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    Aha!NOW LIFE
    Adrienne Smith
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This is a guest post by Adrienne Smith. She is the acclaimed “Engagement Superstar,” and the creator of the popular product “How To Build A Blog Community.” Adrienne is not only sharing her words of wisdom on building a blog community, but is also giving a special Christmas gift to all the Aha!NOW readers – […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW LIFE to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Adrienne Smith on How To Build A Community Like Aha!NOW. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
  • The Horrors of Disneyland

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    Idaho Dad
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    “The tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.” Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was on my mind as we made our way from one attraction to another at Disneyland. Your first assumption is that the Magic Kingdom is all sweetness and light. After all, it bills itself as The Happiest Place on Earth. But that can be misleading. Walking through the cheery front gates onto a bustling Main Street inevitably leads you toward a darker subtext of the Disneyland story. And…
  • Family Matters Wishes You Happy Holidays and a Happy 2015

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The end of the year is fast approaching. It has been another full year and it looks like it is going to end with some great changes for us. My family and I are going on a fantastic holiday just before Eden, my eldest, moves in with her fiancé and begins preparations for their wedding in 2015. As at the end of every year, I am writing a summary of our adventures for the year and our direction for the next year. Here is my summary for 2014 with my wishes for happy holidays and a happy 2015. 2014 has been a very full and active year for the Be Happy in LIFE family. Our children have enjoyed a…
  • Sick Santa

    Our Modern Family
    probrien1
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    As we get ready to enter the fun and chaos that is Christmas, Nolin has been sick. My biggest hope …Continue reading →
  • Problems of the heart

    Family Edge
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Marriage and its heart attack prevention qualities.
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    Aha!NOW LIFE

  • How To Build A Community Like Aha!NOW

    Adrienne Smith
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:30 pm
    This is a guest post by Adrienne Smith. She is the acclaimed “Engagement Superstar,” and the creator of the popular product “How To Build A Blog Community.” Adrienne is not only sharing her words of wisdom on building a blog community, but is also giving a special Christmas gift to all the Aha!NOW readers – […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW LIFE to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Adrienne Smith on How To Build A Community Like Aha!NOW. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you…
  • Grammarly Review With A Free Giveaway For You

    Vinay Kachhara
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    How would you feel if the post you are reading has many spelling and grammatical errors? I know it will not be a good experience. Such errors slow your flow of reading and make you spend more time in guessing the right word or the correct sentence structure. Moreover, what if you came to know […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW LIFE to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on Grammarly Review With A Free Giveaway For You. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for reading! :) Now you can get our email…
  • The Aha!NOW Chat With Enstine Muki [Interview]

    Harleena Singh
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    How do you assess if you are successful with your personal branding? I’ll give you some examples. When you think of computers, you know it’s Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Philip Kotler will come to your mind if you think of marketing. But when you think of money making, it’s Enstine Muki! Yes, today’s guest […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW LIFE to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on The Aha!NOW Chat With Enstine Muki [Interview]. Looking forward to meeting you there. Thanks for…
 
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    Idaho Dad

  • The Horrors of Disneyland

    Idaho Dad
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    “The tranquil water-way leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.” Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was on my mind as we made our way from one attraction to another at Disneyland. Your first assumption is that the Magic Kingdom is all sweetness and light. After all, it bills itself as The Happiest Place on Earth. But that can be misleading. Walking through the cheery front gates onto a bustling Main Street inevitably leads you toward a darker subtext of the Disneyland story. And…
  • Be Good To Your Feet

    Idaho Dad
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Five years ago I was getting ready for my first long-distance walk, an 84-mile excursion in England. And it was scaring me, because I knew something was wrong with my feet. I had broken in my new boots, but they still didn’t feel right. This wasn’t new to me. As a kid, many decades ago, I hiked monthly with my Scout troop. My boots back then were stiff and unforgivable, with soles that felt and weighed like concrete. Every nail, eyelet, and grommet would stab into my feet with each tortuous step on the trail. We wore thin cotton socks that soaked up sweat like a sponge. It…
  • Christmas Love/Hate

    Idaho Dad
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. I love setting up the Christmas tree, lights, and assorted decorations. I hate taking them down just because they never seem to fit back in the boxes I took them out of! I love looking out at the snow. I hate driving in the snow. I love giving fun toys and games to my kids. I hate that nobody ever gives ME fun toys and games anymore. I love listening to Christmas music. I hate listening to Christmas music, ’round about midnight of December 25th. I love the looks on my kids’ faces when they open their presents. I hate having to figure out…
  • Our Culture of Fear

    Idaho Dad
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:53 pm
    “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous.” – Carl Sagan I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m feeling a little bamboozled lately after reading various reports about the realities of crime and child abduction in this country. After all, I have long recognized that America’s mass media thrives upon the…
  • The Electric Shave

    Idaho Dad
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    My first experience with shaving was trimming a few chin hairs with a pair of dull safety scissors. I was 14 or 15, and my cheeks were slow to start growing any kind of facial hair. The scissors sufficed for a few months, but eventually the 5 or 6 stray hairs turned into dozens, and then hundreds. I found my brother’s old electric shaver in a bathroom drawer and started using that to groom myself. 30 years later, I still value the speed and efficiency of an electric shaver. Now, my son has signaled that he’s ready to join the long line of electricians in his family with a request…
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    Family Matters

  • Family Matters Wishes You Happy Holidays and a Happy 2015

    Ronit Baras
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    The end of the year is fast approaching. It has been another full year and it looks like it is going to end with some great changes for us. My family and I are going on a fantastic holiday just before Eden, my eldest, moves in with her fiancé and begins preparations for their wedding in 2015. As at the end of every year, I am writing a summary of our adventures for the year and our direction for the next year. Here is my summary for 2014 with my wishes for happy holidays and a happy 2015. 2014 has been a very full and active year for the Be Happy in LIFE family. Our children have enjoyed a…
  • Raising Babies: Baby Food

    Ronit Baras
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    One of the scariest things about having your first child is baby food. What do babies eat? How do you feed them and when? The answers are not always straightforward. Every two or three years they change the philosophy about feeding babies. I have to say, as a mother of 3 kids, this can get very confusing. When Eden was a baby, the philosophy was breastfeed full time until the baby is 4 months old, introduce fruits slowly for one month and then introduce mashed vegetables with chicken (no dairy, no egg and no nuts until 12 months of age). I did exactly this and it worked fine. When Tsoof was…
  • Save Your Marriage: Clam Up

    Ronit Baras
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:36 pm
    In previous chapters of the Save your Marriage series, I explained the two communication patterns that can destroy every marriage: king/queen and nitpicker. As I said, no one becomes a "king" or a "nitpicker" because they enjoy it. They do it on a subconscious level, because they grew up in a house where one or both parents were kings or nitpickers and made them feel small and helpless. In the last chapters, I explained how parents who abuse or bully, like the "king/queen" or the "nitpicker", can raise kids who are constantly on guard. In this chapter, I will explain how some parenting…
  • Raising Babies: Extended Family can be Bliss

    Ronit Baras
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Your extended family can be a great help once a new baby arrives. I did not understand just how much until Eden was born. I was in my last year of university, worked full time and my parents lived 2.5 hours' drive from us. I never had a close bond with my mom. When others talked about having their moms around when you had a baby, I did not really know what to think about it. When Eden was born, I was in hospital for 10 days. I got a terrible infection and my mom came to stay with us after we were discharged from hospital because I had to go back every day to change my bandages. We got home…
  • Save Your Marriage: On Guard

    Ronit Baras
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    In previous chapters of Save Your Marriage, I explained about the King and the Nitpicker mentality. This communication style can be very devastating for children and their future relationships and marriage. In this chapter of the series, I will explain how parents who abuse or bully, like the "king/queen" or the "nitpicker", can raise kids who are constantly on guard. These kids try to protect themselves from pain and heartache and by that, they invite bullies and conflicts into their lives. On guard Growing up in a household where you feel constantly attacked and ridiculed, where one or…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • Sick Santa

    probrien1
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    As we get ready to enter the fun and chaos that is Christmas, Nolin has been sick. My biggest hope …Continue reading →
  • Halloween 4: The Curse of the Owl Dragon

    probrien1
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Halloween 4: Curse of The Dragon Owl from Our Modern Family on Vimeo. Halloween seemed to creep up quickly this …Continue reading →
  • Four Weekends and a Birthday (pt.2)

    probrien1
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The time was quickly approaching. We were about to find out if all of Jenn’s hard work would pay off. …Continue reading →
  • Four Weekends and A Birthday (Pt.1)

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

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

  • Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

    Ashley B
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    By now, most of us have our shopping and wrapping done (unless you’re finishing up your wrapping after the kids go to bed!). You may be getting together with friends and family tonight, or you may be going to church for a lovely candle-lit service. Or, you might stay home and do your own thing on Christmas Eve. If you celebrate Christmas and you have children at home, though, tomorrow morning is sure to be fun! My kids are up before the sun and are usually pouncing on our beds, eager to get up and see what Santa has brought! More than once, they’ve come in at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning,…
  • Things to Buy on Sale in December

    Ashley B
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    It’s here: the biggest shopping month of the year! With the winter holidays upon us almost any second, you’re being bombarded with gift ideas, sales, signs, commercials and anything else that marketing companies can come up with to make you buy, buy, buy. While you’re busy doing your holiday shopping, though, it’s a good idea to keep in mind the things that typically go on sale this time of year. You might find that one of these is the perfect gift item for someone special on your list, or you may decide to buy one of these sale items for your home to use throughout the year. Here’s…
  • How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

    Tina
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The search for the perfect Christmas tree is a holiday season rite of passage for many families. You want to love your tree – after all, you’ll most likely be looking at it for several weeks, and for many people, the tree is the center point of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, so it’s an important decision. But the very importance of choosing just the right tree is what makes the decision so potentially overwhelming. Is it better to buy a real tree, or an artificial tree? Do you want a small tree, maybe tabletop size, or the biggest one you can find? How can you…
  • What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers?

    Ashley B
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    We at ShopaholicMommy hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! The last thing I am thinking about it eating because I still feel full from yesterday by I guaranteed most of your household does not feel the same way! Now that the day is over and you may be completely wiped out from some early morning shopping, you have a bunch of leftovers and a hungry clan to feed. While it’s very easy to simply tell the family to fend for themselves while you catch a nap, eventually you’re going to want to do something with the leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and…
  • Black Friday Shopping Guide

    Tina
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    There are a lot of good deals to be had on Black Friday. However, with almost every retailer advertising some kind of discount, it can be hard to decide whether you should actually brave the crowds to save a little bit of money. Here’s a quick guide that will help you determine how to get the best deals and not get overwhelmed on Black Friday. Prepare Ahead Of Time Chances are you will probably be waiting in line for extended periods of time on Black Friday. Make sure you plan accordingly by bringing water and snacks and your tablet to pass the time. Also, map out the store beforehand so…
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    Dumb {Squared}

  • Eating massive amounts of food doesn't help with writer's block

    RK
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    Although you think it would (as I stuff another cookie into my mouth). I've sat in front of my computer every single day this week unable to write anything here. The cursor blinks steadily and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I've really done a number on this kid

    RK
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Me: Why don't we stop wearing diapers this week finally? Toddler: What? Why? Me: Because you're a big kid now and you don't know how much diapers cost. Toddler: Ten cent. Me: Close. Anyway, don't you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is when lying is justifiable

    RK
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Everyone's asleep, including the dog and he never sleeps when he knows someone in the house is awake because what if he misses all the fun? Fun meaning sitting on the sofa watching shitty T.V. But... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wake of Destruction - that's me

    rhana kennedy
    5 Dec 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I like hair - pretty, pretty, pretty hair. It doesn't matter if you're female, male, dog, lion. If you have nice hair, I need to touch it. When I see beautiful locks, I want to nuzzle my face to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Procrastination is slowly choking the life out of me.

    RK
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    I've been sitting in front of the computer now for fifteen minutes. My list of things to do runs about two pages long. This does not included my scattered to-do list on my phone, which most of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Girlilla Warfare

  • Happy Chanukkah — LIGHT IT UP With Latkes, Love & Laughter – xoxo GIRLilla Warfare

    Lisa
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hey Girlfriends –  Spin the dreidel … Light the Menorah …  and Live it up on latkes for Eight Crazy Nights … May your hearts be full and your homes be blessed and shine brightly with those faces around the table who mean everything to you.   With Much Love, Joy & Laughter, xoxo GIRLilla Warfare 
  • The ‘Barbie’ Trap: Don’t Let Outer Beauty = Inner Happiness

    Lisa
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Vanessa Schenck A couple days ago my good friend emailed me about an ad campaign for a new doll hitting stores for the holidays. And, surprise!!  The doll is … drum roll, please … a skinny, blonde-haired girl! And that’s what my friend wrote in her email, “Really? Another way to say to our girls that beautiful equals being skinny and blonde?” Now, I hear my friend. After all, I once played with my skinny, blonde-haired doll. My choice? Barbie. The two of us were BFF’s. This is the part where I tell you I’m Italian. Well, half Italian.  As in: hips, dark eyes,…
  • What Number Is Sex On YOUR To-Do List? — A Wife’s Perspective

    Lisa
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
     By E.J. Gordon My husband had rearranged his workday so he could go to our favorite yoga teacher on a Wednesday morning. I promised I would meet him if the appliance delivery people gave me the afternoon window instead of the morning one. As luck would have it, they were coming at one, so I ran off to meet Jay for a mid-morning yoga date. After shavasana, he raised an eyebrow at me and said, “So … you headed home to shower?” I knew what that meant. It meant, “No one’s home, we’re not tired, let’s squeeze in some Afternoon Delight.” The first thought I had in my head was…
  • Strategic Sex: A Husband’s Foolproof Plan GUARANTEED To Get His Wife Into Bed …

    Lisa
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Evan Field I was out to drinks with nine other men (all married with kids), shootin’ the shit, watching some random college basketball game that we all pretended to care about, and kind of sulking in our nachos and beer.  In comedic relief, one of my friends said out loud, “So … I am glad to see you guys are all getting laid as often as I am! Aren’t our wives amazing?” Everyone laughed and then the complaining began … I heard everything from “My wife thinks I am disgusting” to “She tries to coach me while we are in the middle of it” to “I am so sick of feeling…
  • From Our GIRLilla Warfare Family To Yours: Screw the Guilt and Have An Awesome Thanksgiving

    Lisa
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
    By Lisa Barr, Editor of GIRLilla Warfare It has been a year of blessings, challenges, great moments and tough ones, filled with those days that go on and on, and those days that all we want is for time to freeze and that special moment to last forever. As Moms we’ve loved, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve yelled, we’ve nagged, we’ve messed up, and we’ve risen to the occasion and got “it” right. But whatever it is, and wherever you are, we’ve been through it all together. You, Me, and Our Girlfriend Next Door. From a…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • Sometimes I have to be ingenious to compensate for my own stupidity.

    cjblythe
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    I frequently frustrate myself because of my poor memory and easily distracted nature, and I’ve found that I must be ingenious to compensate for my own stupidity. … and this was just one of those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The importance of pet health.

    cjblythe
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    It is a sad fact that many pet owners view their animals much like they would a stuffed animal toy, with little regard for the importance of pet health. The stuffed toy is fun to play with and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to tell if you’re getting more rain than usual in a rainy climate?

    cjblythe
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you have a dog like our Frankie, he’ll let you know if it’s more rain than usual in a rainy climate! How? Well, this morning as soon as I awoke, I could hear the rain beating strongly and loudly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Roll out the welcome mat during the holidays.

    cjblythe
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This is the most wonderful time of the year, when friends and family will be gathering in your home. You want to do everything possible to roll out the welcome mat during the holidays. As you prepare... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Today’s a great day – so far!!

    cjblythe
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    I have no idea what makes one day good and another day bad most of the time. It sure helps to make it a good day when I get a personal lesson on how to handle and train Athena (Erin’s goddess... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Successful Family Legacy Notes by The Firstborn Son Inc.

  • The Problem? A Generational Identity Crisis (A Documentary Film)

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    We are tackling a significant project and our first major fundraiser as a result. We are filming a strategic and educational documentary. As a non-profit we are impacting the source (generational identity crisis) & not symptoms of family issues by changing the dialog. Click the live links throughout this blog to visit the fundraising site and view several short video content we have compiled.Our documentary will portray the socio-cultural impact of re-instituting the Biblical role and spiritual legacy of the “Firstborn Son” on children in America, especially…
  • Go and See This Movie Tonight May 6th; Showing For One Day Only

    6 May 2014 | 10:48 am
    The hymn "One Family In The Lord" gave us these words:"Here we are gathered, one family in the Lord;His life is the bond that we share.Although we are many, we are in one accord,And as the members, know the family care..."I am not sure if you closely considered the definition of family in recent months and years, but you should if not. I take you through a deep dive into the varied definitions of what family means in our culture anymore during the presentation of The Successful Family Legacy seminar or webinar. You can watch a free video webinar sample presentation by clicking on the title in…
  • What Is Family? From The Jackson 5 to Miley Cyrus, What Happened?

    10 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Even if "Pop Culture" is to blame for an egregious shift in the definition of family, what happened. As dysfunctional as it may appear years later, the pop sensation of my youth understood and promoted family. Yes, the Jackson family and celebrated "The Jackson 5" ruled my musical world and desire for family as a child and teenager. Many of us (a bit older, hint, hint) have even greater points of references. In this era, my children have to hear of Miley Cyrus (former Disney icon) on a worldwide stage, half naked, and displaying obscenity with a married man. I could go on with a variety of…
  • How Do You Save Those Who Follow The Trouble of Your Severe Life Mistakes?

    14 Feb 2014 | 11:35 pm
    How valuable to you is it to have a family life which minimizes dysfunction and estranged relationships? How much does it mean to you to save your children and grandchildren someday from the severe mistakes you have made? Are there others you know who could likewise benefit?Take a look at this video please. It the first in a series of three videos as we build a momentum towards 13-week online webinar offering. At the bottom of the video there is an option to add your comments, as well as give your recommendation on a topic to cover in our last video of the series.You may know of a few people…
  • Propaganda and Homosexuality No Match For Healthy Family Legacy

    13 Feb 2014 | 8:06 am
    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7).Far too often we face intimidation from those in authority, or others in support of immoral behaviors. The intimidation frequently comes in the form of propaganda through the mass media. It is an attempt to portray dominance, a characteristic they truly do not possess. Such is the case with the recent comment by the Obama administration via the words of Attorney General Eric Holder. However, as Christians we are indeed "Dangerous Together" in prayer. Our success ultimately requires more of us…
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    Family Focus Blog

  • Fruits and Vegetables in Season this Holiday

    Meredith Rodefer
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I tend to crave rich sweets during the cold winter months (especially around the holidays) and juicy fruits in the summer, so fruits and vegetables aren’t always at the top of my shopping list in December.  I love fruits and vegetables, but I never know what to buy and when.  What’s even in season during the winter?  So naturally, I poked around the internet to find the answer. Check out some of the fruits and vegetables in season this month below! Courtesy of kellytoups.com Fruits and Vegetables in Season this Holiday Apples Potatoes Radishes Broccoli Herbs Cooking Greens…
  • DIY Embellished Hand Towel

    Scarlet
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    No matter what your decorating style you can create beautiful embellished hand towels to customize your home decor inexpensively. While you CAN sew on your ribbon or fabric, hot glue is the quickest and easiest, this towel is meant for decoration only, not daily use, and shouldn’t require washing. Ribbon is so cheap and comes in such a wide variety of colors, pattern, and textures that it makes wonderful embellisment on just about anything. If you have a particular theme or color scheme in your kitchen or bath you are surely able to find a ribbon to go along with it.  I hope you enjoy…
  • Winter Venison Chili Recipe

    Elizabeth Dooley
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    This is a step-by-step recipe for winter venison chili. This a tasty, hardy recipe for those cold days or for the holiday season! Venison is a lean meat that requires some extra cooking flavor. This recipe is also great with veal and peppers! I personally prefer a spicier chili so I would suggest chipotle peppers or jalapeños, but the recipe below is still tasty as is. Winter Venison Chili Recipe Ingredients: Olive oil 1 White onion 1 lb Minced Venison 3 Garlic cloves 1 28oz can Tomato puree 1 Tomato 1 15oz can Kidney beans Chili Powder Crushed red pepper Nutmeg Ground cumin Salt free…
  • Holiday Night Light

    Racquel Bregg
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    I’m sure you’ve seen the beautiful night lights made from glass blocks.  I know that I’ve admired them at craft shows and little shops.  This Holiday Night Light is similar but made from two inexpensive glass ashtrays.  Are you thinking ashtrays, really?  Many stores, including several dollar stores, still sell ashtrays and there are some pretty fun crafts that can transform them into something special! Holiday Night Light Supplies: 2 glass ashtrays 1 small set of battery powered Christmas lights ribbon hot glue gun and glue Instructions: Carefully arrange the Christmas…
  • SINGLE PARENT BUDGET TIPS

    Rob Youngblood
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Managing money is hard and it is even more difficult when there is only one household income. Then add in all the extra holiday spending and, before you know it, your checking account is easily heading the wrong way! Being a single parent and running a home is hard enough without having to worry about money. Here are some basic tips and ideas that I have used (and still use) to help keep more pennies… and dimes… and quarters… in my personal penny jar! WRITE DOWN YOUR EXPENSES AND YOUR BUDGET – Do it old school and write it down so you can visibly see your list…
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    Southern Life, Indian Wife

  • The Morning After Thanksgiving

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

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Recently, my friend and fellow blogger, Kiran over at Masala Chica asked me to write a guest post.  Her blog is one of my favorites, and my reaction was immediate.  I’m there – when can I start? There was no question in my mind what I wanted to write about, because I was burning to… The post My Guest Post and a Confession appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My husband and I met twenty six years ago this month on a humid Memphis night.  I was sixteen and scooped ice cream at the local Baskin Robbins to earn money for a car.  One July night at closing time, with Def Leppard blasting from my smuggled boom box, my co-worker and I perched ourselves… The post Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
 
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    Healthy Family Matters

  • 5 Reasons Karate Can Boost Your Child’s Self Confidence

    Catherine West
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Although martial arts have their roots in the necessary self-defense techniques that every fighting-age man and woman had to know in pre-modern Eastern societies, they have evolved far beyond this original purpose. These days, martial arts can be put to a variety of creative and constructive uses and provide children with a fun, and heart-pumping experience. 1. Artistic Expression As the name suggests, martial arts can be a pure and even beautiful form of physical expression. Like yoga and other “controlled” exercise routines, the broad spectrum of physical disciplines known as…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Healthy Family Matters
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 am
    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours. Today I am thankful for: Having a loving and supportive husband who can cook and has a great sense of humor. Having a bright and energetic daughter who loves to give me big hugs. Having a charming and clever son who loves to hold my hand wherever we go. Having good friends who are like family. Healthy food. Being able to volunteer as a family with our church regularly to help those in need in our…
  • Does Taking A Break Affect Your Weight Loss Journey?

    Jessica Robert
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    A weight loss plateau is not unheard of; it is inevitable in any weight loss journey when you realize that you are not losing weight any more in spite of following a diet. When you are extremely obese, a diet can help you lose a dramatic amount of weight initially. However, as the body weight changes, your body slowly begins to adapt to it. When weight falls, you need less energy to carry out regular bodily functions and this automatically may lead you to burn fewer calories than before. Similarly, when you perform the same set of exercises every day, your muscles slowly adapt and end up…
  • Yummy Gift Idea for Chocolate Lovers

    Healthy Family Matters
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Chocolate is one of the most popular treats available, and has been eaten for centuries. Chocolate lovers can cite a variety of health benefits of chocolate, however finding a chocolate candy that can honestly be called healthy can be quite a challenge. There are a variety of very different types of chocolate drinks and candies, each one claiming to be a healthy treat. However not all chocolate treats are created equal, and the trick to finding a healthy chocolate snack comes with knowing what makes chocolate so healthy. Cacao beans are essentially what makes chocolate as we know it. These…
  • Fit Family Fun at Girls On the Run

    Healthy Family Matters
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Today our family is so proud of Baby Girl for completing her first 5k run.  Her school participates in Girls on the Run, which is a program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Their goal is to teach girls life skills through interactive lessons and running games to empower them to be confident while establishing a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Hundreds of girls, teachers, parents and volunteers gathered together at Anne Arundel Community College to run the campus. You could walk, run or jog. Some girls did a combination of all three. It was amazing to see so many young ladies getting…
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    Anna And Essie

  • $50 Origami Owl Giveaway to Bless Anna!

    Laura - Momblogger
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    You can win $50 worth of Origami Owl jewelry just in time to give it for Christmas! (Or keep it as your gift to yourself.) Whether you're a faithful lover of Origami Owl, or still haven't even heard of it...here's a chance to win $50 worth before Christmas, and help Anna as she goes through cancer treatment and prepares for a bone marrow transplant. Anna's (short version) story: Anna is a special needs child born with MeCP2 duplication syndrome. When she was 9, she was also diagnosed with Anaplastic large cell lymphoma. After a year of treatment she relapsed immediately, and the doctors…
  • Another #Lymphoma Relapse

    Laura - Momblogger
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    I love this smiling photo of my sweet Anna. This is not how she looks today. Today she looks pale, gaunt, weak, and very very sick. Our bone marrow transplant journey has been frustrating and scary. A few days into transplant, we had to stop because Anna contracted RSV, a very dangerous virus for transplant patients. For you or me it would feel like we had a lingering common cold, for them it can be life threatening. So, we stopped the transplant in the nick of time and treated the RSV.While waiting, Anna's anti-A counts went up. This means she could not go forward with the transplant from…
  • 24 Days of Javita - Another Weight Loss Test

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

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

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

  • Sometimes I have to be ingenious to compensate for my own stupidity.

    cjblythe
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    I frequently frustrate myself because of my poor memory and easily distracted nature, and I’ve found that I must be ingenious to compensate for my own stupidity. … and this was just one of those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The importance of pet health.

    cjblythe
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    It is a sad fact that many pet owners view their animals much like they would a stuffed animal toy, with little regard for the importance of pet health. The stuffed toy is fun to play with and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to tell if you’re getting more rain than usual in a rainy climate?

    cjblythe
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you have a dog like our Frankie, he’ll let you know if it’s more rain than usual in a rainy climate! How? Well, this morning as soon as I awoke, I could hear the rain beating strongly and loudly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Roll out the welcome mat during the holidays.

    cjblythe
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This is the most wonderful time of the year, when friends and family will be gathering in your home. You want to do everything possible to roll out the welcome mat during the holidays. As you prepare... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Today’s a great day – so far!!

    cjblythe
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    I have no idea what makes one day good and another day bad most of the time. It sure helps to make it a good day when I get a personal lesson on how to handle and train Athena (Erin’s goddess... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Our Blended Marriage

  • Moving On Up And Taking A Break

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Well guys, I am going to keep it short and sweet. We have mentioned that we are looking into getting our own place. I am happy to say that we have found an affordable apartment for rent, which comes with a lot of small but to us oh so important perks! First of all, the Read more... The post Moving On Up And Taking A Break appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Flurry Of Emotions

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 am
    How do I begin? How do I put into word what exactly am I feeling at this very moment? How do I describe how I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks? Is there even a point in me showing my deepest, darkest side, possibly bringing the rest of you down? Especially in Read more... The post Flurry Of Emotions appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • ‘Tis the season: Season’s Cleaning Tips From Merry Maids

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The holiday season brings with it the excitement of gifts, joy of family dinners and the usual warm, fuzzy feelings. Underlying all of that is often the fear of being judged on the cleanliness of your home, not by Santa, but by your own near and dear ones. This year, Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert Read more... The post ‘Tis the season: Season’s Cleaning Tips From Merry Maids appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Pregnancy From A Guy’s View

    Frank
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    This is my wife’s 3rd pregnancy, and this one is special to me because I am here. I am not off working as an OTR driver like I was for my son, Cameron. I am not some 5000 miles away because Ana and I couldn’t be together because of outside influences and legal ramifications. I Read more... The post Pregnancy From A Guy’s View appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
  • Ask Away Friday With Jan

    Ana Lynn Amelio
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Hey hey, it’s another Friday! Before we dive into Ask Away Friday, I wanted to share a little anecdote with you. It happened around this time of the year, while we were still living in Florida and I will probably forever hold a small grudge for doing what I did. Frank was working as an Read more... The post Ask Away Friday With Jan appeared first on Our Blended Marriage.
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    justanotherfamily.com

  • Wishing You The Very Best This Holiday Season

    Chad and Amanda
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Amanda and I will be taking this week off from blogging and the podcast in order to focus on spending time with our kids, family and friends. We just want to wish you and yours the very best this holiday season. With our warmest wishes we hope your Christmas is filled with time spent with family, good friends, plenty of laughter, amazing food and that you make plenty of good memories that will last a lifetime. We will be back next Monday with new blog posts and episodes of the podcast but until then you can find us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest as we will have some social media still…
  • 8 Things Parents Really Want For Christmas

    Chad
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We are now less than a week away until Christmas and the kids receive a visit from the big guy himself. While much of the focus of Christmas is placed on the kids and what they are wanting for Christmas us parents want a few things under the tree as well. Now, new socks, underwear or a bottle of rum is always appreciated under the tree I can think of a few things most parents could appreciate far more than material items, including: Out The Door On Time How difficult is it to get both shoes on, your jacket and pants so that we can leave on time for whatever it is we have to do. I even gave…
  • Christmas Traditions Our Family Celebrates Each And Every Year

    Chad
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Christmas is quickly approaching and our kids couldn’t be more excited. Amongst all the excitement of the season it’s also an amazing time to build and strengthen the family bond with traditions. Many families have Christmas traditions that go back generations and ours is included in this. Traditions are an important part of creating bonds between family members that last a lifetime and farther as they get passed from generation to generation. These family traditions can help build a strong bond by creating a sense of belonging as each family members feels as if they are a part of…
  • 25 Christmas Shows For You And Your Family To Enjoy This Season

    Chad
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our family is nuts about Christmas and we love everything  from the food, the cookies and desserts, the music,time spent with friends and family and of course the presents there isn’t much we don’t love about this holiday but one of our favourite activities is watching all those really great Christmas movies and specials. We love the Christmas movies and shows so much that we have even been know to break out a few Christmas movies during the summer just to tide us over until the holiday season. As we talked about on the podcast yesterday (but didn’t cover fully) here are…
  • Self Centred People And Christmas Movies | Episode 006

    Chad and Amanda
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
      Thank you so much for listening, downloading, subscribing and sharing the show with your friends it really means a lot to us. We are having a blast putting together this show each week and the feedback we receive makes us want to do even more each week. This week we got back to doing a 30 minute show (after last weeks 50 minute show) and we’d love to know do you prefer longer episodes or the normal 30 minute shows we’ve been trying to stick to? Leave a comment below and let us know your preference. This week the show didn’t get off to a good start as our first…
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    Random Stuff by Aimster813

  • Shop of Horrors

    aimster813
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    There is a little shop of horrors, Living deep inside my head. I’ve tried to just escape it, But it simply grows bigger instead. A small compartment of darkness, Filled with desperation. Takes on it’s own life, At the fear of separation. This rendering of two, Living in just one place. Makes me want to drive my nails, Down inside my face. Instead I just keep breathing, One moment at a time. Hoping for my freedom, Praying for a sign.
  • I Watched You Save a Child

    aimster813
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    I watched you save a child today, With that soft spoken demeanor, That free-spirited radiance. It was beautiful and impressive. I watched as they lay dying, Begging for help so quietly, Not knowing how bad it was. How permanent their choices were. Watched as you reached out to them, As you filled them with your spirit, As life leaped in their direction. I saw the light in their eyes going out, Slowly dimming out in a grey puddle of mist, And restarting. I watched as you wrapped them up in your arms, And carried them to safety. And as I watched I was overcome, With such compassion and love.
  • Need Some Holiday Spirit? Check This Out!

    aimster813
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    I just love, love, love this doggy palooza, makes me wish mine were trained better! Lol!
  • My Redeemer Lives

    aimster813
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25
  • River City Community Church – Pastor Sean Azzaro

    aimster813
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    If you like Christian music, Pastor Sean Azzaro of River City Community Church in San Antonio just released a CD – Simple Things.  I definitely recommend checking it out, his work is amazing and he really has a passion for Jesus that I admire. Simple Things – Sean Azzaro
 
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    Larger Family Life - Living life the large family way

  • 3 Awesome Tips to Modernise Your Flat or Apartment

    Features
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
          Is your flat or apartment looking a little run down? Do you feel like it seems a bit too old fashioned? Maybe you’d like to change all of that. You might feel it’s time for a more contemporary look or just fancy a change. No matter how new your home is you […]Related Posts:Bring Some Light Into Your Living RoomClever Ways to Brighten Up Your HomeHow to Spruce Up Your Home without Redecorating10 Quick Bathroom Makeover IdeasTips and Tricks to Give Your Home a Futuristic Appeal     
  • How to Keep a Healthy Mind as You Grow Older

    Features
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
        As strain on the NHS increases, dementia illnesses become seemingly more common and more people are needed to care for their elderly relatives it is more important than ever to try and keep our brains healthy as we advance into our old age. As we look after our body it is equally important […]Related Posts:Tips for Preventing the Risk of Alzheimer’s DiseaseFive Reasons Tai Chi Is Amazing For Older PeopleRecreational activities for seniorsBrain Food – Things to Eat When Preparing for Maths ExamsAdvice for looking after your elderly parents     
  • Feeling Festive with the Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?! Jigsaw Puzzle

    Reviews
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
      Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?! has recently come out in cinemas, but the fun doesn’t end when the credits start rolling. A family puzzle has been created, and when they say family puzzle, they mean it. This one is unlike any other puzzle we’ve seen before. It has three different ‘sections’. On the […]Related Posts:Minnie Mouse Boutique Scenario 3D PuzzleGift ideas for Abney and Teal fansTackling Inefficiency in the Family BusinessReview: Shout!What’s on the box for families this Christmas?     
  • Review: Stripey T-Rex by Best Years

    Reviews
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:27 am
      We have a lot of children who are interested in dinosaurs and that means we have several toy ones, both plastic and soft. At least a couple of times a day someone will come up to you and tell you they’ve turned into a dinosaur, followed by them pushing the stuffed animal into your […]Related Posts:Easter gift ideas that won’t break the bankReview: Land of the Dinosaurs by ClementoniWhen Toy Dinosaurs Come AliveReview: Very Hungry Caterpillar Developmental ElephantReview: Lost My Name Storybook     
  • How to Find Voucher and Bonus Codes

    Features
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:58 am
      Looking for a great deal? The internet is the first place you should turn to for savings–in fact, if you’re paying full retail price, you’re doing it wrong. Here’s how you can get started on your quest towards the perfect price, whether you have a specific product in mind or just love shopping in general. […]Related Posts:Coupon clipping the virtual wayHow to save over £1000 before Christmas Day10 moneysaving ways to prepare for Christmas14 Ways to a Moneysaving WeddingWould you trust this PR with your brand?     
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    More With Less Mom »

  • Simplify Your Christmas Gifts: Want, Need, Wear, Read, Eat, Create Printable Gift Tags

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    If you are a fan of simple living most likely you have heard of the Want, Need, Wear, Read gift giving method. Want, Need, Wear, Read, + Eat, Create Something you WANT Something you NEED Something to WEAR Something to READ Something to EAT Something to CREATE If you haven’t heard of it, it is a way to be more mindful about your gift giving. Most people give four gifts that are carefully thought out. This is a guideline to help you focus your planning. It is not meant to restrict or punish. Many people have adapted these rules to fit their family and lifestyle. Something to EAT I believe…
  • December Real Food Meal Plan

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    December brings a flurry of activity, and some snow flurries, too. There will be crafting, cookies, Christmas music pretty much all day every day… and lots of chocolate. I find it really hard to predict when I will have time to cook when I’m this busy. I like to have a lot of meals planned with ingredients in the house, so I can adjust what I make based on the time I have that day. There are some really tasty-looking pantry recipes I can make any old time. The offbeat holidays we are using as an excuse to celebrate something are: Giving Tuesday (2nd), Cookie Day (4th),…
  • Christmas Gift Tips from a Mama Pro

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    Here are some tips for Christmas and gift giving. With four kids you have to be organized. Over the years I have developed some methods for making things easier, keeping track of everything, and not spending too much. Gift Herding Have a place for gifts, like a hall closet or the attic. You should have somewhere for random birthday and hostess gifts (gift closet?), and a place for Christmas gifts. This can be the same place, but there should be an official place. This should be accessible year-round so if you get something from a yard sale or clearance you can stash it. We are very clear from…
  • 7ish of the Bestest Holiday Posts from The More With Less Mom

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:25 am
    Come join me on a tour of my best posts for the holiday season. Apparently I get excited about posting for the holidays, because that’s when I post the most. And yes, I am totally a Christmas freak. The first song my two year old sang was Jingle Bells. I’ve got it all – recipes, Thanksgiving meal planning, activities for kids, acts of kindness and gratitude, gift ideas, printables, how to be frugal and save during the holidays… and of course, some chocolate. 1. Hot Cocoalate Mix Recipe 2. Happy Holidays from My Family – A Gratitude Tradition for Your Holiday…
  • Thanksgiving Dyed Eggs – A Frugal Holiday Activity

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Dyeing eggs is a frugal activity that can be practiced the whole year. You should already have all the items you need. This is a craft that is easy to scale to different age groups. Step 1: Hard Boil Your Eggs *Note: We got the colors in the photo using brown eggs. There are a gazillion ways to hard boil eggs. Use your preferred method, or use the Simply Recipes method. Quick version: Boil, sit 10 min covered, ice bath. I did this last time and they came out absolutely perfect. Save your cartons to store the eggs in when you’re done, but don’t put them in until they are completely…
 
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    Our Peaceful Family

  • 014 Miscarriage & Long Distance Marriage With Antonio Gerenini And Francesca Di Meglio

    Marcus and Ashley
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    In this weeks episode, our guests are Antonio Gerenini and Francesca Di Meglio. They have been married for more than 6 years, and have a loving 3 year old son. Antonio is Receptionist a well respected Hotel in Italy, and Francesca is the Newlyweds Expert for About.com. Description of  First Year in one or two words A fun honeymoon – Francesca It’s a new life – Antonio Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. Making a long-distance relationships work, inspite of the difficulties involved. 2. Going through a miscarriage. 3. The role sex and food plays in marriage. How to…
  • 013 Facing An Undiagnosed Sickness With Brandon And Ashley LaMar

    Marcus and Ashley
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    In this week’s episode, our guests are Brandon and Ashley LaMar. Brandon and Ashley have been married for more than 3 years, and live in Atlanta, Georgia. Brandon is a college student majoring in Criminology. Ashley is a technical writer by profession, and also blogs at Forever Ashley.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Triumphant Some of the topics we discussed are: 1. How they were able to work on major health issues. 2. Having an online relationship. 3. Finding support when needed. How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player below the title of this episode.
  • 012 Perks Of Marriage… Sex, With Kevin And Cetelia Bullard

    Marcus and Ashley
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    In this week’s episode, Kevin and Cetelia Bullard are our featured guests. Kevin and Cetelia have been married for 14 years, have 3 wonderful kids, and live in McKinney, Texas. Kevin is the President of Marriage Works! Inc., and Cetelia is an IT consultant who traded her IT skills to homeschool their kids. Description of  First Year in one or two words Learning Some of the topics we discussed are: 1.  The great perks of marriage. 2. Pursuing your spouse. 3. Worrying about small things. How to Listen to this episode Click on the Player below the title of this episode. You can also…
  • 22 Christmas Traditions For Families

    Marcus and Ashley
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Do you enjoy Christmas Traditions? If you are like us, you probably do. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, and I have a rule that there is no Christmas music played in our house until after Thanksgiving. But I am beginning to rethink that rule. As we started our family, holidays started to have a new meaning to me. And has brought a whole new excitement back from when I was a child, eagerly counting down the days until Christmas. I have always had an idea about how I want Christmas and other holidays to go for our family; thoughts of warmth, the Christmas spirit, Love, Joy, and of course,…
  • 011 Choosing Your Spouse Over Others With Philip and Loretta Devine

    Marcus and Ashley
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In this week’s episode, Philip and Loretta Devine share their first year of marriage story. Philip and Loretta have been married for about 7 years, have 3 beautiful children, and live in Louisville, Kentucky. Philip is a former marine, speaker, and host of the Live Life Better podcast which helps husbands lean on Christ and love their families. Loretta is a stay at home mom, and hosts cooking classes on Devine Cooking.   Description of  First Year in one or two words Risky and against the odds, being committed and patient. Listen to Philip and Loretta’s First Year story:…
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    Momvelous

  • Top 5 Antiperspirants And Deodorants For Women To Stop Sweat And Odor

    Jenny
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Are you searching for the right product to keep you dry and odor free, no matter how hot and stressful your day gets? Sounds like you need to find the right women’s antiperspirant and deodorant product, but with the dozens of products on the marketplace, that’s a task that’s easier said than done! This list […]
  • 40 Pregnancy Tips To Survive Through Those 40 Weeks

    Jenny
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Pregnancy spans approximately 40 weeks. And to successfully get through all 40 weeks without overwhelming yourself with all that pregnancy entails, the following tips will help you be prepare from conception to birth of your baby. Your first week of pregnancy begins before the actual conception of the baby. Thus, your folic acid supplements should […]
  • Handling Scary Monsters For Preschool Kids

    Melly
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    As kids reach preschool age, their imagination seems to really kick in. From personal experience I know that listening to the plays that come out of my three year old’s bedroom as she plays with the different stuffed animals, can be better than listening to the TV. At the same time that she started to […]
  • 16 Reasons To Breastfeed Again (After Giving Up The First Time)

    Jessica
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Breastfeeding did not come easily to me. When my twins were born, I really struggled. I didn’t do much research beforehand thinking that when my babies came, all I’d have to do is put my boob in their mouth and all would be well. Much to my surprise it seemed like a fight every time […]
  • Wonderful Christmas Gifts To Give To The Whole Family

    Jessica
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Everyone knows that the holidays can be expensive. Trying to get everyone in your family the perfect gift is hard enough and sometimes it can feel like you are going to go broke trying. Not only are you trying to remember everyone from you uncles family to your cousins kids, it can be overwhelming purchasing […]
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    Western New Yorker

  • Holiday entertaining with the Keurig 2.0

    Liz Chapman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    **I received a free product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.I was just squealing & carrying on when my Keurig 2.0 hot beverage brewing systemcame in the mail!! They are on the market right now for about $179.-199. It is the first Keurig to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe. When they first announced the launch of this new system, all my Mommy friends were getting them and I was so jealous. I LOVE coffee, so it…
  • Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

    Liz Chapman
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.I have been struggling with the idea to purchase a new camera. My first camera was a great choice, but in my line or work, I need more features. I have had my eye on Best Buy because they house several different types of  cameras. I not only want to capture our holidays but also provide great photos here on my website for you all! The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs that have caught my attention!"This camera makes advanced…
  • DIY Snowman Cards

    Liz Chapman
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
     Over the weekend we made these cute Finger snowman additions to generic Christmas Cards. Since I am always buying Christmas Cards on Clearance I decided to Jazz them up a bit with some creativity! What you will need:Finger paint/ acrylic paint works too!Paint brushChristmas Cards or Make your own cards from PaperMarker Sharpie (thin)Pretty easy to make just paint a finger and press onto your cards!  I used both my little guys finger and mine to give some size difference. Once made allow to dry! Then with a marker or Sharie start to draw character to the…
  • Friday Mail Haul

    Liz Chapman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
     Happy Friday Mail haul!!
  • Weekly Book Reviews

    Liz Chapman
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This was a break from my TBR (To Be Reviewed) pile. They say you can't judge a book by it's cover BUT I did when I saw this on a shelf in the library. Something about it spoke to me and since I am a fan of Young adult literature it walked out with me. Gaia Stone, the main character is following in her mothers steps and becoming a midwife. She lives outside The Wall where the Enclave give rations to those who serve willingly. As a midwife she is to mark the first three children she delivers and give them to the enclave as a sacrifice to those royalty who cannot conceive. Once her mother and…
 
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    ParentsWare

  • Why turning off the TV may have shrunk your child’s Christmas list to Santa

    Dr. Sarah Coyne PhD.
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The Christmas season can bring out the best in humanity. People tend to be more kind and giving during the Christmas holidays. Until what I call the “green-eyed, greedy, gimmie monster” appears. Christmas can also bring out the most materialistic, needy, and whiny parts of humanity as we scramble over Black Friday deals, belabor over our Christmas lists, and spend thousands of dollars on things we don’t really need. I am a media scholar, and one thing that contributes to materialism during the Christmas season is…you guessed it – MEDIA. One of my favorite things to talk about in my…
  • Mommy Wars: The Great Santa Debate

    Leah Campbell
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    The holidays are upon us, and with the changing of the seasons comes yet another Mommy War. This one doesn’t get quite as heated as, say, the breast vs. formula battle, but rest assured – there are plenty of mommies who think their way is the only way to handle this conundrum, the Great Santa Debate: He’s that jolly guy up North supposedly working all year long to make presents for kiddos all around the world. And if you get any group of Mommies together, you will find a vast difference of opinions in terms of how to best utilize him during the holidays. Some moms think it’s all about…
  • Choosing Video Games for Christmas

    Dr. Sarah Coyne PhD.
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In my last post, I discussed how easily we can build habitual patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors simply through pairing ideas together (based partly on the classic Little Albert study (Watson & Rayner, 1920). In that study a baby heard a loud noise when seeing a rat, and because the loud noise frightened him, he learned to fear the rat (and rabbits and Santa Claus beards!). The more we repeat anything, the better we learn it. Keeping this in mind, let’s consider what types of video games you might buy your children this holiday season. Before getting into the specifics of…
  • A Guide to the Internet Troll

    Richard Bashara
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
      The Internet troll is the ultimate online menace. According to Wikipedia, an internet troll is a person who starts arguments or upsets peopleby posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intention of provoking readers into an emotional response A skilled troll compels us to respond, forces us to act irrationally and can anger us to the point of incoherence. Kids deal with trolls in an entirely different way, because their lives are so entwined with social media. A lack of…
  • Anonymous Apps: What Parents Need to Know

    Richard Bashara
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
      Perhaps you’ve heard of Snapchat, the self-destructing messaging app popular with everyone from millennials on down to high schoolers. After School, a new app in the same vein, offers much of the same functionality and has been met with numerous requests to be pulled from the Apple apps store after complaints of high school bullying and sexual content started popping up on high school campuses. These anonymous apps aren’t going to go away any time soon. As a parent, the thought of kids using this kind of technology is probably pretty hard to grasp. It’s untraceable, usually gone…
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  • Journal Entry - The Reason for The Season

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    I'll admit, I live in a bubble. A pretty, perfect, rosy little bubble. Which is why when I found about out about Baby Boy Bakery , and read about this family losing their beautiful little boy at the tender age of 3... I lost it.Someone once said that when you have kids, you just can't even deal with the thought of someone hurting or losing their child. Even if it is a fictional story in a movie--you can not bear it.This is so true. When you are a parent, you can not imagine EVER having to deal with something happening to your child. The thought alone is too painful.Jacqui Cruz…
  • What We Did Wednesday - Reindeer Feet

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Happy Hump Day! :)My mother found this adorable idea on Delilah's  (a local radio DJ in Atlanta) Facebook page. What a great idea! I will be using this for some home made gifts this year.
  • Biblophiles & Nostalgia

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    I was unpacking some books today, and I am finding that there are more books than there are shelves--which isn't that bad of a problem to have. But I have such a variety, it is getting difficult to sort them all in an OCD friendly way. There's the classics, the old decaying "forgottens" that I've picked up on the island of lost books from an old bookstore (which are my favorite), then there's the biographies, old text books, coffee table like books and...well, you get the point.The most troublesome part is that I still need room for more books. I think I could be like Thomas Jefferson and go…
  • I'm Back - What We Did Wednesday (11/11/14)

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Check out my VLOG to get the details... Click below.Turkey Picture - "Painting Way"Supplies Needed:- Card stock paper- Washable paint, (colors: red, yellow, orange, brown)- Paint brush- Paper plate to drop at least a tablespoon of each paint- A child, preferably one that belongs to you. ;)Directions:1- Paint your child's hand brown, and carefully stamp there hands on the paper. Be sure to make sure their fingers are spread well.2- Then, have your child dip their fingers in the other paint and dab around the finger "feathers" on the paper to color the feathers.3- You may want to have a…
  • Moving Week!

    3 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yay! It is November! Let the Christmas season begin. :)My husband and I are going to be moving in to our house this week, so bear with me. I'll try to get my blogposts up and running again. Happy Monday! 
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  • Bakeries and Cake Makers in Charlotte, NC

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Charlotte, NC is the sixteenth largest city in the USA and is a major U.S. financial center, with both Bank of America and Wells Fargo's East Coast operations headquartered in the city. Charlotte is also home of the Carolina Panthers (NFL), the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), the Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Carowinds amusement park, and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. With a relatively low cost of living and high quality of live, Charlotte is considered by many as a great family city.  Looking for something sweet? Here are some of Charlotte’s…
  • Bakeries and Cake Makers in Washington, D.C.

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Washington, DC, The District of Columbia, is the Capital of the United States of America. DC acts as home to the President as well as all the branches of the government and many of the most significant historical and cultural items housed in the museums on the National Mall. DC is a must see for all American Citizens and also a popular spot for international visitors as well as diplomats who live in DC for extended periods of time. DC is not only home to the Nations Government, but also to several of the nations top Universities and many top law firms, corporations and start-ups. It's a great…
  • Bakeries and Cake Makers in Los Angeles, CA

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Los Angeles is the second most populated city in the USA. LA is best known for it's beach / surf culture and also for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Many of the biggest movie stars and musical artists from around the globe call LA home. Los Angeles is a great place to raise kids in an active and healthy lifestyle because of the year-round warm temperatures. It's also home to some great dog beaches. Fun fact: LA is the home city of CareBooker's Director of Marketing.  Looking for something sweet? Here are some of Los Angeles’ top bakeries and cake makers!   Bronzed Aussie…
  • Bakeries and Cake Makers in San Francisco, CA

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    San Francisco is the cultural center and a leading financial hub of Northern California. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City. San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, known for its cool summers, fog, steep hills, eclectic mix of architecture, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the former prison on Alcatraz Island. San Francisco is also the headquarters of major banks and companies such as the Gap, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter,…
  • Bakeries and Cake Makers in Philadelphia, PA

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Philadelphia, PA is known as the "City of Brotherly Love." The City has historical significance as the location where America's Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philly is considered one of the most walkable cities in the USA.    Looking for something sweet? Here are some of Philadelphia’s top bakeries and cake makers!   Reading Terminal Market 51 N 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107   Beiler’s Bakery Reading Terminal Market 51 N 12th St Philadelphia, PA 19107   Marchiano’s Bakery 4653 Umbria St…
 
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  • Finding Apartments Sucks- Renters Nightmare

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
       I cannot tell you how much i really hate looking for an apartment. If only I could find the perfect place at the perfect price in the perfect area but noooooo!!!! It's days, weeks, maybe even months before you settle on something.        So currently I am 5 weeks into apartment searching and I am really just done but I have yet to find that perfect apartment. As a reminder I am from Massachusetts, a commonwealth state and it just really sucks. I don't plan to live here forever even though I grew up here and have love for my home state. Go Red Sox!   …
  • The Liebster Awards!!!

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
     Yesterday I was delighted to find out I was nominated for the Liebster Award by fellow blogger Erin Soto of fromcubicletohome.com. It's an award for new bloggers to encourage more posting and since I am thrilled to be recognized for my efforts so far I am ready to give everything I got. Here's my answers to Erin's questions and my nominations.      A big part of blogging is letting your readers get to know you and this award is about exactly just that. Across the internet you can find many bloggers answering a variety of questions like those below so after you read mine…
  • Frosty's Winter Wonderland Review

    10 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
          Frosty returns in this short classic of winter love. The perfect follow-up to the Original Frosty the Snowman which came out in 1969, Frosty's Winter Wonderland captured the televisions in 1976.       Frosty the Snowman is absolutely one of my favorites and definitely one I still watch even if Halleigh is sleeping next to me so it's no big surprise I have to watch all the sequels too including Frosty's Winter Wonderland when we meet Crystal.   Frosty expresses he gets lonely when the children are away so the kids who love him most and Frosty himself…
  • What My Child has Learned from Spongebob

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
      Surprisingly from all the crazy reasons why I have heard why to not let my kid watch the crazy antics of Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star I have yet to refuse my child from watching and here is why. I have heard a large variety of excuses from almost every parent I have come to talk with about the subject of Spongebob as to why I shouldn't let my child watch it. Everything from the images to the sexual innuendos, the educated studies and the countless hours spent by each parent agonizing over the pros and cons. Why we even choose Spongebob as our main target and not half the…
  • Holiday Music Trivia

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
         An easy way to get in the holiday spirit and spend some family time together. Add friends too. The more the merrier... Get it "Merrier"    Things have been kind of hectic lately. A lot is to be done around the holidays and with such a big family we tend to get on each others nerves pretty easily so it's important for us to find ways to bring ourselves back from the worst of days and remember we are all here for each other. Both my mom and I had been listening and singing to Christmas carols throughout the day inspired by my brothers chorus performance at the…
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  • My Parenting Style: Meatless Lasagna

    laughoutloudmommy
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
        I was using the Google search bar on my phone a few days ago, and as my previous searches started to pop up, I saw a query for “lasagna with no meat.” I started...
  • Happy SITS Day to….ME!!

    laughoutloudmommy
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
      Welcome, all my SITStahs, how’ “SITS” going? Come, SITS down and take a look around! Okay, okay, I guess you get the point that I am beyond excited that my day has come!...
  • Wordless Wednesday

    laughoutloudmommy
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
      Completely random, and not sure how the sun happened to squeeze through at just the right angle, but for just a second, I was able to capture the essence of brotherly love. Happy...
  • Dear Mom, Just Ask For Help

    laughoutloudmommy
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    When I get sick, I get really sick. My whole body aches, my head hurts, my nose runs, I get the chills, and it just gets ugly. Now, I don’t know if some of...
  • Did I Just Take Advice From Daniel Tiger?

    laughoutloudmommy
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    “When you feel like you’re going to roar, take a deep breath and count to four.” No, I did not go to a therapist this morning (even though I could probably benefit from one),...
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  • A Special Christmas Story…Written Just For You

    Author Jaime Buckley
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have a special treat for you this week. A story, recently written--ideas and outlines by a class of 12-15 year olds. They wanted to craft a special story for their parents to present in a Christmas program. ....YOU get to read it first!!
  • 45 Crazy Facts About This Father of 12 (because 10 is for wusses)

    Author Jaime Buckley
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    You asked. You begged. You really hounded me. Okay. OKAY! I'll do this once...and ONLY once. Just remember, you asked for it!
  • Do You Feel Obligated To Buy Things For Your Kids? Read this.

    Author Jaime Buckley
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    How badly have we been manipulated into habits of buying things for our kids? You may be surprised!
  • #1 Parenting Skill

    Author Jaime Buckley
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I have never met a parent who didn’t want the best for their child. Yes, I’ve met all sorts and some I have met didn’t have the skill sets to...
  • Why come to WantedHero.com?

    Author Jaime Buckley
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Would you be interested in a path with LESS pain, LESS anger, LESS frustration and a TON more happiness?
 
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  • Nature Tots Program

    Thomas Brogan
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    Do you want your little one to be a little bit closer to nature?  Then you might want to check out this program. Join a Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge naturalist for stories, outside exploration and nature crafts during their Nature Tots program. The once a month free (on Saturdays) Nature Tots program focuses on engaging childrens’ senses and use hands-on and interactive activities geared to children ages 3 to 5 and an adult.  Classes are held at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Education Center (click here for directions). The next scheduled Nature Tots program is on…
  • Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt Craft

    Thomas Brogan
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Last night I was looking at a book we purchased back when we thought we were going to homeschool our kids for craft ideas to keep the kiddos busy today.  The book, Art Lab for Kids, had one project that caught my eye.  The project was sandpaper art with an option to transfer the art onto a t-shirt.  That sounded like something my kids would have fun with.  So this morning we made a stop at JoAnn Fabric store and picked up some plain white t-shirts.  Luckily they were on sale for just $2.25 per shirt, so this project wasn’t The post Sandpaper Printed T-Shirt Craft appeared first on…
  • Winter Break Offerings at the Des Moines Playhouse

    Thomas Brogan
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    For young people who love theatre, the Des Moines Community Playhouse offers a winter break workshop and a five-week winter class session. Workshops During winter break, students in grades 3-7 will audition, rehearse, make backdrops, fit costumes, and perform a show for family and friends, all within two days. Students can come for one two-day session, or both. Workshop dates are Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30 and are held 9:00 AM-4:00 PM each day. Classes For the eighth consecutive winter session, the Playhouse is offering musical theatre classes. It’s time to stop singing in the shower and…
  • Get to Know Des Moines Moms Blog

    Guest Contributor
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Guest Post provided by Bekah Riker of Des Moines Moms Blog. As we look back on the two-year birthday of Des Moines Moms Blog, we are flooded  with emotions, and many thoughts run through our heads. Sarah and I started Des Moines Moms Blog out of a passion for moms in Des Moines—pure and simple! We love to connect people and to develop relationships and serve our community. Des Moines was lacking this type of community, and with the help of City Moms Blog Network (CMBN), that NEED is fulfilled! Through daily content from our contributors—who are moms just like you—to our…
  • Monster Jam Crashes into Des Moines

    Thomas Brogan
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    If the idea of giant trucks racing and performing stunts while they fly through the air sounds like something your kiddo would like then you might want to check out Monster Jam 2015 coming to Wells Fargo Arena in January.  I know I’m excited to take my son and catch all the action! About Monster Jam The widely popular Monster Jam tour is heading to Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena on January 3 & 4 for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam fans have been asking to see.  Unlike any other Monster The post Monster Jam Crashes into…
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