Hand Sanitizer

I never gave much thought to hand sanitizer until 3 1/2 months ago when my son was born. Most people probably don’t. They use it because it’s good to use when you’re sick or around sick people because it kills 99.9% of germs. That’s what the commercials say anyway.

Before my son was born I ran out and bought a few bottles of hand sanitizer for when the baby arrived, but I soon found out from my brother that hand sanitizer can actually be a hazard. Most hand sanitizers have alcohol in them and that can be dangerous if you apply it on your baby’s hands and then they suck on them. They could get poisoned! Yikes! I had no idea. Needless to say I discarded the sanitizer I bought and decided to search for an alternative.

Babies R Us carries a brand called Hands 2 Go that is an alcohol free instant foam and my brother also told me of another company called Pro-Planet that also sells an sanitrol foam that is alcohol free.

Baby Talk


I was recently asked if I’ve started talking “baby talk” and I honestly want to say that I haven’t and I hope I never do. I knew that being at home all day with an infant could cause me to miss adult conversation, but I didn’t think that my speech would suffer because of it. There are days, however, I do feel like my IQ has dropped significantly. I don’t really know why I feel that way, but I do. Maybe it’s because I feel as though I have less to talk about with other adults…not sure. I think I’ll have to ponder this a little longer and maybe I’ll come up with a conclusion.

Baby crying…need to go.

Happy Birthday Mom


Yesterday Corbin and I visited my mom. She has been swamped at work and we were supposed to meet us for lunch to celebrate her birthday, but instead she called and asked if we would come up and visit her for the day. I quickly replied “Yes!”. When she wasn’t working, she play with Corbin and we’d talk or watch Top Chef. We also had fun taking lots of pictures of Corbin. Since her backyard was green for once, I decided to take advantage of it. Green weeds/grass make for a wonderful backdrop.

I love so many things about my mom:

1. I love that Corbin gets the biggest smile on his face when he sees grandma.
2. I love that she makes him laugh more than I do.
3. I love that she’s not afraid of making a complete fool of herself.
4. I love that Corbin is right at home at my parents house.
5. I love that she works so hard and is so passionate about what she does. She loves to help people and make their homes beautiful.
6. I love that she has been married to my father for over 30 years and that even though they are so different, they still love each other despite their many differences.
7. I love her giving heart.
8. I love that she is sad when she can’t help others, especially family. Not because I want her to be sad, but because it shows that her heart is in the right place.
9. I love her even though she failed many times when she tries to quiting smoking, has too many cocktails, and cusses at people when they cross her. She’s not perfect, but nobody is.
10. I love her for her.


Throwing a Fit

I am having such a hard time getting my son to take good naps during the day. Today he threw a huge fit after we got home. He fell asleep in his car seat for about 20 minutes and when he started fussing I picked him up and took him upstairs hoping he’d drift back to sleep, but he was not going to fall for my trickery. He was mad! He cried for 45 minutes and still didn’t fall asleep. I tried soothing him a couple times in between and then eventually decided to let him cry it out. 2pm would have been 3 hours since his last feeding, so I went back in to check on him and he was chomping on his hand. I fed him and he fell asleep in my arms. I put him down and he slept for 45 minutes. Sometimes I just don’t know what to do….I feel like a failure.

How to sooth a teething child


My son hasn’t started teething yet, but I was on a mommy website and one gal asked about teething solutions and many of the women on the site said that Hyland’s Teething Tablets were the best and better than Orajel. I will definitely be looking for these when my son starts showing signs of teething.

Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Sometimes it seems as if teething goes on forever, and it can be grim for both mother and baby. Hyland’s Teething Tablets have made it easier for mother and baby for years. This homeopathic combination of natural substances relieves the restlessness, peevish whining and irritability. The small 1 grain tablets melt instantly on the tongue.

A day to morn


Friday we traveled to Torrance, California where we attended the memorial service of Melissa Burkhalter. She is a distant relative of my husbands and someone he’s never met. After the service, we both wished we had the chance to meet her. She was 22 years young, full of life, loved people, positive, involved in church, and as my husband put it “spunky”. It is such a tragedy for this young woman to have her life ended so soon, but I do look forward to the day where I can meet her in heaven.

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I Love Top Chef


I love watching Top Chef and have enjoyed watching all 3 seasons, but I will no longer be able to indulge in my favorite show. I used to watch it at my moms house at lunch when we worked together, but now that I’m a stay at home mom and only have basic cable I will have to live without. So sad! Season 4 is going to start on March 12th. Bummer! Oh well. Plus, the show doesn’t start until 10pm and that’s when I go to bed these days. A girl needs as much sleep as she can get with a 3 month old.


Let the flames begin. The newest crop of 16 rising chefs from across the country take on the windy city of Chicago. Returning to the kitchen, cookbook author, actress and host Padma Lakshmi presides over the judge’s table alongside head judge Tom Colicchio, renowned culinary figure and chef/owner, Craft Restaurants, judge Gail Simmons, of Food & Wine Magazine and judge Ted Allen, Emmy-winning cookbook author and TV personality. In what will prove to be the most exciting season yet, some of the biggest and most respected chefs will guest star on “Top Chef: Chicago.”

The 16 “Top Chef: Chicago” cheftestants will be skewered down week by week as they compete to out-flavor, out-cook and out-do their competition. The winning chef will receive $100,000 in seed money to help open a restaurant, furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, a gourmet dream vacation in the French Alps, and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”

When to Introduce Solid Foods

When to Introduce Solid Foods

Is your baby ready for a taste of cereal or banana? It depends. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests introducing solid foods when your baby is 4 to 6 months old. However, not all babies are ready to eat solid foods at the same time. Rely on your baby rather than a calendar to let you know when it is time. If you introduce solid foods too early, your baby is more likely to have allergic reactions. Babies can’t properly chew and swallow solid foods much before 4 to 6 months of age. And what you can’t see is that your baby’s digestive system must mature some what before it can handle these new foods.

Signs that baby is ready
Before you introduce solid foods, ask yourself these questions:

* Has your baby doubled his birth weight?
* Does baby consume 32 ounces or more of breastmilk or formula each day?
* Can baby sit up with little support and turn his head when he’s full?
* Can baby move a dab of thinned baby cereal to the back of his tongue and swallow it. This is a signal that baby’s extrusion reflex has disappeared and he now has the ability to swallow nonliquid foods.
* Does baby frequently put things in his mouth?
* Is baby interested in trying new tastes and textures?
* Does baby watch with interest as you eat, perhaps even opening his mouth and leaning forward as if to ask for a bite?

If you can answer yes to these questions, baby may be ready to start solid foods. Just remember, until your baby is about a year old, his main source of nutrition should be breastmilk or iron-fortified formula.