Anyway, there was "Sucky September" (offensive, sorry!), "Odd October," and thankfully a reprieve, "Nice November." Since I have young ones now I try not to use the word "suck," so I'm swapping it out for Strange September. And this September has been slightly strange only in that it's been a very different September than any other!
|stitches + a sunburn around his eyes = hot mess|
The other wrench a little man threw into our advent into homeschooling/schooling was when he came down with a stomach bug the day before we were to have our family pictures taken with my girl Laura Hinely before she MOVED indefinitely to NYC 2 days later (speaking of, anyone needing some photos in the Big Apple should check her out!). That meant scheduling was priority and we wouldn't have many options or really ANY option to reschedule. As a mom, of course I wanted my little man to feel better just for his own sake, but I also was hopeful he'd feel better for the pictures' sake as I didn't want this opportunity to pass by!
Well, as I was simultaneously trying to get things ready for our photo shoot and take care of Gabe, I came across the brilliance that is activated charcoal. I read about activated charcoal on Wellness Mama's blog and how she used it for teeth whitening, and I'll be honest, my pearly whites were more like pearly off-whites. They needed some love. Yet I wasn't keen on the Crest White Strips as I tried them before we got married and they made my gums sensitive and felt really chemical-ly. So I was excited to see that for less than $8, you could buy some 90 capsules to try activated charcoal in order to whiten your teeth! It looks like you have oreos on your teeth at first but it really works. It's gradual, but it works.
I assumed activated charcoal had other uses and lo and behold, it can be used for stomach bugs (Gabe's very issue)! So fascinated about it, I wrote this guest post for Modern Alternative Mama about activated charcoal. You can read it here:
And oh yeah, Gabe recovered in 24 hours and we were thankfully able to get those family pictures made. Can't wait to see the actual files soon! (These are just screenshots from Laura's computer from her iPhone.)
PS: School has been great for the chiquita! She's a champ.