Family Room July 30 2012

BonBon Break

IF YOU TAKE A MOM TO BLOGHER ::::  My Dishwasher’s Possessed

BlogHer '12

After weeks and weeks of list making, childcare arranging, and excitement over getting to meet my partner, Val, in person, the big day is finally approaching. Val and I are going to be at BlogHer’12 in New York City.


Getting two moms ready to leave their families for a few days and all the planning that entails is no easy task. As I have been running around entertaining kids on summer break, working on the magazine and trying to get ready for my big weekend, I kept thinking of a book that all three of my kids have always loved; If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. What follows is my own little fractured version (that is purely fictional and does not resemble my perfectly ordered life at all) of the beloved story.

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About Kathy:  Kathy Radigan is a mom, wife, writer, blogger, social media freak, Mad Men fan and the co-founder and co-editor of Bonbon Break. She lives in New York with her husband Joe and their three wonderful and wonderfully diverse children. You can find Kathy on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.


Photos of pinterest boats compared to one done in real life.Darci the STEM mom shares her poorly executed attempts at implementing two Pinterest-inspired activities with her kids. She shares the photos she pinned, then compares this to reality. Trying a new birthday tradition and attempting to design and float a nature boat are the focus of this humorous post. Why do our pinned photos look so enticing, exciting, and educational, yet when we do them, the are only so-so? Humph!


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About Darci:’s mission is to provide a community where public, private, and homeschooling teachers can connect and share inquiry science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. Darci’s passion is helping kids of all ages learn about the process of science, rather than the facts.  Because she homeschools her young children, teaches high school, and provides professional development for teachers, articles in the same week may vary from the science behind glow-in-the-dark oobleck (geared to preschoolers, but fun for any age)—to sharing a high-school lab where students must remove the “contaminates” from a pseudo marine oil spill.

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PLEASE :::: Extraordinary Ordinary

BlogHer '12
notes to my children:

Don’t forget to feel
and then move on
if things don’t go the way
you thought they should go.
Sometimes what you want isn’t even what you wanted

Open doors for girls.
Or better yet,
open doors for anyone and everyone
coming through.


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About Heather: Heather King has become known as an online truth-teller, writing her way through her story on the popular and award winning blog, The Extraordinary Ordinary. She is the mother of three, a writer, editor and speaker. Her writing has been featured across the web and her story has been featured on Fox 9 News, in Redbook Magazine and in Minnesota Parenting Magazine. Heather believes passionately in the power of authenticity and transparency as a means to genuine connection, vibrant community and peace.

Heather is living a sober life after years of dependent drinking and writes about her recovery journey and motherhood, two of the central themes to her life. She now relies on humor and creativity as coping mechanisms. You can read more about Heather at The Extraordinary Ordinary.

You can follow Heather  on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Linked In.

Caveat Hostess :::: Mom’s New Stage

 Ever met a potential mom who seems perfectly lovely in passing, but within five minutes of one-on-one time reveals that she is the C.E.O. of the League of Horrible Mothers? That she is out to lunch without a sandwich/the lovechild of Snooki and The Donald/going to make you feign your own death to get away from her? Wouldn’t it be nice if every playdate with a new mom/kid pair came with a warning such as this?

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Photo by Cheryl Mann

About Keesha:  Keesha Beckford is a former professional dancer who is currently a master dance teacher in the Chicago area. She blogs to keep her creative juices flowing, and to explore the question “How does she do it?” for herself and other moms in the arts. Read more at Mom’s New Stage.

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Julie Andrews

BlogHer '12
What is it about singing in public that makes people smile? While on a recent hike I belted out, “THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC” and then sheepishly looked around to see if anyone heard me. The birds didn’t seem to mind. Why do we as adults stop singing proudly? Click through to discover “5 Places YOU Can Pretend to be Julie Andrews.”


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Profile Picture of Zina :: Let's Lasso the MoonAbout Zina:  Zina Harrington is the leader of a community called Let’s Lasso the Moon. It gathers modern families searching for balance in our chaotic world. She helps parents by sharing simple activities that elevate everyday moments into family traditions and memorable adventures.

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