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College-Bound/Back-To-School-Make those purchases!

August 14, 2011

Well, it is  time to finalize purchases for your college-bound son or daughter…backpacks, staplers, shredders, etc. If your son or daughter attended college last year, you probably have all of the furnishings for their rooms or apartments, securely tucked away awaiting departure day.  For the Freshman…right now you may be looking at all kinds of things…bedspreads, sheets, comforters, pillows, towels, wastebaskets, personal refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, snacks,  clothing, lamps, computers, printers, iphones, ipads and of course, school supplies.  Most teenage females already purchase (or at least, select) their own cosmetics and some of their toiletries…hair products, razors, shaving cream, etc.  Males …on the other hand…may or may not have taken an interest in selecting toiletries, my guess is that most are not involved in that aspect of their lives. There’s a great service you can subscribe to so that your son won’t have to shop for his toiletries.  Take a look at Automated Mom, mom,  and see how you can effectively ensure that your son will have everything he needs to take care of himself, hygiene-wise, if you know what I mean.  I am sure you don’t want him to go without the necessities and  s-m-e-l-l…. Automated Mom has name brand products and also the products young men prefer. Remember you can customize your order and select what you want for his kit.. Feel free to call the company with questions at 1-888-315-DUDE or 3833.

For your young children, , backpacks, notebooks, binders, loose leaf paper, pens, markers, staplers, rulers, protractors, water bottles and  on and on…also lunch boxes for the little ones.  Stores have all kinds of blow out sales this time of year to help you get a good deal with these items. It really helps to do your homework before going to the stores and check out your local store flyers. And of course, you can always make your purchases online.

Google your favorites stores and find the best buys available.

Happy shopping and for those who have freshmen leaving for college…everything will be fine…

This is MeddlingMom…

Acupuncture is beneficial to your health!

June 1, 2011

On March 7, 2011 World News with Diane Sawyer covered a story reporting new research regarding Acupuncture and its health benefits.  The story was related to a study in Turkey; the participants were post menopausal women.  Though the study was a small one, the women who received Acupuncture had a significant improvement in their hot flashes, whereas those who did not receive the Acupuncture (but thought they had) did not have improvement.

I don’t know whether you have ever experienced acupuncture; I have.  About two years ago, I decided to seek an acupuncturist. I had wanted to see what acupuncture was like for quite a long time. I hadn’t gotten around to it, largely because most medical insurance did not seem to cover any form of alternative medicine.  I mentioned acupuncture to my daughter who told me her friend went to a practitioner who was a part of the  Community Acupuncture Network (CAN).  I googled it.

Here  is  CAN’s mission statement: Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) is a non-profit organization of practitioners, patients, and supporters whose goal is to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible by promoting the practice of offering acupuncture in community settings for a sliding scale ranging within $15-40 a treatment. I made an appointment with the center where my daughter’s friend had gone; I was not disappointed.  What a wonderful experience.  It was recommended that I seek further treatment at a CAN center closer to where I lived due to  geographic and traffic issues.

So I went to see Dave Schiman.  His office is about 25 minutes from my house. The office is part of a community and offers community to its clients. The tables are laden with articles, reading materials, notices of classes on nutrition and a variety of other bits of information, all available to help you have a better and healthier life and be a part of a community if you are so inclined. Dave is  a wonderful Acupuncturist…an amazing man. He is truly concerned and committed to helping each person to  leave feeling better or at least to be on the way to a good result. Although CAN’s structure seems to not allow for the practitioner to spend much time talking with you, Dave doesn’t really adhere to that concept.  He wants to know what’s going on, what your concerns are and he does not rush  through that conversation. He is seeking information which will help him to treat you more effectively. He is happy to answer any of your questions.

Acupuncture does not hurt; sometimes you might feel a little tenderness when your acupuncturist moves a needle to see if it is in the right spot-that’s a good thing-it provides information.  I understand that when you go to a regular acupuncturist you have a 1/2 hour appointment usually.  When you go to a CAN practitioner, your needles are inserted while you are in a Lazy Boy recliner (tough assignment, huh?).  After the needles are inserted, you go to sleep in a room with a number of other people who are also sleeping.  When you wake up, you are “done”, ready to go home.  The needles are removed and you feel like you have had a wonderful pampered existence for the past 1 to 2 hours!

I requested some information from Dave so that I could include his experience in this posting. Here is some of what he said:

Regarding infertility, I’ve had an 80% success rate in that realm. I work with a lot of women for infertility. It usually takes 2 to 3 months to get the cycle normalized and then 3 to 6 months for the women to conceive.  It greatly enhances the success of IVF treatments and many IVF and fertility docs recommend their patients receive acupuncture treatment while they are undergoing they fertiltity treatments.

Hot flashes usually respond quickly to acupuncture but about 20% of women, in my experience, get no relief.
Here are a few articles about this:
Acupuncture Improves Sex Drive and Decreases Hot Flashes:
And this one is more neutral:
So, here are some links about acupuncture specifically in regards to women’s issues:
Acupuncture treats dysmenorrhea
Acupuncture to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility
Most women who come in for acupuncture treatment find that their periods become more regular and smoother after a month or two of treatment, even if that’s not why they came!
I hope you will visit Dave and Roxborough Community Acupuncture’s site and also CAN‘s to learn more about acupuncture and how it might benefit you!
This is MeddlingMom…treat yourself to acupuncture…you will be delighted!

Americans Are So Fortunate!

April 16, 2011

I am feeling very inspired right now. Yes, I know we have so many problems that aren’t being resolved. but we are still among the most fortunate people in the world in general.  I was at BJ’s yesterday and picked up a magazine I used to read years ago, not one for the high-minded or for someone looking to be lifted up intellectually, but a good chock-full-of-useful-information publication…Woman’s World.  I picked it up because the cover mentioned By next week you can JUICE OFF 9 lbs!  I have a  juicer and have used it several times….apples and carrots are great together!  I do remain intereted in the benefits of fresh juice from fruits and vegetables…so I snapped up the pub and threw it in my cart.   Just a little while ago, I thought I’d take a peek at the article mentioned. On page 18 Kris Carr’s story is told. She has had cancer for a number of years and has managed to make her tumors dormant with the program she created. It is described in the article and also in her book Crazy Sexy Diet. It is a very specific vegan diet plan. The article also reports 6 statistics about how a vegan or plant-based diet allows you to have a significantly healthier and disease-free life.  Not bad! 

When I turned the page, there was an article on 7-day miracle energy makeover!  There are actually 7 items listed with detailed information about improving your energy/health.  Here are 2 examples: Read your make-ups ingredients. It talks about parabens and how they disrupt your thyroid function and hormones! and Take a 25 minute bath…there are physical benefits to doing so.

The truth is that we are incredibly fortunate for the variety of information available to us …at our very fingertips (now it would be truly amazing if we felt we actually had the time to read and absorb all of the info).  I am lucky because I have had the luxury of sitting here reading for the better part of 5 hours…learning, enjoying and it is even more delightful because it is a nasty, rainy day outside!

On another note, my daughter ordered a magazine for me last year which she purchased at Whole FoodsWell Being Journal.  It is loaded with mostly non-traditional medical results and everything except mainstream thinking regarding health and well being. It is quite a relief to read it, very refreshing and empowering.  It comes out 6 times/year and costs a mere $25!  A bargain…I just renewed my subscription.  One of the articles in the most recent issues describes cinnamon as important to managing blood glucose levels as vitamin C was and is for scurvy!  Each edition is loaded with possibilities for better health managed by YOU!

I hope this has been interesting and helpful to you. Pass it along to family and friends if you think they’d find value here.

This is MeddlingMom…have a nice weekend.

Gasoline Tips

March 19, 2011

I received this the other via a friend.  Hope it is helpful to you.

I don’t know if this has any value, but lets try it. If the techniques don’t work, please let me know. 

With gas expected to reach $5 per gallon by summer, these tips that I received from a friend might come in handy.        
I don’t know what you guys are paying for gasoline…. but here in a western state, we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every gallon: 
Here at the xxxxx xxxxx xxxxxx where I work we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. 

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

  A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. 
When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode   If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high.   You should be pumping on low mode , thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money. 
One of the most important tips is to  fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL . The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount. 
Another reminder,   if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT   fill up ;   most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. 
To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas   buyers. It’s really simple to do. 
I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)…and those 300 send it to…you get the idea..

I checked out to see if this was all true. Click on the link to see the article and their opinion.

This is MeddlingMom.  Pray for Peace in the Middle East and around the world….please…


Social Buys for Colleges and Universities

March 15, 2011

There’s a new social site for  colleges and universities. It is similar to Groupon and Social Buy and is called DealQuad.  Currently it is being advertised in  newspapers that are local to UCLA in Los Angeles, Harvard in Cambridge (The Harvard Crimson), University of Washington in Seattle (The Daily of the University of Washington), University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (The Michigan Daily), University of Wisconsin in Madison (The Daily Cardinal) and Rutgers University in New Jersey (The Daily Targum). Not only do you get great deals for yourself, but your student organization including sororities and fraternities can earn dollars from the  purchases made by your members on  DealQuad’s site!  The site is exciting, fun, entertaining and informative . Take a look at it..

Be sure that when you go into the DealQuad site you look at all of the cities included. Some deals are not really local since they are merchandise and would be delivered to you anywhere in the United States or internationally. DealQuad will be expanding to many other cities and colleges and universities; keep watching to see their progress.

Take a look at the deal today on the Madison page of DealQuad. The item can be ordered by anyone as it is not purchased on a local basis and will be shipped to you. The company, Automated Man, offers The Axe Men’s Toiletry Kit worth $70 for a modest $34!. The kit includes a great toiletry bag and several items from the  very popluar Axe product line.  This is a great deal for any man and a wonderful gift item!  Be sure to check it out! Automated Man also has a blog and shocking videos.

I hope you enjoy the new site I’ve mentioned.  Be sure to pass this blog along to your buddies at school, family and friends and also, for you moms out there…to your friends with children in college.

This is MeddlingMom…til next time..

The 2011 Oscars-the Winners!

February 27, 2011

James Franco and Anne Hathaway did a nice job…didn’t really see enough of them! They are both very charming… the awards were fun to watch…the women looked beautiful, the men, handsome and most of the gowns were pretty (sometimes there are some horrors!)

Best Motion Picture-Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Gareth Unwin-The King’s Speech- a fantastic film!

Best Actress in a Leading Role-Natalie Portman-The Black Swan -she was very dear in her acceptance of the Oscar.

Best Supporting Actress-presented by Kirk Douglas-Melissa Leo! She is stunned and sweetly flirts with Kirk Douglas.

Best Actor in a Leading Role-Colin Firth-The King’s Speech-did you notice he spoke slowly like the King?

Best Supporting Actor-Christian Bale- The Fighter-a well-deserved award, he was wonderful in this role and his acceptance speech was thoughtful.

Best Animated Feature Film-Toy Story 3

Best Adapted Screenplay- Aaron Sorkin-The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay-David Seidler-The King’s Speech

Best Foreign Language Film- In A Better World (Denmark)

Best Original Score-Trent Resnor and Atticus Ross-The Social Network

Best Sound Mixing-Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick-Inception

Best Costume Design-Colleen Atwood- Alice in Wonderland

Best Documentary-Short Subject-Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon

Best Live Action Short Film-Luke Metheny-God of Love

Best Documentary Feature-Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs-Inside Job-about the banking debaucle in the USA

Best Visual Effects-Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb-Inception

Best Original Song- Randy Newman-We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)

Best Directing-Tom Hooper-The King’s Speech

For more peeks at the Oscar winners, be sure to watch daytime TV tomorrow…there will be much coverage on the early morning shows and Oprah will have Oscar coverage (her show will be broadcast from Los Angeles).

This is MeddlingMom….have a good week.

Hemifacial Spasms-have you heard of this?

February 21, 2011

I have had a hemifacial spasm on the left side of my face for close to 3 years now.  It started out as an eye twitch and eventually became evident on the entire side of my face.  Initially I  didn’t know what it was.  I consulted a neurologist and had all necessary testing which revealed that there was no critical physical problem. Most often this condition is caused by a blood vessel resting on a facial nerve. The doctor prescribed some medication, an old Parkinson’s drug, which seemed to help somewhat initially.  It made my mouth so dry that I was making very weird faces attempting to get some saliva going in my mouth.  When there is a spasm (they are sporadic and random), my vision can be affected.  Sometimes it is difficult to see while it is happening.  There is no pain, but it can be difficult to control my face and the smile that I used to have on my face most of the time has diminished into looking like I am angry oftentimes; I am using my energy trying to control the muscles in my face.  I can look pretty ghoulish, too. 

Drawing: patient with hemifacial spasm

I have tried to be a good sport.  I know that there are far worse conditions that people deal with every day.  I am truly tired, exhausted from trying to control my face.  It is difficult to have my vision disrupted.  The stress can be rough. I feel like I am not me. My left eye feels like it is dilated and tears.

My ophthalmologist referred  me to a BOTOX specialist, in this case ….an Ophthalmologist, a top doc in Philadelphia..    BOTOX does help somewhat, but it is an art, not an exact science.  I have been treated with BOTOX 4 times so far.  I am told that it usually lasts 3 to 6 months. For me it seems to work for about 6 or 7 weeks.  I don’t really want to keep receiving BOTOX injections. I would prefer to find another method of treatment.  I have tried acupuncture which I believe does help. I have tried B100 vitamins, geranium oil topically on my face. I haven’t tried meditation yet.  So I am tired, sick of the subject, tired of having photos taken where I look like I have had a stroke (this is not a photo of me).  I just want to be done with this  situation and have my face back!  I understand that surgery is an option also…vascular decompression.

I understand that this condition is extremely rare in males…

This is MeddlingMom….have a good week.

Everyone Unite! Electronics..make up for kids…not GOOD!

February 15, 2011

Okay we have 6 year old children who want cell phones and go to concerts (not Mozart!) I heard recently that Walmart is now carrying a makeup line for 8 to 12 year olds.  When George Stephanopoulos says his daughters wear a little makeup (blush? who needs blush at 8 years old?) Are people crazy? Have we lost our minds?  I admit my offspring are well-grown, but I am not antiquated in my thinking, I believe.  The last time I looked around, it still made sense to decide what you believe in and what your values are, i.e.: what is good for your child and his/her development and to calmly and responsibly instill those values in your children. Yes, there will be conflict along the way. That is normal when raising one’s children. It is to be expected, not necessarily avoided. We need to have conversations with our children in order to teach them how to sort out facts, emotions, wants, needs and to teach them how to make sound decisions.

Let’s look at a very real situation. Would you allow your 2 year old to play in the street? If you would, you can stop reading  this right now. Clearly it is your job as a parent to protect your child.  Each parent has to decide what makes sense and what has value and specifically for each person based on age, temperament, interests and a variety of other factors.  I realize that electronics are exciting; they make noises, have buttons to push, pictures change sometimes without the user doing anything. They are truly fascinating and many of us are addicted. So why wouldn’t our children think that  electronics were thrilling and essential to their lives?  They are exposed from birth and shown that these items are IMPORTANT to us (oftentimes more important than our children are!)  Children don’t know why your phone is important to you, just that it is.  Have you seen a 7 month old holding a cell phone, ready to send a text message? I have!  That baby knows exactly how to hold the phone!  We teach infants to be addicted to electronics…have you thought about that lately?  Have you been to a restaurant lately? Have you watched the dynamics at the tables around you? Adults and children are looking DOWN at their phones, texting or e-mailing on other technology….or children are playing hand-held games…I ask you, why are these people out together…they certainly ARE NOT together in any way other than physically…there is no conversation…when did we get so bored with each other? and with life?

I ask you to take a look around today…observe your surroundings and your own behavior…notice the moms walking down the street with toddlers…paying not one bit of attention to those children…rather mom is in an active conversation (oftentimes a lengthy one) with an adult on her phone or blackberry or whatever the newest toy is…what is the message…the very clear message to those children is “YOU ARE NOT IMPORTANT; I WILL BE WITH YOU, BUT I WILL NOT BE ENGAGED WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT VERY INTERESTING”.  You can react by thinking I am being ridiculous; I would say that if you feel that way, perhaps you see yourself in the scenarios I describe.

Forget about the value or non-value of any technology. That really isn’t the point. The point is –  what is the value of the people who are physically with you? Are they nothing, is that what you want them to believe? The person you are with is more important than almost 100% of the messages you are receiving electronically. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  Think about those who you say are important  to you and put that interest into action.  Call your loved ones, actually listen to them and don’t jump when you see that you have a text message or a phone call.  Listen as your child tells you a story about what happened today. Think about whether your relationships have any real value. Add quality by adding yourself and being present. The only thing of value you can really give people is YOUR TIME. Time is what makes people understand that they are important to you.

Two weeks ago a 10 year old boy fell onto the tracks in New York; he was busy playing a hand-held game.  Luckily he was rescued and unharmed…People die every year from looking at their electronics instead of where they are going.

And while you are at it, if you are one of those who still thinks they can text while driving, 6000 people  each year die from idiots like you. If you have to use your phone, pull off the road and make your call or send your text.  Save a life-it might be your own.

To see what one amazing college student did to make a difference and how you can help by recycling your cell phones, click on

amazing college student or check out

This is MeddlingMom…think about it…what do you want in your life? Make it happen!

Love the one you’re with!

The Christmas Crunch – Shopping-Spending-Stressing-WHY???

December 14, 2010

Busy, busy, busy…money, money, money, do I have enough cash and credit available to get through the next month or even the next few weeks?  It is a tough time of year for those who  celebrate Christmas…in this country, at least…What is it all about? It seems that no matter what one’s intentions are to “keep it simple” or not to be over extended…we just get caught up in the process and all of a sudden you are on a runaway train…The mind is going. Every day you wake up with the subject of shopping and how to make it work – on your mind – and you review your lists to determine what you’ve done so far, what you can eliminate and how to find the time to do all that you need to before the “big day”.  the stresses and strains are enormous on most people.  Even if you are one of the “lucky ones” who doesn’t have to worry about the financial cost, the time issues…how to get it all done…the whole thing is enormous…the stress is incredible.

Isn’t it just ridiculous? All of this fuss related to the birth of one person?  Yes, I realize that Christians believe he was “The One”. What does the birth of Christ have to do with all of the hoopla?  Gifts for everyone in the world, cookie baking (why?),Christmas caroling, stringing popcorn, excessive amounts of calorie and fat ridden food, new clothing for “the day”, decorating the house and making sure everything looks perfect.  Yes, it is absurd.  None of what we do is at all related to the birth of Christ.  Actually, there is one thing that would be in sync with the reason for the season…helping others, donating to organizations who help the poor or hungry, adopting a family and  helping to make their lives better, reach out to someone who has become unemployed with concrete help (do something for them that will make a difference.

The real difficulty is in stepping back and being able to shift how you handle all of this; much of what we do and our expectations of how things should be comes from our childhood and family of origin’s traditions, cultural values, financial situation and the way our parents thought things should be-what they wanted or goes on and on and on. What is really nuts is that we are trying to live up to what they wanted based on what their childhoods were like-what they did and didn’t have, want or need.  So here we are plodding along…no wonder we feel like robots…most of what we do is based on other people’s decisions about what is needed and acceptable.

Step back, take a deep breath, do a little writing about what you are feeling (yes, you do have time to write-get up an hour earlier)- and about what YOU NEED to be whole. Eliminate that which does not make sense to you any more. Talk with your family about how to celebrate without creating nonsensical amounts of stress and strain; ask for suggestions from your children for ways to add  meaning to our experiences.  Decide what matters and make some changes accordingly.

And when you start to think about your New Year’s resolutions…don’t make the list…just make one decision…to read and write every week…3 or 4 hours, half reading, half writing. If you do that, by this time next year, your life will be much simpler.

This is MeddlingMom…keep asking…is this really necessary or important…and why?

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010

Gobble gobble! Turkey Day…holidays have such high expectations to live up to…we have all of the sweet, sentimental thoughts of holidays past (conveniently forgetting all of the tensions, fighting, whining, shopping for new clothing, dealing with the kids at the table and pressure on everyone).  I watched a new show The Talk the other day where they discussed holiday experiences and how the usual fare is good food and lots of tension…enough to go around to every person except those who are completely obtuse.

I am an idealist…which can be quite a pain to me and others…not completely based in reality, they tell me…Yes, I always see the glass as half full rather than half empty…So I always want everyone to get along and have peace and harmony.  I truly don’t understand people who don’t seek peace and harmony…why wouldn’t you want calm and happy people?  Funny, when I saw the segment of the show that addressed what is really normal at holiday gatherings, I took great comfort from hearing that fighting and discord are present at most family’s holiday functions…of course…it is normal.  It’s a little like the political parties.  There are different parties because there are different belief systems.  We are all individuals; we have our own thoughts, desires and ways of being.  We will express ourselves and be in conflict with some and in agreement with others.  It is inherent to NOT agree.  That’s what it means to be an individual….to be different from others.  The real miracle in life is when you actually DO AGREE and FEEL CONNECTED to another.  So when you hear that everything was just perfect, remember that you are likely hearing that statement from an idealist…someone not completely based in reality…someone who looks at the bright side of things.attempting to find common ground…..

Have a wonderful day with your family and friends (or alone if you choose). Eat all of your favorite foods and drinks. Don’t worry about whether everything is exactly as you think it should be.  Enjoy the warmth of being with those you love (or at least LIKE) and remember that it’s okay to disagree, but it’s not really KOSHER to be disagreeable! Most of all…please remember that the day is a day to give thanks for all that we have (and I am not talking about possessions) and to be present and to appreciate the good around us.

Yum! Yum!  Happy Thanksgiving!

This is MeddlingMom…

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