Archive for January, 2011

Are you having a bad underwear day?

According to a new survey wearing ill-fitting or ugly underwear can ruin a lady’s day!

From USA Today:

“We know that bad hair days can affect women’s moods, but who knew that bad underwear days could also ruin their day,” says Lisa Lee Freeman, editor in chief of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports. Their research center conducted a telephone survey of 1,008 women 18 and older about intimate apparel.

“Almost half of women (47%) say they feel sexier and more confident wearing a nice or special pair of panties. “The first thing we put on in the morning does make a difference in our day,” Freeman says…”

The survey found that women on average own 21 pairs of underwear (I’ll have to go and count after I finish writing this.) Other findings in the January issue (www.shopsmart.org) included:

“•27% say their mood is affected by wearing an ill-fitting or unattractive pair of undies.”

“•10% of women own 35 or more pairs.”

“•65% buy neural colors, with white being …

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Is oral sex a gateway to intercourse?

You’ve probably heard of gateway drugs but now we have gateway sex.

A new poll indicates that oral sex is a gateway into actual vaginal intercourse. The poll found that most teens who engage in oral sex for the first time will have vaginal intercourse within six months.

The poll of California high school students also found that half the teens who initiate oral sex in ninth grade will have vaginal intercourse before the end of junior year.

From USA Today:

” ‘Most of the kids report that they’re having oral sex and intercourse for the very first time within the same six months,’ said study lead author Anna V. Song, an assistant professor in the school of social sciences, humanities, and arts at the University of California-Merced.”

“Freshman and sophomore years appear to be the critical time. ‘Among those who initiate oral sex between ninth and 10th grade, we found that oral sex is significantly related to vaginal sex,’ she said. ‘But once you get through that particular …

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Optometrist group says 3D games OK for kids

In an odd, and somewhat confusing, reversal for parents, an optometrist group says that 3D games are OK for kids whose eyes are developing normally. In fact the group says, 3D is actually a good way to know if there are subtle eye problems that can lead to learning disabilities.

From Gamespot:

“…However, according to the American Optometric Association, that warning may not only be unnecessary, but also counterproductive.”

“Today, the AOA, which represents family eye doctors, issued a statement saying that 3D in movies, TV, and even 3D on Nintendo’s 3DS could be beneficial for children. At cause for its assertion is the idea that ‘3D viewing may actually help uncover subtle disorders that, left uncorrected, often result in learning difficulties.’ ”

“Explaining the science behind its statement, the AOA said that the eyes work together and in conjunction with the brain to create a single, clear image under healthy conditions. However, subtle problems in vision are often …

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Vaccines good or bad? 2 new books help parents sort it out!

Vaccine news is everywhere this week and the BIG news for parents is that the first study linking the MMR to autism was apparently a fraud.

The Associated Press reports:

LONDON — The first study to link a childhood vaccine to autism was based on doctored information about the children involved, according to a new report on the widely discredited research.

The conclusions of the 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues was renounced by 10 of its 13 authors and later retracted by the medical journal Lancet, where it was published. Still, the suggestion the MMR shot was connected to autism spooked parents worldwide and immunization rates for measles, mumps and rubella have never fully recovered.

A new examination found, by comparing the reported diagnoses in the paper to hospital records, that Wakefield and colleagues altered facts about patients in their study.

The analysis, by British journalist Brian Deer, found that despite the claim in Wakefield’s …

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10 ways to manage birth pain: What techniques worked for you?

Babble.com posted 10 ways to manage pain during labor and I wanted to get your learned opinions on their techniques.

I tried seven of the 10 listed during my three deliveries, (I can’t remember if we did any massage. I think I would remember that.) and think there are lots of natural ways to ease contractions. Here were the things that made me feel the best and the worst:

With my first I was 10 days late and the pitocin made labor unbelievable painful. However, because of the IV, the doctors didn’t encourage me to move all and just had me enduring wave after wave of pain while lying down. (After my other births I feel certain the lying down made the pain worse.) I took an epidural after two hours and then just laid there like nothing was going on. Michael read me short stories and we watched TV until the baby came.

With my second, I had midwives and even though I was on the IV pitocin again, she encouraged me to move all around the room. I loved bouncing and rolling forward …

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Special ‘Yogi Bear’ showing for kids with autism, sensory issues

We talked before Christmas about some wonderful people offering special needs Santas, and we mentioned that sometimes theaters had special movie showings for children with sensory issues.

Well AMC Theatres and the Autism Society are offering special showings of “Yogi Bear” at 10 a.m. on January 8 at multiple theaters around Atlanta for kids affected by autism and sensory issues.

From the Autism Society’s press release:

“In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for children with autism or other special needs, AMC movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets can be purchased …

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Why won’t kids/teens dress for cold weather?

We talked some about this topic last year, but I wanted to share with you a good story from The  Associated Press about why teenagers won’t dress for  cold weather.

The writer interviewed parents and TEENS about why they are wearing shorts in the middle of winter.

The reasons ranged from just lazy to trying to look cool to didn’t think far enough in the future to realize they would need something warm on. (Really??)

From The Associated Press: (Check out the photos of the teens wearing shorts in the SNOW!)

For example, Jack Rogers, 12, of Fishers, Ind., was wearing shorts last week. “I know lots of kids who do that,” he said.

His grandma doesn’t understand. “It’s 15 degrees. Why doesn’t he have a coat on him?” she asked.

“I told her, ‘I have to pick and choose my battles,’” recalled Jack’s mom, Shelley Rogers Landes. “I need to let him make decisions that really are inconsequential at the end of day.”

In a telephone interview, Jack explained his reasons for dressing light in …

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Call in professionals to treat lice? How much would you pay?

My head has been itching a lot and I’m starting to worry I have lice. There was one class at my kids’ school that had lice recently and I heard they were checking kids at school so now I’m paranoid. (I think my problem is just dry skin but …)

Thank goodness, so far, knock on wood, my kids have never come home with lice. My girlfriend’s school has had multiple cases year after year and her kids have repeatedly picked it up. It is such a nightmare to deal with washing everything in the house and picking through long hair. She’s finally found the treatment that works best for her kids. She kept having to retreat.

I did have lice once when I was a kid, and I just remember the stuff smelling awful and my mom yanking on my head combing it out. (My curly hair doesn’t comb well.)

The new twist on lice is I am hearing more and more about professional services that will come to your house to do the dirty work for you. I found multiple companies in Atlanta with a quick click of the …

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Will minivans rise again?

(Not to be out done the new 2011 Honda Odyssey Ad. Although I personally like the Swagger Wagon ad more.)

Have you noticed recently a bunch of minivan ads trying to make these functional, yet stigmatizing vehicles seem cool?

Last spring Toyota entertained many and convinced some that minivans can be cool with their “Swagger Wagon” ad campaign.

(Missed the campaign? Check it out above.  The ad was so popular they have created an entire Swagger Wagon channel on You Tube with bunches of other videos from the Swagger Wagon parents. Also regular parents are apparently submitting their own remixes. )

Analysts credit the Toyota campaign with increasing sales of the Sienna by 18.5 percent  through November and other minivan makers are jumping on board with crazy ads as well.

From The New York Times:

“Other automakers have jumped on the theme, too. For example, in a series of ads that began this fall, Honda claims its 2011 Odyssey “beckons like no van before.” One spot deploys a song …

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What are your family financial resolutions?

The new year is here, and it’s the perfect time to think about financial resolutions.

Let me start by saying I am not a financial planner but I have been running a fairly orderly household budget for 17 years with some success. I can barely do math, but we do have a very high credit score, which should count for something.

It’s taken me a while to figure this out, but I think the key to staying on top of finances at home is to treat them as you would a business. There should be a plan. There should be goals. There should be a paper trail. There should be an organization method. There should be checks and balances. And finally there should be summaries to know how you are doing.

Here are some of my thoughts on what every family, no matter how much money they have, should be doing:

  • Have an actual budget paper, not just round numbers in your head.
  • Know how much is actually going in and out. When I called to get life insurance about 9 years ago, the agent asked me about how …

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