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Rage Against the (Washing) Machine

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
By raincoaster

Oh, it’s not the first time we’ve featured a singing daddy YouTube on TeenyManolo. But this is definitely the first time we’ve featured a singing daddy YouTube inspired by anti-establishmentarian rockers Rage Against The Machine. The song is by Jon Lajoie, it’s titled Stay At Home Dad and the beat is hardcore.

The lyrics, not so much.

via TheAdventuresOfTheReluctantHousewife and NagOnTheLake

Lyrics over the jump: (more…)

Parenting in an Economic Downturn Recession Collapse

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
By Glinda


So with the current economic forecast turning a bit southwards, at least for a bit, how to explain to the kiddos that the salad days of yesteryear may be turning into the boiled cabbage years of tomorrow?

Never fear, I’ve got some tips.

1. When your child whines about not being able to buy the latest incarnation of the iPhone, threaten to get the old telegraph out of the attic.  Assure them that the information transfer is practically as fast.  And yes, they can text in Morse Code.

2.  Learn the 1,001 ways to make a meal out of ground beef and/or ground turkey.

3.  Garage sales and flea markets are great family fun! Especially when you’re the one making the profit!

4. When holes appear in their jeans (and holes are no longer fashionable) tell them chirpily, “Patches are the new black!”

5.  Have your kids set up a lemonade stand with wildly inflated prices. Because no one can resist the lure of cute kids selling lemonade. And hey, every little bit counts.

6.  Don’t call them “hand me downs.” They are vintage.

7. Enhance your children’s math and reading skills at the same time by having them look for and cut out coupons and then calculate the savings.  The family that saves together stays together!

8.  Invest in some cardboard boxes.  Everyone knows that kids would much rather play in the boxes than with the actual toy.  So why not just cut out the middle man?

9.  If your child is so inclined, encourage them to learn a trade.  Because not everyone needs a stockbroker, but everybody needs a plumber!

10.  With the collapse of the United States financial system, it might be a good idea to enroll your child in foreign language classes.  Chinese, perhaps?

Friday Caption Contest Results: Pie Chart Edition

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
By raincoaster

Pie Chart

gemdiva Says:

The NBC election night broadcast lost all credibility, when the camera crew mistakenly photographed a selection from the craft service table instead of the exit poll pie chart, causing the news anchor to incorrectly predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election. Said the losing camp “if only it had been blueberry, we would have done much better.”

Once again, congratulations and imaginary swag to gemdiva, our winner for last week. And what hypothetical trophy shall we virtually award her? How about the tall Bonnie riding boot, perfect for butt-kicking and muck-wading, and surely the must-have boot for this election season?

Frye - Bonnie Tall Riding (Red/Black) - Footwear

Can we keep it?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
By raincoaster


Monday Teeny Poll: Money Matters

Monday, September 29th, 2008
By Glinda


Last week I asked why you thought the US has the highest teen pregnancy rate for any industrialized nation, and the largest response was “they know the risks, but do it anyway” with the main excuse for the behavior being that as teens, their long-range thought process was not all that great.

I agree. It seems that we can tell teens lots of things, not to smoke, not to drink, not to have sex, but they do it anyway. Is it to be rebellious? Is the teen brain simply not wired so as to evaluate long-term consequences properly? Or is it an unfortunate combination of the two? If I knew the answer, I think I’d be rich.

I was at the park not so long ago, and I heard a woman talking to her friend. Now lest you think I was eavesdropping, she had a bluetooth on and anyone within a thirty foot radius could hear her. She said something about needing to get home. Why? Because she had to get back before her husband did so that she could hide a credit card bill he didn’t know about.

Listmania! Boy’s Winter Shoes

Sunday, September 28th, 2008
By Glinda

If it hasn’t happened in your area already, soon you will probably be experiencing cold weather, rain, and snow. Or at least one of those. What shoes to put on those precious feet in the great outdoors when weather happens?

I’ve put together a list of shoes for boys that should be able to take them through the upcoming seasonal weather in comfort and style. Because even if we ladies are not always about the comfort, we certainly find out very quickly that our kids are. These shoes should make everybody happy.

PhotobucketKeen Kids – Dakota (Toddler/Youth) Good shoes for light to moderate rain, featuring a felted inner lining, water-resistant upper and a durable rubber outsole.

PhotobucketKamik Kids – Snuggy (Infant/Toddler) Great snow boot at a reasonable price. Features quilted, coated nylon upper, zipper closure, and superloft lining.

PhotobucketWestern Chief Kids – Cowboy Brown Rainboot(Infant/Toddler) These were just too cute for me to resist! Features two handles for easy put-on, and moisture absorbing liner.

PhotobucketWestern Chief Kids Guitar City (Toddler/Youth) All right, I couldn’t resist these, either!

PhotobucketMerrell Kids – Chameleon Thermo Mid (Toddler/Youth) A waterproof leather upper keeps feet dry, as well as featuring 200g Thinsulate(TM) insulation which will keep their tootsies nice and warm in temps as low as -25F/-32C.

PhotobucketKamik Kids – Snowkone 3 (Toddler/Youth) (Toddler/Youth) Looking for a flexible, easy-on-the-wallet priced snow boot that your kids can actually walk in? This just might be the ticket.

PhotobucketEcco Kids – Mtn. Peak Chalet Gtx (Toddler/Youth) (Toddler/Youth) This stylish all-weather boot features a 100% waterproof Gore-tex membrane with a suede and textile upper.

Ecco Kids – Mtn. Peak Chalet Gtx (Toddler/Youth) (Bison) – Footwear

Great-looking snow boot that provides comfort and warmth through the season! With a side zipper and bungee closure as well as padded footbed, these shoes may make them want to go outside!

PhotobucketKhombu Kids – Excursion (Toddler/Youth) Another set of very reasonably priced snow boots. They have weatherproof construction along with a Thermolite inner lining with moisture-wicking, anti-fungal properties.

PhotobucketPhotobucketStride Rite – Scorch (Infant/Toddler/Youth) and Stride Rite – Tritops (Infant/Toddler/Youth) (Infant/Toddler/Youth) These slippers are not for outside, but what little boy would not be delighted with either the dragon or the dinosaur with eyes that light up? Why can’t adult slippers be this cute?

a Beavis and Butthead moment

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
By raincoaster

Married To The Sea

Perhaps this one?

Le Creuset 13.25-qt. Enameled Round Dutch Oven, Cobalt Blue

Hot Mama Tips: Black Lips

Saturday, September 27th, 2008
By Glinda


Yes, you read that right.

Black lips are even hotter (supposedly) than red lips this fall.

I’m not really sure how widespread the appeal is for this particular trend, other than the obvious Goth and nightclub set. I can just see the look on all the other kindergarten mothers as I pick up the Munchkin rocking jet-black lips. In fact, I could probably tell the exact moment when they decide to dis-invite me from all upcoming birthday parties.

True black lip products are hard to find, one of the hottest is sparkle-free PUR Black Lipgloss from YSL, available now. In November, Lancome is coming out with Color Fever Gloss in Piha Black, which comes in a set paired with a red gloss, both sparkly. There will be only 500 sets made, available at the Bloomingdale’s 59th Street location in New York, online, as well as at the five Lancome boutiques in the US.

If you really wanted to do a very dark but not necessarily black lip, you might want to try Garden Botanika’s Black Currant Lip Tint, or Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Berry. Also, one of the best dark lip looks can be had from the Wicked Lovely Lipgloss by Smashbox in Sultry, which is a dark cherry gloss. You can also use the Wicked Lovely Lipliner in Tempt underneath to make it last longer. Or possibly just use the liner and apply a nice shiny gloss over that as well.

The key is finding a dark shade in wine, cherry, or other deep color that works for your skin tone and then making sure it’s nice and glossy. But, I’m not sure this is one trend you’ll be seeing me in this season. 

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