing and delivering children’s parties in a way that avoids this stress. The key to organizing any successful party is good planning. Start by allowing yourself plenty of time – begin thinking about…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Bizarre laws in our sometimes bizarre world.

    Melissa Morrison
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    There are some countries in the world who take the concept of law and its implementation far more seriously than they ever should be. These laws are not only present in the world but are implemented in the most diligent and active way possible. More than that, the local citizens are very aware of these ...
  • Buying your first home? Don’t do like I did – do it right!

    Christine Blythe
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Over 25 years ago, I was 26, single, barely making ends meet, couldn’t afford the rents required for decent places, and ended up buying my first home.   On a whim one day, I checked the real estate listings and found the cutest little war-time house for sale for $39,000. I was ready to continue ...
  • Care for each other, as much as yourself… Zen Pig

    Christine Blythe
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    …and never lose sight, that love is true wealth.   Such is the philosophy and lesson for our children brought forth by Mark Brown, author of “Zen Pig”. “Zen Pig” is a critically-acclaimed children’s book character that teaches gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in easy to understand language and is brought to life with beautiful, minimalist ...
  • Our dogs’ ears perk up when ears of corn are cooking.

    Christine Blythe
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    It’s late July, corn season in Chilliwack, BC…   It’s that lovely time of year when Mark comes home from work every night carrying a bag filled to overflowing with a dozen large ears of corn. After the first day he brings the corn home, I know it’ll be corn for dinner every night until ...
  • History gives the present a royal salute. | The Globe and Mail

    Christine Blythe
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    “The present is not the past. It’s frightening how easy it is to blind ourselves to this simple truth. Sometime in 1933, a seven-year-old girl who is now Queen Elizabeth took a break from playing with the royal corgis and briefly raised her arm in what we call a Nazi salute. Then she lost interest ...
 
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Clean Out Your Fridge Mashed Potato And Steak Muffins

    Amanda
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Never fails, every time I make mashed potatoes I make enough to feed approximately 327 people.   If you have leftover mashed potatoes sitting in your fridge, here is an easy idea to use them up. I dumped the leftover potatoes into the bowl of my stand mixer, but only because my mixer has made me a lazy cook. Why mix by hand when i can turn a switch on? So put your potatoes into a decently sized bowl, whether you mix by hand or use your machine is up to you There was also some leftover steak in the fridge so I cut that up into tiny pieces and threw it into the bowl as well. Feel free to add…
  • Retro Gaming, Programming And Electronics With Raspberry Pi

    Chad
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This summer I wanted to make sure I had a couple of fun, tech type projects for me and the kids could tackle. One of them was to try and learn how to program using Scratch and the other was to experiment with the Raspberry Pi computer. While we’ve had some fun playing around with Scratch (and Brooklyn to my surprise seems really into it) the real fun has come from messing around with our little Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi in case you are unaware, is not a dessert, but a powerful computer that is as bare bones as it gets. You get a small card credit card sized looking thing…
  • Tag! You’re It!

    Amanda
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tag is a favourite game of our kids and their friends but there is usually some age differences and that makes it hard for all the kids to have fun. It’s hard to enjoy a game when you are always the one it, because you can’t catch any of the bigger kids! Here are three variations that might even up the odds a little bit. Reverse Tag This is pretty much how it sounds, you still have one person being it but instead of them chasing everyone else, they are the ones being chased. Whoever tags the it person first gets to now be it and play continues. Theme Tag You pick a theme beforehand and if…
  • Pigs Are Delicious | Episode 34

    Chad and Amanda
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show We have a packed show for you this week as we discuss the daredevil streak in our 5 year old, how she loves animals but thinks pigs are delicious and then we get into a little rant about drivers using the turning lane incorrectly and we take a stroll down memory lane as we talk about retro gaming and in particular the Super Mario Brother games. In the news we take a look at seaweed that tastes like bacon, the one sided male thong, how one girl spent her 90k college tuition fund on clothes and a trip to Europe and then blames the entire thing on her parents and finally one Mom…
  • Refreshing Summertime Cocktails

    Chad and Amanda
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Not much beats sitting out in the shade on a summer day with a cold adult beverage in hand. If you are looking for some new cocktails to try, here is a round-up of fun and delicious summer drinks to cool down those summer days or heat up those summer nights. Mint Julep Want to leave a lasting impression with friends? Mix up a mint julep, not only is it fun to say but it will add a touch of class to any backyard get together.   Mojitos I love rum, I love lime and I love mint so this makes Mojitos a no brainer summertime drink in our house.   Margaritas I prefer a frozen margarita…
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • 5 tourist attractions in Malta

    Features
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:41 pm
      Malta is one of the Mediterranean’s premier destinations for anyone looking for a mix of relaxing beach time and an engaging cultural atmosphere. Whether you’re into floating along the coastline on a sailboat’s deck-top, walking beautiful stretches of sand, or exploring ancient cathedrals and castles, Malta has something fun available for all the family. […]     
  • Behind the Scenes: Gastronomia Il Ceppo

    Larger Family Life
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
      Our final visit during our food trip of Italy was to Vicenza, the home of Gastronomia Il Ceppo. The visit didn’t begin so well; we (read: Mike), entered the wrong address into the SatNav and we ended up in the wrong place. A frantic and apologetic email to Riccardo (second left in photo above) […]     
  • Orange and Cinnamon Ice-cream

    Larger Family Life
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
      It’s July. It’s summer. And in England that means nothing.  We have only been back from our travels a week and we are desperate to head off to warmer climes again. The dull, grey skies are positively autumnal and the rain… oh I try to tell myself that it’s good for the grass and […]     
  • 7 Great Ways to Keep in Touch When Travelling

    Larger Family Life
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:33 am
      Over the last few years we have taken to travelling for greater periods of time than the usual one or two week holidays we used to have. Luckily, our jobs mean that we are able to work anywhere, any time, enabling us to travel relatively freely while still earning a living. Thanks to technology […]     
  • Potato and Turkey BBQ Parcels

    Larger Family Life
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
      This recipe is a delightful summer twist on the traditional Christmas roast dinner. Just throw it on the BBQ for an all-in-one meal – perfect for get-togethers or camping alike. Not barbecue weather? No problem – just pop the parcels in the oven instead. You’ll have to provide your own stocking fillers though! Perfect!   […]     
 
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    More With Less Mom »

  • Seasonal Produce for August with Frugal Tips

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    It is important to know what veggies are in season. These are often the cheapest ingredients for your meal plan. Save money on groceries by buying according to the seasons. If you cook with real food you know that all you need is the basics in your pantry and a vegetable or two to whip up all kinds of tasty things. Glorious seasonal fruits and vegetables for August: *I have noted how long things stay fresh so you can meal plan to maximize your budget and eliminate waste Apricots 4-5 days fridge Avocados 3-5 days fridge, choose it Basil 5-9 days fridge Bell Peppers 1-2 weeks fridge, green…
  • Celebrate Christmas in July

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:35 am
    Who doesn’t want Christmas every day? I don’t care what the movie says, I’m game. Everyone seems a little kinder, a little more giving, and a little more thoughtful. I am always ready to celebrate and Christmas in July seems like a good excuse to me. You don’t have to keep your tree up all year to keep that festive feeling going. It is easy to add a few sparklies around the house, make some snow dough, and whip up some no-bake treats. Top it off with an act of kindness and your day is complete! Christmas in July: Quote Printable ~ Decorations ~ Activities ~ Recipes ~…
  • More With Less 7 Day Meal Plan #3 – Seasonal dinners for July/summer

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
    This is not your everyday, average meal plan. Learn how to cook like your great-grandma did, with little waste, and stretching what you have (including your dollars). The point of this meal plan is to help you be smart with your money. Feed your family of four a week of dinners with a shopping cart maximum of $113.97. Eat more – spend less! Use frugal ingredients to make dinners, without eating beans and rice or pasta every night. These are dinners for regular families living on a budget. In this post: Shopping Cart ~ Recipes ~ Printable List ~ Notes ~ Pinterest Boards I made the…
  • Fun Events for Your Outdoor Living Space – Guest Post

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    The great thing about living in a house versus an apartment is having outdoor living space. There are many types of outdoor living spaces you can have, each of which can be used for a variety of events and activities. Whether you have a pristine garden, a patio, a fire pit, or an outdoor lounge area, any outdoor space has tons of potential to be an area for fun and making memories with loved ones and friends. With warm weather and greenery around the corner, here are some great events and activities you can have in your outdoor living space in the coming months. Garden Parties Especially…
  • July Real Food Meal Plan – flexible, frugal monthly meal plan with printable PDF

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    July brings the dog days of the kitchen, when I want nothing to do with it. About half of my recipes for July are no-cook, and almost all of the rest are quick stovetop dinners, because it’s like a torture chamber in there. I will chose what I cook based on how much time I have and how hot the house is (too freakin hot). We’ll be getting home from splish-splashy summer fun late so it’s also important to get dinner on the table right quick. You’ll see that almost all of these meals are in the most perishable tier, since we have hit the time of beautiful bounty in the…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • 036 Should You Combine Your Finances?… with Jason Pockrandt

    Marcus and Ashley
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    In today’s episode, Jason Pockrandt share’s his first year of marriage story. Jason has been married for 2 years, is father to a beautiful girl, and lives in Bay City, Michigan. He is a Speaker, Life Coach of Live To Give, and author of The Confident Father’s Guidebook: Five Steps to Personal Transformation, Rediscover your worth, and live the life you desire today. Jason also coaches, speaks, and serves other husbands and fathers who want to reconnect to their passions and purpose. Description of  First Year in one or two words Outlandishly exciting. Some of the topics we…
  • 035 After our Move…

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    It’s been a while since we released a new episode. Our move to a new city coupled with Marcus’s new job has kept us very busy for the past month. If you have moved before with kids under 3 years of age, you know its not as easy as moving to a new house without kids. But we are very excited to share updates about our move, communication in marriage book, and the podcast with you.   First, we want to thank everyone who has read, reviewed, or purchased our book: Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without Fighting. We are very happy to see the impact…
  • 034 Choosing A Theme for Your Family with Ashley Kusi

    Marcus and Ashley
    18 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    How will you describe your family in one word? In this weeks episode, Ashley shares one of the important things that has helped us enormously in our marriage. Its called a Family Theme.  And due to us choosing one for our family, our decision making process has become easier. Our family them has also impacted our family positively. Hence the reason why Ashley talks about it in this episode.   How to Listen to this episode Click on the Play button below: You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If viewing this in email, click here. Resources Mentioned FREE Family Themes eBook…
  • 033 Honest and Hard Conversations with Paul Angone

    Marcus and Ashley
    4 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    This week, Paul Angone is our guest. He has been married for 7 years, has two daughters, and lives in San Diego, California. Paul is the author of All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job, and the best-selling book 101 Secrets for Your Twenties. He is passionate about helping twenty somethings and thirty somethings discover their purpose, and live life to the fullest. Description of  First Year in one or two words Adventure and complex. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Building a strong foundation for your marriage. 2. Traditional marriage roles reversal. 3. Having…
  • 032: 20 Lessons From Our First Year with Ashley Kusi

    Marcus and Ashley
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    In this weeks episode, Ashley shares 20 marriage lessons we learned from our First Year. It’s based on one of our popular blog posts. You can read the post by clicking here. How to listen to this episode Click on the Play button below: You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If viewing this in email, click here. Marriage Resources Mentioned Original blog post for this podcast episode. 5 Love Languages Online Quiz 5 Love Languages Book Love and Respect Boundaries in Marriage Our book on communication: Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without…
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    Momvelous

  • Simple Ways To Get Your Toddler To Eat Veggies

    Amy
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:29 pm
    When it comes to toddlers and veggies, the battle is real. But there are some strategies you can employ that just might get them to change their tune. Start Early Let your babies and toddlers chase peas around their high chair tray, let them eat trees (broccoli) and make rainbows out of diced raw veggies. […]
  • The Many Health Benefits Of Consuming Cod Liver Oil

    Jenny
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Many people today are looking for ways to naturally cure what ails them. Exercise, diet, yoga, and vitamins all play their part in keeping a body in optimal working order. There are also natural supplements that can help with a number of diseases and afflictions. Cod liver oil is one of these. As the name […]
  • 10 Simple Ways To Lose Those Pregnancy Weight After Birth Of Baby

    Jade
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:10 pm
    New motherhood is such a conundrum, a condition that is filled with so many conflicting feelings and thoughts. On the one hand, you want to stay up all night looking at your little baby – but on the other hand, you’d give anything if she’d just sleep through the night for ONCE! You want to […]
  • FridaBaby’s NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator: The Answer to Stuffy Noses

    Amy
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Every parent has been there. Your baby is sick, you hear her grunting with each breath as she tries to fall asleep. She is obviously miserable. If only you could help her breathe and get a good night’s rest; enter the NoseFrida snot sucker. The concept here is simple and ingenious. NoseFrida is a nasal […]
  • How To Save Money On Baby Diapers And Wipes

    Kelly
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Congratulations on your beautiful new baby! You’ve done everything that you can so far – picking out a good car seat, figuring out which baby carrier or stroller will be the best for your family, deciding whether to breast or bottle-feed, researching the risks and benefits of co-sleeping vs a crib. Now that your baby […]
 
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    Western New Yorker

  • Recipe - Eggs Benedict

    Liz Chapman
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
     Eggs Benedict RecipeWhat you will need: (For a serving of 4)5 eggs2 English Muffinsbacon or ham1 lemon or lemon juice2 tbs. White vinegarSalt & pepper to taste To make the sauce: add 3 egg yolks to a glass boil atop of boiling hot water. Salt, pepper, 1 tbs. vinegar, lemon juice and whisk. Cook until the consistency is that of a custard. While that is done pan fry your bacon or ham. After those are done I fry toast my English muffins in the flavored grease pan. Now it is time for the eggs! Boil water with 1 tbs. vinegar. Swirl around so the water create…
  • HP Ink DEAL! #HPink

    Liz Chapman
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
     ** I received compensation for your post as part of a promotional program with HP and MomSelect. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.We just got the *NEW* HP Envy printer to use on my son's birthday invites. A wireless printer uses a lot of ink when it is so easy to print from anywhere in your home. Like you, I want to save money but still enjoy printing. Here is the best deal on HP ink since 2012, so make sure your stocking up if you need to save! Buy one Original HP Ink, get a 2nd cartridge of equal or lesser value…
  • Great Pretenders Medieval Review

    Liz Chapman
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
     **I received a free copy of this product 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.  We decided to take our little knight to a Medieval Faire for some royal fun! Before we headed out I wanted to get him an accessory for him! We choose a Chain mail Cape from Great Pretenders. It is light weight, easy to put on and wear around. The fabric resembles real chain mail but not at all as heavy. "This Chain mail Cape…
  • Travel - Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada

    Liz Chapman
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    **I received a free to facilitate my 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. On our travels we stopped at the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls in Canada.  We have always seen it from a far but never really went up to check it out. I suffer from motion sickness and I have always worried whether it would bother me or not.Luckily, I had no problems at all!It takes a 52 second ride up a glass elevator to be 775 feet above the…
  • Blue Man Group #BBNYC #bloggingblue

    Liz Chapman
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
     I was a lucky blogger who saw the Blue Man Group performance in NYC, July 16th 2015. Above you will see a photo from that afternoon! I did not know what to expect from the show. I have maybe heard it was musical and theater and that is about it. It is a show with live music both traditional instruments and neat "pipe" creations! The blue trio have you moving in your seats from the very beginning with paint, recycled paper and humor.I don't want to give to much away because it really would spoil the show itself. I will say there are fun creations passed out throughout the show, audience…
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    Des Moines Parent

  • Tour of Wading Pools

    Guest Contributor
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ashlen, from Kidsperts, did it again! She created an awesome review of Central Iowa’s wading pools! I did not even know some of these existed. This is a great detailed look at what our local wading pools have to offer! With temps in the 90’s and heat indexes in the 100’s, we’ve been looking for ways to beat the Iowa heat. We’ve been extremely busy lately and haven’t had time to enjoy our favorite splash pads, spray grounds, and pools around the metro. I decided our staycation was the perfect time to enjoy some of our fave Des Moines spots.The post Tour of…
  • The LEGO Creativity Tour 2015!

    Erin Huiatt
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you heard?! An exclusive LEGO event is coming to the Iowa Events Center! The Lego Creativity Tour!! The LEGO Creativity Tour will be visiting Central Iowa; Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th ONLY! The event will be offering different sessions through the course of the weekend. Sessions are as follows: Friday Session 1: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Friday Session 2: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Session 1: 8:30 am – 11:30 am Saturday & Sunday Session 2: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Saturday & Sunday Session 3: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm The goal ofThe…
  • 105 Things To Do In Des Moines With Your Kids

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every day, my Facebook updates show friends, acquaintances, family, and old co-workers all looking for something to do around the Des Moines area. With two active little boys and a tag along little girl, we make our way around the city constantly and have our favorite things to do in all seasons. We’ve had so much fun the last year exploring (there’s nothing better than seeing it through your child’s eyes) and creating our “adventure days” that we’ve started To Do Lists for each season. Here are our top 105 things to do in and around the metro area (andThe…
  • National Balloon Classic 2015

    Erin Huiatt
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time of year and you will see lots of hot air balloons being released! The National Balloon Classic begins Friday, July 24th and goes on every day until Saturday, August 1st. Not only are balloons released everyday (depending on weather conditions) but there is live entertainment, kids activities, food, fireworks and more! Below you will find an outline of what you can expect each day. You can check out the entire schedule here! Morning admission (gates open at 5 am): Always FREE Evening admission (gates open at 4:30 pm) ages 6 and over: $5 Ages 5 and under:The post National…
  • Rhea Lana’s Children’s Consignment: Ankeny & Des Moines

    Erin Huiatt
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Rhea Lana’s of Ankeny-Des Moines is hosting their Fall/Winter “Back-to-School” event August 16-21 At Merle Hay Mall.   Written by Jessica Hansen  What is This All About? Rhea Lana’s of Ankeny-Des Moines. is an upscale children’s consignment event held twice a year. Shoppers can expect to purchase excellent quality children’s merchandise at affordable prices. 
We have been innovative with our computer system and our goal is to have a fun, easy, organized event for our consignors and shoppers. 
Our most popular brands are Gymboree, Gap, Matilda Jane, Polo, and Under…
 
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    Brain, Child Magazine

  • Child, Please: A Book Review

    Brain, Child
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    By Hilary Levey Friedman “Honey, please.” “Carston, PLEASE.” “Carston Friedman, PUH-LEASE.” With a three-year-old in my house I find myself using these three escalating statements fairly often. According to Ylonda Gault Caviness I ought to add “Child, please,” to the repertoire… Though more often than not I should actually be saying those words to myself and not to the children. Caviness recently released Child, Please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself. The book could, sadly, not have been more timely. Just before its release…
  • The Many Personalities of A Mother

    Brain, Child
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    By Aileen Santos The Enraged Mother “If I come downstairs, someone’s gonna be in trouble!” I slam the bannister and stomp my feet, standing on the landing of the basement. My heart pumps loudly, a throbbing sound in my ears. I just want to finish marking these damn essays. Why can’t these fucking kids stop fighting? I hear whimpering then one quietly says to the other, “Ssshh. We’re gonna be in trouble. Stop crying. It’s okay, stop crying.” The whimpering stops then silence. A little while later, laughter. I trudge back up the three steps, back into my office. I don’t know…
  • An Open Letter to My Teen Daughter Who Is In The Next Room

    Brain, Child
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am
    By Margarita Gokun Silver My dear girl, Before I delve into serious topics and lose your attention to Instagram, several things: You left the lights on in the bathroom Your shoes are in the middle of the hallway and I tripped over them twice already You left the lights on in the kitchen There is a collection of candy wrappers, dirty tissues, and remnants of popcorn in the living room You left the lights on in the den Please attend to the above before I am forced to walk into your room and attempt to confiscate your electronic devices. We both know this doesn’t usually end well. Now on to…
  • What a Summer Should Be

    Brain, Child
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    By Jennifer Berney Because isn’t it true that on a warm summer evening it’s easy to like whomever you’re with?   When I was eight years old, in 1985, summer had long arms. I woke long after the sun had risen to a day that no one had mapped out for me. It was my job to map it, and so I read books, I watched TV, I put an album on the record player and spread out across the floor to listen. And when I got bored of all of these things, I cut through the neighbor’s back yard, walked two houses down, and knocked on my best friend’s door. Our play dates were never arranged by parents…
  • Where We Go

    Brain, Child
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    By Sarah Kilch Gaffney I knew it would come back to haunt me. I knew that I would wish I had come up with a better, more personally truthful explanation to give my daughter, but at that point it was the best I could do, so when prompted to talk about where Daddy had gone a few days after he died, I took the easy route and answered: heaven. It felt like such a moment of weakness. Even in the thick of the worst days of my life, I had always told her the truth. I am a spiritual person, but I do not believe in God. I do not believe in heaven or hell, angels or demons. While my spiritual beliefs…
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  • Things to do with kids in Green Bay, WI

    Terri Burgan
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    So apparently there is a lot more to Green Bay, Wisconsin than just football and cheese! Who knew?  If you are in Green Bay for a few days here are some things to do with the kids. Bay Beach Amusement Park You will want to take your family to the Bay Beach Amusement Park. What’s different about this park is that admission is FREE; you just pay for the ride tickets you want. Most rides are between a quarter and fifty cents, the Zippin Pippin roller coaster is the most expensive ride at $1. The food is pretty reasonable too compared to other amusement parks. It’s a pretty small park and…
  • Five things to do before you leave for vacation.

    Allison
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Five things to do before you leave for vacation. I am in the process of packing up my family for a week at the beach. While I am really excited I know there is a lot that needs to be done before I go. I have learned that a little extra work prior to the vacation really making coming back home so much easier.  So I will share what I do with you. Here goes! 1. Clean, Clean Clean! My design style for my home is ‘lived in’ or ‘tornado aftermath’. What I am trying to say is my house is cleanest when company is coming over. There is nothing worse (in my mind) than coming…
  • Visit Seattle, WA with your family today!

    Terri Burgan
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Experience Music Project Museum Seattle was first founded by the Native Americans as a logging community therefore a great deal of the city has to do with their rich history in forestry. Seattle is nicknamed the Emerald City for its lush evergreen forests and you really get the feeling that Seattle is dedicated to being eco-friendly. In fact, Seattle is one of the few cities to ban the use of plastic bags.   The Experience Music Project Museum is a really cool experience for any music lovers in your family. This museum is most suitable for older kids and teenagers that are music fans and…
  • Best Vacation Spots in Florida

    Allison
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:44 pm
    A vacation to Florida is always a great choice for a getaway with your family. Lots of families have done the Disney World trip and it is after-all the most magical place on Earth. If you are wanting to explore more of the sunshine state, then check out of list of the best vacation spots in Florida. We have picked a few spots that you and your family are sure to love!   Marco Island: Some friends of ours got married in Marco Island several years ago, and before their wedding I had never heard of the spot before. It is a quiet little town with a big personality. High quality hotels like…
  • Our stay at Great Wolf Lodge

    Allison
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:17 pm
    My family and I were finally able to take a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. After months and months of begging from the kids, we hit the road for a overnight stay! The nearest Great Wolf Lodge is 2 hours up the road from us in Cincinnati, right next door to Kings Island. I took a half day off work and we got on the road after grabbing some lunch around 2pm, I was hoping to leave closer to 12:30 or 1 but…kids. We arrived at the GWL around 4pm, after stopping 3.separate.times for potty breaks. My kids were squealing with delight as we pulled up and they saw the giant wolf statues outside of…
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