ASK A Blogger: How do you post in Word press?

Amee and I have posted a lot about wordpress since we started this series. We've discussed the cost of moving from a blogger blog to a wordpress blog, our experiences with the move and our experiences with blog design. This week I wanted to step back and show those of you who have been toying with the idea of moving wordpress how to start writing a post using the somewhat foreign looking dashboard. 1. Click "Add New" under the "Posts" heading on the left side of your dashboard 2. Type your ...

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Frugal Kid Fun: Fishing for Knowledge

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Are you looking for something Cheap and Fun to do with your kids? Well Madame Deals will be adding a weekly column written by Sharon at Mom on Dealz and Heather at Living on Love and Cents. I will occasionally add my 2 cents since I am a certified Special Education and Regular education teacher. If you want or need modifications let me know in the comment section. Thank you for the great idea! This is an activity I did during center time in the classroom and the kids LOVED it!  It can be ...

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ASK A Blogger

Dana: The Coupon Challenge I started my blog with a free design from The Cutest Blog on the Block. The set up was easy and FREE. There are numerous other sites offering free or cheap templates to give personality to your site. These can be downloaded with little to no expense or design experience. After several months, I had my blogger blog designed by Custom Blog Designs. The rates were reasonable and I loved her designs. Plus, she handled all the design installation with very little ...

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ASK A Blogger: Moving your site … is it a good idea?

You've been blogging awhile. You want to change hosts. You decide to take the plunge. Fear sets in. You know you lack the knowledge or experience to transition yourself but the price of paying someone seems out of reach. What do you do? As two bloggers that have recently moved from Blogger to WordPress, or changed hosts, we'll let you in on a little secret. We had no idea what we were doing either. Dana's Experience: After about a year of blogging, I decided to move from Blogger to ...

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Karla’s Korner

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I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children's teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy! Life Lessons…. As a preschool teacher to approximately 20 three year olds every school year, I ...

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Ask the Readers: Toddler Separation Anxiety

This week, I thought we should do something different. Amee usually gives you all a tip on educating your child or how to handle school issues on Thursdays. This week, I want to ask the readers a question! My sweet Mason has been having a hard time with separation anxiety. He just turned three and now whenever my husband or I leave, he cries and screams. It is heartbreaking as he screams out "Please don't leave me mom! Don't go to work!" Now, he loves his daycare provider Ms. Heather and he is ...

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Are Your Kids in the Pen?

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  More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle There is a new Juice Box Jungle video on playpens. Are they hip or outdated? What is your take on putting kids in the pen? This weeks Juice Box Jungle widget also gives you access to last-minute sitter impulses and funky hairstyles from the past and allows you to Tweet, send your friends fun ecards, post to Facebook, and watch the show, all without leaving Madame Deals! Wow, all that infor on one little widget! I sent an e-card today and it was simple. ...

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Ask a Dental Hygienist: Fluoride

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One of our readers had a question about the School Fluoride Rinse program available here in Virginia. As many kids are getting back to school, you might find that your child's school may offer similar programs. I thought I would answer a few questions about fluoride as it can cause confusion. The school fluoride program is done once a week in the "swish and spit" format. It is a topical flavored fluoride rinse like the over the counter mouthwash ACT. Fluoride has been key in the great ...

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Ask a Teacher

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The Morning Routine It just dawned on me as I was buying my son's new backpack for kindergarten, because "Mom, Diego is so preschool", that school is almost here. I am excited for my son to begin his educational journey. I am not excited for the crazy twist that this will put in our morning routine. We have also decided that our son needs to take responsibility for his things. So, I suggest a visual schedule. I also suggest you make this with your child so they have ownership of their chart. ...

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My Child is Scared of school, help!

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What do you do when your child is scared of starting school? The first thing I ask the parent is are you sure your child is scared? I sometimes think as parents we are scared or we have bad memories that we assume our children have the  same fears we had. If they are scared try to narrow down the reason. First, I would ask direct questions to clarify their fear. I would then start with how they are transported to school and move through their school day to determine where their fears lie. It ...

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