Thursday, July 30, 2009

Are your children bored?

If you haven't seen the 1950's movie Cheaper by the Dozen with Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy - I highly recommend that you do. It's an adorable movie that you can watch with your children. It's nothing like the contemporary movie with Steve Martin.

In this movie Clifton Webb develops daily "learning" skills while making it fun. For example, while on summer vacation at a beach house, he puts a poster detailing the dots and dashes for Morse Code -on the bathroom wall. By the end of the summer every child can optimize Morse Code.



I never allowed my children to use the word "bored". There is always something to do for the creative mind. I encourage you to watch the movie and then see if you can put some "fun" into learning during the last few weeks of summer. Centering on "learning" fun will peak your child's cognitive process and give them a head start on the coming school year.

Bird watching, Weather watching, star gazing and money (budget) watching could all be part of an exciting summer. And...they could lead to wonderful hobbies that will follow your child the rest of his life.

How about picture watching - in the form of teaching your child to scrapbook? For pennies a day you could encourage several future careers - photography, art, organization skills and writing skills.

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ward Off Fleas with Garlic

I was speaking with Patty, one of the Physicians Transport Drivers, as Mom was being taken from her facility to the hospital for a follow-up exam. Patty loves animals and has quite a few. She doesn't worry about paying for flea prevention products. She crushes cloves of garlic and places some into each of her cats' and dogs' food each day. She says she has never had a flea problem, ever! She also jokingly said, "Just like garlic keeps the fleas away, too much garlic will also keep the men away." The smell of garlic will come out of our pours if we go overboard. But garlic is good for so many things. It can help to reduce blood pressure, high cholesterol and overall prevents abnormal clotting.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Funnel Cake on a budget

I love Funnel Cake! I love walking around the fair and having my own funnel cake.

Unfortunately, now that we are struggling with a down economy my funnel cake days may be limited. Once I spend the money to get into the fair, I may not have the funds to buy the $4.50 coke and the $5.00 funnel cake.

After a little research, I found the following recipe. I tried it and if I close my eyes I feel like I'm at the fair.

1 egg
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder

Directions:

1. In a deep skillet, heat about two cups of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Test the temperature by dropping a pinch of flour into the hot oil. If it sizzles right away without smoking, it's perfect.

2. Beat egg and milk. Mix all other ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add to the egg mixture, beating until smooth.

3. Using a funnel, drop into hot oil working from center outwards in a web pattern. (You can use a gallon sized freezer bag instead of a funnel by pouring the batter into the bag, snipping off a small corner of it, and squeezing the batter into the oil.)

4. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, remove from the oil when golden brown and crispy.

5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Ummmm......

More On Cosmetic Safety

I shared a site with you regarding cancer causing agents in cosmetics and other household products here, on July 6, and I hope you are finding it helpful (www.ewg.org). Here is another, www.safecosmetics.org and their Webinar is scheduled for August 25! Hope you can participate. Dar

July 1, 2009
Read the Book, "Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry", by Stacy Malkan, then Chat with the Author at our Summer Book Club Webinar. RSVP for the webinar.

Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, is an award-winning book that is a light - yet thought-provoking - read. It's even better shared, which is why Stacy and the Campaign invite you, your book club and friends to our first-ever Safe Cosmetics Book Club webinar on Tuesday, August 25 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.With a journalist's clear voice, Not Just a Pretty Face tells the story of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, including our discovery of toxic chemicals in personal care products, how the Campaign was founded, our efforts to clean up the U.S. cosmetics industry and company responses - both good and bad. Stacy has traveled North America and shared her knowledge of safe cosmetics with thousands of people on her book tour - and her next stop is your living room. She'll walk participants through key chemicals to avoid, explain how you can make safer personal care purchases, answer your questions and reveal how you can help give the cosmetics industry a makeover.Here's how to make Not Just a Pretty Face your summer book club selection:1. First, RSVP for the call via ReadyTalk by August 18. Only the host will need to RSVP for the webinar.2. Invite your book club to read the book by forwarding this e-mail to them. Don't have an organized book club? No problem! Forward this e-mail to friends, family or neighbors and ask them to join us, or simply join the webinar on your own and be a part of the virtual book club.3. Purchase the book online through our Web site, and 15 percent of the sale will benefit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (please allow for 10 days for shipping). Or check your local independent bookstore or library.4. If you plan to join our live webinar on August 25, make sure you and your book club members read the book in advance. Your book club host must have a computer (for the visual presentation that will accompany Stacy's talk) and a phone that you can put on speaker.5. If August 25 doesn't work for your group you can still participate in this national book party. Register your event on our Web site, and we'll hook you up with discussion questions, the webinar recording and anything else you need.RSVP to ReadyTalk and a reminder will be sent to you with call-in details. If you have further questions, please contact grassroots coordinator Genevieve Roja at mailto:groja@breastcancerfund.org?subject=Safe%20Cosmetics%20Book%20Club%20inquiry.For more information about the book, Stacy's blog and reviews of Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, click here.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Strawberry Margarita Mousse

Here's a Recipe I just finished making and it is AWESOME! Enjoy! Paula

Ingredients:


1 large (8-serving) package Jell-O Sugar Free Strawberry Gelatin Dessert Mix
2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries, mostly thawed
1 1/2 cups Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 cup cold Sprite Zero (or any diet lemon-lime soda)
1/4 cup plus 1tbsp. tequila (I omitted this for my family reunion and it still tastes awesome)
3 tbsp. lime juice

Directions:


in a medium large bowl, combine gelatin mix with 1 cup boiling water, and stir until completely dissolved. About 2 min. set aside.

In a blender, combine strawberries, soda, (tequila, if using), and lime juice. Puree until smooth. Add this mixture to the bowl with the gelatin mixture and stir thoroughly. Refrigerate for 45 minutes, until slightly thickened but not set (Do not over-refrigerate)

Using an electric mixer, blend in Cool Whip. Once mixture appears mostly blended, use a spoon to mix it up from the bottom. If needed, continue mixing until uniform.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until mostly firm.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I forgot....What???

Rarely do I have time to browse the Internet, but I came across a fun article today. It's from the British website Telegraph.co.uk http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5891701/Adults-forget-three-things-a-day-research-finds.html

The lead story discussed the fact that Brits were now so busy that they were forgetting little daily chores. Things like letting your coffee get cold, leaving wet clothes in the washer and misplacing your car keys - seemed to dominate their day.

I can relate totally! I rarely finish a cup of coffee and I actually write myself a note to remember there are clothes in the basement. It seems our brains just can't hold all the "stuff" we have to deal with on a daily basis.

What was funny however, is that halfway down this article there is a picture and a link to a story where a former oil rig worker spent 15 years building an exact replica of a North Sea platform - out of more than four million matchsticks.

It made me wonder....why are some of us so busy that we don't have time to finish our coffee while others have so much time on their hands they can fiddle with four million matchsticks?

What do you think?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

MAGGIE'S PLACE OPENS DOORS SAT. AUG. 1

Maggie's Place is a community of homes that provides warmth, stability and safety for pregnant women that are alone or homeless. The development of their newest home, located in Cleveland, Ohio is now complete with the ability to accommodate 9 women and Maggie's Place is currently accepting expectant mothers in need.

The Cleveland home, located in a historical building in Parma, was named The Zechariah House after the biblical priest and father of John the Baptist. This location was graciously provided by Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Cleveland and possesses a unique lineage very fitting to its new tenants. Founded by Mary Peterson, Executive Director, and four other women with the same vision of welcoming women in difficult situations into a dignified and loving home, Maggie's Place offers mothers the ability to safely and supportively learn how to care for new life and creates an environment conducive to meeting personal goals.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Please call Jennifer Rodgers at 440-886-2620 for location information. Maggie's Place strives to offer a safe and anonymous refuge and as such, does not publish The Zechariah House address.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Women of Faith Pictures



How fun to meet all of you! You are totally amazing women and we are so proud of you.

The Fish, The Family Training Center, Dar Vacations and PE Fit combined to give away wonderful prizes to the women who stopped by the 95.5The Fish booth. We also had fun giving out mints and tootsie rolls.

To view a picture of all the prizes given by The Family Training Center, go to http://www.debbiejansen.com/ and click on "resources".

Darlene of DAR Vacations will be announcing her prize in another post.

Betty Kern, author of Fitness and Nutrition Journal can be found at http://www.pejournal.com/

The Following Prizes are from Debbie Jansen, The Family Training Center and PE Fit.

Sharon Thomas and Antonette Clark won a Rhinestone star pin and Mommy Detective tip card.

Stella Durse and Patty Russell won a copy of the Emergency Booklet.

Kelly Bericchio and Marilyn Napoli won a copy of Stay at home Dad...the New Superman.

Stephanie Wheatley and Phyllis Haas won a copy of Potty Train your baby in just one day.

Beth Ann Wilson and Theresa Loche won a copy of The Penny System - to rid your child of stubborn habits.

Missy Wise and Jill Latkovich won a copy of Debbie Jansen's book, Discipline Exposed - surviving fried worms and flying mudballs.

Leigh Ann Brown and Laura Barton won a copy of Fitness and Nutrition Journal by Betty Kern of PE FIT.

Thank you all for participating in our drawing for prizes. We had fun bringing these items to you!

Debbie, Suz and Darlene - Mom Squad Panel.

10 Best (and Real) Work at Home Jobs


We love this. Thanks FOX News for compiling this list.
Here are the Top 10 Jobs for the work-at-home parent:


Virtual assistant
This is a field with much potential, in part because the title description covers many things. "You can fit your offerings to what you know how to do," says Foster. One can own a virtual assistant business or work from home for a company that makes you available to other employees or clients. Homewiththekids.com, for example, currently features a dozen such companies. Small businesses hire virtual assistants to help when they can't justify a permanent employee. The International Virtual Assistants Association, which Durst co-founded in the 1990s, began with 28 members and has grown to more than 600, who charge from $15 per hour to more than $100 per hour.
Medical transcriptionist
As Foster knows, being a medical receptionist is a demanding job, and nearly every company listed on her site seeks applicants with experience and/or training from certain schools. The work involves listening to and typing up dictation from doctors -- some of whom have difficult accents, slur words together, and even "eat, drink, chew gum (and) talk to other people in the room" while dictating, she says. But hearing about medical matters can be interesting, and good transcriptionists are in very high demand. Expect initial earnings of less than $10 per hour, but some transcriptionists earn $20 or more per hour.
Translator
Those with fluency in more than one language translate audio files or documents, not just word for word but often with cultural differences in mind. "Companies can access home-based translators with hard-to-find language skills without being held back by geographic location," says Fell.
Foster's site lists 15 companies that seek home-based translators. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09, which groups translators and interpreters, notes a projected employment increase of 24 percent over the 2006-to-2016 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The national mean hourly wage for translators and interpreters was $20.74, with a mean annual wage of $43,130 as of May 2008, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some industries pay significantly higher, with the highest paying jobs generally in the management, scientific and technical consulting services areas, in which the mean hourly wage was $56.50 and the annual mean wage was $117,530.
Web developer/designer
Information technology is the sector, Durst says, where most of the home-based hiring is being done. Terri Orlowski, a virtual assistant and Web developer based in Ledyard, Conn., offers services such as custom Web site design, template modification and redesigns, code updates, hosting, and usability reviews. She previously held administrative positions in a variety of industries, and makes a higher per-hour rate now. The job is in high demand. Of the more than 15,000 new monthly work-from-home job postings on Odesk.com, Web developers are in the greatest demand, says spokeswoman Elizabeth Gordon. A list of companies that post at-home tech jobs is available at ratracerebellion.com.
Call center representative
When you phone to order something from a catalog or infomercial, a big office with rows of cubicles may come to mind. But the person on the other end of the line is likely to be sitting in a home office. "It's a huge and growing industry," says Durst of companies that hire independent contractors to take calls from home. She says the "home-shore movement" started in response to complaints about the many companies that looked offshore for workers. While some Web sites, such as Alpineaccess.com, actually hire representatives, most use subcontractors. Just be aware that the pay may be by the minute rather than by the hour, so you may not be paid for time you spend waiting by the phone. A list of companies that hire call center reps can be found at Homewiththekids.com.
Tech support specialist
Call centers also hire technical support specialists to work remotely. Kate Lister, co-author of "Undress for Success: The Naked Truth About Making Money at Home," names it as one of her top three "best-bet work-at-home jobs." And according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for computer support specialists (on-site and remote combined) were expected to increase by 13 percent from 2006 to 2016 -- much faster than the average for all occupations -- with 71,000 new jobs.
Travel agent
Scams abound in the travel industry -- particularly organizations that charge for information on how to break into the field. But operating a home-based travel agency can be an excellent business, says Tom Ogg of the Home Based Travel Agent Information Center. "Real home-based travel agents have experienced robust growth over the last decade, and there are probably around 35,000 of them and growing." A growing (although small) number of people earn $100,000 or more a year, he says. "A solid business concept and plan focused on profitability will take you a long way to achieving your monetary goals." There's also the joy of helping others enjoy their leisure time.
Teacher
From postsecondary education to elementary schools, there are opportunities for students to learn virtually. Along with that, come opportunities to teach (and tutor) virtually. While distance learning is not new, advanced technology, collaborative multimedia software designed for schools and high-speed Internet connections have created more opportunities for teachers and students to work together from afar, says Fell. Durst has also noticed more teacher jobs being posted, and she knows of one professor who works mainly online and makes six figures -- although income "depends on how many hours you're applying to it and the type of classes you're teaching." A resource center for online teaching jobs is available at GetEducated.com.
Writer/editor
Yes, the print publishing industry has been suffering, but Durst is seeing frequent listings these days for writing, editing and proofreading, particularly for the Web. Even those without writing experience can join the blogosphere. Not only can blogging be lots of fun, Foster says, but also there's money to be earned blogging for someone else's site, getting paid to post on your own blog or through revenue-sharing arrangements. A list of blogging opportunities, for which the pay range is less than $5 per post to more than $20 per post, can be found at Homewiththekids.com.
Franchise owner
It's a no-brainer: Owning a business can be the road to at-home work. For an initial investment, franchises may offer a ready-made business with brand awareness, a system and a territory, says Leslie Truex, founder of the Web site Work-At-Home Success. She advises considering businesses that target the over-50 crowd or the self-employed, involve health and wellness, relate to the "green" movement, or involve electronic or online devices (i.e., accessories, applications).
Scam alert
When considering any at-home job, put up the scam-detection radar.
Durst suggests watching for these positive indicators of "real" employment:
The hirer is an established company.
The ad includes the company name and does not have applicants reply to a blind e-mail address.
Human resources personnel are available for questions.
There is mention of information commonly associated with "real" employment (benefits, vacations, policies, etc.).
There is an application and interview process, not simply an e-mailed offer.
The employer can detail the job duties and expectations.
References/work samples are requested.


Click here for the full article.

Breaking Last Minute Bulletin - JUMP START YOUR JOB SEARCH TOMORROW THURS. 7/23!!!

Just obtained this info. One event is tomorrow but there will be others. I plan to attend so that I can obtain first-hand experience. Hope you can make it to Westlake in the morning. If you can't, the next one is in Fairlawn. Blessings to everyone who is searching for a job! Hope to see you there. Registration begins at 7:30 am, Seminar runs from 8 am to Noon. http://www.jumpstartyourjobsearch.eventbrite.com/ or http://events.linkedin.com/Jump-Start-Job-Search/pub/87399

Reaching Out: Let's Help!

We received an e-mail from a mom who is asking for your help. She has a dilemma and is hoping for some advice from other women who can share their experience and wisdom.


Dear Mom Squad,

My son wants to move out of our home and it's breaking my heart. He is a sweet 15-year old boy but he has major issues with his step-father (my husband). I will admit, some of them are legitimate but I don't think moving out is the answer. He's been asking to move in with his dad which would mean he would have to change school districts. I want what is in his best interest, but right now I'm not sure what that is. I am at loss, please help!



If you have any words of advice for this mom, please leave a comment so that she may see your feedback. Sending hugs!

Monday, July 20, 2009

It Certainly WAS a Grand New Day at Women Of Faith!


There are some phrases that resonated the hallways of the Quicken Loans Arena, over and over again this past weekend, amongst the thousands of women at Women Of Faith. If you were blessed to attend this event, see if any of these sound familiar to you...

"I've attended in the past and every time its been great BUT this one is touching me deeper than any other."
"This is my first time BUT I am soooo glad I came. I really needed this."
"It was amazing how Steve Arterburn shared so personally about his past. I'm so happy the PreConference was included in the package this year."
"I would never have guessed that Sheila Walsh actually experienced something that I'm going through right now."
"The Music...The Praise Team...The Laughter...Oh I haven't had this much fun in years!"

Just thinking about the experience brings tears to my eyes even now. Just to see THAT many women with hands raised high, in one accord, praising the Heavenly Father...its almost indescribable.

Steve Arterburn, founder of Women of Faith, was one of the PreConference speakers. As he shared, very openly I might add, trials that he had faced in his life, experiences that he was not proud of, you could see there was no shame because he knew he had been delivered and forgiven by the only One that can do that for all of us...Jesus Christ. He was confident that in sharing this information, he just might be helping someone else to heal, to find freedom in Christ, to get on with life and not continue to beat themselves up regarding past mistakes.

The Round Table that followed was wonderful as Stephen Arterburn, Marilyn Meberg and Sandi Patty answered poignant and relevant questions that had been collected from the audience. Some of the questions were so serious, for example, someone had just broken free from a cult and wanted direction. It made me realize how important prayer for others can be....even those we don't know specifically. God knows them. He hears our prayers and answers every one. Each answer was delivered with respect and sensitivity for the situation; sometimes there was humor but every time you could tell the Holy Spirit was guiding their words.

Mandisa, Anita Renfroe, The Worship Team and Ayiesha Woods, along with her brother Donny, were like the delicious frosting on a wonderful homemade cake. Can't say enough about their wonderful contributions to WOF. Anita was not even supposed to be in Cleveland this time but we were richly blessed. Each one delivered their love of the Lord with such energy, passion and excitement.

Truly something about every single one of the Women Of Faith speakers is beyond special but in my opinion::

Patsy Clairmont brought extreme laughter and loving tears.
Marilyn Meberg brought instruction and meaningful purpose.
Luci Swindoll brought an urgent reminder of hope and faith.
Sheila Walsh brought keen insight and the art of redemption.

And they all did it with such elegance, eloquence and always with scriptural support. So in summary, a Women of Faith Conference will never disappoint. You will leave feeling refreshed. You will have a better idea of God's love for you and how to build your personal relationship with Christ. You can expect Instruction, Laughter, Praise, Prayer, a Renewing of Spirit and Tears...you may even make some new friends! Hallelujah.

Its never too late to prepare for next year. Hope to see you there! http://www.womenoffaith.com/.
P.S. Thank you Mary and Women Of Faith for giving recognition to 95.5 The Fish for being instrumental in bringing the Conference to Cleveland.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

You Looked So Beautiful!!!

Hi! This is Darlene. I'm sure Debbie and Susan will be sharing something soon but I just had to take a moment to say, what a pleasure it was to meet so many of you at the Women Of Faith Conference this past weekend at the Q Arena. Brooke was at another remote site this weekend and missed you all terribly but she was with us in spirit. Some of you know that Paula's Dad recently passed on so she could not be with us this time. Please continue to pray for her. Thank you so much for coming over to The Mom Squad table! Since the inception of The Mom Squad in 2006, interest has grown and grown and we are so excited to see you at the various Fish events and even more excited to see you come out to the various Mom Squad events that we have had in the past and hope to continue to plan for the future. You deserve a break! You deserve discounts! You deserve pampering! And whether you are a Mom or have been a Mom figure to someone (thank you teachers & other school officials, caregivers, hospital workers, those in ministry, etc.) YOU CAN CONSIDER YOURSELF A PART OF THIS SISTERHOOD, regardless of age. Let's continue to share ideas regarding all phases of life, prayer requests, child rearing tips, recipes and relationship matters, etc. Let's keep each other abreast of upcoming events that we as women might enjoy (with the children and without). If you are not already a part of The Forum, we hope you will sign up so we can communicate back and forth with each other. We hope you will check The Blog frequently, where various info of interest to you from the Panel is shared and info from you can be shared too by e-mailing us at themomsquad@955thefish.com. You can read our Personal Blogs by clicking on our photos on The Mom Squad Blog or using the site addresses on the back of The Mom Squad business card that you received this past weekend AND by all means, we hope you will plan on enjoying upcoming Mom Squad/Mom Squad University events. On behalf of 95.5 The Fish, Len & Brooke's Morning Show, The Mom Squad Panel (Brooke, Darlene, Debbie, Paula and Susan), again THANK YOU and I look forward to communicating with you and seeing you again soon!

Thanks For Taking The Time To Visit The Mom Squad Table!

Hey There! This is Susan. It was such a blessing for me to attend the Women Of Faith Conference. Even though I was only able to be there a short time, I felt such a presence of our Wonderful Father there. All of you that took the time to visit us at our table were amazing! I could tell you were genuinely thrilled to be at WOF and happy to see The Mom Squad there. Every single woman that visited us had an amazing story to tell and I was honored to hear some of them. I just wish I could have heard each and every one of them, so I look forward to hearing from you via The Forum and seeing you at future Mom Squad events! You truly humbled me.
I am thrilled with my "purple" bag of books.......I know God has a message for me in these stories! Hope you picked up some Women Of Faith memorabilia. Thank you for an incredible day!!!!

Much love,
Suz

Friday, July 10, 2009

Meet The Mom Squad

The Mom Squad will be working The Fish booth at the Women of Faith Conference in Cleveland on July 17th and 18th.

We will have a drawing for several prizes, information on the Mom Squad and other great opportunities!

Stop by the booth and say hello to Debbie, Darlene and Paula. We would love to meet you. Bring your camera and your picture just may show up on the Mom Squad Blog.

Sandi Patty, Mandisa, Patsy Clairmont, Steve Arterburn, Anita Renfroe and Ayiesha Woods are just a few of the great talents that will be there.

If you don't have tickets or would like to know more about the Women of Faith Conference use the following link and meet us there. It will be a wonderful time of renewal and just plain fun!

http://www.womenoffaith.com/

Marriage Partnership

MarriagePartnership.com is a division of Christianity Today International. It's an on-line magazine devoted to helping you build a stronger relationship with your spouse. And best of all - it's free. You can sign up for their newsletter and they will alert you to new articles and special discounts.

And there's a special reason to check it out this week. Our own Debbie Jansen wrote one of the featured articles. Here's what the editor Ginger Kolbaba said about the new edition.

I love stories that show love in action—especially when they involve fun surprises. And I love Debbie Jansen's surprise that she and God cooked up for her husband, Ron. Her story, "Me and a Red Corvette," inspires me to want to do something special for my spouse. I hope you read it and feel the same sense of inspiration and fun.

Then if you need a little more inspiration, Les and Leslie Parrott have three habits that will get you reconnected with your spouse.

Blessings!
Ginger Kolbaba
Editor, MarriagePartnership.com

Check it out..... http://marriagepartnership.com/

http://www.christianitytoday.com/mp/2009/2009web-only/meandaredcorvette.html

Thursday, July 09, 2009

It's A Great Time to Visit The Outback....

Outback Steakhouse that is! With their new Summer Menu and 15 meals under $15.00 it is the perfect time to entertain family and friends there. Moms, we deserve a break without breaking the bank and THERE IS NO CLEANUP INVOLVED!! But, if you want to just kickback and enjoy your favorite Outback meal in your own home, they have Take Out Curbside Servicetoo. How magnificent! It's been my favorite restaurant for many years and my family and I ate there every single Friday when we lived in VA. It's nice to get reacquainted here in OH. The menu keeps getting better and better with Honey Dijon Chicken and Sweet Potato Fries, Fresh Tilapia with Lump Crab Meat, Sweet Glazed Pork Tenderloin, Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie (served a bit differently than before) now with Outback's Special Signature Sirloin and lots, lots more. 3 meals even start at $9.95! They have a terrific Kids Menu and don't forget to leave room for dessert. If you are a lover of chocolate and nuts, vanilla ice cream and real whip cream, like I am, you won't want to miss out on The Chocolate Thunder Down Under! Now my mouth is watering...Go Outback. http://www.outback.com/ Locations in Independence, Lyndhurst, Macedonia and Parma to name a few...

Monday, July 06, 2009

Cancer Causing Agents in Makeup & Some of our Everyday Favorites

Several months ago I attended a series of meetings sponsored by the Eating Advocates of Ohio, http://www.edadvocatesofohio.com/. They had events throughout the week at various locations throughout Greater Cleveland and ended the week with a Red Carpet Event where a screening of, "America The Beautiful," took place (see MS Archive Postings 2/18 and 2/25.) I learned so much and if you have not had the opportunity to see this thought provoking film, I hope someday you will.

One of the things brought out in the film that I found so interesting, yet disturbing, is that many of the cosmetics we bring into our homes, apply to our faces and bodies daily, shampoos, deodorants, etc. are made by companies that have become household names due to their huge advertising budgets. Yet, some of these companies are using cancer causing agents in their products.

There is an organization known as the Environmental Working Group. In their website you can read more about which products have cancer causing agents, and find listings of products that can be used instead, that are not utilizing cancer causing agents. This site has many layers but it is worth examining. You can also subscribe to their newsletter, etc.

As Mom's, we want a better earth for our children and even for ourselves. This is a wonderful educational site for you AND your family so please share the info with your children. Find out more about the Environmental Working Group at www.ewg.org/node/25869 and within that site you can also find the cosmetic database but I have copied the link here for you as well. http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/parentsguide/index.php?nothanks=1

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Share the 4th with your children

If you want your child to grow up and be a strong American - share the 4th of July.

Don't cook hot dogs without explaining that the pioneers didn't always have food to eat. Explain how they sacrificed and went without in order to settle this country.

Don't wave flags without discussing the Revolution and why the Pilgrims fought for the freedom of worship and the freedom to decide their own destiny. Explain why they felt it was important to not be taxed by a King who knew nothing of their pain or their lives.

Don't eat ice cream without talking about the many men who gave their lives to make sure we are free. Be sure they understand the price millions of men paid in WWII to keep Hitler from invading our country.

Don't watch fireworks without promising your child that you will work and fight to keep the freedoms alive for them. Shake their little hand and make a promise to each other that you and your child will protect the America we all love.

Now that's sharing the 4th with your child!