Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review it Wednesday -- Reviewing the current state of mind

Today's review is not about a product. No. It's about a prevalent attitude in today's society.

Let me ask you a question: When your child's team loses a game, or your child loses a one-on-one competition/match, how do you want them to respond?

Is it acceptable for them to pout, stomp their feet, push or shove the opponent (or their fans), or start name calling or bullying? Is it?

Do you encourage this kind of behavior or do you expect your children to be gracious losers?

What about when you or your spouse are watching sports? Do you show respect to the other team or its fans? Or do you shout obscenities at the opponents or your own team members when they make a mistake? What kind of example are you setting for your children? They're watching you, you know. And children love to mimic their parents.

Now, let's get down to the nitty gritty. What are your children learning from you in the face of this current election? 

I'll let that question sink in a bit.

What do they hear you saying to the television when a political ad is playing? 

What do they hear you saying at the dinner table about the candidates running for office?

What names have you called the presidential hopefuls? Have your children heard those names?

What about your friends and family members who may be supporting a candidate you don't like (hate?)? Have your kids heard you tearing them down behind their backs? 

What, in God's name, is going on? This generation of children is being exposed to some of the nastiest behavior from the adults around them. And they're not going to forget it.

After the election, many of you are going to be disappointed, disheartened, fearful, angry...

What part of that is okay for your kids to absorb into their developing personalities? Is hatred toward a president -- our president -- really acceptable? 

Listen, I understand your feelings. I really do. But what I cannot accept is the hatred being spewed about -- on both sides -- toward each other. I don't want my grandchildren being raised to believe it's okay to hate simply because you disagree.

Think about it. That's all I ask.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Recycling plastic bags -- cutting through the confusion

While we all have to admit that recycling is important, we also have to admit that it can be downright confusing. That's why I rely on whenever I have questions.

Drop it in the recycling bin, Fido!

When it comes to plastic bags and wraps, here's the lowdown on what you can and cannot recycle:


  • Bags marked #2 or #4. But make sure they are clean and dry.
  • Produce bags 
  • Dry cleaning bags (that one was a surprise to me)
  • Bread bags
  • The plastic packaging wrap around bulk foods and beverages
  • The plastic packaging wrap around disposable products like napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, and diapers
  • Newspaper bags
  • And, of course, bags from grocery stores and retailers
For me, most of the above is a moot point since we don't use plastic produce bags, retail bags, paper towels, paper napkins, or disposable diapers. But I did not realize I could recycle the wrapping around toilet paper. I feel horrible about all the times I've thrown it in the trash.

  • Plastic cling wrap (aluminum foil is recyclable, so it's often a preferable choice to plastic)
  • Prepackaged food bags used for frozen foods and pre-washed salads and veggies
  • Any plastic that has been painted or has a lot of gluey, sticky residue
Here's another area where I've been wrong. I've been tossing my frozen veggie bags into the recycling bin. Oops. Let's face it: it's confusing and there's always something new to learn. But don't give up! As I often say, every drop in the bucket counts. That means every recycled piece of plastic that stays out of the landfill counts, too. Let's do this, folks. Let's make a difference!

Monday, October 24, 2016

GITTA GIVEAWAY! Winner's Choice of Stroller Organizer!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekend quote

Marriage is a commitment -- a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one's spouse.

~Herman H. Kieval

Friday, October 21, 2016

So what's the scoop with the homeopathic teething tablets?

Most likely you've heard the warning about Hyland's teething tablets and gels. And you were concerned, right? Well, let me tell you, my daughters are still using them with their kids and here's why:

Despite the sensational and dramatic headlines that created a public scare and led to the removal of homeopathic teething products from the shelves of store, there really isn't anything to be concerned about. After the damage was done, the FDA clarified their statement, indicating they were conducting an ongoing investigation as a response to reported serious adverse events. The initial warning was arbitrary and capricious, but the media's exaggerated fear mongering made a bad situation worse. According to a spokesperson for the FDA, the relationship between the reported serious adverse events and homeopathic teething products has not even been determined. It is currently under review.

So, should you be concerned? I don't think so. I know there are many groups determined to undermine homeopathy (do any of the big-Pharms come to mind?). Obviously, if consumers continue to benefit from homeopathic remedies, there will be less need for over-the-counter and prescription drugs, right? So who loses? You figure it out.

Awhile back, a community member shared this story with me:

Her toddler found the Hyland's Nighttime Teething Tablets and ingested a whole lot of them. Naturally concerned, this mama immediately phoned Poison Control. When PC heard what the toddler ingested, they told her not to worry about it. She also called and spoke with a representative at Hyland's who reassured her the child would have to ingest much more than one bottle of tablets before there would be any side effects whatsoever. Of course, both the persons at Poison Control and Hyland's were right. Nothing happened. The little girl was perfectly fine. And mama was relieved that she used homeopathy to ease the pain of teething, rather than something pharmaceutical, which could have had grave results.

The fact is that homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body (not against it, as many pharmaceutical products do) to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It's been used by over 250 million people worldwide for the last 200 years! In the US, homeopathic OTC medicines are indeed regulated by the FDA and have been for decades.

Homeopathy has a laudable and extensively documented clinical record and there are hundreds of high quality, peer-reviewed basic science, pre-clinical, and clinical studies proving its efficacy and safety and absolutely NO studies linking homeopathically-prepared medicines and serious adverse events. 

Would I give my grandchildren homeopathic teething tablets? You bet I would. There is no scientific link between homeopathically-prepared belladonna, which is in Hyland's teething products, and seizures. None. Again, I have to wonder about who it is exactly that is leading this anti-homeopathic crusade. Unfortunately, because of everything happening with this issue, Hyland's has decided to stop distribution of their teething products here in the United States. This deeply saddens me. Click here to read their letter concerning this issue.

In the meantime, I'm going to continue using homeopathic remedies every chance I get. Of course, only you, as a parent, can decide what is best for yourselves and your children. And, as a reminder, I am not a medical professional, so take my advice with a grain of salt. Preferably Himalayan. 

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