Sep 302012

In Home Danger: CPSC Warns of Children Drowning in Bathtubs, Bath Seats and Buckets
More than 400 deaths estimated over a five-year period

The danger of drowning for young children is ever present in and around the home. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old and it takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to look for and protect against drowning risks inside and around their homes.

A new CPSC report on in home drownings and non-fatal submersions in products such as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets, and landscaping features indicates that from 2006 to 2010, there were 684 incidents involving children younger than five-years-old. This figure includes 434 fatalities (an average of 87 per year), 233 injuries, and 17 incidents with no known injuries. Continue reading »

Aug 012012

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

A few precautions can minimize your family’s risk for West Nile Virus

With the number of reported West Nile Virus cases increasing, it’s important to take precautions to minimize the risk for your family.  West Nile is spread through mosquito bites. When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites, a few common sense tips can make a difference: Continue reading »

May 042011


Teachers are awesome, aren’t they? My kids really lucked out this year to have two great teachers! The effort they put into their lessons and working with the kids is really impressive. We get weekly emails detailing what the class has learned for the week and what the class can look forward to learning the next week. It’s really spoiled me for the future, I think! ;)

Anyway, since it’s teacher appreciation week, I started researching what teachers like as gifts. I found a lot of ideas and put together a list of the 10 best teacher gifts that you can find on my blog. Check it out! If you need a printable version, click here.

To all the teachers out there–thanks for all that you do!

P.S. Our room mom is putting together a book of letters and drawings from the kids–how perfect is that?

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Mar 192011

I’d love my family to eat 100% Organic and that’s ultimately our goal. It’s unfortunate that, as consumers, we’re still at a point where organic foods cost a lot, particularly in certain parts of the country. On the lookout for organic grocery coupons, I thought I would share some of these sources with you.

General organic coupon sites:

Mambo Sprouts – offers education materials, free samples and value-packed coupon books through email and in-store distribution; click on the coupon link from the main page.

Healthesavers – provides a few printable coupons for food, groceries, natural remedies, natural beauty, nutritional supplements and pets.

Whole Foods – lots of general printable coupons that change periodially

Product specific organic coupons:

Cascadian Farms – sign up for their newsletter and receive an initial coupon for $1.00 off; additional coupons offered via newsletter.

Earth’s Best – choose from several printable coupons

Stonyfield Farms – register to have access to several printable coupons

Horizon – click on the coupon link at the top of the page and sign up to get coupons

Organic Valley – bunch of printable coupons to choose from

Simply Organic – several printable coupons to choose from

Seventh Generation – sign up to access their coupons

Knudsen Juice – register to get an initial $.75 cents off coupon

Dream Fields – sign up for their newsletter and get an initial $1.00 off coupon; additional coupons offered via newsletter.

Earthbound Farm – currently have a quiz you can take to get a $1.00 coupon

Kiss My Face – join mailing list to get coupons and other special offers