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Making A Wish

It was a bright sunny Saturday morning.  We did not have plans on our calendar, which was a welcome change.

I saw a post on FB that said there was a festival which included raw foods, sustainable living workshops and fun for kids.

In my excitement, I announced to my kids and the moms in  charge on Facebook about this wonderful opportunity ahead.

I headed to yoga then hurried to join my family, barely making it just in time to go up in the gigantic orange balloon ride.

I didn’t have time to really see all that was going on as I sprinted from my car to the big Orange ball. In my haste, I did see a flash of a “Fat Burger” food truck as I ran past to the beat of a live band blaring  80’s music.

But I was here!! What a fabulous day it was going to be.
As we were being lifted into the sky, joy was flowing from my heart. I was there with my kids! This day was going to be fabulous being together, exploring the various crafts of making healthy food and art in a fun environment.

I was basking in these wonderful thoughts when my husband interrupted to tell me, “Your festival is NOT today.”

Screech! The Lovely music on my record went silent! Not only did I have to hurry and let everyone know of my mis-read and wrong info, but our day was now all bummed out.

It turned out, the festivities were for the “Make a Wish” foundation.
It began to make sense why the lady next to us had a badge around her neck that said “make a wish pass”.

As I reorganized my thoughts and came down from my “high” , figuratively and literally, this same lady began talking to me as she frantically was concerned about her “wild kids”, as she called them, from sliding through the opening to look out from the big orange balloon we were on.

I noticed that one of her “wild ones” had been steadily munching on a cookie and had a blue mouth and hands from it.

The mom said ” he loves his cookie, he made it down at the cookie decorating table.”

Of course, this got my attention and my thoughts now turned from living in raw healthy euphoria to what is really going on around us.

The phrase “Make a Wish” carries an extremely great weight with it. For all of these parents it is a painful and mostly hopeless time as the last wish of their child is granted.

The implication of this event began to hit me deep in my heart as we walked over to the “pretend” photo area.

Sheridan, my 3 year old, put on a crown prop and posed in front of the painted castle as she pretended to be a princess. I couldn’t help but to have several emotions arise within me. Gratefulness for her health and of my other kids but sympathy and sadness for so many who are in the midst of the battle for their kids’ lives.

Childhood illness is something nobody ever wants to face.
But, it is tragically a reality for many.

I am so glad there are people who are willing to give their time and energy to help those sick and in pain; those who are diligently working to find a cure.

I know their heart is in the right place to bring them joy and health.

However, as I look around at the choices we continue to give our kids and how the media continues to market to them, it leaves me wondering how this can continue to happen.

Learning how important what we give our kids to eat, what we put on their skin and in their environment is compels me to bring this message louder to those who may not know.

Perhaps the information of the dangers of pesticides, sugar, processed foods, soda, food dyes, chemicals, HFCS, MSG among many other health antagonists, is not known by these parents.

Perhaps, the trust in our FDA and media to police our food supply and keep us safe has lulled them into a false sense of security to allow their kids to eat whatever is “out there” without truly understanding the dangers.

I believe children are given to us as children for a reason.

They are not given to us not knowing what to choose or being able to make their own choices.

It is up to us as parents to become educated to know what the healthiest choices are for our kids.
We must be in charge enough to provide these to them now, while their bodies are most vulnerable and growing so quickly.

It seems like a perfect plan that children are given to parents in a helpless state. We have to make every choice for them upon birth, then continually throughout the first years of their lives until eventually they are faced with making their own decisions.

As small children, left to their own devices, they will make the choices that perhaps will not help them have a healthy start and safeguard them from illness.

It is our responsibility to lay the foundation of healthy immune systems for our kids, so if they do make unhealthy choices as they grow up, their base of health will be stronger to withstand the times of finding their “own way”.

As I played frisbee in the sun on the green grass with my family,  listening to the band at the Great Park, I felt so blessed.

There are no guarantees in life.

There aren’t even any guarantees if you do everything just right that your kids won’t get sick.

However, by getting empowered with more information and making better choices, the chances greatly increase to raise healthy, vibrant kids.

Reflecting on this day of enlightenment that I almost allowed to slip away by dwelling on my own personal disappointment, I began making a wish!

My wish is for more moms to learn the truth; to live without fear and be able to make the choices needed to give their kids the best chance to not ever be faced with ever needing to “Make a Wish”!

Together this wish can come true. We must believe and put our beliefs into action!

Join the Charge!!!

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

 

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Strawberry Fields

“Look, MOM!!! Fresh strawberries!”

These were the words of my sweet little 4 and 6 year olds as we were heading home from Legoland. All along the freeway are acres and acres of strawberry fields.

How many times had we been by here and were so excited to get a “healthy treat” after a day at an amusement park? But this day was different. I had come to understand over the past year how many pesticides were absorbed into the thin and porous skin of these beauties.

My heart sank as I knew how excited my little ones were looking forward to this fun and yummy tradition. “Well, guys,” I said, “Let’s check and see if they are organic.”  Thankfully by this time on our health journey they were sort of getting used to it, but this was also about the time my oldest daughter began telling me, “When I grow up, I’m not going to eat organic.” Of course this was “encouraging news”, but still, I pressed on. We piled out of the car to the strawberry stand where my kids asked “Are these organic?! Please, Please!!”

The lovely lady working told us that unfortunately they were not.

This is when my “Mom in Charge” mode had to kick in strong and with great resolve.  After all, they were JUST strawberries, right?? Fresh picked, RIGHT THERE!! So, I politely declined the overflowing and beautifully displayed basket of the amazing looking fruit.
I remember this being one of those defining moments when I knew I had drawn that proverbial line in the sand and my kids were there to see me dig in deeply.

My daughter asked I began to drive off, “Mom, why do we eat organic?” It was then that I was able to share the reason in the most simple way that I could. I knew how important the answer was, and I was answering to their total disappointment and confusion about what had just happened. In the most basic way I told them that food like strawberries that are not organic are sprayed with bug spray because the bugs love them. Then, because the strawberry’s skin is so thin, the bug spray gets into the berries and when we buy them, we are eating the bug spray. “Ew!!!” My kids replied, and in that moment I felt like I jumped over a huge hurdle in the Olympics on my way to winning the GOLD!

So, ‘tis the season! Strawberry stands on every corner, most of them selling out before the end of the day. Unsuspecting customer after customer drop in to buy baskets and flats of what they believe are a “healthy choice”.

How many times have you gone to the “Fresh Strawberries” stand to bite into a succulent strawberry with beautiful red juice dripping down your and your kid’s mouths, onto your shirts? I know this has been me more times than I can count.  After all, it was not too long ago that I had NO IDEA what was on and absorbed into those strawberries that could literally KILL US!

Moms are buying these sweet, fresh fruits everyday and it’s sad and outrageous how many children’s susceptible, little bodies are absorbing loads of these toxins. The pesticides, specifically, methyl iodide, that is being sprayed on these beautiful berries are so  a mandate has been given to pull it off the market.

This brings up the obvious situation in our country, which is that we are
This is yet another reason we all need to be diligent in getting educated so we can understand WHAT is being put ON and IN our food supply, and make better informed decisions. So much of this is going on and we as moms MUST begin to realize how much IT MATTERS TO BUY ORGANIC as much as possible, especially the “DIRTY DOZEN.”

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/health/the-dirty-dozen-and-clean-15-of-produce/616/  WITHOUT COMPROMISE!

This article gives more insight into this pesticide situation: http://grist.org/industrial-agriculture/strawberry-lovers-rejoice-methyl-iodide-is-off-the-market/

I am happy to say that my kids have come around and now are the ones who ask “Is that organic?”  It has been a process of empowerment through example, teaching and fun interactive examples.
As we at Moms in Charge have our second Meet-Up at Tanaka Farms, I am so excited to be able to show our kids how easily strawberries can grow without using harmful chemicals, but rather using a type of co-planting that causes a natural pesticide. You will see onions strategically growing in between the strawberry plants, for example. The strawberries thrive without the pesky little bugs and we get the pleasure of enjoying these juicy delights, knowing how amazingly wonderful they are for our little ones bodies, and ours too!

Enjoy the juicy yummy red drippings!!! And may your strawberry fields forever be ORGANIC!

 

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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Your Spring Day

The pulse of Spring is beating strongly.

This season is a time of fresh starts.
It’s a time to rethink old thoughts, habits and ways of doing things.

Seasons are for a reason.
They come not only as a cycle needed for proper life function, but also to remind us not to keep doing the same things over and over again.
It’s just not healthy.

Even the earth, plants and animals know inherently that without change, there would not be proper growth.

Although the shifts and changes may seem at times to be awkward, uncomfortable and even unsightly, they are necessary.

As I have come full circle around the sun with my cleansing, I have begun to realize how cleansing my physical space is an important piece of my process.

I have been reading a book about clearing clutter called Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston, and have been slowly gaining the courage and motivation to begin clearing mine.

As you may know, sometimes action on what you know you need to do takes mental preparation.

So, I have continued to pass by the piles of books and other things that need dealing with without doing anything about it…

Finally today I sat down and began throwing away old papers and magazines and other things I have been holding onto.
There are still piles and stuff I need to deal with but I am not giving up.

I will tell you, it’s a slow process for me and one I have decided to give myself grace to go through.

I am finding how important it is to just start somewhere.
I may not be able to clear it all out in one week or a month, but at least knowing I’m doing something is already beginning to make me me feel lighter and more empowered.

Let’s face it, we all have our “stuff”. Whether it’s bad food habits, addictions, toxic relationships, anger issues or clutter-ism, we are human so we just get ourselves in ruts and unhealthy patterns of living.

It’s comfortable to us; even the unhealthy stuff.  But, it may be full of such stagnant energy, like a river blocked, holding us back from growing into our authentic selves.

So, here you are. It’s Spring. You see the budding trees, flowers blooming and you may not have asked yourself the question: “Is this happening in my personal life?”.
I am here to remind you now, not by my budding branches, or lush green leaves, but through working through my own stuff that it’s time for a change!

So what can you do?
Here is a great place to start:
1. Acknowledge where you are.
2. Write down what you already know you want to change
but are afraid to admit:
3. Cut out a picture from a magazine or print from the Internet the way you envision your life will be once you make this (or these) changes.
4. Identify and write down what is holding you back.
5. Underneath this, write two columns.
A. What it’s costing you to stay here without changing
B. What you would gain by changing
6. Decide if it’s worth it to you by weighing these two columns.
7. If you have your WHY, you are ready!!
8. Take one step to make the change today or when possible
9. Continue making a change everyday or continuing the new change you started the day before.
10. Don’t look back and enjoy the amazing new part of you.

I encourage you to take your collage of your intentions of change and how you imagine it will look and put it in your “Change Book”.

If you do these few simple things, I know whatever you need to help you on this journey of change will begin to be brought to your path.

I’m excited to hear from my new “buds” and how your life is beginning to blossom.

If your first change is as simple as mine was by throwing out an old magazine you are keeping “just in case”, celebrate it..
You did SOMETHING 😉

Today may be your “spring” day you do something different that leads you to the full “Summer” of your life!

Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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A Little Spilled Juice

The first official day of cleansing started today.

We all gathered to prepare for the week ahead and I was excited about what was ahead.

I woke up by lighting a candle, saying a prayer of thanks and intention and breathing to clear any negative energy and get the new day started.
Last Spring I went on a retreat from all of the responsibilities and distractions and irritations of daily life. It was an amazing time to really focus on myself and get greater clarity and rejuvenate.

This cleanse, well, let’s just say, a polar opposite as i quickly had to leave the soft glowing light from my candle to rush around making breakfast and trying to get the kids hurry and get ready for school, dashing my daughter into chapel late then scouring the bookstore to get another sweater which she is required to wear.

I decided I needed to slow down so I parked and took Carson in to chapel to join Charla.

All was well…

We left and headed to Carson’s  appointment. I dropped him off and sat outside to drink my Emerald Green juice.

When you are on a juice cleanse, each drop is precious.
This is your meal, sustenance and  coveted commodity for the next few days.

Breaking patterns of normal routine even for one day is quite challenging.
We all can and do become attached to the way we go about our lives, the type of food and how we consume it.

I have done this before, so I wasn’t anxious. I had the perfect plan for my juice.

My first few glorious sips were delicious!
I would sit in the sun while my son was in his appointment, continue to drink my yummy juice while I read and caught up on emails.

Little did I realize, as I went to shake up the juice, that I had left the lid loose. As I turned it over to make sure it was all mixed, half of my treasured emerald poured onto the pavement beside me, trickling away like a green river.

I must say my first instinct was to cry and figure out how to get it to come back in my jar, even though that was completely illogical.

There was nothing I could do.
I spilled it…it was gone and now I had a choice.

Things like this often happen in our lives. Perhaps it is something we caused; were careless and things were lost or ruined.

Or, maybe someone has knocked over your beloved “juice” and completely messed up your best laid plans.

We each have a choice today as life happens or has already happened to us.

Letting go of our attachments is key to moving forward with grace and peace.

Coming into the understanding that things happen in our lives to teach us and help us to grow.

It is in these times of “spilled juice” that we become our best.

Holding on to our stuff, good, bad or indifferent, keeps us stuck in a place of stagnation. The end result is bad energy, and ultimately poor health.

By beginning to look at these as opportunities to release the things that are binding us; even if it’s  “good stuff”, will allow us to grow into the person we were created to be.

I decided to savor the bit of remaining juice instead of mindlessly gulping it down.

Each little sip became sweeter and more precious.

May today we choose to really be present and savor each moment we have been given and enjoy our “juicy” life 😉

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Blessings,

Dotty 🙂

Dotty Cropped2By: Dotty Hagmier, RN, BSN, CHC

As the president and founder of Moms in Charge and also a mom of three beautiful children, Dotty’s passion is to guide families into a place that will provide them with the best possible choices to raise healthy and vibrant children.

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