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What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

06/02/14

What's the difference between dry drowning and secondary drowning?

Many of you may have seen the article going around Facebook recently about dry drowning. I had never heard of this before, and to be honest, I kind of thought it wasn't a real thing. Usually when articles like that go viral, they send parents into an unnecessary panic. But after further investigation, it turns out that it is a real thing, and it is something we all need to be aware of.  The article going around was about a little boy named Johnny (Jon Jon) who sadly lost his life. According to the article, his mother knew he had taken in some water while swimming, but they got home, bathed, had a conversation, etc. Like most kids, he seemed overly tired after a long day of swimming and went quickly to bed. Later when his mom went to check on him, hours after...

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Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

05/13/14

Andy B's Free Summer Bowling Sign-Ups!

We are feverishly working on getting all of the summer events, deals, etc. etc. together for our June issue. Summer will be here before you know it! But if you're a stay-at-home mom, or like me, your kids get out of school earlier than most, I wanted to share with you that Andy B's Kids Bowl Free deal is already available for sign-ups. I've included the ad below with all the information and if you click on it, it'll take you to the website. Get your bowl on!  

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Mother's Day on the Real

05/12/14

Mother's Day on the Real

Look, I'm not slamming anyone for posting photos on Facebook or Instagram of themselves with their perfectly matching/monogrammed rompered wearing children yesterday. It's your day and you can live in whatever fantasty land you choose. I'm not being sarcastic. Really, I'm not. Whatever you want to do on Mother's Day is your bag, man.  I'm just saying that I know for a fact that atleast one of my friends went on a wonderful family hike, followed by picking ticks off of their son's penis the rest of the afternoon.  Mother's Day Survival Tip #1: Keep your sense of humor.  A veteran mother once told me "keep your expectations low for Mother's Day - it never turns out to be quite as wonderful as you think it should,...

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Tulsa Community Centers' Swimming Schedule

05/05/14

Tulsa Community Centers' Swimming Schedule

I live in midtown and I'm a huge fan of the Whiteside Recreation Center. I'm a regular at Bikes n' Balls with my toddler and we are off-and-on with their gymnastics lessons. While I was there last week, I picked up their summer swimming lessons schedule and thought I'd share it with you all. The prices for these lessons are very affordable, and while I've never actually participated in their swim activities, if it's like the rest of their stuff, it'll be good. It also includes some other community centers around town.      This is just a small sampling of affordable activities Whiteside offers for all ages. Click here to check out their website. 

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Summer Swimming: I'm in deep!

04/28/14

Summer Swimming: I'm in deep!

This past weekend we went to a friend's house for a Crawfish Boil. If you're looking for a cool party idea, check into it - it was my first and it was tons o' fun. They had a swimming pool with a heater, so it was just warm enough that keeping the kids out of the pool was not an option.  My oldest, still in floaties, is at a good age where I don't really have to get in the pool with him. He'll be starting swimming lessons soon, and although I'd never trust him 100%, he grasps the concept of water safety. My youngest, who will be two next month, is not at any sort of good age for any sort of water activity. The first (and almost as frightening) reason is because I have to get in the pool. Meaning I have to be in a bathing suit. In front of people....

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Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

04/07/14

Mmm Hops, Hanson, Beer = Mind Blown

OK. Let's take a glance back to the mid-90s when little Abby was deep into the tween life - rocking Doc Martens, smelled of Abercrombie perfume, had horrible hair ala an addiction to Sun In, and had a poster of Taylor Hanson in her room. Those were the days. And yet I had no idea that someday I would be living in the very same town as the three Hanson brothers, and that unlike most child-stars, they would actually become functional (atleast that I know of) and dare I say MORE attractive adults. Surely, all the 30ish women in Tulsa have their own Hanson brother sighting stories. While I've never actually seen them, atleast three of my friends have (and a few friends of a friend), and according to them, they are, in fact, just as dreamy as I have them imagined...

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Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

04/02/14

Grumpy's Garden Isn't So Grumpy

Sometimes I get tired of going to the park. It seems like we get into a little bit of a park rut. So, I've been trying to do things that will be entertaining for the kids and me. And I really just need to get out more, in general. I go to the same places over and over, when there's so much to be seen in our area. Separately, I'm looking for a chiminea. There's nothing like throwing some pinonwood in a chiminea on a nice spring Sunday, while the kids play in the backyard and I may or may not have a nice glass of vino (or two). So, I pass by Grumpy's Garden on my way to work everyday and decided we'd finally check it out. And turns out, it's kind of magical. First of all, I'm a sucker for small, local places and this is definitely one of...

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The CAN Superhero Challenge

03/18/14

The CAN Superhero Challenge

Superheroes are celebrities at my house. I've had multiple conversations about whether Flash is faster than Superman, or if Batman is stronger than the Hulk. Sound familiar? If so, I'm about to make your day. On Sunday, March 30th the Child Abuse Network (CAN) is holding their first-ever Superhero Challenge. The challenge will include age-appropriate obstacle courses, refreshments, etc. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superhero. Let me set this up for you - a bunch of little kids running around dressed up like superheroes. It's going to be epic! Like their Facebook page, and get signed up!

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On the Streets of Phildelphia

03/05/14

On the Streets of Phildelphia

Hello? Hello? Is anybody out there? Are any of the 5 followers I have still following me since I haven't posted in months? Mom, are you even still there? Like most of you, I've been drowing lately. I just can't seem to gain traction in my life. I just keep running around putting out fires, but not actually getting anything done. You know the whole fold the laundry, but never put it up situation. And then you get hit in the face with a snowball, or in a work at home mom's situation, a snow day. Look, I'm a winter person (or more so not a bathing suit person), but this winter can just MOVE ALONG. And then last weekend we had a magazine conference in Phildelphia. So, I signed up a couple of months ago thinking it would be fun, and besides, it was months away,...

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Blitz United Youth Academy Open Skills Training

01/27/14

Blitz United Youth Academy Open Skills Training

This will be short and sweet, but I just wanted to let you all know about a Wednesday night gem. If you're like me, paying introduction fees and committing to long-term extracurricular activities is a deal breaker. My kids have to love it before I'll drop a $60 intro fee for a 4-year-old anything. Enter, Blitz United's opens skills training night! It's every Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Soccer City. It covers almost every age. My niece is 9, my nephew is 5 and my son is 4, and they're all split up according to skill level. The best part...it's $5/ kid and there's no commitment, or sign-up. You just show up with your kid and $5, steer them to the field and they're off for an hour of skills training with some pretty awesome instructors. Here...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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