Saturday, March 15, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here's hoping that everyone is finally enjoying somewhat "Spring-y" weather.  St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and From the Heart Stamps has just released some new Hamlet PigWit stamps!

Join the challenge this month to receive a new FREE image for the next month's challenge.  This particular stamp set has a St. Patrick's Day Hamlet PigWit as well as a Spring Hamlet PigWit and sentiments!

Thanks for stopping by to visit. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

OWH Memorial Day Weekend Bloghop


Welcome to the 2013 OWH Memorial Day Weekend BLOGHOP! We have so much inspiration for you this weekend.  Pull up a chair and enjoy!

Our theme was to make a Thank You card using one of the sketches from OWH.  Please check the OWH site should you need a card sketch.  The site lists almost 200 sketches to download plus the blog has others! I really like that the sketches have measurements.

OWH always needs your handmade cards for our heroes to use to write home, but we also need Any Hero cards to send to our heroes who are serving.  These are cards that you write a note in, tell them about local happenings you think they might enjoy hearing about, or tell them "thanks" for serving for us. It's always nice for our heroes to hear a voice from back home! Get you children involved making cards for our heroes too. 

Here is my card for the hop.  I started out using one of the OWH sketches....but went so far awry that the sketch is no longer viable. Oops!  Sometimes that happens!

Thank you for supporting and remembering our heroes!

Enjoy the hop!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

You really need to know...

Brain Injury…aka concussion

 What is a concussion?
"A concussion is a brain injury that temporarily alters brain functions. It usually is the result of a direct blow to the head, but it also can be the result of a blow elsewhere on the body that has sufficient force to affect the head. Most young people are not knocked out during a head injury, and many do not experience any memory loss. Often, a concussion does not show up on an MRI or CT scan." (

Most of you probably associate a concussion with a contact sport. We all hear about concussions in professional football - even in high school sports. But you do not have to be playing a sport to sustain a concussion.
Another little known fact is that concussions in children and teens are MORE SERIOUS than in an adult as their brains are still developing and are more fragile.

What do our educators know about concussions in teenagers???

I'm sure that our educators are very complacent with their concussion knowledge. Schools have policies that require a baseline ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test. This is ONLY an aid. It is not a cure. It is not a solution. THIS DOES NOT INSURE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE THE HELP HE NEEDS.
I have found that teachers, coaches, trainers, and school administrators have NO CLUE about BRAIN INJURIES.  And furthermore, even with the technology available to us today, parents are having to educate the educators. Schools NEED to have workshops for TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, and PARENTS. The school nurse is often the ONLY person who knows about concussions and as most of you know, she is not the one who is in daily contact with your child.  She has no influence on what is done in the classroom. The TEACHERS and ADMINISTRATORS need to be informed and trained because those are the people who dictate what is being done in the classroom to help a student with concussion symptoms.

More later.