Kim Kardashian is Smoking Hot

The Kardashians looked great at the People’s Choice Awards.  Kim Kardashian’s make-up caught my eye.  I think it’s absolutely beautiful.  She stepped out in corn rows last week, and this week she stepped out with a flawless face.  I’m planning to do a make-over this year, which includes loosing weight, a new hair do and a make-up change.  No, I’m not trying to look like Kim, I don’t have that much booty or beauty, but I did wonder what make-up she preferred.  The answer is MAC.  Lucky for me, MAC is sold at our local Macy’s.  I’m a Lancome girl, but I think I’ll head over to Macy’s for a MAC make-over.  Stay tuned, lol.  

If you would like to see a how Kim applies her foundation and achieves her smokey eye look, check out this video with Kim and her make-up artist.

I love this picture of Kim with the braids too.  It’s not a look that I’m striving for, but my girl is rocking the braids in this picture.  I do have to say that braids are great on vacation when you’re really not interested in worrying about your hair.  You can add a scarve for a great bohemian look or leave them as they are with shorts, a maxi or mini dress or jeans.

Do you plan to do a make-over in 2011?  Leave us a comment and let us know what changes you plan to make.    

HTC Android Desire – I Love You

I took the plunge this year and upgraded my cell phone to the Android Desire.  This phone is getting great reviews and I understand why.  It has GPS, touch screen, and email capabilities. This phone packs a full 3.7 inch matrix OLED screen, a 5 mega pixel camera and a 1 GHZ Snapdragon processor, sweet.  The touchscreen took some getting used to, but once mastered it’s easy to dial, text or surf the web.  Another great feature is you can lock the phone when you place it in your purse.  Great feature to keep you from inadvertently dialing someone.  

The internet connection is incredible.  I also love the fact that you can turn the phone on it’s side and the screen turns for easier texting or dialing.  How cool is that?  The Desire also has Google navigation, FM Radio, Facebook and Twitter icons.  I just downloaded the applications for eBay, my favorite news sites, Photobucket, the Weather Channel TV.com and a host of others.  Free ring tones and ring backs are in abundance too.  

I’m still the learning the camera features as well as some others, but all in all I’m having a hard time finding anything negative about this phone.  If you need support, you can contact the manufacturer, HTC, for service rather than your provider for assistance.  There are great on-line forums where you can find assistance as well.  Another plus is that you’re not connected at the hip to one particular carrier like the iPhone and AT & T.

I’m glad I took the plunge with this phone.  If you’re in the market for a new one, the Android line is worth checking out.

Meet The Oldest Facebook Granny

Meet Lillian Lowe.  She’s 103 years young, and the oldest Facebook Granny.  Give Super Granny her props, she looks pretty good  for 103.  Longevity runs in Ms. Lillian’s family, she has sister who’s 100.  Ms. Lillian updates her Facebook status from her grandson’s iPad.  She’s hopeful she will be getting her own.  She’s been dropping hints, I hope Santa places an iPad under the tree for her.  What an awesome gift that would be. 
Ms. Lillian joined Facebook to keep up with her 13 great-grandchildren. She recommends the social network to other grandparents as well.  She currently has 34 friends, and is on twice a week.  Ms. Ivy Bean, 104, was the previous oldest Twitter and Facebook user. Ms. Bean passed away in July.  She had 56,000 followers.  Is that incredible or what!
Ms. Lillian is a walking history book.  She was born in 1907, and remembers the Titanic sinking.  I admire Ms. Lillian, and I hope I’m as with it and alert as she is next year, lol.  Mother 2 Mother wishes Ms. Lillian a very Merry Christmas and A Blessed New Year. 

Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.

Don’t Bring Your Crack To My House

You’re addicted to your laptop mom, you’re forbidden to bring your laptop with you during the Christmas holidays.  Like hell I will leave my laptop behind.  I’ll just stay home.  Mom we’ve taken a vote, and your laptop has been voted off the island.  Yep, this is a tidbit of a conversation between me and my daughter.  I’m a laptop crack addict.  I’ll be the first to admit it.  I love playing the games.  I find it quite relaxing, but it seems a few of my family members have an issue with the amount of time I spend on the computer.  My daughter believes I need to be more interactive with the family instead of being on my computer.   

Excuse me, Ms. I’ll See You At Noon.  I can count on one hand the number of times that my daughter has gotten out of bed before noon when she’s visiting me, but she has an issue with me being on my laptop when she decides to join the family.  Sleep is very important to me her, but do I complain.  No!  Breakfast has been fixed, served, dishes washed, and lunch in the works before she opens one eye.  She’s 32, but she still wants my undivided attention when I’m around.  

I asked what the plan was for me since I was going to be there for 3 or 4 days.  Her response, “We’re going to play games”.  WTH!  I’m forbidden from playing games by myself, but it’s okay to play games with her.  I love being a mother.  It’s one of most rewarding roles.  From one mother to another, no manner how old they get they still want mom.   See what you have to look forward to.    

I’m Someone’s Child Too

How do people learn hatred?  I have my beliefs and I’m very passionate about certain things, but I would never intentionally set out to hurt another person as a result of those beliefs.  
Amber, shown, used to be David.  She is now transgender.  In October, she went to a DMV in San Francisco, and changed her name and gender.  I’m sure she was thinking this is the beginning of my new life.  What she got in return is a letter condemning her to hell and telling her that she should be put to death from a DMV employee as well as a pamphlet from a church condemning her sexual orientation.  

It seems the DMV employee accessed the system and used her personal information to send the condemning letter.  Now let me make sure I have this right, this high and mighty employee accesses some one’s confidential information, which is an Ethics and Conduct Violation on most jobs and grounds for an immediate dismissal, to condemn someone to hell.  Hmmmmmmmmm!  

Allegedly, this same employee refused to help another transgender person last year.  He was given sensitivity training, and allowed to keep his job.  He obviously didn’t learn anything from the sensitivity training.  It’s hard to expunge hatred from human beings with a Power Point presentation?  It takes hatred years to fester and really get into the pores of human decency.  After all, we aren’t born full of hate.  
  
The employee has since resigned from the DMV.  I’m sure Amber Yust would have preferred the employee being fired rather than being allowed to resign.  This leaves the door open for him to find another job without a smear on his record.  How fair is this?  Hopefully there will be justice for Amber in the end.  Sending hate mail through the US Postal service is a federal offense.  This man should be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law; otherwise, there will be another recipient of his hatred.

When I hear these type of stories, I wonder what makes the person so holy.  I wonder why they believe they are the chosen ones who should deliver the condemnation.  I wonder how many hours they spent listening to bigotry and hatred in their homes or church.  I can relate to Amber Yust.  Not because I’m transgender because I have been the recipient of hate mail.  Although it has been years ago, I remember the evening clearly.  I had just walked through my door from a business trip and was going through the mail.  My letter was sent from the coworker from hell.  My response was shock and disbelief.  It’s frightening, it’s funny, and in the end you feel sadness for someone who is that sick and thinks you’re the problem.  My letter contained a grave with a headstone.  On the headstone was RIP.  Another had me hanging from a tree.  My harasser spent a year behind bars in a federal prison.  She had a lot of time to think about her acts.  She apologized at her sentencing.  I didn’t accept it because I don’t believe it was sincere.   She was facing prison time, she was sorry she was sitting exposed as the sick cookie that she is.  What was truly amazing was that she tried to portray  herself as a great mother.  She really set a good example for her children with her acts of hate didn’t she.  I am thankful that the judge saw through her, and gave that bitch exactly what she deserved.  A year and a day and 3 years p robation. 

In time you do forgive, but you never forget.  Who has the right to scar another person for life?  What does a person have inside of them that makes acts of hate seem appropriate?  In my opinion, hatred is like cancer.  It will eat you alive.  I look at Amber and I think that she should be able to live her life the way she wants.  It’s her life, she has to live it and answer for her choices and decisions like we all do.  I feel no hatred toward her, she’s somebody’s child too.  Have you been the recipient of hate mail or discrimination in any manner.  We would love for you to share your story or thoughts on this post.  Please leave us  a comment, we love them.    

Mom Sues McDonalds

Your marketing gimmick is targeting my children!  That’s whats behind a  lawsuit filed by Monet Parham of Sacramento, CA against McDonalds.  Ms. Parham is a mother of two small children, and she’s feed up with McDonalds’ marketing team targeting small children with their Happy Meals.  Ms. Parham has stated that McDonalds marketing team gets into children’s heads, and it makes parenting extremely difficult.  She has to say no to her children repeatedly.     

Happy Meals have been around for at least 30 years.  My daughter used to ask for them constantly when she was growing up.  I certainly didn’t allow her to drive me to the brink of wanting to sue McDonalds, and I won’t allow my grandson to take me there either.  I just regulated when my daughter could have one and when she couldn’t, and I’m taking the same approach with my grandson.  From one mother to another, who’s the parent here?  Are we going to sue Walmart next because they’re selling toys that our children constantly ask for? Are they going to sue Nintendo because they can’t get their child off the couch and nowthey have health problems? There’s no manual for a parent, at times it just requires common sense.  

According to Ms. Parham, her six year old wants the toys from the Happy Meals not necessarily the food.  Okay, she’s a child.  It’s our job as parents to say no and stand our ground.  She’s six, she can’t drive to McDonalds and get a Happy Meal on her own.  Find something else to occupy her, and her desire for a Happy Meal will go away.  You may have to repeat the technique for many years, but it works.  I don’t know of any child who has endured any negative affects from the word no from a loving parent who has their child’s best interest in mind.    

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is assisting Ms. Parham with the class action lawsuit.  They have stated they have tried to meet with McDonald’s representatives; however, they were unsuccessful.  I wonder why, lol.  As a parent I don’t have a problem with the toys, I have a problem with the food.  Since I have a problem with the food, I don’t buy it.  I can exercise my right to purchase or not purchase.  Did you hear that Ms. Parham, exercise your right to purchase or  not purchase.  It’s one of the beautiful things that we have a right to do or not do in this country. 

Many professionals believe that McDonalds is a big contributor to the obesity problem that we are now having with our youth.  I don’t blame McDonalds, I blame the parents for allowing their children to overeat and not exercise.  If a sandwich has 1500 calories, why would you give it to your child and than complain that the food has made your child obese.  If we don’t buy, they will change the products that are offered.  As parents we need to become accountable for our families, and stop blaming everyone and everything.  

Do you agree or disagree with this lawsuit?  Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.  We would love to hear from you. 

Nadia Suleman’s Christmas Card


How do you get 10 children to sit still long enough to take a portrait?  This is Nadia Suleman’s, aka Octomom, Christmas card.  Yep, she’s back in the news.  She’s in need of money, who wouldn’t be with fourteen children.  Apparently, the mother of fourteen has been ordered to pay a $450,000 balloon payment on her home by December 31 or be homeless.  Apparently her father worked out a deal for Nadia to live in the home although it is owned by someone else.  Nadia would be responsible for making the payments.  If the home owner falls behind on the payments, a balloon payment becomes due.  According to the home owner, Nadia should be evicted from the home and he’s prepared to take legal action.  

It appears that people have lost interest in her, and offers for books, movies and reality TV shows aren’t coming in as she had hoped.  The financial well has run dry.  She decided to have a yard sale to try to raise funds.  People take desperate measures in desperate times.  Hell, I’ve never been able to raise more than a few hundred dollars when I’ve had a yard sale, how does one raise $10,000.  Unfortunately, Nadia was only able to raise $2,600.  She should have called Niecy Nash on Clean House.  She knows how to get it done.  The $2,600 was not enough, but not bad for a bikini that she wore on the cover of a magazine, her nursing bra, sofa, and a photo opportunity with her children.          

PETA made Nadia an offer to assist with the balloon payment.  They wanted to place a sign in her yard that read,   “Don’t let your dog or cat become an ‘Octomom:’ Always spay or neuter,”  How humiliating is that?  She accepted the $5,000 offer so she could keep a roof over her children’s head.   

I wonder what kind of life these poor children will have.  It’s impossible for her to give these children the attention they need and deserve.  Unless you’re filthy rich, it’s also impossible to feed, cloth, pay medical expense, save for college or everything else with fourteen children.  They are so adorable, and they deserve much better.  Without public assistance, what do these children have to look forward to?  

The state will end up taking care of these children eventually.  She was receiving food stamps and disability payments before you had the last 8.  As a single parent, I usually rally behind another single mother, but I find it difficult to have any compassion for someone who had 6 children that she couldn’t take care of and she selfishly brings 8 more into the world.  Can you imagine the chaos in that house with fourteen children running, screaming, crying, fighting and who knows what else.  I pray that there is no tragedy within the walls of that home. 

Rather than place this burden on the state, I think her fertility doctor should be made to take some responsibility.  We know that won’t happen, the best we can hope for is that he will loose his license.   

I wish the best for the children, and no ill-will toward their mother.  Since the children have a baby’s daddy, she’s all the support they have.  Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on Nadia Suleman and her fourteen children.          

No More Junk Food For You

It looks like our schools will be required to serve healthier meals to our children.  Lets hear it for the Obama administration, someone stepped up to the plate and said we need to take better care of our children.  Many would disagree with his decision.  We all have an opinion and this post is about mine. I signed on to Michelle Obama’s Lets Move program months ago.  Our children need healthier meals, we truly have a severe obesity problem with our children in this country and we need to teach them to eat healthy now so it becomes a habit. 
I was an advent fan of Maury Povich years ago, that’s before he started focusing on baby’s daddy.  I’ll save my opinion on baby’s daddy for another day.  Anyway, Maury was featuring obese children on his show.  OMG, the images will be ingrained into my memory forever.  The show featured toddlers that weighed 100+ pounds.  Mothers were literally feeding their children to death.  The children would scream and fight until they received their favorite foods and drinks, which consisted of Twinkies, soda, chicken legs, mac & cheese, chips, and the list goes on and on.  It was heart breaking.  These children were huge.  There was no way these children could be lifted to be hugged and kissed.  There was no way these children could run and play.  It still brings tears to my eyes years later just thinking about it. Statistics show that approximately 32 percent of our children are overweight or obese and the numbers are climbing.  Our armed forces are turning away recruits because they are too fat to serve in the military. Can you believe this, the recruits couldn’t climb a flight of steps if their life depended on it.  They surely can’t enter into combat to defend our country.

We must save our youth before it’s too late. They are our future, but if we continue on the path that we’re on they won’t be around to lead.  Health care costs are at an all time high, and much of the debt relates to obesity.  High blood pressure, diabetes, and respiratory issues are serious problems with our youth too.  Here’s a few questions for you:  Do you see children playing in your neighborhood? What happened to riding bikes and taking your children to the park to play on the swings and slide?  What happened to taking your kids roller skating?  We’ve allowed our children to become couch potatoes.  A video game is in one hand and a bag of chips or ice cream is in the other.       

How can we go wrong with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307).  This bill addresses the need for healthier meals for our children.  Let the fight against obesity begin. Many children would go hungry without the Free Lunch program offered in our schools. Many parents who are trying to feed their families are unable to purchase organic or other healthy choices because it’s just too expensive to purchase these types of foods.  They send their children to school, and what’s there?  Vending  machines filled with chips, chocolate, and soda.  When do they get a healthy meal?  Where do they learn to make healthy choices, it’s not an option in the home.  We are sending our children to school to get an education, shouldn’t healthy eating be a part of their education?  

I debated this bill with a mom blogger this morning.  She believed the bill was another communistic act of the Obama Administration to control the country.  She believed she should be able to give her child money to purchase a treat, ice cream, if she choose to do so. She also had a problem with the fundraising being limited.  The children would no longer be able to sell candy bars to raise funds.  People were able to spend a $1.00 on a candy bar versus $30.00 for wrapping paper.  This statement proved my point, junk food is more affordable, which is why children are being feed junk instead of making healthier choices. Why can’t they sell fruit?  I purchase a case of mixed fruit every year around the holidays from the neighborhood children and make gift baskets for my family.  What about candles or a magazine subscription?  There are so many options other than candy that can be sold to raise money. I believe out of sight out of mind.  If we’re banning junk from the schools, why sell it for fundraisers?
      
I participated in the White House Feed A Neighbor Program several weeks ago.  The shelves were bare, and food banks were asking the community for help stocking shelves so families could have a decent meal for Thanksgiving.  It was a rewarding experience for me, but I have to say that fresh fruit and vegetables were not an option among the food brought in.  Food banks are unable to store perishable items.  They must have a self life.           
       
Most importantly, I wish someone had taught me how to eat when I was a kid.  I was not an obese kid, my weight problems started after my divorce.  I’m a stress eater, which is why I am so hell bent on teaching healthy lifestyles early.  I have gotten better with walking and moving as much as possible, and I’ve already signed up for a weight lose program starting 1/4/2011.  Stay tuned for my progress in the new year.  Although my eating habits were not great, my daughter did learn to eat healthy as a result of 12 years of formal dance training.  She has made it a part of her life and she’s passing that mind set on to her son.  To me that’s proof that healthy habits are taught.  

We would love to know your thoughts on this bill.  Do you believe the government should be regulating school menus and the removal of junk food?  Should the government be the initiator of the fight on childhood obesity?  How are you doing with  preparing healthy meals in your home? Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you.         

Mother Breast Feeding 6 Year Old


When should a mother stop nursing her child?  Is 6 years old beyond the appropriate age limit?
Amanda Hurst in the UK doesn’t see a problem with her 6 year old breast feeding.  As a matter of fact, she’s breast feeding both her 6 year old and her 5 five month old. Amanda said, she nurses both of the children in the morning because it’s cold and she doesn’t want to get up.  I find that to be a rather odd reason for nursing a six year old.  Most people would find that statement to be an indication of laziness.  Does it warm up as the day goes on inside her home or does she have to get up eventually and turn up the heat?  If she has to eventually get up to turn up the heat, why doesn’t she do it and feed the child a bowl of cereal, oatmeal or pancakes?  Better yet, why doesn’t she have her husband turn up the heat before he leaves for work.  The house would be warm by the time she gets up with the children. 
We all know that breastfeeding has been proved to be better for babies, but this post is about a 6 year old.  In addition to still nursing her 6 year old because it’s cold, Amanda said she just couldn’t turn her son away when she tried to wean him at 3 years old.  When her second son, William, was born and she decided to nurse him too, Jonathan wanted to continue as well. It’s rare that she nurses both of them at once because of the difficulty, but yes on occasion she does.

Now Jonathan has a 7 year old girlfriend.  He goes to school, tap dances, swims and attends Beaver Scouts.  He’s your typical 6 year old.  If so, than why in the hell isn’t he drinking milk at the table in the morning?  I never breast feed my daughter.  I developed a relationship with Similac, and my daughter turned out just fine.  I don’t buy breast feed children are more intelligent.  She’s highly educated.  She graduated with honors from both high school and college.  As a matter of fact, I will be hosting a party for her next month to celebrate her new Masters Degree.  She will be moving on to her Ph.D after the new year.  She was quite healthy as well.  Typical colds, ear infections that most kids experience growing up.  Now my grandson was breast feed, and he has had more colds than I care to count.  I don’t knock breastfeeding, I believe it’s a mother’s choice and neither is better or the worst for their decision.

Amanda says, “I do question the decisions I make and wonder whether I’m right or wrong. But it’s parenting, there is no manual, I don’t think there is a “right way”.  I beg to differ on this decision.  From one mother to another, parenting is difficult.  There is no manual, but at times common sense comes into play.  Amanda admits she’s lazy, “I think I’m quite lazy,’ she says. ‘I’d have gone crazy having to sterilise all those bottles. Breast milk is always the right temperature, right consistency and it’s always there, on tap”.

Laziness is not an option in my house.  At 5 months, an infant is still dependent on their mother for nourishment, but a 6 year old is old enough to get nutrients and vitamins from appropriate table foods.  Get with it mom, remove your 6 year old from your breast.  “Lellow”, Jonathan’s made up word for breast milk, is no longer cute. 
  
Do you think it’s appropriate to nurse a 6 year old?  Please leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you. 

Bullying Obese Children


Kathy Griffin is fighting back.  She has dubbed Bristol Palin aka “Pillsbury Dough Girl ” or try the “White Precious” and she’s standing by her comments.  Although she is being seen as a bully per Elizabeth Hasselbeck from The View, Kathy Griffin refuses to apologize for her fat jokes. Is  Kathy Griffin a bully for calling Bristol fat?  That depends on who you ask.  Some are defining bullying as an attack on a defenseless person who has done nothing wrong, and Bristol Palin is fair game.  After all, she is the only contestant who gained weight on Dancing With The Stars.  To add fuel to the fire, she shouldn’t have even been in the final competition.  If the show is truly based on one’s dancing ability, Bristol Palin is a joke according to Kathy Griffin.  
Other people went into a rage over the fact that Bristol beat out Brandy on DWTS.  So enraged one man shot out his TV and had a standoff with a SWAT  Team.  Now that is what we call Pissed Off.   
Now I don’t believe Bristol was a better dancer than Brandy; however, I am against bullying.  My daughter was bullied and I’ve written several blog posts on the subject.   It can devastating to the person who is on the receiving end and could possibly end in tragedy.  Do I see Bristol Palin as a child?  Not really, but she is a child to me.  Is she fair game for comedians?  Aren’t we all. Is she being bullied?  I personally don’t think so.  Although she is a child to me, she is in fact a grown woman who had to know that she would be the topic of discussion at breakfast, lunch and dinner if she participated on the show.  Hell her mother is the brunt of jokes for many comedians, so as far as I’m concerned she stepped into the line of fire.  Should her mother have warned her it could happen?  Was this a selfish opportunity that Sarah Palin used for her own political aspirations?  Is this a reflection of Sarah Palin’s parenting skills or lack thereof?     

        
Take a good look at this picture of Bristol Palin.  Would the medical field consider her fat?  Probably so. Should she be the brunt of a fat joke, no. People have criticized Michelle Obama for promoting healthier life styles for America’s children.  I’ve even seen a post where someone blamed President Obama for removing ice cream from the schools.  Is that really a bad thing?  What’s wrong with replacing ice cream with a piece of fruit?  That’s what a doctor would want us to do.  Kathy Griffin’s remarks about Bristol is a perfect example of why obesity needs to be promoted, discussed and dealt with in this country.  Fat jokes, humiliating comments toward our children, and the struggle in adulthood to loose excessive weight is real.  The truth be told, we do have some of the most obese people in the world right here in the good ole USA.  We come from the land of good and plenty, and we believe in indulgence. 

I think too much emphasis is placed on body images in this country.  It’s ingrained into our heads that thin is in.  When those of us who have weight problems can’t obtain that goal, we are the butt of cruel comments and remarks.  I struggle with my weight, and I have for many years. It can be painful at times.  I’ve lost track of the number of times that I’ve looked into the mirror nude and told myself that I was disgusting.  On the other hand, my self esteem is high enough when I can look in the mirror on other days and say diva, oh yes I am.  Not everyone has the strength to do that, and I am grateful for a healthy dose of self-esteem.  I’m not aiming to be thin, but I am aiming to be healthy.

As for Bristol Palin, she should really think twice about whether or not she wants to be in the lime light.  It’s kinda of like Sarah Palin on the hunt for a kill, if you put yourself out there, you’re fair game. I would love to hear your thoughts on Kathy Griffin’s fat jokes and the obesity problems that we face in this country with our children.  Please leave us a comment, we love them.