This is Happiness

Happy Family asked bloggers to share their own happy moments in August in honor of National Happiness Happens Day, August 8th. I’ve been strangely blocked on writing this post. Sure there are small happy moments every day but lately they have seen overshadowed by all the worry.

Sometimes worry can drive you crazy.
Then you spend a hot afternoon at a friend’s doing nothing more than drinking a jelly jar of wine and watching your kids run wild.

Happiness Happens

Happiness happens when you least expect it, when you least plan for it. When you let go. Here’s a jelly jar glass of wine cheers to that.

I know you all have you own little moments when happiness just happened. Consider uploading a video of yours to the Happy Family Facebook page and you will be entered to win a fun prize for your happy family. Contest ends the 27th!

Happy Family

Do More, Move More, Cheer More with Degree and US Soccer

Partnering with Global Influence for this sponsored post about Degree and the World Cup.
Degree World Cup
It’s here! After a weekend of matches, America finally makes its entry into the cup today with the match against Ghana. though my husband is leaving to go watch the match with fellow American Outlaws members, I plan to have it stream here at home too. Even though the girls do not play soccer, their father’s love of futbol is definitely rubbing off on them.

And they are not alone…
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Auto Insurance Comparison, Done and Done!

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Happy Sunday! How are the fathers in your life? My husband has been watching the World Cup all day so he’s happy. I am bummed though, because I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to my own dad.

Through out my life, he’s been my calm, comforting rock. It’s amazing to me how unflappable he was and still is. The Terror Twins give him a run for the money, but after raising my and my sister, I think he’s ready for anything. Especially after enduring my awful driving.
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Guest Post : Graduating This Year? Don’t Get Hit With A DUI

A Montgomery County, PA father decided to host a party for his underage daughter and her friends, thinking that they will be safe under his watchful eye.  However, when the party got out of hand and one of the minors became so intoxicated that he was vomiting on the front lawn, the police arrived, arrested the father and charged him with 43 counts of corruption of minors, 61 counts of selling/furnishing liquor to minors, and 1 count of recklessly endangering another person.  

Underage drinking is against the law and providing minors with alcohol carries with it serious criminal penalties.  In addition, a person furnishing minors with alcohol can also face civil liability if the minor gets hurt or hurts someone else.  Underage drinking never leads to anything positive and experienced DUI lawyers frequently explain that it can have serious legal implications for both the underage person and the one who provided them with alcohol.  With high school graduations coming up fast and summer break around the corner, parents and students alike should think twice before incorporating alcohol into their celebration.

Caught drinking underage at a graduation party?

While every state has its own laws regarding how underage drinking cases are handled, some being more severe than others, these are generally looked at seriously and have potentially long-lasting legal implications.  Furthermore, many states have a number of different criminal charges that you can be charged with for underage drinking, it’s not just a single “underage drinking” offense.  For example, in Pennsylvania, along with a charge for Underage Drinking, you may face additional charges of Misrepresentation of Age to Purchase Alcohol and/or Carrying a Fake ID.  All three of these charges carry hefty fines, potential jail time, and mandatory periods of driver’s license suspension.  

Aside from these charges and those similar in other states, virtually every state has specific carve-outs in the law for those under 21 who are caught for driving under the influence (DUI).  These charges may have different standards and penalties than standard DUI cases, specifically in that they may have a lower threshold for a conviction.  Again, for example, in Pennsylvania, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08%, however, for a minor this limit is significantly lower, at .02%.  These DUI charges have significant penalties, as well, including fines, costs, potential jail time, and license suspension periods.

What if adults provided you with alcohol?

As illustrated above, there are serious charges and penalties if parents or adults knowingly provide alcohol to minors.   The reality is that some parents remember the first time they drank, whether it was underage or not, and want to be able to provide their child a safe environment to experiment with alcohol.  DUI lawyers frequently hear the excuse that since many kids inevitably try drinking alcohol, some parents just think it’s a good idea that they do so under supervision.

However, selling/furnishing/providing alcohol to minors can carry significant penalties, no matter what state you are in.  Much like how there are a number of charges that a minor could be charged with for drinking underage, there are typically a number of charges for adults, as well.  If minors are seriously injured due to the alcohol provided by an adult, even more serious criminal charges can be filed.  Furthermore, parents or adults who provide alcohol to minors which in turn results in the death in the minor or someone else are also subject to civil liability under a negligence theory or a particular state’s Dram Shop Laws.  

Unlike the charges and penalties faced by minors for underage drinking, which may be eligible for “diversion” or probationary programs for first time offenders, the criminal charges and penalties faced by parents or adults in furnishing the alcohol are not.  They are serious charges, which tend to carry substantial fines and significant jail time.

About the author:

As part of the experience PA DUI lawyers at The Martin Law Firm, P.C., located in Blue Bell, PA. Alex Magid, Esquire provides legal representation in the areas of DUI and criminal defense as well as wills, trusts, and estates. Alex is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned his degree in Crime, Law & Justice. To read more of Attorney Magid’s work, please visit

The Power of Dads

Last week was rough, my main guy was out of town. And though I joke about pulling more than my weight when it comes to the house and kids, the truth is that my husband pulls more than his weight around here.
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Especially when it comes to the nighttime routine.
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Guest Post : How to Plan A Summer Vacation After Divorce

Planning a summer vacation after a divorce can either be a joyous, fun time in your life or it can be a hard-fought, stressful battle with your ex-spouse if children are in the mix.  Whatever your personal situation, experienced divorce lawyers generally advise to plan ahead for any summer vacations after a divorce, as it makes the process easier on yourself, your ex-spouse, and your children.  

Summer Vacation After a Divorce
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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday : #365 Kids

The 365 Kids Project

You know the Project 52 that is all the rage in blogland? Where you take a portrait of your kids once a week every week? Come on now! Calling it portrait is pretentious (especially since most of the pics are taken with an iphone) and taking a picture of my kids once a week seems pretty slackerish. Perhaps there is more to it and maybe I am just not artsy enough to get it. But I decided to do something different this year and post an everyday picture of my kids to Instagram. Every day. I hashtagged it #365Kids.

And while I haven’t made it every day, I still love seeing the results. I will take these funny moments over hipster 52 portraits every time.

Making Life Simpler With Target Phramacy

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So did everyone see this hilarious blog post about a trip to Target? I can’t relate at all.

This is so me. Target totally draws me in with their awesome style. And their spa like shopping experience. Yeah, there are no woodwind sounds (thank goodness) but clean aisles, in store caffeinated drinks, and cool items are pretty much the spa treatment for this stressed out mom. And hey they even have lounges and scented candles, though the staff frowns upon you laying on them and huffing the candle scent. Not that I would know. *cough*
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A Pumpkin and Peppermint Parent Playdate

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client Nestle Coffeemate

Cbias CoffeeMate Shop Peppermint and Pumpkin Playdate

Forget Friendsgiving, I am all about Momsgiving. Friendsgiving is all the rage in the blogosphere but the thought of making another big meal? Pashaw. What I really want to do is hang out with my friends. After all, tis the season to be thankful and I am super grateful to have a supportive group of friends, especially during the hectic holiday season.

So I decided to have a parent playdate. Because we parents need to see our friends too!
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Get Your Healthcare On, Yo!

This post was sponsored by Anthem BCBS through The Motherhood.

Affordable Care Act The Motherhood Anthem BCBS

One thing, as I have listened to the debates and opinions, is that so many people feel fine paying out of pocket. As someone who has been immersed in ongoing health issues… YOU DON’T WANT TO DO THAT! Consider this: the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000 and even something (relatively) simple like a broken arm can cost $2,500 or more without health insurance. And that is without surgery!

Why I want to write about the Affordable Care Act:
• 42% of Americans are unaware that the ACA is the law of the land
• 45% know nothing at all about the health insurance exchanges
• 75% of uninsured adults are unaware that they will have new insurance options
(sources: Kaiser Family Foundation and Enroll America)

Let me break this down for you!
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