Posted on | April 17, 2012 | 5 Comments
Have you tried this yet? This saved us (or at least our sleep) this winter with all the head colds the kids had. (It apparently works on the flu as well but we were lucky enough to avoid having to test that theory – knock on wood!)
Simply cut an onion into small chunks and put it in a dish as close to your kids’ head while they sleep. (If you start to tear-up when you enter their room, it’s working.) The kids are a boggle of gross when they wake up, but at least they were able to breathe and sleep through the night. You can also make a poultice if y’like but I didn’t try it.
Posted on | December 9, 2011 | No Comments
Sometimes you just gotta take a few minutes to take a moment to feel good and feel grateful. That’s my recommendation for today. Here are a few breaks for you. Each will take about a minute.
(They’ve been circulating the internet for a while so sorry if you’ve already seen them
Top 5 regrets people made on their deathbeds. (Article)
You can do it if you believe in yourself! (1 minute motivational speech by a kid who just rode a bike for the first time.)
Posted on | December 8, 2011 | 1 Comment
So I’m a big fan of the Biggest Loser. Most weight loss shows really. I like the progress of people doing stuff and looking better.
And, I, like almost everyone I know, like watch shows like that, like this:
But every now and then I dust the crumbs off and get to the gym and when I go I love to use my mp3 workouts by Sean at Cardio Coach. They flipping rock!
There are several in the series and you use perceived exertion so that you’re working, and pushing yourself, within your current fitness ability. (It used to be heart rate based, but I don’t see that on the site anymore so maybe that’s changed – or I can’t find it on the site…)Each workout has a good balance of warm up, moderate exercise and some tear inducing (short) challenges. You don’t really feel tired after these though. Just energized.
Each workout is more advanced than the other. What is amazing about these is how fast they increase your fitness level, how easy they are to use with any piece of cardio equipment (treadmill, spin bike, elliptical or even plain old running/walking if you can’t get to a gym) and how well Sean (yeah, we’re on first name basis) keeps you motivated for the whole workout!
I actually bought these (easy download) a few years so after each pregnancy I was able to get back into them at level 1 and quickly increase my fitness each time. And yup, I’m using them again. And I’m recommending them now. An awesome way to get in shape and lose some weight!
Happy Thursday! Please vote!
Posted on | December 7, 2011 | No Comments
Ok. So you may or may not have seen and ignored the image on the sidebar with a picture of me looking all smug and stuff sending out cards. (I think I’m looking smug in all my images.) But today’s recommendation is for Send Out Cards, an online card sending service that is PERFECT for lazy people like me who want to send cards, mean to send cards, but seriously can’t get off my lazy butt to do so!
You may be one of those people who LOVE doing cards every year, and bless you for it, but here is why SOC is so flipping awesome for me:
1. Lately, I haven’t had a lot of time to leisurely browse through cards trying to find the perfect sentiment.
|2. I love you and all, but I’m cheap as all hell.|
|3. I’m an illustrator and can draw my own damn bunnies, Santas and flaming cakes.|
|So if this at all sound anything like you, or you’re that type of person who likes to send family photos, your kids’ drawings or other personalized things, I totally recommend checking it out.
The link is here, or on the side. It does take a bit of fiddling and exploring to get used to it and there are LOTS of options for predesigned cards if you don’t want to use your own images. You can also make postcards, calendars, BIG cards and send gift cards and goodies all through the system! Woot!
We use ours for business which is also super convenient.
Heads up: there are videos which may or may not be of helpful. You can turn them off if you want.
If you want a sample, send me your mailing address (I won’t do anything crazy with it) and I’ll send you a New Year’s postcard of the Mom Illustrated illustration of your choice! Bonus!
Posted on | December 6, 2011 | 9 Comments
When I was pregnant with Jack there were a lot of things about being a mom that I was looking forward to: Disneyland, Christmas traditions, fun room decorations (yeah…I should get on that.)
There were also things that I was not looking forward to. One of those was the monotonous, saccharine coated drone of children’s music. Seriously, I hate most of it. (Don’t even get me started on Christmas carols.)
|But low-and behold my kid likes it and is all vocal about it and stuff, so I went on the search for something that I could stomach. Here’s what I found and I’d like to pass this recommendation on to you:|
Lullabies and Children’s Songs
|It’s calming, pretty piano music that is simple enough for the kids to recognize the tunes but sophisticated enough to be ok for a mama on the edge (There are some classics thrown in.) Plus there are 38 tracks on the album so well worth the 10 bucks or whatever it costs. Plenty of variation to keep me from jumping off a cliff.And if that’s not a rave review, I don’t know what is.|
You can buy the album here: Lullabies and Children’s Songs. (This is an Amazon affiliate link but you can also get it from itunes if you’d rather.)
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