Hello! The writers behind this blog are me (Danielle) and my husband Daniel. We both have B.S. in Mass Communication from Illinois State University with experience in web design, freelance writing, and photography. In our early 20s, we moved to Kailua, Hawaii where we experienced a different culture and lifestyle before starting a family and moving back to Illinois near our families. Now we have two loving boys (Alex and Evan) who are 18 months apart in age.
In our journey of parenting, we have become experienced with oral aversion (sensory processing disorder), early speech intervention, food allergies, respiratory health, and heart health.
In 2013, Daniel survived a very unexpected heart attack in his right coronary artery and found out he has a rare genetic disorder causing extremely high cholesterol. After learning about this, we had our sons tested and found out Alex also has high cholesterol. While it has been extremely hard on our family to work through the daily worries and health concerns, it has also been a blessing. We couldn’t have been luckier with his survival and knowing to monitor our son’s cholesterol from such a young age.
In 2014-2015, Alex was hospitalized numerous times, eventually being diagnosed with respiratory issues that lead to low oxygen when prolonged. Since he is so young, they did not want to put a term on it (asthma) but prescribed him an inhaler. He has been a trooper, using his inhaler daily and the nebulizer when necessary.
In 2016, we discovered our youngest, Evan had some sort of food allergy. We worked through several dietary changes and elimination before discovering it was dairy. He and Alex have been amazing in dealing with this and reminding others not to feed Evan anything with dairy.
I mentioned sensory processing disorder and early speech intervention as well but I’m not going to go into those details today. Fortunately we have progressed through those obstacles but it took every ounce of patience, love, and so much effort on both our part and the kids’. If you are experiencing these, please visit your pediatrician and get help immediately.
In the past year, I have gone from stay at home mom to working mom. It was necessary for our family to make the switch to having Daniel be a stay at home dad. Let me tell you, it has been quite an adjustment, but the health of our loved ones is worth it!
We have been through a lot but we stay positive through it all! Daniel has been the most loving and loyal father and husband. The boys are happy, loving, and so smart. I am so proud of our family. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!
About the blog:
Family Centsability was created in early 2011 when Alex was just a baby. Our prime focus has and will always be family-friendly content that is useful for parents! We began by ocusing on deals and coupons to help parents save money. After a year, we began to include product reviews that would benefit moms and dads. In 2013, we introduced recipes, printables and activities for kids, as well as more product reviews. This is the perfect route for us and we will continue it for years to come!
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