I never really knew what the actual difference between jam and jelly was (fruit juice v. mashed up pulp) LOL! There is a large Amish community a little bit west of where I am, so it might not be too hard to find some jar supplies and stuff. I might have to try that out! I am assuming I could modify recipes to eliminate regular sugar and just use natural fruit juice or other sweetners, so that might be a good option. Buying the "all natural" stuff is so expensive... might be nice to make a few jars of my own when the fruit is in season. Thanks!View Thread
That sounds pretty cool! How do you do that? Is there a website with information, or a certain book you would recommend? And this might be a stupid question, but where do you buy cans (or jars... if you don't literally mean canning lol)?View Thread
That is great that you are trying to be more eco-friendly with the use of less disposable products, but keep in mind that the use of more non-disposable products, the more water, soap and disinfectant-type products you will need to use to keep them clean and in circulation.
I would think the trade-off would favor the use of cloth napkins and dish rags for certain kitchen spillage, but I would hesistate to use go that route for the TP and dish rags for certain kitchen spills (think poultry juice and eggs). I would just be too worried about recirculating food-bourne bacteria using the same dishrag multiple times, and I would be quite weary of using washcloths as TP just due to the sheer number of contaminants that reside in fecal matter. Also, as far as I am aware, TP disintegrates pretty easily, so I wouldn't think that would be much of a drain on the environment. I mean, if you think about it, even our ancestors used disposable TP (err... leaves), KWIM?View Thread
What you are describing does not sound like reflux. Ds had reflux when he was younger, but that is something that generally resolves itself with time. I also doubt your son would be sleeping that much with reflux, given that is something that typically makes sleeping (laying flat on your back, etc.) uncomfortable.
I haven't heard of the strep causing bad breath before, but that sounds like something to look into. If you don't feel like his ped is getting the job done, take him to a different doctor. My DS is younger than yours, but sleeping that much during the day does not seem like normal behvaior for an almost-2yo, so I would think that there is something medically going on.View Thread
Ok, to be fair, please realize that, based on my count, about four separate people responded to her orignial comment over the course of an hour or so. I don't really want to comment on anything (only 2nd day on this board!), but why don't we all just agree to drop it in general, not say stop to one person. I am sure that is what you meant, but just thought it would be good to clarify.View Thread
DS has excema, and his ped recommended aquaphor (or something like that) and a recommendation for a steroid cream. We were at Target and asked the pharm where the steriod cream was... we got to talking, and apparently, her daughter had excema as well. She recommended a completely different cream instead of the steroid cream. Apparently, the steroid cream helps to alleviate the symptoms of the excema (the red rash), but aggrevates the underlying causes of the condition and makes the skin thinner and more suspetable to repeat outbreaks. In her personal and professional opinion she recommended a pH balancing cream... I don't remember the name of it off the top of my head (I can look it up once I'm home if you are interested). I gave it a whirl, and it worked WONDERS! It isn't a prescription, but they kept it behind the counter (probably because a teeny tiny tube was like $15 or $20), but it was really worth it. We only used a little bit to control his initial outbreak, and have just used aquaphor or whatever as more of a preventative measure. He has only had one little tiny patch of excema since, and his first outbreak was a few months ago. HTH!View Thread
I think you have a good idea there; I think many new mothers, especially transient mothers, would like to have that assistance and support. I have two thoughts that might serve to improve further upon your initial idea.
1) Like ad1979 pointed out, I think it would be best to avoid revolving the program around a specific parenting style, and rather have it be more of an open forum to discuss the options that are out there in terms of how to parent. There are probably mant moms who don't really know much about cloth diapering, but would like to learn more, but there are porbalby also alot of moms who may want to know more about bottle feeding if they choose not to BF or if it doesn't work out for them, KWIM?
2) I would opt to call it the "New" Mothers Support Group rather than the "Young" Mothers Support Group. I think being a new mother is difficult regardless of age, so I think calling it a "Young" mothers support group would dissuade later-in-life first time mothers from joining, even if they would really benefit from the support/help. Also on the contrary, I would think it would also be beneficial to include young, yet experienced mothers as mentors, because they may be more in tune with the issues and social environment new, young mothers face. HTH!View Thread
It is like an asian-style marinade... mainly water, soy sauce and vinegar. There is also some chopped up cloves of garlic and grated ginger. I am trying to remember if there is anything else in it, but I think that is it.View Thread