Easy Banana Nut Bread Recipe

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How long has it been since you made Banana Nut bread at your house?  I love to eat this banana bread, but unfortunately I can't stop at one or even two pieces.  Before I make Banana Bread, I need to make sure that the rest of the family will be around to eat it with me in order to keep myself from eating an entire loaf by myself.  Here's a recipe that I've been waiting to try.  It was sent to the mom blog from "Recipe Linda."  She is my aunt from … [Read more...]

High Competition Level At Our House

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Both of our boys are very active in sports and are very competitive when it comes to their physical abilities.  They are always trying to see who is faster, who can do the most push-ups, who can hold a plank longer, etc.  Once the boys get going, it is a never ending competition in my house.  I am 5'8 and I have always been taller than my oldest son.  This past summer he began growing and he is now as tall as I am.  Every few days he wants to … [Read more...]

Life in Motion: The Surprising Healing Powers of Exercise


If you have an addiction problem, you might be surprised to learn that exercise can have an amazing effect on your body and your mind.  In fact, exercise can help you correct addictive behavior, and not just those addictive behaviors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse either.  Here’s how it works, and how it can work for you. The Runner’s High You’ve heard of the runner’s high, right?  It’s the result of the body’s natural painkillers … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Benefits – Are They For You?

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Are you a frequent shopper on Amazon.com?  Do you normally buy tons of items but HATE the shipping charges?  How about movies and TV shows?  Do you normally rent them through Redbox or your local movie store?  Are you an e-book reader?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these (more is better!), you should consider signing up for Amazon Prime! Amazon Prime is a service Amazon offers and it is very beneficial.  There are many freebies that come … [Read more...]

Trip To Toronto Canada Was A Blast!


Here's the sign that my husband and I saw each day on our walk back to our hotel when my husband and I visited Toronto, Canada for the Word on the Street National Book Festival.  I wanted to get a picture of our hotel but waited too long and then it rained, so the picture above was my best bet for a motel memory picture.  We didn't have much time to enjoy the area, but we made the most of the time that we had there and had a blast! We … [Read more...]

Have Fun Near the Waterfront in Burlingame

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Each year for vacation, I try to find somewhere new for our family to visit.  Once you go on the same vacation over and over, the vacation experience just isn't as much fun as when you explore different areas and new experiences.  Burlingame on the San Francisco Peninsula would be an ideal choice for a coastal getaway.  There are plenty of great ways to enjoy the water when you stay in this seaside city. Stay on the San Francisco Bay Your hotel … [Read more...]

Do Your Underwear Fit?


It’s that time of year!  The holidays are rolling around and we typically tend to gain or lose a little bit of weight.  Something people don’t normally think about is whether or not their undergarments fit.  We usually focus on the clothing on the outside that others are going to see, but we forget that others CAN see our undergarments through our clothes if they do not fit correctly!  For me, once I feel my underwear getting tight, I know it's … [Read more...]

Amazon Gift Cards Are Easy To Load On Your Account


Loading an Amazon.com gift card to your Amazon.com account is very easy!  This is much better than printing off your Amazon gift codes only to misplace them. Here are some step-by-step instructions for you: Head over to Amazon.com Make sure you are signed in to your account before continuing to the next step. Once you have logged in, click on “Your Account” located near the top of the right-hand corner. After that, scroll down to the … [Read more...]

Life Without Electricity: Teach Kids about Olden Times

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Kids love to imagine, yet imagining about history inspires learning.  Kids of today wonder about tomorrow, but they learn what it was like to be a kid fifty, one-hundred, and scores of years ago by researching history.  For example, what was it like to live and go to school without electricity?  Candles were used for light rather than decoration generations ago.  Catch present attention to teach kids about the past. School of Yore What was … [Read more...]

Tips For Selecting The Perfect Morph Suit

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My boys are both wearing Morph Suits this year for Halloween which gave me a chance to learn more about them through our experiences.  Have a look at both of their faces, you can see through the white face of the younger child, whereas you can't see the facial characteristics of the oldest one.  This is the same for the ones wearing the suits, whereas the youngest can see far better than the older one who has darker colors across his line of … [Read more...]

Morphsuits.com Helps With Tuxedo Morph Suit

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As you can see from the picture above, my son LOVES his Tuxedo Morph Suit.  We purchased this Tuxedo Morph Suit at a local Party City store, but when we tried it on, we had a few complications so I took it back to the store for an easy return but unfortunately returned back home with the same Tuxedo Morph Suit as I had taken with me to the store to return.  Once I got home, I wrote the following letter to the contact info located on the Party … [Read more...]

Be Prepared: Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Do you remember when you were younger and you put on your Halloween costume and all their Halloween makeup about 5 hours prior to leaving the house to go knock on neighbors’ doors and collect your candy?  We’ve all been there, and now our children want to do the same thing!  While we want trick-or-treating to be a fun experience for them, we also want it to be a safe experience. I have heard tons of horror stories, ranging from poisoned candy … [Read more...]

Get Your Online Shopping Under Control


I love it when readers send in stories to share on the mom blog.  The following story was sent in by Amanda Wall.  She wants to share with you how she got her online shopping under control.  Since the time to start our holiday shopping is right around the corner, I thought this may come in handy - enjoy! How I Got My Online Shopping Under Control I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get product research burn-out.  I start out … [Read more...]

How To Use Skype For Those Special Moments


Do you remember reading my Skype post and how to create your own account to talk to family and friends who are in different areas than you?  Well, here’s a real-life example about how Skype helped my friend Jessica share a special moment with her husband, Justin, who is in the Marine Corps and could not make it to the anatomy scan of their first successful pregnancy.  Justin is currently serving his third deployment for the Marine Corps.  He’s in … [Read more...]

Kick Off Holiday Shopping, Enter To Win TeenSafe Amazon Gift Card

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The holidays will be here before we know it, so if you have time, you need to start your holiday shopping now.  Buying a little here and there will help out in the end.  It is so much better than waiting until the last minute and then spending way too much out of desperation of the need for the gift and absolutely no idea of what to buy!  If you'd like to start your holiday shopping now, make sure to find a great "gift" hiding place in your home … [Read more...]

Travel on a Shoestring: Five Tips to Plan a Budget Trip to Monterey


Have you ever looked at a City Guide for Monterey, California?  I have never been to California, but would really like to visit one day.  Enjoy the following info, it should really come in handy if you plan on visiting this area. Magnificent Monterey is perched on the Pacific Coast, and it is home to beautiful beaches, rich Hispanic heritage, world-class restaurants, and the 6th largest aquarium in the world.  Throw in a temperate all-year … [Read more...]