The Big Book of Symptoms {Review and Giveaway}

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Have you ever wondered whether your child’s symptoms were normal, something you could treat easily at home, or something that required medical attention? If you’re a parent, you’ve probably questioned symptoms more than once. I know I have.

With the internet so accessible nowadays it’s easy to look things up online, but it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish bonafide expert advice from the opinions of paranoid parents. Plus, there’s just something to be said for having a book right at your fingertips, with dozens of common children’s symptoms indexed for quick reference.

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The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health is such a book. It’s published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and edited by two pediatricians who are respected in their field. You can be fairly sure that the information you find inside is similar to what you would hear if you called up your family’s pediatrician.

The Big Book of Symptoms is divided into two parts – three chapters that include common childhood symptoms, divided into age categories (infants, babies & children, and teenagers), and two additional chapters on CPR, First Aid, and safety.

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The information in the book covers a wide range of symptoms, including colic, fevers, jaundice, eating disorders, allergic reactions, and nosebleeds. The symptoms are arranged alphabetically within the proper age range, but are also searchable via the index. Each symptom includes a general overview, and additional pertinent information, followed by a chart covering Your Concerns, Possible Cause, and Action to Take. What I appreciate about the Action to Take column is that it’s straightforward and calm. A lot of the information you find online is so filled with emotion that it can strike fear in a mama’s heart over even the tamest of symptoms.

We have a cupboard to the left of our sink where we keep our oils, medicines, vitamins, and our other healthy family books. I’m going to be adding this book to that stash for easy reference next time we have a question about one of our kids’ symptoms. The Big Book of Symptoms also came with a pull-out chart of CPR and First Aid information, and I’m going to tape it onto the inside of the cupboard door.

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Have your kids exhibited symptoms in the past that you wish you could have diagnosed quickly?

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Buy it now! The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health is now available for purchase. You can buy a copy at the AAP online bookstore, Amazon (affiliate link – thank you!), or at bookstores around the country.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the product mentioned in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are still my own. This post may contain affiliate links.

Strawberry Picking

About two weeks ago, I took the boys strawberry picking, along with my mom, two of my sisters, and two of my nieces. The boys love to be outside, so they really enjoyed it, even though we went on the hottest day we’d had so far this year. We spent about half an hour in the strawberry patch and although they didn’t contribute to the buckets of berries we took home, both Callan and Charlie enjoyed eating their freshly picked produce. Callan ate on the move, while Charlie just sat in one spot and munched away.

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Look! I was really there! (Thanks for the photo, Mom.)

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Ozeri Green Earth ceramic frying pan (review)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

So, you probably know by now that, although we’re far from perfect, our family does make an effort to cut down on chemicals and use healthy (or healthier versions of) everyday products. This includes our cookware.

Traditional nonstick surfaces are coated with PolyTetraFluoroEthylene, or PTFE, made using PerFluoroOctanoic Acid, or PFOA – after repeated exposure to high temperatures, this coating begins to break down, releasing harmful toxins into the air. The Ozeri Green Earth pan has a nonstick ceramic coating that’s completely free of PTFE and PFOA.

But does it work? In the video below, you can see how easily I was able to flip an egg (while taking the video with my phone), and that there was nothing stuck to the pan when I was finished. I had put in about a 1/4 tsp.  of olive oil and used a paper towel to rub it across the bottom, then wipe out all the excess, leaving barely a film on the bottom of the pan. I don’ t think I’ve ever flipped an egg that easily before! The waffle weave or honeycomb pattern does show up on whatever you’re cooking though, so if you’re concerned with presentation, that’s important to note.

The Ozeri Green Earth pan is made of aluminum (but coated in ceramic,  so you don’t have to worry about aluminum leaching into your food), with a magnetized bottom. Having a magnetized bottom allows the pan to work with an induction burner.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make you love a company though. Those small details that show they really care about their customers. For Ozeri, that little detail was the pan protector that they included with the frying pan, so that when another pan is set on top of it for storage, it doesn’t get scratched. It’s just a piece of felt that unfolds to sit inside the pan, but it makes a big statement.

I haven’t been using this pan very long, so I can’t yet testify to how long the nonstick properties of the ceramic last. But I’ll keep you updated on Facebook!

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Have your healthy habits extended to your cookware? What type of pans do you use in your kitchen? Have you tried ceramic yet?

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.

Seventh Generation diapers {review}

Disclosure: I received this product as part of an advertorial.

I was sent a box of Seventh Generation Free and Clear diapers and wipes to review here, but it’s a brand we’re already very familiar with. We don’t use them exclusively because of budget constrains, but we do like to put the boys in Seventh Generation diapers whenever possible. The number one reason we like them is because they’re much, much more natural than most of the other brands of disposable diapers. Their Free and Clear diapers are completely unbleached and free of fragrances, inks, and petroleum-based lotions, making them gentle for my babies’ bottoms.

Seventh Generation diapers are also the first FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified diaper made in the United States. In and of itself, that’s not either a deal maker or breaker for me, but I do appreciate when a company makes the effort to be gentler on our environment.

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Another big reason we like Seventh Generation diapers is the fit. Our boys are a year apart, but they’ve been in the same size diapers for a few months now. Even though they’re built differently, both boys can wear the Seventh Generation diapers, and they fit Charlie’s sweet, chunky thighs better than any other brand we’ve tried. And we use these at night, too! Both boys sleep in them all night long and we’ve not had any leaks.

Aesthetically, I also have to say that I like that these diapers don’t have pictures all over them. Although my kids refused to sit still long enough for me to get a decent photo to show you, the unbleached, plain diapers really are cute in pictures.

If you’re afraid you won’t be able to tell what size your kids’ diapers are without having it printed on the front (or back), you need not worry – it’s printed on the tab.

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We got an opportunity to review Seventh Generation wipes along with the diapers, and I’m so glad! I had tried them before and wasn’t pleased, but this last package has convinced me to try them again. Maybe I had a bad package before, or maybe they’ve changed their wipes, I don’t know – but these were thick and cushy and didn’t tear! Plus, they’re free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, parabens, and phthlates.

seventh generation instagram contestWhether you already love Seventh Generation diapers or you want to try them out for the first time, you can enter to win a 6-month supply! Post a photo on Instagram by the end of the month, showing how you keep your baby toxin-free, and make sure you use the #FreeYourBaby hashtag to be entered into the contest. Seventh Generation will choose their favorite photo on July 1 and the winner will receive a 6-month supply of Free and Clear diapers.

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How do you reduce toxins in your household? Have you ever used any Seventh Generation products? If you enter the Instagram contest, leave a link to your photo so we can all see it!

I received the products mentioned in this post to facilitate this review, but all opinions are, of course, my own.