Carnival of Family Life — The Clothespin Doll Edition

Welcome to the Clothespin Doll edition of the Carnival of Family Life. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these great posts while the Clothespin Doll leads you through the categories.

Family Cooking & Recipes

Cooking Doll
Rani presents Mom’s Best Meat Loaf posted at Christ’s Bridge, a recipe for the author’s favorite dish.

Family Crafts & Activities

Craft Doll

Busy Bee Kim presents Cupcake Birthday Party Theme! posted at Busy Bee Lifestyle.

Kevin Fleming presents Free Satellite TV posted at Satellite TV Guru, an exploration of the many myths about free satellite TV.

RandomSanDiego presents Free Family Film Festival at Regal and Edwards Cinemas posted at Regal, Edwards and United Artists Cinemas across the country are offering a free Family Film Festival on nine consecutive Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 16 through August 12, 2009, featuring special screenings of G and PG rated films.

Annette Berlin presents Craft Your Own Board Games posted at Craft Stew. “Ever since our children were small, our famiy spent every saturday playing board games together,” Annette explains. “Now that the children are older, making our own board games is another family activity.”


Education Doll

Meaghan Montrose presents Five Ways to Encourage Young Children to Read posted at TutorFi.

Family Finance

Finance Doll

GrrlScientist presents Tough Love for City’s Homeless: Pay Rent or Get Out! posted at Living the Scientific Life. The eighth richest person in America tells thousands of homeless families in New York City to pay rent to live in a shelter . . . or get out.

jim presents FICO Credit Score Range posted at Bargaineering.

The Dough Roller presents Guess What Balance Transfer Credit Cards Are β€˜Up To’ posted at The Dough Roller. Balance transfer credit cards have quietly been changing the terms on unsuspecting card applicants. See how.

David presents CNN Money Names Top 5 Credit Card Offers posted at Credit Card Offers IQ, including the top credit cards in five categories, including cash back, travel and balance transfer.

Donald Latumahina presents How to Make More Money posted at Life Optimizer.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Discover Credit Card Rewards, Sign Up Bonuses and Holiday Promotions posted at The Digerati Life. If you’re going to use a credit card, use the ones with the best rewards, do so wisely by paying the monthly bill in full.

Super Saver presents On Surviving Early Retirement during the Financial Crisis posted at My Wealth Builder.

nickel presents How Much Life Insurance Do You Need? posted at, an examination of the factors to consider when deciding how much life insurance you need in order to protect your family.

Momma presents MySurvey is looking to pay mothers with children under 4! posted at Engineer a debt free life. One way to earn money at home is taking online surveys. One company in particular is offering opportunities.

Family Health and Wellness

Health Doll

jenafer presents Eliminating Artificial Food Coloring From Kids Diets– Why Do It and Is It Worth It? posted at Cage Free Monkeys.

Jenny presents Host A Child. Change a Life. posted at the so called me.

Abel Cheng presents The Easiest Way to Childproof Your Home posted at Parent Wonder.

Aparna presents Home remedies for indigestion posted at Beauty & Personality Grooming.

Kakie presents An Undiscovered Path – A Child with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 posted at <a href=””>Bur Bur & Friends: Community Park. A daughter’s diagnosis provides her mother an opportunity to share educational information and resources.

Erika Collin presents 100 Clever Ways to Change Your Habits and Improve Your Life posted at Masters of Healthcare.

Family Humor

Humor Doll

Jeannie Anderson presents Wall Ball posted at The Adventures of Mr. Busypants.

Marina K. Villatoro presents Costa Rica’s Independence Day – Photo Friday posted at The Travel Expert(a), about a parade that kids participate in Costa Rica. It’s super adorable, but the parents have to do all the work. What else is new?

Parenting Tips & Advice

Parenting Doll

The Smarter Wallet presents Can Your Kid Develop A Gambling Problem? posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Catherine VanWetter presents To the Heart of the Matter – “Understanding the Teenager in Your Life: From “Disconnect to Reconnect” posted at To The Heart of the Matter. Teens, whether they know it or not, need their parents more than younger children. The author offers a few suggestions for a smooth transition though the trying teen years “of both your own and your child’s development.”

Julie presents Ideas to Help Get Your Teen Talking to You posted at More4kids.

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

Relationships Doll

Harold presents Helping a Senior to Give Up Driving posted at The Car Enthusiast. It can be difficult for an older family member to give up driving — even though they should. Here is some advice on easing them through the transition.

Robert Burton Robinson presents Anger Addiction
Will Destroy Your Life
posted at Mind Over Mania. “Why do people lose their temper and let anger control their behavior?” the author asks. The answer may surprise you.

Family Travel

Travel Doll

Gary R. presents Basic Camping First Aid
posted at Camping Tips, providing advice on how to be prepared for minor emergencies when camping.

That’s all, folks! The Clothespin Doll and The Expanding Life thank you for being here.

Thank you to all who participated in and supported this edition of the Carnival! Next Monday, May 25, 2009, will be the very special Memorial Day Edition for which you may submit two posts per blog so long as at least one post is dedicated to the theme! For instance, you might want to pay tribute to a family member who served in the military, share family holiday recipes or activities, or reminisce about a particularly memorable Memorial Day celebration. Click here to submit you post(s) by 7:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time on Sunday, May 24, 2009. Be sure to include both the permalink to and relevant information about your entry. Should you have questions, the Carnival guidelines can be reviewed by clicking here before submitting your post.

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7 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Jenny said,

    thanks for including my post πŸ™‚

  2. 2 said,

    thank you for this

  3. 3

    Aparna said,

    Thank you for the inclusion. Great job

  4. 4

    Jeannie said,

    Thanks for including me again. Will check back at some of your other submissions.

    Jeannie @ The Adventures of Mr. Busypants.

  5. 5

    Karen said,

    Oh, I can’t wait to read all these! Thanks for hosting this carnival πŸ™‚

  6. 6

    sunnymama said,

    Thanks for the interesting links, and I love the clothespin dolls! So cute πŸ™‚

  7. 7

    Bea said,

    What a clever way to link this all together by using those cute clothespin dolls. I’ll have to remember that! Thank you πŸ™‚ And thank you for all your hard work putting this together. I’m looking forward to learning some great new ideas! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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