breastfeedingWhen you are a young mother who has had her first child, there is a lot you need to learn and this process has to occur slowly over a period of time. Most mothers learn by experience but it is always nice to have someone who has done all this before and can give you useful tips on problems such as foods to avoid while breastfeeding and how to stop breastfeeding. There is no doubt about the fact that breastfeeding is the best option for anyone who wants to provide nutrition to her baby, but after 2 years of breastfeeding, you need to wean the baby. If you do not know how to stop breastfeeding, this can create quite a problem and the baby might refuse to take any other form of milk completely. The key is to make sure that you introduce a bottle and formula milk early on so that the baby is used to both breast milk and formula milk. The simplest thing to do is to simply start increasing the amount of formula or bottle milk and decrease breastfeeding gradually. If you stop breastfeeding your baby abruptly, it can make him irritable and cranky and he will refuse not only bottle milk but solid food as well. If you are not sure how to stop breastfeeding, you can always ask your friends or relatives who have done this before and will have more experience and know-how than you do. It is best to ask for help as trying to do everything on your own might not turn out to be advantageous.


Another thing a breastfeeding mother needs to know is what foods to avoid while breastfeeding. Many people say that you can eat whatever you want and it will not have any effects on your baby. This cannot be farther from the truth. What you eat will be transferred to your baby and will have its effects. For instance, if you eat gassy food, it will make your baby gassy and so on. So, among foods to avoid while breastfeeding, anything that causes gas and bloating is at the top of the list. Similarly, breastfeeding mothers should avoid food that gets them constipated as the baby will also get constipated in turn. Try to eat food items that make you feel good and relaxed as the same vibe will be carried to your baby. There is no list where you can find out about foods to avoid while breastfeeding, so you have to carefully examine how you react to different food items and then create your own list to make sure that you and the baby do not have any problems adapting to the food you eat.


The important thing to remember, as I keep telling my friends, is that breastfeeding and anything else related to motherhood is a continuous learning process. You should not feel guilty about anything and if you find something too difficult, always ask for help. You do not have to take everybody’s suggestions and act on them – but you can get all the advice you want and act on the tips that sound good to you.


boxes of stuffI found myself covered in a thick cake of dust and sweating profusely, digging into a cornucopia of paper, stacked boxes, and thingamajigs. I was dog tired. That was my predicament last week, when I was rummaging through stacks of magazines and newspapers in our storage room, boxes upon boxes of them. There was a recent drive by the leaders in the community for cleaner living amongst us villagers. It was discussed and suggested in the meeting, that it will be good for us, if we are to follow the guidelines for recycling. So with the greater aim of helping save the environment, there I was, ever the good citizen, looking for items that will go towards recycling. It took me a whole afternoon of drudgery doing the thing, but I finished with a smile on my face.

You see, I found a box of my grandchildren’s stuff, buried among the boxes of paper and other items in the room. It was new compared to the other stuffs there, as it was just last year that it was used, during the time they paid us a visit to spend their vacation. Toys, puzzles, crayons, books, paper airplanes that we made and other kiddy things, but the ones that I took a long time looking on was the coloring pages. Sloppily done with colors past their borders, a grinning red colored sun, the purple rain that soaked a running pink dog, everything was off, but all were done with love.

We printed them one afternoon as they caught me fiddling with my computer. It was a lazy afternoon and there was nothing better to do, so I gave in to their whims. My Little Pony coloring pages were the favorite of my youngest grandchild, she liked horses, and dinosaurs were for the boy a year ahead of her. I couldn’t stop but remember how they liked to color them, even forgetting their afternoon cartoons for a chance to color something, even a table or a wall, come to think of it. And especially when each one of them would say, “i love you gramps”, as I give them a fresh batch of printed coloring pages.

After finishing the work I’ve started, and eventually cleaning the area and myself, I went to the internet hoping to catch if any of my grandchildren were online. I’m going to tell them what I found in the basement and basically just to catch a glimpse or even hear them a little. But sadly, after an hour of waiting, no grandchildren were sight. Maybe they are out playing or are in school. I’ll just try again later or tomorrow after I deliver these stuffs to the recycling center.  In the meanwhile, maybe I’m just going to print some of these new pages that I saw like the “Disney’s Frozen” coloring pages, I think they’re going to love them. So that next time they come and visit, I’ll be prepared.  How I miss those adorable kids. And how I wish they would come and visit again soon.

A few months ago, one of my neighbors visited me, looking visibly upset. When I asked Leslie what the problem was she told me she had just come back from a visit to her doctor. Lately, she had been experiencing some breathing problems and was hoping they would go away on their own. After months of facing the same problem, she finally caved in and booked an appointment with her doctor. The news he had given her today was worrying – she had fluid in lungs which was making it difficult for her breathe. There are many diseases which are associated with fluid in lungs and can be benign or life threatening such as cancer. The doctor had ordered some tests which would tell what had caused the fluid to accumulate in the lungs and then they would chalk out a treatment plan. After she left, I thought or researching fluid in lungs on the internet and found out some very useful information. Fluid is always present in a sac-like cavity between the outer side of the lungs and the rib cage which allows the lungs to move easily when a person breathes. However, certain diseases cause more fluid to accumulate in the lungs and thus cause problems. These include: Pneumonia, liver disease, congestive heart failure, Pulmonary Embolism and inflammation of lungs. All these factors can be responsible for fluid in lungs and the condition can prove fatal if not cured early on.


Some of the common symptoms of fluid in lungs include chest pain, cough, fever and problematic and heavy breathing. Since all these symptoms are relatively mild and common with many other diseases, people often do not take them seriously and let the disease fester unchecked. If you value your health, you should never avoid going for a medical check-up and even schedule one every year to make sure you are healthy and fit.


When Leslie came back from the doctor she was somewhat relieved to find out that it was inflammation from Pneumonia. However, her dilemma was that she had to take antihistamines but she did not want to take medication. Luckily I was able to provide a solution – my father hated taking medicine so he knew almost all alternative natural products which could be taken instead of medicines. I called him up and he told me there were three top food items which contained natural antihistamine and can be consumed easily. The first one is Vitamin C which contains high amounts of natural antihistamine that cure allergies. Vitamin C is naturally found in citrus fruits, but you can also use a supplement. Food items such as citrus fruits, parsley, broccoli, apples, onions, tomatoes and garlic contain Flavonoids which have natural antihistamine. Lastly, fish contains high amounts of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, so if you need a dose of natural antihistamine in your body, you can consume a fatty fish like salmon or tuna at least 3 times a week.
Leslie is following a diet that contains all three sources of natural antihistamines and the results that she has achieved so far are amazing.

I used to have a dog in my childhood and loved taking care of it. It was an adorable Teacup Pomeranian pup and I loved looking after him, taking him for long walks and playing with him all the time. If you have ever owned a dog or, more specifically, a Teacup Pomeranian, you must know what I am talking about. These are the perfect dogs for children, who have possibly the same amount of energy as these little fellows and love hugging and playing with them all day long. The best thing about keeping a Teacup Pomeranian is that you do not have to give them a bath as often as other dogs. Their body is covered with fur so you can bathe them once a week as it allows the fur to completely dry out and does not create any problems such as an ear infection. However, this does not mean that keeping a Teacup Pomeranian as a pet is easy by any account. These are vivacious and intelligent dogs that crave attention so you will have to make time for it. As a child, this seemed like an easy task to me since I would play with my pup for hours after finishing my homework. At the end of the day, we would both be so tired that we were off to sleep as soon as we hit the sack. Teacup Pomeranians are not violent at all and they are extremely playful – I would recommend this breed to anyone who is looking to buy a dog for his or her children. For someone who lives in an apartment, this is the perfect dog breed as they can easily play inside the apartment and you do not need to have a yard.

Another dog breed that I adore is the Boxer Pitbull mix that I had in my college years. As the name indicates, it is a mix between a Boxer and a Pitbull and hence has the features and characters of both breeds. You can never tell from which breed it will get most of its characteristics – it can be a 50-50 mix or in any other ratio. I enjoyed having this dog a lot and since it has high energy levels I would have to take him to the park for hours at a stretch. I would not recommend this dog breed to anyone who cannot take the dog for regular exercise. Boxer Pitbull mix dogs need to get rid of their excess energy which, in some cases, can make them act aggressively. This is one reason I would not recommend this breed to anyone who has children. While this breed of dogs can be extremely playful and friendly if trained properly, they do have an aggressive streak in them.

When it comes to a comparison between Teacup Pomeranian and a Boxer Pitbull mix, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each. Both have admirable qualities, but while the Pom is more of a toy breed, Boxer Pitbull falls into the more aggressive category. Younger children and teenage girls will love the Teacup Pomeranian as it is playful and full of energy and very cute to look at.

Being a tour guide in Norfolk, Virginia, I meet a lot of new people on a daily basis and often I get to talk to them a lot as the tour progresses and they ask me questions about the area. Many people have no idea what an amazing place Norfolk is and when they get a detailed tour with me, they are surprised at the amazing places you can find in the area. For me, it is a great and rewarding experience as I talk to my clients and often learn something useful. One of the life changing experiences for me was when I met this couple – Greg and Anna – who seemed to be in their late 30s and were enjoying every second of the trip. At one of the stops, they asked me to join them for a cup of coffee and we started talking. I was immediately surprised to find out that they were both in their early 50s. When they saw my surprise, they laughed and said it was all because their diet primarily consisted of low carb vegetables and low carb fruits. Like everyone else, I had heard of the benefits of eating a healthy diet but when I saw their fitness level I was surprised. Not only did Greg and Anna look young, they were also agile and fit and it seemed like nothing was tiring for them.

Once I got home, I started my laptop and started researching the internet for low carb vegetables and low carb fruits. As you probably already know, all fruits and vegetables have low carbohydrate content and are thus ideal for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, etc. are ideal for weight loss and for staying fit. From that moment onwards, I promised myself that I would stick to eating as many vegetables and fruits as I could and completely cut out junk food from my life. I started taking my lunch along with me, which was mostly vegetable or fruit salad. Fizzy drinks and colas also cause a lot of weight gain so I decided to cut those out completely as well. I substituted fizzy drinks with healthy, homemade fruit juices which helped me curb my appetite as well. Within a month, I noticed that my clothes no longer fit so snugly against my body and I felt I could move around much freely. I started losing weight, I looked better and I certainly felt a lot fitter than before. This gave me a lot of encouragement and I started taking my vegetables and fruits seriously and also convinced my friends to try this method.

It has been 2 years since I met Greg and Anna and I have gained a lot from this meeting. Last month, they came back to Norfolk with some of their friends and took the tour again. They hardly recognized me and were surprised when I walked up to them. When I told them about my shifting to a diet consisting of low carb vegetables and low carb fruits, they were delighted and encouraged me to keep following it all my life. Needless to say, I plan to do exactly that!


Getting a tattoo nowadays is a very easy procedure. With the seeming proliferation of tattoo shops in every city and all places imaginable, one only has to search a little bit and he will eventually locate one that is suitable to whatever taste he has. Tattoos today are already becoming a common occurrence, very unlike in the past where tattoos are only the domain of gangs, criminals and other anti-social members of the populace, today it is booming industry with many followers and is swiftly becoming as main-stream as cotton candy and popcorn.

Our place here in Norfolk is no different as we have our fair share of tattoo parlors, and not quite a few of them. So if you are having that kind of itch, or just interested on knowing how tattoos are made, or just probably want to see one being made in action, then I recommend visiting one of these established tattoo parlors here in our locality of Norfolk. Who knows, you might eventually want one for yourself.

Blue Horseshoe Tattoo

8204 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA, (757) 282-1615


Blue Horseshoe is an honest to goodness tattoo parlor that offers top class work in a homely environment. This place is very inviting and makes you feel very relaxed with their accommodating staff, and also boast of a very uniquely peaceful ambience that makes you say ooh the first time you go there. They practice very strict sterilization methods in addition to several top of the line tattoo machines that always ensure professional works every time. Blue Horseshoe Tattoo has a very large selection of design images to choose from, be it chest tattoos for men or side tattoos for girls, name it and chances are high that they have it in store. Finally the fun part, Blue Horseshoe Tattoo also offers laser tattoo removal that guarantees complete erasure of past tattoos within their estimated treatment period or your money back, now that’s a great deal.

Fuzion INK Tattoo Studio

729 Granby St, Norfolk, VA, (757) 226-9840
Fuzion’s tattoo studio is often mistaken as that of a doctor’s office, because of its very clean and sterile environment. With calming wall palette, comfortable couches, modern art installations and soothing lights, Fuzion INK Tattoo Studio is kind of a laid back yet very professional tattoo parlor. Various kinds of tattoos are made at this shop, and typically priced at the low end of the spectrum, but make no mistake about it, tattoos done here are of very high quality. Whether it is tribal, iconic, animal, human, cartoon, words or phrases, scenic or any other kind, you can always expect skillfully made tattoos at this shop. Fuzion’s also offer body piercings, if ever that is your cup of tea.


Other notable tattoo parlors in and around Norfolk are Ocean Mystique’s Ink Gallery and also All Out Tattoos to name a few, all of which boasts some kind of uniqueness that separates it from other tattoo parlors, which is definitely fun, but also makes it hard to really determine which is the best tattoo parlor for you. Maybe you should just trust your instincts and go to the one you think is best. I have included two shops that had the most positive feedbacks from friends that already went there, but still the final decision is yours. Good luck on having your tattoo.

I was diagnosed with moderate Neutropenia when I returned from a trip to Italy a year ago with my husband and the wound I had sustained after a fall there had become swollen, red and irritable. I always had body aches but I never paid much attention to it as I attributed this to the fact that I was nearing my 50th birthday. Also, my job – a personal tour guide in Norfolk – could sometimes be very exhausting so I thought it was the reason behind my aches and pains. However, when the wound did not heal after a few days and continued to hurt, I decided to go to the doctor. He recommended a few tests and I found out that I had Neutropenia – a condition in which the number of white blood cells in your body is too low and it affects your immune system.

At first the diagnosis was troubling, but me and my husband decided to do some research and find out ways to minimize the effects of this disease. The neutropenic precautions we found were simple and very effective and helped me lead a normal life as far as possible and avoid infection. I have been following these for a year and since they improved my standard of living so much, I decided to share it with others. After looking it up from this site, here are the basics for anyone who needs to know about Neutropenic precautions.

First of all, stay away from raw or uncooked vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy products. Make sure that whatever you consume has been completely cooked otherwise you become an easy target for infections. Drink a lot of water and juices as hydration helps in removing toxins from your body. Secondly, your clothing can make a lot of difference. Try to keep yourself completely covered and change your clothes daily so that you can keep yourself safe from germs. Moreover, if you wear a face mask when you leave the house and are in or around places that have germs, you can diminish your chances of getting infected considerably.

Try not to share your room with anyone else, as they might carry germs with them which will not affect an average person but can make some with Neutropenia very sick. Also steer clear of anyone who has flu, cough or cold. Your chances of catching this disease are much higher than anybody else.

Make sure that your hands are always clean – dirty hands spread more diseases than anyone else. Make sure you know the proper protocol of washing your hands and do it as often as required. Using hand sanitizers is also a great way of making sure that you do not get infected with viruses. Taking daily showers and maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet can also decrease your chances of catching an infection. Taking all these neutropenic precautions has helped me stay healthy all this time and I hope this article will help anyone who reads it and follows the instructions.