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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Much to do about chickens

When I was growing up my mother would tell me stories about what life was like when she was a little girl. I was always fascinated by those tales of her childhood and still envision her as a little girl, the oldest daughter out of seven boys and girls, running around in the wide-open space of the country. In addition to her stories about the miles she walked to school, the change left over from 5 cents at the store and the chores she did around the house, my mom told how it was to raise chickens.

For some reason what she told me about the chickens her family had stuck with me: Images of the cocky rooster that strutted around the yard, the eggs the chickens laid, the hen house that still stood when I was a girl and everything else involved with carrying for and raising chickens still float around in my head. Those stories are probably why I’m always interested when my blogging friend Henrietta at A Hen’s Nest writes about her feathered friends.

I don’t know anything about raising or buying chickens, but I have recently learned a little more. There are actually hatcheries like californiahatchery.com where farmers, or anyone who raises chickens, can go to purchase what they need. Not only does this hatchery have Chickens for sale, but the also provide ducks, geese, game birds, juvenile birds, turkeys, hatching eggs, duck and chicken feed, poultry supplies and incubators and henhouse chicken coops. It never crossed my mind that farmers could simply go online and order all that they needed included specific types Pekin and Mallard Ducklings or the Black Copper Maran chicken.

With everything I learned about chickens from reading my friend’s blog and checking out the hatchery website, it puts an entirely new spin on the stories my mom shared.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Do you magazine surf too?

What’s the main thing I’ve been up to lately? Organizing. Cleaning and organizing. Although at one point in my life – like a hundred years ago – I thought organizing was a one-night stand; now I’ve discovered that it’s an ongoing affair. I’ve also discovered that although you can’t finish, so to speak, you can catch up.

Jan-May 09 155That’s what I’m in the middle of right now: catching up. The first item that’s overflowing is the “to be read” magazine pile. (That pile pictured over there <------ was from last year – and this year’s pile was waaay taller.) That always grows quickly and uncontrollably, doesn’t it? Among the assortment of papers that coming and going are the pretty, glossy, enticing  magazines. One may wonder why I don’t just stop the subscriptions or at least reduce them. Well, I did that about two years ago. I put myself on magazine restriction because I never had time to read them. Once I was all caught up and had a free second on my hand there wasn’t anything quick to read AND – most importantly – Who in their right mind can resist free subscriptions?! That’s right. Ninety-nine percent of the magazines that make it through my door I’ve procured for exactly nothing. Yup, ZERO.

Jan-May 09 288With Spring cleaning in mind, and me still going strong with my New Year’s resolutions, I’m taking one project at a time. The office, which is always in need of attention, is first on the list. A few days ago (ahem, about a week) I started reading my magazines; some dating back to November/December 2011.

What I’ve discovered during my marathon magazine session is that I don’t have to read every.single.article in its entirety. I can surf through, tear out articles or references, make notes and when I’m done I put some in the recycling pile and others in the up-cycling pile (for kids’ projects and crafts).

How do you get through your reading piles or stacks of papers? Share your easiest way to get it all organized.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Buy for baby… Free gift with purchase

The other day a friend was telling me what she purchased for a young lady who had recently had a baby. That ended up turning into a conversation about all the cute little baby items there are to choose from. I told her I’m trying to decide on what to get for a new mom’s baby shower and asked her what she thought about personalized baby gifts. We agreed that the first-time mommy would think it especially adorable to have a layette basket filled with items that have her baby’s name on them.

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Baby Stuff® Gifts boutique has ideal personalized items for baby including bibs, diaper covers, burp clothes, blankets and more. I was just checking out their Just Ducky Personalized Luxury Layette Basket and think it’ll be the perfect gift. Everything within the basket is practical and the basket can be used to neatly and beautifully store the creams and lotions baby needs.

imageRight now when you purchase merchandise from Baby Stuff Gifts you’ll receive a FREE Pastel Pancake Crinkle. I don’t know about you, but I love getting a free gift especially when it’s adorable. I can just add the cute little bear to the layette basket to top off an already superb gift.

If you’re looking for a gift for a new mom and baby take a moment to shop at Baby Stuff Gifts. Your new mom will be happy you did.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

PowerTalk 21®: work together to end underage drinking

April 21st has been designated as PowerTalk 21® day where parents, children and the communities can have open discussions using MADD’s Power of Parents program. The goal? To work together to end underage drinking.

MADD (Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers) has a mission to end drunk driving, support the victims of this crime and prevent underage drinking. They’ve implemented the Power of Parents program, which is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, to assist parents in talking to the young people in their lives about not drinking.

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For those of us not personally affected by such a tragedy, we may not know that teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people every year and that’s more than all the other illegal drugs combined. Now take into account that car crashes are the leading cause of teens’ deaths and more than one out of three of those are alcohol related.

Click the following link to get your copy of the Power of Parents handbook. All you have to do is click the link in the “sign up to receive our parent handbook” box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Then enter your email address and the handbook will be emailed to you.

*More eye-opening facts:

  • One in three 8th graders drinks alcohol.
  • An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
  • One in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks.

*The previous facts are courtesy of MADD. For more facts and references, visit the MADD statistics page.

Disclosure: This post was written as a member of MomSelect. No monetary compensation was received, but by posting this on my blog I am entered into a contest to win one of three Visa gift cards. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete disclosure policy.

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Yaz lawsuit

Have you seen the television commercial about the lawsuit against Yaz? The commercial is to let consumers know that if they took Yaz, which is a form of birth control,  and suffered from strokes, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms as a result then they may be entitled to damages.

Sometimes side effects and symptoms result when we take various medications and the ones listed here are quite serious. In this instance, there may be a way for resolution.

The yaz lawsuit is currently going on so if you or someone you know would benefit from this information then check it out or pass it on. Just search yaz blood clot lawsuit.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Make technology work for you

One of the things I like to do the most is read, which is not unusual for a writer. My love of reading began when I was really young and I remember having to have a dictionary handy to look up words that I was unfamiliar with. The same thing happens today, but now I don’t have to get up from my spot and interrupt my reading for long to lug a heavy dictionary around.

kindle When I’m reading something on my Kindle all I have to do is move the five-point arrow buttons and put the cursor on the word. The definition immediately pops up and I can click on it if I need additional information. It takes less than a minute and I’m able to breeze right along with my reading. Now just the other day I was reading a magazine and came across a word that I thought I knew, but wanted to verify the definition of it. Sitting right next to me was my Samsung phone and I excitedly picked it up to see if the application I recently downloaded worked.

My voice search application allows me to send texts, make calls and even search Google without even pushing a key! I said the word, which of course I don’t remember now, and the Google search page came right up. I clicked on the Wikipedia link and the definition was on the screen in just a second. This use of technology is fabulous and I’m proud of myself for embracing it.

It’s pretty easy to find an application on your phone or a program for your computer to make something you normally do a little easier. If you have an Android (I’m so loving mine), don’t ignore the little ads or information you see about them. Click through to it, read what it does and take a look at users’ reviews. Not every application I’ve come across has worked for me and if it doesn’t I just uninstall it. Simple as that. With all of these things made available to us we might as well embrace them to make life a little easier or, at the very least, a little more fun.

What gadget, application or piece of technology has made your life a little easier?

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