GULF COAST COMPANION ANIMAL RELIEF PROGRAM

Yet another victim from the oil spill.
Resident’s are having a tough time taking care of their pets so they are having to give them to the local shelters. You know the rest….

The Louisiana ASPCA is trying to assist pet owners to prevent pets ending up in shelters. They are providing pet owners with the necessities needed to keep their pets.

Could you imagine losing your livelihood due to this disaster and then having to give up your pets?

The Louisiana ASPCA needs our help.

The BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on April 21, 2010 has had a devastating effect on residents from the coastal parishes of Southeast Louisiana. Families are struggling to meet basic needs and as a result Animal Shelters have experienced an increase in owner’s relinquishing their pets. Knowing the physical and mental health benefits of having pets as well as the negative impact of relinquishing a family pet; this program aims to provide short term support for families in jeopardy of relinquishing their pet.

WHO:

Residents of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Terrebone, and Jefferson parish that work within the fishing industry. Proof of eligibility is required and can be: a commercial fishing license, Trip Tickets, Check stub from seafood-related industry, or a signed letter from the captain including a copy of one of the supporting documents listed above.

WHAT: FREE Vet Care

  • Basic exam including tests for Feline Leukemia, FIV in cats andHeartworms in dogs
  • Annual vaccinations
  • Microchip and registration
  • Spay or neuter surgery

You can help by donating. Go here to find out more.

Is my marriage making me sick?

I was poking around the internet and this is what I saw:

Is your marriage making you sick?

Sick? What do you mean sick? Do you mean I may have caught something contagious from hubby? Am I allergic to commitment?

Well, of course there is another ‘study’ to get me started…
According to the article, a study from Ohio State University shows just how physically harmful it can be to argue the wrong way. Really…? In the study, 37 married couples were brought into a hospital research lab, and a tiny vacuum device gave them eight 8-mm blisters on their forearms. Each couple was then videotaped while having conversations, and researchers graded them on their communication skills, noting who had distressing or hostile styles of communicating.
After 12 days of blistering people, the researchers noticed that the blisters healed faster on the couples who had more positive communication styles, and the blisters healed the slowest on the couples with more negative styles.

The article gave some tips for limiting marital stress to make you happier and physically healthier.

1. Argue well
Learn how to ‘word’ things basically to not seem to be on the attack.

2. Your spouse is annoying — accept it!
When we fall in love, sometimes it’s for those quirks that later come back to bug us.

3. Don’t yell at a yeller
How true- it’s like feeding a fire!

4. Limit the Greek chorus
As in…don’t go talking about your relationship to your girlfriends. I guess we do that.

While it’s fine to seek support from your social circle, it’s also important to go to a counselor, who will do more than commiserate, and actually help you find a solution to your problems, which might include identifying the role you’ve played in your marital difficulties.

The website for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy can help you find a therapist near you.

5. Recall the happy times
I’m trying.

Really…she still has a career?

I can’t say I feel sorry for actress Lindsay Lohan  who has been  ordered to serve 90 days in jail for missing alcohol counseling sessions in violation of her probation. She probably should not have skipped the court-ordered alcohol-education classes  following her DUI arrest.

Now, says the crying actress  , “I thought I was being compliant….I’m not taking this as a joke. It’s my life, and it’s my career, and it’s something I have worked for my entire life.” Thank you judge for answering  ”There are no excuses.”

Let’s Recap.

  • She’s been to rehab 3 times in her 24 years.
  • She has had 2 (2007) DUI busts.
  • She spent 84 minutes in jail in 2007 after she pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two counts of driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving
  • She will be housed, an all-female jail that was a temporary home to inmates Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. She was ordered to surrender to the court on the morning of July 20.Following her jail time,Los Angeles County’s Century Regional Detention Facility (where all of her celeb buds seem to end up) Lohan must complete 90 days in a drug- and alcohol-rehab facility.

Yet, she still had movie’s coming out! Who would bank on her?
Machete,”  is a Robert Rodriguez action film due in theaters in September.  I read that 20th Century Fox,  had no comment about this latest news.
Going to jail and rehab sentence will also delay production on “Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story.”

Going to jail means not being able to promote  her new fashion line, 6126. The first items from the 280-piece collection are shipping out to department stores nationwide this month.

What is it that she doesn’t get? What if she had killed someone with this behavior?

Gotta love the 4th of July

There is nothing better than celebrating the 4th of July holiday with family and friends. The parades, fireworks, picnics, and bug bites are just part of the fun.

I didn’t know that every year there are an estimated 10,000 people treated for injuries related to fireworks, and many of these injuries involve children under the age of 15. I live in a state where fireworks are illegal.

I must say, I got a kick out of reading this on CNN.com.
Favorite Picnic Main Dish:

Burgers 43%
Hot dogs 10%
Ribs 23%
Chicken 7%
Steak 12%
Veggies 3%
Other 2%

Favorite Picnic Beverage

Beer 51%
Lemonade 8%
Punch (spiked or non) 2%
Iced tea 20%
Cola 7%
Water 6%
Wine 4%
Other 2%

Favorite Hot Picnic Side Dish

Corn on the cob 42.3%
Baked beans 28.3%
Grilled veggies 13.2%
Macaroni & cheese 15%
Other 1.2%

Favorite Cold Picnic Side Dish

Cole slaw 8%
Deviled eggs 27%
Potato salad 38%
Three bean salad 2%
Fruit salad 13%
Pasta salad 11%
Other 1%

Favorite Burger Toppings

Cheese 15.8%
Pickles 10%
Relish 2.1%
Ketchup 12.1%
Mustard 10.4%
Mayo 8.3%
Onions 12.3%
Lettuce 13%
Tomato 11.5%
Potato chips 1.5%
Steak sauce 1.4%
Other – 1.6%

Favorite Level of Burger Doneness

Practically mooing 1.8%
Fair rare 3.7%
Medium rare 22.3%
Medium 29.5%
Medium well 25.5%
Well done 16%
Hockey puck 1.4%

Favorite Picnic Dessert

Watermelon 36.4%
Ice cream / sherbet / gelato 12.9%
Popsicle 1.2%
Pie 23.5%
Cookies 9.2%
Cake 8.1%
Pudding 0.7%
Fruit kebab 3.2%
Anything involving a Jell-O mold 1.3%
Other 3.6%

Our 4th here was very typical. I was happy to fit some swimming in before the rains came. I didn’t eat or drink too much which also made me happy.
Gotta love the 4th.

My new showerhead…saves money and water

Well this is cool… I needed a new and just found this…

showerhead photo

The average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power its television use for about a year. If every household in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $1.5 billion in water utility bills and more than 250 billion gallons of water annually, which could supply more than 2.5 million U.S. homes with their water needs for a year. In addition, we could avoid about $2.5 billion in energy costs for heating water.

The WaterSense Label

All products bearing the WaterSense label must be tested and certified by an approved third party laboratory to ensure they meet EPA water efficiency and performance criteria.

Did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market.

Performance Is Key

As with all WaterSense specifications, EPA included performance criteria to ensure that consumers will not have to sacrifice a good shower in order to achieve water savings. EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. Independent laboratories test showerheads for these attributes before certifying them to earn the WaterSense label.

find out more from the epa

There’s as App for that?

What should you do if your child develops a fever, cough, vomiting, rash, sore throat or head injury? A new symptom checker tool from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will help parents decide what to do next. The tool is available on HealthyChildren.org, the official AAP Web site for parents, at http://www.healthychildren.org/symptom-checker.

It’s pretty useful- I just checked it out. Parents can enter their child’s symptoms into the interactive tool and receive up-to-date advice about how to treat minor illnesses at home, or when to call the doctor immediately.

AAP says that The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is based on the clinical protocols used by pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices and 400 nurse advice call centers in the U.S. and Canada. These protocols have been tested for 15 years on more than 150 million phone calls. Each symptom care guide includes a decision chart to help determine the severity of the illness and how to manage it. The symptom checker also includes pediatric dosage tables by weight for common over-the-counter medications, images to help identify rashes, stings and bites, and first aid illustrations.

The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is also available as a downloadable iPhone application called KidsDoc, providing the same expert advice when parents are on-the-go. Immediate connections are available to 911, your pediatrician or a nearby emergency department. The app is available to download for $1.99 athttp://www.healthychildren.org/kidsdoc or from the iPhone App Store.

healthy children : Powered by pediatricians. Trusted by parents.

We may be eating 67 pesticides? Food Safety Basics

The Environmental Working Group. says that we may be ingesting 67 pesticides in the fruits and vegetables that we eat.
The group is a nonprofit focused on public health. In a reprt from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration they mention what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.

Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.
The group suggests limiting consumption of pesticides by purchasing organic for the 12 fruits and vegetables.
The Dirty Dozen
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

The group found a number of non-organic fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Clean 15″ that contained little to no pesticides.
The Clean 15
Onions
Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Mango
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

FYI- the cdc Suggest this food Safety Basics for Fruits and Vegetables

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 recommend that you eat fruit and vegetables everyday to help promote good health.   As you strive to meet your individual recommendation, remember that proper handling and preparation can reduce the risk of food contamination and foodborne illness.

To minimize your risk, keep these in mind when selecting and preparing fruits and vegetables.

Carefully select fresh fruits and vegetables. When shopping, look for produce that is not damaged or bruised and make sure that pre-cut produce is refrigerated or surrounded by ice.

Rinse all fruits and vegetables before eating. This recommendation also applies to produce with rinds or skins that are not eaten. Rinse produce just before preparing or eating to avoid premature spoilage. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean all surfaces and utensils with soap and hot water, including cutting boards, peelers, counter tops, and knives that will touch fresh produce. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
  2. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten, under clean running water and avoid using detergents or bleach. Remove the outer leaves of leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage before washing. Produce with firm skin, such as potatoes, may require rubbing with a vegetable brush while rinsing under clean running water to remove all soil.
  3. Dry fruits and vegetables with a clean paper towel and prepare, cook, or eat.
  4. Packaged produce labeled “ready to eat,” “pre-washed,” or “triple washed” can be used without further washing.
clean, seperate, don't cross-contaminate, refrigerate

Keep produce separate from raw foods like meat, poultry, and seafood, in your shopping cart, grocery bags and in your refrigerator. Throw away any produce that will not be cooked if it has touched raw meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Do not use the same cutting board without cleaning with hot water and soap before and after preparing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Refrigerate all cut, peeled, or cooked produce within 2 hours. After a certain time, harmful bacteria may grow on produce and increase the risk of foodborne illness.

2 “boobs” about Breastfeeding

We know that breast feeding isn’t for everyone.  In an article in  Mother & Baby Magazine’s July issue,  deputy editor Kathryn Blundell stated she bottle fed because she did not want to put her “fun bags” in a “bawling baby’s mouth”.

What does “fun bags” in a “bawling baby’s mouth” mean?

Mother & Baby magazine is read by thousands of pregnant and new mothers. You would assume that many readers are  reading it for advice on how to manage  motherhood. why would the other editors stand behind this statement?

This deputy editor went on to say:

“Even the convenience and supposed health benefits of breast milk couldn’t induce me to stick my nipple into a bawling baby’s mouth.”

She goes on to say that she wanted her “body back” and to give her “boobs at least a chance to stay on my chest rather than dangling around my stomach”.

Of her breasts, she adds: “They’re part of my sexuality too – not just breasts, but fun bags.”And when you have that attitude (and I admit I made no attempt to change it), seeing your baby latching on where only a lover has been before feels, well, a little creepy.”

Maybe there is a lack of maturity in some of us having difficulty seperating motherhood from sexuality.

She’s not the only “boob” in the latest news about breastfeeding . Kim Kardashian blasted a woman who was nursing her baby in a public restaurant.

“EWW Im at lunch,the woman at the table next 2 me is breast feeding her baby with no coverup then puts baby on the table and changes her diaper [sic],” Kardashian tweeted.

Later that day, she tweeted:  ”My sister breast feeds! Its a natural beautiful thing, there’s nothing wrong w it, but she covers herself, not w her boobs exposed” [sic]

Kim..you posed in Playboy- hello!

Took the quiz and (nearly) flunked it….

That’s right…nearly flunked it. Well, I scored a “C” which isn’t gonna get me into a good mommy college…
I love Cafemom which is why I took the Momindex
quiz.

The MomIndex is a new quarterly survey of American moms tracking quality of life, outlook, and how moms feel about themselves, their kids, relationships, money & the larger world.

I scored a 74. The average was 76.4. I think I tanked because I had a discipline issue earlier in the day with my daughter.

Here’s what they are telling me;

CONNECTIONS

Your score was Average.
No mom is an island, so where do you turn for advice and support when the going gets tough? Connections with friends and communities outside the home are an important driver of life satisfaction for moms. Here are a few suggestions for ways moms can improve their connections and increase life satisfaction:

Invest in creating and maintaining friendships – set aside time to call friends regularly
Network with other moms – you can find other moms at your kids’ school, in local mom groups, or in online communities
Find opportunities to contribute to and get more involved in your local community, whether that’s baking cookies for a neighbor or volunteering at a local non-profit organization
CafeMom is a great place to foster connections with other moms.

CONTROL

Some days it seems like control and motherhood are mutually exclusive, but finding control is worth the effort. Moms that feel more control over their finances, households, kids, and health have more life satisfaction overall. Here are a few suggestions for ways moms can increase life satisfaction by taking charge more:

Learn how to best manage your household finances no matter your income level – start by keeping a record of your expenses for a month, and then setting a monthly budget
Keep a clean home – at a level that satisfies you. Encourage your kids and significant other to help out too!
Determine best ways to maintain discipline with your kids
Invest time and energy in your own health and physical appearance
CafeMom offers support to help you feel more control.

There are helpful groups for healthy weight loss, living on a budget, and much more!
The Stir blog offers perspectives on everything from the latest headlines, to keeping up with your kids, to beautifying your home
Get instant answers from other moms about any questions you have

Self Expression

Your score was Average.
Remember the days when you dreamed of being a writer, singer, dancer, artist, or whatever? That part of you didn’t disappear when you had kids, which is why finding outlets for your talents can be a great way to improve your life satisfaction. Here are a few suggestions for ways moms can express themselves more and improve their life satisfaction:

Take a regularly scheduled time-out for “me” time – away from demands of other roles and responsibilities
Discover a new area of personal challenge – explore a hobby or interest, take a class, or get a part-time job or work from home opportunity
Seek outlets to express yourself – photography, writing, music, dancing, or whatever you enjoy
CafeMom provides outlets and communities that encourage self expression.

Find groups for photography, writing, scrapbooking, and much more
Express yourself by customizing your own profile page and creating custom signatures
Share your expertise and wisdom by offering answers to other moms’ questions

Interestingly enough, Cafe Mom is saying this about their ‘survey’;
Only 50 percent of those polled are satisfied with their sex life (they have sex, on average, 1.5 times a week) but 85 percent agree that their marriage is strong, and 80 percent would choose the same partner again.

87 percent say that healthy eating for their children is a top priority, but only 60 percent make it a top priority for themselves

Women with five children or more pray 76 percent more often than women with one child; moms of teens pray more often than other Moms, and the age of 16, (when children start driving in most states), is a peak time for prayer. Only 31 percent agree they are happy with their appearance.

A surprising 45 percent of moms want to lose more than 25 lbs and 36 percent of moms rarely or never exercise.

61 percent of moms surveyed indicate they do not have enough free time for themselves, and only 39 percent agree they feel challenged and able to express their talents.

I’m feeling those connections coming on now….

I have Boomerang Kids…

I have a child who will turn 21 soon and has absolutely no idea what he wants to do in life. As a matter of fact, I am convinced that he has no idea that he needs to have an idea of what he wants to do in life- despite the fact that we have had the discussion on numerous occasions.
He’s a bright kid, did well on his college entrance exams and had a plan when he graduated. He went away to school and then about mid year, things changed and he was home every weekend and as time went by, going back at the last minute. It wasn’t until mid summer that he fessed up that he hated being away and wanted to be at home in his own bed.

I know in some way, I am to blame. I was too good of a parent.
I made life too good for him and he likes that. Now, I am the ‘proud’ parent of a “Boomerang kid”.

“Boomerang Kids” are children who move back in with their parents after a brief period of living on their own. I hear they are moving back in with mom and dad in droves. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 13% of parents with grown children say one of their adult sons or daughters has moved back home in the past year. In 2001 Canada reported that 41 percent of the 3.8 million 20 to 29 year olds in the country lived with their parents — an increase from 27 percent in 1981.

Some say it’s the economy. According to Monster’s 2009 Annual Entry-Level Job Outlook, about 40 percent of 2008 grads still live with their parents. Moreover, 42 percent of the 2006 graduates surveyed said they’re still living at home.

In the United States alone, nearly 16 million families had at least one child over the age of 18 living at home in 2003, marking a 7 percent jump since 1995, according to the Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey.

There is a rumor that us boomer’s who let these kids back in are called “babygloomers.”

The thing is, I’m not sure I am really ready to let him go. I did make it clear that he is to continue with school and have a goal. I’m not paying for any more ‘major’ changes.

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