Take Back the Kitchen: Chicken Satay with Peanut Coconut Sauce

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Hi everyone! How many of us eat Thai food in restaurants but would never dream of being able to make it ourselves?
Well, we had the pleasure of dining at our friends’ house last weekend and how happy were we as a Chicken satay-loving- family to see that our friend, Colin, was ready to grill ALREADY marinating chicken???
I don’t know about you, but it touches my heart a bit when I dine at a friends house and it is clear that they took our meal so seriously that they began planning for it the day before. He marinate the chicken AND made the no-knead bread the day before and this really struck me as thoughtful :-).
Anyhoo, here is the recipe that he got from food.com and it rivals my friend Julius’ that is also on my blog. Not better, just different!
Colin’s Chicken Satay with Peanut Coconut Sauce:
Ingredients:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup coconut milk
2 TBS fresh lime juice
2 TBS soy sauce
1 1/2 TBS dark brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (Colin used sriracha)
2 lbs chicken cutlets
30 wooden skewers, soaked for 30 minutes
Directions:
1. Mix first 8 ingredients, remove 3/4 and refrigerate
2. Cut chicken into strips and marinate in remaining sauce for 1 hour
3. Heat broiler, thread strips onto skewers and broil about 6 minutes (Colin grilled the chicken outside on his cool and HUGE Weber grill)
4. Bring refrigerated sauce to room temp. and use as a dip for the chicken

Take Back the Kitchen: Jalapeno, Cheddar and Corn Tortilla Casserole

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Looking for a way to use up those leftover corn tortillas from Taco night? How about that little bit of pancake batter from breakfast? Using them both for this Mexican-y breakfast or lunch will keep waste away and will delight your senses. Serve with a spicy salsa and enjoy!

Jalapeno, Cheddar and Corn Tortilla Casserole:
Ingredients:
1/4 cup prepared healthy pancake batter, preferably multigrain
7 eggs, beaten
2 oz. grated cheddar cheese, sauteed in a bit of olive oil
1/2 of one chopped jalapeno pepper
2 soft corn tortillas, torn into one inch pieces
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
butter to butter pan or olive oil spray
Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, combine pancake batter, eggs, salt , pepper and sauteed jalapenos
In an 8X8″ baking pan, spray with an olive oil spray or butter the pan and pour in egg mixture
sprinkle in grated cheese and torn up tortillas and give a little stir
Place baking pan in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until knife comes out clean
erve with pineapple salsa or any salsa and hot sauce

The Croods Croodaceous Creatures and Worlds

croodspic.jpg How do you create a prehistoric world even though you are not a palentologist? We found out when Rolemommy visited the DreamWorks Animation Campus for a sneak peek at the creation of The Croods which is in theaters March 22nd. Croodaceous Creatures and Worlds await…..
We sat down with Markus Manninen, the Visual Effects Supervisor to find out what his job entails and how they come up with some crazy world The Croods live in. Markus filled us in on the biggest part of his job, “I’m the guy who makes sure that Chris and Kirk get the visuals in the movie that they want to tell their story.”
Markus admits that they “geek out” a little to come up with some of the ideas, “The interesting thing with the New World for us, is it’s not just the New World that the family discovers — when they come out of their old habitat and this new world in front of them reels itself and they’re forced into it. But, for us, it was also a paradigm. We had to
figure out how to create this time between time that the story took place in. It was important for the story that this felt like earth because we wanted this to be a family, a regular family that were trying to survive and go through regular life in their context of actually survival and eating.”
There is so much that goes in to the visuals and it starts with one illustrator to set the tone, “We start with a beautiful illustrator who makes really interesting shapes. We’re really interested in finding ways to emulate this kind of fun and whimsical aspect of the world and translate that into something that The Croods could stand in front of. The art department then takes this to the next level, actually refining and in a way, making these rules in some ways, exploring what the world can see and we start painting them up and trying to make this into something tangible that we could imagine seeing on screen.” then they go to the producers to present, “Chris and Kirk throughout this whole process are giving us feedback about where are we going, what that they like, what can we do slightly differently. This type of prep is all the stuff we do before we’ve even decided on what kind of story we’re telling, we’re actually just exploring what the world will be like for the story that is going take place.”
The beautiful wonder of The Croods is that the movie starts in a drab, muted world and when they discover the new world it is bright and lush, “The first sequence where we go into the new world–we call it the Cazam! The Croods come down, they drop into this new world, and we started exploring what that would look like. Now, the original images that we had for this world were slightly more muted. But, by the time we had gotten to this point in our story process, we decided we really want to feel color come into this world so that, when the movie starts, we get to know the world that the family is in and the limitations in some ways visually of that and then this beautiful blossoming color world comes to life in front of them and shocks us as an audience because we’re going through the journey with them.”
Since The Croods is in 3D, Rolemommy was very curious to find out how the decisions are made to add the very small details? For example, the ashes were amazing during the fire scene and the flowers had such detail.
Markus explained, “Well, one of the things that Chris and Kirk had talked about from the beginning was that they really wanted the sense of us being there with the family. It was very important to them. So we started exploring the things that are going to make you feel like you’re there. For example, the atmosphere, we actually developed something called BIA, which is bugs in the air, as well. It makes you feel like you’re there, having things around you come from over your shoulder and so on.
Kirk DeMicco elaborated, “It kind of comes throughout. Everybody is keeping their eyes open for an opportunity for a little bit more of a 3D shot. Markus will come in and go, you know what, this is one of our 3D moments, let’s have those little puffballs, little white puffballs, let’s bring those way out. So, everybody’s kind of on the lookout for a way to make it more 3D.”
Since The Croods began production 5 years ago the use of 3D with the animation was so much better than I’ve seen recently. We were wondering if they develop some kind of technology, what is making this one so different? Just then we were surprise by the special guest who had snuck in to the room!
Jeffrey Katzenberg explained, “Maybe I can give you a better bigger sort of context to it, there is more 3D knowledge, experience and movie making here within the studio than any other place on the planet today. We’ve now made a dozen movies in 3D. If you look at it on the technology standpoint, those engineers who are perfecting the tools, the toolbox, it incrementally gets better each time. If you look at it on a creative basis, the experiences, the filmmakers, Yong Duk, who was the cinematographer on this movie, did Kung Fu Panda 2, which also had some pretty amazing breakthroughs in terms of the use of 3D.The fact that we’re able to just keep building on top of it, I think we could certainly argue that there’s no place in the world today where there’s as much expertise and creative and experience knowing how to apply 3D in a way that really makes it an immersive experience. The goal always has been, if we can transport you into that world and really make you feel as though you’re in the center of it, that’s the best use of it. So, it’s less about gimmicks and things that kind of poke out at the screen as opposed to immerse the audience in it.
You can see for yourself on March 22nd when The Croods comes to a theater near you. In the meantime, here is a look at their amazing new world and as Eep says “You really need to see this…”

Review & Giveaway: L’Oreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur

The latest skin product by L’oreal will enhance your morning beauty regimen!
As a busy wife, mother and 40 something entrepreneur, I don’t have much time to perfect my look each morning. But as the weather and aging process continue to take its toll on my skin, I am always on the lookout for products that will make my face feel silky smooth while erasing those pesky lines that seem to have taken up residence on my face.
Enter Revitalift Miracle Blur…
lor12695a_v5_simple_lo_03.pngIt’s not a moisturizer. It’s more than a primer. Revitalift Miracle Blur is the first-of-its-kind Instant Skin Smoother that instantly erases the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. Its unique, cushiony texture blends seamlessly into skin so it instantly looks and feels smooth, leaving a velvet-soft matte finish.
Just apply after moisturizer and blend smoothly and evenly into skin. Wear alone for a flawless matte finish or under foundation for smoother, more even application and wear. The product is also ideal for all skin tones.
I have been using Revitalift Miracle Blur twice a day and so far, I absolutely love it. My skin feels silky, smooth and those lines are totally less noticeable! Take a look…

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Disclosure: This review and giveaway post is sponsored by the Role Mommy writer’s network.

12 Trips the Whole Family Will Love!

Top 12 Vacations for Multigenerational Travel

Multigenerational travel is one of the hottest trends in travel. Last year, 32 percent of vacationing U.S. grandparents took their grandchildren along. In a recent study, Preferred Hotel Group found that 40 percent of U.S. leisure travelers – about 21 million people – took a multigenerational trip in the past 12 months.
For the next getaway, take the clan on a luxury safari, cruise, or resort vacation. These 12 trips have something for all ages from adventure to total relaxation.
And Beyond
Africa
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With &Beyond’s eight family lodges in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, and Namibia, the children don’t have to stay at home.
For tykes: The WILDChild program lets kiddies try their hand at tracking animals and fishing, making traditional bows and arrows, beading, crafting and painting, and cooking in the lodge kitchens.
For teens and young at heart: Morning and afternoon game drives to spot the Big Five are the highlight of any safari, and days can be spent lounging by the pool or chatting with the rangers about their most interesting animal stories.
The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is a luxury lodge located on a 6,000 acre working sheep and cattle farm on the spectacular east coast of New Zealand.
For tykes: Cuddle an endangered Kiwi bird on a Kiwi Discovery Walk (most New Zealanders have never seen one!), learn to milk a cow, or watch the sheep dogs in action.
For teens and young at heart: Hit the legendary Tom Doak-designed golf course, relax with a lavender-themed spa treatment (the property has lavender field on property with over 6,000 plants), or enjoy an adrenaline-filled quad bike tour of the cliffside farm.
Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa
Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Spend QT with the family in the heart of the jungle.
For tykes: The kiddies can spend a day learning to train and bathe an elephant at the resort’s signature Elephant Camp.
For teens and young at heart: Visit three countries in one day on a private tour through a bustling border market in Myanmar, followed by lunch in the historic Lanna Kingdom, and then an afternoon of shopping in Laos.
Crystal Cruises
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Both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony feature a fully-supervised Junior Activities program for ages 3-17, each with dedicated areas for both young kids and teens.
For tykes: Tour the Bridge with the Captain, join in an ice cream pajama party before bed, or learn some chef secrets during kids-only cooking classes.
For teens and young at heart: Learn magic tricks from Hollywood’s Magic Castle superstar magicians, hit the video arcade at Waves, tee off at the golf driving range and putting greens with a PGA golf pro.
Golden Eye
Oracabessa Bay, Jamaica
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Ian Fleming’s former residence, GoldenEye, was the site where he penned all 14 James Bond novels. Stay in the five-bedroom Fleming villa with its own private pool, beach, and movie theater.
For tykes: Carve coconuts and go on nature walks with Ramsey (Fleming’s own gardener) and swim, snorkel and kayak in the hotel’s turquoise lagoon.
For teens and young at heart: Embark on a jet ski safari, join a staff-led bike ride through Oracabessa, or run up to Firefly (Noel Coward’s former home) and channel the relaxed island vibe with sunset yoga.
Pavillon de la Reine
Paris, France
Set in the heart of the Marais, Pavillon de le Reine is the ideal base from which to explore Paris. Originally built for King Henry IV, accommodations including spacious duplex suites.
For tykes: Included in the family package is a digital Polaroid camera – perfect for creating instant family memories. The little ones may be too young to appreciate the wonders of the Louvre, but a picnic among the statues and fountains of the Tuileries Gardens is sure to please.
For teens and young at heart: Tour the Louvre, Orsay, and Pompidou, shop at the nearby trendy boutiques, and sample iconic Laduree macarons.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Vail, Colorado
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At Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, a luxury ski and spa getaway tucked into the Rockies, families can have fun indoors or out with countless nonpareil offerings.
For tykes: Gather around the campfire for nightly s’mores happy hour featuring gourmet marshmallows or book a kids’ spa package, such as the “Diva Deluxe,” which includes bedazzled nail art and a take-home tiara.
For teens and young at heart: Get an adrenaline fix by land or water with activities such as horseback riding around Beaver Lake, hiking through mountain trails, or fly fishing on the Colorado river, followed by one of Allegria Spa’s signature treatments such as its lavender rose hot oil wrap, or participate in a cooking class.
The Cottages and Lofts at The Boat Basin
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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Almost like being on a boat, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin sit right over the harbor waters, offering unbeatable waterfront views.
For tykes: Complimentary fishing rods for children as well as nets and tackle boxes are available for daily use. Hop on the free beach bus and head to one of the nearby beaches (with the parents of course!). Following a day in the sun, enjoy complimentary icy snow cones back at the Boat Basin.
For teens and young at heart: Explore Nantucket’s 29 miles of unspoiled paved paths on complimentary bicycles. For those 21 and over – head to Cisco Brewery for tastings and live music. Visit the Whaling Museum, a key part of Nantucket’s history.
Royal Mansour
Marrakech, Morocco
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Tucked within the Medina Walls, the three-floor Riads offer plenty of space for a luxe Moroccan family getaway. Book the Riad D’Honneur, the hotel’s top suite with private gardens and swimming pool.
For tykes: Spend the day at the Jou-Jou kids club, the supervised play arena.
For teens and young at heart: Shop in the souk for handmade pottery and silk scarves, enjoy a signature Hammam treatment in the 10,000 square foot spa, tour Majorelle Gardens (Yves Saint Laurent’s former home), and venture to the Atlas mountains for a hiking expedition.
Chewton Glen
Hampshire, England
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Set within 130 acres of breathtaking countryside and just a quick jaunt to the coast, Chewton Glen is perfect for the adventurous family. Book the Spring Cottage, which can accommodate up to eight people, and enjoy a private garden and use of a river cruiser.
For tykes: Bike rides, pony treks in the New Forest, exploring the treehouse play set, and playing board games at the Kid’s Club will keep them busy for hours.
For teens and young at heart: Enjoy fly fishing in the three most famous English chalk streams, falconry on the grounds, and Apache Buggy racing followed by a relaxing afternoon tea and spa treatment.
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort
St. Lucia
Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort offers adventures for all ages.
For tykes: Supervised glass bottom boat tours, arts and crafts, fish feeding, and educational tours of the volcano and botanical gardens await children between the ages of four and 12.
For teens and young at heart: Sugar Beach’s SNUBA program (a cross between snorkeling and SCUBA) is a great way to explore the reefs and sea life below the ocean’s surface.
One&Only Palmilla
Los Cabos, Mexico
One&Only Palmilla’s beautiful beachside location with myriad activities is perfect for families.
For tykes: One&Only’s KidsOnly club is the spot for kids to make friends, learn to make a piƱata, practice their yoga moves, or make origami.
For teens and young at heart: Play 18 holes or take a few lessons on Jack Nicklaus’ first Latin American course or take a nap on a floating seaside daybed and have a picnic delivered.
Sibarth
St. Barth
With nearly 200 beautiful, multi-bedroom private villas to choose from, Sibarth offers a home away from home for guests of all ages and families of all sizes.
For tykes: Villas on the super calm shore of St. Jean offer a great set up for young children with safe, shallow waters and a great view of the little planes coming and going.
For teens and young at heart: While young kids play on the beach, older kids can stroll along the beach or into the shops lining St. Jean, or take out a windsurfer or paddleboard from one of the beach vendors. (The less adventurous can relax at a restaurant on the beach and watch the rest.)

Take Back the Kitchen – Alma’s Buttermilk Quiche

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Here’s an easy quiche that will use up the rest of that buttermilk that I bought to make Irish soda bread! Enjoy!
Basil and Goat Cheese Buttermilk Quiche with Chili Crust:

Filling Ingredients:
3 eggs beaten with 1 cup lowfat buttermilk, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
1/3 cup already caramelized onions (about 2 onions chopped and sauteed over a low flame with 2 tsp olive oil until soft, about 25 minutes or so)
3 ounces goat cheese, chopped
1/3 cup loosely packed basil, washed and chopped
Crust: (adapted from Bon Apetit circa 1993)
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 stick softened butter
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine all the ingredients together by hand or with a mixer
Press the mixture into a pie plate and bake for 10 minutes
Remove from oven but leave the oven on
Let crust cool and place in the crust the caramelized onions, goat cheese, basil and then egg and buttermilk mixture
Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees and serve hot
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Croods Sneak Peak: Behind the Scenes at Dreamworks Animation Studios

West coast correspondent, Kristin Flannery gives us a sneak peak at the new Dreamworks Animated film “Croods”
Last month, Rolemommy was invited to a parenting blogger summit and we were given an exclusive tour of DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, California, as well as presentations that detailed the many behind the scenes secrets that went into creating “The Croods,” which will be released in theaters on March 22.
During the summit day, they covered so many topics from the original idea, the first script, and how it “evolved” (sorry, had to say it since it’s a caveman movie), the storyboarding, character movement and voices, the 3D process, and the creation of the creatures and lands the Croods live in.
We were also pleasantly surprised by a guest appearance from DreamWorks Animation’s CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg!
As we get ready for the nationwide premiere of Croods, Rolemommy kicks off our coverage by taking you through the story pitch presentations….
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The producers Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco with their story artist Steve MacLeod took us through a typical storyboard meeting and presentation.
Chris explained that he and Kirk started out by writing a script like you would do for any movie. Then up on the wall we saw what goes into the next step, which are storyboards mocked up so they can visually seen the scene before it goes to the artists. If you have ever wondered what it looks like it is exactly like a scene from an ad agency that you see in the movies with each scene in individual cubes, almost like a comic book.
Chris explained that story boards are really critical to the animation process because the story boards enable the team to develop the story and script as a fluid process. Through storyboarding, animators can change the dialogue, the setup, they can add elements to the scene and they can write dialogue to move the story along. Chris believes that this is where the rubber meets the road in animation as far as he is concerned is the story process.
Steve MacLeod was a guest story artist actually storyboarded a great deal on this movie. He began as a story trainee and worked on this film for five years when he was right out of college. Can you imagine beginning something when your child is born and then having them at the premiere? Steve’s daughter is in kindergarten now and old enough to see the movie! As Chris Sanders pointed out “That’s the shocking truth of how long it takes to make these. If you have a child at the beginning, they will be going to the premiere.”
Story board artists take the original script, in this case, “The Croods” written by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sander, work on the sequence (those squares I mentioned before) then, we’d come into a room, which happened to be the room we were in and he would do this pitch. It would go through the pipeline and they get a lot of notes which are any ideas how to make it better. Steve said “It’s kind of a back and forth. I’ll get the script, I’ll read through it, and then we’ll do what they call a launch, and that’s where the directors will tell me all the little specifics or details that they want to include in the script, anything they don’t want to take out, what things are flexible. We’ll start storyboarding, and then we’ll do an even rougher drawing, if you can imagine. After that, I’ll pitch a rough, they’ll give me notes, we’ll see how close we are, and we’ll do a couple more times. It’s a vicious cycle until finally we feel like it’s really close, we’ll send it to editorial who starts putting all the dialogue and some temp music and scratch dialogue. It won’t be the celebrities quite yet.”
Steve didn’t just work on one character, “Well, it’s hugely collaborative. So, it actually happened simultaneously. Some people are developing the look of the characters, and then we’ll try to use their drawing designs and incorporate them into the drawings.”
What you will notice about the film is that the main character, Eep, (voiced by Emma Stone) is not a classic prototype but a girl a little bit chubby, big boned which was a conscious decision. Steve clarified, “Well, you know, we got these designers Carter Goodrich, Shane Prigmore and Shannon Tindle. They were looking at all these primitive cave paintings. And they tended to have certain shapes. They had to fit with the story, so we really wanted like cavemen. That extended to the voice actors, as well. We wanted to make sure the voices inhabited that kind of body type, and that body type belonged in this kind of a world. It’s a pretty rugged world, so we wanted characters that looked about as resilient and real as we could.” Kirk added ” We also always wanted Eep to be athletic and make you feel like she actually could do everything she’s doing, which usually those princesses can’t do. So, we always were looking at more like beach volleyball players and downhill skiers and just people that were athletic and for the whole family because we wanted it to feel real that they could actually do what we’re making them do.”
When the voice actors are cast this could change some of the characteristics of the animation. Even though they have been storyboarding a character a certain way once they get the actor in the recording booth the have a video camera recording them from two different angles. Chris explains, “A lot of the time, we’ll grab a take that they did, and we’ll take the video as well as the voice, and we’ll give that to the animator because there might be something kind of special that the actor did during that take. Emma Stone (Eep), I think we pulled more video on than any of the other actors because she is so animated. She could change expression in one frame of film. So, she’d be like happy and she’d suddenly have this cartoony upset face. And when we would go back and play it, it would be like one frame she’s happy, one frame of transition, bam, she’s unhappy. So, the speed at which she could change expressions was extreme.”
The Croods is in theaters March 22nd but you can check out Emma Stone’s animated expression in this trailer….

Reconnecting with Your Passion

Over the years, I’ve met so many women who have incredible ideas for businesses, books, brands and more. When given the chance to focus on one passion, many of them have achieved success beyond their wildest dreams. As for me, I’ve always had a goal list a mile long that included landing a job in TV, writing a book, being published in a magazine…you get the drift. But if you asked me what I would do with my life if money weren’t an object and I could pick exactly what I truly wanted to do? Well, after the experience I had this past weekend, my answer would be simple. Write and perform in a musical.
I’m not going to say the words “Broadway musical” because while that’s the ultimate dream I am totally realistic about the competition and would much prefer producing a show that becomes a sleeper hit like “Menopause the Musical.”
So let me explain why I’m finally revealing what my ultimate passion is. It’s writing lyrics and performing on stage. Sure my lyrics are typically song parodies, but nevertheless, I have always felt I was at my best when I was from conjuring up catchy words to bring a story to life through song.
This year, I got the chance to write lyrics, a script and perform a musical for my local synagogue and I have to say that while it was incredibly challenging — it was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in a very long time. I was fortunate enough to have several talented writers work with me to perfect the script and it was truly amazing to see our lyrics brought to life on stage.
The last time I felt so excited about the process of creating an original musical was when I was back in high school. Back then, my dream in life was to appear on a Broadway stage but somehow those plans were sidetracked by rejections, relationships, and life in general. Fast forward more than 25 years later (wow, is it that long) and here I am back feeling that same excitement that coarsed through my veins at the age of 16. Sure, I’m now 43, but I am wiser, have better connections and if someone decides they want to reject me, then I will just move on and find someone else who might just say yes to my dream.
So there you have it. I have officially put it out there. I am going to write a musical — I’m not going to say it’ll be on Broadway but I will say that I am going to take the time to figure out the story I want to share and from there, I will bring it to life through clever lyrics and lots of jokes. Stay tuned world…I’m ready to finally take you by storm by going after the one dream that I’ve always been the most afraid to pursue. Never say never…it’s time to reach for the musical stars!

Help Your Family Grow with Me in a Tree

Written by Role Mommy contributor, Danielle Feigenbaum.

MIAT1.png Everyone is so busy busy busy. Whether you are working out of the house, in the house, have one kid or six – life is busy. Wouldn’t it be great to have a place online to help organize your busy life in a fun way? Now there is! Recently launched, Me in a Tree, is a new online organizational and communicating tool created to build stronger families. It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life, this site can help you get organized, stay connected and have fun together! It’s being called, the #1 communication building tool for families and I know you will agree.
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Once you sign up (there is a free 2 week membership) it costs $5.99 per month for a year membership. The company gives back 10% of its profits to family and child centered non-profit organizations that share the company’s philosophy and work and share in the common goal of growing and maintaining a united family. The first thing you do once you are registered, is create an avatar for each member of the family. It’s a fun process that the whole family can be involved in. We had some laughs choosing the hair, face and clothes for each of us. Then you create each members’ profile.
There are so many wonderful videos to help you understand the website and everything it can offer your family. I suggest watching them first and then you can get started! They offer parent support, a calendar so you can keep everyone’s schedule straight, “my duties” section to help teach responsibility and so much more.
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As busy as life gets, it is so important to take a minute and reflect on how we are doing and what we are grateful for. You can do this once a day or once a week in the journal section of the site. That can also become something nice to look back on as your kids grow. I always feel better when I get things off my chest and write them down. One of my favorite parts of Me in a Tree is the “family huddle”. Do you feel disconnected from your kids? Do they love to give you one word answers? Do you wonder what is actually going on in their lives? What about your spouse? I find that my husband and I only talk about schedules and finances and by the end of the day we both collapse on the couch and watch TV, too tired to talk at all. The family huddle only takes about 30 minutes and you know you can always squeeze in 30 minutes. Pick the same time each week and make it a priority. Communication is an important way to stay connected.
Don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself… Me in a Tree. Before you know it, you will be more organized and more connected with your family. You, your spouse and your kids will have fun and love it.
This post was sponsored by Me in a Tree.