So, my first Friday Find should actually be called a Friday Annoyance. Baby Sam got a bit sick this week with a fever and whatnot, so I attempted to find some ‘natural remedy’ type information on the web for his symptoms.
Here’s where the annoying part comes in…
I found a few natural sites, typically containing buzzwords like ‘healthy’ and ‘mommy’ that piqued my interest, but after clicking through, I was inundated with irritating pop-ups to sign up for this or that, as well as what I would call ‘fluffy’ information and products all containing affiliate links.
If you don’t know, affiliate links are when a blog has a paid arrangement, usually with companies like Amazon or Vitacost, where the blogger makes money when you hit the link.
Now, I don’t begrudge bloggers doing this at all, I will occasionally do it myself, but some people have gotten a bit ridiculous!
I find that some sites are linking to anything and everything they can, and some very expensive products at that.
‘What’s wrong with that?’, you might ask. It’s ultimately everyone’s responsibility to investigate what they buy and not take someone else’s word (or clickable link) for it.
What it comes down to for me is integrity.
Are they just writing posts and information to cram these links all in one place? It would seem so at times, and that’s annoying, especially when I’m looking for quality information in a time of mini-crisis, like I was.
Onto more pleasant things, beets!
Now, I wouldn’t exactly call beets pleasant, since I kind of hate them, but wait till you hear this.
I recently tore a muscle and have been researching the different (again, natural) methods for muscle recovery.
One of the more interesting bits of information I came across involved my disdain and its ability to boost nitric oxide in the body.
I’ve been adding a piece of beet to my Green Drink every day to test the effects, and I must say, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I can’t say if it’s life-changing or not, but I thought those of you who are more intense with your workouts and/or running might want to give it a shot!
3. Bathe Your Oats!
This may seem odd, but when I was visiting my mom one morning, I noticed her rinsing her oats in a sieve.
I asked her why and she claimed that she tolerated them better that way (note: she is not gluten intolerant).
Given my oldest daughter’s tendency to react to the grain, I decided to try it out at our home, and it seemed to help!
Shown: Perfect 7-Minute Oatmeal
Ordinarily, she would (occasionally) become itchy after eating oatmeal, but if I wash the oats off, it does seem she tolerates the cereal better!
Just a thought for those of you that might have sporadic trouble with oats.
4. New Allergy Blog
My buddy Sheelagh has started her own blog over at Nourished Sweetly.
I wanted to mention it here because, in a similar vein to mine, Sheelagh has food allergies and creates recipes around them. She is also studying to become a holistic nutritionist, which I’m looking forward to reading about!
I’m looking forward to trying her Sugar-Free Cacao Peppermint Cups myself!
5. Olive Oil Popcorn
Us Goslin girls loooooove popcorn!
We’re starting a tradition here where just about every Friday or Saturday, when Jadie doesn’t have school the next day, we rent a movie and make a big bowl of popcorn.
My girls typically enjoy a lot of butter on their popcorn, but recently, I started using about half the amount I normally do, compensating with olive oil for the remainder.
It really gave the snack the best flavor, and because I don’t tolerate butter very well, it was more agreeable for me.
What’s new with you?