Oct 7, 2019

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Disclosure: I received free copies of the "The Emotionally Healthy Child" by Maureen Healy, "Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways To Transform Anxiety And Depression For Stronger Mental Health" by Jill Sylvester, and "Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self" by Jennie Marie Battistin, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here.


Since October 6 - October 12 is Mental Health Awareness Week, I decided to share five of my favorite books that focus on Mental Health.

Three of the books provide tips or exercises on how to manage our mental health for various age groups and two of the books focus on digging into our childhoods (as well as society) to see how it has affected our mental health growing up and today. 

1) The Emotionally Healthy Child by Maureen Healy


While Maureen Healy's book, The Emotionally Healthy Child, is meant to provide parents the tools to help their kids handle their emotions, I feel anyone can benefit from reading her book.

Many of the tools she provides in her book are ones my therapist has even recommended for my anxiety, such as deep breathing.

To read my full review of The Emotionally Healthy Child by Maureen Healy, check out this post, and to purchase your own copy, head to my Amazon Shop.


2) The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller


First, it's important to note that the term "Gifted"  in the title of The Drama of The Gifted Childrefers to all children who survived an abusive childhood.

This was the very first Alice Miller book I read and it's so eye-opening, so many of us had abusive childhoods, which has affected our mental and emotional health, and the first step to healing is to recognize and deal with that pain, this is the purpose of The Drama of the Gifted Child.

"The damage done to us during our childhood cannot be undone, since we cannot change the past. We can, however, change ourselves." - Alice Miller.

Get your own copy of The Drama of The Gifted Child by Alice Miller in my Amazon Shop.


3) Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth by Alice Miller


This was the second Alice Miller book I read and my favorite. In Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, Alice Miller looks into childhood trauma and it's effects on the world by looking into some of the biggest "villains" of our past, such as Hitler and Stalin.

Her book shows how childhood abuse comes back to affect us as a whole and is a cry for help. We need to rethink the ways we are raising our children. Our past methods are too damaging to our children's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

To learn and read more, get your own copy of Breaking Down the Wall of Silence by Alice Miller on Amazon.


4) Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self by Jennie Marie Battistin, MA, LMFT


Jennie Marie Battistin's new book,  Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self may be geared towards teens, but I believe this book is a great resource for anyone struggling with mental health.

Battistin provides 60 exercises that take 10 minutes or less to help teens develop mindfulness. The exercises are broken up into 4 categories: calming, focusing, reconnecting, and responding.  Calming ones are designed to help with stress, focusing activities help with concentration, reconnecting exercises teach how to handle and accept your emotions, and the responding tips teach you how to recognize negative emotions and think positively.

You can find Jennie Marie Battistin's book, Mindfulness for Teens in 10 Minutes a Day: Exercises to Feel Calm, Stay Focused & Be Your Best Self on Amazon.


5) Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways To Transform Anxiety And Depression For Stronger Mental Health by Jill Sylvester, LMHC


Trust Your Intuition: 100 Ways To Transform Anxiety And Depression For Stronger Mental Health by Jill Sylvester, LMHC is what I like to call "the adult version" of Mindfulness for TeensSylvester provides 100 different ways or techniques you can try to help combat your anxiety and/or depression, such as listing what you are thankful for every day when you get up and go to bed or taking time to meditate.

I loved many of the methods she mentioned (many of which I use now to help with my anxiety), however, she does mention God or a higher power (like the universe, whatever you believe basically) a few times, while I do believe in God, I don't really believe in "surrendering" to him, which she mentions in some of her methods. However, I have come to interpret it to mean that sometimes you just have to accept you have no control, things just happen because well that's just life, so basically letting go, rather than surrendering. That's probably just me being picky about her words.

You can also find her book in my Amazon Shop.


Oct 2, 2019

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Sep 30, 2019

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Flush Before You Dump 

Did you know baby and dog poop should be flushed?

If you said "yes" to this question, then you are one of the few and also very correct! Don't worry if you didn't know this, because I just found this out myself and am totally guilty of just throwing away a poopy diaper (we use cloth diapers, for the most part, so most of the poop does get flushed, but we use disposables at night and when traveling, so we are guilty of throwing some poop in the garbage). I have also never flushed our dog's poop, oops! We do use compostable dog poop bags, which apparently is the next best thing.


Baby Poop Should be Flushed Regardless if You Use Cloth or Disposables

At first, when I heard this information on Facebook, I thought people were lying, but they started posting screenshots! So I went and looked for some of our diaper boxes (luckily we keep most of them as they are nice boxes for storing stuff in), and sure enough here is what I found on my Target Up & Up Diaper Boxes

  

Then I took a trip to Target and Cub Foods to see what I could find on other diaper brands, and here are some other brands that also say to "shake soil into toilet" before discarding the diaper:

 
 

The Pampers, Huggies, and Honest Company diaper packages didn't have this information, however, the Huggies website states:

If possible, be sure to first dump any feces from the diaper into a toilet. - Huggies

I couldn't find anything on the Pampers or Honest Company's websites though. It seems this information is printed on store-brand diapers and smaller brand diapers, but the major companies like Pampers, Huggies, and Honest Company don't make this information easily accessible, which seems a little odd.

So I did a little more digging and came across this article, A Law Against Putting Baby's Dirty Diaper in the Trash?" and the author, Amy Keyishian, claims that the EPA told her:

"Disposable diapers fall under the category of municipal solid waste, which means the material is safe to be disposed of in a U.S. municipal solid waste landfill." - EPA

I went to the EPA site, but couldn't find this statement myself, but Amy Keyishian did mention she called them to get details herself. I did some more of my own research, but couldn't find any government laws or rules about dumping poop out of disposables. The CDC even has a PDF for safe diapering practices and it only mentions flushing the poop if you are using cloth diapers. 

However, after reading The American Public Health Association statement, "Health and Environmental Hazards of Disposable Diapers," I am convinced that we should all be flushing poop! Not only is it more environmentally friendly, but it is also imperative for our health, so many diseases are spread through our waste!

So while technically it's not illegal and you aren't going to get in trouble for tossing that poopy diaper in the trash, it's still more sanitary and better for the environment to knock as much solid waste as you can into the toilet and flush before tossing the soiled diaper in the dump.


What About Dog Poop?

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This was my question after discovering baby poop should be flushed, as most dog owners know, we're supposed to pick up our dog's poop while out walking and toss it in the garbage. 

Now, this isn't technically wrong and it's actually illegal to leave dog poop! Many cities even have fines if you don't pick up after your dog. Here are Minneapolis's laws for example.

However, again, to be more environmentally friendly and sanitary, you should also be flushing your dog's poop!

This one was easier to find information on than baby poop. The EPA even has a pamphlet that states flushing is the best solution for disposing dog poop. The Environmental Protection Agency also mentions that flushing is a safe way to dispose of dog waste in their manual.

If you do decide to go or continue the garbage can route, use biodegradable poop bags, which are the next best thing, but still not as great as flushing as they will still sit in the landfill for awhile. The less single-use plastic we can use, the better!


NEVER Flush Cat Poop!

Okay, so we covered babies and dogs, but what about cats? 
Cats are the exception. You should NEVER flush cat poop.


Why? Cat poop can contain the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, This parasite can affect other animals and people (causing the disease, toxoplasmosis), and municipal water treatment systems don't always kill this parasite (source). Yikes!

Not only that, but litter is terrible on plumbing. as FloHawks says:
"It can cause havoc on your plumbing, clog pipes, and damage your septic system. Your septic system operates on a delicate balance of microbes and is designed to process human waste and biodegradable tissue only. Flushing your cat’s litter adds more solid waste load into the biological mix going on in the septic tank. Not only can this extra load disrupt the tank’s microbial balance it can even cause harm to the environment." - FloHawks

The Sierra Club also states:
"First, it's not a good idea to flush anything from the litter box—even the sweetest, cleanest non-clumping pine—into a private septic tank because it could overburden the septic system. Poop and litter should not be flushed into municipal sewer systems either, because many of them cannot eliminate Toxoplasma, a rather nasty organism sometimes present in cat waste; its release into the ocean has been known to kill sea otters."  - Bob Shildgen (Seirra Club)

Apparently, there is such a thing as "flushable" cat litter, which just sounds horrid, as most of us know there is no such thing as a "flushable" wipe.

It must be a new thing because I haven't been able to find much info on whether or not it can actually be flushed, but there is still the fact that you may be introducing the nasty parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, to our water system and oceans.

So think twice before you decide to invest in trying to toilet train your cat!

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Aug 19, 2019

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Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home Book Review

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home follows a 3 legged Italian Greyhound left all alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of finding her forever home. One day she is taken in by a loving foster mom where she finds love and friendship with other dogs waiting for adoption. One by one, all the other dogs find homes and loving families, and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home was also awarded the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year.

This adorable children's book is recommended for ages four to nine, but our two-year-old, who is animal obsessed, loves it when we read her this book. She loves the cute illustrations of Miss Olive and the other dogs. We have a rescue dog ourself, so she loves dogs.

I love that the book teaches kids about being accepted for who you are, as well as gives them a glimpse into the importance of adopting a pet rather than purchasing one from a pet store.

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