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name:mod*mom
occupation:full-time mom + wife
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resides:sixties vintage prefab in silicon valley between yahoo + google since summer 2005, but we lived in a tiny apartment in oakland,ca before that
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7.31.2014

vionic :: top secret slipper summit :: san jose city hall rotunda

the global leader in orthotic technology luxury shoes gathered top bloggers
to test futuristic slippers that are luxurious + secretly support your arches!
other fortunate bloggers who like to wear slippers all day + need arch support
were summoned to a clandestine briefing + allowed to test awesome slippers
that correct overpronation, which aligns your ankles, knees + hips properly.




vionicshoes founder/podiatrist, invented the award-winning Orthaheel orthotic, the world’s 1st true orthotic available without a doctor’s Rx.  
endorsed by Andrew Weil, MD, Pioneer of Integrative Medicine (mind body spirit)



we were also treated to custom digital art nail sticker wraps by INNI.

today at cancer survivor dance class, where we dance barefoot, the ladies complimented my bright yellow nails. they were amazed they were nail stickers + looked so good after 5 days of showers, shampoos, hand washing, dish washing, dog washing, car washing, cleaning..... 


perfect for health conscious people, since no fumes, spills, smudges, or waiting. they're also perfect for artists + anyone who wants to customize their nails by uploading their own art or photos to wear.




by ~mod*mom~ at 31.7.14 ©


7.28.2014

       




Bunch O Balloons: 100 Water Balloons in Less Than 1 Minute

"Fill and tie hundreds of water balloons in minutes with our attachment that comes ready-to-go, no preparation necessary!. bring your water balloon fights to the next level with Bunch O Balloons - the hose attachment with 37 pre-connected balloons that automatically fill and tie themselves! This system makes it easy for kids of all ages to prepare 100 water balloons in just 1 minute, giving you enough water balloon ammo for any battle.
Families - Bunch O Balloons is a must-have for all families. From a spontaneous afternoon family water fight, a huge neighborhood-wide war, an annual family reunion battle or some other form of water balloon combat - make sure your family is prepared for attack with an arsenal of water balloons by using Bunch O Balloons. Not only will this system help you come out the victor (creating 100 water balloons in 1 minute), just think of all the fun memories you’ll create with these water balloon fights!

Parties & Events - From BBQs to pool parties to family reunions, Bunch O Balloons is a must-have for summertime fun! Not only is it a great activity that kids will love, Bunch O Balloons makes it easy for young ones to fill and tie the balloons all by themselves - no adult help required! Plus, a water fight is great for the whole party to join in on. Whether you choose to do kids vs. adults, girls vs. boys or sort teams by colors, you can’t beat a full-on water balloon fight during the summer! Not to mention, balloon tosses and field-day style games will benefit from this new balloon-filling device.
Organizations - No matter if you are in charge of a scout troop, sports team or another organization, what better way to reward the kids than with a huge water balloon fight? Bunch O Balloons takes all the hassle out of filling and tying the ammo for the water war, making it an easy way to give your kids a fun day they’ll love!

Businesses - Let’s be real, no one truly outgrows their love for a good water balloon fight, water balloon toss or any other creative outdoor game involving water balloons! Not only is it a great bonding experience for the team, it is also a fun escape from work and makes employees feel young again because they can just let loose! By taking the time to schedule fun events for your employees, they will appreciate the company and stay loyal. Plus, show off your businesses’ awesome workplace environment by sharing photos on the website and social media."



sadly this is a real successful kickstarter crowdfunded product from a father of 8 who doesn't take fresh water scarcity seriously. fresh ground water took ages to accumulate in ancient aquifers. it filtered down from a pristine environment inhabited by indigenous people. now ancient aquifers + native humans are depleted, since gold rush water cannon blasting away of mountain sides + increasing immigration influx infrastructure...
our clean fresh water supply can't be replaced. rare rain from our polluted skies becomes poisoned runoff from roads, construction sites, weedkiller soaked landscaping, pesticide crop dusting, sewage, animal concentration camps...
until there's a social media darling toy to defend our water, pick drought responsible activities #dontplaywithyourwater 
(i created that hashtag, please tweet it:)
water wasting war toy via kickstarter

@CAdrought
save20gallons.org


by ~mod*mom~ at 28.7.14 ©


7.24.2014





silicon valley selfie :: san jose :: spectacular speck suite view
of the technology museum with my buddy iguy :)

speckproducts.com

he's staying at the world's birthplace of broadcasting 1909 kcbs.com

i took these pictures with my iphone :)

by ~mod*mom~ at 24.7.14 ©


7.20.2014

Miss Cookie's Moon Kitchen 1969Miss Cookie's Playroom 1961, Miss Cookie's Kitchen 1957, Miss Cookie's Flower Garden vintage colorforms

today is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing + walk 

by ~mod*mom~ at 20.7.14 ©


7.16.2014

midcentury spaceage humor :: rally round the flag boys :: dedini illustration

found this 1958 novel at a thrift store 4th of july + found the movie on youtube with "whitewashed" american history farce set in midcentury modern suburban utopia



"rally 'round the flag effect (or syndrome) is a concept used in political science and international relations to explain increased short-run popular support of the President of the United States during periods of international crisis or war. Because Rally 'Round The Flag syndrome reduces criticism of governmental policies, it is seen as a factor of Diversionary Foreign Policy.wikipedia



247 years of american flags poster via fastcompany

read rally round the flag phenomenon :: harvard university school of government

by ~mod*mom~ at 16.7.14 ©


6.17.2014



Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3 

Microsoft is hosting in-store events + experiences in 90+ Microsoft retail stores in U.S.A + Canada, to celebrate the launch of its tablet that can replace your laptop: Surface Pro 3. Starting now Microsoft Stores are offering a way to experience, pre-order + celebrate the arrival of Surface Pro 3. Everyone is encouraged to come in + check out the excitement + get expert tips + advice on Surface Pro 3.  Each store will have multiple devices to try along with a team of store experts dedicated to delivering the best choice, quality + service.

Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop. Powerful, portable + designed to maximize productivity. Surface Pro 3 brings the best of a laptop + the best of a tablet together in 1 device. With a large, 12” ClearType Full HD color-calibrated display, multi-position kickstand, increased processing power, a new Surface Pen, front- and rear-facing cameras, weighing only 1.76 lbs, Surface Pro 3 is light yet powerful, delivering power, portability + productivity. you can go online at microsoftstore.com now to pre-order Surface Pro 3, +/or visit a Microsoft store to be among the 1st to have a hands-on experience with Surface Pro 3 + its latest accessories — including a Microsoft Store exclusive red type cover 


Launch morning events in all stores June 20
To celebrate the arrival of the Surface Pro 3, all Microsoft retail stores in the U.S. + Canada will host launch day activities, including VIP pre-order pickup, giveaways, music, food + more. Attendees will have the opportunity to win dozens of giveaways + prizes, including a family vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii, for 4.

Microsoft continues to expand its retail stores offering Windows 8.1 PCs, Surface Pro 3, Windows Phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365, Answer Desk, service, + help with PC setups  microsoftstore.com

disclosure: this is not an ad. i am really interested in checking out Surface Pro 3 + maybe you are too :)

by ~mod*mom~ at 17.6.14 ©


5.08.2014

my mom's mom + her mom were born on a Cherokee Reservation in Indian Territory where they were separated yet assimilated daughters of a matriarchal native culture conquered + intermarried with patriarchal British in an effort to coexist as "civilized"

i was fascinated to watch AmericaUnearthed on History H2 Channel declare there are pyramids in the U.S. + the history we learned at school is not true. well, guess what? i googled + found my american ancestral pyramid documented in court records, college dissertations + native heritage books!!!

our village was in my ggggrandma's personal reservation. british burned it 1730s - 1760s, then the US tricked her out of it in 1826: upholding her ownership, but ruling since squatters had already built a settlement on her land, they could stay there + take it over :(
so basically the US did not honor their treaty to her reservation for life. then in the 1830s the US forcibally removed most of the native americans from the South East, but my ggggrandma legally remained with her white husband + helped keep hundreds of cherokee safe on their family reservations until the 1860s US Civil War over native american lands devastation + settler insurgence crowded out + covered over cherokee culture.


by ~mod*mom~ at 8.5.14 ©


5.06.2014





Doris Day in Coastal Canine Magazine :: Spring 2014 click to read

mod*mom of the world + family dog activist shares her story :)

mod*tot + i watched the Doris Day Show 1968-1972 episodes on netflix, where Doris tackled lots of important issues, including her rescuing a dog left in a parked car on a hot day with the windows rolled up!

dorisdayanimalfoundation.org


by ~mod*mom~ at 6.5.14 ©


5.01.2014









love these french family activity cards illustrations  on agence eureka





by ~mod*mom~ at 1.5.14 ©


4.18.2014


i took my screenager mod*tot for some Earth Day style screentime to see Disney's "Bears" + we learned Brown Bears, including Grizzlies, breastfeed for 2-3 years, so it's important for Mama Bears to eat enough to make milk all through winter hibernation or her babies will starve in their Den. then i looked up more info on “Bears” movie website: Spring-Fall Bears roam 100 square miles + eat a variety of food. While waiting for the salmon run, Bears snack on sedge grass, shellfish, + berries. Since Katmai Alaska Bears have no knowledge of human food, you could eat a sandwich 10 feet from a bear + he won’t try to take it (unless it's one of their wild foods).

The Bears movie production team filmed enormous wild brown bears + wolves in Katmai Alaska wild area, protected only by Bear guides with no guns or pepper spray. The guides use a keen sense of bear behavior to avoid confrontations (+ emergency handheld flares).


Disneynature’s True Life Adventure “Bears” captures wildlife, but no Native Americans, in one of the planet’s last great wildernessesAlaska, USA. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” + “Chimpanzee”) + Keith Scholey (“African Cats”). 

"Bears" made me think of Disney's animatronic Country Bear Jamboree that debuted 1971...





















by ~mod*mom~ at 18.4.14 ©