Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tie Dye with your Kids

I was talking with my friend and she told me that her daughter recently tie dyed some tees.  She said that we could borrow their dye, if we wanted to make some also.

I knew my kids would absolutely love it but I didn't love the thought of dye everywhere. But it didn't take long for me to decide to go for it, knowing how fun it would be for the kids and how proudly they would wear their shirts.  So, we hit Walmart and I bought them a plain white tee for $3 each.

Then we dyed the shirts out on our backyard patio, over large trash bag which really contained any mess (which there was hardly any of - surprisingly).  We also used disposable rubber gloves, which worked really well for keeping hands clean. It was super easy and super fun and my kids have been absolutely loving the shirts they made.

I am really glad we went for it.  I am now tempted to get my own white tee and make one for myself because they look so cute in their tees!  Here's to trying new things and making new memories! Here is the link we used for the instructions.

Happy Tie-dye'ing!  XO

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Become Empowered Through Homeopathy

Homeopathy...... it is amazing!!! I recently discovered homeopathic medicine and have witnessed the power of it myself, and I can't say enough good things about them!  So here I go . . .

I had heard of homeopathy but had never used it.  But then I recently heard about homeopathy again through a women's Facebook group that I am a part of for extremely heavy periods (TMI - I know, but we can be real here.... right?)  Someone in the group mentioned that Magnesium Phosphorica homeopathy could help with menstrual cramps.

I was extremely intrigued because when my heavy days arrive, I have to take 3, sometimes 4, ibuprofen (200 mg each) pills consistently every 6 hours (which is very hard on the gut).  Nothing else would relieve my pain as well as the ibuprofen did until  . . . I tried Magnesium Phosphorica.

I ordered them on Amazon here and when my next period arrived, I took them during my heavy days (when my massive cramps occur) and they helped almost immediately!!!  I was astounded and I did not have to take any ibuprofen during my entire period - WOW!  Not a single ibuprofen pill!!

I have since come to find that  Magnesium Phosphorica helps with "spasmodic pain in the abdomen improved by heat', but that Caulophyllum Thalictroides helps specifically for menstrual cramps.  Even though the Magnesium worked so well, just to see if there is any difference, I am going to the Caulophyllum Thalictroides during my next period. They actually have other remedies that help with cramps as well.  I can't wait to try them all!

After seeing first hand how well homeopathy works, I soon visited my local heath store (Sprouts) and found the Boiron homeopathy display.  The bottles are displayed by ailment and are very easy to find what you are looking for.  This is what the display looks like in the store:

I immediately saw one called Calcarea Phosphorica which treats growing pains for adolescents.  My son gets growing pains every now and then and I've always given him either acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  It always takes the pain medicine a while to work.  A few days after I bought them, my son complained of growing pains.  I gave them to him and they worked within minutes and then he fell fast asleep.  Wow!  I was amazed again.

Then I saw one called Coffee Cruda which helps 'mental hyperactivity and sleeplessness', which I totally have when trying to fall asleep.  These help calm my mind right down and lets me have a deep, peaceful sleep.  Seriously, where have these been all my life?

They work incredibly well and have already helped my kids and I so much.  Homeopathic medicine is an easy, natural, and safe way to treat ailments at home, and can relieve such a wide range of conditions.  For example, some of the things they can help with are pain, stress, sleep, hot flashes, PMS, heavy menstrual flow, bloating and lower back pain during menstruation , cough, gas, and much more.

They even make arnica cream and gels for helping with sore muscles, ointments for healing wounds and burns, pellets for reducing flu symptoms, sore throats, teething, colic, etc.  It's a whole new world and there is still so much I have to and want to learn about homeopathy.  There is a FAQ here that I found really helpful.

With so many remedies, it might be confusing finding the right homeopathic medicine for the particular ailment you or your family are dealing with. Well, they have made it easy because they have a FREE app called the Boiron Medicine Finder.  Here is what it looks like:

When I opened my first bottle, I wasn't sure how to get them out because there is this thing in the way.  I pryed it off with a butter knife and then thought.... this thing is there for a purpose, I know I'm doing this wrong.  So.....  I googled how to open them, and yes, you don't pry it off (it's there for a reason, and it's actually a brilliant design and so easy to open once you know how.  So check out this quick demonstration so that you can open them like a pro.

Homeopathy is SO empowering and I love that I can now treat myself and my family at home for a number of different ailments. I will be reaching for homeopathic remedies before immediately turning to the medicine cabinet from now on (for issues that can be self-treated).  But what exactly is homeopathy?  Read more here.

I have since bought a bunch of them, and I found an amazing case, on Etsy, to keep them organized in (and to use for travel).  The cases are so cute and there are a multitude of cute patterns to choose from.  I have a COUPON CODE that all of my followers can use to get 15% off of ANY of her homeopathic cases until March 31, 2019.  Either use the code KNOWITMOM15 upon checkout, or you can just use this url directly to redeem the coupon (which takes you to her page where you can see all of her cases).  Yay for discounts!!!

If you find a new love for homeopathy like I have, you might want to get yourself one too. These cases are also EMF (electromagnetic frequency) safe - as electromagnetic radiation can weaken homeopathic remedies over time.  If you are curious about EMF click here for some scientific explanations.

I challenge you to give homeopathic medicine a try for yourself (and your family) and I am sure you will love them just as much as we do.  And if you don't.... they have a 30-day consumer money-back guarantee.

They are very easy to take too (much easier than giving a child medicine).  They are small pellets that just dissolve under the tongue.  They taste sweet and my kids love them much more than taking medicine.  However, this is very IMPORTANT (that I just learned this) do NOT have food OR water up to five minutes before and after the pellets melt.  You also must NOT touch the pellets because the oils from your fingers will effect the potency.  So when you open them, hold the container with the cap down, turn the lid clockwise until the pellets drop into the cap, then remove cap and pour the pellets under your tongue.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

2019 Goals

I make it a point to tell my kids that I love them, often. I want them to always know they are loved and to always feel safe talking to me about anything.
In October of this year, I had an MRI scan of my abdomen and the radiologist was pretty positive that they found a tumor on my small intestine....
They sent me to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and I was seen by the top surgeon who treats tumors on the small intestine. The day before, I had a CT scan done so that they could get better pictures.
I was SO nervous to see the doctor and to get the CT scan results. Waiting for my appointment to come was torture, as I had no idea what my future looked like. Luckily, once I met with the surgeon, she had went over the CT scan results with me and assured me that it was not a tumor and that I was fine.
I was thrown from a car 27 years ago, and apparently, when you have a strong blow to the abdomen like I did, it's not uncommon to have part of your spleen break off.
So, what they thought was a tumor, was actually a piece of spleen that broke off from the main spleen. It's got it's own blood supply and everything. I never knew that had occured during my accident until all of this happened.
I am EXTREMELY grateful that I don't have cancer and was so happy to get this news. However, when a scare like this happens, it really makes you examine your life and remember what is most important.
For me, my family and friends are the most important things in my life. You can't take anything with you from this life when you die, except for the relationships that you build and the love in your heart.
My goal for the new year is to cherish each moment and make the most of each moment, keep letting those I love how I feel about them, build stronger relationships, and to life simply.
What are your 2019 goals?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A Breakfast to Smile About . . .

Looking for a new and fun way to make waffles?  You can get this Animal Friends Waffle Maker here and your kids will love it!

They turn out so cute! I put any leftovers in a ziplock sandwich bag and give them to my kids after school as a snack, or the following day in their lunch as a bonus surprise.

Here is the recipe I use:

Ingredients ***
1C organic all purpose flour
1T sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

1C organic milk
1 organic egg
1 tsp vegetable oil

Powdered sugar

Instructions ***
Put all of the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl first, then put the wet ingredients on top and mix well with a fork.  Spray the waffle maker with spray butter or oil and cook.  I remove the waffles with a small rubber spatula, using anything metal may scratch the waffle maker.  Then dust with powdered sugar and serve.  

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Basically a Free Math Tutor . . .

Have you heard of the app called Photomath?  Well, it is the bomb! Now that you know about it, you need to get it asap.

Photomath is a FREE mobile app that will read and solve mathematical problems by using your smartphone camera.  What is cool about this app is that it doesn't just give you the answers, it provides a step-by-step guide showing exactly how each of the problems are solved.

This is SO extremely helpful when helping your kids with math homework and prepping for tests.  I don't know about you, but it's been a while since I did a lot of math and this is like having a free tutor right at your fingertips!

The older my kids get the more difficult it's becoming to help them with their math, so we are loving this app at our house!  Just be careful that your kids don't use it to simply get the answers.

I always sit with my son and go over it with him and make sure he's understanding each step.  If you download this app, I'd love to know what you think!  Post a comment!

You're welcome!

-Karin XO

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Impact of Reading . . .

This shows WHY reading at least 20 minutes a day is SO important. Keep your kids reading over Christmas break, and show them this photo so that they can understand the WHY as well! 

It's incredible how important reading is.  My kids are really good readers, but when I found these stats on the impact of reading, I was amazed and inspired to make sure they are reading every day for 20 minutes.  

However, there are times that my kids will look at a book and get overwhelmed, so I love to take turns reading pages back and forth with them.  That really takes the pressure off of having to read it all themselves, and it's great for them to hear you read because they hear you pause for commas and use enthusiasm, which helps them become better readers when it's their turn.  

I also incorporate silent reading time . . . set a timer and let everyone grab a book, including you!  It's a great example for kids to see their parents enjoying a good book of their own.  And often as busy parents, we don't have the time, or make the priority to read ourselves, and this will give you that time.  It's a win-win!

-Karin XO

Monday, November 19, 2018

Great Dairy-Free Alternative for Cool-Whip

Whether you are lactose intolerant or not, this Coco-Whip is so delicious!  This is such a yummy fruit dip!!!

We had a birthday party for my husband this past weekend and because I have recently gone dairy-free, I needed an alternative to my usual fruit dip that normally contains cool-whip.  This is SO amazing as a fruit dip!

I went to my local Sprouts and found this in the frozen section, near the ice cream. Just let it thaw IN THE FRIDGE for 4 hours and it's ready to serve.

I am working on healing my gut, and dairy is really hard for our bodies to digest.  So... if you are looking to cut out dairy but still want that same yumminess you get from cool-whip (especially over the holidays), give this a try!

Here  is an article about the 10 absolute worst foods for your gut (yes dairy is one of them), if you are interested in learning more about gut health.