Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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I didn't tell

I got a lot of really interesting comments on the Aloha Friday question, and I thought I'd share my little story of why I asked.

Several years ago, Sam (now my husband) and I were stationed over seas. We returned from a deployment only to find evidence that one of his room mates had been using his bedroom for extra curricular activities. When confronted, Frank admitted to having an affair. Frank was dating my best friend at the time, Molly. Since Frank and Sam where best friends, I didn't want to cause any unnecessary waves, I struggled with this difficult position for quite some time.

I was confused, I know I'd like to know, I would feel betrayed if my friend didn't tell me, and on the other hand, it's not my place to say anything, I'd be betraying my other friend Frank. What to do? Well, I decided to play devils advocate, although I'd like her to tell me if the shoe was on the other foot, I figured I could trust Frank to confess and leave me out of it.

Several months later, I had even forgotten the entire incident, I see frank slouched over in a corner, and concerned, I ask him what was the matter. Frank explains to me that Molly confronted him about the incident and advised him I had told her everything (women are so smart), so he confessed. Well ladies and Gentlemen, guess what I looked like.. a double betrayer... YUP!!! Molly, being my friend should have asked me if she doubted and not used my name to get a confession out of Frank, but I couldn't be mad, she expected me to come to her and let her know if I knew her man strayed...

Needless to say, Molly and Frank later married and had kids, but Molly and I were NEVER friends again!!

Morale of my story? Next time I won't even acknowledge something wrong is going on!! Not my business, not my problem...

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What's for dinner?

I guess my family just doesn't understand me. I am one of many that can pin point a thing or two the I will do different when it comes to MY kids. Just like my parents thought, and their parents before them, I think it's only natural. One of them will be traditions. My husband and I have been married with no children for 13 years, and in that time, have set certain patterns, as can be expected, and I advised him that some will have to change now that our daughters were born. Some, he agrees, but others he just down right looks at me like i asked him to streak through Fenway.

For example, we usually eat our meals in from on the TV, but I didn't want to get the girls accustomed to that habit (do as I say not as I do right?) So, as soon as we started them on solids (6 months ago) I have been trying to eat my meals as I feed them. I wanted to get them used to eating at the table with me (us would have been ideal, but again DH is stubborn). He preferred waiting till they took their naps to eat, instead of joining us at the table. I actually remember one time he told me YOU can get them used to family dinners, I'll join you guys when I come back. How convenient (he was getting ready to deploy) while it's a struggle to feed them and myself, it's all me, but when they're practically feeding themselves then daddy can join us? Wouldn't want him to give up precious tube time, heck by the time he comes back they'll probably be in drivers ed. All this is another session, another rant, for another day. I just wanted to share with you some info I found (yes, related to my bitch session).
Even very young children benefit from sharing meals with their parents or caregivers. Daily family rituals and gatherings build connections that provide children a deep sense of security and support. In fact, a major study of 12,000 teenagers found that those adolescents who feel close to their family and school are less likely to:
  • suffer from emotional distress
  • have suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • resort to violence
  • smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or smoke marijuana
Other studies have found that eating as a family, rather than in front of the TV, reduces the risk of obesity and diabetes. The statistics also show the time families spend together has long-term positive effects on children's behavior. If gathering everyone for a regular dinner hour is difficult, however, you can schedule other regular family times. Focus now on establishing family rituals to maintain a close family bond as your child grows.
HAHAHAHA Eat that Sam!!! Momma was right!!!

I didn't want this because of statistics, I just wanted it because we never had it growing up, and I feel if we provide them with an environment that is familiar and expected, that it will create a comfort zone. I want to set up a place where we can talk as a family. I'm thinking long run results too, I'd hate to have teens that are not communicating with mom or dad. With my girls I definitely want the lines of communications open.
We never had family dinners or family time, and I'll admit, I resorted to 3 well maybe all 4, of the above mentioned, but DH always had family dinners, family time, and the most he's done is drinking and smoking cigarettes.. (I'm calling out to anyone brave enough to admit they've always had family time or family dinners as a routine and still resorted to violence, smoking, drinking, etc.?) I'd love to hear your thoughts

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Member of the club?

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Who did you identify with? The numbers are in..

With a Whopping 70% is Ally sheedy / Allison Reynolds .. AKA the Basket Case... She dances to her own beat, and I guess most of you related!!

@ 10%

Anthony Michale Hall / Brian Johnson AKA the Nerd
and Molly Ringwald/ Clair Standish AKA The eauty Queen Tied.

And, It looks like we have no Jocks or loners... NO ONE identified with Judd Nelson or Emilio Esteves' characters...

We have a pretty interesting bunch.. (Looneys, Nerds , and Divas, OH MY!!)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Perfect Bottle

I received a knock on my door last week, and it was greatly unexpected. When i opened it, I found a small brown box on my porch... A small brown box from Gloves in a bottle. This was a most welcomed surprise. Not at first of course. I was a little skeptical obviously, but after using this cream for a week, I'm in love.
Here are some fact about Gloves in a bottle.
  • Non-greasy, non-sticky lotion; rapidly absorbs into outer layer of skin.
  • Works like an invisible pair of gloves.
  • Prevents dirt and grime from penetrating the skin.
  • Allows skin to breathe and retain its natural moisture and oils.
  • Does not wash off, lasts 4 hours or more, and comes off naturally with exfoliated skin cells.
  • Greaseless, non-sticky, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, completely safe, non-toxic and used daily by a wide range of health care professionals.
  • Prevents dry, cracked skin.
  • Absorbs quickly, undetectable once absorbed.

I suffer from excessively dry skin, and this cream has been wonderful.
Since I am constantly getting my hands wet, if it's not doing dishes, it's washing bottles, or bathing the girls, it's always something, so I kept my bottle in the kitchen near the sink. Every time I wet my hands, I'd apply after drying, I saw incredible improvement in the last week. I'm going to buy a bottle for my bag and one to keep in the car, I'm addicted.
It absorbs very quickly and does not leave your hands feeling greasy like many others. I had been using a prescribed cream and it was thick, greasy, smelly, felt like petroleum jelly. I always thought it had to be this way in order to work, but Gloves in a bottle proved me wrong.

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Aloha Friday

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. Kalani @ An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday. What's that you ask? I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Today’s question is:

If you saw a friend / family member's spouse cheating on them, what would you do?

(Me? I wouldn't get involved... but if asked, I wouldn't lie)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Best Plan Ever!!!

Just received this in an e-mail, and I'd have to say, Brick for president... This man knows how to get it moving and spend it. LOL....

Hi Pals,

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a 'We Deserve It Plan'
To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bon-a-fide
US. Citizens 18+

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up...

So, divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00

My plan is to give $425,000.00 to every person 18+ as a 'We deserve it Dividend'
Of course, it would not be tax free. Let's assume a tax rate of 30%.

Every indivuduakl will have to pay $127,500.00. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to uncle sam.
But it means that every adult 18+ has $297, 500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.
What would you do with $297, 500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

Pay off Mortgage? = Housing crisi SOLVED
Repay college loans? = Great boost to new grads
Put away money for college? = It'll be there
Save in the bank? = Create money to loan to enterpreneurs
Buy a new car? = Create jobs
Invest in the market? = Capital drives growth
Pay for your parent's medical insurance? = Health care improves
Enable dead beat dads to come clean... Or else

Rememebr this is for every adult US Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And ofcourse for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're GOING to re-distribute wealth let's really do it... instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic encentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President.
If we're gonna do an $85 billion bail out, let's bail out every adult US Citizen!

As for AIG- liquidate it
Sell off its parts.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it.
Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."

But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?

I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion 'We Deserve It Dividend' more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion

So? What would you do with your "We deserve it Fund"? I know I would pay off my mortgage, and save the rest for college (I have two tuition to think about... I deserve it.. lol.. )

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The New Adventures of Chuck

Chuck is the girl’s stuffed animal ( turtle) and I thought they would get a kick out of seeing daddy in pictures from his travels, but an even better kick if he was with chuck… sooo,,,
I know they’re still too young, but I wanted to start training daddy, I mean getting daddy accustomed to taking chuck on liberty calls and taking pictures… I think he’s doing a pretty good job!!! He even managed to get some of Chuck without beer In there…
These are from france and Greece... Can anyone guess where?

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Is it a Goth thing?

It looks like most of you identified more with Morticia Adams than any other mom on my poll. Won with a whopping 50%Funny because the Adam's Family are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family. Complete opposites of what is excepted as the perfect family, they delight in the macabre.

And the runners up are...

Claire Huxtable 25%

Tied @ 12%

June Cleaver

Rosanne Barr

Tied @ 0%

Marge Simpson

Carol Brady

*****Mom's are busting out of the cookie cutter molds and we're not afraid to be different*****

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

The sale

Twice a year the mothers of multiples group throws a huge sale!!! It's a great opportunity to attain some spectacular priced second hand items. I had only been to one and racked up, and was excited about this one. Yesterday I volunteered with the set up, and had the opportunity to see what was going on, oh yeah and help. It allowed me to make a game plan for today, I mean It gave me the opportunity to give back.

I showed up nice and early this morning, and I'd have to say I left pretty pleased. Only 3 items that I wanted, someone beat me to them ( I guess I should have had a better game plan.) The selection was awesome, and you really can't beat the prices. I easily saved 85% off retail. What I really wanted that I didn't get were 2 car seats, since the girls will be forward facing in a few months and a stroller that can allow them to face each other. The stroller was never there, but I did have my eye on a set of car seats. Gone. I just think, that this was a sign, I have to get them new ones instead of second hand, there must be a reason. I just would rather have paid $100.00 for two and not $700.00. Isn't there some great car seat give away, where they can give away two... lol..

I'll just have to pray hard for cash this Christmas...

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Happy Birthday Sis

Today is my little sister's birthday... I remember the day she was born. I remember my parents loading my brother and I in the family car, I believe it was a brown El Camino ( my parents called it El Cancer, I'm sure no translation is needed), and heading to the hospital. I remember the nurse siting my brother and I on the desk and entertaining us as my mom went into labor. I remember her asking us whether we wanted a little brother or a little sister. Me? I asked for a sister, I already had a brother. My brother? By gosh he asked for a little brother of course. At the ages of 3 and 4 we were no dummies, we had 9 months to think about it. I was right of course being older and female, it was inevitable.

Sis, you have been my rival, my playmate, my friend, and my confidant. I thank God everyday for being right, I mean blessed. May you enjoy your day and all those to come. Here's celebrating all that you are!!!!

( you got lucky, I didn't post that picture of you with the Disco Kid t-shirt and that wonderful 70's fro)

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