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This post is written by me on behalf of Lifescript.com.
Breast cancer always seem to be at the forefront of the news and media. We are bombarded by the latest research and studies, conflicting information about risk and prevention, environmental causes, instances of “pinkwashing”, and of course the more sensational stuff like Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. It is hard to make heads or tails of anything you hear about breast cancer…at least it is for me. What breast cancer news can you trust and actually use?
In many ways my own journey with cancer was a piece of cake in comparison. Colon cancer just isn’t as newsworthy I guess and treatment doesn’t vary too much. Yet lately I have been trying to muddle through the data and the latest information regarding breast cancer because it has touched my life quite intimately. A loved one in my life has inflammatory breast cancer (one of the rarest and deadliest kinds) and of course I have taken to the Internet to read up on it.
When you are going through cancer or someone in your life is you have almost daily questions. Cure rates, treatment options, surgical options, treatment myths, stages, nutrition, side effects, and reducing risk are all things you find yourself wondering about and wanting to research. You also seek out others who are going through what you are. I have come to some pretty eye opening conclusions about breast cancer after my own research and first hand experience as I come along for the ride. My own battle with a different cancer in no way prepared me for the special brand of nasty that is breast cancer. Everything about it is different including treatment. Who knew that there were so many different types chemotherapy? Even for the same type of cancer. Not me.
Lifescript.com is a site I have been visiting often lately. It covers all sorts of health topics for women but their sections on various cancers are pretty helpful. It is hard not to be fearful of breast cancer when you have it in your family, especially when it is that rare cancer with the lowest survival rate. For me though it is empowering to be informed…
This weekend only get the awesome Kindle version of the book The Family Camping Handbook: Real Food in the Big Woods written by Katie of Kitchen Stewardship, absolutely free. It’s an awesome book and I highly recommend it if you have trouble coming up with REAL food ideas when you go camping or traveling.
What are some of the common camping foods? Canned beans, ramen noodles, hotdogs and white bread buns, pop tarts??? We cannot buy those easy but nutritionally devoid items and call them food. This book gives us some great alternatives that are just as easy to cook up while camping and yet they are actually food. Enjoy!
This post brought to you by White Cloud. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am not a facial tissue consumer. We almost never, ever buy them. At home we opt for reusable cloth hankerchiefs. They are soft, easy to clean, and easy to always keep on hand when we need them. This is a practice I learned from my dad. He wore suits nearly every day and you would not find wadded up pieces of paper tissue in his pockets. He carried around a nice “hankie” at all times.
Of course I did say we almost never buy facial tissues. There is one time each year when we do buy them and that time is actually right around the corner….back to school season. My kids are about to begin summer break this week but within a 3-4 weeks I will likely start thinking about all the stuff they will need to return to school with and one of those items is facial tissues (the paper kind). They are always on the school supplies lists and since I take so many liberties with the other items (ie no plastic baggies and beeswax crayons instead of Crayola) I am happy to get exactly what they want in this regard. I can make a more conscious and savvy decision on what to buy though and a good option in my mind is White Cloud.
Why are they just a bit better than their competitors? Well, White Cloud Facial Tissue is made from renewable sources and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. You are also supporting a worthy cause. Last January they teamed up with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and asked children who were receiving treamtment there to design some tissue boxes. The top ten were then posted to the White Cloud Facebook Page where fans voted for their favorites. The three designs that got the most votes are available now in Walmart stores (since May 25) for a limited time and the company will donate $15,000 to each of the winning artist’s hospitals. I like the idea of buying a product made with more environmental awareness obviously but I also like supporting a company who is doing philanthropic work.
If you want to look for them in your own back to school shopping check the White Cloud Store Locator. And make sure to check out July’s All You magainze for a .75 cents off coupon. Every litle bit helps!
This post brought to you by Allstate. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am not generally an optimistic person. I don’t see the glass as half full without a little effort. I worry a lot. I stress a lot. My stomach being tied in knot is almost a daily occurance. It doesn’t have to be over anything big either. It could be the fact that I have to float a bill (I hate that) or that I got stuck in traffic and my kids have to survive ten minutes at home without me after school. I take little stresses like that and turn them into a big deal. That is just what I do. Doubt, worry, and fear are the enemies of happiness.
To overcome that part of myself I have to be more conscious of my attitude, my reaction to things and situations, and I have to live in the moment. When you live in the moment you don’t allow yourself to worry and stress. You just breathe and exist and find the joy in right this minute.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
I am writing about this because AllState has prompted me to write about the subject and their Allstate Good Life slogan. I am not a customer actually but I adore their slogan and I love their mayhem commercials. They always make me laugh out loud and that is one of the things I try to be more conscious to do (see more below). It is WORK for me to stay positive and live in the moment but it is worthwhile work. When I do, I can be grateful for just how good my life is. I have an AMAZING life and I refuse to let life’s little worries and issues morph into anything that robs me of my happiness. Here are my personal tips for amplifying the good things and letting go of the bad…
Minimalism – Less clutter, less cleaning, less stress.
Affirmations – I read and recite them daily to remind me of how good I have it.
Follow Passions – I love to write (and so I do – every day).
The Law of Attraction – Think it, dream it, feel it and good things just happen.
Laugh and Smile – When feeling down I watch funny movies or Youtube videos (ahem… the Allstate Mayhem commercials) until I am no longer down. I also smile at everyone I come across.
Work Hard – Who has time to worry when you are busy, busy, busy.
Take One Step at a Time – When anything seems daunting or out of my reach I make an action plan and tackle it step by step until it is done.
Take Time for Myself – I take lots of “me time” when I need it. I read, I go to a movie, I go execise, I get a pedicure or a haircut. I spend time and money on nothing but me.
Slow Down – Look out windows, go for walks, sit with a cup of tea and nature. Do nothing for short spells and realize that life doesn’t have to hurried.
Speaking of affirmations…this is one of my favorite quotes/sayings about fear (or it’s cousin worry). Can you tell me (in the comments) where it comes from???? ;)
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
So far in 2013 I have had an amazing ride. I am grateful I have gotten to:
Travel to Detroit for the big auto show and meet up with some of my best girlfriends.
Take the family for a weekend at an indoor waterpark in the middle of winter.
Compete (and do very well) in The CrossFit Games Open.
Watch my husband squat 335 lbs and deadlift 450 lbs at a regional CrossFit competion.
Learn to brew my own delicious Kombucha at home.
Attend a Climate Change rally in Washington D.C. (and see the sites) with my 12 year old son.
Take my kids to the zoo weekly with our season passes.
Visit local gardens and take my kids fishing.
Take my daughter to Manhattan for the weekend to see a red carpet movie premiere.
Win a bunch of free stuff online.
Find all of our needs and wants second hand via Craigslist and thrift stores.
Go garaging saling on Saturdays.
I could go on and I could certainly list a few bad things that have happened but the good is numerous and it outweighs any of the bad. I have a great life! And I need to remember it.
How do YOU stay positive and reflect on your good life? Comment if you have tips to share!
Hi there! I am a green, paleo, crossfit mom of three. I am concerned about health, wellness, and sustainability issues. This is my life. This what I am passionate about. Come get to know me and feel free to connect. Enjoy!