Dream Blog Post Condensed

Written by lyricsmama on March 7, 2016 – 2:59 PM -

If you ask me, there’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about
S-L-E-E-P. I’m always trying to get more of it and make the most out of what little time I do get.

So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food and has starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer, ahem carrying case.

He’s taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep.

Live Well And Prospurr - America's Choosiest Cat Gives Back

Dear Morris,

I’ve been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don’t get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just… lie there. I’m hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?

Sleepless in San Fur-nando

Sleepless in San Fur-nando

Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,

Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you’re going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it’s no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope! For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don’t watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can’t speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time. Scientifically speaking, the ‘glow’ emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!

Kitty hugs,

Who Needs A TV

Dear Morris,

I’m a cat but as you know, even animals have ‘spirit animals.’ Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play “catch the speck of dust” or “chase your tail in the middle of the bed” into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they’re missing out on. They just lay there snoring and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?

Yours truly,
Hyper Harry

Hyper Harry

Dear Hyper Harry,

Sadly, this is a case you may not win. Humans need their sleep at night. You get to spend all day snoozing and they only get a few precious hours when the sun goes down. Your humans can, however, make sure that they understand why it is you’re pouncing about and provide things to make nighttime more fun. For instance, your humans could consider getting a kitty condo or put out bags or boxes for you to explore. For extra credit, they can hide treats around the house so you can go on a midnight scavenger hunt. Or, if you’re really lucky, they’ll bring home a kitty best friend for you to play with whenever you please. Other cats might be up at night because they get hungry, in which case their humans could try an automatic food dispenser to provide small meals throughout the night. Remember, the more you let your humans sleep at night, the more energy they’ll have to play with you during the day!

Kitty hugs,


Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.


Tired Tails

Tired Tails

Dear Tired Tails,

You have been bestowed a great honor. As cats, we don’t always wear our hearts on our paws, but one tell-tail sign we love and trust you is when we choose to make YOU our bed. Plus, you’re warm. And getting our warmth from you helps us to conserve our own energy for more important things like eating. The rhythm of your breath also creates a calming effect and the curve of your face, stomach, or legs perfectly forms to our bodies. Basically, you’re like a waterbed, heated blanket, and memory foam all in one! So the next time your cat goes to curl up on you, think of it as a compliment and drift off to sleep knowing you are loved… and you’re very comfortable.


Thank you, Morris the Cat, for your wonderful nighttime tips! For more info on Morris’ mission to help cats and humans live well – including his initiative to donate one million 9Lives meals to rescue kitties – check out his Live Well & Prospurr website.

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What to Sell, Donate & Throw Away Before You Move

Written by lyricsmama on January 8, 2014 – 3:22 PM -


Written By Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com

Before you move, you’re going to find yourself in a sea of stuff, some of which you may not even remember buying, much less using. This is when you know you need to do a little de-cluttering before boxing everything up and moving on to a new home. Luckily for you, we’ve brought you some helpful tips so you know what you should sell, donate and throw away before you move.

What to Sell
As you begin the moving process, you’ll want to look at selling a few choice items. The main things you should think about trying to make some money on are those that face the least depreciation of value over time and are generally classified as luxury items. For example, if you have a television, phone or some furniture you’d like to unload, selling may be the best way to go. You can use sites like Craigslist, eBay and Lockboxer (although of course you need to beware in dealing through the Internet).

What to Donate
The majority of the things you want to part with before a move will likely be good to donate. Donate the things you know someone else could use. These are things like old toys, books, games and puzzles.

When you go to donate something, the most important thing is to make sure you give to the charity that could make the best use of the item. For example, if you would like to give away a toy or game, a children’s hospital may be the place that could appreciate such an item the most. It’s vital that you give to a charity that could really use what you’re giving. Giving back to the community in the most effective way possible is the perfect way to start off a move!

What to Throw Away
Lastly, there will be some things you’re not going to take with you that should just be thrown away. The bottom line here is that you don’t want to donate or try to sell something that no one else could use. This means what you’ll want to pitch are mostly the items that are in some way damaged or too old to really be useful to anyone. This includes clothes with holes in them, games with too many missing pieces to play and toys that are broken. Keep in mind that it creates more work for a charity when you donate goods that they must then throw away.

Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.

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5 Moving Challenges for Moms and How to Get Around Them

Written by lyricsmama on December 9, 2013 – 11:06 AM -

Written by Alyssa Howard, Moveboxer.com

Baby on the hip, box in one hand and phone in the other – so, yeah, life is a little bit crazy right now. Moving with kids can be hard, especially if your children aren’t yet old enough to completely understand all the craziness that comes with relocation. But if you stay organized and follow these tips, you’ll get through the move with grace while still retaining that Mom of the Year crown.

Explaining what moving is
First of all, depending on how old your kids are, you may need to sit down with them and explain exactly what it means that you guys are all moving to a new house together. The younger your child, the more you will have to elaborate in the simplest terms possible.

Dealing with the inevitable acting out
Moving is a stressful time for everyone. Despite your best efforts to keep a positive outlook for the kids, it’s inevitable that some of that façade will crack a little bit, revealing the stress beneath the calm. Your kids will freak out if they realize you’re stressed, but they’ll likely throw tantrums anyway, with all the changes swirling around them. Try to level with them and assure them that it’s natural to be worried about all the new things happening but reinforce that it is also exciting.

Maintaining a normal routine
This is an especially hard one. Between showing the house, packing everything up and tying up all other loose ends, you’re bound to feel like it will be impossible to maintain the usual routine. But don’t despair! If you’re realistic about things, you can get everything done and drive everyone where they need to go – but maybe that means cutting out a soccer practice or two.

Keeping the kids entertained
When you have your hands full, the last thing you want to hear from your children is the dreaded, “I’m bored.” Avoid this conversation by packing a moving time kit that includes some of your kids’ favorite things to do, so they will be occupied while you do the heavy lifting.

Finding new schools and activities
Figuring out the right school for your kids can be tough, especially when you’re making decisions remotely. Try to schedule school tours when possible, and definitely look online at the state board of education rankings. This is also the time to use your network – ask friends of friends what their experiences with the schools are like.

Alyssa Howard is a writer for Moveboxer.com. Moveboxer makes moving easier. Moveboxer matches people up with reputable movers, provides a utility cancellation tool, helps people change their address, and connects people with mortgage, storage, boxes, supplies, and car transport.

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Fighting a new trend: kids and technology addiction! Guest Post

Written by lyricsmama on February 1, 2013 – 12:08 AM -

I don’t have boys myself, but the reality of raising two girls is so much to handle, I’m sure there’s just as much worry and time that is needed to focus on boys as well. Society today has become so different from when we were growing up. With video games, movies and televisions shows available so easily to our young children it’s no wonder things like technology tend to get into our kids heads, and take the good things like outdoors, family time, and normal kids stuff out of it.

Gregg Murset, founder of MyJobChart.com wrote this amazing article called The Demise of Guys? Over My Dead Body. It’s a great read no matter if you have boys, or girls, in fact it gives me a bit of an insight as to what my girls are up against with the boys. Take a read below….

Heads Up on being Heads Down

I recently read the book entitled, “The Demise of Guys” and was totally shocked at the statistics reinforcing what I instinctively already knew in my head. As the author put it, “guys are flaming out”. Crashing and burning. Biting the dust.

Well, I for one, am not letting my guys ages 15, 10, 8 and almost 6 “flame out”. Nope… over my dead body is that going to happen.

These guys are growing up in a world that would have no problem if they just completely wasted all the potential they have wrapped up inside of them. Just chewed them up and spit them out. These guys need a man that has been down the road a little further than they have been, to help lead the way and educate them about all the pitfalls out there.  That is what a real man does right?

So why are guys going down in flames? Well, there are a number of contributing factors but the two biggest reasons fit into the same category: technology. Specifically, video games and online pornography.

The average young person will spend 10,000 hours gaming by age 21. What? With so many boys running around now with a gaming device in their front pocket, I’m not really that surprised. Every time there is a spare minute, out comes the video game and the time wasting begins. The author put this in context when he stated that it takes the average college student only half that time – 4,800 hours – to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Let’s see here… a college degree or hours of mind numbing gaming?

Unfortunately, many guys are choosing the latter to their own demise. I’m not bashing the occasional virtual adventure on a winter day, but 10,000 hours? Come on.

The pornography business is picking up speed at a staggering rate and destroying guys left and right as it barrels down the tracks. One in three boys is now considered a “heavy” porn user, viewing nearly two hours of porn every week. Really? Seriously?  Worldwide, pornography is almost a 100 billion dollar industry. This filth is peddled to anyone that will take a look, with the hope that they will take another look and yet another until they are stuck in an addictive cycle that destroys their ability to have normal interactions with others, especially those of the opposite sex.

Well, as disheartening as these statistics may be… take courage, I have a few simple solutions to consider:

First, boys need more to do. They need to be given more responsibility earlier on in life.  How about some jobs around the house for heavens sake? It’s hard to game or get in trouble on the internet while you have a lawn mower or a paintbrush in your hand! Have them get off the couch or come out of their room, where they are more than likely gaming in seclusion, and do something productive. They might cuss you under their breath when they are younger but I believe they will praise your name later in life.  Shoot, maybe even sincerely thank you face to face! Wouldn’t that be nice? The men that have my respect are real men that know how to work hard. Demise of Guys Endorsement

Secondly, boys need some goals. A clear vision of what they could or should be doing with their time. If they aren’t gaming so much or looking at porn, that leaves a lot of time to do something worthwhile. So sit down with your son, nephew, friend, whoever, and help open their eyes to the many other meaningful things that they could be doing with their time. Read good books, learn how to play an instrument or take on a new language. Get interested in a hobby like hunting or fishing or enroll them in some other organized sport. Maybe it’s weight lifting or running or mountain biking. Help them set some financial goals and teach them how to make good financial decisions. Help them
understand that good things come to those that wait. Maybe it’s saving up for the car they might be dreaming of when they get into High School. As they set some goals and then make the effort to achieve those goals they will have an increased sense of self worth. Not some lame, fake, and fleeting self worth that comes from achieving another level on a video game or being momentarily aroused by yet another pornographic image.

You know what’s going to happen if we can keep them out of this technology trap?  They are going to do better in school, have better social skills, be more self-motivated, learn how to work and make good money decisions. All in all, they are going to be more pleasant to be around. Bonus!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying to go on complete and total technology lock down. Don’t freak out and pile up the iPhones and start a bon-fire or anything. These little gadgets are totally amazing if used for the right purposes. We just need to make sure that these guys that we are raising are given some guidance so they aren’t the ones that get run over by this technological train barreling down the tracks.

The demise of guys? Well, for my 4 guys it’s going to have to be over my dead body.

Gregg Murset is the Founder of www.myjobchart.com and father of 4 boys and 2 girls.

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Fun Family Fall Activities

Written by lyricsmama on October 5, 2011 – 11:48 PM -

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Summer’s seemingly unbearable temps begin to lighten up, and the leaves turn to those beautiful amber and gold hues. Although the weather is exceptional this time of year, so is the list of activities you can do with the whole family. Fall is full of exciting times and great opportunities to take advantage of family togetherness. A few great family fun activities include:

Night-time Hayrides

Enjoying a nice nighttime hayride with your family is a fun, yet slightly, spooky way to enjoy each others companies. Ghost, ghouls, and goblins may be running about under the full moon as a tractor pulls you and your family through an open field, or it may be more laid back so that you can simply sip on hot cocoa and relax under a blanket. Usually local hay farmers or orchards will offer these rides for only a couple of bucks.

Haunted Houses

If you have older kids, consider getting the family together for a visit to the area’s local haunted houses. Together you will laugh, be scared out of your wits, and may even have a chance to get free psychic readings. Either way, your night together will be sure to create lasting memories.

Creating Costumes

Anymore, great costumes are hard to come by in the store. The selection is usually limited, the costumes are often over priced and they just feel cheap. You usually wind up buying multiple accessories anyway just to complete the costume or make it look more like what your kids want.

Instead of buying costumes this year, consider making them with your kids. Not only will it give you some quality time together, but you will all also get to use your creativity and have fun – not to mention finally have that one of a kind costume.

Fall is full of other great activities you and the family can enjoy outside and for rather cheap prices. In addition to those mentioned above, there are also plenty of corn mazes about during autumn and many local orchards will create enjoyable fare, including apple donuts and cider, that everyone can enjoy. Don’t let the great weather pass you by this season. Get out there and enjoy some cider and a good bon fire. Your family will be sure to enjoy the season right along with you.

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