I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces. And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 9 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
There are so many apps out there these days it’s hard to keep up. But know that there are apps now to help you keep your children safe. An article from Time Magazine lists the apps from ingenious to intrusive (top to bottom):
Promoting Safer Driving
SecuraFone can gauge how fast its user is moving and alert parents. So, if your child is speeding, you can now know without having to be there or hearing about it second hand. The Android version goes a step further and shuts down a phone’s texting abilities when it senses that the phone is going faster than 5 mph.
We know that smart phones are huge distractions, especially from things kids would rather not be doing (ie. homework, chores). Mobiflock for Android allows parents to lock their child’s phone for a predetermined period of time. Busy at work and can’t keep an eye on your kids to do school work? Lock the phone from 4-7pm to make sure they get their homework done.
GPS tracking apps can be installed so you know where your child is at any time. Apps like Lookout, Footprints, and GPS Phone Tracker will follow the user so you don’t have to. But remember, it only follows the phone, so if your child leaves it at home, then it’s not going to help. The Life360 app can even show you how to avoid the homes of registered sex offenders.
You know how they say to be careful what you post on the internet? Now you have to be careful what you text! SMS Tracker for Android allows parents to see incoming and outgoing text messages and phone numbers. Believe it or not, this app has already been downloaded more than half a million times.
Learn more about parental controls here.
Fox San Antonio News anchor Karen Martinez passed away last night after a long battle with breast cancer. Karen was 37. She loved each and every one of her Fox San Antonio viewers and her courage was an inspriration to us all! She will be greatly missed.
Despite what reality TV might have you believe, most restaurant kitchens aren’t filled with filth and egos. Most of the time you’ll find teams of creative and hard-working cooks who love life behind the scenes. To separate restaurant fact from fiction, read on to find out what it’s truly like behind those double doors—and how it affects your meal.
The head chef doesn’t usually cook.
The more famous the chef, the less likely they’re doing day-to-day work. Instead, a head chef is focusing on big-picture issues overseeing taste, developing the menu and the recipes, teaching the cooks and managing the kitchen.
You often can tell how clean the kitchen is by the bathroom.
Sanitation is just as crucial to most restaurants as it is to you. The cleanliness of the staff and the equipment is really important to chefs. If in doubt, head to the restroom. If the bathrooms are dirty, you can count on the kitchen being dirty. It speaks to the overall fastidiousness of the general manager.
Chefs read your reviews online.
Chefs care about restaurant reviews—especially yours. While press coverage is vital, chefs are avid followers of Yelp, Twitter and Facebook. They absolutely listen to what people have to say because a restaurant doesn’t exist without a guest. While some chefs often ignore first-time diners (too subjective), complaints about saltiness (a matter of personal taste) and the type of cuisine served (a misunderstanding of the restaurant’s intention), they do pay attention to regulars and recurring criticisms. One chef says, “If there are a lot of complaints about a particular item, it’s my job to ask, ‘What are we doing wrong?’ One bad experience of, ‘My food was cold,’ is a local issue of execution. But if I see three comments about cold soup, then I’m looking for systemic problems—ingredients, preparation or a person—and need to make a change.”
Discover what else they won’t tell you here.
We’ve become a society addicted to FOMO…the fear of missing out. That’s why we have our smart phones close by at all times. But it’ll also ruin your date. Believe me, nobody wants to have to compete with your phone for attention!
Using It For Anything Other Than an Emergency: Only a few things actually count as an "emergency" during a date: Your boss calling, a close family member getting sick, or somebody nearby needing immediate medical care. If you absolutely have to make a call for some other reason, let your date know upfront, explain why, then briefly excuse yourself.
Keeping Your Phone on the Dinner Table: When you're at a restaurant, your phone should be kept in your pocket or your purse on SILENT. Keeping it out on the table, or anywhere in you or your date's line of sight, is just rude.
Posting Pictures and Updates to Facebook and Twitter. Don't post on social media unless you've cleared it with your date first. That means no status updates, no "checking in" or "tagging" them, and definitely no posting pictures of your food.
And there’s more! Look into it here!
Why yes...I did find this in the radio station (not mine though!).
You threw a wonderful Super Bowl Party and surprisingly there’s leftover beer! So what do you do with it? It’s called “repurposing.”
Clean Wood Furniture. Not ANY kind of beer works though. It has to be a darkish ALE, and you have to let it go flat first. You're supposed to rub it on the wood with a cloth, then use another cloth to dry it. It should help restore the color, and give the wood more of a polished look.
Cleanse Your Skin. The yeast and other ingredients in beer can actually EXFOLIATE your skin. The downside? You probably smell like you're hammered so it’s best if you wash with soap afterwards.
Kill Slugs, Snails, Fruit Flies, and Cockroaches. Slugs, snails, and cockroaches are attracted to the smell. Fruit flies are attracted to the glycerol, which is created by yeast when the beer's fermenting. But beer is sweet, so be careful of attracting ants.
But that's not all! Discover what else you can do with beer, here!
Between missing homework and breakfast battles, getting the kids to school on time can pose a serious challenge. But with a few simple tweaks to your morning routine, you can get out the door faster and reduce stress for everyone in the house.
Pack Lunch Faster
Get a jumpstart on lunch-packing duty and set up a workstation stocked with the right tools. Make sure all of your frequently used items, such as sandwich bags and storage containers (stock up on multiples so a clean one is always available), are easily accessible and located near one another. Buy lunch boxes that are easy to clean and consider packing lunch the night before or storing sandwiches in the freezer a week in advance.
Create a "Destination Station"
Avoid hunting for objects at the last minute by dedicating a place to backpacks, school papers, mail, keys, purses, and chargers. If you don’t have a mudroom or laundry room, repurpose a piece of furniture or install a row of sturdy hooks near an entryway. It doesn’t have to be perfect or fancy, as long as it's functional. Designate this place near the exit you frequent the most.
Think Like a Child
Work with your children's habits and limitations. Any task kids need to do should be easy and obvious. Large hooks hung at an appropriate height are more likely to receive a jacket than a hanger in a tall closet. Stashing shoes by the back door instead of the upstairs closet could mean the difference between arriving at school before or after the bell rings. Make simple adjustments that cater to your child, and you'll save yourself time and frustration.
Find out other ways to help with your morning here.
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about them either.
Your Name. Research has shown you're less likely to be hired or promoted if your name is hard to pronounce. This has nothing to do with race either. Whether you are white, black, or purple, you make a better first impression on people if they don't trip over your name when you meet.
How Popular You Were in High School. In one study, researchers had kids list the top three most-popular kids in their class. Then 35 years later, researchers checked back in with everyone. The top 15% in popularity were making an average of 10% more than everyone else regardless of what their grades were.
What Side You Sit On. Literally. A series of studies have found that people’s preference for their dominant hand is so subconsciously powerful that it makes them favor things that happen on that side of their body, to an absurd extent. Your boss not only turns to his dominant side more frequently, but views things that happen on that side as positive.
Find out other weird things that can help you succeed here.
Increase your happiness and make your home, and even your office, a place filled with greater simplicity and comfort.
Under-react to a Problem
Don’t minimize or ignore the problem, but definitely get all worked up. If you act in a calm and unflappable way, you’ll help yourself cultivate that calm attitude. Under-reacting to small incidents also tends to make them less annoying.
Control the Cubicle In Your Pocket
With technological advances, it’s hard to actually walk away from the office. Your calls, your email, everything is at your fingertips, and you probably feel you need to check it constantly. But remember what it means to be productive. It’s not always work related. Time spent with family and friends is never wasted.
Cultivate a Shrine
Create areas that enrich your passions, interests, and values. Maybe you have an area that’s filled with pictures of family. Maybe you have a little corner nook that includes a comfortable chair and lots of books. These are places that express happiness, help you recall a happy memory.
Check out what else you can do here.