A Look Back-Son’s Grad Video I Made Is Also Family Love Letter

Happy Graduation Month to so many!  For fun, I took a look back today at my son’s grad video that I made for him in 2016.

Getting to this milestone is horribly wonderful or the perfect term, bittersweet, for the parents. Me two years ago with my now college student. I miss him but my joy for how well he is doing in college outweighs feeling his absence.  Chapter closes, another opens.  So amazing to have a front row seat as a parent.

I worked super hard on the video below and I was able to use some of the skills I learned working in a newsroom.  Two years later, it still makes me cry.  I also watch this and see that this ended up being a heartfelt love letter to my family, extended family and good friends.  So blessed!  It is also my touching tribute to those who left us too soon by the time my son graduated from high school.  Oh my heart.

My favorite parts of this video are the little sister chapter, the grandparents chapter, the milestones, the daddy and son duo section and the cool surprise at the very end.  Sharing again for fun and to celebrate and get in the spirit of graduation week.  For those of you with kids and teens, watch this and you will be reminded just how darn fast they grow up.  For those of you with graduates, congrats!  Enjoy and cherish every moment this month as you celebrate your graduate.  Cheers to your kid…and to you! If you need a good video tool site in the future, I used the terrific site called Animoto that made this feat quite easy!

Marvelous Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so here are some fun, festive, sweet and unique Mom’s Day gift ideas!  Some can be ordered just in time for Mom’s Day and others are available at your local drug store.  Plus there are two hot brands, Tory Burch and philosophy that are now sold in a drug store!  Read on to get the scoop and some gift ideas for Mom.  I showed this stuff in my 3TV morning show segment on the Your Life Arizona show and the hosts and producers loved all of the items!

Take a look.  Here is what I showed with links and all the details…

Vacation Theme Gift Idea

Give Mom a vacation themed gift basket that helps her prepare for the anticipated and upcoming family summer vacation.  Stuff a fun beach bag from Pinkly Perfect that says Take Me To The Beach ($26 at pinklyperfect.com) with the very cool sweatshirt from Pinkly Perfect that sports the fun phrase, Peace, Love, Wine, Vacation that also sells at Pinkly Perfect for $48.  Speaking of perfect, this super cute sweatshirt is perfect for the breezy summer nights at the beach.  Other fun vacation themed items that can be added or given alone is the KiKiSol white sleeveless embroidered tunic (sells for $60) that is a beautiful swimsuit cover up or can also be worn as a summer fashion piece paired with shorts or leggings.  This piece is versatile and pretty and works with the summer vacation gift theme idea.   I also love the pink Capitola tank that says Beach Bound and sells for $24 at Pinkly Perfect.

Treasured Jewelry Theme

Give her a necklace that will make her think of you every time she wears it because this pretty piece of jewelry features a reversible and versatile crystal centerpiece that says LOVE on the other side.  Plus, the length on this pretty necklace can be adjusted to wear as a choker to a long rope.

Great gift idea that sells for only $24 at KIS-Jewelry.com. Other mom jewelry that I showed in the 3TV segment from KIS-Jewelry include the pink Rose Quartz Genuine Stone Statement Bracelet that says “LOVED” that sells for $24 and the Expandable Wire Bangle With Mom Charm that is on sale for $13.50 on the site.  Great deal for a pretty bracelet that sports four charms that say; “Mom” “You are loved” “LOVE YOU” “FOREVER” “BEST” and “WORLDS”.

Beauty Themed Gift From Line That Will Touch Her Heart

A fun beauty line that has perfect beauty products for Mom is called Beauty Bakerie. With cleverly named items like Flour Setting Powder ($24), Wake & Bake Hydrating Face Oil ($28) and Cake Mix Demi Matte Face Foundation ($28), this makeup would be fun to give in a basket with baking items.  This line has a touching story about the founder that is perfect for Mother’s Day.  Founder Cashmere Nicole was a single 16-year-old mother on welfare.  She founded this makeup line and has found success that enables her to donate monthly to teen moms in need.  What a special story. In the segment, I showed the Scoops Élysées Blush Palette that sells for $38, the Versailles Lip Whip ($20) and the $12 Sugar Lip Scrub Add Aim Hi Happiness Aromatherapy Face & Body Mist to the beauty basket for a nice and light mist spray for Mom.  This pretty product is infused with bergamot, ylang ylang and grapefruit.  $18 at www.aimhieveryday.com.

Give her a boxed gift set that is already assembled with the Spongelle Bulgarian Rose set that comes with a body wash infused Spongetté, body wash infused boxed flower and a body lotion.   $40 at www.spongelle.com. 

Sentimental Photo Mom Theme

Get her favorite images off the electronic devices and into these smart easy to place frames that create a gallery by MagnaFrameWith these cool frames, one is secured in the wall with a nail and then the others snap into place adjourned to the nailed one to create a gallery. Photos are easily slid into the frames.  Give Mom a set with her favorite family pictures already placed in the frame or let her fill the frames.  I showed the MagnaFrame Classic White 4 x 4 collection that sells for $49.95.

I love how my two kiddos look in this super cool Light Affection frame!

I have heard that Oprah Winfrey owns one, therefore Mom needs one! Light Affection creates a unique, illuminated piece of artwork from a photo. Light Affection transforms any photo through the use of an energy-efficient halogen bulb that illuminates the image from behind giving it a warm, beautiful glow. The result is spectacular and even appears to be three-dimensional.  Price $65 to $250 and I showed the Light Affection personalized photo lamp that sells for $95.

News Flash!  Two Hot Upscale Brands Now Sold At Drugstores!

Who knew that the line that is all the rage is sold at Walgreens?  I thought this could only be purchased at high end department stores and the exclusive Tory Burch store in Scottsdale Fashion Square! But my blog’s beauty expert, Bianca told me that Walgreens now sells the beautifully packaged Tory Burch perfume for $79.99! 

For philosophy products, I used to go the philosophy store.  Not anymore since Walgreens picked up the brand!  Get Mom the Orange Pineapple philosophy smoothie shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath all-in-one cool product.  Sells for $16.99.

Darling Drug Store Stuff

No time to preorder?  Simply head to the drug store to get some great gifts!  These are all sold at Walgreens…

*A Little Something Gold Together Foot Cream & Sock Gift Set – $6.00 

*Champagne Fizz Bath Bomb 10 Count jar of vanilla, champagne & sugar cane bath bombs – $13.99

*Pink & Wood Salad Server Set – $9.99

*Gartner Studios Wine Opener Set – $8.99

*Gartner Studios Pink & White Striped Flask – $10.99

*Soap & Glory Fizz-A-Ball Bath Bomb – $5 at Walgreens – turns bath water a fun pink.  This is also sold at Target for under $5! 

*Tabletop Décor Best Mom Ever sign – $2.99

Did I give you helpful Mother’s Day gift ideas? Do you have any you want to share?  Share here in the comments section.  Wishing all a happy Mom’s Day!

 

 

24 Hour Mom’s Day Gift Giveaway Winner!!

This was the fastest giveaway drawing that we have ever done and we had a lot of entries!  Love it!  Thanks for entering!  So who is our lucky winner today?!?!

First here are the terrific prizes…

This beautiful, reversible and versatile crystal centerpiece necklace from KIS-Jewelry 

AND this cute and sweet little mom desktop block sign!  It is loving and it is a fun home or office decor piece, too!  I love the small square size! 

And that’s not all!  The winner also gets this very nice foot cream and fuzzy soft sock set, too! 

So who is our lucky gal?!?!  The winner (winner drawn through random.org) is…..

Pam Bridge from Phoenix, AZ!!!!  Congrats Pam!!!

Stay tuned for more great giveaway drawings when I return in a few weeks.  I am off to see my own sweet Mama! Happy Mother’s Day out there!

Quick 24 Hour Mom’s Day Giveaway Drawing!

Since I am flying 2,000 miles away in a few days to see my own Mother for Mom’s Day, I am doing one more quick drawing for Mother’s Day gifts (or keep yourself as these are great prizes) so be sure to enter today (exact rules below) to be in the drawing!  First here are the terrific prizes…

This beautiful, reversible and versatile crystal centerpiece necklace from KIS-Jewelry that says LOVE on the other side. Plus, the length on this pretty necklace can be adjusted to wear as a choker to a long rope.  Here is the other side…

And you also win this cute and sweet little mom desktop block sign!  It is loving and it is a fun home or office decor piece, too!  I love the small square size! 

And that’s not all!  The winner also wins this very nice foot cream and fuzzy soft sock set, too! Want a chance to win this wonderful prize pack just in time for Mom’s Day…or keep yourself?  Just do this…

  1.  Email your name, email address and the address you want your prize sent to if your name is drawn (winner drawn through random.org).  Email to [email protected]

  2.  Do this by today, May 3rd, 10pm Arizona time.

  3. We will draw the winner through random.org and announce tomorrow, May 4th!  Good luck! 

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Winner!

Thanks to all of you who entered your name in the drawing for today’s terrific awesome prize!  Today we are giving away this big beautiful Soap & Glory beauty kit that is sure to please any mom just in time for Mother’s Day!  Or keep it and pamper yourself!  The Soap & Glory Pink Big beauty kit features full sized goodies that include The Scrub of Your Life Body Butter, Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Hand Food Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream, Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream, a pretty pink headband and a super sudsy Shower Puff!  This is a fabulous giveaway featuring a colossal compilation!  If the winner decides to give this as a Mother’s Day gift, gift wrapping isn’t needed because this is so fun and festive already with the eye catching, fun and very pink presentation!

Now let’s get to the winning name!  Winner was drawn through random.org.   The winner is…..drum roll please….

Debbie Candler from Mesa, AZ!!!

Congrats to Debbie!

Stay tuned as we will continue to have more great drawings with more Mother’s Day gift items, too…or keep for yourself!

Enter For Chance To Win Pretty & Perfect Mother’s Day Gift!

Happy Weekend!  Mother’s Day will be here soon, so today we are giving away this big beautiful Soap & Glory beauty kit that is sure to please any mom just in time for Mother’s Day!  Or keep it and pamper yourself!  The Soap & Glory Pink Big beauty kit features full sized goodies that include The Scrub of Your Life Body Butter, Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, The Righteous Butter Body Butter, Hand Food Non-Greasy Hydrating Hand Cream, Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream, a pretty pink headband and a super sudsy Shower Puff!  This is a fabulous giveaway featuring a colossal compilation!  If the winner decides to give this as a Mother’s Day gift, gift wrapping isn’t needed because this is so fun and festive already with the eye catching, fun and very pink presentation!  Want a chance to win this gem of a giveaway??  Simply enter the drawing (winner drawn through random.org).  Do this…

  1.  Email your name, email address and address where you want prize sent to if you are the winner.
  2.  Email to [email protected]
  3.  Do this by Tuesday, May 1st, 10pm Phoenix time.

Winner will be posted on Wednesday, May 2nd.  Good luck and here is a big shout out to all of those hard working moms out there.  Mother’s Day is coming!

My Review: Stitch Fix Personal Stylist In Home Clothing Shopping

Have you heard of Stitch Fix?  The in home online styling service that sends you a shipment of new clothing, shoes and accessories to try on in the comfort of your own home.  Return (free shipping) what you don’t want and purchase what you want to keep.  Here is my review of this service with the pros and cons that I experienced using Stitch Fix.

First, I filled out an online style profile.  I was asked what styles I prefer based on theme, price, cut, designer, stores I like to shop at and also what types of clothing I desired.  Did I need or want work attire, special occasion pieces, casual wear, etc.

Once that was completed (it didn’t take too long and I thought it was fun), I moved to the next step and picked the date that I wanted my clothing pieces shipped to my home.  Then my online personal stylist selected my items, so I was charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 is applied as a credit toward anything that I decide to keep from my shipment.  So far, so good.  I was only out $20 and was excited to receive my first box with my mystery items packed nicely inside.  And this is when it got really fun.  If I choose to purchase all of the items that I receive, then I get a 25% discount off of my entire purchase.  Would I like the pieces?  Would I buy it all, some of it or none of it?  Read on to see what I did!

My box arrived!  I set aside 30 minutes to open and try everything on.

I like that the inside of the box has easy instructions on the required next steps.

Nice touch! You are welcome Stitch Fix!  Pretty presentation of items, too.

Cool cards from my personal stylist.  Check out the personalized letter to me…

 

Let’s see if I agree!  Onward to the contents of my mystery clothing box!

 

Hmmm…what is in here?  The box is small. Must be an accessory.

Yep! Pretty earrings by Kate Spade. I didn’t keep these because I don’t need black earrings.  Now onward to the bigger wrapped package inside of my box!

Hmmm…what is in here? I was anxious to find out. This was fun!

The first piece was this figure flattering dress that my stylist commented would be nice for me to wear on my morning show. However, I didn’t like it on me, so that went in the return bag with the earrings.

Next up was the Fleur and Stone Calista Textured orange red knit dress. This one intrigued me.  And as you can see, this one became a keeper as I wore it on my morning show a week later….

Promo shot of my healthy snacks segment and I was pleased with how the dress looks on camera. Yay!

On to the Bailey 44 Kelli Knit Dress. My stylist said that this one would be great on a date night as I had listed in my profile that I like to go on date nights with my hubs.  So, I tried it on…

Not a keeper. I didn’t like this one because I really had to hold my tummy in to make the dress flatter my mid-section. My daughter liked it on me, but I was happy that I wasn’t in love with it because I needed to fill that return bag, so I didn’t overspend.  Next up was a very different dress from the others that I normally would not have picked out myself, but I was curious to try this one on…

The Noora Embroidered Dress. I like the embroidery a lot, but would I like the dress on me?  I wished it hadn’t arrived so wrinkled because that made me wonder if this dress would wrinkle too easily while wearing.  But I was anxious to try it on.

I was surprised just how much I liked this! So comfortable, soft, breezy and flowy. I liked that I could try it on at home with my own shoes and necklace on hand.  And as you can see, I had zero makeup on since I could shop at home.  Nice!

So, what was the verdict for me?  You guessed it!  I purchased the red dress and the embroidered one.  The red one has been great for work and I plan to take the embroidered one with me this summer as we travel to see family.  I think it will be perfect for that.

With that, I put everything else in the prepaid return envelope that was in my Stitch Fix box and dropped it off at a UPS store two days later.  Easy!  Customers are given three business days to return the unwanted items.  If the items don’t come back to Stitch Fix in three days, then the customer is charged for the items kept.

Since I kept two items, my credit card that I provided when I signed up was charged.  The red dress cost $78 and the embroidered number was $74 with a total of $152, which is a little pricy, but these dresses are good quality and I can tell my stylist to send me less expensive styles in the future, which is a good thing.  Tax in the amount of $13.07 was added to the $152 making it now $165.07, but then the $20 styling fee, as promised, was taken out of that for a grand total of $145.07.  I received an email from my Stitch Fix stylist asking me to list what I was keeping and what I was returning with my included feedback.  I could express what I liked and didn’t like based on fit, price, style and more.  That worked for me!

Now for my pros and cons…

Pros:  Shipped to my home.  So convenient!  I can try on with own shoes and accessories and I have three days to try the items on again as I make my decisions.  It was fun having a personal stylist give me ideas. The style card is nice as it gives ideas on how to pair the new items with accessories and other items that I may already have on hand like a denim jacket.  The process from start to finish is super easy and fun.  I also like that doing this keeps me dressed in the latest styles and trends, especially since I appear monthly on a morning show.  Something about turning the big 50 has kept me wanting to stay on task with what is currently in vogue.  It must have something to do with my new Fab 50s stage, as I call it.  I want to be fresh and keep up with what’s trending, but I don’t want to have to go to the mall to do so.  Having a personal stylist accomplishes this nicely and easily as well.  Also, if I know I have a special occasion coming up like a wedding, then I can ask for an earlier shipment and let my stylist know to send pieces that may work for that upcoming event.

Cons:  You will be tempted to spend money on clothing that you may otherwise not have if you had to drive to a mall.  It is a bit too easy to receive it, like it and then buy it with a click on the keyboard!  It is a membership and you must pay $20 for each fix, as they call your experience/shipment.  It is a good thing that the $20 goes toward your purchase. However, depending on how much you spend, sales tax eats up a portion of that discount.  Also, if you don’t buy any of the garments or accessories, then you don’t get your $20 back.  I did change my frequency from monthly to every three months to keep myself disciplined.  I can always go back into the account and change the frequency to every month or every other month.  The Stitch Fix website says that on average, the pieces are $55, but customers can ask for lower priced options to be in their personal fix.

ONE big surprising pro for me that I didn’t see coming is motivation!  The orange red dress has become my new favorite piece, but if I overindulge, it becomes tight around my middle.  Knowing that I want the dress to continue to fit as well as future Stitch Fix shipments to fit right, I have become more disciplined about going to the gym regularly and eating sensibly while also logging my calories.  When I want to overeat, I remember that I have a Stitch Fix box coming and I don’t want to have to email my personal stylist larger sizes than I had originally provided.  That has been a big plus for me with my Stitch Fix experience/fix.  I got my fix!  I do get my clothing fix when a shipment arrives.  I also now stay out of clothing stores so I have some budget for my next Stitch Fix box.

If you want to try Stitch Fix, email me at [email protected] and I will send you the link on how to get started.  I receive a discount if you use my link, which I will gladly take to use when I get my next fix!

Have any of you tried Stitch Fix?  Tell us about it in the comments section.

Was It Gout, Pseudogout…My High Heels?

Manic: Waking up on my hub’s birthday last December 9th with an unexplained, incredibly painful and swollen ankle that I could bear no weight on!  I was perplexed and in extreme pain.  I had not injured it and had gone to bed as usual the night before. It was so strange!

Managed:  After weeks of doctor’s appointments, two emergency room visits, medical tests, meds and more, I don’t have a solid answer, but I have a tale to tell with some lessons learned to pass on to my readers when it comes to foot, ankle and really overall health.

Back to December 9th now.

My ankle upon waking. A painful mystery!  It swelled much more as the morning wore on as can be seen in the below photo…

The pain.  Wow!  I told my husband and the ER doc that the extreme discomfort was an 8 on the pain scale and reminded me of laboring with my son…who was 9lbs!  The physician told me that typically he would call my swollen ankle/extreme pain gout, but that I was missing the classic burning redness that accompanies a gout affected joint.  For most, gout happens in the big toe, but some can experience this ailment in an ankle or elbow.  Gout was pretty much eliminated, but the X-ray showed a lot of swelling with no fractures of any sort, so I was put on steroids to reduce the swelling.  I was also given pain meds.  I tend to be somewhat homeopathic, so I try to avoid pills, but not this time.  The pain was bad, so painkillers were my friend as I got through this.

Three days later after the initial December 9th attack (as I call it), I was back on my feet and back to my busy life.  I was running around quite a bit, but I was wearing tennis shoes and not high heels.  I still had a slight limp as I ran around town.  Unfortunately, I returned to my busy bee self too soon.

Later that evening, and with hubs now out of town on a business trip, I laid in bed literally watching my ankle swell, yet again.  This time it was moderately bruised by morning and the extreme pain had returned.  One careful bath filled with anti-swelling Epsom salt and one pain pill later, I again could bear no weight on my foot.  I was so frustrated that I was having a second attack.  Thankfully, my son had just finished his college finals and was able to come over and drive me to the emergency room.

Once again, a different doctor didn’t think my ankle presented enough of the symptoms to be called gout.  He was equally perplexed.

Later in the ER waiting room, my ankle continued to mysteriously swell!

After receiving normal bloodwork, to my relief, I was sent home to wait on the MRI results.

Back to couch rest, but at least I had furry friends to keep me company!

The MRI showed a lot of swelling (this I knew) and listed a potential arthritis gout like condition but no definitive diagnosis.  The next step was to have fluid drained from my ankle by my podiatrist.  Kudos to Dr. Jon Beecroft with Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle, who took excellent care of me through this ordeal staying in touch with me every step of the way as we worked to figure out my mystery diagnosis.  I have blogged about his excellent care before when I battled and overcame my plantar fasciitis. 

Dr. Beecroft was very gentle as he administered a numbing shot to my ankle, withdrew fluid for testing and inserted a steroid shot.  I experienced very little discomfort and was also in good shape due to my caring mother-in-law, who came to town and held my hand during this procedure.  She is also a nurse and taught nursing at NMSU, so I was in good hands both with her and with my trusted podiatrist.  My regular doctor at Caring For Families was also excellent, too.  I am a lucky girl for sure to have terrific physicians and family!

Dr. Beecroft did a nice job gently doing the extraction and the steroid shot with my ankle.  Unfortunately, only a little fluid could be extracted, so it was not enough to get a confirmed gout diagnosis.  However, other conditions like Valley fever were ruled out.

So, the mystery continued.  I stayed on crutches for a few weeks and rested a lot. Keeping my foot elevated was key.

By my follow up appointment with my podiatrist, I was back on my feet and taking things slow.  I wore an ankle brace for support and only wore tennis shoes.  As Dr. Beecroft went over all my normal test results, we were both pleased but still puzzled.

He mentioned pseudogout.  Because I never experienced some of the more classic gout symptoms, this other type of gout, psuedogout was something to consider in my case.  A big cause of pseudogout can be dehydration.  When excess calcium is deposited into the joints, it can create the very painful irritation, like what I experienced.  Perhaps we had an answer now!

Well not completely.  Since we can’t confirm this (unless we do surgery, which my docs and I deem unnecessary, thank goodness), the game plan became keeping a med on hand called indomethacin, which is used to treat conditions like arthritis and osteoarthritis.  During my second flare-up, this drug proved to be effective.  I only had to take it for a few days.  In the event of a future swelling attack, I can take it as this drug works quickly to reduce the swelling, which can cause a lot of pain.  Six weeks after the initial attack, I returned to my gym and to normal life…minus one item…

High heels.

The heels on this rack are now outnumbered by tennis shoes, my new best foot friend.

I realized that without a definitive diagnosis, I needed to acknowledge that I was dealing with some sort of inflammation and what, if anything, could I do about this.  I didn’t have to think long and hard to discover the answers.

Less wine.  Better nutrition.  More consistent gym workouts.  Less sugar.  More whole foods.  And no more high heels!  Getting a good night’s rest is also helpful.

Leading up to my attacks, I was drinking a lot of wine, about 2 to 2 1/2 glasses five days a week.  The cumulative effect of that can add up.  Too much wine and coffee (my two favorite go to beverages as I avoid all other sugary drinks).  Not enough water and too much coffee and booze can lead to dehydration, something my doctor says can greatly contribute to a condition like pseudogout.

Better nutrition. I was dining out a lot.  During the weeks leading up to my affected ankle, my daughter did not yet have her driver’s license.  She was cast into a lead role in a paid theatre production, so this wonderful accomplishment became our main priority.  With almost nightly rehearsals, I waited for her at nearby restaurants, meeting with pals to eat high fat restaurant food, drink wine and parade around in my cute high heels.  Soon my daughter was a newly licensed driver, so ordering that second glass of wine, almost nightly, was too easy to do since I now had a designated driver!

I also had let my workouts wane due to our busy schedule.  Exercising with strength training is very important to keep up with as we age.

And a big culprit, I now think was my beloved high heels!

At a holiday event with my girl and the high heels I was wearing have zero ankle support.

I was wearing them a lot at my restaurant meet-ups.  Several years earlier, I had injured my ankle and my podiatrist tells me that I could have an old sprain that never healed 100%.  Running around in heels so much of the time could have aggravated the old sprain and resulted in the swelling that resulted in the bruising. But again, this diagnosis can’t be proved.

So, it may have been gout or pseudogout.  Or a prior injury/sprain that was kept from completely ever healing by continued high heel wear and tear on my foot.  And just in case it was gout, I now eat very little red meat, no shellfish, no beer and less wine, as I mentioned.  These foods can contribute to a gout attack.

After switching my footwear to mostly flats and tennis shoes, my longtime massage therapist couldn’t get over how much looser my hips are and how much less pain I experience in my glutes during our sessions.  He asked me what I was doing differently.  When I thought for a minute and told him that I no longer wear high heels, he exclaimed that was it.  He then told me that heels do us ladies absolutely no favors and cause long term damage and pain as we progress in age.

My mother has warned me about my beloved heels for years.  Yes, Mom knows best.  So I have only worn heels twice since December 9th, both at work.  I now regularly wear stylish flats, Chucks Converse and tennis shoes most of the time.  I did recently treat myself to a pair of Tory Burch flip flops and I now believe the hype about why they are worth the price. I do feel like my feet get more support with the Tory shoes due to the wide embracing top of the shoe.  Although I don’t think flip flops are good for our feet and ankles.  

I have wanted to blog about this for a while, but I put it off since we never could get a definitive diagnosis. I finally decided to share my story to encourage all of you ladies out there to wear your heels with caution, wear them less and find styles that are supportive and not as damaging.

And most importantly, do what you can to reduce your chances of experiencing inflammation, which is the root of so many disorders. We can’t always avoid these difficult health situations due to heredity, a crazy busy lifestyle that can’t be avoided at the moment and other external factors.  But we can do these things…

*eat well

*exercise

*get good sleep at night

*stay hydrated

*do things that give you joy

*have and practice your faith, whatever that faith is for you

*spend more time with your peeps and less time on electronic devices

…and yes, wear those high heels less, ladies!  They take their toll as we age.

By New Year’s Eve, I was finally 100% back on my feet, but I wore a brace (and yep, Chucks tennis shoes with my dress!).  I wore the comfy and supportive soft brace that my podiatrist gave me for a few more weeks until my ankle was finally back to normal.  I have been cautiously optimistic that I don’t have another attack.  I continue to practice my healthier habits and only wear high heels on special occasions.  I choose heels that have support as well.

And with that, I am going to step into my tennis shoes and jump into my day…carefully jump…with my potentially gout, pseudogout or high heel abused ankle.  We will never know the real answer, but I move ahead doing all that I can to keep potential inflammation at bay.

 

 

Travel Products Giveaway Drawing Winner!

Happy Monday!  Let’s start the week by announcing our terrific travel products giveaway drawing winner!  First, here is what our winner won!

 

The Carry On Cocktail Kit enables you to make yourself a Hot Toddy from your plane seat.  When traveling (or anytime) protect yourself when you are out and about in an unfamilar location with the Safesound Personal Alarm system.  Wardrobe malfunction while on the road?  The Hollywood Fashion Tape is small and compact so it fits perfectly in your purse and this smart invention will hold clothing in place like when you need hide a bra strap, close a wrap style garment, shut a blouse/button gap and more. And before you go to bed in your hotel or at your family’s house, don’t forget to remove your makeup.  DermaVine Facial Cleansing Wipes with aloe is naturally scented with spearmint leaf and lemon peel oil. I love how this makes my skin feel and look.  And if you have a travel mishap, keep the handy travel sized Boiron Calendula Ointment on hand to easily and quickly treat cuts, scrapes, minor burns and chapped skin. My mom and I swear by this stuff!  We love that it is natural and is made from Marigold flowers that is a natural ingredient that soothes and heals skin.  So with this fun travel kit, you will enjoy a homemade inflight cocktail, feel more secure as you are out and about, be ready for fashion mishaps and any on the road injuries, chapped skin, etc.  And you will go to bed with healthy fresh skin after removing your makeup with the travel friendly DermaVine Facial wipes.  I love this kit because it is unique, has it all and are my favorite products!

So who is our winner today?!  Who did random.org draw….

JoAnn Hiser from Gilbert, AZ!!!!

Congrats JoAnn and thank you for following this blog!

Stay tuned for another great giveaway opportunity next week!

 

Freebie Friday Giveaway Drawing!

Woo hoo!  It is Friday again!  So that means it is time to do our weekly Freebie Friday giveaway drawing.  I love the prize this time because this gift bag is filled with some of my favorite go to products and they all work for travel, too!  Since summer vacation season is right around the corner, take a look at this prize pack and enter the drawing for your chance to win!  The smart products travel friendly prize pack today is…

First for the flight there, what fun to board with your own cocktail kit!  The Carry On Cocktail Kit enables you to make yourself a Hot Toddy from your plane seat.  Simply order the spirits from your flight attendant and you have the rest of the ingredients ready to mix yourself a yummy drink.  Your seatmates will be envious!  So fun!  Not an inflight drinker? Save this for a fun gift to give.  Once you arrive, you can protect yourself when you are out and about in an unfamilar location with the Safesound Personal Alarm system.  Both my daughter and I carry one of these in our purse.  Wardrobe malfunction while on the road?  The Hollywood Fashion Tape is small and compact so it fits perfectly in your purse and this smart invention will hold clothing in place like when you need hide a bra strap, close a wrap style garment, shut a blouse/button gap and more. And before you go to bed in your hotel or at your family’s house, don’t forget to remove your makeup.  DermaVine Facial Cleansing Wipes with aloe is naturally scented with spearmint leaf and lemon peel oil. I love how this makes my skin feel and look.  And if you have a travel mishap, keep the handy travel sized Boiron Calendula Ointment on hand to easily and quickly treat cuts, scrapes, minor burns and chapped skin. My mom and I swear by this stuff!  We love that it is natural and is made from Marigold flowers that is a natural ingredient that soothes and heals skin.  So with this fun travel kit, you will enjoy a homemade inflight cocktail, feel more secure as you are out and about, be ready for fashion mishaps and any on the road injuries, chapped skin, etc.  And you will go to bed with healthy fresh skin after removing your makeup with the travel friendly DermaVine Facial wipes.  I love this kit because it is unique, has it all and are my favorite products!

 

To enter, simply…

1.  Email your name, email address and where you want prize pack mailed to if you are the winner.  Email to [email protected]

 2.  Do this by this Sunday, April 10th at 10pm Phoenix time.

 Winner is drawn through random.org and will be posted on this blog on Monday.

Good luck and happy travels!