Monday, October 26, 2009
Below are just 5 of the many holiday clips to choose from. Click here to see them all.
Friday, October 23, 2009
My daughter has swine flu—I think. She came home from school Monday with chills, headache, nausea, and, in her words, "feeling worse that I ever have in my life." By the next day, she had a fever of 102, a raging cough and a sore throat. A phone call to her doctor confirmed what I suspected. She probably has H1N1, but they're not going to test her or treat her with antiviral drugs and don't need to see her unless she develops breathing problems. Oh, but I should eventually still have her vaccinated against swine flu—just in case she doesn't have it now.
I would have gotten my daughter vaccinated two weeks ago at her annual checkup, but there wasn't any H1N1 vaccine available at that point. (The office didn't even have any seasonal flu vaccine left.) While the pediatrician does have some H1N1 vaccine in stock now, she told me it will probably be gone by the time my daughter's symptoms completely disappear and she can get the vaccine. I spoke to another frustrated mom this week who did manage to get her daughter, a classmate of my daughter, vaccinated—only to have her come down with flu symptoms 12 hours later. This is where vaccines have the potential to be wrongly blamed for causing the diseases they're meant to prevent. This girl was clearly infected with something, most likely H1N1, before she was vaccinated.
Since swine flu has been on my mind 24-7 this week, I decided to draw up a list of my frustrations, gathered from news articles, conversations with friends and family, and my own reporting.
Frustration No. 1: The vaccine is too little, too late. My 14-year-old daughter couldn't get it in time, and my elementary-school-age sons haven't gotten it yet because I don't want to take them out of school for the day to wait in line. My colleague Nancy Shute reported waiting for several hours last week in the rain with her daughter, and the Washington Post reports that more than 1,000 people were lined up Wednesday to get the vaccine at a clinic in Rockville, Md., a few miles from my house. About 160 million vaccine doses were expected to be available in October, but instead just 30 million have been produced. (I'm surprised scalpers haven't started selling shots on eBay.) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate committee this week that the vaccine shortage was due to lower than predicted yields from vaccine manufacturers and some manufacturing "glitches." Apparently, H1N1 grows more slowly in eggs than other flu virus strains. I'm guessing that health officials are beginning to understand the need to modernize this process. After all, those with egg allergies can never get a flu shot because it contains traces of, well, eggs. In fact, there's already a process available for growing flu vaccine in nonanimal cells, according to the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, which blames the current vaccine delay on the government's contracting with overseas companies that use the old-fashioned method.
Frustration No. 2: Unlike strep, there's no widely available test for flu. That rapid flu test that everyone was getting in the spring? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors to stop using it because it missed too many H1N1 infections. There is, though, a nasal swab test that's far more reliable: It uses a process to amplify the virus's DNA sequence, says Jay Lieberman, medical director of Quest Diagnostics and a professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Irvine. Unfortunately, most labs don't yet have the capability to do this testing, so samples are being taken only from those who need to have their illness confirmed—say, a pregnant woman who's at higher risk of developing complications, a hospitalized patient, or an infected person who has a newborn or family member with asthma at home. "It's important to test individuals when the results will affect how to manage patients or their family members," Lieberman tells me. Given that my daughter had a mild case and no one in the family is at increased risk, he says, there was no reason to test her. He also told me that out of the 76,500 samples tested for swine flu by Quest from May 11 through October 11, about half tested positive. In my daughter's age group (10 to 14 year olds), 77 percent tested positive, which means the vast majority of the time docs suspect swine flu in tweens based on their symptoms, they're actually right. (That's because at the moment, the infection is running rampant through school-age kids, but it's expected to spread to their parents, grandparents and siblings.)
Frustration No. 3: It's hard to get the real story. Even as a reporter, I'm having a hard time getting the facts straight. Public-health officials are staying on message even as reports contradict some of what they're saying, making it hard to figure out what's really going on. A Purdue University study out this week, for example, predicted that outbreaks would peak during October, when most Americans won't have been able to access the vaccine. CDC folks disagree, claiming that only 5 to 10 percent of Americans have been infected so far. How they know that without testing, I have no idea. After all, my daughter and others like her who aren't getting medical care wouldn't appear on their radar screen. Federal officials also say they expect another wave of H1N1 this spring. Then again, the U.S. government spent $2 billion to purchase the vaccine, so they'd like to feel like they're getting their money's worth by actually using it. If another wave doesn't hit, officials can then attribute their good fortune to a successful immunization effort.
Frustration No. 4: The scare tactics are driving me crazy. I'm tired of talk show hosts—yes, you, Bill Maher, and you, Rush Limbaugh—telling me that the vaccine is dangerous or being forced upon me by the government. I'm also tired of CDC officials giving me the number of deaths and hospitalizations caused by H1N1 without putting those numbers into perspective. The chances of actually dying from this flu are less than those of being killed in a car accident. These officials announce at news conferences that the 28 deaths in pregnant women are "really upsetting"—which strikes fear in the hearts of all the pregnant women who may not be able to get the vaccine.
Frustration No. 5: Dealing with the unpredictable is difficult. I guess, like most people, I feel calmer when I'm in control. The H1N1 virus demands my respect because it's so unpredictable. While it doesn't seem to be causing as many deaths as seasonal flu, about 45 percent of those who wind up hospitalized with it have no underlying medical conditions. Unlike with seasonal flu, a number of folks who have died from H1N1 infections were healthy, young, and physically fit. Many were children. So, I watched my daughter like a hawk for the past three days and sent her back to high school Thursday (at her insistence) 36 hours after her fever had broken. I followed government guidelines and my pediatrician's advice, but I hope I made the right decision.
To read more articles like this or covering other current news go to: http://www.usnews.com/
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Would you risk the horrors or stinky pet breathe to save your four legged friend's life? That is the slightly silly question being answered in a poll conducted by the associated press. Nationwide, 1,166 pet owners were asked this question (among a few others): Would you be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on your pet in the event of a medical emergency? For me the answer would be of course I would! Given that I had the proper CPR training, why wouldn't I do everything in my power to save my pet's life? Even though of all the people polled the majority would administer mouth to mouth, I was surprised that it was only 58%... only a little over half. That doesn't give me much faith in most pet owners! Here is a snippet of the article on Yahoo News:
LOS ANGELES – Most pet owners would leap into action for an injured pet, even if it meant risking dog breath by going mouth-to-snout.
Fifty-eight percent of pet owners — 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners — would be at least somewhat likely to perform CPR on their pet in the event of a medical emergency, according to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll.
Tammy Parks, 52, of Amherst, Mass., has taken a pet first aid class and wouldn't hesitate to help her 15-year-old mixed breed terriers, Lucy and Julia, or her white fronted Amazon parrot Koko.
"It's not rocket science. The mechanics are the same as humans," said Parks, who was an American Red Cross first aid trainer. "Size is the biggest difference."
In general, though, the poll found few pet owners are prepared to handle pet emergencies. Just 20 percent of pet owners have a pet first aid kit in their home, and 54 percent do not have a fire evacuation plan for their pets.
And the survey revealed frequent reporting of dangerous practices that can lead to accidents and injuries. For example, a quarter of pet owners, including 30 percent of dog owners and 22 percent of cat owners, give their pets bones from table scraps, at least sometimes.
Sixty-two percent of dog owners and a third of cat owners let their pets ride in their cars unrestrained, rather than placing them in a special pet carrier. And 11 percent of pet owners sometimes leave their pets unattended in a car or truck.
Still, most pet owners said they would go the extra mile to rescue their pets. Women were more likely to say they would perform CPR on their pets than men, 65 percent to 50 percent, the poll showed.
Nearly every decision made at the Parks house is made with the safety of the animals in mind.
"We don't use pesticide on the lawn. We don't buy food with pesticide on it. No sugar, no salt, just natural nuts and fruits. No Teflon in the house, no smoking, no air fresheners, no aerosol products," she said, explaining that any one of those things could kill their 7-year-old bird.
Barbara Klingman of Houma, La., said she changed things after her Chihuahua, Honeychild, ate something that forced an emergency trip to the vet.
"I make sure she doesn't have anything she shouldn't have," Klingman said of the 7-pound, 4-year-old dog.
Click here to read the entire article.
What do you think of this? How do you feel you treat your pets? Are they as well cared for as they could be? I would love to hear feedback!
Monday, October 19, 2009
One of my favorite things about this time of year is all of the opportunities to get in my kitchen and bake. Since I have many mouth watering holiday recipes I thought it would be nice to share them all with you and give my readers the opportunity to share theirs as well. I will be posting them one by one randomly throughout the next 2 weeks so stay tuned! At Halloween every year, as is tradition in my family, we not only buy big jack-o-lanterns to carve, we also buy what are called "pie pumpkins" which are smaller, sweeter versions of the traditional Halloween pumpkins, and bake delicious pies. This recipe is my grandmother's and I have stayed true to her original ingredients because I love it so much there is nothing I would differently!
- 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (9 inch) (if you have the time to make your own pie crust by all means go for it!)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 eggs
- 15 oz of pumpkin (See below on how to properly prepare pumpkin for pie)
- 1 can Evaporated Milk (12 oz)
After washing the pie pumpkin in warm water, cut in half diagonally. Scrap out the seeds and inside goop. Discard, unless you want to keep the seeds for roasting. Remove the stem and place in a steamer on the stove top. Cook for about 20-30 min until soft enough to easily scoop out pumpkin with a table spoon. Now you take the pumpkin and put it into a blender for about 2 minutes or until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Now it is ready to use for the pie!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. Beat eggs in a larger bowl. Mix together above spice mixture and pumpkin with the eggs. Slowly stir in evaporated milk and pour combined ingredients into pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes first. Then lower temp to 350 degrees. Bake for another 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let pie cool for 1 and a half to 2 hours. Enjoy!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Sasha- Stacked/Ribbed Organza Bow.
Comes in 9 beautiful colors. Click here to view them all.
Harper- Top Stitched Square Baby Bow
Comes in 3 colors, all shown below.
Remember these when you are looking for that last minute, simple and inexpensive gift idea for all the women in your life. Baby gifts can be the most difficult thing to find and these clips are just perfect. They will work equally as well, if not better, as stocking stuffers. There small size and beautiful colors will have any recipient jumping for joy!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Lou Sulola Samuel was born October 9, 2009 at 7:46 PM in Los Angeles, to elated parents, Seal and Heidi Klum. Seal released a statement that expressed his feelings for his new and second daughter: "From the moment she looked into both of our eyes, it was endless love at first sight. She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us to watch her grow over the coming years." Heidi reports that Lou will indeed be her last child, "It's a lot" she says. :)
Congratulations on the healthy and beautiful addition to the family!
Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Monday, October 12, 2009
All items are from the following stores: RuffleButts, No Slippy Hair Clippy, Brea's Baby Boutique, Zooni, Bobux and Pediped. Most stores provide clothing for a range of ages between newborn-7 years old. No Slippy has hair accessories to suit a newborn, toddler, preteen and even an adult. Happy shopping!
Above: Flower Power Mop Top Hat from Zooni. Price: $32.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Flower Power mittens from Zooni. Price: $19.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Ruffled Tee- Vanilla "Embroidered Butterfly" from RuffleButts. Price: $28.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: RuffleCrawler Knit Vanilla from RuffleButts. Price: $27.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Yump - Bobux Sheepkskin Boot - Pink from Bobux. Price:$49.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Organic 5 inch Layered Flower on Wide Organic Cotton Headwrap - White. Price: $24.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Halloween Ceramic Cat Clip from No Slippy Hair Clippy. Price: $8.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Spooky Scary Motifs Witches Hat Clip from No Slippy Hair Clippy. Price: $8.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Posh Little Tutus - Fanciful Witch Halloween Tutu - Costume from Brea's Baby Boutique. Price is $75.00. Click here to purchase.
Above: Personalized Pumpkin Treat Bag from Brea's Baby Boutique. Price: $17.99. Click here to purchase.
Above: Bobux Black Bow Shoes from Bobux. Price: $26.50. Click here to purchase.
Above: Mia Black Boot - Flex from Pediped. Price: $57.00. Click here to purchase. (These boots might work better than above bow slip-ons if the weather is a bit chillier)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
We have some wonderful new products coming out this fall! Just in time for your Holiday shopping! Expect to see all of the items listed below available for purchase at the end of October at: www.hairclippy.com.
Baby’s First Hair Clips® and Baby’s First Bows®!
This new mini clip is specially designed for the very finest newborn baby hair. It measures a tiny 1 1/4 inches long, that's 1/2 inch less than our standard alligator clip. This mini clip features the same make as all of our other magnetic, velvet lined hair clips, just with a fraction of their length. 3-packs will include several new tiny grosgrain bows in an assortment of popular colors, and 2-packs will offer fashion assortments. These mini hair clip trios are such a wonderful gift idea for someone you love!
Hand-Made Hair Clip Holders!
Any Mom with a little girl out there knows that keeping their little clips from getting lost is a mission! For that matter, any women who uses hair clips/bands/pins knows of this issue. They are small and easily misplace-able. No Slippy has solved this problem with hand-made hair clip holders. Their are two unique design styles that will fit into any girls room:
1. Pale pink, monogrammed and trimmed in chocolate brown grosgrain ribbon
2. Bright pink/turquoise/lavender stripes with a ballet slipper appliqué, trimmed in fluffy pink marabou and lavender ribbon.
These hair clip holders will be debuting online and will be available for purchase in retail stores around Spring of 2010.
These buttons will be covered with fabric of two different color schemes. We have chosen 15 of the most popular first initials and monogrammed them to the button! It is a wonderful way to personalize your daughter's hair accessories. These adorable buttons will be available on these new clippies:
1. A lime green monogram on a hot pink/white mini dot fabric-covered button on a lime green hair clip.
2. A hot pink monogram on a chocolate brown/white mini dot fabric-covered button on a hot pink hair clip.
These monogrammed buttons will also be available in the centers of our gerbera daisies hair clips. These daisies are beautiful, fluffy and feel extremely real to the touch. These daisies will also be decorating our signature cotton head wraps!
all above information obtained by:
MaryLenore Arsenault, BopStar-PR Inc. MaryLenore@BopStar-PR.com
Photo by Amanda Elkins
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Honor is wearing our Lucy baby bow in shocking pink. This is the very same clip that Salma Hayek’s daughter Valentina was spotted wearing last year. It certainly seems to be the popular clippy with all of the most famous little girls in Hollywood!
Thank you for loving No Slippy, beautiful Alba/Warren women. There aren't many who can make our clippies look as posh as you do!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Coming in second was our Isabella Red Patent Leather Bow.
Coincidentally our two winners are women who picked those two clips! Without further ado, our first winner is Samantha Raine Bufete who will be receiving the Abigail Pink Leather Flower clip and our second winner is Denise Atamian who will be receiving our Isabella Red Patent Leather Bow. Congratulations ladies! You will be receiving emails regarding any further details!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I have re-posted the blog post below to give anyone who hasn't entered another chance to pick their favorite clippy.
We have finally gotten together our first blog giveaway! All you have to do is pick your favorite Pediped/No Slippy Hair Clippy to enter yourself to win that very clip! We recently collaberated with an innovative new company called Pediped whose children's shoes have become the hottest new thing in children's footwear. To learn more about our collaberation, read my previous blog entry: http://noslippyhairclippy.blogspot.com/2009/08/perfect-pair.html. Please choose your favorite from one of these adorable clips below and pick the corresponding letter in the poll form to the right. Also please enter your first and last name and email address. The first clip is A, the second is B, the third is C, etc...