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August 4th, 2008

The Carnival of Family Life, August 04, 2008

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Carnival of Family Life! I’m thrilled and honoured to be participating as a host for the carnival this week. I’m a fan of the ‘plain jane’ carnival style (that and I don’t have any appropriate photos), so the carnival is pretty simple in appearance this week. Enjoy all the posts! Thanks for dropping in!


john edelson presents What is an “Accidental Homeschooler?” posted at Home School Online.

Heather Johnson presents Focusing on Dyslexic Needs posted at Center for Disability Resources Library.

Laureen presents Upside Down and Backwards posted at Life Without School.

Rose presents Won’t you keep our neighbor? posted at Learning at Home. Fred Rogers may be gone, but his legacy of quality educational television for children lives on. If you or your children grew up watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” you will want to read about PBS’ plan to stop airing the program.

Dad of Divas presents The College Application Process posted at College and Career Counseling.

Family Crafts and Activities

Melitsa presents Toddler play activity 5 posted at

HowToMe presents How to Protect Cabinets and Drawers with Linoleum posted at HowToMe.

GrrlScientist presents Harry Potter’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard to be Published posted at Living the Scientific Life. The book of fairy tales mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released on December 4, 2008.

mom2my9 presents How to tell if the batteries in your remote control have gone to their eternal rest… posted at 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven.

Family Fiction

Jenn presents Still Holding Her Hand posted at Mixed, a fictional short story about a nervous bride.

Patricia Twitchell presents The Adventures of Penny Pincher: Penny Pincher Helps Patricia with Her Gardening posted at Just Bears and Stuff. Patricia spends a lot of time planting colorful and fragrant flowers, and weeding her garden, with the assistance of Penny Pincher.

Family Finance

Larry Russell presents Financial Planning Reading List posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Lessons, Pay Taxes On Your Winnings! posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Families have been eager to join the Extreme Makeover Home Edition show to get a chance to have a brand new beautiful home and to fulfill their American Dream. But what they don’t realize are the headaches and responsibilities that come with a big new house. Be careful what you wish for!”

Raymond presents Why College Students Should Apply For Student Credit Cards posted at Money Blue Book.

Matthew Paulson presents Do Something New?and Save a Few $$$ posted at American Consumer News.

Debt Freedom Fighter presents How Your Credit Report Affects Your Finances posted at Discover Debt Freedom!.

Money Answer Guy presents What are the most fuel efficient cars available? posted at The Money Answer Guy.

Kacper Wrzesniewski presents 37 shortest hacks to save on electricity. posted at

Super Saver presents Our Daughter is Using her Currency posted at My Wealth Builder.

Family Health and Wellness

Alex Smith presents How to Keep Your Home Secure – Amazing Home Safety Gadgets You Won’t Regret Investing On posted at TBO-Tech.

Health Blogger presents My Exercise Experience With Treadmill Running vs. Outdoor Running posted at Health and Fitness Blog.

GrrlScientist presents The Handmaid’s Tale: Fact or Fiction? posted at Living the Scientific Life, a discussion of a purported United States Department of Health and Human Services draft document redefining birth control.

Family Humor

Jane presents A Quick Lesson in Fursing posted at Kidzarama.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents My Confession posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Riley presents Earthquake! at All Rileyed Up!

P.L. Frederick presents Taking A Stand On Lemonade Stands posted at Small and Big, saying, “Learning to be polite from children.”

Kathryn presents It Is Amazing I Could Legally Drive Before Receiving Guidance From My Teenager posted at knittsings. If your child has taken Driver’s Education, you will relate. If not, here’s what you have to look forward to!

Family Pets

GP presents Innside Equestrian posted at Innstyle Montana- Come on Inn. When your child begs for a pony, remember that “horses aren’t just a hobby – they’re a lifestyle.”

Family Relationships and Self-Improvement

David B. Bohl presents How Praise Inspires Others to Succeed posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “The power of praise has been scientifically documented to help children achieve more than they had believed, providing motivation for them to reach their goals when they thought the task impossible.”

Jim Colitz presents snap, crackle, pop posted at Grandparenting Matters.

Family Travel

Jocelyn presents Laissez les bons temps rouler posted at A Pondering Heart.

Amy presents 13 Things to Do in Chattanooga posted at The Q Family Adventure.

Matthew Paulson presents Freedom to Explore: Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Class Ships posted at The Travel Advocate.

Parenting Tips and Advice

Suzanne presents natural consequences, bunny-style posted at adventures in daily living.

Mansi Desai presents Selecting Childcare – What To Look For! posted at The Daily Tiffin.

Dad of Divas presents Remember Me posted at Dad of Divas.

Kevin Heath presents Motivating Kids to Excel posted at More4kids.

Thank you all for participating in the Carnival this week!

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Jennifer. Follower of Yeshua. Wife of one man. Homeschooling mother of 5.