Duet - Me and My Daughter

Feb 17, 2011

I've never done this before on my blog, but I decided to post the video of me and my daughter singing our duet last night.  Maybe we'll take our act on the road!

Looking Pretty

Last night was our church’s annual Valentine’s banquet talent show. For the first time, my daughter and I sang a duet together.
Before we left, I went into the bathroom to get ready. I didn’t go “all out,” but did decide, for once, to not just wear my hair in a ponytail.

As I did my hair and put on makeup, my four-year-old son sat on the bed, watching me.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“Straightening my hair,” I told him.


“So I look pretty.”

“Why do you want to look pretty?”

“Because Jordan and I are singing tonight and getting up in front of everyone.”

“So you want to look pretty tonight?”

“Yes,” I told him. “Sometimes I just want to look pretty.”

He paused for a moment, as if taking this in.

Finally, he said, “And the rest of the time, you don’t want to look pretty?”


Apparently not.

Internet Filter Website

Feb 16, 2011

As my children, especially my 8-year daughter, get older, I'm beginning to think about their access to what's on the internet.  Obviously, some fabulous resources can be found on there - for any age.  But, on the other hand, there is some dangerous material available at just the click of a mouse.  How do I give my child access to what I find acceptable and yet keep her away from the less-than-desirable sites?

Thus, I was so relived when I recently learned about a service which allows parents to have control over their child's internet access and monitor what is viewed on the home computer - by using an internet parental filter.  The site is called Filter Guide and they provide internet software from various companies, such as SafeEyes Review.  These software packages allow you to block things like porn, chat messages, nudity and personal information.

Another company that offers a similar system is NetNanny Internet Filter Software. You can get it for Macs or PCs.  Not only can you filter what your children have access to, but you can also put limits on how much time they can spend online!  I like that idea.

I know that as my children grow, and spend more time online, I will be investing in some sort of internet filter!

Free Body Wax

Feb 15, 2011

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Click here to get to the Facebook page.


Feb 7, 2011

Dreams are a funny thing, aren't they?  I find that, over the last few years, I don't remember most of my dreams . . . maybe because I am constantly being woken mid-sleep by three little munchkins - and one big ogre who, for some reason, needed to know at 2 AM what ever happened to our daughter's science fair last week. (It had been cancelled due to inclement weather - aka. snow in Austin, TX)

But, I have remembered an unusual number of my dreams over the past week.  Two days ago, I had to email a friend to tell her that if she and her family were planning on taking a family hiking trip in the near future, they should cancel it.  (I'd had a nightmare about that one!)  And, last night, I was apparently snorkling with Dr. Oz.  (Don't ask.)

As adults, we understand that our dreams are just dreams . . . except of course, for the hiking one. (I wasn't taking any chances on that one coming true.)  And, I have generally given very little thought to how children (particularly, my kids) perceive their own dreams.

Until the other night, that is...

My four-year-old son, Bennett, woke up screaming in the middle of the night.  I went into his room and, through his sobs, he kept saying to me, "You said I lied!  But, I didn't lie!" 

I told him, "I didn't say you lied."

"Yes, you did!"

"No, honey.  You must have just had a bad dream.  I never said you lied."

He continued to cry, though, so I told him he could come into our bed.

The next morning, when he and I and Daddy woke up, I said to him, "Why were you crying last night?"

"Because you said I lied and I didn't!"

Once again, I explained to him, "I didn't say you lied."

"Yes, you did!"

"No, you just had a bad dream.  I didn't say you lied.  I wasn't even here last night when you went to bed."  (My inlaws had babysat for us.)

"You said I lied!  I know you did!  I saw you!  You said I lied!"

At this point, Daddy couldn't contain his laughter. 

"Yeah, Mommy.  It's logical.  He saw you say he lied, so you must have said it!"

There was really no point in continuing on at that point.  There is just no way to explain to a four-year-old (who is mad at you for what you did in his dreams) that just because he saw something in his sleep, it doesn't mean it really happened.

It was best to just apologize.

"Okay, I'm sorry I said you lied."

"Don't do it again, Mommy."

"Okay, I won't."

"Good.  Then I forgive you."

How gracious of him.

$10 for $20 at Barnes and Noble

Feb 5, 2011

GREAT deal today.  Groupon is once again offering their $10 for $20 of credit at Barnes and Noble (in store and online). 

The other day when they offered it, their site got overloaded and shut down.

So, if you still want the deal, click here to get it!

FREE $10 with Morgan's Deals

If you live in the Austin area, here's a great deal.  (Morgan's deals is also for St. Louis and Kansas City - not sure if this deal works in those cities, too, but it's worth a try.)

Create an account with Morgan's Deals (it's similar to Groupon).

And then, use the code MDVALPAK before February 18, 2011 to get a FREE $10 on a $10 minimum purchase.


Steam Team Website

Feb 4, 2011

We recently sold some of our old furniture on Craigslist - a sofa, chair and ottoman.  They were in good condition, with no rips or tears, but having three kids, well...need I say more?  They had some marks and stains on them that I found the cleaner I bought at the grocery store just could not get out.  I wasn't sure what to do about it. 

Ultimately, we sold the furniture, but not for as much money as I would have liked.  I wish I had heard of a company that did fabric furniture cleaning in Austin earlier than today.  I have just come across a company that does all sorts of cleaning services in Austin, from fire damage to damage restoration due to problems such as floods.

So, if you are looking for some serious cleaning, try out the Steam Team.  They can help you with a variety of things, including document restoration and dryer air duct cleaning work in Austin.

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