Spread Kindness!

We have all heard the expression you can’t take care of others, if you don’t take care of yourself.

This is true for so many reasons. I think during the holidays it is especially necessary that we make sure that we take care of ourselves. We get so caught up in the gift buying, the decorating, the Christmas parties, the open houses, the events, Family coming to visit or going to see family etc. etc.…

I’m probably one of the few people who actually enjoys going to the mall at this time of the year or to stores. I find it In a way comforting… I know that sounds really strange but I do… Part of the reason why I love going to the mall and/ or stores that are packed, it allows me to spread kindness… I will smile at people, if people need help getting something off the shelf, I’ll try to help them etc.etc….. Showing Kindness, not just saying it!

We so often see people frazzled and stressed… Sometimes just a smile or a kind word or a positive affirmation  can make all the difference in someone’s life.

I find that when people are at their most stressed, doing the holidays shopping, going out an about…. dealing with the every day stressors of the holiday season… Spreading kindness and spreading Love by going to the mall and or‘s stores that are packed… and showing that you care is easier!

This isn’t to say that I’m not stressed, and I don’t have anxiety attacks during the holidays… I definitely do. I also know that when I go out and about and I do try to spread kindness… By smiling spreading a kind word etc. etc. it also lifts my mood.

I have to confess another reason why I really enjoy it when it’s so crowded, is because when stores, especially small businesses have customers it helps everyone!… This may seem silly, but I truly love when businesses do better, because it makes peoples lives easier. Sometimes people can pick up a full-time job… Rather than two or three part-time jobs and that allows them more time to be home with their family …

By looking at the positives in life… We can make our emotional and mental health better as well. Too often we allow peoples words or their lack of happiness to affect us… I know I was guilty of this in the last week or two… But then I had several people come to me and tell me how much I meant to them, and how my kindness got them through some of the roughest times.I decided I wasn’t going to let negative people pull me down, rather I was going to make sure, that I kept pulling people up.

I know for a fact my moods have direct connection to Peyton’s mood, as well as my other kids and my spouse. We sometimes don’t realize that our moods can and do flow over onto others, we come in contact with, as well.

I try very hard to be conscience of this… not always successfully… but I try!

So let’s all try real hard to remember taking care of ourselves is very important! because how we react and interact… spreads to so many!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Our Awesomism Texas Chili

If you’re like us, you really love smoked brisket… My husband makes one of the best smoked briskets, I’ve ever had in my life. I was never really all that much into brisket, and can honestly tell you that I hadn’t had it a lot, before I moved to Texas. Now I’ve become a huge fan of it. We have a Traeger grill which is one of the best for smoking brisket… Well, actually I love our Traeger grill for everything. Unless you have a big family or you wanna freeze some of your brisket, you’re going to have brisket left over. Here is a really (awesomism) recipe that I kind of threw together myself for our version of Texas chili. I add the ground beef with the Brisket because it is what Peyton loves….

This is an easy recipe and awesome for this time of the year! it’s quick

Remember this is using leftover brisket…

Here are ingredients of making Texas Chili:

  • 1 lb smoked brisket cut into small thin  cubes
  • 1 lb ground beef … I cook this before time, so it is fully cooked and browned
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can Ranch Style beans
  • 1 15.5 oz can Buffalo Beans
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 24 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp  chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp water

Throw it all together… again make sure that the ground beef and brisket is fully cooked first! I dump everything into a crock pot and cook it on High for 2 hours and medium for 6… checking every so often and stirring… when checking.

I add 1/2 cup of the grated pepper jack cheese 1/2 way through and put the rest on top after it is done! I love sour cream and tortilla chips with mine as well. Please note that the cheese can be eliminated if you want.

As always… all disclaimers for food apply… have to put that on here! ; )

Thanks so much for reading my blog and following me and Peyton on our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays…

UnderdogKids Foundation Giving Tuesday

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Probiotics, Enzymes, Anxiety and Autism!

If you read my blogs or follow me on social media you know that I have GAD… And of course Peyton is autistic. You also know, that I will not promote products from companies that I do not truly believe in… I try every single product, before I even consider writing a blog about them.

Klaire labs has been around for approximately half a century and has an impeccable reputation… So when Klaire labs approached me about working with them, to talk about their products, I was excited. I love the way that they approach their products, they aren’t full of a lot of extra ingredients that we don’t need or want to put into our bodies… I’m a huge believer in using as many natural products, not only for myself, but especially for Peyton.

A couple years ago I had an abscess tooth, I had to go on some antibiotics that were very strong… I’m allergic to a lot of antibiotics, so I’m very limited in what I can take. This particular antibiotic absolutely ate up my stomach. My husband went and talked to the pharmacist and she suggested getting on some probiotics. I thought this was just going to be another so so solution. I was really wrong! the probiotics really helped my stomach. In fact they help so much, that I put Peyton on them, as well.

There have been so many studies done, that show a link between Gut health and brain health. I’m not a big fan of taking a lot of meds and I’m certainly not a fan of putting Peyton on meds. I felt safe with probiotics. We bounced around from different probiotics, as I didn’t really find one that I was particularly enamored with.

When Klaire offered for us to try their probiotics, I was excited. Both Peyton and I have been using them and I can tell you we absolutely love them. They work really well… And I really like that they are powder. We put them in water and take them at night. Peyton will swallow pills, but he would prefer to have things in powder form.

There have been many studies done, that link gut bacteria to emotions, as well as how we react to different sights, sounds and textures… Meaning if our gut isn’t healthy… it Can make our entire body unhealthy. Too often we don’t think about the connections between our Gut and our brain… If our gut has issues, it tells our brain and our brain then tells our body, that it has issues!

We also were sent a bottle of their enzymes… Both Peyton and I have started taking the enzymes, particularly Peyton. We absolutely love these! they really do help with food digestion. This in turn helps with energy… Because as we improve our digestion of our food, our energy can go up!

Both Peyton and I have severe anxiety, which can cause us to get stomach aches and feel sick to our stomach which is so not fun, especially around the Holidays.

Between the probiotic and the enzymes that is helping digest the food better, I have noticed a significant positive in my gut.. so has Peyton! I know this sounds funny.. but it’s true.

Food enzymes can help reduce acidity, which can help with healthy digestion, the healthier the digestion, the healthier we become!

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When it comes to things like probiotics and enzymes that are being put into our bodies, I’m particularly skeptical. I can 100% say that I truly believe in these products and I will definitely continue to use it with our family.As an Autism/GAD family our gut health is very important to us.

As we go through the holiday season and beyond… We tend to eat a lot of foods, especially sweets and such.. this is an especially important time of year, that we make sure that we do the best for our system… Our guts… So follow your gut to Klaire labs products…. I promise it will thank you…

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My hope for this Thanksgiving

I wrote this post 3 years ago, Thanksgiving… I had hoped and prayed that by now we would have healed some. I really do not think we have and I am not sure we ever will…

It seems as though it has now spilled over into all parts of daily life.

While I can’t change the behavior of others, I can change mine… so I am hoping that enough of us stand up and say… IT IS OKAY to disagree.. We do not all have to agree in fact that would be very boring! Let’s embrace our differences and pull in our disrespect… Agree to disagree and treat each other with respect…

Disagreement is healthy, when done right. Stop labeling everyone a BULLY BECAUSE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION.

Together we are stronger!

 

 

We wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! This time of the year everyone asks “what are you thankful for?” and we list the usual..family, friends, health, home etc….

While these are all very important things to be thankful for …..there are Other things we should be thankful for.

We live in the greatest country in the world, where I truly believe most people care about others. At times it seems like this isn’t true, but I think the “loud ones” get the attention. No matter what you think about who won the election, what you should be thankful for is the fact we not only have the freedom to vote for who we want, but to voice what we feel. Although, I am disheartened by the slanderous and hateful rhetoric I hear from some. I have seen some say horrible and blatant untruths about people who disagree with them, this is a dangerous slope and cooler heads and HEARTS need to prevail.

I don’t want this to be a lecture on politics, but rather my thoughts on common decency. I have seen people say they aren’t welcome at family members’ homes because of who they voted for. This is very troubling and to be honest pathetic… If we as a country can’t have respectful debates, we will fail, and I for one am not willing to sit by and accept that.

So while we all celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s make a common vow that we treat one another with respect. I am not asking that we all agree, because as my dad taught me, healthy debate encourages inner reflection and expansion of views.

I hope this holiday season is that we treat one another with compassion and respect. When we try to squash the views of those who disagree with us by name calling and bullying, we in a sense are squashing their rights. As I said earlier this is a dangerous slope.

I am reminded of a George Washington’s quote ” If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter” My hope for us as a nation is that we heal. So next year when we are asked what we are most thankful for I hope on everyone’s list is “That we have healed as a nation and truly show one another respect” image