Has there ever been a time in your life where something just makes sense? It makes so much sense that you wonder why the heck you didn’t see it in the first place? Maybe what some call an epiphany?
I realize that when I announced that SCS would be taking a more all natural/organic route, it was really abrupt and maybe confusing to you. However, I promise there is a reason for this! 🙂
8 months ago, we took our three boys to the dentist for a routine cleaning. Our oldest was the only one that I knew was going to have some issues– the poor guy has teeth that don’t fit his mouth and they are growing all over the place! During the exams, the dentist went through each boy and surprisingly, the oldest besides the obvious issue of him needing braces was checked out just fine.
The four year-old was another story.
The dentist let us know that he had a few cavities… okay, I was expecting one of the boys to have at least one– Teeth brushing is extremely important in our routine. Mostly because I am a freak about teeth and because I’ve always had a stigma about the dentist and not being blessed with the best teeth– I absolutely dread the dentist.
“He has eight cavities and it’s very possible that he needs a baby root canal” the words from the dentist.
Honestly, I was about to cry. Firstly, I felt like a terrible mother– I don’t know what I had done wrong. Being that I was so diligent about the health of their teeth I felt like I failed. I hated the thought of my 4 year-old needing fillings and the thought of a root canal? I was pretty much terrified.
I had let the dentist know that we were doing everything right (or at least thought) and I asking him how we could avoid this for the future. Of course, he said the usual things like brushing/flossing..etc. As we were talking, I don’t know what had striked the conversation but he mentioned that he had several kids who had problems with cavities due to vitamins. Particularly gummy vitamins. I was thinking to myself.. what? how does that make sense–vitamins are supposed to be good for you! He went on about how he doesn’t suggest any type of gummy vitamin due the sugar content and the vitamin sticking to your child’s teeth. He said it takes only 20 minutes for bacteria to thrive and start spreading while on the leftover gummy vitamin pieces.
Then it hit me. Every.single.day. we give our kids gummy vitamins– ugh. The most frustrating thing was that it was so obvious when he said it. How could I not realize this?? Worst of all, how could someone else control the fate my kids health? I gave my kids something that I thought would make them better.. instead it cost us quite a bit of money and pretty much erased all of the work we had done in trying to keep our kids teeth good. Even though it is a small thing, it is a big wake up call for us. It all made sense after that. We were feeding our kids unnatural sugars and dyes– I was letting them ingest things that shouldn’t be in something that you consume!
Long story short.. our 4 year old had two root canals the next week. He also had to have 4 fillings… for me, the whole procedure wanted to make me cry.. He is a strong-willed little guy and didn’t do so well.
From that point on– I’ve decided to look more closely at what we are putting in our bodies. We’ve gotten rid of the vitamins .. I’m looking into more natural forms of preventive care and just trying to be more aware of what we are consuming. This is just one reason why we’ve decided to try Essential Oils and go more organic.
So there you have it. My epiphany.
After that experience, I continued to blog about things that I didn’t feel 100% about. Certain products and food items. it actually made me blog less. made me depressed. I won’t lie– most of the reason I continued to blog was because this blog is powered by YOU. I felt if I stopped talking about all the free pads, free marchuan bowls, free toothpaste that you would stop visiting. If you stopped visiting the blog– it would probably shut down because it costs quite a bit of money to run… (If I didn’t post anything on the site–it would still cost around $500 a month to run, then when you add in other things like the coupon database and tech support.. it is upwards of $1000 a month) I personally don’t have that much money just to keep the blog running just because. So, I blogged about the things I know that you all liked seeing… so you would come back and help it keep running.
After awhile, I started to feel like a cheat and that I wasn’t being true to myself. After several conversations with my husband, conversations with mentors and friends.. I decided to take a different turn. and hope that you would stick around. 🙂 It just made sense to me– with all the changes in couponing and store changes in So Cal I was ready to find different ways to save and coupon for less processed food items. Things I had control over.
That is my story. 🙂