A Little Bit Of Wine Never Hurt

Benefits of red wine

Red Wine

French paradox
The “French paradox” is the observation that the French experience low levels of coronary heart disease despite a high-saturated fat diet. Many nutritionists have speculated that the consumption of red wine as a prominent component to French culinary culture may explain this apparent paradox.

Physician Julie B. Damp reported, “There are multiple observational studies suggesting moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease, including lower risk of heart attacks.” Moderate means one 5-ounce glass for women per day and one to two 5-ounce glasses for men per day.

Other alcohol
Other sources of alcohol share some of the positive effects of red wine. According to registered dietician Amanda Bontempo, all sources of alcohol can increase the cardio-protective blood marker, HDL-cholesterol.

Furthermore, registered dietician Alison Massey suggested that the ethanol may be responsible for the benefits to counter atherosclerosis, — a condition characterized by a thickening of the artery wall.

Resveratrol is found in red grape skins and appears to be the source of red wine’s health benefits. It may prevent fat accumulation and reduce insulin resistance, which lowers the risk of diabetes.

Resveratrol also prevents blood clotting and plaque formation in arteries while improving vascular function. Bontempo explained, “The bio-active chemicals found only in red wine are flavanoids, polyphenols and specifically resveratrol which act as anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to prevent harmful cellular damage.”

Anti-cancer activity
But that’s not all resveratrol has done. Studies have shown this molecule can reduce tumor incidence by targeting different stages in cancer development.

“It may prove anti-carcinogenic by inhibiting certain enzymes, promoting cancer cell death, and preventing the development of blood vessels needed to feed a tumor,” Bontempo said. Interestingly, grapes grown in cool climates have higher concentrations of resveratrol.

Keep in mind that you can get the same health benefits elsewhere. Flavonoids, for instance, are found in other foods (fruits and vegetables), cocoa and some juices. Grapes and red grape juice also have many of the same components as red wine.

People with high triglyceride levels — which is associated with heart disease and diabetes — should limit alcohol consumption because this can raise those levels even higher.

Wine also contains empty calories, which can lead to weight gain.

“Drinking greater amounts of alcohol is associated with negative health effects such as increased cancer risk, liver disease, high blood pressure, heart failure and addiction,” Damp said.

Damp suggested that some of the associated benefits of alcohol consumption may be, in part, related to healthy lifestyle choices — such as nutritious diets and physically active schedules — on the part of moderate consumers. One should never overlook physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight when trying to improve overall health.




Who Was Your Favorite President?

In honor of yesterday I want to dedicate this blog entry to my favorite president .


Benjamin Franklin 

  • NAME: Benjamin Franklin
  • OCCUPATION: Inventor, Political Leader, Scientist, Writer
  • BIRTH DATE: January 17, 1706
  • DEATH DATE: April 17, 1790
  • EDUCATION: Boston Latin School
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Boston, Massachusetts
  • PLACE OF DEATH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • AKA: Ben Franklin
  • AKA: Benjamin Franklin


Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War.


Early Life


Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston in what was then known as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. His father, Josiah Franklin, a soap and candle maker, had 17 children, seven with first wife, Anne Child, and 10 with second wife Abiah Folger. Benjamin was his 15th child and the last son.

Despite his success at the Boston Latin School, Ben was removed at 10 to work with his father at candle making, but dipping wax and cutting wicks didn’t fire his imagination. Perhaps to dissuade him from going to sea as one of his brothers had done, Josiah apprenticed Ben at 12 to his brother James at his print shop. Ben took to this like a duck to water, despite his brother’s hard treatment. When James refused to publish any of his brother’s writing, Ben adopted the pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogood, and “her” 14 imaginative and witty letters were published in his brother’s newspaper, The New England Courant, to the delight of the readership. But James was angry when it was discovered the letters were his brother’s, and Ben abandoned his apprenticeship shortly afterward, escaping to New York, but settling in Philadelphia, which was his home base for the rest of his life.

Franklin furthered his education in the printing trade in Philadelphia, lodging at the home of John Read in 1723, where he met and courted Read’s daughter Deborah. Nevertheless, the following year, Franklin left for London under the auspices of Pennsylvania Governor William Keith, but felt duped when letters of introduction never arrived and he was forced to find work at print shops there. Once employed, though, he was able to take full advantage of the city’s pleasures, attending theater, mingling with the populace in coffee houses and continuing his lifelong passion for reading. He also managed to publish his first pamphlet, “A Dissertation upon Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain.”

Franklin returned to Philadelphia in 1726 to find that Deborah Read had married. In the next few years he held varied jobs such as bookkeeper, shopkeeper and currency cutter. He also fathered a son, William, out of wedlock during this time. In late 1727, Franklin formed the “Junto,” a social and self-improvement study group for young men, and early the next year was able to establish his own print shop with a partner.



After publishing another pamphlet, “The Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency,” Franklin was able to purchase The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper from a former boss, and was elected the official printer of Pennsylvania.


He was also able to take Deborah Read as his common-law wife in 1730, after her husband disappeared after stealing a slave. Their first son, Francis, was born in 1732 (although he died four years later of smallpox).

Franklin’s prominence and success grew during the 1730s, especially with the publication of Poor Richard’s Almanack at the end of 1732. Franklin amassed real estate and businesses, organized the Union Fire Company to counteract dangerous fire hazards,

established a lending library so others could share his passion for reading, and was elected Grand Master of the Pennsylvania Masons, clerk of the state assembly and postmaster of Philadelphia.

The 1740s saw Franklin expanding into entrepreneurship with invention of the Franklin stove, and also into scientific pursuits. His pamphlet “A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge” underscored his interests. His beloved daughter Sarah was born in 1743. He became a soldier in the Pennsylvania militia at the age of 42, but his abiding interest in electricity was ignited at this time, too. He conducted the famous kite-and-key experiment in 1752 after some of his theories on electricity were published in England the previous year.

Public Service

Franklin was tapped as a foreign diplomat and represented the Pennsylvania Assembly, and subsequently Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey, in England, but he continued to work toward colonial union and in 1766 supported the repeal of the Stamp Act.

In 1775, Franklin was elected to the Second Continental Congress and as postmaster general for the colonies, having mapped the postal routes in 1762. And in 1776, he was one of five men to draft the Declaration of Independence. Franklin was also one of the 13 men who drafted the Articles of Confederation.

Later Years

Much has been made of Franklin’s life in Paris as essentially the first U.S. ambassador to France, chiefly his romantic life. Deborah, his wife of 44 years, died in 1774, two years before he accepted the post, and Franklin had a rich romantic life in his nine years abroad. He even proposed marriage, to a widow named Madame Helvetius, at the age of 74, but she rejected him.

Franklin was embraced in France as much, if not more, for his intellectual standing in the scientific community and for his wit, as for his status as a political appointee from a fledging country. His reputation facilitated respect and entrees into closed communities, including that of King Louis XVI. And it was his adept diplomacy that led to the peace treaty with England in 1783 and other foreign alliances and trade treaties.

After almost a decade in France, Franklin returned to America in 1785. He was elected to represent Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention, which drafted and ratified the new U.S Constitution, and participated in electing George Washington as the country’s first president, inaugurated in April 1789.

He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, wrote many tracts urging the abolition of slavery and petitioned the U.S Congress for it in 1790.

Successes and Failures

With so many of America’s early heroes, successes take the spotlight, while failures are rarely mentioned. But with any great entrepreneur the failures are just paving stones to the triumphs. Franklin himself said, “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”

He took his own advice. Franklin mapped the Gulf Stream, invented swim fins, the lightning rod and musical instruments, established colleges,

and amassed scores of other accomplishments. His self-education earned him honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Oxford University in England, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

But he also began a magazine that failed, devised a new “scheme” for the alphabet that proposed to eliminate the letters C, J, Q, W, X and Y as redundant, and made disastrous political decisions that involved the leaking of letters, called the “Hutchinson Affair.” He also made an ill-advised recommendation for Pennsylvania’s stamp distribution that caused the public to misconstrue where he stood on American support. His own son William, whom he helped to achieve the governorship of New Jersey, opposed him on the unification of the colonies, which stung Franklin to the point where he mentioned it in his will almost 25 years later.

Franklin’s voracious capacity for knowledge, investigation and finding practical solutions to problems was his primary focus, as was his commitment to “doing good,” which led to the concept of paying it forward.

Death and Legacy

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the home of his daughter, Sarah Bache. He was 84, suffered from gout and had complained of ailments for some time, completing the final codicil to his will a little more than a year and a half prior to his death. Franklin had actually written his epitaph when he was 22: The body of B. Franklin, Printer (Like the Cover of an Old Book Its Contents torn Out And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding) Lies Here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be Lost; For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected By the Author. In the end, however, the stone on the grave he shared with his wife read simply, “Benjamin and Deborah Franklin 1790.”

The image of Benjamin Franklin that has come down through history, along with the image on the $100 bill, is something of a caricature—a bald man in a frock coat holding a kite string with a key attached. But the scope of things he applied himself to was so broad it seems a shame. Founding universities and libraries, the post office, shaping the foreign policy of the fledgling United States, drafting the Declaration of Independence, publishing newspapers, warming us with the Franklin stove, pioneering advances in science, letting us see with bifocals and, yes, lighting our way with electricity—all from a man who never finished school but shaped his life through abundant reading and experience, a strong moral compass and an unflagging commitment to civic duty, and an overall wit, good humor and integrity. Franklin illumined corners of American life that still have the lingering glow of his attention. He was a true polymath and entrepreneur, which is no doubt why he is often called the First American. Perhaps it is a fitting image after all.





















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Top 100 Most Popular Baby Names

Boys Top 100 Baby Names Girls


1.   Jacob   1.   Emma
2.   Aidan   2.   Madison
3.   Ethan   3.   Emily
4.   Ryan   4.   Kaitlyn
5.   Matthew   5.   Hailey
6.   Michael   6.   Olivia
7.   Tyler   7.   Isabella
8.   Joshua   8.   Hannah
9.   Nicholas   9.   Sarah
10.   Connor   10.   Abigail
11.   Zachary   11.   Sophia
12.   Andrew   12.   Andrew
13.   Jack   13.   Alyssa
14.   Dylan   14.   Brianna
15.   Jayden   15.   Madeline
16.   Logan   16.   Grace
17.   Caden   17.   Alexis
18.   Caleb   18.   Sydney
19.   Alexander   19.   Samantha
20.   Nathan   20.   Riley
21.   Noah   21.   Lauren
22.   William   22.   Taylor
23.   Jackson   23.   Chloe
24.   Christopher   24.   Ella
25.   Joseph   25.   Ava
26.   James   26.   Elizabeth
27.   Daniel   27.   Ashley
28.   Benjamin   28.   Makayla
29.   Anthony   29.   Lily
30.   Cameron   30.   Anna
31.   Austin   31.   Kayla
32.   Evan   32.   Megan
33.   Gavin   33.    Zoe
34.   Luke   34.   Mackenzie
35.   Brayden   35.   Kylie
36.   Brandon   36.   Natalie
37.   Christian   37.   Allison
38.   John   38.   Maya
39.   David   39.   Katherine
40.   Sean   40.   Morgan
41.   Gabriel   41.   Isabel
42.   Jonathan   42.   Mia
43.   Samuel   43.   Jasmine
44.   Elijah   44.   Jordan
45.   Colin   45.   Rachel
46.   Justin   46.   Julia
47.   Alex   47.   Jessica
48.   Mason   48.   Savannah
49.   Jordan   49.   Ariana
50.   Thomas   50.   Victoria
51.   Hunter   51.   Paige
52.   Lucas   52.   Avery
53.   Kyle   53.   Abby
54.   Owen   54.   Trinity
55.   Jake   55.   Brooke
56.   Devin   56.   Katie
57.   Jason   57.   Peyton
58.   Liam   58.   Alexandra
59.   Cole   59.   Jaydn
60.   Adam   60.   Rebecca
61.   Dominic   61.   Jenna
62.   Aaron   62.   Bailey
63.   Ian   63.   Leah
64.   Hayden   64.   Gabriella
65.   Isaac   65.   Faith
66.   Robert   66.   Caroline
67.   Carter   67.   Sophie
68.   Isaiah   68.   Nicole
69.   Chase   69.   Audrey
70.   Landon   70.   Gabrielle
71.   Riley   71.   Molly
72.   Eric   72.   Ashlyn
73.   Max   73.   Claire
74.   Nathaniel   74.   Kennedy
75.   Tristan   75.   Amelia
76.   Brian   76.   Gracie
77.   Ashton   77.   Marissa
78.   Brendan   78.   Amanda
79.   Cody   79.   Erin
80.   Carson   80.   Destiny
81.   Julian   81.   Reagan
82.   Wyatt   82.   Kate
83.   Blake   83.   Brooklyn
84.   Seth   84.   Alexa
85.   Sebastian   85.   Jada
86.   Xavier   86.   Mary
87.   Will   87.   Angelina
88.   Bryce   88.   Ellie
89.   Garrett   89.   Danielle
90.   Kevin   90.   Aaliyah
91.   Sam   91.   Alicia
92.   Patrick   92.   Sierra
93.   Brady   93.   Gianna
94.   Charlie   94.   Kendall
95.   Parker   95.   Charlotte
96.   Trevor   96.   Maria
97.   Charles   97.   Autumn
98.   Cooper   98.   Shelby
99.   Timothy   99.   Amber
100.   Henry   100.   Shyanna


This is the Most Popular Top 100 Baby Names for the past 20 years.


Cute Cakes For Tots!


This would be cute for a little girls 9th  birthday! With a princess theme and tiara’s every where! Everyone could dress up as princess at the party. A princess ball!


I love, love, love ,love , love penguins ! ❤  It can be used for boys or girls. Not to mention you can have a winter theme birthday party.




This is pretty orignal. A great idea is have your child dress up as her favorite disney channel princess!




Coming from a big gamers perspective, This cake is amazing. Cake could be served at 2:30pm. This could be followed by video games at 3:00pm.


This is perfect for those girly girls. Idea : Each girl at the party could get a My Little Pony.



This one is much similiar to the one above! Idea : Each girl at the party could be given a barbie doll. Don’t forget the pink balloons!





This is something a little more unique. Not to mention pricey! If your looking for something to add a little pop of color to your darling daughters birthday party this would be perfect!




This is more orignal, and colorful. I love all of the colors put together. Idea : Have gift bags filled with plastic, child safe tool sets.




This is perfect for your child’s 1st birthday party! Not to mention when you want something thats not over the top. Idea : Hand out each guest a diaper. (The size your little one wears) Have each guest write thier name and a piece of advice for the future. One your child’s 18th birthday hand them to your child.


These are my favorites! Some are as smple as cutting butter. Although some are alot more unique.








Things They Don’t Tell You Post-Partum

Inlisted in this blog is a few of the many things that the doctors DON’T tell you postpartum. These things have not only happened to me but many other mother’s also. Solutions are provided and hopefully can be helpful! Enjoy.

*Feel free to leave comments about things that have happened to you and I will add them to the list!*

1. Your gonna bruise. Ever since I had Sophia I have noticed that I bruise easier than a banana! Bruises can hurt of course. But more than anything there just annoying imperfections on our body.

Solution : I have read that certain vitamins may help to reduce and/or get rid of bruises. Arnica cream not only prevents bruises but also can ease the pain of bruises and heal it quickly. DO NOT use it on broken skin. It is poisonous internally, but okay external. Apply cream several times daily to area. Bromelain supplements in tablet or capsule form also may help. Take 250-500 In between meals. Hydrotherapy also works in fighting bruises. Get two cloths, soak one in hot water and soak the other one in very cold water. Put the hot cloth on first for 3 minutes, remove the hot cloth, and apply the cold cloth for 30 seconds. Repeat this four times but keep soaking the cloths to keep them hot and cold.

2. Your gonna have mood swings. Your baby want be the only person crying around the house. Most women experience baby blues, Post-patrum depression and just stress crying . Trust me I know from experience that non of the above is fun!

Solution : Try to create a stress-free environment! Get someone to watch the baby while you take a relaxing bath, Read a book, or go for a walk in the park. Find your peaceful place.

3. Your peeing schedule will be off. I it sounds super funny but it’s true. Your body has to adjust to going to the bathroom regularly again.

Solutions : My doctor recommended to try and go every 2 to 3 hours until your body is healed. If you notice you don’t feel the urge to try drinking a tall glass of water every other hour to help things go along.

4. Your shoes aren’t gonna fit. (most likely) Most women don’t notice that not only do your feet become swollen they also get longer or wider than they used to be. Just think of it like this all that extra weight is pushed agaist the soles of your feet. Your feet can widen pr become longer to adjust.

Solution : Buy bigger shoes?

5. Your taste buds can change. Remember that pickle and onion sanwich with peanut butter ? Uhmmm, yeah that might not taste so good since your not pregnant any more.

Solution : If you haven’t ate a certain type of food since pregnancy try not to make a big batch just yet. What you liked then, You may not like today.

6. You may be to tired to dress up. After having a baby things can get very energy draining. Just remember to do whats comfertable for you. If pj’s and a sports bra is the most comfertable for you than go for it ! You just had a baby. Trust me you will have other times where you can dress up. But for now just relax.

Solution : Be comfertable. Just wear blush and mascara instead of eyeliner, foundation, and lip stick wich can rub off and get every where if you fall asleep.

7. You may be to tired to take a bath. Not to mention not enough time either!

Solution : Try leaning your head over the tub and washing your hair in the mornings. That way at night all you have to do is jump in and wash off.

8. You might loose your hair. This never happened to me, But quite the opposite. Don’t freak though! it’s completely normal and just try not to damage your hair as much by putting 1,000 different hair product in your hair.

Solution : A) Keep Taking your vitamins. They really are sooo good for you. If you feel weird taking prenatal vitamins when your not pregnant try finding a daily vitamin. B) Don’t brush your hair wet. C) Wear your hair down. D) Don’t avoid getting your hair cut. And E) Wash your hair daily.

9. You will have a really heavy period. No matter how you give birth you will have postpartum bleeding. This discharge is called lochia. It last about 2 to 3 weeks. Some women bleed te whole 6 weeks.

Solution : Wear bigger pads, and try not to get up to fast.

10. Breastfeeding might be difficult. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be prepared for a little bit of work. I tried for days AFTER coming home to breastfeed Sophia and I just couln’t get her to latch on in the hospital.

Solution : Talk to your local lactation consultant. They can give you advice and some will even come to your home.

11. Your boobs may get hard. If your breastfeeding it can get even harder.

Solution : Try laying a warm wash cloth on your chest. Or wearing a bigger bra.

12. Hemmheroids. They suck. Seriously ! Some women even say that it’s worse than childbirth itself. I want lie… They can make you want to cry! Not sure how long they last because it depends on the persons body. Any where between 2 weeks – and 9 months. YIKES!

Solution : Preparation H, Suppositories or a HOT bath. (not burning hot) If all else fails try laying on your stomach. It takes the pressure off.


13. Your heads gonna hurt .
One of the side effects of a epidural and child birth itself is headaches .
Solution :
I take Tylenol or ibuprofen . Using a cold wash cloth can also help when your eyes begin to hurt!

14. Your nails can look horrible . This doesn’t happen to every women post partum but it CAN ! I know after I had Sophia my nails chipped, broke and every thing in between !
Solution : keep up your nails. Whether that means a manicure of simply buffing and clipping them.



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Terrible two’s




I found this great article about terrible two’s and had to share it with all of you ! enjoy .


The “Terrible Two’s” is a term for the stage that toddlers go through that is categorized by temper tantrums, saying “No” to everything, or refusing to do as they are told. This phase of your toddler’s development can be difficult for parents and even more difficult when parents don’t really understand what is happening. First of all, there is a misconception that your child will not start exhibiting terrible two behavior until around there second birthday. In reality, it usually starts much earlier and can begin around the toddler’s first birthday. I clearly remember when it started for us. We bought our toddler son a new tricycle / bigwheel toy which he immediately got on and started playing with. It was apparent though that he was not ready for the balancing it required, so we took it away. He threw himself on the ground on his back and flopped back and forth like a fish on land. We had to try hard not to laugh at him. The good news is that there is an end in site, but this phase can continue to around the toddler’s third birthday. The temper tantrums and refusal to obey parents stem from your toddler trying to become more independent and make their own decisions. Up to this point, your toddler has focused on making you happy. They do silly things, smile, and laugh because they see it makes you smile and laugh. In the next phase (Terrible Twos) the child begins making independent choices which is very important to their development. The problem with making their own choices is that they have to disagree with you for the choices to be theirs and not yours. This conflict often frustrates the toddler and leads to crying and anger. Another issue is that the toddler sees the world from a much narrower perspective while you can see the bigger picture. They might not understand that they need to wear shoes to go outside. They just know they want to go out and perceive you are trying to keep them from doing that by taking time to put on shoes. Toddlers just want to explore their world to see how it works. Your job is to help them discover and participate with their surroundings so they can learn. However, keep in mind that they don’t understand what is safe, good or bad, or right or wrong. These are things you must teach them by guiding them in their activities. Some tactics to help deal with your toddler’s terrible two phase are: • Offer limited choices. Don’t just ask what they want to do, give them a couple of alternatives and let them decide. This helps your child make some decisions on their own. • Set limits to keep them safe, but don’t be surprised when they push these limits. • Don’t give into tantrums. If they learn that tantrums will get them what they want, they will repeatedly use this tactic. • Don’t just tell them “no”. Telling them what not to do doesn’t mean that they will grasp what the right thing to do is. • Distractions. When your toddler is upset about not getting to do something, distract them with something else. It is amazing how well this works and how quickly they forget they are upset. And lastly, don’t forget the good side of this development phase. During this phase your toddler is learning at a rate that will amaze you. They will do things that will surprise you. I was amazed the first time I asked our toddler to throw away a piece of trash and he walked right over to the trash can and tossed it in. Your child is also learning great things such as giving hugs and kisses and when they imitate what you are doing it can melt your heart. So, enjoy and focus on the good, but be ready for the bad…