Carnival of Family Life

May 7, 2007


The Anniversary Edition

Can you believe that we’ve been meeting every Monday for the last 52 weeks? Yup, the Carnival of Family Life is now a year old. My, how it’s grown.

And I mean that literally.

I still remember the very first edition when there were only 5 submissions. I was surprised to have gotten even that many. Look at us now . . . 61 submissions! Thank you for helping to make this carnival one of the most successful ones around. I am truly honored to be associated with such a great group of people.

Without further ado, I give you the Anniversary Edition of the Carnival of Family Life.

Family Stories

Karen of PediaScribe Blog talks about the natural instint that mother’s have when it comes to protecting their young. Read about it in Mama Bear.

Karen of Write From Karen is getting her family out of the house and enjoying a more active lifestlye. Read about the fun they had in A Rough Ride.

Stop by the so called me where Jenny shares her weekend in The Weekend is Over.

What is one of the biggest milestones of childhood? Mike from Be A Good Dad shares his triumphs and close calls in When Potty Training - Do Not Forget.

A very heartwarming family story by WhyMommy about how fast kids grow up. Stop by Toddler Planet to read Lullabies.

Dana’s daughter will always be well protected if her brother has anything to say about it. Read Warning Labels at Principled Discovery.

Over at Down With The Kids, Leisa is at her pregnancy’s half way mark! Check out the chaos when she brought her two young children to the ultrasound screening.

Sometimes kids can be a little too honest. Ellen at Keynoter shares her story about about trying to return an item her husband broke in Different Wavelengths.

How far would you go to teach your child to stand up for himself? Would you would you let him fight his own battles? At Of Fish and Family, K is going through that conflict right now in Maternal Instinct. Let her know what you think.

A great Mother-Daughter story! Kelly of Pass The Torch celebrates her TV debut and motherhood, with photos and her Chicken Soup for the Soul story in Ten Thousand Miles in Blue Streak.

Who’s your child’s favorite person? Over at Romie’s Rants, it’s not Mommy or Daddy. Find out who it is in MLO’s Favorite Person.

What a great expample of turing something negative into a great learning experience. Megan from Home School Aspergers shares her story in Scratch and Sniff, Beer and Skittles.

Why is it that your kids decide they need your undivided attention at the most inopportune time? Mommy the Maid from Ramblings from the not-so-typical SAHM had this happen to her in Video Blog, Interrupted.

Mom & Dad at Raising 4 Boys recently encountered a rude child in An Insolent Child, Is There Any Excuse For Disrespect? How would you handle the situation?

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Want to find out? Char at Weary Parent found this link where you can take an online quiz to see how much you know. She tried it - find out how well she did.

Find out how Karen is tackling the challenges of raising a boy in Where I’m Thinking Too Much Again. I Think at Miscellanous Adventures of an Aussie Mum.

Shera of There’s a Frog in My Soup . . . and other mixed blessings has 6 sons! Yes, 6! Every day must be an adventure at her home! Read about their Easter celebration in Easter and Boyz.

Amanda’s son is turning 5 at Rebuild From Depression Blog. Read about their upcoming celebration and her memories of suffering from postpartum depression in Reflections on Birth, 5 Years Later.

Muse has been very busy lately. Stop by me-ander and see what she’s been up to in Where Was I?

Early Mother’s Day

Are Moms Appreciated Enough? Csara of Baby Talkers shares her thoughts and a great Mother Day’s gift idea!

A Salute to Housewives all over the world from vause at Active Duty Military Money and Matters.

Remember those homemade Mother’s Day gifts you used to make as a child? Well, Garret of Need to Get Some does. Check out what his Mother is getting this year on her special day in Mother’s Day is Coming.

Liza’s Eyeview shares a hilarious video of 2 brothers trying to take a Mother’s Day portrait in Mother’s Day Series #1 - Photo for Mom.

Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can make at home from Christine over at Are We There Yet? Check them out in Simple, Quick and Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gifts To Make.

Family Finances

Cap at MyMint’s Minty Blog says, “We all love our kids and want the very best for them, unfortunately, here are some accidental mistakes we may make with our kids concerning the subject of money.” Check out The Four Terrible Money Mistakes We Make With Our Kids.

Amy at Personal Finance Advice shares The Ten Best Things You Can Do For Your Children’s Financial Future. If you take the time to teach basic finances now, they will appreciate the lessons far into adulthood.

Tushar of Life of a Resident Alien gives some great tips in Easy Ways To Cut Your Energy Bills.

Confused about life insurance? Kristen of LoanShak explaines the differences in Whole Life vs. Term Life Insurance. Over at ShakYard, find out a great way to BBQ and help save the environment at the same time in Green Grilling: Cowboy Charcoal. And at ShakHammer, find out how you can save your family some money by Building Your Own Solar Panels.

Rachel of Inklings gives a quick overview of home-business pitfalls and ways to combat them. Read about it in Family Business: Cons To Beware.

Looking for ways to help out your financial situation? Stephanie at Stop The Ride! shares some great tips in Getting Out of Debt.


Do you believe in Karma? Karen at Live the Power is living proof that it does exist. Read A Love Story and the Law of Attraction.

Happy Anniversary to Desert Songbird and her Hubby at The Ice Box! They’ve been together for 16 Years and Counting! Check out her beautiful wedding photo!

Family News Events

Did you know there is a Resurgence of the Wet Nurse? Lisa of Let’s Talk Babies discusses this movement and wants to know where you stand on this issue.


Always getting into trouble? Shamelle of Enhance Life shares some humorous tips in 6 Timeless Ways to Stay Out of Trouble.

Want to see things from your child’s point of view? Jennifer of Parenting Toddlers reminds us of the importance of letting a child experience childhood in Muddy Playgrounds in the Land of Oz.

Expat Chef of The Expatriate’s Kitchen shares some new thoughts on how to use food as a way to educate the senses and spend creative time together with your little ones in The Spice of Life.

Where do you stand on the day care debate - for or against? Stephen of Project Paradox shares his views in Pros and Cons of Daycare.

Over at Mom Is Teaching, Summer and her spouse are on opposite ends when it comes to homeschooling. Read about it in When One Parent Is Against Homeschooling.

What would you do? Therapy Doc from Everyone Needs Therapy had the unfortunate luck to get one of the rudest customer service person helping him with his concerns. Read about it in And Another Thing: British Air and Behavior Mod.

Do you discipline your child? Anna at On The Ponderosa witnessed an appalling public display in Smackdown in the Church Parking Lot. What would you have done if your child behaved this way?

GrrlScientist from Living the Scientific Life discusses the harmful effects of verbal abuse in Sticks and Stones.

Here are some great Tips for Air Travel with Small Children. Thank you Allen from Living the Dream.

Dr. Hal at North Star Mental Fitness explains some reasons why your kids may not be doing what they’re told. Read about it in Attention Improves Memory.

Mama Duck shares a great way for Removing red Kool-aid Stains at Lil Duck Duck. Check it out!

How does your child handle change? Kevin of More 4 Kids gives some great advice in Teaching Your Kids Not To Fear Change.

Do you believe in good luck charms? Hueina of Echoes of a Cold Moon does. Read about her son’s scary experience in Pennies in the Shoes.

Family Activities

Here’s a great idea on how to bake with the kids and learn the alphabets all at once. Kerri from Play Library shares P is for Pretzel.

Great Outdoor Ideas

I give Stacie credit for atempting to promote a more environementally correct lifestyle for her family. Stop by The Twinkies and read about it in The Liberal Hippy, Sustainable Living and Toys.

Want some great ideas for outdoor activities? Read The Littlest Naturalists: Teaching Your Child the Art of Outdoor Observation at GNMParents by DooDaddy.

Over at Fish Creek House, GP shares some organic family fun in Getting Down and Dirty.


Want a good laugh? Check out this hilarious video, Funniest Laughter Video Ever- True Genuine Comedy posted by PhilosopherVet at Ambitiously Inquisitive.

Remember that very first year of your newborn’s life? Erica of takes a funny look at the things we new parents do in Socially Recognised Mothering Standards - The First Year. How many are you guilty of?

Family Medicine

It’s always so hard to know what is safe to take when you’re pregnant. Kristin of Love Shak, Baby talks about an ongoing debate in Taking Sudafed PE While Pregnant.


Mad Kane’s Humor Blog is having a Mother’s Day Limerick Contest with cash prizes!

Super Saver at My Wealth Builder shares some great information in Free Trial Music Class for Kids.

Megan from Child Protection: Serious Business is looking for bloggers who are passionate about keeping kids safe from all sorts of harms. Imaginif is seeking voluntary writers in the area of sun, water, road, food and poison safety. If you can commit to writing an article a week, join the Imaginif family and help keep all kids safe.

Whew! Think that will keep you busy for a while? Please don’t forget to leave a comment when out visiting these wonderful bloggers. Let them know you were there.

Next week we’ll be having a special Mother’s Day Edition over at Be a Good Dad. All posts must be related to Mother’s Day. Deadline for submissions is Saturday, 12 midnight, Hawaii Time.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Take care and be safe. Aloha.

Aloha for stopping by Portrait painting artist, Muse, Hueina Su, Lisa, The Queen Of Cute Shoes, Megan Bayliss, Christine, Write From Karen, Rosemarie, Jenny, Stephen Ward, Amy, Liza, Desert Songbird, Csara, Karen Lynch, Pass the Torch, Char, Whymommy, and Cap

25 Comments on “Carnival of Family Life”

May 7, 2007
9:09 am

Cap said:

whew indeed! it’s always great to see a carnival reaching its one year anniversary, and even sweeter when it has grown to such a size. thanks for starting such a great carnival (I just started reading quite a few past carnivals in the past few days). lastly, happy one year to all :)

May 7, 2007
9:33 am

whymommy said:

What a great roundup! I can’t wait to visit ALL the entries!

May 7, 2007
10:20 am

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May 7, 2007
10:47 am

Char said:

Wow! What a wonderful collection of posts. Congratulations on the anniversary too.

May 7, 2007
12:10 pm

Pass the Torch said:

Thanks Kailani!! post a link later today.

May 7, 2007
12:52 pm

Karen Lynch said:

Congratulations of the anniversary! Looks like a fun collection of posts. I’m looking forward to doing some reading!

May 7, 2007
1:24 pm

Csara said:

Great job and congratulations on the anniversary!! I’m so happy to be a part of this.

May 7, 2007
3:06 pm

Desert Songbird said:

Hey! You picked THAT one! How sweet - that would explain all of the extra traffic I got for that post. Thanks!

Happy Anniversary back at you, my friend.

May 7, 2007
3:25 pm

Liza said:

Happy anniversary Family Life Carnival!
And thanks Kailani for a wonderful job of putting this today :)

May 7, 2007
4:02 pm

amy said:

I can wait to check this out..Something interesting is going on here

May 7, 2007
4:25 pm

Stephen Ward said:

I’ve participated in several blog carnivals, and this one has consistently been one of the best. I look forward to contributing more in the future. Keep up the great work, Kailani. :)

May 7, 2007
4:33 pm

Jenny said:

Happy Anniversary Carnival!! :)

May 7, 2007
4:38 pm

Rosemarie said:

You’ve been tagged!

May 7, 2007
5:21 pm

Write From Karen said:

Wowsiers! 61?! What an accomplishment! Thanks for starting (and sticking with) this awesome carnival! I’ve browsed quite a few and I must say, yours is the best (course, I’m biased cause I like ya. *grin*)

Off to grab some Starbucks and make the rounds. Hope your Monday is going well!

May 7, 2007
6:26 pm

Christine said:

Happy Anniversary Carnival.Thanks Kailani for doing an awesome job with this Carnival!There are so many great,fun and interesting posts.
Have a great Monday!

May 7, 2007
8:15 pm

Megan Bayliss said:

Congratulations on your first birthday.
This is by far the biggest Carnival that I submit to. You have done it well.
Megan from Australia

May 7, 2007
8:19 pm

The Queen Of Cute Shoes said:

OMGoodness, that laughing video was so funny! I am so going to have to post that on my blog, HA HA!

May 7, 2007
11:50 pm

Lisa said:

Great job on the carnival this week. Congrats on making on the first anniversary, what an accomplishment.

May 8, 2007
8:26 pm

Hueina Su said:

Wow, it’s been a year?! That’s amazing! Happy One Year Anniversary to Carnival of Family Life!!! I’m soooo glad I participated this week, and will try to participate more in the future. Thank you Kailani for starting this wonderful carnival. Keep up the great work! :-)

May 10, 2007
4:02 am

muse said:

Love it!
Great job!!

June 21, 2007
2:08 am

portrait painting artist said:

Congratulations! And I wish you can go on longer. My mom who is not an avid fan of Internet started loving the web since after seeing your site. She always finds time to read one story and would always find another reason to go on the next until she finishes it all. Thanks for inspiring more and more people.

July 13, 2007
9:24 pm

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July 24, 2007
7:49 pm

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Pass The Torch » Ten thousand miles in Blue Streak said:

[...] This post is a part of the Carnival of Chicks - Mother’s Day edition — at Girls Can’t What?, and also the one-year anniversary of Kailani’s Carnival of Family Life! [...]

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