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Friday, August 28, 2009

A Horse lover? Of the Wild Horse Herds?

Aug 28, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Phone Call
Location: Montana, United States
A Horse lover? Of the Wild Horse Herds?

News from Breyer Animal Creations - Help Cloud's Herd

We have learned recently from our friend Ginger Kathrens, the Emmy-award winning director of the Cloud documentary series that Cloud's herd in the Pryor Mountains of Montana has been targeted for a round-up on or about September 1st by the Bureau of Land Management. This sad news comes just two months before the third installation of Ginger's series is set to air on PBS. Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions, part of PBS' NATURE Series, is slated to air on October 25. By the time the show airs, there is a real chance that his band will no longer be living together or living in the wild.

We have written to the President, the Secretary of the Interior and to the head of the BLM asking them to stop this round-up and to review the policies that precipitated it.

If you would like to learn more, we wanted to provide you with the following information to do so.

Please visit:
to learn more.

Thank you.


The Breyer Web Team

Breyer Animal Creations

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Money Saving Hints: 5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries

5 Ways to Save Money on Groceries
Stephanie Nelson, the Coupon Mom

Stephanie Nelson, founder of, says it’s possible to fight the rising cost of groceries without sacrificing your favorite foods. Try her simple coupon saving strategies the next time you go to the grocery store:
Plan your meals and shopping lists around featured sale items.

  • Use your store’s weekly sales ad flier to plan your menus for the week. Then, write your shopping list around the items and brands that are on sale.
  • Taking a few minutes to make a detailed plan will save you the time of making unplanned trips to the store during the week—which can ruin your budget.
  • Planning ahead also helps you avoid impulse shopping during your trip.

Know how your stores’ savings programs work.

  • Do they have “buy one, get one free” deals?
  • Do they double coupons?
  • Do they offer a store discount cards that gives you automatic discounts?
  • Do they have special store coupons?
  • Once you know your stores’ rules, you can combine them to pay the lowest possible prices for your items, such as using two coupons with a “buy one, get one free” deal. Combining strategies can result in free items.

Use grocery coupons, ideally when the item is on sale.

  • Buy the Sunday newspaper—75 percent of grocery coupons come from the newspaper. Buy two to three copies per week to save dramatically.
  • Go online—grocery stores often have their best deals and printable coupons on their websites.
  • Many stores offer electronic coupons that go directly on your store discount card.

Stock up on common items when they hit their lowest price.

  • Don’t buy a year’s supply, just enough to last until the next sale (two to three weeks).
  • Boneless chicken is on sale every other week at Stephanie’s grocery store, so she buys two weeks of boneless chicken every other week to store in her freezer. This habit saves her family of four $325 a year on this one item.

Be flexible about brands and stores.

  • Buy the brand that’s on sale with a coupon, or get the store brand if it’s less expensive.
  • Shop at the store with the best prices for your items that week.

Get more money-saving advice from viewers all over the country.

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Once Upon A Time

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

The Old Days


  1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes -walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.
  2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.
  3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?
  4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!
  5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)
  6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather . . ....Clothes would "freeze-dry.."
  7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"
  8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item..
  9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.
  10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!


A clothesline was a news forecast
To neighbors passing by,
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the "fancy sheets"
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the "company table cloths"
With intricate designs.

The line announced a baby's birth
From folks who lived inside -
As brand new infant clothes were hung,
So carefully with pride!

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed,
You'd know how much they'd grown!

It also told when illness struck,
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It also said, "Gone on vacation now"
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare!

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy and gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way . .

But clotheslines now are of the past,
For dryers make work much less.
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess!

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line.

Getting Reacquainted

Reacquainted like a PB&J
, Life
peanut butter and jelly stack


Jenny the Pug pushes her Nintendog Pug puppies around Portland, Oregon. She leaves from our home, goes under the St Johns Bridge, visits Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland, Union Station, Pittock Mansion, Rose Gardens, the Grotto, and returns back home.

The song is 'Child's Garden' by Dax Johnson, a very talented Pacific Northwest songwriter and musician, now past

Friday, August 14, 2009

Now The bare safe baby crib! Sleep on back! Did I see that on The Doctors?

It was sleeping only on their backs. No toys or stuffed animals in the crib. No fluffy pillows or blankets. If a thin blanket, only one of breathe- able cloth. No crib bumpers. To wear a lite weight sleeper sewed closed at bottom, for a blanket.

Ahhhhh here it is!

Silent Threat: SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is the unexplained sudden death of a child under 1. SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with about 3,000 babies dying from SIDS each year in the United States. “SIDS these days is decreasing,” Dr. Jim says. “But more and more kids are dying from asphyxiation, strangulation, things like that, so we need to do something about the crib environment.”

For the best environment for your infant, Dr. Jim explains his dos and don’ts of crib safety.


• Have your baby sleep on his or her back.

Keep the crib as bare as possible.

Do not overheat the baby with extra blankets.

Keep a smoke-free environment.

Put a fan in the room. This can reduce the risk of SIDS by 70 percent.

Put the crib in the parents’ bedroom.

Breastfeeding may lower the risk of SIDS.


Don’t overstuff the crib with full bedding, extra pillows or bumper pads. If you need to use a bumper pad, opt for a flat one.

Don’t use sleep wedges, unless your doctor recommends it.

Don’t leave stuffed animals in the crib.

Don’t keep the baby dressed in a skullcap.

Don’t use loose sheets and blankets. Use one tightly fitted sheet around the mattress and keep the baby in a sleep sack with a closed bottom and arm openings.

• For steps to prevent SIDS, check out Dr. Jim's blog!

Steps for Preventing SIDS

It’s so important to make the crib environment safer for a baby. It’s really important because, while sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths have dropped dramatically since the recommendation to have infants sleep on their backs, rising numbers of infants are harmed from suffocation or strangulation in the crib!

Never purchase an antique or used crib or bassinet. There could be missing hardware that causes it to collapse. Some older cribs have cutouts in the headboard or footboard, which is not safe because baby’s head can get trapped. Also, older cribs may not meet current safety standards.

Check slat spacing. The slats in a crib or bassinet should be no farther apart than 2 3/8 inches. If you can fit a can of soda through them, the opening is too large.

Make sure the mattress fits. Put your baby to sleep on her back on a firm mattress that fits tightly into the crib. There shouldn't be any cracks or openings between the crib and the mattress because a baby can get trapped in the smallest of spaces. A full-size crib has an interior surface of 28 inches by 52 inches. The mattress for a full-size crib should be 27 1/4 inches by 51 5/8 inches, and no more than 6 inches thick. If you can place more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib frame, the fit isn't snug enough and there's a risk of head entrapment.

No blankets, pillows or stuffed animals. Don't wrap your baby in blankets or comforters when he's in the crib. He can quickly become entangled and might not be able to free himself.

Safe sleepwear. Baby’s pajamas should fit snuggly and be made of flame-resistant fabric. There should be no drawstrings, ribbons or anything else that might catch on something. Buttons and snaps should be firmly attached to avoid becoming a choking hazard. Remember that babies can quickly overheat, so they sleep in lightweight clothes with the thermostat set at a comfortable 70 degrees.

No sleeping with a bottle. Bottle nipples suffer from wear and tear over time and a small piece can break off and get caught in a baby's throat. Sleeping with a bottle or cup can also cause tooth decay and lead to ear infections.

Use the proper sheets. If a sheet isn't the correct fit, your baby may pull it up and become entangled. Test the sheet by pulling up on each corner to make sure it doesn't pop off the mattress corner.

Ditch the bumpers.
Crib bumpers are cute, but it's best not to use them. They need to be tied down with string, which is a potential hazard if not properly secured. If you do use a bumper, choose one that is thin, firm, and made of mesh, not one that is puffy or padded.

Use the crib correctly. Don't lift your baby over the side of the crib without dropping the side first, or you'll be showing her how to escape. Also, be sure to raise and lock the sides as soon as your baby is in the crib.

Always put your baby to sleep on his back to minimize the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and “rebreathing,” a sometimes fatal circumstance that can occur when a baby is sleeping on his stomach or trapped in soft bedding. As a result the child "rebreathes" his own carbon dioxide rather than breathing in oxygen-rich fresh air. The lack of oxygen can cause death.

Finally, don’t forget to share these points with all your child’s caregivers (babysitters, daycare workers, grandparents, etc).

-Dr. Jim

For more from this episode, click here.

Things to Remember in Baby Crib Bedding

Posted in Uncategorized by Administrator on the July 16th, 2009
All parents are becoming very aware when it comes to their infant’s safety. Being a little over protective is not negative, it’s unreasonable to be extremely overprotective. For instance, when it comes to crib safety.

Those bumper pads and comforter, they could cause accidents especially when babies are left alone. Comforter may lead into suffocation while bumper pad cords, if left unsecured, may get the little one entangled.

Swaddling blankets and baby sacks will do to protect your baby from being too cold. As a general rule, you should consider a wearable blanket

These parents should know that pediatricians always recommend to use less sheets or just actually bare crib bedding. Crib sheets are better to be bought first than those expensive unnecessary accessories. Choose high quality and comfortable crib sheets that can possibly resist all types of leaks for bottom? Elastic all the way around the sheet to keep it on is a good idea. This way, one side won’t pop up causing a hazard.

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April 22, 2009

Five products not to buy for your baby

SimplicityBassinett New parents are quick to jump on any product they think will make life more comfortable for their baby—and easier for themselves. But some items present safety risks we don't believe are worth taking. Here are five that we think you should skip:

Bedside and other co-sleeping devices
Although sleeping with a baby in an adult bed is a common practice among some cultures, it can be dangerous. The new bassinet-like devices designed to go in between parents or alongside an adult bed don’t necessarily make co-sleeping with a baby safer. One popular Simplicity bedside sleeper/bassinet was recalled after two babies died from strangling or suffocating when they slipped through an opening in the frame.

Currently, safety standards don’t exist for either co-sleepers or bedside sleepers. Until they do, we think the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib.

Baby bath seats
Each year, an average of 10 babies drown while using baby bath seats. Nearly all of those deaths occurred when a parent or caregiver left the baby unattended momentarily. The problem is that these seats, intended to make it easier to hold the baby in the bathtub, can give parents a false sense of security. It’s better to use an infant bathtub for bathing and never, even for a second, leave the baby beyond arm’s reach.

Sleep positioners
These devices are intended to keep infants on their back in a secure sleeping position. But the youngest infants, for whom these are designed, are not able to roll over from their backs on their own, which makes this product unnecessary. The soft foam in the sleep positioners can pose a suffocation hazard and our medical experts don’t recommend them.

SlingCarrier Crib bumper pads
Designed to prevent bumps and bruises, crib bumpers can create their own hazards. One study found 27 cases of infant death involving bumper pads or similarly padded bassinets. Most of the deaths occurred when the infant became wedged between the bumper and another object or when the infant’s face was against the bumper.

And since bumper pads cannot be safety secured to cribs with solid end panels and should not be used with toddlers who can stand, we think it’s best to avoid them altogether.

Sling carriers
Over the past five years, at least four babies died and there have been many reports of serious injury associated with the use of sling-type carriers. The incidents include skull fractures, head injuries, contusions and abrasions. Most occurred when the child fell out of the sling. As slings grow in popularity, so do the number of serious injuries. No safety standards exist for slings. We think you should skip the sling and opt for other types of infant carriers, which have safer track records. (Image note: The CPSC recalled 100,000 Infantino slings in 2007.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Unconditional Love to you, from me Mom


Self-Worth: The Unconditional Love of Self

Often self-worth is confused with self-esteem. They are not the same. There are inherent differences. Self-esteem, good or bad, is learned. It is an outer expression. It is shaped by many things such as our experiences, our abilities (or lack there of), our upbringing, and so on. It often waxes and wanes depending on what we are dealing with at any given time. That's not to say that we can't learn to have a healthy, positive self-esteem if we currently do not. We can.

Self-worth, on the other hand, is an inner expression. It is self-love. It is something you enter this world already possessing. It is yours without question, an integral part of your being. It can be nurtured and appreciated, or ignored and forgotten. No matter how you choose to treat your self-worth it never fails to retain it's innate value because self worth has nothing to do with what type of car you drive, your occupation, how much you weigh, your age, your finances, how others view you, or even your opinion of it. That's doesn't mean that how you view your self-worth isn't important and doesn't affect how you feel it's just that,
do to it what you will, it is still what it is ... invaluable.

Let us pretend that self-worth is a tangible object. Hold it in your hand. Turn it over, and over, and study it. You will find that it's comprised of unconditional self-love, acceptance, and joy. You may see faded remnants of your past mistakes in there, or your own dysfunctional opinion of yourself but look closely and you will see they are embraced by understanding and the acceptance that life consists of making mistakes and the lessons learned from them. It's this acceptance of yourself, and your right to love yourself despite anything that happens, that makes self-worth so valuable.

Losing sight of one's own self-worth is more common than many may realize. When we do not take the time to acknowledge our worth, appreciate it, and nurture it, the result is often a loss of self-confidence, a lack of joy, and a host of other negative emotions. Recognizing your self worth is extremely important. When you do this you reap the benefits of self-acceptance, self-confidence, motivation, and happiness.

Though self-worth is a permanent part of your being, the condition it is in is entirely up to you. When you have sole control over something it is your responsibility for it's outcome and your sense of worth falls into this category.
get to decide how healthy it is, how well it is recognized and expressed. Nurturing the concept that you are worthy is empowering. Loving yourself is not selfish or narcissistic. Loving yourself enables you to love others more effectively.

Accepting that you are worthy leads to a more fulfilling and happy life. So...

*Love yourself.

*Accept yourself.

*Forgive yourself.

*Be kind to yourself.

*Believe in yourself.

*Take care of yourself.

*Accept that you will make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes. Accept that this is an inevitable part of this wonderful experience called life and has no bearing on your self-worth.

*Do not define your worth by your role in life (parent, child, mother, father, spouse), your career/job, or position. Self-worth has nothing to do with these roles.

*Realize that you are unique.

*Recognize and celebrate the many aspects of who you are.

"As long as we look outside of Self - with a capital S - to find out who we are, to define ourselves and give us self-worth, we are setting ourselves up to be victims."
Robert Burney

"Through self-doubt, we lose our sense of self-worth."

"Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self-worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has."

"If you can't accept yourself, then certainly no one else will."
Sasha Azevedo

"A conviction of self-worth and passion for ideals fuse in a life attitude that is positive, free, noble and spiritually enhancing."
Bill Jay

"Our sense of self-worth is also key to being able to appreciate the other factors of fulfillment. Interestingly, feeling compassion for others is the most reliable way to increase our own self-worth."
Dalai Lama

Quotes on Forgiveness - Love

Quotes on Forgiveness - Love

Quotes on Forgiveness - Love — Poet Seers

A selection of quotes on love and forgiveness. ... As forgiveness can illumine. A human life, Even so love can enlarge. A human mind."

Oscar Wilde Famous Quote about Aging, Children, Forgiveness ...

Quote by Oscar Wilde: "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge ... “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. ... -

Forgiveness and Acceptance of Our Parents

From the "Accepting Our Parents" article on their website, reprinted with permission.

Parents and children often find it difficult to forgive one another because they both feel the other has not given them what they have a right to have.

My dear father died ten days ago quite suddenly of a heart attack. He was in the little apartment he shared with my mother above our garage. As Barry and I were out of town, Rami and Mira, our daughters, rushed right over. Mira, age seventeen, administered CPR while Rami directed the 911 call and encouraged my mother to say good-bye to him. He died smiling peacefully in the arms of his beautiful granddaughters, with the loving words of his wife.

Nothing could have prepared me for the grief I felt upon returning home several hours later from a five week work and vacation trip. The grief is still very deep ten days later and yet I am comforted by the relationship I had with my dad.

As all parents, my father was not a perfect parent. I am not a perfect parent. No one is. In my twenties I wanted to change my father, to make him the person I thought I wanted as a father. At some point I stopped trying to change him, and just accepted him as he was. The more I grew to accept him, the more I realized just how perfect a dad he was for me.

I had lived three thousand miles apart from my parents since I was eighteen. Seven years ago, my parents moved right next door. My dad was eighty-one years old then and still quite energetic. Several years later he lost his hearing altogether. Because my father was deaf and communication was minimal, I vowed to show him my love every time I saw him. Because he couldn't hear, he would unknowingly interrupt some very personal conversations. I might be deeply in conversation with one of my daughters and we'd hear his loud steps enter our home. We'd stop whatever we were doing and give him our total love. We'd hug him and fuss over him and he'd leave around ten minutes later, quite satisfied. It was not unusual for him to burst into a counseling session in the living room or a meeting in the office. On those occasions we'd quickly escort him out, but always with love. Our counseling clients grew to expect these friendly interruptions.

And now in my grief it is those moments of giving him my total love and acceptance that bring me the most peace. I can truly say that, as much as my heart is capable of loving, that is how much I loved my father. Our children followed that example and treated their grandpa with the greatest respect and love. And my father in turn delighted in every gesture of love offered him and returned it a thousand fold.

For those of you whose parents are still alive, reach out to them with your love. Realize that there is no such thing as a perfect parent and try to accept your parent the way they are. The reaching out, the gestures of love, will bring you so much comfort when they no longer walk this earth. And those of you whose parents have passed on, reach out to them in their new home. The bond between parent and child is everlasting. As you reach out to them with your love, you will feel it returned over and over again.

© Copyright, September 1999, The Shared Heart Foundation, Reprinted with permission.


Fun Games

How to be a relaxed first time parent


Be relaxed from the beginning!

Don't learn to mellow out with just the later children!
As your older children will notice the difference and take it personal. Not knowing that you learned what was not always good ideas in raising babies or small little ones. Learning that they really do not dissolve in water or disappear if you just blink your eyes. That you did not have to be a worry wart.

Now if you were raised with lots of bothers and sisters or huge families with little ones around you all the time. You would already know all that! But being a only small child in an older generation, nope no learning there! Even if later in your life babysitting once in awhile, it is just not the same thing as parenting for real on a daily basis, so no real learning there!

Big projects also would be good to have out of the way at certain ages or have children doing play visits away from all the work activity. It really has an affect on them in feeling lost in it all! Or even in having too many people visiting at one time can make them feel lost and left out! That did not bother me as a child if I was visiting my Grand parents home and projects were under way or huge groups of the family came for dinners, all sitting around the big huge table. But then that was not at my home where it all could have been over whelming.

I see why they say have your children close together:) Older children who had all of the attention for years, suddenly finds someone else has to be cared for full time, as they are helpless to do anything for themselves. Of course the older child does not understand that part of it and takes it very personal, so may feel unloved at times. It may even follow them into adulthood, if they never get the reasoning behind what is really taking place. Say that you love them ... a lot .. when you are all together. I love you and you and you:) Yes, make it public, along with the private moments, that I love all of you! It is Real important!

Also close together.. They then learn how to share in playing together!
Even if they don't understand their parents may not be rich enough to have different toys for each child!
They then learn to share from the parents gifts for all!
From the children toy box for all the children.

Or the parents gifts of children books for all the children.

Maybe that is why ones love being a Grand Parent?
Now it is all relaxed fun for everyone !


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Very enlightening and entertaining videos

Ted Talks: Elizabeth Gilbert[a young writer & good humor] on nurturing creativity

Warren Buffett & Bill Gates Go Back to School Questions & Answers: has it in parts to view from PBS, good humor, too.

I liked a part by
Warren Buffett about, being loved for real by family/ friends and how that is more important in life. Then getting your name on things/buildings or lists, as those things are hollow, not love. It was on the TV Special but have not found it yet on these clips.

Buffett And Gates Go Back To School

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10 - 11:00 pm

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, the two richest men in America, share a common sense of responsibility to aggressively use their wealth to improve the world. Occasionally, they get together with members of the "next generation" of business leaders to answer their questions. This program captures the energy, intelligence and humor of the day they spent at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with students and faculty from the College of Business Administration. (CC, Stereo, Presented in HDTV)


Look at that counter will you!

I had not paid attention to it.

I would say this Blog is not private;-0
LOL Just remembered I moved that counter from an old Blog that shut down, as host site Closed!
So just family are adding on it now, it was already a large count:)

Thinking that if you said you were just staying in touch with your family, no one would find it interesting. Hummmm Or else my family grew without my knowledge:)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fwd: What does the picture represent????

These are pretty clever. Try to resist moving too quickly. Look at each picture, try to determine what it represents, and then look at the answer below the picture.












AND FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


A Wish for All of the

Difficult People in Your Life