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Monday, January 26, 2015

New Author in Cat Rescue Anthology Book

'Rescued' book released today


New Author in Cat Rescue Anthology Book

I'm a published author! 


I actually saw my name, L. E. Mastilock, listed as an author on Amazon.com! I'm an author! 
I want to scream it from the rooftop and jump up and down for joy all day! 

I have yet to receive my physical copy, can hardly wait to hold that in my hand, but I have a digital copy and it's truly an enjoyable read! 
Read the great reviews here.

Twice Disrupted is the short story, included in the book, of how my cats' came into my family and the saga of their lives before. All told in the new anthology:


Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes


New Author in Cat Rescue Anthology Book


Like the Facebook page for Rescued, but more importantly, our Pubslush campaign needs you!


True, the book was released for sale today and available for purchase on Amazon, but each author has a different month to promote where our proceeds will go to an animal charity of our choice. My month is January 2016. So, if you're wanting to benefit Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, wait until then or better yet, purchase a copy now and another for a friend next year!

Please share our Pubslush crowdfunding campaign. Fitcat is a small publishing company and the more funds raised to cover the initial publishing costs, the more the authors and especially the animal charities will benefit!  

Learn more about my cats, Rascal and Rocco at RascalandRocco.com.



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How Toxic is Your Home? #TheToxicTest

Welcome to Monday Matters! Spread awareness to help important causes and start your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on. I am not being compensated for this post.

How Toxic is Your Home? #theToxicTest An easy way to find out what dangerous chemicals are in products you use every day


There are more toxins in the products you use every day than you suspect  


There are over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, thousands of which are banned overseas. Of those, only a very small percentage is regulated at all.

Did you also know, the cosmetic industry is self-regulated with very little legislation to keep woman safe from products they use daily. Manufacturers of cleaning products and laundry detergents are not required to list their ingredients. And yes, chemicals can enter your bloodstream through your skin.

The Healthy Home company is committed to ridding homes of the products and chemicals that are harming families. 


Because they are so passionate about ridding common toxins in our homes, they have launched their Toxic Truth™ Campaign, to make it easy for people to recognize the dangers found in the products they use every day.  


How Toxic is Your Home? #theToxicTest An easy way to find out what dangerous chemicals are in products you use every day 

The Toxic Test has taken the guesswork out of exposing these chemicals, by providing you with an overview of the top Toxic Ten product categories found in the home (including toothpaste, soap and sanitizer, and kitchen cleaner) and outlining some of the dangerous chemicals they harbor.

Plus, Get Rewarded!


Mom Bloggers Club has teamed up with The Healthy Home Company offering you a chance to win up to $1,000 in cash and prizes!


How Toxic is Your Home? #theToxicTest An easy way to find out what dangerous chemicals are in products you use every day

Enter to win the Trash the Toxins Contest

 

Contest begins January 8, 2015 and ends February 8, 2015


I will definitely be taking the test!


Perhaps I'll end up spending a little more on safer, healthier alternatives for my cleaning and personal products, but I'd rather spend it on conscientious companies than health problems in my future.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Life Changes, New Challenges

This past year has turned my little family upside down and changed our family dynamics drastically. 


Major changes:


My husband ended up home most of the year due to an old injury that decided to get worse until he could hardly walk. He may be home permanently.

I began working outside the home, while still writing, which meant much less time for me to be involved in learning with the kids, resulting in complete unschooling and then (slowly) that my husband would become involved in homeschooling (gasp!).


And lastly, at the tail end of the year, we completely changed, not just our diet, but our lifestyle. 


My son has had minor chronic stomach aches his whole life. Most often at night and they always were always better after some chamomile tea with herbs such as fennel and ginger (Gripe Water).

This past year they became steadily worse until for the last two months of the year my son was waking up crying every night. Allergy tests came out negative, but that doesn't rule out a sensitivity, so just days after Christmas I decided to take the plunge on the only thing I hadn't tried and that seem, from my own research, to line up with his symptoms, which also included rashes, headaches, and other discomforts.

We switched to only eating gluten free foods.


All of us. No way would I have food in the house that only he could not eat, plus I am pretty sure I have a sensitivity myself, after reading so much about non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

This change will make everyone in the family eat healthier. It was a family decision and everyone was eager to do whatever was necessary to get Monkey better.

I cleaned out my cupboards of anything and everything containing gluten (giving it to friends in need). I now know there is wheat or gluten in almost every soup, soy sauce, spice packet, and frozen dinner, that I normally stocked in my kitchen!

I asked my gluten-free friends for advice and recommendations, and then went shopping at Whole Foods and restocked my cupboards with all gluten-free essentials.


The search was on for new gluten free recipes and especially filling dinners I could make quickly on evenings when I'm just too tired to think. 


There are plenty, but because it's new to me and I can no longer grab the things I'm used to as my go-to meals, such as burritos in our favorite flour tortillas or pasta and meatballs (I have since found delicious rice pastas & gluten-free meatballs) it takes a bit more thought and planning.

I have never been super organized with meal plans, but I seized one free day I had to plan some freezer meals to solve this problem of needing more time to think through and plan out meals. Lunches have changed, too; we were used to sandwiches almost daily. We still eat sandwiches, but with expensive gluten-free bread, we try not to go through it as quickly.

I am actually enjoying cooking more homemade, healthier meals and eating at the table with my family.  


Finding new recipes and trying new things has been a fun adventure. Everything we've tried has been delicious, so none of us have felt that we're missing out. We created a meal calendar together as a family, which I didn't think I'd like, but so far we are all loving taco night, pizza night, which has morphed into game night, so we're spending more time together in ways we've wanted to for a long time.


Within three days of going gluten-free, Monkey's stomach aches ceased! 


Not only that, he's sleeping through the night, has more energy, his attitude has improved drastically, he's pleasant, happy, helpful, and he's so joyful and bouncy again! I didn't realize just how cranky and sluggish he had become. His skin seems to be clearer, I haven't noticed any rashes at all this month. We are all overjoyed at the instant results!

Learning on the farm: Eat the Rainbow: different color foods are good for different systems of the body

I'm hoping this change in the way we eat, more protein, fruits and vegetables, less carbs, and of course no wheat or gluten, will improve all of our health. For me, I hope it gives me more energy, evens out my sugar levels, which have always been a problem for me, and improves my complexion. These are possible improvements I've read about.

My husband and I just went on a Paleo tour at Whole Foods in Capitola (Paleo is an all natural food diet that is gluten-free) there is an actual Gluten Free tour later this month, but I couldn't go that evening. We learned about gluten free brands and foods to try. Also, we signed up for a class with a dietician to learn more about non-celiac gluten free sensitivity.

I'll be sharing what I learn as well as the fantastic recipes I've already tried.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Keeping New Year Resolutions

It's a new year! 

Keeping New Year Resolutions #family #parenting #homeschooling

This is Monkey on the first day of the year. Can you tell he made it to midnight New Year's Eve? Not surprising, he's made it for the last few years, as has Boo. My kids are night owls like me. If there's anything to stay up for, there's no relaxing or falling asleep easily.

Do you make resolutions for the start of a year? 


Monday, January 12, 2015

Will You #DropYourPants for #Underwareness?


Welcome to Monday Matters! Spread awareness to help important causes and start your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on.

The Drop Your Pants for Underwearness movement is just too much fun to pass up! 

Will You #DropYourPants for #Underwareness? Help Depends donate $3 million to educate & erase shame associated with bladder leakage.
Sheryl shares her #underawareness story here

Have you seen the videos circulating about this? 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Your Signature to Stop the Extinction of Elephants

Welcome to Monday Matters! Spread awareness to help important causes and start your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on.

Elephants have an estimated 5 years left before they're completely extinct.

Your Signature to Stop the Extinction of Elephants #marchforelephants #savetheelephants #elephants #wildlife #causes

An elephant is killed every minute. 

The past few years the demand for ivory has gone up. As prices sky rocket, poaching increases.

We can stop this if we act now.

 Sign the petitions listed here and continue to educate and spread awareness.


I shared this on my pet blog, but it's so important and so urgent I am sharing the same here. 

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