Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Versatility of Cereal Just Got Better

I'm a serial killer.

Wait a minute...spell-check, please!

I'm a cereal killer!

Yup, I LOVE cereal.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks.  Actually, sometimes I do.

My kids inherited my love of cereal, or maybe they've just been brainwashed by their dear mother.  Either way, cereal is a staple around our house.  It's eaten in bowls with milk, out of baggies in the car for a snack, or even sprinkled on top of ice cream.

Naturally, the best cereal is usually the worst cereal.  You know what I'm talking's full of sugar, corn syrup, artificial colors, and other not-so-good-for-you ingredients.  So when I splurge and let my kids have some of the "good stuff," I generally have a nagging sense of guilt which I brush off by reading the front of the box where it touts "84 vitamins and minerals" and that it's "part of a complete diet!"  The side of the box with the nutrition information (or lack thereof)...I like to pretend that doesn't exist.

Sometimes though, you just have to be an adult and face the facts.

Annie's Homegrown Organic Berry Bunnies Cereal

So, when I was at the store last week, I picked up a box of Annie's Homegrown Berry Bunnies cereal for the kids.  But, instead of politician promises on the front of the box that didn't match the side, this one had stuff on the front like...
  • No artificial flavors, synthetic colors, or preservatives
  • Certified organic
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • and more

The list of ingredients only had things that I could pronounce and were actual food products instead of chemicals.

When we got home, I handed the box to the kids and let them have a snack on the front steps.  In retrospect, I probably should have waited until the older kids were home from school, but I'm not one of those "fairness for all!" moms.  Sorry, kids.

Annie's Homegrown Organic Berry Bunnies Cereal

After doing a little research on Annie's Homegrown, I realized that the company really does seem to have the consumer's best interests at heart.  Their mission reads "To cultivate a healthier and happier world by spreading goodness through nourishing foods, honest words, and conduct that is considerate and forever kind to this planet." 
Still think organic food is $$$$ & inaccessible? Think again! #ad #YumForAll #AnniesHomegrown @annieshomegrown

But as cool as that mission is, nothing beats the ultimate the food to my ultra-picky kidlets.

Annie's Homegrown Organic Berry Bunnies Cereal

It passed.  See Davy's expression in that picture up there? ^^^  I'm pretty sure it says, "Back away from my cereal!"

I've always kind of felt that organic food was out of my reach.  I mean, it's expensive and hard to find, right?


Annie's Homegrown can be found at many different grocery stores, including my personal favorite, Walmart.  So, yeah, it's definitely accessible.

Annie's Homegrown Organic Berry Bunnies Cereal

And the cost was actually within my price range, further proving that my arguments against buying organic food for my family are invalid.

I don't have to go to a specialty store or spend an arm and a leg to get organic food.

Momma wins this one.

You can find out recipes and more information about Annie's Homegrown here or by watching the video below.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet AJ - Epidermolysis Bullosa

October is Epidermolysis Bullosa Awareness month!  In honor of that, I interviewed Barb, whose 8 year old son, AJ, was born with the disease.

What condition does your child have?
Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

What is Epidermolysis Bullosa?

How does it affect your child? How does it affect daily life?
It's a genetic condition that impacts the production of collagen. It causes his skin and internal membranes to be very fragile. He develops blisters and wounds very easily. Each day he soaks in a tub, and his bandages are removed. We lance the blisters, treat the open wounds and wrap with specialty bandages. A lot of time is spent treating his wounds. He is unable to eat much due to GI issues related to EB and is fed through a GJ tube. He vomits multiple times a day and this past year has been very hard on his eyes as well. He often has blisters in them. He is in a lot of pain and uses a power wheelchair to reduce damage to his body.

Monday, October 17, 2016


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen my big announcement about my new shop.

And if I sounded very calm and nonchalant in that last sentence, I'm not.

Friday, October 7, 2016

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

10 Benefits of Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

I'm going to be honest.  Having Ehlers Danlos Syndrome stinks.  It's painful, it makes you sick, and it's just not fun.  But there are a few benefits to it if you look hard enough...

You just have to look really hard.  Really, really hard.

Disclaimer: Just because we can do the "party tricks" shown in the pictures does not mean that we should.  Katie and I only did them for a few seconds for the pictures.  If you have EDS, please don't try any of the following! 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What It's Like To Be In a Coma

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The last thing I remember is going to bed that night.

I was six years old and had been having an asthma flareup for the last week or so.  But what happened after I went to sleep was completely unexpected.

What It's Like To Be In a Coma

This next part is what I've been told.  I don't remember it at all even though I was conscious for part of it.  I found out later that young children sometimes block traumatic memories out which is what happened to me.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Must Read Blog Roundup #2

Not only do I write a blog, but I love reading other blogs.  Sometimes I come across something that I really want to share with you guys so I decided to put together a round up of posts that I think you'll love too.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Why Self-Care is So Important for Moms

This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Why Self-Care is So Important for MomsAs moms, we have a tendency to take care of everyone else first and put ourselves last.  For a lot of people, mom=martyr. 

I'm just going to come right out and say this...

That's stupid.  The often-used example of the flight attendant telling you to put your own mask on first before helping anyone else with theirs...completely true.  You're not much good to your kids if you're dying.  You can't pour water into someone else's glass unless yours is full.

I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  Because of it, I have physical limitations and often need to stop what I'm doing to rest because of the severe fatigue and/or intense pain.  I explain to my kids that Mommy has owies and doesn't feel good, and that I need to sit down.  They are accepting of that, and the older kids make it a point to help out with the younger ones when I'm not feeling well.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Saving money with Groupon coupons

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are mine. 

When my oldest child, Katie, was two, she was diagnosed with wheat, dairy, peanut, and egg allergies.  Thanks to allergy drops, she now can eat all of those things again, but the three years that she couldn't were hard on our checkbook.  Her groceries cost as much as the groceries for the rest of the family.

Saving money with Groupon coupons
3 year old Katie eating a Sunbutter sandwich made with rice bread.

At the time, I'd heard of Groupon, but didn't know what it was.  One day, a Facebook friend shared a groupon coupon for an online gluten free shop.  I don't remember the exact deal, but I do know that I ended up getting 50% off my total cart which saved me a ton of money on Katie's special allergy food. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Must Read Blog Roundup #1

Not only do I write a blog, but I love reading other blogs.  Sometimes I come across something that I really want to share with you guys so I decided to put together a round up of posts that I think you'll love too.  Enjoy! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cheap and Easy DIY Picture Wall

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When I was a kid, my favorite thing at my great grandma's house was her wall of pictures.  The pictures were of relatives, mostly from her generation and earlier.  I fell in love with her "picture wall" and decided that when I grew up and had my own house, I was going to have one too.

We've had our own house for a little over two years now.  It was time to put up my picture wall.

I was a little daunted at the thought of buying a ton of frames and then having to hang them so I started researching other options.

I decided to opt out of framing my pictures and go for a simpler look, using Scotch Clear Mounting Squares.  The squares are removable which appealed to me since I didn't want to end up with marks on the wall.