Site Business

Over the last couple of days, I have been updating the site and adding some new features.  Here are some details and some new stuff to check out.

  1. On the right, where that obnoxious ad used to be is now a box of the same size that contains information about the book I am currently reading and the book I have just completed.  I am really behind on my book reviews and I will try to get caught up on those over the next couple of days. You will notice that there are are little comments under the books in the box on the right.  Those are my comments, not some random comments pulled from amazon.  Hover over the book and see the lowest prices available from Amazon and whether it is available for your kindle.  Click on the book to get additional information and read more reviews on the Amazon site.
  2.  I have completely re-categorized the site into a smaller number of categories.  I am letting tags act as detailed subcategories.  I am hoping that this will make content easier to find.  If you come across any broken links or page not found errors, please let me know.
  3. I have also added a new section to the right sidebar called “Make sure to See”.  Here I have some featured content and have highlighted some subcategories of content that I think might be worth checking out.
  4. Finally, I have some content that naturally lends itself to a “series” of articles and am planning on starting a new thread of posts that would do this as well, so I added a tab at the top to highlight those “Article Series”.  New posts in these series will appear on the site as usual, but will be added to these highlight pages so they are easily found all together.  Currently in that section are the “Mom Tips” series and my “Self Inventory” tarot readings.  Make sure to check back soon as I will be starting a new health and nutrition series in the next couple of days.

I hope that you enjoy the new content and find the site easier to use.

There are many times when the little pieces of wisdom learned from other parents, friends, teachers, grandparents, coworkers or whomever come screaming to the rescue. These bits of information that lie in the back of our minds are very valuable and should be openly shared and cherished between parents. It is our job as parents to support each other and we have so much knowledge and experience that we may never share with each other, but definitely show.

A couple of weeks ago some dear friends of ours were visiting for dinner. As you do when visiting with other parents we were sharing our little worries and goings on with our kids. It just happened that I had also recently dealt with similar issues as my youngest is just a few months older than her youngest. I was able to share a couple of products and experiences that turned out to really work for her. These same products were passed onto me from other moms who had dealt with similar situations in their pasts.

I also have a few lines of wise words that were shared with me by teachers of classes I have taken that have shaped who I am as a parent. I find myself sharing these with others regularly.

This is how is goes in the world of parenting and these things have inspired me to start a series of articles called Mom Tips.  Although I will be sharing my mom tips, I would also love to hear yours.  You can share in this discussion by commenting on individual posts with ideas or questions about that particular topic. Or if you have a mom tip or would like to discuss a new topic, I would encourage you to contact me with your mom tip or question and If it is appropriate for my readers I will post it to the Mom Tips article series. Just use the contact me form and make sure to include your website URL so that if I use it I can give you proper credit.

I really look forward to sharing in an open dialog about products, tips and words of wisdom that make us all the fantastic parents that we are.



A Cream That Works on Eczema

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When Ian was just a few months old he broke out in what I thought was a rash. He had patches of light pink bumps all over his body. I was not familiar with exzema and this didn’t look like the red raw patches I had seen on other kids with eczema

Treatment for Persistent Cradle Cap

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When Ada was younger, she had terrible cradle cap. Not your average cradle cap that most kids get, but persistent cradle cap that would not go away and lasted until I finally beat it when she was three.

The Wonders of Microfiber

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Mom Tip – Transitioning From a Bottle to a Cup

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A friend of mine was having problems transitioning her son off his bottle. She had waited a little longer than recommended and he was very attached to it. I think this is a very common situation for many of us.

I shared with her a product I had found that helped me to transition Ian off the bottle and it seemed to work well for her so I thought I would share it with you as well.

Mom Tip: Calmoseptine Diaper Rash Ointment

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So days of fever and puking and diarhea came and went and Ian aquired one nasty case of diaper rash. Ooh, it was ugly. We tried everything we had left over in the house and nothing was helping and he was experiencing a significant amount of discomfort. Finally I remembered that I had heard someone at a baby shower recently talking about this amazing diaper cream you could get by asking the pharmacy.

Mom Tip: Smelly Washer

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For months I had been complaining about how my towels smelled like mildew when I got out of the shower. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was causing it. I nagged Karli about not letting the laundry sit in the washing machine and I bitched about the bathroom fan not being effective enough, but no amount of bitching and moaning or even changes in habits seemed to fix the problem.

Kids Book Review: The Pink Refrigerator

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Buying a new tarot deck is a pretty big deal.  I had been using mine since my teens and there was so much baggage and energy stored up in it and I have let other people read with them and I hadn’t put much thought into what deck I wanted when I purchased it, so I wanted to get a new deck that really meant something to me and reflected my tarot persona.  I wanted this deck to be the one that I took with me to the next level in my tarot experience.  I am in the process of reinventing myself so it seemed like a good time to get a new deck that would last me until the next time I reinvent myself.

After purchasing my new deck, I felt I needed a good way to break it in and start learning it’s intricicies and intended card meanings.  Every few years I like to complete a series of readings that exlore all of lifes aspects and gives me an overall picture of the current state of my life.

To do this I use the book Tarot in Ten Minutes.  Now, this is not a book I would recommend if you are looking for quality card meanings, but I do like how the series of readings are laid out and so I use it for this purpose. If you choose to use this book for the series of readings, something I highly recommend as a good self explorative exercise, then I would also use a separate source and/or your intuition as a supplement to the answers and card meanings.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Tarot SI2008 – #1 Who Am I?

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This reading is based on numerology and identifies you as a card in the deck.

Tarot SI2008 – #2 Where am I?

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This reading uses numerology to determine the card that represents this year in your life.

SI2008 – #3 What’s Next

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While the last two readings used numerology to examine what this year is about, this reading looks at two cards. One that covers you and one that crosses you right now in order to advise you on what you should do next.

SI2008 – #4 When Will I Know

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This reading will you a three card spread to discover about certain events and time

SI2008 – #5 What kind of work would I be good at

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For this reading I will be using I-X of Wands to ask about work related issues. This again will be a numerology based question, identifying the wand card that represents the best kind of work for me to do

SI2008 – #6 What is the Work Climate

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This reading will include the I-X of Wands as well as the first 10 major arcana cards that I used in previous readings to ask about work related activities.

SI2008 – #7 What is the Business Outlook?

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For this reading we will find out what is in store for me from a business perspective.

SI2008 – #8 How Am I Doing At Work?

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This is a classic Celtic cross spread using the major arcana and wands cards we have been using so far to get a little more detail about the state of my career

SI2008 – #9 How Do I Get Along With Others?

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We are now moving away from Wands and onto Cups. Cups deal with personal relationships and emotions. The next several readings will deal with the people around me and my relationships with them.

SI2008 – #10 How’s My Love Life

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This is a cover and cross reading, using the first 10 trumps and the I-X of Cups, examining my heart’s desire.

SI2008 – #11 How Will This Relationship Turn Out

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This reading will be using the major arcana and cup cards we have been examining lately to take a looker depth at one of my relationships

Si2008 – #12 How Do Others See Me?

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Back in Reading #1 I looked at what numerology had to say about who I am. In this reading we will take a look at how others see me by relating that original card with a new set of cards.

Si2008 – #13 Where Do I Belong?

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This reading will address the locations that I will be happiest living and working.

Si2008 – #14 Will I Be Rich?

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This reading will address the role that money plays in my life. It is a numerology reading using the Coins cards.

SI2008 – #15 My Financial Outlook

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This reading will look into this years financial outlook.

Self Inventory #16 – How Much Will I Gain

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Wow, this is a tough one. I don’t really have anything going on right now to profit from. I am starting to take on some freelance work, but nothing serious until the fall probably. Hmm, well I guess I will ask what is coming that would be financially beneficial to me.

Self Inventory #17 – How Successful Will I Be?

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This is a numerology reading using the tarot card suit of swords. The sword cards are all about the tools and strategies available to you to use while maneuvering through life. By using the swords we will learn about success and conflict, power and vulnerabilities.

Self Inventory #18 – Games of Chance

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For this reading I will use the first ten sword cards and the first ten major arcana cards to examine how I am as a risk taker. Swords generally deal with struggles, power and strategy and I hope to see how I might best manage the risk and anxieties in my life.

Self Inventory #19 – What’s My Winning Strategy

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For this reading I will use the first ten swords and the first ten major arcana cards to examine what the best strategy is to deal with a particular situation. With the recent launch of karinreece.com and starting to build my business, it only makes sense that I ask what my best strategy for success is.

Self Inventory #20 – What Kind of Fool Am I?

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This reading deals with our biggest flaw, the one thing that can undo us.

Extreme Fat Loss – 25 Pounds in 25 Days

25 Days of extreme measures, hopefully for extreme results.  Get all the gory details here.


Self Inventory 2008/09

This is a series of tarot reading using special combinations of cards to target different aspects of your life.  I call it a self inventory because is addresses all the different aspects of our lives.  Money, Job, Love, Strategy, Power, Creativity, Purpose, Dreams, Intentions etc.  I like to complete this series of readings every few years to get a good idea of where I am at.


Mom Tips

A parent’s best resource for tips and solutions to all those little issues and problems that come up when raising our kids is other parents.  Chances are that someone has already been right where your at and has tried many things before finding something that works.  We should support each other by sharing these tidbits of wisdom and this is what this series of articles is all about.

If you have mom tip (or dad tim, sorry about that) that you would like to share, please send it my way and if it is appropriate for my readers I would love to post it.  Make sure to include your URL so that I can give you credit and a link back.


The Gabriel Method – My Experience

I am not usually one to write about something personally unproven, especially when it comes to diet and health, but I really want to document this process so I don’t forget everything I’m learning.

This is a really new program so there isn’t a lot of information about it our there. I am very curious about the process and the outcomes and hope that sharing my experiences will be helpful to others exploring this approach.

It also includes incorporating a lot of new foods that I was generally unfamiliar with, so creating and sharing recipes will be fun.

This is part 1 of 1 in the series Mom Tips

There are many times when the little pieces of wisdom learned from other parents, friends, teachers, grandparents, coworkers or whomever come screaming to the rescue. These bits of information that lie in the back of our minds are very valuable and should be openly shared and cherished between parents. It is our job as parents to support each other and we have so much knowledge and experience that we may never share with each other, but definitely show.

A couple of weeks ago some dear friends of ours were visiting for dinner. As you do when visiting with other parents we were sharing our little worries and goings on with our kids. It just happened that I had also recently dealt with similar issues as my youngest is just a few months older than her youngest. I was able to share a couple of products and experiences that turned out to really work for her. These same products were passed onto me from other moms who had dealt with similar situations in their pasts.

I also have a few lines of wise words that were shared with me by teachers of classes I have taken that have shaped who I am as a parent. I find myself sharing these with others regularly.

This is how is goes in the world of parenting and these things have inspired me to start a series of articles called Mom Tips.  Although I will be sharing my mom tips, I would also love to hear yours.  You can share in this discussion by commenting on individual posts with ideas or questions about that particular topic. Or if you have a mom tip or would like to discuss a new topic, I would encourage you to contact me with your mom tip or question and If it is appropriate for my readers I will post it to the Mom Tips article series. Just use the contact me form and make sure to include your website URL so that if I use it I can give you proper credit.

I really look forward to sharing in an open dialog about products, tips and words of wisdom that make us all the fantastic parents that we are.

Over the last few weeks I have been finding it hard to write.  It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it is just that I have been in a pretty negative space and I wasn’t sure how comfortable I was sharing that, nor how much anyone would want to hear about it.  

Writing a personal blog like this gets a little tricky sometimes.   When you write about such personal things, you can’t help but feel a little vulnerable knowing that someone else is actually reading it let alone that people you know may be reading it as well.  I don’t want to limit my voice because I feel that being honest about the joys and struggles of my situation may help someone out there not to feel so isolated, and that means a lot to me.  But at the same time, I can’t help but worry about how my thoughts and statements might affect how others think of me.

I have been struggling with this, but when it comes down to it, this is my voice and my blog and mostly for my own personal use and growth anyway, so I need to get over that and if someone doesn’t like what they are reading then they can stop reading.

With that said, I’m moving on and continue reading at your own risk.

I wish all of you a very happy holiday season.  Have fun and be safe.  Give thought and energy to and be open to all the wonderful things in the coming year.  And most of all be grateful for and show love to those most precious to you.

I just built a new page with some really cool logic puzzle widgets. You can play these puzzles (several sudoku and picture puzzle variants) right from this site and they are updated daily or weekly, depending on the puzzle. Full instructions and rules are included with each puzzle.

Why would I do this you ask? Basically so that I can play a quick puzzle when I need to clear my head a little and since I am usually working on this site or another in some way, it seemed like an easy way to go about it.

I also hope that you may have some fun with them as well.

Check it out Now!

I love logic puzzles and enjoy the downtime and mental stimulation that they provide. I have been using griddler.net for most of my puzzles for a while now, but they just aren’t challenging enough anymore and so I went looking for something a little different.

I ran accross a site called Conceptis Puzzles who provides several different logic puzzle choices which you can do online or off. They appear to be a large publisher of sudoku and other puzzles for newspapers and magazines.

Registration is free and you can play many puzzles online or print them out to play offline. They also provide these great little widgets with smaller puzzles, updated often so there is always something for a quick fix.

I put this page together mostly for my own easy access but you can bookmark it and come back here for frequently updated online logic puzzles that you can play quickly and easily whenever you want.

 

Pic-A-Pix


Game Rules
Interactive Play Instructions

Link-A-Pix


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Interactive Play Instructions

Fill-A-Pix


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Interactive Play Instructions

Classic Sudoku


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Sudoku Variants


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I am not one to try “diet” or “low fat” or “low calorie” foods.  I would much rather enjoy a very small amount of the real thing than a bunch of icky tasting, preservative laden, low this or that crud.  But, popped chips I just couldn’t resist.  What the?

So, the concept is that they air pop the chip.  They have popped corn chips and popped potato chips.  I’ve seen them the last couple trips to trader joes, but haven’t had any desire to do anything low anything.  I’m an emotional eater.

Finally starting to recover from this roller coaster of a summer, I have reluctantly been looking for ways to cut back on my calories a bit.  But,  a girl still needs her salty oily snack (and chocolate too of course, but I still haven’t figured out how to do that low cal) so I decided to give these a try.  And we have a winner!

These popped treats are suprisingly good.  I chose the BBQ flavor, as something low cal is always better with a punch of flavor.  Unlike like their cardboard flavored baked cousins, these chips actually taste like potato chips.

It’s very odd though, don’t get it in your head that these are anything like a real potato chip.  It is really more the texture of a dense funion, which in my book isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  But, whatever they are, they taste like a real potato chips.  And, the BBQ seasoning rocks.

I’m not sure about other brands, but the Trader Joes brand has nothing funky it.  It’s just potatoe, oil and seasoning.  No baking or frying. no preservatives and no shit stain producing pseudo oils.

I would love to be able to link you to a Trader Joes BBQ flavored Popped Potato Chip information page, but alas, nothing like that exists.  So, this is what I’m gonna do.

Find a Trader Joes near you

and…

I am pretty sure (I have absolutely NO proof at all of this – it’s just a little too similar to look past) that TJs licenses these chips from PopChips.