Monthly Archives: March 2007

20 reasons why sex is good for you

Not that we needed 20, mind you. One is more than enough. But just in case here is some ammunition are some scientifically proven, thoroughly sound and valid reasons you and your partner should kick the libido up a notch.

3. Sex rewires you for pleasure – Every time you share a positive experience with your partner, your brain comes to associate him or her with pleasure. You can transform any relationship simply by increasing the number of enjoyable times you share together.

9. Healthier heart – Women who have more sex have higher levels of estrogen, which protects against heart disease.

10. Cure for the common cold – Once-a-week sex produces 30 percent higher levels of immunoglobulin A, which boosts the immune system.

12. Peppy prostate – Some urologists believe they see a relationship between infrequency of ejaculation in men and cancer in the prostate.

19. Protection against Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis – Women who have more sex have higher levels of estrogen, which protects against Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis.

Hey, if one of these works for you, don’t thank me…thank the original poster of the article (where you will find all 20).

Making Meatloaf Fun

We’re lucky. The Girl is usually a “good eater”. She’ll always try new things and usually will sit with us for meals. But, like most Toddlers, she does go through fussy phases.

Fortunately, The Girl has a very cuisine creative Mom who knows that when it comes to food for toddlers, fun = fed. And the fun comes in the presentation.

Last week we got to experience one of Mom’s new creations: Meatloaf Cupcakes.

Right away, the word “cupcakes” peaked The Girl’s interest. Mom cooked the meatloaf in cupcake containers, set them down on the table and gave us some potato “icing”. After The Girl iced up her cupcake, she got some peas, corn and green beans to decorate it. It was a smashing success. She gobbled up her cupcake, and then asked to decorate another.

Cook and serve the cupcakes in a few of these Silly Feet Silicone Baking Cups and you’ve got yourself a laughing toddler.

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Blogging Daddies: rounding up the daddy blogosphere

Here’s a number of Dad blog posts that I found interesting this week.

Okay, off to play with the Lego!

The Conservative Budget, SAHD’s and the media

I’m reading our local newspaper this morning, digging to find reaction to the federal Conservative government’s new budget and the first non-politician quote I come across is from a stay-at-home dad.

Reymond Page, a stay-at-home dad in Winnipeg, says he would have preferred to see the money spent on health care, education and infrastructure improvements, something he sees directly impacting his family.

“Is this a short-term thing that’s supposed to fire up voters because the Conservatives are throwing money at us? Could that money be used to better effect?” said Page.

It’s really nice to see a media story where a stay at home dad isn’t the focus of the story, or portrayed like an anomaly, but instead is just another regular, everyday participant in our society.

As for the budget itself…man, this kills me because I loath the Conservatives. Actually, I loath the Alliance/Reform wing of the Conservatives. The old Progressive Conservatives were not so bad, and it seems there is much more Progressive Conservative than Reform Conservative in this budget.

True, there is no income splitting, which would have been even better for families where both parents work outside the home. This budget is going straight at the heartland of Conservative support – the single income family with a stay at home parent. Only in the Conservative mind, you have to think they see that parent as a Mom and not a Dad.

Overall, parents in Canada should be fairly happy – I know, I know, yes you can smell the slightest hint of praise for the Conservatives. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said in his budget speech, “a single-earner family with two children and a $37,000 income will see its income tax bill cut by $620 or nearly a quarter.” That should pretty well get us parents back to even with regards to making the Child Tax benefit taxable income.

Most of that is due to a new tax credit of $310 per child under 18. There is also an increase in the basic personal tax credit for low-income spouses so that it equals that of the working parent, and an increase of $100 to $500 per year in federal government contributions to a child’s Registered Education Savings Plan.

There are still a few things missing from this budget for families, first and foremost a dire lack of quality, affordable daycare for many working parents. And in many parts of the country, housing costs are so high that it makes the dream of owning your own home just that – a dream. Address those two major concerns and you’ll make a lot of families in this country extremely happy.

Search for the Next Pussycat Doll

pcdnfg.jpgFirst off, if I was a young woman, the last person I would want to take any kind of fashion or beauty advice from is a woman who looks like the the offspring of a ménage à trois between a WWE Diva, Michael Jackson and a Siamese cat.

I was away at a conference a couple of weeks ago, found myself in a hotel room flicking the channels killing some time and saw the first episode of Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.

What absolute crap. The entire program, and the entire Pussycat Doll empire, makes such a mockery of empowerment that it goes beyond offensive.

Robin Antin (the svengali pulling the strings) somehow tries to make the entire concept of girls stripping for our entertainment respectable by couching it all with phrases that make it seem like this is all such a good, healthy thing for these girls. That somehow shaking their ass at the camera is empowering and will fill these girls with confidence.

As I wrote in the comment section of Amy’s post on her Shaping Youth blog, this program is a marketing vehicle, designed to sell more Pussycat Doll merchandise. That is the bottom line. There is absolutely no redeeming social quality to it. The makers can co-opt as much feminist terminology as they wish, but in the the end, it’s all about the money and sex sells. And the hell with how many daughters we have to hurt in the process.

Getting rid of eczema

The Boy has a wicked case of eczema that we’ve been waging war on for the past few months. We don’t seem to be winning, so I am tossing out a request to the wonderful internet world to see what comes back.

Have you had to deal with eczema and, if so, how did you get rid of it?

So far, our strategies have included:

  • Changing laundry detergent. We’ve been using Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent, which works well, but so far has not had the desired effect.
  • .5% hydrocortisone cream. We really wanted to avoid this route, but after trying a few other products, this one seemed to work temporarily. But then the bloody stuff flared up again.
  • Eliminating dairy. Mom took one for the team. No milk in the coffee, cheese, yoghurt…nada. It’s been over a week and still no change.
  • Calendula moisturizing cream. Same as the Hydrocortisone. Some temporary relief, but nothing long lasting.

So, anyone else have any suggestions of things to try? We’re off the the family physician today who I am sure will up the hydrocortisone up to 1%, which I would like to avoid if possible. Something about smearing steroids on The Boy’s skin gives me the heebie-jeebie’s.


Came back from the Dr. and she has prescribed a 1% hydrocortisone cream, as expected. We’re also heading to a pediatrician to do some allergy testing.

Also came across the National Eczema Organization website with some good tips on treating eczema in children. It looks like moisturize, moisturize, moisturize will be our mantra for the next little while. Look at that. 3 months old and already the little guy is getting his first glimpse in the world of the metrosexual male.

Why is it when you say the word vasectomy to people they make that clicking sound?

You know the sound. It’s the same sound a kid might make when they click a picture on their imaginary camera. When you talk vasectomy, that’s one of the standard reactions I seem to get. Or (if it is another guy), they sometimes purse their lips, furrow their brow and feign a pained look on their face.

I know both reactions. I’ve been guilty of them myself in the past. But now that I’ve had one, I have seen the error of my ways.

From this point on, I vow never to wince in imaginary pain, cross my legs in a mock protection stance, refer to it as “the big snip”, or make that clicking sound that my wife is quite fond of making when another guy talks to me about their vasectomy.

A few hours have passed since the procedure and all feels well. All in all, it was simple, quick and pain free. Even the needle for the local wasn’t that bad. Really, the worst part of the whole experience so far has been trading in in my boxers for tighty whitey’s for a week. And when you consider what some of the alternatives are, this was a much less painful option. (thanks to At Home Dad for the link)

The Top 8 Signs Jesus Was a Dad

You may have heard that James Cameron (of Titanic fame) claims to have discovered the lost tomb of Jesus, and that one of the caskets even bears the title, “Judah, son of Jesus,” hinting that Jesus may have had a son.

With that context in mind, List Dad over at Top Five Parenting has come up with the top 8 signs that Jesus was a Dad. A nice chuckle to kickoff the weekend.

How to scare the crap out of your kids


In the middle of the night sneak into their room and plop this puppy on their nightside table.

My wife found this on a local buy and sell site. I cannot believe that the people who are selling this monstrosity describe it as a “cute bean bag clown with fuzzy hair”. Yeah, cute like a knife wielding psychopathic Stephen King character.

Anne Coulter – wouldn’t it be nice if this was the beginning of the end?

I don’t usually blog about politics south of the border, and this has nothing to do with parenting or being a Dad but….

Oh, I can’t believe she said this, but I am very happy because it may shut this harpy up once and for all. Okay, I’m dreaming, but it’s good to see that even Republicans are questioning her judgement on her recent remarks.

Hmmmmm…forced into rehab. Not a bad idea, Anne, but is there a rehab program for debitchification?