Updated Allergies and How We Manage

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Last week we went to the allergist for more testing. The first time around, the girls had an allergy to every environmental thing you can think of. This time around, we did the food testing. I was hoping and praying we would lose a few, but I was not expecting to gain a few more too.

When you suspect a food allergy, don’t play around. Get tested! You may get hassled or a run around, but don’t settle for a no. When you first get tested, most places either use your back or your arm. This particular office does the back. I always apply numbing cream before we get in the car and head towards the office. By the time we get there and into our room the numbing cream is in effect. It didn’t help this time around. Girls still screamed and cried like someone was killing them. lol It’s painful to watch your kids get scratched just under the skin. Even worse when they are crying because it itches. You know what I mean. That annoying itch on your back you can’t scratch.

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Introduction to #WomensLives

What is Important to Women?

I try not to be a feminist, but its so difficult being a woman in today’s society. We have so many different opinions of how we should look, be, or feel. Doesn’t help when people have opinions about our lifestyle. Birth control, working, equal pay, maternity leave, abuse, mental, sexuality, and even education. Some of my opinions may be bias, but that’s only because I hope to encourage and uplift other women to be better and to feel better about themselves.

It’s difficult today for women to find themselves with so many controversy topics about how women are ‘suppose to be’. It doesn’t help that we have women showing their bodies and being sex symbols when we all aren’t like that and want more respect than what we are being given, but why must our bodies be sexual? Why must it be a crime to be comfortable in our skin?

I partnered up with PRI, Blogher, and Sheknows in sharing about #womenslives not because I believe in women being equal, but because I personal have dealt with discrimination in the workforce and even around peers. Women’s voices should be heard. The womban is the essence of life and without it there wouldn’t be a next generation. You will see a seris of post about what matters most to women and why it should be different for us.

It will all be written in my opinion, but with facts and statics to show you that we can be stronger and our voices shouldn’t be shushed away. The throat chakra is what controls your expression and being expressive in a positive and loving way while making our point isn’t a crime. It’s truth and we have a right to tell our truths, beliefs, passion, and make a difference for our daughters, nieces, cousins, and many other girls around the globe.

Being a woman myself who has experience seeing my mother battle cancer, child abuse, sexual abuse, mental health issues, and more this project is a passion of mine and I look forward to hearing your voice about what matters to you!

Why We Chose to Go Vegan

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Review | Ecloth

 

Trying to control my seborrheic dermatitis. I try to find ways to be gentle on my skin without causing more irritation or damage that my sensitive skin can’t handle.

I always wanted to try those automatic skin care cleanser tools, but I’m afraid that it may be too harsh for my skin type. Ecloth offers a lot of personal care cloths that work for your needs.

Gentle Wash

My favorite is the eBody Face Cleansing Mitt. I’m surprised at how much dirt and makeup comes off my face compared to just using my hands. Even using a manual facial brush doesn’t get all the makeup off. The material is soft and silky and it isn’t too rough for my skin. It’s also perfect for using with scrubs so your not applying too much pressure.

I’ve tried this with different cleaning techniques since we all don’t use the same type. I used coconut oil to remove my makeup and this helped remove every trace. Washing this to reuse again during your routine is simple. I use baby shampoo to remove the oil and then go in with my regular cleanser or scrub.

I wash this in the laundry once a week. I never had any issues with mildew or getting disgusting looking at the end of the week. 90% of the time I’m not wearing makeup, but if I did. I probably would want one for every day of the week.

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10 Reasons Why Having Food Allergies is Good

Dealing with food allergies can be a pain in my ass. When I first learn about my oldest being allergic to over 5 different foods. I literally cried in the grocery stores and I stopped doing any of the shopping. My husband did the food shopping for about 3 years before I became comfortable enough to not get pissed off at every items I picked up and the label had an allergy. But after all the headaches and drama, having food allergies isn’t as bad as you think.

10 Reasons Why Having Food Allergies is Good

  1. You get creative in the kitchen. You find ways to work around your child’s food allergy and come up with some funky recipes that end up being a family favorite and becomes a regular on your menu. You also get your kids involved in the decisions with buying groceries and in the kitchen.
  2. If your kid has multiple allergies, you tend to avoid processed foods. Since we can’t eat soy and corn because its  in EVERYTHING we avoid most process foods and eat more homemade meals.
  3. This goes with #2, but NO FAST FOOD. We don’t eat out as much since we have too many foods to avoid which also means eating more at home as a family. :)
  4. Makes you do research not just about food, but also household products. Most people think you have to avoid foods, but actually you also have to be cautious of household products including laundry detergent and soaps. We usually stick to no dyes or fragrances because of the boys eczema. I like that I know the products we are using are eco-friendly!
  5. You become more aware of what you put into your body. Since having food allergies, I have done a lot of research about food, how its made or grown, and what it does to our body. It made me more conscious to what I’m doing to my body when I eat something else that isn’t fresh and healthy. I have preached for years to my husband about certain foods we eat and now he has come around to eating no meat and cutting out a lot of acidic foods.
  6. You become an advocate for your child at school. We had one incident with the school with cross contamination. I freaked out and demanded things be change not just for my child, but for all children in the district. School has changed a lot of their policies on cooking and handling food plus its now available to all students for free. :)
  7. Your child isn’t able to take as much medication. This also goes for the household products, but most medication has corn syrup in it. Most would call me a hippy since I rather give my kid a spoonful of my homemade mixture of honey, lemon, and ginger before I grab a box of Tylenol.
  8. I noticed my kids get less sick since we eat healthier. This year so far we’ve only had high fevers and a cough, but nothing extreme.  *Knock on wood*
  9. You get out of your comfort zone. I never was the type to try new foods until I had kids. Try feeding a picky 2 yr old with limited options. Yeah. -_- So I came up with a rule in our house. “You can’t say you don’t like it, if you never tried it.” We have used that rule for not just food, but for everyday life such as traveling, doing crazy activities, and the kids have really embraced new unexpected things that has happened in our life.
  10. Not like most parents, but I talk to my kids about their bodies and what specific foods do to them. We go to the Allergists twice a year for testing and sometimes we do a day long test on one food to see how they react. They have learned what foods they severely react to and know for themselves that they shouldn’t eat it. Some days we eat stuff that one can’t have and I’m a short cook and will quickly throw together something else so they can eat a full meal. Surprisingly, the kids will tell me they will eat it anyways because they know the reaction is little to nothing if they were to eat something else. They know what could cause an anaphylaxis reaction which is dairy, nuts, and potatoes so they will avoid it at all cost, but will eat a small amount of something else which helps build up their system to not resist the food (with the doctor’s approval).

I’m the optimist person who prefers to look at life in a positive way instead of dreading on the negative. So having food allergies don’t always suck. The part that sucks is if your pregnant and craving what your allergic to or the label isn’t clear about what’s actually in the food and you have a reaction from it which happened to me last week. -_- But overall, I think having food allergies is a blessing in disguise because even though people may laugh at us for being health nuts we enjoy our life just the way it is.

I am Polyamory

My husband, Leon, likes doing research on just about everything which brought us to deciding to change our diet and why I’m polyamory.

What is Polyamory?

Polyamory is not Polygamy, Bigamy, or anything else you may have heard. Polyamory is where two people in a committed relationship agree to be in other romantic relationships (like boyfriends and girlfriends) with rules or boundaries. In order to understand why I made this choice. I have to take it back to the beginning.

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Dora’s Adventure Collection DVD set ~ Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

I’m surprised to say that I still have a Dora lover in my house. Whenever I ask what character do they want, my daughter Lil A will scream “Dora! I still like Dora. ” She’s 7 years old in 1st grade. I would have thought she outgrown Dora, but then I realized that Dora isn’t the same anymore. She is older, but nope my daughter love the original Dora. When I saw that Sassy Mom, 2 Spoiled Bratz was hosting a giveaway I had to participate!
I know Lil A would be excited to see Dora’s Mermaid Adventures , heck any of the kids would be excited to watch this.   For Valentine’s Day I am looking toward to buying Valentine’s cards, cakes, pink, roses, chocolate. This would make a great gift for a special little girl who also loves Dora!

 


Sassy Mom, 2 Spoiled Bratz
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No New Year’s Resolution

Have you made a New Year’s Resolution?

I actually sat and thought hard about what I wanted to do for 2015 and I couldn’t come up with anything that I would stick to. When I think of NYR I think of just having a goal for January and then the hype of the new year is over. When I make goals I like to make goals for long-term and short-term.

Even though my plans for the new year didn’t plan out, it was still interesting as my husband and I laid in bed watching the ball drop talk about what we wanted to do for the new year. The first day of the new year started off with a roller coaster of emotions, but it was a great day.

My goals for 2015 are simple, but it’s not going to be easy. My husband and I have an idea of what we want, but we are opened minded to not everything panning out to go exactly as planned. Started off the new year in an interesting way with having more clarity on what it is I want , won’t stand for, and what I won’t give up.

Today is Day 15 and I have been self reflecting on the past 26 years of my life because on Saturday I will be turning 27. Ahhh! It’s like the realization that I’m going to be 30 in 3 years and those years will be going by fast. I know most of y’all are thinking, heck your just a baby, but my age is just a number. My spiritual journey didn’t start until I was 20 yrs old and it took a lot of bad events to get me to be more conscious of what I was doing with my life.

I accept all that’s happened and have no regrets as I was healing from past pain and evolving. I used to have this fear of getting to 30 and never accomplishing anything and feeling like a loser, but now I’m ready to conquer any challenges and reach my goals. It’s never too late to reach your goals or do something in life. Before I know it, my babies will be grown with their own families, and I will be settling down to retire and enjoy the new generation that I have created.

These goals are my goals. If you are like me who doesn’t like making a New Year’s Resolution, I suggest writing your goals out for the whole year. I mean seriously, write them down. People who write their goal down are more likely to accomplish them than someone who doesn’t.

Prioritize your goals. Figure out which one is the most important. Mine below are in randomly order, but I do have a few that I want to accomplish within 6 months. Short term goals will help you get towards your long term goals. I’m no longer looking at 2014 and the ups and downs I had. I’m just looking forward to another year of lessons, love, and happiness. ✌

2015 Goals

  1.  Driver’s License ! I need to just seriously get the damn thing already. I know how to drive. I just hate doctors. Time for a check up!
  2. I have stupid stuff on my credit report like hospital bills and a small utility bill from 3 yrs ago and I will be paying them off. School loans are paid so the money should go towards something else.
  3. Buy my first car! I have my eye on a specific mini van. With 4 kids and the possibility of growing our family I should just invest in a mini bus. LOL
  4. Back to school? I’ve been playing with the idea of going back and I’m doing my research before I jump back into a bulk of loans again. :/
  5. Eat better . Both my husband and I agreed to make some changes to our diet. I had an allergic reaction the other day after eating shrimp. Best believe after the first time of having my throat swell up is when I was 13 and ate mangoes and almost died. Lesson Learned. Don’t f*uck with that shit. We are gathering some tools and material to try Dr. Sebi’s Alkaline Food list and come up with fun recipes with the kids. I plan on sharing my experience with you guys.
  6. Be more creative and vulnerable with the blog. Make mistakes and learn what keeps my bliss flowing.  I want to share some awesome tips about being a mom. But being a mom means multiple things and it wouldn’t make any sense if I didn’t share my personal experiences.
  7. Get Active. Join a gym, do a workout video, I will do something to lose this belly fat and feel good about myself.
  8. Kids have no toys until Spring time. Find crafts and other activities for them to do. Winter time is too cold for them to be outside with their asthma so I will find ways to keep them entertained.
  9. Stay opened minded and embrace all new experiences that come my way. I create my life and for 2015 I will feel proud, happy, abundant, and loved.
  10. Couponing! I will get back into couponing for household products to save money. Food is another issue beings we have food allergies and we switching our diet. I’ll figure that out as I go. But I did enjoy sharing the EBT deals in the past beings that we receive SNAP. I will share how I spend it to be healthy, allergy friend and save on necessities and beauty products. Plus some people are asking where are they at! :)
  11. Be more green! We recycle, but I want to try upcycling. It’s cool what you can create out of trash! Grow a herb garden.

These are my goals for 2015, but who knows what curve balls life throws at ya and I’m ready for it all. Plus, as I grow my goals and desires may change and I will update as I go. In the meantime, what would you like me to experiment with?! New recipe, DIY project, kids’ activities, or any other ideas leave them below! 

Happy 2015 ! :D

12-Day Holiday Challenge

West PA Pride is doing a Health Challenge for 12 days! It’s now already running, but you can still enter to win $25 everyday until December 24, 2014 plus you will be entered to win $400 Grand Prize!

Family Walks

 

My family loves to do daily walks around the neighborhood to stay healthy.

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Priscilla G. is showing her activity inspiration by doing a 10K Race in Pittsburgh!

Go to WestPAPride.com enter your name, email and upload an activity inspire photo to be entered!

Did you know? 15 minutes a day of exercise will add-on 3 yrs to your life?!

Show us your Western PA Spirit. Upload your activity-inspired photo to enter to win.

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