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Apr 14 2010

Please Join Brenda Novak and the 2010 Auciton for Diabetes Research

Let’s Get Ready to Help Brenda Novak and her amazing goal to break the $1 Million mark for her 2010 Online Auction for Diabetes Research. 


If you are a book lover like I am, you will find some amazing autographed copies from some of your favorite authors!! 

Bid often for a great cause and bid on a set of our books for your favorite child heading off to school this year!

Brenda will be giving away some incredible prizes to keep things fun and light, drawing from those who place bids each day, so definitely register and shop because everyone is eligible! There are some fabulous items that would make great gifts up for grabs, and with your help, we should break the $1 million mark this year.



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Dec 03 2009

Home Safety For The Holidays from the Safety Mom

It seems like this year just flew by! I’m off to the garage to hunt for all of my favorite holiday decorations, but before that I wanted to announce an exciting new contest I’m launching with Evenflo® Home Safety today. We are giving the gift of a home safety makeover (by yours truly) this holiday season to the most deserving family!

From December 1, 2009 through January 15, 2010 enter the Evenflo Home Safety Makeover Contest by telling your story, in 500 words or less, about how you can benefit from a Home Safety Makeover in the New Year at  The Grand Prize winner will receive a home safety consultation with me, Evenflo gates and other home safety products (valued at nearly $2,500!) tailored to their home and family’s needs. Five lucky runners-up will receive an Evenflo Symphony65TM car seat, valued at $199, to help your baby stay safe on the road.

To jump start your safe holiday season, keep these tips in mind:

  • Always anticipate the unexpected, and stay one step ahead of your little ones.
  • Consider children’s ages and developmental stages. Baby-proofing is not a project you can do and forget about it. Be vigilant; continuously monitor your baby’s developmental stages.
  • Gates can provide safety zones within your home where you can keep a closer eye on baby, while helping to prevent him or her from wandering into harm’s way.

Don’t forget to submit your story to by January 15, 2010 to win!

Alison Rhodes – “The Safety Mom”

Twitter: @safetymom

Interested in your child’s safety?  Sign up for our monthly e-mail newsletter “The Safety Scoop”

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Dec 02 2009

H1N1 101: What you need to know from Nurse Barb

What you need to know about H1N1 and the new vaccines to keep your family healthy from Nurse Barbara Dehn.

If you think you may have the flu call your health care provider. Do not travel and do not go to school!

  • Flu Symptoms
  • A person may have some or all of these symptoms:
    • Fever (not everyone has a fever)
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Body aches
    • Headaches
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Sometimes, diarrhea and vomiting

The situation is evolving so quickly that nearly everyone has questions and is confused.

Here are a few key points:

  • Right now, the only flu that is going around the US is the Swine Flu.
  • Unfortunately, the number of serious cases is increasing
  • Pregnant women and young children are at highest risk – 95 deaths so far and it’s just starting
  • The H1N1 (swine) flu is more deadly than the regular flu

For more information, visit the following websites:
>> Center for Disease Control
>> Nurse Barb’s blog
>> Blue Orchid Guides

Top 5 questions and answers on flu vaccines

1. What flu vaccines are available now?

>> There is a Flu Mist – this is a nasal spray that protects against H1N1 (swine flu) and an injectable vaccine.

>> The Flu Mist is for: people 2 – 49 who DO NOT have any underlying health problems, health care workers, people who care for or work with infants & small children

>> The mist is Not to be used in pregnant women as it contains the live virus

>> The Seasonal flu vaccine is ALSO available now, though supplies are low, (because the manufacturers were busy making H1N1 vaccine)

2. Who should be vaccinated for H1N1 with the injectable vaccine? >> Pregnant women – (they are at highest risk of severe pneumonia)

>> Health care workers and emergency personnel like firefighters, police, etc

>> Children 6 months to 24 years

>> People over 24 who have chronic health problems such as asthma or a compromised immune system

3. How many doses of H1N1 will people need?

>> For people 10 and older, just one dose

>> For children 9 and younger 2 doses for H1N1

4. Can people get the Seasonal Flu and the H1N1 at the same time?

>> Yes, they can if they use the injectable vaccines. Not if they use either of the Nasal spray inhaled vaccines, as these contain the live virus.

5. What about Side Effects?

>> Good news, the side effects are similar to those of the seasonal flu vaccine, soreness at the site of the injection. Very few people have other symptoms, but those might be headache, muscle aches, not feeling well.

Because there are two different vaccines for two different kinds of flu (swine and regular), in addition to two different treatments, here is a simplified breakdown:


Nasal spray
For people 2 – 49

For people 6 months to 64 years
Ok for pregnant women
OK for people with chronic medical conditions


Nasal spray
For people 2 – 49
Not for pregnant women

For people 6 months to 64 years
Ok for pregnant women
OK for people with chronic medical conditions

Tamiflu tablets
Relenza oral inhaler


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Nov 06 2009

Let’s Get Ready To iPhone Application iCurfew!

iCurfew is basically an easy way for kids and parents to check in with each other, remotely. Kids use iCurfews to send their location to their parents in an email.

iCurfew is also great for parents who may be worrying about if their kids are where they say they are, and a great way to ‘pick me up here mom!’


App Features:

  • Email up to 3 contacts with currently location.
  • Link sends parent to Google Map showing current location.
  • Easy for kids to use, just hit a few buttons.
  • Customize message template. Kids can add their own message on pick up time, change of plans, etc.
  • Kids can easily send their location to parents picking them up from sporting events and concerts.

Only $.99 !!!  Click Here to Learn More.

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Oct 30 2009

Let’s Get Ready to Give Our Kids BrainFuel!

When I find a great site, I love to share!!! This one is near and dear to my heart –! aims to help take your child’s learning to the next level. Research suggests key changes in diet, exercise, and sleep can enhance cognitive abilities, and BrainFuel thus offers sections like ‘Brain Food,’ ‘Healthy Brain,’ and ‘Brain Games,’ aimed at engaging kids and Moms alike. The site provides us Moms as much benefit as our kids, featuring a forum to give parents a chance to discuss what works and what doesn’t with our kids this school year. Some of my favorite features include:

  • Explanations for our kids in answer to their complaints, “Why vitamins?!”: “The brain is the greediest organ in your body – greedier than the spleen or stomach, even greedier than the heart” and other “why!?” questions.
  • Challenging games for kids from, designed to promote quicker thinking, better concentration, and improved memory.
  • Recipes that give your kids the right balance of carbs and protein, and help understanding those complicated nutritional labels.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of BrainFuel and received a lunch bag from California Innovations as a thank-you for taking the time to participate.

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Oct 29 2009

Cedar Valley Publishing Congratulates Lorie Marrero!

We had Lorie on our radio show and congratulate her on FOUR magazine spreads (!!!) – on sale now at your favorite supermarket and win her contest from Good Housekeeping Magazine!  Below is a note from Lorie:


I had to mention to my beloved blog readers to check us out in FOUR magazines this month! They are November issues but they come out in October, so they are all on the newsstands right now. When you’re checking out at the supermarket, you can thumb through and find me!

  • Nov. Better Homes & Gardens, page 78 (cover headline “12 Smart Ways to Organize Your Closet”- also features our product, the Simple Division® Garment Organizers)
  • Nov. 1, Family Circle, page 147 (cover headline: “Declutter Your Life”)
  • Nov 3, Woman’s Day, page 100 (cover headline “5 Clutter Busters- They’ll Surprise You”)
  • Nov. Good Housekeeping, page 180, “21 Ways to Make an Entrance” (about entryways)

Also note– I am doing a contest with Good Housekeeping right now where the big winner gets me in his/her house for two days with $1000 of products from the Container Store. Enter the contest here at Other prizes include memberships to our program, phone consultations with me, and autographed copies of my book The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. The contest entries close on November 30, 2009.

I hope you like the articles! Thanks for sharing my joy!


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Oct 28 2009

Mommy Cocktail Hour

Is Combining Play Dates and Alcohol a Good Idea?  I say NO to cocktails and juice box playdates!  If you want cocktail time, definitely have a Mom’s Night Out, without the kids!

The invitation reads “Mommy Cocktail and Baby Play Date: Bring your little ones over for a play date while the mommies have a well-deserved ‘refreshing’ drink.” You might also hear these gatherings described as “Juice Boxes and Wine Glasses,” “Wine and Whine,” “Tots and Tonic” or even “Booze and Babies.”

Combining play dates and adult drinks is a hot-button issue that often elicits strong emotional reactions and opinions on both sides of the spectrum.

 Click Here to read more…from

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Oct 23 2009

Fast, Simple and Nutritious – New Cookbook by Janis Bowers

Janis Bowers has parlayed her talents as editor and publisher of the web-based menu planner, “The Dinner Spin,” into a new cookbook.  A rich assortment of straight-forward recipes and cooking tips are the soul of this new collection of recipes.

Suitably named, Simple Everyday Favorites, the new book is designed for cooks of all levels and offers delicious meal inspiration on every page.


Homespun fare is making a strong comeback, says Bowers. The economy continues to dip and obesity rates continue to rise leaving many families getting back to the basics of home cooking to resolve both issues.  These hurried home cooks are looking for easy-to-prepare recipes and cooking tips to pack a healthful punch that balances budgets and diets simultaneously.

Bowers believes that cooking and eating should be fun as well as provide an emotional and nutritional boost.  The uncomplicated recipes in Simple, Everyday Favorites reflect a no-fuss attitude that helps families find time to fit in a home-cooked meal which experts say is critical in building a relationship between family members.

For more information, visit

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Oct 05 2009

How to Get Ready for Swine Flu by Guest Blogger Adrienne Carlson

It took the world by surprise, and although the number of deaths being reported each day has decreased, there are still many reasons to be wary of swine flu, not the least of which is that it can prove to be fatal. It’s called the flu, but it’s not as simple as the fever we normally get because of viral infections. In fact, there are no current vaccines to protect you from swine flu, also known as H1N1 influenza. But, if you take the time to stop panicking and think about how you can prevent your family from becoming affected by this disease, you’ll see that all you have to do is follow a few basic precautions, most of which are exactly what we would do to keep common illnesses like colds and coughs away:

  • Practice common sense hygiene: And by this I mean that it is imperative to keep your hands clean at all times. If we were to observe our hands under a microscope, we would be flabbergasted at the amount of germs it hosts. Simply put, the more we wash our hands, the less chance we have of being infected with any contagious disease. Encourage people you live with and interact with on a regular basis to wash their hands too, after they’ve handled money, used their computers, or even when they get back home from a trip outside.
  • Keep your nose and mouth covered: When you go out in public places where you know swine flu is prevalent, cover your face with a mask and avoid hanging around there for too long. Also, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
  • Stay away from closed places: If you tend to spend too much time in closed environments, don’t. Places that have no open windows and are air-conditioned have germs circulating, and when infected people enter them, you’re prone to the disease too. So until the epidemic dies out, stay safe.
  • Keep a list of medical options at hand: Know who to get in touch with in case you or a close family member is affected. Don’t take symptoms, no matter how trivial they are, too lightly. If you have a runny nose or run a slight fever, call your doctor and get yourself checked out immediately to prevent it from escalating into anything more serious.
  • Protect others if you are sick: In case you think you may have swine flu, see a doctor immediately. Quarantine yourself until you’re able to get treated so that others around you are not affected. Wear a mask at all times and avoid touching or coming into contact with other people.

The only way to battle any disease is to be prepared, and if you are prepared for swine flu, beating it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of nurse practitioner schools . Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address:

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Sep 18 2009

BACK TO SCHOOL: Fuel Kids Up With Brain-Rich Foods by Guest Blogger Kami Gray

In many US cities, this is the first week of school for elementary, middle, and high school kids. One topic I didn’t hear President Obama remind school children of yesterday during his speech was to eat more healthfully because it allows developing brains to function optimally and helps kids with improved concentration during class-time and homework time.

An article titled, Brain Boosting Foods for Kids (on spells it out perfectly, “Food is fuel – and for growing kids getting the right type of fuel for their bodies can make the difference between waking up with energy and getting through a sluggish day at school. There’s an entire menu of brain rich foods that can help improve your child’s performance at school, increase their memory and help them focus.”

Before your kids leave the house, start them out with a good breakfast so they don’t have a mid-morning crash. The article referenced above offers some great choices:

  • breakfast burritos, which include whole wheat tortillas, eggs, and refried beans (whole black or pinto beans work just as well)
  • whole grain waffles with a strip of turkey bacon or lean turkey sausage (organic soy sausage is tasty too)
  • oatmeal with cinnamon, pecans, brown sugar (I prefer honey and kids might go for almonds more readily)
  • eggs (I like them scrambled on whole wheat toast)

So what about lunch? My advice is do NOT rely on the school lunch program. From what I can tell, it’s the same unhealthy, low quality, high sodium, and low nutrient-packed food we ate when I was a kid. Click here for an example of a school lunch menu from East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Baton Rouge, LA that received a grade F from Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska received an A, Click here to view their weekly menu. While I applaud the Omaha School District’s effort to use whole grain sandwich bread and buns instead of white, refined versions; the rest of the menu could easily be full of high fructose corn syrup and other fake, filler-type ingredients. It’s hard to tell because they don’t specify exactly what’s in items like cereal, yogurt, graham crackers, pizza pockets, sherbet, etc.

Instead, teach your kids to pack their own lunch with delicious, healthy, brain-rich foods. That’s right, I said, “teach YOUR kids to pack their OWN lunch.” I started packing my own lunch in first grade. Did I like it? No, I did not. Was it a good idea? Did I learn something about what constitutes a satisfying, nutritious meal? You betcha. I did the same thing with my kids. And they moaned and groaned just as much as I did when I was their age and I cared (what they thought) just as much as my mom did. Too bad so sad.

I always made sure to have the right (organic) foods on hand and they got to decide what they wanted to eat. We didn’t have packaged chips, cookies, snack packs, fruit snacks, lunch-ables, and the like. We had whole grain bread, lean meats, real peanut butter, jam made with 100% fruit, whole fruits and and vegetables, string cheese, and home-made cookies. For a beverage, they drank W-A-T-E-R (and sometimes milk).

Below is my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (adapted from my sister Kelly’s energy bars, which are in the recipe section of The Denim Diet):

NOTE: you can make these into cookies or bars…I’m lazy and bars are quicker and easier to prepare. Use local, certified organic ingredients if possible.

1 one-fourth cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon expeller-pressed organic canola oil
one-fourth cup toasted wheat germ
one-fourth cup whole wheat flour
one-fourth cup flaxseed meal
one-fourth cup amber agave nectar or raw honey
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
2 teaspoons unsulphured dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
one-half teaspoon sea salt
one-third cup dark chocolate chips
one-fourth cup raisins and/or chopped dried apples or apricots (optional)
one-fourth cup sunflower seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Brush an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with canola oil. combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a separate, smaller bowl. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan and press down firmly and evenly using an oiled rubber spatula. Bake in the center of the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven, let cool completely, and cut into bars to serve.

Yes, it takes a little extra time to have your kids bring a lunch from home and for you to make them (they can help!) home-made cookies, but…

A) your adorable children are worth it,
B) their excellent report cards will make you so proud, and
C) their smiling, happy faces and healthy little bodies will warm your heart like nothing else can.

And for you more science-minded folks (I’m not one of you)…here is a link to Dr. Michael Petit, a General Physician, discussing brain function and how it relates to the ratio of Omega 3s and Omega 6s in our diet.

Blog by TV Wardrobe Stylist Kami Gray of THE DENIM DIET: 16 Simple Habits to Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans (New World Library) Available Everywhere!  Visit Kami’s Blog at:

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