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Summer Fun :: Learning How to Surf

  My husband has been waiting patiently for our daughter to be a strong enough swimmer to teach her how to surf. He has been dreaming of one day heading to the beach with her and surfing the … [Read More...]

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Throw a Paddington Bear Party

Image courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk   What's not to love about Paddington?  I absolutely love the movie and we even hosted a little movie previewing party after school one day.  If your little … [Read More...]

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PULSE :: Providing Village Ambulances to Remote Communities in Uganda

    Giving birth can be such an amazing experience but imagine if you were unable to have access to a hospital!  My pregnancy went really well (minus the 50 pounds I gained) and I had assumed my delivery would be without complications as well.  Boy, was I in for a surprise! In the summer of 2006 on July 28th  I was admitted into the hospital at 8:40 pm and within a half hour I was on the table having an emergency C-section due to a torn Placentia (how does that happened?). Yes, it was very dramatic and my little Kate had to … [Read More...]

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Julie Bartlett's Investiture

Finding Soul in New Zealand: An Interview with Julie Bartlett

    Six months ago my family and I embarked on an amazing 92-day journey to the beautiful country of New Zealand. I was personally ecstatic because this was my chance to be able to decompress and actually breathe, to take a break from the craziness that is involved with raising a family in a race to nowhere. Between volunteering at our children’s school, being a Girl Scout troop leader, and running a household of two girls, a busy father, and an aging dog amongst other things, I was ready to figure out how to unwind and … [Read More...]

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Musings :: Beware the Stage Mom

   “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~ Angela Schwindt Last week I was reminded of how important it is to instill confidence in our children.  I mean the kind of confidence that allows them to navigate in the world from a place of kindness but also a place from which no one can disrupt their sense of self.  Building up my daughter's self-esteem has been at the forefront of my parenting.  "Healthy self-esteem is like a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Kids … [Read More...]

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Movie Review :: Jurassic World is the best one yet!

  Our whole family went to see Jurassic World opening weekend at our local theater and boy, was it a packed house!  It seems like there are a lot of fans of this fun movie franchise - and for good reason! Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic series, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.  First off, I must admit I have a bit of a celebrity crush on Chris Pratt. I really loved him as Starlord in Guardians of … [Read More...]

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Recipes :: Quick & Simple July Fourth Treats

  A Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich: The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays because we can just sit back and enjoy each other with no pressure of gift-giving (yes, this can be a little stressful don't you think?).  We usually spend the day at the pool and eat bits and pieces all day long.  You know how it is!  This year I want to make a couple patriotic treats to bring to the pool and these are some simple but delicious treats that just about anyone can make.  Like I said, … [Read More...]

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Summer Fun :: Learning How to Surf

  My husband has been waiting patiently for our daughter to be a strong enough swimmer to teach her how to surf. He has been dreaming of one day heading to the beach with her and surfing the waves together since she first started to walk!  But he had to wait to teach her how to surf  and make sure she was a strong swimmer. Strong enough to take a couple tumbles in the surf.  I would advise the same if you are looking to teach your kids how to surf or have them try out a surf day camp.  … [Read More...]

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Order medicines online safely with the new .pharmacy

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Carmen Catizone, MS, RPh, DPh (Executive Director/Secretary of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy a/k/a "NABP") and lawyer, Libby Baney, J.D. (Founder/Executive Director of Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies a/k/a "ASOP Global") regarding the June 3rd launch and release of .pharmacy [dot pharmacy] to the general public.   This is a long time coming regarding verifiable and vetted online sites for ordering online medications … [Read More...]

Julie Bartlett's Investiture

Finding Soul in New Zealand: An Interview with Julie Bartlett

    Six months ago my family and I embarked on an amazing 92-day journey to the beautiful country of New Zealand. I was personally ecstatic because this was my chance to be able to decompress and actually breathe, to take a break from the craziness that is involved with raising a family in a race to nowhere. Between volunteering at our children’s school, being a Girl Scout troop leader, and running a household of two girls, a busy father, and an aging dog amongst other … [Read More...]

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Summer Fun :: Family Vacation Tips

    Are you planning on taking a family trip this summer? Do the kids love car rides or are they always asking "are we there yet?"  Two summers ago we drove up to Tahoe and my daughter wore a shirt that said "Road Trip" and on the back it said "Are We There Yet?"  She was a pretty good traveler but I wish that I had this Vacation Journal that my friend Colleen created.  I love all the fun activities the kids can do prior to the trip, during the car ride and even after … [Read More...]

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In the Spotlight: Best Fiends Keeps You Entertained

 Best Fiends Fiend (Noun) [/Feend/]: “A Mythical, mischievous little creature inhabiting the world of Minutia.” You probably remember the scene in Gladiator when Russell Crowe's character yells to the crowd "are you not entertained?"  That line kept going through my mind while playing the very popular app Best Fiends by developer Seriously.  Yes, seriously, that is their name and one my daughter got a kick out of since this is one of her favorite words these days!  I have to say I was very … [Read More...]

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Tech Review :: The 3D Robotics Solo Drone Delivers an Aerial Experience

  two female hiker above the sea of fog on top of a mountain at sunset  Note: Dandelion Moms has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free Recently I saw a commercial showing a robotics drone that flies and can take photographs and videos all directed by our hand. So when I was asked to do a review for the new 3D Robotics Solo Drone available now at Best Buy I was super excited to learn more about this … [Read More...]

Creating Childhood Memories – Invest in Experiences, Not Things

  What do you remember most about your childhood? What experiences stand out the most? Have you ever seen, heard, smelled, or felt something as an adult that brought you back in time - a memory so vivid that you could swear you were a child again, if only for an instant? For me, the fondest and most vivid memories of my childhood were created during years of camping trips with my family. I can remember in great detail the excitement of packing up the van and trailer, my dad, … [Read More...]

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Summer Fun :: Nature Day Camp 101

  Summer is here and finding things to do with the kids can be trying sometimes.  That is why we are creating a Summer Fun Series where we make suggestions for activities to do with the kids that won't cost an arm and a leg! Last week we hosted a Nature Day Camp for my daughter and some of her pals. It was a fun day and one that didn't take a ton of planning and/or money!  Stuck On You was kind enough to sponsor this fun day and provided the cool messenger bag, postcards and other … [Read More...]