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  • How To Crack The Code Of Life And Achieve Happiness

    Aha!NOW & The ABC
    Vinay Kachhara
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is a post excerpt. Life is a mystery and to understand it you need to decode it. If you are successful in cracking the code of life, you achieve happiness. Don’t be surprised by the title of the post and the talk of codes because it is not about software programming! It is neither about genetic engineering nor genomics. […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on How To Crack The Code Of Life And Achieve Happiness. Looking forward to meeting you there.
  • The Stress Pill: The Final 30 Causes of Stress

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    4 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    There are many causes of stress in our life. In the previous chapter of the stress pill series, I listed 30 causes of stress, which you may choose to avoid. Here are some more scientific evidence-based beliefs, ideas and thoughts that increase your level of stress. Causes of Stress Be dependent on others! We are not meant to be alone and it is only fair to expect others to do things for us. If you can count on someone else to do the job, then let them do it. Avoid going to new place on your own and never associate with new people. Always go to new places with a friend. If your friend is not…
  • No Wife Bonus For You | Episode 25

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    Chad and Amanda
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show This week we share some bad driving stories, a solution we think could take care of these bad drivers. We have a garden update for you and then we get into discussing a recent story that surfaced detailing wife bonuses as well as some parents that are being fined and threatened with jail time for “stealing” an education for their kids. Earning That Wife Bonus Some recent news out of Manhattan sheds some light on married relationships of the ultra rich where the wife is often given a bonus based on household performance that can range from how well the budget is…
  • Cutting Back on Sugar in Your Diet in 10 Simple Steps

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    Healthy Family Matters
    28 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Americans consume between 100-125 pounds of sugar each year. That’s roughly a quarter of a pound every day. It’s no wonder that diseases such as obesity and diabetes run rampant. Cutting back on sweets can help protect you from these serious health conditions and may help you lose weight. Even if you have a sweet tooth, these tips will make it easy to eat healthier. Understand the Reasons for Cutting Back on Sugar Learn the new guidelines. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released guidelines for healthy sugar intake. While the average American is now eating about 22…
  • Helping Kids Build Healthy and Powerful Character Traits

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    13 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Many parents talk to me about their kids’ character traits and behavior. “He is a stubborn kid. He was always stubborn” or “She is a nag. She nagged from the first day she came home”. I wonder how much of what these parents are describing is real character (permanent and unchangeable) and how much of it we can change. Watch your thought, for they become word Watch your words, for they become action Watch your actions, for they become habit Watch your habits, for they become character Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. Anonymous All kids are born with their unique…
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    Aha!NOW & The ABC

  • How To Crack The Code Of Life And Achieve Happiness

    Vinay Kachhara
    28 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    This is a post excerpt. Life is a mystery and to understand it you need to decode it. If you are successful in cracking the code of life, you achieve happiness. Don’t be surprised by the title of the post and the talk of codes because it is not about software programming! It is neither about genetic engineering nor genomics. […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on How To Crack The Code Of Life And Achieve Happiness. Looking forward to meeting you there.
  • How To Use Twitter To Build Your Blog Audience [Infographic]

    Rohan Chaubey
    21 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by one of the finest gems of The ABC, Rohan Chaubey. He is a student of Engineering and a young technology blogger. He also excels in social media skills and has a penchant for personal development. In this post, Rohan shares his useful tips to use Twitter for building a […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Rohan Chaubey on How To Use Twitter To Build Your Blog Audience [Infographic]. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks…
  • Olive Oil Nutrition Facts Revealed And Myths Exposed

    Vinay Kachhara
    18 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    This is a post excerpt. It is a universally known fact that olive oil is one of the best edible oils. In fact, it is laden with nutritional benefits that promote overall good health. However, we hardly know about how to use olive oil in the best way so as to reap its health benefits. This post is not only […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on Olive Oil Nutrition Facts Revealed And Myths Exposed. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :)…
 
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  • For the Love of Reading and Pickle-Chiffon Pie

    Idaho Dad
    27 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    When my son was born, we took great care to outfit our house with everything a baby might need. Soft blankets, colorful blocks, nutritious snacks. But there was one staple I went a little overboard with. Books. I wanted my child to be surrounded by books. I couldn’t enter a bookstore without browsing the children’s section. Garage sales and thrift shops would see me snapping up every baby book I could find for 10 cents or a quarter. I’ve always loved books, and I wanted my kids to love them too. My passion for words and stories goes back a long, long way, to one particular…
  • Protecting Our Kids From The Beatles

    Idaho Dad
    19 May 2015 | 12:49 am
    Ever since the Internet came along, there have been horror stories of children being lured away from their homes after developing an online relationship with someone. Whether it was through MySpace, Facebook, SnapChat, or any of the other social media that have popped up over the years, it has certainly been a cause for concern from the very beginning, and has been the main consideration in allowing our kids to freely access social web sites. Yes, we all agree. There are plenty of dangers for kids on the Internet. But if you think any of this is new, then think again. Now, I don’t have…
  • The Adventure Begins

    Idaho Dad
    8 May 2015 | 11:21 am
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  • The Ghostliest Ghost Town in the West

    Idaho Dad
    7 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Teaching your kids about history when you travel doesn’t have to mean a long, boring day of museums and statues. If done right, history can be more than just artifacts behind a glass case, or a plaque that points out where something used to be. When my kids were studying the old west, with its wagon trains, gold miners and outlaws, I knew there was no better place for it to all come to life than in a real western ghost town. My new article about Bannack State Park, the ghostliest ghost town in all the west, is now appearing on Family Vacation Critic, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor. You can…
  • May The Cereal Be With You

    Idaho Dad
    4 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars Day! A day that I sincerely hope is well on its way to becoming an international holiday filled with peace, love, and light saber duels. On this day, while you watch The Empire Strikes Back for the 37th time, pour yourself a big bowl of cereal as a snack and munch away. Because hidden inside each box of specially marked General Mills cereal, you will find one of six timeless movie posters featuring your favorite Star Wars films! Fans can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of cereal, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut…
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    Family Matters

  • Healthy and Powerful Character Traits for Children: A to G

    Ronit Baras
    20 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world Buddha This saying is as true for grownups as it is true for kids. We are what we think. If you want to know who your kids are, ask them what they think of themselves. Whether they think they are smart or not, happy or not, friendly or not, they are always right. If you want to build their character, you need to instill character-building thoughts in their minds. Their thoughts become words, their words become thoughts, and their thoughts become actions. These actions become habits that become…
  • How to Be Happy in Life: The Happy To Do List

    Ronit Baras
    18 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Happiness is a choice! This is my motto in my life and in my work. I coach many people on how to make this choice and find their own happiness. One of the strategies in bringing happiness into our lives is to get into good habits that make us pay more attention to the good things we already have. It makes us feel happy about what we have in life and attract more of it through our focus. Together, my clients and I come up with a simple “happy to do list” – a list of things they can do to change their happiness level within 3 weeks. This list follows the rule that it only takes 21 days…
  • Helping Kids Build Healthy and Powerful Character Traits

    Ronit Baras
    13 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Many parents talk to me about their kids’ character traits and behavior. “He is a stubborn kid. He was always stubborn” or “She is a nag. She nagged from the first day she came home”. I wonder how much of what these parents are describing is real character (permanent and unchangeable) and how much of it we can change. Watch your thought, for they become word Watch your words, for they become action Watch your actions, for they become habit Watch your habits, for they become character Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. Anonymous All kids are born with their unique…
  • Handy Family Tips: What to Do When There is No Shaving Cream?

    Ronit Baras
    6 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    If you have teens in the house, I’m sure you will relate to this. If you have a teenage boy, he’s probably started shaving their facial hair. If you have a teenage girl, she’s probably started shaving her legs. Either way, they need shaving cream. Recently, my youngest daughter started shaving her legs. She is very proud and happy with her smooth legs, admiring and sharing the results with the whole family. This reminded me of myself, at her age. Except that I was not allowed to shave. So I did it in secret, which meant I could not use my dad’s shaving cream or he would find out.
  • The Stress Pill: The Final 30 Causes of Stress

    Ronit Baras
    4 May 2015 | 9:38 pm
    There are many causes of stress in our life. In the previous chapter of the stress pill series, I listed 30 causes of stress, which you may choose to avoid. Here are some more scientific evidence-based beliefs, ideas and thoughts that increase your level of stress. Causes of Stress Be dependent on others! We are not meant to be alone and it is only fair to expect others to do things for us. If you can count on someone else to do the job, then let them do it. Avoid going to new place on your own and never associate with new people. Always go to new places with a friend. If your friend is not…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • Happy Mother’s Day

    probrien1
    13 May 2015 | 7:08 pm
    First came love, then came marriage…and then all hell broke loose. That was the Mother’s Day card I got Jenn …Continue reading →
  • The Marathon(s)

    probrien1
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:09 pm
    3:27:05 / 9119 / 1933 / 1561 / 7:53 No, it’s not the mysterious numbers from a new Lost spinoff. …Continue reading →
  • #HappyCampers

    probrien1
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:29 pm
    At the beginning of last week, I received an email from Jenn “Want this for your birthday?” with a link …Continue reading →
  • The Most Magical Place on Earth

    probrien1
    7 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    For Christmas, my parents gave us four-day passes to Disney, the most magical place on earth…or every parent’s worst nightmare. …Continue reading →
  • The Weekend Adventures of Bonnie & Clyde

    probrien1
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:57 pm
    A couple weeks ago Jenn and Nolin took a quick trip up north to visit family and for Nolin to …Continue reading →
 
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    ParentingInformer

  • Thank Your Dad This Father’s Day

    A Guest Blogger
    29 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    (Written by Pheobe Johnson) Working long and tiring hours to provide their kids with the best food, healthcare and education is no easy task but each day 70 million fathers across the nation accomplish that mission. Their involvement in a child’s life and his upbringing can have a profound impact on how he turns out as a person, which basically means a healthy relationship with your father can make all the difference. Father’s Day is our way of thanking our dads for all they have sacrificed for our wellbeing, and while a single day to appreciate your dad may not be enough; it certainly…
  • Getting Your Child Ready To Start School: Tips For School Readiness

    A Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:20 am
    (Written by Ben Blanchard) Just a minute ago, you were bringing your baby home for the very first time. In the blink of an eye, your child is getting ready to go to school for the first time. You might feel nervous about sending your kid away to school for the day, but you will be doing him or her a great favor by providing the proper preparation for school. Above all, it is important to stay positive and keep practicing with your child to boost confidence. Here are some tips for school readiness on preparing for school. How to get ready for school? Social Skills When most children enter…
  • Stanch Kid’s Summer Learning Loss

    admin
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    (Written by Trudy M. and Edited by Elle Yi) Most children look forward to summer vacation because it is a break from school and learning. Unfortunately, children can also experience loss of learning if they do not continue to practice academic skills away from school. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that children will lose as much as 25 percent of their academic learning during summer vacation. Many children exercise their bodies during the summer, but it is also important for them to exercise their brains. There are many easy ways for children to exercise their brains during…
  • Organize The Coolest Frozen Themed Birthday Party Ever

    admin
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    (Written by Nancy White) Organizing the perfect birthday party for your child requires many weeks of careful planning and effort. If your child is aged four or above, you will have to include him in your plans because he may already have a specific theme in mind. Once your theme is decided, you can move on to sorting out the guest list, making the invitation cards and buying the decorations. If your child is a Frozen movie fan, then your work has been half done for you! The infographic for birthday party ideas below has detailed tips on how to organize the coolest Frozen themed birthday party…
  • Parent’s Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences

    A Guest Blogger
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:01 am
    (Written by Jo Salt) The fundamental downside of Parent Teacher Conferences is the fact that you and the teacher probably have quite a lot of questions you want to ask and topics that you’d like to cover but you’re limited to a short meeting that’s between five and fifteen minutes long to fit all of that into. As well as being limited on time it’s also likely that you’ll forget a lot of what you wanted to say when you get there too which means that you’ll come away frustrated that your questions haven’t been answered. In order to combat the majority of your problems – the…
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    ShopaholicMommy

  • Avoiding Memorial Day Crowds

    Tina
    22 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    Memorial Day is almost here! Since this holiday is often considered the unofficial start of summer, you may be looking forward to spending the weekend on the beach, at a lake or at an amusement park. Unfortunately, everyone else in the United States may have the same plan, so travel this weekend just about guarantees that you’ll have crowds to contend with. Here are a few tips to help you have fun this Memorial Day weekend and avoid mass mayhem at the same time: Consider Celebrating a Week Early If you’re hoping to get away for a three-day weekend, how about doing so the weekend before…
  • Tips For Surviving A Theme Park

    Tina
    17 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    If you’re like my family you will probably wind up at a theme park this summer. As fun as it may sound, it can become an unpleasant experience if you don’t plan accordingly. Take advantage of our top five tips you should utilize the next time you visit a theme park. Research, Research, Research. I know you are on vacation and you want to be carefree, but it’s probably not a good idea if you are at a theme park. Because waits are so long and there’s so much to see, you really need to have a game plan. Research what rides you want to go on and the best way to get from one ride to the…
  • Things To Buy On Sale In May

    Ashley B
    2 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    May is here, and between Mothers’ Day, graduations and the unofficial start of summer, you might be busy buying gifts and seasonal items this month. As with each month, May often offers special deals and bargains when it comes to shopping. Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your purchases for the month of May: Kitchen Items As wedding season ramps up, the new cookware lines start coming out, and retailers will try to move their older items out. Take advantage of this and stock up on whatever pots, pans and other cookware items that you need this month. Another good buy this…
  • Earth Day Activities for your Kids

    TinaB
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    Earth Day is an annual reminder to take care of the Earth for not only us, but the generations to come. It’s a great time to teach your kids small things they can do to leave less of a carbon footprint. Here are a few things you can do with your kids on April 22nd to honor Mother Earth. Plant Trees Or Flowers What kid doesn’t love getting their hands dirty? On Earth Day, plant a tree or flower in your yard. If you live in an apartment or don’t have room for outdoor foliage, place seeds in a container and grow a small plant indoors. Make An Art Project Using Recycled Materials Use some…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in April

    TinaB
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Can you believe it’s April again? The year 2013 is already a quarter of the way through, and we’re several months away from the holiday season and hopefully our credit card bills from December are paid off. It’s also tax refund season, so many of us are gearing up to do some shopping! We talked about some items to buy on sale in April last year. While many of last year’s hot items will be on sale again this month, here’s an updated list of things that you might find great deals on this April! Airline tickets! Now that the winter is behind us, the temperatures and vacation season are…
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    Imperfect Mommy

  • Now That’s a Historical Burn

    Imperfect Mommies
    29 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    The Founding Fathers according to my 6th grader: What a bunch of losers, huh?    
  • Daquiri Hour

    Imperfect Mommies
    28 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    So, when my sister and I were very little (like 4 and 7 years old, respectively) my mom created this thing she would do with her friends called “Daiquiri Hour.” I didn’t really understand what that was. I just knew that they would drink slushies (which they totally wouldn’t SHARE) and that they would laugh […]
  • Owie

    Imperfect Mommies
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    So, lately the top part of one (or more) of my teeth near the gum line has been hurting whenever anything cold hits that spot. Including air. And when I say it hurts I mean it makes me want to PULL. MY. FACE. OFF. I told my dentist about this and she said something about […]
  • Well, Looky Here! Actually Looky at HuffPost Parents!

    Marie
    26 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Imperfect Mommy is on HuffPost Parents again!  Go take a look and see (and maybe Like it while you are there)!  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marie-zullo/love-in-its-own-time_b_7286834.html
  • Sticker Art

    Imperfect Mommies
    26 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    So, I let the kids decorate the windows on “their” side of the van with stickers. And this is what I recently discovered on one window (I put a piece of paper behind it to make it easier to see):           Do you see it? Here, let me biggerize it: Sweet, […]
 
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  • The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

    rhana kennedy
    29 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I knew a few kids who were homeschooled when I was younger. Total weirdos. Well, that's how people judged them. Frankly, I thought it was pretty cool - they got to stay at home, not get up at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I think I'd rather live chat with myself and that sounds kinda dirty

    RK
    28 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I am currently live chatting with a customer service rep. This isn't exactly hell on earth, but goddamit, it's pretty close. According to the timer, I have now been waiting for 13.08 minutes. that's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Playgrounds are breeding grounds for judgement and suspicion

    RK
    22 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    I'm at the playground with the toddler.   That's how my day is going.  All I want do is go to sleep, but apparently I have to watch the toddler play and socialize with other little people... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Requiem for a life

    RK
    21 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I'm feeling listless and melancholy. Like I need to go run outside and feel the grass get crushed under the weight of my toes. And have that bright sun radiate heat through my skin and into my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Elastic hearts are meant to break

    RK
    18 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Before I grew into this human I am now, I was someone else. Someone lost and flailing in a sea of other lost souls, reaching out for a life line - surviving, but barely alive. I reached for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • My Daughter/My Selfie: And There She Goes …

    Lisa
    25 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr Many years ago I wrote an article for a newspaper about how studies have shown that the two most difficult times to “let go” of your children are sending them off to kindergarten AND sending them off to college. Back then, I was on the kindergarten side of the spectrum. And now … (somebody bring me a box of tissues). Yes, there I go again. Immediate tears like an actress at an audition, only I’m not acting. I’m feeling every damn thing. My eldest daughter Noa (the first of my three teenage daughters) is graduating high school this week and heading…
  • Teen Survival: 4 Things I Would Tell My Younger (High School) Self

    Lisa
    17 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Marisa Houser There have been countless times when I have cried and cried over fights with friends, been an outright bitch to my family (because I was more focused on what I had going on), changed my looks to be like someone/something I’m not, and much, much more. The dilemmas, not only in high school, but in young adult life, can seem so earth-shattering that it is hard to actually listen to the advice given to us in the midst of whatever situation we may be in. But, there are some things that no one had ever told me while I was experiencing all the ups and downs of high school. And…
  • Buddy, Shadow & Wingman: The New ‘Girl Code’ On Campus

    Lisa
    11 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Hannah Wilson, the young lady who was tragically murdered last month at Indiana University, has left an indelible mark on our hearts. As mothers, we mourn for her parents and family, as sisters, we cannot fathom losing our best friend and confidant and as a community, we reel in anger at how perilously dangerous it has become to send our girls off to college. Tales of campus rape and sexual assault, in addition to first-hand reports of raucous college parties gone terribly wrong, appear on the news with such regularity, we are barely able to recover from one story just as…
  • Happy Mama’s Day, Girlfriend xo With Love, GIRLilla Warfare

    Lisa
    9 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    ‘Wishing you a Stress-Free Day filled with Love, Joy, Breakfast in Bed, Internal Peace, Uninterrupted Sleep, the Perfect Cup of Venti, a Smell-the-Roses Moment, A Clean House courtesy The Kids/The Hubby, a Stocked Fridge, the Laundry Put Away, Special Time to Watch Your Shows/Read Your Book/Breathe, No Nagging, No I WANTS, No Meltdowns — Just Life’s Goodies: Laughter, Hugs & Kisses — an Appreciation for ALL that you do. In Our Bible — EVERY DAY is Mother’s Day. We love you, Girlfriend. xoxo THE GIRLilla Warfare Team
  • Still Got Game: An Ode to Sandra Bullock … and to US

    Lisa
    3 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup I have always had a massive girl crush on Sandra Bullock and, turning 50 last August, was made a wee bit less painful because Sandy turned 50 two whole weeks before me. For almost two decades, she has always been the idealized version of myself, and like so many women in America, I really feel like if she met me, we’d be BFFs. Sandy is that pretty yet goofy friend who snorts when she laughs and admits to cringing at her Morning Face. However, my hubby has also repeated on more than a few occasions, that if I were to graciously give him a “PASS” — Sandra Bullock…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Staying safe in your empty nest.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety immediately follows the physiological needs (air, food, water, and the rest to allow our bodies to function). As time passes and our families grow, we eventually see our children leave the nest, and it’s only natural that the sense of fear and desire for safety become an even greater ...
  • Sure sign of spring is seasonal pet allergies.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    After a long winter stuck inside, it’s finally time to start enjoying the warm weather with long afternoons in the park with your pet. However, within days your dog may start suffering from allergies causing him to begin licking his feet and chewing his sides, removing large patches of hair and leaving moist irritated areas ...
  • Surprise winner in hamburger taste test!

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    With grilling season underway, it’s only fitting that Thursday is National Hamburger Day. The fast food staple has a rich history both in the United States and internationally, making it one of the few culinary options that you can find basically anytime, anywhere.   But that doesn’t mean it’s a simple creation. While sampling the ...
  • France makes throwing away edible food illegal for grocery stores.

    Christine Blythe
    28 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Millions of tons of perfectly edible food are put in our landfills every year.   More than a third of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. France is trying to change that, according to Le Monde, and passed a sweeping bill through the National Assembly last Thursday that would require food retailers to ...
  • Should you teach your children classics or computing?

    Christine Blythe
    28 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Undertaking a graduate degree is no mean feat. Not only are you signing up for huge amounts of student debt, you are also dedicating the next three or four years of your life to studying in a particular field. What should your child study, classics or computing?   Unless you want to throw away a ...
 
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    Family Focus Blog

  • The Value Of Arts In Teaching Children Life Lessons

    Rob Youngblood
    29 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    My son and I go to the theatre a lot. It is great bonding time and we have so much fun. This past week we got to enjoy the Disney show “Newsies” at TPAC in Nashville. Part of the reason that we go is because I love theater (having spent so much of my life on stage) […]The post The Value Of Arts In Teaching Children Life Lessons appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Top Things To Do In Macau / Macao

    Scarlet
    28 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I recently visited Macau (also spelled Macao) and I can tell you I had a wonderful time. There is so much to see and do in Macao! You can fly into Macao or you can take a high speed ferry from Hong Kong but a day trip really is not enough time to explore all of […]The post Top Things To Do In Macau / Macao appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • HP Envy 15 And RealSense Kid Apps Get Kids Moving

    Scarlet
    28 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    HP Envy devices are some of the first with Intel RealSense technology which can be utilized in the workplace and/or at home. I have been exploring theHP Envy workplace uses for awhile. Now, with the kids out of school for the summer, I am starting to explore RealSense kid apps that get the kids moving […]The post HP Envy 15 And RealSense Kid Apps Get Kids Moving appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Get Home Faster With TomTom GPS Real-Time Traffic Data- Review and Giveaway

    Scarlet
    27 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    My daughter is starting middle school next year and she will be going to a school across town. While I am excited that she will be going to a great school, I am not excited about the commute. We all hate traffic – it sucks up precious time that we’d much rather spend with our […]The post Get Home Faster With TomTom GPS Real-Time Traffic Data- Review and Giveaway appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Easy Roasted Red Pepper Recipe

    Erika Wassall
    27 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here with an easy and delicious roasted red pepper recipe. It’s a popular addition to salads, sandwiches… or in this house, just eaten with a fork. But have you seen how much a tiny jar of roasted red peppers cost at the store??? Way more than I’ll pay for […]The post Easy Roasted Red Pepper Recipe appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
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    Southern Life, Indian Wife

  • Navigating Response to My Interracial Friendships

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Accepting Positive and Negative Responses to My Story I read a lot of blogs, but haven’t been blogging much myself.  Honestly, my cultural well runs a little dry sometimes.  In the scurry and hurry of our daily life, I forget about culture.  Lacrosse practices, taekwondo, dinners, homework, and on and on. Our daily life just… The post Navigating Response to My Interracial Friendships appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • Announcing My New Blog SherylParbhoo.com

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:27 am
      I’m excited to announce that I am branching out into new territory in the blogosphere! I love writing here at Southern Life, Indian Wife about my mixed up and often crazy intercultural family. Being a southern girl in an Indian family is who I am. But, there is a lot more to me that… The post Announcing My New Blog SherylParbhoo.com appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • The Morning After Thanksgiving

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
      My growling stomach woke me up this morning around 4:30 am.  I am normally not a big breakfast eater, but my belly taunted me relentlessly as I squeezed my insomniac’s eyes shut, praying for just a little bit more sleep. But, suddenly, I opened my eyes, giddy, and buoyantly thankful.  Today is the day… The post The Morning After Thanksgiving appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
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    Healthy Lifestyle Blog by Healthy Family Matters -

  • How To Choose A Bicycle For A Child?

    William Mith
    29 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    From a child’s perception, a bicycle is probably the first automobile that he/she is acquainted with. The little one’s journey begins with the tricycle, which enables him to get comfortable with pedaling. This is a good exercise for children of all ages, including toddlers. One of the reasons that kids are encouraged to play games outdoors and cycle is to exercise their muscles and energize their brain cells. On a bicycle, children experience/learn the laws of inertia, pedaling, steering, braking and sitting on a saddle. How To Choose A Bicycle For A Child? While buying a bicycle…
  • Cutting Back on Sugar in Your Diet in 10 Simple Steps

    Healthy Family Matters
    28 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Americans consume between 100-125 pounds of sugar each year. That’s roughly a quarter of a pound every day. It’s no wonder that diseases such as obesity and diabetes run rampant. Cutting back on sweets can help protect you from these serious health conditions and may help you lose weight. Even if you have a sweet tooth, these tips will make it easy to eat healthier. Understand the Reasons for Cutting Back on Sugar Learn the new guidelines. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released guidelines for healthy sugar intake. While the average American is now eating about 22…
  • Rebounder Exercises for Beginners

    Erica Brooks
    27 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Using a rebounder is a great way to get in shape as these mini trampolines allow effective workouts without the stress that is placed on the body during high impact exercise. Because it is considered low impact exercise, this piece of equipment can produce highly effective results in a very safe manner, making it the perfect exercise tool for beginners. When first starting to use the mini trampoline, there are some easy exercises that can help you get use to the device as well as start working its amazing effects of burning calories and promoting overall health. These beginner rebounder…
  • Passionately Yours! 8 Healthy Benefits of Passion Fruit

    Arsalan Ahmed
    26 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Luscious purple and scintillatingly tangy – as exotic as that already sounds, the passion fruit is one fruit that is not only delicious to taste, but is also packed with amazing health benefits that will make you live a healthier life. Here are eight reasons why you consume this fruit – passionately.. 8 Healthy Benefits of Passion Fruit 1. An intestinal cleanser Passion fruit contains a high amount of soluble fiber that that helps to clear the alimentary canal in two ways. First; it softens stools preventing constipation and facilitating healthy bowel movements, and second; by detoxifying…
  • Traveling Tips – How to Make Any Trip Educational for Kids

    Healthy Family Matters
    25 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Whether you are going for a day trip, weekend trip or a full-blown vacation, traveling with kids can be challenging. One of the biggest challenges is keeping them occupied. A lot of parents resort to video games, cell phones and portable dvd players to keep their kiddos entertained while traveling. While these may work and keep children quiet during the travel period, they do little to teach kids and during travel is the perfect time to teach your children a variety of things. Instead, why not use this opportunity to have some fun while they learn something new? 1. Teach Map Reading Skills:…
 
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  • Staying safe in your empty nest.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety immediately follows the physiological needs (air, food, water, and the rest to allow our bodies to function). As time passes and our families grow, we eventually see our children leave the nest, and it’s only natural that the sense of fear and desire for safety become an even greater ...
  • Sure sign of spring is seasonal pet allergies.

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    After a long winter stuck inside, it’s finally time to start enjoying the warm weather with long afternoons in the park with your pet. However, within days your dog may start suffering from allergies causing him to begin licking his feet and chewing his sides, removing large patches of hair and leaving moist irritated areas ...
  • Surprise winner in hamburger taste test!

    Christine Blythe
    29 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    With grilling season underway, it’s only fitting that Thursday is National Hamburger Day. The fast food staple has a rich history both in the United States and internationally, making it one of the few culinary options that you can find basically anytime, anywhere.   But that doesn’t mean it’s a simple creation. While sampling the ...
  • France makes throwing away edible food illegal for grocery stores.

    Christine Blythe
    28 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Millions of tons of perfectly edible food are put in our landfills every year.   More than a third of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. France is trying to change that, according to Le Monde, and passed a sweeping bill through the National Assembly last Thursday that would require food retailers to ...
  • Should you teach your children classics or computing?

    Christine Blythe
    28 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Undertaking a graduate degree is no mean feat. Not only are you signing up for huge amounts of student debt, you are also dedicating the next three or four years of your life to studying in a particular field. What should your child study, classics or computing?   Unless you want to throw away a ...
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  • Teacher Appreciation Gifts With A Personal Touch

    Amanda
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The countdown is on! Lucas makes sure to let me know how many days till freedom on a daily basis. I’m torn about summer holidays, I love the freedom myself, no hectic mornings, no school commitments but in exchange we get the inevitable “I’m Bored…”. There is still 20 more days until they are officially out so I won’t worry too much about that just yet and instead focus on getting through the last little bit of school. The kids and I haven’t started on their teacher gifts yet, still not 100% on what we want to do but we have a pretty good idea. If you also aren’t decided just…
  • Very Punny Teacher Appreciation Gifts

    Amanda
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This week we started looking at teacher appreciation gifts and I first wrote about sweet treats for teacher this past Monday, but as promised, here are some more teacher gifts to get your imaginations going! These ones are all very punny and made me giggle! Lilluna.com has a great idea for a bouquet of flowers for your favorite teacher. To simplify you could just give the flowers with tag, no vase. The Tiny Tiara turns a simple jar of mints into a fantastic teacher appreciation gift. Pretty sure every teacher would appreciate some disinfectant wipes that they don’t have to pay for to…
  • Sweet Treats For Teacher

    Amanda
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    My son tells me there is only 25 days of school left before summer vacation. Yikes! Besides needing to figure out what we are going to do all summer without driving each other crazy, we need to decide on some gifts to thank the kids teachers for being so awesome this year! While looking around for inspiration I have come across so many amazing and creative ideas that people have come up with that I thought I would pass some along to hopefully help if you are also looking for inspiration. First up – treats! Great tutorial over at skiptomylou.com to make these adorable mini apple pops.
  • No Wife Bonus For You | Episode 25

    Chad and Amanda
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show This week we share some bad driving stories, a solution we think could take care of these bad drivers. We have a garden update for you and then we get into discussing a recent story that surfaced detailing wife bonuses as well as some parents that are being fined and threatened with jail time for “stealing” an education for their kids. Earning That Wife Bonus Some recent news out of Manhattan sheds some light on married relationships of the ultra rich where the wife is often given a bonus based on household performance that can range from how well the budget is…
  • Birth Flowers And The Meanings Behind Them

    Amanda
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Just like every month is associated with a birthstone, there are also birth flowers. It is believed that this tradition started with the Romans bringing flowers as gifts to celebrate a birth. However it came to be that different flowers symbolize a birth month I have always found it interesting that each flower is supposed to have certain characteristics that will be shared by the people that were born in that month. January Carnation The Carnation stands for fascination, love and distinction. February Violet If you were born in February your flower is the Violet and it stands for modesty,…
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    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Glorious Unfolding – Stephen Curtis Chapman

    aimster813
    21 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I don’t think there is a single person in this world that hasn’t felt burdened at some point. I just love this song, it is very uplifting. Even through the tough we all have a story to finish.  Stephen Curtis Chapman has been blessed with a fantastic ability to spread the message of God’s love.
  • Ghosts that Haunt

    aimster813
    14 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Echos needling in my ears, Moments missed and stumbling fears. I seem to have misplaced my sense, Got lost in dreams of dwindling pretense. This constant noise that’s seeping in, Has me going nuts again. I can’t ignore the judgments made, The constant berating of plans mislaid. Re-evaluating my need to be right, Looking around the end is in sight. I won’t cave to this chaos that creeps to displace, The years that I have spent trying to embrace. Existential realities of my own making, I refuse to give up, they remain mine upon waking.
  • Curiosity

    aimster813
    9 May 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Glancing into grey mist that is the unknown, I met someone today. He whispered secrets that no one knows, He whispered them my way. I found myself enraptured, In his confidence displayed. A wealth of untold knowledge, In my reach left me dismayed. Given choice my reason left me, All inhibitions dissolved forthwith. Curiosity consumed me, He offered me his gift. Greedy and naive, I grasped what he had shown. And now I have become the mist, They call me the unknown.
  • Journey of Motherhood

    aimster813
    7 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    I stand before you, a woman, A mother. Your mother. I carried you within my innermost being, For so long. I waited, I was patient, I was impatient. I knew you before you knew you. I still know you. I am the part of you that will never go. I will give you everything. My heart, My soul, The wisdom of a lifetime. And you will reject it. For you are a child, My child. Rebellious, And stubborn. I will be nothing to you. Until you too, Become a mother. And then you will see, You will understand, And it will complete you.
  • Instantaneous

    aimster813
    6 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    My heavy heart gasps for air, As I silently decompose. A composition of transitional grief and anguish, That will never subside. I step forward, Lead feet dragging. Into another moment of time to be destroyed, By an oncoming future of disillusionment, And lies. A lifetime of swarming movements, A never ending rush of motion. That ends so abruptly, And without warning.
 
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • Why I Opted Out of the Slim Fast Challenge

    Larger Family Life
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Whether you are fat or thin you are bound to know the one rule of losing weight: ‘eat less, move more’. It is not a difficult concept to understand but many people, including me, have trouble following it through. As I already explained, my problem is that I love food or, more to the point […]     
  • How To Invest In Your Child’s Future (The Right Way)

    Features
    28 May 2015 | 7:54 am
      The cost of raising children is enormous – around $245,000 by the time they are eighteen (or around £160,000), at the last count. That’s a lot of financial planning you have to take care of. But how do you make the most of your money and ensure that you kids are benefitting the most? Well, […]     
  • Gearing up to the Slim.Fast Challenge: A Foodie’s Honest Thoughts

    Larger Family Life
    26 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
      My friend and I spent a good while of our meeting last week despairing the scourge of weight gain. The irony that we were doing so over lunch at Carluccio’s hadn’t escaped us, yet still we continued to question why weight was such an issue. Then we ordered dessert. We enjoyed every mouthful but, suffice […]     
  • 5 Alternative Ways with Throws and Blankets

    Larger Family Life
    26 May 2015 | 8:16 am
      Using blankets on beds is so last year, or at least it is in this house. We have a wide collection of throws and blankets – with so many people in one house they prove to be extremely useful – but one thing that occurred to me is that they are seldom, if ever, […]     
  • Review: Edifier MP250 Sound to Go Portable Speaker

    Reviews
    25 May 2015 | 3:25 am
      With so many children and no radio in our vehicle, whenever we travel somewhere it’s not long before we’ll hear the dreaded, “Are we nearly there yet?” After a while, the ones who haven’t fallen asleep will begin singing Christmas songs or reciting We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, followed by another couple of […]     
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  • Mothers Day Floral Tea and Mug Gift Set

    5 May 2015 | 10:37 pm
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    More With Less Mom »

  • Offbeat Holidays in June – 44 June Bucket List Ideas

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    29 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    We like to do snacks, crafts, and activities based on weird holidays. Every day is an excuse to celebrate something. We need no excuse to party. This was intended to be a quick post, since I look up this kind of stuff anyways, but instead it grew into a giant roundup of celebratoriness. This is, perhaps, the best post ever. SO MUCH FUN in one post! It’s like a bucket list for the month of June. This post has a lot of ideas homeschoolers and preschool moms could use to take a break from the pesky worksheets and stuff. Offbeat holidays in June include: Turkey Lovers Month Have a turkey…
  • 25 Spring Acts of Kindness for Your Kids with Printable and Kindness Cards

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    25 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    Spring Acts of Kindness Here is a list of 25 things you can do with your kids this spring, for your RAKing pleasure. Sort toys and donate Write a thank you note to your favorite teacher or coach Make a thank you card for your bus driver Leave a lemonade for your mail delivery person Leave a penny on a veteran’s gravestone Leave some flowers at a lonely gravestone Add a quarter to an expired parking meter Feed the birds Pay the toll for the person behind you Drop off a plant at the police or fire department Hide “treasure” in a playground sandbox Leave sidewalk chalk messages…
  • More With Less Weekly Meal Plan – May 2015 – with printable shopping list

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    19 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Feed your family of four a week of dinners with a shopping cart maximum of $95. Eat more – spend less! This is not your average meal plan. Learn how to cook like your great-grandma did, with little waste and stretching what you have. The point of this meal plan is to help you be smart with your money. Use frugal ingredients to make dinners, without eating beans and rice or pasta every night. These are dinners for regular families living on a budget. In this post: Shopping Cart ~ Recipes ~ Printable List ~ Notes ~ Pinterest Boards I made the assumption that your cupboards were completely…
  • May Real Food Meal Plan – flexible, frugal monthly meal plan with printable calendar

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    11 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    The beauteous bulb blooms are just coming up here, and we’re enjoying hikes in the woods and some playground time in between gloomy days. Silly New England weather can switch seasons multiple times in one day. We are enjoying the nicer weather and some fairy house adventures. I’m also in the mood for lighter fare and not clinging quite so desperately to my comfort food. Leeks! Leeks are back! It’s a good thing this is all seasonal recipes. “May” is just a handy label for lovely things like asparagus and rhubarb. Unfortunately I totally suck at deadlines. Offbeat…
  • Mother’s Day from a Slightly Different Perspective – We Don’t All Have Moms (with printable card for your “other” mother)

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    9 May 2015 | 6:20 pm
    We don’t all have moms. But we do all have mother figures, man or woman. Call that person today – that person who nurtured you, who supported you, who loved you even when you were not at your best (hello teen years). Maybe it was an aunt, a teacher, a neighbor, or a family friend. When you’re done with that think about the young one in your life who could use a mother figure, or a child who needs a little extra support right now, and reach out to them, too. Mother’s Day was started for “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Honor…
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • 034 Choosing A Theme for Your Family with Ashley Kusi

    Marcus and Ashley
    18 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    How will you describe your family in one word? In this weeks episode, Ashley shares one of the important things that has helped us enormously in our marriage. Its called a Family Theme.  And due to us choosing one for our family, our decision making process has become easier. Our family them has also impacted our family positively. Hence the reason why Ashley talks about it in this episode.   How to Listen to this episode Click on the Play button below: You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If viewing this in email, click here. Resources Mentioned FREE Family Themes eBook…
  • 033 Honest and Hard Conversations with Paul Angone

    Marcus and Ashley
    4 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    This week, Paul Angone is our guest. He has been married for 7 years, has two daughters, and lives in San Diego, California. Paul is the author of All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job, and the best-selling book 101 Secrets for Your Twenties. He is passionate about helping twenty somethings and thirty somethings discover their purpose, and live life to the fullest. Description of  First Year in one or two words Adventure and complex. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Building a strong foundation for your marriage. 2. Traditional marriage roles reversal. 3. Having…
  • 032: 20 Lessons From Our First Year with Ashley Kusi

    Marcus and Ashley
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:47 pm
    In this weeks episode, Ashley shares 20 marriage lessons we learned from our First Year. It’s based on one of our popular blog posts. You can read the post by clicking here. How to listen to this episode Click on the Play button below: You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If viewing this in email, click here. Marriage Resources Mentioned Original blog post for this podcast episode. 5 Love Languages Online Quiz 5 Love Languages Book Love and Respect Boundaries in Marriage Our book on communication: Communication in Marriage: How to Communicate with Your Spouse Without…
  • 031 Walking Through Sex Addiction with Jon and Jema Anderson

    Marcus and Ashley
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Living in an RV is not easy, and thats what our guests for this week, Jon and Jema Anderson do everyday. Jon and Jema have been married for over 20 years, live and work full time in an RV, and have 4 kids.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Jema: Chaos. John: Intense. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. How to overcome sexual addiction in marriage. 2. Struggling with doing things differently as a couple. 3. Talking about your problems, inward struggles, and issues together. 4. How to communicate about sex and intimately. 5. How to express your feelings and emotions.
  • 030 Standing Up for Your Spouse with Alex Barker

    Marcus and Ashley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Alex Barker from Michigan is our guest for this week. He has been married for 5 years and has two children. Alex is a pharmacist by profession, an online business coach part-time, and former host of the well known Leadership Dojo podcast. Note: Click here to get access to the Bonus Session about sexual challenges with Alex. Description of  First Year in one or two words  Challenging-reward. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Looking for common themes with your marriage issues. 2. Standing up for what you want. 3. Sexual challenges in the first year. 4. Taking responsibility for your…
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    Momvelous

  • 10 Things A First Time Expecting Mom Should Do Before Baby Arrives

    Jayme
    26 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Preparing for the birth of your baby is a HUGE deal! There is so much that needs to be done, and you may feel like you are running out of time. So what needs to be done first? Do you need to buy pacifiers now, or pick out crib accessories first? If you have the […]
  • 10 Tips For Dealing With A Fussy Baby

    Jane
    20 May 2015 | 10:43 pm
    There are few things in this world more heart wrenching to a parent than having a baby who has been crying incessantly and nothing that mom or dad does is helping. I am a mom of twins. Believe me when I say I have been there. I had moments where I would probably have sold […]
  • Shrunks Inflatable Bed: A Must Have For Traveling Toddlers

    Kelly
    14 May 2015 | 11:21 pm
    My must-have purchase for toddlers is the Shrunks Inflatable Toddler Bed. I bought this product last fall, in anticipation for my son’s first airplane trip to visit out of state family. My family did not have a toddler bed, and my son had outgrown his pack n play. However, since we were only traveling for […]
  • Is It Time? How To Know If Your Child Is Ready For Kindergarten

    Jenny
    10 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Sending your child into the world of education is an exciting and scary time for most. While age is commonly the deciding factor on when to begin, most states say at age 5, there are many other readiness signs that can help you determine if your child is ready. The following are some signs that […]
  • How To Teach A Child About Strangers (Without Instilling Fear)

    Amy
    4 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    We all know that we don’t want our toddlers hopping into the car of a stranger, but teaching our toddlers about strangers, without making them terrified of their environment, can be a tricky business. While “stranger danger” talks are one approach, many parents don’t want to make their children feel fearful and insecure about their […]
 
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    Western New Yorker

  • Clifton Hill Fun Pass, Canada

    Liz Chapman
    29 May 2015 | 5:12 am
     **I received a free pass to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. We had the pleasure of hanging out on Clifton Hill in Ontario, Canada! First we stopped and got a "Fun Pass" which included 5 attractions to partake in on Clifton Hill. I love when you save on attractions because then you can do a bunch of things at your own pace. Since it was a bit windy we decided to head into the Midway arcade and play some…
  • Raspberry Tart Recipe #raspberrydessert

    Liz Chapman
    27 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    Raspberry Tart RecipeWhat you will need:1/2 cup flour1/2 watersalt 1 carton of Dricolli's Raspberries2-3 tbs. Honey (or you can use sugar to sweeten)Create crust by adding flour, 1/4 water and salt into a bowl. Knead and then lay out flat as shown above. While you are mixing mash raspberries, 1/4 water, 2-3 tbs honey into a sauce pan and heat. Once the mixture turns to a jelly texture remove from heat and spread onto crust, as show above.Roll the pastry up and slice into tarts!It is ok if you spill out the jelly mixture just place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until…
  • Memorial Day

    Liz Chapman
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    It's Memorial Day and I know people are off today with their kiddos. You are probably having a family picnic or maybe heading out to a Parade. McLachlan and I will be doing this as well today. Before you rush off and start your day I thought I would share a little story about my family. I know I usually post deals, parenting tips, advice, crafts, recipes you name it but every once in a while I include you readers into our lives. This is such an occasion. Every Memorial Day you will probably see this post because it will ring true and hold heavy on my heart as it does today. (All the…
  • Allstate: The Silver Lining for Breast Cancer

    Liz Chapman
    21 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
     My grandmother, Helen, was an instrumental person in my life. She was blessed with both beauty outside and in. She helped found a Christian Camp, that services hundreds of young adults to know God. She worked to build what is now the Senca, five Nations in Allegheny, NY. As a small child she taught me so much but it wasn't until her battle with breast cancer I would learn the hard lessons. Beauty and strength comes from within. She fought daily, lost parts of her women hood, little by little. I remember riding to her treatments listening to "He has the whole world in his hands" thinking…
  • Goddess Garden Organics Safe Sunscreen #SunSafeGoddess

    Liz Chapman
    19 May 2015 | 3:50 am
     "This post is sponsored by GreenSisterhood but the opinion is of my own" I had the pleasure of testing out the Goddess Garden Organics Safe Sunscreen and I am very pleased. I have always been health/environmentally conscious, which is very apparent in what we eat. However, I guess chemicals we use on our bodies have been on the back burner. Not because I didn't think they were important but I guess you don't always think about what you are putting on your body until you read product labels.Most conventional (chemical) sunscreens use the toxic chemical Oxybenzone, which is absorbed…
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    Des Moines Parent

  • Summer Reading 2015 in Central Iowa

    Erin Huiatt
    29 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    There are TONS of fun, exciting reading programs happening in Central Iowa this Summer. Each library (PBS and Barnes & Noble included) are offering great reading challenges for children, teens and even adults. The more you and your children read and participate the more you win. You can even win FREE books. Adel 1. Dream Big Read: Early Literacy Challenge for children from birth to 35 months. There are six challenges to do with your baby. It helps parents and children build vital literacy skills in early childhood. 2. Dream Big, Read: for children three years of age through 5th grade.
  • AFS: Host an Exchange Student!

    Erin Huiatt
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Meet the Mallinger family and their Host daughter Kristina from Norway. “Hosting an exchange student has benefited our family in so many ways! We feel it has helped our 3 and 6 year old to gain a broader perspective on the world, learning more about geography, communication and international cultures and having a “big sister” from another country. Also knowing that we will have a life-long relationship with her as well. And just experiencing the joy of having a new family member to love! We decided to host because we have traveled to many different countries and my husband’s…
  • Central Iowa: Outside Summer Concerts

    Erin Huiatt
    24 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Listening to music outdoors, in the Summer time is THE best! Isn’t it? There are some great opportunities to get out and listen to music, in Central Iowa. If you have any other outdoor music events to add, make sure you let me know! Jasper Winery Concert Series  2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines. Just West of Gray’s Lake. Every Thursday evening 6 pm – 9 pm. Admission is FREE! All shows outside. Weather permitting. Otherwise in the outdoor party tent. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for outside seating, Play lawn games including bags and bocce ball. Burgers and brats The…
  • Carnivals & Town Festivals in Central Iowa

    Erin Huiatt
    21 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Through out the Summer many towns in Central Iowa host special festivals to celebrate! A lot of the festivals include carnival rides & games, live music, yummy food, beer gardens, special runs, parades, and more! Here is a list to keep bookmarked of carnivals & town festivals happening this summer in Central Iowa. Is your town having one and it’s not listed? Let me know! We will get it added! Celebrate Waukee: Unlock Yours June 5 – 6 Admission is FREE! Centennial park and downtown triangle. Celebrate Waukee is Waukee’s new annual festival. This family-friendly inaugural…
  • Central Iowa Farmers Markets

    Erin Huiatt
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    It’s that time of year for farmers’ market! It’s the perfect time to stock up on produce, take the family out to get fresh air, and enjoy some entertainment. A lot of the farmers’ markets have plenty of kids activities and live music! Make sure to bookmark this page to keep track of when and where the farmers markets are located. Saturday Downtown Des Moines: Court Avenue District 7 am – Noon May to October Adel: Courthouse Square 8:30 am – 11 am Ankeny: Corner of SW 3rd Street & Maple Street 8 am – Noon May to September Indianola: The post…
 
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    Handmade Cremation Urns For Ashes | ARTISURN - Memorial Chronicles

  • TEDx Talk: Let's Talk About Good Death

    Irina Jordan
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Tweet My TEDx talk: Let's Talk About Good Death is up on YouTube (after it got approved by TED). The slides from it can be viewed on SlideShare.
  • Dance To Death Afterlife Podcast Interview

    Irina Jordan
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Tweet Check out this interview I've done for Dance To Death Afterlife Podcast with one and only Brant Huddleston: Art + Urn = Artisurn.
  • TEDx Talk: Let's Talk About Good Death

    Irina Jordan
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Tweet I had a great time speaking at TEDxUofIChicago. The TEDx organizers were top notch. Check out my presentation below while waiting for the talk to become available on YouTube. TEDx Presentation: Let's Talk About Good Death from Irina Jordan
  • Find Meaning After Loss

    Irina Jordan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Tweet Below is our collection of advice and insights from those who have lost a loved one shared by Chelsea Hanson. Find what works for you and what you identify with. Loss of the person you love will change your forever. You will continue to re-process your grief. Grieving is a lifelong process like enduring love. You will always be influenced by the loss as you are by the love. Give yourself a permission to continue your relationship with the one you've lost. Don't equate the depth of your grief to the love you feel for your loved one. Grief will soften but the love remains unchanged.
  • 5 Steps to Memorable Memorial Service

    Irina Jordan
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Tweet Here 5 steps that will help you plan a meaningful and memorable memorial service: 1. Pick a place to have it. Think of places that you and your friends and family would be comfortable. It doesn't have to be a funeral home. 2. Think of who you’re going to invite. Don't feel obligated to invite everyone. 3. Put together a budget. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Know what you can spend and work with that amount. 4. Decide on food and drink options. It is up to you how simple or elaborate you want the food and drinks to be. 5. Find a celebrant.  If you are just having a little…
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  • Being a Parent

    Ayurshi Dutt
    18 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Our favorite penguins, Pingu and Pinga are here. The two siblings are busy playing blocks. Pinga(the younger one) accidently destroys the house Pingu made. Pingu reprimands him. The two brothers get into  a quarrel. The mother penguin, who’s reading newspapers, comes in the middle of the fight. She scolds both of them. She asks them to put the toys back and go to sleep. It’s time for their nap. Pingu packs the toys. He’s in no mood to sleep. Then begins the whole cycle of disturbing the younger brother and his mother too. The mother is feeding Pinga. He being the younger…
  • There Is More To Life

    Ayurshi Dutt
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
      As the bell rang after the last period, the teacher proclaimed, “Class, All the best for your board examinations. Keep your admit cards safe. Do well and make the school proud”. The teacher catered to their last minute queries. The students finally packed their bags and began to leave. The teacher patted Ira’s shoulder and whispered, “All the teachers expect great marks from you”. Ira was the class topper. They both exchanged broad smiles.  She left with her colony friend, Anu. They were like next-door neighbors. They went to school together, they came…
  • The Language of Love

    Ayushi Khanna
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    In the streets of Mumbai lived Shehnaaz with her family constituting of her father, mother and two elder brothers. Being the youngest of all the siblings she was brought up with extra care and love. All her desires were fulfilled. Being the only daughter, her parents were protective about her, but at the same time made sure, that they make Shehnaaz independent. She was the happiest and could not ask for anything else in her life. Time flew and little Shehnaaz grew up beautiful and intelligent. She was a perfect blend of beauty and brain. A perfect daughter, sister, a noble woman is how people…
  • लक्ष्य- सफलता का सूत्र

    Mr Moon
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    क्या आप एक सफल इंसान बनना चाहते हैं? क्या आप चाहते हैं क़ि दुनिया में आपकी भी एक पहचान हो? यदि हाँ, तो ये article आपके लिए है| सबसे पहले आपसे एक सवाल क्या आपने कोई लक्ष्य बनाया है? मित्रों, सफलता कोई एक रात का game नहीं है, उसके लिए पूरा जीवन…
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    Mr Moon
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    story taken from – http://www.hindisoch.com/character-and-knowledge-are-ture/#.VQsAeI6UfVs The post किसी व्यक्ति की महानता उसके चरित्र और ज्ञान पर निर्भर करती हैं पहनावे पर नहीं appeared first on eShortStories.com.
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  • Policy Update: May 29, 2015

    Brain, Child
    29 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    A quick look back at events this week impacting women and families, from Valerie Young, a public policy analyst with Mom-mentum. Members of the US Congress continue their Memorial Day break.  Even so, the news marches on for mothers and the people who love them…. Paid time off for new parents can change lives, according to this new dad in this piece from Glamour Magazine,  Paternity Leave: Toms Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie on How It Changes Everything.  “Frankly, it’s nuts that more companies haven’t figured out what a win-win paid family leave is… Dads…
  • The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Book Review

    Brain, Child
    28 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    By Daisy Alpert Florin I met Louise Erdrich in 1992 when I was a sophomore at Dartmouth College and she was a visiting fellow. That semester, I was a French teaching assistant, running “drill” sessions five mornings a week. Erdrich signed up for my section, and so I found myself in the unusual position of being language teacher to an award-winning writer. Erdrich was friendly and self-deprecating—but she was my worst student, her accent thick, her conjugations clumsy. Reading The Blue Jays Dance, her luminous memoir of early motherhood, it is hard to imagine Erdrich tripped up by any…
  • The Foster Mother Lupe Garza

    Brain, Child
    28 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    By Jessica O’Dwyer We were 15 months into adopting my now 13-year-old daughter, Olivia, when I quit my job and rented a house to live with her in Antigua, Guatemala. The Guatemalan town was flooded with people like my husband and me, who got to know our hoped-for children over long weekends, eating brunch in hotel dining rooms and playing peek-a-boo on hotel pool decks. The process wasn’t easy for anyone, most of all Olivia. She’d been placed in a foster home at four months old, so until my husband and I showed up to visit, the Garzas were her family. The first time I held her in my…
  • Editors’ Picks: “15” Favorite Website Essays

    Brain, Child
    28 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    In honor of our 15th year in publication, we asked our editors for some of their favorite website essays. Here are the top 15 selections:   When the Raspberries Come By Rebecca Altman Seven years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child but didn’t know it, my husband and I planted three raspberry bushes.     Max’s Eyes By Lynn Shattuck “Does your husband have blue eyes?” the cashier at the grocery store asks, her brown eyes peering into my equally dark ones.     The Loveliness of Ladybugs By Banks Staples Pecht They call it a loveliness when…
  • Mom Blame

    Brain, Child
    27 May 2015 | 5:22 am
    By Katy Read My son was a couple of months old when he introduced the nightly practice that we came to call The Board. It would happen at bedtime. The parenting books all said you should establish a soothing routine. I would sit in the gliding chair, turn the lights down, rock the baby as he nursed one last time. I might whisper a lullaby or run softly through Goodnight Moon (or, okay, flip through a magazine or watch ER). The idea behind this peaceful ritual was to send my son the message that it was time to relax and get ready to sleep. He got the message, all right. As soon as the lights…
 
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  • See the beauty in Phoenix, AZ!

    Terri Burgan
    28 May 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Phoenix is a testament to the spirit of the Native American tribe who were first dwellers on this land. The Southwestern architecture and Native American influences mixed with modern urban designs give you an interesting city full of diversity. If you visit, make sure to get a taste of history in the various museums.  There are history museums, science museums, art museums, and much more. Every little boys love fire trucks at one time or another and the Hall of Flame Fire Museum is the perfect place to spend a few hours. This museum is pretty cool with a large display of antique fire trucks…
  • Our Top 7 Family Friendly All Inclusive Resorts!

    Travel Supervisor
    27 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    Thinking about visiting an all inclusive resort with your family this summer? Check out our 7 picks for Family Friendly All Inclusive Resorts! Tyler Place – Nestled in Vermont this resort has everything that you will need to recharge your batteries and bond as a family. There is only space for 67 families at a time, so the feel to the resort is truly an intimate one. Parents and kids will have time both together and apart, the best of both worlds, am I right?! Rates start at: $3,696 per week (7 nights). This includes all three meals, sports, family and adult activities, the…
  • Southern Hospitality Little Rock, AR

    Terri Burgan
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    USS Razorback When I say Little Rock what do you think of?  The first thing I think of is Bill Clinton and while reminders of the Clinton’s are abundant in Little Rock there is a lot of other great things about the city as well. Depending on the age of your children you may really enjoy the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.  It’s kid friendly, but you would want to rethink this tour if you have really young kids since you have to climb the ladder to get down into the sub and a stroller is out of the question. The Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum allows you to explore the USS Razorback…
  • Top 10 Family Friendly Lake Destinations

    Travel Supervisor
    19 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    We are lake people, the more time we spend at the lake near our home the better! I can’t tell you why exactly we feel drawn to the lake. Maybe it is the fact the closest beach to us here in Kentucky is 8 hours away, assuming that no one has to go potty! So, because of the fact that we are lake people, we thought that a top 10 list was in order.   Top 10 Family Friendly Lake Destinations: 1. Lake Tahoe:  Topping our list is the well known lake destination spanning both California and Nevada. Head to the Baldwin Beach area of the lake, bring your bikes with you or rent one for a family…
  • Portland, Oregon with kids!

    Travel Supervisor
    18 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    There is nothing that my kids love more than getting out and exploring nature! If they can get super dirty while they are exploring they love it even more! Our travels today take us to Portland, Oregon. This state offers the best of both worlds, the appeal of the big city as well as the ability to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Family Friendly Trails: In Portland there are several trails that you and your family can hike that will lead you to a waterfall. The Latourell Falls in Portland, is a lesser frequented trail, a bonus for my family! Just note that there are some steep…
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