• How to survive a government shutdown without pay

    How to Survive the 2019 Government Shutdown

    Another Shutdown….Now What? Yep, it appears as if this is becoming something we as governmental employees and families can count on. Seeing as this is the longest shutdown on record (with no current end in sight), let’s talk about How to Survive the 2019 Government Shutdown. Regardless of your political views, we’re all at a point where times are tight financially. The average American family lives paycheck to paycheck, and the burden of a governmental shutdown without savings on hand is scary and overwhelming. It’s 100% out of our control when it’ll all open back up and we’ll return to receiving those hard earned paychecks, so let’s control what we can…

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    Top 5 Essential Oil Blends For The Cold and Flu Season

    Cold Season Has Arrived Ugh, cold season…it’s back. It’s October and children have been back in school for at least a month now. We all know what that means, we’re rapidly approaching prime cold season because kids love to share. Through my experience of using essential oils, these are some of my most tried and true essential oil recipes. In hopes of saving your home from that dreaded first sniffle or being taken down with the plague, I’m going to share some of my favorite essential oil blends. In my opinion, these are the top 5 essential oil blends for the cold and flu season. Simple Morning Blend The Simple…

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    9/11: A Day Remembered

    A Day in History Today is such a vivid day in my memory, as I’m sure it is for all of you. I remember where I was, what I was doing, and that I pretty much cried all day. We watched the second tower get hit live on television while in global history class. I remember that frantic feeling among teachers and students, as we all very quietly exited school. It’s as if we were all in a trance. A trance caused by shock, pain, horror and fear to name a few. I remember watching the news all day long from my cousin’s home because I was babysitting their baby girl.…

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    Celiac Disease Diagnosis

    The Day My Life Changed I remember getting my celiac disease diagnosis on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008. What is Celiac Disease?….and how the hell do I even manage such a diagnosis? I was overwhelmed and slightly depressed by it all, if I’m being honest. The relief I felt having answers to all of my pain, medical issues, and constant exhaustion, is indescribable. Especially being one in which my medication was a diet change and not an actual mediation, but I was so angry. WHY?! In retrospect, I was angry becausde I didn’t know. I had no idea what to expect or how I’d function with such diet restrictions. Nobody taught…

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    What is Celiac Disease?

    What is Celiac Disease? What is Celiac Disease? It’s an autoimmune disorder in which the body is unable to process gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye). Consuming gluten as someone with Celiac Disease, the body begins to attack the small intestine. This attack leads to damage of the villi, which are small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, and are meant to promote nutrient absorption. When these villi get damaged, nutrients are unable to be absorbed properly into the body. Think of it this way, no matter how healthy your diet is, you’re malnourished. Is it Hereditary? Celiac Disease is hereditary and there is a 1…