Due to all our traveling I’ve decided to extend the blog giveaway by a week. The new deadline for entries will be September 4th at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced September 5th at 8am EST. So get those entries in!

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Passenger Costumer Service Rep: “Ma’am how much do you weigh?”

Me: “Excuse Me...”

PCSR:How much do you weigh? We need everyone’s weight plus weight of all the carry on luggage.”

Me: “…Ummm…180?…Maybe?”

I don’t believe in a lot of things scales are one of those things. I’m pretty sure that question should be illegal.

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First leg of our can really sleep anywhere.

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My kids fight. I’m sure all siblings do, I know my brother and I did as well as The Spouse and his brother. Just because they fight *I don’t mean physical knock-down drag out fights, I mean verbal whining fights*, doesn’t mean I want to always referee even when they come to me with the issue. I prefer they figure these things out for themselves or at least argue where I don’t have to hear it. This morning they decided they wanted to have a row –from what I could make out General Disarray was annoying Professor Chaos, so Professor Chaos started pushing General Disarray towards his own toys and away from the area where Professor Chaos was-, when that didn’t work they decided to come find me! I was busy in my room making some list for our trip and upon hearing the “MOM” screams growing closer I laid my head down hoping they would think I was sleeping and run off to work it out.

I had no such luck; instead they remained shouting my name over my fake snores. Realizing I wasn’t getting out of referee duty today I rolled over to them both explaining the situation. Each expecting me to take their side, sometimes I will listen to both sides and make a judgment…today though I decided to be lazy. Yup, I was a lazy referee…I had no need for an instant replay instead I did the following:

Me: “Face each other…drop your toys…move closer to one another”General Disarray: “We can’t get any closer!”Me: “Good now both of you put your arms around your brother” *arms slowly extend and wrap around each other*…”Now stay that way”…

I then went back to what I was doing. They stayed that way for about a minute or so before they started to get upset with me. I asked if I was being annoying for having them stand that way, they said yes, I asked if they liked being annoyed… they said no. Then I gave them a choice, either make-up, work out their differences, and play nicely or remain standing locked together.

They are currently playing…they choose to work it out and all I had to do is give them a common annoyance. Possibly not the most effective form of parenting, but it got the job done this morning.

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I saw this at Indie Education and it's nice, but I disagree on the curriculum part. If need be I can find someone to teach my kids what I don't know and I can ensure that it is taught in a way that my children will actually LEARN it. Which is what is most important to us *aside from all the other wonderful benefits*.

Via: Online College Source

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Even in the middle of packing I am still making time for Friday Flashback, because well…I need some packing music!! Don’t forget to check out the giveaway! And stay tuned for our adventure posts…the first post coming soon…once I finish getting everything into these bags!

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Things have been quieter than usual on this blog because T.B.M. and I are in the middle of planning an adventure. Ok I’m doing all the planning and they are blissfully unaware of everything about to take place other than we are going on an adventure. I’m hoping to blog through most of it, I’m not sure where all it will take us, but I intend to make the most of it and enjoy every hectic second. Life is far too short to not enjoy it.

And don't forget about our blog giveaway! Check it out HERE!

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This is the second giveaway in our Giveaway Series! Giveaway #2 is being brought to you by Kerry Jones @! Domo Arigato Kerry! So what can you win this giveaway? Why a free blogging course, and guess what we won’t have just one winner this giveaway. Nope, this giveaway we will chose TWO winners. That’s right TWO winners! *And the crowd goes wild!!* Would you all like some details on this awesome blog course you can win? Alright, here you go:

Blogging 101 is a fully-automated, comprehensive course will guide you through all the basics of creating and establishing your new blog. The units covered in the Blogging 101 curriculum include:

1. Introduction to Blogging (all the basics for the beginning blogger

2. Laying Your Cards On The Table (blog titles, platforms, and start-up instructions)

3. It’s All About Me (blogging safety, “About Me” pages, and blog design)

4. Build That Content and Make It Snazzy (writing quality posts, commenting, and adding media)

5. It’s The Little Things That Count (sidebars, widgets, categories, and static pages)

6. Mi Blog es Su Blog – - Building Community (growing a readership, blog promotion, and blogrolls)

7. Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained (more blog promotion strategies and monetizing your blog)

8. Looking Back and Looking Forward (tips and strategies for continuing to grow your blog after the course)

When you have completed the Blogging 101 course, you will have not only learned the basics of blogging, but you will have your VERY OWN BLOG, several quality posts, and very possibly a growing following of readers!

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Comments on this post will close at 11:59pm EST on Friday August 26, 2011. Two winners will be chosen using and announced at 8am EST on Monday August 29, 2011!

Good Luck Everyone!

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Grab your hairbrushes and keep your bedhead because it's time for another Friday Flashback! Enjoy!

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Ah Typhoon Muifa. If you are living in the states you probably haven’t heard about it, but this typhoon is set to invade our little island sometime tomorrow. I figured I should find some music to sing along to while I prep, and then I remembered the perfect song that completely conveys my feelings on the whole situation. Enjoy!

And remember folks every prep kit should have a first aid kit, bottled water, snacks, and condoms!

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