Archives for September 2016

September 27, 2016

What a Week!

It is not unusual for me to spend hours at a time reading online information regarding any type of arthritis or autoimmune disease.  This has been going on for years, trying to understand the disease and gain any type of knowledge that would enhance my standard/comfort of living.  Take note, I have never reacted nor posted on any of these sites, even when I thought it was an extraordinary post or rubbish.  Well, last week I responded to a post, it was evident, the writer was seriously struggling with side effects of a medication she was taking.  I was on an arthritis page, not the same kind of arthritis I live with, but I am treated with the same medication.  I shared with her: “I experienced the same side effects, was told by my doctor to give the medication more time and he would address the side effects, it didn’t happen overnight, but he was right”.  That’s all I wrote, people were posting, agreeing with my post and then I found the message from the administrator, “This group is only intended for individuals with ********* arthritis (it begins with a “p”), unfollow if you do not have the disease.”  First,  I don’t have rheumatoid arthritis, I treat for rheumatoid arthritis.  I don’t need to be told twice to leave a group, my post was deleted, and  I was dismissed by the administrator.  I laughed and then was sad that he would dismiss any well intended post.  I thought about it and it further inspired me to make my blog inclusive, comfortable, and spectacular for all to view and read!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE, MY WEEK IN PICTURES!

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September 20, 2016

Who Could Know Two Samples Could Spark A Love Affair?

My August 16th entry, “The Heat!!!” touched on the serendipitous introduction I had with  fresh® beauty products.  I first fell in love with two samples I received when I purchased other beauty products.  They sat around for months, never giving them another thought,  then opening them this summer.  The first sample,  Hesperides Grapefruit eau de parfum smelled delicious.  The invigorating scent motivated me to try the other sample, Soy Face Cleanser that removed all make up and left my face feeling fabulous, causing me to want to try more fresh® products!   I immediately ordered the Bath and Show Gel as well as the Body Lotion.  Low and behold, when they arrived, they came with a fresh® cosmetic case filled with 4 different masks to try.  

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I’m majorly attracted to cosmetics that are Parabens, Phthalates, and Sulfates free,  fresh®  products fits the bill!  Cosmetics containing these chemicals have been approved by the FDA, yet scientists believe each one of the chemicals may cause harm. Scientists believe Parabens causes the hormone system to be disturbed and has links to breast and other forms of cancer.  Phthalates are considered estrogen disruptors that may cause reproductive problems,  and Sulfates which enter the blood stream in large amounts, cause eye irritations, skin rashes, and allergic reactions.  So I embrace fresh® products with enthusiasm even though I’m not a die-hard user of organic nor chemical free cosmetics.  So it’s a pleasure/bonus when you find four masks that are free of the above mentioned chemicals that are outstanding.

Fresh Sugar Face Polish, is good on all skin types, as is the other three masks I’ve tried. It is made with pure brown sugar and real strawberries.  The face polish contains Vitamin C, plum seed oil, and grapefruit oil.  I massaged the product onto clean skin and left it for 10 minutes, rinsed with warm water and voila, a bright and clear complexion. The only con to using this product was it smelled so good, I wanted to eat it.  

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Maskis applied on a clean face and left on over night.  It is a moisturizing treatment that left my skin hydrated, soft, and firm.  I believe the mask is really good for skin that is dry.  The morning results of the mask were clearly evident.

Fresh Creme’ Ancienne Ulitimate Nourishing Honey Mask, is certainly a mouthful!  It contained honey, multiple oils, shea butter, and Vitamin E, these ingredients contributed to the sticky skin, after application.  It left my skin smooth and supple, yet I found it messy to use even though it quickly absorbed into my skin.  Maybe I’m just a messy applicator and I found using the product tedious, yet the results were positive.

Fresh Rose Face Maskis good for dryness, redness, & for pores.  This is my absolute favorite because it can be used daily, you leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse, and presto, I had healthy looking skin.  The appearance of my skin improved, and it felt soft and smooth!

I am not enamored with many different products of the same cosmetic line, I pick and choose what works for me, so I am bowled over with the performance of fresh® products.  It runs the gamut of invigorating parfum, face cleansers, body soaps and lotions, now finally the masks that truly are remarkable!

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September 13, 2016

SOME OF MY SEPTEMBER GOALS!

Even though you may have developed a plan for dealing with challenges in your life, you don’t always realize the results you are seeking.  I’ve come to the realization that even the most highly touted products and life strategies, are NOT, one size fits all.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease, it is painful because of the stiff and swollen joints that can wreak havoc on your body.  I maintain a most comfortable standard of living by following my doctor prescribed medication schedule.  Sadly, some of the medications that relieve the pain and progression of the disease have many negative side effects.  I have trust in my doctor, knowing he has weighed the potential risks against the benefits of the medication he has prescribed.  Yet, it is difficult to deal with unpredictable health issues, but it is more difficult to sit back and wait for medications to alleviate all my discomfort and symptoms.  So, I am attempting to seriously work on ways to minimize the side effects of my medications, and set new goals to lose weight by dismissing foods that render no nutritional value to my body and overall health.

-I’m saying good-bye to my beloved Coke Zero, a drink with no nutritional value that contains carbolic acid through carbonation that may weaken my tooth enamel, and the caffeine in the soda can weaken my bones.

-I’m saying good-bye to Veggie Chips that are made with vegetable flour, but don’t actually contain any vegetables.  If I fall off the the healthy eating wagon, I’ll eat a small bag of Cape Cod Chips.

-I’m saying good-bye to all the Energy Bars that live in my home, car, work draw, & pocketbook, that are filled with chocolate, high fructose corn syrup, and saturated fat.  I have tried many, but the Energy Bars I like best, are not the healthiest or lowest in calories.  I find myself eating one as a treat or substitute for a candy bar.  If I fall off the healthy eating wagon, I will devour a Milky Way Dark bar!

-I’m saying good-bye to my beloved Trail Mix!  Love it so much I can eat an entire bag, and still feel good about myself! It’s calorie laden, I must kick the habit!

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-I’m saying good-bye to Smoothies that exceed the 900 calorie mark.  I will not fool myself any longer, believing its all good calories.  Hopefully, by kicking the smoothie obsession, the weight will melt off!   

-I’m definitely saying good-bye to Frozen Yogurt, it was never a favorite of mine, but knowing that it contained less fat, I ate it.  Now knowing some brands of Frozen Yogurt contain the same amount of calories and sugar as ice cream, I’ll stick with an occasional scoop of Brigham’s, The Big Dig Ice Cream, and be extremely happy!

These small changes are definitely going to help me lose the weight I need to lose, but most importantly, I’m much more aware of the contents of some of the foods I eat, and want to make better choices of what I consume. If I’m unable to monitor my food intake, I pray that I only moderately fall off the wagon, and quickly climb back on and keep tracking my intake!

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September 6, 2016

Labor Day Lament!


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 Even though the first day of Fall is not until September 22nd, Labor Day officially marks the end of summer for me!  Today, I start my school year, and every weekend or day off from today, will be dedicated to preparing the house for winter, and anticipating the upcoming holidays.  It is mind-boggling to know that Thanksgiving is 11 weekends away and Christmas is 15 weekends away.  So in celebration of a beautiful, fun, and recuperative summer, I will share some of my summer highlights in pictures with you!

June 17th was the day I had a hip replacement.  My first outing was a doctor’s visit to MGH!


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It wasn’t long after this visit that Jeff and I visited our favorite clam shack, & began our 4th of July celebrations, officially starting a great vacation!

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It was a great time at Diane & John’s on the 4th!

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As time went by I healed, I walked the neighborhood meeting neighbors,

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and admiring the unique lawn ornaments, flowers, & grasses!                    

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But the highlight of my summer vacation was the company I had!  It was great having Auntie Millie, Uncle Joe, and cousins Joanie & Paul visit!  FUN!!!!

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It was wonderful to meet my beautiful great-niece, Isabelle, born in June, hang with Whitaker my very handsome great-nephew, & my Carla, whom I adore! 

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Monotonous chores are easily accomplished when you add a visit with the horses, a bouquet of flowers, and picking up produce at 4 Town Farm.

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Summer coming to a close, I will definitely miss staying up to all hours of the night reading and just looking at the sky and being mesmerized by the full moons every 27 days or so!

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