• Lifestyle,  parenting,  This & That

    Toddler Sleep Study & Specialist Visits

    Doodlebug had another overnight sleep study to check on her progress after her cleft palate repair.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, the evaluation got pushed out to over a year from her last sleep study.  So this was going to be our first toddler sleep study! I wasn’t sure what to expect since the last sleep study was performed right after she turned one year old.  Plus, I was anxious for this time around because there had been significant changes in her sleep and behavior since then.  And I just knew she was still having breathing issues while she slept. *Ugh!* For the full story on why we were having the…

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    Lifestyle,  This & That

    Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen

    I feel like as a nation, we’ve become pretty numb to the true meaning of  Memorial Day.  It’s not just a holiday that the kids get out of school for, or a holiday that gets us a long weekend away from work.  But, in fact, Memorial Day is a day designated to remember the fallen service men and women of our country. Yes, it is fun to plan barbeques and get-togethers where we gather with friends and family for three days.  But are we missing the true meaning of this national holiday?     When I was young, my entire family would plan a weekend of remembrance for Memorial Day. …

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  This & That

    Why local, raw honey?

    “Sugar pie, honey bunch You know that I love you I can’t help myself I love you and nobody else” -The Fourtops Okay, so I wouldn’t say that I only love honey.  But it’s dang tasty, y’all!  And if you’ve been on The Bourbon Cactus blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a BIG proponent of local, raw honey. But why local, raw honey you ask? Well….here’s the skinny on Why you should only be consuming local, raw honey.     Don’t hassle me, I’m local First off, let’s define what local honey actually means. Honey is considered local when it is harvested within 50 miles of where…

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    DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner

    Over the last few of years, our family has been shifting towards a more non-toxic lifestyle.  This simply means we are choosing more natural products for our home and our bodies, and being more mindful of our food choices. The biggest area of toxins in our home was cleaners. (Of course, right?)  And I am constantly looking for ways to make or use a healthier alternative to an abrasive store-bought cleaner. One of the very first products I set out to overhaul were the sprays and wipes we always used in the kitchen.  I mean, think about it, those harsh chemicals are being used around our food!  So I absolutely…

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    Worthy of Grace

    I sat this morning about to post a picture on social media of Doodlebug and myself after my daily workout. And I stopped myself. I stopped myself because I was unhappy with the way the photo looked.  “It’s not perfect,” I told myself.  “This is not worthy of Instagram and no one will “like” it,” I thought. What the heck!     I wasn’t being judgmental of my over cluttered fridge in the background or the fact that I have a small home and I have to exercise in the kitchen most days.  I was judging my appearance and the misconception that I had not worked hard enough, long enough,…