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Look out! In the continuing tradition of my somewhat lame but strangely useful WFMW posts, I’m back with another gee-whiz-how-did-I-not-think-of-that-already tidbit to share. In the morning, I’m tired. At night, I’m tired. And when I’m tired, I don’t like to stand around and do another thing “the man” says I should do.

So, if I can floss sometime in the middle of the day during my ever-shrinking window of productivity, I’m so happy because I am thwarting gum disease AND I won’t have to do it at night when I just want to sneak my bra out the armhole of my shirt and roll over. (Yes, I do manage to brush my teeth at night. But flossing seems to be more than I can handle).

So, fellow lazy bones. Don’t floss at night and feel resentful. Floss at mid-day and feel smug. (All you three times a day happy-flossers need not comment. Just click away.)

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Shannon’s having a fun contest today. Why not sharpen your number 2′s and fire off a few back-to-school haiku? You must enter today before 8pm CST. Here are mine:
Pencils with sharp points,
four black dry erase markers,
One large box of Puffs.

On the night before,
walking sounds like such a good
idea. Not now.

“Mom, my tummy hurts.”
(I will miss you when I’m gone).
What’s a mom to do?

Fluffer nutter sand-
wich, pretzels, and a pudding.
Better than hot lunch.

No long socks at gym.
Teacher demands perfect jump-
ing jacks. I’m tired, Mom.

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Experiment: Muffin Tin Monday

Experiment Taken From: Notebook Entry 08.21.08

Materials Needed: Any delicious and/or nutritious foods for your little one to pick, dip, or dunk. I took this idea from Megret’s beautiful Muffin Tin Monday posts. My tin contains: bologna triangles, wheat thins (x2), baby carrots, cheese squares, and apple sauce.

Results: To be honest, I used to do this a LOT with my older daughter. It is a perfect food solution for picky toddlers. Little ones graze as they please on little bits of toddler-sized food. It’s perfect for introducing a little bit of a new food, or limiting an unhealthy favorite to a tiny toddler-sized portion. There are also lots of choices for those exercising their new-found desire to make decisions.

Conclusion: I need to do this more often to break out of the peanut butter sandwich rut. This also would translate easily into a school-aged “bento lunchbox.” Thanks, Megret and Amy, for the beautiful reminders.

Readers, quick, go pick something from Amy’s notebook and document it on your blog. She’s giving away a flip video camera tomorrow. If your man is a gadget loving freak like mine, he will thank you.

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I recently registered with MomSelect, thanks to an excellent post I saw by Stephanie, which I can no longer locate. (oops! me? librarian? cite source?) I think I may have gotten to said post from 5 Minutes for Parenting, a new read which I am really enjoying. *hanging head in shame*

Anyhoo, I can point you to MomSelect, a company that connects moms and marketers. You don’t even have to be a blogger to register. Since I have begun exploring couponing, I realize how many opportunities there are out there for moms to try new products and offer feedback. MomSelect is one excellent way to explore even more of these opportunities.

After I registered, I was able to get some “virtual” SWAG from BlogHer to share with my friends and readers. I’ll be highlighting a few other things in future posts, but today’s post is a book review and giveaway of A Little Bit of Faith by Cindy Kenney, the first title of a new series called the “Precious Girls Club.”

Let me just begin by saying I am not a collector of Precious Moments. There was probably a tiny window when I was about 11 when I thought they were cute, but it passed. That being said, I really do like the illustrations in this book. They were done by the Precious Moments Creative Studio. To me, they look a lot more up to date than what I typically think of when I see Precious Moments figurines. They have the bigger eyes typical of Japanese anime illustrations and the look has been updated to something more along the lines of Polly Pocket or the “new” (2006) Holly Hobby.

Cindy Kenney has previously written for Veggie Tales. Her website describes A Little Bit of Faith like this:

The first book in a new series for girls 6 to 11 that celebrates the special gifts that make each girl precious in God’s sight. Girls will have an opportunity to learn ways that God made them special and how they can use their special abilities to make a positive difference in the world!

Girls can interact with the series and develop their own real “Precious Girl’s Club” by going to the website: www.PreciousGirlsClub.com where they can play games and discover how God made them precious.

The main character, Katie Bennett, moves to a new school and faces the daunting task of making new friends. One of my favorite things about the book is that Katie half-heartedly takes her mom’s suggestion for how to make friends and fails the first time out. (Hmm. Now wondering if I just like it b/c the mom was right! Mwahaha. Subtle marketing ploy?!) No one comes to Katie’s club, and she has to try again. I liked that things didn’t come easily for Katie, but she stuck it out. I’m sure many moms have coached a daughter through some difficult situation where they had to try more than once.

I will say that I willingly suspended disbelief on the whole “Katie-talks-to-a-guardian-angel-only-she-can-see” thing. I wasn’t sure if that part of the premise might be troubling to some. To me…meh…not a problem. I appreciated the opportunity to dialog with my daughter about such things instead of say, hmmm, why we do not dress like streetwalkers. I really found this to be a nice antidote to some of the unhealthy girl culture I was ruminating about over here.

And my daughter gave it a 5 stars, better than Junie B. better than Meghan Rose rating. I think I agree with her. BUT we’ll have to see how the series develops on that whole “better than Junie B.” thing, because Junie B. is a classic. We are not anti-Junie B. here. We do talk about how she makes some pretty silly choices and we enjoy laughing AT the Junie B.

I can’t say yet whether the Precious Girls Club will rise to Junie B.’s literary standards. But I think it might be trying to be something a little different. There is the online component mentioned above. We haven’t tried that yet because I think it’ll be another couple of weeks before you can log on, but we will definitely be checking it out.

Maybe I’ll have my daughter give you another review of Precious Girls Club online later. The book I’ll be giving away comes with a secret code to use at PreciousGirlsClub.com. If you’d like a chance to win a copy, just let me know in a comment below. I’ll draw a winner next Tuesday

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Carrie at The Gremlin Wrangler asked for pictures of Monday madness. WHY do the dishes never end?

Dontcha hate it when the dishwasher’s already full but so is your sink?

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Fair photos

I’ve loved peaking at everyone’s fair photos, so I thought I’d go ahead and share mine.

I’ve always been nostalgic about the fair. Since I have a summer birthday, the excitement of going to the local carnival with grandma and letting her buy me a heroic goldfish, who usually lived a short but well-loved life, seeing grandma’s excitement about “slippery pot pie,” and drinking in the thrills, the lights, the colors, the smells of the fair…It all speaks summer and love to me.

sad pony

sad pony

I’ve seen lots of these tiny little tractor-cycles in your photos!

fresh calf

almost fearless

Not a fair photo, but I felt the need to document…the forty-ness. Happy Birthday to me.

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You can catch me blog-sitting at Fried Okra’s today. She’s snugglin’ up to these two delicious dishes.

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haiku

It’s Haiku Buckaroo time again at My Mommy’s Place. Why don’t you submit your haiku? Deadline is this Friday. Here are mine:

Yellow bird sees me
singing at the end of day
perched on a high wire.

Head unpacks the day
four feet shuffle slowly
fingers intertwine.

Feet hit warm water
bright colored day dreams begin
fish nibble dead skin.

Sun shines on water
kids skip rocks across the lake
minnows swarm slowly.

Shaded woodland path
air grows cooler instantly
the day melts away.

Garlic basil cheese
linguine with olive oil
Last, toasted pine nuts.

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