Musings on Motherhood


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Things That Have Helped Me Accept that you’re not perfect.  Your mom wasn’t.  Though you’ll most likely be a better mother than she was in many ways, you won’t be perfect either.  The most important thing is that you love your child as much as you possibly can and make it impossible for anyone to ever question that love.

Emily’s Cloth Diaper Advice


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I use a couple kinds of cloth diapers. To be honest, there a few types I don’t really understand, myself, but I can share what I know and what works for us.

Cloth Diapers


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With our new daughter on the way (back in 8/2003) my wife was debating between using cloth and disposable diapers. My wife liked all the pro’s of helping the environment, saving money, and the health benefits to our baby. I was ready to fully support my wife in her decision, but I wasn’t convinced that Read More …

Mother’s Nursing Tap Light


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My husband loves LEDs (light emitting diodes) and puts them into everything.  He likes that they are so efficient and don’t burn out. He modified a tap light and changed out the regular bulb for an LED.   It has been perfect for middle of the night feedings and diaper changes.   What I love is that Read More …

Mini RC Car


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While I was down in Arizona I saw my brother and his son racing / playing tag with two “Zip Zaps” (Radio Shack’s brand of mini rc cars). They were the coolest things and I knew I had to have one. I asked him how much he paid and he said, “Somewhere around $25 – Read More …

Favorite Quotes


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Live To Learn, Learn To Love, Love To Live! -Matthew Cowley- Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, & small minds discuss people. -Admiral Hyman G. Rickover-Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

Homemade Cordless – Portable Phone Battery Pack


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Our VTech 900 mhz cordless / portable phone started having a hard time keeping a charge so off we went to Radio Shack for a new battery pack… “WHAT?!?!? $16.00… that’s about how much we paid for the phone! Thanks but no thanks!” I pulled the battery pack out and looked at it a little Read More …

Traditional & Online Advertising


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(a rant by Rob Ludlow 11/20/03) The advertising demographic of my site www.reviewum.com is very geographically and age targeted: College Students I attempted to contact local business’s regarding advertising a while ago when my site was much smaller, and the reception wasn’t so good. It seems that many brick & mortar / mom-pop shop businesses Read More …

Homemade Battery Tester


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Last night my wife came to me with the age old question, “Do you have a good battery for this?“ I didn’t have an answer. I knew I had a box of batteries, but were any of them “good”? I don’t have a battery tester in the house, but from my past experience I knew Read More …

Hyundai – Car Purchase Calculation


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  (Winner…. The 2001 Hyundai Elantra GT)  As many of my friends know, I’m pretty frugal. I will admit that I am 95% value driven in 90% of my purchases. This is why it is a big surprise that I bought something I thought I’d never buy… a NEW car. We needed to get a Read More …