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50 (More) Inspiring Children's Books With A Positive Message

50 (More) Inspiring Children's Books With A Positive Message | Blended Family | Scoop.it
When we expose our kids to a variety of positive and inspirational content early and on a regular basis, we can make a profound difference in their lives and help encourage a growth mindset....

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How to Slash Your Grocery Bill | Daily Shot - Yahoo Screen

How to Slash Your Grocery Bill | Daily Shot - Yahoo Screen | Blended Family | Scoop.it
If you've ever been shocked at the number on your supermarket receipt, it might be time to revisit how you grocery shop. Celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian is a judge on "Guy's Grocery Games," and she says a little strategy can save you money at the store. First, be smart about buying meat. "Meat is usually the most expensive thing on your dinner plate," Melissa says. "Buy your meat when it's a 'loss leader,' not when you need it." In other words, pay attention to heavily discounted meat specials, stock up, and freeze for later use. Next, cut costs by encouraging healthy eating at breakfast. "I believe in a nutritious breakfast that's really fast." Melissa suggests smoothies as a cheap, healthy alternative to other options. "My kids think it's hilarious that they're having spinach before noon," she says. "This will help you inexpensively get some fiber and protein into the kids before the day starts." Third, practice clever entertaining. When hosting a dinner party, Melissa suggests using inexpensive proteins in appetizers, like putting white beans on bruschetta. Then, when dinner comes and guests are eating something more expensive, they're not starving. "They're going to feel more satisfied at the end of that meal and have no idea that you tricked them into feeling full by giving them inexpensive protein," she says. Melissa is also a big fan of couponing, and she works with Couponsforchange.org, which helps combat child hunger in addition to helping shoppers everywhere save money. "For every three coupons someone downloads, they're going to connect a child who needs a meal with a meal." To find out Melissa's most requested dinner party dish that "costs pennies a serving," watch this episode of Daily Shot. Find more Daily Shot videos on Yahoo Screen.
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Tracy Johnson's curator insight, February 25, 10:13 AM

This topic speaks directly to those who are most likely to be ratings contributors...they're interested in saving money and improving their lifestyles 

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A love letter: To all the tired mamas everywhere

A love letter: To all the tired mamas everywhere | Blended Family | Scoop.it
Here's the thing, I love you.

I do.

I love how you don't even have to open your eyes to roll over in bed and open the blanket to that kid who has bad dreams.

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Tummy Stuffers reall | As Seen On TV Products

Tummy Stuffers reall | As Seen On TV Products | Blended Family | Scoop.it
Tummy Stuffers really cute kids organizer (Tummy Stuffers reall | As Seen On TV Products http://t.co/bDkB4LtIme)

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Lucy Best's curator insight, January 9, 12:27 AM

Kids love tummy stuffers and parents do to. A place to store things and a hugable friend.

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Trusting God In Challenging Times | The Family Table Blog

Trusting God In Challenging Times | The Family Table Blog | Blended Family | Scoop.it
I sit here on this COLD January morning with my on-going list of things to do.  January to me is a get everything back in order and get ready for this next year.  I have had a lot of interruptions this year in getting this accomplished and it is overwhelming me a bit.  I have shared that I have really had some challenges to deal with in the last few weeks of 2013 going past a month now and things are still tough.  Read More...
Recipe of the Week: Chicken-n-Dumplings

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Debbie Greenhill's Top Ten Fast Family Recipes... Download FREE Copy HERE!

Debbie Greenhill's Top Ten Fast Family Recipes... Download FREE Copy HERE! | Blended Family | Scoop.it

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Cavuto: Marriage is a bond worth fighting for

Cavuto: Marriage is a bond worth fighting for | Blended Family | Scoop.it
Your World w/ Cavuto on FoxNews.com - follow Neil Cavuto on Weekdays at 4:00 PM ET

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Marriage Matters: Checking out of checking in

Marriage Matters: Checking out of checking in | Blended Family | Scoop.it
While we encourage reflection and checking in on your relationship, there is also a time just to savor your marriage.

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Investigation exposes little oversight of child advocates

Investigation exposes little oversight of child advocates | Blended Family | Scoop.it
A CBS Atlanta News investigation found questionable oversight of court-appointed advocates sworn to protect children.

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Christopher Pearsall's curator insight, December 14, 2013 9:21 PM

I would be much happier writing more positive things regarding the various family courts throughout this country. However it is with a great deal of frustration that I find that many times a great injustice is done with the children of these United States in the family courts of many states.

 

This article gives indication of things that I have seen personally occur in the courthouse in Rhode Island. I've seen Guardian ad litem's who indicate that their decision was for one particular parent in a conference that occurred moments before taking the bench to report to the court which parent should have placement of the child or children. Then only moments later that same guardian ad litem would announce a completely different decision under oath.

 

I've seen Family Court investigators who review documents in a file and then prejudge the individuals who are to be investigated regarding possible recommendations of placement and/or reviews of their homes before even having met them.

 

I have seen mediators assigned by the court who merely based upon the appearance of one or the other of the parties in the case develop their own personal bias and then rather than mediate in an arbitrary and impartial fashion, literally argued on behalf of the party who they felt was better dressed, had a better job, or even treated them more respectfully. None of which should have anything to do with a proper investigation or determination as to what an impartial mediator should do.

 

I've seen attorneys yell at witnesses or threaten them to intimidate them before testifying. I have heard parents bribe children in order to obtain favorable testimony on the stand which unfortunately successfully works in many instances. I have heard family court investigators who should conduct an impartial investigation immediately make judgments based upon their own personal feelings about  some aspect of the case which is thereafter taints their report as well as the judge who reads the report.

 

 These are things both the court and the public need to be aware of. They are practicalities of what occurs in our world and what occurs in our legal system. Yet it is battling these biases and practicalities that becomes the most difficult within our system.

 

 Case workers and investigators for the Division of Children, Youth and Family Services are no less prone to these biases, admonitions, or other human qualities which make our system less-than-perfect.

 

This article gives a small sneak peek into those types of things that we should be aware of when entering Family Court or our legal system involving family law matters.

 

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How to become successful as a work-at-home Mom or Dad

How to become successful as a work-at-home Mom or Dad | Blended Family | Scoop.it
How to become successful as a work-at-home Mom or Dad First tip: Find a company where you are passionate about the products. It is far easier (and far more convincing) to shout from the rooftops ab...

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life

30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life | Blended Family | Scoop.it

I think that most of us would agree that Dr. Seuss is awesome. Check out this infographic featuring 30 inspirational Dr. Seuss quotes 'that can change your life.' What do you think? 


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, March 11, 9:30 AM

Remember the wisdom of Dr Seuss? ;o)

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Mindful Parenting:To Yell or Not to Yell?

Mindful Parenting:To Yell or Not to Yell? | Blended Family | Scoop.it
For me, muscling my children into behaving the way I want them to feels wrong. While I don't want to give them carte blanche to do whatever they want (Permissive Parenting), I also want to be able to give them the tools to navigate life without blowing up every time something doesn't go the way they want.

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Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies

Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies | Blended Family | Scoop.it

Parents in a recent survey agreed, by a six-to-one margin, that parenting is seen as more difficult today than in the past.

 

Indeed, to hear today’s moms and dads tell it, Ruth Graham wrote recently at Slate, parents “never get their houses clean, never have sex, never read books or have adult conversations, never shower, and never, ever have a moment to themselves.” That’s hyperbolic, as Graham and parents themselves know, but (many parent-bloggers seem to say) it’s not far off the mark.


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Killing Off Supermom

Killing Off Supermom | Blended Family | Scoop.it
I'll be honest with you. In my house, the beds are rarely made unless someone is coming to visit. Sometimes I yell. My closet is a disaster and I feel guilty that I work too much. My kids watch more TV than they should.

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Bentonite Clay Cleanse for Natural Hair- Homemade Products!

Bentonite Clay Cleanse for Natural Hair- Homemade Products! | Blended Family | Scoop.it
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Bentonite clay, an impure mud discovered in Rock River, Wyoming, was once thought to have healing powers.

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Kinks & Curls's curator insight, January 23, 5:55 AM

Vlogger Naptural85 peaked my interest in using literally the earth to wash my hair when she did a video on a mud wash now.  I haven't tried this yet but betonite clay is not only in face beneficial in face masks.

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Why Does Pop Culture Pretend Dads Don’t Exist?

Why Does Pop Culture Pretend Dads Don’t Exist? | Blended Family | Scoop.it
In pop culture, both TV shows (The Simpsons) and the ads that run during TV shows (Huggies) show fathers as bumbling idiots.

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Work-Life Balance Is A Lie, So Here's a Better Way to Think About It

Work-Life Balance Is A Lie, So Here's a Better Way to Think About It | Blended Family | Scoop.it
Today’s technology makes it possible to work 24/7, paying little attention to friendships, family, and good health. That’s why we’re here to help, with 15 tips for creating a fulfilling life that includes everything you find meaningful.

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His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage ~ Live BIG! Die Empty.

His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage ~ Live BIG! Die Empty. | Blended Family | Scoop.it

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Another Mom Whose Daughter is Stolen Thru Parental Alienation, Her Situation:

Another Mom Whose Daughter is Stolen Thru Parental Alienation, Her Situation: | Blended Family | Scoop.it
"I am desperately trying to get my 12 year old daughter back home. My ex-husband, who is a police officer, kidnapped her out of school 14 months ago and I have been trying to get her back ever sinc...

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Christopher Pearsall's curator insight, December 14, 2013 9:03 PM

I'm glad you are speaking out mom.  Unfortunately I have to agree with you that many times the court is blinded by the occupation of the parent to his creating the alienation. The core fails to see that the parent was not involved with the child prior to a particular incident in question (as you indicated in your article) but rather the court merely looks  at the situation as it stands the moment  it is before him or her.

 

 While I have a great deal of respect for law enforcement officers in general, I have seen law-enforcement officers who abuse their position in order to advance their own personal goals. Sometimes those personal goals do involve hurting their former spouse or the mother of their child. Sometimes the court is blinded by this either by the law enforcement officers position itself or by the attorney who represents the law enforcement officer. In some instances the court is even blinded by the personal biases of the judge who may for one reason or another have a "pro-law enforcement" mindset.

 

What is most disturbing about your article is the portion that you indicate in bold, namely that it is the parent who has the most money to drag out the family law battle that ultimately wins.

 

 Regrettably, I do find this to be true in many cases. I have represented several mothers in which the father had substantial funds at his disposal while the mother continued to struggle as the placement parent to provide for several children. Many mothers will even exhaust their retirement accounts and take tax penalties because they care for their children so much. While this is also true of many fathers, I make note of it with respect to mothers here simply because I recall specific mothers in the course of my representation history with gone the extra mile for their children only to be left out on a lurch by the justice system when the father and his attorney needlessly drag the proceedings out and exhaust the mother's finances.

 

I continue to encourage you to speak out and to tell your story as it relates to the alienation of your child(ren).   One significant factor  that I do suggest you take into consideration is whether or not you have traditionally been "alienated" from your daughter or whether you may in fact be partly "estranged" from your daughter, and lastly whether  and injustice has been rendered against you by the legal system itself in order to obtain your daughter. There is most certainly a difference in the definition and the understanding of each of these different concepts.

 

Notwithstanding the circumstances, my heart goes out to you as you struggle to remain connected with your daughter in light of all the circumstances.

 

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