Friday, February 27, 2009

Hat or No Hat that is the question?

Kenny Chesney without and with his hat!
Tim McGraw without and with his hat!

I have always LOVED country music, Tim McGraw is my favorite male country singer! Yesterday I came across a picture of him without his hat he stills looks like Tim handsome as ever. So that got me thinking what do other country stars look like without their hats so I looked up Kenny Chesney (which by the way I am not crazy about anyway) but anywho I came across his picture and I was floored he dont even look like the same guy he justs looks well scary. If he is going to go out in public again he best not even go out without his hat! Tell me what you think.....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Is it safe for my son to eat snow?

Every time it snow we have to go out and play, but the first thing my 5 year old does is he grabs his pail and says he is making snow soup and pasta then it is into the mouth to sample his creations and of course mama (me) of course also has to try it! But I was just wondering as I try it is this really safe? We'll I decided I would do some homework on this one and I found an article called Is Eating Snow Still Safe for Kids? It is from the website Safety Issues which is really good for questions mom's have about their child's safety. I copied the article so everyone could read it, if you want to see more the web site is

The article is as follows...
One of the simple pleasures of childhood is eating snow. For some time, parents have warned kids to stay away from dirty snow (particularly yellow snow). Parents are now wondering whether it is still safe for kids to eat new-fallen snow. The reason? Snow contains large quantities of Pseudomonas syringae, a type of bacteria that causes diseases in tomato and bean plants.

A scientific paper published in Science reports that microbes are more common in snow and rain than originally thought, but they also have a powerful and important role in the dynamics of climate that produce precipitation.

Although water is normally thought to freeze at zero degrees Celsius, pure water vapor in the upper reaches of the atmosphere will freeze only at temperatures colder than -35 degrees Celsius. In order to freeze at warmer temperatures, it is necessary to have nucleators — tiny particles around which water vapor will gather and freeze.

The researchers discovered that the most common nucleators are not fine dust (as traditionally thought) but bacteria, and among such biological nucleators Pseudomonas syringae is the most widespread.

The researchers analyzed 20 samples of snow taken from various places around the world, including even remote places such as Montana, the Yukon and Antarctica. Bacteria levels were high in all the samples.

Scientists have wondered what the effect of the bacteria would be on health. The author of the study, in effect, asked whether the P. syringae is a good guy or a bad guy, and then said he does not have the answer to this question.

This unanswered question thus leaves parents wondering what to do. Experts say there is not much cause for worry.

The bacteria is very ubiquitous, clarifies a member of the committee on infectious diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Children practically bathe in bacteria every time they are in the playground, and what they get from snow they also get all the time from dirt.

All food is covered with bacteria, and people eat bacteria all the time, says a member of the committee on environmental health of the same pediatric academy. But most of the bacteria are killed in the stomach. For the most part, people are safe from the bacteria.

Some exceptions are noted. Babies and tots on formula don’t have enough acid in their stomach to kill the bacteria. People with cystic fibrosis also are vulnerable to Pseudomonas.

Most reassuring of all, there are no clinical reports about children becoming ill from snow eating.

Safety Tips:

• Licking the snow off the kid’s glove is likely to be fine. A “meal” of snow is probably not a good idea.

• Refrain from eating a lot of snow. It also contains particles from ordinary air pollution.

• Catching a snowflake with the tongue is OK. Eating snow that’s on the ground is not OK.

The question is let me know do you let your kids eat snow? I think it would be fine in moderation! If you do not let them eat snow how do you tell a sweet face don't eat your snow soup and pasta after they made it for you?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mother knows Best!!

I love making YouTube videos. I wish I could paid to do this, I try to make new ones weekly I can't always because I run out of ideas or time. But anyone can check them out on my page at Here is one that I wanted to post because it is on peoples minds. It is entitled Get Well soon! It talks about how Brian Littrell's (from the Backstreet Boys)little boy Baylee was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease! It basically is an illness that involves the skin, mouth, and lymph nodes, and most often affects kids under age 5. The cause is unknown, but if the symptoms are recognized early, kids with Kawasaki disease can fully recover within a few days. Untreated, it can lead to serious complications that can affect the heart. Their little boy is 6 and they took him to the doctor who thought it was strep throat. Then his symptoms got worse and they had to take him somewhere else to get the RIGHT diagnoses. My boy is 5 and this just makes me wonder when the doctor diagnoses something how do you know when it is right or when to seek extra advice? It also shows me a mother's intuition, Leighanne (Brian's wife)knew her little boy wasn't getting better so they took him elsewhere. If you think your kid is sick don't hesitate if you need to get a second opinion a mother knows best!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Can I do it?

It is almost our Wedding Anniversary again! Boy another year has flown by! Anyway my husband and I were thinking we would like to go to the theater and to dinner this year. I found a place were you can go see a show and have dinner there before the show all for about $100.00 which is not bad but considering my job situation right now and just the necessity's of life that is a lot of money. So here is what I am going to try to do I usually spend about $100.00 a week on groceries, my challenge is I am going to TRY to only spend $100.00 dollars on groceries for 2 weeks. Can it be done? Considering all the snacking we do and my little boy wanting to take his lunch to school twice a week it will be a hard but I really want to do this! If you have any advice let me know:) I will tell you how I do!!

The Battle of the 2 Coffees!

Are you looking for a cheep good coffee? I will admit Starbucks is good but is really worth the $.4.00? I personally want to say no! Just Saturday I went to McDonald's and got (my favorite) cappuccino for under $3.00 . I just want to say I think it is just as good (if not better)! McDonald's even asked me if I want regular or nonfat milk (so I can stick to my diet) *just like Starbucks*! I recently saw a sign that McDonald's advertised that said "Four bucks is dumb." I agree with this I want to say this is just my opinion but I know we are all struggling through this tough economy why spend more for something (if you can get it cheaper and just as good)?