Headed to Blissdom!

Woot woot!  I’m headed to Blissdom!

I won’t be back till some time Sunday.  I’d like to write a few posts while I’m there, but I don’t know if that’ll happen {I’m still not done with my “real job” work for the week and I need to edit and post a video for Babydoll’s entry into the Ben’s Beginners contest}.

I’ll definitely keep you guys updated via Twitter and Facebook though!

Going to Blissdom?  Let’s meet up!  Just DM/@ me on Twitter!

Can’t wait to bring you guys all the goodness I can afterward!



Sweet Critique: Clipix

So, I’m constantly finding things online.  Always.  Little rabbit trails make up my life.  Generally it’s when I’m supposed to be doing any number of other things, so I often can’t read through whatever it is at the moment.

I’ve never quite found a way to really address this.  Sure, I can bookmark it, but then there’s the hassle of going through all the bookmarks and trying to remember from a title exactly what it is I was looking for.  I can’t tell you how many times I knew I bookmarked something but couldn’t remember what I bookmarked it under.  Frustrating…

This is the main reason I’m loving clipix right now.  Like, totally heart-ing it.  It’s like bookmarks on steroids.  Take a look at the cute video, I’ll wait.

Isn’t it awesome?!  Cute little clipboards organized any way you want.  I’ve already got one up for summer camps, blog design, and dog stuff.  I also plan to have one for stuff I’d like to come back and read, recipes, and homeschool stuff.

I love that I can make these private, I can share them in a variety of ways, and they update in real-time.  Take a look at some of the clipboards I just started:


I can’t wait to go through my bookmarks and start organizing them better.  I know there’s stuff in there I’m ready to see, but have no clue what it is…

Be sure to go check it out and let me know what you think!  What would you clip?

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Supplementing Your Way to Good Health and a Giveaway!


ETA: I plan on replying to each and every one of you!! I decided to hold off to help the official tallying go smoothly. I haven’t forgotten about you, though, and I really appreciate all the help. You guys rock!

Yes, I know, you have to do more than supplement.  This is probably my favorite part, though, other than eating, because it involves little effort on my part

I’m not a huge fan of really super-uber good-for-you stuff, and I’m also not a huge fan of exercise, so I have to take all the help I can get when it comes to getting healthy.

Since I am currently so far from eating the proper nutrition it’s really not funny, supplements help give me a boost.  Even if you are in great shape, there’s a chance you’re missing something you need, so either way, they’re pretty cool.

Supplement AisleBut have you ever walked down the supplement aisle?  It’s ridiculously confusing…  Even if you know what you’re looking for {like I often do}, you can be all messed up because you don’t know the correct amount of that particular vitamin or supplement.  Craziness!

There is so much on this aisle, that if you don’t know what you’re looking for it’s quite possible you’ll want to just turn around and leave…  But there’s a great way to get help.

Centrum Nutrition Possible


Centrum Nutrition Possible is a cool site that enables you to take a really quick assessment to find out what kinds of supplements you should be taking.  It really is fast; it took me less than 30 seconds to sign up for an account and less than two minutes to take the assessment.

What I ended up with was a great breakdown of what supplements I should be taking.  The thing that I like best about their tool is that I was provided with an at-a-glance glimpse of what I needed, as well as a specific breakdown of things.

To get started, all you have to do is sign up for a Nutrition Possible account

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click “Start the Assessment” once you’ve created an account…

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…and take the assessment.  I like the colorful pictures; it makes it fun!

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You answer questions about your intake of fruits and veggies, water, exercise, and other relevant information, then you’re presented with your results.  This is my favorite part, the glimpse:

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I can use this to get shopping right away.  And to make it easier on your pocketbook, Centrum will provide you with a $10 off coupon!

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Centrum is a Blissdom sponsor, and they’ve been kind enough to offer a Blissdom sponsorship and ambassadorship opportunity to the person who gains the most entries for the giveaway.  I would love to win this, and as a way of saying thank you, I’m going to offer a $50 cash giveaway on top of what Centrum is offering if you guys can help me win the sponsorship.

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Sweet Critique: Princess Recovery

Princess RecoveryWhen I first got the review copy of Princess Recovery:  A How-To Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters, I was excited because it was pink and sparkly {like, it actually shimmers}. I can’t help it, I love pink and I love sparkles and glitter and girly stuff.

With that said, I also believe strongly that females should be able to stand on their own two feet as independent, hard-working, functional individuals.  Whoa, that’s a loaded statement isn’t it?

For the most part, I’m not heavily slanted to one side or the other on this issue.  I am a very strong-willed and independent person {having been raised by a single mother} who feels strongly that women have not gotten enough credit throughout history, but I also enjoy having a husband that goes out and makes the money for the household and whom I can throw burdens on if I need to.  For the record, I know it sounds like I just use him for money and stress relief, but I really do love him tons!

So, after the “Oooooo” of the pink and sparkly wore off, I thought that the concept of this book was fascinating and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

My Favorite Part of the Book


Right off the bat I found my favorite part of the book.  Inside the front sleeve is a section entitled Who Will Your Daughter Be.  You know, I’d like to think that all of us would pick “The Heroine” for our daughters, but sadly, at least some would pick “The Princess”.

I want Babydoll to:

  • appreciate her inner AND outer beauty
  • help herself – and others
  • work hard to earn her successes
  • maintain healthy relationships with everyone she loves
  • believe in a bright future she’s imagined for herself
  • define herself by her own standards and moral compass
  • expect the best of herself – and treat others with compassion

I don’t want her to think her looks are most important, romance will fix a relationship, that marriage is an end-all, be-all, or that she is entitled to the best at the expense of others.  That was one powerful little section.

My Second, Almost Equally, Favorite Part


I was a little worried that this book would be a bunch of babble about how girls can’t like pink or dress up or balls or other girly stuff, and I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that is not at all what Hartstein is endorsing.  In the back of the book she has two sections, Children’s Books for Heroines and Healthy Princess Play Ideas.

We love books in this house, so a section that outlines books such as The Daring Book for Girls and Watch Out for Clever Women! was great to see.  And Babydoll loves to play dress up and have tea parties and go to balls, so I like the fact that Hartstein points out things such as designing a dress, having a real tea party, and learning to dance as great add-ons/alternatives to these activities.

The Book as a Whole


In it’s entirety, I think Princess Recovery is a must for any mother of girls.  Hartstein provides practical action items for a variety of age groups to help you teach your daughters how to become heroines that appreciate themselves as a person and what their talents and abilities are, rather than a pretty object.

The book is not heavy on complete avoidance of girly stuff, but celebrates the fact that girls can be multifaceted and love being girly as well as going out and getting dirty.

I definitely recommend it!

True Confessions:  I was provided with a review copy of this book to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.