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Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's time for Disney On Ice fun in Atlanta

I am really excited about the upcoming Disney On Ice Presents Celebrations! Why? Because one I get to attend and TWO you can get a discount. Yup, you read that right. Now, who doesn't like a great deal? If you don't then you should just stop reading right now, but if you want to share this experience with your children and get a little childhood excitement going for yourself then you should keep reading.

Thanks to Disney On Ice Presents Celebrations and MomCentral, It's a woman's world has been authorized (like the sound of that?) to share a SPECIAL OFFER with you:

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Atlanta Show Dates playing at Phillips Arena:
Wednesday, October 14: 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 15: 7:30 pm
Friday, October 15: 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 16: 11:00 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30pm
Sunday, October 17: 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Discount Surgical Stockings

When I was a young girl my paternal grandmother and I spent a lot of time together. She informed me early on that she had diabetes. She taught me about her disease, told me why she gave herself needles everyday and pricked her fingers and she instructed me about what to do if she ever got sick ("sugar dropped") when we were together: If anyone was around I was supposed to tell them she had diabetes and get the candy out of her purse to give to her. Or make sure she got orange juice.

Those instructions give me a little chuckle today because I've never heard anything similar and I have no idea whether that was medically correct. It really doesn't matter because the only thing that is important are the memories I have of her. She did everything she could to take care of herself with that disease for as long as she could.

There were other consequence or complications of having diabetes especially as she got older. For instance, since she stood a lot and had diabetes the veins in her legs would protrude (she developed varicose veins early on) and would cause her pain. If I remember correctly her legs would also swell. To help with this problem she would wear, what she called, support hose.

Nowadays those types of hose are even better for individuals with serious problems like swelling and venous disease. One that is committed to being high-quality and stylish is the jobst compression stockings. Jobst is the number one physician recommended brand in compression stockings and they have a wide selection of stockings.

My grandmother would be amazed and hopefully pleased by the advancements made in products like this one. Continued improvements in these products makes living a little bit easier.

Fighting tears

What is the point of looking at something in a positive light or trying to think positively? Okay, before you stop reading and jump immediately to commenting, let me clarify.

I get the point from one perspective: Thinking and being positive gives one a good outlook thereby affecting their mood, etc. The whole power of positive thing stuff. However, when you continually get kicked in the teeth regardless of your outlook and seemingly more so when you think positively then what. is. the. point?

Unfortunately, I am not even in the mood to write a long, random, deep post about my thoughts and feelings to explain what has put me in the saddest of moods. No dramatically described finger pointing to highlight others' wrongdoings against me.

There's just me. Sitting here. With tears slowly, occasionally easing out of my eyes, dripping from my lashes and sliding down my cheeks.

Just me.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Online tutoring

The summer before my oldest daughter Amber entered the 11th grade she became really sick and had to be hospitalized. When school began that fall she was often absent because of not feeling well (she missed almost three months of school) and doctor's appointments. Through her hard work, the help and understanding of her teachers and a tutor she was able to pass her junior year.

My daughter's tutor came to our house and that was really convenient, but there is a more convenient way and that's to sign up your K-12 or college student for online tutoring. Amber received Math help, which was key to her academic success. Not only will tutors work with students on their Math problems, but they'll provide the Math answers and assist with comprehending and figuring out Math word problems.

TutorVista, a leading online tutoring company, offers an unlimited monthly package that will covers subjects and allows students to freely use the service. If you and your student are interested you can test it out for free. Whether they need Algebra help (especially with those Algebra word problems) or guidance in another subject, tutoring may mean the difference between passing and failing.

Taste of tea - product review

I must admit that my favorite beverage is water. There's nothing like a refreshing glass of nature's clear liquid to quench one's thirst. But there are a couple of other beverages that I spend quite a bit of time with: Coffee, which I normally consume year round (I'm not going to tell you how much) and tea. They're both natural drinks too, right? ;)

When I learned about Dilmah, a brand that sells 100 percent pure Ceylon tea, I had to try a cup for myself to see the difference. Dilmah is touted as being preferred by tea connoisseurs because it's unlike mass-marketed brands that can be a mixture of teas from up to 30 different countries. Dilmah comes from one source Sri Lanka, which is "home to the world's finest tea."

I received two boxes of the tea: Natural Green and Earl Grey. I must admit that I've only tried Earl Grey on one other occasion and I didn't like it. So, that said, I dug right into the green tea. I boiled my water, poured it over the tea bag and steeped for about five minutes even though only two are recommended.

My first sip was like BAM WOW! Seriously. The taste was so distinct compared to other green teas that I've tasted that I was surprised. At first I thought it would be too overpowering, but the blast of flavor is smooth, pure and fresh. I'm now sold on 100 percent pure Ceylon especially Dilmah's Natural Green Tea.

I'm still stalling on the Earl Grey, but I plan on trying it soon because I'm pleased with the brand. If you're a tea fan then I think you would definitely find Dilmah to be among your favorite choices. Visit to learn more about the company and their tea.

UPDATE: OMG! The Earl Grey is fabulous. I felt guilty about not trying it yet and I think Earl and I are going to be great friends. :) I just added a little honey, but I think I'll try it next with a bit of milk. :D

Parenting woes

My friend, who a lot of you know as Mom, has great parenting ideas. I really like the majority of them and know that they will work with my children. Well, all of my children EXCEPT one.

If you've been following me on Facebook then you've seen me "complain" about my youngest offspring, 2 1/2-year-old Anna. She makes me feel like I've never been a parent before. Even her daycare provider who has been caring for children FORever says she's at a loss with her and just "doesn't understand."

That makes two of us.

Mom's idea, which I think she's mentioned before on her blog, was to give her a/some baby wipe(s) and have her "wash" the walls. Well, when I mentioned it to Miss Anna she was so excited. When she got aforementioned baby wipes in her hands and began the process she was ready to stop less than 10 seconds into the activity.

I snapped the above photo after she said, "I done," and tried to give the baby wipes back. I said, "Do it a little while longer." (Just so I could at least get a picture especially if it worked.) I had encouraged and praised the entire time we were getting the wipes.


Here (below) you can see the not-so-pleased look on her face. I tried to get her to wipe down some other stuff to which she spent all of five minutes doing by going around the room talking to me the entire time about what she should wipe. She spent mere seconds on each item and proceeded to ask me should she wipe this, wipe that... wipe here. :(

I know folks think I am exaggerating when I say she doesn't give me even five minutes to think. Believe me, if you just spoke to me on the phone for about 10 minutes you'd see how often she talks to me or I have speak to her.

Will I ever get anything done in the next couple of weeks? Needless to say when the daycare opens again I will be the first one at the door. Sitting. Waiting. Smiling. Please pray for me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical regarding whether I would enjoy the book A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller because I didn't think I would like it. Blame it on my 15-year-old memories of reading "clean" novels that left me feeling gypped. Fuller's book had the exact opposite affect. It describes the Old Order Amish community in great details, it caused me to feel the emotions of Moriah Miller as well as her family and friends, and it wrapped it all up in a message that was delivered without being preachy.

Moriah goes from happiness to sorrow in just a few short months. Newly wed and newly pregnant she is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He not only left her, but he also turns his back on their faith. She moves on with her life with the assistance of the community, but refuses to receive help from someone who feels way more than sympathy for her. Gabriel - Levi's twin.

This novel was entertaining and romantic with touches of surprise and suspense. And, in the end, it was definitely inspiring. Despite the vast differences between my life and Moriah's I was able to see a correlation between my trials and hers along with an answer that is best for us both. I'm sure that regardless of what you're going through - big or small - you'll also be encouraged and entertained by A Man of His Word.

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Childseat Safety Campaign

As a parent, I am always concerned about the safety of my children. One of the concerns I have is whether they're carseats and booster seats are installed correctly. The seats often have to be moved from one vehicle or another and in my old van there aren't those new latching hooks to keep the seat anchored. They never seem tight enough to me.

That's why I think the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Child Passenger Safety Week is important because it brings awareness to the issue of ensuring each child's seat is installed correctly to maximize on safety. Did you know that 3 out of 4 carseats are not installed as they should be, which puts children at risk? That number is very high.

Learn more about Child Passenger Safety and find out where a inspection center is located near you. All you have to do is enter your zip code or state and you'll get a list of centers or you can narrow the list to those that are holding inspections during this week.

Amy Lupold Bair, founder of Momfluence, is acting on behalf of NHTSA's child passenger safety efforts.

Monday, September 14, 2009

People, places, things

In spite of my intense irritation, increasing exhaustion and intense juggling nighttime juggling act there was a moment that I couldn't help but laugh. I was helping my son, who's in kindergarten, with his homework; I had the girls get in the tub and wash up while I ran back and forth.

Give homework instructions. (Why does my 5 year old have homework about symmetry, equal parts, problem solving, etc.?)
Give homework explanations.
Teach the subject.
"Tell me when you're finished."

Run to bathroom.
Give instructions (and threats!).
Help with drying off.
Give instructions.

"I'm done!" Calls the distant voice from the kitchen.

Run to kitchen.

Back and forth, back and forth...

Just writing it is tiring me out. Again.

I sat down to read another set of instructions: Draw pictures of a person, a place and a thing then color. When he drew his person's arms I asked are those ears. "No, arms," he said unfazed. Luckily I kept the thought to myself: 'Then why are they coming out of his head?' Silent chuckle.

He drew a picture of a house for place. A square with a triangle on top and a rectangle for a door. At this point I said, "Okay..." thinking he was finished, but he drew a square for a window with the "window panes."

Remember drawing houses like that?!

I couldn't resist. I smiled.

He looked at me.

He smiled...

We both laughed. Loud chuckles.

I doubt we were laughing about the same thing. I was amazed that he drew his house with the same window I drew as a child - well, me and every other child I'm sure. It was a welcome moment in a very hectic evening.

Do you have your own domain name?

I still remember when using the Internet became the "in thing" to do. Going from one site to the next was often a slow process and we were all amazed at how fast we could get messages from one place to another with email. Then regular folks started building their own websites for their services and products and, at first, it seemed a little difficult requiring some in depth computer knowledge. Even paying to have your own URL was not done by everyone because of the cost and, most likely, because a lot of people didn't realize how popular and necessary it would become.

Now just a mere click away and only a few dollars away there is the ability to create your own URL. And that's what a lot of people are doing. Purchasing a Domain Name is affordable through Domain Express, which offers all major extensions along with free URL and email forwarding.

Domain Express, a UK-based company, offers beginner, home and business hosting packages. That means they offer something for everyone. The site appears to be user friendly and has a price to fit every budget. If you're in the market for a domain name or interested in transferring then check them out.
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