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In honor of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and the commemoration of the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is my pleasure to present this very special edition of the Carnival! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the eclectic collection of posts devoted to the topic of family that are included this week!

2009 Presidential Inauguration / Civil Rights

Becca presents Godspeed, Mr. President posted at Becca’s Byline.

Kimber presents I Love My Daughter at My Emerging Faith. You will love her, too!

Char Polanosky presents Inauguration Word Search and More Presidential Printables posted at Printables for Kids – free word search puzzles, coloring pages, and other activities.

I present I Heard the “D” Word on Christmas Day (Part Two) posted right here at Colloquium, a discussion of diversity. If you missed it, click here to read Part One.


Happy Campers presents LookyBook: Bibliovores Beware! posted at Reese’s View Of The World.

Becky presents Pacifying the Beast posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Kakie presents Anna Goes Hiking posted at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Park. “Childhood obesity is at an all-time high level,” according to Kakie. “The Bur Bur and Friends characters are a cast of multicultural characters who educate kids about sports, outdoor exploration, and active play through their experiences.”

Parenting Tips and Advice

Shen-Li Lee presents A Useful Little Tip for Handling Imaginative Toddlers posted at Babylicious.

OurBlogs presents Truthfulness posted at A Guide to Raising Great Kids.

A Yasir presents Good Parenting – Children, Computers and Internet posted at Deep Fry Philosophy.

Kevin presents Parenting and The Dad Difference posted at More4kids, saying, “Claire Thurston wrote this article for More4kids and presents some of her 20 year reseach on the societal implications of a father’s role in child development.”

Family Cooking & Recipes

Donna Freedman presents The world’s cheapest snack posted at Smart Spending, saying, “Popcorn is not only the world’s cheapest snack, it can be customized to fit individual tastes: cinnamon sugar, Old Bay Seasoning, garlic salt or the orange powder from Kraft Mac & Cheese. Or Cajun Corn, Bombay Popcorn, Hot Wasabi Popcorn or Five Spice Popcorn?”

Family Crafts and Activities

Aparna presents Uses of hair clippings-Best out of Waste posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming. North Carolina reserachers developed a method for extracting keratin from human hair which is one of the ingredients of a gel that repairs damaged nerves.

Family Finance

Fiona Lohrenz presents How To Make Your Day Care Stand Out And Be More Profitable! posted at Child Care Only.

Stephanie presents The $40 Birthday Party posted at Stop the Ride!

Raymond presents Free Quicken Online Review and Quicken 2009 Discount Coupon Codes posted at Money Blue Book.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Money Saving Ideas From The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map To Riches posted at The Digerati Life.

Concerning Kids presents Some Thoughts On Affordable Child Health Insurance posted at Concerning Kids.

Family Health and Wellness

Matthew presents Alzheimer’s Disease posted at Fast Medical Information, saying, “Alzheimer??s disease is progressive and long-term, resulting in intellectual impairment alongside memory loss. It can affect people of all backgrounds, and is the most common cause of dementia in adults.”

Xquisitlife presents Small steps to igniting the flame of passion within! posted at The best is yet to come, providing “the steps to igniting the flame of passion in your life right now!”

Abel Cheng presents 23 Tips for Dealing with Bedwetting in Your Household posted at Parent Wonder.

Helene Zemel presents Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation posted at Health Plans Plus. “Is good health care a right or a privilege?” Helene explores the gap in life expectancy between Americans in different socioeconomic classes.

candy presents Five Nonmedicinal Ways To Help Your Child Cope With Anxiety posted at Carrie and Danielle.

Theresa L. Twogood presents Why So Sad? and Bad Times 101 posted at OLIN e-Book e-Publishing.

Concerning Kids presents The Top Child Vitamins Available Today – A Helpful List posted at Concerning Kids.

Family Humor

jen presents Dr. Wyatt posted at The Chronicles Of Windy Ridge, offering “a five-year-old’s view of wrinkles.”

jen presents The amazing belly posted at The Chronicles Of Windy Ridge.

makingthishome presents Credit for a Job Well Done (Kitchen Updates) posted at Making This Home.

Super Saver presents Driving Like Worms posted at My Wealth Builder.

Jill presents Grocery Shopping With Kids posted at Best Free Grocery Coupons.

The Smarter Wallet presents Sweaters and Knitwear You Don’t Want To Wear, Photo Gallery posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Suburban Oblivion presents The Downside of a Post-Christmas Birthday posted at Suburban Oblivion.

Family Pets

Rani presents Dogs posted at Rayray’s Writing, noting that “I hope the new first family has an much fun with their pets as we do with ours.”

Lazy Man and Money presents How Much Does A Dog Cost? posted at Lazy Man and Money.

Matt M presents Beware of Plastic Bags Near Pets posted at The Pet Haven.

Helen Anderson presents 5 Surefire Ways to Buy the Best Insurance for Your Pet posted at Best Pet Insurance.

Josanne Anthony presents I love my cat! posted at A Chocolate Bouquet.

Family Relationships and Self-Improvement

Doug Boude presents My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light posted at Doug Boude.

Mike King presents Determining and Sharing Your Core Values posted at Learn This. “Core and family values are important for healthy relationships,” according to Mike.

Hopeful Spirit presents Reflections on Proposition 8: California’s Shame posted at On the Horizon, a two-part discussion of the controversial Proposition that overturned the California Supreme Court decision affirming the right of persons of the same gender to marry.

Family Spirituality/Belief/Worship

Leticia Velasquez presents Christina on “The Face of Pro-life” posted at cause of our joy, a video clip in which she discusses the decisions she made regarding her own pregnancy and the joy her daughter has brought to her life.

Family Travel

Marilyn Terrell presents Positively U Street posted at Intelligent Travel Blog. U Street, Washington, D.C. was once home to Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, and a hub of African-American culture and nightlife. It is still the home of great jazz music and the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl.

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