Dog Cleans Baby

If your dog gives the baby a tongue bath, does that make them clean?

I have watched this video several times now and had a whole array of thoughts

  1. How cute the dog is cleaning the baby
  2. Dont you know what else the dog licks
  3. How smelly/dirty is the baby for the dog to want to clean it
  4. Does the dog think this is his baby

So many others, but here is todays question:  As a mom do you video tape the cute baby laughter and sweet dog and baby moment or do you stop the dog from licking the baby?

What do you think?

Keep your children safe

Everyone wants to keep their children safe from everything they can think of. In all honesty, in very many cases, parents tend to overprotect their children. However, with all this overprotection from bacteria, from falling when running, from eating dirt to pretty much anything else, there are some things parents really should protect their children from.

According to a new study that released just a week ago, every three weeks one child dies from a television tipping over. More than 13,000 more children are injured every year. Yet, most parents are not even considering TV tip-over as a threat to their small children. Many are also not even aware that there are ways to secure their television to their wall. However, it’s not as difficult as one might think.

Start by assessing the stability of your TV. Is it easy to knock over? Or if it’s not easy to just knock it over…what if someone tried to climb up with the help of the TV? If it’s destined to fall in these cases, it’s time to secure it. And securing it to the wall is usually your best bet. You might be able to find the best solutions for flat panel mounts with the help of SANUS.

The study about the threats of TV tipping over was released on December 13, 2012 by Safe Kids Worldwide and SANUS.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

Fun Family Christmas Games

Have you ever found the mood in your house dipping later in the day on Christmas?

Do you need something to do to keep the kids from going crazy waiting for Christmas eve to get over?

Or maybe you have a group of adults you need to entertain AFTER the kids go to bed.

Here are a few games your might want to try to keep everyone entertained.

Christmas Pictionary – This game is a drawing game.  All you need is some paper and a pencil or pen.  Come up with some Christmas words (you will want to choose the words based on the group).  Divide into two teams.  Take turns being the picture drawer for your team.  Pick out a word. Set timer (60- 120sec) and then draw.  If the team can guess what it is they get a point.  If they cant at the end of the time the other team gets one guess to steal the point.  You can also do this where everyone guesses each time with no timer and the 1st person to get it right gets a point.

Christmas word – for this game you need to look up some words like yule or boughs  and write them down(make sure you write down the definition too).  One person reads the word out loud and everyone writes down what they think it means (or a joke meaning).  The reader reads all the definitions aloud and everyone guesses what they think the definition is.  You get a point if you guess the correct definition and anyone whose definition got voted correct also gets a point per vote.  Everyone takes turns being the reader.

You could also try the Christmas memory game to test how well people know the story “twas the night before Christmas” – here is how –

After hours break out the cards and try playing Texas hold-em gift exchange -


MERRY Christmas!

Is your child at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions?

“Like most kids, my son spends 180 days in school each year and I need to know that the people he is with every day know the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and what to do if it occurs,” said Julie Bowen, actress known for her roles in Modern Family and Boston Legal. Her son who had an allergic reaction as a toddler, fortunately received immediate help and recovered quickly. However, nearly 1500 people every year in the U.S. alone aren’t that lucky.

And it should be both the parents’ as well as the kids’ own interest to make sure that everyone in the schools would be prepared for it. As nearly 8% of children (1 in 13) in the U.S. suffers from a food allergy, it’s no small issue.

“My son is only five, but he has already started to take responsibility for his life-threatening allergies and become his own advocate,” said Bowen, who will be doing the public service announcement (PSA) about anaphylaxis.

The current campaign, launched by Mylan Specialty L.P. and joined by Julie Bowen, is focusing on raising awareness of anaphylaxis in schools and to make sure first-line of treatment, epinephrine, would be always available.

If you’re a child, your teachers, your classmates, ideally all of them should be aware of your condition, the symptoms as well as the need for immediate treatment. During the campaign, from September 26 to November 9, 2012, students in grades from 1-12 are encouraged to write a brief essay and submit up to two visual images to explain an idea to:

• Improve awareness of life-threatening allergies in schools
• Help students who may be at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions feel more accepted in their school or
• Provide a unique solution to a challenge faced by students who may be at risk for anaphylaxis.

The essays can be submitted at Fifteen best works will also be receiving a college scholarship in the amount of $2000.

Do You Know Where You Come From?

Do You Know Where You Come From?

It seems like such an easy question, but what do you know about your family?  Most people know what country their ancestors came from.  Some people have traced their lineage to notable historic figures or events.  But what does that mean?

I saw a DNA test the other day and the person was more then 50% from one region.  I realized how amazing that was with all of the wars and conquerors for someones bloodline to still be that pure.  If you really think about it that is pretty amazing.  A country comes in and conquers another country and they mate with and drag away the most desirable people in the land.  However eventually those same attackers find themselves on the losing end of a war and have their best and brightest torn away from them.  You would think that with the possible exception of a few island nations that by now all DNA would be less then 1% anything and yet in most cases it isnt.

The question I have for you to think about to day is what that means.  Image the dreams, the hopes, the aspirations and even the fears that went into bringing you here.  To this point in your life.  To this specific mixture of DNA that makes you – YOU!  The things most of us take for granted is how amazing we all are.  There is no chance that you are a random accident!

Take some time today and think about where you come from and what that means.

And then celebrate YOU!

Lower Your Birthday Party Budget Without Lowering the Fun


Between party favors, entertainment, and venue rental; and, of course, the presents, birthday parties’ can sometimes be a huge drain on your bank account. Of course you want to show your child a fun time, but a lot of parents just assume that means they need a 4-digit budget to make it happen. The truth is, you can make your child’s special day extra special without having to take out a second mortgage. The trick is to get creative and be open to new twists on the old birthday traditions.

First of all, trim the guest list down as much as possible. Throwing a huge party is a nice gesture for your child but it can often be overwhelming to a child who has not completely developed their social skills. They will probably have even more fun with 5-10 of their closest friends.

Instead of renting a venue like a roller skating rink or a putt-putt golf course, let the kids run wild at the park. Most cities have free park with baseball diamonds that are perfect for games of baseball, softball or kickball.

Once you have the guest list pared down and the location decided on, consider what sorts of activities the kids can engage in. If you can think of a way to combine the food and the entertainment, you will end up saving a lot. For instance, turning the birthday cake into an interactive experience by setting up a cupcake decorating station will keep the kids entertained while they feed themselves. Have the batter ready to go and let the kids add chocolate chips, M&Ms or any other little goodies into the batter before putting the cupcakes in the oven. Have icing, sprinkles and other candies ready once they’ve cooled down.

When children are young they are mostly just happy to be hanging out with each other. As long as they have some sort of sweet in their tummy and some sort of activity to play, they’ll most likely have a blast.

Melissa is a party planner and guest blog writer who enjoys throwing great themed parties using Mario party supplies.


Thanks to Melissa for the informative guest post and to Rawich for the birthday candle image. :)

My Sister Is Pretty Cool but Don’t Tell Anyone

My son is 16 now and given the choice would rather put on a pair of Rayban sunglasses, separate from the family and blend in with nearby strangers than be caught hanging out with us out in public. Us being Dad, Sister, and me. And that’s okay, I completely remember being embarrassed to go certain places with my family. In all our struggles to become a family I never really worried about “what to expect” with regards to the child – patient relationship. The sibling relationship was a different story, though. I can clearly remember the day a few years ago that I realized that everything was okay in that relationship too…

I am an only child and before my kids I had no insight whatsoever into sibling rivalry. After being subjected to Drew and Sari’s nonstop bickering I foolishly decided that brothers and sisters at that age just don’t like each other. I reminded them that family is to be treasured and that they need to look out for one another. I resigned to waiting it out until they figured it out. Until I found the note.

One day after the kids went to school I was cleaning Drew’s bedroom and I found some dollars on the floor. When I picked up his clear acrylic bank I saw a torn piece of notebook paper folded neatly and stuffed down the slot. Like any good Mother I popped out the rubber stopper and retrieved the paper. It said, “Don’t tell anybody but I really do love my sister. She is pretty cool.”

My heart was warmed! Drew had always blamed Sari for their situation because it was after her birth that they were removed from their biological home when he was 5 and put into the foster care system. I worried that his aggression toward her went beyond sibling rivalry and into someplace deep and sad. It may have in the beginning and may resurface in the future, but here was hope that he really did cherish her.

Not sure what the proper thing to do was, I shared with Drew that I read his note. I feel it is my job to snoop and be aware of everything in my kid’s lives, I don’t feel bad about that, but I thought I should let him know. I asked him if it was true that he was developing a soft spot for her. Unsure of what to expect, I was surprised and a little tickled when he said, “Yeah, it’s true Ma. You know, she’s just a little kid still. She doesn’t know how dumb she is.”

That was just about the sweetest thing I had ever heard. Do you remember how old you were before you stopped detesting your sibling?

The Power of Bad Choices and the Addictions that Bind Us

This is not a post about drug addicts. Or any other addicts. It’s about a lifestyle – health connection. And in my mind I keep relating it to drug addicts but it would take too long to properly connect it all in one post. So I will preface this post by saying that it’s choppy and jumpy. And that you will never hear me pass judgment on anyone who can’t stop doing something they should stop doing, because even though I have never tried a single drug in my life, I can relate to people who have and have difficulty stopping. 

I do not feel “good” today. I don’t mean because I have a sinus infection. I mean that IN GENERAL, these days I do not feel good. I have aches and pains inside and outside of my body. I’m tired a lot. And if I don’t take my supplements I am a cranky, moody, hot tempered version of myself that I don’t even recognize. I don’t have to feel this way, but I guess I choose to.

See, I know what feeling good feels like! I have been in tip top, feel good, almost in another dimension physical, mental, and spiritual shape. I could wear whatever I wanted. Eat whatever I wanted. Had a glowing smooth complexion and didn’t wear make up. I could see and hear things before they happened and feel the vibrations of everything living around me. But I didn’t understand HOW good it was. I knew I exercised more and ate better than most people but I thought that was just the secret to my great abs. I just assumed that all the other stuff was normal. That my expensive skincare products were taking good care of my skin and that everyone could meditate and have an open mind and connection with the universe. Wrong.

You know how I know it’s wrong? Because I feel so bad now. Even using the expensive skincare products and believing and knowing “the secrets” of the universe – My skin is still blotchy and it’s a wonder I can touch my toes – forget about any earth energy or vibrations! Ever since I adopted my kids and immediately lost track of my nutritional beliefs, I gradually transformed from a happy, optimistic, energetic, healthy person to an unhealthy, sore, grouchy, tired one. Turns out the food we feed our kids is not really healthy. Macaroni and cheese does not rid my body of toxins or improve the flow of my chi. Cap’n Crunch does not provide long lasting energy and mental focus to make the most of my day.

This morning I had a piece of frosted crust cherry bread with jet puff on it for breakfast. I don’t even LIKE that kind of food. But it’s here and it’s cheap and it’s easy. It was on the clearance rack at Kroger and was half the price of the bagels. I’m really busy at work this week because I couldn’t get work done while the kids were off school for Christmas. Jet puffed bread took no time to make and no time to eat. Perfect. Not. Did I even consider the calories in that mess before I ate it? The fat, the carbs, the cholesterol, THE SUGAR?! It’s all I can think about now! No, I sure didn’t think about any of that. Just made another bad choice.

Now understand, I am not simply talking about weight management here. Although I’m sure extra weight is a factor in some of the aches, pains, and sluggishness. I’m talking about overall functionality of the mind – body machine. I need a tune up. I know you know what I mean.

Getting from there to here I have had time to experiment. For instance, for years I continued with pricey beauty regimens but the condition of my skin continued to decline. When I returned to different versions of my healthy lifestyle for very short periods of time – things got better. My skin glowed. My hair got thicker and prettier. And I had less pain. Fewer headaches. But every time I made those changes – I changed back. And the poor health returned.

Instead of making a commitment to living well I yo yo diet and pump myself up with supplements. I know that I can treat a migraine drug free, but it’s so much easier to pop Advil. I can’t fit into my dancing pants anymore, but who cares? I don’t go out dancing anyway.

I know that eating more natural and leaner foods will make me healthier, happier, and more successful in every aspect of life. I also know that my present lifestyle, though not necessarily life threatening, is holding me back and will shave years off my life. I have known this for 5 years – and still haven’t changed.

So you see? I too am making bad choices every day that affect my health, my life, and the existence of people around me who depend on me. But nobody judges me as harshly as a drug addict who really only made ONE bad choice – to try drugs – and got hooked. I adopted an easy unhealthy lifestyle because life got hard and I was looking for shortcuts. That’s a big factor in addiction. So why is the drug addicted mom judged so harshly? I understand that the outcome of her actions may be more severe. But the path she took to get there likely took no more heinous action that taken by you or me in any bad choice we have ever made. But the glue of her addiction is an infinite amount stronger than whatever has a hold on you or me.

Take a minute to think about your vices and bad habits. Have you tried to quit? Why haven’t you been successful? And what about the food you eat? Do you always make the right choices?




Happy Ghoulday!

Big plans for Halloween this year at our house! You may have heard me complaining that we haven’t had a summer vacation in a couple of years. And you like will again. We didn’t even go to Mackinac Island or Cedar Point which is always our back up plan when we can’t swing other things. BUT that’s about to change.

Although Cedar Point’s regular season is closed, HALLOWEEKENDS is in full force. Sarah’s birthday is November 1st and she’s been wanting to go there for her birthday for years, but from what I can tell the experience is pretty scary so I have been hesitate to do it. I think this is the year though.

With all the attention given to Andrew this year, first for his negative behavior, then the summer spent in treatment, Poor Sarah has been like a ghost. Not getting a lot of attention from us, and no one asking about her. Everyone asking about Andrew. She withdrew, her posture changed, her speech pattern changed, her attitude & behavior… but she seems to be bouncing back. I’ve been flooding her with good attention and been real hard on her for the crap she’s been trying to pull that she thought she would get away with because she knows I am swimming in guilt right now for neglecting her. So cunning, my kids! Anyway, some spooky Cedar Point might be just what the doctor ordered for her – and all of us! We definitely need a get away.

I am still concerned that the PG-13 theme might be a little twisted for her 12 year old mind, though. But on the plus side I won’t have to buy Halloween costumes or send out birthday invitations. So I’m calling it a wash.

Have you ever been to Cedar Point over Halloween? Do your kids like scary stuff?