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Celebrate Earth Day Everyday!

The Earth is what we all have in common.

Earth Day is not considered a “religious day” however … why not? Really, when you think about it; isn’t part of our “job” or responsibility, as Christians, as humans, to take care of the Earth that our God created? He created the Earth FOR US! so YES! It is our job to take care of it!

This is GOD’s Earth and he is loaning it us! and don’t we care more for items that aren’t ours?! I mean, I know I do; if I am borrowing my mom’s car, I am so careful with it, extremely careful! This Earth will be our children’s and our children’s children someday, we need to do what we can to care and love it!

You must treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It is loaned to you by your children.โ€ An African proverb that is a saying of the Kikuyu of Kenya, who have long had a keen sense of their responsibility to care for the earth.

Below are a few ideas to help care for our our planet:

  • Save the water bottles and buy a reusable water container. It is estimated that more than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day.
  • Save electricity – turn some lights off or switch to energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Reusable grocery bags
  • Don’t waste food – make a meal plan, for breakfast , lunch, dinner and snacks – then stick to it! If you have a plan, you are less likely to waste food; which saves money and less trash. however, if you do throw food away, you can make a compost. Composting means recycling nutrients back into the ecosystem, which keeps food out of landfills and waterways and enriches the soil!
  • Ride your bike or walk instead of using your car. Is there at least one errand you run this week, that you can bike/walk to? Or take the bus!
  • Reusable cleaning products – hello NORWEX ๐Ÿ˜‰
    • seriously though, for just antibacterial counter spray, I would buy at least one bottle at $5 (for easy math) a month. $5 x 12 months equals $60 a year for just 1 bottle of cleaning spray (and this is generous because many household use more). AND THEN the bottle you empty has to be recycled (hopefully) or thrown away. And your wasting! If you use one Norwex cloth, it is half this cost and helps the environment!
  • Save some Water:
    • when brushing your teeth or washing hands, turn the facet off.
    • Donโ€™t run the dishwasher or washing machine until itโ€™s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.
    • Install a rain barrel. Can use this water for your garden or lawn.
    • Maybe skip the daily shower, you can save gallons and gallons of water.

Really there are so many ways to help our planet, its just putting some effort and time into figuring what will work for you! Biking might not work for you or you might not have space for a compost but you could cut down to shower every other day or instead you add a few more dollars to your trash pickup to get a recycling canister. There are ways to help, you just have to do it!

Together if we all can make one change, just one, it will make a difference! Imagine what we can do as a community when we all care…We can make big things a reality! Thanks for reading friends and have a blessed day!

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When Our Kids Get Angry

As a parent, caregiver, neighbor, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. if you have any children ANYWHERE in your life, you have seem get angry. And boy can they get angry!

Children express emotions, including anger, in multiple different ways. With our oldest, we never really know when she’s angry, she is 12 and I honestly don’t know if I have seen her angry. Although she did come home from basketball with her dad and said “hey dad sorry I got mad at you at basketball practice” and funny, but not, he was like “ah i never even knew you were mad at me” This is our anxious one, who is a people pleaser, and is very HARD to read emotionally. LOL, but this is NOT true of her sister, our middle child. Man this girl will tell you like it is and if she is mad, she WILL let you know. If she doesn’t express it through her words, you can see her tears, hear her stomping, or screaming “ughhhhhh” and her brother (our youngest) is very similar! But with him being 5, he is not great about thinking before he acts when he is angry yet, so this can involve hitting, a work in progress with him.

In reading this article ” How to Stop Your Child’s Angry Cycle” by Tricia Goyer , I learned some things that you don’t often think about when trying to help your angry child, here are a few points that stuck with me:

  1. We often try to lecture our children or teach them a lesson in the midst of their angry cycle โ€” right when they cannot think rationally. Our best efforts at correction will likely not get through when our child is in this highly emotional state; harsh discipline often make things worse
  2. We can teach children to recognize and stop their own angry cycles using the three R’s
    1. Recognize: Identify the thought that came before the emotion.
    2. Reflect: Think about how accurate and useful the thought is.
    3. Redirect: Change the thought to a more accurate or helpful one
  3. The author ends this article with the different age groups and what to keep in mind with each age.
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To read the full article, check it out at Focus on Family : https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your-childs-emotions/how-to-stop-your-childs-angry-cycle?utm_campaign=When+Kids+Get+Angry+%2B+%E2%80%98Wonder+Park%E2%80%99&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl_focusenews

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Sun Protection

Hello, I know in many areas of the US, it is still cold…however sun protection is still important in the winter and even cloudy days! But hopefully we can start spending more time outside and I am just reminding you to PLEASE PROTECT YOUR SKIN!

All of my education that I am sharing is from Skin Cancer Foundation. To learn more, please check out website at: https://www.skincancer.org/

My father passed away about a year ago to Melanoma, so this topic is close to my heart! And if I can help anyone else from losing a loved one and going through the hurt an sadness of watching a loved one through the cancer battle, I want too! because honestly, CANCER SUCKS!!! And I want to bring awareness to as many people as possible on how important it is to protect! Sadly once the damage is done you canโ€™t go back and fix it. So PROTECT AND PREVENT!

Just yesterday I had a friend from work tell me she was going tanning after work and I was like “you’re kidding right?! don’t you know how bad it is for your skin?” I was angry! she was intentionally damaging her skin and I told her that. However, I know I was guilty of wanting that tan all the time too (in my younger years). But I never knew how bad it was for me! but as long as I try and educate others, I can’t control what they do obviously… I just need to be annoying about it and keep reminding her ๐Ÿ˜‰

So lets start with how to protect and prevent! Because skin damage and cancer can be preventative! Below are some quick, important facts and how to protect yourself! And further down you will see help with choosing the right skin care prevention products.

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How to find the right product to care for your skin:

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The Skin Cancer Foundation grants its Seal of Recommendation to products that meet the Foundationโ€™s specific criteria for effective UV sun protection. The Seal program covers many categories of sun protection, each with its own specific standards. ย Sunscreen products may be granted the Daily Use or Active Seal. All other sun protection products may be granted the Traditional Seal.ย ย Learn More about the Seal of Recommendation. When you go this website, all products that have met these standards, are listed under “Recommended Products”.

However, if you do find yourself with damaged skin, keep a close eye on any birth marks, moles and brown spots, do a skin check monthly and look for any changes; including the color, size and texture of the area.

If you HAVE any concerns with your skin, please see a healthcare provider! And from experience, I highly suggest going prepared to the appointment with details about your concerns and changes. This will help guide the providers treatment or next step and can speed up your medical care. However, just going to the appointment saying that you see changes in your skin, with no specifics, may not really help move your treatment to the next step in a timely manner, so be prepared! and it could sound something like this “in January I did my skin check and noticed a new mole on my arm. In February, It looked darker. In March, it was darker than it was in February and grew”. I like to take pictures, because I tend to doubt myself and will question “is that really bigger or am just imagining it?” That’s where a picture helps me. But being prepared in any manner, is more effective and efficient for both you and your provider.

What you need to know about skin cancer:

For more information please check out The Skin Cancer website at:
https://www.skincancer.org/

Have a blessed week friends! Remember to Protect and Prevent! Christy

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Defending Life

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Tonight this was on Our local Christian radio and I was intrigued! Intrigued by the point of view that was shared but backed up by truth!

People who are pro-life believe that ALL humans, including the unborn, have a right to LIFE! Do you not believe that all humans have a right to life? A right to live?

Just putting a pebble in your shoe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

For more information check out: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life

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EOE (Eosinophilic Esophagitis) Diet Snack Options

Having this condition has made me greatly aware of how many foods have Gluten, it really is crazy!

It also has taught me to read the food labels, to see whats really in our food we are eating and wow I have been so naive! Just believing and being persuaded by whats flashing on the label. Well, not no more

It took a little bit, but below are a few of my favorite go to snacks that are gluten and dairy free:

**Warning -before you eat, check the ingredients every time **

  • Peanuts
  • Variety of fresh fruits and veggies
  • Rice cakes
  • Pita chips and hummus
  • Pretzels
  • Frito
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Jello
  • Beef sticks/sliced Salami
  • Silk Almond milk Yogurt
  • Sweet Loren’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie (these have been my BEST find ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป)

So one mistake I made, was that I assumed if one brand was gluten free so was the other and that is NOT the case! So AGAIN please check your food labels!

I felt very lost (and still do in a way) about foods that are okay to eat, so I hope this list helps even just one person find a snack they can still enjoy ๐Ÿ˜Š

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EOE

EOE stands for Eosinophilic Esophagitis, yeah I can’t say it either ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last June, actually Fathers Day, I choked on a piece of steak and to make a long story short, I was diagnosised with EOE. I had no idea what that was and I had never even heard of it. But since then, I have learned more and more and I have had 4 (tomorrow 5) EGDs. Since the last one in October, I have been on a Gluten and Dairy free diet. EOE is an allergy to certain foods, so we are trying an elimination diet.

So hopefully tomorrow, after my next EGD, this elimination diet worked and my tests look better. But then again, I may have another elimination added to my diet.

This gluten and dairy free diet, has been tough, not only for me but for my family as well. we’ve made some big changes, but they have all been so supportive and working on this right along with me! This is something I am forever grateful for, our family is a team and we got each others back. Missing some of my favorites like pizza, lasagna and ice cream makes me sad…but it really could be much worse and I am so thankful my family is standing right next to me!

I will keep you updated as I learn more. But to start if you’re interested, check this out: https://www.gastro.org/practice-guidance/gi-patient-center/topic/eosinophilic-esophagitis-eoe

Have a blessed weekend,

Christy

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Mom Tip #111

AMAZON PRIME!! This mom STRONGLY suggests getting Amazon Prime! This is probably my most important mom tip ๐Ÿ˜‰

Seriously, I use Prime every week, every day! I know the price has gone up this year to $119. Which is alot upfront, but in the long run, this has saved me $ and reduced my stress! For example; last week my daughter joined the ski club, I ordered her a ski coat and snowpants and with 2 day shipping she had it in time! WE had no time last week to go shopping for a new coat and snow pants, Prime saved the day ๐Ÿ™‚

I use the free, 2 day shipping for birthday parties scheduled last minute, school functions and/or whatever else pops up during the week! Or if I just don’t have an extra minute to get to the store and buy something (which happens often), I Prime it! It was also nice, this past Christmas season, I added a family members address and it was delivered right to them and wrapped as a gift!

We also use it for our family, watching TV. i already had Prime and so we went down to basic cable, and have Netflix and Prime for our shows/movies and it is so much cheaper!

Here are a few of our Favorites:

  • Spongebob episodes
  • Pete the Cat episodes
  • Wild Kratts
  • American Pickers
  • Jack Ryan
  • Homecoming
  • And so many other good tv series and movies….they even have one of my favorites – The Man in the Moon

Be aware that I am part of the Amazon Affiliate program and will earn a small profit from your purchase. Thank you in advance!

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