Embracing Imperfect http://embracingimperfect.com Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:19:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Embracing Imperfect Interview: Andrea Donsky of Naturally Savvy http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/embracing-imperfect-interview-andrea-donsky-of-naturally-savvy/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/embracing-imperfect-interview-andrea-donsky-of-naturally-savvy/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:20 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20127 This month, I had the privilege to interview Andrea Donsky, in preparation for my Surf Sweets post. We had such an interesting conversation that I thought it would be a great idea to kick off my new interview series, talking with leaders in organic, natural health and allergy friendly products, tools, and resources about their businesses. Andrea is an author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and the

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This month, I had the privilege to interview Andrea Donsky, in preparation for my Surf Sweets post. We had such an interesting conversation that I thought it would be a great idea to kick off my new interview series, talking with leaders in organic, natural health and allergy friendly products, tools, and resources about their businesses. Andrea is an author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Shopper Inc. and Naturally Savvy Media. NaturallySavvy.com is dedicated to teaching readers about organic, whole foods and how to integrate nutrition into your life.

Q: How did you get interested in serving your children clean foods?

I was raiding my children while I was in school to become a nutritionist. I had a “mom inclination” that neon colored and artificial foods were just “wrong.” Then I did some research and discovered that one of the biggest problems in kids’ foods is artificial food coloring.

Q: Why is that?

It comes down to how they act after they’ve eaten foods with artificial dyes. They would act out and I would see their eyes flicker when they were at the movies, for example, after eating these foods. My husband and I have both noticed this – we call their acting out “the crazies.” When I did the research, I discovered that artificial dyes were linked to hyperactivity. These dyes are made from petroleum. I can see that it’s doing something to them from a chemical standpoint.

Q: What do you do to safeguard your children?

I live in Canada, where companies don’t have disclose what’s in the color. They can simply write “color” on the label – you can’t tell what’s in it or whether the dye is artificial. So we look for options where we know how the colors are created – there are so many great options nowadays. Surf Sweets was one of the first candies we came across that are so clean. And their products taste good – some kids even think they taste better than brands that use artificial dyes.

Q: How do you help parents?

Books like ours, “Label Lessons” or my own “Unjunk Your Junk Food” are helpful tools, as is the NaturallySavvy.com website. They teach people what healthier options they can choose and what chemicals are in foods. Parents and kids can also retrain their taste buds. I had a friend give up Diet Coke. When she tried it again months later, she found it tasted like chemicals! It’s the same with candy and other foods full of artificial ingredients.

Q: How do the kids respond to these changes in their foods?

My son is 11 and is very in tune with his body. If he has cake at a party and eats too much icing, he may throw up – so now he’s leery of junk foods. He’s learning how food affects him. My younger daughter knows about this stuff but has not quite made the connection yet. It takes time but they’ll learn.

Q: I talk to a lot of parents and many of them think that feeding kids real, organic food is difficult. As a holistic nutritionist raising 3 children, what advice do you have for parents?

When people are just learning, baby steps are important. Don’t do everything at once. Ask yourself “What’s best for our children?” Learn by using resources that make it easy, like our books. It is hard, initially, but once you see improvements in your kids, you will catch on. Don’t give up – persevere! You just need patience.

Also, take an interest in educating yourself. Be proactive; don’t wait until it’s too late to make a change. Just switch out for healthier versions of things like candy.

Q: As founder and editor-in-chief of Naturally Savvy, book author, entrepreneur and mother, I’m sure you know it’s impossible to be perfect in all things. How do you embrace imperfection to live a good life?

Kids are not perfect. They will eat junk but they have to learn to make the decision to eat properly for themselves. We’re not perfect – that’s real -but we embrace this life because we have to and because of our kids. If people don’t want to change, it’s about getting to a place of “no judgment.” They can come to my site and ask questions but then it’s their choice.

At the end of the day, I love what I do. I’m not perfect, but we’re all here to make a difference.

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Thank you Andrea for a great interview! Check out Naturally Savvy to learn more about good nutrition and even how to make your own natural food coloring! Be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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How to Heal (Not Fix) Broken Friendships http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/broken-friendships/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/broken-friendships/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:01:44 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20115 “I can fix this mess!” Do you say that a lot? Do you get nervous when you make a mistake or willfully do something that perhaps you never considered was wrong before? Do you just have to mend broken friendships right away? Well, I do. I can’t stand having someone angry at me. I’m learning to deal with this whole concept of “haters” because hardly anyone with a

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“I can fix this mess!”

Do you say that a lot? Do you get nervous when you make a mistake or willfully do something that perhaps you never considered was wrong before? Do you just have to mend broken friendships right away?

Well, I do. I can’t stand having someone angry at me. I’m learning to deal with this whole concept of “haters” because hardly anyone with a thoughtful opinion on anything seems immune, but when I cause trouble with someone I care about, my whole life goes out the window. I can actually get physically ill from it and want to fix it right away. Unfortunately, these situations often call for time and patience.

So what’s a fixer to do?

The most important thing you can do to heal broken friendships is to give them to God. Sounds great, right? Well, no, not so much to a fixer. It means that I am absolutely not in control and that I have to wait until God fixes this thing. But while you’re waiting, there are steps you can take when you’re in this kind of a bind.

1. Shut up.

You need to stop talking or doing or saying anything for at least a brief period with this person. Odds are high that you are going to “fix” yourself into a situation can no longer remedy, or you will do more damage than good. Just back away for a little while – they  might even feel relieved you are not “in their face” while they hopefully work on forgiving you (if you are in error). Instead, fill your mouth with different words…

2. Pray.

You need to pray for your eyes to be open to your part in the problem. Ask God to set your heart right. I didn’t find it beneficial to pray for the pain to go away, since it really felt too me-centered – and “me” was already the problem. You probably already know in your heart what you did wrong, you just didn’t see it that clearly. The light of day is a good thing! 1 John 6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” We need to expose that thing to the light of our own eyes first. Naturally, pray for the person you are in conflict with as well. This can soften their heart. Meanwhile, remember take on only what you are responsible for and not practice false guilt.

3. Sort out the guilt.

You’re going to feel guilty, and maybe you should. The problem is not the real guilt – the kind that convicts you of your wrong and helps you understand a flaw that God can help you work through. That’s the Holy Spirit guiding you. The problem is false guilt and this comes from the enemy. Feeling guilty for something you did not do is another way that fixers like us try to control the situation. It’s way of saying, “I can fix this too!” No, you can’t fix something you didn’t do wrong. (I frequently have this problem.) Read “What is False Guilt and How Can I Avoid It? for instruction on this problem. Once you’ve sorted this out, the real “fixer” work can begin.

4. Fix your own issues by reading God’s word.

Firstly, you can’t fix every single sin all at once. One thing at a time! If a friend called you out for a bunch of shortcomings and your self-examination proved them all true, you will probably lose it your mind trying to you them all at once. (Fixers always want everything to be perfect now.) Instead, ask God’s guidance in helping you to prioritize the issues in a way that you can handle. As “fixers,” we tend to want to tackle the biggest thing first. That may be the direction God is sending you – or He may know you don’t have strength to tackle that Goliath right now. This is why it’s really critical to pray and read Scripture together. You can continue studying whatever you had already been working on, like the sermon you heard on Sunday. It’s often been my experience that something is going to leap out at you and keep coming up – you’ll read a passage, for example, that “just happens” to come up at your next Bible study. Or, grab a concordance and look up the problems you think you have. Scripture will convict you and you’ll know what you have to tackle first. Remember, too, that God always gives us a way out (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). After fixing what you can, you can now move forward to forgive.

5. Forgive

I’ve always said forgiveness comes easy to me, but that’s not exactly true. The real truth is that I’ve been blessed to have had only a few broken friendships with people I really love – and all those times, forgiveness was painful. I’d even say that it took a while – and I’m quite ashamed to admit that. Not only that, but you might find that you are very angry with yourself. So while you work on your faults, remember to forgive yourself as well as those who hurt you. Often, I’m the last one I forgive and that is a short cut back to false guilt. Concerning others,  you have to forgive, true, but you have to have the heart for it – and continue to pray for that person when forgiveness is taking time. There are times you feel sucker-punched and have to work through it. This happened to me some years ago with one of the people I love best in the world and it turned out the whole situation was a miscommunication, which is why the next step is important.

6. Make it right.

When you are finally calm and feeling God-centered, when you have prayed it through and when the person you’re in conflict with is ready, you need to meet  – face to face, if possible – and make it right. Start by apologizing – without excuses. Somehow, I never learned this growing up. I only even got convicted of how much my apologies sucked a few years back. I always believed excuses go hand-in-hand with apologies so they know your reasons. (Don’t ask me where I got that from, I have no idea!) It’s important to apologize without excuses for what you did wrong only, even if what you did wrong was get pissed off for what they did to you. (Only righteous anger is Godly, and I’m willing to bet that if you thought he term “pissed off” was accurate, your anger was not righteous.) At this point, the discussion should, hopefully, flow. Let the other person speak and apologize if there is more that you did wrong. And by the way, “I’m sorry you felt that way” is not an apology – it’s a deflection. “I’m sorry that I upset you” is appropriate.

One Caveat

Finally it’s important to remember that you may never get to #6. Some people are just “done with you” or maybe they are just not in a forgiving space. Some broken friendships can’t be “fixed” because it takes two people to make it right again. Your inner fixer will hate this, but this too you must give to God by going back and praying on it and reading scripture again. Your pride will take a huge hit – and that’s ok! As Christians, we need less ego and we need to know that not everyone is going to love us. Friends can turn into haters and back-turners.

Jesus knew this all too well when he told Judas to do what he had to do at the Last Supper. It couldn’t have been easy, even for God Himself, to have trusted this man with the money and his closest confidence for 3 years and then let him leave to betray Him. But Jesus knew that He could not change Judas’ action or mind. Some friends may permanently make up their minds against you too. Just remember that God is never against his children, for we are “God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved (Col 3:12).” Give Him the tools to fill that empty space by worshiping Him with all your might and He will be faithful to fill it with joy.

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How to Give Your Child with #Autism a Heart of Joy http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/autism-and-joy/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/autism-and-joy/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:10:41 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20066 Today I want to reflect on something: my beautiful child, Zoe. I want to share with you the joy I’ve had at seeing my daughter, consistently and frequently, displaying an emotion she simply did not – or barely – had as a child: JOY These last few weeks we have bonded: she and I, and she and her whole family, in a spirit of fun, happiness

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Today I want to reflect on something: my beautiful child, Zoe. I want to share with you the joy I’ve had at seeing my daughter, consistently and frequently, displaying an emotion she simply did not – or barely – had as a child:

JOY

These last few weeks we have bonded: she and I, and she and her whole family, in a spirit of fun, happiness and play, every night, as she requested certain “games” that bring squeals of delight and giggle. But it wasn’t always this easy.

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Over the years, we’ve taken steps toward healing that has come has gone a long way in making the little girl who spent hours crying, banging her heard or tantrumming a joyful, happy child.

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And then, 9 years later, you have a nightly routine that involves few words, yes, but so much laughter, giggling and smiling that your heart is soaring above the heavens with the gratitude for this healing.

So, what did we do that, after many years, resulted in a child who went from predominantly crying and screaming to being happy, content and joyful most of the time? It has been a long term program but I believe every parent can take these steps to help their child. Here are our solutions:

  1. Solve the Sleep Issues.
    We got into this journey because Zoe could not sleep at night. Removing dairy proteins (casein) from her diet absolutely healed that issue, true, but think about: are you happy when you suffer bouts of insomnia? How about all those sleepless nights with a new baby? It makes you irritable and fussy. Same goes for kids with autism – and her family. Those crossed signals mess up a child’s sleep patterns, with an outcome of that lack of sleep is more sensitivity, exhaustion and less ability to cope with stress. Learn how you can help your family go dairy-free without losing your mind.
  2. Help Them Communicate.
    Many kids with autism cannot speak (at all or barely), can’t speak properly or do not speak on time. When a baby has sensory issues, the only way they can communicate their pain is with crying or tantrumming. As soon as you are able, give that child tools to work with! You can do a lot to help them improve speech. Here are 9 ways that can improve child’s ability to communicate.
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  3. Homeopathy.
    Our experience with homeopathy is that it has helped Zoe’s autism behaviors, especially her gut issues. Many children with autism have either constipation, constant diarrhea, leaky stools, undigested poop or some combo of these. That can’t feel good-think of how miserable a stomach virus makes you feel. How can you get to joy when a very basic daily function is all screwed up? Homeopathy has completely improved this issue for my kids and has helped them overcome negative behaviors.
  4. Create a More Joyful Home Environment.
    One amazing thing about kids is they PICK UP on even the slightest detection of trouble or sorrow in the home. If your home is broken or breaking, if your marriage is struggling, if someone is waging war with mental illness or other psychological issues, addictions, financial woes, etc etc etc…you have to start to fix this. I can tell you that once that situation breaks and the healing starts, even when you are miles away from a full resolution, your kids will notice and it will change them – for the better. Kids are not equipped yet to live joyfully in a house of pain. It takes a whole lot of mature faith to do that and most adults can’t – and shouldn’t – either. Seek help to heal and begin creating joy in your home.
  5. Heal Their Pain.
    This is critical but it’s not going to be easy. Just last week I heard an autism mama proclaim her son thanked her, because he’d been in pain HIS WHOLE LIFE. He didn’t know it was even there, until it was gone, but even then, he felt better. I don’t think you can function properly in constant pain, even if you don’t know anything else, and I don’t think don’t believe this is what God intended for any of our children. You must take steps to heal your child’s medical issues, even if your doctor tells you there “aren’t any,” because this how you heal the pain they don’t even know they feel.
  6. Toxin Removal.
    Toxins do damage. Aluminum and MSG, for example, are known to harm neurons. Leaky gut causes pain. Out of balance brain chemistry blocks nutrient absorption. A child cannot be content, joyful or happy when their body is full of poisons that are doing damage. It’s up to you to find ways to clear out those toxins by changing your cooking habits, your health, beauty, lawn care products, by eating organic, etc., as well as the treatments that work for you, like how homeopathy has worked for us.
  7. Patience.
    I know this sounds like a ton of work. It is. And I know people who simply blow me away in how well they do this stuff for their kids but I’m not them. I’ve just got do my best for that day. This life is hard and the shortcuts are tempting, but they are not the best choice for me and my children. Yes, I fail…I’ve had failures on the GAPS diet we are doing. The good news is that this is polishing my dirt-covered heart into a precious stone. A friend – who has 4 kids – told me he couldn’t believe my patience. If you’d have told me at age 30 that anyone would accuse me of having patience, I’d have laughed! Today, I look at the baby steps of progress my girls make and take the long view of how far we’ve come in all these years. It’s been worth every struggle, especially when I see children their age who are as sad and as in pain as Zoe once was.
  8. Faith.
    Right now, I’m trying to teach my children about joy. This last week, that included Bible studies on why all good gifts come from God and how to be grateful. I honestly believe, too, that you can be joyful in every circumstance – Christianity has taught me that. But there’s the other kind of faith too – the faith  that your child can be healed. Keep working. Keep praying. Keep hoping. Don’t give up until your child has cracked a smile, has regularly had fun or has laughed in a way you never ever thought possible.

I believe this is possible for every child too. Years ago, I’d cry myself to sleep over how much Zoe suffered. I had 2 children, one that smiled the minute she could figure out how to flex those lip muscles in an upward curve, and one who had to go through years and years of frustration, pain and tears. They stood in sharp contrast to each other and it broke my heart. Amelia was such a content and happy baby that she helped heal my postpartum depression. Was there hope for my sad child?

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Absolutely! And there is for your child too. Healing the mind, body and spirit of a child with autism is doable with food intervention, homeopathy, home stability, patience and an avalanche of prayer, faith and hope. Your child, too, can be happy and joyful!

So what are you waiting for? The sooner you start, the sooner you can help your child have the life you’ve always dreamed they would have.

 

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Fighting the Willful Sin: Worry http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/fighting-the-willful-sin-worry/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/fighting-the-willful-sin-worry/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:23:08 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20050   Worry. It’s the backbone of the life of many parents raising kids with special needs. At times, it can help – a little worry can teach us important lessons in planning ahead, especially if you’re a spontaneous gal like I am. But the truth is that if you are a Christian, worry is a willful sin. I know, I know, it doesn’t feel like a

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Worry. It’s the backbone of the life of many parents raising kids with special needs. At times, it can help – a little worry can teach us important lessons in planning ahead, especially if you’re a spontaneous gal like I am.

But the truth is that if you are a Christian, worry is a willful sin. I know, I know, it doesn’t feel like a sin. It feels like a natural response to complex situations that you cannot control. Or maybe, just maybe, you think CAN control them…you just haven’t figured out how yet. So you work it, obsess, read, investigate and pretty soon you have zero answers and many sleepless nights.

Sound familiar? Sure does for me.

The thing is, that worry – especially if it leads to believing you are in control of things you’re not -is a sin. Why? Because that’s like saying that God, the Creator of the universe is not big enough to handle this, or doesn’t know what’s coming, or can’t protect us when it does come. But if you are a Christian, God promises us in the Bible that He’s got your life in hands:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

That emphasis is the key: His purpose, not our ease, comfort or escape from calamity. In the Bible, the apostle Paul finds himself in prison many, many times and is ultimately killed for his faith – yet look at what amazing work came out of his trust in God.

So when the chessboard pieces of politics, school officials, medical laws, healthcare, unemployment, financial disasters, illness, disabilities, and all the other things that have no possibility of you knowing the final outcome with certainty, what you CAN determine is that God, who is ALWAYS faithful, has got your back, no matter what comes.

I mean it: NO MATTER WHAT. Crappy politicians. Broken hearts. Bullies, Betrayal. Closed schools. Losing favorite staff for your kids. Losing medical coverage. Losing your job. Broken cars and boilers. Unpaid bills. Cancer. Alzheimers. Autism.

A child who will never live independently in a world where there is no funding to support her.

God has it.

HE.

IS.

FAITHFUL.

ALWAYS.

This, then is the promise of Christianity. I have friends in other religions or who are agnostic or atheist, but I don’t hear os see this level of absolute security from them that I have in my faith; I don’t see unwavering trust that chases away all the uncertainty.

And I’m NOT saying that the unthinkable won’t happen. I don’t believe in any kind of “prosperity” theology or that God will keep you from hardship and pain that He believes will be for your good – or rather, for His good.

I am saying that when He does give you more than you can bear (and I promise you, He will), He will be there to help you, to hold you, to direct you, to grow you and put you exactly in the place He needs you. As I said, for Paul in the Bible that was often prison – and from all that “free time” in prison, he wrote most of the New Testament’s letters. I’m sure he also saved a good number of guard, fellow inmates and others.

All over the world, we are seeing this worked out here in the U.S., in 3rd world countries or places where Jesus “lost ground” decades ago. A girl is shot for faith in Jesus at Columbine and the story is remembered to this day. ISIS beheads 21 people, and the faithful turn it into a remembrance of love for God. Over 100 Kenyan students are killed for their faith, and Christians realize that Jesus had more people to celebrate Easter in heaven with this year. Every single one of those Christians knew they were stepping out of this life in to that promise of heaven, of an eternity worshiping God Almighty. To them, it was worth everything because they KNEW without a doubt that God is faithful.

Right now there is a lot going on that threatens parents like me who are raising kids with autism and other disabilities, living nontoxic lives and seeking alternative therapies. I’m on this path of healing my kids by the grace of God. Should those options be taken away, that, TOO, will be by the grace of God. I’m doing what I can, as far as I feel God leading to help these issues go the way I think they should, but I can’t see the future.

In fact, in raising kids with special needs is a path of “one day at a time”…and that’s ok. I’m making sure that each and every one of those days, I’m connecting with the beautiful family I live with and showing them my love for God as much as possible. I can’t worry about the future because Jesus tells me not to:

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:34

So stop worrying, dear reader, about laws and bills and money and support and your car and your home. Instead, consider the state of your heart in relation to God and how much you trust Him.

Why should you trust Him?

Because God created every single thing in the universe. So yes, He has control over all of it.

Because Jesus gave us this gift: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27). So yes, we Christians have peace.

Because Jesus sent to Holy Spirit to comfort us in times of worry and tribulation (John 14:16,17). So yes, we have comfort too.

My prayer is that you let not your hearts be troubled, but seek God with prayer and scriptures to calm your fears and learn to wholly and completely trust the God who loves you.

What are you worrying about today that God has in His Mighty Hands?

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Mom Wellness Review: Organic India Moringa Supplements and Teas http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/organic-india-review/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/organic-india-review/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:03:04 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20040 I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. Nutrients can be tough for a mom on the go and

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

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Nutrients can be tough for a mom on the go and parents juggling those “extra” responsibilities for kids with special needs and on special diets. That means it’s easy to 1) put yourself last and 2) put your nutrition last.

In fact, I have a confession:

I did this to myself recently. It’s a lesson I KEEP needing to learn over and over. The problem with that is if you don’t take care of yourself, you CAN’T take of your kids – and all those extra details that help them to live a better life and blossom as they grow.

Because I know I have this tendency to forget about myself, I need solutions that can really help. So I was excited when I was selected for this sampling program to review Organic India products. Let me share my experience with you:

The VERY Good – and Why You’ll Love Moringa

All the products I tested were either Project Non-GMO Verified or USDA Organic – or both. You know I’m already in love, right? :) Most of the products I received contained Moringa, which is organically grown on organic farms in India (USDA Organic Certified). It’s considered “one of the most complete, nutrient dense plants on Earth.” Why is that? Because it has over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants and is rich in both important and trace minerals, and complex amino acids. Want an example of how full of nutrition this plant is? According to the website, “Gram for gram, Moringa contains more B12 than steak, more vitamin A than eggs, and more calcium than milk.” WOW! This superfood has a long and ancient history and is used to fight malnutrition in impoverished countries. Learn more about Moringa Tea with Herbal University training video (full name and email required).

(NOTE: Organic India recommends that women who are pregnant, attempting to conceive, or lactating consult their healthcare practitioner before consuming Moringa.)

Organic India Capsules

I received samples of:

  • Organic India Joy: Contains herbs that can help replenish and nourish the nervous system. Non-GMO Project Verified. Gluten free, vegan, Kosher & Halal certified, made with USDA organic herbs.
  • Organic India Tumeric Formula: supports healthy joint function, improves digestion. Non-GMO Project Verified and Fair Trade certified. Gluten free, vegan, Kosher & Halalcertified, made with USDA organic herbs.
  • Organic India Moringa Capsules: alkalizing essential nutrition. Non-GMO Project Verified and Fair Trade certified. Gluten free, vegan, Kosher & Halalcertified, made with USDA organic herbs.

I thought they all were great, energizing me and setting off my day right, but the real miracle is that my husband took them! He liked them so much that he finished off most of the Moringa Capsules! Then he moved on to Joy, so I’ll have to hide them :)

Organic India Tulsi Teas

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  • Original: Non-GMO Project Verified and UDSA Organic and Fair Trade certified. Caffeine and gluten free. Kosher & Halal certified.
  • Moringa: Non-GMO Project Verified and UDSA Organic certified. Kosher & Halal certified.
  • Cinnamon Rose: Non-GMO Project Verified and UDSA Organic certified. Caffeine and gluten free. Kosher & Halal certified.
  • Green Tea: Non-GMO Project Verified. UDSA Organic and Fair Trade certified. Gluten free. Kosher & Halal certified.

I’m a CONFIRMED coffee drinker but I crave something warm at night – especially with this long and exhausting winter we’ve had. Coffee and hot chocolate are simply NOT a choice for my nights, so I was thrilled to add teas to my routine! My favorite here is the Cinnamon Rose, but these were all good. A nice relaxing cup of tea at the end of the night, I found I felt warm and relaxed after drinking them, rather than “knocked out” like some other teas! These are tea bag teas, not loose powder by the way.

Organic India Moringa Essential Nutrition Leaf Powder

OrganicIndia-MoringaWe were talking about easy, right? Well, I absolutely LOVED this powder. Also USDA organic, the Moringa was a huge slice of easy supplement. You only need a little – 1/2 teaspoon – to add to your smoothies or, better yet, your bulletproof coffee!! It was so awesome. I did not notice any flavor to the powder, just the rich flavors of my other ingredients. Worth the price – you get a whopping 225 servings in every 8 ounce container!

Mom Wellness Verdict:

I love these products! Easy to use, good or mild tasting, easy to take, Organic India has made me a happy camper, especially the Essential Nutrition Leaf Powder. (The hubby doesn’t do smoothies or bullet proof coffee, so that baby is ALL mine. Or maybe I can share with the kids??) I also recommend the powder if you are super busy and often neglect your nutrition, and the tea if you are looking for something to relax you or replace coffee. My only complaint is the Moringa Capsules required 4 per day – and if there two of you taking them, you’ll fly through 90-count bottle. All the other supplements were 1 per day.

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Thanks to both Organic India and MomsMeet for this incredible example – and the beautiful stainless steel Thermos, so I can bring my tea to bible study!

 

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Sahara Sam's Special Needs Night

It’s happening again: Special Needs Night at Sahara Sam’s in West Berlin, NJ is all set for Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6-9 PM EST. We absolutely had a BLAST at Special Needs Night last November, and I totally recommend it. Embracing Imperfect is giving away a 4-pack of tickets to the event, saving you $17.95 per ticket!

 

This event features:

  • Quiet rooms should the event become overwhelming for your child
  • Modified lighting and sound throughout the water park
  • Options to bring your own snack of those of you on special diets or to dine from full service cafe
  • Limited ticket sales so that the park does not become too crowded

We had such a great time that night, from meeting the fire dog…

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to playing “Where’s Sam”…

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to just being a safe, nonjudgmental place with our awesome community.

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If you’re looking for a fun, night out that your kids can enjoy, enter now to win tickets to Sahara Sam’s Special Needs Night!

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Healthy & Gluten Free Coupons, 4/3/15 http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-4315/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/healthy-gluten-free-coupons-4315/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:44:24 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=20022 This post contains my affiliate links. Welcome to another week of organic, healthy, dairy free and gluten free coupon codes for you! In addition to these coupons and rebate apps, I recommend you join the following apps for additional savings: Snap, Checkout 51, Savings Star and Berry Cart. Checkout 51 also offers a rebate on Marley Coffee this week – $2.00 back on K-Cups or $1.00

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Welcome to another week of organic, healthy, dairy free and gluten free coupon codes for you! In addition to these coupons and rebate apps, I recommend you join the following apps for additional savings: Snap, Checkout 51, Savings Star and Berry Cart.

Checkout 51 also offers a rebate on Marley Coffee this week – $2.00 back on K-Cups or $1.00 on  bagged coffee. Combine with $1 or $1.50 cash back on Ibotta and be sure to sign up at Marley Coffee for your $1 or $1.50 coupon, for a combined savings of up to $5.00 on this fantastic organic coffee!

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How to Talk to Your Child with Special Needs – About Sex http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/how-to-talk-to-your-child-with-special-needs-about-sex/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/04/how-to-talk-to-your-child-with-special-needs-about-sex/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:00:46 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19985 I received these books from Family Christian to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own. Having a fully developed daughter with Down syndrome who is already 12 years old can be a scary thing. While Amelia may have no inclination as of yet about things like sex and marriage (I think), the fact is that the world has plenty to tell her about those things.

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Having a fully developed daughter with Down syndrome who is already 12 years old can be a scary thing. While Amelia may have no inclination as of yet about things like sex and marriage (I think), the fact is that the world has plenty to tell her about those things. Like many parents raising kids with special needs, I admit that I am guilty of thinking that perhaps these things “don’t yet” apply to my girls – but I may be wrong.

In “More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex,” author Jonathan McKee sets parents straight on the why’s and how’s of having not just “the Talk,” but creating a on-going dialogue with your child about sex, romance, love, purity and God’s will for all these things. The first chapter is a bit scary, as McKee shares facts like these (emphasis is mine):

  • “Young teens who viewed movies with sexual content were profoundly influenced by what they watched. They initiated sexual behavior earlier than their peers…” -Psychological Science study.
  • The average age of first Internet exposure to porn? 11.
  • “Teens who listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages (think “Blurred Lines”, a chart topper) were twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following 2 years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.” -Study from the journal Pediatrics.
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My sweet and honest tween. Well, as sweet and honest as a typical tween CAN be, anyway…

Scared yet? McKee devotes a whole chapter to stats like this, not to mention those that are relayed throughout the book, but the message is clear: If YOU’RE not talking to your kids about sex, then THEY are listening to someone else.

So what is a parent raising a child with difficulties in communication to do? Bottom line: Whatever you can. In “More Than Just the Talk,” McKee outlines a number of ideas you can start with and modify for your children (once you are past of the shock of all the stats you read in this book)! Here are what I thought were some of his best suggestions, and how I plan on modifying them for my girls:

1. Don’t make sex naughty.

I think this is a natural reaction for all parents, but when it comes to those of us who are reasonably sure our kids probably shouldn’t have kids or possibly never be sexually mature in their brain, we tend to fall back on this. The problem is telling them that sex is “naughty” is playing “all or nothing” with this idea. The reality is that sex is a God-created gift for married couples to share with each other, nothing more or less. And your child with special  needs may get married, for some of you, they may have children. If so, they need to know that sex is NOT dirty, naughty or “wrong” or it will mess them up when they do commit to someone. (Believe me, been there.) The lesson of “sex is wrong/naughty” links up all kinds of negativity with the act that will damage future relationships and mess up their marriages – or lead them to years of therapy. McKee gives you plenty of tips on how to teach your children why sex outside of marriage can be damaging but that sex within a marriage is healthy and leads to all kinds of good things – and none of them recommend teaching that it’s “naughty.”

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Her biggest questions right now? Why she can’t have that candy and why must there be a time limit on the iPad…but that will change!

2. Keep your eyes open for natural discussion.

This is difficult but the easiest places to start with this are song lyrics and TV shows. If you’re not comfortable straight up opening up the topic sex in your kid’s play list, ask about another complex topic your child might encounter to break ground – like death. I know, that’s also challenging but at least there’s no “embarrassment” factor. My daughter likes the song “If I Die Young” by Band Perry – this is a good way to practice discussing a challenging topic – and the faith that goes along with it. (I’m still wrangling out the “Bad Romance” chat…suddenly, Amelia’s been listening to that A LOT and those lyrics are just plumb confusing.) Or, start up a conversation about boys (or girls, if you have a son). I’m actually missing my daughter’s Justin Bieber phase because I’m not sure which teen idol she likes now. At that time, it gave me a great leg up on talking about boys, dating, feelings, marriage and waiting by opening with a simple, “He’s cute, isn’t he?”

3. Don’t avoid teaching about the racier Bible stories.

Oh, I’m not saying this isn’t a tough one but hello – sex is right  in there, starting in Genesis (one of the truly racier books in the bible, by the way) from chapter 1 (1:28) and including good old 4:1: “Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.” This goes back to point #1 and you need to keep these points IN or your child will struggle with other scriptural messages, like the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman or rules for holy living in Colossians 3. You don’t have to attack everything at once (and you may want a to do the NKJV version of Genesis 4:1 which says it without saying it) but the key is NOT to pretend that sex doesn’t exist. I think a lot more parents do this than would like to admit it, and I’m guilty of it too! While you should teach this stuff at the age appropriate level, be aware of things like early puberty in girls (as young as age 7) and early exposure to sexual messages pretty much everywhere in our culture-it’s tough to shield our kids from the radio, the ads, magazine stands! The Bible is an easy and safe source to talk about sex so go ahead and use it but make sure to pray and plan out your lesson first.

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Rockin’ out to “Bad Romance.” Time for a talk, sigh…

4. Teach your child his or her value.

This is not about raising narcissists, but about giving your children self-esteem by praising their accomplishments – not every act they do, but the stuff they work hard at or their talents or even taking on a chore without being told when you had to tell them every other day. That’s easy, but it’s also important to show them their value as a boy or a girl in God’s eyes. I tell my children that God made them just so wonderfully  (yes – I compliment beautiful breasts and pretty colored hair) and make sure each girl knows her strengths too. They both have a heart for others and nurturing skills, and while Amelia is creative, Zoe is smart. Both are loyal and that is an excellent trait when handled properly so I temper it as I’m beginning to teach about trust. (Judas and the Easter season are a great help). And I’m trying to work on teaching privacy, at least, why they need to be conscious to cover up this or that body part (it’s only for you and a select few people to see-future husband or doctor visit for pain or problem, for example). I let both my kids know that change clothes only when you are alone. It’s not taught as shame, it’s taught as privacy, which is valuable: “These are just for you and are private. If you get married one day, your husband can see it too.” I’ll admit, I’m stumbling my way around but I don’t want them NOT to have heard it.

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There is ALWAYS dancing in my house, I’m just lucky this one still prefers Disney tunes.

5. Don’t freak out.

When something crops up in your child’s line of site or hearing that is about sex, act naturally – don’t panic, don’t cover their eyes and don’t freak out. Of course, I’m not suggesting you let your 9 or 12 year old watch “Game of Thrones” – I’m absolutely for age appropriate monitoring. But sexual images and languages are all around and freaking out makes kids not only associate negativity with sex (see #1), it also opens up the “hmmmmm, what’s that about???” curiosity reflex.

So stop looking at teaching your kids about sex  as a one time “talk” and start thinking of this as a life long dialogue to engage your child so they can make right choices and have your wisdom (not your condemnation) in their head when they find themselves in tempting or compromising situations.

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The Books

I thought “More Than Just the Talk was an EXCELLENT guide to navigating sexuality with your kids using sound, Christian principles to discuss an uncomfortable topic – and make it easier for your family to talk about. The second book I got to review for this post is “The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating” by Andy Stanley – and this one is a gem! While it does have a Christian author and perspective, Stanley masterfully approaches the topic for young adults and older teens by talking to them where they are at. His tone is effective if, as I believe and experienced, you think that younger people have a sex life that causes them pain, trouble, loneliness or the inability to find the “right” person. (He tackles that topic right off the bat!) This is an amazing guidebook and it’s totally non-judgmental, as well as full of sound wisdom. This book would have saved me a lot of pain, tears and bad decisions when I was young, dumb and single. Or, at least I think it may have – I was pretty hard-headed  and single-minded when it came to guys in my youth. “New Rules” is the cure for that.

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Kid’s Book Review: Whatever Wanda by Christy Ziglar http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/03/kids-book-review-whatever-wanda/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/03/kids-book-review-whatever-wanda/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:08:19 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19994 Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, for providing this prize for providing a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. If you have a tween or tween, you are probably familiar with the following word: Whatever. I can tell you, I sure am! For a girl who doesn’t speak very well, Amelia sure has mastered this word in all it’s forms: the under-the-breath

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If you have a tween or tween, you are probably familiar with the following word:

Whatever.

I can tell you, I sure am! For a girl who doesn’t speak very well, Amelia sure has mastered this word in all it’s forms:

  • the under-the-breath “whatever”
  • the flat out “I’m letting you know I’m not gonna do this in any kind of Christian spirit whatsoever” version in answer to telling her to do something
  • and she’s really mastered this one>> “What.      EVER.”

Yikes. Never has a single word struck so much…angst in a parent.

Now a children’s book comes along from Shine Bright Kids and Christy Ziglar. You may remember this author from my review of “Can’t Wait Willow.” In “Whatever Wanda!” a family trip to the Rubber Duck Day festival leaves a girl in a surly mood. From the moment she rolls out of bed, Wanda approaches everything with a bad attitude, from waking up (“WHATEVER!”) to when kids wave hello at the event (a quiet “Whatever.”) Oh my gosh, I recognized my child in every page of this book! While Amelia pouted through the reading, my barely-verbal child became more and more engaged as I acted out the “whatever’s.” Zoe thoroughly enjoyed this book even the ending. I won’t ruin the details but I can tell you that Wanda’s attitude adjustment is helped by a grown up – so yes, you even get tips on how to help a child through a bad attitude.

Like all Shine Bright Kids books, “Whatever Wanda!” begins with advice for adults from author Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator, Zig Ziglar. Through the book, kids can look for the star (Zoe noticed it straight off) and figure out how the star is feeling – which tracks along as a reaction to Wanda’s attitude. Funny thing is, I read this book and thought of my own childhood and the times I refused to give up the pout at events that *could* have been fun, if I had let them. Wanda’s experience rings true for kids who are in a bad mood and get “stuck” and shows how a helpful adult can bring around change – without wimping out and with letting her know gently how her mood ruined her own day.

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I recommend this book! Bright, beautiful and engaging, “Whatever Wanda!” is perfect for kids to understand before they have attitude issues. Zoe got a kick out of it. This hard cover retails for $14.99 (U.S.) and is available April 1, 2015.

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Happiness is Homemade Linky #64 http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/03/happiness-is-homemade-linky-64/ http://embracingimperfect.com/2015/03/happiness-is-homemade-linky-64/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:08:42 +0000 http://embracingimperfect.com/?p=19983 Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade!! You all rocked last weeks party!! There were so many awesome posts! I encourage you to pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and check out some of the link ups; don’t just link and run! Have fun and make new friends! We have a terrific group of co-host’s so I encourage you to

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Welcome back to another great week at Happiness is Homemade!! You all rocked last weeks party!! There were so many awesome posts! I encourage you to pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and check out some of the link ups; don’t just link and run! Have fun and make new friends!

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