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Good advice.

Kimberly Erskine

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Image Credits: Shelby Township Library 

Let’s face it, when writing poetry we have all been faced with the temptation to include rhyming words. They’re fun, they’re easy, and sometimes we still hold on to the belief that in order to write good poetry we must stick to rhyming. I myself used to be guilty of abusing end-rhyme in all of my poems. However, the hard fact is that unless you’re Dr. Seuss or another famous children’s poet, rhyming is going to do much for your poetry except hold you back. Here’s why:

1. It’s annoying. This is the number one reason to avoid adding rhymes in your poetry. When you’re a kid it’s cute and fun, but as an adult? Not so much. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve read poems full of rhymes for my college literary magazine, Avant, only for a…

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love it great gill

A Haiku a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Now the snow has gone,

The land wears a new blanket – 

Shining, white snowdrops.

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WATER3333

Floodwater areas

Never allow children to play in floodwater areas, and wash floodwater-contaminated toys with hot water or disinfect them before they are used. You should also wash your children’s hands frequently (always before meals).

If your home has flooded

When returning to your home after a flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your children by following these steps:

  • keep children and pets out of the affected area until clean up has been completed
  • very young children should avoid playing directly on timber floorboards or any damaged tiled floors if possible – be aware of the risk of injury from sharp edges on tiles or raised nails
  • clothing, bedding and other soft/fabric articles (including children’s toys) should be put on a hot wash (60°C or the highest temperature indicated on manufacturer’s instructions)
  • do not let young children play on affected grassed or paved areas until the area has been cleaned down and restored to its normal condition
  • ensure confined areas like garages or cellars are well ventilated and are not accessible to children and animals

Water for infants during flooding

Where the drinking water supply is either interrupted or contaminated, it is important to take precautions for formula-fed infants. Usually, communities affected by floodwater are provided with water bowsers (tankers holding uncontaminated water). In these circumstances there are three options for the use of water to make infant formula milk:

  • use bowser or bottled water, boiled and allowed to cool for no more than 30 minutes in a clean covered container – then follow the manufacturer’s instructions on making up the feed
  • commercially ready-made formula milk may be used as an alternative to powdered feeds made up with bowser water

If neither of these options are possible because there is no energy to allow boiling, then:

  • bottled water (table, spring or mineral water) can be used unboiled to prepare baby feeds – but the prepared feed should then be used immediately
  • unboiled bowser water should not be used

The bottled water supplied to the public by the water company during flooding incident is suitable for making up infant formula. Parents with infants that are unwell with diarrhoea and vomiting should seek medical advice.

If the water company has advised that the domestic supply is unsafe for drinking then avoid using this for bathing infants. In this situation bowser water, or bottled water, are safe alternatives. A safe alternative to bathing is to use baby wipes for hand cleansing and washing infants.

Buying your own bottled water

If you buy your own bottled water, be aware that some natural mineral water may have a high sodium content. Look at the label for sodium or `Na’ and check its level is not higher than 200mg a litre. If it is, then try to use a different water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated

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sound advice

We Love, Teach, Grow

Motherhood has changed me, for better or worse! A lot has changed in my life since becoming a mom. For instance, before becoming a mom I never thought I would:

  1. photograph poop.
  2. share photos of poop with my friends and family.
  3. eat Mac and Cheese for lunch 5 straight days in a row.
  4. get dressed in the morning–almost EVERY morning–by changing out of black yoga pants (my P.J’s) into black yoga pants (my “outfit”).
  5. count a solo trip to the grocery store as “me time”.
  6. choose a restaurant based on the following criteria: noise level (the louder the better), food selection (chicken nuggets must be on the menu), and whether the high chairs have properly functioning restraint devices.
  7. own 57 balls (and counting…).
  8. actually look forward to dentist visits (one of the only times I get to be by myself, lay in a *relatively* comfy chair and zone out for…

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Good photo!

Hope* the happy hugger

The challenge this week is love, something that has baffled me for many years now.

This is how I see love.

♥ ♥ ♥

There are differently kinds of love; the way a mother/father loves his/her children…

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Also, sibling love…

(I wanted to insert a pic of my children here but middle daughter has given me strict instructions never to post her pictures, eldest has beautiful pics which I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post because they are from the agency and on top is my special little angel)

♥ ♥ ♥

Romantic love…

I love this quote and was waiting for a chance to use it:

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” – Gone with the Wind

♥ ♥ ♥

And of course last but certainly not least, unconditional love…

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Here’s another…

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  1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food
  2. Breakfast is a very important meal
  3. Eat lots of different foods every day, variety is the recipe for health
  4. Which group would you tip for the top? Base your food on carbohydrates
  5. Gimme five! Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal and as tasty snacks!
  6. Fat facts. Too much fat is not good for your health
  7. Snack attack! Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks
  8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of liquids
  9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  10. Get moving! Be active every day
 
Do you remember when you learned to ride a bike? The most important part was getting the balance right. Once you could balance easily, the pedals could turn smoothly, to drive the wheels and get the bike moving.
 
The same thing is true when it comes to choosing our food. Once we have learned to carefully balance the amounts and types of foods eaten, all the organs in the body will function smoothly and the body will work efficiently.
 
Following these ten tips will help you stay fit and healthy. It’s as easy as riding a bike, once you’ve got the balance right!
 
1. Food is Fun… Enjoy your food
Sharing a meal with family and friends at home or at school is a great way to enjoy food. It is fun to see other people’s choice of food – what do your friends eat? Do you try different foods every day? Check out your lunch box or dinner plate. How many different kinds of fruit and vegetables can you spot?
 

2. Breakfast is a very important meal

Just like cars, buses and trains cannot run without fuel, our bodies need energy to work. Especially after a night’s sleep, energy levels are low. So, whether you are off to school, or out and about at the weekend, start the day with breakfast. Plenty of carbohydrates is just the ticket: try cereal with milk, fruit or yoghurt, toast or bread, perhaps with lean meats.
 
3. Eat lots of different foods every day, variety is the recipe for health
You need over 40 different nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals) every day for good health. Since there is no single food that contains them all, it is important to balance your daily choices. In fact there are no good or bad foods, so you do not need to miss out on the foods you enjoy. The best way to make sure you get the right balance is to eat a wide variety of foods each day.
 
4. Which group would you tip for the top? Base your food on carbohydrates
About half the calories in your diet should come from carbohydrate foods, such as cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes and bread, so it is a good idea to include at least one of these at every meal. Try whole grain bread, pasta and other cereals to give you extra fibre. Have you tried baking your own bread? It’s good fun and smells wonderful!
 
5. Gimme five! Eat fruits and vegetables with each meal and as tasty snacks!
Fruits and vegetables are among the most important foods for giving us enough vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should all try to eat at least 5 servings a day. For example, a glass of fruit juice at breakfast, perhaps an apple and banana as snacks and two vegetables at meal times. Then you have already reached your total. How many different kinds can you spot in the supermarket? Why not try some new ones?
 
6. Fat facts. Too much fat is not good for your health
Eating too many of those fatty foods (such as fried potatoes, fried meats and sausages, pies and pastries) might not be so good for your body. Also go easy on fat spreads such as butter and margarines. Although we need some fats to get all the nutrients we need, it is better for our health if we don’t eat too much of these foods and get knocked off balance. So, if you have a high-fat lunch, see if you can have a low-fat dinner at home.
 
7. Snack attack! Eat regularly and choose a variety of snacks
Even if you eat regular meals during the day, there will still be times in between that you feel hungry, especially if you have been very physically active. Snacks can fill the gap, but should not be eaten in place of meals, only as an extra. There are lots of different snacks available. Your choice may be yoghurt, a handful of fresh or dried fruits, sticks of vegetables like carrots and celery, unsalted nuts or rice crackers, or perhaps a slice of fruit loaf or some bread with cheese. Occasionally, you may prefer crisps and other packet snacks, a chocolate bar, a piece of cake or biscuits. Whichever snack you enjoy, remember it is always good to include a variety of different types to keep things in balance.
 
8. Quench your thirst. Drink plenty of liquids
Did you know that more than half of your weight is just water? So as well as giving your body all the food it needs each day to keep healthy, you need at least 5 glasses of liquids a day. It is particularly important if the weather is very hot or if you have done lots of exercise, to have plenty to drink. Usually – but not always – your body will tell you this, by making you feel thirsty. Plain water is great of course; you can try tap water or mineral water, plain or flavoured, sparkling or non-sparkling. Fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, milk and other drinks, can all be okay from time to time.
 
9. Care for those teeth! Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Eating foods high in sugar or starches too often during the day can play a part in tooth decay. So don’t nibble foods and sip drinks all day long! Sugar-free chewing gum can help you keep your teeth healthy. However, the best way to keep a nice smile is to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Also, after brushing your teeth at bedtime, don’t eat any food, or drink anything but water!
 
10. Get moving! Be active every day
Just like a bike may become rusty if it is not used for some time, our muscles and bones need to be kept moving too. Activity is needed to keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. It can also be good fun. Try to include some form of activity every day: it may be just walking to school and running up the stairs. However, games like skipping and football at break times are good for giving the body a workout. Swimming is a particularly good sport for keeping you healthy.

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melted snowman

Where have all the snowmen gone

Melted each and every one

Turned to water then to ice

Gone to warmer climates

Where it’s warm and nice

They drink clear water

With lemon and ice

They eat strawberries and cream

And now live the snowman’s dream

Thomas and Gillian Sims

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Nice!

Funkangeles

Photography By Sethsnap Your Story: Whispers of Darkness

Faith

Grays

a splash of snow

muted reds

thousands of branches

wave hello..

pavement

perilous

twist around berms

to the calamity

nature adds..

water

I can lose

a turn

But This  night

a call,  far away from me

Through the

Whispers of Darkness

Goosebumps precedes..

chills reminds me.

did i speak of love  last..

did we forgave  tensions, passed

this turn

that turn could be

all we have

seeing, only so far

through the darkness

calls for belief

what life.       ahead…

awaits

Whispers of Darkness

Light is faith

Light is faith

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