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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Enjoy a night out once in a while





(bingo card – graphic taken from following reference: Sara, (2009) “Bingo cards”, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarae/3711242567/)


Becoming a parent, whether it is for the first time or welcoming a new addition to the family, can be a demanding yet wonderful, rewarding experience for any couple who make it a priority to provide the best level of welfare and care possible. Any decision to have a child should be based upon solid financial foundations which ensures both parents can provide the best quality of upbringing available to them. This should coincide within a joint decision from both parties to ensure a couple is ready to bring a new life into the world and handle the considerable responsibilities that come with it.

Although there is a growing trend in the number of fathers who stay at home and carry out the typical daily housewife chores, mothers have traditionally been the chosen parent to look after and raise a baby during its early years while the father brings home an invaluable income via employment. It places a substantial weight of responsibility upon a mother's shoulder to do everything they can to cater for their child; although it can often result in dealing with tantrums, sleepless nights and crying fits, the effort and work are all worthwhile when a mother sees their child smile, hear them laugh and receive hugs from them. Mums can often have very little time to themselves to enjoy any particular interests and hobbies, or be able to enjoy a social life with fellow mums or groups of friends. Logging into online.bingo.com can be the perfect remedy to having a few minutes of peace, although mothers should be encouraged to make time and enjoy at least one night out of the house while their child is being looked after by the father or a babysitter.

Go to dinner

Catching up with other mums can be a wonderful opportunity to catch up on lost time and discuss many topics away from the rigors of looking after a child. This requires a quiet and calm environment without any distractions from loud music or crying babies. Booking a table at a restaurant is the perfect tonic for mothers to gather and enjoy a lovely meal whilst enjoying each other's company. Although mothers are advised to eat healthily and regularly whilst at home with their child, going to a restaurant should provide a healthy meal on a plate during a relaxed night out with other mothers.
   
Enjoy a few drinks

Letting your hair down in a pub, bar or nightclub can be the ideal form of relaxation and stress relief for moms who have had a long week. Responsible drinking is more than acceptable and understandable for any mother who wishes to enjoy a night on the tile with her friends. It can also be an ideal way to feel sociable and enjoy conversations with friends, which, during a busy and hectic week with a child, can often be difficult.
   
Bingo

Finding a source of entertainment can be vital for mothers who need an element of excitement in their life away from the thrill of watching their child grow and prosper under their guidance. Going to the local bingo hall can result in a wonderful night with other mothers who have their dabbers at the ready to have a great time and potentially win a big prize. Bingo have always been orientated around the premise of playing to have fun throughout a good night, and does not disappoint in that regard. Mothers can also log onto online bingo sites via their computer, smartphone or tablet device while their baby is asleep, and join a community of fellow mums and bingo enthusiasts who play as often as possible.
   
Dance

Although dancing may be included within a night out involving a few drinks in a club, mothers may opt for the more energetic alternative through dance classes. They are organized across many communities by dancing experts who take the time to teach people of all skill levels the range of techniques, movement and agility required to dance well. It can be a fun and relaxing experience for mothers who can enjoy keeping in shape and having a good time, and maybe a laugh, while they dance away to the music.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Differences in State and Federal Laws

If you are going to court to face criminal charges, it is important to understand how state and federal laws can sometimes be different. This makes a huge difference in the way that you are prosecuted, and it could also make a difference in how you or a lawyer from somewhere like the Law Offices of James P. Hoffman defends your side of things in court. Below are a few examples so that you can see how these things work in realistic cases. Before going to court, make sure that you fully understand the charges that are being leveled against you and what they mean.

First, take a look at ticket scalping laws. These are governed by the states, but there is no federal law against ticket scalping. If you are caught in a state where it is illegal, selling your tickets for more than their value, you could be fined or even put in jail. Other states will not stop you or prosecute you. When it really gets interesting is when you buy tickets and sell them online. This is a form of scalping, but you may live in a state where such a thing is not illegal. You could end up selling them in a state where it is, however, which complicates the process. Since this crosses state lines, it becomes a federal decision, but there is no federal law against it. Therefore, you could be tracked down by the state authorities even though you did not break a federal regulation.

Of course, there are also differences in state laws that can impact you when you physically cross those lines. For instance, it is currently legal to buy marijuana in Colorado and Washington state, but it is illegal in all other states. If you go to Colorado for a vacation, you can purchase it without fear of prosecution. If you then bring it back to Wisconsin or Michigan - or any other state - when you go home, you could be prosecuted if you are caught with it. Just because it was legal for you to buy it does not make it legal to have when you get home.

There are many examples of laws that are different in one place than in another, including laws about gun control or same-sex marriage. Make sure that you understand how the laws in your local area really will impact you.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Fight Stress with Squash


Nosh on squash they say if you need to stay calm even on your most chaotic days. The orange vegetable is rich in a trio of nutrients: Vitamin C, lauric acid and myristic acid. These powerful nutrients help calm and nourish the cortisol-producing adrenal glands. The effect is so powerful that enjoying 1 cup a day could cut your stress levels by up to 33 percent.

Not a Lip Balm!

The first time I saw the cork grease in my son's drawer, I thought it was a lip balm. There were several sticks so I thought of asking one from him. Oh, he was laughing at me when I told him about it. It wasn't a lip balm and he uses it to protect his micro corks. He was able to save on cork grease when he visited his favorite music store last week. Silly me, I thought Micro Cork Grease is a brand of lip balm. Ha-ha.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yoomi Feeding System Giveaway (ends Mar. 07)

Welcome to the yoomi Feeding System Giveaway!

Sponsored by yoomi



The yoomi feeding system is a revolutionary new way to warm bottles in just seconds saving you time and getting your baby feed and happy as quickly as possible. A full tummy makes for a happy baby and a happy baby makes for a happy Mommy!

You can find a complete review of the system from Mostly Together Mommy.

When making a purchase from yoomi, use code MODERNMUMMY at checkout to save 15% off of your purchase!

Now for a Giveaway!

One lucky winner is going to take home one of these wonderful systems! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter form below. One entrant per household. Open to the U.S. only. This giveaway will end at midnight on March 7, 2014.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Home Sweet Home: Super Saving Tips for Everyday Items

It can take a lot of stuff to fill up the modern home with all the necessities. If you're not careful, you can easily spend hundreds more than you should each year on groceries, personal care items, kitchen essentials and the like.

Many people, though, neglect to look for savings opportunities for a simple reason - they don't believe that the savings can be large enough to be worth the trouble. If this is the way you think, you should watch a couple of episodes of Extreme Couponing, the reality show on TLC that shows you exactly what's possible. In one episode, for instance, a shopper pays about $50 for around $1200 worth of groceries. You may not be able to take your savings that far without true dedication. You can still notch up some impressive numbers, though.

Your first step - learn to not be picky

Many of the successful coupon savers on Extreme Couponing manage their savings by completely shutting out temptation, including the desire for specific kinds of product. If they find coupons for a certain kind of ketchup or mustard that they never use, they switch to them. If they find that pasta is on sale at very low prices, they decide to put pasta into practically every meal and buy up large quantities. You need to be flexible if you want major savings.

Learn where to find the best coupons

While newspapers and magazines still have coupons, the best ones are found online. Sumo Coupon, for instance, has coupons for thousands of stores. Facebook is an excellent source of coupons, too - you need to head to the Facebook page of every brand that you wish to pick up at the store and look for coupons.

Learn to be organized to use your coupons to the best effect

Successful couponing can take planning and organizing. For the best deals at any store, you need to head to four places:

1. At the website of the store and the brand, you'll find not only coupons but also information on special sales and deals. For instance, on Target's site, you learn that you get to save 5% on each transaction if you use the store's own debit card.
2. Their social networking presence (Facebook and Twitter) - they can have coupons.
3. A good coupon website should give you additional coupons to add to the coupons you already have.
4. A newspaper can offer you information about weekly sales.

It's important to read the fine print on your coupons and on sale announcements. Sometimes, it may seem like a coupon on sale is only valid for multiple-unit purchases. If you read carefully, though, you'll find often that you get the low price even with single-unit purchases.

Once at the store, you'll need to pick up the right number of products for your coupons and organize them for a quick check-out experience. This is all the preparation you need to do, though, to save as much as a third off your grocery bills.

Be sure to go in at the most crowded and unpleasant times of the week

Many people who complain about never seeing a sale don't realize that they can never hope for one if they choose to go in at times when the store isn't crowded. Going on a Sunday afternoon when the store is a zoo may be unpleasant - this is when stores announce their best promotions, though.

There's another reason why you should go when it's crowded - research shows that it's when you're alone that you are usually tempted to make unplanned purchases. You get to look around and consider buying all kinds of products then. If it's crowded, you simply get what you need and leave.

Russell Matthews loves being a stay-at-home dad with his two daughters. He often blogs about the challenges of balancing home, family, and career from budgeting time to making a workable financial budget.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Review: Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan



The 12-inch Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan was sent to me for review purposes. I am glad I was given a chance to try this. I've never used a ceramic coated pan before and this is a good chance to know if this is better than my other non-stick pans.


Product Description

  • Unlike other ceramic pans the Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON - an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free. 
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers enhanced heat distribution and superior non-stick performance without ever releasing harmful fumes or toxins. Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean. 
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals. 
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

My Opinion

I like the over-all look of the Ozeri Green pan and it makes me feel good that it is made without adding a potentially harmful chemical that is often used in most nonstick pans. The heat is evenly distributed so the food is cooked faster.




Pros

We used to think that ordinary non-stick pans are better than ordinary pans because you can cook with less or no oil, making our meals healthier. What we didn't know is that when heated to high temperatures they emit fumes that are toxic. Although these poisonous fumes are not strong enough to harm humans at once, constant exposure to them might pose health risks for our family in the future. One more thing that concerns me is the exact temperature at which the toxins are released is not clear. This will never happen with ceramic coated pans.

Cons

I didn't find anything I didn't like with it. In fact, I am absolutely in love with this pan.

Recommendation

Great for people who are more conscious of their health. If you're trying to eliminate or lessen the oil in your cooking, the Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is the perfect cooking tool for you. And for sure, you'll agree with me that this is the coolest pan you'll ever own.

The Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan is available at Amazon. For more information and updates you can check the Ozeri website and like them on Facebook.


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Batman Car Seat Giveaway (ends Mar. 3)

Welcome to the Batman Car Seat Giveaway!

Sponsored by Kids Embrace




Kids Embrace know that to keep kids safe in their seats, they have to actually be willing to sit in a car seat! They solve this problem by offering seats with characters that kids love, like this Batman seat.

This seat features side impact protection, a weight limit from 22 - 65 pounds, 5-point harness, two-position recline, wraparound headrest, machine washable cover, two cupholders and a high impact thermoplastic seat shell. Another really cool feature of this seat is that it comes with a Batman cape that doubles as a blanket!

One lucky winner is going to take home a Batman car seat for their little guy or gal! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. One entrant per household, please! The giveaway will end on March 3, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck, everyone!

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*This blog has not been compensated for hosting this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter. The sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

GumDrop or HardCandy Case Giveaway

Protect your precious tablet with a GumDrop or HardCandy case. Enter below for a chance to win a case of your choice.

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GumDrop or HardCandy Case Giveaway


Gumdrop and Hard Candy Cases were established with one main goal: To bring device protection to the masses in a stylish way. As soon as the latest and greatest tech device hits the streets, Gumdrop is always on top of the game, and is the first to deliver the hippest, most rugged and protective device accessories around. They strive to bring device protection to the masses, one case at a time.

Prize: Winners choice of case from GumDropCases.com or HardCandyCases.com

Dates: 2/15-3/1
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!
Disclosure: Mommy's Little Corner did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rev Energy with Carrots

Juggling household chores, my online work and taking care of the twins are draining my energy. It's a good thing I read about how carrots can rev energy. 


I love salads, but I am not so fond of simply munching on raw carrots, but this might be my favorite snack now because it helps chase away fatigue. According to experts, munching on the orange veggie daily can cut your risk of blood sugar swings by 42 percent. The reason? Carrots are loaded with antioxidants (beta-carotene, lutein and hydorxycinnamic acids) that nourish the pancreas, which is responsible for regulating blood sugar levels.

Stay Focused with Eggplant


Struggling with brain fog and thinking? Eat eggplant. Researchers discovered that a key compound in eggplant called nasunin, strengthens and energizes brain neurons. Adding of a cup eggplant to your daily diet improves memory and focus in as little as 1 week.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Improve Your Hip Health

The Ultimate Healthy Hip Guide


The knees and hips are the largest joints in the body. If something happens to one of these major joints, it will greatly affect your mobility because both support your body's weight and they must work in close coordination. Those who have previously given birth and those who love to slouch on their chairs are at a higher risk of suffering from a bad hip. If you feel pain in your hips, here are some of the things you should do.

Visit a health center near you and get a diagnosis. The key to a fast recovery it to know what is causing the pain. The doctor is the best person to tell you what you should be doing and what you should NOT be doing, He'd tell you if medication is needed and what kind of exercises you should do to ease the pain.

When you feel pain in your hips, the tissues and muscles around them are most likely inflamed, so a cold compress might work. Do it for fifteen minutes several times a day. However, if you think the cause of your pain is arthritis doing a hot compress is best. Heating your hips can soothe pain instantly.

If the cause of your pain is because you have injured your hips, get some rest and give them time to heal. Avoid doing anything that causes you to feel pain in your hip and ice it several times a day.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Did you know?


Prunes can sharpen memory. How? It contains neochlorogenic acid, a powerhouse antioxidant that fights the effects of free radicals. Shutting down this harmful free radical minimizes damage to brain cells and safeguards memory and reasoning skills.
 
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