Rose and the Wish Thing

Rose-and-the-Wish-Thing-Lrg

Caroline Magerl’s new children’s picture book, Rose and the Wish Thing, will surely strike a chord with children, parents and teachers alike.  Moving to a new city or town, or any change for that matter, can be a daunting task and it’s not always easy to adapt.  Rose’s story, coupled with beautiful illustrations, shows us that sometimes what we’re looking for is right outside our own window.

Rose is a new face in a new street…she looks out of her window but won’t step out of her own front door. Instead, she calls for something “small and far away,” and a wish thing answers by beginning an epic journey in a tired brown box. When at last the wish thing arrives, Rose ventures out of her front door to find what was always waiting for her there…

title-1170x400 (1)Meet Caroline Magerl: talented author, artist, illustrator and print-maker. Magerl immigrated to Australia from Germany as a young girl and spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents’ yacht, sailing the east coast of Australia. This lifestyle accommodated little in the way of possessions, and so she especially treasured the East German picture books gifted to her by her Great Oma; “the two languages of imagery and words whose interplay had a profound impact on me”.

Tips on Organizing the Medicine Cabinet

medicine cabinetIt’s a bitter cold winter for many this year, but before long spring will be in the air along with allergens, sun burns, insect bites and scraped up knees!  Now is a great time to for you add a few necessary supplies to your medicine cabinet so you are ready for spring’s medical needs. “Clearing the Clutter” in this one area of your home will get rid of outdated medicines so you are prepared for what ever comes your way later this year.

Let’s start by gathering all the medicine in your house to one location. Now you can go through all of it at the same time.  As you are checking expiration dates on the bottles or boxes, start categorizing your medicine.  For example; children’s medicine and adult medicine. From there make sub-categories; allergies, cold, flu, upset stomach, antibacterial ointment and so on. Keep in mind that expired medicines lose their effectiveness and nearly empty bottles create clutter and may not even have enough medicine left for a full dose.

As for the disposal of your medicine, some people liked to throw it into the trash while others preferred to flush it down the toilet. Now we know that medicine can actually get into our soil, creating an environmental hazard.  A good disposal option is to contact your local pharmacy. Many pharmacies have established drug recycling programs. Some take old pills back at any time while others hold periodic drives to collect expired medicine. Protect our environment and seriously think about choosing this last option.

Now that all of your medicine is thoroughly checked and categorized, look to see what duplicates of items you may have that you can store in two places.  I would suggest keeping all adult medicine in your master bathroom, including any prescriptions that you currently use. In your kitchen you might want to keep vitamins, children’s Motrin or Tylenol, or any medicine that you need to administer daily/frequently to family members (allergy medicine, current antibiotic or cold medicine).  You may want to consider having some of these medicines in your main bathroom, too.  If your child wakes up in the middle of the night coughing or crying from an ear infection, it is nice to have their medicine handy rather than running back to the kitchen to get the needed item. I also like to keep a Ziploc bag of Neosporin, antiseptic foam wash, Band-Aids, sunscreen and children’s chewable Motrin tablets in the glove box of my car for any collisions/accidents the boys may have while playing at the park.

Some things you may want to make sure you add to your medicine cabinet later this spring are sunscreen with the right amount of SPF protection, Aloe Vera to treat burns, insect repellent and insect bite relief. Do make sure you have a heating or cooling pack for sprains.

If storage is an issue in your bathroom, try Sterlite’s three-drawer units. They are great for organizing your medicine.  Again you can categorize each drawer.  One for pain reliever, one for cough and cold, and a bandage drawer. They are around $20 at Target or Wal-Mart and are deep enough to hold a full-size bottle of pain reliever, cough syrup, or a bandage box. Each drawer can be fully removed so you can take the entire “cold” drawer to your child’s bed to take their temperature and administer medicine or take the “bandage” drawer to the child with the scraped knee or elbow.

Once you have organized your medicine cabinet you will be surprised how much faster you can find any item for which you are looking. Most important of all is that you will not have to worry whether the product is still “good” to use. Take some time during these long winter evenings, and play a great game of “toss or save” with your medicines, and you will thank yourself when the warmer weather arrives….and you will also be ready for any winter colds or flu that take members of your family by surprise, especially in the middle of the night!

michelleAuthor Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter” Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune.  Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations.

Photo credit © Dave Bredeson

Treat Yourself to a Wonderful Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day

February is here, which means one thing – Valentine’s Day. It’s a time to show how much you love your significant other, kids, best friends, and family. But it’s also a time to throw your diet plans to the wind and dig into some sweet treats. Here’s five fun and easy delicacies you should treat […]

[Continue reading...]

The Rechargeables: Eat Move Sleep – Book Giveaway

The Rechargeables

From the co-author of How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids, the book that started a conversation about the importance of positive interactions in schools and homes around the world, comes a timeless story about how to be healthy and create energy in our daily lives. Through a series of brief adventures, Poppy and Simon […]

[Continue reading...]

How to Prepare Shoes for a JBF Sale

JBF Shopper

We’ve produced this video to help you when it comes time to prepare your gently used shoes for a local JBF sale. Use our tips and tricks to get children’s shoes ready and organized. Just Between Friends is North America’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales event. Sell your gently used items and make up […]

[Continue reading...]

Dadhood: What Do Your Children See in You?

The Power of Dadhood

Someone once said it is none of your business what people think of you. I think that is probably great advice. Certainly someone with this philosophy will not likely suffer from anxiety. However, I believe there is one very important exception to this rule. It is vitally important what your children think of you! In […]

[Continue reading...]

Can I Tell My Children When I’m Wrong?

Can I Tell My Kids When I'm Wrong?

This question speaks to the issue of modeling. That is acting in a manner we wish our children to act. On one hand, as role models for children, parents want to present themselves as being pretty terrific people. When children look up to us it meets our needs for love and belonging. When children are […]

[Continue reading...]

Best Tips on How to Organize your Refrigerator

Organize Your Refrigerator

With winter and a New Year beginning, it time to eat healthier and save money, so let’s get your refrigerator in order.  Honestly, when was the last time that you totally cleaned out your refrigerator? Maybe today is the day to do this project! Just like your closet, if you don’t know what you have, […]

[Continue reading...]

Five Sure Ways to Raise a Responsible Child

Teaching responsibility

As an experienced clinical child psychologist I believe the ultimate goal of any parent is to rear an independent, responsible child. While at first glance this may appear obvious, if we observe most parents in action on a day-to-day basis, it becomes evident that many parents have no idea how to achieve this objective. Most […]

[Continue reading...]

7 Ways To Teach Happiness To Your Kids

7 Ways To Teach Happiness To Your Kids

Happiness is the “Holy Grail” of parenting. While all of us want our kids to be happy and successful in life, we may not know exactly how to achieve this goal. Fortunately, the “science of happiness” can show us the way. Years of research have revealed certain habits and beliefs that make us happier, more […]

[Continue reading...]