Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Dear PR and Companies Please...


Have you ever heard of the website Dear Blank, Please Blank? It is a website where you can submit your letters to people or things and most of them are really funny. My friends Ben and Amber got me addicted to it.  I could spend hours reading it.  I decided after a failed attempt of submitting my own Dear Blank, Please Blank letter.  I would make a post about Dear Blank Please Blank Blogger addition.  This is about some things bloggers have noticed in the blogosphere that I wanted to share with you.

Please note: This is just in fun, not something that is to offend and is a purely humor post.

Dear PR,

Please stop asking us to blog for a chance to win something. Blogging is our job.
Sincerely,

Do they hold a raffle for your paycheck?

Dear PR,

The smiley in word doesn’t translate to a smiley in email.
Sincerely,

I spent  10 months trying to figure out who J is

Dear Companies,

Please don’t try and trade us Twitter Followers and Facebook fans to hold your giveaways.

Sincerely,
My grocery store doesn’t accept followers as a form of payment

Dear Companies,

Please don’t use more traffic as an incentive to get us to blog about you.

Sincerely,
They don’t take traffic either

Dear Companies,

Please stop filling packages with those little crinkled pieces of paper.

Sincerely,
They are pretty but they make a huge mess

Dear PR,

Please send full sized products, especially when it is a beauty product.

Sincerely,
One or half an application won’t help me review

Dear PR,

Please be thoughtful when you are sending toys to review.

Sincerely,
Moms with more than one child

Dear Event planners,

Please make a note when you are inviting a blogger to a show in New York.

Sincerely,
I live 1000 miles away

Dear Companies,

Please read our blogs and get to know our families.

Sincerely,
Why are you pitching me for that?

Dear PR,

Please when you plan for brand trips invite different bloggers, I am sure they are great but share the wealth.

Sincerely,
Never been on a brand trip

Dear Companies,

Please send me ice cream, but sending it overnight in dry ice is not necessary.

Sincerely,
Coupons are cheaper to send

Dear PR,

Please call me Sheila that is why my blog is Sheilacakes.

Sincerely,
If my name was blogger my blog would be Bloggercakes

Dear PR,

Please stop sending me irrelevant press releases about celebrities’ clothes or what products they use.

Sincerely,
I am not Vogue or Parents Magazine

Dear PR and Companies,

Please don’t offer samples when you have none.

Sincerely,
Still waiting for my really expensive watch

Dear PR and Companies,

Please stop pitching me saying you have samples and then run out of them.

Sincerely,
Don’t pitch more than you have.

Dear Companies and PR,

I would love a vacation just so you know.

Sincerely,
The Mom blogger with a whinny five year old

Changing for the Worst


They say people are always changing. You are a little different every day. They also say that change is good.... I respectfully disagree.  I believe that not all changes are good; some changes are bad, especially when it comes to personality. If there is something you don't like about your personality you change it. Only you have the power to do so. What happens if you change for the worst? What if you change the good inside you? That is where change is definitely a bad thing.  I understand that people grow up and they change but what about the people who have been there from the beginning? I am not saying you should stay a ten year old forever but don't change so much that when you have seen someone it is like a pod person has taken over you.

 I had been best friends with a girl since she was born because our parents were best friends. So naturally we grew up together. We had great times together and some fights as all kids do. We always made up and never held a grudge. We would laugh about the fights later.  So when I went to visit her after we were adults it was very strange and awkward.  I thought who is this girl in my friend’s body? Was I living in the past? Was I crazy? I knew she wasn't going to be exactly the same and neither was I. I thought though she would be the same person inside. I obviously didn't think we would waddle around a pool talking about pancreases as we did before.  I wasn't ready for the shock that someone I had been best friends with for over eighteen years  that we would no longer have anything in common. It was weird and I didn't even wanna be there. I did but at the same time she just was so different that I didn't know what to do.

 I spent my days watching lifetime movies alone and my nights with her friends and boyfriend. She had to babysit an old neighbor who was in high school part of the time where there were like 40 high school kids getting drunk and doing drugs while they were partying. I stayed in the guest room wanting no part of that. I was stuck there. Afraid I would be held responsible because I was the oldest person in the house.     So naturally it broke my heart and all I had was the memories of the good old days of silver mints and float nights and jungle land and random silly pure insanity and I loved every moment of it.  I think in that time we both realized two decades of friendship was over.  It’s just merely a memory of each other.  It reminds me that sometimes when people change it can blindside you and you aren't ready for what will happen.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

World Without Magnets

Magnets can be as simple objects, but in truth magnets can be harnessed for tremendous power. Take your automobiles for instance. This mode of transportation contains a vast array of magnets. Vehicles are just one example of how a magnet is used in today's society. What would the world be like without the magnet? Certainly much different:

What the World Would be Like Without Magnets

Next time you look around, think about how magnets are helping all the things around you operate!

Magnets.com - Manufacturer of Custom Car Magnets



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Noah and I Love Playing Bingo


It has been almost a year since Noah's first Bingo game on the cruise. He still talks about wanting to play bingo and how much fun he had. He actually asks me if game shows were bingo. They had the lights and music like the games we went to.  We have seen bingo halls around that he points out. My almost six year old can read the word bingo. I am not sure how old you have to be to go to a bingo hall but if he's old enough... It's a date.  I think it would be fun to play with him again. He is a good luck charm.  He will surely bring smiles to the other player’s faces.  He gets so excited with each number called. His little face lights up.  Winning at bingo isn’t important to me, it would be great but I love to play.  I decided to Google it and there are lots of places to play bingo around me every day of the week. I guess I will have to call them and see if he can accompany me. I know that he isn’t old enough to play himself because you have to be 18 or 21 to win so, he would be there for moral support and as my good luck charm.  That way I don’t need to enlist a babysitter to watch him too.

 I haven't told him yet that he will probably play bingo in school. He has requested fish bingo and transportation bingo games.  When kids play bingo it can be a fun and educational game.  I remember playing color and shape bingo. There are even math bingos where you have to solve the math problem to know if your number was called. I had some teachers that would make their own themed bingo games for holidays. I think I will make some bingo games for Noah to practice reading and spelling words. I hope playing bingo will be another tool to help him learn.  I also hope he gets the same joy I did when I played bingo in school. 

Do You Remember Mr.Sketch Markers?



When I was young, I loved playing school and coloring as a lot of little girls do. I also loved markers, just not any markers but Mr. Sketch markers.  I am sure if the name Mr. Sketch doesn’t ring a bell the words scented markers will. I remember being so excited the first time I was able to get my very own set of Mr. Sketch markers. Those were the it thing back then.  I would smell them more than I would use them it seemed because they smelled so good.  They were thankfully save for me to do so, not like Sharpies that would make you feel light headed if you weren’t in a well ventilated area.   I remember coloring with them with my friends and how cool they were.  I knew they were still around as I had seen them at stores. I almost bought some a number of times, but I decided not to. We went to Office Depot today and there they were calling my name. I saw that they were on sale for five dollars, when they are normally ten dollars. I loved the markers but I wasn’t going to pay ten dollars for them. I didn’t love them that much. So, I bought some. I think I bought them a while back too, because I remember finding them but they could just be really old markers. There were only two of them that I found so I think they were tucked away in a box somewhere through the years.

So I am the very proud owner of twelve Mr. Sketch markers.  Noah was amazed by them and tried very hard to get me to give them to him. I will let him use them closely supervised as markers and almost 6 year olds should be.  I am not sure he knows that they are scented I mentioned it and he asked if he could smell but I am excited to see his little face light up at the different scents.  Don’t ask me what my favorite scent is because I love a lot of them. Watermelon, Cherry, Blueberry, Licorice, and so on are all awesome. I love sharing things from my childhood with my son. I think it makes it even more special for both of us.

Did you have scented markers as a kid? What was your favorite scent?

Monday, August 13, 2012

GetSum App Review

If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on Facebook you know that I really enjoy playing scrabble. I have won five times more than I have lost. So when I had a chance to review a really cool app called GetSum I was so excited. GetSum is a game that is a lot like scrabble so I couldn't wait to try it. I downloaded the app from iTunes and started playing. I spent hours playing it. It is addictive. Well math is not my favorite thing, you just use basic math. It's great for kids too. Noah is still a little young but someday he will play GetSum with me. It will give you a refresher in math and make you really think. How do you play do you ask? First you either pick if you want to do pass and play which is if you want to play with more than one person in your reach. You can also play with friends anywhere or a random fellow GetSum player. The idea behind the game instead of words you create equations using plus signs, minus signs, multiplication signs and division. At first it seems really easy but the more tiles you use as the game progresses the harder it is, especially when you are searching for a place to lay your tiles. There are certain places you cannot play on the board and if you add to a math problem it has to be equal to the other side.

When I played, I played myself and I was unable to finish a game before running out of moves. I would just resign and try again to get the hang of it. I wish they had computer players because games that you play with others can take a long time because most of the time they aren't waiting for the game. I think GetSum is a fun and educational game. I am determined to win or complete a game.

GoSum for the iPhone is available for download on the iTunes App Store for $0.99 HERE

GoSum HD for the iPad is available for download on the iTunes App Store for $2.99

 Players can also play the free version of the app with GoSum Free, available on the iTunes App Store GoSum HD Free for the iPad is available for download on the iTunes App Store

For more information about GoSum, please visit their website.  I hope you try it out and let me know what you think.