Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Baby Milk Shake

[caption id="attachment_511" align="left" width="300" caption="Ingredients for the baby milk shake"]Ingredients for the baby milk shake[/caption]

Jaiden has been eating from a spoon (and with her fingers) for months now. But given the choice, she much prefers her own personal "baby milk shake". At a minimum, she drinks one of these right before bed, and about hour after she wakes up in the morning.

It may just be a coincidence, but Jaiden actually started sleeping in her crib, through the night, not long after we started giving her "the milk shake".

So, you might be asking yourself, what's in this concoction?

It's pretty simple actually:

  • Milk (or formula if that's what your baby is still drinking)

  • Rice or Mixed Cereal

  • Fruit (either baby jar food, or finely blended fresh fruit)

It all goes in the bottle, and gets shaken up. Here are the steps I use to prepare it:

  • Fill the bottle a little over 1/2 way with milk or formula

  • Add about 1/2 a jar of fruit ... enough so the bottle now appears nearly 3/4 full

  • Top off with a couple of scoops of cereal. (leave a little space at the top to aid in shaking)

  • Put the top on the bottle, cover the nipple hole with your (clean) index finger or thumb, and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.

When you're done, the mixture should have the consistency of a slightly melted milk shake ... thus the name.

Oh yea, one last thing, this mixture will not come out of a normal bottle nipple. You have to take a knife, and cut a slit in the nipple ... how big you make it, depends on how thick you make the shake, and how fast you want to allow your baby to drink it.

Your baby will think this is the bee's knees ... and will most likely "reward" you with nice long peaceful naps.

Hope you found this helpful.

til next time ...


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tomorrow Comes Quicker Than You Think

I've been in the Air Force now for 19 1/2 years.

I won't be retiring next year.

"Tomorrow" got here much more quickly than I expected


You see, back when I first started my home business, I had a plan. It was a long-range plan. In 9 years, I was going to make sure that I had no debt, and was consistently earning enough Extra money every month that I could truly "retire" from the military; as opposed to simply moving on to another job.

It was a great long-term goal. I wrote it down, I visualized it, I could actually "see" it happening.

Unfortunately, I didn't feel the need to also build short-term goals that would provide a road-map for getting to that destination that I visualized.

... after all, I had plenty of time. The "details" would take care of themselves.

Well, after a divorce, remarriage, and a few kids I didn't have at the beginning of my journey, there have been "several" more "details" than I expected. Wouldn't you know it ...

Today is Yesterday's (actually 9 years ago's) Tomorrow.

... and I'm not ready.

Instead of preparing to "retire to the golf course", I am instead preparing to spend another Christmas away from my family, on the other side of the world.

No biggie, that's my job. But sometimes I can't help thinking "what might have been".

Lest you think I'm feeling sorry for myself ... not to worry.

Like many lessons in my life, this is just one that needed some harsh reality to implant itself in my thick head.

As of today, I'll be reworking my dream board.

I still have a long-range goal (5-6 years) of retiring to the golf course (no looking for a new job). However, I now realize the importance of also setting myself realistic short-term benchmarks.

Intend to be fully prepared the next time tomorrow tries to sneak up on me.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Twitter Ebook Not Needed

I can not believe that there are entire ebooks being written about Twitter.



I guess if you treat it as some sort of a contest, and feel the need to "get" as many "followers" as possible ... even though 90% of them will never actually read a word you said, or click any of your links ... then buying an ebook to find out what the latest and greatest automatic friend adding tools are, might be useful.

As for myself, I much prefer to take the "get rich slow" approach to building my twitter empire.

It may take me quite a while to get to 5000 followers ... heck, it might even take a while to hit 1000. But, my goal; rather than just having a big number next to my follower count, is instead, to have a decent percentage of the people who follow me, actually know who the heck I am.

With that in mind, here are Todd's common sense Twitter tips:

  • Only follow people who write tweets that you are interested in reading.

  • Make sure that at least a majority of your own tweets are likely to be useful or interesting for the people who follow you.

To be honest, that's it.

You don't need to buy an ebook, or a software program to follow those two simple rules.

And here's a little secret for you. Today so many other people ARE using those silly software programs that you don't even need to actively go out seeking interesting people.

Obviously go out and follow your friends, acquaintances, and "famous" people you are interested in. But when it comes to people you don't know yet, if you want to be really lazy about it, you can just sit back and wait for the notifications to come in about people who are following you. Then go check out their profile/stream, and only follow-back those who you find interesting.

Don't worry about the others. They weren't interested in YOU anyway.

I usually only follow back, about 10-20% of the people who follow me. And not surprisingly, a great majority of the people I choose not to follow, unfollow me within 2-3 days. That tells me all I needed to know about their motives ... I'm not hurt or demoralized in the least by their "rejection".

Just so you don't think I'm totally opposed to twitter tools, here are a couple that I do suggest ...

  • Especially as you start to build up a larger group of friends, you are likely to find one of the desktop clients very helpful when it comes to staying organized. A lot of people are using tweetdeck. As for myself, I recently switched to seesmic decktop. I'd recommend either one.

  • Mr Tweet - this service sends you occasional PMs with information about people who you are not yet following, that based on your twitter habits, Mr Tweet thinks you might find interesting. This can be used in addition to my previously mentioned "lazy" method of finding people to follow.

  • The only other service I use right now, is one called TwitApps. It's more interesting than necessarily useful. Basically, I get an email everyday, with a detailed list of who is now following me, and who unfollowed me within the past day. This is how I got confirmation of my suspicion that many people who I don't quickly follow back, are likely to unfollow me within days.

Like I said, I'm never going to win any prizes for fastest growing twitter follower count. But if you believe as I do, that quality over quantity may have some merit with social networks like twitter, than hopefully you found this post to be helpful.