Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 Tips to Prepare for Next Christmas RIGHT NOW

I have to say it, I'm so glad Christmas is over! I hope yours was somewhat enjoyable.

Before we know it, we will be back around again to the Christmas hustle and bustle of 2016. Yeah, I know. Don't remind me, either! 2015 was enough for me!

Wouldn't it be nice if you knew you had already made preparations the year before? Believe it or not, you can take a whole lot of stress of yourself by preparing now.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

What We Have Taught Our Nine Children About Santa (And Why Mine Won't Be Writing Angry Letters To Us)

With nine kids ranging from one-year-old to sixteen-years-old, all of them still believe in Santa, believe it or not. Heck, even I believe in Santa still!

We teach our children that Santa is similar to God. I know what you are thinking. Follow me here for a moment, though.

We never actually see Santa or God, but we still believe in them. The Polar Express has always helped me with teaching this concept to our kids in a way that they can understand. The story about the bell (of belief) and how it stops ringing for children when they stop believing brings tears to my eyes every time I read the book or watch the movie.

The wonderful thing is that bell has not stopped ringing for any of my kids. It probably will never stop ringing.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Food Coma Ahead: My New Favorite Del Monte Holiday Recipes (Images)

It's the most delicious time of the year! Or so you would think in our house!

Preparing holiday meals is an extremely important tradition in our family -- it has been since I was a little girl. During the holiday season, we'd always make tons of veggie casseroles, cornbread, and let's not forget the desserts! We would all gather around Gramma's kitchen - I used to love the smell of everything browning and bubbling in the oven.  

I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays

Saturday, December 19, 2015

WINTER BREAK - Expert Tips to Re-Energize Students & Inspire a Strong Second Semester

By Barbara Dianis, author of Grade Transformer for the Modern Student
Winter break is upon us, and for students it can either serve as a time to let what they’ve learned during the first half of the school year slip away, or it can be a time to re-energize them for the spring semester. Here are a few of the most common hurdles parents face, and some ideas for what they can do to successfully get over them with their child.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Why My Disciplined and Your Undisciplined Kids Don't Mix

I discipline my children. I hold them up to expectations, and my expectations are fairly high. If they step out of line, they will be disciplined. And, yes, if it's bad enough, I will spank them.

I am no fool. Children are children, and mine are no different than any other kid when they start playing with other kids. They can get caught up in the moment. I'm referring to my little ones, in this instance. They also can be easily swayed and influenced by other kids, especially when they spend enough time with the other children.

Like most kids, my children are loving and kind. We have taught them to embrace others without prejudice. We expect them to be kind to others and to treat other people with respect. We keep them in good neighborhoods (although we would prefer them to be inside on computers than play with a raw mixture of unattended children out and about in the neighborhood. As a matter of fact, we would prefer they stay in our own yard. Who knows what is beyond that?) Of course, they aren't perfect. And when they step out of line, like I said, they get disciplined.

If your children are playing with my children, I expect you to have similar expectations of your children as I do of mine and I also expect you to discipline your children, or it's just not going to work out in the long run. If you refuse to discipline your children because you "love them," or better yet, medicate them because you cannot "control" their behavior, sooner or later, this situation isn't going to work.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Coco Austin's New Baby Girl and Why She's Defending Her Motherhood

Nobody should have to defend their motherhood. Unless, of course, they are totally screwing up their kids. Let's be honest, though, most of us are trying our best at accomplishing something that we didn't have an ounce of training or experience with - parenting is by trial and error, no matter who you are! Even if you're successful with your first child, that doesn't mean it's going to go just as smoothly the next round.

Regardless, if you find yourself defending your motherhood like Coco Austin has been, JUST STOP.

New PRESS ROOM on Mommy Rantings - PR Newswire (Plus FREE Benefits for Bloggers & Journalists)

Disclosure: First of all, I want to say up front, that I was not required or requested to post this. I was approached with the possibility of a partnership, but a blog post was not part of it. I decided to write this one on my own. The more I read about the benefits of this website and company, the more I thought...there are a lot of people I know who would love to be part of this!

FREE STUFF TOO? Oh, yes, for the most part, all of these resources are free. Who doesn't love free?

So, here's the lowdown:

I'd like to welcome and thank our new partner, PR Newswire! If you go to the News Channel on Mommy Rantings, you will find syndicated press releases from PR Newswire that are geared toward us parents. (Go ahead and click the News Channel link and check out the new section of Mommy Rantings, I'll wait.)

Saturday, December 12, 2015

"Hello...From the Mother Side" Parody (Video) Uproarious Depiction of Motherhood!

This is one of those posts that simply does not need any commentary. But, I will say...especially during the holidays, and with nine kids, I feel her! I truly, truly feel her!

So, without further ado, here is Emily Mills' parody of Adele's Hello:

What Brings Back the Magic During the Holidays Every Time

I confess, I can be a downright Scrooge during the holidays! Bah humbug!

Ironically, I never really did let go of the spirit of Santa. Even when I had been told Santa was not real, I still "believed." I kept believing. I never stopped. I never did come to terms with that information.

Friday, December 11, 2015

"The Christmas Virtues" Book Review

It's book review Friday and I have the perfect curl-up-in-bed or cozy-in-front-of-the-fire book for just about everyone this holiday season.

Maybe you don't have time to sit down and read full-blown romance or thrillers during the holidays, and the honest truth is that you would prefer something a little more on the lighter side. Maybe short stories?

They wrote The Seven Deadly Virtues and The Dadly Virtues and now, with perfect timing, comes The Christmas Virtues.

Breaking the Rules Book Hits Amazon Best Sellers Top 100!

I am ecstatic to announce that my new release, Breaking the Rules, has already hit the Amazon Best Seller Top 100 list for Parenting Reference!

It's currently at the #42 position!

Yes, I discuss 7 controversial parenting issues, but I do it with my children's best interests in mind. I oppose all of the experts, but rightly so. Excerpt:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Truth About Elf on the Shelf

We never did buy into the whole Elf on the Shelf concept.

Part of the reason why is because I have a personal issue with glorifying a "Bad Elf" or a "Mischievous Elf" or whatever you want to call the little punk. Especially during the same exact season that we are constantly reminding our children that "Santa's coming soon! You better be on your best behavior!"

First of all, like we need One.More.Thing to take up our time during the holiday season! Apparently, there are a whole lot of people who just don't have enough activities and parties and school holiday events to keep you busy, but I darn sure do not have time to orchestrate the naughty endeavors of the little Shelf Elf.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

12 Days of Mom Complaints

I think it's time to switch up from all of this thankfulness and let off some steam during this holiday season.

If you pay any attention to Facebook, you would notice that people spend a lot of time trying to remind each other - and themselves - to count their blessings.

Let's face it.

There's a reason we have to remind each other. Probably because anyone who wears Mom Shoes (or the Mom Hat, or whatever you want to call it), sometimes find it difficult to veer our brains away from the myriad of reasons to complain.

After all, our kids, alone, give us plenty of reasons to complain on an hourly basis.

Sure, we love our kids and they are blessings. We all know that. This holiday season, let's put it on the table like it really is. #KeepingItReal

Friday, December 4, 2015

Why I Don't Teach My Kids They Have to Share

Sharing is something that we parents have long argued with our children. How many times have you told one of your kids to share with their younger sibling?

Sharing, unfortunately, is not something parents should be forcing on our children. If you think about it, how does sharing make sense in the adult world?

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Facebook Battle Over Anti-Vaxx and Pro-Vaccination - One Comment Shut the Whole Conversation Down

Even though it happened a few weeks ago, I'm still astonished that someone who I consider a close family member actually had the nerve to oppose me on my book promo post!

Any author will tell you that promoting their book is probably the single most difficult thing about writing and publishing a book. Don't get me wrong, every single part of writing, publishing and marketing a book is grueling, however if an author has no marketing experience, the promotion part can feel, at the very least, awkward.

Fortunately, I have a plethora of marketing experience.

So, a few weeks ago, I posted a promo pitch on my Facebook account that had this anti vaccine meme attached:

I understand that childhood vaccinations fall under the touchy subject category, hence the reason it's in my controversial book Breaking the Rules! When you write about controversial issues, you have to be prepared to back up what you say.

And I did. In my book.

Apparently, when you are promoting your controversial book, you have to be prepared to back it up on your promo Facebook posts, too, because one of my cousins decided to try to out me! I could post screenshots, but something tells me not to. I don't know whether it's my professionalism or my love for the family member and friends who commented, but whatever, I have to follow my gut instinct.

Even quoting the comments makes me a bit worried, but if they said it on Facebook for the whole world to see, then I'm sure there's nothing wrong with me quoting them.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Hero of the Holidays: 4 Ways to Bring Family Together

By Margery Leveen Sher, author of The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing: Change Your Life Without Changing Your Routine

Ah, the holidays are upon us. What does it bring to your mind?

Catching up with relatives you haven’t seen for a while? Gorging on turkey and treasured, old family recipes? Enjoying the little children who have been born to cousins in the past few years? Talking with the grandparents?

Or maybe your holiday isn’t always quite so idyllic.

Are you cringing at the thought of several hours with grouchy Uncle Bob? Are you hoping the kids running wild don’t grab you with sticky, dessert-covered hands? Are you preparing to pop an Advil for the noise and to grab a large glass of wine as Gramps tells you the same World War II stories again?

Whichever your mindset and past experience is, there are new ways for you to truly enjoy yourself all while being… the Hero of the Holidays!

Monday, November 30, 2015

'Tis the Season to...Get Rowdy? What Are We Teaching Our Kids

So, here's the example we are setting for our kids...people running to the stores the day after everyone shouts out their "I'm so thankful for..." spiels, grabbing boxes out of the hands of children and acting a total fool.

Black Friday. Yes, it's a wonderful, beautiful, touching example of how people should not act in the season of "giving."

But, wait!

My 15-year-old (as of December 1, happy birthday to her!) daughter just came to me a few hours ago and asked if I had heard the news about Black Friday. Her friend in Canada had told my daughter that she wouldn't want to live in the U.S. if people were fighting in stores the day after we were supposed to "be all thankful."

Which is what inspired me to write this.

This year, people couldn't wait until the day of thanks was even over before the battle of the Christmas sales began. And it just happens to be that the most wanted gift for 2015 is....

A vegetable steamer! Or so, the rest of the world would think, listening to the U.S. top news stories, like the one about the lady who grabbed a box out of a young boy's hand at an undisclosed store.

Now, rumor has it that this particular video that went viral is a hoax, however, it's not the only story about shoppers going stupid on Black Friday. Every year, it seems, there is one brawl or another or at least shoppers grabbing boxes from each other.

Not all of them are hoaxes. This is how people act the day after Thanksgiving. About an item that they are buying during the season of giving.

This is what we are teaching our children.

I had to laugh when I read that the Daily News called it Black-eye Friday. People are even fighting in the food malls now, not necessarily even fighting over gifts.

I'm sure this makes Santa happy.

Security is urged to ramp up by the police. Black Friday is no joke anymore. The best thing we all can do is enjoy our Thanksgiving and relax the day after. Matter of fact, relax the entire weekend!

A billion less was spent Black Friday 2015 for a reason.

It's no secret: Black Friday is usually not the best deals, but rather a teaser for the sales to come. Besides, Black Friday has a much darker connotation than Cyber Monday (named after those of you who sneak and continue to shop at work after the long weekend), for example.

Don't lie, 85% of people asked said they would be shipping Cyber Monday, according to a survey by DealNews. Go ahead and pretend you are one of the 15% of the people who won't.

People ran out to spend $10.4 billion a few days ago, on Black Friday 2015, which was actually down over $1 billion as compared to last year. Makes you wonder what the outcome of Cyber Monday will be. Adobe is predicting their online sales for Cyber Monday will be over $3 billion for their company alone.

Honestly, I find this all quite outrageous. Yes, it's the season to give! But, are we merely fulfilling shopping lists and wish lists or are we actually giving? To me, there's a huge difference, and I find that we are not truly focusing on the fact that it's giving from the heart, not shopping from a list.

You will not find me shopping on Black Friday and even though you will find me online on Cyber Monday, it won't be shopping that I am doing. It's all about manufacturers making money (I'm sorry, but it's true), and we "consumers" have been falling for the trap for decades now.

But, anyway, I'll get over that.

What I can't get over is the entire concept that we're teaching our children. Because they are learning by our actions. If we're shopping on Black Friday as a tradition, that's what they are going to think they should do.

That's not teaching them to give - from the heart. Cyber Monday isn't teaching kids to give from the heart, either, although if you're sneaking at work, how are they ever going to find out. Black Friday is passing on to our children a tradition of shopping, not giving. A tradition of shopping from a list, no less.

It's truly not one of the things that I want to make a tradition in our family. My children know that mom relaxes, and quite possibly decorates for Christmas with daddy and the children while Christmas tunes are playing. Not shopping. Never shopping. I refuse to commercialize Christmas.

It's the season to spend with our loved ones. 

Memories and special moments like decorating for Christmas far bypass any gift that can be procured on Black Friday, in my opinion. Don't you agree?

Sure, the media, and quite possibly your friends, act like if you don't run out shopping on Black Friday, you will be the only one totally missing out. But, we all know that if you sit tight and spend time with your family that day, another sale will pop up before Christmas on gift must-gets.

Those hot items that were on sale on Black Friday will surely see a dip in price again before Christmas. You just have to be patient and keep a watchful eye.
I mean, they're your kids, but mine sure won't be feeling the tradition pinch when Black Friday comes around.

Black Friday has always been a family day in this house, a day to continue to be thankful. And, giving has come from the heart more than from the wallet. (Sure, the kids receive certain things that they really want for Christmas - maybe not all, but they also understand the true meaning of Christmas is giving, not receiving.)

I hope my children keep up the same traditions for their own children.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Devil Wears Prada on North West - No Kids at Fashion Week!

The lady who the Devil Wears Prada was created after, Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, has made her statement about kids. I had to laugh, knowing full well how the fashion diva can be with her prim and proper English upbringing. Haven't you seen the Devil Wears Prada?

She said that children don't belong at fashion shows!

This opinion emerged after the fashion mogul sat next to Kim Kardashian at Kanye West's fashion show. While she was cordial at first, after North West threw a temper tantrum and had to be removed from her father's show, Wintour turned obviously cold.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving...

And all through my house, the teens were laying around like bums, and the mice were eating the crumbs.

The littles were making a huge mess near the chimney, I swear...with hopes that the irresponsible teens would clean the mess, I declare.

Papa played music as tried to call it a wrap, because all I wanted to do was lay my head down for a long winter's nap.

{Sigh...} It truly is the eve of Thanksgiving and I have many, many things to be thankful for, but to avoid the expense of potentially seeming all mushy, I will just stick to the facts.

The children are all asleep at 11:20 p.m. #Blessing
The house is as clean as its probably going to get tonight. At least it's better than it was 2 hours ago. #Blessing

We have plenty of food for Thanksgiving. #Blessing

We have friends who love us. #Blessing

We have a roof over our heads. #Blessing

And I'm too tired to list anything else, but we are blessed.

Hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving. Get stuffed like the turkeys and hopefully the kids allow you a well-deserved nap!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dumbed Down Desperate Parenting

There's lazy parenting and then there's desperate parenting. Then there's dumbed down desperate parenting.

Every parent does a little lazy parenting here and there. (Don't hate.)

But, dumbed down desperate parenting...

Well, let's just say most of us have the better sense to avoid it, despite lack of sleep and sanity. Then again, there are plenty of dumbed down parents out there...leaving us somewhat sane, yet still incredibly exhausted parents shaking our heads in astonishment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

5 Ways to Regift the Wrong Way

If you've never received a terrible regift, you're one of the lucky ones!

With the season of giving in full force, I thought it would be more than appropriate to mention regifting.

Some of us (I won't mention names) don't seem to understand the meaning of regifting.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Parenting Perfectly - Or Not (Images)

If you haven't gotten it right by the time you have three or four kids, you're certainly not gonna get it right once you've made it to eight...or nine kids (like me).

Well, let me tell seems we haven't gotten the Parenting Perfectly thing right, and I am resolved to believe that we won't ever get it right.

Here's why:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Some Saturday Afternoon Fun for Parents

Just a few memes for you on this blessed Saturday afternoon:

Upcoming Book Release - Goofing Up

Okay, bear with the cover prototype. It's still in the editing stage...a little blurry, and I'm not sure about the colors. But, we are working on it!

Regardless, I'm excited!

Hopefully, you have already read my book, Breaking the Rules. If not, you have some 'splaining to do! I'm just kidding. But, you really need to catch up.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Evenflo Triple Flow Tumblers - No Leaks!

Sippy cups are a pain in the butt! You have to go through the leaky, drippy, pours out too much or too little at a time issues to empathize how I feel about sippy cups. 

I've had plenty that have worked beautifully until they took their tenth or eleventh bath in the dishwasher, and then somehow, they loosen and just don't work as good as they do new.

I put the Evenflo Triple Flo Tumblers through the gamut of exercises, put it to the test.

Lego's Finally Created Protection for Parents! Anti-Lego Slippers

I mean, it's about bleeping time!

To be honest, I banned those wretched toys from my house well over a decade ago. Then, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine's son brought over a bucket of Lego's and once again reminded me why I banned the worst ever toys in the world!

I swear to you, within moments, that bucket full of tiny pieces of extreme torture was overturned and I just about lost the last marble in my mind! I couldn't yell because...well, because he wasn't my kid.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

What Are Our Children Learning from the News?

If I had it my way, kids wouldn't be exposed to media and the evils of the world. Nobody's kids would, but especially not mine.

Regardless of how I feel, they hear and see the news, even when we do our best to protect them from it.

Let's see. Just this past week, we had a Republican Presidential candidate asked if he would abort a baby Hitler. On the Democratic side of the ticket, Hillary Clinton supporters are fending off rumors that she wears wigs.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Clinging to the Corner of My Bed

We co-sleep. Or bed-share. Or "practice the family bed." Whatever you call it, we do it.

In my case, it would probably be more appropriate to use the term "family bed," because nine nights out of ten, we have at least 3 kids snuggled and sprawled out every which way in our Cal king sized bed.

I actually got the Cal king sized mattress, not so I could let ten kids sleep in my bed with me, but so that I could have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy deliciously comfy nights of sleep.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas 2015 Schedule

When the end of November rolls around, one of the big questions in our mind is: What is the movie lineup for the ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas? If you aren't aware, ABC Family has a knack of compiling all-time favorites, like Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, classics such as Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, newer holiday movies like Prancer, and my favorite of all, the Polar Express.

There is a quick glimpse to the left of some of the movies that you can expect in 2015, but certainly that is not enough for you!

Without further ado, here is the entire schedule:

Tuesday, December 1

7:00-9:30 AM ET/PT – The Preacher’s Wife
11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET/PT – Disney’s A Christmas Carol
1:00–2:30 PM ET/PT – Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
2:30 PM–3:30 PM ET/PT – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
3:30–4:00 PM ET/PT – Frosty’s Winter Wonderland
4:00–6:00 PM ET/PT – Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July
6:00–7:00 PM ET/PT –  The Year without a Santa Claus
7:00–9:00 PM ET/PT – The Polar Express
9:00 PM–12:00 AM ET/PT –  Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:00–1:00 AM ET/PT – The Year without a Santa Claus  Encore Presentation
1:00–2:00 AM ET/PT – Rudolph’s Shiny New Year

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Worry-Wort vs. Problem Solver

While reading an interesting self-quiz the other day at Health Central, I thought: "Self, am I a Worry-Wort or am I a Problem Solver?"

As I made my way through the answers of the quiz, which basically described how Worry-Worts would handle the questions as opposed to how Problem Solvers would manage through them, I became more and more befuddled.

Monday, November 9, 2015

5 Jobs Parenting has Qualified Me For

There was a point in time that I poured my blood, sweat, and tears in the "real" working world. I had a career. I had goals and ambitions that revolved around my career.

What? You thought I've always sat at home in my pajamas, writing nonsensical blog posts and books? Sipping on coffee in the morning and wine at night, enjoying the "good life" of staying in the house all day, with no *real* responsibilities?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Halloween is Long Over - Throw Out the Candy!

I was so done!

While Halloween is definitely a special time of the year for yours truly (the original Wicked Witch of the East - yeah, I'm the meanest one), there is one thing that sends me right over the edge.

We have the little ones, who somehow fly through all of their candy the day after Halloween, flagrantly spreading candy wrappers all over the house. My floors looked like a humongous candy wrapper mosaic!

Friday, November 6, 2015

I'm A Better "Boy Mom"

So, I was reading Raising Boys vs. Raising Girls: Who Drives Mom More Insane? She had a very interesting standpoint, but experience with my own children have been quite different.

As you know, I have nine kiddos. And maybe that's why my experience is so diversified. While I couldn't possibly tell you whether girls are easier than boys or vice versa, I have a feeling that we, as their parents, tend to cater to gender stereotypical roles, as well as subtly imply them to our children.

In my newly released book, Breaking the Rules, I explained how parents subtly and overtly influence their children regarding gender specific behaviors. I'm not going to go over all of the studies and expert opinions that I cited in my book - it's only $2.99, so if you want the extended version and a good read, you should check it out.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I Hate Myself for Thinking It

Diagnosis: Momformation Brain

My brain is overstuffed.

I write a lot. Lists, lists, and more lists. Ebooks, books, and novels. Articles and blog posts. Texting and facebook messaging, Tweeting, Instagramming, and all of that good stuff. Thousands and thousands of words each day.

So, it seems like I manage to get a lot of stuff back out of my brain, but even though I put my thoughts "down on paper" (honestly, I type them), somehow it all manages to stay in my head.

You know what would suck? What if our heads expanded to represent the amount of information that we stored in them? I just know I would look like one of those bobble heads, with a noggin so big, I would not be able to keep it from swaying and bobbing.

I am not a genius or anything. Some of the information in my head is little tidbits that I keep for no apparent reason. Like phone numbers that I once had. What could remembering old phone numbers of mine possibly be good for? I wish there was a delete button, just like the one on my computer.

A cut and paste option would be great, too. Then, I wouldn't even have to write anymore. I could just cut and paste my thoughts onto a word document and be done with it! Wouldn't that be convenient?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Crumb Bums in My Bed

It's one of my biggest pet peeves.

Crumbs in my bed. I don't even see them sometimes, but you better believe that I feel them! The only thing worse than crumbs in the bed are bed bugs.


They are the equivalent of dragging nails down a chalk board for me.

Despite the fact that I am vigilant over not eating in my bedroom - and especially on or in my bed - these children still do it when I am not paying attention. The husband does it right in front of me, even though he will not hear the end of it the rest of the night.

Why can't you eat at the table!?!?!? Or, better yet, on the floor?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Galvanized from Dating Tips - 5 Make "Mom Friends" Tips

Maybe it's just the way that I feel. Maybe you can relate. But, does making friends with other moms seem kinda like dating?

I mean, there's an awkwardness to it. Then, you have to find someone you have something other than family and kids and motherhood that the two of you have in common. And, that still doesn't guarantee that a friendship will blossom. 

I am not talking about socializing with other moms at school events. Socializing is easy peasy. I can do that all day and all night. But, to ask for a phone number or recommend getting together is kinda sorta like asking someone on a date. I'm feeling a connection here...would you like to get together for lunch or a play date or something?

Tell me that doesn't sound just like asking someone out on a date. 

Now, I've been out of the dating game for nearly two decades, so it's not like I'm an expert at it. Far from it. I mean, I can give advice, but as far as going out there and doing it myself...I wouldn't know how to even act on a date anymore, let alone ask someone out or agree to go out sometime. I would be nervous, anxious, and probably sick to my stomach. Blundering and floundering like a fool.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Okay, I'm Selfish (1/24th of the Time)

Remember that Pantene commercial back in the 1980's? Kelly Le Brock flips her lengthy, yet bouncy and swirly tresses and announces, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful..."

Yeah, I agree, it was dumb. It was. But, sadly, we all know it is the truth. Being even halfway pretty ensures haters. It's even worse when you are beautiful female working in the professional world. Isn't it? Surely, the haterisms will fly around the office if a pretty gal works there. Then, if you are super amazing at your job and pretty, rest assured, at least someone in that office is going to play the hater role.

But, there is one type of beautiful that you simply cannot be. If you are a mom who takes care of herself, how dare you? Seriously. Certainly, you cannot be a devoted and nurturing mom if you look pretty. You will never hear the end of it.

No matter how it's worded, the tone of voice is obviously incredulous when they ask the question. "I would never guess you have five children!" Or, in my case, nine. And, "how do you stay looking so good?" That is the question that has perplexed me since the years when I only had three kids, when I started hearing it.

I have asked it before: What does that mean? What am I supposed to look like?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Why You Can't Call Me (The Phone Call Storm)

You can text, Facebook message or email, but whatever you do, please do not call me.

Just the other day, I had all nine of my kiddos settled nicely in the house, some were working on educational computer games, one was reading a book, the littlest ones were watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the baby was busy playing with toys, and the teens were doing whatever was keeping them busy. And it was unusually serene.

A rare moment.

But, I had fed them, provided individual drinks, the house was nice and clean, and all of the children's needs had been met. I made sure of it. I was gearing up to write a blog post, so I had purposely - and personally - ensured that everyone had been attended to. I thought I had earned at least fifteen minutes, maybe a half an hour, to myself.

The chime of the phone did not disturb the tranquil environment, as it usually does, confirming my assumption that I had tended to their needs. As I conversed with the lady on the other end of the line, I watched in amazement how my brood remained motionless.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

NEW BOOK RELEASE! Breaking the Rules: 7 Controversial Parenting "Rules" and Why Parents Should Be Breaking Them

It is my extreme pleasure to introduce my newly published book, Breaking the Rules! I bring many of the topics that I have researched and blogged about over the years into a compilation that details why parents should be breaking the "rules."

Flip to the back and read the cover:“I break most of the controversial parenting rules. Not because I am a rebel mom, but because I love my kids.” – Bethany Cousins, blogger, journalist, and author of Breaking the Rules.

There are two tenacious sides to every parenting debate. Breaking the Rules is a fearless journey through a jungle of jaw-dropping statistics, eye-opening case studies, and stunning information that is written by a mom of nine children. She tells parents why she dissents the “majority rule” on seven of the most highly controversial parenting subjects, including vaccinating and medicating children, childhood obesity, spanking and co-sleeping.


She contends, “We are being misinformed, and, if we are not careful, we will also be misled. Our children’s best interests are not always on these ‘experts’ minds” and proceeds to reveal how trusted organizations, including our government, have created parenting “rules” to enrich financial and political stances, which are not always in the best interest of our children. Her mind-provoking and factious viewpoints are shockingly blunt.

Breaking the Rules is a must-read book for parents who are on the fence about any of these highly debated subjects and even parents who are resolute about the topics will learn something new. Everyone who reads it is bound to be enlightened.

Not everyone is going to agree with my point of view at first, but it is difficult to argue with facts, statistics, and case studies that many parents have yet to hear. You see, the "experts" have not been completely honest with us! Whether the subject is co-sleeping, vaccinating, medicating children, or spanking, we have only heard the statistics and studies they want us to hear!

I hope you enjoy the book! Let me know what you think, and better yet, be sure to leave a review on Amazon!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Oh, So Cops Can Use Corporal Punishment on Our Kids?

Are things are just getting heinous or what with our police forces? The people who are supposed to be “protecting and serving” are throwing around our children, killing them.

Oh, yeah, and now officers are shelling out heartless, remorseless, and barbaric levels of corporal punishment at school?

It just happened in a South Carolina school the other day, when a school resource officer – a senior level deputy - decided that appropriate disciplinary action for a student who disobeyed “orders” was throwing her and her desk and chair combo, mind you, around the classroom.

Slow down. Before all of you loyal supporters of the cops who run around vociferating that not all police officers are bad guys start throwing your temper tantrums, hear me out here.

I’m just saying that maybe we need to think about things for a moment.

So, this Senior Deputy Ben Fields, tough guy dude – I saw the pics, he’s not a small guy, by any means, estimated at about 300 pounds – gets so mad at this teenage girl that he loses his patience and does something that even her parents probably wouldn’t have done to her. He slings her and her one piece desk and chair back and forth, irrationally, and I would even say psychotically.

That’s not even a fair match. Not even close. Did he seriously think that was appropriate behavior?

Now, if a parent was seen doing that to their child, what would happen? I don’t think that would go over well with child advocates. I’m just saying.
This type of stuff outrages me!

Why aren’t we screening these officers better? How are violent dudes slipping through the cracks and making it into our “protect and serve” organizations? I don’t care what anyone says, whoever is in charge of hiring these people is not doing their job. Period.

On top of that, how in the world are creeps like that keeping their jobs when they already had previous infractions, like Ben Fields did? Not that I want to go into many other details about the pompous ruffian of a cop, but he has been sued a couple of times for his ruthless behavior.

One of the victims was an army vet who claims that Fields had the nerve to say to him, “I’m glad Johnny Cochran is dead.”

So, let’s give the guy a job at a school!

Even Victoria Middleton, who heads the South Carolina ACLU Chapter agreed that there was absolutely no justification for doing that to a child. A child!

And now the student is wearing a cast? She also has a bruise on her head and marks on her neck, reportedly. We are talking about a 16 year old girl who had nothing on the three hundred pound monster of a bully.

Let’s just say for a moment that the teen in the video was your child. I mean, correct me if I am wrong, but I would see red if it had been my child. I would about lose control of whatever is inside of me that prevents me from seeking violent revenge. I swear, outrage is not the word.

But, you know what?

This 16 year old girl just lost her mother, the poor soul. Then, to make matters worse for her, she is now living with a foster parent. Of course she is acting out! Her whole world has been turned upside down!

And then a man in uniform brutally assaults her? Where is the compassion for children who are grieving and needing some love and support?

Hey, let’s throw them around like we are barbarians when they misbehave and show out. Then, let’s slap them with charges of disturbing the peace or whatever we can nail them with to cover up the fact that we totally violated and victimized them.

On top of that, what are we letting our very own children see?

My kids have heard the news. They confronted me about it. Its not the type of subject that I ask my children whether or not they have heard about it. Kids hear about this stuff. You cannot protect them from the media. Even if the cable and Internet were off, they would still hear the biggest news stories at school.

Kids were right there, witnessing the violence. And, the one girl who stepped up to try to speak out for the girl gets charged with some phony disturbing the peace type of charge, as well.

I assume the charge was a ploy to keep her from talking about the incident. Yeah, maybe she used profanity and called the officer vulgar names, but heck, I probably would have, too! Watching a teen who certainly can't defend herself get accosted by a man twice her size does something to a young woman.

It makes her want to step up and defend the girl. It is more comfortable to stand there and watch it, but stay out of it to protect oneself. It takes guts to stand up.

Do you think this abominable behavior is building a youth who respects our police officers? We hear story after story on the news of police brutality of our youth and murdering children!

I’m just saying that even my kids are very wary of police officers, and that is just sad. It is so very sad. They are supposed to help us.

Sure, there are good guys on the police forces and they outnumber the bad ones. But, the gap is only getting bigger between citizens and cops. The trust is gone.

The trust has been gone.

Do I believe with all of my heart that every single cop would protect and serve me and my children? I’m not gullible. I’m just saying.

We can all see what’s happening. Why isn’t anything being done about this? Stress tests, psychological testing, the whole shebang. You want to become a cop? Then, you should be willing to undergo a myriad of tests to ensure your mental and behavioral stability. That’s not much to ask.
Keep our streets safe.

Our police officers should have their morals and values questioned and observed closely. There is nothing wrong with that.

Otherwise, I don’t want them anywhere near my children! Definitely not in a position where a cop has the choice of physically disciplining my child. Corporal punishment has been banned in schools. It is illegal.

Yet, once again, there is an officer on duty doing something incredibly illegal.

As far as schools, there needs to be a concrete procedure for dealing with discipline issues. I mean, that's a pretty simple solution.

I applaud Leon Lotts, Richland County Sherrif, for expeditiously firing Ben Fields. But, the rest of our country needs to be just as swift to take action, not only after an incident occurs, but prior to any potential issues, so we - and our children - can all feel safer and protected by the people who are empowered with law enforcement positions.

You know the saying, “I can do bad all by myself?” Well, with that kind of protection, we can protect ourselves just fine on our own.

Protect and serve, my behind. (And, that’s saying it nicely.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Surviving the Witching Hours

Shortly after dinner, but just a bit too early to start the whole bedtime routine for our nine children, a bizarre phenomenon occurs in our house, sometimes two, sometimes three, days of the week. From what I have gathered, I am not the only mother who has experienced it. Maybe you can relate.
There is something that could ruin that perfectly paradisiacal day and make a turn for the worse without warning. It is the one thing that keeps me on my toes with anticipatory apprehension when a day appears to be progressing with an unusual amount of normalcy.
When you are dealing with nine children, the phenomenon tends to evolve and accelerate at a much faster pace than it would with less kids. Let me describe what takes place.
Somehow, simultaneously, all of the children need something from me. Or they just need something. Often, they don’t even know what they need. Bored? Who knows.
The baby starts acting like she drank an entire case of Red Bull, climbing and zipping around with an energetic force we could only wish to bottle up for our weakest moments. Or she starts behaving like she is fussy and whiny out of the blue. Nothing consoles her.
Then, the toddlers and younger school-aged children will start coming to me with urgent papers to sign or an incident or a story from their day that they want to share.
Or a reminder for lunch money. Or help with homework (I thought homework was already done?). Or just anything.
All at the same time.
Regardless of whatever else I am dealing with at the moment, they cannot wait one more second to tell me.
Or, they start running around, playing hide and seek or whatever they play, darting and scampering down the hall, in and out of closets, leaving cookie crumbs – or whatever else they have found to munch on – in their wake.
Or they begin to bicker and argue. Or two or three are running around and the other two or three are fighting and bickering.
And tattling.
Of course, the teenagers have piles of homework that did not exist merely a few hours ago. (“I thought you said your homework was done?” “I still have some studying to do.”) Either way, they find an ingress to ditching their chores, letting the house rumble to shambles as the six other tornados create destruction throughout the house.
Or they tell me, “I was going to get to that...” to shut me up. And then disappear. Or they take to talking back, which, for me, is like scratching nails down a chalkboard.
Or, better yet, they begin to bicker amongst each other with what they think is a higher level intelligence than the littles and the middles. (Little do they know, their arguments sound just as puerile.)
What seems like an organized and somewhat “normal” day – for a house with nine kids anyway – turns into high-speed chaos with a side order of screaming, high-pitched squealing, tattle-taling, bickering, and “Mom” - ing around the 6 or 7 p.m. time slot.
The Witching Hours.
Once it starts, it lasts until they all collapse. Unfortunately, in my house, it can last up to four or five headache and hair- loss causing hours. If the day has not already done me in, the Witching Hours just might.
Keep in mind, by this time in the evening, I have pulled at least a 12 hour day, if not longer, and am still facing another 4 to 5 hours of “work” before I can even think of getting some zzz’s. Maybe they sense the turmoil inside of my body from a long, stressful day, despite how hard I try to hide it.
But, I doubt it. I will tell you why.
The Witching Hours is an unpredictable phenomenon, which is probably the worst thing about it.
There have been plenty of wonderful days that I have woken up, feeling refreshed after a night of unusually decent slumber, gotten the six older kids onto their busses and off to school without a snag, and enjoyed a couple of cups of coffee and some quiet reading or writing time before the littles arose.
(Unlike some moms I know, I do not have the sheer luxury of going back to sleep after the kids get on the bus. I never have, as a matter of fact, except on very rare, blue moon occasions. I still have a 4 year old, 2 year old and 10 month old asking for breakfast, a movie, and some “Read a book!” bright and early in the morning.)
The littles would play nicely all day, rarely to never calling me for intervention. The baby would play along with the toddlers, leaving my hands free to do what I pleased (which usually ends up being work or chores).
Then, all three of them would nap around noontime, falling asleep within a half hour of each other. This not only gives me a break, but also ensures they get the sleep they truly need at nap time, rather than them being awoken by children bustling off the school bus and into the house after school, at about 3 p.m., which is what usually happens.
The children would get home from school, chores and homework would be completed without a quandary whatsoever. We would eat dinner, and then bath and shower time would be accomplished. Everyone will have their school clothes ready for the next day, and the entire house will be calmly watching a movie or doing something else equally tranquil, until they all fell asleep, one by one.
I have been lucky many, many days like that. It actually does happen. Once a week or so, we all get it all right and perfect. We can do “normal.”
Then, it happens.
Just like when a tropical storm escalates into a category five hurricane faster than the technology clad weather experts can predict it, the unusually normal day can convert into the Witching Hours before I even realize it is happening. By the time the conversion has occurred, it is too late to stop it.
There is no choice but to hunker down and wait out the storm. Or wade through it. Or pray through it. Whatever it takes.
It never fails, no matter how bad that Witching Hours episode tends to be, though, something very memorable happens. I tiptoe through the house when the storm has passed, careful not to step on the Legos and other foot-piercing bits and pieces of toys that were left in the wake, kissing cheeks and tucking blankets around precious little sleeping bodies.
Every single one of them, from the 10 month old to the nearly 16 year old, has a peaceful, sweet angel face when they are sleeping. And, inside those bodies that I swaddled blankets around are warm, giving, loving spirits and thoughtful, intelligent, ever-evolving minds.
I thank God for those nine faces and bodies every night before my own weary head hits the pillow, no matter how rough it gets. Even in the worst of the worst chaotic and stressful moments of the Witching Hours, I am blessed in nine big ways. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Milk-Bone Study - Dogs Are Ultimate Trick-or-Treaters #TreatsForAll

Halloween has been known to be a holiday for kiddies, but we all know that we adults look forward to the candy and even dressing up.

Then, there are the furry children. I'm not 100% sure whether or not they enjoy the dressing up part. Who knows if Fifi actually wanted to be a Disney princess? Maybe she wanted to be a minion.

But I know, for most dogs, the excitement of the holiday, the kids running around, and the possibility of special treats is at least somewhat enjoyable. Except for the poor anxious pups who get nervous when the wind blows. They have no clue what they are missing out on.

Anyway, Big Heart Pet Brands, the creators of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen, surveyed 3,000 parents of dogs across the U.S. The results of the survey made me smile.

Here is what doggy parents said about their babies and Halloween:


>> 44% of NY pet parents have dressed their dog in costume versus 28% of California pet parents
>> 38% of NY pet parents have greeted trick-or-treaters with their dog while 18% of pet parents in California have
>> 18% of Texas pet parents have given their dog extra treats for Halloween and 16% have taken their dog trick-or-treating.

Treats vs. Breeds

>> Big dogs like Dobermans and Great Danes prefer "real meat treats", while most small ones (Pomeranians and Pugs) choose "soft and chewy" snacks - like Pup-Peroni
>> Soft and chewy treats are also the all-time favorites of terriers (58%), and toy dogs (59%)
>> Biscuits and crunchy treats (like Milk-Bone) are the clear favorites of hounds (53%), herding dogs (56%), and sporting dogs (57%)


Because dogs are the ultimate tricksters, Milo's Kitchen brand dog treats wanted to uncover, for the first time, which tricks dogs are best able to perform. The nation's most popular doggy tricks are:

#1: Sit (77% of dogs can do this on command)
#2: Shake paws (58%)
#3: Lay down (57%)
#4: Stay (50%)
#5: Give a kiss (44%)
#6: Beg (31%)
#7: Roll over (27%)
#8: Speak or bark (26%)
#9: Spin (14%)
#10: Play dead (10%)

Click on this link for more Halloween fun with Big Heart Pet Brands, follow @milkbone on Twitter, 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Scary Mothers

I wonder what it takes to look your immaculate little infant in the eyes and think:

I am going to throw you out a window.

Or I want to drown you.

What exactly drives mom's like Tenisha Fearon or Andrea Yates (remember her? Most of us would like to forget, I am sure.)

I read in article that one of the neighbors who knew Tenisha Fearon said that she lived for her children and that "something must have snapped."

How can something just snap? How can you look at your innocent child - or children - and forget that you are the one person that God put on this earth to protect that little person?

I have had rough days with nine children. Days when I wanted to at least jump off the roof myself. But, not hurt my children. Not kill them.

Even with migraines and other aches and pains, I manage to make it through the day, caring for both myself and my children, without ever once thinking that I wanted to kill them. Not even when the screamed and sent my migraine to a level 10.

Not that there are not times I do not want to strangle a talker-backer or a liar, but when it all boils down and I look at these amazing little creatures I have given birth to and raised, I could not imagine my life without them.

Would schizophrenia do it? Maybe there are multiple personalities and the mothers were confused.

Then again, I would assume they were psychoanalyzed before arresting them.

Is this a sickness that any of us could come down with at any time? The desire to kill your own children. Where does it stem from?

How does it get that far without anyone noticing how far gone the mother is mentally? Can people seriously mask that type of insanity from the people who see them and interact with them every day?

Apparently they can. And they did.

And then they killed their babies.

How tragic. And the poor babies who were left behind, the three other kids who belonged under the "protection" of Tenisha Fearson? They are destined to be confused and scared the rest of their lives.

How could a mom do it?

I wish someone would explain it to me.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

PrivateWriting Website Review

As a writer, I happen to know my way around the writing world on the Internet, however I was just introduced to a new website that might be of some interest to many of my colleagues.

PrivateWriting is quite similar to a company that I worked for when I first set out to try my hand at a writing career almost a decade ago. The owner of the company took orders for college papers from college students and passed all of the necessary details (on to the writer so that the writer could thoroughly research and write the paper for the student.

Which is a GENIUS idea!

From a writer's standpoint, it is a migraine level headache. Students often decide, at the last minute, that they need fifteen page dissertations with thirty references.

From a student's standpoint, however, PrivateWriting can be a lifesaver. I ran a quick price check on a 4 page case study, and the price was less than $70. For the thousands of dollars that are spent on college, 70 bucks is nothing to ensure that you are going to ace a paper that is worth 50% or more of your grade!

As far as the website, all of the services that PrivateWriting offers is detailed nicely, with separate articles that distinctly outline the different types of papers and what they normally require, focusing on what the writer will do for the student. I searched and searched, but what I did not seem to find were samples of papers that have been written for "clients."

Then again, I guess sample papers probably should not be posted on the Internet if they were used to ace a vital civics class or a psychology class. The last thing any student wants is for their professor to come across the paper they submitted for 50% of their grade posted as a sample on a discreet type of website like PrivateWriting.

What could be posted instead are papers that are written on general topics, just to show a sample of what will be provided, but as long as the writers that they employ do have the qualifications that are boasted on the home page, there should be no reason why they cannot crank out top-notch, well-researched and written documents.

If this was my website, I would probably add more pictures, possibly pics that included college students smiling and holding their paper marked with a bright red A+ on the top or something corny like that, but just on first glance, as the website sits, I cannot tell what kind of service it is offering without starting to read. First impressions are everything.

For the most part, though, I have always felt like this type of service is a win-win for everyone. The student is happy, the writer gets paid, and the owner of the website makes money, too. As soon as I was introduced to the concept, I thought it was brilliant.

Just remember, writers work long, hard hours to create fantastic work. If you use a service like this, throw the writer a bonus. They deserve it for the long hours they put into your work. :)

(This is a sponsored post written by Bethany Cousins on behalf of

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Attitudes Changing with the Seasons

Maybe I am the only mother on this planet experiencing this phenomenon, but it seems as if my children's attitudes are changing with the seasons.

Granted, I do have 3 teenagers, whose hormones can change with the wind, never mind the season, but as summer fades and fall slides in, threatening the bitterness of winter, I have noticed a negative change in the atmosphere.

The little ones are getting antsy because we don't go outside every day anymore. The older children are just grumpy and testy.

I cannot blame them, of course. Summertime is 200% more fun, and Lord knows we all need the sunshine and warm weather and to be able to step outside, scantily clad, and smell the sweet aroma of flowers to start our days right.

Who wants to get up before the sun wakes up and dress in layers to go out into chilly air, when summertime allowed lazy mornings in bed until far after the sun rose? Not me.

I want my coffee out on the back deck, under the rays of sun that tingle on my arms through the slots in the wood. Not the cool drifts of wind that reach to my bones and scratch at them with coldness.

No wonder the attitudes have changed.

I have noticed my attitude change, too.

Maybe the kids are just reflecting my natural born hatred for the season changes, rather than developing their own attitude change. Maybe they are just mimicking what they have learned over the years from watching me.

It's probably my fault.

So, I am going to consciously figure out how to face the next seven or eight months with a smile on my face. For my children's sake.

I will try my best to look forward to the holidays that are coming up. While the holidays are exciting times that my children look forward to, they are truly stressful for a mom of nine. Have you heard what these kids ask for nowadays?

I am going to have to find a way to join in on their excitement and look forward to the holidays, too. I will try to find a way, at least.

In the meantime, I just have to take it one day at a time, being thankful for the blessings that our family constantly receives, and, rain or shine, smile.

Because this attitude change when the seasons change has got to fly south with the birds.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jackpot Candles - Jewelry Surprise

You've probably already heard of the candles with the jewelry that comes inside. Like me, I'm sure if you have yet to try one, you have some lingering questions...

Are they worth the cost?

How do the candles compare to other candles? Do they even smell good?

How long do the candles last? Do they burn up fast?

Well, I was excited and jumped at the opportunity to test out one from Jackpot Candles! I have always been a candle lover.

They gave me the choice of "flavors", as I refer to them fondly. It wasn't an easy choice, let me tell you, especially if you assume that they smell like their names.

Georgia Peach, Sweet Pea, Cinnamon Sensation, Cinnamon Bun, Birthday Cake, and Cherry Blast were some of my top picks, but I ended up choosing to get the Blueberry Muffin.

The Nitty Gritty

I couldn't wait to light the hand-poured soy candle! Within about 5 minutes of lighting it for the first time, the entire house was filled with the aroma of blueberry muffins baking in the oven. I couldn't have been happier!

Of course, the kids were more intrigued by the fact that the candle had jewelry inside, so I had to burn it...

And burn it...

And burn it...

These are some long-lasting candles!

About halfway through the candle, we could see a bright pink aluminum foil looking wrapper type of thing starting to reveal itself in the wax.

Because I know my little critters, I knew that if I didn't get some tweezers and extract the small package in the wax, these little people would be trying to get into my candle (and probably totally destroy it).

So, I carefully performed the extraction.

And I opened the package to find some pretty little earrings and a code. I entered the code on the Jackpot Candles website, which told me the earrings were valued at $25.

The Roundup

As I mentioned, I am a candle lover. So, I do know how much candles generally cost, plus I know what you would pay for the candles that emit the house - wide aromas that we look forward to.

How much do you pay for your 16 oz. candles? A Jackpot Candles 16 oz. candle costs $24.95. Then, of course, you get the jewelry inside, too, which is valued between $15 and $5,000.

My Honest Opinion?

I LOVE THEM! I honestly cannot wait to try some of the other "flavors" on my favorites list! If you are a candle lover like me, Jackpot Candles are must-try candles. I still have plenty of the candle left to burn, as well as my new jewelry to wear.

I was provided a sample to test for reviewing purposes. No compensation was provided for this review. All opinions are my own, based on the sample provided.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Unnecessary Hysteria - Mom Claims Glass Shards Found in Huggies Wipes

The hysteria is flooding the Huggies Facebook page, their Twitter feed and their phone lines. The news is spreading through social media networks and over the Internet like wildfire.

A mother found glass in her Huggies wipes!

It all started with a video that a Palm Coast mom posted on Facebook. It has now been viewed over 16 million times. And here is the video, for your viewing pleasure:

And then the outrage ensued.

Huggies phone lines and Facebook page is currently being bombarded by parents who are outraged that their could be glass shards in the baby wipes that they use on their precious baby's bums.

And, I, for one, know how sensitive baby product companies are to complaints about their products, after working with them for many, many years now. They have to be very careful to handle all complaints about their products seriously. After all, we are talking about babies here.

But, let's stop and think for just a moment...

If there were glass shards on the wipes that these people were obviously wiping across their arms during the video, there would be blood. Have you ever had even one itty-bitty glass shard in your foot or hand?

It hurts. And it bleeds. And the glass shards will get lodged in your skin.

If she used baby wipes with glass shards incorporated into them on her baby's bum, the baby would be bleeding. 

There was no blood. And glass shards were not lodged in the skin of the baby's bum.

Come on, parents!

Can we not see a ridiculous mother with an urge to get her 15 minutes of fame here? Couldn't she have come up with something a little more real to complain about? (Notice I have not mentioned her name, because she does not deserve to have her name mentioned!?)

People just post anything on social media nowadays!

At first, I thought it was a hoax, but now I see that this mom truly is sticking to her allegation that she thinks there are painless, no blood causing pieces of glass on her baby wipes! Glass shards that do not cause blood, but rather cause diaper rash and skin irritation.

A company spokesperson from Kimberly-Clark, Huggies parent company, claims: "We believe that what has been reported as glass shards are, most likely, melted fiber particles of our wipe material used in the manufacturing process of the product."

They also claim this on their website: "To confirm, no glass is used during the manufacturing process. Generally speaking, we make our product by combining a blend of fibers. Rarely, but on occasion, when those fibers combine together while being formed, they creating a shiny particle similar to what was found by this consumer."

They did ask the mom to send back some of the wipes so that they could conduct testing and promised to release the test results publicly once they were completed. (I won't hold my breath on the glass shards theory.)

The California mom says that she does not want coupons, free products, or even her money back. She wants the wipes recalled.

But Huggies says that their wipes do not pose a risk to babies, so they do not plan to recall them.

And, I don't blame them!

There are not glass shards in the baby wipes!

Is it possible that these "glass shards" could be teeny shiny crystalline fibers that formed after the wipes were exposed to extreme temperatures during the manufacturing, as suggested?

I happen to believe that to be closer to the truth than the whole glass theory.

What do you think?

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

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