Dog Cleans Baby

If your dog gives the baby a tongue bath, does that make them clean?

I have watched this video several times now and had a whole array of thoughts

  1. How cute the dog is cleaning the baby
  2. Dont you know what else the dog licks
  3. How smelly/dirty is the baby for the dog to want to clean it
  4. Does the dog think this is his baby

So many others, but here is todays question:  As a mom do you video tape the cute baby laughter and sweet dog and baby moment or do you stop the dog from licking the baby?

What do you think?

What Makes Your Baby Laugh

There is perhaps nothing more precious or funny than the laughter of a baby. No matter how bad your day is a babies laughter will brighten it

Here are some baby laughs to brighten your day:

What makes your baby laugh?

Best Islands to Escape To

What with vacation season just around the corner check out some of these great islands here in America the whole family can enjoy.

  1. Hilton Head Island, S. Carolina
  2. San Juan Islands, Washington
  3. Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  4. Caladesi Island, Florida
  5. South Bass Island, Ohio
  6. Monhegan Island
  7. Anna Maria Island

For more information about some of America’s Best Island Escapes

Fun Family Christmas Games

Have you ever found the mood in your house dipping later in the day on Christmas?

Do you need something to do to keep the kids from going crazy waiting for Christmas eve to get over?

Or maybe you have a group of adults you need to entertain AFTER the kids go to bed.

Here are a few games your might want to try to keep everyone entertained.

Christmas Pictionary – This game is a drawing game.  All you need is some paper and a pencil or pen.  Come up with some Christmas words (you will want to choose the words based on the group).  Divide into two teams.  Take turns being the picture drawer for your team.  Pick out a word. Set timer (60- 120sec) and then draw.  If the team can guess what it is they get a point.  If they cant at the end of the time the other team gets one guess to steal the point.  You can also do this where everyone guesses each time with no timer and the 1st person to get it right gets a point.

Christmas word – for this game you need to look up some words like yule or boughs  and write them down(make sure you write down the definition too).  One person reads the word out loud and everyone writes down what they think it means (or a joke meaning).  The reader reads all the definitions aloud and everyone guesses what they think the definition is.  You get a point if you guess the correct definition and anyone whose definition got voted correct also gets a point per vote.  Everyone takes turns being the reader.

You could also try the Christmas memory game to test how well people know the story “twas the night before Christmas” – here is how –

After hours break out the cards and try playing Texas hold-em gift exchange -


MERRY Christmas!

Have Interactive Fun at Miami’s Jungle Island

The Jungle Island zoological park, located on Watson Island in Miami, Florida, is not only a great destination for adults and children alike, but one of the world’s very few environmentally-sustainable amusement parks.

Founded in 1936, the park moved to its present location in 2003 and now consists of several different areas. Its central attraction is the Jungle Theatre, a covered amphitheatre that hosts wildlife shows for visitors. Birds and animals from all around the world perform and interact with guests during these events. Species range from exotic birds such as the cassowary to Hercules, a 408 kg (900 lb) liger, or lion-tiger hybrid. Other areas of the park house displays of birds, including a colony of penguins. Various kinds of snakes and other reptiles also make their home in the Serpentarium.

The park’s other major feature is the Everglades Habitat, which recreates the environment of the Florida Everglades, including both indigenous plant and animal species. Visitors to the simulated Everglades are also helping to support the real Everglades ecosystem, which is under threat from development; the park supports the not-for-profit Everglades Foundation.

Jungle Island is also committed to ecological sustainability. The entirety of the park area is free from synthetic fertilisers or pesticides, and the park’s management offsets harmful emissions caused by special events by purchasing carbon credits to offset them.

Want to Win a $15,000 Unstoppable Family Adventure?

Smucker’s Uncrustables has just joined hands with busy mom, best selling book author, Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi to launch a photo contest together.

The prizes of the Uncrustables Unstoppable Family Photo Contest are a check for the sum of $15 000 to help with your next unstoppable family adventure and of course, a year’s supply of Uncrustables sandwiches.

“I’m thrilled to partner with the Smucker’s Uncrustables brand again,” said Kristi Yamaguchi. “As my girls grow, so do their lists of extracurricular activities, so I strive to instill in them the same unstoppable mantra I grew up with – no dream is too big.”

The contest is open from now through November 1, 2012, to legal residents of the United States.

So what do you need to do exactly to win this unstoppable family adventure? You simply need to submit a photo of your family enjoying Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches and of course, don’t forget a brief caption. You can submit your photo as well as read all the official rules of the contest at

Do something together with your family! Eat some sandwiches, and get the chance to win a check for $15 000.

Lower Your Birthday Party Budget Without Lowering the Fun


Between party favors, entertainment, and venue rental; and, of course, the presents, birthday parties’ can sometimes be a huge drain on your bank account. Of course you want to show your child a fun time, but a lot of parents just assume that means they need a 4-digit budget to make it happen. The truth is, you can make your child’s special day extra special without having to take out a second mortgage. The trick is to get creative and be open to new twists on the old birthday traditions.

First of all, trim the guest list down as much as possible. Throwing a huge party is a nice gesture for your child but it can often be overwhelming to a child who has not completely developed their social skills. They will probably have even more fun with 5-10 of their closest friends.

Instead of renting a venue like a roller skating rink or a putt-putt golf course, let the kids run wild at the park. Most cities have free park with baseball diamonds that are perfect for games of baseball, softball or kickball.

Once you have the guest list pared down and the location decided on, consider what sorts of activities the kids can engage in. If you can think of a way to combine the food and the entertainment, you will end up saving a lot. For instance, turning the birthday cake into an interactive experience by setting up a cupcake decorating station will keep the kids entertained while they feed themselves. Have the batter ready to go and let the kids add chocolate chips, M&Ms or any other little goodies into the batter before putting the cupcakes in the oven. Have icing, sprinkles and other candies ready once they’ve cooled down.

When children are young they are mostly just happy to be hanging out with each other. As long as they have some sort of sweet in their tummy and some sort of activity to play, they’ll most likely have a blast.

Melissa is a party planner and guest blog writer who enjoys throwing great themed parties using Mario party supplies.


Thanks to Melissa for the informative guest post and to Rawich for the birthday candle image. :)