Montana: Our First Family Trip to the Big Sky State

Last minute trip. One way tickets. Fly rods and bear spray. Our first family adventure in a state we’ll definitely want to see again!

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I’d Like a Water. Light on the Chromium 6 Please.

You’ve heard about Erin Brockovich, right? She uncovered that Pacific Gas & Electric had been leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the ground water of a California town. In 1996 the utility giant was forced to pay out $333 million in damages.

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The health benefits of raw vegetables

Live Longer: The Health Benefits of Raw Veggies

People who eat just 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day lower their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. And a higher consumption of green leafy vegetables has shown to significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer and skin cancer!

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Magic of Age Six

I post the whimsical mostly, and love sharing that part of life… But life is life, and hers / ours is like anyone’s — not always rosy.

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My Trailer Park Story

It really doesn’t seem like very long ago that I lived in this mobile home with my Mom. That’s me in the pink coat. I lived in the front bedroom on the right. It was maybe 7×7? My twin bed touched both ends of the wall.

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Tips for NICU Parents

This is the short version of our journey in the NICU, along with a compilation of tips and product info that proved helpful to us along the way. For parents like us who didn’t know what to expect, I hope this is helpful and encouraging!

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first update from journey rose

Mom and Dad said I could give the update tonight. I have 3 things to say…

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twice her birthweight

Journey Rose is now over twice her birthweight! Born 765 grams (1 lb 11 oz), she’s now 1535 grams (3 lb 6 oz). She’s also just over 15″ (born just over 12″). How do the Boudreaus celebrate beautiful baby’s growth? We thank God while Journey sleeps. Precious.

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back to isolation

Well, I just moved back into my own room, an isolation room, due to positive test results for MRSA / staph infection last week.

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first baby doll

Baby Journey loves snuggling with her doll. It smells like Mom. She sleeps with it and brings it back to the NICU.

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tiny hats

The only clothes she can wear are hats, because of the cords and the need for quick access should something need adjusting.

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raw post

Lots of tears shed over this precious one today. I sometimes feel panicky about the future, and I just ache and miss her being with me all the time. It catches up to me in my sleep. Nightmares.

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Introducing Journey Rose Boudreau

Baby Journey was born 1 lb 11 oz (765 grams), and 12.25 inches long, during my 24th week of pregnancy (24+6).

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Leading up to our baby’s early arrival

We went in during the early evening of October 5, 2014, because I was having unusual back pain. They admitted me and then gave us the news: We weren’t going anywhere until our baby was born.

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My Mother’s Birthday

My Mom is one of my best friends. I think I can tell her anything. We’ve laughed a lot over the last ten years as our relationship has grown very strong and deep.

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New Year, New Beginnings: 2014

It’s a New Year. New Beginnings. The best thing about anything new is the feeling of having another chance with it. New car? “Sweet. I’ll keep it clean this time.” A new relationship? “I’ll be sure to always assume the best and give more than I receive.” A new job? “This time I’m going to ROCK.”

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Holidays and Loss

I’ve been tempted quite a bit to fixate on what’s ‘lacking’ this Christmas season. Caught myself in the act several times over the past week…Okay, more like over and over and over. Yet so much has been given to me. How dare I suggest it’s not enough?

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Dad, Mom, Alzheimer’s & Love

I realized something obvious today. The Alzheimer’s battle isn’t really his anymore. It’s hers. She cleans, leads, makes tough decisions, and manages someone who used to be strong.

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Honest Truth? Sad Tonight.

[Shared from my heart, on my Facebook page on 11/24/13]

Value of Senior Citizens

Seniors bring it all to life again. It’s beautiful. Every conversation. Talk to them. Record it. It’s a way to honor them, by remembering all the little (and big) memories you shared.

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Cleansing for Better Health

Okay. Who’s ready to lose some WEIGHT? Have you asked yourself, “Should I do a colon cleanse?” Do you want to feel better overall? Have you eaten crappy for too long and need to get rid what’s stuck?

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Joy from Sorrow

What brings you the greatest JOY? The thing you’re really passionate about? I want to help people. It’s how this website came to be in the first place. It’s a place for me to share about who I am and what I’m learning.

Be Cautious About Memory Foam

We used to sleep on a top-of-the-line memory foam mattress until we called the company to find out what they were made of. That very night we moved to the floor and went on the hunt for a healthier mattress!

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Can’t get your bum out the door?

Can’t get your bum out the door? Are you frustrated with your current state of fitness? We’ve all been there. Consistency with exercise can be a real struggle. Is working out something you’ve never really started? It’s not too late…

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Lavender Lemonade

Here’s a promise. You will fall in LOVE with this Lavender Lemonade! Tip: Only add 1 drop of Young Living’s Lavender Vitality Essential Oil. Otherwise, it’ll taste more like lavender plant lemonade than lemon lemonade! New to essential oils? I only recommend Young Living essential oils for ingestion. I’ve personally been to several of their […]

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