Archive for May, 2013

Planning a Minecraft party! I need your ideas

Source: cupcake-stand.com via Theresa on Pinterest

Source: abritofhappiness.blogspot.com via Theresa on Pinterest

Every year my little trailblazer wants a birthday theme that is not readily available at Party City. Long before you could find anything at the store, even the Turner Store, Walsh wanted a Ben 10 Party. Then it was Moshi Monsters. Last year it was Skylanders.

This year, he wants Minecraft. Luckly we now have Pinterest where I can gather ideas for a makeshift Minecraft party.

He basically wants everyone to bring their laptops and play on a server together, but I want it to be more festive and active than that.

I have three activities in mind. One lady showed a painting craft on nylon bags. She let the kids paint a creeper face using a plastic stencil. I think you could do T-shirts or bags if you found the right color.

Another mom used Jello and Rice Krispies Treats and icing to make Minecraft party food, but I think it would be fun to give them those tools and …

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Did rich moms use disabled tour guides to bypass Disney lines? Have you used a disabled relative similarly?

The New York Post is reporting that some rich families in New York City have been using disabled tour guides to bypass lines. One of the tour groups named in the story writes on its website that the story is inaccurate. Here’s a summary.

From the AJC:

“The New York Post is reporting some wealthy families are now hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they can jump ahead of the Disney masses.

“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” the Post quoted one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.

“The Post reports the “black-market” Disney guides can be rented for $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.  The guide will escort a family through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. At each ride, the group was sent to an auxiliary entrance at the front of the attraction.

“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,” said …

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Would you choose a preventative double mastectomy like Angelina Jolie?

Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday in a New York Times editorial that she had a preventative double mastectomy. She learned she carried a gene that gave her a 87 percent chance to get breast cancer.  Her own mother died at 56 of breast cancer after a 10-year battle.

Here is more from the AP:

“The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times (http://nyti.ms/17o4A0f ) under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.

“Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, die too young from cancer.

“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will …

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Are the rescued Ohio women a teachable moment or too awful to tell kids?

I told my oldest kids about the rescued Ohio women. I told them never to take rides from anyone and never to walk over to a car or van while waiting for the school bus. I told them the girls had been kidnapped and held for 10 years. I told them to know I would never send anyone to get them that they didn’t know and to always stay with a group.

My 10-year-old son told me to PLEASE stop telling him about news events that they were upsetting to him.

So I am wondering did you tell your kids (what age?) about the kidnapped girls/women? Was it a teachable moment to never get in the car with a stranger or was it just too horrific to share with them? How much detail did you share if you told them about the case? When is something just too awful to tell them? What news events have you shared with them this year and what events haven’t you shared?

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Mother’s Day not up to par? Time to join AshleyMadison.com

Feel neglected on Mother’s Day? Today might be the day to join AshleyMadision.com – the dating website for married people. The site’s founder confirmed that the day AFTER Mother’s Day is the site’s second busiest day for women joining. (Read on to find out the first busiest day.)

From MSN.com:

“Noel Biderman, founder and president of AshleyMadison, confirms that is true year in and year out. “I think this is due to the simple fact that, for many women, Mother’s Day is a barometer of how her family and partner feel about her. That is not to say that all women are expecting to be lavished with gifts but they are expecting to be adored and lavished with gratitude, love and respect,” Biderman says. “If Mother’s Day, like so many other days, is once again hollow and absent [of positive] reinforcement … well, is it any wonder that they end up in the arms of another?”

“Biderman revealed to female-centric parenting site Momlogic.com last year that, on a typical Monday, …

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A better way to honor mothers: Celebrating the continuum of motherhood

I found an interesting blog about how mothers can better be honored on Mother’s Day in places like church. The author who goes by the name Amy on the blog is bothered when they ask mothers to stand up to be honored because she feels like it can be hurtful to others – such as women who long to be pregnant, women who have lost babies or women whose kids have run away.

From The Messy Middle by Amy (can’t tell her last name from the blog)

“Fast forward several years to Mother’s Day.  A pastor asked all mothers to stand. On my immediate right, my mother stood and on my immediate left, a dear friend stood. I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don’t know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat. I do not normally feel this way. I do not like feeling this way. I want no woman to ever feel this way in church again.”

She believes that we can honor mothers without alienating others. She offered a nice prayer called …

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First study on Tiger Moms: Kids more depressed with worse grades and alienated from parents

A professor at the University of Texas has conducted the first major study of Tiger Moms and how their cubs develop. She found that the Tiger Cubs were more depressed with worse grades and felt alienated from their parents.

Su Yeong Kim, an associate professor of human development and family sciences at the University of Texas, had been following more than 300 Asian-American families for a decade when Amy Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother came out in 2011. Here is how her study worked:

From Slate:

“For Kim’s study, parents and children answered questions during the children’s adolescence about their parenting styles. The vast majority of parents were foreign-born in Hong Kong or southern China, with relatively low educational attainment and a median income of between $30,001 and $45,000 in each of the study’s three phases, spaced out equally over eight years. Three-quarters of their kids were American-born. The study controlled for socioeconomic status and …

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Kindergartners celebrate their moms with Spa Day

Lilina had special treats for me at "Spa Day" at her school. She painted my nails, fixed my hair and gave me a massage.

Lilina had special treats for me at "Spa Day" at her school. She painted my nails, fixed my hair and gave me a massage.

I just got back from “Spa Day” in the kindergarten class. They honor mothers each year in the kindergarten by putting on a little show and giving them a commemorative book and T-Shirt. Then they paint the moms’ nails, fix their hair, give them back massages, make bracelets together and have a little treat. The kids just loved it, even the little guys, and the moms enjoyed it too. (The do a Pops and Penguins program for Dads earlier in the year since Father’s Day is during the summer.)

Does your school do anything for Mother’s Day? Would you like a spa day with your kids?

Lilina concentrated to paint my nails neatly. She did a pretty good job.

Lilina concentrated to paint my nails neatly. She did a pretty good job.

This is how Lilina sees me. She wrote that I love to clean. (Ha!)

This is how Lilina sees me. She wrote that I love to clean. (Ha!) One little guy wrote that his mom liked to "nap" while he was at school. (Poor mom!)

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Are moms the target audience of the Jodi Arias trial?

I recently met a Phoenix TV reporter who has been covering the Jodi Arias trial, and he said that moms were the demographic fueling all the TV ratings for the Arias trial.

The ratings on HLN, which has covered the trial non-stop, have increased dramatically over the last two months.

According to Media Bistro in March, “The biggest gains are in the afternoon hours, where HLN is up over +100% in total and demo viewers from 3-6PM ET. 4PM’s “Making It In America,” for example, is up +136% in total viewers and +128% in the demo compared to Q1 2012.”

From March to April rating increased 43 percent in viewers 25 to 54 in the “Total Day.”

From an AP story trying to explain the phenomenon:

“Arias testified for 18 days about every aspect of her sex life with Alexander, many of the details X-rated in nature. The proliferation of streaming video and Twitter has made the trial accessible to people in ways unimaginable just a couple years ago. The court proceedings …

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Is skipping class to pray OK?

A local Atlanta TV station is reporting that about 50 students skipped class to pray together Wednesday morning. They started around 7:30 a.m. in the coach’s office and lasted more than two hours. Here’s the story:

From My Fox Atlanta:

“The spontaneous prayer at Lumpkin County High School has become the talk of the town. Lumpkin County Schools Superintendent Dewey Moye said that a student started the prayer in a coach’s office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours.

” ‘It was a student-led initiative. The student showed up at the coach’s office and the coach did pray with them and it went into the school day, over into the first period of the day,’ Moye said…. “

” ‘I believe it’s a Constitutional right to pray, yes I do. I believe they can do so at their desk, as long as they do not disrupt the school day,” Moye said.”

The superintendent says he will not discipline the coach or the students for missing class, but they will be no more prayers during …

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