Our wireless Smart Find™ technology locates your keys and other essentials with a loud, 85-decibel alarm. Simply press one of the color-coded pagers on your wireless transmitter, and the matching key ring or receiver will answer with a loud alarm from anywhere in your home. Transmits up to a 60-foot range through floors, walls—even sofa cushions. Includes two color-coded key rings and two slim, color-coded receivers (to attach to your PDA, wallet, etc.).
Off the Wall
A $10 million Western fashion spectacle staged on the most recognizable landmark in the world's largest Communist country? But of course. Given China's rapid emergence as an economic power over the last decade, it was only a matter of time before someone like Fendi decided to mount a runway show, complete with fur-clad socialites flown in from New York, on the Great Wall. Karl Lagerfeld, the brand's designer, was quick to point out the historical inevitability. "The wall is built to be a runway, huh?" he shrugged. "They don't have to use it for fighting Mongolians anymore; now they can use it for fashion."
Okay, I have NO INTEREST in purchasing this but I thought some of you might really like it, so, I thought I'd post this latest find.
***USB2.0 Flash Drive Customized Series- Fortune cookies, yellow, 1Gb***
Vavolo.com presents you the latest USB2.0 Flash Drive Customized Series- Fortune cookies, yellow, 1Gb, with chiseled exterior, tasty cookies in appearance, it's not just merely provides storage solution, but also an eye-catching artware. Crafted with advanced storage technology, formed in a unique, personalized, premium design make you enjoy the enhanced design and improved functionality which just for you. it have everything you desire in the era of customized flash storage solution.
It is able to work with desktop, laptop as long as a USB 2.0 or 1.1 USB port available, fully USB Plug&Play, high performance in data transfer rate, maximal data transfer rate up to 480Mpbs. It offer a stable, quick way to exchange or share data, such as music files, videos, digital photos, training or business presentations.
* Fortune cookies, yellow design
* Stylish, eye-catching
* 1Gb internal capacity
* USB 2.0, 1.1 specification compliance.
* USB Plug&Play
* Hi-speed and stable data transferring.
* Power supply: DC+5 Volts supplied by USB port.
Okay, so how could I resist. I have some birthday presents for some cute little girls next year. Found it here at amazon. Use this link, other links are going higher with the price. Act quick if you want it. It looks so cute.
I am Republican.
I don't always agree with everything Republican and I don't always disagree with things Democrat. At voting time if I truely think in my heart that a democrat is a better candidate, that person will get my vote, although it hasn't happened yet. Never say never.
So, here is what's on my mind...
I don't have much of an opinion about Obama but I LOVE Oprah. I am for anyone, even celebrities, endorsing candidates, but.....
If Obama wins, I believe it will be Oprah's win and what kind of president is that. I want my next president to win his/her own presidency. Obama, stand on your own and strong or sit down and let Oprah run for presidency.
For this reason alone, I believe he is the least deserving Democrat.
Because kids tend to wander despite our best efforts, we were thrilled to discover (thanks to a Modern Mom reader) Tottoos - a simple but brilliant idea that gives parents peace of mind when traveling or visiting crowded places.
Custom temporary tattoos printed with your phone number or any important information you choose, Tottoos last over 12 hours, are water-resistant and 100% non-toxic.
Tottoos - $14.95 for a set of 15 at
Full night sky projection on ceiling and walls
Shell illuminates for a calming nightlight effect
Auto shut-off 45 minute sleep timer
Includes Twilight Ladybug story and adoption certificate
Battery operated (includes three AAA batteries)
Found at Constructive Playthings.
"With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be packing our bags and bon voyaging to visit friends and family. If you are planning on packing your laptop, there are some precautions you should take to make sure your laptop is in tip top shape when it arrives at your destination.
Be sure to carry your laptop in a bag designed for laptop computers. If you accidentally drop your laptop while it is in a good carrying case, you have a good chance that it will not be damaged. Most laptop bags have extra padding for added protection.
Keep those holiday cocktails away from your laptop and try to avoid using small base glasses as they can easily tip over. Spilling liquid into a laptop can ruin it.
Crisco® No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 tablespoons Crisco® Pure Canola Oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/4 cup Smucker's® Sweet Orange Low Sugar Marmalade
Remove the cooking rack and heat grill to medium high. Spray the cooking rack with Crisco Cooking Spray; replace on grill.
Combine Crisco Pure Canola Oil, soy sauce, lime juice, and ginger in a bowl and mix well.
Add chicken; marinate 30 minutes. While chicken is marinating, melt Smucker’s Orange Marmalade in microwave at 50% power.
Place the chicken breasts on prepared grill; brush with half the melted Smucker’s Orange Marmalade. Cook about 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and brush with the remaining marmalade; cook another 5 to 6 minutes until done.
Yield: 4 servings
Each glove can be worn on either the right or the left hand, so you can flip them over when one side gets wet. Great for drying delicate items like wine glasses, Grandma's China or heavy vases; polishing; and even car detailing!
• Made of 100% cotton
• One size fits all
Available in white with red trim.
$14.95 find them here.
It didn't surprise me to find that adoptees have a slightly different feeling about all these gushing gotchas. Eight-year-old Becca Lampman, who was adopted from China, said, "It sounds weird to say that—call it ‘Adoption Day' instead." Her 17-year-old sister, Elena, adopted from Romania, agreed: "I wouldn't like hearing ‘Gotcha Day' used in my family. To me, it sounds like someone snatched you away from your birth family, or almost like you are a prize that was won...it has a gloating, ha-ha tone to it."
So, what do you think of "Gotcha Day"? Will you use this term or another? If so, what are you using?
“Only if we would not treat our kids as our prized possessions whose achievements alone are to be showcased as trophies. They need our love and assurance the most when they deserve it the least. Let them know that failures are as much part of growing up as success. Let us consciously try to remove the imbalance of power (still prevalent in most Indian homes) which makes the sons believe that they can get away with everything. Let us give them a sense of belonging and not expensive gifts. Let us respect the law and not indulge in a sick display of opulence. “
“We may have our own dreams about our children but as they grow older we need to respect (rather than kill) their interests and choices in life”
“On this coming Children's Day let us try to gift our children their 'Age of Innocence' sans junk food, TV/internet abuse, conspicuous consumption, sedentary lifestyle and an insensitive couldn't-care-less attitude. Let us guide them lovingly yet firmly on their path of self discovery.”
American Red Cross Emergency Smart Pack
Modular System for Basic Preparedness
By Carmen Coker
"Clutter-free Giving is the act of giving someone a present that will not, in turn, clutter their home, office, or life! It is a reciprocal philosophy; it applies not only to the act of giving gifts to others but also to listing presents that you would like to receive.
If you are really creative, it's not too hard to come up with a gift idea that will enrich someone's life without causing physical clutter. Here are some options for Clutter-free Giving to get you started…
One last note - contrary to popular belief, gift cards to department stores do not count as Clutter-free Giving! While the card itself may be small and un-clutter-like, the person will use the card to buy something for themselves, for their home, or for their office - and that something will eventually turn into clutter!”
Please read her post for the entire content here.
Some of the gifts that I like are…
Netflix Subscription http://www.netflix.com/.
Lawn Mowing Services
Car Wash and/or Detail
Grocery Store Gift Card
Gas Gift Card
Restaurant Gift Certificate
Online Magazine Subscription
Event Tickets (Theater, Concert, Movie, Sports)
iTunes Gift Card
Classes (Self-defense, Singing, Language)
I would like to add...
Costco Gift Card for printing of digital photos
Gift Certificate for fun classes/lessons for a child (anything)
Yearly Passes/One Visit pass to Zoo
Cruise (yeah, like that'll happen! LOL hey, it's clutter free)
3. Create your gift list based on what you know people really need and use. If you aren’t sure, find out their favorite stores, restaurants, activities or service providers and give them a gift certificate. Even better, give a clutter-free gift of an experience or something consumable like food or ink for their printer! Do a Google search on "clutter-free holiday gift ideas" for lots more ideas." (from here.)
Please post if you have a great idea for a clutter free gift!!!
The Doorganizer from See Jane Work is just the ticket. Just put everything right on the door the night before with your keys, checkbook, and to-do list to save yourself a few precious minutes in the morning.
Made from sturdy canvas and available in black, pink, red, and camel. Price: $15.00"
I stumbled across this article while surfing by Arun Gupta. Read the entire article here , there are photos.
"Shopping is a LOT of fun in Beijing. There is a great variety of clothes, toys, gadgets, etc. at local shops. And no shopping is complete without bargaining and that too HARD bargaining. For example when shopping at touristy places, such as street-side shops near Great Wall, bargain HARD. The rule that I followed was to quote the price to 10% of the original. Here are some examples:
Tee-shirts quoted 1 for 130, paid RMB 3 for 50 RMB
Cashmere Scarf (can't be original ;) quoted 1 for 160 RMB, paid 5 for 80 RMB
Great Wall Memento quoted 350 RMB, paid 20 RMB
Refrigerator Magnet quoted 20 RMB, paid 5 RMB
Generally the shopkeepers will give a counter offer but be straight-faced and maintain your price. To keep it easy, just stick to your price and pretend walk away. In all the cases, I was approached with my quoted price :) "
Not to toot my own horn but I think I will make pretty good parent so any kid would be lucky to have me as a parent. Sometimes though there is the perception that by adopting from China I am saving a child. I will be taking Giorgia out of an orphanage or foster care and I do think that I will be giving her many opportunities that she would not have in China. But she will also be losing a lot by leaving China. We will be taking her away from her country and culture and bringing her to a place were most of the population will not look like her. Sometime in her life she will feel racism and discrimination and at that point I am sure she will not feel lucky. We are the lucky ones that China is allowing us to adopt one of her daughters and for that I will be eternally grateful.
I think this is a generational thing as in the past it was acceptable to refer to people of Asian descent as Oriental. This term is no longer acceptable just as it is no longer acceptable to refer to African-Americans as colored. Grace will be Asian-American of Chinese descent. People are Asian, rugs and furniture are oriental.
When people refer to Giorgia as my China doll I know it is meant with the best intentions, that she will be a beautiful child. What people don't realize is that there are sexual overtones in the term. The term is used in countless movies in referring to sexualized Asian women kept hidden away for some westerner's pleasure. Most Asians abhor the term as well as it objectifies them. So it is not really a term I want used in reference to my daughter since she will be my daughter and not a "doll" I went to China to purchase.
Sometimes Asians are referred to as the model minority. The stereotype is that Asians are intelligent, hardworking and successful. A few people have bought into this stereotype and commented that "she will be smart" or "good at math". I don't expect Giorgia to naturally excel in any one area just because of her race. I hope Giorgia is smart but what if she struggles in school? I would hate for her teachers to expect her to be smart or not give her the support she needs just because she is Chinese and is supposed to be good in certain subjects.
Positive Adoption Language
Using positive adoption language supports adoption as just another way to build a family. Adoption is not better or worse than having a child through birth, it is just a different path that I chose to build my family. I will not use the term "real parents" when referring to her "biological parents". It is also not acceptable to call a biological child a real son or daughter when comparing them to adopted children. I will be Giorgia's mom/parent, and I assure you I am real. Giorgia will have a biological mother and father in China, she will know and hopefully be proud of this from an early age. But I will never refer to Giorgia as my adopted daughter, she will just be my daughter Giorgia. I see no need to make the distinction. One comment I have heard in the past is that I will love her just as "my own". Well of course I will, she will be my own child. The preferred term for "own child" is "birth child" and I think that is what is meant when people use the term. It may seem to some that using proper terminology is trivial but positive adoption language is really about the child seeing their adoption in a positive light and not as something to be embarrassed about or as second best to having biological children.
***UPDATE TO A PREVIOUS POST***
My update below comes from a newsletter that I receive called "Baby 411 E-Newsletter"
As you’ve probably heard, the manufacturers of the leading cough and cold remedies voluntarily recalled all products intended for kids under age two. A week later, an advisory panel for the FDA recommended that cough and cold medications should not be used in kids under age six.
What’s all the fuss about? There have been several deaths due to accidental overdoses of these products. And, even medications used properly can cause annoying adverse effects (like insomnia).
Bottom line: these products do not treat the disease, and aren’t that effective in treating the symptoms either. (We’ve never recommended them) So, instead of having marginal benefit with some potential health risk...it's a good idea to just stop using these products.
What’s a parent to do as cold and flu season approaches? Saline nose drops, cool mist humidifier, acetaminophen/ibuprofen for fever or pain, and lots of TLC.
Just to clarify: Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin (ibuprofen) are fine to use. These same manufacturers make combo cough/cold/fever remedies that have been recalled. Confusing, we know. "
The recall follows an August FDA statement warning parents not to give cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age without a doctor's direction.
In a statement, J&J's McNeil-PPC unit cited "rare instances of misuse", which could lead to overdoses "particularly in infants under two years of age."
The products being recalled include: infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold; Concentrated Infants' Tylenol Drops Plus Cold & Cough; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough; Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant; Pediacare Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough; and Pediacare Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (PE) products.
Cough and cold products for children age two and over and single-ingredient pain reliever and fever reducers expressly labeled for infants are not included in the recall.
The recall comes two months after the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory warning parents not to give cough and cold medications to children under 2 years of age without a doctor's direction. The FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee will meet Oct. 18-19 to discuss the use of cough and cold drugs by children.
Shares of Johnson & Johnson closed at $65.83 Wednesday."
"The flu already visited our home early this season, luckily it was mild. However, I'm sure it will return in full force, which is why I'm constantly on my kids to wash their hands. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing is one of the most important things children can do to help stay healthy.
I was lucky enough to receive Squid Soap by Airborne. It's the first hand soap designed to teach and train proper hand-washing technique to children, perfect timing for my three year old. "
Here's how it works:
Press the pump to get "inked" by the ink marker with vegetable dye.
Wash for about 20 seconds thoroughly to remove the ink mark.
Leaves the child with clean hands.
Takes the guesswork out of whether or not your child's hands are clean.
Fun and effective.
My three year old of course loves the squishy squid toy that came along with the "ink soap", as she calls it. At this age, getting her to wash her hands is certainly not a problem. I can't keep her away from playing in the water and making a huge mess in the bathroom. However, I do struggle with keeping the soap on her hands long enough to actually clean them. With Squid Soap, she keeps scrubbing until the ink is gone and we know she's cleaning them thoroughly.
Squid Soap is great kids of all ages and adults too, encouraging healthy habits that benefit the entire family.
Available at many leading retail stores throughout the United States."
To learn more visit Squid Soap
I found this on a cool blog...
Squirt Babyfood Dispensing Spoon
Wee Travel Car Seat and Baby Equipment Rentals (Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria) loves pretty much everything Boon…especially the new Squirt baby food dispensing spoon. The easy-to-fill bulb holds up to 3 ounces of baby food. Just give it a squeeze, and out comes just the right amount of food. Squirt comes with a protective cover to seal food in and keep the spoon clean between feedings. By combining the spoon and food container into one product, Squirt makes one-handed feeding a snap so you can nurse your latte with the other. $8 wherever Boon products are sold.
They need at least 15 seconds of being “wet” on your hands. Wipe and rub back and forth for 15 seconds.
But, again, the biggest thing that I see people doing that drives me crazy, is wiping off their hands after using the gel or liquid sanitizers. I’m told that it is the evaporation process that actually kills most of the germs, let it evaporate!"
A celebration of love between parent and child!
This beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and child in a special way. Through the exchanges between a little Chinese girl and her mother, Motherbridge of Love offers a poignant and inspiring message to parents and children all over the world.
Text royalties from the sale of this Barefoot book will be donated to Mother Bridge of Love, a charity that reaches out to Chinese children all over the world in order to develop a connection between China and the West, and between adoptive culture and birth culture.
Xinran, the acclaimed Chinese author, broadcaster and journalist, is the founder of Mother Bridge of Love. She is also well-known for her best-selling books The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices, an account of the extreme difficulties and injustices facing women in China, and Sky Burial, the epic story of one woman's search for the truth.
Asian Dreamland- Music CD
Experience bedtime music from Asia!
A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs from Asian lands.
Putumayo World Music's upbeat and melodic international compilations are guaranteed to make you feel good! Together, a Barefoot Book and a Putumayo CD make the perfect gift. I found it here.
If I can do it, anyone can! It's super easy and suprisingly super good! I tell you, if you want to make Kung Pao from scratch, it'll cost you a fortune in products to make the sauce. This handy dandy all in one kit is very inexpensive and like I said...yummy. (I obviously had too much time on my hands!)
Ingredients below that are in box. Just toss rice in pan with water, cover & cook.
cube chicken and cook.
Toss in chili peppers & Peanuts. Cook 2 minutes. Toss in Kung Pao sauce.
Viola! A super tasty dinner. :)
If getting your child to drink milk is a battle, you'll appreciate these innovative straws that instantly turn bland milk into a tasty, fun treat.
Unlike sugary, artificial mixes, Sipahh Milk Flavoring Straws are all-natural, contain no preservatives and, best of all, have less than half a teaspoon of sugar each.
And, they're fun. Filled with hundreds of little flavor beads that dissolve on contact with milk, the straws come in strawberry, chocolate and banana. Our favorite: cookies & cream.
The Australian company hopes to sell Sipahh in the US later this year, but for now, you can buy them online.