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How to help your kids deal with differences in others

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Michelle blogs about life, her kids and her love of caffeinated drinks at ememby.com.

Everyone has had that moment… you know, the moment when your kid blatantly stares at someone or says something embarrassing in public. I’m no different, my kids have said and done things I’d rather they hadn’t but little by little I believe we’re at the very least teaching them the right way to approach people who are different. This is important to me because my youngest was born with symbrachydactyly, which means his left hand wasn’t fully developed and along with a smaller than normal thumb, he’s missing his fingers on that hand. We definitely notice others checking out his hand while we are in public, it’s only normal since it is different. I see those opportunities as a chance to help educate others about limb differences (our particular brand of difference but you get the same kind of looks whether you are missing a hand, in a wheelchair or wear a patch over your eye).


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Getting good dinners on the table when you’re working all week

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By Angella from Dutch Blitz

Back when I was on maternity leave, and then working from home, getting good (and good for you) meals on the table was pretty simple. I was here at some point in the day, if not all day long, so I had time to prepare and cooks meals, and even dash to the grocery store for any last-minute ingredients. Now that I am working outside of the house full-time, as is my husband, we had to overhaul our meal-planning strategy.


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A Starting Point for Couponing and Deal Finding

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By Deanna from Money Saving Frugal Mom

With the new episodes of TLC Extreme Couponing airing weekly the buzz about couponing and saving in general has exploded!  Now, we have to remember that the show is airing Extreme saving scenarios.  I want to show you some effective ways to coupon and find great deals that are more realistic.

Coupons-Where to find them

Coupon inserts in your newspaper are a great place to start, especially the Sunday paper.  You can also try to write, call or email companies who manufacture products you use often and inquire about coupons.

I try to organize my coupons at night after the kids are in bed and I only cut out the coupons I am going to use.   Extra coupons are saved in a file folder and either traded or I give them to friends who will use them.  Sometimes I will get things for free with coupons and donate it if it is an item I do not use or need.

When I started couponing I used a check sized file folder.  Once I really got into couponing I found that the file folder was no longer efficient.  I upgraded to a coupon binder and I love it!  I purchased a Case It! binder and baseball card plastic binder inserts.  My coupons are tidy and easy to access.


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What’s for dinner?: Light ginger-lemon shrimp skewers

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This is a great early spring dinner, and the delicate flavors of the ginger and the lemon don’t overpower the sweetness of the shrimp in the slightest.  Plus, as noted, everyone loves food on a stick.  You can marinate the shrimp for as long as your schedule allows, and if you don’t have time to marinate them in the refrigerator, you can let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then skewer them up. Serve this with plenty of hot rice and a salad.

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds peeled extra large or jumbo raw shrimp
  • 14 6-inch wooden skewers
  • 6 cups hot rice to serve
  • Freshly chopped parsley for sprinkling (optional)

1. In a gallon-sized zipper top bag, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, and salt and pepper. Squish all around to combine, then add the shrimp, seal the bag, and flip around so the shrimp is completely coated with the marinade.  Refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.
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Making mornings less hectic

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By Angella of Committed: The Ties That Bond and DutchBlitz.net

I returned to full-time employment in an office last January and while I was a bit of a blubbering mess for the first month (or five), I soon got into the swing of things. There are hiccups along the way, for sure, but there are a few things I do in order to make my mornings (and week) less hectic and stressful.

1. Make lunches the night before. For EVERYONE.

My husband and I have three kids in school and the two of us are working full-time. Anyone who has ever made lunches for their family knows that it it takes time. We always make lunches for our kids the night before (to cut down on morning stress) but occasionally we’ll stop there and say we’ll make our own lunches in the morning. This sees me running around at 6 a.m., before the sleep lines have even faded from my face, and my day only seems to go downhill from there. ALL lunches need to be made the night before.


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What’s for dinner?: Scallop Brochettes

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Many of us don’t think of scallops and kids on the same breath.  But really — like chicken –  scallops are such a nice blank canvas for all sorts of flavors, from mild to intense, that there’s no reason not to give it a shot. And the texture is pleasingly firm.

This is the simplest of kebabs, and as we all know, food on a stick gets given more of a chance than food not on a stick, so skewering up something new may earn it a place on your menu of dinner options.  Try to find dry scallops, as opposed to wet, at the fish counter.  Wet scallops are commonly treated with preservatives, and they have absorbed water making them weigh more (and consequently costing you more) and also preventing them from searing up nicely. Dry scallops are not soaked in stuff, and caramelize beautifully during cooking.  Serve these with rice or orzo.
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What’s for dinner?: Quick spring vegetables

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So simple,and so easy to take advantage of the produce of the moment.  This is barely a step above raw veggies, which many kids seem to prefer, and you can use this glazey method for any vegetables, and have quick and happy results.

Ingredients
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How to survive business travel as a Mom

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By Jenifer from www.onenjen.com

When my son was 10 months old, the opportunity to travel to Germany for work was presented to me on a silver platter alongside a small promotion. At first, the prospect of leaving my still-breastfeeding son for a solid week seemed crazy. I wasn’t ready to wean him (nor did he seem ready to be weaned), but was it feasible to keep it up by lugging my breast pump all the way to Europe and stopping whatever it was I was doing, be it on the 10-hour flight there and back or at an international convention center in a glorified port-a-potty next to the German sausage carts, so I could, ahem, painstakingly (emphasis on the pain) express myself? (Ugh. That bathroom.)


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How to give yourself a spa treatment at home

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By Tamara Walker of La Coquette Boutique

This is a decidedly non-girly confession for a beauty boutique owner, but I have never had a spa mani-pedi. I simply prefer to take care of my own hands and feet. It’s less expensive, I can do it whenever I want, and I don’t have to worry about whether or not my spa practitioner has properly sterilized all of the tools before my visit.

This is my method for a ten minute treatment that will leave your hands and feet feeling smooth, moisturized and perfectly pampered.


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How to create a simple family calendar that works

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By Angella of Dutch Blitz and Committed: The Ties That Bond

My husband and I have three kids. Our oldest is in second grade, his brother is in Kindergarten (alternating full days of school) and their sister is on preschool two mornings a week. The boys have swimming lessons all winter and come spring there is baseball/soccer. My daughter has ballet on Saturday mornings and would be in swimming lessons except that when we brought her to her first class she completely LOST IT. We’ll put her in next year. Maybe.

I’ve recently returned to work full-time in an office and my husband works part-time hours around the kids’ school hours. In addition to work, he and I have date nights, fitness classes, church meetings and time spent with our friends. The week gets filled up at lightning speed.


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