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Reader's Dream Giveaway- Summer Kick

There are few things that I love more than going to the mailbox and finding that someone has sent me a book to read! Even if I ordered the book, and I totally knew that it was coming, it’s still the best prize the mail carrier ever leaves me! If someone has sent me a book for free, then it’s even more of a bonus! If you’re like me, and would love to find your mailbox stuffed full of free books then this giveaway is for you! I have gathered up some of my favorite authors—some you’ve heard of, and

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If you’re like me you’ve collected recipes over the year from an amazing number of sources.  I have recipes that I have clipped from magazines, printed out from online blogs or websites, been given from friends and family! Literally dozens of different sources for some recipes that my family loves! I would hate to lose any of them, but I also don’t take the time to organize them properly. A few years ago my mother-in-law gave me this beautiful recipe organizer and I was so excited until I realized that it literally meant I would have to re-write every single

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Over recent years Facebook has made a lot of changes that affect what appears in users’ newsfeed. You may have noticed that you don’t always see posts from your friends like you used to, or maybe you see a whole lot more posts from other friends than you used to? The good news is there are some simple ways you can regain control of what you see in your newsfeed, and which of your posts are seen by your friends! First, let’s talk about who you “Follow” on Facebook. If there are friends you want to make sure you see

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Advice for the Graduates

There are boxes lining the hallway from your bedroom down to the family room.  Waiting to be carried downstairs and loaded carefully into your car so you can leave.  Once you get in that car and drive away this house won’t be ‘home’ for you anymore, it will be the house you grew up in, it will be your parents place, and it will be somewhere you visit for holidays, but it won’t ever be home for you again. That makes me sad in unspeakable ways, but it also makes me think back to the day I moved out of

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As a parent, it’s your duty to protect your child from unsuitable content. However, as we progress into an increasingly digital age, it becomes harder to monitor what children see online and on TV. Use these tips to take control of your child’s media consumption:

As a parent, it’s your duty to protect your child from unsuitable content. However, as we progress into an increasingly digital age, it becomes harder to monitor what children see online and on TV. Use these tips to take control of your child’s media consumption: What Do The TV Ratings Mean? In the mid ’90s, the television industry created the rating system for TV shows. The rating labels are shown in the corner of the TV screen for about 15 seconds at the beginning of a television program. These labels were created to help caring parents identify which TV shows

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I knew that this day would come eventually, I admit that I’m glad it has come later rather than sooner! There is a lot of time for dating, and there was no reason to rush into it. As she has with everything, my daughter is very level headed, she wants more from life than just a boyfriend, or series of boyfriends. But as my beautiful daughter came running down the stairs this past week to tell me that the cute boy from school had asked her out on her first real date I knew there were a few things I

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First let me say that I absolutely love blogging. I love that it gives me a creative outlet, and sometimes just an outlet! I love that I have made some amazing friends! I love that a woman at home with her children can have a thought, write a post, have it go viral and maybe—just maybe—change the way people think about something, about motherhood, about parenting, about life, about the world as a whole! I love that blogging makes our world feel smaller because I can be best friends with someone who lives half a country away that I have

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Mother playing with her toddler child in poppy field

When you were pregnant, you probably spent a pretty good chunk of change on cute maternity clothing. Once your adorable baby was born, your focus understandably shifted to taking care of your infant, and you no longer had the time or energy to focus on your clothing. But just because you’re a mom, doesn’t mean your style should go out the window.   The following four signs will help determine if your personal style could use an upgrade: 1. Is Your Child Better Dressed Than You? If so, it is definitely time to treat yourself to some new duds. It’s

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There is NO greater agony than

  Yesterday I made a commitment. I made a commitment to myself, to my family, to the person I used to be, and to the person I hope to become someday. That commitment was to follow my dream and not to give up. Let’s be perfectly honest here and admit that most days giving up is the easier choice.  Giving up means not doing anything and just watching that dream wither and die, giving up means pining away for that memory of the dream instead of working your ass off to achieve the dream. Giving up is easier, and yet

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As part of trying to figure out why my teenage daughter suffered from a migraine that lasted 3 1/2 years, we saw every specialist under the sun and that included seeing a sleep specialist. We discovered that she suffers from restless leg syndrome as a result of low ferratin (stored iron) in her system.  She now takes medication for the RLS as well as an iron supplement daily.  We learned a LOT about sleep during that process and it’s an ongoing learning process as we still see the sleep specialist at our local children’s hospital every 3 months.  Sleep is

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5 friends every woman should remove from her life

I wrote recently about the 5 Types Of Friends Every Woman Needs To Have In Her Life. Since I first wrote that post I haven’t stopped thinking about the flip side of those friendships. The friendships we all have in our lives that we need to remove from our lives!   The Gossip Girl-The friend who acts interested in our life only so she can gather information about us and gossip behind our back. You know the type, the one who is all interested in your recent weight loss, but you know it’s just so she can talk about how

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Mommy is crying because she is frustrated, she sees your potential more than anyone else, and she’s tired of banging her head against the wall of the education system. Mommy is crying because she knows you can succeed if she can just get the teachers to realize that we’re all on the same side, the side that has you successful in life and in school. Mommy is crying because she is so tired from tossing and turning last night wondering what is the right thing to do? Should she call the school—again—and complain? Should she look into home school options?

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Financial Safety Nets: Best Services on the Market

When you take steps to secure your financial security, it isn’t just about protecting yourself — it’s about protecting your whole family and their future. But which services are the best on the market when it comes to financial safety nets? Here is a list of the top services that can help keep your family’s finances secure and allow to you rest assured that you’re well protected where it counts. 1. Home Security System Your home is your castle, and protecting that home is the first step in keeping your family and personal belongings safe. Employ a security system to

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The 5 TypesOf ParentsWe All SecretlyLove (1)

There are as many different types of parents in this world as there are children. For the most part I’m a live and let live type of person, however you want to parent is fine with me! There are a few notable exceptions, and I’m willing to bet that if you’ve run into these types of parents they’ve rubbed on you like nails on a chalk board as well. I also like to think that our parenting style is as fluid as our children are, their stage changes and our parenting changes to meet it. So maybe these type of

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Being a Stay at Home Mom Matters

  Having worked from home for over 11 years now I am well aware that it isn’t something that is a great fit for everyone. For me, it works for my family, it works for my marriage, it works for my personality, and my career. Recently I stumbled on a discussion on Facebook where someone commented saying that it didn’t matter that she had been at home when her children were young because they don’t remember it, the same person also commented that her own mother had been a stay at home mother and it didn’t matter a bit because

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Rules of the Road: 5 Things Parents Should Teach Teens

When your teenager is learning to drive, you will spend plenty of time going over basic rules of the road, like how important it is to monitor and maintain the speed limit, what to do when a fire truck is approaching from behind, and why you should always use your turn signal. As a more seasoned driver, you know that with experience comes an intuition for driving. Combine that knowledge gained from experience with the textbook that teens will cover during driver’s education, and your teen will be even more prepared to get behind the wheel. Here are five unwritten

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5 ThingsOnly ReallyNear-SightedWomen

Having worn contact lenses since I was a freshman in high school (and that was a long time ago in case you were wondering) I know that there are some things that only other women who are also seriously near sighted understand! Losing Your Glasses Every single night I take my contacts out and then realize I have no idea where I left my glasses. Also, repeat this exercise the next morning when my alarm goes off and I have to search for my glasses on my nightstand. 2. Showering Blind I have long ago accepted that the only way I

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What Do You Mean

My primary concern when we decided to have our second child was that I not have a repeat of the first labor and delivery experience. Sitting in the exam room, a week after my due date, listening to the doctor schedule my induction around cocktail parties, and a promised date night with his wife turned out to be just the beginning of things that didn’t go according to my plan. Giving birth to a 9 pound baby after 52 plus hours of labor, a week after my due date, I was looking for something a little more like what I

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June Cleaver

 Do you ever wonder what June Cleaver would do if she were alive today? (For those of you  who are too young to remember hearing about June, she was the quintessential 1950’s  mom on the hit show, “Leave It To Beaver”). Would she be worrying about her sons, Wally  and Beaver, using Instagram, Snapchat, or other social networks? Or would she be  concerned about them texting inappropriate comments/photos to their friends? My guess is that we’d probably find June in the kitchen, happily using Pinterest to cook up a super-nutritious dinner, unaware of what her kids were up to online.

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The husband and the pregnant wife keep in a yoga pose

The main philosophy of yoga is simple: mind, body and spirit are all one entity that cannot be clearly separated. Each of these components represent the three major building blocks of a relationship: mental attraction, physical attraction and a personal connection. Practicing yoga helps connect us to our truest selves, and many of the lessons learned on the mat can be applied to our relationships in the rest of the world. Create a Strong Foundation In yoga, strong poses are built from a firm and level foundation. As Yoga Journal quotes the old adage, “As the foundation is laid, so

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The Rules of the Circle Drive

If you are a parent who drops their child off at school every day then you know that there is no place on this earth that is as likely to inspire a special type of rage as the circle drive. There is a set of unspoken rules that most of us comply with because it’s what keeps order in the chaos of the circle drive, some parents think the rules either don’t apply to them, or simply don’t matter. And that, my friends, is where circle-drive-rage can happen! The rules for the morning drop off are simple, and yet they

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I Will NotLet AnyoneMake My ChildFeel

Since the very first moment that I found out I was going to be a mother I knew that I would have one mission above all others. I was determined not to let anyone make my child feel stupid. I was definitely a victim of teachers who said stupid things, and bullies who got under my skin as a child and I spent my entire adolescence believing that I was stupid, not smart enough, or just not good at things—you know, things like math, or science. I remember like it was yesterday having an elementary school teacher tell me, “Oh,

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50+ Books Sexier than 50 Shades of Grey

I have been a lover of romance—both as a reader and a writer—since I was a freshman in high school. In those years I have read many, many books that have inspired me to put my love of writing those amazing characters, love stories, and yes sexy love scenes to work for me. I have been lucky enough over the years to work as a book reviewer which has enabled me to befriend many of those writers who have served as my inspiration! I understand the appeal of 50 Shades of Gray, but I have absolutely no desire to read

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If you’re the parent of a teen or preteen girl, you know that the struggle is very real.  Every school dance or formal event requires a new dress that you will spend hundreds of dollars on–not to mention shoes, accessories, hair, makeup–and they’ll wear it exactly once before it’s banished to the back of the closet. If you’re lucky–and I mean very, very lucky–you’ll be able to sell the dress on a used dress site for a fraction of what you paid for it. Meanwhile her date goes to the local mall, pays a small fee, and rents his outfit–even

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Why I Don't Brag About My Honor Student

You’ve seen the posts, and the bumper stickers, and the…everything else. On report card day your Facebook feed is full of posts bragging about how little Suzy made all A’s…again! I have two children, a boy, and a girl. They are opposite in more ways than just that. She is outgoing and enjoys performing, she enjoys books, and school comes easily to her. He is shyer, but enjoys playing with friends and being active outdoors, school is a challenge, and he avoids anything to do with reading. My daughter has been on the honor roll every single semester of her

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