Archive | September, 2012
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27 Sep
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How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

26 Sep

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“New Rules” Review

21 Sep

Thomas Friedman was right on the money when he stated that the United States will never get ahead unless we improve our education.  

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I was shocked to learn that the U.S. falls behind countries such as Estonia, which is currently training their young children to program computers in school.  After reading, it became no surprise to me that Skype was created in Estonia.  Friedman also stated that Shanghai’s public school system beat the rest of the world in science, math, and reading in the global PISA exam of 15-year-olds in 2010.                               

The current administration argues that as long as you work hard and “play by the rules,” you can achieve a good, middle class life.  Friedman argues that this is no longer relevant.  Friedman points out that Obama continually uses that phrase “work hard and play by the rules” and you should expect the coveted middle class life.  The fact is Bill Clinton coined this phrase in 1992.  A lot has changed in the past 20 years, and this phrase, in my opinion, should no longer be considered relevant.

I know a lot of kind, hard working people who are living paycheck to paycheck.  Friedman essentially proposes that if you want to get ahead in life, you have to be willing to learn new things and accept change.  Not only do you have to accept that change, you also have to learn to change and grow with it.

By agreeing with Friedman I’m not claiming that we need to teach our children to program computers in grade school like they do in Estonia, I’m simply agreeing that we need to up our education.  Everything in this day and age moves at a faster pace; and I think it’s safe to say that Americans tend to pride themselves as being “on top.”  However, I don’t think most Americans know just how far behind we really are.  If we don’t start taking greater steps to improve our education we will fall even further down on the scale. 

Taylor Chobanian

                                                                  

Lifeasmom.com Review

14 Sep

 

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Lifeasmom.com is a parenting website run by Jessica Ann Fisher, or FishMama as she refers to herself.  

The layout of the website is very simple with soft colors and drop down search boxes.  FishMama makes it clear that ease of accessibility and simplicity are very important to the layout of her website.  There is even a search bar, as well as links to her Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.

The basic concept of the website is somewhat of a blog.  FishMama shares bits and pieces of her life, and discusses what it’s like being a mom along with managing a home, a small business, and homeschooling.  Her goal is to help other mothers be equipped in all the different areas of life with motherhood.  

The main topics FishMama covers are:

  • cleaning
  • childcare
  • education
  • family fun
  • parenting
  • budgeting
  • cooking

She also hosts an “Ultimate Recipe Swap” on the website every Thursday.  On Fridays you can check out the “Frugal Fridays” webpage where she posts about different ways to save money each week.  

There is even a store link where fans can purchase digital books.

A book to help you organize your busy life!

 

 

Cover designs by Joy A. Miller of FiveJsDesign.

Some websites in competition with lifeasmom.com are suzyqhomemaker.com, allthingsfrugal.com, and ourbigearth.com.  Lifeasmom.com is most similar to suzyqhomemaker.com; however, the website design of lifeasmom.com is much more professional looking, and there seems to be more content available.  Allthingsfrugal.com also looks less professional, and lifeasmom.com offers more than just ways to save money.  Ourbigearth.com is an online lifestyle magazine; however, it is more geared to family where lifeasmom.com is geared to mothers.

One thing I would suggest to FishMama to help improve her website would be to make an online photo album link on the site.  She seems to post a lot of photos of her family and traveling when she blogs, so why not organize them into fun photo albums for fans to enjoy.  Overall I think her website is a great site for mothers to enjoy, learn, and swap ideas and recipes.

 

Taylor Chobanian

CNN and Fox confuse everyone… even the president!

12 Sep

Major networks CNN and Fox incorrectly announced that the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act, when in reality the court upheld most of its central provisions.

CNN and Fox not only reported this incorrect information on live TV, they also spread it across their social media channels.  We all know how fast news can travel on Twitter; obviously CNN did not.  It took them 13 minutes to issue a correction of the first tweet.  By the time they did this it had already been re-tweeted hundreds of times.

The president was among the millions of misinformed when CNN and Fox broke the news of the Supreme Court’s decision. 

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While White House officials say that the president was calm, we can all assume otherwise.

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Taylor Chobanian

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Hello world!

10 Sep

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

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