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10 Ways To Motivate Keeping Rooms Clean

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Motivating my children to clean up isn't always the easiest. But teaching them how to clean is so important for helping you manage your home and to learn life lessons. As I write this, my daughter had to take a nap all of a sudden instead of cleaning her room.  So, I'm no expert, however, I have had success and still learning to have more success too.

Keep it simple - Anyone gets overwhelmed seeing a complete disaster. Break it down by doing the easy part first, like trash and laundry, and go from there.Be a role model - Keep your area clean especially your room. If you don't keep clean, your children will not want to or think that they should keep theirs clean. Have storage containers - Items need a home. Make sure you have enough containers for your children's items and toys.Start tossing - You and your children should purge the things that you no longer need, use or want.  Keeping things simple will only help when cleaning. Think about this when you do your closets w…

15 Fun facts about cerebral palsy day

Did you know that March 25 is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day?  National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day originated in 2013 due to a government resolution < https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/sres89> to celebrate. The nation has come a very long way in accepting cerebral palsy and understanding cerebral palsy, but there is still some work to do. In my lifetime, I have seen some major improvements in the treatment of people who have cerebral palsy, and that is an excellent thing to see.
I compiled a list of 15 points to consider when you communicate or with someone with cerebral palsy. These are facts and suggestions to make both of your lives just a bit easier. On March 25, don't forget to wear green to show your support for cerebral palsy. Educate others about the disability as well.
Cerebral palsy is not a sickness or disease. No one can catch or get rid of cerebral palsy.  It is a brain injury. The brain injury is usually cause by lack of oxygen to the brain befo…

Mediterranean Diet and Breast Cancer

Who doesn't want to cut their risk of breast cancer? Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to preventing cancer and everyone is different. However, it is comforting to know that there are some lifestyle changes we can do to at least try to prevent cancer. A few weeks ago, we learned that exercise may prevent the reoccurrence of breast cancer.  This week, a study by the International Journal of Cancer (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.30654/full) says that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the chance of estrogen receptor negative causing breast cancer.
Estrogen receptor negative breast cancer usually does not have a very good outcome. With this type of cancer, estrogen has no affect on the growth of the cancer tumor. The fact that the tumor is not affected by the estrogen means that there are a limited treatment options. Luckily, each day there are studies and techniques to conquer this form of breast cancer.  Mostly women who are post menopausal are more likely to get e…

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is a very important and exciting month for cerebral palsy. March is cerebral palsy awareness month, and during March, we can educate, volunteer, and get to know people with the disability. Green is the color for cerebral palsy awareness so you should wear green for more than St. Patrick's Day.
First of all, what is cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy is a condition that will affect otherwise healthy movements of someone's limbs overall body. With cerebral palsy, moving can appear to be stiff, jagged, or very active and sporadic. Movements in the right direction or the way the person wants can be challenging and takes a bit of patience. 
I like to compare having cerebral palsy to faulty wiring in a computer.  You might hit "enter" but the computer thinks you're hitting the "delete" key. As you can guess, this is frustrating, but people who have cerebral palsy learn how to adapt and have normal lives.
There isn't a cure for cerebral palsy as of yet. Med…

First finding out you have breast cancer

When you first discover that you have breast cancer, the world stops and spins about a million times. Nothing can or will ever prepare you for hearing anyone tell you, "I'm sorry to tell you but we found cancer in your biopsy." Or how my oncologist put it, "We found a little bit of cancer." That is like saying that you're a little bit pregnant.  You either are or you aren't - there isn't a happy medium.
Even if you are the strongest, healthiest, beautiful, emotionally healthy woman that ever struck the Earth, hearing the words that you have breast cancer will make you feel things that you never felt before. I actually beat myself up for how I reacted to my phone call. I cried, shook, and couldn't speak to anyone about it for a few hours. I thought to myself, "come on, you can handle this! You handle everything else!" 
But, listen, when you have cancer, it is okay to feel whatever you need to feel and act however you need to act for the f…

March is just around the corner

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Jason turned 4 on February 20!  It's hard to believe that he is four now.  Jason can do so many things and is learning more each day. He is completely potty trained even at night.  He knows all of his colors, letters and can count to 20. He is very interested in the clock and tells me what numbers the hands are on.  He can dress himself including shoes and jacket.  Jason speaks clearly and in sentences. He naps about two hours a day. 
Jason loves to play. He asks me several times a day, "Mommy, will you play with me?"  He is lovable and extremely active.  I think his biggest fan is Laura. Jason loves school and his friends.  He wishes that he could go all week.  He also has swim class which he's not that into. 
Laura is doing very well. She will be ten and a half soon. She is getting very good grades in school. She takes drawing, clarinet and ukulele lessons.  Laura also is into the piano. She is very smart and funny.  My heart explodes when she says she loves me. Her …

Dating 101 for People With Disabilities

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Dating is difficult for everyone at one time or the other.  Disability or not, finding a date, asking for a date, and actually going out on a date is stressful. What do you do when you have a disability and want to date? Should you just forget about it and move on single for the rest of your life?  No! You get yourself together, create a goal and follow your dreams no matter what people say or self doubt in your mind.
I would be lying to you if I said dating is easy when you have a disability.  It's not and can be awkward, disappointing and plain old frustrating! However, nothing worth having in life comes easy. I will offer my own advice based on my own personal experiences and observations. But I can't tell you that my experiences will be exactly like yours or you will feel how I felt.  I'm hoping that I can encourage you to follow your heart and own life path.
Who are you besides having a disability? What do you like and dislike? Who are you attracted to and why? Are you …