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Archive for September 2011
Last year Halloween Express hooked us up! Along with a reader that won a $75.00 gift card giveaway! So when I saw this deal I had to share it!
This is what my boys want to be for Halloween. Where am I gonna find this? Believe me, I’ve scoured the web. Most of the costumes I find on costume sites are for adults and that won’t work. When I google it I find it on eBay, custom made for each child so they fit properly. Even then, it’s still not cheap because I’m still going to have to buy the white undergarments, sword, shield, belt and cross belt thingy. Not to mention boots and gloves!
Camden is adamant that this is what he wants to be. He’s all hung up on Link ever since we put an old Nintendo 64 in his bedroom. He’s been cracking away in there for weeks working on defeating Zelda. Lou says that game got him through college. I’m thinking he spent more time working on the game then he did in class!
So help me out y’all! I can’t sew a lick, I don’t even own a sewing machine. It didn’t matter if I did though, I wouldn’t know how to use it. Also, there is no fabric store nearby! We’re talking, traveling out of town with 3 boys in tow to look for some green felt-type fabric for a costume I can’t even create! No ma’am! So tips and tricks are needed. I could probably order supplies online, but then what? All the tutorials are for sewing machines with pins and stuff. WAY out of my league.
Help a momma out!
Back in March I showed you my awesome sticker from StickerYou for my laptop and iTouch. Well, now you can make and print your own! They listened to their customers and what they heard over and over again is that we all want our stickers faster! So they innovated and came up with Make & Print Your own Stickers!
These are NOT cheap stickers, they are removable, colorable and glossy! They are currently available in round, heart & star, rectangle and iron-on. You do need an inkjet printer, I’m guessing that a laser jet just won’t do the trick. How do you know which one you have? Most of us have inkjet, they contain small ink cartridges that are usually no bigger than a deck of cards. Laser jet ink is long, 8-10″ or so, think toner cartridge.
Since it is a new product it’s not available everywhere yet. I searched with my zipcode and it didn’t find them within 100 miles of my location, so I thought maybe I’ll just purchase them online. Not everywhere, they are available at Amazon.com. Maybe east coast/west coast? I’m in the midwest and I guess things take longer to get here. Go figure.
Either way, I’m happy to see this new product! I like the idea of a removable sticker. I can customize all sorts of things! What would you do with them?
Have you ever thought how to download video and audio from flash players on internet sites like YouTube, Google Video, Vimeo, but didn’t know how to do it? Most programs you’re probably running don’t allow you to save video files from websites like that.
Why would you want to? Maybe you have permission to use a video on your site but you don’t have the embed code. Maybe your kids want the latest Selena Gomez video to watch on their iPod/iTouch (like my Cohen does). JCopia does it all. It will Capture flash video and audio from any website to your computer as files. That way I can put all my kids favorite videos on my computer, then burn it to a DVD or put it on their iPod’s.
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JCopia detects and begins to download any clip, video, music, radio stream, video stream, Flash game or presentation that is played in your browser. Increase your video and audio collection with ease with JCopia. It’s available for just $17.99!
Want to see it in action? I did! I always look stuff up on YouTube because I need to see it work. Don’t you?
Right now it’s only available for PC, sorry Mac. I’m so excited to use this! My only concern now is the size of my hard drive!
Is there any rite of initiation along the childbearing odyssey that is not liberally endowed some new incarnation of excruciating pain?
Perhaps this is why the whole notion of torture is never far from humanity’s drive towards sublime greatness, ready to level the playing field at a moment’s notice.
In fact, if Darwin were a prosecuting attorney in the case against the human race being capable of striving beyond basic endurance—like Alan Shore from TV’s Boston Legal, in his customary striking position of primly clasped hands beneath pursed lips—he’d close with the slam-dunk of childbirth.
Hours after Alex was delivered by C-Section, I lay gasping on a hospital bed that felt like being strapped to a board inside the Turkish prison in Lawrence of Arabia. I was still trying to comprehend how I’d been flayed like a cod fish and robbed in minutes of the precious living cargo that had roomed within me for nearly nine months.
That’s when the nurse arrived with my newborn Alex and jammed his mouth over my tender right nipple like a woodsman firmly planting an axe.
On his first “latch”, Alex’s bite force felt like the “lethal banana teeth” of a freshly hatched T-Rex.
I’m sure people on the street heard my pitiful scream as I waited for the visual fireworks of agony to subside. This new brand of post natal torture pumped up the volume on my synaptic receptors with a violent suddenness that left me an octave short of leaping for the window ledge.
Mercifully, however, a ministering angel arrived in the form of lactation consultant Marianne Brophy who floated into the room with the soothing reassurance of a Red Cross nurse at the Battle of the Mammaries.
Her almost supernal wisdom in the ageless bonding of mother and child and gentle, expert guidance, marked a milk-shed moment in my life as a mother.
I was later to learn that I was far from universally singled out for lactating greatness. Midlife moms are cutting a distinguishing swathe in the nursing business.
With looming menopause, and feminist backlash against breastfeeding, you might assume that fewer midlife moms (having been weaned on the feminist equal rights ethic) would nurse.
In fact, the opposite is true.
According to a recently published survey from the Public Health Agency of Canada, new moms over the age of 40 are more likely to nurse than the average mother—over 90% initiated breast feeding between 2007 and 2008.
It supports the old adage that age begets wisdom. (Or, rather, is it determination being begot?)
From vital colostrum (packed with antibodies) to enhanced bonding through hormone-stimulated receptivity to baby’s cues, it is widely acknowledged that nursing nurtures wellness to wellbeing.
But the long arm of nursing reaches even further, extracting the gold standard of post natal wellness from the baby teeth of scientific research. A 2007 California study showed that, although women giving birth after 35 are at increased risk for breast cancer, this applied only to those who did not breastfeed.
Despite the wholesome, lifesaving bonus points in favor, there are still a crop of feminists, however, who will rain dance on the breastfeeding parade. In a recent article in The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin launched a no-holds-barred assault against pro-nursing mothers as “breastfeeding fascists”, suggesting that breast milk is perceived (by them) as having the same efficacy as a vaccine, while there is no solid scientific evidence in favor of its benefits.
Of course, according to Rosin, she was raised in a family where NesQuik and Nescafe were the beverages du jour.
However, for moms in front lines on the maternity wards, the end of a day’s hard labor inspires only common sense. Equality is a social issue that can be defended and fought for in the cloisters of academia or in HR departments, or in feature articles that generate controversy and media hype.
In the meantime, while the “to feed or not to feed” debate rages, almost every mother will give her kid the elixir of life if she possibly can. Hands down.
Brophy highlights the need for a stronger infrastructure supporting onset of nursing (a most tender and vital beginning) in hospitals and maternity care facilities. Health professionals need to be teed up on the tricks of the trade, in order to grasp the fleeting opportunity for success.
However, there is still a tide of social censure on breastfeeding mothers and this is compounded with midlife moms—the whole idea of granny-aged nursing moms flies in the face of the popular dewy-eyed Venus-de Milo-style-image of a young mother with her baby at the breast.
And this further puts us at risk of making the lame assumption that any challenge to nursing for over 40 moms must be due to age.
Lisa Cohn, a fifty-two year old mother from Oregon who is currently nursing her 15 month old son may be a case in point. Cohn, who had her first two children at 31 and 41 by vaginal delivery was “overflowing with milk” following those pregnancies.
However, when she gave birth to her third child by Caesarean at 51, it was hard getting started and the baby slept a lot. It took months of working with a lactation consultant before they could go with the flow.
Cohn, an author who specializes in parenting and environment, wasn’t sure if the problem was caused by her being an older mom.
Marianne Brophy argues that age has no bearing on our ability to nurse. “Interventions such as caesarean section or labor medications may cause mother and baby to get off to a slow start” she says.
In the end, Mother Nature presides over birth and nursing with her system of checks and balances that have been in place since the beginning of humanity.
Once a woman has conceived and given birth, what’s age got to do with it?
Notes for this blog:
Angel La Liberte is the founder of the website Flower Power Mom—The Truth About Motherhood After 40 (www.flowerpowermom.com), a regular blog featuring news, commentary, real mom stories and expert advice about motherhood after 40.
Marianne Brophy, B.Com., IBCLC is a consultant and educator working nationally (in Canada) and internationally with programs that protect, promote and support breastfeeding in hospitals, community health and peer support settings. She is currently serving on the WHO/UNICEF Network for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Coordinators in industrialized countries.
Lisa Cohn is an author who specializes in parenting and environment at http://www.youthsportspsychology.com.
FlowerPowerMom.com—The Truth About Motherhood After 40 (www.FlowerPowerMom.com), features commentary, real mom stories, expert advice, and the first online community to empower all women on the journey of motherhood after 40. A Child After 40 online provides information on resources and opportunities to connect for midlife women who are trying to conceive via natural conception, IVF, ART, egg/sperm donation, or surrogacy, or who are pregnant, adopting, or already parenting after giving birth over 40.
Have you heard of this guy? I’ll be reviewing the CD in the next week or so, but I was so intrigued after reading his back story and how he came to be. You will be too!
There’s a moment in every artist’s life when he knows that music is not only his path, but his destiny. Even though Justin Hines grew up singing in church at his grandmother’s behest, his realization came at the most unlikely of places— at a Toronto Raptors’ basketball game in his hometown 15 years ago. A then-14-year old Hines won a vocal competition to sing the National Anthem— both the Canadian and American— at the game and his world opened up before him. “In that moment, it all seemed possible,” he recalls. “The performance eliminated any stage fright.”
Hines has thrived all his life against odds that would daunt someone with a less indomitable spirit. Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair. “The reality is I don’t really look at my situation as that big a deal,” he says. “We all have our things that challenge us, just some people’s are a little more visible in the forefront. Mine is very apparent, whereas others wear it on the inside.”That natural optimism permeates much of his American debut, “Days to Recall,” (available now) the singer/songwriter’s collection of heartfelt songs about life and love. “I don’t want to pretend that dark times don’t exist, but I have a hard time leaving things negative,” he says. “I think every challenging situation leads to something better. When I’m writing I don’t do it consciously in the songs, it’s just how they evolve.”
I cannot wait to show you this app! If you are a parent that thrives on a schedule, you will love this app. It’s called Week Calendar. It has so many benefits that you just have to see it to believe it. Here is one day at a glance showing 15 hours. I like having an all-day section at the top. That’s how I schedule birthdays and anniversaries.
Here is an example of one week spread out, just 5 hours showing here. I also list bills due as all day events so they stay at the top of my calendar in green, that way I don’t miss them. Housework is brown because it’s dirty. I hate housework.
Every week day I have to leave my house at 3:00 to get the boys from school, so I set it as an a repeating event with a reminder. I also added that cute little car, because I can. So at 3:00 my phone chimes and it tells me to go get the kids. Love that!
If you zoom in with your fingers on the screen I can see in a little more detail the events of the day. Including working at the YMCA. I tapped on it and it shows the even including any additional details and makes the event color more vibrant to indicate that that is the one being viewed.
When I tap again on that event the indicator bubble disappears and the color goes back to normal.
To add an event you click the plus at the bottom right (shown above) and it takes you to this screen. You type in your event, location if that is needed, start and end time (shown in next picture), repeat, alert – my favorite feature, calendar and notes. The calendar allows you to sync this event with another calendar. I use multiple calendars in Yahoo, one for me and one for my blog, one for bills due etc. It allows you to add events to just one calendar, or all of them. LOVE that! It’s pure genius!
Super simple with a start time, end time and date spinner.
I like giving certain features their own colors. It’s easier to read the calendar with this type of distinction. I do blue for my boys, green for me (my favorite color), red for things that are time sensitive and I need to rush, orange for meals (because my kitchen is orange), you get the gist.
Lastly, event details. This allows you to share an event. Say the boys have a doctor appointment coming up, I can put it in my calendar, then share it with my mom and husband. So they all know what’s up! Yeah! Have a wireless printer? Print the event. Add to templates if this schedule will be something you live with for a while. That’s so helpful!
They seriously thought of everything! Here’s my first attempt of Home Management with a very detailed schedule. From there I moved on to creating a version of it in dayplanner form. I thought being able to check it off as I went would be helpful. I made it into 2 sections, morning schedule and afternoon schedule. That used to work for me when the boys were younger and we didn’t really have much on our schedule. Now I need something that I can tweak, add to, and quickly share with family. The Week Calendar is just what I needed. You know what else? It’s just $1.99!
What do you use? Would you find this useful? I really enjoy the reminders, if you don’t like it just shut it off! It took me about an hour to set it up, just as much time as it would to write it out and type it into a spreadsheet. I love that it’s so portable, it goes with me wherever I do. Great for my sanity!