Sneaky Veggies

You can’t deny that diet is a very important piece of the health puzzle, and most people recognize that fresh produce, especially vegetables, contribute to a healthy diet. Yet, the majority of our diets are still lacking these foundational foods. Why?

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The Bleb

I admit.. I’ve been pretty lucky in regards to breastfeeding. I never struggled beyond the initial adjustment of figuring out proper latch, I’ve always had abundant supply, and never experienced the extreme pain, bleeding or cracking that some women have mentioned. After my daughter turned one, I assumed I was “home-free” and nursing would be smooth sailing from then until she weaned.

You know what they say about assuming, right?

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Don’t Feed The Trolls

I follow a lot of pages on Facebook. Mostly health related stuff, but also a lot of mommy and parenthood information, as well. Oftentimes I will see a page comment on the “trolls”, usually in jest. From context clues, I gathered that trolls are people who visit pages or blogs in order to argue, play devils’ advocate, or just plain try to make the other person look ridiculous or break their spirit. However, it wasn’t until I touched on this whole measles/vaccine issue that I got to experience my own, personal troll. (Apparently breastfeeding doesn’t warrant high enough on the controversy scale, lol!)

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Measles 101

Originally, I wasn’t going to even touch this subject with a ten-foot pole. With the new measles outbreak, it seems like you can’t spend five seconds online without hitting a blog, article, or meme dealing with the measles, and subsequently, vaccines. Alas, apparently I am a masochist. What I have to say isn’t anything new – it’s all been said before. But before you panic or point your finger at the “anti-vaxxers”, there are some things you should know.

{Update: There are a couple pretty awful comments on this blog. Read about why I approved their postings on my Troll blog}

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But Barnabas Took Him

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.” Acts 9:27, KJV

Such a simple verse. A verse I probably would have read right over if not for a gifted pastor and a Sunday service that spoke right into my heart, so much so that I felt the desire to pass it on.

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Birth.. Naturally

Recently I made my very first meme. It wasn’t original by any means, but I was proud of it nonetheless. However, after posting it, I immediately did that thing where I second-guess myself and wonder how people could possibly take it the wrong way. Believe it or not, my posts are meant to encourage and support, not tear down or make others feel bad. Yet, I’ve found we feel so strongly about our own decisions, instead of seeing someone else’s for what it is, we immediately want to take offense. (Think to the whole “curvy is great, be who you are” campaign that backfired – meant to help bigger, curvy women embrace themselves for who they were, yet caused skinny women to retaliate.) As this is a blog, and my own personal thoughts, I feel like I am perfectly entitled to post my meme based on my own personal experiences. Maybe other women who birthed as I did can relate.

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My First Birth

Our first experience with birth comes with so many emotions: excitement, anticipation, anxiety, joy, fear of the unknown.

I remember laying in bed wondering, “When will it happen? Will today be the day? Any time now!”

I remember the false-calls, the adrenaline of thinking you were about ready to rush to the hospital.. but no, labor had not yet come.

To be waiting, anxious, never knowing when that phone would ring…

Oh. Did I forget to mention? My first birth…. was not my own.

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub, I Love My Scrub!

Happy 2015!!

There’s nothing like putting up a new calendar, full of empty white boxes, so full of promise and expectations, to make you evaluate your life and your goals. If one of your resolutions for the new year was to lose weight or eat healthier, you are one of many (myself included!). But what to do with that giant bag of sugar sitting in your cupboard, if not to make cookies?! Why, use it to make a sugar scrub, of course!

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Fluoride Series Conclusion

I’ve previously introduced the concept of water fluoridation from a completely different perspective, as well as talked about six different aspects of fluoridation that I think are very important to contemplate. But I felt like I couldn’t quite finish this series without my own personal musings, so for those of you interested in a conclusion, here it is.

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