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United We Stand, You Are Forever In Our Hearts 9/11/01 #America #freedom #9/11/01
We can never forget that fateful day 13 years ago when all of America was changed forever.
What were you doing at the moment the twin towers fell is a question I often hear asked on our forums, do you remember what you were doing? How has your life changed since then? We all have different answers, some good, some bad, some very sad. One thing we can say is that we still live in America, land of the free! United we stand! 
Forever the victims of September 11 will stay in our hearts along with all the many soldiers that have died fighting for our freedom since 9/11. 



United We Stand ~ You Are Forever In Our Hearts 
Dedicated to those lost in the September 11,2001 terrorist attacks 


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Middle School Moms~~ Get Ready For A Book Club Just For You! #middleschoolmakeover #moms #teens #tweens


Middle School Moms, this one is just for you, a book club with topics that discuss your tweens and teens. Are you frustrated with the attitudes, questions about sex, social media problems, cell phones and secrecy? How about dating, friends , bullies and even more? 

Michelle Icard offers creative and constructive advice for navigating through these tough times in her book Middle School Makeover: 
Between funny yet informative stories and scientific facts about the changes a teen brain is undergoing, she imparts priceless wisdom on how to make the middle school experience the best it can be for both you and your child!

Here?s how this will work: every Thursday on The Mommies Network blog the book club hostess will be posting discussion questions, supplemental information, and other fun things relating to the reading for that week.

Here?s how you can participate: check back with the blog weekly and share all of your thoughts, comments, experiences and reactions. This is your club and we want to hear what you think!

Here?s the reading schedule:

Thursday, September 11: Introduction and Chapter 1 (pages 1-20)
Thursday, September 18: Chapter 2 (pages 21-36)
Thursday, September 25: Chapter 3 (pages 37-49)
Thursday, October 2: Chapter 4 (pages 50-62)
Thursday, October 9: Chapter 5 (pages 63-81)
Thursday, October 16: Social Media and Sex talks (pages 82-95)
Thursday, October 23: Friends, Fights, and Bullies (pages 97-114)
Thursday, October 30: Fashion, Trouble, and Cell Phones (pages 115-130)
Thursday, November 6: Dating and Independence (pages 131-150)
Thursday, November 13: Finishing Touches (pages 151-174)

We also hope to include some live chat sessions, stay tuned for those dates as we get further into the book. On behalf of The Mommies Network, Welcome to the book club!

Visit the Book Club here:
http://themommiesnetwork.blogspot.com/

Link to get your copy of the book or ebook for kindle app here--- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I2ZW4DQ#











Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations #crafts #kids


Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger

For moms who grew up in the '80s like I did, you'll probably remember those spinning art toys that let you create splashes and spiral smears of paint. You know ? there was a spinning platform with paper exposed underneath, you dropped dots of paint into the middle and the spinning motion and centrifugal force pulled the paint out to the edges of the circle and you were left with these crazy, tie-died-looking paintings? 

Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day. 


Gather the materials for your shaving cream paint projects. You'll need: 
  • Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
  • Paints in an assortment of colors
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper
  • Spatula or ruler
  • Skewer or little fingers!
  • Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child

Tip: To make clean-up a breeze (and avoid having to buy a disposable tray), line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. Then all you have to do is remove the foil and you're done! 

 1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper. 
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette. 
Tip: If you have leftover paint samples from the last time you painted a room, this is a great way to use those and ensure whatever masterpiece your kids come up with coordinates with the space! 

 3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers. 
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side. 

5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream. 

6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below! 

7. Set the paper aside to dry thoroughly and if the edges start to curl, place a glass or other heavy object on the corners to keep them down during drying. 

From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece: 
  • Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
  • Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
  • Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
  • A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
What other cool things can you and your kids come up with for shaving cream paint creations? 

Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor.
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What's Up Mom? Monthly Mall Meetup and Play-date #cfmommies #ncmoms

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Breast Milk A Life Giving Substance, Surprising Alternative Uses #breastfeeding #lactation

Surprising Alternative Uses For Breast Milk : 
Guest Writer/Blogger: Umm Lyla

Donation- You've heard of Blood and even sperm banks, but have what about a milk bank? Lactating women across the U.S and Canada are bottling and donating their breast milk to local milk banks, who sell it to hospitals and anyone with a physician?s prescription. From there it is given to premature infants in the NICU, providing high quality nutrition. It?s easy for their little tummies to digest and gives them immunities milk-based formula lacks. In order to donate women must have given birth in the last six months, be non-smokers, and drug-free.
Skin Moisturizer- If you suffer from pesky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or acne you could use a steroid cream to take care of it but that?s no fun. Instead, try rubbing a little breast milk on the troubled areas and let air dry. Antibodies found in breast milk keep your skin clean and destroy bacteria. Don?t limit yourself to just skin care though because this liquid gold also helps heal and soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, nasal congestion and pink eye. If you prefer using lotions, simply make your own using breast milk! Plenty of recipes for these homemade creams can be found with a simple Google search.

Jewelry- Sentimental mothers are taking baby keepsakes go the next level and forever immortalizing their nursing days into fashionable jewelry. Several Online shops offer this off-beat service, taking a few precious drops of your breast milk and returning it back to you in petrified, bead form. The milk beads are highly customizable and are offered in a variety of designs. Several shops will even inscribe your child's name on the adornments, or include a personalized message. Whether you're wearing your petrified body fluid on your neck or next to some gems as a bracelet, it will never go bad. Birth control-Women that are exclusively breastfeeding may not need to worry about birth control. Countless medical studies have shown that a lactating woman's menstruation is delayed for the first six months after childbirth, making pregnancy highly unlikely. Sound too good to be true? It's not. When a woman is breastfeeding, she does not release the hormones that signal her body to ovulate. Of course, nothing is fool proof and safe sex should always be practiced. Using a secondary form of birth control such as condoms is recommended.

Cancer patients- It's widely known that breast milk is best for infant nutrition, but did you know cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy consume this miracle milk to alleviate harsh side effects like nausea and irritable bowel?  Though not endorsed by medical professionals and considered an alternative treatment, breast milk is also highly effective in boosting the immune system and has been given to patients undergoing major life-threatening surgeries like organ transplants. As if soothing upset stomachs and strengthening immunities weren't enough, researchers in Sweden believe they have found a compound in breast milk that may kill cancerous cells and reduce tumors.


Visit www.themommiesnetwork.org for Breastfeeding Support and more information about breastfeeding, milk donation and other topics of interest.
Our local chapter here in  the North Carolina foothills has an active Breastfeeding support forum with many experienced moms who have breastfed their children and can offer answers to many questions or just a shoulder to cry on at 4am if you need it (there are posts to prove it) lol. Register for free today
CentralfoothillsMommies.com 

Thank you to our guest blogger Umm Lyla for an informative article about alternative uses for breast milk.




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