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'Tis the Season for Gazillion Dollar Wish Lists




After reading my wee ones' gazillion dollar wish lists this…


Added by nuckingfutsmama on December 5, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

toyportfolio.com Platinum Awards for Best Toys announced Today

This morning I was on the TODAY Show to share some of our year end Platinum Award winners. Here's the segment in case you missed it.

Visit NBCNews.com for…


Added by Stephanie Oppenheim on October 18, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Little Girl Bike

I can't decide when to purchase Izzy her first bike/trike.  Once in awhile we make a trip out to Toys R US to play.  It gives her the opportunity to play.  We make a two hours of it just to window shop and try things out.  The last time we were there was the first time she wanted to sit on a trike and was…


Added by MamaTalesBlog on July 10, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Mom-to-Be Checklist: Crib, Stroller, Carseat & Cord Blood Storage


I am all about precautions. My purse is always stocked with breath mints, wipes, snacks and Tide to Go. I always buy travel insurance for big…


Added by amy tara koch on November 8, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Tune in to TODAY SHOW tomorrow morning, November 8th: Hot Toys for 2011

Please tune in tomorrow when I'll be sharing the Best HOT TOYS of 2011. You see many promoted on TV, but which ones really work? We'll be showing the results from our network of family testers! The list is right now on our website at www.toyportfolio.com.  We are an independent consumer reviewing site of children's media.  Be sure to take a look at our list of best toys for each age, our Blue Chip Award list, our list of toys for kids with Special… Continue

Added by Stephanie Oppenheim on November 7, 2011 at 7:49am — No Comments

Man Up?

The identity of the American man, has it changed over time? I think it has. My grandfather talked about his duty to his family with his military work in Alaska and working on the railroad. His identity as a man was how hard he worked with his hands and how much he provided for his family. Today its a bit hazy. Is the identity of a man the CEO of a multimillion dollar company? Or is it the guy pushing his child down the street in a stroller while his wife is…

Added by Heather Jones on November 7, 2011 at 8:53am — 2 Comments

RAMBO Alert: Seeking Mom Bloggers for Beth Aldrich Real Moms Love to Eat Book Tour Event Hosts

Seeking Mom Bloggers for Book Tour Event Hosts: Be a part of this fun national book tour with Beth Aldrich and Real Moms Love to Eat - Lots of goodies and prizes!


Are you sick of dieting? Are you a mom who loves to eat but still wants to look great in her skinny jeans? Look no further, because there's a new book on the shelves (January 3, 2012) that will change your relationship with food, once and for all. Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair…


Added by Megan Calhoun on October 5, 2011 at 10:00am — 14 Comments


Bigger boobs.  Expanded belly.  Varicose veins. Back pain.  Though it's an exciting moment in time, pregnancy is often uncomfortable.  Happily, there are numerous products designed to lend an extra dose of support to moms-to-be.

Here, my handy-dandy list of groovy gear to help you look and feel your best during trimesters one through four.

Trimester 1…


Added by amy tara koch on August 31, 2011 at 10:28am — No Comments


In addition to working full time in real estate trying to keep her two girls in shoes (and hair accessories), my step sister, Meagan, volunteers for several charities, manages to get her kids to hither and yon for various activities, and always has on a fantastic pair of heels.  She's busy.  And like most of us, finds getting dinner on the table (again and…


Added by Katie Sullivan Morford on September 26, 2011 at 10:18am — No Comments

RAMBO Alert: Every marriage has its secrets, what’s yours?

Real wives share what it takes to stay married. Every marriage has its secrets, what’s yours?


Have you ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors of a successful marriage? How those happy couples make it look so easy? In THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES bestselling author Iris Krasnow pulls back the curtain and reveals uncensored real-life confessions of women who have stayed married for the long haul. Krasnow, a wife of 23 years, and more than…


Added by Megan Calhoun on September 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

RAMBO Alert: America's Supernanny Casting Families

The producers of Lifetime’s parenting series AMERICA’S SUPERNANNY are currently casting families in need of parenting solutions. Casting producers are searching the country to find ordinary and extraordinary families ready to gain control of their households. No matter the challenge, from toddlers to teens, Supernanny can help. Parents interested in applying for the show are encouraged to apply by emailing the casting department at …

Added by Megan Calhoun on September 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Measuring Social Media Success Beyond Engagement

I have read one too many articles lately that claim you just cannot measure success on social media, at least not yet, but rather it's more about awareness, engaging loyal fans and customers, creating goodwill, etc. While, yes, social media is about that, it's also about RESULTS and yes you can measure that…


Added by Lyn Mettler on August 23, 2011 at 7:23am — 7 Comments

SocialMom of the Month: Meet Jenn Mitchell (Coach Jenn)!

We've all seen the P90X workout infomercials, loaded with impossibly fit folks singing the praises of the program. The before-and-after shots are crazy inspiring -- but come on. It's an ad. And one more Ding Dong isn't going to kill you, right?



Added by Lea Curtes-Swenson on July 29, 2011 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Plus or Minus? A Review of Google Plus

So after getting my much coveted invite to the latest foray into social networking, Google Plus, I hastily hurried over to set up my profile and start playing around with a social media nerd's dream: a new social…


Added by Lyn Mettler on July 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — 17 Comments

FIVE MINUTES FIXES with Lucky Magazine’s Jean Godfrey-June

Summer travel? Fabulous. The havoc that airline travel, sun and sea can have on your skin and hair? Not so fabulous. With the departure date for my family’s upcoming trip looming, I began hunting and gathering the usual suspects: the right clothes, the right shoes, the right accessories, bathing suits and cover-ups. Then, I started to ruminate upon beauty. Within moments, my “toiletries” basket runneth over. Did I really need my cranberry toner, ferulic acid and…


Added by amy tara koch on July 18, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments




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