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How to Take Great Photos of Your Kids With the Camera You Already Have

Not everyone want to drop a huge chunk of change on a camera with all the bells and whistles, but we all want to take amazing photos of our kids.After 5 years of pro photography, I'm sharing a few of my tips for getting the best shots with your camera so that you love the memories you capture on film. 

How to Take Great Photos of Your Kids With the Camera You Already Have…

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Added by Megan Lehman on August 22, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Roller Skating With Our Pants Down and Finding Joy

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Retro Disco Roller RInk

Sometimes we  have to steal joy when we can.  I am jet lagged.  I don’t want summer to end.  CNN is killing me. But life must go on.  If I am going to mother, and embrace the life I have been given, I must venture out when I…

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Added by Helen Boulos on August 22, 2014 at 11:20am — No Comments

What Should Children do in an Emergency

Kids grow up fast, too fast. I can’t believe how time flies by. My daughter will be 8 in 6 months, and my son will be 6 in a year. Our children in no time will have to face this scary and wonderful world in no time. And looking this very idea in the eyes, as a parent, one of our most important jobs is making sure that our kids are properly equipped to handle anything life throws their way. It never hurts to be prepared! The more they know how to prevent and handle emergencies, the less…

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Added by Biljana on August 22, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

LIFE SKILLS, SAFETY AND MORE COOL SENSORY STUFF - ON PINTEREST THIS WEEK

Great Pinterest finds this week... 

There were some interesting items on Pinterest this week, which continues to be a great source of creative ideas. I can always find terrific ideas, tools, strategies, and resources that can be used for the Navigator as well as other children.

My husband shocked me last…

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Added by Autism Mom on August 22, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

The Strangers We Meet



My little cherub seems to make friends wherever we go, stopping strangers in their tracks, young and old, who simply want to say hi and tell her how cute she is. I’m a big social butterfly myself, but I feel like I’ve had more conversations with strangers in the past six months than I have in the past six years thanks to my daughter. As she grows and develops a…

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Added by Sue Parke on August 22, 2014 at 9:20am — No Comments

Foodie Friday Gluten Free Steamed Cherry Pudding

 This moist pudding is from my childhood remade to fit my now gluten free dairy free diet.  If you have no dietary restriction then use just replace flour and milk (cream really).  Another recipe from Aunt Marjorie's recipe box.  Enjoy Click here for recipe…

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Added by Marjorie Snyder on August 22, 2014 at 7:42am — No Comments

Simple + Homemade Playdough Recipe

Flash's preschool gave us this fantastic playdough recipe, and I love making it with the boys! It takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It has a VERY long shelf life. Just remember to trash it if the kids are sick.



Ingredients:

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/2 c salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 c water
  • food coloring (all it needs is a few drops, but have fun with it)
Mix all…
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Added by Danielle on August 21, 2014 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Tacos de Camarones con Platano Amarillo (Shrimp Tacos with Yellow Plantains)

Thursday's treat!!!

When you find yellow platanos (plantains) in good shape and on sale at that you should I would even say you must grab them.

I have loved them since I was a kid and my daughter has followed right behind me.

I was in Brooklyn the other night on grandma duty when I picked up a few. When I got home lil mama was like "oh you must do…

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Added by Mari Corona on August 21, 2014 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Complete Breakdown Of The 2014 Back-To-School Spending (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Back-to-school expenses are increasing significantly as the years go by. The National Retail Federation (NRF) conducted a consumer survey with the help of Proper Insights & Analytics and the…

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Added by Nataly Auger on August 21, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Correspondence With Costa Rica: Letters From Anna

Okay, so I am super excited about this: An extremely good friend of mine and her husband (also an extremely good friend) are moving to Costa Rica!  

This is an excellent opportunity to learn what it is like to be an American living in Costa Rica.  I want to hear about what they experience, what they eat, what they drink, who they see, how hard or easy it is to transition between cultures.  After you grow up on horses in Colorado, get a degree in Political Science and…

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Added by Tamarah Rockwood on August 21, 2014 at 11:53am — No Comments

Tropical Overnight Oats

Tired of the same breakfast routine?  Add some Protein, Vitamin C, & Antioxidants into your morning routine with this easy overnight oats.  Make it the night before or on meal prep day–this little jar of heaven last up to five days in the refrigerator.

Overnight Tropical Oats…

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Added by Tricia Marshall on August 21, 2014 at 9:40am — No Comments

THE HONEYMOON IS OVER

After only seven days ... 

Seven days. We are seven days into school and today is the day thehoneymoon is officially over. No more happy about school, no more happy about his teacher or happy about seeing his friends again. He was miserable today.

It started on the walk to school, which…

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Added by Autism Mom on August 21, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

What's for Dinner?

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Things that are fun in the summertime: going to outdoor concerts, attending fairs and festivals, walking in the park and relaxing at the pool. Something that's not fun in the summertime: spending time cooking, especially in front of a hot stove. Here are a week’s worth of healthy recipes you can make for dinner pretty quickly.

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Added by Jovina Coughlin on August 21, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

Why I Love a Day on the Farm

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” – John Muir

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Every summer I pluck my city kids out of Chicago for a few weeks and we relocate to…

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Added by Rudey on August 21, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Blogging Better: Why Instagram Should Be Your Bestie – and How to Use it Best

If you read the blogging better series, you know that I am a H-U-G-E advocate of using social media to market your blog. I talk a lot about Facebook and Twitter, but it kind of begs the question: what about Instagram?

The truth about Instagram is that it is one of the fastest growing forms of…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 20, 2014 at 5:09pm — No Comments

DC's Letter to His Best Buddy, Steve (From the archives - 4/2014)

DC has been involved in the Best Buddy program, since he was in middle school. Steve has been DC’s Buddy for the past three years. As I’ve told him many times, he is the best, most involved Buddy DC has ever had. Steve will be graduating from college this May. He will be either heading to Boston or back home. In either case, he will not be living close by any more. We will be…

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Added by Vickie on August 20, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Mommy have you been blacklisted

I read an article titled, “Why blacklists are important” and all I could think was, aren’t blacklists illegal? My understanding was never that it could be used for the actual protection of an organization. I always thought blacklist were illegal in every form. The truth is, they are not. After seeing the title to this article, I wanted to understand exactly what Blacklists were and why someone would feel…

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Added by Niedria Kenny on August 20, 2014 at 4:04pm — No Comments

What Toddlers Think Before Falling Asleep

We have a video baby monitor because I’m a crazy nut job who has to know if my kids are really sleeping or if they’re just laying their quietly waiting me out to see if I’ll come in and check on them. They’re crafty children. After I lay them down, I check the monitor every 5-10 minutes or so just to see what they’re up to. Sometimes they’re talking or laughing. Sometimes they’re screaming or playing nicely in their cribs.

That’s not super interesting. It’s cute, but I see them laugh…

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Added by Toni Hammer on August 20, 2014 at 3:09pm — No Comments

What Is Your Social Media "Ugly Step-Child"?

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Added by Janet Roe on August 20, 2014 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Where did my Baby go?

We often find ourselves saying "time flies". 

We often say as parents "my baby is all grown up now".

But exactly when that moment will be, when it truly hits you and stops you in your tracks you never know and you have no idea what your emotions will be.

That was the case a few days ago for me.

As my blog friends know I have a 19 year old daughter. She hasn't been a baby for quite sometime now but regardless of "time" she will…

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Added by Mari Corona on August 20, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

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