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High School and Hazing: Is This a New Normal for Our Kids?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 31, 2013 | Categories: Children, Family and Health, Guest Posts, Parenting

Guest Post Photo Credit Hazing is no longer about a harmless college prank as a means to get into a particular club, sport or organization. Hazing is now a regular occurrence in high schools and has included three styles that include harmless, harassing and criminal behaviors. Unfortunately, until coaches, teachers and parents stop looking the […]

Join Me for the National Wildlife Federation Ranger Rick’s Treehouse Twitter Party #RRtreehouse #sponsored

This wildlife appreciation and Twitter party announcement has been brought to you by NWF and TheMotherhood… School’s out, school’s out, teacher let the…. my son is officially on summer break. Yay! We so need the break, too. We already have several hikes planned. It’s something we do almost every weekend during the summer. See we […]

Aruba: One Happy Island Is On My Life List #sponsored

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 30, 2013 | Categories: Fun, Travel

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase, bucket list. I never really liked that terminology. I would rather make a “life list.” And at the top of my life list, of things to do […]

Timbuktu Magazine iPad App for Kids – Review #sponsored

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Apps, Children, Education, Reviews, Technology
Timbuktu Magazine iPad app

This educational app review has been brought to you by Timbuktu Magazine…. As a mom, former educator, soon to be homeschooler, and huge fan of the iPad, I love finding educational apps. In fact, I’m always on a quest for new apps that will inspire my son’s imagination, as well as encourage learning. We are […]

Will Playing With Dolls Affect Your Childs Future Self Esteem

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Children, Guest Posts, Parenting

Guest Post Most children at some point in their life have owned and played with a doll, whether a rag doll, or the ever popular Barbie Doll.  For many years psychologists and other professionals have tried to analyze whether playing with dolls has or will affect your child’s self-esteem. Today, this topic is still controversial. […]

Summer Camps Across The US For Foster Kids

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 29, 2013 | Categories: Children, Family and Health, Guest Posts

Guest Post As children, we all visited places, participated in activities and met people who have shaped our lives. Memories were created that will never fade. If you ever went to a summer camp, undoubtedly, some of those memories still come to mind. Summer camps offer kids the opportunity to be active, meet people and […]

Coping Physically, Emotionally and Practically with Cancer

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 28, 2013 | Categories: Guest Posts, Health and Fitness

Guest Post Photo Credit: epSos.de via Compfight cc The C word itself is enough to send anyone into a head spin. Yet one in three of us will get it at some point. For the first few hours or even days after finding out about your condition you will doubtless go through a range of […]

Summer Road Trip? 4 Ways To Avoid ‘Are We There Yet?’

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 27, 2013 | Categories: Guest Posts, Travel

Guest Post Image Source Everyone loves a good summer road trip, but heading off into the sunset can be more stressful than you might imagine, especially if you are traveling with young children in tow. The farther you are going to be driving, the more potential there is for something to go wrong, so you […]

How to Select the Best Tea

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 24, 2013 | Categories: Food, Guest Posts, Health and Fitness
how to select the best tea

Guest Post Tea is not only a stimulant, but a remedy that can be used to treat and prevent several diseases including cancer. When shopping for the best tea, it is paramount that you comprehend the process through which tea leaves go through in order to produce tea bags. Depending on the process, the color, […]

I went shopping at 10DollarMall.com – Plus a $50 gift code giveaway #sponsored

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: May 23, 2013 | Categories: Fashion, Giveaways, Reviews
maxi dress

This fashionable and rockin’ clothing review (and giveaway) is brought to you by 10DollarMall.com…. Since I’ve lost weight I’ve been enjoying shopping for a new wardrobe. Of course, if you’re a regular reader of Blog by Donna or you know me personally, you know I’m frugal. I’ll say again, frugal doesn’t necessarily mean cheap… but […]