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The Realities of Being a Highly Sensitive Mom

A few weeks ago I wrote a post called The Realities of Raising a Highly Sensitive Child. I had no idea the impact that post would have on you all.  As a parent raising a highly sensitive child, those are my realities.  But I often forget that those are other people’s realities as well and it is so good to not feel alone. Since that post went live, I have been trying to write the follow-up post about my Realities as a Highly Sensitive Mom.  But it’s been extremely slow coming.
               
                   I am guided by my emotions after all!
 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, Highly Sensitive refers to people who have more sensitive sensory processing (simplified: their senses are more sensitive).  They feel things strongly.  They may be more sensitive to how their clothing feels rather than how it just looks.  They can be highly emotional and internalize situations in their lives. They may even become overwhelmed easily. But they aren’t limited to these things.  Every highly sensitive person has their own story and experiences.  

You can read more about being highly sensitive HERE! There is also this awesome test you can take to see if you may be a part of this group.  
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The Realities of Raising a Highly Sensitive Child

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Highly Sensitive Child is a term I hadn’t even heard of until a few years ago.  Our daughter, Marie, had always been quick to tears and sensitive to everything, but we never really thought it was more than just a baby/toddler thing. As time passed, we started making more and more connections between events and her reactions (or overreactions, as we had originally considered them). We would start the blender and she would be brought to tears from the sound. If a stranger looked at her, she would start to cry. She absolutely hated water near her face. Most of the reactions were tears. 

So we had her hearing checked, but it was perfect. It wasn’t until my mother did a Google search of some of her sensitivities that we discovered this term: Highly Sensitive Child (also known as Highly Sensitive Person or HSP). 

A Highly Sensitive Person is someone who has higher sensory processing sensitivity.

Basically, they are more in tune with their 5 senses. They notice small nuances in their clothing, they hear things a little louder, they notice things the typical person may not, they are more sensitive to the taste of foods and therefore may be a little pickier, and they notice changes in smells more easily. Now, not every child displays all of these sensitivities. Some Highly Sensitive Children only display one or two of these, but they feel them REALLY strongly. 
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Homemade Alfredo Sauce | Kid Friendly

This recipe is currently under construction. I unintentionally deleted the recipe and now I have to rewrite it, which will take me some time. I will update it as soon as possible! I am sorry for the inconvenience. 

I originally posted this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe nearly 5 years ago. At the time, this recipe had become an absolute staple in our home! We would always make sure that we had some cooked up and in a jar in the fridge, ready to heat up at any point of time.  When I shared it, I put a pin on Pinterest as I always do after I post. Little did I know, this pin would go viral and bring a constant flow of readers to my old blog.  When I decided to launch this website, I knew that I wanted to give some of my favorite, older blog posts a new life! So I remade this incredible homemade Alfredo Sauce so that I can share it with all of you beautiful people.

There is one question that I hear almost every time I start cooking anything interesting in the kitchen, “Mommy! Can I help you?”. Although, I admit that I probably say “No” more than I should, there are times when I remind myself that she is only little once. Plus, messes can always be cleaned. I find that I need to remind myself to be a Yes Mom more often than I’d like to admit. But it is something that I am working on…
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I don’t want to be a mom! | It’s okay to struggle being a mom.

 

 

Hello Mama,

How are you today? I am feeling hopeful and at peace.  I have been thinking about writing to you about this for a while, but I haven’t had the courage to sit down and actually write anything. You see, this isn’t something I really talk about, like, ever.  It’s not that I am afraid or ashamed of feeling this way, but more out of avoidance of conflict. Or my perceived conflict. The mom community can be so judgmental! Everyone has an opinion, which is totally fine, but when those opinions become the “only” way to parent, is when the issues begin.  I simply didn’t want to deal with that all.

But here I am, putting it all out there, because I genuinely believe that I cannot be the only one who struggles with this. But if we all avoid talking about these realities, nothing will ever change. We will all just be lonely and silently judging ourselves. I don’t know about you, but that is definitely not the life I want to live. So Mama, if you ever struggle with identifying as or being a mom, even though you are a mom, I want to tell you

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The Tastiest Vegan Macaroni and Cheese | Gluten Free, Vegan, Kid Approved, Plant Based

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Today was one of those days where it was cold, rainy, and windy. I woke up and just wanted to curl up inside and not leave.  So I began searching Pinterest for yummy, vegan comfort foods.  I came across this vegan Macaroni and Cheese recipe over at Clean Food Dirty Girl. I absolutely HAD to try it.

Of course, I didn’t have everything I needed, but I decided that a quick trip to the grocery story was definitely worth it for Mac and Cheese. So I braved the cold and rain to grab some nutritional yeast and cashews. My daughter wanted to help me make it, so we had a ton of fun creating this fantastic recipe. After trying it and making a few adjustments, I absolutely had to share it! This recipe is Plant Based, Vegan, Gluten Free, and 3 year old approved!
 

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Walnut Parmesan | Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Kid Friendly

Disclaimer: This Walnut Parmesan Recipe was originally posted on OurLivingWorld. I am no longer active on that website. 

One of the things that I have missed the most since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is cheese.  There is this decadence to cheese that just really can not be replaced with most vegan alternatives.  However, every once in a while there is a diamond in the rough.  This walnut parmesan altered from Clean Food Dirty Girl is one of those jewels. It isn’t exactly the same by any means, but I actually like the texture a little more than regular parmesan cheese.  You can also make it change to whatever flavors you want my changing up the spices.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!
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How Soap Nuts Work for Home Cleaning

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I started using soap nuts a few years ago when my mom bought me a huge bag of soap nuts for Christmas. It took me a while to really commit to using them on a daily basis, not because they didn’t work, but because I was lazy (this is a reoccurring theme in my life). It wasn’t until I started really learning about what they are and how soap nuts work that I realized what amazing little berries these are!

A few weeks ago I talked about how soap nuts are not actually nuts, but actually a berry that is grown on trees all over the world. And they are grown and harvested to be used by locals, but also be sold as an income source for families around the world. Although I find knowing exactly what they are and where they come from rather interesting, I was even more curious about how soap nuts work. Upon research I learned two main things, they having Saponins that foam and clean and they act as a surfactant. All I could think was, “what the hell does that even mean?”.

Don’t worry, bear with me, I figured it all out for you!

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Soap Nuts | What are they?

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You may have heard of soap nuts recently. They are gaining popularity, especially in western cultures, as environmental and clean living is becoming increasingly popular. They are a 100% natural cleaning product that people use for laundry, home cleaners, shampoos, and much more. But what are they exactly and what do they really do?
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Mint Chip Ice Cream | Raw, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free

Mint Chip Ice Cream__Mint Chip Banana Icre Cream__Mint Chip Banana Nice Cream__Vegan__Paleo__Gluten Free__webI am learning that in order to be successful eating a mostly raw or fully raw diet, you have to get really creative with your combinations of fruits. It has absolutely amazed me how I can make a fruit taste like something completely different. My favorite of these is banana “nice cream”. It is like a blank canvas that I can literally add anything to. So was born this version of Mint Chip Ice Cream.

I can literally eat banana ice cream every day. Some days I make a big batch of it and will eat it for breakfast and lunch. It is one of my favorite meals out there. I mean, come on! You can eat “desert” for breakfast!! Who doesn’t love that! AND it’s healthy.
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