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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!



October 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.
October 1, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Extension Cord Check
You may think this is a waste of time but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that appliance cord failures result in fires which cause death and injury. So, take an hour today to check each of your appliance cords and extension cords. Check for wear and tear, fraying and exposed wires. Replace any that are worn. You could be saving lives!
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October 2, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, this month is dedicated to educating people about the benefits of adopting a dog from community shelters. Why adopt from a shelter? You have an opportunity to give a homeless animal a second chance in life. You also have the opportunity of choosing from an amazing variety of dogs, from mixed breeds to purebreds. By adopting an adult dog, you will already know the dog's size, looks, and temperament. Finally, by adopting from a shelter you will be directly helping to reduce the suffering caused by the country's tremendous pet overpopulation problem. For adoption tips, visit the ASPCA's Adoption Tips page.
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October 3, 2013: HEALTH TIP - How Clean Are Your Teeth?
October is National Dental Hygiene Month. When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned? You should have your teeth cleaned every six months or more often as prescribed by your dentist. So if it's been awhile, make that appointment! Visit our dentists in our experts area for more information.
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October 4, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Calming the Masses
When you're feeling frazzled and it seems that your entire household is loud and wild (in other words, driving you even more crazy), bake something that fills your house with a pleasant aroma . . . cookies, bread, muffins, brownies. The smell will help calm them down, and they'll love your treat (and if all else fails, grab a few of those cookies and lock yourself in the bathroom for a few minutes).
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October 5, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Fall Colors
With the changing of the leaves on the trees, now is a special time for romance with your mate. If you can't take a day or two for Fall foliage site-seeing, take a day drive or even an hour walk through your neighborhood. It's very romantic to walk hand in hand while looking at Nature's finest. Can't leave (pun intended) the kids? Then gather everybody in your front yard or somewhere that has lots of fallen leaves and PLAY together. Jump in them, toss them in the air and be a kid with your kids. That's romantic too! Live in an area that doesn't have lots of Fall foliage? Then site-see through some magazines that have lots of pictures or take a Vermont Fall Foliage trip through cyberspace! Whatever you do, do it together and have fun.
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October 6, 2013: WEEKLY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. ~Josh Billings
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October 7, 2013: PARENTING TIP - National Orthodontic Health Month
October is National Orthodontic Health Month. Do all children need to be evaluated by an orthodontist? No, but the recommendation for orthodontic treatment is usually made by your child's dentist. For more information, read our article Orthodontic Evaluations for Children by Jennifer Holtzman, DDS.
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October 8, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Auto Battery Safety Month
October is Auto Battery Safety Month sponsored by Prevent Blindness America. How to properly jump-start a dead vehicle battery is something every driver should know. Prvent Blindness America has a great tip sheet called 10 Things You Should Know About Jump-Starting a Car Battery. Please check it out!
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October 9, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness Month
October is Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness Month. If you know someone who has experienced a loss from any cause, write them a note or send a card and let them know that during this month, you're thinking of them and their precious baby. If you have experienced a loss, visit our Pregnancy/Infant Loss cubby. Warm hugs!
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October 10, 2013: HEALTH TIP - PMS driving you crazy?
If premenstrual syndrome is making you feel like a raving lunatic, a few simple lifestyle changes may help tremendously. According to Pamper Me Softly (like those initials?), the following "Symptom-Reducing Lifestyle Changes" can ease your symptoms ~ Exercise, Eat a Healthy Diet, Reduce Stress (especially during PMS times), Reduce Caffeine, Reduce Alcohol, Drink 6 to 8 glasses of Water, and Plan for your PMS.
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October 11, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Glowing Skin
When you wash your face at night, use your hands. Get rid of the scrubbers and wash cloths. Wash your hands and then use your fingertips to gently massage your cleanser into your face. Rinse with lukewarm water. Using wash cloths and scrubbers can irritate your skin and make acne worse. Also, if left by your sink, wash cloths, etc., can harbor bacteria. So, use your hands--the safest and most sanitary way to wash your face!
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October 12, 2013: COUPLES TIP - How are you?
With our busy schedules, it's easy to overlook things. Set aside a time each day to ask your mate, "How are you?" and then really listen to the answer. You'll be amazed at how this simple act of kindness can draw you together.
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October 13, 2013: WEEKLY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown." ~Henry David Thoreau
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October 14, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
October is the Campaign for Healthier Babies Month sponsored by the March of Dimes. If you're thinking about having a baby or know someone who is, keep in mind that there's a lot a woman can do before she's pregnant to help her baby be born healthy. Think ahead and follow these simple ABCs:
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle; don't drink, smoke or use drugs.
  • Be sure to see a health care provider before conceiving and during pregnancy.
  • Consume 400 microgram of the B vitamin folic acid every day before and in early pregnancy
Visit our Preconception Cubby for more tips!
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October 15, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - National Home Inspection Month
National Home Inspection Month was created to raise the awareness of homeowners to the importance of having their homes annually inspected before winter sets in. By having a home inspected, the homeowner is educated on the status of the home's major systems and components and can help guard against costly repairs. An annual home inspection can also help prepare the homeowner for potential catastrophes due to fire, water, earthquake and pest infestion damage.
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October 16, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - National Crime Prevention Month
October is National Crime Prevention Month. The goals of this event is to encourage people to commit to working on at least one of three levels--family, neighborhood, or community--to drive violence and drugs from our world. There are many things you can do an as individual and to help your community stamp out crime. Visit National Crime Prevention Council's excellent website.
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October 17, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Get Those Flu Shots!
October is Healthy Lung Month. Since flu shots are recommended from October to mid November, this is the perfect time to consider the seriousness of the flu and plan to get a flu shot (as it is the proven best defense against influenza). Pneumonia, however, can strike anyone at anytime of the year. The American Lung Association provides information about the importance of prevention. Read their Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Influenza and the Common Cold. Some local Lung Associations are holding flu shot clinics. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA to see if they are happening in your area.
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October 18, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Be your own best friend
When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said something good about yourself or to yourself? It's hard for many women to look at themselves in the mirror. Do it ~ and really look at that special woman looking back. Don't look at the things you don't like. Look for things that you do like and tell yourself how special you are. Go ahead ~ be your own best friend because you deserve it.
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October 19, 2013: COUPLES TIP -
Flirting anyone? When was the last time you flirted with your mate? The fine art of flirting gets forgotten in committed relationships. Flirting is fun and shows your partner that you're interested in him/her. So, flash a quick wink. Bat those eyelashes. Go ahead and whistle! Have fun and FLIRT (with each other)!
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October 20, 2013: WEEKLY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." ~Maya Angelou
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October 21, 2013: PARENTING TIP - National Family Sexuality Education Month
October is National Family Sexuality Education Month. Talking to your kids about sex isn't something a parent is born knowing how to do. It's frightening and a bit intimidating. We strongly recommend a book called, Speaking of Sex: Are You Ready to Answer the Questions Your Kids Will Ask? by Meg Hickling. "Whether your child is five and asking questions about bodies and sex and babies, or 13 and starting to experience difficult decisions and concerns about their own sexuality, this book is for you!"
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October 22, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Are your valuables safe?
Thinking about insurance isn't one of our most fun tasks, but it's one of the most important. When was the last time you reviewed your homeowners or renters insurance policy? Are you sure you have one? While many mortgage companies require homeowners insurance to obtain a mortgage, renters are usually not required to have insurance on their personal property. Take the time to make sure you are insured and that your policy is current. Is your policy based on "actual cash value" meaning you are paid the DEPRECIATED value of damaged property? If so, this could leave you in a bind to replace items at current market value. A policy written under the "replacement cost" basis reimburses you the amount necessary to replace the item with one of similar type and quality at current prices. For more information, visit InsWeb's Homeowners Insurance FAQ and InsWeb's Renters Insurance FAQ.
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October 23, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects all of us. The justice system is struggling with an increasing number of cases relating to domestic violence. The business community suffers a loss of employee productivity and absenteeism because of domestic violence. We all need to take steps to end this national problem. Volunteer your time to help at victim services programs. Support your local shelter by organizing fundraising activities. Help stop the violence now. Visit our Domestic Violence Discussion.
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October 24, 2013: HEALTH TIP - When was your last Tetanus shot?
Tetanus is a serious disease caused by Tetanus bacteria which are widespread in our environment. They are most commonly found in soils contaminated with animal and human feces. If the bacteria gets into a wound, they can multiply and produce a toxin that affects the central nervous system leading to muscle spasms and possibly death. The symptoms usually start ten days after the wound is contaminated by the bacteria, but the onset can range from three to 21 days. Children typically receive tetanus shots with their childhood immunizations. Adults, however, often forget that the immunity is not permanent. Boosters should be given every ten years for the rest of your life. If it's been ten years or you can't remember when you had a tetanus shot, check with your doctor or local county health department. Tetanus can be deadly!
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October 25, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - The EYES Have it!
Are your eyes tired, red, puffy or do you have bags? The Kitchen Cosmetics website has a great eye care page with info on how to alleviate all of those eye woes NATURALLY and in your kitchen. For example, if you have dark circles, cut a fresh fig in half, and place a half over each eye. For tired or bloodshot eyes, soak sterile cotton balls or soft cloth in cold skim milk. Place over eyes for 10 minutes. Rinse entire face in warm, then cool, water. For lots more ideas, visit Kitchen Cosmetics Eye Care page.
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October 26, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Go shopping together
Some may groan at this but go clothes shopping together. You'll get an idea of what the other likes and another opinion on what looks nice on you. You don't even have to buy anything. Try one some wild things or some things you truly like and ask your mate for their opinion. Then, switch and the other should try on things. Have fun!
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October 27, 2013: WEEKLY INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe
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October 28, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Halloween Safety Tips
Children love to dress up in costumes because it lets them express their imagination and creativity. Halloween is a day when they can do just that. And getting lots of candy while "trick-or-treating" is a wonderful bonus that just adds to the fun. Halloween does have a few dangers, but none that a few basic safety measures can't eliminate. Learn how to mitigate Halloween dangers.
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October 29, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Fireplace Safety
With the chillier weather, be sure your fireplace is safe. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Keep the bricks and mortar in good condition by repairing any cracks. Be sure that your fireplace screen completely covers the fireplace opening to prevent sparks from flying out. Keep all combustible materials at least three feet away from your fireplace and be sure a fire extinguisher is located close by. For more fireplace safety tips, visit the HPBA's Fireplace Safety Tips.
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October 30, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Sharing Information
The next time you read a magazine or newspaper article that you think would be interesting to someone else, cut it out and mail/fax it to them. If you read a book or poem that really touched you, pass it on to a friend.

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October 31, 2013: HEALTH TIP - When Was Your Last Pap Smear?

If you've given birth recently, you probably had a pap smear during your postpartum exam. If it's been more than a year, make an appointment with your care provider for an annual pelvic exam including a pap smear. Early detection of cervical cancer is the key to a positive outcome so don't put it off! Visit the National Women's Health Information Center website for more information on pap tests.
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