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How to Get Rid of Lice (and the reality of it)

This past Thursday we got a call from one of the girls' friends saying she had lice. Ugh. I checked both girls' hair and sure enough...nits. I'm in my late 30s and have never had to deal with lice before. I called my neighbor and she came right over! There are things I would have never known about how to get rid of lice so I thought I would share what I learned. Lice is harder to find than you might think. Google photos of lice in hair and you'll get pictures of worst cases that are easy to spot. You'll also get pictures where the nits and lice have been blown up to be easier to see. In reality, nits are super tiny and blend in with hair. Lice, are super quick at hiding and you may not find live lice with just a hair check. My girls' hair looked like this...one nit every rare strand of hair. Most over-the-counter head lice treatments will work just fine. All kill lice and nits making them easier to remove. However, lice are becoming resistant to insecticide treatments such … [Read more...]

Edible Brownie Shot Glass Dessert

In my last post I wrote about my failure trying to make an angel food cake shot glass dessert. I really should have used my new shot glass molds to make cookie shot glasses as the directions say to do. But, cookies have already been done. I wanted to do something different. This past week I tried to make and edible brownie shot glass dessert. It worked!! You too can make this impressive treat. To make an edible brownie shot glass dessert you'll need: brownie mix cooking spray plastic knife raspberries whipped cream a Wilton Sweet Shooters shot glass pan (affiliate link) I used Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate brownie mix. This tutorial is based off of that mix. If you use a different mix, you may need to adjust things and your results may be different. Start by mixing the brownie mix and pre-heating the oven according to the directions on the box. Next grease the insides of the shot glass molds and the outsides of the mold inserts. Fill each mold … [Read more...]

Angel Food Cake Shot Glass Dessert

I've been seeing edible shot glasses all over the internet lately and I think they are awesome. I decided that for Valentine's Day, I'd try making an angel food cake shot glass dessert. I was going to make edible angel food cake shot glasses and fill it with whip cream and raspberries. Doesn't that sound fun? Well, my idea didn't go as planned! First I went to my local store and picked up some shot glass molds. I got home and quickly discovered that you can't use these molds for baking. I went back to the store and found out that you can only get the baking shot glass molds online (at least with that store). To Amazon I went to order my molds using Prime 2-day free shipping. Then I waited... I was so excited when the shot glass molds came in the mail! I hopped online to see if there were any tricks to help with making my angel food cake shot glass dessert, but found nothing related to angel food cake. That should have been my first clue. Oh well, I'd press on through … [Read more...]

OREO Catapult Game #OREOSuperDunk

This OREO Catapult Game post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OREOSuperDunk #CollectiveBias When was the last time you had fun dunking OREO cookies? With this OREO Catapult Game you can bring back the joy of dunking while adding a bit of playfulness. To play the game, you'll need: About 10 craft sticks (per person) 6 small rubber bands (per person) 3 OREO cookies (per person) 1 glass of milk (per person) Start by making one catapult per player. You can find the directions for making the catapults in this post of mine. Give each player 3 OREO cookies and a glass of milk. The first person to catapult all three of their OREO cookies into the milk and then eat the cookies wins! (Excuse the photo bomb by the dog. He wants that OREO that's flying in the air!) My girls had a ton of fun playing the OREO Catapult Game. They didn't think it was going to work at first and were surprised … [Read more...]

Mail Order Mystery – The Perfect After Christmas Gift

It's a month after Christmas and you've got a birthday or other celebration coming up for which you need to buy a gift. What do you get a child who already got everything they wanted for Christmas? How about a Mail Order Mystery? My girls and I received one for review purposes and we had a ton of fun with it. Mail Order Mysteries make the perfect, unique, after Christmas gift that also keeps giving! So what is a Mail Order Mystery? It is a mysterious story for children that unfolds through letters and items that come in the mail. The story is not told in a traditional way, but rather through a series of events. Depending on the mystery, you could receive hand-written letters, top secret folders, newspaper clippings, postcards, maps, keys, lockets and more. Each mailing contains something to do (a code to crack, a puzzle to solve, a number to call) in addition to the artifacts. All is revealed in the final mailing, a grand finale that contains a “payoff” keepsake or treasure … [Read more...]

America’s Greatest School Nurse Contest #sickjustgotreal #ad

This America's Greatest School Nurse Contest post is sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Information and prizes have been provided by Pfizer, however, all thoughts and reviews are my own. I am a pediatric intensive and cardiac care nurse. I have always loved working with children, and knew from the minute I chose to be a nurse that I would work in pediatrics. Ultimately, I feel in love with the hospital and critical care, but did consider school nursing as an option for my career. I have always admired school nurses. They are the first person of comfort when your child gets sick or injured during the school day. School nurses deal with anything from paper cuts, to life threatening allergies, to embarrassing mishaps from maturing students. But that's not all. Nurses who work in schools assist children with social and emotional issues, crisis management, disaster prepardness, and bullying. They also provide education on puberty, nutrition, substance abuse and more. Often … [Read more...]

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