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Caring Hearts

We recently celebrated our 37th birthday here at Dillon. In 1972 our organization began by finding homes for 100 orphans from South Korea. We have grown and expanded since then, but our heart for the children has never wavered. To help with that mission several of our Caring Hearts groups held fundraising events in honor of our birthday. You can check out the photos (and learn more about Caring Hearts) at We raised almost $900 which will be used… Continue

Added by orphanCare/Dillon International on August 19, 2009 at 1:14pm — No Comments

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Back in my teaching days, whenever my kindergarten children were having a crummy day we always pulled out Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Through story and illustrations Viorst and Cruz perfectly portray the emotions felt on those days when nothing goes right. Yesterday was that day for me. So here it is, my own Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

My kid woke up at 5am screaming and wouldn’t go back to bed.

I could… Continue

Added by Meredith Magee Donnelly on August 19, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Board Books

Board books were originally created with a specific purpose in mind. Unfortunately, in recent years this purpose has been lost and publishing companies are cashing in by printing books intended for older children into board book form. I find this incredibly frustrating.

So here is my plea: let’s refocus our attention on the original intentions of board books. Let’s start with what board books are not. Board books are not miniature versions of other children’s literature. Kevin… Continue

Added by Meredith Magee Donnelly on August 19, 2009 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Healthy Choices

Looking at the list of ingredients on a box of Gerber Graduates Cereal Bars I was surprised to see high fructose corn syrup listed as one of the first ingredients in both the crust and the filling. On the back cover of Nutrition Action Healthletter, one of my favorite sources for nutritional information, there is a section called “Food Porn” which highlights some of the worst foods you can eat. If I was to create a list entitled “Baby Food Porn” Gerber Graduates Cereal Bars would be high on my… Continue

Added by Meredith Magee Donnelly on August 19, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New School Year

Just wanted to say to all the moms with children going back to school this week congratulations! Some of us have been looking foward to this day for a while but when it's finally here we feel somewhat sad. My oldest did not want me to drive him but he wanted to take the bus instead. I have been taking him to school on the first day for the past 5 years and now he is so independant. I think he saw my sadness because now he has changed his mind and I will be taking him. He made my day! To all the… Continue

Added by purpleorchid22 on August 19, 2009 at 11:32am — No Comments

Here is a short little bit of info about the online Baby Gift Business I have set up. I'm a Mum who works from my Studio at home in Ruthin, North Wales. I had the idea of starting my own online Baby Gift Store when I had Izzy my beautiful little peach of a daughter 21 months ago, and set the ball rolling. Then in Feb 2009 I lost my job due to the 'Credit Crunch' and knew that it was now or never. I did try and get a local grant from the Council to help with the funding of my new venture but to… Continue

Added by Deborah Duddle on August 19, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory Book Giveaway

The Book Faery Reviews is giving away 2 copies of The White Queen by Philippa Gregory now through the end of August. The link to the post is here: Open to US/Canada mailing addresses (no PO Boxes).…


Added by Farrah on August 19, 2009 at 12:12am — No Comments

Worry, vent, release

Today was not a great day. Nothing severe or life changing happened. Just not a great day. I am sure most of it had to do with the date, August 18th. This would have been our 19th wedding anniversary if my first husband had beat the cancer that eventually took him and left me a 29 year old widow. Then I think about how blessed I am to have had two chances with men who have loved me so much. I would never have been blessed with the three little people I am Mommy to now.

This is how… Continue

Added by Kathy on August 18, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Work the Core - Win the iJoy Ride

ridephoto A few months ago, I reviewed the iJoy Balance Board. Now it’s time for the iJoy Ride to take center stage. Made by Human Touch®, the iJoy® series focuses on what they call “effortless exercise,” with the tag line “take the work out of working out.” Here is the product description:



Added by Coach Jenn on August 18, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments

what is your scary basement story?

I heard some people talking about Michael Vick recently and comparing his exploitation of dogs to hunting. I won’t go into my thoughts on that subject, but it sparked a memory from my childhood. That is the way it comes back to me, in flashes. For example I smell marijuana and suddenly I remember Christmas morning 1974. Full… Continue

Added by Stefanie Mullen on August 18, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

What's the Point?

I recently told a relative to check out my new blog and tell me what they thought. Response, "I don't get it. What's the point?"

I wanted to say the point was... then I went blank. What was the point?

The point is there are way too many changes in my life right now for me to handle. I have a 17 yr old starting college in the fall and a 14 yr old starting high school. My oldest is driving to Florida. My youngest wants to drive everyday. My dog is dying. My boys are not… Continue

Added by More Milestones on August 18, 2009 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Referral Program


All you expert bloggers out there, I need your advise. Help me to understand or shed some light as to why not one, zero, zilch, zippo persons have registered to be a part of my referral program. I put a lot of thought into the program, making it a win-win situation (I thought!). But apparently there is something wrong.

Whether it be

* not enough exposure to my blog

* leariness of the program

* don't like Scentsy

* all around bad… Continue

Added by Kirsten Cunningham on August 18, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

Healthy school kids

School is starting and along with that will come more visits to my office for illnesses. Quick tips for your children to stay healthy at school:

- Start the day with a healthy breakfast

- Teach your child to cover their mouth or nose when they cough or sneeze and then immediately wash their hands or cough or sneeze into their sleeve

- Send along a small bottle of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

- If your child is ill, keep them home!

Happy… Continue

Added by Dr Lisa Ramey on August 18, 2009 at 8:07am — No Comments

September is coming! Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

For those that have been hanging with me for awhile, you know what happens in September. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Just as we have all come to know October as Pink Breast Cancer Month (still very important!!!), I would like you to think of September as Gold Kid’s Cancer Month! This year September 12th has been recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. I am telling you now so… Continue

Added by Kathy on August 18, 2009 at 1:31am — No Comments

Good to be Home...

..And sleep in my own bed between my own sheets on my own pillow in my own house.

Not that I don’t love vacations. I do. It’s always great to be out of the house and see something other than my walls in my city. But it’s also great to be home.

David, Zack and I spent the last few days in Laughlin, Nevada with some friends and family. We went to jet ski in the Lake Mohave and along the Colorado River. Well, I didn’t…I just enjoyed the company, the water and the extremely… Continue

Added by Brandi Strand on August 18, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Please help comment to fight hunger

I am reposting this because so far I only have 9 comments and I need 30 within the next few days. I was really hoping I could get help from mom bloggers here. So please, please stop by and leave a comment. Once I reach 30 comments, General Mills and Shoprite will donate food to foodbank.

I am so happy to be part of something like this, and I hope I can get some help from some of you… Continue

Added by Jacqueline on August 17, 2009 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Baby Bargains Book giveaway!

There are SEVEN chances to win this book, and VERY little entries so far so chances to win are fantastic. This book is a must for any mom of little ones, or anyone needing a gift to a pregnant friend or loved one. Come check it out at!

Added by Frugal Mom knows Best on August 17, 2009 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Before the Blog

It’s now officially a month that I am blogging. Yes, a month. My first post , dated July 14th is titled “I Have an Addiction”. Little did I know then that post would start off a brand new addiction. Blogging.

I really do wish I had discovered “blogging” a decade or so ago. There are so many things I wish I could have preserved with words. Photos are great, as are videos. But nothing preserves an event or time better than your fresh thoughts, in words, on “paper”.

A post I… Continue

Added by Nancy on August 17, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Living in a Small Town

Big, crowded cities have never appealed to me. I've always wanted to live in a small town. The kind that's walkable, with a strong sense of community, and where you frequently bump into people you know as you go about your business (but not so small that everyone knows your business!) We've been really lucky with our little town. Once named THE worst place to live in the SF Bay Area, the city leaders have really worked at turning things around. We have a nice waterfront… Continue

Added by Janice on August 17, 2009 at 10:27pm — No Comments

$30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway

Do you love to enter contests and giveaways? I know I do. Have you heard about the $30 Kroger Gift Card Giveaway over at The Frugal Housewife? Well actually, two $30 Kroger Gift Cards are being given away. Stop by the Kroger Gift Card Giveaway post and check out what you have to do to enter. Remember! If you don't enter, then you can't… Continue

Added by JT Locke on August 17, 2009 at 8:46pm — No Comments

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