Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is havng a terrific day!!! 

My A-Z tips lands on H today if you are following along.  Please be sure to link/ping back to ANY A-Z tip to enter the contest.  If you want to see the prize just scroll down it’s on yesterday’s post and don’t forget to comment and let me know.  Plus, it lets me know I am not just writing to myself although that’s how I talk anyways (to myself)…hahahah (more h’s!!) So here goes….


Today H will stand for Health.  My health tip is about mood battling.  Does anyone else have trouble??? 🙂

Did you know that monounsaturated fats are helpful in this department?  Next time your mood seems to be needing a boost try some : black olives, avocados, and almonds. 

Now I don’t think the researchers were talking about a bag of tortilla chips and a bowl of guacamole.  A serving size for the avocado will be about 1/4 of a small one.  And you will be looking at a small handful of almonds and about 8 olives.  But still those are yummy aren’t they? 

So the next month time you need a little mood altering look beyond the chips and cookies and go straight for some olives, almonds, or a little avocado. 

Have a “Healthy” Day!!

P.S. – I will be taking an intermission on Friday-Sunday from my tips/posts.  I will be camping in Mexico.  The contest will still continue and the tips will resume when I do.  So be sure to link while I am away.  I will look forward to seeing all of the links when I come back.   That would be so AWESOME.  Plus, you will love the products if you win them.  They are WONDERFUL!




I am starting to come around.  This is the sickest I have been in a very long time.  I thought I would share a few things I learned while sick…

1) If you are running a fever and have had some medication, don’t bother trying to figure out who would be knocking at the door at 2 am.

2) Jammies are only fun the first day.

3) I have learned of a special talent I have to get a cough drop in just the right place in the roof of my mouth that it will stay there and I don’t choke on it.  (Don’t try this on your own as I don’t want to get sued if you don’t have the same talent.)

4) Getting sick stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!

5) After spending two nights on the sofa sitting up and trying to sleep, I realize that I LOVE MY OWN BED!!!  It is HEAVENish.

6) If you are trying to keep a lot of chemicals out of the home, what do you do after someone is sick so that it doesn’t go around?  OK, so this is a question that I didn’t learn but if you have, please let me know.

7) I REALLY miss having family around.  It’s very hard to take care of kids and yourself when your ill.  My hubby had to work late on Monday and Tuesday.  I needed chicken noodle soup in the worse way!  😦

8) Have you ever thought that cows don’t have a breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  They just graze all day.  But that may show in a swimsuit 🙂  (Did I mention lots of days with a fever?)

9) My oldest was very helpful in getting up and doing his own breakfast and getting to the bus on time by himself.

10) My house is a disaster zone and I get to clean it up 🙂  YEAH!

Bonus – I am sooooo thankful for getting better and all the wonderful people who sent me a well wish!

I am trying not to overdue it but it’s a war zone out there!

Have a “Sick-Free” Day!

My mother passed away with cancer when I was 17.  She almost died from this disease when I was 9 so I grew up with cancer and it’s affects most of my life.  Cancer runs in my mother’s side of the family so it’s a big part of my medical history.  This was very apparent not too long ago when I had some precancerous treatment on my lip.  Now I am a mom and it’s very scary to think of this is my life.  I really do try to keep in mind when making choices like when to go in the sun, sunscreen, but also chemicals in my home.

I am very interested in some natural treatments that we can do in our everyday life as I think there are a lot of chemicals we could do without (ALL around us).  Now, I am not an extremist, yet :), but  I would just like to use less in my life and home.

Here are just a few simple tips I keep on hand for natural healing.  Of course, there is not a substitute for medial advise and I hold no medical degree! 

  • Ginger (try a couple of pieces of candied ginger or tea), chamomile, or peppermint for an upset tummy.
  • Oatmeal, milk, or (cooled) tea for sunburns.
  • Tea Tree Oil for athlete’s foot, cuts and scrapes, and dandruff.
  • Fluoride Toothpaste for acne (white and a little dab will do ya)
  • Duct Tape for Warts
  • Cinnamon has been reported to help lower cholesterol and blood sugar (and no I do not mean a Cinnamon Roll!!!)
  • Oregano is thought to be a Cancer Fighter

If you are interested in natural cures there are many resources on-line and in book form just really get to know your sources.

Here are a few web-links to help with medical issues:   – Research your symptoms or current medical trends.  The kid section has links for nutrition.  – American Cancer Society  –  A run down of tests women need to get.


Amazing Kitchen Cures, by Joey Green

Clean House, Clean Planet, by Karen Logan (If you are interested in natural cleaning – helps save on money as well.)

Also, I would recommend everyone to have a medical journal for you and your family members.  You can keep immunizations, all doctor info, medical history, etc in it.  Also, log all symptoms with dates so that you are ready when you or a family member goes to the doctor.  It is so hard to remember what happened and when.  Or is that just me?

I was just talking with a friend of mine about how are pediatricians know our children but we don’t know our doctors at all (or don’t have a primary care physician).  But kids go to the doctor at least once a year for a well-check.  And I know I am not the only one who’s children go way more than that!  How often do we go?  Our doctors don’t know us!  If we are healthy we may only go once a year or every few years…right?  They will only know what we provide.  So keep up regular visits with your primary care doctor and keep a journal.  They are good at what they do but last time I checked they aren’t mind readers.

Have a ‘Healthy’ Day!!!

I’m sure many of you know about all the toy recalls from China.  We receive many products, not just toys,  from China and may not be aware just how prevalent these products are in our stores.  From a business prospective I can understand why a business would feel they need to import from China to stay competitive.  As consumers we demand it.  We want, myself included, a low price.  However, as we are learning, this may come at a different price; working conditions, low wages, and a lack of standard that is acceptable. 

About two years ago, my husband lost his job to this dilemma.  My husband is a trained jeweler who now makes teeth.  He makes crowns, bridges, etc.  He works in a dental lab and they were outsourcing to China.  Thankfully he found another job but the thought is always there that more labs may outsource.  As we learned about the lead in the toys it made me start to wonder about how many people have a crown that may have too much lead or possibly worse.  And I don’t even know if the dentists were informed and could make a decision if this was in the best interests of their patients. 

I know that it is near impossible for us to avoid this trend, but I do believe people need to be aware so that we do not accept inferior products based on the bottom-line.  Here are a few things you can do: 

  • Make sure to check where your products are made (ask about things you wouldn’t think about)
  • Listen to local news regarding this issue 
  • Vote on any legislation that may help keep imported products that we expect here in the United States
  • Inform your stores (etc) what you want or expect 

If you are interested in purchasing things made in the USA this holiday season or any other time look at this website.  I found it and thought it was interesting.

 You can also try and buy locally.  Supporting a local merchant is sometimes more expensive but can be worth the extra cost knowing that someone received a proper wage, the product is properly inspected, less transportation to bring the product to you (GREEN), and it helps the local economy. 

Buy local this Christmas.

This is the final lesson from the email my friend sent me.  I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I have.   

5 – Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts…                          

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Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare &serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will
save her” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in
bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,
seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his
face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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(author Unknown)

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” — Mark 10:14-15 (NKJV)

So aren’t those medication ads great?                   

We all know the famous 4 hour side effect don’t we?  Here’s a couple of new ones.

I don’t know what the medication was but the side effects were coma or death.  Now my question is who signed up for that test?  What kind of pay was involved?  “Well it looks like 4 out of 10 people died so we are ok to roll with it Freddie.”

My hubby heard one that said if you find yourself driving, walking, or eating while you are sleeping contact your physician (or a psychiatrist).

So have you heard any good ones?