Thursday, May 14, 2015

Please Don't Fart on the Dog!!!!

When I was single and had no children, my mom used to tell me stories of my brother's crazy antics growing up. She would always end by saying, "Just wait till you have kids". In the back of my mind I'm thinking, my kids are going to be perfectly, well mannered, loving, and full of God's Grace. They will never aggravate, annoy, argue, or make a mess of any kind.


I was so disillusioned and naive. . . 

Here are just a few of the things I find myself telling my boys, weekly, if not everyday. 

Do not sniff the dogs butt.

The whole roll of toilet paper does not go in the toilet at one time. 

Do not pee under the trampoline.

Please keep your clothes on, we have guests.

The toothpaste does not belong on the walls.

No attempting to ride your skate board down the stairs.

Please do not eat the dog's food, it's almost dinner time.

Ice Cream is not an acceptable breakfast food.

Shampoo + Soap + Conditioner = a shower not a science experiment. 

Do not use shaving cream as shampoo!


Please do not plant dandelions in my garden. 

Butter is not to be eaten as a snack.

Do not twerk on the side of the road waving your pumpkin in the air at the pumpkin stand. 

Fruit snacks do not make your socks non-skid.

Please do not use the entire tube of hair gel in one sitting. 

Do not stare at me in the middle of the night till I wake up and then yell I CAN'T FIND MY SHIRT!!!

Do not chase your brother with a blade of grass. You know he abhors the color green. 

The floor is not your trash can!

Please chew your food in a timely manner. Six hours to eat a bite of steak is not an acceptable time line.


Mustard is not shampoo!!


Do not fart on the dog. He doesn't like it!

Please do not bring in every bug known to man in the house. 

Please tell me when your imaginary friend is a soda can so I won't throw it away causing horrible emotional trauma. 

Goldfish crackers belong in your mouth not up your nose. 

The fluff in the pillows is to stay in the pillows. It is not snow. 



So, what things have you told your kids NOT to do this week?


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Snap Type for OT Review

A few weeks ago I talked about Dysgraphia and how it affects those who have been diagnosed with the disorder.  My oldest son has this and it has had a huge impact on his school work. So much so that not only could his teachers and I not read his work, but he couldn't as well. Not only could he not read it but it upset him that he could not write like his peers.

After several meetings with the teachers who help him throughout out the day, it was decided that he needed assistive technology to help him. He needed to be able to type out his homework. It's been two weeks since he started this and it has made a world of difference.

Assistive Technology


His teachers can now read what he has answered and can now see that he does understand the concepts he is learning. The program he is using is one I have mentioned before, called Snap Type for OT.

SnapType is an app that allows the student to take a picture of the worksheet or a page in a workbook etc. and attach text boxes where the answers should go. They can then type in their answers and either email them to the teacher or print them out and take them to school.

Snap Pictures of homework

Teaching my son how to use the app was simple. And he caught on very quickly. He has even learned how to flip the image, adjust the font size, and save his work. I do, however, still need to help him take the picture and organize the files so he can find them later.

Easy to use tech for kids

 One thing, I did have issues with is the camera. The camera on the iPad seemed a tad wonky when using this app. At times, it would appear upside down or sideways when my paper was right side up. I spoke to the creators of SnapType, and was given a simple tip to combat that issue. Simply, tape your document to a whiteboard or the wall and take your picture vertically, rather than on a counter or table. It worked like a charm!

Once your child has completed their homework, you have the option to share it as an image, a PDF or  SnapType document. From there you can print it out or you can email it to the teacher that made the assignment.

Assistive Tech for Kids

Overall, I am super impressed with how easy it is to use. My son figured out how to use it the first night. His teachers have told me that they are excited to be able to see his progress and to finally be able to see that he understands what he's learning.  Granted, it takes some time to do homework since we have to take a picture then print it out or email it but in the end it's all worth it. 

In addition to helping him overcome his frustration, it's preparing him for middle school where there will be a lot more homework. Also, it has helped him feel better about himself. He's so proud of himself to be able to produce work that his teachers can read and understand. 

SnapType for OT is free unless you want the features that come with the Pro version then it is $2.99, which in my opinion is worth the money. This app works on an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with an iOS of 8.0 or higher.  It is optimized for the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus. I have been told that an updated version will allow Android users to use the app as well.  When it will be available has not yet been determined. 

What apps do you use to help your kids in school?





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Healing Salve for Dogs

When my kids get hurt I usually clean the cut, put some type of antibiotic on it and bandage it. And they tend to get hurt often. They are boys after all. We have two other boys that aren't as accident prone but still need some TLC every once in a while. Boys of the furry variety.

Healing Salve for Dogs


Sam is a 200 lb. English Mastiff, who is the biggest baby. He's afraid of cats, metal clinking on metal and hates being outside. He loves to participate in the Tour de Poop every time he goes outside to do his stuff. He drinks water like he hasn't had it in hours. ALL THE TIME!! We fill his water dish to the top at least 4 times a day and his water dish is a large salad bowl (remember he's afraid of clinking metal).

English Mastiff


This is Riley, our mini Schnauzer. He's sweet but very emotional. When people come to visit he thinks they are here to come play with him. He will bring them a toy then cries and follow them all over the house with said toy if they don't commence the throwing of the item (usually an angry bird). When he's mad, he turns his back to us but will turn his head around to see if we are looking.

Mini Schnauzer


When they get hurt most of the time it's a small scrape or spot that's irritated and it's silly to go to the vet every single time they have an ouchie, not to mention, expensive.  I have discovered that I can use a healing salve that can help encourage healing of small irritations, hot spots,  wounds, dry or cracked noses, and protection, as well as softening of paws. It is non-toxic and even ok to be licked off.  

Healing Salve for Dogs 


Ingredients Healing Salve for Dogs



Ingredients:

1/4 cup  Beeswax 
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
15 drops Peppermint Oil
15 drops of Lavender Oil
15 drops of Tea Tree Oil (please do not add if you are using this salve on cats. Tea Tree Oil has not been proven safe for your feline friends!)

Directions:

1.  Melt the coconut oil, Beeswax, and Olive Oil. I use a pyrex measuring cup inside a pot fill with water. It can take about 15-20 minutes for it to fully melt. 

2. Once it has melted, take it off the stove and let it cool for a few minutes. I let mine cool for about 10-15 minutes. 

3. Add the remaining oils and stir. 

4. Pour into your mason jar and let cool. It will harden once it has cooled completely. 

5. Make sure you label whether this is to be used for cats or dogs.

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What kind of situations does your pet get into that require a little TLC?


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Monday, April 13, 2015

Relief from Insomnia and Snoring

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. They told me after my sleep study that my sleep was interrupted 230 times. No wonder I was so tired! The solution, a CPAP machine. Which I hated immensely. Not only was it not even remotely sexy, I was waking up constantly because I need to fix its placement or I was coughing due to asthma.

Sleep Apnea and Valor


Look at that photo. I felt like a fighter pilot getting ready for a test flight. It was not something I wanted wear. It was bulky, and totally nixed any notion of being romantic.

Fast forward 6 years, and after not using my CPAP for years I started snoring like a freight train. Seriously, my husband would get up and leave the room just to have some peace and quiet at night.

Now, I am premenopausal and that comes with its own myriad of fun symptoms. The biggest one for me has been the insomnia. It's been at least a year since I have been able to get to sleep in a decent amount of time and stay that way.

Insomnia


I'm not the only one who snores by the way. When I get woken up by snoring or him waking me up to tell me I'm snoring, I can't get back to sleep. It's almost ridiculous for me to even try. With insomnia comes, lack of focus, quick to anger, no energy, weight gain, forgetfulness and much more.

Is there a natural solution for Snoring and Apnea?


As I continued on my journey of essential oils a friend of mine (Thanks, Jenn!) suggested that I use Valor. She told me to place a drop of it on my big toe before I went to bed and see what happens.  Now, my husband is not a huge believer in essential oils but he wanted to see if it worked on me before he tried it himself.

To be honest, I was skeptical. But I had heard so many others have such success that I did eventually try it for myself. That first night, I fell asleep in minutes and this was even after I had a 3 hour nap because I could no longer hold my head up to function. Normally, when I take a nap there's no sleeping for me for most of the night. I did get up once in the night, but it took me mere minutes to get back to sleep, not my normal two hours.  The next morning much to my delight, my husband declared it a snore free night!!!

He was so impressed with how well it worked that he too now uses Valor. It's been 5 days and I am well rested, more focused, calmer and have even lost 3 pounds!

This stuff is like the holy grail of sleep aids. Best of all, it's a plant-derived oil, is 100% Therapeutic Grade and it smells divine. Valor aids in snoring and apnea but that is just two uses for this oil.


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