I am always in search of the next blog topic. Sometimes they come to me easily. Sometimes another blog or a photo or a verse will trigger a train of thought. And sometimes... I get 4 bazillion emails, texts, memos and visual aids all at once and it's sensory overload and I have no option but to purge my brain of all the clutter! This has been the case with the topic for our post today. Food. More specifically food & drink, but hey, whatever.
First up an email I received from my mother-in-law...
"This incident happened recently in North Texas . A woman went boating one Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. She died on Wednesday.
The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This was traced to the can of coke she drank from, not using a glass. Tests showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease Leptospirosis. Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of all soda cans before drinking out of them. The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned. A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets (i.e.). full of germs and bacteria. So wash them with soap & water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident."
This is a little scary considering the large quantity of these little beauties I consume. Just sharing info. Pass it on.
Second on my list of food for thought topics is a Facebook page and Website that may be of interest to some of you mommies who make their own baby food. This site is called Bites for Babies and she cooks and serves some of the most creative meals for her son I've ever seen. Most of these things I don't think most adults have tried, yet they are a staple for her son. Now, being from the mold of mommies who did formula and jar food and who's children are healthy and brilliant, I am still in awe and maybe a wee bit of denial, but I am aware that more and more families are making this choice for their children with positive results. As a daycare provider, families personal choices do play a part in the decisions I make for the daycare. For example, I did just recently post about 14 plan ahead, freeze ahead meals that I made for my family and yours that were full of fresh ingredients in an effort to healthify these kids. That's a baby step in the right direction and leaps above the delivery pizza my family loves :-) See, I can learn. If you are a parent making your own baby food or if you are considering similar changes in your families eating habits, go check it out...
My final contribution to your food bank today is something I found on my cereal box.
A book! I love to read and typically any structured curriculum I do with the daycare is centered around a book as well. Like this week we've been taking apart the story A Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We've talked about food and days of the week and colors... Well I found this beauty in my Cheerios and so I started reading the box (and photographing the box - any other bloggers find yourself taking insane amounts of photos just in case?!) and discovered a reading program called FirstBook.org where Cheerios works to provide needy children with books. My purchase went towards their donation. In return, they give me a soft bound copy of 1 of 6 books. Exciting!!! I can get the others by purchasing more Cheerios, something I am always in need of. According to the website, this is their 10th anniversary of the program. Do you know how many books that is!! Go check out the websites. Lots of info and ways to help and ways to have their organization help a child or group of children you may know in need of books. (No, GM/Cheerios is not paying me, but I would take it if they offered) :-)