Friday, September 13, 2013

Feature Friday - Hold It Right There Bags & Coupon Code!


If you're looking for Meticulous Craftmanship, Original PDF Patterns, and Exceptional Customer Service, be sure to check out this week's Featured Seller - Suzanna from Hold It Right There Bags! She offers Patterns, Girls Purses, Diaper Clutches, E-reader Covers, and so much more! 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feature Friday - larkandjuniper & Coupon Code!


Whether you're looking for Birthstone Jewelry, Inspirational Necklaces, Charms, Name & Initials, Designs Jewelry, and so much more - you need to check out this awesome Etsy shop larkandjuniper! Let's meet Lisa! 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Guest Post: Common Food Allergies in Children


As much as 10% of the planet’s children under 18 have a food allergy of some sort. Kids under 5 get the worst of it, with some symptoms so aggressive that they can be fatal. It’s no wonder that children with food allergies can be seriously harmed by side-effects, and the medical community is beginning to take notice, taking food allergens very seriously. The dangers associated in various reactions kids can experience is not a light matter. 


Prevailing Allergens 
The most prevalent food allergies include peanuts, wheat, soy and milk...peanuts considered to be the most common. Parents of kids with food allergies certainly try to keep these foods out of the house for fear of its reaction, but sometimes these foods can hang around, unbeknownst to anyone.  You see, many factory-made foods may be without the allergen ingredient, but they may have been produced with the same equipment that those allergen foods are produced in.  As a consequence, these food allergens can get into those foods that “should” be void of those food allergens.   

Additionally, a lot of restaurants serve food with these food allergens, even though they may not advertise as such. Peanut oil and milk are common cooking ingredients restaurant chefs use, and even the slightest trace of these elements in food can cause terrific allergic reactions...sometimes as bad as if a child consciously ate the actual allergen food.

Outgrowing an Allergy
In many cases, food allergies will go away as children age. But this isn’t always the case.  The opposite can happen where the allergy can get worse when a child grows. In fact, kids once allergic to ingesting the food can later experience reactions when they get older by merely touching the food. Allergic reactions can become incredibly harmful as kids age, leading to fatal conditions such as anaphylaxis.  These children can also experience extreme reactions by inhaling the air the food is in, or even standing in close proximity to the food allergen as it is being cooked.

Education of food allergies is vital, and many people, especially parents of those children with food allergies, don’t have a good understanding of how deadly these foods can be for children. As mentioned, allergic reactions can be fatal because they can cause restricted airways and extremely low blood pressure. Additionally, children may begin to eat those foods that they were once allergic to in hopes that they no longer have the food allergy.  It is strongly recommended that they not experiment with these once-diagnosed food allergies without proper allergy testing. 

Being Aware
If your child suffers from food allergies, the child as well as those around that child should be aware of the allergy. In fact, it’s probably a pretty good idea to be versed on how to avoid these foods, know what kind of reactions they can cause and what to do about it should a reaction occur.  People who interact with children, such as friends, daycare providers, other family members and teachers, should know what allergy a child has, and should have protocols in place as to what to do should a child experience a dangerous reaction.  It’s also a good idea for the child to where a medical alert bracelet, indicating what that allergy is.

Take Action
Food allergies are extremely dangerous, and in worse cases, can be fatal. Having an action plan and being informed is the best way to manage a child’s allergy. This action plan can help avoid a lot of suffering from a reaction, and in some cases, can save a child’s life. 

If you observe mild symptoms, such as a rash or hives, contact your child’s doctor so he may identify the allergy and show you how to manage it. Managing a food allergy can include prescription medicine, eliminating the food from a child’s diet, or both. It’s important to know that just because a child’s initial allergic reaction to a food may be slight, it could worsen.
Severe symptoms are obviously more of an emergency, such as swollen eyes or trouble breathing.  In these instances, call emergency response, give your child an antihistamine and observe the child for next half-hour, looking for serious symptoms such as drooling, swelling and wheezing. If these symptoms persist, rush the child to the hospital. 

Understand that sometimes accidental exposures to food allergens can be unavoidable.  If it happens, an EpiPen that your doctor prescribes will eliminate the effects of a reaction until you get that child medically treated. 


David Novak is a international syndicated newspaper columnist, appearing in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV around the world. His byline has appeared in GQ, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, USA Today, among others, and he has appeared on The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and Paul Harvey Radio. David is a specialist at consumer technology, health and fitness, and he also owns a PR firm and a consulting company where he and his staff focus on these industries. He is a regular contributing editor for Healthline. For more information, visit http://contributors.healthline.com/

Friday, August 16, 2013

Feature Friday - RockMamaMetals & Coupon Code!


Individually handcrafted pieces can be personalized for Mom. Each piece is an original work, signed by the artist. Find something special at Rock Mama Metals. Let's meet Kim from RockMamaMetals


Friday, August 9, 2013

Feature Friday - Smarty Party & Coupon Code!


Nurture your child's inner genius with hands-on science and craft party activities! Not only will kids be having fun, they will be learning! Plus, they will be creating their own favors, making Smarty Party kits a money saving choice for all your gatherings! Let's meet Ann from Smarty Party

Saturday, August 3, 2013

To Be Loved! - August 3rd


WELL, It's been a LONG while since we did a "To Be Loved" so let's catch back up to speed here !


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Friday, August 2, 2013

Feature Friday - thegiftgarden!


Bags, Totes, Purses, Key chains  Lanyards, and Items for your Home. All of these can be found in our Featured Seller's shop this week! Let's meet Michelle from thegiftgarden!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Feature Friday - SouthrnWildFlower & Coupon Code!


So, how many of you have used Mason Jars and just wrote on the lid with a Sharpie or something similar? What if you could just add a cute label to the top? If you're interested, definitely check out this week's Featured Seller Gina from SouthrnWildFlower

Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature Friday - SecondSpringSoaps & Coupon Code!


I don't know about you, but I love buying handmade soaps and lip balms. They always work so great! If you're the same way, check out Milly's shop, SecondSpringSoaps! Offering Handmade Soap, Lip Balm, Bath Bombs, and Wax Tarts! 


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Own Something Awesome BNS

A quick updatefor everyone:

So lately I've just been working on using up all the yarn I currently own. Then eventually I'm going to start using up all the craft supplies I own, or sell what I don't have a use for currently. Just trying to consolidate a bit.

Also just recently I started curating The Own Something Awesome BNS! If you're an Etsy seller,  come check it out and join in on the fun! The current BNS is located here.

Also,  Independence Day is very near! Be on the look out for special coupon codes!  They'll be announced on Facebook & on Twitter!

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend and create a lot of wonderful memories! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Feature Friday - JewelryByBellissima & Coupon Code!


It's that time of year where everyone is having gatherings like bonfires, cook outs, etc! Well, of course you want to look nice, and no outfit is complete without accessories, so check out this week's Featured Seller 
JewelryByBellissima! Let's meet Lynda. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Feature Friday - SelkieMum & Coupon Code!


Nursing pads and covers with flair, baby dresses with vintage appeal, coffee sleeves that put the "cozy" in coffee cozy, eye masks to help with beauty sleep...there's all this and more to see at SelkieMum!
Let's Meet Jennie and find out more! 



Friday, June 14, 2013

Feature Friday - TinyTipis & Coupon Code!


I don't know about you guys, but I remember when I was younger and I had a dream catcher of my own, so this shop brought back from childhood memories for me! Meet this week's Featured Seller Cory from TinyTipis



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Elijah is 6 months old!

A quick little update today - 

I just wanted to share, that Elijah is 6 months old today! Wow! The last 6 months have just flew by! 

Elijah is doing great. He eats a ton, and loves his fruits and veggies (the ones he has tried so far) and he just keep growing and growing! He's almost in the same size clothes as Seth... He rolls both ways, loves his new jumperoo, and is just an all around pretty happy baby unless he needs something. 

(See that awesome bib on the left? My mom made that for him! Possible future product for one of our shops!)

And, another thing about today's date.. In exactly one year, my youngest brother will be getting married! Yea, that makes me feel old too. But he found someone who is really great, and I am so happy for them both. :) 

Tomorrow is another Feature Friday, and I am working on getting some more blog posts going. I know things have been a bit slow around here. But did you check out the awesome Guest Blog Post we had yesterday? Those cupcakes sound pretty delicious! 


Have a great Thursday everyone! 



Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post: Quick Ripe Apple Cupcakes You Can Bake With Your Kids!

Hey everyone!

Thank you Alicia for letting me spend some time over here on Own Something Awesome! My name’s Melissa and I run White Lily Cupcakes blog. I was so excited to get to help Alicia out and share with you guys an awesome cupcake. After reading this post about little Seth I knew the perfect recipe to share with you all, and one of my personal favorites!



This is a sweet, fruit filled cupcake is perfect for a fun afternoon with your favorite little guy or gal! The batter taste and feels just like sugar cookie dough but after they’re baked, these cupcakes are a light, crisp dessert that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Ripe Apple Cupcakes
Ingredients:
3 Cups flour
2 Cups sugar
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ¼ Cup canola oil or cooking oil (I used vegetable oil)
2 Teaspoons vanilla
3 Medium Granny Smith apples,
Peeled and chopped
1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts but this is optional)

Tools:
2 Bowls
2 Muffin Tins
24 Cupcake Liners
1 Wooden Spoon (or electric mixer)
1 Toothpick (To check cupcakes during baking)

Steps:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Chop the walnuts/pecans finely and the apples into small squares. I cored my apples and cut them into eight slices then cut the slices once down the middle of the slices and once down the sides before dicing.


Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Make a well in the middle and set aside.
In a second bowl mix eggs, oil, vanilla, apple slices, and nuts.

Pour apple mixture into the first bowl with the flour mixture and combine until moistened. It will look more like sugar cookie dough here then cake batter. (It also taste like it!)


Fill cupcake liners ¾ of the way full with batter and bake for 22 minutes.

Always remember to check with a toothpick (or other thin sharp item) to make sure the batter is baked all the way through before removing from the oven!

After allowing the cupcake to cool (about 30 minutes) you can top them with a Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting like I did or with Cool Whip topping. Now, Enjoy!



P.S. Cupcakes are best when shared! So take a picture of your awesome cupcakes and show it off on the White Lily Facebook page!

I hope you all enjoy these cupcakes! They are a little different than a traditional cupcake but they are super fun and, above all, super yummy!

Always,
Melissa Kirkham
White Lily Cupcakes

Friday, May 17, 2013

Feature Friday - Sew Lucky 16!


Handmade wipe cases, nursing covers, pillowcase dress, pacifier clips, gift sets and more for babies and toddlers. Check out this week's Featured Seller, Wendy from Sew Lucky 16!


Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature Friday - HandmadesBetter!



This week's Feature Friday Seller is another fellow crocheter! If you have a minute, stop by and check out some of the cute items in her shop! Meet Laycee from HandmadesBetter


Saturday, April 20, 2013

To Be Loved!



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