Archive | January, 2012

Family Travels: Mom vs Electronics **GIVEAWAY**

30 Jan
The giveaway is closed. 
But the video below is still a great compromise to consider while vacationing with your technology-addicted family…

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What is the key word in the sentence: “We’re going on a family vacation.”?
“Family”, right?

Technology is changing what we do when we are together as a family. Meals. Family time. Vacations. Etc.

It’s a sign of the times I guess. Humans are constantly “plugged in” and it completely baffles my mind. Why on earth would go on a “wish you were here” vacation only to zone out on a brain-numbing, creativity and imagination killing device? It’s one thing if you’re strapped to an airplane seat 37,000 feet in the air. But when the sun is shining, the breeze is perfect, the water feels amazing, and the birds are singing the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard … it’s up to us to embrace what beautiful world we live in.

We took family vacations every year as a kid and I remember as I got to my teen years really missing all of my friends. But when we were away I had such a good time that the ‘missing my friends’ thing wasn’t so bad and I enjoyed time with my family. The only phone around was the hotel phone and of course I (not my parents) were about to pay long distance charges to call my friends who I would see in less than a week.

So what is your take on using technology while on these “family” vacations?

Kim Orlando, owner of Traveling Mom (my new gig), wondered the same thing as she and her family went on a trip to Aruba. And she came up with a perfect plan!
It’s a compromise that I will abide by on our vacations from here on out. And it’s a compromise that I will hold my boys to as well once they get a little older.
And I think it’s a compromise you’ll like too!
Possibly on your next vacation to ARUBA!!!!!

It’s easy to enter!All you have to do is watch the video below about how Traveling Mom founder, Kim Orlando handled electronics on vacation, and her tech-deprived kids (and husband) on their family trip to Aruba, and answer the question of the day. The details about the contest are all there. Where you can also learn about more chances to win.

So check out Kim’s video. Once you’ve watched it, you’re REALLY gonna want to win the trip! And I hope that you’ll remember the person that instructed you to enter the drawing **hint hint, wink wink**

So watch the video below and then click HERE to answer the question of the day and see how you can enter to win once daily.

GOOD LUCK!

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Riding In Cars With Boys

30 Jan

We picked Cash and Chistopher up from my Dad’s house this last Saturday night pretty late.  Right as soon as Cale put Cash in his booster seat Cash yelled, “Mommy, Daddy!! I saw a falling down star!!!”
So I told him to make a wish.
He started to tell us and I cut him off and told him if he told us it wouldn’t come true.
Daddy told him that was an old wives tail and he could tell us if he wanted.

His wish…..

“I wish it was my birthday.”

Sharp Shirter iPhone 4 Case Giveaway

27 Jan
I had the privilege to talk to Dan, owner of SharpShirter.com over the past couple weeks. My family totally digs his tshirts.

If you don’t know who/what Sharp Shirter is, I’ll fill ya in …

Sharp Shirter creates products that revolve around the relationship between animals and humans. The folks at Sharp Shirter are intrigued by the way in which humans group animals into different categories.  Some we eat, some we protect, some we own, and some we fear.  Similarly, animals have a range of intentions when dealing with humans.  Some are fearful of us while others love and protect us.  Still, others will attack us and view us as a threat to their existence.  It’s stuff we’ve all thought about at least once … but pushed the thought aside.  Sharp Shirter isn’t trying to find answers to the questions we have about this relationship … but rather, like us, are satisfied with questions it creates.
With designs with names like: “Panda Bitchslap”, “Puginator”, “Shark Punch”, and “Octohug” … it’s definitely a website you should check out.

See their signature Haymaker design here (it’s my family’s personal fave).

Since the inception of Sharp Shirter in 2005, they have grown their collection to include men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing as well as accessories to fit computers and phones. Sharp Shirter uses sweatshop free American Apparel that is professionally printed in the US and is made to last.

Here’s the FUN part:
One of my blog stalkers will get the chance to win an iPhone 4 case. These are brand spankin newly released!

Here’s what what I’d like you to do:
Mandatory: Click on Sharp Shirters website here and then comment below which one of the three iPhone case designs is your favorite.

Additional Entries (make sure to leave me a comment stating you did all of these for your extra entry to count):

1) Subscribe to my blog via by entering your email address in the field towards the top of the page.
2) Vote for my blog on Picket Fence (click the icon on the right side of this blog that says “Picket Fence”).
3) Follow me on Twitter.
4) Follow me on Facebook.
5) Follow Sharp Shirter on Facebook here.
6) Follow Sharp Shirter on Twitter by clicking here.

Please Note:  This giveaway is open to US residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end on Friday, February 10 at 10am (CST).  A winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter and emailed.  Please leave a valid email address.

These designs are one of a kind and created by a family man that uses x’s and o’s when he talks to you.  He’s so awesome!

Good luck!
~Amanda

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

22 Jan

One of the greatest men I know was born on this date.

Love ya Pops!

Hot Diggity, I Did It!!

21 Jan

I posted my first article/blog/post on Traveling Mom.  I think I’m more excited that I figured out how to work the damn site than anything.

If you have toddlers … it’s a must read before traveling.  Toddlers are germy.  Or if you just want to read it to help boost my “hit” count … be my guest.  Regardless, thanks in advance for reading!!!

Here “she” is….  Traveling With A Sick Toddler

You guys are awesome!  Keep stalking!

Night night!!!

Ohhhhhh

19 Jan

At Cash’s 4 year well-child checkup we had the doctor check his ears. He was really struggling to hear Cale and me and wouldn’t respond to the simplest, loudest directions. After the doctor examined him, he paused for a reeeeally long time. I was getting worried. It seemed like we sat there for a good five minutes waiting for the doctor to tell us that our son is hearing impaired.

And then.

He says ….

“Amanda …….. his hearing is perfect. Cash can hear you just fine. He’s just not listening to you.”

Another long silent break…..

“Check. Him. Again.” I said.

He’s FOUR!! He’s four and has selective hearing ALREADY?!?!

You Know You Have Kids When…

18 Jan

1.  You know that if the kids are quiet for too long …. something has to be wrong.

2.  “Because I said so!” is part of almost every sentence that you speak.

3.  You’d become an alcoholic if your kids were as whiny as Caillou.

4.  You know the shortcut to the bathroom in any department store, grocery store, and mall.

5.  You’ve ever had to clean barf out of your hair, clothes, carpet, carseat, bed, or sink.

6.  Peanut butter and jelly is perfectly acceptable for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

7.  Five hours is enough sleep to get you through the day.

8.  You get excited about going to the zoo.

9.  10:00pm is wayyyyy past your bedtime.

10.  Even when your kids are at the sitter you still get excited at the site of a school bus and can’t help but yell, “LOOK!  BUS!!”

11.  You’ve given up scrubbing tiny handprints off the windows.  They’ll be back before you turn around.

12.  You haven’t went to the bathroom alone in ____ years.

13.  You get excited about buying a new coloring book!!

14.  You’ve sat through an entire cartoon episode only to turn your back and realize your kids have been asleep or in the other room for who knows how long.

15.  You can’t remember what the stains on your shirt/pants are from.

16.  The site of Mommy putting makeup makes the baby cry (because he doesn’t recognize you) or the oldest one excited (because it means Mom & Dad are going out and he gets to stay at Papa’s)

17.  You get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and step on every battery operated toy you own!

18.  When something comes up missing, the first place you check is the toilet.

19.  You spent all day cleaning your house but at the end of the day … it looks like you’ve done nothing.

20.  You can’t imagine your life without them and your heart is experiencing the greatest love possible.

FACT:  Putting a toilet seat on your head will get stuck.

I guess he found the book he was looking for.

BOYS!

The cat knows where to sit when somebody is eating (by the kids).