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My moodboard on wednesday linky party #2 * Valentine's day inspired

Moodboard#4 Valentine's day inspired Benvenuti!  Welcome!

La mia moodboard di questa settimana è dedicata alla festa di San Valentino, poteva forse essere diverso? Il tema è la forza della passione. La palette che ho scelto utilizza i toni del rosso, rosa e due deliziose sfumature di grigio: l'ispirazione nasce dall'immagine delle bacche rosse sotto la…

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Added by Caseperlatesta on February 11, 2015 at 2:44am — No Comments

A Playground is Waiting

The backyard of my suburban home in southeastern Michigan adjoins an elementary playground.  Part of the playground contains a large soccer field, a baseball diamond, and 4 basketball hoops.  The two play structures contain swings, a climbing wall, slides, and monkey bars of different sizes, one set for the little kids, and one set for the big kids.  Next to the playground is a 1/2 mile of woods with a creek running through it. Unless school is in session, or there are soccer or baseball…

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Added by JMichaels on February 10, 2015 at 9:06pm — No Comments

5 things I'm sorry for

To my almost two year old daughter, Story Lynn;

5 things I’m sorry for:

I’m sorry that when you say hi to people, (and you say it to everyone), not everyone will say it back to you. Don’t take this as a reflection of yourself. It has nothing to do with you why people don’t say hello back to you. Don’t ever stop saying hello because of those few people. Keep your spirit, always.

I’m sorry you will never meet your grandmother. My mom died 14 years before you were even born.…

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Added by Lisa on February 10, 2015 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Valentine's Day top Five

In no special order, I've presented my Top 5 Valentine’s Day gift, recommendations titled: Special Order. In the past, the gifts that I’ve recommended, attributed to great last minute gift ideas for men to present to the lady in his life. They have also made great surprise gift ideas that were a part of a more planned surprise, for the ladies. As these list of recommendations became a more popular guide in the hands of men who were trying to determine that perfect gift, they circulated and…

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Added by Niedria Kenny on February 10, 2015 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

Getting Past the Mom Guilt

A few months ago, at the end of the first trimester, I walked into my OB’s office with zero expectations. I didn’t know whether to laugh with joy that we had made it through the first three months of pregnancy, to cry that I still had six to go or to completely break down over the mental anguish that lies between grief and happiness. And of course, I had to step on the scale.

I refused to look at the number. Knowing myself – and that I hadn’t lost the baby weight from after losing…

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Added by Cortney Galster on February 10, 2015 at 1:59pm — No Comments

What I Learned About Marriage After My Divorce

I have never been a fairy tale girl. I have always known that things are not always as they seem. Blame it on my childhood or just on my internal make-up, but I did not want to…

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Added by Lori Pace on February 10, 2015 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Macy's Soul Era Black History Month Recap!

Hello my fellow Fashion Luva's! As many of you already know, Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending Macy's Black History Month  "Soul Era"  Event with Fashion Icons June Ambrose, Johnetta Boone and the CEO of Ankara Fashions Evelyn Onyejuruwa.  I was so in my element being in the vicinity of these women, and…
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Added by Deidre McMillan on February 10, 2015 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

7 Breastfeeding MUST HAVES: Shower gifts every mom needs

Okay, mommas, mommas to be, and friends of mommas to be…

Let’s talk boobs.

Now. Everyone I know (including myself) registers for breastfeeding supplies. Let’s just get it out there: It is perhaps the most awkward thing ever registering for nipple cream. But it’s a necessary evil.

So you…

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Added by The OK Momma on February 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

LIFE BEFORE AND AFTER MOTHERHOOD – 20 WAYS YOUR LIFE CHANGES

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Everyone tells you your life will change once you have children. That’s probably the greatest understatement of a lifetime.

Having children, while hugely rewarding, is…

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Added by Talya Stone on February 10, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Give your office a personal touch

After you start spending more than 40hours a week in your office, sooner or later you’ll wish to feel there like at home. Since most of office spaces and cubicles are white or beige, the good news is that you can easily adapt it to match your own style and personality. Not only would you personalize your workspace, but also inspire creativity in yourself and other people who step inside.  …

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Added by Sophie Andersen on February 10, 2015 at 7:33am — 1 Comment

Encouragement

One of those days...

We all have one of those days. Mine seem to be happening more and more. The sunshine in my darkness was that my mom and nephew were able to visit for this past weekend and it was a wonderful break from the everyday. Being able to take my mom to a great French restaurant for an early birthday celebration (she is a Valentine's baby) and see how far my nephew has come this past year was just amazing. Not to mention I found a beautiful bed set…
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Added by Rachel Fuller on February 9, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Music of my life



The music of my life!



frontpage           I am not musical, never have been and most likely will never become more than I am today, but I appreciate what music can awaken in the human spirit.  When I play around with my granddaughter’s keyboard, I am aware of the distinct sounds that each key makes.   Each note is different and unique.…

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Added by cindi walton on February 9, 2015 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Valentine's Day special treatment with Marvin Church

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Many of you are looking for original gift ideas and sentiments to express Happy Valentines, to the love of your life. Whether it's for your husband, significant other or the important man in your life, and it may be your goal to top what you did last year. Many people will flood the seasonal isle at Walmart, looking for that box of chocolates, teddy bear, maybe even a bottle of wine; before making dinner reservations at your fancy restaurant of…

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Added by Niedria Kenny on February 9, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Super Bowl & the BIG DANCE

It was a typical Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. My husband & I planned to watch the game at home. My daughter had crafts and a painting to complete, during the game. We decided not to start the pre-game festivities on time. This pushed us back with watching the game, but we were watching for fun, no big deal in our eyes.

That is, until 8:24 of the second quarter-7 pm PST. 

 My daughter…

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Added by Leave it to Mama on February 9, 2015 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Give yourself permission to love yourself

It's true. I am unapologetic for taking care of myself and giving myself the attention I deserve in spite of the mountain of things naysayers say and do to deflate me. That doesn't equate to ego- that's confidence. There's a big difference. In fact, I'm far from egotistical and far from self- absorbed like some people I know; with an unhealthy addiction to ‘self.’ Which is how I know the difference. I'm a recluse and an introvert. Contrary to what some might think- I'm an INFJ personality-…

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Added by Niedria Kenny on February 9, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Walker's Circus 1st Birthday Party: The Details

As I shared with y'all yesterday, Walker's first birthday party theme was a circus! I chose that theme because I always joke that our lives are a three-ring circus, so it was perfect. Plus, we lovingly call Walker "monkey," so it just fit. 

 
I began planning for Walker's birthday party this summer, and it turned out exactly how I had imagined! Truthfully, I didn't go too crazy with the theme, but I did have fun with…
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Added by Brittany Whitacre on February 9, 2015 at 2:17pm — No Comments

My Top Five Social Media tips

Ah Social Media! A phrase we hear so much about today. The power it holds.

Are we becoming addicted to Social Media forms and its uses?

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I want to make the most of my time on Social Media.

I don't just want to be…

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Added by Mari Corona on February 9, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

Lightning Struck and I Understood My Child

It’s amazing how such a small thing can have such a big impact. 
By most accounts, it was a very normal Monday night. Like many stay-at-home moms, Mondays mean being tired from housework, cooking dinner, and waiting for my husband to get home from a long day at work. But this Monday night was different.  Because on this night, I was struck with a bolt of insight – like lightning from above – that would forever change the relationship I had with my kids. This time, a small thing…
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Added by Danielle on February 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Connection

This weekend was the annual father-daughter camping trip. I look forward to it, as it is an opportunity to spend very good quality time with my 12 and 7 year old sons, and this year was no different.

On Friday, my 12 year old asked if he could have a sleepover with a few friends. At first I resisted…

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Added by Erin Taylor on February 9, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

The Sunday Confessional

As I sit here this morning surrounded by my coffee and some dirty dishes, the faint blaring sounds of Disney Jr.’s Mickey Mouse Club House invading my brain trying to overpower the thoughts in my head…I just have to stop for a moment.



I stop for a moment and think, “How was it I got here?” not here in my kitchen but here…42 almost 43, five children, one with Autism, one husband, one dog and living in a small town in Arkansas. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be my… Continue

Added by Beth Clay on February 8, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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