Is Sea Salt Healthier Than Regular Salt?

ocean for saltNo! Salt is salt-they both have the same percentage of sodium, and sea salt’s “extra nutrients” are so minute that there is no nutritious advantage-in fact-there is something that you need to know that may sway you towards table salt!

So how do the retailers get away with saying sea salt is so much better for you?

Well, in a nutshell, sea salt is gathered from evaporated sea water while  ‘regular’ salt is mined from salt deposits in the ground and processed to be the fine, non-clumping salt you are used to seeing most places.

The word ‘processed’ has become a dirty word in our culture, but often processing is what we rely on to make our world better than it was 100 or 200 years ago. (Although I know that many of our so-called advances have really messed us up- but that’s a topic for another day)

saltIs Iodine Really Necessary?

Yes! I grew up in the Midwest and joined the ‘health-food’ revolution early in my food choice career. In the early seventies it was promoted in the few health-food publications available like Prevention and Mother Earth Magazines that iodine in table salt was bad for you. Believing everything I read in those days, I made sure that I didn’t consume any iodine. Combine that with living in the Midwest and eating very little (none) fresh fish, evidently my thyroid was suffering enough that a doctor convinced me to have half of it removed-and blamed the  lack of iodine in my diet.

No, it wasn’t one of “those” kind of doctors that just needed something to do, it was one of the top specialists in the US that discovered it. So it was early in my life I discovered that not all processed foods and additives are bad-unless you are able to eat a perfectly balanced, nutritious diet that is!

Bottom Line? Know Your Sources of Information-and PRAY!

We really do need to be educated on what we put into our bodies, but nowadays there is so much information thrown at us it’s hard to know what to believe. How to know? Good question! I don’t have an answer other than using common sense and prayer. How many time have we prayed “bless this food to our bodies”?

Well, sometimes I think that is our only hope-to ask God to bless the food we eat as nutritious to our bodies. Making good food choices could be a full time job and you still don’t know for sure what’s in what you eat. Be sensible, of course, but trust God first!

Emergency Preparedness For Earthquakes

Family emergency preparednessOur city water was off for a short time yesterday and I realized that I was totally unprepared to go without water for more than 12 hours. It really made me think, and I discovered that I had neighbors thinking the same way:

“Are we prepared for emergencies?”

Emergency Preparedness used to be a term associated only with crazy survivalists or conspiracy theory-type groups. Combine the craziest weather ever lately with our alarmist media and TV shows with great ideas for DIY terrorists, who knows what could happen next? It’s only common sense to have some basic preparedness supplies on hand.

Where Do I Start To Be Prepared? 

There are so many threats these days that if you want to be prepared the first question you need to ask yourself is:

“What is the biggest threat to the area that my family lives in?”

Of course, California residents are born and raised with earthquake safety awareness, but did you know that there is an equally high earthquake risk in the Midwest? See the US map that shows the level of danger your area faces at: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/research/earlywarning/

You can also compute the probability of an earthquake in your exact location over any period of time at https://geohazards.usgs.gov/eqprob/2009/index.php

The top two websites you will want to look at first to begin your emergency preparedness for earthquakes are:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/prepare/

http://www.fema.gov/earthquake-publications

Mommas Choice plans to make October “Emergency Preparedness Month” with lists and recommendations of the top websites to start – or continue with – basic preparedness for any situation in any part of the country. Would love to hear from others that have a favorite resource or idea to share!

Pinterest

pinterest2I’m reading an excellent book on blogging by…(name coming soon)

The author is emphatic about the importance of Pinterest as a major part of your blogging strategy. I’m finding out why since lately I’ve been getting into Pinterest more and find it totally addictive!

Some of my Pinterest boards include:

  • Getting Organized
  • Crafts and Sewing
  • Christmas Deco and crafts
  • Crafts with Grandkids
  • Remodeling Ideas (the best of the best!)
  • Ideas for cards
  • Awesome Ideas
  • Herbal/Natural Remedies
  • Teen craft Ideas
  • and of course….
  • RECIPES!

You can check out my Pinterest boards here: http://www.pinterest.com/MaubachMomma/

I’ll be posting more in the home business area about the development of Pinterest ….how fun is that??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just ignore this…it’s something to do with verifying the existance of Momma’s Choice to Pinterest:

Pinterest Verification:

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Hands-free Breastfeeding!

new momHere you go, breast feeding moms, the solution to awkward pumping in places you can’t call home.

The Arden bra or AKA: The Dairy Fairy Arden all-in-one nursing and hands-free pumping bra
is a must have if you are a working mom or ‘just’ a mom that finds herself needing to pump frequently and wants to still have her hands free.

Invented by an entrepreneurial mom solving her own problem, her company was funded by Kickstarter, a public funding event for great ideas by everyday people. Check it out

Still wondering why someone didn’t call her on her choice of a name for her business: The Dairy Fairy? (that’s all I’m going to say)

So, find out more by going to the following sites:

http://boingboing.net/2014/02/18/two-ways-breastfeeding-ladies.html
http:/kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/hands-free-pumping/
http://www.thedairyfairy.com/for-mom/the-arden-all-in-one-bra/

 

A Day With a Homeschooling Mompreneur! (Video)

This is a great video done by a homeschool mom that is on the journey of becoming an “mompreneur”!

 

Here’s To The Moms Video


Google made a video just for moms: (be sure to watch the Parent’s Rap below, too!)

Here’s another one you’ll love; The Parent’s Rap:

How TV Affects the Brains of Young Children

Dimitri Christakis, A pediatrician, a researcher, and a parent tells us candidly why we should never, EVER, allow our children to watch TV. The reasons will shock you into action.

But what about us big people? hmmm…. Watch on YouTube or below: