Monday, February 28, 2011

Weather is finally getting warm and we had a fun-filled weekend

We finally had a weekend full of nice weather.

Puddin Pop had some friends over on Friday and it was nice enough for the girls to play outside.  I set up the bouncy for them and they spent the most part of 3 hours in it and riding bikes, scooters and plasma cars.  The only problem was the wind.  The older two girls were having more fun inflating and deflating the bouncy so they could be in it while it "blew up".  I don't get this, but it seems to be what all the older kids like best... when they are not making silly faces in the netting.

At one point PP was in it alone and a huge wind gust came by and flipped the whole thing over.  I watched, in slow motion, as the blower was launched into the air and was following behind, because it's attached.  Luckily it didn't hit her or the bouncy but that was enough for me to pack the whole thing away.

On Saturday the kids played with the neighbor girl.  At one point they decided the dog kennel would be a fun place to play.  If I was a person who plays bingo online this surely would have come in handy for a place to store them and keep them from distracting me.  As it was, they decided they were hamsters and required water and food.  I'll also add that the neighbors parents stood next to me and watched.  It's amazing what kids find fun.

You can see the water bottle on the top.  Just like hamsters, right?  They stayed in there for almost an hour.

We had a little wine (the mom's) and pizza and ended the evening with a special treat...


I had made the cookies to make soft oreos and made a couple of those before I came up with this idea.

It was a really good idea.

Sunday the kids and I played around the house most the day.  Last night I, with the help of some friends, live-blogged the Red Carpet and Oscars.  I need to get out more.  I had no idea who a lot of the actors were.  We talked trash about dresses and facial hair and I stayed up way too late.

How did you spend your weekend?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hair Flairs



Have you seen these?  

I first became aware of Hair Flairs while watching Oprah (don't tell Cardiogirl).  She had a guest on that had some shimmer and sparkle in her hair.  Subtle and spectacular.  I had to have some.

Our package of Hair Flairs came on Friday and Puddin Pop and I immediately  watched the how-to video and got to work.  Pretty simple to put in, even on a wiggly 4 year old.  They tie right into your hair and can last up to six weeks.  You can wash, dry and style your hair as normal and the flair stays in tact.  Whether you want a little sparkle (5-10 strands) for accent or you want to make a bolder statement (10-15 strands), the possibilities are endless. 

Great for everyday, Special Occasions, or even a luxury holiday in the Maldives, you'll definitely get noticed with these beautiful, glittery strands in your hair.  In 20 different colors, they would be great for prom or weddings for a little extra  pizazz, coordinating with dress colors or to blend with hair color for a little less.  They also have glow-in-the-dark strands which would be great for a night at the club or for Halloween.  Everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and then.

Hair Flairs are currently being marketed to stylists as an extra service for clients.  I think they would be great for any school or work fundraiser.  They suggest a price of $2-5 per strand and with the ease of putting them in, you could maximize profits/donations in a short amount of time. 

After I finished putting them in Puddin Pop's hair I added a couple of strands to my own.  That evening I had some drinks with my neighbor and she loved them so much I added a couple strands into her hair too.  They are reasonably priced ($10 for a package of 100 strands) and lots of fun.  What are you waiting for?  Go get some.



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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hot Sauce Mom~ You Piss Me Off



OMG! 

I actually know people who have put hot sauce in their children's mouth for lying.  I don't agree with it but every parent struggles with how best to get their children to behave.  This woman was trying to get her point across.  I get that.  Will the child do the right thing because he's been taught to do right or because he fears punishment?  You may think it's the same but what about when he no longer lives at home and that fear of his mother is gone?

I don't have it all figured out.  Not by a long shot.  I do know that I want no harm to come to either of my children and inflicting it myself so it isn't inflicted by others does not seem like a reasonable solution.  I am the minority amongst my friends when it comes to discipline.  Most believe in spanking and other forms of physical punishment.  I.  Just.  Can't.  Do.  It.  Hearing that little boy crying in the cold shower (What the hell is that?) broke my heart.  I want to be the one to comfort my children and let them know it will all be okay, no the one to cause their pain.

I know there will be times when they will be saddened by decisions I make and restrictions put on them, and they may cry, throw a fit, slam doors (that was my favorite as a kid) and yell how much they hate me, but they will never be heard crying from physical pain that I have caused.  No. Matter. What.

I want to know the rest of the story on this.  Who's idea was it to record and post online?  If the person did it to show how bad things were maybe they (her daughter) should have stepped in.  We haven't heard the last of this story.  I hope the woman gets help and the children can grow up with loving, caring parents that find alternatives to physical abuse.

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