September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know… [Continue Reading]

I was provided with a free EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. Growing up in a southern household means I have spent much of my lifetime in the kitchen. It’s just a way of life. I learned to enjoy cooking at a very young age spending… [Continue Reading]

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer

Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park… [Continue Reading]

Marietta Square

About two months ago I was diagnosed with cluster headaches. The pain was horrible, it woke me up every night and hit me during the day too. Since I am my own patient advocate I did online researched and joined a cluster headache support group. The way the group members described the pain brought me… [Continue Reading]

Cluster Headaches

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience. After one daughter who has already finished college and grad school, I can tell you how hard it is to prepare your high school kid for… [Continue Reading]

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National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #Advocacy

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know much about it. I was just a child myself, and it wasn’t discussed much around me other than the occasional conversation I would overhear about her getting better.

Fast forward to adulthood, and I am definitely more aware now when it comes to childhood cancer and how many children are affected by it. As a mother I am saddened when I hear about a child who is suffering with cancer. My husband has a young cousin, Aiden, who has been battling Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) since 2013. This is a very aggressive form of brain cancer found at the base of the brain among nerves making it extremely difficult to treat.  Because this type of tumor occurs in the brain stem complete surgical removal is not an option. The survival rate from DIPG is grim.

Facts About Childhood Cancer:

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization approximately 15,780 children and young people under the age of 21 in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. ¼ of those diagnosed will not survive.

Cancer is the #1 cause of disease related death among those under 15.

In 1977 the survival rate for among those diagnosed with a childhood cancer was 50%. Today the 5 year survival rate has grown to 80%, but rates vary among the different types of childhood cancer. In Aiden’s case, DIPG’s survival rate is not good. The 1 year survival rate for this devastating cancer is 30%, and the 2 year survival rate falls to 10%.

How Can You Help?

Become informed. Learn the facts about childhood cancer research and the lack of federal funding.  Spread the word about childhood cancers and the research that is needed to reach the goal of 100% survival rate.

If you have the means, consider donating to the childhood cancer charity of your choice. There are many organizations out there such as the ACCO and Alex’s Lemonade Stand that are diligently working to raise funds for childhood cancer research, clinical trials, and family support.

If you would like to donate to Aiden’s family you can find out more information via the Support For Aiden Facebook page or Aiden’s Youcaring.com page.

 

Perfectly Cooked Meat With The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer

I was provided with a free EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Growing up in a southern household means I have spent much of my lifetime in the kitchen. It’s just a way of life. I learned to enjoy cooking at a very young age spending my afternoons in the kitchen with my mom or grandma.

I will admit I have a fear when it comes to cooking. I fear undercooked and overcooked meat. I can ruin a good steak by cutting into it before it has fully rested because I’m worried it will be undercooked. My husband prefers his steak medium, I choose medium well, and my daughters won’t touch meat that isn’t well done. Cutting into a steak before it has properly rested means the juices can’t flow back into the meat, and the steak can be very tough. No one wants that!

I also fear undercooking game meat and getting my family sick. I have a habit of overcooking deer and wild boar because of this fear.

I was provided with the opportunity to test the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer. Having a good food thermometer can prevent sickness from undercooked meat and dry or tough meat from overcooking, so I was happy to give the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer a try.

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer

This lightweight digital thermometer is battery operated making it great for grilling. It comes equipped with an anti-microbial and waterproof housing that covers the probe, and provides a rapid temperature reading within 5 seconds. Cleanup is a breeze. Just wash the probe off with a little soap and water, dry, and place the housing back on.

The correct temperature guessing game is eliminated thanks to a handy temperature charge printed right on the housing. Temperatures are included for beef and pork medium rare, ground beef or pork, beef and pork medium, poultry, and beef and pork well. Temperatures can be read in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.

I have used the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer during every meal I have prepared since receiving it. I started with steaks on the grill, and they turned out to be some of the best steaks I have ever cooked. The meat was perfectly cooked and juicy, and the 1.5mm probe is so small it doesn’t allow the juices to escape through the puncture hole. I also didn’t have to worry about losing the thermometer outside while grilling because the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer also includes a built in clip on the back. I clipped it to my apron and kept grilling.

The next night I decided to make Parmesan and Panko breaded chicken tenders. I often end up cutting the tenders in half to make sure they are properly cooked or I leave them in too long making the chicken extremely dry. This time I uncapped the thermometer, stuck the probe in each tender, and ended up with fully cooked and extremely juicy chicken tenders that my whole family loved.

I will never cook meat without a thermometer again!  The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Thermometer can be purchased on Amazon.com for $39.95 but is currently on sale for $19.95!

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Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It’s about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park […]

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