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December is by far my favorite month of the year. I love all the festive decorations, the smell of pine trees and Christmas lights. I truly believe that people in general are in a better mood during this month than any other time of the year.
Every year I stop and evaluate the past year - accomplishments, hardships, triumphs and tribulations. For the last month I've been thinking about "stuff", we so happily acquire during our lifetime, "stuff", we think we absolutely need to have on a daily basis, and "stuff" we buy or get because it will temporarily makes us feel good.
Everyone has their own version of their “stuff” - as do my grandparents. Every two weeks or so, I visit them. They live three hours away, and the long commute makes it impossible for me to see them more often then that. For the last two and a half years my grandmother, who I love with all my heart has been suffering with Alzheimer's, living in a nursing home. My mom visits and feeds her twice a day, and because she is in "her own world," her vital signs are great and she can go on living like that for years. I know that my grandma, who was always full of life and full of hope and energy, wouldn't want that kind of life for herself. But, as one man once said "We ask God for an easy life, but what we need to really ask for is an easy death".
Recently, I sat with my grandma trying to sing songs with her, showing her pictures of the kids, once again attempting to "find her,” and just when I thought I got through, her eyes drifted and she was back again to her own safe world. As I sat there looking at her blue eyes that have lost their spark, her hands that no longer wanted to hold me, I couldn't help but cry. My darling grandma, who during the Christmas season decorated her house with all kinds of 'stuff", bought gifts for everyone she knew and strangers she didn't. Now she spends most of her day in bed or in a wheelchair - otherwise known as her "stuff", the only "stuff" that she now needs besides a few simple items of clothing.
As I got into my car with tears streaming down my face I couldn't concentrate on anything besides the "stuff" that we cling to on daily basis. That’s when I knew I wanted to write this blog to remind everyone this holiday season that "stuff" doesn't really matter. What matters is the love we give, the love we get, the family and friends we surround ourselves with, and what we do to make this world a better place. This is the "stuff" that's really matters.
Since I got back, I have given away boxes and boxes of all kinds of things. This holiday season I'm getting rid of "stuff," hopping that it will make someone else smile and cheery until they too realize that we need so little to really be happy.
This Holiday Season I wish you all HEALTH, happiness, love & lots of laughter.
First of all, let me apologize, I was composing a message and hit send button prior to writing a message, so all you got was this link. That wasn’t my intent, sorry about that. This was what I was going to say:
Dear Fellow Fabbers,
It's been six months since my last blog post. Where does the time go?
I'll be honest. I police the boards and I know what you guys have been up to but for the longest time but I just wasn't up to writing, wasn't up to socializing much. I feel bad that I have been MIA for so long, BUT now I'm back and once again, with vengeance.
So what was I doing for the last six months? I've been taking care of me. Taking care of my health and trying to do one thing that was very important to me. What's that you ask? It's a book.
Right before I got diagnosed my children asked that I write a parenting manual. Unfortunately for most of us, we only get into gear when something bites us in our butts, for me it was breast cancer. I vowed that once I can, I will write a parenting memoir, so I did.
Life Is A Blender is about our family - about what I believe in, what I strive for and what irks me. If you do take the time to read it I would love to hear from you.
I would love to catch up. Please write, comment, message or send shouts.
Life is hard and complicated. We get busy with the hustle and bustle. We stress about things that few years from now will find totally insignificant, but are soo important today.
My daughter sent this to me this morning and told me that we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Even us, fabulously forty and beyond need a reminder, and Regina Brett says it best:
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it..
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it...
14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it's all up to you and no one else.
18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
25. Always choose life.
26. Forgive but don't forget.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
31. Believe in miracles.
32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
33. Growing old beats the alternative—dying young.
34. Your children get only one childhood.
35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
39. The best is yet to come...
40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”
I came across this video and found it extremely funny, but the joke was on me because I myself had fallen victim to purchasing glasses online and experiencing the problems from lack of proper measurements and poor quality.
Lesson to be learned: shop eyewear with an optician/stylist to be properly serviced and look for independent, quality eyewear brands.
CLICK ON THIS VIDEO:
Share your on line shopping experience.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is winding down, I hope
that all of you have written your New Years resolutions, and will not
only plan for them, but carry them out.
My plan for the year is to continue to do everything drug free,
meaning the less chemicals I digest through taking any kind of
medications, and the less preservatives I ingest through injections,
the healthier I will be. Having said that, I’m heading towards turning
48, and those lines called “wrinkles” are making a point to stand out.
Since I’m no longer a candidate for fillers, botox, etc. I had to find an alternative that would be healthier and less risky... and I’ve stumbled upon an amazing solution. For the past two months, two times a day, I have been using Senté Skin Products cream - and my skin is glowing. My wrinkles are less visible and I’m still injection free.
I became rather curious about what made this cream different from the rest and with a little bit of research and time I learned about Glycoproteins. Glycoproteins are sugar molecules attached to proteins found both on the surface of skin cells and beneath deeper layers of skin. This is what helps capture moisture in the skin to maintain its plumpness. Senté synthesizes these proteins which allows skin to appear relaxed, smooth, and vibrant (I’m a glowing testimony to that)!
Despite the fact that it’s pricey (but no more than the botox and filler risky options out there), I know it works... and you know me - I can rarely say that. Within two weeks of using the cream my
girlfriends asked if I had anything done to my face, and we all know that girlfriends notice what others don’t, so this is definitely working.
Feel free to check out this product yourselves and let me know how
To find out more about Sente Skin Products click here and visit their website.
As you may know, for the last few years I've been battling various health challenges, and regardless of which new condition I was diagnosed with I refused to give up - doing everything possible to get back on track. However, my new diagnosis left me baffled when my doctor announced that I just tested positive for mold.
My doctor was concerned that I got sick twice in a row, and because we had a water leak in the house that resulted in a little bit of mold, he thought I should take a urine test to find out if I inhaled it by any chance. I walked out of his office with a kit and no intentions of taking the test. I figured that I'd skip the $700 dollar test my insurance would probably not cover. After all, what are the chances? Who has mold?
A few days went by and I started running a low-grade fever - and after talking again with my doctor he encouraged me to take the test. When the results came back I was shocked - I tested positive for mold.
My doctor suggested that I start taking Activated Charcol along with Mold Chikitse. I also found Red Desert Clay that was supposed to help with getting rid of mold. Now, keep in mind that I'm practically vegan, so taking anything out of my diet wasn't even a consideration.
Fast forward three months of taking all the supplements, detoxing, etc. Now imagine my shock when the follow up test showed that my mold results doubled since the last test.
Of course I panicked - having mold in your body can't possibly be good for anyone, especially me, with all of my health challenges. I started researching molds and their effects. That's when I stumbled on Tony Marcel, MD, PhD. I found out that Tony was a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in France, so I decided to email him. To be quite honest, I wasn't sure I'd hear back, but it was worth a try. I emailed Mr. Marcel to find out about ochrytoxin mold and how I could have possibly acquired it.
Imagine how happy I was when Tony responded the next day with a detailed (and I mean it when I say detailed), explanation and information from his website: Ochratoxin and Themycotoxins
This rarely happens in our lives, that a stranger takes the time to provide insights to a random person. I'm still waiting to retest, but what Tony did help me with was to pin point that my problem might have been because I have been using a lot of ginger in my drinks, and according to his charts on the site, this may have been the cause of the problem.
Here I was again looking into my computer screen thinking to myself how powerful the internet is - how the connections we form online are not only amazing - but have changed lives. Think about it...how has the web changed your life?