Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Out of the Mouth of an Adopted Child.....

It's that time!  She brought home the Family Tree Project.  When you're adopted, what do you do?  Well, it's easy if it's a closed up tight adoption.  You do your adopted family tree and you're done with it.  Easy.  If it's an open adoption with an open relationship with one birth parent, and one grand parent, you have a very interesting, very beautiful, very complicated (when you're 8) family tree.  Hope was trying to explain her family tree to a visitor we had, yesterday.  It went something like this.  "This is my friend Rachael" (Hope, that's your cousin).  "This is my stepmother, Jill".  (That's your birthmother).  "This is my Pappy, he died." (She got that one right!  He's Jill's Dad, we miss him something fierce!).  "This is Mammy, my Grandma" (She has no idea that Mammy is her birthfather's Mother, she just knows she's Grandma and she loves her to the moon and back.  :))  "This is my Dad, my brother, my Mom, my sister, she was adopted, my other sister, she was adopted too, and we have her cats" (no, she wasn't adopted, but yes, we have her cats).  The story goes on and on and on.  It's kind of like playing the telephone game.....

Of course then she curls up beside me at night and asks, "Mama, why am I named Hope?"  It's been so long since I read "that letter" that I honestly couldn't remember that exact reason, so I came up with the best reason I could recall, "Because Jill had Hope and that was YOU, our very special HOPE in our hearts.".  It confused me and her but she was ok with it.  Laughs. 

Family trees can get interesting.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mama's Family and the Peppermill

Have any of you watched the Mama's Family episode when they go to the fancy restaurant and Mama picks up the peppermill and can't figure out how to use it? Eunice yells at her "It's a peppermill Mama, a peppermill!".  Ever since I saw that episode, I wanted my own peppermill, even if only to yell at some poor soul trying to use it at my table.  Yes, I can be devious. 

At any rate, I was given an electric peppermill to review and I will give you my honest opinion about this new addition to my kitchen. 

Ozeri Corporation sent me this beautiful peppermill to review.  I could NOT get it open.  I had every member of my family try and a few friends.  We could not get it open.  It came with a guarantee.  I contacted Ozeri and they sent me out a replacement, which I got within 48 hours.  The new peppermill was still a little tricky to get open.  I have fibromyalgia, so I wasn't surprised that I couldn't get it open, I can't get jars open and can't use a standard can opener, but my son and husband had a little trouble.  Another friend of mine had no trouble opening it.  You  need to use a LOT of pressure to open it, so don't be afraid of breaking it.  Just make sure you follow the directions and turn it the correct way, or you MIGHT break it.  :)  It takes 6 AAA batteries, which may seem like a lot, but that is standard for most battery operated peppermills.  I loaded it up with pepper and it grinds quite nicely on different settings from very fine to coarse.  I'm very pleased with it!  It feels great in my hand, very solid.  It has a black matte finish that is smooth to the touch with a silver tone push button.  You can use it for anything that needs to be ground, salt, spices, etc. 

Over all, I'm pleased with this product, now that I know how to get it open! 

You can purchase your own at Amazon.

*This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own*

New Hair and Skin Products by InstaNatural!

I love trying new hair products.  Who am I kidding? I love trying any new product!!!  I'm the person who wanders the aisles at the local cosmetics store and tries every product I can.  I love to smell them, see what they do and I'm always looking for ways to make my over processed hair look, well, less processed. 

I was given the opportunity to try a few skin and hair products thanks to Brandbacker!  I think you will love these products as much as I did!  First, the Argan Oil Hair Mask by InstaNatural.  It is a deep conditioning treatment designed to FIX your dry and damaged hair.  It has Argan Oil, Japanese Green Tea, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin B5.  With ingredients like that, you can't go wrong!  You can use this as an every day conditioner, or as a once a week deep conditioning hair mask.  I chose to use it as an every day conditioner, because I just don't have time to hang out in my bathroom for more than it takes me to shower and get out.  Moms will understand that!  A little goes a long way.  The first time I used too much and ended up a little greasy, so I knew to use a little less the next time.  It made my hair look AMAZING.  Instead of Barbie doll straw hair, I actually have hair that looks human again. 

You can get your own Argan Oil Hair Mask at Amazon

InstaNatural also sells Argan Oil.  This product is a wonderful multipurpose product.  You can use Argan Oil as a leave-in conditioner, frizz remover, moisturizer, lip exfoliator and softener, hair and scalp treatment, face mask and nail care.  I also found it works great on scars!  I am sure there are numerous other uses that I haven't discovered yet!  If you found a use for argan oil, please enlighten me! 

InstaNatural Argan Oil is available at Amazon.

Last, but not least, InstaNatural's Age-Defying and Skin Clearing Serum.  This is magic in a bottle.  I will admit, I'm aging.  I'm not as thrilled with this process as I hoped I'd be.  Each day I find new things crop up that remind me I'm not 24 any more.  Thus, I like trying products for aging skin, anything to turn back the hands of time, even if it's a tiny bit. 

Age-Defying and Skin Clearing Serum smells wonderful and goes on your face and neck area very smooth.  It doesn't feel greasy or slimy and doesn't stain clothing or bedding.  I use it at night and my skin feels so soft!  The little that is left over on my hand, I rub into the back of my hands, you know how your hands age too?  Well, I am hoping it helps them, as well. 

You can find InstaNatural Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum on Amazon

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015


As many of you know, I suffer from fibromyalgia.  Along with fibromyalgia, I have a weakened immune system.  I seem to get every little virus that comes down the pike!  I'm always searching for ways to boost my immune system.  I also take probiotics daily.  Well, I was lucky enough to give hyperbiotics a try and I like them!  This is such a wonderful product!  It keeps my gut healthy, free of candida, keeps my immune system bolstered, and I am a much healthier, happier person! 

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*I was given this product to review, but this opinion is my own.  This is a sponsored post*

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I've Become the Mom I Never Wanted to Be

When I was a child, my mother had many health ailments. She couldn't stand for long periods of time, couldn't sit on the floor, couldn't ride a bike, etc. She became ill with cancer and was bedridden for the last year or so of her life. I was 8 when she died. I knew then I wanted to be a mom like my friends had. I wanted to be thin, physically active with my children, most importantly, I wanted to be healthy.

Today, I laid in bed with yet another fibromyalgia pain flare and bout of vertigo and realized I became "that mom" that I did not wish to become. I am obese, I'm not nearly as physically active as I'd like, and days like today have me in bed. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas I was in bed for two weeks. After Christmas, in bed for one, so far. 

I am missing out on playing with my children. I'm missing out on cooking dinner with my kids and for my kids. I'm missing out on helping them with crafts and activities. 

My kids say goodbye to me in the morning while I'm in bed. They come upstairs to see me after work or school to say hi. They bring me meals and something to drink. They watch tv with me. We play games on the iPod or phone. We talk. 

I'd give anything to be normal, for just one day. To be able to blow dry my daughter's hair without pain. My son does it for her, instead. I'd rather make homemade mashed potatoes instead of something from a box. I'd love to sit down on the floor and play barbies, or candy land. I want my life back. 

If it weren't for my children, the suicidal thoughts in the middle of the night would become real. If it weren't for my children I'd just give up fighting this chronic daily pain. If it weren't for my children I would have given up a long time ago. It's not just my children keeping me going, it's my close friends, too. They miss out on having a healthy friend, too! 

Fibromyalgia eats away at your very soul. One day you're doing fine. The next you feel lousy and six months later you have a diagnosis. Years go by and that lousy feeling gets worse and worse with more and more symptoms. 

I suspect my mother had fibromyalgia. She had chronic pain. As a child, I didn't understand why she couldn't do things with me that other moms did. As a mom with chronic pain, I now know. I now appreciate even more what she did do for me. The memories she created lasted a lifetime. 

Today Hope and I made bracelets. We watched TV and had dinner in bed. We played trivia crack and I unknowingly helped her beat me. Those are her memories. Hopefully she will overlook the part that I was sick and think of the fun we had. My hands will ache more tomorrow. I'm nauseous tonight, the pain flaring. 

I'm that mom. That mom I never wanted to be.