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  • Top 10 Fun Learning Activities For Toddlers

    Momvelous
    Jessica
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    To a toddler, the whole world is a classroom and every day is a new learning adventure. They have an instinctive need to explore the world around them, touch everything, to see what sounds it makes when it drops to the floor or up against a wall. They even need to experience what it tastes […]
  • Kid’s Artwork Sitting In A Pile? Show It Off In Style With An Art Wall

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    Chad
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We feel very lucky to have 3 extremely creative kids who are always drawing, painting, colouring, building and making art to decorate our house with. The problem is how do you display all of this wonderful art in a way that is more than thumb tacking it to a wall, pinning it to the fridge or stuffing it in a drawer? With art and other projects coming home from school daily and the amount of arts and crafts created by our kids after school we have stacks and stacks of artwork and pictures that we just don’t have the heart to throw away but there is no way we could possibly display all of it…
  • Grocery Store Meltdown

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    In the middle of my grocery shopping yesterday, I was alarmed by a child’s ear-piercing gurgling scream of terror coming from one aisle over. It worried me enough to rush to investigate, thinking some kid had fallen from a shopping cart or, worse, was being attacked by a pack of rabid badgers (hey, you never know). With phone in hand, ready to dial 911, I ran around the corner into the cereal aisle. Well, like they say, if you hear hoofbeats, don’t think zebras. It was what you’d expect. A toddler wanted the box of chocolatey candy-coated sugar puff cereal, and mom was…
  • Mirror Neurons and Parenting

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Imagine what our lives would be like if we could look in the mirror and change what we see in it. Imagine if it could help us change what we see both inside and outside of ourselves. I think kids are such very special mirrors. They  visually project the image of those who stand before them. If you want to see your parenting image, all you have to do is look into your live mirror, your kids. A recent research on mirror neurons has discovered that when we watch someone doing something, the same neurons that fire in their brain also fire in our brain. By watching them, we end up thinking…
  • 10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for Bloggers

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    Nisha Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    This is a guest post from Nisha Pandey, who is a blogger and a digital marketer and also the winner of the Aha!NOW guest post giveaway by virtue of topping the ABC Leaderboard in the month of September 2014. Her tips are spot on and will help you in your social media plans for creating […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Nisha Pandey on 10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our…
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  • 10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for Bloggers

    Nisha Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 am
    This is a guest post from Nisha Pandey, who is a blogger and a digital marketer and also the winner of the Aha!NOW guest post giveaway by virtue of topping the ABC Leaderboard in the month of September 2014. Her tips are spot on and will help you in your social media plans for creating […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Nisha Pandey on 10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our…
  • 7 Harsh Realities Of Blogging That Bloggers Should Know

    Harleena Singh
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are a blogger or thinking of venturing into blogging, then you ought to know these harsh realities of blogging. Whether you just started blogging or are already a seasoned blogger, I think you all have gone through difficult times in blogging, isn’t it? I think every blogger experiences the bitter truth about blogging, […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on 7 Harsh Realities Of Blogging That Bloggers Should Know. Looking forward to meeting you…
  • How to Write a Book And Get it Published: A Beginner’s Guide

    Harshajyoti Das
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This is a guest post from Harshajyoti Das, who is an author and entrepreneur and one of the winners of the Aha!NOW guest post giveaway. You are going to love his tips on how to write a book and get it published shared in this post. I never thought I would write a book or […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Life blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harshajyoti Das on How to Write a Book And Get it Published: A Beginner’s Guide. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our email…
 
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  • Grocery Store Meltdown

    Idaho Dad
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    In the middle of my grocery shopping yesterday, I was alarmed by a child’s ear-piercing gurgling scream of terror coming from one aisle over. It worried me enough to rush to investigate, thinking some kid had fallen from a shopping cart or, worse, was being attacked by a pack of rabid badgers (hey, you never know). With phone in hand, ready to dial 911, I ran around the corner into the cereal aisle. Well, like they say, if you hear hoofbeats, don’t think zebras. It was what you’d expect. A toddler wanted the box of chocolatey candy-coated sugar puff cereal, and mom was…
  • Try To Be A Man

    Idaho Dad
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:32 pm
    If you’re a stay-at-home dad, then you’ve seen the disapproving looks and heard the snide comments. At first it bothers you, but after awhile you realize that the animosity usually stems from either ignorance or jealousy. And where do these looks and comments come from? Oh, just about everywhere. Family, friends, men, women, stay-at-home moms… But the worst are the golf-playing, beer-drinking, Minoxidil-rubbing, weight-pumping working dads. They have their own personal definition of what a man is supposed to be, and it sure as heck doesn’t include vacuuming, changing diapers, and…
  • The Homeschool Decision

    Idaho Dad
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    People often ask us why we first decided to school our kids at home. We started in 2006, which seems forever ago, so it’s hard to remember all of the reasons why we turned away from the public schools. Luckily, I wrote down a conversation I had with my son a few months before we made the decision. He was in second grade at the time. Me: “Did you go to the library today?” Him: “Yes, I found a Bailey School Kids book!” Me: “Cool. You can read it tonight.” Him: “No, I already read it.” Me: “What? When?” Him: “Today, during my free time.” Me: “Exactly how much free…
  • A Bigger Worry Than Ebola

    Idaho Dad
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Ebola Virus is all over the news, maybe all over Texas by now, but you really don’t need to be worried about it just yet. No, we are just starting cold and flu season, which generally runs from October to May. That’s what you should be worried about. However, if you use some common sense and preventative care, you might not even have to worry about cold and flu viruses, which will free up a lot of time to freak out about Ebola. Here are a few uncommon facts about the common cold, from Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University… Being cold, or chilled, does not…
  • Sleeping in the Trees

    Idaho Dad
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    I had a treehouse when I was a kid. And I’m pretty sure I slept in it once or twice. As a grown-up, the idea of sleeping in the trees, on the bare wood floor of a drafty, spider-infested, rickety old treehouse, doesn’t sound so appealing. Ah, but what if you could find some relative luxury up in those trees? That’s what you’ll get at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort, in Takilma, Oregon. They have 18 different cabins built in the trees, connected by various suspension bridges, platforms, ladders, and ropes. Each and every one of them is different. You’ll find a few of them as…
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    Family Matters

  • Good Relationship with Loving Affirmations

    Ronit Baras
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Relationships and the way we connect with others are very important and essential to our happiness and success in life. Research shows that people who are in a good relationship are healthier, happier and they live longer. So, a good relationship is the best prescription for a long life. I would take two prescriptions of that kind of medication. We learn about relationships from the people closest to us - usually, our parents, later on our siblings and much later, from friends. If they model good relationships, we copy them. If the model bad relationships, we model that as well. Why? Because…
  • You Kick Like a Girl

    Ronit Baras
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    As a young girl, I grew up in a small town where kids played in the street until their parents called them home for dinner. It was a small street and playing there was much like playing in your front yard. You could count about 10 steps from your front door to the street. It was a generation when most people had many kids. My family was one of the smallest - only 5 kids. Most of my friends had 6 or 7 siblings. I was very much a tomboy and never did things "like a girl". I played with the boys, mainly because there were more of them than girls. It seemed very natural for me to hang around…
  • Healthy Affirmations: Healthy Body

    Ronit Baras
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In the last chapter of the affirmation series, I explained why it is important to adopt good beliefs about the world around us. What we think of our body and about its health is very important to the function of the body and its health. We can plant healthy beliefs in our minds by using healthy affirmations and reading them over and over again. As a mother, I am a strong believer in affirmations and planting good and healthy beliefs in kids' minds. I have 3 kids and they are extremely healthy. They go to the doctor for health checks, not due to illness. I truly believe this is mainly because…
  • Mirror Neurons and Parenting

    Ronit Baras
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Imagine what our lives would be like if we could look in the mirror and change what we see in it. Imagine if it could help us change what we see both inside and outside of ourselves. I think kids are such very special mirrors. They  visually project the image of those who stand before them. If you want to see your parenting image, all you have to do is look into your live mirror, your kids. A recent research on mirror neurons has discovered that when we watch someone doing something, the same neurons that fire in their brain also fire in our brain. By watching them, we end up thinking…
  • Happy Affirmations: Happy Beliefs

    Ronit Baras
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Affirmations are statements that, by repeating over and over again, we can convince the mind to adopt and replay in its chatter - Ronit Baras I have written a lot about affirmations in this blog, mainly because I believe they are very important for our health and wellbeing. You can sit down with a person for 10 minutes and tell if his or she is a happy, successful, healthy person by the phrases they say repeatedly. Do you know why? Because those things they say repeatedly are part of their beliefs about themselves and the world around them. The way we experience the world depends a lot on…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • The Lock Out Situation

    probrien1
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Don’t let this pretty face or her kind thank you’s, pleases and I’m sorrys fool you. Behind this sweet exterior …Continue reading →
  • Life Is Better With You

    probrien1
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Today our little girl turns two and it can only leave me to wonder where the time has gone. Grace, …Continue reading →
  • Coldstone vs. Yellowstone

    probrien1
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Jenn and I both love our kids, we love to travel, we really love to travel when we have air …Continue reading →
  • Ice Bucket Fail

    probrien1
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    So in catching up, this falls in line with one of those stories, that I don’t want to fall by …Continue reading →
  • Quickdate

    probrien1
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    I started this blog in order to document all the new experiences , learnings and blunders that I would encounter …Continue reading →
 
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    ShopaholicMommy

  • Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe

    Tina
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We have been trying to make these pumpkin spice cupcakes for a couple of weeks and this weekend we finally got around to it! They were very easy to make because we used a box cake mix but they took a whole lot longer to cook in the oven than I expected. I must admit that once we took these cupcakes out of the oven it made the house smell amazing. It is truly a scent that we associate with the holidays! The kids love the taste of pumpkin and have decided they want to try a new pumpkin dessert recipe every week (we’ll let you know how that works out)! Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe –…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in October

    Ashley B
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Autumn is crisp and cool in the air, and fall is officially here! October brings images of pumpkin carving, the last weeks of apple picking, fall fairs, long sleeves, colorful leaves and chilly nights. It’s not back-to-school season anymore, and it’s not quite time to start decorating for the winter holidays. October was always my favorite month, growing up in New England: The weather was gorgeous and so was the fall foliage! October is also a great time to get some good buys on items that you can use all year long. Here are some best bets for shopping this month: Home Appliances. New…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in September

    Tina
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    September is here! When I lived in New England, this was always my favorite time of year: the air would be crisp in the mornings, but still comfortably warm in the afternoons. Living in Florida now, I miss those days of early fall! Now the kids are back in school (or returning after this upcoming weekend, if you live in an area that goes back after Labor Day) and most of the nation is back to wearing real shoes and opening their windows during the day. You might be thinking ahead to shopping for the winter holidays, or you might just be recuperating from checking off all of the items of your…
  • Labor Day Family Fun

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

    Tina
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    On July 2 we got the opportunity to see the Katy Perry Prism Tour at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The kids and I had been keeping an eye out for the tour ever since the Prism cd was released. This was the first major concert that my kids have ever seen and it did not disappoint.  Between Katy’s costume changes, amazing lighting, parts of the stage moving, and last but not least Katy flying around at different points it was a feast for the eyes. Her vocals were on point and the large screen behind her matched the tone of the music perfectly. She excitedly told us that brace ourselves…
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • Another Project Update, This is

    Imperfect Mommies
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    So, here’s a picture of the Halloween project I’m working on so far:   Annoying Voice in My Head: “Is it Yoda with one ear?” Me: “No.” AVimH: “How about one of the Pac Man ghosts with one giant ear?” Me: “No.” AVimH: “How about that cartoon eagle?” Me: “You mean this one?” AVimH: “Yes.” […]
  • If I Had to Apologize for Everything That Went Through My Mind….

    Imperfect Mommies
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    I overheard this exchange between two of my kids this morning: Scott: “Sorry for calling you stupid, Kelly.” Kelly: “You didn’t.” Scott: “Well, I said it in my mind.”
  • Project Update

    Imperfect Mommies
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    So, my new project involves math. MATH! I spent three hours last night relearning how to calculate angles and measure an arc. What is really irritating is that I used to know how to do this stuff. I think teenagers are right—they really are smarter than adults. The sheer amount of knowledge I have lost […]
  • New Project

    Imperfect Mommies
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    So, now that I’m just about done with the treehouse I decided to build something new. Something for Halloween. I should have it done in a few weeks. These are (most of) the materials. Any guesses?   Guilty Conscience: “A pipe bomb?” Me: “What???!!!!! NO! God, what is it with you and pipe bombs?” Guilty […]
  • Treehouse of Horrors

    Imperfect Mommies
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    So, now that the treehouse is almost finished the kids decided that they wanted to spend the night in it. They picked a night and were really excited about it. That night finally came yesterday. I inwardly groaned when they reminded me. Because I didn’t want to let them sleep outside by themselves all night […]
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    Dumb {Squared}

  • Even the Stepford Wives wouldn't live here because these people are just too much

    RK
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    If it wasn't for this little girl, I'd be in the minivan right now running over my neighbors' bushes.  My neighborhood doesn't have white picket fences or porches with swinging bench seats -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Twist the knife in my heart. Slowly.

    RK
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    I am walking around like a zombie, although I think the undead on The Walking Dead look much better. Their hair? Way better. I was trying to keep myself busy over the weekend so I wouldn't have to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • No amount of expletives can describe today

    RK
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    It has been the shittiest of weeks, but today is the worst of all.  I'm not ready to talk about it, but in true fashion, I am ready to start being an asshole. All I've wanted to do today is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where are those superhero powers I'm supposed to have and can I buy them from Amazon?

    RK
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I've mentioned this a few times here before, but I come back to it over and over again because it's a scene that sticks out from my childhood and because a). Christopher Reeve b). Superman c). sad... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown

    RK
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    I woke up, groggy from another restless night of sleep. My muscles were sore and my back felt like it was a ladder the toddler used as a toy. We need a new mattress, I told Carl. We just got this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Crushed By Your BFF — How to Navigate the ‘Tween’ Years

    Lisa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By  Vanessa Schenck “So, something happened to me at school today,” said Julia, my nine-year-old daughter just as we were sitting down to eat dinner the other day. Now, if you’re like me, you intuitively know whether that means something good or something bad. This time I could tell it was not going to be good. My daughter went on to tell me one of her best friends had crushed her that day. Apparently, in gym class, the girls played a game that required everyone to find a partner. Julia told me she had asked one of her best pals to be partners and was told, “Sorry. I already have a…
  • The Age of ‘Not-So’ Innocence: Why Teen Sexting Has Become Epidemic

    Lisa
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Here we are, at the start of another school year and already a serious case of SEXTING has created alarming turmoil and concern at a very prestigious suburban high school. Emails were sent home to the entire parent community and the administration is actively working with the local police, all to no avail. This community is no different than mine or yours … except for the fact that teens were caught sending candid photos of scantily-clad, barely-dressed classmates that spread like wildfire. Some photos were intentional, some taken secretly without the victim’s consent,…
  • Over-The-Top: Why Has High School Homecoming Morphed Into A Wedding Weekend?

    Lisa
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Perhaps I’m Old School, antiquated. But what happened to High School Homecoming, when it was actually about the kids and the dance? Never mind that I have three teenage daughters to outfit for The Ball … Yes, a freshman, a sophomore, and a senior (read: dresses, shoes, waxing, nails, makeup, and most importantly, HAIR). No, I will not bitch about what my ‘Day Of’ is going to look like; doing the suburban shuffle to three sets of photo shoots all taking place between 6 pm and 6:45 p.m., nor complain that I volunteered to have the “Sleep Over”…
  • Enough With The ‘iRude’ Teen Texting: Here Are 4 Rules for the ‘iGeneration’

    Lisa
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep. Allowing a student to get in the way of a binge episode of “Game of Thrones”, my phone kept beeping during critical moments of our favorite show. Jon Snow was in a tight spot. I love Jon Snow and The Husband was not pleased by the interruption. And I get it – when we sit down to finally relax at night, he hates the sound of the bleeps and rings, but with one of my own away at school and knowing my students work all hours of the night – I leave my phone on until 10 p.m.  Just in case. A symptom of what is known as the…
  • One Mom’s Fantasy: Abolish Middle School AND Eliminate the Drama

    Lisa
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr In an eight-day period, more than 200,000 parents from coast-to-coast (even from as far away as London, Australia, and Singapore) have read and responded to one particular GIRLilla Warfare blog: ‘Being ‘Left Out’ Hurts — Let’s Stop Social Engineering Now” http://girlillawarfare.com/being-left-out-hurts-heres-what-you-can-do/ Every blogger wants her blog to go viral … and when it does, bring on the bubbly, or as my colleague “Teen Expert” Debby Shulman would say, “Break out the Scotch, baby.” But in this case…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Quebec and Ottawa killings of soldiers: More to remember on Remembrance Day.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Quebec and Ottawa shootings and deaths of Canadian soldiers were at the hands of radicalized individuals now acting upon threats in Canada. The Ottawa Citizen and CBC.ca have reported the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: Guidelines to success while maintaining trust as a reviewer.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Reviewing free product supplied specifically for the purpose of review can be a tricky process. To be respected and trusted as a reviewer, it is important to be honest in the reviews written – about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

    cjblythe
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    I’ve posted in the past about my trick of putting liquid hand soap on stains so they will come out in the wash. This is especially helpful when you don’t have ready access to a laundry as it keeps... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please excuse the mess!?

    cjblythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    For the next few weeks, both this and my Empty Nest Ancestry site are undergoing some experimentation, the end result of which will be the theme and layout frequently changing. This is to optimize... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Breakfast Bake: Answering “What can I do with leftover fries?”

    cjblythe
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Some people may call me cheap, but my frugal nature sometimes causes me to be creative, and this Breakfast Bake, was the results of one such incident. We like to make oven fries – both store bought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Crazy Mom Life

  • Big family blessings

    Stacie Mahoe
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    When you wake up in the morning and this is one of the first things you see, you can’t help but have a great day… “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox
  • Start Your Beef Jerky Business for $13

    Stacie Mahoe
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    WooHoo! I can’t wait to get my first bags of natural beef jerky from Jerky Direct.  Autoship makes it simple for us to keep this healthy snack option in our home each month.  Right now, as I type, we have the Extra Tender Beef Jerky and the Organic Peppered Beef Jerky on it’s way to our door. In addition to having a great healthy snack on hand with no fuss and no worry, I get to help others get it too! I’m exciting to be selling Jerky Direct products because… Jerky Direct products provide a healthy, all natural source of protein. Many of the products contain: no…
  • Best Parenting Advice All In One Post

    Stacie Mahoe
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you first become a parent you get advice from everywhere. Seriously, as a sleep deprived mama whose head over heels in love with your newborn baby, you want to do everything right. You want to make sure your child is happy, grows into a responsible, honorable human being, and has a great life. You want to do anything and everything to do your best for your child. I don’t know about you, but I felt a lot of anxiety over this. With everything I did I wondered if it was the right thing. Or was I making a mistake? Was I spoiling my child? Or was I being a good parent? Was I helping too…
  • Unschooling Observations: Math and Language

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

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

  • Guide To Making A Great Pumpkin Jack-O’-Lantern

    Rob Youngblood
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    At our house, the Youngblood Men like to wait until close to Halloween to carve our pumpkins. It really gets my son into the spirit and it also helps the pumpkins continue to look fresh for the trick or treat parade. With that in mind, I thought I would share my pumpkin jack-o’-lantern carving tips and tricks that I have learned over the years (and am still learning and working to perfect). Guide To Halloween Pumpkin Jack-O’-Lantern Carving Tips And Tricks   Some of our finest pumpkin jack-o’-lantern carving! How to Pick and Carve a Pumpkin You want a fine looking…
  • No-Waste Caramel Apple Halves

    Sarah Parsell
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    With all the fall fests and Halloween parties happening, it’s easy to find yourself looking for treats to serve.  One of the most common autumn delights are caramel apples, and for good reason! Surfing the web, I found a new twist on caramel apples, and that was to make them into little caramel apple pops, similar in looks and size to cake pops covered in caramel. It was a great idea, since who can actually  finish an entire caramel apple? Those things are massive. And sticky. And way sweet. With apple chunks that small though, the ratio of apple to caramel struck me as a little too heavy…
  • Melissa d’Arabian Shares Tips For Getting Kids To Eat More Veggies

    Scarlet
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    We all know that vegetables are good for you but sometimes getting our kids to eat as many veggies as we’d like can be challenging.  Depending on your child’s age and they should be consuming anywhere from 1 cup to 3 cups according to choosemyplate.gov.  Today, 9 out of 10 people in the United States do not get the proper amount of vegetables, according to The State Of The Plate report. My kids are pretty great about eating their veggies on the whole and lots of people ask me how to get their kids to eat more veggies.  Here are some useful tips from Melissa d’Arabian and then…
  • Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Blind Taste Test- Surprising Results

    Scarlet
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. Are you curious about Silk Vanilla Almondmilk? I was. I wanted to see what my son would think of Silk Vanilla Almondmilk so I gave him a blind taste test! I had already tried it and liked it but I wanted to give him a blind taste test because sometimes he can make up his mind about things before trying them. I wanted him to taste Silk Vanilla Almondmilk without any preconceptions. My Son’s Silk Vanilla Almondmilk Blind Taste Test While my son was doing his homework after school, I told him that I was going to…
  • Moody Sisters Handmade Natural Skincare Review and Giveaway

    Scarlet
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Moody Sisters Natural Skincare did provide samples to facilitate review and they will provide a $100 Moody Sisters gift certificate for giveaway to one lucky reader.  I did not receive monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own. Moody Sisters Handmade Natural Skincare Moody Sisters Natural Skincare is handmade in small batches to make the freshest natural skincare, safe for the whole family.  Moody Sisters uses NO chemicals, fragrances, dyes, sulphates, or parabens- the skincare is all natural!  They handcraft each natural skincare product using only earth derived…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipe

    Erica Brooks
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    It is pumpkin carving season! We all know what that means, plenty of pumpkin seeds! Instead of throwing them away, give this pumpkin seed recipe a try. It’s pretty easy to make and is a fun activity that your kids will enjoy helping you bake and eat. Print Pumpkin Seed Recipe IngredientsCaramelized Spiced Nuts 1/4 to 1/2 cup Blue Agave 1 tsp. salt Custom Garam Masala essential oil blend - 1 drop Cardamom , 1 drop Cinnamon, 1 drop Clove, 1 drop Cumin, toothpick dipped in Fennel, and toothpick dipped in Nutmeg 1 pound unsalted mixed nuts and seeds, such as almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds,…
  • Step Out Diabetes Walk

    Erica Brooks
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This weekend my family participated in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Diabetes Walk at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C.  It  has been 3yrs since my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Since then he has changed his diet dramatically by eating more fresh vegetables, fruits like apples, grapes and various berries, lean meats and seafood. Also cutting back on sugar and foods high in carbs. To supplement the clean eating, he goes to the gym three times a week doing aquatic aerobics as his work schedule permits. Our children and I have supported him and the…
  • Meditation: The Art Of Finding Health & Inner Peace

    Ashley Brown
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Mental health is vital part of our lives and should be nurtured in the best possible way. But accomplishing meditation is a matter of strict discipline and repeated efforts. We all experience life in this modern world as a topsy-turvy madhouse where peace is just out of sight. So it becomes a genuine need to turn inwards and seek the bliss of peace. The art of meditation Meditation is an art form practiced to relieve the mind from the atrocities of the world. There are endless benefits of meditation for body, mind and soul. Meditation releases stress from our mind like it was never there. It…
  • Natural Hair Clarifier Recipe

    Erica Brooks
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    DIY Natural Hair Clarifier Recipe If your hair is feeling limp or feels drier than you’d like even after shampooing and conditioning, it may need clarification. Clarification removes product buildup that can occur from shampoo, oils, hair butters, hard water, etc. Below is a natural hair clarifier recipe that requires few ingredients that you can make in less than ten minutes to bring your hair back to life. Ingredients: 2 drops Rosemary OR Thyme essential oil ¼ cup vinegar ¾ cup water 8 oz bottle Directions: Mix ¼ cup vinegar with ¾ cup water in a clean bottle. Add a couple drops…
  • Pumpkin Patch Fun at Agriculture Education Day

    Erica Brooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    The kids and I had a day of fun learning about Agriculture while checking a few things off our Fall bucket list. We attended the 8th annual Agriculture Education Day held at Y Worry Pumpkin Patch & Christmas Tree Farm in Davidsonville, Maryland. It was a day filled with live music, farm animals, local food vendors, local craft and agriculture product vendors, games, scarecrow stations, hay bail pyramid, corn maze, cornstalk teepee and pumpkin patch! Admission was free as well as the activities. Food and pumpkins were for sale but affordable. We had a blast. Check out the fun we had below:…
 
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  • 24 Days of Javita - Another Weight Loss Test

    Laura - Momblogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    The most popular post on this blog has been my Javita coffee weight loss test. I've gotten the opportunity to try it again, and see if doing things differently will give me different results.If you have been wondering about Javita Gourmet Instant Coffee and whether it really works or not, chances are you may have already visited my blog post about it. I tried it and it didn't work for me the way it works for others. ( I lost half a pound the first week and nothing the second week. That's not enough for me to keep buying it.) Many people said "well, you didn't eat right". Granted, I didn't. If…
  • Guest Post: Transition From Crib to Bed - Harder on YOU?

    Laura - Momblogger
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    The age old question parents typically ask themselves, is "what the hell was I thinking?". The second question is usually "When do I transition my toddler out of a crib, into a bed?". The answer to most parenting questions is "When they're ready", or "When they start shaving"...Anywhere between 18 months and 30 months is a good timeline, but most often parents do it sooner rather than later as a safety measure. When children are strong enough to climb out, they risk injury. It is inhumane to install a ceiling to the crib like "Planet of the Apes", so removing one side of the crib or…
  • Making Sacrifices

    Laura - Momblogger
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This little girl is truly amazing. Soon, she will turn five years old and today I had to ask her to do something way beyond her years and maturity of understanding. Yet, her heart was willing. Everyone hears about Anna's battle with cancer and they immediately think of how horrible it is for Anna. And it is. Horrible. Yet, it doesn't just affect Anna. We all make sacrifices to make sure that Anna is going to be okay, including her sweet sister Essie. I'm sure there are quite a few stories that can be told from the point of view of a child that has a sibling with cancer. This one is from…
  • My Recipe Book

    Laura - Momblogger
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If I ever lost this recipe book, I'd be very sad! Some of the greatest recipes loved by my family are contained in this book:When I was a young woman, my Nanny forgot my birthday one year. I was never suppose to know that, but of course my sister told me because we were adults and it was quite funny. The reason we found it so humorous was not because she forgot, but how she tried to cover it up. In years past she would always give me a $20 or a gift card or something I really liked for my birthday. When I arrived at her house for our usual Sunday afternoon dinner that day, she had this recipe…
  • Shake The Crave - Health Weight Loss Shakes

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

  • Quebec and Ottawa killings of soldiers: More to remember on Remembrance Day.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Quebec and Ottawa shootings and deaths of Canadian soldiers were at the hands of radicalized individuals now acting upon threats in Canada. The Ottawa Citizen and CBC.ca have reported the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Product Review: Guidelines to success while maintaining trust as a reviewer.

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Reviewing free product supplied specifically for the purpose of review can be a tricky process. To be respected and trusted as a reviewer, it is important to be honest in the reviews written – about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

    cjblythe
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    I’ve posted in the past about my trick of putting liquid hand soap on stains so they will come out in the wash. This is especially helpful when you don’t have ready access to a laundry as it keeps... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please excuse the mess!?

    cjblythe
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    For the next few weeks, both this and my Empty Nest Ancestry site are undergoing some experimentation, the end result of which will be the theme and layout frequently changing. This is to optimize... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Breakfast Bake: Answering “What can I do with leftover fries?”

    cjblythe
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Some people may call me cheap, but my frugal nature sometimes causes me to be creative, and this Breakfast Bake, was the results of one such incident. We like to make oven fries – both store bought... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Memfy – Where Memories Matter

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Years ago when I was in my tween and teen years, I kept a journal. I recorded everything, every memory, every day was written down, even if it was just a single thought that haunted me. Some of my journals are now lost, and wound up god knows where, some of them are still intact. Read more... The post Memfy – Where Memories Matter appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • 10 Things Husbands Don’t Want To Hear

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Aaaah husbands. Those wonderful humans who make us smile, who make us laugh, who make us cry, and sometimes they make us want to pull our hair out. We often see on TV how wives are portrayed as always nagging and complaining while the husbands just roll their eyes, mumble out an obligatory “yes dear” Read more... The post 10 Things Husbands Don’t Want To Hear appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Change Your Thoughts And You Change Your World

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Change your thoughts, and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale I’ve said a few time that by changing your thoughts, and taking action, you can achieve your dreams and goals. But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how to change your thoughts. You may think that it’s easier said than done. If you spent Read more... The post Change Your Thoughts And You Change Your World appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Brittnei

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yay for another Friday! This week we are swapping with Brittnei who blogs on Homemaking With Style! Brittnei is one of my favorite bloggers and her honesty was one of the first things that drew me to her blog. She shares her everyday life with us as she travels the world of motherhood and being Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Brittnei appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • MadMimi Review: Simple And Pretty Emails

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    How many times have you heard the sentence “Money is in the list?” If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard that sentence over and over again. The thing is, whethere or not you are making money from your blog, having an email list is important. It’s another way to connect with your readers and get Read more... The post MadMimi Review: Simple And Pretty Emails appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
 
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Have Some Family Fun Crafting These DIY Cardboard Masks

    Amanda
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lately I feel like we have been falling into the tv trap again. Normally tv in our house is limited but sometimes you just need the quiet, you know? The problem with this, at least for our kids, is that the more we let them sit in front of the tv the harder it becomes for them to play later. They seem to lose the ability to use their imagination and entertain themselves. Now while they need to just go and play sometimes, I also love the opportunity to just play as well. Im not one for dolls though, not cars either. I love to build lego, colour and make crafts with the kids. This past weekend…
  • Turn 6 Ingredients Into Delicious Peasant Bread

    Chad
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most amazing smells in the world in my opinion happens to be that of fresh baked bread. The smell instantly transports me to a bakery and the feeling is one of warmth, good memories and love. It’s hard to describe but if you’ve ever been around fresh from the oven bread the taste as that fluffy, chewy deliciousness hits your mouth is one of utter amazement and one you will never forget. Many people assume that bread is one of those things that you need a bakery and hours and hours of free time to prepare and make. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and Amanda and I have…
  • Kid’s Artwork Sitting In A Pile? Show It Off In Style With An Art Wall

    Chad
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We feel very lucky to have 3 extremely creative kids who are always drawing, painting, colouring, building and making art to decorate our house with. The problem is how do you display all of this wonderful art in a way that is more than thumb tacking it to a wall, pinning it to the fridge or stuffing it in a drawer? With art and other projects coming home from school daily and the amount of arts and crafts created by our kids after school we have stacks and stacks of artwork and pictures that we just don’t have the heart to throw away but there is no way we could possibly display all of it…
  • 5 Things Our Family Is Grateful For This Year

    Chad
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For those of us who celebrate it, this past Monday (October 13th) was Thanksgiving in Canada and that is the reason for our lack of posting as well. Our family isn’t big on Thanksgiving but we do have a big meal and enjoy the day together as a family. Normally we do up a delicious Turkey with all the usual suspects of stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce and other eat until you feel like you’re going to explode goodness but this year we opted instead for a ham. Amanda cooked the ham to perfection using honey mustard glaze and then we went with potatoes and parmesan pan fried…
  • Ummm, Netflix If You Could Fix Your Crappy Parental Controls That Would Be Great

    Chad
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I want to interrupt our regularly scheduled family blogging to bring you this special edition rant about Netflix and how they fail on parental controls. This may be a little ranty and a little techy but I feel justified in venting my frustrations here. As we’ve written about in the past our family is a bunch of quitters, that’s right we quit cable cold turkey and went to using only Netflix for our tentertainment. This has proved to be a marvellous success that not only saved us money as the cable bill was bleeding us dry, it also has us watching less television and we’re happy to…
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    Twisted Glasses

  • Being Misunderstood…

    Christy
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    This week, once again, I was misunderstood. This isn […]
  • Cooking

    Christy
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    When I grew up we had some pretty basic staples in our […]
  • Lexia Reading

    Christy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Last year my kids’ elementary school introduced a […]
  • The Change

    Christy
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Well, here it is 9:45 am on a sunday morning and I am n […]
  • Dinner

    Christy
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This morning a friend contacted me asking if she could […]
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • Developing Your Child’s Social Skils

    familyfirst
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Developing social skills in children is as equally important as developing physical skills. Unfortunately, unlike physical skills, social skills are not as easy to identify. While physical growth is visible, social development requires close observation and monitoring. It’s important to remember that every child develops social skills at a different rate. Whether you’re a new or experienced parent, helping your child cultivate these skills may present new challenges. Here are some techniques that can help you enhance your child’s social skills. Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici…
  • Why Your Child Should Receive an Allergy Test

    familyfirst
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Everyone is pretty familiar with signs of allergies: sniffling, sneezing, skin irritation. Although these symptoms appear to be minor in nature, allergies should always be properly addressed by a pediatrician. If left untreated, allergies can become much more serious and contribute to other health conditions. To avoid potential complications related to untreated allergies, it is important that your child receives an allergy test. Why should I get my child tested for allergies? Since allergies are common in infants and children,…
  • Introducing Solid Foods to an Infant

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

    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…
 
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • Why I don’t dread turning 40

    Larger Family Life
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
      Tomorrow I turn 40. You know, it’s when life begins. Supposedly. It’s the milestone I feel I’m supposed to dread coming but I’m not. Because I’m quite looking forward to getting older and becoming intentionally more eccentric. I’m looking forward to being able to get away with stuff that I can’t get away with […]Related Posts:How to dress well for lessInterior Design for DummiesHow to Create a Child’s Simple Spring WardrobeEasy Summer Style for Boys with Stone Island KidsThe Height of Fashion     
  • Media Request: Large Families Wanted for TV Programme on Modern Britain

    Larger Family Life
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
        ARE YOU THE PARENT OF A LARGE FAMILY?   ITN are looking for Britain’s biggest families (five children or more), to take part in an observational television documentary.    Do you want to ensure that your children have a reasonable standard of living?  Are you worried about the way in which recent welfare cuts could affect your […]Related Posts:Media Request: What is it like to be a child in Britain…Media Request: Wanted! Britain’s Biggest Families at…Media Request: Families with teens wantedWanted: Large families on the morning…
  • Car Safety Measures To Take While Driving With Family

    Features
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
        Hello everyone! I am Ross and I have a keen interest in traveling, reading and writing. There are little things which when not cared for become the reason for taking a person’s life. It is very important to ensure complete safety while driving and hence, this guest post is geared towards creating awareness […]Related Posts:Consider the Safety of Children’s Car Seats in Rented…The Day Volvo Made Me Feel Like an Awful ParentTop-three MPVs for the modern familyHow to organise your carWhy a Minibus Could be the Perfect Choice for Your Family     
  • 8 Ways to Maximise Space in Small Bathrooms

    Features
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
        Unless undertaking a building project is on the cards, you need to find alternative ways of maximising space in a small bathroom. There are several tips and tricks that you can use to make the most of the space you have, no matter how limited it might be. Here are some ideas that […]Related Posts:Making the Most of Your Bathroom10 Quick Bathroom Makeover Ideas5 quick steps to organising your family’s bathroomOrganisation in the Home: Ultimate Storage Capabilities in…Downsizing Your Property: More Tips and Tricks on Making…     
  • Media Request: Wanted! Britain’s Biggest Families at Christmas

    Larger Family Life
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
                  Filled with happiness and good spirits we will capture all aspects of family life with everything from sitting around the dinner table and reading Christmas cracker jokes to the squabbles and bickering that can often happen. We will follow the families as they get together over the festive […]Related Posts:Media Request: Large Families Wanted for TV Programme on…Wanted: Large families on the morning school run!Media Request: What is it like to be a child in Britain…Media request for large familiesMedia Request: Families with…
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  • Scary Mommy Thanksgiving 2014

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Hunger sucks. Big time. I challenge you, if you don’t know what hunger feels like. Skip dinner and snacking, and see how cranky you get in one day. Some kids only get breakfast and lunch at school, through the free lunch program, and have no food at home. I can’t imagine how these kids concentrate on their school work with their little tummies growling at them. I know if I miss a meal hangry isn’t even the right word, I turn into a bear on a chocolate-seeking rampage. Scary Mommy has been a favorite site of mine for quite a while. Humorous, irreverent, and non-judgmental,…
  • You’ve Been Booed Free Printable

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Being booed is a tradition that has been around for years. It is an act of kindness you can practice in your neighborhood. Talk to your kids about giving and acts of kindness while you create your own boo. This printable is one page. It is almost monochrome, with mostly black and white, a little more goth than most of the boo’d printables out there. (straight to download) On the left the background is a gravestone. There is a vintage clip art ghost which is black and white and orange. It says, “We’ve Been Booed,” in red text. On the right is a graphic with a…
  • Attack of the Killer Mousie – I Made a Funny

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Here’s a little humor for you, a true story from my little life. I made a funny. Or the mousie did. Something like that. So, yeah. That was fun. Here I am, driving along to pick up kid #2. I look over, for some unknown reason (like I’m psychic or my predator-radar pinged), and there is a cute furry little rodent on the floor of the car. Scurrying towards me. It is a demonic attack mousie with fangs, wings, and supermouse speed. Or possibly just fur. I do not, at this point, scream. Or crash the car and die. After the adrenaline spike, I semi-calmly pull over, mostly not in the…
  • Free Fall Banner Printable & More From My Shop!

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    I’ve been a busy raccoon over at the shop, getting things posted and glittering things. Check out some of my stuff and grab your freebie over there… Fall Banner Printable Freebie from HousePunkery Read about what happens behind the scenes when I create a new line: Birth of a Banner – The process of developing a new item from HousePunkery Take a look at my lovelies and help support my glitter habit! Seasonal Schtuff from HousePunkery The post Free Fall Banner Printable & More From My Shop! appeared first on More With Less Mom.
  • September Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    For us September brings the busyness of the school year. We have weekly guitar lessons, choir practice, and school events. The offbeat holidays we are using as an excuse to celebrate something are: Eat an Extra Dessert Day (Sep 4), Teddy Bear Day (Sep 9), !International Chocolate Day! & Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day (Sep 13), Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sep 19), World Gratitude Day (Sep 21), Hobbit Day (Sep 22), Comic Book Day (Sep 25), and Coffee Day (Sep 29). Ideas and resources for menu planning in September, many seasonal summer and fall and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients,…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • FYMS 006: How To Unite and Overcome Struggles With Steve and Beth Tessler

    Marcus and Ashley
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    In today’s episode, Steve and Beth Tessler share their first year of marriage story. Steve is a mail handler and retired Navy personel, and Beth is a surgical co-ordinator. They have been married for over 19 years, have 2 kids and 2 step children from Steve’s first marriage. And reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. Description of  First Year in one or two words Challenging and Adventurous. Steve and Beth also share how they were able to unite, and overcome the struggle of living apart for some time as a military couple. Listen to their first year story, the struggles, exciting…
  • FYMS 005: How To Resolve Sexual Intimacy Differences With Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe

    Marcus and Ashley
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    In today’s episode, Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe share their first year of marriage story. They have been married for more than 13 years, have 3 beautiful kids, and live in Indianapolis. Jackie is the speaker, writer, and host of the 7 Rings of Marriage Show. Stephana is the director of a Home School Co-op in Indianapolis. Together, they help couples build healthy and lasting marriages. Photo credit: Dimensions Photography Description of first year in one or two words Eye opening and challenging. Jackie and Stephana also share insights on how they were able to resolve the sexual intimacy…
  • FYMS 004: How To Adjust To Married Life With Marcus and Ashley

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As a newlywed, adjusting to married life and to each other will not be easy, but its necessary for your marriage to succeed. In this episode, we share tips on how to adjust to married life, and some of the adjustments we had to make during our first year. You can also read this post about adjusting to married life. How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player below the title of this episode. You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If viewing this in email, click here. If you enjoyed this episode, we will truly appreciate it if you: 1. Leave us a 5-star rating and review on…
  • FYMS 003: For Better Or Worse With Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:59 am
    In this episode, Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo share their first year of marriage story. They have been married for more than 18 years, have 2 beautiful kids, and live in San Diego California. Together, they help married couples to be intentional about their marriage, enjoy sex, love, and be committed to their marriage. Description of  First Year in one or two words Adjustment, challenging, and difficult. Listen to their First Year story: the struggles, exciting moments, and marriage advice they shared for newlyweds. Tony and Alisa also shared an exciting moment you do not want to miss;…
  • FYMS 002: How To Use Personal Accountability To Become A Better Spouse With Nick Pavlidis

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    In todays episode, Nick Pavlidis shared his first year marriage experience with us. Nick is a writer, speaker, coach, and a lawyer. He has been married for over 6 years to a very patient woman, and has two great kids. Description of Nick’s First Year in one or two words Challenging but hopeful. Listen to Nick’s story: the struggles, exciting moments, and what he wish they had know before getting married. Nick also shows us how we can use personal accountability to improve our marriage. You don’t want to miss this episode. How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player…
 
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    Momvelous

  • Top 10 Fun Learning Activities For Toddlers

    Jessica
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    To a toddler, the whole world is a classroom and every day is a new learning adventure. They have an instinctive need to explore the world around them, touch everything, to see what sounds it makes when it drops to the floor or up against a wall. They even need to experience what it tastes […]
  • 15 Tips To Help You Increase Breast Milk Supply Naturally

    Jenny
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Insufficient supply of breast milk is one of the top reasons for why new mothers give up on breastfeeding their infants. That’s easy to understand considering how heartbreaking it is to have to hear your baby cry out of hunger. However, before reaching for the infant formula, you might want to try the following 15 […]
  • Expecting? A List Of Good Pregnancy Books To Read While Pregnant

    Jessica
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    So you just found out your pregnant. Congratulations! You may be feeling super excited, maybe even a bit scared or overwhelmed by all things you are just now realizing you don’t know about pregnancy and babies. It is time to get educated! As you do a quick search online or browse the shelves at your […]
  • HABA Round n’ Round Discovery Set: A Toy Your Child Can Grow With

    Jenny
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    One of the biggest challenges of buying toys for babies is the fact that they outgrow their toys fast. As their fine motor skills and logical thinking starts to develop even more, they really need educational toys that are going to challenge them to learn and grow. That’s why I look for toys that have […]
  • A Mommy’s Quick Guide To Potty Training Toddlers

    Melly
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Most parents can list you the difficult stages in life that you’ll go through with your child. One of the ones that everyone usually skirts around is potty training. If they had an easy go of it, they’ll just say “Yeah that was no problem for my kid”. On the other hand if it didn’t […]
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  • WIN Detergent Review #SweatHardSmellGreat #WINDetergent #sweatpink

    Liz Chapman
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
     Essential for runners, cyclists, tennis players, spin class regulars. Also works wonders on smelly soccer, lacrosse, football, and hockey uniforms. Dye Free, Fragrance Free makes WIN GREEN ideal for people with sensitive skin or sensitive noses.WIN is biodegradable and septic safe. It is never tested on animals. The WIN bottle is 25% or more post-consumer recycled plastic, and is also recyclable.We put this detergent to the test on some regular work clothing....Have to say didn't really SURPRISE anyone with it's super cleaning power. I was kind of hoping it would be a Super duper…
  • Halloween Themed Party #Halloween

    Liz Chapman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    I have been collecting Halloween finds pretty much all year. Because I host a annual Pumpkin Party for the kids. This party has always been a big deal for me because I have done it even before I had a child. Since it is an event every year I need to find decor that I can reuse with a small price tag!I used several of the bowls we scored to hold Costume props for the photo area.This worked out great!The two I had left over I used for our Popcorn bags.I just love the way these look with the "loot" bags in them!The gift bags I used for decor as well. This was a nice way to incorporate…
  • Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Review & #Giveaway!

    Liz Chapman
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
     Before having a child I think laundry happened once a week maybe two in my household. Even when I had Mac as a little baby he didn't go nearly as many clothes as he does being a five year old! On any given day I have about 5-8 loads starring me down waiting to loaded in the washer & dryers just a mocking my every move! Seriously, don't believe go be a laundry fair right now and see for yourself! Sure enough I have some smelly, unclean laundry just waiting downstairs for me... Disclosure: The Purex Brand provided me with a sample of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for a…
  • Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
     Pumpkin Soup RecipeWhat you will need:1 Pumpkin ( These hold a lot of liquid, just check it doesn't have any holes)1 onion or leeks, sliced3 garlic clovesRosemary ( I used one fresh stem as pictured) 2 celery stalks, dicedChicken or Beef Broth (quantity depends on your pumpkin)Spoon & knife!! Cut top of Pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Add your Vegetables & herbs Pour broth inside the pumpkin. I added some salt & pepper and replaced the top. Place into oven at 300 degrees for about 2 hours.Keep an eye so the pumpkin doesn't over cook and spring a…
  • Grocery Shopping Haul Plus #mealplan

    Liz Chapman
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Here is my weekly Grocery Shopping Haul, see what we bought!  I grabbed a apple juice box and felt it was a little squishy. Well low & behold it was molded on one juice box inside the plastic wrapping. ALWAYS check your products before buying them. This could happen to any of us. I did use coupons this week, as usual. Remember to pair Sunday coupons with Store coupons for more savings. This is so great and you can pretty much do this at any store you shop at. My bill was cut was cut in half with my shopper's club card and then again with my coupons, it really makes a…
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    ParentsWare

  • Mommy Wars: Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables

    Nick Warner
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Cloth Diapers vs. Disposables I consider myself to be a fairly ‘granola’ mommy. I never bought an ounce of pre-packaged baby food, opting to make it all myself, I am obsessive about limiting chemicals and plastics around the house and insist on feeding my child organic whenever possible. But there was one area where I just couldn’t fully embrace that crunchy mommy I wanted to be: cloth diapers. I have two good friends who both successfully cloth diapered with their little ones long before my daughter was born. I watched them intensely and even helped out with diaper changes here and…
  • Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

    Nick Warner
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you want to keep a child’s feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. Abigail Van Buren   When a child is born they are completely and utterly dependent on their parents—and that’s exactly as it should be. Even a toddler needs most everything done for them. But it is also at that toddler stage that a child begins to exhibit the first signs of having the capability to be a responsible, contributing member of the family. Do NOT ignore these signs! Instead, take advantage of them by giving your child age-appropriate chores and responsibilities. Teaching…
  • Violent Video Games and School Shootings: Is There a Relationship?

    Dr. Douglas Gentile
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    This week I was honored to speak to the American Academy of Pediatrics annual convention… I was invited to speak along with Dr. Ed Donnerstein, Dean Emeritus of the University of Arizona, who has done some of the best quality work around the effects of sexual media and pornography over the past 40 years. While there are a number of issues worth discussing, were asked to focus our attention on one topic in particular… Do violent video games cause school shootings? In one sense, this was an easy question to answer. My first slide simply had the word “No” on it. But the real…
  • 5 Things You Should Do When Your Kids Lie

    Nick Warner
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    When Your Kids Lie A couple of years ago, my daughter and two of her young friends were involved in something of a haircutting scandal during a playdate. One of the girls went home with a new and shorter do, and after multiple versions of the story and promising she was telling the truth, my daughter finally came out with the real truth. If she’d come out with real story immediately, I would’ve been upset, but after rounds of sleuthing around to uncover the real story, I was angry. Why had it taken so long for her to confess? Melissa Benaroya, a parenting consultant and the co-founder of…
  • Why Changing Your Privacy Settings On Your Favorite Social Networking Sites Isn’t Enough

    Zawn Villines
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Social Media Privacy Settings If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: you need to adjust your child’s social media privacy settings to ensure her online safety. But what you may not realize is that simply adjusting your privacy settings and then forgetting about them is a recipe for disaster. There’s more than one way for stalkers, bullies, and nosy neighbors to violate your child’s privacy, and preserving your child’s online reputation demands eternal vigilance. No matter what social media site your child uses, some issues remain the…
 
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    A Stay At Home Blog

  • 5 Things Running Taught Me About Writing

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    1. Just Do ItA side from the cliché Nike slogan, in order for me to be a better runner, I have to run. That means lacing up my shoes, getting on a treadmill, or going outside, and just running. Some days I run faster and longer. Some days I can barely make a mile. But all that matters is that I am out there doing it.The only way  for me to be a better writer is to write. It doesn't always mean that every piece needs to be a masterpiece. It just means that I need to get in there and do it! Form habits, so I can build my endurance as a writer and a runner.2. Consistency and…
  • Life Is What Happens...

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    I find it so ironic that the character arch for a novel I am writing, which is based on the quote by John Lennon, "Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans," just so happens to be my own personal character arch in real life. However, I feel the quote should go more like this: "ROAD BLOCKS, TRAFFIC JAMS, and DETOURS are what happen to you, when you are busy making other plans." It seems like every time I have my mind set on something, and I think this is how it is going to go, it never goes that way. Sometimes life is beautiful, and the detours create a…
  • Life's Blueprint - MLK

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    So, life update (from previous post) we got the house! I am so excited, and so unbelievably grateful that God was able to do this for us. I'm looking forward to having our own house, and routine again.As I mentioned in blog post, "Query Letters," I have been submitting query letters again. I believe I mentioned this before in "Love Your Rejection Letters," but I have to admit, I find the whole process rather addicting. A feels a little like serial dating, "This could be the one!" "This could be the one!" *Nervous laugh* Is that sad?I've also been cataloging and archiving all my old writing…
  • Journal Entry - Que Sera Sera - What Will Be, Will Be

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    I love music from the 40's and 50's. One of my favorite songs, is called "Que Sera, Sera," and if you haven't heard it, I've attached a link for your convenience below. Side note, women from the 1950's always look so glamorous and refined, don't they? I would love to stroll around in some of those dresses.  Anyways, life update: we are putting an offer on a house. I love this house. It is unbelievably gorgeous, and to be honest, it just screams ME. That sounds a little egocentric, I know. But it is true. The house is very much built to my taste. However, we are not sure if we will get…
  • Query Letters

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Query Letters. The dread they evoke is undeniable.I  have been shopping for agents for my children's book; and perhaps this isn't smart, but I keep changing my approach with my query letters, until something works. For example, I have three different versions of my query letter, and now I've completely revamped my book.My older version of the book was good. But I don't think it was good enough. Every query letter I get back says the same thing like, "I just didn't connect with the work. But keep querying until you find the perfect home."Looking back over my manuscript, and what is…
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    The Care Blog

  • DIY - Fall Leaf Prints

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    We love this simple (and beautiful) DIY from Meaningful Mama.  Grab your kids, collect some leaves, and get ready for the perfect Autumn art project!   Fall Leaf Prints ​What you'll need Leaves Paint (Yellow, Orange, Brown, and Green work best to mimic the colors of the leaves) Paintbrush or sponge Paper   Directions Step 1: Collect a bunch of leaves.  Let your kids pick their favorite ones, in all shapes and sizes. Step 2: Paint one side of the leaves.  This is simple for kids to do, and they love mixing the colors together. Step 3: Press the leaves…
  • $10 off Child Nutrition and Raising Healthy Eaters!

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Get $10 off SitterCycle's Child Nutrition and Raising Healthy Eaters Class!   Click here and enter the password "CAREBOOKER" at checkout.   The goal of the program is to empower parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to instill healthy eating habits in their children or charges. This includes developing skills to plan and prepare balanced meals and snacks, identify and prepare appropriate portions, and learn techniques to address and overcome picky eating. The class was developed by a team of nutritionists, nannies, and educators and is designed to address the…
  • How To Market Your Care Business On CareBooker

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve created a great profile, and are now waiting for the interviews and appointments to start.  Marketing your care business is the key to its success!  Here are a few tips to help you spread the word: Get Social and share your custom Profile Link on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Job Boards, etc. Add your Book Now button to your website. Create business cards and flyers and include your profile link Once you’ve started to get interview and appointment requests, take these suggestions into consideration: Respond to interviews and appointments in a timely manner.
  • 4 Simple Ways to Keep Kids From Getting Sick

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Germs that can make kids sick are plentiful and they’re everywhere. From the common cold to strep to the flu, youngsters are at risk for illnesses no matter where they go. While you can’t rid the world of harmful organisms, you can help protect your children from getting sick by strengthening their immune systems. Nutritional Balance Protects Filling your child’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables can kick the immune system into high gear and help fight common viruses. While all fruits and veggies provide some benefits, the ones that are rich in vitamin C and beta…
  • What Does It Take To Get Into A Top College?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    The chance of getting the point across of how important college is to high school students can seem impossible. However, there are some choices that should be considered while they are still in high school that may show them the road ahead of them may be hard, but also fun. The key to being a great student is learning how to prioritize your time and preparation. Test Prep for College Admission Only a quarter of the 1.8 million graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2013 met readiness benchmarks in all four core subjects – English, math, science and reading. This means that…
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