the facebook cartoon invasion

have you seen the collective change-my-profile-picture phenomenon happening in our most loved social network? no, this is not a case of people thinking the same thoughts at exactly the same time. it is simply their reply to a challenge.
the challenge:
Change your facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and
invite your friends to do the same. Until monday there should be no
human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is for
violence against children. 🙂
time and again, we would read or hear news on violence against children and it is quite alarming. we, of course would like to take part in totally erasing this or raising awareness on this cause. here’s what united nations has to say:
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children concludes that violence against children happens everywhere, in every country and society and across all social groups. Extreme violence against children may hit the headlines but children say that daily, repeated small acts of violence and abuse also hurt them. While some violence is unexpected and isolated, most violent acts against children are carried out by people they know and should be able to trust: parents, boyfriends or girlfriends, spouses and partners, schoolmates, teachers and employers. Violence against children includes physical violence, psychological violence such as insults and humiliation, discrimination, neglect and maltreatment. Although the consequences may vary according to the nature and severity of the violence inflicted, the short- and long-term repercussions for children are very often grave and damaging.
we ought to foster a safe and healthy environment for our children to grow up in. lofty goals i know but with a simple click of your mouse, you can help this cause reach to more people out there.
so waste no more time and google that favorite childhood cartoon character of yours. 
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the picture company – santa’s little darling contest

i caught wind of this contest the day it was about to officially end, exciting prizes are up for grabs:grand prize: one tpc free membership gc +  two tpc 8×10 prints + gymboree free pass card
15 consolation prize: one tpc free family shoot and a 4×6 print + one gymboree free pass card. and you simply have to send in a photo of your baby with santa outfit, beside the christmas tree or with christmas theme. so without second thoughts and with this photo in mind i quickly logged on to my e-mail and send the picture company this photo of jared from last christmas’ event in my former workplace. thinking i have everything to gain and nothing to lose, but still having second thoughts whether the photo will be approved (see it wasn’t really of sterling quality, ayt?), excitedly clicked on the send button.
december one is the announcement of qualified entries ( the reply to my email just acknowledged that they received my message and that i will know if it is approved or not the next day) i had this in my mind first thing in the morning and since upon checking my emails and quickly scanning thru the new ones and saw no messages from the picture company, i thought that due to poor quality my bet was not approved. so i went about my day as usual. i was offline for the most part since we have to do our weekly groceries with the daddy and baby. i just had the chance to check the net awhile before heading out to our favorite place to do our groceries. 
with the rush of the wednesday afternoon in our midst and the painful task of remembering which else to buy from the grocery aisle (i did not bring any list with me this time, so it really was a time consuming, but nevertheless enjoyable, task) and yes, not to mention a quick swing-by in that bodega (warehouse) sale (loads of lcd tvs at discounted price) the picture entry thought got lost in the maelstrom of other thoughts inside my head. 
surprise of all surprises, i opened my fb page just awhile back and guess what’s waiting for me?yep this cozy photo of my bebe  with santa in the picture company’s santa’s little darling batch 2 contest, photo number 113!
now i need to ask each and everyone of you a small favor. see this is a “like” contest, meaning the photo with the most number of likes when the contest ends win. can i ask you therefore to take a moment of your time and like the picture companys page on facebook and simply like my jareds photo. i will really appreciate it. thanks so much. and do let me know if you want me to like your entries too.
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b nature organic clothing for babies

baby’s organic cotton top with pocket
what i love about them is that the soft organic cotton tops are Lightweight and Comfy.  Great for all occasions and it would best suit my not-so-little baby love because of the weather here in our country and since he still perspires profusely even now that it is getting colder.

  • 100% Organic cotton 1×1 rib.
  • Available in sizes 6 to 24 months.
  • Fashionable raglan seams at shoulders.
  • Handy pocket for that favorite stone, bug or marble.
  • Designed for maximum comfort and fun.
  • A handsome addition to any wardrobe.
  • Soft exclusive B nature flat seams.
  • Keeps little bodies cool and grooving on warmer days.
this top is available in four exciting shades: aqua dropneedle, green tea, ivory dropneedle and wheat.
a sample of other lovely items from b nature: 
babies’ organic cotton pants
babies’ organic cotton sleepy b gift set
if you have not started on your organic shopping for your baby, now is the right time. you can find loads of other lovely items in their shop and what’s good news is they are offering you, yes jared’s little corner of the world.. readers, a special promo.  just use the code Vix1110  and you will be given a 10% discount! great savings, right? now you can buy an extra babies organic top with pocket in wheat as a great christmas present for your baby. sounds very good to me!
happy shopping!
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a book review: living life in the zone by kyle rote jr. and dr. joe pettigrew

I review for BookSneeze
Living Life in the Zone, a paperback with 329 pages, is a 40-day game plan for men. 
Divided into several chapters:
how do you know when you are living life in the zone?
Finding the zone in your relationship with your wife
Finding the zone in your relationship with your children
Finding the zone in your relationship with your friends
Finding the zone at work, and lastly
Finding the zone as you look into the future
Each chapter is subdivided into seven categories:
Thoughts of the day
The coaches’ corner
The game plan (quotes from the bible)
Playmakers (real-life examples)
Time-out (questions to reflect on)
Today’s assignment, and
Home-field advantage (praises and worries to bring before God)
What  others have to say about this book:
“ how do you balance your life; how do you stay in the zone? You stay strong in your Christian beliefs and make it the focal point of your life.  I highly recommend Living Life In the Zone to you; you won’t be sorry. Don’t miss it!”
          Lee Corso
Analyst, ESPN College GameDay
“…take this forty-day journey and watch how your life takes on new purpose and brings you truly great victories.”
          Les Steckel
FCA president and author,
One Yard Short
My two cent’s worth:
For a book that falls under the spiritual, selp-help headings, I love the fact that I find this less intimidating compared to its contemporary.  The format is very interesting and will actually engage the readers from start to finish.  The use of lovely and vivid metaphors, plus setting it amidst a very popular topic amongst men, sports, and the mere mention of popular sporting personalities, such as Michael Jordan, my fave Scottie Pippen, Sir Charles Barkley, Coaches Tony Dungy (Indianapolis Colts), Bobby Bowden (Florida States University), John Daly, Larry Bird to name a few makes this book a winner, appealing to men of all shapes, colors and background.  
The format is very easy to read, and the program seems very easy to follow too. Two thumbs up and I’ll recommend it as a Christmas present for all the men in your life.
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