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The Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Dad

As a mom, especially an overprotective mom, I have that need to shield my teens from anything and everything that can hurt them. Broken glass, boxes of twinkies, school bullies, drunken drivers, burning buildings, pubescent boys who only have their penis and girls' boobies on the brain. But how, how do I shield my teenage girls from their father?



How do I…

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Added by Vanita on March 17, 2011 at 6:26am — No Comments

5 Website Tips for Creatives in the Photo Imaging Businesses

Photographer?



Retoucher?



Graphic designer?



I was part of the photographic imaging industry for almost 15 years. I'm associated with quite a few people who fall in the roles listed a above. They all have websites. A portfolio of work, accessible through a web address, that their clients and…

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Added by Vanita on February 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Directing Your Custom Domain URL To Your Blogspot (Blogger) Blog



:-D

The choice to buy a custom domain name

But I have a URL, it's afterbedtimeblog.blogspot(dot)com. Why the heck should I pay for a domain name and yearly registration, when I'm getting it for free from Blogger? What are you trying to do V? Make money from an affiliate link? Do I look like I… Continue

Added by Vanita on February 22, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bitten By The Twitter Bug

It wasn't love at first site. Not at all. The first time we hooked up, it was through my old buddy Linkedin. There was an emptiness [in my profile] that needed to be filled. So I submitted. Did some stalking, got stalked a bit and after 3 weeks I got bored. Came across Facebook, Liked it a lot and it was bye bye birdie.



Fast forward, one year later. I hit the… Continue

Added by Vanita on February 17, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

When Poltergeists Get In The Way Of Blogging

Yes, I know, among forward thinking, modern bloggers and tweeters who write and share amazing, passionate posts about realities - life struggles, parenting, marriage, careers, physical wellness, entrepreneurial goals - publishing a post about having a ghost can be considered a bit odd, as in strap that crazy chic onto a gurney and roll her behind into a padded room kinda…

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Added by Vanita on February 16, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

When Your Child Hates You

. . . I sit there with tears in my eyes and my heart breaking. I love these girls. All I want is the best for them. How can they hate me? How can they turn against me for the sake of "hanging out and dating"? It's not easy to dedicate your life to someone's welfare. I struggled so much for them. True, they didn't… Continue

Added by Vanita on February 9, 2011 at 6:20am — No Comments

Blogger to Wordpress Move Guide (Part 1 of 2)

The Blogger to Wordpress (self hosted) move is a bloody scary leap. When I began considering moving my blog, I did what we all do, I Googled it. I also checked the Blog Frog Communities. Nothing worked for me though. Nothing quite fit.

As promised months ago, I'm going to write my own guide. As a matter of fact, this is it. Or at least part one. Part two should be available…

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Added by Vanita on February 6, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Winds of Change



I feel that when I came to this realization, it brought me mental wellness, it made me see life, my life, in a whole new light.

Recent interactions that lead me to writing this post

My girlfriend Wendy recently said to me, "V, I've got to wonder, how much more does God expect you to take? Is God waiting to see how much it will take to break you or trying to make you stronger?"



A post by my friend Christal:… Continue

Added by Vanita on January 28, 2011 at 11:36am — No Comments

Parental Control Over The Remote

How do you control what your kids watch at night?

Make TV watching a public affair.

I'm a mom of two teens and two toddlers. My teens hardly watch tv at night. If they're lucky enough to have homework done by 8, they're too busy chatting with friends or trying to finish a good book before bed. If it's one of those rare nights when they're "free" and feeling like tv, their only option is venturing out of their room to join the family in the family…

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Added by Vanita on January 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

5 Resources For Moms Returning To Work

In October, after I lost my job, I shared 8 Job Hunting Sites For The Out-of-Work Mom. These were the sites I planned to utilize in my job hunt. I'm still utilizing them. There's been a few leads. On the very few interviews I've had, I came across and chatted with quite a few people.…

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Added by Vanita on January 26, 2011 at 1:32am — No Comments

Is it Kosher to use your social network membership to spam?

I'm a member of TwitterMoms, MBC, Bloggy Moms and Mommy TLC. I read a lot of posts on these social network sites and if I'm interested, I'll follow back to the blogger's website. While there, I'll decide if I want to comment, if I want to tweet, fb like or sign up for RSS feed or an email subscription.


I also post a teaser of my some of my new content on these sites and give people who are interested a link to follow back to my site where they can do a number of things to…
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Added by Vanita on December 3, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

Contest - Gift Card Give Away in Time for Christmas

Now, who couldn't use that?

Christmas is days away people. DAYS.

I know this because my 12 year old is counting down every single bloody day.

Has she told me yet what she wants? Nope.

The girl has everything she could ask for, including an awesome mom, so this year, she really doesn't know what she wants.

Know what she's going to do? She's going to leave it up to me and then 3 days before Christmas she'll have her heart set on something that I…

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Added by Vanita on November 29, 2010 at 2:41am — No Comments

Lesson Learned From Playing TV Mom Trivia

I've thought about that a lot over the weekend, not having anymore kids.



Being pregnant, once you get over the morning sickness and when your ankles aren't swollen, is a beautiful thing. Its a new beginning, it's a time of great love and excitement, shopping sprees and hubby wanting to cook you anything you crave. It's a time to be pampered (which I was) and experience an extra bit of love (which I did get) and be able to push the everyday heavy lifting and hard labor of cleaning and… Continue

Added by Vanita on November 22, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Why I'm not on the Milk Mustache bandwagon

First, let me rant provide my opinion.



Let's forget the fact that www.whymilk.com is smartly pushing articles about Milk helping you lose weight. I say smartly because unlike back in the mid 2000s when the campaigns were outright saying that milk makes you lose weight, www.whymilk.com's campaign says milk along with calorie reduction and exercise,… Continue

Added by Vanita on November 14, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Shame on you little girl for betraying your mama!



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Added by Vanita on October 30, 2010 at 7:11am — No Comments

What'cha doing . . . for the Dove Self-Esteem Weekend?

The Dove Self-Esteem Weekend is almost upon us.

This Friday, October 22 to Sunday, October 24th. I have four hours of girl time scheduled with the teens on Sunday. Scheduled, because we'll be baby free. :-D



Painting nails, styling hair, going through the closet and figuring out

what's needed for the winter wardrobe, what's out, what goes together

and just chatting.



It's pretty hard to get things done when there's a 2 years old running around and a… Continue

Added by Vanita on October 21, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Neem Leaves, Weight loss, Psoriasis, My Anemia and My Almost Diabetes

Psoriasis, Anemia, Some Extra Pounds and a Pinch of High Glucose for Good Measure



Mmmm. Mountain Dew. My favorite soda since I… Continue

Added by Vanita on October 17, 2010 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Extra Luv for 10 Awesome Bloggers

As I've said time and time again, the awesome thing about being a blogger is the connections made. The chance to meet people you can really relate to and learn from and share a laugh with. In the past few months I've come across great blogs that I love truly. I don't always get to leave a comment and sometimes I just don't have a comment to leave, but I'm always reading in my spare moments. From my Mac at 5am with my cup of coffee, from my iPhone when the munchkins are watching Yo Gabba Gabba,… Continue

Added by Vanita on October 13, 2010 at 2:17pm — No Comments

No-Tell Motel to the Rescue

Midnight bottle and diaper changes killing your mood?
Non-sound proofed doors making it hard to"live in the moment"?
No where to unwind without teens arguing or toddlers pounding their baby sisters?

I know. Boy, do I know. With 4 kids it's hard to find the time to
not-be-mom and not-be-dad. To just be a woman and her man spending
quality time together.

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Added by Vanita on October 10, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Review: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

One of the things that drives me insane about the psoriasis is what it's

doing to my scalp. My head is always dry and tight and when my hair is

down, it feels heavy. As if it's about to fall off by the root. When I

turn my head, and my hair sways, I feel like strands of my hair is being

pulled out. This is one of the reasons I've been keeping my hair in a

bun for so many months. I've try the dermatologist prescribed stuff,

Clobex Shampoo, 4 oz bottle,… Continue

Added by Vanita on October 7, 2010 at 11:56pm — No Comments

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