Kiddie Tats

TotTude, Tattooed Sleeves, Body Ink, Tats for Toddlers, Tattoos

Image Credit: TatTude.com

Okay, so personally I am not a huge fan of tattoos. No, I am not talking about the character Tattoo played by Herve Villechaize who was the sidekick to Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) on the television series “Fantasy Island” (1978-1984). I’m talking about good ole body ink. But, what do you think about toddlers donning such a look?

For those who adorn themselves with this body art, there is a myriad of personal and inspirational reasons why they go through hours of inking their bodies with a sharp needle. No-can-do for me sweetie pie! Now, while I am okay with tattoos on adults, I gasped when I came across an article about a father giving his son an actual ink tattoo because the boy reportedly said he wanted to be like his dad. Totally freaked me out right? I was unable to personally process the sense of logic around that story. But, of course, I am not this child’s parent or guardian either.

Airbrushed Tattoos, Tattoos for Kids, Body Ink, Tattoos

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I know children are intrigued with peel off stickers they can put on their hands or face painting they have done by an artist at festivals and special events. I explored some more kiddie tattoo related stories, that made me less nervous about the real “ink” deal. I found where some parents were not as extreme with their tot’s tats. They opted for an airbrushed tattoo where designers spray inks on the body that can wash off. I also came across a company called TotTude, founded by Tera Christianson that produces hip, edgy, trendy shirts and body suits with tattooed inspired sleeves to mimic that of real adult tat sleeves. Where have I been?

While these popular tattoo applications and fashion trends are cute, theatrical and not permanent, would you let your youngster sport a look that is this edgy and grown up? Do you think it could send a confused message to children? Or do you see this as a fun and lighthearted fad that is harmless and simply artistic?

Remembering Their Bravery, Sacrifice and Service

Memorial Day, Bravery, Honor, Sacrifice, From Behind the Pen, Kym Gordon Moore

Image Credit: Kym Gordon Moore

In the land of the free, Memorial Day (Decoration Day) is not a day designed for commercialism, but for remembering and honoring our heroic fallen soldiers who sacrificed much through their service to our country in the pursuit of freedom and justice for all. Let’s not forget these precious lives, who served valiantly in our armed forces. In silence for a few minutes, salute the boldness of their patriotism and with respect to the families, they left behind.

Memorial Day, Armed Forces, Patriotism, United States of America

Fun in the Sun Awareness

Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Skin Cancer Awareness Month

The hot weather is in full swing and with that also comes great caution when we are in the great outdoors. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. According to the office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP),

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

Let’s be mindful about raising awareness regarding skin cancer and how you can take action to prevent or detect it. Skin cancer can affect anyone regardless of skin tone or ethnicity.

Although the sun can be a natural source of vitamin D it is imperative that we be Sun-Smart! For more information about the precautions you can take in the fight against skin cancer, check out these helpful tips from Healthfinder.gov (ODPHP) or the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Say CHEESE on Food Porn Friday

How many ways can you say cheese? How about 1,778 ways? No joke. According to Cheese.com, you can search their database containing 1778 kinds of cheese by names, by country of origin, by kind of milk that is used to produce it, or by texture.

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. Typically cheese such as Pepper Jack, Muenster, Sharp Cheddar, Provolone and American cheese are creamy yet great for melting between two slices of bread. However, that does not stop you from combining different types of cheese and creating your own innovative cheesy sandwich concoction.

Check out these mouthwatering grilled cheese sandwiches from The California Milk Advisory Board. Today’s tasty features include The Havana, The Tuscan, and The REAL Californian grilled cheese sandwiches. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1300 dairy families. As we honor National Grilled Cheese Month, prepare a delightful melt in your mouth sandwich of warm, gooey, cheesy goodness.

Happy #FoodPornFriday

The Fluid of Our Life on World Water Day

World Water Day, Water Scarcity, Water Conservation

Do we take water for granted? How often do you think about the overall health of the water you drink, the showers and baths you take, the water you wash your hair with or the water in your swimming pool? Would you believe that over 663 million people still lack access to clean drinking water?

Well, today is World Water Day folks. I’d like for us to pause for a moment to observe, to learn and teach others how to take action and make a difference in caring for the health of the water in our homes, in our rivers, streams and oceans, the water used to irrigate crops and what livestock drink. How can we be more responsible water stewards?

The one critical thing we really miss outside of food during natural disasters or soil contamination is water. Our carelessness with pollutants infiltrating our oceans, creeks, streams, rivers and soil is a call to action for immediate changes in our habits, policies, and advocacy for clean water, regardless of who you are. Why? For one thing, water is one of the most essential elements to health that prevents dehydration and ensures survival. Furthermore, the human brain is made up of 95% water, the lungs consist of 90% water and the blood 82%.

We must also hold those corporations accountable who carelessly pollute our environment with chemicals that contaminate our soil which eventually work their way into our crops and water supply sources. The results of such recklessly and disregard regardless of whose responsibility it is can pose traumatic and deadly health issues to innocent people that no amount of money can cure.

So today, let’s not only pause to observe World Water Day but let’s do everything in our power to preserve and conserve this all-important necessity essential to our health and welfare.

 

Something REDiculously Delicious on National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day where women around the country lift their voices, by raising awareness in the fight against heart disease and strokes. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. So as you stand in solidarity with survivors everywhere, just remember that we have the power to change these statistics because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

Since this is also Food Porn Friday, we wanted to delight you with this Red Berry Fruit Compote (German rote grütze) recipe, courtesy of BBC Good Food. Although this is a summertime staple, this light fruity dessert is a mixed berry compote with custard and is an ideal topping for granola or stirred through ice cream. Yummo! The color of this dessert is a complementary treat to serve and enjoy on National Wear Red Day!

A Day For Bubble Wrap

Bubble Wrap, Plasic Wrap, PackagingHow many times have you felt the urge to pop those raised plastic bubbles of air on its protective packaging after you unwrap a product? Did you know that the last Monday in January is celebrated as Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day? Who knew right? Well, probably the folks who make bubble wrap knew.

Al Fielding, an engineer in Hawthorn, New Jersey, and Marc Chavannes, a Swiss inventor attempted to invent plastic wallpaper in 1957. Instead, they ended up creating the packaging we now use to protect fragile items called bubble wrap. The name aptly applies to the textured features of this specialty packaging, which is manufactured by Sealed Air Corporation.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was created by Spirit 95 FM Radio Station. They conducted bubble wrap contests like creating fashion designs, toys, popping relays and sculpting. Are you a crafty person and created something unique and interesting from bubble wrap? Do tell…

Oh, by the way, be sure to check this contest out y’all. Sealed Air Corporation is asking you to help them decide what the next design for their new Bubble Wrap IB Expressions line will be. Voting closes on Feb. 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Check out Pop the Vote today!

Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!