Are you Aware of the Health Problems that are Linked to certain Chemicals Found in many Hand Sanitizers?

I am not a doctor, or a licensed medical professional. The information that I share is from personal experience and research.  I am not paid or endorsed for any of the products that I mention on my blog.

My children are back in the classroom for school and I find the amount of times per day that they are directed to use hand sanitizer to be alarming!!! Teachers and staff aren’t to be blamed, as they are following the rules that have been passed down to them. Rules and procedures are what they are, but we still need to be mindful of what we are putting in/on our bodies, and our children’s bodies.

Do you know what is lurking in your hand sanitizer??

Hand sanitizers often contain chemicals called parabens that prevent the growth of bacteria. They’ve been linked to a host of dangerous health problems including cancer, (as well as breast cancer), neurotoxicity and endocrine disruptions. They can affect fertility, and make for hormone problems and reproductive toxicity.  These parabens can weaken the human immune system, as well as create antibiotic resistance. And lastly, they can cause skin irritation, including Eczema; and they can also speed up the skin’s aging process.  It is important to avoid labels that include these (way too common) parabens such as: butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

When necessary, I like to use less toxic versions of hand sanitizer, some of which are pictured below. (I am not paid or endorsed for any of the products that I mention on my blog.)

 

I am amazed on almost a daily basis at how many people I know are unaware of the harmful effects of hand sanitizer. It also startles me when I have heard others say that all of the hand sanitizer use is a “good thing.” When you know better, you do better. PLEASE RESEARCH the harmful/negative effects of hand sanitizer. I promise that it will shift your awareness.

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You Don’t Need to Have Gone Though any Spiritual or Religious Training to Bless People, Places, or Things Around You.

We all have the power to send a blessing to another person, a specific area or to things (like food) before we eat it.  You don’t need to be religious, belong to a certain church or even have any specific religious or spiritual training to send a blessing. You can simple asked that something be “blessed” or you can ask that God/Source, Angels and even Spirit Guides bless…(fill in the blank.)

When you “bless” another person, place or thing, you raise its vibration. And, not that we are looking for anything in return, but when we send a blessing, we also raise our own vibration.

Recently, when illness, violence and fear started to spread during the Covid Pandemic and the riots in the city of Chicago, I would go for a walk each morning and send a blessing. When I got to the park that I consider to be the center of my neighborhood, I would picture a ball of light. I would ask “God, Angels and My Spirit Guides to… “Please bless and protect my neighborhood, my town, my county, my state, my country and the world from illness, violence, hate, and fear.” As I did this, I would picture the white light going out in a spiral, and I would visualize it first covering my town, my county, then the state, the United States, and then the entire globe. I did also say the town’s name, along with the county and state’s name, but there is no wrong way to send a blessing. When I was done asking for the blessing, I would say “thank you” or “and so it is.”

When it came to the above-mentioned blessing, I did ask assistance from God, Angels, and my Spirit Guides most of the time, but there were times that I also asked Mother Mary to assist, and I called upon Jesus Christ, as well. Again, there is no wrong way to send a blessing, just like there isn’t a wrong way to pray. My mentors have always taught me that as long as the intention is there, all is fine.

be blessedHere are some other examples on how to send a blessing:

  • As you say goodbye to someone, you can wish them to “Have a blessed day!” or “Bless your heart!”
  • Before you eat, you can say out loud or in your head, “Bless this food!
  • Maybe you see someone out in public, or at work who is going through something or struggling with something. In your head, you can say, “Bless that person.”
  • You can also ask that animals and geographic locations be blessed.
  • You can send a blessing to buildings, such as to schools. An example would be “Please bless and protect (i.e. School) and all of the students and staff who are there.”
  • You can also send a blessing to your children, family members and your friends.

The list can go on and on….

If this resonates with you, or you feel the pull to do so, try sending a blessing to someone or something today. When you are done, see if anything feels lighter or different to you.

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Have you been releasing anything lately? Or have you noticed certain things falling away from you/your life??

Have you been releasing anything lately? Or have you noticed certain things falling away from you/your life?? During this time, things that are not serving our highest good are clearing away. We are going through a bit of a cleanse or a detox right now.
What has changed, disappeared or altered?
What about your JOB or the way that you do your job? Are you really going to ever be back in your place of work 5 days a week from 9-5 if you can be productive from home? Is business travel necessary if meetings can take place online? Maybe you are re-evaluating a different career path all together or looking for an alternative source of income?
What about the PEOPLE you normally would hang out with, or your RELATIONSHIPS? Many of us haven’t been able to have physical contact with those in our social circle, but have some of those people started to show you their true colors in recent months? Maybe by how they are handling the pandemic? Maybe they have shown you through their social media posts? Maybe things are coming to light, or to the surface in one way or another? Are “your people” maybe not the people who you thought that they were? Are you evolving to the point that you don’t relate to some of the people you used to hang with? Maybe you have realized that it it time to move on?
What about your daily BEAUTY ROUTINE? (That has clearly changed while most of us have been home for the past few month.) If you’ve lived without certain products or services up to this point, do you really ever need all of them again? Maybe you are re-evaluating your spending habits and have decided there are things in your daily beauty routine that you can live without? Maybe you can find things in your cabinets or pantries at home that work just as good as expensive store bought products?
What about your FASHION CHOICES? After we’ve dressed in comfort for so long, why would we ever want to suffer in tight or uncomfortable clothing again? Maybe you have realized that you only wear a few outfits or the same pieces of clothing on a regular basis and there isn’t a need for many of the items in your closet that you thought that you needed? What about the “quality” of the clothes or shoes that you buy? Are you maybe considering if you purchased better-made items, they would last longer and you would not have replace things as often, or produce as much waste when you discard worn out items?
Are you not into REALITY TV like you used to be? Perhaps the “drama” seems tone deaf lately? Or perhaps, just like in other places in our world, you see the “masks” falling off of the people you follow/watch and they are not the people they portrayed themselves to be in their show or social media? Perhaps you’ve come to realize that you have better things to do with your time than watch senseless drama?
What about the choice of BUSYNESS? Was running around to your kids’ 10,000 activities really serving your family’s highest good? When things resume, will all of these activities be asked for by your children or enjoyed?
Are you re-evaluating your current FOOD SOURCE? Are you releasing the idea that you need to depend on a store for your food? Maybe you are deciding that you or your community can produce your own food or use local resources to get what you need?
What about traditional EDUCATION? What is actually needed for learning when it comes to the location and time spent learning?
When you release things, or the idea of things, that no longer serve your highest good, you are making room for the things that do or will serve your highest good! CHANGE will come with this cleanse or detox, and for many, change can be scary. If you release what is no longer serving your highest good, you will make room for better things, for a better way of life, to come your way. Start taking notice of what is changing, disappearing or being altered in your life and in the world right now as we go through this cleanse.
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What if stay-at-home orders, quarantining and social distancing are giving us the space and time that we need to reflect and evaluate the current path that we are on?

91436211_848307212357667_7070134176355188736_oWhat if stay-at-home orders, quarantining and social distancing are giving us the space and time that we need to reflect and evaluate the current path that we are on?
What if during this time, we are being given the opportunity to make changes or adjustments, or to choose an entirely different path all together?

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What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19?

What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19?

What if you distanced yourself away from the news, other people’s opinions, empty store shelves and social media for just one day?

It is fair to say that we are all suffering from Covid-19 Overwhelm. Too much of anything is never a good thing and sometimes too much information can send you down the rabbit hole. I am also a firm believer that if information needs to get to you, it will find you.

Under normal circumstances we all deal with  varying levels of stress in our day-to-day lives, but throw in a pandemic, and there are many new layers of stress added personally, professionally, emotionally and even physically. Anytime you feel that your stress level is about to reach its peak, it is time to hit the reset button. What if you took a day and hit the reset button?

What if you took a Mental Health Day Away from Covid-19What if you hit the reset button by turning off the news on your TV or electronic devices? The same news will be there tomorrow. And as I said before, I am a firm believer that if information needs to get to you, it will find you.

What if for a day you ignore any text messages from friends or family that have to do with the virus? And likewise, what if YOU refrain for a day from sending or forwarding around any text messages to friends or family that have to do with health information, funny memes or do I dare say a “designated Corona Prayer?” Don’t take this the wrong way, we should ALL be praying during this time but there is no “one-size-fits-all” prayer that if the chain gets broken by someone not forwarding it we are all screwed.

What if for a day you stayed out of the store? Looking at empty shelves that are missing necessities doesn’t help anybody’s stress level. Observing others dashing in and out of aisles like the virus is going to “bite them” while they are stocking piling for the end of the world can get under one’s skin and get in your head, too.

This may be the hardest suggestion yet, but what if you don’t participate in anything on social media that has to do with the Corona Virus for just a day? And by this I mean, you aren’t giving your time, energy or attention to any so-called (debatable) stats and facts, memes, images or news stories that appear in your news feed. What if you refrained from beating others over the head about how they need to be staying home with your posts, comments and temporary profile picture? (I get it, you feel that by spreading the word you are helping the situation or feel that you have a piece of control when everything seems out of control, but really, you are just beating more people up who are already feeling down. The ones who are not staying home or social distancing are not at home on social media to see you telling them to stay at home!)

Take a mental health day and do something that you enjoyed doing before all of the started. Do something that you find to be relaxing, try to rest, or try something that you have always wanted to do.  I promise that you will feel more balanced if you distance yourself from the news, information and the many opinions surrounding the virus and the fall out around it.  Even if it is just for a day, try to ignore it and leave it in a corner like a misbehaved child and go fill your head with something else.

Forty Ways to Keep Busy

spending timeQuarantine for many is terrifying. Maybe you are finding yourself with more time on your hands than what you are used to?   Maybe you feel that you have less time? Time is a gift and we get to choose how we use it. Here is a list of 40 things that you can do to honor the time that you have been given.

  1. Get plenty of rest. (Rest keeps your body and mind healthy and strong.)
  2. Bake something. If you make a double batch, share with someone. Baking can also help with stress as some find it to be calming and soothing.
  3. Be present. To be present means to have your focus, your attention, your thoughts you’re your feelings all on the task is at hand. You are present when you let go of the past and you don’t focus on the future.
  4. Check-in with family, friends, and neighbors to see how they are doing. You can see if anybody needs anything.
  5. Clean your home, vehicle, and garage. A messy, dirty, or cluttered space can make a person feel anxious and less focused.
  6. De-clutter cabinets, drawers and closets. Clutter is nothing but unprocessed memories. Clear the clutter and give what you no longer need away. If you aren’t able to donate items, put them aside in a box and when you hear of someone needing something, go to that box and give  what is in need away.
  7. Detox your social media feeds and contacts. You are what you read and come in contact with every day. Social media is a magnet for negativity and fear and it has the ability to ignite panic and false information at an exponential rate. Protect your own energy and mental state by unfriending, un-following, hiding posts and/or muting people who spread negativity and fear into your world.
  8. Educate yourself on how to preserve food.
  9. Email or call local non-profit organizations in your area and ask how you can be of assistance.
  10. Establish a community garden where you live.
  11. Exercise your intuition and learn to trust it. We all have intuition. Gut feelings are intuition.
  12. Fill your home or space with positive energy. Play music, open the windows to let fresh air in, pull back the curtains to let natural light flow in, invite nature in with houseplants, hang things that make you happy, or add some color around you.
  13. Find a personal mantra or daily prayer that you can say when you get up in the morning or throughout your day. A personal mantra is an affirmation to motivate and inspire you to be your best self. It is typically a positive phrase or statement that you use to affirm the way you want to live your life.
  14. Find things or do things that make you laugh.
  15. Get familiar old fashioned remedies that you already have in your cabinets with things like apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, baking soda, cinnamon and turmeric (to name a few).
  16. Get moving! Exercise, walk, move your body or dance.
  17. If you are religious, use this time to strengthen your relationship with your God/Creator. If you are spiritual, use this time to strengthen your spirituality.
  18. If/when you start planting your garden, plant a little extra for neighbors and strangers.
  19. Incorporate gratitude into your day. Go for a walk and in your head think about what you are grateful for, or before you go to bed at night, recite a list and give thanks for what you are grateful for.
  20. Incorporate uplifting sound into your day through music, chanting or church hymns.
  21. If you have children, have them journal as well.
  22. Learn deep breathing techniques. Deep breathing can decrease stress, stimulate the lymphatic system and increase both immunity and energy.
  23. Learn to meditate. Meditation clears the mind, calms the body and helps with decision making.
  24. Look around your home for ways you can scale back on your water and electrical use.
  25. Observe how much food you waste and make changes accordingly.
  26. Offer support to first responders, hospital workers, and public health officials in your area.
  27. Organize old family photos. (If you have children, teach them about relatives in old photos.)
  28. Read the books you have never started. Re-read books that you already have read.
  29. Reconnect your body to the earth. This is also known as grounding (or earthing). Grounding neutralizes free radicals. One way to ground is to walk barefoot outside.
  30. Research and get familiar with the term “Mutual Aid.” Imagine living it.
  31. Search your home for items that you can fix or repurpose instead of throwing away.
  32. Share whatever you have with another.
  33. Smile at others.
  34. Spend time outside in nature.
  35. Start something you have always wanted to start like a hobby, an organization or a skill set.
  36. Take the time to write a letter or send a card to somebody who matters to you. Teach your children how to write a letter or note and mail it off.
  37. Teach yourself to play an instrument.
  38. Throw your weight behind anyone willing to take on difficulty for the well-being of the collective.
  39. Unsubscribe from email and mail solicitations that you no longer need or want.
  40. Use this time to release grudges and forgive those who you think have wronged you.

How are you spending your time? Drop me a line or comment below to let me know.

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It has been Suggested that we “Prep” for “Significant Disruption” for the Arrival of the Impending Coronavirus. Are you Prepping? Would you Like to Know How I am Preparing?

Today, I had a Google alert ping my phone with a warning that the CDC put out stating that Americans should start preparing for not “if” but “when” the Coronavirus is going to disrupt our lives here in the States.

Everyday this virus is becoming more and more dramatic in the media and on social media which is spreading fear and creating chaos. Locally, the other day, I was in the grocery store and the few people who I was with at the checkout where discussing “what-ifs” if they were to contract the virus. And regularly my kids are coming home from school sharing what they have heard at school from classmates (out of the mouths of babes) about the Coronavirus which is mostly inaccurate information.

teaI don’t want to come across that I am making light of a virus that has been dangerous for the very old, the very young, and those who have a weak immune system and has unfortunately claimed a lives.  This “fire drill” however, is giving me flashbacks to the Swine Flu (which was considered a “Flu Pandemic” back in 2009, which everyone panicked about), as well as the Bird Flu, the Zika Virus, Ebola, and let’s not forget SARS and MERS.

As I write this today, in China, more than 50 million people are on lockdown as authorities race to try to contain the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people and infected thousands of others so far. News of the virus has prompted some concern in the United States, but a more common virus is posing a greater threat to Americans — the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season, there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses for the 2019-2020 season, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. The CDC reports there have been 54 reported flu-related pediatric deaths this season from Influenza B viruses.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness globally and kills up to 650,000 people annually.

I am not a doctor so this isn’t actual medical advice, but would you like to know how I am prepping for my family? At this time, I am making sure that I have the following on hand, (which we already do, as it is flu and cold season): Tea, water and soup (fluids), Tylenol/cookies and wineIbuprofen, Vitamin C, Elderberry Syrup, and an essential oil roller bottle mixture that I refer to as a “flu and cold bomb” (that I put on my kids or myself whenever we start to feel under the weather). Perhaps I will also make sure that I have a bottle or two of wine on hand, and a box or two of Girl Scout Cookies in the event the event that we have to hunker down. Panic is not part of my prep process.

All kidding aside, in our household, we are taking this “warning” in stride.  How about you?

You can reply in the comments section below or join the discussion on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheDiscussionCoffeeConversationTransformation/

How we Eliminated the Need for Asthmatic Medication in our Household

I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. The information that I share is from personal experience. Please consult your doctor or healthcare professional before exploring alternative avenues as they relate to you and your family’s health. I am not paid or endorsed for any of the products that I mention on my blog.

One of my children was diagnosed with asthma around the age of pre-school. It was identified right around the time that there was a nasty, upper respiratory infection going around that we caught. From that time forward, we were on nebulizers, steroids, nose sprays and then multiple inhalers and all sorts of allergy medicines over the years. As time went on, more and more meds were thrown our way and we were told that allergy shots should be considered.

Fast forward to just a few years ago, I took my children to see the Alternative Medicine Professional who I check-in with a few times a year. During the visit, she brought to my attention that “Asthma” is technically a fungus in the lungs. If you take care of the fungus, good-bye asthma.

“Wait!” “What?” “Nobody had ever mentioned this to me before, just take more meds instead!” I think my eyes fell out of my head. I was like, “You mean asthma can be “cured” in a sense?” The answer was “Yes!”

both medsShe suggested that we take a homeopathic Asthma product called “Desbio – Asthma Plus” for a few weeks, along with a product called “Oregacillin, which was basically an oregano and spice extract. After a while, she suggested that we eliminate the Desbio product, and just use the Oregacillian as regular maintenance. (The Oregacillian is for anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-spasmatic uses. It is used to boost immunity and support respiratory health.)

She also suggested that we don’t quit our regular allergy and asthma meds cold turkey, either. She suggested that we use the alternatives that she suggested in conjunction with our normal protocols and then eventually see if we can wean off of some of  our regular meds.

Well albeit, within a few weeks I noticed a BIG difference in my child. We DID start to wean off of the traditional meds and even inhalers. We weaned off to the point of only needing to incorporate the “traditional meds” if we got hit with a bad allergy week, or if a nasty bug. The few times we have been zapped, we’ve been able to hop back off of the traditional medicines again and just use the alternative medicines. It has been about three years now and I’m happy to say that our nebulizer is collecting dust!

Now, I do need to mention the fact that as kids get older, it is possible that they outgrow asthma. But based on what I witnessed in my child’s health, I can say I saw a change with using the alternative medicine products.

What worked for my family may or may not work for you and your family. Again, I am not a healthcare professional, but I think that it is  important for me to share my experience with you to help you to see that you can shift your awareness to different alternatives when it comes to you and your family’s health.

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Parents: At What Age do you Stop going to your Child’s Bus Stop?

My children are still in grade school and they take the bus to school. Our stop has a variety of children from kindergarten to sixth grade taking the bus. Some other parents (or grandparents, or babysitters) congregate at the bus stop, while others can’t, or choose not to.  I am fortunate enough that my schedule allows me to be at the bus stop with them in the mornings. On days that I can’t make it to the stop, I usually send a text to another parent or two asking them to please keep an eye on my children and to please let me know if they are doing anything that is inappropriate in my absence. (It takes a village!)  I also know a handful of parents seem surprised that I still go down to the stop nearly every morning.

Like many kids, my children tell me that I don’t need to go to the bus stop with them. In fact, some moms of older kids tell me that it is “un-cool” to be at the bus stop. Part of me would love to not have to leave the house, especially in the cold or the rain, but the other half of me, continually hears and sees things at the bus stop that usually lead to a conversation that needs to be had after the kids get home from school, or during dinner conversation. (As many others, my kids are a continual work-in-progress and continually need to be molded and taught how to be respectable human beings.)

Sure, kids will be kids, but right when I think I don’t need to, or shouldn’t go down to the stop anymore, something happens, or is said, that leads me to believe I still need to be around and address things with my children.

My concerns can sometimes have to do with safety issues like “Get out of the street while you are waiting for the bus!”

I have heard kids using words like “gay” in an inappropriate context, or trying to “school others” of what it means to be gay – many time in front of younger and impressionable ears with wrong information being provided.

Recently another child used the word “racist” in a negative way as he stated that he “wanted to watch something on his phone that was racist.” Also said in front of impressionable ears.

The other day I saw an unattended child licking rocks. (I can’t make this up.)  She thought she was being cute and said that they tasted like saw dust. Some of us parents tried to discourage her by telling her that they were dirty, but that didn’t stop her.

Many kids have devices these days, as do many kids at our stop, (mine still don’t – I know, that makes me “un-cool” again!) and I have seen them on their phones discussing how they are registering for things that they need to be over the age of 18 for. As a reminder, a few of these children are 12, but many are younger. (Chalk that up to different rules, different families, I guess.)

In the past I’ve heard children at our stop talk about world events and tragedies in heartless and at times, brash tones. They are children and have a lot to learn, and families address such events in different ways in their own homes, but I have found myself chiming in to these conversations when necessary.

I’ve seen a young child at our stop take things like fruit out of his or her lunch box and throw it at other children. Once it is thrown, it is left on the ground unless another parent suggests that it gets picked up.

Perhaps my bus stop is one of the worst ones in town? (Probably not.)

Or maybe all bus stops have a little of this going on? (Probably so.)

Kids will be kids, but I feel that they are continually a work-in-progress and they need pruning along the way.

 I don’t know about you, but I choose to continue to be an “un-cool” parent and keep my eyes and ears on my children as well as those around them – At least for a little longer.

So I ask, “At What Age do you Stop going to your Child’s Bus Stop?” You can reply in the comments section below or join the discussion on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JoinTheDiscussionCoffeeConversationTransformation/

Empaths can Remove Accumulated Energy by Taking a Shower or a Bath

This is a tip that I learned as an Empath, but you don’t need to be an Empath in order to benefit from it. We all pick up energy throughout our day. Empaths are sponges and pick up the energy from others.  Empaths pick up energy at work, at the store, while sitting in traffic, as well as from each person you interact with, and even from what we watch on T.V. or listen to on the radio. The energy you pick up accumulates in your body and can lead to fatigue, physical aches and pains and even anxiety. A quick way to cleanse and get rid of this accumulated energy is to immerse yourself in water or to take a shower. (Of course a dip in the ocean or mineral spring is also nice, but not necessarily easily accessible to everyone.)

If you choose to take a bath, you may wish to add sea salt, Epsom salt, and/or essential oils to the water. If it is a shower that you prefer, you can visualize the water from the shower head being a gold or white light washing over your body. (I find this to be re-charging.) Then, as the water runs off your body you can visualize energy that isn’t yours, (or any energy that is negative) washing away down the drain. You can also ask out loud that “any energy that isn’t yours, or which is not serving your highest good, be washed away.” It is as simple as that.

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