Friday, November 30, 2007

Holding Mommy's Hand with Twins

Whenever my twins want to take me somewhere in the house or outside, they lift up their hand and pull me with my left or right hand. They, right now at least, love holding my hand to guide me where they want to go.

Oh, and when they have my hand, they have a very strong grip, like they never want to let go.
I am guessing instead of telling me, they would rather show me or guide me and I think this is cute.

My Twins and Reading the Them

Oh my girls, they love me to read to them. I could read all their books in one day, three times over. And believe me, we have at least 40+ books to read all day long.

Two days ago, my twins and I were sitting on our recliner and I was reading them. Twin A and B, separately, took my hand, and had me hold the left side of the book I was reading to them, Brown Bear, The Foot Book and some Christmas book too.

I just thought it was so sweet how they intentionally grabbed or held my hand and placed the book page in my hand. When they each want something, they are not shy, around Mommy and Daddy that is, showing us what they want and directing our attention to their want or need.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

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Internet Retailer Ranks Website Among Best in Nation for 2008

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This website is really cool. I mean,if you love giving gift baskets for Birthdays, Thank You, new baby or any celebration, this is your one stop shop for all gift baskets, food baskets and sympathy baskets too.

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Gift Towers are my favorite items to buy from DelightfulDeliveries. I love opening my front door and seeing the big package waiting for me knowing it is my gift tower, just for my family to enjoy. The treats are delicious and the packaging is fun.

Oh, and you can get free shipping on selected items when you type in your zip code. How cool is that!

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Doctor in Wisconsin Delivers 4 Sets Of Twins, On One Shift!!

Dr. Ken Merkitch thought he would help a friend out by subbing for him as the on-call doctor at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse on Friday.

"No good deed goes unpunished," Merkitch said.

Merkitch and some of the parents and their twins appeared on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday. Merkitch said the shift started off slow until a couple came in pregnant with twins. The births of Samantha and Maxwell were an exciting start to the day.

"I love delivering twins," Merkitch said.

But be careful what you wish for. Marisa and Makenna were born next. After 19 years at Gundersen Lutheran, this was a first for Merkitch. "I don't know that I delivered two sets of twins in one day," he said.

However, then Milo and Maggie were delivered and Ayden and Avery were not far behind.

Merkitch said the hospital averages 31 twin births a year, so four in one day is well above average.

He thanked his nurses with Doublemint gum, Dubble Bubble gum and Twix bars.

The whole article can be read at KNBC.com.

Once Conjoined Twins Are Now Recovering From Surgery

The Doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford on Wednesday said the once formerly conjoined Costa Rican twins Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias are recovering from their Nov. 12 separation surgery.

On Tuesday, Yurelia was released from the hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit, while Fiorella is expected to join her by the end of the week.

"Everyone's thrilled that they're progressing so well," said Gail Wright, MD, cardiovascular intensive care physician. "Moving out of intensive care is a very big step." Doctors also released the first post-surgery photo of the twins. It shows one child in a hospital bed with the girl's mother holding the second child nearby.

Doctors said Fiorella's is still recovering a bit behind her sister since her Nov. 19 return to surgery for a brief modification of her chest reconstruction and repair of her skin closure.
She also needs a couple more days for her respiratory issues to completely clear.

Yurelia's last surgery happened on Nov. 14, because she had a life-threatening congenital anomaly, known as double outlet right ventricle. This was corrected by chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery Frank Hanley.

The girls were connected at parts of their hearts and shared a liver before their successful nine-hour separation surgery earlier this month.

"It went really well," Hanley said, of the six-hour correction and reconstruction.
DORV occurs early in pregnancy when the heart is developing, Dicks said.

Frank Hanley, Chief of Pediatric, created a tunnel from the left ventricle through the right ventricle to the aorta to correct the flow of blood in Yurelia's body.

"These are two very strong little girls," lead surgeon Gary Hartman said. Their mom, Maria, and dad, Jose Luis, have remained at the girls' bedside for weeks.

The full story can be read at KNBC.com

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My Twins Actually Went Down for a Nap Today

Yeah, can you believe it. Do you think their morning bath had anything to do with it? My husband does, but I would have to say no. I bathe them in the morning probably 3 times a week and I never get these results.

Today was just a fluke in my opinion. If this happens more than three times, it will be a miracle.

Honestly, even after waking up at 8:30 this morning, they were just sleepy.

Let's see what the rest of the day has for us. It would be nice if they slept until 2:30.

But then again, that too is only wishful thinking.

Babies and Toddlers always make a liar out of their parents. To duplicate an event is a miracle.

Monday with my Twins

Today seemed like Tuesday to me. How about you? Maybe it was because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Anyway, today, my twins were very, very busy. Since they were so busy, I decided to stay home with them. When they are this busy, it usually means if I take them out, they will be very fussy and want to escape their stroller. It also means they will make my shopping very stressful since they always want to hold something or take off a shoe, or this, or that. It never ends.

So, when Daddy came home for lunch, I went out to do some personal shopping for my crafts and possible Christmas gifts for our twins.

While out, I purchased some more ribbon, some key rings, wedding accessories for a project I am working on for my twins and a BIG stuffed Winne the Pooh Bear for one of their Christmas gifts.

It seems, lately, "A" and "E" are not a fan of sleeping in the afternoon, which means Mommy does not get a breather. I really do not understand why they will not sleep I mean they go to bed around 7:45 or 8:00 and wake up around 7:30 or 8:30. This, to me, means they should be ready for an afternoon nap around 11:45 or 12:00, until 2:30 or 3:00.

But oh, their personalities are shining through and they are constantly on my heels like little puppy dogs. For their birthday, I am sure I have told you this before, they each got a toy learn and play vacuum cleaner. So today as I was vacuuming for real, they were right by me, vacuuming for pretend.

Yup, my twins, they are sweeties who love learning, love being read to, at ad nauseam, and are never, ever still.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Check out First Friday Weekend Artwalk in the Oldest City


If your thinking of visiting St. Augustine, Florida or already live there, you have to take check out their First Friday Weekend Artwalk where you and or a friend can see the latest exhibits from local artists and hear music from local entertainment. When you are at First Friday, you also get to take the refreshments available to the First Friday guests.

If you are wondering who the artists will be at this First Friday happening on December 7th and 8th, they are Beau Redmond, Jean Troemel,Peter O'Neill (who is most famout for his September 11th Fireman poster), Trip Harrison (he captures the beatuy of nature), Jan Miller, Sydney McKenna and Ray Brilli. Each artist has their own website you can go to and view their work.

First Friday can be found along 131 E. King Street in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida from 5PM to 9PM and the best part is, it is FREE to all who come and take in the sights, sounds and refreshments.

Because St. Augustine cares about their attendees, they are offering a complementary shuttle ride provided by the Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolley Tours company. These trains and trolleys come by every 15 minutes so you never have to wait long to get to your downtown experience.

If you would like more information, you can call (904)829-0065.

If you have a love for the arts, music and refreshments, all for free, then St. Augustine's First Friday Weekend is where you need to be in December 7th and 8th from 5PM to 9PM.


St. Augustine Artwalk


Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanksgiving at my Aunt's Home






Yesterday,


My husband, our twins and I ate Thanksgiving Dinner at my Aunt and Uncle's home in San Jose. Usually, our drive over there is a pain in the rear. But this time, we used their birthday gift from my husband's parents, our twins grandparents, a 7" Portable DVD Player. Our girls were watching one of their Christian DVD's on the hour long road trip.

I have to say, I am amazed at my sweetie pies. They did not fuss or nothing the whole trip there. That DVD Player really comes in handy.

It is small enough where it fits in our center consul so they can both watch it.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner was wonderful, Turkey, Stuffing, Dressing, Salad, Cranberries and Pumpkin Pie. I provided the salad.

It was a great night, until we were about to go to bed. That is when Twin "B" went ballistic. She would not stop crying. You see, this is the first time we, as a family, have ever stayed at my Aunt's home for the night. And if you know babies or toddlers, they love the familiar. Anything out of the norm and they usually do not fair so well.

Anyway, besides that little meltdown, our Thanksgiving was very nice and I hope you too had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

When you Need a Portable Scanner for Your Work or Home Business

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Cool Websites for Parents of Twin or Triplet Babies or Toddlers

Since my twins were born in November 2005, I had searched the Internet for cool clothes and other items for Twin Babies. Below are some websites I had found and continue to find today:

About Twins and Premature Babies
March of Dimes for Twins, Triplets and Beyond and Premature Babies
BellaOnline-Twins Help and Information
TwinsNetwork
National Organiztion of Mother of Twins

1. WombMates
2. MotherofTwins
3. Multiple Treasures
4. CafePress Twins T Shirts
5. TwinsHelp
6. TwinsRealm
7. TwinsMagazine
8. TwinStuff
9. Personalized Twin Magazine Cover
10. Twin Gifts and Invitations
11. Twins and Triplets Baby Memory Books, Twin Gifts and Twin Stuff
12. Just4Twins
13. TwinShoppe
14. TeensyWeensyClothing for Preemie Babies

Twins and Triplet Baby Shower & Birth Announcements

Well, with all these websites, you will not need to look anywhere else for gifts for twins and triplets. Happy Shopping!



CPSC will show Parents all Recalled Toys

If you are a parent or grandparent, them here is the website to show you the list, that is right, the list of all "Made in China" Toys.

CPSC Recalled Toys

Can you believe all these recalled toys? What is going on here? Nothing is safe anymore.

November 2007 Recalls and Product Safety News

Here is another website I found called Our Green House for natural toys and other products that we should embrace and support these American Made Products and Companies. Another American Made company I found is CottonTailsOnline and WillowTreeToys.

I am wondering if all the Philadelphia Quakers will have more business now since they probably make all natural wooden toys. They will be in great demand now, right, for home made and all natural toys with no chemicals or harmful painted toys?


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Today, we are going to my Aunt and Uncles home in San Jose. We always try and go to their home on Thanksgiving or ask them to come to our home.

My Aunt and Uncle loves to cook, I will bring the salad fixings as I usually do.

We might stay over their house, if and only if, our twins will sleep in their home. Our twins have not stayed in any one's home overnight yet and this could be a problem. But, I will pack for the evening like we are staying over. I just pray our girls will sleep there because I really do not want to drive back after all that Turkey, full bellies and the possibility of drinking.

Well, Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I will upload photos once I take some of our Thanksgiving.
God Bless!


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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Dennis Quaid's Newnborn Twins Fighting for Life

It seems Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, mistakenly gave an overdose of Heparin, a blood thinner, to Dennis Quaid's newborn twins. Right now, they are fighting to live.

Normally, babies are given 10 units of the anti-coagulant. For some reason though, a hospital technician who had stored the drug in the wrong place resulted in the babies' nurse giving them the massive overdose of 10,000 units of Heparin.

A source told TMZ the Quaid babies were given two doses, one Sunday morning and one Sunday evening.

Right now, the twins are being given Protamine, the Heparin antidote, and are said to be in stable condition. This is just great. What is going on at this hospital, supposedly one of the best in the nation, where they can do something like this?

My goodness, when I heard this, call I could think of is, this could have happened to my preemies twins two years ago. Although, my twins were delivered at Modesto Doctor's Hospital and not this well to do hospital that as it looks like, makes grave and life threatening mistakes.

My heart and prayers goes out to the Quaid Family right now.

Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly, on November 8th, 2007, (three days and two years after my twins were born) welcomed Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace into the world. The couple are the biological parents of the twins, who were born to a surrogate mother. Thomas weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces; his sister weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces.

This is something that should not be happening in a hospital with a reputation like this. This is something that should never happen..period.

Do you think someone will lose their job over this? One can only hope.

Source: FoxNews, KNBC.com



My Twins are Changing

When I mean changing, I mean their attitudes. They are now, after all my ranting and raving over the past couple of weeks, changing their attitudes in that they seem to be understanding what I am saying more and are able to comprehend my questioning...and they are only 2 Y/O, 2 Weeks and 2 Days old.


Do you think my praying has been a contributing factor in their behavior change all of sudden? I mean, sure, they are still fighting, kicking, screaming, yelling, pinching and pushing each other, but this, I hear, is what children and twins, do.

Being two years old, I am hoping, means they will want to take more direction and sit still for more than a second too. If I want to teach them anything, it would be really nice for them to sit down when directed too. If I can get them to sit down when told before they enter pre school, I am sure their teachers will thank me.

One can only hope, right?

LOL



Today is my first nephew's 6th Birthday

Yesterday, he went to Disneyland all day and today, my Sister, her hubby and three boys are going to the river for Thanksgiving weekend.

I used to go with her to the river when I was still living in SoCal. I grew up in SoCal and a lot of SoCaler's have a place in Havisu City for the summer and pretty much yearround. So, that is where they are this weekend.

Anyway, my nephew loves Jack Sparrow!! So, that is what I got him for his birthday, some Jack Sparrow stuff. I am sure he will have a wonderful 6th birthday.



Sunday, November 18, 2007

Finally Got Some Photos Tonight of Twins "A&E" with their Big Cousins



Tonight, my girls actually took some cute photos with their cousins. We tried everything to get my girls to cooperate. When was the last time a two year old cooperated?

Anyway, we tried getting our girls to sit on their cousins lap, next to them play with them, sit with them on a blanket on the grass, in the house on the couch. My goodness, it certainly took some creativeness on our parts to get them to take at least one good photo. These were good ones taken on the backyard porch swing.

Yeah, trying to get a two year old to cooperate is like pulling teeth; never fun and always a struggle.



Yesterday's Garage Sale at my Girlfriends Home

Yesterday, my girlfriend and I had a garage sale and sold not so much. I mean, the weather is getting colder and this tends to keep people indoors. I had intended to hold a garage sale two months ago, but my other girlfriend was unable to do it with me.

So, in the Springtime, my girlfriend who did this garage sale with me will do the Spring Garage Sale with me too.

While I was at my girlfriends home, Daddy took out girls for an hour or so. First, to the park, then he walked to his office and walked back home. When I got home from the garage sale, the girls was beginning to wake up from their afternoon nap.

That evening, their Auntie came over "attempting" to take photos of them for something she had in mind for a Christmas gift for another family member. The attempt was nice, but was also unsuccessful as Twins "A and E" were very uncooperative. While Auntie was taking photos of Twins "A and E", Daddy and Mommy (me) went to a local restaurant downtown and Daddy got a free show with some local "lady" showing off her 'Girls" to some Oakland Bikers driving through downtown. It looked like she was inebriated and probably had a male "partner" if you know what I mean, helping her show off her "girls" to these bikers.

Oh goodness, this "lady" must have been in her late 40's and not at all attractive. She was wearing a black tank top and I think a skirt or shorts, in 60 degree weather!! My goodness, it certainly was a sight to see.


Friday, November 16, 2007

My Twins and My Social Science Experiment

In December 2002, I graduated for CSU, Stanislaus with a degree in Social Science.

After my graduation, up until now, I have not been able to use my degree, much less get paid to do something in my field of study. So this morning, when I woke up, I thought I would try something with my twins.

You see, every morning and afternoon, but mainly in the morning, all they do is fuss, fight, kick, SCREAM and CRY. It is enough to drive a parent to tears, much less want to shut down for a while.

So this morning, I warmed their milk as usual, made their oatmeal, as usual and heated up their french bread sticks, as usual while Daddy changed their diapers. Only this morning, I did not look at them, either head on or to from my peripheral vision; even if they were "talking" to me.

When their milk was done being warmed and their food was warmed, Daddy, after taking his shower let me take mine before he went to work. After my shower, I got out, dressed and Daddy went to work.

My twins and I went into our family room where we watched their favorite DVD. While in their, Twin "B" took it upon herself to sit on my lap, looking at me, while I did not look at her. Twin "A" was at the TV pointing out each animal, shape and color to me. I shook my head, but said nothing.

While all this was occurring, not once did "A" and "E" scream, cry, hit, kick, pull hair or FUSS. You see, they were more concerned why Mommy was not paying attention to them than doing their normal every morning routine of fussiness, screaming, crying, kicking, pushing, pinching, hitting, etc.. They were concerned for me and not what they could get or want.

When I was blow drying my hair, they both looked at me from the carpet and I still said nothing to them or looked at them. As I began putting on my makeup, they came into the bathroom, like they are not supposed to do and again, I said nothing. At this time, they climbed up on the toilet seat cover, like they are not supposed to, and I said nothing. Twin "B" took the shower hair catcher off the counter, played with it and with the toilet seat cover open, it fell in. At this time, Twins "A" and "B" put their hands inside to toilet to retrieve the shower hair catcher. Now normally, I would probably be raising my voice at them right about now and showing my disapproval. But today, since I was doing this experiment, I said nothing and again, did not look at them.

After my make up was on, I went into their room with them and changed their diapers and put on their clothes, still saying nothing or looking at them. As I was changing their diapers and because I was saying nothing to them, especially Twin "B", she did not get upset or fussy while I was changing her diaper or putting on her clothes as she normally does. This same thing with Twin "A". Before I put on their shirts, I went into the bathroom and wet a hand clothe to clean off their wet hands and arms from touching the toilet water. I was not going to let that toilet water remain on their arms and hand all day. Very unsanitary indeed. I am all about sanitary and not being sick.

Once they were dressed I proceeded to straighten my hair, still not talking to them or looking at them. When I was done with my hair, that is when I looked at them and said, "Let's go somewhere." So, I packed them in our SUV and we went to Linens N Things (purchased some things), Costco (did not find what I was looking for and left), went to McD and got two small fries and finally to Starbucks and got a Venti Peppermint Mocha Frapp, then came home.

While in the car, I did begin talking to them and pointing out objects to them, but what I learned today was: If you do not pay attention to your fussy, crying and always screaming twin babies/toddlers, they will want to know what is wrong with Mommy instead of what is bothering them and the crying, screaming and total melt down or fussiness will subside for a while.

Just think, if I did this at least 3 times a week what peace I would have in my household. It would not be ALL ABOUT THEM for at least 3-4 hours out of the day. They might see that it does not always have to be all about them and that they can not always get what they want all the time. True, we come into this world selfish and always wanting, but there has to be something a parent can do to nip this in the bud, right? Like improvise or use a new and not harmful strategy to get your point across.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Babysitter was a no show today

She went to see her Mom last week and was not sure when she would be back. It looks like her Mom is still in the hospital and needs her there to take care of her.

Hopefully her Mom is recovering well and she comes back safely.

My twins love her because she walks them to the park and feeds them lunch and gets them ice cream at the park.

I like my babysitter because I get a two hour break from them once a week.

Oh well, we will see her next week, hopefully...


My Twins and Their Two Year Check Up

Today, my twins had their two year check up and they, even being born preemies, have all but met the "requirements" of being a healthy two year old. I put requirements in quotes because my twins do not know 50 words yet, probably 30 at most.

One of the questions was can they put phrases together and I said yes, they saw "Thank You" and "I'm Sorry", along with "What's Up With That" and "Probably".

Oh, and my twins doctor confirmed that two year olds will not have a steady diet because they are finicky on a daily basis and they have lots of temper tantrums.

Well, that just put my mind at rest...a little bit.

She also asked if they are ready to be potty trained and do they let you know when they have to go potty. I said no to the first and yes to the second question. She said for us to just not push it, but that when they get ready to take a bath and once they are ready to get into the bath, see if they will sit down on the potty because this is when they are most likely to go to the bathroom with more ease.

One of the twins is 2 pounds lighter and 1 inch taller.

She said all is well and she will see them next year!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

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Newborn Triplets and Mom were Homeless...Until...

The Triplets doctor stepped in and made a plea to the community to help her and her triplets out.

In Grand Rapids, MI, Monica Roberts, Mother of newborn Triplets found herself unemployed and homeless. At Green Gables Haven, a Barry County shelter where Monica Roberts, her babies and her mother are staying, hundreds of calls have been pouring in about helping this family out. Invitations to take in the 33-year-old mother and her babies have been proffered by people in Holland, Kalamazoo, Lansing and beyond.

Monica Roberts said she was "overwhelmed" by the outpouring of offers and that she never expected this to happen. "Monica can't even express how much people are willing to do for her and her triplets, two boy and one girl and that she had forgotten how nice the world can be.

Help Arrives for Newborn Tripelts and Mom

Mommy and Me PlayDate




Today, my twins and I went downtown for our weekly Mommy and Me playgroup.


This is cool playgroup because we do crafts, which my twins could care less about right now. All they want to do is play and not take direction at all.




This playgroup has two exercise balls in the room and my twins, this is all they want when we


get there. So, for the next time, I asked our playgroup coordinator to take the exercise balls out of the room so we can have less of a distraction.

Tell me, when do two year old actually begin to take direction and do what they are asked or told to do? I really want to know.

At this playgroup, we also made turkey hand drawings with feathers and glitter. Hopefully my twins has already dried.
Here are some photos of them in playgroup today.

Photos of Twins "A" and "E" in Mommy's Wedding Gown

Last year when "A" and "E" turned one, I began taking photos of them in my wedding gown.






You see, I am a sort of sales rep with Once Upon a Family and they have these cutiest, Birthday Book, for your children. With this one scrapbook, each year you can take a photo of your baby as they grow older into your wedding gown or Daddy's letterman jacket.

Every 4 to 6 months, I also take measurements of their height and have each of my twins stand against my wall where I have each of their growth chart's nailed to.
Here are some photos of them from yesterday.
Oh, and I also place things they loved so much from two years in a row in their Time Capsule.
Twin "B" loved my gown and did not want to get out of if, while Twin "A" wanted to get out of it is a hurry!!

Date(s) with Dad and Mom

Last night, Daddy took Twin "A" to Target to get some more diapers, cold medicine and oatmeal, while Mommy (me) took Twin "B" to Wal Mart to return some shoes for a bigger size. While we were there, I thought I would use the money one of my Aunt's gave my twins for their 2nd Birthday.

I got them these cute Princess Disney T's that are pink, have the three princesses on the front and have white long sleeves coming out from under the pink short sleeves. It is so cute.

Then, I got them two dresses a piece, one pink and the other sea foam green with flowers in the center chest area. I also got the a hot pink skirt with a grey short sleeve flower printed top. My Mom, their Nana, got them tights for their birthday so those can be worn with they wear their dresses and skirts. Along with a jacket if need be. Winter is just around the corner in California.

When Daddy was done with his shopping at Target, he went to the grocery store to get more milk and cereals and drove around for a while. After my Wal Mart outing with my darling, we went to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Frapp, drove around for a while, then came home.

Daddy and Mommy used to do more dates nights, but it is not always easy to get out of the house is the problem. Especially when they are fussy and demand so much.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

If a Temper-Pedic Bed is what You are Looking for, You have to got to check out AngelBeds!




At AngelBeds, they offer Temper-Pedic High-Density, Memory Foam mattresses which are so comfortable and therapeutic for your every ache and pain. These Temer-Pedic beds will contour your body while providing all the support you need.

If you are thinking these beds are out our your price range, think again. AngelBeds offers Temer-Pedic beds at discount prices.

Temper-Pedic beds come in sizes Twin all the way to King beds and if you did not know already, Temper-Pedic beds were developed by NASA. With this technology, you are sure to get the restful and deep sleep you need and long for. These Temper-Pedic beds are manufactured with a viscoelastic temperature-sensitive memory cell. This technology goes back thirty plus years and today, it is available to everyone to enjoy.


If you love American Made products like I do, them the AngelBed Temper-Pedic beds are what you really want and if you want to try before you buy, AngelBeds gives you 90 days to test the bed out and see if this is what you have been missing out for so long.

To find out more about AngelBeds Temper-Pedic High Density Memory Foam beds, you can call them at 888.ANGEL.47 (264.3547), email them at customersupport@angelbeds.com, if you live in Stafford, TX, visit their showroom at 4910 Wright Road Suite 160 or visit their website and fill out the customer form for more information.

With the buying process being so easy, you have nothing to lose!


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Do I really have a whole year to go through the Terrible Two's?

Or, will the terrible two's end midway through?

My goodness, I hope they end midway through the two stage because it is very unnerving to say the least.

If you had twins, how long did their terrible two's go on for? Did one of your twins whine and cry all the time? Was she crying because her teeth were still coming in? My twins still do not have their full set of teeth and one of the two are always whining and fussy like no body's business.

How attached were your twins to you? My twins, they are on my heels all the time. Sometimes, they even grab a hold of my legs and walk along with me. Do you know how difficult it is to get things done around the home with one or two little ones attached to you legs...or hip?

Do you really think they are starving for attention?

I do not. They are with me all day. They help me do things around the home, I read to them, I play with them, I take them on walks...

Geez.....

Mommy needs a break sometimes.

Seriously, they are two and should be able to play with each other, nicely, without kicking, pulling, scratching, pinching, pushing each other.

Yeah, yeah, you are going to tell me this is a phase they will go through and they will be best friends and love each other forever.

Well, since they were born, all I ever told them was they were sisters and best friends. Do you think they remembered this?

That's a big fat NO.

Instead, the tables have turned on me and they are so mean to each other and fight to have me all to themselves.

I think it is time my hubby and I have separate dates with them again.

Yeah, that sounds good. We were supposed to do that tonight, but Twin "A" was sleepy and very difficult to say the least.



Nancy Grace's Twin Babies Were Born Early...

Nancy Grace and her husband David Linch, had and induced labor on November 4th, 2007. They delivered a baby boy (John David) and a baby girl (Lucy Elizabeth) per their doctors orders. Nancy had developed fluid in her lungs and her doctor said it would be best to induce and get those babies our right now.

Nancy, like me, had a c-section. Baby John David came into the world weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce and Baby Lucy Elizabeth came into the world weighing 2 pounds, 15 ounces. John was delivered first at 1:54 pm and Lucy close behind at 1:55 pm.

I am sure you already know this, but my twins were born November 5th, 2005 weighing 3 pounds, 8 ounces and 3 pounds, 13 ounces. My Twin "A" was delivered first at 8:33 pm and Twin "B" was close behind at 8:34 pm.

Nancy delivered her twins in Sunday, whereas I delivered my twins in Saturday.

I think this is so cool because I respect and admire Nancy Grace. When I learned she was having twins, I was ecstatic, but who ever know that her twins would be more two years and a day ahead of mine; almost weighing the same too.

Praise the Lord Nancy is doing alright and so are John David and Lucy Elizabeth.



TLCs Jon and Kate + 8

Have you ever watched this show? If you have twins or more than one set of twins, this is Must See Twin and Sextuplet TV.

Kate and Jon had met in 1997 at a picinic. They married in June 1999. Once married, Kate wanted to start a family, John was not ready yet. When John finally came around to the idea, Kate found out she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and would need help getting pregnant. This POS means she was unable to ovulate on her own.

Anyway, Kate and Jon had to see a specialist, a fertility doctor. In February John and Kate found they were pregnant....with TWINS!! Their twins were born preemies, like mine, and spened 5 days in the NICU, whereas mine spend 10 days in the NICU. Their twins were born at 35 + 3 weeks gestation, whereas mine were born 32 weeks gestation.

It seems Jon was and still is, as helpful with his twins and now sextuplets, as my hubby is with our twin girls. Husbands, they certaining are a blessing from the Lord and when you have twins, they become even more of a blessing.

After Jon and Kate's twins turned one, she thought she wanted to get pregnant again. Jon was not so sure about that. Well, an opportunity came about to adopt a newborn, but something happened where they were unable to adpot. After that, Jon and Kate, switched fertility doctors and found they were pregnant, again. This time, in October andfive weeks later, after Kate's hospitalization for over stimulated ovaries, they were at the initial ultrasound and learned news Kate would never forget as long as she lives. The doctor found seven sacs with four yolk sacs, or babies in four of them. When the doctor counted four sacs, Kate was scared, at five she started crying and at six Kate was shaking and absolutely sobbing. Jon had to turn away from the screen, he couldn’t look anymore.

With the shock and amazement in both Jon and Kate's eyes and creating and emotional rollercoaster, their doctor “reassured” them that they could talk about reduction. When Kate heard this she pulled herself together and stared right at him and said “We’re not doing reduction!” The doctor made it sound like it was no big deal, let' just remove however many "fetuses I am a sure he was thinking" from your womb. Like these babies were not human beings created in the image of God. (This is all my interpretation, not Jon and Kate's. )

Kate delivered the sextuplets at 26 weeks gestation, one twin never developed in his own. Kate and Jon today know they could not have done this alone and they only did this with God's help and continue today to lean on God, like my husband and I do.

Anyway, I thought I had it hard with only two twins, Jon and Kate have twins and a Sextuplets.

I so admire their faith in God and their faith in each other. They children are adorable and do all the things my twins do.



Sunday, November 11, 2007

Birthday Gifts From My Gramma for my Twins

Two days ago, I went to you guessed it, Walmart, and purchased some birthday gifts for my girls with money their Great Grandma gave them.

With the money, among other things, I purchased two Princess Purses. One Purple and one Pink, which they will probably not use until they are two and a half or three years old. They were in the Christmas toy aisle.

Well, when I got home, in the evening, I thought I would open them.

Ever heard of Fort Knox? Do you know what Fort Knox refers to?

If you do, I need not explain.

Well, these little purses were so secure, no one could get into them. It was infuriating to me that these purses with all the hair accessories and a brush in it, had to be made that secure.

As I was doing my best to unsecure these purses, I thought to myself, "Self, I wonder who actually has to secure these toys or do machines do all this work?" I mean if the .2 cents a day workers who put this together had to secure this toy, I feel so sorry for them. This is why I will be looking for toys MADE in USA from those websites I just added to my recent posts.

See what happens when there is so much theft!

Unbelievable!!


Looking to Learn Spanish? Why Not Learn in Spain?



Did you know that it is easier to learn or master a language when you are around the native people and can speak their language, daily?

I am sure you have heard this before, but it is true. If you really want to master a language, any language, the best thing to do is live among the natives. This way, you have no choice but to learn their language to buy, sell and interact on a daily basis.


Route66 is located in Valencia, Spain. Valencia is the 3rd largest city is Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. When you decide to go to Valencia and learn Spanish, it will only take a month to learn Spanish and there are very low cost airlines now which go directly into Valencia. Valencia also has a lower cost of living, unlike Madrid and Barcelona and if you are looking for the perfect climate, Valencia is on the Mediterranean Coast which enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

There are five courses you will take once in Valencia for your total immersion of the Spanish language and they are:
1. Intensives
2. Superintensives
3. Individuals
4. Long Term
5. Groups

Along with these courses, you will also get a grammer book and be able to do outdoor adventures in Valencia. Doing outdoor adventures would be a plus for learning Spainsh in a big way.

To get more information about your Spainsh learning experience, you can contact Route66 through their website or call them at their phone number also on their website.

Learn Spanish in Spain


Looking for a List of Recalled Toys from China?

Just in case you are, I did a search online under Recalled Baby Toys, Recalled Toys, Recalled Baby Cribs and here is a link to the Parents.com website which shows parents 20+ recalled items they need to avoid.

Can you believe that, 20+ recalled toys!!

Here is the list: Parents.com

I emailed Jerome Corsi asking him something about China and American Made Toys. Here is a link he provided me: MadeInUSA .

Have a safe and blessed day everyone!


Saturday at the Park with Daddy

Every Saturday, my twins go for a walk to the park with Daddy.

They love spending time with Daddy at the park.

This day, they saw one of our playdate friends/church friend in the park. She said she takes her boys to the park all the time and she lives close to me too.

After their playtime in the park, Daddy walked to his office. Now, his office is not that close to our home, much less the park. Believe me, I have done that walk several times with the girls, when they were younger and lighter. Now, I will not do it. Mommy is just too small and pull that heavy stroller with almost 30 lbs toddlers.

I love when they are at the park because they get all that energy ran out of them and then come home take an at least 1.5 hour nap.

Sleeping Babies Rock!


Have You Been Looking for PayDay Loan Quotes?

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To take out a loan with Payday Loan Quotes all you need to do is fill out one page form online, find a lender to help you work out terms and get your funds via direct deposit, right into your bank account.

With these three easy steps, the funds you need will be ready for you when you need it. To apply for your Payday Loan, there will be a verification of employment (VOE) from the lender of your choosing. This is to cover you and the lender and your privacy is kept confidential. Only your lender knows about your loan process.

If you are wondering how much funds you can borrow, it ranges from $100 to $1,500, without a credit check or collateral. Your lender will determine the loan amount based on the information you provid during the application process.

With all these features and many more features for getting that loan, check out Payday Loans for a quote today.

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My Twins Are With The Two Year Olds Now In Sunday School

Today was their first time with the two year olds.

When we dropped them off, Twin "A" held my hand and began to cry as did Twin "B". They are not used to being in a new class yet.

Oh, but when Daddy went to pick them up, they were fine and Twin "A" and "B" had made a project with their hand, but only Twin "A" left with hers.

I am thinking Twin "B" did not like doing that particular project.

Anyway, the more we go, the more they will begin to like being in their new class with toddlers their age.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Have You Been Looking for American Made Toys or Clothing?

With all these recalls on toys this past week, it makes you wonder what is going on in China and America.

Well, I have found this one company, How To Buy American, which looks pretty cool. I know I am tired of purchasing "Made in China" toys and clothing and oh my goodness, what else is "Made in China" these days and if they are intentionally made with defects, what are we still buying these products?

Here is one company I found online called FatBrainToys. As I looked at it, all the toys look to be Made in America and look solid. This is a good thing. I also found Nova Natural Toys and Crafts. When I find more American Made Toys, I will write up a new post.

For now, these toys look like what we may have to buy to hopefully be sure our children are safe from the harms China is posing on our children and their health.

I did find this American Made Clothing Company. From what I can see, it looks like the clothes are made in America. Let me look for more and I will do a re post or post them here.


Friday, November 9, 2007

Afternoon with my Twins at my Girlfriends Home

This afternoon, after my twins got up from their nap, I called my girlfriend to see if we could come over. She had just gotten home from picking up her daughter from school where she was also helping in the classroom.

She said she would be over in a while, but I suggested I come over.

So my twins and I drove to her home and my girls, like always, had a ball.

We were all in the backyard and my girls were playing with her daughter and her two sons. My girls, they are total tomboys. Even when they wear pink, they still are total tomboys. Twin "A" and Twin "B" had dirt all over their faces and they were following my girlfriends daughter around the backyard, climbing and playing picabo with me and my girlfriend. Well, only Twin "B" was playing picabo behind the very nice and big swing against her fence.

I love seeing my girls have fun, but only when they play nice; and this is a rarity...indeed.

Whenever my girlfriend works from home, we usually come over to her home or visa versa.

This is cool because all our children are in the perfect age range to enjoy each others company and are great playmates.


The Right Camera Makes All the Difference



Well, my birthday was at the end of September and all my family helped me purchase the digital camera I wanted. With all the money combined, I was able to get my Sony CyberShot DSC-H7 Camera.

This is not a SLR, but it comes pretty darn close to one in my opinion.

The Sony CyberShot DCS-H7 is amazing because I am able to use the burst shot mode to get multiple photos of my twins when they are in total and constant motion. This particular camera comes with a battery charger, USB, AV cable, Wireless Remote Control, CD-ROM, Shoulder Strap, Adapter Ring, Flower Lens Hood and Lens Cap.

Now, the camera features are also amazing because it is a digital camera and a camcorder all in one. With this newest Sony CyberShot digital camera, there is no limit to the length of movie to take. My old CyberShot only took 5-15 second movies.

This camera has 8.1 mega pixels and a 15X Optical Zoom, Super Steady Shot and High Sensativity ISO 3200.

What I think is really awesome about this camera is that if you choose, when you change modes, and there are eleven photo modes, when you move the button to a different mode, it shows you on screen what each mode is. That is so awesome and totally worth the price of this camera alone!

Another feature that will really come in handy is the self-timer mode for when you want to take a photo of yourself or a self-family portrait. All you will need is a tripod or a place high enough to take your photo.

Since I got this camera, I have been taking photos of my twins of course. Especially since they had their 2nd birthday last Sunday (their actual birthday was Monday).

Yeah, having a digital camera is a must these days. I mean, if I had to go back to the film camera's where I had to wait for my film to be developed and was not able to share my photos in an instant, I do not know what I would do.

Did you know that digital camera's were the #1 requested electronic product sold in 2006? With all the advances in digital photography, I am sure there will be many, many more sales and lots of happy and satisified customers.


digital picture frame

My Twins had so much fun at the park this morning

True, they were close by me and my friends, at first. Then, they started to wander off to the BIG KIDS play area and I had to catch up to them.

My twins love babies and my girlfriends have little babies so anytime my twins would wander off, I would grab their hand and say, "Let's go see the Baby."

Oh, my twins love seeing other children play too, even though they can be rougher than my girls can be. I mean, my twins just turned two.

We have plans this afternoon to see my other girlfriend and that is always a fun time.

Oh, I would have taken photos, but my battery was not charged and my camera shutter would not open up.

Talk to you later!!


Thursday, November 8, 2007

Do You Have a Printer That Requires a Specific Cartridge?



If you are small, medium or even large business who has a particular printer and you are having a hard time finding your cartridge in a local computer or mass market store, you have come to the right place. Did you know there are over 10,000 different models of printers, copiers and fax machines on the market? With all those models that need to be replenished with a cartridge, Cartridge Finder is the place for you and your business.

At Cartridge Finder, all you have to do is click on Select Printer and a list of printers will drop down. When you click on your printer model, it takes you to a new page which shows laser printer, injetprinters and whatever printer you currently use in your office environment.

The list of printers is very extensive and it is highly likely your printer cartridge is among this list.

Cartridge Finder covers other office hardware such as copiers and fax machines. Plus, Cartridge Finder is partnered with Price Grabber and they are also able to show you, the client, online merchants who sell the office hardware you use daily.

If you currently have a piece of office hardware not listed on Cartridge Finder, all you have to do is go to their Contact Us page and tell them what you have and if they could add this to their list of products.

What could be easier than that? And, you did not have to leave your office.

Cartridge Finder

Playdate at the Park with Friends...

Tomorrow morning, my girlfriends from church will meet at one of our parks and let our children play and let go of all that energy they store up at bedtime.

I love play dates, I just hope my girls will actually play and not get all fussy. There are lots of things for my girls to do at this one park we go to so they, along with their friends, should stay occupied for at least an hour or so.

We will be having lunch too, but what do you give twins who refuse to eat normal table food? It is a liquid diet for two? (lol) No, really,what do you give them that is not sweet or salty and high in carbs? (tick tock, tick tock, tick tock...)

**Buzzer goes off***

NOTHING!!

I can bring a "Nana", but that is the only fruit they will really eat.

I will bring their juices and something for me to eat I suppose.

In the late afternoon, I will take my girls to my other girlfriends home to visit with her children. My girlfriends daughter loves my twins and they love her too.

Pray with me that we all have a good day at the park...

God Bless...


The Right Mixer Makes All the Difference in your Receipe


My Grandma, at Christmas, always makes Snicker doodles. She has her own recipe and when I was little, I remember being in the kitchen with her making these delicious cookies that everyone loves to gobble up.

The ingredients my Grandma uses in her recipe are:
1 Cup of Shortening
1.5 cups of sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups of flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp salt

We would mix the shortening, sugar and eggs together. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture, Chill dough. Roll into balls the size of a small walnut. Roll each ball in a mixture of 2 tsp. sugar and tsp. cinnamon. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft. Bake @ 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Hamilton Beach® Mixer

I am not sure which mixer she used to blend the ingredients, but I do recall her always showing me how to add the ingredients to the mixer one at a time, then blend the butter with the sugar and salt. Grandma would sometimes add a sizable amount of tartar to her recipe to make them extra special.

Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer

These are the very best Snicker doodles you will ever have and I am sure they always tasted even better because my Grandma used her mixer to make sure all the ingredients had the right consistency. I believe my Grandma still has her over 50 year old mixer and still uses it today for whatever her cooking or baking need is.
Eclectrics® Mixer

The Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer of today I can tell you was not like my Grandma's. First of all, her was just black with a silver lining around the bottom and the cord was wrapped with some sort of material. Kind of like her ironing machine. Today's Hamilton Beach®Stand Mixer comes in colors to match your mood or kitchen decor. The one I have is the Apple Model. I purchased the Apple Model Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer because it matches my mood. There are more colors you can pick from such as Silver, UltraMarine, Pineapple, Sterling and Licorice.

Another thing, my Grandma's mixer only had one mixer head which made mixing dough not always an easy task. When you use the Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer, you are provided with a Flat beater, dough book and wire whisk for versatile mixing. If you are afraid of making a mess all over your counter, the 2 piece pouring and splatter shield is one awesome invention to ease your stress of cleanup. Also, say you are baking or cooking and your children are napping or down for the night, the quiet operation will be a blessing to you and your little ones.

All I have to say is, this is the only mixer you will ever need to own. It is great and not bulky or all counter consuming either.

My Twins are growing up...So Fast

When I look at them, their faces are getting longer. Along with their hair, finally!, and their bodies are of course growing as well. Because I am with them all the time, I sometimes do not see their growth, but I always see their development as their attitudes are constantly changing.

At two now, my twins have grown right before my eyes and it is amazing to witness.

Who would have thought my once preemies, would now be these little, walking, almost talking, toddlers on a mission to never slow down.

God is Good Indeed...


First Birthday Party with Twins

I do not know about you when your children were toddlers, two years old that is, but when my one of my twins is not nice to other babies or toddlers and has a tantrum, I will not stand for it.

This is what happened yesterday at my girlfriends daughter's one year birthday. One of my twins decided to push other toddlers and throw her binky and other toys. Since I am a new Mom,who happens to have twins, I have no idea really, how toddlers, especially two year olds, act. I got my first lesson yesterday and I removed us from the party.

I know my girls do not understand at this early two year old age what I did, but I am praying that with time and as they age, say 2.5 or 3, and they are talking, they will comprehend what I am saying and will learn to be nice and obey Mommy, or one twin will have to suffer the consequences of her sisters actions.

What is that saying I keep hearing, BE CONSISTENT!!

I think one of my twins actions was harder on me than any of the Moms and babies at the party. My girlfriends told me, this is normal and no one even noticed what one of my twins was doing because they know this is normal and typical of two year olds. I am not alone!

Praise God for my church friends who love me and are her for moral and emotional support. My Mom is here to for these things, but she is 300 miles away from me.


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Alzheimer's Disease: Nothing is fun about it, but you can help





Do you have a family member or friend with Alzheimer's Disease? If so, then you know all to well what it is like to see your loved one lose all those memories and forget who you are. Alzheimer's is a vicious disease which robs your loved of their identity and so much more.

Alzhimer's Disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells and is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function, among people aged 65 and older.

Have you ever wondered how this disease got it's name? Well, Alzheimer's disease dates back to 1906 when Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, presented a case history before a medical meeting of a 51-year-old woman who suffered from a rare brain disorder. A brain autopsy identified the plaques and tangles that today characterize Alzheimer's disease.

Dementia is another form of memory loss which is in close relation to Alzehimer's. Dementia causes, in older people, poor judgment, language; loss of complex motor skills, and other intellectual function-caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells, or neurons. What happens is, there is are different pathologic, or structural, changes in the brain, such as an accumulation of abnormal plaques and tangles in individuals with Alzheimer's disease, and abnormal tau protein in individuals with frontotemporal dementia. This disease is similar in nature to Multiple Sclerosis patients where their mylen shethe this damaged and MS patients too lose their memory and some motor skills.

Taking care of a family member or friend with this disease can be hard on anyone and this is why there is help for you ,the caregiver at the AFA and this holiday season when you purchase a gift from the AFA online store, those monies will go towards more research in a cure.

holiday gift

Make your money count for something as important as this. You will be thanked for your gift of kindess.


Alzheimer's

"Date Rape" Drug in Children's Toys?

Are you "kidding" me? What is this all about? Is this a conspiracy to harm or kill our children? Who, Chinese or American Government, said this was a good thing to do?

Honestly, you can not tell me this "was an accident". This is no accident, but intentional.

Do your children or their friends have the toy "Aqua Dots"? If so, throw it away at once!

What is going on here people? Can we not trust anything that comes from China anymore? This is not just a fluke folks. This is serious business. Human lives are at stake here.

Maybe, this is a way to remove some the population, through poisonous toys. What do you think? Shall we all just boycott every toy made in China just to show our government and "American" Toy Companies we will not stand for this? All these poisonous toys have been outsourced for how long now? Since the 1960's, 1970's?

This is just diabolical to me.

Are plastic toys even safe these days? My twins have lots of plastic toys, but they do not chew on them. What am I supposed to do? What are you supposed to do?

This is happening in North America and Australia. A scientist tested a particular toy, Aqua Dots, and found it had a watered down version of a "date rape"(gamma hydroxy butyrate) drug coating.

If you want your children or their friends to go into a non responsive coma, them let them play with this toy. But, if you do not want this to happen, you already know what to do.

Let's see what develops in other toy recalls before Christmas. Do you think there will be anymore? I would hold your breathe because it is highly likely at this point.

Another Toy Recall, From China


Isn't It Embarrassing When You Lose A Filling or Cap?



If you have lost a filling or cap, especially like I did while chewing a cookie, and you see the cap stuck in the cookie, not only does it hurt, but it looks embarassing in front of your friends.

Once this happens, and you get home, the best thing you can do for a temporary fix is use the Dentemp OS filling and cap repair kit. This product was created by a dentist and is over the counter. When you a get a product like this over the counter, it is a good thing. I mean, who wants to spend oodles of money when this happens all of a sudden.

temporary dental repair

The best thing about this product is the package is resealble for at least 6 more uses. Oh, and the Dentemp OS also has no mixing or anything like that. It is ready to use with no mess or no mixing involved.

If you are worried about this being FDA Approved, don't. This product is tested by FDA Regulations for Oral Care. Once this temporary replacement filliing or cap is on your tooth, all you have to do is wait 60 minutes before you eat.

This is one awesome invention that is always good to have in the medicine cabinet.


Dentemp OS


Monday, November 5, 2007

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY "A" and "E"!!

Today, is my twins official birthday.

But, we all celebrated yesterday with family and friends over.

My twins were also dedicated to the Lord yesterday at church.

Oh, our twins got lots of clothes, which they always need, and several nice toys they can play with in the car to hopefully keep them occupied on long, long, long, long, trips to see Nana and Papa.

I will post dedication and 2nd birthday photos later this evening.

Until then...


Friday, November 2, 2007

What is Staph Infection and How does one come in contact with it?

It seems Staph infection has been in the news a lot these days. School children have been infected with it and some children have even died because if it.

So, what is Staph Infection and how does one come in contact with it?

Staphylococcus is group of bacteria, familiarly known as Staph. It can cause a multitude of diseases as a result of infection of various tissues of the body. Staph bacteria can cause illness not only directly by infection (such as in the skin), but also indirectly by producing toxins responsible for food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome. Staph-related illness can range from mild and requiring no treatment to severe and potentially fatal.

The name "Staphylococcus" comes from the Greek staphyle meaning a bunch of grapes and kokkos meaning berry, and that is what Staph look like under the microscope, like a bunch of grapes or little round berries. (In technical terms, these are gram-positive, facultative anaerobic, usually unencapsulated cocci.)

Anyone can develop a Staph infection, although certain groups of people are at greater risk, including newborn infants, breastfeeding women, and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, and lung disease. Injecting drug users, those with skin injuries or disorders, intravenous catheters, surgical incisions, and those with a weakened immune system all have an increased risk of developing Staph infections. Source: MedicineNet

Staph can spread through the air, on contaminated surfaces, and from person to person. A child can carry staph bacteria from one area of the body to another on dirty hands and under dirty fingernails. Staph can pass from person to person the same way. So hand washing is the most important way to prevent staph infections.

You can also help prevent staph skin infections by keeping your child's skin clean with a daily bath or shower. If your child has a skin condition such as eczema that makes frequent bathing difficult, speak with your child's doctor for advice.

Keep areas of the skin that have been injured - such as cuts, scrapes, and rashes caused by allergic reactions or poison ivy - clean and covered, and use any other treatments that your doctor suggests. Source: KidsHealth

Do you remember seeing an episode if E.R. when the E.R. was getting sick and they did not know why. Well, they traced the cause back to the big guy at the intake desk because he was not washing his hands. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Remember that, WASH YOUR HANDS... Then, the liklihood of you or your child contracting a Staph Infection will go down significantly. Plus, if you are neurotic, like me, washing your hands just comes second nature.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Miss Millie's Learning Loft in Tracy, CA

If you are a teacher in a traditional, charter or private school, even home schooling Mom, you must visit Miss Millie's Learning Loft in Downtown Tracy.












The Learning Loft opened in 2002 and has an array of product for your classroom to inspire creativity and make learning fun! The Learning Loft carries educational toys, Children's Puppets, CD's, tapes, workbooks, flashcards, games, classroom d├ęcor, certificates and of course what every educational supply store should have, Thomas the Tank and Friends.


Millie says she is so glad to have her store in downtown Tracy and loves her customers. She even has next day delivery to which ever school orders products from her store.


Millie says she is so glad to have her store in downtown Tracy and loves her customers. She even has next day delivery to which ever school
orders products from her store.