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My daughter is afraid of movies

UPMy 4 year old is afraid of movies. Every movie we have taken her to has been a near disaster. The first time we took her to see the Hannah Montana Concert movie she sat on her dad’s lap for most of the movie. She only started dancing and singing when the music came on near the middle of the movie. The next time we saw a movie, she sat there chewing her sweater with tears in her eyes while watching a different movie that was supposed to be funny and rated G. The last time we took her to see “Earth” which was rated G,  she was scared to her wits end because the soundtrack was so loud in the movie coupled with the scary predator imagery, she never wanted to return to the movies ever again.

I do believe that some of the issue is that my daughter is an only child who is exposed to very little that is beyond her age group, however I blame the movie companies for some of the issues because they try to market movies for a wider audience to sell more tickets. For example, Earth is a rated G movie, but the sound effects and imagery of predatory creatures are so scarey in the movie, a 4 year old will end up spending most of the movie hiding under his or her sweater instead of learning about nature in the jungle and the sea.

Tomorrow, my 4 year old is supposed to be going with her kindergarten summer camp to see the movie “UP”. Since my 4 year old is afraid of movies, I thought showing her the trailer would help alleviate some of her fears of movies. I was wrong. The trailer confirmed all her fears with the barking dogs, loud thunder and lightening scenes, and the scary dark house with the grouchy old guy. The humor in the movie is more for older kids and adults and completely went over my 4 year old’s head. Therefore, my 4 year old will be staying home with me tomorrow instead of going on her school field trip because this kids cartoon has content that is marketed for a wider audience.

I am worried my child will never outgrow her fear of movies. It seems like people with more than 1 child in the family manage to take their 4 year olds to movies with no issue, but my 4 year old cannot deal with the loud noises in the theater. I even went so far as to bring an Ipod in the last movie with me so that she could listen to her favorite Taylor Swift songs while watching the imagery on the movie screen to block out the loud scary sound effects from “Earth.” That did not help, she still sat in her seat chewing her sweater with tears in her eyes as a polar bear lost his way amongst the melting ice caps.

In a way, it is something my child will have to eventually get over, but at the same time, I want the movie companies to rate their movies properly for children. Since when is a movie like “Earth” supposed to be G rated when there are lions attacking elephants in the dark or sharks attacking fish in the scenes?

Children believe everything they see is real and they have a hard time differentiating between what is real and what is not real. When my daughter watches a commercial on television that tells her it is time to do Back to School shopping, she tells me we need to go do some back to school shopping. Movie companies should get back to making G rated movies really appropriate for people of all ages.

For now, I have to figure out how to get my daughter to the next movie. For sure, “UP” is not the movie for her to try her next foray into learning to like movies. Doesn’t it sound strange that she has to “learn” to like a movie? If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

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Do you have mold in your house?

Recently, I thought I may have had some mold growing in my house. Luckily, we did not have the kind of mold that would threaten our lives or our house. But, after the initial scare, I decided I needed to be proactive from now on to prevent mold in my house in the future.

Mold can cause allergies. It can make it hard for some people to breathe. Mold can make it harder for your body to fight off infections. Mold can even cause serious illness.

Mold can grow in your house. You can prevent it from growing. If you have a little mold in your house, you can clean it up.

This pamphlet tells you:

* how to prevent mold from growing;
* how to find out if mold is growing in your house; and
* how to clean up small amounts of mold.
How to prevent mold from growing

Mold needs moisture to grow. Controlling the moisture and keeping the house dry prevents the growth of mold.

Check your house for signs of moisture or molds. Find out if water is coming in from the outside or if lots of moisture is produced inside the house.

Check your house foundation, walls and roof for leaks. Check for plumbing leaks. If you find any, fix them.

Think of the different ways moisture is produced inside the house (for example, cooking, bathing). Remove the moisture as it is produced by opening a window or using exhaust fans.

Reduce the amount of stored materials, especially items that are no longer used. Fabrics, paper, wood and practically anything collect dust and hold moisture.

Mold-proofing your house, room-by-room

Basement or crawl space

* Get rid of clothes, paper and furniture stored in the basement. Keep only the items you can wash. Throw out wet and badly damaged or musty smelling materials. Keep the basement tidy so air can move around more easily.
* Store firewood in a shed or garage, not inside the house.
* Avoid having carpets on the basement floor.
* Periodically clean the drain in your basement floor. Use half a cup of bleach, let it stand for a few minutes, then flush with plenty of water. Keep the drain trap filled with water.
* A dehumidifier helps to reduce moisture in the basement during the warmer months. Close the basement windows when the dehumidifier is running.
* Avoid standing water. Keep your sump pit covered. Use a piece of metal or you can make a good cover by wrapping plywood in plastic.

Furnace

* Regularly clean and replace the furnace filters. Use a pleated, one-inch filter, not a coarse filter.
* If you have a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), clean the filter inside the HRV often.
* If you notice mold or signs of dampness, such as water on your windows or wet spots elsewhere, do not humidify. Disconnect furnace humidifiers that are no longer used.

Laundry

* Connect your clothes dryer to an exhaust ducted to the outside.
* Remove lint every time you use the dryer.
* Avoid hanging laundry indoors to dry.
* Dry your laundry tub and washing machine after you use them.

Bathroom

* Check the bathroom fan to make sure it exhausts to the outside, not to your attic.
* Turn the bathroom fan on when you shower. Keep it running for a few minutes after you finish your shower.
* Take short showers if possible.
* Keep surfaces that get wet, such as the walls around the bathtub and shower, clean and dry.
* If there is a carpet in your bathroom, remove it.
* Keep drains in good shape by removing debris from them. To clean a drain
o pour a handful of baking soda into it
o add a cup of vinegar
o put the plug in the drain
o let the vinegar and baking soda work for about 20 minutes
o run fresh water into the drain
o if the drain is still plugged, use a small plumbing snake to unplug it.

Kitchen

* If the fan over your stove exhausts outside, use it when you cook.
* Minimize prolonged boiling.
* Keep your drains in good shape. Follow the steps in the Bathroom section, above.
* There’s a drip pan at the back of your refrigerator. Pull the refrigerator out to clean the drip pan. At the same time, vacuum dust from the coils at the back of the refrigerator.
* Check under the kitchen sink to make sure there are no leaks.
* Take out the garbage daily to prevent odours and spoiling.

Closets and bedrooms

* Get rid of clothes or other stored items that you don’t use. Keeping your closets and bedrooms tidy makes it easier for air to circulate and harder for mold to grow.

Other parts of the house

* When family and friends come into the house, have them take off their shoes.
* Vacuum often. If you are buying a vacuum cleaner, try to get one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. A HEPA vacuum cleaner is more efficient in removing small particles of dust and molds.
* Clean hard floors with a damp mop.
* Remove unnecessary furniture that collects dust.
* Do not bring furniture that has been stored in a moldy place into your house.
* Cut down the number of potted plants in the house-soil is a good place for mold.

Outside the house

* Install downspout extensions to take rainwater and melted snow away from the house.
* Make sure that eavestroughs, downspouts and downspout extensions are connected and working.
* Grade the soil so the ground slopes away from the house.
* Fix problems as quickly as possible.

How to tell if there is mold in your house

Mold grows in damp places. The best places to look for mold are the basement, under or behind stored items, under the kitchen or bathroom sink, on the wall or floor next to the bathtub, at the bottom edge of windows or in closets.

Mold can be black, white or almost any colour. It often looks like a stain or smudge. It may smell musty.

To find out if a stain or a smudge is mold, carefully dab the mark with a drop of household chlorine bleach. If the colour of the stain or smudge changes or disappears, it is probably a mold.
How to clean up small mold areas

Mold areas less than the size of a standard garbage bag folded in half are considered small. You can clean small areas yourself. For moldy areas that are larger, consult your housing department.

Wear rubber gloves, glasses or safety goggles, a dust mask and a shirt with long sleeves.

Washable surfaces:

* scrub with a detergent solution; then
* sponge with a clean, wet rag and dry quickly.

Moldy drywall:

* clean the surface with a damp rag using baking soda or a bit of detergent. Do not allow the drywall to get too wet.
If mold comes back after cleaning, or you think your house has lots of mold, contact your housing department for more information.

I got this info from http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/pubs/aborig-autoch/mold-mefaits_guide/index-eng.php

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J Crew 20% off coupon code

J Crew has a one day private sale for Memorial Day. Get 20% off your total purchase of $175 or more with code SUMMER. Enjoy it.

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KTLA Emmet Miller Home Depot today

Emmet Miller photo

I was at Home Depot today buying some things for a home improvement project for Memorial Day and I saw Emmet Miller in shorts and flip flops with a cart full of stuff leaving the store. How cool is that? I love watching Emmet Miller on the KTLA 10P news. He is a great anchor and I actually watch the news when he is anchoring. This was a very exciting siting.

Happy Memorial Day. Guess he is doing some home improvements too.

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Shopping and Goodies fashion trends

We have a great edition of Weekly Shopping and Goodies.Check out what all the best fashionista’s are dishing about… the draped dress, swimwear tips from Shoshanna, Blake Lively’s bag, making your own soda, and so much more! Have fun reading and we’ll see you next week with the latest scoop!

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A Few Goody Gumdrops and Chickdowntown are giving away a necklace from the House of Harlow by Nicole Richie.Enter to Win!
Bags, Bling and Beauty invites you to check out
swimwear tips from Shoshanna Gruss.
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is getting
summer ready with ChickDowntown and you can too – just read and win!
Couture In The City shops sandals and save
with Smartbargains.com.
Fashion Fille loves colors- and welovecolors.com!
Find out what’s her favorite on the awesome tights site!
Raging Rouge blows her diet with a
2,000 calorie treat by MAX Factor.
Shopping and Info found
Blake Lively’s brown cross body bag.
Spork Fashion braves the heat to check out the Silver Spoon Dog and Baby Gifting Suite. These are some spoiled babies!
Less sugar, less money, less waste – Spork Living asks, why wouldn’t you want a Soda Stream machine?
Make Your Own Soda With Soda Stream!
Style Eyes would love to invest in a beautiful, flattering and expertly
draped dress.
The Bare Skinny knows where Kim Kardashian got her
Balmain inspired vest.
Suffering from a breakup? The Well-Heeled Society breaks it down with The Relationship Journalist Lisa Steadman’s new
workbook (that gives her gift registry kudos on page 77!).

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Shopping and Goodies has all the goods

Find out what to read, wear, and eat this week on Shopping and Goodies. All the best news is online today here.

The Fashionable Housewife found the 4 most comfortable sandals for Spring / Summer
A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a Roncato train case filled with
Sue Devitt, Stila, China Glaze and more Beauty “Goodies”. Enter to Win!
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy lathers up with
Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash! Time to suds up ladies!

Couture In The City shares with us May is IMAN month! Check throughout this month for exclusive giveaways and IMAN interview!
Fashion Fille has yet another totally awesome giveaway. This time,
she’s giving out free Yeah Yeah Yeah’s swag! Enter now to win!
Handbag du Jour has got the scoop – shop the one-day private
Ted Rossi sample sale this week in NYC.
Princess Dominique Dishes Fashion is BACK and she’s spreading the fashion love Fabulous ALDO Handbags UNDER $50! Get them while they last…
Puppies and Worms loves
the Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
Quinta Trends talks with Ricky Gonzales about his fashion brand VMarie. Latin flavour from Phoenix.
Shopping and Info found
out how to eat 70% off at celebrity favorite restaurants like Café Med.
Style Eyes indulges in a bit of guilt free shopping at the
Ethical one stop shop
The Fashionable Gal is giving away Jill Mansel’s new book “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”. Enter for a chance to win this book!
The Well-Heeled Society shows you
python stilettos so high, you can kiss the sun!
What’s Haute Magazine’s beauty editor Allison Croce gives a
beauty how-to on achieving a flawless face!Python stiletto sandals

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Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake recipe

I use this amazing Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcake recipe all the time. They are a famous bakery in NYC. Check it out below.Magnolia Cupcake

Everyone is always asking us which is the most popular cupcake at the bakery. Most people are surprised that it is what we call the vanilla vanilla – the vanilla cupcake with the vanilla icing (and the most popular color for the icing is pink).

Makes about 2 dozen cupcakes (depending on the size of your cupcake papers and muffin tins)

  • CUPCAKES:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ICING:

  • Vanilla Buttercream (recipe follows) or Chocolate Buttercream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

  3. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

  5. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing. At the bakery we ice the cupcakes with either Vanilla Buttercream or Chocolate Buttercream.

Note: If you would like to make a layer cake instead of cupcakes, divide the batter between two 9-inch round cake pans and bake the layers for 30-40 minutes.

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