Friday Finds: A Good Night's Sleep

2.DreamPad Bluetooth Pillow
3.1Voice Sleep Headphones Eye Mask
4. Guardzilla Home Security Camera
5. The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow
6. Laila By Geir Ness Eau De Parfum Spray

7. Livia Cramp Relief
8. Cocoon Cam Plus - Baby Monitor with Breathing Monitoring
9. Gaffer & Child Facial Serum
10. TrueDark glasses

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Bring Back That Lovin' Feeling

On Thursdays I post from the vault. This post is from June 2008

I have a secret to tell you. Are you ready? I'm going to whisper it so no one else hears. I'm a little embarrased about it, so I'm saying it really quietly.

You ready?

Okay, here goes:

Some days I don't really like my kids.

It feels awful and evil to say that, but it's true. Kids can sometimes behave in ways that are, frankly, kind of hard to love.

And yet, we continue to love them, because that's what a parent does. The unconditional love from a parent to a child is able to withstand behavior that we would never put up with in a relationship of our own choosing.

I mean, think about it:

Would you still be friends with someone who tried all of your lipsticks and then ground them into the carpet, and showed no remorse?

Would you have dated a guy who demanded you fix him all of his meals, didn't clean up after himself, and threw himself on the floor in a screaming fit every time he didn't get his way? (okay, on second thought, don't answer that question).

Would you continue a relationship with a grown adult who trashed your car and wrote on your sofa in permanent marker?

Let's face it, kids can try our patience, and even the best of moms will, on certain days, be challenged to like her offspring. And this is where love gets challenging. Because at the end of the day, love is often a choice. We choose to love when our kids vomit on us in a plane, by cleaning them up before ourselves. We choose to love when our infant wakes us up in the middle of the night, for the fifth time, and just wants some comfort. We choose to love when we answer the 27th question about spiderman in a two-minute car ride.

Love is a choice, not a feeling. And sometimes, all of those choices culminate and reward us with an overwhelming feeling of love for our child. Like when they say "I love you" unprompted. Or snuggle into our arms at the end of the day.

Lately, my kids have been in a stage that has been a little, er, challenging. There are some days when I feel like they are conspiring together to find new ways to wear me down. On those days, I make it a point to cuddle with them a little longer at bedtime, to "bring back that lovin' feeling".

On really bad days, I go into their room after their asleep, and just look at them in their peaceful and sleeping cuteness, to remind myself how much I love these crazy kids of mine. Sometimes it's the little boost I need to remember what precious creatures they are.

Even when they decorate the bathroom floor with an entire tube of toothpaste.

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Wednesday's Child: Anthony

Every Wednesday I feature a child recently highlighted by a local Wednesday's Child newscast to share the stories of children from around the country who are waiting for a family. My hope is that this can broaden exposure for the children highlighted, but also serve as a reminder that these children represent thousands of children currently in the foster-care system. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to consider opening your home to a child needing a family. For more information and to learn about other waiting children, visit AdoptUsKids.

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From visible panty lines to the joy and pain of g-strings, we are talking all things underwear, including our favorite everyday panties and what we wear under yoga pants and skirts.
In this episode we discussed:

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The best finds during Amazon's big #primeday sale today and tomorrow

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Amazon, and Prime Day is a great mid-year opportunity to get some great deals. I'm going to be watching what's going on over there and updating all day today and tomorrow, as they roll out new deals every hour. Here's what I'm digging so far:

The Echo Dot is only $29 today. I now have one in every room. My kids use these as alarm clocks, speakers, and to listen to books. I can intercom them from the living room, and also listen in on them while not home. These are normally $49 but around Christmas and on Prime Day they go down to $29 so if you've ever wanted one, now is the time. It can now work in tandem with your Sonos system, so you can activate your whole home speakers with your voice. (Speaking of, the Sonos system is amazing and their speakers are $50 off today.)

The instapot: it's worth the hype. And the 6 quart version (plenty big for my family) is almost half off.

The kids' edition of the Kindle is $69 down from $99 today. Or you can get a simple Kindle paperwhite (my favorite for it's lack of other distracting apps) for just $50.

The Ring doorbell. I have one and love it SO MUCH. You can see what's happening at your door from afar and you can even answer it and intercom in and talk to them. It's an introvert's dream but it's also great for security. You can access videos or live views from your phone and download them as well.

Still haven't locked down your home internet? Every parent needs a Circle. It can lock down adult content, set time limits, and track what your kids are doing on their devices. It's only $74 today.

TRUST ME ON THIS BRA. (or don't and go read the reviews.) It's under $12 today.

Cards Against Humanities is $5 off if you wanted to buy it for your mom and make your next game night with her really awkward.

Star projector nightlight - We got this for the kids at Christmas and it was the biggest hit. It casts stars and moons all over the ceiling. Even the older kids like it.

Vegetable spiral slicer - I love spiralizing veggies. This isn't the one I have, but 9000 people are in love with it.

This Logitech Boom 2 Waterproof AND Shockproof Bluetooth speaker is$94 versus $199. It isn’t cheap, but we’ve had three of these for years, and even my Spotify addicted teenagers haven’t managed to find a way to break it. Fantastic sound quality and perfectly kid/teen proof

The FitBit Alta fitness tracker is only $89 today, versus $150. Best, and now the cheapest, way to track your steps and keep your health regime on track.

The TileTracker is $45 today, normally $60. I lose my keys or purse, daily. Snap these on your keychain and throw one in your purse. PROBLEM SOLVED

This Blue Yeti professional podcast microphone is now $89 versus $130. I’ve tried a number of microphones and this was the best by far.

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