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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Women Try To Do It ALL!

This is exactly why I resigned from my (money) paying job! It is not that my husband is lazy at all it is just that I do it better. I mean this in the most respectful way possible but when it comes to stuff in our home like shopping, kids and laundry I just do a better job at it and it gets done in a more timely manner. Trying to work full-time AND do everything else was making me not enjoy any of it including the few moments I did have with my children. So, I quit. The unfortunate part about it that I gave up a large sum of yearly earninigs to do this. It just came down to the fact that I cannot do it all and do everything perfectly so I had to decide what was most important.

Now Forbes magazine is saying the same thing. I had no idea that a whopping 85% of the women they spoke to said they are the ones responsible for the bulk of household chores while 71% of American moms (as of 2006) are still working outside of the home! As they say “it boils down to three things: earning power, ingrained social patterns and structural policies” and this is why women are trying to do it all and in the processes stressing ourselves to the max while quality of what it is we are doing suffers in many cases. "Women are working full time at work and full time at home," says Michael Silverstein, a BCG partner and co-author of Women Want More. "The burden is fully on their backs, and they have to strain out any time for themselves."

What is the answer?

Check out what Forbes had to say.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Trade Your Old Baby Stuff In For Discounts!

Wow! Today Toys R Us announced their nationwide “Great Trade-In Event!” This is an effort which deserves some recognition as it is in the name of reducing the number of old and even unsafe baby products out there in circulation. I am impressed! The CEO of Toys R Us, Jerry Storch, was quoted as saying, "We hope this program will help raise awareness of the importance of being vigilant about potentially unsafe children's items that may still be in the marketplace, while encouraging customers to use the 'Great Trade-In' event as an opportunity to remove used baby products, such as cribs and car seats, from their garages and attics."

I was pretty astounded to find out that when there is a recall on a baby product less than 30% of the subjects of the recall are even brought back! And did you know that car seats have expiration dates? I did not. They say this is due to materials that can deteriorate over time. Extreme weather conditions can also compromise the integrity of some baby products made of wood or plastic. I also just learned that a car seat can sustain damage in an accident that is not visible to you or I but that can render the car seat that your baby rides in unsafe. I truly had no idea!

So here are the details of the event. It will start at all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations nationwide on August 28 and go through September 20th. The items that they are looking for are used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs and if you bring something back you will receive a 20% discount on purchasing a new item from one of these manufacturers: Baby Cache, Babi Italia, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Nature's Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st and Sorelle.

Anyway, I thought you would like to know this. The article I read can be found at http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/toysrus-inc-launches-national-program,937468.shtml

Stay safe out there!