Thursday, October 30, 2014

Concussions: Heading for Change

Concussions is a hot topic in the media right now.

True Story:

Yesterday I was talking with a student about football. He was a football player in high school. He ended up having a concussion. He couldn't bend over to put his shoes on after his concussion. Even walking was a struggle. The doctor he was seeing didn't know why he was having problems with these simple tasks. He ended up seeing a chiropractor. Over time he did get better. He tried to play football again because he loved the sport so much. He would often times get dizzy when he played. His coach, his mom, and he all decided it was in his best interest to quit the game.

The timing of my student's story, and me being asked to watch a preview of Concussions: Heading for Change couldn't be more perfect.

Concussions do not just happen with football. Brain injury can happen with any sport really. They can even happen with car accidents, or if someone is attacked. It's just that people that play sports are more at risk.

In Nebraska doctors are working together to research concussions. This will help the US as a whole. They want to learn more about the brain, and how to treat the brain after someone has a concussion.

We have some of the best doctors right here in Nebraska.

Nebraska is at the center of advanced brain research. The University of Nebraska’s Athletic Department recently partnered with an on-campus research lab called the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) to help develop what could be a game-changing diagnosis process to help determine if an athlete has suffered a concussion on the field. This collaboration between the two departments is unique and hopes to benefit all levels of play. Like all states, Nebraska recently passed into law a Concussion Awareness Act, which aims to keep its youth athletes safe after receiving a head injury during play. Through education, coaches and parents are learning the symptoms of these head injuries and what they can do to help their athletes recover.

Bringing awareness to this subject will help people that play sports.  
I know just in my son's jiu jitsu classes they help train the kids how to fall in a safe way. 

NET's upcoming program highlights some of the initiatives happening in Nebraska at the collegiate and state to help prevent or minimize sports head injuries.

Like most things about the brain, science is still learning what damage concussions can cause to an athlete. 

So the big question is this: 

What is being done to protect our athletes in sports like football, wrestling, and even soccer?  

In an effort to clarify the continuing research and the new rules enacted to help player safety, NET Sports, Nebraska’s Home for Sports, is proud to present Concussions: Heading for a Change.

Air Date:

November 4 at 8 pm on NET-1

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


On Sunday we took the grandparents out to eat lunch. 

The boys had a 4 day weekend due to conferences. Believe it or not, but my kids like school a lot. I think they were aching to go back for routine purpose. 

Mica was extra squirmy during lunch. He was super sound effecty all weekend. He pulled the know it all, 3rd grade attitude with us. It really drove us nuts.

Daddy wanted to hang out with his in-laws AKA my parents more after lunch. I wanted to get home to do yard work, laundry...

I knew Mica just needed to run, or something to work off that energy he had bottled up.

We stopped off at a park on the way home, and Mica ran.

Mica ran around the park twice. It's a ways. Isaak walked around once. Isaak behaved fine all weekend, so I didn't push for him to run.

I think this is what Mica needed. He didn't argue about running. He just did it.

I'm not too mean. After Mica ran the boys played. They got to be as loud as they wanted to be.

Daddy ripped Isaak's shoes off when he was pushing him. Isaak thought that was pretty funny.

I never saw them have so much fun swinging. Usually they go for the other equipment.

Mostly I got butt shots of Isaak. HA HA

Sometimes kids just need to let loose, and have fun.

We went home, and worked all day after playing!

  • I sucked up leaves, processed leaves to put around trees, bushes, and put compost down over a garden spot, and put leaves over them
  • Daddy mowed, and picked more peppers (it was a great year for peppers!)
  • I cut all those peppers to go in the freezer
  • The boys raked the front yard, an cut the sedum down
  • Mica picked kale for the next day's breakfast
  • Then I did 2 loads of laundry
It was a full day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WW: Dressing Up Before Halloween {Linky}

This weekend we went to the library's Spooktacular Event. There were older, and younger kids there. I tried to teach Isaak how to play checkers against Indiana Jones AKA Mica. Mica wasn't having in. He was mad that we were winning. At least I got a good photo out of it.

A few weeks ago the boy's school had a fall festival. I tested out my Coraline costume. If you've seen the movie, I'm the "Other Coraline". I teach at an art school, so costumes are big at work. I'm glad I dressed up for the event. I realized that having buttons glued to the tops of my eyebrows would never last all of Halloween day. They drove me nuts for just a few hours! Blinking hurt! Since then I made button glasses per say. It's wire that attaches the middle of them, skin colored elastic that wraps around my head, and layers of hot glue on the bottom and back of the buttons to make them pop out, so I can blink easily. They don't look as cool, but they are much more comfortable.

Kids at the festival saw me, and asked how the buttons were on my eyes? The silly/twisted person that I am said, "I sewed them there." Their eyes got really big. I had to laugh, and told them the truth. They were glued above my eyebrows.

The boys have been ready for Halloween for some time. They love Halloween. Truth be told, they like dressing up at least once a week.

Isaak's Superman and Mica's Indiana Jones.

Mica's been getting into character by watching The Young Indiana Jones series that we checked out at the library.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Toe Juice Review

Isaak got a wart on the bottom of his foot this summer.

I ran out of Toe Juice that I had before to use on my one and only wart.

With mine I went to the doctor to try and burn it off twice. All it did was leave me with an uncomfortable blister to walk on, and a doctor's bill. Health insurance either didn't cover it, or they covered only some of it.

I still had a wart. Toe Juice was the only thing that helped me get rid of it. I tried Duct Tape, and that kept slipping off the spot I need it on.

I decided to give vinegar a try with Isaak's wart. It took care of the problem, but it burns at times. It also took all summer and most of fall to get rid of Isaak's wart. It's a big part of why we haven't gone swimming at the Y very much. A wart is a virus that can be spread.

Toe Juice contacted me to have me review their product. I happily said, "YES!" They sent me more than what I got the first time.

Isaak's wart was pretty much gone by the time we got the Toe Juice, but I'm having him apply it for 2 weeks to keep it gone! Isaak loves it because it smells more like hand sanitizer than vinegar. Sometimes warts decide to come back. We're being preventative. They also can spread, which is horrible.

Here's what they sent me: 

What is Toe Juice®?

In 1970, Royce Garner, a high school science teacher produced his first batch of Toe Juice®. His endeavor began when his infant son had flaking, dry, cracked feet. The many lotions and creams were ineffective and messy. So Royce did some research, went to his lab, and came out with a revolutionary new product. Not only did it fix and prevent further complications with his son's feet, but over the years many friends, family, and acquaintances have benefited from the strength of Royce's Toe Juice®. Those who benefited from the fast drying liquid, often encouraged Royce to take it public.

What Can Toe Juice Help With:
  • Acne
  • Athletes foot
  • Cold Sores
  • Diabetic Skin Issues
  • Eczema
  • Foot Problems
  • Ichthyosis
  • Insect Bites
  • Jock Itch
  • Jungle Rot
  • Misc. Skin Irritation
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Ringworm
  • Warts

What Have I Used Toe Juice On?

Warts, skin flaws such as pimples, and bug bites. It's helped with all 3! I should have used it on Mica's Ring Worm that he got last year. To be honest I didn't know he had Ring Worm before being diagnosed, or I would have.

What is the difference between the blue and green products?

The Blue product is Toe Juice® Body. It is a more gentle formula designed for use all over the body including sensitive skin.

The Green product is our original formula, which is intended for Hands & Feet.

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Large Packing Organizer Review

I have a few really big suitcases, but didn't have smaller ones. I'm happy to say I do have smaller packing organizers now. These take up a little amount of storage space, but fit a lot in them.

Dot&Dot Large Packing Cubes come in 10 different colors.

  1. Black
  2. Dark Blue
  3. Grey
  4. Green
  5. Light Blue
  6. Orange
  7. Pink
  8. Purple 
  9. Red
  10. Yellow
I of course got red. It's my favorite color after all. If I'm the one that is writing about it, I'm picking my favorite color. ;) Daddy probably would have picked grey, or black. Mica would have picked green I'm thinking. Isaak actually likes purple right now.

I kind of wish there would be an option were you could get a mix of colors. It comes with 4 small packing cubes. When we go somewhere we'd know who's is who's. They do have a wide option of colors that one can get though!

They also have a see through mesh. It's not see through enough to to see private things that are packed, but you can slightly see through to tell who's is who's. That helps to see who's cube is who's.

They are $35.97 for all 4. I think that's a pretty good price.

They lay really flat, so they are easy to store. They are easy to pack because they can be stacked.


17.5" x 12.75" x 3.25"

They fold flat, so they don't take a lot of room. I love that they hold a lot! I got 6 pair of adult pants in 1.

I think 4 pair of pants fit the best. You can see that 6 pairs have the case weighted down a bit. They are not meant to hold a lot though. They are for small packing.

I didn't see my clothes all wrinkled when they came out of the bag, so it seems the cube minimizes wrinkles. I got to be quite the packer when I was in college. One of the best things to do when packing is to roll your clothes, rather than fold them. There are limited creases that way, and your case can fit more.

You can travel with travel packing cubes on their own, stacked together, or put them in a bigger suitcase to separate things out.

I'm certainly glad I have Dot&Dot Large Packing Cubes.

Do you have any packing tips to share?

What color would you have choose if you were to buy Dot&Dot Large Packing Cubes?

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