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Salmonella that Killed Dozens of Dogs, Sickened 14 People

So far, at least 5 people have been hospitalized by Salmonella poisoning. It is believed that tainted dog food is the colporate. 14 people from around 9 different states have reported symptoms. It can be contracted from handling infected dog food then not properly washing hands before eating. “Our folks are really wanting people to be aware of it. They want to be aware  that this is causing people to get sick because they may have product in their  homes. For every one that is reported, there may be 29 others,” said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell. In 2005, aflatoxin, a toxic mold, was found in food made at the same Diamond  Pet Foods plant in South Carolina, which resulted in the death of dozens of dogs. Fox News reported, “the company offered a  $3.1 million settlement. The Food and Drug Administration determined the deadly  fungus likely got into the plant when it failed to test 12 shipments of corn. The recall covers a number of pet food brands made at the Gaston plant,  including Canidae, Natural Balance, Apex, Kirkland, Chicken Soup for the Pet  Lover’s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge,  Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/05/salmonella-in-dog-food-sickens-14-people-in-us/?test=latestnews#ixzz1u2XYrnqL


A Seattle, WA Weekend Adventure

Last weekend I went on a family vacation to Seattle. I absolutely LOVE Seattle! It is one of my favorite cities, and I always leave wanting more. This was Zoey’s first visit there, and she absolutely loved it too. We stayed at the Four Seasons hotel which is right in the heart of downtown Seattle. We tried to fit as much in as possible. We went to the Aquarium, Zoo, Space Needle, Children’s Museum, Pike’s Place Market (more than once), and so much more! Here are some pictures from the trip.


Here is Zoey looking around from the hotel room.






Here is Zoey and my Dad.






We saw a beautiful elephant at the Woodland Zoo.





Zoey can’t pick her own nose, but the lion statue can’t complain.





Wrestling an octopus on the way to lunch.

Washington State Manhunt, Man Suspected of Killing Family and Pets

King County has reported that a husband, Peter Keller, 41, is the prime suspect for the murders of his wife, 41, daughter, 19, and the 2 family pets. The family members were shot from close range and trapped inside a burning house. They also found a dog and cat shot dead. “This is a crime of almost unbelievable evil,” said King County Sheriff Steve  Strachan. Keller has not been able to be contacted as of yet. He has been described as 5’5″, 150lbs, and considered an avid hiker. If you see this man contact the authorities and do not try to persue him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/24/police-hunt-man-after-wife-daughter-found-shot-dead-after-house-fire/#ixzz1szgXKhhv

6 Teens Got Sick after Drinking Hand Sanitizer

A new trend is forming, while 6 teens were taken to a California hospital after reportedly drinking hand sanitizer. “Dr. Bill Mallon, who works in the emergency room at Los Angeles County USC  Medical Center, told KTLA he had seen too many young people come into the  hospital with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer.” Teenagers lack having on-hand alcohol, so they often turn to other means to get drunk. “Sanitizer is 62 percent ethyl alcohol and 120-proof after distillation.” So, parents be aware of this and cough syrup, vanilla extract, and mouthwash.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/24/teenagers-drinking-hand-sanitizer-to-get-drunk-doctors-say/#ixzz1sxzdTHfM

More Illegal Immigrants Leaving US than Entering, First Time Since Depression

For the first time in four decades illegal immigration into the United States had declined. Some experts are saying that lower birthrates and other factors could leave make this a permanent trend. “’I think the massive boom in Mexican immigration is over and I don’t think it will ever return to the numbers we saw in the 1990s and 2000s,’ said Douglas Massey, a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which has been gathering data on the subject for 30 years.” Close to 1.4 million Mexicans left the US between 2005 and 2010, while the number of illegal immigrants coming to America dropped during that same period. It is believed that this could change the political game between both Democratic and Republican parties. “The reversal appears to be a result of tightened border controls, a weak U.S. job and housing construction market, a rise in deportations and a decline in Mexican birthrates, said the study, which used U.S. and Mexican census figures and Mexican government surveys. Arrests of illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States have also dropped precipitously in recent years.”

To read more about this story, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-first-time-since-depression-more-mexicans-leave-us-than-enter/2012/04/23/gIQApyiDdT_story.html

Passing along a Police Warning

This is an e-mail I received this morning, and I felt the need to pass it around. It is scary that something that seems so inconspicuous, could be full of such malice. So here it is, unchanged:

This is an actual email from the POLICE

Police Warning (Send to Everyone)


Pass this to friends and daughters!  snopes verified.  scary stuff.

Police Warning

(Send to Everyone) 

People are R E A L L Y crazy! If you are a female, take heed! If you are male and have a significant female in your life who you care about, whether it’s your wife, your girlfriend, your daughter, your sister, your niece, your cousin, your next door neighbor; whomever…………..pass this along! Always,

“Better safe than sorry!”

A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of  courtesy and got in her car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman.

As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. 

She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which

accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.

She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment.

She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.

Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her. 

This drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them.

This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards. So take heed and make sure you don’t accept cards at any given time you are alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services’

Many people are reading the Snopes review stating that this is incorrect. Of course, I cannot say whether this is 100% true or false, but being a parent I am keeping my guard up. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Like I’ve been saying, you never know what people are capable of.

Read the Snopes review here: http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/burundanga.asp

9-year-old Boy Reaches Fame with Cardboard Arcade

Caine Monroy has always had a passion for arcades. He used to take apart his toys just to see how they work. Recently, he put together an arcade made out of cardboard. He is charging people $2 to play, in hopes of saving money for college. I bet he never imagined his success. A man, named Nirvan Mullick, walked by the cardboard arcade and was so touched by this boy’s dream that he made a documentary of him. The video has had over 3.5 million views, and has helped Caine to earn over $180,000 towards college funds. On Caine’s website, it states, “As seed funding for the “Caine’s Arcade Foundation,” the Goldhirsh Foundation has generously pledged a $250,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation: for every $1 donated by the public to “Caine’s Scholarship Fund,” the Goldhirsh Foundation will donate $1 toward establishing the Caine’s Arcade Foundation to support other amazing kids!” Caine even had the opportunity to meet with one of NASA’s top rocket scientists. What an amazing story of a truly inspirational boy.

To watch Caine’s interview on Fox News, go to: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1576212759001/-year-old-builds-arcade-out-of-cardboard?intcmp=features

To go to Caine’s website and view his short film, go to: http://cainesarcade.com/thefoundation/

What The Heck Were We Thinking!

I was going through some of my families old photos this morning and thought I would share them with you. My oh my, how the styles have and will continue to change! Looking through some of these, I want to tell my mom that she, in fact, did use cruel and unusual punishments with me. I remember growing up, the style was big, baggy shirts tied into a knot at the bottom side, with long leggings that strapped under the bottom of your feet, and to top it off, a huge side pony. We have countless home videos of my cousins teaming up and doing dance routines where we would do the running man, and walk in squares, while kids in the back would be jumping side-to-side in a rotating fashion. To be honest, I was the kid ion the video with absolute no coordination or dance skills, so I was mainly flailing off from here to there with people dancing around me ha ha. The joys of being young and care free! I hope you enjoy some of these pictures! What were some of the crazy or silly things you did growing up? What was your favorite outfit?

Who Do You Love?

In memory of my daughter being away this weekend, I felt it would be a perfect time to talk about different types of love. There is romance love, which sweeps your breath away. It takes away your thought processing, so you can’t think of anything else. Often making mistakes or wandering off into a day dream that your lover will walk through the door and sweep you off your feet. Then, there is true love which some don’t believe in, or just tell themselves that so they don’t let themselves feel lonely. True love comes into a deeper wavelength. You find yourself happier and glowing inside out. You are full of energy and can’t help but wanting to become a better person. It can really change your life perspective. But, there is a different kind of love that truer and more wonderful than anything else imaginable. The kind of love that drives you mad, but melts your heart. This, my friends, is the love you have for a child. Most people say that it can only be explained by the pure experience of having a child. It starts when you have this little pea size miracle growing inside your womb, and then quickly stages and developments fly by. Soon, you can feel your baby move around or even hick up. You find yourself singing to them and cradling them automatically through your belly. When you lay down to sleep, your baby wants to wake you up and say hello! Children used to completely freak me out! I never wanted to have kids, but then I got pregnant. It has been such an amazing adventure, with all its ups and downs! Sure, there are plenty of parts that I have erased from my memory, like the birthing pain, pure exhaustion from lack of sleep, and the hell from our first week of potty training. The only thing that truly matters, is looking into your child’s face and seeing what an amazing little kid they are becoming. Getting extra love from them, just because they wanted to feel close to you. Hearing about how she is driving her Dad’s family crazy because she is talking about my constantly! Children are a true miracle, and I thought it was worth mentioning. I love you my little Zoebug!

Happy Friday!

I just wanted to stop by for a few minutes and say hello! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! My baby girl just went to her Dad’s for the weekend, and I am heading out the door to see The Hunger Games (for the second time). I have a lot of stuff to do this weekend, and my Dad is back in town from New York! I will definitely make time to come on here and post some more blogs! What is everyone up to this weekend? Any exciting plans or vacations?