Archives for August 2011

Review — Personalized Books, Music CD’s & DVD’s for Kids – The Perfect Christmas Gift Idea

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As a parent to a 15 month old boy, we take pride in our definitive library of personalized gift items. Offering a wide variety of fun and educational music CD’s, DVD’s, and books from ages NEWBORN to age 12. 🙂

Make reading fun with our individualized collection of over 40 books including child’s name, age, hometown, and friend’s names. Some of the names of the books are; Little One, Little One, Ballerina Princess, My Christmas Wish, My Tea Party, and Train With No Name.

We also showcase an array of music CD’s offering thousands of names to choose from. All relating to: Celebration and Encouragement , Holiday , Play Time, Popular Characters, Religious, and Sports. A few of the names here are; Disney Princesses, Mickey, Minnie & Goofy sing-a-long, Elmo, Barney, and You are my Friend.

Also our personalized music DVD and photo personalized DVD collections are sure to please, and just to name a few include; Silly Songs with Veggie Tales, Dora, Diego & Me, Dora the Explorer Who’s Birthday Is It, My Christmas Adventure, and My Party With Barney.

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Sacked Out With Grandpa and Grandma

Isn’t this pic adorable? That is my grandson and his mommy getting a little shut eye.

This post will be leading up to a controversial topic. As I go forward with it, you will realize what the popular topic/subject is, and why I’m posting about it. As controversial as it seems, it’s about bonding, growing up, and somewhat about letting go. 😉

There’s nothing sweeter than snuggling up with your newborn baby and getting some rest yourself at the same time. It’s part of the bonding process as babies grow and learn.

However, there comes a time when parents, and grandparents as well may or may not draw the controversial line as children reach a certain age and their sleeping arrangements. Ahh, you may now begin to see what this post is leading up to.

Read On…

Here is the meat of the story…and a little later on, my personal opinion. I’ll give you the chance to add yours if you like.

Approximately two/three weeks ago, our grandbaby spent the better part of a weekend with us, while Mommy and Daddy went on a little getaway. All parents need those, now don’t they?!! LOL

I was so excited about the weekend and enjoyed our whole Saturday with him. We had the greatest time with play, laughter, and lots of fun. 🙂 It really was a perfect day and we enjoyed having him.

We had kept him overnight once before and that was a good experience. He woke up once at 3AM and had part of a bottle and right back to sleep. 🙂

However, this particular Saturday night didn’t go as smoothly! lol 😉

Grandbaby was restless the whole night, maybe missing Mommy and Daddy, or just wanting to be in his own crib, not sure. Don’t you wish little babies could actually tell you why they are discontented??

The night actually started out good (for about an hour). Then he sort of half woke up, LOL, and was just really, really restless. Was crying and sort of not, all the while somewhat crawling and rolling in the crib.I could see his eyes were closed the whole time. Well, I was able to pat him back to a comforting sleep for about another hour.

The restlessness went on, off and on for about 4 hours. I had made up my mind to sleep in the spare room where his crib was, I just didn’t trust me sleeping in another room. 😉 Well of course, Grandma was not getting any sleep herself, and was very tired from the previous day.

OK, Now baby was up at 1 AM, wide awake and was eagerly wanting out of the crib. Another diaper change, I thought that’s all it would take to get him back to sleep. Wrong! He was sitting up laughing and wanted to just play with his toys. Hmmm…Grandma tried her best to coax him back to sleep with a bottle and tried rocking him. He DID NOT want any part of it. LOL

Sooo, Grandma let him play for about 30 minutes, and he started getting tired. Then it took me forever to get him back to sleep. I’d say it was about 3 or 3:30 when he was finally back in his crib again. :/

20 minutes later, he was up again and this time standing up in the crib just watching me. He was sort of fussing but not too bad, about 30 minutes or so. So, I lay there with one eye open and one eye shut, watching him just hoping he’d end up going back to sleep. No such luck….and about that time Grandpa came in and asked “What’s wrong with my little buddy?”

Well that did it, he was laughing, wide awake, and was sooo happy to see Grandpa in the wee hours of the morning! Grandpa picked him up and said, “Let’s try something.” He started in our room and I knew what he had in mind. 😉

By this time I was totally exhausted! LOL And was willing to try anything, and of course despite my reservations, he ended up between us. He did lay there for about 15 minutes or so and was keeping an eye on both of us and making little funny noises. I was mighty slap happy about that time, and was laughing myself. lol…

Grandpa rolled him over on his side and began patting his back gently and then off to sleep he was. Finally! I guess I got about 1 hour of sleep that night/morning! lol…He woke up at 5:30 and that’s about the time he normally gets up.

So, I rolled out of bed and we started our day with a bottle, a diaper change, and cartoons. 🙂 I sure didn’t need to be rocked to sleep the following night!

Now…here is my question. What percentage of parents, and grandparents let’s their children sleep with them?

I know with my own son, to my recollection…he was always a good night baby and normally it was not an issue with him.

However, I do have an opinion. I don’t think it’s a bad idea for parents to let their children sleep with them…as long as it doesn’t become a habit. When it becomes a habit, then yes! It will be a big issue and a hard habit to break. 😉

What is your opinion? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

Thanx! 🙂

Review – Real Life Guidance to Helping Your Teen in High School

Product Name: Real Life Guidance to Helping Your Teen in High School
Rating: 9
Where to Buy: Real Life Guidance Website

Description: A very straightforward report on how to help your child make it through those high school years. This informative report gives you insight from helping your teenager figure out who they are to dealing with bullies and peer pressure.

Review: Being a parent can have it’s ups and downs. It is not easy and unfortunately they do not come with a manual. In my day, you either asked your own parents for help, a good friend, or just had to wing it and hope in the end you did the right thing.

For today’s parents there are many opportunities available to help with certain types of situations and most parents are willing to look for and find the information they need. If you’re looking for some guidance in helping your teenager make it through high school then you need to pick up a copy.

This guidance is some of the best I have read. The author, Aurelia Williams, gets right to point of the matter and leaves nothing to chance. With experience herself she knows and has used this information with her own children. It had to have worked because as honest as this report is I would never imagine her giving it to anyone else if it didn’t.

Dealing with a teenager can be very stressful. First off, they are a teenager and have no idea what is going on in their mind or with their bodies. If that’s not enough they also have to deal with other teenagers who are going through the same things. I didn’t have a clue how to help my children at this age. As I was reading this report I found myself saying things like, “Yes, that would have worked! Why didn’t I think of that?”

This Report deals with helping your teenager find out who they are. To me that’s probably the most important part of a teenager’s life. It’s not easy. How many of us still don’t have a clue who we are? With the information in this report you can help set your child on their way to figuring this out and being proud of who they are and what they stand for.

It also gives you some insight into how to help your teen deal with some pretty tough things. Things such as peer pressure and the bullies they might be facing in their school. It even goes into dealing with relationships and how to handle dates and the dating rules you set as a parent.

Helping Your Teen in High School is just full of great information on helping your child through their high school years. Even if you don’t have a teenager yet this report can help you. If you’re like me, your teenagers are grown and on their own but I needed it to be able to deal with my grandchildren and the things they will be going through as a teenager.

I’m really glad I have this report and it will come in very handy when it’s Grandma’s time to help.

Helping Your Teen with High School

Enjoying being a Grandmom

History has a way of repeating itself. My boys are grown and have been on their own for a long time. My husband and me have been doing our own thing and rambling around in our house without thinking about small kiddies. If we left things like medicine laying around it was no big deal, we don’t have small children living in our house anymore. Well, I looked around and look what I saw in my house, the pictures say it all and it took 37 years of marriage to get it. Ha, Ha! Even my backyard has kids wrote all over it. I love every minute of it and wouldn’t change a thing.

Soups for Summertime

By Bethany Booth @ From: A newsletter I get monthly

Chilled soups make a refreshing start or finish to any summer meal. Filled with plenty of diced and pureed fresh fruits and veggies, summer soups are as healthy as salad and surprisingly satisfying.

Create rich flavors and textures by adding ingredients to your own taste. Don’t be afraid throw in lentils, beans or nuts for protein, or create a heartier soup by adding grains such as rice or barley. Use lemon juice to bring out flavors and bright colors. Add a dollop of yogurt or fat-free sour cream for a smooth texture and more filling meal.

Impress dinner guests with just the right garnish. Try fresh berries or or mint leaves to top cool fruity soup. Herbs such as cilantro and parsley or avocado slices add nicely to a bright tomato gazpacho.

No matter how they are dressed up, these soup recipes will impress and refresh.

Mango Gazpacho

2 cups 1/4-inch-diced fresh mangoes
2 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 seedless cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/2 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or cilantro
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Process mangoes, orange juice and oil in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Can be made several hours in advance.)

Serves 6
Roasted Roma Tomato Soup

2 pounds Roma (plum) tomatoes, quartered
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic
1 quart chicken stock
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Place the tomato halves, cut side up, on a baking tray with the garlic cloves. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 375 degrees F for 1 hour.

Remove tray from oven. Snip the ends off the garlic cloves, and squeeze the insides into the bowl of a food processor along with the entire contents of the baking tray. Add stock, basil, and vinegar; blend until smooth. Season to taste. Serve either hot or cold.

Serves 4
Chilled Avocado Soup

2 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
1 tablespoon chopped shallots
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tomato – peeled, seeded and diced

Puree avocado in a blender or food processor until smooth. Sauté chopped shallots in olive oil until tender but not brown; set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together avocado with chicken stock, heavy cream and shallots until smooth. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg; adjust seasonings to taste.

Chill for at least half an hour before serving. Garnish with diced tomato.

Serves 4
Hot or Cold Zucchini Soup

2 tablespoons margarine
2 onions, chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
8 zucchinis, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup dry potato flakes
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed

In a large frying pan, melt butter or margarine; add onion and saute until translucent. Add diced potato, zucchini, thyme, rosemary, basil, and white pepper, and cook for 5 minutes.

In a medium-sized cooking pot, add broth and bring to boil. Add zucchini/potato mixture; reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes.
When cooked, puree in food processor or blender in batches. Return to cooking pot, add milk and bring just to boil, but do not boil. Add instant mashed potato flakes and soy sauce and stir well. Adjust seasonings to taste. Garnish with dill weed. Soup may be served hot or chilled.

Just Peachy Soup

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
3 cups fresh or frozen peaches, thawed
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup peach nectar
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Place raspberries in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Strain and discard seeds. Cover and refrigerate puree. Place peaches and lemon juice in the blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; sit in nectar, yogurt, add sugar as needed according to tartness and extract.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

To garnish, drizzle 1 tablespoon raspberry puree in a 3 in. circle on top of each serving. Use a toothpick to draw six lines toward the center of circle, forming a flower.
Make every meal feel like a special occasion with an original and elegant chilled soup dish.

This article and soups were from the newsletter from


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Looking for New Shoes? Don’t Sacrifice Fashion for the Sake of Comfort – Guest Post

With all the things going on in your life, whether running after a few hyper grandchildren, attending social events, shopping or gardening, it’s important to get around in comfortable, supportive shoes that won’t have you groaning by the end of the day.

While supportive and comfortable shoes are carried by many retailers, supportive, comfortable AND fashionable shoes are another story. If you’re looking for the benefits of an orthopedic shoe without looking like a nurse from the 1950’s, check out the following options. These manufacturers have their share of stylish shoes that also lend plenty of support.

Mephisto brand shoes are a great start. The Mobils series has a line of sandals with details like slight wedges, and tortoise and faux crocodile straps. These sandals are extremely comfortable and can be dressed up or down for the summer months! My personal favorite is Candy in Pewter.

Aravon is made by New Balance, which has a history of producing supportive athletic and walking shoes. Aravon really does a loafer right. You won’t experience pinching or tough material with these. I think the Maura in Red Brown is a really attractive heeled loafer. Just by looking at them, you would have no idea they’re ortho-friendly. They’re chic and professional enough for the office.

Clarks as a company, has been making very comfortable and supportive shoes since 1825. Most companies can’t say that. While I can’t recommend a heel to everyone, Clark’s Gallery Ink boots are great. The velvety boot features a removable Active Air footbed, buckle hardware and a sturdy stacked heel.

If you’re looking to add some comfortable boots to your closet, these should be your first pick.

Next time you go shoe shopping, follow these tips by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society:

* Always shop at the end of the day; your feet tend to swell throughout the day.

* Look for a good fit; the shoe should be comfortable and shaped like your foot with more room in the toe area.

* The shoe should have a shock-absorbent sole. Shoes with a low wedge are best.

The material of the shoe should be breathable. Canvas and leather are good choices.

About The Author

Danielle spends the day on her feet and finds Mephisto brand shoes to be a perfect crossroad between style and support. See her musings on healthy, active and green living at