Why spying on your teen via Facebook isn’t working

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If you’re like me, you monitor your teen’s social activity pretty closely. I know my son’s Facebook username and password, and I have also seen text replies from him to certain “friends” saying, “dude, my mom checks my phone.”

Other accounts, I don’t check that carefully include Snapchat … honestly because I’m not that familiar with the service. I may not be the only parent in the same boat, and that’s probably why many teens are using services like Snapchat and Kik over Facebook on a regular basis.

According a report from iStrategyLabs, many teens left Facebook since 2011. To learn more about the report, read this article on Mashable.

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Proud to be DST! Happy Founders Day 2014 #DST101

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Today, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrates 101 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service. On this day one year ago, I was in Washington, DC, at the sorority’s founding place – Howard University – to celebrate our centennial. It was truly an amazing experience. Today, I not only remember the groundbreaking work done by our Founders 101 years ago, I also remember a year full of unforgettable memories from last year’s celebrations.

Here is a brief overview on Delta Sigma Theta’s founding, from deltasigmatheta.org:

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C.

Photo of the Founders painting in the lobby of Delta Sigma Theta's headquarters.

Photo of the Founders painting in the lobby of Delta Sigma Theta’s headquarters.

“Happy Founders Day” was trending on Twitter when I went online in the morning — and there were various posts all day across social media. Here are some of my favorites:

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A Warm and Beautiful Christmas Season

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Enjoyed appreciating God’s beauty in sunny Las Vegas this Christmas season. Definitely not referring to the casinos! Red Rock Canyon — about 20 minutes away from the Vegas strip – is an extraordinary national park. And Red Rock Resort right nearby, is a wonderful place to stay. If you have kiddies under 12, their hourly kids daycare/playcare is a fun place for your littles ones to be dropped off for a few hours while you have some adult fun. My son was bummed he is now too old to play there. Kids Quest features slushee bar, half court basket court, climbing area (think Chuck E. Cheese), iPads, Playstation & Wii, painting, dress up, karaoke … the list goes on.

Back to Red Rock Canyon. It is always wonderful to visit national parks to appreciate the amazing beauty God has created.

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Back from Black, Mold

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moldI finally back home, after being “removed” for the last few weeks because of a leaking pipe leading to black mold. Apparently this is common, and it is a lengthy process. It had to be professionally removed by a service using a special process and chemicals (this is not a DIY problem!). After the service did its work, it was reviewed by an independent inspector, it did not pass, the professional service had to do its process some more, inspector came again, and it passed.

I did a lot research during this time, and got great information from my State Farm agent who, as always, was very helpful.

Below is some helpful information on this topic from the Environmental Protection Agency site.

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home

Mold Basics

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

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A Very Special Black Friday

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I always love holiday shopping, and this go around was even better. For the first time, I took my son with me to hit the Black Friday sales. We had a lot of fun researching beforehand, going getting the lay of the land after a very filling Thanksgiving brunch — and then spending Thanksgiving night getting what we planned to get, ending with a feeling of accomplishment. I’m sure he enjoyed the fact that pretty much everything we got was for him.

Yes, Christmas came early this year for some of the big ticket items. I figured, why wait through half-way of Winter break before he can enjoy it? Or maybe I’ve been brainwashed into “figuring that out on my own” over the years. Either way, no regrets!

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Still thinking about last weekend’s dinner

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I love food. And I love it even more when it’s preferred by a great chef – who doesn’t? Wanted to share photos from a dinner for my BFF’s birthday this past weekend. We have been friends since high school and it was my pleasure to come down and celebrate her big day with her.

We had a wonderful day at the spa, followed by the wonderful food below from the Studio Restaurant at Montage Laguna Beach. I must have been too full to take a picture of the desert! (It was a very, very, very delicious chocolate cake.)

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