Life... Health... Reviews...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shoe lovers unite

If you’ve ever swapped shoes with a girlfriend or your sister then I’ve got just the site for you. Now you can swap on a bigger level and save money in the process. is The Auction Site for Shoe Lovers where you can shop, swap or sell new or used shoes and shoe accessories.

It’s easy and economical: You pay a $1 fee to post a product to sell (and you can post up to eight photos of the product). Once it’s sold, you keep the money. That’s it. There are no final value fees and no fees for photos and special listing accents like bold headlines, highlighting or gallery listings. If your shoe doesn’t sell even re-listing is free. For those who choose to create an online store then it’s $15 per month and you’ll receive a 5 percent listing discount.

What makes this auction site one-of-a-kind is the fact that you can swap shoes. Just like with any convenient online experience you can shop – and swap – from the comfort of your own home. To top it off, you’ll be able to interact with people who have a similar sense of style and the same shoe size. Listing the shoes for swaps works similar to that of an auction, they post a “bid” of what they want to trade and it still costs only $1.

So, if you have a closet of barely worn or never worn shoes that you’d like to sell or swap then If The Shoe Doesn’t Fit is an ideal online solution for you. Or if you’re looking for that one perfect pair then you may find it there. I saw a pair of red and black lace platform shoes with four-inch heels by Bordello Teeze that has someone’s name written all over them. Check them out and let me know what you think.


Friday, July 16, 2010

My apologies

Those who know me fairly well may see a little disconnect here and there with my writing, posts, my comments and my visits. My mind seems to be on a little vacation on the outskirts of Worryland. It’s where I spend a lot of time not worrying and trying to come up with solutions to take the almost worry away.

The outskirts, I’ll call them Thoughtsville, are adjacent to Sadden Town, Pissed Place and Muddy Meadow. The good news is that if I get through those little towns, they’re all surrounded by Creative Centre, Big Deal Mountain and Peaceful Peninsula. I’m wading, at least, and not sinking. It’s just a fight against emotions and work, family and life, balance and disharmony…

One of the main problems is the amount of work I’ve put into some personal paperwork and providing everything that several organizations require and STILL I am left hanging. If I hadn’t of opened my mail, processed my paperwork or followed through then I would have no reason to be a little miffed. Then I could take complete responsibility for what’s lacking. But when others have control over certain aspects of your life – of my life – it makes for a very uncomfortable position. A position that I’ve tired of being in.

The solution, believe it or not, is to make more money. Although money doesn’t buy happiness; it does provide independence, a measure of peace and accomplishment. So, if I seem to be a little MIA – mentally and physically – know that I’m here cranking away trying to keep the money flowing and the brain working while avoiding Worryland, Sadden Town, Pissed Place and Muddy Meadow. They aren’t places I’d like to go on vacation to so I gotta make things happen. With.the.quickness.


Financial matters

When it comes to your money – and how you manage it – you don’t want to waste time or make mistakes. That’s why finding and obtaining the services of a financial advisor may be the right choice for you. You may have visions of taking time out of your busy schedule to travel to a financial advisor’s office, but that’s a thing of the past. You can quickly and conveniently develop a relationship and handle your financial affairs online.

You can find out more information about the ends and outs of working with a financial advisor by reading the Vaerdi Financial homepage. The information is detailed and easy to read as well as explain the process that the company takes. One of the best things about Vaerdi is you – as the client – will pay your financial advisor directly. Meaning they are not paid through commissions on sales. Why is that a good thing? Because you want someone working for that’s going to save you more money than is charged. Additionally, as fiduciaries the company does not believe commission-based compensation is of value for the clients. Vaerdi Financial also does sell products, which takes the pressure out of that relationship as compared to other financial organizations.

Now you can get your money issues in order with little to no hassle, and with the support of professionals behind you and giving you advice.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Checking in

Thursday updates on ticket, Twitter and tired…

Please forgive this moment of true randomness. I have been so tired lately that any true work or writing has gone unaccomplished except for one assignment that I pushed myself through today. I’m not even going to think about how behind I am on email.

I had a doctor’s appointment at the VA hospital today and the doc is thinking the exhaustion may be due to some medications mishaps and changes. She switched around some dosages and I may start taking one med (two tabs) I take during the day at night. My BF thinks it’s from almost three days worth of braiding my hair (I’ll have to give you that update later in my Hair Diary). And I’m thinking it may just be stress. Between not getting nearly enough all-night sleep and rest there are quite a bit of personal/financial issues that are being addressed. Although I think I’ve been handling things semi well my body will always tell the true story. So as I experience the pain, soreness, yawning, exhaustion and naps (YUP, with an ‘s’) … I … hmmm, I have no idea what I was about to say. Oh well, guess it wasn’t important.

An-t-way, the doctor said I need to get at least eight to 10 hours of sleep every night. Who in the world can go to bed that early? Just to get eight hours of sleep I would have to go to bed around 10 o’clock in the summer and around 9 during the school year. What about the quiet time after the kids go to bed? Well, I guess I should say go to sleep ‘cause they can go to bed at 8 and keep me fussing and up & down with them for hours or minutes – usually hours.

I’m not even going to go into detail about trying to spend time with my sweetie who doesn’t get off of work ‘til 11 or after right now. Going to bed that early means we don’t get to spend that much time together and it also mean interrupted sleep. He wakes me up, Anna wakes me up because she – for some reason – can’t just go to the bathroom by herself at night she HAS to have ME to accompany her. And Amareah wakes me up with her screaming, fighting and talking in her sleep along with her occasional nighttime awakenings where she’ll lay in front of my door like a lost puppy ‘til I stumble out of my room

Eight hours of sleep, huh? SIGH.

I got a ticket on the way to the VA hospital for doing 55 in a 40. Stupid motorcycle cop. Yup, gonna blame him. He didn’t even have any sympathy after I told him I was late for my appointment at the VA hospital. Hello? Veteran here. What happened to those perks/passes?

I’m loving TweetDeck. It’s like participating in hundreds of people’s lives and activities all at once. It can be addicting, but sometimes I have a pretty good handle on my addiction.

Uh… the end?


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My kids love to read

Thus far I haven’t had to do anything special to get my children to embrace reading during the summer although I can probably be more diligent in requiring reading everyday. They request books and library time on their own. I think it’s because they – my three youngest ages 3, 5 and 6 – always see me and their older sister, age 19, reading. We continually have magazines or books in front of us and are engaged in reading.

I think because reading is such a natural part of my life I inadvertently suggest reading to them on the off chance they haven’t asked to read a book from their vast collection. These are some of the tips that I use:

  • Offering them a magazine while in the doctor’s waiting room. It doesn’t have to be kid oriented. My 6-year-old son is realizing that he can find words that he knows and they “read” the pictures or ask what something says.
  • Free subscriptions. I signed my son up to receive the Lego Magazine so he’s always excited to get one in the mail. That has made him more interested in magazines in general. When I’m reading my magazines I’ll ask my 5-year-old daughter if she likes something and read to her what it says about the item. Now she asks what things say.
  • Writing book reviews. I’ve written book reviews since 1995 when I worked full-time in the magazine industry and I would always let my oldest daughter have the children’s books. My three youngest are able to enjoy this perk as well given the fact that I write book reviews here. They’re excited to see what new book is out and see their pictures on the blog.

One of the things that I need to do to make the children’s books more accessible to them is move them from the top of the shelf in their closet and get a bookshelf. Since they have such a large collection the books can be rotated on a regular basis so they always have something new and interesting to read.

How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading? A great idea is to get your children involved in the HarperCollins Children’s Books’ number one beginner reader series “I Can Read!” It’s a series, which debuted in 1957, which has been proven to encourage young readers who are reading together to advanced reading alone.

You can find more information on the series at I Can Read! along with a complete list of books and activities.

I Can Read! BooksBecome an I Can Read! Member

And, before you go, leave a comment telling me about ways you incorporate reading into your children’s summer. Do they like to read?


Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms blogging program to be eligible to get an "I Can Read!" book. For more information on how you can participate, click here. Here’s my complete disclosure policy.


Wordless Wednesday: Sleepy?




Take a gander at the last Wordless Wednesday snapshot I posted. And for my participants go to 5 Minutes for Moms or Blessings Abound Mommy.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Weight & meds management

This is a long one, but try to hang in there ‘til the end.

There has been a subject I’ve been avoiding in my health and weight loss journals, and that’s what’s going on with my health. Before you get concerned, don’t take that to mean that something is really wrong – it’s just that I’m not sure I’ve been doing everything that I should and can to maintain my health.

For all of my new readers you may not know that I have fibromyalgia and sjogren’s disease as well as problems with my liver. To avoid boring you with all the ups and downs I’ve conveniently (:-D ) including these links: About my liver stuff, the sjogren’s and this last link includes quite a few posts that I wrote that included fibromyalgia. (Please forgive me as that link may also include this post; I haven’t figured out how to not make that happen.) I’ve written several health and weight loss journals in the past so if you’d like to search my site for them then that would be fab. Otherwise, click that last link to read all the gory details.

Okay, moving right along.

Let me do a quick update on my weight loss and you’ll see how this ties in with my health. You’ll remember that I initially lost 60 pounds and recently gained 10ish back. Much to my semi shock and dismay. Last week when I did my weekly weigh in the scale read an alarming (too dramatic?) 175 pounds. I’m happy to report that I’ve lost five pounds (170 pounds, YIPPEE!) since then. I’m excited to be moving down the scale. I honestly haven’t been exercising much like I said I would, but I have been moving more. Up and down from my desk. Parking further away at stores. Dancing around. And, most importantly, not doing as much emotional eating.

DSCF4830 The emotional eating thing is not entirely in my control. You see, I stopped taking one of my meds. Well, I kind of ran out and there were no more refills on it so I took it upon myself to wean off of it. It’s one of my meds that’s for depression and moods (yup complete disclosure today), and I thought maybe it’s time I see if I can handle it better with one med for that and not two. Ahem… Well, that particular med is also prescribed for chronic pain so my limbs and joints started feeling even more sore. Then, to make matters worse, my mood kind of started getting a little weird (for lack of a better word.) And, come to find out, once I started taking it again recently my urge to eat for emotional reasons has went down significantly.

Jan-May 09 150 So instead of taking matters – or medications! – into my own hands, I’m going to talk to the doc about the other med for moods and depression to see if I can wean off of that one or maybe just reduce the dosage to see how and if I’m able to cope. I really believe that I don’t have to live the rest of my life on meds like this. Getting to this stage has been a result of more than a decade of physical pain and several years of emotional and post-partum depression combined – none of which was ever treated.

The plan? Keep on moving during the day to burn calories, workout and do yoga when I can, stay on my prescribed meds until I talk to the doc, get more rest and continue to eat healthy.

Last but not least.

Oh, and I keep forgetting to tell you about the Bootcamp for Tummies from mama mio skincare that I won at Hip Mama’s Place. Bootcamp for Tummies is touted as being able to “rehab your abs in 30 days.” Can I honestly say it works? Well, yes, no and maybe. Yes because when I did the actual exercises it worked. No because I didn’t do it consistently for 30 days. Maybe because since I gained a little weight I couldn’t tell if the Get Waisted Body Shaper and Tummy Toner Skin Tightener really worked.

I’m going to – beginning today-ish – going to use it for 30 straight days then I’ll come back here and tell you about it. That is unless I forget. LOL

bootcamp for tummies If you’re curious about the product, I found it on Amazon so you can click the picture to learn more.

Now don’t forget to come back here next Tuesday to check in on my weight loss and my health. Have a great week and feel free to leave a comment telling me how you’re feeling or how your weight loss is going.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Convenience of self storage

Everyone has different experiences in life and sometimes those experiences call for a few changes. The change could be moving out of state for a job or to be closer to family. It could be that someone lost their job and had to downsize their home. Or there are times when the elderly must relocate to places that are better suited for their needs. Whatever the case – or the change – it may be necessary to utilize a self storage unit.

When my grandmother passed away and I had to close up her house I placed the items that I couldn’t part with in a self storage unit because there wasn’t enough room in the two-bedroom townhouse I was living in at the time. I have a friend who was laid off two years ago and has been utilizing a temperature controlled self storage facility ever since. Having access to self storage can make life’s changes much easier because you don’t have to give away or sell all of your belongings. It’s also convenient because you have access to your belongings when you need them and have control over what type of unit you choose to put them in.

Here, Atlanta Storage facilities are fairly easy to find because the overall population in the area has grown so much in the past 10 years or so. I know that having a convenient, and cost effective self storage center in my area was a load off of my mind and pocket.

If life’s changes cause you to have to relocate your belongings consider using self storage. You’ll be glad you did.
Blogger Template Created by pipdig