Monday, March 31, 2008

Nationwide 's 'Bank Brat 'Commercial: Oh, It's *Supposed* To Be FUNNY. I See.

This video from Nationwide Insurance really does not sit well with me. I never really paid much attention to it before: it's just a commercial. An insurance commercial.

I saw it again recently, with a new view. There seemed to be an underlying message here: Women-don't bring your kids to work. In fact, why don't you just stay home and take care of the kid.

Perhaps I read too much into things. Perhaps some people will not see this.

The fact that the video is titled 'Bank Brat', the dynamic of working mother with a rather demonic child shooting out paraphernalia through the tube at a car that happens to be driven by a man-it bothers me because of the underlying message.

But what if it were the other way? What if the dad was the bank teller bringing his 'bank brat' to work and the woman in the car? Would I have had the same reaction?

Either way it does not sit well with me.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Words To Steer Clear of When Reviewing A Book

The Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing, by Bob Harris from the New York Times Paper Cuts Blog, via New Pages Blog.

Check it out. I've been guilty of using a few of those words, I admit. Check out the comments in the post also-more deadly words to steer clear of.


Also, new post up at Green Mom Finds on the Healthy World, Healthy Child book by Christopher Gavigan. See the review for Mother Talk here.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Denied Entry for Moral Turpitude?

So, just about everyone knows about the U.S. not letting in Sebastian Horsley for 'moral turpitude'.

All I can say is the puritanical streak in America runs strong.

More info on moral turpitude

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Mother Talk: Healthy Child, Healthy World

I was so excited when I heard Healthy Child, Healthy World was on the Mother Talk list. I am always looking for ways to green my routine. Especially when it comes to cleaning. I had known about the many cleaning properties of vinegar for awhile now, but was curious about alternatives to detergents, fabric softeners, furniture polish (not that I do much of that), Drano and Comet; the last two being the more deadly of the bunch. And, what do you know, I found it all in this book, along with some other great resources and facts.

This book is filled with amazing tips and facts, how-to safer cleaning and more, without breaking the bank. I finished it in a day and a half, most likely because it's not just straight text but made up of easy to read sections, great for flipping back and forth.

Each chapter offers tips to make each area of life a little greener: preparing for baby; safer cleaning throughout the house; choosing, eating and storing healthier food; natural body care; safer toys, gear and clothing, and more.

There were quite a few facts and observations that caught my eye. One being a section in the first chapter where Gavigan discusses the heightened occurrence (skyrocketing, actually) of childhood illnesses such as cancer, autism/ADHD, asthma and mental development and retardation, among others. He mentions in the autism section that the occurrence of this illness/disorder "....has jumped almost 400 percent in the last twenty years.....This increase is too high to attribute simply to improved recognition and diagnosis."

Twenty percent. There is something else going on here. Could it also have something to do with the environment we live in? Something to do with all the chemicals in just about everything we consume, aluminum and mercury in the vaccines, pharmaceuticals in the water?

There is just so much information in this book, all of it useful and necessary. You're bound to learn a few (or more) new things.

This book is an essential addition to every parents shelf and anybody who wants to go a little greener.

Healthy Child, Healthy World site

Healthy Child, Healthy World at

Be sure to check out what's being said at Mother Talk about Healthy Child

Saturday, March 22, 2008

MotherVerse Offers Workshops

MotherVerse magazine is now offering two different workshops: the Writing Motherhood Workshop and the Publishing A Blog Workshop. For more information, prices, etc., click here.

MotherVerse mother writer workshops are a great way to connect and learn from other mother writers in an intimate and private setting.

Workshops are on a first come first serve basis, so sign up today and reserve a spot.

Concentration, Keep In Rhythm

One of the things I hate about being sick is the lack of concentration. I don't even have the energy to finish the book I was reading before I got the flu, or even really go through my reader.I just stare at words that don't really make sense the longer I stare at them, then eventually shut down the computer or the book for lack of concentration.

Here's to getting over....... (spacing out again).......the flu.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Reading Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better
Helen Garabedian
Da Capo Press/Lifelong Books (March 15, 2008)
224 Pages, Paperback

Spring's almost here, but during the winter months, it can be quite a challenge just to get outside for those with young children.
Of course, weather doesn't have to be an excuse to do yoga, but it sure can work off some of that excess energy when you're stuck inside!

From the back cover:

Named the "Baby Yoga Expert" by Newsweek, Helen Garabedian, a certified yoga instructor, created her program with 8-minute sequences that fit easily into a young child's day. Fully illustrated with beautiful photos, Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers features more than 50 simple poses and games kids love, offering a creative way to get active.

I really loved this book. It makes yoga so simple and fun (for both the parent and child), incorporating fun interactive rhymes and games with the different routines as well as an opportunity for spending time together.

We've tried out a few things in the book and my girl loves it. I love it. Not only will your toddler be stretching, exercising and having fun, you will too. And that's great! Who said you need to go to the gym to work out?

The first three chapters are an overview of the benefits and basics of yoga, focused specifically on the Toddler and Parent, as well as a section on how to use the book.
The following chapters focus on specific poses for specific routines, some of which include: Wake and Stretch (to begin your day), Patience Please (this should be self-explanatory), Tantrum Taming and Blissful Bedtime.

Fewer tantrums? Relaxation, sleep and patience?
Not to mention sanity , less stress and less anxiety for mom. These are some of the benefits Garabedian cites in the book. What mom wouldn't want that?

It's fun and creative, the illustrations make the positions easy to do-there's no doubt this book will be put to good use here.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga at Da Capo Press
Helen Garabedian's Site
Photo courtesy of Da Capo Press

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

New Poet At The Top Of My List

That would be A. E. Stallings.

I first noticed her work in Smartish Pace #13 (Ghost Ship) and have been hooked ever since.

Then, I noticed her in Poetry magazine. Here, specifically, and here.

I just love her use of language. As is usually the case.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Are E! TV's Fashion Police On Crack?

"Proof that pregnancy is the best accessory"

Heard on E! TV's Fashion Police: 2008 Academy Awards, after a shot of a pregnant Nicole Kidman.

Accessory? Gah.

Would be interested in what Her Bad Mother thinks of this....

New post at Green Mom Finds
More new bloggers at MotherVerse

Baby Einstein in the news again....

A recent headline from the CCFC grabbed my attention:

"Infant DVDs Won't Mould A Baby Einstein"

Baby Einstein, makers of popular DVDs for infants as young as three months, has stopped billing its videos as educational, following a formal complaint from a U.S. advocacy group that the Disney-owned company was making "false and deceptive" claims that it can give babies a leg up in learning.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is claiming victory after Baby Einstein quietly changed its website to remove assertions that its eye-catching array of colourful videos can help develop cognitive skills in the very young.

Gone are promotional claims that the DVD's such as Baby Wordsworth "fosters the development of your toddler's speech and language skills" and Numbers Nursery will "help develop your baby's understanding of what numbers mean."

Why would Infants need DVDs in the first place?

More Baby Einstein bashing here.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008