Wednesday, September 30, 2009

89 out of 1,000 newborn babies die in Malawi

Did you know that Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world? How about the fact that 89 in ever 1,000 babies born die? Or that the average life span is 44 years? Malawi is a small country that is slightly smaller than Virgina.

Hearing those facts, doesn't it just make you want to help them out?

Imagine, 89 babies out of 1,000 die, isn't that horrible? How can we help the mothers and babies?

A while back my friends and I started a organization called "Hats of Love" where we knit baby hats for newborn babies. I would love to move further and put together care sets for new mothers in Malawi, however, as teens in 4-H, we don't have the funds to be able to do this all on our own. That is were you can come in.

In each kit we will include:

-A hand knit baby hat
-A Receiving Blanket
-2 Washcloths
-S.C. Johnsons Baby Shampoo
-1 Onesie

The total cost per a kit will be $10 + the cost of shipping which brings it up to around $15

We would love to accept any donations of yarn, baby hats, baby blankets, new washcloths, new baby shampoo, new onesies, or money to pay for the supplies and postage.

If you are interested in donating, please send me an email at:

We are excited to help make babies lives in Malawi healthier! Thanks for helping out!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Review: And Then Everything Unraveled


Book: And Then Everything Unraveled
Author: Jennifer Sturman
Rating: 5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 3.7 out of 5

Delia lives in an area were everyone's a genius....the parents have online businesses of some sort of an other, and most of the kids do as well. And it is practically rare to see someone that isn't driving a hybrid. And super organized Delia's mom, is one of them. So, when her mom goes on a boat to Antarctica for research and the entire boat mysteriously disappears and everyone believes that she is dead, Delia knows that this is not the case. So she starts researching herself to try to solve the mystery. However, she soon finds out that someone is out to get her, the question is, who?

I loved this book! I found it very entertaining and well written. This book funny even though it is covering a serious topic - finding ones missing Mom in Antarctica when everyone believes shes dead. The book just seemed to have the right mixture of ingredients to make it a great read! I'm looking forward to reading more from Jennifer!