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For years, I wondered what life would be like for us, as a couple, once the children left the house. Now that we are empty-nesters, I found I had nothing to worry about. The bonds that tie my husband and I together are more than our children. We feel like we’re dating each other all over again, except without the good-nights at the door.

Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another?

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Friday Sillies: #Parenting #humor

Good morning, my lovelies! For those feeling a bit weary of parenthood. Welcome to the club! The good news is these are fleeting years. One day, you’ll look back, laugh, and wonder…how on earth did I survive?

To keep your sanity in check while combating the chaos known as home life, pour a cup of coffee, relax, and laugh-out-loud with this morning’s dose of medicine on Parenting.








Finishing things up today, here’s my response to Hilary’s Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun statements.

  1. I love staying up late on the weekends,  except when I need to get up early the next day.
  2. I can’t stand idiots or stupid people in general when I annoyed I have less than patience than usual with them.
  3. I used to have three kiddos under our roof,  but now we have an empty nest. I remember thinking this day would never come. Now, that it’s here I miss having my house full.
  4. I If I could I would do is relax with a cup of tea and good conversation with a good friend all day.

Keep smiling and a have laughtastic weekend!



#iParentTV info & #giveaway


The vase population of society is migrating more and more toward the Internet. We see people of all ages surfing the web and a parent’s responsibility to protect their children has gotten more challenging with new generation smartphones, tablets, and tvs.

Nearly three-fourths of today’s teenagers are using smartphones. It goes without saying, these kids are plugged in with one or more social medias 24/7. How can a parent keep guard, if they don’t know what’s going on? The answer is simple ~ they can’t without close supervision.

What is a parent to do? I am delighted to learn about a subscription-based web service to help keep parents a step ahead of the technology frenzy called iParent.TV.

The concept of iParent.TV was formed by a group of dads who felt like their 9-year olds knew more about technology than they did, and I dare say they found out quickly that they were right. Their vision to level the playing field for all parents is now obtainable.

Watch Graig Gross below introduce to you the basic fundamentals of how iParent.TV can work for you…

For complete access to iParent.TV’s educational videos, articles, reviews, how-tos, tips, tools, and live chat support to one of the largest sites on the net geared toward helping parents to understand what is safe and what is not. In addition to all of this you can receive expert advice on things like popular apps, social media sites, major websites, and top devices. As a parent, I know there isn’t a price tag that I can hang on my child’s safety, but iParent.TV has made its web-service affordable at $49 per year, and right now Indiegogo is offering a special promo for only $29 to join the iParent.TV family!

Are you intrigued? Then click on, Indiegogo, and get started on your way to safeguarding your kiddos!

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Children in church


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Welcome to the 74th week of Friday Sillies.  Let’s start the weekend off right with a few laughs I received from a friend in an email.

A little boy was in a relative’s wedding. As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar. So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle. As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit. When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, “I was being the Ring Bear.”

One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was “acting up” during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew, but were losing the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation,”Pray for me! Pray for me!”

One particular four-year old prayed, “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”

A little boy was overheard praying:

“Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.”

A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service,”And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them. Then something fell out of the Bible. He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages. “Mama, look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked. With astonishment in the young boy’s voice he answered, “It’s Adam ‘s suit”.

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, “If he gets loose, will he hurt us?”

Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.” “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked , “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” I mentally polished my halo, while I asked, “No, how are we alike?” “You’re both old,” he replied.

A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible. Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, “Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?”

A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor’s wife.”

Keep smiling and have a funtastic weekend! 😉

Spiritual roots


Welcome to 136th edition of Monday’s Music Moves Me.  Come join virtual dance party hostess, Marie from XmasDolly & her lovely co-hosts:

The little finger play to Here is the Church rhyme isn’t a song, but very much apart of my childhood. Our gal, Callie, came up with this week’s theme. She wants everyone to share “songs that your mom or dad sung to you” like ’em or not, put them up for us to hear.

My days of youth seem so far away and while I’m certain my mother sang to me, I don’t have vivid recollections of her doing so. That being said, I do remember these little tunes being instrumental in my upbringing and I dare say many of you can say the same thing.



The sounds of the gospel swept through my childhood home. It was there I learned how Christian faith worked and am a better person for it today.


Music was common in my parents’ home. Perhaps this is why my soul is so full of it. Rock n’ roll really sets my body to movin’, but my spiritual roots still cling to the old classic hymns of faith.

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Friday Sillies #40 – Parent of the Year

Welcome to week 40 of Friday Sillies! Have you wondered should you be nominated as “Parent of the Year”? I dare say, you are by far more deserving than these. This is your chance just to relax – no worries, no pressures, only fun! Are you ready to laugh?

This came via email. I added my personal twist to the pictures. It’s time to vote for Parent of the Year. Here are this year’s candidates.


Seriously? Did this person not read the warning, “Plastic bag not a toy. Keep away from small children” and what about allowing the kid to double head on the motorcycle?


This gives a whole new meaning in side bucket car.


 This little lady isn’t ready for the big guns just yet, Dad!


I think proof of ID is definitely needed, what do you think?


Now, we see where teenage boys get the dumb idea of skate boarding while holding on to the back of a tailgate. Monkey see, Monkey do!



Dad, what happens when your kids trousers fall off, dropping him on his head & having frightened raccoons biting at your child?


How do you explain to the EMT exactly how your child got run over?


Obviously, don’t need to know how to read English to get this. There’s no explaining stupid, I suppose.



 Oh lady…did you forget something other than your brains this morning?


And you don’t like your children because why now? Talk about being in the hot seat!



I think trike riding should be limited to closed driveways NOT highways!


Text reads: “Ouch, Dad! You’re crushing me”



Do you not have ANY shame, daddy? Or, worse still lets hope that’s NOT mommy.



 Oh, Mom! Mom? Help!



Wanna baby? Pick a baby, any baby! Is this a baby swap or what?



We certainly must applaud Mom for exercising, but suffocating your child definitely will not earn you Parent of the Year!

Which nominee gets your vote?

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  •  Finally, link your URL below & let the laughter begin!

Review & Giveaway: Elfishki and the Giant Cake Interactive iPad Book


Reading stories to my children was the highlight of my day. There’s nothing more rewarding than to snuggle up with one’s kiddos to read a good book. I was delighted to get an invitation to review Elfishki and the Giant Cake.

My children are grown up but still I’m drawn to kiddie lit. The world of literature has evolved a lot in the last few years.  Tell me, what happens when old school and technology collide? You get a super cool interactive storybook! This is precisely what I had the privilege of being introduced to with Elfishki and the Giant Cake.

Elfizz and Maggie are the two main characters in this story with very different personalities. They are Elfishkis – fairy tale creatures who live on the beautiful Rainbow Island in the midst of the Sparkling Sea. Some Elfishkis can fly like butterflies and others can swim like mermaids. What happens when Elfizz and Maggie must work together on a special project? They discover being different isn’t always bad and can be a good thing.

Each vividly colorful iBook page designs of Elfishki and the Giant Cake is sure to capture a kid’s imagination with characters like ghosts, pirates, cherubs, and a gargoyle.  The cool thing with an interactive learning book is, you can read the story to your child, as in old school, or your child can listen and follow along.

Touch technology breathes life into Elfishki and the Giant Cake. Objects become animated or produce sounds when a child touches the screen. This amused the inner kid in me. I momentarily had a flash back to the early sound books I bought our children and recalled how much they enjoyed those (me, too). However, this interactive book is far superior and would’ve have been a huge hit with my own kiddos had the technology been available. The creator of Elfishki and the Giant Cake features an interactive game to boot where the child can create virtual cake. It can be saved and shared with family across the miles or on the other side of town. See the one I made?

Entertainment is one very important aspect of why we read to our children, but education is just as important. I like how easy it is for kids to learn standard language arts through questions asking – who, what, where, when, why, and how. At the bottom of every page are three questions which can help your child with memorization, vocabulary, and articulation. Three fundamentals to bridge early development for school readiness.

The only thing I disliked about the interactive book was the illustrations. This may not be an issue for you. If I had to base my purchase solely on the characters in the story then I would hesitate in selecting Elfishki and the Giant Cake for my children. The big plus is, I love the concept of fun and education coming together in this interactive iPad book!

If you wanna a chance to win a free copy of Elfishki and the Giant Cake, then enter below!

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Check out iTunes for Elfishki and the Giant Cake! For more cool resources, you can visit  Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends of Elfishki!

Psst, Psst...one more thing I gotta share with you. I know you’re gonna want to know this, especially if you own an iPhone or iPod. You can get two FREE Elfishki adventure iBooks. Just click on these links to download them now to either or both for your iPhone and/or iPod: Elfishki and the Giant Cake and Elfishki and the Unwelcome Guest. Now, isn’t that cool?


 **DISCLOSURE: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This review is based on my opinion and may vary from yours. Cathy Kennedy’s Blog will email the Sponsor provided promo code for Elfishki and the Giant Cake to the winner which can be redeemed in the iTunes store.** Thank you, Elka Palka Productions!