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Lammily, the "Normal" Barbie...
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A new Barbie has come out that is supposed to a "normal" person instead of the perfect Barbie so many people have played with over the years. This one is proportioned different and is supposed to be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Heather Noel on Friday.

Giving Thanks - What Are You Thankful For?

Guests. Cooking. Traveling. And the dash to get somewhere, get things done and … oh, yes, be thankful. Come Thanksgiving Day, what are the little things you are thankful for? The things you take for…Continue

Started on Friday

Cost of Thanksgiving Going Up A Little

This year putting the dinner on the table may cost a little more than last year, but shouldn't be too much. The average dinner for 10 people costs about $50. …Continue

Started on Thursday

Light Up Ocala Information

Here's the info you need to know for this weekend's Light Up Ocala on the square. Road closures and times are included in the article. …Continue

Started on Wednesday


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Heather Noel replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Lammily, the "Normal" Barbie...
"I never did understand the big deal behind Barbie causing girls to have image issues yadda yadda yadda.... I never even thought about that when I was a little girl playing with Barbies.  I didn't try to compare myself to a doll or anything…"
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Nov 17
Jen Ryan replied to sylvia ross's discussion Any one familiar with Odesk?
"I've worked there and wasn't really pleased. Like rowans mommy said it can be kind of iffy. Have you got a specific type of job in mind ?"
Nov 16
Lottie Simmons-Bethea replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Higher Enrollment Means More Teachers
"Teachers don't stop "wanting to teach"  They are unable to teach because there are no books,not enough desks, and definitely not enough space in the classrooms for more desks.  I would rather have my child moved to a new…"
Nov 15
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Vincent David replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Have You Seen Big Hero 6?
"It was is on our buy list when it comes out!"
Nov 12
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Nov 12
Jen Ryan replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Do You Use Laundry Pods?
"I too have wondered about this Jessica. I always have kept it up high. Still do and he's almost 9 years old and knows better. I guess for a kid it could look like candy or something yummy.... "
Nov 12
Jessica replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Do You Use Laundry Pods?
"First of all, they do not look like candy. Second of all, I take the same precautions I always have as a parent: I teach my kids not to eat laundry soap and don't make the laundry room their play room.   It's simple really"
Nov 11
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Jen Ryan replied to cassandra valentin's discussion Much needed suggestions
"I also posted this question on our FB page to see what people have to say. :) Good luck! "
Nov 10
cassandra valentin left a comment for Jen Ryan
"Thanks :-)"
Nov 10
Jen Ryan replied to Jen Ryan's discussion Have You Started Decorating Yet?
"LOL Yep. I hear ya. I have even seen some families who put the tree up in October and decorate it for Halloween, then thanksgiving then Christmas decorations. that might be cool to do but a lot of work maybe... "
Nov 10
Jen Ryan replied to Theresa Grimes's discussion Action Figure for Girls
"That sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing this! I think it's a great idea to stop bombarding girls with what airbrushed barbies are and let them realize they are beautiful the way they are."
Nov 10

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Getting Ready for Halloween? Here's Some Easy Dinner Ideas...

Halloween is usually full of excitement, fun and rushing. Rushing home to get the kids ready. Rushing out the door to go trick or treating or to your favorite trunk or treat. Then there's dinner. What do you do about dinner? Eat out or throw one of these easy ideas on.

Check out these easy Halloween dinner ideas to make your life a little less complicated on that exciting day. …


Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

Top Colleges

The new list of the top colleges in the country has been released. We all know the benefits of graduating from college and graduating from one of these adds even more benefits. 

Check out the list by clicking the link below. What do you think of the list? Do you have any colleges on there your children are considering or dream of attending?…


Posted on September 9, 2014 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

After School Treat : Frozen Granola Bananas

Granola, chocolate and bananas combine to make this healthy after school treat. The kiddos are about to return to school and the days are still hot. Have this wonderful cold treat waiting for them when they get home! Check out the link here to get the full recipe. …


Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:51pm

Back to School Lunch Recipe - Quinoa Rollups

Quinoa is a great side item and Sarah puts it in a wrap to make a great filling lunch item for back to school. Check out her full recipe by clicking here. …


Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:49pm

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At 12:40pm on November 10, 2014, cassandra valentin said…

Thanks :-)

At 7:52pm on December 30, 2013, Diana Cruz said…

Thank You my pic is up

At 10:53am on August 28, 2013, donna said…

Hi and Thank you for adding me :)

At 1:12pm on May 4, 2013, Krista Howell said…

Hi Jen,


Do you think we can start some awareness with the Blog I posted.  This is a great avenue in our community to use for this awareness.  So far people are reading and no one is saying a word.  Which is usual with this topic. Please help!!!

At 6:05pm on April 24, 2013, Aislinn Elu said…

Thank you for the nice welcome! 

At 10:33am on March 25, 2013, happymom said…
I can ask my SIL if she is still doing family photos bc she does the photography for Family Times magazine! Also, we have a family friend that is really good as well and did my family photos when I was pregnant with Matthew. I will get you her info later. Lastly, Pink Rae is really good!
At 11:00am on March 18, 2013, Brenda Cleary said…

Hi Jen,

I am the Director of Marketing/Business Development at the Paddock Mall in Ocala. We are planning our annual Mom's Nite Out event. It will be Thursday May 9th from 5:00-8:00. This event will offer Mom's the opportunity to enjoy networking, special discounts, prize drawings, women's health and wellness, food sampling, DJ providing music, fashion shows, demonstrations, and more. We would love to have OcalaMom participate. Can you let me know who I should contact regarding this event?

The rate is $150 for the evening, you will have at table and chairs, and can participate in a variety of ways. Some examples are: hand out information, have a demonstration or interactive display, sweepstakes prize, celebrity appearance, coupons, to name a few. Please let me know if you are interested or if you have any questions.

I look forward to working with you!

Brenda Cleary

Director of Marketing and Business Development

Paddock Mall & Gaitway Plaza - Simon Property Group

3100 College Rd, Ocala, Florida 34474

P: 352-237-1223

F: 352-854-2063

At 7:51am on February 21, 2013, Allie said…

Thank you! There is so much information on this page it's wonderful and a bit overwhelming! I'm trying to see if there are any toddler play groups that anyone knows about?

At 9:38am on December 31, 2012, LucieBroehm said…

Thanks Jen! That sounds great! :-)

At 9:20am on December 31, 2012, LucieBroehm said…

Thank you Jen, i was hoping we can find some moms and their little ones to spend some time with. I have 11 month old son and i don't know anybody here in Ocala who is stay home mom with toddler. As my family is in Europe and my husband family is no longer here it is getting quite challenging for me to socialize. We also live on the farm in the middle of nowhere :-) so no neighbors there either ;-). If you know somebody or some good event for us that would be great. I subscribed to FB as well. Thanks again and Happy New Year!


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