Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Why I Would Never Force my Kids to go to Church

Great blog post. My son’s complaint about church is that “daddy talks too long”. His daddy is the pastor. 🙂


My parents forced me to eat three times a day growing up.  No joke.  Three times.  Every.  Single.  Day.  And it wasn’t always stuff I liked, either.  Matter of fact, I complained a lot about what my mom made.  “Ewww, gross!  Sauteed zucchini?  Seriously?  Mom, you know we hate this stuff!”  So as I approached adulthood I made an important decision.  Since my parents forced me to eat while I was growing up, I decided I was done with meals.  Oh, here and there I’ll eat out of obligation.  I mean, family traditions like Thanksgiving and Christmas, yeah, I’m there.  But daily eating?  No way.  I’m done.

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Nurse Mom Tips

Nurse Mom Tips:

I’m a mom first, but I’ve been a nurse for 10 years.

I work at a doctor’s office one day a week so I wanted to share some helpful tips.

1. Write expiration dates on the box or bottle in big permanent marker.


2. Keep the following medications on hand at all times if you have kids:

1.  Acetaminophen (Tylenol): infant or children’s depending on ages.

2. Ibuprofen (Motrin): infant or children’s depending on ages.

3. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)

*In case of allergic reactions

4. Pedialyte (or any other generic rehydration)

*Check expiration dates at the store, sometimes the Pedialyte freezer pops or the mix packets will last longer than the bottles.

5. Vicks VapoRub

6. Vaseline: to use in place of triple antibiotic ointment.

*Many kids and adults have allergic reactions with triple antibiotic so use Vaseline instead.

7. Artificial tears

For Babies:

1. Saline Nasal Spray/Drops: For stuffy noses and colds

2. Gas drops: Some babies need this more than others. When breastfeeding some foods you eat can make baby get a gas tummy ache.

3. Keep the kids medications in a container to be accessed easily by you, not them.

-I’m sure you can label yours with a prettier label.


4. Thermometers

– Rectal thermometers: are most accurate for infants

-Temporal Thermometers: are what we use at our doctor’s office and at our house.

FAQ’s on temporal thermometers.

-Keep extra batteries on hand for thermometers also.

5. Have the phone number for Poison Control entered into your cellphone or written next to the land-line phone.

* 1-800-222-1222 *

(I’ve had to call them many times: 9 month old ate a bite of dirt with miracle grow in it, 2 year old ate Vaseline, 2 1/2 year old ate 5 halls cough drops, and mommy inhaled quikrete concrete mix. I truly appreciate the Poison Control nurses!)

6. Try to keep an updated record of how much your child weighs. This is needed for most medications.

7. Keep an updated records of vaccinations and illnesses.

8. Vaccinate your child, and yourself

– A shot is a small amount of pain, getting illnesses such as measles, pertussis, etc. causes a great amount of pain.

– Babies can die from pertussis so make sure you are updated on your Tdap vaccine.

9. Make sure and do Wellchild check-ups with your Doctor. 

– I’m not sure what other clinics do, but ours has babies check up at: 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 months, then yearly after 2 years.

-This helps to make sure babies are developing normally, you can discuss concerns with your physician, helps keep vaccines updated, etc.

10. Bring the medications listed above if you travel anywhere.

-If you want to make a run to Walmart at midnight for Tylenol be my guest 🙂

11. Better safe than sorry

– You are the mom, you know your child, if you think something is wrong, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. Always check with your doctor before giving your child any medications, even OTC (over the counter) ones.


Here  is a Medication Packing/Shopping List to print off:

Medication List

Construction Sites: Rice and Cloud Dough




What to do on a cold, blizzard-y day?

Make construction sites of course.

Rice Construction Site:

from Dirt & Boogers

I used a cake pan and a cookie sheet with raised sides to contain the building materials a.k.a rice. I colored the rice blue and another bag green, then mixed them.

Tip: Play with rice on a non-carpeted floor since sweeping is easier than vacuuming in my opinion. I vacuumed for quite a few minutes one evening, but still kept hearing the clinking and rattle of rice hitting the plastic of the vacuum container.

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Cloud Dough Construction Site: from PBS


I didn’t have baby oil this time, but I did have Neutrogena Body Oil so I used that instead. I’m sure any body type oil would work. I’ve made this with baby oil before and it smells very nice.

Notice the plastic table cloth on the floor to catch the construction debris. I also used a lid from a big Rubbermaid container as the fence.

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