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When I met Dr D I was the most holistic mom I knew. I’m sure there were way more holistic moms out in California or something. However I’m from the midwest, and 9 years ago being holistic was akin to voodoo. I definitely got the stink eye when I fed my kid organic, shunned Disney fruit […]

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  • I agree with you that for immune-compromised people and their immediate family, a flue shot would make sense. However, it was weird that during the H1N1-outbreak, when adults got into fist-fights over a dose in the U.S., the vaccine was rotting in Germany where hardly anyone got it. Still, we did not have a mass-outbreak of he disease there. Living in the U.S. at the time and being pregnant, I still rejected the shot, because I considered the risk small for myself, working in a small office and not getting in touch with sick people on a regular basis (like nurses or people working in doctor’s offices do). We also don’t do flue shots now, for the same reasons. Side effects of the shot can indeed be flue-like symptoms, my dad had them every year while he was still required to get the shot because of his work. I may get the shot next year to see if it really helps with my sinus infections, as the doctor recommended, but not while I’m pregnant or nursing.

    Thanks for sharing the info, Jen!ReplyCancel

  • We never used to get the flu shot, until my daughter got the swine flu and was down for the count for five days. She also has asthma, so all four of us get the shot. We go to the CVS clinic every October, and never had any problems.ReplyCancel

As I sit here munching on my not-oreo Organic Tasty Sandwich Cookies, it occurs to me that many people don’t eat organic because it’s too much work. Well let me tell you, I’m With You Sister! (or brother, you too!) I remember a time, a long long time ago, when cooking was a wonderful and […]

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  • I am trying to eat better because well…crazy medications like to do funny things to my internal organs.
    Foods that are “specialty” aren’t bad. I think people have this notion that they taste like cardboard. Ok, some of the things do, but some of the things in the “regular” aisles taste gross too.ReplyCancel

Believe it or not, Isaiah and I were laying in bed the other night when we had this conversation. “Mom, we’re never going to make a difference” “Of course we will my love.” “But mom, we’re the only people I know who even care about GMO’s and eat organic.” “That’s not true baby, we know […]

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  • Jen, I can honestly say I don’t know enough about this, but seriously appreciate you sharing more here today and just sorry anyone would treat you poor.y for thinking to choose organic.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I don’t mind people thinking I’m cuckoo Janine, because I am pretty militant! I’m glad you are learning something here! Keep tuned in, I think you will learn a lot.ReplyCancel

  • I would not think someone was weird for wanting to bring their own food to a get-together. I don’t eat meat, and if I am going somewhere where I know meat will be the main course, I bring my own main course… for instance bringing veggie burgers or a portabello mushroom to a cook-out. When I get my own apartment I will probably eat organic all the time too. I wonder if it will help my allergies?ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Well you understand Angel, I think some people wonder why you can’t just eat it this one time. You know? I get that from the older crowd quite a bit. And I definitely think making the choice to go organic would help your allergies!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Croisant

    Awwww – what a sweet conversation. HE will make a difference and more power to you!!! Friend from the Eco Eats Challenge ReplyCancel

  • Donetta Sifford

    Since reading your article ‘I was against GMOs before it was cool’, I have had the pleasure of trying something new today. I ordered a cereal from a company, Abe’s Market, and it arrived this morning. Honey Almond Quinoa Cereal. I had never tried anything like this. At first my taste buds were thrown off a bit because I prefer my cereal and oatmeal on the sweeter side. But after the next few bites, I was hooked. Great texture, and so easy to eat. You can eat it as is, heat it 20 seconds in the microwave, or on the stovetop. I chose the microwave. Luckily, my girls are into changes and healthy eating! I wanted to share this link with you. It’s an article on GMOs and how to avoid them. Thanks Jen!

  • Kim Urig

    Great post, I am also participating in the #EcoEats challenge with my blog Our Daily Green.
    I would like very much to introduce you to a writer friend of mine whose 17 y/o has SPD and she’s written a book about their journey of advocacy. I think you will find a tremendous amount of comfort in your similar stories.
    Find her on Facebook at I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey. ReplyCancel

  • I was so annoyed with Tucker’s school when I found out they were giving them cheese puffs as a reward! I had brought in a few boxes of Annie’s cheddar bunnies/pretzel snacks and was like “You need to use those instead!!” UGH. I think you’re doing excellent things here, Jen and I adore the conversation that Isaiah had with you. Here’s to being the weird family! And congratulations on getting in with NBC’s green universal program!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you my friend! I know how it is. It’s one of the blessings of homeschooling. My sister has the same problems at her school. And no organic milk? HELLO??!!ReplyCancel

  • I will be following, Jen. My kids give me grief when I make healthier switches, but I know it’s important.

    And I haven’t visited in awhile – wow! New design, new business – how exciting! I wish you much success on your new venture.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Dana! It really is important. I do promise to continue writing about it!ReplyCancel

Hey! I have an AWESOME idea! Take that broccoli you were going to feed your kids tonight and soak it in RoundUp- let it sit for 30 days. Now rinse it off, you know, like you would if you were getting ready to cook it and feed it to your child. What? No? You don’t […]

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  • This is a good post! I never really knew about GMO’s until my sister-in-law told me about them. Very scary… and it does make sense that these chemicals could be involved with the rising amounts of people with autism, depression, serious life-threatening allergies, etc. We grow a lot of our own veggies in the summer… but its also true that the chemicals are in the air and can be spread around in other ways, and even your own backyard-grown food can be effected. The USA allows a lot of weird stuff to be added to food, that other countries do not allow!ReplyCancel

  • Donetta Sifford

    wow. I honestly had never thought about this until now. It makes sense that when you use chemicals to kill natural things such as weeds and insects, that the weeds and insects need to survive, even if that means living through sprays designed to kill. The agent orange is super scary. I love Dr. Oz and thanks for posting about this.ReplyCancel

I’m at the end of the bed watching Isaiah. He is covered in towels, laying on towels, sleeping fitfully. I have my timer in my hand and I am counting his breaths. At 5am this morning he woke feeling “yucky” and coughing that ugly barking cough. I rolled over and grabbed his inhaler. At 6am […]

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  • Aww, poor Isaiah. We had to use a nebulizer on Emma 2 winters ago and I remember how scary it truly was. She had RSV pneumonia and she still sometimes has issues with a cough after all this time. So I can imagine slightly, but still feel terrible for you both. Hugs, Jen and sending extra prayers both your way that Isaiah is feeling better today and that his allergy attacks will stay at bay this season.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Janine – Isaiah had RSV at 9 months. They say it can be a precursor to asthma, I think he would have had it anyway… today is better. He’s still pretty beaten down, but we see the light at the other side!ReplyCancel

  • Oh poor Momma. I know what you mean about becoming complacent. I do it all the time then WHAM. I hope Isiah feels better. I hope that this was a flare and not a occurrence. And I really beyond hope that you get some sleep.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Kerri. Yeah, this was definitely a wham! But we’re on the mend slowly but surely!ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodness, poor little lad! I so hope he’s doing better now! Keeping you all in my thoughts!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thanks Stephanie! He’s getting there. Still pretty wiped out, but the spark is coming back ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Poor guy. Poor mom. I’ll count with you in spirit. xoReplyCancel

  • Since I saw him on FB working on his Rube Goldberg machine, I know Isaiah is doing better – I hope he continues to feel more like himself. How scary for both of you. Let’s hope the allergy season is a mild one!ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      I sure hope so Dana. He’s still not 100%, but getting there!ReplyCancel

  • It is truly the scariest thing when your child is sick, having an allergic reaction (to spider bites!!), etc. It’s such a hopeless feeling. I hope Isaiah makes it through this season without too many issues. Do the docs think he will grow out of it a bit? That the allergic response will lessen over time? (ps, love the new design)ReplyCancel

  • Poor kiddo, and poor mama. I know so well the feeling of hovering, making sure they’re okay while feeling guilt over being short/annoyed/impatient with them earlier in the day. Sigh. I hope he’s feeling much better and by the way I love “we’re the weird family down the block” so so much. praying for a break for you all with this!!ReplyCancel

I imagine myself watching Isaiah walk down the aisle – graduation, wedding, court – and thinking back to this summer. This summer when he would change from an 8yo who was happy listening to what I had playing on the stereo, to a 9yo kid with an opinion. It turned out that was okay, because, […]

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  • Yep, great minds think alike! I didn’t think to include Everything is Awesome in mine. LOL. What fun, I’m so happy that the mixtape is back. Once a month might be a little better for my addled brain to handle.ReplyCancel

  • Aww, great summer playlist and going to admit I am totally down in the dumps that technically today was the unofficial end. Just trying to keep the feeling going now even for a few more days!ReplyCancel

  • Happy is just so addictive – excellent choice! And even though I did not listen to your video, just the mention of the Awesome song has it stuck in my head. Thanks Jen!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell

    I love that Isaiah loved Crosby, Stills & Nash so much. What a great concert to have been able to go to this summer. HAHAH to troublemaker! And yeah, Everything is Awesome is such an earworm. The things we do for our kids. :)ReplyCancel

  • SAy Hey is on my playlist too. It got a lot of play along with The Lazy Song (which I didn’t include on my mixtape) for my son. He asked for a lot of BEP and Too Close, too.ReplyCancel

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