Saturday, October 29, 2011


I'm always looking for ways to get my Starbucks drinks for free!
Well, a couple of years back a friend of mine
introduced me to Swagbucks!
She promised if I "used" it I could get free Starbucks!

Short version= Use Swagbucks, Earn Points, Trade in Points for FREE Stuff!
How do I use my Swagbucks account to earn points?
  • Use Swagbucks as my search engine on my toolbar (are those proper computer terms?).
  • Try to  answer the daily poll.
  • Shop & Earn- I've set my favorite shopping stores & order through my Swagbucks link to earn points. 
Believe me - I'm NO expert on Swagbucks,
but I do enjoy my free Starbucks gift cards!

Others probably understand how to use Swagbucks
better than I do and earn A LOT of points
which they can cash in for a
large variety of items!
If you don't know what Swagbucks is/are
check it out here & be sure to sign up!

Search & Win

Do you already have a Swagbucks account?
If so I would love to hear how you earn your points
and what sort of goodies you've cashed in on!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

History Lesson

Some background... I was never a great History student!
Looking back I think it was the
way the lessons were delivered...
Nothing really grabbed my
attention and urged to be a little more
interested :(  Sad to say I know.

I'm wondering now if I would have listened more with a brief opening
similar to one of the paragraphs in the
 following email I received? Seems to be full of some
 attention grabbing information!

So here goes... The Email History lesson...

Where did "Piss Poor" come from?
They used to use urine to tan animal skins,
so families used to all pee in a pot and
then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery...
If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".

But worse than that were the really poor folk
who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...
they "didn't have a pot to piss in" and
were the lowest of the low.
The next time you are washing your hands and
complain because the water temperature
 isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500's

Most people got married in June because

they took their yearly bath in May,
and they still smelled pretty good by June.
However, since they were starting to smell,
brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

 The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water,
then all the other sons and men,
 then the women and finally the children.
Last of all the babies.
By then the water was so dirty you could
actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,
 "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high,

with no wood underneath. It was the only place for
animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals(mice, bugs)
 lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery
and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof.
Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where
bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.
Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung
over the top afforded some protection.
That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt.

Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors
that would get slippery in the winter when wet,
so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing.
 As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until,
when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.
A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen

with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.
Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot.
They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat.
They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers
 in the pot to get cold overnight and
then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it
that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme:
“Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old”.

Sometimes they could obtain pork,
which made them feel quite special.
When visitors came over, they would hang up
their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a
 man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a
little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter.
Food with high acid content caused some of the
lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.
This happened most often with tomatoes,
so for the next 400 years or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status.

Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf,
the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky.
The combination would sometimes knock
the imbibers out for a couple of days.
Someone walking along the road would take them for dead
and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the
kitchen table for a couple of days
and the family would gather around and
eat and drink and wait and see if they
would wake up. Hence the custom; “of holding a wake”.

England is old and small and the local folks

started running out of places to bury people.
So they would dig up coffins and would take the
bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.When reopening
these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have
scratch marks on the inside and they realized
they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a
string on the wrist of the corpse,
lead it through the coffin and up through
the ground and tie it to a bell.
Someone would have to sit out in the

graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell;
thus, someone could be, “saved by the bell”
or was “considered a dead ringer”.

And that's the truth.
Now, whoever said History was boring!!!
So get out there and educate someone! ~~~

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Asthma Education

free Asthma Education in English & Spanish

I just received this information via email from a reliable listserv.

I have not received these brochures yet;

I did order some free sets to hand out to students/families.

The brochures can now be ordered free of charge from the CDC warehouse @

*page down to order- way down!*

English Version 21-1160  Help Your Child Gain Control over Asthma

Spanish Version 21-1161 Ayude a su niƱo a controlar el asma

Monday, October 24, 2011

Misunderstood... "clean" joke!

I received this joke today
and thought is was funny!
I hope you enjoy it too .....

I don't know WHY I didn't
figure this out sooner!!!!
It's the shampoo I use in the shower!
When I wash my hair, the shampoo

runs down my whole body
 and (duh!) printed very

clearly on the shampoo
label is this warning,

NO wonder I have been gaining weight!!!

Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo

and I am going to start using
Dawn dish soap instead.

Their label reads, DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS

Problem Solved!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dinner LISTS... @ Home

Using the advice I recently received from House Full of Searls ...

Last week, I attempted to be more aware of how much money
I spent at the grocery store & attempted to be more prepared
when it came to dinners at home!

So, last weekend I:
  1. Took inventory of what I had available in my kitchen and pantry.
  2. Made a list (who doesn't love a cute list!) of dinners for the entire week.  It looked something like this...
      1. M...Spaghetti with meatballs & garlic bread
      2. T... Grilled cheese with tomato soup (kids choice)
      3. W... Shredded chicken tacos (a staple in our house!)
      4. Th...Left over night- perfect since I had to work late for P/T conferences
      5. F...Mashed potatoes & gravy with chicken strips (kids choice)
      6. I only failed one night when I got sucked into getting carry out by my 2 oldest kids! On the other nights don't worry- I do toss in some veggies and/or fruit too :)
  3. Made another list (yeah!) of what I really needed to buy at the store to make it through one week.
  4. Tried my hardest to follow that list while I was at the store.  I did pretty good.... only spent $73!
My goal is to do this again for the upcoming week. 

To Be Continued :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Flu Shots?

Are you getting a flu shot this year?

According to the CDC there are many different flu viruses.
The flu vaccine protects against the three viruses
that research suggests will be most common.

Who should get a flu shot?

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older

  •          Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

  • High Risk Population

  •      Young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions(asthma, diabetes or heart & lung disease) and people 65 + years

  • Health care workers

  •        & others who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people

    What about the FLU Mist?

    Yes,... there is actually a nasal mist that some can receive with the same
    benefits of the flu vaccine injection without the pain!

    My son opted for the Flu Mist vaccine one year and was impressed!

    One of my daughter's was given the same choice & opted for the injection!
    Why?  I don't know... She is her own person!

    Neither one got sick that year!

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    Cold or Flu

                    Will either happen to you?

    My office is offering flu shots to all staff members
    and their significant others!

    This year the cost is only $18!

    Does your school offer flu shots to staff or students?

    Information on flu prevention:

    Sunday, October 16, 2011

    i LOVE the school nurse

    Yes, that's right... A former student used to wear the famous
     "i love the school nurse"
    wristband to school just to make me smile! 

    Don't tell the others, but he was one of my favorites!

    I would meet with him at least twice a day for his tube feedings.
    He enjoyed the feedings, but really enjoyed the quick games of sword fighting
    we played after the feedings!
     Just foam swords so don't panic.

    He would usually let me win! 
    The entire time he would be laughing and smiling-
    a huge smile with a deep belly laugh!

    Well, as a parting gift & thank you to me when he moved on
    from the public school system his parents wrapped the
    wristband in a pretty box and gave it to me! 

    And yes, I cried- wouldn't you? 

    Of course I framed the wristband and have it on display in my office! 

    I think this wristband was from Hot Topic-
    one of his favorites places to shop!

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    Who steals a body board?

    Yes, I blurred my son out of the picture! 
    Believe me - he is handsome:)
    While my family was enjoying our beach vacation.-
    someone else decided to enjoy our property!
    Yes, my son's favorite body board was stolen!  And NOT the scary kind of "Oh no, here come the paramedics with a body board" type of body board... This was a "Oh cool, here come some good waves" type of body board!

    I blame myself because you see the condo where we stayed had a closet to store beach items....
    but I had a case of the lazies one day &
     just piled things outside the door.
    I had a passing thought someone might have the urge to take something, but then I remembered people are taught not to take things that aren't theirs without asking first....right?  Wrong!

    Yes,  taped up with blue band aids!
    It's all I could find :)
    Believe it or not.. the body board was taken!
    Plan A-I actually looked on the beach to see if I could spot it! No luck.(keep in mind the plan stopped there.. not sure what I would have done had I seen it!) 
    Plan B- Buy another one.  We searched some local shops but no luck.  We got this board last summer in GA (good reason to go back next year!); this summer we were in FL. 
    Plan C- hang a note outside our condo door asking for the safe return of the board!  still no luck!  I thought for sure this was going to work since I offered $ to buy their very own!

    Oh well... I learned a good lesson &
    we still enjoyed our vacation! 

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011


    It's 12:47 PM.... do you know what your students are doing?
    Well, they've probably finished eating lunch by now.

    Lunch... was the original idea behind this post,
    school lunches to be exact.

    However, after doing some research I realized there is A LOT of information
    out there on school lunches, lunch guidelines, 
    eating healthier, and being more nutritious!

    I started to get a little overwhelmed!
    I think I will need to narrow my topic.

    After reading the section  on the USDA website ....
     I decided to start at home.
    This information actually goes well
    with my other recent post on LISTS.

    So, I did a few things to help me get started!

    1. Plan... I cleaned out my frig- at least I went through and dumped the expired items.  Due to my need to buy in 2s I had FIVE yes 5 (I realize that is an odd #) tubs of sour cream!  I'm not kidding- 5, 16 oz containers, 5 POUNDS of sour cream!  One pound for each member of my family! 
    2. Purchase... I haven't purchased any new food items, but am hoping by planning I will be more prepared to purchase.
    3. Prepare... I actually prepared a dinner which my family enjoyed using  items I already had on hand!  It was a quick & yummy version of shredded chicken tacos (the chicken was slowed cooked and shredded a while back & waiting in my freezer for the perfect meal!).
    Read more for yourself here...


    Sunday, October 9, 2011


    i love LISTS!

    I am a list writer...
    the problem is-
    I don't always follow my lists!

    Especially when it comes to grocery shopping!

    I've realized & admit (isn't that half the battle?)
    that if I grocery shop every 2 weeks it is a bad thing.

    I have these weird urges that I'll never return to the grocery store
    ...because 2 weeks is almost like forever...
    and so I over buy and I even buy things in 2- just in case!
    I am certain there is a ICD-9 diagnosis code
    for this must buy in 2's condition!

    I've learned this is a huge waste of time, money, and food!
    I would love to save in all 3 areas-
    save time, save money
    and save food from being wasted!

    There are several reasons I believe
    list writing AND following will help my grocery shopping issue.

    So, in an attempt to overcome these issues
    I've decided to:
    1. Take food inventory at home before I go to the store.  Decide what we really have and what we really need.
    2. Actually write a grocery list instead of randomly walking the isles and piling my cart sky high!
    3. Actually try to follow the written grocery list instead of adding extras to the cart just to fill my undiagnosed but I'm sure its out there ICD-9 issue!
    4. Be more aware of how often we eat at home and how often we are grabbing something out for convenience reasons!
    Baby steps here!

    Have any advise?
    Please share any great ideas to
    get me on the right track to saving!

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    My office was robbed!

    A few years back I worked at a junior high school
    surrounded by large college campus.
    Not that it matters (or maybe it did),
    but it gives you an idea of the area.

    My typical turned crazy morning started out like this...

    A 45 minute drive to work= giving me time to listen to music
    and drink caffeine in my miniature van-
    that's right, at that point in my life I drove a wonderful mini-van!
    But, don't get me off track now...
    When I arrived at work/school everything seemed Normal!

    However, as I got closer to my office I could see the area
    was masked off with yellow caution tape and police was all over!
    I started to panic a little and wondered what in the world happened.

    Well... the school had been broken in to.
    Of course "The Nurse's Office" was high on the list of places to ransack!

    I think the robber was looking for pills/drugs to take or sell,
    but since no one was ever caught we'll never really now.
    Here's the kicker...I was smarter than that average robber
    & little did the thief know-
    I always locked all the meds in the school vault
    every night!  So, the thief got nothing!

    Which might have caused a little anger...
    They got nothing & I got a very messy office-
    the thick solid wooden door kicked in,
    every drawer & cabinet filtered through,
    stuff (cups, band aids, papers, pens, chairs tipped, first aid kits open, etc.)
    all over the floor...
    and to top it off a knife stuck in the middle of my desk!
    Yes, that's right.. a sharp knife!
    I felt sick to my stomach!
    I'm pretty certain this wasn't anything personal,
    but I still felt violated!

    It took the police most of the morning
    to take pictures, fingerprints, & gather other evidence.
    While they were busy doing their job in my office;
    I was busy doing my job-
    in the hallway- with just the basics-
    a thermometer, 2 chairs,
    a clip board with paper and pen, and
    a phone stretched down a hall and about
    10 feet around a corner to my make shift office!
    What an experience & one I hope you'll never know-
    whether in your personal or professional life!

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    What Does A School Nurse Do?

    Have you read this article…?

    Charting Nursing’s Future

    A publication of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    I first heard about this article from School Nurse Sue Dillon here.

    & the entire article can by found on the NASN website or here.

    This is a great article full of research and statistics related to

    “Unlocking the potential of school nursing:

    Keeping children healthy, in school, and ready to learn.”

    The article also helps answer the question-

    What does a school nurse do?

    I’ll mention a few things school nurses do according to the article here.

    School Nurses:

    1.       Provide episodic care

    2.       Manage chronic conditions

    3.       Track communicable diseases

    4.       Promote healthy behaviors

    5.       Connect children with insurance and health care providers

    6.       Handle emergency situations

    7.       Handle life-threatening allergy and asthma events

    8.       Respond to student’s physical and emotional concerns

    9.       Connect students with substance-abuse treatment and mental, behavioral, and reproductive health services

    10.   Screen for conditions that impair learning, such as poor vision or hearing

    11.   Educate children about healthy lifestyles

    12.   Ensure immunization compliance

    13.   Develop health plans for students with disabilities

    14.   Prepare for school wide and community emergencies

    15.   Administer medication and provide first aid

    I'm sure you can think of even more too!

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Pizza Soup

    I am a school nurse with a family at home too!
    A hungry family.... And finding a yummy recipe can be a challenge.
    But when I read this crock pot recipe for
    Pizza Soup on House Full of Searls I knew I had to try it.

    I love crock pot recipes- so easy!
    I tweaked the recipe just a bit & my entire family loved it!
    ENJOY :)

    6 Cups pizza sauce
    5 Cups water
    1 chopped green pepper
    1 small chopped onion
    1 small can drained mushrooms
    1 package browned & drained mild sausage
    1 Cup pepperoni slices cut into 1/4s
    1/2 Cup Orzo pasta

    I added everything into the crock pot and cooked on low for 7-9 hours.
    Topped with lots of mozzarella cheese!

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