Friday, August 20, 2010

Gardasil & HPV Testing

I thought I'd share a picture of my tween getting one of her Gardasil doses last year since I'm blogging about HPV Testing today over at Mom of 2 Dancers Reviews.  

My doctors office starts the 3 dose shots at age 11.  I decided to wait till 12 because I figured I was safe waiting the year + at her 11 year check up, she received 4 other shots.  

Now I personally am for my kids receiving shots.  They have never bothered my kids in the least, not even fevers, so I feel on the safe side giving them.  Especially since it has come out that research linking it to Autism was faked.  I do feel that giving 4 at a time is a bit much, that is a lot of medicine at one time.  I really think there should be a limit of 2 at a visit.  I know my brother was bothered by shots, and had many problems with them.

I don't really want to debate shots though, if you are for them and have daughters definately do your research on HPV vaccine.  It is an amazing discovery and I hope that in years to come we see a decline in Cervical cancer in women.  That would be amazing!  Side note, Gardasil also helps boys not get genital warts.  Fair warning, the shot burns a bit.  My daughter received one of two of the doses with other shots, and she said that the Gardasil definately burned more then the others.  Watching her face, I could see that it hurt her.  Her face instantly changed when the nurse started injecting the vaccine.  She was fine though after leaving, not to bad of pain in her arm, etc (especially the 2nd and 3rd dose).  

Since the vaccine is geared towads females and males under 26, I have blogged on my review blog about measures us women over 26 can take to help prevent cervical cancer.  

Protect yourself against cervical cancer: Learn about HPV testing

I'm sure you have heard about HPV testing by now, but have you paid attention to it?  I searched my email, and I actually found an email about it back in December of 2005 linking directly to the site I'm about to share with you.  I think the only reason I really paid attention to it though was because I have 2 daughters.

I remember when Gardisal came out, I wanted to run out and get my daughter vaccinated.  She was 9 and at the minimum age for receiving it.  I was just so excited that their was a vaccine that would help prevent cancer.  Then of course, I took a step back and though about the risks involved, etc. I ended up starting her on the 3 doses at her 12 year check up, and she just recently finished the 3rd dose this past July. Gardasil® (Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus [Types 6, 11, 16, and 18] Recombinant Vaccine) is approved to prevent certain conditions caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in girls and women age 9 to 26. It is also approved to prevent genital warts in boys and men age 9 to 26.

My daughter after receiving 1 of her 3
doses of Gardasil.  Gotta love the face

I still can't put into words how amazing I feel this is.  But, what about women over 26?  How can we protect ourselves from HPV? Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women worldwide, yet is easily preventable because we know its cause, HPV.

HPV testing can identify if you have one of the "high-risk" infections on your cervix that can cause cervical cancer. For women 30 and older, the HPV test can be performed at the same time as the Pap test to help doctors identify which women are at greatest risk. However not all doctors automatically use both tests. Our research into cervical cancer prevention shouldn't stop and start with our daughters.

How do we protect ourselves against cervical cancer?  When you go to your doctor, don't just get the Pap Smear, ask for the HPV Test as well.  

The digene HPV Test is the leading test approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that directly detects the presence of high-risk types of the HPV virus. When used along with a Pap to screen women 30 and older, it more accurately identifies who is at risk of developing cervical cancer than the Pap alone. Here's why: 

  • The Pap test (or Pap smear) has helped diagnose many women with cervical cancer or pre-cancerous conditions. A trained lab professional looks through a microscope at a sample of your cervical cells to determine if any abnormalities are present that could signal the presence of disease. 
  • The digene HPV Test – which can usually be run by the lab on the same sample of cells used for the Pap – uses molecular technology to detect the presence of high-risk types of HPV, which is what causes cervical cells to become abnormal in the first place. 
  • For women over 30 years old, who are most at risk of cervical cancer, getting both tests provides the best assurance of finding cervical disease before it becomes cancer. Studies show that, on average, the combination of thedigene HPV Test and the Pap identifies 95-100 percent of advanced cervical disease (CIN 2, CIN 3, or cancer). It is important to remember, however, that the presence of HPV does not mean you have cervical disease. An additional exam is needed to determine whether disease exists. 
  • It is recommended that younger women (20-30), in whom HPV infections are common but usually temporary, get an HPV test only if their Pap smear looks "inconclusive" or "borderline," to help their doctor or nurse determine whether further examination is needed. 
Help spread the word about cervical cancer to all the women you know.  It is important to be screened for this cancer!  You can get printable brochures by clicking here to help you out.  

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the QIAGEN digeneHPV test. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Teenage Were-Wolf by Lauren Kessler

What's more challenging in the life of a woman - being a teenager, or being the mother of a teenager?

When Lauren Kessler's daughter went from being a loving child who adored her mom, to a teenage werewolf who was embarrassed to be anywhere near her, Lauren needed to understand more about this relationship. As a reporter, she embedded herself in her daughter's life, in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms, at home, at the mall, at camp, for an 18 month mission to learn more about the culture of the young teenage girl in the twenty-first century.

Since I personally would never do that and I have a 9 year old and a 12 year old (next month 13), I happily agreed to review this book.  I try really hard to remember what it was like being that age, and most of the time I do remember.  However, it is still hard, even if you remember what it is like.  I was 19 when I had my oldest, and I find that sometimes I almost feel more like sisters then mom/daughter, in the way that we argue with each other mainly.  I was very intrigued by this book, and read through it quickly.

Kessler writes in a very light and witty style while tackling a serious subject matter. If you have a daughter, this is a must read book.  It made me feel that I wasn't alone.  I will be honest, things have been super tough with my 12 year old.  This book really helped me a lot.  The tween and teenage years are so hard on everyone, any help is much appreciated to all involved!

Being a daughter myself, I also enjoyed the book from that end.  Honestly, I think most women will enjoy this book regardless of if you have your own daughter.  It is just a great read that really makes you look inside yourself.

This post was written for Family Review Network and My Teenage Werewolf who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest reviwew.Like this post ~
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Project Play ~ The Ghost in the Graveyard

With all of the electronics bombarding our kids, they aren't getting outside as much anymore.  Do you remember all of the fun games we used to play outside with all of the neighborhood kids?  I used to love flashlight tag!  Marlene Byrne has decided to get kids back out playing with a great book series and movement called Project Play.  

Project Play is a movement to inspire kids and their families to make unstructured play a priority. The idea was born when creator Marlene Byrne began writing down the games from her youth for her own children. As a mother of two and working in advertising, she was inspired by the possibility of recreating the games as books after introducing Treasure Hunt to a group of her son’s neighborhood friends.

The Project Play series is designed to grow with readers. The early volumes feature hardcover rhyming books designed for new readers with simple games that entertain and inspire. The later volumes feature a chapter-style narrative in paperback with more challenging games for slightly older children.

All the stories are action-packed and feature the Edgebrook gang as they play timeless, backyard games. The books are meant to inspire children to get out and play the way the characters do—by modifying the rules, coming up with new strategies, and supporting one another as they play.

I was sent  
Ghost in the Graveyard to review recently.  It is is Marlene Byrne’s fifth installment in the lively Project Play series of children’s books. Set on Halloween, each action-packed chapter promises a “spook-tacular” adventure for Sam and his Edgebrook friends. 

After returning from a night of trick-or-treating, the gang joins the older kids for a Halloween-themed party, where they learn how to play Ghost in the Graveyard—one of the classic backyard games. As the friends search for the ghost in the pretend graveyard, they discover secret hiding places and learn new strategies for being “IT.” The book comes with the rules and the inspiration that young readers will use to get out and play the game with their own friends. 

I gave this book to my daughter to read and she flew through it.  She really enjoyed the story and wants to play the game included in the book.  She also wants to read the previous stories especially Treasure Hunt!

The books can be purchased at Atlas Books for $9.99 each + shipping and handling. You can also purchase the  entire series on Amazon for $9.99 - $14.99.

This post was written for Family Review Network and Project Play who provided the complimentary product in exchange for my honest reviwew.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

CBS The Early Show launches Eye on Parenting Aug 18th


Regular Series to Serve as a Place Where Parents Can Gather and Share Information as Well as a Resource that Focuses on a Wide Array of Parenting Topics, Offering Expert Advice From Infancy through Adolescence and Beyond

Bi-Weekly Parenting Segments to be Broadcast on "The Early Show"

Weekly Webcast with CBS and CNET Personalities to Debut on at

"The Early Show" Anchors and Contributors Will Blog about Parenting on the Site Along With Other Members of the CBS News Family

            NEW YORK - August 16, 2010 - CBS News' THE EARLY SHOW and will launch a new multiplatform parenting series, EYE ON PARENTING, on Wednesday, August 18 (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  A weekly webcast will debut the same day on  Sponsored by MICROSOFT, the on-air and online series will cover all aspects of parenting, serving as an invaluable resource that offers advice and information from infancy through toddlerhood to the adolescent years and beyond.  The website will also serve as a place where parents can gather and share information.

            Following its launch, the on-air parenting segments will be broadcast biweekly on THE EARLY SHOW.  Starting August 18, the weekly EYE ON PARENTING webcast will be available every Wednesday immediately following THE EARLY SHOW at 9:00 AM, ET.  Episodes will feature CBS News personalities as well as CNET personalities/moms Molly Wood and Natali Del Conte.  The online audience can submit questions for the panel prior to the webcast at or by email to

     " continues to create original Web programming that complements CBS News broadcasts, and extends the conversation to an online audience," said Mark Larkin, Vice President of  "This new Web show dives deeper into the topics that will help parents raise their kids in this day and age."

     "At Microsoft we are really excited to enable opportunities for parents to share ideas and advice with each other," said Scott Russell, CMG Senior Marcom Architect, Microsoft. "Microsoft Office 2010 can enable parents to be more productive throughout every aspect of their lives, so CBS's 'Eye on Parenting' is a great fit with our brand and product."

     In addition to the weekly webcast, viewers and the online audience can get more information on parenting by visiting the EYE ON PARENTING section at  It will feature blog entries from THE EARLY SHOW anchors, contributors and other members of the CBS News family; and an online forum where viewers can share their real-life experiences, stories, and advice.  EYE ON PARENTING will also be fed to the CBS Audience Network and CBS Radio News affiliates for insertion into their own programming or for podcasting.
Regular series contributors will include THE EARLY SHOW anchors/moms Maggie Rodriguez, Erica Hill and anchor/dad Harry Smith as well as correspondents/moms Dr. Jen Hartstein, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Susan Koeppen and others.  

     As part of the EYE ON PARENTING series, anchors and experts will discuss the unique challenges facing parents today.  The first segment will focus on when to be a parent and when to be a friend to your child.
 Future on-air and online EYE ON PARENTING topics will include:

Violence in schools-how do you know if your child is being bullied, what to do about student bullying and talking to your child about violence;
Kids and technology-keeping your kids safe online, kids and online gaming, Facebook and your family, and using social networks to connect with relatives;
Back to school-shopping for the hottest clothes and accessories on a budget, the first day of school and all the qualms that come with it, making healthy and good lunches for your kids and preparing for the day you watch your child go to college;
Halloween-what are the hot costumes this year, how to make your own costumes, and keeping your kids safe during the trick-or-treat season's parties and parades.

     THE EARLY SHOW is broadcast weekdays (7:00-9:00AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network; David Friedman is the executive producer.    

For more information on EYE ON PARENTING, go to

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