Saturday, May 30, 2015

Zoodle Summer Salad

 Ingredients: (all organic)
1 large zucchini
1 med-large cucumber
1 tomato
1 mango
1 apple (I used gala)
1 lemon
2 cups spinach
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
dash of pepper
Optional :  Add in favorite chopped nut or seed.  

1. Spiralize Zuchhini and Cucumber
(I like to cut my zoodles smaller after I spiralize them)
2. Chop spinach, apples, mango, tomato and add to the zoodles. (I left peeling on apple)
3. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the zoodle salad and add 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar. Toss.
4. Season with salt, pepper and turmeric. Toss well.
(Optional) Sprinkle with chopped nuts or seeds. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's a Moldie To Do?

So we sold our house and have been looking to buy a brand new home.  We thought a new built home would be best for me and then I could get in there with all my mold prevention protocols. I knew I would be safe in a new built home. Right?


After looking at model homes, we recently found a new house in a new neighborhood that we thought was perfect for our family and was about to put a contract on the home.  However,  a last minute walk through of the house being built, before walls were in place, revealed something very frightening to a mold illness person like myself.....

This was just a few pics I took. There was definitely more questionable wood all through the house. I could tell I was beginning to react from the mold and needed to get out of there asap. By the time we got home, I was all inflamed and my son was very congested. Our human internal mold detectors were flashing...beware beware beware.
Even after we were told that none of this was mold by the agent, we choose to walk away. No way did we want to buy this house. We couldn't take that chance. Sadly this home was sealed up and sold to someone else. 

Fast forward a few weeks.....

We decided to go look at more new home developments, different neighborhoods, different builders, and different price ranges.   

This is what we saw.....

Scary huh? 
(My husband took these pics. I could see the mold from our truck and was not going anywhere near it)

Now I will say, it has been a very rainy season here in South Texas,  with rain almost every day but, nonetheless, this is serious and this will make some people very sick. The sad thing is, few will ever relate their illness or their pain to hidden mold in their home. 

I want to say...
Builders, If you can't use clean wood and precaution to begin with, then maybe you should look into Dry Ice Blasting and clean this kind of crap up before you seal the home and sell it. 

Note- I am not affiliated in any way with this company in the Dry Ice Blasting video below. I just wanted to show what Dry Ice Cleaning does...

If you're a moldie like me or concerned about your new home being safe from mold, here is a good book that was suggested to me. (Now we just have to see if builders will be willing to work with us in building our family a Mold Free house. )

"This book is designed to provide information for homeowners, homebuilders, and other construction partners regarding the Mold-Free ProcessTM, a process by which the problems of mold and mildew may be controlled and, in some cases, eliminated by decisions made during the building process. Many of the problems relating to mold and mildew proliferation are a direct result of poor decision-making in the design stages of construction and in the methods and materials used in the construction process itself. By adhering to the recommendations herein described the occurrence of mold and mildew problems can be substantially reduced and thereby provide a more allergy-free environment for the new homeowner."  
*Copied from Amazon. This book is available to read on Kindle for $4.99

Thursday, March 5, 2015

We Sold Our House.

Yesterday we sold our house and handed over the keys. After a year and a half of tearing it apart in search of mold, getting rid of more than half our belongings, and removing anything that was salvageable, our mold remediation came to a stop.  My husband, trying to hold down a job and take care of his family, was tired and overwhelmed. Time and resources had also run out.

Without the help of insurance, mold remediation and rebuilding can be a total nightmare and something you really shouldn't do on your own. Heck, it's a nightmare even with insurance.

We came to a point where we just didn't know what else to do. Should we sell the house or do I return home? We had hopes that my husband had found all the mold, but the house still needing cleaning and disinfecting and then lots of rebuilding which would have cost thousands of dollars in repairs. To sell it like it was, we were going to lose thousands of dollars as well. Sell or keep, it was a tough decision we had to make. We wanted to seek God's will, but we knew it was going to take some action on our part. No one was going to come knock on our door and say "Can I buy your house?" 

We called my dad, our real estate agent, and listed our house in an "as is" condition, fully aware that we were going to lose a lot of money that we could have made, had we been able to rebuild it first. We decided to put it on the market and give it one month. I knew if this was God's plan for us, our house would sell in the sad condition it was in, and yes, I knew God could sell it in one month's time.  If our house didn't sell in one month, we had decided that we were going to return home, and rebuild it little by little even if it took us years and I was going to trust Him that my home was safe for me to live in again. What ever happened in one month, I believed was God's answer to us.

Our house sold and we came out okay, with a little more than I thought possible.  God is good, He knows our needs. He is in control and I give praise to Him. I am also so very grateful to my dad, our real estate agent, who set the price for our house higher than I would have thought, and then he stood firm when some investors gave their very low offers. They wanted our house, but they wanted it for almost nothing, some offers even left us owing money after closing. Whatever dudes! Move on. 

And then.... the perfect investor came along who saw the real potential in our home and he offered the perfect price in the perfect time. In less than a month, we had a contract on our house. God is good and He is in control.

After 18 years of living and raising a family in a house we loved, we hold only those memories now but the house itself is forever gone for our family. Because of the toxic mold that destroyed my health, a good part of me wanted to say goodbye, good riddance. Adios. But the other part of me is sad and torn.  It is a house that will always hold a piece of my heart and I wished we could have done more to save it and restore it back to the home our family loved.  But it is what it is, and I can only trust and believe that God has something much better in store for our family.

So what's next for us? Well we just don't know. We know we have to rebuild our credit that this mold hell has destroyed. Then, where do we want to go? North? South? East? West? We just don't know. We are torn in that decision as well but we will seek God's guidance. Please help me pray that we hear Him clearly in our next move, that He shuts doors that needs to be shut and open wide the door that needs to be open. 

One thing I do know is that we have learned a lot about mold on this journey, what it can do your health and how it can destroy your life, or try to destroy it. I have met many on the same mold journey as me, some living in tents or vehicles because they had to flee their homes, and I know our family has so very much to be grateful for. My heart aches for those going through this hell. 

We've learned mistakes that we made in our home and how some mold/mildew issues could have been prevented, but most of the mold in our home was well hidden from slow leaks inside the walls that was even undetectable by an expensive mold inspection. The fear of hidden mold will always be a part of me but I now know steps we can take to help prevent our new home from growing that horrible health destroyer and thief ..aka mold. 

It's over now. Our house is sold. I give thanks to God. I pray complete restoration to my health that cross contamination of mycotoxins have hindered and I pray His direction and a perfect home for our family. I am excited to what He has in store for us.

Oh and if you are in the Greater Houston area, and you are ever looking for a good, honest, Real Estate Agent, who can wheel and deal, and get your house sold, my dad is the best!