Is quitting sugar right for me?

Is quitting sugar right for me? Let’s get a little personal today. I’m not one for usually getting too personal on the blog, however maybe I should from time to time. After all, people are curious sometimes right? And if you knew me IRL (in real life) it’s not like anything I’m saying would be a surprise or unknown to you already. Yet as for on the internet, this is personal. There are some blogs that shout about their exercise and dieting efforts. I’m so not that person. I won’t keep it up and then people will notice and judge me, right? I’m a try your best as often as you can type of person. Hmmm… Where to start? As a youth, I wasn’t a terribly skinny person. I always thought I was heavy, but looking back I realize I was not. I just wasn’t as small as my friend. . .

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Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online – Sun and Stars {Review}

Astronomy is this year’s science subject. We jumped in soon after the new year and I’ve been on the lookout for resources to enhance our studies. What an emense blessing it is to have discovered Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online! Visual Learning Systems Review

The timing for this review is absolutely provincial. Through the TOS Review Crew, we have been graced with the opportunity to review Visual Learning Systems – (http://www.VisualLearningSys.com). We have been given a full year access to received Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and the Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). What a resource this has proven to be!

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Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease – anyone?

So I’m going off my own nursing school and mama diagnosis here, but I’m fairly certain the girls have HFMD if not just another virus. Yay me! AppleBlossom started it on Thursday with random tears, complaints if everything aches, pin sized rashes on her feet and that night with a 103 fever. The next morning was with a similar rash on her hands, more complains of all over aches and pains which we wondered if was growth pains plus rash. She later started to show what looked like big bites on her legs and random fingers. We wondered about growth pains and chiggers. But then I was fairly certain about the HFMD after thinking about it more. Everything except anything mouth issues, but for the most part she keeps her hands out if her mouth so maybe she’ll skip that? She’s now (day 3) doing much better except her heels. . .

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Kiss My Face December Kissing Spree!

http://www.kissmyface.com/ Kiss My Face is celebrating the holidays the best way they know how – with a December Kissing Spree!  For each day in December, Kiss My Face will be revealing a surprise deal, exclusively available on its Facebook page.  There will be a new deal each day, ranging from $1 off on select products to site wide discounts at Kiss My Face.com. So hang up the mistletoe and head over to Kiss My Face’s Facebook page, and get ready to start KISSing! Monday, December 3rd, 2012 Deal Ø      10% off Kiss My Face.com Ø      To redeem, log on to Facebook and “like” Kiss My Face About Kiss My Face Kiss My Face, a natural beauty and personal care products company, is a pioneer in the natural and organic industry.  The brainchild of Bob MacLeod and Steve Byckiewicz, two long time vegetarians searching for healthy body care alternatives, Kiss My. . .

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Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick Roll/Rub on sunscreen in a stick Every parent knows it…the dreaded sunscreen application tango.  You try to lather it on as quickly as possible while your kids do everything in their power to squirm and dance their way out of your arms.  With the Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick and Kids Natural Mineral Sunblock SPF 30, applying sunscreen can be easy and fun.  The formula is 100 percent natural and is one of few all natural sunscreens with SPF 30 and full UVA and UVB protection.  So, this summer say hello to fun in the sun, sans the tango! Kiss My Face Kids Sun Stick SPF 30 ($10.99) ·         Free of parabens, artificial colors or fragrances, nano particles, phthalates and gluten ·         Water resistant ·         Organic Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Cocoa Butter provide additional moisture to keep skin soft and smooth ·         Available. . .

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The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

In the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution (Little, Brown and Company February, 2012), Dr. Mark Hyman – Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center – reveals the secret to losing weight and preventing diabesity. According to Dr. Hyman, a staggering one in two Americans suffers from diabesity, the condition of metabolic imbalance and disease that ranges from mild blood sugar imbalance to full-blown diabetes. Diabesity is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the 21st century, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer, and the numbers of sick people keep growing. One in three children born today will have diabetes. We are now raising the first generation of Americans to live sicker and die younger than their parents.

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God Is Smarter Than Any Doctor

Health care is much more than X-rays and pills—and God, Health, and Happiness shows the close relationship between your physical health and your spiritual well-being. Written by Dr. G. Scott Morris, founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis, America’s largest faith-based clinic for the uninsured, this new paperback edition puts a human face on the hot topic of health care. Making the argument that healing—both physical and spiritual—is a key aspect of the Christian faith, God, Health, and Happiness provides both a biblical framework for wellness and encouraging real-life stories of those who found a better life within the overarching love of God.

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LaborLooks Maternity Gowns

It was about two years before AppleBlossom was born that I started blogging and I was a quilt blogger first, and then a book blogger. But when I became pregnant the first time all that changed as naturally I wanted to share the word about some fabulous products that I just fell in love with during my maternity months, and then soon after baby months. While in the two years since she was born I have come across some of my favorite products, by far my most favorite maternity product was something that I got to use during OrangeBlossom’s birth and how I wish I had it when AppleBlossom was born. After AppleBlossom was born we had an extended and highly unpleasant stay in the maternity ward. I know that LaborLooks Maternity Gowns would have helped! This time around in pregnancy I couldn’t help but want one, so I begged. . .

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Santa Poo Pourri

Santa Poo Pourri natural air freshener and spray deodorizer www.poopourri.net A little Christmas Holly, a dash of Evergreen, and a hint of Citrus greet you in the restroom after taking a quick peek at the tree. No potpourri is in sight and yet it smells so good, and then you notice the half eaten cookie on the sink ledge. Ho ho ho! Looks like even Santa has to go from time to time. Being his polite jolly self, he always uses Santa Poo, the essential oil based Before-You-Go bathroom spray from Poo Pourri. Just spray the bowl before sitting on the throne and eliminate unwanted odors before they can get into the air. Stick a two or four ounce bottle or Toilet Paper Gift Set in everyone’s stocking for fresh scented bathroom fun during the holiday season and year round. When I first opened the box I was blown back. . .

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40 Days to Better Living: Depression

Depression is a serious condition—and 40 Days to Better Living: Depression provides clear, manageable steps for people to manage it, through life-changing attitudes and actions. Readers can select one or more elements of the 7-step Model for Healthy Living—Faith, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Family and Friends, and Nutrition—and follow the 40-day plan to improve their lives, just a bit, day by day. With plenty of practical advice, biblical encouragement, and stories of real people who’ve taken the same journey, this book—from the Church Health Center in Memphis, the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the U.S.—may be one of the most important books your customers will read this year.

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Health all around

First off, AppleBlossom is fine. Getting better I would say. Starting with a good bit of congestion and then some last Friday moving on to a cough by Sunday including a weekend pediatrician clinic visit. Then moving into a runny nose, and a horrible cough and coming off into croup and miserable pain. My poor baby. So with a couple pediatrician visits, 3:00 AM freaked out calls to the nurse debating a trip to the ER an antibiotic, steroid anti-inflammatory, cough elixir, cough suppressant, and pain medicine later… we’re doing a bit better. But I will tell you that impetigo, croup and an upper respiratory infection are not fun for mama or baby. Then there is the Enginerd. He has a horrible upper respiratory infection and not stop cough as well. As for myself. I’m not sick, just pregnant!

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Baby Banz – Sunglasses for itty bitties!

Baby Banz In an ever deteriorating UV climate, Baby Banz is steadfast in its ongoing effort to preserve the sensitive eyes and precious skin of little ones everywhere. Baby Banz is committed to developing children’s UV protective sunglasses, hats, accessories and swimwear that not only protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays, but are also comfortable, fun to wear and strong enough to last. Products: Baby BanZ wrap-around sunglasses for ages 0-2 Kidz BanZ wrap-around sunglasses for ages 2-5 JBanZ with temples for ages 4-10 Retro BanZ wrap around sunglasses for ages 0-5 Ski Banz ski goggles for ages 4-10 BanZ UPF 50+ UV Swimwear for ages 0-10 Banz Ear Muffs hearing protection for ages 6mo+ BanZ UPF 50+ UV Sun hats for ages 0-5 Most of the time people think about the summer heat and their sunglasses as well you should. But what people often forget is that. . .

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Pee Wee Pilates: Pilates for the Postpartum Mother & Her Baby

Though she yearns for her pre-pregnancy figure, a new mother has little time to devote to exercise; attending to the needs of a newborn is a full-time job. A revolutionary postnatal fitness program, Pee Wee Pilates gives new mothers what no other fitness program or book has to date: a quick and proven method they can do at home to whip their postpartum body gently back into shape and enrich their babies at the same time.

Pilates targets the areas most affected by pregnancy (abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks), so new moms will get results fast without having to leave homes or carve out huge chunks of time. Simultaneously, because the baby is incorporated into the Pilates movements, women get to enjoy a loving and fun interaction with their babies. Unlike other mother/baby fitness programs, however, baby is far more than just a prop; the exercises in Pee Wee Pilates are designed specifically to help foster a little one’s development and attachment to mother. Developed by one of New York City’s leading Pilates teachers, Pee Wee Pilates promises to be the hot new “baby and me” exercise program for new mothers everywhere.

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Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. 2008 PG 94 minutes Drawing on Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, director Robert Kenner’s Oscar-nominated documentary explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Kenner spotlights the men and women who are working to reform an industry rife with monopolies, questionable interpretations of laws and subsidies, political ties and rising rates of E. coli outbreaks. This morning I was clicking through my Instant View on Netflix as saw a documentary called Food, Inc. Since I was working on some posts I decided to let it play in the background. Wow. What a video and close to my heart as I have been trying and struggling a bit since AppleBlossom was born with getting healthy versus saving money. I do remember when I saw a wholistic doctor a few years back talking about the decision on where to spend money. . .

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