Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New device allows you to charge your laptop with foot pedal.

Finally, a way to surf and blog and maintain a great bod at the same time! This compact device called the YoGen Max from a company called Easy Energy allows you to charge up your laptop anywhere in the world with the power of your foot. If you are at an airport with no outlets in sight or on a plane and you don’t mind looking a bit silly and getting weird looks this could be perfect for you.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

And an Ice Skater is Born

Tonight I introduced Munchkin to ice skating. Ice dancing to be precise. Within a few minutes of watching the dancers twirling and doing lifts in their sparkly costumes she made a decision.
"Mommy, I do that on TV. And Frankie [our weiner dog] watch me."

She immediately put on her ballerina dress and had me spin her around the room...and yes, throw her over my should like a real ice skating lift.

Friday, January 23, 2009

How to Save Money on Salon Hair Color

I freely admit it. I've chemically altered my hair since I was in my early 20s. My first gray hair sprouted when I was 17. By the time I was 21, college classmates were plucking the growing population of grays during boring classes. By the time I was 24, my husband (who towers over the top of my head by an additional 13 inches) asked me to do something about it. I couldn't blame him. When he looked at me, he saw gray hair first. So I highlighted.

And then I tried at-home color. It was cheap, but the results weren't great. It faded quickly. The color was flat. And then I developed an allergy to it. (a story for another time).

So I switched to professional hair coloring. Wow! The results were incredible. The softness, the shine! I was hooked. But, wow, the cost began adding up. So in an effort to avoid going au naturale with my hair, I asked Salon Mosaic for some suggestions to saving money on hair color.

Ways to Save on Professional Hair Color:

  1. Use a top level stylist in the salon to get the hair color right. After you have found a color that looks great on you, switch to a "protege" or entry level stylist in the shop. Applying the color isn't as difficult as getting the color formula right. Highlights can be more challenging, so you can ask for the protege to apply the color and your favorite expert to apply the highlights.
  2. Don't get a full color job every time you go in. I use a three-visit cycle. Visit one: Full hair color and highlights. Visit two: color on the roots only. Visit three: color and highlights on the roots only. And then I start the cycle over.
  3. Don't be shy. Let them know you want to save money on your color. They want you to come back, so they can give you suggestions for your style.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

TinkerBell: A great movie with bottom-heavy fairies

My daughter loves the Disney movie, TinkerBell. I'm not generally a huge fan of Disney cartoons because they have creepy villains. Not what I need my imaginative two-year-old watching.

But TinkerBell is different in many ways. The villains are "sprinting thistles" that even a two-year-old finds humorous. The main character is feminine and very handy with a hammer. But I think my favorite thing about it (besides the fact that using it as a reward potty-trained my daughter) is the bottom-heavy fairies. Yes, these fairies have hips! And not perfectly proportioned Barbie-doll hips. They are definite A body shapes--just like me.

If you haven't watched TinkerBell yet, check it out before TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure come out in Fall 2009.

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Blog Posts Coming Soon!

I haven't been able to post as much recently because I'm learning how to fit daily exercise into my Working Mom life. And I had my parents visiting. I had a weird allergy attack. And well, life happened.

But, I've been collecting information I can't wait to share. Coming soon:

  • Which is better The FIRM WAVE or Swiss TTP T-BOW? Hint: they both have good points.
  • How to shop online for your shape. Use My Shape. This site is great! You enter a plethora of measurements and they give you a personal shape icon. I'm an "A." My beautiful sister is an "S." My mom's an "M." But we can all find clothes that look great , because each item of clothing is marked with all the shapes it will flatter. Oh, those lucky "S's"! I'll be ordering this afternoon. I think it'll be even more helpful as I lose weight and change sizes because I'm working out. Through Monday, January 20, 2009 there is a 2 for 1 sale on Sale Items. Enter the coupon code 2FOR1FUN. If this is your first purchase, also enter WELCOME15 to get a 15% discount.
  • More food allergy information and reviews.
  • And probably much, much more!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Love You This Much!

As I was putting Munchkin to bed, I decided to teach her the "I love you THIS much!" game. I decided to start small with things she could relate to and work up to bigger objects.

"Munchkin, I love you as big as this room!"

"Mommy, I love you as big as room!"

"Munchkin, I love you as big as a tree!"

"Mommy, I love you as big tree!"

I was starting to realize Munchkin wasn't getting the game, but I kept trying, I'm nothing if not determined.

"Munchkin, I love you as big as a lake!"

"Mommy, I love you as big as tree!"

Hmmm...maybe we're getting somewhere...

Then I could see her thinking.

"Mommy, I love you as big as Wal-Mart!"

Monday, January 5, 2009

Mother with the Most Children?

Ever wonder who has the record for the most children born to one mother? It's not Michelle Duggar, although 18 children is impressive. But not that impressive when you consider that the world record holder had that number of children within five pregnancies!

According to Mother's Day Celebration:

Mothers Day Trivia: Highest Recorded Number of Children
The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.

Mothers Day Trivia: Highest Number of Children in Modern Times
The modern world record for giving birth is held by Leontina Albina from San Antonio, Chile. Leontina claims to be the mother of 64 children, of which only 55 of them are documented. She is listed in the 1999 Guinness World Records but dropped from later editions.
I'm VERY competitive, but this is one record I'm not even interested in breaking.

Friday, January 2, 2009

I can still read like a girl!

Thanks, Book of Joe, for your post - I wish I could read like a girl discussing the article of that title by Michelle Slatalla in the December 31, 2008 New York Times. (Phew! Now that all the credits are given, let's move on to something interesting.)

In her article, Michelle eloquently bemoans the loss of her childhood ability to lose track of time and place and enter wholely into a work of fiction.

I am not sure when or exactly how I started merely reading books instead of living in them. I could make the usual excuses about how I no longer have the luxury of time to give in to my imagination; when I sit down with a book, I feel the pressure — of unfinished work, unfolded laundry, unpaid bills. But I suppose the true reason is sadder. It’s an inevitable byproduct of growing up that I formed too many opinions of my own to be able to give in wholeheartedly to the prospect of living inside someone else’s universe.
After reading this article, I'm proud to say, "I still read like a girl!" Here's the proof:
  • I have read The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley at least twenty-five times, (the last time while I was pregnant), and still could feel the heat of the desert sun and see the visions from the Meeldtar and feel the confusion of a girl who was a bridge between two nations.
  • Just this week, I read The Fifth Floor by Michael Harvey. When I took a break to sleep, my dreams were filled with the fourteen-year-old who wanted to kill her step-father and the ex-cop who was trying to help her.
  • When I visit the library, I always visit the JA (Junior Adult) section. If teens are browsing, I go to the adult section, and then come back after they're gone. It just feels weird competing with teens for the same books. My most recent discovery, Hilari Bell's Farsala Trilogy. And another great discover, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.
All that to say, I still read like a girl, and I like it! How about you? Has adult experience and responsibility stolen your youthful love of reading? If not, how do you know you still read like a girl?