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  • Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Harsh Realities Of Blogging That Bloggers Should Know

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

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

    Vinay Kachhara
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    GEMS (Gregarious and Engaging Member Spotlight) of Aha!NOW are the most active community members, who rock the blog with their awesomeness! This is first in the series of GEMS posts. It’s about the most active community members at the Aha!NOW Blog Community (ABC). They are not just community members, they are the gems of Aha!NOW. […] 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 GEMS Of Aha!NOW – October 2014. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading!
 
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    Idaho Dad

  • Grocery Store Meltdown

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

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

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

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

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

  • You Kick Like a Girl

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

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

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

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

    Ronit Baras
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Expressing feelings in a relationship is very important. Feelings are at the heart of every marriage. We get married because we love and have strong and positive feelings towards someone, and we choose to spend our lives and have children with him or her. As long as we express those happy and wonderful feelings towards our partners, the more happy our relationship with them will be. Problems start when we express those not-so-happy feelings and this can easily get out of control. Many of my relationship-coaching clients confuse between thoughts and feelings. They learned that expressing…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • The Lock Out Situation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Another Project Update, This is

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

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

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

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

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

  • No amount of expletives can describe today

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

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

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

    RK
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I haven't been in the right frame of mind lately. Distracted, listless, unable to sleep, unable to eat (very strange). Let me take a step back or two and explain. . .  It all started last... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for saying inappropriate things if I could

    RK
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    The toddler said shit today when she dropped one of her toys on her foot. Carl immediately glared at me. I looked away, but inside I was proud that she used the word properly.This week I learned I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Girlilla Warfare

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

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

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

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

    Jessy Troy
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    When decorating your home, be sure to optimize for relaxed productivity if you work at home. I do a lot of my work from home. While this is great in many ways, there is one area where I have a lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Impatience category for pets? Ours would win hands (um-m, paws?) down.

    cjblythe
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    If there were an impatience category for pets, our impatient pets would win hands down. I recently went onto Facebook to see this recent post from Mark of Oliver losing patience with being ignored... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Big family blessings

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Road Trip Tips

    Meredith Rodefer
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My family was big on driving–not flying.   My parents claim that trying to put three (happy) kids on a plane was nearly impossible, so hitting the road was our only option.  And I’m so grateful.  Some of my best memories were made on the road.   A successful road trip is all about balancing preparation and spontaneity.  Here are 10 road trip tips that made (and still make) my road tripping experiences positive and that may help to enhance your experiences. 10 Road Trip Tips Know Your Car I know hardly anything about cars, but over the years I’ve made sure that I know…
  • New My Little Pony Luna Eclipsed Storybook App & Giveaway

    Scarlet
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Playdate Digital has released their latest My Little Pony storybook app called LUNA ECLIPSED, just in time for Halloween and I am pleased to be hosting a giveaway in celebration. MY LITTLE PONY: LUNA ECLIPSED Interactive Storybook App Now Available For iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch! Just in time for Halloween, PlayDate Digital is launching an all-new MY LITTLE PONY interactive storybook app for emerging readers under license from Hasbro. The new MY LITTLE PONY: LUNA ECLIPSED App is based on the popular animated hit series, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC which is created by Hasbro…
  • DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene

    Elizabeth Dooley
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Here is an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial for a DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene! Fall and winter are probably the most exciting times of the year for interior and exterior decorating. Putting out small scenes and towns always seem to be so popular every year! So why not grab the family and make your very own town or scene? Scenes like this one here are quite easy to make and come out looking so realistic! DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene Tutorial DIY Halloween Graveyard Scene Supplies: Foam board Moss (sheet) Moss (loose) Small flower pot LED branches Flower/plant tape Air dry molding foam…
  • Does Your Child Suffer From Depression?

    Scarlet
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Danny Baker who is an author, life coach and mental health advocate is going to share with us some information for if you have a child with depression.  He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, The Elephant Journal, The Glow and The Black Dog Tribe, and has also been featured on Yoganonymous, The Daily Health Post and The International Bipolar Blog.  His memoir, described by bestselling author Nick Bleszynski as “beautifully written, powerful, heartfelt, insightful and inspiring … a testament to hope”, recounts his struggle and eventual triumph over…
  • Parenting Advice: You Don’t Have To Be A Perfect Parent

    Rob Youngblood
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hi there! I’m Rob Youngblood. I’m a single dad with a wonderful seven year old boy. I am a loving, supportive, caring, involved, and dedicated parent – but I am far from a perfect parent. And that is OK. My Approach To Parenting Youngblood Men Selfie After a Recent Haircut Together As I start my writing relationship with Family Focus Blog, I thought I would tell you a little about myself and my approach to parenting. My son Evan is a happy, funny, smart, well-rounded, and sweet second grader. I have had primary custody of him since he was fourteen months old. His mom is…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Step Out Diabetes Walk

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

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

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

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

    Erica Brooks
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week we talked about the Law of Vision. Today on Mompreneur Monday listen in as Melissa shares how the law of success, Mindset, can help you to build your business. Your circumstances do NOT determine what you have in life but there is simple thing that does….. your Mindset.  What you think and how you think. Learn how this law of success can easily be tapped into by simply changing…. the way you think! Listen to the replay below: How will you use this law of success to grow your business? The post Exploring the Law of Success – Mindset appeared first on Healthy Family…
 
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Make your own effective laundry pre-treat spray for next to nothing.

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

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

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

    Jessy Troy
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    When decorating your home, be sure to optimize for relaxed productivity if you work at home. I do a lot of my work from home. While this is great in many ways, there is one area where I have a lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Impatience category for pets? Ours would win hands (um-m, paws?) down.

    cjblythe
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    If there were an impatience category for pets, our impatient pets would win hands down. I recently went onto Facebook to see this recent post from Mark of Oliver losing patience with being ignored... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • 10 Things Husbands Don’t Want To Hear

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

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

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

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

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Yesterday afternoon Frank and I sat on our balcony and watched one of our neighbors burn a huge pile of grass in his yard. It’s a very common occurrence in Croatia. Someone told me it had something to do with making the soil more fertile. As we were watching the fire burn, I couldn’t help Read more... The post Heading Towards Holidays: Fire Prevention Tips appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Turn 6 Ingredients Into Delicious Peasant Bread

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

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

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

    Chad
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I want to interrupt our regularly scheduled family blogging to bring you this special edition rant about Netflix and how they fail on parental controls. This may be a little ranty and a little techy but I feel justified in venting my frustrations here. As we’ve written about in the past our family is a bunch of quitters, that’s right we quit cable cold turkey and went to using only Netflix for our tentertainment. This has proved to be a marvellous success that not only saved us money as the cable bill was bleeding us dry, it also has us watching less television and we’re happy to…
  • No Bake Treats For Your Next Netflix Binge Session

    Amanda
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever get that late night craving for something sweet? You’re unwinding at home on the couch, the kids are sleeping and you just want a treat to go along with whatever you happen to be watching. This isn’t the time to bust out the KitchenAid Mixer, it’s time for something that’s easy to make, no fuss, makes very little mess and still must be yummy. While these aren’t instant, with a little patience you can have some deliciousness to go along with Netflix. Marshmallow Squares Easy and quick, other than the chill time. Throw them in the freezer for a bit to speed it up. Ridiculously…
 
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    Twisted Glasses

  • Cooking

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

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

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

    Christy
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This morning a friend contacted me asking if she could […]
  • Fall Splendor

    Christy
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I love the colors and smells of fall. I love the way th […]
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    Winter Springs Pediatrician | Dr. Clifford Selsky | Family First

  • Developing Your Child’s Social Skils

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

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

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

    familyfirst
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our children, nothing poses as much of a threat as childhood obesity.  According to the American Heart Association, the number one health concern of parents in the United States is childhood obesity, which tops both drug abuse and smoking.  At such a young age, it’s important for parents to understand what obesity is and how to prevent it amongst their children. Obesity is defined by having excess body fat that is beyond the normal range for a person’s height, age, and body composition.  Important factors in determining whether or not a…
  • The Effects of Bullying on Children

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

  • Media Request: Large Families Wanted for TV Programme on Modern Britain

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

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

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

    Larger Family Life
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
                  Filled with happiness and good spirits we will capture all aspects of family life with everything from sitting around the dinner table and reading Christmas cracker jokes to the squabbles and bickering that can often happen. We will follow the families as they get together over the festive […]Related Posts:Media Request: Large Families Wanted for TV Programme on…Wanted: Large families on the morning school run!Media Request: What is it like to be a child in Britain…Media request for large familiesMedia Request: Families with…
  • Book Review: 100 Animal Cookies

    Reviews
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Sometimes when we bake, we like to step away from ordinary gingerbread men and round cookie cutters, and be a bit more adventurous. The only issue is when we’ve completed the last cookie, and it looks so gorgeous we almost feel guilty for eating it. One problem that we’ve come across though, is that […]Related Posts:Smarties Chocolate CookiesLearn to loom with Loom Band It!Fun & Frugal Family Celebration Ideas For Valentine’sHarry Copter’s Animal Rescue by Wow Toys!Getting Kids Back in the Kitchen with Ben’s Beginners     
 
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    More With Less Mom »

  • You’ve Been Booed Free Printable

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

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

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

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    For us September brings the busyness of the school year. We have weekly guitar lessons, choir practice, and school events. The offbeat holidays we are using as an excuse to celebrate something are: Eat an Extra Dessert Day (Sep 4), Teddy Bear Day (Sep 9), !International Chocolate Day! & Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day (Sep 13), Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sep 19), World Gratitude Day (Sep 21), Hobbit Day (Sep 22), Comic Book Day (Sep 25), and Coffee Day (Sep 29). Ideas and resources for menu planning in September, many seasonal summer and fall and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients,…
  • Celebrate 1000 Likes – Free printable inspirational quote “Season Everything With Love”

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Woo hoo! 1,000 Likes! You guys are the bestest. I got a jump in Likes and I’m not sure why, but I’ll take it. To celebrate I have created a free printable for you, as well as offering a discount code in my shop. If you haven’t joined in on the fun, don’t forget to Like me too! This printable is an 8×10 inspirational quote. The background is a sage green vintage wallpaper with white and pink roses. There is a lady in a dress with an apron, holding a cookbook and fork. The text is “Season everything with love” in sage and pink. Download Download Season…
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    Our Peaceful Family

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

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

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

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

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

    Marcus and Ashley
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
    In todays episode, Nick Pavlidis shared his first year marriage experience with us. Nick is a writer, speaker, coach, and a lawyer. He has been married for over 6 years to a very patient woman, and has two great kids. Description of Nick’s First Year in one or two words Challenging but hopeful. Listen to Nick’s story: the struggles, exciting moments, and what he wish they had know before getting married. Nick also shows us how we can use personal accountability to improve our marriage. You don’t want to miss this episode. How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player…
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  • Top 10 Fun Learning Activities For Toddlers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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

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

    Liz Chapman
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Here is what we got in the Mail this week.Also check out this weeks recap: Coupon Deals & Thrift haul for the week here. Healthy #Organic lunch & Snack ideas here. Weekly Grocery Haul here.Aunt Fee Chicken Recipe here. Book Reviews here.  Product Reviews here. HUGH Pampers Giveaway Enter here.
  • Weekly Book Reviews #BBloggers

    Liz Chapman
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
     **I received a free copy of this book 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 Blind Spot for Boys is a young adult contemporary romance. Shana & Quattro have each experienced so much sadness at a young age. Quattro has lost his mother and Shana’s father is suddenly going blind. They are each on this journey, to hike to Machu Picchu for different reasons. Neither of them are looking for a relationship but because it is a…
  • Product Reviews #surpahs

    Liz Chapman
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    **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.Coobie Seamless Bras are the most comfortable bra EVER! No they really are I tried them personally! They have support so there will be no embarrassing peep shows and yet they are perfect for exercising! They com in a scoopneck or v-neck in one size (32A-36D) or a full size (38A-42D) from their collection. Save 25% on any order of $40 or more of Coobie Seamless Bras…
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  • Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

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

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

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

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

    Leah Campbell
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Only Child vs. Siblings A year or two ago, two anonymous essays began circulating the Internet, written by a husband and wife who were expecting twins at the time. In these essays, both parents-to-be mourned the fact that they had two babies on the way – even going as far as to say that they had “ruined” their family by conceiving these children. The babies had been conceived via in vitro fertilization. Two eggs were transferred, which means that two babies should have been a fairly expected occurrence. But both husband and wife claimed they had only wanted to get pregnant once more to…
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  • Life Is What Happens...

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

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

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

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

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Image Source: beliefnet.comWhen Martin Luther King stood a top the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he proclaimed to the universe his dream for his race and for the future. And when I see my son playing with children of color, it makes my heart soar with pride knowing that MLK's dream for the future came true. It also reminds me that society can be changed, and that progress can be achieved in relatively such a short amount of time. The world is vastly different than the days of "I have a dream..." With the guidance of MLK and others, racism was gradually diminished over the course of…
 
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  • Meet Wally And Jax - Our New Favorite Duo.

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Just a squirrel hiding nuts in the fur of a Bernese Mountain Dog...totally normal.
  • Helping Kids Get over Their Fears

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    It's normal and even good for your child to feel fear; it helps him or her make safe choices. However, you don't want your child to be excessively or unnecessarily frightened. You can help your child get over some of the common fears, such as being afraid of the dark, being left with a babysitter or, for older kids, being afraid to speak in public, which, by the way, is the No. 1 fear for most adults. Fear of the Dark When your child exhibits a fear of darkness, have a talk with him or her. Listen to what the fear is about, but don't tell your child that the fear is silly or stupid. That only…
  • Five Safety Facts All Children Must Know Before You Leave Them with a Sitter

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    When finding a babysitter for your children, you undoubtedly make sure the sitter has basic safety skills, but have you ever thought about making sure your children have them as well? Your children aren't the only ones who could have an emergency. If the sitter has an emergency, you want your children to be prepared. 1. How to Call for Help Children as young as three or four should know when and how to call 9-1-1 as well as how to call you. If they cannot help the sitter themselves, they need to be able to get ahold of someone who can. 2. Their Own Contact Information Your…
  • The Best Way To Show Your Children You Care When You Cannot Attend Their School Functions

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    In today’s busy world, even when parents are experts at multitasking, there just never seems to be enough time to fit everything into one’s day.  Between work, family care, home maintenance and other responsibilities, life can be quite chaotic. In the past, one parent traditionally stayed at home to care for the children while the other parent worked.  Occasionally, they may have called in a sitter so they could have an evening out.  However, these days, it is rare to find a family that does not include two working parents.  Regular reliance upon dependable…
  • MOMent of Zen - Pumpkin Chai Latte

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Here’s our favorite recipe for a homemade dairy-free Pumpkin Chai Latte.  There’s no real measurements, and no way to mess this up!  Brew a cup of chai tea In a saucepan, add:  About ½ cup Almond Milk (or whichever milk you prefer)  A heaping spoonful of Canned Pumpkin A few dashes of Pumpkin Spice Mix the milk, pumpkin, and spice over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add your brewed chai tea to the saucepan, and stir all the ingredients together for a minute or so. Pour your Pumpkin Chai Latte into a big mug (or split into 2 to…
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