Jan 16, 2018

A Teething Baby’s Best Friend: Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces

Having a teething child at home is something we can all relate to. Any parent can feel helpless as their child is in pain, and they feel that what they are doing isn’t enough to soothe their baby. It can be terrible for babies and families. Don’t worry, there is a natural, and safe way tend to the symptoms of teething so that your baby can play and sleep in peace.

What Are Baltic Amber Necklaces?

Baltic amber necklaces are an amber infant teething necklace that provides pain relief when worn. Amber is a natural substance that is taken from trees in the areas that have coastlines on the Baltic sea. The amber is tree resin that has been fossilized. After the tree resin has become fossilized it takes on the appearance of shiny beads. There are other regions that have amber, but Baltic amber is unique because of the high amounts of succinic acid it has compared to other kinds of amber.

What Is Succinic Acid?

Succinic acid is a completely natural substance that is already in your body and is in many foods and nutritional supplements. It is an alkalinizing acid like lemon juice. Because of that, it won’t lower your body’s natural acidity level, and sometimes it could even lower it by a bit. It is recognized as safe by the FDA, which is always an important thing to consider.

How Do Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces Work?

Now that you know what these necklaces are, it’s important to know how the work. It’s really simple. You just let your child wear the necklace during the day. As their body heat warms the necklace it releases a very small amount of oil that contains the succinic acid. Then your baby body will respond as if they have taken a natural pain reliever, and they will experience reduced pain and inflammation in their gums.

Where Should I Buy a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace?

There are many different places to purchase a Baltic amber teething necklace, but it is so important that you are buying an authentic one because a false one will do your baby no good. Make sure that you are choosing a retailer that gives you a guarantee of authenticity, and has a good reputation for selling great products. A company to consider is Baltic Wonder. They have a wide array of necklaces to choose from. They are high quality and fully guaranteed for authenticity.

Baltic Amber Safety Tips

It is important to know the safest methods for your baby, so they can get the best benefits of wearing the necklace. First, necklaces should not be worn at night, as they can get tangled up while your baby is asleep. Also while bath time is okay, your baby shouldn’t wear it when going swimming as the chlorine can damage it. Finally, this isn’t a necklace that's should be chewed on so make sure that the sting on the necklace is short enough that grabbing it to chew on couldn’t happen, without giving your baby any discomfort. 

Jenn Sanders currently works as a marketing assistant at Baltic Wonder, a company that is dedicated to the health and well-being of infants. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor adventures. 

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Jan 14, 2018

Kitchen Safety Tips for Families

A kitchen is a fun place where families and their children can bond. From whipping up simple recipes to preparing lunch boxes, it’s usually associated with happy memories.

The kitchen, however, is also the one area in the house where you can have easy access to sharp objects (like knives and ice pick) and fire (gas range and stove top). All things considered, your kitchen is possibly one of the most dangerous areas in your home.

In 2002, Jacksonville Jaguar kicker Jaret Holmes, punter Chris Hanson and his wife Kasey suffered severe burns while cooking at Hanson’s home after a fondue pot overturned and ended up scalding them. Holmes and Hanson received minor burns which, lucky for them, healed quickly. Kasey, however, sustained more severe injuries which were so bad she needed skin grafts.

Heed these basic warnings and safety tips. Common causes of accidents, injuries, and diseases in the kitchen include:
  • A slippery floor. Especially with the children around, there’s likely a little spillage here and there.
  • Defective appliances. This often happens with items you use way too often or those old appliances you refused to change such as the microwave oven, blender or toaster.
  • Sharp objects in easy-to-reach cabinets. Kids like to open stuff because it’s part of their exploration. Therefore, putting your knives in sliding cabinets without lock or on the countertop is just an accident waiting to happen.
  • Stove left on. This is relatively common especially for those who are always in a hurry.
  • Short circuit and overload. Having only one power source with multiple appliances connected to it can pose a serious hazard.
  • Lack of sanitation and proper hygiene. According to the World Health Organization, over 200 diseases can result from unsafe or contaminated food.

What can You do to Ensure Safety in the Kitchen?

Here are a few tips for you to spot hazards and potential problems. Keeping this area safe for you and your family will not require much of your time.

  • Keep dangerous things out of reach. Your kids shouldn’t be exposed to toxic household products. Items like all-purpose cleaners, dishwashing detergents, and disinfectants should be safely locked in your cabinets.

  • Store sharp and hazardous objects in a safe place. Never display your knives in full view of the kids especially toddlers because they will likely grab whatever piques their curiosity.

  • Wash all utensils and equipment thoroughly and observe proper hygiene. This is to prevent acquiring food-borne illnesses.

  • Wipe spillages immediately because there’s a chance you will forget if you do it later. Food and drinks spilled onto the kitchen floor can be a huge slipping and tripping hazard.

  • Cook foods through properly. Some food-borne illnesses can be life-threatening and the symptoms can range from simple nausea and vomiting to diarrhea and severe dehydration.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit nearby. When an accident happens, it’s best to stay calm so you can clearly think what to do next. A kitchen fire can happen anytime and it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the worst.

  • Keep the kids away from the kitchen while you’re cooking or at least three feet from the stovetop or oven. Oil or any hot liquid might slosh out which can cause burns.

  • For toddlers and small children, have them handle only plastic bowls since they might break the glass ones and therefore cause injury.

  • Don’t rush. You probably have so many things to do - puree the vegetables, chop the ingredients, and start preparing the table. The problem with breezing through them is you can get into all kinds of trouble when you’re in a hurry. Do one thing at a time.

First Aid Tips for Kitchen Mishaps


  1. Immediately wash with soap and water. Use a clean cloth to apply pressure to the wound. Dab with antibacterial ointment before securing the bandage.
  2. Severe bleeding requires immediate medical attention.


  1. For minor burns, hold the affected area under cool, running water for 5-10 minutes to help relieve the pain. Apply aloe vera gel if there’s no open wound.
  2. If clothes are stuck in the burned area, do not attempt to remove them.
  3. A third-degree burn is considered a medical emergency.

One 2013 study found out that 36% of all knife-related accidents were associated with kitchen or cooking knives. It doesn’t end there though. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47% of home fires and fire injuries were caused by cooking equipment and often happens on Thanksgiving Day.

Observing the safety tips in this article can help make your kitchen a fun and safe area for the whole family.

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Jan 13, 2018

Benefits of Multiple Weekly Swim Classes

With Six Metro Detroit Locations to serve you in Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills.

We have been swimming with Aqua-Tots for a few years now.  We started with just one lesson per week for Rosa and since then we have moved her up to two sessions per week.  But are the extra lessons really worth it?  Yes!  And then some!

1. More Time in the Pool = More Benefits from Swimming

Swimming multiple times per week increases the benefits of swimming, including physical, social and psychological benefits.  Swimming provides students with a full body workout, a focused and productive avenue to release built-up energy, and helps to develop a positive self-image.
Plus each lesson works towards safe swimming, safe boundaries, and breath control, which all reduce the risk of drowning.

2. Twice the Fun

Meeting up with peers, having two great teachers, two days to look forward to a fun activity per week.  Multiple lessons are a great way to chase away the winter blues and give your children and you a chance to get out of the house.  As an added bonus, swimming multiple times a week also reduces stress between classes for those who are just starting out and nervous about swimming.  Having two different instructors gives students the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of both instructors.

3. Practice Makes Perfect

Learning to swim is just like any other physical skill, the more you practice the more opportunities you have to get better and make progress.  Having classes multiple times a week allows for students to repeat the skills over and over again.  Instructors provide guidance and consistent feedback that allows students to correct technique.

4. Muscle Memory

Participating in classes multiple times per week keeps the momentum going, so students have less time in between to forget what they learned last time they are in the pool.  Muscle memory is really the key to the increased benefits of swimming often.  With less time in between lessons, students have less time to potentially forget what they learned last time.  So if the instructor is working on a kick technique, the student is quicker to remember what they learned last time they were in the pool and less likely to revert to the incorrect technique they were using before.  The goal is to repeat the technique over and over until your body remembers how to move without even thinking about it.  (It's sort of like riding a bike.)

5.  Reaching Your Goals

Whether your child is a beginner acclimating to the water, working toward independent swimming or an advanced swimmer looking to improve their technique, multiple weekly classes are key to making progress and reaching goals in an efficient manner.
"At Aqua-Tots you can swim as much or as little as you'd like from one day all the way up to seven. Our curriculum is designed to work best at 2 or 3 days a week, which is why that is what we recommend. Swimming multiple days increases muscle memory, while more repetition with less downtime in between classes allows your child to retain the information faster and build new skills onto the ones they've mastered, allowing them to progress quicker in our program."
Kathy Elrod- District Manager, Aqua-Tots Michigan

More About Aqua-Tots

Teaching kids to swim has been the foundation of Aqua-Tots since they began. And today they still take special care to make sure their swim schools are a welcoming, comfortable and inviting place for kids of all ages at our Detroit area locations including Canton, Novi, Sterling Heights, Troy, Auburn Hills and Farmington Hills. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Michigan offers swim classes for babies, toddlers, infants, kids, swim team, adults, and children with special needs at over 70 locations worldwide. With never more than 4 students per swim class, this intimate setting provides a great environment for children learning to swim. Call to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY in water evaluation and tour today.
Troy 248-845-4545
Sterling Heights 586-844-3633
Novi 248-845-4544
Canton 734-828-2000
Farmington Hills 248-537-4004
Auburn Hills 248-537-4005

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Metro Detroit Family Fun Events for the Week of January 15, 2018

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Cinderella Ticket Giveaway {Ends 2/3/18}


Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

Show Info:

MARCH 13-18, 2018

Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday Evenings at 6:30pm
Saturday matinee at 2:00pm
Sunday matinee at 1:00pm

Fisher Theatre
Fisher Bldg
3011 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202

Ticket Info

Tickets for Cinderella start at $35 (includes facility and parking fees) and are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, and online at www.broadwayindetroit.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at The Fisher Theatre box office.  For group sales (12 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email groups@broadwayindetroit.com.  Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice.

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Enter for a chance to win four tickets to the 3/13/18 performance of Cinderella at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit at 7:30 pm.

Cinderella is Coming to the Fisher

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Jan 12, 2018

Is Your Vehicle Under Recall? Probably

In July of 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of over 34 million vehicles due to a defective airbag mechanism.  This faulty mechanism can cause the front passenger airbag to literally explode when deployed in a crash; basically, all passengers will be at risk for shrapnel wounds if this happens, and the only way to ensure the airbag won't deploy is to not put a passenger in the front seat.

This particular recall affects dozens of vehicle manufacturers.  Some have been repairing the faulty airbags since the recall was announced but others, such as Ford, are still waiting on replacement parts - parts that won't be ready until Spring 2018 at the earliest.

This is just one of millions of active recalls available to search on the NHTSA.gov website.  Simply go to the recall page, type in your VIN (which is on your registration card), and hit enter.  If there are active safety recalls you will be able to view them all on that page.  You can then find a dealer who is prepared to deal with the recall and make an appointment to have your vehicle serviced.

This is the actual recall information for one of my vehicles.  Lovely, right?

By law your vehicle manufacturer must alert you by mail if your vehicle is affected by a safety recall.  However, if you bought your car used from someone on craigslist, for example, chances are the manufacturer will not have your address.  So it's important to periodically check this site for information. 

Did you know that you can also report vehicle issues on NHTSA's website?  And did you know that they follow up on every single report given to them?  Yes, for real.  There is a team whose sole job is to talk to people who've reported vehicle issues and attempt to replicate said issues.  This goes for car seats as well!  A real human being looks at every report generated, and chances are if you are having a significant issue with your vehicle - or car seat - someone else is, too.  

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Understanding Special Education Evaluation and Eligibility


Understanding Special Education Evaluation and Eligibility 
with Sandee Koski

Thursday, February 8th, 2018 
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
and light lunch at 4:30 pm. 
StarFish Family Services 
26429 Michigan Avenue 
Inkster, MI 48141

Is your child eligible to receive Special Education? 
This workshop will explain how to request an evaluation and the evaluation process for determining eligibility for Special Education supports and services in Michigan.
If found eligible-now what? If not found eligible -now what? 
This workshop will cover both possibilities. Information and parent's right during the evaluation process.

RSVP with Kenya Harper Black by 2-1-18.
(313) 570-7994 or kenya@michiganallianceforfamilies.org

If it is after the deadline and you haven't registered, please call or email to check the status of the event. 

If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please let us know one week before the workshop.

View a PDF flyer for this event and find other workshops on our calendar of events.

Have questions about this event or other special education questions?

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