Triaminic and Theraflu Product Recall

1 Feb



Per CNN:

Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups for cough, colds and fevers were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Novartis Consumer Health, because the cap could still be removed by a child even with the tamper-resistant seal in place.

Affected bottles were distributed between May 24, 2010 and December 21, 2011. For more information please click below:

A New (Fun!) Way to Help Your Kids Study!

1 Feb

child study

I think everyone has a teacher they remember who really had an impact on them in life. Mine was Mr. Klein, my 6th grade teacher. He always found ways that were fun to get us to think, whether it was a debate, or game we would play in class.

I can remember he would divide our class into two teams. We would go to the back of the class and he would ask each person from each team a question. If we answered correctly, we got to stay standing. If we got it wrong, we had to go back to our desk. Whichever team had the last person standing won, and would get some reward.

I applied that tactic last night with a twist. My daughter had a quiz on Ancient India on Friday. She had been studying but I wasn’t sure if it was really seeping in. So, I enlisted the help of my husband and had a plan. Both of them were sitting on the bed and I gave them buttons that they could push and they would make noise. My husband got the Staples “That Was Easy” button, my daughter got the Party Animal “I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night” Kiss button (thank you Hallmark!) So we were all set.

I stood in front of them and asked questions, and whoever buzzed in first got to answer the question. I felt a little like a game show host, but I think it worked, and it was fun! It ended up being a tie so they both got ice cream as a prize!

I know it’s tough out there for parents now with all the work kids have to do in school, but if you take the time to try to make it fun and tap into your creative side, it can be really beneficial to all involved.  Thank you Mr. Klein for the inspiration! I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried tactics similar. Please feel free to comment!

Remembering Jessica Ridgeway: Happy 11th Birthday in Heaven, Sweet Angel!

24 Jan

Jessica #4

On January 23, Jessica Ridgeway would have turned 11. That was not to be….Her story touched the hearts of a nation, and the world in October 2012, when she was kidnapped and murdered 3 blocks from her home on the way to school.

Jessica loved the color purple, her dog, and loved cheerleading. She wanted to be a cheerleader. The thing that struck me the most about Jessica however was her kindness. She was a friend to everyone. That is why this has become so emotional and personal to me.

In the months since her passing, the people of Colorado have come together as a community to honor this special little girl. It has brought out the best of people. The City of Westminster has renamed the park near Jessica’s house Jessica Ridgeway Park. There is a campaign to redesign the park in a way to honor Jessica.

The Brookfield Commuinty Foundation has also worked with the family to set up The Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Fund, which will fund different programs that Jessica would have liked. One initiative is to provide funds for underprivileged children to attend cheerleading camp, one of Jessica’s loves.

My family wore purple yesterday in Jessica’s honor. Even though I am 2,000 miles away, I could not help but cry and wish she were still here. Every time I get sad, I play “Call Me Maybe” on my daughter’s i touch. Jessica liked this song.

I have included some links to sites if you would like to help or if you would just like to know more about Jessica:

Community Marks Jessica’s 11th Birthday:

Remembering Jessica:

How you can help:

Donations may be made to the Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Foundation to give other
little girls opportunities in dance and cheerleading, at the Broomfield
Community Foundation, 26 Garden Center, Suite 4D, Broomfield, Colo., 80020, in Jessica’s name, or to the City
of Westminster for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, at City of Westminster
Parks and Recreation, 4800 W. 92nd Avenue, Westminster, Colo. 80031 (303)

10 Rules for Children With Cell Phones

24 Jan

We all face this dilemma as parents; when do we decide to give our child a cell phone? How old is old enough? What type of phone do we get? Do we just get a basic phone or do we get something more elaborate that offers more features such as texting and web surfing?

I just got my child their first cell phone, a Tracfone. I feel she is mature enough to handle having the phone. She has it just for emergencies and only occasionally uses the text feature, with permission. I feel pre-paid phones are good beginner phones for kids. This way they feel they are gaining some independence but also learning about responsibility. When the minutes are gone, they’re gone. If more are wanted, it comes out of allowance.

I found this article by All Pro Dad that lists Cell Ph10 Rules for Children with cell phones. It is worth a read. Here is the link:



How to Help Your Child Break Annoying Habits

21 Jan

nose pick

I am sure we all can relate to this. Nose picking, thumb sucking, nail biting, hair twirling……We all hope it’s just a phase and our kids “will grow out of it”. I found this article by that will hopefully offer some advice on how to ween our kids away from these habits. Here is the link:

When should I talk to my child about puberty?

21 Jan


As parents, this is a subject we all dread talking to our children about. It’s probably one of the toughest conversations we will have with our children, but it is one we need to have.

I have listed some good articles below that provide good information on how to approach this sensitive subject with your child. I hope this provides some useful information!

Here are the links:



The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award

18 Jan


Charlotte Bacon was a beautiful little girl who loved the color pink, wanted to become a veterinarian, and loved Philip Phillips hit song.

Charlotte was one of the angels taken from us on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In memory of their daughter, the Bacon Family has created the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award to honor their daughter. They have started an Act of Kindness Contest for children to participate in. Here is the mission from Charlotte’s father Joel:

“My family has appreciated so much, the many amazing acts of kindness, encouragement, love, support, and generosity (in so many different ways) that have and continue to be extended to us these recent and most difficult of days. We have heard from so many friends (old and new), neighbors, community members, and even strangers from not just our nation but from around the world. It is our hope to continue this mission to encourage others, be kind to others, spread love and hope to one another. The habits of good deeds, especially developed in children, will have an immensely powerful and positive influence in our future generations.”

The contest is open to children ages 18 and under. Here is the link to their site:



Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey Stroller Recall

16 Jan


bugaboo stroller



The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of 46,300 Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey Strollers. They have the following serial numbers:

Bugaboo Cameleon:

Serial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999
Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386
Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418

Bugaboo Donkey:

Serial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500

Sold Between:

Cameleon: September 2009-June 2012

Donkey: January 2011-December 2012

Reason for Recall:

The button on the seat carry handle can malfunction causing the handle to dislodge causing a choking hazard. There have been 58 reports of this happening with no injuries.

Who to Contact:

Bugaboo International; at (800) 460-2922, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at and click on “Important Quality Initiative” for more information.


Fisher Price Rock N’ Play Recall

9 Jan

FP rock  play

Please click on the link below for more information:

To Cry or Not to Cry:Should You Let Your Baby “Cry it Out” at Night?

6 Jan


crying baby

Let me begin by saying I am a worrier. I am your typical “helicopter parent” that now drives my daughter crazy. When she was a baby, and would cry at night, my  maternal instinct would always be to see what was wrong. Is it gas? Does she have a dirty diaper? Is she hungry? Is something else wrong, or does she just want us and want to be held? We would always get up to check up on her. My husband and I did not get very much sleep the first six months!

Most of the time in our situation, there was something that required us to assist (usually a dirty diaper or REALLY bad gas) but many times it was something a little more serious, like an ear infection we’d find out about the next day at the doctor.

My suggestion would be to listen to the type of cries you hear. After awhile, you will begin to learn when your baby really needs you, and when you could potentially let them “cry it out”. It took us awhile (and many sleepless nights) to figure it out; but we did.

Here is an article from that also offers some  advice.

Also, answer my poll: What do you think? Comfort or Cry it Out?


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