Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Colic Crisis

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My son was Colic until he was twelve months old, I remember everyone telling me it will be over in two months, three months, four months-well they were very wrong! It took me months to find all the information that finally brought a little comfort to my little boy. I went on the internet, read books, read articles and called friends. I promised myself that if I ever had the chance to share these remedies I would because there is JUST NOT ENOUGH information on Colic Crisis!

· Mylecon Drops: NO GENERIC-give the baby these drops before and after meals if needed.
· If you are a breast feeding mother-cut out ALL gassy foods and cut down on the dairy intake and NO CAFEINE (that one almost killed me).
· Nutramigen (Enfamil) formula (very expensive but so worth it) Helps the baby digest the formula better.
· Warm compresses on the babies stomach, don’t be afraid to put (a little) pressure on their belly as you rub in a circular motion.
· MAKE SURE the baby is always burped well-every one ounce if you can get it out if not every two is ok.
· SWADLE: put a receiving blanket down (triangular shape) rap on side across the baby and tuck it in, wrap other side and tuck it in (it can be a little tight) Just like when they are first born in the hospital.
· Lay the baby (ALWAYS ATTENDED) on his/hers belly on a pillow make the pillow into a log roll, gently rub and tap the babies back. Make sure their head is turned right or left. Gently sooth them with your voice as you rub. You can swaddle the baby and put them on the roll also.
· Johnson and Johnson Chamomile Soothing Bath: it’s the best puts the baby right into rest mode.
· As often as possible do exercises with the baby-roll their legs in circular motion to push out some of the gas.
· Last but not least don’t be Afraid to PRAY! Pray over the baby and the calm and peace of the lord will also help you get through.

I hope these tips help all the mothers out there going through this. May God bless you and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Marlena Adkins

Sunday, January 21, 2007

New Stuff we Love

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Tried and "True"! We tested the new detergent from Cheer and the verdict? We will buy this again! Very impressive. The aim of Cheer True Fit is to "help clothes keep their shape while feeling soft". We coupled this with Downy Simple Pleasures fabric softener and our clothes have never felt so soft or smelled so fresh! Extra bonus: if you log on to www.cheer.com/truefit you can get a free sample!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Recipe of the Week


STEP 1 3 cups of crushed pretzels
3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
3/4 cup of butter

Cream sugar and butter together, add crushed pretzels. Press into a 13x9 glass pan, bake for 8 minutes @ 350* then let cool.

STEP 2 1-8 oz. pkg. of cream cheese
1 cup of granulated sugar
1-8 oz. container of cool whip

Cream together and spread over cooled pretzel crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour. (Make sure it is real cold and firm before adding the strawberry jello mixture to it, or the strawberry jello mixture will seep through and it wont set properly.)

STEP 3 2-3 oz. pkg. of strawberry jello
2 cups of hot water
2-10 oz. pkg. of frozen strawberries

Strawberries need to be at room temp, so let them sit out for at least an hour.
Mix the jello and water and let cool for about a 1/2 hour at room temp. Add the room temp strawberries and juice to the jello, then put that mixture into the frig for about a 1/2 hour untill it is lightly set. Then gently pour the strawberry mixture over step 2. Chill overnight and Enjoy!!!!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Movie News

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Jim Stovall is the Cofounder and President of Narrative Television Network, recipient of
the 2000 International Humanitarian of the Year and author of The Ultimate Gift.

This inspirational book has sold over three million copies, been translated into more than
15 languages, and has been made into a major motion picture due for release in March

Winner of the 2006 Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award, which honors
films conveying hope and respect for positive values in life.

Watch for The Ultimate Gift movie to be arriving at theaters soon - or -

Below is a link to my January Once Upon a Family newsletter. Pick up on some great new tradition ideas for 2007 to start with your family. From there you can visit my website to view more about the Ultimate Gift Book and the Ultimate Gift Experience Kit (created by Once Upon a Family) and other family tradition ideas and products.


-From Joan

Monday, January 08, 2007

New Year, New You!

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Ok its the new year and I know everyone is ready to start their diets. So many diets cost so much money and are so expensive. Well I have a very easy website that you can joing and its absolutely FREE!!!!!! I've been a member for 3 years and it is wonderful (when I stick to it) go to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/register.asp?referredby=105185&from=friend On this site you can have access to all of the following and I promise they will never ask you for a dime.
Food tracker and personalized meal plans
Customized fitness plan
SparkPoints motivation program
Support from our experts on message boards
Articles, recipes, tips, and much more!
I know it sounds overwhelming but, the site is very user friendly and I have had success using it. Please check it out you won't regret it.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Mom Agenda

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This is a great idea for the mom on the go! It's from www.momagenda.com. MomAgenda was conceived of and developed by Nina Restieri, a busy mother of four, who like many others, was both amazed and overwhelmed with the amount of appointments her young children had. Her burning desire to get herself organized led to a business idea - help herself and other mothers try to eliminate the chaos in their lives.

The MomAgenda runs from $42.00-$175.00.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Great Games!

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I have kids 3, 5 and 12 and over the years we have played many board games with our kids. The best games that I have come across are the cranium games. We actually just got one for our littlest ones which is called Cariboo this is an awesome game in which your kids can practice to learn their letters, numbers and colors. The cool thing about this game is that it grows with you. It has a beginners version and advanced cards included in the same version. Here are the key tips.
A magical treasure hunt game kids will love
Learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors
Choose from beginner and advanced cards
Quick 15-minute games keep kids' attention
Reading is not required, so kids can enjoy the game on their own

Cranium games are offered from 3 years of age to adult you really have to play them in order to see what I mean. They really are great though and we all enjoy playing them together. Some of the things they have your kids do are use their imagination by drawing, making things with clay and acting out. Check out there website for addition information and games that are age appropriate for your children.

-Thanks to Tiffany!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Recipe of the Week

Here’s a favorite of mine for Ribs. A wonderful chef gave us the secret to nice, tender ribs, IN THE OVEN

World’s Best Indoor BBQ Ribs

Take approximately 4 pounds of pork ribs. Have butcher cut them horizontally across the bone to make smaller, bite size portions. Remove wrap and spice, rub or prepare your ribs like you would for grilling.

Place ribs on rack which sits inside of deep pan. Make sure ribs do not touch sides or bottom of pan.

Cover bottom of pan with 3 cups of water. Cover entire pan with aluminum foil and place in 325 degree oven for 1-1/2 – 2 hours.

While the ribs are in the oven, prepare sauce as follows:

2 bottles of ANY hickory smoked BBQ sauce
3 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
1 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice
¼ cup of Orange Juice
2 Tablespoon of Heinz 57 sauce
½ Tablespoon of Honey
1 Tablespoon Dried Minced Onion
1 bottle of water (fill each empty bottle of BBQ sauce ½ full and shake to
get all of the leftover sauce from the bottle. Do this with each bottle)

Place sauce in the refrigerator.

Remove ribs from pan, saving aluminum foil. Remove rack and drain liquid. Place cooked ribs in bottom of pan. Pour sauce over ribs making sure all of the ribs are covered. Replace foil and bake in 325 degree oven for an additional 1 hour.

Remove ribs and serve.

-Thanks to Joan in Medina!

Monday, January 01, 2007

Fiesta Food!

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I ran across the BEST snack recipe during a New Year's Eve get together! We had an entire line of finger foods and appetizer's but this chip/combo was the crowd favorite! The corn chips were from Garden Fresh Gourmet. They are blue corn (good for you) and the best I've ever had! The dip is easy: mix up an avocado, tomato, a toss of lime, and a dash of sweet onion. That's it! It's a healthy, low-fat snack fit to feed a crowd or a couple!

Happy New Year and Welcome New Moms!

2007 is officially here! Hopefully the year ahead will be filled with blessings and joy for you. Thanks again to the December panel! Rena, Barb, and Holly were wonderful! The Mom Squad for January is:

Marlena Adkins from Cleveland
Rebecca Corradi from Chagrin Falls
Joan Mahnic from Medina
Tiffany Raffert from Barberton
We'll be getting to know the ladies and read their favorite tips, recipes, and opinions.
I can't wait to see what the month will bring. Happy New Year!!