Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stay fresh all day with Carefree Acti-Fresh liners #FreshIsFierce

I received a free product for review purposes.

Although I don't have to concern myself with a monthly menstrual cycle there are times I still need something to help me feel fresh. I can get that freshness with Carefree Acti-Fresh liners. I've used Carefree products in the past so I wasn't hesitant at all to test the ones I received. Check out my review on YouTube.

What feminine products do you use on a regular basis? Do you use Carefree or will you try them?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Life without GPS

Do you remember what it was like not to have driving directions at your fingertips? I started thinking about those days when I drove to a new location for an appointment then afterwards needed directions again to find a bank branch nearby.

I had quite a few hiccups with the GPS because it was dark and rainy all day, which caused the signal to keep dropping right in the middle of telling me where to go. I was getting extremely frustrated until I remembered what it was like to get directions in the past.

When I was growing up in the 70s, my parents would call someone to get directions then write them down. If they got lost along the way they would either stop to use a payphone to call the person or ask someone standing on the street to direct them. It was the same thing in the 80s - at least for me it was, and somewhere in the early 90s I got my first computer and opened the door up for finding info on the World Wide Web. Sometimes I could find the addresses of major companies and businesses, but a lot of the time a phone call would still need to be made. You remember those times, right?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cancer Journal #7 - Putting the pieces together

Many of you have been coming by waiting for me to give an update on my health situation. (If you're new to my blog you can catch up with my fight against multiple myeloma by reading my cancer journal.) I'm normally very open about my health and life because I believe one's story - or as some say testimony - can help, comfort or inspire others.

What's been happening

I have hesitated in being my normal open self because on January 14th two days after I returned from receiving my treatment and bone marrow transplant in Tennessee I was served with papers from my ex-husband who was suing me for custody and child support of my three young children ages 11, 10 and 7. This occurrence and the subsequent emergency hearing (more about that at another time... maybe) not only threw me for a loop but extremely angered me.

My plan was to solely focus on gaining strength and getting some things in order at home, but my attention was diverted by this. The only thing I was interested in doing was writing a post spewing my thoughts, hatred and details of the situation... what gave me pause was the fact that my ex-husband used my health, previous posts and my GoFundMe page (can you believe it?) against me in court. Besides being pissed off about him using that against me I was even more aggravated that he was able to misconstrue my words by taking a couple of paragraphs of a post to prove his point. In essence saying I'm unable to take care of my children because of finances and my health.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

One woman's cancer fight - #Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1st - 7th

As a little girl, Heather Von St. James loved wearing the jacket that her daddy wore to his construction job. It didn't matter to her if it was covered in dust, but - unfortunately - that dust became very important years later. On November 21, 2005, Heather was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma. That dust was asbestos. It has been used for thousands of years as insulation material and has caused cancer in many people in the past 50 years.

Every year 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and given about 10 months to live; Heather was given 15 months. A mesothelioma diagnosis is commonly classified as three different types: pleural mesothelioma like Heather had occurs in the lining of the lungs, peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity and pericardial mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the heart.

Friday, March 20, 2015

CHARM IT! - Detachable Charm Jewelry for Girls #review

I received a product sample to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.

I have three daughters and when it comes to finding a gift they'll love I'm always looking for good ideas. When I learned about CHARM IT!, detachable charm jewelry for girls ages 5 to 14, I knew it would be something my girls will love.

My 10-year-old beauty modeling her bracelet.
My middle daughter Amareah turned 10 years old on her last birthday and I gave her the CHARM IT! bracelet and charms. Her response didn't disappointment. She inspected each charm and was delighted by the little rocker girl guitar charm, the little purse, the anchor and, especially the cookie and milk. Her excitement was contagious and soon we were laughing and talking about each charm.