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Deals & Discoveries for the Discerning


Blending nutrition with business at iHerb

In a previous post I told you that iHerb has replaced my local and online drugstore.  I love that it’s very easy to order and shipping charges are so reasonable it’s amazing!  First Time Customers Save $5 @ when you use this Coupon Code ROC607 – When you place your first order.

Do you know about iHerb Rewards? Click here
The beauty of their rewards program is simplicity. It can easily be promoted to any large group of friends and club members you may have, online and offline.

They say they will soon expand their rewards program, offering bigger incentives and exciting new opportunities to help you promote iHerb – to earn the rewards if that’s what you’re in to.

So if you’re passionate about nutrition and wish to save more at iHerb, get on board now.  By bringing in first-time buyers, you can expand your future potential while promoting

Please Note:
They’re unable to offer ‘rain checks’ for products that run out of stock during the course of any sale.
Discounts offered may not be combined with any other iHerb on-line discount.  Statements made, or products sold through, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Babysitting Smarts!

My daughter had her very first away from home, non-family baby sitting job last night.  Two summers ago she’d taken a baby sitting certification class, but this was the first time she was officially, the baby sitter.  During our 14 mile drive to the family home, I briefed her on the dos and don’ts.. a sort of baby sitting safety check.   Since the three little ones would be asleep most of the time, I reminded her that text-ing or emailing or talking on the phone would be improper, and most importantly, if someone knocks on the door while the parents are away, don’t answer it.   Three hours later, I met the dad half way to pick her up.  My very happy accomplished teen-aged daughter told me as we drove off.. “Mom, I got paid $30 for doing basically –nothing!”  I told her maturity, presence, and responsibility in a sitter, is not “nothing” to parents.   That’s why they paid you so well.  But if it makes you feel better, you can decline a portion of that amount the next time you sit for only a couple of hours and their girls are asleep the whole time.

If your teen is baby sitting, safety education and certification makes a huge difference in their compensation.  If your teen is too busy to get to a local class, send them to an online course, like Babysitting Class.  Their course is nicely priced @ $17.50 for six classes, and after the Mastery Test is passed you get a personalized Baby Sitter’s Class Certificate and a complete set of customizable sample forms for their baby sitting business!

A wallet card
Babysitting flyer
Client Contact and Basic Emergency Information Sheet
Safety and Security Checklist
Supervision and Structure Checklist

There’s also a very nice 30% Discount for all Girl Scouts at
Doing the badge as a troop? Get a free leader’s membership for each group signup. Troop Class cost: $12.50 per girl.


Healthy Living With a Twist of LIME!

OMG!  It’s the coolest place I’ve found for just hanging out on the internet!  Acquired by GAIAM in 2007, LIME is a place where you can find all the ideas, information and resources to inspire you to live healthier.  Hmmmmm..   Have you been looking for the nearest yoga studio or organic bakery?  LIME Local – is a user-generated guide to the green merchants in your city.  It helps you find everything from food sources to fitness to organic nail salons!  I love it!  Start Here @

There’s also The LIME Network which is an association of established bloggers and websites covering all aspects of healthy, green living in the interactive space with fresh, independent voices and views. There are over 25 partner sites that cover “green” Health & Beauty, Food, Shopping, Travel, Entertainment and Lifestyle categories..

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Dallas Environmental and Health Services really is a service!

Being between jobs and without group insurance coverage. And being that my daughter needs to update her immunizations in order to get her 9th grade schedule on Friday. And being that I’m now in the blogging business of helping people with deals, discounts and discoveries – that saves money and time and offers peace of mind. Hey! That rhymed! ..I have a fabulous SOUL-SAVER! I am so resourceful, it’s ridiculous. I live in Collin County but have a Dallas address, and I just couldn’t see myself going to a quick clinic and spending $40 ($20+ per pop), or spending my valuable time and using my precious gas, to make that trek al

l the waaaay up to McKinney to the Collin County Health Services clinic to get in line to required immunizations. My biggest concern was, that since I do live in Collin County there’d be restrictions on going to a clinic in Dallas County. NOT!! I’m so glad I asked!

Here’s a direct link to their website.

Here’s the scoop on immunizations ..and then some.

Public Health Issues

How can I get information on child immunizations?
Call the Department of Environmental and Health Services Immunization Help Line at (214) 670-0519. (THE LADY THAT ANSWERED THE PHONE TWICE WHEN I CALLED WAS SO NICE I COULD CRY! It’s $3 per person, not per shot. And you can take somebody else’s child with you… with a note from parents, their shot record +$3)

How can I get my blood lead level checked?
Call the West Dallas Health Center at (214) 670-7152 for information about blood lead screening.

Where can I go to get my blood pressure checked?
Citizens can get their blood pressure checked at fire stations every Saturday between 1 and 6 p.m. (Station personnel are subject to emergency calls 24 hours a day.) For immediate emergency medical attention, call 9-l-1.

Where can I receive low-cost dental care?
Dental services are available for eligible Dallas residents from Dental Health Programs, Inc. Call (214) 630-7080 for eligibility criteria and information.

How do I report a suspected case of child abuse?
If you believe that a child has been abused or neglected or that a child has died of abuse or neglect, you must report your suspicion to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or a law enforcement agency and file a subsequent written report. Call the 24-hour abuse hotline, 800-336-7788, metro (817) 640-6200, or a law enforcement agency (9-1-1).

Are any health clinics open for immunizations on weekends or evenings?
Some health clinics offer extended hours on weekdays and/or Saturday hours. Call (214) 670-0519 for information about City immunization clinic schedules. For Dallas County immunization clinic schedules, call (214) 819-2000.

Vital Statistics

Where is the Bureau of Vital Statistics located, what are its hours of operation and telephone number? The Bureau of Vital Statistics is located at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, 1FN. The office is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Metered parking is available on the south side of Dallas City Hall. Our lobby entrance faces Akard Street.

What are the requirements for obtaining a birth or death certificate?
The identification requirement for a qualified person to obtain a birth or death certificate is ONE of the following: (1) valid driver’s license, (2) state/county/city employee identification card, or (3) Matricula Consular card. If you do not meet these criteria, please contact our office. Only a properly qualified person can obtain certified copies of birth and death certificates.

How long does it take to obtain a birth or death certificate?
The waiting time at the Bureau of Vital Statistics office can be between five to 30 minutes, depending on the time of day or year.

Can the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Dallas provide birth certificates for persons born in other Texas cities?
Yes. Birth certificates can usually be provided for those born in other Texas cities from 1926 to the present.

What are the fees for obtaining a birth certificate, birth card, and death certificate?
Go to the City´s Vital Statistics page for a complete list of fees and other information.

What form of payments does the Bureau of Vital Statistics accept?
The Bureau of Vital Statistics accepts cash, business checks and debt/credit cards. There is a $7.00 convenience fee for debt/credit cards payments. No personal check accepted.

What is the address for the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin?
State Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Department of Health
P. O. Box 12040
Austin, Texas 78711-2040

Can birth and death certificates be purchased over the telephone?

Can another person obtain a copy of someone else’s birth certificate?
Yes. The person must be a properly qualified applicant such as an immediate family member (e.g., father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, grandparent, stepparent or stepsibling) or a legal or personal representative with a notarized letter of authorization and a copy of the applicant’s identification. The same criteria apply for requesting copies of death certificates.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

How can I find out if I am eligible for food stamps?
Contact the Texas Department of Health and Human Services at metro (817) 264-4000.

How can I find out if I qualify for the WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)?
Call the WIC administrative office at (214) 670-7200 and provide your ZIP code to find out the location and phone number of the WIC clinic nearest you. Call the nearest clinic to make an appointment to determine eligibility.

What services and benefits does the WIC program provide?
WIC provides food packages (milk, cheese, cereal, fruit juice, eggs, beans, peanut butter, and infant formula); nutrition classes; breast-feeding promotion and support; and referrals for health and social services. Some sites also provide free immunizations for participants. All services are provided to eligible participants only.

How do I report a suspected case of child abuse?
If you believe that a child has been abused or neglected or that a child has died of abuse or neglect, you must report your suspicion to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services or a law enforcement agency and file a subsequent written report. Call the 24-hour abuse hotline, 800-336-7788, metro (817) 640-6200, or a law enforcement agency (9-1-1).

Who do I call regarding obtaining a child care license?
To apply for a child care license, call the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services at (214) 951-7902.