November 2012 Blog Posts (297)

Don't Complain

Don't complain about a house to clean;
Complaining is a sin.
Think of those who have no home…

Added by Emily van Rijn on November 21, 2012 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Lose the Baby Weight: Ab Exercises to Tone Your Tummy

So yesterday I told you guys that I’ve become an abdominal exercise fiend: not because I actually enjoy doing these workouts, but because they’re totally necessary to getting rid of that spare tire that appears after the baby makes his way out of your belly. So I’ve taken some ideas from my barre dvds and turned them into their own little workout – for integrating with my living room circuit or after doing some cardio. Feel free to interchange the…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 21, 2012 at 3:31pm — No Comments

The News

I never thought I would be one of them. Not that I ever judged them, because my younger sister was one. It just never occurred to me that it would be me. I had been so picky about finding “the one,” and at 37 I thought I did…until reality set in and I knew I hadn’t.

Being self-employed, I didn’t have health insurance. So I went to Planned Parenthood to get on the pill. The nurse asked, as they always do, when was the first day of my last menstrual cycle? I don’t know about you, but I…


Added by Jessica Rector on November 21, 2012 at 2:35pm — 2 Comments

Secrets to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight without Dieting!

Family and friends were dying to know what my diet was to be able to lose all my baby weight within 6 months.  First off, IT WAS NOT A DIET!  It was a simple combination of yoga and most importantly, healthy eating habits that have always been part of my life before, during, and after my pregnancy.  In our family, eating healthy is so habitual that it’s like brushing your teeth.  People usually associate eating healthy with high priced organic items.  Well, if you don’t know where to shop it…


Added by MamaInHeels.com on November 21, 2012 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Jumping In At The Deep End.

Basically I am still very new to this mom thing. I fell in love with my boyfriend almost a year and a half ago, and I fell madly head over heals in love with his daughter. So I jumped in at the deep end. This consequently is the best, and most difficult thing I have ever done. I left my home country for the very different life of Johannesburg. The move in itself faced me with a lot of challenges, some of which, a lot of which I am still adapting to.

In the UK, we sleep with our… Continue

Added by Jennifer Pugh on November 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Help The Victims of Hurricane Sandy by Hosting a Touchstone Crystal Jewelry Party

Thanksgiving is almost here. And while we’re all giving thanks – and thinking about all of the awesome Black Friday sales to take advantage of after the turkey’s been eaten – there are people on the East Coast whose lives have been devastatedby Hurricane Sandy. These people are struggling to just get their lives back to some kind of normal – much less worrying about what presents they can get at a discount on Friday.

I got an email the other day…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 21, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments

Wonderful Wednesday - Take a Chance - Write an E-book

Wonderful Wednesday - it is wonderful to take a chance and write an e-book.

Each Wonderful Wednesday throughout the month of  November has been devoted to taking a chance and starting something new. The first Wednesday was about taking a chance and starting a business, last week was about taking a chance and starting a blog.  Next week…


Added by Janeane Davis on November 21, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

Expecting My Second Child - My Birth Story

My second pregnancy was a bit of a surprise as I wasn’t actively trying to conceive.  I found out in February 2000, that I was pregnant and was due October 9th, 2000.  When I was almost 20 weeks, I found out that I was having a little boy.  I was excited and nervous at the same time.  I had that feeling that I was having a boy since my cravings were totally different that my first pregnancy.  Continue reading my birth story at:  …


Added by Christy Garrett on November 21, 2012 at 9:19am — No Comments

Expecting my First Baby As a Teen Mom

My first pregnancy was a bit of a shock, since I was just 18 years old and just out of high school. I found out that I was pregnant in April of 1996.  I was still living at home with my parents and wasn’t married to my boyfriend.  I knew firsthand that my parents would be very disappointed with me but for the most part my mom was supportive.  It was important that I tell them before they found out on their own, so I told my mom first.  She said she had already suspected something but…


Added by Christy Garrett on November 21, 2012 at 8:58am — 2 Comments

Pulled Chicken BBQ Sandwiches - Super Duper Easy!

I am starting to think of myself as slightly obsessed with my crock pot. Oh well. Myobsession is your gain, my friends! This is one of my go-to recipes, because wealways have the ingredients on hand and it’s super duper easy to make! You’re going to need a total of three things: your crock pot, some chicken and your fave bbq sauce. We go through a lot of the stuff at our house – and tend to buy in bulk.…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Universal Children's Day: A Plea for Children's Rights

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Today is Universal Children’s Day.

On December 13, 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 20, 2012 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Two Months Post-Partum: Getting Back to Pre-Pregnancy Jeans

I feel like getting back into my “normal” jeans is a never ending task. Basically, I fit in them. But I fit differently in them. My tummy is getting flatter by the day (thanks to the much hated ab work I’ve been doing), but everything still feels like it’s in a different place than it was before I got pregnant. And I still feel that little pooch below my belly button. BUT: I do feel a lot better and – at least I can fit into my jeans again…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Terrific Tuesday - Election History - George Bush/Al Gore and the Teenie Bopper

Terrific Tuesday - it is terrific raise politically aware children.

Each Terrific Tuesday throughout the month of November will be dedicated to discussions of elections past and present. Our first Terrific Tuesday of  November urged everyone, no matter who their candidate of choice, to go vote, last week was about discussing election results respectfully. Next week, the last…


Added by Janeane Davis on November 20, 2012 at 11:29am — No Comments

Thanks For That

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner and both sets of grandparents coming into town, I feel the need to do some yoga breathing and compose a list of things I’m thankful for:



  1. For my kind and generous husband
  2. That my kind and generous husband does all of our laundry
  3. For our healthy, thriving children
  4. For our neighborhood public school and its industrious teachers
  5. For the hours when that school is in session…

Added by Courtenay Harris Bond on November 20, 2012 at 10:46am — No Comments

How to Know When You've Turned Into THAT Mom

So life with a baby starts. And some time goes by. Suddenly, your (my) baby is two months old. And while you (I) said that there was no way that you’d become thatparent – the one that you can tell is a total MOM from a mile away – you find that…you were wrong. You are TOTALLY that mom. And here’s how to figure it out:

1. You realize that you’ve started referring to yourself as “mommy” all the time. Like – even when…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 20, 2012 at 10:31am — No Comments

Tummy Time Can Prevent Your Newborn from Developing Plagiocephaly

The “Back to Sleep” campaign was introduced in the early 1990′s to help prevent babies from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  When a baby is born their heads are still soft and their skull will slowly harden over the next few months.  However, laying your baby in the same position all the time places gentle pressure on the back of the skull, causing it to slowly change shape.  Read the full post at …


Added by Christy Garrett on November 20, 2012 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Holiday Gift Guide

For many, the holidays are one of the most exciting time of the year – and one of

the most stressful! Who wants to spend time in a crowded and hot mall buying the same old boring gifts year after year?

That’s exactly why you need the Gift Giving Advisory Board’s 3rd Annual Sponsored Holiday Gift Guide – presented to you below.

From the comfort of your own home or office, you can choose unique gifts that your recipients will love – allowing you to spend time with your…


Added by Audreyvp on November 20, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments

Holiday Gift Guide Review: My Very Own Pirate Tale Book & Placemat from I See Me Books

My son's love for reading just got a boost thanks to personalized books from award-winning I See Me Books.

See why they're a great kids holiday gift + how to save - http://bit.ly/ismpirate…


Added by Joyce Brewer on November 20, 2012 at 5:57am — No Comments

How Can Swaddling Help Your Baby Sleep Better?

The crib is ready to go and everything is prepared for the baby’s arrival.  The only thing that you are waiting on is your baby to make his or her grand entrance.  At this point of your pregnancy, you are probably anxiously waiting for the opportunity to finally meet your baby.  However, once you begin labor and are admitted into the hospital then the real work begins. Uplifting…


Added by Christy Garrett on November 19, 2012 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Things I Love: GroupGel Group Management System

One thing that makes me happy: programs that make my life easier. So when I heard about GroupGel – a totally free website that groups can use to streamline their operations and communications – I was intrigued. And now that I’ve had a chance to check out all of the features for myself – I’m in lurve. And I’ve totally recommended that my Mom’s Club (yes, that’s a real thing) uses it! Let me tell you what…


Added by Cortney Galster on November 19, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

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