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Current Debit Card for Teens and Parents Review
I have a teen son and a pre-teen girl and they both love to spend money, especially my money. There’s always a need of some sort. They “need” new shoes, money to meet a friend at the movies or for the sports game concession stand. It is always something and before I know it, I go to buy a...
After keeping them physically safe, raising healthy kids is your primary responsibility as a parent. Though it can be difficult to teach your kids about the importance of making healthy choices, as long as you do your best, talk to them about the benefits of healthy living, and model healthy choices, you and your family should be on the...
When your little ones come home from a long day of school, activities, and playing with friends, they are likely ready for a bath. Whether your child prefers soaking in bubbles or standing under the shower, personal hygiene is an extremely important lesson to pass onto our kids. But all too often, the products that we use to help...
As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
diverse barbies
Being a Barbie girl living in a Barbie world may have been the dream for many young children, but that world has a major diversity problem. It seems like to cruise with Barbie you must have three key characteristics: Tall, thin, and white. But those days are finally changing. Mattel has expanded their Barbie Fashionista collection to include 40 new dolls, Bustle reports. These dolls...
CDC Reports Correlation Between Infants Born In Home Water Births and Legionnaires' Disease
Home birthing moms take note -- there has been a recent link between home water births and infants developing Legionnaires' disease. Legionnaires' disease is a life-threatening form of pneumonia and two infants in Arizona were infected within months of each other last year. Even though a full 28,000 infants are born per year with a birth injury, an infection among...
A century-old medical technique could be successful in helping women get pregnant today. New Scientist reports that Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide in Australia worked with his team to investigate whether flushing women's fallopian tubes with poppyseed oil during x-ray scans led to higher conception rates. The results? It just might. This medical technique involves dissolving poppyseed oil in...
Vehicle sales hit an all-time high in the last year, meaning that more Americans are buying cars these days. And with all the cars on the market, it's not surprising that 39% of people are considering at least five different vehicles at the same time. In contrast, many Americans want to reduce their carbon emissions and opt for alternative...
Max & Ola Eco-Friendly Baby Moccasins
Have you heard of Max & Ola’s? If you have a little one, this is a company worth checking out. Their welcome page lured me in: "Just as we must protect and care for our earth, so we must protect and care for our children. Whatever is safe for our environment is often safe for our children as well. At Max & Ola's,...
What Makes You Whole
Whole as a noun means a thing that is complete in itself – a whole entity. What makes me whole, complete? This is a complex and deep question. In fact, I have stayed up at night thinking of this answer. Being “whole” is like a puzzle. There are pieces that fit together to make me feel whole, complete. My emotional well-being: I...
8 tips to help children who struggle with paying attention in school and sitting still.
Today a friend messaged me on Facebook asking for advice. Their young child was having issues sitting still and concentrating in class. Testing was a particular issue. I can relate because my daughter also has issues with this. She gets fidgety, as many children do and then cannot concentrate. I think many parents can relate to this. As a former...
As a past preschool teacher I always LOVED teaching the children about  Earth Day. It was so much fun celebrating this special day with a week long theme. It was fun to have the children make recycled craft projects, pick trash up in a local park, visit the recycling station and experiment with natural products like baking soda and...
Girl Scout Activity Ideas for Spring and Summer
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I've been doing some research on activities I can do with my Daisy and Brownie troop this week. Our focus for an upcoming meeting will be Mother’s Day and the girls will be making gifts and sharing what they love about their mom. I’ve found so many adorable ideas on Pinterest...
Lately, I've been reflecting on "change" and just how hard it can be for some to accept but also how hard it is when you are the person making the changes or asking for changes that others do not want to accept.  These five quotes from the Quote Garden,  make me think about the change I have gone through...
Making your own baby food can be easy, despite the stereotype image that home-made baby food is for the mothers who have a lot of spare time and make everything from scratch. Making your own baby food is actually very easy, does not take much time and can be more convenient than buying the jarred stuff. My half-sister just...
Healthy and Easy Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for Kids (mom too!)
Back to school time means the alarm will be going off much earlier than we’re used to during the summer.  It means hurried mornings and tired children. Tired mom too! To make the back to school transition a little easier, I’m planning ahead. I’m preparing for strong coffee, blurry eyed children and bed head. I’m gathering new ideas for...
What did you feed your baby when they started eating solids We loved YoBaby yogurt! YoBaby is turning 16 and I’m hosting a giveaway! # #StonyfieldBlogger
Oh I love babies. I’m not really an infant person but when my little ones were sitting up, eating food and making all those adorable baby sounds and cute faces, reaching for mama…oh melt my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love infants and rocking them but it’s a tough stage. My favorite stage of motherhood was when my...
Parenting Self-Reflection Interview Questions and Free Printable #motherhood #parenting
Parenting is tough. It’s joyful, rewarding, amazing and all sorts of other wonderful things but it’s also really, really hard.  Childbirth was easy in comparison to actually being a parent and living the day-to-day challenges. There are far more good days than bad days and more rewards then not but some days are challenging. When I was teaching before...
Beloved Maya Angelou Quotes for Inspiration
I was sad to read that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. She had such a way with words. They rolled off her tongue in such an eloquent manner. Some people just speak from the soul and what they say can move millions. I always dreamed of hearing her read a poem in person or give a speech. When I...
We’re a busy family on the go and the vehicle is always carting children, ski’s groceries and children from activity to activity. As a business vehicle too, I try very hard to make the vehicle functional, organized and as clean as possible. This doesn't mean I need a dozen expensive products to help me stay organized but here are a few...