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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Moms On A Mission, Moms In Action





Moms don't need another social network. They need real friends. They need to actually talk to people.  They need to get out of house and into the presences of other adults who understand them. They need a life!
Our mission at The Mommies Network is not to give you just another place to chat online, because we know that we need more than that. Parenting doesn't happen behind a computer screen, and neither does the support you need to help you in your parenting journey. We are Mommies in Action! We meet with each other for coffee. We get dressed up for a Moms Night Out. We compare stories on the playground. We have a community of moms that we look to and depend on for friendship, for advice and for a few moments of relief from this roller-coaster ride called parenting.


Every quarter of 2015, we will take one week to take a look at our Mission in Action:  what it looks like when one of our chapters is executing the Mission of The Mommies Network, and asking for your help to continue to execute our mission.
Between now and March 1st, you can visit http://tmnwintercampaign.causevox.com/ to check out our page that celebrates this quarters Chapter on a Mission, LouisvilleMommies, and read all about how LouisvilleMommies are accomplishing their mission in their area.  
  





Every bit of help in reaching our $2,000 goal is appreciated.  Our site quickly accepts Paypal or Credit/Debit cards, making it quick and simple for you to help us as we look forward to all of the possibilities that 2015 holds for The Mommies Network and your chapter.



Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day from the Queen of Pink


Originally posted on CharlotteMommies blog:

OK, I'll admit it. I am a Valentine's Day freak. I know, I know...as a society, we have commercialized Christmas, Easter, and Valentine's Day, and I am guilty of contributing to the growing pocketbook of the executives at American Greetings. I am the answer to Hallmark's prayers. The makers of pink icicle lights - they love me. They send me a birthday card every year. The genius who invented Valentine's Day GARLAND? My contribution to her cause has undoubtedly paid for at least two of her cars.
So what is the lure? I'm not sure, but speaking for myself - it could have something to do with my fascination with the color pink. Trista Rehn - HA! She's got NOTHING on me. Good thing Maryelise was a girl. "Grayson" would have looked a little ridiculous in pink dresses I bought! My husband declares our house hyper feminine. I suppose the predominantly pink and floral decor, coupled with the lovely violet basement could be construed as such, but come on...I let him decorate the porch with all the sports paraphernalia he wanted! In honor of my adoration for all things pink and girly, I would like to take this opportunity to uncover some of the myths, history, and traditions surrounding one of my favorite days of the year...February 14.
Valentine's Day is based on a pagan holiday, the festival of Lupercalia. St. Valentine the martyr soon became associated with the day. He was known for secretly marrying couples during a time when marriage was banned, as it was seen as an obstacle to building a strong army. (And we wonder why men get offended when we question if they can do two things at once...be married and fight in the army.... Hmmmm). But back to St. Valentine...he was eventually caught performing marriages and beheaded. On February 14. Yes, a celebration on the day of someone's demise. Isn't that American? When the beheading was over, St. Valentine's jailer found a note written by St. V himself, to the jailer's daughter. He had signed the note, "From your Valentine." Eventually the leaders of the Christian church replaced Lupercalia with the feast of St. Valentine. So thanks to the famous last words of St. Valentine, the United States, Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia now celebrate Valentine's Day. The residents of these countries send approximately 1 billion Valentine's Day cards...just a few short of the 2.6 billion Christmas cards sent out by people all over the world each December. Hallmark alone has over 1300 different cards specifically designed for Valentine's Day.
Let's talk candy. You know that adorable clucking Cadbury bunny? Cadbury also invented the first Valentine's Day candy box back in the 1800's. It's a good thing they did. The Chocolate Manufacturer's Association of America says that 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day...and Americans spend more than $1105 million each Valentine's Day on candy alone. I wonder how many Weight Watchers points that is?
I have to say - Valentine's Day wasn't ALWAYS a great holiday in my book. I was a single mom for many Valentine's Days, and while the first one did get me down, I soon realized that getting into the kids' spirit of the day wasn't such a bad idea. I decided to send cards to everyone in my address book. This caused an enormous response, mostly because I don't send Christmas cards (shame on me), so the lucky recipients of my valentines had to call to see if I'd lost my mind or was given a shortened lifespan.
The next year, I bought some roses from the Lions Club (yes, the inexpensive ones) and left one on the doorsteps of all the widowed ladies on my street. This was a huge hit, and we became a neighborhood of Valentines without lovers...and didn't dread the holiday so much. In fact, we became well versed in what the colors of flowers mean. It's universally known that red roses are extremely costly around Valentine's Day. This is because the demand is so high that florists can't keep up. Red roses are the epitome of romance. Think about the first time you got a red rose. Do you remember how warm and fuzzy you felt, or how you giggled to your best friend for 3 days recanting the whole experience? But if you want to convey grace, gentleness, and gratitude, go for the pale pink. Light pink roses express fun and happiness, while deep pink convey, "Thank you." As far as determining the exact hue of your pink roses, you're on your own...and be sure to keep pink separate from coral (desire), peach (sympathy), and orange (enthusiasm). Or you could combine 2 roses, each a different color, and create a new meaning, like red and yellow for happiness and celebration, red and white for bonding and harmony, or dead roses - to say, "Sayonara" loud and clear! Lilac roses mean enchantment, and white mean truth and innocence. So don't be afraid to mix and match. Or take the easy (and expensive) way out. Buy hybrids with every possible color somewhere in the petals. Not only do they cost a fortune, they create an everlasting memory and are conversation starters for all who see them.
If you're so inclined, start talking about the roses on your love seat...which was first made to seat a woman her wide dress, but which evolved into a small couch designed for a courting couple. And while you're on the love seat, grab an apple and twist the stem while you recite the names of 5 or 6 people you'd like to marry. When the stem breaks off, that's the name of your future mate. And after you have that perfect mate, blow the seeds of a dandelion into the wind. However many seeds remain on the stem is the number of children you will have. What a scientific method!
Or throw caution to the wind. Forget all these conventional ideas. Why not wake up early and make heart-shaped pancakes (all you need is the batter and a heart-shaped cookie cutter - you can make your own perfect pancake). Or have the shower nice and hot for your beloved when he gets into the bathroom for his morning primping. How about a game of pin the arrow on the heart with the kiddies while they are waiting for the bus? Why not eat only red or heart-shaped foods today? It may be a challenge finding foods that fit the bill, but how many people have you heard of who are forever challenged in finding food period, let alone red or heart-shaped (never forget how blessed you truly are!).
For me, I am content with my Valentine's Day manicure and the joy Maryelise finds in all the trinkets I pick up from the middle of January until the big day. I challenge you to search deep in your heart this Valentine's Day and convey nothing but warmth and love for the 24 hours of February 14. I guarantee even if you don't get a valentine yourself, you will feel fulfilled from the love you have spread. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Friday, February 6, 2015

Have A Heart , A Healthy Heart #goredforwomen



According to the American Heart Association, one in three women dies of heart disease or stroke each year. To help fight the high rate of heart-related deaths, every February the American Heart Association directs their attention to awareness days and campaigns that teach the general public about the importance of adopting behaviors that lead to improved heart health. February 6 is National Wear Red Day and the health professionals from NurseWise – a multilingual nurse triage and health education provider – are encouraging Americans of all ages and genders to wear red in support of the American Heart Association’s quest to decrease avoidable heart issues.
"At NurseWise we believe in and continuously promote health education and empowerment," said Kim Tuck, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer at NurseWise. "In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. We encourage everyone to wear red on Friday, February 6, to increase awareness about heart health and behaviors that can easily be adopted to reduce the chance of developing heart disease, stroke and other serious heart conditions."

To help you remember, the nurses at NurseWise have created a set of health tips in honor of National Wear Red Day using the acronym “HEART.”
H – Have heart awareness. Know your status! Make, schedule and KEEP routine appointments with your medical provider to stay abreast of your specific heart-health status and to learn warning signs that might indicate the need for specialized medications, lifestyle changes or testing. Knowing your heart stats and family predispositions for diseases of the heart is the first step in achieving more informed and improved heart health.
E – Exercise regularly. Your heart is a muscle, and just like the rest of the muscles in your body, it needs regular exercise to operate at its best. Start small by adding a short, slow-paced 10- or 15-minute walk to your day at least twice a week. Ask your medial professional for exercise recommendations based on your health status.
A – Always side with safe over sorry. You know your body better than anyone. If you start noticing an irregular-heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, frequent headaches, impaired vision, tingling in your left arm or short memory lapses, see a medical professional immediately. Never hesitate to see a doctor if you notice a change in the way you feel or notice an abnormality in your breathing or heart rate. Seeing a medical provider could save your life and uncover budding health conditions before they become serious health conditions.
R – Rest is essential. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep on a regular basis is essential to your health. Despite your busy schedule and long list of things to do, if you aren’t getting proper rest, you will stifle your body’s ability to repair itself during the sleep cycle. Find a sleep routine that works to help you get to sleep at a set time every day so your body can perform its natural healing processes.
T – Take time to decompress. Stress is a leading factor that contributes to conditions like high-blood pressure and stroke. Explore exercise and breathing techniques to help you find calm even in the midst of a busy workplace and personal schedule. If stress ever becomes overwhelming or your feel like you’re going to do something to hurt yourself or someone else, please call 9-1-1 right away to speak with someone who can get you the help you need. There’s no need to ashamed of stress. Every animal and human experiences it in some form, because stress is a natural function of the body. How you treat stress is what makes the difference in your quality of mental and physical health. There are techniques, medications and homeopathic remedies that can help you find the balance you need to keep your heart and body functioning at their best.
For more information about National Wear Red Day, please visit: https://www.goredforwomen.org/home/get-involved/national-wear-red-day/

About NurseWise
For more information, please visit our website at www.nursewise.com or contact us at info@nursewise.com.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordful Wednesday Quotes #mothers

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you're the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. ~Rachel Wolchin

Image credit Fine Art America


Have a fabulous week moms!

~~Leslie~~


 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fever, Your Guide To Taking Care Of It At Home

I recently posted this information about fever on my nursing blog and wanted to share it here as well. I hope that you can use the information. Tis the season for flu and cold's now, my family has had it for weeks also. I hope that your family is well and we will all get thru flu season soon.



Post shared from ERNursescare blog :
Fever, seems to be the most common complaint of parents in the middle of the night as I work my weekender shifts. The children can range from very ill to very playful. Parents can be very well educated and some not so much at all (sad but true). Lots of education needs to be done about fever, parents for some reason just freak out if their child is running a fever......ekkkkkkk.

By all means if your child is not breathing, in distress, having a seizure, blue in color or unconscious --Please call 911!!! Do not try and drive to the ER!

Most often if a child is brought to the Emergency Department for a fever, the parent has really not tried to do anything at home to first bring the fever down. They just drop everything and rush to the ER...OMGosh!!
Adults as well come to the ER with just a fever, not knowing what to do about it.(Yes they really do)
Taking medications to help reduce the fever first, waiting a couple of hours is ok, you will be ok.
Sitting in the ER waiting room is not the answer, you are exposing others to your illness or you might just pick up something you don't want. The waiting room is a breeding ground for germs.

Caution: Now if your infant child is less than 90 days old and is running a temperature greater than say 100.5 rectally (yes in the bum bum- rectal is most accurate) or your Peds doctor will tell you a specific temperature to call for. Please attempt to call your doctor first! They want to be called before you rush to the ER!
Infants less than 90 days old with a high fever is a medical emergency, these little ones still have mommas antibodies floating around from birth. They should not have fevers that high. Be prepared if you take an infant that small to the ER with a high fever that he/she will get a full septic work up which may include blood work , catherized urine specimen's(most sterile collection), xray's, lumbar puncture(spinal tap looking for ?meningitis) , IV with antibiotics amoung the most common things ordered by an ED physician.
Even in older children a call to the Peds doctor first can save you stress, time and the very expensive cost of an ER visit. Not to mention the germ exposure to your other family members.

Many cooling methods can be performed before you visit your local ED or even your doctors office.
First of all, give your kids some medication for fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin: if they are over 6 months of age) is made for just that reason, they are fever reducers and pain relievers. You are not going to overdose or kill your child by giving these medications. You can even given them together in appropriate situations, they are metabolized in different areas of the body (kidneys and liver) so it is perfectly ok if your pediatric doctor or the ED doctor tells you to give the medications together for one dose to reduce a high fever, then alternate the medications from then on.

A Fever is the body's defense mechanism for fighting off some kind of process going on, such as viral or bacterial infection. It is ok for your child to have a fever (don't flip out on me now). Fever in the body's natural reaction to a stress reaction going on inside the body. It is trying to fix the problem in its own natural response.

Febrile seizures most often will occur in children that might be prone to these (due to a problem with the temperature thermoregulation). A febrile seizure occur due to a sudden rapid rise in the temperature.
These types of seizures like any seizure activity is scary for us as parents. Keeping your child safe from harming themselves during the event is imperative. Keep the child on their side, away from objects they might hit and do not try and put anything into a seizing child's mouth. Most children outgrow febrile type seizures.


Children can burn up a lot of fluids when they run fever, hydration is important. Don't worry so much about trying to feed them, just make sure they are drinking fluids such as water, electrolyte solutions (Pedialyte/ Ricelyte), coconut water, juices, clear sodas( if that's all they will drink- especially older kids) Popsicles etc.
Avoid dairy products please,unless you want to see the clabbered milk again.....yuck, dairy tends to just make them vomit. I will never forget the time my husband gave my feverish 1yr old daughter a whole bottle of milk just before I got home from working a 12 hour night shift. She proceeded to cover me in hot milk vomit as soon as I tried to pick her up.......lovely it was.

The info-graphic below has some great info about fever, please educate yourself.






Leslie is also the creator and author of ERNursescare, an ER nurse for 25+ years, and a mommy of 3 kiddos and 7 furbabies.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Let's Make Gingerbread People Cutouts : In The Kitchen With Kids #holidays

Image credit Betty Crocker website

Santa is coming to town this week and we need cookies to leave out for him don't we?

Gingerbread People Cutouts~

Ingredients~~

Cookies

1
cup packed brown sugar
1/3
cup shortening
1 1/2
cups dark molasses
2/3
cup cold water
7
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons baking soda
2
teaspoons ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground allspice
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1/2
teaspoon salt

Easy Creamy Frosting

4
cups powdered sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
About 5 tablespoons half-and-half
Directions~~
In large bowl, stir together brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other favorite shaped cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched (for a softer, chewier cookie, bake 8 to 10 minutes). Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
In large bowl, stir together all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Decorate cookies with frosting.
Easy shortcut is to use the premade a frosting, let kids help decorate so they add their own artistic flair.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Wonders and Physics of Santa Claus

Did you know that Santa and Physics had something's in common? This infographic shows some pretty cool things about Santa that I never knew.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Oh You Naughty Little Boy....#tmnpintowin #elfonashelf



Email your naughty and nice Elf On the Shelf photos to our Pinterest Contest, socialmedia@themommiesnetwork.org is the email, hurry so they can get more likes on Pinterest!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Foodie Friday: Herb Roasted Turkey Time #Thanksgiving #turkey





Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 turkey (14 to 16 pounds)
  • 8 fresh sage leaves plus 4 fresh sage sprigs, divided
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs, divided
  • 4 medium onions
  • 5 celery ribs
  • 5 medium carrots
  • 3 medium parsnips

Directions


  • In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oil, garlic, salt and pepper. With
  • fingers, carefully loosen skin from the turkey breast; rub mixture
  • under the skin. Place sage leaves and two thyme sprigs under the
  • skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with toothpicks.
  • Cut onions into wedges and the celery, carrots and parsnips into
  • 2-in. lengths. Place about a fifth of the onions, celery and carrots
  • in the turkey cavity; add sprigs and remaining thyme. Place
  • remaining vegetables in a roasting pan. Place turkey, breast side
  • up, over vegetables. Brush with remaining oil.
  • Bake at 325° for 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 hours or until a meat thermometer
  • reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Cover
    • loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly. Cover and let stand
    • for 20 minutes before carving turkey. Discard vegetables; use
    • drippings to make gravy. Yield: 14 servings.
    Nutritional Facts: 8 ounces cooked turkey equals 599 calories, 32 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 342 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 72 g protein.


    Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/juicy-herb-roasted-turkey#ixzz3JfPnRye1




 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Baby's First Christmas? New Grand-baby? We have the perfect surprise...


New bundle of joy in your house this year for Christmas? New grand-baby lighting up your entire world these days? The magic of little piggie toes and sweet smelling babies breath is something you will never forget. 
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