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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stressed Out

The school year has just started and I'm already feeling my stress level increase. No, it's not the school supply shopping that worries me anymore. This year I have a High School Senior to deal with. This time around, it's my daughter. You would think that since I just went through this 2 years ago I would be more calm, but I'm not. The College application process is long and tedious and hard on my nerves as well as hers.
We have our college advisor meeting next week- not our first or our last. Normally, I would reach for an Oreo or the  M&M bag, but then I would just be stressed out and feeling fat. Any suggestions?

Monday, August 29, 2011

VMAs-Right or wrong?

     Now I know this is America and we are all about free speech and all that.  But this is an issue separate and apart from that.  It has to do with right and wrong.  And in my opinion, it was wrong, wrong, wrong for the VMAs to showcase Chris Brown the way they did.  The man is a felon.  The man beat up a woman so badly that she has cuts on her face.  Then, after he supposedly dealt with his "anger issues", the man tears off his shirt and puts a chair through a plate glass wall.  So whgat do we do?  We spotlight him and have these other idiots in the music industry give him a standing ovation.  All but one person-Jay-Z

     My hat's off to Jay-Z for standing up for his friend Rhianna, and for women.  While that idiot Kanye West is rattling off about how Bush doesn't like black people, he is jumping up and down with a big smile on his stupid face. Can we now say that Kanye West loves abusers? But I don't expect anything less than that from an ignorant fool like that.  The music industry, like the sports industry has sunk to the level that we now glorify thugs, felons and fools.  We thinkit's ok to get arrested for carrying unlicensed guns.  We think it's ok to beat the crap out of people and then write a song about it and absolve yourslef of any responsibility for your actions.  We think its fine to glorify the use of drugs and violence to our children.

     Yet the VMAs and MTV don't really care, when they give us crap to watch like the Jersely Shore and Real World.  I'm not even talking about Teen Mom...this show really doesn't glorify pregnancy from what I've seen.  My daughter would never want to end up in their predicamnet.  But we have created this mini universe of people who are parasites on socirty and really offer nothing to the world and are lauded for it.  Oh yes, Chris Brown is a great dancer, yes his songs are catchy.  THE MAN BEAT UP A WOMAN!!  Does anyone seem to care?  I don't think so; after all, it's been a few years already.  What's the big deal right?

     How do you all feel about this topic?  Please comment and tweet about it!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Yes I am back.  And I have an interesting question to pose to you all.  Right now, I am starting the process of packing up my child for her trip to college.  She is a freshman and it is her first time.  We are all a little on edge, a little nervous and a little scared.  I anticipate it all going well, even though she has about 40 pairs of shoes to find room for.  But this is her first time moving away and she is starting a new chapter in her life (that will definitely be the subject of many more posts I am sure!)

    But I was faced with the question of  "Well you aren't going to have to do this every year.  You won't have to go with her next year."  I thought to myself, "Huh?  Why wouldn't I?"  And people explained to me that she won't need me as much next year, that it will be so much easier for her.   There will be no adjustment period.  Blah, blah blah.  I said, what does any of that have to do with anything?  Why wouldn't I want to go down with her next year, if she wanted me to?  I have friends who have a child who will be a senior this year and they are taking her back to school.  I didn't think it strange at all.  Friends have said to me that I am still thinking of my daughter as a baby.  When I talk to them nd tell them of people I know who are still taking their almost graduated children up to school, they scoff and say the parents are too over-protective, and their children will never break free of these "helicoptor-type" parents.

   I don't see it that way (And funny enough, these are parents who wouldn't dream of letting their children walk around NYC and take the subways, something that both my children have bee doing for years now).  I don't see it as over-protective-ness or smothering them.  I see it as being involved and leting my child know that her parents are there for her and if she wants us we will always be there for her.  It's also what makes me comfortable and how I feel.

    What do you all think?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

From Child to Parent to Child

     I've been MIA for the past week.My elderly mother fell and broke her hip and is in the hosptal doing rehap.  Remarkably, she is up and walking and we hope to have her fully mobile soon enough.  She said to me, that now she is like the child and I am her parent.  It is true, that at some point, if you are lucky enough to have a parent who reaches an advanced age, that your role is reveresed; whereas once they worried about you eating right, bundling up against the cold and making sure not to catch a cold, you now assume the poisition of parent to your parent.
     My mother is the best caregiver in the world but is the worst patient.  She readily admits it too.  She can't take any kind of pain.  It is hard for me to see her laying in bed, whereas she was always up and about and verylively.  Thankfully her mind is good, and she is still able to complain about the economy, or how bad the food is, and can I bring her potato chips and ice cream.  (Hey, she's 92 if she wants it, she's getting it!)  She knows that this is a big set back for her.  She was living just one month in a n assisted living facility.  We had moved her out of her big house becuse we were afraid of this happening there.  So it happened where she was surrounded by people.
     I guess the point of this post is that we as mothers (and fathers) are always in some type of caregiver situation.  Our children can get older and they think they need us less, but it isn't so; they just need us differently.  As our parents age, we assume the role of their caregiver; most elderly pople don't have anyone to advocate for them. All my life my mother has cared for me; I could never give up on her.  We just take it in stride and add it to the list of what we as parents know is a never ending job. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Friendship, Facebook and everything in between

     You know it's funny.  One of the first things we do as parents when our children are old enough is to tell them "Don't talk to strangers", and "Never respond to a stranger online."  .  I really was not too savvy on the interent, and mainly used it to plan my daughter's bat mitzvah.  While planning her party, I found this group of women who were also planning their parties, and we would chat and email each other.  Several months down the line, we all decided to meet for lunch.  Little did I know that this would be the start of friendships with a special group of women, who really are like a family to me.  We have met for the past 4 years, formally at lunches, and informally for parties, dinner, concerts and unfortunately funerals.  I count on these women like they are my sisters.  Because they are.

     When I joined Facebook, about 3-4 years ago, I did so mainly to spy on my kids (yep, I said it!) and to just see what the hype was about, and play games.  One night just playing around, I decided to put in the names of people who I went to elementary school with, and up popped familiar names.  Little by little, we have found each other; from all over the country, all reuniting.  Some of us have known each other from 1st grade.  The funny thing is that I noticed that with some of the people, I may have gone through a lot of schooling with them, but we just will never be anything more than "Facebook friends".  With others, we have sort of found our way back and rekindled old friendships.  Its a nice feeling, to have found your past, and know that there are so many people to share old memories with.

     I started the discussion yesterday about anorexia not only because of the Today show segment, or because I have a teenaged daughter, but because through Facebook, I found out that one of my oldest friends died of it.  She died when she was 34.  I had lost touch with her in college, and we didn't have Facebook back then.  A mutual friend whom I found again on Facebook, told me that story.  I found an old picture of her and put it up on Facebook.  That picture engendered so many comments and brought back so many wonderful memories of our friend and each other.  It turned out to be a ccelebration of her life in a way.

     It also made me realize how lucky our children are now.  They will never lose touch with their friends.  They won't have to wait 30 years to find someone and renew a friendship.  And for all the "bad stuff" that Facebook does lead to, if we know our children and keep that parental eye on them, they can use the Internet for its bast possible use.

    How has Facebook and the Internet changed your life?  Have you found new friends and old?

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Skinny

     So here's the deal.  As women, many of us are conditioned to think that we aren't ever thin enough.  We look in the mirror and we don't see what everyone else sees.  When we were little, maybe our mothers  told us "you don't really need that extra cookie", or "do you really need that?"  Everywhere we go, we are bombarded by the sights of weight loss plans, television commercials and workout videos.  We can watch Celebrity Fit Club and The Biggest Loser, and feel comforted that we are not alone. "See-look, she got fat too!  It isn't just me!!"

     But now we have a different issue.  What about those celebrities who have their babies and are then thin again in 2 or 3 weeks.  What's up with them?  Are they really human?  Look at Giselle, and Gwenyth and Victoria Beckahm.  It seems that one day they are pregnant, and the next day, boom, they are back to a size 2.  Are they starving themselves?  Are they trying to eat healthy?  Are they obsessing over their weight and going to the gym for 5 hours a day?  Maybe.

     Last week, on the Today show, Dr. Nancy Snyderman went off on a different type of momma drama.  The "Mommyrexic"  These are women who are so afraid to gain the weight during their pregnancy, that they actually diet while pregnant.  Is that sick or what?  Now, the controversy has arisen, as Dr. Snyderman sort of "went off" a little during the segment, and called it  "an Upper East Side, white girl issue."

     Now, I don't really know how I feel about that.  (Disclaimer-I don't live on the Upper East Side.)  I do see these women, who teeter around on their high heels, with their little bump and are oh so very proud when they say "Yes, I'm 8 months and I only gained 10 pounds!"  I know that there are doctors who will "help" these women not to gain too much weight while pregnant.  But there are also women who are dangerously obese and do not try to get to a healthy weight.  The truth of the matter is we send mixed messages to women.  We tell them it is ok to "accept your body" and "show your curves".  But then we are bombarded by magazines that do countdown to bikini season and give more ab exercises than there are grains of sand on the beach.

     Anorexia is a very serious issue among the young girls of today.  It is a killer for some.  My children know a girl in their school who is in 10th grade and is in rehab a second time for anorexia.  It is very, very sad to see girls judge their self worth by how skinny they are.  But I don't think the problem is only what Dr. Snyderman says.  It isn't just an Upper East Side white girl issue.  It is a psychological issue regarding control over one's own body  Statistics are changing.  This article shows that eating disorders aren't just a "rich white girl thing" anymore.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/eating-disorders-minorities.html.  It is a problem that we as parents must be vigilant about.

     How do you all talk to your daughters about food and weight and body image?

     I am including a link to the Today show segment, below.
http://youtu.be/oVrXPfBgxL0

Friday, July 29, 2011

So I have noticed that the links to the printables don't seem to be working.  I will try to correct.  For now here are some on-line codes.  I was happy to see Tillys-my son loves taht store and 30% is a great deal!!


  TILLYS Coupon Codes
30% off Red Tag Sale Expires: Aug 5, 2011
Save 30% off Red Tag Sale items - enter coupon code "SUMMER30


JCPenney Printable and Online Coupons   JCPENNEY Coupon Codes
10% off all furniture and mattress Expires: Jul 30, 2011
  
Save 10% off all furniture and mattress orders - enter coupon code "FURNISH"  New Online and Printable Coupons


Just My Size Printable and Online Coupons   JUST MY SIZE Coupon Codes
FREE Shipping on $70+ order Expires: Jul 30, 2011
 
Get FREE Shipping on order of $70 or more - click through link, discount will be automatically applied in shopping cart  New Online and Printable Coupons


Reebok Specialty Printable and Online Coupons   REEBOK SPECIALTY Coupon Codes
40% off Apparel Expires: Aug 4, 2011
Save 40% off Any Apparel Item with a pair of ZigTechs - enter coupon code "ZIGTECH40


Kmart Printable and Online Coupons   KMART Coupon Codes
15% off Almost Everything Expires: Jul 30, 2011
  Expiring or Expired Online and Printable Coupons
Save 15% off Almost Everything - enter coupon code "JULYSALE"  New Online and Printable Coupons


Sears Printable and Online Coupons   SEARS Coupon Codes
$20 off order over $200 Expires: Jul 30, 2011
  
Save $20 off order over $200 - enter coupon code "SEARSTWENTY


JCPenney Printable and Online Coupons   JCPENNEY Coupon Codes
$2.99 shipping on any order Expires: Jul 31, 2011
 
Get $2.99 shipping on any order - enter coupon code "SHIP299


Sports Authority Printable and Online Coupons   SPORTS AUTHORITY Coupon Codes
FREE Shipping on all Backpacks PROMO Expires: Sep 3, 2011
Get FREE Shipping on all Backpacks - click through link, discount will be automatically applied in shopping cart  


Guitar Center Printable and Online Coupons   GUITAR CENTER Coupon Codes
$10 off $49, $100 off $500+ purchases Expires: Jul 31, 2011 
Save $10 off purchases of $49 or $100 off purchases of $499 or more - enter coupon code "SAVEUP"  


Sears Printable and Online Coupons   SEARS Coupon Codes
15% off Shoes & Fine Jewelry Expires: Jul 31, 2011
 
Save 15% off Shoes & Fine Jewelry - enter coupon code "SEARSAUGUST15"  


Danskin.com Printable and Online Coupons   DANSKIN.COM Coupon Codes
30% off Summer 2011 Collection Expires: Aug 4, 2011
Save 30% off Our Summer 2011 Collection - enter coupon code "SUM11"  

Bath and Body Works Printable and Online Coupons   BATH AND BODY WORKS Coupon Codes
Get 2011 Summer VIP Bag $20 Expires: Aug 11, 2011
Get 2011 Summer VIP Bag ($75 Value!) $20 with any $30 Purchase - enter coupon code "SUMMERBAG11


eCampus.com Printable and Online Coupons   ECAMPUS.COM Coupon Codes
$3 off order over $60 Expires: Jul 31, 2011
  
Save $3 off order over $60 - enter coupon code "COACHELLA"


eCampus.com Printable and Online Coupons   ECAMPUS.COM Coupon Codes
$4 off order over $80 Expires: Jul 31, 2011
 
Save $4 off order over $80 - enter coupon code "LOLLAPALOOZA"




Christopher & Banks Printable and Online Coupons   CHRISTOPHER & BANKS Coupon Codes
15% off Everything Expires: Jul 30, 2011
  
Save 15% off Everything - enter coupon code "JULYBAN



Here we go again-Friday Coupon Roundup!!!

I hope these work now!

New York & Company Coupons

$50 or $100 New York & Company Coupon
Print coupon for a $50 discount on purchases of $100 or $100 discount on purchases of $200 or more. See coupon for more details. ( July-29-2011 )

$25 New York & Company Coupon ( August-5-2011 )
Print coupon for a $25 discount on purchases in store over $75 . See coupon for more details.

Note : To redeem in store, print and present the coupons at the register

bath & body works$10 Bath and Body Works Coupon ( New! July-31-2011 )
Print coupon for a $10 discount on purchases over $30 in store..

Bath and Body Works Coupon - Free Body Care Item
Print coupon for a free signature collection body care item with purchases of $10 or more. ( August-14-2011 )

Bath and Body Works In Store Offer - $20 VIP Bag
In store offer, no coupon necessary. Get a Summer VIP Bag, a $75 value filled with 11 products including a full size shower gel, body lotion and fragrance mist for $20 with purchases of $30 or more. See page for more details... ( August-2-2011 )

Bath & Body Works Coupon - Free Body Lotion
Register and receive a printable coupon by email for a free travel size body lotion with any $5 Purchase.. ( Must Sign Up

Rue 21$20-$40-$60-$80 Rue 21 Coupon ( August-7-2011 )
Print coupon for a $20 discount on $50, $40 discount on $100, $60 discount $150 and $80 discount on purchases of $200 or more, valid at Rue21 stores. See coupon for more details...

20% Rue 21 Coupon ( December-31-2011 )
Print coupon for a 20% discount on your entire purchase, valid at Rue21 stores. See coupon for more details...

20% Rue 21 Coupon ( Must Sign Up )
Join their rue 21 community and they will send you a coupon for a 20% discount in store or online.. Valid at your local Rue 21 stores. See page for more details...

$5 Old Navy Coupon ( New! August-4-2011 )
Enter your first and last name to print your coupon for a $5 discount on your entire purchase over $25, valid at any Old Navy store in the U.S. See coupon for more details.

Old Navy $4 Deals Promotion - In Store Offer ( July-30-2011 )
Old Navy $4 Deals for the family! Hurry in b4 it ends! No coupon needed.
- Swim for all at $4
- basic graphic tees for adults and kids at $4
- basic tees starting at $4
- shorts starting at $4

dollar general$5 Dollar General Coupon + More
Several printable grocery coupons for dollar general, print coupons for glade, big G cereal, progresso, wisk, and more + a $5 coupon. (July-29-2011 Only)

Dollar General Coupons ( Ongoing )
You can also Print coupons for dollar general here, they take them.

More Dollar General Coupons ( Must Sign Up )
Sign up for Dollar General emails to receive great values and special offers.

15% Macys Coupon - Apparel ( July-31-2011 )
Macys Wow! Pass. Print coupon for a 15% discount on select sale and clearance apparel for kids, juniors and young men. See coupon for more details...

15% Macys Coupon - Home Items ( August-2-2011 )
Macys Wow! Pass. Print coupon for a 15% discount on select home items. See coupon for more details...

$10 Macys Coupon - With Donation ( New! July-31-2011 )
Give $3 and Print a coupon for a $10 discount on in store purchases over $50. See page for more details

20%-25% or 30% The Childrens Place Coupon
Print coupons for a 20% discount on $40, 25% discount on $50 or $30% discount on purchases of $60 or more. See coupons for more details.( July-31-2011 )

$5 The Childrens Place Coupon - In Store ( July-31-2011 )
In store offer, no coupon necessary. For every denim item you buy, get a $5 coupon to use on your next in-store purchase. See page for more details...

5% The Childrens Place In Store Offer ( Ongoing )
In store offer, no coupon necessary. Get 5% discount on every purchase, every day when you shop with your place card. See page for more details.

Kohl's15% Kohls Coupon ( July 29-31-2011 )
Print coupon necessary for a 15% discount on all sale, regular and clearance priced merchandise. See page for more details.

$10 Kohls Cash In Store Offer ( July-31-2011 )
In store offer, no coupon necessary, get $10 kohls cash for every $50 you spend in store on all sale, regular and clearance priced merchandise. See page for more details.
Express Coupons

express fashion$25-$50-$75 Express Coupon ( New! )
Print coupon for a $25 discount on $75, $50 discount on $150 or $75 discount on purchases of $250 or more. Valid at express stores in the USA. ( August-1-2011 )

25% Express Coupon - Dresses
Print coupon for a 25% discount on all dresses. Valid at express stores in the USA. ( August-1-2011 )

15% Express Coupon ( August-9-2011 )
Print coupon for a 15% discount on your entire purchase. Valid at express stores in the USA.
Timberland Coupons

30% Timberland Coupon - Sale Items
Print the whole page for a 30% discount on all sale items at Timberland stores. See coupon for more details...( August-1-2011 )

10% Printable Timberland Coupon( Must Sign Up )
Print coupon and get a 10% discount on your entire in store purchase. Printed coupon must be presented at time of purchase. See coupon for more details...
Carters Coupons

Carter's20% Carters Coupon ( August-3-2011 )
Print coupon for a 20% discount in store on your entire purchase over $40.. See printable coupon for more details.

20% Carters Coupon ( September-7-2011 )
Print coupon for a 20% discount in store on your entire purchase over $40.. See printable coupon for more details.

Aeropostale$10 Aeropostale Coupon - Jeans
Print out the coupon for a $10 discount on any pair of jeans, redeemable at any Aeropostale store in the U.S.. See coupon for more details... ( New! July-31-2011 )

Future > Aeropostale Coupons ( Must Sign Up )
You can receive printable coupons for Aeropostale if you sign up, you will be the first to know when they are available

B1G1 Free Einstein Bros Coupon
Print coupon for a buy one, get one free triple decker club sandwich at participating Einstein Bros locations only. See coupon for more details.( August-24-2011 )

Einstein Bros Coupon - Free Schmear
Print coupon for one free additional tub of schmear with the purchase of a bagel bucket at participating Einstein Bros locations only. See coupon for more details. ( July-31-2011 )

Einstein Bros In store Offer - Free Treat
In store offer, no coupon necessary. Happy Hour Every Day (2:00 pm-close). Get a free fresh baked treat with purchase of any bev
Toys R Us Coupons

20% Toys R Us Coupon - Toys
"Like" them on Facebook and print coupon for a 20% discount on any one regular priced toy item. See coupon for more details..(August-14-2011)

5 Toyss R Us Coupons ( July-30-2011 )
- 50% discount on Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer
- 10% or 15% discount when you buy 2 or 3 Carters Bedding items
- 20% discount on all electric breast pumps
- 20% discount on all monitors
- 20% discount on 3-wheeled jogging and all-terrain strollers

7 Toys R Us Coupons ( July-30-2011 )
- free $30 gift card when you buy a Nintendo 3DS
- free $30 gift card when you buy a Nintendo Wii
- save $10 all character-themed scooter
- B1G1 40% discount on all Xbox 360 andPS3 video games
... and more

$2 Toys R Us Coupon - Huggies Wipes ( August-11-2011 )
Print coupon for a $2 discount on all Huggies Baby Wipes value boxes (320-ct. or higher) See coupon for more details

30% Lane Bryant Coupon ( July-31-2011 )
Print the whole email for a 30% discount on your entire purchase including buy one get one 50% discount on denim at Lane Bryant stores. See coupon for more details...

$25-$50-$75 Lane Bryant Coupon
Print coupon for a $25 discount on $75, $50 discount on $150 and $75 discount on purchases of $225 or more at Lane Bryant stores. See coupon for more details... ( July-31-2011

Ann Taylor Loft
40% Ann Taylor Loft Coupon ( July-28-2011 )
Print and present the whole page in store for a 40% discount on your full price purchase, valid at any Loft store. See page for more details. (12-6pm)

15% Ann Taylor Loft Coupon ( July-30-2011 )
Print out the whole page for a 15% discount on purchases of $75 or more, valid at any Loft Outlet store. See page for more details.

20% Ann Taylor Loft Coupon ( August-13-2011 )
Print out the whole email for a 20% discount on purchases of $100 or more, valid at any Loft Outlet store. See page for more details..

Ann Taylor Loft Coupons ( Must Sign Up )
Sign up for email updates and receive coupons and more for Ann Taylor Loft stores...

Note : Coupon is valid both at at Ann taylor loft retailers and ann taylor factory stores.. If you have trouble finding a local retailer, go here to find Ann Taylor Loft store locations
   

25%-30% J.Jill Coupon ( July-31-2011 )
Print the whole page for a 25% discount on $80 and 30% discount on purchases of $100 or more. See coupon for more details.

15% J.Jill Coupon - Teachers ( December-31-2011 )
In store offer, you don't have to print page, receive 15% discount on regular priced purchases with a valid teachers ID. See page for more details

4 Quiznos Coupons ( Hot! Limited Prints )
- Free BOGO Sub coupon
- Buy a large sub and get a chip or cookie and drink
- $1 off, or $2 off sub coupon
- Large Meal for only $9.99.

$1- $2 Quiznos Coupon ( August-1-2011 )
Print coupon for a $1 discount on a regular sub or regular salad or $2 discount on a large sub.

Quiznos Coupon - Free Sub ( Must Sign Up )
Once you submit your Free Sub registration you will receive a confirmation email for your personalized printable Quiznos coupon. You will also be able to send your friends a Free Sub at that time









Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Sounds of Silence

     It's the moment when you are having that "discussion" with your chhild that you reach the point where the unthinkable happens-they say or do something that goes beyond the point of no return for you.  At that time, I pick myself up and say "That's it.  I don't want to talk anymore."  And I don't.  I walk away and don't answer.
     People have told me that reacting that way is childish on my part, and that it is better to get it all out.  I don't agree.  People say hurtful things in anger and I am no different.  But to keep on going when the situation is escalating can get out of control.  For me, it is better to walk away and cool down, than say something that may last within my children or husband's psyche for years.  I always say"words mean something."
     My family like to talk.  It drives my husband crazy if I don't talk to him.  He will keep after me and try to wear me down to talk.  I tell him once or twice to leave me alone.  If he persists, I just get up and don't answer him.  But it isn't really about him, it's about the way I feel.  My kids will ususally be ok with me not speaking (not surprising!) and it really doesn't happen that often.  After a while things cool down and get back to normal.
     How do you all deal with arguments and do you talk it out or give the silent treatment?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Them Good Old Days

I remember when I was little and my parents would constantly talk about how much better things were "in the old days."  Everything was cheaper for sure; movies were a nickel, as were subway rides and hot dogs.  Children respected their elderse better (I was told) and the world was a "different place." 
I think about that now, as my children are growing and I can also say that I have said to them how much better things were in the good old days.  We could playon the street and not worry about strangers kidnapping us- then again we actually played on the street-no video games, no computers!!  There was no texting back and forth incessantly-we had one phone and if my parents wanted to make a call, they would yell "get off the phone already!"  People in the neighborhood knew who you were and watched out for you.  And yes, everything was still cheaper.  We had the traveling watermelon truck deliver us ice cold watermelon in the summer,, the rides truck come by and you would climb on and get nauseated for a few thrilling minutes.  We played stickball and hopscotch and handball against the wall.  If one of the kids got hurt, ew went and got a band aid.  No one threatened to sue anyone.
The funny thing is that I hear my kids saying that things were better when they were younger (remember they are 14 and 17).  My kids have grown up in the age of technology.  If someone sneezes across town, they an say "bless you".  Everything is instantaneous.  And for many things, there is simply too much information (or TMI, as they call it).  Do we really need to know about Lindsay Lohan's 20th arrest, or what Kim Kardashian thinks about anything? (if she does).
The point is, we never know how good we had it, until its gone forever.
My kids have lived through 9/11.  Itr was my daugher's first day of school, but she was the afternoon session and it never opened.  She walked home through the streets with a wet towel over her face.  Both of them have friends who lost parents in the tragedy.  And from that terrible day has come a loss of their innocence.  People are more suspicious.  Life has taken on a wary note-"if you see something say something". Traveling has become a hardship and an ordeal; frightening at times.  I fear they will never again know a world without the threat of terrorism.  But it isn't only that.  Their loss of innocence come from this constant over-exposure to everything in the world.  We know that there was the same types of people in the world back in the 1900's than there are now-people killed children and eachother but we as children were protected from hearign about it by our paretns. I think we grew up a little niave. There is very little we can hope to sheild our children from anymore.  And frnakly, I thnk it has made our children better and stronger in ways that we don't even know yet.  My children can grow up in a world that is much more open than mine was.  They have opinions about things I didn't even know existed.  I am sad for how much negativity they see and hear, but at the same time, I am encouraged to see them think on their own.

How do you all feel about them good ole days?

Friday, July 22, 2011

More savings-coupon codes for on-line shopping

Here are a few on line stores that have good codes you can use.


The Limited Printable and Online Coupons   THE LIMITED Coupon Codes
40% off all purchaseExpires: Jul 24, 2011
  
Save 40% off all purchase - enter coupon code "SAVE40"  


Moosejaw Printable and Online Coupons   MOOSEJAW Coupon Codes
FREE Water BobbleExpires: Jul 27, 2011 
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Esprit Printable and Online Coupons   ESPRIT Coupon Codes
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Banana Republic Printable and Online Coupons   BANANA REPUBLIC Coupon Codes
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Old Navy Printable and Online Coupons   OLD NAVY Coupon Codes
30% off any purchaseExpires: Jul 22, 2011
  
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Saks Fifth Avenue Printable and Online Coupons   SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Coupon Codes
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Nautica Printable and Online Coupons   NAUTICA Coupon Codes
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Bebe Printable and Online Coupons   BEBE Coupon Codes
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Sears Printable and Online Coupons   SEARS Coupon Codes
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SmartBargains.com Printable and Online Coupons   SMARTBARGAINS.COM Coupon Codes
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FREE Shipping on $100 purchaseExpires: Aug 4, 2011 
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Kmart Printable and Online Coupons   KMART Coupon Codes
20% off Baby & Toddler ApparelExpires: Jul 23, 2011
  
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Kmart Printable and Online Coupons   KMART Coupon Codes
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