Nuchal Cords are Necklaces, Not Nooses

Originally shared by the BadAssMotherBirther

Stop! Nuchal Cords are Necklaces, Not Nooses

Ever been told your baby was in danger because of a nuchal cord (also referred to as umbilical cord around the neck)? Nuchal cords have become the perfect excuse. We fear nuchal cords now more than ever. We are told they are dangerous and problematic because its easier to lay blame with the mother and baby rather than the care provider and/or hospital. This has resulted in fear about nuchal cords.

Common excuses mothers are given: 

• you need a cesarean because baby was found to have a nuchal cord during a routine ultrasound

• you couldn’t push your baby out vaginally because the nuchal cord was “hanging the baby up”

• your baby is in immediate danger from a nuchal cord

• you’re lucky your baby survived a nuchal cord

What’s the evidence for nuchal cords? Are nuchal cords common? Should you worry?

The umbilical cord is the life line that attaches the fetus to the placenta. It is typically made up of three blood vessels: two smaller arteries which carry blood to the placenta and a larger vein which returns blood to the fetus. It can grow to be 60 cm long, allowing the baby enough cord to safely move around without causing damage to the cord or the placenta.

Nuchal cords are very common; a third of all babies are born with their umbilical cord around their neck. The umbilical cord is coiled and covered in Wharton's jelly (Wharton's jelly is a gelatinous substance that is also found on your eyeballs). The jelly and coil protects the umbilical cord from stretch and compression. It is wonderfully built to be worn around the neck without problems.

Research has found that a nuchal cord is not associated with morbidity or mortality for the baby during pregnancy. Because one third of all babies are with nuchal cords, babies who die are often found with a nuchal cord. Care providers and hospitals are quick to blame fetal deaths on nuchal cords. Families deserve to know the truth about their baby, even if it means admitting to care provider negligence and/or saying, "We don’t know why your baby died..."

Only in very rare cases does a nuchal cord ever pose a risk to baby. There is absolutely no reason to undergo a cesarean if a nuchal cord is found during an ultrasound. Your baby is not ‘held up’ by the cord at any time. During labor and pushing phase, your baby, placenta, and cord are all moving down together. The uterus shrinks down during contractions, moving the baby downward, along with their attached placenta and cord. During a c-section for 'fetal distress' or 'failure to progress during labor' more than likely your baby will have a cord around their neck (because again, nuchal cords happen to one in three babies universally), and your care provider will have you believe that the nuchal cord is all the blame. FALSE! Your care provider and hospital are covering their buns by blaming you and baby for their lack of patience.

The only time a cord can become very stretched and tight around the neck is at the end of labor when baby’s head is being born. Being 'choked' by the cord is not a real thing. Your baby is NOT breathing oxygen through their neck/airway. Baby receives oxygen through the cord. When a nuchal cord is wrapped tightly, the cord decreases the amount of oxygen and blood flow it sends to baby, but does not completely stop working. These babies tend to have their cords cut before they are fully born and have a harder time transitioning, often winding up needing more care and/or resuscitation due to the care provider cutting the cord very prematurely. But again, this will be blamed on the tight nuchal cord. These babies would recover quickly if the cord was left intact. The worst thing you can do to a baby that has a tight nuchal cord is clamp and cut immediately. Removing and/or loosening a nuchal cord right as baby’s head emerges increases the chances of snapping the cord on accident, and causing excessive bleeding and harm to the baby. Wait until baby is born to unwrap the cord.

Research Everything... 

Further reading from an evidence-based perspective:

Born in the U.S.A. - Dr. Marsden Wagner

Gentle Birth Choices - Barbara Harper, R.N.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth - Henci Goer

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - Ina May Gaskin

Childbirth Without Fear - Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

Pregnant women are invited to join either of these groups:

Pregnant Moms Due [this year] - (more mainstream)

Birthing - (more holistic)

Sleeping Soccer Mom: My Hero

Glennon Doyle writes on her Facebook page:

I give you: MY NEW HERO.

This Soccer Mom, at my kid’s last game. Whilst the other parents stood loudly and earnestly and concernedly on the sidelines: this mother laid her body down on the ground, her head on her purse, and her blanket over her face - and napped. Her entire existence said: I am showing up for my kid. But I’m not gonna pretend I’m not exhausted about it. Please understand that periodically - when the sideline yelled and woke her from her warrior sleep - she would raise that little thumb of hers and say: yay. And then she’d go back to sleep.

I love her. 

She is a cultural icon for our time.


May we know them.

May we raise them.

May we be them.

I would like to formally nominate this hero as the president elect of our Women Who Have Run Out of Effs to Give Club. I will be the Secretary in Charge of Meetings. There will be no meetings. I salute you.


Mothering Littles? You're welcome at:

Beyond Birth: Mothering Babies & Children (more mainstream)

Peaceful Parenting Group (more holistic)

Family's Professional Photos Delivered with a Hilarious Twist

We've all invested in something that didn't pan out to be as great as we thought it would be... big or small, there's something most parents have looked back on and wished they could have a do-over. For Pam and Dave Zaring of Missouri, it may be their most recent family photos. After Pam says she went many months upset because their "professional" photographs were not being given to them, the portraits finally arrived in the mail. And what she found is worth a whole lot of good hearted belly laughs -- at least $250.00 worth.

"This is NOT a joke," Pam shared with her Facebook friends in a public post. "She said the shadows were really bad [...] and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos."

The internet is ablaze with laughter over the finished product, that the photographer added her copyright watermark to, saying she "stands by her work" and the funds will not be returned.

As of this writing, the family has yet to receive their original photographs.

The Husband Stitch

The scary truth behind the husband stitch and what this represents.

Preventing tearing, or repairing tears or episiotomies from birth is a key part of helping a woman recover post childbirth. At a time when post-natal care and the mother's health is paramount, an antiquated procedure known as the 'husband stitch' is still being performed on women after childbirth.

What is the 'husband stitch?'

Referred to as the 'daddy stitch' or 'husband stitch,' it's an extra stitch given to women in the repair process after a vaginal birth. The idea behind this is to tighten the vaginal opening for the purpose of the increased sexual pleasure of a male partner. Administered immediately after childbirth when a new mother is too emotionally and physically exhausted to make an informed decision, the 'husband stitch' often has painful consequences for women well after childbirth.

In today's day and age, it can be hard to fathom that this kind of practice still takes place - a practice that shifts the focus of medical care from the patient for the benefit of a third party. Some have wondered if it's an urban myth but, unfortunately for some women, the 'husband stitch' has been administered in recent years raising questions about how far we have actually come in progressing a woman's right to choose what she does with her own body.

Adjusting to motherhood

Adjusting to motherhood is a monumental change. Not only has your body changed but the time after childbirth brings up a flood of emotion, and learning as you adjust to motherhood and let your body recover. At a time when looking after yourself is just as important as looking after your new baby, some women don't even realise or know that they may have had the 'husband stitch' until painful experiences long after childbirth.

While there haven’t been scientific studies to determine exactly how many women have been affected by the 'husband stitch', the growing number of anecdotes from women act as a word of warning to be diligent and careful about the medical professionals who look after you post childbirth.

As outlined in a recent article on, Tamara Williams, a 27-year old mother from La Marque, Texas recalls how she felt before, during, and after realising she had been given an extra stitch. Williams found out she had been given an extra stitch following her 2015 birth when her boyfriend mentioned it. Her boyfriend mentioned he thought Williams had heard the midwife saying she would 'throw in an extra stitch for him.'

Williams had been on such a 'baby high' after the birth that she had no memory of the midwife making that statement. Now, knowing that she was given the 'husband stitch' Williams wrestled with emotional pain while dealing with continued pain during sex even after the birth of her second child.

What actually happens to a women's body in childbirth?

Going through pregnancy and a vaginal childbirth can put a strain on your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles, ligaments and tissues that stretch across the pelvic bones. The pelvic floor supports your pelvic organs including the womb (uterus), vagina, bladder, and bowels.

As the muscles in your pelvic floor become stretched during pregnancy and childbirth, they may weaken. This makes strengthening your pelvic floor muscles fundamental for healing your body post-childbirth. Strengthening this area of your body helps you to maintain bladder and bowel control while enhancing the feeling and senses in your vagina after childbirth. Focusing on strengthening this area with your own health as the priority will contribute to helping you heal after childbirth and enjoy a healthy sex life as you choose.

What the 'husband stitch' represents

With the emotional adjustments that come with being a new mother, and the physical changes to a women's body that occur in childbirth, another misguided part of the 'husband stitch' is the lack of understanding and knowledge of a woman's body that this procedure represents. The idea of the 'husband stitch' demonstrates the belief that some medical professionals think the strength of a woman's reproductive region, for the purpose of pleasing a sexual partner, is only conducive to a single stitch in an area that fundamentally has nothing to do with the health of a woman's pelvic floor. Further, it shows a lack of understanding of a woman's body and goes against the principles of providing medical care focused solely on a birthing mother herself.

The strength of the pelvic floor is what helps women maintain bladder and bowel control, particularly after childbirth. This is what helps a woman recover and enjoy a healthy sex life after childbirth, not surface level procedures such as the 'husband stitch' that aren't focused on the health and recovery of a new mother.

While this procedure is concerning, it serves as a reminder to be diligent when you are in the process of deciding on which medical professionals will help you through your pregnancy, childbirth, and post-natal care. From the anecdotal evidence recounting the painful experiences of the 'husband stitch,' ensuring medical professionals are just as invested in your health as you are will have a positive impact on your health years after childbirth.

Going against the surgical principles of healing for a new mother, the practice of the 'husband stitch' represents the dark undercurrent of misogyny that is perhaps still alive in the medical profession today - an undercurrent that, as we become more educated about these issues, will hopefully begin to fade.

With a keen interest in holistic health and wellness, Nicola Smith works with clients in the health and wellness industry providing copy that engages audiences and helps businesses grow. Her goal is to help people have a holistic approach to their health, and inspire others to simplify their lives, pack a suitcase, and book a ticket to somewhere they've always wanted to visit or live. You can also follow her adventures on Instagram @luggagelifestyle.

The Science Behind Weight Loss that Lasts

Losing weight is not easy. Sometimes it's harder to keep the weight off once you've managed to lose it. Unfortunately, people make it harder than it has to be through fad diets instead of science-backed methods.

Avoid Yo-Yo Dieting

Dieting doesn't work. Perhaps you will lose a few pounds with your diet, but then you will gain it all back. Yo-yo dieting is only effective at screwing up your metabolism. The problem is that people want fast results which leads them to crash dieting or one of the latest fads. Although you can fine-tune your diet to maximize results, you can't keep the weight off by limiting calories to an unsustainable level or by cutting out entire food groups.

Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and limit your calories to a reasonable amount. For example, women should never go below 1200 calories per day. Of course, a woman will lose weight quickly if she cuts calories below that target, but the body goes into starvation mode and holds on to fat, which is counterproductive.

Stay Away from Fad Diets

One of the most significant issues with fad diets is that they are rarely sustainable. Look back at history at some of the most prominent fads, and you're not likely to find anyone still completely eliminating carbs like the Atkins diet, or drinking shakes for two of their meals every day. Although components of the diet might be effective, these plans are designed to make the authors, doctors, or creators money, not to provide a lifelong health plan for you.

Time Your Meals

If you want to lose weight, there are a few scientific methods that work and last. Many people find long-lasting results by timing their meals. This is especially beneficial if you exercise to build muscle. Eating a small snack about an hour before you go to the gym can provide energy and offer muscle-building benefits.

Timing your meal too close to your workout often results in a stomachache and lower energy. You can also help build muscle by eating the right nutrients and timing it after your work out. Timing your meals helps you work out smarter, not harder, to achieve and maintain your fitness goals.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is another way to lose weight that is supported by science. Fasting has a long history of scientifically proven health benefits. Intermittent fasting is slightly different from traditional fasts where you may choose a day or couple days to not eat. With intermittent fasting, you typically fast for 16 hours every day, eating all your calories within an eight-hour window. If that's not sustainable for you, consider a 14-hour fast with a 10-hour window for eating.

The fast allows you to reboot, while the smaller eating window helps to limit your calories and reduce the risk of over-indulging. Although you still want to choose nutritious food during your eating period, the point isn't to count calories.

Trust science if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Although fad diets work for a short period, you will likely gain the weight back, and it will probably make it harder to lose weight the next time you try. 

Why Is The Controversial Plant Kratom All Over The News?

Kratom is an herbal medicine derived from the leaves of a tree with the same name and is typically used in Southeast Asia to treat diarrhea and alleviate pain. It has also gained the approval of some medical practitioners for helping in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from opioid addiction.

However, it has recently gained international attention after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), revealed its plans to investigate the connection of the drug to the salmonella outbreak in 20 states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania, California, and North Carolina among others.

Kratom And The Salmonella Outbreak

Based on reports, the natural substance, which is typically found in countries like Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, is being considered as the reason behind 28 cases of Salmonella in February 2018.

Eleven of the salmonella infection patients were rushed to the hospital but no deaths were recorded so far. According to CDC, eight out of 11 patients that were interviewed took kratom in different forms— teas, powder, and pills— before showing signs of the infection. As far as health authorities are concerned, the outbreak began in October 2017 and continued through January 2018.

But before the CDC stepped in, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already warned the public about the dangers of using kratom for both medical and recreational purposes.

Based on a November 2017 press release from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a thorough study of the plant showed that it has adverse effects that are almost the same as morphine. Because of this, the FDA warned the public about the risk of abuse, addiction, and dependency. They recommended a stricter regulation of the substance.

Is Kratom Really Deadly?

Besides the reported salmonella outbreak, there were fatalities that have been linked to kratom because of its psychoactive ingredient is known as mitragynine.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation probed several of these cases in 2016 and claimed that it was mitragynine that caused victims to overdose, ultimately dubbing kratom as a killer drug.

Even so, many are skeptical about these claims as scientists revealed that kratom cannot possibly cause an overdose— at least, not by itself. Also, many experts still support the substance because of the herbal medicine’s advantages, especially its role as an opioid replacement to ease addicts.

Benefits Of Kratom

According to proponents of the botanical drug, kratom can be used as a painkiller, an energy source and immune system booster, also a sexual stimulant. It is also known to be effective in helping patients with anxiety and it is beneficial for diabetics as well.

To ease body pains, kratom leaves can be chewed to achieve its analgesic properties. The alkaloid in the substance works by inciting an increase of the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

Kratom is also known as a great source of antioxidants that fight free radicals, thereby boosting the body’s immunity. People with chronic fatigue syndrome also benefit from this natural drug as it optimizes metabolic processes that, in turn, gives the patient a burst of energy.

Aside from that, intake of kratom leaves is also advised for people suffering from anxiety, depression, and chronic stress as it acts as an anxiolytic substance that regulates hormonal imbalance that may cause these conditions.

Side-Effects Of Kratom

While it may be lauded for its miraculous effects, kratom is not without flaw. In fact, proponents of the herb acknowledged reported side-effects of this natural drug, such as mental confusion, hallucinations, and delusion. These “psychotic symptoms” are similar to that of morphine. Some kratom users also reported having episodes they likened to a “hangover,” including nausea and headaches.

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

We can learn a lot from our ancestors about healthy living. Before the days of processed food and instant gratification, human beings led active lifestyles with natural diets. Over the course of history, there have been many arguments made for the link between psychological well-being and physical health. Increased scientific inquiry into the subject has proven the validity of this mind-body connection.

Diet and exercise are the two biggest determining factors of a healthy body and mind. Yet for some reason, this notion has been frequently neglected. This article will provide you with steps to help you achieve a healthy mind and body and underline the connection between the two. Adopting a healthy diet doesn’t mean starving yourself; it means making positive changes to incorporate natural foods. When embarking on a journey to self-empowerment, introducing a balance of fruit and vegetables is a great starting point to clear the body of toxins. The rewards extend to mind and spirit too, in conjunction with embracing a consistent workout routine to improve your health.

Positive Mindset

Health experts stress the importance of positive thinking. If you’re optimistic about your goals and not easily defeated, you’re more likely to overcome initial difficulties when turning your life around. Whether you are investing in your long-term health, or your improvements are simply aesthetic, staying motivated throughout the process will help keep you on track. Positivity is a key to success, and when you notice positive changes to your body, your mind will follow. There are various wellness trends that you can use to guide your expectations and manage your strategy for staying in shape. To further improve your overall mindset, it’s important to create a safe and secure environment at home. While peace of mind and a sense of security is always important, this is especially necessary in your home. Thankfully, safety assurance can be achieved if you install a visitor management system like Safe Visitor Solutions, which can help to improve your sense of security.

Sleep Well

Quality sleep is undoubtedly a key to good health. Being in a relaxed state helps to reduce blood pressure and keep it under control. The importance of quality sleep is outlined in the Johns Hopkins sleep study, which stresses that the comfort of your sleep environment is critical to good rest. Sleep strengthens your ability to fight infection, as sufficient rest gives a boost to your immune system. Sleep puts you in a better mood, too, elevating your outlook and making you less prone to become grumpy. Insufficient sleep can put you in a negative frame of mind, which can translate to health complications. Additionally, quality sleep helps to maintain weight by regulating hormones that are associated with high calorie food intake.

The Power of Greens

According to Livestrong, green vegetables are especially beneficial for your health, particularly vegetables that are dark and leafy. The more you can eat, the better, because they’re loaded with minerals, fibers, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. What’s great about vegetables is they satisfy appetite with no crash involved, providing long lasting energy in the same way as some modern supplements like Hydroxyelite. Speaking of supplements, they can be helpful in the early days of making your dietary changes, as some help combat cravings. A related trend is juicing, which is a great way to start the day as it provides you with these necessary nutrients all in one sitting. All you’ll need is organic celery, romaine, kale, pear, and a peeled cucumber. This reduces inflammation while providing a useful energy boost.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water and remaining hydrated helps to transport essential nutrients to where they’re needed in the body. In this way, staying hydrated is useful to the detox process. Water supports digestion while removing waste products in the blood. Focus on drinking at least two liters of water per day, or drink one glass of water every hour. Of course, you can modify your water intake depending on your circumstances.

Choose a Workout Regimen You’ll Enjoy

Devise a workout routine that combines aerobic exercise and strength work. Zumba is a great option because it combines high-energy movement with fun elements like music. When exercising, it’s important to start at your own pace and gradually increase intensity. Don’t do too much too quickly, otherwise you’re more likely to lose motivation. Exercises to start with are Pilates or yoga to increase flexibility and strengthen your muscles. Running is a good cardiovascular exercise. It’s great for fat burning and can be modified according to your ability. If you’re experiencing mild discomfort or soreness when you begin exercising, you can seek out all-natural solutions, like Curamin Extra Strength, that serve as an all-natural alternative to over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen and aspirin.

When beginning your journey to improve your overall health, it’s important to be sure that you are taking care of both your body and mind. Making these positive lifestyle changes will have you not only looking better, but feeling better, too.

What to Do When a Loved One is Diagnosed

We all hope nothing bad will happen to us. We hope and pray that we’ll pass through our lives diagnosis free. Being diagnosed with a disease can be discouraging, but learning that a loved one has been diagnosed can be just as bad, if not worse. When something bad happens to us, we know how brave we can be. When we can’t see into their mind, we worry about our loved one and whether they’ll be able to cope.

While the diagnosis of a loved one is terrible news, there are steps you can take to make this season better both for you and your family member. You don’t have to face this new time without a plan, or without insight into how to help. Here are a few ways to make life better for both of you following a diagnosis.

Educate Yourself

From cancer to chiari, there are many difficult diagnoses your loved one might have received. You might know quite a bit, or you might know nothing, but either way, take action to educate yourself about their disease. Understand what symptoms they can expect, and what treatment looks like. Learn about cancer care or the kinds of surgeries your loved one may need to undergo.

Offer to Help

Your loved one may turn down your offers for assistance, but remind them that you’re there if they need you. Don’t push, and be ready for them to say no. If they do accept your help, offer to clean for them, or drive them to appointments or surgeries. Offer to be there when they consult the neurosurgeon. Be available, but remember to give your loved one space.

Don’t Give Advice

Especially if your loved one is a younger sibling or adult child, you may be tempted to offer them advice. While your intentions are only good, advice from a non-medical professional can be aggravating and even insulting during this troubling time. Remember that ultimately, your loved one’s treatment decisions are down to them.

Stay Normal

When it comes to discussing the grief or anger your loved one’s diagnosis might bring, allow them to lead. Take your cues from them, and only discuss the deeper side of the disease when they feel ready. Remember to listen well, with no plan to give advice, but simply be there for them, to hear how they’re feeling. It’s not your job to fix their feelings; it’s your job to hear them. When you act as normal as possible with your loved one, it can help them feel refreshed, as though life hasn’t been totally overturned.

Meet Your Own Needs

You may be tempted to make this season only about your loved one, but you’ll be experiencing grief and fear as well. If your loved one is a spouse, or someone else who regularly provided your emotional support, you will need to seek new channels. While you can still be there for each other, the real grief and fears you experience during this time should be expressed to a new person who you trust and can rely on.

What is Dream Feeding and How it May Help You Get a Longer Stretch of Sleep

Normal newborn baby sleep entails many times of eating in the early nights of parenting. Of course being woken in the early hours is no fun. But what can we do? After all their tummies are so small and they are growing at such a fantastic rate it’s no wonder they are hungry by again 2am. I wish my fully grown husband could go 6 hours without a feed!

Well, a practice called ‘dream feeding’ could be the answer you’re looking for.

What is dream feeding I hear you ask? Who exactly is dreaming and who is feeding?

Below we clear up the confusion and take a look at exactly what the practice is and how it may help you get your little one to stay in the land of nod for a longer period.

What is dream feeding?

Dream feeding is quite simply nursing in the night while baby is asleep. Anecdotal evidence indicates that topping up their tank with a little extra mile around midnight will stretch that early morning sleep a bit longer.  The theory is that with an extra dose of milk, your bundle of joy will remain asleep longer before their rumbling tummy wakes for their next feed.

How does it work?

If for instance you nurse your little one down for the night at around 8pm, they may sleep for a few hours before their belly starts to rumble. If cosleeping, snuggle down next to your baby, and nurse while s/he slumbers. If not cosleeping, gently lift baby up to nurse or feed, while still asleep.

Breastfeeding or bottle, both work equally well for dream feeding.

Sounds easy, is it?

Yes and no. The trick to a successful dream feed is to try and not fully wake a baby. This is much more easily achieved in cosleeping situations. Now, of course they will need a little coxing to latch on - a gentle brush of the finger over baby's cheek - but the overall aim is to keep baby in sleep mode.

The skill is rousing them enough to feed, but not enough to mean they won’t drop back immediately to sleep once their little belly is full again.

Fortunately, many babies seem perfectly content to happily suck away while seeming remaining 95% asleep. Hence the name ‘dream feeding.’

It does take practice to successfully latch and nurse while slumbering in the dark, and in the early days it might feel a little counterproductive as you repeatedly wake a perfectly sleeping baby. Once you get the technique down, however, it could change your nights forever. Many mothers swear by the practice. More sleep with a happier baby, and happy mom. Think of all the extra sleep you would get, you may even be tempted to invest in a new bed for yourself and your little one.

Does it work with every baby?

As with everything in parenting, each child, and each sleep situation, will be unique. However, more often than not, when a baby feels safe and secure during night time hours - knowing they will be responded to when hunger or thirst or aloneness strikes - dream feeding becomes commonplace.

Final thoughts

The popularity of dream feeding is a relatively new phenomenon, as a result there have been few formal research studies conducted. The information we have brought you here is mainly based on anecdotal reports by parentals who have tried the practice.

My advice, why try it for a few nights and see how your baby responds? If it doesn’t work and your child still wakes in the early hours then hey, nothing ventured nothing gained.

What’s the worst that can happen? You lose some more sleep!

Join with other parents in the CoSleeping Group. If you're a breastfeeding mom, you are welcome as well in the Breastfeeding Group.

Five Tips for Staying Close to Family and Friends Back in Mexico

Moving to the United States for a better life is something you should get excited about, but it’s something that can bring a lot of sadness as well. Leaving home means leaving behind some of your friends and family.

Although you won’t be able to drop by whenever you want, you don’t have to let go of the people you care about when you move away.

Here are five ways you can continue to stay close to friends and family back in Mexico, no matter how far away from home you move.

Send Money Back Home When You Can

It isn’t uncommon to move to the United States in search of work, and part of moving for work means being able to share your good fortune with your family and friends back home. That means sending money back home when you can. There are many ways to send money, but one of the best is using a money transfer service. It allows you to send cash, even if one or both parties don’t have a bank account. Some transfer services, like Remitly, also have low fees and a simplified process that makes sending money affordable and convenient.

Start a Blog

Whether you moved to the U.S. on your own or you brought your immediate family with you, relatives back home will appreciate feeling like they are a part of your new life. Sending pictures can help, but it’s even better if you start a blog. Instead of trying to keep in touch with everyone separately, a blog allows all your friends and family to check in when it’s convenient for them.

In addition, you can tell a story by using a blog. You can post updates throughout the day and share important things as they come up so you never have to wonder if you remembered to tell your great aunt about your eventful afternoon.

Schedule Calls and Video Chats 

You probably already know that it’s important to stay in contact with friends and family by calling or jumping on a video chat, but knowing and doing are two different things. Often, calls fall to the bottom of the to-do list when life gets busy.

Make sure that doesn’t happen by scheduling calls and video chats. You can plan to call a few times a month or a few times a week, depending on your schedule. Your family will start to look forward to your calls and because you have it penciled in your calendar, you can’t put it off.

Send Stuff in the Mail

It’s easier than ever to stay connected thanks to technology. You can check in with friends and family in an instant when you call, text, blog, or send a message on social media. It’s important to do all those things, but if you really want to show you care, nothing beats sending stuff in the mail the old-fashioned way.

Start by writing a letter. A postcard can work too. It will likely find its way to the refrigerator or into a memory box where it will be cherished for a long time.

Don’t forget to send a care package! It’s a great idea if someone is celebrating a birthday or an important milestone, but some of the best care packages are sent just because.

Fill the package with:

  • Fun candy and treats that your friends and family don’t have back home 
  • Something that is expensive back home, like fabric or spices 
  • Something you made 
  • An item you found at the store that has a special meaning

Meet up Halfway

These are all great ways to stay in touch with your loved ones when you’re away and you don’t get to see them every day, but nothing compares to spending time with each other face-to-face.

You may not have enough time or money to travel all the way back home, and your family back home may not be able to come all the way to your new place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t meet halfway!

Plan a spot to rendezvous so you can catch up with each other. You can even make a vacation of it by staying overnight in a hotel and planning something fun to do in the area.

Don’t let your relationships with friends and family back home suffer because you don’t live close. With these tips, you can stay in contact with everyone you care about in a way that’s comfortable and convenient for you.

How To Find Time For Yourself As A Parent

As a parent, do you spend all of your time thinking about your kids? Do you experience an overwhelming sense of guilt the moment that you take time for yourself? Is it extremely difficult for you to reconnect with your individual identity, instead of viewing yourself in relation to your family? If your answer to these questions is yes, you are in need of a drastic overhaul. Of course, it is important that you prioritize your little ones, but this should never be at the expense of your own health and happiness. That is why you should pay close attention to the following four tips. They will help you to strike the right balance between caring for your family and caring for yourself.

Plan ahead

First things first, you need to plan ahead. This will allow you to break up your days into manageable parts. It will also give you the chance to confront your workload head on. If you are able to see all of the duties that you are taking on, it might be easier for you to justify some time off. You will also find it easier to multi-task and to eliminate any unnecessary jobs that are dragging you down.

Take plenty of breaks

When you are creating a plan for the week ahead, you should schedule in plenty of breaks. Ideally, you should view your breaks as sacred times that need to be respected. Instead of moving them around to fit in with your family life, you should force yourself to stick to a routine. That way, you reduce the risk of working through your break times and missing out completely. In order to get the most out of your breaks, you should also endeavor to plan enjoyable activities. Ideally, you should select activities that are only suitable for adults. For instance, you could visit Mt Baker Vapor to check out their wide range of products. This will help you to view yourself as an individual and to find at least one part of your day that is just for you.

Ask for help

If you are still struggling to see how you are going to carve out some much-needed time for yourself, you should seriously think about asking for help. There is no shame in admitting that you need some assistance. This could come in the form of your partner, a close family member, or a trusted friend. Or, if you are searching for a more permanent solution, you could consider hiring a nanny. Even if you only get help on certain days, this could be just what you need to get your life back on track.

Create a play area

Finally, you should evaluate your home and look out for the perfect space for a play area. This is a wonderful way for you to take control of your household. Instead of allowing your little ones to run riot, you can limit their activities to one room. You could even create a play area in your backyard so that you are able to enjoy some peace and quiet. Of course, you will still need to keep an eye on your kids, but at least you know that they’re having fun in a safe environment where you know where they are.

Easy Ways to Decrease Your Anxiety

We all feel anxious from time to time. If you experience these feelings on a regular basis, however, you may be among the 18.1% of adults who have anxiety. If you think you might have anxiety, you should talk to your doctor about it as soon as possible.

Whether your anxiety is severe enough to be diagnosed, or whether you simply have anxious feelings from time to time, there are some simple steps you can take to lower your anxiety. In addition to consulting your doctor, you can incorporate some or all of these easy tips. A life with decreased anxiety is a better life, so consider starting a few strategies this week!

Try a Supplement

There are quite a few natural ways to decrease anxiety (although some work better than others.) Many people have found CBD oil to reduce anxiety. CBD is a substance taken from the cannabis plant, the same plant marijuana comes from. CBD, unlike marijuana, doesn’t have an psychoactive properties, but it can play a role in decreasing someone’s anxiety. Plus, CBD has little to no side effects. If you’re interested in testing CBD, CBD FX is a great place to get started for CBD oils and pills.

Start Budgeting

If money makes you anxious, you might consider keeping better track of your financial life. If you don’t already budget, keeping track of where your money goes each month, and maintaining a set threshold for groceries and other expenses, you may want to consider doing so. If you’re in debt, your financial stress is probably even worse. Consult an accountant and look at getting your financial situation straightened out. Knowing how to get out of debt can help you find peace of mind, and coming up with a solid plan for paying every bill, every month, will help wash away a lot of your financial worries.

Get in Touch with Your Feelings

Your anxiety is probably being caused by a serious life-stress, such as the death of a family member or work stress. While there are many potential causes for anxiety, these serious life issues are difficult for anyone to face, and anxiety is normal at these times. Instead of living with your anxiety, try to get to the root cause. Consult a therapist or counselor and identify the heart of your struggles with anxiety. Journal regularly, talk out your feelings, and embrace your emotions as they come. This kind of getting in touch with yourself can help lower your anxiety, since your feelings won’t be as pent up or unfamiliar.

Anxiety doesn’t get the last say in your life, so if you struggle with anxious thoughts or feelings, start tackling the problem, a little at a time. Whether you choose a means of soothing your anxiety, like CBD oil; a means of dealing with the problem itself, like carefully budgeting; or dealing with the deeper emotions behind the issues, by seeing a therapist, an easy answer your anxiety awaits.

What You Need to Know About Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

You’ve probably seen the videos on YouTube of people talking crazy after they’ve had their wisdom
teeth extracted. These videos can be absolutely hilarious… until it’s your turn to get your wisdom teeth removed.

Most adults need some, or all, of their wisdom teeth removed. There’s usually not enough room in our jaw for all that wisdom, so the extra teeth can become impacted and cause all sorts of long-term problems. To alleviate this, oral surgeons typically remove the teeth when an individual is in his or her 20s. Since you heal faster the younger you are, you’ll want to have this procedure done sooner rather than later. If the idea of getting your wisdom teeth out gives you the heebie jeebies, however, you’re probably going to procrastinate. If fear of the oral surgeon has got you dragging your feet, check out this list of things to know about wisdom teeth extraction. With a plan in hand, you can finally get around to scheduling your appointment.

Talk to Your Dentist

The first step in getting your wisdom teeth removed is to talk to your dentist. Your dentist has your X-rays, and he or she will be able to tell you if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Your dentist will also be able to recommend a nearby oral surgeon.Whether you live in Menomonee Falls, WI, or Pomfret, CT, you’ll be able to find a trusted oral surgeon to get the job done. Finding the right oral surgeon, however, is only the beginning.

Grab a Friend

When you get your wisdom teeth out, you’re going to be groggy for the next couple of hours. That means you’re not safe to walk or drive home. The oral surgeon’s office will need to see that you have someone waiting for you to take you home, so enlist a spouse, sibling, or friend to drive you home. (You may want to get it in writing that they won’t film you babbling on the drive.)

Decide on Your Painkiller

When you get your wisdom teeth out, you have a choice between a couple different painkillers. You can get anesthesia, so you’re totally out for the procedure, you can get laughing gas, which leaves you groggy and dulls the pain, or you can simply get your gums numbed. The procedure is typically quick--sometimes only twenty minutes. If you’re picturing a length surgery, don’t stress it. If your insurance doesn’t cover much, you can consider being brave and only numbing your gums. If your insurance covers anesthesia, though, you may want to take the easy way out.

Grab Some Ice

Recovering from wisdom teeth surgery isn’t fun. While the level of pain varies from person to person, expect to take a lot of ibuprofen. You can, however, expect the ibuprofen to help, so don’t be scared of long-term pain. You’ll also want to ice your jaw, and you can expect some swelling and even bruising for the following week or two. Soon, however, you’ll be back to normal--and you’ll feel fantastic for accomplishing the feat of getting your wisdom teeth removed.

The Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep

Having a good night's sleep is essential if we want to enjoy good health, as it provides the energy we need to get through a busy day as well as refreshing us physically and mentally. Unfortunately, many people find it hard to get enough quality, uninterrupted sleep, and this is especially true of pregnant women. Worries about pregnancy and parenthood and physical discomfort during this time can all have an adverse effect upon our sleep patterns, but here are three ways to have a better and more fulfilling night's sleep.

Clear Away the Day's Stresses

We live in a fast-paced stressful world and being pregnant brings its own concerns on top of the worries that we all face. Scientists recommend that we should have around seven to nine hours of sleep every night, but stress is one of the main factors which can prevent us from achieving this target. Don't lie awake worrying about bills, family problems or relationship issues, but instead devote at least ten minutes before going to sleep to a peaceful meditation. Focus your eyes on a spot on the ceiling and try to clear your mind of everything. This will be hard at first, but with practice it will become easier, and you'll be amazed at the difference it can make to your sleep patterns.

Invest in a New Mattress

Too many people try to sleep on old mattresses that are either too hard or are too worn and simply don't provide the support your body needs. This support is especially important during the latter stages of pregnancy, so it makes sense to invest in a high quality mattress such as the Brentwood Home Oceano from mattress specialists Sleep Sherpa. When you have a perfectly sprung mattress under you, you'll notice a real difference and won't have to keep waking up to turn over or re-position your body.

Keep Away from the Mobile Phone

Do you always like to check your emails or social media account? You're certainly not alone in that, but it can be incredibly detrimental to your chances of a sound sleep. Mobile phone displays utilize blue light, and looking at it before attempting to sleep suppresses the hormone melatonin which is central to our sleep patterns. Put simply, the blue light fools our brain into thinking it's daytime which can make it much harder to get to sleep after looking at it.

There's also a risk of radiation causing headaches, or worse, if we have our mobile phone too close to our body. The best advice is to switch them off at least 30 minutes before going to bed and use something else as an alarm clock. When you sleep well every night, you'll notice a huge difference in how you feel, and your energy levels will remain high for longer throughout the day. That's why having a high-quality mattress, not using a mobile phone before bedtime and clearing all thoughts from your head before turning off the light can make a huge difference to your overall health. That's good news for you, and good news for the baby you're carrying.

3 Smart Ideas for New Jersey Moms Looking to Bond with Their Little Ones

Let’s face it: finding meaningful opportunities to bond with your kiddos can be a challenge.

This is especially true in a day and age where it’s more tempting to keep our kids glued to technology or simply stay at home. After all, money can be tight and even the simple process of planning a day-trip out can be downright exhausting.

Despite all of this, moms simply can’t afford to miss out on essential bonding time with their toddlers. Consider how it only gets more and more difficult as time passes: even if it may seem like an uphill battle now, getting out and spending time with your child should be a top priority for Jersey moms.

Trust me: by going through the effort to plan some bonding time now, you’ll thank yourself down the road.

The good news? Creating those sorts of memories is possible in New Jersey without breaking the bank. We’ve outlined some fun ideas for moms from all walks of life to spend quality time with their kids.

Go Camping

Don’t assume that you’re not the type to enjoy the great outdoors! If there’s one tried-and-tested way to make memories, it’s through a good old-fashioned camping trip. From being able to bring your own food to letting your child run wild, camping trips are both cost-effective and a blast if you’re in Jersey.

Hiking? Tubing? Kayaking? No matter how much or little adventure you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone!

Bear in mind that you don’t necessarily need to pitch a tent to enjoy the myriad of camping options along the coast. In fact, you can find plenty of RV rentals throughout New Jersey if you’re not quite ready to “rough it” yet.

Check Out the State’s Must-See Parks

On a related note, anything that can get you and your kids out and about is a major plus. If you want to double-dip your child seeing some of the state’s top parks while also squeezing in some bonding time, go for it!

You can totally make a picnic day-trip of the following must-see hotspots for fellow moms:

  • Liberty State Park: beautiful skyline view, free parking and a lovely waterside walk all included
  • Barnegat Lighthouse State Park: little ones love trekking up the lighthouse and enjoying the one-of-a-view from up high 
  • High Point State Park: trails and playgrounds aplenty, a great place for kids who aren’t so easily tired out

Oh, and don’t count out some of New Jersey’s best beaches if you’re looking to enjoy some serious fun in the sun with your kids as well.

Zoos, Farms, Gardens (Oh My!)

They don’t call New Jersey the Garden State for nothing!

Again, there’s nothing quite like the nature of New Jersey if you’re willing to make the trek. If your kids are in love with wildlife, the Lakota Wolf Preserve in Columbia is a must-do; meanwhile, the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown is a flower lovers’ dream come true. Of course, don’t be afraid to go beyond the realm of downtown or your traditional stops in pursuit of a good time.

You simply can’t put a price tag on memories that’ll last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton to make it happen! Hopefully these ideas can inspire you to get out there with your child and do exactly that.

How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Sleep. For many of us, we can’t seem to get enough of it. We wake up and instantly want to go back to bed. We work long days, only to come home and still not have enough time left in the day. We might even have enough time for sleep--we might be clocking a good eight hours a night--but we still don’t feel rested. If this describes you, then you’re not alone! The secret to a good night’s rest often eludes us, but once you take a few of these tips to heart, you’ll be on your way to getting a great night’s sleep.

Get More

If you’ve decided you can survive life on 3 to 4 hours of sleep, think again. While your body eventually adjusts to low sleep levels, that doesn’t mean your lack of sleep isn’t having long-term effects on your health. There’s a reason doctors recommend 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night for adults. Realistically, if your sleep is healthy, you’ll only need the 7. You should not, however, be getting less than that. Getting enough sleep synthesizes your hormones, grows your muscles, and repairs your tissue. It also helps you focus and remember better. When it comes to your rest, don’t skimp. Your entire lifestyle is suffering when you don’t get enough rest.

Turn Out the Lights

You’ve probably heard it already--blue light from your screen can keep you from properly producing melatonin. Since melatonin is part of what gives you a good night’s sleep, it’s no wonder that staring at a screen right before you go to bed can disrupt your sleep. To get better rest, trying cutting down on that screen time. Turn off your phone, TV, and laptop an hour before bed, and instead--go for a walk. Read a book. Bake cookies. You’ll find that you end up doing a lot more, like hanging out with friends, once you remove the option to look at a screen.

You may also need to be sleeping in a darker room. If you live in a city or a place where it doesn’t get very dark at night, you’ll want to make the effort to regulate your circadian rhythms with your light exposure. Research the cost of plantation shutters, blinds, or curtains to put up to keep out the light at night.


Stress, besides have a negative impact on your overall health, can also disrupt your sleep. To help cut back on stress in your day-to-day life, find a method of de-stressing that works for you. Get an adult coloring book. Take a bubble bath. Play music. Journal. Meditate. Spend time outside, just letting your mind wander. Whatever your chosen method of de-stressing is, stick to it! When you regularly take time to de-stress, you’ll likely see your quality of rest improve.

Confront a Sleeping Disorder

Sometimes, simple solutions like getting more sleep, turning off your screens, or de-stressing aren’t enough to confront a sleeping issue. If nothing seems to be working, then you may be suffering from a sleeping disorder. In order to get better rest going forward, visit a sleep disorder clinic. Bridgewater, NJ to Elko, NV, someone will be able to help you uncover the cause of your low-quality rest. From there, you can work on recovering from the issue and enjoy sweet dreams from here on out.

New Ways to Improve Your Health

We’re all interested in better health. We’ve tried this vitamin or that vitamin, this shake or that shake, this exercise routine or that exercise routine. Sometimes, something works great for a friend, and we try it. It’s nice, but it doesn’t work the wonders for us that it did for them. Sometimes, we find a health challenge on our own, sure it’s going to work, but we fail to keep it up consistently. Some health challenges are brutal! When it comes to getting better health, we feel like we’ve been there, done that. To us, it feels like we’ve tried everything, and there’s no reasonable, realistic way to experience better health. There just isn’t.

The good news is, there are always new things to try to improve our health. Sometimes, that can feel like it’s bad news, too--with so many, and so many that don’t really work--how do we know what’s really best for us? Without further ado, here are four new ways to improve your health that might actually (finally) work.


What the heck is that? Is that an essential oil? While you might be leery of any new natural health ventures, CBD oil keeps getting more to back it up. Made from the cannabis plant (but, unlike marijuana, it doesn’t have any psychoactive properties--we promise) CBD oil is filled with some of the best plant power in the world. It’s currently being used in research by the US government, so it’s caught the eye of leading scientists. While not as tested as your pharmacy-aisle health aid, CBD oil could provide a much-needed health boost to your lifestyle.

Chia Seeds

Apparently, ancient Mayan warriors claimed they could go an entire day with only one spoonful of this stuff. Chia seeds are small gray seeds, sort of like miniscule pebbles. Sprinkle them on your salad, top your muffins in them, and use them to make easy overnight pudding and jam. Snacking with these little guys regularly could leave you feeling way better--since they contain insane amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, fiber, and calcium.

Balance Your Hormones

Guy or girl, your hormones might be out of whack. Women especially are at risk for imbalanced hormones--and studies suggest that 80% of women have imbalanced hormones. Life is hard enough as it is--we don’t need to be dealing with extra mood and physical repercussions. While it can be a little risky to balance your testosterone with actual testosterone, there are a few natural ways to start balancing your hormones, so consult a pharmacist soon.

Update Your Bedding 

So simple, you’ll wish you thought of it earlier. Most of us don’t get as good a night’s sleep as we should for fully productive living. If you wish your slumber were more sound, you can head to your nearest mattress store and start upgrading your bed. A better pillow, a better mattress, and even a better comforter can help you start sleeping more soundly each night.

What to Do After an Injury

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, or a recreational accident, then you’re facing a challenging new season of life. Recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to years, and while every injury is different, an injury is never something to shrug off. There’s more than one way to respond to a physical injury, and in order to experience the best quality of life during this season, there are a few things to consider while recovering.

Take Some Time to Grieve

Depending on how serious the injury is, you’re looking at an altered life--whether in the short-term, or for your entire future. An injury can mean rethinking how you live, work, and function, and if your day-to-day life has been impaired by your injury, you’ll want to take some time out to absorb what you lost. As humans, we feel our emotions, whether we want to or not--so rather than trapping the emotions and experiencing negative side effects, be upfront with yourself about how you’re feeling. In the end, an injury may mean a different life, but it doesn’t have to mean a less enjoyable life. Take time for sorrow, but remember that hope is just around the corner.

Take Time for Legal Assistance

If your injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence, you likely qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. If another driver, a company, or your work environment played a role in your injury, then it’s important to seek justice and gain financial compensation for the harm you suffered. To find out if you qualify for a case, contact a personal injury such as this Law Firm New Jersey boasts.

Take Time to Recover

While you’ll have a couple of things to focus on after your injury, your biggest priority is simply to recover. Rest, regular trips to the doctor, and a helpful diet will likely be part of your recovery process. You many need to see a physical therapist, or you may need reconstructive oral surgery. Newark, NJ to Bend, OR, there are health professionals ready and waiting to lift you out of this time and set you on the road to recovery. While the recuperation process for any injury is often the longest and most difficult part, taking time to recover is important. Accept that some time out is okay, and find ways to enjoy yourself and maintain a good social life, even while you recover.

Personal injuries are always unexpected, and it can be hard to know how to go forward when a personal injury has affected your life. Feelings of helplessness and being lost will fade, however, and soon you’ll have a game plan. Whether it’s contacting a lawyer, scheduling therapy appointments, or just resting while friends come over and visit, you’ll soon know just what to do going forward. From then on, you can focus on recovering from your injury, both physically and emotionally, until life returns to the same level of fulfillment you experienced before.

What to Do After a Personal Injury

If you, or a member of your family, has been injured, then you likely have a series of questions on your mind. A personal injury is a difficult time, and it can leave your head spinning. First, what do you do next? After the shock of the accident passes, you can feel a little lost, not knowing how to proceed. Second, what is your recovery going to look like? You’re likely dreading the idea of surgery or months of physical therapy, and you want to know as soon as possible what your recovery is going to look like. Third, how do you get justice? If your injury was caused by negligence on someone else’s part, then you will want to seek recompense for what occurred.

What Do I Do Next?

The first question on your mind is--what happens now? You know there are several steps you need to take, but which one is the next step? Which one happens first? You might think the first step following an injury would be contacting a lawyer or consulting with a doctor, but your first step should often be to get emotional support. Set up a network of friends and family to rely on during this season, and even consider seeing a therapist as you recover. The road ahead will be filled with frustrations, but the more supported you are, the less these frustrations will wear and tear on your wellbeing.

What Is My Recovery Going to Look Like?

Once you’ve got a support system set up, you’ll need to look ahead to your recovery. If your injury was mild, you may only be looking at a few months with a chiropractor and minimal physical discomfort. If your injury was more severe, you may be facing surgery, several months to several years of physical therapy, and an altered lifestyle during that time. For better or worse, your injury has upset your current routine, and you’ll need to face a recovery process that looks different from life before your injury. While it’s the worst case scenario, you may be looking at a future that will always be affected, in some way, by your injury. The more severe your injury, the more important it is to receive care, both physical and emotional, as you move forward to living a full, vibrant, altered life.

How Do I Get Justice?

If you were harmed due to negligence on someone else’s part, you’re likely dealing with some feelings of anger. An injury like this can leave you feeling helpless, or even betrayed. If the company you work for, an establishment you visited, another driver, or other party caused your injury by negligence, then you likely qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. Often settled outside of court, a personal injury case could get you the financial compensation you deserve, and help give you that needed sense of closure. Contact an attorney like Preszler Law or a personal injury lawyer near you to get started.

Conversations You Should Have With Your Family (This Week)

You love your family. They’re kind of the best. Annoying, but the best. Whether “family” means your mom and dad and siblings, or your spouse and kids, or your circle of best friends and your dog (okay, you don’t need to have these conversations with your dog)--family means a lot to you. We all need a family. Our family doesn’t look like anyone else’s, and that’s how it should be. Regardless of who your family is, there are a few conversations you need to have with them, asap. In case you die.

Don’t worry, no one’s expecting you to die for a really long time. We can, however, lose sight of our transience. Living in a first world country can almost make us feel immortal, but we’re just as human as everyone else. We could die tomorrow. We could die today. We might not, but we should be making the most of our time. To really live the life you should, and to make sure your family knows what they should know, have these conversations before the week is over.

Tell Them You Love Them

We joke with people a lot. We’re pretty sure they know how much they mean to us… but we don’t really say it out loud. While you might tell your boyfriend or girlfriend or husband or wife that you love them, (a lot) it’s been a really long time since you let your brother know that you appreciate him. It’s been years since you hugged your mom and told her that, despite the fact that she’s crazy, you wouldn’t trade her for the world. If it’s been too long since you were upfront about your love, don’t waste time. Go make your family really uncomfortable.

Confess Some Stuff

Do you have something - weird - that you kind of need to tell someone? We don’t mean anything super serious, like an affair, but if there’s something weighing on your conscious, you might want to get it off now. Finally confess to your sister that yes, it was you who put the fly into her soda can in seventh grade. Don’t let your deep dark secrets stay secret forever.

Write Down Your Information

If you pass, and your wife or husband or other close family member doesn’t know your information, they’ll have a really difficult time figuring things out. Keep a list somewhere of your passwords, login information, and other necessary things, so that your bank account and even email addresses can be accessed.

Plan Your Funeral

If you have strong feelings about burial vs. cremation, you’ll want to let your family know. You might want your body donated to science. You might want to be an organ donor. If you have a preference for your funeral arrangements, tell a few people in your immediate family. Get it in writing. Let them know if you want embalming or cremation. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to find cremation services in California, Arizona, or wherever you live. There are places you can select ahead of time, making this decision even easier on your family.

Using Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut oil: beneficial for babies and dogs

Over the past decade, coconut oil has gained popularity in the mainstream market as a health supplement. Abundant in MCTs and lauric acid, coconut oil is a versatile remedy that can be used for several issues ranging from skincare to cognitive health. Although humans have been using coconut oil for health for quite a while, it recently became a new trend in holistic pet medicine to use coconut oil to improve your dog's health.

What Makes Coconut Oil Healthy?

Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and lauric acid. Both of these essential "healthy fats" are what gives coconut oil its healing properties. MCTs help to boost energy, aid digestion and promote healthy brain function while lauric acid gives coconut oil its anti-fungal and antiviral properties.

How Do I Use Coconut Oil for Dogs?

Coconut oil can help your pup with various ailments and improve their overall health. Here are five ways you can use coconut oil for dogs:

Immune System Support. The anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties of coconut oil can help your dog to ward off sickness and fight infections.

Healthy Brain Function. MCTs in coconut oil can be broken down by the liver and are converted into ketones. Ketones are an alternative energy source for the brain and can help slow deterioration of the brain; all while promoting healthy cognitive function.

Eye & Ear Health. Coconut oil can be used as drops for both eyes and ears to help treat infections.

Skincare, Haircare, & Fleas. Coconut oil can be used to soothe and hydrate your dog's skin if they are suffering from rashes that resulted from eczema, yeast infections, and flea bites. Additionally, coconut oil can keep your dog's coat looking glossy and healthy!

Digestive Health. In addition to being an excellent treatment for parasites (i.e., intestinal worms), coconut oil can be used to help treat inflammation caused by inflammatory bowel syndrome and help with the absorption of nutrients!

Choosing Coconut Oil For Your Pup

When shopping for coconut oil, you should look for organic unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil, ideally in a glass jar. It is best to avoid refined, bleached coconut oil since it is highly processed and contains fewer nutrients.

How Much Coconut Oil Is Too Much?

If given the proper amount, coconut oil can work dreams for your dog's health. However, if the dosage isn't right for your pup, they can end up with loose stools. It is recommended that you start off by incorporating one tsp. per 10 lbs. of body weight in your pet's diet. When you're first starting out, however, it is best to start with 1/4-tsp and gradually increase the dosage until it is the appropriate amount for your dog.


As an excellent source of MCTs and lauric acid, coconut oil is great as a supplement for humans and dogs alike. Although it is always best to consult your veterinarian about incorporating new items into your pet's diet, it is safe to say that coconut oil is a fantastic natural alternative for treating infections and improving the overall health of your dog.

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Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management. In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik


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