Archive for March, 2009

Shop Smart at Sears

Posted by on Mar 25 2009 | Uncategorized

PhotobucketWhat do you think of this jacket? I am so getting this. Notice the sale price? Notice the original price? Amazing! I’d say it’s time to head on over to Sears for a great sale. From now until April 18, Sears is offering 75-80% off Fall and Winter apparel. With finances stretched as tightly as they are right now for many families you simply cannot afford to ignore sales like this. Of course, shopping sales like this requires a little foresight and planning. You need to try to figure out what sizes your kids will be next fall and winter and then you need to bring your new things home and remember where you put them next Fall when you want and need them. If you can handle both of these things, then a sale like this is just perfect for you!

As for me, I love taking advantage of sales like this because I am an organizer at heart. Purchasing items for future seasons makes me feel uber organized. Makes my day, in fact!

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Vitamin D Deficiency

Posted by on Mar 25 2009 | Uncategorized

Insufficient vitamin D may cause girls to have weak muscles.

Vitamin D deficiency is known to weaken the muscular and skeletal systems. A new study has found that vitamin D is connected to muscle power in adolescent girls.

The researchers measured vitamin D in 99 girls between the ages of 12 and 14. They found that 75 percent of the participants had vitamin D levels lower than optimal.

New research also suggests that vitamin D deficiency may also increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disorders.

Scientists and medical professionals believe that vitamin D deficiency is rampant, particularly among dark skinned people living far from the equator. Recent studies suggest that up to 55 percent of apparently healthy adolescents may be vitamin D deficient.

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Amazing Dolphins

Posted by on Mar 20 2009 | Uncategorized

Want to seem something that can’t help but make you smile? Check out these dolphin bubbles. I’m telling you…if you spend the next three minutes watching these amazing dolphins make these bubbles, you will have a better day for it. I will almost guarantee this.

Have you ever heard or seen anything like this before? I would love to be able to stand at this viewing window and actually watch these dolphins make these creations. From what I saw in the video, this is a skill that they need to learn and refine. Females seem to be more adept at bubble-making than males for some reason. With practice, they learn how to play with these bubbles, toss them around, and then finally pop them. This is just one more example of how intelligent dolphins are. I wonder what else they can do?

I had to call my kids in to see this and they were fascinated as well. Dolphins love bubbles as much as we do! Who knew?

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Cold Ointments with Menthol May Harm Children

Posted by on Mar 14 2009 | Uncategorized

The old-fashioned cold treatment of slathering menthol rubs to a child’s chest is still common today. These rubs usually contain ingredients like camphor and menthol. They are thought to help ease coughing and breathing during colds. New research, however, is indicating that these menthol rubs are dangerous for children.

There are new warnings about a possibility of a drastic increase of nasal inflammation and difficulty breathing in young children. No one should place these ointments in or under their nose. Evidence shows that a small portion of children seem to have severe reactions to menthol rubs placed under the nose.

The FDA has recently concluded that over-the-counter cold and cough medications show no evidence of being effective in children. The menthol in these rubs provides a cooling sensation in the nasal passages. This may make breathing feel easier, but it isn’t actually improving air flow at all.

Natural remedies like consuming plenty of liquids and getting extra rest when sick are a much safer alternative.

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Thing 1 and Thing 2

Posted by on Mar 09 2009 | Uncategorized

PhotobucketDr Seuss takes me back. Believe it or not, I still have several Dr. Seuss books from when I was a child. They are in surprisingly good condition, too. They are sitting in my children’s bookshelf and they are still read. These are books that have stood the test of time.

I found some baby clothes this evening that are some of the cutest things I’ve seen in a very long time. In fact, I am thinking that I am going to have to give in to my urge and buy a few things for my grandson Kelvin. These clothes are just too cute to pass up.

This “Thing 1 and Thing 2″ coverall is definitely going in my shopping cart. I think I will have to add something with “One Fish Two Fish” as well. That was always one of my favorites. I love opportunities to pass on classics to little ones, and Dr. Seuss definitely is definitely a classic that deserves to be passed on.

This site is full of retro items if you like this type of thing, too. You should take a moment and check it out. Not only will you find cute clothes, but you’ll take a quick stroll down memory lane as well!

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Looking at the History of Childbirth

Posted by on Mar 07 2009 | Uncategorized

PhotobucketA typical childbirth is attended by doctors, nurses and husbands in hospital delivery rooms.  Sometimes even other relatives and friends are present for the birth. Midwives often assist with births at home.

Assisted birth has been around for thousands of years.  The aspect of social assistance during childbirth is one part of our heritage that makes us distinctive as humans.

Women need assistance in childbirth because it is difficult and even potentially dangerous. Many of the risks have been minimized today, but as recently as two generations ago it was not uncommon for women to die in childbirth.

The average pelvic opening in women today is 13 centimeters at its largest point and 10 centimeters at its smallest point. The average infant head is 10 centimeters from front to back and the shoulders are 12 centimeters across. The birth canal is a twisty tunnel necessitating a series of tricky twists and turns to navigate it.

Childbirth is one example of a situation in a woman’s life where she must enlist the help of others to ensure a positive outcome.

Traditionally, women support each other when they are pregnant and nursing.  Cooperative childcare is common in many areas of the world. Often the women who can offer support to other women are older women who have fewer family responsibilities of their own.

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