The wind is howling, rattling the windows and doors of the house. It has been raining on and off all night . . . more rain is predicted. It is bitterly cold outside, but warm and toasty here inside with the fire crackling.
It’s a perfect day to sit back, relax under a blanket with a tasty hot drink, dream about spring flowers and warm sunshine . . . and read a delightful collection of inspiring, humorous, insightful, and educational posts about the various aspects of living within a family.
Welcome to the “Spring is Just Around the Corner” edition of the Carnival of Family Life!
Personal Finance Claims presents How You Might Soon End Up with a Blocked Credit Card published at Personal Finance Claims.
Matthew Paulson presents Free College Money Part 4: Searching for Scholarships published at American Consumer News.
Family Health and Wellness / Cooking
David B. Bohl presents 9 Ways To Play published at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “Most of us, when asked when we last played, would be likely to snort in derision (I’ve always wanted to snort at something in derision, but never have), and say, “I’m an adult. I have responsibilities.”
Aparna presents Dry eyes troubling you? published at Beauty and Personality Grooming, saying, “If you are experiencing unpleasantness in the eyes, including a feeling akin to sand particles being lodged in your eyes, even after brief exposure to cold winds, air conditioners or reading books for only a short period, you might have a condition called ‘dry eyes’.”
Carole Fogarty presents The Authentic Chocolate Facial: A Superfood for Your Skin published at The Healthy Living Lounge, explaining that “raw cacao (cocoa) powder is now considered one of the world’s most beneficial superfoods emerging in our world today.”
Alvaro Fernandez presents Maximize the Cognitive Value of Your Mental Workout published at SharpBrains, an article explaining why learning is so important at all ages.
Beth Bader presents So, What’s in that Happy Meal Besides the Cheap Toy? published at Eco Child’s Play, an article offering important — and surprising — information about food additives.
Christine presents Green Salad with Mozzarella and Walnuts in Honey Mustard Dressing published at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France.
Dana presents Respecting your time: Ten not so respectful answers published at Principled Discovery.
Jennifer in OR presents It’s a John Wayne Coffee Mug Morning published at Diary of 1. Check out what constitutes a “John Wayne coffee mug morning” at Jennifer’s house. Then leave a comment letting her know that you empathize. Because if you are a parent, you will.
DoggieWoggie presents Learn Your Dog’s Body Language published at Doggiewoggie – All About Dogs. It’s easy to read our dogs’ body language in our house because Sophie and Buddy are actually 90% human. But if your dogs are more canine-like, you’ll find this article helpful.
Jenn presents Her Debut published at Mixed Metaphor.net. She describes it as a “fictional story about youthful dreams and lifelong friends. A woman reconnects with old friends and a long-suppressed part of her life.”
Relationships / Lifestyle / Self-Improvement
Henry Cate presents Book Review: The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein published at Why Homeschool in which the author “details many reasons to have daily family meals.”
GP presents Git’r Done by Doing Some-thing published at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range, offering tips for reassessment, regrouping and springing into action to do what Larry the Cable Guy advocates: “Git’r done!”Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Finding Lost Items published at Tip Diva. I think that Tip Dude and BigBob might be twin brothers, separated at birth because Tip Dude apparently also spends his time “constantly looking for stuff.” But unlike BigBob, who virtually never finds what he was looking for, Tip Dude “can tell you how to make most things magically reappear.”
Spirituality / Faith / Life Outlook
Hopeful Spirit presents Thy Will Be Done published at On the Horizon, observing that there comes a point in a parent’s life when he/she has only one avenue left by which to protect and nurture his/her child: Prayer.
Travel / Playtime
Parenting Tips / Advice / Issues
K T Cat presents Life Lessons Learned Coaching 5th Grade Girls’ Soccer published at The Scratching Post.
Joanne presents Talking To Your Child About Adoption published at Forever Parents. She advocates for ongoing, natural conversations about adoption with children as they grow which afford them time to understand the concept in their own time and way.
HowToMe presents How to Get Good Library Books with Little Ones in Tow published at HowToMe. Do you find a visit to the library with little ones “a frazzling experience because it is difficult to contain a child’s excitement (or volume) when he/she finds a book he/she wants to read?” The author offers a plan to make the experience more enjoyable and productive.
Tea Party Girl presents Bad Manners Are Closer Than You Think published at Tea Party Girl. Read at your own risk. Like me, you will probably find that you violate at least some of the six tenets of dining etiquette discussed here on a regular basis. (I’m guilty of regularly putting my Blackberry and elbows on the table.)
Next week, the Carnival will make a stop at Discussing Autism! Submit your family-related posts by 12:01 a.m. (Pacific time), Sunday, March 2, 2008 using this form: