$100 giveaway and 6-month supply of 8th Continent Soy Milk (And enter to win a room makeover from Home Line and adventure package from Caravan Tours)
Friday, September 24, 2010
This is a sponsored post from 8th Continent and BlogHer.
I have had MANY a parenting fail.
As in, MANY.
I like to title this one, "Why bother with the birds and the bees when you can just scare the hell out of them?"
8th Continent put out a line of videos on youtube that SLAY ME, PEOPLE. Check them out,(and follow on Twitter) they are all fabulous though my favorite is below.
“Son, before we finish eating, Mom and Dad need to talk to you about the rules regarding our bedroom door. What is our rule?”
“That we have to knock when we come in.”
“Yes. YOU MUST KNOCK BEFORE COMING IN. Now, you have been having a BIG
problem keeping that rule. You almost never knock and it’s gotten to the point that we need to talk about it. For example, tonight when Mom and Dad were laying down, and you kept coming in, did you knock first? Even after we reminded you?”
“No, but I am always just tempted to open the door and come in. Knocking takes a long time.”
“Well, here is the thing, son. I need to find a way to explain this so you will understand why it’s important to knock. So, I’ll be blunt. A lot of the time that Mom and Dad are in their bedroom, they are NAKED. Not only NAKED, but Mom and Dad also like to KISS while NAKED. We like to KISS NAKED A LOT. If you are going to keep barging into our room without knocking, I need to let you know that there is a very good possibility that you are going to see a lot of NAKED KISSING. Unless you knock. Then we have time to not be NAKED and stop KISSING. So…what do you think?”
(Blink. Blink. Blinkity-blink-blink.)
“I don’t think that I will ever be tempted to come into your room ever again.”
“Good plan. Finish your carrots.”
How can you watch this and not chuckle?
All of us have done something similar, you know?
I love this statement from 8th Continent, "We know it's not easy being a mom. That's why we salute motherhood for what it is: doing your best every day, and trying not to screw up too much. Of course, nobody's perfect. So we've decided to provide an outlet for your little mistakes, one that just might earn you some peace of mind and embraces the "Good try, mom" moments in all of us."
Which is awesome as WE ARE FULL OF THEM.
I would love to hear what your "parent fail" is as an entry to this giveaway because I think sharing makes all of us feel a whole lot better about this day in and day out job we do called 'parenting'.
Plus, it will give you a chance to get a lot of awesome product and $100 bucks, what could be better?
MY GIVEAWAY ENDS ON 9/30/2010 and make sure you visit the other BlogHer bloggers hosting to have 8 additional chances to win!
AND THERE IS MORE.
8th Continent is having an even bigger, better giveaway on their Facebook Page. Seriously, it's awesome.
Submit your amusing parenting faux pas on our 8th Continent Facebook App and join the hundreds of stories from moms just like you. Share it with your friends and vote on your favorites. You could win a room of choice makeover from Home Line Furniture or the grand prize of a complete adventure package from Caravan Tours. (Note: the year of cleaning service has been already given away)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
This is sponsored content from BlogHer and ABC's No Ordinary Family.
Once upon a time, in the far away, wild land of Utah, there lived a little family.
And they were extraordianary.
Just not in the way you might think.
For they were very ordinary.
There were no leapers of tall buildings, no one ran faster than a speeding bullet and there were no magical suits of armor worn to slay dragons.
There was just a family with really humble beginnings.
It all started with a REALLY geeky boy with REALLY unfortunate eye wear:
And a dorky, chubby girl with REALLY unfortunate hair:
Like we read at the beginning of our tale, the boy and girl weren’t princes or princesses or anything glittery and high brow like that. No WAY would either of them qualify. I mean…LOOK AT THEM for Pete’s sake! They were probably more in the stall mucker and scullery maid category, but since this is a fairy tale, we’ll just skip the drudgery of THAT reality for now.)
They left their dorky chubbiness and geekiness behind got married:
(Well, the scullery maid left her dorky chubbiness behind. AND she still looks pretty damn awesome if she says so herself.
…The stall mucker is still TOTALLY A GEEK. With a lot less hair. Which is fine as the scullery maid TOTALLY thinks geeks with receding hairlines are HAWT.
(The scullery maid TOTALLY wasn’t intimidated or threatened into making aforementioned declaration about geek hawtness. Or punished for the crack about receding hairlines or anything. For reals.)
The scullery maid and stall mucker went hand and hand through the world and eventually they were awarded the great honor of being stewards of some of the finest lads in all the land.
Even though they can be total weirdos at times.
In addition to the two fine lads, the family became complete with the birth of a fine, red-headed little warrior.
They were a humble but happy little family in their snug little cottage.
All was well-ish.
(I mean, they WERE still scullery maids and stall muckers and well..scullerying and mucking is a dang hard life at times. Still, the little red-headed warrior made everything as happy as it could be.)
Until one very sad, tragic day when a great curse was put on the snug little cottage and the valiant red-head was taken from them.
They were smited and brought low by a great and terrible grief.
There was nary a joyful sculley nor a happy muck to be seen for a very, very long time.
All was dark in the land.
Still, they had the two fine lads that they loved fiercely and they managed to piece their lives back together, though none of them would ever be the same again.
They still had each other.
And through many trials and hard times, they continued to fight, and cling and stay together.
After six long years passed, full of tears, tissues and way, WAY too many grief-consumed-chocolate-covered marshmallows, something happened.
Despite getting, um…up there in years, the scullery maid grew globe-like and the good fairy of the woods granted the little family in the cottage a miracle.
A wee babe.
Thanks to the fact that the stall mucker is the ONLY SINGLE CHROMOSOME STALL MUCKER IN EXISTENCE THAT IS INCAPABLE OF PRODUCING ANYTHING FEMALE LIKE, EVER, a sweet little baby boy was born to fanfare befitting royalty.
Little Prince Butterlump brought joy to all.
He made everything much brighter for the maid, the mucker, and their fine lads. He filled their little cottage with love and laughter and more peace and happiness then any of them thought they would ever feel again.
And at the end of our tale, the scullery maid and the geeky hawt stall mucker managed to stay married and with their fine little lads despite rabid dragons, tulgy woods, evil wizards, foul smelling monsters, hideous trolls, pits of despair, piles and piles of manure and all their mucking baggage and scullery-laden issues.
(Which is pretty awesome, frankly.)
And now, dear reader, I leave you with the moral of our tale: Ordinary people fighting through trial and coming out on the other side whole and still full of love?
What makes YOUR family extrodinary?
I’d love to hear what it is.
ABC’s No Ordinary Family hosted a video contest to find the most EXTRADORDINARY family in America and starting September 27th you can help vote for the winner! Between September 27 and October 1, watch the top 5 video submissions and vote for your favorite. Click here for details and be sure to vote!
Watch the trailer for a sneak-peek of No Ordinary Family:
Visit the official page on abc.com for character bios, photos, videos and more. Also visit the Facebook page and check out other bloggers and their extraordinary stories, too!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is sponsored content from BlogHer and GAP.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I get to do a lot of fun things as a blogger, but one of the most interesting experiences has been hosting an event at BlogHer 10 in NYC with fellow bloggers, Julie, April,Stephanie, Joanie.
The Nu Skin “I Heart New York” Social.
It was a little crazy putting on an event when there were so many other things going on that weekend but everyone had a great time and our sponsers were amazing to work with.
The NuSkin/CraziBeautiful suite was hosted at The Warwick. It's a gorgeous, boutique hotel and our suite had an amazing wrap around terrace that was unbelievable.
And yes...DIET COKE WAS AVAILABLE!
Our guests were able to check-in and receive their tote from Hobo International. Nu Skin reps were also on hand so our guests were able to learn about their products as well as receive a mini facial using the Galvanic Spa System II. Each guest received Nu Skin’s Tru Face Essence Ultra-Firming Serum so that they could keep experiencing the amazing product at home. (I am a huge fan).
Luminess Air had a makeup artist applying makeup after our facial and we sent everyone home with a personal airbrush make-up kit! I have always wanted a personal airbrush kit and I LOVE mine.
We had gorgeous bracelets from Lisa Leonard, bags containing the BEST LIP BALM I HAVE EVER USED (like ever, ever, ever) by Kristen Bowen Studios, and while people were waiting to get their facials and makeup done they got to thumb through the pages of one beautiful and creative magazine, Where Women Create while eating THE most delicious chocolates.