Going The Day WIthout Electronics

For many kids, SUMMER means freedom. Freedom to sleep in and hang around most of the day. With the way technology is evolving,  we don't see many of them without electronic devices of some sort. It's easy to see how they can become so involved in them. As adults, we have the same problem with putting down the phone or stepping back from the computer.

Now here goes the "when we were your age" part.. we didn't have the option  to sit inside all summer. I'm not sure about your neighborhood but in mine we were told to go outside. We would wake up, race out the door to see what friends were already out there. You knew when you had to go in b/c the  streetlights would be on or your parents would be yelling your name. I would always be jealous of the kids that got to stay out a little later.

Fast-forward life to my kids... they wake up and walk right to the computer. They will stay at the computer until you remove them. (usually with a struggle). The kids I would sit for in the summer would complain there was NOTHING to do when they were told to go outside. Mind you there were 2 acres of land (including the neighbors yard), every piece of sporting equipment you could imagine, bikes and plenty more to do. Yet after 15mins, I would find them sitting on the porch looking miserable with cellphones in their hands.

After the 1st week of summer, I could no longer take it. The fix... I sat each kid down and had them give me 10 things they'd like to do ( less kids increase amount) and I would sort them onto colored paper. Categories included, places to go, things to make (snacks/crafts/meals) and things to do. I rolled each paper up and picked from the last 2 categories during the week and places to go when we everyone together. Everything on the list was also free of electronics and you could not use one during the time. Each day we did a few of the activities BUT they still had video games/TV time.

As the next couple weeks passed, I noticed them expressing more excitement about going outside. Now it was my time to step back into the picture once I knew I wouldn't hear "I'm bored" every couple minutes. The activities we made were no longer being used and I was setting things up for the day. Summer isn't very long and as a kid (or adult), that's when you should make lots of memories. Since they were no longer dependent on electronic devices it was time to make my move.

Go The Whole Day Outside and NO Electronics

I will admit I did use my phone to take a couple pics (Capture the memory, don't interrupt it). Some of the things we did outside... set up targets around the yard with different obstacles for a nerf gun target challenge, relay races, smores by a fire, water balloon fights, and different sporting games like basketball and soccer. At one point the kids wondered off into the woods to build a fort. Yup I really just said that. The 15 mins and bored kids were now actually BEING KIDS and not zombies.

In this fast moving world, we tend to loose site of the little things. I can tell you it was just as tough for me to cut down as it was for them. This summer I encourage you to pick at least 1 day, where you go outside for the day and just ENJOY it without the distraction of  any electronics. Make and capture memories to look back on. One day the kids will be gone and you'll have are the memories.

-Crisc

Out of the Fog: Post-Divorce Coping Strategies When Your Children's Father Has a Personality Disorder [Kindle Edition] Book Review Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.



It's been a awhile (around Christmas) since I've put up a post for my readers. During this time I should share, that 2 days after Thanksgiving my husband came to me and asked the kids and I to leave. The thoughts that go through a wife/mothers head when they hear this before Christmas..is unimaginable. Lucky for me, I had wrote a lot of post and made some money so I had enough to get my 4 & 5 yr old Christmas gifts.

At the time I was a little confused on how a father could do this to his kids before the holidays. It didn't take more than 3 days for me to realize he had a girlfriend and all the pieces started to fall together. I was never angry about it not working out with us, I was angry at the way he was treating the kids.

Once he moved us into a 1 bedroom apart (he lives in a 5 bed home), I figured it was time to start back posting. The 1st offer for a review I received was ....

 2 Out of the Fog: Post-Divorce Coping Strategies When Your Children's Father Has a Personality Disorder [Kindle Edition] Book   


Lisa Kroulik, Freelance Writer



About The Author and Product

" Ending a marriage or a serious relationship is never easy, especially when children are involved. Even in the most amicable of break ups, people are certain to experience intense emotions like anger and sadness. When the former partner is a narcissist or has another serious personality disorder, moving on from the relationship is especially challenging. People who finally found the courage to leave their emotionally abusive partner may feel discouraged by having to remain in contact with him due to the kids. These exchanges can be as crazy making as they were when the victim of emotional abuse still lived with her former partner.

Author Lisa Kroulik divorced a narcissist over five years ago and lived to tell about it. As with her previous books, she uses an example from her own past relationship to show readers the types of situations they may encounter while attempting to co-parent with someone who has a personality disorder. Before doing so, she offers a helpful guide on the ten known personality disorders to assist women who are emotionally struggling in the aftermath of ending an unhealthy relationship. It is affirming for readers to know there is a name to describe the way their children's father still behaves.

After highlighting the characteristics of each personality disorder, the author discusses situations she has dealt with in the years since her divorce from her children's father. Recently separated readers may find themselves nodding in agreement, or they may remember the story later when their former partner attempts the exact same thing. Some of the topics Lisa Kroulik discusses include:

• Dealing with the ex's new girlfriend
• Communication tips when dealing with the personality disordered
• Child support challenges
• Providing children tools to handle their father's emotional manipulation
• Relationships with former in-laws
• Getting past feelings of hate

The author offers readers practical advice on what to do in these common situations without giving power to the former partner. She takes a humble, been there and done that approach to everything she shares in this book. Rather than count down the days until their child becomes an adult, readers can learn to detach from the crazy and enjoy life. After all, it is pointless to leave an emotionally abusive relationship only to continue the cycle in post-divorce parenting."


This book has definitely helped and I would fully recommend it, if dealing with any of the issues above. You can find it on Amazon

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 Super exciting news to share with all of you!  Going on now thru Dec 12th 2013 my readers can get unlimited pictures at iCaughtSanta.com! Use the code #SantaShare as many times as you like, share it with everyone b/c nothing is better than free besides the happy faces of kids who believe =)
 
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It's a site where you can add (many faces) of Santa or even Rudolf into your pictures.  I did this last year (paid for it) so this year was a must. The things technology can do these days! I can tell you from experience, my kids LOVED see'n the picture of Santa standing by their tree, when they woke up Christmas morning.  
 
 

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Smellyproof.com Review #smellyproof

Living in a house w/ a man , teen boy, a 4 and 5 yr old and 2 dogs, I was more than happy to review a product called Smelly Proof Bags. As a stay at home mom, the cleaning mainly falls on me. We all know how kids clean *dirty socks behind beds so I thought this would be a great product for my household. When I open the product I wont lie I was sketchy on it. The bags don't feel or look like a Ziploc bag. Even when I tried to tear the side, it would not. The bags also had no smell so it's not like the trash bags that smell like flowers.

Smelly Proof Bags not only take care of pet odor and smelly gym socks, they have so many more useful purposes.


For this review I was given a sample pack that included

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  •  1 Box of Med
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  • My husband being the one that does the shopping/cooking was a huge fan of the box of EXTRA LARGE bags. We shop at a bulk store for meat so these came in handy for him to store all the meat due to the durability. Another perk is they are REUSEABLE and tear/puncture resistant! This is important in our home with 3 kids. We were keeping all the sandwich meat in a large Ziploc bag and after a few days of open/close the bag starts to tear. I can honestly say since switching bags it has kept the meat in the freezer, free from freezer burn and that speaks volumes for me.



    This upcoming April we will be taking a trip and I look forward to bringing the bags along for the dirty clothes. Nothing like getting home from a long trip and the smell of socks from 3 boys ;)  On the bright side I wont have to smell any of it till I transfer to the washer because these bags smell GREAT and live up to the name being "smell proof"

    To prove this I took a pair of the kids finest (dirtiest) socks and placed them in the bag. Let it sit for 2 days (which is a lot for my OCD) and STILL could NOT smell anything. Don't believe me? Try them for yourself! With the holidays coming up they also make Oven Bags that are GIANT size. Just something to think about =)




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    Off To College But Not Out Of Reach -Guest Post by Josh Lovison CEO of @SnugNote

    Have a son or daughter off at college, and anxious to know they're doing okay? Here's a few things to keep in mind to help you stay informed.

     

    Shift the conversation

    One of the biggest challenges for parents after their kids leave for college is finding the right balance in communication. The best way to stay informed is from your kid directly - and here's two tricks to help smooth that conversation.

     

    1. Try discussing things going on back home. Sharing information first opens the door for reciprocity, and makes a conversation flow more easily.

     

    2. Validate your student's experience instead of using judgment phrasing. If your student confesses being stressed out about a test, some parents might rightly point out that the student could have better prepared. But by simply validating the stress instead of trying to "fix" it, you'll keep your student from going on defense, and keep the communication channel open.

     

    Both of these techniques are employed by trained listeners, from psychologists to FBI interrogators.

     

    Use social media

    While "cyber-stalking" your student is never a good idea, there are some ways to stay in the know about what's going on in their lives.

     

    1. Keep up a weekly email exchange with your student. More than a week may be a bit too much work, but one email a week isn't too much to ask, and will leave room for a summary of events.

     

    2. Follow the school's Twitter and Facebook pages. A lot of colleges have social media accounts for events at the school, and residential activities. Following these accounts will let you know when there are going to be concerts or other interesting things happening on campus, which creates the opportunity for informed (but not invasive) questions.

     

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    One of the best ways to stay informed without seeming like a helicopter parent is to use a solution designed exactly for that.

     

    SnugNote  makes it extremely easy for your student to check in each night with reminders and a 5 second check-in. It sends you a report each morning that lets you know your student got home safe, but keeps the time they check-in secret, so that you can have peace of mind without your student feeling like they are giving up their privacy.

     

     Article written by Josh Lovison

    Frank Giustra, President Bill Clinton's Close Colleague, Joins US Oil Sands Board By @Steve_Horn1022

     

    Frank Giustra - key power broker and close colleague of former President Bill Clinton - has taken a seat on the Board of Directors of U.S. Oil Sands, an Alberta-based company aiming to develop tar sands deposits in Utah's Uintah Basin.
    U.S. Oil Sands - in naming several new members to its Board - also announced it has received $80 million in "strategic financing" from Blue Pacific Investments Group Ltd., Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. and Spitfire Ventures, LLC.
    The funding will help get the ball rolling on "tar sands south," a miniature but increasingly controversial version of its big brother to the north, the Alberta tar sands. Giustra will likely help in opening the right doors for tar sands industry interests in the United States. 
    Giusta is best known for his work in the worlds of uranium mining and minerals mining, though he has dabbled in the Alberta tar sands finance world once before,lending upwards of $20 million in capital to Excelsior Energy. He serves as CEO and President of Fiore Financial Corporation. 
    The Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative is an arm of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (the Clinton Foundation). Giustra sits on the Clinton Foundation's Board of Trustees.
     
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    What’s With Latest Smartphone Photography Technology Lens

    What does photography mean to a person? Does it simply mean clicking pictures or does it mean something more? The concept of photography is evolving every day. New types of DLSR camera are coming up with updates every other month. Even the Smartphone mobile companies are outfitting their cameras with DSLR technology that is literally changing the entire picture of photography. Now, everybody has access to professional cameras and professional photography technique.

    What’s New

    Recently, Sony has launched one of the finest lens accessories of the year, along with Z1 handset. One of the features that Sony is planning to come up with selling 2 stand alone sorts of lenses that can be connected with Smartphone mobiles through the help of wi-fi, making it very easy to obtain amazing quality pictures.

    These devices are compatible with both iOS and Android handsets, thus making them altogether a unique and new sort of product to be categorized. This announcement has been made along with the news of launching a Smartphone that is equipped with a camera of 20.7 megapixel feature. The sensor is even larger than what usually a Smartphone sensor really is. The main plan of Sony is to ensure that the handset Z1 is accessed by a large audience than many Smartphone companies are planning to.

    Not So Attractive

    There are a number of speculations regarding the whole structure of the lenses. Many people are of the opinion that it might not be convenient for the common people to carry the lenses along. They are also saying that it might be pretty hard for the company to find buyers for the lenses. It is true that trade analysts along with photography experts are regarding this step a new revolution and interesting, but there also remains the risk of it being launched in the market this instant.

    According to them, user will be more inclined on buying DSLR camera than buying some Smartphone mobile with additional camera options, as DSLR provides better picture quality. Many experts are also agreeing that had the price of the lens been less than 100 pounds, then photographic geeks would have definitely bought it. However, the buzz is that these lenses would be quite expensive than what normally is expected from camera lenses.

    Specifications

    The lens is equipped with a 10x optical zoom camera, which has a resolution of 18.2 MP. The features itself proclaims that with the lens, you will be able to take pictures from close-ups and landmarks. The second lens that is QX100 is equipped with 3.6 X zoom and a mighty sensor with resolution up to 20.2 MP. The aperture of the lens is about f1.8, which means it will allow more light to get through it, which furthers ensures that the users will be able to click pictures even in low light as well as with very shallow focus option. 

    Conclusion

    The lens comes with a manual focus feature, which is not seen in other lens. Both the lens makes sure that shaky hands do not alter the image quality. They are also featured with link-up to tablet or phone option, if they do have features like NFC chip. An extendable clip is what can help the users to attach the lens with differently sized Smartphone mobiles.


    Alex Mathew is a proficient author writing articles on photography, photography technology and other similar topics. He contributes regularly transfer home videos to dvd.

    The Flip Side Of Obama’s Keystone XL Delay by @Steve_Horn1022

    Even as President Obama cast a veneer of caution over the Keystone pipeline’s northern half, he quietly expedited dozens of similar projects. By Steve Horn | September 7, 2013
    The Republican-controlled House is voting today on a measure that would strip the president’s authority on Keystone XL pipeline approval, allowing Congress to push the project through before completion of the environmental impact study. (Photo/Matt Wansley via Flickr)
    While President Obama made a big deal out of delaying the northern half of the Keystone pipeline’s construction, he compensated by signing an executive order to expedite similar infrastructure projects everywhere else. (Photo/Matt Wansley via Flickr)

    Large segments of the environmental movement declared a win on Jan. 18, 2012, the dawn of an election year in which partisan fervor reigned supreme.

    On that day President Barack Obama kicked the can down the road for permitting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline’s northern half until after the then-forthcoming November 2012 presidential election.

    “Northern half” is the key caveat: just two months later, on March 22, 2013 – even deeper into the weeds of an election year – President Obama issued Executive Order 13604. Among other key things, the order has an accompanying memorandum calling for an expedited review of the southern half of Keystone XL stretching from Cushing, Okla. to Port Arthur, Texas.

    The day before, March 21, Obama flew on Air Force One to a pipe yard in Cushing – the “pipeline crossroads of the world” – for a special stump speech and photo-op announcing the executive order and memorandum.
     
     
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    Importance of Good Grammar By @nikbaron


    In my work with Grammarly.com, I research the tools people use when they write, and how they become better writers. It's no secret Grammarly.com cares about grammar. Our online grammar check is designed to improve a writer's grammar by checking text against over 250 grammar rules. But that doesn't mean we don't stop every now and then to consider WHY grammar is so important.

    Solid grammar ensures your reader that you understand what you're doing. Is it the most important element of writing? Probably not. No teacher will ever fail an essay because a few commas are out of place. And, besides that, plenty of writers get away with throwing many grammar rules out the window, and no one complains too much. For example, read a Cormac McCarthy book, and you'll be struggling to find much punctuation at all. No one's going to say that Cormac McCarthy is a terrible author, because he doesn't use good grammar. Despite all of these, however, grammar is still an important way to build your credibility, especially if you're writing an academic essay.

    Beyond building credibility, good grammar also serves to make your piece easier to read. Going back to my Cormac McCarthy example, if you ever read one of his books, you'll likely struggle. He doesn't use a lot of punctuation, his sentences are short and jarring, and his paragraph construction is near non-existent. While McCarthy uses this to his advantage as a way to build tension in his books, it doesn't change the fact that the reader has to work extra hard to follow what he's doing. Good grammar lets your reader focus on the text itself and the argument the essay makes.

    Now, I know what you're saying: there are so many grammar rules! How do I even begin?? Well, I'd be remiss if I didn't again point to Grammarly.com and its online grammar check. It really is the easiest way to catch most grammar mistakes. But, what if you want to learn the rules yourself? Where should you go?

    Below are a few of the websites that I think have some of the best resources for learning good grammar:

    • Chomp Chomp (http://www.chompchomp.com/rules.htm) is one of my favorite sites, primarily for its subject matter. It doesn't cover every grammar rule out there, but it does cover a lot of the fundamentals, such as fragmented sentences and lay vs. lie.
    • Purdue OWL (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/) is another great website that covers a wide range of topics. It also includes practice sheets to help you test out what you've learned. Of course, the biggest benefit of the Purdue OWL over other sites is its easy to use style guide for MLA and APA. If you need to format your paper in either of these styles, the OWL can help you with what you need to know.
    • Grammar Girl (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/) is a great resource if you're not looking for anything specific. The site posts tips every day on a variety of grammar rules, and while you can search the site for a specific tip, it tends to be more of a check in on occasion and read some of the tips, before moving on. One of the benefits of Grammar Girl is that each tip is also recorded in an audio file, so if you learn better by listening, this might be for you.
    • The Guide to Grammar and Writing (http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index.htm) is another website that covers most grammar topics. The Guide excels in its organization where it has multiple categories. For example, if you need help with adjectives, you'll find it in the sentence-level lessons. Another benefit to this site is its 174 quizzes, which will let you put all you've learned to the test.

    While good grammar is not necessarily the most important thing you should worry about in writing, it still goes a long way to making your text really shine. By making sure that your text is written correctly and easy to read, your readers will have no problem keeping up with you, and you'll find they invest themselves more fully in what you have to say. And that should always be your primary goal when you write anything.

     


     

     

     

     

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    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson team up to crash the digital world in this laugh-out-loud buddy comedy you’ve been searching for! Trying to reboot their obsolete careers, old-school salesmen Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) talk their way into an internship program at the state-of-the-art Google campus, vying for a handful of spots among tech-savvy college students who are half their age and twice as smart. The competition is fiercely funny as Billy and Nick break all the rules in a hilarious quest to land their dream jobs!


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    French 5.1 DD
    Subtitles:English/French/Spanish
    Total Run Time:167 minutes
    U.S. Rating:PG-13
    Closed Captioned:Yes


    The Internship Unrated DVD
    Street Date:October 22, 2013
    Prebook Date:September 11, 2013
    Screen Format:Widescreen 16.9 aspect ratio
    Audio:English 5.1 DD
    Spanish 2.0 Surround DD
    French 2.0 Surround DD
    Subtitles:English/French/Spanish
    Total Run Time:130 minutes
    U.S. Rating:PG-13
    Closed Captioned:Yes


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