Monday, September 20, 2010

September is National Preparedness Month

Are you ready for a natural disaster? Do you and your family have a plan on where to meet or how to contact one another should cell phones and communication be down? Do you have enough staples to get by for 2 to 3 days for your entire family?

These questions may sound scary or a even not something that you want to think about but it is important to formulate a plan. Many agencies, including the American Red Cross and the US Coast Guard, are participating in campaigns in the month of September to make National Preparedness a priority. The theme this year is “Plan Now. Work Together. Be Ready.”

If you answered no to any of these questions above, start thinking about how you can say yes. Spending a little bit of time in advance could really be key if there should ever be an incident. Stick to the plan and have family members know and understand what they should do so that everyone can safely meet and find each other. Now in a time where people are commuting long distances from home, a plan could be crucial in case the span of communication is longer than expected.

What should you include in your kit? There are options out there to but and if there is a Costco in your area, there is an option called Food For Health™ Extreme Emergency Kit (7-day, 4-person Kit -Item # 240231)and a coupon to provide savings. But you can also put together your own kit. Here are some items to include (from

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: - Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Follow the theme and “Plan Now. Work Together. Be Ready.”

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fall Dinner Party

Many areas have had a change in the weather already from summer to fall and other areas may not much later this month. As the change from one season to next occurs, why not enjoy the end of summer weather and host a gathering with friends.

Southern Living has the perfect arrangement of recipes for a fall get together in the article article “A Fall Harvest Dinner Party
( All of them sound wonderful and perfect for an outdoor get together with friends or neighbors.

•Caramelized Onion Flatbread
•Hearts of Romaine Salad
•Rosemary-Garlic Pork With Roasted Vegetables & Caramelized Apples
•Roasted Grape Chutney
•Rich Chocolate Tart

Other ideas would be to choose a themed get together like "End of Summer" and serve only summer influenced dishes or a "Welcome Back Football" get together with game time appetizers.

When having a get together, whether planned or impromptu, do not forget to incorporate decorations to tie the theme all together. If is it fall themed, then spread changing leaves from your yard on your table and use as a centerpiece. If the weather begins to change the day of your get together, move the party inside and light spiced candles to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. There are so many fall ideas in magazines right now for inspiration. Enjoy and start celebrating as we embark on the upcoming fall season.

Visit Southern Living for more great recipes and articles (

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Back on Your Routine (or Diet)

Now that Labor Day has past, it is time to fall back on your diet. January is the time for getting back on track after a belly busting holiday season with rich meals and sweet treats. Then it is back to the gym with resolutions to prepare for swimsuit season. Once swimsuit season hits though it is easy to lose your routine with bar-b-ques, iced beverages and summer desserts.

Some may prefer to not use the word "diet" since it references the unsuccessful yo-yo attempts that so many of us have. We will swap the word "diet" and use the word routine instead. Whether you need to get back the will power that you so passionately had in January or just getting back in the swing of things with resuming exercise now that summer evening activities are starting to slow down. Either way, a routine can help restore energy and help organize your life so it feels less chaotic.

We recently came across a great post on AOL titled a Fresh Fall Meal Plan. It includes interesting meals that are also manageable. Most of the meals are high in antioxidants and other nutritious qualities to help get you back on track and even drop a dress size in two weeks. Some of us in the office will be trying it and we will let you know how it goes.

An easy way to to get back in the groove of exercising would be to get outside and take a walk while the weather is nice. Enjoy the sights in your neighborhood as the leaves start to change and the air becomes brisk.

Let us know what you will be doing to get back on your routine after indulging all summer long.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Striking Skin Care Blog Tour - 2010

We are venturing out on our first blog tour with Mama Buzz. A blog tour is where a panel of bloggers review our products and then post their opinions on their blogs about the product. Many of them also are hosting giveaways to their readers to be able to offer them an opportunity to try the products as well.

To see who is talking about Striking and what they are saying visit these blogs:

Mama Buzz ~ giveaway ends 9/23/10

Mommy Living the Life of Riley ~ giveaway ends 9/22/10

The Suburban Jungle ~ giveaway ends 9/16/10

Our Out of Sync Life ~ giveaway ends 9/9/10

My Four Monkeys Product Review ~ giveaway ends 9/13/10

Bless Their Hearts ~ giveaway ends 9/17/10

Shawn's Sharings ~ giveaway ends 9/16/10

Mommy’s Memorandum ~ giveaway ends 9/17/10

Mommy’s Free Time ~ giveaway ends 9/20/10

Marvelous Mom Reviews ~ giveaway ends 9/23/10

Thank you to all of the bloggers on our first blog tour - we are so happy with the fabulous response we have seen so far!

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September is National Awareness Menopause Month

Celebrate women and life's changes during the month of September. Learn more about menopause on the North American Menopause Society website. This is an easy to use website to find answers to common and not-so common questions about menopause.

Search the Web site of The North American Menopause Society NAMS for accurate, unbiased information about menopause. NAMS is the leading nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to improving understanding of this natural biologic event.

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