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    Aha!NOW & ABC
    Abrar Mohi Shafee
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by Abrar Mohi Shafee, the AhaGEMS leaderboard topper of March. He is a teen blogger with innovative ideas for blogging and marketing. In this post, he highlights the social media marketing strategy that bloggers should use to be successful. ~ Editor. Are you one of those die-hard marketers who spend […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Abrar Mohi Shafee on 7 Untapped Social Media Tactics For Smart Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting…
  • The 10 Worst Household Chores

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    Idaho Dad
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    You’d think this would be the easiest list to compile, since all household chores can be viewed as distasteful. Nobody likes chores, but there are definitely some that are worse than others. Top Ten Worst Household Chores 10. Dusting. I just can’t get excited about dusting. Vacuuming, yes, wiping shelves with a rag, no. Maybe it’s because the vacuum is a power tool and we all know that men love to have machines doing their work for them. Besides, dusting involves rearranging perfectly placed objects and knick-knacks. Anyone with even an ounce of OCD knows how frustrating…
  • Doing No More Than the Average in Education

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Last week, my kids were guests at a primary school assembly at a school which was not their own school (Tsoof is in his fourth year at university and Noff is in Grade 9). At dinner, they shared their experience with us. "The deputy principal", Noff said in shock, "Told the kids they would be getting report cards soon and that if they got a 'C' they should be very happy, because 'C' meant they were at the average level expected for their grade". Tsoof joined Noff in her surprise, not believing they had heard this coming from a deputy principal. I was proud of them for rejecting the idea that…
  • #HappyCampers

    Our Modern Family
    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 →
  • Troubles tend to multiply for kids in broken families

    Family Edge
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    They are more likely to live with someone who's had substance abuse or mental health problems.
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    Aha!NOW & ABC

  • 7 Untapped Social Media Tactics For Smart Bloggers

    Abrar Mohi Shafee
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by Abrar Mohi Shafee, the AhaGEMS leaderboard topper of March. He is a teen blogger with innovative ideas for blogging and marketing. In this post, he highlights the social media marketing strategy that bloggers should use to be successful. ~ Editor. Are you one of those die-hard marketers who spend […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Abrar Mohi Shafee on 7 Untapped Social Media Tactics For Smart Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting…
  • 12 Work-Life Balance Tips For Work-From-Home Professionals

    Harleena Singh
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    This is a post excerpt. Do you agree that being happy in life is all about striking the right work-life balance? I had a post sometime back on my blog about this aspect, and I will discuss it further here. The aspect of work and life balance can be very subjective, because we may interpret it differently. As per Wikipedia, […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on 12 Work-Life Balance Tips For Work-From-Home Professionals. Looking forward to meeting you there.
  • 11 Powerful Blogging Tips To Help You Become A Successful Blogger

    Erik Emanuelli
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by Erik Emanuelli, who is a successful professional blogger and an active ABC member. He is sharing the knowledge and experience he gained during his five years of blogging journey. ~ Editor With more than 1 billion websites out there (data updated to February 2014), it is clear that a lot […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Erik Emanuelli on 11 Powerful Blogging Tips To Help You Become A Successful Blogger. Looking forward to…
 
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    Idaho Dad

  • The 10 Worst Household Chores

    Idaho Dad
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:44 pm
    You’d think this would be the easiest list to compile, since all household chores can be viewed as distasteful. Nobody likes chores, but there are definitely some that are worse than others. Top Ten Worst Household Chores 10. Dusting. I just can’t get excited about dusting. Vacuuming, yes, wiping shelves with a rag, no. Maybe it’s because the vacuum is a power tool and we all know that men love to have machines doing their work for them. Besides, dusting involves rearranging perfectly placed objects and knick-knacks. Anyone with even an ounce of OCD knows how frustrating…
  • Hang Time

    Idaho Dad
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    I’ve thought about this for a long time, and I’m sorry to have to say it. It’s time for me to hang it up. There are various reasons, but number one is I’m tired. Very tired. I’ve been tip-toeing around the issue for weeks now. It’s just getting harder and harder to come up with the right words to express myself. Sometimes I feel like nobody is even listening! So, that’s it. I am decided. There’s no talking me out of it. I’m going to hang it up. Kids, next time why don’t you just do it yourself so your dad doesn’t have to…
  • Top 6 “I Have A Bad Feeling About This” for Parents

    Idaho Dad
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:55 pm
    As parents, it seems like not a day goes by when we don’t get some sense of dread or disappointment involving or surrounding our children. Thankfully, these feelings are usually minor. We get over them quickly, or at least with very little pain and suffering. With apologies to George Lucas, here are my Top 6 “I Have A Bad Feeling About This” For Parents 1. The most common one occurs while sitting on the toilet, usually after you’ve concluded your business, when you look over to see that there is no toilet paper on the roll. How many times do we have to tell our kids to…
  • 10 Cool Things For Kids In North Idaho

    Idaho Dad
    14 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    It’s that time of year to start thinking about road trips and family travels for the coming spring and summer. There are few better places to find fun with your kids than North Idaho. The northern panhandle of Idaho is my family’s stomping ground. Over the years, we’ve discovered a great number of cool and exciting places to take the kids. So, when people ask what there is to do around here, I always have a ready list of sights and activities that will make any family vacation a memorable one. Ten Cool Things For Kids In North Idaho 1. World’s Longest Gondola Ride In the…
  • Let’s Hear It For the Dads!

    Idaho Dad
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    After seventeen years of being a stay-at-home dad in a stay-at-home mom world, I’m used to it now. Back when I first adopted this role, I would easily get flustered and angry. But now I just laugh about it. We were at an end-of-the-year homeschool picnic when one of the organizers started calling up the kids by grade so we could give them a round of applause. After she finished up with the high schoolers and we clapped, she looked around and said, “And now, let’s hear it for the moms who worked tirelessly all year to teach these wonderful children. Yay moms!” And that…
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    Family Matters

  • Doing No More Than the Average in Education

    Ronit Baras
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Last week, my kids were guests at a primary school assembly at a school which was not their own school (Tsoof is in his fourth year at university and Noff is in Grade 9). At dinner, they shared their experience with us. "The deputy principal", Noff said in shock, "Told the kids they would be getting report cards soon and that if they got a 'C' they should be very happy, because 'C' meant they were at the average level expected for their grade". Tsoof joined Noff in her surprise, not believing they had heard this coming from a deputy principal. I was proud of them for rejecting the idea that…
  • Save Your Marriage: Trust (or The Boy Who Cried Wolf)

    Ronit Baras
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Trust is a very important currency in marriage. It gives both partners a sense of certainty in the relationship, which helps it survive and remain strong. Certainty is a need we all have in life. Subconsciously, we would be willing to do a lot in order to have it met. When our sense of certainty is a bit shaky, we get anxious. This can be a killer in a relationship. If you know the story of the boy who cried wolf, you understand why trust is so valuable. In the story, they boy would run to the village to beg the townspeople to help him. A wolf was chasing his sheep. The villagers rushed to…
  • Conflict Resolution in the Family

    Ronit Baras
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Every family has fights. Even in the most wonderful family, people fight sometimes. Fights can be between the parents, between parents and kid and between kids themselves. Fight create conflict and can damage the delicate fabric of relationships. However, if you come out of the other side of the fight stronger, it can in fact strengthen the bond between family members. This is why conflict resolution in the family is so important. If you are a parent and you have fights in your family, rest assures you are perfectly normal. The science of fights and conflicts is easy to learn and master. Once…
  • Save Your Marriage: Have Good Sex

    Ronit Baras
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Sex is one of the top three reasons why couples divorce. That means that it is highly important to work on improving your sex life. Of course, good sex goes hand in hand with good communication, trust, respect and working on keeping the relationship alive. Attitude to sex is something many couples need to work on. In our growing life, there is not enough education about the importance of sex for health and wellbeing. It is a very sensitive topic that most people are left to learn from experience, friends or even the World Wide Web through porn movies (which unfortunately present a very…
  • Attachment Theory: Attachment Styles in Relationships and Marriages

    Ronit Baras
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    So far, we've covered how attachment styles affect babies and individuals, but what about attachment styles in relationships and marriages? Have you ever heard the theory that we pick partners who are similar to our parents? I have wondered about this over the years. My life partner, Gal is similar to my dad in some ways and totally different in many other ways. He is also similar to my mom in some ways and totally different to her in many other ways. I find it hard to either confirm or deny the theory. While it is hard to decide if this theory works based on personal attributes, attachment…
 
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  • #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 →
  • The Holiday Wrap Up (Pt. 2)

    probrien1
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Ok, so now not only am I dragging this whole thing out too long, the Holidays were over 18 days …Continue reading →
  • The Holiday Wrap Up (pt. 1)

    probrien1
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    12 hours up, 15 and a half hours back. Two kids very tolerant of Christmas car rides. 3 cold rainy …Continue reading →
 
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  • 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…
  • Wicked Step-Mother or Privileged Position?

    Sarah Aiono
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    (Written by Sarah Aiono) I became a Mum when my son was 4 and a half years old.  I moved in with my (now) husband and took on the responsibility and role of Step-Mum to my gorgeous son.  Prior to this, my experience with children had only been as a fairly new primary school teacher.  At first, I was very cautious as to my role as we initially had shared contact arrangements with his biological mother.  I treated the relationship as if I were in his biological mother’s shoes.  I respected the fact that I was not his mother, and that I did not have the relationship that I presumed they…
  • The Magic Of Music In The Lives Of Our Children

    admin
    9 Jan 2015 | 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…
  • 10 Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Money

    admin
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Reference From mrsprinceandco.com (Written by Tara Blair edited by Elle Yi)  Teaching about money for kids is one of the most valuable life lessons they will ever receive. Instilling good spending and saving habits within your children, from a young age, is paving the road for a successful financial future. For some great ideas on how to teach your kids about money, check out our guide below. Embrace Technology Most children are better at using smart phones than their parents, so why not embrace technology and find some fun apps for teaching your children about money? With the app store…
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  • How Parenting Is Like Saving Money

    Tina
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    We know that you love your children dearly, but being a parent can be hard work! As I was going through my expenses this month it got me thinking about how parenting is a lot like saving money. So just for fun, I put together a list of how the two are a lot alike. Hopefully it gives you a good laugh on days that you find yourself stressed out about either one! You Have To Have Patience. Parenting children and saving money will both take some patience. Just as it will take a while for your checking account to grow and mature, the same goes for your children. You may find yourself becoming…
  • Today is the First Day of Spring!

    Tina
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Hooray, spring is here! For those in colder climates, you may have been counting down the days to this day. Of course, winter weather like snow and sleet is still possible in many areas, but the good news is that the days are getting longer and the weather is bound to start getting warmer soon. You’ll begin seeing the telltale signs of spring in your area, whether that’s cherry blossoms, crocuses or robins, if you haven’t already. After a long winter, you’ll probably be thrilled to celebrate the coming of spring with your kids. Here are some ideas that you might try this week and the…
  • Making Time to Exercise When the Kids Are Little

    Tina
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    The spring seems to be second only to New Year’s Day, when it comes to resolutions about getting in shape. It’s getting warmer, we’re wearing less clothing, and we know that swimsuit season is almost upon us. As moms, we sometimes tend to put our own best interests and health on the back burner, but making time to take care of ourselves not only helps us to be around for a long time for our kids, but it also relieves stress, making us better moms. It’s also a great example to set for the kids. Still, if you have little ones, squeezing in time for a daily workout can be a challenge.
  • Ideas for Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

    Tina
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Do you have the luck of the Irish? Even if you don’t hail from Ireland, you can claim a bit o’ luck yourself on March 17, otherwise known as St. Patrick’s Day!  Nestled in the middle of March, St. Patty’s Day is often overlooked; the holidays of Valentine’s Day and Easter loom larger in most homes. Still, this is a good time to incorporate a bit of fun into your kids’ day as they wait anxiously for spring to finally start after a long winter. St. Patrick’s Day brings mental images of leprechauns and shamrocks. Since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, take some extra…
  • Backtalk: How to Stop Arguing With Your Child

    Ashley B
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    When your child was a baby, you had to figure out what he wanted based on his crying. When was a toddler, you had to teach him not to whine. School-aged kids are usually fairly easy to communicate with, barring the episodes of intermittent regression to crying and whining, but as they get through elementary school and head into middle school, you’ll notice a whole new type of communication: It’s what our mothers called “backtalk,” and what we might refer to as “arguing.” If you have a child who you are fairly certain will become a lawyer based on his debate skills, read on for…
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  • A Unique Gift

    Imperfect Mommies
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    So, this is what happened. I wanted to get my friends, Rita and Donnie (a married couple) an “experience gift” for Christmas. Since they travel from Texas to New York every month to visit their kids and grandkids I decided to make it something they could do in NYC. I found this company where you […]
  • Kids are Weird. At Least My Kids Are.

    Imperfect Mommies
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    So, at dinner the other night I glanced up to see Kelly doing this:   She explained that she was spraying butter spray into her mouth because she had forgotten to put it on the piece of broccoli already in her mouth. And, for some reason, that reminded me of this picture that I took […]
  • Parenting by Proxy

    Imperfect Mommies
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:02 am
    So, I was driving the kids to school when this conversation happened: CHILD: “Mom, I’ve made an important decision.” ME: “What about?” CHILD: “Well, [SIBLING] thinks it’s gross when I pick my nose and eat it so I’m not going to do that anymore.” ME: “It seems like you put a lot of thought into […]
  • Cuckoo’s Nest.

    Imperfect Mommies
    15 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    My oldest son, David, just recently turned 13 years old. Which now makes me the mother of a teenager. I once heard a psychologist say that adolescence is mother nature’s way of preparing parents for the child’s departure. David’s decided to get an early jump on that preparation.
  • Naughty Elf #12 (Quickie)

    Marie
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Fisbee, you Naughty Elf, what are you doing in Nic’s room?  Oh, Fisbee….not the Puffle!
 
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    Dumb {Squared}

  • I need an intervention

    RK
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    THIS. The fuck am I doing?  Isn't this supposed to be the twilight of my life? I'm supposed to be enjoying sitting on the sofa with a blanket over my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night - Hey!

    RK
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    I spent ten minutes making sure I spelled Saturday correctly. Something happens to your brain when it reaches forty and it's not good. I don't care what the fuck you say, Oprah. Give me some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mama said knock you out

    RK
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    I was pretty happy last weekend. The kitchen was clean for about a minute. Everyone had a clean pair of underwear for at least another day and I was able to resist the allure of all things... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mad(wo)man Across the Water

    RK
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:29 am
    There are two tenets in our house that we live by above all else :food brings you joy and eat before you become hangry.kindness to all. Unless they fuck with you and then all bets are off. I broke... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I'd take credit for Thai iced tea if I could

    RK
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I've been making Thai iced tea all afternoon because I can shrug off sugar headaches on a Sunday afternoon. Not really, but my brain is telling my body it can, so whatevs. Ohmygod I have to stop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • The ‘No Crying Clause’

    Lisa
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Dear Readers: Enjoy a short story about a Hollywood actress living a lie, until one man exposes her truth  … A hot read for your vacation entertainment at the Beach, Après-ski, or during your STAY-cation …   Happy Spring Break, Girlfriends! xoxo LB By Lisa Barr The warm bed reeked of fresh sex, but Ashleigh’s heart was cold and she smelled nothing. Her body continued to move in sync with the lover’s. Her hands, her mouth, her curves pressed against him, yet again. He moaned and whispered sexy things, and Ashleigh responded on cue. She knew her lines all too well. It was a…
  • Freaky Friday: Here’s What Happened When I Traded Places With My Teenage Daughter

    Lisa
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    By Debby Shulman Sometimes our worlds collide. I don’t mean in an astrophysical way, but more of a “Freaky Friday” way, in which your kid says something and you are hearing yourself … or a version of yourself that you haven’t spoken to in well over 35 years. Mind you, I’m not waking up in the body of my 16-year-old (hang on, that comes later), but I am for sure going down the rabbit hole, back into my own 16-year-old head more often than not these days. And it’s dark in there. Little phrases and facial expressions resonate a long forgotten attitude, when I pretty much thought I…
  • THE #1 MARITAL SEX-KILLER … AND 5 WAYS TO FIGHT BACK

    Lisa
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:03 pm
    By E.J. Gordon It’s widely acknowledged that having children dampers our sex lives. When our children are born, our bodies need to heal before we can engage in sex. And when they do heal, we are often too tired from midnight feedings to want sex. As they get older, we deal with the physical fatigue of taking care of our kids. Whether it’s fighting with them at bedtime or needing to hold them all day during their clingy phases, we often say to our partners, “I just don’t want to be touched or needed for one more minute today.” As our kids get older, as we get our physical freedom…
  • Shattering the Silence of ‘Acquaintance Rape': Jessica Harris Shares Her Story

    Lisa
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Lisa Barr, editor of GIRLilla Warfare:  It’s no secret to you, my readers, that I have three teenage daughters, and my eldest is heading off to college in the fall. The issue of “Acquaintance Rape”, so bravely discussed here by Jessica Harris, 23, hits close to home — my girls; my fears. I asked Jessica not to hold back — GIRLilla Warfare readers want the truth, and most importantly, we want the tools NOW to guide our kids before a potential tragedy occurs, and we also want the knowledge of how to deal with the trauma should our child get assaulted. Here’s…
  • The Age of Anxiety: Stop Stressing Out Your Kids

    Lisa
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    By Debby Shulman When I was a freshman entering high school, our well-known, endearing and ultra-conservative principal gave the same welcome speech year after year. Word for word, he spoke to us about the excitement of high school, exploring new activities with different groups of friends, recognizing we were still so ‘little.’ His well-rehearsed and most repeated phrase?  “Green things grow.” And while E. J. Duffy’s words and memory still linger throughout the hallways of my alma mater, I am particularly reminiscent of his child-rearing philosophy these days. Troubled from…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Renovating your empty nest? 5 eco-friendly options to try.

    cjblythe
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Renovating your empty nest is a great project to pursue once your kids have all moved out on their own.   You might find yourself wondering how to stay occupied, especially if you’re finding the adjustment period is more challenging than you expected. The improvements or additions you make to your home could not only ...
  • Three things to look for in a flag store company.

    cjblythe
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Three things to look for you’re looking for a flag store company. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that locating the ideal flag store company is quite important. To ensure that you can accomplish this objective, be sure to look for the following attributes in the flag store company:   ...
  • What makes an eco-friendly sofa?

    Jessy Troy
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Our planet is facing some difficult times ahead, as the consequences of generations of bad decisions begin to show. Climate change, pollution and air quality, disappearing populations of animals, world hunger and drought…there is a lot to account for.   We have not been good stewards of the earth, and now more and more people ...
  • Women’s health: Are the cosmetics, cleaners and chemicals we purchase safe?

    cjblythe
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Are you afraid to purchase cosmetics, scented products and cleaners for fear they’ll cause an allergic or sensitivity reaction? Join my club! I’ve been dealing with allergies, and chemical and scent sensitivities all my life. Before I discovered what my problem was, I went through years thinking I just had ‘run of the mill’ allergies ...
  • How to spring clean your way to energy efficiency.

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    With spring in the air, you might feel the urge to brush, scrub and dust away winter. While you’re in the swing of making your home spick and span, why not take a few extra steps to spring clean your way to energy efficiency?   Here’s what you can do. Dust off appliances. When dust ...
 
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Oduga- Baby Toys That Grow With Babies

    Scarlet
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Oduga, toys that grow with babies and adapt to their different developmental needs over the first three years. Oduga Introduces A Whole New Kind Of Baby Toy- Toys That Grow With Babies! Oduga’s mission is to reduce the financial and environmental impact caused by unwanted toys. It is not unusual for parents spend more than $350 per year on toys trying to match their child’s evolving developmental needs. After a short amount of time, these baby toys are outgrown. Oduga solves this problem by introducing a modular toy that allows different add ons to…
  • The Value of A Mentor

    Scarlet
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    A mentor, whether it is a great teacher, a coach, a relative, a friend, a business associate, or a partner, helps change our lives for the better. A mentor is someone that takes our hand and guides us when we are lost. A mentor inspires us through words and actions. A mentor is someone whose judgment you can trust. A mentor has your back and knowing somebody has our back is what makes us feel more confident in life. This post is brought to you be State Farm. The Value of A Mentor- Having Help Matters Inspiration People who have been blessed with a mentor in any area of their lives know that a…
  • ATM Packs Super Cute Luggage Review and Giveaway

    Scarlet
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    I received a super cute suitcase from ATM Packs to facilitate review.  ATM Packs, your source for luggage, bags, and accessories, will also provide cute luggage for a reader giveaway! Cute Luggage So when I received an email from ATM Packs, I thought to myself- “Nah, I have enough luggage.” But when I opened the link, I was amazed at how cute their luggage is and I jump on the chance to review a cute suitcase!  ATM Packs delivers a brand new travel experience for the child in all of us, their luggage is not just functional but also stylish and fun!  Let’s just say,…
  • Empowering Quotes for Women

    Amberly Holden
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    March is recognized as Women’s History month in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. As this special month comes to a close, it seems appropriate to acknowledge just a few of the inspirational women of our past through their empowering words.  This collection of quotes for women is full of inspiration and wisdom.  Enjoy! 10 Empowering Quotes For Women: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn “Vanity and pride…
  • Go Raw Food Review- Raw, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Snacks

    Scarlet
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    I was provided with Go Raw samples in order to facilitate review. Go Raw will provide a sample gift package to one lucky reader. GO RAW is a natural food company dedicated to taking the guesswork out of healthy eating by creating delicious, organic, raw bars, chocolate and other snack options that fit simply into any busy lifestyle. Go Raw Natural Food Review The Go Raw brand is on a mission to bring delicious, healthy, junk-free snacks to families and I think they have succeeded in a major way. They have a huge product line up of gluten-free, raw, vegan foods including breakfast granolas,…
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • 9 Essential Oils You Should Include In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

    Erica Brooks
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    When creating an emergency preparedness kit, people often overlook the importance of essential oils. They are natural, don’t expire, and are far more versatile than most other man-made products. Here are the top 9 that you should have in your kit. 1. Lavender Lavender can be used for such a wide variety of ailments. It can be rubbed on burns, such as sunburns or infections, it is an antihistamine, and it reduces stress during intense situations. Smelling it or rubbing it on the affected area is all it takes. 2. Lemon The cleansing powers of lemon are no secret. In oil form, it helps to…
  • 10 Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

    Cadence Carlyle
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    How to Use Orange Essential Oil Orange essential oil is popular and highly praised by beginners as well as season pros. It is considered to be one of the best essential oils to experiment with when learning about essential oils because of its many uses as well as its flexibility. Orange essential oil mixes very well with many essential oils and therefore is considered fool proof. Orange essential oil is collected by a cold press method from the peel of the orange and is relatively inexpensive due to the fruits abundance. Native to China and India the orange is now grown in the Americas,…
  • Marriage – 10 Steps to Building a Healthy Marriage

    Michael Finlayson
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:26 pm
    When you get married you hope for a happy marriage, I don’t think that anyone getting married deliberately seeks out an unhappy marriage, but the sad fact is that far to many marriages result in misery and divorce. Far to many people seem to forget that once you get married you still have to work at your relationship, you might live happily ever but it will take effort. Here are my 10 steps to building a healthy marriage and I hope that they are of use to you. 1. Share Interests If you want to have a happy and harmonious marriage then you need to be able to share interests. This could…
  • Healthy Meal Ideas for Busy Moms With Wasa Crispbreads

    Erica Brooks
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    This post contains sponsored content. All opinions and meal ideas are my own. Now that it’s the new year and all of the tempting holiday treats are behind me I am looking forward to all things new including cutting back on dining out. Being a stay at home mom dining out was my treat. My mommy time. A way to get out of the house and talk some grown folks. Dining out often can not only take it’s toll on the family budget, it can also take it’s toll on a mommy’s waistline. So I have recommitted to cooking more often and getting back to my prebaby weight. Hey it can…
  • Happy New Year!

    Healthy Family Matters
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
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    Anna And Essie

  • Lime Green Fundraiser

    Laura - Momblogger
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are kicking off a new fundraiser to benefit Anna (and family). Lime green is the ribbon color for lymphoma, so we have available these beautiful beaded bracelets and/or a lime green lanyard.The bracelet is beaded with lime green and silver beads, features a heart shaped toggle closure, and is completed by two lovely charms. One charm is a lime green cause ribbon. The other is a silver heart that reads "Where there is love, there is life".BRACELETS ARE GONE! Thanks Everybody!  The lanyard reads "find a cure" all over, separated by a lime green cause ribbon between each phrase. It…
  • New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

    Laura - Momblogger
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Being a Purex Insider, I get to try new products all the time. Through that program, Dial provided me with a bottle of new miracle oil body wash to try out and let you know how it went. They don't tell me what to say though, so everything you read is all my own opinion.The first time I used the product I didn't have a shower pouf, so I applied it directly using my hands. For this, it felt fine but a little too soapy. A little goes a long way...that means it's more cost efficient. The second time I used it, I used it as a bubble bath. My daughter and I have been in the hospital for over…
  • Detox Cleanse Diet Kit For Health and Weight Loss

    Laura - Momblogger
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    I was given the opportunity to try this Detox Cleanse Diet Kit by Team Innovations Labs. I want to be as thorough as I can in my review, because I don't think it's a good idea to "play around" with diet pills. Even the naturally derived ones. I do however, need to lose some weight and feel better. I'm going to have several sections on this review post, so you can scroll over the ones you don't want to read. All the information about the actual product as far as what it is and what it does is on the amazon sale page, so you can click through and read that there. This post is just about my…
  • Just Say No

    Laura - Momblogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    When I was a pre-teenager the Nancy Reagan "just say no" campaign was on the television all of the time. Just say no to drugs. It was a great concept, and if I remember correctly pretty successful. "No", the universal word that means the same in every language, is very powerful; yet, we don't use it often enough about anything. What do I mean?I mean that for so many of us, if someone asks us to do something and we don't want to, sometimes we'll do it anyway just because we don't know how to say no. If we do say no, we feel like we need a really good excuse to say it. We will offer more…
  • Anna Reached a NEW Milestone!

    Laura - Momblogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    It's been a really long time since I did a MeCP2 post. With the lymphoma, MeCP2 has taken the back-burner, but it's still been very prevalent in our lives. Can you even imagine what dealing with cancer treatment is like for a kid who has special needs?Yet, even through all the rigorous cancer treatment, we have seen Anna make strides in her development and ability to learn and understand. Normally, I would not have posted the photo above. Her hair is disheveled, she has dark circles under her eyes, and she's a little bit pale; but, that shirt she is wearing is special. Why? Because it was the…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Renovating your empty nest? 5 eco-friendly options to try.

    cjblythe
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Renovating your empty nest is a great project to pursue once your kids have all moved out on their own.   You might find yourself wondering how to stay occupied, especially if you’re finding the adjustment period is more challenging than you expected. The improvements or additions you make to your home could not only ...
  • Three things to look for in a flag store company.

    cjblythe
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Three things to look for you’re looking for a flag store company. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that locating the ideal flag store company is quite important. To ensure that you can accomplish this objective, be sure to look for the following attributes in the flag store company:   ...
  • What makes an eco-friendly sofa?

    Jessy Troy
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Our planet is facing some difficult times ahead, as the consequences of generations of bad decisions begin to show. Climate change, pollution and air quality, disappearing populations of animals, world hunger and drought…there is a lot to account for.   We have not been good stewards of the earth, and now more and more people ...
  • Women’s health: Are the cosmetics, cleaners and chemicals we purchase safe?

    cjblythe
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Are you afraid to purchase cosmetics, scented products and cleaners for fear they’ll cause an allergic or sensitivity reaction? Join my club! I’ve been dealing with allergies, and chemical and scent sensitivities all my life. Before I discovered what my problem was, I went through years thinking I just had ‘run of the mill’ allergies ...
  • How to spring clean your way to energy efficiency.

    Guest Author
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    With spring in the air, you might feel the urge to brush, scrub and dust away winter. While you’re in the swing of making your home spick and span, why not take a few extra steps to spring clean your way to energy efficiency?   Here’s what you can do. Dust off appliances. When dust ...
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Inexpensive DIY Easter Basket Craft

    Amanda
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Awhile back Chad bought a pack of q-tips from the dollar store for a project he had seen and wanted to try. I think he used maybe twenty out of the pack of 500 and they sat under the sink since then, not really usable for the usual beauty/ hygiene uses as the white stick part bent super easily. I’m sure some people would just toss them, but my brain goes Ahh! Don’t waste them! I’m sure you could use them sometime, some way! So, what to do with 480-ish q-tips? Easter is coming up and that means pastel colours so first I dyed them. Just water and food dye, dunk them in and let them…
  • Prank Your Kids With These Fun April Fools Day Jokes

    Chad
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of March and that means April and of course April Fool’s Day is right around the corner as well. While I for one dislike April Fool’s day, as long as the pranks and jokes are done tastefully, with respect and aren’t harmful to anyone then I’ll let the day slide with little more than a warning. The kids of course are pumped up and excited at the thought of pranking friends, each other and of course us. This has led to discussions of making sure any prank you pull is one that is not harmful to anyone, makes nobody feel bad,…
  • Iggy Please Stop Rapping | Episode 18

    Chad and Amanda
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show After Amanda had dropped the kids off at school and was kind enough to bring us each a double double home we sat down to record another episode of the podcast. This week we had lots to talk about and the range of topics was all over the place. Iggy Azalea Bad Rappping In case you missed it last week a video of a recent Iggy Azalea performance surfaced and it shocked both of us as to just how bad we both think it is. We then get into a discussion on music, what we think of current music and it leads us down the path of discussion clothing that is being marketed towards girls…
  • Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites Make An Awesome Snack

    Chad
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    While movie nights are a good thing, what makes them an awesome thing is the snack. While popcorn is good, caramel popcorn even better for a really memorable snack a peanut butter filled pretzel can go a long way. While these little bites of deliciousness are a little more time consuming of a snack to make compared to opening a bag of chips, we guarantee you the results are most definitely worth it. Start by sifting your flour and while you can use just general purpose white flour we like to mix in other types of flour to add a little flavour.Add your warm water, yeast, sugar and honey to…
  • S’more Gonna Love These Marshmallows

    Amanda
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you think marshmallow the first thing you probably think of (or at least I do) is S’mores, there’s just something about an ooey gooey melted marshmallow sandwiched between graham crackers and chocolate that is immensely satisfying. Marshmallows as you may know are also a vital component of rice krispie squares which are also another favourite treat of ours and there are some amazing memories to be made sitting around a fire and roasting a few dozen of these. Marshmallows for most people are something you pick up in the store and not something you typically make at home. I…
 
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    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Bluebonnets and sweet kids!

    aimster813
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
     
  • Bella Tanning Like a Boss

    aimster813
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I love my Bella!
  • Colton Dixon – More Of You

    aimster813
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Beautiful video, wonderful song, I really enjoy Colten Dixon’s work.
  • My Simple Love Haiku

    aimster813
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:04 am
    ~ My Simple Love Haiku ~ Your deep, liquid eyes, Consume me in their sweet depth, Conveying your soul.
  • Writing You

    aimster813
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    To put you on paper is to make you real, Bring you to life for eternity in the blackest form. Giving you the power, the future. And leaving me empty, with nothing left to print. I cannot commit you to the lasting word, For words are not enough to describe your impression, Your strength. I cannot do what you ask. I am not willing to give that part of myself away. I will instead, Leave just the hint of your presence, That you may thrive just enough, To follow me into tomorrow. In hopes that I will someday, Commit to you the memoir you deserve.
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    Twisted Glasses

  • April’s goal….

    Christy
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Well when the day started I had no concrete goal in min […]
  • Reality check. ..

    Christy
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Have you ever been doing something that you felt you we […]
  • Good News….

    Christy
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Well it would seem that everyday for weeks something ba […]
  • Cooler heads prevail…

    Christy
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Well, in the past almost 6 hours I have opened a regist […]
  • I am SO mad!!!!

    Christy
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    I just picked up a registered letter, which I tried to […]
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • Video Special: Italy 2014 – A Visit to Este

    Larger Family Life
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
        While in Italy we spent many days in beautiful Este, located at the foot of the Euganei Hills. Watch our video to see what we got up to:   Keep up with the latest videos from our family. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.      Related Posts:Video Special: Italy 2014 – The Water FightVideo Special: Italy 2014 – The HighlightsHow to Build a Polytunnel (Video)Review: MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2015 PlusVideo special: How they’ve grown! Twins Libby and…     
  • The Many, Many Benefits of Professional Pest Control

    Features
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
        With the summer truly on the way, you may find that your home is more susceptible to the onset of pests. As such, this can leave many homeowners in a state of flux as to what to do when it comes to getting rid of perilous pests. Pests can come in all shapes […]Related Posts:Watch Out! 5 Common Threats to your Lawn this Summer4 Ways Home Automation Can Improve Your Family Life7 Top Tips for Winter Pet Care6 Easy Ways To Love Your HouseholdTop Money Saving Tips When Moving Home     
  • Moving Update: The Latest News

    Larger Family Life
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
        Winter is officially over at last and not too soon at all, if I may say. It’s been a long winter I think. Then again, not being a fan of the season anyway I think every winter is a long winter. I love the freedom that the finer weather brings. No more is […]Related Posts:What You Need to do in Order to Find a Great Estate Agent…Help to Buy 101The vital steps to undertake when moving to a bigger…How looking back helps us to look forwardSaving For A Deposit On A New Home? It Doesn’t Have To     
  • First Utility: Saving You Money on the Big Six Tariffs – Guaranteed

    Larger Family Life
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    This article is featured on Larger Family Life in conjunction with affiliates First Utility. Read on to see what they have to say about spiralling energy costs and find out  find out how you can save more up to £229 a year comparied to the big six – guaranteed:    “We think there is a problem in […]Related Posts:How to compare and save £s on your energy billsFarewell Old Friend- Why it is Time you Replaced your BoilerSave water, save money with free water saving productsFive simple steps to reduce your gas billTime to get the family finances in order…
  • How to Be Successful in an Online Learning Setup

    Features
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
        If you are searching for an alternative method of learning, one of the most effective options is to enroll yourself in an online classroom. The good thing about this type of education is that there are so many choices available. You can take a two or four year course and receive a solid education […]Related Posts:Structuring learning around a busy family lifeWhat Is Distance Learning And How It Can Benefit YouIncreasing School Income Gives Educational Resource a BoostFuture of Education5 Ways to Support Students in the Learning Process     
 
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    More With Less Mom »

  • March Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    There are so many exciting foods coming into season this month (do you see those avocados yet??). I think I was craving cauliflower. And sausage. Despite being totally ready for my eyeballs to stop trying to freeze solid when I go outside, I still crave the comfort food. This month has a lot of recipes, including a passel of budget, pantry-friendly dinners. I shop for the perishable stuff, and then I may or may not get to the pantry stuff. Some months I’m just buying myself time to shop a little later in the next month. March brings three, count them, three, birthdays in one month. How…
  • February Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:24 pm
    February includes Valentine’s Day, so make sure you way over-indulge on the chocolate! Ideas and resources for menu planning in February, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans use an alternative meal planning method, recipes organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days. *Attention real food purists/whole foodies –…
  • Royal Color Behavior Clip Chart Free Printable

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:59 am
    This behavior chart is intended to be a positive tool to help your child visualize the progress of their day or goal. This should be a motivational tool to help your child eliminate negative behavior, as well as reinforcing positive behavior. This is a very simplistic color chart where you move a marker from level to level. You can use a clothespin to mark the level, use stickers, or write a smiley/frowney face with dry erase marker. I have seen other color charts around, but did not like how often these charts were very negative. And they were backwards, purple is the best and should be on…
  • January 2015 Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:23 pm
    January includes my birthday, so cake for me! Ideas and resources for menu planning in January, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. My monthly meal plans use an alternative meal planning method, recipes organized into tiers based on how perishable the ingredients are, not sorted into particular days. *Attention real food purists/whole foodies – the recipes I link/pin are all from scratch, but…
  • 2014 Recap from The More With Less Mom

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:02 am
    With a new year here, let’s take a look at the wondrous wonders from the past year. Some lovely posts happened in 2014. I might have had a little too much fun digging into stats on the different social media sites. Here is a snapshot of the year on this little blog o’ mine: Top Blog Posts From 2014 DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday – Free Printable Neon Invitations April Real Food Monthly Meal Plan May Real Food Monthly Meal Plan DIY Glow Party Teen Birthday (on a tight budget) – Decorations Dinosaur Felt Play Mat – DIY Tips and Printable Templates Not-Margarine Spread Recipe –…
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    Marcus & Ashley

  • 028 Creating Open Lines of Communication with Megan Claire

    Marcus and Ashley
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Megan Claire is our guest for this week. Megan is a travel blogger who blogs at mappingmegan.com and calls the world home. She has been married for 2 years, enjoys traveling around the world with her husband Mike. Description of  First Year in one or two words Adventurous. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Long distance relationship before marriage. 2. The importance of having supportive in-laws. 3. Giving each other space. 4. Creating open lines of communication. 5. Making time alone time for yourself. 6. Respecting and putting your spouse first. 7. Learning from other couples. How…
  • 027 How to Compromise on Different Belief Systems with Amanda Snodgrass

    Marcus and Ashley
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Amanda Snodgrass is our guest for this week. She has been married for 15 years, is mom to 3 children, and works in the medical field. Amanda lives in Kentucky and blogs online at the posttraumaticwife.com. Her blog is dedicated to helping wives and family members of soldiers with PTSD.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Crazy. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 2. How to make sacrifices for your marriage and family. 3. Learning how your spouse communicates. 4. How to deal with two different belief systems. 5. Benefits of marriage…
  • Our Article With True Agape

    Marcus and Ashley
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Cassie and Ryan from True Agape gave us the opportunity to write an article for their readers. The article is about different ways you can connect with your spouse everyday, even if you busy. Be sure to read the article and learn how to connect with your spouse everyday. Below is an excerpt from the article: One way of keeping your marriage a priority, and growing together with your spouse is: To make sure you connect every day with your spouse! After saying I Do, it is very easy to stop connecting with your spouse, especially with how busy life can be. By connecting with each other during…
  • 026 Fitting Your Work Life Into Your Family With Josh and Erin Bender

    Marcus and Ashley
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Our guests for this week are Josh and Erin Bender from Australia. Josh and Erin have been married for 13 years, have 2 kids and have been travelling around the world since 2012. Together they provide excellent global travel information and resources to couples, parents, families and individuals through their website. Description of  First Year in one or two words  Talking and Listening. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. How to deal with marriage expectations. 2. Combining your strengths and weaknesses to excel as a couple. 3. How to deal with falling out of love. 4. How to…
  • 025 Why Listening to Your Spouse is Important with Jesse Foster

    Marcus and Ashley
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Our guest for this week is Jesse Forster. Jesse lives in Kazakstan, has been married for 4 years and has two children. He is the host of Father Nation podcast, a podcast dedicated to helping fathers become great parents. Description of  First Year in one or two words New roommates. Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Learning how to express yourself. 2. Learning how to communicate effectively. 3. Sacrificing your wants for the needs of your spouse. 4. How to communicate with in-laws even with language barriers. 5. Why listening to your spouse is important and how to do it. How to Listen…
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    Momvelous

  • Top Educational Toys For 3 And 4 Year Olds

    Jenny
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Has your child just turned 3? Because now is a vital time to start diversifying your child’s educational toy chest. By this age, our toddlers are already showing an early understanding of how people communicate and work together. They often mimic our own ingrained sayings, modes of communication, and daily routines. What seems so simple […]
  • The Ultimate Twin Baby Registry Checklist

    Jessica
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Found out you are having twins?! Well, a double congratulations to you! You may be a bit overwhelmed as now you realize that you have two babies to take care of and wondering what you need for your impeding arrival. While there are things that you will need double of, there are a few things […]
  • Vulli’s Sophie the Giraffe: A Safe Teething Solution For Baby

    Loren
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:08 pm
    I’ve been a children’s retail professional for years, and believe me, I’ve sold my fair share of baby teething toys to new expectant parents, grandparents, and people looking for that quick baby shower gift. I can rattle off a long list of brand names and their developmental benefits. But once I had a baby of […]
  • 10 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Tween Or Teen Online

    Amy
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:35 pm
    If you have a child between the ages of 11-18, you are fully aware of how intertwined their real and virtual lives can become. It starts with deciding what the appropriate age for kids to have their own computers and/or cell phones. For many families, the right age is just as kids hit middle school […]
  • Top 10 Foods That Will Boost Your Brain Function And Performance

    Jenny
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    Did you know that your diet affects how you think, act, and learn? The nutrients in foods provide energy to the brain. Protein boosts memory and stimulates cell growth. Carbs are responsible for brain power. Dietary fat is an excellent fuel for the cells in your brain, and helps prevent memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, […]
 
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    Western New Yorker

  • Medieval Times Orlando, FL

    Liz Chapman
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:07 am
    **I received a free tickets to facilitate this 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 attending a early evening show at Medieval Times whilst in Orlando, FL. Mac is a five year old so it is more convenient to go to a earlier showing. They have several options to choose form so schedule according to your family needs.We arrived a bit early as suggested to tour the outside museums. The King came out with a royal…
  • Brown Sugar Cured Ham Recipe

    Liz Chapman
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
     Brown Sugar Cured Ham RecipeWhat you will need:HamHoney1 can of pineapple chunksBrown Sugar (I used light Organic)  Place your ham in a oven sized pan. I used a Reynold's Wrap liner, for easy clean up. Dump the pineapple slices/chunks in along with the juice from the can. I then coat the outside of the ham with the brown sugar! Cover honey over top and close the bag up. Since my Ham was already cooked it baked for about 1 hour at 365. Cook until your Ham is nice and golden around the edges. Serve & Enjoy!
  • March Picks for Netflix #StreamTeam

    Liz Chapman
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:04 pm
    **I received a free subscription to Netflix for 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 took our Laptop with us on Vacation this month so we could tune in to our Netflix shows! One of Mac's prick this month is LEGO: Legends of Chima. "In the once-peaceful land of Chima, conflict breaks out between eight animal tribes over Chi, a substance that can both sustain life and destroy it". We were lucky to actually meet one of his beloved…
  • Portrait Innovations #PortraitsDotCom

    Liz Chapman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
     **I received a VIP experience to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.As a professional Blogger I take photos a LOT! Unfortunately, I have very little of the three of us, together, as a family. Not because I don't want some but we are the three musketeers and usually one of us have to hold the camera. I decided to make an appointment at Portrait Innovations and change that!  Luckily my family is very well versed in photos.
  • Legoland Florida Resort #LEGOLANDFL

    Liz Chapman
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
     **I received a free complimentary tickets to facilitate this 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.When I found out we were heading to Legoland I kept myself off their website. I wanted to give an honest review, as always, so I had no idea what we were in for! Legoland is housed on 150-acres of interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking botanical garden and the…
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  • Realistic Expectations

    Author Jaime Buckley
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here it is, March 31st 2015 and I find myself about to make yet another huge shift down a new path in pursuit of my lifetime goals. That’s a good...
  • BUT I’M ON THE WEB!

    Author Jaime Buckley
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s been a year now since I started my marketing strategy and it’s been amazing–the flow and results, the growth…even the sales. In just the last 60 days we have...
  • Do You Know How Much I Love You?

    Author Jaime Buckley
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
  • Overlooked & Misunderstood: My Minds Eye #8

    Author Jaime Buckley
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
  • Naysayers

    Author Jaime Buckley
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    [This Article was originally released on March 18th, 2014. It’s been ‘refreshed and presented for your enjoyment.] This is kind of a testy subject for me. I’m imagining it might...
 
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    Des Moines Parent

  • Get a Haircut and Support The Autism Society of Iowa

    Thomas Brogan
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Here is a great chance to help support the Autism Society of Iowa and get your kiddos a haircut too. Press Release from Shear Madness Autism now affects 1 in 68 children in America. Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls. Autism is the fastest growing development disorder, yet the most underfunded. Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases overcome. In support of National Autism Awareness Month, during the month of April Shear Madness Haircuts For…
  • 2015 YESS Duck Derby

    Thomas Brogan
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    You won’t want to miss the quack-tacular 8th Annual YESS Duck Derby! The fun starts at Noon on Saturday May 2nd, when you and your friends and family can enjoy FREE entertainment, kids’ activities, and food samples from Jordan Creek-area restaurants. At 2 pm, thousands of yellow rubber ducks will race through the lake at Jordan Creek Town Center, all vying to cross the finish line first and be named Top Duck. You can adopt a duck (or a whole flock!) and cheer it on to victory and the chance to win fantastic prizes, including $10,000 cash! Adoption Options: – The post 2015 YESS Duck…
  • Easter Fun @ Bass Pro Shop

    Thomas Brogan
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Looking for some free Easter fun?  Check out Bass Pro Shop in Altoona for these fun activities: The Easter Bunny hops in on Saturday, March 28, with free 4×6 photos, crafts, and our popular Easter Egg Hunt! Free photos: Saturdays & Sundays, March 28 & 29, April 4 & 5 , 11am-4pm Monday – Thursday, March 30-April 2, 6-8pm Friday – April 3, 2-8pm Easter Egg Hunt: Ages 2-10 – Saturdays and Sundays, March 28 & 29, April 4 & 5 only, beginning at 2pm for 1 hour. Free Crafts for the Kids: Saturdays & Sundays, March 28 & 29, The post Easter Fun @ Bass Pro…
  • Day Out With Thomas – Tickets Now On Sale

    Thomas Brogan
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Check out this fun event for your little Thomas the Train fans coming this fall to Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad! Take a ride with Thomas, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see authentic engines and enjoy tons of other activities in a city near you! This year some events featuring Thomas’s best friend Percy! All Aboard! Click here to get your tickets now! September 19th and 20th, 2015 (Saturday and Sunday) September 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2014 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) The post Day Out With Thomas – Tickets Now On Sale…
  • Campbell Recreation Area

    Erin Huiatt
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    Last week it was gorgeous out! It was in the 80′ s and we checked out Campbell Recreation Area in Clive. Campbell Recreation Area is located at 12385 Woodlands Parkway. It is nestled back into a residential area. It is a huge park (34 acres), with lots to do! There are two different playground available to play on. One is smaller for kids under age 5 years, although if you are older than 5 years, you are okay to play on it. There is a larger playground for kids over 5 years. Monte who is only 3 years spent most The post Campbell Recreation Area appeared first on Des Moines Parent.
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  • 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…
  • Make Your Final Wishes Known: Cremation Pre-Planning

    Irina Jordan
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Tweet By pre-planning a cremation with your loved ones, you are making sure that your wishes are going to be fully and appropriately carried out. Invite family and friends to be part of the initial discussion when considering cremation. Communication is key in pre-planning, and the more everyone knows about the process, the easier it will be. Loved ones can help make the difficult decisions of where to be cremated and have memorial services. They can help choose a funeral director and the form of a funeral itself. Choose a final resting place that will provide your family with comfort and…
  • Ask A Mortician: Talking To Your Parents About Death

    Irina Jordan
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Tweet This video is a must see before you talk to your parents about their final wishes.
  • Find the Right Cremation Urn: Types and Sizes

    Irina Jordan
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Tweet We want to share this brief help guide with you that explains kinds and sizes of cremation urns to hold ashes to make your selection process easier. Simple rule to calculate the right size of an urn: every pound of the person's total weight equals one cubic inch of space but even very large people usually fit in a 200 cubic inch urn. So if a person weighed 150 lbs. you will need an urn that is 150 cubic inches or larger. Companion Cremation Urn can accommodate the cremated remains of two people (e.g. husband and wife). Their size varies from 300 to 500 cubic inches. Individual Size…
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  • 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

    Aniket Tiwari
    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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    19 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
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    Aniket Tiwari
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    story taken from – http://anmolvachan.co.in/hindi-stories/ The post अपनी शक्ति को जानो appeared first on eShortStories.com.
 
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