Monday, June 7, 2010

Unemployment

Let me preface this blog by stating that unemployment extensions will not help me and mine in any way. My husband is currently working, and we went through our benefits after our shop closed. So this is not for personal gain.

I am horrified by the actions of the Senate towards the unemployed in America. Twice now, rather than discussing an extension they’ve gone on vacation. Paid vacation. By the way, Someone in PR was not thinking when they used the word vacation, seriously. Way to taunt the unemployed.

I understand deficit spending needs to stop, but why draw the line in the sane when for once congress can help actual individual people instead of say... wall street, which by the way, screwed over our entire economy and everyone who actually made the mistakes kept their jobs.

There is so much wasteful spending going on that no one will EVER touch, but they’re going to let people starve. Unemployment helps the economy. It keeps people spending when they have no jobs. Also, people seem very confused by this bill. It is not granting more benefits. It is allowing benefits that are already in place to continue. People throw around words like “99 weeks” as though they know what they are talking about. Let me explain.

Most people are not awarded the full amount possible for unemployment, which is I believe 350 dollars a week for twenty weeks. Most people are given between 150 and 250 for 15 to 18 weeks. Then the next tier gives you a fraction of that, and the next tier is a fraction of that fraction and so on. It is constant uncertainty as to whether there will be a next tier, so no, it is not a disincentive to work.

In any case, unemployed americans are not where we should start making our budget cuts. It doesn’t cut enough to be helpful first of all, and it will hurt the economy. The point of this post was to lead up to.... this thing I wrote

We the People: By Kaitlin Bevis

We the people of the United States of America are enraged! As you take your paid vacation on the taxpayers dime we sit unemployed and frightened. We are in a great hour of need and you sit idly by and do nothing. The time has come to say enough!

What made America great was that we were not ruled by a King in a far off castle untouched by his citizens troubles. We chose our leaders and they lived down the street. What made our country great was that we could walk into the White House at any time and demand to see the President we put into power. What made our country great was that once upon a time a man could write a hand written letter to the Supreme Court and change the nation. Our Country was great, and now it is desperate.

As you sit upon your thrones in your mansions we lose our homes. As you take your vacations on our dime and eat like Kings, your subjects are starving. While you rest assured of your children's health and future with prepaid college plans and free insurance, we are spending our children's hard earned college funds just to get by.

There will always be those who take advantage of the system, just as there will always be Senators, Representatives, Governors, and other public officials who consistently vote against their citizens wishes to help the corporations. Do we take away all of your jobs because of a few (haha) bad eggs, no. We continue to pay your ridiculous salaries, your private healthcare, your children's college funds, your golden pensions, and your ever wish and whim, yet you would look down upon us from your mighty throne and declare that we are not working hard enough, trying hard enough, looking hard enough. You accuse us of taking advantage? Of increasing the deficit? Every dime you make comes from money our nation no longer has.

If you really wanted to help your citizens, you would refuse your mansions until each of your citizens had homes. You would not take paid vacations until you were assured there was a job available for every single citizen under your care. You would not accept your benefits until you were sure each and every citizen had healthcare and retirement plans set into place. You would not send your children to college on our dime until you could promise every child in the United States would have an opportunity to make the best of themselves in a college campus somewhere.

You would not shout socialism and big government as you lived of our dime. You would NOT bail out the banks responsible for sending our economy down the drain, you would have given that money to the people to pay off their houses and credit cards, which would in turn give money back to the banks. You penalize companies that give their jobs to anyone other than American Citizens. You would not vacation while our troops are fighting a war you seem to have lost interest in. You would not rest while our oceans and coastlines are being destroyed by corporate greed.

We the people of the United States of America are Unemployed, We are Hungry, We are Homeless, We are Frightened, but we are not Helpless. We say enough!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

My friend over at raisingmyfoursons is giving away one kisuluvs all in one, one size cloth diaper. I love that name don't you?
If you're on the cloth diaper bandwagon, or are considering diapering this is a great chance to try it out.

Cloth Diapers


Ok, I've been converted. A lot of my friends cloth diaper, and I've been curious, but not really wanting to go through the hassle. But our savings account is dwindling down, and I'm feeling less confident about our finances. (The summer is always tight, its the longest distance between semesters) so I figured, why not give them a try. The independently owned diaper store here offers a trial program, so there's no financial risk in trying, and even if there was, I can buy all the diapers I need for a few months worth of disposables, so if nothing else I can tough it out if I just hate it.
I tried fuzzy bunz one size diaper, and I love it. I like the snap closures, because I've witnessed enough bib chains in the laundry to not want that to happen with my diapers. I like how much you can adjust the size, you can change the leg size, the back size, and the front size by adjusting the elastic inside the diaper. I would prefer an all in one diaper as opposed to having to stuff her inserts in the diaper, but not enough to sacrifice any of the other features I like.
I put the diapers on, and remove the inserts and toss them both into my wet bag when shes done. About once a day I have to rinse off a diaper for the obvious reasons, but thats not really that bad. Half the time those diapers leak when I use disposables so I'm used to rinsing things off.
The diaper feels damp when shes used it, but like like leaky damp, it just feels cooler, so I know its time to change her. I haven't noticed any leaks, and they look so cute on her.
I bought eight diapers, and a wet bag. I want twelve diapers, but I've spent my budget, so my next few blog posts will be diaper giveaways.
Enjoy :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

amazing


whoops! I posted the wrong link for D beauty, the correct one is here. I also corrected it in my review so you can click there as well. http://www.dbeautyshop.com/
Its not like I forgot, but lately, I've been so amazed at my daughter. I know she's wonderful, and perfect and cute, but somehow she still manages to blow me away with her sweet smile, or a cute hug, or falling asleep in my arms. I don't know what I did to deserve her, but thank goodness!
I'm going shopping for a wedding tommorow. I need a dress, cause the only nice one I could wear is black, and thats taboo. So wish me luck in finding something cheap and nice. I hate clothes shopping. I loved it when I looked better, but now its just kind of demoralizing.
I'm working on getting back into shape. Bella and I have a picnic lunch and walk it off in the park every day. I'm watching calories, and all that boring stuff. I haven't seen any improvement from it, but hopefully I will soon. I blame breastfeeding for now. The good thing is if Bella's with me, no one looks twice at me cause she's perfect :D
The husband has finals next week, so things are about to become very fun in my house. Stressed out daddy's + teething baby makes for an irritable me.
Wish us all luck

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Radiant Writing

Be sure to vote for my entry of radiant writing! I could win a critique of my work from Melissa Marr, the writer of Wicked Lovely, which you can still download for free on amazon.com kindle. I would also win all four books in the Wicked Lovely series autographed, and win a twenty five dollar gift card to apple :), which will go towards my i-pad fund. If I win, my ipad fund will go up to... $25 dollars :D
(I'm sort of hoping to get one for mothers day, but kind of doubt it will happen unless my bank account grows discretionary funds between now and then)

Bella is doing wonderful. She went to her friends birthday party the other day, and tried some cake frosting. Unsurprisingly, she loved it. I was pretty proud of the gift she gave her friend, who was turning one. We got the leap frog counting candles birthday cake, and Where is baby's birthday Cake by Karen Katz.
I've started to plan Bella's birthday party, I just couldn't help myself. I hear people planning things and start wondering what I would want, and then before I know it I have a two page list of ideas and pictures of birthday cakes saved to my computer.
My idea so far is to have her birthday party at the wow playground, which is this great playground that looks like a castle, and has a separate area for toddlers to play in. It will be princess themed, with pink and purple for the colors. I'm thinking mostly purple because thats a the royal color and what not. I'm going to decorate her high chair like a throne, and get her a little crown birthday hat.
I haven't chosen a cake yet, but I'm leaning towards another 3d teddy bear cake, like I had at my shower, but this one decorated like a princess instead of a baby. Yes I have gone off the deep end. Care to join me?

Colored Contact Lenses




The wonderful people at D'Beauty were kind enough to send me a pair of colored contacts to review. They came in the mail on Saturday, and was I excited. I chose a blue pair of contacts, which is a nice change from my plain jane brown eyes.
I had fun being blue eyed for a day, and I still have the contacts to wear on special occasions. The blue is kind of hard to pick up in the pictures, but its a nice dark color blue, like my moms eyes are naturally.
The contacts are prescription strength, but can be ordered at zero strength for anyone who just wants to change their eye color for fun. They have lots of cool designs and colors. Check them out, it's fun :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ok, so that didn't work

Ok, I love iweb, really I do. I'm going to continue to post on iweb as well as here, because Iweb is missing one component, google friend connect does not work on iweb. So no followers, and no comments :( Hopefully that will change one day, and I'll be able to move everything over.
Also could not figure out how to get the domain name to work right.
I'll be posting on here again, and tommorow you can expect a review of some colored contact lenses :)
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