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Top o’ the mornin’ to you! Welcome to the very special St. Patrick’s Day Edition of the ! The luck o’ the Irish is with us this week, as evidenced by the collection of excellent articles amassed here for your reading pleasure! No blarney — just fact! Enjoy sitting back with a nice cup of tea or glass of green beer and read a few!

Family Cooking & Recipes

Rani presents Irish Potato Candies posted at Christ’s Bridge, “something sweet for St. Patrick’s Day!”

Char Polanosky presents 5 Classic Irish Recipes for St. Patrick?s Day posted at Raising A Healthy Family, sharing her five favorites.

Family Crafts & Activities

Deb Serani presents Virtual Art Therapy posted at Dr. Deb, highlighting the benefits of art therapy and link to a virtual canvas.

Super Saver presents Keeping Busy During the Summer Used to be Almost Free posted at My Wealth Builder. “It shouldn’t cost thousands of dollars to keep our kids occupied for the summer,” and readers may want to start planning activities now.

Stephanie presents Make a Dr. Seuss Hat posted at Make It From Scratch.

Dolfin presents Ariel Dress posted at Lionden Landing.

Julian Pollock presents Baby Footprint Poetry and Graphics Create Perfect Phamily Mnemonic Masterpieces posted at Baby Footprint Graphic, one of a series of three posts “encouraging parents to compose their own family or baby footprint genre of poem to celebrate family occasions.”

Char Polanosky presents St. Patricks Day Count and Color with the Pups Activity Page posted at Printables for Kids, offering original St. Patrick’s Day coloring pages.

Alex presents Animal Coloring Pages posted at Home Life Weekly, “a great selection of animal coloring pages to print and enjoy.”

Jenny Jen presents PhotoLab Reviewed posted at JennyReviews.com


Sonja Stewart presents Just Say No to Volunteering in the Classroom posted at Parenting Squad.

GrrlScientist presents Magic Tricks, Science Facts posted at Living the Scientific Life, an educational video interview with and demonstration by science teacher and book author, Robert Friedhoffer, who likes to use magic tricks to help kids learn scientific principles.

Meaghan Montrose presents Effective Learning Strategies and Study Skills – Part 2 posted at Tutor Fi.

Concerning Kids presents How To Handle A School Yard Bully posted at Concerning Kids.

Cyndi presents Hypnotic Language Patterns posted at Evolution Ezine, presenting a video that will teach you to use the word “try” in beneficial ways.  A specific language pattern, “The More the More,”  increases the “effectiveness of your communications,” as does consciousness of your voice’s tonality.

Family Spirituality/Belief/Worship

Homespunhealers presents True Spirituality: It’s How You Love posted at HomeSpunHealers, which she describes as a post about spirituality and what it is versus what it isn’t.”

Tracey presents Glimpses of Hope posted at Girls to Grow.

Cyndi presents A boat called freedom part 1 posted at Evolution.  She describes it as “a beautifully written, inspirational fiction highlighting humankind’s current state of consciousness. A piece that makes you think.”

Family Finance

Momma presents 25 ways to save money and bargain shop in small towns and rural areas: part 2 posted at Engineer a debt free life, the second of a five-part series. 

Stephanie presents The Wii Fund posted at Stop the Ride!, saying, “Teaching kids about saving.”

Steve Bernal presents What Do They Mean When They Say “Conscious Business?” posted at Bizlightenment, opining that “conscious business is primarily awareness of the impact one’s habits and actions has on their environment, knowing that everything is interconnected, knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, and living and working with joy, creativity, ease and love, rather than fear, power and domination.”

The Dough Roller presents 10 Lies that Got You (and Keep You) in Credit Card Debt posted at The Dough Roller, a discussion of the ways we “convince ourselves that credit card debt is o.k.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Lower Your Car Insurance Rates! How To Cut Insurance Premiums in Half posted at The Digerati Life, suggesting ways to cut your family’s car insurance costs.

The Smarter Wallet presents Kids and Money: Answering Your Children’s Money Questions posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Helene Zemel presents The Importance of Your “Why” posted at Work at Home Mom and Dad. Helene observes that a home-based business allows for more time with family and provides additional income.  But “before starting any new business, it is important to have a good understanding of ‘why.'”

freefrombroke presents Is 8 To 12 The New 3 To 6? posted at Free From Broke, saying, “Should you be saving more months worth of expenses these days?”

Debbie Ducker presents Your Children and Grandchildren Must Learn to Save Money posted at Ducker Promotion Ezine, opining that if children are taught “how to save money at an early age, they will be spared a lifetime of heartache.”

oshkhar tiglao presents Pool Enclosure Buying Tips posted at Pool Enclosures.  Summer will be here before you know it.  Are you ready?

Mr. Banker presents Banking Online Safety Tips posted at Best Interest Rate Banks.

Family Health and Wellness

Alvaro Fernandez presents Michael Merzenich: Brain Plasticity offers Hope for Everyone posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, explaining that “the inherent plasticity of the brain is an underutilized and under-appreciated resource that we all have.”

Aparna presents Kapalabhati Pranayam posted at Beauty & Personality Grooming, a description of the benefits to be derived from a breathing exercise.

Family Humor

Rose presents Banning Barbie? posted at Learning at Home.  Rose is of the opinion that Banning Barbie is “for lawmakers who have nothing better to do.”

Belinda presents Lost In Fast Food Translation posted at Laugh with Friends.

jenafer presents Dinner Dates and Love Notes posted at Cage Free Monkeys.

NerdMom presents From the Mouths of Babes posted at Nerd Family.

Parenting Tips & Advice

More than just a mother presents A bit of ‘me’ time posted at More than just a mother.

Sweet Success presents Child Car Seat Safety posted at Parenting Tips at NeenMachine, offering guidelines for selecting the right car seat for your child.

Kim Cohen presents Resisting the myth posted at The Household Maven, about “resisting the myth of the organized life so that families can live happier, more healthfully, and have more fun doing activities together, rather than getting hung up on what we ‘should’ be doing.”

Kela Price presents Encouraging Sibling Relationships in the Blended Family posted at BFSO (blended family soap opera).

Jody DeVere presents Booster Seat and Seat Belt Safety Reminders posted at Ask Patty.

Melitsa presents 5 do-it-right-now play activities posted at Play-Activities.com.

Khordaddy presents 10 Baby Items You Will Buy More Often Than You Thought posted at Khordaddy.com.

Concerning Kids presents Raising A Street Smart Kid posted at Concerning Kids.

Family Pets

Tina presents A Barnyard Birthday Party! – Oh, so much fun posted at TLC in the Kitchen, explaining, “We started off with some basic rules about how to hold the animals and directions for safety and then we let them go. Each animal pen had an adult to supervise the holding and petting of the animals. We have two pot-belly pigs, five hens, eight chicks, two horses, two baby bunnies and my grandson brought his big bunny to the party, too!”

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

Jim DeSantis presents 5 Ways To Keep Your Marriage Healthy posted at On Line Tribune Marriage Matters, noting that within a long-term relationship, it is sometimes “hard to understand what is going wrong, and it takes only the most basic advice to clear the fog of confusion.”

Tony presents Wreck the Corvette, but fix your relationship posted at Rekindle your relationship.

Jim DeSantis presents I Want To Be Wanted posted at On Line Tribune Family Life. “Our self-esteem is always being tested,” Jim writes.

Susan Gaissert presents The Man Behind the Counter vs. the Nifty Machine posted at The Expanding Life, about “our post office relationships.”

Jeonard Cook presents Reverse Cell Phone Lookup – A Great Way to Catch Your Cheating Spouse Or Find a Prank Callers Name posted at How to Find Phone Number.

Dr. Neill Neill presents How I Fell in Love posted at Practical Psychology for Capable People.

J. Cullen presents Baseball=Pure Joy posted at Life’s dewlaps.

bryan presents I Can’t Get No Satisfaction! posted at Personal Development and Growth.

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  1. Thanks so much for including me, even though I barely fit into a category! I love the Carnival of Family Life!

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