Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Great Debate: Real or Artificial?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post which includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

I've known many people that insist that Christmas trees MUST. BE. REAL. You must hike into the forest, chop down a tree, and drag it home.

Really? Just out of curiosity, who then is in charge of cleaning up all the hypodermic pine needles that fall off the carcass of a once-majestic living thing? And who's responsible for managing the fire hazard presented by said carcass?

No thanks. Give me a prelit, fake artificial, symmetrical tree any day. If you agree, you're going to love the selection of artificial Christmas trees at King of Christmas! They even have a plethora of 7-foot artificial Christmas trees.

Wait ! There's more! Right now, King of Christmas is hosting a great giveaway. First prize is a Cypress Spruce Christmas Tree With LED Lights ($249 Value!), and second prize is a $100 gift card for King of Christmas.com. Hurry over and enter! The giveaway ends October 31st! Make sure and tell them that Duck Mommy sent you!!
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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, October 14, 2014

How you can make a difference for many starfish (fair warning: grab a tissue)

UPDATE:
SUCCESS! THE PROJECT HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED!
(but watch the videos below anyway!)


Wow, right? From the creators:
The film touched so many people--foster parents who had been struggling to believe in that child, to former foster youth who were for the first time revisiting their own trauma and seeing the hope for their lives, to otherwise uninvolved people who had never considered the experience of a child in this type of situation. From little agencies in counties we’d never heard of, to heads of nation- wide government programs, this little film has been making its rounds and touching lives far beyond our reach. We originally thought ReMoved might get a few thousand views, but it went on to get millions.
I wonder how many hundreds of agencies are using the above video in their pre-service training. I know mine does. I wonder how many thousands of people have been inspired to consider foster parenting, or becoming a CASA or Guardian ad Litem, or mentoring a foster child, or supporting a foster family....

I wish I could carry this around and show it to all those who tell me that they can't foster, because it would hurt their hearts too much....

The creators of this amazing film are developing a sequel, and I'm asking you to help them. I have no affiliation with them, and won't receive any benefit of this post - other than supporting a project in which I deeply believe. I've already voted with my checkbook. I hope you will, too.
Our goal in creating Part Two is to explore how we can not only care for abused, neglected and marginalized kids, but also help prevent them from ever becoming abused, neglected and marginalized foster kids in the first place. There are two sides to foster care: The immediate necessity to be respond to the need that exists - the plight of the child, while at the same time working proactively to address the problem at its root - the struggle of the family the child comes from.

Whether you're able to give or not, whether you feel led to contribute to this work or not, please consider sharing this post - or the Kickstarter page - and encourage others to be aware of the films.


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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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Monday, October 6, 2014

Seeking a New Normal

First, I apologize for being mostly MIA lately. I think that will be changing soon - if nothing else, the extension deadline is 10/15, so life should return somewhat to normal after that. I'm looking forward to sharing with you about an exciting opportunity I've recently been given to participate in a statewide accountability project for the Florida child welfare system...

Meanwhile, I've been doing a lot of thinking, planning, soul-searching, etc, and I'm just about ready to make some exciting changes to the blog. Before I get too much into that, I'd like to know what you'd most like to see more of from me ~~
  • tips for more effective advocacy for yourself (as a foster parent) and your foster children
  • our adventures in transracial parenting 
  • the gory details of life as a foster parent 
  • extraordinarily witty sarcasm (sorry, shouldn't have made that sound optional) 
  • pics of my family 
  • in-depth information that threatens case confidentiality 
  • more deck stain giveaways 
  • something else entirely 
This is your big chance. Tell me what you'd like to see....

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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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Monday, September 29, 2014

Giveaway: Winning Moves Family Game Night

I love family game night. Always have. So when I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to participate in a family game night giveaway! Enjoy and Good Luck!!

Winning Moves Family Game Night Giveaway

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Winning Moves is a leading maker of board games, card games, and puzzles. Since their first year of operation in 1995, they have forged a close relationship with one of the world's largest game companies, Hasbro, Inc., owner of Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley. As a result, many long-lived Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games are now made exclusively by Winning Moves!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, Orlando, Florida

*I received a complimentary admission for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*


A dilapidated old Bed & Breakfast in the quaint country village of Clifton, England. A mysteriously broken-down tour bus in a one-mechanic hamlet - where said mechanic is a hopeless drunk. And a senile, decrepit ex-proprietor in his dressing gown and duck slippers.

Throw in audience participation and hilarity ensues!