Life Updates

Life Updates

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It has been a while since I sat down to actually update this blog.  I have a lot to say.  One thing I feel that is important to say is how I am feeling and…it is not very good.  That  makes it difficult to write, especially when deep down I really want to be this carefree and positive person, I don’t want to dwell on everything. The entire universe is divided in opinions and judgement, I get so much anxiety when I try to express myself.

So how do I write when I am not feeling too positive? I guess we will see.

Updates with Alexis and our autism journey…

Alexis is making a lot of progress verbally, she is speaking full sentences now and expressing herself.  With this comes a lot of screaming outbursts and improper use of “full sentences”.  She will often say nonsensical things and find herself frustrated when we need explaining.  We have gone through quite a few changes since I last updated on here.  Alexis is no longer seeing her OT/Speech therapists- who we will forever be grateful for.  They felt that her services were being properly met through the program she is in at school and they were no longer of service to her.  I was very sad to cross that bridge.  I have found out however, it is harder for me as the parent to cross those bridges than they are for Alexis.  She has handled many life changes very well above what I have expected.

Frustrations…
Alexis may be able to be vocal and verbalize now but she can’t communicate her frustrations at all.  She often will have violent and emotional breakdowns. My heart crushes to see her go through this.  I am pained to see how much these frustrations lead to our own negative emotional well-beings as well.  My husband and I are really struggling to keep peace for ourselves and for Cadence who really needs a break from the chaos that we know as life.

HAPPY ENDING…

I am hoping that the next time I blog I have better scenarios and the happiest of things to say.  We have another trip to the Mayo up ahead- a long and difficult one.  We will continue getting to know the behavioral therapist that has decided to come to our home and see what life is like here- wish him luck 😉

 

What is Chaga?

What is Chaga?

What is Chaga?

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Chaga is a mushroom that grows over the course of many years on mostly living birch trees and other hard wood trees.

Chaga does grow in North America, but most Americans have no clue of its existence, let alone amazing healing properties.
One of the most important properties of Chaga is betulinic acid, however, in order for chaga to be beneficial, it has to be harvested from birch trees only. Birch trees are the only trees that contain this amazing compound. 

Chaga tea is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world.

 

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Chaga is a hardened, blackened, crusty formation that looks like a snout or nose coming out from the tree.

Do not harvest
Chaga smaller than a grapefruit size.
( 5/lbs to 10/lbs).

Leave these smaller ones to grow for a couple more years.

Chaga has been called a “tree cancer” since it will eventually kill its host tree however it isn’t completely known whether it occurs to help prolong the trees life or if it is actually cancer to the tree.

Chaga has attracted interest for centuries in fighting human cancer and other diseases.  



 

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Estimates of Chaga parasitizing birch trees range from 1 in 20, to 1 in 15,000.

Foresters have yet to do a thorough study of how widespread Chaga infection is in temperate forests.  Chaga mycelium is inside many more trees than is obvious when the Chaga mushroom isn’t yet visible on the outside.  
Be sure you have done your research before you harvest chaga.  Most trees that die soon after being harvested for Chaga is caused by the harvesters digging or chiseling into the tree to get all of the Chaga out, this practice results in further damage being done to the structure of the tree. 

Remember:
Leave some chaga on the tree to prevent damaging the tree.  Do not harvest Chaga from a dead tree!  If the tree is dead, the Chaga will be dead as well, and will have 0 medicinal values. Teas made from dead Chaga will be very bitter with a rather unpleasant taste.

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“How to to harvest, prepare and steep Chaga”

Vegan dinner holiday idea number #1. Trying a few vegan holiday meals to see what we should prepare for Easter. This is Celebration Roast by Field Roast. #Vegan #Easter #FieldRoast #butternutsquash #mushrooms #grannysmith #rosemary, #thyme #sageThis is on the list as an option, the strong sage flavor might be off putting to some people is our only concern with serving this at Easter. If we do, it will be served with maple syrup and corn bread. I really enjoyed this.

Vegan dinner holiday idea number #1. Trying a few vegan holiday meals to see what we should prepare for Easter. This is Celebration Roast by Field Roast. #Vegan #Easter #FieldRoast #butternutsquash #mushrooms #grannysmith #rosemary, #thyme #sageThis is on the list as an option, the strong sage flavor might be off putting to some people is our only concern with serving this at Easter. If we do, it will be served with maple syrup and corn bread. I really enjoyed this.

Vegan dinner holiday idea number #1.  Trying a few vegan holiday meals to see what we should prepare for Easter.  This is Celebration Roast by Field Roast. #Vegan #Easter #FieldRoast #butternutsquash #mushrooms #grannysmith #rosemary, #thyme #sageThis is on the list as an option, the strong sage flavor might be off putting to some people is our only concern with serving this at Easter.  If we do, it will be served with maple syrup and corn bread.  I really enjoyed this.

Computer art made by my daughter, Alexis several years ago. She labeled this "Animal What Dance Goodnight" One of my favorite works done by her. She will be 14 years old this summer and loves creating many different forms of art. She is such a lovely and talented young lady. #TalentedArtist #AutismArt #ComputerArt #Art #SpecialNeeds #SpecialChild

Computer art made by my daughter, Alexis several years ago. She labeled this "Animal What Dance Goodnight" One of my favorite works done by her. She will be 14 years old this summer and loves creating many different forms of art. She is such a lovely and talented young lady. #TalentedArtist #AutismArt #ComputerArt #Art #SpecialNeeds #SpecialChild

Computer art made by my daughter, Alexis several years ago.  She labeled this "Animal What Dance Goodnight" One of my favorite works done by her. She will be 14 years old this summer and loves creating many different forms of art. She is such a lovely and talented young lady. #TalentedArtist #AutismArt #ComputerArt #Art #SpecialNeeds #SpecialChild