Archives for July 2011

Cool Dude and a Crabby Saturday

Just want to share a happy family gathering. It was a crabby Saturday. I mean that in a cute way. We celebrated my son’s mother- inlaw’s birthday with a big family gathering. Boy was it hot. The humidity was way up and temperature right with it. we all still had a good time and the children had a great time playing in the kiddy pool and lounging on their outdoor kids furniture. They were able to stay cool in their wet swim cloths. We had live crabs that my son steamed in the back yard and the little kids were fascinated by the crabs. All the kids were under 5 years old so seeing these live crabs was exciting to them. Then they got to taste the crabs, some like it and most wanted the usual hot dog. Even my 4 month old grandson was a cool dude showing off his new specs. Keeping the kids happy is what we are all about around here and us adults have fun doing it. Remember, “growing babies is our busy”. Visit we carry all your baby and toddler needs for your home and outdoors.

New Grandbaby Photos and First Birthday Celebration

Hi there,

FINALLY…I gathered all my favorite new photos of our Grandson. He just turned 1 on June 28, 2011 🙂

He’s handsome, he’s adorable, he’s a ham, and he’s the man!!! LOL 🙂 And did I mention, he’s definitely in charge most of the time??! 😉

Enjoy the photos!

My Own Little Private Birthday Celebration With Him (since his actual birthday was not on the same day as his party will be). 🙂

In Grandma’s Purse! LOL

My Favorite Photo! 🙂

WIth Grandpa! 🙂

Of course, I love this one, who wouldn’t??!

Bath time with Mommy!

I love them all! 🙂

“We must become the change we want to see.”

“We must become the change we want to see.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Too often in life I see people wanting to make a change in their life but making the mistake of focussing outside of themselves not realising that until they first make the change on the inside, nothing will change on the outside.

Whatever you wish to change in your life or your world, you first have to own it inside of you before it will be revealed outside of you.

The great lesson most people who chase down dreams quickly realise is that the prize or dream they were chasing soon becomes far less valuable to them than the person they had to become in order to achieve it.

Next time you find yourself desiring to change something in your life, first ask yourself what you must do to become the person you need to be to achieve it, then and only then will you start to see true, worthwhile, long-lasting change in your life.

Ask yourself today, ‘How might the results I see in my life increase dramatically if I first focus on changing and growing myself on the inside before I turn my focus to changing things on the outside?

Have an Outstanding Day!
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Grandmother Knows Best: Home and Natural Remedies

Katheryne Taylor has shared some tried and true home remedies. Some excellent information for health. Thank you Katheryne! 🙂

Sometimes home and natural remedies are based on old wives’ tales and are really just silly. On the other hand, there are times when it’s a great idea to use those remedies that your grandmother might have used when she was a child. Now, there’s more scientific evidence than ever to back up the efficacy of some natural and home remedies for conditions like asthma, morning sickness, and even depression. Here are a few natural remedies to try at home:

Remedies for Allergies and Asthma
One of the best remedies for allergies and asthma is to cut out dairy, according to Deborah Francis of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. The reason for this is that dairy often produces extra mucus in the body, which can be a problem for asthma and allergy sufferers. If you suffer from asthma, try going dairy-free for a while to see if it helps, and if you’re an allergy sufferer, cutting out dairy just during your worst allergy seasons might be beneficial, too.

Remedies for Morning Sickness
Ah, morning sickness. It’s one of the classic signs of early pregnancy, and it’s seriously annoying. It can go on all day, and it hits some women worse than others. Luckily, there are lots of excellent natural, home remedies for morning sickness. If your grandmother were from India, she might recommend sucking on some candied ginger to help calm tummy troubles like morning sickness, and recent studies have actually shown that ginger can help reduce morning sickness as well as prescription medications! You can usually find candied ginger in health food stores or in natural foods sections of your favorite grocery store.

Remedies for Depression
While severe depression can be serious enough to warrant medication and treatment from a therapist, minor cases of the blues pop up frequently and can often be treated naturally at home. There are all sorts of natural ways to treat depression, including some of the following:

Fish Oil: Fish oil supplements are full of helpful Omega-3 fatty acids, which seem to be able to help balance levels of certain hormones in the brain and to help the brain use its serotonin – the main feel-good hormone – more efficiently. Increase your intake of fatty acids like these by boosting your consumption of fish, nuts, and vegetables like avocado, but also take a fish oil supplement, which you can find at any old grocery store on the block!

St. John’s Wort: This grandmotherly remedy for depression has been around for ages. According to Natural Health it also helps your body use serotonin more effectively, and it’s been used for years to treat moderate or mild depression. This herb has actually been shown to be as effective as prescription antidepressants for treating problems like these.

Vitamin D: Grandma always said that the remedy for a case of the blues was some fresh air and sunshine, and now we know why – Vitamin D! This essential vitamin is produced naturally in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. While scientists aren’t exactly sure how Vitamin D fights depression, it’s clear that it does help. Especially in the winter when skin exposure to sunlight is rare, it’s a good idea to take a Vitamin D supplement, since it’s hard to get enough from your food.

Keep in mind that with any herbal-based natural remedies, it’s vital that you talk with your doctor before using them, especially if you’re taking other medications like antidepressants. Even though these remedies are natural, they still have powerful effects on the body, and they can interfere with your other medications. If your doctor isn’t one to get behind natural remedies at all, consider switching practitioners or seeing a qualified naturopath alongside your regular physician.

Natural remedies don’t always work for everyone, but they’re certainly worth trying before you dump a ton of prescription chemicals into your body. Sometimes, grandma’s home remedies really are the best solution, although next time grandma tells you to blow cigarette smoke in your baby’s ear when she has an ear infection, you might want to skip the harmful smoke and go with any source of heat, like a warm rag laid over the hurting ear, instead!

Katheryne Taylor is a social media advocate with CreditDonkey, the credit card cash back website. She helps families compare offers to find the rewards right for them. Did your grandmother share a remedy? Leave a comment below. 🙂

An Invitation And Review – Knowledge

I was delighted to open my emails last week to receive an invitation to be an expert in the (Grandmother) category on The Knowledge Nests –! 🙂

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Things To Keep In Mind When Selecting Your Diamond

Are you in the market for a new diamond? Selecting and caring for a diamond can be a baffling task for the uninitiated, and no one wants to be embarrassed by walking into a jeweler not knowing what he or she’s looking for. Here are a few tips for selecting diamonds that will help you find that perfect stone. Note: bigger is not always better!

The first thing any potential buyer should be aware of are the 4 Cs: color, clarity, cut and carat weight.

Color is rated on a scale of D to J, D being “colorless” and J indicating a more yellow color. People will tell you that colorless diamonds are the way to go, but the fact is when two diamonds of varying color grades are held up next to each other, very few people are likely to be able to tell the difference.

Clarity is a measure of how “clear” the diamond is. A diamond that has very few imperfections, or inclusions, is valued at a higher price. Diamonds that include small chips, cloudiness or fissures within the stone reduce the appearance and value of the diamond.

Cut refers to the way a diamond reflects light off of the facets within itself to produce the brilliance that’s so captivating about diamonds. The better the cut, the more sparkle you get.

And finally, diamonds are not weighed by the pound or gram, but by the carat. The higher carat diamond you have, the more it weighs. Larger diamonds are generally rarer, so stones with a high carat weight typically fetch a higher price.

Once you’ve chosen a diamond, it’s important to keep it looking as good as the first day you brought it home. Cleaning should occur once or twice weekly and can be performed by soaking in an ammonia based solution. Stay away from chlorine and abrasives!

Make sure diamonds are kept in in a fabric-lined case and away from other jewels so they are not scratched. An annual visit to the jeweler is not a bad idea, as he or she can give your jewels a closer look and offer a more thorough cleaning.

Now that you’ve had a crash-course in diamond buying get out there and see what’s available! Current diamond trends include bracelets that magnify the jewel making it look extra-large and earthy tones that contrast with the inherent opulence of the diamond itself. But those looking for a more classic look can investigate the new styles of diamond studs on the market. It’s a very exciting time!

Danielle is a hippie at heart – a free spirit who strives to consider Mamma Earth in all decisions she makes, even when picking her jewelry and diamonds. Read her musings on

4th of July Cookout

Another year older! Our country that is. We had a wonderful 4th of July. friends and family celebrated with us with a big cookout and our grand kids had a ball. We have a nice big back yard with a big swing set and lots of toddler size furniture and a fire pit. We had a new swimming area for the kids this year. It is called the Cannonball Splash and the kids loved it. The cannonball splash is like a slip and slide but has a pool attached to it. It was a lot of fun watching the kids slide and splash. Even my little 3 month old grandson had his little swimming trunks on and was splashing with his feet. The day ended with wonderful fire works and making smors over the fire pit. The kids were pooped out and so was Grammy. The evening ended with a sleep over with the kids in a big tent in out back yard. Pappy was in charge all night and all the kids slept all night through in the tent without running in the house. It was great and will do it all again next year. We are all about babies and toddlers around here so visit me at and we can talk some baby talk. lol!