In the fall of 2013, when Natalie was having so much trouble sleeping, I confided in a few friends about the problem, and fortunately one of them had a wonderful suggestion. A local therapist had spoken at her moms’ group about brain development in childhood. One of the topics she touched on was neurofeedback as a therapy for ADHD and sleep issues, among other conditions. My bachelor’s degree is in psychology, so I was familiar with biofeedback, but not EEG biofeedback (aka neurofeedback), and I wasn’t aware that the technology had advanced enough to be used the way this therapist described.
Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut.”
When we started eating Paleo in August of 2013, it was to help Craig lose weight. A quick skim of the Internet, and it was easy to see the Crossfit and Paleo eating often go hand-in-hand. But I’m not really a “dogma” kind of person, and I really wanted to know the reasons for excluding some of the foods that I had thought were good for us up to that point, especially legumes. As I started digging, I came across other reasons one might decide to go Paleo. Read More
When we picked blueberries a few weeks ago, the first thing I really wanted to make was my old favorite Blueberry-Peach Cobbler from Cooking Light Magazine. I have had a Cooking Light subscription forever, and I have been making that cobbler for years. I love the combination of peaches and blueberries. It just simply tastes like summer to me. Read More
If you haven’t, you can click to read PART 1 of Natalie’s story.
See that beautiful bundle sweetly sleeping? That’s our Natalie at 6 days old. At first glance, she looks like any other newborn, but if you look a little closer, you can see the hospital bracelet on her jaundiced little wrist, the tag of her PICC line on her other arm, and the wire to her heart monitor running under her blanket. You see, in this photo, she is laying in her bed in the NICU of Children’s Mercy Hospital in downtown Kansas City fighting for her life.
The days and weeks after my dad’s death were all a big blur. I walked around in a fog. We all did. There were extenuating circumstances in my family that made grieving for my dad all the more difficult, and those circumstances caused all of us, but especially the kids, even more stress, pain and heartache.
But then, little by little, we all found our new normal and started to feel better. All of us except Natalie. Read More
This photo is of my girls (then, ages 8 and 5) staring at my Dad’s burial site. It represents to me everything we were feeling in that moment….shock, stillness, the inability to move. It was September, 2012, and my seemingly invincible dad had passed away 24 days after his lung cancer diagnosis and only one day after his 58th birthday. Twenty. Four. Days. 58. Years. Our world was rocked.
I think maybe the only thing worse than losing someone you love is watching the little people you love more than anything lose someone they love and adore. Read More
Having a busy schedule, there are many times I don’t have the time to cook the way I want to. Or, I just don’t feel like it. That is never more true than in the summer when we are hot and tired from a day outside or at the pool, or we have just come home from a day of running around. I also try very hard not to turn the oven on in the summer if I don’t absolutely have to. However, I still want to get something nutrient dense in my kids that I know they will eat and do it FAST. This simple salad is perfect for busy evenings, especially during the summer. It isn’t even a recipe as much as an idea! Read More
I have been a bummer blogger. I haven’t dropped in with anything new since Earth Day. Yikes! The last month of school is always so incredibly busy for us, and now, having all three kids home is keeping me just as busy. So, there hasn’t been much action around the blog. I hope to remedy that immediately, though! We are in a rhythm now, and I have a lot to share! Read More
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is a day I didn’t really used to think about much. I was an elementary school teacher for a decade, and I talked about ways to be Earth friendly with my students-reduce, reuse, recycle-but, I never really took it to heart. Oh sure, we recycled, but not as much as we could have. Read More
I love Brussels sprouts. There. I admitted it. It’s not a popular opinion, I know, but I’ve come to think of myself kind of like the character of Camilla in David Shannon’s book A Bad Case of Stripes. I read this book to my 5th graders when I taught, because it’s about being yourself and liking what you like, no matter what anyone else thinks about it, even if that thing is Lima beans. So, I have enjoyed my fair share of turned up noses when I declare my love of Brussels sprouts to friends and family. But here’s the thing. I love most Brussels sprouts, if they are prepared correctly. Read More