July 2012 Blog Posts (236)

Belly Diaries: Weeks 13-15





How far along: 15 weeks exactly

Size of Baby: 4.5 inches, 2-3 oz

Countdown: 25 weeks left

Total weight gain/loss: Depends on the day (is this normal?). Some days I'm up 3-4 lbs, some days I'm down 1-2 lbs from my…

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Added by Tracie on July 27, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Mean Girls

When I was a young girl, my grandmother told me — and showed me by example — to always look for the good in people. What she didn’t mention was how hard it would be to find in some cases. I can’t tell you how many friendships I’ve let my alter ego, Miss Pollyanna Give Everyone a Chance, talk me into — and leave me wondering how to get the hell out of.

Let’s start with the mean girl in fourth grade. What I saw: She bossed around all the other girls and basically ran the playground.…

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Added by Kathleen Passarelli on July 27, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Fasting Period

http://www.reanaclaire.com/2012/07/bubur-lambuk-for-breaking-fast.html

To commemorate the Ramadhan fasting month, my colleagues collected some funds and together we teamed up to make two big pots of "Bubur Lambuk" to be distributed to all working staff in the whole building.



Briefly about "Bubur Lambuk" or also known as "porridge", it is a very popular dish served during the…

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Added by Reanaclaire on July 27, 2012 at 10:50am — No Comments

Tattooed and Baby Wearing Momma

We go.

We are always on the go, and I don't like to pack so much "extra just-in-case of the apocalypse" gear.  I don't enjoy those huge strollers that are the width of a regular adult, just to carry a teeny 9 lb. baby and take up loads of space in your car, in the aisle, on the sidewalk.  (Yes, Bambina was an almost 9-pounder and is still happy in her 90th percentile range).  So, I'm a big fan of baby wearing because it's easier for all of us…

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Added by Karen LunchingMomma on July 27, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Do Do

Is that it, you're thinking, right? Well no, it isn't. Under that black plastic casing above the wheel there is a huuuuuge chunk of the stuff, wedged tight, the wheel occasionally shaving off slivers of it and disposing of these pieces behind the pram, with me ultimately having to stop every 100 yards to scrape the soles of my slip-ons along the top of passing kerbs. The word you're looking for is: "loser".

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Added by My Funny Mummy on July 26, 2012 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Praline Souffle With Raspberry Sauce Recipe

By Greg Patent – Guest Contributor and Baking Wizard

Here’s a perfect light and airy dessert for summer.  Over forty years ago I fell in love with a recipe called Praline Soufflé Fifi, a creation of the late and great Michael Field.  You beat egg whites with sugar to make a meringue and fold in a homemade powdered pecan praline. After baking the soufflé in a hot…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 26, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Turning 50 - 6 Things I Learned About Turning 50

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

It has been six months since I started this series on turning 50 and, finally, the day arrived last Sunday, June 10th. It is official! I am half a century old. Woot!

I am so thankful that I took this opportunity to celebrate my 50th…

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Added by The Succulent Wife on July 26, 2012 at 2:10pm — No Comments

"Your one cup of Coffee Vs Green Tea"

The ultimate face off for any women on the run, waking up in the morning getting the kids ready for school and arriving to work on time. In your mind you are thinking breakfast is the most important part of the day to get you started, but you simple just do not find the time. You opted for a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee or green tea. …

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Added by Gisselle Wilson on July 26, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

My Blunder-Ful Day

I admit I am very forgetful these days... http://www.reanaclaire.com/2012/07/a-blunder-ful-day-for-me.html

Forgetful Makes A Blunder-ful Day....



At around 2pm, I phoned my mom that I would be taking her out for dinner this evening...she readily agreed... I put down…

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Added by Reanaclaire on July 26, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Training Thursday

Since Tuesday, I have been thinking about how I view teaching vs. training.

Teaching reminds me of school ~ one person instructing another ~ helping and encouraging when difficulties arise.

Training I picture ~ pushups, running ~ always being driven to push yourself harder and more than ever before ~ the instructor demanding more because they believe you are capable of more than you yourself believe.…

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Added by Misty Leask on July 26, 2012 at 9:10am — No Comments

THE BEST Chinese Chicken Salad

My trip to Giant Eagle with the kids... And yes, it was JUST to buy ingredients for THE BEST Chinese Chicken Salad EVER! Perfect Dinner on this hot Summer night! http://www.thepiggytoes.com/2012/07/25/chinese-chicken-salad/

Added by Angelique Lorence on July 25, 2012 at 7:29pm — No Comments

If you fall off, try again

When we were teaching our one daughter how to ride her bike without training wheels we all learned a lesson.  When life pushes you down, you get back up and try again.  Learning to ride a bike can be scary, frustrating and difficult.  Once you learn though, it is a life time task.  You never forget how to pedal your feet and keep your balance.  Don't we wish that was true for other aspects of our lives?  It feels like when something bad happens, we easily lose our "balance."  We fall…

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Added by Jennifer Folz on July 25, 2012 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Choo Choo

We boarded the Weirdo Express to Liverpool amid the atypical assortment of nutcases one would associate with rail travel at 10.30am on a weekday; the teenage lad wearing eyeliner who keeps singing, out loud and out of tune, to his Ipod while graffiti-ing the back of the seat in front of him with various words for male genitalia; the creosoted, mini skirted, leopard printed 46 year old who is clearly Huyton's answer to Nancy Del'Olio; the middle aged fella carrying a 1992 Kwik Save bag who…

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Added by My Funny Mummy on July 25, 2012 at 5:24pm — No Comments

Bean Lovin' Baby

We're bringing it back to the roots today; going Honduran meets Puerto Rican style.  One reason I'm a super-excited-about-most-things-foodie type of person, is because I'm of half Korean half Irish/Polish mix.  Another is that my husband is half Puerto Rican and half Honduran.  Imagine the palate our kids have. So, what the heck do we eat for dinner?  Easy, lots of rice.  Lots of seasonings, with some non-healthy fried things in there, and more rice, are our favorites.

When I say…

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Added by Karen LunchingMomma on July 25, 2012 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Re-purpose A Boring Glass Vase

From this...
to this....…
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Added by Megan Card on July 25, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

How To: Re-Purpose An Old Candle

I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but I've been in a particularly crafty mood as of late. I blame the week and a half of rain... Regardless, I have been searching around my house for items to either re-purpose or update. It's amazing what a difference some scrapbook paper and some paint can do to boring,…

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Added by Megan Card on July 25, 2012 at 10:11am — No Comments

DIY: Homemade All Purpose Cleaner



Now that we are a one income family, I feel that it is my responsibility to find ways to cut costs and lighten the burden that my husband carries when it…
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Added by Megan Card on July 25, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Potty Training 2.0

I will be the first to acknowledge that my two sons are as different as they come. 
One has brown hair and brown eyes.
The other- blonde hair and blue eyes.
One is outgoing and makes friends with ease.
The other, though loud and rambunctious- an introvert.…
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Added by Megan Card on July 25, 2012 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

"The 5 Best Essential Oils to Make Your House Smell Good"

In my many searches for the best aroma's that would keep and maintain a room or entrance smelling good. I found that there is a slight difference in each essential oil and of course you need the proper diff-users for a longer burn time. One thing to keep in mind is your guest and what impressions they might have on how well you can control odors whether it be pet, food, and other odors that tend to stay in the air and furniture. In this guide you will…

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Added by Gisselle Wilson on July 25, 2012 at 12:26am — No Comments

On Amusement Parks and I-Phone Obsessed Parents

 
So I was a brave mama and took Em to Six Flags Great Escape this past Saturday. Despite the fact that we got a later start than I had hoped (thanks to a big old nail that made its way through our car tire), we had a really great time.
 
Sure, there were some stressful…
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Added by Dvora Koelling on July 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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