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StorkNet's TLC Calendar

We'll help you give "Tender Loving Care" to yourself, your family, your home, your friends, and your marriage!

June 1, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Breast Self-Exam
At the same time each month, check for any changes in the normal look or feel of your breasts. If you are not menstruating (due to pregnancy, breastfeeding or hysterectomy), choose a day of the month and consistently check - such as the first day of the month. For information on how to do a breast self-exam, please visit our Breast Self Exam page.
June 1, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Couple Appreciation Day
Couple Appreciation Day ~ The first Saturday in June is Couple Appreciation Day. Show thanks for your mate's love and emotional support. Do something special to reinforce and celebrate your relationship!
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"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." ~Guillaume Apollinaire
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June 3, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Summer time scrapes and cuts
Parenting Tip ~ Ouch! With all the activity of Summer, falls and spills happen. Oftentimes, your child is more frightened by the blood from a cut or scrape than the pain of the injury. Keep a red washcloth close to your kitchen sink or wherever you usually clean up wounds. When you use a red washcloth, your child won't see how much blood is cleaned from the cut (a little bit frightens them). It's worked like a charm for us!
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June 4, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Cleaning Baseball Caps
According to Mary Findley, you can wash baseball caps by placing them on the top rack of your dishwasher. Remove before the dry cycle and let air dry. Good as new! CLICK HERE to read more from Mary Findley's All Natural Stain Removal Guide.
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June 5, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Park Clean-Up
Visit your neighborhood park or other public area and pick up all the trash you see. Take your children with you along with some trash bags and explain why it's not a nice thing to litter. Be sure to take along some soap and water to wash up dirty hands afterwards. You might even take along a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Your park gets tidied up in the process, and your kids learn that littering is a dirty habit.
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June 6, 2013: HEALTH TIP - PMS Got You Down?
PMS Got You Down? Cramps, bloating, headaches, fatigue, anxiety . . . sound familiar? If PMS is driving you AND your family nuts, take a look at your diet and lifestyle. According to The Healing Clinic, "Sometimes, simple lifestyle adjustments can bring tremendous relief from menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms." For some terrific ideas, visit Susun Weed's Ten Tips for Women With PMS. You'll find it very informative!
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June 7, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Sweet Smells
Pampering Yourself ~ Use your favorite perfume today for the fun of it, even if you're wearing baggy jeans and a t-shirt. If you smell good, you'll feel good. Even the box boy at the supermarket will appreciate your sweetness!
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June 8, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Special names
Have some sweet or funny pet names for each other, and use them. Just don't let those pet names become habitual. Be aware of what the names mean and why you use them. For example, don't call each other sweetie pie in the middle of a heated argument. Tip courtesy of FeatureSource's article, Tips to Keep Your Romance Sparkling, reprinted on our Exploring Womanhood website.
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"Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can." ~Danny Kaye
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June 10, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Backyard Swimming Pool Safety
PARENTING TIP ~ Over 350 children less than 5 years of age drown in swimming pools. Approximately 90 percent of child drownings involve swimming pools and 60-70 percent occurs in ground level residential pools. And it is not just your own pool that can be dangerous. About 50 percent of child drownings occur in the backyard pools of neighbors, family members or friends.

The wonderful truth is that every year millions of children safely splash the summer months away in private and public swimming pools across the country. Follow these basic rules and you will help ensure that the children in your life always enjoy safe swimming. CLICK HERE to read this important article on swimming pool safety.

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June 11, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Oil and Grease Stains on the Driveway
According to Mary Findley, oil and grease stains on the driveway are easy to clean up. "Kitty litter will absorb most of the oil and grease. Apply and use a brush to work it into the concrete. In the evening, pour on concentrated orange cleaner letting it set overnight. It pulls any oil or grease to the surface. Use old towels to absorb what you can and hose down." CLICK HERE to check out Mary Findley's article on natural stain removal.
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June 12, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Support Group Recognition Week
Support Group Recognition Week ~ The second week in June is Support Group Recognition Week. If you've ever benefited from a support group, this is the week to honor those members who have given so much to improve the lives of their group members. Send a card, a thank you note, or flowers and say thanks!
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June 13, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Reducing Fat in Your Diet
Eating too much fat not only makes you fat but it also contributes to the risk of heart disease and other diseases. It's not difficult to lower your fat consumption. Try using non-fat dairy products, use lean meats with all visible fat trimmed off, and remove skin from poultry. For more tips, visit Heart Healthy Eating.
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June 14, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Hair Dare
How long has it been since you've been to a beauty shop or had a new hairdo? It's a good time to make a change with the seasons. Check out the newest styles in your favorite magazines and make an appointment without telling your family. See if they notice the new you!
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June 15, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Bed time
Okay, it sounds trite but when I survey people for "couples tips" everyone (both men and women) says that the most important thing is to never go to bed mad. So, here's a TLC reminder . . . NEVER GO TO BED MAD! Do what it takes to work out disagreements, agree to disagree, stay up until it's worked out but make sure that when your heads hit the pillows, you're best friends.
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June 16, 2013: Happy Father's Day!

"If you're afraid to let someone else see your weakness, take heart: Nobody's perfect. Besides, your attempts to hide your flaws don't work as well as you think they do." ~Julie Morgenstern
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June 17, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Children and Air Bags
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 1) Never put a rear-facing child seat (those used with infants) in the front seat of a car with an air bag. 2) Make sure all children are buckled up no matter where they sit. Unbuckled children can be hurt or killed by an air bag. 3) The rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.
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June 18, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Fabric Softener Sheets
According to Naomi Knudsen, "If you use softener sheets, a half sheet works as well as a whole one. Keep an empty tissue box near your dryer for used softener sheets; use these for dusting furniture." CLICK HERE to read more Money Saving Tips for the Laundry Room.
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June 19, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month
June is Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month created to encourage citizens to adopt cats from their local humane societies and shelters. Spare a kitty's life and adopt one!
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June 20, 2013: HEALTH TIP -Great Summer Workouts: Just Add Water
According to Lynn Bode, "With warm weather season now in full gear, exercisers want to take their workouts outside and breakout of their indoor fitness ruts. But, when temperatures reach record highs and humidity levels soar, traditional outdoor workouts become less appealing. So how can you stay cool while still enjoying outdoor physical activity? One word - water. Water exercises are the perfect way to workout under the sun without overheating. You can get a total body workout without even breaking a sweat! Water workouts also provide a fun and more socially interactive exercise option. For example, parents can enjoy time at the pool with their children while also fitting in some of their weekly workout sessions. Aquatic aerobic classes also provide a social, group-setting alternative." So jump in the water and cool off while get your daily exercise. CLICK HERE for information from Lynn Bode's Great Summer Workouts: Just Add Water article.
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June 21, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Celebrate Summer
Here's a tip from author Mimi Doe. Select a day to visit your town as if for the first time. Forget chores and routines and instead strap the binoculars around your neck and head out to explore. Read some local history, eat lunch in a restaurant you've never tried, ask for directions even if you know where you're going. CLICK HERE to read our interview with Mimi Doe, author of In Busy But Balanced in which Mimi suggests ways parents can unravel the chaos of everyday routine and create a spiritually nourishing environment.
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June 22, 2013: COUPLES TIP ~ Gratitude
When one or both or you is going through a difficult time, think about all of the things in your life that are wonderful . . . your kids, your home, the sun is shining, the dog wags his tail when he sees you, your health, hot food on your table, supportive family, the smell of roses, the smell of your baby's hair, your child's smile . . . no matter how small, think about these blessings and soon, you'll help each other see your problems in a more positive light. All is not rotten in your world, especially when you have each other.
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"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." ~Dale Carnegie
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June 24, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Picky Eaters
Even the best eaters can be picky during hot Summer months. What's a mom to do? Realize that when s/he is really hungry, s/he will eat. It's normal for appetites to wane during the Summer. Make sure your child has plenty of healthy, non-sugary drinks to stay hydrated (water is best!) and offer simple healthy meals. Visit How to Deal With a Picky Eater for more suggestions.
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June 25, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Drapes and Curtains
Are your drapes and curtains dusty? Here's a quick and inexpensive way to get rid of the dust on most drapes and curtains. Toss them into your dryer for a few minutes on the fluff or air setting. Remove promptly and rehang. This removes the dust without paying for expensive dry cleaning.
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June 26, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Homemade goodie baskets
Spend a day helping your children make "baskets" (roll a paper plate into a cone and use ribbon for handles). Fill them with homemade goodies or treats. Have your kids leave them on your neighbors' doorknobs as a surprise.
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June 27, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Do You Use Tampons?
Do you use tampons? If so, you might be interested in S.P.O.T: The Tampon Health Website. According to SPOT, "Nearly all major brand tampons contain synthetic fibers. Rayon, the synthetic fiber contained in commercial tampons, creates an ideal environment for the growth of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin-1. Take care of your health and look into the possibilities of harmful tampon use.
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June 28, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Facial Scrubs
Facial scrubs remove dead, dry skin cells from the surface of your face. Choose your favorite product or make your own (Stephanie Tourles has some great recipes in Organic Body Care Recipes). Use a light touch with your finger tips and massage your face and neck in a circular motion, working your way upward. Scrub (massage!) gently for about a minute. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Be sure to avoid your eye area. You'll feel like a million bucks!
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June 29, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Together
Take walks together and hold hands, even if you are also pushing a stroller. Tip courtesy of FeatureSource's article, Tips to Keep Your Romance Sparkling, reprinted on our Exploring Womanhood website.
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"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." ~Mother Teresa
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