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  • Jul 3, Your Organize Home and Family Guide

    Organize Our Family Blog
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    The Best Organize Home and Family Resource! Discover a complete practical home organization tool full of exciting and fresh ideas.
  • Mental Health: How to Take Care of Your Mind and Memory

    Aha!NOW Self-development blog
    Vinay Kachhara
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Do you know that your mental health is as important as your physical health? In my opinion, your mental health is your most prized possession. I wrote about this aspect in my previous post with an aim of creating mental health awareness. Most of us agreed that our mind and memory are most crucial to […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on Mental Health: How to Take Care of Your Mind and Memory. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading!
  • Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day

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    Katybeth Jensen
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 23, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  “A hotdog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” ~  Humphrey Bogart ★~ National Hot Dog Day: Click here if you need to review the proper way to eat a hot dog. This year, lets talk about how the hot dog was […] The post Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

    A Family Runs Through It
    Idaho Dad
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I felt much like Ralphie, the bright-eyed optimist in A Christmas Story, who asked for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. In my case, however, it was a simple proposal that began nearly three years ago when the adults in my son’s Boy Scout troop were discussing high adventure trips for the older boys. I tossed out the idea of walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Path in England. I had just made the trip myself the year before, and it was really the only suggestion I could make. “No, no, you’ll shoot your eye out!” is what I seem to…
  • Moving House Made Easy: The New Place

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

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

    Harleena Singh
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Have you ever heard of Internet addiction or Internet addiction disorder? These terms may sound surprising to you, but they do exist! Well, honestly, are you addicted to the Internet? I’m sorry if I scared you, but that was not my intention. I just want to create some awareness about Internet addiction and the ways […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Internet Addiction: Are You Suffering From This Disorder. Looking forward to meeting you there.
  • What Is Your Most Prized Possession in Life

    Vinay Kachhara
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    What is your most prized possession? Well, it would be something that you may not ever want to lose, or things that make you feel happy, lucky, special, and superior, right? This question may make some of you think of your latest gizmos, mobiles, laptops, cars, jewelry, and so on. Mostly our prized possessions are […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW Self-development blog to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on What Is Your Most Prized Possession in Life. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for…
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  • Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 23, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  “A hotdog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” ~  Humphrey Bogart ★~ National Hot Dog Day: Click here if you need to review the proper way to eat a hot dog. This year, lets talk about how the hot dog was […] The post Hot Dog Day, Vanilla Ice Cream Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Grill Day, Spoonerism Day, Rat Catchers Day, Hammock Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 22, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: “Spare rib anyone?” – Adam ★~Grill Day:  July is National Grill month and today is National Grill Day. This means its time to get outside and fire up that grill, if you haven’t already and enjoy the sizzle, the smoke, and the mouth-watering aromas that […] The post Grill Day, Spoonerism Day, Rat Catchers Day, Hammock Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Junk Food Day, Big Dog Little Dog

    Katybeth Jensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 21, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”  ― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls ★~ Junk Food Day: Holy clogged arteries!  Today we are celebrating trash cuisine! Indulge all your junk food cravings! Do your part to maintain the American average of eating […] The post Junk Food Day, Big Dog Little Dog appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Moon Day, Ugly Trucks, Lollipops

    Katybeth Jensen
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 20, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: You’re never too old to lick a lollipop, read the comics or celebrate your birthday. (unknown) ★~  Moon Day:  Forty-five years ago today, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on on moon surface, this moment in […] The post Moon Day, Ugly Trucks, Lollipops appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue Day, Raspberry Cake Day, Daiquiri Day

    Katybeth Jensen
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ July 19, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: I am the lizard king. I can do anything.  - Jim Morrison Singer. ★~ Flitch Day: The tradition of the Dunmow Flitch began in Great Dunmow, Essex in 1104 when a local couple so impressed the Prior of Little Dunmow with their marital devotion that he awarded […] The post Flitch Day, Stick Out Your Tongue Day, Raspberry Cake Day, Daiquiri Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
 
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    A Family Runs Through It

  • You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

    Idaho Dad
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I felt much like Ralphie, the bright-eyed optimist in A Christmas Story, who asked for an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. In my case, however, it was a simple proposal that began nearly three years ago when the adults in my son’s Boy Scout troop were discussing high adventure trips for the older boys. I tossed out the idea of walking the 84-mile Hadrian’s Path in England. I had just made the trip myself the year before, and it was really the only suggestion I could make. “No, no, you’ll shoot your eye out!” is what I seem to…
  • The Finnish Line

    Idaho Dad
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Awhile back, there was a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal about teenagers in Finland, and how they are among the smartest, highest-testing students in the world. There’s much debate about what, exactly, the Finns are doing right, but I noticed a couple of items in the article that bear highlighting. I think parents everywhere should be thinking about these things. First, the Finns love reading. I’m frequently stunned when I go into the homes of friends and neighbors and see NO BOOKS around. When my son was born, my wife and I made a conscious decision to surround him…
  • The Collector

    Idaho Dad
    20 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    The need to collect things must be in our DNA. We never taught our kids to gather their favorite toys together in one place, but that’s exactly what they did from the earliest age. Blocks, balls, figurines. Even as babies, it seemed to be instinctive for them to sort and display their most cherished items. When my son became aware that what he was doing was called “collecting,” he decided to have the biggest rock collection in the West. Not long after, he was determined to have the coolest Hot Wheels collection. Finally, he settled on Legos, and stuck with it for years, even…
  • Eric Herman is Still a Party Animal

    Idaho Dad
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:54 pm
    My kids love music, but their tastes have developed quite differently into their teen years. My 15-year-old son enjoys The Beatles, XTC, Crowded House, and a range of movie soundtrack composers, from Danny Elfman to Ennio Morricone. Meanwhile, my 12-year-old daughter likes just about every type of music, but is currently dredging up the 70s, with Kansas, Queen, REO Speedwagon, Blue Oyster Cult, and Styx. Unless it’s the dulcet tones of Freddie Mercury blasting out of her room, I just grin and bear it. When the kids were young, their playlists were simple. Ralph’s World, The…
  • Mr. Blue, You Did It Right

    Idaho Dad
    23 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    The view from my chair at Scout Camp last weekend. We wait patiently through the long winter for scenes like this, then spend six months soaking it all up until the cold and gray return. It’s a good lesson for kids. Appreciate what you have while it’s there. Soon enough, it will be gone.
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  • Moving House Made Easy: The New Place

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

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

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

    Ronit Baras
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Now that your are done with cleaning, today's tip is about packing. Packing your house is one of the things that make moving so hard. After moving house more than 25 times, I have collected a few tips to make packing a little bit easier. How to make house packing easy Make a packing schedule. If you think it won't take too long, you are probably wrong. Yes, it is possible to pack an entire house in 3 days, but you will regret it when you get to the unpacking end. Leave one week at the end for the small things. They take the most time. Start your packing from the garage, basement, or attic…
  • Moving House Made Easy: Spring Cleaning

    Ronit Baras
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Moving house has been a big part of my life. I have already moved 25 times, sometimes to another country on the other side of the world. My first move was when I was 15. I do not remember anything since my mom and dad were in charge of moving. In the following 2 years, we moved again twice, to a rented apartment and then to a house, in which I lived for another 5 years. From the 4th house to the 25th, in which I live today, I moved as a grownup. Some of the moves were as a student and in others I was already a parent. During one move, I was pregnant. Some house moving was to a different…
 
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  • Holiday Road

    probrien1
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Why aren’t we flying? Because getting there is half the fun. You know that. A perfect line to steal from …Continue reading →
  • A Father’s Day

    probrien1
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:21 pm
    It probably goes without saying that this Father’s Day was a little more enjoyable than last year. Although I was …Continue reading →
  • Hourglass

    probrien1
    21 May 2014 | 4:34 am
    Dear Nolin, As I write this, you are sleeping on what will be your last night as a three-year old. …Continue reading →
  • Bend it Like Beckham

    probrien1
    12 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    When your kids are really little you drive by the fields watching kids run around enjoying themselves playing some sport. …Continue reading →
  • Islands In The Sun

    probrien1
    9 May 2014 | 5:19 am
    Much like Jenn pulled a fast one on me with her Girl’s Weekend, we pulled a fast one on Gammy …Continue reading →
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  • help a mama out – school uniforms

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

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

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

    AllisonO
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Four and a half months ago I managed to get our whole family bathed and dressed and in front of the immensely talented Leah Fontaine‘s camera. Unfortunately, I was not able to tame the 2 year old’s cowlick. Please forgive the third-of-a-year delay on the sharing of these photos here on the blog. Frankly if it’s not crying, hitting its sibling, or pulling on my pant leg, it’s not getting my attention any time soon. Not that anyone ever hits their sibling around here. Just kisses. And hugs. And maybe the occasional tickle-fight-turned-wrestling-match. But I digress. Ms.
  • raising my ebenezer

    AllisonO
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Before the arrival of each baby I have gone into a season of mourning. Great upheaval justifies such. From newlyweds to never-alones. From party-of-three to a de-throned first-born. From ‘the boys’ to a practical herd of babies. Each time we lost what we had. Each time I cried a lot about that loss. Each time I knew that yes, it will be good and lovely and better even, somehow, but what we had was still being laid to rest. As we prepared for ODear’s arrival I was grieving the comparable simplicity we were about to lose to the apparent logistical nightmare that would be…
 
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  • Silly Summertime Sensory Play That Only Cost Pennies

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ashley B
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    As a busy mom, you want to provide healthy meals for your family, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out: On the days that are jam-packed with activities, not to mention school and work, it can be much easier to simply hit the drive-thru or pop a frozen lasagna into the oven. Relying too much on fast food and convenience food is not only expensive, however, but not good for your health; between high calorie and fat content and huge amounts of sodium, these can wreak havoc with your waistline, blood pressure and overall health! So, what’s the answer on days that you don’t have an hour to…
  • Family Fun on the Fourth

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

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

    Ashley B
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    As the mother of a child with a food allergy, I need to think through special accommodations at times. Her school has an Epi-pen for her, but places like dance class, Sunday school and friends’ houses don’t, so I need to send it along, with instructions on how to use it should there be an accidental exposure. Now that school is winding down for the year, she’ll be involved with various summertime activities, and keeping track of who knows how to manage her allergy becomes a little more complicated. If you also have a child affected by a food allergy (or similar allergies, such as those…
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  • We Got Nominated for a Liebster Award! (AGAIN!!!) WOO HOO!

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

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

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

    Marie
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Already feeling clammy in the humid August heat, I felt my body temperature rising even higher as I stood with the boys trying to decide what to do.  Either way, it would be something that scared me.  My time to make a decision was running out. The boys and I were at a local festival […]
  • Mark Found This Link Called “An Average Saturday Morning: With Kids vs. Without Kids”

    Imperfect Mommies
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Click here to go check it out. It is most funny.    
 
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  • This is my legacy

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

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

    RK
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    It was a typical Friday night. I was already in my pajamas before seven. I may or may not have been in my pajamas all day. No wait - I did have to go out earlier in the day. . . so I did have to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keep your mouth shut

    RK
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    Hello. I have foot in mouth disease: I say the wrong things at the wrongs times ALL THE FUCKING TIME.  It stems from a myriad of things, but mainly my social anxiety kicks in, my brain fumbles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Back to the Dark Ages

    RK
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Our stupid dishwasher broke three days ago and I've been washing dishes like it's the beginning of the 20th century.  It's amazing what a family of six goes through in terms of dishes and stuff.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Effective dog flea treatment starts with consistency.

    CJB
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Owning a dog is an amazing experience, though it is one that requires responsibility. A dog must be kept healthy and free from pests such as fleas and internal parasites. To keep a dog free from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why coin collectors should go metal detecting?

    Guest Author
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Why Coin Collectors Should Go Metal Detecting If you’ve always enjoyed coin collecting, then you should definitely check out metal detecting! At first they may not seem like it, but, these two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dog coats keep Fido warm with the latest Doggy fashions.

    CJB
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dog lovers like Mark and I, and our children (adults really) will do almost anything for our beloved pets – even going so far as to spend our money on modern, funky, yet functional doggy fashions.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s important to get to know a plumber before problems flood in.

    cjblythe
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    We live in a community where floods are always ‘top of mind’ at certain times of the year. In our location in particular, we are on land completely surrounded by waters fed by the mighty Fraser... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The three best coupon sites to help you save money.

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Extreme couponing has risen in popularity as more shoppers reveal the deals they get at the grocery store. Not everyone wants a year’s supply of toilet paper sitting in their garage, but that doesn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Clarity About Business, Family, and Enough

    Stacie Mahoe
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Gosh, I feel so much shifting going on this year. The epiphanies and clarity coming through are amazing and almost scary at times. As you may know, we started unschooling this year. As we dove into that, I put online “business” on the back burner to really focus on my kids and family and learning and applying the concepts of unschooling. During that time I also began to accept that what I love most and what I cherish most (my family, seeing my kids grow, cherishing them, and being a mom) is *enough*. I’ve always felt like I was chasing after something in online business,…
  • Lesson from my 4yo: stop and smell the flowers :)

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

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

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

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

  • Maternity Shoot with Brittany and Bailey

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Some shots from my most recent maternity shoot that I am absolutely OBSESSED with.
  • Raeanne & Colin Save the Dates

    7 May 2014 | 11:05 am
    Here's a sneak peek of my shoot from last night with my favorite couple. Oh, and did I mention their ADORABLE new puppy. Meet, Mater :)This shoot was so important to me on so many different levels. Not only are Raeanne and Colin returning clients (check out our previous shoot here) but since then Rae has asked me to do her wedding. Yep. My first wedding. I was in absolute hysterics when she asked. It's so awesome to have so many amazing people support me and help me as I grow my photography business. And speaking of growing, this is the other reason this shoot was so important to me was it…
  • Pre-Photo-shoot Photo-shoot

    2 May 2014 | 7:44 am
    My little fam bam went to the park right next to our house last night before a shoot I had (thanks to daddy, who loves to sing my praises). And while we waited I snapped these. Allllll these beautiful trees are blooming, thank god spring finally decided it wanted to join us. Mama needs some Vitamin D...and a tan. Pasty is just NOT my color.Cannot wait for all the spring and summer shoots to come!
  • The Easter Buggy

    25 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    You're Welcome.
  • Le Bug

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    No Pants Dance
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    Family Focus Blog

  • 6 Easy Mason Jar Crafts

    Lisa Ranieri
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Living in the South, we see people using mason jars, decorating with them, or creating them into something unique that you wouldn’t have thought of.  If you even wanted, you could make gifts, bake a dessert in it, or make a salad to- go in the jar! I love mason jars because they are so simple and has an earthy feel about them. When I craft with mason jars, I feel like it turns out with a southern charm. Ever thought about using mason jars, but didn’t know what to do with them? Here are 6 easy mason jar crafts that will lead you to more ideas and inspiration.  If you click on the…
  • Baby Gender Reveal Party Ideas

    Lindsay Grattan
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    My brother and his wife are expecting their third child this November, and last weekend they hosted their third Baby Gender Reveal Party. If you’ve never heard of these parties, they’re a fairly modern trend of learning the gender of your unborn child in a fun and unique way, usually surrounded by family and friends. While waiting until your child is born to discover the gender has its merits with a more traditional surprise element, it can be just as fun if not more so to be creative and share the surprise as you and your loved ones find out together. There are benefits, too,…
  • 5 Natural Ways to Fight Early Morning Fatigue

    Jesica Stevenson
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Mondays are probably everyone’s least favorite day of the week. Kids have to go back to school; you have to go back to work. It’s even worse if you just came from a trip where there’s a significant time difference. I just came from Maryland, Maryland to Illinois isn’t that bad, it is when you have to leave for the airport at 5am or have to spend your whole day on the road. I had to do both, which made my early morning Monday a bit harder than usual. I figured I’m not the only person who could use tips on how to fight early morning fatigue so here are the 5 Natural Ways to Fight…
  • Tips To Stay Safe and Stylish in the Sun

    Heidi Rogers
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Home Shopping Network challenged me to share my very best tips to stay  “Safe and Stylish in the Sun” for their summertime campaign to provide ideas to help keep everyone safe in the sun! Even though the end of July is quickly approaching, the hot months are not over yet! So, here are a few of my tips and tricks to staying safe and stylish in the sun. How To Safe and Stylish in the Sun Hydration:  One of the most important things to remember to stay safe and stylish in the sun is hydration.  Water is not only amazing for your complexion, but your body’s overall well being.
  • Vegetarian White Lasagna Recipe

    Elizabeth Dooley
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Here is a step-by-step recipe for white lasagna. This is a vegetarian alternative to traditional lasagna but equally as delicious! I used almond milk, brown rice lasagna, vegan butter and brown rice flower as substitutions. The end result was still fantastic. White lasagna pairs well with fresh garlic bread and a spring mix salad. This is a traditional Italian recipe in my family so I really hope you enjoy! Recipe For Vegetarian White Lasagna: Ingredients for White Lasagna: Lasagna noodles Chopped spinach Fontina cheese Ricotta cheese Parmesan cheese Chopped onion 2 cloves of garlic 2…
 
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    Southern Life, Indian Wife

  • My Guest Post and a Confession

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Recently, my friend and fellow blogger, Kiran over at Masala Chica asked me to write a guest post.  Her blog is one of my favorites, and my reaction was immediate.  I’m there – when can I start? There was no question in my mind what I wanted to write about, because I was burning to…
  • Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys

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

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    When I began this blog, my purpose was really to just share my personal stories about my intercultural life.  Being sort of physically and philosophically sequestered from the world down here in Georgia, and snuggled nicely in my suburban bubble, I have felt like a real trailblazer with my little blog. Still, no matter how…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Deep Relief Essential Oil For Swimmer’s Shoulder

    Erica Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    Today on Real Essential Oils User Speaks:  “Relief For Swimmer’s Shoulder And Arthritic Hip” “I overdid it and went for a 6-mile (approximately 10K) walk with my hubby on the first really beautiful day of the season. My arthritic hip was very sore the next day. I applied Deep Relief Roll-On a handful of times per day, and within 2 days the pain and stiffness was gone. My daughter also hurt her shoulder or rotator cuff while swimming. I sent her some Deep Relief to use while she was waiting for the day of her appointment with an orthopedist. She noticed that her shoulder stopped…
  • Let’s Talk Health- Oral Care Using Thieves Essential Oil

    Erica Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Today on Daily Dose with Dr. Danette listen and learn about Oral care with Thieves essential oil…and so much more! Protect and heal one of your most precious assets to good health. Wednesday, 12:00 pm NOON CST Call in: 530-881-1212 Meeting ID: 452-974-222
  • Frankincense Essential Oil for Poison Ivy Relief

    Erica Brooks
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Today on Real Essential Oils User Speaks:  “Results After Testing Two Poison Ivy Treatments” “My husband had poison ivy on one wrist and on one ankle. He visited the doctor and was given steroids and a prescription cream. Since he had two areas affected, I had him perform a test. I had him immediately apply frankincense essential oil topically twice a day on his wrist area, but he only used the prescription cream on his ankle area. By the next morning, his wrist area was drying up, and the ankle area was getting redder (but not spreading). So we stopped applying the…
  • Mompreneur: Stay Motivated During the Summer Slump

    Erica Brooks
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    THE MONDAY MORNING MEMO WITH MELISSA Mompreneur, ARE YOU READY for your MONDAY MORNING SHOT OF MOTIVATION!?!?!?! So….. how do YOU survive the summer slump? Listen as Melissa shares the in’s and out’s, all arounds and all abouts of KEEPING THE MOTIVATION GOING during Summer! YES…….. it can be done, it is not just a myth! READY. SET. SHARE this link =====> bit.ly/1u8MbAO Comment below to let me know how you will use this training to grow your business this summer.
  • FREE Essential Oils: Essential Rewards Simplified

    Erica Brooks
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Essential Rewards is a great way to earn FREE Young Living essential oils and essential oil enhanced products for your family. Above is a simple explanation of the program to show you how easy it is for you and your family to start living a healthier lifestyle while saving money. Click here ====>  http://shop.healthyfamilyoils.com to get started today!
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Effective dog flea treatment starts with consistency.

    CJB
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Owning a dog is an amazing experience, though it is one that requires responsibility. A dog must be kept healthy and free from pests such as fleas and internal parasites. To keep a dog free from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why coin collectors should go metal detecting?

    Guest Author
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Why Coin Collectors Should Go Metal Detecting If you’ve always enjoyed coin collecting, then you should definitely check out metal detecting! At first they may not seem like it, but, these two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dog coats keep Fido warm with the latest Doggy fashions.

    CJB
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dog lovers like Mark and I, and our children (adults really) will do almost anything for our beloved pets – even going so far as to spend our money on modern, funky, yet functional doggy fashions.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s important to get to know a plumber before problems flood in.

    cjblythe
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    We live in a community where floods are always ‘top of mind’ at certain times of the year. In our location in particular, we are on land completely surrounded by waters fed by the mighty Fraser... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The three best coupon sites to help you save money.

    Guest Author
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Extreme couponing has risen in popularity as more shoppers reveal the deals they get at the grocery store. Not everyone wants a year’s supply of toilet paper sitting in their garage, but that doesn’t... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Keep Calm And Dodge Balls

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

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

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

    Frank
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Ok, I admit to being lazy when it comes to posting. I am a very part time blogger in that respect. I am also a very part time cook in this house. When I cook, there’s is always a dirty look or two tossed my way, and some very nasty uncalled for remarks. It is not that I don’t know how to cook, but I have a different feel for it. When you have eaten certain foods a specific way for many eons; you don’t like someone else coming in behind you and doing it differently. This is the constant fight my mother-in-law and I have. She likes her food one way (and hasn’t…
  • Chasing Dreams

    Frank
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    I know I haven’t posted in a long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our readers are thinking that I am just a figment of Ana’s imagination. However, this is something that I wanted to post for a long time… but I was missing the right words. I still do. I needed to get this off my chest. I hope none of you get offended by my bluntness, and I do hope I don’t scare people away.  I want to go off the deep end. No I am not losing my mind, but I am so consumed with a fierce and venomous anger that it could possibly rival the projected cataclysmic WWIII.
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • The Effects of Bullying on Children

    familyfirst
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Bullying has always been a prevalent issue but its seriousness isn’t always handled properly.  Anyone, at any age, can become a victim of bullying. This type of abuse leads to more than just a black eye.  Bullying extends beyond physical aggression and reaches mental and emotional abuse.  The scars that that bullying leaves can affect the health and wellbeing of your child.  It’s important for parents to understand this issue and how to take action against it. According to Children’s National Medical Center, even one incident of bullying can scar someone, especially if the victim is…
  • Video Games and Kids: Minimizing Your Child’s Risks

    familyfirst
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are many reasons why it is important to limit a child’s use of electronic devices. However, many parents aren’t sure how to go about limiting their child’s screen time – especially when it comes to video games. Parents should be aware of the risks involved when their child plays video games and set rules and restrictions for their safety. What are the risks of playing too many video games? The effects of too much screen time associated with playing video games can cause harm to your child and has been linked to the following: Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman at…
  • Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children Against Chickenpox

    familyfirst
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:03 am
    Image Courtesy of hin255 from FreeDigitalPhotos.com Chickenpox is one of the most common diseases among children – particularly among those under age 12. Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chickenpox is a highly contagious illness that appears as itchy rashes that look like blisters all over the body and is accompanied by flu-like symptoms. Chickenpox can be serious, especially in babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. The best preventative measure to protect your child from chickenpox is through vaccination. Parents should vaccinate their children at an early age to…
  • Social Media and Children – Online Safety

    familyfirst
    20 May 2014 | 12:31 pm
    At times, it can be difficult for parents to ensure that their child is happy and healthy.  Bumps and bruises are easy enough to tend to. However, with the rise of technology, raising a child in a safe environment now comes with even more hurdles. Image Courtesy of Yingyo on FreeDigitalPhotos.net More and more children and adolescents see computers, smart phones, and iPads as an essential part of life. Parents should be aware of what their child is doing on these devices – and more specifically, how their child is using social media on these devices. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest…
  • Keeping Your Child Safe Outdoors During Summer

    familyfirst
    12 May 2014 | 12:38 am
    Image Courtesy of DrNann.com Summer is just around the corner and if you’re a kid that only means one thing – summer vacation! As parents, summer means more time spent with the family – on vacations, camping trips, swimming pools, beach trips and more. Despite the fun that comes with the sunny weather, parents should keep in mind the safety of their children during outdoors activities, especially in the summertime. Keeping your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy summer fun is easy to do with a few precautions in place. Protect Against Sunburns It’s nice to get out and get some…
 
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • How To Keep Your Family Pet Pooch Happy And Healthy

    Features
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
      If you take on a pet, you have a responsibility towards it. You must have heard the saying about a dog being for life and not just for Christmas; it holds true still. Think about the implications of owning a dog. Everyone can imagine themselves walking along with their best friend at their side, […]Related Posts:What makes the perfect family pet? Five things you need to…How to care for your new family petBest Pet for your Family LifestyleWhy Adopt a Senior Dog?Choosing the Perfect Pet for Your Family     
  • Car Boots, Auctions and More: Declutter Before Moving Home

    Features
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
        If all the kids are now in Junior or Comprehensive School and you still have the pram and cot in the garage – it’s time to throw them out. And if you have ornaments you were given as a wedding present 13 years ago, but have never been used – it’s time to […]Related Posts:De-clutter & Make Extra Money: Top Tips for Car Boot…Saving For A Deposit On A New Home? It Doesn’t Have To5 Simple Ways to Make Extra Money5 Steps That Need to Be on Your Donation ChecklistHow to boost your Christmas shopping budget     
  • Top 3 Educational Gifts for Kids

    Features
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Knowing what to buy your child for their birthday isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Whilst there’s a great deal to choose from it can often feel as if we’re a little spoilt for choice. So, if you’re a parent who’s struggling to know where to start then this is the blog for you. […]Related Posts:Gender neutral toys – a great idea for large familiesRecreational activities for seniorsParty ideas for frazzled parentsWhy Audiobooks Are Great for KidsA guide to eyewear for the whole family     
  • Tips and Tricks to Give Your Home a Futuristic Appeal

    Features
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
        Some people love having a cosy home with a kind-of vintage feel, however, the ‘futuristic’ look is becoming increasingly popular. Not only is it great for people who want to give off the impression of a lavish lifestyle, it’s also great for those who dislike clutter and like things to be kept fairly […]Related Posts:5 Optical Illusions That Will Create More Space In Your…Downsizing Your Property: Tips and Tricks on Making your…How to give your home a makeover on a budgetQuick Ways To Update Your Bedroom StyleInterior Design for Dummies…
  • The problem with large family holidays

    Larger Family Life
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
        No matter how many children you have, you’ll know how hard having a family can be. We all need a break from time to time, a chance to get away from the stresses of your everyday life in order to spend some quality time with the ones you love. If you have four […]Related Posts:What happens if your holiday checklist has many kids and…The Secrets to Planning a Family Holiday on The CheapIdeal and affordable destinations for young familiesWill a Reduced Budget Stop You Taking the Family on Holiday?Things for families to do on camping holidays     
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    More With Less Mom

  • Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza Blogger Opp

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

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

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

    Melissa French, More With Less Mom
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    My little geekling, Kid #2 turns 15 in July. She wanted to have a glow party/rave for her birthday bash. This summer party will be fun and frugal, as I try to stick to a tight budget. In this series: DIY Glow Party ~ Invitations ~ Decorations ~ Food ~ Summer Party Time ~ Blacklight Party Time ~ Favors Blacklight Party Time As soon as the mosquitos start to come out we will go inside for cake and ice cream. A few girls will be staying overnight. We’ll bring them in for the cake ceremony while the bugs are worst, and let the tiki torches kick in. *Update: You need 4 feet of blacklight to…
  • DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday (on a tight budget) – Summer Party Time

    Melissa French, More With Less Mom
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:41 pm
    My little geekling, Kid #2 turns 15 in July. She wanted to have a glow party/rave for her birthday bash. This summer party will be fun and frugal, as I try to stick to a tight budget. In this series: DIY Glow Party ~ Invitations ~ Decorations ~ Food ~ Summer Party Time ~ Blacklight Party Time ~ Favors Summer Party Time Our party will start in the afternoon, hopefully on a glorious July weekend, rather than a melting one. We will invite a crowd of both boys and girls. I know teens are most likely going to be cell phone zombies most of the time, but I figure if I feed them enough sugar and have…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • Differences In Marriage: How It Makes Your Marriage Stronger

    Marcus and Ashley
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    Dealing with differences in marriage is a stepping stone to having a healthy marriage. Each spouse is different, we hear it time and time again. Can you truly grasp that concept though? Once you have lived together with your spouse for an amount of time, you will be able to see it more clearly. Have you said some of these statements before: We are so different! We do not have anything in common. He/she just does not get me. When you first start dating your spouse, everything is new and exciting. You have no problem going the extra mile, being extra patient, and over looking certain things.
  • Empathic Listening: How It Applies To Marriage

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

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

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

    Marcus and Ashley
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is the first year of marriage the hardest? The answer to this question will vary from one married couple to another, but most married couples would agree it’s been one of the hardest years of their marriage. We recently went through Ashley’s journal to relive that first year of our marriage, and there was a lot we had forgotten about that year. Besides the big difficulties and hardest moments life threw at us, there was a few themes that rang through. We hope our first year experience would inspire and help you in your marriage journey. Hardest moments in our first year of…
 
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