Back to School Blues

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Well school opens around here in a few weeks, three weeks to be exact.  After a summer of sleeping in and carefree lazy days, I don’t think I’m quite ready for back to school!  I am actually dreading it because: I am not a morning person and will have to wake up at around 6:15…

Top 5 Places To Visit In Belgium

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Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is the most visited city in that country. This is not a surprise since it has some of the best sites in Belgium. It is also the destination of a lot of diplomats from other countries since it is the de facto capital of the European Union. It is also…

Yoga Exercise During Pregnancy

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Becoming a mother is a personal journey for many women. It is a time of growth and transformation. Yoga is a tool that can benefit the expectant mother to embrace this time. Their first introduction to yoga is often during pregnancy. It is undoubtedly ideal for pregnant women – health professionals, parenting sites and the…

Disney Pixar’s Brave: Feisty and Fearless

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After seeing the commercial for Disney Pixar’s Brave many, many times on television, I was delighted to be invited to attend an advance screening.  Z.E.N. was excited too, because he just loves going to the movies! If you are into fiery redheads, bows and arrows, and a whole lot of fun and adventure, then Disney…

Hunger Games Giveaway

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Are you a Hunger Games fan? In celebration of The Hunger Games coming out on DVD on August 18th, Mommy and 4 Peas in a Pod will be giving away one (1) beautiful box set of the Hunger Games Book Trilogy and The Hunger Games DVD [2-Disc DVD + Ultra-Violet Digital Copy]! If for some…

How to Find a Geocache – The Family Friendly Outdoor Pursuit

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If you are nostalgic for those treasure hunts your mom used to organize when you were a kid, then you might be interested in the latest 21st century outdoor family pursuit – Geocaching.  Geocaching manages to blend nature, fun, and technology and a great day out with your own kids.  But what exactly is it…

Taking a Tour of the Smarties Candy Factory

Sign outside of the Smarties Candy factory

I’ve been eating Smarties candy for as long as I can remember and I always have some on hand in the house.  So last week when Collective Bias asked if I would be willing to join them on a tour of the Smarties Candy Factory, of course I said yes! I couldn’t tell Z.E.N. though…

Children’s Place Holiday 2012 Preview

Nicole Feliciano and Michael Gianelli at Children

The first BlogHer related event I attended last week was a preview of the Children’s place Holiday collection, hosted by Nicole Feliciano of MomTrends.  The event took place at the Bryant Park Hotel in midtown Manhattan. As soon as I walked into the room, I was mesmerized by what I saw.  Cute little models donned…

Testing Out Makari Skin Care Products

The "before" shot

You all know that I’m a product junkie and love to try new stuff, so of course when I was given the chance to try Makari products, I jumped on the opportunity. I used to have really great skin back in my 20’s but now, forget it!  My skin looks blotchy and I have developed…

4 Untraditional Afterschool Activities for Childhood Health

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Are your children bored of soccer, cheerleading, and the other afterschool activities they have tried? Sometimes kids need a change of pace. This guide will suggest a few untraditional afterschool activities that will help your children network outside of their regular peer groups while learning special, unique skills – all while staying fit and learning…