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Monday, February 28, 2011

This week on 24/7 MOMS - Two NIGHTS Two SHOWS

Two NIGHTS Two SHOWS - Join us either Tuesday night or Wednesday night on 24/7 MOMS Live as we chat With Rebecca Knowlden author of On the UpSide. Hope for Parents....Success for the child with Autism. and then we will keep it simple with our Top 10 Time saving tips for moms

It all begins at Tuesday Night at 7pm PST/ 10pm EST OR Wednesday night at 9pm PST / 12am EST at www.247moms.com

24/7 MOMS Live the show created by Moms just for Moms. (TV on your computer)

This Week 24/7 MOMS Live Features:

- Rebecca Knowlden author of On the UpSide . Hope for Parents…Success for the Child with Autism

- Trisha's 10 Time Saving Tips For Moms

- Mom Chat

- Fun MOM Giveaways

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4 Ways to Get Your Child Interested in Technology


by: Jessica Thompson

It’s 2011, and technology is everywhere you look—the internet, GPS technology, smart phones and so much more have all become a huge part of our everyday lives. As parents, it’s our job to help children safely navigate this vast world of technology. But how can we encourage them to use technology in a constructive, educational and/or creative way?

· Create a Website. One reason teachers often include a visual component (such as a poster or diorama) when assigning a big project is because they understand that the creative aspect makes learning a lot more enjoyable. Having your child create a website about something they’ve researched has the same effect: it gives them an opportunity to take something they’ve learned and present it in a creative, visually-appealing way. There are sites that will allow you to build a website for free—but if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of website building, basic HTML code is easy to learn and all you need to experiment with it is a program like Notepad!

· Start Blogging. Blogs are a great outlet for creative expression, and they can be focused on virtually any topic. Unlike a traditional journal, blogs are easy to share with friends and relatives, and doing so provides a great opportunity for kids to receive feedback. (What blogger doesn’t love comments?) For those concerned about privacy, most free blogging services allow you to keep your blog hidden so that it won’t appear in Google or other search engines, meaning that it can only be accessed by those who have the link.

· Educational Video Games. Educational games have been around for a long time. In recent years, however, the “edutainment” market has exploded as educators and developers alike have recognized the great potential of learning that is both interactive and fun. There are plenty of educational games that are backed by research, so why not give it a try?

· Photography. Most of us have used a digital camera, but did you know that there are cheap digital cameras out there designed specifically for kids? The cool thing is that many of these cameras come with software that allows kids to edit the photos, so they can get some experience with computer software as well.

Of course, there are many ways to help our children become proficient with technology. What are some of yours?

Jessica Thompson is a former language arts teacher who currently works for Mentor Interactive, a company that develops educational video games for children. When she's not working or spending time with her family, Jessica enjoys reading, writing, experimental cooking, and playing with the latest technological gadgets. Her husband and two beautiful daughters are her life!

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FREE Subway Frameable Art For St. Patricks Day


Free St. Patrick's Day Subway art from Today's Fabulous Finds. There are several variations to choose from. Pick up Green or Black frames and frame these for Teacher gifts Click here to choose and print yours today.

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Magazine Subscription Deals and Giveaway

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Drum roll please...... this weeks MOMTOURAGE Winne


Drum roll please...... last weeks MOMTOURAGE Winner is Shawn Harrington This weeks giveaway was the Set of JUNO products- Congratulations.

Thanks MOMTOURAGE moms for shouting out about us this week. Be sure to enter this weeks contest beginning today.

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What is something mischievous you have done?

Riddle:
Q: What happens to tires when they get old?
A: They are retired.
(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)







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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Souper Sunday - Busy Day Beef Stew

Busy Day Beef Stew
from: Taste Of Home
  • 8-10 Servings
  • Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (1 to 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons browning sauce, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 6 to 8 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, optional
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons cold water

Directions

  • Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with soup mix, browning sauce if desired, salt and pepper. Pour water over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Remove roast to a cutting board; let stand for 5 minutes. Add vegetables to slow cooker. Cube beef and return to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 1-1/2 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into stew. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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Free: Button Rainbow Printable For St. Patricks Day

Create your own Button Rainbow Framed decoration for St. Patrick's day with this FREE printable from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. Click here to download yours now.

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DEAL:$10 for $20 Worth of Mabels Labels

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WIN - Barney Musical Zoo DVD

Tune in for wild musical fun with everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur, Barney and his playground friends, in the all-new Barney: Musical Zoo now available on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.


Trusted by moms and adored by children, Barney displays sharing, caring, imagining, dancing and learning on television, online and through live events, home entertainment and publishing. The Emmy® award-winning series, Barney & Friends is one of the top-rated preschool shows today, airing on PBS KIDS® and PBS KIDS Sprout®. The DVD also includes a bonus episode of the all-new Preschool TV series, Timmy Time from the Academy-Award® winning Aardman studios.


DVD SYNOPSIS

Hear an elephant trumpet and a lion roar as Barney and Riff create a wild concert filled with exotic animal sounds in Barney: Musical Zoo. Join Riff as he composes for a different kind of puppet show and then BJ and Baby Bop get into the act, learning about rhythm and performing for others in this super-dee-duper orchestral treat that the whole family will enjoy.


Check out this new Barney Set:

Barney Learning Pack 6 DVD Set

Celebrate the gift of learning with Barney in this jam-packed 6 DVD compilation, containing educational episodes focusing on colors, counting, nursery rhymes and learning the alphabet. A great value, this gift set is the perfect present and a tee-riffic opportunity for your preschooler to learn important lessons with Barney & Friends.


The Set includes these DVDs:

  • It’s Time for Counting
  • Numbers! Numbers!
  • Now I Know My ABCs
  • Rhyme Time Rhythm
  • Let’s Play School!
  • Red, Yellow & Blue

WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment are giving away a Barney Musical Zoo DVD.


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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What has been your best work of art? Describe it.

Riddle:
Q: Why do hurricanes travel so fast?
A: Because if they travelled slowly, they'd be known as slow-i-canes.

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)







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Saturday, February 26, 2011

FREEbie - Irish for a Day: St. Patrick's Crafts and Recipes eBook.


Free Offer: Irish for a Day: St. Patrick's Crafts and Recipes eBook.

Included in this eBook:
Leprechaun Greeting Yard Sign (pg. 14)
Lucky Clover Pendant Necklace (pg. 20)
Good Luck Charm Bag (pg.27)
Felt Shamrock Garland (pg. 28)
County Cork Irish Sew (pg. 31)
Many other St. Patrick's Day crafts and recipes

Click here to download your Free eBook.


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4 MONEY Saving MOM Deals You Will Love

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Ballet Shoe Advice For Parents of Little Ballerinas


Your child is now a budding dancer – complete with bun, leotard, chiffon skirt and pink ballet shoes. In 15 years, she’s going to take the stage and be the next Anna Pavlova!

That, of course, will take years of hard work and training. But you can make a significant contribution to your child’s dance career early on by ensuring you buy proper-fitting ballet shoes.


When ballet shoes fit, they should fit like a snug sock and move with the feet. If they are too tight, the toes will curl inside and the back will cut into the achille’s heel – a painful way to dance. If the shoes are too loose, the shoes will look “floppy” and the child will struggle through jumps and turns.

Proper-fitting ballet slippers don’t have to cost a lot. The typical pair runs anywhere from $15-20 and with the internet, you can buy them online if you know your child’s size. For the first pair, it is recommended that you get your child fitted at a store that specializes in dancewear.


Inevitably, as your child grows, you’ll need to invest in new shoes to maintain the proper fit. But don’t despair, as you can buy shoes that are a ½ size larger in some cases so they can grow into the shoe. Be careful to ensure the fit is not too loose for the child.


Ballet shoes often run a few sizes smaller than street size, so if you noticed your child’s street size increasing, it might be time for new ballet shoes.


If you’d like to learn more about how to buy ballet shoes, visit Best Ballet Shoes.

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WIN - Muscle Cars book


The 1960s and early 1970s were the age of raw American automotive power. Whether it was a classic Hemi ‘Cuda, Pontiac GTO, Charger, or Boss Mustang, big engines were king at local drag strips and cruises. Muscle Cars explores this era and the current models with a broad survey of classic muscle and today’s new machines. Each chapter is organized around a theme (milestones, factory racers, etc), each model getting a multi-page spread of full-color photography, performance stats, trivia, and more. Photos and stories from the people who built and raced these amazing machines make the book a must-read for any fan of American muscle.


WIN: 24/7 MOMS and First Gear are giving away a Muscle Cars book.

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What makes you tick?

Riddle:
Q: What part of a clock is always old?
A: The second hand.
(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)







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Friday, February 25, 2011

Prevention Magazine Best Easy Healthy Eating LIVE Chat

Are you like me, a busy mom, who wants healthy food for their family? Prevention Magazine has chosen their Best Packaged Food Awards 2011. 24/7 MOMS is partnering with them to host a LIVE Q & A about how to eat healthy, and live well. Join us March 1st, 9:30am PST / 12:30 pm ET. Bring your friends & your questions! We will be live at www.247moms.com


Prevention.com Packaged Foods Webcast from Brian Boyd on Vimeo.

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5 Fun Manners Games - Teaching Kids the Fun Way



My favorite scene in the movie cheaper by the dozen is the crazy breakfast scene where the missing frog reappears and creates complete mayhem.



This scene reminds me of the continued need for table manner training in my home. And I have some fun simple ideas and games to help you teach manners to your kids


Oink Oink - This s a fun table manner reminder game. You will need some sort of pig either stuffed, plastic or a picture you have printed off the computer of a pig.

To Play -
If someone breaks a table manner rule that is on the list 2 or 3 of the ones you are working on and another family member squeals on him by saying "Oink, Oink " the pig is then placed in front of the table manner breakers plate and they are informed as to what manner rule was broken.

Through out the meal the pig will travel to person to person as rules are broken. The last person with the little pig during the diner meal is the Oink , Oink helper of the night and given a kitchen duty such as clearing the table, sweeping the floor etc.

* A variation of the game would be to keep score and wait till the end of the week and decide who is the Oink, Oink helper.

Manners B-I-N-G-O - Using manners bingo cards with various table manners written in each square to play Bingo. You can download FREE manners bingo cards .

To Play:
If one of the table guest ( family members) is seen doing a great job on one or more of their table manners they get to put a "X" on that square. The first one to get a bingo wins.


* From moreofamom.com


Table Manner QUIZ -
Give a pop quiz to your family members (and Mom and Dad too!) on what kinds of things you should and shouldn't do at the dinner table. The winner gets to pick who washes the dishes that evening. Click here to get your FREE pop quiz.


Mrs. Manners Says
- a Manner variation of Simon says. During dinner or family time Mrs. Manners calls out good or bad manner actions to those playing the game. If it is a good manner the players are to act it out, if it is a bad manner players are to remain still. For example Mr.s Manners calls out "chew with your mouth closed" players all chew with their mouths closed. If Mrs. Manners calls out use your shirt sleeve to wipe your mouth, players are to remain still. If a player makes a mistake and does a bad manner action you can choose to have them sit our the next round of play.


Blunders Game -The game Blunders board game, teaches children table manners, introductions, guest and host skills, not to gossip, to show respect and telephone manners. Designed for ages 5 to 10, it can be played by two or more players. Blunders is available at http://www.blundersmania.com/




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Thirteen Indoor Activities for Snow Days


By Trisha

The kids are out of school for a snow day and its cold out. The “I’m bored” syndrome is hitting your home. What is a mom to do with a group of bored kids on those long snow days?

Fear no more! Here are 13 fun ideas to cure the “I’m bored” syndrome in no time.

To read the full article and see my list of 13 fun ideas click here.

Be sure to leave me a comment over at SC Johnson

*Each week Trisha Blogs on SC Johnson Family Economics website as a paid writer be sure to read her weekly organization articles.


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WIN - Baby in Bliss Prize Pack

Baby in Bliss is a new CD and DVD that brings out peace, calm, joy, love, focus, and inspiration in children and helps deepen the bond between mother and baby. The drum beats of the melodies are said to connect us to our pulse and our heartbeat, grounding us back to the rhythm that began in the womb. It’s great for newborns through young children. The tracks are titled spiritual themes ranging from Peace, Gratitude, Love, and many more. Instantly calming and contagiously happy, Baby in Bliss is grouped with melodic voices, inspirational lyrics, positive messages, and beautiful instrumental accompaniment.


WIN:
24/7 MOMS and Baby in Bliss are giving away a Baby in Bliss Prize Pack including: CD, DVD, one bib, and two onesies.

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9 Giveaways Ending Saturday at Midnight

WIN: Crocs, Inc. is giving away a pair of Crocs Tone shoes. Click here to enter.



WIN: Sassy is giving away all 3 products: Rock Star Developmental Gym, Teething Feeder & Silly Squirts. Click here to enter.





WIN: Case-Mate is giving away a DIY Case-Mate Case that you can crate and personalize. Click here to enter.






WIN: Munchkin, Inc. is giving away a Munchkin Safety Gate (the Auto-Close). Click here to enter.





WIN: Neve Designs is giving away a Neve Designs Electra Sweater (winner chooses color). Click here to enter.






WIN: Lionsgate & Hit Entertainment are giving away an Animal Tails DVD. Click here to enter.




WIN: First Gear is giving away a Hot Rods book. Click here to enter.




WIN: HEXBUG is giving away a HEXBUG Nano Habitat Set. Click here to enter now.



WIN: Goji Gourmet is giving away a $25.oo gift certificate to Goji Gourmet. Click here to enter now.

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: How many hours do you spend on your computer each day? How much time do you spend "surfing the Web"?

Riddle:
Q: What is black and white and red all over?
A: A skunk with diaper rash.
(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)







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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Re-Play For MOMS -Kids and Manners Matter

Five Manners Essential to Your Child’s Success and FUN Table Manner games to play with weekly Host Trisha Novotny and guest Arden Clise of Clise Etiquette

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Five Manners Essential to Your Child’s Success

Arden Clise shared these tips with us on Kids and Manners during this week Live Webcast.

Five Manners Essential to Your Child’s Success

by: Arden Clise

1. Good table manners.

· Chew with their mouths closed and chew quietly.

· Wait to eat until everyone has been served.

· Put their napkin on their lap and to use it to wipe their mouth but never to blow their nose.

· Don’t eat with their fingers unless they are too young to use utensils.

· Teach them how to use their utensils properly.


2. Introduce themselves and others.

· Introduce themselves if not introduced

· When introducing two people say the name of the older person or person with a title first and say the name of the younger person or person without a title second. Example: “Coach Ball this is my friend Mary Smith.”


3. Conversation skills.

· Listen, don’t interrupt

· Not a monologue.

· Don’t just wait to talk.

· As parent, reinforce listening skills. Put Blackberry down. Be a good role model.


4. Write thank you notes.

· Kids need to be reminded and prompted.

A few TY note pointers to help:

1. Have a supply of note cards on hand.

2. Send the card within 48 hours so that feelings are still fresh

3. Follow this format for thank you notes:

a. Say thank you for the gift or whatever it is you received.

b. Let the giver know what you plan to do with it or have done with it.

c. Tell the person how much you like the gift or why you are so happy with it

d. If your child didn’t like the gift or received a duplicate have them say something about how thoughtful it was of the giver to give them a gift.


5. Be nice and courteous to others.

· Respect differences

· Be kind to others and don’t intentionally hurt people.

· Say please and thank you.

· Help others – hold doors, help coach put equipment away, visit friend in hospital

· Look for the positive – give sincere compliment


Modern Manners for Modern Children class, March 5, 11am to 1pm, Bothell, WA. For more information go to http://www.cliseetiquette.com/events/

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DIY LEGO Capes Kids can make

Hanging out at LEGO land this week with my two of my LEGO addicted boys got me thinking about fun craft projects boys might be able to do with a LEGO theme. In my search I came across this fun idea from Zakka Life - LEGO capes.

This would be a great LEGO birthday party activity as well.

Click here to get the complete how to instructions.

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Coupon Myths Busted- to Your Benefit!


Amy Hannold
247Moms Frugal Living Editor

Couponing does not save me money on what I eat:

A: Learn to find coupons for items you use. Contact companies which make the products you use. Enlist the help of friends and family, and you’ll be blessed with more coupons.


B. Your couponing may be more profitable at drugstores, retail/malls, dining, travel, or services. Whatever you want to save money on, focus your money-saving efforts on that spending Research “best buys” on what you buy and you’ll succeed.


Buying generic products is the cheaper way to shop: Certainly, we first promote the use of comparison shopping and do agree that generics are often as good/better than the brand name products for everyday shopping. However, if you can "stack" a coupon with a sale (and any additional Catalina/Rebate/Promotions) – you’ll stock up on your favorite brands for less than generics. Knowledge, tools and a little practice work wonders. When people have preferred brands or will only buy a “brand”; couponing can help you afford your favorite products.


My husband doesn’t support/see the benefit of couponing. Once you’ve racked up a series of money-saving successes, show him the receipts! Find his motivation – what does he want to be able to afford? When he sees that buying “his likes” doesn’t break the bank, he’ll be on board. If he’s a numbers guy, add up your savings at the end of the month, and hand him his share to save for a rainy day – or towards his goals.


Couponing means too much clutter: Simply put, you have to be somewhat organized in order to save money and enjoy the process. Find and create a couponing system that works for you. Binders and files can often be bought at the thrift store. No need to buy expensive couponing tools, as ones you create will often grow with you. Realize that what you start working with may change, as your interest and success in couponing increases.


Coupons are only for junk/processed foods and unhealthy cleaning products: Sure, the newest kids’ cereal and whamo-cleaning products are promoted through coupons. Baking supplies, toys/games, plain oatmeal, baby products are as well. Homemade is always the best – but couponing can make meals and cleaning more affordable for those who use prepared products. Housewarming or “New Baby” packages made with an assortment of convenient products are appreciated – those gifts can save you money. Food banks love peanut butter, canned chili and soup – if you can get it free or for far less – double your donations and shop with others in mind!


None of my friends use coupons - I don't want to be "weird". If "normal" is paying way too much of my hard-earned money on everyday things - I'll be weird. You can change the "normal" in your circle when you share how couponing and frugality helps you reach your goals. Couponing can be added to nearly any social/activity - and it has so many more benefits than getting together to spend money. Soon enough, your friends are competing and enjoying the search for a good deal.


Couponing takes too much time: For the first 90 days, like any other new life change or hobby, you will spend more time than those who are “experienced”. “Couponing”, the process, has become more efficient thanks to the internet. Bloggers with money-saving websites feature weekly “What’s on Sale” lists, which do the matching of coupons to sale for you. Coupon databases track what coupons are distributed when; all you need is your set of filed inserts and scissors – and you’re saving money in no time!


Couponing is overwhelming - all of this new, valuable information! Have you ever started a new hobby or learned a new job? Couponing is no different – go slow, find support and don’t try to do it all at once. Avoid burnout and frustration by making small goals and being organized. Choose one area of your spending to begin couponing with. Limit your sources of information and techniques to a few, adding more as you become more enthusiastic and proficient

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