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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Introducing outmywindowTM!!!

"The service, outmywindow™, allows its users to upload photographs to a personal account and share them with a curated list of family and friends. Available on both the web and as an app (currently only for IOS), outmywindow™ is aimed primarily at mothers and families who want to share pictures of their children and relatives, but are wary of posting them on more public social sites. The service will also include tools that allow users to know exactly with whom they have shared images and albums."

Out My Window offers its users a more personal way to share photos with their closest family and friends. What kind of photos would you want to share using the platform?

I'm most likely to share pictures of my children with outmywindowTM. These are the kind of pictures I wouldn't necessarily want floating out in cyberspace.  You never know who's lurking!

What kind would you share?

If you're unfamiliar with this new site, you should definitely check it out!!!

"I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'outmywindow™.'"

Monday, July 30, 2012

I Get So Tired of Renting

I'm sure every renter knows the feeling of how much you want to buy your own house and quit throwing away your hard earned money each month.  A house is an investment and you don't have to worry about every scratch on the wall, every pulled carpet string, whether or not you can have pets... the list goes on and on.

I look forward to when I can get my own house.  I plan to have a yard full of rose bushes, lilac bushes, beautiful landscaping.  A pond would be nice and I'd also like to get myself another duck, a couple dogs...

When the time comes for this dream to be fulfilled, I will have to look very hard into what place I want to get my loan.  There is no greater feeling than saving on your loan.  Times are hard, money is tight, but dreams are important.  I can't wait!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dora the Explorer: Dora's Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom is Available Now on DVD!!!

My kids literally have like 10 Dora DVDs. They used to have more, but I thought it was getting a little excessive. My kids are Dora fiends. Most kids I know are Dora fiends. There is just something about Dora that makes her appeal to every child. As a parent, I love her upbeat attitude, and the fact that she teaches kids everything from Spanish to counting to colors to shapes. It helps them use their memory and critical thinking. My son is 2 and I will hear Dora ask a question and he answers her. It's mind boggling and I love it!

Dora is a little girl who likes to go exploring. She uses a map to tell her where to go, has a pet Monkey friend named Boots who goes along with her and then there's Swiper the Fox, who likes to steal things and hide them from Dora.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom Episode Synopses:

Dora’s Rescue in Mermaid Kingdom
Dora and Boots are at the beach when they find Maribel, a little lost mermaid, who needs to get back to her mommy (voiced by Thalia) in the Mermaid Kingdom. Dora uses her mermaid charm necklace to transform into a mermaid and turn Boots into a sea monkey. Together the three set off on an underwater adventure through the octopus’s garden, past the ocean rocks to Mermaid Cove where Maribel will have to sing to bring all the mermaids together so she can find her mommy.

Benny the Castaway
Dora and Boots are getting ready to have a beach picnic with all of their friends when suddenly a bottle rolls in with a wave. Inside the bottle, Dora and Boots find a note from Benny. His balloon ran out of air on the way to the picnic and he’s stuck on Coconut Island. It’s Dora and Boots to the rescue!

Dora’s Moonlight Adventure
Dora’s taking care of Abuela’s three kitties: Pico, Mónica and Lucky. At Dora’s house, Mami reads Dora and the kitties a story and they all cuddle around their ball of string and fall asleep. When the ball of string rolls out the window and Lucky chases after it, the kitties wake Dora up so she can help find Lucky.

Family Time Factor:  As an adult, I find it tolerable to listen to while I'm cleaning or Facebooking or what not, but I'd never sit an watch it.  In terms of kids, I'd say 2-6. 

MOTR Grade: A-

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Things I Can't Let Go Of

As some of my readers may or may not know, I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.  (I've been diagnosed with both by several qualified individuals in different towns/facilities, so if you're in denial about this, way to be unsupportive and you shouldn't read my blogs if you're such a jerkwad.)

Anyway, if you don't know what either are, there's a thing called wikipedia, so I'm not going into the details.

So, back to the point of this blog.  I have a really hard time sharing my feelings with anyone other than my therapist.  This is for two reasons: my therapist gets paid not to judge me and no one makes me feel better, so what's the point.

Throughout my life there have been a few things that I can't let go of.  I know they say forgive and forget, and I always forgive, but I can't forget.  And by "forgive" in some of those instances I carry a grudge, but I don't act on that grudge or refuse to talk to someone for it.  If that were the case, I'd never talk to anyone!  I've always had the philosophy that I will respect someone unconditionally until they do me wrong.  Unfortunately right now, that pretty much just includes my boss- until he fires me.

Here's a list of things that I've never been able to let go of:

1) My parents letting some idiot with a doctor degree out of a Cracker Jack box put me on Paxil.  This guy was the biggest moron known to man and I kinda wish karma would hunt him down.  How could anyone let him be responsible for the mental health of people who deserved better care??  Anyway, the moron misdiagnosed me after meeting me for 5 minutes.  Then he ended up putting me on Paxil and didn't inform me of any side effects.  My parents ridiculously thought I had an eating disorder and I'm sure they conspired with him about the fact that Paxil makes people blow up like the Hindenburg.  My metabolism went from spectacular to non-existent and I've had to work hard to not be 400 lbs for over a decade!

2) My crappy "friend."  Well, most of friends are/have been crappy in that they could care less whether I was alive or dead, but this one in particular has bugged me the most.  I was there for her when she'd call me crying in the middle of the night.  I was there for her two or three times when she moved out- I even helped her move all her stuff once!  I was there for her when she had no money and I bought her groceries for her kids- even though I didn't have money myself!  I've been there for her for so many things even when no one else was.  Well, now she doesn't have anything to do with me.  I'm not 100% sure why... if I had to guess, it's cause a couple years ago she thought I was interested in this jerk that she had the hots for... and I wasn't.  I don't like jerks- especially not ones that are riddled with STDs.  Other than that, I'm not really aware of what I could have done to her personally that was so atrocious.

3) These guys:
     guy a- lied to me and told me he deleted his exes number and then actually put it in as someone else's number and I only found out cause I was TAKING CARE OF HIM after he had his wisdom teeth removed and his phone kept going off so I thought it might be his parents checking on him.  Yeah... that happened.
     guy b- ripped me a new one for "seeing other guys" when we weren't even a couple, but told his ex on New Year's Eve that he loved her.  (Have I mentioned how much people suck?)
     guys c/d- told me he didn't want to be with me anymore, which I handled with pretty good tact, if I do say so myself.  The part that got to me was that he didn't tell me why.  I hate being rejected cause I'm a pretty big fan of myself (of what's on the inside anyway.)
     guy e- thinks I cheated on him and I never did!  I am totally willing to accept when I do something wrong and people find out, but I don't like being accused of something I didn't do!  But because his moronic friends insisted that it didn't make sense that I DIDN'T cheat, he believed it.  Soooo... ugh.

4) Guilt: I don't often feel guilt, but the few things that have stuck with me that I've felt guilty about- I can't let go of.  I'm pretty sure there was this time my dad went to Chicago and brought us all back tee shirts.  I threw a fit and he ended up buying me a toy.  I feel guilty that I was such a brat about that.  When my mom buys me gifts, if I don't like them- I feel guilty about that.  When I used this person and never talked to them again- I feel guilty about that.

5) This one thing that involved money that I felt I was entitled to: I can't go into details on this one because I'd get reamed up and down the Mississippi, but there was this incident that involved something that was done for my three siblings and wasn't done for me and the lame excuse for why not was essentially that I was a horrible person and didn't deserve it.  It's not about not getting the money (that would be pretty bratty of me), it's about the excuse for why I didn't.

Okay, this list is getting long and I have school work to do.  Don't get yourself confused and think these are the only thing in life that have bothered me... I mean come on, I don't trust anyone, I don't know what affection is and I get angry at the drop of a hat... so if you think nothing bothers me... you're so wrong it's wrong.  These are just a handful of things that I needed to get off my chest and I don't get to see my new therapist until September.  I hope you enjoyed my misery!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Experience the New Photo Sharing Website Out My Window!

"The service, outmywindow™, allows its users to upload photographs to a personal account and share them with a curated list of family and friends. Available on both the web and as an app (currently only for IOS), outmywindow™ is aimed primarily at mothers and families who want to share pictures of their children and relatives, but are wary of posting them on more public social sites. The service will also include tools that allow users to know exactly with whom they have shared images and albums."

When was the last time you wanted to share a photo with your friends and family but were worried about the whole world seeing it? With Out My Window you can capture all your precious moments and easily delegate who gets to see them. 

I love how easy and convenient Out My Window is!  It's simple to upload your photos and share them with only the people that you want to.  Although I'm pretty comfortable putting most photos on Facebook, some of my relatives aren't on Facebook, so usually I have to email them every photo, which involves the hassle of resizing them so they aren't huge in the email, plus it's tedious that if they want to look at them again they have to login to their email each time and locate the email.

If you're unfamiliar with this new site, you should definitely check it out!!!

"I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for 'outmywindow™.'"

Thursday, July 19, 2012

50 Million Questions is 49,999,999 Too Many

I've always had this theory that parents should always answer their kids' questions unless they are super inappropriate.  How will children learn if no one gives them answers?  They are curious beings with thirsts for knowledge and answers to life's questions...

That being said, can I draw the line at 50 million questions a day?  I heard a statistic on the radio (it was a trivia question) that asked what a 4 year old does X amount of times per day?  (Couldn't remember the exact number.)  Immediately I thought- ask questions!  I didn't call in cause I was driving, but it was the right answer.  I looked up the statistic and according to 10 Facts About.com, 4 year olds ask an average of 437 questions a day.  I'm not sure how that's possible, but at times it feels like it.  When I googled to find this answer, the top gazillion search results were "how many times a day does a 3 year old, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old... ask questions?"  So apparently it's a common theme.  BUT, my 4 year old is for once not the child I'm referring to!!!

My 6 year old daughter has been driving me bat $hit with how many questions she asks me every day... all day... I can't take a step in any direction with her ask me about everything from "why do babies cry" to "what makes it so hot out" to "is there butter on this bread" to "can I go see if so and so is home?"  It's not just questions about things she's curious about learning, it's questions about everything.  Plus she's going through a stage where she argues with everything, so if she asks you something and doesn't like your response she will argue. 

I'm sure it has something to do with not being at school during the summer and having nothing to stimulate her brain.  I've told her a million times that she would know all these answers if she would read.  Then she tells me she hates to read (which I don't get).  But when she asks me how I know so much, I always say because I liked to read and I listened.

So, going against my beliefs, I've gotten to the point where I beg her to stop asking me so many questions.  I feel bad, but really... her last question might be, "why did they put mommy in a straight jacket and to that building with padded walls?"


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Many Uses of Ivory!

When I received a bar of Ivory soap, it was amazing how little I knew about it and how much you should actually know about the kind of soap you use.

First of all, it came at the perfect time for me because I had just had my c-section.  I was told that for after care when I washed my incision I was not supposed to use soap with dyes or perfumes.  Well, get this:  Ivory is free of dyes and heavy perfume and is 99.44% pure.  Eureeka!

Next thing that was great about Ivory is that I didn't know it had so many uses.  Of course I've heard of soap carving, but apparently this is one of the best brands to use for it.  But the coolest thing is that I didn't know Ivory could be used as laundry detergent!  All you do is chip soap flakes into the water.  You can also rub it on stains in your clothes.  Think of how much money you can save since laundry detergent is so expensive- especially when you do what feels like 50 loads each week!  The cost is great because you can buy it for $4.49 for a 10 pack.  Ivory is one of the least expensive bars and body washes on a per oz basis.

Since I was using the bar on my incision, I am still using it, but have started using it on my entire body as well.  I have not been using it on my face, but just read that it is great for faces, so I'm definitely going to try it.  Usually bar soap dries your face out, but I'm guessing since it is dye and perfume free, that makes a huge difference.  I'd have to say that what I like the best is the absence of all those chemicals.

If you didn't realize all its uses and you've never tried Ivory, you owe it to yourself, your family, and your wallet to check it out!

I received this product complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and Ivory as a participant in the Mom VoxBox campaign.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kidz Bop 22 is available today!!!

I have a confession to make... *whispers* I listen to the Kidz Bop CDs when my kids aren't even in the car.  If you tell anyone, I'll deny it!

Here's what's great about Kidz Bop- they magically churn these things out while the majority of the songs are still in high rotation on the radio!  So my kids recognize the song and can sing along.  They are quite heavily edited, which does make me chuckle with how they change the wording, but that's okay because my kids don't need to be asking me what this or that means all the time.  Also, it's nice for me because they are songs that I really like (sorry, but not Justin Bieber).  Somehow you can have 6 radios on your pre-set and they all have commercials or cruddy songs, so sometimes I turn it back to Kidz Bop.  Aaaand, it makes road trips more tolerable for the kids.

Long story short, Kidz Bop 22 is out today!  Although I've been enjoying it for weeks (eat your heart out), you can now enjoy it for years to come!

The track list is:

  1. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (Kelly Clarkson)
  2. "Call Me Maybe" (Carly Rae Jepsen)
  3. "Starships" (Nicki Minaj)
  4. "Domino" (Jessie J)
  5. "Payphone" (Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  6. "Wild Ones" (Flo Rida featuring Sia)
  7. "Glad You Came" (The Wanted)
  8. "Drive By" (Train)
  9. "Part of Me" (Katy Perry)
  10. "What Makes You Beautiful" (One Direction)
  11. "Dance Again" (Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull)
  12. "Boyfriend" (Justin Bieber)
  13. "Feel So Close" (Calvin Harris)
  14. "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye featuring Kimbra)
  15. "Tonight Is the Night" (Outasight)
  16. "Set Fire to the Rain" (feat. Ethan Bortnick) (Adele)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bitter Pills Are the Hardest to Swallow

Here I'm going to go again, making sweeping generalizations... but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason, right?

Okay, so neither of these are new ideas, but I don't think I've vented about them yet and I wouldn't be me if I didn't complain about something!  So here's my recent beef with men, but more importantly dads who live with moms.

1) New babies: when you are having your first child, it's such an exciting time filled with anticipation and thoughts of how your life is going to change.  Of course everyone involved knows that it's going to be a big responsibility, but apparently most men think that responsibility ends at bedtime.  Now I'm not knocking anyone per say, but I've I've had kids with oodles of guys... okay, that's not true.  Either way, before the first child is born comes the statement, "oh, I'll get up with them at night.  I hear every noise and whether you get up or not, I'll get up too."  Not only have I heard this from two different men, but I've established from speaking to other women that this is a common lie that they hear.  Maybe the intent actually was there, but regardless, it soooooooo doesn't happen.

If you take 6 weeks off work, guaranteed you will hear this more than once, "but I have to get up for work in the morning."  If you stay at home after 6 weeks, expect to hear this until your child graduates from high school.  If you go back to work full-time after 6 weeks, expect to hear, "but I have to get up for work earlier than you do."  You'll never win this argument.  They just have it ingrained in their minds that somehow you are just not as deserving of a restful night's sleep as they are.  Then there's the promise of a nap when they get home, but because you have so many other things to do and it's not nighttime, that's easier said than done- plus if you hear the baby cry once, you're up.  What's the solution, you ask?  Well, how about if you're a dad, you get up with your kid once in awhile and let the mom sleep.  No?  Oh, okay then. 

Now as I said, this is not every man.  There are those lucky duck women who net themselves a guy who actually ENJOYS common human decency.  I could be wrong (don't think I am) but I'm pretty sure my dad was the one who go up with us every night when we were babies and he and my mom worked the same hours.

2) I just thought I'd throw this one out there because it's the same vain of topics.  You know how the truth always comes out when people are angry?  (Not me, I speak the truth all the time cause I'm not worried about hurting people's feelings.)  If you are a woman who works part-time or no-time, expect your man to say that you don't work and therefore you shouldn't expect his help around the house.  Of course when he's in a good mood he will say that he knows you do a lot and you work hard... but the first time you ask him to do the dishes and he really doesn't want to... be prepared for his true feelings come out.

Have you experienced either of these things or should I hate you for having a one in a million kinda guy?

Radio Rebel Available Now!!!

Debby Ryan stars as Tara Adams, a shy seventeen year old who secretly is a podcast DJ called "Radio Rebel."  She encourages her classmates (that don't know who she actually is) to be themselves.  This angers the principal who vows to find and punish this outspoken radio personality.

My 6 year old really liked this movie and I actually didn't mind watching it.  It was cute and had an interesting plot.  (I was reminded of an episode of Saved By the Bell where the gang ran a radio station that almost got shut down.)

Family Time Factor: I'm thinking kids 6-16 would probably like it.

MOTR Grade: B

Radio Rebel is currently available on DVD!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Theory About This Guy at WalMart

So Friday I was in WalMart. 

It's no fresh news that often you come across some "interesting" people there.  Of course in my hometown the most I usually scoff at are the people cussing out their children loudly in the store- talk about trashy!  But nothing so interesting as what you see on People of WalMart.  (If you've never checked out the site, you're really missing out on some good laughs!)

Okay, so anyway, I was in WalMart in my hometown on Friday.  I was just casually strolling towards the cat food aisle and was passing the hair care aisle when I noticed a gentleman that looked to be either a rough late 30s or in his 40s.  Well, he was using a hairbrush to brush his hair and then I saw him put said brush back on the shelf.  His hair appeared to be somewhat greasy, but I wasn't going to get close enough to look.

First thing that came to mind was, "totally gross."  Second thing that came to mind is that I'm glad I've had the same awesome hairbrush since the 80s so I don't have to worry about buying a new one that has been slightly used.

So I'm thinking that maybe what happened was that this guy had a hot date and decided to use the WalMart facilities to get ready.  Maybe he washed up in the bathroom, went to the deodorant aisle to manage his body odor (assuming he had some), stopped by the cologne and spritzed himself and who knows- maybe he tested out some toothpaste while he was at it.

Of course, this is all just hypothetical.  But what a great story to tell his future grandkids if he was in fact going out on a hot date.