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  • Feb 23, Free Reward Chart to Encourage Kids to Help With Family Life

    Organize-Our-Family Update
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:31 pm
    A reward chart is a great way to motivate kids to take initiative and responsibility for their part to play in family life..
  • Feel Good Tips: Smiling

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    Ronit Baras
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:04 pm
    In the last chapter of Feel Good Tips, I shared the science of endorphins, the feeling good hormones. The tip for today is a very simple way to feel good, instantly: smile. Smiling actually makes you happy The good thing about smiling is that it a two way street - smiling creates a happy feeling, and feeling happy makes you smile. It does not matter where you start - the feeling or the smile. When we experience joy, the muscles in our brain contract and start a positive loop of feeling even more joy. This is not a new science. As early as the 1870s, Charles Darwin first suggested that facial…
  • Apr 11, Baby Health Care - Being Prepared!

    Organize-Our-Family Update
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Know what to do by following these basic baby health care tips. This is practical advice will help remind you of the things we need to be prepared for in organizing the health of our families!
  • Are You In Love or Lust – Do You Know The Difference

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    Harleena Singh
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Can you make out the difference between love and lust when you are in a relationship? Is it love or lust – doesn’t this question confuse you? Sometimes you might think you are in love without really realizing that it’s not love but just lust. Everything is SO intense in the beginning of a relationship […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW - Complete Development | Personal |Social | Professional to view the entire post and read the comments, contribute your thoughts and views on Are You In Love or Lust – Do You Know The Difference. See you there, Thanks!! :) - Harleena Singh Now…
  • Stress Awareness Day, Librarian Day, Eggs Benedict Day

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    Katybeth
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ April 16, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~William James ★~ Stress Awareness Day:  The real problem with stress is that, for such a well understood and universally experienced condition, as a society we deal with it so […] The post Stress Awareness Day, Librarian Day, Eggs Benedict Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
 
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  • Are You In Love or Lust – Do You Know The Difference

    Harleena Singh
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Can you make out the difference between love and lust when you are in a relationship? Is it love or lust – doesn’t this question confuse you? Sometimes you might think you are in love without really realizing that it’s not love but just lust. Everything is SO intense in the beginning of a relationship […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW - Complete Development | Personal |Social | Professional to view the entire post and read the comments, contribute your thoughts and views on Are You In Love or Lust – Do You Know The Difference. See you there, Thanks!! :) - Harleena Singh Now…
  • Getting Google Adsense Account Approval Easily

    Babanature
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Getting the Google AdSense account approval is what all new bloggers anxiously look forward to. But it isn’t so easy nowadays as Google has become very strict about its eligibility. Even after your account is approved, it’s not an easy road ahead. There’s always a danger of “invalid clicks” on your blog’s Adsense ads, which […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW - Complete Development | Personal |Social | Professional to view the entire post and read the comments, contribute your thoughts and views on Getting Google Adsense Account Approval Easily. See you…
  • How to Increase Website Speed and Make Your Blog Load Faster

    Harleena Singh
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    You know that Google considers your website speed as one of the ranking factors, don’t you? To have a successful blog, you need to know the ways to increase your blog speed. Increasing website speed means reducing the site load time, so that your site takes less time to open. You can dramatically speed up […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW - Complete Development | Personal |Social | Professional to view the entire post and read the comments, contribute your thoughts and views on How to Increase Website Speed and Make Your Blog Load Faster. See you there, Thanks!! :) - Harleena Singh…
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  • Stress Awareness Day, Librarian Day, Eggs Benedict Day

    Katybeth
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ April 16, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. ~William James ★~ Stress Awareness Day:  The real problem with stress is that, for such a well understood and universally experienced condition, as a society we deal with it so […] The post Stress Awareness Day, Librarian Day, Eggs Benedict Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Lunar Eclipse, Rubber Eraser Day, Wild Guess Day, Spiral Ham Day

    Katybeth
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    ★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ April 15, 2014 Luna Eclipse: April 15, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote:  “We all shine on…like the moon and the stars and the sun…we all shine on…come on and on and on…”  ― John Lennon ★~ Rubber Eraser Day: Without the invention of the rubber eraser, our faux pas would not […] The post Lunar Eclipse, Rubber Eraser Day, Wild Guess Day, Spiral Ham Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Passover, Laughter Day, Reach High Day, Pecan Pie Day

    Katybeth
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ April 14, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: Blessed are the joymakers. ~ N. P. Willis ★~ Passover: Passover is an eight-day Jewish festival that celebrates the emancipation of the Israelites. Jewish families usually celebrate Passover on the first two nights of the holiday. They hold seders to retell the story of the Israelites’ […] The post Passover, Laughter Day, Reach High Day, Pecan Pie Day appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Wine Shoe Hack – Does it Work?

    Katybeth
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Wine Shoe Hack – Does it Work? My teen asked if we could have wine with our pork chops tonight—red, of course. I said yes, if he could open the wine bottle with his shoe. Why?  A lesson in self-sufficiency:  Let’s just say that my teen was stranded in the desert, dying of thirst, and […] The post Wine Shoe Hack – Does it Work? appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
  • Scrabble Day, Peach Cobbler Day, Odds and Ends

    Katybeth
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    ~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~ April 13, 2014 ★~ Today’s Quote: Palindrome as well. My sister’s name is Hannah. Father liked word games. He was fourteen times World Scrabble Champion. When he died, we buried him at Queenzieburn to make use of the triple word score. ~Jasper Fforde ★~ Scrabble Day: The official game of rainy […] The post Scrabble Day, Peach Cobbler Day, Odds and Ends appeared first on Odd Loves Company.
 
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  • 5 Reasons You Haven’t Been Posting to Your Dad (or Mom) Blog

    Idaho Dad
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:09 pm
    1. Your kids are teenagers. Those cute little things they used to say and do as toddlers were easy to write about, but now that they’ve entered the teen years you are suddenly faced with more complex issues that aren’t so pithily expressed in a humorous anecdote. That, and the fact that your kids have learned to say, “Don’t you dare blog about that!” 2. You’re busier than you ever thought you’d be. I don’t care how over-scheduled you think your preschool and elementary kids are, it’s not going to compare with what’s coming. As they…
  • It’s All Good

    Idaho Dad
    17 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    How was I supposed to know that a simple remark to my kids would trigger a slow descent into madness? It all began during my daughter’s grammar lessons. I was teaching her the difference between the words well and good. This is easy to explain to anyone. Good is an adjective. Well is an adverb. Examples: “This is good ice cream,” and “The girl performed well on her test.” There’s a slight exception for well when it concerns describing a person’s health, such as “Dad is not feeling well,” but other than that, this is a straightforward…
  • Men With Hats

    Idaho Dad
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:39 pm
    So, my daughter has taken up knitting. And I was the recipient of her second creation (the first was for herself). Soon, a scarf, then a sweater, maybe some socks. I’ll never have to go clothes shopping again.
  • I’m A Stay-At-Home Dad

    Idaho Dad
    25 Feb 2014 | 10:45 am
    I’m revisiting an article I wrote for the San Diego Reader in 2005. Because I’m still a stay-at-home dad, and I still mean every word I wrote. Hi, I’m a stay-at-home dad. Now, before your eyes glaze over and you slowly back away, let me just tell you why I am one. Most boys don’t spend their childhood dreaming of one day changing diapers, emptying dishwashers, washing pee-soaked bed sheets, kissing boo-boos, and learning to make chicken broccoli casserole. They want to be firemen, baseball stars, soldiers. As they get older, most men strive for career, status, and a lower golf…
  • Bad Things Happen

    Idaho Dad
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:58 am
    Parents play so many roles, but one of the most important is that of protector. I still remember the feeling that came over me when we brought our first child home. Driving away from the hospital, I was on full alert, ready to defend my newborn son with every ounce of my being. I had our car surrounded with a psychic force field the seven miles it took to reach the safety of our house. Those early years were easy. My job as protector was mostly physical — making sure the house was baby proofed, or that my son didn’t get carried away by eagles. The perceived dangers were clear. But as he…
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  • Ask Ronit: My Son is Very Clingy

    Ronit Baras
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Clingy kids can be very exhausting. We love them very much but we want to be able to do things without them from time to time. I have met many parents who are fighting this clinginess and they express a lot of frustration. I think the exhausting thing not necessary the clinginess itself. It is more from the fight, the feeling of failure and the expectation that it should be different. This week, I received a question on my blog from Mel, the mother of a 9-year-old boy, who wanted to know how to deal with a clingy child. Here is what I wrote Mel. I hope you will find it encouraging. Most…
  • Happily Wealthy Family: Negative Beliefs About Money

    Ronit Baras
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I was born in a poor family and I think the people in my family had poor beliefs about money. I made it my goal to raise my kids with rich and wealthy beliefs about money. I think I did. You see, poor people adopt beliefs to justify the fact that they do not have money. Because of their beliefs, they do not take certain opportunities to gain money and their situation remains the same. My job as a mother is to keep my kids away from those thoughts. Most people think that in order to have money, you need to make, earn or win it. I think that in order to have money, we have to have good thoughts…
  • Anorexia: Fix the Broken Body Image Created by the Media

    Ronit Baras
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Media is one of the major contributors to the damaged body images we have in our society. Once, it was only girls, but now we have more and more boys suffering from low body image. Movies and magazines show celebrities who look tall and slim, with smooth skin at every pose. It is no wonder people spend money on products to try to "fix" themselves. What they do not know is that the photos they see are heavily photo-shopped and that the person they see in the magazine never looked like that. It seems fitting that we should use the media to fix the damage done by the media. That way, our…
  • Handy Family Tips: Color Coded Keys

    Ronit Baras
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:50 pm
    If you ever see my key chain, you will probably be very shocked by the enormous number of keys on it. It looks very similar to this photo. I have so many keys on there, it has become a little ridiculous. I have 3 keys for my house (two for the door, and one for the screen door), two sets of car keys (one for each car), and the garage door key. When I worked a day job, I also had a collection of work keys, which were even less easy to identify. While I manage to find which key is used for what (most of the time), I find that kids struggle a bit with it. I came up with a few solutions to make…
  • Feel Good Tips: Smiling

    Ronit Baras
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:04 pm
    In the last chapter of Feel Good Tips, I shared the science of endorphins, the feeling good hormones. The tip for today is a very simple way to feel good, instantly: smile. Smiling actually makes you happy The good thing about smiling is that it a two way street - smiling creates a happy feeling, and feeling happy makes you smile. It does not matter where you start - the feeling or the smile. When we experience joy, the muscles in our brain contract and start a positive loop of feeling even more joy. This is not a new science. As early as the 1870s, Charles Darwin first suggested that facial…
 
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  • raising my ebenezer

    AllisonO
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    Before the arrival of each baby I have gone into a season of mourning. Great upheaval justifies such. From newlyweds to never-alones. From party-of-three to a de-throned first-born. From ‘the boys’ to a practical herd of babies. Each time we lost what we had. Each time I cried a lot about that loss. Each time I knew that yes, it will be good and lovely and better even, somehow, but what we had was still being laid to rest. As we prepared for ODear’s arrival I was grieving the comparable simplicity we were about to lose to the apparent logistical nightmare that would be…
  • don’t look now, but I’m shrinking

    AllisonO
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    I have big thoughts about the idea of getting one’s “body back” after having a baby. The conversation that surrounds post-baby-bodies frames it as though nothing but damage occurs during pregnancy and birth; that it is solely something from which to recover. It’s reminiscent of getting in a car accident and taking your vehicle into the body shop: a damage and repair equation. If that doesn’t short-change the empowering experience of pregnancy and birth, I don’t know what does. It wasn’t until I gave birth to my oldest that I truly realized just how…
  • it’s good that I’m quiet, promise.

    AllisonO
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:09 am
    The boys are currently sliding blocks under the couch, giggling hysterically, and coming up with ways to get them out {“Use this book, Ikey!” “No, my use DIS book, My-kah.”}. The baby is upstairs sleeping, but she will be woken up in 20 minutes because we are headed to the YMCA. I’m sneaking in a few minutes to wave ::hi!!!:: and to share that life is the fullest, busiest, and awesomest it has ever been for O My Family. My quietness here is partially a product of having so very many small people to take care of, but it is also, beautifully, the product of taking…
  • on finishing

    AllisonO
    17 Jan 2014 | 10:54 am
    Something in me feels hesitant to talk about those January things like resolutions and ‘one words’. It’s not because I find them are fake or vain or forced. The oposite, really. It’s because I think that stopping, evaluating, and resolving to do something is a holy moment that holds much power, and I worry that saying it out loud for all the word to hear cheapens it. With that in mind, I want to quietly share the vision I have for myself for this year. This is not being more intentional to finish what she starts. This is my year to finish. I want to only start things…
  • how she arrived

    AllisonO
    8 Jan 2014 | 7:09 am
    Her birth was a joy equal to the agony of waiting 41 weeks and 2 days for her. The weekend before she was born I had a Come To Jesus breakthrough about trying too hard to go into labor. I realized that I couldn’t simultaneously be constantly striving, trying different ‘methods’ to start my labor AND be truly trusting that my body and baby girl knew what they were doing and that everything would happen just as it needed to. However, after two completely natural births with zero intervention, I was very anxious about my midwives’ policy of a 42-week induction. I know…
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  • Meditation for Kids: How Does It Help in Improving Self-Awareness

    admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Meditation For Kids: Parents Turn To Mindfulness Practices To Help Children Stay Calm (Written by Elle Yi and Jeremy Coutcher) Everyday events can result in some children and adults to experience anxiety. When anxious, our body enters a state called the “fight-or-flight response” that releases chemicals that prepare us to either deal or flee from the event. Immediate symptoms included a reduced ability to think clearly, sweating, tensing of muscles, etc. There are many things we can teach our children to do when they are experiencing anxiety. 1. Deep Breathing- Breathe in slowly and hold…
  • Encouraging Social Skills For Kids At Home

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    (Written by Elle Yi and David Zielinski)  Kids need many opportunities to play with their friends and go on trips with their families. Now is the time to put away the cell phones and video games and shut off the computers and televisions. Children have to learn how to talk to one another by playing games and having conversations. This allows them to learn how to improve their reciprocal conversational skills and read non-verbal body cues.  Also, Attending extracurricular activities and organized team sports are also beneficial. Our children will learn how to cooperate and become a team…
  • 7 Creative & Frugal Ways To Reward Kids

    A Guest Blogger
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    (Written by Abby Blackburn) Sometimes it can be difficult thinking of ways to reward children for their angelic behaviour, to ensure the little devil in them does not make an appearance. Having a budget to consider can also make rewarding your children a tricky business, because, let’s face it, bringing up children is expensive. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, here are some tips on how to reward children for their good behaviour, that won’t leave you bankrupt. Here are seven fun and creative ways that teachers and parents can reward kids. Positive Parenting: Reward…
  • The Magic Of Music In The Lives Of Our Children

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Watch them learn and grow as the magic of music brings joy and new sensory experiences to their little lives. (Written by Carrie Thompson) Music is an incredibly powerful force in our lives. An exquisite symphony inspires awe. An upbeat rock tune makes us want to get up and dance. A familiar lullaby brings back vivid childhood memories. A good choice of background music makes us cry during an emotional scene in a movie. We experience the power of music daily as adults, so it should be no surprise to us that music is equally powerful for our children. Although, it affects them somewhat…
  • Six Ways To Protect Your Kids From The Flu

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

    Ashley B
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    You probably have seen and heard that April is Autism Awareness Month. The “ribbon” for autism looks like it’s made up of jigsaw puzzle pieces, and some people have been wearing clothing with the puzzle symbol or decorating their Facebook profiles with the design. By now, most of us are very aware of autism; according to Autism Speaks, the disorder affects approximately one in 88 children, and one in 54 boys. This means that chances are, your child has or will have a child with autism in his or her class at some point during elementary school. You might be wondering how you can help…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in April

    Tina
    10 Apr 2014 | 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…
  • Our Journey with SCFE

    Tina
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    I useto think that playing a team sport was an important part of them growing up but after three injuries I have to admit that I feel quite the opposite now. Last Thursday we had an appointment to see a pediatric orthopedist because my daughter had been having some hip pain and limping a bit. A few days prior to this appointment someone at school ran into her in the hallway and suddenly it hurt to much to even walk on it so this became an emergency appointment. After waiting and hour and a half to see the doctor he finally walks in with two other doctors and tells me my daughter has Slipped…
  • Ideas for Healthy Easter Basket Treats and Crafts

    Tina
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    It’s almost time for the Easter Bunny to make his annual appearance, and once again, you might be thinking about your kids, all hyped up on chocolate bunnies, creme eggs and brightly colored marshmallow chicks and ducks. While some candy in an Easter basket is probably expected by your kids, filling the whole thing to the brim with chocolatey, sugary, gooey confections is an invitation for tummy-aches, toothaches, and headaches (the last on your part, once the sugar kicks into your kids’ bloodstreams)! Here are a few ideas for some no- (or less-) sugar-added basket-stuffers: Jello Eggs…
  • Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Ashley B
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    There’s something about the fresh spring air and sunshine that inspires us all to throw open the windows and beat, scrub and wash wintertime’s dinginess away, isn’t there? Our mothers probably did this, and called it spring cleaning. Now that I’m a mom myself, it tends to be one more thing to add to my already-too-long list of things to do! I have to admit, though, that I don’t mind very much, because it is nice to have the house and yard looking so crisp and fresh. My children are getting older, and I intend to commission their help over the next few weekends as I whip the house…
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  • 30 Minute Meals for the Rest of Us

    Marie
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    I have tried over and over again to master 30 Minute Meals.  Not a heat something up I brought at the store 30 Minute Meals, but  real 30 Minute Meals.  You know, one with fresh vegetables, meats and a grain, that is wholesome and satisfying.  A meal made with ingredients I buy at the store […]
  • Preschool Language Fluency

    Imperfect Mommies
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Barefoot Boy and I were at the playground yesterday afternoon for the first time in forever. It was a beautiful day, sunny and 60 degrees and we had an hour before we were to pick up David. So while I was pushing him in the swing we had this conversation: Me: “Where in the world […]
  • I Think My Mind is Leaking Out of My Head

    Imperfect Mommies
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    So, one of my offspring and I were watching “The Amazing World of Gumball” yesterday when this happened: Other child: (*walks into the TV room with their pants around their ankles*)  “These are wet.”  (*drops underwear, places towel on couch and sits down on it to watch TV with us*) “I didn’t want to get […]
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    Imperfect Mommies
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:14 pm
    So, Mark and I went to see “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the movie theater on Friday. When we described out plans to a mutual acquaintance who had already seen the movie he worried that I might be offended because of all the nudity, sex, drugs, and cursing throughout the movie. He must not […]
  • Superhero Physics

    Imperfect Mommies
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:08 am
    So, Mark and I were watching The Avengers last night. And I had a question. Me: “Mark?” Mark: *wincing and dropping his head while putting the movie on pause because he knows what’s coming* “Yes?” Me: “So, when Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk, he becomes a thousand pound rage machine jumping on the high-rises […]
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  • What if...

    RK
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Bad doesn't even begin to describe it. Prince had been doing some resource guarding and I thought with some adjustments in our training, it would go away. I really wanted it to just go the fuck away,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Getting fitted for humiliation

    RK
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    It's that time of the year again where I take an assessment of my pretty worn down bras and grimace. Do I really need to make an effort in the boob department anymore? After three kids and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I was once a young MC

    RK
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    9-year-old: What's this song called? Me: Bust a Move. 9-year-old: It sounds old school. I like it. Me: It came out when I was in high school. You know, I didn't know the words so I would have to play... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I probably should've been an ice skater

    RK
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    What, you guys? Dorothy Hamill and her hair were very popular at the time or so my mom told me. So popular, in fact, that my mom had a similar hairstyle and ohmygawd we looked scary standing next to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Failing at the facts of life

    RK
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    9-year-old: Mom? What are hooters? Me: Excuse me? 9-year-old: Ya know. Hooters? Me: Why do you need to know this so early in the morning? 9-year-old: Well, I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • she {hearts} chia seed pudding

    Coleen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve got a sweet tooth! Surprised huh?!  I’m curbing it with another chia seed recipe. This chia seed pudding is much healthier version than using traditional pudding mix.  Check out the recipe and try it! Feel free to change or add items to create it to your enjoyment. This will make one serving.  Gather your […]
  • Organic Whole Grain Bagel Recipe

    Drea - Co-Owner
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Today it rained. Something about rainy mondays makes me want to bake. Not sure why but the smell of freshly baked goods in the oven when you are trapped inside, only makes the day better. I decided today I would brave trying to bake up some home made bagels! I have wanted to attempt this […]
  • She {hearts} Illustrated Classics

    Lis
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    My oldest daughter was nearing three years when I thought I would be able to keep her attention long enough to try a chapter book together. She loved reading picture books and, like most kids, wouldn’t tire bring one after another (or the same one over and over) then climbing up in my lap to […]
  • She {hearts} Undercover Mama

    Aliesha
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Between my three kids, I’ve breastfed for 35 months (and counting…), so I’ve learned a thing or two about dressing for the job!  I’ve found that an essential piece of my wardrobe (in addition to a great nursing bra, of course) is the Undercover Mama! This unique top hooks onto your favorite bra to create […]
  • she {hearts} sonnet james

    Liz Q
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      Sonnet James is a company that specializes in making dresses for the everyday mom. They are comfortable, stylish, and impeccably made- right here in the US!  You can dress them up for a church morning, or put on some tennis-shoes and go for a walk with the family. Sonnet James was created by a […]
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  • He’s Gotta Have It: Hot (AND Happy) Wives, Money, & Cool Cars Are What REALLY Keep Men Young

    Lisa
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field All men are very different in their crusade to conquer their fears of mortality. The one thing we do NOT freak out about is our aesthetic value. As we men age, our image is very important to us, but superficial image issues fester in other places that are higher on the totem pole than our physical looks. There are reasons for everything, and there are many guys who DO care about their hair color, skin tone, belly size, unibrows, etc. I will say this … there is absolutely no excuse for nose hairs protruding from the nostrils. That’s just as bad as an open zipper. We tell our…
  • Competitive Parents: Did She Just Say THAT?

    Lisa
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Anonymous Mom I had another one of those “WTF! I can’t believe people really say these things!” moments last week. I was at dinner with a friend who was talking about a soccer coach at a Division 3 school who was interested in her daughter playing for the team. The problem was that the average ACT score at that college was a 23 and “who wants their kid going to college with those kind of kids!” Now I’m not saying that my friend’s daughter should choose a school that doesn’t meet her academic abilities or standards just for the chance to play soccer at the collegiate level.
  • True Detective: How to “Out-Lie” Your Lying Kid

    Lisa
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Debby Shulman Ahhh, the innocent lies of teenagers … they feel so infallible they would rather take their chances and lie through their teeth rather than risk not being able to do what they want. In their adolescent desire to have the freedom to go wherever they please, most will stop at nothing in their effort to get out that door without so much as a goodbye. The faster they run, the more suspicious we become.  Yet, the stories we share with our friends are sometimes truly funny because all our teens are so ridiculously clueless.  And the pattern is repeated over and over again,…
  • Men & Aging: Do They REALLY Accept It — Or Is This An Illusion?

    Lisa
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Arden Edelcup “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka My husband just turned 50, which means that I officially sleep with a man with an AARP card. Those first few celebratory days during his birthday week, he gleefully showed it off half expecting our friends to exclaim, “Holy shit man, you look like a teenage stud muffin. No way are you that old.” When no one reacted with shock at the sight of a 50-year-old looking guy brandishing an AARP card, he quietly tucked it away into…
  • The Accidental Asshole? Not MY Kid

    Lisa
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon I had my first boyfriend in fifth grade. His name was Greg. He marched up to me at the beginning of the year and said, “Will you go out with me?” I said YES. Then we didn’t speak again, neither live nor via phone until six months later when I chased him home yelling, “Can we talk?” He finally stopped his bicycle long enough to hear me say, “I think we should just be friends.” That was the end of my six-month relationship with my first boyfriend. A lot has changed since the ‘80s though. The biggest change in dating is the cell phone. Who knew that one day you…
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  • How to Be Debt Free in 2014

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
    "It was early early 2013, a new year, and a time for resolutions and starting over. I opened one of my favorite blogs, Keeper of the Home, and happened upon Stacy’s guest post entitled, ”How to Be Debt Free in 2013.” What an intriguing title. Curious, I couldn’t help but read on."Read the rest of my guest post on Stacy Makes Cents about our family's journey to pay off $22,000 in debt in 10 months on one income>> How to Be Debt Free in 2014Copyright 2011-2013 GrowingSlower. Thank you for subscribing to GrowingSlower. If you are reading this content elsewere, please contact me to…
  • What I Wish I Knew

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:33 pm
    This was a letter I wrote when my high need baby turned one to encourage other parents of high need little ones. I'm not exactly sure why I never published it, but it finally felt right to share for the "What I Wish I Knew" topic for this month's Carnival of Natural Mothering. Dear exhausted mama of that amazing little one who needs so much,I can no more tie a pretty bow on this topic now than when I first discovered I was parenting a high need baby. There are at least a few things I'm pretty sure I know after one year parenting a high need baby. I mean, I haven't slept more then ninety…
  • 11 Gentle Ways to Help Your Toddler Sleep...#8 and 9 work for moms too!

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    This post was underwritten by Real Traditions: natural products, traditionally made and contains affiliate links. All experiences and opinions are my own.If you've greeted my husband or I with a polite, "How are you?" anytime within the last two and a half years, I can almost guarantee the one word answer we gave. It wasn't a generic "fine," or "good," but something much more specific: "TIRED." From the time we had our son in 2011, we've been absolutely exhausted.It wasn't just hard on us. Our poor boy was chronically overtired. He wanted to sleep. He tried to sleep. He'd happily stay in…
  • How to Broadcast a Google+ Hangout on Air

    22 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    1. First create a YouTube channel associated using the same login you use for your Google+ profile or page. You’ll have to verify it before setting up your hangout. Here’s how to set up your channel: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1646861?hl=en2. Go to your G+ profile or page. Select hangouts in the dropdown, and click Then click “Start a Hangout on Air”. Fill in the name and description. Select Later and set the date, time, and duration. Make sure you include “Public” in your audience, and be sure to specifically invite any guests/panelists that will be speaking on…
  • How to Save Money on Groceries - GrowingSlower Webcast Episode 001

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Saving money isn't just a hobby for Danielle Tate, it's part of her ministry. As a financial coach for Money 4 Life Coaching Danielle helps her clients reach their financial goals and save money through sound stewardship and budgeting. She's the owner of Virtuous Woman Ministries and blogs at More Than Four Walls. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+Angi Schneider is a minister’s wife and homeschooling mom. She has 5 children still at home, who consume a never ending quantity of food. Angi is passionate about cooking real food that is simple, frugal and tastes good.
 
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    Everybody Needs A Little Sugar

  • BIG Changes

    A Little Sweet
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:54 am
    The last few weeks have brought about some really fabulous things.I started doing some bookkeeping from home.  Not the creative niche I love but it brings in some bucks!Some friends of mine (please read that in Robert DeNiro's voice) and I have gotten together to start something great.  We will be teaching classes, putting together an amazing newsletter, blogging, hosting creative events, and a whole lotta of other great and wonderful things. Stay tuned for Creative West!  I will post the link for you when I have one.I will be switching my Blog over to WordPress.  It's…
  • How I Know My Husband Secretly Hates Me (or at least wants to make me so crazy I will be committed)

    A Little Sweet
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    Last one out makes it - right? Apparently not in my house. ;(Enough said?(and yes we sleep in a double bed with a cat and sometimes a certain, soon to be 9 year old girl.  I like it cozy!)
  • Waste Time Laughing

    A Little Sweet
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:01 pm
    {via}Stumbled upon this little site today (thank you Facebook, the second biggest time waster, right behind Pinterest, ever created!)Wasted about 10 minutes and then thought of you!
  • Etsy Again

    A Little Sweet
    2 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    Well. I did it.I got one lonely little owl listed on my Etsy page.It looks like a mug shot but it will do for now.I have decided I am going to try next time with a little staging - like I did in the past.What I really need is for the snow to melt and the sunshine to dry off the grass so I can take pictures of them in their natural environment.  ;)Outdoor always seems to work better for me even though I have so much admiration for the many skilled photographers on Etsy that take fabulous photos I need all the help I can get and the outdoor light is a really big help!Have a wonderful…
  • Lion to Lamb

    A Little Sweet
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Two posts in one day. No wonder it is still snowing!Literally, snowing right now.  I read that Vancouver has a snow fall warning in effect so we will be getting more for sure.  We usually get their weather the next day.  Anyway....In like a lion out like a lamb, right?Today Penelope is in the worst mood of her almost nine years.She just cannot seem to keep it together. Scowling and crying for little to no reason. Unlike her and I am not loving it.The Little Man had a talking to by the police.  Yep.Nothing serious - just boy stuff.  I was surprised.  I thought he…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Have you asked yourself why Kraft Dinner isn’t creamier? Well, it can be!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Kraft Dinner (KD) has always been a favorite in our family – well, I should qualify that by saying everyone except Mark. He can take it or leave it. His theory is that he ate so much of it while in college so he could stay within his meager budget, he made himself sick of […]
  • Pic of the Day!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
      Be sure to check out previous ‘Pics of the Day‘ on the archive page. Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014
  • Thirteen signs I’m in MENOPAUSE!?

    cjblythe
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Lately I’ve been asking myself if I could possibly be in menopause. Then, after making this list of symptoms and comparing them with the cartoon at right, I was left in no doubt. In the winter, ALL of the pets cuddle up close. In the summer, NONE of the pets will come near me. I […]
  • Hits from behind in hockey MUST BE STOPPED!

    cjblythe
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Everyone knows the hits from behind must be stopped, but they still happen far too often. The blame for this can be placed mostly on the shoulders of the players. They know the risks and the penalties – yet they still use cheap and nasty tactics. The injuries are too large a cost! Right now, […]
  • Is my problem an ant obsession or premonition?

    cjblythe
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I have no idea why, but for some reason, I’ve posted two items related to ants in the past couple of weeks. The first was a pic of the day of industrious ants at work, and the second was the tale of our battle with a carpenter ant infestation in our home. If I were […]
 
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    Confessions of a Serial Napper

  • Le Bug

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    No Pants Dance
  • The Bug Update

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    I've been terrible at keeping this damn thing updated but now I'll have a bit more time on my hands (hopefully not for long..Ill explain soon)But let me update you now that bug is 13 months!!!Vocabulary:MamaDadaUh-ohYumNa-NightByeGood GirlThank YouWhat is That? (which is beyond adorable but she asks it about E V E R Y T H I N G)She knows that a dog says woof and an owl hoots.And tries her darndest to make said noises.Its absolute adorable to watch her chase after Sadee barking at her.HILARIOUS.She is ridiculously smart.I can't handle how smart she is sometimes, I really can't.She hasn't been…
  • Bibliophile

    29 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I had to....but no for real.I have been on a serioussss reading kick lately.Soooo so far in 2014 I've read the Divergent trilogy. Spoiler Alert: Last Book= Dumb Well...in my opinion...Anyyyywho.I've also read The Fault in Our Stars. Awesome...just....awesome.And now I'm currently on the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series, which is turning out to be a surprisingly awesome series.It is totally not something I would go for.I was really really drawn to the cover (which unlike popular belief I DO literally judge a book by its cover), but every time I read the back I was like..."meh not for…
  • 30 Before 30

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Alright, here it is. After mulling over this bad boy for months here is the final product. 1. Learn to Surf2. Go BACK to Aruba3. Hit my goal weight4. Get Engaged5. Get Married6. Start a Family7. See Rascal Flats in concert (there's a long story behind this one.)8. See Blue Man Group9. Learn to Ski/ Go skiing and not die10. Buy a house11. Visit my best friends in California.12. Take my Family to Disney World.13. Feed a Giraffe14. Go Ziplining15. Go into an airport and buy tickets for a random flight.16. Road Trip17. Go Scuba-Diving18. Make a name for myself in Photography (and be truly pleased…
  • I Have Lots of Updating to Do

    12 Mar 2014 | 5:59 pm
    BUG IS ONE!!! (I'll make sure to dedicate some time to making that post soon!)But here's a teaser!And I've had THREE more shoots (which is why I've been so damn busy in the first place)One family shoot:One Engagement Shoot:And One Valentine's Day Shoot:I've been having so much fun doing all the shoots and the more I spend time doing it the more I sincerely love it.I have more updates to come but for now this is all I can share!
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Crock-Pot Corn Bread Chili Casserole

    Lindsey R. Allen
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    This recipe was adapted from Cooking Light cook book For months the crock pot my mother gave me has sat lonely and sad, high on a shelf in the kitchen. I don’t know why but something about them gives me this 1970′s vibe, with the wife and the apron, and the Brady Bunch milling about in the background. I guess it just screamed “all day cooking” at me which was interpreted somewhere in my head as “ a lot of work.” Of course this couldn’t be farther from the truth for most crock-pot recipes, they’re actually really convevient. This Crock-Pot Corn Bread Chili…
  • Swapdom Helps You Swap Items Easily

    Scarlet
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    This post is sponsored by Swapdom, a website that facilitates swaps! All opinions expressed are my own. Swapping Is Awesome   I am a huge believer in swapping!  Not only does swapping help save you money, something almost everyone could use, but swapping is also a green choice.  Reusing is an excellent way to go green!  I am familiar with the power of the swap.  Most of us as children, loved to swap, because it was pretty much our only means of getting what we wanted.  Do you remember the satisfaction that comes with a good swap?  Well, as a mother, I have felt that satisfaction of…
  • Interactive Plush Bunny Powered By Your iPhone

    Scarlet
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is sponsored by Roam & Wander, maker of plush toys powered by your iPhone or iPod Touch. Kids love playing with stuffed animals and now there is an interactive plush bunny toy that is powered by your iPhone or iPod Touch- TuTu Bunny! This fantastical plush bunny brings together the power of an app with the lovable factor that stuffed animals offer. This special toy is sure to be a toy that your child will always remember. Interactive Plush Bunny Is your mind blown away already? Mine was when I first heard about it! Interactive stuffed animals? This concept has been around for…
  • Travis the Travelling Frog Craft

    Laura Baptiste
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Bring a little papier maché into your life with this cute frog craft. Travis the Travelling Frog is simple enough to make, and leaves lots of room for creativity. Best of all, he’s versatile! Young artists can clip him to curtains, railings, or tree branches. You never know where Travis might travel- but the mystery is part of the fun. Travis the Travelling Frog Craft Tutorial What You’ll Need to Make Your Frog Craft A small sheet of cardboard A marker Scissors Newspaper A few tablespoons of liquid glue A plastic bowl Acrylic paint and paintbrushes 2 feet of string 4 clothespins Hot glue…
  • Whole Foods Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway

    Scarlet
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whole Foods will provide the Mother’s Day gift basket for giveaway to one lucky reader. Whole Foods Beauty and Wellness Products For Mother’s Day As you probably know, Whole Foods Market has an amazing beauty and wellness department!  It is huge, offers tons of variety, and you can usually find just what you are looking for.  Also, in my experience, there is always someone knowledgeable to help you make the perfect selection when you need help.   I would certainly be excited about any Mother’s Day goodies that my husband might pick out for me from Whole Foods.  (Hint,…
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    Southern Life, Indian Wife

  • A Coffee, A Flirt, and Secret Friends: Writing My Novel

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    I struggle to see my laptop screen, and I’m sweating in the sun wrapping around me through the glass wall at Starbucks.  A couple of women in tennis skirts are sitting at the table beside me, gossiping about booster club … Continue reading →
  • Be a Parent, Not a Friend: How to Say No to Your Kids

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As I plucked a family-sized box of Cheerios from the grocery store shelf yesterday afternoon, a shrill noise came up behind me and I jumped so much, the box jerked from my hand to the floor.  Rounding the corner was … Continue reading →
  • My South Asian Parent Story

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    When I was a new wife and mom, more years ago than I’d like to count, I wandered the self-help aisles of bookstores almost weekly.  I guess I was a typical newbie at everything family, and needed support and guidance … Continue reading →
 
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • Advantages Of Kickboxing: Why Women Should Join

    Healthy Family Articles
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:44 am
    Are you a fitness fanatic? Do you keep a watchful eye on the transforming fitness world? Then you must have noticed one thing for sure — no specific fitness mantra remains in vogue for too long. Like every other thing in this world, exercises also evolve. While most of them continue to remain relevant for years, the craze enjoyed by some specific form of exercise usually only lasts for a certain period of time. Currently, it is kickboxing that is enjoying extreme popularity among most fitness fanatics. It is being embraced with equal fervor by men and women alike. Although initially…
  • Tots to Teens Expo – Washington D.C.

    Erica Brooks
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Join Healthy Family Matters as we share how to care for your family naturally using Young Living Essential Oils and smart lifestyle changes at the Tots to Teens Expo. Join us for a day of FREE family-friendly fun! Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am to 6pm, at the Washington Convention Center. The 2014 Tots-to-Teens Expo is educational, entertaining and fun for the entire family. There’s something for everyone: Bumper Cars, Basketball, Face Painting, Kids Zumba Classes, and a special Living Healthy and Eating Right Stage featuring area chefs, restaurants and nutritionists. We’re…
  • How To Reduce Stress During Pregnancy

    Healthy Family Articles
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Find out how to make your pregnant days a beautiful period that you will always gladly remember. Most people are not familiar with the harm stress causes, this goes especially during pregnancy, when stress affects the condition of the baby as well as the health of the mother. Namely, if a pregnant women is under stress, her body secretes hormones that reduce the number of neurons in the brain of the baby and prevents them from forming, increase the heart Because of that, it is necessary to take some precautions that will help the pregnancy to run peacefully and quietly, a period that you will…
  • Cedarwood Essential Oil, a Respiratory Aromatherapy Oil for Emotional Clearing

    Healthy Family Articles
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:53 am
    What emotions come up for you when you think of the rich aroma of your grandmother’s cedar chest? Cedarwood is the aroma of heirlooms and memories. The wood itself is famous for resisting decay. It is used in decks, fence posts, and anything that needs to endure against all kinds of damp, rot, and severe weather. During the Great Depression, when he couldn’t find work, my father took his wagon into the hills and cut cedar posts to sell as fence posts to farmers and ranchers. Cedarwood has been used in native American Indian ceremonies to enhance communion with the spirit and…
  • Worried About Bed Bugs? Don’t Let Fear Get The Best Of You

    Healthy Family Articles
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:27 pm
    Bed bugs are becoming increasingly common across the United States, but that doesn’t mean they are getting any easier to deal with. Bed bug treatments are expensive, and more than one service is often required to ensure that the little pests are truly gone. Beyond that, however, many people just can’t stand the thought of something biting them while they sleep. That fear can actually be dangerous, as it causes people to do things they would not ordinarily do. When it comes to bed bugs, the best offensive is simply learning as much as you can about the pests. Bed Bug Facts First, it is…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Have you asked yourself why Kraft Dinner isn’t creamier? Well, it can be!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Kraft Dinner (KD) has always been a favorite in our family – well, I should qualify that by saying everyone except Mark. He can take it or leave it. His theory is that he ate so much of it while in college so he could stay within his meager budget, he made himself sick of […]
  • Pic of the Day!

    cjblythe
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:11 am
      Be sure to check out previous ‘Pics of the Day‘ on the archive page. Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014
  • Thirteen signs I’m in MENOPAUSE!?

    cjblythe
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Lately I’ve been asking myself if I could possibly be in menopause. Then, after making this list of symptoms and comparing them with the cartoon at right, I was left in no doubt. In the winter, ALL of the pets cuddle up close. In the summer, NONE of the pets will come near me. I […]
  • Hits from behind in hockey MUST BE STOPPED!

    cjblythe
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Everyone knows the hits from behind must be stopped, but they still happen far too often. The blame for this can be placed mostly on the shoulders of the players. They know the risks and the penalties – yet they still use cheap and nasty tactics. The injuries are too large a cost! Right now, […]
  • Is my problem an ant obsession or premonition?

    cjblythe
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I have no idea why, but for some reason, I’ve posted two items related to ants in the past couple of weeks. The first was a pic of the day of industrious ants at work, and the second was the tale of our battle with a carpenter ant infestation in our home. If I were […]
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • How Your Parents Met – Between The Worlds Part 7

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Part 7 of How Your Parents Met story. If you are just now joining us, read previous parts first:Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Ana’s side of the story May 2007I don’t want sex, I want love, I don’t want tonight, I want forever, I don’t want a friend, I want my better half.Those words were staring at me from my computer screen. My heart was pounding so fast I thought I was going to have a heart attack. My ears were humming, and my mouth just fell open.I don’t remember what raced through my mind, it was all incoherent. I couldn’t form a thought, let…
  • Interview #2 – Expats Blog

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Not too long ago, Frank and I have been interviewed by Expats Blog. We shared our experience about moving from USA to Croatia, advice on making the move, how we adjusted, and some of our tips on general expat life. Expats Blog is a blog by expats for expats. They are a big community that graciously shares their tips, advice, as well as scouring the web for the best stories to share with other expats.You can read our interview by clicking on the following link: American Expat Interview or simply clicking the badge below: The post Interview #2 – Expats Blog appeared first on Our Blended…
  • Blogging 201 – Branding and Growth: Day 1

    Frank
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It’s a new WordPress challenge, where people like me who can’t seem to grasp how to get more noteriety get some decent help and tips; all while making it fun. Making it fun seems to be the key. With that, let’s begin the Blogging 201 – Branding and Growth Challenge.Today’s assignment: consider what you want to accomplish with your blog. Write down three concrete goals you want to achieve.What do I want to accomplish with my blog?I want to use the blog as a source to entertainment, for me because I do have some fun putting up posts and trying to get my opinion out…
  • Children Are Not Toys

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    One of the uglier sides of divorce is when parents use children to get back at their ex spouses. Sometimes it happens subconsciously, because one side is consumed with negative feelings, be it hurt, or anger, or even worse pride. Sometimes it happens on purpose. It’s the saddest thing that can happen during a divorce, and what is even sadder, is that sometimes, that situation goes on long after divorce is done and over with.I will not generalize and say which gender is more prone to resort to this, it happens with both. What I can’t understand is how can they willingly hurt their…
  • Be Brave – Find The Courage To Leave

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway. –John WayneSometimes in life, we wind up with wrong people. Sometimes, they are wrong people because we don’t see eye to eye on important life questions. Other times there are the right people but the timing is off.  And there are times when they are wrong people because they don’t make us feel good about ourselves, they slowly destroy what’s good inside us, and cause us pain.I know that many women are stuck in that kind of a situation. I know their stories from the news, I know it from other people, and I know…
 
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    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Benton Community Bomb Threat

    Aimee Wahl
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Well, my old high school has hit the news radar with a note left on a bathroom wall warning everyone that whomever wrote it is going to blow up the school after shooting as many as possible and killing themselves. I graduated from a very small high school in Van Horne, Iowa – Benton Community. It was a quiet town, a quiet school and despite the usual rounds of bullying and whatnot I managed to get a pretty decent education there. In fact, while I attended, a fellow student in my own class called in a bomb threat back – before the Oklahoma City devastation so he was expelled but…
  • Everyone Needs a Friend

    Aimee Wahl
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    In the midst of all the, Chaos, Among the burned out, Coal. I find a passage of, Solace, That comforts my feeble, Soul. Though sounds of pain and, Brokenness, Harshly penetrate my, Ears. I am not confined by, Baggage, Building up over the, Years. My friend beside me here, Holds, All my suffering, Alone. His strength for me is, Sufficient, My burdens he, Atoned.  
  • Pitbull Survives Throat Slashing

    Aimee Wahl
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    San Antonio has a local pit bull group called Heaven Sent Pit Bull Rescue that saves sweet dogs from bad situations and their latest addition has been Brutus who was a victim of animal cruelty. On the northeast side of San Antonio an unidentified sicko, slashed Brutus’ throat almost hitting his artery which would most definitely ended in his demise had Heaven Sent Pit Bull Rescue not stepped in and saved this little guy. Because no one has been identified in relation to the incident, HSPBR is not going to report it to Animal Control since it wouldn’t do any good anyhow.  But…
  • What if I Stumble – DC Talk

    Aimee Wahl
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    We all as people are imperfect which pretty much guarantees that we will fail at some point. My struggles are pretty constant, my imperfections are always showing through, but I know that my strength comes from Jesus and though I don’t always win in the fight with sin, my eternity is set and I am forgiven. Praise Jesus!
  • Under a Moon of Red

    Aimee Wahl
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    She dances under, A moon of red, Her hair adorned in flowers. She magnifies, The expectancy of, A God with all known powers. Her toes touch down, On leaves of Spring, She is dressed in graceful glory. With her voice, And beauteous form, She celebrates our God’s story. And as the night, Does echo on, Her body does not tire. Her movements send, The message of, Her one and only desire. At the end, Of her masquerade, Beneath that fire beam light. She bends her knees, And bows before, The creator of the night.  
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