Thursday, April 30, 2009
I will admit when I'm wrong. And I'm not one of those people who is above it. But, if I don't feel like I'm wrong, I'm not gonna make an apology for it or try to make you think that you're right.
The worst feeling in the world is feeling like a fool. You get this numbness all over that makes you want to crawl in a hole and and bury your face in the layers of muck and mud, never to have to face the world again- especially not the person that made you feel so foolish!
And why as humans do we hate being wrong so much? It's not like we think we're perfect and not susceptible to failure and flaws. Why are the words, "I was wrong" so hard to spit out.
Whether we feel foolish for a choice we made, something we said, a relationship gone wrong or a slight error, being wrong has that little nibble of shame that can turn into a flesh eating disease.
Perhaps, with therapy, we'll one day be able to admit our errors without turning red in the face.
Color me bummed. I was pretty excited to see this movie as I feel that if Angelia Jolie or Brad Pitt are in it, it's worth watching. Unfortunately, that was not as much the case with Benjamin Button.
The movie has quite an interesting plot. Mr. Button's wife dies while giving birth to their child. He is distraught and the child is hideous, so he takes the baby and leaves it on the porch of an old folk's home, where it is brought in and raised by Queenie, a black woman that lives at the home and takes care of the people there. A doctor is quite shocked by how the baby is in the same condition as a man in his eighties would be and does not see a future for him. Queenie names the baby Benjamin and keeps him because she knows that every baby deserves love.
As years pass, Benjamin gets older, but still looks like an old man. He continues to live in the old folks home, where he seems to fit in, but has to watch all the residents die. At one point, he meets Daisy, who is the granddaughter of one of the patients. They grow up as friends and eventually fall in love. Cate Blanchett plays this character as an adult.
At 17, Benjamin goes off on his own and continues to age in reverse and experience things in ways that only he can.
I found this movie to be incredibly boring. It was too bad because the idea was great, but the film itself was long and full of useless bits. I did not like how they did flashbacks from Daisy and her daughter reading the story to it actually happening. This seemed unnecessary. The make up was brilliant, which is why it deserved the Oscar it won. Otherwise, this movie fell flat in my book.
Family Time Factor: This is not something young children would enjoy. I would say this would be more of a "date night" movie as it's not something for the whole family.
MOTR Grade: C
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is available on Blu-Ray and DVD May 5.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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And yes, there will be reviews and giveaways thrown about here and there, but think of it as commercial breaks between my original content. I only write original content when I'm inspired so that it is not forced. So, if I haven't posted something new in awhile, feel free to be my muse!
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What is better than a movie with a cute dog in it? A movie FULL OF CUTE DOGS! As a dog lover, this movie had me constantly ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the sweet faces! And I could appreciate the comedy and intelligence that this film had to offer as well.
Andi and Bruce have a problem. They need to figure out a place to hide their dog, Friday. Being fosters, they know what it's like to be a "stray." They decide to create a hotel for dogs so that no dog has to feel left out, alone or without a place in the world. Hijinks ensue as they go about manning this hotel with the help of some friends and an array of crazy inventions!
Not only was this movie fun, it had a great story and had some good lessons to be learned!
Family Time Factor: Definitely a movie you can watch as a family. It might not hold the attention of younger toddlers, but most kids love dogs! It had a plot adults could appreciate and that fun factor that children love!
MOTR Grade: B
Hotel for Dogs goes on sale April 28 on DVD and Blu-Ray and stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Don Cheadle, Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sal was one of my favorites. He was a man in his early 70s and he was bipolar. I got to be the one to take Sal to his doctor appointments because we got on so well. And I was one of the few who was able to calm him down when he found out that the doctor was all out of pens.
Sal had a nighttime routine where he counted out his click pens. They were the fat round ones that would have a business name or a pharmaceutical name on them. He was fascinated by them and got a kick out of collecting new ones. And when the doctor's office was out, stand back! Cover your ears! Sal was on the war path!
I have never heard such profanity in my life. If people cuss like sailors, Sal cussed like the pirate captain on the most dreaded ship in the sea!
But when he was in a good mood, he was a hoot. He was like a teddy bear, wearing a union suit with every pocket stuffed full of useless goodies, be it a baseball card, a toothbrush, or a packet of Sweet N Low.
One day, I was working on the unit by myself and Sal was back in his room (he had one of the individual rooms, Mr. Moneybags! I was filling out charts and Sal kept yelling my name, "Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaara!" (He was one of the few that got it right.) "Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaara!" I knew I had just checked on him and he probably had some scheme in his mind, but finally, I started walking down the hall and asked, "Yes, Sal?"
Sal quickly screamed, "Have you ever been to New York?!" And slammed the heavy metal door to his room. I just stood in the hall shaking my head and then chuckled as I went back to my charts.
Tired of the same old boring summers? Little League frying your brain? Floating around in a circle in your pool sipping lemonade getting old? Be the coolest mom on the block and throw a Luau! Your friends will envy your cool party style and everyone will wonder where you got your great clothes and party gear!
Of course you'll want to keep the secret to yourself where you got your Hawaiian shirts because you don't want anyone to compete with your trendy flare for understanding what's current and happening. You'll just sit back and watch as the next poor woman gets her Luau gear and clothing from a third rate knock off shop. You will be the talk of the summer amongst your friends and family!
Luau Shirts is your source for everything Hawaiian themed whether it's shirts, tiki accessories, leis or party supplies. They even offer group sale pricing on an assortment of Hawaiian shirts to make large orders more affordable.
When I think of the two places I want to be, it's wherever my kids aren't and Hawaii. Lying on a beach, drinking out of a coconut while the ocean waves beat against the shore. That is sheer bliss! Unfortunately, the economy (among other things) keeps us from experiencing Hawaii at its best. So, the next best thing is a backyard Luau! Fire up the grill, hire some cute hula dancers and invite the whole town! Just make sure that everyone knows to wear their Hawaiian shirt!
Inspired by a Twitter conversation, I decided to share some stories about the best job I ever had! When I was 19, I got hired as a residential aide at our county's mental health institution. It was divided up where the mentally ill residents were on the right, the mentally retarded residents were on the left, and upstairs were the higher functioning folks that needed the stability and structure of the institution. People were either court committed or voluntary residents.
I remember the very first shift flew by and I couldn't believe that I got paid to be there! It was the best job ever! I love psychology, so the atmosphere made my mind melt with eager learning experience anticipation.
My goal is to share some stories from the time I spent there and a little about some of the people I worked with, both the residents and my co-workers. I by no means intend to mock people with mental illnesses or mental retardation and I will not give real names in order to protect identities.
Each story will be designated as a Chapter and will focus on one incident or person in particular.
It was a sad day when the facility closed down. It was around the time that people were pushing for deinstitutionalization and trying to promote more normal living experiences. I thought this was ridiculous because some of the residents welcomed the structure and would have been too afraid to venture out on their own. But, as things in life go, it was not in my hands.
Chapter one will be coming soon! I hope you enjoy and get a little psychology enthusiasm in your blood from reading!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
As you know, I'm a free thinker. I don't expect to have hoards of people who agree with me, and I definitely don't think I'll find too many with this one, but it would be great to be pleasantly surprised!
People always talk about how penguins and humans are notoriously known for being monogamous. I DO NOT think that humans are meant to be monogamous, I just think that because we have high levels of thought function, we have convinced ourselves as a society that we are supposed to be monogamous. People use the words "soulmate" and "love of my life" to describe "the one." I think this is bunk!
I believe in compatibility. You could "fall in love" with a lot of people, if you find people that are compatible with you and you are in the mindset that you're available.
But, there's a huge flaw in the monogamy theory. Two words: adultery & divorce. That gives me an inkling that human beings are not meant to be monogamous. How many people stay in a miserable marriage for years (or life) just because they think that they are "in love" with the person they are with or that the Bible doesn't go for divorce. I'm pretty sure that Jesus didn't die for our sins so that people could blame him for the reason they are staying in a miserable marriage.
Okay, so just because I don't believe that monogamy is really meant to be part of the human condition, that does not mean that there should be promiscuity running rampant in society. That would be what separates us from the monkeys. We should have the intelligence not to put disease and ickiness out there.
So, if you're in a beautifully, wonderful, fun filled, happy, monogamous relationship, more power to you! It's a rarity! But, if you think like me and realize that life's about compatibility and that some people change and are not compatible for ever, then kudos to your free thinking attitude!
What do you guys think about this? Anyone think I'm stupid and want to yell at me? Anyone want to marry me cause they love my attitude (sorry, I'm not biting!) Tell me what you think!
I wanted to point out because I realized it might sound like I condone cheating. I totally don't! Cheating on someone is the ultimate form of disrespect. That's why if you realize that monogamy is unrealistic, you don't tell someone you're committed to them if you're not.
Congratulations to the winner:
Thanks to everyone that entered and keep checking back as I try to have at least one giveaway going on at all times.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Please pardon any typos as I pick the delicious nectar that are your fruit chews out of my teeth.
I don't really have a sweet tooth. I haven't since my youth, when I made the stupid mistake of thinking that if you can put sugar on cereal and it tasted good, perhaps it would taste even better to just eat sugar and milk.
Chocolate and I do not like each other. Fruit and I, however, are quite good friends.
And this is where you come in. On the rare occasion that I feel like indulging in something sweet, I turn to you, Starburst, to fill this void in my palate.
But here is my beef:
I do not like the green. I do not like the yellow. I do not like the orange. I DO like the pink. And I DO like the red. Now, jumping into my math hat, I see that this is 2/5 of your flavors. So, when I purchase a bag, I find myself wasting 3/5 of the money that I spent on your delightful, mouthwatering, tongue pleasers.
And although I appreciate your "tropical" flavor packaging for those who want something different, it's just not my cup of tea.
So I query thee, could you consider making bags that have either new flavors and ousting the old lemon,lime routine and perhaps throw in apple or banana instead? Or, if you were feeling inspired by my plight, make some bags of just red, or just pink, or even *dare I hope* RED AND PINK?
In an economy such as ours, I just can't bring myself to spend full price on a bag of candy that I will only eat 2/5 of. There is no stimulus package to cover guilty pleasures.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I am a huge advocate for reading! I think it should begin when your children are young and that books help kids grow into intelligent, creative and imaginative people! Plus, I think that adults reading is also extremely important.
That's why I think it is awesome that Cheerios (who we all know promotes healthy bodies) promotes healthy minds as well! Over the past seven years, Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories has given away more than 35 million children's books by distributing them free inside cereal boxes and has donated nearly $3 million to First Book, their non-profit partner, which provides books to children from low-income families.
In addition to encouraging children to read, Cheerios is looking for anyone interested in writing children's books. Now in its third year, the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories New Author Contest is a way to encourage previously unpublished, up-and-coming children's book authors and to continue to nurture a love of reading. Entries are being accepted March 16 through July 15, 2009 and will be judged on appropriate story and content for children ages 3-8, emotional connection, writing quality, uniqueness, and read-aloud potential. More details on the contest can be found at www.spoonfulsofstoriescontest.com.
Cheerios is giving away a set of children's books to one lucky winner! I received a set and read them all to my daughter. She loved them and they will now be a staple in our book collection! They are extremely creative and fun and encourage imaginative thinking.
Contest is open only to US residents and ends at noon May 5.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
We interrupt these posts for a Mom on the Random mini rant.
Today's topic: blinds.
Okay, blinds are so ridiculous! First, I'd rather use shades. Second, I'd rather use curtains. Third, who dusts those things? I am not a big fan of le dusting and when you put dust on a blind, that's just wrong in every way!
So, it was with this animosity that I removed all blinds from my house this weekend and burned them. They were here when we moved in, so I don't feel that I lost money. I did, however, gain a sinus infection from inhaling all the dust and having my allergies go berserk!
Mini rant over. You may now resume your normal business.
Mickey Rourke made a HUGE comeback with The Wrestler. He was nominated for an Oscar, he won a Golden Globe. This was not small potatoes despite the movie coming from relative obscurity. Now, I can not say whether his performance was Oscar-worthy because I don't know what the guy is like in real life.
Rourke plays Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a professional wrestler who peaked in the late 80s. He has wrestled as a has been for the past decade in small arenas, barely able to pay his bills. On the side, he has an unglamorous job working at a local grocery store. His only real enjoyment other than wrestling and his addiction to pills and 'roids, is Cassidy, an aging stripper played by Marisa Tomei.
After suffering a heart attack and receiving a quadruple bypass, Randy is told by the doctor that he can never wrestle again. Randy seeks out his estranged daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood) in an effort to build a relationship. She and Cassidy are his only real hope for life outside of wrestling. Unfortunately, he can't get wrestling out of his blood.
Being married to a professional wrestling junkie, this was familiar territory to me. I've watched wrestling (before we had DVR, thank goodness, those days are over!) and have seen a few life stories here and there. It was definitely depressing, but very realistic. I thought it was somewhat long and leaned towards the boring side.
Family Time Factor: I have to say, I think this is a movie best watched by guys... alone.
MOTR Grade: C
The Wrestler comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray April 21!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
One of Nickelodeon's breakout hits has been iCarly. It stars Miranda Cosgrove (School of Rock cutie, Drake & Josh regular) as Carly, a girl who becomes a quasi celebrity in Seattle after broadcasting a webshow starring herself and her friend Sam. Carly's friend Freddie is the technology guy for their show.
Carly lives with her older brother Spencer and he is her legal guardian. This leads to the possibility of much more shenanigans and hijinks than when you're under parental supervision.
Each episode has Carly living out her regular life, without letting her fame get to her head. She is an intelligent and honest girl, which makes her a good character for young children to watch.
Another great element of iCarly is the fact that it is very now and current because Carly's show is on the internet. Kids will appreciate that it's not the same old boring storylines that could be transposed into any given decade.
This is the second volume to be released for season 1 and it features twelve episodes on two discs. It also has some special features, such as behind the scenes footage and the pilot episode of True Jackson, VP.
Family Time Factor: This is not really something older teens would probably enjoy. It's more of a tween thing or perhaps a bit younger. Parents can appreciate it's good plots and appropriate content, but isn't likely to be enjoyed as an entire family venture.
MOTR Grade: C+
iCarly Season 1, Volume 2 releases on DVD April 21! Visit their official site!
I am hosting this giveaway in cooperation with my friend The Juggling Homemaker. One lucky winner will be chosen using random.org from either site. You can get additional entries by entering on both sites! This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only and ends April 30. Good luck to everyone!
1) Tell me what your favorite Nickelodeon show is from past or present. (I used to love Ren & Stimpy!)
2) Digg this, tweet this or post a link on your website.
4) Visit The Juggling Homemaker for additional entries!
Ever wondered how pirates raise their kids?
Now you don't have to! Cap'n Billy "The Butcher" MacDougall has allowed his story and theories behind the practice of parenting like a pirate to be told in this new book from author Tim Bete. Bete is an award winning parenting humor columnist and author of In the Beginning There Were No Diapers.
This guide makes it easy for any boring land lover to flip their lifestyle upside down to become true pirates and raise their family as such. You'll learn the benefits of being a pirate and why it's okay to have a messy house, stinky children and dirty clothes. (Cause who cares? You're a pirate!)
As Bete relays in the story, men are more prone to read this book, get to about the second chapter and realize that pirate parenting is for them. Women, however are a little harder to win-over. (He compares it to telling women that you should dust with a leaf blower.) However, he dares to believe that even women will be converting their minivan into a pirate schooner before long!
This book had several parts that had me laughing out loud. It does seem like a nice idea to relieve the stress of normal parenting by just converting to the pirate lifestyle. Unfortunately, I was not sold on the idea by the end of the book.
I love Tim Bete's witty and humorous approach to the diversity of parenting styles and his tongue in cheek attitude.
The layout provides for a quick and easy read, along with quizzes throughout that let you test your progress on becoming a true pirate parent.
MOTR Grade: B-
First thing I noticed about The Uninvited was all the familiar faces. And of course I have to figure out where I've seen everyone or it drives me nuts! Anna is played by Emily Browning, who is best known from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Elizabeth Banks plays Rachel, the former nurse of Anna's mother, who is now her father's girlfriend. Banks has been quite busy lately and has recently starred in Role Models and Zack and Miri. Alex, Anna's sister, was played by Arielle Kebbel. She was the biggest challenge to recall, but you MAY remember her from John Tucker Must Die. And finally, the dad was played by David Straithairn, who was most recently in The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Bourne Ultimatum, but I instantly recognized him as Keith from one of my faves, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even from 1992.
Okay, now that we've got that business out of the way, let me say that this movie was AWESOME! I have been DYING for a good horror/thriller as that and comedy are my faves, and this movie delivered in spades.
Anna has been recently institutionalized after her ailing mother died tragically in a fire. Upon being released, Anna finds out that her father is shacking up with the nurse that took care of her mother. Anna does not like this one bit. In therapy, she admits that she saw what happened the night of the fire, but can't remember. Through dreams, Anna is visited by ghosts (yes, she sees dead people) that help her piece together what happened.
I was alerted ahead of time that the ending rocked, which made me question everything! But it did no good, because the ending has such a great twist that you'll never guess, so don't even try. Plus, why spoil the surprise? I was blown away and I loved it!
Family Time Factor: We actually watched this as a family. There was nothing really inappropriate to it and it was no more graphic than what you'd see on TV. If your child are easily frightened or going through a "boogeyman" phase, don't let them watch, but if your kids aren't sensitive to gore or dead people, they'll be fine.
MOTR Grade: A
The Uninvited will be available to own on DVD and Blu Ray April 28!
I may be in the minority, but I don't really like the idea of small children using computers.
I was recently offered the opportunity to review a new website geared towards toddlers. It reminded me of this issue. Aren't we supposed to try to avoid having our kids glued to the television? Wouldn't it be about the same if they were glued to the computer?
I believe in these things called books. They have a two covers and pages in between. They help kids learn to read, they have bright, vibrant pictures. They create a quality bonding experience between the parent reading them and the child listening. Now, I'm no saint, my kids watch TV, but mostly use it for background noise while they're playing.
It just seems to me that there's no need for another electronic device in a small child's life. Sure, computers are great when they're older and I want my kids to know how to type, etc, but as a toddler? No thank you. The last thing I need is my daughter asking me every 5 minutes if she can use the computer.
And I know that there is good material out there that promotes learning, I guess I'm just old fashioned and believe that I should be teaching them and that it should be interactive. Handheld toys, books, things you can touch and manipulate: I'll take those over a computer anyday! (for my kids, that is)
Am I just old fashioned? What do you guys think? Do any moms let their toddlers use the computer?
Friday, April 17, 2009
My mind is a jubblyjoo of things I want to say, but are brief, so I'm throwing them in one blog as a stew. Enjoy and hopefully your brain doesn't explode.
1) So, the UPS guy has come TWO DAYS IN A ROW. I am super stoked about this and think that means good things. Because life is sad when UPS doesn't come around for weeks.
2) I need to thank Annette at Fairy Blog Mother Blog for giving me a "Let's Be Friends" award. How sweet! Apparently (according to my husband) no one wants to be my friend, so it's always nice to prove him wrong, lol. Much love to her!
3) Twitter: I love twitter. If you're not on twitter, you're a dinosaur. And people who give "tips on how to succeed at twitter" annoy me. Guy Kawasaki annoys me. Ashton Kutcher (on twitter) annoys me. Just enjoy it and people will come.
4) Online friends: I'm one of those "friends when I feel like it" kinda people- I know, sad, but true. I do have a handful of friends in real life, but only for the occasional instances when I feel like going out. I've got a few friends that I used to be friends with IRL, and am now reconnecting with online and enjoy that bond. Then there's new online friends who I enjoy. So, it's like they're there when I want cause I only talk to them on the computer, lol. Okay, maybe not the best friend ideals, but I want to give them a shout out! (Nellie, Crystal, Misty, more to follow.)
5) I AM DONE WITH MY UNDERGRAD!!! Thursday I took my final test and I am DONE! I don't officially graduate until May (who knows when they'll mail my diploma), but I have nothing left to do in order to graduate but twiddle my thumbs! I'm so excited, because off and on, I've been in college (3 different ones) for NINE stinkin' years! I've never taken more than a semester off and never taken less than 6 hours when I was enrolled. Hallelujah and way to go, me!
6) I have come to the realization that my favorite food is mashed potatoes and gravy. I should have known this awhile ago, but only have since realized it as the truth. I used to say my dad's chili or tacos. Sorry to my dad's chilis and tacos, but you have been bounced from the number one spot!
7) Am I forgetting anything? I don't think so. I have more giveaways coming up, like dvds and what not. Some of the Twilight sponsors would like another go of it and I'm more than happy to oblige! I'm hoping to be inspired by some more original content soon. I have one brewing in my mind, but have to think about how to approach it so as not to draw mass hate mail.
Hope you are enjoying your spring! (Not that it will affect me in any way.) Keep the comments coming and don't forget to check out my sponsors listed to the left because that makes them like me.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Are you a mom and want something cool for Mother's Day? Or do you have a mother and need a good gift idea? ScareBaby Design and I want to help! Mother's Day is May 10 this year.
ScareBaby has a huge selection of Mother's Day graphics that can be put on t-shirts, mugs or tote bags. And they are offering one of my lucky readers the choice of any one Mother's Day item (up to $30 value.) I have posted one of my favorite graphic options.
Visit ScareBaby's Mother's Day selection and leave a comment here letting me know which product/design you would like to win and who it is for!
For additional entries:
1) Digg this post.
2) Tweet about this giveaway.
3) ONLY TO NEW FOLLOWERS: If you are NOT following my blog, you can get an additional entry by becoming a subscriber or follower.
4) ALREADY following?: Comment on any of my other posts and then comment below on this one.
Okay, that's a good amount of entries there, so good luck to everyone! Winners can only be from the U.S. and contest ends at noon on April 26. (So there's plenty of time to receive the gift before Mother's Day!)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
If you're already a mom, you may have experienced this. If you've never been pregnant before, I believe this is a little known fact.
When women are pregnant, they can experience quite the variety of odd things with their changing body. One of the craziest ones for me was that when I was pregnant with A, I had a heightened sense of smell. I checked the baby books, and sure enough, that was a side effect of pregnancy. Don't ask me why, and I'm not going to look it up because this isn't a science lesson.
So, after A was born, the smell thing left. But when I was pregnant with L, it came back even stronger! And the weirdest thing is that it has yet to go away and L is 15 months old. So, I am blessed/cursed with a schnoz that smells EVERYTHING. Sometimes this is good, like walking around flowers, but other times not so fun.
The story I wanted to relate with this interesting tidbit is quite uncanny and to some perhaps gross. My kids go to daycare twice a week. On a couple of occasions, I will go to pick them up and I walk into the "baby house" and am hit by the smell of MY SON'S poopy diaper. I've been in there before and it smells, but then there's the familiar smell of my own kid's present. So, I'll check the form that tells about his diaper changes and sure enough, he'll have had a poopy diaper less than half an hour earlier!
Is this bizarre to anyone else? I feel like an animal that can detect my own offspring's unique scent. Also, similarly, when he is running a temp, his pee smells different to me.
Okay, I'm sure I've just successfully managed to gross out quite a few of you, but this phenomenon interests me quite a bit and I'd be curious to know if any of you mom's have experienced this and if any of you eventual moms knew that this could happen!
Monday, April 13, 2009
The 8 Tag
8 Things I am Looking Forward to:
1. Getting my masters.
2. Starting my career.
3. L being potty trained.
4. New Moon coming to theaters.
6. Getting to a million followers on Twitter.
7. Duh! The UPS guy coming to my house!
8. Getting a new house so we all have our own bedrooms!
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Met two total strangers and had them follow me to my house.
2. Sold two puppies.
3. Ate too much.
4. Searched for Easter eggs with my children.
5. Spent time with family.
6. Watched Dollhouse.
7. Changed diapers.
8. Checked my email.
8 Things I Wish I Could do:
1. Get more people to read my blog.
2. Punch people in the face when they annoy me and have them not mind.
3. Win the lottery.
4. Lose weight.
5. Own a pet cow.
7. Stop itching.
8. Memorize html.
8 Shows I Watch:
1. Judge Judy
2. Millionaire Matchmaker
3. Gossip Girl
4. General Hospital
5. Chelsea Lately
7. Law & Order SVU/Criminal Intent
8. Hell's Kitchen
On December 2, 2008, Sega introduced the Wii game Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek. This was the debut to Wii of any game with the super sleuth Nancy Drew.
"Unexplained explosions and a lone white wolf haunt the bewildered guests of the Icicle Creek Lodge in the Canadian Rockies. Is there a plot to sabotage this wilderness resort? It's up to you, as Nancy Drew, to go undercover as a hired employee and track down the culprit."
This game has been wildly popular in PC format. Being on Wii, there is a bit of adjustment period learning it on a Wii controller, but once you figure it out, it comes naturally. The graphics were great, although at times, it was a little too dark, which made it hard to see where you were going and what was coming up. It is rated E for everyone. It offers the player to use problem solving solutions and is definitely a thinking game!
Family Time Factor: Definitely not for younger kids as they would have to read and be able to problem solve. I would say it would probably be best enjoyed from 10 and up. It can definitely be played as a family, though! It's a good way to spend a rainy day or evening as it promotes critical thinking and is not gory or gruesome.
MOTR Grade: B
Feel free to checkout a streaming trailer for this game!
And the winner is:
Congratulations to her and thank you to everyone who entered!
That wraps up our Two Weeks of Twilight Giveaway! I provided links to all of our sponsors in each post so that if you didn't win and would like to purchase anything you missed out on, feel free to check out their shops!
A couple of the sponsors have asked to do another giveaway on my site and those will be coming up! Keep checking back and thank you again to all the wonderful people who responded! You were great!
As you may remember, my daughter, A, is three. She has quite the big personality and amazes me with the things she says every day.
One of the most recent things she said that blew my mind was when she told me that her clothes didn't match. (She was just playing around the house, so I wasn't too worried about matching her clothes.) She actually understands the concept of clothes matching!
And she has ideas on what she will and won't wear as well! I thought it would be cute to dress her in an Iowa Hawkeyes track suit since that was her mommy's school. She had other plans and informed me that the outfit was not cute enough. She has no qualms about informing me when clothes to not meet up to her standards.
We are not into dressing her in frills and bows and she is quite okay with that. The one time I bought her a semi-frilly dress, she complained about it itching all day. For Thanksgiving, she looked ADORABLE in a corduroy floral button down dress. She can wear dresses and loves it, but doesn't need all the ruffle and lace.
And on any other given day, she's a tee shirt and jeans kinda gal. (Or leggings, sweats, etc.)
I look forward to shopping with her as she gets older and seeing what kind of things she picks out for herself!
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
The winner is:
Shellie Seering (via Book Room Reviews)
Congratulations to her and thank you to all that entered!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Using psychicscience.org to randomly choose my winner, the person who will be receiving the Oh Happy Day CD is:
Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone that entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways and of course awesome original content!
Friday, April 10, 2009
I found this on facebook and wanted to post it here. I DID NOT WRITE IT- not sure who did, but don't want to get credit for writing it. I am just pro gay marriage and wanted to let people read this because I think it gets old when people can't come up with new excuses for why gays shouldn't marry... enjoy! (Oh, and keep in mind the author of this is also pro gay marriage- it is very sarcastic!)
1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans
The winners were:
Toni (via Mom on the Random)
Dawn M. (via Book Room Reviews)
Cindy B. of Montana (via Book Room Reviews)
Thank you to all that entered and congratulations to the winners!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
As you've probably figured out from reading my previous blogs, I'm not a fan of women. They tend to annoy me and make lousy friends. But, that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate their value and achievements! Look at all the brilliant women authors out there whose writings have inspired a nation. Look at Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks. They inspired millions of people, especially women just by being themselves and doing what they wanted to do.
But, even being inspirational to one person makes your life great. If you can impact one person's life in a positive way, you are special.
I was thinking today about the women that have inspired me in my life and I wanted to point them out because they deserve recognition.
1) My mom: she was not your typical shackled to her children, slaving over a hot stove type of woman. She had ambitions in life, she had a wonderful career and people admire her. She is a great example of a mom who did not have to give up her identity in order to raise good children and let them know she cared. Sure, she could have said "go ask your dad" one less time, but I believe her to be an excellent role model. I would love to have one ounce of the respect that her employees and co-workers give to her. She's amazing.
2) My grandma: Louise was the sweetest lady I ever met. She was so unselfish, it was inspirational. That woman showed me so much unconditional love, that I was often floored. Everyone needs to know that they are loved and valued, and this was her role in my life. She was proud of every move I made and made me feel like I was extremely special. Plus she made the best cheeseburgers on earth!
3) Ms. Vets: one of my high school teachers. I'll tell why she inspired me, but don't think I'm cocky! I half assed a lot of my high school assignments because I could. I knew compared to some of the other students, my work was standout. So, when I started to slack and not do my best in her class, instead of letting me skate with it, she took me aside one day and told me she expected better because she knew I could do better. I was so moved that this woman cared enough to bring out the best in me. (She also had the greatest sarcastic sense of humor! I loved it!)
4) Senora Kirchner: my high school Spanish teacher. In a sea of miserable faces, she stood out as one of the teachers who actually wanted to be there! Her daily "hola chicatitos" was a breath of fresh air. She made me want to learn, she made me love to learn and she is a wonderful person to boot. Leaving school was so exciting, but I actually got choked up thinking about not seeing her every day. She made me feel like a good person at a time when so many people felt as though I had let them down. I will never forget her as long as I live.
Okay, that is my list, lol. I don't mean to offend that people might not have made the list, my point is that these four women impacted my life in such a positive way that it has shaped who I am. And that is monumental in my book.
That is why it is so important to think about the way we treat other people and how we react. You never know whose life you might change.
The winner of the New Moon necklace from Mom on the Random is:
And the winner of the Midnight Sun necklace from Book Room Reviews is:
Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to our two winners!
And to those that didn't win, Noriane is currently offering free shipping on any orders of $30 and over. She will be offering this through the end of April! (Hint, mother's day is coming up!)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The winner was from Mom on the Random:
Congratulations to her and thank you to everyone that participated!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
So, for a few months I've had this itch. It's a full body itch and will just happen periodically, sometimes I even break out into hives! And of course I have not seen the doctor, because I don't want to pay for it.
I've been researching it quite a bit and I believe it to be stress related. I found this on healthy-skincare.com:
"The effect of stress or anxiety on the skin is often overlooked. A stress rash, which appears as hives or welts on the skin, is a negative product of stress. Many people break out into a rash when under even minor amounts of it. Often the result is the appearance of itchy hives or welts on the stomach, back, arms, and face. Why this occurs is a difficult question to answer. Some experts suspect that the problem is the effect that anxiety has on the immune system. Factors acting on the immune system cause the release of histamine and this results in vessel dilatation, itching, hives, or a stress rash. However, in many cases the exact cause and explanation for the stress rash cannot be specified."
Their solution is a stress management plan. This is much easier said than done.
Anyway, I thought I'd share this, because I found it to be fascinating that my stress has managed to manifest itself as a physiological problem. I usually don't get outwardly stressed, so my body has internalized it and made me itchy.
Thank you, Body. You won't be getting a Christmas present this year!
Have this problem? Here's the info I found most useful.
The winner was from Book Room Reviews:
Congratulations to her and thanks to everyone who participated!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Released on February 10, The World's Biggest Tea Party is a treat for all fans of My Little Pony! It gives you the opportunity to see the live performance in your own home. There's singing, dancing and a fun storyline.
This dvd could go either way with your child. Some kids must have the cartoon aspect to stay captivated. Others might have been to a live show and find the costumes fascinating. For my daughter, she thought it was fun when they sang and danced, but was not as interested in what else was going on. The great thing about the repackaging that has been done is that it comes with a My Little Pony toy so your child can re-enact the performance themselves. And as any parent knows, you could put a toy in a tin can and the child will love it!
Check out this great printable My Little Pony coloring page!
Family Time Factor: Definitely not something the whole family would want to sit down and watch together. It would probably be best for children seven and under. It would make a great Easter basket filler!
MOTR Grade: C-
It's nothing new, but lately it seems like more and more in the news, people are killing each other and taking away innocent lives.
What is the deal?
Has evolution not completely turned us into humans? Do some people still have that base animal sensibility that renders them incapable of having morals and makes them think that they have the right to take another life?
It scares me. To think that my family could just be walking down the street and someone could start shooting. I understand we're in a recession. I understand life is hard for some people. But what makes one person think that it is okay to take another person's life?
And what about all the people who kill their families or their spouses? Have they not heard of divorce? What's worse, having your family think less of you because you moved off to another state and left your wife and kids alone or for them to not speak to you because you murdered them?
It's senseless and stupid and idiocy annoys me! I can't imagine what these other countries think of us... sitting here, gluttonous, money hungry and indulgent, with nothing better to do than murder each other for no reason.
Okay, rant over. Please resume your normal daily functions.
The lucky winner was from Book Room Reviews.
Lindsey @ A Kindred Spirit's Thoughts
Congratulations to her and thanks to everyone that entered!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
You know what a bucket list is: a list of things you want to do before you die.
Well, I've had a couple things on my bucket list for awhile and I've shared them with friend/family before. I figured I'd share them with the rest of the world. Cause maybe some rich person will look at this and want to fund the things I can't afford to do right now, lol.
Okay, so here is my list to date:
1) Take a cruise.
2) Go on a haunted tour of England.
3) Get arrested.
4) Save a pig from being slaughtered.
5) Save a cow from being slaughtered.
Exciting, I know, lol. Anyone want to share their bucket list with me?
If you want to get a Pekingese, you should really do your research.
Mom on the Random winners:
Ann Diana Dinh
Book Room Review Winners
Congratulations to today's winners and thanks to everyone who participated!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Today's winner was from Book Room Reviews:
Congratulations to today's winner and thanks to everyone who participated!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Just in time for Easter, BigIdea has re-released one of their beloved tales, "An Easter Carol."
If you are unfamiliar with Veggie Tales, it's a group of talking vegetables, lead by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber that bring moral messages to children in a fun and interesting way! They have musical numbers, silly songs, quirky characters and zany plots that kids love! I was first introduced to these guys when I was in high school and they'd play the silly songs at a Wednesday night church function. It's great that my children can enjoy them still to this day!
An Easter Carol highlights old Nebbie K. Nezzer, who is always looking to make a quick buck while someone else slaves away for this to happen. Mr. Nezzer wants to produce mass quanitites of plastic eggs in time for Easter and works his mechanical chickens to the breaking point. Cavis and Millward (Bob and Larry) decide to teach Mr. Nezzer what Easter is really about and that it isn't just bunnies, eggs, toys and candy!
There is also a music box angel character named Hope that is voiced by Grammy Award winning artist Rebecca St. James. The newly released DVD is full of cool bonus features, like karaoke, an easter egg hunt, trivia, games and more! Feel free to check out the An Easter Carol trailer for a preview!
Family Time Factor: I actually enjoy watching Veggie Tales with my kids! The stories are clever, the music is catchy, and it's a pleasant way to spend some time together. I think that it can be enjoyed my pretty much every age group.
MOTR Grade: A-
One lucky winner will receive this DVD! I will choose the winner via random.org on April 13. Entries will be accepted through noon. Contest is only open to U.S. and Canada residents.
1) Let me know about something special you do for your children for Easter or something that you did as a child for Easter that you remember well.
2) Follow or subscribe to my blog, or follow me on Twitter.
3) Post a link to this giveaway on facebook, your own site or twitter and then return here with to let me know!
That's it! Good luck!
So, picture me euphoric.
I was having a great day! I only got a few hours of sleep, but that didn't phase me. I got up with the kids, they danced a bit while I checked my email and listened to itunes, I implemented a new sticker chart regime with my daughter, then it was off to daycare for the tots.
Next stop was taking my final for social psychology. I chatted with my proctor for a bit, then was done and on my way to the grocery store. It's a beautiful day out today (finally!) The sun is shining, the wind was for once not atrocious and it was decently warm (60.)
I went to the grocery store and was beyond stoked that I managed to buy a 20 lb. bag of dog food, a can of wet dog food, two bottles of juice, bread and bananas for $8.67 that I happened to have in cash! (Thank you coupons and rebate checks!) Then, I got something exciting in the snail mail, checked my email, had a bunch of new followers and postings for my blog and then noticed how many wonderful people were recommending me for followfriday on Twitter.
My day was going great, plus there was the added knowledge that I had NO MORE responsibilities for the day! It was just time to relax and enjoy the fresh air. I was in SUCH A GOOD MOOD!
So, I get home, tell my husband about my wonderful mood and ask him to try not to mess it up. We decide to go to lunch (which kinda voids my great savings at the store), have a nice meal and then on the way home, he drops the mean bomb and ruins my day!
I start to tell him about someone that I am finding increasingly annoying and he cuts me off to tell me that I'm being judgmental and that it's really annoying because it seems like all I ever want to do is judge people and gossip. He said that no one is going to want to be my friend and I'm ruining my personality by being this way.
Well, that hurt. Normally I am an emotionless pit, but I almost considered tearing up on this. What a mean thing to say! I like myself and I was NOT judging that person that was annoying me! I can't get into it in case they read this, but they are becoming increasingly needy and I don't like it. I was NOT judging them the way he said I was.
Plus, I know that I tend to gossip and complain, but he's my husband, aren't I allowed to do that with him? And I never let my "judgments" change the way I treat people. I'm nice to everyone whether they deserve it or not! (Unless I'm being sarcastic, but that's just good fun.)
So, what do you think? Did I over react? We got home and I told him how much he hurt my feelings and that I wanted to be alone the rest of the day until I pick the kids up from daycare. I'd like opinions on this. But, I don't like having my feelings hurt and most of the time I shrug it off, but coming from him, it felt a little more painful.
P.S. The picture is my actual husband, lol.
P.P.S. I also wanted to point out that to add to what could have been a great day, the UPS man came (HOORAY) and I picked up a snake in my yard (FUN!)
The winners can choose any shirt from their site that is $30 or under.
Mom on the Random winner:
Book Room Review winner:
Congratulations to both of these winners and thanks to everyone that participated!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I lie in wait
for the rumble
on the pavement
outside my door.
It has been days
Why do you torture me so?
Do you not
know the high that you bring to me
when you bring me
I adore you
Darn you, UPS!
The winners from Mom on the Random are:
The winners from Book Room Reviews are:
Marvin Haas, Jr.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who participated!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Anyone who thinks that diamonds are a girl's best friends, has not seen the beauty that is the pearl. Their luster, their sleekness, their flawlessness, there is nothing that compares to a pearl.
Tahitian Pearl Jewels is a family run business that is steeped in a rich history of pearl knowledge. With roots that begin in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia, their family is filled with the tradition and craft of Tahitian pearl farming. Their experience comes from generations of know-how combined with new technologies and techniques.
After mastering the art of creating the perfect pearl, they decided to venture out in 1997 into the jewelry making business. One look at their website and you'll see that their love for what they do is reflected in every piece of jewelry they produce.
For instance, take a look at the Tahitian black pearl rings. Wearing something as perfect and as amazing as these rings will cause any woman to be the center of attention, no matter how crowded the room. Pearls, like the women who wear them, are meant to be adored and admired.
Tahitian Pearl Jewels also specializes in pendants, bracelets, earrings, necklaces & strands. There's something for everyone! Your skin was meant to be caressed by the elegant radiance that pearls exude.
The best part is the price! Because Tahitian Pearl Jewels cuts out the middle man by raising and harvesting their own pearls and creating their own jewelry (in the U.S.A!) they are able to offer their items at a much more affordable price than most jewelers both online and offline!
If you're a man, nothing says "I Love You" more than pearls. And if you're a woman, you owe it to yourself to adorn your body with the most exquisite beauty that can be found on this earth.