Safe Use of OTC Pain Killers

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If your house is like mine you have lots of different kinds of Over the Counter (OTC) pain killers in your medicine cabinet.  I checked through mine and found seven different bottles of OTC pain killers, plus some prescriptions left over from various illnesses.


We have aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium and various migraine and tension headache formulas which combine some of these ingredients!  And I didn’t even look at the cold medicine, many of which also contains a pain killer. So it is no surprise that OTC medicine overdose has become a real problem.  It is very important to know what you are taking and talk to a professional about dosage and medicine interaction, because even over the counter medications are dangerous if used incorrectly.

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Visit Puerto Rico for a 5-Star Vacation

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Click HereMy husband and I are trying to decide where to go for our 25th anniversary, and Puerto Rico sounds like it would be an amazing vaction spot. After all we visited the Caribbean on our honeymoon, so perhaps a return trip would be appropriate!

There is so much to do in Puerto Rico, whether you are looking for a relaxing time or exciting adventures. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and well-known beaches, like Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best in the world.  There are Bioluminescent bays, where you can glow like an angel in the water. But it is not all beaches, you can also visit a rainforest, El Yunque, and climb up to the clouds.  I had no idea there was rainforest that is part of the US National Park Service! Check out this video to get an idea of the spectacular scenery.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Most breakfast casseroles I see call for hash browns, and I thought it would be fun to make one using sweet potato hash browns.  I love sweet potatoes and have been cutting one up to saute for breakfast and adding an egg on top for a few weeks.  So this is a make ahead version of that sweet potato hash, perfect for Easter brunch.

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Wordless Wednesday – Cape Cod Road Trip

Last Friday I had to make an unplanned trip to Cape Cod.  So I woke my 17 year old up at 6:15am and told her if she wanted to visit the ocean she had 15 minutes to get ready!  She has been begging to go to the ocean, so she was out of bed and dressed in record time.

The Knob Cape Code

Cape Cod is not really a day trip from our house, since is is over 5 hours away, but we did it anyway.  After I finished my errand we spent about 4 hours exploring beaches, and had fun finding shells and walking along the beach.

Selfie at Cape Cod

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Using Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Every year at Easter the children and I enjoy dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes. We started doing this years ago, when my oldest was enrolled in a Waldorf enrichment program. When they told us to use natural materials to dye the eggs I thought it was kind of silly, after all food coloring is cheap and easy! But once I did it once I was hooked, since it is fun to see the amazing variety of colors that can come from nature.  It is the perfect Easter chemistry project, and the results are always bright and colorful.

Dyeing Easter eggs with Natural dyes #easter #gogreen #eastereggs

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Disneynature BEARS – New Clips and Printable Activity Sheets

The new Disneynature movie Bears is opening next week on April 18th.  It looks like it will be adorably cute!
Disneynature Bears

Set in Alaska this film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. It begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food and stay safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf.

Disney has made available a bunch of printable activity sheets for this movie.  There is much to learn about bears, and these sheets can help you use the movie to teach your children all about these majestic animals.  The activity sheets include cute crafty ones like making a bear mask, along with educational ones teaching about things like brown bear adaptations.  Click on the picture to download the printable pdf with the activities. [Read More...]

Tuna & Artichoke Panini Recipe with Roman Meal Giveaway

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Bread is a staple food in my house!  We use it all the time for sandwiches or serve it along with eggs for breakfast.  My kids go for peanut butter and jelly, but I prefer something a little bit more exciting than that!  Last week I made Tuna & Artichoke Panini for lunch, and it was very tasty.

tuna and artichoke panini

I mixed canned tuna with a little bit of mayonnaise, topped it with artichokes and spinach and grilled it until it was brown.  It only took a few minutes to make, but it felt like a much fancier lunch than a basic tuna sandwich. [Read More...]

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