Random act of kindness “rocks”

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There’s a new rock painting trend and you’re gonna want to jump on board!

I recently came across a facebook page called Plant City “rocks”. I had no idea what it was, but since I live in Plant City, I decided to join. The group was started as an ongoing random act of kindness. By painting rocks and hiding them around our city, it’s finder gets a memento to keep or re hide for someone else to find. Therefore, creating an all-time, all people’s scavenger hunt!

Of course I had to get in on the action! I scheduled a play date with a girl friend of mine and her kids to come along with me and my daughter to go on a rock hunt.
The perfect way to get the kids (and us mommas) outside, exercising and having fun! We picked a random park and got to walking and hunting!!…

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How to remove rust stains left in your bathroom from well water

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The very first house I rented as a 25 year old single woman had well water.
This was my first experience having/using/cleaning with well water.
I am sad to say, I had no clue what I was doing. I cleaned the toilet every day, the shower once a week. Yet the toilet had calcified, brown/orange stains that would NOT come out and the grout in the shower stayed orange. I always cleaned with bleach and even tried a bleach pen for the grout. This worked every other place I had lived… But not on well water.
I remember taking a butter knife and scraping away the calcification in the toilet to try and get it clean because it was so embarrassing having people use my bathroom and the toilet was perpetually dirty looking.

Fast forward to 30 years old, I am married and my husband and I are homeowners. Our…

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How to effectively remove mold/mildew from a stroller

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My husband and I recently learned that we’ve got baby #2 on the way! We have a 19 month old daughter and one of my first thoughts was, we’ve got to get a double stroller…

I was trolling on Facebook and came across a woman selling bulk yard sale items and lo and behold, there was a double stroller in her photos. I quickly messages her to ask if she would sell it separately and she said yes. For $10! WHAT?!? $10???? I asked if it was in good condition and she said yes! I quickly told my husband to get in the truck so we could head out for it!
I know, I know, don’t buy anything until first trimester is over… But for $10, I would chance it.

We got to her yardsale area and came upon the stroller…. It’s a Graco DuoGlider, and full of mold/stains due…

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A Healthy Body Starts With A Healthy Gut

The idea that bacteria is beneficial for our gut health is not revolutionary. We have all seen the commercials for certain yogurts that claim their product will keep you more regular. We understand that probiotics are necessary for digestion, but probiotics are becoming more and more important for other parts of our body as well.

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It seems that every day research is coming out about the amazing benefits that these “good” bacteria have on our body’s, and more importantly, our children’s body’s.  The gut regulates so many bodily functions that it is now becoming called the body’s “second brain”.  We now know that the majority of our body’s serotonin is actually produced in the digestive tract thanks to these good bacteria. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer and low serotinin levels can lead or contribute to depression or anxiety. If you or your family have a history of depression or anxiety, a probiotic may be helpful to help keep your serotonin at a normal level. Not only can these bacteria affect our minds, they also affect our immune system. About 75% of our immune function takes place in our digestive tract. These good bacteria are responsible for creating immune cells to help fight off illness. When the family is sick, make sure they are taking their probiotics. More and more research is coming out about our gut health relating to various pathologies, such as: obesity, Crohn’s disease, Type 1 diabetes (autoimmune disease), Type 2 Diabetes, autism, brain disease and food allergies. It is a really exciting time for researchers to link these different pathologies to various probiotics that can help reverse these conditions.

Our body’s are very good at regulating our gut bacteria, but certain things can alter our composition of bacteria in our gut. These things include: highly processed or unhealthy diets, high fructose corn syrup, overuse of NSAIDs, STRESS, antibiotics, alcohol, Polysorbate 80,  carrageenan, polyglycerols, glyphosate residues and irregular sleep cycles. Early symptoms of poor gut health is bloating after meals, flatulence, reflux, constipation or diarrhea.

In our baby’s, their gut bacteria is first populated by their journey down the birth canal. Mom’s bacteria will populate her baby’s gut as the baby exits the birth canal. If Mom has unhealthy bacteria in her digestive tract, she will pass them on to her baby. In order to ensure that the Mom has a good mixture of bacteria for her baby, I recommend taking a probiotic during her pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. The probiotic will also help with yeast infections that are very common during pregnancy.


Now that you know of all the amazing benefits of taking a probiotic, how do you get started? I recommend only taking probiotics that you will find refrigerated. These are live organisms and need to be refrigerated to make sure they don’t die on the store shelves. For infants, drops are best. These drops can be either applied to the nipple or put into the baby’s bottle. For toddlers, there are chewable probiotics. For older kids and adults, you can use powder or capsules. You want to make sure that the probiotic is specific for kids, women or men. Do you need to be on probiotics the rest of your life? The simple answer is yes. I cycle my patient’s on probiotics. I recommend 2 months on and 2 months off for adults. The only exception are for those that are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Those groups of people will be on probiotics long-term. If your child is constipated or colicky, they may need to be on the probiotics consistently until their stools are regulated or their temperament changes.  When you are taking a probiotic, I always recommend taking it with half a banana or some other type of prebiotic. A prebiotic is “food” for the good bacteria to chew on. This will help the good bacteria thrive and set up shop in your digestive tract. Other types of prebiotic foods are asparagus, garlic, onion and apples. If this is your first round of probiotics, expect some indigestion the first week. Bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation are all very normal the first week of probiotic use. This is due to the new good bacteria killing off the bad bacteria that have been living in your digestive tract.

Another great way to get more probiotics into your diet is with fermented foods. This includes, but not limited to: kefir (water or dairy), kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickled fruits and vegetables. These types of probiotics may be more difficult for your kids to eat, but you can experiment with the different flavors.


There are so many wonderful health benefits from healthy gut bacteria. If you are currently not on a probiotic, give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

The Curtain Shall Continue to Rise

I fear I have lost my creative edge yet I am unsure as to what needs to happen, at this time, in order to get it back. I will never give up my pursuit of acting, now that I have a small child, even though it’s far different than the pursuit in LA.

I need to be creative and express myself but have not yet found the right showcase in which to do so. In thr back of my mind, I feel as if I’m being held back due to a full time job and barely having family tI me in evenings. As I write this I realize that these are silly excuses. If something is fulfilling to me,then that is all the more reason to pursue it. It will give me my creative spark back and it’seems something I can expose Cooper too, with the hopes that he will also develop some of my interests. It could be our “thing” and a shared interest. That’s moving way too far ahead but it helps to give some hope and perspective.

I want to be the mom who is always there for her child, however it makes me a better person and mom if I continue to explore other passions as well. I just have to do so with confidence and not feel guilty. That might be the biggest test of all but it’s something I definitely need. It’s important to never lose sight of your own hopes and dreams even while raising a family. Otherwise once the kids are gone, it will be even harder to get back into and then the passion may be gone. We need a spark…a light…something that adds to our lives and makes us better parents overall.

I miss my previous life pursuing acting but known that it’s not over yet….only if I let it and that is not going to happen anytime soon! It’s time to stop convincing myself and just get out there and do it. I’ve got a lot of people left to entertain and make laugh!