Showing posts from March, 2017

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and the mother of a son who suffered abuse (by the hand of someone no longer in our lives), I know first hand how very important it is to spread/share Awareness, Resources, Information, and Support for Child Abuse (Prevention).

Long story, short; What happened to me was never addressed (until my early-mid twenties). No one ever reached out. I never got help, even once mental health treatment had began. It has only been the last 6 years or so that my mental health providers realized (even though I had already been diagnosed with PTSD), the abuse I suffered was as much a part of my struggle as living with my existing buddies, Bipolar 1 Disorder and Anxiety Disorder(s).  Fast forward to the last year and, I finally found a therapist that listened to everything I was saying, and explaining. Since, we have realized some of my symptoms previously blamed on Bipolar 1 Disorder, are actually symptoms of PTSD, and more importantly, Dissociative Disorder…

Are they really, "Good, Natural Ingredients"?

Companies spend a lot of time and money to make their products seem natural and safe for you and your family from heart-warming commercials to more natural-looking packaging. Tag lines like “Good, Natural Ingredients” sound great, but what does that really mean for you?
Unfortunately, you may be unaware of harmful ingredients and continue to be exposed to toxic ingredients in your personal care and home products. As a consumer, you need to be vigilant and make sure your products are not just marketed to sell as safe, but are formulated with the right ingredients so they are actually safe.
Reading label after label on your products, even so-called eco-friendly products, can make your head spin. It’s frustrating to know that many of the items in your house are marketed to make you think they are beneficial for you, when in fact they can make you and your family feel worse, not better. You might have even been living with annoyances like minor allergies and headaches for so long that it …

Shake up your Smoothie Routine!

Are you a smoothie/shake lover?
Do you use protein shake mixes?
If you answered yes to either, this post is perfect for you!Let's start with Protein Shake Mixes.
Not all shake mixes are created equally. Many are full of lab made ingredients, as well as a laundry list of ingredients we know to be harmful to our health.
From the Cleveland Clinic, "Whole foods vs. protein powder : You can meet your body’s daily protein requirements whether you drink shakes or eat only whole foods. However, they don’t offer equal nutrition.
What you may find surprising is that shakes generally contain fewer nutrients than whole foods. For that reason, shakes may help you lose weight, but whole foods can offer a bigger nutritional punch."
How to find a whole food protein shake mix?
Read ingredient labels and avoid stores like GNC. Talk to small, local, all natural health and/or grocery stores that have an understanding and knowledge about Protein products.
Good news for you; Juice Plus+ C…

Spring into Cleaning!

Learning about the amount of harmful chemicals in products you once trusted can be disheartening. It might even make you angry. Figuring out what to do next can be overwhelming. That's why we are here!
Go to to learn more.


"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eage…

DIY Whole Food Nutrition Face Mask

From the Juice Plus+ Blog: Some days you just need to take time just for you and pamper yourself. Personal spa days are great, but make it even better with this easy Juice Plus+ face mask! This DIY face mask is simple to make and takes minimal time to create. Check out the full list of ingredients and instructions below! Here’s what you’ll need: 2 Juice Plus+ capsules of the same blend1/4 cup Greek yogurtInstructions:
Open the Juice Plus+ capsules and mix into the Greek yogurt until smooth. Then, evenly rub this mixture onto your face. Leave this on for 10 minutes, and then wash off for smooth skin! Loved this DIY face mask and want another recipe to treat yourself? Check out our recipe for chia seed pudding—featuring our Complete French Vanilla mix and berries!

Happy & Healthy New Year: Part 3

(For those who do not follow my blog: when I refer to “my parts”, I am referring to my dissociative parts – I have Dissociative Disorder. Some background: I am diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Chronic G.I. Pain & Nausea (among other symptoms), Chronic Headaches & Migraines – and the list goes on. I am a 38 yr old single mother of an awesome, smart, almost-teenage boy that has Inattentive ADHD, Dyslexia, and Chronic G.I. Pain.)

Another month has flown by me. I keep wondering where does the time go?
Often, I get distracted and/or hyper-focused on a project, and next thing I know a whole day is gone.
This month I plan to work on being more mindful and present so as not to stray too far off my daily to-do’s.
As for the last month in regards to health (goals), things have been a bit of a roller coaster ride.
A sort of a re-cap of my February (moods): When the month began I was still struggling with depression symptoms. Within a we…