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Sunday, April 12, 2015

First Time - Period.

I've been worrying about how to broach the puberty stuff with Roo for a while now. I got my period when I was 11 and since she's even more precocious than I was, I figured it was imminent. So I ordered a Hello Flo period starter kit last summer and used it as an icebreaker. A moderately embarrassing, eyeroll-inducing icebreaker.

A few weeks ago, they had a puberty talk in school. When I asked Roo about it, I was surprised that it was mostly a nuts and bolts overview of male and female anatomy, not as much about what all those parts do when combined. The thing that stood out most to her was apparently a demonstration of how tampons work. I asked if any of her friends had started their period yet and she said two had. It was obviously something the girls have been discussing.

This video from Dear Kate shows women talking about when they first got their period. It's another good overview kind of thing to have in your parent-of-a-tween-girl arsenal. I think one woman might swear, though, so if you're offended by that you might want to steer clear. Honestly, my period still makes me want to curse like a sailor and I've had it for more than three decades now.


I don't know if it's just being prepared beforehand but Roo is less concerned about the whole concept of menstruation than I am. It's kind of a bigger deal to me than it is for her, which I am hoping will translate into an easier understanding of body and sexual issues as she grows up.

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies App + Giveaway

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

The exclusive Battle of the Five Armies app below lets fans of The Hobbit and LOTR explore the world of their favorite characters.

• Are you Brave like Bilbo? Take the quiz to find out if you have the bravery it takes to journey through Middle Earth!
• Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle Earth.


The final chapter of The Hobbit Trilogy is available now on Blu-Ray combo pack. Special Features include:

•    New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
•    Recruiting the Five Armies
•    Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
•    Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
•    The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
•    Music Video
•    Trailers

Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Simply comment below with your results from the interactive quiz in the app by April 20th. US/CA residents only.


Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Blu-ray The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.Prize is being provided by Warner Home Video; no compensation was provided.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Del Monte #10MinuteWow Easter Side Dishes + Giveaway


Del Monte is a familiar name in canned goods and they have plenty of tasty options for your holiday table. Even better, they're designed to be quick and easy, delivering a #10MinuteWow for busy families this Easter. No matter what your traditional main dish is, Del Monte has a super swift side dish solution made with ingredients you already have in your pantry.


Serving ham? Try Cheddar Corn Casserole – it's Del Monte's most popular Easter side dish recipe!


If you're serving lamb, try Peas Five Ways.



If you're serving salmon, try Lemon-Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Crumbs. (This one is my favorite!)



For more #10minutewow recipe ideas, follow Del Monte on Pinterest.

 What does your family traditionally serve for Easter Dinner? If you'd like to win a Del Monte Easter Cooking Kit featuring veggies and kitchen tools, similar to the one pictured below, let me know in the comments below. US entries only please. I will draw a random winner on 4/12.