Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adios Amigos

I am changing my blog and moving to Wordpress... why??? Well you better just click on the link and find out!

A Mess of Happiness

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hard to Swallow

The other day Fiona was found riffling through the medicines in our house. I didn't think she could get into any of it... Child proof containers right???? Well seconds later she had eaten and swallowed a cherry flavored Unisom... which is a sleeping pill. My initial thought was... "maybe she will take a long nap today?" Chuck did not share this thought and was quite upset. He took Fiona into the bathroom explained that she just put something poison in her belly and told her she needed to throw up. I was a little worried at what the reaction of a two year old would be to a finger in her throat to induce vomiting. Yet after the fact she exclaimed "All better" and resumed her usual activities... and took a normal length nap.

This little incident which now makes four phone calls to poison control in less than two years got us thinking about what we have in our house. We made the decision to drastically clean out the medications and pills from our house. I was surprised at how much stuff I had that was really potentially harmful to her and NOT hard to open. Also much of it was expired and needed to be thrown out anyhow.

Fiona sat and watched as I opened all the bottles and poured out the brightly colored contents. She was convinced that I was getting rid of a candy stash and cried to be able to eat medicine. She even picked up an empty pill bottle and carried it around like a dolly for awhile. I kept trying to explain that medicine is not candy... but how can you convince a kid of that when pills taste sweet and are bright and colorful. I understand that sugar and sweet coatings are given to pills to make them easy to swallow... but I think it makes it too easy for kids to be confused and ingest things that are poison to their little bodies.

In nature poisonous things are bitter tasting and foul... a built in protection system to prevent us from ingesting harmful things. I think pills should not be flavored and brightly colored and coated to serve as a warning to kids taste buds. But then again my kid sometimes licks the bottom of shoes...

With that said, for us we feel the best medicine is *no medicine!

*We are now using more essential oils, flower essences, herbs, and whole food vitamins to deal with the physical ailments of life.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I always laugh in Nacho Libre when he invites his love interest, Encarnacion, to his quarters for toast. Perhaps it is because my father is the self proclaimed King of Toast... as growing up it was one of the only foods (besides hamburger helper) that was completely fool proof. Not that my dad is a fool, he just tried to put mashed potatoes inside hamburgers once and will never ever live if down.

Randomly I found myself making this video today and it keeps making me laugh.

If you enjoyed that you may also enjoy this little jem... Last night Chuck came home from work, let a stray cat in the house and then promptly left, as he was going to find the missing cat signs in the neighborhood and see if this one was a match. So there I was with the dirtiest stray cat wandering around my house and two babies. I couldn't set Daphnie down any where because the cat would immediately run/jump to her, and it was hard to keep Fiona from touching/kissing/hugging the cat. At the end of the video you will see that the cat started to nip a bit... I suddenly felt like there was a lion in my house and wanted to hide us all in a bedroom (I am not an animal person so to speak). But Chuck came home, gave the cat some Tuna, realized that it was not the one from the reward posters and let it back out into the wild. Then today when I was out for a walk with the girls we found the cat again two blocks over and it followed us home for Tuna round two... Fiona could not have been any more pleased.

Oh and just a word about the blue painters tape all around my child's midsection. Some days it is my only method to restrict diaper access.... I have tried multiple methods to stop "diggin" as I will call it, but as of yet this is the most successful, and I like blue painters tape cuz it's not too sticky. If anyone out there has other suggestions... I would love to hear them :)