VaVOOm!

Do you have a command center?? Organizing experts recommend having a space reserved for putting mail, keys and reminders. Below is a sample of a very well designed command center inspired by Pottery Barn.  It has space for keys, letters, notes and even some decorations.

 

Source: tipjunkie.com via Kaylee on Pinterest

 

My space is very limited so I condensed mine to have a memo board (for invites/reminders), letter holder, key holder and a couple of decorative items. I was able to upcycle, like the red frame (it can double as a dry erase message frame too) and thrift all the items.


 

I am still working on some remaining projects such as painting a table and replacing blinds.  All in all, these simple little projects made a very big impact to the living room this month.

bye for now!

GotTa TrY ThIs

The first Gotta Try This was pretty cool…and I mean cool.

Here is the original pin I found and a link to the post

I used the comments found on the link provided above for the mixture

  • 24 fl oz. isopropyl alcohol
  • 24 fl oz Dawn liquid dish soap (must be blue)
  • 4 quart sized ziploc bags

Mix two cups of soap with one cup of isopropyl alcohol. Be sure to double bag and pop into the freezer.  I ran just short of two cups on the second bag but it really didn’t make a difference in the overall project. These worked great for an ice pack but I haven’t used them for a lunch bag cooler yet.

bye for now!!

WHaTcha, wHatCha, whaTcha wAnt?

A couple of months ago I posted about Pin Money. I keep the change from each cash purchase and store it my friendly piggy bank.  Now it is getting close to seeing just how much I have. But before I start the coin counting…what should I spend it on??

 

a fun hipster camera?

 

a custom-made return address stamp??

Source: etsy.com via Alyssa on Pinterest

 

a cute t-shirt???

 

hmmm, save for my memorial tattoo for my dad??

The possibilities are endless and that piggy bank is getting heavy!

bye for now!

AdVice FrOm OthErs

So, there I was, at a thrift shop…I know, you are surprised…and I find this book.

“Big whoop!”, you say.

Well, let me introduce you to Kris Carr and her book Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips.

“What?”

“But you don’t have cancer!”

Right!

This book is awesome in it’s approach to dealing with illness (cancer or just plan chronic) and the tips are very affirming and informative. Get the book, follow her blog and watch her movie!

Also, I also recommend purchasing a medical binder. It is worth it for you and your well being. I found mine at ButtonedUp.

bye for now!

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30 ThIngS

Thirty things about my invisible illness you may not know

1. The illness I live with is: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2012
3. But I had symptoms since: 2010-2011ish
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: slowing down
5. Most people assume: I am being anti-social
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Not feeling rested
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Private Practice
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: iPhone
9. The hardest part about nights are: falling asleep, I toss and turn for hours
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) 21
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: use acupuncture and massage therapy
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: neither
13. Regarding working and career: I am looking into work from home employment
14. People would be surprised to know: I quit antidepressants cold turkey
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: the limitations
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: speak up for myself
17. The commercials about my illness: there are none, no pharmaceutical drugs for my illness
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: running
19. It was really hard to have to give up: being busy, all the time
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Mixed Media art work
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: probably sleep
22. My illness has taught me: to enjoy the small things
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: you and your hangups
24. But I love it when people: You have done enough, it’s ok to rest
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: One nap at a time
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: I am here if you need to talk
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: adjusting to change
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: cleaned my house
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: it’s part of my life and I wanted to share my story
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: understood

InVIsibLe ILlNeSS WeEk

This week I am writing in support of Invisible Illness Week. Invisible Illness sufferers are those with chronic pain or symptoms that don’t have a “look” of illness. There are many types of invisible illnesses such as arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, joint and muscle pain, autoimmune-related disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). These are the “but You don’t look sick” illnesses. On the outside, people with these disorders/symptoms/illness don’t look sick…but on the inside…it’s like war but worse. {The previous link is from Christine Miserandino’s site that gives a rather detailed explanation of what it is like to have an invisible illness in her Spoon Theory.}

I like to call my explanation the gas tank theory. Each and every day, you…ya you, a “Normal” person, is given a full tank of gas in which to run your life, body and work. You would probably get through your day of working, exercising, cooking for your family and living a life without even using a quarter of a tank.  I start each and everyday with half a tank of gas. However, one night of bad sleep could mean I wake up with a quarter tank of gas. This is all the gas/energy I get for the day. I can try to borrow from the next day but siphoning from tomorrows allotment could mean that by the end of my work week, I am depleted. Sunday’s have become my day of rest because cleaning my house and running errands on Saturday literally causes my tank to run dry.

I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome due to an adrenal issue along with a vitamin D deficiency. The stress from the last few years of losing jobs, moving several times, emotional upheaval and tremendous workload has taken its toll on my body. Plus, there is the whole not eating right, not taking the correct supplements/vitamins and drinking too much which certainly didn’t help matters.  Most of 2011 is in a fog for me. I can only recall from about September of last year…I don’t even remember most of my 40th birthday. I think I had dinner somewhere. What I do recall is being tired, all the time! Going to bed at 6:30 and sleeping eight plus hours and still be exhausted. I went to the doctors, asked for tests and in the end was given yet another anti-depressant. Around this time my good friend Ms. M0nkey (name altered of course) suggested that I get tested for adrenal fatigue.  I thought it was peri-menopausal symptoms brought on by the antidepressants. I had seen an acupuncturist previously last year for my migraines (symptom of both chronic fatigue and vitamin D deficiency) and I made another appointment with her. Long story to short is that I was indeed diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The road to recovery has been very rocky. My activity level is small and very controlled. I limit myself to only one night out a week (I see a small group of ladies twice a month in a local CFS support group), my errands and chores are done on Saturdays and Sunday is a rest day. I am taking more vitamins than I can sallow and am working on changing my eating habits. This has been tough but I am making small but gradual improvements. My illness didn’t happen overnight and recovery will not happen overnight. But at this time, any progress is great progress.

I know that for some of my “friends” what I am going through seems like one big excuse. Well, whatthefuckever! I may not know what it means to be married but I can listen, offer support and take you out for tea & sympathy when there are troubles in the relationship. You may not ever fully understand what it means to have chronic fatigue, but showing a bit of understanding and compassion wouldn’t hurt. There is nothing more hurtful for me than to be kicked while I am already down. If I tell you that I am unable to do something or need to make plans on a certain day so I can sleep in or rest, don’t roll your eyes or scoff at me. My pains and fatigue are very real and wishing them away doesn’t make them go away.

I happy to have found some very supportive people on my life that are working with me to improve my health and well being. To them I dedicate this week! You are my very own Sexy Sassy Posse and I heart you!

bye for now!