Author Archives: Christa Upton

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!

Unusual Blogging Break

So I’m going to take a break from blogging for a while, but here’s why it’s unusual for me: it’s only because I want to and not because I pretty much HAVE to.  ๐Ÿ™‚  In the past, I have gotten … Continue reading

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Guest Post–The Crock Pot Method

Guest post by a friend of mine The Crock Pot Method of Sharing Ideas with Others I really love these ideas!  And it could apply to much more than just mold illness or MCS. My friend writes: Iโ€™ve been discouraged … Continue reading

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Just Photos

April 25th  ๐Ÿ™‚                     Sherlock and Watson watching the butterflies we hatched:                       Teenage son made beautiful popovers:       … Continue reading

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Rainy Windows

The car speeds down the highway, splashing a bit of water. I look out at the rain on the fields. Then I focus on the raindrops on the window, not sure why I am fascinated by the trails they make … Continue reading

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Guest Post Regarding a Surprise Source of Mold

This post is by my friends Ken & Deb from Canada. Deb has been diagnosed with CFS and is learning about mold avoidance. She is not sure if her current home is super moldy (from descriptions, I doubt it’s SUPER … Continue reading

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Safer Mold Remediation

Note that my title says โ€œsafer,โ€ not safe. This is because unfortunately, for some very sick people and/or for some very bad molds, no remediation is safe.  Some people report terrible reactions to their possessions they took from their moldy … Continue reading

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Tips for Finding Hidden Mold in a Building

5/1/2017 update, adding ideas from people in the Mold Avoiders group.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I wrote this from the perspective of trying to find a new rental or house to purchase. But these might help find hidden mold in a current residence, … Continue reading

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A Pretty Head Wrap for Health

Last month I broke my wrist, which has meant three doctor appointments so far. (It’s healing great, though! Not any slower than normal! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But the normal scents and unavoidable chemical cleaners/disinfectants at the hospital were really tough to … Continue reading

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Mystery Book Free on Kindle 4-18-17 Thru 4-22-17

Starting TOMORROW (4-18-17), my digital mystery book for kids is FREE! Free promotion goes through Saturday (4-22-17). Can be read on any device including laptops (just need the free Kindle app.) For ages 5 – 10, can be read aloud … Continue reading

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A Great Surprise

  Weโ€™d been camping for two months for my health. Someone had given us an old RV (somewhat offgassed but not moldy!  ๐Ÿ™‚ ) in addition to my aluminum camper (which was not big enough for all five of us). … Continue reading

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