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Keep Calm & Sleep On {Winner!}

What a fun giveaway! Check out the comments for some fun sleep stories. Now to draw a winner with Rafflecopter….

Congratulations to Lynn W., winner of the $50 Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift card. Send me your address within two days to claim your prize!

Speaking of claiming prizes, the winner of the Discovery Gateway prize never claimed her prize. Boo! But yay for drawing a new winner!

And the winner is Kris I! Kris, you have two days to send me your address to claim your prize.

Winners, email me ASAP!

Keep Calm and Sleep On… {Giveaway!}

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Note: I received compensation to inform you of this educational campaign. The opinions found below are my own.Keep Calm Pillow

I was happy to be contacted by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in regards to sharing with your their campaign “Keep Calm and Sleep On” to promote awareness of sleep apnea. I try to choose campaigns, reviews, and giveaways carefully for this blog that I feel will be of interest to you. While sleep apnea may not be something you think about very often, it is something that I find myself frequently thinking of as I fall asleep, listening to the uneven breathing patterns of my husband. My husband has sleep apnea.

From almost the very beginning of our marriage, I noticed something about his breathing during sleep: it paused. He would breathe… breathe… {no breathing}{still no breathing – one one thousand, two one thousand three one thousand} ten seconds or longer later, he would breathe very shallowly and then, finally, a deep breath. I told my husband this many times over the years, but it wasn’t until my father in law had a stroke in which sleep apnea was discovered to be the cause, that he finally agreed to take a sleep study test!

My husband was tested, and indeed, he had sleep apnea! The typical course of treatment for sleep apnea is a cPAP machine. My husband had a second sleep study test which he reported was the worst night of sleep of his life. The cPAP machine forced air into his mouth and he felt like he couldn’t exhale. Finally, his doctor recommended an oral sleep treatment called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral Appliance Therapy

According to the AADSM,

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that causes people to suddenly stopbreathing during sleep anywhere from about 10 seconds to more than a minute.This can happen up to hundreds of times a night. Currently, more than 12 to 18million U.S. adults suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that can increase the riskfor serious health problems, including:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Impotence

The Symptoms

  • Loud, frequent and habitual snoring
  • Breathing during sleep that abruptly stops

If you or a loved one exhibit any of these symptoms please consult with a sleep physician. To find out more about sleep apnea and Oral Appliance Therapy, visit localsleepdentist.com. You can also click here to read a Q&A about Oral Appliance Therapy!

In honor of the Keep Calm and Sleep On campaign, the AADSM is offering my readers the chance to win a $50 Bed, Bath, and Beyond Gift Card! The giveaway will end on October 17 at 12:00 a.m. MST. The giveaway has now ended.

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Coming Soon!

I wanted to let you know I have a few exciting things in the works! Now, in no particular order?

The LDS Preschool Curriculum, Walk Beside Me, has some new improvements that have been requested for a very long time. The biggest improvement is that soon you will be able to download the entire curriculum in one easy download! 

Next, I have a much-awaited (let’s pretend, okay?) post on our curriculum for Kindergarten and Preschool this year!

I also have a giveaway or two coming up, so be sure to subscribe to my blog or like Confessions of a Slacker Mom on Facebook!

Count the exclamation points in this post! Then you will know! How excited! You should be!!!!

*packing your entire home to move five miles brains your drain.

**no. It drains your brain. See??

Our 2013-2014 Read Alouds

2013 read alouds

Our homeschooling journey this year has been far from perfect. One thing that I have managed to do consistently is to read our nightly read aloud selection. This is huge for me as I’ve never been very good at doing bedtime stories. We ended up doing more read alouds than I had originally planned!

Initially I had planned on doing these at the ‘close’ of our school day. However, my ten year old kept asking to be included. We switched to a bedtime reading and couldn’t be happier. It’s a sweet and simple end to the day and has become a favorite tradition. Another benefit is that it doesn’t feel schoolish. It’s just for fun!

2013 read alouds

Between August 2012 and June 2013, we’ve read the following books:

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Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder – I never thought I’d get my 5 year old to sit through this, and it wasn’t our first chapter book. We started with some shorter ones, and my girls loved it. Even my husband got sucked in at a couple of parts.

Book of Mormon Stories for Little Children, Marjorie G. Johnson – This book we did read during school as a gentle “Gospel lesson.”

Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Clearly – my girls loved this!

The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White – we are actually still reading this but should finish it by the end of the month. I wasn’t sure if my girly girls would like it, but they are enamored by the baby swans.

The Great Cake Mystery, Alexander McCall Smith – if you’ve read any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or enjoyed the series on HBO, you’ll love this. My kids loved the silly monkey antics.

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner – after reading this, my oldest daughter, a reluctant reader, requested we follow up with the second in the series. I’m excited to suck her into a fun series like this.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – okay, who doesn’t love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? My kids thought this was hilarious, and it was easy to sneak in a few lessons in there too.

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer, Jane O’ Conner – admittedly these books are “fluff,” but we have loved Fancy Nancy since the original book came out, thanks to Nana! The chapter books are easy to read with the vocabulary stretching words that we have come to except from Nancy Clancy!

My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett – A classic! My kids ate this exotic adventure story up!

We’ve also worked through Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 1-2 poems at a time. We’re not done yet, but I plan to read a handful each week until the end of the summer. These are so silly and ridiculous; it has been a gentle introduction to poetry!

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Curricula Shopping

It’s a homeschooler’s favorite time of the year: time to pick out fresh new curricula for our cute little students! (Incidentally, it’s also a homeschooler’s husband’s least favorite time of the year…) 

Sigh. Shopping for curriculum is ever so much more exciting than actually doing school. It’s like clothing shopping, who wants to wear the clothes you actually own? Or house shopping; even if you find that dream house, someone will still have to clean it.

Really, any shopping is better than using up, making do, or doing without.

{I started this post about twelve hours ago, and I think it lost steam around line two. When I picked it up six hours ago, line three was dangling near the edge of a cliff, reading to jump. I think we’ll just end it here, and call it good.}

On that note… what have you been obsessively researching/window shopping/planning/buying??

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