Archives for May 2016

May 31, 2016


Tammy Fender - 1There can be no other explanation on why I would spend $165 for a Tammy Fender Anti-Aging Treatment Regimen, other than desperation!  Now, officially in spring I found the need to change my morning and evening routine in an attempt to mitigate what could potentially be a bad face month.

Last December I purchased the Tammy Fender Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil, in the throes of a dry month in an attempt to salvage my skin.  The body oil worked like a charm, it absorbed quickly, left no sign of residue, and left my skin feeling soft and supple.  So banking on the success of the body oil, I reluctantly cashed in my chips and waited for Anti-Aging Treatment Kit to arrive and work miracles on my face.  When it arrived I was immediately impressed with the packaging, a heavy box with a drawer that held all six products.  In anticipation of using this kit I remembered what I had read online that prompted me to take this financial plunge:

Every product in this collection reflects Tammy Fender’s passion for the ancient tradition of holistic medicine, and each is meticulously designed to promote wellness not only on physical plane, but also on the emotional and spiritual levels, taking into account the person as a whole.

As you’ll find when using these exquisitely handmade, purely refined products, the natural outcome of finding true balance is healthy, glowing skin!”

It has only been a few weeks since I added these products to my morning and evening routine, I am pleased to say, for me it is well worth it!  My dry and sensitive skin responded to the products and within the first week I noticed my skin looked better than it had in months.

The kit included the Lavender & Fo-Ti Cleansing Milk, Bulgarian Rose Water, Quintessential Serum, Intensive Repair-Balm, Epi-Peel, and Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil.  It is a three-step morning routine of cleansing milk, rose-water, and intensive repair balm.  The evening routine would be the same with the addition of 1 or 2 drops of the serum.  You exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week with the Epi-Peel, my favorite the Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil after showering.

I don’t throw the word “fan” around very often, but I can confidently say that this product rocks and the only decision I need to make is it whether I will continue to purchase her products.  I think it is an affirmative!

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May 29, 2016

Today We Remember!

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Let us remember and honor all military members who died in the service of our country, this Memorial Day and always!

May 24, 2016

Why Lifestyle & Beauty?


Early on I realized that how I felt, determined how I looked. There seemed to be a direct correlation between the level of pain I was in and how I looked. Mistakenly, I started to dress and act the way I wanted to feel, so I slapped on a bunch of make up and dressed in clothes I loved. Surprisingly, it didn’t work, and made me even more miserable, if I actually could be! Dealing with RA and work as well as trying to assume the life I lived before RA wasn’t happening. I wallowed for months struggling to regain some sense of normalcy in my life until one of the articles I read put things into perceptive. My negative disposition did nothing to improve my appearance and health, when I changed my outlook and attitude, things began to change. My favorite shoes no longer were comfortable because of swelling, instead of mourning the loss, I bought better fitting shoes. The makeup I normally used no longer was effective because my skin type changed as a result of the many medications, so the hunt was on! Living life with a chronic disease has launched me into one of the greatest adventures I’ve had in years. Searching for clothing and toiletries that accommodate my new life with style and flare, contributes to my positive perception of the challenges in my life that I embrace!

Granted, there is more to life than purchasing items and searching for clothing that fit my new normal, but it is one constructive goal that has helped me deal with a debilitating disease!


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May 21, 2016

Lunch in Newport!

1 (12)Another rainy and dreary spring day in the northeast!  I’m getting used to them and rather enjoy going out on a Saturday morning for a late breakfast or an early lunch.  Today, in the rain we headed off to Oceancliff Hotel in Newport, RI, it is beautiful there, even in the overcast skies and rain!

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We were seated in the Safari Room with beautiful views of Jamestown, RI.  Lunch was quite the treat!

My asparagus puree with cheddar and pancetta was just what the weather ordered,


and Jeff enjoyed his kale and quinoa salad.


 For the entries I had a grilled chicken “Waldorf” salad


and Jeff ordered the Newport’s Po’boy!  I have to admit my salad was delicious but I thoroughly enjoyed some bites from Jeff’s fried clam Po’boy  on a brioche roll.


Both meals tasted even better than they looked, and they looked very appetizing!

We finished off our meal with delicious deserts that we shared!

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It was a great ending to a wonderful lunch with extraordinary views at every angle!

Loving these rainy days!


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May 17, 2016


1 (1)No one is immune to stress. Stress will wreak havoc on your body, mind, and spirit when you are well. So, having a chronic illness and experiencing stress, can be debilitating.

I have handled stress in many ways; some healthy ways and some destructive ways. I read about stress management and tried some of the suggestions. I’m not built for yoga, and meditation and I don’t gel. One suggestion that I thought would be great for me was to do something I love to do. Awesome, right? Not quite because I love to eat, buy expensive clothes, and travel, but none of those things reduced my stress.

Exercise is not one of my favorite activities, yet, walking has proved to be therapeutic. As I walk, I think about ways and things I can do that will help alleviate stress. Purposeful activities help me reduce stress. I may call a friend, and have a quick chat, or do something mildly physical and purposeful, like ironing. Yes, ironing!  Ironing is not a glamorous activity, but it does calm me and I accomplish a task that needs to be done. I like to think of it as meditation in motion-ironing out my thoughts and tense muscles.

What really has made a difference in managing my stress levels is the establishment of routines. This can be difficult to accomplish, but eventually is will become routine and yield calming results. When you structure your life and pre-plan the simplest activities you limit stress of the unknown. Taking control of your environment, interactions, and your future direction will certainly alleviate stress and fear of the unknown.

In future posts I will share some routines that I have found success with, and routines I am working on!

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