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Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Blog Posts You Must Read

30 Things About My Invisible Illness - This week, up until Sunday the 4th, is Invisible Illness Awareness Week and I've shared 30 things about my illnesses (all invisible) that many people don't know. This post gives you a peek into my life and, if this applies to you it will give you some tips on understanding a friend or family member who is living with an invisible illness.

Photo Fixes and Fun with - I hate to admit it - again! - but I am pretty horrible at creating graphics and eye-eppealing photos. That's why I test out a lot of photo editing sites and programs. Hopefully, one day soon, I will master one of these online photo editing tools and right now I'm leaning toward Fotor. It's fairly easy to use and has tons of options.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

@Influenster favor, please like my #DreamVoxBox

If you aren't familiar with Influenster, it's a free platform that allows its users/members to discover and review products while they measure their social media influence. Influencer has campaigns and if we, the influencers, complete certain tasks we earn badges and sometimes prizes. They also provide products for free to review and make available different contests to win our favorite brands.

The current contest involves making a "list" of your #DreamVoxBox and getting at least 200 likes to win a lovely box filled with the dream products from your list. Whereas others have many likes I'm really lacking in "like love." 

Please, do me a solid and like my list: My #DreamVoxBox.

Thank you!


30 Things About My Invisible Illness #invisiblefight

On September 9, 2009 I wrote the original post "30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know" and in honor of this year's National Invisible Illness Week, September 28th -October 4th, I decided to update that post. Below you'll see my current answers in fushia and the old answers are in black and I'll leave them that way if there isn't a change. Let's see what's different. Learn more at

When I first wrote this I learned a few things about myself, I'm curious to see if the same will happen this time.

1. The illness I live with is: Actually, illnesses. Sjogren's Syndrome (a form of, relative to, strain of Lupus, Multiple Myeloma and fibromyalgia.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2009 and 2008, it was 1995 when I was diagnosed with MM.
3. But I had symptoms since: Around 1995
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Is realize how easy it is to hurt myself. The biggest adjustment I've had to make is lay down when I need to even if I don't want to.
5. Most people assume: I assume most assume that I am making it up. I'm just fine. I think it makes them feel better if I say, "I'm fine."
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Waking up to pain, tingling, stiffness, headaches and exhaustion.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Grey's Anatomy
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My laptop... no, my cell phone! Neither.
9. The hardest part about nights are: The tingling in my lower legs and my wrists and hands; hardly getting a complete night's sleep and doing all the nighttime tasks that are required of a parent: homework, baths, dinner, bedtime, etc., in addition to trying to get some more working in. The hardest part about nights is forcing myself to go to sleep.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) About 10 total. About 20 now.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: hope that I can afford to get herbs and some other natural alternatives as well as incorporate more yoga and some water aerobics to make the symptoms more bearable. I've tried essential oils and massage therapy - both of which work fairly well. Meditative breathing also helps.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Now, what in the world do you say to that. I would say neither!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Tips to Help with the Underage Drinking Talk with Your Kids

Seventeen-year-old Amber, circa. 2009.
When my oldest daughter Amber, now 24, was in high school she was confronted with her own mortality when a classmate was killed in a drunk driving accident. We had already talked about underage drinking and the importance of not getting in the car with someone who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. And, of course, I let her know that regardless of the situation she can always call me for a ride. Now, I have three younger children ages 11, 10 and 9, and as my almost 12-year-old son approaches teenage hood I’m prepared to have a conversation about underage drinking.

I’ve done a little reading on the subject over the years along with my own experiences and that of their older sister to be fairly confident I have this conversation “on lock.” (That’s what the children say nowadays.) There are a lot of tips and advice, the ones I’ve included here are the ones I think are good tips for having the underage drinking talk with your kids. They tips should be effective and they may actually remember them longer than, “Watch me whip, watch me Nae Nae, watch me whip. Whip. Watch me Nae Nae.”

#1 Pick the perfect person to have the talk
The first thing with having any conversation about responsibility and making smart decisions with children is to make sure that the person they’re talking to is someone that they have a good relationship with and above all, that they respect. If you’re fortunate enough to have an open relationship with your kids like I've had with Amber, then it can be you. But an older sibling, a grandparent, a trusted family friend or even a coach or tutor will also work.

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