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OH I AM SUCH A DORK!
I THOUGHT I POSTED THIS YESTERDAY AND WAS SO SAD THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE SEEMED TO FOLLOW ME TO MY NEW SITE. I JUST REALIZED I HIT SAVE INSTEAD OF PUBLISH! HA! SO THERE ARE A FEW POSTS SITTING AT MY NEW SITE READY TO BE READ…. YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO GET THE POST BELOW EARLIER 🙂

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I DID IT!

I’m finally moving to my own little domain where I have tons of room to grow in any direction I want! For now It looks mostly the same as this, but I hope to change, grow, and expand as time (and abilities) permit 🙂 Please PLEASE change your feed, bookmark, and/or blogroll for me. I value the relationships I have made thus far and hope to not lose you!

BIG THANKS out to Kyle for space and expertise and Layguy for your time and expertise. I couldn’t have moved with out you guys. And MamaBlogga thank you for the information, term-defining you did for me as well.

So now move with me (and don’t forget to change your subscription and links!)
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PS- Rumor has it this doesn’t work on firefox. Please email me if this site doesn’t work on your browser so that I can deal with it! 🙂

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A Changed Work World for the Stay-at-Home Mom

I read a really interesting article on a blog called Pick the Brain.

The post addresses how at an increasing rate, with the aid of technology, people are working in non-traditional situations, often from remote locations. The blog makes this point:

In the case of the modern information worker, nearly all tasks involve creative or strategic thinking. The way someone answers an email or interprets a piece of information can differ drastically depending on his or her energy level. Nobody does their best work 5:30 in the afternoon after they’ve been sucking down coffee all day to stay awake.”

I agree.

Pick the Brain argues that most people aren’t continually effective on an 8 hour schedule, that there are peaks and vallies throughout the day. I would agree with this. Why be at work during the vallies and cause the employer to have to pay for that time? I think they put it well when they state it this way,

When workers reach the low energy part of the cycle, they can’t recharge with a non-work activity. The only option is office purgatory. You can’t be highly productive because you’re mentally fatigued, but you can’t recharge because the 8 hour work day requires the appearance of constant productivity. The result is millions of unproductive workers trapped at their desks when they’d rather be doing something else.”

I would also argue that what may be a typically productive time of day for one person, may not one for another. Why not tailor your work day to the hours you work best? Middle of the night? Early in the morning? After lunch until prime-time? When the kids are napping? After they go to bed? You get the point.

Why does this topic interest a non-working, stay-at-home mother of two toddlers? For a few reasons:

1. Even though the technology was not there when I was younger… I ALWAYS pictured working from home via computer and video conference. It was a rare occasion if I pictured it differently.

2. Withen 3 years of joining the career driven workforce, I started working from home via computer and occasional meetings at starbucks :).

3. Should I ever rejoin the workforce, it will be from home. It will be via computer, video conference etc. The schedule will fit into times when I am not taking care of and/or educating my children.

In an article from the Los Angelas Times, by James Flanigan, posted on AOL Jobs entiteled Working at Home Pays Off for Firms.

Flanigan uses a case study from Jet Blue. He points out,

JetBlue has 700 reservation agents working from their abodes (one pictures them sitting there in their robes and slippers, the fridge just a few feet away) with company-supplied personal computers and second phone lines.

To be sure, their wages of $8.50 to $10 an hour are way above the $2 to $3 a day that call-center operators in India and the Philippines often earn.”

Jet Blues Chief Executive David Needleman shares,

“With home working you get more mature people who stay with you,” he says. “There isn’t constant turnover.” What’s more, he adds, employees who take care of business from home tend to “feel better” about their jobs, boosting productivity by an estimated 25 percent.”

Flanigan also uses AT&T to illustrate the benefits of “homesourcing” workers.

“AT&T Corp., for its part, reported that last year it “received over $180 million in operating benefit from telework” — tasks performed away from the office by U.S.-based network planners, human-resources managers, sales personnel and others. With fewer corporate facilities to buy and furnish, real-estate savings accounted for a significant portion of the number.

The advantages for companies employing people to work at home continue to grow along with technological developments. Though not all jobs can be sourced from home, (eg. doctors, pilots, regulated companies, etc,) Many jobs can, and many employers are thinking out of “the box”.

I have the ability to stay home and not work right now and gladly accept it. But someday my children will be a little older, I will be done having more, and my driven brain will not going to cease to exist! At this point I know I will love working from home again, to what capacity? I am not sure. But I’m EXTREMELY thankful that we now live in a world capeable of it.

The Pick the Brain blog sums it up by saying,

Forty years from now we’ll be telling our grandchildren about the olden days when everyone’s mommy and daddy went to work in an office.

He’s probably right!

Excellent Post on the History of Planned Parenthood

PLEASE go to THIS POST and read about the founder and foundations of PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Everyone rally should be educated on these things.

Online Shopping for The Hip Mom- Top 5

Problogger is hosting a Top 5 Group Writing Project. Deciding whether or not to participate has been a ping pong match in my head. More difficult than that was choosing a topic. You should see my brainstorming sheet…

Top 5 Do/Don’t for Traveling with Kids,
Top 5 Moments of Motherhood,
Top 5 Mistakes I Have Made as a Parent,
Top 5 Stay-at-Home-Mom Activities….

The pressure of being cheeky enough on thes topics overwhelmed me. I tend to over-thinks most projects. Instead, I decided to keep it simple and share with you my top 5 shopping websites for babies and children. Perhaps these will at very least inspire you beyond the isles of Babies R Us.

1. Modern Nursury There isn’t much that I don’t love on this site. They are full of unique ideas for your child-graced home. Modern, clean, simplistic, and fun.
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2. KuKunest is a small little shop of Modern Kid’s Bedding. I love it and and considering changing Owen’s bedding (& Lukas’s future bedding) to their Deep Sea design.
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3. Sparkability is full of fresh ideas from mealtime, to playtime, to baby monitoring. Only the best.
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4. JoggingStroller.com ranks as my favorite stroller shop by far. While searching for my Phil & Ted’s stroller I became acquainted with many online stroller retailers. Most were friendly and responsive (I had questions…) But joggingstroller.com had the combination of the best selection, excellent customer service, and ability to deliver what I needed when I needed it. They even have a live online help feature! I had a bag that needed returning and had lost my invoice. They were incredibly understanding and took it back with no hassle.
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5. Mini Boden has some of the cutest children’s clothing out of the UK. They are of the best quality cottons and super durable! The sizing is a little bigger than US sizing so keep that in mind if you order.
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Click away! I hope you enjoy these sites as much as I do.

Some of my favorite posts this week.

This is completely unrelated to this post but…
Thank you all so much for the sweet comments and emails and prayer regarding Susan and my father. I have no significant updates as of yet, but will keep you informed via this blog. On to the post…

In the past few days I feel like I have run head-on in to some amazing posts by bloggers on my RSS feed. I realized my blog posting was going to go overboard if I wrote a seperate post for each article. Also, as my range in blog-taste, they are all over the map in subject content so it may be that only one would even interest you, while the rest wouldn’t. So I figured I would just go ahead and do one post and if one of them sounds interesting to you, you can click away! 🙂

Here Goes-

LayGuy has a really great post about teen suicide

Terramia has an awe inspiring post of pictures and drawings of Peacocks. What a beautiful creation.

HeidiJo wrote a great post last week on Why She Goes to Church.

Velvet Hammer wrote a thought provoking post on Islam and how it MAY possibly relate to the Bible’s prediction of the Anti-Christ. I tend to stay away from these type of conjectures… but I found this one interesting.

If you love taking pictures with your digital camera, The digital photography school blog has a great write up on adding randomness to your photos.

That’s it for now. But I’m sure it won’t be long before I find more 🙂


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