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To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

To George on the eve of her 5th birthday

When I started this blog you were 5 months old. You were bald, and your ears kind of curled over at the top. We called them your “elf ears.” This will probably be less amusing when you’re 15. When you smiled your face exploded in tiny indentations: A cleft chin, and a dimple on...

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Banana Moments
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

Aug 3, 2015
Teach your child to make smart internet browser choices

In this Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article, I offer some considerations to share with your children about choosing a browser that is going to be more supportive in helping you streamline your on-line experiences with minimal advertising intrusion as possible. The commercial internet giants like Google and Microsoft have commercial incentives. Read more...

Banana Moments
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

Aug 3, 2015
Talking points about sexual exploitation in the social network

My two cents

sex-love-male-femaleA recent Washington Post article featured a disturbing trend that young girls, tweens and teens, are experiencing and witnessing sexual exploitation, harassment and sexual assault in the internet celebrity culture. Social media celebrities on Vine and YouTube, for example, are amassing large followings – some of them over...

Banana Moments
Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

Aug 3, 2015
Signs that you are a mentally-fit cyber parent

While you can establish age-appropriate boundaries it is not possible to have control over your child and the technology, and fearful thoughts can consume a parent (i.e., worrying or micro managing) and can make you un-relatable or hostile which kills open communication essential to cyber safety because kids can easily hide risky experiences from...

Brown Thumb Mama
What’s an Emergency Fund & Why Do I Need One?

What’s an Emergency Fund & Why Do I Need One?

Two years ago a dear friend’s husband was unexpectedly laid off from his sales job. She came to me in a panic (knowing my frugal reputation), and we started strategizing about what to do. One of the first things I asked her is, “Do you have an emergency fund?” What... 

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Hybrid Rasta Mama
Help! How Do I Know If My Purchases Are Mold Free?

Jul 31, 2015
Help! How Do I Know If My Purchases Are Mold Free?

Hybrid Rasta Mama

You all would be shocked if you took a peek into my inbox. It is flooded with all kinds of questions about toxic mold. While I love the fact that my situation has created some much needed awareness around this topic, I am also finding it near impossible to get...

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Hybrid Rasta Mama
A Jamaican Bammy Recipe That Will Leave You Wanting More

Jul 29, 2015
A Jamaican Bammy Recipe That Will Leave You Wanting More

Hybrid Rasta Mama

Bammy is a Jamaican cassava bread that is traditionally served at breakfast or for supper as a side dish paired with fish. It is basically like a slightly plumped up flat bread that is crisp on the outside and “pancake-like” on the inside. I first tried Bammy when I visited...

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A Heartbreaking Sign of the Times

Jul 28, 2015

A teachable moment I never wanted to have.

Banana Moments
How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Jul 27, 2015
How to synch up with your child’s on-line experiences

Modern youth are relying upon multiple channels of cyber communication to stay connected socially. Their preferred apps range from Instagram and Facebook to instant messaging/texting media sites like Twitter, Kik and SnapChat – none of which require an account with an ISP to sign up for services. It is possible to establish accounts...

Hybrid Rasta Mama
Extreme Fatigue? Natural Solutions To Get Your Life Back!

Extreme Fatigue? Natural Solutions To Get Your Life Back!

Hybrid Rasta Mama

Insomnia. Adrenal Fatigue. Chronic Fatigue. Crashing Fatigue in menopause. Have you used any of these words to describe how you feel on a regular basis? When you wake up in the morning do you feel unrefreshed, as if you hadn’t slept at all? Do you find yourself needing to use...

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