5 Essential Things to Do When Caring for an Aging Parent

More than 34 million Americans are caring for an adult over the age of 50. When the adult you’re caring for is your parent, it can be especially difficult. Not only are you forced to face the emotions of watching your parent get older, but you’re suddenly reversing roles and taking care of the person who once cared for you. We’re currently dealing with the beginning of this kind of journey right now with my very own dad.

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Besides helping them with daily tasks, you’ll also likely find yourself helping them make financial decisions or navigate insurance and benefits. If you’re taking over the care of an aging parent, keep reading to learn five essential things you need to do.

Look Into Free and Low-Cost Benefits

Even if you and/or your parent have savings tucked away, caring for an aging parent is expensive. You may need to take time off or cut your hours at work to provide care. They may require in-home or regular outpatient care. Modifications may need to be made to make their home safe to stay in.

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How to Care for Your Dog Organically

Did you know that half of all dogs are now diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life? Anyone who has ever lost a dog will tell you of the heartache and bereavement they felt at the passing of their beloved ‘family member’. When we last our Taffy girl early last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until we opened our family to another canine.

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After a few months, we visited a local animal control location and took home a new family member. This is Trixie!

She actually looks kinda small in this photo, but Trixie is an almost-80-pound pure-bred Chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is literally our third toddler. (Because why not?!) And her health is just as important to us as any other member of our family.

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How to Care for Your Home Organically

Chemical cleaners sure do the job, but they can also be abrasive on your hands and respiratory system. In most cases they also aren’t necessary, we have just become so reliant on them to keep our homes clean. This habit can be bad for our health but also for the environment. 

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If your New Year’s resolution was to take a step back and live life more organically, then the best place to start is your home. 

Natural Home Cleaning Solutions 

You can pretty much clean your entire home with natural solutions – humanity has been doing it for millennia, after all. Here is a roundup of our best home-tips for the eco-conscious: 

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Keeping Your Cloth Diapers & Washing Machine Sanitary

Am I the only one who cleans the things that clean the things? Anyone else clean their vacuum? Their dishwasher? Their washing machine? I am SO very particular about our washing machine. Please tell me someone else is like this…?

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I was especially particular about our washing machine when our twins were tiny. Because GERMS! If you DON’T clean the things that clean the things…and you have a washing machine, (and you happen to be in the throes of cloth diapering) think about this:

You already know that disposable diapers are a recurring expense for at least three years of your baby’s life. Another disadvantage of disposable diapers is their contribution to trash and waste in landfills. You are avoiding the expense and waste problem by using cloth diapers. Yay for you!

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New Product Review: Winnie’s Picks

Everyone pretty much knows about me and photos. I love to take them, I love to have them, I love to decorate with them. In fact, I’m currently anxiously awaiting our yearly family photo shoot pics to come back from our photographer! SO excited to see them!

So when Gaetan from Winnie’s Picks contacted me about reviewing their premium paint by numbers (for adults!) products, well, color me interested. (See what I did there?) I used to LOVE paint by numbers when I was a kiddo, so I figured this would be super fun!

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But Gaetan took the fun a step further when he told me I could SEND him a picture of my own and he would turn it into a custom paint by numbers canvas! WHAT?! How cool is that?!

So, I did. I sent him a pic. Here’s the one:

I mean, I think they’re kinda cute! Might be fun to paint, right?!

When my shipment from Winnie’s arrived, I was super excited to open it!

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