Archive - October 2016

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» How We are Remembered: Kelley Frost, 1981-2016
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» REVIEW: Click and Grow Garden
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» Review: MegaFood Vitamins, Fresh from Farm to Powder
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» REVIEW: NeilMed Nasal Solutions

» How We are Remembered: Kelley Frost, 1981-2016

Our feet crunched through the orange and yellow leaves as we made our way to the cemetery. And for a moment my ponderings became whimsical in the dark way that whimsical thoughts manifest themselves in the first stages of mourning. I thought… I want to be remembered in the Fall. Before it gets cold, and when the leaves have covered all the ugly parts of the ground. When things smell fresh but also like bonfires and the relief from Summer heat is just new enough to savor it. And then, needing to make it known, I spoke that sentiment out loud to a friend, as if she could somehow influence how and when I would be remembered.

How we are remembered is completely up to us.

I was reminded of that this week as we said goodbye to Kelley Frost. A good friend and a great husband to Laura and a present dad to their three. Kelley wasn’t perfect. He was the first to tell you that. I had barely known him a few months when he unleashed tales that made me grab Laura’s arm and ask “is he telling the truth?!” He was.

Kelley was tough and wild and made his mark growing up. But Kelley was also redeemed. Kelley was free in Christ. And when he tasted that freedom it didn’t change who Kelley was… but it released him to live an even bolder life. A life that proclaimed the Gospel without pretense or legalism.

Kelley lived a big, fast life. Full of spontaneity. He didn’t hide behind social graces or expectations. He just lived the life he wanted and took many along for the ride. We remember Kelley’s life for being loud, passionate, opinionated, motivated, FULL of ideas and mostly consumed with plans to live out his life on a beach or lake at some point. But we also remember Kelley because he was real. I think I switched between like and dislike of that man for all the years I knew him. But he knew that and I’m certain he took extra care to pick on me whenever possible. He also liked to solve all my problems, he had big proposals that would end world hunger, the crisis in Haiti and the orphan epidemic. He wasn’t afraid to tell me how to do my job and honestly… someday I might just implement some of his crazy ideas.

But one thing I really loved about Kelley was how he loved my friend Laura; his wife. I’m not sure if she noticed how he looked at her. So Laura… he looked at you something fierce girl! No marriage is perfect, but you guys were working through life together and loving it.

So now we find ourselves at the very fresh beginning of deep grief. A mother and father have lost a son. Brothers and sisters have lost a brother. A wife is without her husband and her children without their father. But what a legacy Kelley left us. Go big. Live big. Love Jesus without apology. And of course he left in a season with leaves that crunch and change. A season that’s not too cold or hot. A season that is perfectly unique among seasons. Fall is a time for drawing close, for thankfulness and for remembrance. I pray that this gives his family and friends comfort as the weeks become months and the months become years. I’m certain that Kelley, if he had considered it, would have wanted to be remembered in the Fall as well.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Philippians 3:20-21

» REVIEW: Click and Grow Garden

Fall is officially here and winter will be here before we know it. Our Nashville climate isn’t conducive to growing much outdoors once that shift happens and we love having fresh herbs in the kitchen. The solution? And indoor herb garden with Click and Grow.

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Set up

The Click and Grow unit has three pods allowing you to choose to purchase and insert any combination of refill cups as you’d like. The kids really enjoyed peeling off the lids and being able to pop each cup in. It’s like a garden Keurig! On the left side, there is a water reservoir that has a floating piece to let you easily see when more water is needed. When the tank is full, it lasts about four weeks until it is completely empty. This is pretty amazing for people (like me) who forget to water plants. Once the pods were in we simply plugged the unit in (first thing in the morning) to allowed the light to do it’s job. The unit’s light will stay on for 16 hours and then shut off for 8 all on it’s own.

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Basil, Basil, Basil

With three basil cups in place and a tank full of water, we were ready to watch our little garden grow. In about two days, we started to see little sprouts. From there, the plants grew and grew at such a surprising rate. For two months we’ve been able to trim off a few pieces every few days and only have to refill the water reservoir as needed.

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Conclusion

A year-round garden is always a challenge as the seasons change and especially in the fall and winter months. Click and Grow makes it easy for busy moms to keep some nice fresh herbs or vegetables on hand. The kids also enjoyed being part of the opening and setup process. Three pods can feel limiting, especially if you’re trying to grow strawberries or cherry tomatoes. If you’re looking for a more complete solution, the Click and Grow Indoor Farm (fits 38 and 57 pods) may be worth checking out.

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Disclaimer: The folks at Click and Grow kindly provided us a unit for this review. As always, the opinions are my own.

» Review: MegaFood Vitamins, Fresh from Farm to Powder

I have a vitamin hider in my house. Her name might be Charlotte. She takes her carefully selected whole-food vitamin and smiles at me… already scheming where she will dump it. I’ve found it in a plant, in the toilet (slowly dissolving), in a bathroom drawer, in the dog’s food or even on the trampoline. We had many talks and still the vitamins find new homes that aren’t in her tummy.

Enter MegaFood Vitamins. They are full of fresh fruits and vegetables and even have turmeric for good measure. (And no extras like sugar or food-coloring!) The powder is easily digestible and just a small scoop provides them with the support they need for the day. Because we all know how difficult it can be to get enough servings of veggies into these little mouths.

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In our experience MegaFood Vitamins worked best in strawberry yogurt smoothies. We simply blended frozen organic strawberries, apples, yogurt and ice with a scoop of the vitamin powder. The kids happily drank away not realizing all the additional benefits they were receiving. We also tried the immune-system support powder and will likely stick with this during cold and flu season. Tip: blend the powders with thick liquid. We did try it in orange juice but it wasn’t a success. Blending in a smoothie is really the best choice.

If you have a vitamin-hider in your house MegaFood is a great way to ensure your child gets what they need without the hassle.

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Disclaimer: I received MegaFood vitamin powders as a Moms Meet blogger. As always, these opinions are my own.

» REVIEW: NeilMed Nasal Solutions

There has been a lot of snot talk around here lately. Sinus pressure, sinus drainage… tis the season for Fall allergies and colds. Fortunately NeilMed products have us covered. We are long time Neti-Pot fans but NeilMed has recently expanded their lines with some great child friendly products for clearing the nasal passages. The Naspira provides moms and dads with a gentle way to clear up a stuffy baby and the Sinus rinse system is easy to use with school age children.

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Additionally, the NeilMed devices come with their safe and effective Sinus Rinse solution.

The solution can be used with the Neti Pot and the NeilMed SINUS RINSE The rinse is an easy squeeze bottle system that allows you to deliver the saline solution with positive pressure to clean the nasal passages thoroughly, while maintaining your head in an upright position. If you are still trying to figure out how one actually uses a Neti Pot check out this video for a through tutorial. This is why the Rinse system works a bit better than the pot for kids. You have complete control of the pressure and volume of solution, ensuring a gentle, soothing and therapeutic experience. Daily rinsing is safe and will keep your nasal passages clean, healthy and open.

Use For

  • Nasal Allergies, Dryness & Hay Fever
  • Sinus Pressure & Nasal Stuffiness
  • Nasal Symptoms from Flu & Cold
  • Nasal Irritation from Occupational & House Dust, Fumes, Animal Dander, Grass, Pollen, Smoke, etc.
  • Post Nasal Drip & Nasal Congestion

Advantages

  • Soothing, No Burning or Stinging Large Volume & Low Pressure System for Saline Nasal Irrigation, Moisturization and Daily Nasal Hygiene
  • Single piece, custom-designed rounded black cap fits any nasal opening. No push and pull components make for easy cleaning.
  • Preservative, Drug, Iodine, BPA, Gluten and Latex Free
  • Premixed Packets of USP Grade Sodium Chloride & Sodium Bicarbonate (Purity level 99% or higher)
  • Excellent cleansing prior to spraying nasal corticosteroids
  • pH Balanced & Isotonic, or Hypertonic with two or more packets
  • Smooth Flow with easy squeeze bottle
  • Empties nearly 95% in upright position
  • Suitable for use after sinus surgery and during pregnancy. Consult your physician with concerns.
  • Portable for travel

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NeilMed products can be found pretty much anywhere: Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon, Kinney Drugs, Shop Rite, Brookshire’s, amazon.com, drugstore.com, and neilmed.com. They are inexpensive, drug free and extremely effective. We love using these products to keep sinus infections and pain away.

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Disclaimer: I received these NeilMed products as a Moms Meet blogger. As always, these opinions are my own.

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