The Mother of All Taboos

In case you have not heard, there is a vaccine war raging in America between pharmaceutical companies and Moms. The battle lines are publically drawn this way: One side says evil pharma is poisoning kids for a bigger buck....more

Too Many Toys: Tips for Buying the “Safest” Toys & Checking for Recalls

Child Psychology In Reverse Two years ago, I bought the book "Too Many Toys" by David Shannon, thinking it would be a good way to start a dialogue on giving away toys that aren't played with anymore. Wrong....more

Vehicle Safety Items Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

It’s crunch time and if you’re still struggling with what to give a loved one, family member or friend this holiday season, the perfect gift can be an item related to vehicle safety....more

Guardians of the Forest

Waking Up

Waking Up...more

Dressing Up: Tips for Playing it Safe in Costumes

Hallelujah Day Early on, my brother and I dressed up as Bible characters and went to the "Hallelujah Festival" at our Christian school ...more

The "Good" Child Molester

Yes, I know all of you with children and yes especially victims think death is too good for me right now, but you’re misconstruing the title of this blog. Evil child molester may have been a better title, but would that get your attention. There are many child molesters “good” at what they do. The only way to stop them is to be informed. They are after your children and everyone else’s children. They are fathers, step fathers, brothers and siblings. Mostly men but there are a small percent of women....more

Get Rid of It

I have a hard time believing my children are growing up.  They're starting to speak now, and every time I'm shocked because I feel like I should still be burping them and putting them down for two naps.  They're pulling off expertly choreographed twirls, and I'm worried I should still be holding their hands up the stairs.  And where did their newborn onesies go? Time flies.As kids grow, they grow out of things.  Objects that were once a part of everyday life soon become obsolete items, crowding your house - an odd sort of decoration.  But I do...more

Close Quarters. When Neighbor Noise Takes Over Your Life.

Recently, I wrote a witty tongue in cheek blog post about my crazy neighbor. While it was fun to take a moment to laugh about her antics, the post had a lot of serious issues in it about close quarter living.  When strapped for cash or living in a high cost of living area, sometimes families find themselves renting apartments, townhomes, or multi-family homes. There can be major benefits to living in smaller quarters (like less to clean!) but there's a few very major drawbacks. Sometimes, the drawbacks can be so extreme, you may have to consider a move....more

Oh gosh, and beware: Brand new homes and townhomes are insulated in such a way that noise ...more

Lead-tainted Jewelry Found on Retailer’s Shelves Despite State Warnings

In May 2009, the California attorney general’s office ordered a national retailer with nearly three dozen stores throughout the state to stop selling jewelry with illegal levels of lead. Five months later, the state followed up with another warning directed at Rainbow Apparel after finding more lead-tainted jewelry. Three months after that came another warning. And then another. ...more

It's alarming that they can keep putting dangerous material on their shelves, time after time, ...more