Archives for December 17, 2019

With Hanukkah just around the corner, PJ Library offers a crash course in traditions for the Festival of Lights with an Easy Hanukkah Guide: recipes, gifts and activities for each night

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is coming up – and that means eight beautiful nights celebrating the miracle of the Maccabees, lighting the menorah, and, well, figuring out what to do to build your family’s own special traditions.

Whether you grew up celebrating Hanukkah or are building traditions with your own family, PJ Library has resources and books for you! Check out their latest post – a Hanukkah “cheat sheet” supplying parents and kids with story book ideas to read each night of Hanukkahgift ideas to make or exchange, recipes to cook together including delectable latkes and sufganiyot donut holes, and more. You’ll also find a “Get Togethers” section to help you share the holiday with your friends and family!

 A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library sends families expertly curated, age-appropriate Jewish children’s books each month at no cost to subscribers. The books encourage parents to share and explore Jewish values, ideas, and traditions with their children. Sign up at for free books, parenting resources, and activities to help your whole family learn, create and play together far beyond story time.

Self Disclosure: I am participating as an Ambassador in the PJ LIBRARY AMBASSADORS program. Images and info were provided and some form of compensation may have been received.

Beth, Dec. 19th Pet of the Week!

If a picture speaks 1,000 words, this face speaks at least 2,000. Like her namesake in “Little Women,” Beth is quiet, well mannered, kind, curious and a little shy. Unlike the other Beth, she’s only 6 months old and hale and hearty—she has a lot of years left! She’s ready to make anyone’s holiday special, including her own. Meet Beth on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A633256.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: The Companion Animal Village.

What Ingredients And Nutrients Should You Be Looking For In An Infant Formula

The staggering variety of infant formula products can leave many parents confused. Being able to narrow down the options and know precisely what to look for will help you make better, and faster, decisions when you go to make your next purchase.

Let’s look at some of the ingredients and nutrients that you need to look for when you are purchasing infant formula.

Macronutrients Are Essential

Macronutrients are the building blocks of any nutritious diet. For infants and adults alike, macronutrients are necessary for virtually all processes in the body. For a rapidly growing infant, these need to be included in the diet in sufficient amounts to meet daily caloric needs.

Macronutrients include carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Carbohydrates are used in the body as an energy source to keep your baby’s biological functions working smoothly and providing them with the pep that they need to get through the day. Fats are another great energy source but are also essential for healthy brain development and cushioning the organs in your baby’s body from harm. Proteins are the building blocks for muscle and organ development.

Making sure that your baby has enough of these substances to meet their needs is essential. Read the labels on the baby formula products you are planning to purchase in order to gauge how much your baby is receiving each day.

Good Variety Of Vitamins And Minerals

Beyond the basics, babies also need a host of vitamins and minerals in order to stay healthy and avoid dietary deficiencies. This includes virtually the whole spectrum of vitamins and minerals, so be sure to read labels closely to understand whether a certain product is lacking in any way.

In particular, iron is especially important for the development of a healthy baby. Iron is essential for the proper development of a healthy cardiovascular system and will help your baby stave off anaemia. Calcium is also an important component of building healthy bones and teeth in your child, so be sure that they are receiving enough of this substance each day.

In some cases, vitamins may appear on a product label under their chemical name. It is important for you to learn what these terms are, especially if you are feeding your child exclusively through infant formula products.

Healthy Extras

Babies will also benefit greatly from the addition of pre- and probiotics in their infant formula. The links between overall well-being and healthy gut flora are well established in medical literature. Thus, these days it is relatively easy to find formula preparations that contain these highly beneficial substances. Probiotics are great for bolstering your baby’s immunity as well as increasing their mood and overall health.

What To Avoid

Many mothers want to go the extra mile and provide their child with high-quality formula products that are free from potentially harmful additives or chemicals. If you are concerned about such things, then you may consider leaving out cheap and low-quality additives such as corn maltodextrin, soybean oil and palm oil. These items are usually found in processed foods and are low on the scale of nutritionally-dense foods. If they are excluded from the formula that your baby consumes, then your child will be better off.

Buying organic products is another way to ensure that the quality of the ingredients in your child’s formula is top-notch. Look for organic labels on products when you buy in a supermarket or online.

Consult With A Nutritionist

Asking a nutritionist or a doctor will provide you with more comprehensive advice that is tailored to the unique needs of your baby. Be sure to confer with them if you have concerns or questions that require a more detailed response.

What to Look For in a Good Attorney

If you have been booked for a felony you will more than likely need a good attorney, and fast! If you have never been in trouble with the law, chances are you won’t know one you can turn to so you will be looking for one from scratch. Choosing an attorney who’s an expert in the area of the law you have been charged with is essential. This sounds like common sense but when you are panicking mistakes are easily made. A great DUI attorney is going to be way more helpful than someone who’s an expert in another area but dabbles in DUI.

Do Your Research

If you are able to, do as much research about your chosen attorney before contacting them. Check out long they have been practicing law, what qualifications they hold, and what experience they have. You will only have a short time to act if, for example, you are arrested for DUI so experience of dealing with DUI and DMV cases.

First Contact

From the outset, your attorney should be understanding and take control. He or she should be able to give you all the information you need to know and take over your case. If they sound a bit confused and there are lots of ums and ahs they may not be the best person for the job. You should feel immediately confident with your attorney and trust them to do their best for you. Most people panic a bit when their attorney starts talking about hearings but your attorney should make you feel at ease while they talk you through it.


If you cannot find any pertinent information when doing your initial research then make a list of questions you want to ask the attorney. An important one that many never think of asking is how many other clients they are currently representing. If they say none that should be a red flag as no decent attorney has periods with no clients whatsoever. At the other end of the scale if they say a large number you will be limited on how much time they can spend on your case.

Face to Face

Your new attorney should want to arrange a face to face meeting with you as soon as possible. The advantage of this is that it greatly aids the attorney-client relationship and makes you much more comfortable putting a face to the voice. You are relying on this person to get the best possible result for you in the courtroom. If they seem in no hurry to meet you are they really going to do their best for you?

Crucial Issues

When a hearing takes places the hearing officer will tend to focus only on the core issues. Your attorney will want to know every issue including what led to your arrest and any mitigating circumstances. He will determine whether your arrest was lawful and whether your

treatment since your arrest has been acceptable. He may well refute some of the issues raised and bring others to the table that will work in your favor. Irrelevant of what lies you may or may not have told the police you must be 100% honest with your attorney. He will represent you to the best of his abilities whatever you tell him and decide what he will use in your defense as some details you think will help you could have completely the opposite effect.