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For children to help prevent and cope with bullying, learning and participating in martial arts can be incredibly beneficial. Martial arts, such as taekwondo, karate, kickboxing, and Muay Thai offer a variety of skills that can contribute to children’s overall well-being. Mentally and physically, participation in martial arts can improve children’s coping methods and help them not only to deal with bullies, but may also help stop them from being bullies themselves. First and foremost, martial arts instill respect. Kids learn deference to their instructors and to the masters of the practice in class. In addition, kids learn to be

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As we go through our daily lives we tend to focus on our own life, our own days, and our own loved ones. There’s nothing at all wrong with that, we focus on what’s in front of us. But the truth is that by going through our daily lives, pursuing our dreams or even just living our mundane lives we are creating ripples in the water of life that impact others in ways we cannot possibly see. A young woman found a love of dance in her life, she had a passion to create a dance studio where all dancers

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Truth be told when my mom first mentioned this recipe to me it didn’t appeal to me all that much.  I’m not usually a fan of tomatoes especially what I consider “stewed tomatoes”.  Blame it on the grade school cafeteria maybe?  But, I am a fan of all things Mexican flavored so when she made it and offered me a bowl I tried it, thinking I would eat around the tomatoes.  To my surprise I LOVED the soup so much I immediately had seconds, demanded the recipe and made it for my family as soon as she sent it to

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14 Rules for

Being friends with a writer comes with a certain set of caveats, or rules if you will, that you simply must accept if you’re going to really appreciate the relationship you have with your writer friend. I’ve gathered a handy list of those rules for you here, all together in one place, so you can easily refer to them whenever you’re not sure how to handle something. Because I have an amazing group of writer friends I have asked many of them to contribute to this post! I have linked their rule to their blog, you should click, visit them,

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Back Cover Blurb: Family law attorney Maddie Prescott is driven to succeed. A pawn in her parents’ messy divorce, she devoted her career to representing children in court, and when her husband’s early death makes it seem like she can’t have it all, she’s ready to beat the odds by going to a sperm bank. One advantage to single parenthood is that her child will never be a pawn. That, and she’ll never have to deal with sarcastic ladies’ men or liars.   Jack Worth promised to look out for his dying best friend’s wife: a small repayment for someone

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If you’re at all like me, and since you’re here reading my blog I’m just going to go ahead and assume that you are, then sometimes you just want someone else to take the responsibility of planning what’s for dinner tonight. It’s not the cooking, or the cleaning up, sometimes it’s just the act of deciding what to make that I want a night off from! Well, you’re in luck! Enter to win this fabulous Red Gold Skinny Lasagna Kit which includes all the ingredients to make a fabulous lasagna and a coupon for a few bonus items so you

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In our journey on dealing with my son’s attention deficit disorder we have experimented with two different medications (so far) and each of them at various doses.  The most recent medication seems to be the best fit we can hope for, and it’s definitely a great fit during the school day.  However, we were finding that more often than not homework time was still a struggle.  Like most kids he is tired after school and wants to do anything except more school work!  He was having two to three hours of homework some evenings, which also told me that while

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As teens grow and develop, it can be tempting to assume that they can think and behave just like adults. A little bit of time with a teen, however, can starkly demonstrate just how differently they think and act, and it is all due to brain development. The Teenaged Brain A brain is like a complicated entertainment system that includes the cable box, television, blu-ray player, and surround sound that are all connected through wires. For adults, the parts of the brain work together using a similar system of wires called synapses. The teenaged brain, however, has all of the

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We Used to BeNewlywedsNow We're The Old

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, we were newlyweds. Watching television in the evening meant snuggling together, spoon style on the couch. We were the couple every other couple envied. We held hands. We went on dates. We hurried home to see one another. He told me I was beautiful. I happily did his laundry without any complaints about the amount that landed outside the hamper instead of inside the hamper. Cooking dinner for him was a treat, a way to show him how much I loved him. When he shopped for my birthday it was a

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Do you remember those early years when your children were first beginning to look to the world to find their entertainment and stimulation?  Do you remember that no matter how much you spent on expensive gifts, or toys, they were far happier to play with the empty box that once held that expensive toy instead of the actual toy?  Do you remember thinking, or even saying out loud “Why do we buy toys, they would rather have the box?” A lot of times, as a parent, or an adult who cares about a child in our lives we strive to

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5 things for parents to keep in mind this holiday season

  In today’s world where we share a lot (everything?) on social media it’s easy to get caught up in what someone else’s traditions are, and a keeping up with the Jones’s type of scenario. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind as you travel through this year’s hectic Holiday Season. It’s up to you and your partner which traditions you participate in. I know, I know! Everyone and their brother is jumping on the Elf on a Shelf tradition but you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to. And you should have

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Sometimes I just don't want to...

Just because you see me smiling, doesn’t mean I am always happy. Just because you hear me laughing, doesn’t mean my every moment is always filled with joy. I have moments, I have days, and I have weeks, where I just don’t want to do it.  Any of it. I don’t want to get out of bed, I don’t want to drive the kids to school. I don’t want to work. I don’t want to clean the kitchen, or do the laundry. I don’t want to make sure there’s something for dinner, and that everyone does their homework. I don’t

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I haven’t blogged a new recipe in ages, but tonight Hubby made one of his famous requests for “something different” and he went further to request that we stuff some really nice chicken breasts we had in the freezer.  His thought was to stuff them with stuffing (a la Thanksgiving Stuffing) but I’ve never been a fan of stuffing (or dressing if you call it that) so I persuaded him to let me try something a little more creative.  I came up with Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Breasts that I stuffed with ricotta cheese! I had three really good size

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I know as well as anyone that the holidays are insanely stressful and that stress multiplies by about a gazillion when you add being a mom to the mix.  Just the things we have to accomplish on a normal day seem impossible to get done, add the extra holiday insanity to the mix and you can practically feel a nervous breakdown stalking you around every corner! Between kids, spouses, and in-laws there’s a constant, never ending demand for our attention and our time!  The pressure to create the Norman Rockwell holiday picture is endless!  If you’ve ever browsed for holiday

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Marcia Kester Doyle is one of my blogging idols, not only is this woman fall-down, pee your pants, hilarious she is also the most kind and giving blogger friend a woman could ask for in this world.   I don’t know how she manages to be as prolific in her writing as she is, but figuring that out is definitely a goal of mine! When she asked if I would be interested in guest blogging on her site as part of her Wacky Wednesday Writer series I jumped at the chance and then had a mild panic attack about HOW

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  Help make a dream come true! I’d love to hit the Amazon Best Seller’s List. Here’s how we can make that happen… Download your copy of Clash of the Couples (a book I co-authored along with forty-five fellow bloggers) for just $0.99 – TODAY ONLY. That’s less than the Starbucks you’re currently sipping and would sure make this lady very happy! VERY. HAPPY. So please, please, please…download today! Thank you for your support! Angela P.S. After you’re done reading and laughing don’t forget to leave us an honest review on Amazon!  Yes, I never stop asking you for things…it’s

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7 Rules of Hiring a Teento Babysit

Hiring a babysitter so you and your spouse can enjoy a “date night” out of the house, without little people demanding to have their butt’s wiped, or their food cut into bite size pieces is a special treat for any couple.  But, for the teenager who is taking your place in the role of caregiver to your kids for the night, it’s a part-time job.  One they do not because they simply love children, but because they want a chance to earn some spending money of their own that they don’t have to beg from their parents. If your children

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The 5 types

I’m willing to bet that if you stopped and thought about your group of friends you would be able to identify a need that each one of them fulfills for you, and if I asked them to do the same about you there’s a spot that you fill that no one else would be able to.   Friend relationships are not a one-size-fits all proposition, we have different types of friends, and different types of friendships.  When you have a crisis, or a funny story to tell, or you need advice, you know immediately who you are going to call.  You

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  It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?  Just focus!  Simply pay attention and finish the task in front of you.  To those without attention deficit disorder it sounds like the most simple, obvious thing in the entire world.  To those with attention deficit disorder it sounds like a pipe dream, something they so desperately wish that they could do but they are just unable to pull it off. We wouldn’t shout “just lower your blood sugar” to a diabetic.  Or, “reduce your blood pressure” to someone with heart disease.  We know that these things are out of the person’s control.

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    I could not be more proud, excited and thrilled to announce that as of today you can purchase my second book, Clash of the Couples from Amazon!  Along with 45 other completely amazing writers–both men and women–we are sharing those ridiculous arguments that all couples have in a way that will have you laughing, shaking your head, and thinking “oh my god I thought I was the only one who did that!” My contribution to the book is titled “Dirty Socks, EVERYWHERE!” and is a story about a situation that happened between my husband and myself many years

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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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The Mother of All Meltdowns is turning 1

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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