14 of my top favorite blogs for 2016

 

My Top Favorite Blogs of 2016

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I am addicted to reading blogs. All different types, from food and family to fashion and lifestyle. This is a big reason why I decided to start blogging.

The bloggers on this list are the ones I have been reading most this year. Some a lot more than others. They are in no particular order. But, most of them are mom blogs.

I get a lot of inspiration and also helpful tips from these bloggers. They are wonderful and creative people. Definitely, check them out and add them to your blog reading list.

My top favorite blogs 2016

14 Blogs I’ve really loved this year:

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http://www.everythingmommyhood.com/ blog reviews, recipes, giveaways, DIY and owns a blogging community https://www.facebook.com/groups/MommyhoodMediaBloggers/

http://www.powered-by-mom.com/ about connecting, sharing and building community

http://www.lifeofasouthernmom.com/ reviews, giveaways, recipes, and helpful tips

http://theblogdiva.com/ product reviews, gossip and everyday life experiences

http://www.momalwaysfindsout.com/ family life, recipes, crafts, travel and much more

http://livingwellmom.com/ Everyday ideas for healthy living and Realistic inspiration for real moms

http://www.sahmsue.com/ dedicated to making life less stressful and more fulfilling for moms. You’ll find ideas for stressing less and enjoying life more, organizing ideas, activities for kids, real-life parenting insight, easy recipes, and realistic tips for living life more naturally

http://www.thesahlife.com/ life, favorite recipes, crafts, parenting tips and ideas, budgeting and money-saving tips, and more

http://www.imasillymami.com/ real-life experiences with humor and lots of sarcasm

http://womenwinningonline.com/ Jen teaches you how to Start your own online business, tips for More effective marketing of your online business, how to Get more followers for your online business, How to Earn more money in your online business, and how to Add tools to your business to make your life easier.

http://mummyswritingdarling.co.uk/ Writing about motherhood to keep above water. If I can’t make you laugh- then we can cry (and drink) together.

http://www.momadvice.com/ a community for women that are looking for ways to stay organized, stay sane, and stay within their budget.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/ Cheers to doin’-it-yourself, always learning, trying, failing, dreaming big, enjoying the small stuff, and above all else … embracing imperfection. Life is better when it’s a little bit messy. home decor projects, recipes, and crafts

http://www.ladolcevitablog.com/ design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamor and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.

These really are some great bloggers. I highly recommend checking out at least one of them. You will not be disappointed.

Who are your favorite bloggers this year?

Do you have a blog in mind that has helped you out a lot this year?

Let me know in the comments so I can check them out as well.

Have a wonderful Weekend!!

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Mom funk? Here is some mom power inspiration!

Are you in a mom funk?

Here is some momsperation!

 

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You are not just a mom, You are so much more!

 

Yes, you are a Mother but you are also….

  • Sister
  • friend
  • daughter
  • wife/girlfriend
  • nurse
  • driver
  • chef
  • housekeeper
  • homemaker
  • decorator
  • shoulder to cry on
  • ear to vent to
  • advisor

 

and not necessarily in that order all the time.

You take on so much as a woman, not just a mom.

 

Mom funk affects the best of us on many occasions! It can be very daunting and tiring. Here is a little help for my fellow moms.

 

Quotes for those days you need to fight the mom funk

 

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12 Ways to get your mom power back

 

  1. Exercise: even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Get yourself moving and grooving. Exercise is a great way to get in a better mood.
  2. Get away FROM the kids: go take an hour long hot bubble bath or go for a mani/Pedi and let daddy take care of the kids. You deserve it!
  3. Get away WITH the kids: Take a nice weekend where you and the kids can have a great time and relax.
  4. Stop, drop and read: Take some time to read a good book. It will get your brain working on things other than dishes and laundry.
  5. Write a letter to your child: Tell your child all the happiness they are bringing to you and all the smiles you cherish. Then in the future let them read the letter.
  6. Write a letter to your future self: Tell yourself about all the things you would like to achieve with your family.
  7. Go outside: even if it’s cold, bundle everyone up and go out for some fresh air and the sunshine.
  8. Make a 10 list: no matter what the topic, make a list of things you love or hate or a to-do list. It’s fun and therapeutic to put things on paper.
  9. Balance hip parenting with “keeping it real”: You don’t always have to be the “perfect soccer mom” You’re the best mom you can be.
  10. Be spontaneous: Do something crazy with the kids. Don’t worry about schedules and time.
  11. Tell your kids their birth story: at an age where you think they will understand/appreciate the love and amazing experience.
  12. Go through your pictures: make it a point to explain to your children the reasons that each photo holds a special place in your heart.

 

I’m not in the mood to mom today

 

I have the mom funk

My get up and go, got up and went!

 

It’s gone. I don’t remember when it left. All I know is it isn’t here anymore and I’m not sure when it will come back.

 

I have absolutely no desire to do anything productive today.

 

Here are a few reasons I feel this way:

  1. The laundry pile is almost as tall as my 3-year-old
  2. The sink has started to look like an abstract piece dedicated to Mt. Everest
  3. I refuse to pick up the toys in what used to be known as the “family room” because I don’t feel like starting that vicious circle again
  4. I’m still in my pajamas…
  5. because I am being lazy

 

But, I will tell you that when I’m feeling this way I always think of how I will feel when these chores are done.

Feeling accomplished and proud of yourself is one of the greatest feelings in the world. No matter what you need to do, it’s an incredible feeling.

Believe in yourself! Even if it’s just a few loads of laundry or a sink full of dishes. You can do it! No task is too big or too small.

 

If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow

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Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”

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The biggest advice I can give to another mom to fight the mom funk is:

Get a good night sleep! Please, when the kids have gone to sleep for the night, forget everything else. It will all be there the next day. Take a half hour to sit and read a good book or just watch tv. Decompress from the day. Then, go to bed! I cannot stress this enough. You will be much more pleasant in the morning.

 

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in a society where stay at home moms are referred to as lazy or taking the easy way out. Let me tell you something right now…

 

You are doing a great job to your child and your family! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are lazy or not providing for your child! You rock!!!

 

You are a wonderful mother doing a great job with your family.

 

Let me know in the comments what chores you absolutely do not like doing.

 

What is one thing as a mother that you wish could be easier to accomplish or take less time?

 

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana! Review

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana!

 

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Today is going to be another (the last) installment of the children’s show reviews. This time I am going to review another one of Allie’s favorites. Shimmer and Shine!

Shimmer and Shine is a young children’s show about a young girl who luckily finds a genie bottle and gets these two super adorable twin genies-in-training who always seem to mess up her wishes. They ultimately figure it out by working together to solve the problems that her 3 wishes couldn’t help them to solve.

 

CORE CAST:

 

Shimmer– An optimistic genie with blue eyes and pink hair. She is enthusiastic and encouraging. She loves cleaning, glitter, and collecting genie bottles. Her favorite color is pink

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Shine– A courageous genie with purple eyes and blue hair. She is an animal lover and is often hungry. Unlike her sister, she dislikes cleaning. Her favorite color is blue

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Leah– A blonde girl with green eyes. She is best friends with Shimmer and Shine.[6] Although Shimmer and Shine usually mess up her wishes, Leah is patient and forgiving with them.

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Zac– Leah’s neighbor and close friend. In the first season, he is oblivious to the fact that Leah has genies. Whenever something strange or unusual happens, he responds to it in a carefree manner. He also has a habit of telling humorous experiences he has had to Leah

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Tala– Shimmer’s pet gibbon monkey. She has green eyes and wears white pearls like Shimmer does.

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Nahal– Shine’s white Bengal tiger cub. She wears pink jewels and a gold circlet, like Shine does.

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RECURRING CHARACTERS:

 

Rocket– Zac’s pet dog. His tendency to drool and chew on things often causes trouble. He has encountered Shimmer, Shine, Tala and Nahal at various times

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Mr. Crab – A hermit crab who claimed Zac’s Dream Shell in “Ahoy, Genies!” and was referred to as Claude by Zac. He refused to give up his shell to Zac and even manages to beat Zac in a staring contest for ownership of it.

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Kaz A genie in training who lives in Zahramay Falls who appears in Season 2 as Zac’s genie.

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Princess Samira – he ruler of Zahramay Falls, who is in charge of checking up on all the genies in training. She can grant wishes along with the younger genies. She occasionally rewards genies with magic Genie Gems that produce a variety of magical effects depending on the type of gem.

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Roya– Princess Samira’s pet peacock, who resides in her palace.

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Zeta the Sorceress- A resident of Zahramay Falls who wishes to be the most powerful person in Zahramay Falls (more powerful than any genie) and is the series first antagonist. Unlike most of the residence of Zahramay Falls, Zeta is a Sorceress instead of a genie, as she has no desire to grant the wishes of others. Her plans are almost always thwarted by Shimmer, Shine, and Leah.

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Nazboo– Zeta’s pet dragon, who caters to her every need and acts as Zeta’s underling. She is somewhat clumsy and often accidentally causes Zeta’s schemes to backfire. She can also get easily distracted by food and/or anything that piques her interest. She also enjoys getting occasional tummy rubs from Zeta.

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PLOT:

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The first season takes place in the human world and focuses on a young girl named Leah, who is friends with a pair of twin genies in training named Shimmer and Shine. Leah’s genies grant her three wishes every day, but they often mess up. Each episode features Leah working together with her genies to solve the problems they inadvertently cause, all while keeping Shimmer and Shine a secret from her next-door neighbor Zac.

In the second season, the characters are transported to Zahramay Falls, a magical land where Shimmer and Shine live. Leah reveals her genies’ existence to Zac, who is given a genie of his own named Kaz. Shimmer and Shine continue to grant Leah wishes in Zahramay Falls and befriend the sovereign of the land, Princess Samira. The season also includes Samira’s pet peacock, Roya; Zeta, a villainous sorceress; and Zeta’s dragon, Nazboo.

 

 

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Doing this review was a lot of fun. I actually find myself getting lost in the silliness of these two lovable genie’s-in-training.

Until, next week I bid you farewell. Have a wonderful hump day! Enjoy your family 🙂

Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

This week’s question: If you had to pick one house chore to never do again, what would that chore be and why?

Thanks for reading!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Baggage Claim: What do we do with all this excess stuff?

Baggage Claim: What do we do with all this excess stuff?

 

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We all have some sort of baggage. Depending on what happened in our lives, who we crossed paths with or how we emotionally handle stress. Everyone has baggage.

 

I believe that everyone has some sort of baggage. We just handle it in different ways. Sometimes it can overwhelm us and interfere in our relationships. I have always wondered how people deal with baggage. I know there is some baggage that people will absolutely not deal with for anyone. And that is our choice.

 

Different types of baggage:

 

Major problems with parents or family in general:

 

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There are so many different reasons one could have baggage from family. It is usually from a parental problem but, can stem from other sources like siblings or cousins.

I think the biggest section of this category is resentment for a parent favoring one child over another. Like, feeling less loved because an older or younger sibling is getting more attention or is more successful in everything.

 

Depression:

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A lot of things can happen to make people fall into depression. There is no formula to track the symptoms or figure out who is more likely to be depressed. Different things effect people in many different ways. There should be no judgment, they have enough to deal with already. A support system is key to helping them.

Sometimes you can figure out that a friend might need help. They are moody; don’t feel like being social with others; they have low self-esteem and are critical of themselves; have lost interest in activities that used to make them happy; complains a lot and has a pessimistic view of the future; gets irritated easily and excels at starting arguments; and cries once in a while for no particular reason.

 

An Ex-ample:

A significant other can definitely leave you with a great deal of emotional baggage no matter how long or intense your relationship was, and these experiences could make things a lot worse for your future relationships. And it applies to the people you date as well.

When you first start dating someone, ask yourself the following questions: Is this person still in contact with his or ex? Has the person you’re dating fully closed the romantic/need-for-attention door with the ex.

If you breathe even the slightest whiff of unfinished business with your date’s ex, you will make your life easier by heading toward the nearest exit sign. If the last relationship ended in a nasty or messy way, a person needs a year or longer to heal before being able to start a healthy relationship – which means not carrying baggage into the next one.

In the first few months of dating, he mentions his ex at least once per week; she still keeps pictures around or other mementos of the ex; you hear him mention the ex’s name when he’s talking to friends; he tries to get together with the ex for coffee or a meal soon after the breakup; or they compares you in any way to their ex.

When we’re willing to hold onto a person at all costs, even if that means losing ourselves, we’d rather have them on some terms, even if they’re crummy terms, rather than not at all. We decide that they’re the only way that we can be happy and we act as if they’re our oxygen supply. The very person who is actually contributing to our deep unhappiness is at the same time regarded as the primary or even sole source of our happiness.

While this person is suffering from excessive baggage, this relationship will hurt you in many ways so it is best to end it. If you decide to try to help them get through their hurt and move on that is your decision. But, try not to hang on to long because if they can’t move through it you are stuck as well.

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Types of underlying baggage:

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PASSIVE AGGRESSIVENESS: the indirect expression of hostility, through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish tasks for which one is responsible.

 

NO COMPROMISES: showing an unwillingness to make concessions to others, especially by changing one’s ways or opinions.

 

NOT HOUSE TRAINED: This is quite common. It could be that you swear like a sailor, or don’t clean your room, or eat with your mouth open, or pee on the toilet seat, or leave dirty underwear everywhere.

 

SELFISHNESS:  concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself :  seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others.

 

CRITICISM: the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing.

 

BLAME: to say or think that a person or thing is responsible for something bad.

 

Accept it:

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The first step to dealing with your emotional baggage is to admit that it does exist. Acceptance may take some people longer than others. However, remember that just because you accept that you have emotional baggage doesn’t mean you have to tell everyone! Overall, emotional baggage doesn’t need to stop you from living a full and happy life. Understand that every person has some emotional baggage, and don’t be afraid of what lies ahead!

 

If you are depressed or know someone who is please go ADAA and contact a doctor or family member.

 

In conclusion, at the end of the day take care of yourself first. You are the one that matters the most to you. Before you let anyone in make sure they are worthy of you.

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Thank you for reading today. Hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful day!

 

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Moving: What the heck do you need?!

Moving on up to the east side…….

To a not so deluxe apartment almost in the sky….

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So, this is sort of off the cuff. I did make a rough draft list but most of this is off the top of my head. Honestly, I work better (and calmer) that way.

We are currently in the middle of packing to move. I have been scouring the interwebs trying to find a comprehensive checklist of things we need or don’t need as the time gets closer. Also, trying to find a schedule type thing that is easy to follow and not to in depth. I have failed.

I have decided to put together my own little tips and tricks to make the transition and actual move a little less stressful (I mean there is no way to eliminate all the stress from a move).

I will be jumping around to different checklists and strategies that I have come up with so far.

First of all… I have come up with a system of colored dots on all of the boxes to signify to which room they belong. I had a lot of fun doing this actually. Color coding is one of the things that relaxes me so this was a great idea on my part.

This is my code:

Living room- yellow bar

Dining room- blue bar

Kitchen- green dot

Allie’s room- pink bar

Basement- blue dot

Master Bedroom- yellow dot

Spare room- red dot

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I will have corresponding colors on the doors to the rooms for less confusion. We will be having a few friends helping with the move, This system should help it run smoother than it would normally…. hopefully. (I am aware that the yellow and blue bars and dots are pretty much the same but I’m hoping that the shapes will be enough of a difference not to cause a problem).

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Finally, on with the actual lists of things you will need for the first few nights while you are working on unpacking and organizing everything. (at least I know we will need these things) 🙂

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Food/drink type stuff:                                                                                                                                   

milk
sugar
creamer
coffee
tea bags
snacks
water/filter
broom
dust pan
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vacuum

Kitchen:

towels
tea pot
coffee maker
plastic cups and plates
dish soap
sponges
mugs

Cleaning:

baking soda
disinfecting wipes or spray
hand soap
paper towels
window cleaner
rags
bucket

Bathroom:

hand towels
bath towels (1 for each)
shampoo and conditioner
body soap

Personal:

tooth brush
tooth paste
a few changes of clothes
pajamas
deodorant

Kids:                                             

nightlight
pajamas
blanket
bink (if using)
some toys
a few changes of clothes

Misc.

flash lights
batteries (various sizes)
chargers
important documents (rental agreement)
first aid kit
markers
packing tape
paper/post-its

 

Also, take the time to clean as much as possible before you move any large furniture into the house. It is so much easier to do a deep clean when there is nothing in the way. It will feel more like your home if you put that clean touch of yourself in it.

 

I highly recommend…… Cleaning list

 

So, right now this is all I have in the list category. There are a lot of things that need to be done that do not necessarily fit into a list.

 

Make sure to pack things you will definitely need within the first few hours of moving in so that you will not need to search around everywhere in different boxes for certain things. This is easier said than done, but it makes it a lot less difficult if you try to think of the things you are going to need and keep them aside.

 

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Most of all, you will be so happy when you finally get in and settled and can breath a sigh of relief. You are home!

 

I can’t wait for that to happen for us. It can’t come soon enough , because of this I can’t seem to quell my anxiety but that is another post altogether.

 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Kristen

 

Allie’s Mommy:P

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Short post today. Not what I had planned because I did no prep of any kind. This was supposed to be yesterdays post but I got very bad news and I’m still processing and I am very emotional.

Today, I don’t feel like thinking very much. I’m just going to do a sort of stream of consciousness with photos I have collected the last couple of days.

Life is difficult. And way to short.

 

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Life goes on… the sun still shines and for some reason you still breath… in and out.

 

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“In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty. And that’s the way new leaves grow.”

 

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“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want no world (for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)”

 

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“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

 

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“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

 

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“On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty To God and my country”

 

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

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The constant happiness in my life no matter how I am feeling…

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I may add more to this later but I’m done for now.

 

Thank you for reading. Hope I didn’t bore you to much. I promise I will have much better content for Thursday.

Have a happy day.

 

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.