Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A half hidden dose of greens

I am a very blessed lady as my family LOVES their vegetables! But I know lots of Mamas out there have a hard time getting their little ones (or their hubbies for that matter!) to eat "rabbit food" as my husband jokingly calls it.

Never has there been a better time of year then around St. Patrick's day to sneak in some greens to everyday favorites and use the holiday as an excuse. Just tell them its a secret ingredient from the Leprechaun's! :)

  • Add frozen chopped spinach to dumplings or biscuits. Adding a couple teaspoons of Parmesan cheese takes the edge off any "green" taste they might notice.
  • Add grated zucchini to cupcakes, muffins, or cakes.
  • Steam and chop up kale, radish, or mustard greens and add to soups, rice, or other grains.
  • Consider brussel sprouts instead of the traditional cabbage with your corned beef. They have a sweeter taste when cooked with carrots and onions, and a higher nutritional value.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Are you unknowingly using formaldehyde?

Those of you that know me personally, especially those of you with children, have heard my soap box preach about a particular baby product company who use formaldehyde releasing chemicals in their products. It actually makes me sick when I know someone is using them on their innocent little one.

Melaleuca Launch held their annual Launch gathering in January. One of our team members in Ohio shared about one of the presenters who was a doctor and his comment that they all laughed at but it is no laughing matter -- his comment was "since formaldehyde is a carcinogen, it does not make sense that people are rubbing it all over their bodies" and this occurs when they shower, shampoo, put lotion on, put their make-up on, and brush their teeth. Personal care products are the most used, needed and replaced products in the home. Not only do we use them once a day in the morning but often times we use them again throughout the day and in the evening, creating more of a risk for certain cancers.

Melaleuca offers you EVERYTHING by way of personal care products, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, lotions, mouthwash, deodorant, cosmetics. They do not use cheap preservatives in any of their personal care products. WHY? Because they do not have to use cheap preservatives to provide a long shelf life. They are able to keep track of their loyal customers allowing them to keep accurate inventory records. Your fresh products come to you within two weeks of manufacturing them right here in the USA.

I wanted to know more about what types of cancer formaldehyde may cause which are several, including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia. Here is a link below from the National Cancer Institute with more information.

Here are trade names that manufacturers use for formaldehyde. There are over 30 of them. Makes one think that they are trying to cover-up its dangers?

Formaldehyde is a highly toxic substance and one of the most common indoor air pollutants. It is an irritant to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs and may cause a wide variety of reactions, including skin reactions, ear infections, headaches, depression, joint pain, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, sleep disturbances, and many more. How many of these names would you have recognized as formaldehyde? Manufactures can legally use over 30 different trade names for this chemical, including:

Quaternium-15 (formaldehyde releasing agent)
Methyl Aldehyde
Methylene Oxide
Methylene Glycol
Formalin 40
Formic Aldehyde

*denotes trade name

Saturday, March 3, 2012

When all else fails....

... just write! :)

After a month of forgetting to write on Mondays (I only have the holidays to blame!), I set my homepage to my blog so I would have no excuse not to give new information to my readers. But each week, my mind could not conjure up a topic to discuss that would intrigue you all! But here it is March now and I still haven't written. What to say, what to say?

Aside from chaos ensuing with Mikayla who is now 4 months old, my four year old has suddenly realized she isn't getting the attention she once was. I can't complain because she could be a lot worse, but there are days I wish I had a maid so I could lavish my love on her even more then I am able now. My doctor has informed me that I am in fact dealing with mild post partum depression in the form of urgent frustration and feeling overwhelmed. I wouldn't doubt it: being a mom of two is a totally different level of motherhood. I have been taking Melaleuca's st John's wort supplements and they seem to be helping with calming down my frustration. Now I am on the hunt for ideas of things I can do with both girls and additional ideas on ways to help make Brylie, my four year old, even more involved with her sissy and helping mommy.

How have you dealt with Post partum depression? How have you gotten your older child more involved with your younger child? Did you take supplements or prescription drugs to help chemically with PPD?