Why is Europe Targeting Down Syndrome Babies?

Should a woman who’s pregnant with a Down Syndrome baby be encouraged to abort it? Strangely enough, the answer to that question may depend on what country she lives in.

Due to genetic testing becoming more widely available, mothers have to face a gut wrenching choice if their test is positive. Most, understandably, would have mixed feelings and 67% of American ladies choose not to carry a Down Syndrome baby to term.

While 67% may seem high to some, it is nothing compared to the stats coming out of Europe: France is at 77%, the UK is 90%, Denmark is 98%, and Iceland is leading the pack with a nearly 100% rate!

Since it’s almost impossible in a free society to get 100% of the people to agree on anything, that is very, very suspicious and points towards a strong bias coming from the government. Rather than being given neutral information, ladies are pressured into following a terrible Eugenics agenda.

The push, of course, is based mostly on cost. Europe has fully socialized medicine and wants to control who gets the limited resources. Because they don’t deem the disabled “worthy” enough, the disabled may soon disappear!

This is frightening on so many levels. Instead of looking at humanity and the world from a God-based perspective, many folks in the science community want to play God themselves, with life and death powers over their fellow men and women. Should they get to decide that Down Syndrome isn’t fit to live? Because you know it won’t stop there—any type of disability could be next. What about the deaf, the blind, midgets, Autistic, low IQ, Epileptics, anyone who needs crutches or wheelchairs? Once we start down this slippery slope, it may never end.

I am passionate about protecting the rights of all people, especially those who have special needs. They are not handicapped; they’re handi-capable! Just because someone isn’t born “perfect” doesn’t mean that we have the right to judge them worthless. People with Down Syndrome are different, surely, but not bad! They are beautiful, loving, joyful folks who deserve what everyone else does. So what if they need extra medical help? Isn’t that what society is here to do, help those who need it most?

Time and time again, I am struck by the empty, vicious, one-sided argument that comes out of the Atheists. They believe in superiority, not equality, whereas a true person of faith recognizes that all people are created by the Lord, in his image, and only He can make or take a life. Not us.

I don’t judge any lady for what she chooses to do with her own uterus, but that choice must be freely made, without undue influence and unnecessary fear. If she decides not to, okay, but if a mother wants to keep her Down Syndrome baby, shame on any doctor who tries to talk her out of it. These decisions can’t be based on cash; they must be based on love. I dare anyone to look into these precious eyes and tell him he never should’ve been born…

 

Super Savings Saturday – 12/16/17

Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday. This week was filled with lots of cheap goodies like PJ’s, makeup, and fresh produce.

Target:

It’s been quite a while since I shopped here. Since there were a number of good Cartwheel offers, it was worth a trip.

1 Goodfellow & Co. Men’s fleece pant, regular price $7.00. I used a 40% off Cartwheel offer. Total: $4.20! (Very soft and decent for the price.) 

1 Rimmel Exaggerate Eyeliner, regular price $4.49. I used a $3.00 manufacturer’s coupon stacked with a 25% off Cartwheel offer. Total: $0.37!

1 Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer, regular price $4.99. I used a $2.00 manufacturer’s coupon stacked with a 50% off Cartwheel offer. Total: $0.50!

1 Lindt chocolate box, regular price $6.99. I stacked a 20% off mobile coupon with a 25% off Cartwheel offer. Total Price: $3.84! (Not the best price ever, but I desperately needed a last-minute Hanukkah gift for a party.)

Shaw’s:

As for real food, I only needed a few fresh things:

Broccoli, sale price $0.99/lb. Total: $6.86!

Whole carrots, sale price $0.99/bag. Total: $1.98!

Sweet potatoes, $0.79/lb. Total: $5.31!

 

Have you used any coupons lately?

$150.00 Rover.com Gift Card Giveaway

One of the things that I worry about most when traveling is who will care for my pets. This is a common problem that pet parents face. So many of us are working long hours, commuting, and/or away from home overnight, which makes safe and reliable care extremely important.

Boarding pets in a traditional kennel can be problematic for many reasons: other animals in the facility, possible illnesses of those animals, and no one-on-one care available. I know that my Chihuahua, Charlie, is particularly anxious in group settings. We only tried a kennel once and he returned in a bad mood and seemed full of frustration, chewing on things and generally not his sweet self. While he clearly wasn’t mistreated, he did not receive the individual attention that he thrives on at home.

We’ve tried private dog walkers/sitters on occasion as well and while that worked, they can be hard to find and are not always available on short notice. Rover provides a much better option.

Rover is a website and app that helps connect pet owners with pet sitters and dog walkers in their local neighborhood. Founded in 2011, it is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet care professionals—all of whom have had background checks and are insured, providing the safety and security that cherished fur babies deserve.

What does Rover offer?

  • Dog Boarding 
  • House Sitting
  • Dog Walking 
  • Doggy Day Care 
  • Drop-In Visits 

The process of using the site is very simple. It’s free to set up an account. From there, registered users can locate sitter/walkers by searching their city and the dates that care is needed. Each profile will include pictures, pay rates, a description of themselves and their qualifications. If you find someone you like, set up a time and let them meet your pet in person.

If the right connection is there, you can then book and pay electronically. There is no cash exchanged, and Rover provides 24/7 customer support should an issue arise. With over 92% of the population living within a short drive of one of the 65,000 sitters who’ve listed their services, it’s easy to find someone you and your pet will love.

New customers can receive $25.00 off their first booking and one lucky winner will receive a $150.00 credit! This giveaway will be open until 1/7/2018. Good luck!

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Create an Edible Menorah with O Organics and Shaw’s Supermarkets

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Shaw’s Supermarkets. All opinions are my own.

In late October, I had the opportunity to participate in the Shaw’s #SeasonsEatings event, a wonderful holiday themed food occasion for bloggers. Held at their corporate headquarters, I learned about the unique and exclusive brands that Albertsons family of stores offers – O Organics®, Open Nature®, Signature SELECT®™, Signature Farms®, Lucerne®, and debi lilly designs™®.

Here in New England, Shaw’s is the local Albertsons Companies family store and is where I can exclusively find all these products. After shopping there weekly for over 20 years, I thought I knew everything about “my” favorite store.

Getting to see and sample many different foods that I hadn’t tried previously was a real eye opener. I also learned new tips and tricks to make an unforgettable holiday meal.

Some of the highlights of the event included:

    • Creating macaroon cookies. Coconut and orange zest combined with chocolate and slivered almonds is a great combination. O Organics has so many items for baking.

    • Learning how to cut up a whole leg of lamb into 3 smaller sized roasts. Seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh rosemary, this is a true delight. I was excited to learn that the Open Nature line has premium cuts of natural meats, including grass-fed and free range options, that are vegetarian fed and free of antibiotics or added hormones.

  • Getting to meet entertaining expert Debi Lilly. I asked for Hanukkah ideas and she was gracious enough to help me make a beautiful white bouquet. The silver vase is from the debi lilly design collection and the smaller size is just right for a centerpiece.

At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed an enormous feast with the various dishes each blogger had made earlier. I tried to sample as many different things as I could – everything was delicious!

After I returned home from such an inspiring event, I was eager to plan my Hanukkah menu, incorporating some of my favorite O Organics items into a special dish. Since food art is something I love, an edible menorah seemed ideal.

An edible menorah works well for Hanukkah because it’s distinctive, can be prepared ahead of time, and offers a variety of different nibbles on a single tray. (Who doesn’t love nuts, chocolate, and fruit, after all?)

To create this recipe, I used 4 products: O Organics Kettle Corn, O Organics Semisweet Chocolate Chips, O Organics Trail Mix, and O Organics Banana Chips.

Because it’s more art than science, exact proportions aren’t required. The order of design is what’s most important. To make an edible menorah, you will:

    • Start at the bottom of the tray and form a base of kettle corn.
    • The second step will be a horizontal row of banana chips. Leave space in between for the stem.
    • Using dried cranberries, connect the kettle corn and banana chips with a vertical row.
    • Stack chocolate chips above the banana chips.
    • Place cashews right-side up and then add an almond in the center, which is the flame.

See how pretty it looks when finished.

Not only do O Organics items taste great, I have such peace of mind knowing that they are natural. By using the MyMixx app I can often get extra savings with the digital coupons, too, making it affordable for all. From appetizers to entrees, décor to dessert and everything imaginable in-between, Shaw’s is my one-stop-shop for Hanukkah this holiday season.

No Shaw’s in your area? You can also find their product lines at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.