Marriage and Family with Kirk and Chelsea Cameron

August 19, 2018 by  
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Wow. I just finished the last of a six part online course on marriage and family put out by Kirk Cameron with his wife Chelsea. They’re incredibly open and honest and the resources they include with the course are helpful. There are 6 videos, each about 20-30 minutes long with Kirk and Chelsea sitting in their kitchen and just sharing their hearts with very specific information to help you have a stronger, happier marriage as well as a solid, biblical relationship with your children as you are raising them. This course is the first of many upcoming courses (the second one is called Engage which is on technology and I’m 2 lessons in and it’s equally fabulous) that they’ll be offering but I really want to recommend it. Disclaimer: This course (and all of his courses) are unashamedly Christian in focus. The bible is central to each session and the basis for their advice so keep that in mind.  So don’t be surprised by it if you decide to purchase the course.  You heard it here first! Anyway, I wanted to pop over here and recommend it. I bought the course – I get nothing from them if you decide to purchase or anything like that.

Staying healthy during a bad flu season

August 2, 2018 by  
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When I was young, I always thought a cold was something that included a runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc., and the flu was when you had stomach distress and vomiting. It wasn’t until many years later that I learned that the flu symptoms were similar to a cold – just that the flu includes a fever and usually some pretty serious body aches. Some people still refer to the stomach distress as the stomach flu, I suppose. This winter seems to be a huge and horrible year for various flu viruses. We have a friend who is a nurse in the Chicago area and she’s putting in a ton of overtime at a hospital that’s so overrun with flu patients that they can’t fit any more in. nike air max thea Scary. Many of our friends have had it at different levels – from a quick, “I’ve got it, don’t feel great, better now” to “he’s been off work since before the holidays and still can’t go through the day without a nap or two”. How we’ve avoided it to date, I don’t know. tn requin pas cher pour femme With many in our family running around and interacting with tons of people (who have had it!), a husband who travels by public transportation every day, and just normal interactions at grocery stores, etc., it’s pretty amazing. I can try to credit the things we do pretty regularly to help avoid colds and flu but I can’t guarantee that if you do these things you won’t get it. I’m just sharing our “routine” in hopes that maybe you’ll find something that helps.

  1. Essential oils. nike huarache Love them or hate them, our health has been probably 90% better overall since we started using Essential oils in our home. We diffuse them, put them behind our ears, take them internally (very very carefully), rub them on our feet, clean with them, and, in general, just love them. Kanken Fjallraven Click here to find out more about buying high quality essential oils and which ones we use.
  2. Cyclone Cider. I love this stuff. You can buy it online or at your local health food store or make your own (click here for the recipe). I like to take it straight by just shooting 2 dropper fulls back into my throat. Hubs prefers to make a mock Bloody Mary by taking a small can of V8 and adding two full droppers in and stirring (with a celery stick or just a spoon works too!). We take this the moment we start to feel any type of cold or flu symptom. It’s “spicy” – very hot especially if you take it straight, but you can almost feel it knocking out whatever ails you. Everything anyone has ever told you is healthy is in there – garlic, horseradish, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, etc. – it’s good stuff. Mind you, the store bought stuff is not cheap, but it’s worth having it in the door of your fridge and it lasts forever. I made a large batch of homemade earlier this spring and I’m convinced it’ll last me for the rest of my life!
  3. Elderberry tincture. or Elderberry syrup. Again, you can find this online or at a local health food store or make your own (click here for recipes). This is another one that I just add a couple droppers full to a small amount of water and chug. You could add it to juice too to make it a bit more easy to take as it doesn’t taste that great. When I feel any symptoms, I try to take a shot of this a few times a day.
  4. Vitamin D with Vitamin K – a couple of drops in my OJ in the morning especially in the winter when exposure to the sunshine is at such a minimum. I get mine at Amazon.
  5. Rest. HA! Good one. But I try. When I have trouble sleeping (at my age I ALWAYS have trouble sleeping) at night, I make sure to get about a 20-30 (or more) nap in the afternoon just to make up for the lost hours. Winter is for hibernating isn’t it?
  6. Walking: Even when it’s cold – although I admit it’s MUCH harder to get myself out there to walk in the fresh air when the temp says 3 degrees and the weather app says the wind chill is below zero. When that happens I’ll intentionally walk more IN my house and/or take several super short walks around my backyard throughout the day. nike air max thea Read some tips for walking here (click). They’re geared toward college students but applicable for everyone.
  7. Limit sugar: Sorry. But this is key. We should be limiting our sugar intake anyway but when you start to feel yucky cut it ALL out so your immune system isn’t compromised while it’s trying to keep you healthy
  8. Hydrogen peroxide: When I’m out and about and potentially around viruses that are flying around me, I’ll swab my nostrils and ears with hydrogen peroxide when I get home. It’s pretty simple; just dip both sides of 2 q-tips into hydrogen peroxide. With one, swab each nostril (each nostril gets it’s own side of the swab) and each ear (again, one side each).
  9. Lymph drainage: I found this video online the other day and am amazed at how quickly I can feel this working. I don’t understand why it works and it may be a bunch of nutty health talk but I like it anyway, so I’m putting it here:


    So that’s it. It may seem like a lot of work but really even if you do it ALL, it’s a minimal time investment and worth it. Here’s to your health!

  10. One more thing: Bone Broth! This stuff is the bomb and SO good and soothing! Make your own in the crock pot (click here for recipe) or buy small cartons that you can just keep in the cupboard. nike air force 1 Yum!

  (This post contains Amazon affiliate links to make it easy for my readers to find the products I recommend. If by some chance you actually click through and then immediately purchase one of the items, I get a teeny tiny reward from Amazon for referring you to them. You help me keep my blog going and I help you find great stuff.

Why I love Essential Oils!

August 2, 2018 by  
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About 10 years ago or so, I discovered the world of Essential Oils. I had never heard of them. Or at least if I did, I didn’t pay much attention. Some ladies were discussion mold issues in their home and one was recommending a blend of oils referred to as Thieves Essential Oil Blend as a way to attack. I was intrigued to say the least. We have an older home and mildew seemed to be wreaking havoc on our basement at the time. So I did a little research and decided to give them a try. I was hooked. And I still am. I use some type of oil in some way almost daily now and am convinced that they’re effective for a lot of things.

  1. Cleaning. I add them to my homemade cleaner for extra boost and antibacterial power.
  2. Health. This isn’t health advice – just telling you how I use them. I use Peppermint oil to lessen the pain of a headache, to clear sinus congestion, for fresh breath, as a help for heartburn and other tummy issues, as perfume!
  3. Nice smells. Diffusing essential oils makes my house smell great!
  4. In cooking. I admit I don’t do this as much just because I kind of forget to, but a little of certain essential oils (similar to what’s in your spice cabinet) goes a LONG way.

Fill in the form below to find out more about buying and using the essential oils that I prefer and get a detailed usage guide. There are a LOT of good (yes most are good companies even if some reps like to bash the other companies) EO companies out there but this one has been around for a long, long, time and from everything I’ve experienced, they’re top notch so I just stick with them and have no plans to switch, even though I am surrounded with a whole lot of people who try to tell me I should for whatever reason. And yes, it’s Young Living. I like Do Terra too, believe it or not. I’m just happy where I am.


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Recipe: Elderberry Tincture and Elderberry Syrup

August 2, 2018 by  
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What’s the difference between Elderberry Tincture and Elderberry Syrup? One uses vodka to extract the goodness out of the elderberries. The tincture is taken in very small amounts. The other is a reduction with honey and other items more suitable for use with children and you’ll use a larger dose for the same effect. basket nike tn Pretty simple! Where to get Elderberries? Well, the ideal is to find an elderberry tree somewhere and see if you can pick your own. It’s a lot of work but worth it. Fjallraven Kanken Kids Alternately you can do it the way I did which is easier, albeit more expensive. air max thea pas cher I buy dried elderberries on Amazon. They store indefinitely so you could even buy a large bag and share with others! Elderberry Tincture This is so easy. nike air max pas cher Fill a mason jar (any size really) with elderberries and cover completely with vodka. Fjallraven Kanken Kids Store i a dry, dark space for at least six weeks – more if you can. Strain the solids out and throw them away (careful – it’s MESSY!) and keep the liquid in small dropper bottles. Take a dropper full in water or juice at the first sign of illness. Elderberry Syrup This is a little more time intensive from a prep standpoint but much quicker over all and non-alcoholic so better for use with children. 1 cup dried elderberries 4 cups fresh spring water 2 Tablespoons dried ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon clove powder 1-1.5 cups raw honey (add after cooking!) Put elderberries, water and herbs (not the honey) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then cover the pan, reduce the heat, and simmer until the liquid has reduced down to about half. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool. Gently smash the berries with a spoon and then strain them out and discard them. When the leftover liquid has cooled completely, incorporate the honey, mixing well. Pour the syrup into glass jars, Cap tightly and voila! You have syrup! Most kids take about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon daily and adults can take up to 1 Tablespoon. Take daily as maintenance/prevention or take several times a day at the onset of symptoms of illness.

Recipe – Cyclone Fire Cider tincture

August 2, 2018 by  
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This is so simple. nike requin If you want to save some money rather than buying the Cyclone Cider at the health food store or on Amazon, here’s how you do it: Ingredients: 1 large yellow onion 3 heads of garlic 1-2 cups grated horseradish (the fresh kind that you grate yourself – NOT a jar) 5 inch knob of ginger Cayenne pepper Apple Cider Vinegar (raw with the mother) 32oz bottle

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion
  2. Separate all the garlic cloves, peel and finely chop all of it (or use a garlic press like this one)
  3. Finely grate the horseradish
  4. Peel the ginger and finely chop it.
  5. Put all the chopped items into a large mason jar. tn requin pas cher homme Add a pinch or two of the cayenne pepper powder – more if you think you can stand it. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack Cover everything completely with apple cider vinegar. Fjallraven Kanken UK Cover tightly and put into a dark, cool (but not freezing), spot for 3-6 weeks. nike air max 90 Shake it daily for best results but don’t open it.
  6. After it’s been steeping for the month, strain the solids from the liquid and store the liquid in the fridge. nike air max femme You can add the solids to soup, stir fry, or other recipe, or just discard it.

I then fill a couple of dropper bottles with some of the liquid for easy use and leave the large jar in the back of the fridge to replenish the little jars as they run low.

Baby Comfy Nose

August 29, 2017 by  
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We posted about this in the past but I think it’s such a great idea I wanted to post again!

If you’ve ever used a bulb or battery-type aspirator to clear the mucus out of your little one’s nose, you’ve probably said to yourself: “There has to be a better way!” Well, we just found a better way and it’s called the BabyComfyNose Nasal Aspirator. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Classic Here’s the secret: It works so much better because it uses your own suction. Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack Think about it: your own lungs are a strong, natural vacuum cleaner – much more powerful than a tiny bulb or battery-powered motor. And the result is just a more effective method of clearing your baby’s sinuses. But have no fear; you won’t suck boogies into your mouth because of the design of the receptacle and the tissue filter that you insert into the body of the aspirator. nike air max flyknit This is why pediatricians are recommending BabyComfyNose to moms and dads. Recently, Dr. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil Sears of The Doctors TV Show recommended the BabyComfyNose as the best way to clear babies’ noses. nike tn pas cher homme Take a look at the video ‘How to Use the BabyComfyNose’ here to see how well it works. nike air max 95 Buy the Baby Comfy Nose on Amazon by clicking here.

  Similar products on Amazon (click) Nose Frieda – this one uses the same idea and seems to be the popular name brand now. Baby Vac – I had a friend recommend this VERY highly but many parents are a little wary of it when they hear that you hook the aspirator up to your vacuum.

Got Plantar Fasciitis? Here are some quick tips for relief

August 13, 2016 by  
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You just know something just isn’t right when you wake up every morning dreading those first steps getting out of your bed. nike air max 2017 The pain is sharp. The pain is real. The pain is instant. Slowly, as you take a few more steps you find some relief only to go through it all again each and every time you get up from a sitting position. You’ve got plantar fasciitis and it is not fun. Fjallraven Kanken Cheap Plantar fasciitis heel brings over one million people per year to a doctor or chiropractor for relief. While it is often associated with certain sports, plantar fasciitis heel pain is not influenced by gender, nor is it exclusively an athlete’s problem. Sedentary folks find themselves with plantar fasciitis as well. So, to help, here are 5 easy things you can do right now to help relieve the heel pain that comes from plantar fasciitis. air max thea blanche

    1. Walk. Yes those initial steps are going to be painful. Sometimes they are very painful, but as you slowly walk you’ll find the pain subside quite a bit with each and every step. Take it slow but keep going.
    1. Roll. Get a tennis ball or child’s play ball, or even a golf ball and gently roll the bottom of your foot from just behind the ball of the foot to the heel on the ball. Start by doing this while you’re sitting and then slowly increase the pressure to roll while standing. Do not put your full weight into the ball.
    1. Stretch. Believe it or not, the pain you feel in your heel from plantar fasciitis is associated with your calf muscle. You need to stretch those muscles. One way to do this is to take a towel and roll it into a log shape. Place the ball of your foot on the top of the rolled up towel and drop your heel to the ground to stretch the calf. Hold the stretch for 60 seconds and then switch to the other foot.
    1. Soak. Soak your feet in a warm epsom salt bath. Kanken Fjallraven For even more benefit, add a few marbles to the water and roll your feet on the marbles while you soak. Add some essential oils too to help relax or invigorate you.
  1. Massage. After your foot soak, warm some coconut or olive oil between your hands and gently massage the bottom of your feet starting with the ball of your foot down through the arch to the heel.

Many people find permanent relief following these simple 5 steps on a regular basis. nike air max 2017 Other helpful tips include reducing the heel height of your shoes, walking barefoot occasionally and losing weight.

Katy Bowman has great exercises for foot pain and foot health. I’ve been studying feet and the whole body with her now for several years and am one of her biggest fans.

What Happens To The Body When It Doesn’t Get Enough Movement

August 25, 2015 by  
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Many things happen to the body when it doesn’t move enough. nike air max bw Unfortunately, it goes way beyond gaining weight. Continue reading to learn more about the dangers of inactivity. No one is immune!

Energy Levels

Mitochondria are energy producing structures, which live in the cells of body tissues, organs and muscles. Mochilas Kanken Mini These amazing little structures need carbohydrates and oxygen to work properly. Since mitochondria are required for all bodily functions and movement, you definitely can’t live without them.

Mitochondria levels drop when your heart isn’t working at its full potential and your oxygen levels are diminished, due to lack of exercise. Fjallraven Kanken Fatigue occurs when energy production is slowed down and the body requires the same amount of energy to get work done.

Bone Issues

Bones love a workout, almost as much as they love calcium. The lack of weight-bearing exercise causes bones to lose density and the ability to properly store calcium. Less calcium in your bones means more of a mineral build up in organs such as your kidneys, the cause of kidney stones.

If the period of inactivity is long enough bones eventually began to weaken. This oftentimes results in osteoporosis, which leads to a much higher risk of painful bone fractures.

Muscle Problems

Just like bones, muscles benefit from movement. One of the first signs of being out of shape, due to inactivity, is loss of strength and muscle tone. When muscles are idle, blood flow slows down and the exchange of waste products and nutrients decreases. Less mitochondria results in lack of muscle coordination.

Without movement, the “electrical” connection between your nerves and muscles is sporadic at best. nike femme How does this affect you? You’ll typically find it more difficult to move around with the agility that you once could. It can also mean decreased strength and an increased risk of muscle injury, because of shrinking muscle mass.

Heart-Related Difficulties

Whatever your age, it’s important to keep your heart as healthy as possible. Even though your heart muscle is different from your skeletal muscles, the same health-related principles apply. Without proper exercise, the heart muscle shrinks. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Big This makes it difficult to adequately distribute blood throughout the body and causes the heart to work much harder to get the blood to where it actually needs to go, especially in your hands and feet.

Sluggish blood flow can lead to plaque formation in the blood vessels. This, in turn, sometimes causes high blood pressure, dizziness and circulation problems. All of these conditions are potentially dangerous if left untreated.

As you can see, inactivity causes havoc in and damage to your body. This is especially true for individuals who already deal with chronic conditions, because it typically only makes things worse.

In many cases, periods of inactivity are inevitable. But, the sooner you can participate in even a light movement regimen, the better off your mind and your body will be.

Already feeling some of the effects of not moving enough? Try some of these “snacks” to get your body going again.

Balancing the Needs of the Family When One Member Has ADHD

August 18, 2015 by  
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When a member of your family, especially a child, is diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), it is difficult at best to cope and find strategies to address the issue. nike dunk Moreover, when there are other children and family members that need attending to, it is important to remember them in the equation. The first and most important thing to remember is to tend to the family member that has ADHD and make sure that his or her needs are well met. Be sure to speak to the doctor, any counselor, and school personnel to ensure that the best environment for your child is put into place. air max thea blanche hands-1434811-2-mOnce you have discovered the diagnosis of ADHD, it is a good idea to have a family meeting. Explain the diagnosis to your other children, dispelling any myths that may exist. Have an open forum and let the others ask questions. Give them specific tools and ways to cope with their sibling who has ADHD. Let your other family members know that with proper care and counseling, ADHD is something that everyone can live with, especially because you are all a family and a team. Once the others in the family know all the information and have all their questions answered, and a team of doctors, counselors, and school personnel are put into place, take some time to remember each family member’s needs – including your own. Comprar mochilas kanken Let everyone in the family know that they are all equally important. Spend one-on-one time with other members of the family so that they do not feel as though they have been left out. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil Be a role model to your children and your spouse by making it clear that you will take time out for yourself periodically and all are welcome to do the same. nike air max homme Alone time, prayer time, going to the gym or going for long walks will benefit you and show your children and your spouse that you are important as well. Taking care of yourself allows you to take care of the others. tn requin pas cher homme If there is a family outing, take a little extra time to prepare. Make family meetings a regular habit, especially when going on a family vacation. Take all opinions and feelings into consideration and let everyone know that they can come to you at any time to discuss the family dynamics. nike homme pas cher In a family where one member has ADHD, a little bit of time, a lot of patience, and some good old-fashioned communication are in order to strike a balance with all family members.

Health Benefits of Ice Skating for the Whole Family

August 16, 2015 by  
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Families that play together stay together, or at least that’s how the saying goes. If you take some time to have fun together it can reduce stress among family members. You could choose an activity everyone can enjoy. Have you considered the health benefits of ice skating for the whole family? Most people only think of ice skating as a sport when the winter Olympics rolls around. However, indoor ice skating rinks allow for year-round skating. In fact, what could be better during a hot summer day than going into an ice-cold rink and enjoying yourself for a few hours? Ice skating is great exercise. With this one activity you can stretch and strengthen your muscles, and it provides excellent aerobic training. Besides being such wonderful exercise, ice skating is also a lot of fun! Finding an activity that you enjoy makes it more likely you’ll actually do it regularly. The more often you go ice skating, the better it is for your family. Think about going ice skating twice a week and then doing some other form of exercise during other parts of the week. Are the members of your family stressed from day-to-day living? Ice skating as well as other exercise releases chemicals within your body which helps reduce stress hormones. This means ice skating is an activity to help relieve stress and allow you to relax a little more. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Infantil Even though ice skating takes some practice, it is something everyone in your family except infants can enjoy. nike air max 2018 Ice skating rinks have skates of every size to rent. If you go ice skating very often, however, you may save money by purchasing a pair for each family member whose feet are finished growing. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Big Toddlers or children’s feet grow so quickly, however, that buying them their own ice skates may not be cost-effective. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack An added benefit of ice skating as a family is that the activity can help keep you connected. You can also use ice skating as an activity your children may invite their friends to. This means you’ll get to meet and get to know your children’s friends. cheap fjallraven kanken Backpack Not everyone lives close enough to an ice skating rink to use this activity as their major form of exercise so they do other exercise primarily. If you’re used to running, bicycling or playing tennis outdoors, you can’t do that when there is very much snow and ice on the ground. Perhaps you can use ice skating as an alternative exercise when the weather is bad. There are many health benefits of ice skating for the whole family. It provides the body with much-needed exercise and helps reduce stress.

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