Modern Families

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Modern Families Blog Carnival – May 2009 May 4, 2009

Filed under: May 2009 — blackbv @ 12:18 pm

Welcome to the May 2009 edition of modern families. As summer is quickly approaching, there has been a definite increase in submissions about how to spend your holidays. Starting with this carnival, I have included a section about vacation ideas (and there are some great ones).

Thanks to everyone for their excellent submissions and I hope you all enjoy reading this carnival …


  • Alvaro Fernandez presents Arts and Smarts: Test Scores and Cognitive Development posted at SharpBrains, saying, “At a time when educators are preoccupied with standards, testing, and the bottom line, some researchers suggest the arts can boost students’ test scores; others aren’t convinced. Karin Evans asks, What are the arts good for?”

Family Affairs

  • Jeannie Anderson presents Water Water Everywhere posted at The Adventures of Mr. Busypants, saying, “I’m a SAHM/PT college-level writing instructor/freelance editor. The purpose of my blog is to have a place to write about the Adventures of Mr. Busypants, my 6-year-old son with autism, and his chunky sidekick (and little sister), almost 2 Miss Chattyshoes.”
  • Ralph Sparkson presents Why I Love My Dog posted at Best Funny Dog Pictures, saying, “We got another dog about two years ago. It had been over ten years since our last dog, who died just before our daughter was born. With our new dog, we were lucky because our daughter has a small neighborhood business of caring for pets and that is how we found the dog we now love so much.”

Health & Fitness

  • Cash Tree presents “Organic” Is More Than Just Edibles posted at Organic Baby Wearhouse, saying, “When we tell people about Organic Baby Wearhouse, all too often the response is “How are clothes even organic” or “How is organic any better than regular baby clothing”. More and more people are beginning to accept and embrace organic foods, but when it comes to clothing there is often a disconnect. Many just don’t understand the problems with traditionally produced clothing and the benefits (health and environmental) of organic baby clothing.”

Money & Finances

  • Dorothy Wilden presents How to Save Money on Your Wedding Rings posted at Affordable Wedding Planning, saying, “For most people, the words “Las Vegas Wedding” conjure up images of eloping couples speeding through the desert to get married without anyone knowing, or weddings that aren’t even remembered until a sobering realization the next morning.”
  • Frank Vertin presents Just Buy Index Funds Directly posted at No Load Index Funds, saying, “Save your family a huge amount of money over the long-term. Buying an S&P 500 index fund through an investment counselor can substantially increase your initial purchasing costs and and drive up your annual management expense fees. Unfortunately, the vast majority of individual investors buy mutual funds and ETFs through brokers and investment advisers. Rarely do financial advisors recommend that you buy index funds with low fees. This is because low cost, no load mutual funds do not pay them as well as loaded, high fee mutual funds.”
  • Larry Russell presents Most Individual Investors Are Poor Personal Portfolio Managers posted at Personal Investment Management, saying, “People who manage money for their families more easily understand investment costs that are directly measurable, such as fees deducted on investment statements. However, many investors ignore or are unaware of the opportunity costs of their sub-optimal investment behaviors. Opportunity costs are usually much more difficult to measure directly, but these investment costs can be even higher than more visible investment fees.”



  • historyiselementary presents The Gift posted at History Is Elementary, saying, “A book review regarding a new children’s book that discusses adiption, blended families, and what really makes a mother…a mother.”
  • Robert Burton Robinson presents Are You Having an Emotional Affair? posted at Mind Over Mania, saying, “Cheating is one of the quickest ways to kill a marriage. And you may already be cheating without even realizing it. You may be having an emotional affair.”


  • Gary R. presents Camping with Young Children posted at Camping Tips, saying, “Camping can be a lot of fun for younger children; however, you’ll need to prepare differently than you would for a camping trip with your buddies.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of modern families using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.