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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Help Spread Concussion Awareness!

Help Spread Concussion Awareness!






To help spread the word about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to promote concussion awareness and proper response,SocialMoms asked to encourage my readers to learn more about the CDC'S Head Up programs.
 The CDC reminds us that traumatic brain injury (TBI) including concussion, is a serious public health problem in the United States.Traumatic brain injuries contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. Data shows that, on average, approximately 1.7 million people die, are hospitalized, or are seen in an emergency department for a traumatic brain injury annually. Almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI that occur each year are among children aged 0 to 14 years.

Why is this important? Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion or TBI and take longer to recover than adults.

So what is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can literally cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. What you might not know is that these chemical changes make the brain more vulnerable to further injury. During this window of vulnerability the brain is more sensitive to any increased stress or injury, until it fully recovers.

It’s important for parents, athletes, and coaches to know about concussion. So what should you do if you think your teen has a concussion? CDC developed the following 4-step Heads Up Action Plan to help you protect your child or teen if you suspect they have a concussion:


1. Keep your teen out of play. If your child or teen has a concussion, her/his brain needs time to heal. Don’t let your child or teen return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says he or she is symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first—usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)—can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.


2. Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child or teen to return to sports.


3. Teach your child or teen that it’s not smart to play with a concussion. Rest is key after a concussion. Sometimes athletes wrongly believe that it shows strength and courage to play injured. Discourage others from pressuring injured athletes to play. Don’t let your child or teen convince you that s/he’s “just fine.”



4. Tell all of your child or teen’s coaches and the school nurse about ANY concussion. Coaches, school nurses, and other school staff should know if your child or teen has ever had a concussion. Your child or teen may need to limit activities while s/he is recovering from a concussion. Things such as studying, driving, working on a computer, playing video games, or exercising may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse. Talk to your health care professional, as well as your child or teen’s coaches, school nurse, and teachers. If needed, they can help adjust your child or teen’s school activities during her/his recovery.

In addition to this, the Heads Up campaign includes tailored educational materials and messages developed for specific audiences, such as:



Health Care Professionals:

Heads Up: Brain Injury In Your Practice

Heads Up to Clinicians, mild TBI guidelines

Sports Coaches and Administrators:

Heads Up: Concussion in High School Sports

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

School Professionals:

Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs


To learn more about the Heads Up initiatives and to order your own materials, visit http://www.cdc.gov/concussion.


I invite, parents, coaches, and athletes to share your stories or ask CDC questions at www.facebook.com/cdcheadsup. Feel free to chat,share,ect.

By posting this post on your facebook wall,tweeting it,sharing email,ect.it will Help Spread Concussion Awareness!

I would like to share with you some of my ideas for preventing traumatic brain injuries:


Always wear helmets when riding motorcycles,bikes,skateboarding,etc. any activity that has a possible chance of falling off


Always wear a seat belt when your in a vehicle.Especially when the vehicle is moving and have booster seats,car seats checked before each use

When playing sports always keep a helmet on and wear the proper shoes for the sport or event

Before cleaning/mopping a floor,make sure everyone is aware that the floor will be wet

Place a bath mat in your shower/tub so it helps from slipping

In the winter keep extra snow salt on hand for the ice weather

Before trips and on a regular basis always have your brakes checked

Use the proper safety equipment while repairing a roof or anytime your up high in case you slip and fall

If you like climbing hills or skiing make sure all your safety tools and equipment are up to date

ALWAYS check for recalls on cribs,car seats,bikes,etc.to keep safe

Walk down the steps,never run because you can slip easily and fall


I hope my ideas will help keep your family safe,please add to these ideas by commenting below! Let's Help Spread Concussion Awareness!



I wrote this blog post while participating in a SocialMoms blogging program for which I may receive a thank you kit.” For more information on how you can participate, click here

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kick Back with the Girls at Outback Steakhouse (Giveaway) | Jabbering Jessi - Reviews, Giveaways & More | Reviews, Giveaways & More

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Make Science Fun & Engaging {Giveaway} | Jolly Mom

Make Science Fun & Engaging {Giveaway} Jolly Mom

One lucky Jolly Mom reader will win a Science Fair Prize Package, including either Scientific Explorer’s Lava Blasting Volcano Kit or Mythbusters Weird World of Water, Elmer’s Foam Board, and Elmer’s Project Popperz accessories!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My Favorite Peeps Moments

My Favorite Peeps Moments











It was always a must to add Marshmallow Peeps in all the Easter egg baskets for the kids throughout the years. It is like a tradition for many families!! As a kid I can remember growing up year after year every Easter morning seeing all the different color marshmallow peeps in our baskets.My favorite color was always the pink and blue peeps.I would lick a part of the pink peep just enough for the color to run,I would take my peep and rub it on my face as blush for my cheeks.Then I would take the blue and use a few dabs on my eyelids as eyeshadow.Of course I couldn't leave the house with the sticky candy on my face but I enjoyed looking like a princess in till my mother would make me take a bath and wash it all off.She would take pictures of me still in my night-gown with my Easter basket in my arms with my face all done up.I pull the pictures out every year to show my kids but they refuse to try it out!

Another memory I have is one that I should be ashamed for but I think it's so funny till this day.My sister and I woke up one Easter morning and went down stairs for our Easter baskets.Our baskets were both filled with the same amount of candy and every piece was the same color.As we started pulling out our goodies in our baskets my sister looked up to see if my basket had marshmallow peeps,she knew every year we had them and they were our favorite.I saw her face turn bright red when she looked over and saw all my peeps and she had none.My laugh gave it away that I knew what happened to her peeps.My mother made me apologize for sneaking down in the middle of the night and eating my sister's peeps!I don't think she ever got over it! lol..

Do you have any peeps memories you can share?Please leave a comment below!

also, check out the newly-opened PEEPSandCOMPANY.com online store for all the PEEPS, Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales and Peanut Chews products and toys you can imagine! Enjoy this exclusive offer for SocialMoms: Use this promo code at checkout - SMSPRING11 for 20% off all of your purchases until 5/4/11!

About PEEPS & COMPANY®


In 2009, Just Born, Inc., maker of PEEPS®, MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES® and PEANUT CHEWS® opened its first retail store named PEEPS & COMPANY®.



PEEPS & COMPANY® is located at the banks of the Potomac, minutes from Washington D.C. at the very center of National Harbor’s dynamic main plaza. Directly in front of the PEEPS & COMPANY® store is the Seward Johnson’s famous statue, The Awakening, along with sweeping views of the beautiful Potomac River. The store’s location is at a converging point for residents and thousands of visitors arriving by bus, car, and ferries, which dock at the piers in front of the store.



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Fun Facts:



HOT TAMALES® Fun Facts

The HOT TAMALES® Brand is the #1 sugar cinnamon candy brand in the U.S.* *Source: IRI Total U.S. FDMx, 52 weeks ending 12.27.09.

Each HOT TAMALES® chewy candy has only 7 calories and 0 grams of fat.

The HOT TAMALES® Brand was introduced in 1950.



MIKE AND IKE® Fun Facts

Some theories about how MIKE AND IKE® was named include: as a result of a company-wide contest, after a 1937 song titled "Mike and Ike (The Twins)" and after a Vaudeville act "Mike and Ike, We're Just Alike".

If you lined up each piece of MIKE AND IKE® candies produced in one year end-to-end, they would reach around the earth 3 times!

Each MIKE AND IKE® chewy candy has only 6 calories and 0 grams of fat.



PEANUT CHEWS® Fun Facts

PEANUT CHEWS® were first sold in and around Philadelphia by the Goldenberg Candy Company.

PEANUT CHEWS® were developed during World War I and used by the U.S. Military as a ration bar. The high energy, high protein recipe and unique taste made it popular with the troops.

PEANUT CHEWS® was one of the first candy bar brands to offer bite size pieces and portion control.



PEEPS® Fun Facts

In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one PEEPS® Marshmallow Chick. Today, thanks to advances in technology, it takes six minutes.

Just Born produces enough PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies in one year to circle the earth twice.

In the late 1950's PEEPS® wings were "clipped" to give them a sleek, modern look.

PEEPS® Brand Candies have been the #1 non-chocolate brand at Easter for over 20 years*. *Source: IRI Total U.S. FDMx.

Yellow is America's best selling color of PEEPS® chicks and bunnies.

Yellow and white PEEPS® chicks and bunnies came first, followed by pink, lavender, blue, green and orange.

PEEPS® branded products have made celebrity appearances on many programs including: Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, The Early Show, Saturday Night Live, Martha Stewart, Ellen, South Park, and The Daily Show.

If you had 8,000 PEEPS® bunnies, and you stood them in a straight vertical line, you could reach the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago.

PEEPS® have become gourmet favorites as fondues, Crème Brulee ingredients and cappuccino toppings!



I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and PEEPS blogging contest, for a chance to get a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here


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Help the National Wildlife Federation and "Be Out There" with Your Kids {Scott Naturals Prize Pack Giveaway} | Go Graham Go! :: products, tips, fun ideas for parents!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FunFritzFamily: Gourmet Gift Baskets Care Package "Glow In The Dark" Review and Giveaway

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Memories with Coca-Cola

My Memories with Coca-Cola



As I think back to when I was a little girl I have a huge smile on my face,those were the good ole days!! Every morning in the summer my sister and I would wake up super early to get dressed and eat breakfast so we could head out to the neighborhood park for the day.It was our summer routine since school would be closed.We would save up our $1 allowance every week so on our way to the park we would stop at the gas station to purchase Coca-Cola glass bottles.Everything in those days was alot cheaper so $1 took us a long way!.In the freezer the Coca-Cola soda's would be all stocked up nice in order,my sister and I always reached for the last 2 in the back because we knew they would be the coldest.Of course we didn't let the cashier see us!!  It would be beaming hot outside and so humid that our thirst would kick in for our Coca-Cola's as soon as our hands touched the bottles.Our little faces would be so flushed red from the heat,our flip-flops flopping was the only sound in the store.We could barely reach the freezer shelf for the Coca-Cola bottles so we would stand on a bread crate.It worked for many weeks intill one morning I went to stand on the crate and my flip-flop got stuck in one of the openings on the crate,I slipped and fell down on the floor so hard with my summer dress flying up in the air.My sister laughed so hard at me and couldn't stop.I was so embarrassed.The cashier came to my rescue by helping me up and to my surprise he gave us each a free Coca-Cola bottle that day!The following day the cashier asked me if I'm ok from my fall and he let me know how he always knew my sister and I stood on those crates to reach for our drinks.My face was so red!Of course I never entered that gas station again.My sister and I walked an extra 2 blocks to another store for our Coca-Cola every morning.It was so worth it!

Do you have any special memories about Coca-Cola that you would like to share?

About Coca-Cola®


Created in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton, Coca-Cola was first offered as a fountain beverage by mixing Coca-Cola syrup with carbonated water. Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886, patented in 1887, registered as a trademark in 1893 and by 1895 it was being sold in every state and territory in the United States. In 1899, The Coca-Cola Company began franchised bottling operations in the United States.



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I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Coca-Cola® blogging program. If I am one of the first 100 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 gift card. For more information on the program, click here