Teal Pumpkin Project: 15 Frugal Alternatives to Candy

Did you know 1 in 13 children face food allergies? That can make Halloween truly scary for millions of families. Here are 15 frugal alternatives to candy to help make Halloween fun for everyone.

Well, we are coming to the hardest part of the year for my family. The season of joy, filled with parties, crafting, candy, pie, fudge, peppermint ice cream, buck eyes, shortbread, toffee, and gingerbread, all sprinkled with more sugar.

What’s not to love right? That all sounds fabulous!

It is also temptation and hidden dangers for many kiddos, especially those with allergies. Try going trick or treating or hosting a party with someone who can’t have peanuts-its eye opening! Almost everything either has peanuts or is made on the same equipment as peanut filled candy. These poor little guys are getting left out!

While my family isn’t dealing with food allergies, we do have restrictions concerning sugar. Since we’re on a low glycemic & non-dairy diet, store bought candy is pretty much out of the picture. Which means trick or treating is too.

Or is it? (more…)

Special Diets Don’t Cure Autism-But We’re Doing One Anyway

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We’ve run the gauntlet on diet and nutrition at our house. From low glycemic, candida, vegetarian, sugar free, gluten free, casein free-there’s been a lot of frees…

And you know what? Most of that didn’t help.

It all started 3 years ago with my fuzzy brain, chronic fatigue, a never ending headache (6 mo. +), and nausea hitting by 5:00 every night. After giving up on my Dr. and turning to google, I eventually found my way to good health. Man that was a good 2 months! Having clawed my way uphill I thought I’d never let go of my new way of life.

 

Then I found out my son had autism…

I let my good habits slip…

and I spiraled down, down, down. (more…)

Neuroplasticity: The Secret Weapon for Autism, Fuzzy Brains, and So Much More

Did you know all neural disorders need the same 5 things to heal? Depression, anxiety, MS, parkinsons, ADHD, Autism, healing for all of those follow the same 5 principles-the specifics of treatment change. What can you do to improve mental health in your family?

You remember those awkward elementary school days where your desk buddy was completely obsessed with star trek or hello kitty? Don’t get me wrong I love me some geeky friends, but do you remember how they wouldn’t talk about anything else? Where the first 5 minutes of conversation might have been fun, but after that you start to zone out?

I’m afraid I’ve become that kid in my circle of friends.

Did you know all neural disorders need the same 5 things to heal? Depression, anxiety, MS, parkinsons, ADHD, Autism, healing for all of those follow the same 5 principles-the specifics of treatment change. What can you do to improve mental health in your family?

I have a new obsession (more…)

The Most Frugal Man I Know: Lessons We Can Learn From Him

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Understanding how to turn a limitation into an opportunity is invaluable. A close second is finding examples of people using their obstacles to fuel their success. So I’ve started to search for these opportunists and glean what knowledge I can. Inspiring stories help us relate and see that we can do anything!

With that in mind, I want to introduce you all to an amazing man in my life. A self-built farm boy, who became a high school teacher from his college studies and a professional craftsman out of desperation and need. A man who’s built, 3 of his family’s homes and grown much of the food they ate. He taught his four sons, and his grandchildren; the importance of work, studying out solutions, the importance of tools and learning new skills. He’s the best example I have of turning a limitation into an opportunity, and was very free with the lessons he learned in doing so.

Meet Reed,

Or as I call him… (more…)

Kickin’ the Brain Fog, My Mental Health Story

Dealing with candida overgrowth helped this woman understand her autistic son better.

Dear body,

I understand your frustration, you feel abused, over used and under-appreciated. You feel there’s been too much trauma in your life, I get that, really. May I remind you, there’s been a lot of good times too?

Like that decade we were a major athlete—training for 3 hours or more on a daily basis.

Or that 30+ years of making fresh, homemade, real meals.

Or hey, how about that that time we abstained from alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal substances? Oh yeah, that’s been

Your.

Entire.

Life.

My only offense has been an over-indulgence in stress. I’ve tried to make up for it—turning to professional help and researching like crazy. Hey, I’ve completely changed our lifestyle for you!

So basically I’m saying, ‘Get over yourself!’

There’s been far more good than bad—you just need to focus on the good. I can only do so much dragging your moping but around. So quit hurting. You’ve whined long enough, missy. I’m still taking care of you, so get up and get to work.

Tough love,

The management

 

Health has taken center stage at our house-in a big way.

It’s almost impossible to be creative when your body is using all it has to combat bad health.

I know from experience.

I’ve been struggling (more…)