Moose’s New Supplement

You might have noticed that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about… worrying about… and researching things that could help my Moose deal with the discomfort of hip dysplasia. Ideally, I was looking for a supplement that included glucosamine and chondroitin and other good stuff like omega-3 fatty acids, natural pain relievers, and vitamins and minerals that promote joint health. I haven’t found a supplement that does it all yet, but I have found one that I’m very pleased with. How I found Moose’s new supplement: I was browsing, looking at the different products they had that included … Continue reading

Baby Blog Month in Review: July 2008

Two of my three children are summer babies. That is, they were born in the summer and had their first months surrounded by sunshine streaming in the windows, the sound of birds chirping, and days spent wearing nothing but a diaper and a “onsie.” I made sure that they had Fourth of July outfits ready, even though one of them arrived a week after the holiday. I guess he just wasn’t interested in the parade. Do you have a summer baby, too? We had a lot of new information to share this past month, such as recall notices and new … Continue reading

FDA Warns Against Using Nipple Cream

The FDA has issued a warning against Mommy’s Bliss Nipple Cream on Friday, May 23. The FDA discourages mothers from using the cream saying that two ingredients within the cream could cause diarrhea, respiratory problems and vomiting in infants. The FDA Warning The ingredients named as problematic in the cream are chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol. According to the FDA, the interaction between these ingredients is also troublesome and can exacerbate symptoms. The FDA is saying that moms should stop using this cream and consult a doctor immediately if your infant shows any symptoms. Baby’s Bliss Upon receiving the FDA results, Baby’s Bliss … Continue reading

How to Get On Food Network

If you’re a foodie, no doubt you like at least something on the Food Network. It’s like foodie heaven with shows lined up for all sorts cooking styles and needs. These people have reinvented the way we look at eating and cooking taking it from ‘boring chore’ to exciting and adventurous and dare I say it. . .even sexy? Did you know that you can actually get on the Food Network? If you’ve ever wondered how they choose contestants or which recipes to rescue–keep reading! Paula Deen The southern bell hosts her own show: Paula’s Party. She has her own … Continue reading

Ask a Baby Blogger: Can Too Much Exercise Make Your Milk Sour?

Several have posed this question to me recently so I thought I would take some time today in the baby blog to answer it. It used to be that conventional wisdom told mothers not to exercise while breastfeeding. When you exercise your body increases the production of lactic acid which would make your milk taste sour to the baby and would either upset her stomach or cause her to reject it. Current research does not really support this idea. The most current research that I’m aware of (and here’s where I admit that I haven’t seen anything on this particular … Continue reading

Upcoming Issues in Adoption for 2008

There will be many developments in adoption in the coming year. Not only are countries’ adoption policies continually changing, but the face of international adoption itself may be changed by implementation of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions. (I once thought I’d write a blog about this treaty, but now realize it’s an immense topic that we’ll work our way through together as I share bits of my research.) States continue to search for ways to deal with the exploding foster care population. Some organizations and individuals are founding innovative programs to help teens in foster care. I’ll write about … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Week in Review for September 10-16, 2007

I can never get enough layout ideas and inspiration for scrapbooking. I am constantly on the lookout for new ideas, techniques, products and examples to make scrapbooking fun and to get my juices flowing. Creativity comes naturally, but without these additional devices there are still times I would be in a rut. Here is what has been going on in the scrapbooking blog this week. Are Those Idea Books Any Good? Are the idea books out on the market any good? Will they inspire you? Will you find creative inspiration and create hundreds of layouts when you finally sit down … Continue reading

Inexpensive and Easy Ways to Use Turmeric In Your Home

Finding other uses for household products and items has almost become an obsession for me. Being as frugal as I try to be, I save everything. I also do lots of bulk shopping and use coupons like crazy. For whatever reason, I found a bunch of Turmeric, a very common Asian spice used in Curry in my spice cabinet, and decided to do some research on the spice. I wanted to see if there was anything I could use it for besides cooking and dying eggs. Well, not only did I experiment on my own, but I also asked others … Continue reading

An Interview With Think Inside The Box Owners (2)

….continued from part one The interview I conducted with both of them: I love the concept behind the name of your company. I think that it is perfect for a scrapbooking company. Can you tell us how you came up with the cute name “Think Inside The Box”? Erin: We spent endless hours on our company name…In the end Julie came up with the slogan “think inside the box”. Instead of using it as a slogan, we chose to make it our official company name…and we have trademark approval from the National Trademark Office! How do you gain inspiration for … Continue reading

Family Boundaries

The next six assets that will be written about are in what is considered the “Boundaries and Expectations” category of assets. According to the Search Institute, this grouping of assets helps children to “Know what is expected of them-and what’s not-helps children create, learn, and grow. Instead of holding children back, limits keep them safe and secure. When they know who to count on and how to behave, children can concentrate on developing and learning new skills” Healthy family boundaries include when parents understand children’s needs, likes & dislikes. Parents model appropriate behavior and set age-appropriate limits and consequences. This … Continue reading