Do Kids Affect Kids?

I felt like an historical southern lady yesterday. We had visitors in the morning, then a nap, then visitors in the afternoon.  I didn't serve any tea though.The twins and I ran into one of our neighbors around 10:30 a.m....more

What's in a Name?

Naming your child can be a nerve-wracking experience.  You love the name Aidan or Madison, but it seems like everyone is naming their child that these days. Are you just a sheep-like follower, in line with the herd?  You really want to name your child Jezika, but you’re afraid people will laugh or judge you.  But you don’t want to name her Jessica.  You’d rather Jezika.  What do you do?  You love the name Helen or Ezra but you’re told they’re too old-fashioned for today’s children....more

And Sooner or Later, Nana, People Have to Grow Up

It is impossible that this face used to be small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. Now, it is impossible to get him to sit still long enough just to capture it....more

Why I Love My DIY Handsoap

After reading Julie Gabriel’s book Green Beauty recipes I felt empowered to take control of my personal care products! Although  there are a few pump hand soaps on the market that are pretty eco friendly, I decided to skip the hassle and just make my own....more

Give this one a try, but the self foaming bottle is crucial!more

The Great Sellout: Legal Tips for Using eBay, Craigslist and Amazon to Sell Goods

Hyper-Consumerism The words, "We're having a baby" are basically synonymous with "We're about to become hyper consumers." If you have childre...more


The opportunity to have a night away from home and children is therapeutic. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful supportive network of family that allows for us to have this opportunity to have some quiet time. My in-laws are wonderful, generous people who sincerely love us and want to spend time with their grandchildren. We were able to get away for one night. We shopped around for a nice resort and spa. The advertisement listed the resort as four diamond, it was short of that but it didn't matter. We never made it to the spa. Regardless, we could have been anywhere....more

Toddler Tricks - 31

Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem: Your children won't go to bed. You've got a nice bed time routine going: they do the whole schpiel every night, but when it comes to actually walking into that bedroom, they refuse.  You don't want a major upset before bed, so you must trick them into going of their own voilition.Solution: Read More:...more

My Life (and Death) with Laundry

By Kristin Fast, Lifestyle Editor and In-House Wit-Cracker With the rare exception, I do a load or two of laundry everyday… every. Single. Day. We are a family of 5, with two of those five being teenage boys… (teenage boys will wear three shirts in one day, but the same pair of pants for a week) which I am sure makes it clearer why I am engaged in a never ending battle for clean clothes dominance....more

Kids' Fashion: Deep as Any Paper Plate

I love fashion.  I follow several fashion blogs and shake my head at the unique and cutting-edge styles on the runway and in the celebrity world.  In fact, my high school prophecy was that I would grow up to be a fashion designer.  To which I laugh out loud since I don't have much fashion sense of my own.  But my lack of vision when it comes to putting outfits together is not why my kids consistently look ridiculous.  My kids consistently look ridiculous because they're kids.When I first became a stay at home mom, I thought, yes!...more

ADHD? Autism? Tantrums? There's an app for that!

If you child has ADHD, autism or even just plain tantrums, you've now got help on your iPhone. Yep, if you need to transform into your own supernanny, there's an app for that.Billing itself as a tool to teach parents and caregivers when to intervene, "Behavior Breakthroughs(tm)" uses game-based technology to train parents and caregivers to deal with disruptive behavior. There's only Level 1 right now, but apparently more extensive programs are scheduled to be released later this year....more

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