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Video Games: Stepping Into Uncharted Territory

I remember the day we got the Atari. I must have been about 6 years old.

This was a BIG day for us kids, I mean HUGE!! We were pretty excited about the whole thing!

I remember wanting to play it right away, but Dad had to set it up. Picture 5 kids all standing around, wanting, waiting, and anticipating to play this thing… So, while he went to work on it, my Aunt took us girls to see the movie ET.

It was about 1982 and Asteroids was my game. Me and my sisters LOVED that thing.

That’s right, the Atari 2600 with wood grain finish. Awesome.


Today, I have two little guys, ages 4 & 6. They know all about video games.

They talk about the games & they play the games.

Except, we do not have a gaming system. (Not unless you count the LeapFrog ClickStart)

My boys have July birthdays – 10 days apart. This year we celebrated small. On each of their special days they opened a few gifts and were delighted to find things they had on their list, namely Lego’s and Transformers.

As a combined gift,  guess what we got them?



That’s right, we got them a Wii. BUT THEY DON’T KNOW IT… YET!

Both birthdays have come and gone, and the Wii is still wrapped under my bed.

However, today is the day.

After they get home from summer school we are letting the boys rip it open and have at it!

My only caveat to having this in our home is that the boys (and when she is older – the girl too), will have to earn “screen time” to play the Wii.

But for today, I think I’ll let them play.



Beauty Tip: Baking Soda

Generally, I am the girl who stands by the old adage, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”  This holds true to my facial routine. I have not changed my daily routine for 20 years (OK – that just made me feel old).  Anyway,  with the exception of adding a night cream, it’s true I am stuck to my tried and true Cetaphil.

I recently made a new friend. She is beautiful and has gorgeous skin. GORGEOUS! She is in her 50′s and her skin is flawless!  So, me being a curious cat, I asked…  She spilled her secret beauty aid…

BAKING SODA my friends!


Have I been living under a rock? I had never heard of using Baking Soda to exfoliate or as a mask.

Then my new friend offered more secrets. She suggested to add baking soda to my shampoo once an a while to rid the hair of residue and product build up.

I love a good beauty tip, but as I mentioned before I am a little shy about changing up my facial routine, especially without doing a bit of research on the ol’ interwebs.

I found several blogs & sites mentioning the benefits (and dangers if used too often) and not only is Baking Soda great for an exfoliate, I discovered that Baking Soda is the little box with a million uses. The Arm & Hammer site lists quite a few practical, everyday uses for this little powder, including:

Facial & Body Exfoliator

Hair Care

Baby Spills on Carpet

Freshen Sheets

Laundry Stains

Silver Polish

Let’s not forget about the kids:

Water Colors

Play Clay

Erupting Volcanos

Who knew you could exfoliate, clean stains, polish silver, and make clay all with the same product. Like I said, a box with a million uses.Check out Arm & Hammer’s Solutions page for more uses.

I started using baking soda to exfoliate and so far I love it. It’s been a few weeks and I have noticed a new “glow” and my skin feels softer.

I have been told that it will dry out your skin. I always moisturize with an SPF facial cream, so I have not noticed dryer skin.

Have you used Baking Soda as a beauty aid? I want to know what you think about it.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I got a beauty tip from a friend and tried it out. That is all.