I've finally updated my blogroll. (Found in the sidebar under the heading "links.") Have a look and see if you're there. If I've missed you and you're a regular here (or I'm a regular at your place), leave a comment and I'll add you shortly!
This is an idea that recently came in handy. If you're out and a child wanders off who is labeled with your cell phone number, take your cell out of your purse / backpack / pocket, turn it to vibrate and carry it in your hand. The ambient noise at fairs or indoor playgrounds can often be so loud that it's impossible for you hear your cell phone ring.
This could save you a lot of heartache if someone is trying to call!
Question: The new child ID wristbands sound like an interesting idea, but do they work?
Short answer: Yes they do!
Long answer: We were recently out on a day trip with offspring and friends with offspring. I provided wristbands to all the kids on our group. In the event they got separated from the adults they were each instructed to find a mommy and show her their new "bracelet."
As fate would have it, we found ourselves in an area with a large play structure -- the kind that's at least two stories tall with slides and mirrors and multiple compartments into which parents are not always able to see. The kind where it's not uncommon to lose sight of your child for a couple of minutes.
Except that we lost sight of one of the children for longer than a couple of minutes. The remaining children were sent through the structure to find the missing child. No luck. A few minutes later my cell phone rang. The missing child had wandered out of the "play" area and shown a mommy their bracelet!
Thank you Mabel's Labels for your "my 411 wristbands!"
If you're in a situation like this, as soon as you realize a child is missing, I recommend taking your cell out of your purse / backpack / pocket, turning it to vibrate and carrying it in your hand. The ambient noise at fairs or indoor playgrounds can be so loud that it's impossible for you hear the cell phone when it rings.
"hopeREVO began one evening when I decided to hide encouraging notes around New York City. This simple act inspired other people who heard about it to do the same in their cities. Days later, my inbox was flooded with messages from people spreading hope in their communities, after reading about it on my blog, and as it propagated through the Internet on other sites. So, I decided to develop this website to start a hope revolution."
The idea of Hope Notes is simple:
"Create a stackful of notes with messages of hope and leave them in public places. Blog about it. Tell your friends and family about it. Post photos of your notes to the hopeREVO Flickr group. Or be completely anonymous. Follow your own heart."
Here's my favourite from the Hope Notes site. (I couldn't find it in the Flickr group to give it proper attribution. I'm happy to add attribution if someone can point me to the photographer!)
Down For Everyone Or Just Me?
Do you ever have problems accessing a website and wonder whether it's your computer, your internet service provider or the planetary alignment? If so, this tool is for you!
You type in a URL to see if a site is down for everyone or just you.
Of course, if it is your internet service provider, then you won't be able to get to the site...
Awesome Free Online Image Map Editor
Found at OpenBracketLLC.com
If you couldn't tell, I got a little carried away with myself doing the image map in this post.
If you get a chance, watch Flashpoint on CTV or CBS. It was co-created by Toronto's own talented Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis.
For more background information, listen to Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern on TV, eh? Blogtalkradio or trip on over to Dead Things on Sticks.
(With apologies to the SYTYCD franchise for spoofing their logo.)
The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo is back!This year's four NEW Ultimate Back-to-School Combo colour combinations are:
True Blue (berry blue, ocean blue and sky blue),
Juicy Citrus (orange, lemon and lime),
Tickled Pink and
Pack in Black.
The combo and the colours are available for a limited time only, until September 30th, 2008.