Wednesday, October 9, 2013

2013 Central Indiana Walk to End Lupus Now

A Unified Purpose - Walk to End Lupus Now

The 2013 Walk to End Lupus Now is taking place right in our own "backyard" this Saturday at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park.

I was chatting with a friend today, and we both commented that almost everyone knows someone close to them with Lupus. She and I both have someone close to us effected. The Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who is chairing this year's walk, has six people (aunts, cousins and sisters) within her family affected. She was recently on IndyStyle speaking on Lupus and calling for individuals to join in the fight to End Lupus Now and build awareness. It's a often misunderstood and unpredictable chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 1.5 million Americans have a form of lupus. Although lupus can strike men and women of all ages, 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease are women.

Curious about Lupus and symptoms? See this video from Dr. Virginia Caine.

Registration begins 10/12 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 11 a.m. walk. This event is a half-day of fun, food and friendship with activities for the whole family to enjoy. The event is presented by the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter. Walkers can stroll the 1-mile route or walk the 5K (3 mile) route through beautiful Ft. Harrison State Park. There are no registration fees per se; individuals and teams gather donations that may be made online. For more information on Walk to End Lupus Now events, becoming a sponsor, joining a planning committee, or fundraising, visit

I know most of October is pink for Breast Cancer awareness, but on Saturday help your fellow mamas out and wear PURPLE proud in support of The Walk to End Lupus Now.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mama Tip Tuesday! Give a Duck a Chance!

Give a duck egg a chance I mean!

Have you hugged a duck today?

We have eaten plenty of chicken eggs in my house. We enjoy them quite a bit with homemade salsa in the morning! No one in my family thought of trying duck eggs till my girls started to lay.

Every morning I would go to feed and water the chickens, I would find one lone egg out of the coop laying on the ground. I thought it was a chicken egg. I would bring it in (or the dog would have breakfast), wash it up and go on with my day. Pretty soon I noticed that these eggs were different, they were smoother and were an ivory color. To my surprise, I cracked them open to find totally different yolks!

I do believe these dark rich yolks were laid with love. They are rich and make a tasty egg sandwich. To top it off, they are better for you too! My baked goods have never tasted so good. 

Often I watch our cute ducks out the window, as I am doing dishes. They are quite comical when they get excited and run around like they are on some secret mission. My daughters love to hold them and let them nibble at their hands. 

They're tasty, healthful and slightly higher in protein! So, can I challenge you, to give a duck a chance?