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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...]

Featured Inspirational Mom

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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...]

Melissa’s Musings

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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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Disney’s McFarland USA is Truly Inspirational :: A Review & Giveaway

  Discover Your Inner Champion   New on Disney Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD on  June 2nd    A few months ago I took my eight year old to see McFarland USA and we both absolutely loved it!  I appreciate that this is a true story about kids who worked hard to achieve their dreams.  And that their coach helped them realize dreams they didn't even know they had yet.  I used this movie and their stories to talk with my daughter about hard work, … [Read More...]

What Type of Traveler Are You?

You know those vacations – the ones on a tropical island with nothing around but a white sandy beach, softly-swaying palm trees, and an ice-cold margarita while the crystal clear water gently ripples at your freshly-pedicured toes? Although I LOVE those types of family trips, they are definitely not the reality we have experienced since leaving the comforts of home and traveling full-time!! Instead, our travels include exploring amazing sights, from the crumbling and ancient to the sparkling … [Read More...]

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National Bike Month: Keeping Kids Safe

  May is National Bike Month, which included National Bike to Work Week (May 11-15). Since 1956, National Bike Month has encouraged riders all over the country to explore the opportunity of bike riding and its many benefits. Now that my kids are getting older, they are both more interested in going out and riding their bikes. I’m not opposed to bike rides, but I tend to be worried about the dangers of cars. There are so many distractions for drivers today: cell phones, GPS screens on the … [Read More...]

Disneyland Fans for Life!

Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration Starts May 22nd

    Disneyland Diamond Celebration Begins! Every year we save up to get our Disneyland Season Passes because we love heading over there for an afternoon stroll after school or during holiday breaks.  And it wouldn't be (my) birthday celebration without spending the day there with my crew!  It is such a magical place and every time I walk through the gates I immediately turn into my eight year old self.  It is so exciting to hear they are celebrating their 60th Anniversary … [Read More...]

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Health :: Are You At-Risk for a Life Threatening Blood Clot?

When I was asked to write about a new campaign the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ are working on together, I immediately thought of Stephanie O'Neil Harris, a beautiful woman and spirit I met through Facebook and the A4cwsn group. We became friends and she and I use to correspond about our kids (we both have redheads) and our ancestry (we are both Irish) online so it came as a complete shock to read on … [Read More...]

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Family Is What You Make It!

  Families.  Today, we are seeing all types of families and they are starting to look less like The Cleavers!  What we see today has evolved into a vast range of possibilities.  Our family consists of in-laws, cousins, sister-in-laws, with a few adorable kids thrown in as well.  And since we celebrate both Christian and Jewish holidays we can be found honoring both religions around the holidays with Passover, Easter, Christmas and Hanukah.   This makes for a pretty … [Read More...]

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Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Clubhouse :: Minnie’s Pet Salon

MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE: MINNIE’S PET SALON   Minnie’s sparkling new Pet Salon is open for business…and adventure!  When my daughter was little we use to watch the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse all the time!  I can still remember their little songs and catch myself humming it sometimes!  Minnie is adorable (what's not to like about her?) and good news - she has a new show out! All our favorite Clubhouse pals are bringing their animal friends to get spruced up for Pluto’s All-Star Pet Show. … [Read More...]

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The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa is Fun for the Whole Family!

  At the end of April I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I stayed at the Hyatt Scottsdale Resort &  Spa at Gainey Ranch and absolutely fell in love with all the unique sites and fun activities they offer families.  I plan to come back with my family as I know my daughter would go crazy for their large waterslide!  After driving a good 5 hours it was nice to be welcomed so warmly by the staff at The Hyatt Scottsdale.  Walking into the front lobby was quite … [Read More...]

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Gardening :: Growing Baby Succulents

    Succulents just might be my all-time favorite plant!  Some reasons include the fact that they don't need a lot of attention or water.  In fact, they tend to do better if you just leave them alone!  Now that is an easy plant to have around.  But I can't help but admire when a new flower comes out of a succulent I've had for awhile that I didn't even know flowered!  That is always a nice surprise.  Which brings me to something I want to share with you lovely dandelion moms … [Read More...]

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What’s For Breakfast :: Buttermilk Pancakes

  My daughter gets very excited when I ask her on a Saturday or Sunday morning if she wants pancakes for breakfast.  I really like the Multigrain recipe I found in Kitchen Sense by Mitchell Davis but this morning I thought I'd try the buttermilk recipe.  If you don't have some buttermilk in the fridge - don't fret - just add in some sour cream to get the same effect!  Enjoy your weekend lovely dandelion moms and dads!   These pancakes are really tasty as is, but you can add in … [Read More...]