Sunday, June 01, 2008

Live from Waterloo presents... Carnival of Family Life!

CanadaI'm a social blogger. Every now and then, I will participate of global blogging events, like Bloggers Unite!. I also spend time visiting those who visit me (though I've been too busy lately). There's nothing I like more than good, everyday family life stories. So, when I heard of the Carnival of Family Life, I thought "I've got to do this!"...

And here I am, hosting today's edition!

ArgentinaYo soy un blogger social. Cada tanto, me uno y participo de eventos globales para bloggers, como los Bloggers Unite!. También me dedico a visitar a aquellos quienes me visitan (aunque he estado ocupado últimamente). Nada me gusta más que las buenas historias familiares de todos los días. Así que cuando oí del Carnival of Family Life, pensé "Yo tengo que hacer esto!..."

Y aquí estoy, siendo el anfitrión de la edición de hoy!



Homework. Dinner. Life. presents Our Kids Know How to Deal with Stress - Even if We Don't posted at Angela Norton Tyler.

slee presents Building a Genius Baby . . . One Language at a Time posted at Learning by Ear.

Family Cooking & Recipes

Aparna presents Treat yourself to beauty drinks posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming.

HowToMe presents How to Store Onions posted at HowToMe, saying, "My Mom used to buy Vidalia onions in bulk. When one does that they have to be stored well and for a long time. This storage tip works for both onions and potatoes. Enjoy!"

Family Crafts and Activities

Jennifer in OR presents The Farmer's Wife posted at Diary of 1.

Jenny presents The Hunt Slowly Became Spring Cleaning posted at the so called me.

Family Finance

Mother Hen presents Photo Broadside: Fire Away!!!!! posted at Mother Hen.

Tina Covington presents Money and Finances posted at

Matthew Paulson presents Five Free Things to Do This Weekend posted at American Consumer News.

Debt Freedom Fighter presents The First Thing’s First: Prioritize Your Debts posted at Discover Debt Freedom!.

paidtwice presents Formulating An Allowance Plan For Our Almost Four-Year-Old posted at I've Paid For This Twice Already....

Raymond presents Find Great Bargains With eBay Auction Typos and Spelling Mistakes posted at Money Blue Book.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Got Kids? Open a 529 College Savings Account! posted at The Digerati Life.

Family Health and Wellness

Chris Davis presents 3 Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers posted at The Healthy Snacks Blog.

Stephanie presents Rest posted at Stop the Ride!.

James D. Brausch presents A Child's Letter posted at Internet Business Blog, arguing that the State of Texas should not have removed the children from the FLDS compound and custody of their parents.

Shaheen Lakhan presents Postpartum Depression: Not Just For Moms posted at GNIF Brain Blogger. Did you know that up to ten percent of new fathers experience postpartum depression — twice the rate of men in the general population? It often goes unrecognized and untreated.

Astrid Lee presents Why You Must Consider The Healing Powers of Colors When Choosing Color Schemes For Your Home posted at World Healing. She contends that colors have significance and healing powers that should be considered when selecting a color scheme for your home decor.

Riley presents How Much is Health Worth, or Should I Buy AccuClean? posted at All Rileyed Up.

Family Humor

Gabriel Almada (hey, that's me!) presents Guilt posted at Live from Waterloo (hey, that's here!).

Jennifer Bogart presents How to Avoid Offending Pregnant Women posted at, saying, "Sorry I missed last week :) . Here is my humorous take on how to avoid offending third trimester moms with comments about their size! I'd be happy to hos tin the future as well."

Linda Ann Nickerson presents Leading Without Pleading posted at Nickers and Ink, saying, "Poetic tribute to a faithful father, as Father's Day approaches."

Doreen Orion presents My Least Favorite Pair of Shoes posted at What Do You Want From Me? by Doreen Orion, saying, "Married shrinks and polar opposites - hijinks ensue."

Tony Chen presents A Tantrum in Time posted at Savvy Daddy, saying, "Here's a 15-minute tantrum, recorded minute by minute..."

Athol Kay presents When Your Wife Stabs You With a Fork You Learn to Pay Attention. posted at RE Agent In CT, saying, "Thanksgiving and Kitchen Photography Tips"

emily whitby presents The Final Countdown posted at Crazy Mom: Ideas, Recipes, Thoughts, Humor & More!.

Terri Mauro presents The Perils of Preemptive Arguing posted at About Parenting Special Needs.

Family Relationships and Self-Improvement

Michael Snyder presents 10 Powerful Secrets For How To Build A Great Marriage posted at Shattered Paradigm.

Kailani presents Coming Out of the Closet posted at An Island Life detailing what happened when she revealed her blogging activities to her family.

Mommy G presents a "cool" lesson in independence posted at The Parenting Diaries.

Yi Hui Chang presents The turning point of my marriage resolving money and love issues posted at The Simple Wealth.

Sherry Love presents How to get mad at your husband more effective? posted at Sherry Love. net. Is anger ever an effective way to improve your relationship?

Lorraine Cohen presents Ten Qualities That Foster Trust and Safety In Relationships posted at Powerfull Living, saying, "Learn the elements that improve relationships in all areas of your life"

Super Saver presents Passing The Baton posted at My Wealth Builder, saying, "This week I lost another "superiority" over my nephew, who is now 15 years old."

James D. Brausch presents Someone Else Who Cried posted at Internet Business Blog.

Family Travel

Suzanne presents schools on trains posted at adventures in daily living.

Amy at The Q Family presents Carnival Cruise - Day 2 - Fun Day at Sea posted at The Q Family Adventure detailing their family trip to the Caribbean on Carnival Victory.

Leora Wenger presents Making the Best of the Zoo posted at Here in HP.

Matthew Paulson presents Show Caves near Lake of the Ozarks posted at The Travel Advocate.

Linda W. presents Getting To The Caribbean posted at The Eclectic Female.

Busy Bee Kim presents Savoring Vacation Memories posted at Busy Bee Lifestyle.

Family Fiction

Jenn presents The Letter (Party Twenty-Five posted at Mixed, the latest chapter in her multi-party story about a woman reexamining her life choices.

Parenting Tips and Advice

Abel Cheng presents Best Toys for Children Ages 0-12 Months posted at Parent Wonder.

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips - Summer Safety posted at Tip Diva. Summer has arrived, so now is a good time to brush up on your summer safety skills.

David B. Bohl presents What To Do If Your Daughter Pulls a Britney? posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, a reminder that "no one is so far gone that they cannot be reached."

Fiona Lohrenz presents The Big 'No'! posted at Child Care Only.

Steward presents Getting Your Child To Wear Their Kids GPS Tracking Watch - The Power of Fun posted at GPS Tracking Watches, suggesting a way to get kids to enjoy doing something that they might not otherwise enjoy, such as wearing a GPS device.

Chief Family Officer presents Breastfeeding Tyler: The finale posted at Chief Family Officer.

Kevin Heath presents Choosing Child Safety Locks posted at Childrens Safety.

Next Monday, June 9, 2008, the Carnival will be hosted at The So-Called Me. Submit your family-related posts not later than 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, June 7, 2008.

If you would like to host a future edition, please review the schedule here and drop a note using the contact form, letting me know which date works best for you! (The archive of past Editions is located here.)


  1. Thank you for hosting such an interesting mix of posts! I appreciate being included.

  2. Hay tan interesantes blogs para leer, ¡y el tiempo que uno dispone es tan escaso!
    De vez en cuando es bueno que aquellos bloggers que leo recomienden post de blogers amigos. De esta forma uno va directamente a leer el que mas interesa.
    Aqui mencionan tu post "Guilt", pero hay muchos mas que son interesantes en tu blog.

  3. thanks for hosting :)

  4. Hola Gabriel,
    Me impresionas.
    Eres una de las personas que veo mejor integradas con la comunidad local.
    Tanto en la vida real como en la blogosfera.
    Ser capaz de trascender esa barrera cultural no es sencillo.
    La mayoria seguimos principalmente desenvolviendonos dentro del peque&o (o grande) circulo de amigos latinos.
    Normalmente tenemos unos cuantos amigos canadienses y la relacion con la mayoria es superficial.

    Tu activa participacion en los coros, en la iglesia, en los deportes y muchas otras actividades te colocan como un caso especial.
    Muy pocos lo hacen en la primera generacion, la mayoria de quienes lo consiguen son los hijos de los inmigrantes.


    te agradezco tus visitas y comentarios en mi blog.

  5. Arturo, muchas gracias por tu comentario, lo aprecio especialmente. Me parece que en nuestro caso, todo pasa por el hecho de que nos relacionamos con la sociedad a traves del arte y las actividades de nuestros hijos. Se hace todo mucho más fácil de esa manera.

    Nosotros siempre fuimos muy extrovertidos y sociales, y en BsAs teníamos muchos -y muy buenos- amigos, ya sea relacionados con la música, el trabajo o el hecho de haber crecido veraneando en el mismo lugar.

    Venir a Canadá significó un cambio muy grande, pero nosotros nos propusimos tener una vida social tan activa -o más aún- que la que teníamos antes. Fue una muy buena forma de forzarnos a hablar el nuevo idioma más seguido. Lo curioso es que si bien tenemos muchos amigos y de distintos grupos -la iglesia, los amigos de la comunidad latina, los argentinos viviendo en otras ciudades-, nosotros nos relacionamos con todos. Por caso, mientras yo estaba en Windsor por el futbol, Gaby se pasó el sábado en casa de nuestra comadre Isabel (chilena y tal vez la principal promotora de la integración de los inmigrantes en esta región) y el domingo con Carlos (argentino) que es quien organiza los shows de tango aquí. Yo visité a nuestros amigos argentinos en London hace sólo diez días, y ambos (Gaby y yo) salimos con nuestro grupo de 'cuarentones' de la iglesia el viernes por la noche, y sabes qué? La pasamos genial! Tanto, que mañana voy a escribir sobre ello.

    Nuevamente, te agradezco muchísimo tus comentarios. Analítico como eres, el 90% de lo que me dices ni siquiera lo había notado! :-)

  6. Arturo, me quedó una 'yapa', como decimos en Argentina, porque me puse a pensar en que a mi esposa le costó más que a mí integrarse...

    Pero no hace mucho, fuimos a uno de esos eventos multiculturales que organiza nuestra amiga Isabel. El teatro estaba completamente lleno, y estaba todo el 'quién es quién' de la comunidad latina, pero también de las artes en general de la región. A todos estos últimos, yo los conozco casi a todos por mi rol como director de Fundraising del coro en el que cantaba, los Renaissance Singers. Hemos tenido reuniones, eventos, etc etc.

    Pero ahí estaba yo parado en medio del teatro, y cada vez que se acercaba uno de ellos -latino o local- era para saludar...a Gaby, porque o la conocían porque ella se encarga de la comida en casi todos estos eventos, o la conocían porque aparece en TV.

    Yo, que en los papeles era el más 'famoso' de los dos, ahí estaba parado como si fuera una figura de cartón corrugado. Y la verdad, la situación me pareció divertidísima! :-)

  7. Thank you for all the interesting blogs and including mine!


  8. Thanks for doing a wonderful job hosting this week!

  9. Thank you for such a great roundup. I'm honored to be included in this carnival.

    - Amy @ The Q Family

  10. love all those shows but the jetsons and little house on the prairie are my least favorite

  11. Thank you kindly for including us. :-)


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