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    Piracy: A Mommy’s Perspective

    Parents know the first place children look to see how to act in certain situations, is to their parents. Pirating software may not seem like an obvious bad example to some, but the message a parent sends to their children when pirating is that it is OK to steal.

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    You Are All Good Moms

    I saw this on multiple sites and Facebook pages today and thought it was extremely worthy of sharing. I would LOVE to give due credit to the author but as it is not clearly noted anywhere who wrote it, let’s just put it in quotes, credit Oprah and give it a million likes. It also happens to be my very first post on The Mommy Gamers site!

    ” To the mom who’s breastfeeding: Way to go! It really is an amazing gift to give your baby, for any amount of time that you can manage! You’re a good mom.

    To the mom who’s formula feeding: Isn’t science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn’t produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You’re a good mom.

    To the cloth diapering mom: Fluffy bums are the cutest, and so friendly on the bank account. You’re a good mom.

    To the disposable diapering mom: Damn those things hold a lot, and it’s excellent to not worry about leakage and laundry! You’re a good mom.

    To the mom who stays home: I can imagine it isn’t easy doing what you do, but to spend those precious years with your babies must be amazing. You’re a good mom.

    To the mom who works: It’s wonderful that you’re sticking to your career, you’re a positive role model for your children in so many ways, it’s fantastic. You’re a good mom.

    To the mom who had to feed her kids from the drive thru all week because you’re too worn out to cook or go grocery shopping: You’re feeding your kids, and hey, I bet they aren’t complaining! Sometimes sanity can indeed be found in a red box with a big yellow M on it. You’re a good mom.

    To the mom who gave her kids a homecooked breakfast lunch and dinner for the past week: Excellent! Good nutrition is important, and they’re learning to enjoy healthy foods at an early age, a boon for the rest of their lives. You’re a good mom.

    To the mom with the kids who are sitting quietly and using their manners in the fancy restaurant: Kudos, it takes a lot to maintain order with children in a place where they can’t run around. You’re a good mom.

    To the mom with the toddler having a meltdown in the cereal aisle: they always seem to pick the most embarrassing places to lose their minds don’t they? We’ve all been through it. You’re a good mom.

    To the moms who judge other moms for ANY of the above? Glass houses, friend. Glass houses. “

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    Celebrate National Bathtub Party Day!

    Some people get so tangled up in their hectic lives that they forget to slow down and enjoy the most simple and relaxing things. Sure, a shower may be a fast way to clean off the grime each day, but when was the last time you stopped to take a nice bubble bath? Or better yet, when was the last time you threw a party in your bathtub?

    December 5th is National Bathtub Party Day, which is probably one of the more ridiculous made up celebrations I have ever heard of and yet…it sounds like a lot of fun! You can create any kind of bath tub party that you’d like. Here are some of our suggestions:

    1.) Romantic Bathtub Party: Get some scented candles, a bottle of wine or champagne, some fancy treats like chocolate covered strawberries or maybe a simple plate of cheese, crackers and grapes, and something that smells wonderful to go into the tub. If you’re lucky enough to have a Lush store near you, my top pick would be their Sex Bomb. Don’t have a Lush store near you? Go online, stock up for next year, and this year just grab some yummy smelling bubble bath or a nice scented oil. Either way, when was the last time you and your partner slowed down, relaxed, and just enjoyed a hot bath together?

    2.) Bathtub Party for Kids: Crank up some bath themed tunes like Splish Splash by Bobby Darin, grab some bubble bath, bath crayons or colored bath foams, a couple new bath toys and you’ve got an instant tub party that kids will love. Hit up the dollar store and get some inexpensive decorations and a couple helium filled balloons. Entertain the kids with fun activities such as shampoo hairstyle makeovers (Mohawks for the girls!), and washcloth puppet shows! Check out the Hubbard Family Swim School website for more kid Bathtub Party tips than you can shake a towel at.

    3.) Grownup Bathtub Party: Take parts of the last two suggestions and mix them up to fit your group of bathtub partiers. Wellcat.com claims to have created this awesome day and suggests that you:

    Plan ahead so you don’t have to hop out of the bubbly warmth to pour a glass of wine or serve a platter of snacks. Assign each guest a task: keeper of the towels; cleaner of the ring around the tub; trimmer of the candle wick; guardian  of toiletries.

    And here is a great video on what not to do at your Bathtub Party (contains language NSFW):

    Whatever you decide to do, have fun doing it. You still have plenty of time to enjoy this crazy day tonight and if you do please make sure you share your stories or pictures of your party with us!

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