Can men make it through labor?

Giving birth is no picknick! Just ask any mom.

So would men be able to do it? They've always had the perfect excuse not to have to try: they don't have the right body parts.

2 Dutch go through labor

But now it's possible to simulate labor! In the video below, two Dutch men undergo labor. Labor is simulated by placing electrodes onto their stomach.

And sure enough, soon they're writhing in pain! One of them even gives up.

Enjoy this video of men going through labor! With English subs.

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The Circle

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Do all your different usernames and passwords drive you crazy? I for one, forget mine all the time! It's so annoying.

Wouldn't it be easier if there was only one network that you could use for everything? From social media accounts to messageboards etc.

One network, one username, one password, one person?

In Dave Egger's book The Circle that's a reality! The Circle is this big innovative company that wants to make the world a better place. And one of their inventions is TruYou. A system that allows you to use all the facilities you like with only one personal account.

But unfortunately the great inventions of The Circle come at a price...

The Circle: the story

In The Circle we meet Mae Holland. Mae is over the moon! Because she got a job at The Circle. And The Circle isn't just any other company. It's where the most creative and bright people of the world gather and work together. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

Everything and everyone is connected

Through Mae we get to know The Circle. We learn how it works, and what's important. Everything in The Circle is connected. People are constantly connected. In fact, it's mandatory to be online and connect. Something Mae soon finds out, because at first she doesn't realize hów important it is to connect.

Once she does, she throws herself heart and soul into living up to the expectations of The Circle. Slowly but surely Mae becomes one of them.

But as a reader you can't help but feel concerned for Mae. Because is her total absorption in The Circle a good thing if she stops doing things she used to love? And her relationship with her parents deteriorates?

The Circle: great inventions but at what cost?

On the one hand the ideas and inventions of The Circle are great. Like cheap little cameras that no one can see. Anyone can buy them and put them somewhere. The idea is that this will stop criminal behavior. After all: who's going to rob a bank, if he may be caught on camera?!

And how about politicians wearing a camera around their neck 24/7? Policiticans go 'transparent'.

But all these ideas come at a great cost: total loss of privacy.

Because according to The Circle, privacy is stealing experience and information from others! And sharing = caring. So if you don't share everything you see or do, you obviously don't care about others, and you're self centered.

The Circle: a dystopian novel

The Circle is a so called dystopian novel.

Dystopian fiction (sometimes referred to as apocalyptic literature) is the creation of an utterly horrible or degraded society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion, or dystopia. (Source: Wikipedia)
But because The Circle sounds a lot like Google, and the importance of being online makes you think of Facebook, the future in The Circle seems a bit too close for comfort!

If definitely made me stop and think about how I use social media.

About Mae Holland

I liked Mae. But I would have liked to have gotten some more insight into her character. I kept thinking she would see The Circle for what it was. A scary regime.

Summing up

The Circle is a very well written book. And it's got great ideas. Apart from that it makes you stop and think about where the world is heading. Google is getting more powerful every day. Is that something we want? Or should we be scared?!

Practical information

You can buy The Circle at for $10.90

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Filofax: cheap alternative!


Remember my short, ill conceived affair with Filofax?

I was seduced by its size. But it was that very same size that drove me back to my Moleskine diary.

I paid 60 bucks for a Filofax I don't like

But unfortunately, I spend 60 dollars on eBay, to buy that Filofax Metropol Organizer. That's quite a lot. Especially since it turns out I don't like it after all. It's an expensive lesson.

I'm going to tell you a secret!

So I'm going to share something with you. Something I wish someone had told me, before I paid 6o bucks for an organizer I don't use. Because I did the research before I bought it. I had been searching the internet for information about 'cheap alternatives to A4 Filofax'. But there wasn't any.

So now I'm offering the info, I wanted to find. Are you ready for it? Here it comes!

A cheap alternative to a A4 Filofax organizer can be ány binder at all. As long as it's a 2 or 4 ring binder! All you have to buy is the filofax diary content for 24 USD. And you put that into your binder. 

And voila! You've got yourself a great organizer!

It has all the perks of a Filofax diary. But you save a lot of money on the binder! And because you can use almost any binder, you have lots of great options.

Filofax diary in pretty 2-ring binder

Summing up

If you want to organize your life with an organizer, you don't have to spend a lot of money. Like I did. It's enough to buy the Filofax diary. Just put in a beautiful binder, and you'll have a beautiful organizer!

Instead of 60 or more bucks, you only have to pay 24 bucks.

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Fetch Google! Google fetch! Who's a good boy then!


How to get Google to index your new post?

Have you ever written a wonderful post? Or page? One that you SEO optimized to the hilt?

And you thought to yourself: 'This is The One! This is the one that's going to bring me a steady stream of visitors!' So you push publish. And the waiting begins.

The wait for Google to index your little gem.

But sometimes it takes Google weeks, even months to index a new post or page. And that sucks! Because obviously you are ready now, to get your avalanche of new visitors.

Get your blog post indexed now!

Luckily there's something you can do to speed up the process. It's free and you can find it in your Google Webmaster Tools! If you don't have a Google Webmaster Tools Account, get one. Now. It's really a musthave if you're a blogger.

Google Fetch: what does it do?

Google Fetch allows you to type the url of your new post/page and then send it straight to Google's index.

It's like your url is a ball. And Google is a dog. You throw your ball/url, and you shout: 'Fetch it!'

Google Fetch: how do I do this?

1. Go to
2. Click on the url of your blog
3. On the left side you see Crawl.
4. Click on Crawl.
    Now new options appear below Craw:

google fetch

5. Click on 'Fetch as Google'

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6. A new page opens up. Type in the url of your brilliant new post/page.
7. Click on fetch Wait while Google plays fetch!
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8. Click on Submit to index

And you're done! Your new post/page is now indexed.

How to check if you Google indexed your post?

There's an easy way to check if Google indexed your post. Go to and type:
You can also use Search Engine Ranking. But this only shows the top 100 rankings.

If your blog hasn't been indexed yet, you get this search result:

google index

But if it hás been indexed, you get this:

So you're indexed but where do you stand?

So, the good news is: Google indexed your post or page. The bad news is that this doesn't mean you're on the first page of the search results. In fact you might not see your great post/page anywhere.

Which begs the question:

Where do I rank for my fabulous post? 
A quick way to find out on which page in the Google Search Results your great post/page is by using

Fair warning though: the results may be depressing.

Summing up

Google Fetch is a great, free tool to your new blog post or page indexed faster. However getting indexed it only the first step. It doesn't mean your post will rank immediately. You'll still have to promote your post/page.

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Keeping up with your children + Wordless WednesdayLinky!

When did this happen?! I only took my eyes off her for a minute!

Keeping up with your children can be hard!

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Infographic:how to spice up your living room!

I love changing our living room. There was a time when I moved all the furniture around at least 3 times a year.

But since our move to the country I don't do that anymore. Because now we have lots of windows. And they kind of dictate our floor plans. Sure, you can put a book case in front of a window. But it looks kind of funny...

I still like to spice things up though. And I wanted to share this great infographic. It shows you how to change your living room. And I'm going to show it to my husband too. Because there's a line in there that says:

'You can never have too many throw pillows'!

That'll tell him! And there are some other great tips in there.

Infographic - Living Room - Accessories to Add Spice to Your Living Room
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Parenting can really put a strain on your relationship!

You have to be good friends, to get this shot!
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Freedom: is having no loans?



Can you imagine there used to be a time when you didn't have to take out a loan to buy a house? You just found yourself a piece of land you liked. And then you build a house on it. From trees you cut down with your own bare hands. Or maybe with the help of an axe.

Who has the money to buy a home ?

When I think about this, I think about pa Ingalls in The Little House on the Prairie! I used to love that show. Their house was small, but they were all so happy. And they didn't have a mortgage weighing them down.

In 2010 the average house price in the USA was a whopping $272,900. I don't think there are many people out there who can fork over that many money. And that's where a home loan comes in. A mortgage. For example, people embrace home loans Rhode Island. And of course there are many more mortgage lenders out there.

It's hard not to have loans

Nowadays it's hard nót to get into debt. If only to get a good education. Student loans are almost a fact of life. Unless you come from filthy ritch parents. As most people, my husband and I have a mortgage too. We love our home in the country. But sometimes I dream about Pa Ingalls. And his wooden home without any mortgage... And I wonder: isn't that real freedom? Not to be encumbered by debt?

A tiny house

Some people have found a solution. They buy a tiny house. They get rid of all their clutter. And they choose to live a more simple life. I have to say, it sounds lovely. But with five kids, I'm not sure it would work for us.

But a girl can dream!

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Skirt: figure hugging or A-line?


I always wear A-line skirts.

 Ever since Trinny and Susannah recommended it for pearshaped women in their show What no to wear.

A-line skirts skim right over bulges and bumps, and kindly hide them.

But my skirts are getting old, and they're not in fashion. Which makes it hard to replace them. So when I spotted a fitted skirt for only 7 bucks, I figured: 'What the heck! Why not try a fitted skirt!'

And I have to say, it's kind of nice.


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