Monday, August 30, 2010
Anyway, I'm told that the watermelon festival is hands down the only one worth attending. I recall going in high school and having fun. But, having a fun hater for a husband, I haven't been in years. Well, now that A is four, I can have lots more fun with her. So, I resolved to take her to the watermelon festival. I learned that I am apparently an old fart when it comes to rides and my daughter is a thrill seeker. I also learned never to trust a carnie because some of them seem to have a God-complex.
So, we went. The first 10 minutes ended with watching a verbal fight ensue between some trashy people who released some f-bombs and biznatches in front of not only their children, but about 30 other children in the vicinity. Oh, the classy people that walk amongst us!
So, my daughter was all excited about the rides. I was not so much excited, because for some reason, I am a wuss when it comes to my life flashing before my eyes. Well, the first ride she wanted to go on was this whirly thing that spun you up, down and around. I seriously about tossed my cookies. I was so disappointed in myself. Of course, I wasn't gonna be THAT mom that barfed all over an amusement ride, so I held it in.
Well, as the night progressed we ran into some friends. One of whom was more than willing to take A on that ship ride that swings like a pendulum. There I was, watching in amazement as my four year old went on ride after ride after ride while I stood in awe of her braveness. After some rides, we ate the required free watermelon, checked out the games and ridiculously priced food. Then, it was getting near time to go. I had purchased tickets in lieu of the $15 arm-bands that let you ride as many rides as you wanted all night. A and a friend's daughter Z decided they wanted to go on "Moby Dick." This ride is too horror-evoking to explain. All of the adults looked around at each other to see who was going to volunteer to take the kidlets on the ride... and silence... and finger pointing... and silence. So, finally I say that I will do it because guilt at the idea of these kids not getting to ride this last ride was more overwhelming than my fear and potential nausea.
This ride was a whopping 5 tickets a person and I only had 8. So, an acquaintance happened by and offered me her bracelet. I figured I could rig it up on my wrist somehow, so right in front of this carnie game woman who looked like she was ridiculed in high school for being an uber-dike and an ugly one to boot, glared at us as if we were plotting to steal the Hope Diamond. So I get in line with A and Z and we wait our turn. Well, said carnie woman comes trotting (or should I say manly striding) over to the man operating the ride. She tries to be all nonchalant, but I know her type... she's a narc... a big ole narcy narc narc face. So, I say to my friends, "20 bucks says she just ratted me out to that dude." I have one of my friends go snag me 2 more tickets and I give up on the recycled bracelet idea.
We go to get on the ride and the man nicely takes my tickets. I can barely bring myself to relay what happened next. I clung to dear life to my harness. I closed my eyes as tight as humanly possible. It was death coming for me. It was a nightmare. I didn't scream, cause once again, I didn't wanna be THAT mom. But, some random 8 year old sitting next to me yelled, "Open your eyes you're an adult!!" If I weren't on that ride...
And it ended. With most of my body still in tact, I walked slowly over to my friends. It was over... I was alive. And here's the kicker... while I was on the ride, the dude operating it called over ole' beefcake Yolanda and laughingly told her that I paid with tickets. AHA!!! Take that, Nazi! And go back to your loserville Loser McLosenstein corner... eat it... with a spoon.... *dancing* I showed the carnie who had the college degree... woot, woot...
And now I'm THAT mom... the judgmental one who makes fun of carnie folk... *sigh*
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Trident wanted to know what steps my family uses to keep our children's smiles bright and white. Smiles are extremely important in our family. My husband and I both had braces, so we know what it's like to be uncomfortable with your smile. We want our kids to smile all the time without having to worry. Here are some simple things that we do:
1) Brush twice a day.
Nick thinks it's most important to brush in the morning and I think it's most important at night, so we each make sure the children brush both times.
2) Lend a hand.
My kids are in the "do it myself" stage, which means they want to brush their teeth all by themselves as well. I keep a watchful eye and if it seems like they aren't getting all their teeth, I will lend a hand and make sure they know how to get them all.
3) Keep sweet consumption to a minimum.
Kids don't need all that sugar anyway, but especially their teeth don't need it. We might give one sugary treat a day, if that. Juice is 100% and is third in line after milk and water.
4) NO SODA.
This is an absolute. Our kids do not get soda. Not only does is serve no nutritional purpose, but it is not good for their teeth.
5) Lead by example.
I always brush my teeth with the kids when they do it so that they see mommy brushing as well. I rarely drink soda and drink tons of water. This way my kids will hopefully mimic my healthy choices.
Simple, right? But these tips can save you lots of money and good oral hygiene in the future. What about you, do you have any tips on keeping your kids' teeth sparkling?
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
So, I took my then two year old and my then 5ish month old outside with me while I put the door up myself. And in order to properly contain my infant, I used a baby carrier to strap him to my chest. It was a Godsend! I was able to put up the door and we were able to feel the gentle breeze roll in. None of this would have been possible without my handy dandy baby carrier. That was an Infantino, but since then, Infantino has come out with newer and better models!
The model I chose to review is the Infantino EcoSash Wrap & Tie.
3-in-1 design: face-in,
face-out and back carrier
suited for 8-35 lbs (3.6-15.9 kgs)
Natural bucket seat.
Easily adjusts for a perfect fit.
Wide & comfortable padded straps.
Super soft and breathable.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Anyway, since I think she was the cutest one there, I thought I'd share a picture or two from A's first day.
In Diego's Ultimate Rescue League you get to enjoy three new-to-dvd episodes!
Family Time Factor: One of the few cartoons I can tolerate watching with the kids or having on in the background. I think it is best enjoyed by boys or girls from birth to 10.
MOTR Grade: A
Go Diego, Go!: Diego's Ultimate Rescue League is available on DVD August 31!!!
Nickelodeon and its reps are nice enough to provide one copy for giveaway!! This contest will end September 7 at noon and is open to US residents only.
1) Let me know your favorite Go Diego, Go! character and why.
2) Post a link to this giveaway on twitter and use @nickelodeonDVD in the tweet. Then post link to tweet below. (one entry per day allowed doing this)
3) Email this giveaway to a friend and cc me with email@example.com (one email entry allowed per day)
Now, add this to the fact that holiday DVDs are favorites around my house. It gets the kids excited for the next holidays. Okay, so it gets me excited about them too. I'm dying for October!!
Happy Halloween contains the following episodes:
Save the Bat
But seriously, when they say that Nick, Jr. is like preschool on TV, they are not kidding. My kids learn so much from watching these shows that it amazes me! Each show features different learning skills and techniques. And now they can get ready for Halloween too!!
Nickelodeon Favorites: Happy Halloween is available on DVD today!!!
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.
On iCarly: iSpace Out, you get a collection of iCarly episodes that are out of this world! Carly and the crew venture to a training facility to test their space survival abilities. Can they handle being locked in a space pod for 36 hours? On top of this challenge, the iCarly fun continues as Sam decides to reveal a shocking secret, Gibby wants to fight Freddie, Carly and crew hunt for Bigfoot, and so much more.
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. A has started enjoying watching this show and even asks for me to record it. I will watch it with her from time and find myself chuckling. It's nice to watch something other than a cartoon!
MOTR Grade: A-
iCarly: iSpace Out is currently available on DVD!!!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The premise of the movie is that Ronnie and her little brother must spend the summer at the beach with their dad (I love Greg Kinnear!) Ronnie has never forgiven her dad for "walking out on the family" and has become a rebellious teen. She gave up on the piano and a chance to go to Julliard all to sulk and be a bum. When she meets a boy, he starts to bring joy to her life and therefore she starts breaking down her tough exterior and gets closer to her father.
Of course being a Nicholas Sparks movie, there are tears, anger, sadness, bad news, fights, all of the things you'd expect. I of course did not shed a tear, but I'm sure other people will. It was definitely a good movie, but would have been a million times better without Miley and her horrendous overbite.
Family Time Factor: suitable for all ages, but small children won't be interested at all.
MOTR Grade: C+
The Last Song is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray!!!
Blu-Ray Combo pack comes with DVD.
DVD & Blu-Ray Bonus Features:
• Set Tour with Bobby Coleman – In this featurette, we’ll go on a behind-the-scenes guided tour, hosted by Bobby Coleman. This rambunctious eight-year old will bring his fans along as he does everything from interview Adam Shankman, Miley’s security team, to going on a seashell scavenger hunt. Audiences will have an all access pass to see how a film is made through the eyes of the new up-and-comer and star of The Last Song, Bobby Coleman.
• Making of the Music Video, “When I Look At You“ with Miley Cyrus – Go behind-the-scenes of the music video, “When I Look At You”. It will feature recording studio footage, b-roll from the set, interviews with Miley and crew, clips from the film and music video. Audiences will learn how the film’s motif, southern summer romance, is incorporated into feel and theme of the music video
• Miley Cyrcus Music Video: “When I Look At you”
• Audio Commentary – with Director Julie Anne Robinson and Co-Producer Jennifer Gibgot
• Alternate Opening Sequence: The Church Fire (with optional commentary by director)
• Deleted Scenes (with optional commentary by director)
o Ronnie at the piano
o Steve & Ronnie at the beach
o Hospital montage
o Vegan cookies
o Juggling on the pier
Saturday, August 14, 2010
1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant.. they deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."
I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her name was Dorothy.
This is completely true! My husband and I went to the same orthodontist in high school. He would say the name of one of the assistants and I would have no clue whom he was referring to. He said, "you don't know any of the assistants names?" And I didn't. I guess I didn't think it was important, but he did. Likewise, the other day I called my vet clinic to make an appointment for my parents' cat. I didn't recognize the name of the woman who answered the phone, but when I gave her my name she said, "oh hi!" as if she knew who I was. This is probably true, but I only know the names of the actual doctors. It makes me feel snooty that I don't take the time to learn the names of everyone in an office, not just those in charge.
So get your or your child's creative juices flowing and head over to Disney Create!
Winner will head to
Winner will come to
Winner will travel to LA for a tour of some of the local sites featured in JONAS LA and cap it off by meeting Kevin, Joe and Nick.
Winner will head to LA where they will be the star in a weekend of fun including a musical jam session with Allstar Weekend and a $1000 shopping spree from Disney Stores.
In honor of these two awesome activities, Disney and LBI have offered up some neat promo gear as giveaway. Three winners will win a U Rock CD which features four cool Disney tracks along with retractable earbud headphones. Contest ends at noon on August 28 and is open to US and Canada residents.
1) Tweet a link to this giveaway and include @hamsterkitten and hashtag #disneycreate or #disneyurock Post link to tweet below. (one tweet allowed per day)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Me: Hi, Deer!
Me: Hey, there's an apple tree a couple blocks down. I saw another deer eating there earlier. Was it you?
Me: If it was you then nevermind. Otherwise, go eat them apples!
Me: Well, you stay safe and don't go out in the road!
And then I rode away.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
MOTR Grade: B+
Veggie Tales: Sweet Pea Beauty is now available on DVD!!!
I have one copy of this DVD available for giveaway. It is open to US and Canada residents and ends at noon (Central) on August 24.
1) Let me know your favorite Veggie Tale character and why.
2) Post a link to this giveaway on twitter and use @hamsterkitten in the tweet. Then post link to tweet below. (one entry per day allowed doing this)
3) Email this giveaway to a friend and cc me with firstname.lastname@example.org (one email entry allowed per day)
Monday, August 9, 2010
"Push"- Matchbox 20
"Far Behind"- Candlebox
"My Immortal"- Evanescence
"November Rain"- Guns N Roses
"Everlong"- Foo Fighters