|See Contest Below for Details|
Now that type 1 diabetes camp is over, I can officially declare it to be SUMMER in the Naturally Sweet Sisters house. Living in the northern part of the US, with school ending mid-June and camp following closely after, it seems like we can't really get a good start on vacation until July. Which, ironically is about the same time back-to-school supplies appear. But who wants to think about that?
Did I mention that I LOVE SUMMER??????? Whoot!
Let me tell you what I think the greatest part of summer is. To me, this is the one time of year that we are not forced to adhere to a rigorous school schedule and I can actually stop stressing about my children's blood sugars. If they feel low, they can test their blood sugar and grab a snack without interfering with anything. If I feel like they might be low, it is less daunting that trying to text or send the aide a note, all we need to do is look at Sigums (CGM) and see which direct the arrow is going.
It is so relaxed that I can almost feel the tension melting and the years rolling back.
Well, OK.... it isn't that magical, but you get the idea.
Best of all, we can spend the days making it up as we go. Want more time at the beach? Not a problem, dinner can be a few minutes later than normal. After all, summer is a very short season around here. We might as well make the most of it that we can!
One way to shorten up the time spent on type 1 diabetes care is to employ a few summer vacation helpful tricks:
1.) Pre-measure snacks into plastic 'to-go' baggies that are labeled with the amount of carbs using a Sharpie marker. This is perfect for impromptu zoo, hiking or beach trips. Even on bike rides around the block. Snacks keep kids safe!
2.) Keep one or two emergency infusion set changes, extra needles or testing supplies in the car, the beach bag or even at the office. Having supplies ready to go in a pinch is a great asset that reduces stress and time! Makes me remember the time we were on our way to visit Cedar Point Amusement Park and realized that we had left behind the diabetes bag. Not a problem as my husband was smart enough to keep a bag of goodies at his work. What a super hubby! He literally saved the day!
3.) Consider using a PortionMate measuring tool for dinner. Hand the colorful, fun cylinders to your children before dinner starts and let them calculate the amount of carbohydrates that they will be eating. Kids (or adults) can simply spoon in the meal items into the pre-measured PortionMate cylinders and be ready to go before you are even seated.
|PortionMate, A meal and snack measuring tool.|
4.) Swimming or playing outside all day? Think ahead to easy to grab and eat bedtime snacks. Have things like yogurt, individual 1/2 cup icecream servings or single serve peanut butter tubs ready to go. Allowing the kids extra outdoor time means that they will be asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow.
Well, from one parent to another... we hope that happens, anyway!
|Win a Free PortionMate!!!!|
To help make your summer more enjoyable, PortionMate, INC. has offered to provide TWO Naturally Sweet Sister Readers with a free set of PortionMate, INC. cylinders and recipe/guidebooks.
Two lucky readers (US and CANADA) will win via a random drawing that must be entered by Saturday, July 6th, 2013, by 11:59 a.m..
TO ENTER THE PORTIONMATE, INC CONTEST:
1.) Head over to PORTIONMATE's FACEBOOK PAGE AND "LIKE" THEM. CLICK HERE.
2.) LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE WWW.NATURALLYSWEETSISTERS.COM BLOG PAGE. CLICK HERE.
(You may enter only 1 time. Please be sure to leave the comment on the blog page as that is how we will determine the two lucky winners).
Naturally Sweet Sisters will contact the winners on Sunday, July 7th, 2013 after the contest has ended. You will be asked to provide a shipping address so that we may send your FREE PortionMate.
From PortionMate and Naturally Sweet Sisters, we wish you all a very happy Independence Day!!!!!