Letting Go…

img_3682The unlimited love and always giving nature of a Mother… where does the path take her when the breadcrumbs have been eaten or blown away?  The years of perfecting the role of a lifetime… it was never really perfection, but a constant watching of the weather.  Enjoying the sunshine on a clear day, and waiting for the storm to blow over and hoping for a rainbow the next.  Like a sailor with his telescope watching the sea, hoping to get a read of where the wind will take his boat.  Some arrive safely to shore, but not always.

Just when she thinks she’s found the manual, or rather, written the manual, revisions come at a quick pace.  Keeping up and trying not to fall behind, and yet… the hands holding onto the rope is slipping.  Does she just let go?  Maybe it’s time to let go.  How much can the heart endure knowing that the rope is near the end?  Time dwindles away with no rhyme or reason when a confusion is present.

Breathe.  Take several… large… deep breaths… Think.  The beautiful memories.  A small hand holding a larger, safe hand.  Showing the way… watching the weather together.  Unlimited love… always giving…  the path takes her to a lookout where she sees a rainbow over the horizon… TM ❤

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The Weapon of Choice

IMG_1145A Mother’s love can be felt by the vibrations that zoom through the force field of any and all obstacles, as no other energy can bring down the purest form of love that comes from a Mother’s heart.

These words are for you.  These words give you assurance and strength that what you do today, makes a purposeful impact for tomorrow.  No one can take that away from you.  There is no one that is stronger than a Mother’s love.  The opposers may look big and feel intimidating, but look very carefully… do you see it?  A chink in the armor.  Itsy bitsy and hardly noticeable with a realization that this glitch cannot be fixed.  The flaw?  Wealth over health of our children.

YOU are appreciated, even at times when we feel the weight of all the world on our shoulders.  Keep doing what you do my fellow Mommy Warriors… we will succeed and the battle will be won.   YOU are not alone, you are a part of the change that will be created by our choice of weapon… love. ❤

Top 10 Purposeful Change Parents Can Make For Their Children

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I was a bit frustrated when I wrote my last post.  The thought that parents don’t do or don’t have time to make our world a better place for our children didn’t sit well with me.  I really feel that people aren’t aware and if they knew what was really going on with our world, they would get mad, they would want change, and they would want what’s best for coming generations and the future of the only home we have… Planet Earth.

I am a very passionate person who believes that whatever we want, whatever we can dream up, we can have that, as long as we work at it and put our hearts into it.  I am currently putting my heart into researching information about our food, our environment, toxic chemicals, current events (politics)… I’m working hard at sharing my knowledge, and figuring out solutions so that we all can make better decisions from this day forward.  I didn’t know this would be the path I would travel.  I had no clue that this place even existed, but one turn lead to another and the more I would travel, the more paths would open up, interconnect, wind around in circles and take me so far away from the original source that once I found ‘here,’ I can no longer go back.  Truth has set me free, and I now know what it is that I must do… Be a Mommy Warrior and help spread awareness to all who will listen when it comes to protecting our children.

Our children are currently being attacked from all angles.  The foods they eat are not nutritious for their growing bodies, toxic chemicals in their personal care products such as carcinogens in their shampoo absorbs through their skin, the casual use of plastics such as water bottles interferes with hormones, and reproductive toxicity is at an all time high… the list of harmful ingredients that bombard our children on a daily basis is outrageous.  Now include the destruction of clean water (toxic pesticides, nuclear leaks, coal ash, oil spills), clean air (fracking explosions, industry and manufacturing emissions) and clean soil (toxic pesticides, mono-cropping), and what do we have left that is ‘pure’ to give our children?

I am hoping that these words that are in front of you will encourage you to look deeper into the current happenings that affect your day to day lives.  I am hoping to inspire you to make positive changes for you and your loved ones.  Do something meaningful every day and make it happen.  What?  You’re too busy?  Then consider it an adjustment for the way you think… all these unfavorable topics can be overwhelming, there’s so much to learn and do, just take it one step at a time.  Baby steps until you are able to run a 5K and next thing you know, you’ll be sprinting to the finish line with 3…4…5 productive and worthwhile habits that will have an impact on your life and those around you.

Okay, so now that I gave you motivation to make a difference for our children’s future, what do we do now?  Well, that’s what I’m here for!  I’ll give you a list of purposeful change, but remember, it takes time to adjust to something new.  So start off with one item on the list until it becomes comfortable, then add another and another and so on.  If you prefer to do a different item each day, that’s fine too, there is no rules, just wanting you to get used to doing something positive each and every day.

Let’s get started…

 

  • Start reading your labels- This is definitely the hardest part on this list as it is a continual learning, and when I mean labels, I mean all of them.  From foods to shampoos, toothpastes and cleaning products… get used to seeing the different words that can barely be pronounced and one at a time, learn what the ingredients are.  You’d be surprised at what you normally buy gets put back on the shelf because of what’s on the label.  It takes time to understand what’s printed on the labels and I wish when I started, I had an app for that!  There are now many wonderful apps for your smart phone to help decipher these unpronounceable words.  Here’s a link to apps and websites I use that can help you figure out what you’re looking at and save some time in the store aisles.  https://tracymadlener.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/can-you-pronounce-those-toxic-words-me-neither/

 

  • Know your GMOs- Memorizing the top GMOs makes it sooooo much easier to read food labels!  When you see the following ingredients on a label, it’s probably a good idea to buy organic.  As soon as you know that about 90% of all corn grown in the USA are genetically modified, easy peasy to know that when the label has cornstarch, corn flour, corn oil, masa, ummm, what else?  Well, you get the point, it’s a GMO.  Buy organic corn.  Almost all soy grown in America, yup, GMO.  Okay, you’re getting it.  Here’s the top GMOs when you go food shopping…
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Cotton (cottonseed oil)
  • Soy
  • Sugar beets (sugar)
  • Papayas from Hawaii
  • Zucchini and Yellow crookneck squash (summer squash)
  • Dairy (most animals are fed GMO feed)

 

Clean out your fridge/pantry- I’m not saying to throw out everything you just bought (though I’ve been know to do that!), I’m saying take a look, what’s in there?  Is it a brand that is filled with stuff you can’t pronounce?  Replace it the next time you run out.  Start with one item that is used frequently and find a replacement.  Then the next, and so on.  Please remember, it takes time and the whole family needs to adjust.

 

Clean out your bathroom cabinets– Basically, same as above.  Use your Skin Deep smart phone app and scan your personal care products and find out if they’re toxic or not. (App link up above in the label reading section)

 

Make a phone call- Do you have a favorite food item that you’re not sure if they use GMO ingredients?  Do you want to ask a personal care brand why they put formaldehyde in their product?  Call them!  Almost every product that you buy has a phone number on it.  Bring that item with you when you make the call and just ask.  When you call a business, it does a number of good things.  It let’s the company know that you’re checking on them.  It let’s them know that you’re paying attention and if they have GMOs or other unwanted ingredients, you let them know that you will no longer purchase their brand until they are GMO free or toxic free.  Simple.  This takes about 10 minutes of your day.

 

Write an email- If you like writing better than calling, do!  Almost all businesses are easily accessible on their packaging or very easy to find their contacts online.

 

If you’re a social networker- Leave comments on a business’s Facebook page.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and if you’re online already, take the time to speak up.  Leaving a comment takes seconds.  And while you’re there, share your knowledge with your friends.  Hit the share button on topics that matter.  Not sure of a good page to follow?  Try GMO Free America- https://www.facebook.com/gmofreeamerica?ref=hl

 

Sign petitions- They either come in your inbox or there’s a TON of them online.  Find what matters to you and sign up with those organizations in your area.  When an organization brings 50,000+ signatures to a politician, it speaks volumes.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and every signature counts.

 

Register to vote- Yes!  It does matter!  Find out who your Representatives are and really pay attention to what their views are on our basic needs… clean food, clean air, clean water, and clean land.  There are websites out there that give you the politicians voting records.  No matter what a politician says, it’s their voting history on wether a Bill has passed or not that will give you the truth.  Here’s a link that will help you find who or what for the politics in your area… http://www.usa.gov/Agencies.shtml

 

Join your community’s grassroots organizations- Change starts at a local level and when you connect with others who care like you do, there is a common ground to make great things happen.

 

Speak up- Pretty easy, huh?  Ask questions, talk to the cashier at the grocery store, talk to your neighbors, talk to the Moms while you’re at a park day or waiting to pick up your kid… talk about important matters, the food, the bee die off, fracking, Fukushima, Monsanto, I guarantee that there are others who are just as concerned as you.  When the dialogue opens up, you’d be surprised at how many allies you have to create change for the most important people in the world… our children.

You can do it.  You have to do it.  For our health.  For our future.  For our children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents Don’t Care- Do You?

ImageThe other day, I had a discussion with a person that I highly respect and I couldn’t believe what my ears were hearing… “Parents don’t care because if they did, they would make the time to create change.”  Wow, just wow.  I didn’t want to believe it.  I want people to care.  I especially want parents to care.  I want them to be informed about what’s going on in our world.  I want them to open their eyes and realize that the decisions being made today affect our children tomorrow. I want them to be as mad as I am, so mad in fact, that it makes them get up off their butts, no matter how tired they are or how busy a day they’ve had and do something to create positive change for their children.

Why am I mad?  With the help of bought out politicians, corporations are polluting the water, the air, the land, the food and our most precious resource, our children.  Profits are more important than the future health of our kids and when mistakes are made, such as coal ash being dumped in the river, leaks in infrastructures (multiple states) of a nuclear power/waste plant possibly contaminating ground water, fracking explosions exposing toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, well, who takes responsibility for the damage?  Who cleans it up?

Then there’s our home environment where most of us feel protected, but unfortunately, our homes are loaded with toxic items that we buy from the store and we believe these products to be safe.  We think that the manufacturers are keeping our health in mind when creating their products, but in reality, there are no regulations.  Toxic chemicals are in and around almost EVERYTHING.  Household cleaners, plastic sippy cups and even our toothpaste, I’m just scratching the surface with no end in sight.  I am not kidding.  Data collected estimates that we put on over 100, ONE HUNDRED, toxic chemicals on our personal selves before nine o’clock in the morning!  Is it no wonder that we all have allergies, skin conditions, ongoing health issues?  I mean, think about it… when we shampoo our hair, the chemicals in that product is being absorbed by our skin closest to our brain.  And did you know that in the USA there are no regulations for personal care products that we use?  Do you know what those ingredients are on the back of a shampoo bottle?  Or a better question might be, do you trust the ingredients that are listed?

Food is something we need every day to nurture our bodies and keep us healthy.  You would think that walking into a grocery store is a safe bet to find nutritious foods that we can feed to our families.  Ummm, well, did you know that 80% of processed foods that line the shelves of the grocery aisles are banned in other countries?  Yup, you read correct, 80%.  Have you read the labels of the food packaging lately?  It’s like trying to decipher the Greek language and I almost think that learning Greek might be easier than reading a food label in the United States.  Shouldn’t we be able to easily figure out what we are feeding our families?  Do you really know what those ingredients are?  Do you care?

Are you getting mad?  I hope you are because this is our children’s world, we’re just borrowing it until they have kids.  We are supposed to be the caretakers of this planet and ready it for the next generation, but I think that people have forgotten to look at what being ready means.  To see past their own selves and into a healthy future requires a selfless ego, which many heads of the corporations and political parties seem to have misplaced.

I hope that person is wrong.  I hope parents care.  I hope that there are others like me who make the time to create positive change for our children.  I care.  Do you?

North Carolina Coal Ash- http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/19/us-usa-northcarolina-spill-idUSBREA1I0ER20140219

Perry Nuclear Power Plant- http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/01/perry_nuclear_power_plant_trit.html

Handford Nuclear Waste Tanks- http://rt.com/usa/hanford-nuclear-tanks-flaw-401/

New Mexico Radiation Detected- http://rt.com/usa/new-mexico-radiation-detected-862/

Pennsylvania Fracking Explosion- http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/18/us/chevron-pennsylvania-explosion-pizzas/

The Story of Cosmetics- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/annie-leonard/ithe-story-of-cosmeticsi_b_653866.html

80% Processed Foods- http://www.nationofchange.org/80-percent-processed-foods-us-are-banned-other-nations-1372517219