Carnival of Family Life

Welcome to the Carnival of Family Life. On this Presidents’ Day, winter has a firm hold on much of the United States, including beautiful Northern California. The wind has been howling all weekend, tossing leaves and branches about. Much-needed rain has finally found its way to the valleys, while snow has been falling steadily in the Sierra-Nevada and foothill regions, snarling traffic and frustrating skiiers who have yearned to spend the holiday weekend on the slopes.

So it’s a good time to build a fire, prepare yourself a cup of hot cocoa or tea, snuggle up under your favorite blanket, and enjoy reading the many articles included in this week’s edition of the Carnival.

Family Cooking & Recipes

Belle presents Pistachio Pudding Recipe posted at Homesteaderbelle’s Blog

Cyndi Lavin presents Vegetables and rice with Ceylonese sauce posted at Busy Family Meal Planning, a recipe for a “tasty new sauce to liven up your veggies and rice.”

Rani presents Blueberry Swirl Dessert posted at Christ’s Bridge, saying, “Having last minute company? Here is a quick recipe for you.”

Family Crafts & Activities

Rani presents Tomatoes and Chives posted at Indoor Garden Musings, explaining how one family has “started our indoor garden.”  Anyone else?

Stephanie presents Glubber posted at Make It From Scratch, describing a “quick and easy way to beat the winter blahs.”  What’s next?  Son of Glubber?

GP presents When Life gives you Lemons posted at Manely Montana

Dolfin presents Relay For LIfe posted at Lionden Landing, describing “how our family is working to help others.”  You might find yourself inspired to participate, too.

travelcat4 presents GreenPrint – Helping To Save Printer Paper posted at Latest Inventions.

Tina presents Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You – Our Birthday Traditions posted at TLC in the Kitchen. “We have a very large family; therefore we have many birthdays to celebrate,” Tina explains. “Over the years we have developed some family birthday traditions.”


Batya presents Teaching English posted at me-ander.

Laureen presents Peace Through Breakfast posted at The Life Without School Community Blog.

Nicki presents Being Your Children’s First Teacher posted at Domestic Cents.

Family Spirituality/Belief/Worship

Susan Gaissert presents Spirituality and Religion posted at The Expanding Life, a discussion of her “personal beliefs.”

Carole Gold presents A Guide To The Unknown posted at Carole Gold, offering suggestions for “making this challenging time of transition work for you and those you love.”

Family Finance

Leaving The Folks presents Basics of car buying posted at Real World Advice, a step-by-step guide for first-time buyers.

nickel presents Ten Common Income Tax Credits posted at

Insurance Toolbox presents How to Find a Financial Planner That Has Your Best Interests in Mind posted at Fine-Tuned Finances.

Raily Arena presents Finding Online Work That Pays posted at Make Money Easy Online.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents 2009 Economic Stimulus Package: Obama’s Plan For Your Money? Tax Cuts and Spending posted at The Digerati Life, a dissection of the stimulus bill and discussion of how American families are impacted by tax breaks.

The Smarter Wallet presents Will The Obama Economic Stimulus Check and 2009 Stimulus Plan Save The Economy? posted at The Smarter Wallet, explaining whether and how the economic stimulus plan will affect families.

freefrombroke presents Fridge Is Full At Work – Another Sign Of The Economy posted at Free From Broke, observing that “the fridge [is] full at work recently.  That tells me more people are cutting back due to the economy.”

Finance Tips 101 presents Answers About Home Equity Loans posted at Finance Tips 101.

jim presents Timeshares Are Good Investments posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Family Health and Wellness

mom & dad present Strep, Impetigo, Sinusitis, and God Knows What Else posted at

Concerning Kids presents Choosing The Right Pediatrician For Your Baby posted at Concerning Kids.

Aparna presents Medicinal uses of tamarind posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming, explaining that “pulp extracted from the long bean like pods of tamarind can be used fresh or dried and stored. Apart from its culinary uses, it is also effective in treating minor ills and ailments, and for cosmetic purposes.”

C. Myers presents Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble posted at Mind Mart, explaining that “boils can be a painful nuisance, but there are several natural remedies.”

Alvaro Fernandez presents Brain Training: It Works, and It Doesn’t Work posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, advising that “if you are considering buying some of the new programs for yourself, your patients or a loved one,” pre-purchase research is required.

Family Humor

Dana presents Computers, pregnancy and really? Any day now? posted at Principled Discovery.

Dana presents When my kids don’t seem to listen . . . now I know why posted at Simple Pleasures.

Parenting Tips & Advice

Piotr Stepien presents Be Mass Media Free posted at we overstep, suggesting that families break the “addiction to news, television shows, and any low-level mass media . . . Turn that time into something productive.”

Khordaddy presents DHG4 – Finding Time posted at Khordaddy’s Dad and Husband Survival Guide.

Adam presents Communication posted at Parenting Teenagers, a blog authored by a 17-year-old.

T. Dalia presents Recipe for Lunch posted at Daily Dalia.

Suzanne presents older child adoption issues: lying posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Alejandra presents Leadership – Key Competences posted at A Guide to Raising Great Kids.

Amanda CMJ presents The Three Odd Truths of Motherhood posted at Mommy Community.

Amanda CMJ presents Introducing Our New Series:  Grandparents, Grandchildren posted at Extra (Hour)dinary Parenting

Vee presents Thought of the day posted at Tom Zirpoli’s Blog.

Kakie presents Is your home a soft place to land? posted at Bur Bur & Friends: Community Ark. “It is so important to create an atmosphere at home where kids can make mistakes and learn from them,” Kakie writes. A mother shares how she did that with her 13-year-old daughter.

Chief Family Officer presents Feeding the kids: So far I really like Ellyn Satter’s book posted at Chief Family Officer.


Devon Coles presents O, For tuna! posted at Pen, Ink. Life’s little vicissitudes . . ., “In the word of Cicero, ‘Nothing contributes to the entertainment of the reader more, than the change of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.’ Or, in this case – pets!”

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

Jim DeSantis presents How To Be A Closer Family posted at On Line Tribune | Family Life, assuring readers that “creating a happy and safe environment is easier than most people think.”

Tami Blodgett presents Family Matters: The Soul of a Family posted at Online Wellness: A Safe Haven. Catherine VanWetter, M.S.W. teaches a different way of looking at inherent problems and solutions within family systems.

Isaac Yassar presents How To Realize Happiness posted at Isaac Yassar’s Overture, questioning whether success brings true personal fulfillment and happiness.

Steve Holder presents Maintaining Life Balance posted at Successful Freelancing Advisor.

knittsings presents Love is . . . posted at knittsings. “When you’ve been married a long time,” she explains, “how you make your spouse’s life better screams love far louder than a box of chocolates.”


John presents We are Going to Disney World! posted at “I write about our impending first trip to Disney World with my toddler!” John explains.

Catherine presents Top Tips for Responsible Travel on Your Green Holidays posted at Green Holidays.

Thank you to all participating in and supporting the Carnival! Click here to submit a post for next week’s (February 23, 2009) Carnival. Be sure to include both the permalink to and relevant information about your entry. Should you have questions, be sure to review the Carnival guidelines before submitting your post.

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  1. Great entries. Thanks for hosting and for including me!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting. I’m proud to be part of this carnival.

  3. Thanks for including my article in ths carnival. I see I have a day of pretty good reading ahead of me!

    Devon Coles´s latest blog post: A pleasant Sunday stroll . . .

  4. Thanks for hosting!

    FFB´s latest blog post: Paying Back The Economic Stimulus Payment – Lots Of Tax Confusion

  5. Thanks for including my post, and for creating a nice summary of it. Good job! 😀

  6. Nice post with some great money making tips. Im jealous looking at those large checks. Oh, and nice layout :) best of the best.

  7. George Loughton from Essex says:

    Great selection of posts on all subjects. Especially I liked Parenting Tips and Advice. Thank you very much. I came to this blog from Colloquium and I don’t regret it.

    George Loughton from Essex´s most recent post: Old Loughton map: churches, capels, halls, pubs and the railway

  8. henni @ mycare says:

    There were some nice posts. Thank you for sharing. I love “Going to Disney World!”

  9. Blueberry Swirl Dessert sounds delicious and it looks like it’s pretty quick and easy to prepare. I think I’ll make myself some and enjoy it while reading the rest of the posts.

  10. Thanks for all of these wonderful links! Is there a way that I might be able to be a part of this carnival next time?

    Nick\´s most recent post: You Can Make This (and this, too)!


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