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Thursday, June 18, 2015

5 days left to enter to win jane iredale Lip Drink SPF 15 #giveaway

Have you entered my current giveaway yet? If not, do it now before you forget. Five readers will receive a free gift code to purchase their own jane iredale Lip Drink SPF 15. 

There's also a review of the product in the giveaway post if you'd like more information. And, stay tuned, another giveaway will be posted soon.

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Childhood obesity: Here's what you can do to change it

Today's topic has been on my mind for quite some time. With the idea rolling around in my head, I saw a photo of a friend's young relative and again the topic of childhood obesity plagued me. I see it's not going to leave me alone, which means I must write about it.

This seems like an uncomfortable topic for a lot of us - especially some parents, but if we don't keep having the conversation we will never arrive at a solution that every parent can implement. The topic will not go away until all of our children are healthier.

It breaks my heart to see overweight children. It doesn't matter if it's from an unhealthy lifestyle or a medical condition; it's sad to see overweight children. The young lady on the left is about 10 or 11 years old & on the right, she's about 8 years old. 

According to, the percentage of overweight children in the U.S. is rapidly growing, 1 out of 3 kids is now considered overweight or obese. I believe that we - the adults - are responsible for putting healthy food choices in front of our children as well as ensuring they get regular, physical activity and/or exercise. That's the beginning of assisting them with developing good habits.

When I was a youngster, during the summer months we left the house as soon as we could in the morning or early afternoon and rarely returned home before the streetlights came on. We didn't have the opportunity to sit in front of the television all day - it just wasn't allowed. And regardless if you had an Atari or Commodore 64 you still had to get your booty out of the house. Nowadays it's a requirement that a lot of families are not enforcing.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Scars = You survived

Check out more quotes on my Pinterest page - image found on Flickr
One of the things, resulting from my cancer battle, that will linger forever are the scars leftover. There are several plus some at hip level (on both sides) in the buttocks area from multiple bone marrow biopsies. On the left side of my chest there are about five dark scars from having a Hickman catheter and on the right side are a couple of scars: one from where the surgeon cut to insert a Power Port (it's where the nurses access my veins for treatments) and small dotted scars under there where the needles are inserted. I still have the Power Port, but the Hickman had to be removed due to an infection.

There are other scars from my battle with cancer - mostly mental and emotional. Those are the scars that, when I look in the mirror, make me think how ugly and beat up my body looks now. Then there are times when I look in the mirror and see how strong I am. How strong I have been. That's what is important, right? Each of those scars is a representative of my successful battle with cancer.

I've had to fight before. There is a five-inch scar on my abdomen from gall bladder removal. It was gangrened, which meant no laser surgery for me. I was 24 years old and one month later I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

The fight isn't over, but through the scars I can see I can still fight. I'm strong...

And so are you.

That's right. When you look at yourself, what scars do you see? Are they within you or visible on the surface? Think of the scar(s) right now and remember what you went through and remind yourself you are still here. Why? Because you - and I - are stronger than whatever tried to hurt us.

Leave a comment to share what you've survived. Then tell me if I accomplished what I said I would yesterday.

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