Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Help Pfizer Find America's Greatest School Nurse! #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

My 10-year old daughter was sent home by the school nurse last Friday afternoon because she was feverish and congested. When I got to the clinic, I felt relived to find out that school nurse Cindy gave my daughter a cold compress to lower the fever. I've always been very impressed with the quality of care that the school nurses provide at my daughter's Charter School.

From the moment the bell rings in the morning, to the zip of the last backpack at the end of the day, school nurses are there to handle every bump, fever, sore throat, and stomach ache. When we can’t be around during the school day, they are the caregivers that look after our children.

Does your school nurse go above and beyond in educating and comforting their students? Pfizer Pediatrics wants to honor America’s Greatest School Nurse and would love for you to help spread the word to nominate a school nurse that you know goes above and beyond for students every day. A school nurse that you trust with your child’s health while they are away from the comforts of home.

Here's the Information about the America’s Greatest School Nurse contest:
  •  Nominations will be accepted nationwide from anyone who would like to honor their exemplary school nurse.
  • One nurse from each state plus Washington D.C. will win a prize valued at $500 and will be entered to win the grand prize: the title of America’s Greatest School nurse and a trip for a getaway from school sickness.
  • For more information and to read the full contest rules and submit a nomination, visit AmericasGreatestSchoolNurse.com. Nominations will be accepted from January 9th to February 23rd.
  • Voting will be open from April 3rd to April 16th and the winners will be announced in early May.
Even with great school nurses around, kids get sick no matter how much you may try to prevent it. When sick gets real, the pediatric brands of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare are there with three solutions – Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin® and Children’s Dimetapp® – to tackle the ickiest of symptoms.
Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

For your child’s cough, trust Children's Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note, certain Children's Robitussin® products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up.

Children’s Dimetapp® Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose, while quieting a bothersome cough. All in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children 6 and up.
I personally like this over the counter medicine because it's easy to give to my daughter when she get sick. It relieves her stuffy nose as well as helps with her cough. She was able to sleep through the night. She also told me that the grape flavor tasted way better compared to most cold medicines that she's had before. Now she's better and back to school!

Kids get sick, no matter how much you do to prevent it. If sick just got real™ in your house, always remember 3 solutions to tackle the ickiest of symptoms: Infants’ and Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, and Children’s Dimetapp®.

So don't forget to nominate your school nurse for his or her chance to be named America's Greatest School Nurse and win the Ultimate Summer Vacation. Plus, each state Finalist will win $500.






Monday, January 9, 2017

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Unique Ways To Dress Up Your Teen's Bedroom

Your teen has their own personality that they like to express in a variety of ways. But when it comes to the core of your teen's world, few areas are more important than their bedroom. Their bedroom is their personal space that they can dress up however they want and use their personality to develop their escape from the world. If your teen is coming to you for ideas on unique ways to dress up their room, then there are a few ideas you can try.

Sports Memorabilia
If your teen is a sports fan, then dressing up their room in sports memorabilia can be a great idea. From autographed football helmets to jerseys from their favorite players, your teen can show off their allegiance to their favorite teams without ever leaving their room. Remember to set up some durable display shelves to keep the sports memorabilia from being damaged.

A Character Theme
Does your teen have a favorite movie or television show that includes a bedroom for the main character? Then you should work with your teen to turn their bedroom into their favorite character's room. Other ideas for a theme bedroom include the Batcave, a sports locker room, a police station or even an outdoor forest scene.

Other Themes
You can turn your teen's interests into a theme that will make their bedroom perfect for their needs. A teen who loves retro music and clothing would look great in a room that looks like a 1960s club. A teenage science fiction fan would feel at home in a room that looks like the bridge of their favorite star ship. With a little teamwork and creativity, you can turn your teen's interests into the ultimate bedroom.

Think Outside The Box
When you allow your teen to design their own room decor, you are inspiring their creativity. Let your teen put their ideas down on paper and then do what you can to make them a reality. Set a budget and a realistic amount of remodeling you are willing to do to your home and see what you can do to bring your teen's ideas to life.

Being a teen is easier when you have a place you can go to get away from it all. When you allow your teen to control the decor of their bedroom, you are doing your part to give your teen their space without them ever having to leave the house.






Tips for Choosing the Right Sunscreen

The skin is the human body's largest organ. Great care must be taken to prevent it from becoming damaged from prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. Skin cancer is a very real possibility for people who leave their skin exposed to the sun on a regular basis. Even people who are not in the sun often can suffer painful burns if they neglect to properly protect their skin. It is very important that you educate yourself about the various types of sunscreen. Here are some important details you will need to consider when you are shopping for sunscreen.

1. How powerful is the sunscreen?
You may have noticed that there are many different types of sunscreen. Some of them block much more of the sun than others. It is crucial that you are aware of this. Otherwise, you might buy a sunscreen that you think provides much more protection than it actually does. You need to pay very close attention to the sun protection factor (SPF) that is listed on the label of every brand of sunscreen. This will tell you very definitively how much that particular type of sunscreen will protect you. People who have very fair skin and who burn easily should definitely buy a brand of sunscreen that contains a high SPF.

2. What type of chemicals were used to make the sunscreen?
You need to be aware of the chemicals you are putting on your skin when you use sunscreen. Ideally, you need to find an organic sunscreen that is made with ingredients that are all-natural. This will be much healthier for your skin in the long run. Using a traditional sunscreen occasionally will not hurt your skin. However, you should not make a habit of it. Buy an all-natural sunscreen if you are going to be using it more than once each week.

3. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose is waterproof.
One of the biggest issues for many sunscreens is the fact that they will quickly wash off your body if you go swimming or start to sweat from exercising or from simply being in the hot sun. Obviously, your skin will not be properly protected if it washes off your body. Therefore, you must be sure to read the label to be certain that any reef safe sunscreen you buy is waterproof and will not be easily washed off.






Sunday, January 8, 2017

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Easy And Effective Ways To Deal With Technical Debt

There are few easy and effective ways to deal with technical debt. You must document everything regarding tech debt which would give it an entity so that your team finds the urge and importance in refactoring it at the earliest. It is a very good practice to take note of all your debts, the amount you have to pay monthly, the rate of interest and the date of payment so that you can have a strategic plan for the repayment. It is the same in the case of tech debt also. If you find that you have to make a compromise with your code, then you should add a comment as to why you feel the necessity, the impact it would have and the ways to solve it in future.
Follow Code Styling Guide
You must keep a guide for code styling and follow it diligently to produce codes which are error free and are of the best pattern. It will not only maintain a specific style for your codes but will also ensure that a high standard is always maintained for your project as w ell as your team on the whole. It will also help you to take tough decisions at times and substantiate it with relevant proofs mentioned in the guide. Code styling guide must include things like naming conventions, code formatting techniques and much more which would help a lot in reducing the cognitive load while reasoning a code.   
Review Your Code
Reviewing your code from time to time and also enumerating the facts and findings is probably the most important thing to do if you want to effectively manage tech debt. This frequent review would enable you to identify a bug or defect as soon as it creeps and knowing about it would also initiate an early refactoring process to keep the code functional. You must remember to be harsh with your entries in the review document and judge well about the decisions whether or not they could have been better than what they are at present. Consider other points like performance, maintainability, reusability, extensibility, accessibility and much more. You can click here to know more.   
Train And Test
It is also necessary to train your entire team so that they know about tech debt and understands that it needs to be redressed at the earliest. Such training must include defining tech debt, the different types of it, why and how it creeps in and how it can be eliminated. This training would help to create a sense of responsibility, and your team members would learn to take responsibility instead of blaming the development team only creating a healthy work environment. You must also run regular tests on each code using various testing tools to find about their functionality.
Have A Shame File
This is also an effective way of keeping active control over tech debt where you keep note of all the deliberate tech debts. When you know all the known compromises, you can use it as a list of debts which needs to be repaid and should not be forgotten. This task list would ensure that all the deliberate debts are repaid at least with the minimum payment for each month.