In memory of 9-11To My Sweethearts,
When you read about September 11th one day, about everything that happened and the related aftermath, it will feel so distant and be so crippling to understand as it is for me, still. And yet you will be oddly connected to this event because you are New Yorkers.
You will likely ask where I was on that fated day, and I will tell you I was walking into work (late, as usual) when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I learned of it almost immediately as I was at CBS News at the time, and there were televisions around everywhere. We stood in front of screens in disbelief as to what must have been a horrible accident, only to realize when the second plane hit the South Tower that it was no mistake.
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You will want to know if I knew anyone who died that day, and I did, my loves. I will try to explain what losing a friend is like in the most light-soaked way, but it will be difficult. I will not
- BabyZone | Team Mom – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 12:30 PM EDT
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- Cheapism.com | Team Mom – Wed, Sep 11, 2013 9:07 AM EDT
By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
A new baby, second time around: I was determined to nurse and knew that I needed breastfeeding support. I began my research and quickly discovered the high cost of breast pumps and lactation consultant fees. Then I learned that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers a work-around. In the end, the new health care law helped me obtain breastfeeding support and saved me more than $400. Getting the support I needed and was entitled to, however, proved to be quite a challenge.
The biggest hurdles faced by would-be nursing moms like me: The law is vague, insurance and medical providers are sometimes uninformed and sometimes pursue the cheapest forms of compliance, and many women lack the knowledge and the energy to wade through all the uncertainties.
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- Everyday Food | Team Mom – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 11:17 AM EDT
Wonton wrappers are key for quick homemade ravioli. Chill uncooked ravioli, wrapped, up to 1 day, or freeze in a single layer, then store in a zip-top bag, up to 1 month.
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 bunch kale (3/4 pound), tough stems and ribs removed
1 3/4 cups ricotta
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1 garlic clove, minced
48 square wonton wrappers (from a 12-ounce package)
4 cups marinara sauce, warmed
1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook kale until tender, 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer kale to a colander. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out excess water and finely chop. In a medium bowl, mash together kale, ricotta, Parmesan, and garlic;Read More »from The Ultimate Kid-Friendly Kale Recipe (Plus a Few More Ideas!)
Are Long lines at check-in. Lost baggage upon arrival. Increased costs in airfare combined with less service. Sufficed to say, the "friendly skies" haven't been friendly for a loooong time. Now, throw in a couple kids and the few hundred items you need to pack for them, and you have a headache waiting to happen. Sure, there are things you can do (starting with keeping a sense of humor!), but more often than not, the flying experience with kids is challenging at best. Recent reports of a mother and crying child being kicked off a plane, and now an airline actually restricting children from certain zones, well, it's enough to push an already stressed-out parent over the edge.
Yes, it appears I won't be flying to Singapore anytime soon. Scoot, one of the country's budget carriers is now offering (with a $14 upgrade) a "child-free" zone where no one under the age of 12 is allowed to sit (ordinarily I would think Scoot was a cute name forRead More »from Are No-Kid Flying Zones Becoming the New Norm?
mother yelling at childBy Denise Schipani
No parent plans to yell at her children. But then the milk gets spilled, the backpack gets forgotten or the dog remains un-walked. Before you raise your voice again, think: Why do we resort to yelling? "Because we don't feel heard," says Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, coauthor of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids. The key to reducing the volume, she says, is realizing that the more we shout to be heard, the less kids actually listen. Here, 10 ways to short-circuit yelling in your house. Photo by Getty Images
1. Plan ahead. Can you set your clock by the yelling you do when no one's ready for school yet? It's worth strategizing for any trigger, from school mornings to sports practices to weekly trips to Grandma's. "Usually, the problem is that everyone needs more time," says Dr. Kennedy-Moore. Some tips: Get yourself ready before your kids, so you're not trying to put on mascara or find your car keys while also directing your children. And post lists of what each child needsRead More »from How to Stop Yelling at Your Kids
- Martha Stewart | Team Mom – Mon, Sep 9, 2013 1:06 PM EDT
One mother reflects on the energizing power of the great outdoors. From Martha Stewart Living, November 2007.
When I was a child, my parents liked to take my brother and me on nature walks. I usually resisted at first, preferring to stay at home, surrounded by my toys. But in the end, I always gave in, and every time I was happy I did. There's something magical about entering the quiet, covered forest. Plus, I loved to draw, so the natural sights offered a feast of inspiration.
Kids today seem to have even more reasons to stay indoors, as technology continues its speedy evolution. That may make it harder to get them outside, but the contrast only heightens the experience once they're in nature.
Mid-autumn is the perfect time to plan a nature walk. In most parts of the country, the air is crisp but not too chilly, and the woods are awash in brilliant oranges, reds, and golds. As with any family outing, a little planning can go a long way. First and foremost, choose a hike that the kidsRead More »from Plan the Fall Family Outing of Your Nature-Loving Dreams
Food52 contributor Jenny Steinhauer is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.
Today: A cake to bring out everyone's inner child.
I like a good office birthday. Not my own, of course. On my birthday I call in sick and get a pedicure. But I enjoy the minor spectacle of someone else's special day -- the off-key singing, the cracks about agedness, and of course, OF COURSE, cake.
So the other day, when I learned that one of my colleagues would be present and accounted for on his birthday, I decided cake was in order. For large groups, a sheet cake really fits the bill, and I found a receptive audience with Mable's Texas Sheet Cake.
Let me just tell you people something right out of the gate: this cake is very sweet. Were I to rework this recipe myself, I might find a way to up the chocolate. But something about it seems to bringRead More »from Classic Texas Sheet Cake
There are three words moms say to other moms that make me cringe. You generally hear more seasoned moms saying this to newer moms. And, full disclosure, it's something I've caught myself saying in the past. But I've made a real effort to rein it in because I think it's dismissive, unhelpful and kind of holier than thou. All things I don't want to be to other moms. The offending phrase: "Just wait until…"
Just. Wait. Until. These words are often said in response to something you might tell another mom about your parenting experience. And rather than acknowledge your statement or commiserate or offer a helpful tip, a "just wait until…" flies out of her mouth. It may not be intentional (I'm sure it's often not) but, to me, it comes off as one-upping, flippant, condescending. Or, worse, like saying whatever it is that you're enjoying or struggling with or sharing isn't all that important because it's not as good/bad/exciting/meaningful as something the other person has alreadyRead More »from The Mom Phrase I Really Can’t Stand
These delicious recipes are sure to be a hit.It's back-to-school time, and for many of us, that means back-to-baking time, as the new school year brings with it many after-school and weekend bake sales. This time of year is fun for kids, but can be a little stressful for parents who are deciding what to bake. To ease you back into the bake-sale season, we've rounded up a few quick and easy McCormick recipes that that will please both you and the kids.Read More »from 5 Incredibly Delicious Cookie and Brownie Recipes
The two most iconic bake-sale items and crowd favorites are fudgy brownies and chocolate chip cookies. To make your next bake sale a hit, we've taken these American classics and added a new twist. With a few "secret" ingredients like ground cinnamon and flavored extracts, these traditional desserts are given new flavors while still maintaining their traditional appeal.
To make your bake sale even more special, try displaying the cookies and brownies on brightly colored napkins and paper plates. Also, be sure to incorporate an ingredient list tag to avoid any allergies that patrons
This sweet treat is sure to be a family favorite! I must confess, I got a little bit obsessed with the pre-made crescent roll dough! There are so many possibilities! This time I went for a tasty and sweet creation. My favorite desserts almost always have chocolate and if it's Nutella even better! So I created these with Nutella. I added the blueberries as an extra element to contrast with the Nutella flavor and it was indeed a contrasting and surprising flavor but still very tasty. I think they go together perfect. My kids helped me out with this one. They enjoyed helping with the Nutella spread, placing the blueberries on each turnover, folding them and sealing them with the fork. Turns out there is a lot they could do in this one, so get your kids to help, you know they'll love it!Read More »from A “Nu(tella)” Way to Make Blueberry Turnovers
1 8oz tube of pre-made crescent roll dough
4 tablespoons of Nutella
1 cup of blueberries
1 tablespoon of butter
2 tablespoons of Nutella for decoration
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