Come again? An alarm that wakes you up with an orgasm?
In what could be the best article I’ve ever written on a Monday morning, I’m going to attempt to get through this without using any sex puns.
Nope, sorry; I can’t do it. This up and coming product deserves its shining moment.
In what could be the biggest stroke of genius in alarm clock history, the Little Rooster, an online store based in the UK, sells an alarm clock that will wake you up in a way that brings new meaning to the phrase "rise and shine."
All you need to do is set your alarm at night, slip it into your underwear and be prepared to, and I quote:
“Wake slowly. Sensually. Pleasurably. Feeling confident. Happy. Aroused.”
My morning coffee can only do one of those things.
This rechargeable device comes with 30 – THIRTY! different levels, and that smart little rooster will remember which one you like.
Let me just repeat that: It remembers your favourite setting.
The charge lasts up to three hours and it has a snooze feature which begs the question, can one call into work late because you pressed snooze too many times?
This device has been creating a lot of buzz and has been featured in GQ Magazine, on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and in the Sunday Times.
And guys, you don’t need to feel left out. You can sign up to be on the ‘For Men’ mailing list and be notified when the Little Rooster for Men is launched. Although I’d be remiss if I didn’t say they missed out on calling it cock-a-doodle-doo.
Well done Little Rooster; well done. You’ve proven to the world that if you build it, they will come.
Parents often try to balance the ‘gimmes’ of the holidays with giving back. We want our children to appreciate what they have while teaching them about what other people don’t have. We want them to understand that life isn’t about what you have, it’s about how you make others feel. And we want to do all this amidst the frenzy of Black Friday shopping, toy commercials, and our kids writing out lists of what they want for Christmas. Sometimes lists that are longer than they are tall.
The struggle is real.
My family and I have done this in the past thanks to Karen Elliott who shared her idea with us but we somehow fell off the kindness wagon. What can I say? It happens. This being a human being thing is a work in progress.
However, this year we’re getting back on and will be implementing the 24 Days of Kindness.
Beginning on December 1st, each member of the family will perform an anonymous act of kindness each day. We then write it on a slip of paper and put it in a box that your kids have decorated.
One of the things we emphasize is that these acts of kindness don’t have to involve money. Yes, it’s great to buy an unsuspecting person their morning cuppa joe (for the record, this has never happened to me), but it’s a good way to teach your kids that simple acts throughout the day can make an impact on this world.
They can do little things like hold a door open for someone, give a random compliment, tell a teacher how they’ve made a difference, write someone a letter, give a person a hug, hold the elevator, do a chore without being asked…. The possibilities are endless. Even little ones can get involved by helping you bake cookies, giving away a toy, helping to shovel snow with a toy shovel.
Then on Christmas Eve you each take turns pulling out the papers and reading all the good things you’ve done throughout the month.
Trust me when I say:
1) You heart will grow three sizes as you all sit reading your acts of kindness
2) You will be blown away by what acts of kindness your kids come up with
This is all about making the tradition your own so feel free to put your own spin on it. If 24 acts each is too much, make it 24 in total. Repetition of the same act of kindness is completely fine. There are no rights or wrongs, only simple acts that make a positive impact on the world.
Nobody expects to get in a car accident. I know I certainly didn’t when we left the house on a sunny Sunday afternoon to go to my mother-in-law’s house to celebrate Mother’s Day. But less than a kilometer away it happened.
There was a “C” shaped curve in the road but instead of turning with the curve, the driver coming at us in the opposite direction kept going straight. He hit the meridian, flew into the air straight into us. There was no time for any of us to react. One second we were on our way to dinner, the next our van was facing the wrong way on a residential street across from a park, air bags deployed, shattered glass everywhere because the back windows had imploded. I turned around to see my older son's face covered in blood.
The driver who hit us? He was drunk.
It happens faster than you think.
We all walked away with minor injuries – my husband and I with neck and back injuries and our older son with a swollen, bleeding lip. The policeman told us that this wouldn’t have been the case 15 or 20 years ago. The fact is, my kids were saved from serious injury because they were strapped in properly.
Shelly Martin’s daughter wasn’t as lucky. Her 6 year-old daughter Samantha was coming back from a fair with her dad when they crashed into a tree.
Samantha was supposed to have been in a booster seat but her parents thought she had outgrown it. And Samantha herself made a mistake. She put the shoulder belt behind her which meant she only had a lap belt restraining her when the crash occurred.
The force of the impact caused the lap belt to almost cut her in two. (You can read the full story here).
I know parents who have moved their kids out of a booster seat because their kids were complaining, or like Shelly Martin, they thought their child had outgrown it.
Every year I read comments online from parents who don’t want to take off their child’s bulky winter jacket before strapping them into car seats because it’s inconvenient.
On a weekly basis I see kids in the front passenger seat who are clearly too small to be there.
Samantha is now out of the hospital and healing at home and her mom wants everyone to know how important it is to always ensure your kids are secured properly in a vehicle.
I do too.
Because nobody ever expects to get into an accident and it happens faster than you think.