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I am probably the most avid reader you will ever meet in your life. Growing up, my mom used to say that I would read the back of the cereal box if there was nothing else to get my hands on with printed words on it.  She was absolutely right.  I remember reading the box of cereal every single morning while I ate my bowl for breakfast.  If there were words printed on it, I read it.  The only exception?  Anything that was assigned reading. Call it stubbornness, or whatever you like but there’s something about having a book assigned

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11 Ways to Stop Your Kids from Bullying

October is Bullying Prevention Month. However, bullying behaviour happens all year round and the ones doing the bullying can come in various shapes, sizes as well as ages. They can also come from different ethnic groups, genders, socio-economic classes and religions. Parents can be shocked in learning that your kid has been the reason for the pain and the humiliation of another child, or worse, more than one child. Kids’ bullying one another isn’t exactly something new. A lot of people have come across a bully at a certain time of their lives. Parents usually worry that their kids are

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This story was originally written to be included in the book Scary Mommy’s Guide to Surviving the Holidays.  Only, I neglected to note the cut off date for submissions and I missed it!  Jill is amazing and she loved this story so she tried to juggle things but in the end the story couldn’t fit into the book without causing a whole lot of trouble for editors and publishers and ultimately Jill who already has plenty on her plate! I decided to use the essay as a post on my site and as a way to generate more support for

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No matter what type condition you are pursuing a diagnosis for your child in it can be a road filled with potholes, nerves, and detours.  Whether you are trying to get a diagnosis so your child can do better in school, or just so they can receive treatment for a condition that is causing them pain, sometimes it seems like a process of ruling things out so you can be left with an only thing left option. Is that really the best we can do?  It’s so frustrating! Navigating the medical process can be confusing, frustrating, and frankly terrifying!  I’ve

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One year ago today I realized a dream that was a lifetime in the making. I became a published author, and today my very first book turns a year old! You can help me realize another dream by purchasing a copy and helping the book return to the Best Sellers list! Today only the book is available for just 99c on Amazon! If you haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, now is your chance to score a copy for less than that morning cup of coffee you’re holding right now!  Download a copy, read it, and laugh

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My teenage daughter attended her first dress up dance at high school this past weekend.  She’s a sophomore but opted not to attend the dances last year.  This year she went to the homecoming dance with a group of friends, had a blast, and made me realize there are still a few things we need to be teaching these teenagers before we turn them loose on the world.  No, I’m not talking about teaching them how to achieve world peace, or how to assemble a high quality resume that will get them hired by Fortune 500 companies post-graduation.  I’m not

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There are few things I enjoy more than reading a really good book.  If that book can make me laugh out loud then that’s an extra bonus, Stacey Gustafson not only had me laughing but several times I was receiving sideways glances from the people around me when I realized I was laughing so hard I was rocking back and forth in my chair! Yeah, that tends to make people think maybe you forgot your meds that morning or something.  Still, it was totally worth it! “Are You Kidding Me?” is filled with those stories you’d tell only your very

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I’ve always wanted to say that line, the radio DJ’s say it all the time and it sounds so…super top secret and exclusive!   We are so excited about the upcoming release of Clash of the Couples we decided to do a quick giveaway before the actual release!  So you could actually win a copy of the book before anyone else can buy it!  Even the authors of the book have only gotten a preview recently!  The book is fan-flipping-tastic, so you’ll be wanting a copy anyway!  Might as well win it for free, right? Click here to enter!!   

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I’ve never been the type of person who throws her own parade.  I don’t do countdowns to my own birthday, I don’t make lists of things I want to receive as gifts.  Generally, when someone asks me what I want for my birthday I can’t come up with a single thing!  Even though I can always find things I want when I’m casually browsing Target.  Especially if I have no money in my bank account to spend at the moment. This year my family has asked me numerous times, I love that they want to treat me and pamper me

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Judy feels pretty good about herself this morning, as she twirls in front of her bedroom mirror.  It’s picture day so she got up early and fixed her hair, and even snuck a little bit of her mom’s mascara!  The new dress her mom bought for her to wear in her pictures flutters around her legs when she spins, and even though she’s not a little kid anymore–she’s almost a teenager!–she still likes to twirl in front of the mirror as long as no one is watching. As she rushes down the driveway to catch the bus she is all

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Even before my son, now 11, was officially diagnosed as having ADD I knew that he had difficulty focusing and staying on task for very long.  Like most parents, I wondered where the line was that determined what was typical boy behavior, and what was a problem.  Even before the official diagnosis happened I knew that the nightly Taekwondo classes helped him to focus, helped his mood, and helped his confidence in ways that nothing else had ever done. For a long time I chalked it up to the physical exercise releasing endorphins and improving his mood.  I’m sure that

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It’s no secret that I love a good book, and I’m absolutely over the moon for a new book that’s part of a series I already love from an author I adore!  Roxanne St. Claire has been one of my favorites since I first discovered her many years ago when I was writing book reviews for a print magazine.  (Yeah I actually got paid, and I got free books, it was a dream job…too bad I can’t figure out how to live on $50 a month) A few months ago I shared other reviews for Roxanne’s latest series, be sure

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Have you ever heard the expression “necessity is the mother of invention?”  Well, there’s a lot of truth to that! Especially if you’re a mother yourself, and that necessity is getting your child to eat something besides chicken nuggets and fruit snacks. Melissa Desrochers had the genius idea to try and get her picky eater to try and eat new things by serving them to him on a toothpick.  It’s a genius idea!  And it’s totally born of necessity.  Trying to get a picky eater to eat nutritious foods is a truly frustrating thing!  You’re pretty much faced with two paths

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  Do you know if your child is a bully? I think that you would be hard pressed in 2014 to find a parent who wouldn’t agree with the statement that bullying is a big problem, and something we all hope that our children are never a victim of.  We spend time talking to our children about how to handle a bully, who to tell if something is happening to them, and the school system has even gotten on board with major anti-bullying campaigns.  Bullying falls under their zero tolerance policy for most school districts.  But, what does that really

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I am beyond excited to announce that I am once again joining the published authors ranks!  I will have a story included in the upcoming anthology Clash of the Couples which is scheduled for release in very early November!  Today we are excited to share the first peek at the cover for the new book! Tell the truth, is that the most GORGEOUS thing you have ever seen?  Of course we couldn’t share a collection of stories about couples without paying tribute to the ultimate couple, Adam and Eve! There are some truly amazing bloggers in this lineup and I am

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I knew when I started dating my husband that he’s the kind of guy who believes that farts happen.  He’s not a ‘hold it in’ kind of guy.  I firmly believe he has never, ever had the urge to pass gas and suppressed it.  No pun intended. Not only is he a guy who believes that holding a fart in will give him some kind of excruciating stomach ache and probably worse, he also believes that farts are meant to be heard.  The louder the better!  And he takes pride in the stench he creates. Yes, you read that correctly.

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Homework Battles

It is only the third week of school in our house and I am already completely and totally fed up with the homework battle. Last night was by far the worst night yet as my son and I spent 3+ hours doing homework at the dining room table. Three hours of homework in fifth grade is nothing short of total insanity! Expecting any child to sit and concentrate on homework for that long is ridiculous, but when that child has ADD it’s absolutely impossible. Part of the problem was that a good chunk of the homework involved writing.  Guess what

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  As most of the Internet now knows some nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and several other celebrities were released over the weekend after a hacker obtained them illegally from their cloud server accounts.   I’m not here to debate the various terms that have been bandied about the Internet in the last few days like “scandal” or “leak” or even to discuss the gigantic breach of privacy and how violating that must be for the women involved.  What I want to discuss is that this goes to prove what I have always told my children, that if you share

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WatchMinder

How many times has your ADHD child come home from school and forgotten anything and everything from homework to their jacket?  Have you ever wished you could send them a reminder message right before the bell rings to grab their PE uniform so you can wash it before it starts to stink up the entire school? I have great news for you, that’s basically what the WatchMinder watch does for you and your ADHD student.  Not only can you program this watch to vibrate at specific times, you can program it to display a customized text message on the screen!  Yes!

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What I've Learned from Parenting a Son

I grew up with a sister, no brothers. My father traveled a lot for work, so the majority of my childhood it was just us girls at home. There were definitely some perks of that that have helped me in my adulthood, I learned to be independent, not to wait on a man to do anything for me, and how to do things that were traditionally thought of as “men’s work” like chopping firewood, repairing leaky faucets, and even getting a car unstuck in a foot of snow. What can I say, it was a glamorous life! Fast forward to

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As a blogger you find that you are constantly offered samples of products to “try” and the company hopes you’ll love the product and then mention it on your blog and social media channels.  Every once and awhile I get an email from a company and I’m truly excited to not only try the product but to even learn that such a product even exists! Kidecals was definitely one of those products! So much so that after I tried them I emailed them back and told them I intended to write a rave review and they offered a discount code

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It never fails, every time I watch the news I walk away shaking my head thinking where were their parents? And not just when the stories relate to children behaving badly, but also teenagers, young adults, and even regular old adults. As parents some of us seem to have lost track of the concept that our children will grow up to be who we show them that we are.  The biggest, most important part of parenting is setting an example! It’s a simple cause and effect situation.  The behavior that you display to the world will be imitated in the

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How I Earned My Wrinkles

I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for Anne Bardsley’s book, “How I Earned My Wrinkles”!  Anne is the type of writer who makes comedy writing look effortless and I assure you that it is anything but that!  If you enjoy this post (and you will!) head over and check out her blog and her book!   My husband is a connoisseur of women’s feet. He notices women’s shoes. We live in Florida where flip flops are considered formal wear, so there is a never ending supply of amusement for him here. Like most men, he likes

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They didn’t know that I was watching, as I peeked through a loose panel in the fence, they had no idea that anyone was watching them. I squinted slightly against the sun, and angled my head so I had the optimum view between the pickets of the fence. My son lay face down in the center of the neighbor’s trampoline, giggling uncontrollably, as two neighbor girls jumped all around him bouncing him up and down. He had absolutely no control over where he landed, or how high he bounced. The girls threw their head back, their hair bouncing slightly behind

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As the parent of an ADD son one of the hardest things for us to manage is simply having him remember things that he is supposed to do. Simple, daily tasks like remembering to bring things home from school, remembering to take his medication at the right time, and remembering to stay on task when he’s doing something. When I was approached recently by Renee from JustHomeMedical.com I was surprised and thrilled to learn that a product like the Rodger 8-Alarm Vibrating Watch even existed!  I had never heard of a watch like this for kids with ADD/ADHD and I knew

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