Carnival of Family Life

by Hopeful Spirit on Monday, February 16, 2009

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 Aparna February 16, 2009 at 3:28 am

Great entries. Thanks for hosting and for including me!

2 Susan Gaissert February 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

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

3 Devon Coles February 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

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 FFB February 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for hosting!

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

5 Isaac Yassar February 17, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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

6 seo company February 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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 March 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

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 March 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

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

9 Setai March 5, 2009 at 4:09 am

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 Nick March 7, 2009 at 3:16 am

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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