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Hidden Pacifiers Keep Showing Up In My Home!

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Pacifiers are a Godsend… until you decide to get rid of them.

Vman was born with a pacifier in his mouth. So when it was time to say goodbye, there were literally more than 40 pacifiers floating about the house.

In the beginning, we would find a stray in the travel diaper bag or behind the bed. As time passed, they appeared less and less.

Three years later, we had completely forgotten them. Pacifiers were just a remnant of a past life. Then Hbomb walked downstairs with a pacifier glued to his mouth.

“Where did you find that?” I demanded. “In your drawer,” he claimed. All I knew was the cease fire we had enjoyed was over.

Hbomb’s much older now so as he slept that night, I grabbed the paci and tossed it in the trash. I’m not proud. But sometimes a mama’s gotta do what a mama’s gotta do. In the morning, he didn’t mention the pacifier as if that sucker hadn’t shown its face in our house.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that that was truly the last pacifier left in the house. But I’m not placing any bets on it.

MOUTH OFF: Where is the last place you found a pacifier? Or where is the strangest place you discovered one?


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Wanted! Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Children and Kids

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Christmas Ornaments 4 (Photo credit: Randy Son Of Robert)

Time to gather ideas for Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Children and Kids. Offered by Muddy Monkeys, this Linky is for sharing with your own community! So add your own homemade ornament and then pass on the list ­čÖé


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Schooled By Your Kid at Video Games? You’re Not Alone

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can avoid playing video games in your house all you want. But once your kid enters kindergarten, forget about it! They suddenly come home talking about Sponge Bob, Ninjas, boogers, butts and video games.

All men seem to have visions of helping our little guy learn his first video game. That will last about five minutes and then your son will take over. Now my husband is regularly schooled by my six year old in the ways of the force. Continue reading

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Common Sense To Get Common Sense Media App for FREE

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Kids have a magical way of discovering new shows before you know it. Last week, my Kindergartener came home talking about Pokemon, The Green Lantern on Cartoon Network and the latest Avenger movie — ALL media outlets too old for him.

Did I check my crystal ball to know it was too old for him? Did I call my psychic? Am I just that smart? Well, yes. I am that smart… because I checked the new app from Common Sense, a non-profit organization.

Common Sense and I go way back to when my son wanted to watch the newest Spider-Man. He had nightmares for a week. That’s when I discovered Common Sense, which tells you what programs are age appropriate, the level of sexual content or violence in the program and lots of other tidbits to help you make decisions as a parent. Now, I just need an app that tells me how many glasses of wine I need to get through another children’s birthday party.

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40 Fabulous Family-Friendly Children Halloween Picture Books

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween story that won’t scare the absolutely bejesus out of your kid? Here are 40 delightful stories sure to tickle and entrance your elementary-school children.

40 Fabulous Family-Friendly Halloween Picture Books Continue reading

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Halloween Is the Only Time It’s Okay For a Mother To Dress Like a Slut

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ÔÇŽ when mothers dress like vampire sluts and try to show they still have the body of a 20-year-old.

When we were all 20, it was annoying enough to watch all the girls one up themselves against the skank next door. But now, as we head off to “grown-up” holiday parties, you ┬áhave to compete with your neighbor on who still looks the hottest. It’s enough to make one sling on a potato sack and just give up. And so, I offer my personal favorite sexy costumes: aka “you look like a ho” ┬ácostumes. Got the balls to wear one of these and be the slut of the party? Go for it! Continue reading