Biz e-Friday Countdown 3.18.11

Now that all the green beer is gone and I go back to life as a boring, multi-culturally (perhaps Irish mix) American, the mom blog world as we know it goes on.  In the event your St. Patty’s Day parties took precedent over your blog reading time this week, here’s the Biz e-Friday Countdown swooping in to save the day and tell you what you missed.

5. Mom Blog Magazine (by Rebecca Levey)

If you are a mom-blogger, you know the feeling of being spread thin.  This post gives great advice on how to avoid social media burnout.

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4. Mom 101

It’s easy to get caught up in the demands of everyday life.  The post, Japan,” takes pause to remember what’s important and think about Japan.

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3. Dear Crissy

“Being a SAHM is the Best Decision I Ever made” shares one mom-blogger’s feelings about her decision to leave the working world behind.

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2. Dooce

“With Fire Extinguisher at the Ready” gives even moms of picky eaters some recipe ammunition.  Try it out at home.

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1. Blogher (by LoveThatMax)

“What Happens When You Ask People Not to Say Retard,” reminds us how the words we choose can hurt. Who do you know using the #retard?

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That a recap of this week’s best blogs.  I hope you enjoyed the Biz e-Friday Countdown and can sleep until the kids wake you up!

Goodnight

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If You Tell Your Child About Leprechauns…

Leprechaun with rainbow

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If you tell your child about leprechauns, she will ask you if they are people.

When you tell her they are little people, she will ask you if they are nice.

When she finds out they are nice, she will ask you if they will bring her a ball.

When you tell her they bring good luck, she will ask you what that means.

When you tell her that they are happy and live under rainbows, she will tell you that she lives in a house.

Then she will tell you that she doesn’t want the leprechauns to come to her house.

When you tell her that they won’t, then she will tell you that she doesn’t want them at school either.

When you tell her that they may visit her school for the St. Patty’s Day party, she will tell you that she doesn’t want to eat treats.

When you tell her that she doesn’t have to eat treats, she will tell you that she doesn’t have to go to school either.

Glad we had this talk.

Dedicated to my child’s wonderful teacher, Ms. April. (Sorry if my daughter isn’t excited to see the leprechaun tomorrow.  Now you know why.)

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The K.I.S.S. of Death

In junior high school, I learned a phrase from my English teacher that conveyed the value of simplicity: Keep it Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.).  Keep your message short, direct, and to-the-point if you want others to understand. 

To support, the K.I.S.S. theory our class was taught that the average newspaper is written at the 8th grade reading level. Wow, adults must not be much smarter than I am, is what I thought at the time. Today, I am feeling how true that is as my three-year-old daughter poses a question about death.

Last night, our elderly dog had an episode that almost sent us to the emergency vet clinic. She was having trouble breathing and has already been diagnosed with heart and trachea issues.  As I sat on the couch trying to calm her down and figure out if she was in serious distress, my daughter came downstairs from her bed and saw what was going on.

“Mommy, is Lee-lee going to die?”

“I don’t know.  Mommy is trying to help her calm down.”

(My daughter begins gently petting our dog.)

“If she will die, she is gone forever?” She asked.

“Well, yes, but we are going to try to help her so that doesn’t happen right now.” I answer.

I have read that until Kindergarten, kids can’t really grasp the concept of death. However, I was a bit surprised that she associated the word with “gone forever.”  I don’t think she ever heard me say that.  I wondered where she might have heard such a thing. It probably came from hearing a friend.  Or maybe, that was how it was explained when the goldfish at school disappeared unexpectedly.  I don’t really know.  All I do know, is that I wasn’t quite ready to have “the talk” with her then. I was too caught up in the moment to construct the right thing to say to my toddler. I tried to just use the K.I.S.S. approach until I had more information about how to handle the situation.

This evening, I did some research on what you should say to a child about the loss of a pet. I found the information helpful, so I am passing it along.  I hope I don’t need to research the “birds and the bees” talk anytime soon.

Marty Tously is a counselor with the Pet Grief Support Service. She says that a child’s ability to understand what death means depends on his/her emotional and cognitive development, but outlined the generally understood guideline of how children perceive death and dying:

Under 2: A child can feel and respond to a pet’s death, based on the reaction of those around him or her. A child picks up the stress felt by family members, no matter what the cause.

2 to 5: The child will miss the animal as a playmate, but not necessarily as a love object. They will see death as a temporary state – something like the way leaves fall off a tree in fall but grow back in the spring. As they perceive the trauma around them, however, they may regress in their behavior (e.g., thumb sucking).

5 to 9: Children begin to perceive death as permanent, but they may indulge in “magical thinking,” believing that death can be defied or bargained with. This is also the period when children recognize a correlation between what they think and what happens. For instance, a child may resent taking care of the pet and wish – however briefly – that the pet would die. If the pet then dies, the child is often consumed with guilt. Parents need to reassure children that they did not cause the pet’s death.

10 and up: Children generally understand that all living things will eventually die, and that death is total. Understanding and accepting are two different things, however. They may go through the normal stages of grief that grownups do: denial, bargaining, anger, guilt, depression and acceptance. (To learn about the stages of grief, see the story Coping with Pet Loss.) Or they may react in other ways:

  Depending on the age, the child may regress (sucking their thumb or temper tantrums that they had outgrown).

  An older child may withdraw from friends and family for a while. Schoolwork may suffer and they may seem uninterested in extracurricular activities.

  Children may fear abandonment. If a pet can die, then they may reason that their parents could die as well.

  Children often become intensely curious about death and what happens to the body. They may ask for details that you may find uncomfortable to explain. These are questions you should answer in a straightforward, gentle and careful manner.

From one mother to another, I think the most important thing I learned was that you shouldn’t tell your child that your pet “went to sleep” or “went bye bye” because it will give the impression that if the child goes to sleep or goes bye bye, he/she may also die. Remember, K.I.S.S. goes a long way. Don’t use baby talk to explain but do keep it simple.

If anyone else is going through this situation or through the death of a loved one, I suggest you read the article below.

Cited source: Explaining Pet Loss to Children by www.petplace.com. To view the full article click here:

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How Do You Do It All?

I’ve had several people over the last couple of months comment on my blog, on Facebook or in person, “I don’t see how you have time to do it all.” It’s no secret – I am busy.  But, who isn’t?  It just takes some time management, like anything else. Also, my kids are still fairly young.  They haven’t gotten into the stage of music lessons or after school sports and that sort of thing.  They still pretty much do what I tell them to do. I imagine once they do get involved on those things, and have a mind of their own, my routine will have to change. I am not looking forward to that time. Hopefully, I can keep them brainwashed forever.  What mommy wants is best… what mommy wants is best… say it with me.

Seriously speaking, having all of those people say the same thing got me thinking. Moms learn from each other.  We find out where the best playgrounds are, where the best preschools are, where the best libraries and free activities are, by learning and talking to each other.  So, maybe if I share my routine with other moms, it will help them.  Better yet, maybe they will be able to give me suggestions of what I could do differently.  So this post is about what my typical week looks like.  I hope it can bring out the best in all of us. Here’s my balancing act:

Mondays / Wednesdays/Fridays:

6:30 a.m.  – Wake up, shower,  get dressed, feed dogs.

7:30 a.m. – In-home daycare arrives (a.k.a. grandma). Kids usually wake up around this time. If they get up earlier, I am usually running late.

8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Work at the office

6:00 p.m. – Arrive home, cook dinner, feed dogs.

7:00 p.m. – Bath time

7:30 p.m. – Kids TV time and snack.  I wash dirty dishes from dinner.

8:00 p.m. – Bedtime – this is occasionally a drawn out process depending on whether or not my husband is home to help.

9:00 p.m. – Throw in a load of laundry. Catch up on blogs, Twitter parties and Facebook

10:00 p.m. – Me time or (couple time) with TV. We watch The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars, if I get my way. I am thankful my husband will compromise and watch Glee.

12 midnight – 1 p.m.  Bedtime (depending on laundry or how good the wine is.)

Tuesdays / Thursdays

6:00 a.m.  – Wake up, shower,  get dressed, feed dogs. My husband helps get the kids breakfast before we head out the door.

7:15 a.m. – Take kids to preschool. Have heart-wrenching goodbyes.

8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Work at the office

5:45 p.m. Pick up kids from preschool

(Everything else is pretty much the same as the rest of the week.) Thursday TV requires DVR so that I can catch Outsourced and Jersey Shore.  My guilty pleasures…

Saturdays

7:30 – ish – Kids wake me up. Attempt to make coffee.

9:30 a.m. – Make coffee;  rarely take first sip until later.

10:30 –ish – Warm up cold coffee in microwave. Start cleaning around the house or skip it and go somewhere fun!

12:30 p.m. – Make lunch

1:15 p.m. – Kids nap time (I try to go to the grocery while the kids sleep, if my husband is home.  If he is working, I have to go after they wake up.)

  • Writing time is any time the kids are sleeping.  I have been working on another book, but also do freelance gigs during nap time.  Thank heaven for nap time.
  • The dogs get their monthly bath during nap time.
  • The mail gets sorted during nap time.

3:30 p.m. – Kids wake up, we play, go to the park or hit the grocery.

5:30 p.m. – Dinner time and evening routine follows as usual.

Sundays

(* More recently we have not been going to church on Sundays – sinners that we are – because our restaurant is open and the hubby works. However, when we did go, we would be there from 10:15 a.m. until about 12:30 p.m.)

7:30 – ish – Kids wake me up. Do the normal 3- hour coffee-making thing.

10:30 –ish – Laundry (or make up for cleaning skipped previous day)

12:30 p.m. – Make lunch

1:15 p.m. – Kids nap time / Blog writing time

  • I try to write 2-3 blog posts in a 2 hours period every Sunday because I can schedule them in advance for the week. This post was written at nap time!
  • I usually throw some chicken in the oven and cook in advance for the week.

3:30 p.m. – Kids wake up, we usually go shopping or for a visit to grandma’s. I tend to go through my coupons on Sunday afternoons around this time (after the paper has been read.)

5:30 p.m. – Dinner time and evening routine follows as usual.

Evening routine is the same… although I try to squeeze in some TV with Supernanny playbacks on my DVR.  I consider it, in-home consulting for parents.  Keeps my skills sharp.

9:00 p.m. – Paint my nails! (Sadly, my mani and pedi are self-provided. “getting them done” just takes too long.)

This life isn’t glamorous but it is a good one. We don’t  always have the benefit of our schedule being followed as it should, and my husband’s and my job have an impact on that from week to week. 

I have also been doing story readings to promote my children’s book on some evenings and weekends at local libraries and schools, so we either get a babysitter, or adjust our split-shift parenting as needed to make it work.

You will notice that I have given up some things that other people may consider very important to make my schedule work — we no longer have a cleaning service.  That perk was wonderful at times – ya know — to come home to a clean house. But I found myself cleaning before the cleaning lady arrived, so it was sort of a waste of money and time. (I also found a couple pairs of shoes missing, so it made me wonder.)

You will notice I don’t go to the gym.  I wish I did.  When I get the urge, I take care of that during my lunch hour at work, but it isn’t a frequent occurence.

Date nights with my husband are also rare. That is something we  have to carve out a special time and date for but it doesn’t happen on a weekly basis.  So, as you can see, there are trade-offs.  I use my free time to write and work on my side interests, instead of getting fit or dining out.

However, I do think that it is important for my sanity (and the children’s) to have as much structure and routine as we can. Without it, I very well could be a basket case.

How do you keep it all together?

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Biz e-Friday Countdown 3.11.11

Welcome to the Biz e-Friday Countdown, the week’s highlights of the mom blogosphere. If you were too busy to read them all yourself — good news — we did it for you.  Here are some of the notable posts this week:

5. Babble’s strollerderby (by Madeline Holler)

In light of the earthquake and tsunami news that is affecting the world this week, the post “Pacific Region Reality Check: 10 Ways to be Earthquake, Tsunami ready” provides some helpful tips that West Coast moms should read.

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4. Dear Crissy

The post “Is Common Courtesy Dead” contemplates whether or not a little special treatment for pregnant women should expected – or not. Are common courtesies dead?

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3. Ironic Mom

An otherwise ordinary trip to the zoo turns exciting, thanks to a little R-rated Gorilla action.

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2. Suburban Turmoil

Have you ever stopped to consider how much time email or social media take from your daily life? One mom knew that quitting her Facebook habit would improve things with her family, so she did the unthinkable. She deleted her account. Could you?

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1. Free Range Kids

“A Boy and his Zipper/Man Problem” was a post inspired by a touching cute story that ran in a Tampa Bay newspaper about a young boy in a church restroom asked an adult member of his congregation for help zipping up his pants. Catholics …men…young boys… what would someone think?

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I hope you enjoy this week’s blog recap. This weekend, sleep until the kids wake you up!  You deserve some rest.

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This Ma’am Won’t Cry for Her Crime

I got pulled over by a cop today. I was on my way to work (even a little early according to my watch) and just about to drop off some dry cleaning, when all of the sudden I saw a police car tailing me.  That is usually not a good sign.  I knew I hadn’t run a red light, and I hadn’t been speeding. Yet, I could see that he was following pretty closely behind me.  I secretly hoped that he was about to hit a high-speed chase and just needed to get me out of the way.  So, I signaled to get over to the slow lane.  He followed.  At that point, I knew I’d been tagged. The red and blue lights flipped on, and I pulled over.

As I waited for the officer to get out of his car, I reached for the floor to retrieve my purse where my driver’s license was. It took him a while to come to the car, so I began to fumble around in the glove box for my registration. As the officer approached my car, I rolled down the window and looked up at him waiting to learn my crime.

“Ma’am…” he began, (they all begin like that don’t they?) “I pulled you over because your registration is expired.”

“It is?” I questioned surprisingly.

“Yes, it expired in December.”

Now at this point I was not trying to argue but I seriously thought I had remembered renewing it.  I did it online in November and knew I had the receipt at home. Furthermore, I went to the DMV the day before my birthday to renew my driver’s license. Those two facts combined, made me think that there must have been some mistake.

“I’m sorry, but I really think I remember doing that.”  I insisted. “Would you mind if I checked my records?”

The officer was kind enough to let me call my husband – who of course didn’t answer his phone—while he walked back to the squad car to pull my information in the system.  I am sure he must have been thinking what a dim-wit I was.

Shortly after, I found the registration paper that was in the car and looked at the date of expiration.  What do you know?  It was December 2010, just like he said.  I was shocked.  I am always so on top of things like this!  In fact, my husband often gets mad because I renew my plates 1-2 months early sometimes.  I do it as soon as I get the notification.  So, how had I missed this?

Then, I realized why.  We had bought this new car back in August of 2010.  I assumed that the registration would be good through August 2011.  I was wrong.  It was only valid for four months and should have been renewed on my birthday in December.  But, I hadn’t been totally crazy.  I had in fact, renewed our other car’s registration and I had also renewed my driver’s license.  I just whiffed this. Admittedly, I have always gotten a little confused with when and what has to be renewed for a car.  You have the license, then you have the license plates, then you have that little sticker and the registration.  It’s too much to keep track of – but I didn’t tell him that.

When I explained my story, the officer was having no part of it.  I am not a crier. It’s against my principles.  I have never asked to get-off with only a warning in my life.  But, this morning for the first time, I pleaded that the officer give me just a 1-hour grace period. I knew I could be at the DMV in only six minutes from where I was.

“I promise I will drive straight to the DMV and get the registration renewed right now, if you can just let me go get it taken care of,” I said. “This mistake was just out of total stupidity.”

“Unfortunately, I can’t do that Ma’am. It’s been more than 30 days already and I am more lenient than most officers would be.  Some will give you a citation even if it has only been a couple of weeks.”

His eyes showed minimal empathy and I wasn’t going to kiss his ass, so I didn’t say anything more.  As he scribbled his little citation and rambled on about my opportunity to contest the ticket and go to court, all I could think about was how badly I needed my Grande Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latter from Starbucks right then. I accepted my punishment respectfully and silently. Now let me get on with my day.

As I turned on the signal and pulled back into traffic I proceeded to resume my journey to the office. I called my boss to let him know I’d be a little late.

Will someone please remind me on December 18, 2011 that I have to do this all over again?

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I’ve Got Style, Yes I Do! I’ve Got Style, How About You?

Wow… I have never had to give an acceptance speech before. For what, you may ask?

I have been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award! 

Thank you first and foremost to the person who nominated me – fellow mom blogger and funny woman, Chantelle, creator of Mom Went Crazy. I love reading about your adventures in motherhood.  It makes me feel that I am not alone. If those of your reading don’t already follow her blog, you should. Moms of a stylish feather flock together.

What exactly is style?  It’s such an abstract word. I think many people too quickly jump to the conclusion that style equals fashion.  But, it is so much more.  But, who the heck am I to tell you?  So, I decided to consult an authority:  Merriam-Webster.

So now that you know more than you ever wanted to or knew you could about the word “style,” I will tell you why think it pays such an incredible compliment to someone like me.  I take away from this award that the manner, the attitude, and the technique that I use to express myself is appreciated. (Maybe you like my shoes and handbags too, but that’s just a bonus.) Being a mom or a writer isn’t always easy or graceful. It takes work. So thanks to all that see that fact and for you, I will share seven little known facts about me behind the seemingly “stylish” exterior.

  1. I pick my nose. (In the comfort of my own home, of course, and only sometimes.)
  2. I love to eat stick pretzels dipped in salsa.
  3. I often cut my own hair – and the hair of my children. I am not particularly attached to it, and know it will grow back if I mess up.
  4. I hate waxing because it is too painful.  I am devoted to razors until I can afford laser treatment.
  5. I have an aversion to wearing black on black. A black top and a black bottom rarely match in tone—so don’t do it.
  6. I used to workout before I had kids.  Now, I have a glass of wine when I get home from work instead.
  7. I have abnormally large tonsils.

 

Don’t you feel closer to me now?  We have bonded, and hopefully now, you can see that even awkward people with bad habits and unusual quirks can be stylish too.

Here are the bloggers that I think deserve some mad respect.  They are not all moms, but these women sure can write. These get my vote for the Stylish Blogger Award – check them out.

Future for Fina

Blog: Future4Fina.com

She’s pouring her heart out and taking readers on an emotional journey in pursuit of finding lover and herself.

Redhead Riter

Blog: theredheadriter.com

She’s witty, intelligent and addictive

Sweet Peas and Stilettos

Blog: sweetpeasandstilettos.com

A slick, smart comprehensive guide to anything a mom could want, from food, travel, home, fashion and more!

Bonggamom

Blog: Bonggamom.blogspot.com

An edgy, educated mama who has left the fast-paced world of product management to develop her own little products at home as a SAHM.

And of course, remember to visit www.MomWentCrazy.com who labeled me this thing called “style” in the first place.

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My Daughter is a Riot

My daughter is three and she’s a damn riot. OK, I know…I know…every mom thinks their kid is great. But, mine really is. She’s a regular standup comedian sometimes. The things that come our of her mouth are priceless. I’ve often considered keeping a video recorder on all day to catch the raw, unscripted moments of humor.  I try to remember all the funny bits that happen in the course of a day, but sometimes it’s too many to keep track. As Kenny Bania once told Jerry Seinfeld, “That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!”

My daughter loves to mimic me.  But, as the saying goes, imitation is the best form of flattery, right? She definitely picks up lots of her catch phrases from grandma too. We are her muses. Sure, she doesn’t always come up with her own material. But, it strikes me as funny when she really has concocted a zinger on her own. If you haven’t read my post “I Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up,” about her Anaconda poopie, that speaks for itself.

The reason it is funny, is because she is not trying.  She is innocent and dead serious.

For instance, this morning as I was getting ready for work, she told me in a very grown up voice, “Your bra is beautiful!” It came out of left field as I was brushing my teeth. But, it’s not often I get compliments, so I said thank you and went about my business. She then followed up with, “They are squishy circles.” Clearly, she doesn’t understand that my post-nursing breasts have been deflated and reduced to the size of flapjacks.  Those squishy circles from Victoria’s Secret are all I have. Now, they are no longer a secret, either. 

Yesterday, she pulled her brother aside (who is only 18 months younger than she is) after he hit the dog a bit too hard on the back. In a very serious scolding tone she held him square in front of her and said, “You must use gentle touches next time. Leigha is not a drum.”  He paid no attention to the 3-foot figure reprimanding him and began to laugh. “Did you hear me?!” She warned. Her old mother-hen gene was seriously coming out. It was like watching two dwarfs face-off.

Sometimes, just her simplicity and candor are funny. When my daughter just feels overcome with gratitude that I am her mother, she regularly professes her feelings by saying, “Mommy, I like you. You’re nice.” When she is not happy with me, she scrunches her face into a scowl and then asks a pointed question like,” Mommy, does my face look happy or mad?” I take the bait and answer her, “It looks mad.” She responds, “Right.  I am mad at you.”

Other times, she sounds more like she just came out of a nursing home, rather than a nursery school. Over the weekend, we were driving through town and as my daughter looked at a building we had just passed, she commented, “All of these places are changing around here. The old ones are gone and new ones are coming.”

Presumably, this was a repeated phrase from my 70-year-old mother who I sure must have said something to that effect in observation of the city which see has seen grown and change for the last 40 years. My daughter must have heard her say it, and decided to paraphrase.  Still, it’s hilarious when something so mature comes out of a toddler’s mouth. She’s only been alive for 36 months – it’s ALL new for her!

Is humor genetic? My mother’s best friend still tells a story of when I was about the same age as my daughter is now. The two of them were on their way shopping and I was in the back seat of the car. As we passed the cemetery where my grandfather was buried, I said, “My grandpa is deader than a doornail.”

Was that in poor taste for a toddler?  Maybe.  Was it comical?  Yes, so I am told.

I think my daughter has inherited my keen sense for comedic timing. I may have to start capitalizing on it or create my own reality show – Toddlers & Tiaras meets the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

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Biz e-Friday Countdown 3.4.11

Meth Labs, Lupus and dating – oh my! This week’s Biz e-Friday Countdown is unlike any other. To see the highlights of what you missed in the mom blogosphere this week, read on:

Vodka Mom

Sometimes, you can’t sweat the small stuff. “Lesson 650 from the Book of Frank” teaches us to ignore all that crap.

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The Bloggess

What do driving to school, stopping at a gas station and meth labs have in common?  There’s no way to explain so, so just go ahead and read the post, “True Fact: I Like Victor Better Before He Has Coffee and Turns into a Grown-up.”

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Queen of Spain

Everyone can be forgetful at times, but Erin Kotecki shares a personal moment that almost burnt her house down (and vents about the effects of Lupus.)

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The Laughing Stork

Funny mom, Candy Kirby, meets her daughter’s boyfriend for the first time—the best part is that he’s 16 months old.

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Her Bad Mother

They told the mommy blogger to shut up.  She told them off. Check out the post, “They Said Shut Up.”

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That’s a wrap for this week’s Biz e-Friday Countdown. Enjoy your weekend and sleep until the kids wake you up!

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Get Your App in Gear!

Spring is just around the corner and it always gets me in the mood to get organized and get in shape. So get your app (pun intended) in gear! What better way to help shake those winter blues than to download some amazing smartphone apps that use innovative technology to help moms focus on exercise, weight loss and even meditation? I tried out a few and was pretty amazed by how many busy moms could benefit from these handy little tools. They may even help to keep you on track with those New Year’s resolutions you made in January!

Exercise app
The recently released Nike+ GPS iPhone app maps your runs, tracks your progress and gives you the motivation you need to go even further.

If you need a little extra push to get motivated, Nike+ GPS lets you challenge yourself to take your run to the limit with the Challenge Me feature. Runners can even receive feedback and encouragement from Nike athletes and celebrities.Busy parents on the go need not worry. Regardless of where you prefer to exercise, the app combines GPS and accelerometer technologies so that you can track your run or walk wherever you are – inside or outside. The app’s convenient Sync feature, allows you to save and see your workout directly on your Nikeplus.com profile from your iPhone or iPod touch. That gives you control and access to your workout progress through multiple workstations and helps keep you informed of your progress and engaged.

The Nike+ GPS App for iPhone will pull in data from the device’s accelerometer and GPS to give runners an effective, accurate and useful tool for getting in shape and staying motivated. So far, it’s available in English only and sells for $1.99

Calorie Counter app
Calorie Counter by FatSecret for iPad is a handy little app to find nutritional info for the food you eat. It also helps you easily keep track of meals, exercise and weight.
The app provides the ability to search for specific food items by restaurant menu, by food type and even by supermarket or brand name.  

If you want to enter a food item into your daily calorie journal, simply scan the barcode using your smart phone and retrieve the related the nutritional data. No more bringing a scale to a restaurant or calculating the calories in your head.

This app is easy enough for even the most non-tech weight watcher. Best of all, it is free!

Relaxation app
Did you ever think a gadget could help with stress and relaxation? More than 800,000 users have turned to an app called Relax Melodies for help with relaxation, yoga, concentration and sleep assistance available on iTunes.

It includes a mix of 33 ambient sounds that the user can customize in any combination of their choice as well as adjust the levels of the individual sounds. A timer feature is included for those that want to set the sounds to turn off at a certain time, such as when you fall asleep. This app can be used with medication and other self-improvement techniques that utilize background or white noise. Anyone who has difficulties concentrating or restless nights should look into this app. It has simple navigation and is offered for free.

It’s easy to fall in love with apps like these and kick off spring with a smooth and healthy start. They are easy-to-use, affordable and designed to make your busy, hectic life easier.

I’d love to know if anyone else has uncovered an app they can’t live without? Please share!

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