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Parenting fail, fobbing off tick bite fever symptoms

Fjord is 9 years old and prone to wild imagination which can translate to hypochondria.  This time there really was a wolf, when he cried wolf and it bit (well a tick bit but that doesn’t work with the word play).   Several days before showing symptoms of tick bite fever Fjord said that his belly button was infected.  I ... Read More »

Letter to headmaster about back breaking heavy school bags

One thing which has really troubled me since Fjord started Gr 4 last year, is the spine wrecking weight of his school bag.  Since they started moving from class to class children end up carrying every single school book around all day and the time table seldom allows even 1 book to stay home.  The school does allow a box ... Read More »

PediaSure can fill gaps in my children’s nutrition

Five servings of fruit and veg a day is an ideal theory and one which I constantly strive to meet.  but it is near impossible to achieve.  Cereal is the children’s standard start to the day.  For lunch I’m doing well if cucumber or a fruit is on the plate.  Supper generally includes 2 veg but the tally remains below ... Read More »

Become an Organ Donor – a chance to save a life

Today I saw an article on YOU Magazine’s website, about the death of ‘Get me to 21’ organ donor campaigner Jenna Lowe.  Sadly she did get an organ transplant at the end of last year but still passed away. On Facebook, below the article link many commented along the lines of “so sad”, only 2 said that they are organ ... Read More »

2 Months without cigs

Two months have passed since a ciggy touched my lips. I must have been ready to quit smoking this time. Cutting down to 1 or 2 a day the month before certainly helped to break the ‘I must light up at every trigger’ pattern. I feel liberated, cigs were like a demanding lover who sulked when not given attention. A ... Read More »

Symptoms and treatment of Gastritis

Last week I felt decidedly short-changed, almost a month after quitting smoking.  Instead of being the picture of radiant health I was more ill than I ever remember being.  It started with a tummy pain between my navel and breast bone.  I thought that I would get better, but I didn’t.  Our 10th wedding anniversary was far from romantic.  I ... Read More »

Real Kids Sunglasses from OV Optics – Not too cool for school

I’ll be honest, I have never given much thought to protecting my children’s eyes from UV light.  We have bought sunglasses for them, because glare can be a bit uncomfortable on the beach or hiking, and they look cute.  Last Saturday at the SA Mom Blogs meet-up, a highlight was the presentation by Tanya (an optometrist) and Zule (a photographer) ... Read More »

Perimenopause and Pregnancy can have unnerving similarities

This post is specifically for women in the situation which I have been in recently.  I spent so much time googling, trying to figure out what my body was up to, so if you have been led here by a search engine, I hope to be of help.  The past 3 months have been pretty stressful.  Four months later I ... Read More »