Manic Monday: God Sends Reassurances

If you’ve been pregnant (or lived with a pregnant woman), you know the hormones affect more than your body. They affect your brain and wreak havoc with your emotions. The belly is growing, the joints are loosening, the memory cells aren’t firing all the time, sleep can be elusive, and my emotions often run away…

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, part 2

Last week, We discussed two of the big names in insect repellents: Permethrin and DEET. Permethrin is an insecticide that, in addition to be used in some insect repellents, is also used in many large-scale spraying programs. Permethrin is had some serious side effects, especially if it’s ingested (it’s scary stuff). DEET is better known,…

Manic Monday: Avoiding the Pregnancy Panic

This is my 7th pregnancy. If, God willing, everything goes well, it will be my 6th birth and baby. It is incredible how much more information is available now compared to my first pregnancy. 12 years ago, I had a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. That’s the book everyone said I needed….

Insect Repellent: Pick Your Risk, Part 1

When I started researching the various types of insect repellent on the market, I expected simple, straightforward information. Some products would definitely have health concerns, others would be far safer, end of discussion (or blog post). Unlike many products, though, insect repellents include an increased level of risk assessment. Insect-borne diseases are imminent, frightening dangers…

Manic Monday: The Sneak-Away Celebration

My birthday and our anniversary both happened last week. Because Murphy’s Law is real, my husband was working on both of them. That makes planning a celebration more challenging. Naked truth here, I’m 99.9% fine with not celebrating my birthday. It’s nothing to do with age (I’m 41, so now you know). If you asked…

Manic Monday: The Anxious Ballerina

The Ballerina is 11. It’s an odd age, not one of the little kids, not even one of the big kids, but not a teen either. For about a month, the usual struggles of being a tween have shaded over into anxious worries. It was quite a surprise–as we wrapped up May, our extra-curricular activities…

Is Sunscreen THAT Scary?

It’s 100 degrees here today, which is not normal for Wyoming in June. It’s “Help me, I’m melting, what a world, what a world,” weather, which is why I’m blogging from my basement.   Summer is here in every sense of the word. It means swimming lessons, evenings at the lake, cook-outs, and all those mean…

Beauty Should Not Be Toxic

Once upon a time, I was a Mary Kay Lady.  Not for very long, and I was terrible at it.  From a distance of fifteen years or so, I can recognize that I was a very different personality than my up-line.  I can also recognize that I was not ready to give Mary Kay the…