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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!

September 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.
"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." ~Elinor Smith
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September 2, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Baby Safety Month
September is Baby Safety Month. Courtesy of the Paranoid Sisters, in honor of this special month and its 30 days, we are providing you with a 30-day plan to tighten up your safety belts in and around the house. Set aside a small amount of time every day, mark it on your calendar and then follow this plan to a safer environment for your baby. Click here to get started!
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September 3, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Can Opener Care
When was the last time you cleaned the cutter on your electric can opener? Use an SOS pad or a similar scouring pad. If food is caked on the blade, soak the cutter in hot water for a few minutes and then use the scouring pad. Be sure to rinse clean. Bacteria can form on the cutter so be sure to clean it frequently.
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September 4, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Got old books?
Do you have a bunch of old books laying around collecting dust? Gather them together, dust them off and take them to your local library, senior citizen's home, veteran's home or other charity. If you have children's books that your kids have outgrown, your neighborhood school may want them for their library or a local preschool may need them.
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September 5, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, some symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Vague, but persistent gastrointestinal upsets such as gas, nausea and indigestion
  • Frequency and/or urgency of urination in absence of an infection
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss, particularly weight gain in the abdominal region
  • Pelvic and/or abdominal swelling, bloating, and/or feeling of fullness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Abnormal postmenopausal bleeding (this symptom is rare)
Visit the Ovarian Cancer Coalition website for more information.
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September 6, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Rough feet?
If your feet are rough and tough from a busy barefoot summer, try this tip. Before bed, rub vaseline or even olive oil into your feet. Put on some white cotton socks and tuck yourself into bed. In the morning, your feet will feet soft and smooth.
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September 7, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Pleasure Your Mate Month
September is Pleasure Your Mate Month, created to promote love and show appreciation to your mate. Look for new ways to create happiness together. Use this event to establish a life-long habit of sharing pleasure. Tip courtesy of FeatureSource's article, Tips to Keep Your Romance Sparkling, reprinted on our Exploring Womanhood website.
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"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open." ~Alexander Graham Bell
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September 9, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Prevent Choking
From the American Academy of Pediatrics ~ What you can do to prevent choking!
  • Keep these foods from children until 4 years of age. Nuts should not be given children until age 7 or older . . . hot dogs, nuts, chunks of meat or cheese, whole grapes, hard or sticky candy, popcorn, chunks of peanut butter and raw carrots.
  • Insist that children eat at the table, or at least while sitting down. They should never run, walk, or play with food in their mouths.
  • Cut food for infants and young children and teach them to chew their food well.
  • Supervise mealtime for infants and young children. Many choking incidents occur when older brothers or sisters give dangerous foods, toys, or small objects to a younger child.
  • Avoid toys with small parts and keep other small household items out of reach of infants and young children. Follow the age recommendations on toy packages. Keep these items away from children: latex balloons, coins, marbles, small toy parts, pen or marker caps, small button-type batteries, small compressible toys that can fit entirely into a child's mouth.
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September 10, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Clean Those Gutters!
With the Fall season upon us, while you're out raking leaves, be sure to clean out your gutters to accommodate the upcoming wet weather.
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September 11, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Leave a Treat
The next time you use a vending machine, leave enough change in the machine for the next person to get their treat free.
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September 12, 2013: HEALTH TIP - National Cholesterol Education Month
September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Have you ever had your cholesterol tested and do you know what your levels are? Blood cholesterol plays an important part in deciding a person's chance or risk of getting coronary heart disease (CHD). The higher your blood cholesterol level, the greater your risk. That's why high blood cholesterol is called a risk factor for heart disease. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of men and of women in the United States? Lowering cholesterol slows the fatty buildup in the arteries, and in some cases can help reduce the buildup already there. All adults age 20 and over should have their blood cholesterol (also called "total" blood cholesterol) checked at least once every 5 years. The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all healthy Americans ages 2 and above adopt an eating pattern lower in saturated fat and cholesterol to lower their blood cholesterol. The recommended eating pattern for everyone in the family over 2 years old is:
  • less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.
  • an average of 30 percent of calories or less from total fat.
  • less than 300 mg a day of dietary cholesterol
Please take a moment to find out more about cholesterol at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program website.
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September 13, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Take a 15-minute vacation
When you can't take a real vacation but you need to "get away from it all," close your eyes and take a 15-minute fantasy trip. Imagine yourself on a gorgeous beach with the warm sun and gentle breezes. Or how about flying down a mountain slope in Aspen on a new pair of skis? You might even get online (as you are now obviously) and visit one of the travel sites for cyberbrochures which will give your imagination lots of fodder. After 15 minutes, you'll be ready to tackle the real world again! And your trip won't have cost you a thing. Enjoy!
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September 14, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Stargazing
After you tuck the little ones in, make a date with your mate to stargaze. Lay a blanket down in your back yard, bring some treats (your favorite drinks, some cheese and fruit, etc) and lay back to watch the stars. Don't forget to look at the stars twinkling in your mate's eyes!
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"One of the secrets of life is learning to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks." ~Jack Penn
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September 16, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Protect Your Kids in the Car
The safest place for any child 12 years old and under is in the back seat. Every child should be buckled in a child safety seat, a booster seat, or with a lap/shoulder belt, if it fits. Please check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat.
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September 17, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Repairs
Feel overwhelmed at the amount of little things that need to be done around your home? Forget about the number and just start! Choose one thing, however small, and see that it gets done. This could mean doing it yourself, asking your mate, or calling a repair person. Once that "thing" is completed, chose another and methodically work through your list. You'll feel good that you got started and are making progress rather than feeling overwhelmed at the whole list. Remember that you'll never have a clean slate of home repair/clean-ups so don't fret . . . just get started!
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September 18, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Spare Blooms?
While grocery shopping, let someone move in front of you at the checkout line. You won't believe the smile you'll get, especially if the person only has a few items and your cart is full.
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September 19, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Are you getting enough of the good fats?
Good fats? Are there such things? You bet, and they're called "Essential Fatty Acids" (EFAs) ~ "essential" meaning you must have them to live. Your body doesn't manufacture EFAs. You must consume them in your diet, but they aren't found in french fries and potato chips. EFAs, also known as Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (linolenic acid), are found in fish, seeds, grains, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil and black currant oil. From preventing heart disease to alleviating premenstrual syndrome, EFAs are "essential," and if you're like most Americans, you're not consuming enough. Read Essential Fatty Acids for more information on the importance of EFAs and how you can add them to your diet.
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September 20, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Tired eyes
If you're eyes are feeling tired, cover them with two cold cucumber slices. Lay down for about 15 minutes and rest. You'll feel invigorated and those eyes will feel better.
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September 21, 2013: COUPLES TIP - Create a hope chest
Hope chests aren't just for young girls planning weddings. Create one for the two of you. It doesn't have to be fancy and shouldn't be big. Inside, each of you should place your hopes and dreams. For example, if you dream of taking a Caribbean cruise someday, place some travel brochures in the chest. If you want something special for an upcoming birthday, include a picture or a note about it in the box. Your mate will see the picture/note and (hopefully!) get the hint. Place pictures of a home you might like to build in the future. Include things you would like to do together, items you might like to buy, and thoughts about your dreams for the future that aren't necessarily material items. Have fun and dream - together.
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"We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves." ~Alice Bloch
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September 23, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Important Numbers
When an emergency happens, you don't have time to fumble for phone numbers. Keep a list by every telephone in your house that includes your doctor, emergency room, poison control center, ambulance, fire department, police, neighbors who can help in an emergency, etc. Include numbers that you know because in time of an emergency, your mind might draw a blank. Make sure your children know how to dial 911 and WHEN they should use 911.
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September 24, 2013: HOME CARE TIP - Preserving Dark Clothes
According to Naomi Knudsen, "When washing dark clothes for the first time use cold water and put 1 tablespoon of salt in the water. The salt helps set the color. To brighten dark clothes after they have been washed several times, repeat the procedure." Read more from Money Saving Tips for the Laundry Room.
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September 25, 2013: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS - Become the "Thank You Fairy"
Celebrate Fall! Here's a tip from author Mimi Doe. Begin the magical tradition of a "thank you fairy," who leaves little goodies and notes for jobs well done.

Read more from our interview with Mimi Doe, author of 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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September 26, 2013: HEALTH TIP - Laughter really is the best medicine!
Did you know that laughter . . . strengthens your immune system, increases your cardiovascular flexibility, dampens your undergarments, replenishes your creative juices, releases and transforms your emotional pain, destroys your conservative reputation, increases your intellectual performance and boosts information retention, and a myriad of other things? Yes! Seriously though, laughter truly does help keep you healthy. If you have trouble laughing (and we all do from time to time), visit Laughter Therapy.
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September 27, 2013: PAMPERING TIP - Gift of Flowers
A sure fire way to brighten your day is with flowers. Treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet to set on your nightstand, desk or other special place. Stop at your neighborhood florist on your way home from work. If you have lots of garden flowers, pick your own bouquet and stick them in a favorite vase. Go ahead ~ treat yourself!
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September 28, 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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"Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are." ~Marianne Williamson
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September 30, 2013: PARENTING TIP - Getting Your Children to Help Out
The Messes! Getting your little ones to help you can be a struggle, but having your kids help out teaches them about responsibility, neatness and consequences. Start out small, encourage their efforts and remember your patience! Visit Simple Mommy Secrets to Choosing the Right Chores for Kids for some great ideas.
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