Thursday, January 28, 2010

iPad: Digital Feminine Hygiene Product?

Some of you may or may not have heard Apple has released their latest technology the iPad. The newest craze in the consumer technology industry was released yesterday. This device has an App store, browser, able to play games, download books, and much much more.

The technology and concept behind the product is cool. It pretty much resembles a giant iPhone or iPod Touch. No, I'm not going to review this new gadget in this post, but I will post the question: Who the hell approved this product name?

Was it Apple's objective to create such a stir around the name of the product that it forces even those who wouldn't think twice about the new product (like me) to talk and blog about it? If so, well done, Apple. If not, major name fail. After the initial buzz, the number 3 trending topic (third most tweeted about topic in the world) on Twitter was the word "iTampon." Perhaps this is due to the fact that iPad sounds like a digital era feminine hygiene product.

In 2006, MadTV did a skit call the iPad. The cast of MadTV was channeling Nastradamus the day this skit aired.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's a Girl Thing

Just a list of things that have no explaination. It's a girl thing...

1. I hate when a cute pair of panties suddenly becomes "period underwear." One day earlier, this was a pair of sexy panties that would make your guy blush. Then suddenly, not so sexy.

2. Sometimes we want to just let go of our roles of mother and wife for a while and just be a woman!

3. When we dress sexy, it's usually not about attracting other men, it's about making other women jealous.

4. Sometimes I'm a bitch when I'm around other women I don't know. But, don't just assume it's because I'm threatened by her.

5. I hate shaving my legs. Yes, I understand you like them smooth and that you have to keep shaven. But I have a whole lot more surface area to cover than you!

6. I have 20 pairs of flip flops. They all go with an outfit, maybe two.

7. I like to talk on the phone. I like to text. I'm social. Get over it.

8. Even though there is a closest full of clothes, I still have nothing to wear. No, I can't pick out my outfit the night before because I don't know if I'll feel like wearing that in the morning. Maybe I'll be having a fat day eight hours from now.

Anyone have any more they'd like to share? It's a girl thing...

Wordless Wednesday: Stinker

Personality shines through even at five months old...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Make Time for Change

Frigidaire is a company you can feel proud to support. You'll remember this post about how Frigidaire wanted to help spread breast cancer awareness. Now, Frigidaire has teamed up with Jennifer Garner to support Save the Children, dedicated to helping children living in poverty in the United States.

Frigidaire's new Spin & Win game gives you the opportunity to win gift cards for spending quality time with your tykes - whether it's curling up with some new books, starting a craft project or taking in a family flick.  They're giving away a prize every day.  Plus, you could also win a brand new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer, with time-saving features that give you more time for the important things in life. 

Best of all, every time you play, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children, as part of their $250,000 commitment to support Save the Children's CHANGE program, dedicated to providing nutritious snacks and promoting healthier lifestyles for children living in poverty in the United States. Playing is super easy and free! Just go to, register, and spin the wheel! Each wheel item has fun activities to do with your kids!

Pass it on! This is a fun and easy way to get involved with a great charity, spend time with your kids and even win some fantastic prizes! 

The sweepstakes is only open to residents of the contiguous 48 states in the US, but if you're neighbors to the north- check out the Save the Children site to learn how you can help those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cereal Lovers Rejoice: General Mills Slashes Sugar!

CORRECTION: General Mills hasn't  lowered sugar to single digit grams just yet. (No wonder I couldn't taste the difference!) Stay tuned. I'm still interested to see if I can still satisfy my sweet tooth with a nice bowl of cereal!

I am a cereal lover. Maybe the term "lover" isn't quite strong enough. I could eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of my life. General Mills recently announced that their much loved cereals are now lower in sugar. Say what?! You mean, I can eat something sweet and not feel all that guilty?

When General Mills sent me coupons to try the new lower sugar cereal, I surely picked the most sugar-filled, sweetest tasting cereals I could find! I really wanted to put them to the test. I'm a sweets-freak. To me, cereal is like eating cookies and cake for breakfast- without the added guilt/fat/cavities. I selected Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese's Puffs, and Frosted Cheerios (hey, we're testing sweetness here, people).

I thought for sure, the Cinnamon Toast Crunch would be the true test- after all, there's "real cinnamon and sugar in every bite!" The final verdict on all three cereals was NO DIFFERENCE! I'm so excited! Now, for just 10 grams of sugar per serving, I can enjoy my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and not feel guilty for giving it to my little one!

You know they don't just say "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" for nothing. Did you know that ready-to-eat cereal eaters consume less fat, less cholesterol and more fiber than non-cereal eaters? Cereals also deliver important vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients, making cereal a top source of key nutrients in children’s diets.

Other cereal benefits:
  • Ready-to-eat cereals, including presweetened cereals, account for only 5% of sugar in children’s diets.
  • Ready-to-eat cereal is the No. 1 source of whole grains in a child’s diet today.
  • More frequent cereal eaters tend to have healthier body weights and lower Body Mass Index measures.
Studies also demonstrate the benefits of eating breakfast. A 1998 study showed that children who eat breakfast tend to perform better at school. Compared to children who skip breakfast, children who eat breakfast score higher on tests, are less likely to miss class or be tardy, have fewer reported discipline problems, and make fewer trips to the office.

Right now if you visit here you will find a $1 off coupon for one of four General Mills cereals. Breakfast is important, wake up from good grains and sweet flavors, not a sugar high!

Consumer Reports: Best Baby Products Book Winner

Congratulations, Mary! You're our lucky winner. Be sure to email me with your shipping information to claim your prize!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

It's the Little Things

As a mom there are so many milestones we look forward to. Much like the way we used to imagine our weddings, we now imagine our babies taking their first steps and saying words. These huge developmental monuments are so important, but now that we're going through this whole "raising a child" thing, there are other moments that make life so much sweeter as a Mom.

Josh lifted up my shirt the other day while I was slouched on the couch. Lifted just enough to see my yucky mommy tummy and said "ooohhhhhhh." Of course, my initial thought was "what's that supposed to mean?!" But then I remembered he's just a baby and wouldn't know the difference... I still made it a point to inform him that his gigantic self did that!

My son took his diaper off for the first time. Luckily there wasn't any poop in it!

Went into the bedroom one morning to get him up and thought he got into a chocolate bar. But how would he do that if he's in his crib? This diaper had poop in it. A lot of poop. It was everywhere... gross...

Somehow this little person who's only been alive for 12 months has studied his parents so closely that today he went over to the remote, picked it up, aimed it up at the TV (it sits on our mantle) and clicks! When the channel changed he said "OOOOOooooooooo!" Typical male...

He amazes me. My new favorite thing is watching him stack. He likes to stack his blocks, his cups, anything that will stack. It's so cute! Another new thing is taking the back "chair" part off his little Mickey Mouse car and trying to put it back on. There are two pegs he has to get into relatively small holes. He pulls it out, puts it back in, pulls it out, all over again.

And the babbling. I love the babbling. It's almost like he's speaking another language that sounds remotely familiar. (perhaps because I've spoken that language before?) He says things and it sounds like he's saying something that totally makes sense but he's not. He comes into a room and says, "Hi guys!" Or drops something and picks it up saying, "I got it." I always reply back because I want him to keep on talkin'!

I love the millions of little moments that make motherhood one big milestone.

Wordless Wednesday: New Year Baby!

My New Years Baby - ok he's not new this year, but at a month old - last year just wouldn't have worked out!