“Taking the Dreadtime out of Bedtime”

Everyone Sleeps

I’m so excited about this you guys! This couple has an amazing story!

Scott Buechner and his wife created this series of videos to help their foster children fall and stay asleep.

I attended High School with Scott and I am totally amazed by he and his wife. They floored me by setting up a coupon in my name to help the families I care about. You can save $5 by entering “Jennifer Miller” in the coupon code section at checkout! Please head over to their Facebook page and check it out.

If you purchase a video, I will donate $5 to a charity that supports foster parents! Let’s do this! Click Here

 

ES Volume 1      ES Volume 2     ES Volume 3

 

Scott and Allison Buechner, owners of Quiet Time Entertainment were presented with a challenge several years ago, foster parenting two toddlers who suffered from night terrors and were afraid to sleep. Faced with this challenge they came up with the idea of the video called Everyone Sleeps. Scott, an Emmy award winning producer and editor with over 23 years under his belt took on the challenge and Everyone Sleeps became what it is today. Our video was meant for our family, and a few friends as a way to calm their children. Well, it worked for us, it worked for them, and is now working for parents all over the United States! The Everyone Sleeps series of videos is a perfect blend of images and sounds to help parents, but not replace them, in their efforts to soothe and relax children into a restful state that facilitates napping or a good night’s sleep.

GEEK Halloween!

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Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween! ❤

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NAILED IT!

The Perfect Halloween Picture! 😉

 

KITTY ATTACK!

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My very first gif…  My 5yo is cracking up right now! 😀

The Mother, The Two Year Old, and The Magna Doodle

MagnaDoodleA MUST READ: An Actual conversation between me and our 2 year old son this afternoon.

WARNING! THIS POST IS FULL OF PARENTAL HILARITY… try not to be offended.

Scene: Mother and 2yo sit on couch with a Magna Doodle

[Mother finishes first picture.]

Mother: What is this?

2yo: Elfant!

Mother: Good job! It’s an elephant!

[Mother erases picture]

Mother: Now what do you want me to draw?

2yo: Cock.

[Mother’s eyes widen but keeps her cool.]

Mother: What do you want me to draw?

2yo: Cock!

Mother: Cock?

[2yo looks at mother with irritation and enunciates with absolute clarity]

2yo: CO-CK!!!!!!

Mom: uhhhhh… Cock. You want me to draw a cock?

2yo: COCK! Yes. COCK-A-DOODLE-DOOOOOOO!

Mom: Oh. A rooster. Okay. One Cock, comin’ up!

[PLEASE TRY TO KEEP COMMENTS CLEAN… THIS POST HAS ENOUGH INNUENDOES TO KEEP US LAUGHING.]

Couch Coinage For Comic Con Campaign!

Carrie Bland Comic ConThere are 313.9 million people living in the United States of America and nearly 7 billlion  humans on this little piece of rock we call Terra…Earth…whatever.  We only need 1000 people to donate $2.50 in Couch Coinage in order to reach our goal of $2500 and send one of Geek Culture’s best loved women to San Diego Comic Con 2013.  We have until Tuesday, July 16th to raise this money and make Carrie Bland’s (@Keeba13) dream come true! Let’s prove that Couch Coinage can make a huge difference and generosity is alive and well!

Questions you might be asking yourself right now:

1. “Who is Carrie Bland?”

Carrie is one the most amazingly talented GeekMoms. She is respected as a top Gaming Girl and is the Community Manager for PMS Clan Halo Division. Respect! A Whovian, a Zombie Apocalypse lover, Supernatural addict, and did I mention she loves tacos? Carrie’s an Amazing GeekMom who is so dope, that she crafts-up Legend of Zelda Link arm cuffs for her daughter and cosplay’s some hardcore Stormtrooper action! What lucky kids ❤

http://www.gofundme.com/22sbj0

Check her out on Twitter… @Keeba13 !

2. “What the heck is Couch Coinage?”

Couch Coinage is the Coinage you find in your couch!  I haven’t done any research, but my guess is that the average person vacuums/cleans out their couch once a year.  Its a nice little treasure to find $2.50 in coins among the cereal, hair, crumbs and the God-Only-Knows-What-Putrescence-That-Is.

3. “Why should I give my Couch Coinage to you?”

I truly believe that Couch Coinage can be used for something bigger than just a 12 oz coke out of the vending machine!  If it wasn’t important enough to have it for the year it sat between the cushions and some crusted cheerios, why keep it to ourselves now? Use its simplicity to do something totally AWESOME, like sending Carrie on a well deserved dream trip for Geeks!

4. “Is your Donation Site safe?”

GoFundMe.com uses Paypal to accept donations which is extremely safe. Here’s a quote from their website, “In terms of online security, all payments are securely processed using industry-standard Secure Socket Layer encryption, or SSL.” For more information on GoFundMe Safety & Security , click here.

Creating a PayPal Account is easy, secure and one of the safest ways to purchase items online or make charitable donations.  It is used by thousands of websites and makes donating online a SNAP!  The best part is…ITS FREE to create an account!  Click here for more information about PayPal!

Just Click on the Donate button below or visit the link on our virtual flyer (pictured below).  If you love the idea of Couch Coinage making a difference, PLEASE REBLOG THIS!  We are trying to get as much exposure as possible.  Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other site you can please. Carrie is the sweetest person and this is our gift to her!  I desperately want this for her, will you please help us make it happen? Thank you everyone! ❤

 

DONATE!!!!!!       

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Father’s… We love You!

Father's Day

 

We hope you Daddy’s are all having a wonderful Day today! Love and Blessings ❤

Thankful!

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I love my new camera!  I was lighting a candle because our room smelled like a lost dirty diaper and I noticed a little tableau of our family.  So I dusted everything off and removed the clutter to take this picture.  I think it came out beautifully ❤

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!

Stop Passive-Aggressive Bullying

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I am driven to talk about BULLYING because it is something that has followed me my whole life and it seems most people don’t even know that someone they care about is being bullied. So, I’m pulling together information that will help any of you that feel trapped in bullying situations or relationships.   

Most childhood bullies choose a more subtle bullying lifestyle when they grow up, but they still have the emotional immaturity of a child.  They are driven by Pride and Selfish Ambition.  The world revolves around their happiness or lack there of.  The type of bullying I want to talk about is The Passive Aggressive Bully.  This bully would never risk an outright approach for fear of exposing themselves and ruining their carefully constructed image of perfection.  They are brilliant manipulators and they are experts at orchestrating circumstances and people in their favor. When exposed they lash out and deny their mistakes and they will even lie to preserve themselves.  The most difficult kind of bully is The Passive Aggressive bully.

Hidden traits:

  1. Charming
  2. Obsessed with image
  3. Distorts truth and reality
  4. Evasive
  5. Plays the victim
  6. Self-righteous
  7. Pompous
  8. Hypocritical
  9. Two-faced
  10. Rumor-monger
  11. Passive-aggressive
  12. Pretends to care

-via www.kickbully.com

This doesn’t mean that anyone who displays these behaviors or characteristics is a bully.  It doesn’t mean that, because someone has treated you poorly, you are being bullied.  This is just a list of traits that are not visible. They are subtle and are much more devastating if unavoided.  I plan on having a series of posts dedicated to this.  I will be pulling together from many different resources to bring you a full understanding of the bully, and his or her psychological state.  I plan on sharing parts of my lifestory to give you a full understanding of how this type of bullying can affect a person and arrest their life from knowing success.

Bullies are the worst kind of sociopaths and they will fight you to social death.  Usually, yours, because most targeted victims are too weak too fight back, are victims of past abuse, the costs of fighting back are too high, or they have a strong moral obligation that prevents them from doing so.

I hope to go through these characteristics one by one and give you examples of the behaviors that manifest because of them.

I highly recommend checking out the following websites if you are a victim of this kind of bullying.

Kick Bully- Where Your Fight Begins

Bullying In The Family

Bullying: The Family Connection

This Emotional Life: Adult Bullying

Life After Adult Bullying

The Verbal Abuse Site

Books Recommended by Leading Anti-Bullying Sites:

Mean Girls Grow Up: Adult Women Who Are Still Queen Bees, Middle Bees, and Afraid To Bees by Cheryl Dellasega PhD

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Victory Over Verbal Abuse: A Healing Guide to Renewing Your Spirit and Reclaiming Your Life by Patricia Evans

To Be An Anchor in the Storm: A Guide for Families and Friends of Abuse Women by Susan Brewster

Beyond The Tears: A True Survivor’s Story by Lynn C. Tolson

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher PhD

When Friendship Hurts: How to Deal with Friends Who Betray, Abandon, or Wound You by Jan Yager

Toxic In-Laws: Loving Strategies for Protecting Your Marriage by Susan Forward

Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life by Susan Forward

Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin by Anne Katherine

Self Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem: The Definitive Work on Self-Esteem by the Leading Pioneer in the Field Nathaniel Branden

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin Seligman

Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man: Coping with Hidden Aggression by Scott Wetzler

The Emotionally Abused Woman: Overcoming Destructive Patterns and Reclaiming Yourself by Beverly Engel

Passive Aggressive Bullying

Passive Aggressive Bullying


Workplace or other, it’s wrong.

http://www.kickbully.com/hidden.html

This site humorously refers to the workplace as The Mental Hospital where the patients run the show. However, it illuminates an area of BULLYING that is just as destructive as other forms.

The Passive Aggressive Bully

Please support all of us who have been brutalized by this form of bullying, by reading this article and standing up for those affected by it. It’s okay to walk away from a Passive Aggressive BULLY. Don’t encourage them by listening to them. Dont “Like” their FB posts that are Passive Aggressive. Dont “Favorite” their Passive Aggressive Tweets. Learn the difference between the genuine and ingenuine! This website helps sort out the subtleties of the Passive Aggressive Bully.

Help protect the victims, not the BULLY. If you recognize someone doing this, please step up and do what’s right. Confrontation will only cause problems and backlash, so just remove them from your life.  Help victims by supporting their defenses and boundaries.  The BULLY won’t stop their torment as long as they have people willing to tolerate them.

As far as Christians are concerned, Jesus would have never sat idly by or even encouraged this kind of BULLYING. He wouldnt and didn’t buddy-up with BULLIES. We can’t hide behind His name, call ourselves Peacemakers, and let an innocent be devastated to the point of suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts, or fatal suicide because of Passive Aggressive Bullying.

If you are this type of BULLY…you can stop. There’s help for people who want to stop bullying. Don’t let another minute go by where you are responsible for someone else’s pain.

Master Potty Jedi

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Well, the 5yo did it!  It’s official, folks.   He has now mastered the potty.  I know the last couple of posts have been a little on the more serious side and that you can probably tell my heart is hurting quite a bit.  Well, 2013 has got to be our year because after nearly 2 years of fruitless potty training, our 5 yo son is not using the potty completely.

If you want to read how the victory started… check out my last post Tootsie Roll Factory Working Again! Thanks, Homeschooling.

I couldn’t believe that on March 4th I could be putting him in underwear, but the day after the post went up we tried it.  He has been in underwear for TWO WEEKS!  3 small pee accidents for waiting too long, and 2 poop accidents for being sick (I don’t really count those, but for posterity I list them 😉 LOL!).

Before all of this happened he used to complain about the “bad feelin’s”.  He would say things like “I don’t not

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