Friday, July 29, 2011

The Help

The HelpThe Help

Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program
The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies' maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families' homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell - but it is so much more than just stories. ....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Heeled Loafer

Loafers have taken on a whole new look......
light brown block heel loafer shoes

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The importance of sleep training and the most popular methods parents can use By Cindy Zizek, Registered Nurse

Getting enough sleep is one of the major challenges of the first years of parenthood. Sleepless nights ultimately affect the day, producing a fussy, cranky and inattentive baby. Irregular sleep for both mom and baby is unhealthy, unproductive and affects everyone. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine no one method of sleep training is better than another, the key is consistency . There are multiple ways to help your baby get some shut-eye, and the most popular techniques range from little or no parent involvement to strong parent involvement. Below are some of the most popular methods parents can use as a guide to sleep training.
Cry-it-out: This sleep training method encourages parents to let their baby cry until he puts himself to sleep. The idea is that he needs to learn how to soothe himself if he wakes up in the middle of the night without the use of props .
Ferberizing: Possibly the best known sleep training practice, Ferberizing is an alternative to cry-it-out. Ferberizing promotes the child to be self-sufficient, but in a gradual way. The idea is that after the child is put to bed, he will inevitably begin to cry. One parent will periodically enter the room in gradual intervals to console him. This is done until he can fall asleep on his own .

Pick up/put down: Pick up/put down is a middle-of-the-road philosophy on sleep. It is both a teaching tool and a problem-solving method. The method includes picking up the baby when he cries but putting him down immediately after he stops crying. This should be repeated as many times as necessary until he stops crying and falls asleep .

Gentle or No-Cry Methods: On the opposite end of the spectrum from cry-it-out, the no-cry method believes in removing all stress from baby’s sleep environment. The idea is that parents just have to accept the reality that their sleep will be less than ideal for the first couple years of baby’s life.

Co-Sleeping: Co-Sleep is when babies and parents sleep in the same bed. It is a routine often incorporated into the attachment-parenting school of thought which encourages a nurturing, loving and intimate relationship between baby and mom .

Regardless of the technique, the most important thing a family can do is to start a routine from the beginning. This may not include any sleep training methods, but a routine will let your baby know that when you bathe your baby, read him a book or sing him a lullaby it is signaling the start of a process towards bedtime.
How or even whether to sleep train your child is a very personal decision that impacts the whole family. There is no right or wrong way to sleep train as long as the process stays consistent and parents stay on the same page and follow through. Moms need to remember that they aren’t alone, and if all else fails think about using the help of a professional, like a sleep doula, because a good night’s sleep means a productive, attentive and happy family. For additional information surrounding sleep training and other important topics, visit, an online community for moms which offers expert advice, support and tips for women from the prenatal stage through the first few crucial years of motherhood.

Cindy Zizek is a Registered Nurse and spokesperson for For more information about Playtex Mommyville go online at:

[1] Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam, On Becoming Bab Wise (Louisiana: Parent-Wise Solutions, a division of Charleston Publishing Group, Inc.) 53 [2] Marc Lewis and Isabela Granic, Bed Timing; The “when-to” guide to helping your child to sleep (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2009) 185 [3] Marc Lewis and Isabela Granic, Bed Timing; The “when-to” guide to helping your child to sleep (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2009) 187 [4] Marc Lewis and Isabela Granic, Bed Timing; The “when-to” guide to helping your child to sleep (Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2009) 199 [5] Tracy Hogg, The Baby Whisperer Solves all your Problems (New York, NY: Atria Books 2005) 221 [6] Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam, On Becoming Bab Wise (Louisiana: Parent-Wise Solutions, a division of Charleston Publishing Group, Inc.) 32

Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Quinoa & Blueberry Breakfast

1 cup Eden Foods Organic Quinoa

1 1/2 tablespoon Swanson Organic Coconut Oil

1 cup Eden Foods Organic Dried Blueberries

3 cups cold water

1/2 teaspoon Swanson Organic Ground Cinnamon

3 tablespoons packed Swanson Organic Date Sugar

1/4 cup skim milk

"Quinoa's natural saponin coating must be removed before it's ready for cooking. While the common method is to soak and wash excessively with water, Eden Foods Quinoa is mechanically de-saponized. This superior method best preserves flavor and nutrients. If using a brand other than Eden Foods quinoa, check the label for instructions before cooking."
In a large skillet, combine 1 cup of water with blueberries and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until water evaporates. Add in 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the date sugar. Stir until blueberries are soft and begin to caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside.
Rinse and drain quinoa. Add quinoa and 2 cups of cold water to medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low, cover pan tightly and allow quinoa to simmer for 10 minutes. When quinoa is cooked (a little tail will appear on each piece), remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, cinnamon and milk; stir to combine. Fold in the blueberries. Garnish with your favorite nuts or coconut flakes.

Makes 6 servings. Serving size 2/3 cup.

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving):

Calories 277, Fat 6 grams, Protein 6 grams, Sodium 27 mg, Carbohydrates 49 grams, Fiber 11 grams

Available through Swanson Health Products

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Calvin Klein Jean Skirt

Calvin Klein Jeans Women's Silky Surplus Skirt, Cornstalk, 8
Calvin Klein Jeans Women's Silky Surplus Skirt, Cornstalk, 8

80% viscose/20% poly

Machine wash

This style features two flap pockets on the front and back of the garment with drawstring at the waistband

Color: Cornstalk

Friday, July 15, 2011

Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen

Grocery GardeningGrocery Gardening

Grocery Gardening includes garden planning, planting, preparing, preserving and nutritional information for each of the more than twenty selected edibles. In addition to tips on when to harvest home grown vegetables, the authors offer advice on how to select the freshest produce at the local market, and select complementary ingredients to combine with your home-grown edibles. Jean Ann Van Krevelen, together with her team of food and gardening experts and their community of readers, encourage gardeners and non-gardeners alike to plan meals based on what is in season. Whether you buy local or grow your own, the recipes will delight your family with seasonal freshness. Also included is a chapter on preserving your harvest, with tips for freezing, drying, canning and preserving.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Coleman Dining Kit and Percolator

Coleman Speckled Enamelware Dining KitColeman 14-Cup Enamelware Coffee Percolator
Coleman Speckled Enamelware Dining Kit
Coleman 14-Cup Enamelware Coffee Percolator
Next to your day hike and eating marshmallows around the campfire, enjoying dinner together as a family is the best part about camping. But rather than eating dinner out of your hand or off of throw-away plates, dish out the deliciousness onto Coleman's 24-Piece Enamelware Dining Kit. With its four dinner plates, four coffee mugs, four bowls, and four sets of utensils, this kit includes everything you need for an exquisite meal around camp or in the RVeverything, that is, but the food. A compact carry case lets you keep everything organized and safely stored in a backpack or car trunk.

Product Features
Material: (dishes and cups) double-coated enamel, (flatware) stainless steel
Recommended Use: camping
Manufacturer Warranty: limited lifetime

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The All-New DVD Adventure "Strawberry Shortcake" Arrives August 30

Imaginations Will Soar With  Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams

The All-New DVD Adventure Arrives August 30

From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment And American Greetings
TORONTO, ON – July 11, 2001 – Strawberry Shortcake™ and all of her friends take summer fun to new heights in the fabulous new adventure Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams, arriving on DVD August 30 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and American Greetings Properties.
Strawberry Shortcake and her friends can’t wait to grow up, and they wonder what they’ll become some day. It’s all berry exciting as imaginations soar and Strawberry and her friends see what it’s like to be busy career girls! But when Peppermint Fizz becomes Mayor and gets berry, berry bossy, trouble strikes in Strawberryland. Growing Up Dreams is all about getting along, working together, and believing in your dreams. Plus, no matter how big you get…you should never outgrow being nice!

Strawberry Shortcake is a top rated show on The Hub network. Prebook for the Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams DVD will be July 20.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tommy Hilfiger Chrissy thong sandals.

Tommy Hilfiger Women's Chrissy Flip Flop,Pink/Black/Plaid,9 M US

Tommy Hilfiger Women's Chrissy Flip Flop,Pink/Black/Plaid,9 M US

Soak in some sun while wearing the Tommy Hilfiger Chrissy flip flop. This thong boasts a fun fabric upper and a soft synthetic lining for the right combination of style and comfort. If that's not enough, a flexible sole adjusts to your foot for the ultimate coziness. Slide on this flip flop and slide into vacation mode.

Top off a classic look with a little color in the Tommy Hilfiger Chrissy thong sandals.

Fabric upper with a terrycloth lining, soft toe thong post
Logo detail, cushioned footbed
Traction outsole