I often get asked on Instagram or via email how I decide what to hang on my walls, where to hang it, and where I find it. So I thought today I would share some of my favorite ways to decorate and style our walls, the cardinal rule I follow, and where I source some of my favorite things to include on our walls.Read More
Sometimes I feel like my whole life is ruled by my autoimmune disease. I can wake up and tell if I’m going to have a good or bad day as far as symptoms go. Sometimes that wakeup happens at 4:30 am, because my joint pain and insomnia are major struggles. Sometimes I can wake up feeling ok but then my reaction to a daily stressor is not “normal” and can send me into an anxiety spiral and even an anxiety attack. I haven’t felt like myself or like a healthy late-30’s person for 2 1/2+ years. I’ve been to doctors (“depression” “age” “stress”…). I’ve had my thyroid tested (“within normal range”). I’ve changed my diet. I’ve taken medications and supplements and made lifestyle changes. And while some of those things have been been like a bandage, giving me temporary relief, it has never truly gone away. So I’ve been trying and trying and trying to get to the root of my autoimmune symptoms. And I wanted to share what I’ve learned and some suspicions that I have regarding their root cause.
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As a health-conscious mom, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate organic living into our everyday. But I’m also a practical mom who is busy, has lots of things on my plate, and is on a budget. So I’ve gotten creative when finding ways to do clean living in our daily lives without making my job harder or busting our budget. And it is easier than you would think! Since September is National Organic Month I’ve teamed up with Honest Tea and Kroger to share some ways that we incorporate organic living into our everyday that work for me.Read More
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About 6 weeks ago, after a lot of begging for a pet from our kids, we adopted two kittens. I needed a pet that was on the low maintenance end of the pet spectrum but I knew my kids wanted something cuddly. Adopting a kitten was the perfect match for our needs. And the week before we went to pick up our new kitten we decided to adopt two. So in mid-July we brought home two grey kittens, a brother and sister duo we named Dusty and Pearl.
The kittens had been living in a barn and hadn’t spent a ton of time around people, so they were skittish at first. But after a week or two they slowly started to warm to us. The boys all love them so much and wanted to hold them 24/7. Calvin wanted to be with them constantly and Quincy didn’t know how to be gentle yet. But it wasn’t long before we were all one big happy family.
After a couple of weeks we started to find our stride with our new little furry family members. They made us all laugh and smile and brought joy to our family. Charlie took on a bit of responsibility, as he helps me feed them each day. Calvin was so happy because he had been asking for a kitty for a good year since we moved. And Quincy learned how to be gentle and to restrain himself a bit, since he loved them so much he wanted to squeeze them. Dusty and Pearl complemented our family’s needs perfectly and filled that pet void without adding to the burden or chaos that a family of five already has.
Choosing to get two kittens was such a great idea and I highly recommend it for anyone thinking of adopting a cat. They had each other two play and snuggle with in the early days and still play and cuddle with each other all the time. They learn for each other, wrestle and chase each other, and keep each other from getting lonely when we’re sleeping or if we’re gone for the weekend or the day. They also have very different personalities. Dusty is very curious and playful but has such a sweet disposition. Pearl is more cuddly but likes her alone time too — she is still a bit shy and skittish. These two different personalities fit the different needs of our family. Sometimes we want to play with the kitties and sometimes we want to cuddle up together. Dusty and Pearl are always happy to accommodate.
Truth be told, I am a cat lover and always have been. I’ve wanted a family cat for a while, but my husband is allergic. But our kids begged and begged and he finally agreed. So while the cats are loved by our kids, I love them just as much. When everyone is in bed they curl up on my lap while I’m watching TV or working on the couch. They are the sweetest (and quietest!) little sidekicks and bring peace and calm to my days that can sometimes be chaotic and overwhelming as a mom of three boys. They are so well behaved, take very little effort to care for, and complement our lifestyle so well. And my husband has fallen in love with them too. Luckily, since we got them as kittens, he has adapted to them pretty quickly and his allergies haven’t been a problem at all. I also vacuum our floors daily, which probably helps too.
Some of our kitties’ favorite things: cuddling on our grey blanket (they love to suckle it and fall asleep), little toys that have feathers and bells and mice toys with long string tails, sleeping in their bumper bed, and eating Purina Fancy Feast® food. Their favorites are the Purina Fancy Feast® Gourmet Naturals dry food, Broths, Natural Tuna Filets. They like to have the dry food regularly, and I like how easy it is for my son to help me feed them. But sometimes I will give them the Broths or Filets to give them a special treat — the kitty version of fine dining.
The Broths make a great between meals snack. I just put one in a bowl and both kitties take turns and share the snack. With the Filets you can either serve whole, flaked, or add it to the cat’s dry food for a complete meal. I usually add it to the dry food, which is the way they seem to like it best as well.
We get our cat food supplies at our local PetSmart. I love how I can find anything we need for our pets all in one place and they are always well stocked with Dusty and Pearl’s favorite Purina Fancy Feast® flavors. And their customer service is fantastic — there is always someone around to assist me in finding something or to answer a question. It is an enjoyable shopping experience from start to finish.
Beginning on 9/5, you can earn cash back when you buy any two (2) Purely Fancy Feast® Filets, for a limited time. So now is the perfect time to stock up at PetSmart and spoil your own kitty with Fancy Feast® Filets and Broths.
We sure do love how these kitties of ours have complemented our family and we only hope they feel as spoiled and loved by us as much as we are by them.
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I haven’t shared much about my health since I spilled my guts (pun intended) about my Hashimoto’s struggle. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing the work behind the scenes. I’ve been on the road to understanding and recovery, doing research on root causes of Hashimoto’s and how to help heal my body with food and lifestyle changes. I’ve been making changes to help aid my overall mental and physical health. This is not just related to my autoimmune and thyroid issues. I still take medicine for my thyroid, but I have stopped believing that the Hashimoto’s is with me forever and started being proactive in order to take charge of my health. I needed to make major dietary and lifestyle changes in order to support my gut and overall wellness. I needed to reduce my stress and find ways to better cope with it (and meditation has been HUGE for me).Read More
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Now that school is back in session and activities and hectic schedules are back in full swing, I’m looking for ways to simplify things as much as possible. I’m back to meal planning and preparing things ahead of time. The instant pot has been put back into rotation. Evenings are the toughest — with meals, homework, activities, and bath and bedtime routines for three kids of different ages and stages. My older sons are now taking showers instead of baths but my youngest still takes a bath, and usually needs one daily. So anything that simplifies that bath and bedtime routine is a lifesaver for me. Read More