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Nursing Mom Settles with TSA

Here’s a win for nursing moms…

A California mother who was stopped at Phoenix Sky Harbor over breast milk has settled a lawsuit with the Transportation Security Administration for $75,000. In 2010, TSA agents told Stacey Armato to dump the milk or put it through the x-ray. Of course she didn’t want to put the milk through the x-ray because of possible radiation concerns, so she relented and the police were called in. Stacey ended up boarding the flight with the breast milk, but after spending 40 minutes in a glass enclosure. TSA officials say they’re going to work on training agents on breast milk rules.

I actually remember going through Phoenix Sky Harbor that same year with breast milk too. I had just had my son that year and we were traveling home for the holidays. Fortunately, I knew about this story so I wasn’t worried and no one gave me any trouble. I took a look at the TSA’s website today and found the following:

“Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.”

So hopefully now we all know the rules, so nursing moms can get through airport checkpoints without being harassed.

Bug Eyes

This next story made me laugh because twice today the subject of “eyes going bad in your 40’s” came up. First, my good friend posted a picture of herself on Facebook with a pair of frames and the caption “Bitten by the #40s bug… these are needed now.” Before that, another good friend had commented on some of the jewelry I was making and wondered if I can still see to do it. Well, I hate to say it because I already wear contacts (and have had glasses since 3rd grade) that readers are not that far in my future… or better yet… Lasik.

Well in England, scientists have put 3D glasses on praying mantises. I dare you to look at the picture and not laugh. I mean seriously! This is great stuff and your kids will love it. So make sure you show it to them.



The scientists are trying to figure out if the insects can be tricked by 3D images like we are. You know, when you reach out and try and grab something in a 3D movie. Apparently, our vision is very similar to the praying mantis.

“Frozen” Musical in the Works

You knew this was coming… Disney won’t ever “Let It Go” when it comes to “Frozen.” A Broadway musical is in t
he works and Idina Menzel is hoping to play Elsa. Menzel’s brought Elsa to life on that video which I’m sure is sitting inside your DVD player right now. Kristen Bell who was the voice of Anna wants that part when it goes to Broadway.

Dutch Bros. Fundraiser Friday, May 2nd


Finally, this last story caught my eye because of our “Friday Smoothie Stops.” There is a Dutch Bros. near my son’s preschool and on Fridays we roll through and grab a naked mango smoothie. It’s a yummy treat and a great end to the school week! This Friday, my smoothie money and all proceeds from all Dutch Bros. stores will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Drink One for Dane Day” is in honor of the company’s owner Dane Boersma. He passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease in 2009. MDA helps fund research for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

To find a Dutch Bros. near you, click here. Have a great week!






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The last few years have brought big changes for Emily. After spending years in high-stress, deadline-driven TV jobs in East Coast metros, family circumstances brought her and her husband Joel to the Arizona desert. Now this former news junkie is a stay-at-home mom to Miles, a fast-talking toddler with energy to spare. She spends her days teaching him about faith, letters, numbers and manners. Whenever he’s asleep she boots up the laptop to write for North Phoenix Moms Blog and other freelance gigs. Whatever spare time she has left is spent on a hike with her family or a rare date night with Joel, at the gym, coffee and dinner with friends, or in her craft room creating simple, beautiful jewelry for her online boutique, Hazel & May, and giving too many treats to her pups, Pepper and Gizmo.


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