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Thanks for visiting the “Welcome, Summer!” edition of the !

The days are long and hot, the kids are finished with school and enjoying some much-needed relaxation, and plans are in place for Fourth of July celebrations and family vacations. There’s no better time to pour yourself an icy cold beverage, get comfortable, and read interesting, informative, inspiring, and comedic articles about the many aspects of living within a family.


Family Fiction

Jenn presents Hide and Seek posted at Mixed Metaphor.net.


Marjorie presents Homeschooling and the Sorting Hat posted at Life Without School.

Heather Johnson presents 5 Tips for Helping Your Kids To Read in the Summer posted at Dolce Bellezza.

Family Cooking & Recipes

MyMaria presents Soaked Flour Whole Grain Frozen Berries Muffin Recipe posted at Raw Milk Mama, saying, “My children loved helping me make berry muffins earlier this week … yum!”

Melissa presents My Current Favorite Brew posted at Caffeinated Existence which she describes as a “fun little article about how my husband and I discovered peet’s coffee.”

Family Crafts and Activities

Melitsa presents Find, cut, paste then draw posted at Play-Activities.com.

Randi Weiner presents The strawberries are ripe posted at ice cream is not for breakfast.

Yi Hui Chang presents How to face paint your kid with make up posted at The Simple Wealth.

Family Finance

Debt Freedom Fighter presents How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck: 7 Steps posted at Discover Debt Freedom!

Matthew Paulson presents Tips for Teaching Kids Better Money Management posted at American Consumer News.

Money Answer Guy presents Don’t Take Children to The Grocery Store posted at The Money Answer Guy.

David B. Bohl presents Family, Kids, Wealth, and Responsibility posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “Wealth magnifies your deeper personality traits.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents I’m Self-Employed! Retirement Plans, Insurance and Tax Considerations are Afoot posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I share the issues I face as a self-employed individual and how my decision to work for myself impacts our family and our family’s finances.”

Raymond presents Do Credit Cards and Stocks Make Up Your Emergency Fund Savings? posted at Money Blue Book.

Michael presents Foreclosure: House Sells For Less Than What is Owed at an Auction posted at Michael Emilio.

Family Health and Wellness

Cancerkitty presents Vaccinations: Good or Bad? posted at DelSquacho.

babs mountjoy presents Disease, take a number! posted at Awalkabout’s Weblog. Babs says, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all . . . those crazy kids come up with a new one.”

Amy Vernon presents File under: What were they thinking? posted at ice cream is not for breakfast. Amy says, “At first blush, it seemed like a cute idea. Then I thought about it and was appalled to really see the corporate brain trust at work.”

Super Saver presents Athletics and Kids posted at My Wealth Builder.

Family Humor

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Quick Story & Other Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Robert Bach presents Dad Goes Overboard posted at Kintropy In Action, explaining that “Dad gets an early start on his six-year-old son’s job search.”

Mama Meji presents So What Do You Do Now? posted at Our Makiko.

Mama Meji presents Bedtime (Toilet) Story posted at Makimeji.

Family Pets

Matt M presents Children’s Book Review – CRASH posted at The Pet Haven.

Victoria E presents Canines Care, Too – Dogs Live Green at the Paw Luxury Store posted at Victoria Everman — Sustainable, Creative, Enlightened Living.

Family Relationships and Self-Improvement

Janice Ferrante presents Do Success Rules Belong at Home? posted at Queen of Kaos at Home, a discussion about goal-setting at home.

Chris Truman presents 4 Ways to Avoid Painful Situations posted at You Are Living.

Kathleen Gage presents Why’s everyone always picking on me? posted at Daily Awareness.  She theorizes that “one’s outward experiences will be reflected as a result of inner thoughts and beliefs. If you constantly have negative experiences, it is time to look in the mirror.”

Jocelyn presents The View On A Father-Daughter Relationship posted at A Pondering Heart.

TherapyDoc presents Keeping the Pace posted at Everyone Needs Therapy.

Aparna presents Beauty and Personal Grooming: An anger management tip posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming.

Chief Family Officer presents Work/Life Balance (or Blog/Life Balance) posted at Chief Family Officer.

Laura Scarborough presents it’s a wonder I even lived and procreated! posted at Adventures in Juggling.

Family Travel and Activities

GP presents Taking the Guess Work out of the Guest Room posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range.

Sweettooth presents The 3G Rule: 3 Gift Ideas for Him posted at Shop Little Gifts.

Matthew Paulson presents How to Plan for Unexpected Travel Expenses posted at The Travel Advocate.

Tea Party Girl presents Tea Party Girl’s Top Tea Moments on the Road posted at Tea Party Girl, a picture essay illustrating how “my children and relatives responded to the tea party and English gardens.”

Everything Finance presents Maui After Dark posted at Travel-Eat-Sleep.

Stephanie presents Forget the Outer Banks posted at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.

Stephanie presents Dad Knows Best posted at Stop the Ride!

Chris McGinn presents Father’s Day Unplugged posted at Hitting Home.

Parenting Tips and Advice

PlanningQueen presents How To Create A Preschool Writing Box posted at Planning with Kids, saying, “A simple way to foster a preschooler’s desire to learn to write.”

Nicole Horton presents It’s Okay To Play Airplanes posted at yucktoyum.com.

Magnolia presents Have More Perfect Children posted at Things We Should Do Better.

MyMaria presents Frugal Fun Summer Activities for Kids posted at Frugal Homesteading Blog, advising, “Don’t let high gas prices get in the way of fun family activities this summer.”

Kelsey presents Reading with Toddlers posted at Vanilla Joy – Family Fun and Education.

Jeremy Neal presents Top 10 Discoveries About Being a Good Dad posted at Discovering Dad.

Next Monday, the very special “Celebrate America” Edition of the Carnival will be hosted by Jenn at Mixed Metaphor.net. Interested in participating? Review the Carnival guidelines and then submit an article using the form. Past editions of the Carnival are available in the archive.

Would you like to host a future edition of the Carnival? Review the schedule and then drop me a note letting me know what week you would like to feature the Carnival on your site!


  1. thanks for hosting! welcome to summer!

    AmyVs last blog post..More evidence that your mom was right (of course) when she told you to eat your breakfast

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  3. You have a really interesting website, and I am excited to check out all these carnival sites too! Many thanks for including my post.

    Magnolias last blog post..#42 Take a Break

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  6. Rob at Kintropy

    Thanks for including us in this week’s edition! We look forward to reading everyone’s contributions.

    Rob at Kintropys last blog post..Return From Respite

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