Friday, July 18, 2014

♥♥ ♫♫We have a project♫♫ ♥♥

I've been thinking recently about all the comments we all get all the time - and how I wish I just had a standard response in my back pocket - and I guess I'd need two standard responses ~~ one sarcastic (because, duh), and one positive and graceful in case I feel open to discussing my family and the commenter seems to be coming from a positive place.

And I realized that I have brilliant readers who get THE.SAME.COMMENTS. So we're going to do this together (I hope).

First, let's come up with a list of the comments we get and for which we'd like to have a good response.

Once we have a good list, we'll tackle them one at a time:
  1. I'll do something witty/sarcastic to let you know which question we're working on.
  2. You come up with responses to the question ~ either witty/sarcastic or positive and grace-filled, or both. :)
  3. I'll figure out a way to make a contest out of it ~ with prizes and everything!!
So I think the best way to do this is for everyone to post their responses on facebook ~ that way other readers can "Like" which comments they agree with ~ this will tell me which one we should tackle first (it will also be the basis for the contest). ;) 

So head over to the facebook post to give me your suggestions for comments/questions that you wish you had an automatic standard response in your back pocket. (Don't be shy, there will be prizes involved!)

To be clear ~ I am only looking for the comments/questions themselves right now - save your responses for later.
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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Giveaway: Back-to-School Tech-Style

Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about back-to-school? How is that even possible???? I can't help with the vanishing summer, but this giveaway will help 21 lucky winners get geared up!



Intel Celeron 2955U Dual-Core processor 1.40GHz

2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory

16GB solid state drive

802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN

Intel HD GMA Graphics

Webcam

SD memory card reader

1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x Acer converter port

3-cell lithium polymer battery for up to 8.5 hours run time

2.76 lbs, 0.8" x 11.3" x 8"

Genuine Google Chrome OS Software


One grand prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP 14″ Chromebook PC. 


Twenty additional winners will also receive a Back To School Prize Package.


Giveaway ends August 15th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!


Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".



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Bloggers Wanted: Back-to-School Transportation Event

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What’s Your Ride BTS Ride Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

Grand Prize: BMS TBX EFI Touring Scooter

Event dates: 8/4 - 9/4

Giveaway is open to Continental US Residents.


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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

FAAABULOUS Day Bag from SugarZuly

I am so excited! ^Did I mention I have a thing for bags?^ :) I have another wonderful bag to tell you about!

This one brought to you by SugarZuly!!

SugarZuly Bags are made out of 100% hand-weaved Huipil and Recycled Huipil.  A "Huipil" is a cotton-weave fabric worn by Mayan women in Central America.  Many women today still wear this "Traje" as a tribute to their Mayan heritage. 

I received the Dark Chevron Long Day Bag and I looooove this bag!!

Initially, I was considering the bag for a diaper bag. And while it's definitely big enough, it only has two pockets - one small one on the outside front and one tiny one on the inside.

But, really, that's okay, because it is waaaay too pretty to tote around baby accouterments.

Size-wise, it could almost be a large purse, but it will hold way more than you'd think. I carried it when I went to the Foster Parent Association Conference last month and it held all my swag, conference guide, a couple of snacks, 2 bottles of Coke Zero, and MY 17" LAPTOP!

One of the buckles on the shoulder strap did loosen itself on the second day, so make sure you pay attention to that if you overload the bag like I did. I took 5 seconds to tighten it back up and haven't had any more issues.

Even with all that junk, the bag doesn't show any wear and didn't lose it's shape at all.

Since the conference, I've used it as a workout tote, an overnight bag and a carry-all-my-crap-to-work bag.

Pictures  really cannot do this bag justice, so you're just going to have to order one yourself to see how fabulous they are.

And, of course, I got you a discount code!! Use Duckie4 for 25% off all bags at SugarZuly.

Because all of the fabrics are handmade, patterns change frequently. So what are you waiting for??? Head over right now and grab yourself a FABULOUS bag (or two)!

*I received a Long Day Bag for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*
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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".


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Friday, July 11, 2014

HELP!! Weight Loss Tool Suggestions

Ok, I am just desperate enough to be completely transparent here.


This is going to be long. If you want to skip ahead to What I Think I Need to Succeed, I understand.


I need help. 

I am so sick of trying to navigate and evaluate weight-loss programs that I am literally on the verge of a full-on anxiety attack. In case you're wondering - yes, I'm using literally correctly.

I'm just going to go head-first and throw this right out there:

I need to lose around 150 lbs.

Monday, July 7, 2014

That's not how any of this works

I recently posted about things you SHOULD say to foster parents, and I definitely don't want to fall into the "you'd better never say this" trend, but I feel like a PSA is necessary to clarify something.



It's not uncommon for foster parents to be told "I could never foster." It's actually a fairly popular refrain. Most foster parents have a few pat responses just because we've heard it so many times.

Depending on who's saying it, when they say it, and the kind of day the foster parent is having, responses can vary from grace-filled to aggressively sarcastic (^I bet you can guess where my responses usually fall in that range^)

But what I really want to talk about is a sentiment that occasionally follows that comment - sometimes immediately, sometimes days, months or even years later - and frequently from people who should know better.

If Susie "comes up for adoption", I'd like to adopt her.

No. 

Just. No. 

That's not how it works. 

That's not how any of this works!!

First of all, let's just strike the phrase "up for adoption" from our vocabularies, okay? I'm not going to get into it, but just trust me when I say the phrase is offensive and should NEVER be applied to children.

Secondly, this is MY CHILD you are so cavalierly offering to take off my hands. For whatever reason, you've decided that foster parenting isn't for you - you couldn't let them go or you don't want to deal with the system or whatever. Fine. But after I have risked the heartbreak and endured the torment that is the foster care system, please don't presume that MY CHILD needs someone to just swoop in and rescue them from certain orphan-hood.

Just. No. 

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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Giveaway: Totally Monster and Pretend & Play


Do you kids use an iPad? If so, then this giveaway is for you! If not, I guess I'll see what else I can find. :)

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Far from frightening, the adorable monsters of the Totally Monster app series introduce young readers to a variety of everyday situations, utilizing the bold and imaginative illustrations of former Disney animator Sue DiCicco.

Pretend and Play: On the Farm, where children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills. A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure.

Prizes: Totally Monster Best Friends Hardback Book, App code for Totally Monsters App, Pretend & Play On the Farm Hardback Book and App code for Pretend & Play App
Dates: 7/5-7/19                                 Open to: US Residents 18+

Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!

Disclosure: Foster Ducklings did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I'm being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that's not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a "sarcasm font", I've come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my "sarcasm font".


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