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Tips for Perfect Cookie Dough

Raw cookie dough in cookie clumps.

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After seeing this article on Yahoo today I certainly am putting “cookie making with the kids” on my spring break list! I think everyone has their favorite cookie and certainly we all want to sneak a taste of the dough even though we have been advised against consuming products with raw eggs. Who can resist? And who doesn’t like the smell of fresh-baked cookies? I mean they make candles with that scent because we love it so much!

Although the perfect cookie for me is the pre-packaged cookie dough in the store that you just pull out of the package and bake, I do sometimes venture to make cookies from scratch. Most people will have the ingredients for baking cookies on hand and these are easy ingredients to stock up when on sale or you have a coupon.

This article gives some really simple tips in the way ingredients are mixed as well as other suggestions of how to get your cookies to come out consistent and how to adjust the recipe to your personal preference for the perfect cookie. This is instructions for a basic a chocolate chip cookie dough but it also has suggestions of variations for the same basic dough so we can get creative!

Check out the article HERE and let me know what cookies you are going to be baking soon!

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Choose Your Email Name Carefully!

As a customer service phone agent I have heard all kinds of email addresses. There are however many people reluctant to provide their current email because something they thought what cute or sexy is now embarrassing to say to a complete stranger. Most people will use their name or a nick name. Some even have emails that refer to their favorite hobby like crafts, sports, books, movies, etc. Then there are those who think that “sexyman4u”,”urluvbuddy” or even “grannygrannybobanny” is a great idea until they are providing it to someone they don’t know or even worse in a professional setting such as a job application. Most customers I speak with want their confirmation email or shipping notification for their order so they feel obligated to supply an email address. Usually there is the awkward pause and then they spell it for you like you won’t notice what it is really saying but seriously…..I CAN READ! I do like the customers that own up to it and just say it with pride and have nothing to hide.

My advise is to pick an email address you feel comfortable giving to everyone. You can certainly obtain a separate email address for times you don’t want to give out your main email. Many email providers offer a way to link multiple email addresses together to receive and view them from one main email account. There are hundreds of free email services from G-mail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AIM, and so many more if you search the internet.

This brings me to safety for our children. We have been trying to keep up with our children’s interest in technology and one thing we are big on is their privacy and security. When using the internet and other sites requiring email addresses it would be better to have an email name that does not have your child’s name in it. Have them pick an email address that refers to their favorite book, movie, cartoon character, stuffed animal, nick name, etc. Get them involved in personalizing a fun email name for themselves. If you are like us you may also want to have their password!

What do you think about email address names?

You Don’t Say That to a Pregnant Woman!

People sometimes just have no clue! In an effort to be conversational or maybe even a show of support often comments are made that just don’t come out right and can offend someone. Nothing could be worse for an already hormonally challenged pregnant woman.

I came across this article on Yahoo that originally appeared on WomensDay.com which had me reflecting on not only my own pregnancies but the times I have witnessed offensive comments being made to others. We certainly cannot control what others say and of course we can find offensive comments being made at any time, to anyone, for any reason! It just seems that those un-welcomed and uncomfortable comments are more common at a time when a woman can be more emotional and insecure. Just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she is ready to listen to other women’s birth stories. Particularly if they were not a good experience! Not every woman wants people touching her belly, especially strangers. During one of my pregnancies I actually had a woman (stranger) in the grocery store ask if she could rub my belly. Uh, NO!

Thankfully I never really got any of these comments because being a sarcastic person I am I probably would have given them an equally rude comment  right back. Here are some I have heard said to others though:

  • “Was this a planned pregnancy?”
  • “You look like your going to pop!”
  • “You really waddle when you walk now!”
  • “You are really swollen!”
  • “Who is the dad?”
  • “Wow, you’re going to have a fat baby!”
  • “It’s about time! We thought you would never have children!”

……………..and the list could go on!

Here is a list of the Top 10 Things Never to Say to a Pregnant Woman as listed in the Yahoo article.

  1. Are you sure your not having twins?
  2. Your so tiny you can barely tell your pregnant! That can’t be healthy.
  3. Are you disappointed it’s not a girl? (or boy)
  4. You’re going to breastfeed, right?
  5. Oh, you’re wide! You’re definitely having a girl!
  6. I was back in my skinny jeans a week after giving birth.
  7. I hope the baby gets your nose!
  8. Did you see the show about the baby with …(insert horrible disease here)…
  9. That must have been a surprise!
  10. Aren’t you too old to have a baby?

Oh if everyone would just think before speaking! Click here to see more of this article on Yahoo.

What comments have you experience during your pregnancy or heard said to someone else that was pregnant?

Stay At Home Parenting A Better Option For You?

I had read this article on Yahoo that got me thinking about this topic. It discusses the benefits of having one parent stay at home. This certainly is not meant to be a guilt trip for those who currently work outside the home but I looked at it more as a guide to help families when making those decisions. The article discusses that often the cost of working versus staying at home almost equal each other out when you factor in the different expenses involved to actually work.Click here if you would like to read the article on Yahoo.

I certainly would never want to be the judge of another families choice to have both parents work outside the home or to have a stay at home parent. There are too many variables at play with each families circumstances which I certainly would not know. Many choose to work because they love having a career or enjoy the field they work in. Others work out of necessity, especially single parents. Many opt to have one parent work part-time to dedicate more time at home, and other families opt to have one parent stay at home full-time.  I applaud all those parents who make sacrifices and hard decisions to provide the best for their families!

We had to make many choices starting from when we were first married and they have changed over the years to adjust for different circumstances as our family grew. I worked full-time when we were married. I did continue to work full-time after we started our family however we decided to adjust our work schedules. I discussed with my employer about working a later schedule which allowed my husband and I to each be home with our children while the other worked. We are truly blessed to have a husband/father who wanted to be with our children in that role and understood the importance of the time and effort he spent being a caregiver as well as the provider.

About five years later I did take a position closer to home that was a day job and my girls started daycare. When my son was born a year later he had Apnea which required him to be on a monitor 24 hours a day to detect problems with  his breathing. Although there are daycare’s who will take a child with an Apnea monitor they were very expensive because they have to be licensed for that type of care and not close to our home. This made us look for other options. I began delivering newspapers at night part-time to once again allow my husband and I to be at home with our kids around the clock. I worked the overnight shift again until I was able to find something I now do from home part-time. I continue to work part-time to assist with family expenses and am very blessed for a husband who for a large part of our marriage has worked a full-time job and part-time job to help cover expenses and provide insurance benefits.  This has allowed me to work part-time and care for our home and family needs. It also has given me an opportunity to donate time at my children’s schools and provide more service at our church.

I have many friends who work and many who stay at home with their children. I also have a brother-in-law who is the stay at home parent. His wife is amazing, has a great job and can be the families provider.  They opted to have him stay at home with their two beautiful children and he magnifies his job as a father in taking care of their home and children. So there truly are many options available and I hope every couple will explore different options that they may not have thought of when making decisions for their family.

For us we had to make choices as our family circumstances changed. We believe our children have benefited from having a parent at home since birth and both of us have shared in their milestones, homework, activities and so much more.

What have you found works best for your family?

Spender or Saver?

I saw an article on Yahoo the other day that discussed people who are tightwads or spendthrifts and identifying which you are. At first I thought this is easy I am a saver because I love to coupon shop and price-match at Wal-Mart.  But then reality hit me as I had to be honest with myself about how I really shop.  I am one who will be upset to pay outrageous prices for milk, cheese, medications, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, shoes and just about all the necessities.  I however will not think twice or even look at the cost when throwing chips, cookies, ice cream and soda in my cart.  So does that really qualify me as a saver when I don’t have a care in the world how much my snack cravings may be costing me but a gallon of milk will set me off?

It is a great article to read because it talks about the psychological impact of spending on both tightwads and spendthrifts.  Does spending/saving make you happy or sad?  Can you really feel guilt by both saving and spending? The article also talks about how relationships function with these different attributes and what works best for a happy healthy relationship.

Click here to check out the article!

Are you a spender or saver?