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Monday, June 30, 2008

Beware If You Have Mold Allergies

If you know you have mold allergies, Throw away outdated pancake mix and other box mixes that you might have in your home.

Below is a letter to Dear Abby regarding this subject:

I recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted 'funny,' but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing while inhaling and exhaling.

My husband, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT, heated up some water, and we had my son lean over the water so the steam could clear his chest and sinuses. Soon, his breathing became more regular and his lips returned to a more normal color. We checked the date on the box of pancake mix and, to my dismay, found it was very outdated As a reference librarian at an academic institution, I have the ability to search through many research databases. I did just that, and found an article the next day that mentioned a 19-year-old male DYING after eating pancakes made with outdated mix. Apparently, the mold that forms in old pancake mix can be toxic!

When we told our friends about my son's close call, we were surprised at the number of people who mentioned that they should check their own pancake mix since they don't use it often, or they had purchased it some time ago. With so many people shopping at warehouse-type stores and buying large sizes of pancake mix, I hope your readers will take the time to check the expiration date on their boxes.


According to Snopes the 19 yr old mentioned in the above letter, passed away from anaphylaxis due to an allergic reaction to mold. Anaphylaxis is a immunologic reaction that occurs when someone that has allergies comes in contact with a substance they are allergic to. It causes fatal respiratory or cardiac arrest.

Box mixes that are sold in cardboard boxes, paper sacks or unpouched are likely to be at risk to form mold. If you know you have mold allergies, check the expiration date on all box mixes. Throw them out if they have expired! Your life is worth more than a $1.50 box mix.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Do You Make Decisions?


To control the outcome of anything,
you control the action at the point of decision making.
If you let others make decisions for you, you give up control.
When you control the decisions, you control the actions.

It's your life. You decide what you're going to do with it.
If you don't run your own life, someone else will.
You're in control of your life to the degree that you make decisions.

Take charge of your life, so there is no longer a need to ask
permission of others.
When you ask permission, you are giving someone veto power
over your life.

Take control and start making those decisions.
Only you are responsible for your life.

Copyright 2008
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Resources To Consider

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Save Money With Foreclosure Properties

If you are looking to purchase property in today's market, one might consider buying a foreclosure property. First-time home buyers are looking into foreclosures because this is an excellent opportunity to buy a house at a lower than market-value price.

The resets of adjustable mortgages have home owners scrambling to pay their mortgage each month, which is causing foreclosures to reach an all time high. But, this could still be a win-win situation. If you approach a homeowner facing foreclosure, you can offer less than it's current market value, but still offer more than what they owe the bank.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Do You Try Again?


You're not finished when you're defeated,
you're only finished when you quit.
The most important quality essential to success is perseverance.
It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

Winning isn't everything, but wanting to is.
Success is connected with continuous action.
It's largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

You can have a fresh start any time you choose,
for your "failure" is not in the falling down, but in the staying down.
It's not over until it's over.

If you've got the courage to stick it out, you can win.

Copyright 2008
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fighting High Fuel Prices

According to PSE&G at My Energy Tips, here are some tips to fight the high prices we are expected to pay for gas.

Gasoline prices are expected to reach record highs this summer. While your wallet is bound to take a hit, you need not just sit idly by while your gas tank guzzles up more and more of your money. There are steps you can take to help improve your vehicle's fuel economy and save money, while still being able to visit family, take that vacation and do all of the other things you plan to do this summer.

Drive Sensibly
Driving recklessly (speeding, rapid acceleration) can waste a lot of energy. By using careful driving techniques, you not only improve auto safety, you can vastly improve your fuel economy.
Drive the speed limit. In many vehicles, gas mileage decreases rapidly after 60 mph. By staying under 65 mph, you can improve your fuel economy up to 23%, depending on your vehicle and conditions.

Remove excess weight. Avoid leaving unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. For every 100 pounds of excess weight, your car can lose up to 2 mpg.

Other sensible tips include:
Avoid excess idling, use cruise control to maintain a constant speed, and use overdrive to slow down your engine speed.

Keep You Car In Shape
Proper maintenance will have a positive impact not only on the value and longevity of your car, but on its fuel economy as well. Have your vehicle tuned on a regular basis. Fixing a vehicle that is out of tune can save up to 4% on fuel economy. Check and replace air filters regularly. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your fuel economy by as much as 10%. Often overlooked is tire inflation. You can improve your mpg by more than 3% or 10 cents a gallon by keeping your tires inflated at the recommended level.

Planning Trips
Try to plan your weekly errands into as few trips as possible. One long trip will gain you much better fuel economy than several short trips with a cold start. If possible, schedule your work hours to avoid peak rush hour traffic. You will spend less time sitting in traffic and using up fuel. Take advantage of any carpooling or rideshare programs that are available. When taking longer trips, it is tempting to load down your vehicle using a roof rack or carrier. However, these devices mess with the aerodynamics of your vehicle and can cut your fuel economy by up to 5%, If possible, lighten your load and stuff everything into the trunk of your vehicle.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so,

He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tips to Conserve Water & Improve Your Lawn

The following tips from My Energy Tips and PSE&G will help you to conserve water while improving the quality of your lawn.

Lawn and landscape watering creates a surge in water demand during the summer months. For most homeowners, a green healthy lawn is a top priority. Many amateur landscapers end up over-watering their lawn, causing more harm than if they did not water it at all. By following some simple steps however, you can conserve a lot of water while still having that green lawn that you have always dreamed of.

Ø Fertilize properly. A good fertilization system provides the proper nutrients that enable your grass to build a deep root system that can better access water within the soil.

Ø Irrigate your lawn deeply (down to 4-6 inches) instead of every day. A well-irrigated lawn does not need to be watered more than once a week.

Ø If you use an automatic sprinkler system, install a rain shut-off device to avoid unnecessary watering.

Ø Use a rain gauge to measure how much rain or watering that your lawn receives. A lawn typically needs only 1-1½ inches of water per week.

Ø Schedule your watering cycles to reduce runoff and increase absorption. Try and water only as rapidly as the soil can absorb the moisture.

Ø Water early in the morning. Wind and temperatures are generally the lowest of the day, thus allowing water to be applied evenly and with little loss from evaporation.

Ø Adjust your lawnmower to a higher setting. Higher grass holds moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.

Ø Aerate your lawn. Punch holes in your lawn about six inches apart to allow water to reach to the root system instead of running off. Inexpensive manual or powered aerators are available at your local DIY retailer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

FDA Warns Consumers Nationwide Not to Eat Cetain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded their warning to consumers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak has been linked to consumption of certain raw red plum, red Roma and red round tomatoes and products containing these red tomatoes.

Read full FDA report by clicking HERE

This report contains vital information about this outbreak,the additional states now included plus the symptoms you should be aware of if you have eaten these tomatoes.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Get Healthy With Vend Natural

Vend Natural is an organic vending machine company concerned about a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits. They created a vending machine business that offers healthy choices as an alternative to junk food filled vending machines.

It seems more and more people I come in contact with have intestinal issues. What we are eating is surely contributing to these problems. I am more aware of what I am eating and snacking on and the ingredients that go into each product. Looking into the ingredients of the natural healthy snacks and beverages in these vending machines, I was quite impressed. On their site, they include their products and nutritional facts. Gluten and lactose free, all organic and natural with the necessary fiber and vitamins, less sugar and sodium ...all providing a healthy, nutritional snack.

I also read on their site that schools have now started to implement these machines for the children. I think that is an absolute great idea because the children today do not eat properly. They snack on junk and soda. Having these machines in the school offering a natural healthy snack will also teach them to eat better and make better choices. With obesity reaching an all time high in children, these healthy snacks will help with their calorie intake as well and provide essential vitamins.

If you are looking for a business opportunity and interested in nutrition, Vend Natural is a company to look into.They will provide you with top notch equipment, support and training. Vend Natural wants you to be successful.

If you would like to bring these organic vending machines to your place of employment, school or organization, just visit their site and they will provide you with all the necessary information you need.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ten Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Here in New Jersey we are having a heat wave this weekend. With the himidity, it will feel as though the temperture is over 100 degrees. I am sure all air conditioning units will be on, but are you worried about high energy costs this summer?

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that summer air-conditioning accounts for more than 16 percent of annual energy spending.

Here's 10 ways to help save energy

1. If you have not already done so, have your air-conditioner checked by a qualified professional. Servicing typically includes a check on refrigerant levels, the compressor, hoses, the ductwork and the thermostat.

2. Turn up your thermostat – set the thermostat at 74 degrees when you are at home and up to 85 degrees when you will be away. A programmable thermostat is an excellent way to save energy and maintain home comfort year-around.

3. Make sure your thermostat is not located near lamps or electronic appliances. It can sense heat from these devices and make your air-conditioner run longer.

4. Replace air conditioner filters – dirty filters restrict air flow and cause your system to run longer, thus wasting energy. Replace your filter at least once per month.

5.Weather-strip, seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.

6. On warm, sunny days, keep window coverings closed to prevent solar heat gain.

7. Use ceiling or room fans in occupied rooms. These will get air moving and help to reduce the temperature.

8. Have the windows in your home tinted. Tinting is effective at blocking the rays of the sun from reflecting through the glass of your windows and into your home.

9. Install a whole house fan. These devices circulate cool air throughout your house and exhaust hot air out of the attic.

10. If your air conditioning unit is older, consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Make sure and look for the Energy Star label, your guarantee of the highest energy performance

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

June is National Safety Month

Electric safety should be a priority in every home. Hundreds die and thousands are injured every year by accidents that could have been prevented.

The following safety checklists is for your whole home, your electrical panel, and your bedroom/living room areas.

Your Whole House

1. Do you limit your use of extension cords?
2. Do you read and follow manufacturers’ instructions for the products you purchase and use?
3. Are appliances—including heaters, lamps, radios, televisions and telephones—stored and used a safe distance away from bathtubs, hot tubs, sinks, and swimming pools?

Your Electrical Panel

1. Do you and all the adults in your home make sure your hands and the floor are dry before touching anything in your fuse or circuit breaker box?
2. Do you and the adults living in your home know to turn the main power switch off before changing a fuse (if your electrical panel is equipped with fuses, not breakers)?
3. If your electrical system uses fuses, do you have replacement UL-listed fuses of the correct current or amp rating on hand for emergencies?

Your Living Room and Bedrooms

1. In winter, are portable electric heaters placed at least three feet from upholstery, curtains, or other flammables?
2. When using an electric blanket, make sure it is in good condition... free from cracks or breaks in wiring, plugs, and connectors?
3. Do you always grasp the plug (not the cord) when unplugging electrical items?

Monday, June 2, 2008

It's Not Over Til It's Over...


It's largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
You're not finished when you're defeated,
you're only finished when you quit.

The most important quality essential to success is perseverance.
It overcomes almost everything, even nature.

You can have a fresh start any time you choose,
for "failure" is not in the falling down, but in the staying down.
It's not over until it's over.

If you've got the courage to stick it out, you'll attain your goal.
Winning isn't everything.
Wanting to win is everything.

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