Category Archives: Discussion Table

*GUEST POST* It’s Not the Circumstance

Melissa is a results life coach and a trained innate health  counselor. She has been helping the community for over six years. Check out Melissa’s blog Moving Forward Brooklyn Life Coach and download her brand new e-book! By Melissa Cohen    Today I hired a cleaning lady to help me clean my house. every time I asked her to do something she said ok, then proceeded to continue to do what she was doing and ignore me. After this happened a couple of times I started to feel…

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The New Camp in Town

I am so excited to share my newest adventure with you! But first, I have a confession: I don’t send my children to camp. Yet. My kids are still young and although the going gets hard, I prefer to leave them home and do fun things with them than send them to camp (for a number of reasons). But I will tell you that sometimes, the idea of dropping off my kids and having the day to myself sounds tempting. 😉 Anyways, here is my…

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shaatra knows

Shaatra Knows: July

Put the phone down. **DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING!!!** • The following video is EXTREMELY graphic. I watched it once myself and couldn’t bring myself to watch it again. However, this did scare the living daylights out of me. I can say it was this video that made me put my phone down for good when driving…so it did work. 🙂 • This video SHOULD NOT be watched by young children. It should be watched by parents, adults and teenagers.   Note: I don’t know who the credits go to…

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A Very Honest Post

I was talking to a friend the other night. She recently had her third child and was telling me how she’s finding things to be very hard. She mentioned that she feels stressed that nothing is getting done, she’s busy with the kids all day and it’s emotionally draining. This friend asked me how I do everything and how do I manage. (I have three children, close in age, so I am able to relate). I told her I don’t. Really. It’s true. I know as the…

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Keeping Track of Library Books

My kids really enjoy taking books from the library. We go every two weeks, usually on Fridays after school. We spend at least 30 minutes choosing books, coloring and playing with puzzles. The thing is, we end up walking out with at least 15 books. Yeah. And that was only one pile… So in order to keep tabs of them, here’s what i do: I set a reminder on my phone on the day the books are due. In the location field, I type how…

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Mommy Confession

I take my kids for ice cream often, and when  I do, I let them choose their favorite flavor. They get their own -junior- portion in a cup. (The cones are fun but they just make a huge mess!) As for me, I love milkshakes…and so most times I get one. That’s not to say my kids don’t like shakes. No…they certainly take after me. 🙂 The thing is, when I order my shake after tending to my kids, I sit down and -naturally- they…

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My Rigorous Morning Routine

My alarm waked me up just after dawn: “Mommy, I want cereal.” Actually, it’s cool, because some mornings it plays a different tone. “Mommy, can I play on your phone?” and other times, “Ma, I needa make!” …and then, “Can you come wipe me?”, when I haven’t gotten out of bed yet. Once I finally slide out of bed, I barely have time to wash, brush and put my lenses in when my rigorous morning workout begins. My little trainers have set up a tricky…

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My Failed Attempt at Rice Krispies

On Thursday, I had planned to make watermelon rice krispies from  an idea I saw on Pinterest. I had this grand thinking that I wouldn’t use regular food coloring, because it has so much junk in it…. Instead, I found myself buying pomegranate juice and blueberry juice among others to create the colors I wanted. I was overly excited to see how the natural food coloring would work, so I decided to make a double recipe of rice krispies. I’m not sure why I was so…

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