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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor

Short, but impactful, My Magic Breath is a children's book that teaches the importance of mindful breathing.  Using beautiful, sprawling illustrations (by Michelle Polizzi), the book gives kids the instructions needed to change their thoughts into deep, magic breaths and exhale them to create something amazing. 

Since my kindergartner is rather sensitive when it comes to his emotions, I was excited to be able to try this book with him.  He loves reading and being read to and this book was able to keep his attention as it wasn't too wordy, but he also enjoyed the breathing exercises that went along with it.  At the time, he was in a good mood, but I definitely think reading this when he is upset would be a great way to redirect his negative emotions.

When he outgrows the book itself, I intend to donate it to his elementary school, as I think that it would be a great book to have in a classroom with younger students.  I was given a gratis copy for review.

This is a great book to keep at home or take along on trips, as it helps kids process their emotions and turn them into something beautiful.  With the author's permission, I have created a video of a reading of the book.  Definitely get your own copy as this video doesn't replace the great bond you can share by reading it aloud with your child.  My Magic Breath is available for purchase on May 15!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Get out and ride with Razor Jr!

Getting my kids to play outdoors is extremely important to me, and one of their favorite activities has always been riding their bikes and scooters.  Each kid has their own, with the older two having the classic Razors.  I didn't even know that there was a Razor Jr line- until now!  I was given the opportunity to pick a scooter from the Razor Jr. line gratis for review and I feel like they couldn't have found a better family for it! 

t3 Scooter in green
This year, as soon as the nice weather settled in, I loaded up all our scooters and took the kids to the nearest school with a playground for them to ride on.  I noticed that H (who will be 6 in June) was getting a bit big for his old scooter, but was too short to use one of the older kids' Razors.  Luckily, I received the t3 Scooter in time for our second trip out. It was the perfect size for H!  His last scooter has 4 wheels, but this one has 3, which is great to help him transition until he is big enough for the two wheel classic style.  He loves it and was so proud to show off his new wheels!

With technology becoming such a huge part of life for kids, where it is becoming harder to pry their noses away from a screen, I definitely appreciate anything that will keep my kids entertained outdoors!  Scooters never go out of style and are a great way to safely enjoy the wind in your face and the sun on your back.  And the fact that my oldest (she's 12) enjoys her Razor is a Godsend, as she is the most difficult to get out of the house and she is opposed to riding a bike.  And with how well they are made/sturdy they are, I can continue to hand them down to the younger kids until it's time for the youngest one to move out- then they can all buy their own scooters! :P

Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Thoughts On: The Current Teen Mom OG Gals

So as I was digging through my archives, I came across a post from 2011 about my thoughts on the cast of Teen Mom OG back then.  Boy was I in for a change of heart!  To be fair, this was before Farrah got a new face and body and decided to do a sex tape.  It was before Maci got with Taylor and Amber got with Matt and now the new guy whose name I forget.  It was before several more babies were popped out.  So, with that in mind, here's my new improved perspective on the ladies (as if my opinion matters to anyone.)

Farrah Abraham: Okay, so technically as of this posting, she was fired (hallelujah), but it's super fresh and still being gossiped about.  This chick is such a hot mess that the entire NY Fire Department couldn't put her out.  So many derogatory names come to mind when I think of her behavior, but I'm gonna be above name-calling.  (Picture her snapping her fingers and saying, "You don't know me!")  First of all, the way she talks to EVERYONE is awful... awful... I don't know where she got the sense of entitlement that she has, but whoa- girl needs to take it down a peg or two.  She talks to her family like she's the queen and they are waiting in line for the throne.  She talks to her employees and coworkers like they are peasants lying in a ditch full of poo.  And yet, 99% of these people are way better than she is as human beings.  And after her upbringing, you'd think she would try to give better to her daughter.  All the money in the world won't erase the memories of her mother screaming at family and other people.  It won't erase the memories of her mother being selfish and controlling.  In summation... good riddance and I hope MTV respects their producers enough not to inflict her upon them ever again.

Maci Bookout:  I know her last name is something else, but I don't remember it and I'm not looking it up.  Maci Mrs. Taylor?  I don't know.  I don't really have much to say about her.  She seems intelligent, a good mom, a loving wife... but I can't really relate to her about much.  Plus I'm jealous of how good she looks after popping out thirty kids.  Her ex- Ryan- is still immature and relies heavily on his parents for everything.  That's typical of men of his generation.  Yeah, I said it.  And his current wife is the typical new wife that thinks her man can do no wrong.  Neither of them know what it's like to be a full-time parent, so take a seat and get back to us when you do.

Amber Portwood:  I've gone back and forth over the last couple of seasons about Amber, but after her most recent life choices, I've become set in my opinions about her.  She reminds me of my ex-husband, and that's not a good thing.  I would have never thought I'd end up siding with GARY... EVER.  Dude seems yucky and a bit slow.  But his new wife seems like she's brought him around to being a decent person and caring dad.  But AMBER... I wanted to like her.  We share some mental illnesses, so I felt like I could understand her need to constantly have a man in her life to the point that she couldn't see their glaring flaws.  However, it has become clear that being a mom is not her number one priority.  Just like my ex, she had no time for her kid, but had time to find a new significant other and even get pregnant.  Explain your priorities to me there.  Yes, you were depressed, but that depression didn't keep you from actively dating and falling in love... AND making another kid!  She's in for a rude awakening when she finds out what it's like to not be able to pawn your kid off on someone else for months at a time.  I have been on the literal edge of a cliff before, ready to jump, but still hauled my depressed ass back to take care of my kids.  I chose to put them on this planet, I'm not bailing on them.  She has.  Hopefully MTV axes her next.

Catelynn Ba...: I don't know her last name off the top of my head either.  Balterra?  Can I call her Mrs. Tyler?  I appreciate her struggles.  I can only imagine the demons that play in her mind about Carly, her miscarriage, her childhood... she is understandably in need of help.  Again, I feel like there are other options for getting help than bailing on your child for months at a time, but at least she has a lot of family to help Tyler out and she isn't like Amber- ditching her kid to throw her cat around.  I think that it will be hard for her to ever come to terms with what she has gone through in life.  I'm a little bummed that she and Tyler are so forgiving of the people that did them wrong, but forgiveness is therapeutic.  I hope that she and Tyler can have a happy ending.  If she's anything like me, it might just be a waiting game until she can find the right meds that help. 

Well, there you have it- if you made it to the end of this, I'm impressed that you cared.  Now I'm off to work, where I will completely forget about these people until next Tuesday when I see Teen Mom OG pop up on my DVR.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

I have a podcast!

One of my latest ventures was to create a podcast- I find that it's easier for me to just speak my thoughts sometimes than to find the time to get to a computer and type them out.  Plus I can ramble for quite a bit longer that way.  Anywho, here is one of the episodes that has the most hits.  Feel free to subscribe!  It is called A Borderline Mom Speaks.  I will still try and get an occasional blog posted and of course, I'm always active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!