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This morning I went through my photos in search of any and all pictures I've taken that include all three of my children. Preferably photos of all three of them sitting relatively close and still, i.e. any picture with two children a...
This morning I went through my photos in search of any and all pictures I've taken that include all three of my children. Preferably photos of all three of them sitting relatively close and still, i.e. any picture with two children and one blurry background schmear doesn't count. (Neither do professional or Santa photos, just to up the challenge even more. Surely I was capable of cobbling together a few decent candids.) My goal was to have enough of them at different ages to print out and frame. And also maybe to successfully cover a small patch of wall in the stairwell that I don't feel like repainting.  What follows is every single photo since the birth of Ike* that meets those criteria: *AKA my personal favorite from a batch of 25 mostly-identical shots NOT PICTURED: The television screen, just off to their left. NOT PICTURED: The warming glowy moving picture box of cosmic wonder. NOT PICTURED: The Wipe-Out marathon I let them watch in Williamsburg because the hotel didn't get Nick Jr. ALSO NOT PICTURED: Me and Jason hiding in our room, binge-watching House of Cards on a laptop.  NOT PICTURED: A poorly-thought-out screening of Scar Me For Life, Why Don't Ya (aka Disney's The Fox & The Hound). NOT PICTURED: Active brain function, critical thinking, etc. At last! The whole family, screens included, together in a single photo. I am pretty sure the lesson here is that I should let them stare at screens more often. You know, for memories and posterity and shit. 
about 2 hours ago
I was listening to First Aid Kit on my headphones Monday morning when First Aid Kit walked into the cafe I was writing in and proceeded to order food. And then I sat there stunned and crazy-eyed as I smiled at Klara like an idiot and she...
I was listening to First Aid Kit on my headphones Monday morning when First Aid Kit walked into the cafe I was writing in and proceeded to order food. And then I sat there stunned and crazy-eyed as I smiled at Klara like an idiot and she... smiled back. Kindly. I wanted so badly to say something but in the moment I just... couldn't. It all seemed too coincidental and surreal so instead instead I just sat there, frozen, typing the same three words over and over for thirty minutes as their music played in my ears and they talked amongst themselves on the other side of the counter.Until, finally, they got up to leave and I panicked because OH MY GOSH THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE TO SAY SOMETHING so I leapt out of my chair and made the following proclamation in a language that was mostly made-up."HKJAHYUYYOUAREAMAZINGILOVEYOURMUSICSOMUCHUIUYIAHYJKH."And then they smiled and said thank you and then I turned around and walked into the bathroom and closed the door and hid.Which, two days later, I am still regretting.I wanted to say more. I wanted to tell them the story of how I was listening to this song when they walked in. I wanted to buy them a coffee or breakfast... a cookie for the road. As a token of thanks. Because so many times their music has brought me peace and their voices have taken my breath away.And I'm sitting here totally regretting not having said those things or done those things or, you know, acted like a proper human being.Anyway.They were extremely gracious in the face of my rambling nervousness. And it made me love them infinitely more if that's even possible. So I'm posting another (two) of their songs even though I've posted songs by them before.If you needed another reason to support this band, here's what: they're the real deal, lemon peel. They win all the prizes.(Also, watching this video makes me realize that I'm not alone in my bumbling awkward run-away-to-the-bathroom-omgwhatismyproblemawkwardness when it comes to the Söderberg sisters. Phew to that.)***182. Our Own Pretty Ways & Waltz for Richard by: First Aid KitGGC
about 3 hours ago
If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it. ~Zora Neale Hurston
If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it. ~Zora Neale Hurston
about 3 hours ago
We were compensated to write this post and share these amazing new Caress fragrances with you, however all opinions remain those of the writer. Last night, my husband commented on the scent that drifted through the air as I passed by him...
We were compensated to write this post and share these amazing new Caress fragrances with you, however all opinions remain those of the writer. Last night, my husband commented on the scent that drifted through the air as I passed by him. “Hey babe, you smell really good. What is that?” “Oh — it’s a new scent from Caress. It’s my body wash.” “Really? Body wash smells that good? It smells just like perfume.” I smiled as I walked off. To know that he will be thinking about how I smell all day long makes me happy. It means I will be on his mind most of the day. Caress Body Wash has 4 fine fragrance scents that are just simply amazing. Those scents are: Sheer Twilight Black Orchid & juniper Oil Scarlet Blossom Red Lychee & Patchouli Oil Passionate Spell Passionfruit & Fiery Orange Rose Tempting Whisper Wild Peony & Red Plum I was sent the Tempting Whisper Wild Peony & Red Plum to review. Caress® Tempting Whisper™ is a finely fragranced body wash with the scent of wild peony and red plum. This alluring fragrance, inspired by exotic blossoms at the peak of their bloom, lingers on your soft skin long after you step out of the shower. I love that this fragrance is not overpowering. It is light, soft, and extremely alluring in scent. As soon as it arrived, I opened the top to get a whiff. Seriously — if the scent does not grab me from the bottle, I am not using it. I really loved how it smelled, so I knew I would like how it smelled on my skin. Like I said, my hubby approves — and that is all the proof that I need that it is an amazing scent! What’s Your Favorite Caress® Fine Fragrance Scent? Join the conversation! Use the following hashtags to let us know your favorite scent via Twitter: #TemptingWhisper #ScarlettBlossom #SheerTwilight #PassionateSpell Just sharing your favorite scent could help you win a Wal-Mart gift card valued between $25-$100. Here is how it works: Tweet out which fragrance is your favorite using the hashtag above. Each week through October starting this Friday, winners will be chosen to receive Wal-Mart Gift Cards. Use the Rafflecopter form below to record your entry. a Rafflecopter giveaway So — which fragrance would be your choice?
about 4 hours ago
She came into our world of water with a purpose. Right off the bat, all the models showed her swooping up into the northern Gulf, bringing lined up swell marching across to the west and northwest. We waited with anticipation. … Con...
She came into our world of water with a purpose. Right off the bat, all the models showed her swooping up into the northern Gulf, bringing lined up swell marching across to the west and northwest. We waited with anticipation. … Continue reading →
about 5 hours ago
Emily Babb, a 5 Minutes For Mom writer, shares her insights into this review. We were compensated to write this post, however all opinions remain those of the writer.  One of my absolute biggest issues in the morning involves my towels. ...
Emily Babb, a 5 Minutes For Mom writer, shares her insights into this review. We were compensated to write this post, however all opinions remain those of the writer.  One of my absolute biggest issues in the morning involves my towels. I love thick, soft towels that easily soak up every drop of water from my hair. The only issue is that they are so thick and heavy that my neck is left sore from balancing this massive towel on my head while I get ready for work. Luckily I was introduced to Terry Top and my mornings seriously got easier. Before I even get to the specs, let me totally honest with you. No matter how great this hair towel is supposed to be, I was going to judge it based on one thing first . . . how thick the terry cloth is. Terry Top didn’t disappoint. The product is made with super soft terry cloth, that is that lovely thickness that makes you actually want to fold towels. That alone would sell me on this product. With Terry Top’s simple, yet genius design there is no more twisting, buttoning, or balancing to get your hair dried off after a shower. Twisting actually damages your hair. I knew this, but after using this hair towel for a week, my hair is softer, I am using less conditioning products, and my ends look as healthy as they do the day I get a good trim. Towel blotting your hair is a much better way to dry, and doesn’t lead to unnecessary damage. I remember my grandmother always telling me to dry my face off first, because it’s gross to dry your behind before your face. With Terry Top, you really don’t have to worry about that ever again. It’s so simple to pull over your head, dry your face, pull your hair out, pull Terry Top over your head, and go. I do everything I need to in the morning while wearing my towel, it’s made putting on my makeup a breeze. Enter to win With all of that said, how would you like to give Terry Top a try for yourself?  To win your very own Terry Top just share with us the color you would choose if you won. To get started, enter your name and email address in the giveaway tools form below. Entry-Form Lifestyle & food blogger at Louisiana Bride.
about 5 hours ago
My kids don’t sleep for very long intervals. At our house, the phrase “sleep like a baby” is code for “wake up every 2 hours” or “only fall begrudgingly asleep after extensive marching, jiggling, and r...
My kids don’t sleep for very long intervals. At our house, the phrase “sleep like a baby” is code for “wake up every 2 hours” or “only fall begrudgingly asleep after extensive marching, jiggling, and rending of clothes by your grown-ups.” My Felix, at 17 months, still wakes twice each night. This is sort . . . → Read More: Night Weaning
about 5 hours ago
One of the things I LOVE about our homeschool routine this year, is the opportunity to add the WONDER into learning. Our boys learn best through doing, experiencing, observing, listening, and getting their hands on what we are learning. ...
One of the things I LOVE about our homeschool routine this year, is the opportunity to add the WONDER into learning. Our boys learn best through doing, experiencing, observing, listening, and getting their hands on what we are learning. “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson So much of what they will remember derives from the WONDER. They get their questions answered. How much more engaging is learning when it’s curiosity driven? We spend time in the mornings and sometimes into the early afternoon on our 1st grade curriculum. {Which is going really well, I might add. No changes in curriculum so far; everything seems to be a great fit.} So while most or our mornings follow a routine, the afternoons, evenings, and even weekends we leave room for opportunities like these: >>> Checking out Venus through the telescope at Holcomb Observatory at Butler University followed by a show at the planetarium. >>> Studying owls up close at Eagle Creek’s Ornithology Center. >>> Visiting our local library to pick out books to read for the month.   >>> Watching a praying mantis attack and devour a beetle. Freakishly cool. >>> Making a solar system model to hang in their dorm room bedroom. Can you tell they are loving the Astronomy curriculum?      What things do you remember best from your learning years?  Most likely it’s the ones where you created something. You got your hands messy. You found more out about something that you were fascinated by.  Hopefully these will be the things that stick for our boys as well. These are things you can do with your kids, regardless of your school choice. After all, we are all “homeschooling” to some degree by giving our kids learning experiences at home through reading, cooking a meal together, making music, character building, creating, and other hands-on-experiences, right? “Curiosity is the engine of achievement.” – Sir Ken Robinson Sometimes I think we get so caught up in the standards, the test scores, the competitive academics, we forget the wonder that creates more learning opportunities. Life-long learners aren’t made from worksheets and flashcards. They are made through creating, discovering, nurturing talents, and experiencing life. Let’s not forget what it feels like to be in awe of something, to marvel, to ponder – because these grow a desire for greater learning in our kids. What things do you do to encourage WONDER with your kids?   Interested more in this philosophy of curiosity and creativity in learning? I recommend watching this Ted Talk from Sir Ken Robinson on “How Schools Kill Creativity”.
about 6 hours ago
I was sent a gift card from Kohl’s in order to share with you how easy it is to dress for success this fall. We were also provided one to give away as well. As always, the opinions of our writer remain 100% her own. Fall is here. I...
I was sent a gift card from Kohl’s in order to share with you how easy it is to dress for success this fall. We were also provided one to give away as well. As always, the opinions of our writer remain 100% her own. Fall is here. I am so glad the cooler weather has arrived. Now that is officially fall, it’s time to update my wardrobe. There is only one place I truly shop when it comes to fall fashion, and that is Kohl’s. Kohl’s has recently opened up 3 new stores located in Michigan City, Ind., Hyannis, Mass., and Keene, N.H. If you live in any of those areas, you need to shout for joy, because Kohl’s is my ALL time favorite place to shop for clothing. In fact, it has become my hubby’s favorite place to shop as well. Seriously — when you can get a man to love shopping as much as a woman, you know that you have found the perfect store. I love when Kohl’s has grand opening sales. This is the time of year that I really rack up. Not only do they have amazing clearance sales, but their regular in season clothes are on sale as well. They are already affordable, but during a grand opening sale, they are even more affordable. During this shop, I had so much fun putting together the perfect outfit for me. I already knew in my head that I wanted a pair of boots. That was the first place I headed to. Once I grabbed the boots, I went over to the fall clothing racks to find me a cardigan/shirt combo. On the way over to the jewelry counter, I found the perfect pair of Jennifer Lopez jeans. Before long, I had the cutest outfit put together — literally in 15 minutes flat. This whole outfit only cost me around $75! Seriously — you cannot beat that for in season clothes and gorgeous leather boots. Coupons and in store savings also help make the prices super affordable. That left me some money to play with, so I went back to find  a dress. I knew exactly which designer I was going to hit up — Jennifer Lopez. I love her clothing style. This section is my favorite because the outfits are so affordable, stylish, and can either be dressed up or down, depending on where you are going. It didn’t take me long to find the prettiest blue/black/and cream colored snake skin looking dress. I fell head over heels in love. What’s even better than that was this gorgeous snake skin looking jewelry to match. It doesn’t take but just a couple of items to really spruce up your fall wardrobe, and Kohl’s is the perfect place to shop. Not only that, but they give you cash back during certain shopping times to spend during other weeks in their store. In fact, this shopping trip netted me $20 in Kohl’s cash. I put that with my in store savings, coupons, and online specials and snagged a new King size comforter set that retails for $200, for only $45. How can any other store compare with that? Don’t forget that when you go shopping, log into the store wifi because you get other savings and coupons as well! Enter to win One winner is going to win a $100 Kohl’s giftcard to spruce up their very own wardrobe for the fall season. To get started, enter your name and email address in the Giveaway Tools form below. Entry-Form What is your favorite fall fashion item?
about 7 hours ago
Pumpkin activities are the perfect thing for fall.  Pumpkins are everywhere and there are so many fun things to do with them.  Some of these fun ideas don’t even require a real pumpkin! Here are a few pumpkin activities we thought ...
Pumpkin activities are the perfect thing for fall.  Pumpkins are everywhere and there are so many fun things to do with them.  Some of these fun ideas don’t even require a real pumpkin! Here are a few pumpkin activities we thought looked like fun.  All of these were found in our awesome Wednesday link-up, It’s Playtime!  You can share your favorite things there, too!  7 Easy Pumpkin Activities 1.  No holiday is complete without a themed sensory bin!  Dye some water orange and toss in all the pumpkin things you can find like, ceramic pumpkins, foam pumpkins and orange pom poms. 2.  Paint pumpkins with toilet paper roll painting.  Just dip an empty roll in orange paint and stamp it on paper.  Use a crayon to color in a stem. 3.  Make a paper plate pumpkin that is cute artwork and also doubles as a name recognition activity.  This pumpkin activity is also great for fine motor skills. 4.  Dress your Halloween candy or goodies in pumpkin perfect wrapping.  A little tissue paper, an empty TP roll and a green pipe cleaner is all you need. 5.  Make a Halloween garland with pumpkin salt-dough.  Create your ornaments and after they dry you can paint them and hang them in your home. 6.  Make a felt pumpkin with extra face pieces and have your kids create the pumpkin face that matches each card.  This has a free printable to go along with it! 7.  Make a construction paper pumpkin and decorate it with googley eyes and markers.  A fun way to change it up is to cut an egg carton and use the bottom as eyes. 8.  Sometimes it’s fun just to explore and get messy.  Try heading outside with a pumpkin and a hammer (and adult supervision) and smash it!  Come back over at 4pm to share YOUR kids activities! The post 7 Easy Pumpkin Activities appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.
about 8 hours ago