Photo Sunday

I went outside intending to take photos of something else, but when I saw this cute little fellow, I just had to snap a shot:

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It’s in black and white because there was just too much green.

However, here’s one in color:
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I really want a macro lens, but they are kind of pricey. It’s a dream of mine to be able to review for Nikon one day. I still have a lot of practice ahead of me though….

Anyone tried Beats headphones before?

I’ve been wanting to get back into walking/jogging again, but I really need some new headphones for my iPod.  I  have some from panasonic but I’ve had them for awhile now. I have Beats speakers on my laptop and my phone and I really love how clear the sound is.  So I’ve been looking around on musician’s friend to see if I can find any I like. I really like the ear bud type. I can’t see myself jogging with some of those bigger headphones over my ears. I know that they can be a bit more expensive than other headphones, but I know people who have Beats and love them. So I guess as long as I don’t misplace them, they should last awhile. At least, they should, because they aren’t cheap.

Potty Train in Just 3 Days


Whenever my kids were at the potty training stage I always had such a difficult time getting them interested in using the potty. I don’t know if they just weren’t interested or if they were too busy playing to stop and use the potty. With my youngest, it was at the point where I didn’t think he’d ever get potty trained. I tried everything I could think of. I mean there was no bribing this child with toys or stickers. He wasn’t going to use the potty, well because he just didn’t want to. I wish had this book then. It probably would have made things a lot easier. My youngest is 9 now so I don’t quite remember exactly how I finally got him completely potty trained. I just know it was a long, arduous task. It involved me stressing out and on the verge of just accepting that my son was going to be in diapers well into adult hood or at least until middle school. But yes, he was eventually potty trained and doesn’t require diapers or pullups.
However, I have run into yet another potty training problem. I currently provide childcare for a nearly 3 year old girl. She has a potty chair here but she refuses to use it. I’ve also offered to let her use the “big” potty, but she also refuses that. I am thinking about suggesting this book to her mom so maybe whenever there’s another long holiday weekend, she can work on training her.
So to all you moms out there: How long did it take you to potty train your little one/s? Was it easier or more difficult that you had imagined?

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Fourth of July Fun

I hope everyone had an excellent 4th of July weekend. On Friday, my husband, kids, and I went to my inlaws. They wanted me to take some family photos, so I did. I am not entirely happy with my work though. I could have done better but I learned it’s difficult to fend off mosquitos and try to take photos at the same time. My mother in law loved the photos though so that’s all that matters. Will says I’m overly critical of my work. I guess I am.

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Review for Madison Reed Hair Color

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I am always looking for new colors for my hair. I’ve been coloring my hair for several years now. I used to color it because I wanted to do something different with my hair. Now I color it not only for that reason, but also because I’ve started getting gray hairs.  I had the opportunity to try out Madison Reed hair color.  I used their color advisor to see what color would work best for me.  I ended up getting Trieste Red.
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Rebloom review

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As I’ve gotten older, I find I have a more difficult time falling asleep. Well, not only falling asleep but actually staying asleep. There have been times where I’ve gotten up in the morning and felt like I hadn’t slept at all. I know a good nights rest is essential to one’s health so when I got the chance to review reBloom , I was so excited! I wasn’t really sure this was going to work. And I wondered if it did work, would it make me groggy the next day.

Before I get into discussing my experience with reBloom, let me tell you a little about this product. reBloom contains all natural ingredients. The list of ingredients include: L-Thanine, melatonin, valerian, chamomile, vitamins E and B-12. magnesium and lavendar. All of these ingredients are formulated to help you fall asleep and stay asleep without feeling sleepy the next day. There’s only 5 calories per bottle and there’s no artificial flavors or sweeteners. reBloom doesn’t even have any preservatives. It’s recommended that you drink a bottle about 30 min to an hour before you go to bed. If you think a whole bottle may be too much, you can just try 1/2 of the bottle.

I tried the first bottle about 30 minutes before I went to bed. It has an herbal taste, almost like unsweetened herbal tea. I drink a lot of sweet tea so it wasn’t that pleasant to me. It wasn’t awful though. It wasn’t one of those things that just hit me all of a sudden and I couldn’t make it to the bed. It was more of a gradual thing. As soon as I did go to bed though, I was off to sleepy land.  I woke up the next day after a full, uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep and I felt great! I wasn’t groggy at all and that was a surprise. Most over the counter sleep aids always make me feel like I still need another 8 hours of sleep. I almost forgot what it was like to sleep that long without waking up 2 or 3 times.   I didn’t have any kind of adverse reaction at Rebloom at all.  I had the same experience with the remaining 3 bottles.  I have to say, I was skeptical that an “all natural” sleeping aid would really work. However, I was pleasantly surprised and would recommend it to anyone who needs help sleeping.  I am already thinking about purchasing some bottles for those nights when I just can’t get to sleep(or stay asleep).





Education about the Online Dangers

Currently, children are quite accustomed to any sort of gadgets about which they know a lot more than the grownups. Youngsters within the age of eight or nine occasionally might even have problems in making use of the personal computers due to the fact, that through the last 3 years the laptops and smartphones conquered the major part of computer related market. Within the next decade the technology is predicted to develop so rapidly that completely different kinds of devices might overtook the place that smartphones or laptops currently have. Regardless, the younger generation started using laptops and smartphones in most areas of their everyday lives. Nowadays, you are able to accomplish a lot of the things such as delivering mail or paying bills while using laptop or computer with Internet connection. Children usually do not use libraries as a source of literature in educational institutions anymore. Right now all necessary data is accessible from the school’s internet site and after logging in, scholar can easily acquire every single publication he requires in electronic format. Setting up a visit to a physician, it’s really a matter of delivering e-mail. Children are carrying out their homework making full use of the web resources instead of studying books in order to find something helpful there. Currently, prepared answers for the tests are widely available on the Internet along with completed math or physics exercises. Because of the Web the process of learning has significantly transformed from the style, where students were supposed to find the information in the books or some other by themselves into more like reproducing style, where they mostly use prepared information by someone else.

Benefits from the Web

We are able to differentiate a great deal of benefits and drawbacks that are about making use of the modern technological devices and Internet by the children. The online world can teach the creativeness and also the understanding of the entire world in general. Obviously it will depend about what reasons push the the younger generation to use the internet. If it is focused on the Twitter and Facebook, the users will gain absolutely no positive aspects from it. However, if the children desire to expand their knowledge and also are greatly excited about the news information from all over the world, the Internet may be the excellent place to get it done. Teenagers can also grow their creativeness by using some specialized computer graphic or music programs. Also, there is a huge selection of educational video games which might be valuable for physics or math classes. As we can see, the Net supports a variety of areas where children can develop their skills.

Good and bad applications

Opportunity to spend good time and discover a little something with the help of the Internet is one matter, another thing is how you can get it done and stay risk-free simultaneously. There are numerous dangers that can strike from the Internet such as malwares along with trojans and viruses. Such harmful software might have huge impact on the computer devices. However, there also some risks linked directly to the users, particularly the children. Websites with inappropriate content like obscene pictures or videos or containing vulgarity and brutal violence, might very badly affect our children’s behaviour. In order to stay away from those problems, mothers and fathers really should take into consideration protecting their children through implementing specialized guardian software. Thinking of software, I mean parental controls and anti-virus applications. Education must begin when children are very young. It is really important that they are aware about both good and bad sides of the Internet.

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Dental Office Thoughts

I had a nice post going in my head while I was at the dentist office earlier. I had a filling just fall out yesterday afternoon so I figured I needed to get it fixed. Yes, I was under the influence of nitrious oxide but it was going to be a hilarious post. I’ll see if I can remember what all went on after the nitrous mask went on. This was after an impromptu x-ray. I had no idea they were going to do that (and yep, I was billed for that).

Dental Assistant: Hi, how are you today?

Me: fine

Dental Assistant: So is this the only thing going on with your teeth? We haven’t seen you in awhile.

Me: (outloud) yep,this is the only tooth bothering me (in my head) Heck no you haven’t seen me here in awhile, do you people not realize how expensive it is?

Dental Assistant: Do you get the nitrous?

Me: yes!

Dental Assistant: (Puts the mask on my nose and topical analgesic on my gum)

Dentist walks in

Dentist: How are you today?

Me:Good (or at least that’s what I tried to stay, I still had the qtip with the topical analgesic on it)

Dentist: Ok, let’s see what we have going on here
(just a note, I’m starting to feel pretty relaxed on the nitrous lol)

Dentist: Well, this was a big filling so you really need to have a crown put on that tooth. But I’ll try a filling but it probably won’t last. (it would have been nice if he had given me an estimate of how long the filling would last).

Me: (thinking in my head, I hope I was anyway) Of course I need a crown because they cost out the butt.

Dentist: talking with the dental assistant about billing. I thought this was kind of rude because they used to never discuss billing while I was in the room. They just let most people pay what they could. Anyway…

Dental Assistant: So, it’ll be $85 today.

Me: (thinking) What, do they want me to get my debit card out right now? (they didn’t, but I think the nitrous makes me a little paranoid)
The Dentist tells me to open my mouth and without warning starts giving me the novocaine. No warning or anything. I mean what, do I have to pay extra for a little bedside manner? Thankfully though,between the nitrous and the topical, the shot didn’t hurt. The dentist and dental assistant left the room while my mouth numbed up.

Me: (thinking, again, I don’t think I said anything outloud lol) They really need to paint this ceiling, I wonder if this Novocaine is going to wear off before they get back, I really want to watch the tv but I can’t because this mask is in the way. Hey, I can’t feel that hole in my tooth with my tongue anymore, maybe it disappeared, nope there it is. I really need one of these tanks at home, I’m so relaxed. I wonder if they will just leave me alone and let me sleep. Oh, just hurry up and get in here and fix my tooth so I can pay you and go home.

The dentist and his assistant walked back in. The dental assistant was talking about her knee hurting. I just kind of tune them out after that point. I think the whole cleaning/drilling/filling took 10 minutes, if that long.

The dentist was about to walk out and said “Oh, don’t forget to charge her for the nitrous.”

Um, helllo, nitrous oxide does not make me stupid or deaf. The dental assistant turns on some oxygen so my head can clear up from the nitrous. I sit there for a minute or so and go to the front desk. The dental assistant is apparently the front desk person today too.

Dental Assistant: Ok, it’ll be $100 since you had the nitrous.

I paid it but was thinking about how much $100 could buy me instead of a tiny filling. I had to stop though because I was just getting ticked off.
And I don’t want to argue because my mouth is numb from my chin all the way up to my eye. I probably would have just sounded like a wacked out cartoon character anyway and then I’m not sure they would have even taken me seriously. So I just got in my car, promptly texted my husband and let him know how much I had to pay, cranked the car, then proceeded to drive home.

I am really hoping this filling holds for awhile because I don’t even want to have to shell out money for a crown. I know it’s a lot more than $100 and I’m not sure what kind of payment plan they offer. So I basically paid $100 for a filling that may fall out at any time. Maybe I should have just packed the hole with some of that stuff at Wal-mart and saved up for the crown LOL.

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