Jun
17

We don’t keep secrets in our family, but we can keep surprises.

Secrets are usually something bad that can hurt someone, while surprises are something good, such as a present!

Along with that, I’ve taught my children that if any adults ever say to them, “Don’t tell your Mom (or Dad) about this,” that it’s VERY important they tell me right away and I will never be mad at them for doing so. Grown ups only say that if they did something wrong, but when it comes to the safety of my children, I need to know about it. Adults should not be forming secrets with children, period. It’s not healthy for the kids and it sets up a bad power dynamic between the adult and the child. Feeling the pressure of keeping a secret for an adult can create unneeded stress and anxiety for children.

The same goes true the other way – babysitters and teachers should never say to a child “I won’t tell your Mom (or Dad) about this” in order to cover up for the child. I know sometimes people are tempted to do this. The child might plead, “Please don’t tell my mom or dad.” Or the adult might use it as leverage, “I won’t tell your parents about this IF… ” which is also unfair to the child.

Kids make mistakes. Adults make mistakes. But when we keep them secret, they can become shameful, embarrassing and can even be hurtful when they come out later.

 

Jun
16

We visited the Zweber Farm (part of Organic Valley) a couple years ago and had a great time. Experiencing an organic farm first hand had a big impact on me and my children, especially helping us better understand the differences between conventional and organic dairy foods. We became big “Organic Valley” fans (and customers) from that day on!

Organic Valley is hosting its annual Farm Discovery tour this month – a great opportunity for you and your family to tour a local organic farm, learn about where your food comes from, eat organic food and participate in interactive activities like butter making.

The free public event for the MN farm will be held Saturday, June 27, and you can register for a tour near you on their website. Visit this page to find Organic Valley farms across the country to see where they have farms near you.

 

Jun
06

Disclosure: This blog post outlines details from a Mylan Blogger Summit I attended in May 2015. Mylan (the pharma company that makes EpiPens) paid for my travel expenses and for my Disneyland Resort park ticket in exchange for my evaluation and feedback on information presented during the meeting. All comments made by me about EpiPen (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector, Mylan, and/or the Mylan Blogger Summit are at my own discretion and based on my own opinions.

My love and drive to keep my daughter safe from her multiple, severe food allergies motivates me to learn as much as I can about anaphylaxis.

As a food allergy parent and advocate (see food allergy posts here), I occasionally have the opportunity to partner with various companies to help increase awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Those of you who know me understand that I’m very cautious about these types of relationships and am very careful to make sure that the relationships are mutually beneficial. By this, I mean that I’m not willing to simply be a “mouthpiece” for a company in exchange for a free meal or, in this case, a free trip. There needs to be something compelling that will either help me to be a better parent/manage my daughter’s food allergies and/or allows me to help other families as an advocate.

I’ve been invited to attend multiple blogger events hosted by Mylan over the past few years. I’ve been able to attend one a few years ago in New York and, most recently, one in California last month. They definitely make these events worth my while because they give me the ability to:

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May
31

These goofballs visited me in the hospital a couple of times while I was waiting for surgery.

It was last Monday night, Memorial Day actually, and I had just laid down on the couch with a sigh after putting away the last of laundry, cleaning up the kitchen, wiping down counters and getting the kids ready for bed. A typical weeknight scene around here. But then something weird happened.

The upper part of my stomach, right up near my chest started cramping up.

I was dizzy.

Nausea hit me so hard I ran for the bathroom.

And then cold sweats, so hot and cold at the same time that I started stripping off all my clothes because I couldn’t decide what temperature I was. I found my way to bed and lay down, breathing rapidly and was slightly disoriented. Something was wrong. I knew it wasn’t normal. I was worried.

My mind raced, thinking about what could possibly be happening. And then it hit me… I grabbed my phone and looked up “heart attack symptoms for women” because I remembered learning they are “different for women than they are for men” and that many women don’t recognize the signs in themselves. Here’s what I found from American Heart Association:

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May
25
Disclosure: We received media passes to visit the Space Exhibit and the Journey to Space movie at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This is a special exhibit that has a separate admission fee in addition to the general admission to the museum. The opinions and photos shared here are my own.
 

I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you how impressed I was by the new Space Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Jason and I brought our four children to visit (ages 7, 9, 13 and 16) and they all loved it! We also saw the Journey to Space movie in the OmniTheatre and were equally impressed.

One of the first things we noticed that was different is a GIANT space suit in the middle staircase of the museum. We were all amazed at how big it was (maybe 3 or 4 stories) and instantly wanted a selfie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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