20 Aug
Smarter Parenting With Smartphones

The Mouthy Housewives are a chatty bunch, so our commitment to our smartphones is no surprise. What was a surprise is how quickly Marinka leapt to her feet, pushed the other Housewives out of the way and said, “I got this one,” when an opportunity to review the LG Connect 4G Android smartphone and MetroPCS, the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE service came up. The other Mouthy Housewives don’t know what hit them. (It was Marinka’s elbow as she grabbed the phone.)

Here’s what she has to say about it:

My kids are 11 and 14, and I simply can’t imagine parenting them without a smartphone. We are in contact throughout the day at my request/insistence, including a quick text announcing their arrival once they reach school. My daughter keeps in contact with me when she’s leaving school, whether to go to a friend’s house or the gym or after-school team sport practice. My son texts me from playdates and sleepovers, checking in with me periodically. I find that kind of ability to keep in touch a safety feature. And because I know my kids will be checking in by text, they have more autonomy than I may have otherwise given them.

I have no idea how my parents raised me without a smartphone. Checking in is teaching my kids responsibility, but it also helps maintain a connection between us during days we don’t see each other until later in the day. There are days when the texts are flying; we are making plans for the weekend, looking forward to vacation, or even my favorite, “What’s for dinner?” followed by an implied groan. But as much as I love my smartphone, I don’t want to pay a lot for it, because let’s face it, it takes a lot of cash to make my hair this blonde.

And for reasons I still don’t understand, cash doesn’t grow on trees. So I love the fact that MetroPCS has the nation’s most affordable 4G LTE plan, starting at $40, with taxes and regulatory fees included. In fact, if you go for the MetroPCS LG Connect 4G and the $70 plan, you can save nearly $750 a year with MetroPCS’s no-contract 4G LTE in comparison to the Verizon Wireless LG Lucid.

The phone itself is gorgeous — the LG Connect 4G is an Android with a crystal-clear 4” touchscreen that is great for viewing pictures, video, and browsing online content. And for receiving texts from your children with things like, “Forgot my lunch. Bring to school now. Hungry.” Even if you get the text while in the process of getting highlights.

What about you? How often do you keep in touch with your kids via your smartphone? Is it mostly text or phone calls? Let me know for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

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04 Jun
Things We Love: Making Seltzer At Home

Last month I attended a Momtrends event in New York City and to cut to the chase, they had a raffle and I won. Big.

 

I won a Soda Stream machine, which makes ordinary water into sparkling water.

I’ve wanted one of those things forever.  Well at least since last fall when during the harvest festival at my kids’ school I got to supervise the beverage area and saw the joy in kids’ faces when they got to  make the soda.  I’m all about joy and kids’ faces.  And also  not having to lug a kazillion pounds of  seltzer bottles of seltzer from the store and then recycling all that plastic.  It’s efficient and green, what could be better?

Oh, I know. Easy to use.

My 9 year old set it up in about six minutes.   And as you’re carbonating (which involves pressing a button) you hear a sound that sounds like a rude noise that all young boys like to make.  So it’s absolutely fun for everyone!

The Soda Stream also comes with add-in flavors so you can make soda and ginger ale, if you’re so inclined.  But in our family, we’re purists and just stick to seltzer.

For all these reasons, the Soda Stream Home Soda Maker is the thing I love this week.

-Marinka, the carbonated Mouthy Housewife

 

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14 May
We Have An App!

Big news here at The Mouthy Housewives.  We’ve gone mobile!  So if you have an Android, just go here to get an app!

It’s free and it has alerts so that you’ll know whenever The Mouthy Housewives have anything new for you!  What could be better?

And don’t worry, if you don’t have an Android phone, we’re working on getting an app for you, too. Just sit back and have a margarita. We’ll let you know when it’s ready.

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01 Apr
Spring Reading

Spring has sprung and we are busy reading.  Not just blogs and Twitter streams, but real life books!  With paper! And pages!

Here are some of our favorites:

What We’re Reading

Let’s Panic About Babies, by Alice Bradley and Eden Kennedy.  Two icons of the blogosphere and humorists deliver (!) a book that has more laughs per page than anything out there.

Falling Apart in One Piece by Stacy Morrison.   A divorce memoir that is about so much more.     A can’t-put-down masterpiece. Truly.

I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson. A sparkling, fun, poignant novel about two women who finally get the chance to fulfill their lifelong dream of meeting teen idol David Cassidy. Loved this book.

What Our Children Are Reading

Our Weird School books by Dan Gutman. With titles like Miss Daisy Is Crazy and Mr. Granite Is From Another Planet, my two boys can’t resist these fun, entertaining reads. They’re even coming up with their own ideas for possible book titles.

If your kids liked Pinkalicious, Purplicious and Goldilicious, then they should check out the latest addition by Victoria Kann, Silverlicious (Pinkalicious)!
In this story, Pinkalicious loses her sweet tooth and suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet. Honestly, I can’t think of anything more devastating. So you must read to find out what happens.

Mo Willems has written the last book in his Knuffle Bunny series with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. In this heart warming tale (I’m serious), Trixie learns to live without her favorite stuffed toy. The drawings overlapping actual photographs are part of what I adore about these clever books. As usual, Mo Willems gets it right with this wonderful children’s book.

What We Are Looking Forward to Reading:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

Planting Dandelions: Field Notes From a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman

Sweet Valley High Confidential: 10 Years Later by Francine Prose. WHAT?!

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06 Mar
Things We Love: The Joseph Joseph Scoop Colander

Every once in a while, The Mouthy Housewives will delight you with a product that we love. These are the products that one or more of us use in our home, kitchen, and in Wendi’s case, bedroom. The posts will be about products that we love and use and stand behind. If we are ever provided a product free of charge to review, we will disclose it. In this case, however, we were not compensated in any way for writing about this product. Which is an outrage.

The days of a Mouthy Housewife are long and lonely. Why, there is advice to dispense, nails to file, laundry to ignore. It takes a lot out of a girl. And when it comes to the culinary arts, let’s face it, we need all the help we can get. Because unlike Julia Child, we can’t count on those South Beach unfriendly sips of sherry. We need to get through the preparations on our own steam.

That’s why anything that makes the cooking experience more pleasant, interesting or attractive is a huge plus. Like this Joseph Joseph Scoop Colander

Pretty and useful, just like The Mouthy Housewives!

We love it. Because when we’re cooking something in boiling water, like pasta, or lima beans, or a magical potion, and we are too drained to er.. drain the pot (or maybe there are little kids underfoot, who the hell knows) we can just put in the Scoop Colander and retrieve our masterpiece. It’s heat resistant to 480 F, so you could probably use it on Mars during those interplanetary visits to the in-laws’. And you can use it to take stuff out of the oven, too.

And, duh, it’s dishwasher safe. Because the day we recommend something that isn’t dishwasher safe is the day that you get to yank our curlers out.

And the Scoop Colander comes in pretty colors. Some will even match your glass of Merlot.

P.S. And anticipating a question that is surely to pop up: No, you can’t get more bang for your buck and use the Scoop Colander for the litter box.

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