Paper Plates and Incoming Goodies

Paper plates have to be one of the best spoonie investments ever. And thank the stars for leftover pizza. My body is just done. Done with being mediator for the boys. Done with all the snow play and walks. Done with the arguments with the husband because by the time I finish being a good housewife and mum, I don’t have the energy to be a good wife and it’s taking a huge toll on our relationship. 

Needless to say my depression has been clawing at my insides. I won’t go into details on that since most of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Instead I was incredibly blessed to have won the Chronic Illness Bloggers giveaway. I won Prize Pack 9

I received these items as a gift from the giveaway by Chronic Illness Bloggers, this is not a sponsored or required post. I’m just happy to share.

I’ve been receiving gifts all week which has been a wonderful pick- me-up when going to the mailbox. Findlay (part ferret part cat) loves chewing on the wristband and has stashed it away somewhere. But here are a few photos of what I have received already.

The book The Patients Playlist by Leslie D Michelson will have to wait until after Christmas but since my body hates me, and is constantly spotting between menstrual cycles, the Fresh Assist Spray has been awesome! I love that they come in little spray bottles so I can put one in my purse when I’m traveling this Yule. 

There’s a pic of the wristband from Colitis Ninja was confiscated and used as a chew toy for Mr. Grumpypants. The Drip Drip Hydration Powder actually tasted really good. 

I’ve used FibroSleep by ProHealth before and reviewed it here, so I was very excited to receive it again right in time for the craziness of Yule (the holidays). The Fibro Energy Supplement is something new I hadn’t tried before. I’m in the early stages of trying it so I don’t have much to say about it just yet.

The ornament is not there for decoration, but because Findlay thinks he’s a cat and it was a toy. And I’m too lazy to find another hook to put it back on the tree.

The delightful Améo essential oil diffuser came and has been running often in our living room. Zija also included a bottle of lavender EO to use in the diffuser. 

I thought I was going to have to wait on Kristen Schultz’s (Not Standing Stills Disease) book Self Love 101, but as I loaded it tonight, it is broken down into easy read sections for one day at a time. And just going through the forward…. Maybe I need to start reading tonight.

Not pictured is the $20 Amazon gift card from Chronic Mom Life which I used to get another essential oil blend to use in the diffuser. 

What’s brightened your day or kept you going?

TheraSpecs for Migraines? Yes Please!

And I’m back! Yay! It’s been a crazy month of sickness, migraines and my phone going on the fritz. Worst part of phone fritz? I lost all my awesome pictures of my TheraSpecs. Except one that was my pivotal point. Read on my friends!

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggersnetwork. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was when I was chosen to review TheraSpecs. I have heard from so many migraine sufferers over the years that specifically tinted migraine glasses made all the difference for them, but without getting to try them myself, I couldn’t justify the price. In the grand scheme of things $99.00-$149.00 really isn’t that much, but that amount can feel like a lot on a product untried. Let me just tell you right now…. TheraSpecs are worth EVERY penny! 

When I got chosen to try them out, TheraSpecs gave me the option to pick any of their indoor or outdoor glasses on their website, they also have frames that go over your prescription glasses too. Like most women, I have a tendency to have a sunglasses fetish and personal preferences, so getting to pick was awesome. I love the bigger glasses that completely cover your whole eye area, and another big thing for me is that I often slide my glasses up on head so the Stella’s were perfect for me. Fell in love right away.

Not feeling so great, but able to be out in public because of my TheraSpecs

I probably squealed a little when my TheraSpecs showed up in my mailbox. They came inside a little glasses bag with a note to me that included instructions on how to adjust the frames which was perfect because they were a bit big at first. But after a moment of tweaking with a warm hair dryer they fit great.

I have put these glasses to the test. I cannot say for me personally that they eliminate or prevent migraines every migraine, however, they make having a migraine more bearable and they significantly reduce my light sensitivity triggers! I wish I had these when I used to work. Probably could still be working if I had had TheraSpecs at that time, that’s how good they are. I wear them around the house when my husband wants all the lights on (or when I have a mini migraine and don’t want to complain about it – they get the point across nicely), I wear them almost always when going to the store, definitely while in doctors waiting rooms. I wear them in bed when the kids need some light but I rather no light. I think my favorite though, is wearing them on those blinding cloudy days. Too dark for sunglasses but hurts sensitive eyes…. Perfect for TheraSpecs! 

For the ultimate test… Duh duh duh! My sons were invited to an all expenses paid arcade and pizza birthday party for my friend’s son. I had woken up with a blistering migraine that morning and only wanted to die, but I took my meds, slept until my husband had to go to work and then peeled myself out of bed. Like most migraineurs, I avoid loud places with bright strobby lights like they carry the plague. I couldn’t. But I brought my TheraSpecs with me instead. 

I fully fully expected to need to leave early to go throw up from over light stimulation….. Nope! I stayed for the whole party. No follow up migraine. It was still crazy loud, I won’t be planning any parties there, but I firmly believe that TheraSpecs were the reason I walked away without a migraine. And that’s saying a lot.

I’m absolutely in love with my TheraSpecs. Have you tried them, or have you been wanting to try them?

Dream Cream?

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“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. ”

Dealing with Chronic Pain, I am ALWAYS looking for whatever pain cream, essential oil blend, supplement or whatever natural alternative I can incorporate into my daily life to mitigate the use of heavy medications. Right now I’m fighting with the insurance company because they don’t want to pay for my Norco prescription because they don’t think I need to be on it (bleepity bleep bleep bleep) and the don’t have record that I’m trying non-opioid pain relief options. Ugh. My doctor knows full well everything I try which is why she’s willing to let me take my low dose of Norco without complaint. Anyways. Off my mini rant. Basically where I was going with that was when I was given the opportunity to try a new pain cream I jumped all over it!!!! YES PLEASE! Especially during these busy summer months.

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With back to back Archery events between when I signed up for the review and when I received the product, I had completely forgotten about it. With fibro, you have to keep moving, sometimes and almost especially when you least want to. Imagine my delighted surprise when I very very slowly and painfully waddled my way down to the mailbox and found a package waiting for me! Continue reading

Super Water

“I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

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I was super excited when I got the chance to try out HFactor Water because I’ve done enough research to know how important good quality water is for our bodies, especially those of us with any kind of chronic illness/pain because pretty much every medication we have to take dehydrates us.

The water came in special pouches specifically designed to keep the hydrogen in. I totally kick myself for not taking a picture of the cool packaging but I was too excited to try them and was having a bad pain week. They reminded me a wee bit of having CapriSun’s as a kid but that’s where the similarities stopped. Continue reading

Taking Care of Me

“This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

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If an outsider were to have been looking through our window on Mother’s Day, I’m sure they would have come away with the conclusion that I was a selfish and unappreciative daughter. Saturday night, I went to my sister’s 30th bday party. That meant I had to be social which is highly draining and seriously tries my social anxiety coping skills. I wore this bangin dress and cute (but not obnoxious) heels…. (I left the 5 in stiletto peep toes at home). Plus this was my first time away from my new baby more than a quick run to the store – add more anxiety. Come Sunday morning, I was in a full Fibro Flare and the minute I walked in the door my mum saw that. To my dad and brother I had to tell them that this was a No-Touch Day. Instead of helping prepare dinner, set the table or help in general, I sat in Papa’s recliner and simply rocked with the baby. Once dinner was ready, we all gathered around the table and Mum took little Findlay from me and put him in his bounce chair which she moved closer to my chair. Other than helping with clearing the plates and prepping the dessert, I didn’t help. I sat in a comfy t shirt, leggings and sweater in my dad’s chair. I recovered. My family was very much okay with that.

We each have to be a little selfish when it comes to our health. Continue reading

FibroSleep Review

Disclosure: “I have been given FibroSleep as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company


Initial Impression (aka day 1): As a fibromommy of a newborn, I’m wary to try new sleep aids simply because I worry I won’t wake up when the baby is crying. I’ve had that happen before when I’ve had to take my stronger pain meds and muscle relaxants due to pain and/or migraines. (Before you get all panicky, either my husband ended up waking me or once I realized the baby crying was real and not a dream I woke up.) Reading through all the ingredients in FibroSleep, I was very encouraged to try it.

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Mailbox Delights

Found a lovely surprise in my mailbox tonight when I got home.

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An entire box of Enfamil products, samples and coupons!

This being the 3rd baby I haven’t signed up on all the websites (mostly because I’ve forgotten to) and really didn’t expect any sample packs of anything. Not sure if this came from our Target baby registry or from registering at the hospital, either way, such a lovely surprise.

I’m especially excited to try those little green packets on the left. They’re supplement formula packets for breastfeeding moms who may need to supplement or are switching over to formula. Because of my health, the longest I’ve been able to breastfeed was. 3 months and that was with Damien. Kellan only got a month. While I would prefer to breastfeed until solids, my health simply doesn’t allow it. BUT I’ve been able to give my babies the most important month. And honestly formula has gotten amazing, I have two very very healthy boys even mostly formula fed.

I’ve used the little pre-made bottles there next to the green packets and LOVE the ease of use. They’re especially great when traveling so that you don’t have to make up bottles or when you have a new babysitter. (or when you have a migraine and can’t think straight enough to measure out powder). Adding the nipple attachments is bonus points!

An entire canister of powder, gentle systems formula at that, is an amazing blessing when you’re low income. Formula is not cheap and often a strain on already tight budgets. WTG Enfamil! You just scored big points with me!

On the far right in the yellow packets are more to-go packets which are so handy in diaper bags. We used these all the time with both boys.

Plus they included two $5 off coupons and a booklet all about baby feeding. If I were a forest time mom, that info would be invaluable. It’s awesome that they put it in there.

Big THANK YOU!!  to Enfamil.