Thursday, April 15, 2021

Still Got Back Pain? Try These 3 Solutions


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Back pain is, unfortunately, very common among people in this day and age. Most people do not have the healthiest back they can have, particularly if they spend their workday sitting in a chair, or even doing manual labor that can injure them over time. Back pain can be caused by a plethora of different underlying issues, but most commonly, the pain is usually caused by our general lifestyle.

People who experience back pain have often tried multiple avenues of recovery, and sometimes they still come up short of a solution. So how can we find new ways to relieve backache once and for all?

We can’t promise that these solutions will work, but they’re absolutely worth a shot. Here are 3 tried and true solutions for your back pain.

  1. Regular Chiropractor Appointments

If you have back pain, you have probably already visited a chiropractor. If you didn’t get the results you wanted, you might be thinking, “Been there, done that. It didn’t work!” 

However, if you haven’t yet found a solution to your back issues, you should definitely reconsider this option. One appointment with a chiropractor won’t provide the Chiropractic Pain Relief you were searching for - just like one session in the gym won’t give you rippling abs! These things take time and regular attention.

Chiropractors aren’t miracle workers, and any adjustments they make to your back will be temporary if you don’t continue to work with them. If your back has been in one position for some time, it will take an equally long time period to get it out again.

  1. CBD

CBD, an abbreviation of cannabidiol, is a property of the cannabis plant - but unlike its illegal cousin, CBD is a totally safe, legal, non-psychoactive product that can be very effective for pain relief. 

If you have tried traditional creams like Deep Heat, to no avail, why not try CBD cream, or alternatively, self-administer CBD oil on recommendation from a professional. CBD has been said to have incredible pain-relieving effects and is a natural, non-toxic, and gentle alternative to prescription medications that can damage your body over time.

  1. Daily Stretching

Sometimes, throwing money at a problem doesn’t help one bit. Consistency is key to having a healthy, balanced body in every sense, and that includes having a pain-free spine.

Daily stretching, including yoga and pilates poses or just simple body-conditioning stretches, can revolutionize your spinal health. You don’t need an expert to tell you that lengthening your muscles, increasing flexibility, and increasing strength through stretches and gentle exercise can make a world of difference to your back.

If you have never stretched and are unsure how to do so safely, you can follow tutorials online that help you to learn the best stretches for a sore back.

Final Thoughts

If you struggle with back pain on a regular basis, try these three tried and true methods of relieving your pain and having a healthier back once and for all! You’ll sleep better, move more easily, and preserve your back’s health for later in life.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

What to Look For When Choosing An Orthodontist In Queen Creek AZ

 Whether you are an adult, teenager, or child, having teeth that are straight can make a world of difference!

Unfortunately, most aren't blessed with perfectly straight teeth, and this is where choosing an orthodontist queen creek specialist can be life-changing. 

Here are few things to look for when selecting an orthodontist in Queen Creek AZ.


There have been countless improvements that have been made to orthodontic practices, and most of this is accomplished with technology. Make sure to pick an orthodontist that uses some of the latest technology such as digital impression scanners as well as 3d printing. 

Newer technology that is paired with more modern orthodontic procedures can help you to get the best results possible in a much faster amount of time.


Choosing an orthodontist who keeps up on the latest trends and advancements in orthodontics is also important. This ensures that the orthodontist will be able to produce the best result, as well as come up with solutions for very unique situations where other orthodontists wouldn't be able to help.

One question you can ask your prospective orthodontist is whether or not they are a part of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. These associations hold regular conferences and produce academic journals to keep orthodontic members up to speed on the latest and greatest advancements in the field. 


Finding an orthodontist in Queen Creek that is personable is very important. You will be spending some money to get those pearly whites straight, so why not enjoy the journey with a doctor that you trust? Picking an orthodontist that has a family, or that values family relationships will help that person to be able to relate to your individual, or in many cases, family needs when it comes to orthodontic care.


Choosing an orthodontist who has a fun office atmosphere is also important. The main reason being is that you don't want your kids to dread having to attend the orthodontist office. Instead, you want your kids to look forward to their appointments and associate the orthodontist office with positivity. After all, happy patients typically see better results as they are more motivated to follow the doctor's orders and help to move their treatment plan all the way to success.

As you can see, these factors can make a difference when it comes to selecting an orthodontist in queen creek, so make sure to apply them during your search to achieve maximum results.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

"What Do You Do All Day?" Time Diary Results for Six Weeks #168 Hours #TimeMakeover

Why am I Telling You How I Spend My Time?

I'm sharing this post today because I am often asked how I fit everything in by people who are amazed that I can homeschool, work, keep my house looking decent, pray with my family, eat dinner with them, and all that other jazz that makes you seem like an upstanding member of society. 

On the flip side of that, sometimes I encounter those who think I have loads of free time and why can't I just take on ONE MORE PROJECT? or why am I so selfish that I can't check in with them every day? They don't realize that caring for/educating/feeding children is a full-time job in itself and them some (63.75 hours a week average, as you'll see below)! 

Then you toss in my average work week of 12 hours for "extras" (braces, my own dental work, glasses and contact lenses, maybe a vacation with the family), plus an average of 15 hours a week spent on either being at the homeschool co-op or handling things related to it (Committee, Student Council, Yearbook), plus sleep, and I am left with 25.25 hours in my week. Sorry if I left you on "read" on that text last week; I really meant to write you back immediately but I got interrupted!

Your Pre-Homework

Before you read this post about time diaries and time management, head over to the link below to print out this time diary for yourself and then either purchase or check out from the library the book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. If you sign up for the author's email list, you'll get some great freebies, including the time management spreadsheet, which you can choose to keep track of in 15-minute increments or 30-minute increments. I use the 15-minute increments because I'm constantly task-switching. If you work outside the home and can basically track 8-5 as work time with an hour for lunch, I suggest you get the 30-minute sheet.

*Warning: this author has a lot of great books and articles so be prepared to go down that rabbit hole of knowledge and either purchasing books or putting them on hold at the library

This was my first week typed up in Excel. Since then I've condensed categories.

How Do You Know That It's Time To See A Doctor?


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Doctors are there to make us feel better when things go wrong with our bodies. Whether it is something to do with mental health, or something physical, a doctor will be there to help you. However, a lot of people avoid going to the doctor for one reason or another. There are certain signs that you simply can’t ignore though. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of the ways that you know it’s time to see a doctor, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Last Friday Night (parody about a Scout campout) ...

Lil Scout Joel with his baby brother Sam. Scroll to the bottom to see the outcome.

*This post was originally uploaded October 1, 2011.

Set to the tune of the song I HATE by Katy Perry (I love the melody but hate the words!). It's about a little campout we had once when my oldest was just 10 years old. 

There's rip in my man's jeans
Must've eaten too much beans
Kids are all over the place
Runnin’ up and down the berm
I smell like a coffeebar
Sam is passed out on my lap
S’mores are on the barbeque


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