Aug 31, 2014

My 30-Day Candida Cleanse Journey 9/1-9/30/14

Tomorrow, Sept 1 I'll start a 30-day Candida Cleanse. All month long I'll be eating clean and taking supplements. I'm scared!! Don't mind telling you all...I'm scared. This is a cleanse, yet it's also a life changing movement for me. Follow me on my Candida Cleanse Journey! Also not, I am a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA and my link will appear in this post.

Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism, I've been on a mission to find out what it is and how I can get rid of it! I know, I know many of you have heard once you have thyroid problems you'll have it for life. That's simply not true. I will rid this from my life and will start with this Cleanse to clean out my body of all toxins. Not to mention the weight I have gained from menopause and all the stresses in my life doesn't help my gut!! So off I go on this journey. Follow me and comment if you wish.

I first heard of this Candida Cleanse from my doTERRA upline. Because this is a private group in which we paid a small fee to join, I've been asked not to share information about it. However, I will share my feelings and triumphs and anything else I can, including the foods I am eating and the foods I can not eat.

There's really nothing secret about it, except for the recipes and they information about wellness that is shared. It's two women (from what I know) that are Independent Wellness Advocates with doTERRA, that have started this cleanse. They call it Kickin' Candida Cleanse.

Okay, so tomorrow I will start the pre-cleanse. I'll take Lifelong Vitality Supplements sold by doTERRA - which is totally optional, but worth it to me. I will also take a couple more of supplements by doTERRA.

I will say that these recipes I'll be preparing don't include wheat, barley or rye, and therefore are gluten-free. Yes, this cleanse is gluten-free - and I'm very excited about that part. And according to the recipes, blueberries are my friend and I didn't see much dairy, if any at all, so this cleanse is also dairy-free.

I made a note in my kitchen on the foods NOT TO EAT so I won't even have to think about it when deciding on what to eat, I'll just look on my frig. Also, by me writing in chalk on my frig, it promoted Brody to want to spell his name. That's a bonus!! Love it when this child wants to learn.

This is Phase 1 of the cleanse and I do not know as of yet what is in-store for Phase 2. I do know that the foods not to eat is a must in the next phase. Wish me luck.

Also, are you on a cleanse at this time or have you every been on one? What's your thoughts?

Sunday Stroll Weekly Giveaways + LINK UP - 8/31/14

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three! Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!!

Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!

Here is a list of all the book reviews to date (some with on-going giveaways) for "Free Average Joe" @FreeAverageJoe
Aug 29, 2014

10 Tips to Make Your Parents' Home Comfortable and Safe as they Age - Premier Care

Today's post is sponsored by Premier Care, all opinions are my own.

Have you thought about who's going to take care of your parents when they can no longer do so for themselves? My sister and I are concerned about our parents this very moment. We just had a phone conversation about this very subject the other day and are going to arrange a meeting with my brother to discuss the years our parents have left. Though, I'm not totally convinced they need our help right now, my sister is. So with her thoughts in mind, we are going to talk about ways that we can bring ease and comfort to their home as they grow older. Maybe my 10 tips to make your parents' home comfortable and safe (see below) can help you too. Companies like Premier Care are here to help take care of our elderly parents with a sense of security.

This is my mom and dad and this is their backyard!! My dad especially does not want to leave his home. He raised his family here, so I don't blame him. He says it's way better than a retirement home and he's not about to go to a nursing home. We worry about him the most. He is 8 years older than our mom.  My sister is already working on bringing comfort and safety to their home by installing mini blinds on the back windows, and is thinking about ways to make their bathroom safer. My siblings and I are wanting to help our parents maintain their independence and live at home longer. That is what my dad would want us to do.

They have this beautiful home on the lake,  and why in the world would they leave if they don't have to. If they are going to stay here, there's going to have to be some much needed safety adjustments to make. My sister and I go around and around about just how this is to be done.

10 Tips to Make Your Parents' Home Comfortable and Safe as they Age Gracefully:
  1. Check kitchen stove and oven and all appliances to make sure they are working properly. 
  2. Make sure their home is at a comfortable temperature throughout the year. Add insulation if necessary.
  3. Place smoke alarms in every room and check batteries often.
  4. Be sure to have a medical emergency plan in place.
  5. Put nightlights in the hallway and in the bathroom.
  6. We want our parents to enjoy the outdoors, so make sure to remove all hazardous material in and around the exiting doors, on the porches, and around the yard. Place lights outside too. 
  7. Remove clutter around the house so no tripping will happen (especially in the middle of the night). Throw rugs should be removed, as well as small stools and plants.
  8. Consider intercoms. My parents already have this in place. They can talk to each other from the house to my dad's shop.
  9. Install handrails where needed.
  10. Consider installing a premier walk-in bath tub
premier care, walk-in bathtubs

Are you looking to increased comfort and ease to the home of your loved ones, or perhaps your own? If so, have you considered a walk-in tub? Whether you are looking at bringing safety adjustments to your own home, or are assisting your parents in the ability to live at home longer with ease, Premier Care would like to help you do that by providing peace of mind to the home with their premier walk-in bath tub options.

Made with the highest quality material, Premier Care offers strength, security and most of all, peace of mind. In addition to the safe and easy access baths, your bathroom will be beautifully remodeled for comfort and ease.

Most of my friends have already lost both of their parents, so I feel very lucky that we still have them in our lives. This is most of our family and we love it when we visit mom and dad at their lake house. Our home away from home!!

Premier Care is focused on bringing ease to your home in an easy way, and offers payments as low as $150.00 per month! I invite each and everyone of you at your convenience to visit their website and fill out the information for a free brochure. They also offer a free home assessment!

Whether you're searching for ways to make your home more comfortable to live in as you gracefully age, or looking to add some safety features to your parents' home, consider Premier Care Bathing as your next step to a safer bath room experience.
Aug 27, 2014

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