Friday, October 27, 2017

Chore Charts

We, and by we I really mean me, decided that we needed to have chore charts at the house. I felt that the girls were not taking on any responsibility and just expected me to do everything for them (can my Mommas out there agree?) So to Pinterest I went, and came up with there:

For my non-reader:

For my reader:

I laminated the charts and we are using dry-erase markers on them to check off the chores.

The idea is they get to check the box each day when they do the activity and on Sunday morning they count the checks and get a quarter for each one. So far we are a few days in and it has been working well. They love helping out and I feel like there is a lot less on my plate.

Any ideas for more chores to add for a almost 4 and 6 year old?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fall/Holiday Decorations

Who else LOVES this time of year? I mean all the fun outside activities and the chill (60's here finally) in the air, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!

The girls and I decided to add more decorations to our Fall boxes this year. So we started with new Fall bows. I use wired ribbon, on sale at the craft stores, and this method to make my bows!

 Seriously I am in love with these bows. I think I need more in my life!

Next up was decorations for the cabinets in the kitchen, the girls love putting these up. So I was going to cut things out (again) when I remembered my mother in law has this machine

The girls and I had a ball playing with it. Here is a sample of what we made:

We covered Halloween and Christmas quite well I think!

What are your favorite DIY decorations? I love to add things to our supply!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Menstrual Products Right to Know Act

This is a mission that is important for all women, including daughters who might not even be ready just yet. And while talking about periods can be squeamish for some, there is helpful info to be shared.
Unbelievably, no federal law exists which requires disclosure of ingredients in tampons and pads. This means women are left in the dark about what ingredients they are putting on some of the most sensitive and absorptive tissue on their body.
That’s why Women's Voices for the Earth and Seventh Generation are happy to report that Representative Grace Meng has introduced the Menstrual Products Right to Know Act. And on May 23, women from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill to send Congress a message: It’s time to care about feminine care. Period.

What's the big deal anyway?
Vaginal tissue is very sensitive, which means we should be extra careful about what’s coming into contact with it. The walls of the vagina are filled with numerous blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, which allows for direct transfer of chemicals in to the circulatory system. In fact, there is considerable interest in vaginal drug delivery systems because the vagina is such an effective site to transfer drugs directly into the blood without being metabolized first.
One study found that a vaginally applied dose of estradiol (an estrogen proxy) resulted in systemic estradiol levels in the body 10 to 80 times greater compared to the same dose given orally. So, you should really know what the heck is in the products you use around the vagina.
The whole truth.
Right now, some companies tell you a little bit about what’s in their products. While tampon and pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients, many do include some basic information on their packages about the ingredients — unless they use fragrance. A ‘fragrance’ in a product can be made up of 50-200 different ingredients, many for which health data simply doesn’t exist. This black box means that you could be exposing your body to fragrance ingredients without even knowing it.
We can do better.
Forward-thinking companies are already doing the right thing for women by voluntarily disclosing the ingredients used in their products. And leaders like Seventh Generation are taking the extra step to advocate for transparency industry-wide by co-sponsoring a rally in May.
Together, on May 23, women concerned about their health stood alongside business leaders and tell Congress that we have the right to know what’s in the products we use so intimately. Congress can do their part by enacting a very simple, common-sense law.

Thanks Generation Good for the Information! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fitness and Health Apps

There is an app for everything, or at least it seems that way.  I try to be very selective about the apps I put on my phone and only have ones I use all the time (Hello Target app).  So when it comes to health and fitness apps, I only have ones on my phone that I will truly use. Here are my current favorites.

This is my go to fitness app. I use it all the time. I check my steps, track my workouts, and make sure my sleep is going well. Seriously I love that it shows all the different aspects of your sleep! Have you checked that out? If not do it, it is so interesting.

This one will come down to if your Doctor’s Office uses it. Mine does not, but the kids pediatrician does and it is wonderful. I can track growth, medications, shots, print records, make appointments, and so much more. This app has saved me a number of times when Little B has gone to the ER. It is amazing to have all the kids’ medical information at your fingertips.

As we have moved into the word of glasses for the kiddos, this new app is awesome to keep in your back pocket. The best part of this app is that you can check your vision without going to the Eye Doctor!
I mean what could be better than a great app and saving you time!

Thanks to my friends at Warby Parker letting me know about this awesome new resource. What are your go to Fitness and Health apps?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

I wanted to share again about the importance of this day, in regards to Cancer Awareness.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that’s most often caused by asbestos exposure. It usually forms in the lungs of those who have been exposed to this deadly toxin, but sometimes occurs in the abdominal area or the area around the heart. There are a number of therapies available that can help prolong survival and minimize symptoms and discomfort, but in most cases the cancer is too aggressive and too advanced at the time of diagnosis to be cured. This disease specifically impacts a thin membrane that protects the lungs, heart and organs within the abdominal cavity and enables them to function properly. This is called the mesothelium and the majority of cases of this type of cancer affect the pleura, the mesothelium that lines the lungs. 

My husband's grandfather died of this years ago so it is something that is important to our family. 

Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma of all types in the United States every year. In most cases, these victims’ exposure took place on the job and the cause of the illness can be traced to an unsafe workplace.

For example, in the past, an overwhelming amount of job sites across the nation used asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in buildings, equipment, products, machinery, insulation, electrical wiring, and more.

Workers were exposed to ACMs each time they went to work, inhaling tiny, odorless asbestos fibers. Once the fibers become lodged in the body, it’s literally impossible to expel all of. Over time, the workers began developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.

With changing regulations and mitigation, exposure to asbestos is on the decline, but people continue to be diagnosed. This is because the disease has what is known as a long latency period. This means that the amount of time that can pass between the time of exposure to asbestos and the time that symptoms begin to appear can be as long as fifty years.

It is an unfortunate reality, but medical science has made great strides in understanding how this deadly disease progresses and various ways to prolong and improve the lives of those who have been diagnosed with the condition. Currently, however, there is still no cure for asbestos illnesses.

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