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A very Special Thank you to No Non-cents Nanna’s Malika Bourne for this Guest Post!


My first guest for Christmas brought me one Christmas tree.

My second guest for Christmas brought two poinsettia plants for me.

My third guest for Christmas brought for me three boxes of xylitol. (artificial sweetener)

My fourth guest for Christmas brought to me four lanterns with lamp oil and the poison villain is lurking behind the Christmas tree.

My fifth guest for Christmas brought to me five packs of cigarettes.,

My sixth guest for Christmas brought to me six cases of beer.

My seventh guest for Christmas brought to me seven bottles of vitamins with iron and the poison villain lurked  behind the Christmas tree.

My eighth guest for Christmas brought a cold to share and eight kinds of cough syrup.

My ninth guest for Christmas brought  a bag with eight kinds of makeup.

My tenth guest for Christmas brought to visit me ten running children each with their own tube of tooth paste.

My eleventh guest for Christmas brought to me craft kits for everyone one with twelve containers of glue.

My twelfth guest for Christmas brought all of his twelve medications and the poison villain lurked  behind the Christmas tree.

The lyrics to my ‘Poison” version of the old favorite carol has no rhyme nor does it have any kind of rhythm. I hope it did accomplish drawing your attention to the fact the there is a lot of distracting hustle and bustle during the holidays. Unintentional poisonings occur without rhyme or rhythm, much like the laxities of my poetry skill . Routines are disrupted. People come and go bringing into your home an overabundance of items that could potentially poison your child if someone is not very careful.  While the words to my song only has a hint of a favorite seasonal song, without a doubt the poison villain can easily be hidden behind something with attractive decorations.

Christmas is only a few weeks away. People are busy decking their halls with all sorts of stuff that is bright and shiny or looks like candy and juice. Parents, brother, sisters, babysitters are all distracted with the festivities that too many tragedies or near tragedies occur.

Statistics reveal that holiday home mishaps send 12,oo0 people to the emergency room annually with all kinds of injuries. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, calls to the Poison Control Center increases nearly three times over the rest of the year.

Annually, with incidents rising, there have been  2.4 million exposures to poisonous substances. 80% of these involve  children less than four years old. How could this be happening to so many small children?The answer lies within the developmental characteristics of that age group. As older and wiser caretakers we do have the responsiblity to recognize the inability of a child to perform other than his/her developmental age dictates.

The most common time of day, any time of the year, when accidental poisonings occur is during the” arsenic hour”. Typically this is around five and six in the evening when dinner is being prepared. Everyone is tired and hungry. The phone is ringing. The potatoes are bowling over on the stove. Instead of carefully supervising the little on, the adults get distracted. You got the picture. Mom used Mr Clean or Windex to clean up a mess. To a child this could look like what? A bottle of Mountain Dew?  Many there is some blueberry juice in that colorful jar.

1. The child can not read a WARNING label.

2. They are fascinated by colorful labels with products that look and smell good enough to eat.

3.  They are naturally inquisitive and use all of their senses to explore an interesting object. Something that looks good, familiar, will automatically go right into the mouth to taste.

a. Toddlers and pre-school children can mistake chemical products for candy or juice. (Never call medication “candy”.)  Decongestants may appear                 to be a ‘red hot’. A potassium pill looks like and M&M. My purple Advair dickus  looks similar to a pink Bubblelious Gum dispenser.

b.  A crawling baby is directly on the floor where  many dropped items go unnoticed to the one who cleaned the floor. Anything could be down there;  pennies, pins and needles, medication, mold or ant poison. Small batteries  are shiny, easy to swallow and burn on the way down. Unless the dog found it first and no one know why Fido is sick.

Any thing that is in too big a quantity can be potentially poisonous. It could be swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Items like chemical cleaners are a no brainer. But what about the junk stuffed in my purse?  What is lying around on the bathroom counter or kitchen table?

Here is a partial list of items most of us would never think of to not be careless with.

Cosmetics, personal hygiene like deodorant, Vix, topical creams, gels, ointments, prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins(especially those really good tasting colored vitamins). Cold and cough medication, antihistamines for allergies and colds AND this one may come a surprise-TOOTHPASTE (One can overdose on the fluoride. I am know mothers who have given their children each a tube of tooth paste to carry around to snack on. They did get sick.)

Don’t forget the makeup in the purse, the shaving cream the kids used to paint with in pre-school is toxic. Glue is nothing to play with. By the way super glue and eye drops containers look very much a like. Don’t forget about the pretty colored nail polish remover or the alcohol which grandma swears you must use to get a fever down. DO NOT EVER  do an alcohol bath.

I will never forget a tiny little boy I cared for in Pediatrics. He had been born two weeks before as a perfectly healthy newborn with developmentally appropriate large motor movements and a loud cry. The  January day I was assigned to him, he had been diagnosed with paralysis from botulism poisoning.

Apparently all the relatives had gathered to see the baby at a family Christmas party. The mother was exhausted because her little boy was non-stop crying. One of the aunties volunteered to give her break. After all, she was the expert babysitter in the family. The great-aunt used an old-fashioned remedy to quiet a wailing child; honey on a pacifier. That seemed so’ natural’. Please DO NOT EVER GIVE A BABY HONEY. It has botulism in it. As adult we can shrug of a tiny amount, but a baby cannot.( Botulism occurs naturally in many things. Even the heat of an autoclave will not kill the spores. Just a teaspoon full in a town’s water supply could do the town in for good.) Every Christmas for the last 30 years I think of the little boy lying in the isolate unable to move or cry.

My lyrics had “packs of cigarettes’ in it. Everybody knows those aren’t good for anyone. The cigarette butts are lethal. They contain a very large dose of nicotine trapped in the filter. When child or animals eats it they get very sick. Remember babies will pick up even a piece of lint off of the floor and put it in their mouths.

The last items do not make up a complete list. Please be aware of all the dangers of your Christmas tree for you children and your pets. The needles off of the branches are not easily digested. Swallowing them can irritate and cause vomiting and/or puncture the lining of the intestines.

Haven’t we all seen someone eat spoons full of sugar. Mary Poppins even gave ‘a spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down.’ (NO honey, for the baby.) I can imagine a kid thinking that is sugar is sweet so much artificial sugar be sweet. Artificial sugar in overdoses can make anyone sick. Watch those packets.

I know first hand about unintentional poisoning. When I was three, my four-year old sister and I were left alone often in our parent’s apartment. I was hungry. I remember this really good tasting orange pills that Mommy had let me eat. There were gobs in this big bottle. I remember climbing on the toilet to be able to stand in the sink so I could get into that mirror thing were Mommy kept the orange candy. I ate the entire contents of baby aspirin. My sister was jealous so she told on me. Long story short, my stomach got pumped. This resulted in permanently damaging my esophageal valve.

In my next video blogs on You Tube the granddaughters and I will be demonstrating areas( like the top of the stairs and under the sinks) to install safety latches and gates to prevent injuries in the 10 month old baby in the house. Prevention is truly worth much more than a pound of cure.

If an accident does occur remove the child to a safe location and call poison  control at 800-222-1222. Depending on what you believe tha victim has ingested, or inhaled they will instruct you in what to do. Inducing vomiting  is no longer recommended.

In a subsequent blog I will go over some resources and basic life saving things you can do to help a child if they are poisoned.

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A few months ago we featured I See Me Personalized Books on our site. They are wonderful books and very well made. You can read our full review here: I See Me Personalized Books Review. I See Me Books has teamed up with Plum District so that you can get $25.oo worth of personalized books for only $12 but the deal gets better because when you sign up for Plum District using the link below you will get a $5.00 credit!! That makes $7.00 for $25.00 worth of personalized books!!!

Sign Me Up!!!

Once you sign up through the link above, visit Plum District’s I See Me Promotion and purchase your voucher. The voucher doesn’t expire until July 2, 2012 so this would make the perfect Valentine’s gift or even buy it now and put it away for Christmas!

Clover is a new app to send money with iPhone and Android devices. You get a $5 Amazon gift card for signing up, and a $1 credit in your account. , but it’s invite only. This link contains 5 invites. Make sure you share your invite link in the comments so other users can sign up, and everyone can earn from their referrals. You also get $5 per referral as well, and you can withdraw your money to a bank account, paypal, or amazon gift card.

This can make you up to $31.00!

5.00 Amazon Gift Card

1.00 Account Credit

25.00 Referral Credit ($5.00 x 5 Referral)


$31.00 in Credit 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Letters From Elise Note Card Review

I love Letters from Elise Note Cards. They are made of Acid & Lignin free card stock and each card is handmade!  They are so simple and yet perfect for sending to anyone and bringing a smile to their face. The card is so different compared to cards you would buy in a store. The white card stock background gives the REAL black and white photo the perfect contrast to stand out! I loved my card so much that I had it framed and is on my desk. The card actually looks like it was made to be framed!

You can visit Letters From Elise’ Etsy store to see the full line of Blank Note CardsArt From AustinArt CardsThank You CardsCards By Tattooed Appy they offer.

(I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

In 2011, ShopRite donated 40,000 cans of food to local food banks in commemoration of 40 years of Can Can savings by way of its famous, annual Can Can Sale. Now in its 41st year, the Can Can Sale has become extra special with the “Cans for Fans” Facebook program. The “Cans for Fans” Facebook program allows ShopRite fans to get involved in the fight against hunger. The 2012 Can Can Sale will be January 5th, 2012 until January 21, 2012. For each “Like” that ShopRite receives on their Facebook Fan page, ShopRite will donate one can of food (up to 50,000 cans) to local food banks in the communities it serves.

Be sure to go over and “Like” ShopRite on Facebook  to help donate one can of food. The more “Likes” that ShopRite receives, the more cans it will donate to those in need. Yup it is that simple and takes less than 10 seconds! So be sure to tell all your friends and family to head over and help ShopRite fight hunger.

This year you can also have some fun and upload a personal photo of yourself and join in the fun with ShopRite’s “Get Can Canned” program.  Visit Shoprite’s Get Can Canned website at www.ShopRiteCanCan.com and become a virtual ShopRite Can Can dancer. You can then upload your image and share your photo via your personal blog, Facebook or Twitter account, or posted to ShopRite’s official Facebook page. Your photo can even be emailed to friends and family.

Can’t wait for the 2012 Can Can Sale, Don’t worry! To get your sneak preview of the 2012 Can Can Sale visit www.ShopRite.com, starting on  Sunday, January 1st, 2012.

(The information about the ShopRite Can Can Sale, “Cans for Fans” Facebook program and sweepstakes opportunity to our blog was provided to me by ShopRite through MyBlogSpark.)

Happy New Year’s

Happy New Year’s to our wonderful Fans, Readers and families! 2011 was a huge success for Kathleen’s Blog Spot and 2012 will be even better. Thank you for your continued support, if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be who we are!

Girl Tells Santa She Wants Dad Home From Iraq, Doesn’t Know Santa is Dad (MUST SHARE)

I had to share this with our readers. I honestly cried. Even my husband turned his head so I wouldn’t see his eyes tearing.

( I Do Not Own This Video. All Credits Goes To CBS News Channel. I saw it online and wanted to share it with our readers.)

The Santa Video Review and Giveaway

TheSantaVideo.com allows  parents to create a video of Santa Clause visiting your very own home! Making Christmas morning even more magical! Just by uploading a picture of your Christmas tree in your own home you can create high quality video. TheSantaVideo.com utilizes green screen technology and is extremely easy to use. Parents, Grandparents or anyone who would simply uploads a picture from their home, then selects one of many Santa Claus scenario and the magic of TheSantaVideo.com‘s software brings Santa Claus right into your own home. You can then stream your video Christmas morning to allow your children to see that Santa visited their home. You also burn the video to a DVD and save for your children to have as a keepsake. When you create a video using TheSantaVideo.com you receive your video instantly by email so it is the perfect last minute gift for anyone.

TheSantaVideo.com is family owned and operated and has been bringing smiles to the faces of little ones since 2009 and love helping keep the magic of Christmas alive in children.

TheSantaVideo.com is offering a $4.00 savings on your video if you like their facebook page.

TheSantaVideo.com is going to make five (5) of our readers winners! Each winner will receive a code that allows them to make their own Santa Video to share on Christmas morning with their children! Winner will be chosen on December 23, 2011.

Click here to enter to win your own Santa Video!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using
http://MomBlogSociety.com Regardless, I only recommend products or
services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Santa Video Review and Giveaway

TheSantaVideo.com is the talk of the season, allowing parents to
create a fun, high quality, video of Santa Claus visiting their very
own home. Utilizing green screen technology, parents upload a picture
from their home, select a Santa Claus scenario, and let their software
superimpose Santa Claus right into your living room! Parents can then
stream their video or download a high quality version to share in
limitless ways including burning to DVD for Christmas morning.

TheSantaVideo.com is going to make five (5) of our readers winners! Each winner will receive a code that allows them to make their own Santa Video to share on Christmas morning with their children! Winner will be chosen on December 23, 2011.

Click here to enter to win your own Santa Video!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using
http://MomBlogSociety.com Regardless, I only recommend products or
services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Cool Gear Inc Holiday Cup Review

Cool Gear is an innovative company that offers an array of festive food and beverage storage products.  Whether you’re looking to entertain guests with festive spritzers, enjoy a wintery hot cocoa on your morning commute, or simply become immersed in the enchanting holiday season Cool Gear has you covered. Cool Gear also has a full line of water filtration bottles, Ez Freeze gear, Eco friendly products, Kid friendly products and so much more.

I love drinking coffee, tea and hot chocolate especially on the go during the winter. I have found it very hard to find a cup that does everything that I want it to do. Either the cup leaks, doesn’t keep my beverage warm or the worst burns my hand when holding it because its not insulated. The Eco 2 Go Printed Holiday Mug is my must have mug. It has everything I want. With its double-wall insulation I don’t have to worry about my hand getting burnt from holding the cup or have to wear gloves to protect my hand. 🙂 Plus it has a  spill-proof lid so I don’t have to worry about it leaking. The Eco 2 Go Printed Holiday Mug comes in various printed graphic designs including red and green ornaments, blue snowflakes, red and green stripes, and a Christmas tree. My favorite is the Snowflake. Plus the band is reversible so it is perfect all year long. The Eco 2 Go Printed Holiday Mug is the perfect eco-friendly option to transport your favorite cocoas, ciders or coffees.


Alexandria loves drinking her beverages with a straw. 99% of the time this means she is going to play with her straw and that usually means spilled drinks and messes. I love the Eco 2 Go Holiday Chillers. The cup has double-wall insulation, saving my furniture from white rings. 🙂 The cup also features the screw on lid and keeps the straw inside the cup. The Eco 2 Go Printed Holiday Chiller is available in 4 Holiday Designs. Bluesnowflake, red and green stripe, holly and Christmas-themed polka dot designs.  The Eco 2 Go Printed Holiday Chiller holds 24 ounces of your favorite beverage.


Cheyenne fell in love with her new Holiday Ez Freeze Cool Zooey! She loves snowmen so it was perfect for her. It even has a rubber grip to make it easy for her to hold. Of course Cheyenne being a two year old the cup was dropped several times and even thrown a couple but the cup didn’t break or lose it durability. I love the fact that it doesn’t leak and that it has a non-toxic freezer stick to help keep her drinks cold. Cool Gear Holiday EZ Freeze Cool Zooey cup come in three colors and and three adorable flip-top options. Kids can choose from snowman, polar bear and Santa Claus. The Holiday Ez Freeze Cool Zooey cup holds 12.5 ounces of your child’s favorite drink.

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(Thank you to Cool Gear for providing us with samples to review. Even though I received samples my opinion is my own and was not influenced by the sponsor. I received no monetary compensation for my review.)

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