Thursday, October 28, 2010

Save Cents and Add a Scent To Any Room with Packing Peanuts

Add a lovely aroma to any room, drawer or closet or even shoes by spritzing packing peanuts with your favorite perfume or cologne. As a room air freshener, add the packing peanuts to an opaque vase. The porous surface helps retain the scent. As a freshener for enclosed spaces, add the scented packing peanuts to a mesh baggie, sock or thin cloth and hang in closets or place in drawers and shoe. You will save a bundle on potpourri and the added benefit is you’re recycling, too!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Pumpkin Carving Time - Keep Your Pumpkin Fresher Longer

Keep your pumpkin fresh longer by giving it a coat of petroleum jelly along any cut edges and exposed flesh. The thin layer of petroleum jelly will help seal in moisture.

Keep your pumpkin fresh and shiny after carving by spraying the pumpkin with WD-40, which prevents mold. Be sure and wait at least 24 hours before putting a candle inside.

Want your pumpkin to look revived and fresh again? Soak the entire pumpkin in a bucket of cold water for a couple of hours. The water will rehydrate any shriveling areas to make it look firm and fresh again.
Thanks you Women's World Magazine for the heads up!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Faith & Focusing Outward Rather than Inward is how Deanna Favre & Her Pastor Handle Difficult Times

Here is the amazing article and video of Deanna Favre, wife of Brett Favre, that Brooke mentioned on air last Friday. Please take a moment to enjoy the spirit of this message. Deanna lost her brother, a few days later was diagnosed with breast cancer, stood by her husband as he faced addiction and is once again holding on to her faith as Brett is facing inappropriate conduct allegations regarding former female employees. She is accompanied by her pastor, Shane Stanford, who has faced tough times himself, being diagnosed with HIV at 16 years old after a blood transfusion. They have written a book together called, The Cure For The Chronic Life, which is a acronym for Compassion, Understanding, Response, & Encouragement. Their attitude and strong faith is a testament of God's love. We can definitely trust Him to hold us, lift us and carry us through difficult times while at the same time offering us great strength through the Holy Spirit.

Monday, October 25, 2010

If You Enjoy Dressing in Costume This Time Of Year The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has One For The Grownups

The Nature League Presents
Bones, Bugs & Dead Animals
Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8 pm to midnight
Get creative and join The Nature League for one of the best costume contests in Cleveland! This bash features live music, delicious food and dessert buffets. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes in the categories of Best of Show, Best Ensemble, Scariest and People's Choice. Ticket prices =  $25 for Nature League members, $30 for nonmembers, and $35 at the door. Ages 21 and over.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thanks Dole for these AMAZING BANANA FACTS

Anemia: Bananas can boost iron absorption in two ways. First, they contain vitamin C which helps "prep" the iron in plant sources for absorption. Second, they contain resistant starch which one Cornell study showed increases iron absorption by up 28%.
Blood Pressure: Bananas' potassium helps regulate blood pressure. One Indian study showed that just two bananas per day can lower blood pressure by 10%.
Bone strength: Bananas' prebiotic fiber boosts the absorption of calcium; potassium helps minimize calcium loss while vitamin C improves bone mineral content.

Childhood Leukemia: Eating bananas can reduce a child's risk of leukemia, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Regular consumption of bananas during the first two years of life was associated with a reduced risk of childhood leukemia.

Colorectal Health: Bananas cut colorectal cancer risk. A study published in Nutrition and Cancer found that those who consumed bananas three or more times per week had a 72% lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to those who consumed them less than one time per week.

+Fat burning: Bananas contain resistant starch, which ferments in your large intestine, creating by-products (butyrates) that block conversion of some carbohydrates into fuel, forcing your body to rely on fat stores instead.

Hangovers: Eat bananas if you've overindulged. Scientific evidence suggests hydration, vitamins B6 and C may make hangovers more bearable.
Kidney Cancer: Eating bananas may help protect against kidney cancer. According to a study in the International Journal of Cancer, women who ate four to six bananas a week cut their kidney cancer risk in half.

Lung Health: Bananas may help kids breathe easier. Children who eat just one banana a day have a 34% less chance of developing asthmatic symptoms, according to new British research.

Muscle mass: Bananas protect against muscle loss? Seniors with higher potassium intakes had more lean muscle mass than their potassium-poor peers. The metabolic by-products of potassium help to maintain the body's alkaline balance, counteracting the breakdown of muscle driven by excess acidity.

Regularity: Bananas can help restore normal bowel action because they are a good source of fiber. Plus bananas' 75% water content helps prevent dehydration, which can also contribute to constipation.

Sports Performance: Bananas are an athlete's staple because they supply both instant and lasting energy due to their combination of natural sugar and complex carbohydrates. Bananas' potassium also helps prevent muscle cramps.

Stroke: A banana a day could cut your risk of death from stroke by as much as 40%, thanks to potassium, which is linked to lower stroke risk according to research in The New England Journal of Medicine.
LET'S GO BANANAS!!!!!   Submit your Banana Health Benefit Testimony to Dole thru  November 1 for a chance to win a fabulous grand prize.  Dole will fly you out to enjoy a Healthy Weekend Escape at the Four Seasons, Westlake Village, California, filled with fabulous spa treatments amidst luxurious surroundings and accommodations. Let The Mom Squad know if you win!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Event for Moms & Teen Daughters - SECRET KEEPER GIRL

Hudson Community Chapel will be hosting a wonderful event that Moms and their teen/tween daughters can share on Friday,  October 22, 2010 from 7 - 9 PM. Dannah Gresh's Secret Keeper Girl focuses on Biblical modesty with regard to fashion and much more. The website is AWESOME! Today’s little girls face pressure their mom’s didn’t know until they were in High School. Secret Keeper Girl LIVE offers Mom’s proven tools to coach their tween daughters into meaningful friendships, true beauty, and vibrant purity..... plus Great FASHION Ideas! This event SOLD out last year and The Fish is offering 4 FREE tickets for 2 Moms and 2 daughters to attend. 

Send a brief paragraph to stating why you feel this event will be an asset to you and your daughter. The winners will be announced on Friday morning when Darlene does The Mom Squad Review! Make the subject line Secret Keeper Contest, include your name and telephone number.

For more information about this event go to To purchase tickets for this event go to www. Hudson Community Chapel is located at 750 W Streetsboro Street, Hudson, OH

Monday, October 18, 2010

What's in your attic?

Fall might mark your first trip up to the attic in a while, whether you're storing items for the winter, retrieving blankets and coats or hauling out holiday decorations. Here's some advice for accessing attic space safely and assessing the area while you're up there.

Getting Up There

Dress Properly
Wear a hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes and work gloves to protect your skin from rough surfaces and any exposed insulation or nails. You may also want to use safety glasses and a dust mask. Take along a flashlight.

Watch Your Step
Whether you enter your attic via steep stairs or up a ladder and through a hatch, watch your footing and climb slowly. Once in the attic, continue to step cautiously. Many attics have no finished floor, meaning you'll have to walk along the joists (or crawl on hands and knees) to avoid stepping on the ceiling of the space below and falling through.

While You're Up There
Check Pipes
Depending on where you live and the design of your home, you may have plumbing that runs through the attic. If so, look for signs of leaks or corrosion. Insulate any exposed pipes to prevent freezing and bursting in cold temperatures.

Inspect Wiring
Note the condition of attic wiring. Frayed or exposed wires pose a major fire hazard. If you find suspicious wiring, don't touch it—contact a professional electrician immediately.

Assess Insulation
Note the amount and type of insulation in your attic, as well as its condition. Moisture can cause mold to grow on insulation, and a poorly insulated attic allows heating and air conditioning to escape from rooms below, wasting energy. Get more insulation tips.

Verify Ventilation
Check for adequate airflow in your attic. Ideally, the temperature in the attic should be close to the temperature outside. Poor or nonexistent attic ventilation causes excess heat to build in the summer—making your air conditioning unit work harder—and can lead to the formation of frost and ice dams in the winter. Improper ventilation is also a major cause of harmful mold, mildew and rot.

Spot Leaks
If your roof leaks, you'll see clues in the attic. Look for stained or discolored wood on the underside of the roof or soggy insulation below.

Chase Out Critters
Mice, squirrels, bats, birds, insects—a variety of creatures may seek shelter in your attic, bringing with them noise, odor and disease. Some may chew wires or ruin insulation. If you see signs of animals in your attic, contact a pest control contractor.

(These tips are from a State Farm newsletter)

Friday, October 15, 2010

TONIGHT Chamber Music @ Its Best 6pm - 9pm

Every third Friday, treat yourself if you love chamber and classical music. Come on down to the first floor smART space of the 78th Street Studios, located at 1300 W. 78th Street to 1305 W. 80th Street to enjoy The Cleveland Chamber Collective. Mark 3rd Fridays on your calendar.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


If your child is a senior in high school this is a very exciting time and also a very important time. ACT and SAT testing will be taking place shortly. Devry University locations are offering a FREE ACT Prep Review. One location is 6000 Lombardo Center Drive, Suite 200, Seven Hills, OH 44131, p:216-520-7424.

Also, there are so many other things to look into like:

ACT & SAT Test Scheduling and Fees - Don't miss the deadlines. Many schools recommend that your child take one or the other depending on the requirements of the college he or she wishes to attend. Most students do better on the ACT as it does not penalize for guesses.

College Visits - Many schools are having college fairs right now. Contact the schools of your choice and visit as many as you can with your child.

Financial Aid - Your high school, local libary and the colleges themselves have a host of info for you regarding the financial aid process and financial aid officers will be coming to the various high schools to schedule meetings with parents and students to get you on your way. Don't miss out.

Graduation Pictures - You do not have to spend a fortune, checkout Olan Mills, now located in all K-Marts. Remember to obtain 1 photo that meets the specs of your high school for the year book.

Prom Tickets and other graduation activity fees can mount up, but by working concessions at your high school and assisting in other ways, your child may be able to receive various discounts.

Scholarships are available. Check in with your child's guidance counselor for a list of local and other scholarship info. The guidance counselor can also direct you in obtaining info regarding all of the above mentioned topics as well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Kodak PLAYSPORT Video Camera $149 U CAN'T BEAT THIS!

We want to help you get those holiday gift idea juices flowing and here is one we found to be phenomenal! The Kodak PLAYSPORT Digital Video Camera gives excellent photo quality AND can even go 10 feet under water to capture the experience with no blurry images in full 1080p HD.  The KODAK PLAYSPORT has built in stabilization so it will stay steady as a rock. From the waves, to the slopes, to the mud-soaked trails, this baby was made for the extremes. It comes in purple, blue and black. If you or someone you know has a appetite for adventure, this is the gadget to have with you.

Fits right in your hand

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ezekiel 4:9 - Have You Ever Tried Ezekiel Bread?

New Living Translation (©2007)

"Now go and get some wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and emmer wheat, and mix them together in a storage jar. Use them to make bread for yourself during the 390 days you will be lying on your side.
This is a most delicious bread, very nutty tasting. Toast it, put a bit of butter or cream cheese on it or both if you like. Truly an energy booster. Only 80 calories a slice. Make it yourself or buy it frozen from your favorite health food location . Because it is so wholesome, there are no perservatives so it must be kept refrigerated. This is complete protein and no transfats.
Thank you Lord for even telling us how we should eat to best care for our bodies...your temple.
P.S. Food For Life also makes gluten free and wheat free products.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Experience the E-X-TREME DIFFERENCE. Mobile Autowash & Detailing Services at YOUR home or office!

Ladies, IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!! And this operation is run by ladies. I had the pleasure of utilizing their services the other day. My PT Cruiser had not sparkled like this since the day I bought it 5 years ago. The ladies of E-X-TREME Mobile Detailing came out, prepared and ready to go with all of those "special" products that brought my car back to life! They can do the same for you. What a treat this was for me! Kind of like a much needed spa treatment, but for my car. It makes a GREAT GIFT too so if you know some deserving soul...(Mom, sister, husband, babysitter, family caregiver or Hospice worker - you know I am all about Moms and Caregivers)...I highly recommend you give
E-X-TREME Mobile Detailing a call at (216) 212-9925. Felicia would be happy to hear from you. Extremely marvelous!

Friday, October 08, 2010

TUESDAY 10/12 FREE Self Defense Class for Women & Teen Girls Thanks to the Strongsville Rotary Club & The Jeff Ellis Intl Karate Ctr.

Don't Be A Victim - Space is Limited - Registration is Required

City of Strongsville, Recreation Department
18100 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio
7 - 9pm Doors open at 6:30pm

Register via Classes will be taught by the:
Jeff Ellis International Karate Center
17112 Pearl Road, Strongsville, Ohio
440 238-9390

If you cannot attend but are interested in the class, you may request it on DVD. Continuing classes will take place in the future via the Karate Center and as a public service via Strongsville's Recreation Dept. Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

An Unfortunate But Timely Matter - Sexual Assault of Children

This week in my Psychology class entitled, Children and Violence, Argosy University Online, I had to research this subject matter. The statistics shocked me. It is happening more and more in our country and the best thing we can do Moms/Dads, is educate ourselves and educate our children. Information needs to be shared in an age appropriate manner. Once a child begins to speak sentences (3-4 or so) is probably early enough to begin to relay some of this information, then adjust accordingly as they mature. I am sure many have already taken this matter into consideration but there might be something here that will help. Don't be frightened and PLEASE do not frighten your children but in a loving manner I recommend you begin by sharing:

1) what inappropriate touching is – what inappropriate behavior might look like;

2) that if anyone touches them inappropriately or behaves in a manner that makes them feel uncomfortable in some way, they must come to you and tell you no matter what. They must never be afraid to come to you;

3) that you are there for them and that you will always believe what they tell you;

4) if someone touches them inappropriately, it is not their fault;

5) how to utilize the telephone and the benefit of dialing 911. 911 is free from any telephone even a pay phone.

6) that sometimes people they know and love can do wrong things. Make them aware that hurtful people are not always strangers; and

7) what a secret is and when it may not be a good idea to keep one.

Next form a plan of action that includes a Neighborhood Watch. Inform your child what the Neighborhood Watch is and show which houses are marked as Safe Houses in the event they run into difficulty. I recommend the plan of action also includes making sure your child knows to:

a) always ask before leaving the house;

b) follow a mapped out route;

c) never go anyplace alone;

d) avoid talking to strangers;

e) never get in a car with strangers;

f) call once their destination is reached and whenever they plan to leave the destination; and

g) use a few self defense tactics, i.e. scream, kick, bite, yell “” as this brings more attention. Inform children that the eyes, base of the throat, private parts and knee caps are very sensitive areas. Go for those whenever possible to get away.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Making Peace With Your Past, by Dr. Harold Bloomfield

This book is very inspiring and helps guide the reader to explore their past without guilt. Look at the past for what it was and take definite steps to break the bondage of shame and find the peace you are so deserving of. Regret and grief can weigh so heavily on our hearts and minds. Divorce and loss of a loving relationship can be so bitter sweet that we spend a substantial amount of time weighing what went wrong, how, when, trying to determine what our part was in the matter, etc. The time we spend beating ourselves up needs to be put aside and used more wisely. Learn how to create a joyful future right now!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Recipe Update Alert

It was so wonderful meeting so many of you at The Cleveland Women's Expo last weekend. Many of you received a copy of the recipe Fall Goodness, also posted here on September 30th. Well, one our sisters said she does something similar but replaces the apple pie filling with bananas!  Though she said canned sweet potatoes can be used, she usually uses fresh sweet potatoes, roasts them, mashes them and a banana or two together and pretty much the rest of the recipe is the same. AMAZING! I can't wait to truy that. If you have any special sweet potatoe recipes, let us know by writing to

Friday, October 01, 2010

Special Event Saturday at The Wolstein Center!

Come see Larnell Harris, Scott Krippayne, Praise-Apella and others for the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Hope Event at The Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Avenue, in conjunction with The City Mission, this Saturday, October 2.

Doors open at 6pm with "The Avenue of Action" - Program starts at 7pm

Tickets are only $11 and can be purchased at the door, The Wolstein Box Office 10AM-6PM (216) 687-9292 and The City Mission (216) 431-3510.