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Summer Break Weeks 5 and 6

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


I last wrote about summer break when I shared what we did during weeks 1 and 2. The kids were in camp for week 3 (and I spent most of the week driving back and forth between their camps), and week 4 was when we were in Florida! Then for weeks 5 and 6 we were back here with time to kill.

1. Zachary finished up swim team with his last meet. He chose not to compete in Championships, and they ended up conflicting with a camp he was signed up for anyway, but that didn’t stop his coaches from toilet papering our house! Pretty funny.

2. We headed over to the zoo and had fun visiting our favorites and seeing the newest addition – a sting ray touch tank!


3. We celebrated July 4. The day started with a bike parade. Then we went to the local July 4 festival that we like to go to every year. In the afternoon we went swimming but Simon took a fall in the bathroom and hit hit his head into the wall. It had a big bump which luckily turned out to be fine after some ice, but I took him home. Then in the evening we saw fireworks.

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They had this windy tube where you could catch dollars and then donate them to a cause. I think the boys wanted to keep what they caught, but it was cute!

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During these two weeks, we also went to another Royals game and went swimming at Black Bob Bay, but I didn’t take any pictures! After week 6, summer was halfway over. Starting last week, we have 4 weeks of camp, and then another 2 weeks till school starts. We have the longest summer break ever!


Choices Matter In Planning Against Pain

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Did you know that more than 1 in 3 women have C-section deliveries and 1 in 5 of those were unplanned? I had 3 C-sections myself, none of which were planned. More than half of C-section mothers are prescribed opioids for pain management. Opioids are medications that contain opiates as the active ingredient and are strong pain relievers that can be safe and effective if taken properly for a short period of time. When opioids are taken improperly or for too long, it is possible to become dependent on them. If you are like me, you might not pay attention to the type of medication your doctor prescribed you after surgery. The Plan Against Pain community and the Choices Matter Campaign are working to educate and prevent the overprescribing of opioids.

There are many concerns involved with taking opioids during and after childbirth as you can see in the infographic above (click here for a larger version). There are benefits of non-opioid pain relieving options following C-sections in that the side-effects such as constipation and dizziness will be reduced. More aggressive use of non-opioid pain relieving techniques may reduce the widespread dependence on opioids in the USA.

Multimodal pain relief means the use of different types of treatments to alleviate pain. The types of medication can be alternated, so you are not prescribed two high a dose of one medication. The current trend is to use non-opioid medications at the start of treatment to limit or eliminate the need for opioids. Other pain relieving options include IV and patient controlled analgesia, local anesthetics, electrical stimulation applied to the skin, and complementary or alternative medication such as acupuncture.

Before any upcoming surgery, you should talk to your doctor about a medication plan. Remember that your choices matter and when you plan against pain, you can avoid the over use of opioids in your recovery.

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Convenient Side Dish Grilling With Cave Tools

Monday, July 16, 2018

Convenient Side Dish Grilling With Cave Tools

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Summer time is grilling time, am I right?

I know I have a lot of blog friends who agree! I just love having grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak for dinners on Sundays. Have you ever wanted to make some side items for your dinner but don’t feel like turning on your oven or bothering with your stove? The Cave Tools BBQ Grill Pan is a stainless steel grilling tray with a slotted side and a griddle side so you can cook your sides right on top of your grill!


The slots allow the BBQ flavors and smoke to come through the grill pan while grease falls through. The griddle side is perfect for sides like peppers, onions, asparagus, and other vegetables that might sometimes fall through your grill grates. As you can see here, we chose to fry eggs on the griddle side – I just love eggs on my burgers! Grilled tomatoes and onions would have been a good choice too. Dave also grilled some jalapeƱo peppers for his burger!

And we also made fries without using our oven! I loved that we could do it all in one place.

You can find this grill pan on Amazon or directly from Cave Tools – use the code GRILLPAN15 for 15% off!

What do you like to eat as BBQ sides or on top of your burgers?