If you are looking for stilletto recommendations, you are in the wrong place. I need to be able to run after my kids without falling on my face. Want to know your smartphone's metapix? Sorry. I only write about whether it can survive 5 minutes in the hands of my kids.
I love online shopping. Who wants to schelp the kids to the store only to run around in circles finding someone to help you and wondering if you are getting the best price to boot?
As a Mom to a boy, I also dread the minuscule selection of boys clothing and shoes in brick and mortar stores. Really? You don’t think I need shoes for him or a decent shirt that does not look like he broke out of state prison yesterday? I still don’t understand the lack of allocated floor space, but it is a reality and one that even further drives me to the web.
So whether it is selection, price, or ease of shopping, online for us is the way to go. Here is a quick video about the subject, as well as a walkthrough of my new favorite clothing website (for girls AND boys) called Hartstrings.com. Check it out.
Last week, my Pumpkin Smoothie recipe was featured on the Isis Parenting Blog. Not only because it is healthy, but because it is something that even your toddler can enjoy. A lot of people loved it, so I wanted to share another smoothie recipe that has a great amount of protein and is tasty enough to appease the most distriminating toddler pallet! It is a recipe I have been making for 12 years now and now can share with my 2 year old.
Banana Protein Shake
(Makes 2 servings)
2 tbsp 100% pure cocoa powder (can leave out if you want)
2 tbsp creamy natural peanut butter (can substitute with another nut butter, like almond butter.)
1 medium ripe banana
8 oz non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
4-6 ice cubes
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Pour the peanut butter, cocoa, Greek yogurt and ice cubes into a blender and mix at high speed. Then add the banana into the mixture and re-blend. Pour the mixture into two cups and serve. Sprinkle dash of cinnamon on top for extra flavor if you want.
Nutrition Facts (approximate)
245 calories per serving
16 g protein
There are a lot of “Holiday Top Ten” lists this time a year, plus posts, tweets, and emails for hot steals and deals. I’m jumping into the fray too, but hopefully with value.
Follow my tweets for the latest deals on discounts sites and at major retailers. If you have heard of Pinterest, check out my Holiday Gift Guide for really unique product finds from across the web. (Seriously, you have to check out the stapler rodeo frog and the glass dish that looks like a Ziploc baggie.)
Then stayed tuned on Facebook for my posts for the best gifts for the Pamperer, the Hard-To-Buy-For-Friend and the Cooking Fanatic, as well as suggestions for Toddlers, Tweens and Teens (and maybe some hints for us Moms too). Plus, there will be plenty of giveaways to help you with your holiday shopping!
So have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And to leave on that note, check out some cooking tips for that Thanksgiving meal you might be preparing!
Whether it is the truly sad comments that some women attempt to leave on this blog, or the comments they leave on other blog sites, it doesn’t matter if it is an ordinary working mom like me or a famous female celebrity, women need to stop and think about what our online negativity to each other is teaching our children. And really, what do we hope to gain from it?
Any time I hear about kids bullying other kids online, I think of the parents. Not the “Why don’t they know their child is bullying another child and stop it”, but rather, “I know where the child gets it from.” The Mom is probably in the next room leaving a hate comment somewhere online herself.
I watched the hoopla of Kim Kardashian’s divorce play out in the media last week. All of the comments trashed her. Not one comment mentioned her soon-to-be ex-husband. Isn’t he part of the equation? Or you see a politician trash a woman in the public eye, but rarely do you see the tables turned. Even comments about what women wear, how fat they are or how slutty they are, rarely is pervasive if talking about men.
It extends beyond the internet. Even in the blogging community, which is primarily female, very few women bloggers mentor or help another female blogger – unless they get paid by check or credit card. Granted, it is just from my perspective, but many forums mention it. If the blogging community treats it self as a legitimate career, then like other careers, you take the time to help each other out from time to time.
All in all, I think we should start with kids and find out what our respective communities (schools, towns/cities, state) are doing to combat online bullying, but we should also let our officials know that it needs to extend beyond just children. All of us who spend time online should not be subject to extreme hate either. Those policies should protect everyone, not just those under the age of 18. Then again, we have to start somewhere. However, an even better start is with ourselves. Leave a nice comment on someone’s blog today, just because. Or if you are a hater, perhaps, for once, shut the computer off and walk away.