; Life is like champagne......: 2009-03-01

Saturday, March 7, 2009

How old is your topical antiobiotic?

Spring cleaning is not far away. Before you start cleaning out your home, why not start in your medicine cabinet. Expiration dates are posted on all medicinal supplies, and this includes something you may not think of which is topical antibiotics.

I found myself checking my tube of ointment and was shocked to see it expired three years ago! One might think that it is an item we do not use regularly, and you may just be saving it for a time when needed. This idea is as good as keeping sunblock beyond the expiration date, you are taking a risk that it has lost it's effectiveness. Now is the time to stock up on NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Ointment, NEOSPORIN® + Pain Relief Cream, and the newly available NEOSPORIN® NEO TO GO!® First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Spray, which can travel with you and your family as a convenient and on-the-go way to clean and disinfect minor cuts, while both products help provide temporary relief of pain and help prevent infections in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.

I know what your thinking.....we are in winter mode, just had a big snow storm plow through here in the New England area and cannot imagine signs of spring coming in a few more weeks. Why would you need to be purchasing a product like this? Well, it only takes one sunny day, 60 plus degrees for you and your kids to get that 'Spring Fever' and out riding bikes, running in the play ground or even in the back yard. My daughter is just getting the idea of if she gets a 'boo boo', she wants me to kiss it to make it feel better. Now I have to completely think beyond this easy way of making her feel better and will now carry we me the NEOSPORIN® NEO TO GO!® First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Spray. I do not think you can get any more convenient than this product to protect against minor cuts and scrapes that can become contaminated with dirt and germs, which may cause infection.
So I challenge you......tell me how old your tube of antibiotic topical cream is? Is it older than mine?
This review was written for Mom Central.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Business as usual?

What was President Obama's campaign promise about not have the same "business as usual" in government? Then I would love to know why he has allowed over 8000 earmarks in the spending bill? Interested in more info on this? And don't think this won't happen, especially after this quote of "The White House promises Obama will sign the bill despite unhappiness over the 8,000 or so homestate pet projects." Sounds like business per usual to me. Want to read more? Stop by Politics for Moms and also check out a few of these articles.

Senate Votes to Preserve Earmarks in Spending Bill

Citizens Against Government Waste

Omnibus Advances Amid Earmark Fight

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Champagne Food Friday - Blueberry Banana Muffins

I get bored of the same old breakfast every morning so I am constantly surfing for new muffin ideas. I came accross a great recipe for Blueberry Banana Muffins via My Kitchen Snippets blog.

I wanted to use some ripe bananas before I felt like I had to throw them in the compost pile and I was sick of banana bread. This recipe uses three bananas and a cup of blueberries. It was super easy and quick, just be prepared to bake them for 30 minutes, most recipes are about 20 minutes. I managed to take them out of the oven, wrap a couple in a paper towel and hand them off to my hubby before he left for work. My daughter loved them, not to mention I did too!
By the way, check out My Kitchen Snippets for more great recipes, the Chicken Curry with Vegetables sounds awesome, when I grow my okra this summer I plan on making this dish!

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

GOP Woes

The Republican Party is at an all time low, polls showing 26% feel positive about the party. No surprise since you have so many factors pulling them in many directions. The party will not turn around until it hits the bottom and I would have to say it has hit rock bottom.

An inter party feud broke out between Rush Limbaugh and the new Chairman of the RNC Michael Steele. Steele feels he is trying to rebuild the Republican Party, looking where the GOP can gain in seats, and stated he should take all Republican views in account. Seems he did not do this with Rush and with no surprise Rush wants the Obama economic policies to fail, being very blunt and open about it. Many Republicans feel the same way, they just do not say it on public airways. With this all time low in the polls, it is probably the best time to air all the crap and move onward and upward.

Well there are 607 days to go, and a long road ahead with much work to be done.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Seems to be a timing issue

I was visiting my in-laws yesterday and noticed that the Federal Chairman was on TV speaking and the stock market ticker right next to his picture. My father in-law pointed out that every time the Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks in public, the stock market seems to tank. My solution is a very simple one. The White House needs to look at when he makes his appearances and do a little re-scheduling. Only have him speak after 4pm, holidays and weekends, basically when the stock market is closed! Must be my retail background and making work schedules 4-6 weeks, forecasting sales. Hmmm..................
Want to see some of the highlights? Stop by here and read some interesting Federal forecasts.

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A flock of unwanted visitors

A flock of black birds, cowbirds and grackles have been hovering around the feeder, pushing out all of the smaller birds. I have been going out and trying to scare them away, Domino enjoys the scenery!

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Carpet Fresh Carpet & Room

Timing is everything in life. It seems that this also counts for cleaning and the need for a product to tackle a certain situation. I found myself in this situation where I needed such a product, and it involved pets. The product is Carpet Fresh Carpet & Room Pet Odor Eliminator to be used fight my pet odors of my Border Collie and Maine Coon Cat.
Here is my situation. I have mostly wood floors in my home with two Indian rugs we hand carried back from India. One rug is in our office in a low traffic area and has a high nape to it. The other rug is in our living room, a high traffic area where my daughter often plays, we spend most of our down time here and pets also hang out. It is a much thinner rug. In warmer weather, it is much easier to air out your room, just open a window or hang the rug outside. This time of year, winter, cold, 31 plus plus storms this season, the house becomes dry with the wood stove running and no air circulating. Combining all of these factors, if you have pets, you know that vacuuming alone does not eliminate odors. Carpet Fresh Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator Quick Dry Foam helps out on this situation.
What I love about this product is the ease of use. Carpet Fresh has made this with busy moms in mind. There is no vacuuming involved, no scrubbing, and safe to use around pets(with exception for pet birds) and children. Just Spray and Walk Away! The light quick-drying foam dries in minutes and does not leave a residue. Check out a few more tips here along with a downloadable coupon! The Super Pet scent is light, which is also important to me since I do not like harsh lingering cleaning products. Carpet Fresh also offers other fragrance choices such as morning rain, apple cinnamon, country potpourri and fresh scent.
The Carpet Fresh Carpet & Room Pet Odor Eliminator is exactly what I need for my border collie that rolls around on these rugs after every meal and my Maine coon cat that lounges around watching my daughter play with her Little People on the floor!
This review was written for Mom Central.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Gov. Bobby Jindal Interview

People who watch the Presidential speech last week, probably watched the GOP response given by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. Many criticized his response with being weak, not intelligent and written possibly by someone else. He is definitely a conservative Republican and did portray those values to the public in a powerful message. To be fair to Gov. Bobby Jindal, he was never going to be able to compare to President Obama. What is too bad is that most people who watch this response did not watch the 60 Minutes interview of 'Bobby Jindal: The GOP's Rising Star?' shown Sunday night.

Here is some of the interview with Morley Safer, you can go here to see the full interview.

Jindal is not a musician, nor a restaurateur, but a mere governor, who after the Katrina debacle, is trying to put the "big un-easy" back on dry land. When asked by a tourist whether he'd be our next president, the governor replied, "No, no. I need to fix my state."
The son of immigrants, Ivy League educated, and all of 37 years old, Jindal has been called the great beige hope of the Republican Party. "I think the Republican Party needs to stop thinking about who's the next messenger, is they need to stop thinking about how do they fix their party. We need to start thinking about how do we help fix our country?" Jindal told Safer.
He is the first non-white governor of Louisiana since Reconstruction, and in a state that has been described as "half under water, half under indictment," he's a far cry from what Louisiana voters had taken for granted: lily-white good ole boys who made more headlines for scandal and corruption than for governance. This eager and ambitious young whirlwind is determined to change all that. He doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't swear and relentlessly hammers his message that the days of corruption and incompetence are over. "I'm not going to take no for an answer on reforming our ethics laws," he said on election night. "I think what voters were saying when elected me, 'We're tired of the past. We're tired of corrupt politics. We're tried of the same old politicians. We know we're better than that,'" Jindal told 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. "But one of the appeals of New Orleans and Louisiana was that it wasn't on the good list, that there was something wonderfully exotic and bad about New Orleans," Safer pointed out. "We'll let Illinois have that reputation for a little while," Jindal replied.
If Jindal can truly change "business as usual" in Louisiana, it may be because he's an outsider. The son of immigrants who arrived from India in the early 70s, he was born in Baton Rouge. His mother earned a doctorate in nuclear physics; his father was a civil engineer. Asked if he felt any racial tension growing up in Baton Rouge, Jindal said, "Not at all. You know, this has been a great place to grow up. The great thing about the people of Louisiana is that they accept you based on who you are." That's quite a declaration in a state that not so long ago gave former Ku Klux Klansmen David Duke nearly 40 percent of the vote.
But that sunny "Leave it to Beaver" optimism is classic Bobby Jindal, a man so determined to be true blue American, he changed his name. When he was born, Jindal was named Piyush. Asked where the name Bobby came from, Jindal told Safer, "Every day after school, I'd come home and I'd watch 'The Brady Bunch.' And I identified with Bobby, you know? He was about my age, and Bobby stuck."

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Storm Report

As of 8:45am this morning, this is how much snow we have, about 8.5". There was a two hour window of no snow, and has started back up. I am expecting another three inches, we shall see!

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Premier of The Celebrity Apprentice

I am not a reality show watcher, in fact most of my TV consist of Noggin, PBS, YES and any old western movie I find. There are two shows I am completely hooked on and one is The Celebrity Apprentice with premiered last night.
The line up is pretty interesting in which you have more notable names in the men's side than in the women. I had to ask my husband who some of them were, he is even more out of touch with TV but of course seem to know who this girl was(Khloe Kardashian), some how related to someone who is dating a sports star, what ever. I am kind of surprised that they put Joan Rivers and her daughter on the show, they seemed to be joined at the hip, hence the comment that Andrew "Dice" Clay made stating "they need to cut the umbilical chord".
It was obvious who was going to get axed in the opening episode, Andrew "Dice" Clay sporting the attitude from the beginning that this seemed all beneath him, that did not go well even with Dennis Rodman, wow, how refreshing when he called him out on his lack to help the group. I guess he is some sort of team player.
As for the women, oh the power struggle is going to be a good one, starting off with an unknown to me, Annie Duke, the Poke Champion, love her! She takes charge, tells it like it is and gets things done. I think she will be there in the end, unless the women go against her.
I LOVE Jesse James, he is definitely the sleeper for the men. He is blunt, a team player, doesn't mind getting dirty and has stated he is out there for the working class. Donald tried to call him out on getting donations which he stated he does not know anyone with that amount of money. Clint Black seems to be kind of set back and quiet, I don't think he will get very far.
If you haven't seen the opening episode, check it out. This will definitely be a very interesting season, thanks Donald!

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Monday Knits

I have four unfinished projects right now that I feel I have to finish before I start a new one. This is the first one, a smock coat for my daughter which I started about this time last year. The needles are like working with tooth picks since they are a size 1! This is probably why it is taking me so long. I have the back and the right side done, working on the left right now. I am hoping to finish this in about two weeks, pending on how much I manage to knit at night.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

A moment of firsts

Domino has not gone outside since we got her last fall but she has just been going nuts watching all of the birds out the greenhouse window. Yesterday was a day of excitement for her, she was running from the greenhouse to the bird feeder, back and forth, every once in a while stopping to look at me and meow as if to say "Oh my goodness I love this!"

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