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Would you like to get more involved?

We understand the passion of this close-knit family and would like to see it continue to thrive.

Do you think your voice should be heard and that you have a lot to contribute to this group? We are looking for volunteers to continue to cultivate this community and share their perspectives about raising a family.

If you would like to be involved please email me at joel.axon@starbanner.com with your name and contact information.

Many thanks,
Joel Axon

Added by Joel Axon on April 1, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I would love to try this out this year. I know my hubby loves corned beef so I am not sure why I've never cooked it. I think I'm a little intimidated by it?? Here's a recipe from The Stir that shares a great way to cook it

http://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/183224/corned_beef_cooked_with_guinness

Homemade Irish Corned Beef With Guinness, adapted…

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Added by Jen Ryan on March 3, 2015 at 5:59am — No Comments

30 Things To Let Your Children Know

One mom shares what she wants her children to know. 30 things that she wants them aware of. 

Things such as it's okay to cry. Beauty comes from within. Love is louder than hate. …

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Added by Jen Ryan on February 23, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments

Need work at home job for my husband

My husband has had two surgeries in the last 5 months and hasn't been able to work since August. Does anyone know of any work at home jobs?

Added by Diane on January 1, 2015 at 4:50pm — 2 Comments

10 Easy Ideas for Holiday Snacks

Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all, most people enjoy them and are willing to nibble mindlessly on them. But it is easier than you think to elevate your feast by bolstering those tired party snack cliches with a few more creative offerings.

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Added by Jen Ryan on December 18, 2014 at 6:08am — No Comments

77 Gift Ideas For The Hard To Buy For...

There's always someone in your family who is hard to decide what to get. Here's a list of ideas for everyone from the environmentally conscious uncle to the niece who has the biggest heart. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/christmas-gifts-2014_n_6294672.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

What do you get those who are hard to…

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Added by Jen Ryan on December 10, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

FIGHT DCF IN MARION CO

PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN USED, LIED TO, AND MANIPULATED BY DCF CASEWORKERS IN MARION CO. PLEASE POST HERE. NOT MENTIONING ANY NAMES BUT WE HAVE BEEN USED. LIED ABOUT AND FACTS DISTORTED SO WE COULD NOT GET OUR GODCHILDREN FROM DCF. WE ARE A RESPECTED FAMILY, OLDER ADULTS, WITH NO CRIMINAL HISTORY. WE HAD A SEPARATION FOR A YR IN 2005 WHICH WAS USED AGAINST US REGARDLESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER NOW FOR PAST 9 YRS. WE HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH THESE CHILDREN FOR 6 YRS WHICH WAS LIED ABOUT IN…

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Added by Barb Watts on December 2, 2014 at 6:11am — No Comments

Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Some tips

The potatoes are wrong. The football game's too loud. The kids aren't dressed right. Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line it can also be prime ground for sniping and griping the first time the torch has been passed.
 
Your mother, mother-in-law, father or father-in-law might be thrilled to give up hosting after many decades, but that doesn't mean…
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Added by Chris Wagner on November 26, 2014 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Help with obygn

Good morning to all,

I'm new to Ocala Mom and wanted some suggestions on OB's. I've looked up some on the web and read lots of reviews and now I'm definitely confused and worried on making the wrong decision.

I've read your forum on pregnancy but there's no recent comments. Please HELP. I have a few OB's in mind but I would like feedback from recent patients. Impatiently waiting for your feedback,

Thanks everyone from Ocala Mom

1. Delcharco,…

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Added by cassandra valentin on November 10, 2014 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Daycare

Does anyone know of any good daycares in ocala for a two year old?

Added by MissDolly on October 10, 2014 at 3:47am — 4 Comments

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. …

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Added by Jen Ryan 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?…

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Added by Jen Ryan on September 9, 2014 at 7:56am — 1 Comment

childcare

My family and I are new to the area. I'm trying to find someone/somewhere to keep my 5 year old daughter after school. We've looked at local day cares, but can't seem to find a good match. I'd be willing to check out any place that you might recommend. We had her in a place for the last part of the summer that we loved, but they aren't doing any kind of after care.

I'm open for any suggestions! Thank you ladies in Advance!

Added by Lindsay King on August 19, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Any advice on Munroe Regional Medical Center

Hello!  I'm new to Ocala Mom.  Moved here a month ago with my family.  I'm looking for any recommendations for the midwives at the Munroe center.  There seem to be quite a few. Has anyone had any experience there?  Many thanks...Rachel  

Added by Rachel O'Brien on August 18, 2014 at 9:25pm — No Comments

cheap wedding

Where can you have a small wedding other than courthouse. Only about 10 guests

Added by jayda on July 27, 2014 at 8:37pm — 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. …

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Added by Jen Ryan on July 9, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

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. …

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Added by Jen Ryan on July 9, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Ocala Neighborhoods

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of your advice recently regarding the local schools. What are some great neighborhoods around Ocala for young families? There is plenty of real estate in the good school districts, but we really know nothing about the various neighborhoods. We aren't seeking out an expensive gated community...just  a quiet middle class community full of good people that's not too far from downtown. We're fine with something that needs cosmetic updating,…

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Added by Melissa Callender on July 3, 2014 at 8:43pm — 2 Comments

Learning about Ocala...

I am a mother of two, ages 3 and 7. We may be moving to Ocala soon as my husband was offered a job there. We'll be visiting in July. If any of you wonderful ladies have suggestions on the following topics, I'd appreciate it! We are very unfamiliar with the area as we've lived in metro Atlanta for all of our lives! :)

-Best schools (elementary and preschools)

-Great, SAFE areas to look for real estate for young families. We're on a tight budget but want to find a…

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Added by Melissa Callender on June 19, 2014 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Any play groups for toddlers around?

I have a 20 month old son and a 7 week old baby girl. I am looking for a play group with young children that meet every once in a while. Anyone know of anything or a busy park? I am new to Ocala and my son loves to play with other kids and I am busy with his little sister, so I want to make sure he is having fun too!

Added by Amy on May 30, 2014 at 2:05pm — 1 Comment

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