I first got my period when I was about 11yrs old.It was a horrid experience. I was at school, started feeling sick and had horrible cramps, went to the bathroom, screamed like crazy because I had absolutely no clue what was going on and why I was bleeding from “there”. The teacher who’s classroom was just next too the girls bathroom came running in to find out what was going on. I was standing there crying, saying I was dying. She calmly walked over to me, hugged me, grabbed some wet paper towels and told me to clean myself up and we headed to the nurses office.I didn’t learn about girl stuff until that day. My mom never discussed getting my period until that day because she didn’t think it was time, until she got the call. My grandmother came and picked me up from school, took me to get pads, midol, chocolate and ice cream. She said “These are the 4 things you will need every month for 1 week.”
Did you know that 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect? Did you know that 50% of them are at risk of death if their defect is not surgically corrected? How about that Congenital Heart Disease is the NUMBER ONE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT? It is also the number one cause of infant mortality. You’d think that would be more widely known and publicized, but it isn’t. Most people think of other defects when they are asked about the most common. Because Congenital Heart Disease (or Defects as it was previously known) has so many different ways to manifest itself, many people don’t put it all together.
Since we live in a primarily rural area now, we have the ability to walk to a lot more places that are outdoors. One of my favorite places to get out and walk is around the “Rez” or the reservoir. Our Rez is HUGE at 212 acres and a circumference of 2.5 miles and at it’s deepest point its 33ft deep. My husband and I go up there and walk around a bit when it’s warmer and not as windy. Unless I get antsy at home and want to go bird watching for the local Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles were my mom’s favorite bird and when she passed, my brother and I both saw a bald eagle within a couple days of her passing. We took it as “Mom’s with us, watching us.” So now whenever we see one, we simply say “Hi mom, love you!”
Sometimes cooking a meal just isn’t in your daily plans whether it be work, kids’ activities, traffic, or you’re just having a bad day. For me, it’s usually the later, or I just don’t feel like cooking because, that takes too much work after working all day. Typically we tend to go out to eat to ease the remainder of the day, but dining out can be expensive especially if you do it more than once a week. Which is why we either go out just once a month, or we utilize other savings methods.
You should definitely double check with the restaurants prior to taking advantage of their promotions as most national chains have franchises and independently owned locations.
Quick and easy are my favorite type of meals, mostly because I grew up having them almost every night. We were always so busy with school, sports, extra curricular activities that we ate a lot of quick and easy meals. My parents knew how to cook, but when you have a dad who works 3rd shift and a mom who works 2 jobs, quick & easy meals are pretty much all you eat Monday through Friday. Now I don’t work outside of the home, but I am either busy doing lots of blog work, cleaning the house, or getting distracted with Facebook or Instagram. So quick & easy meals are still kinda my jam. We’ve been trying to be a little more healthy lately, but every now and again, we enjoy a little carb splurge. We partnered with Barilla and bring you two delicious pasta recipes that you can easily swap out normal rotini noodles with and use the Barilla Chickpea Rotini in it’s place.
Investing in your health is something that everyone needs to do, most people don’t and they end up paying for in the long run. Health is a rabbit hole, something that can always be improved, something that must always be taken care of. Thankfully, investing in your own health isn’t nearly as difficult as some think. While it’s often something you feel directly, though not always immediate, it definitely benefits you over the long term, so don’t give up too early. Health has many different aspects. While mental health and functioning is essential to consider, for the purposes of this article we are to focus on physical health. Thankfully, physical health is one of the most effective precursors to mental wellness, so this can be a useful set of advice in itself.
In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.
Raising a teenager is not easy, trust me, I’m raising my 2nd teen son and just sent my oldest son on his own back in August! Even if you have an absolute angel of a child, they will have their moments where they are going to be difficult. The absolute best thing to do is ensure you never lose contact with your child. Keep communicating with them, and make sure you discuss with your teen topics that are important. It’s something that I still do with my oldest. He texts me at least once a week and gives me updates while he’s in Job Corps. Just the other day, he let me know he’s 100% completed on his trade and thinking of moving onto a second trade.
A couple weeks ago I talked about ways to help you, as a parent or guardian, get through your day with a sick child, because everyone knows, taking a day off of work or your scheduled plans to take care of a sick child isn’t always the easiest. For the better part of my boys upbringing, I was a single mother, so taking care of a sick child meant all too often I had to take a day off of work, if my mom or dad also had to work that day. I couldn’t send them to daycare because well, daycare facilities have rules about sick kids just like schools do.
Although the thought of driving in a car for hours across the country may not seem like the most fun way to spend your time – especially if you’re travelling with your family consisting of young children. But if you take the time to plan ahead you will not only find that road trips can be more fun and more comfortable whilst saving you money, but that it can be far less stressful than travelling by plane. I’m the driver when it comes to longer distances. My husband doesn’t mind, however, I’m so used to being on the road, driving highways on a regular basis so it’s kinda my jam.