Feb 092017

Relive your childhood and show these great movies to your kids before it’s too late!
1. Princess Bride. It’s funny and delivers some of the greatest movie lines of all time. Ages 8+. Inconceivable!
2. Stand by Me. This one is not for the kiddies, but an important movie to watch with your pre-teen. A life lesson. Ages 14+.
3. The Sandlot. What kid does not like baseball and killer dogs that are not really killers. Ages 8+.
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Might be why I had so many absences in high school!. Ages 12+.
5. Better off Dead. On the darker side but still brings back memories. Ages 12+.

There are so many like Beetlejuice, Back to the Future, Karate Kid, Pretty in Pink, Goonies, Say Anything, Bill & Ted’s and the list can go on that fall on a mother list, just not my top five.

As always, if you need advice on a movie before your child watches it, check out Common Sense Media.

Oct 252011

Having an old car can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s an economical way to get around town. Yet as soon as repair and maintenance bills start piling up, your financial advantages quickly disappear. And do-it-yourself auto repairs can be equally time-consuming, labor-intensive and costly.

Why not consider a car donation to charity?

By donating your car to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, you’ll not only help combat prostate cancer, you’ll also get a tax write-off that may save you money on income taxes. It’s a hassle-free way to get rid of your car—and an excellent way to earn a valuable tax deduction.

Best yet, your automobile donation is fast and easy. It costs you absolutely nothing and we’ll gladly pick up your car promptly. Do you have a motorcycle, RV, motorhome or boat? We’ll be happy to accept those, too.

Every car donation helps our charity spread the word on prostate cancer—and ultimately, help save lives. So turn your old-car headaches into something positive—a valuable tax deduction for you, and a proactive donation that can make a difference in the lives of millions.

Jun 252011

By Peter Meredith

Karate is a very exciting martial art that focuses on character development, physical fitness and practical self-defence.

Most karate classes are highly structured and follow an internationally recognised syllabus, where students are constantly encouraged to do their best, as they learn various skills and techniques that help them develop both physically and mentally.

As a result students learn self-discipline, improved concentration and focus, improved fitness and stamina, self confidence and the ability to focus under pressure.

With a structured syllabus and the progressive belt system, this allows for students to progress within the style as they meet the requirements of each belt level, this makes the achievement of a new grade a very individual accomplishment and lets students grow at a rate that suits their learning and physical abilities.


Karate is a traditional Japanese based style that focuses greatly on values such as respect, self control, discipline and honour.

The founder of one style of karate, once believed that if he could take any student, no matter what type of person they were and teach them those values, then they would leave the dojo (school) a much better person, and if he could teach those values to enough students he would have a significant impact, not only on his local community but possibly even effect the chances of world peace.

This may seem far fetched in today’s scheme of things, but it makes sense that if you can improve the core values of enough people, even in a small part of the population, it would have a positive effect on some level.


The physical training involved in a style such as Kyokushin karate in particular, develops co-ordination through repetitive use of the body’s general motor skills, and increases strength, core stability, balance and flexibility, which is important especially for younger students during the early years of physical change.

This physical aspect of training also encourages an overall positive attitude to keeping fit and leading a healthy active lifestyle.


Although karate teaches the physical skills that could be used if a student was to find themselves in danger, its main purpose is to build the confidence within a student of their ability to protect themselves, which eliminates reactions based on fear, allowing them to focus under pressure, control aggression, and only apply the force necessary to protect themselves under the circumstances.


Over all karate teaches life skills. Skills that are the building blocks of good character and leadership.

Karate is good for people of any age, but in particular, karate is good for kids, to be able to learn these life skills early in their development, as well as taking on a healthy attitude to being active, creates a strong foundation for a happy healthy individual.

For more information on kids karate or other karate classes, check out Tweed Coast Karate.

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

Feb 172008

By M Martin

If I ask you to close your eyes and visualize a stroller, what image immediately pops into your mind? Is it a dainty pink and white baby doll carriage pushed by a little girl in the park (a pram/carriage stroller)? Is it a sleek, aerodynamic masterpiece of a stroller pushed by a dad during his morning run (a jogging stroller)? Or is it an empty, stroller being pushed effortlessly down the aisles of the grocery store by its intended occupant, who prefers driving over riding (a lightweight stroller)?

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Oct 142007

Have you ever wondered how many people that were born around your time, share your name? Did you know that in the 1900s, Alice was not just a name for girls? Check out the Baby Name Voyager on iVillage. A very slick, interactive baby name viewer that tracks the names of babies born in the United States, as reported by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Sep 262007

By Dennis Jaylon

So, you thought that technology had its limitations, did you? You thought that a babysitter was the only answer to your problems when you had to be away from your baby for the day? Well, the technological razzmatazz in the market begs to differ. Now, you can have your fill of a creation known aptly as baby monitors to keep a tab on your little angel even when you are not in the same room.

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Sep 102007

 Life Section

It’s bound to happen to every family with a diaper-aged child. The diaper pail (Diaper Genie, Diaper Dekor, Diaper Champ, . . .) begins to stink. At first it’s only when you open it but eventually it begins to make the whole room smell. I’ve tried using bleach, baking soda, and room deodorizers. But the solution is Murphy’s Oil Soap. It has a pleasant, mild fragrance and some how completely removes the foul odor. I wash it in the bathtub, rinse it, let it air dry and the pail perfectly clean and odor-free. It’s sounds odd but it works!