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  • Good Relationship with Loving Affirmations

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

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Self-esteem is something that functions like fuel to the body. If we have high self-esteem, the ride is better in many ways. We move forward more smoothly, we have fewer problems and we get to our destination faster. Everyone has some level of confidence in life. It is just that some people have more than others and they seem to go through life with much more success and happiness. People with high self-esteem have fewer doubts and they don’t blame their "ride" every time things don't happen the way they want them to be. Let's face it, we can't always get what we expect 100% of the time.
  • Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit Stand Workstation – Review

    Aha!NOW Life blog
    Vinay Kachhara
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Are you an excessive computer user? Does your job require you to sit and work for long hours using your computer or laptop? If yes, then first you need to read this review on Ergotron Sit-Stand Workstation! Also, you should read this post by Harleena where she talks about the dangers of sitting and the […] 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 Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit Stand Workstation – Review. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
  • Whose Life Is It To Share?

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    We share so much of ourselves these days. Between Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogs, email, and texts, it’s easy to have almost every aspect of our lives spread all over the Internet for the enjoyment of family and friends. And strangers. Because so much of what you’re sharing is wide open to anyone anywhere with a computer or smart phone. But that’s okay, right? It’s your choice to share yourself with the world. If your Facebook posts and Instagram photos are set to “public” or your Pinterest page features personal photos, that’s your…
  • Self Love Affirmations

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Love is important and it takes up  lot of our energy. We want to love and be loved in return. I think of love as a battery. When we have love, we feel powerful, energetic, optimistic, creative and motivated. It drives us forward and it is addictive. Yes, addictive. Once you feel love, you are not the same person anymore. I realized all this about love when Eden, my eldest, was born over 25 years ago. With her, new feelings were born inside of me and there was nothing that could take those feelings away. Before Eden was born, my first nephew, Adam was the first kid I ever loved. And I loved…
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    Aha!NOW Life blog

  • Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit Stand Workstation – Review

    Vinay Kachhara
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Are you an excessive computer user? Does your job require you to sit and work for long hours using your computer or laptop? If yes, then first you need to read this review on Ergotron Sit-Stand Workstation! Also, you should read this post by Harleena where she talks about the dangers of sitting and the […] 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 Ergotron WorkFit-A Sit Stand Workstation – Review. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
  • 10 Proven Ways to Create a Social Media Plan for Bloggers

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

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

  • Whose Life Is It To Share?

    Idaho Dad
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    We share so much of ourselves these days. Between Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, blogs, email, and texts, it’s easy to have almost every aspect of our lives spread all over the Internet for the enjoyment of family and friends. And strangers. Because so much of what you’re sharing is wide open to anyone anywhere with a computer or smart phone. But that’s okay, right? It’s your choice to share yourself with the world. If your Facebook posts and Instagram photos are set to “public” or your Pinterest page features personal photos, that’s your…
  • The Great War For Kids

    Idaho Dad
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:34 pm
    There’s one thing about history that my daughter quickly learned in her early elementary school days. Humans seem to always be fighting each other. It’s an unpleasant subject on the surface, but if you’re going to instill a love of history in your children, you can’t avoid the fact that they will, inevitably, be reading about war. And they will find it utterly fascinating. With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, or The Great War, we’ve seen a deluge of books on the subject. One of these new ones is especially for kids.
  • 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…
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    Family Matters

  • Self Love Affirmations

    Ronit Baras
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Love is important and it takes up  lot of our energy. We want to love and be loved in return. I think of love as a battery. When we have love, we feel powerful, energetic, optimistic, creative and motivated. It drives us forward and it is addictive. Yes, addictive. Once you feel love, you are not the same person anymore. I realized all this about love when Eden, my eldest, was born over 25 years ago. With her, new feelings were born inside of me and there was nothing that could take those feelings away. Before Eden was born, my first nephew, Adam was the first kid I ever loved. And I loved…
  • Strong Affirmations: High Self-Esteem

    Ronit Baras
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Self-esteem is something that functions like fuel to the body. If we have high self-esteem, the ride is better in many ways. We move forward more smoothly, we have fewer problems and we get to our destination faster. Everyone has some level of confidence in life. It is just that some people have more than others and they seem to go through life with much more success and happiness. People with high self-esteem have fewer doubts and they don’t blame their "ride" every time things don't happen the way they want them to be. Let's face it, we can't always get what we expect 100% of the time.
  • Good Relationship with Loving Affirmations

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

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

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

  • Four Weekends and A Birthday (Pt.1)

    probrien1
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    So I have never seen the movie Four Weddings and A Funeral, and I can honestly say that none of these …Continue reading →
  • The Lock Out Situation

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

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

  • How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween

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

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

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

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

  • I should probably wake up like this everyday

    RK
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    So I'm in my tank top and my grannie panties and a black sweater because that really finishes off this high-brow look of mine - French girls have nothing on me today - and I'm dancing and singing at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Don't stare at me too long or you'll turn to stone

    RK
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    My name is Prince, but you know that. Probably. You may have heard about me from my mom. She talks a lot. Sometimes too much. She's talking a lot right now about food and The Music Man and there is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Even the Stepford Wives wouldn't live here because these people are just too much

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

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

    RK
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    It has been the shittiest of weeks, but today is the worst of all.  I'm not ready to talk about it, but in true fashion, I am ready to start being an asshole. All I've wanted to do today is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Injection Intervention: How Far SHOULD We Go For Ageless Beauty?

    Lisa
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelecup (aka: The Beauty Babe) I turned 50 last month, and my friend Karyn turned 40. Now here is the shocking part of this statement: Despite our heroic efforts to defy the hands of time, neither one of us looks 30. I stare in disbelief at those fresh-faced photos of us from over a decade ago, and damn, we really DO look 10 years older than we did back then. Who is playing this dirty, rotten trick on us?  I know for a fact that Oprah PROMISED ME that 50 was the new 30. I naively believed her and all of the other pop culture gurus that insured us that we were the generation that…
  • Mean Girls, Mean Media: Attacking Renée Zellweger IS Middle-School Bullying in Drag

    Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    By Lisa Barr Here’s what is headlining the news this week: ISIS, Ebola, and Renée Zellweger’s face. The first two are crises; the latter – seriously? Leave the woman alone. In a Botox-obsessed nation, who are we to criticize a celebrity who by her own defense finally feels “peaceful and healthy”, and living her life her way. Why do we want to break her, a woman who has stayed out of the limelight for the past few years only to attend ELLE’s “Women in Hollywood” event a few days ago? The media and women nationwide have called out Zellweger for being…
  • 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”…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • There’s nothing too good for a new baby.

    cjblythe
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    There is nothing like the excitement of a new baby. I’ve had two and I remember quite well how easy it was to buy furniture and smaller items without thinking about long term cost and use. My one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home renovations: Professionals do it with knowledge and style.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Working with a renovation business like Knockout Renovation allows the owner to complete home or business renovations and be confident the job will be efficiently managed. Whether the renovations are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evidence! Our kids are our lucky charms.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Well, it’s that time of year again when Erin and Stu surprise us with their choices for costumes. Erin hasn’t posted a photo yet, but Stu has. He did an amazing job (with a little help from a friend)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quebec and Ottawa killings of soldiers: More to remember on Remembrance Day.

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

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Reviewing free product supplied specifically for the purpose of review can be a tricky process. To be respected and trusted as a reviewer, it is important to be honest in the reviews written – about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Crazy Mom Life

  • Big family blessings

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maty’s Natural Health Products And $100 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

    Scarlet
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    I was provided with a Maty’s natural health product in order to facilitate a review and Maty’s will provide the giveaway prize.  All opinions expressed are my own. Maty’s Natural Health Products I love having natural ways to heal my family and myself on hand.  That is why I love natural health products like those made by Maty’s. Their natural remedies work and they are made with simple ingredients that promote good health. Maty’s full product line is 100% natural, made with ingredients you recognize and know are safe for you and your family. Plus, all…
  • 10 Edible Crafts for Fall & Winter

    Sarah Parsell
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    With the housekeeping, the kids, and the plethora of holiday events, it can be hard to find time to decorate or celebrate the holiday seasons in your home. It’s fun to do things here and there to herald in the spirit of the holidays. Entering the season of back-to-back holidays, decorating can be extra tough with the lack of time, and sometimes a holiday slips us by without us getting the chance to feel like it even came at all. However, from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to Christmas, it’s important to take time to celebrate the holidays, to enjoy them through decorations, food, or crafts.
  • Train Your Brain- Train Safety Tips and Importance

    Scarlet
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    This post on train safety tips is sponsored by Norfolk Southern as part of a public safety campaign to help “train your brain” to be safe! The Importance Of Train Safety Train safety is important and here are some startling train collision and incident statistics to make that point clear. About every 3 hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. (Source: BrainysWorld) Train accidents account for approximately 700 fatalities per year, with more than 250 coming from risky driver behavior and more than 440 from trespassing. As you can see, train safety is a topic that we as parents…
  • Jello Worms – Halloween Recipe

    Erika Wassall
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Two days until Halloween!! WhoOOo-HoOOO. I am undoubtably a sucker for Halloween recipes.  So in honor of the occasion I submit to you my own version of the Jello worms. And I must say these came out delicious! They’re fun to eat. And not only do they LOOK like worms, they actually FEEL like worms. My addition of pudding mix made them a bit firmer, and they REALLY hold up well. Jello Worms Recipe These would be perfect for a Halloween Feel Box, where you have the kids stick their hand in a box and try to guess what’s inside. ECK! That sounds like so much fun. Unfortunately for me, mine…
  • Want To Find A Dog Sitter? DogVacay Has You Covered

    Scarlet
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    This post is sponsored by DogVacay.com, the site that helps dog owners connect with 20,000 pet sitters across North America. All opinions expressed are my own. Want To Find The Best Dog Sitter? I have been a long time dog owner. We always had a German Shepherd or two growing up and even before I married my husband, we had fur babies. Being that we love to travel, we have always used a dog sitter. I found with two dogs and with lengthy trips away from home, having a dog sitter was the most economical and I preferred it for my dogs anyway. I love dog sitters because my dogs get plenty of…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • The 10 Commandments Of Losing Weight

    Healthy Family Matters
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    You hop on the scale and cringe. Oh, is it really that high? You need to lose weight. But weight loss can be a difficult, frustrating experience. What can you do to make it easier? As if they came from a mountaintop, these ten commandments for losing weight will help you be more effective at dropping the pounds and keeping them off. 1. Thou shalt drink water It is simple to confuse hunger for thirst. Your throat feels parched, but instead of water, you grab a snack. If this is a problem for you, try drinking a glass of water first. If you’re still hungry, then take a healthy snack. 2.
  • 7 Worthwhile Steps To Change Your Life Now

    Healthy Family Articles
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    Are you living your own chosen life or are there others making the decisions for you? Whether you are living it purposefully or events and circumstance are dictating it for you, here are some signs that its out of control: You hate your job, possibly having taken it simply because nowhere else would hire you and “need” the money. Even worse you chose it because others told you that’s what you should do and you didn’t want to disappoint them (though disappointing yourself is OK). You’re living payday to payday. Barely able to make ends meet, possibly even paying…
  • Fall Fun In The Delaware Valley

    Healthy Family Articles
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Summer is undoubtedly many people’s favorite season; children and young adults who are still in school enjoy the long break from their academic pursuits, the Jersey Shore is in its prime-time with sunny beaches and exciting boardwalk attractions, and the long days and warm nights make it the perfect time to gather family and friends for parties and BBQ’s. For residents of Deleware Valley,  those of us who happily anticipated the end of the summer, fall couldn’t have come soon enough. Aside from milder temperatures, the season also provides its fair share of fun, with some of the…
  • Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

    Healthy Family Articles
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    A spoonful of sugar consumed by your pet in the form of Halloween candy, and other human foods, may cause you to go looking for medicine. Sugar is horrible for most animals, especially the one’s many of us keep in our homes as live-in pets. Yet, our cats and dogs, especially, seem to be drawn to what goes into our mouths because they know that we have the good stuff. So, when it comes to the Halloween season, way too many bite-sized bundles of endorphin inducing elixirs beautifully wrapped in easy opening covers can be had by our furry and feathered friends because we tend to leave them…
  • Exploring the Law of Success – Value

    Erica Brooks
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Last week we talked about the Law of Mindset. Today on Mompreneur Monday listen in as Melissa shares how the law of success, Value, can help you to build your business. Learn how to increase your VALUE, MASTER your trade and put YOURSELF and your TEAM in DEMAND! Listen to the replay below: What changes can you make today to increase your value to build your business? The post Exploring the Law of Success – Value appeared first on Healthy Family Matters.
 
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  • 24 Days of Javita - Another Weight Loss Test

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

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

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

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

    Laura - Momblogger
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    Many weight loss shakes don't taste very good. Is Shake the Crave different? I'm excited to tell you that I recently got a chance to try a new brand of weight loss shakes called "Shake the Crave". It's made with organic ingredients and is sweetened with natural cane sugar, vanilla, and coconut powder. My review was mainly just for taste, but soon I will try a full-scale 90 day challenge to test how it works. For now, we'll just talk about what this product claims it does and my experiences with it. Claim 1 - Tastes Like an Old Fashioned Hand Dipped MilkshakeMy response? I wouldn't go that…
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  • There’s nothing too good for a new baby.

    cjblythe
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    There is nothing like the excitement of a new baby. I’ve had two and I remember quite well how easy it was to buy furniture and smaller items without thinking about long term cost and use. My one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Home renovations: Professionals do it with knowledge and style.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Working with a renovation business like Knockout Renovation allows the owner to complete home or business renovations and be confident the job will be efficiently managed. Whether the renovations are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Evidence! Our kids are our lucky charms.

    cjblythe
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Well, it’s that time of year again when Erin and Stu surprise us with their choices for costumes. Erin hasn’t posted a photo yet, but Stu has. He did an amazing job (with a little help from a friend)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quebec and Ottawa killings of soldiers: More to remember on Remembrance Day.

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

    cjblythe
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Reviewing free product supplied specifically for the purpose of review can be a tricky process. To be respected and trusted as a reviewer, it is important to be honest in the reviews written – about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How A Video Game Changed My Life

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is something I wanted to share for a long time now, because it explains in part how we got to where we are. A few people asked about it and I’m now putting it out here. In a way, it all snowballed from July 2010, and it happened in a true Murphy fashion: Everything Read more... The post How A Video Game Changed My Life appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Bernadyn

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hey, hey it’s another Friday and that means it’s time for another Ask Away Friday. This week I’m swapping with lovely Bernadyn who blogs on B is For. I first met her through IBA. For those of you who don’t know her she is a freelance writer and blogger sharing her family adventures, recipes, crafts, Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Bernadyn appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Memfy – Where Memories Matter

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

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

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Change your thoughts, and you change your world. ~Norman Vincent Peale I’ve said a few time that by changing your thoughts, and taking action, you can achieve your dreams and goals. But I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how to change your thoughts. You may think that it’s easier said than done. If you spent Read more... The post Change Your Thoughts And You Change Your World appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
 
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  • Save Money At Checkout With Free Coupons From These 5 Sites

    Amanda
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The cost of living seems to be going up everyday doesn’t it? Your basic needs can cost an arm and a leg (and possibly your firstborn depending on where you shop!). I am a huge fan of using flyers and coupons. Individually you can hit a good sale but if you can use them together you can really save money. Here are five of my favorite sites to use: Save.ca Make sure you put your location in, as not all coupons are available everywhere. I find at my location I don’t get the best selection, but some good coupons nonetheless. I like that I can get most of them mailed since I keep forgetting to…
  • Memories Of Halloween’s Past

    Chad
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently read a Halloween Then and Now post over on Scary Mommy this past week that inspired this post and if you haven’t read it yet, head on over as it’s good for a laugh or two. The gist of the post is that fun holidays such as the upcoming Halloween have morphed from what was once a fun night that encouraged kids to go out have fun and get a little bit of candy into this ultra competitive parental sport of securing your child the best looking, most realistic and most expensive costume just to brag on social media to all your friends how much work/money/time as parents replicating…
  • Yes Amanda, There Is A Thing As Too Many Crafting Supplies

    Chad
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This is what I hope will be a humorous and open letter to the woman that I love more than anything in this world, my wife. She will read this and knowing her as I do she may threaten me with bodily harm but I do think she’ll get a laugh out of it and maybe even agree that things have to change (or at least that some organization is in order) and I also hope that after reading this I am around and able to write another article. Dear Amanda, You know how much I love you (or at least I hope you do) and I say this with as much love in my heart as possible, a smile on my face and knowing full…
  • Have Some Family Fun Crafting These DIY Cardboard Masks

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

    Chad
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the most amazing smells in the world in my opinion happens to be that of fresh baked bread. The smell instantly transports me to a bakery and the feeling is one of warmth, good memories and love. It’s hard to describe but if you’ve ever been around fresh from the oven bread the taste as that fluffy, chewy deliciousness hits your mouth is one of utter amazement and one you will never forget. Many people assume that bread is one of those things that you need a bakery and hours and hours of free time to prepare and make. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and Amanda and I have…
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  • Win your own MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium!

    Reviews
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
      Larger Family Life has teamed up with MAGIX to give away one Music Maker 2015 Premium worth £79.99 to three lucky winners! For your chance to win click over to our Music Maker Premium review to find the answer to the following question.  Then come back to this page and leave your answer in […]Related Posts:Win an NSA Three-in-One All Weather Protector!Win a game of LOGO Billionaire! ***COMPETITION CLOSED***Win a game of Doh Nutters! ***Competition Ended***Win £40 Vouchers with Clarks Shoes ***COMPETITION CLOSED***Win a game of Catch Phrase! ***COMPETITION ENDED***…
  • Review: MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium

    Reviews
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
      MAGIX Music Maker Premium is perfect for anyone who is learning to compose their own melodies, whether they’re beginners or more advanced. It includes thousands of loops, and has sounds from 10 different genres, from techno to heavy metal. If you’re doing basic music editing, all you have to do is drag and drop […]Related Posts:Win your own MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium!Pop music your child will loveReview: Nokia Lumia 520What kinds of apps can you get for your mobile phone?Family-Friendly Cricket Fun at the Natwest T20 Blast     
  • 6 Easy Ways To Love Your Household

    Features
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
        Learning to love your household is one of the biggest challenges for any person. When you live in a home with a huge family, you can feel as though your home is more of a mess than a living space. You spend most of your free time at home. That means that you […]Related Posts:5 Ways to Make Your Home More BeautifulTips and Tricks to Give Your Home a Futuristic AppealLiving Space: How To Make Your Family Home Feel More…Preparing Your Home for Granny Coming to StayTips That Ensure a Clean Family Home at All Times     
  • Review: The Tartan Blanket Co

    Reviews
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
      The clocks went back last week and it is now officially the end of our British summer. It’s winter, which means it’s time to pull out the hot chocolate and warm jumpers, and curl up on the sofa wrapped in a big blanket with a book or film. The Tartan Blanket Co. have a […]Related Posts:Staying warm this winter on a budgetThe Perfect Picnic12 Ways to Stay Warm for LessEscape the change in weather with a winter getaway10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Cosy for Winter     
  • At last, our dream kitchen is finished!

    Larger Family Life
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
      It took the best part of five months but our kitchen is finally finished, oh yes! We had been living with half a kitchen for the last two years when our built-in oven broke. We knew we wanted a range cooker but couldn’t afford one, so I set about keeping my eye out on […]Related Posts:Let the battle commence!How to Give Your Kitchen a Quick MakeoverHow to Choose your Perfect Play KitchenLiving Space: How To Make Your Family Home Feel More…Taking control of the dining room and its space     
 
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  • October Real Food Meal Plan

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

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

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

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

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    I’ve been a busy raccoon over at the shop, getting things posted and glittering things. Check out some of my stuff and grab your freebie over there… Fall Banner Printable Freebie from HousePunkery Read about what happens behind the scenes when I create a new line: Birth of a Banner – The process of developing a new item from HousePunkery Take a look at my lovelies and help support my glitter habit! Seasonal Schtuff from HousePunkery The post Free Fall Banner Printable & More From My Shop! appeared first on More With Less Mom.
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  • FYMS 007: How To Make Extra Money On The Side With Dustin Riechmann

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

    Jenny
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    According to reported population studies, stretch marks affect 50% to 90% of the world’s population. Many women develop stretch marks during pregnancy. Actually, 43% of pregnant women develop their stretch marks before the 24th week of gestation. Studies have not been able to show directly why stretch marks affect some and not others, but those […]
  • 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 […]
 
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  • Garden Update: Bittersweet

    Liz Chapman
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    The leaves are changing and we are packing up our garden for the year folks. I know it is kind of bittersweet since I usually post a weekly update. I will be back with these come the spring when I start preparing for next years garden. I will do things a little different next year but you will just have to wait and see what I have planned :).The last week of the garden I wanted it to go out with a BANG! So we invited our good friend over and had then tear down the last remaining potato tower.Pretty sure i have convinced them to do some of these bad boys next year! Nothing like talking…
  • Pumpkin Picking

    Liz Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
      We are getting ready for our 9th Annual Pumpkin Party for the kids. The first thing you need for a pumpkin Party is Pumpkins!  And I know you can go and purchase them from a local chain store BUT where is the fun in that? (ok so it's convenient but I like some adventure). I also believe in purchasing from a local farmer to help them and our community.  With the exclusion of last year we have purchased pumpkins from this farm every year. Last year they didn't sell any due to the crappy weather conditions. So we set out and loaded out car trunk. First the…
  • Rummage Sale, Thrifty Finds & Deals

    Liz Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    I found some Rummage sales this past week and scored some great deals. It is so sad to see the garage/lawn sale season coming to an end. I really enjoyed this years sales!!Did you score any great find at sales this year? I saw this deal last week but they still have it at Wegmans. A pack of 3 socks for $1. Think stocking stuffers, think stock up think kids grow out of socks quickly YIKES! I scored some great items at 90% off. Have you checked your Dollar General stores lately? They have several decor, lawn & garden items as well as cute Summer Outfits.
  • Homemaker's 2015 Daily Planner Review

    Liz Chapman
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/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. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.I was lucky enough to try out & review this lovely Daily Planner! I have to say I run around  and really could use an assistant (who couldn't?). But with this it really does make my busy  life of SAHM, homemaker, business women a lot less crazy. The Planner includes:  Two-page…
  • Netflix October Picks #Streamteam

    Liz Chapman
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    This month has been VERY exciting in the Cleland household as far as Netflix is concerned. I know it is the month of Horror/scary tales but HGTV shows have come to Netflix. "Awwwww" to say I would, if given I had no other responsibilities, watch these shows for hours on end. So, I am claiming two picks this month first up the show Holmes Inspection Collection "Victimized by poor home assessments, homeowners turn to general contractor Mike Holmes for a proper inspection and to make their homes shipshape". If that wasn't amazing enough I also have been devouring episodes of the…
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  • Mommy Wars: Breastfeeding vs. Formula

    Leah Campbell
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    My Story: Breastfeeding vs. Formula I always envisioned breastfeeding as just being part of motherhood. In fact, I never for one second questioned whether or not I would breastfeed my baby when the time came. I mean, of course I would – breast is best, right? Then I became a mother through adoption. With just one week’s notice, and a history of hormone issues, even my very pro-breastfeeding naturopath was against the idea of trying to induce lactation for me. My baby girl would be getting formula. That was that. I mourned my inability to breastfeed and I beat myself up for having a body…
  • Five Tricks Your Child is Probably Using to Circumvent Your Social Media Rules

    Zawn Villines
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Times Have Changed, Social Media Has Changed A generation or two ago, most kids thought their parents knew everything. The advent of digital media, though, has taught children that their parents not only don’t know everything; they often know much less than the child does about technology. Parents need to know that, no matter how many rules they have, there’s probably a way to circumvent them. Maintaining a strong relationship with your child, keeping up to date with changes in digital media, and using monitoring software can all help you keep your child’s digital life under…
  • Parenting Media: New Findings Indicate Desensitization to Inappropriate Media Content

    Paige Mayer
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
      A new study just came out with some disturbing news for parents. Our judgments about what is acceptable for children are not as stable as we believe – In fact, these opinions can change drastically within just 30 seconds! During this study, we used a national sample of 1000 parents, who were asked to view some short clips of films that contained either sexual or violent imagery and rate what age child it would be acceptable for. There were 8 clips out of top-grossing R-rated or PG-13 rated films such as Die Hard or Terminator. Parents saw 6 of the 8 clips. Several fascinating…
  • How to Connect with Your Kids In a Wired World

    Richard Bashara
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Google and YouTube are considering creating platforms for children as young as thirteen years old. The two Internet giants are trying out child-friendly versions of their websites, which would presumably limit access to adult-related content and provide kids with channels they could relate to. It’s not hard to dupe Gmail into believing you’re older than you are, and it’s common for kids to have email addresses well before the age of thirteen these days, although whether that’s right or wrong is a matter still left to debate. Google is recognizing the scene that has already played out…
  • 5 Emerging Social Media Sites Parents Need to Know About

    Zawn Villines
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
      If you’re like most parents, emerging social media sites are simply not on your radar… You’ve probably heard about sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. But just as fashion trends change, so too do trends in social media. In fact, kids are increasingly moving away from sites such as Facebook, and are eagerly embracing the slate of emerging social media sites. Being a parent in the digital media age means staying in touch with these new outlets. Here are the sites your child might already be using… 1) Ello Ello promises an antidote to the constant…
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    A Stay At Home Blog

  • 5 Things Running Taught Me About Writing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pet Insurance - Is It Important?

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    While we all hope our pets will lead a healthy and happy life, there are times when you may find yourself at an unexpected vet visit.  And typically those visits come with a very high price tag.  If you find that your vet bills are becoming overwhelming, you may want to look into pet insurance. Pet insurance can help by paying some or most of the costs of your pets routine (and unexpected) vet visits.   There are many factors to take into account before getting pet insurance: 1.  Consult your vet - do they feel like your animal is a good candidate for pet insurance?
  • Little Passports - A Global Adventure

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    You may have noticed there are a lot of monthly subscription boxes out there. From beauty, to clothing, to dog toys - it can be very fun, but a little overwhelming to pick which one is right for you or your family.  If you want to give your kids to something fun and educational, check out Little Passports. With Little Passports, you sign up for either a US Edition or World Edition subscription box, and follow Sam and Sofia on their exciting adventures around the USA and the world. Inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about geography,…
  • Top Playdate Ideas for Your Kids

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    With another playdate just around the corner, you want to offer the kiddos something more exciting to do than watch cartoons and build block towers for the umpteenth time. While young children can certainly keep themselves entertained, coming up with fun activities can jumpstart their imaginations, encourage cooperation and enhance their critical thinking skills. With a little prep work on your part, you can transform ho-hum playdates into unpredictable adventures for the children. Outdoor Adventure Hunt If the weather is pleasant, give each child a basket and head outside. Encourage…
  • "Smart Locks" for your home

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    How comfortable are you letting people into your home when you are not there?  If leaving a key under the mat sounds crazy to you, you may want to check out smart locks.  They are especially ideal for when you need to let a sitter into your home, and want to make sure your keys arent falling into the hands of the wrong person!   Smart Locks connect to your phone, and they allow you to send an electronic key to family, friends, or visitors who have a compatible Smartphone so they can use their phone as a key too. So, if you have a pet sitter that needs access…
  • 4 Simple Money Saving Tips for Families on a Budget

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Raising a family isn’t cheap, so anything you can do to save some cash is always a plus. While slashing household expenses requires a little effort from everyone, your family doesn’t have to go the route of extreme couponing or sacrificing quality time together to make those money-saving changes happen. Trade a vacation for a staycation. If you take two vacations per year, you can save thousands of dollars by trading one of them in for a staycation. Investigate your town, as well as surrounding communities to see what type of fun things you can find to do nearby. Museums, local…
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    Disabled Living

  • Power Wheels Offer Lift For Kids With Special Needs

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

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

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

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

    Disabled Living Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Shriner’s Open 2014| Las Vegas Update Compete with the PGA TOUR Pros during the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Championship Pro Am Oct. 15 Tweet it: Want to play with the @PGATOUR pros? Enter to win a playing spot in @shrinersopen Championship Pro Am. 10/15. http://pitch.pe/1iassfc Las Vegas – Returning for the second year, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is allowing golf fans to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to play alongside the top 36 PGA TOUR professionals in the field in the Championship Pro Am on Wednesday, Oct. 15. For every ticket purchased, supporters…
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