August 2014 Blog Posts (132)

Adventure Landing & Shipwreck Island Water Park Review

I could not WAIT to visit Adventure Landing. Water + Park = Lots of fun! Especially since this Summer really sucked because of rain. Locally, our weather men and women would predict sunshine and we'd end up with a day full of lightening and thunder. I stopped listening to them years ago and knew when I checked the weather for Jacksonville and saw that it said 80% chance of rain, it would be perfect weather for…


Added by Ronda on August 31, 2014 at 11:48pm — No Comments

The Dr. OZ Show!!

Dr. OZ is kind and warm. What a great Dr.

Me, Dr. OZ and My Husband
Me and Dr. Roizen who wrote You on a Diet…


Added by Jill Knapp on August 31, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Meet with Donna Galanti, author of ‘A Hidden Element,’ book 2 in The Element Trilogy

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element andA Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning…


Added by Mayra Calvani on August 31, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments

Luma Painting

Last week has been so full of crazy busy-ness that I wasn’t able to do much with the blog or the family. I did grab a spare hour and was able to paint some decorations for Little M’s room. So now I present to you, the LUMA’s!! Fair warning though. I suck at painting. Bad. I think my three year old paints better than I can.

Luma paintingWM

These are simple wooden stars that could probably be found at…


Added by Homemade Momy on August 31, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Autism Service Dog

Every since Mathew received his diagnosis of Autism I have been researching constantly. There are so many ways to help out a kid on the spectrum but a lot of them are considered alternative methods and therefore not covered by insurance or recognized by health professionals as being extremely helpful. Thus far we have been blessed with doctors who were ok with trying some of the alternative ways of dealing with the problems. One way is to get a specially trained service dog. Typically people…


Added by Homemade Momy on August 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

What I do to enjoy my 1 1/2 hour commute to work (part 1)

Hi everyone! I have put together a 3 part series to show how to make your commute a little better.  I do actually drive 1 1/2 hrs to work and 1 1/2 hrs home so I have picked up a few ideas to make the drive not only bearable but actually kind of fun.  Let me know what you think

Life at 523

Added by Kimberly Cargile on August 29, 2014 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Things I've Learned This Week


** The first day of school is a blessing like no other.

** Homework's about to unleash its evil wrath upon us very, very soon.



Added by Jennifer Marshall on August 29, 2014 at 12:45pm — No Comments

My BEST TIPS for Back to School Shopping

I just had the BEST, BEST day with my 6 year old.  She’s about to head into Grade 1, and we hit the mall for some back to school shopping together.

Do you look forward to back to school shopping or is it something you dread as the school year approaches?

I love shopping for anything or anyone, but I’ve learned that shopping with 3 kids can be a challenge… each waiting for the other to try on different items.  Eventually the boredom sets in and it’s hairy-scary…


Added by Karen Peterson on August 29, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Where to Find Discount School Supplies?

While buying school supplies, the quantity purchased do matter a lot. In case if you are buying school supplies in smaller amount, you would not probably notice the price. However, the situation may change if you are trying to purchase the entire list of school supplies for your child's school. Moreover, when school starts and you have no low-priced school supplies available and just expensive substitutes are available, then you would definitely have to pay a lot for school supplies. Let us…


Added by Anna Rachel on August 29, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

subscription boxes

There are so many subscription boxes out there these days. You can get a box of surprise goodies for just about anything. I decided that it might be fun to try some out and write about my impressions of them. After compiling a list of the ones that I had heard of I decided that the list was too small and limited. If this was going to be done right I needed some variety in there.

What better way to find huge lists of something than on GOOGLE?! Boy did I dive in head first without…


Added by Homemade Momy on August 29, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Footing the bill for college

A decade from now when my son does an Internet search on me and comes across this blog, I want him to read this post in which I state the following:

I love you, and I am not footing your entire college bill.…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 29, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Product Review: Leave-In Conditioner / Protection

Product Overview:

Hair conditioners are specifically designed to give strength, repair the damaged cells and maintain the essential moisture levels in the hair. A number of conditioning products are in the market, but they contain harmful chemicals, silicone and synthetic ingredients that can really damage your hair. Use of chemical based products only makes your hair dry and dull. Leave-in conditioner/protector is basically used to…


Added by Claire John on August 29, 2014 at 2:35am — No Comments

Want to Have Fun – Create A Family Game



You can find serenity in learning that it can be really fun to create a family game.  In most areas around the country, the new school year has either started or is about to start. At the same time, many families enjoyed the closeness and fun of the bonding and fun of summer vacation. One way to keep the fun going throughout the school year is to create a family game.

The great thing about a family game is that you do…


Added by Janeane Davis on August 28, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Something Special to Share With The Kids On the Last Night of Summer Holidays

Well, the last night of summer is fast approaching, and I’m feeling sentimental about the end of another summer with my kids.  While I was thinking about all this last week, I got an idea that I am happy to share with all of you.  This little idea is not based on a family tradition, but is a new idea that I will be trying in my home on the last night of summer.  I thought you might like it too!

So, when my three children crawl into bed on that last exciting night before starting a new…


Added by Karen Peterson on August 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

17 things I told my son about Highschool


Added by darla halyk on August 28, 2014 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Blogging Better: Editorial Calendar Secrets

So you’ve heard about this thing called an “editorial calendar.” But if you don’t work in marketing, you might not know what the heck I’m talking about. And no matter what field you work in, figuring out how to create an editorial calendar that you’ll actually use can be a challenge. So what gives?

Why they work

Editorial calendars are one of my favorite ways to keep my work organized, especially as it pertains to my blog. It’s a place where I can keep…


Added by Cortney Galster on August 28, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Just five more minutes, Mom

As mentioned before, when it comes to mornings, I am awake and ready to go. This ability served me well in middle school and high school when I was responsible for getting myself awake, dressed and to school (via the bus or my own two feet) on time. I set my own alarm and I…

Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments

Broccoli-Cheese Chowder

So on my Facebook page there have been a few requests for a recipe that we made a few nights back. Not wanting to deprive anyone of one of the best soups I have decided to add it to the recipe archives. This is not a family recipe on either side. Oddly enough we got it from our local health and wellness center but it doesn’t seem to be on the especially healthy side.



Added by Homemade Momy on August 28, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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