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Friday, October 2, 2009

"Little Mommy" Children's Book by Sharon Kane

I RATE IT: Precious! Adorable! We love it! 5/5!
GENRE: Children's
SUB-GENRE: Little girls, Classic from 1967
TITLE: Little Mommy
AUTHOR: Sharon Kane
PUBLISHER: Little Golden Books (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-375-84820-9 (0-375-84820-7)
PRICE: $2.99(US), $3.99(CAN)
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: "THE “LITTLE MOMMY” in this story is an adorable little girl. We spend the day in her charming company as she cares for her dolls, treats their ills, gives them a tea party, feeds them dinner, and puts them to bed. Beautifully illustrated, this book has a timeless feel."


This is the most adorable children's book I have stumbled across in a very long time. Maybe in my life... Seriously I adore it! It has a lovely innocent childlike tone and is written in sing-song rhyme that is engaging. If that weren't enough the precious illustrations call up nostalgia and the beauty of a time when little girls were actually allowed and encouraged to be little girls rather than made to feel like such things were a prison and mind control and taught instead that perpetual dress-up and rowdiness equal true femininity. The child in the story narrates her day with her three dollies; "This is my house and I am the mommy. My children are Annabelle, Betsy, and Bonny (Bonnie)..." the book begins. Throughout the 22 page story we see the child and her dolls playing house, baking, laundering doll clothes, and cleaning. She interacts with other children, having a tea party with the neighbor and cooking supper for a little boy who appears briefly playing the role of daddy to the dollies. The little girl must call Dr. Dan (another little boy) when one of the dollies takes ill. "She'll be well as quick as a wink. It's just the mumbledy bumps, I think." A precious book that exhudes the sweet, busy, innocent, feminine spirit that I want my daughter to emulate! And what does my 3 year old daughter think? It's one of her favorite books to read at bedtime. :)

To purchase a copy of this book online, please visit http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/catalog/display.pperl?view=oonline&isbn=9780375848209
or to look for it in the children's book section of your favorite grocery or department store. Ours was purchased at the local bulk foods grocery; WinCo.

Porter's Salve

My number one most important thing EVER to have in the medicine chest is Porter's salve!

It's been around for just about forever... My grandma used it as a kid and now generations later I use it on my kids. It smells strongly of camphor but it works better than anything else in the world that I have tried.

Firstly it doesn't allow the wound to get infected and fights the infection off if it's already infected. It draws so it can be used on splinters. It pulls out the PAIN starting immediately on application! It is BETTER than Neosporin at reducing scarring!! In fact, it works so much better than Neosporin, it makes Neosporin look like plain Vaseline in comparison.

When I was a kid, about 11, I was running with the wheelbarrow and I lifted the handles too high... The front piece that goes in front of the wheel caught on a rock and it flipped, me too. I landed on my knees on the underside of it and one of those giant bolts that holds the legs on punctured my shin. It just cut through a perfect circle like a paper punch and pushed that circle of skin in about 1/4 inch. Into my shin bone. Mom packed it with Porter's Salve and put a band-aid on it. The Salve made it start feeling better almost instantly and within an hour I felt no more pain at all. We just kept it packed with salve, with a bandage, until it healed.

Another time, I was in the barn and the door to the milk room was stuck. When I yanked on it to unstick it, it suddenly came loose and swung into me. A rusty nasty old nail stabbed me right in the knee. Went inside and Mom helped me pour Peroxide on it and then put a band aid with Porter's Salve on it and then I went back to the barn to milk the goats. I don't even have a scar left from that one anymore!
My dad cut his finger half off once. Actually I think it was his thumb. He was using an electric saw of some sort. Not sure if it was the table saw or the little one... but somehow he sliced his thumb but good. Right into the side of the bone. Well he didn't want to go to the doctor so Mom put salve all over the wound and bandaged it up tight with a popsicle stick to keep the fragile bone secure. He has full use of that finger today and you can barely see the scar. Not saying I advocate not going to the ER when you chop your finger half off... Yikes! I'd have at least let a doc stitch me up first. But my parents were very very poor and did not have any sort of insurance or government help so a trip to the ER would have cost them the house so that's why they didn't go I guess.
When I was a teenager, 16, I was playing freeze tag in the Church downstairs with the youth group and tripped over my own feet or some imaginary rough spot in the air (yes I am that clumsy, and it's getting worse! Lol!) and fell into the window. My top half went through the window but I had caught myself on the side of the window and shoved enough to push myself back into the room where I fell into the shattered glass on the floor, unconcious. I had sliced my knee open about 2 inches long side-to-side, deep to the bone, and a big flap of flesh on my wrist was just flopping there. If I had not had my watch on, the piece of glass that sliced that flap could have done some lethal damage. I was taken to the ER and had more than 18 stitches total. I declined to have a tetanus shot. I was on some serious pain meds for the damage and kept my stitches bandaged with Porter's Salve on them 24-7. Today you would probably not notice the knee scar if my knee is bent, and nobody even notices the wrist one unless I point it out. Needless to say nothing got infected.
My sweet calico cat got attacked by some sort of predatory bird once. We found her hiding in a ditch covered in mud and unable to walk. Both her front legs were broken, snapped clear in half, at the top near her shoulders. She had 3 very deep HUGE talon holes, on in the back of her head and 2 more in her shoulders. Our best guess was an Eagle or Owl had gotten her and carried her off and she, being the brave little kitty-girl she was, would have curled her back legs up and fought for her life. And when it dropped her mid-flight, from however high it was up there, she would have landed on her front legs, snapping them both in half. Then she dragged herself to the ditch than ran the length of the property and dragged herself through the mud with her hind legs until she came to the house where my mom found her. We found out that cats don't like ACE bandages so we just had to let her heal without any support. We packed the talon holes with salve though. Her broken legs healed overlapping and she had a very short front half for the last 5 years of her life. She looked like she had her behind up the air all the time! Lol! But the talon holes... well they never got infected and healed so well you couldn't find the scars if you tried.
I used Porter's salve on my daughter's belly where the cord fell off leaving a sore-looking open hole. My husband has used it on wounds he got from sliding playing softball. I've used it on hemmorrhoids and where I tore giving birth. (Sorry, TMI! LOL!)
Last month my husband had a minor surgery to remove a cyst from his back. We kept Porter's salve on the stitches and they healed up in record time. The stitches are supposed to stay in 10-14 days but they were ready to come out at 7 or 8 days so by the time 10 days came around, the nurse was amazed it had only been 10 days.
Works great on minor things too. When the kids get ouchies I use it on them. I've used it on sunburn, cat scratches, picked skeeter bites, and bleeding hangnails. I put it on their toes at birth where they got pricked for the blood test.

The other day I got burned. Severely burned. I was carrying a pot of greasy boiling water to the sink and it splashed on my belly, instantly boiling off some of the skin it touched and leaving the rest inflamed and blistered. I had dropped the pot in the sink and ripped my shirt off in seconds and when I looked down I saw shreds of skin hanging off where it had been boiled off, leaving just the few fragile base layers of skin raw and exposed. The area it covered was about 6"x4" and I immediately thought, "I need to go to the ER!" Which if you know me is VERY unlike me. I don't go to the doctor unless it's very very serious. Well it was late and the kids were in bed and I didn't want to drive somewhere with tired kids and a bag of frozen peas on my belly so I just treated it myself. I held a wet paper towel on it for about half an hour and then slathered it in Porter's Salve with a paper towel over that and held a bag of frozen peas on it for over an hour, after which I bandaged it up with gobs of salve and took tylenol. By 12 hours later, more than 50% of the burned area was barely tender and to the naked eye looked totally healthy and back to normal! All that remained were the blisters and skinless spots. The swelling was gone and the redness except in the stripe of most seriously burned area. Well today was day 3 and I have not gone to the doctor, only kept it bandaged with the salve. I left the blistered parts unbandaged for part of the daytoday for the first time to let them get some air, but the skinless parts I have kept bandaged the whole time to prevent infection. I change the bandages and apply more salve twice a day. It is looking wonderful! At first I thought I would have scars on half my belly, but now it is looking like the scarring will be very minimal, perhaps only the skinless spots. I am glad I did not go to the ER after all because of how amazingly well the salve is working.
So, what I'm trying to say here is that Porter's Salve is the best thing in the world for wounds. Everyone should have this in their medicine cabinet instead of Neosporin IMO! Lol!
The only downside is that you have to order it by mail from the company. You have to print out an order form and snail-mail it in! But trust me it is so worth it to have this stuff, even though you have to mail order it!

Click the pic to visit the Porter's Salve website for more information and ordering instructions:

*I do not advise not going to the doctor in the cases of serious injuries or illnesses. My decision and my family and friends' decisions to decline to make use of modern medicine and doctors are our own decisions and you should not blindly base your decisions on ours. You should do your research and make an educated choice for yourself.
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

PR Welcome!

PR Friendly! Etsy welcome! I will consider all proposals. Details below...

I love reviews and giveaways! Pitch me! I will do my best to give a thorough and fair review of your product. Reviews will be posted or linked on both my blogs- see below for what that means in detail. I reserve the right to turn down anything at any time for any reason. We have 4 kids from our 11 month old baby up to our 6 year old first-grader (we hope God blesses us with more children), 1 dog, 1 mommy and one daddy at your reviewing disposal. We ♥ natural stuff, attachment parenting stuff, made in USA stuff, WAHM stuff, organic stuff, time and money saving stuff, and cooking stuff. We have sensitive skin. We hold very conservative values. We homeschool. No conflicts of interest. Tell me what you need and I'll do my best to accommodate. Email me! :) mamamirage (at) yahoo (.) com I've later found a few missed pitches that my spam filter stole because the subjects were too vague or looked spammy I guess, so I think a more specific, friendly subject would be less likely to be flagged.

I would LOVE to review your product and/or host a giveaway sponsored by you! You may choose to have me do a review and giveaway OR just a review. I only write HONEST reviews of my personal opinion/experience and will not use anyone's words/opinion/salespitch/photos that I do not agree with in my review. I will only review products my family is actually interested in and can really use. I do not accept monetary compensation for writing reviews but I do require a free product to test and keep for reviewing purposes. Consumable products must be large enough for me to be able to do an accurate review on because I want to really try it out properly! :) The giveaway item/code must be shipped or emailed by your company directly to the prize winner. Please specify prior to the giveaway being published where you will ship to (US, Canada, etc)- i.e. what countries the giveaway will be open to. I require it to be open to at least the continental US. Please specify if it will be open to the entire US or just continental states, and which, if any, other countries it will be open to.

I will give the pros and cons in my reviews as I see them and I will be totally honest about my opinion of the product, good or bad. I may decline to review something if I think that I will be unable to complete my review properly by the deadline you need it done. This is because I want to give the necessary attention to reviewing YOUR product in the fairest possible way! I hate doing a halfhearted job so this is my way of saying that if I can't do it right I will have to regretably decline or take a rain check in trying to give your product the respect it deserves.

My review will include pictures from your company/website. My review will also if possible include a minimum of one photo of my family using your product. My review may also possibly include a video of us using or talking about your product. I can have my readers visit your website (or a vendor website of your choice for your product) as part of the entry process for giveaways. If your website carries products other than the one I am giving away, I may (at your request) award multiple bonus entries to entrants who make a purchase from your website during the giveaway. This will be possible only if there is a way to check each purchase claim with your company so that nobody cheats. If you want these options included, please bring them up with me before the giveaway begins so I can accommodate you. I will try to ask about these things but I'm human and forget things sometimes. ;) I advertise my giveaways on several other blogs' linkup lists to draw more traffic.

Daddy (early 30's) - outdoorsy guy, loves hunting, camping, rock crawling, and fixing things I break. ;)
Bug (4 1/2) - loves trains, cars, climbs or takes apart everything he can get his hands on.
Mommy (that's me- late 20's) - addicted to chocolate and office supplies, loves books, baby stuff, and anything that makes motherhood easier. I'm somewhat crunchy, don't wear makeup anymore and rarely pants.
Chicklet (6 1/2) - loves dolls, playing dress up, art, reading, writing, and anything to do with babies!
Weetsie (26 months) - loves dolls, playing dress up, coloring, and is my pickiest eater and my most active toddler!
Honeypie (11 months) - starting babyfood, learning to crawl, wears both cloth and disposeable diapers, breastfed, all smiles and sunshine!
We have one large mixed breed dog and do not currently have any other pets.
Any or all of these occupants are available to help test products.

I do not have any conflicting loyalties involving anything I could or would be reviewing that I can think of. If you still have questions about any loyalty to certain companies or fields then just ask.

If you are interested in having me write a review, and optionally also sponsoring a giveaway of your product, you can contact me at the email address mamamirage (at) yahoo (dot) com with the details of your proposal. I need to know what you'll be providing me with, if you're also sponsoring a giveaway and what product it will be if different than my review product, what countries the giveaway will be open to, and if there is a specific date you need the review and/or giveaway completed on or by. Please state any special requests or considerations. Don't forget to specify which countries this should be open to (which you will ship to). Please make sure to bring up any aspects or requirements that you have an opinion or specific need for. As previously stated I try to ask all these things but I'm a human with "mommy-brain" so sometimes I forget. ;) 

Unless you request otherwise, my giveaways will run 1-3 weeks from a Wednesday to a Wednesday. We can discuss this and decide together what's best, or I can make a judgement call myself if you have no preference. Winners will be chosen by random.org, or based on a requirement specified in the entry rules. Winners will have 1-2 days (as specified in individual entry rules) to contact me on completion of the giveaway and if they do not, they forfeit and a new winner will be chosen. If this doesn't work for you please bring it up- I can accommodate most requests!

Sponsored Reviews will be posted in full on my Review and Giveaway Blog, and either in full or abbreviated with a link on my Main Blog (my personal blog).
Sponsored Giveaways will be posted at the bottom of the coordinating review on my Review and Giveaway Blog, and I will mention and link to them from the review/link for the product on my Main Blog to draw traffic from my readership. Depending on the length of the giveaway, I will post reminders every so often on the main blog for those who are new or missed it before.
In addition to this, I advertise my giveaways frequently on at least half a dozen popular giveaway blogs and blogs that host a weekly/monthly/perpetual giveaway listing to draw in new traffic. I sometimes link to my main blog on facebook as well and also use word of mouth to spread the news regarding products I'm enthusiastic about.

My two blogs, my primary one http://everypreciousjoy.blogspot.com/ and my giveaway one http://mamamiragesreviews.blogspot.com/ are LINKED. Very much linked. The review blog is newer but I wanted a way to keep all my reviews and giveaways in one place without having them completely take over the front page of my main blog. So I have buttons on my main blog that link to posts on the review blog, and vice versa. So they are essentially two halves of the same whole. I'm working on getting page rank stats up for the review blog. You can view my main blog Page Rank and Sitemeter buttons by going there http://everypreciousjoy.blogspot.com/ and scrolling down to the bottom of the lefthand column. At the time I write this I'm page rank 1.

We ♥ natural stuff, attachment parenting stuff, made in USA stuff, WAHM stuff, organic stuff, time and money saving stuff, and cooking stuff. I am very interested in reviewing anything to do with babies, as we always seem to have one around here! ;) Baby carriers / slings / wraps, cloth diapers, babyfood / babyfood making supplies, pregnancy products and maternity clothing, wooden / natural toys, playmats, items that promote better baby sleep habits, books on large family parenting and homemaking... These are by far not my only interests- remember, I will read and consider all proposals before accepting or declining.
If your business benefits any charities I would like to know so that I have the option of mentioning them in my review. Many people will spend a little more to buy from a company that donates to something they believe in so if you do that then my mentioning it is good advertising for you.

Please feel free to send me an email with any questions or proposals. I look forward to getting to know you and reviewing something for you! I am happy to work with you on any specifications or details regarding a giveaway as well- please just let me know what you need and we'll work it out. Thank you for your interest! Have a wonderful day! :)

**This PR Policy has been updated 11/22/12**
I reserve the right to update and change my policies at any time. Policy that applies to each review/giveaway is the one in effect at the time I accept said review/giveaway proposal.

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