I am so excited to be here at Chics With A View! I have the privilege of guest blogging on Friday’s with a new series called “Finally Friday.” Every Friday you can check out my point of view as a momma chic. The Finally Friday mashup will bring you useful, insightful, info ranging from parenting, to blogging, and possibly a rant or two in between.
So, allow me to introduce myself…I’m Cheryl and my blog is Motherhood Is Messy and Fabulous Too. My passion is to bring moms together to grow great kids with less mess and more fabulous. When you stop by my blog you will find an honest look at motherhood, tools to help navigate through it, and hopefully you will leave with a bit of advice, encouragement and a sense of a motherhood community.
Alright so lets get started with this week’s Finally Friday Mashup.
I have a sixteen year old that has only been driving for six months so when I came across this driving app. I really had to stop and take a second look. TeenAgree is an app. which parents can use to monitor their teens driving habits. The app. works through your child’s smart phone on the Android and Apple iphone. For $9.99 a month parent’s can then set up guidelines within the app. to monitor their teens speed limit, and set up a geographic area in which they are allowed to drive. When the teen leaves the agreed upon area or speeds guess what… you get an alert. And on the Android platform you can even monitor to see if your teen is texting while driving. The TeenAgree website also encourages a written driving contract between parent and teen driver so that the teens are aware of their responsibilities and the consequences of violating the contract.
I know first hand about the worry, and terror if I’m really honest that goes along with having a new teenage driver. Sometimes just waiting for my son to get home by curfew can be excruciating. As a mom all I want is for my son to walk through the door safely. We had \both of our son’s take extensive driving lessons and we are pretty conservative in our rules about who can be in the car and how far they can drive the first year. That being said I think there is a place for this app. Each family has to decide how to manage a new teen driver’s freedom. Teens have to know the consequences and seriousness of driving and if an added layer of monitoring is needed then add it. But make sure your adding it for the right reasons. An app. is never a substitute for eye to eye real conversation with your teen.
Okay, can you say James Bond 007, espionage. That’s what I felt like the first time I used this amazing free tool called Screen Hunter. You can download a free version of this screen shot software so that you can take a photo of anything on your computer screen. I know, who knew! If you’re creative in anyway whether you scrap book, make videos, have a website or blog you are going to want to use this tool. It’s extremely easy to use. Remember though these screen shots are not your photos so give credit where credit is do.
Quote of the week
I was flipping by Comedy Central on cable Saturday night and heard one of the funniest definitions of what a real women is that I have ever heard. I would love to give credit to the comedian but I don’t know his name and I don’t have the joke down verbatum. But here it goes:
"The definition of a real women is…a women who has had little people come out of her vagina and those little people step all over her life long dreams. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Our children definitely step all over our dreams, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…it’s been an awesome journey."
Here’s to all my fellow mamma chics
Make this week fabulous…Cheryl