When Your Kids Don't Get As Many Presents As Their Cousins

Dear Mouthy Housewives, My family will be spending this Christmas Day with my sisters and their families. We all sit around the tree and take turns opening presents. It's a lot of fun, except for the fact that my husband and I stick to a budget with our two daughters and my sisters don't with their kids. Meaning, my kids usually get 1/2 of the presents that their cousins do. Last year this meant a lot of tears from my kids....more
Maybe they could change their day up so that they open their family gifts at home before getting ... more

Bloggers Turn Online Pictures Into Paint Palettes Using Over 1,500 Sherwin-Williams Paint Colors

Update 7/7/12: This sweepstakes has now ended. To read the second posts in the series, click here.  You can still read the bloggers' posts below by clicking on the links.  ...more
I love the Mindful Gray- so peaceful and lovely with white trim! more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 9: Share A Moment and Enter to Win an iPod Touch!

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching July 1. ...more
My diaper bag. I am super woman with my diaper bag. I can fix anything, far beyond just a simple ... more

Simple and Quick Meditation and Relaxation Techniques

There is a true spectrum of happiness. Happiness as... positive emotion - positive mood - resiliency - contentment - fulfillment - joy - bliss. The higher states of happiness are available through setting the intention of connecting to something greater than yourself.  This intention will bring about a state of peace, tranquility, serenity, calm, and ease that will guide you into states of extreme joy and bliss! ...more
It's a bubble bath for me. And some wine. And a book. And candles. And my husband heating up hot ... more

Helping Your Kids Understand Happiness

The best advice I can give about helping kids understand happiness is to be happy yourself. Your modeling, behavior, language, reactions, goals, habits, mood, and reinforcement all influence how your child will perceive and understand happiness. If you want your children to be happy, then I believe you first must be happy. ...more
I think it's important that our children see us experience a variety of emotions so that they ... more

Preparing for Winter Hibernation with Our Micropremie

Bears aren't the only ones who hibernate. Kayla Aimee recently wrote an interesting and informative post explaining why they engage in a sort of "winter hibernation" in their home as well. Her daughter, Scarlette, was a 25-week micro-premie. Her health is their primary concern, which means they're nixing holiday celebrations -- and Scarlette's first birthday. Read the whole post to learn more about why they won't let you come over this winter -- and why it's the best possible decision. ...more
@JessicaRae21 Yeah it is no fun! We had to stay home for eight weeks after she was discharged. ... more

Preparing for Winter Hibernation with Our Micropremie

Bears aren't the only ones who hibernate. Kayla Aimee recently wrote an interesting and informative post explaining why they engage in a sort of "winter hibernation" in their home as well. Her daughter, Scarlette, was a 25-week micro-premie. Her health is their primary concern, which means they're nixing holiday celebrations -- and Scarlette's first birthday. Read the whole post to learn more about why they won't let you come over this winter -- and why it's the best possible decision. ...more
I definitely think our hospitals discharge too quickly overall! more

The $100 Question: What's Your Worst Culinary Disaster? Tell Andrea from Andrea's Recipes to Win

Welcome to The $100 Question, where fellow BlogHers are asking questions ... and every answer could be worth one hundred dollars! Let's meet today's host: Andrea of Andrea's Recipes ...more

Our first year married, I decided to make Christmas lunch for our family.

I found an easy ... more