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  • 10 Freezer Meals in 1 Hour

    Freezer Crockpot Meals & More
    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
      I set up to get these meals done in 45 minutes, but as you can see by the title it didn’t happen. But 10 freezer meals in one hour isn’t half bad. Armed with my little helper, if a 2 year old can actually be called a helper. During our time putting together these 10 meals she had two melt downs and four fits. Two of the fits were because I am a mean Mommy and wouldn’t allow her to play with a knife. Through the hectic 2 year old melt downs and fits, I did make a mistake and used the wrong chicken for one of the meals. Oh and I never added corn to the Southwestern…
  • Thanksgiving Panic

    Brighter Day Today - Blog
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
           Every family gets a little hectic on Thanksgiving. There's a house to clean. Family to be greeted and entertained. A table to be set. Children to be arraigned and all the while there's a great abundance of food that is hopefully not burning in the kitchen. Most of these days are run by what I have found to be 2 key components. The cook and the cooks right hand or what I will call my crazy mom and me and without our cooperation Thanksgiving will surely be a disaster.         Staying at my moms the night before this big event has become another…
  • 10 Freezer Meals for Busy Weekday Nights

    Freezer Crockpot Meals & More
    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Yesterday I made 10 meals in an hour. This my friend is very exciting because there are just so many moments in our lives that we literally have no time to do anything. (Which is why I love freezer meals) But finding the time to make the meals is often not possible. Either you don’t have the time, or when you do the last thing you feel like doing is because being in the kitchen. So the fact that I was able to make these meals in that amount of time without rushing was mostly because I chose mostly chicken meals, and ones with many of the same ingredients. I plan on doing another 7 meals…
  • Big family blessings

    Crazy Mom Life
    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
  • As you get older, weekends get way more fun

    Dumb {Squared}
    RK
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    I don't know how your weekend was, but mine was AWESOME. It started on Friday with a shitty stomach ache because I forgot to bring my gluten-free soy sauce and used regular soy sauce and that's just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 5 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is a Blessing

    Vinay Kachhara
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    When you count your blessings, make sure you count in Thanksgiving too! It’s not only a wonderful day but a fantabulous concept. Though Thanksgiving is a beautiful Christian event, you’ll find a day to give thanks in almost all cultures, societies, and religions. Why is that? What is so special about giving thanks? It is […] 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 Vinay Kachhara on 5 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is a Blessing. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading!
  • 5 Destructive Ways To See Yourself As You Truly Are

    Ikechi Awazie
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a guest post by Ikechi Awazie, who is a motivational blogger. He was the runner-up and GEM of October’s ABC Leaderboard and thus the winner of this guest post opportunity. He reveals the fallacies of self-awareness that people follow, so that you don’t make these mistakes. Sussy is clueless as to why she […] 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 Ikechi Awazie on 5 Destructive Ways To See Yourself As You Truly Are. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading!
  • 20 Inspiring Men Bloggers of Aha!NOW

    Harleena Singh
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    It’s here again – a day what men can call their own, the International Men’s Day! Today we are celebrating the top inspiring men bloggers of Aha!NOW to honor them. Let’s congratulate all the men and wish they have a great day, especially today, because it’s a day to recognize their contribution and efforts in […] 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 20 Inspiring Men Bloggers of Aha!NOW. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
 
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  • The Awesome Gift Guide For Dads

    Idaho Dad
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The season of giving and sharing is upon us. It’s a time of charity, of helping those less fortunate, and of extending a helping hand to our fellow man. And when you’re done with that, it’s time to go shopping! Whichever holiday you celebrate, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Festivus, my Awesome Gift Guide for Dads might help you find just the right thing for the dads in your life. Many of the items on this list were suggested by my fellow dad bloggers. Dads know how important it is to start off the day with a good breakfast. The Hamilton Beach Double Breakfast…
  • 5 Ways To Communicate With Your Teen

    Idaho Dad
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    You know the stereotype of the uncommunicative teenager. The indifferent look, the rolled eyes, earbuds firmly in place, off in their own little world while mom and dad try desperately to find a way in. It’s not impossible to communicate with your teen. There are five guaranteed methods for getting through to them. And by guaranteed, I mean they work for me. Sometimes. Most of the time. Hey, they’re better than nothing. 1. Texting This is what I do if I really want my teens’ attention. I can call and yell and pound on walls, but that pretty much guarantees I’ll be…
  • The Prize Inside

    Idaho Dad
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    When I was a kid, and my mom would let me pick out a breakfast cereal at the store, my loyalty to one brand or another was usually trumped by something else. The prize inside the box! That was some powerful marketing, because I remember trying out new cereals just because of the cool prize that was promised. I always dug that thing out of the box with the first breakfast. You never just waited for it to come out on its own. The lure of the prize is still strong. Just last year, I bought some brand I didn’t care about simply to get at the free Star Wars pen they were offering. General…
  • You Little Punk! SOL REPUBLIC Review & Giveaway

    Idaho Dad
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    It’s that time of the year. Only a few more weeks until Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season. Coming up with good gift ideas for friends and family isn’t always easy. Well, I’m here to help! Sol Republic products have a great reputation in our house, so when they sent me a Punk, one of their new wireless speakers, to review as a holiday gift idea, I knew it would be good. It’s better. They could’ve called it Puck. It’s about the size of one, and feels durable enough to bat around with a hockey stick. The little Punk fits in the palm of…
  • Somewhere In My Memory

    Idaho Dad
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Try to remember what you had for dinner on the 16th of July this past summer. Now try to remember what you were doing on the afternoon of June 5, 2012. Anything? If you can recall the details of those days, you must keep a daily diary, or you have a photographic memory. Or, maybe you looked it up on Facebook just now. Most likely, you were traveling. That’s where my most vivid experiences get burned into long term memory. Stepping outside of the routine of home, job, and school, to travel to new places, to experience things outside of one’s comfort zone, and to dare yourself to…
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    Family Matters

  • Raising Babies: Extended Family can be Bliss

    Ronit Baras
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Your extended family can be a great help once a new baby arrives. I did not understand just how much until Eden was born. I was in my last year of university, worked full time and my parents lived 2.5 hours' drive from us. I never had a close bond with my mom. When others talked about having their moms around when you had a baby, I did not really know what to think about it. When Eden was born, I was in hospital for 10 days. I got a terrible infection and my mom came to stay with us after we were discharged from hospital because I had to go back every day to change my bandages. We got home…
  • Save Your Marriage: On Guard

    Ronit Baras
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In the previous chapters of Save Your Marriage, I explained how some parenting styles can "breed" kids who clam up and withdraw into their shells. This communication style can be very devastating for them in their future relationships and marriage. In this chapter of the series, I will explain how parents who abuse or bully, like the "king/queen" or the "nitpicker", can raise kids who are constantly on guard. These kids try to protect themselves from pain and heartache and by that, they invite bullies and conflicts into their lives. On guard Growing up in a household where you feel…
  • Raising Babies: What about Dads?

    Ronit Baras
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Dads are a very important part of parenting. They are often neglected in discussions on parenting. When I do parenting workshops, they are often filled with moms who come because dads are pretty much "hands off" when it comes to raising kids, not to mention raising babies. It is very natural that moms who breastfeed their babies spend most of the time with them. Society is very accommodating towards moms. Sadly, not that much is invested in supporting dads. It is so bad that when Gal and I lost our baby, most people came to me to offer condolences and nothing to Gal. For them, I lost the…
  • Raising Babies: Crying

    Ronit Baras
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    When babies cry, it is not always a sign that they are hurt or in pain. Think about it. Babies cry as a way to communicate. They can be telling you about an itch, hunger, thirst, or they are cold, hot, tight. They might be calling out, "Mommy! Daddy! I need a cuddle!" The great thing about babies is that their cry is very gentle. It is an instinctive action and a very healthy one. As parents, we need to teach our babies to develop and prefect this instinct. It is best to respond to it as a form of communication rather than reacting to it as if it is bad (even a type of bullying, perhaps).
  • Kindness Matters

    Ronit Baras
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    No one wins a war: one side may lose less and may spin that as victory - Daniel C. Maguire Kindness matters. If you look around, it is easy to see that everyone struggles. The world is a battle field and we are in a constant state of war. If you watch the news for five minutes, you risk believing that the world is a dangerous place. Countries fight other countries, cultures fight other cultures, people fight in the name of God and in the name of their religion, people fight their neighbors, and their spouses. They fight their friends and their children. At work, they fight the boss or their…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • Halloween 4: The Curse of the Owl Dragon

    probrien1
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Halloween 4: Curse of The Dragon Owl from Our Modern Family on Vimeo. Halloween seemed to creep up quickly this …Continue reading →
  • Four Weekends and a Birthday (pt.2)

    probrien1
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The time was quickly approaching. We were about to find out if all of Jenn’s hard work would pay off. …Continue reading →
  • Four Weekends and A Birthday (Pt.1)

    probrien1
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    So I have never seen the movie Four Weddings and A Funeral, and I can honestly say that none of these …Continue reading →
  • 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 →
 
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  • hey, whatever happened to that flip house?

    AllisonO
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
    O, hi there. Been since July, has it? Well, I’ve been known to let some spinning plates drop before. If anyone is still out there (hello? … ello… ello… ello…) who has been around for any period of time, you may know that in the beginning of 2013 DanO, his parents, and I took on an investment property we called a ‘flip house’. We actually timed ODear’s pregnancy around it, thinking that the house would be on the market the summer of 2013 and that we would be footloose and fancy free by that fall/winter to bring a baby into the world. Ha.
  • how this mama works it out

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

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

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

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

  • Safeguarding Your Children Online

    Kate Simmons
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    Reference from Dr. Randy Cale (Written by Kate Simmons) Keeping your children safe is every parent’s responsibility. Modern children are tech savvy and know how to use internet for navigation. Many parents worry that their children could become victims of online bullying and harassment. Supervising your children may be a little bit tricky if they have their own laptops or smart phones. Parents should understand the risks and find solutions to keep them safe. There are several ways parents can approach this issue. First of all they should explain the dangers to their children:…
  • Simply Prepare Your Home for Thanksgiving Food & Guests

    admin
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    (Written by Margaret Thasson) Thanksgiving is right around the corner, sending moms in a frenzy prepping for family to come. The meal alone is plenty to stress about, let alone the guests that may stay the week of the holiday. If you have people coming over for turkey day this year, the tips below should help you prepare for their arrival. Here are some simple ways to prepare your home for guests. Preparing the Food You can cook some portions of your Thanksgiving food ahead of time and then just reheat them on the big day. In fact, you could actually make everything but the bread in advance…
  • Ideas For Thanksgiving Party

    A Guest Blogger
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    This month, family and friends across America will come together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tradition dictates that it’s a time of the year when people like to throw a dinner party – so here are a few hints and tips if you’re planning one to make sure it’s a success. Make a great first impression First impressions mean everything when you’re throwing a dinner party. Go the extra mile to make your guests feel at home – and that means greeting them at your front door in the right manner. Take their coats and ensure you give proper introductions if people who…
  • Six Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Flu

    admin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    (Written by Holly Chavez) There’s a lot of media coverage and misinformation going around about the flu, and there is always some scary statistic discussed that makes moms wonder if there is anything they can do to prevent their toddler from getting it. Likewise, there are many questions that moms want answered about the flu such as: is my toddler old enough to get a flu shot? Are flu shots safe? Can the flu shot actually cause my toddler to get the flu? How long will it take before it becomes effective after they get it?  What Exactly is the Flu? Influenza is a virus that infects the…
  • Parent’s Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences

    A Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    (Written by Jo Salt) The fundamental downside of Parent Teacher Conferences is the fact that you and the teacher probably have quite a lot of questions you want to ask and topics that you’d like to cover but you’re limited to a short meeting that’s between five and fifteen minutes long to fit all of that into. As well as being limited on time it’s also likely that you’ll forget a lot of what you wanted to say when you get there too which means that you’ll come away frustrated that your questions haven’t been answered. In order to combat the majority of your problems – the…
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  • Things to Buy on Sale in November

    Ashley B
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Most of the leaves may have fallen off the trees, and the weather is getting chillier by the day. The nights are longer, and, as the Halloween costumes are put away, the holiday season has officially begun! While you’re probably starting to make your list (and checking it twice!) of things that you need to buy for the winter holidays, if you have room in your budget, you should take a look at some of the things that traditionally go on sale in November: Halloween Candy Yes, you can buy next year’s Halloween costumes, but in all honesty, your kids probably have no idea what they want to be…
  • How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween

    Sue
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    Halloween is fast approaching. As fun as it is for kids, it can be just as stressful for parents trying to keep their kids safe. Trick or treating usually occurs between 5:30 pm. and 9:30 p.m. This means that by the time most families head out the door, it’s pretty dark out which poses many dangers in and of itself. However, you can keep your kids safe and your Halloween night stress free by utilizing the following five tips. 1.   Put the electronics away. Most families have electronic devices like cellphones and tablets. These devices are quite handy, but they can be a distraction on…
  • Halloween Candy: Making Healthier Choices

    Ashley B
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you already purchased candy for Halloween? We all have our favorites: My kids love anything chewy and sticky, whereas I usually raid their stash for anything chocolate! You might be concerned about the sugar, fat and calories (not to mention additives like food coloring) are going to affect your kids over the next week or two. If you want to try to stock up on healthier Halloween treats, you’re not necessarily limited to being that neighbor who hands out apples and boxes of raisins. Here are some types of Halloween candy to keep in mind if you’re looking to make healthier purchases…
  • 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…
 
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • My Apologies to Bill Watterson

    Imperfect Mommies
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:52 pm
    So, I put the kids to bed tonight and I kept hearing giggling coming from upstairs. So I went upstairs to see what was going on. Apparently the kids were using an invisible ink pen to make Calvin & Hobbes anatomically correct in one of their C & H books. Then they were using the […]
  • I Built a Spaceship (And I Learned How to Build My Own Grow Room)

    Imperfect Mommies
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    OK, so here are updated pictures (including the final version) of the Halloween project: This totally looks like two Darth Vader heads kissing, to me. Below are pictures of the UFO after I’d finally gotten it off the porch and put it on the lawn. It is a 9 foot diameter PVC frame covered with […]
  • 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 […]
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Black Friday Frenzy: 6 Tips to Help You Save Money & Your Sanity

    Lisa
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Jamie Kanner The hype is already growing.  I just read a story about one guy who has been sleeping outside of Best Buy in Los Angeles since LAST WEEK to nab a big screen TV for $200. Crazy maybe, but some people are willing to do just about anything to save a bundle. So how do you maximize your savings and stay away from the insanity of it all? View Black Friday Frenzy as a Shopping Mission. The bottom line: You gotta have a plan … Here are my 6 “BFF” top tips: Make a plan AND a list:  What do you really need? For whom are you holiday shopping? If you have kids, go…
  • Shop ’til You Drop? Fuhgetabout It. Kick Start Your Fab Finds At ‘Loree’s Closet’

    Lisa
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Loree Wasserman, owner of Loree’s Closet In case you had not noticed the subtle red, green, and gold decorations that have been adorning every store since before Halloween, the holidays are coming! If it’s not too early for other stores, it’s definitely not too early for us. At Loree’s Closet, the holidays are our very favorite time to shine and we think you’ll love what we have in store for you whether you are styling it up for the party season, prepping for holiday travel, or searching for that perfect gift! Loree’s Closet will be bringing our eBay store LIVE! to…
  • Mom-To-The-Rescue: 7 Failing Parenting Behaviors … Here’s How You CAN Change Them

    Lisa
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman We can all agree that we are very different parents than our own. For better or worse, I believe we extract what we loved and cherished about our teen years and leave out what we dump on our shrink’s couch. And I think after raising two and a half teens (we’re still ‘in progress’ with number 3), I can look back with more compassion; understanding where my parents were coming from and why they felt strongly about certain things. And one thing I believe we all can relate to, as a parent of our generation, is that we admittedly do things our parents would have NEVER…
  • De-FRIEND Him NOW, Mom — Kids DO Get Angry When Your Facebook Friend Is An Old Boyfriend

    Lisa
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon I breezed into yoga last week and snuck a look around. I didn’t see anyone I knew, which was sort of what I needed that day, just introspective peace and quiet. A woman slightly older than me was behind me chatting quietly with her friend, when a third woman walked in, and from across the room she yelled to the slightly older woman, “Hey! How was your birthday?” The slightly older woman responded, “It was, well, you know. It was fine, but an ex-boyfriend of mine posted on my Facebook wall, and my kids saw it and got very upset.” I happily eavesdropped as the birthday…
  • Queen Bee’s Mom: 5 Signs YOUR Child Is The Mean Girl … Or The Boy Bully

    Lisa
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman I think by sixth grade you see it coming. Dropping your daughter off at school and seeing the ‘group’ standing in a tight circle, all dressed in similar clothes: The North Face, Uggs, and skinny jeans; the suburban gang wear uniform of choice. In slow motion, you lean over your steering wheel just as they collectively turn and watch your daughter try to find someone she knows … and then you catch a glimpse of what looks like a nod, a sneer, and then it’s gone. Just a whisper of rude, just a brief moment that challenged your last gulp of coffee … and maybe…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • 4 ways to maintain the value of your car.

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    There’s an old saying in the car business that customers remember more than the car they actually bought. “The value of your vehicle falls the moment you drive off the lot.” However, there are ways... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist…

    cjblythe
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
     To appease my own conscience and assess how we’ve done with our kids, I devised this impromptu “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist. At one time, the subject of whether or not my kids are spoiled has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 tips for identifying an excellent dog breeder.

    cjblythe
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Are you looking for the perfect dog breeder but do not know what separates a good dog breeder with just the average ones? If so, you need to follow these five tips for identifying an excellent dog... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three tools to speak and understand LOLcats language.

    Jessy Troy
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Of everything on the internet, perhaps the most popular to date are cats. Big cats, little cats, baby cats, old cats, fat cats, thin cats… and yes, LOLcats. I have collected these three tools to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Increase total home value with simple living space improvements.

    cjblythe
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    When facing the daunting task up updating a house, many homeowners tend to put off renovations and upgrades to a later date. If you are not ready to give up your living space for an extended period... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 3 Simple Money Saving Tips for Stay at Home Moms

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

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

  • DIY Fireplace Makeover- How To Add A Rock Facing

    Scarlet
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Do you love home makeovers?  I do!  I love seeing how something can be given a new, fresh look with minimum time and money.  That is why this DIY fireplace makeover that was featured on Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel, caught my eye.  The Home & Family show has all kinds of interesting stuff and airs weekdays at 10 am on the Hallmark Channel.  I was given permission to share this DIY project from Paige Hemmis here with you. DIY Fireplace Makeover- Easy Step By Step Tutorial on How To Add A Rock Facing To Your Fireplace You just need a small area (but can cover a large…
  • Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend Deals And #BlackFridayMadeEasy

    Scarlet
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    I was provided with an advance peek at the Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend Deals and a promotional item so that I could share this post with you.  All opinions expressed are my own. Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend Deals   I received an advance copy of the Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend circular so I could share my favorite deals with you! Get your own circular in your local newspaper or check toysrus.com. Here are my favorite top 5 Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend Deals: #1  Save $25 Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack On Sale for $49.99 #2 Save $40 Polaroid 9″ Dual…
  • Holiday-Flavored Smoothies & Shakes

    Sarah Parsell
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Smoothies and shakes have become an everyday thing for me. I absolutely love them. But not until recently did I think to ask how the dictionary defined the difference between these two beverage terms. What did I discover? Well, smoothies are typically less thick in consistency and are made with yogurt, milk, or juice, and then of course the rest is blended fruits and vegetables. Thickeners like oatmeal, frozen bananas, chia seeds, flax, or protein powder can be added while still maintaining its overall healthy nature. (Although, this technically makes your beverage a shake. Keep reading.)…
  • Naked Pumpkin Pie Recipe

    Scarlet
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I love pumpkin pie- so smooth, flavorful, and full of holiday spices.  Yum!  Here is a flavor forward, yet healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipe from Hope Cohen.  She is author of two time award winning cookbook: Fast, Fresh + Simple.  Her recipe for pumpkin pie without the crust will save you calories and time, plus it is gluten-free!  Gotta love that!  You can find more of her recipes and/or check out her cookbook at www.fastfreshandsimple.com A Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert- Naked Pumpkin Pie Recipe   Experience your favorite pumpkin pie flavors without the added time (and…
  • Zarbee’s Daily Bee Gummy For Immune Support

    Scarlet
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. It’s that time of the year again when colds and flu start picking up.  I try to get a jump on the sniffly noses and cough season by eating well, getting enough rest, getting exercise, and taking supplements that build immune support.  I just discovered a new supplement to add to my line up for maintaining and bolstering the immune system- Zarbee’s Daily Bee Gummy. Zarbee’s Naturals Zarbee’s Daily Bee…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Yummy Gift Idea for Chocolate Lovers

    Healthy Family Matters
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chocolate is one of the most popular treats available, and has been eaten for centuries. Chocolate lovers can cite a variety of health benefits of chocolate, however finding a chocolate candy that can honestly be called healthy can be quite a challenge. There are a variety of very different types of chocolate drinks and candies, each one claiming to be a healthy treat. However not all chocolate treats are created equal, and the trick to finding a healthy chocolate snack comes with knowing what makes chocolate so healthy. Cacao beans are essentially what makes chocolate as we know it. These…
  • Fit Family Fun at Girls On the Run

    Healthy Family Matters
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today our family is so proud of Baby Girl for completing her first 5k run.  Her school participates in Girls on the Run, which is a program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Their goal is to teach girls life skills through interactive lessons and running games to empower them to be confident while establishing a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Hundreds of girls, teachers, parents and volunteers gathered together at Anne Arundel Community College to run the campus. You could walk, run or jog. Some girls did a combination of all three. It was amazing to see so many young ladies getting…
  • Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

    Healthy Family Matters
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Baby girl participated in her first 5k run today so for dinner we wanted something that was tasty. We bought spices from our local Organic Market and hubby cooked up this yummy homemade marinara sauce recipe to go with our spinach and sausage ravioli. Print Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe Ingredients1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes 2 medium size tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons of tomato paste 1 chicken bouillon cube 1 cup of water 2 teaspoons of dried basil 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon sugar 3 tablespoons of…
  • 5 Inspiring Workout Spaces to Invigorate Your Routine

    Margot Rutigliano
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    The gym, while functional, can get boring at times. Day in and day out, people flock to gyms all over the United States to take part in their daily workouts. From time to time, many people find the gym dull which can lead to not working out and a lack of fun in fitness. A change of scenery may be just what you need if you’re not in the mood for a people packed, sweat smelling, iron pumping gym. Check out these five inspiring workout spots to lift your spirits and re-invigorate your workout surroundings. 1. Beach – Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful ocean and the cushion of the…
  • 5 Healthy Gifts for Travelers

    Healthy Family Matters
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:37 am
    The holiday season can be a stressful time, organizing, prepping, decorating and also searching for the right gift for your family and friends. It can be particularly difficult to find the right gift for someone whose seen it all. Gifts for travelers feel tricky, since usually the people you’re giving them to have been across the world, seen some of the most beautiful sights that our planet has to offer, and probably given you with some one of a kind, unforgettable gifts from one of their many voyages. The best gift to get a traveler isn’t finding something they haven’t seen…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • 4 ways to maintain the value of your car.

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    There’s an old saying in the car business that customers remember more than the car they actually bought. “The value of your vehicle falls the moment you drive off the lot.” However, there are ways... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist…

    cjblythe
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
     To appease my own conscience and assess how we’ve done with our kids, I devised this impromptu “Are My Kids Spoiled” Checklist. At one time, the subject of whether or not my kids are spoiled has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 tips for identifying an excellent dog breeder.

    cjblythe
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Are you looking for the perfect dog breeder but do not know what separates a good dog breeder with just the average ones? If so, you need to follow these five tips for identifying an excellent dog... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three tools to speak and understand LOLcats language.

    Jessy Troy
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Of everything on the internet, perhaps the most popular to date are cats. Big cats, little cats, baby cats, old cats, fat cats, thin cats… and yes, LOLcats. I have collected these three tools to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Increase total home value with simple living space improvements.

    cjblythe
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    When facing the daunting task up updating a house, many homeowners tend to put off renovations and upgrades to a later date. If you are not ready to give up your living space for an extended period... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Flurry Of Emotions

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    How do I begin? How do I put into word what exactly am I feeling at this very moment? How do I describe how I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks? Is there even a point in me showing my deepest, darkest side, possibly bringing the rest of you down? Especially in Read more... The post Flurry Of Emotions appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • ‘Tis the season: Season’s Cleaning Tips From Merry Maids

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The holiday season brings with it the excitement of gifts, joy of family dinners and the usual warm, fuzzy feelings. Underlying all of that is often the fear of being judged on the cleanliness of your home, not by Santa, but by your own near and dear ones. This year, Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert Read more... The post ‘Tis the season: Season’s Cleaning Tips From Merry Maids appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Pregnancy From A Guy’s View

    Frank
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    This is my wife’s 3rd pregnancy, and this one is special to me because I am here. I am not off working as an OTR driver like I was for my son, Cameron. I am not some 5000 miles away because Ana and I couldn’t be together because of outside influences and legal ramifications. I Read more... The post Pregnancy From A Guy’s View appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Jan

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Hey hey, it’s another Friday! Before we dive into Ask Away Friday, I wanted to share a little anecdote with you. It happened around this time of the year, while we were still living in Florida and I will probably forever hold a small grudge for doing what I did. Frank was working as an Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Jan appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • OBM Gets An Addition

    Frank
    2 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    OBM is getting an addition. It’s a life changing, life altering addition to boot. We have alluded to it, we have hinted at it; but we had to confer with Mateo and Lesley before we really took it public. They are just as excited as we are, or at least they appear so to us. Read more... The post OBM Gets An Addition appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
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  • 11 Things Parents Do That Drive Their Kids Crazy

    Chad and Amanda
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    A little while ago we shared a post on 11 thing kids do that drive their parents crazy and in the interest of fairness, we thought it best to give our kids a chance to answer back and share something that tells the other side of the story. After taking an informal poll of our 3 kids and asking them what we did that drove them crazy this is what they had to say about us. Teegan (Age 4) I think it’s annoying when Dad picks me up and swings me around so that I kick my brother and sister I don’t like that when I don’t eat supper I can have snacks later I wish Mom would let me have a second…
  • You Know We’re All About The Rant | Episode 003

    Chad and Amanda
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week on the show Amanda is a little cranky and vents her frustration out on anything and everything which includes me. We get into a rant and rave style discussion where we talk about: Bad drivers Inconsiderate drives not yielding to pedestrians who have the right of way Electric scooters driving on side walks Those who don’t shovel their side walks leaving them an icy mess Why the report card rating system makes absolutely zero sense After the complaining we move on and talk about decorating for Christmas, some Christmas decorations we have been working on as a family and we share…
  • 7 Christmas Songs So Bad, They Deserve To Be On The Naughty List

    Chad and Amanda
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Our family loves Christmas (some more than others) and we love listening to Christmas music (some more than others) and while there are some really amazing Christmas songs and classic Christmas songs that everyone loves. There is also some really bad Christmas music and cover songs that will make you run screaming in the opposite direction while covering your ears. This list covers those bad songs, the ones that make you stop and wonder just what they were thinking when they hit record. The Christmas Shoes by NewSong What We Think: The entire point of Christmas is to enjoy the season with…
  • DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

    Chad and Amanda
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christmas is quickly approaching and with December just a little over a week away it’s time to start thinking advent calendars. Normally we would purchase one of those chocolate filled advent calendars that are decorated with a superhero or princess on the front but not this year. Instead we decided that we didn’t want to spend money on one of those chocolate calendars because: The chocolate is usually pretty gross They just aren’t a lot of fun Now we know you can go the toy route by purchasing one of those really cool Lego advent calendars or other types of toy filled advent calendars…
  • 11 Things Kids Do That Drive Their Parents Crazy

    Chad
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    As parents we all know we are perfect in any and every way and while we tell others our kids are perfect (just like us) at home we know it’s a different story. At home they are little monsters of destruction with some of the most annoying habits possible that can drive a person insane. Over coffee this morning Amanda and I started talking about some of these habits that kids have that drive parents crazy and we decided to then put them into a list and share them with you. Asking For Things Mom, is it snack time? Me- a ways away yet, about 45 minutes. them, 5 minutes later- mom, I waited…
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    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Behind the Smoke

    aimster813
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    You aren’t on the jury, You don’t decide. It’s not ok to blow up outside. You light, light, light the fire, You burn, burn, burn with hate. But the resolution won’t change, The verdict is the same. Open your eyes and see the truth, The only one breaking things now is you. Innocent people suffering, For your illusion of a slight. But keep on striking the match, And see what destruction you can hatch.
  • Christmas Craft Show – San Antonio Freeman Coliseum

    aimster813
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Every year, since moving to Texas, I have been able to go to the Christmas Craft Show in San Antonio at the Freeman Coliseum, and it went on this weekend. This year was super fun because as my parents and I get out of the car in the parking lot it is POURING. Rain in Texas….hahahahhhahah…..anyhow we got inside the building only half-melted and this year the area used for the show was smaller than the previous years which is sad. So I decided as we walked along that I would grab a few cards and give a shout out for these small business owners who came out during the rainy, rain to…
  • Dawning from the Darkness

    aimster813
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    The whispers in the wind, Make me think of you. A dreamy moment, Of a reality I never knew. And as I walk, The leaves they fall. Reminding me, Of how I lost it all. My blinding brokeness, So incompletely complete. Until once again, We two can meet. There are so many memories, So lost in the night. But someday somewhere, You’ll be back in my sight. A fresh beginning we will have, A grand reunion of love at last.  
  • Watch Out for Puss Caterpillars!

    aimster813
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    This past week a student from Reagan High School in San Antonio was sent to the emergency room after being bitten by a puss caterpillar.  These caterpillars look absolutely adorable but happen to be one of the country’s most venomous of the species.  As it turns out, there seem to be a few of them wandering around right now and have been spotted at several San Antonio schools. So for those of you with children, please make sure to warn them not to be touching these cute little beasts as it could endanger them to the point of death. Yep, for those that are allergic it can trigger…
  • Thrive – Casting Crowns

    aimster813
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    This is an uplifting song, and I just love when I hear it on the radio when I take my daughter to school in the morning because it makes me pay attention to the potential that my whole day ahead has! Love Casting Crowns!
 
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • Best Holiday Destinations in Europe for Children

    Features
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
        Regular readers will know that we are huge advocates for travelling with children. Giving kids the opportunity to experience different cultures, foods and places in general within new countries opens them up to a wealth of new knowledge – the main beauty being that they don’t even realise that they’re learning because they’re […]Related Posts:Ideal and affordable destinations for young familiesPlanning a Family Holiday in GermanyWhat to Do in Berlin With Kids10 Reasons to Holiday in BritainNot sure where to holiday with the family this year? Visit……
  • 3 Amazing Benefits of Eating a ‘High-Raw’ Diet

    Features
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
        It is said that eating a ‘high-raw’ plant-based diet has many benefits and can improve your life on almost every possible level. Well, this post is here to share with you, my lovely readers, exactly what some of these fabulous benefits are. Before we begin, for those who aren’t familiar with the concept […]Related Posts:Binge Eating Disorder Calls for Mental Health SupportBrain Food – Things to Eat When Preparing for Maths ExamsConfused By Cat Food? How to Choose the Best Food for Your…Top 6 Super Foods for Healthy HairHealthy eating…
  • Farewell Old Friend- Why it is Time you Replaced your Boiler Programmer

    Features
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
        If you want to save energy on your heating bill, you might decide to buy a new energy efficient boiler. However, although this in itself is a great decision, no matter how modern and efficient the boiler, it may still come with the most basic of controllers: effectively, a simple on and off […]Related Posts:Keeping Warm This Winter, What Can You Do To Save Energy?Heating tips for the family homeSimple Ways to Cut your Family Energy Bills10 Tips for Reducing Energy and Keeping Costs DownThe Green Deal: Relieving the Stress of Christmas     
  • Win a HomeHalo System worth £129

    Larger Family Life
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
        Larger Family Life have teamed up with HomeHalo to give away one HomeHalo system to a lucky winner. However, you will not receive your HomeHalo system until January/February 2015 as they have not yet been released. For your chance to win click over here to find the answer to the following question.  Then come […]Related Posts:Win your own Stopmotion Studio 4.0!Win an NSA Three-in-One All Weather Protector!Win a game of Shout!Win a game of LOGO Billionaire! ***COMPETITION CLOSED***Win your own MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium!     
  • Making the Internet Safer With HomeHalo

    Reviews
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
        Founded by parent Chris Gray, HomeHalo is the brand new device that allows families to use their internet wisely. The system connects to the router, but there is no other software to install onto the separate devices. Using the app available for iPhone and Android, you can then adjust which websites your children […]Related Posts:Win a HomeHalo System worth £129How to set up the internet with your children’s security…Internet safety: be smart with socialReview: McAfee Internet Security 2012Privacy Policy     
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  • 7ish of the Bestest Holiday Posts from The More With Less Mom

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    Come join me on a tour of my best posts for the holiday season. Apparently I get excited about posting for the holidays, because that’s when I post the most. And yes, I am totally a Christmas freak. The first song my two year old sang was Jingle Bells. I’ve got it all – recipes, Thanksgiving meal planning, activities for kids, acts of kindness and gratitude, gift ideas, printables, how to be frugal and save during the holidays… and of course, some chocolate. 1. Hot Cocoalate Mix Recipe 2. Happy Holidays from My Family – A Gratitude Tradition for Your Holiday…
  • Thanksgiving Dyed Eggs – A Frugal Holiday Activity

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Dyeing eggs is a frugal activity that can be practiced the whole year. You should already have all the items you need. This is a craft that is easy to scale to different age groups. Step 1: Hard Boil Your Eggs *Note: We got the colors in the photo using brown eggs. There are a gazillion ways to hard boil eggs. Use your preferred method, or use the Simply Recipes method. Quick version: Boil, sit 10 min covered, ice bath. I did this last time and they came out absolutely perfect. Save your cartons to store the eggs in when you’re done, but don’t put them in until they are completely…
  • November Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    What are we eating for Thanksgiving, you say? ALL THE THINGS. One year I realized that I was completely jazzed while preparing our Thanksgiving dinner. It suddenly came to me that I was making all of my very favorite things. I look forward to that dinner like no other. I have planned out a super frugal Thanksgiving dinner and I start with my from scratch recipes every year. The offbeat holidays we are using as an excuse to celebrate something are: National Plan Your Epitaph Day (Nov 1), World KindNess Day (Nov 13), and Use Less Stuff Day (Nov 18). Ideas and resources for menu planning in…
  • October Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    The bad news is October is kinda sorta over. The good news is the beauty of planning your meals seasonally is most of the produce in this month is still cheap. You can go back a month, or forward a month last year, and still choose frugal, easy, from scratch meals. There are a lot of pantry recipes in this meal plan, and some of the first tier recipes could be pantry if you left out the one pepper. I also put in a couple of slow cooker recipes, I’ve found myself going from my regular recipe and making it crockpot when I don’t have time to cook later. The offbeat holidays we are…
  • 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. Do the turkey dance! Scary Mommy has been a favorite site of mine for quite a while. Humorous, irreverent,…
 
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • FYMS 011: Choosing Your Spouse Over Others With Philip and Loretta Devine

    Marcus and Ashley
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In this week’s episode, Philip and Loretta Devine share their first year of marriage story. Philip and Loretta have been married for about 7 years, have 3 beautiful children, and live in Louisville, Kentucky. Philip is a former marine, speaker, and host of the Live Life Better podcast which helps husbands lean on Christ and love their families. Loretta is a stay at home mom, and hosts cooking classes on Devine Cooking.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Risky and against the odds, being committed and patient. Listen to Philip and Loretta’s First Year story:…
  • FYMS 010: How To Manage Finances And Marriage Expectations With Leslie Samuel

    Marcus and Ashley
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    In this week’s episode, Leslie Samuel from Become A Blogger shares his first year of marriage story. Leslie is a blogger who loves playing piano, and believes in changing the world one blog at a time. He has been married for over 8 years to his beautiful wife Marguerite, have a son, and lives in Michigan.   Description of  First Year in one or two words A learning experience. Listen to Leslie’s First Year story: the struggles, exciting moments, and what they wish they had know before getting married. Leslie also shares how they were able to manage their finances, and…
  • FYMS 009: How To Survive Foreclosure With Derek and Carrie Olsen

    Marcus and Ashley
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    In today’s episode, Derek and Carrie Olson share their First Year Marriage story. They have been married for more than 3 years, have a daughter who rocks their world, and live in Kansas City, Missouri. Together, they host the Better Conversations on Money and Marriage podcast. And encourage couples to strengthen their marriage by having better conversations on money and marriage. Description of  First Year in one or two words Diverse, arduous, and enchanted. Listen to Derek and Carrie’s First Year story: the struggles, exciting moments, and what they wish they had know before…
  • FYMS 008: How To Overcome Insecurities In Marriage With Kimanzi And Tanya Constable

    Marcus and Ashley
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    In this weeks episode, Kimanzi and Tanya Constable share their first year of marriage story. Kimanzi and Tanya have been married for over 15 years, have three energetic children, and live in Maui, Hawaii. Kimanzi is an author, speaker, life and business coach, whose mission it to help people live life by their own design and create true freedom in life. Tanya is a well respected Nurse Aid. Description of  First Year in one or two words Interesting to confrontational. Listen to Kimanzi and Tanya’s First Year story: the struggles, exciting moments, and what they wish they had know…
  • FYMS 007: How To Make Extra Money On The Side With Dustin Riechmann

    Marcus and Ashley
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    In this week’s episode, Dustin Riechmann share’s his first year of marriage story. He has been married to Bethany for over 13 years, has 3 children, and lives in Saint Louis, Missouri. He blogs regularly at Engaged Marriage, and focuses on helping busy couples enjoy their marriage. Description of  First Year in one or two words Unmemorable. Dustin also shares a lot of insights on how to make extra money on the side to support your family. Listen to Dustin’s First Year story; the adjustments, struggles, exciting moments, and what he wish he had know before getting…
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    Momvelous

  • How To Know If You Are Gluten Intolerant: 9 Warning Signs

    Kate
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Much attention is given to the gluten free lifestyle these days. Health experts constantly inform us of benefits of giving up gluten, but often add the caveat that giving up gluten may not be the right choice for everyone. So how do you know if giving up gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and […]
  • Your Teenage Son – How To Get Him Motivated

    Amy
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Until now, you always assumed the caricature of the couch-bound, eternally-hungry teen-aged boy depicted in comic strips, television shows and movies was just that, a caricature. Now? Now you’re living with a real-live teen-aged boy and you’re probably seeing the truth in those caricatures. In real life, having a giant, often-stinky, hairy man-child leaving a […]
  • Letting Your Child Tell You What They Need

    Melly
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    We are raised in an environment where we are encouraged to tell our children what they need and what they want. Even the newer parenting methods, that encourage more child exploration, are telling you that it’s what your child needs and wants. New parents always want to do their best and keep their new little […]
  • 10 Tips On How To Make Your Playdate Go Without A Hitch

    Jessica
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Playdates are a great way to give your children an opportunity to socialize and learn how to be a great host. It also helps kids learn how to get along and share. First playdates may be a bit of a challenge at first but practice makes perfect! Who To Invite? – Is there a friend […]
  • Evenflo Jenny/Johnny Jump-Up Door Exerciser Review

    Jayme
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Why A Door Exerciser? If you have a baby that likes being active and is aware of his or her surroundings, but is still too small for a walker or exersaucer, a door exerciser can be the best solution. This cute, portable contraption will hang on any door that meets the recommended measurements. While your […]
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    Western New Yorker

  • Hawaiian Rice Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Hawaiian Rice Recipe What you will need:1 ½ cups uncooked rice¼ Olive oil½ cup green pepper, diced½ cup onion, diced2-3 Roma tomatoes, diced (optional)¼ cup pineapple, diced3 cloves garlic, minced¼ cup soy sauce¼-1/2 cup pineapple juice¼ shredded sweetened coconut (optional) Dice all of the vegetables & fruit.While Cooking rice.   Meanwhile, heat olive oil, saute pepper, garlic and onions until tender. Add pineapple and saute for another minute. Add soy sauce and pineapple juice. Add rice and coconut (is desired) then mix well. Serve Hot and Enjoy!
  • Gear Force by Tomy & John Deere

    Liz Chapman
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    **I received a free 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.A few weeks back I was asked to review the new Gear Force Harvest vehicle set from Tomy & John Deere. If you have a little one like myself especially a boy, John Deere is company you know VERY well! They are top of the line quality toys that have been passed down through the generations! These new sets are age range 3+ and come with action figures!!"The ultimate…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

    Liz Chapman
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Enter for  Chance to win: 1- Purex Crystal bottle, Hallmark Holiday card, 1-Rubber Duckie Shower head, 1 Mega Fold Picture, 1 pictured Canvas, 1-Baby towel warmer, Pet Tags, CandleWick books, Colortime Bags, Baby Pacifier products, Wecanart, Devils Music book, Frozen bracelet, Panda Socks, Art kits, Hallmark ornament    ** YOU must be 18+ in order to enter and this is open internationally**Prizes will be added to this giveaway as they become available. a…
  • LOVE Leaping Into Gaming with the new #LeapTV #MommyParties

    Liz Chapman
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
     I received free products, including a LeapTV and LeapTV games, in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own, but you can take my lead and host your own LeapTV Party!I can really say this year we have been blessed with amazing toys, games and educational devices for my five year old. If you have, children between the ages of 3-8 LeapFrog has recently released a gaming system just for them called LeapTV. We planned a little party & invited a few playmates over to try it out! It is really fun watching the kids bounce…
  • Friday Mail Haul & Product Reviews

    Liz Chapman
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
     Check out my Blogger mail for the week! What did you get in your mailbox?? **I received a free 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 tried White Lavender & Sandalwood Exhilarations Fabric Softener for the last few weeks. I really enjoy the new scents that they have. The fabric softener does keep your laundry clean, fresh smelling and clothes have less wrinkles! I will say I enjoy my scent boosters though so…
 
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  • Mommy Wars: Private School VS. Public School VS. Homeschooling

    Leah Campbell
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Private School VS. Public School VS. Homeschool: How Do They Size Up? Homeschooling When I was a kid, there were three neighbor boys who lived just down the street from us but who didn’t go to our school. Instead, they were homeschooled. As a child, I thought this was a bit strange… Our neighborhood was full of kids, and we were always outside playing with each other. But those three boys? They never really fit in. In fact, I hate to say it, but they were… weird. Socially awkward and never particularly fun to be around. I don’t remember any of us ever being mean to them, but I do…
  • 5 Tips for Easing Your Child Into Family Holiday Introductions

    Amanda Caswell
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
      Family holidays are a very special time for children. Delicious cookies, pretty lights, fun decorations, and (of course) gifts come out of the woodworks. Amongst all the happy buzz, sometimes holiday cheer can be dampened when introductions to new friends and family don’t go as planned. With all the holiday parties, activities and visiting friends and relatives, there are plenty of opportunities for family holiday introductions to go one of two ways – very well, or completely awkward! Here are some tips to help make these special introductions a bit easier for your kids this…
  • Mommy Wars: Natural Immunity vs. Flu Vaccine

    Leah Campbell
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    Natural Immunity vs. Flu Vaccine When it comes to the Mommy Wars, there are none quite so contentious as the subject of vaccinating. In fact, this particularly war gets so heated that I haven’t even wanted to cover it in this space here – simply because parties on both sides tend to take the discussion to unnecessary extremes. It is a Mommy War that seems almost impossible to discuss reasonably, which I truly believe is part of the problem. If we can’t talk to each other with respect, there is no hope of ever getting a point across. After all, people aren’t going to aptly listen to…
  • Family Bonding? The Secret’s In Your Pocket.

    Dr. Sarah Coyne PhD.
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    One of my favorite activities to do with my siblings is to pull out the old home videos. Seeing ourselves as children usually has us laughing our butts off and brings our inner child-like tendencies to the surface. My favorite is watching my younger sister dance around to “the chicken dance” when she was 3 years old. While I dance like a ballerina around the room, my sister “pecks” at the ground for a full 3 minutes – taking the “chicken dance” to heart. Not only is it hilarious to laugh over these childhood memories, but they also offer a rare opportunity for family bonding…
  • 5 Things Parents Need to Know About Ello, the Latest Development in the Social Media Scene

    Zawn Villines
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    5 Things Parents Need to Know About Ello Social media experts have warned parents about how platforms such as Facebook and Twitter use their users’ data for years. Enter Ello. This new approach to social media promises not to use or collect use data, and is completely ad-free. At first blush, this might seem like an ideal way to keep your child safe. Upon closer examination, though, Ello comes with many of the same risks as older social media platforms, and adds in some new risks all its own. Your Child Might Already Have an Account Ello is currently invite-only, which means you…
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  • I'm Back - What We Did Wednesday (11/11/14)

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Check out my VLOG to get the details... Click below.Turkey Picture - "Painting Way"Supplies Needed:- Card stock paper- Washable paint, (colors: red, yellow, orange, brown)- Paint brush- Paper plate to drop at least a tablespoon of each paint- A child, preferably one that belongs to you. ;)Directions:1- Paint your child's hand brown, and carefully stamp there hands on the paper. Be sure to make sure their fingers are spread well.2- Then, have your child dip their fingers in the other paint and dab around the finger "feathers" on the paper to color the feathers.3- You may want to have a…
  • Moving Week!

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yay! It is November! Let the Christmas season begin. :)My husband and I are going to be moving in to our house this week, so bear with me. I'll try to get my blogposts up and running again. Happy Monday! 
  • 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…
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    The Care Blog

  • Date Ideas in Los Angeles, CA

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Los Angeles is the second most populated city in the USA. LA is best known for it's beach / surf culture and also for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Many of the biggest movie stars and musical artists from around the globe call LA home. Los Angeles is a great place to raise kids in an active and healthy lifestyle because of the year-round warm temperatures. It's also home to some great dog beaches. Fun fact: LA is the home city of CareBooker's Director of Marketing. Enjoy a day or night on the town at these great places in Los Angeles!   One Pico Perched above the beach, with a…
  • Date Ideas in San Francisco, CA

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    San Francisco is the cultural center and a leading financial hub of Northern California. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City. San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, known for its cool summers, fog, steep hills, eclectic mix of architecture, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the former prison on Alcatraz Island. San Francisco is also the headquarters of major banks and companies such as the Gap, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter,…
  • Date Ideas in Philadelphia, PA

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Philadelphia, PA is known as the "City of Brotherly Love." The City has historical significance as the location where America's Founding Fathers signed the Decleration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philly is considered one of the most walkable cities in the USA. Enjoy a day or night on the town at these great places in Philadelphia!   The Blue Cross RiverRink Philadelphia’s premiere outdoor ice skating rink.  Surrounding the rink will be a winter garden and forest made of shipping containers, hundreds of holiday trees and shrubs, woodchips,…
  • Date Ideas in New York City

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    New York City is home to ~8.5M people. In addition to being the most densely populated city in the USA, it's also one of the most significant financially and culturally. The world looks the NYC as the global center for banking, fashion, and the arts. NYC is also home to many univeristies including Columbia and NYU. NYC isn't all skyscrapers and subways, there are also many parks and museums for families to enjoy together and NYC is hope to many happy "City Dogs" who love spending time in the Cities dog parks. Enjoy a day or night on the town at these great places in New York City!  …
  • Date Ideas in Portland, OR

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Portland is the largest city in Oregon. Known for it's beautiful setting and liberal / environmentally conscious bend, Portland is the city of choice for many who want to slow down and add more beautiy back into their lives, but still be around the hussle and bussle of at vibrant city. Bike riding is more than fun for residents of Portland, it's a siginificant form of transportation in the city. Enjoy a day or night on the town at these great places in Portland!   Mount Hood Enjoy a skiing or snowboarding date complete with hot cocoa at the end.    Rimsky-Korsakoffee House…
 
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    Disabled Living

  • Epilepsy: Is this the breakthrough that will stop seizures

    Disabled Living Staff
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Epilepsy can be so severe that it will make a person consider all options available to help ease it’s side affects. Izaiah Ruiz’s epilepsy is so severe, it turned his life into a nightmare, making his family consider a move to Colorado where his miracle medical treatment is avaialable: Marijuana. In search for a cure Lori Fountain, the grand-mother of the 6-year old did not have enough resources to make the move. Instead, she took a proactive approach and followed the medical advances of those trying to ease the causes of epilepsy through Marijuana. The solution Families enrolled…
  • Power Wheels Offer Lift For Kids With Special Needs

    Disabled Living Staff
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Toddler Christopher Roe zoomed across the room in a motorized car, stopping in front of grown-up Sam Logan to share a giggle and reach out for a high-five. As Christopher’s mother, Lauryn Roe, watched him operate the toy on his own, she smiled and wiped away tears. She and other helpers spent part of a recent afternoon modifying the Fisher-Price Power Wheels car so it could be driven by the 1 1/2-year-old boy, who has a severe form of spina bifida and can’t walk without help. “With this, he’s able to do more, and to do it on his own, and that’s the biggest blessing,” she said.
  • Movie Theaters May Soon Be More Accessible

    Disabled Living Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Listen to this article: Under the proposal, theaters would be required to provide a specific number of closed captioning and audio description devices. By SHAUN HEASLEY Most movie theaters would be required to offer captioning and audio description devices under a proposed new rule. (Rennee Jones Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT) The Obama administration wants movie theaters nationwide to do more to accommodate people with disabilities. Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday that they are proposing new rules that would require movie theaters to offer captioning and…
  • Mom-To-Be Sues To Have Accommodations In Delivery Room

    Disabled Living Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Listen to this article: The delivery will be high-risk: Silva suffers from high blood pressure and other complications. By CAROL MARBIN MILLER, THE MIAMI HERALD/MCT Sometime this month or next, Cheylla Silva will be admitted to Baptist Hospital in Miami to give birth to her second child. The delivery will be high-risk: Silva suffers from high blood pressure and other complications. Silva is hoping the delivery goes smoothly because if there are serious problems, she might be at a loss to communicate with her doctors and nurses. Silva is profoundly deaf, and, for months, Baptist administrators…
  • Uber Accused Of Disability Discrimination

    Disabled Living Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    By BOB EGELKO, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE/MCT (September 28, 2014) Listen to this article: An Uber driver checks the company’s app. The ride-sharing service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against passengers with disabilities. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Advocates for the blind are accusing the rent-a-ride service Uber of discriminating against passengers with guide dogs, saying many Uber drivers refuse to take passengers with dogs and one locked a passenger’s service dog in the trunk. “Uber is violating basic equal-access requirements under both the ADA (Americans…
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    Study Hacks for Kids

  • The #1 Way to Cut Test Study Time by 50%

    Nicole
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Kids have far more homework do to now than we ever did when we were growing up. It is big problem – kids today have a huge amount of homework. My sons have between 30 minutes and 90 minutes of homework per night, even though they are only in grade school and middle school. You will have heard the horror stories about high school. It is common for kids in high school to have 3+ hours of homework per night, especially if they are in honors classes. Frankly, I do not want my kids doing 3+ hours of homework (although they should do some homework). But on the other hand, we want them to get into…
  • Is My Kid Lazy or Just Too Smart for his Own Good?

    Nicole
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Our older son’s Middle School uses an online website tool called “Power School” that has been a real blessing for us. What’s so great about it? It lets us see his grades, from all of his classes, at all hours of the day, 24/7. It takes away that mysterious feeling of unknowing when you are wondering how your kids are doing in school. It’s mostly great. Unfortunately it doesn’t show any teacher feedback with any of these grades, but overall, it eliminates the kinds of surprises that can give an unknowing mom or dad a small heart attack. Or so I had…
  • 77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

    Michael Sankowski
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about grades and school. The techniques to make them better at school will be far easier to learn if they truly care about what happens in school. So, how can you get them to work hard and work persistently on school? How can you help your kids develop a “growth…
  • The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

    Michael Sankowski
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would appreciate knowing I am seeing a noticeable difference in C. We have the chapter 2 test on Friday. I’m hoping he continues…” We did not ask her for an update. We did not ask her how our son was doing. She passed this information along…
  • Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

    Michael Sankowski
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades. They are just not living up to their full potential. In fact, sometimes they almost seem afraid of putting forth effort. Your kids are “talented” and “bright”, but there is an ongoing disconnect between the good test scores and how well they do in school.
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    Freezer Crockpot Meals & More

  • 10 Freezer Meals for Busy Weekday Nights

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Yesterday I made 10 meals in an hour. This my friend is very exciting because there are just so many moments in our lives that we literally have no time to do anything. (Which is why I love freezer meals) But finding the time to make the meals is often not possible. Either you don’t have the time, or when you do the last thing you feel like doing is because being in the kitchen. So the fact that I was able to make these meals in that amount of time without rushing was mostly because I chose mostly chicken meals, and ones with many of the same ingredients. I plan on doing another 7 meals…
  • 10 Freezer Meals in 1 Hour

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
      I set up to get these meals done in 45 minutes, but as you can see by the title it didn’t happen. But 10 freezer meals in one hour isn’t half bad. Armed with my little helper, if a 2 year old can actually be called a helper. During our time putting together these 10 meals she had two melt downs and four fits. Two of the fits were because I am a mean Mommy and wouldn’t allow her to play with a knife. Through the hectic 2 year old melt downs and fits, I did make a mistake and used the wrong chicken for one of the meals. Oh and I never added corn to the Southwestern…
  • Healthier Snack Choices That are Kid Friendly

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    I honestly struggle walking down the isle at the grocery store trying to find a snack that not only healthy but one’s that my kids will actually eat. It feels like an impossible task. Every shelf seems filled with unhealthy foods, but they are there staring me in the face. It makes picking not grabbing that bag of chips difficult. We love chips in this house. And I was buying those baked chips thinking they were better than the non-baked chips, but that was just what I wanted to believe. I now refuse to go down the chip, candy and cookie isles. No more! So I decided to go on a hunt for…
  • Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Package

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
      When you are unable to pronounce the very first ingredient you know that it’s no good for you.  I decided to look it up to see what it is. “Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. It is produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder.” Doesn’t seem to horrible right? Maltodextrin will actually deplete your body of vitamin and mineral nutrients. Unfortunately this food additive ingredient is in a lot of foods that we eat. Why not just make your own homemade dry ranch dressing…
  • Put an End To Condensed Soup Recipes Once and For All

    admin
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
      I Wish I Didn’t Read Labels Because They Scare Me I say this in a kind of joking not joking type of way. There are so many yummy recipes that use condensed soups as one of the ingredients. And I was forced to skip over so many of them because of it. I refused to use them in any recipe. Have you ever looked at the ingredients. Just look for yourself: That’s a whole lot of words that I cannot spell, many that I cannot say without stuttering and things that don’t sound very delicious at all. Seriously “cooked mechanically separated chicken”. Hmmmm…..
 
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    Brighter Day Today - Blog

  • To the Young Mom- You Are a Great Mom

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 pm
          I have heard awful things and sometimes I can't help but agree with them as my child throws a temper tantrum in the middle of the restaurant and I hear their awful remarks from the booth behind me. But sometimes It seems even more-so the worst insult I have ever heard. Too the young moms who have felt this way before you are a great mom.  Inspired by To The Mom Of An Only Child – You Are Not A Lesser Mom  by Kara Carrero          Being a young mom is a subject I am quite familiar with. I had my daughter almost right out of…
  • Thanksgiving Panic

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
           Every family gets a little hectic on Thanksgiving. There's a house to clean. Family to be greeted and entertained. A table to be set. Children to be arraigned and all the while there's a great abundance of food that is hopefully not burning in the kitchen. Most of these days are run by what I have found to be 2 key components. The cook and the cooks right hand or what I will call my crazy mom and me and without our cooperation Thanksgiving will surely be a disaster.         Staying at my moms the night before this big event has become another…
  • 3 Tips on Passing the Torch... Since I Have Many Siblings

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
           I have 8 brothers and sisters and to top it off I am the oldest of them all. It has been my job to lead, advise and protect them for a very long time. I have a few tips from my family that we used to help keep us closer as a family and uphold our morals that made it a lot easier to pass the torch when it was time for me to move out. (Even though I only went a couple towns over haha #homesick)        Just to clarify I come from a split home. I don't say broken home because to me my family is not broken. I have two sides of my family both of which…
  • Sleeping All Day to Morning Mom

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
           Since being a mom I have noticed a big difference in the amount of sleep I require. Not to say I still don't WANT more sleep but hey we have all been there but I was once that girl that slept the whole morning away.          When I had my daughter I was young and surely there was a lot I had to learn. Surely one of the biggest things was sleep. I said "I'll get her on my schedule" since I was such a night owl but I quickly learned after the initial first six months after she started sleeping through the night that clearly that wasn't going…
  • Letter Splatter Paint

    19 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Make learning letters fun by splatter painting. What kid doesn't like to have a little messy fun. And my version makes for some very easy clean up. You will need: finger paint, water, white paper, masking tape, and straws, 1 bowl per color (pref plastic or Styrofoam), newspaper Prep: Cover area with Newspaper!!!!! Step 1. Add 1 tablespoon of paint and 2 tablespoons of water to each bowl (Each a different color of course) Step 2. Add your straws to each bowl. (1 straw in each bowl per child, avoid "I don't have ONE!!!!") Step 3. Pick a letter and make it out of masking tape on a sheet of paper…
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    Laugh Out Loud Mommy

  • Traveling with Kids for the Holidays? Here’s a Few Tips

    laughoutloudmommy
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you have traveled with children before, you know that “what can go wrong, will go wrong”, so it is best to be prepared just in case your trip takes an unexpected turn. 1. Pack lots of snacks. Snacks are essential for any road trip, it will reduce the number of food stops, and keep […]
  • “Excuse Me, You’re Blocking My Son’s Spotlight”

    laughoutloudmommy
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Okay, so I hate to admit it but I’m that mom, that pushes into the front to get a good shot of my baby at the PTA program. Or that mom that yells out her child’s name as he enters the stage, or gives that annoying “whoowhoo!” at the end of his performance. Yep, that’s […]
  • 6 Ways To Get A Momcation Without Straying Far From Home

    laughoutloudmommy
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Photo Credit: Virginia.org Mommyhood is a continuous job, and as super as we are (yep, I will pat my own self on the back..and here’s one for you too), we all need a break sometimes. Taking a real vacation to somewhere tropical, with little coconut drinks would be great, however, those are hard to come […]
  • Reasons Why I Ignore My Kids’ Christmas Lists

    laughoutloudmommy
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Yep, its getting about that time, when Christmas bells are ringing, and jingling. This is also around the time that our pockets get quite a bit lighter. About 2 weeks ago, the first toy catalog came in the mail, complete with a section for the kiddies to write their list…pretty clever advertising I must say […]
  • Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

    laughoutloudmommy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    So if you know me you know that I am cooking impaired. If its not simple, it’s not for me, with a baby crawling around, a toddler wrapped around my leg, and my older boys chasing each other through the kitchen, I live for quick and easy recipes. Here’s a great recipe I adapted from damndelicious.net. […]
 
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