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8.20.2014



Ringling Bros + Barnum&Bailey® presents LEGENDS!  The Greatest Show On Earth®
   
"Children Of All Ages experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination + now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus + a Woolly Mammoth!"

families can come to the arena floor to participate in interactive, up-close circus experiences:
Pre-Show, included with admission, allows circus fans to learn juggling + balancing skills, meet performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos, + enter a prize raffle-
1 hour before circus.

Ringmaster Zone is the ultimate, intimate, exclusive circus fan experience.  This exciting pre-show experience combines tickets to the best seats in the house with an unprecedented look behind the curtain of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans walk on the Ringling Red Carpet with Ringmaster + the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the ringmaster’s float, + have an elephant encounter. Ringling ticketmaster 

feldentertainment : worldwide leader in producing + presenting live touring family entertainment experiencess, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in over 70 countries + on 6 continents." 








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8.14.2014





mod*miss back to school shopping time

we check out nordstrom, target + thriftshops for a mix of new + vintage clothes, supplies + room refreshers.
this year mod*tween gets a locker, so she was excited target sent her a chandelier (also for doll house)!





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8.08.2014




cat mom Kate, founder of hauspanther :: Catification book


being a cat mom parallels nurturing, protecting, cherishing of child mom, + requires imagination, information + products to express your style as you care for + enjoy your family

Kate created + curates a cat-family community from her perspective as cat mom
  
:blogs cat activism
:catification: use of space
:cat care: food, health
:cat style
:healing comfort of cats
:giveaways














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8.07.2014




utopia or dystopia? "THE GIVER  scifi flic centers on a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, colorless, world of conformity + contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, he quickly begins to discover the dark truth of his community’s secret past." the Giver trailer opens august 15

i just want to see the futuristic stuff :)
Color Party invite: August 9,  1–3pm Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, CA. activities include hair chalking, nail stations, twister, spin art, raffles + prize giveaways, screening passes


by ~mod*mom~ at 7.8.14 ©


8.06.2014




oral care of the future :: probiotics crowd out decay-producing plaque.
our children can avoid decay, drills, morning breath, yellow teeth...


mod*tot is growing up so fast + had another dentist exam + cleaning :)
maybe there'll be no decay in the future because of oral probiotics!!! 

Garden of Life probiotic smile mints
innovative biotechnology for oral health launched the 1st ever probiotic oral care chewable for kids to colonize/protect gums, teeth + tongue.
"designed for kids 3 - 10 years old, it's 100% natural + targets only the bad bacteria in the mouth + establishes a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria."
oral probiotic mints colonize healthy bacteria to "crowd out" bad bacteria.

a few years ago, i had my teeth cleaned + then my dentist gave me a folder with pictures of gingivitis, periodontitis , + bad news: most people over 18 have gum disease. parents like me often concentrate on their children + neglect their own oral health, then pass the harmful oral bacteria to their children.

my gum "issues" almost completely resolved in about a month of using oral probiotics, + desert essence tea tree oil toothpaste, which saved $2,000 she quoted for deep cleaning, antibiotics + placing the antibiotics under the gumline, which she + my dentist warned wasn't a cure + would quickly grow back if i didn't religiously brush, floss, have 4 cleanings a year...

also, my teeth are noticeably whiter + my breath is much better + i don't get bad taste in mouth or morning breath as much + my sinuses feel clear.
this is so amazing for my total health, because it relieves the chronic gum infection my immune system was fighting as a "wound". now my immune system can be more efficient. i want everybody to use oral probiotics.

oral probiotics are very important for seniors + disabled too, since medicare doesn't cover dentistry.



i am so excited with oral probiotics i interviewed a company spokesperson:

how do mouth probiotics effect gut bacteria?
ProBiora3(r), the active ingredient, is a blend of beneficial bacteria that survives only in the environment of your mouth. If you swallow some of the probiotics, those beneficialbacteria become inert and have no effect on your gut bacteria.

how does it work if it's chewed + swallowed immediately?

Try to allow the mint to dissolve in the mouth. The absolutely best way to use it is to let it first dissolve, then swish it between your teeth. We know it may not be easy for many kids to understand those directions, but remember - some of the probiotic smile mints chews will stay in the crevices of the teeth even if they chew it (just like tiny particles of food linger after eating) so kids get plenty of probiotics even if they chew it right up.

if i only chew it with side teeth, how does it help front gums?
The ProBiora3(r) probiotics are living bacteria that move around in your mouth - just like the other 700+ bacteria that normally reside in your mouth. Even if you chew with your side teeth (we all do!) the bacteria floods the entire mouth and sets up camp below the gum line and between the teeth.

The mint is not super strong like many breath mints, and the mint itself is not actually meant to freshen your breath. It's the probiotics that freshen your breath by crowding out the harmful bacteria that produce the foul-smelling sulfur gases that give us all bad breath. If you use the mint for about 5 consecutive days, you notice a significant decrease in bad breath and morning breath. It's very important to use the mints as directed. Not using them twice daily will allow the smelly bacteria the opportunity to begin to repopulate right away.

harmful bacteria are common in children’s mouths + are passed from parent to child, usually when the child is between 6 months to 3 years old – a time–frame dentists refer to as “the window of infectivity". These bacteria can be passed through kissing, sharing cups or utensils or food.

1 simple step parents can take to reduce the risks of passing these harmful bacteria to their children is through daily use of probiotic smile mints to keep their own mouths healthy while reducing the risk of passing these harmful bacteria to their children.

The beneficial bacteria found in 
probiotic smile mints are natural residents in very healthy mouths. Using probiotic smile mints daily ensures that the beneficial bacteria have the upper hand in maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in your children’s mouths.

probiotic smile mints reach where toothbrushes and floss can’t – into the crevices on the chewing surfaces of teeth.

do yogurt probiotics compete with 
probiotic smile mints?
Yogurt probiotics are residents of the gastro-intestinal tract a+ not the mouth, so they would only be present in the mouth for brief periods of time as they pass through to the gut. The yogurt strains may loosely attach indiscriminately to oral tissues but not likely to compete directly for space + nutrients with our probiotic strains since our strains are natural colonizers of the mouth have very specific niches in the complex 3-dimensional oral biofilm surrounding the teeth + around the gums. One should be able to use our product without concern, even if the previous meal/snack included a fermented dairy product, such as yogurt

"whitens teeth 4-5 shades in 30 days" : how does that work? will your teeth get tooo white if you use 
probiotic smile mints daily for years?probiotic smile mints can whiten up to 4 shades in 30 days.  This whitening effect is achieved by the low dose of hydrogen peroxide naturally produced by our probiotic strains on a 24/7 basis.  Because the whitening effect is gradual, there is not the threat of damage or sensitivity that can sometimes be experienced with whitening kits that rely on much higher strength hydrogen peroxide and short contact times with the teeth.  Our product can maintain its moderate whitening effect over time, even without a change in life-style (e.g., smoking or drinking wine or coffee). By regularly using our oral care probiotics, you are not adding anything to your mouth that's not already contained in a healthy mouth.  Our product has been on the market for 2 years, + none of its long-term users have complained that their teeth were "too white"

GardenofLife probiotic smile



pics: disneyland house of the future 1957, life magazine midcentarc



Monsanto House of the Future - June 12, 1957–December 1967







by ~mod*mom~ at 6.8.14 © 0 comments


8.01.2014



Save Your Eyes from #screenblindness with Vision Protective Shields

neuron research has illustrated that blue light + ultra-violet from LED screens of all electronic devices, such as smartphones, tablets, computers, televisions, kill photoreceptor cells... professionals in the fields of light energy + vision study the hazards ultraviolet (UV) light presents to ocular health. we are gradually having longer + more intense exposures to blue light; much of the world's stores, schools, homes, offices, stadiums + industry is lit with cool white fluorescent tubes which emit a strong spike of light in the blue + ultraviolet ranges.

harmful UVt MAX can cause Myopia (near-sightedness), Macular Degeneration (loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula) due to damage to the retina), Chloasma (skin hyperpigmentation), wrinkles, cataracts (clouded lens blindness), headaches, dry red eyes...



cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a decrease in vision. It is the most common cause of blindness and is conventionally treated with surgery. Visual loss occurs because opacification of the lens obstructs light from passing and being focused on the retina at the back of the eye.
It is most commonly due to aging, but there are many other causes. Over time, yellow-brown pigment is deposited in the lens and this, together with disruption of the lens fibers, reduces the transmission of light and leads to visual problems.
Those with cataracts often experience difficulty in appreciating colors and changes in contrast, driving, reading, recognizing faces, and coping with glare from bright lights. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataract
Children are at high-risk to develop Myopia because of the extended use of smart devices. schools such as Taiwan’s Education + Science, + Hong Kong International School have begun bundling the Vision Protection Shield on tablets.
US National Institute of Health: long-term blue light exposure induces photoreceptor cell death
LED UV light hazard study at: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov





interworks-usa.com, creator + distributor of gaming + consumer electronics products, makes Konnet Care Vision Protective Shield to protect your eyes from 99.99% of ultraviolet (UV) light with new advanced Patent-Pending UV Blue Light Deflection Technology with fiber coating that deflects UV blue light so it does not penetrate your eyes as you stare into devices,

•       advanced UV Blue Light Deflection Technology.
•       highest clarity
•       protect eyes from cataracts, Myopia, Macular Degeneration.
•       prevents skin damage: Chloasma, freckles, wrinkles stimulated by UVt Max light waves
•      scratch, shatter, + glare protection

for iPhone, iPad, Galaxy + other smartphones + tablets.
available from amazon + amazingstuffshop
Visual Protective Shield video skin damage 
vision technology video
eyephone fundus exam iphone

ophthalmoscope for professional or amateur trans-pupillary pictures of the eyes, then transfer them to teleophthalmology system so an ophthalmologist will diagnosis + send a report. Eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathycataractsglaucoma, etc ... can be diagnosed from home, health clinics or when the eye is in another country.
eyePhones :: examine  adapters convert iPhones into microscopes for eye exams + take pictures.. iExaminer App optimizes iPhone camera for eye exams capturing up to 85 pictures in 5 seconds + the App can store up to 10 people's pictures. this peripheral accessory + app received marketing approval in 2013 + offers the ability to perform eye examinations like primary care physicians without investing in expensive ophthalmological equipment. the adapter is a portable ophthalmoscope, since its objective is to capture high-quality images of the fundus, front + back part of the eyeThe goal is to be used by with minimal training. phones with a high resolution camera quality, upload photos + secure patient medical history, in seconds. adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal training of the eye, to save digital patient records. use of smart phones ophthalmic medical apps has the potential to revolutionize eye care.  pictures of the interior of the eye, allows observing the retina + adjacent structures allowing diagnosis common + serious eye diseases.
eye exam Apps  :: vision test

by ~mod*mom~ at 1.8.14 ©


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 

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