All Blog Posts Tagged 'parenting&family' (19)

CHOCOLATE BIRD NESTS

A few years ago, my daughter's class was studying birds, and so we made these cute little nests to share with her friends.  I had seen them so many times but had never made them.  I was surprised by how easy they were!  They tie in well with Easter and are so much fun for the kids! Now they are an annual tradition!

My daughter chose jelly beans to put in the nests, but there are so many choices on the Easter candy…

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Added by Lydia Menzies on March 31, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Show Your Stripes: Southern Seersucker

We’d planned to call him Jack to avoid the confusion that would surely come were he called by his first name – that of my husband. I daydreamed of the seersucker jumpers he’d play in as a young boy: blue-gray and white, with shorts hitting just above the knee. White knee socks and a bow tie would be accessories to round out his suited look on Sundays. You can only imagine my surprise when our midwife exclaimed,…

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Added by Erika Preval on March 26, 2014 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

A Guide to Gracious Gratitude

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Added by Erika Preval on February 26, 2014 at 12:00am — 15 Comments

VALENTINE, YOU MELT MY HEART~ CHOCOLATE PRETZELS

Turn pretzel twists into something cute and fun for Valentine's Day!  Tuck them in lunchboxes for a sweet surprise, or make a batch for a group!  They are easy and are sure to get a smile!

I used large pretzels and melted chocolate...you can use white chocolate and add a drop of food coloring or use chocolate chips...…

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Added by Lydia Menzies on February 4, 2014 at 3:06pm — No Comments

DANCE PARTY FOR CHILDREN/TWEENS

Sweet Birthday Girl, Brynn, wanted to invite her friends to her party so that they could just talk and dance!  With a DJ as the entertainment, we added a few fun elements that had Brynn dancing with joy! 

The backdrop glowed with lights through an art canvas and tissue poms scattered and secured with Glue Dots.  Mercury glass candles, surrounded by a pink boa, lit each table.  Origami stars dotted the…

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Added by Lydia Menzies on February 4, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Christmas Cards Have Arrived...Now What Do You Do With Them?

The Christmas season has so many wonderful elements to it: festive music, twinkling lights, tree trimming and more. But do you know what my favorite part of the season is? Receiving Christmas cards!  With email and texting being the norm in communicating with family and friends, it is so nice to get REAL MAIL IN MY MAILBOX for these few short weeks!  Every day I race home to open…

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Added by Interior Canvas on December 11, 2013 at 9:34am — No Comments

PILLOW TALK

Trim it, tassel it, pipe it or simply cover it--the pillow today is as much a part of the interior design world as it has ever been. Without having to break the bank, a pillow can infuse that pop of color or slyly add a subtle accent of texture, and take a space from being dull to dynamic. We couldn't be more thrilled to have Fort Worth's, Rebecca Atkinson and Kelley…

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Added by Interior Canvas on October 9, 2013 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Favorite Childhood Books and Dogs

During periodic bursts of housekeeping frenzy, I have given away countless books from our kids’ rooms, replacing board books with picture books, chapter books with textbooks, keeping only the favorites. When I glance at the titles that remain, I think of when bedtime meant reading stories about fire trucks…

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Added by MaryDell Harrington on September 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

Two Dozen for Dad

After compiling a list of big screen classics for Mother’s Day for Southern Living's The Daily South, we upped the ante for this Father’s Day with our “favorites” list of…

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Added by whitney long on June 12, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Father's Day Gift Guide

CELEBRATIONS: Father’s Day Gift Guide Compiled by Whitney Long Yes, Father’s Day is upon us… that third Sunday of June at which time we honor dear old Dad with our love, admiration and affection.  Plus a gift or two always sweetens the deal and helps shows our appreciation to the man who bankrolled us for many years.   In honor of Father’s Day, we have rounded up a clever and unique gift list for Dads of all ages plus some quotes that will bring a smile to your face.  Whether you’re a new dad, an old dad, a granddad or somewhere in between, a special uncle, father figure or family friend, thanks for all you do and Happy Father’s Day from The Southern C!  “A Father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.”   - Frank Howard Clark“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” - Henry Ward Beecher“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” - Bill Cosby“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” - Charles Wadsworth“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” - Mark Twain.“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” - Author unknown“A father is a banker provided by nature.” - French Proverb LINKS TO GIFTS: 1. Prohibition Flask 2. Bacon of the Month Club 3. Pewter Wishbone Cufflinks 4. Prepster Edition Necktie Wallet 5. Crosley Troubadour Entertainment Center 6. Savannah Bee Company Traveling Man Gift Set 7. McGladrey Father’s Day Special ticket package 8. Chubbies Shorts 9. Mississippi Mud Black and Tan Beer Mug from a reclaimed beer jug re-purposed from a beer bottle.  

Yes, Father’s Day is upon us… that third Sunday of June at which time we honor dear old Dad with our love, admiration and affection.  Plus a gift or two always sweetens the deal and helps shows our appreciation to the man who bankrolled us for many years.   In honor of Father’s Day, we have rounded up a clever and unique gift list for Dads of all ages plus some quotes that will bring a smile to your…

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Added by whitney long on June 4, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

7 Lessons from George Washington's Mom

With President's Day tomorrow, let's take a look at George Washington - a high achiever.  What really propelled him to such greatness?  A lot of his success can be attributed to his mother, Mary Ball Washington.  We can use some of her mothering tactics to help our own children reach…

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Added by whitney long on February 17, 2013 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Adoptive mom's 'newborn' photo shoot with 13-year-old son goes viral

Had to share this touching story I saw on Facebook today.  The world needs more people like Kelli Higgins....

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Added by Caroline Kinney on February 14, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments

What An Eight-Year Old Can Teach Us All

by TSC contributor and member Ryan Lee

Today at my second job…yes, I have two. I also work at a restaurant part-time for supplemental income. Today at the other job, I made lunch for a little man…

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Added by The Southern Coterie on January 28, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Something to Ponder - An Observation by George Carlin

I ran across this the other day and wanted to share with our Southern Coterie friends.

Comedian George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate.…

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Added by whitney long on January 22, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Wise Mom's "18-point set of terms and conditions" for son's iPhone

Likely by now you've seen this story/video on the news, internet or Facebook.  But it's worthy of posting in case some of you missed it. 

I love this story, and think this mom is spot-on about how to teach the next generation to "be a responsible user of technology without abusing…

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Added by Caroline Kinney on January 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Her Heart's Desire - A Conversation with Thea Ramirez

Conversations: Thea Ramirez Curated by Whitney Long Her Heart’s Desire – (via www.bygracegraffiti.blogspot.com) One of the great things about The Southern C is we cross paths with some really neat people making the South (and even our world) a better place.  One such person is Thea Ramirez.  An energetic mom of two, Thea is full of life and loves what she does. As the founder of Adoption Share (www.adoption-share.com), a social networking site that allows potential parents to connect with licensed agencies around the country, Thea has found her heart’s work.  What better time to introduce her than our Valentine issue?  Read Thea’s story in her own words. Adoption-Share was literally birthed 6 weeks after my second child was born. I had been serving as a Director of a private adoption agency licensed in Florida and Georgia when the Lord opened my eyes and made me aware of the dysfunction that exists in the adoption community. I began to hear adoptive parents tell me how much money they spent, or in many cases lost; of the years of waiting and no phone call. I began to hear of adoption agencies withholding financial support for birth mother expenses until after she terminated her parental rights; of agencies working with the same woman on her 6th adoption plan….I could go on and on. It not only troubled me that such atrocities existed but further, in many cases (depending upon the state) they were within the vague confines of law. When the Lord stirred my heart, He blessed me with envisioning a solution which has become Adoption-Share. So sure of His calling, I quit my job, depleted our savings account, and walked confidently in faith towards the One who so intently beckoned. Almost a year later, Adoption-Share is working in nearly 40 states, with over 200 people, (licensed agencies, home study approved families, and now expectant parents through crisis pregnancy centers). In a nut shell, Adoption-Share provides an even playing field by providing an exclusive social network where licensed adoption agencies network directly with home study approved adoptive parents and expectant parents. We have had families tell us they had been waiting years for just a prospect of a match and within two weeks on www.adoption-share.com had been given the opportunity to act on 10 adoption situations (expectant mothers considering adoption needing a family). We also have made it possible for women curious about adoption to create an invisible and confidential profile to build an online relationship with a licensed adoption agency in the state she resides. In this way we have broadened our scope to give crisis pregnancy centers yet one more resource for women to make a life affirming option if they find they are intimidated or too scared to make a cold call to an adoption agency. Literally our reach of women in crisis is nearing 10,000 women a year! Additionally, we have identified a great need within the pro-life community to become better educated and equipped to share adoption as an option with women considering her options as evidenced by the 3,700 abortions occurring each day in the US compared to the 68 adoptions/day. To leverage this change we contribute 10% of membership fees (from licensed agencies and home study approved adoptive parents) to crisis pregnancy centers that participate in our SHARE FOR LIFE Project which coordinates annual training and equips staff and volunteers with innovative tools to help women connect with a licensed adoption agency. We realize that if front line workers are not educated and equipped, promoting parenting as the only option to a woman in crisis, we will have no hope of helping decrease the staggering and growing number of orphans within the United States which is well over 100,000 children. Editor’s note – read more about Thea and Adoption-Share.com in this Washington Times article. .

One of the great things about The Southern C is we cross paths with some really neat people making the South (and even our world) a better place.  One such person is Thea Ramirez.  An energetic mom of three,  Thea is full of life and loves what she does. As the founder of Adoption Share (www.adoption-share.com), a social networking site that allows…

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Added by whitney long on December 14, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

CHILDREN: Thanksgiving Traditions - Blessings and Books

 

A couple of Thanksgivings ago, we started what is now a tradition for us and one that we all look forward to each year.  Give everyone a bowl of dried black-eyed peas and a small lidded jar.  Go around and take turns dropping a pea into the jar for each blessing you can name and…

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Added by whitney long on November 21, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Inside The Brown Pocketbook

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Added by Leslie Anne Harrison on September 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Celebrations: Our Mothers on Mother's Day

By: Laura Packard, Whitney Wise Long, Cheri Harden Leavy, Emily Laborde and Mary Boyce Hicks

Laura Packard-

When I think about my mom and all the lessons she has taught me along the way, two words come to mind that pretty much sum it all up… and into a…

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Added by whitney long on July 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

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