Thursday Thinking #5

This is a weekly series that I hope you will take part in. Basically, I will ask a question, you answer. Easy-peasy. 😉 Sometimes the questions will be very simple and easy to answer in one word. Other times they may be more controversial and require a bit thought on your part.

Ready?

What was your most favorite food as a child?

Mine would probably be macaroni and cheese. I loved the Mission brand. The bright yellow box and meatball dude on the front are treasured memories from my childhood. My Grandma Charles (Who was neither my grandmother or named Charles) would make it almost every day when she was babysitting me. Sadly, it is no longer made. For a while I was able to find a very close approximation in the Golden Grain brand, but I can no longer find that one either. Sigh.

MoJo Soft and Snuggly Blanket

 

 

 

 

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WINNER 

Any blanket that has the words “soft and snuggly” in it’s name has a lot to live up to.

Last December as part of a Klout Perks program I was given the opportunity to receive a MoJo Soft and Snuggly blanket.

Soft? Snuggly? Blanket? December? YES PLEASE!

The blanket was delivered on a really cruddy day. Faith was sick. And not her normal Familial Mediterranean Fever sick, but full on flu. She was feverish, chilled, throwing up, lethargic, crying, miserable. I opened the blanket, glanced at it, then tossed it on the table and went back to snuggling my sick girl. As luck (?) would have it, moments later she threw up again. All over her “blankie”. (For those just joining us, Faith has autism. She gets very attached to her blankets. They are her security object and she likes to be covered most of the time. It helps her feel safe and gives her a place to hide when she is overwhelmed.)

After getting her cleaned (and the couch, and me, and the floor….) I remembered the MoJo Blanket that had just been delivered. I usually don’t use fabric items until after they have been washed at least once but there wasn’t time for that. I sniffed very carefully, there was no funky smell or stiffness so I went ahead and covered her with it right from the package.

Oh my GOSH! The SOFT! I was impressed with the plushness of it. So fluffy and snuggly! But most all new fleece blankets have this feel.

Life, and the flu, continued. The flu made it’s way though the house during a miserable 3 week stretch. Our Mojo blanket quickly became the favorite blanket. In the three week time frame it was washed at least once a day. On one particularly memorable day, it was washed and dried 3 times. I would say it was washed and dried at least 30 times. And it still looked brand new.

We had another just purchased blanket in rotation during this same Flu-a-paloza. It was purchased from a major retailer and felt just as plush and snuggly. At first. After about 10 washes, the other blanket started feeling a bit rough. The snuggly factor was lessening. As more time, and more wash cycles, have passed, the differences between the two blankets has became  more and more obvious.

Since that time, we have put our MoJo blanket through the wringer! It has been washed, drug on the floor, had both red and blue popsicles melted on it, been crushed in a car door, thrown up on, commandeered by the cat, spent time in a hospital…..well, you get the idea. And it still looks and feels brand new.

That, solely in and of itself, makes this blanket a top pick in my opinion. But wait….there is more. MoJo stands for Moms and Jobs. By purchasing this blanket, or any of MoJo’s products, you are helping to support a wonderful cause.

Who We Are: Moms and Jobs, Inc. (MoJo) is a newly formed social venture, headquartered in Boston, whose objective is to address the issues facing mothers who are poverty-stricken. By providing freedom from the strain of daycare costs and a new career path for this underserved demographic, MoJo enables a new start for moms who desperately need it.

Understanding the Problem: The economics of single-parent family mean that single mothers are disproportionately represented among the poor. Among U.S. households headed by single mothers, 33% live below the poverty line, compared to 12% of male-headed families. Overall, women with dependent children comprise two-thirds of the poor population, a phenomenon referred to as the “feminization of poverty.” A major part of the problem is that daycare costs for even one child can consume the majority of a woman’s salary, making it feel difficult to justify returning to the workforce from a personal and financial standpoint.

Creating a Solution: MoJo exists to create sustainable employment opportunities in the apparel manufacturing sector for this underserved demographic, and is utilizing the proceeds from your purchase of a MoJo product to provide better than minimum wage salaries, a chance at a new career path, and more importantly, freedom from the prohibitive daycare costs that keep so many mothers from re-entering the work force and being able to support themselves and the families that need them.

How You Can Help: You can help by shopping our MoJo products, all of which are made by MoJo moms. Proceeds go directly back into the MoJo business, helping to provide jobs for moms who really need them. In addition, social media and word of mouth are critical to our success- so please,“like” us today on facebook, and tell your friends how they can help create jobs at MoJo by purchasing MoJo products.

I am proud to be able to offer my readers a chance to win a MoJo Soft and Snuggly Blanket ($46.00) of their very own. This blanket is being generously provided by MoJo. You know you want one!

Mandatory Entry:

Hop on over to MoJo and tell me which color you would like to have your Snuggly Soft Blanket in if you win. Post your color choice in the comments below.

Extra Entries (1 extra entry per comment!)

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This giveaway will end on July 11, 2011 at 11;59 PM EST. Winner will be drawn from all comments by Random.org. Winner will be posted July 12, 2011 and they will have 48 hours to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

Good Luck!

 

Not in Kansas anymore.

I don’t know how I have made it this long without running into this problem. And it’s not even really a problem, it’s more of hurt feelings. I have been on “da webz” since 1998. That’s when I made my first foray into this brave new universe. With this amazing technology, I also found forums and chat rooms. That was the beginnings of what we now consider Social Media.

The relative anonymity of sitting behind a computer screen allowed many barriers to come crashing down. Suddenly it didn’t matter if you were popular in high school, if you wore the right shoes, or you had money. All that mattered was that you liked green shirts, and I liked green shirts, and we both belonged to “Green Shirt Lovers” group in Yahoo. We could bond and form friendships over what we had in common rather than be judged by what we didn’t.

And I loved it.

In the 13 years I have been hanging out online, I have apparently been an anomaly. I have found support and friendship at each turn. Forums? Chat rooms? MySpace? Facebook? Twitter? And now Google+. At each stop, I have found and maintained relationships that continue to this day. They are nothing short of amazing.

Maybe that is why this bothers me so much. Recently there have been a few unkind things said about me. I don’t know if I was meant to see them or not. I rather think I was. The remarks were made by people who have a limited glimpse into my life and have made some negative assumptions based on that.

I try to live each day to the best of my ability. I treat others as I wish to be treated. I do my best not to judge anyone. I try to have sympathy for those in need, and joy for those overcoming. I know we all have off days and we all have amazing days. When I make a friend, I am a friend. I will be your greatest champion and biggest defender. I will stand beside you in good times, behind you when you need support and in front of you when you need protecting. That is who I am.

To know that someone out there thinks unkindly of me really bothers me. I am trying to let go and move on, but my feelings are still hurt.

Do you ever run into this? How do you handle it? Advice?

 

 

Not quite the same.

When I was growing up, the 4th of July was the holiday. We had BBQ’s, friends, family, pools, drinking adults, unsupervised kids, the lake, and fireworks. Oh the fireworks! The bigger, louder, brighter the better! We lived near a Native American Reservation. Do you know what that meant? Not only did we have fireworks, but we had illegal fireworks and lots of them. None of that “Safe and Sane” crap for our Fourth. We had the kind of fireworks that could blow your hand off. If by some chance we ran out of fireworks, we made our own out of gunpowder and aluminum foil. What? You mean you didn’t? I couldn’t wait to recreate these fun times with my own family.

(Hmmm, now that I’m looking back on this, maybe all that wasn’t such a great idea)

Fast forward 30 years and I am now a mommy to a special needs child. She does not like any bright lights or loud noises. Crowds and “different” foods are triggers of a meltdown. She doesn’t even like being outside for very long. The last time we celebrated the 4th of July was right after she was born, before her aversion to all the above became so apparent.

Our current celebration consists of BBQing at home and sending the older children to various places where they have a chance of seeing fireworks. We try to put Faith to bed early before the loudest BOOM‘s start so she does not get overwhelmed. Then hubby and I sit on our porch and hope for glimpses of other families fireworks.

How have your holiday celebrations changed from what you remember as a child? Any holiday at all. What do you do differently?