Make yourself at home and grab a nice cold Tequila Refresca .
While the grill is firing up, lets get to know one another. My name is Liz, I am a 28 yr old SAHM from Central NJ. I have 2 beautiful boys who have made our family complete, Guy is 3 and Cory is 6 months old. I am married to the love of my life, who just happened to be the boy next door, and my best friends older brother. I enjoy going to the beach, swimming, going to the park and to parks. I love music and going to concerts, especially outdoor concerts in the summer. Most of all I love spending time with family and friends and cuddling at home with all 3 of my boys!!!! Before I was a SAHM I worked at an investment firm, but even before that I was a cosmetologist and hairstylist. Still am, I just do it from my kitchen now!!! Enough about me.. Lets get to know you..
The grill has fired up and the food is all done, so lets go grab us some good old fashion Kansas City BBQ, shipped to us straight from K.C. and made fresh right in our backyard. If you want to get some for yourself to share with your family at home, I highly recommend it, but taste for yourself. Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ.
Now for some desert... If you can fit it after all that BBQ, there is a make your own sundae table over there.. Hit it up when your ready!
Whew!~~ it's hot out!!! Anyone care for a swim??? That's where the real party's at.. So hop on in and splash away!! Stay as long as you'd like but don't forget you have a whole lot of parties to attend!!! So don't get too tired to make your way around!!!! Have fun and thanks for making my backyard BBQ a blast!!!! Come back and read more on my blog anytime!! I am just getting started and loving it!!!
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1 pound hamburger
2 hot dogs, sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can 16 oz. crushed tomatoes
2 stalks celery, sliced
3 T chili powder
2 t salt
1 T sugar
1 t Worcestershire's sauce
1/2 t red pepper sauce
1 can 15 oz kidney beans, drained
brown hamburger, onion and garlic - drain
stir in tomatoes, celery, chili powder, salt, sugar, Worcestershire's sauce, hot dog and pepper sauce. Heat to boiling, reduce heat and cover and simmer for 1 hour
Stir in beans, heat to boil, reduce heat, simmer for 15 minutes.
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The almighty Gerber NUK, or as we call in our household passed down through generations, "The GAGA". You may know this as a soothie, binky, or pacifier. I know some people dont believe in using these tiny little suckers, but My first was breastfed and he wanted to use me as a pacifier. After a week and a half of that I decided that I could not sit on the couch with him on my breast 24 hours a day, therefor he became a Gaga baby. We took it away when he turned 2 just as his dentist advised with no problems. We now give Cory the Gaga.. He doesnt like it as much as Guy did, which is quite alright with me, but it absolutely does help in those situations where one is absolutely needed.. Like being out and he is fussing for no reason.. Or he likes to suck to fall asleep.. Or just sometimes when he needs a little extra comfort that his mama can't give him. Some believe it will interfear with a baby's eating habit. If you have seen picture's of Cory you know this is not true. You can find these amazing little silicone Gaga's at almost any local store. It has been a Sanity Saver!!!!!
It was way too early for bedtime, I put Cory in his Jumpy to try to keep him up a little bit longer, I looked over and started rolling. I felt so bad, but i had to get some pictures before i took him out to snuggle. Click Here for more Wordless Wednesdays
OK i wasn't going to, but i changed my mind.. Thanks Trista from The Pumpkin Patch.. :-) I posted a lot today, but that's OK because i was slacking and needed to catch up.. I would have done something bigger but yesterday I went through all the boys drawers and took out the clothes they don't fit in, re-folded/organized everything and put new sizes in Cory's drawer's. So I picked my refrigerator because it's been grossing me out!!!
Wow, When you dont look back at old photo's and much time passes, you get out those old albums or start sorting through the files on your computer and you come across those old photo's.... All you can say is WOW...
The 5 things that immediately crossed my mind as i came across some old photo's yesterday...
- I wish I were still that skinny!
- When will I look that good again?
- Hubby looks so young!
- How come he is still the same exact weight?
- When will I look that good again?? again!!
Anyway I am working on losing all the babyweight, Slow and steady wins the race!!!!!
Both my boys have had colds at least 3 times this winter season.. Poor Cory only 5 1/2 months old and 3 colds so far.. Thank God he fights them off like a champ. Any way in Lu of all this sickness, i figured i would post a Newsletter from Dr. Sears website AskDrSears.com It is a great website in which i turn to pretty often when I am in question.
What's Going Around?
Most Common Wintertime Illnesses
Winter season is here. The next few months are the busiest of the year for most pediatricians. Our waiting rooms are flooded with kids with the flu, coughs, the flu, colds, and the flu. More often then not, the parents are just as sick.
There are several illnesses that we see the most during this season. They include (you guessed it) the flu, coughs and colds, croup, rotavirus (a severe diarrhea illness), RSV (an often severe cough and wheezing illness), and less serious facial rash. In this article I will discuss these illnesses briefly, then link you to the full discussion on our website. Perhaps even more importantly, I will discuss how you can boost your child's immune system to help prevent many of these illnesses.
BOOST YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNE SYSTEM THROUGH THE WINTER
Want to help your kids avoid these illnesses altogether? Here are some ways you can boost their immune system and keep them in school. Take as many of these supplements as you feel is appropriate every day:
- Echinacea - this natural herb will enhance your own immune system. Many research studies have proven its effectiveness. Click here for dosing information for you and your kids.
- Vitamin C - this simple vitamin can fight off invading germs. Younger kids up to age 6 will benefit from around 250 mg per day. Older kids and adults can take 500 mg per day. Available as a powder, chewable, or capsule. Click here to read more about vitamins.
- Fruits and vegetable supplement - the immune-boosting properties of nature's food is remarkable. If your kids won't eat enough fruits and vegetables, I recommend Juice Plus fruit and veggie supplements. Click here to learn more.
- Zinc - this mineral is a safe and effective way to boost the immune system. Children up to age 6 years can take 10 to 20 mg per day. Older kids and adults can take 20 to 40 mg per day.
- Probiotics - the common name used for this is Acidophillus. These are healthy bacteria that live in our intestines and help with our immune system. The best species of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. Available as liquid, powder, and capsules, children and adults can take as directed.
- Avoid weakening your own immune system - Click here to read what habits can weaken your own immune system.
Click here to read a full discussion on how to boost your immune system naturally.
IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD GET SICK, STARTING ECHINACEA AND VITAMIN C RIGHT AWAY MAY MAKE YOUR ILLNESS SHORTER AND MILDER
The flu is a virus (called influenza). It hits between November and March, and is probably responsible for 1/3 to 1/2 of all sick visits to our office during the winter. Keep in mind, the flu is a VIRUS. It is therefore NOT treatable with antibiotics.
How can you tell if your child (or you!) has the flu? There are two typical forms of the flu:
- Fever and one or two other symptoms such as sore throat and headache - some flu illnesses are more simple, and cause just a few symptoms.
- Multi-symptom flu - this is the more miserable kind of flu. It can include many or all of the following symptoms:
- High fever, chills
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Body and muscle aches
- Stuffy nose
- Clear or green runny nose
- Cough - dry or productive
- Irritated, red eyes
WHEN TO VISIT THE DOCTOR
Most children with the flu don't even need to see a doctor. Here are some guidelines to help you decide if a doctor's visit is warranted:
- Fever more than three days - while this may still be just the flu, it's best to double check with your doctor.
- Moderate to severe dehydration - see our site under dehydration here.
- You have a gut feeling that your child is unusually ill.
- Severe cough with chest pain AND shortness of breath. This may mean pneumonia is setting in.
SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET A FLU SHOT?
Click here to find out the answer.
Worried about strep throat? Many patients come into our office during the winter because of sore throat of a day or two. Most of these cases are NOT strep, but rather just part of the flu. See our site under sore throat to help you decide if yours may be strep or not.
Click here for a link to our full discussion on the flu and how to treat it.
RSV - Respiratory Syncycial Virus
This is a virus like the common cold, but with one big difference. This virus causes mild to severe wheezing, especially in younger infants. While normal cold viruses infect the nose and upper lungs, RSV gets deep down into the lungs and inflames the airways. Why is this significant? The inflamed airways in the lungs will then constrict (get much narrower), thus making it more difficult to breath. This is very similar to what happens to someone with asthma. This often requires special breathing treatments to keep the breathing stable while the illness runs its course. Severe cases require hospitalization.
RSV runs through day care centers and other nurseries like an epidemic during the winter.
Click here to go to our link for a full discussion on RSV. You will also learn how to protect your child from getting this illness.
NORMAL COUGHS AND COLDS
This is the season where the common cold virus runs rampant. It can be as mild as a slight runny nose, or as severe as fever, deep junky cough, and thick green congested sinuses. The main thing to understand is that 9 times out of 10, these symptoms are just the common cold and do NOT need antibiotics.
How can you tell when it's just a common cold or something more serious that needs evaluation and treatment? Click here to read our complete guide to getting through the common cold, and learn when to worry and not to worry.
Confused about what cough and cold medicine to use for you or your child? Click here here for our Cough and Cold Medication Guide in our Medicine Cabinet.
If your child has had croup once, you'll never forget the sound of this cough. It sounds just like a seal barking. Croup is a virus that inflames the vocal cords. It can start off just like a regular cold, but then your child gets these classic symptoms:
- Raspy voice
- Barky cough, just like a seal barking
- Raspy, labored breathing - this occurs in moderate to severe croup. The airway around the vocal cords gets so swollen, that there is not much room for air to pass through.
- High fever - this often occurs, especially in younger kids.
Croup is a virus, so it is not treatable with antibiotics.
This can be very scary for the first time, but it usually is not severe, and there are several things you can do to get through the night. Click here for a complete guide to understanding and treating croup.
Most people think of summer as diarrhea season. However, rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and young children during the winter. This virus causes very foul smelling, very runny diarrhea. Rotavirus usually lasts much longer than most other causes of diarrhea. So if your infant develops moderate to severe diarrhea this time of year, it is probably rotavirus. There is no treatment for this virus, but there are many guidelines you should follow to help your infant get through this. Click here here for a complete guide to managing your infant's diarrhea. A NEW RECOMMENDATION FOR HELPING DIARRHEA TO RESOLVE FASTER IS TO TAKE PROBIOTICS (SEE ABOVE UNDER BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM). THESE ARE SAFE EVEN FOR INFANTS.
DRY, RED CHEEKS
Just a quick mention here. The cold weather is notorious for causing dry, red, irritated cheeks in children. A number of patients do come into our office, wondering what is causing this rash. It is simply the cold weather. A gentle moisturizing cream will usually minimize this rash. No need to see your doctor for it, unless you are particularly worried.