Monday, August 31, 2015

Zip-Loc Omletes


Most kids are already back to school and the novelty of the first day and the cute outfits has worn off and the stress and reality of back to school schedules has set it. At this point we need anything to help save some time and make morning routines a bit easier.

Recently a friend told me about this great idea on how to make healthy veggie and protein packed breakfast for your kids, really quick. Boil them some omelets. Yes I said boil. It's simple. Add some scrambled egg mixture into a ziploc bag and then throw in any veggies, meats, or cheeses that your like. Give it a good shake to mix them up and seal. Drop the bag into some boiling water for about 13 minutes. Open the bag and your made omelet will slide right out onto your plate.

What is great about this is that you can pre-make the omelet mix the night before. You can also make up to 8 omelets all at the same time. These are also great for feeding a large crowd. This can be a a great idea for a sleepover. You can set out a bunch of toppings and let each kid pick what they like.

My friend gave me the heads-up and said that when making these make sure to use ziploc brand bags. This ensures that the bag is thick enough to withstand the boiling water, and also ensures that you are cooking with BPA free plastic. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Trends Before and After My Time I Wish I Hadn't Missed

These days it feels everyone has gender reveal parties when expecting. Parties of this kind weren't all the rage when I was having my children, but I would have been all over this given the chance. I'll take any excuse to have a PARTY. We were surprised the old-fashion way for our big gender reveal and that was a pretty painful and bloody surprise, to say the least. 


Another trend I totally missed the boat on was having a photo booth at our wedding! Everyone does this nowadays and it's super fun. It's also pretty creative. I loved a recent wedding that include a booth with very Mexican-inspired props... Yes, Frida Khalo headdresses and eyebrows made that cut. Adorable! 

My kids didn't grow up with a personalized hashtag attached to every photo I've ever snapped of them. Okay, they're not that old, so I could begin that trend, but something about not trending since day 1 feels like I missed the boat there, too.

Zumba class missed my butt! Feels like everyone including their grandmother (literally) has tried Zumba. I never made it to such a danceable class and it sounds like a sweaty good time. Now I don't know that Zumba is as available or that I'm even in the mood. When I was a fitness buff I should have shimmied my way over.


Korean BBQ has always seemed so good! Maybe this isn't a huge trend per-say but I know a ton of folks who have tried and love this delicious food genre. I've yet to try it. Though that's a trend I may just persue. Then again with small kids at home I'm less likely to venture out for new cuisines. 

What are the trends you miss you wish you hadn't???? 


Thursday, August 27, 2015

This Dad Recorded His Reaction to His Son Buying a Princess Doll....

...and it has totally melted my heart.

Little Azai Willis had just had his 4th birthday party and had received 2 of the exact same toy. So his Poppa Mikki took his son to the toy store to exchange the gift. He allowed Azai to pick whatever he wanted. Azai picked a Disney Princess doll complete with purple crown. Ariel to be exact. As they got back to the car Mikki made this short and very cute video.



How sweet is this? 

Of course there was some backlash. People upset that he would allow his son to play with dolls. That playing with dolls would make his sons homosexual. That is just ignorant and silly. I grew up with a box filled with Hot Wheels. Playing with cars did not make me gay. Some even jumped to the conclusion that by telling his sons that he would accept them no matter what lifestyle they choose will automatically make his children gay. As Latinos we have this idea that little boys should be 'macho' and stay away from dolls. That is just ridiculous. 

The idea that toys are gender specific is soon to be a thing of the past thanks to stores like Target. After removing gender on their website for toys, they have made the move to do the same in stores. No more signs that say "Girls Building Blocks" or "Boy Building Blocks". Personally I love this and have raised my girls to know that they can play with any toys they choose. They have their very own drawer filled with Hot Wheels. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Interracial Latino Racism After Being Told She is Not Latina Enough


It's a topic that no one wants to talk about, except Gina Rodriguez. Gina is the star of the hit show "Jane the Virgin" and was recently on the cover of People in Español. She was excited to share the news and images with her Instagram followers only to be flooded with negative comments. She was criticized for how she looked, how she was posed, and for her grammar in her caption that she wrote in English and Spanish. She was told that she was not Latina enough.

Oh I know that feeling.

Because I married a white guy.
Because I don't speak enough Spanish.
Because my kids aren't bilingual.
Because I "talk white".

Gina had a wonderful response...

You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do.#NoToKeyboardCourage

The idea that a human being is not "enough" of anything is awful. As a group we should not be trying to "one-up" each other, but embrace each other. A united front is much stronger than a divided one.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back-to-School Funnies

So many children have gone back to school, and for them, summer came crashing down... hopefully, in a blaze of glory! My children start school tomorrow, and after one unusually CHAOTIC orientation today, I thought about the flip side of back-to-school emotions. I cannot wait to be that annoying parent that floods my social media accounts with back-to-school pics and funny tales of elementary antics. All stories will likely start with a classic "kids say the darnedest things..." So to get moms, dads and all relatives in just that mood, check out these back-to-school funnies...











Ha! This time of year is pretty fun, occasionally stressful, and if you're looking for perspective, totally wacky. Overall, it's a true blessing, so ENJOY!



Monday, August 24, 2015

Lalo Alcarez: Sell-out or Success?

Earlier this month Disney held its annual D23 Expo. There were a lot of announcements were made and Disney fanatics went crazy for all of them. One big announcement that was made was that Disney/Pixar has begun development on a Dia de los Muertos themed movie. Last year Reel Fx and 20th Century Fox has some success with their Dia de los Muertos film, "Book of Life". Disney and Pixar are jumping onto the bandwagon. 




So far all we know is that the story centers around a young boy named Miguel who finds himself in the world of the dead. 


When I heard the news I had some mixed emotions. There is always some concern when a big corporation takes on a culturally sensitive issue. There was also the concern about people who did not grow up with the tradition and instead just "study" and "research" a topic that they will then distribute to the world. And let's face it, a Disney/Pixar movie will reach almost every corner of the world. 

Later it was announced that political cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz, famous for his cartoon "La Cucaracha", has been hired as a cartoonist for the film. 

3....2.....1.... And here comes the backlash. 

Some people were pissed and called Lalo a sellout. See a few years ago Disney attempted to trademark the Day of the Dead holiday. Of course people were upset and Lalo was one of the most vocal. 


 This was not the first time, or the last time that Alcaraz would take a stand against the Disney Corporation. And now he is picking up his employee badge. So there are some people who feel that he has sold out for a paycheck.

I have a different opinion. I feel that with Lalo on the project we have someone on the inside. Alcaraz has very strong opinions and I firmly believe that if this project becomes offensive or stereotypical Lalo would not only walk away but be the first to boycott the project. As a community we should be proud of Alcaraz and have some faith that by hiring him to work on this film it's a step in the right direction and helps ensure that we get a beautiful film about our beautiful culture.

Friday, August 21, 2015

85 Extra Minutes Everyday

Kids are headed back to school next week and there's one special thing out of many that make back to school season ideal...  we get up even earlier during the school year! 

Being an earlier riser is full of benefits. The more I try to escape that by pressing snooze, the reality is a morning routine sets my family up for a productive day overall. Plus, most folks get their usual 9-5pm day going and then claim there's no time left in their day. False! There's always time --- but that time is spent sleeping in.



Be an early riser and benefit from factors that help build a fulfilling day and life:

1. Plan your day: the best day is an intentional one! Take 5 minutes every morning to journal about the day ahead or simply jot down a list of to-dos. This habit almost predetermines our actions and unconsciously gets us moving towards whatever it'll take to accomplish our morning plan. Bonus: write down what you're thankful for every single morning!

2. Quiet reflection: whether it's time for meditation, prayer or simply enjoying a calm moment with a cup of tea, alone time every morning for reflection centers you for the day ahead. All it takes is 10 quiet minutes.

3. Get moving: can be an actual neighborhood run or walk or something simpler such as an at-home routine with jumping jacks and squats. Decide on at least 15 minutes of activity to get your heart pumping and naturally energize your body. 

4. Breakfast NOT on-the-go: early risers have time to complete a meal they actually sit to enjoy alone or with friends/family. Too many families sacrifice this morning ritual. Give it the extra 20 mins and have breakfast every morning - together and not on-the-go. 

5. Groom with care: follow me here, late risers don't always have the luxury of time to calmly get ready without the hustle and bustle of rushing. This leads to less than ideal outfit choices and such. Now, this isn't about vanity. This is a matter of setting yourself up for a confident day. How many times have we felt extra great just because we gave ourselves the 25-30 minutes to pick an outfit, iron, shower, change, accessorize and groom (hair and makeup for women, shaving for men). Taking care of yourself every morning is a great habit to ensure you leave your home feeling great!

Total time for bullet pts. 1-5 only adds up to 85 extra minutes added to your day. That's not even an hour and a hour. Give yourself that early start to implement these habits into a daily and productive routine!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Period Talk


As the summer ended and the first day of school was just weeks away I took my kids to their annual wellness check-ups. Both girls were healthy and growing and given clean bills of health. Then I asked when I should start considering having the menstruation talk with my 10 year old. Our doctor told me that it would depend on when I started mine. I told her that I was 11 years old so she gave me a nod and said "its time".

Oh man I am so not prepared for this! So after a little mini-panic attack I hit the library to find some good resources to figure out the best way to even approach the subject. I found a few books to help refresh my memory on all the ins and outs of mechanics of it all.

I picked up this one from my local library.....



I also looked online and found these that I think might help explain things.



I needed to find the right balance of information to tell my 10 year old. I knew she needed to know the why and how of it all, but I was also careful to steer away from the s-e-x talk. Even though menstruation and pregnancy go hand in hand I really don't think my 10 year old needs that information yet. 

I remember how confusing periods were to me as a kid. I remember getting my first period in 6th grade. I remember my best friend so anxious about starting hers and wondering if she would be the last one to get it. And then I remembered the book that helped me through all the questions and helped me feel like I was not the only one. This classic........


Sitting down and opening the lines of communication with my 10 year old and how her body works is the first step in letting her know that she can always come to me. I am here to listen and answer any questions she may have, or to help her anyway I can. Periods are messy (pun intended) business but after reviewing the way the female body works it's really amazing. It was a great reminder of how powerful our bodies are and a reminder to take care of it.

Who told you all about menstruation? What was that experience like? Good, bad, motifying?? 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make One Less Decision: What worked for Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg

As readers know, I began a slow carb diet regimen on Monday. One of the tips of this diet recommend picking a few meals you like and keep them in rotation daily. Now, I've heard this concept before. If you already know a "go to plan" then it's easier to stick to it and almost get into an automatic groove. 

For dieting this is key as it surely leads to less daily questions that could sabotage progress. What should I eat today? Where should I eat? Make your decisions early on and stick to those choices to become consistent.

I recently thought about this idea as it relates to clothes. You know people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. If that's the case why do we have so much clothes? Success keeps things simple.

With that, I was reminded that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg kept/keep their wardrobe basic and pretty much predictable. Steve Jobs intentionally wore jeans and a black shirt day in and day out. This was no fluke or coincidence. 

Zuckerberg practically does the same thing -- always wearing jeans and a t-shirt, usually blue. Why? Successful people choose to make one less mindless decision everyday saving time for the larger decisions. Now that's thoughtful time management at its best.


They don't waste time or energy on what to wear or eat everyday. If the options are similar and the same you're likely getting things done quickly and get to make far fewer minor decisions everyday.  This makes sense for students who wear uniforms or similar prearranged and uniformed decisions. How easily to always know what you'll wear in the morning?

I love this whole idea of one less thing to think about, so I'm beginning to find areas in my life where I can build a "one less decision" routine. It makes sense to simplify and not have to think about the little things. 

Even better, if we focus less on the little things there's time to get the BIG THINGS done!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Storytelling

Storytelling has been a way of sharing and passing down family history for hundreds of years. First it was once cavemen sitting around a fire -- today storytelling has gone digital with podcast. I have always believed in the power of storytelling and using it as a tool to preserve my family history.

Recently, I was asked to share a digital story for a friend's podcast. I could tell any story that I wanted. After a lot of thought I decided to share a little bit about my Tata and how having the honor to be his granddaughter helped me to find my passion in life. I was so nervous and excited to share my story and to share my Tata and his legacy with more people.

You can hear my episode here by pressing the orange play button.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Slow Carb Diet by Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris is the man. He's one of those gurus of many things and though he likely didn't invent the slow carb diet, he stands by it. Tim is the author of The Four Hour Workweek, The Four Hour Chef and The Four Hour Body --- all great reads.

In this post, I'll explain Tim's go-to diet and if it's for you, I say, join me on a six-week stint of slow carb dieting. Firstly, I should add my husband has seen a lot of success by following a slow carb diet 85% of the time over the last two years.

The diet in a nutshell:

Eat at least 4 times daily.

Consume lots of lean proteins (within 30 mins. of waking have some to start your day)!

Carbs allowed on this diet: beans, lentils and other legumes (have plenty).

Pack the veggies with every meal and water, juice, teas, or black coffee (skipping sugar and milk).

On this diet, you must avoid all "white" carbs such as bread, flour, pasta and rice. You also skip dairy --- hence the concept "no whites." You can't eat such items as pastries, tortillas or potatoes this is why the rule of thumb is "skip white foods." Remember to categorize chocolate cupcakes, donuts and brownies as "whites" too. If it is sweet, it's sugary, and sugar is as white as white gets! You should also skip fruit while "slow-carbing." 

However, you can consume carbs immediately following a high-intensity resistance workout.

On this eating plan, Tim highly encourages a once a week "cheat day" which I rather call a "treat day". Pick the day best suited for you to eat whatever your heart desires. This is great for your body to get a jolt of something new and helps keep your metabolism revved. You're also likely to keep this slow carb concept going knowing your "treat day" is just around the corner.

Tim also suggests one glass of wine nightly if you must have alcohol (no alcohol should be consumed otherwise). I personally love the idea of one glass of wine being a-ok until your cheat day. 


Now, that is the slow carb diet at a glance. According to Tim it'll help you lose up to 20 lbs of fat in thirty days. Who's with me for the next 45 days? After all, it's a great time to lose major pounds before holiday eating gets the best of us.



Friday, August 14, 2015

Barbies In Classic Art Pieces

There are some people who feel that altering classic works of art is wrong. Others use it as a way to comment on social issues of the day. French artist Catherine Thery is in the latter category. She has taken some well known pieces of fine art and has re envisioned them with Barbie dolls. Yes Barbie dolls.




Thery is using her images as a way to bring attention to the lack of females in classic art pieces. In many of her images she replaced a male figure with a Barbie doll. Each doll is hand painted by the artist herself and them posed in backgrounds also painted by the artist. Her hope is that her images will change the way people see the female role in society today.

You can see all 11 art pieces here. 

What are your thoughts on these reinterpretations of classic art works? 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kid talking back? Mine too!

My son turns 9 today. He's a loving kid, sporty and so intelligent. From time to time, he's also full of attitude and he's begun talking back.

Originally, I wondered if I was doing something terribly wrong when this behavior began. Then suddenly I realized I might be doing something right. Now, stay with me. 

He isn't allowed to disrespect his father or I. That's never okay. Now that doesn't mean we are his all-powerful parents who know everything, but in our home, mutual respect is to be expected. We talk respectfully to our children so they should too.

The thing is our son has also begun talking back as a way to challenge us. He questions me and his pop and sometimes my ego wants to flare up and proclaim "I'm the boss... do what I say because I said so... blah, blah, blah." That however isn't respectful and completely illogically. When my son talks back sometimes he's simply challenging me and his challenges can be spot on (this challenging is the doing right part I talked about above). 

He calls me on unfair situations and reminds me to be my best. I don't want to raise children who agree with me 100% of time, without their own opinion. In fact, out of fear, many children may very well "yes parents to death", but not actually agree or authentically share what they're feeling. 

At times our son isn't rightfully challenging us and he's actually bratty or combative without merit. I like to tell myself this is developmentally normal. He's asserting himself and learning to push boundaries, but he also crosses the line and completely talks back with sassiness and full on disrespectfulness/attitude. 

If you're experiencing the same, here's my best advice for other moms dealing with kids who have begun talking back...

1. Breathe 

2. Before you speak, listen


3. Reflect on self: is your child simply mimicking a behavior they've learned from the adults in their life? This is especially important because many times we are modeling negative attitudes with children who simply mirror this behavior back. When this is the case, we have to do what we can to personally correct our own behaviors.

4. If your child has a point, say so (validate your child's view), then remind them how important a respectful tone is to getting their point across. 

5. If your child is crossing the line and being disrespectful, remind them that you do not have to accept their approach and that they will not achieve anything from talking back rudely. I know, I know... easier said than done, but if anything, this models appropriate boundary building and gives them the example for how to defend themselves when others approach them rudely.


6. Never laugh or encourage this behavior when it's directed towards others.


7. Praise your child when their tone is appropriate and always, always, always remind them that their voice, vote, and/or opinion counts.

8. Fully accept when your child is challenging you and they have a valid point. Sometimes our children are calling us out on our own BS and they deserve validation.


9. Don't beat yourself up about it. Stay the course and work through this sassy stage in your child's life. Feeling bad or guilty about it won't help. Letting the behavior go on unchecked also does nothing for the situation. So again, stay the course and work with your child on improving healthy communication among parent and child. 


These are just some tips from a mom who's now got a 9 year old going on 20.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My New Ban.Do Organizer

I am a sucker for organizers, so when fellow blogger Unknown Mami showed off her new organizer from Ban.do I had placed an order for one before her video was even done. 

I was way excited to get it in the mail. You are probably asking yourself, why would this crazy lady buy a 2016 organizer in 2015? Well because this organizer starts in august 2015 and ends in December 2016. Perfect!!

Here is my cute and very accurately titled new organizer. It is only 8"x5" big so it fits perfectly in my purse. But if you need a bigger desk version there is also one of those available. 


The first few pages are great! There is a full 2016 and 2017 calendars. So if you need to see when your birthday falls in 2017 you can!


There is also some super cute stickers. The only problem is that there are not enough!


There is also a section to list birthdays and anniversaries. Of course with my family I would need at least triple the amount of lines to keep track of everyone's birthdays!


Each month has it's own inspirational and print. Nice way to start the month off.


Each month starts with the full month on a 2 page spread. Great place to add important things and for a quick reference.


My favorite part about the book is the 2 page spread for each week. There is plenty of room to jot down everything from a work meeting to dinner plans with friends. And it's line-less which I love.


I know that handwritten planners can easily be replaced by an app on your phone (I have those too!) but there is something about an old school organizer that I love. And for just a little over $20.00  at http://www.shopbando.com/ this one is my new favorite! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Taco Tuesday!

Are you a fan of Taco Tuesdays? I grew up on tacos so everyday was taco Tuesday in our home. Over the weekend my kids (all three) proclaimed "we want tacos!" So we headed on a mad dash to get out fix! Sadly, we don't have a local go to taco spot. Do you?


Share your LA favorites in the comment section below.


We landed on a great alternative at Leo's Mexican restaurant in Lawndale, CA. Their tacos proved tasty. My kiddos wanted seconds -- they were that good! What was unique is that this spot served extra large tacos stuffed with toppings of your choice: lettuce, onion, cilantro, pico de gallo, guac and/or cheese. Pretty standard taco toppings combined with wonderfully seasoned chicken or steak to compliment all the flavors.

What are you favorite taco toppings?

Are you a lover of sour cream, fresh cheese, sliced avocado, or maybe something with more zing like fresh jalapeños or something sweet such as sliced pineapple. 
Tacos come in so many variations; here are some of my favorite combinations:

Crunchy tacos (taquitos):  aka rolled hard tacos. These are rolled tacos stuffed with your meat or veggie of choice that are then deep fried. I like to make these with potato filling (combine warm smashed potatoes (peeled), with salt, pepper, grilled onion and a shredded cheese blend). Then top these delicious crunchy tacos with shredded lettuce, cheese crumbles and guacamole or sliced avocado. 

Chicken or fish soft tacos: To chicken tacos I add grilled onion, shredded cheese and lettuce, plus hot sauce. When it comes to fish tacos, I grill a delicious piece of fish for my soft tortilla then top it with spicy pico de gallo, sliced cabbage, a splash of lime, and a bit of cilantro dressing. 

Tacos al pastor: these are the yummiest! These soft tacos are filled with marinated pork and diced onion & cilantro. Many Mexican markets sell prepackaged marinated pork meat for these tacos. For a touch of sweet add grilled purple onion and/or grilled pineapple slices. 

Tell us all about your favorite taco creations! Comment below.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Macklemore Does It Again

A few years ago Macklemore busted onto the music scene with his hugely successful album "The Heist". And us here at HerMamas have been big Macklemore fans ever since.

The kid from Seattle rapped about love, his road to sobriety and how to look super fly with just $20.00 in your pocket. It's been awhile since Macklemore (and his side-kick Ryan Lewis) have released anything new but last week their new single featuring Ed Sheeran, dropped. (It's still cool to say dropped right?) And being the cool people that they released it for free at macklemore.com.

In the time that Macklemore took off he went through a major life experience. Last May he become a father to a daughter. So naturally the first track is all about becoming a father. Like with all his other songs Macklemore is open and honest and I love this. I think he really captured the realness and the emotions that men go through when they realize how huge this fatherhood thing is. He shares his fears, hopes and expectations that many men can relate to.



Welcome to the Parenthood Club Macklemore. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't be a DNB


This Ronda Rousey chic is amazing. Now I don't follow UFC but I caught a glimpse of another fighter screaming angrily into her face. Then I heard she knocked that trash-talking counterpart out in 34 seconds. Wow... 34 seconds sounds unreal. She's a pretty bad a$$ fighter from what I've gathered. After her most recent fight a soundbite surfaced where Ronda shared her take on being judged for having a muscular body.

She did not take this judgement well and claimed to love her body which was developed intentionally for a cause. She then proclaimed she's doing something she loves and she's not just dedicated to being a DNB aka "do nothing bitch". 

Pretty serious claim by Ms. Rousey. Now, I admire her tenacity but she really took issue with gold-diggers who aspire to sleep with men, making money that way, and in turn simply become "do nothing bitches."

Do you agree with Ronda? Is there such a thing as DNB's? And should women aspire to be the total opposite.

To me, it's a matter of respecting all women. I don't take issue with Ronda's figure just as I don't take issue with so-called gold-diggers. Who am I to criticize anyone, let alone someone who is happy fighting for a living or moving up some social ladder by sleeping with rich men? Whatever floats your boat is my two cents and yet I like the whole "Do Nothing Bitch" concept. It keeps me conscious of always doing something --- a whole lot of something that is hopefully the right thing: working hard, being a good person, aspiring to be the best me possible and fighting my own personal fights while also knocking out life's hardships in 34 seconds FLAT!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Another Reason to Love Netflix

As if we needed another reason to love Netflix, they go and do something like this and our heart for Netflix grows.

We all love the unlimited streaming option, but if you are a Netflix employee you now have the perk of "unlimited" maternity AND paternity leave. How awesome it that?

Here is part of the official Netflix  blog post:


We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences. 

How freaking awesome is that!?

Right now my sister is 4 months pregnant with her first child and she is already researching and visiting day care centers because she will have to be back to work a lot sooner than she would like after the baby is born. I can remember saving money and saving up as much sick time and vacation as I could before my kids were born so that I could combine it with the 6 weeks of disability to stay home with my girls for 3 months. It's stressful and a financial hardship that most families have to deal with. Netflix, and other companies like it are taking that stress away from their employees and that's amazing.

I may not work for Netflix but you can believe that I will remain a customer of a company that treats it's employees so well. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

One-Way Trip To Mars

In 2012 it was announced that a billionaire developer will set into motion the colonization of Mars. He'll accomplish this by sending inhabitants 4 at a time beginning in 2026. Every 2 or so years new inhabitants will leave earth to be a part of the Mars colonization project.

But here's the kicker: this is a one-way trip. Yes, those selected (the first four already picked) will go to Mars with no guarantee that they will ever return. According to Mars One developers rockets that allow for a trip back to earth have yet to be built. This means life on Mars will be the chosen astronauts ultimate goal with the possibility of return IF, and only IF, those return capabilities develop during their lives on Mars.

One husband recently spoke out about his wife who was selected for the 2026 launch. He claims to completely understand and respect his wife's decision. Many called her selfish for leaving her family and life on earth. He considers it noble. Her name will go down in history and this trailblazing experiment could very well transform life as we know it.


I personally couldn't be the first to colonize another planet especially if it meant leaving my planet with no guarantee of returning. The astronauts chosen for 2026 departure may never again hug or speak to their earthly friends or family again. There will be the chance to email and correspond in writing, otherwise, life on Mars will be about developing its existence and functionality for more and more inhabitants to arrive on their one-way emigration to planet Mars.

Could you ever leave earth to colonize another planet? Or are you with this Hermama who finds the one-way trip dynamic too extreme?

A Personal Trainer for Your Toddler

There was a rumor going around that Kim Kardashian hired a personal trainer for her 2 year old daughter North. And people are getting their panties in a bunch about it. Not sure if the rumors are true but if they are I see it as a great idea and applaud her for making exercise as part of her daughter's routine. She is giving her daughter a great start and there is a good chance that North will always make exercise part of her routine.



Making exercise a regualr part of your kids day is a great way to raise fit and healthy kids. Places like Gymboree and My Gym are places designed to keep toddlers and kids active. These places take fun activities like mini zip lines and trampolines and charge parents to let their kids play/exercise.

A friend of mine has 2 young kids and she and her husband are big supporters of exercise. He is a physical therapist and knows the importance of exercise for you body's well-being. As part of their daily schedule their 2 kids have to get in 60 minutes of exercise in. Sometimes its in their home gym or sometimes its at a sports camp or swim meet.  It's such a small percentage of their day but makes a big impact.

Do you make sure that your kids exercise daily? 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Musical Legends: Gone Too Soon

Too many musical legends have come to pass and many were far too young. I recently watched an Amy Winehouse documentary and was reminded of her talented voice, writing ability and the tragedy that was her untimely death due to alcohol and drug use. Amy was an original talent with an old soul. Her love of music was rooted in jazz melodies and she idolized the likes of Billy Holiday and Tony Bennett.

If you haven't heard Amy's music do yourself a favor and start today. Her albums (though few) are good start to finish. The tribute albums released since her passing include beautiful gems such as covers of Cupid and Our Day Will Come.




Other musical talents gone too soon include the likes of Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. All could have packed stadiums and enthralled audiences today. They were incredibly talented sharing one sad reality in common: drug fueled or inspired ends.

The last of my favorites gone too soon include John Lennon (taken from this world unjustly) and Bob Marley (f-u cancer).  These two had a depth to their music and it's lyrics. Lyrics that resonate today. I have no doubt Bob and John are rocking out in musical heaven and the aforementioned artists are all chiming in. 

Who are the artist you love that left us far too soon?