A Mother's Love

A mother's love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. (Anonymous)

Monday, February 18, 2013

What Is A Mom Made Of? Sugar & Spice and everything nice...

Being a mom of four is a life full of adventure and enjoyment for me. Yes, I have my ups and downs, but I've learned to laugh at myself and have patience among other things.  I'm reminded frequently not take things so serious all the time and often catch a glimpse of how the world looks through the eyes of my children. Being able to enjoy those little moments as they come at me, is what makes being a mom so worth it. I've been feeling truly blessed this way over these 3 past years that I've been able to work from home around them. I've realized how much I enjoy being with them more and that I don't want to let so many of those little moments slip through my fingers anymore. Those moments do pass all too quickly and I know I can never get them back.
 
I love knowing that I'm able to enjoy more special family time and giggles with my kiddos and have more memories of it. I'm there for my older two girls when they really need me most as they start to go through all those changes and near closer to the tweens and teen years. Yes, those years are coming and I'm wondering If I'll be prepared. For my three year old boy/girl twins, it's been so enjoyable for me to watch them grow and learn, and to teach them fun things. Enjoying the simple things with them like a funny little nursery rhyme. Here's one I always liked:


 
 
 
 
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
and everything nice,
That's what little girls are made of.
 

 
 
What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
 
 
 
So what happens to little girls who grow up to be moms? Are we still sugar and spice? I guess that depends on the mom. Being a mom is definitely a tough and often times thankless job. Yet, it can be so rewarding at the same time. Being a mom to me means that when I pull off the couch cushions to vacuum up the hidden crumbs, my kids see a hidden trampoline and pillow fort. Not something I'm ever excited about when I'm envisioning a broken couch. It means that when I move the table and chairs to sweep and mop they quickly form a Choo-Choo train and hop aboard. It means that usually after I finally do get the vacuuming done, the house picked up and bathrooms cleaned that I may find some new treasures behind me. Like a trickle of polly pocket pieces down the hall , a little box of nerds candy spilled and rolling off the table onto the floor or the bag of legos dumped out again. Whatever it may be I usually know I can expect it. That, I say, is when I'm full of a little spice and maybe not so nice. I usually have to get after them, especially my 3 year old twins and make them clean up again but it is  how they learn. However, what I do cherish from it is the presence of their radiant little spirits full of endless giggles, big smiles, piles of hugs and kisses they give me. I think those little tokens of appreciation I have for them is what fills me up with sweetness, and goodness, and everything nice. So I guess I would say as a mom I'm my own perfect mixture of sugar and niceness with a pinch of spice from time to time!  Their daddy on the other hand...well, let's just say  he has his own special blend of snails and puppy dog tails too!
 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

WHAT'S REALLY INSIDE A CARMEL FRAPPUCINO

 

Reading a nutrition label these days isn't good enough anymore. These days many consumable products are stuffed with "fillers" which in the food industry means they are beefed or bulked up with low or non-nutritional ingredients that are cheap. That means more money in thier pocket.  Take a Starbucks Blended Carmel Frappucino for instance. Yes, you can easily discover that a 20 ounce cup is loaded with 510 calories, 17g of fat, 84g of carbs, 81g of sugar, and 6g of protein. However, what you should be even more aware of is HOW all that "stuff" that goes into it can reek havoc on your body. What are the "fillers" right?  Well, there are 5 listed ingredients used by Starbucks to make a Blended Carmel Frappucino: frappuciono mix, caramel sauce, caramel syrup, whipped cream, and sugar. Simple enough right? Wrong! Let's just see what really goes into that 20 ounce cup. This is going to look scary, but keep your eyes open and educate yourself a little.

1. FRAPPUCCINO MIX:
This special concoction contains sugar, water, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate, citric acid (don't be fooled—this citrus flavor is made almost exclusively from genetically modified corn), caramel color (more on this below), and xantham gum (a thickening agent). Caffeine's in there too (about 130mg). The good news: Coffee is the number-one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet. It has 300 percent more disease-fighting antioxidants than black tea and 3,333 percent more than an apple! Despite all these health perks, coffee may still be the heaviest chemically-treated food commodity in the world. Buying organic coffee reduces the use of harmful synthetic fertilizers and aids in keeping our water supply clean, but unfortunately this frappe is not made with the organic stuff. For some reason, Starbucks stopped offering organic as an option.*

2. CARAMEL SAUCE:
 If you've ever made caramel from scratch, you know that it's comprised of only three ingredients: heavy whipping cream, butter, and sugar. But that's too expensive to mass produce. It's a lot cheaper to make a sweeter, gooier sauce with corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, butter, cream, water, nonfat dry milk, natural flavor, mono- and di-glycerides, potassium sorbate, soy lecithin, and sodium bicarbonate. The key item to be wary of here, besides high-fructose corn syrup (one of the leading causes of America's obesity epidemic), is the food additives called mono- and di-glycerides, which are labeled emulsifiers but are really trans-fatty acids (usually labeled under lipids, aka, fats) in disguise. This semantics loophole allows food that contains these acids — associated with heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes — to be marketed as having “0% trans fat.” Super sneaky!*

3. CARAMEL SYRUP:
Surprise, surprise, here's more sugar — plus water, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate, citric acid (more corn!), and caramel color. Now this coloring thing isn't just your typical dye. The browning agent contains 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, two contaminants also found in beer and, the worst offender of all, cola. This criminal coloring agent has been linked to lung, liver, and thyroid cancer. *

4. WHIPPED CREAM:
 Looks white, right? There's actually caramel coloring in there, as well as heavy whipping cream and vanilla syrup, which itself is made up of sugar, water, natural flavors, potassium sorbate and citric acid (Can you say, corn-fest?). To top it off, this dollop of whipped cream is responsible for more than 25% of the total calories in this drink. 5. SUGAR: Sweet doesn't even begin to describe this drink. With 81 grams of sugar, drinking one Starbuck's Blended Caramel Frappuccino will give you the same amount of sugar as if you had eaten: one full size Kit Kat bar (22g), one full-size bag of Peanut M&M's (25g), one full-size box of Milk Duds (27g), AND four Everlasting Gobstoppers (7g)! When is the last time you ate all of that candy in one sitting? Because refined sugar doesn't have any minerals of its own, when the body tries to process it, it actually robs the essential micronutrients already in your body in order to be digested. Also, sugar competes with vitamin C for receptor site entry into your cells, which means that it blocks the pathway for the C to boost your immune system. It also inhibits the absorption of calcium and magnesium, as well as promotes addiction, which is why you most likely feel unsatisfied after you've slurped the last sip.*
*(Source: Mira and Jayson Calton "Rich Food, Poor Food" ~Top Experts Study)

That's a pretty long description for just 5 listed ingredients don't you think? I don't know about you, but some of those big words like "methylimidazole" and "sodium bicarrbonate" sound synthetic to me like a lot of other consumable products in our world. Yet, what really clicks in my head is when I see words like "linked to lung, liver, and thyroid cancer".  That's an attention grabber to me!  It makes me want zone in on what I just read so as to avoid it all together! How about that description for listed ingredient #5 SUGAR!?! How many of us out there actually know that drinking just one 20 ounce cup of Starbucks Blended Carmel Frappucino has a sugar equivalent to eating a Kit Kat bar, bag of Peanut M&M's, box of Milk Duds, and 4 Everlasting Gobstoppers! I think a lot of people would say No Thank You! That's just one drink!

What about everything else we see advertised out there! What kinds of things are you eating, drinking or exposing your family to on an on-going daily basis that could be jeopardizing the overall health of your family? If anything I hope this little article here gets you thinking. Why not make the decision to become and educated consumer and make better choices for you and your family before you buy. I honestly can't answer why I wouldn't.  I don't see it as a waste of my time to learn the difference.  I've been learning more and more about how to be a healthier person since I started my own home business 2 years ago. I feel like a better mom by becoming more and more aware of how to make healthier and safer choices for me and my family. So my challenge to you is to make a change today and become a conscious consumer! Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my article and allowing me share a tid-bit of healthy knowledge with you.  If you're interested in learn more, then I'd love to introduce you to a better way! Stay healthy and live a life of quality :)   01 02 18

Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

3 Suprising Reasons To Give Up Soda!


I came across an article about why you should give up soda! I was shocked to see words like: "flame retardant chemical" in Mountain Dew,digestive track damage,accelerated aging,memory loss, and nerve damage!  Makes you want just drink up now doesn't it!? I've never been much of a pop drinker and I'm so  glad I switched stores to safer healthier products a long time ago! Here's 3 Suprising Reasons Why YOU should give up soda:

"By now, it's probably fair to say that most Americans know soda isn't a health-promoting drink. Over the years, the carbonated beverage has been blamed for the obesity epidemic and rising healthcare costs. Some public health experts have even called for a soda tax to help deter people from drinking so much of it. While love handles and diabetes are obvious problems associated with soda, drinking the sweet carbonated beverages harbors hidden threats, too." ~rodale.com

1. It causes invisible fat buildup around your organs.In the latest bad news for the soda industry, Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in dangerous hidden fats. In the study, researchers asked participants to drink either soda sweetened with 50 percent glucose and 50 fructose (table sugar, the soda sweetener of choice in Denmark), milk containing the same amount of calories as the regular soda, diet cola, or water every day for six months.
In America, many sodas are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup that has been shown to cause even worse fat buildup. Avoid turning to diet soda as a healthy alternative. Artificial sweeteners and food dyes have been linked to brain cell damage and hyperactivity; people who drink diet soda are also more prone to developing diabetes.

2. Some contain toxic flame retardants.Some popular soda brands, including Mountain Dew, use a toxic flame retardant chemical ingredient to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. Brominated vegetable oil, also sometimes listed as BVO on soda and sports drink, can cause bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions and memory loss, as well as nerve disorders

3. You're taking part in the biggest science experiment on the planet.Many soda brands on the market in America today are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, a heart-harming man-made compound derived mainly from genetically engineered (GE) corn. GE technology was only introduced into our food chain in the 1990s. We don't know the long-term health impacts of their use because the corporations that developed the crops never had to test to make sure it's safe over the long term. Other independent scientists are finding that GE crops are linked to digestive tract damage, accelerated aging, and even infertility.

SOURCE: http://www.rodale.com/soda-health-problems

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Creating Your "Time Freedom"

Are you working to live or living to work? It seems like such a tragedy that in today's fast-paced world most family relationships, the most important relationships we have, are the ones suffering! Suffering from the sacrifices we make to provide the income needed for our families. We need to remember the importance of spending quality time with our families in order to keep our social and inner wellness balanced and in harmony. 

This is a goal I'm personally working towards, which for me begins with staying dedicated and consistent with my home-based business.  My business to me represents "Time Freedom" and allows me to be there for my  children when they need me the most. I don't feel the gap of "missing out" on the important moments because I can work my business hours flexibly around them. Does it mean I work when I feel like it? Absolutely not! One of the first things I realized is that I had to change my current "habits" into daily successful patterns of consistence that make my business productive.   I do this by continually developing my business and creating stronger and reliable residual income that I can rely on for the present and the future. Knowing that what I'm doing today and everyday will help put my kids through college and create a secure retirement plan for my husband and I is what keeps me in the game.  Keeping a work space organized, a schedule in my calendar, following up with my contacts, and staying plugged into team training calls are examples of  "healthy habits" I have developed. It iss what helps me drive my business forward and keeps my motivation strong. I encourage anyone out there struggling to find their balance to take the time to learn what "Time Freedom" can mean for you. You have to choice to make the commitment to change your daily habits into "healthy habits" which will lead to the path of a happy, peaceful, and balanced you.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Did You Know Brain Weight Starts To Deteriorate Significantly At Age 45?!?

I never would have guess I'd have to start worrying about my brain shrinking when I hit my forties, but a recent article caught my eyes and this is what I learned! The human brain develops quickly and quadruples in size during the first three years of life.  It maxes out at 3 lbs by the age of 20.  But then by around age 45 is starts to significantly deteriorate, decreasing by an average of 11% from its weight in early adulthood.  The shrinkage mostly affects the forebrain region that is responsible for your personality, memory, and cognitive function.  Researchers now believe that the brain shrinkage can help predict Alzheimer's disease years before it can be diagnosed!  Alzheimer's disease causes brain cells to shrink or disappear causing dense spots know as plaque.  The good news is that thanks to MRI imaging Doctors can detect this shrinkage up to 10 years before one starts to show signs of Alzheimer's.  The amazing thing is that recent studies have shown that OMEGA-3 supplementation can HALT or PREVENT this brain shrinkage!

A couple studies where done on Brain Boosting abilities of Omega-3s.  The first study found "a significant positive association between fish oil supplement use and average brain volumes in two critical areas utilized in memory and thinking".  [ Source:"Rhode Island Hospital Study Identifies Fish Oil's Impact on Cognition and Brain Structure," Lori Daiello, Brain Ott, Assawin Gongvatana, et al, Rhode Island Hospital's Alzheimer's Disease and Meory Disorders Center. Sept. 1, 2011].
The second study concluded that people with diets high in omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to have brain shrinkage.   Gene Bowman who conducted the study said, "It is very exciting to think that people could potentially stop their brains from shrinking and keep them sharp by adjusting their diet". [Source:"Nutrient bimarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI Measures of brain aging" G.L. Bowman, L.C. Silbert, et al., Neurology January 24, 2012 vol.78. p. 241-249]

So what can we do to gain the best benefits from Omega-3s? Well you could add more seafood to your diet unless your not a fan of fish. But that can be pretty tough to do because in order to get the average daily dose of 1000 mg as a healthy adult, you would have to eat four to seven servings of cod, about four servings of shrimp, or one to two servings of salmon.  Plus adding large amounts of seafood to your diet also means increasing your risk of ingesting contaminants such as mercury and chemical toxins.  Uhhh....no thank you!   Not to worry though because the best way to get it is by taking fish oil supplements.  However, not all supplements are not created equal.  You need to make sure to read the label and follow three easy steps!  Look to ensure the label meets these critical criteria:

1. Source: Natural fish oil with highest concentration of omega-3s coming from wild-caught fish in deep, cold waters. You also want to choose fish with shorter lifespans, so they are far less likely to accumulate toxins.

2. Purity:  Just because it's a pill doesn't mean it's pure.  Look for a supplement that is molecularly distilled by water microdistillation without chemicals or excessive temperatures.

3. DHA & EPA levels: The higher the levels the more beneficial they are. For overall health benefits, look for fish oil with a 2:1 balance of DHA:EPA.


I hope you find this information useful!  I was so inspired by it given the fact that my family recently when through the devastation of loosing my grandma to Alzheimer's Disease a year and a half ago.  I hope to never go through it again.  My goal is to get my family members to seriously consider adding fish oil supplements to their daily diets being that it's in the family genes. I'm also hoping to do my part to spread the awareness of the benefits of Omega-3 by sharing this article with as many interested people out there as possible! So please I encourage you to "share" my article with your friends and spread the word! 

The best part I want to tell you is that you don't even have to do your homework by looking for the 3 critical criteria I listed above.  Why? Because MELALEUCA, The Health & Wellness Company that I work from home for has already had their amazing researchers do it for me.  That's right!  It's called "Vitality COLDWATER OMEGA-3".  It supports brain, eye, and heart health. It has all the benefits without the contaminants.  If you'd like to try out this products among a selection almost 400 other health and wellness products at a discounted price then I'm the person to talk to! 

[Sources for this article comes from Melaleuca The Wellness Company, "A Sharper Brain Starts With A Little Oil", May 2012 Specials flyer insert]

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Success Is Acquired Through Habit

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In an ongoing effort to remain consistent with my home business and be successful I read up on a little booklet called "The Common Denominator of Success" ~by Albert E.N. Gray  It is a common book that is shared among Insurance Agents that work out in the fields on a daily basis.  They have to develop skills of prospecting for new clients, calling them, selling to them, and having good working habits.  I think that for me ,as a business owner, it is just as essential to understand some of those same primary functions that will help me to sustain my business and ultimately enhance the lives of others by helping them reach thier goals too.

"Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit"

That is the quote that stuck out in my mind when I read over this booklet.
What I learned from it is that we all form habits and those habits are what ultimately form our futures. So, if you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconciously you will form bad ones.  You are the kind of person you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of person, and the only way you can change is through habit.

However, before you decided to start changing your habits in an attempt in improving yourself overnight you first need to understand that you won't form a habit that you will keep unless you link it with a definite purpose that can be accomplished by keeping it.  So in other words any decisions you make today have to be made again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next, and so forth.   You have to be consistent and continually work at it.  You want it to become a habit that you don't have to keep deciding to make everyday.  That's when you will realize you've become a different person and your goals are more attainable.  As I tell every team member I have: "consistency is key".

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