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  • Chores were once a big part of a childs life...is it still?

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins


    There was a time, not so long ago, when chores were a part of every kid's daily life. Not anymore.

    According to new research out of UCLA, chores and responsibility are only for parents nowadays. The study explains that in the 19th century, children were valued for their help in the family, but today children are "economically useless, but emotionally priceless." This has created a situation where the parent stops behaving like an authority figure and instead becomes a valet for their child. (AskMen)

    Just Asking ... Do you require that your kids perform daily chores to contribute to the household? Why or why not? Do you think it's important to teach children responsibility through work – or should they learn that lesson later and spend their childhood being kids? Were you required to do chores when you were a kid?


    I will admit that I fall into the category of being the "today" parent.  I know and feel it is important for me to teach my soon to be 6 year old how to pick up after himself and start doing reasonable chores like making the bed, maybe helping with dishes.  I won't be doing him any favors by not teaching him this...but dang, I'm finding it hard to stick to it.  LOL  ~Jessie B

  • It sounded good....at first!

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins


    It's great that you've made a New Year's Resolution ... but have you really thought it through? Many times, things sound good at first and then not so good after you've actually given it a try.

    So you need to pick a resolution that can realistically be attained.

    Here are some big life decisions that sound awesome ... until you actually do them.

    • Getting back in shape − Everyone tries this, but what no one seems to understand is that getting in shape is a lifelong commitment. Once you reach your desired shape, you're supposed to maintain it−not go back to the couch and stuff your pie hole.
    • Adopting a dog − Sure, you like dogs and love feeling like a hero for rescuing an animal from the shelter, but after you adopt it you have the responsibility of taking care of it.
    • Breaking up with your girlfriend − You'll finally dump her and return to the wild bachelor life, right? Wrong. You'll probably realize not long after that she wasn't so bad and you were happier with her.
    • Having a kid − If you don't already have a kid, you have no idea what you're getting into. How bad can it be, right? Imagine the worst − and multiply it by 10. (Guyism.com)

    Ba ha ha ha ha ha!  I laughed out loud at this last one.  Of course changing to a healthier lifestyle for life, adopting a dog and having a baby are all wonderful blessings.  : ) ~Jessie B

  • January 22nd is going to be a good day.

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins

    This month is going to be chalk full of new albums and music!  New albums by Darius Rucker, Randy Houser and Gary Allan all hit stores on January 22nd.Gary's ninth studio album, Set You Free, includes his first collaborations with female hit-makers Sarah Buxton (Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy"), Hillary Lindsey (Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel") and Rachel Proctor (Martina McBride's "Where Would You Be"). Gary wound down his tour with a New Year's Eve Bash at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. The lead single from Set You Free, "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)," is available now. Gary will be in Welch, MN at Treasure Island Casino and Resort. 


  • Facebook has new app we might all want to have after New Years pictures are posted

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins

    HE SOCIAL NETWORK: New App Allows You to Escape Your Past Mistakes

    Here’s good news for anyone who’s posted any pictures or messages to Facebook that they’ve later regretted. (And, who hasn’t?)

    Facebook has announced a new app that actually erases pictures and messages – even after they’ve been read.

    This app, called the “Facebook Poke,” wipes out pictures and messages within 10 seconds of being sent.

    With the Poke app, you can send a message, photo or video to Facebook friends – and then decide how long you want the recipient to see the message for.

    After the time is up, the message, photo or video is erased forever, never to be seen again.


    As with all apps that are designed to protect the goofy whims of people posting “private” stuff, there’s always a chance someone will be smart enough to capture your message – and allow it to live on forever in cyberspace. (Mashable.com)


    Very interesting LOL ~Jessie B

  • Eh, out with boring Resolutions and in with unique and exciting ones!

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins

    NEW YEAR'S: Unique Resolutions

    Every year, people seem to make the same New Year's Resolutions. The list of the most popular resolutions includes:

    • Lose weight
    • Stop smoking
    • Stop drinking
    • Exercise more
    • Relax more
    • Get organized
    • Get out of debt
    • Spend more time with family

    While these resolutions might be nice and might improve people's lives, they're also boring.

    This year, instead of picking the usual, boring resolution − that you're not going to follow through with anyway − why not pick something fun?

    To really make 2013 a year to remember, you could ...

    • Get a tattoo.
    • Have someone else pick a resolution for you.
    • Ignore everyone you can't stand until they leave you alone for good.
    • Travel to a non-English-speaking country with no grand plan.
    • Decide to tell nothing but the truth, regardless of the consequences.
    • Eat nothing but your favorite food for a month.
    • Rent a sports car for a week. (Wall Street Journal)
    • What is the craziest thing you hope to do in 2013? What inspired this plan? I plan on planning a trip to North Carolina or Tennesse ~Jessie B 
    • What's the craziest thing you did in 2012? Did you plan to do it or was it spontaneous? Would you do it again? I think the craziest thing I did was rent a houseboat for a weekend with a group of friends on Crane Lake - best time ever! ~Jessie B
  • Enjoy the New Years Celebration with zero stress! Here's how!

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins

    NEW YEAR'S EVE: Have a Stress-Free New Year's

    New Year’s Eve comes with a lot of pressur!  I mean you gotta find the perfect person to kiss at midnight, ringing in the New Year with over-the-top plans and tons of booze. Plus, there’s an impulsive need to document the whole experience on social media LOL Why meet 2013 with anxiety and high expectations?

    The folks at HuffPost Healthy Livinghave compiled 13 things that aren’t worth stressing over this New Year’s Eve:

    1. Not having plans: Ordering takeout, buying champagne and watching the ball drop can actually be fun.
    2. Being alone: Just because you’re solo for one night doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of loneliness.
    3. Staying up past midnight: When you wake up it will be 2013 and you can send all your loved ones happy new year texts in the morning.
    4. The few extra pounds you’re carrying from the holidays: Everyone has it, and no one is noticing it but you.
    5. Having no one to kiss at midnight: It’s better than kissing the wrong person.
    6. Drinking champagne: Pick a drink you actually like, and enjoy.
    7. Texting everyone you know: You can say “Happy New Year” when you first see them after January 1st.
    8. Getting dressed up: Wear your favorite thing instead.
    9. Documenting every moment on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: You’ll have more fun being in the present than on your phone.
    10. Being responsible for anyone else’s good time: Just because someone asks about your NYE plans, doesn’t mean you need to invite them along.
    11. Watching the ball drop: It happens every year.
    12. Buying 2013 hats, glasses and poppers: They’ll be outdated in a day.
    13. Not having fun: It’s just one day. If it’s bad, then 2013 can only get better.
  • Here are some ways to help show support and love for Sandy Hook

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins

    As the nation continues to grieve over the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, several mental health professionals and aid organizations have set up Newtown, Connecticut, to assist those affected by the tragedy. Here's a list of organizations in town and how to help: 

    • Sandy Hook School Support Fund: Provides support services through United Way's Western Connecticut chapter. Make out checks to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main St., Newtown CT 06470. Make an online donation atnewtown.uwwesternct.org/.
    • Danbury Hospital: Has set up a 24-hour crisis hotline. Donate directly at1460.thankyou4caring.org/page.aspx?pid=298.
    • Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund: A former Sandy Hook student has set up a Crowdwise account to raise money for those affected by the shooting. Proceeds will benefit the Sandy Hook PTSA. Donate directly atcrowdwise.com/SHSRelief.
    • Newtown Memorial Fund: Aims to help families pay for funeral costs. Donations may be send to Newtown Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 596, Botsford, CT 06404.
    • Newtown Youth & Family Services: All donations made to the organization will benefit those affected by the shootings. The non-profit will also provide emergency counseling for families, community members and staff involved in the tragedy. Mail checks to Newtown Youth & Family Services, 15 Berkshire Rd. Sandy Hook, CT 06482.
    • Emilie Parker Memorial Fund: Family and friends of the Parker family have set up a Facebook page and PayPal account to help pay for the funeral of six-year-old Emilie Parker. Learn more at facebook.com/EmilieParkerFund.
    • Project Linus: This nonprofit has arranged to send more than 700 handmade blankets to children affected by the shootings. Donate directly to projectlinus.org/donations.
    • American Red Cross: More than 100 Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 400 stuffed animals to children attending Sunday night's memorial service. The organization is asking supporters to reach out to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund atnewtown.uwwesternct.org/.
    • Support the Family of Noah Pozner: Sympathy cards supporting the family of six-year-old victim Noah Pozner may mailed to: Friends of Maddie 1534 North Moorpark Rd., Suite 284, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.
  • Lady Antebellum cancels shows for mama Hillary!

    Posted by Jessie B Hawkins



    Lady Antebellum shows scheduled for summer 2013 have  been canceled, as Hillary Scott is expecting her first child and won’t be able to travel and perform through the summer.


    Affected dates include:

    • Nebraskaland Days in North Platte, Nebraska (6/21)
    • Country Stampede in Manhattan, Kansas (6/29)
    • Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming (7/20)
    • York Fair, York, Pennsylvania (9/7)