Friday, August 7, 2009

McAfee Family Protection + Promo Code

McAfee Family Protection software gives Moms peace of mind that our kids are safe online. Through separate accounts, you can set up a tailored filter for each of your kids – no matter how old they are, and how they use the Web - and prevent them from accidentally visiting inappropriate sites. Some of the cool features include:

· Social network and email blocks to prevent strangers from contacting your kids

· YouTube filtering

· Instant Message and social network monitoring to let you know if your child posts inappropriate or personal information

· Text message and email alerts if your kid tries to visit a bad site

Downloading McAfee Family Protection was really easy. Just make sure to remember your password. Once you restart your computer, you will not be able to get online without logging into your Family Protection account.

Once you have the software downloaded, you can start setting up your limits, etc. You can set a specific amount of time each family member can go on for. You can filter certain words, you can either add your own or use the suggested words from McAfee. You can also filter websites, and McAfee really helps you figure out the social media sites that kids need to be careful on.

My favorite part of the software though is the reporting. You can see what everyone does on the computer. It is amazing! It also saves all IM conversations. This was my biggest problem with my tween, she deletes everything. Sometimes I will find the end tail of a conversation, that doesn't make me happy and of course the beginning is gone. I have no way of knowing what was said. With McAfee family protection, now I do.

I made the choice to let my kids know about the software. I'm not trying to catch them doing anything wrong, I'm trying to prevent them from making bad choices.

McAfee is offering my readers a discount through August 31, 2009 to save $5 off the McAfee Family Protection. The promo code is: 5familyprotection.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of McAfee and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, McAfee sent me a blanket and care package to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Review ~ Aden + Anais Baby Swaddling Blankets & Wraps

Benefits of Swaddling

Most parents say that swaddling helps their babies get to sleep, stay asleep, and get comforted quickly, especially when they are newborns. A properly-swaddled baby feels warm and secure, and the wrap can help prevent a baby from throwing his arms up and startling himself, or even scratching his face.

For centuries, all over the world, mothers have preferred to swaddle their babies in muslin fabric. Now the comfort, safety and breathable weave of larger muslin swaddling clothes is available here in the United States from Aden + Anais.

Aden + Anais was formed by two mothers. Here is their story ~

We're Aussie mothers who moved from Australia to the United States in 1996. In preparation for the arrival of our children, Aden and Anais, we went in search of muslin wraps like the ones we have back home, a staple with Australian mothers. None of the wraps we found on the market in the US were the right size, they were too small to securely swaddle our babies. None of the materials the other wraps used were the same soft, breathable muslin cotton we were used to in Australia. So, we decided to make our own. Everywhere we went people would comment and ask us "where did you get the great wraps from?" Nurses in the hospital, pediatricians, obstetricians, lactation consultants, mothers in our baby groups and our friends all wanted our wraps for their own babies.

We also discovered that the only washcloths we could find were too harsh on our new babies' skin. We decided that muslin would be the ideal fabric to use on the delicate skin of our newborns at bath time, and so we also produced a line of soft cotton towels and muslin washcloths.

As a result aden + anais was established in 2004.

And that's the story of aden + anais so far. We hope you find aden + anais products as wonderful and useful as we do. We'd love to hear from you about your stories or suggestions.

Aden + Anais sells some beautiful muslin products for your precious babies. They include swaddling blankets, sleep wraps and even towels and washcloth sets.

I was sent a sweet little Blue Stars Muslin Sleeping bag to review. When I opened the shipping box, I was impressed right from the start with the package. It is a frosty type plastic bag with snaps. It totally shows off how cute the pattern is! I was also impressed with the soft 100% cotton material. The sleeping bags are apart of the new line of muslin products.

They are fully breathable, and the sleeping bags eliminate the need for crib blankets {which has been attributed to SIDS}. They range in size small to extra large.

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Journal according to John by Sheryl Keen

Journal According To John ~

Following a nasty bar brawl, John, a twenty-eight-year-old man, follows a close friend’s advice and begins keeping a journal. He’s recently divorced from his wife, Debbie, and he hopes the journal will provide a tool with which to make sense of his brief, failed marriage and to determine why he is so emotionally challenged.

As a therapist specializing in behavioral issues, he knows he has to pull his own life together. If he tells people to clean up their own lives, modify their thoughts, and learn new, more appropriate behaviors, he knows that he’s got to step up and follow his own advice. Early on, he realizes that his mother, the curator of a gallery that specializes in steel art and other nontraditional works, has largely shaped his thoughts and actions. But just how much can he blame her for his current state of affairs?

Soon the words in the journal are flowing easily and quickly. When painful thoughts are no longer avoided and dreams provide fuel for his writing, the journal takes on a life of its own. Will John discover the reasons for his dysfunctional situation? Can keeping a journal help him improve his life?

Book Excerpt:

I am making my second entry in this journal. I’ve taken up this activity on the advice of Maya, my cousin and friend who thinks it will be good for me. I strove hard against the idea of catharsis and all that business of cleansing because I don’t know what good having my problems written down in hard black and white will do. If anything, this constant writing must be a continuous reminder of the kind of life I have cultivated. I also don’t know many men who write in journals, and I don’t want to be a pioneer this way. But sometimes friends win, with their constant and insistent badgering, as only they can. Maya could influence cow to buy milk; her powers of persuasion are limitless. At a time when my marriage has dissolved like Andrews Salts in water, dissolving yet fizzing all over the place, the last thing I want to be committed to is making journal entries, especially about issues that are dark and troublesome, issues I placed at the back of my mind long ago, yet which have shaped this shell of a thing I’ve called my life.

I've always kept journals and I love scrapbooking for the same reasons. I realy enjoyed reading about John, a man, doing something that usually is done by women. With Keen's book, you go along John's journey in healing his life. It is a very powerful book that is hard to put down. You go along John's journey with him and just maybe can help heel yourself as well.

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Free Download ~ Uglies

Have you read the super popular young adult series Uglies yet? If not, Scott Westerfeld and Simon & Schuster have decided to give out a free pdf copy of Uglies (Uglies Trilogy, Book 1) from August 5th - September 5th to help celebrate Westerfelds newest book coming out, Leviathan.

You can get the download of Uglies here.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Author Spotlight ~ Tony Deblauwe

Author Tony Deblauwe author of Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work.

During his career in Human Resources, Tony has worked through many complex people and business challenges to yield lasting results for customers. His interest in high-tech and how technology impacts people has given him insight into what it takes for people to succeed in a virtual economy.

Tony grew up in an eclectic family just a few blocks from Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. The son of Belgian immigrants, his father is a former college professor of art, language and history. His mother is an entrepreneur having worked in haute couture fashion design. Tony's exposure to several world perspectives fuel his cultural awareness and understanding.

Tony believes in collaboration of perspectives and ideas to yield successful results. He applies his expertise in human resources, organization development, and coaching to provide solutions that strengthen ways of working and achieve beneficial outcomes.

Book description ~

Do you dread going to work because of your boss? Quitting is not always an option and feeling like a victim of a bad boss only robs you of productivity, job satisfaction, and power. Career strategist and workplace expert Tony Deblauwe has spent years coaching weary employees how to be more effective with difficult bosses, and he has compiled his experiences into this indispensable guide. Tangling with Tyrants®: Managing the Balance of Power at Work offers practical techniques that show you how to build a communication process that will turn things around to help you build successful outcomes. You’ll get guidance on addressing direct and indirect bad boss behaviors, developing the right approach, and achieving mutually beneficial outcomes. By applying the techniques in this book, you will be equipped with the right tools to handle your boss and create the results you want.

I will be reviewing this book later in the month. You can read the first chapter by going to his webpage.

Review ~ Finger Linkin' Fifteen {Stephanie Plum}

I can't believe I didn't review this book yet. I really enjoyed the 15th installment in the Stephanie Plum series (Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum Novels)). I actually thought it was better then some of the others. I got several laughs in the book, which is what I'm looking for.

I love Stephanie's crazy antics, I enjoy the back & forth between Joe & Ranger. I think Janet Evanovich came through with this one.

I was surprised to see so many low reviews on amazon. Here I thought this was one of the better ones. Oh well, I enjoyed it ~ what can I say. I do wish that Stephanie & Joe would just get together already though. I hope if Evanovich ends the series, she will get them together.

The latest Evanovich crime caper involves barbecue, decapitation, fire bombs, and fiery temptation for bail bondsman Stephanie Plum. Lorelei King delivers this light fiction with gusto, missing none of the humor, whether broad or subtle. Her version of Stephanie's smoldering boss, Ranger, would tempt the most virtuous Nancy Drew, while former hooker Lula sneaks into our hearts with her passion for donuts. Gramma Mazur's elderly voice comes across as squeaky and over-performed, but it's the only flaw in an otherwise entertaining production. King's comic timing suits the story, as does the laugh that's almost audible in her performance. Who else could make us giggle at a headless body in a morgue?

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