Do you have those foods that you know give you a negative reaction? I do. I have foods that make me itch, become nauseous, and even ones that make me very dizzy. Over the years I've been able to identify some of them and cut them out of my diet, but something was still off. I ordered the EverlyWell Food Sensitivity Kit and got results.
The kit shipped quickly and was to me in a few days. Once I performed the test, which is done by collecting a few drops of blood on a collection card, I sent it back to them in the mail. Results are quick too. They say it should take about five days from when they receive it to get your results, and that so with mine.
What I found out was that the items I had begun to incorporate into my diet to supplement for the items I knew I had a reaction to were the biggest culprits of my food sensitivities. I had no idea that I was completely sensitive to dairy!
The results come back to you in an easy to read format. They even have printouts you can take to your doctor. Each of the ninety foods they test against is given a number. 0-3. Foods that react with a 0, you don't have a problem with. If it has a 3, you should cut it from your diet.
I was absolutely amazed at what I reacted too. In one week from getting my results, I've cut out all of my 3 category items, and most of the 1's and 2's. I already feel much better.
If you're wanting some answers about your food sensitivity, I highly recommend getting a test and following through.
Here is a link to purchase their products at a 10% discount! It's a great opportunity. (And they are giving me credit too.)
Picnics, days off, watermelon, fireworks. The 4th of July conjures up a lot of things when you think about it. For me, it's my birthday. For the first 26 years of my life it was shared with my grandfather. His birthday was the 5th of July. Each cake had both of our names on it, and we had a yearly photo. My 26th birthday was the last one I shared with him, and I just quit celebrating my birthday. No more BBQs, no big spread. Those years my husband covered for a guy at work, and so...it became a day.
In 2003 I was expecting twins. They were due the 8th of August, and my mother says, "I'll bet they're born on Grandpa's birthday." I remember looking at her in horror. "That would make them five weeks early."
Wouldn't you know it, I went into labor on my 31st birthday, though I was in complete denial! Maybe I didn't want to share my day, I don't know. And sure enough, they were born on what would have been my grandfather's 80th birthday. What a gift!
So now all my birthday cakes have 3 names on them, and I have 2 birthday partners now. We go visit grandpa at the cemetery on his birthday, if we're in town, and the boys share it with him. They think their day is as special as I think it is.
I can't even remember now, but I think it was my 37th birthday that I decided I wanted to be at Disneyland. It was always hard to have friends over for my birthday anyway. Everyone always has plans on the 4th. But at Disneyland it was all mine.
They gave me a button with my name on it, and everyone called me by name and wished me a happy birthday. It was pure magic. I've spent nearly every birthday since in Disneyland.
This year, we are home. My boys have grown and are so busy, there just isn't time. But I'll be with my family, and that has always been the best part of the 4th of July. Maybe it's time for a new tradition with my birthday partners. And...maybe not. I really like Disneyland on my birthday. So, maybe next year.
What are your plans for the 4th? How do you celebrate?
No matter what you do, be safe and have fun!
I love sharing some of my favorite things with all of you! Now this one is for the mamas!
I'm not going to lie, this is a weird blog post for me to write. But one of my hands down, newest, and most favorite products now is THINX Panties! They are period proof underwear. You can wear them AS your period protection. Yes you can! The different styles absorb different amounts. But those designed for heavy flow days, will absorb, into the panties, up to the equivalent of two tampons.
The moisture wicking material absorbs everything. (Okay, some of the unsightly stuff you can wipe away, but yes...everything else.) Odor free! No leaks! They have changed my world!
(There are lots of ! you can see! I really love these...since I have to deal with this anyway.)
You can also use them as backup if you just can't give into it freely, but you should think about it.
The styles come in every shape that you can buy panties. There is something for everyone.
They're easy to care for too. You rinse them out. (Sounds gross, but really isn't. Think about what you go through changing pads or tampons. Not much different.) You can hand was them, or wash them in with your laundry (sans softer) and hang them to dry.
Think about getting a few pair! Tell me what you think. I think you're going to love them.
The other day my friend invited me in when I dropped my son off at her house. She said, "Come in. Do you want to see my summer house?"
Now I've been in this house a hundred times. When they first moved in. Before remodel. After remodel. I couldn't even imagine what she had done different to make it a summer house.
With a wide grin on her face, she walks me through the family room where her laundry is piled on the floor, where she'd been folding. A teenager is sprawled out on the couch with her phone in her hand. Lunch dishes were on the counter, and so were the groceries she was putting away. A laptop sat on the island, having been worked on. "My summer house."
There is never a time when you walk into my house where I don't say, "Oh, excuse the mess!" Even if my house happens to be spotless. I seem to have this thing about "your" perception of us actually living in our house. (And there are 7 of us that live in this house.)
Her bright smile and "summer house" declaration gave me such joy! She didn't apologize for not having everything tucked away. She embraced it!
Yes, this is a summer house. Kids are here. We are here. Life is happening all around us and the laundry is on the floor. Dishes are being used at such an alarming rate, the dishwasher can't keep up. I'm in my car more than I am anywhere else, so how can I possibly get it "model home clean?"
She changed my life with that one phrase, and Theresa, I will forever be grateful to you for that!
I will never forget how wonderful it felt to get a little note in my lunch box from my mom. It was special.
Nowadays I try to think about that special moment and realizing that my boys are older (and boys) I try to code it up a bit. A coded note from mom is equally as special.
In our house, the number 33 represents "I love you." (All families have those little things that only those members truly know.) I will write this on a napkin and tuck it in their lunch. They know I'm thinking of them, but anyone looking to poke fun at them will be none the wiser.
Luckily, though, my 6th grader still likes notes, and he just doesn't care who sees them. He likes having a mommy that will take the time to do it.
Do you put notes in your kids' lunch boxes?
I've now been a parent for almost nineteen years. Don't ask me where that time went. I think I blinked!
In those nineteen years, I've learned a lot of lessons from being a parent. You assume you're going to be the one teaching your children things, but I do think parents are the students here.
I know I've learned so much more. Kids are amazing at opening your eyes to the world around us in so many ways. What has your child taught you since you've become a parent?
~Bernadette Marie ~
I was encouraged to introduce myself to all of you. Who is this woman behind those cute pictures of boys?
First and foremost, yes, I am the mother of 5 amazing sons. And as of next year they will all be teenagers. Yes, I color my hair or I'm sure it would all be white by now. Part of what makes my parenting successful is my partner in all of this, my fantastic husband of 24 years.
I am a Colorado native, and I've never skied. I know...you can't believe it. My desk faces West and I look out over the Rocky Mountains as I work each day. You just can't beat it. And because we love the mountains so much, we own some land smack dab in the middle of the state. It's such a beautiful area, and you can't beat waking up to the scenery.
When I'm not talking about parenting online, or actually doing it, I'm a full-time author and publisher. I love the freedom my work gives me to make my family a priority. I do a lot of juggling, that much is true. I change how I do things all the time. I call it rolling with it!
By trade I'm a cosmetologist. I opened my first salon when I was just twenty years old. I'm a huge believer in network marketing, and I've done plenty of them. I loved it so much that in 2004 I opened my own online, network marketing company. I ran it until I opened my publishing house and the rest is history.
I love to share my stories about raising kids with others. Sometimes I come up with some really great ideas that help people. We travel often as a family of seven. I have a lot of travel tips that might help those wondering how to do it with a big, or even smaller, family. I'm a self-proclaimed Disneyland expert. By that, I mean I've been there a number of times, traveling from Colorado, with all 5 kids and hubby in tow. We know the ins and outs to make a vacations successful.
One thing I'm trying to overcome this year is my camera shyness. So, I'm going to post a few pictures and try not to wince. I know their not bad, I just have a bad attitude about it. You'll see I quite enjoy the Snapchat filter.
I hope you enjoyed meeting me. Please send me your suggestions for things you'd like to see on the blog.
<3 Bernadette Marie <3
If you haven’t already noticed, your kids can make your house smell like a garbage can after a hockey game. The odor from their gear can fill an entire house! Hockey equipment can create quite the stench. Luckily, there is a way for you (or them) to control it!
Pro Stock Hockey created a way to help put stench in the penalty box. The accompanying guide was developed with input from NHL trainers and staff and is sure to help aid you in your fight against gear odors. The following should ease the minds of parents who are wondering how to clean hockey equipment the right way.
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Bernadette Marie is the mother of 5 sons (12,14,14,17,19), a bestselling author, publisher, speaker, event planner, blogger, CEO of 2 companies, and a 2nd degree blackbelt. Often asked how she manages a family of seven, she offers up her advice on home, school, travel, and so much more. Her philosophy is that parenthood is never perfect, but the bumps along the way are what make the best memories.