Easy Ways To Add Olives To Your Next Meal

Olives

Olives are renowned for their good qualities and versatility – they can be used in appetizers, spreads, salads, and condiments.  Because of this, many people have fallen in love with these tasty treats. Interestingly, kalamata olives and other olive varieties suit a range of tastes – they can be pungent, sweet, sour, or bitter. Using [...]

When Are Children Old Enough to Use Facebook?

Facebook

It seems like children are oh-so eager to grow up, from little girls borrowing their moms’ shoes and lip gloss to little boys acting like soldiers or firemen. It’s all harmless play and part of growing up. However, now there’s another adult part of the world children are eager to embrace: joining the popular social-media [...]

“Let’s Play Football” Children’s Book (**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**)

Let's Play Football

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. If your family enjoys football, one way to introduce kids to the basics of football is a new book, “Let’s Play Football”.  This hardcover children’s book is about a papa bear and his cub, as they learn about football together.  Written by [...]

Top 10 Football Party Treats

Kraft Cheesy Beef Nachos

When you think of game day, your first thought is probably, ‘What am I going to serve everyone?’ Usually, your husband has it easy.  He just invites everyone. You, on the other hand, are the one who plans ahead. You want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves while they watch the game at your house. [...]

Five Fun Ideas for Your Next Mom’s Night Out

Wine & Cheese Tasting

Spending a night out with the girls is always a great idea. It gives you a chance to catch up with your BFFs and let your hair down. Here are some ideas for your next mom’s night out. Bingo! Take a trip to your nearest bingo hall and have an evening of shouting, laughing and [...]

Earth Day Adventures Get Greener with Bumbleride® Strollers

BumbleRide Ecofriendly

Eco-Conscious Stroller Company Reduces Eco ‘Footprints’ with Recycled, Sustainable Materials SAN DIEGO, CA (January 15, 2014) – Offering a smooth ride for babies and a chic, modern aesthetic for parents, Bumbleride continues to raise the stroller standard this Earth Day by reducing families’ carbon-footprints as they stroll. Bumbleride strollers and accessories boast a unique blend [...]

Being a Child and Living with Loss

Children Grief

There is so much in this journey that is hard to comprehend for me; imagine being a child. Imagine one day your sibling, parent, friend or close family member is gone and you don’t understand.  Imagine this new world of missing, and all that comes along with it.  The  emotional and grieving adults around you [...]

Using the World Wide Web for Work and Play

Using the WWW

The internet is huge – really huge. With millions of pages and websites on subjects ranging from nature and history to technology and cute cats playing keyboards, there really is something for everyone out there.  If you need advice on your mortgage, there are thousands of websites available, or perhaps you want to know more [...]

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cheap Shoes

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  Every woman wants a walk-in closet full of shoes fit for every occasion. However, Manolos, Louboutins and Jimmy Choos may not always fit in the budget for most of us. Thankfully, you can always purchase cheap shoes that won’t make a dent in your bank account. Less expensive shoes are not necessarily ones that [...]

Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Rings

ShaneCo Rose Gold Engagement Ring

The wedding ring you wear is a symbol of loving commitment to your spouse and so should reflect the unique quality of your love. There are countless wedding ring styles that range from traditional to modern; no matter what your personal taste might be you can find many wedding sets that will appeal to your [...]

What’s More Organic Than Organic Cribs and Organic Crib Sheets?

Organic Crib

So you’re thinking of spending money on an organic crib, because other cribs are hazardous to baby’s health.  However, the ones that are truly “organic” can be hard to find and usually cost more than a grand to buy one. Then there’s the fact that if non-organic cribs were unsafe, they wouldn’t be on the [...]

5 Things to Know About IVF

Embryologist perfoming intra cytoplasmic sperm injection

In vitro fertilization (IVF), a process whereby an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body, is seen by many women who are unable to conceive naturally as a panacea to their dream of becoming a mother.  And the fact is that IVF has been responsible for many couples becoming parents and raising a family. [...]

Hope in the Holidays

Hope in the Holidays

I feel like this year, entering the holiday season is something I look forward to.  I guess I don’t wonder if we will make it through.  It has been a very trying year, and I look forward to being with family, friends and having some sort of sense of normal in the traditions.  Last year [...]

My Sensory Box (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**)

My Sensory Box Fall Box

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I have been a special education teacher for 17 years, so when I heard “Sensory Box” I was QUITE excited!  My Sensory Box did NOT disappoint! My children are 4 and 7 and I told them that they could open this [...]

Tips For Eating More Vegetarian Food

Vegan Vegetarian food

Looking to add more plant-based foods into your life?  If so, you’re not alone.  A 2012 Harris Poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 47% of US adults eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. Here are some tips for doing so: Try more international foods. You’re likely to find plenty of [...]

Operation Smile and Campus Book Rentals

Operation Smile

Operation Smile.. Changing Lives One Smile at a Time. Did you know that every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft?  And that 1 in 10 of those children will not live to see their first birthday?  Those that do survive face many difficulties in their every day life. Operation Smile began in [...]

Get Your Outdoors Organized

outdoor storage

The cleaning up is seemingly never done.  As soon the house is clean it somehow becomes dirty again.  Perhaps this is what the wisest man to ever live, King Solomon, was referring to when he wrote in Ecclesiastes, “The sun rises, the sun sets, yet there is nothing new under the sun.”  Other than more [...]

Mama Doni’s “Jewish Holiday Party” DVD (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**)

Mama Doni CD

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. “Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party” is a DVD/CD set, spotlighting three Jewish holidays: Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat (the weekly sabbath, rather than a once-a-year celebration like the other two).  Each segment contains fun facts about the holiday, a cooking lesson – and, [...]

Heirloom Wooden Toys Learning Tower

Learning Tower

This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. “Mommy, I want to sit up high!” The constant complaint and request posed by my two young children as I prep and cook dinner.  Although I have given in and allowed my children to sit up on the counter, I know that [...]

Scentsy (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**)

Scentsy

Scentsy is an amazing company that started a little over nine years ago in Idaho.  Scentsy consists of 3 different brands – Scentsy Fragrance, Velata, and Grace Adele.  Scentsy Fragrance has over 80+ scents, many beautiful candle warmers, buddies, and layers. How about some scented Christmas Cards?  These have a “Christmas Cottage” scent – a [...]

Epidermolysis Bullosa (“EB”) and National EB Awareness Week

EB Awareness Week 2013

I have the worst disease you never heard of. In 1976 I was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).  EB is a very rare genetic connective tissue disorder which affects 1 in every 20,000 births each year.  Children born with this disease are termed “Butterfly Children” because the skin is so fragile it blisters and tears [...]

MoGo: The Flavored Mouth Guard!

Mouthguards

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. My five year old son loves to play ice hockey.  He also loves to talk – a lot!  That means the mouth guard that I, his loving and protecting mother, have attached to his helmet to keep his beautiful teeth in [...]

Baby Flat Head Syndrome

Baby Flat Head Syndrome

  What you should know about Baby Flat Head Syndrome The Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, and it has been very successful in reducing the number of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Unfortunately there has been an unintended consequence of babies now sleeping primarily on their backs.  In recent years, [...]

Where Did My Life Go? Living After a Loss

Musto

  Where did my life go?  This is a common wonder I have.  Where did the ‘marry my college sweetheart, get a house, get a dog and have lovely set of three girls’ go?  It obviously went somewhere.  Maybe it was always not the way it was anyway… or maybe it is broken right now.  [...]

Little Passports ~ A Global Adventure for Kids (**GIVEAWAY**)

Little Passports USA

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Little Passports offers kids a unique opportunity to learn about the world in a fun, creative way without having to go any further than your very own mailbox!   Little Passports offers a subscription-based monthly mailing to kids and their families [...]

September ~ Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Maddie

The things I know now… Once we know something we are forever changed… forever aware.  Once we know something we must share it, change it, fix it, prevent it, encourage it… whatever that situation needs… but we must not sit and pretend we don’t know it. I remember when my girls were young and Madeline’s [...]

Teach Your Child A Beginning Swimming Lesson

Swimming Lessons

  “Can I give my child swimming lessons? How early can I start?” Parents who want to introduce their young children to the joys of the water wonder what they can do, and how soon they can start. Although there are advantages to formal swimming lessons, parents can certainly begin the process of making their [...]

Skweezrs Lycra Bedsheets (**GIVEAWAY**)

Skweezrs

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Yup, I spelled that right.  Skweezrs! What is Skweezrs?  Skweezrs is a small, family-run business that makes lycra spacial body sock-sacks and bedsheets.  If I didn’t have a child with sensory needs, I would probably be wondering what is a body [...]

Utilizing Small Spaces in the House

Deck Box

  It seems as though we exit the womb with a natural predisposition to collecting items.  Lucky we don’t have wings, as we would potentially be designated a species of magpie.  In and of itself this desire to collect is not such a bad habit; the problems begin though once we start accumulating more items [...]

Dealing with Physiological Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnant

  Pregnancy is an incredible event on so many levels, not the least of which being the changes that occur to the female body during this nine month process. During pregnancy, a woman’s body effectively becomes an incubator for the fetus. The fetus’ very survival is dependent on the health of the mother and everything [...]