Happy New Year!!!  

Monday, December 31, 2007

I have to say Happy New Year to everyone. What an amazing journey 2007 has been to me. I started this blog in April-May 2007, it was my first baby. I don't do as much as I would like to in here but now with my guest writer I hope that can change. I also wish that I could afford to pay someone to help. SO if anyone wants to help for free just email me!!

I have to thank all the people that I have become friends with and those who have brightened my life. Without you I couldn't do this blog. SO here is to 2008...where only good things can happen!!

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New Year's in New York  

It seems that New York has become green...it's a new ball...amazing facts. Also it is the 100th year they are doing this. How amazing is that??

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You know you are having a bad day when...  

Saturday, December 29, 2007

- You wake up face down on the pavement.

- You jump out of bed in the morning and miss the floor.

- You turn on the morning news, and they're showing emergency routes out of your city.

- Your bar of Ivory soap sinks.

- You put both contact lenses in the same eye.

- The bird singing outside your window is a vulture.

- Your horn gets stuck when you're following a group of Hell's Angels on the freeway.

- You get to work and there's a 60 Minutes news team waiting in your outer office.

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Doing the Blitz  

Friday, December 28, 2007

By Barbara A. Clark
The Spirited Strider

I am honored to be asked to be a guest blogger here. I hope you will enjoy my first post.

As a mother of two daughters, I can relate to what never seems to be an endless chore of picking up. When my children were little and I was passing time waiting in a doctor's office, I read an article in a magazine about the concept of playing a game called "The Blitz" as a way to get your young children to help you pick up around the house. In my effort to be a conscientious researcher and give credit to the author of the concept, I recently did some research to find the creator of this wonderful concept. What I found, however, was a recent blog posted years after I had read the article in that magazine, but no mention of the person who originally created it. So I'm not sure whose idea it was, but it's a great one. I started using it in the mid-1990's when my kids were little and it quickly became a family tradition in my home.

The game is called "The Blitz," but I like to refer to it as "Doing the Blitz." It doesn't cost a thing, uses only about 10-15 minutes of your time when you do it and it's easy to get the kids involved.

To begin, tell your kids that you're starting a new family game called The Blitz. As long as your kids can walk, all members of the family can and should participate in some way. Here is how you do it:

1. Set a timer for no more than 15 minutes. I recommend at least 10 minutes, but no more than 15.
2. Then shout "BLITZ" with as much enthusiasm as you can generate.
3. Each member of the family looks around the house and picks up items, moving them at least out of sight to another location.
4. When the timer stops, you all stop. No exceptions!
5. Give lots of praise to everyone for a job well done!

That's it! The idea is to move as much out of sight as you can in the little time that there is, while making it fun for the entire family.

The Blitz works well when you want to target a particular area of your home and make it look presentable. Doing the Blitz can be a lifesaver when you find out that unexpected company is stopping by in a half an hour! You can quickly pick up all the toys, shoes and other stuff that your family so conveniently left lying around in the living room. It's great after you've unwrapped those Christmas presents, too. It works well when you are trying to separate items for each family member (e.g. shoes, clothing, toys, etc.) and take them to their respective bedrooms. It works with very young children and older ones, too, and builds on family time together. All around, it's a great family activity for everyone with very visible, immediate results.

A word of caution: please don't use this as a method for thoroughly cleaning your house! It is extremely important that you stop when the timer goes off. Otherwise, Doing the Blitz won't be fun anymore for anyone and your kids will be more likely to whine about all that hard work they have to do. You can always follow-up the next day with another "Blitz" in each person's room, having them put away all the things they brought there the previous day.

So, for the real cleaning jobs, Doing the Blitz is not the best option, but for picking up, it's a great fun activity that also can build on family time together, while making the "public" areas of your home look great. It's a great stress-reliever, too as you'll be laughing together and proud of how much you can do when you work together as a team.

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How to make a woman happy!!  

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Well, since Christmas is over and we all got what we wanted .... or didn't want from our man...I thought I would include this list for my guy viewers of how to keep us women happy.

It's not difficult to make a woman happy.

A man only needs to be:

1. a friend
2. a companion
3. a lover
4. a brother
5. a father
6. a master
7. a chef
8. an electrician
9. a carpenter
10. a plumber
11. a mechanic
12. a decorator
13. a stylist
14. a sexologist
15. a gynecologist
16. a psychologist
17. a pest exterminator
18. a psychiatrist
19. a healer
20. a good listener
21. an organizer
22. a good father
23. very clean
24. sympathetic
25. athletic
26. warm
27. attentive
28. gallant
29. intelligent
30. funny
31. creative
32. tender
33. strong
34. understanding
35. tolerant
36. prudent
37. ambitious
38. capable
39. courageous
40. determined
41. true
42. dependable
43. passionate
44. compassionate


45. give her compliments regularly
46. love shopping
47. be honest
48. be very rich
49. not stress her out
50. not look at other girls


51. give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself
52. give her lots of time, especially time for herself
53. give her lots of space, never worrying about where she


54. Never to forget:
* birthdays
* anniversaries
* arrangements she makes


1. Show up naked
2. Bring food

...and people wonder why men and women are so different.


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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

I wish everyone a Merry Merry Christmas...I hope Santa was good to all of you. As I sit here cooking my turkey and seeing what Santa left me I thought I would leave this with all of you!!

Did You Ever Wonder?

- Can you cry under water?

- How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

- If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?

- Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?

- Why do you have to "put your two cents in"...but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

- Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

- Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

- What did cured ham actually have?

- How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

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Christmas Toys...how can you get the safe ones??  

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Gerri Willis interviews Camille Chatterjee, editor for Parenting Magazine, about getting "more bang for your buck" with safe, fun, cheap and popular gift ideas for children this holiday season.

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OK Jamie Lynn Spears is pregnant...now how do you talk to your kids about it?  

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Everybody knows by now that 16 year old, Jamie Lynn Spears is 12 weeks pregnant. I am still in shock...not sure why but I am....But the more things that I am seeing is how to talk to your children about it. She is on Nick's show Zoey 101...and has quite a kids following. Now they will have to be told that she is pregnant...so how do you do that??

I read a great article on About.com that explained it really good....They said....

Parents should discuss this situation with their children and use it as a way to “check-in” to determine if their child has correct information about sex and the female body. Also, this is a perfect way to reinforce the notion that not teenagers, adults, or even celebrities are immune to the consequences of unprotected sexual intercourse. Although it is unclear as to which age group may be most affected by Jamie Lynn’s unplanned pregnancy, research from the American Psychological Association suggests that middle-school aged girls are the most likely to be impacted – especially if they suffer from a low self-esteem.

Jamie Lynn tells OK! magazine that she is intends to go forward with the pregnancy and will raise the baby in Louisiana. The bigger question - What message will this send to all the girls who look up to Jamie Lynn as a role model? When asked about what message she would like to send to other teens about premarital sex, Jaime Lynn responded, "I definitely don't think it's something you should do; it's better to wait," she says. "But I can't be judgmental because it's a position I put myself in."

The bottom line. Parents need to discuss sex and birth control with their children. As this example shows, nobody is invulnerable to the consequences that could happen if contraception is not used. Rich or poor. Famous or not – the chances of becoming pregnant and/or contracting a sexually transmitted infection are very real if people choose not to practice safe sex.

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Great Gift Ideas  

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Eve is a week away!! Have you got all your Christmas shopping done?? Still don't know what to get those certain people in your life??? Well here are some sites that can help you with that!

Gift Suggestions- NPR offers up some fine suggestions for holiday books and CDs this year. There are some good choices here, although those people on your gift list who read paperback novels with images of shirtless pirates clinging to model-quality housewives might not be too entertained.

Gifts Under $50- Real Simple has collected numerous gifts that cost under $50 - and this isn't your run-of-the-mill stuff you grab off the first aisle shelf either. There are a lot of original and creative gifts here that may help you break the Pocket Fisherman pattern you've established for yourself.

Gift List- There are some interesting items on the gift lists at kaboodle.com. And if you aren't into that whole giving thing as much as you're into the getting part, check out the gift list tool, which allows you to pick and choose items you'd like to see under the tree

Gift Wizard- Granted, the gift wizard at findgift.com isn't perfect, but it's a good place to start for people who literally have no idea about what to get for the people on their gift lists. There are some creative choices available once you narrow down your options.


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My busy day....  

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Today was a really busy day... I took pictures of it all so you could see the madness at Christmas....here we go...

Okay, this isn't it....My son took this pic of Belle sitting in our bedroom....Let's try this again....

Okay?? Where did all the pictures go that I took??? All I can find is these there...

and this one....TYYYYY!!!!!! Where are all my pics???

That was the craft he made in school!

A picture of the cat under the tree....he erased them all!!!! OMG!!!!

I will honestly try and get them up ... really....after I have a talk with my son!

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Some great clips to catch!!  

1. SNL Uncensored: Dick In A Box...(please use caution clicking it since it does require viewer discretion)

2. Rare 9-11 Footage of Flight 93 ...

3. Naked Man Interrupts Weather Forecast...

4. NASA Employee Goes Public On UFOs...

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A Mommy's Letter to Santa  

Friday, December 14, 2007

I got this email in the mail this morning and I had to share.
Dear Santa,
I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor and sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son's red crayon, on the back of a receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find anymore free time in the next 18 years.
Here are my Christmas wishes: I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple, which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze, but are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.
I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music, a television that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals, and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.
On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy" to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools.
I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the living room" and "Take your hands off your brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing range and can only be heard by the dog.
If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container.
If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family.
Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is calling and my son saw my feet under the laundry room door. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leav e your wet boots by the door and come in and dry off so you don't catch cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.
Yours Always, MOM...
P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my children young enough to believe in Santa.

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Check out the Just 4 Families Site  

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I can't believe this site and why I hadn't seen it before. I know I had visited it a while back when I was lookimg for free ebooks...but it has gotten huge now. I think my favorite part is the free downloads. I love the games that he has...like Diner Dash and Sally's Style Salon....I love them.

There is so much information over there too! I think you should stop by and check him out. Just 4 Families!! You won't be disappointed.

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More Free Stuff for you!!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I found this really cool site today and I had to share some of the cool new magazine subscriptions I picked up from there:

OK! Magazine- 4 Free Issues if you fill out the survey.

Zoo and Aquarium Magazine-To get a free subscription enter subscription code : WDG543 , and fill out the form . Credit card information is not necessary .

Nylon Fashion and Beauty Magazine-To get a one-year free subscription to Nylon magazine simply complete the follow instructions online .

Peta Kids-Free Grrrr! Magazine for kids and teens- Fill out the request form to receive your free copy of Grrr! by mail , PETA’s magazine for kids.

Genre Magazine-Just fill out the form and get a free subscription to genre magazine by nuwear .


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Omaha Mall Killer has his last words....  

This was finally released to the public...the Omaha Mall Killers last words. Click on it to see it better. He apologizes to his loved ones and attempts to explain his motives for suicide. But we'll never know what drove him to take the lives of others. The mall has been reopened to the public, and as of this weekend, was filled with shoppers and mourners. Our hearts go out to all who've been touched by the horrific tragedy.

Does the suicide note change your opinion of him??

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This dog is soooo cute!!  

Monday, December 10, 2007

I had to share this picture I saw at flikr...it is also at Cute Overload too...but it was too cute to not share with everybody!!


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A great new site I found!  

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I think that sometimes at Christmas people are wondering if they have been regifted. I don't think I am....but there is this cool site that people tell their stories about being regifted. Regiftable.com tells those stories and you can even win for the greatest stories you tell. Here is an example....

Christmas gift time at a family member's home can be filled with regifted items. She thinks no one is on to her regifting. The last gift she gave me was a severing dish holder without the dish. When I opened the gift and looked at it, I knew it was the gift that I had purchased for her and had given her several years before. When I said there is no dish with the holder, her reply was, "It was in there when I wrapped the box". The box was the same box that held the dish and holder when I gave it to her. This was not the first time that she gave me a regifted item, set of Christmas glasses with one missing, a set of bath towels with the towel missing. She always says that all pieces were in the box when she wrapped and doesn't know what happen. Amazing how items get out of a wrapped box.I don't mind regifted gifts, as long as all of the pieces are there. -by Ann H. From: Lawrenceville, GA

So check it out.....

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Free Stuff for you!!!  

Free stuff for you today!

Free bottle of Pine Sol

Simply fill out this form and your FREE MAGIC TRICK will appear in your mail box, in 7 to 10 business days (school days). One entry per person while supplies last.

Free Soap

Free Anti Dandruff Sample

Free Sample Portfolio

Red Dress Pen

I hope you enjoy these....

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There has been a death in the family...  

Saturday, December 8, 2007

My Opa (grandfather) died last night. He was in the hospital for almost a month now...but he has given up. He just gave up the fight. It is so weird because last night I was writing him a letter and it felt like I was talking to him directly. Then I find out he passed on last night. It is so weird. He was such a huge part of my life....he was like my dad. I wish I could have heard that lecture he gave me once again. I wish I could hear him say he loved me. I wish I could have given him a huge hug.

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It's so random!!  

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

My daughter has been such a handful lately...but she has been doing something that makes me laugh. She has a new saying. "That was random!"....It bugs me to the core. It reminds me of when that stupid saying, "Funky" came out! I was so stubborn and wouldn't even let anyone say it around me because I thought it was so dumb. Then one day...it just came out, "Mom, that is a funky smell!" I was probably referring to my baby brothers dirty diaper.

So, here I am about 15 years later, wondering when that day will happen. IF it will happen!

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