; Life is like champagne......: 2009-05-31

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Breastfeeding Promotion Act

I breastfeed my daughter because I felt it was what was best for her and was fortunate to be able to do so. Many of my friends feel the same way, if you can do it than why would you not breastfeed since medical research has shown it is what is best for your baby. Not to mention cheaper than buying formula! I was lucky in that I did not have to go back to work, I could be at home and breastfeed. There are many moms who either choose to go back to work or have to for finacial reasons. Many moms still want to continue with giving breast milk to their child by pumping but may not be given the opportunity to have the time or place to pump at their employer.

JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THE BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT! Sign the Statement of Support for breastfeeding moms everywhere now: "Healthcare professionals inform us that breastfeeding is the best possible way to ensure that babies thrive. In turn, we must ensure that breastfeeding mothers are able to breastfeed, and given the time and environment to pump at work or during other professional obligations." Congress and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) need to hear that breastfeeding must be supported for all moms, and that we support the Breastfeeding Promotion Act which is currently before Congress.*To sign the Statement of Support for breastfeeding moms, just go to: http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/momsrising/signUp.jsp?key=2614&t=petition.dwt

SHARE YOUR STORY: Many of us mothers know personally what it's like to juggle breastfeeding babies and work. Some of us have also experienced the pain of engorgement and the risk of mastitis when feeding or pumping doesn't occur every few hours. Stories like this are common. You may even have experienced something similar yourself. Share your story on our blog at: http://www.momsrising.org/node/573

All too often women aren't able to breastfeed their babies even though the American Academy of Pediatrics tells us it's one of the most important things we can do for a child's health. Let's send a strong message together that it's time to "walk the talk" for healthy infants and mothers.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Woohooo!!!!!!! Washer is fixed!

Hats off to my husband's Uncle who is a master of being able to fix it all! He came and worked on our washing machine for two hours, fixing what he thought was the timer and that was not the issue. What was the issue was the pump and too much felting with my knitting! This is not good since it looks like my large project felting days are over. My daughter was very happy when the washing machine was fixed, telling me "Now you can use it, was my blanket mommy!"

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Kellogg's Eggo Bake Shop Twists

I had done a review for Kellogg's Eggo Bake Shop Twists, a new product that is a tasty and fun way to kick start your day. Kellogg is offering a $1 off coupon here if you would like to try them out!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Washer on the brink of....death?

This could be it for my washing machine. It is only 12 years old, a GE, top loader, over sized design for larger washes and a work horse. Well...maybe not so much now.
I had thankfully done all of my laundry over the weekend, for only three people, it seems to build up quickly. Most of it is NOT my clothes! I wanted to felt out a knitting project I had finished, running it in the first cycle. After the agitation stopped and the next cycle was to start with draining the water and spin, nothing happened. It sounded like the timer was not tripping into the next cycle. Not good.
I was going to call a repair company to see if they could come out to take a look but my father-in-law suggested my husband's Uncle first, he is a fix it all person. Sure enough, he stopped up and made a determination that it is probably the timer. He also might have the timer part and if so, would install it. Great! He also stated that if it we had to replace any pieces of this washer and buy parts, it would be more cost effective to replace the whole machine.....yuck! Keep your fingers crossed as he will be coming today to hopefully fix this messy situation.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A pumpkin fairytale

My daughter thinks her Aunt Missa and Uncle Mark live in a pumpkin. You might be wondering how this came about?
Aunt Missa had a conversation with my daughter and somehow she came out with that they live in a pumpkin because she likes the color orange. This seems to have stuck and now she tells people, like my mom, that Aunty Missa lives in a pumpkin. My daughter wanted to stay overnight a few weeks ago when we visited them to see their "pumpkin", but plans had to change. Of course her Uncle Mark continued on this pumpkin theme by telling her he had to go home and carve out a new window for their pumpkin home.
The pumpkin home story continued when my mother and grandmother visited. We were walking around the yard and was showing them the vegetable garden. My daughter pointed out to my mom in the garden the pumpkin area and that we were growing a new pumpkin for Aunty Missa and Uncle Mark. I didn't realize their current pumpkin was not good enough, maybe they needed a new addition or a bigger pumpkin, or the carving did not go well. I am wondering what she will think when we visit their home and it does not look like a pumpkin, oh the disappointment!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Connecticut Paid Sick Days Vote to Senate

This is getting exciting! On Thursday, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed the Paid Sick Days bill. Now all it will take for us to win is a vote in the State Senate to put the bill on Governor Rell's desk.
The good news? The Senate passed a Paid Sick Days bill last year and the year before. We know they can do it. Now the bad news: They only have until midnight this Wednesday to pass the bill -- or else Paid Sick Days will have to wait another year, despite all your hard work.

It's time to turn the heat up.

We need a massive outcry to get the Senate to make paid sick days their first priority to vote on today.Tell your State Senator to vote on and pass Paid Sick Days right away!


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Why do I love the Yankees....

Let me count the ways! What a great game they had last night with Joba Chamberlain pitching on the mound. The series with the Indians was another exciting series on the road. It is always interesting playing there dealing with the two "B's"............birds and bugs!

Seagulls form packs in the outfield, sometimes swarming even more when you get the fans tossing food on the field. Then there is the bugs which are crazy there! Last year Joba pitched with bugs just swarming around him. The bugs did not seem to bother "bug" him on the mound last night. He made plays that were outstanding such as the diving catch in the 5th inning and throwing to second to get an out. And they say they are not athletes. When he was interviewed after the game, he had the WWF belt on his shoulder, which if you follow the Yankees, this is being passed around by the Johnny Damon who is the player of the game, and when asked about his 5th inning diving play, he stated that after he managed to get that play, he looked at the dugout and saw Andy Pettitte "horse laughing". Then made the bold statement that Andy was just jealous that Joba is more athletic than he is.

Then there are all of the players who are in for the injured, fighting for a position and to make a mark. Swisher comes to mind since he has had his ups and downs. When interviewed after the game, he stated Jeter(my daughter loved player)told him that once the rain starts, it won't stop so we need something to happen". Many players would take that as a little stressful. Swisher took it as his job and the need to make something happen, which he did hitting a double, almost a grand slam(I was holding my breath watching) after the bases had been loaded with walks, bringing in two runs breaking a tie score. No big deal, it was his job. Jeter also stepping up as the Captain making the positive role for the team.
One last note......the 18 consecutive games without an error, a MLB record that was last done by the Boston Red Sox in 2006. That is just good baseball and working together as what...maybe what my daughter loves to say from one of the TV shows she loves Wonder Pets "What's gonna work.....TEAM WORK!"

So why do I love this team? Let me count the ways...

1. The newbies on the block, they give life to the team, not afraid to take charge
2. The Captain being the role model as always and making it a point to push
3. Pitching is finally on track
4. That is the Mariano we know and all of the non believers can shove it.
5. Did I mention the pitching?
6. The love of dairy.......whip cream pies by A.J. Burnett for game ending walk off runs
7. A little healthy competition with added fun, the WWF belt.
8. And the pitching........cannot stress that enough
9. God bless "Tex", wanted him years ago and now we got him!
10. What's gonna work........TEAM WORK!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

An early start to the hurricane season

We got a reality check early this hurricane season with the first tropical depression forming very close to my state! I hope this is not a sign of how this season will be.
The 2009 forecast is calling out 6 hurricanes in the Atlantic and 2 being major hurricanes. Supposedly it is also rated an average to normal hurricane season. I would have t say that any hurricane coming my way is major. I have seen a few in my life time, nothing like what Katrina did to the Gulf Coast. I also think our area is overdue for a hurricane, it has been since the early 90's when the last hurricane visited Connecticut. I suppose many people who live along the coast have been lackadaisical in being prepared for a hurricane, maybe a little denial that one will not come their way. Katrina is a good example of what can happen. I do wonder how I-95 would be able to handle the traffic from Boston to New York with an evacuation, and if I would have to evacuate living inland. I grew up on the shoreline and evacuated twice from two major hurricanes. I am sure now my parents would be coming to my home if this were to ever happen. Then there is the question of what would you take if you had to leave your home. I think I would have to take pictures and my computer(for mostly pictures). What would you take if you had to evacuate last minute?
Want to see the hurricane names chosen? Stop by here for more hurricane info.

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Memorial Day Parade

Last week Monday our town had a Memorial Day Parade. Everyone loves a parade! My daughter waved to everyone walking by and loved the marching band and fire trucks. Next year she will be marching in the parade for the nursery school. The dedication written and read by a local student was wonderful, I know I was not the only one who eyes were welling up. Beautiful weather and a wonderful day to support our soldiers from past , present and future defending our country and others in time of need.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Luna

Luna, my Sister-in-law's dog had a birthday on Memorial Day. Luna's mom made her a cupcake with bacon. She did not seem to have any problem gobbling it down!

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