Saturday, December 9, 2017

*Guest Post* Three Challenges that Natural Minded Military Families Face

I want to thank Stephanie Bates over at Military Travel Mama for her contribution to this blog.
She has written a well thought out and first hand experience post for all my military family followers.
I hope her words inspire you and spark an interest in your life. Enjoy.

My priority is to make sure our family is healthy and we are making that happen by living a natural
lifestyle. Every family who strives for the same thing has their unique way of maintaining a healthy
home. And for military families like ours, our natural lifestyle may be considered to be even more
unique than the typical American family that is striving to stay healthy.

In order to help us stay on track, we have to reach out to other military families who have the same
desires for support because it takes a military village to raise healthy military kids. Because our
decisions regarding health care, child care, and healthy eating are influenced by the actions of other
military families who are successfully living the kind of lives to stay well. I will talk about the three
challenges that natural minded military families face:

Medical Care:

The truth is that military families frequently find challenges when it comes to keeping up with a healthy
lifestyle. However, it is crucial that all military families are aware of the amazing medical coverage
through Tricare. Tricare has many great benefits and covers the majority of medical needs for military
families. However, Tricare, unfortunately, does not cover chiropractic care, acupuncture, naturopath
doctor visits and most kinds of treatments that involve natural medicine.

Keep in mind as well that military members must abide by the strict medical rules for being able to
become deployed. For instance, if a military member is against vaccines, then that will be a problem
because it is mandatory to receive routine vaccinations in order to be able to be part of the fighting
force. The only time a member can become exempt from being vaccinated is if there are allergies to
vaccine components involved.


Military families frequently face challenges that involve their decisions in regards to childcare. In fact,
the majority of childcare centers on military bases will not accept children that are not vaccinated.
They also will reject children that are in cloth diapers unless there is an exception given by a doctor's
note. They also will not serve children older the age of one breast milk. The issue is that on post
daycare centers are cheaper in cost than those off post. Families are then forced to decide what is
best, because if they start buying disposable diapers and formula- they are not saving money at all.
We are forced to make some kind of sacrifice otherwise.


Natural minded military families also face another obstacle when it comes to nutrition. Since families
are expected to move every 2-4 years, they have fewer opportunities to be self-sufficient and are
forced to purchase food from stores and farmers markets. It is rare for military families to be able to
maintain a garden as well as have livestock of their own. The other issue is that while military
members are either on deployment missions or training, they have fewer options and end up
consuming higher caloric meals and nutrient lacking meals.  

Fortunately I have found some great farmers markets that are close by that provide high quality
produce. That has been very helpful to me in regards to maintaining a nutritional lifestyle.

Due to the fact that these are major challenges that military families often face, it is imperative that
the proper support is available. One military family may be incredibly resourceful when it comes to
being able to maintain their natural lifestyle. Therefore, that will be very helpful to other military
families who have the same desires! I can tell you right now that it has been helpful to me!

Monday, August 28, 2017

*GUEST POST* Eco Friendly Ways To Cut Some Of Your Household Bills

As you guys know from time to time I like to have guests write up articles to contribute to my page. I always find the new ideas and ways of thinking refreshing and I truly believe it adds more to my page. If you are interested in contributing to my page with a guest post please just email me and we can work it out. I am always looking for new writers and new ideas. You can find the contact information in the press/media part of my page. :)

photo credit: The Odyssey Online

Bio: Nicole Gardiner is a working lady and a mother. She has many hobbies and interests, but her new love is to write articles related to cleaning and home-improve.  

Eco friendly ways to cut some of your household bills

Nowadays even though people are always on the move and rarely spend time in their homes, they still keep spending a ton of money on household bills and food. How is that possible? Well, there are simply some things that are happening around your house that contribute to the high levels of consumption of water and electricity which make your utility bills gigantic.

When the topic of eco-friendly ways to cut down household bills is mentioned most people start suggesting switching to solar power. And in fact, it is the most efficient and eco-friendly way to help yourself and the environment at the same time.

So, if you have a bigger budget to spend you can really invest in a few solar panels on your roof which might not be used all year round but will definitely help. You can use them to heat water to shower or wash dishes, to power your lights or TV, etc. This will be a pricey investment but in the long run, it will be worth the money – it will help you cut down your electricity bills for years to come and is safe for the environment.

Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs. They might be a bit expensive but they do not use as much energy as regular ones so in the bigger picture they will help reduce your electricity bill as well.

Recycling – the other well known eco-friendly way to help the environment but it can also help you decrease your bills. You can find special places that take recycling.

DIY cleaning products – this is gaining more and more popularity in recent years as many people are switching to this alternative. Not only is it safer for you and your home but it will cut down your cleaning budget by more than 50 per cent. Making your own cleaning solution will only take up a bit more of your time but not your money.

Save water – try to stop the running water whenever it is possible. Switch from baths to showers and take quick showers. Stop the water while brushing your teeth and do not pre-rinse dirty dishes. Fill the sink or a bigger bowl with some water and soak as many utensils as possible instead of using running water. Do not run your laundry machine for a half load, only run full loads. It will both cut down your water bill and is also an eco-friendly thing to do.

Create a garden for food. If you live in a house and have a garden dedicate a few metres to grow your own food. Instead of spending a ton of money on food that is processed and not healthy for your family, make your own food. Veggies are so much tastier when they are from your own garden. Plus, you can use old food remains and scraps to make your own compost for your garden. Even if you do not live in a house you can still grow some veggies in pots on your terrace.

All of these ways are simple and eco-friendly alternatives to do in your household if you want to cut down your utility bills. Kill two birds with one stone by doing one, two or more of these as you would be helping yourself and the environment.

You can start with the easier and more simple ones – replacing your light bulbs, making your own cleaning products and trying to use less water. There is nothing more simple.

Help yourself and help the environment. One small act can help in the long run even if you don't feel it now.

Kind regards

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

iMustech 11 in 1 Camping Tool Review

As many of you know we are planning a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail next  March, and this requires some gear, and that is where this awesome multi tool comes in handy. Weight is a major concern among hikers because you need to pack so much to survive on the thru hike but you don't want to carry 60 pounds on your back either. This awesome little tool weighs in at only 3.8 ounces and measures 5.1" by 1.7" in size and can literally replace 11 other tools you might be carrying with you on your hike. 

This 11 in 1 camping cutlery can be used as a bottle opener, US ruler, metric ruler, spoon, fork, five imperial and metric wrenches, carabiner, flat head screwdriver, nail puller and bit holder. 

Check out my video below to learn more about this awesome product.

You can pick up this amazing tool from Amazon.

 *Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest feedback.*

Loma Lux Laboratories Dandruff Supplement

Let me begin by saying when I had my dreadlocks I had horrible dandruff, which is very common among that type of hair style. I am not exactly sure why that is but I know almost all of the dreadheads I talk to say they suffer from dandruff. When I was given the opportunity to try this new supplement from Loma Lux Laboratories to stop the dandruff issue from the inside I was admittedly skeptical at first.

The product arrived and I immediately began using it, now according to the dosage directions on the box I should be taking between 6-8 pills each day, and besides each day it is recommended I take the full dose once a day, which is not possible with my gastric bypass. So, on a typical day I took about 2-3 pills and I spaced them out throughout the day to make it easier on myself.

The results aren't immediate like you would expect with over the counter dandruff shampoos or other topical treatments, in fact the company states that users will typically start to see results withing 3-4 weeks of consistently using the product.

Check out my video below for my personal thoughts and opinions on this revolutionary product.

 You can find this product simply by clicking the link provided HERE

 *Disclaimer: I was sent this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions stated are my own and are unbiased and truthful.*

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Hiking Gear - Compression Shorts

I was given the opportunity to try these awesome compression shorts for our thru hike next year. Check out my video for the review.

You can find these awesome compression shorts on Amazon but following the link in the description box under the video.

I was sent this product at a deep dining in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nutra Kids Multivitamin Review

Getting kids the proper nutrition is vital to their growth and development which is a main reason why we choose to give the kids daily supplements like multivitamins, however it can be hard to find a good quality multivitamin at an affordable price but thanks to Nutra Kids this is no longer a problem.

Recently I was given the chance to work with the company and try a few of their supplements aimed at kids and today I want to share with you our experiences with their children's multivitamins.

These vitamins come in a bottle of 60 gummies which at a dose of one per day will last a single child about 2 months but since we have two children who take them it lasts a month, which is still great for the price. These vitamins are easy to give because my kids love the taste. In fact my 3 year old always asks for them if I forget to put them on his plate at breakfast.

These vitamins have only the best quality ingredients with no additives or fillers which is extremely important to me. I like to know exactly what ingredients are in my children's things and thanks to the label printed clearly and easy to read I know what's inside.

If you want to see my video review head down below and check it out. Thanks to being a follower of my blog and I hope to bring you more items to help you live a healthy life in the future.

You can find this product and many more from the company by heading over to Amazon.

**Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts in this post are my own personal opinions based upon my experience with the product.**

Monday, May 22, 2017

Core Fitness Resistance Bands Set #Review

Ryan has been working out for awhile now and has always been looking for more equipment that can help with resistance training so when we were given the chance to try these resistance bands out we jumped on the opportunity.

These bands come in a wonderful set with everything you need to build muscle and lose weight. You can use these with just your body or you can use the included door support. This particular method is my favorite. You simply slide the little foam ball into the inside of your door and close it with the open straps hanging outside the hing. This is where you will connect the resistance bands for the work out.

This is a really easy to use system that is pretty self explanatory but just in case you have problems there are directions included as well as a free eBook to help you get started. Now, when my set arrived the tube for the red band was broken (well ripped actually) so I emailed the company who promptly sent me a coupon code so that I could order a new set with no questions asked. They even let me keep my first set which is awesome.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful product for the money and the customer service this company provides is the best out there. But don't take my word for it, check them out for yourself.

You can find this product and others from Amazon

 **Disclaimer: I received this product at no cost to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.