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Labor Day giveaway

Hello Bello Labor Day Giveaway

It’s Labor Day, a holiday to celebrate the labor movement in the US — a day to highlight the social and economic accomplishments of workers and the prosperity and well-being they bring to our country. Do you know who deserves to be celebrated on this day? Mothers and caregivers. Whether you get paid for your caregiving work, or not, your work has value and deserves to be honored. We’re doing just that with a special Labor Day Giveaway!

Hello Bello was founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard because they believe all babies deserve the best, which means all parents need access to affordable, premium products. They know that parents are working harder than ever to provide necessities for their families. They have agreed to support the mom heroes who use Tend by offering an incredible box of products as a giveaway.

This giveaway includes the most amazing items:

  • 2 pack onesie and leggings 12 months
  • 360 count wipes
  • 80 daytime/nighttime diapers 27+lb
  • 36 overnight diapers 27+ lbs
  • Premium bubble bath 10oz
  • Premium shampoo & body wash 10oz
  • Premium Baby Lotion 8.5oz
  • Premium Baby Oil 9.5oz
  • Premium Organic Baby Powder 6.5oz
  • Diaper Rash Cream 4.0oz
  • Everywhere Balm 4oz
  • 50spf Mineral Sunscreen 3.0oz
  • Mosquito Repellent 6.7oz

In order to enter the giveaway contest, follow us on any of our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter). Then drop a comment about what your caregiving labor means to you, whether it’s through your use of Tend or not. It can be an emoji, a quick word, or a full story. We see you and we know how hard you’re working. We would love to honor you this Labor Day with this wonderful box of goodies for your little one.

*Giveaway limited to US residents. The winner will be selected on 9/14/2020 and contacted via social media direct message. The winner will have 72 hours to respond with address information, or a new winner will be selected. 

 

watch whatever dumb garbage you want

Watch Whatever Dumb Garbage You Want

Far be it from me to argue with well meaning humans encouraging us to use this time to improve our minds by learning a new language or writing a book. That being said, I think you should watch whatever dumb garbage you want. No need for self-improvement, you’re fine just as you are. I mean, if you want to learn a language or write a book, do that. We’re all here just trying to get through. No judgment. Read more

The Cards Have Nothing to Say to You

The Cards Have Nothing to Say to You

If I hear about a trend, it is either dead or made it into the mainstream. I thought tarot readings were mainstream mainly because in the town where I was raised, there was a small white house with a picket fence and a big “Tarot Read Here” sign in the front yard.

But I think each new generation discovers tarot readings in their own way and that speaks to the fluidity of the practice. I had my cards read or done or put on a table in front of me (I’m still not sure what the correct verb is) and after all the shuffling and tapping and arranging the lady leaned over the array then leaned way back, frowned, then laughed.

I had kind of thought the whole thing was a bunch of nonsense but now I was curious.

“What does it say?”

“Nothing.”

“Does that mean I’m going to die?”

“No, it means the cards have nothing to say to you.”

“Well, that’s rude.”

She only shrugged, gathered up her cards and then we played gin rummy (not with her tarot). She later told me she had never seen anything like it. I asked if she’d been doing it for a few years. She said fifteen.

Well.

So I don’t have much to do with tarot or for that matter, horoscope. Since the day I was old enough to read my horoscope it has said some version of, “Most of your problems are in your head, now go clean something.” For fun I will read other horoscopes but then it stops being fun when theirs say things like, “Love is coming, be ready!” or “Take that leap you’ve been thinking of!”

And then a few months ago Felicia got me the cutest set of affirmation cards, called Affirmators. You’re supposed to mix them all up and as you do the mixing you are supposed to close your eyes, take a deep breath and silently ask the cards to give you a message that will benefit you in that moment. Six thinks this is the best thing ever. He announces what he wants, which is usually ice cream or a car (he’s 8) and then plunges in and comes up with the cutest cards that tell him he needs to do less work or be more inspired. He takes these to mean he doesn’t need to do homework or that he should be allowed to watch all the Harry Potter movies.

Over the past few months I have gotten different cards, all of them cheerful urgings to believe in myself and be playful, crap like that. And then, a few weeks ago I got one of the bonus cards. Bonus cards don’t have a cute picture and a pithy message of the of be-nice-to-yourself variety on it. Bonus cards are more serious. It’s a paragraph about doing something you probably don’t want to do. The one I got was Perseverance. It was about how climbing mountains is hard and I should just keep climbing and that people who climb Everest aren’t fueled by inspirational quotes but rather live on lots of “grunting, and crying, and cursing like freakin’ pirates.”

A useful reminder. So in keeping with our habit, I kept my card out on my desk all day and then put it back in the deck the next day. Six and I remember to grab a card about once a week. For three weeks in a row, I got the same card. This is what happens when I deal with anything having to do with tapping into the universe. It turns implacable. What does implacable mean? It means relentless. Unforgiving. Incapable of being talked out of whatever it has talked itself into.

I hung the perseverance card on the fridge and now only Everett talks to the cards. I know when I’m beat.

a long petal of the sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

There is no better time than now to lose yourself in an epic romantic saga. Isabel Allende’s new book, A Long Petal of the Sea, tells the story of two refugees fleeing Franco’s Fascists. The pair flee first to France and then to South America, specifically Chile which later erupts into its own civil war. Against a meticulously researched and beautifully realized historical backdrop, two resilient souls do more than survive, they hope and strive and love.  Read more

Civics 101 part 2

Civics 101 Podcast Part 2

Pivot is a great word taken over by business types and made cringeworthy. They did the same to silo. But NPR’s excellent podcast, Civics 101, has created a part 2 and pivoted toward classroom education. And since it’s NPR, they’ve done a bang-up job of it. Read more

Romantic Movies Where No One Ends Up Dead

Romantic Movies Where No One Ends Up Dead

There are two types of people in this world. People who are fine with and sometimes even welcome movies where a great romance ends in the death of one or both partners. And then there are people who really hate that.

I am in the second group. And that is okay. Neither group is right or wrong. We are just different. Sometimes we have trouble agreeing on what movie to watch. I say if you are in that situation, watch The Great Race or Auntie Mame. Or just go bowling.

In this time of political upheaval, worldwide pandemics and possible toilet paper shortages, here is a list of Romantic Movies Where No One Ends Up Dead.

You’re welcome. Read more

movie series social distancing

5 Movie Series to Watch While Social Distancing

Here are 5 movie series (and a couple of lists of movie series) to watch while practicing social distancing. Once this is over, I think we are all going to realize that we don’t hate each other as much as we thought we did. We might very well become lonely for each other. Who knows, stranger things have happened. After 8 years of drought here in Southern California, I don’t know anyone who complains when it rains. Before the drought, the entire region lost their minds when it rained and now everyone smiles and points at the sky and happily chirps, “It’s raining!”

Well, I’ve stress shopped and stocked my house. I did not overbuy toilet paper but I do have 3 dozen eggs. We all have our weaknesses. Six is out of school for three weeks and I am trying to get Older Son to come home but thus far to no avail. I do want Older Son home but what I really want is his dog, Barbara. Barbara will let me cuddle and coo and fuss and fidget over him whereas my kids won’t.

In lieu of Barbara the Dog, I have turned to TV, movies and books. And it occurred to me that there are people who have been living full, productive lives and might not have a list of books, TV and movies they want to watch. So I thought I’d make some lists and share them. Let’s start with movies in a series. Read more

55 great christmas gift ideas

55 Great Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas shopping can be fun. But sometimes it is a desperate, long, lonely slog through crowded stores full of items you can’t imagine anyone wanting. We are here to help with a list of 55 Great Christmas Gift Ideas, with Helpful Categories.

Our categories include: Random gifts for people you love but can never figure out what to give them, books for people you want to annoy, books for people you want to impress, annoying toys for kids of parents you can’t stand, necessities for outdoorsy people, necessities for indoorsy people, supplies for glamorous tweens and teens, picture books for kids, toys for kids of parents you like.

Let the Shopping Begin! Amazon said I had to put this where you could see it and that seems totally fair. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Random gifts for people you love but can never figure out what to give them

55 great christmas gift ideasDo not laugh! This little weather radio has all the bells and whistles to keep anyone feeling secure during the outset of any disaster.

55 great christmas gift ideasIf anyone bought me a thing that taught me how to make knots I would love it! And it’s under 10 bucks!

55 great christmas gift ideasEveryone should have one of these multitools on their keyring! I would get one for my older son but he habitually loses his keys.

55 great christmas gift ideasJapanese Origami for Beginners Kit: 20 Classic Origami Models: Kit with 96-page Origami Book, 72 High-Quality Origami Papers and Instructional DVD. Includes a DVD? Awesome. And if you no longer have a DVD player, use the DVD as a coaster. Or frisbee. 

55 great christmas gift ideasThe Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln. Most everyone loves Lincoln. And the book is 3 bucks, get one for everyone!

Books for people you want to annoy

55 great christmas gift ideas So People Say You’re an Asshole seems the perfect gift for that hard to handle friend or relative who might be able to take a joke. Also, maybe it’ll help. Give them the Lincoln book as well.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the racist.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the fat shamer.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the climate change denier.

55 great christmas gift ideasFor the white supremacist.

Books for people you want to impress

55 great christmas gift ideasKindred by Octavia Butler: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin. This is the novel you have been looking for, waiting for.

55 great christmas gift ideasWe are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby is the book everyone did not know they needed. Buy a copy for everyone you love and become the person everyone comes to for author recommendations.

55 great christmas gift ideasThe Library Book by Susan Orlean details the Los Angeles City Library fire that consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Was it arson?

55 great christmas gift ideasData is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives

55 great christmas gift ideasWomen in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more!

Picture books for kids

55 great christmas gift ideasBeast has been robbed! And so has the whole village. Without tools the villagers can’t put on their legendary Winter Party, so Beast sets off to solve the mystery. Discovering that a stranded Snow Beast is behind the robbery, Beast has to decide whether to help this odd-looking stranger.

This is the absolute best children’s book out there. Jabari is brave, his father is endlessly patient and waiting, always waiting, is the call to climb and leap and succeed!

55 great christmas gift ideasWilma’s parents don’t know quite what to do when their daughter wakes up green and requests bugs for breakfast. At school, Wilma’s teachers are appalled by her unusually colorful antics. Wherever Wilma goes, surprises await her and readers of this irresistibly funny fable. Absurd and action-packed.

55 great christmas gift ideasOnce upon a time there was a Princess . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hits the gas!

55 great christmas gift ideasHave you seen Oliver K. Woodman? You’d know if you had–he’s made of wood. And he’s on a spectacular cross-country journey. Folks of all sorts guide Oliver along the way and report back in letters and postcards to his friend Uncle Ray. After all, there’s a lot of road–and adventure!–between South Carolina and California.

55 great christmas gift ideasA bear, lost in the city, who happens upon an unattended sandwich in the park. The bear’s journey from forest to city and back home again is full of happy accidents, funny encounters, and sensory delights. The story is so engrossing, it’s not until the very end that we begin to suspect this is a TALL tale.

 

Necessities for the outdoorsy

(it occurs to me that these gifts illustrate the fact I know nothing about what people do outdoors and that I think it is incredibly dangerous, which it most certainly is)

An axe seems important. There is much hostile flora and fauna out there and this little baby is capable of handling anything that comes your way. Except bears, which is why I suggest…

BEAR SPRAY! Do not go into the woods without it. You know what, don’t take out the trash without it. I used to live on the side of a mountain in La Crescenta and there was a bear that used to wander around the neighborhood. He had a cute name, I can’t remember it. Porkchop? Marshmallow? Rip-You-To-Shreds-And-Eat-Your-Spleen? Something like that… Meatball! It was Meatball.

Always have binoculars so you can see the bears or the murderers coming to kill you. I really thing you should stay inside but if you just can’t help yourself, bring all the above stuff and…

Don’t Die In The Woods: World’s Toughest Ultralight Survival Tent to huddle and shiver in while clutching your bear spray and axe. Help will arrive in a timely manner if you also bring…

55 great christmas gift ideasWhatever the hell this thing is. It’s 500 bucks so you might as well save your money and your life and stay home! Our next set of gifts might help convince you of how wonderful it is to be indoorsy.

Necessities for the indoorsy

55 great christmas gift ideasLet’s begin with the basics. A good robe. This one is unisex so the sizing might be a bit of a challenge, read the comments and answered questions and you should be fine. There are 10 colors to choose from.

crocs makes slippers, they are unisex, they are wide in the toe box which I love and yes, I am wearing a pair as I write this. 11 colors to choose from and unisex sizing. So much better than a hatchet and some bear spray, am I right?

55 great christmas gift ideasThrow blankets are the life blood of the indoorsy. One can never have too many. This one is 20 bucks and comes in 15 colors and 2 sizes. That’s such a wide range of options, you could probably find one an outdoorsy person likes.

55 great christmas gift ideasIf you are new to the indoorsy lifestyle, you won’t have a backlog of books, magazines, movies and TV shows you are determined to consume before you die. The New York Times Book of Movies is a great place to start. And it smells better than bear spray.

55 great christmas gift ideasYou’ll need a warm beverage to consume while agonizing over what order to watch the movies you decided you want to watch. Loose leaf tea is a bit fussy but it is fun.

This pretty teapot is only 30 dollars!
55 great christmas gift ideas
You can fuss around with a teapot if you want but if you are going solo on your indoorsy, this tea cup with a built in infuser does the trick. There are many different colors and patterns, I just liked this one. I might buy it. Also, when you run out of tea you can just put booze in it. Or water. Whatever your doctor recommends.

Treat yourself to this beautiful 3 volume set of illustrated Harry Potter novels.

55 great christmas ideasThese noise cancelling headphones are so expensive ($349) they make my spine itch but I still really, really, really want a pair.55 great christmas ideasI also want one of these! It’s a Breville Convection oven with an air fryer and it will make toast! It’s also super expensive at $350! But it does so much…

Let’s be honest, I am going to buy all of the indoorsy products, except the slippers because I already own a pair of those. Let’s move on to the kids and whether or not we like their parents.

Annoying toys for the kids of parents you can’t stand

55 great christmas gift ideasAn actual review from a horrified customer, “It’s gift able only if you don’t like the parents. The noise is awful, you can’t turn it down or off when you’re playing with it. I sent it back.” The most common complaint about this toy is that there is no way to turn the sound off or down.

55 great christmas gift ideasI love glitter glue and my house is coated in it but I don’t care. My ex-husband once said our house looked like an embarrassing romper room. There are people who will loose their minds at the idea of glitter stuck all over their house and/or car.

55 great christmas gift ideasIt sings the Baby Shark song. You can buy a baby shark for 7 bucks, a mommy shark for 7 bucks or a daddy shark for just over 8 bucks. Buy one for every member of the family.

55 great christmas gift ideas6 cans of slime ground into the carpet, 6 cans of slime ground into the carpet, rent the steam-cleaner from Home Depot…6 cans of slime ground into the carpet!

55 great christmas gift ideasThese little toys get tangled in absolutely everything. It’s as if someone with a hatred of children invented a toy. I hate them. My kids hate them. You should have a wee bit of a grudge against the kid as well as the parents because no one is safe from having to have one of these things cut out of their hair.

Toys for kids you like

55 great christmas gift ideasEvery adult and kid I know loves tinker toys. It was one of the few toys I play with when my kids ask my to. The other one is…

55 great christmas gift ideasLEGOS! Yes, it hurts beyond bearing when you step on them but some joys are worth suffering for. The absolute best gift and if you have kids on your list below the age of 4, there are always…

55 great christmas gift ideasDUPLO!

55 great christmas gift ideasMy family has had many Connect 4 tournaments and I have lost every single one of them. No matter, this is still a fun game and people of a certain age love to repeat the best advertising line ever, “Pretty sneaky, sis,” when they lose.55 great christmas gift ideasCrayons are like Lego and books, you can never have too many. Get a shoebox to store them in if your collection is getting out of hand.55 great christmas gift ideasI loved coloring books but my kids never liked them. If you end up with someone who draws a lot, get a ream of cheap printer paper. For all others, this is a good quality drawing pad and it’s only 3 bucks.

For glamorous tweens and teens

55 great christmas gift ideasMaleficent, Cruella and Ursula are here to help you feel beautiful as you engage in mischief. Get a set for yourself, I did.

55 great christmas gift ideasThere is a lot here to love. It’s a small, plastic banana. It has hand lotion in it. And there are mangos and red apple versions if you want to make someone a little fruit bowl.55 great christmas gift ideasImitation is not the sincerest form of flattery, envy is.

55 great christmas gift ideasA little pouch to store their dreams of world domination in. And a lipgloss and some cash.

Weird dishtowels to buy for people you know will love a weird dishtowel

I want a burrito to tuck me gently into its warm beans and say ‘Rest here, my child be at peace now’ 55 great christmas ideasFuck, I love cheeseGet the Hell out of my Kitchen
Hot Sauces GONE WILD

And finally, this!

It’s a bag for snacks! Or lunch or a paperback romance and a can of diet coke…the possibilities are limitless!

And there you have it. Happy Shopping! If you have a category you’d like me to source gifts for, email me at info@persistiny.com and I will see what I can do!

Tend 2.0

Tend 2.0

From the first day that we launched Tend, we’ve been getting solid feedback from our incredible user base. We’ve been listening and we are thrilled to announce the launch of Tend 2.0 to the App Store and Google Play! If you’re a visual learner, here’s a tutorial video that walks you through all of the new features. Otherwise, read below to find out what’s in store with the new update.

Here’s what you’ll find in the updated version of Tend. Read more

Sense8

Sense8 was a sensation when it was released. It was so loved that when Netflix cancelled it after two seasons (the thing was crushingly expensive to make) the public outcry was such that they let the Wachowskis make a finale that wrapped up the storyline. I have my favorite storylines but I will not influence your watching by telling you mine. I’ve already watched it so you can feel free to let me know what your favorite characters and arcs are. Be assured, I won’t debate you on them because I am not that kind of person. I tend not to be judgmental, not because I am a good person, but mostly because I am enormously self-absorbed. 

In case you didn’t know (and there is nothing wrong with not knowing) the Wachowskis are the siblings we have to thank for the Matrix. That movie is 20 years old this year and since it has been the season of Keanu, do yourself a favor and go back and watch it. I was listening to Nicole Byer’s excellent podcast, Why Won’t You Date Me, and she was talking to Ashley Nicole Black. They were talking about The Matrix and how remarkably good looking the leads are. And boy-howdy are they! Just so you know and if you have HBO you should really watch A Black Lady Sketch Show. Maybe  you don’t laugh enough. This show will remedy that. Actually, I don’t know if you laugh enough, maybe  you are getting 3,333 percent of the FDA’s recommenced daily allowance of laughter but there is always room for more.

But that is not what I came here to tell you.

Sense8 is worth watching. The show takes time to develop every character and where they are within their own lives. Then it goes into how being connected to 7 other people impacts, imperils, upends and enriches those lives. 

I can’t recommend it enough.