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Evenflo Gets Edgy

by Holly Duce on July 14, 2010

Juice Box Jungle wanted to know if I was offended by this video about having a potty mouth, if I could relate, did I laugh, or did I grind my teeth the entire time.  I was a little surprised about how OUT THERE the video was- I wasn’t expecting such a dramatic potty mouth- a little slip up maybe, but f-bombs?!  Evenflo really took a chance with this one!  I’ve included the link above for those who want to check it out, but didn’t post the video here so as not to offend anyone.

I cringed AND laughed a little at the video and I could relate to an extent.  We definitely watch what we say around our children and dropping the F-word just isn’t something that would happen accidentally or on purpose at our house.  We are much more likely to bite our tongue after letting the word “jerk” slip.  In any case, there are just certain words you don’t want to hear come out of your toddler’s mouth.  I was shocked one day when I heard my three year old utter the words “stupid idiot”.  I was only slightly relieved when I realized it wasn’t ME he learned it from.  I was however, extremely disappointed when I realized where he DID pick it up from- the movie Toy Story.  A DISNEY movie for goodness sakes!  What is the world coming to?!  LOL.  We’ve had several talks about how we don’t use the word “stupid” in our family and when I let it slip, he makes sure to let me know- “Mommy, we don’t say stupid.  That is not a nice word”.

As our kids get older we really have to watch which conversations we have or which television shows we watch in front of them.  They pick up on EVERYTHING!  Sometimes it’s hard to remember that little ears are always listening and that it’s best to teach by example.  This video was a great reminder of that!

Evenflo has just released the Momentum 65 DLX Convertible Car Seat, with features that help make safety, installation and use as easy as possible for parents. It looks really comfortable!  Evenflo andJuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post.

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Are YOU a Safety Nut?

by Holly Duce on June 17, 2010

Am I safety nut?  To some, maybe.  To others, not at all.  It’s all relevant.  There are a few things I am very diligent about.  One is not letting my 3 year old and 1 year old out of my sight.  No matter where we are, I like to keep them within a certain radius.  I want to be able to reach them quickly if they should fall or otherwise injure themselves.  At parks, I want to keep them safe from strangers.  My husband is a little more relaxed.  He tells me “they’re fine!” especially when we are at family’s homes and the kids want to play together in another room.  I check on them constantly.  Who knows what they might put in their mouth!

At home though, I purposefully don’t “baby proof” every square inch of our house.  I think kids need to learn boundaries and learn what is okay and what isn’t.  Sure, some things may get broken or colored on, but our children will learn.  Don’t get me wrong- I still take precautions like keeping our outlets covered, sharp objects and chemicals out of reach etc. I’m just not over the top with everything else.

As far as vehicle safety goes, I researched car seats for what was safest, learned how to install them and had them checked at a car seat safety inspection check point.  We move our car seats a lot more frequently now that we have two family vehicles and we have gotten comfortable in knowing that we are installing them properly without having them checked.

Evenflo has just released the Momentum 65 DLX Convertible Car Seat, with features that help make safety, installation and use as easy as possible for parents.  It looks seriously comfy (and safe!).  If you are in the market for a car seat, be sure to check this one out!

We want to know- Where do YOU fall on the safety spectrum?  Are you a relaxed and carefree parent?  Or do you shield your child from every germ and every possible safety hazard.  Let us know by leaving a comment!

Evenflo and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and talk about what child safety means to me and my family.

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Juice Box Jungle: Take 10

by Holly Duce on June 11, 2010

Juice Box Jungle wants to know:  “Are you able to carve out at least ten minutes of time for yourself each day?  If you only have ten minutes, what do you do with that precious time?”

Since my kiddos are still little and take naps, I am able to get more than ten minutes of kid-free time per day.  Do I use it for “me time”?  Not usually.  That time is best spent doing tasks which are easier to accomplish without kids under foot.  I do however take 10 minutes here and there.  Mindy and I have both downloaded the app “Words with Friends” for our iphones which is like Scrabble.  It’s really cool because we can play against each other and take our turn whenever we have a free moment.  One game can take weeks but it’s fun and takes a little bit of brain power.

Sprint has just launched Gaming on the Now Network™, bringing you the first wireless 4G network from a national carrier. So, if you are looking for a “10 minute brain boost”, and happen to be online you can check out the game they are promoting and learn more about “The Now Network” via the JuiceBox widget in our sidebar.

Do you get 10 minutes (or more) of “me time” per day?  How do you use it?  Let us know by leaving a comment!

Sprint and JuiceBoxJungle have sponsored me to write about what “ten minutes” a day means to me.

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New on JBJ: Canon Power Shot

by Holly Duce on May 7, 2010

Before my first child was born I felt a strong need for a video camera.  I didn’t want to miss any precious moments.  We received a camcorder as a gift the Christmas before he was born and I have to say- the only things on that camera are the first baths of each of my two children and my son’s first birthday party.  The content is still sitting in the camcorder, not on a disk or on my computer where it should be.  Carrying a regular sized camcorder just isn’t convenient enough.

After my second child was born, I got a Flip camcorder which is much smaller and easier to use. While you can take stills from the video content during editing, it is mainly just a video recorder.

Canon has released the PowerShot SX210 IS, which combines the ability to take great photos & also shoot high definition video all in one.  Talk about handy!  If I had one of these maybe I’d be a lot less likely to miss the moments I want to bottle up in a jar and keep forever.  Kids are only little once and even though some days I think I’ll go crazy dealing with cranky littles, I know that they’ll be grown in the blink of an eye.  I want to savor them in all of their cuteness and remember every detail.  A Canon PowerShot would help me do just that.  Goodness only knows my memory capacity isn’t enough to store it all!

Canon and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and talk about what shooting video means to my family.

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Juice Box Jungle: Your Life on the Big Screen!

by Holly Duce on February 24, 2010

"Boobies! Boobies!"Hyundai and Glamour Magazine, along with JuiceBoxJungle, are sponsoring me to write about a poignant parenting moment with hopes that a big A-List Hollywood star will direct it on the big screen, like this short film Kate Hudson did with Glamour Reel Moments. You can enter too at http://glamalert.com/reelmoments/ !

I don’t know that my life is interesting enough for the big screen but with children, there are always moments that are funny or memorable that could be incorporated into a story.  I don’t know why, but the first thing that popped into my mind was something funny my son said when he was only about a year and a half.  We were driving down the road and he kept pointing out the window yelling “Boobies!  Boobies!”  My daughter had been born recently and I was breastfeeding at the time.  We certainly hadn’t been calling my breasts “boobies” however.  It took me a moment to realize that he recognized Blockbuster and was actually saying “Movies! Movies!”  I was just glad we were in the car so that strangers weren’t questioning what we were teaching our son!

More about this opportunity from JBJ:

“If you’ve ever fantasized about your life, or even a moment in your life, as a part on the big screen (and who hasn’t), this is your chance to see it happen (and to actually meet and work with an A-List star). Hyundai and Glamour Magazine are partnering to search for a series of moments from real moms (that’s you!) to create Reel Moments on Hulu, where Hollywood A-List women get behind the camera and direct a short film for their first time. Reel Moments  is responsible for launching 14 directorial debuts by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood over the past five years. Before you read any further, check out Kate Hudson’s popular Reel Moments film here, an awesome and poignant story which stars Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning and the uber-popular Kristen Stewart. Hello?!? How awesome would it be to see ladies like these act out your parenting experience? Other past directors include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Courtney Cox, and more.

Each short film is inspired by real stories and YOURS could be next! Those selected will actually get to meet and consult with A-List directors to get their stories told. Hyundai and Glamour are now collecting stories for their next round undefined of short films, and you should DEFINITELY enter here, now!”

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As parents, our children are our number one priority. When one of the kids falls ill, one parent must halt all plans to care for them. This often means missing important meetings or dates that we were looking forward to. Fortunately for me, my children are quite healthy and I haven’t yet had to miss something important due to an illness (knock on wood). While I certainly don’t want my children to be ill, I do enjoy the special down time with them when they aren’t feeling well. My son has never been a snuggler- not even as a baby. He just likes his space. Except when he isn’t feeling well. That’s when I soak up all the love and snuggles I can get!

Similasan a homeopathic company that makes products to ease symptoms of everything from pink eye and ear aches to anxiety is on the JuiceBox this month. They are offering a hefty and immediately printable coupon for all those that register on their site and we challenge any mom to claim they couldn’t use at least one of their healthy products.

They are also running a fun photo contest along with Shutterfly. What do they want? Photos of bright eyed, bushy tailed smiling children that “take your breath away” I know we all have beautiful pictures of our children- why not enter them into a contest for a chance to win a $500 gift card? By the way- there is a poll on the JBJ widget that asks “Is your kid cute enough to win a photo contest?”  After you vote, you”ll see the current results.  When I voted I saw that 11% said no!  What?!  I thought for sure 100% of parents would respond that their kid is the cutest!  That 11% makes me a little sad.  I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder….

Similasan and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored me to write this post, and they asked me to talk about the things I’ve missed because of kid-illnesses, and to mention this sweet contest!

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Do You Go Out to Dinner Often Enough?

by Holly Duce on December 15, 2009


According to the poll on the JuiceBox widget in our sidebar, a majority of parents don’t think they go out to dinner (sans kids) often enough. I’m with the majority. Life with kids is very busy and most of the time we are just too tired to make the effort to plan a date night. We did have a date night recently though and it was fabulous! Looking forward to dinner and a movie with my hubby all week was nice. When the night finally arrived I was tired and almost didn’t want to go. I was glad I did though because it refreshed our relationship and it was so nice to spend time alone together. We all know that one of the easiest things to cut out of the budget to save money is eating out. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourself once in awhile! The deals from
Restaurant.com, who is sponsoring this post, are tempting me to plan another date night ASAP! Restaurant.com is a great way to save money on date night and inspire you to try something new!

How did you answer the poll? Do you think you go out to dinner often enough? What do you like to do for date night?

(P.S. Check out the video on the widget if you have time. It always cracks me up because I can always relate. The current video is about how Dads take care of the kids when you aren’t around. You know….how they dress them in things that don’t match. Good cop vs. Bad cop)

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New on Juice Box Jungle: "Silent Shame"

by Holly Duce on November 18, 2009

Did you breast feed your baby? Did you feel guilty if you didn’t? While I feel that breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for both mom and baby and I breastfed both of my children, I also think it is a personal choice and one you should be happy with whether you choose breast milk or formula. It is also my personal opinion that every mother should at least give it a try. That being said, I would never make a mom feel guilty about it. I might encourage them to try it in a way that hopefully wouldn’t feel like pressure. Being a new mom is hard enough!

What are your thoughts on the topic? We’d love to hear from you!

Also on the JBJ widget, $15 off and free shipping at Paper Culture. Mark the task of ordering holiday cards off your list early so you’ll have one less thing to worry about and be able to enjoy the holidays! You’ll find the JBJ widget in our left sidebar.

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The New York Times says “firstborns are smarter”. Are they? Is yours? Read the article by clicking on the appropriate frame in my JuiceBox on the sidebar, then read my take below…and comment! Tell me how you feel too! And don’t forget to answer the poll…do you have a sharper firstborn?

The NY Times article had some interesting theories on why firstborns may be smarter than their siblings. Since my children are only 2 and 10 months it’s hard to tell. All I know is that my firstborn, my son, is a smarty! My daughter has a lot to live up to!

In my own experience, it’s harder to find the same amount of time that was lavished on my first child now that I have two. Life is just busier. My daughter doesn’t get the one on one time that my son had at her age. He’s very busy and needs more attention than she does. She is very laid back and “easy”.

The difference in I.Q. from the studies discussed in the article is very small. They argue that while small, it can mean the difference between a high B average and a low A which in turn could mean the difference between admission to an elite private liberal-arts college and a less exclusive public one.

I disagree. Grades aren’t always an indicator of I.Q. Grades can be earned with hard work. Getting an A might be easier for some than others but determination also plays a role.

Regardless, the study doesn’t concern me. A slight difference in I.Q. won’t make me love one more than the other. I love my children just the way they are.

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New on Juice Box Jungle: Is Shouting the New Spanking?

by Holly Duce on November 3, 2009

The New York Times says “shouting is the new spanking” and this title particularly intrigued me. Is it? Read the article by clicking on the appropriate frame in my JuiceBox on the sidebar, then read my take below…and comment! Tell me how you feel too! And don’t forget to answer the poll…have you ever spanked your kids?

Oh goodness….I confess. I’m a shouter. Just today in a rush to get my son to daycare and myself to work on time I yelled at him to “get in the car NOW!” as he ran across the wet grass away from the car. Then I looked around hoping my neighbors didn’t hear me. Yes, it makes me feel guilty. He’s only two years old. Make that terrible two. He has lots of ways to illicit yelling from me on a daily basis. Each night after the kids are in bed and the quiet of the night has settled over the house I pray to be a better mom, to stop yelling so much, to have patience. Being a mom is hard work!

After reading the article, it gave me more reason to try to control myself. Reasons I already knew. Yes, yelling will effect my children. Do I think that I am ruining them? No, but I know there are better ways to deal. Yelling doesn’t really help. My son doesn’t listen any better and it certainly doesn’t make me feel any better. It’s just hard to control. My mom was a yeller. I think I got it from her. In that sense, is this something I want to pass along to my own children? Of course the answer is no. Time for me to get it together before it’s too late.
What do you do to help curb an outburst? I need tips people! I think I am going to try deep breaths and counting to myself. I’ve heard that works. What works for you? Please share by leaving a comment!

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New on Juice Box Jungle: CEO of Shutterfly & Father of 3

October 27, 2009

New on our Juice Box Jungle widget (the one with the green border in the left sidebar) is a video of the CEO of Shutterfly, who is also a father of three, talking about how things change after the first born. I think it’s neat to see the real people behind big companies and Jeff […]

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New on Juice Box Jungle: Is Your Piggy Bank Phat?

October 12, 2009

The JuiceBox widget on my sidebar is full of money this week. Mint.com (an awesome and free way to manage AND SAVE your money online) is the sponsor. Saving money is obviously near and dear to our hearts here on this blog, and I’m excited to see that JuiceBoxJungle has added an ecard which you […]

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New on Juice Box Jungle: Are Play Pens Bad?

September 24, 2009

Ok folks, I know I’ve mentioned it a few times already but I am REALLY loving our new Juice Box Jungle widget (in our left sidebar above the swagbucks widget). Now, in addition to the short parenting videos that I always relate to, you can send ecards to friends, fun tweets via twitter (right now […]

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New on Juice Box Jungle: Are Play Pens Bad?

September 24, 2009

Ok folks, I know I’ve mentioned it a few times already but I am REALLY loving our new Juice Box Jungle widget (in our left sidebar above the swagbucks widget). Now, in addition to the short parenting videos that I always relate to, you can send ecards to friends, fun tweets via twitter (right now […]

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New JuiceBox Jungle Widget, Free eCards and a 30% off Code

September 9, 2009

JuiceBoxJungle has a brand new widget that lets you, among other things, send an ecard to a friend right from this blog (click around and check it out- the widget is located in the left sidebar just above the Swagbucks widget). They also have a cool new sponsor, Paper Culture, a modern, eco-friendly premium stationary […]

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