Thursday, May 29, 2008

Get Your Groceries Delivered for Free!

While browsing through Mom's Blogging Carnival, a post by caught my attention. If you are not into grocery shopping each week, try online grocery shopping!

Save money on gas, save time and buy in bulk to shop less often! The perfect solution for the busy mom and household or just about anyone who would rather not grocery shop the traditional way. I will definitely have to check into this and let my husband know about this, as well as my friends and family. now offers more than 22,000 grocery items and they will ship these grocery items to you for free! FREE DELIVERY! Amazon Groceries can provide you with great prices, favorite brands, and a personalized shopping list to make it easier to locate and keep track of items you purchase over time. They even have an extensive selection of NATURAL AND ORGANIC food.

If you have done your grocery shopping online via Amazon or another source, share your thoughts and experiences. Good or bad?

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Drinking water can harm babies

I just read a recent article put out by John Hopkins Children's Center posted on Babycenter, which reports on a startling risk to babies younger than six months old.

I had not been aware of this with my own sons, but thankfully knew that breastmilk was best, at least until my oldest only wanted formula. 
The article states, "Because babies' kidneys aren't yet mature, giving them too much water causes their bodies to release sodium along with excess water, Anders said. Losing sodium can affect brain activity, so early symptoms of water intoxication can include irritability, drowsiness and other mental changes. Other symptoms include low body temperature (generally 97 degrees or less), puffiness or swelling in the face, and seizures."
Read more About How Drinking water can harm babies

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Thursday Thirteen - My First Edition

Thirteen Things about Patty, host
(list in no particular order)

1. This is my first time participating in the TT.
2. I am a mother of two boys under age five.
3. I'm a stay at home mom.
4. I'm a work at home mom.
5. I'm a former elementary teacher.
6. I had my first child at age 35.
7. I had my second child at age 38.
8. I love the internet.
9. I love my family.
10. I love God.
11. I am somewhat shy, but open up when I need to.
12. I am a somewhat private person.
13. I am looking forward to meeting other moms who blog.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Have you shown your gratitude? Say thank you and get a free kids safe internet browser here...

Since Memorial Day has come and gone, don't forget to remember to say thank you to the men and women who are serving our country, risking and giving of their lives every day. Watch the following video to learn more about showing your gratitude without saying a word.
click here to play it now or Click here to download the movie.

In addition, if you are an active military family with children you can get a free kids safe internet browser, read below for details:

I recently learned about a new program to protect our kids online! I am
so excited about this program that I just had to share it with as many people as I could.

You may be aware that the increase of online pornography has made national news.
Reports show that porn sites have grown from 14 million to over 400 million pages in the last 5 years. This leaves families feeling uncertain about allowing their children and grandchildren access to the Internet.

I would like to introduce you and your family to a simple, easy Internet solution, which will provide fun, safe tools to
protect your children and grandchildren as they surf the Internet.

Upgrade to Pro and 30% of ALL Sales
of The TUKI Freedom Browser Will Be Donated To The
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For a limited time, Children's Educational Network is offering this F*R*E*E Kid Safe Software

To Claim Your F*R*E*E Kid Safe Software Click Here

If You Serve or Have Served in the Armed Forces in ANY Capacity, YOUR

TUKI Freedom Browser is FREE!

Non-military and military families will also enjoy using:

Noah's Net, a kid safe browser, will allow your children and grandchildren access to games, homework
sites, and other educational content in a safe and secure environment in a Christian-themed environment.

They also offer other browser themes, such as Mindstein Travels and the Tuki Freedom Browser!

You will find this software is easy to install and it works with other filters, so even if you think your kids are protected you should still check it out because of its great educational aspects.

To learn more about this GREAT software watch this video!

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Monday, May 26, 2008


Ever wanted to control what sites your kids are accessing on the web? Well here is a cool little Add-on for those that use Firefox as their browser. And best of all, it's free! Introducing Glubble, a free parental control Add-on for the Firefox web browser. Sorry Internet Explorer users, the extension doesn't currently support it. Stay tuned, I will let you know if a one becomes available.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mom's Blogging Carnival Kicks Off!

Welcome to the May 26, 2008 edition of mom's blogging carnival.

Niharika presents 100 Best Jobs for Lazy Bones posted at - Job Descriptions and Online Schools to Start Your Career.

Shaheen Lakhan presents Acknowledging Vaccination Concerns posted at GNIF Brain Blogger, saying, "When it comes to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, a study reports two types: radical (refuses everything) and reformist (selectively opt out of certain vaccines)."

Laura Williams presents Plantin' Season around the Ol' Homestead posted at Laura Williams' Musings.

Autumn Beck presents Fabric Softener on Cloth Diapers *gasp* posted at All About Cloth Diapers, saying, "What once was a big no-no with cloth diapers is now a "go ahead, but..." Keep your cloth diapers soft and fluffy even months and years down the road."


Cindy King presents Book Review - Letting Go Of The Words - Writing Web Content That Works By Janice Redish posted at Cindy King, saying, "Letting Go Of The Words is a must read for anyone involved with a website or blog. This is not about the tools you need or anything technical. This book is about web content and information strategies. It's about "planning, selecting, organizing, writing, illustrating, reviewing, and testing content"…that gives readers a successful and satisfying web experience."


Mother Hen presents It?s a Whirlpool!!! posted at Ship Full O' Pirates.

Vera Lang presents Community Disaster Preparedness Tips - Plan Ahead of Time posted at Be Safe Insure .com, saying, "Emergencies & natural disaster can happen everywhere. Prepare to be safe and well for when this happens. Besides immediate responsiveness to get out of danger, these Top 10 Disaster Preparation Steps can help you and your family to take care of yourselves."

Rosemary Rugnetta presents Kids Rooms posted at Her Home Blog, saying, "Thank you"

Toni Patton presents How does a SAHM finish a cup of coffee? posted at, saying, "The struggles and joys of stay at home parenting"

Lovelyn presents Natural Spider Repellent posted at The Art of Balanced Living.


Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips - Buying A Bathing Suit posted at Tip Diva, saying, "Possibly the worst shopping experience for any woman is buying a bathing suit. However, there are tricks to making the dreaded purchase easier"

Tonya presents First Trimester Pregnancy: Symptoms, Problems, and Solutions posted at My Pregnancy Blog, saying, "Information about the first trimester of a pregnancy."

Hilary Green presents 10 Questions To Ask When Buying a Used Car posted at Cars for Girls.

Woman Tribune presents The Ultimate Bed posted at Woman Tribune.

Shamelle presents 6 Things Simon Cowell (Of American Idol) Would Say About Your Blog! posted at Enhance Life.

Woman Tribune presents Cozy Blankets Wrapped in Inspiration posted at Woman Tribune.

Sally Thompson presents 100 Job Solutions and Resources for Former Military Personnel posted at - Job Descriptions and Online Schools to Start Your Career.


Stacey Hoffer Weckstein presents It's Not About the Cupcakes posted at, saying, " is dedicated to helping you balance the demands of being everything to everyone while not losing yourself, your needs, and your passions in the process."

Summer presents Compassionate Parenting posted at The Attached Mother, saying, "Thoughts on raising compassionate children."

Dianne M. Buxton presents Parent Volunteers Can Help With Natural Stage Fright Before Ballet Recitals posted at Ballet Shoes and Pointe Shoes, saying, "Helping with stage fright in young performers."

Cheryl Phillips presents My Life According to Candles..... posted at THE DAILY BLONDE, saying, "Most Moms love candles...but is there a scent that represents your crazy life???"

Homework. Dinner. Life. presents 10 Ways to Make Certain That Your Kids Hate School, Become Lazy & Dependent Learners, Drive Their Teachers Crazy, & End Up Living in Your Basement Until They Are 40 - posts - Homework. Dinner. Life. posted at Angela Norton Tyler, saying, "Angela shares a story about doing too much for her daughter." presents A work at home mom?the other white meat posted at, saying, "I dont mind hosting, can you email me what it entails?"

Mother Hen presents Ship Full O' Pirates » Blog Archive » Man Over-Bored! posted at Mother Hen.

Tonya presents Natural Labor - Some Suggestions For A More Comfortable Labor And Delivery posted at My Pregnancy Blog, saying, "Natural labor followed by childbirth without any intervention from doctors or medical procedures is safe and most common."

Fiona Lohrenz presents End the whining at day care posted at Child Care Only.


A.Lee presents The Artist's Mother posted at eArtFair . com, saying, "To celebrate motherhood, I look at how some artists have depicted their own mother or an archetypal mother. This educational post shows the mother-artist relationship as well as depicting the archetypal mother. Beautifully illustrated with artwork by famous artists."

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips - Moving Back Home As An Adult posted at Tip Diva, saying, "Maybe you've been away at school. Or, your lease may be up and you need an affordable place to stay while looking for a new apartment. Many young adults are moving back home for a variety of reasons, but coming back may be a culture shock. Here's how to ease the transition"

Cindy Watrous presents Bringing the Spark Back posted at Her Family Blog, saying, "Tips for keeping your relationship alive!"

Woman Divorce Support presents Happiness And Remaining Single Are Not Mutually Exclusive at Woman Divorce Support posted at Divorce Advice, saying, "Just because you are newly single does not mean you can't be happy."

Colleen M. Johnson presents Blogger Brainstorming posted at Blog, saying, "Got blogger block? Ten tips for blog writing."


Cindy King presents Buying Logos For International Websites posted at Cindy King, saying, "the search for logos that will please all international clients"

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of mom's blogging carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Greedy or Needy?

Check this out! A cool new site where you can make wishes come true for just about anyone, from
real causes to greedy people, including yourself :) Registration is free and your vote is priceless!

I just granted a wish vote to the Petra Luna Foundation, fighting the war against child abuse.

Learn about how it works and get started granting wishes today!

Greedy or Needy » The World's First Web 2.0 Wishing Well » How It Works » Index

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Contest Kickoff: It’s Raining $1600. Are You Participating?

One of my favorite pastimes is learning about new ways to work on my computer and new gadgets to use online.

I just learned about this great contest going on at No Full Stop, a blog on computer tips, tricks and hacks.

Here is a list of many of the prizes that No Full Stop is giving away:

45 Minute Consultation From Liz of Successful Blog.
Two ProBlogger Books from Sara of DigitaPrank.
Fast Track submission to MakeUseOf Directory worth $50.
45 Minute Consultation for logo design from David Airey.
50 wiki pages from OneBuckWiki worth $1000.
Unique logo design from Recruit developer offshore which owes the logo company LogoAngel. The price of this logo design is $199.
Registered copy of premium theme worth $100 from Adii.
Two unique logo designs with one revision each from FashDesigns.
Registered copy of a yet-to-be-designed premium theme from Fab Flake.
One premium support email or IM session with remote support from Ask The Admin worth $75.
$50 bid on attractive bidding directory.
168 Entrecard credits for three different winners from Mike of Bloggin-Ads.
500 Entrecard credits plus 125x125 ad spot for two months from Darren of 1 Man & His Blog.
6 Months Medium Web Hosting Account from HostBrains.
125x125 ad spot for two months from Techno Life.
125x125 ad spot for one month from Contestime.
125x125 ad spot for one month from GorillaSushi.

So if you want to join the fun and enter this great giveaway, click this link to get your entries today!
Contest Kickoff: It’s Raining $1600. Are You Participating?

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GiveAway! Hosted SEO Blog With Custom Header!

If you like to blog or would like to start blogging, this is a great opportunity to get started in a new niche or to get started with a new blog.

Enter Brain Foggles Blog Contest May 16 thru May 30

Connie of Brain Foggles is giving away an SEO optimized Wordpress blog. But that’s not all. Take a look at the list of bells and whistles that come along with this:
1. Hosting for one year
2. Keyword research
3. Advice on picking a profitable niche for the blog
4. Complete set up of Wordpress and associated plugins
5. Your choice of SEO Theme
6. Technical support and continued advice through the Advisory Panel
7. A custom header made by Lori of A Cowboy’s Wife. She does some awesome work, trust me.The cost of this prize is worth about $125. The rules are easy peasy. So take a chance and see how you do!

How to enter:
GiveAway! Hosted SEO Blog With Custom Header! | BrainFoggles

Contest ends soon so give it a try and let me know how you do!

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Pocket full of Sunshine - Artist Petra Luna -Mission "War Against Child Abuse"

I received this today from one of my myspace friends today and had to share it. The pictures are really cool and crisp, the music is perfect with the pictures and is so upbeat and beautifully sung by Petra Luna, The Leader on the War Against Abuse.

I was fortunate enough to have Petra and her "General" Li'l Deb on my talk show yesterday sharing their campaign and mission to fight child abuse globally. Part of their mission is to pass April's Law, which will end child pornography sites online. Make sure you sign the petition and get involved in this great fight and listen to MamasTimeOut© with Petra Luna and Li'l Deb discussing more of their mission and how you can help!

Enjoy the pictures (photographer unknown) and music, by Petra Luna! Be sure to tune in to our future show, featuring more of Petra's music and the progress of the Petra Luna Foundation. Subscribe to the blog to keep up to date!



Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics..


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Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics..


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Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics..


Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics..

Myspace Layouts, Myspace graphics..

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Winner of the Mommyfest 2008 and Little Bytes News Blog Giveaway

The winner of the Mommyfest Free advertising or Paypal cash offer from Little Bytes News is "Unycorne" of The "Official" Heather Quarnstrom Blog. Congratulations Heather! Unfortunately we ran out of time on todays MamasTimeOut© show to make an official announcement, please contact me to claim either:

-1 month free advertising on (one banner or one button ad in our rotation) Please send a 468x60 banner or a 125x125 button ad.


-$10 PayPal Cash!(send your Paypal address if you select this prize)

Thanks again for visiting the site and subscribing to the Little Bytes News blog and joining the MamasTimeOut© social network community! Congratulations!

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Help support the War on Abuse-Listen in to Petra Luna and Li'l Deb to talk about April's Law

Petra Luna, Leading the War Against Abuse,

and Li'l Deb of April's Law fight the war against online and offline pedophiles.

Make sure you listen in to MamasTimeOut© to hear how you can get involved in the "Million Survivor March" and help pass "April's Law" against child abuse to help ban pedophile websites from the Internet. Help protect your children and listen in. Become an advocate and Join the fight today.


Named after a victim whose perpetrator stalked children over the Internet after being inspired by legal sites that encourage pedophiles to have sex with children.

Our Cause

This new law will make all web sites that promote paedophilia and display children or child like sexual images on the Internet ILLEGAL. These sites only promote crimes against children! "lil" Deb general has asked if anyone who is a SURVIVERS OF CHILD RAPE OR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ON THE INTERNET , would be willing to share their testimony for this campaign ? If you are or know anyone who would please contact Lil Deb general on April Laws page. Or email her at
  1. Who is April and why do you want a law called April's Law passed?
  2. What will April's Law do to help prevent child abuse?
  3. How can parents help protect their children from online and offline pedophiles?
  4. How many children per year are victims of child sexual abuse?
Here is a list of some of the Recommended Sites you can use to get involved and share on your sites. Join the War on Abuse!

Aprils Law.

To make web sites that promote sex crimes against children illegal (the P.Luna Foundation is approved for these legislative activities by the IRS)

For more information please contact Petra Luna or Li'l Deb to get involved and help raise funds or awareness. They are seeking a number of people to help develop funding to create a course for children in schools, daycares, online, and law enforcement.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Child Abuse Prevention Petition-MamasTimeOut© Support Call in Show for Moms of All Ages and Stages-Top Rated

Social Broadcasting Network - Popular Shows - Blog Talk Radio

MamasTimeOut©, a live support call in show for moms and social network, has recently become featured as one of the top rated popular shows on Blogtalkradio station "Flylady Way"!

This is exciting news and a great opportunity for moms in business to advertise their products and services, contribute to the discussions and take a MamasTimeOut© with other moms!

Join us for our next show, Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm MST/5:30pm EST as I talk to Deb and April of about ways to keep your children safe from pedophiles online and offline, along with the petition to help end pedophile web sites!
The live call in number is 646-595-4516 or you can login and chat with us for free.

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Manhattan Group Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

Manhattan Group Recalls Infant Rattles Due to Choking Hazard

15 May 2008, 1:30 pm
The blue plastic end caps of the rattle can break, resulting in small parts, posing a choking hazard to young children.

Other Recent Recalls

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Win up to $100 this week only!

A new contest I wanted to let you all know about...ends on May 19, 2008, so you might want to give it a try and win some more cash!

This site is giving away $100 this week!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

How Was Your Mother's Day weekend?

Come on by and share your Mother's Day weekend stories with the members of MamasTimeOut© in your blog, share pictures or video if you'd like as well. Remember, all content is private to our MamasTimeOut© members and those you wish to share it. Not a member yet, join us at MamasTimeOut©-"Where 'real' moms come to talk!"

Don't forget to check out our bi-weekly live support call in show as well. Coming up on May 18, at 2:30pm MST/5:30pm EST I will be speaking with April and Deb of April's Law, discussing ways to prevent pedophiles from molesting your children online and off-line.

Leave a comment here and share your Mother's Day weekend stories or join MamasTimeOut© and share them there!

On Saturday we basically spent most of the day at home, while our house was still getting worked on. But we did have a nice family walk to the area park and enjoyed some frisbee, the swings, a little kickball, and the kids enjoyed a wagon ride.

My Mother's Day was spent partially at home doing some online work, while our house was still getting work done. (We now hope that all the painting and tile work will be completed no later than the end of this month.) Later in the day we went to visit my mom and family to celebrate with a Mother's Day BBQ, hosted by my youngest sister and brother in-law. We had a great time and it was nice to get together with family again.

Today, I am exhausted from the fun and the trip so my boys have been taking it easy while my poor husband had to get back to work.

I hope to hear your Mother's Day 2008 weekend stories and I hope your Mother's Day was spent doing something you enjoy with the ones you love.

Also, if you haven't already joined Mommyfest, check out my blog post

Are you in? Free advertising Opportunity, Mommyfest prizes and more!

to learn how you can win free advertising, cash and other great prizes this week only!

Take care,
Patty, host :)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!


I don't have a lot of time to wish you a great day so I'll make it short and sweet...
enjoy your time with family, your kids, or doing whatever it is you enjoy most. Have a relaxing and fun filled day! I'm heading to visit my mom and family.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Are you in? Free advertising Opportunity, Mommyfest prizes and more!

Are you in? Join me and tons of other moms like you, celebrate Mommyfest 2008 with Marie Ynami!

This is my second time trying out a blog party, the last one I joined a little late, like the day before it was to end so I didn't get too much out of it. So if you have not joined the Mommyfest blog party you might want to get in today. The party starts on Monday, May 12, 2008 so get linked up by May 11, 2008.

There are tons of prizes and giveaways going on and an opportunity to meet other moms who blog, are in business and/or make new friends. Just click the button above or the one in the sidebar here at Little Bytes News Blog to learn more. In a few easy steps you will also be part of the festivities.

  1. post the banner or buttons provided on your blog from
  2. post an intro about yourself and Mommyfest on your blog (videos, pictures, etc can be used)
  3. beginning May 11 post the link to your intro post from your blog onto the blog where Mr. Linky posts are listed
  4. Surf the various mom blogs participating and finally
  5. Post a wrap up on your blog about how you liked the event, if you met anyone new, won anything or what you thought about it.
Here's a little about me for those who don't know me.
I'm a former elementary teacher who turned stay at home mom after
the birth of our first son in 2004. Since 2005, I became an online entrepreneur and a mother again to our second son in 2007. Since taking almost a year off from my business ventures to have another child, I returned to my online passion and am ready to connect with other moms and women in business!

In November 2007, I launched a successful live talk radio call in show and social network for moms, MamasTimeOut©. I currently host MamasTimeOut©, a social network and support call in show "for moms of All ages and stages". I am also the editor and founder of Little Bytes News, a parenting, child development and shopping resource site. I also manage and own Gifts, Party Supplies and More,offering a variety of party supplies for all occasions, including home decor, gift baskets, stuffed animal kits, personalized products and more! In addition, I also own and manage The Work at Home Business Directory, offering low cost advertising to home based businesses and direct sales companies. You can also learn more about me by following me on twitter at

As part of my participation in the Mommyfest 2008 Blog Party I am running a free advertising contest:
Anyone who subscribes to this blog and comments here OR blogs about this post in their blog, comments here and links back to this post will also get entered into the Little Bytes News Blog Contest and will be eligible to win:

-1 month free advertising on (one banner or one button ad in our rotation)


-$10 PayPal Cash!

Names will be drawn by May 17, 2008 and the winner will be announced live on MamasTimeOut© call in show on May 18, 2008 and later posted here.

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to getting to know more moms out there and connecting.

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To vaccinate or not vaccinate that is the question?

I just came across this post on and thought it deserved some discussion.
I know this is a heated topic for many parents these days and obviously disagreements over this issue will arise in homes across the globe. However, in order to get my readers personal feedback I thought it was worth discussing the issue of vaccines here. Please share your thoughts, opinions and experiences, but play nice :) Here's a portion of the post from, click the link to read more...

Denise Richards: argument over vaccinations ended marriage
by Sandy Maple May 10th 2008 1:02PM

When Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen broke up way back when, many speculated that playboy Charlie had been caught doing something he shouldn't have been doing. There may or may not be something to that theory, but according to Denise Richards, the final straw in the relationship had nothing to do with another woman. She says it was an ugly disagreement over vaccinations that made her realize her marriage wasn't going to work.

Denise says that when she decided to vaccinate four-year-old daughter Sam, Charlie accused her of poisoning their child. "I knew when he said that, that the marriage wasn't going to work," she tells Rebook magazine.

Here are my thoughts on this issue:
I can understand the disagreement on this issue. However, feel people are misinformed or non-educated about vaccines. Look at the current measles epidemic growing in AZ recently. There have been over 17 reported cases of children with measles. Those parents chose not to vaccinate and now a disease that was not prevalent is becoming widespread once again. Hopefully they will get it under control, in the end parents need to take into consideration the public responsibility they have when they choose not to vaccinate and also think of the health of their child in the long-term. The benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks. If vaccines were so "poisonous" and harmful why aren't more people dying, getting sick or diagnosed with other problems such as autism? What are your thoughts? Are your children vaccinated, if not why?

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Inspiring Women to Be Irresistible! Listen in to Christina Wiley, Motivational/Health Coach

If you have not had a chance to listen to MamasTimeOut© lately, make sure you Listen in as I speak with Christina Wiley about becoming a more confident YOU
and learn what strengths define an irresistible woman. Do you have the traits
you need to achieve your dreams and passions?

Here are some of the resource sites shared on the last show. Make sure you check them out as well on your pursuit to become a more irresistible woman!

 Recommended Sites:

The Confidence Clinic: A Program for Self-Esteem, Independence ...

ED161476 - The Confidence Clinic: A Program for Self-Esteem, ... During winter and spring 1978, 108 women were referred to the 12-week program by various ...

Self Esteem and Confidence Links

self esteem, self confidence and mental health links. ... training site for self improvement, personal development and sporting use ( ... 

"In a time when women are faced with many outside demands--career, family, community--this book .... A Woman's Self-Esteem is a good example in this regard.

Career Center | Employmoms : Staffing for Professional Mothers Some women benefit from being coached throughout the entire process of career exploration to resume development to job re-entry. ...

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Memorial Tribute to My Long Lost Best Friend

My best friend of many years has passed away. Sadly, I didn't hear of the news until two weeks after her passing and three days after her funeral services. I am deeply saddened to hear about this and can hardly believe it is real. I wish I could have attended the funeral services and been more a part of her life the last seven or eight years after she moved from AZ, but our lives lead us in different directions.
To think someone I knew and grew up with like a sister is no longer here on Earth to see or share my family or thoughts with. I met Chrissy when my family first moved to SV, AZ in 1978. We went to fifth-eighth grades together. Then she moved away for a couple years during high school. Her family returned in 1985, our Junior year, when Chrissy and I reconnected like old friends again. We never lost touch during the time she moved away. We shared and exchanged letters those two years or however long it might have been at the time. We even bought each other our first box of feminine products. Something we were both looking forward to sharing the news about with each other when we both reached our "official coming of age". We laughed and shared many great times and moments. We struggled and cried at times as well during some trials and tribulations that arose during our rebellious teen years. Through it all we always remained good friends and were determined to be "blood sisters" and best friends forever. I recall we had plans of someday getting an apartment together after high school.
Unfortunately, this plan never happened because I stayed at home to attend community college, while dating "Mr. Wrong" for too many years, and Chrissy moved away to attend college and join the National Guard. Then she married and had her daughter Brittany. I was so proud to see Chrissy as a mom and visit her to spend time with her little girl those first couple years when we were both finally living in Tucson, AZ. I'm so sorry her marriage didn't work out and that she ended up moving out of state, dating the wrong men, and befalling more bad luck by having a work injury that would result in her medical disorder (RSD/CRPS Type II-reflexive sympathetic dystrophy). As a result, we ended up losing touch for awhile.
I strived to keep in touch with Chrissy despite our distances, but unfortunately neither of us were able to see each other after a couple failed attempts. I finally found the nerve to call her parents a couple years ago and finally spoke with Chrissy again after almost five or six years. I had really hoped we were finally going to reconnect and stay in touch more and maybe even see each other again. I had hoped to hear from her about attending our 20 year reunion this past year, since we spoke about it and Chrissy sounded hopeful about going. However, I believe due to her disorder and poor health she was too tired or ill feeling to really keep up with anyone or too proud to allow anyone to see her in this condition. Consequently, neither of us ended up going.
Chrissy loved her daughter immensely, but could no longer find the strength and energy to care for her after suffering from an injury while working. This injury, according to Chrissy, lead her to require loads of pain medications to control the pain she was constantly enduring. It is believed improper medical care for her injury lead to the disorder she suffered. During the last six or seven years Chrissy suffered much pain and could no longer work, could barely or rarely travel or walk long distances. However, in talking to her mom, Chrissy never lost her sense of humor or energetic spirit. These are two of the main qualities about Chrissy that I will never forget and will always admire about her. I wish I could have more of her energy, determination and vitality. It was so sad to hear that she had this accident and then developed this disease, but now to here she is no longer here on Earth with us, I am deeply heartbroken. Chrissy will always be like a sister to me and a best friend I will never forget.
Chrissy was one of the best friends I ever knew. I will always keep her laugh, smile, and memories in my heart and mind.  May God Bless Chrissy and her family during this time of mourning and may her energetic spirit live through all that she knew and loved. Chrissy you are deeply missed! Bye for now my dear friend, until we meet again!
In memory of my long lost best friend forever!

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

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Join MamasTimeOut© Live Support Show Sunday, May 4, 2008 @ 2:30pm MST to learn how to "Be You! Be Irresistible!" Christina is an inspiring, motivating, and fun coach whose down to earth, straight-forward and open communication style makes her a favorite with women in North America.

Christina is a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Leadership Training Specialist. She has conducted training for national sales organizations as well as local women’s groups.

She is passionate about helping women have a happier, more satisfied and fulfilled life empowered to be all that they truly were meant to be - an Irresistible Woman™.
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We are trying to get back to normal again here at and MamasTimeOut©, after over a week of house problems and repairs, we are finally on the road to restoration. The house is getting restored from our plumbing disaster and soon we will have new tile in our bedroom as well! So there is some good out of the bad.

Although we didn't have plans to remodel, we have been happy about the new look our house will have in some rooms, thanks to insurance coverage. At the same time it has been rough for all of us having our walls and ceilings filled with holes, contractors and apprentices running around and living out of cardboard boxes in our bedroom. The baby points to all the holes as if to say, "what happened?" Thankfully we should be back to normal again by the end of the week, but at least the repairs are done to our plumbing.

God forbid you or anyone you know has to go through anything like this. It has not been a fun experience, but a definite learning experience. We had our share of problems with an unethical contractor as well, which is a whole other story I will get into at another
time and one that I hope to offer some insight to others who have home repairs in the future. In the meantime, don't forget to tune in for MamasTimeOut©, every other Sunday at 2:30pm MST.

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