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A Mother’s Day Giveaway!

    It's that time of year again for us moms!  And what better way to celebrate than with a little giveaway?  We went on a search for some goodies for our lovely dandelion moms and … [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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Inspirational Mom :: Tara McCallan of the Happy Soul Project

  Last year I came across a picture of the sweetest little girl I could imagine and had to find out more about her.  Her mom, Tara McCallan, started the Happy Soul Project right after the birth of her daughter, Pip, who was born with Down Syndrome and some health issues.  She wanted to show to the world, through Pip, that being different is cool and beautiful.  I think her message and the work she is doing to bring awareness to Down Syndrome is truly inspirational.  I can't even begin to think about the numbers of families who have been … [Read More...]

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Musings :: Making Memories Our Kids Will Treasure

      Last night I was reminded how all that our kids really want (or need) is our time.  Yes, our undivided time without interruptions - from other people, pets, gadgets, the phone, etc., etc.  All those things that pull at us and are easy to get wrapped up into and take away our attention and focus from the here and now.  I am at fault with this as anyone.  It takes several mental reminders throughout the day to be in the moment.  I constantly feel like I am being pulled in a million different directions throughout … [Read More...]

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The Teen Hearing Loss Epidemic

  Hearing loss in teens is becoming an epidemic in this country, with 1 in 5 teenagers measured as experiencing some form of hearing loss in 2010 (the date of the most recent study). My guess is that the numbers are much higher today given the ubiquitous use of earbuds and the frequent exposure that children have to loud noise at parties, movies and other venues. This is of tremendous concern to me because I have an adult-onset genetic hearing loss, and I worry that I may have passed … [Read More...]

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A Mother’s Day Giveaway!

    It's that time of year again for us moms!  And what better way to celebrate than with a little giveaway?  We went on a search for some goodies for our lovely dandelion moms and the following companies have generously offered some treats for us!  Please share the love and stop by their Facebook Pages to say hello!   I hope you have a wonderful day where you are spoiled rotten with love and kisses from those you love!     JORD Wood Watches I … [Read More...]

Important Life Skills Kids (and Parents!) Learn While Traveling – Part 1

The initial motivations for my family's around-the-world journey were that it would be an amazing chance to spend time together as a family and a great education for our kids. Yet, I could have never predicted all the invaluable life skills they would be learning along the way! Traveling has been, and continues to be, the best way to teach our children about life and about themselves - with new opportunities to learn everyday. Since there are so many benefits to traveling, I have had to separate … [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?). … [Read More...]

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National Poetry Month: Online Poetry Resources

      Celebrate National Poetry Month! April is National Poetry Month and most classrooms will spend some time exploring poetic expression in one form or another. Children enjoy the rhymes and humor from poets like Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, but don’t be afraid to branch out to poets like Robert Frost or Louisa May Alcott. There are so many beautiful words to share and poetry makes great bedtime material. April 30th is Poem In Your Pocket Day. Help your child write … [Read More...]

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What’s For Dinner? Lentil, Bacon and Vegetable Soup!

    This is one of my favorite soup recipes because really, what's not to like about lentils, bacon and vegetables?  I am such a fan of lentils I am always on the lookout for a recipe that calls for them.  This soup is really easy and you can sneak in some extra vegetables for the kids!       I picked up a basket of fresh vegetables at our local farm stand and was inspired to make my favorite soup tonight.  If you like lentils and fresh … [Read More...]

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The Book App Alliance is a Great Resource for Parents

  About two years ago I was approached by a group of authors who wanted to form a new organization that would help parents and teachers find quality storybook apps in the App Store.   I was game to get on board since I know how tough it is for parents to sift through the thousands of apps available and I wanted to be a part of an organization that supports indie authors!  The Book App Alliance was created by leading authors who create interactive books for kids.  We have found that many … [Read More...]

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Parenting :: Is it Ever Okay to Lie?

  In our family we call my daughter's little white lies "Kate's Tall Tales" a take on Mater's Tall Tales!  Sometimes I have to admit that I think her stories are a little funny and figure she is using her imagination.  But then there are other times when her "tales" could do some harm to others in that I might have to talk to another parent about it.  In these situations I will sit down with her about whether this is a "tall tale" or did it really happen.  You know, the stories that kids … [Read More...]

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7 Tips to Throw a Fabulous Spring Party!

  Recently my friend Colleen threw a very cute Easter party for our Brownie Troop that I wanted to share with you!  I thought so many of the ideas could be used for a garden or spring party.  This is such a happy time of year don't you think?  Why not celebrate the beginning of spring or summer with a little party!  Hope you enjoy these cute ideas!     Greet Your Guests: I love this idea so much we used it at our DisneySide party as well as our neighborhood … [Read More...]

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Paddington is Here to Stay! A Review and Giveaway

  He’s Come a Long Way And He’s Here to Stay   Available on BLU-RAY™, DVD and On Demand April 28, 2015 Early Digital Download Window Began on April 17, 2015   Everyone’s favorite marmalade-loving little bear is ready to make a splash onto home screens when Anchor Bay Entertainment and TWC-Dimension release the critically acclaimed, heart-warming family film PADDINGTON on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 28, 2015. PADDINGTON became available for early digital download on April … [Read More...]