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Daily Deal 6.30.13

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Floral Fantasy Lantern

$7.99

Fancy candle lantern in bright white floral filigree that creates a kaleidoscope display making your porch or patio come alive with jubilant points of light! Metal.

Candle not included. 4 1/4″ diameter x 10 3/4″ high.

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Daily Deal 6.28.13

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Midnight Sky Lantern

$13.99

Like the blue of an exotic summer sky, the patterned glass of this candle lantern will invigorate and inspire. Highlighted perfectly by the intricate design of the filigree metal frame, this candle lantern is sure to fill your room with exotic flair.

Item weight: 0.8 lb. 4″ x 3½” x 7½” high. Iron and glass. Candle not included.

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Daily Deal 6.26.13

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Amethyst Sky Lantern

$9.99

Four purple-toned panes of patterned glass cast a fascinating halo of rainbow light! A candle’s glow becomes magical as it shines from within. Handsomely styled cutout metalwork recalls the beautiful hand-wrought lamps of a Moroccan marketplace.
Metal and glass. Candle not included. 4″ x 4″ x 10″ high.

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Promo Code for a FREE Carseat Canopy

Tell Carseat Canopy which design is your absolute favorite & they’ll send you a 100% off promo code for a carseat canopy as soon as they’re in stock!

cc-logo-topCarseat Canopy is conducting a 1 question poll in order to know the correct percentage of each print they should always have in stock. In exchange for your participation, Carseat Canopy will provide you, by email, with a unique promo code for 100% off your select choice when the new prints become available.

CC_POLL_EMAILIt’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Go to http://www.carseatcanopy.com/poll.

2. Select the canopy that is your absolute favorite, and enter the email address you would like to have your promotion code emailed to.

3. Once you have made your selection, you will be asked if you are sure. Select “Yes” if you are sure and we will send you the unique promo code for 100% off when they are in stock in the next 2-3 months!

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DaddyBloggers in the Spotlight: A Father’s Day Roundup

Blogging about misadventures, confessions, rants and raves of parenthood is not just for Mommas. No, Dads are now in the blogging game as well. Here are some Super Daddy Bloggers in honor of a Father’s Day Roundup.

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Writing about family life and parenthood is not simply the province of mothers: dads are carving out their own blogular niche. Single dads, stay-at-home dads, working dads, two-dad families — you can find every perspective on WordPress.com. As the US celebrates Father’s Day, here are some dad blogs we love:

DorkDaddy.com

What’s the point of having kids if you can’t raise them into die-hard Star Wars fans? DorkDaddy — dentist by day, geek by night, dad 24/7 — uses his blog to chronicle life with this three geeks-in-training.

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You respond to his combination of candid takes on parenting with analysis of key issues (would Superman would be a better father than Batman?), and so do we. From whipping up Butterbeer for a sick dorkling to LEGO extravaganzas to building homemade hovercrafts, he takes us through the richness of parenthood with grace, humor, and, yes, a substantial measure of unabashed…

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Creamy Potato & Shrimp Soup

Servings: 6 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 25 min Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty: Easy

What does Paula Deen, potatoes, soup and shrimp have in common?

I love them all!

This recipe is originally Paula Deen’s Potato Soup with Shrimp that I have taken and added a few little treats of my own.

Ingredients

1/2 stick butter
1 small onion, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
3 small parsnips, sliced
1 small turnip, diced about the same size as the onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups milk, whole, reduced fat (2 percent) or low fat (1 percent)
2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup hot milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pound medium shrimp (I use the frozen pre-cooked shrimp)
Crumbled bacon bits, for garnish
Dill sprigs, optional garnish

Directions

1. In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion, carrots, parsnips and turnip until both are slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add the potatoes, milk, and dissolved bouillon cubes. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft and some of them have begun to dissolve into mush.

3. Add the half-and-half, salt, pepper, and shredded cheese.

4. Peel the shrimp, and chop roughly into big chunks. Add the shrimp to the soup and stir well.

5. Serve soup sprinkled with bacon bits. Garnish with dill sprigs, if desired.

*Note: If you don’t have access to shrimp or are allergic, you can substitute with corn.

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How Motherhood Changed My Life

Whether it was a laugh, a giggle, a whisper or a smirk I was always told “Motherhood will change your life”.

Oh Momma were they right!

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Motherhood definitely changed me for the better AND for the worse. Yes, I can and will admit that Motherhood has changed me for the worse. But I will never let it outweigh the great changes it has made for the better.

Before my son, my life was about school, work and the nightlife. I lived in Florida while my family still lived in NY. I had no responsibility for anyone but myself and no one was responsible for me. Therefore, I had to do everything on my own. I cooked, if I wasn’t pigging out on fast food, and cleaned when things needed to be cleaned. I am not the greatest chef nor the cleanest person on Earth. However, I managed to keep my stomach full and my things nice and tidy.

Now that I am a Momma, I’ve become lackadaisical. I can never clean and finish cleaning due to constant interruption from the baby. I’ve gained weight that seems nearly impossible to lose no matter what I do. I don’t look nor feel like my pre-pregnancy self at all, leading my self-confidence to go down tremendously.

Everyone always spoke of the negative changes Motherhood would bring. Yet, they never stated the positive.

So on that note…

There is a whole other side I have gained and continue to gain through this journey. I have learned how to be fully responsible not only for myself but for the life of another human being. I have a complete different outtake on parents and kids and appreciate them even more. I can actually connect and get a better understanding what they are possibly going through. Now I know why some parents do the things they do as well as kids. I may be a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) with no 9-5, which some of you may call lazy, but in actuality Motherhood made me become more ambitious and determined to work for myself and become successful as my own boss. I never want to see my son hurt or have to struggle nor do I want to miss out on anything he does or wants to do. Therefore, I am doing everything I can to make a successful living as a Stay at Home Mompreneur. Motherhood gave me realistic career and life goals I can achieve. I gained the mentality of a GOAL digger not a gold digger. I also acquired motivation to try to live a better and healthier life for both myself and my family.

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So yes, I may be lazy when it comes to cleaning and I may have a lack of self-confidence. But as long as my child is well and happy, that is the greatest joy this Momma can bring!

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How has Motherhood changed you?