Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pregnant? Don's eat canteloupe!!!

A listeria outbreak has now been linked to deaths across the country. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause many symptoms, but the biggest danger is stillbirth in pregnant women. The reason that pregnant women are advised not to eat cold cuts and deli meat is due to the possibility of listeria bacteria in those items. Now, listeria has been found in canteloupe that was shipped around the country. No matter where you live, if you are pregnant, DO NOT EAT IT. If you have a craving, find something else to satisfy it. This is dangerous for your baby.

Maryland proposes ban on crib bumpers

In a bold stance against infant asphyxiation, Maryland has proposed a complete ban on crib bumpers. Read all about it here: Maryland proposes ban on crib bumpers. In theory, this is a good idea. However, I worry that, in the absence of crib bumpers, well-meaning parents will put pillows or other dangerous soft items in cribs. This law could potentially cause more deaths, rather than preventing them.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Harris Teeter triple coupons - not worth it

I excitedly ran over to Harris Teeter with my coupon organizer packed and ready to go. It's triple coupon week, so I was hoping to save some big money by using my coupons on the items that were on sale. For a few items the deals were pretty good. I ended up with some Fiber One and Nature Valley bars that were very cheap. The Green Giant vegetables were on sale for $1.25 each. I had a coupon for 80 cents off 4 boxes. I grabbed the 4 boxes and assumed my coupon would triple to $2.40. However, that didn't happen. The coupon only took off $1.25 - the value of 1 of the boxes. Still an OK deal, but not what should have happened. I have reviewed their coupon policy online and could not find anything to explain this. It is very disappointing. I can understand them not giving cash back if the multiplied coupon would be worth more than the actual item, but in this case I had to buy 4 items to get the discount, so the remaining money should have come off the other items.

Harris Teeter recently started a policy of not doubling any coupons that say "do not double or triple". In the past, however, they doubled or tripled everything regardless of whether it contained that statement. (I assume Harris Teeter, not the manufacturers, ate the difference.) With this latest coupon hassle, I now am reminded why I usually shop at their competition. Lowes Foods, and even Walmart and Target, have better prices and less hassle in the form of imaginary "deals". I will be sticking with them in the future.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Military dads meet their babies for the first time

It is hard, as a mother, to imagine giving birth and bringing a new baby home while my husband is deployed on the other side of the world. It is even harder to watch this video of 2 men surprising their wives and meeting their new babies for the first time without crying!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jewish baby and children's gifts - not so hard to find

I am not Jewish, but I have friends of many races and religions and I try to purchase culturally-appropriate gifts when possible. In my time spent attending an international boarding school, I had the opportunity to learn about many different cultures, and I still find it fascinating to learn about others' traditions and celebrations. I also try to avoid purchasing items that can cause offense. For example, in most Italian-American households, bringing a housewarming gift that includes a jar of tomato sauce would be considered an insult.

Since I came across this website, I thought I would share it in case there are others who are scratching their heads trying to find an appropriate gift for a new Jewish baby or child. While many of the items shown are not religious or culturally-specific, even if you order a baby blanket or other item, your friends will appreciate your efforts to honor their religion and culture with your choice of gift purchase. One cute gift, which is probably only appropriate if you have a solid knowledge of Hebrew, is a pacifier that can be personalized with Hebrew letters.

Now if they can only create stores for other niches. Maybe someone should create a store called "Culturally appropriate gifts for clueless Americans".

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Justin Bieber wants to have babies

In this article, Justin Bieber describes his plan to get married and start having babies by the time he is 25. Maybe it is because he is so smitten with Selena Gomez, who he recently admitted is his girlfriend. Either way, let's hope that Justin decides to get a formal education and stop acting like a spoiled little brat before he starts trying to breed. You need to grow up BEFORE you have the babies, kid.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kate Hudson's father calls her a spoiled brat

Remember when Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's father threw him under the bus in the press and filed a lawsuit against him? For once, a real celebrity is also dealing with daddy issues. Kate Hudson, daughter of Goldie Hawn, grew up with Kurt Russell as her father figure, though he is not her biological dad. Her real dad has now come out of the woodwork to publicly call her out for being a spoiled brat who doesn't call her grandmother: Kate Hudson's dad: 'She is a spoiled brat'. What better time to embarass your child into calling her ailing grandmother - suffering from Alzheimer's, no less - right around Grandparents Day. Come on Kate, "man up"!

The resilience of toddlers

My toddler son never ceases to amaze me. When it comes to any kind of life change, I am a baby myself. Whether it is switching jobs, buying a new car, or just changing something about my routine, I really get thrown out of whack. (This is why I could sympathize so well with the children with autism that I used to work with.) I just like routines. Up until recently, I thought my children were the same way.

A few months ago, we moved into a new house. The new one is much more practical for our family, and has large rooms for the kids and a great backyard . However, though we have moved several times before, to my son only one place was "home". The first night, I put him in his crib, braced myself, and waited for the screams. To my surprise, none came. Each night after, I waited for things to sink in and for him to throw a massive tantrum, but to my surprise and relief, nothing happened. He was just the same happy kid he has always been. Just in a new house.

As much as I am shocked that the move caused so little disruption in my toddler's life, I am also a little disappointed. If he can really bounce back this easily from changes in his normal daily routine, I guess he isn't so much like me after all.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

MDA Labor Day Telethon 2011

I am very torn over whether to donate this year to the MDA telethon. I have been donating to help "Jerry's Kids" every year since I was a kid. But according to many reports, Jerry Lewis was fired from MDA this year. The telethon was shortened from 21 hours to 6, and the lack of Jerry's presence was definitely felt in the brief time I watched the telethon tonight. I know that helping sick kids needs to happen regardless of the front man, but I still want to know more about what has gone on behind the scenes at MDA. Until Jerry speaks publicly at a press conference or otherwise, I am holding onto my check for now. There are plenty of other worthy charities in need right now.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Can I get some syrup with that?

Of all places, a mother gave birth yesterday in a Waffle House parking lot. Apparently they will be holding the child's baptism at Bojangles and 1st birthday party at Chik-fil-a.