Holiday Cookie Mania Hack

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One of our family traditions includes baking holiday goodies, especially cookies when we are all together with our extended family.  My sweet one loves to bake and enjoys learning in the kitchen.  Anabel is awesome with numbers, ratios and the like so baking is her jam.  What is not our jam, however, is guessing at the carb tallies for these sweet treats.  It can turn into an entire family dialogue.  I yell over to my sister, “Hey, how many carbs do you think is in one of your cookies?”.  She looks over at me with a bewildered side-eye and says, “I have no idea!”  I give her a side eye back and respond, “Well, how much flour did you use and how many cookies did it make?”  She takes out her phone, finds the recipe and from there it goes.  Continue reading “Holiday Cookie Mania Hack”

A Sweet Book Review: ‘Maggie’s Mystery’

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Sharing stories are one way that children can learn about themselves and the world around them. I’m a major advocate for representation in children’s literature, whether it’s their race or nationality, gender, interests or unique characteristics being represented. I think it’s important to have a range of literature that illustrate a diverse body of people. When it comes to my sweet one I want her to read great books with strong protagonists, women of color and great stories about people living with diabetes. I intently search for these books, sometimes having better luck than others. Continue reading “A Sweet Book Review: ‘Maggie’s Mystery’”

Independence: Not Only Inevitable But Necessary

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What can a simple bowl of cereal represent?  For a child with T1D, more than you might think.  I don’t blame my sweet child for her desire for normalcy. To her, a bowl of cereal should just be a bowl of cereal and not a set of carbs that require counting and mathematical formulas to determine units of insulin to be given prior to eating. I get it on some level, though I can’t understand her experience completely.  As a mom, I just want to protect her and care for her.  That makes it easy  at dinner time to grab her insulin pump, determine the carbs on my own and plug it into her pump. But, doing this does not help her.  In fact, it harms her more than it could ever help her.  In our world, a simple bowl of cereal can represent independence. Continue reading “Independence: Not Only Inevitable But Necessary”

A Little Bling On Her Pump

In the early days of diagnosis we were thinking about the possibility of getting an insulin pump for A.  Hey, we are still in the early days, so I guess I’ll say the EARLIER days of diagnosis.  I’ll dig into that story more in a future post, but I want to highlight ways that we can make living every day life more enjoyable  for our sweet ones.   Changing infusion sites every 3 days is no fun.  Even less fun is the process of inserting a new sensor for a Dexcom.  Have you seen the needles on those things?  I engage in serious and prolonged pep talking with my sweet brown child when these events come up.  However, finding ways to get her excited about something makes the process so much easier.  What sweet one doesn’t want a blinged out insulin pump or Dexcom?!?!? Continue reading “A Little Bling On Her Pump”

A Lush New Discovery

You’ve heard it here before and it probably won’t be the last time either, A and I spend some significant time on her hair. I’m on the hunt again for organic products for my sweet one’s hair and skin.  Since diagnosis it seems like  her hair has gone through a ton of changes, but so has her skin.  The start of the winter months here haven’t helped. Both her hair and skin need some TLC and I am always on the look out for great natural products to meet that need.  To recap, some of our biggest issues have been, extremely dry scalp, skin and hair.  She seems to have also developed a sensitivity to certain products within the last six months or so. Continue reading “A Lush New Discovery”

Glitter for Emotional Wellness?

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Outside of my parenting and blogging life I am also an educator who is super passionate about social emotional wellness in children and adults.  Take a moment to think, you adults out there reading this.  When you were growing up, who taught you about your emotions?  Who in your life, whether you parents, teachers or other important people in your life, discussed emotions and their importance? Continue reading “Glitter for Emotional Wellness?”