Shingles Awareness.

After I had my second daughter, I developed shingles. I was recovering from a C-section, I guess my immune system was compromised. I was only 26.

The shingles rash looks like a scar. For some reason I just though it was a spider bite. It went from my lower back, to my side, and towards my belly. Shingles causes horrible nerve pain. I took antibiotics to get rid of it. It takes about two weeks to get rid of the shingles rash.

If you have had chicken pox you will probably get shingles. One in three people that have had chicken pox will get shingles. You are at risk if you are older, under stress, or if your immune system is compromised.

There is a vaccine for people over 60 years old.

Now a days there is a chicken pox vaccine. My kids do not have to suffer and have shingles or chicken pox like I have.

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Tips for a long lasting marriage.

Today my husband and I celebrate 16 year of marriage! We started dating 17 years ago on Valentines Day, and we got married a year later.

Here is what I’ve learned from being married for 16 years.

I’ve learned that communication is key, as long as honesty. They go hand and hand. I know this is cliche, but it is true.

For example, if something is bothering me I tell him. If something he does makes me angry I tell him, and we work it out. I tell him exactly how I am feeling.

As a women I can tell if something is bothering him. I forced it out of him! Then we talk.

In the beginning years of our marriage we would argue a lot, we still do but not much. We have had rough patches, but all couples do.

Men and women are so different as well. I feel like I have learned this well through out the years. Women like to talk about how they are feeling, and men do not like to express emotions, or we have to help them express their emotions. It’s communication.

I’ve read the book “The Five Love Languages”, by Gary Chapman. This book helped a little, my husband and I have different love languages but it helps you express love how your partner hears love the best.

Another thing, women like to talk about how they are feeling, and just talk. Men just like to fix everything. I just tell my husband to listen, I’m “venting”.

Not everyone is the same. I get that. These are my experiences.

We feel like a settled down old couple. We can predict what each other will do next. I know what he is going to do and say. We are comfortable, happy, and settled down.

Here is a picture of our big day:



This is my Dad walking me down the isle:


I was only 21.


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“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” ~ Rosa Parks.

This quote is just awesome.

It is a great reminder to not let anyone get you down, but to keep going no matter what!

If you are doing the right thing, do not get upset and just keep going.

Think about what opposition Rosa Parks and African Americans were up against back in the day, and they overcome with passivism.

They were truly strong and inspirational, and they will be for generations to come. Their flame will never die.

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A Book Review On “Before We Were Yours”, by Lisa Wingate

“Before We Were Yours”, by Lisa Wingate, had an outstanding plot, was well written, and full of suspense.

It was based off of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis, ran by Georgia Tann. The Tennessee Children’s Home Society was a real place where poor children were abducted and sent to the home, or Georgia Tann scammed new mothers, that were sedated in the hospital after giving birth, to sign their new baby away, by claiming the baby passed.

This book is based off of this scandal, but the story in itself was fiction. It sheds light on true events that really happened in the past. Georgia Tann made millions by kidnapping children, that were even in loving families, to put them up for adoption, and charge adoption fees. The children were neglected, malnourished, physically and sexually abused. Georgia Tann passed away of ovarian cancer, in time to escape the justice that was being served to her. This really happened from the 1920’s through 1950.

The story is told from two different perspectives. The first perspective took place in modern day. It was told by Avery Stafford, who was a successful lawyer in her early 30’s. She came from a well off political family.  Her Grandma Judy Stafford was one of these children that were adopted and kidnapped. Her Grandma kept it a secret from the family.

While at a nursing home campaigning, a resident of the nursing home stole her bracelet that her Grandma gave to her, and this resident acted like she knew her, and recognized her. Avery went to her room and saw a picture of her Grandma, with this lady named “May”. Avery noticed that “May” resembled her families facial features.

They are in fact related, and May is related closely related to her Grandma as well.  But how? Read this touching book, and you will find out.

The other side of the story is told by “May Crandall”. May is her adopted name and her birth name was Rill Foss.

Rill Foss is the oldest of 3. She had 2 sisters, and a brother. Her Mom was going into labor with twins as the story starts. Her Mom had to go to the hospital to deliver the twins. She was told her babies were dead. Is that the truth though?

They lived on the river, since the great depression hit. They were poor but the children were loved and taken care of.

While she was in the hospital, the “Police” came and took the children to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. The children were left at home, on the shanty boat.

All the children were adopted out. You can read how this effected the future for everyone. Most of them were separated.

The story has plenty of suspense as it unravels how everyone is related, and how they all found each other after being adopted into different homes and separated. The is also a little love story with Avery, she is engaged but still has cold feet. She meets Trent whose Grandpa helped the lost children in this story reunite, who in turn helped Avery find her connection to all these lost children, including her Grandma, and her Grandma’s secret that was kept for generations. She has feelings for Trent but who does she choose, and does she keep her engagement? Trent’s Grandfather was also adopted, and the family secretly knows him from the Tennessee Children’s society.

Read this book, and see the miracles unravel. This book is about uniting what was once a secreat. This book was close to my heart because I found out that I had an adopted cousin, that I never knew about through a DNA test.

You can purchase a copy here:

“Life is too short to waste your time with bad books”.—Michael Krüger

I’m an advocate for reading, but is there any real “bad books”, or is it simply just that people have different tastes or reading preferences?

Thankfully there is a website called “Goodreads”. Where you can follow other people, that like the same books as you, and read book reviews.  You can follow me on Good Reads here.

Honestly, I would rather finish reading my book today,  than go to work. But this is not how life works! HAHA. I am currently reading: “Before We Were Yours”. So a book review from me is about to come! I like how other bloggers do book reviews. I also have book reviews in my blog. You can read them here: “Where the Crawdads Sing” , “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”. , and “The Bean Trees“.

You can also find good books on Pinterest.

Reading is very beneficial. I have three blog posts about the benefits of reading.

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February is American Heart Month.

This is close to my heart, because last year, I lost two people close to me due to heart disease. My Uncle passed away from a massive heart attack at only age 63, and my director at work had an enlarged heart, and her heart stopped in her sleep at the young age of 36. She was 9 months younger than me.

Here are some facts about heart disease. Remember prevention is key. 80% of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
  • One person in the U.S. dies from heart disease about every 37 seconds.
  • More people die from cardiovascular disease than anything else.
  • 1 in 5 heart attacks are silent, where the person is unaware that they have even had a heart attack.
  • Most of the time cardiovascular disease can be prevented by healthy diet, activity, not smoking and drinking.
  • Diabetes, inactivity, alcoholism, smoking, and obesity put you at risk.

A heart attack is when a blocked artery that supplies your heart with oxygen and blood.

The symptoms of a heart attack are: chest pain, pain down left arm, but not limited to your left arm. Pain or discomfort in arms, shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back. Sweating, and nausea. Shortness of breath, trouble breathing. Call 911 immediately if you have these symptoms. My Uncle did not, and he would still be with us today, if he had called 911!

Also extreme fatigue is a sign of heart disease.

Prevention is key! Go to the doctor every year for a check up! Get your blood sugar checked, because diabetes but you at risk. Having your cholesterol is so important, and your blood pressure checked as well. Do not miss check ups at the doctor. If you do not have access to health care, get government aided coverage or go to a free clinic. Don’t skip your yearly check up! (My Uncle did).

Let’s get active, and eat healthier! If you are like a lot of people, one of your New Years resolutions were to lose weight and get healthy.

My cholesterol is still low. I think that is because at work, I’m on my feet all day and I’m young. I need to work out 3 days a week again! I eat whatever I want, that is so bad. I really need to stop!

Cheers to good health, and preventing heart disease.

Oh man, bronchitis is awful.

I’m off work today, with bronchitis. I have to work tomorrow, I hope the next three days at work do not kick my butt, to where I get really sick. My job is very physically demanding.

I’m on antibiotics and steroids. I am also asthmatic. I take my inhalers and nebulizer.

What else do you guys do for bronchitis?

  • I breathe in steam from a boiling pot of water on the stove.
  • Take Tylenol for body aches.
  • Take mucinex to make the mucous less thick and to be able to cough it up easier.
  • Get plenty of rest. (I’ve been in bed for 3 days), with little improvement.
  • I have a humidifier.
  • I heard that honey can kill some bacteria’s. I should order so good quality honey.

What else can I do? What am I missing? I just need to let it take its course.

I didn’t know you could buy nebulizers on Amazon either lol

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Focus on what matters.

_It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out- it's the pebble in your show._ _ Muhammad Ali (1)

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” ~ Muhammad Ali 

Don’t let worries keep you from accomplishing greater things in your life. Do not pay attention to petty things, rather focus on great opportunities at hand. Don’t sweat the small stuff, save your energy for things that are worth while.

Sharpen your focus, and don’t let things that don’t matter steal your energy.

The maker of Airborne and my thoughts on this dietary supplement.

I think Airborne is great! I work in health care and I’m around sick kids. I have been hit hard by illnesses such pneumonia and influenza. Airborne is a preventative, and keeps you from getting sick. It helps your immune system along, and gives you the vitamin C to help it function. I like how there is ginger, and echinacea in this product.
I have noticed myself recovering from colds much faster by taking three tablets when I am sick, and just one during winter season. 1 tablet has 1000 mg of vitamin C. It also has electrolytes, herbal extracts, amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. It markets as improving immune function, and preventing a cold.

From personal experience, I think it works well. As a Mom, and healthcare provider, I am around sick people all the time. I have noticed that I don’t get as sick and as often after taking these through the months of September through May.

The maker of Airborne was a school teacher named Victoria Knight-McDowell. Since she was a school teacher, she was exposed to a lot of germs, so she knew what it was like, and knew we needed a supplement to boost our immune system, to be healthier, and not let sickness interfere with our day-to-day lives. She She began making herbal and vitamin drinks in 1990’s and selling them to local drug stores.