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  • Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers

    Aha!NOW & The ABC
    Harleena Singh
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. If you have decided to start blogging or haven’t achieved your blogging goals yet, then you can’t afford to miss this post. I have the essentials of blogging laid out for you. You will also learn more tips after reading the expert views of other seasoned bloggers in the comments section. As a beginner, it is […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting…
  • Spaghetti Birthday Cake

    Idaho Dad
    Idaho Dad
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    My wife baked a cake for my son’s birthday. Yes, that’s a cake! The post Spaghetti Birthday Cake appeared first on Idaho Dad.
  • How to Destroy Good Character Traits for Children: G-Z

    Family Matters
    Ronit Baras
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    In the previous chapter of the good character traits series, I explained about the beliefs we try to instill in our kids. We need to focus on encouraging the characters we want our children to have, not try to prevent the characters we don’t want them to have. If good character traits are like plants, the fear that your child will develop a bad character is like watering the plant with weed killer. The character will never grow. For good character to grow and flourish, we need to water it and give it nutritious and healthy fertilizer. In the last chapter, we listed the A to F of good…
  • Dancing Queen

    Our Modern Family
    probrien1
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Several months ago, Jenn came home and said I want to sign Grace up for a 2 year-old dance class …Continue reading →
  • Gen Y need to learn to switch off

    Family Edge
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Gen Busy: our inability to switch off and “un-multitask”
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    Aha!NOW & The ABC

  • Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers

    Harleena Singh
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. If you have decided to start blogging or haven’t achieved your blogging goals yet, then you can’t afford to miss this post. I have the essentials of blogging laid out for you. You will also learn more tips after reading the expert views of other seasoned bloggers in the comments section. As a beginner, it is […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Harleena Singh on Blogging Basics: CRUX of Blogging Tips for New Bloggers. Looking forward to meeting…
  • Why Do You Take Selfies And How To Avoid It Going Wrong

    Vinay Kachhara
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    This is a post excerpt. “Hey, wait! Let’s take a selfie,” shouted my daughter, as we entered the movie hall. I hesitated a bit but then succumbed to the selfie-craze of the youngster. Does this happen with you too? Are your kids obsessed or fascinated about taking selfies? Or probably you yourself love clicking selfies in private or public? Are […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Vinay Kachhara on Why Do You Take Selfies And How To Avoid It Going Wrong. Looking…
  • How Replying To Comments Increase Blog Traffic Conversion Rate

    Mi Muba
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a post excerpt. This is a guest post by Mi Muba, who has an experience of many years of successful blogging, and based on that he emphasizes in this post the importance of replying to your own blog’s comments to make the most of your blog traffic.~ Admin So, you want to know how to convert your blog visitors into loyal […] Please visit the blog Aha!NOW & The ABC to view the entire post, contribute your thoughts, and read other valuable comments. This article is by Mi Muba on How Replying To Comments Increase Blog Traffic Conversion Rate. Looking forward to meeting…
 
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  • Spaghetti Birthday Cake

    Idaho Dad
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:13 pm
    My wife baked a cake for my son’s birthday. Yes, that’s a cake! The post Spaghetti Birthday Cake appeared first on Idaho Dad.
  • Family Vacation to the Olympic Beaches

    Idaho Dad
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Washington’s Olympic National Park is an amazingly diverse place, with snowcapped mountain peaks, sandy ocean beaches, and a temperate rain forest all within easy driving distance of each other. One particular part of the park has twice been our base of operations for the ideal family vacation. The Olympic Beaches stretch along the Pacific Coast for 73 miles. They range from the wide and sandy Kalaloch Beach to the rugged and rocky Rialto Beach. They all have their own unique characteristics, some with awesome tide pools and others with weird rock formations, and they are all close…
  • Modarri Toy Cars Review & Giveaway

    Idaho Dad
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    There’s a new car in town. A toy car, as a matter of fact. The award-winning Modarri, from Thoughtfull Toys, is the toy car reinvented, and the days of Matchbox and Hot Wheels may just be numbered. The beauty of a Modarri car is that it feels real. It drives like a real one, with realistic suspension, tight turning radius, and finger sized bucket seat that has you feeling the road. Using your finger to drive, the Modarri can do tight turns, figure 8s, wheelies, drifts, and anything else you can imagine. Better yet, each Modarri car has interchangeable parts, including a chassis, hood,…
  • Jellyfish Attack

    Idaho Dad
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    When I was a kid, probably 7 or 8, my family spent a day at a Southern California beach, building sand castles, playing in the surf, and eating slightly sandy hot dogs. I remember that day because I was viciously attacked by a jellyfish! Okay, so it was a mild sting. Very mild, in fact. But I was at that age where everything is amplified tenfold because it’s new and strange. In my mind, the ocean was suddenly filled with millions of horrible little jellyfish reaching out with their long, poisonous tentacles. If only I had known that jellyfish are beautiful creatures. They’re even…
  • For the Love of Reading and Pickle-Chiffon Pie

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

  • How to Destroy Good Character Traits for Children: G-Z

    Ronit Baras
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:59 pm
    In the previous chapter of the good character traits series, I explained about the beliefs we try to instill in our kids. We need to focus on encouraging the characters we want our children to have, not try to prevent the characters we don’t want them to have. If good character traits are like plants, the fear that your child will develop a bad character is like watering the plant with weed killer. The character will never grow. For good character to grow and flourish, we need to water it and give it nutritious and healthy fertilizer. In the last chapter, we listed the A to F of good…
  • Do Parents Let Their Kids Play Violent Video Games?

    Ronit Baras
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Recently, I received a question from a mother who said her teenage kids wanted to watch violent video games and they claimed other parents allowed their kids to do so. They thought she was just being mean and ignorant of what was happening in the world. “I do not like the idea of them playing violent and sexist video games but I feel helpless”, she wrote to me. Her idea was to design a questionnaire for parents and see if her teenagers were right. She asked me what I thought of her idea. Here is what I wrote to her: Your experience is quite normal and it is wonderful to read that…
  • How to Destroy Good Character Traits for Children: A to F

    Ronit Baras
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:04 pm
    In the last chapter of the Helping Kids Build Character series, I explained the nature of watering with weed killer. There are certain things we do as parents that prevent good character traits from developing. If you want to encourage good character traits in your children, there are some important things you should do differently. The gist of what we have talked about so far is: Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Talk about the negative behavior and not about them. Complaints are weed killers. They will stop good character traits from growing. Sarcasm is the worst…
  • How Many Friends Can We Really Have?

    Ronit Baras
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:07 pm
    In today’s world, when you can have 4,000 “friends” on Facebook, it is hard to determine the true definition of friendship. Knowing 4,000 people (and even only 1,000) does not mean you are friends. It means you know of, or maybe even have been acquainted with, that many people. Sometimes, you share nothing in common other than you happen to have a mutual contact. You might not have even met! Professor Robin Dunbar, an anthropologist at the University of London, tried to find the answer to the question “How Many Friends Can We Really Have?” He found that there…
  • Positive Character Traits for Children: Watering with Weed Killer

    Eden Baras
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    The previous Character Traits posts focused on what parents should say to instill positive character traits in their kids. Character traits are like plants or trees that grow over time – all they need is for parents to plant good beliefs as seeds and provide reinforcement as water. Unfortunately, some parents use weed killer as water. This ensures this plant will never grow big and strong and even makes room for some nasty “bad” plants to grow. It is amazing how the seeds of character sown in childhood can have a long-term impact. Some of my grown up clients (aged 25 to 65)…
 
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    Our Modern Family

  • Dancing Queen

    probrien1
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Several months ago, Jenn came home and said I want to sign Grace up for a 2 year-old dance class …Continue reading →
  • Radiate

    probrien1
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    1,825 days of new adventures, some sleepless nights, but ultimately unforgettable life changing moments. We celebrated Nolin’s 5th birthday a …Continue reading →
  • Happy Mother’s Day

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

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

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

  • How To Play Safe In The Sun | Safety Tips For Summer

    A Guest Blogger
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:38 am
    (Written by Beth Stubbings) When the sun is shining, everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. With most families making the most of their gardens and getting plenty of play equipment for their children to use, it is important that parents make sure that their children are safe when they’re having fun.  Make sure that your children stay safe in the garden throughout the summer by following these handy safety tips. Follow the rules of Slip! Slop! Slap! Most parents have heard of this iconic Australian sun safety campaign, and it really is important to slip on a shirt, slop on…
  • Thank Your Dad This Father’s Day

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

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

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

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

  • Father’s Day Fun

    Ashley B
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Father’s Day is coming up on June 17th. What do you get for the man who has everything? The best gifts, according to every dad I know, are the homemade gifts from the kids. So this is a good time to team up with the kids and plan a day just for dad. Work together on some crafts, plan some special treats, and organize some activities for the family and for dad and the kids to do together, and make it a Father’s Day to remember. Give him the day off. Is dad the one who takes out the garbage or empties the dishwasher every day? Have the kids (with your help, where necessary) take over his…
  • How Summer Can Be Hard On Your Kids

    Tina
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    Summer’s here so it’s time to celebrate, right? Maybe not if your kids thrive on being out and about or love going to school every day. In fact, summer can be hard on a lot of kids and can bring out behavior that isn’t usually seen during the school year. So if you are worried about your kid’s behavior the next few months, check out our tips to help make things go smoothly. The Transition A lot of kids have issues transitioning from getting up and going to school every day to being at home for weeks on end. You can help combat this in several ways. First, try to incorporate some fun…
  • What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

    Ashley B
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new mattresses for the kids at half price just a few days ago. Aside from May’s leftover mattresses, here are some other great things to buy on sale in June: Tools. It might be cliche, but stores know that moms and kids will be buying tools for dads this month. June is also a good time to…
  • Choosing Your Battles

    Tina
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    My daughter hates wearing socks. We’ve tried long socks, short socks, colored socks, socks with seamless toes, boys’ tube socks, tights, knee-highs… you name it, we’ve tried it. When she was a toddler, she’d scream and pull them off. When she was a preschooler, she’d melt into a puddle of tears if I enforced the arbitrary “you have to wear socks” rule. Once she started elementary school, she’d come home many days with her socks in her backpack. Now that she’s nine, I don’t even bother suggesting that she wear socks. I do keep a pair in her backpack or in my purse just in…
  • Fun Ideas for a Mother-Son Bonding Day

    Ashley B
    22 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    We’ve talked before about mother-daughter bonding activities, and I’ve used several of them with my own daughter. What I find more difficult, however, is finding things to do with my son. While it was easy enough when he was little, now that he’s a pre-teen, it can be hard to find common ground. We’ve started watching reruns of kid-friendly comedies that I used to watch as a child, which has been a lot of fun. Since I want him to talk to me, though, and since watching tv tends to have the opposite effect, I’m going to give a few of these ideas a try: Mom-and-Son Date Nights (or…
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    Dumb {Squared}

  • Punch me in the gut twice, why don't you?

    RK
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I have to take the kids to Dave and Busters later. That's what happens when your kids have friends and your husband makes lame excuses like, 'well, I can't do it - I have work.' Do you even know what... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The myth of time

    RK
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:13 am
    I don't even know what day it is. Now that the kids are on summer vacation, days and nights bleed into one another and time is merely predicated by my stomach: oatmeal - morning. Sandwich - midday.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • This is what drowning must feel like sans water

    RK
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    I don't deal well with stress. Asthma, panic attacks, hives, migraines, stomach pain, tears, non-sequiturs. It's a list full of how my brain and body hates on me constantly. We may have to move. Like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Birthdays are for eating so much, you gotta pull your granny panties up over your gut

    RK
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    It was my birthday the other day. I wished for many things including having Sean Connery come to the door and say, I found the cure for the plague of the 20th century and now I've lost it! I'm still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat

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

    Kate Armon
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:21 am
    Well it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I last wrote and I was jolted back into writing partly by all the amazing things happening in our lives at the moment and partly from a comment I got on a previous entry about thyroid problems asking for reassurance.  So firstly readers I apologise for my lack of content for the last year!  I will make it up to you this year! I suppose the biggest
  • The Charlotte & Rosie Show

    Kate Armon
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:55 am
    Hi Everyone I know I haven't written in ages but I have been mega busy.  I will write later this week...promise.  In the meantime I thought I would post my kids first webisode of their funny little show they did this week :-)   'The Charlotte & Rosie Show' Episode 1.
  • Fluoride in Water Good or Bad?

    Kate Armon
    27 Oct 2013 | 4:04 am
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  • Wicked....but ruined!

    Kate Armon
    9 Oct 2013 | 5:12 pm
    I want to start today's blog by congratulating the cast and crew of 'Wicked' for one of the most spectacular shows I have ever had the pleasure to see.  The sets, the amazing costumes and the artists both chorus and principals were exceptional.  Thank you so much for bringing your show to New Zealand.  My seven year old daughter was absolutely blown away and is proudly parading around in her
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

    Kate Armon
    4 Oct 2013 | 1:16 am
    One month on from my new appointment as a celebrant I find myself asking the question 'So how's it going Kate, are you enjoying it so far?' I am very happy to report that the answer is absolutely and completely a 'YES' This is by far the most enjoyable position I have ever had.  To date I have nine weddings and two baby namings booked and I can't wait to officiate at my first event.  I have met
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • This may be the ‘second best’ labor free lawn mowing solution!

    Christine Blythe
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    What is the ‘first best’ labor free lawn mowing solution you ask?   Just take a look above – yup! Sheep!   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at our ever-growing grass and wished I could get a couple of sheep or goats and set them loose in our yard. This is ...
  • This artist makes beautiful paintings out of real food. | Someecards

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Lauren Purnell is a self-described Food Artist and her work speaks for itself. It’s easy to get blissfully lost while perusing her popular blog Culinary Canvass, where she makes food look far too beautiful to eat. They feature lots of fruits and veggies, so even though they’d be super healthy, I’d never want to consume ...
  • How to style your home like a staging pro. | Elle Decor

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Pick the perfect paint color. When you go to pick paint, either go for a perfect shade of white, a color that flatters every skin tone, or go for bold in a dark shade of red of brown or even black. Ceilings painted white or cream tend to make the room feel larger. How to ...
  • How to delete Android apps: The ultimate guide to uninstalling any app. | Android Gadget Hacks

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    I must admit, I’m completely intimidated by my Android cell phone and the numerous Android apps pre-installed on it. It’s almost to the point of anxiety, where I’m afraid to touch it. How can this be for someone who is by no means a novice with computers, website design, and blogging? I believe part of ...
  • How to sell a home when you have pets | The Boston Globe

    Christine Blythe
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    Realtor Linda Montieth was preparing a Chelsea listing for an open house. It was crunch time — the time when realtors scurry around a property putting on the finishing touches, setting flowers on the table, and giving the rooms that final spritz of air freshener. Thereby hangs her tale of woe. Ten minutes before people ...
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    Family Focus Blog

  • American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares

    Racquel Bregg
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The 4th of July is only days away and my family is so excited that they can hardly stand themselves!  We’v been making some 4th of July treats the last few days to get us even more in the spirit.  These American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares are a quick and easy treat for any Independence […]The post American Flag Inspired Cheesecake Squares appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Encourage Kids To Read This Summer!

    Scarlet
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    Let’s face it, reading opens the door to adventures and learning. Taking the time to read to children is not only a great bonding experience that you can both enjoy together, it is also a great way to inspire your child to love reading. I have a rule. Whenever, my son asks me to read […]The post Encourage Kids To Read This Summer! appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • The Buccaneer Resort In St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands

    Scarlet
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The U.S. Virgin Islands have always sounded like a tropical paradise to me. Renowned for beautiful beaches, tropical flora and fauna, and amazing snorkeling, I have always wanted to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) so I am excited to tell you, I just got back from my first trip USVI. It is the choice […]The post The Buccaneer Resort In St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Taking Your Multivitamins When Traveling

    Scarlet
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness. #CentrumVitamins and #ad Taking Your Vitamins When Traveling I travel fairly often year round. And the summer is full of travel […]The post Taking Your Multivitamins When Traveling appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
  • Five Dating Tips for Single Dads

    Rob Youngblood
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    I often get asked about dating and being a single dad. When do I find the time? What do I tell my son? How do I talk about the demands and life of a single dad with women? Life for single dads can get difficult to navigate through the maze of responsibilities, time constraints, and kids. Dating […]The post Five Dating Tips for Single Dads appeared first on Family Focus Blog.
 
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    Qustody Blog

  • New Feature: Multiple Calendars

    Qustody.com
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    Another often requested new feature is now live. In most cases, your child schedules will only need to be tracked on one calendar but, if you have a situation where you would like to track each of your children separately, you can! In Qustody, all you have to do is add a new calendar and you can track schedules independently. It takes more time to track the calendars separately, so if you can, keep them together. If you need a new calendar, just go to the calendar section in your account and set it up!
  • New Feature: Custody Calendar Notes

    Qustody.com
    19 Nov 2013 | 10:07 am
    Good news!  A much requested feature has been added to your calendars.   A new icon has been added to each day that allows you to store notes about a specific day.  We are also working on a report timeline of the notes you have added for easy review.
  • How to Create a Parenting Plan

    Qustody.com
    16 Jul 2013 | 5:43 pm
    Steps Meet with your child’s other parent to discuss your parenting plan. Get a notepad and pencil, and write down the decisions that are made. Be specific whenever necessary so that there are no arguments once the plan comes into fruition. Make sure that both parties are satisfied with the decisions, but also recognize that there may be concerns when implementing the plan and that both parties can request a change if necessary. Establish custody of the child. Decide who will have legal custody of your child. Typically both parents have legal custody so that both parents make decisions…
  • How to Make Shared Custody Work

    Qustody.com
    6 Jun 2013 | 1:02 pm
    Steps Sharing custody of a child after a relationship or marriage has ended can be frustrating and emotional. It’s important to exercise your rights as a parent while respecting those of the other parent. Focus on the best interests of the child to make shared custody work. Set ground rules. This is necessary if you’re going to get anything done with the other’s agreement. Share custody fairly by deciding a basic set of ground rules that each of you will follow when caring for and disciplining the child. Establish a set bed time, homework time and forbidden and permitted…
  • How to Calculate Child Support

    Qustody.com
    18 May 2013 | 7:11 am
    How to Calculate Child Support from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit Unfortunately, children are often the center of divorce proceedings and have to witness the negative (and sometimes juvenile) behavior of their parents working to gain not only custody of them, but also to ensure their ex pays their fair share of child support. Factors used to calculate child support payments include income, health insurance and daycare costs. Steps Organize your financial documents. The first step in calculating child support is to determine the income of both parents. Documents that you…
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    Southern Life, Indian Wife

  • Top 10 Must-Read Women’s Multicultural Books

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    Every once in a while, when I have a lull in my mothering and writing schedules, I binge read multicultural novels. I have compiled a Top 10 must-read list for some great summer reading. Go on over to SherylParbhoo.com to view my list! The post Top 10 Must-Read Women’s Multicultural Books appeared first on Southern Life, Indian Wife.
  • Top Ten Movies with an Indian Flavor

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    For me, summer time means a precious few lazy days of marathon movie watching.  Along with classic series like the Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings movies that we love to watch as a family, my husband and I sometimes like to curl up on the couch and watch movies with an Indian theme or cool Indian characters.  Here is a list of the top ten must-see movies for summer movie nights. Click the images for the trailers. Top Ten Movies with an Indian Flare   1. The Namesake (2006)                Based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, this is a moving look at one man’s…
  • Navigating Response to My Interracial Friendships

    Sheryl Parbhoo
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Accepting Positive and Negative Responses to My Story I read a lot of blogs, but haven’t been blogging much myself.  Honestly, my cultural well runs a little dry sometimes.  In the scurry and hurry of our daily life, I forget about culture.  Lacrosse practices, taekwondo, dinners, homework, and on and on. Our daily life just is. However, it all came back when recently I was approached by the chief editor of Masalamommas, Anjum Choudry, to write an article about my cross-cultural experiences.  I had read the online magazine many times, and love its open and honest approach to many…
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  • Free Things to Do in Myrtle Beach SC – The Pier at Garden City

    Erica Brooks
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Garden City Beach is a vibrant seaside community in South Carolina located not too far from Myrtle Beach.  In addition to traditional beach activities of swimming, boogie boarding and collecting seashells families can enjoy spending time at The Pier at Garden City which is located on the beach. We walked the length of the pier, simply to enjoy the fantastic breezy sunny day and to take in the view. Free fishing is available from the pier too which we’ll definitely take advantage of on our next visit. In the evening you can sit on the pier and enjoy live bands play, watch fireworks or…
  • The Key to Accomplish Your Goals

    Erica Brooks
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    While many believe that knowledge is power, knowledge is only powerful when it’s consistently applied. Consistency may be the most important component of success. A small step forward each day adds up to a lot of mileage over time. Are the little things you do each day adding up to something positive? Or is the quality of your life slowly slipping away? With consistent action over the next 10 or 20 years, what could you accomplish? Five cold calls each day / 5 days per week equal 1300 sales calls in 1 year! Five small pieces of chocolate over the same schedule is roughly 25,000…
  • Top 5 Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Vegetables

    Erica Brooks
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Does your family cringe every time they see you pick up broccoli in the grocery store or try to use it during dinner? Do they avoid vegetables and complain about them during meals? You can add more vegetables to your family’s diet without hearing complaints! Try these proven strategies: 1. Add the one bite rule. The rule can help both adults and children try new vegetables without feeling overwhelmed. The one bite rule is easy to implement during meal times and requires that everyone take at least one bite of the food before rejecting it. Family members often reject the vegetables…
  • 4 Pool Safety Rules For Swimmers

    Rachael Randko
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:28 am
    Swimming is a great activity and a wonderful workout, whether you’re outdoors in the summer or indoors in the winter. Americans have loved jumping into the pool for a quick swim or a fun afternoon for decades now, but there are also serious risks that adults and children face when jumping into the pool. Drowning happens more frequently than you might think, which is why there are a set of basic safety rules that everyone should follow. Here are four pool safety rules for swimmers of every age. 1. Buddy system Whether you’ve been swimming your entire life or you’re a…
  • Treadmill Desks and the Benefits to Moms Working at Home

    Andrew Hoffman
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    Treadmill desks are changing the lives of work-at-home moms everywhere. Any parent will tell you that there’s not enough time in the day, and a treadmill desk gives you just that – time. Being able to exercise while you get your work done is a simple yet highly effective way to squeeze a few precious hours out of your day. There are many health benefits associated with treadmill desks, plus you are going to be naturally stimulated and more productive. Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect. Exercise Daily Finding that motivation to exercise every day is not easy, but it’s so…
 
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  • Three Lies Sea World Has Told You

    Laura Taff
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Sea World wants you to visit their parks. They want to make money off of you. In an effort to get you to buy tickets, they'll tell you anything you want to hear. They lie and cover up important facts. A lot. Every single day they put people and animals in real danger. Here is a list of three lies Sea World has told you (and had to later retract) to deceive you and get your money.Lie #1 Whales live longer in captivity.Because Sea World knows that people care about the whales and what it might mean for them to live in captivity, they instruct their employees to lie to guests. Employees tell…
  • How Tilikum Was Probably Captured

    Laura Taff
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Have you ever seen Blackfish, the documentary about killer whales in captivity? You should. I had never been an animal activist or formed any opinion on whether or not animals should live in captivity. I visited zoos and even saw the Shamu show at Sea World many years ago. After seeing this documentary, that has changed. I cannot support Sea World any longer, and will never pay to visit that park again. The "hulabaloo" from Blackfish has seemed to calm lately, but I don't want people to forget about it. One - and trust me, just one- of the heartbreaking stories brought to light in…
  • Etherno Cooking Glove

    Laura Taff
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I was invited to try these Etherno Cooking Gloves for free in exchange for an honest review. So, what are they? They are food grade silicone gloves with the thickness to withstand extreme hot or cold temperatures. You can use them for baking in your oven, while grilling, and/or while removing very cold items from the freezer. They are non-stick, flexible, and easy to clean. We decided to try them out on the grill first. It's summertime and everyone loves firing up the grill to have those nice outdoor meals, so what better way to see how well this works? We let the grill get hot…
  • Hand Washing Is Good, But...

    Laura Taff
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    You've heard it a million times. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, but can you over-do it? Oh yeah. If you've read this blog before you might know that my daughter Anna just came through a bone marrow transplant. For that procedure, the immune system is completely eradicated to prepare for a brand new immune system. Once the donor stem cells are transplanted, the new immune system needs time to "take root". In the meantime, you have to become a germophobe. Or, at least you feel like you do. You are constantly…
  • 32 Ways To Make Money Online - Real or Hulaballo?

    Laura Taff
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    I know it's been so long since I have done a post. If you're following Anna's story, she's doing great. She has come through her bone marrow transplant and is recovering beautifully. Still, full recovery will take a long time and we practically have to live in quarantine until her immune system is completely done renewing. This makes it practically impossible for me to work. For this entire cancer journey I've had to rely on so many people to get by. Charities, family, and other loved ones have given us money, shelter, food and more. I have DREAMED of a way to make some steady money and…
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    Feathering the Empty Nest

  • This may be the ‘second best’ labor free lawn mowing solution!

    Christine Blythe
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:22 pm
    What is the ‘first best’ labor free lawn mowing solution you ask?   Just take a look above – yup! Sheep!   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at our ever-growing grass and wished I could get a couple of sheep or goats and set them loose in our yard. This is ...
  • This artist makes beautiful paintings out of real food. | Someecards

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Lauren Purnell is a self-described Food Artist and her work speaks for itself. It’s easy to get blissfully lost while perusing her popular blog Culinary Canvass, where she makes food look far too beautiful to eat. They feature lots of fruits and veggies, so even though they’d be super healthy, I’d never want to consume ...
  • How to style your home like a staging pro. | Elle Decor

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Pick the perfect paint color. When you go to pick paint, either go for a perfect shade of white, a color that flatters every skin tone, or go for bold in a dark shade of red of brown or even black. Ceilings painted white or cream tend to make the room feel larger. How to ...
  • How to delete Android apps: The ultimate guide to uninstalling any app. | Android Gadget Hacks

    Christine Blythe
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    I must admit, I’m completely intimidated by my Android cell phone and the numerous Android apps pre-installed on it. It’s almost to the point of anxiety, where I’m afraid to touch it. How can this be for someone who is by no means a novice with computers, website design, and blogging? I believe part of ...
  • How to sell a home when you have pets | The Boston Globe

    Christine Blythe
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    Realtor Linda Montieth was preparing a Chelsea listing for an open house. It was crunch time — the time when realtors scurry around a property putting on the finishing touches, setting flowers on the table, and giving the rooms that final spritz of air freshener. Thereby hangs her tale of woe. Ten minutes before people ...
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  • Our Family’s Summer Bucket List

    Chad and Amanda
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The kids are home for two months, the weather has gotten hot and it won’t be long until the cries of “I’m bored!” are being hurled at us from kids only a week removed from the regular routine of school. That’s too bad for them though as we know how to counteract boredom and have come prepared with our bucket list of fun summer activities the entire family can enjoy. We started a summer bucket list a couple of years back as a way of ensuring that we always had something planned to keep us sane and the kids busy. This year is no different and in June we sat down as a family and came…
  • Red And White Canada Day Popcorn

    Amanda
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every year we head down to a school field to watch the Canada Day fireworks and like to bring a snack with us. Generally we just swing by a store and grab a bag of chips but this year I wanted to do something a little more fun. Did you know you can use Jello to candy popcorn? Cool, right? Think of all the colours and flavors you could do! For now though, red and white is all I need. White is easy enough, I just used plain popcorn. For the red I used raspberry Jello gelatin. Super easy recipe! Canada Day Red and White Popcorn Print recipe Print with main photo Print text only Ingredients 2/3…
  • The Watcher Is Watching You | Episode 30

    Chad and Amanda
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    This Weeks Show We have an end of the school year spectacular for you this week as we get into discussing summer vacation plans, micro-adventures and how we welcome open discussion but won’t tolerate verbal attacks. There is also some discussion into the return of Battle Bots and how much the kids are loving the show even after just one episode, we share a creepy true life story that could have been ripped straight out of a horror movie with you and then we discuss one of our new favourite parenting articles. We finish off the show with a new segment we are calling Top 5 and this week…
  • Canadian Flag Tissue Paper Craft For Kids

    Amanda
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Need a craft to keep the kids busy? I had a stack of tissue paper collected from past crafts and as I was straightening my craft table (straightening ha, just kidding, I was actually just digging through the piles to try and find something else) and came across it I thought of a craft I used to do as a kid. Its easy enough that younger kids can do it but it’s a bit more time consuming so they won’t fly through it so quickly. So I’m assuming since the craft is called a tissue paper flag and I mentioned that tissue paper is what made me think of said craft, that you are going to need…
  • Canada Day Painted Rock Kids Craft

    Amanda
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    With Canada Day right around the corner we like to add a little red and white wherever we can. A  recent trip to the river bottom the kids found some rocks they wanted to bring home to paint and put in the garden. Teegan and I painted her rock the other day and I really like the way it turned out, and how it looks in our little garden First you have to find yourself a decently sized rock and one that is somewhat flat on one edge. The less flat, the more troublesome it will be to use the stencil. We used acrylic paint that you can pick up at the dollar store or Micheals. A ruler and pencil…
 
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  • Voice of Silence

    aimster813
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:54 pm
    Ever so gently, I will lay you down. Down deep in the cold hard ground. I will cry droplets of love for eternity, After they separate you from me. I will kiss your eye lids, I will brush my fingers across your cheeks. A flower will be laid at your stone, From this moment until there are no more. And though I turn away, As the dirt is laid. I will never forget, What transpired here today. Saying goodbye, Isn’t a choice. But I will give your silent heart, A voice. ~In Memory of my dearest Elizabeth~
  • First Sight

    aimster813
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    In the shadow of a moment, A broken vibration of time. I saw a glimpse of your depths, The essence of your core. And as I sat in that fleeting instant, That blink of an eye. I knew that forever, Was irrevocably mine.
  • Glorious Unfolding – Stephen Curtis Chapman

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

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

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

  • Behind the Scenes: Poli Grappa Distillery

    Larger Family Life
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
      While grappa is not quite regarded as the typical after dinner drink in the UK things are very different in Italy. We visited the Poli Distillery, the home of Poli Grappa since 1898, to find out more about the range of grappas and the production process behind them.     The Poli Distillery is […]     
  • Another Side of Venice: Caorle

    Larger Family Life
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
      When thinking of Venice we might automatically conjure up images of St Mark’s Square, Doges Palace and gondolas gliding along the famed Grand Canal. But the Province of Venice holds so much more than we might originally imagine. Sitting along the upper shores of the Adriatic sea and nestling between the mouths of the Livenza […]     
  • Behind the Scenes: Bio Barduca Organic Salad

    Larger Family Life
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
      Every now and then life has a way of putting people in your path who create a profound impact upon you. It might be through how they are, it might be through what they do or it might be through what they believe in. The Barduca family hit us with all three. The Barducas […]     
  • Tips for Buying Your First House as a Family

    Features
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:11 am
      Buying your first family home is incredibly exciting. But it’s best to be prepared, so here are some great tips.   Think of Everyone’s Needs If you’re only used to living alone and buying properties alone, you might not be fully prepared to buy a home with a family. You can no longer just […]     
  • The Great Italian Outdoors

    Larger Family Life
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
      Coming back to a place we are already familiar with has its advantages. We know the area, the local shops, the closest hospital thanks to needing to have my wedding ring cut off after an insect bite caused major swelling during last year’s trip, and the local dentist thanks to experiencing my first ever […]     
 
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    More With Less Mom »

  • Multi-Purpose Marshmallows – Paint, Build, Eat

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Do you know what fantastic thing you haven’t done with your marshmallows lately? Maybe you’ve painted with them. Maybe you’ve built your own squishy tower toys with them. But the fun is increased exponentially when you do BOTH. Here is an edible, quick-prep, low-cost activity you can whip up on a rainy day, that will make your frugal heart go pitter patter, and keep your grand artists entertained for a while. The Things You Need milk food coloring straws paintbrushes big marshmallows The Things You Do You can cover your work space if you want, but my fabulous…
  • Flower Fairies for Your Fairy House – Printable Dolls for Fairy Day

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:04 am
    Fairy Day must involve a fairy house. Here is a printable of some flower fairies for your little one to play with. International Fairy Day is June 24 Download Flower Fairy Dolls PDF, 4 to a page, 2 pages Small Flower Fairy Dolls PDF, 8 to a page We did a bunch of crafting for our fairy day project. We got out some craft paper and paper bags, cardboard boxes, construction paper, poof balls, markers, glitter… From my fabulous Magical Fairy Day Roundup: Fairy Houses Any time we go for a hike or to the park we make a fairy house with the forest flotsam and jetsam Craftcycle Fairy House from…
  • Fairy Day Roundup – Magical Things – Offbeat Holidays

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:25 am
    Yay! Fairy day! Who doesn’t love fairies. I am not afraid to let my fairy freak flag fly. Young and old can celebrate this day with sparkly things. This is a fabulous fairy roundup with 82 fun things to do with your wee fae ones! International Fairy Day is June 24 “The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” (print) Fairy Day was started by artist Jessica Galbreth. Start the day with some Tinker Bell slippers from Lalymom (wicked easy) Try my fairy printable and do some acts of kindness While you craft put this Farie music YouTube…
  • Magical Things for Fairy Day – Print and Social Media Images

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Every day is a great day to celebrate, but June 24 is Fairy Day! Started by artist Jessica Galbreth, it is an excuse to have fun with your little fairies. “The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpots This lovely print is 8×10 and has an adorable vintage fairy with colorful wings, blowing bubbles with a pipe. He sits on blue, yellow, and purple pansies. It includes an inspirational quote about magical things. Download PDF print Social Media Cover Images Facebook Twitter Google Plus The universe is full of…
  • More With Less Weekly Meal Plan #2 – June 2015

    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:06 pm
    This is not your everyday, average meal plan. Learn how to cook like your great-grandma did, with little waste, and stretching what you have (including your dollars). The point of this meal plan is to help you be smart with your money. Feed your family of four a week of dinners with a shopping cart maximum of $114.31. Eat more – spend less! Use frugal ingredients to make dinners, without eating beans and rice or pasta every night. These are dinners for regular families living on a budget. In this post: Shopping Cart ~ Recipes ~ Printable List ~ Notes ~ Pinterest Boards I made the…
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    Momvelous

  • Your Daughter’s Self-Image Depends On You

    Jaz
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Have you ever caught your daughter in front of the mirror, looking at herself in a way that definitely is not pride? Have you ever heard her say things like, “I’m ugly” or “I suck at everything.” Moms love their children, no matter how they look or what they do, and perhaps the most heartbreaking […]
  • 20 Playdate Ideas That Make Summer Magic!

    Jessica
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Summers are made of magic. This is when children’s imaginations can really grow, friendships become life long and days are filled with endless play. And endless play means a parent has to get creative to keep their little ones entertained or they will hear the dreaded “I’m bored!!” The following are some fun and inexpensive […]
  • How To Teach Our Children To Be Respectful

    Amy
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Of all the issues in today’s society that deal with our children, the lack of respect may be the most common and the most shocking. We have gone from a time when adults were always right, teachers were always right, and we never talked back, to a generation of sassy back talkers that don’t seem […]
  • Liven Up The Crib With The Lamaze Crib Soother

    Loren
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:08 pm
    When my daughter was a couple months old, I noticed she started to become more fussy in her crib. Going from a more easy-going newborn to a louder, more finicky baby was a total reality check for me. I was determined to find something that would make her feel at ease again in her crib, […]
  • 10 Things A Mom Of Twin Toddler Boys Needs To Prepare For

    Jessica
    7 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Having a boy is a great and awesome thing. There is something very special and magical about them. They can take an activity that you anticipate being pretty safe and harmless to the most dangerous thing you’ve ever seen; having you question your parenting skills and why you allowed them to do that. Their ingenuity […]
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    Western New Yorker

  • Recipe - Slowcooker Turkey Burrito

    Liz Chapman
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Slowcooker Turkey Burrito RecipeWhat you will need:Ground TurkeySweet mini peppers1 avocadoDiced tomatoes1/2 cup water1 packet of Mexican spiceMushrooms (optional)Place all of the items into a slow cooker. I diced the mini peppers as well. I left mine on low for 2-3 hours!!We just scoop the meat mixture on a soft shell and add preferred toppings!!Enjoy!
  • New Original Series on Netflix #StreamTeam

    Liz Chapman
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    **I received a free Subscription to Netflix to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.My son and I are avid dreamers of fantasy worlds. Worlds that include magic and mythical creatures like dragons! Ever since the first "How to Train Your Dragon" movie came out we have been hooked! We were both extremely excited for the series Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 1 (Coming out 6/26)!!Here is a quick synopsis if you are also…
  • Rio Brands Total Sunblock 9' Umbrella Review

    Liz Chapman
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    **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. We were lucky enough to have the Rio Brands Total Sunblock 9' Umbrella  to try out and use! I want to start off by saying we are big outdoors people. From fishing, hunting, camping to sporting events, as a family, we do it all! Last year our Umbrella bit the dust, literally when high winds crash it to it's broken demise! After that debacle I was so excited to…
  • Steady Plow Farm visit

    Liz Chapman
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
     Steady Plow Farm, LLC is a diversified small farm in Sherman, NY that grows produce, eggs, cut flowers, honey, maple syrup, and chicken broilers/fryers.We were invited out to take a look around the farm & take some photos. They use natural growing methods in order to ensure the best health of our soil, crops, bees and chickens. They have a wonderful strawberry patch that I am really jealous over! Ours is rather small but it was so nice to see a well developed one.  Rows & Rows of green vegetables.  What is a boy to do but run free in the fields? Walking…
  • Healthy habit Tips #LISTERINEMom

    Liz Chapman
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    “I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”  As a mom, I try to encourage healthy habits by taking care of every mouth in the family! I do this by integrating LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE into your family’s oral care routine!! We have been traveling a lot this year for my work. One of the best tips I can give are how to keep…
 
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  • Brighter Day Today Is On The Move

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    As of Monday July 6th, 2015 Brighter Day Today will be moving to The Tie Dyed and Tattooed Mom         Yes, it's true. I have decided it's time to change sites. I have finally got the hang of things and while blogging at BTD has been great I really want to bring my readers more. More in all aspects.       One in particular is life. While I still take pride in finding the brighter side of things I want to be able to share my down sides so that you (my readers) understand why I am so conscious about finding the upside of things. With the Brighter Day…
  • DIY Desk for The home office

    11 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
           In May my family moved into our new space and I definitely needed my own work space. The pieces I needed for my new desk fell into my lap thus my desk became my first project in our new home.   Both the move and coming back to blogging really inspired each other. The blog gives me a way to document all the great things I want to do with our home and all the ideas I have are great DIY projects. Needless to say I got really excited when I started getting ready to do my desk.    The desk consists of 2 pieces. An old wooden desk terribly covered in…
  • MY Mortified

    9 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
          Recently scrolling through the Netflix documentaries I came across a special called Mortified Nation. In stand-up form people from all over the U.S. and Sweden read aloud their diary entries from their adolescent years. These entries are hilarious so i'll set the stage and read a few of my own deep dark entries.     The Mortified teams hosts shows every delving into the "deep" minds of teens. Everything from first experiences to exactly why we hated our parents. Everyone has something embarrassing to share. These entries bring back so many memories of a…
  • Why I Took Time Off

    4 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
           A few months back I ultimately dropped off the planet with my blogging. In retrospect just stopping wasn't the best decision but it happened and I feel I owe my readers an explanation.       When I started blogging it was on a whim. I had been searching for something I could do from home for a few years and had turned up unsuccessful time and time again falling into one pyramid scheme after another. When I finally found blogging I dove right in. I spent countless hours and many sleepless nights researching, writing, promoting, and networking. I worked…
  • Biannual Blogathon Bash

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Today we kick off the 7th Biannual Blogathon Bash am I'm am so happy to participate still in my first year of blogging. This is a great event for new bloggers and those continuing to amp up their blog. This year along with our host Kathleen Garber of KathleenGarber.com we are joined by our co-hosts Meagan Paullin of Sunshine and Sippy CupsKecia Hambrick of Southern Girl RamblingsLeila Brenner of LeilaBrenner.comand Ashley Mullen of Forgetful MommaThese blogs are great and If you haven't yet you definitely need to check them out.Throughout the weekend we will be completing tasks to…
 
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  • Ankeny Miracle Park an All-Inclusive Playground

    Erin Huiatt
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The kids and I visited Miracle Park in Ankeny and I was so amazed. This park is a lot of fun and the kids had a great time, but I was even more amazed on how this park was designed, so children with special needs could have just as much fun! Did you know that there are more than 3,500 children, between the ages of 5 and 15, that live in Polk, Boone, Dallas, and Story counties with special needs? While reading about The Project of Ankeny Miracle League, I was amazed to learn this fact and was saddened that The post Ankeny Miracle Park an All-Inclusive Playground appeared first on Des Moines…
  • Whole Foods: Ready for Action Week

    Erin Huiatt
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I have something fun to share with you guys! I was approached by Whole Foods West Des Moines, to help share an awesome event they are running THIS week … Ready for Action Week. Starting Monday, June 22nd thru Sunday, June 28th, Whole Foods will be celebrating the beginning of Summer with special offers, demonstrations and other fun events that support active lifestyles. As part of Ready for Action Week, Whole Foods is selling a survival kit for $12. Each survival kit is a retail value of $50! The products in these bags, are items that will help you and The post Whole Foods: Ready for…
  • Des Moines Arts Festival: Kids Activities

    Erin Huiatt
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Des Moines Arts Festival starts this week! This is one Central Iowa event, that we try and visit every Summer. It’s FREE to attend and there is so much that is offered for everyone! Date: June 26th – 28th Friday, June 26 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, June 28 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Western Gateway Park Festival Map Complete Schedule – AWESOME feature! If you want to save an event so you remember when and where it is happening, you can click “Add to my calendar” The post Des Moines Arts Festival:…
  • Pinky Swear: Hy-Vee Kids Triathlons & 5k Family Fun Run

    Erin Huiatt
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Pinky Swear Foundation Overview In the Mid 2000’s, the Office of Inspector General deemed it inappropriate for hospitals to provide quality of life support to families. It was viewed as an “inducement.” This ruling created a giant hole with a lack of such supports for kids with cancer and their families. Childhood cancer has risen 29% in the last 20 years. The average age of diagnosis is 6 years old and the average length of treatment is 2 years. Finally, 1 in 11 families with a child diagnosed with cancer will file for bankruptcy. The Pinky Swear Foundation helps alleviate The post…
  • Fourth of July in Central Iowa 2015

    Erin Huiatt
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:36 pm
    It’s that time of year! Fireworks, music, carnivals, and more. The Nation’s birthday is just around the corner and there are several activities and celebrations going on in Central Iowa, to celebrate! Check out the list below. If I am missing something, make sure you let me know and we will get it added! Altoona 1. Prairie Meadows Date: July 3rd at dusk, following live racing 2. Adventureland  Date: July 4th at 9:40 pm For in park guests only! Ames 1. Ames Fourth of July Parade Date: July 4th Location: Downtown Ames Bill Riley Talent Competition 9 am – 11 am Check The…
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    Handmade Cremation Urns For Ashes | ARTISURN - Memorial Chronicles

  • Ask A Mortician: Advance Directive How-To Video

    Irina Jordan
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Tweet This 5 minute video from the Ask A Mortician series is a must watch, especially if you don't have an Advance Directive in place.
  • TEDx Talk: Let's Talk About Good Death

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

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

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

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

  • Marked for Life

    Brain, Child
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    By Wendy Wisner My two-year-old son is at a playdate. He and a four-year-old girl are playing at a toy kitchen. He’s at the sink; she’s crouched down, picking up some plastic cauliflower. She looks up at him, her eyes resting squarely on his neck. “What’s that on his neck?” she asks me. “It’s his birthmark,” I say. My son looks at me with a faint glimmer of recognition. I have used the word “birthmark” before to describe that rough, pebbly brown spot on his neck. Every night before bed, I rub ointment on it to keep it soft. Every so often, I say, “This is your birthmark.
  • Utopia Lost and Value Reframed

    Brain, Child
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    By Debi Lewis Here is the utopian dream, masquerading as a concrete plan, which I formulated before my second child was born in August of 2005: My well-paying, full-time flexible-hours technology job at a national nonprofit organization would continue as it had for the next year, after which I would begin a PhD program in writing at a local university (which happened to have on-campus childcare). I would fill my days with heady conversation and scoop my children up in the afternoon to eat ice cream on the campus lawns and return home to my husband—who would keep us afloat with his job in…
  • Explaining Gay Marriage to the Boy with Two Moms

    Brain, Child
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    By Jennifer Berney “Ralph says that boys can’t marry boys,” my son said to me as I drove him home from preschool. Ralph, who sported a buzz cut and freckles, was a longtime friend of my son’s. More than once I’d heard him voicing his mother’s opinions to an audience of four-year-olds, like the time he explained that babies took too much work and cost too much money. He delivered this news as I held my newborn infant. “Well Ralph is confused,” I replied, glancing in the rearview mirror. “He’s not confused; he’s wrong,” my son corrected. It was July of 2013, just months…
  • How Kids See Inside Out (and How They Might Not)

    Karen Dempsey
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    Perhaps those abstract lessons of Inside Out are more important to a different audience — parents.    For months, I’d looked forward to seeing Pixar’s Inside Out with my daughter, Liddy. Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling turning feelings into characters! Characters we could understand and laugh at and talk about! When you’re the parent of a nine-year-old girl who is caught up in the fierce turmoil of third-grade life, that is no small thing. Plus, you know, popcorn and Reese’s Pieces. I brought Liddy and her friend Charlotte, and we loaded up on snacks and settled into our…
  • Policy Update: June 26, 2015

    Brain, Child
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:47 am
    A quick look back at events this week impacting women and families, from Valerie Young, a public policy analyst with Mom-mentum. Dozens of members of Congress, 44 to be exact, have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell asking for specific guidance regarding the obligations of health insurers to cover lactation services and supplies. Recent reports issued by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) reveal numerous occasions of insurance companies not following the relevant law, contained in the Affordable Care Act, or being unaware of the law’s…
 
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  • Meet the Travelers

    Allison
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    We are now 50 posts into our website, and loving every minute of it! However, today we were chatting and realized that we never formally introduced ourselves! In an effort to let you get to know us a little bit better we decided to answer 5 questions about ourselves. As always if you ever have suggestions on what to write about or where to visit we would love to hear them! Meet Terri: Terri and her family 1. What is your favorite food? My favorite food is chips and queso, is there anything better than good Mexican food! 2. What is your favorite 80’s band? Bon Jovi is my favorite…
  • Six Unique Hotels in the U.S

    Allison
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:06 pm
    When I was little the most exciting part of the vacation was the hotel that we stayed in, a fact that hasn’t changed much since I have gotten older. I love hotels, from chains to locally owned and everything in between. This post is all about places to stay that are out of the ordinary! Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel: Do you have a train fan in your family? In the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee you have the chance to sleep in a Victorian era train car. The hotel has the option for it’s guests to stay in either a traditional room or in a train car. The prices are in the $150 range…
  • Hilton Head Island, SC

    Terri Burgan
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    Evening fishing on Hilton Head Island Salty Dog Cafe If you are on the east coast and have never visited Hilton Head Island it’s a must do family vacation. Hilton Head is different from many beach towns.  If you are looking for amusement parks, water parks, go cart tracks and a Ripley’s Museum this isn’t the place for you.  What you will find on Hilton Head Island is good times, beautiful scenery, and an abundance of wildlife. There are many resorts, condos and private homes available for rental, but I recommend staying in a section of the island known as Sea Pines.  Sea Pines is…
  • Review of Noah’s Ark Water Park

    Allison
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:37 pm
    *Our writer and her family were hosted by the Noah’s Ark for the purpose of this review* Last Tuesday, we spent the day at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells, WI. It was a great experience. In the words of my boyfriend,”the only thing that could’ve made it better was escalators and elevators”. Hahaha! On to the Rides! I was very impressed with the cleanliness from the parking lot to the attractions. The foliage/landscape was beautiful, the color scheme of the rides and buildings were bright and fresh, the music was fun and appropriate, the staff was…
  • The Best Coffee Shops in Each State

    TheVilleMama
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    Image by Urban Standard, Birmingham I love coffee. Hot in the winter. Hot in the summer. Although I have been persuaded to try an iced coffee here and there, but it has to be the right coffee place making it just right, with cream and sugar added! Since our ice cream shops by state post was so popular, we compiled a list of local coffee shops from each of the 50 states. Stay caffeinated out there! If your favorite place didn’t make the list let us know and we’ll be sure to add it! (I tried to find the most kid-friendly suggestions too!) Alabama Urban Standard Alaska The Rookery Cafe…
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