They may be convenient, but those recently introduced, brightly colored, sweet-smelling laundry detergent pods are proving dangerous to children who mistake them for candy.

Enlarge photo Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston. But doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them. Nearly 250 cases have been reported to poison control centers.

AP Laundry detergent makers introduced miniature packets in recent months such as this one photographed Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Houston. But doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them. Nearly 250 cases have been reported to poison control centers.

Emergency calls from parents whose kids have eaten the concentrated laundry pods are rising across the country, and in Georgia.

For the first four or five months of this year, the Georgia Poison Center received 23 emergency calls about kids ingesting the pods, according to center director Dr. Gaylord Lopez. From May until now, the center has gotten 33 more calls.

“It’s more than doubled in about a month,” Lopez said.

He said in the last two days alone, the Poison Center sent three children who bit into the packets to the hospital to be checked out.

“Parents need to be extra careful about keeping the packets well out of reach of small children,” Lopez said

Jessica Sutton’s daughter bit into one of the packets that had fallen off a laundry shelf in May.

“She was throwing up, she was crying, she had detergent all the way down her body. It was not good,” Sutton, of Mableton, told Channel 2 Action News. “It’s very scary because they said it could cause the throat, tongue and lips to swell where they can’t breathe.”

Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and drowsiness — and they can come on immediately, Lopez said.

He recommended that parents first call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

“We can tell you right then and there what needs to be done,” Lopez said. “Many of these cases can be managed at home.”

Detergent companies said they are evaluating how to make the lightweight single-use pods more kid-resistant.


original source : http://www.ajc.com/news/new-detergent-pods-pose-1477114.html

Parents and grandparents, please be careful with things like this, kids love bright shiny colors. Please pass this along.






PALMDALE (CBS) — When most people think of grandma, string bikinis and ripped muscles usually aren’t part of the picture – unless you’re thinking of Ruby Carter-Pikes.

The 64-year-old Palmdale resident, known as “Miss Ruby” recently bested her 20-something competitors by scoring second place for Women’s Figure, a category judged by shoulders, lats, abs and quads, at the FitSciences Championships in Atlanta. Carter-Pikes was also a top finisher in the Fit Mom Class.


Ruby Carter-Pikes (far left) places in the top three for Women’s Figure at the Fit Sciences Championships. (credit: fitscienceschampionships.com)


“It shows that age is only a number — anybody could be fit,” Carter-Pikes said. “I mean, just cause you’re 60, doesn’t mean you have to be bent down on a stick.”

On her profile on bodyproud.org, Carter-Pikes says she was born with a heart condition that would affect her breathing. After several family members died of high blood pressure and diabetes, Carter-Pikes said she wanted to be an example of how to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle.

While working for the Department of Defense in Chicago, Carter-Pikes said she took on the role as personal trainer to help employees make use of the company’s fitness center. She then started competing in local races, marathons and body building contests. The mother of four, who started body building at age 51, has a case, showing off more than 20 fitness trophies.

“Rather than feeling that it is genetic…I know first hand that these diseases can be managed by simply making small changes in what one eats and how it is prepared,” Carter-Pikes wrote. “And it is definitely to one benefit to incorporate some kind of physical activity into his/her daily schedule.”


original source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/07/13/local-grandmother-wows-judges-at-body-building-competition/


All I can say is wow!!!! Another grandmother making her dreams come true!!







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Parents, teach your kids to save money!!!

This is the first in my new series on Family Budgeting, bookmark this site so you can follow along with me and add your thoughts along the way.

Today’s tweens and teens, for the most part, don’t understand the life skills of earning, saving and spending money. Their minds aren’t geared towards investing and how necessary it is. You, the parent, are the teacher.

The best time to start teaching your kids to save money is in early childhood. Let them know that money = a way to get what they want/need. Money management is an ongoing education through life and it’s never too soon to start the lessons.

1. Your children should be educated of the meaning of money.

As soon as they know how to count, it’s time to start teaching your kids the real meaning of money. Explain simply and often, and be consistent in your lessons. If what you say and what you do with your own money doesn’t match up, they will be off to a bad start. This is the first and most important lesson on teaching your kids to save money.

2. Explain to them the value of saving money.

Never shy away from money questions they throw at you. Answer honestly. That doesn’t mean that they need to know every problem  you have or how much everything costs. You can simply explain that you’ve saved some from every check for a while to make a big purchase, or that you had to work overtime to get something extra.

 3. When giving out weekly/monthly allowances, give it to them in smaller bills. kids money

That makes it easier for them to take part of it and be encouraged to save for something they want. Explain the money should be saved for that new toy or new pair of shoes they want, things that are above their needs that you provide. Kids and money are soon easily parted, encourage them to not spend it all in the candy store!

4. Teach them to work for money.

Personally, I think allowances should be tied to chores. If you want, you can set a base allowance and add to that for chores that are done. Give them a clear expectation of what they are to do and what they will get for it.

If you are willy-nilly in handing out money, they will be the same in what they do to receive it. If you give them an allowance that isn’t earned when that is what you have previously said, you are setting a bad example and teaching them to have a lazy work ethic.

5. Piggy Banks are a great way to start the young ones. Family Budgeting

Especially a clear one. They can see the fruits of their efforts. As they get older, open a bank account for them and show them how to keep a bank book so they can see it grow. If they see no growth, they will lose their motivation.

Handling money is not something you can teach your children overnight. Be consistent, be encouraging!! Give bonuses if you can from time to time. Most of all, be patient. Surely you have made mistakes along the way. They will too, but with your help, they can learn from them.

I will be bringing more in this series on how to teach your kids to save money in a Family Budget series so watch for more.





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