• Family Health

    3 Home Pests That Can Make Your Kids Sick

    As a parent, you do everything you can to keep your kids safe from outside dangers. But you may not have thought about the pests that can invade your home + make your kids sick. Find out about these three pests that you want to protect your kids from.

    Fleas

    Fleas are an annoying little pest that you want to keep away from your kids. If you have pets, then it’s possible that they can bring fleas into your home.

    But other animals, such as rodents + raccoons, can also drop off fleas into your space. Fleas might be tiny, but they carry several diseases + can cause allergies. And because they bite, fleas can irritate the skin + cause lesions.

    You can get rid of fleas by treating your pets with flea prevention medications. Also, you can wash all your bedding + any other materials in very hot water. Thrifty Fun says that if your children have flea bites, there are many child-safe remedies you can use to soothe them.

    Bed Bugs

    Despite their name, bed bugs don’t just live in beds. According to Sage Pest Control, bed bugs crawl on the ceiling + are drawn to humans because they can sense carbon monoxide being exhaled (Oh joy!).

    Then, they drop from the ceiling + begin to feed on human blood (The joy continues!). Their bites leave itchy welts + many people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva injected by the bed bug as it feeds.

    If you suspect you have bed bugs, then make sure you call a professional. They can use heat treatments + other methods to help protect your kids from bed bugs.

    Pigeons

    Lastly, another pest you need to protect your kids from is the flying kind. Pigeons may seem harmless, but they can actually make your kids sick.

    The droppings that pigeons leave behind can contain a wide range of different diseases that can be transmitted to people, including E. Coli, encephalitis + histoplasmosis, which is a respiratory disease.

    Pigeons are also known to carry fleas. While nesting around your house, pigeons can leave droppings in the areas where your kids play, such as playground equipment, enclosed screened patios + other areas. If you have pigeons hanging around, then a pest control expert can help humanely trap them or take steps to pigeon-proof your home.

    Keeping your kids safe + healthy means protecting them against these household pets. We also recommend that you seek the help of professionals if you have an infestation of any kind that you haven’t been able to deal with on your own.

    Experts can help you to eradicate these pests so that your kids don’t suffer from any of the diseases or irritants they carry.

    Family health + safety is something to take seriously.

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  • Family Health

    3 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Car

    Your vehicle remains one of the most dangerous places for your children. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), auto accidents are the number one cause of unintentional deaths among children.

    Despite this fact, going without your vehicle is probably not an option. There are, however, several things you can do to keep your children safe in the car and reduce their risk of injury.

    Get Rid of Distractions

    Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year.

    When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, get rid of distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving + never apply makeup while you’re on the road.

    Taking your eyes off the road for just a second can have deadly consequences. In fact, distracted driving claims nearly 3,500 lives every year. When driving, especially with your kids in the back seat, be sure to rid yourself of any distractions. For example, put your cell phone in your purse or briefcase, avoid eating while driving and never apply makeup while you’re on the road.

    Proper Seating

    Properly restraining your kids while driving is not just the law; it’s also the best safety measure you can take to protect your children while they’re on the road. No matter how big or small a car accident, kids seat belts help to mitigate the risk of head injuries.

    These devices do not prevent all injuries, but they do moderate the possibility or severity of an injury. Infants + toddlers should be placed in an age-appropriate car seat + young school-age children can use a booster seat.

    Only when your child reaches the age or weight set by your specific state can you allow your kids to use a seat belt without a car seat or booster seat.

    It’s crucial that you check to make sure your child is properly buckled in before driving. Correct seating can help to protect your kiddo in the event of an accident. It’s important to remember that using car seats, booster seats + kids’ seat belts help mitigate the risk of head injury or other traumas.

    Door + Window Locks

    Many vehicles today come with child safety locks for the doors. You can find this device on the inner frame of your door, which is only accessible when the door is ajar.

    Turning the mechanism to the safely locked position makes it impossible for your child to open the door while you are driving. You can control your vehicle window locks with the button panel on the driver’s door. Keeping both windows + doors locked while driving can help to prevent accidental injuries + keep your kids safe.

    When driving with your kids in the back seat, you should always take extra precautions to protect them. Following these tips could potentially help to reduce the risk of being in an auto accident or minimize the severity of your child’s injuries if that situation should occur.

    The safety of your children on the road is well worth the few extra steps it takes to protect them.

    Here’s another article that talks about keeping small children physically well + avoiding illness.

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  • Daily Life,  Family Health

    To The Mom With A Crazy Toxic Mom

    I don’t know who needs to hear this but I know that I am not alone + this might just help another mom out there get through it.

    Toxic Mom Syndrome

    I always knew my mom was a little off. She definitely wasn’t like all of my friends’ moms or my cousins’ moms. When you’re growing up, it’s all you know, so you think it’s normal.

    Even as you become an adult, you think that she’s your mom so you’re just supposed to put up with whatever she tosses your way.

    You know what?

    You don’t have to just take it.

    She doesn’t get to say + do whatever she wants just because she is your mom.

    In a timely event, I ran across an article, Why It’s Okay to Cut Toxic Family Members Out Of Your Life.

    The article talks about the signs of a toxic family member + sadly my mom exhibits all of these traits.T

    I Don’t Want To Be A Toxic Mom

    The hardest part for me is not the emotional + verbal abuse that I take from her. Nope. I can handle it. I’m an adult (at least I am supposed to be at 43).

    The hardest part for me is that I sometimes see myself or hear myself being like her + sadly, the last thing I want in the world is to be like her.

    I truly have to make a concerted + conscious effort every day to be nothing like her.

    Some days I pass with flying colors + other days I fail miserably. I tell you what I am going to do, however. I’m going to make it my life’s goal to have more days where I pass with flying colors + fewer + fewer days where I fail miserably.

    I Put Up With It For My Kids

    If it weren’t for my three girls, I wouldn’t have anything to do with her. I know that probably makes me sound like I am the crazy one. I probably am.

    I probably should shield them from it all.

    When I am wandering through this great big world + I find that I am having a problem with this person + that I am complaining about that person + then silently give another driver the finger because he’s driving like a crazy person, I stop.

    I quickly realize that it cannot be everyone else in the world that’s wrong so it has to be me. When you have legal issues, anger issues + just plain old issues with everyone you encounter, it’s not all of them, it’s you.

    My mom has legal + personal issues with just about everyone + every transaction she encounters. Her last two jobs, before she retired early, she had lawsuits against.

    In an unsurprising twist of fate, she + my dad apparently bought a home recently + had a huge problem with the builder so they were bashing the builder all over Facebook.

    When they lived in Florida, they had a problem with their friends that lived across the street so they stopped talking to them.

    When they had a house in Tennessee, they had a legal problem with their friends that were also their neighbors so they settled out of court with them, sold their house + moved.

    When she goes to a restaurant, there’s almost always a problem with the person taking the order at the counter or waitperson.

    When she has to go to the doctor or dentist or [insert professional here], she has a problem with the receptionist, one of the nurses, or the doctor, or [insert a person she encounters].

    My Dad Is Collateral Damage

    My dad is collateral damage from her behavior. I can empathize because I think, like me, he sort of thinks that this is just the way it is. The sad truth is that it doesn’t have to be.

    She spins these tales that are a completely warped sense of reality — from what really happened. He, then goes along with it.

    When I respond to her text message, she comprehends it as the exact opposite of what I actually typed — in writing. Then she is on the attack. She calls me names. She says nasty things to me. She starts demanding things.

    It’s mind-blowing. I have reached the point that I’ve had enough. I have officially cut them off. While this is one of the saddest things I ever have done in my life, it is also FREEING.

    The stress + negativity is gone from my home + my life (at least the stress she was causing). I don’t worry every time I get a text message that it is her on the attack once again. I have also discovered via Facebook groups, Reddit + a myriad of other places + groups that I am definitely not the only one with a toxic mom.

    And, neither are you, my mommy friend.

    So in some ways, while I wish I were the only one with a toxic mom, I know I’m not. I know that there is at least one other mom out there, reading posts from her friends on how wonderful their mothers are + how they aspire to be half as great as them, that doesn’t feel that way about her mother.

    I don’t feel that way either, girl. While I don’t know you, while I’m probably not in the same city as you, I know exactly how you feel + I’m sad for you like I’m sad for myself.

    I also know that you don’t have to take it + the best thing for you might be to cut her out of your life. Just know that you’re not alone.

    There are others like you in this world.

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  • Daily Life,  Family Health,  Recipes

    How to Make Easy Healthy Family Meals

    Find some tips, hints + friendly reminders on how to make easy healthy family meals everyone is going to love. If you’re stumped for meal ideas or just want someone to do the meal planning for you, check out $5 meal plan.

    Yes, someone professionals plans your meals for just $5 per month! It’s sooooooooo worth it.

    Limit Processed Foods

    Even though we all love boxed mac and cheese, did you know it’s so easy to make from scratch?

    Just boil up some noodles, then drain. Add butter (grass fed is healthier), organic milk or half + half + some easy melting cheese like cheddar, American or even Parmesan if you want a little more tang in your mac.

    Turn the heat to low + stir until everything melts together into a yummy, gooey, cheesy sauce.

    There are plenty of other convenience foods, like instant oatmeal, that you can make from scratch without batting a brow. So much healthier… plus, cooking from scratch is good for the soul.

    Eat Yogurt with Everything

    Make plain yogurt a permanent item on your grocery shopping list. Learn how to cook with it + serve it as a side with breakfast, lunch + even dinner.

    Yogurt contains active cultures which give the gut flora a healthy boost. You can eat yogurt in the morning with fruit, nuts +/or granola.

    If you’re dipping cut-up veggies with lunch or as an afternoon snack, add a dollop of plain yogurt to your favorite ranch dressing.

    At dinner time, sub in plain yogurt for sour cream + serve with Mexican favorites like tacos + burritos, or add a spoon or two to your favorite vegetarian soup.

    Chicken tenderizes beautifully in yogurt and spices. What else can you think up to make with yogurt?

    Consider Seasonal Foods

    Do you enjoy gardening in the spring and summer?

    Cool to warm seasons like spring + fall bring nutrition in the form of cold loving veggies like lettuce, kale, broccoli, carrots, turnips, collards + spinach.

    Hot weather yields fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers + eggplant, to name a few.

    Even if you can’t find time for a backyard garden, you can make pit stops at the local farmer’s market on your way home from work or running errands.

    Stock up for the 5-day work week + keep a mental (or physical) checklist of what veggies are in your crisper so you won’t let anything go waste.

    Avoid Food Processed Powder

    Avoid any food that’s been processed into a powder and can fit into a box, pouch or carton. For example, those powdered gravy mixes that come to life when heated with water.

    Powdered lemonade or ice tea mixes are easy to replace by squeezing a few lemons into a pitcher of water, or brewing iced tea at home. Even those trendy designer “good for you” chips and crackers sprinkled with mysteriously addictive, flavored powders, should be minimized.

    The exception would be if you read the list of ingredients + find there’s only salt, pepper, natural spices + herbs.

    Avoid Overcooking

    Don’t overcook. Red meat should be cooked medium-rare to medium to ensure that pathogens are destroyed on the surface but the nutritional content remains in tact on the inside.

    Cooked vegetables should retain their color + be crisp, not flaccid. Stir-frying is better than boiling veggies, as vitamins and minerals leach into the cooking water which we usually toss instead of drink (consider drinking the cooking water next time you cook some spinach!).

    Soups should be simmered slowly rather than boiled rapidly, to retain the nutrients.

    Grass-fed Trumps Feed Lot

    More people are becoming aware of the crowded + disease-ridden conditions that animals on feed-lot farms must endure before they become food on our table or at the drive-through window of your favorite fast-food establishment.

    To get the most nourishment from meats, invest in a bulk meat share where you can freeze a large quantity of grass-fed beef, pork or free-range chicken in the name of your family’s health.

    To save money, eat smaller portions of meat, subbing in healthy veggie + fish alternatives.

    Make Your Own Stock + Broth

    Bone broth is trending right now, because people are once again realizing something that the old timers have known for generations. Animal bones contain important minerals that help strengthen our bones, protect our immune systems + nourish our bodies overall.

    Even better if the animal comes from a small local farm where it was permitted to graze on grass outside in the healing sunlight.

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  • Family Health,  Recipes

    Turmeric Tonic: Warm Wellness Drink Recipe

    It’s that time of year when all the crud is going around. My girls seem to bring home ALL. THE. GERMS. from their respective schools.

    I’m always looking for ways to fight off the crud before it lands in my house. Here’s a recipe for a warm wellness tonic for you moms.

    Boost immunity + stave off illness with this warm morning tonic.  It isn’t like a medicinal drink but a warming tonic — almost latte made with turmeric + other superfoods for a morning boost. 

    It’s sweet, creamy + delicious.  A drink that is a cross between white chocolate chai + pumpkin spice lattes but with health benefits.

    Ingredients

    Directions:

    Mix hot Milk or plant based milk with a 1/2 tablespoon to 1 tablespoon of the tonic. Stir. 

    All About Turmeric

    Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties (1).
    Antioxidants are compounds that fight cell damage, protecting your body from oxidative stress.

    It’s essential to the functioning of your cells + studies regularly show that diets rich in antioxidants may help lower your risk of infections + disease

    The Turmeric AM Tonic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

    Chronic inflammation is thought to play a major role in chronic diseases, including cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s + heart disease. For this reason, diets rich in anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce your risk of these conditions.

    Research shows that ginger, cinnamon + curcumin — the active ingredient in turmeric — have potent anti-inflammatory properties (678).

    These anti-inflammatory effects may reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis + rheumatoid arthritis.

    You can check out the 10 Health Benefits and Uses for Turmeric Curcumin Supplements for more information.

    INGREDIENTS : Real Cream, Turmeric, Monk Fruit, Erythritol, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Vanilla, Natural Flavors

    If you try it out, let me know what you think in the comments!

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  • Family Health

    How I Went From Being Skeptical to a Believer in 2.7 Seconds

    A few years ago (OK, probably almost 5 years ago), my mom started using Essential Oils. Around this same time, her friend had a DoTerra party that she invited me to attend.

    I admit that I sat at that party (probably with a sourpuss look on my face) as a firm non-believer in the power of these oils that came in these pretty itty-bitty looking bottles.

    While I do believe in magic and miracles, I didn’t think it came in a little essential oil bottle.

    The Moment I Saw the Light

    From that party, I took a couple sample bottles home and promptly shoved them in my linen closet (You know, the one that is stuffed with all kinds of things linens and otherwise and is in complete disarray.) tp maybe never be found again.

    I’m not sure quite how much time went by but I started to come down with a cold. I had that itch in my throat and that tickle in my nose that told me something was coming my way. Oh joy!

    I decided to try out the oils. I used the OnGuard and Breathe (for immune boosting and breathing). Lo and behold, it worked. The OnGuard helped me to ward off falling prey to more germs and the Breathe instantly cleared up the congestion I felt coming on so I could, wait for it…breathe!

    This is the exact moment I went from skeptic to believer.

    I don’t sell essential oils, but I sure do use them and I sure do believe in its powers. 

    Take Control of Your Family’s Health

    I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV 🙂 but here is what I do know… no one is ever going to care about your health or your family’s health as much as YOU do.

    No one is going to be as powerful of an advocate as you are for yourself (or for a loved one). No one else is as motivated as you are to achieve long-term health and holistic wellness.

    This, exactly this, is why it’s imperative that you arm yourself with knowledge and resources that equip you to be the most effective advocate possible.

    And the next time illness or injury strikes, you’re going to have the confidence to take an active role in your health, and be able to include tools like herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies in your staying-well arsenal.

    Please do not misunderstand me. I still go to the doctor. I still take my kids to the doctor. We still take medication, when necessary, and get our vaccinations. 

    I do find that when I use the oils, however, it decreases the times we have to visit the doctor because of an illness or take that over-the-counter medication.

    That’s why I’m so excited to share a popular resource with you — the 2018 Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle. It’s only available for 2 short days, though.

    Not only is it just in time to help you stay as healthy as possible this winter and holiday season, but if using more herbs, oils, and natural remedies is one of your goals for 2019, you’re going to find ALL the tools and resources you need to make it happen.

    It’s a complete library of natural remedies that you can trust and rely on as you take charge of your family’s health.

    When you buy the Herbs & Essential Oil Super Bundle, you’re getting access to:

    • 22 eBooks
    • 4 eCourses
    • 6 printables
    • 2 membership sites

    … all curated to give you an insanely helpful collection of carefully researched resources to equip you to take charge of your health, with remedies you choose – at a price that’s too good to miss.

    Of course, we and our family members are still going to get sick. Having natural remedies at hand doesn’t guarantee perfect health or provide superhuman powers to ward off the many germs that make their way around.

    But, with the help of traditional wisdom, modern science, and smart natural remedies, you’re empowered to respond to the things that come your way, and protect and nurture your health far more effectively.

    The bundle is just $29.97, but only until tomorrow at midnight!

    Go check out the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle and see everything that’s included.

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