The evening starts off with dinner, because I was told I must feed my children, it’s like part of the parental rules they say. After dinner the bedtime routine begins, yes I said routine. Apparently someone thought it would be hilarious to provide me; a free spirit, just “wing it” sort of person, with two boys who thrive on routines. While it’s difficult to find the humor in that, I do my best. Once the boys are fast asleep in their beds and my oldest is tucked in; the house becomes silent for the first time since the children woke that morning. This silent time is when I look for ways to entertain myself, to get that comic relief needed after keeping the kids on track for their bedtime routine. With that being said, I have finally found the perfect #MotherFunny entertainment for that first part of my silent evening; NickMom.com.
Not only did I find some funny videos over on Nickelodeon NickMom site, but I found some fun images that share “What Do Your Shoes Really Say About You” and “What Does your Snack offering Say About You”. Today I want to talk about what my snack offering says about me;
What the NickMom survey with snack offering says about me is this; I’m one confusing mother! There are times I offer gummy worms after school, why? Just for the reason this says “I want my kids to like me”. I am guilty of wanting the boys to just be happy after school so yes if that means stopping by the convenience store to get gummy worms simply to avoid that after school headache from my sons, I will do it!
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I have not updated you all recently on the last two weekend visits I had with my sister and niece Olivia. Olivia is growing like a weed, so big she is and that was even more evident when she came with my sister to Aj’s soccer game last week. At the soccer field there is always these twin girls, who are completely adorable and tiny. These twin girls are always crawling around, curious about their world, and sometimes they are just standing in one place; at no time did I even think that these twin girls were older than my niece because of their size, however, they are 11 months old and my niece is 8 months old – big difference in baby months for sure!
One of the weekends I went over to my sisters is with all three of my children; the theme? Get cousins together day. The outcome? Get girl cousins together and let boy cousins run aimlessly through my sister’s home. Sounds about right. My sons are not too interested in their baby girl cousin just yet, maybe once she is moving around they will be more interested in her but for now she is just a mini person who sits, babbles and cries so they don’t really have too much curiosity about her yet. As we continue to visit with my sister and Olivia each week, Olivia is opening up more and recognizing me whereas before during each time I stopped in she would have to take more time to be comfortable with me; she is nervous with “new” people.
I brought baby Olivia a gift; an Elmo that talks and is bigger than her. At first she was quite bothered by this large stuffed Elmo but in time during that visit she warmed up to him and with my boyfriend speaking Elmo talk using the doll – she soon was “best friends” with her Elmo doll. One thing that made me happy and is shown in the far left image above; Olivia loves my home made apple sauce! The past couple of times I went over for a visit I brought my sis and Olivia some of my home made apple sauce to enjoy. They love it! I love that Olivia is showing happiness in a lot more pictures and look to the far right – my sister and her baby Olivia, isn’t that the most happy looking Mama? I love my sister tons.
Normally, you may recall, most of the pictures I share of Olivia are inside. Right? I am not sure why because the girl loves being outdoors, so one visit we had with sis and Olivia we decided to take a stroll outside. Olivia let me hold her for a long time and we checked out the Fall leaves in New Hampshire while her Mama went to the store real quick. That marks the first time my sister left Olivia with me; I’m excited to be taking these baby steps towards being able to have my niece overnight in the future!
Olivia enjoyed the leaves and while I had to keep her from eating most of them, she was happy. It was a wonderful time visiting with my sister and niece again; I sure do love family. I love these two girls dearly – can you tell?!
Online gaming is a large and popular market that has always been dominated by males. The obsession and passion which surrounds gaming tends to be found more commonly against men and boys with them using it as a way to bond, entertain themselves and engage in activities which appeal to them. Gaming sites and brands have spent a significant amount of time and advertising to target males and fulfil their individual needs. In recent years, brands have seen a new target audience and are now working to involve females and encourage them to interact and entertain themselves online with the introduction of a larger gaming market and the addition of new sites which appeal to women and allow them to be a part of the online gaming phenomenon.
45% of online gamers are now female; they have indulged in the online gaming market and are more committed and devoted to finding their sources of entertainment through the Internet. There are more females truing to the virtual world that are aged 18+ then males’ aged 17 and under. There have been significant increases in the games and applications that are aimed at women. One of the most popular games that women in particular have enjoyed for many years is bingo. Visiting a local bingo hall with friends and family combined the need to be entertained and have social interaction with the people around them and this has been a key addition to the online gaming market and has been the cause for so many women to now be an important part of the online community. The internet has been the cause of the change in entertainment and interaction and brands such as mecca bingo have captivated the audience with the ability to play their favourite games online and amongst like minded people that they would have been previously unable to interact with.
One of the best ways to appeal to the female audience is to offer rewards, promotions and the opportunity to play a game which will fulfil their entertainment needs whilst at the same time offering something in return, the opportunity to win money and introduce the idea of competition into their everyday lives. The August 250k weekend has been a roaring success for mecca bingo and has seen a high volume of women playing the game and utilising the promotion. The chance to win something for nothing and gaining a level of fun is the ideal solution for many that are looking to meet their amusement needs. Encouraging more women to utilise the Internet has not always been a simple task as the market has been so dominated by males and now companies are solely focused on appealing to women to broaden the level of play and the types of players who turn to the online gaming community.
Brands are not simply encouraging women to access them online, they are creating products and services that are aimed at women to broaden and expand their personal audience bases.
Women are a simpler race then men, they are less likely to become highly captivated by the different forms of technology and when they have decided to indulge in something such as an online game, they want to be able to access it and play it in the simplest way possible. this is why, applications and sites that are aimed at women are simplistic in their nature and allow for easy game play and the encouragement of repeat plays and visits. The online gaming community is now no longer just for boys, it is something that has been opened up to women and has encouraged them to become an essential part of the gaming community.
As our family works to try to see what costs we can cut while I work on getting back into a full time hours schedule we are looking around at cutting the cost of our digital television, after all, the adults in the house very rarely watch it so what is the point in over paying for something. While upon our search I noticed that a company called BT has digital TV in some areas and that BT packages offer a wide range of not only television, but phone and broadband as well. Currently BT has over 18 million customers in the UK alone with service available in over 170 countries, so while they may not be an option here for our budget needs, it’s cool to see what others have for options on our planet Earth.
Having a combined package, no matter what company you are able to use, ultimately saves money across the board but what happens when your package is more than you need? Make sure while searching for the right-for-you telecommunications company that they not only offer a variety but that if you wish to downgrade a package deal that you won’t be stuck wondering how you will ever get out of the packaged deal. Most companies will work well with you to ensure that you are getting your television, broadband internet and phone needs met. I love how great customer service reps are for most telecommunications companies in that they will speak with you, evaluate what you may need for service and package you up with the most affordable and realistic option for the family.
Whether you use BT or another telecommunications carrier, it’s all about ensuring that your family is staying within budget and having your needs met in a packaged deal if need be. What company do you use for telecommunications?
Monday .. dear Monday … I welcome you with open arms and a mindset for a positive, happy week.
Dear Monday I hope that you bring me and my friends much good news.
Dear Monday I hope that you are unlike any other Monday and prove to me that Monday’s are worth getting out of bed for.
Dear Monday, above all I just ask you to make sure that everyone today has a smile on their face. The weekend has gone by and this is a new week, a chance to make it a beautiful week.
Forget the past, let’s move on to have a beautiful Monday because after all this is the start of a new week, such as that of a new day being a chance at new beginnings.
Let this Monday be our chance at the start of a great week!