Tracy DeLuca

Tracy DeLuca

Tracy DeLuca has interests ranging from autism, ADHD, speech therapy and parenting to Paleo eating, gardening and homeopathic healthcare.
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AS Legal Assisting, BS Business Administration with a concentration in Management, currently working to complete my Master s Degree in BA with a concentration in Accounting
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  • Hattiesburg, Miss., Prepares for Hurricane Isaac
    As we go about preparing for a hurricane that will hit land a day shy of the seventh anniversary of Katrina, most people in the Hattiesburg area seem worried but not panicked.
  • What to Do About that Bug in Your Ear
    A slightly humorous retelling of how I handled having a bug crawl in my ear and how you should handle it if it happens to you.
  • Holiday Haiku
    A simple haiku about the end of the old and the birth of the new.
  • Top 10 Christmas Books for Children
    As a whole, the following ten children's books are our top picks to read together every year before Christmas. Each of these books combines a story that touches us, entertains us or teaches us with illustrations that are detailed and beautiful.
  • Best Free Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen MySpace Layouts and Graphics
    A list of the top ten free sites to get MySpace graphics and layouts with a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen theme.
  • A Review of Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
    Angels and Demons by Dan Brown is the prequel to The Da Vinci Code. If you read The Da Vinci Code and liked it then you are going to love Angels and Demons.
  • A Review of The Host by Stephenie Meyer
    The Host, written by Stephenie Meyer, is an adult science fiction novel with very little science fiction and a whole lot of heart and soul.
  • Grandmother's Great Depression stories help Mississippi family
    My family lives in Petal, Miss., a small town a few miles away from the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
  • Fresh Summer BBQ - Thai Style Sate
    The following recipe is for a Thai style sate that is similar to kebabs. I have chicken listed as the meat of choice, but you can also choose to use strips of beef, shrimp, slices of portabello mushrooms, firm tofu or even Tempe for a vegetarian meal.
  • Building Your Toddler's Vocabulary Every Day
    A large vocabulary of words is important to all of us. It helps us function in daily life and comprehend what we read. While these are only a few ways to begin building your toddler's vocabulary, they are important building blocks for their future.
  • Natural and Safe Mosquito Repellent Sprays
    Living in the South, I have lots of experience with mosquitoes. In recent years, there have been many natural and chemical free mosquito sprays coming onto the market.
  • Pest Control in Your Home Vegetable Garden
    To control pests in your vegetable garden, you have choices between homemade remedies, organic pesticides and the old standby of chemical and synthetic pesticides.
  • Energy Boosting Snacks
    Low fat snacks made up of a combination of good carbohydrates and protein are the best energy boosters that you can eat. The snacks I am listing here are all healthy, full of energy and easy to prepare.
  • Limerick of the Economy
    A humorous limerick about the economy in current times.
  • Simple Health Tips for Every Day Living
    Here are ten tips to become healthier in your everyday life that are quick and easy. Once you tackle something that is easy and follow through, it will be easier to tackle the harder changes.
  • How to Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags
    If you have a stockpile of plastic bags stuffed into a cabinet, you are not alone. So exactly how do you recycle plastic grocery bags? Here are four tips to get you started.
  • A Haiku About Angelina Jolie
    A haiku about one of my favorite celebrities, Angelina Jolie.
  • How to Go Green: Eating
    Eating green means purchasing, preparing, eating and disposing of food in ways that are easy and friendly to the environment. Here are some tips to help you become a green eater.
  • How to Go Green: Cleaning Your Home
    Choosing to "go green" with your household cleaning supplies can mean different things to different people. Going to the store and stocking up on anything that says it is "green" does not mean that you are necessarily on the right track.
  • Going Green with Skin Care Products
    By choosing to use green skin care products, you are making a healthy choice for yourself and the environment. However, it is not always easy to know which products are truly green and eco-friendly.
  • The Truth About the Bad Side of Being Married to a Chef
    My husband has been a professional chef for more than 20 years and I am here to tell you that it is not all great food and interesting places to eat! Here is the truth about what it is really like being married to a chef.
  • What is a Flexitarian?
    Definition of a flexitarian and why this diet is becoming so popular.
  • How to Fix a Salty Soup
    Whether it is a homemade soup that was salted with a heavy hand or a canned soup that is just too salty, either one can be fixed with one of the following easy tips.
  • Easy Tips for Adopting a Flexitarian Diet
    Whether you are adopting a low meat flexitarian diet for health reasons or just out of choice, the transition can be difficult if you want it to stick. Here are several easy tips for making the transition and sticking to it.
  • Rainy Day Box: Beat Boredom and Irritability with This Fun Filled Box!
    A rainy day box can be a life saver for parents on those days when children are bored and irritable. So, what exactly should be in a rainy day box? Well, that is up to you, your children and your finances but here are some ideas.
  • Baby's First Puzzle - a Cheap and Easy Homemade Puzzle
    You can make an easy and inexpensive "puzzle" for your young toddler that will teach them the basics of puzzles.
  • Making Crafts Easy and Fun for Your Child
    One of the simplest and smartest things to do to ensure a fun time is had by all when doing craft projects with children is to have a craft bin full of supplies on hand and ready to go. But what should you keep in your craft bin?
  • A Mother's Day Gift that Kids Can Make
    Here is an idea for a wonderful gift that any mother will cherish. Whether you are making this for your own mother or helping your children make a gift for their mom, this will be a hit.
  • The Perfect Mother's Day Gift - the Gift of Time
    One thing that every mother can use more of is time. While it is not possible to add an hour to every day, it is possible to give the gift of time to any mother in your life.
  • Cool Summer Side Dishes - Veggie Salsa
    A cool and simple side dish for serving in the summer. Great as a side to grilled meats or tofu.
  • Remember V for Vendetta: A Review
    If you are looking for a movie that will keep your attention, make you think and be fast paced and brilliant, then V for Vendetta is the movie for you.
  • A Fast, Easy and Cheap Dinner Idea: Cowboy Beans
    This recipe meets all of my basic requirements of fast and cheap and is delicious as well.
  • How to Pack a Diaper Bag the Simple Way
    Here are the top items that every diaper bag should have to keep your baby happy as you run errands or go shopping without packing the whole world into your bag.
  • Toddler Nutrition: Stop the Food Fights
    Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Here are some tips and advice on how to make sure your toddler gets the nutrition they need without the fights about it.
  • Good Friday Activities for Kids
    Here are four different activities that you can do with your children this Good Friday to help teach them and to keep them occupied.
  • Killing Fire Ants in a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden
    My battle to rid my garden of fire ants. Three natural solutions and one final kill solution from Ace Hardware.
  • Easy Cross Crafts for Kids to Make on Good Friday
    Teaching your children the meaning and the solemnity of Good Friday is something that takes time and effort. Here are three different crafts to do with your child that are all about crosses for this Good Friday.
  • How is the Date of Easter Determined?
    Since the actual date of Easter Sunday changes every year and can fall anywhere from late March to the end of April, I am always at a loss. Why does the date change every year? And how is that date determined?
  • Choosing Perennials for Your Garden - My Top 5 Picks
    With such a huge variety of perennials to choose from, a gardener needs to have ways to pick and choose which perennials will be best for the area to be planted. Here are my top 5 picks for perennials.
  • Product Review: California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream
    A product review for California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream that includes the pros and cons for the product as well as why I love it!
  • Choosing Annuals for Your Garden - My Top 5 Picks
    Annual flowers are among the most popular types of plants for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. All five of my favorite picks are fairly popular flowers that are generally easy to grow and maintain.
  • Product Review: California Baby Overtired & Cranky Aromatherapy Bubble Bath
    The pros and cons in my experience for California Baby Overtired & Cranky; Aromatherapy Bubble Bath. What I liked and disliked and why I think this is a fabulous product.
  • How to Make an Easter Tree
    This Easter, you might want to consider an easy and inexpensive craft for you and you children. An Easter tree is a great centerpiece for your table, a fun craft to make and can become a new tradition for your family.
  • Flexitarians and Protein Deficiency
    While flexitarians do eat some animal protein, the majority of their diet consists of non-meat foods which contain less of the essential complete proteins. The complexities of eating a balanced diet increase as you eliminate meat products from your diet.
  • Candy Free Easter Baskets
    Celebrating Easter, treating your children and still remaining sugar and candy free is a challenge. Here are several ideas for Easter baskets that will free you from the candy woes this Easter.
  • Avoiding Iron Deficiency Anemia on a Flexitarian Diet
    In many cases, a flexitarian has more concerns with iron deficiency anemia than a vegetarian does. Here is some advice on how to balance your diet in ways that will help prevent iron deficiency anemia.
  • Candy-Free Easter Egg Ideas
    Those fun plastic Easter eggs need to be stuffed with something great for the kids. Here are several ideas for stuffing eggs with something other than candy.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Irish
    A St. Patrick's Day poem.
  • Awakening
    A poem about life's changes and adapting to them.
  • Night Falls
    A poem of the night...
  • Poem of the Past
    A poem about remembering lost chances and regretting them.
  • Cheap and Easy Easter Crafts for Kids
    This Easter, try these three crafts that can be made with everyday household items, very few items should have to be purchased. The crafts are also easy to make and fun for children of all ages.
  • Teaching Children to Use Computers
    Children are being asked to use computers in school as part of their education as young as kindergarten and Pre-K. Here are several tips to start your toddler or preschooler off on the right foot when it comes to computer knowledge and skills.
  • How to Remove Crayon Marks
    All children seem to end up drawing on the walls of their home at one time or another. Here are 10 quick and easy solutions to remove crayon marks on your walls, tables and any hard surface.
  • Remove Permanent Marker Stains
    For some unknown reason, children love to write on themselves with markers. Here are ten tips on the best ways to remove permanent marker stains from your children, your walls and anything else.
  • Top 10 Indoor Plants
    Indoor plants are a great way to decorate and to help maintain good air quality in your home. Here is a list of the top 10 indoor plants to grow when you are looking for low maintenance, easy to grow plants.
  • St. Patrick's Day Festival in Hattiesburg, MS
    This year in Hattiesburg, MS you can plan to attend the 8th annual Irish/Italian Festival to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Food, music and games will make this day a fun event for your whole family.
  • Guide to Green Spring Cleaning
    This spring, as you begin your tasks of cleaning and reorganizing your home, you may choose to try to go green. Here are some tips to use this spring to be greener as you clean and renew your home.
  • St. Patrick's Day Irish Food Recipe
    Every year for St. Patrick's Day I cook a large pork roast and as a side dish I serve Colcannon. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that combines potatoes and cabbage.
  • 10 Reasons Why I Love Being Married to a Chef
    Being married to a chef is an adventure! Here are my top 10 reasons why I love being married to a professional chef.
  • Teaching Your Toddler - in Nature
    Education does not only occur in the classroom or even indoors. Here are several ways that you can teach your toddler while enjoying the natural world around you.
  • David Archuleta "Crushes" ICarly
    David Archuleta and Miranda Cosgrove cohost Crush Night on Nickelodeon. David has his acting debut on the hit show iCarly.
  • Teaching Your Toddler in the Supermarket
    Use your time wisely and teach your toddler while you are grocery shopping. Here are several ways to take advantage of this time at the supermarket and teach your toddler new skills or reinforce skills they already know.
  • Teaching Your Toddler - in the Kitchen
    By teaching your toddler in a place and a manner that is fun for them and convenient for you, you are able to teach them faster and easier. Here are some great ways to teach your toddler while you are in the kitchen!
  • Teaching Your Toddler - in the Bathtub
    You can teach your toddler letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Here are some ideas on how to teach them in the bath tub and make it fun.
  • Teaching Your Toddler to Use a Computer Mouse
    With new computer programs and websites popping up every day that are geared towards toddlers and young children, you need to consider your toddler's computer skills. Here are several tips and suggestions to help you teach them to use the mouse.
  • Preventative Birth Control: My Personal Birth Story
    My personal story of the birth of my second child...and the aftermath it had on my first child!
  • My Mom Loves to Tell It like It Is
    The best person to ask for advice about anything!
  • My Proudest Moment as a Mother
    As a mother, there are many times in the lives of my children that I am proud. I think my proudest moment as a mom came last year when my daughter was a freshman in high school.
  • My Most Memorable Mother's Day
    My most memorable and special Mother's Day memories.
  • How Parenting is Different Than I Thought it Would Be
    Parenting is a different experience for everyone. Here are how some of my expectations of parenting were shattered.
  • Picking a Name for Your Baby
    Picking baby names can be a struggle. Here is how I did it in less than two weeks!
  • Diaper Humor: Poop Stories
    Babies poop a lot. They just do. And the changing of poopy diapers can be traumatic and, at times, horrible. It can also be funny.
  • Funny Tantrums
    A personal story of tantrums that made me laugh.
  • Give a "Hint"
    Announcing a pregnancy can be a very memorable time. When we found out that I was pregnant with our second child, we decided that we would see how long it took people to decipher a "hint" about the pregnancy.
  • Sensual Snapshots of Love
    A sensual love poem for Valentine's Day
  • My Love
    A Valentine's Day Haiku for my husband.
  • Resources for Writers
    For those looking for guidance, these resources can provide help with developing your writing style, editing, feedback and advice along with many other things.
  • Mardi Gras Cajun Cookery
    This recipe is for a Cajun version of a traditional fettuccine Alfredo. Using classic jambalaya ingredients of chicken, shrimp and sausage, this dish is mildly spicy and full of flavor.
  • Kegel Exercises
    Your doctor, your sister, your mother or your friends may have told you to do Kegel exercises in the past. But how do you know you are doing them correctly? What exactly is a kegel exercise? How often should you do them? And, most importantly, why?
  • Taming Your Toddler when Eating Out
    Imagine eating dinner in a restaurant, with your toddler, and truly enjoying the experience and the food. Here are several tips to help you tame the wild beast inside your toddler when it is time to go out on the town for dinner.
  • Seeking Sustainable Agriculture in Obama's America
    A grassroots campaign for sustainable agriculture, Food Democracy Now is petitioning for change.
  • Top 10 Must Read Young Adult Novels
    In the wake of such explosive bestsellers as the Harry Potter and Twilight series, there seems to be a growing interest in young adult books. This is my top 10 list of my favorite young adult novels.
  • American Heart Month: A Guide to Medications Used to Treat Heart Disease
    Heart medications are prescribed for patients with heart disease or for those who have risk factors for heart disease. But what are these medications and what are their benefits?
  • Heart Healthy Breakfast Recipes
    If you are focusing on a heart healthy diet, then breakfast is important! You want to choose recipes that are low in sodium, high in fiber and protein and low in saturated fats. This breakfast recipe is easy and simple.
  • Mardi Gras: A Brief History and Definition
    Mardi Gras. The words themselves conjure visions of parties, parades and colorful beads. There is much more to Mardi Gras than is apparent, however.
  • In Search of a Better World? Join Ben Franklin at the Hattiesburg Library
    Ben Franklin, one of the most well known and beloved of our founding fathers, is still teaching and speaking to American's today.
  • How to Organize a Children's Mardi Gras Parade
    By organizing a children's Mardi Gras parade and party for your neighborhood or your play group, you can share this fun holiday with all.
  • Spring Cleaning Tips
    Spring brings with it flowers and warm breezes and thoughts of love. It also brings the formidable task of spring cleaning your home. Here are some tips and tricks, simple cleaning methods and cleaning products that will help to make any chore manageable.
  • Celtic Baby Names
    Picking out baby names is one of the funnest and most frustrating parts of having a baby. Celtic names have a lot of history and meaning attached to them. They are also rather unique.
  • Homemade Valentine's Day Candy
    This recipe for homemade chocolate-covered strawberries is perfect to make for your spouse, partner or lover. The message of sensual delight and the sweet goodness of chocolate-covered strawberries is fitting for Valentine's Day.
  • Sea Kittens: The New Pet of PETA
    With it's letters to several schools across the nation asking them to rename their schools the "sea kittens", PETA is once again in the spotlight.
  • Beans: A Frugal and Healthy Alternative to Meat
    When you are looking for a frugal meal, beans top the list. The nutritional and economic benefits of eating beans are endless. Fortunately, the ways to prepare beans are endless as well.
  • Parenting Tips for Planning for Summer Camp
    Summer Camp can be an exciting and scary time for a child. What few consider is that it can be a scary time for a parent as well. Here are ten tips to help you and your child prepare for summer camp.
  • DIY Valentine's Day Greetings
    What is more special and thoughtful than a handmade and personalized Valentine's greeting for your loved one? Here are two fast and simple DIY Valentine's Day greetings to make for your loved ones.
  • DIY Valentine's Day Decorations
    Fast, easy and inexpensive DIY Valentine's Day decorations. Do these with your children or on your own!
  • Groundhog Day? What is It?
    Groundhog Day is observed on February 2nd every year. Why do we observe this holiday? Why February 2nd? Why a groundhog? What Is a groundhog anyway?
  • Ash Wednesday Activities and Crafts for Children
    While taking your child to mass on Ash Wednesday is important, children may not understand what the significance of the ashes is. Here are six activities and crafts to help you celebrate with your child on Ash Wednesday.
  • A Guide to Ash Wednesday
    On February 25th of 2009 you may notice coworkers or friends walking around with a dark smudge on their foreheads.
  • How to Make Cleaning Your House a Little More Bearable
    I hate housework. It's true. I confess. I am a stay at home mom and hate to clean house. But, over the years, I have figured out one thing that I should always do that makes me feel better about my house.
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