New Momference Make-Over
Starting in the Spring of 2008, Momference will present events geared toward truly changing and empowering the lives of women everywhere! Events will focus around the areas of:
Visit our new online Momference events calendar to see a complete listing of online tele-conferences and webinars lead by leading experts in the fields of parenting and women's coaching.
Calling all Divorced Women
Are you divorced, going through a divorce, or know someone who is getting a divorce? Everyone does!
The April 9th and 12th Momference event, sponsored by Laura Campbell of the DSpot, "Divorce: Passion, Power, and Play," is the ideal way to help yourself or someone you love deal with the issues surrounded the break up of a marriage. As the perfect gift of healing for yourself or a way to help a loved one struggling with the pain of divorce, the small registration fee of $39 includes both days of the event, a special virtual goodie bag, and podcasts of all of the sessions to review at your leisure!
The keynote speaker of the "Divorce: Passion, Power, and Play" event will be Dr. Pepper Schwartz, the author of Prime: Adventures and Advice about Sex, Love and the Sensual Years. She is a renowned author, lecturer and authority on the subject of sexuality and relationships. Pepper wrote the column “Sex and Health” for Glamour magazine for seven years. She has appeared on such television programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline and Dr. Phil, and on programs for the cable television network Lifetime.
Addressing Special Needs
Did you know...1 in 5 families in the United States have Special Needs children?
If you have a special needs child or know someone who does, then you can fully understand the trials and tribulations associated with caring for their needs. In our April 26th "Special Needs: Managing STRESS with a SMILE" event, sponsored by Stephanie Haber of The Special Needs Family, special needs families are given the best tips and tactics finding happiness in the chaos.
Whether you join the Momference "Special Needs: Managing STRESS with a SMILE" to bring peace to your own home or provide sanity to a loved one struggling to manage, the small registration fee of $39 includes a full day of tele-classes and webinars, a special virtual goodie bag, and podcasts of all of the sessions to review at your leisure!
NOTE: This event qualifies for a special discount for groups of 5 or more! If you have group that would like to register for the "Special Needs: Managing STRESS with a SMILE" event, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Just the other day, as I was sitting behind four or five cars at a red light, he calls from the back seat, "Mom, you're not driving the right way." I looked up to make sure I was on the correct side of the road (just recently he and I were driving on the incorrect side of the road - but that's another story).
As the light turned green, I started to move forward behind the other cars. I was still trying to figure out what he had been referring to, when a second later he yells, "Both of your hands need to be on the steering wheel."
I took a quick glance back at him and smiled. "You're right, Dominic," I said, "I was driving wrong way."
Instead of telling me it was OK - as he's said before when I have admitted to doing something wrong, he says to me, in a very matter-of-fact voice, "I'll show you how to drive."
I will be a nervous wreck once he actually does get behind the wheel for the first time. Although by then, there will hopefully be some new technology that will allow me to have a GPS tracking system on the car so that I can make sure he hasn't been run off the road or fallen asleep at the wheel - or worse - lying about where he is.
Thinking back to my own years and the first years of freedom, it was much different then. My mom was excited to learn that I purchased a pager for myself. (Note to self: Must check to see if people - besides doctors - still use them.)
My mom would page me when I was out too late or past my curfew or didn't come home the night before. I can't say that having a pager made her life any easier. I would either ignore the page and not call her, or call her back and casually explain why I just had to spend the night at my boyfriend's house - again.
Being young and having freedom is exciting. It's just as exciting - if not anxiety-inducing - for parents.
I don't usually think that far ahead, but when it comes to the safety of our children, what a parent wouldn't do...
What do you think? Is this GPS Tracking System too invasive? Do your teenagers have the right to total independence when they get their license to drive?
Sunday, February 24, 2008
While there are many trade shows and conventions dedicated to children's furniture, fashions and toys throughout the year, the ABC Kids Expo is by far the must-attend event for companies looking to promote their products to independent retailers.
Kid's Messenger Bag by Fleurville
Diaper Wallet by Pineapple Cove Baby
Dazzle Stroller by Silver Cross
Picadilly Car Seat Cover by Pure Joy Collection
Cashmere Blanket by Jesse Walker
Bounce-A-Bye-Baby from Luna Lullaby
Blankie Bungee by Z.Daisy
Metro Hooded Towel & Washcloths by Baby Dry Goods
Twin Shoppers by Clean Shopper
Tooth Fairy Pillow by Petunia Petunia
Ruby Janes by Pedoodles
Children's Bookholder by Jack and Jill Furniture
Savannah Nursery Set by Sozo
"I'm Pooping Right Now" Onesie by Rebel Ink Baby
Dinosaur Rubber Boots by Hatley
Toad Stool by Levels of Discovery
Maternity Shirts: Astrology by Little Baby Signs
"Couldn't Wait" Preemie Onesie by Fig Leaf Baby
Munchlers by Built NY
Saturday, February 23, 2008
There has been much research on play based learning and, just recently, I have been introduced to the concept of playtime and just how much children benefit from the non-structured activity that I grew up with outdoors, indoors - in the winter - and throughout my youth.
Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but I was one of those people who chose to have kids because I enjoy playing. I still do and I - hopefully - always will. A recent study done in the UK was quite disappointing to read, although it didn't really surprise me. The Pica Perspective sums it all up quite nicely.
And, because I feel play is so vital to today's youth, I dug up some quotes related to play to inspire the child in all of us to remember what it was like to be young and having "nothing to do."
"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul." - Friedrich Froebel
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato
“Play is the highest form of research.” - Albert Einstein
"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." -John Cleese
- "You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play." - Warren Beatty
"It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity." - Michel de Montaigne
- "The parent who gets down on the floor to play with a child on Christmas Day is usually doing a most remarkable thing -- something seldom repeated during the rest of the year. These are, after all, busy parents committed to their work or their success in the larger society, and they do not have much left-over time in which to play with their children." - Brian Sutton-Smith
Friday, February 22, 2008
For a while we were both drinking soy milk and then I realized that it might not be the best choice for a growing little boy. And, since he and I are together for only 60% of the time - and most of that time he's in school - I've decided to switch us both to Organic Milk.
More information on raising organic families can be found in Kiwi Magazine, another new favorite of mine.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
9 Months to Grow
All About Savvy
A Sweet Pea
Baby Bella USA
Baby Center Store
Baby Island Boutique
Baby Oliver Boutique
Bebe Cakes Boutique
Bella and Blue
Belly Bump Maternity
Birth and Beyond
Blue Moon Gift
Busy Bodies Boutique
Charlynn Belly n Baby
Chic Baby Gift Baskets
Ciao Bella Baby
Doodles by Diane
Gifts n Creations
Hands Free Baby
Hip Mom and Baby
Itty Bitty Ideas
Lets Go Strolling
Mama i bebe
Marriage and Carriage
Mom and Baby Sport
Mom 4 Life
Mommy 2 Reese
My Letter Design
My Retro Baby
My Sweet Dreams Baby
New Mother New Baby
One Red Hen
One Stop Baby
Polka Tots and What Nots
Sassy Tots Boutique
Shop 61 West
Shop Planet Kids
Shower Your Baby
Stay My Baby
Stone House Boutique
Super Kid Smart
Sweet and Simple
Sweet Baby Boutiques
Sweet n Sassy Boutique
The Bag Lady
The Blissful Baby
The Organized Parent
Two Funny Girls
Two Hip Moms
Two Little Elves
U the Mom
Waddle and Swaddle
Y Not Shop
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
- Show up
- Pay attention
- Tell the truth
- Don't be attached to the results.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Feminine is your middle name. You can flirt along with the best of them, and no one has a better imagination, especially when it comes to romance. In fact, sometimes you surprise yourself with the amazing, offbeat, creative ideas that pop into your head. If you could put even a fraction of your brainstorms into practice, you’d quickly become a millionaire. And speaking of money, it’s more important to you than to other women. Not only should you be sure to find a career that will satisfy you, but you should pair up with a guy who will help you achieve your dreams. Together you’ll take big risks and aim for the stars—the financial stars, that is. Your best match is an older brother of sisters, although he may feel you’re not as feisty as the younger sisters he grew up with. An older brother of brothers could also be a good match, even though he might not understand your feminine side as much as you’d like. A younger brother of sisters could keep you amused and entertained, but he might annoy you at times with his lack of attention.If you've already found someone to spend the rest of your life with - this article discusses the importance of keeping your relationship emotionally healthy in order to keep the individuals involved physically healthy - a must-read.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Balancing Love & Discipline
Thursday, April 3, 6 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 24, 6 -7:30 pm
The Terrific Twos
Thursday, May 15, 6 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion - I have shudder'd at it. I shudder no more. I could be martyr'd for my religion Love is my religion And I could die for that. I could die for you. ~ John Keats ~
And think not you can Direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course. ~ Gibran Kahlil ~
To get the full value of joy You must have someone to divide it with.
~ Mark Twain ~
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, While loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu ~
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others. ~ Andre Maurois ~
Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~ James Baldwin ~
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. ~ Ingrid Bergman ~
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The Four Man Plan:
A Romantic Science
Monday, February 11, 2008
Today at circle time we talked about love. I asked the children, "What is love?" Here are some of their answers.
- when you love a girl and you buy her a Sleeping Beauty dress.
- when you buy the boy you love shaving cream.
- when you kiss a bunch.
- when you put on a ring and kiss.
- when Mommy and Daddy watch Monsters Inc. with me.
- a sleepover with my brother.
- a snuggle with my mommy.
- love is when your heart gets happy.
- It feels good...really good!
- It feels like a happy heart that is smiling.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
FREE RICE is a site which not only helps feed the hungry but helps increase your English language vocabulary.
For every word you correctly define (you get four choices to select from), Free Rice will donate 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.
I know, 20 grains of rice doesn't really sound like much, but this site is as addicting as solitaire once was.
I'm proud to say that I donated at least 200 grains of rice during my first 4 minutes on the site. I learned many new words and correctly defined even more.
The site does come with a warning, however: This game may make you smarter.
It can also help you:
- Formulate your ideas better
- Write better papers, emails and business letters
- Speak more precisely and persuasively
- Comprehend more of what you read
- Read faster because you comprehend better
- Get better grades in high school, college and graduate school
- Score higher on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT
- Perform better at job interviews and conferences
- Sell yourself, your services, and your products better
- Be more effective and successful at your job
After you have done Free Rice for a couple of days, you may notice an odd phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing. You will feel yourself using and knowing more words.
The Breast Cancer Site is a shopping site like many others, however, each and every purchase you make goes toward the donation of a mammogram for women in need.They have something for just about everyone on your gift list: your sister, girlfriends, mom, kids and even pets.
International shipping options are offered on select products so take advantage of these low-cost gifts (check the SALE section) and help raise awareness and support a great cause.
Not in the mood for shopping? That's OK. Just CLICK HERE to donate mammograms.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Several of my girly-friends are getting married this year. I can't wait to celebrate - and witness their union.
And to those that are in search of that special someone - please read the warnings first - there are several online dating services to handle just about anyone's requirements.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Your turn! I'm not telling what my score revealed.
And for the true cynic, here's a lovely parting gift for the holiday.