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Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

  Many of us grew up thawing frozen meat on the counter and keeping leftovers far too long.  Times have changed. Now that I’m a mom, I make an effort to serve my family only food that I’m sure is safe. The USDA has food safety recommendations to help us keep our families safe from the unfortunate side affects of unsafe food preparation (such as food poisoning). But it isn’t always easy to know what is safe? For … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Cleaning, Cooking, Featured, Feeding, Food, Germ Protection, News, Nutrition, Recipes, Safety, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

As a mom, I know that many of the toys advertised on TV look amazing but then sit unused in the toy box. When I enter my local toy store, I see items that I know my kids will love and use. With a special eye for relevance and all out fun, small toy store owners handpick each toy brand that enters their door and you feel it when you go inside. I am much happier knowing that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Charity, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, News, Play, Socially Conscious, Tips, Uncategorized

Old Navy Coupon Code – 15-20% off!

Old Navy Coupon Code – 15-20% off!

From now through Friday, get money off of your entire order at OldNavy.com! Old Navy has a great selection of fall clothing for chillier temperatures and even some winter merchandise! Starting 9/26, shop OldNavy.com for 15% off any amount or 20% off $75! Use code ONSAVEBIG at checkout. Offer ends 9/28. Restrictions apply. … Read entire article »

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How Do You Juggle It All? Cleaning Tips from a Working Mom

During my first pregnancy, I daydreamed about peaceful days spent strolling through the park or rocking a sleeping infant in my arms. While I love being a mom, my life is more chaotic than I’d envisioned. I have two young boys and work full-time outside the home. The competing demands of children and clients mean that I’m juggling all sorts of tasks from a never ending to-do list. Since my priority is finding time to spend with my boys without neglecting my responsibilities to my clients, I wind up “dropping the ball” on some tasks.  The first sacrifice I made as a working mother was sleep. I’ve decided that I would rather have an extra hour or two of playtime with my boys than sleep. 4 hours is typical. 6 hours feels like … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appliances, Cleaning, Home and Decorating, Organizers, Tips, Uncategorized

Tips to Fight the “Food Fits” with Guest Blogger Joey Fortman of Real Mom Media

Tips to Fight the “Food Fits” with Guest Blogger Joey Fortman of Real Mom Media

Now that kids are back to school and life is in full force it’s totally time to get down to business with the meals. I try as hard as possible to keep my son healthy, especially since I grew up battling the bulge. It’s not always an easy task to get your kids to really and truly understand the value of health and eating well! And if your house is like mine, you’re always fighting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Body After Baby, Feeding, Food, Guest Writers, Health, Mommy Blogs, Nutrition, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Tips, Uncategorized

How to Relieve Teething Pain

How to Relieve Teething Pain

While babies are the ones teething, I think that parents suffer during teething as well. Both of my children started teething early, and it was frustrating to see them in pain and exhausting to wake up numerous times a night to soothe a cranky baby. Teething can throw off your baby’s sleep schedule and eating habits. Some babies will eat more, but others will eat less. Some babies will want to drink or nurse constantly. Others … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, Advice, Featured, Gift Ideas, Momma Gotta Have, Parenting, Registries, Registry Pick, Teething, Tips, Toddlers, Uncategorized

Oink If You Love Peppa Pig

Oink If You Love Peppa Pig

I wrote before about how much my boys love Peppa Pig on NIck Jr.  Peppa Pig is a lovable, cheeky little pig from the UK, and the charming cartoon follows her family life and daily activities. Peppa arrived in the US last year, quickly becoming a hit with US audiences. And now her toys have arrived at Toys R Us! If you’re not familiar with Peppa, I encourage you to watch an episode of her show.The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Books, DVD, Featured, Gift Ideas, Play, Pre-schoolers, Television, Toddlers, Uncategorized

Almost Naked Animals Volume I DVD Review

Almost Naked Animals Volume I DVD Review

I had never heard about Cartoon Network’s quirky, animated series, Almost Naked Animals, until I received an inquiry asking if I’d like to review the first season, which will be available on DVD starting September 25, 2012. Almost Naked Animals features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones. The pack is led by Howie, the good-spirited but hospitality-challenged doggy manager of Banana Cabana, a beach-front hotel. Since I’m a fan of many … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Featured, Kindergartners, School Aged Children, Television, Uncategorized

Swim with Friends and Help Aflac Fight Pediatric Cancer

Swim with Friends and Help Aflac Fight Pediatric Cancer

I have been an administrator for a non profit organization called The Believe Box which sends gifts to children with cancer, for the past few months.  This has given me the opportunity to see how widespread pediatric cancer is.  I have heard of many children recently diagnosed in my area, and hundreds more through facebook pages.  It saddens me to see them in so much pain and I can only hope that this never happens … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Health

Whiten Your Teeth for Less With Arm & Hammer

Whiten Your Teeth for Less With Arm & Hammer

When I see the celebs on TV, I’m sometimes blinded by their shiny, white teeth. Since I love coffee, red wine and many foods that stain teeth, I’m a bit jealous of their smiles. Cosmetic dentistry is very expensive, and whitening strips make my teeth feel sensitive. What’s a mom to do?  I’ve tried whitening toothpastes in the past, but I’ve never noticed a difference. When Arm & Hammer challenged me to switch to their AdvanceWhite Toothpaste … Read entire article »

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