Sunday, February 28, 2010
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I will be working from home starting March 12. I own the West Houston Just Between Friends, but want to further foster my other passion for blogging. I am going to be freelancing as a ghost blogger specializing in small businesses. I would love to continue to build my portfolio.
I can also keep your social network accounts up to date and circulating links back to your website. Seems easy enough, but I know first hand how in the business world we get little time to sit at the computer and create content the masses actually care about. HA! Now I will actually have the time to help you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Okay enough about me...back to the blog.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
You can never say I am a "Blog Hog" :)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Dallas moms list favorite consignment stores for kids' items | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Life/Travel
Of couse Just Between Friends is my favorite kids consignment event. They are the original maternity and children's consignment event, and the most trusted. Just Between Friends happened to make the top favorites list. Check it out!
Dallas moms list favorite consignment stores for kids' items News for Dallas, Texas Dallas Morning News Life/Travel
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Love this article! Not that I am trying to imply anything...but it is good to know.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Sometimes I look up cheap things to do with my kiddos, and see tons of suggested lists. Most of the time I come across suggestions that would make my kids look at me like I was crazy! It is because of this that I have compiled a list of my top 10 cheap things to do with you kids. Some are specific to Houston, but if you ever visit the Houston area, you will know where to take the kids without breaking the vacation piggy bank.
Remember all 10 are my top favorites...in no particular order.
1.) Visit a kids Museum. This needs to be a museum that is geared toward kids and what they actually want to do. The Houston Children's Museum offers specials on Thurs. night for free admission to everyone! If you prefer to attend on a non chaotic day, a regular day will cost you only $7 per person and $5 for parking if you choose to use their parking garage.
2.) Check out the park! Not a lame park ether! If you are in Houston, Discovery Green is an awesome spot to walk around and let the kids tumble down the hilly grass or check out the free activities that are often offered at Discovery Park. They host free events such as family yoga, puppet shows, movie nights, and art festivals, plus many more! Check out the calendar HERE!
3.) Rent a DVD and have a movie night complete with popcorn and other junk you usually don't allow them to eat. Let them pick the movie!
4.) Take your kids to a used book store. I take my daughter to the nearby Half Priced Books store, and at $1, $2, and $3, a piece for kids books, we both walk out with tons of books. I always set a budget for myself of about $15. $15 gets you a lot of kids books! You might want to jump it to $20 if you think you might find some books for yourself too.
5.) Play loud music and dance around! This sounds simple enough, but think about how often you do this? That is what makes it special for your kids. Mine love to do this, especially to the Kids Bop CD's!! (you can find these on itunes for as little as $1!)
6.) Pimp up your old t-shirts to make them new again! Okay maybe you wont actually wear them...but its fun! Get ideas for t-shirt pimpin' here!
7.) Remember the Library? If you have small children, check out the libraries calendar of events and they will most likely have "story times" for your kids to listen in on.
8.) Splash it up! You can of course visit a pool, but with smaller kids there are some really neat options. Buy a sprinkler types attachment or toy for your water hose and let your kids run in circles under the spray! ( I suggest the Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler by Little Tikes for only 14.99) I know I am taking it back old school...but someone had to.
9.) Finger paint or sidewalk chalk it! These possibilities are endless!! For the clean freak mom...I would suggest the Crayola Color Wonder Finger paint that is clear until it is on the special paper.
10.) Try a craft. I know this one sounds obvious, but it hardly ever fails. That is of course as long as you let your kids help in deciding what the craft will be. Here is a place to start!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
In contrast, I am the type of mom who is always stressed. I forget permission slips, get confused as to when teacher conferences are, allow just enough time to get up and out the door, and thinks poptarts for breakfast are...not that bad.
I actually created my blog name in light of these interactions. Free2bMommy. People often ask me where I came up with it. It represents to me all the moms who do not fit into a specific mold, and are not afraid to express creative differences, admit imperfections, and questionable style choices. haha!
Who are we if we are not ourselves? It sucks but its true. We are constantly trying to conform to the mommy norm in order to not feel so damn awkward in situations with other parents. Who cares? You may be thinking to yourself "well I don't ever do that." Think again. We are all guilty of it...even me.
Paint Your Own Pottery Studio
244 West 19th Street
Wed-Sat 10-6pm, Sun. 12-5pm
Ladies Night Out (men are welcome...adults only) is this Friday, February 19from 6-9pm at Young at Art, Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. No fees - you pay only the price of the piece you paint. Bring some wine, grab a friend or date, come on inside and paint till late. Don't forget that we now offer fused glass and Paint Me Wearable Art (t-shirts...you paint it-we press it!) Call 713-862-0900 or e-mail us at email@example.com to reserve your table today!
Mother's Day, Father's Day and Summer camp information coming soon.
When you are managed by a "bad boss" you are often inclined to notice the areas where they could improve or how "you would do it." I think that this is a very healthy way of learning. How? Let's use the case of "Anna." Anna works for a female boss who is both condescending and demanding of respect, yet never takes the time to get to know Anna in order to earn that Respect. Think of the last person you respected that treated you like dirt?
One key element to management is the ability to not assign anything to your staff that you yourself would not be willing to do. How many in management actually do this? It is often masked behind what they perceive to be "delegation." Anna, being in the early stages of her career learns first hand what works and what does not work in dealing with staff from simple observation.
Some of the best bosses I personally ever had, were bosses who had at one point or another had done my exact job. Is it a coincidence that these bosses were just natural leaders? Maybe. Most likely their skills were fostered by observation as the "Anna" early in their career.
FINAL NOTE: Something to think about when you want to strangle your boss with her fancy scarf...use it as a learning experience and take note. In the future, you may actually be thanking her.
Monday, February 15, 2010
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Friday, February 12, 2010
My eight year old Monkey was talking to me during one of our trips from meemaws to our home, and she mentioned that there was this one girl in her class that was "sometimes nice but sometimes mean." As I listened I became confused as to whether or not Monkey actually knows what a "real" friend is. I mentioned to her that I was confused because if this girl is sometimes her friend and sometimes not, why was she still considered a friend? She responded by saying, "well mommy we are more like frienemies." I can only imagine how I looked and was relieved that Monkey was in the back seat and could not see my stunned expression. Frienemies at 8 years old. Really??!!
So once I got on my "frienemies kick" I was curious to see if the term was actually defined somewhere online. Turns out it appears in sources such as Wikipedia and Urban Dictionary (ok so not the MOST reliable sources but a start.) The Urban Dictionary gave the most clear definition.
Seems pretty clear cut to me, and apparently I was under the impression that 8 year old's would have no reason to use the term. I guess I was wrong. I wonder who my frienemies are??
Here is what it said!
friends you know don't really like you and you don't like them either
friends you get that were once enemies because you're planning on stabbing them in the back
Thursday, February 11, 2010
We all know that there are many ways to get in shape. Do we ever really want to hear that on top of being fabulous and a super mom, we also are expected to have killer abs? Okay so maybe that is an exaggeration, but the basic premise of making time to establish a healthy exercise regimen is no joke. A friend of mine told me about this awesome exercise routine that she said I would enjoy so much, I would not even realize that I was sweating my butt off! Literally! I said "now you sound like an infomercial." I have nothing to gain by sharing this information with you, but I really think it is something that many moms like myself can get into.
It's called Zumba. Zumba, according to the Zumba.com website is "a program that fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!"
One of the things that I love about Zumba was how no matter what you skill or talent level is, you feel comfortable during the entire routine. You can slow down or speed up depending on how you feel. The most important thing is that it is FUN! A word I rarely use in the same sentence as exercise.
The Zumba.com website is the BEST source of information! Here are some of the options that the website offers.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Valentine's day is loved and hated by many people all over the world. What is your take? Many people view it as just another "holiday" created by Hallmark as a scheme to make more money. Others view it as a chance to profess your feelings for the people in your life that you love. We can agree that both opinions are at total opposite ends of the spectrum. After viewing the many different links and topics online regarding this nearing day, I decided to find out where Valentines Day even came from? Who invented it? Who is Valentine? What's up with the cupid? You might be surprised to hear that blood, death, and prison, played a large part in this story.
Here is a great article that sums up Valentines Day and it's origins. Of course it came from the History Channel website.
Check it out here
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
I usually do not do product reviews, but I love this book. It is a book made to look like a small tote. If your kids are like mine, they love to dig in bags and take things out. My little one loves this so much that he actually goes through other peoples bags and purses too! This book was originally a filler gift for Christmas, and it ended up being one of the favorites! It is a little hard to get open but once you get it "broken it" you will love it. Each page of the book has all sorts of real like items that you would find in a purse or tote. Complete with cell phone, photo album, bottled water, and laptop, to name a few of the fun items depicted in the book. You will really just have to check it out yourself, but I highly recommend it. Check it out at here!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
If you are like me, I had heard the term "freelance" and "freelancer" many times throughout my life. I had no idea really what it meant but was always given the impression that is was someone who roamed around and did work where they could. That sounds pretty pathetic right? I thought so too. I now know my initial thought regarding freelance work was wrong.
Freelance according to Encarta® World English Dictionary is somebody working for different companies: a self-employed person working, or available to work, for a number of employers, and usually hired for a limited period.
So what does this mean to you?
Here are some jobs that freelance people do, and many you may find surprisingly interesting.
- Computer consulting
- Errand services
- Graphic design
- Event planning
- Interior decorating
- Travel Agent
- Virtual assistant
- Wedding planner
- Repair services
You can also check out this "Monster list of freelancing job sites" listed by www.freelanceswitch.com