Monday, October 10, 2011

31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: Healthy Kiddos!

The most important job I have in my life is that of mommy:)
I adore my kids, and will do anything to make sure they are safe and healthy! 

90% of children do NOT get the nutrients they need from food!
That makes it crucial they take a supplement.
Not all supplements are created equal.
Most of the top selling brands contain artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Not to mention nasty fillers. Make sure that you buy your children NATURAL vitamins, NOT synthetic.
The artificial ingredients in some vitamins may be linked to ADHD!

I am partial to Incredivites:)
My kids LOVE them too!

They were taking popular cartoon character vitamins.
But I could never get them to take then with out complaining that they tasted bad.
I ordered the Shaklee Incredivites about 4 months ago, and they beg me to take them!
I even tried one myself;)
No aftertaste, no "vitamin" burps (sorry, gross!).
Since Gabe has started taking them, he has not had to be on an antibiotic once!!! (He was on X brand vitamins for years without such results).
He has only suffered one cold, which, for the first time EVER, did not result in an ear/eye infection:)

 Another important supplement I give to Gabe, are probiotics (at the recommendation of his pediatrician).
He has quite a few digestive issues, and these have helped him greatly!

Probiotics are especially helpful after children (and adults) have been on antibiotics.
They restore the good bacteria in the gut. Which is why most kids get diarrhea after a course of antibiotics...they have killed the good bacteria along with the bad:(

This next one is crucial to your kids health...

 This is my children's pediatrician's top recommendation.
Preferably in the form of organic milk...

But if they can't tolerate milk, or have allergies, there are other options.

You just have to make sure that whatever "milk" you chose is fortified with vitamin D, for calcium absorption. 
Ask your pediatrician to see how much calcium you child needs!

On a different note...

 I had some questions and emails about Vitalizer.

This is what the strip looks like.
 2 Caroto-E-Omega supplements (red)
2 Vita-Lea multivitamins (green)
1 B+C Complex (yellow)
1 Optiflora probiotic (small white)

I am doing an adult supplement post tomorrow...
So stay tuned;)

Have a super week!


31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: Another Healthy Yogurt Snack

I promise that I eat other things...
not just yogurt.
I created this recipe this morning and it was too good not to share:)

Banana Split Parfait

  • 1-6oz. container of vanilla Greek yogurt (I use Chobani)
  • 1/8 cup strawberries (I used frozen organic...I thawed them and chopped them in the blender with a little stevia)
  • 1/8 cup chopped, fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 of a banana, chopped
  • 4 walnut halves, chopped
  • 1 tsp of mini dark chocolate chips
Layer 1/3 of yogurt on the bottom of a small dish. Top with strawberries. Layer another 1/3 of the yogurt. Top with pineapple. (Looking at the picture, I did my pineapple whatever you like:)) Layer the rest of the yogurt. Top with banana, walnuts and chocolate. 



Saturday, October 8, 2011

31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: Adult Wellness

An important part of having a healthy family, is making sure that we take excellent care of ourselves.

I am going to share with you my top 5 must have wellness products.
These are the things I use every day to keep myself in optimal health.

1. Vitalizer Women. This is my multivitamin, omegas, B vitamins and probiotics...all sealed in one very convenient strip.  Once I started taking Vitalizer, I found my life changed! I wasn't tired in the middle of the day, and my energy level is ridiculous! If I forget to take it...I WILL know it by mid morning. Shaklee vitamins are actually the reason why I decided to become a distributor. I LOVE them that much:)

2. Organic Green Tea. It has boosted my immune system and metabolism. Green tea is also full of powerful antioxidants! It has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Right on!

3. Cinch Soy Protein. I suffer from Hemiplegic migraine, which means that when I am having a migraine, I have stroke symptoms...numbness, loss of vision, inability to speak and think clearly...SCARY stuff! Last year I started getting these migraines every month at the same time (hint, hint). I did a little research and found out that my migraines may be caused by a sharp drop in estrogen. I found that foods like soy, flax and nuts are high in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). So...I started loading up on non-GMO soy (this is VERY only non genetically modified soy) and flax. Chick peas (hence my hummus obsession) are also high in pytoestrogens. That is why I love Cinch...It's easy and FULL of non chemically washed, non-GMO soy! The next month, no migraine! I have not had one in 6 months!!! Another bonus: It helps with PMS symptoms:) ...Plus, it is also excellent for men's prostate health...just don't say anything about the estrogens;) 

4. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. This is one of the first antiseptics ever used. I'm talking Hippocrates type old. It had also been shown to help with fat loss, acid reflux, sinus infections, acne, allergies and arthritis!

5. WATER! I drink 80-100 oz. per day! Water helps flush toxins from our bodies, keeps our skin hydrated and is necessary for almost every body function. It will also keep you from feeling fatigued, hungry and grumpy as you make your way through the day.

I hope that you have found this advice helpful:)


31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: All You Need is Love

This is yesterday's post. My router broke last night:( But...I got a new one!!!

Today my advice is simple...

Tell your spouse, significant other, children, grandchildren... whomever you consider your family...
"I love you!"

And tell them every day.

Love is patient, love is kind. It it is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge it will be brought to nothing.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8


Thursday, October 6, 2011

31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: A Simple, Healthy Lunch

Today I am going to give you an idea for a kid-friendly, healthy lunch, made from leftovers.

I buy one or two organic chickens every week. I usually roast them using this recipe. We eat the chicken as a meal with a few sides, and use the leftovers for other meals. One of our favorites is this quick and easy chicken salad.

 I pull as much meat off the chicken as I can, and place it in a bowl.

To that, I add a little diced red onion, chopped celery, some dried cherries and  pecans, almonds or cashewsThen, I mix in some olive oil mayo. I prefer to use organic, because there are no artificial preservatives...
This time I used Hellman's Olive Oil Mayo.

 I had some lettuce leftover from a salad the previous night, so I added that to up the nutritional value.
I also use 100% whole wheat bread (organic) for more vitamins and fiber:)

 This apple slicer is becoming one of my most used kitchen utensils. It is a must have! Especially if you have kids:)

I add a few spoonfuls of vanilla yogurt sprinkled with some organic cinnamon, as dip for the apples.


A delicious lunch...
That was quicker, easier and  HEALTHIER than any mac and cheese;)
 I hope you are enjoying the series:)

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1

I am so excited!
We are finally remodeling our bathroom!!!
If you read my blog regularly, you are probably remembering that we have been in the process of looking for a new house.
That hasn't gone so well:(
After bidding wars and offers on 5 houses...
We have decided to wait.

In the meantime...
The house we have lived in for 11 years (wow!) needs some TLC.

We moved into our current home the day after we got married, 11 years ago. It is a rental owned by my parents.

Trust me, we never intended to live here for 11YEARS!
But, after Gabe was born, I was forced to quit my job and stay home with him. His health did not allow for him to be in daycare, and as he grew, it became apparent that there were more problems than we initially thought. Long story short...We made the decision that I would not go back to work full time.

So, we have stayed in our rental, hoping to one day be able to afford our own home.
Then, the housing market changed, and we found that we could afford our own home!
After much consideration...
and many awful home tours (we have a tight budget).
We have we want to build a house ourselves!

Now we have to wait.
Building you own home requires significantly more money down:( 
Until then, we are making this one more livable:)

On to the remod...

 The gorgeous vanity and sink...
Love the 70's modular style...haha!

It really is clean...
Just old.

We have had 3 tub surrounds on this shower/tub...
and fixed the drywall each time we replaced it...
Because of poor design, it ALWAYS leaked!

Rotten drywall and floor:(

This is the Be-u-ti-ful paneling that we painted over 11 years ago.
I know, the yellow isn't much better...
I will prove that my taste has definitely improved:)

Love demo. (or rather watching hot hubby demo;))

Rewiring the fan/light.

More electrical...

Drywall ceiling! No more PANELING!!

It works!

After day 3...

Here is a sneak peek of what's to come!

This is what it looks like this morning:)

 We (meaning my awesome husband) should be completely done by Sunday:)
I can't wait to share it with you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

31 Days to a Happy, Healthy Family: Take Care of Your Teeth

I have a thing for teeth.
The first thing I notice when I meet someone is their teeth. You can get a pretty good idea of someones overall health by studying their mouth.
(side note...of no importance to this post: I think I fell in love with my husband's teeth the first time I met him;))
I am not talking about how straight their teeth are either.
(Sorry this is gonna be gross!)
The main causes of bad teeth are...
Poor hygiene, poor nutrition, drug use and genetics.

I fall under the genetically bad teeth category...unfortunately...but my teeth do not look like the ones in the above picture!


I have cavities in every molar in my mouth!
But...I see my dentist regularly and have them filled:)
I also have my teeth cleaned twice per year, and a complete oral exam yearly.
This is extremely important!
Did you know that your dentist/hygienist can detect problems in your mouth that may be signs of oral cancer and heart disease?

The same goes for children!
They need to see a dentist twice a year starting when their teeth first come in.
My kiddos go to a pediatric dentist (whom we LOOOOVE).
This is especially crucial for my son, Gabe, because on top of his autism, he also has a genetic disorder that causes him to have cavity prone teeth (poor guy).
Here is our oral hygiene routine
  • Brush teeth at least twice per day (preferably after every meal), for at least 3 minutes.
  • Floss daily (sometimes I do it twice).
  • See our dentists 2 times per year.
This is my favorite toothpaste for the kids....
Since I have ultra sensitive teeth, due to all the dental work I have had done, I have to use a special sensitivity toothpaste I buy from my dentist. 

When was the last time your family saw the dentist?



Exploring the Upper Peninsula...and a Few Yummies

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