Filling up on chickpeas, and keeping eczema at bay

Chickpeas are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

To reduce the effects of eczema on my hands and arms I stopped eating foods that came in packages. Crackers and cookies, sauces and dips, and even condiments. This had a detoxing sort of effect on my liver and kidneys and I cannot tell you how quickly (relatively speaking) the eczema became less irritating. I endured three weeks of diligent ‘whole foods only’ diet with massive amounts of water to flush everything toxic out of my system.

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Rain and spilled tea

It’s like a November day outside today. Endless, streaming rain, cool temperatures, and pretty much everything I see irritates me: the dandelions are taking over my yard and it’s too wet to cut the grass, there are puddles in places there shouldn’t be puddles, the dog/house/kids are wet and muddy, and all outdoor sports we were so looking forward to are canceled.

When I woke up this morning and saw the gray, foggy wetness outside, I was looking forward to sitting on my couch, tune into the Weather Network, drink my tea and mentally organize my day. Lots of stuff on my plate, half of which will probably get canceled due to the weather. Continue Reading

Another thing to love about tweens

Tweens eagerly embrace independence, right? I know both my kids do, but particularly my older one. He’s 12, had a part-time job this past hockey season, finally owns his own phone, and has been taking public transit to and from school for months now.

He’s also taking me on a pretty fast and furious roller coaster. Not literally, of course…but there you have it. The teenage years are on the threshold…

Ha.

It’s probably not a secret that some tween kids aren’t crazy about school. Maybe some are  (my 9yo), but there are probably a fair amount that would prefer to wile away their days anywhere but IN school. Like this 12yo boy of mine…if there’s a chance to miss school he’ll gladly take it!

On the weekend I told him about an appointment I made for him at 2 pm on Monday afternoon.

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