Writer’s Block

Apparently, I had writer’s block.   Maybe I was bored?  Maybe I didn’t have anything to write about? Maybe, I was too busy?   Maybe my creative writing skillz  were depleted.  Or, maybe I fell in love with crocheting.

Yep, I confess, the crochet hook had me hostage.

I do love to write.  It is soothing and comforting to me.  It allows me to escape whatever needs to be escaped.  It also allows me to ramble when I want to ramble.  The sound of fingertips hitting the keyboard is like music to me. Of course seeing all the errors that follow can be comical.  I don’t get hung up on that, though.

This post isn’t anything really.  I guess you can call it  “A post about nothing’.  Sound familiar?  If you are a Seinfeld fan you got that one.  Oh how I miss that show.  Luckily, I found the box set at my parents house. I confiscated it awhile back hoping to indulge myself from time to time.

I was going through my latest posts, and see how my health journey changed some. I still go to my lady who does the lymphatic drainage therapy, as I feel that helps.  However, I have now seen a list of doctors and specialist.

On my last Dr. questionnaire (liver doctor) it asked if I was stressed.  That was funny to me.  I wrote this down.  “I have 3 children 10, 8 and 4 on summer break, and I’m married. I have mounting doctor bills, and a deductible that I’m only  a 1/4 of a way through. Yeah, you can say I am stressed. Does it really matter if I have one margarita?”

I was a bit sarcastic, maybe moody that day.  I think most of all, I was scared and tired. I tend to go through humor, sometimes dark, to release the negative energy.  It helps.

With more tests and more test, you can say I am still a mystery.  Although, they have now focused on my liver.  Interesting how it started with my ears and head, all the while was a sign from my liver.  The body is a complex thing.

Last I heard was it looked like I drank 10 beers a night, and on one test, 2 bottles of vodka a night. My numbers are triple the amount they are  suppose to be.  No, I don’t drink.  They have pinpointed something, but waiting on another test for confirmation.  A possible liver biopsy could be in my near future, but not confirmed.  Waiting for a week and trying to resist the evil Dr. Google is almost impossible.  I wear my phone in my bra so I do not miss the call.

Day 7 (yes I counted weekends, and the holiday.  They are days, after all, regardless if they work them or not) and still waiting.

Here I am, my fingers speaking, and my heart sharing.

I am curious, who else has had to wait a long week or longer for answers?  Or worst yet, another dead end?  Share with me.  I would love to read them.

Till then,



Cupping Therapy. A Bunch of Hooey?

This passed Labor Day weekend wasn’t a feel ‘amazing’ weekend for me.  Thanks to Advil, and prayer I made it through.  I was anxiously awaiting my acupuncture appointment today because I was getting cupped for the very first time!

Cupping Therapy What is Cupping?

noun: cupping
  1. (in Chinese medicine) a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy.

How does Cupping work?

Initially it pulls blood into an area. The tissues get saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. You can see this in the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. You may very well look like you made out with an alien.  You may have a black and blue appearance that isn’t painful.

As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups the body will begin to develop new blood vessels.  This may be why cupping can cause a lasting effect. As the new vessels form they will have the capability to feed the tissues with nutrient and oxygen.

Something else happens early in this process as well. It is called sterile inflammation. Now many hear the word inflammation and think it is a bad thing. After all we take anti-inflammatory when there is pain and swelling so inflammation must be bad, right? But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Inflammation is the first line of healing. The body releases white blood cells, platelets, fibroblasts and other healing chemicals to promote healing. When the vacuum occurs it causes separation of the different layers of tissue which can cause micro trauma and tearing. The healing chemicals I mentioned above get released and stimulate healing.

My Experience

Some would say this is a bunch of hooey, and I admit, my eyes rolled on this form of Chinese medicine a few years back when I heard about it. However, let me let you on a little secret…..

When you have zero luck with Western Medicine, and refuse to go too far in their drug induced web, you start to look for other avenues, and depending on your desperation you try anything! Like Cupping, Acupuncture, NUCCA, Lymphatic Drainage Massage and some go to the best Physician out there, our God.  Which is where I have gained more strength from in my journey.

Not wanting to make this into a huge spiritual post, but I must give credit where credit is due. My God is amazing! My faith walk in all of this has grown tremendous leaps and bounds.  I am so thankful and joyful, many people don’t see how I could be joyful and thankful.  However, I say, start reaching out to God, and you too will be filled with so much love you will truly be amazed.

It’s like complaining doesn’t even exist in me any longer. Sure, I can get a fleeting thought of doom and despair; however I am so quick to turn that thought into something joyful and happy.  Your tongue can either bless you or curse you. What you say becomes your reality, and this girl refuses to live in a doom and despair reality.

I was a little unsure how it was going to feel. I mean, I went on WebMD and Googled like crazy.   I did my massive internet search, so I was already at Expertise Level in Cupping Therapy within 5 mins.


It wasn’t bad, and actually pretty relaxing. Except I was laying on my boobs weird, and well that didn’t feel too hot. I didn’t know if I could move or not, so I stayed still for 15 mins trying to think of a white sandy beach, and a cute cabana boy taking my drink order.

On a serious note, I went in there with pressure and pain in the left side of my head to my ear.  Nagging and very familiar.  Almost immediately after placing the needles around my ears and the cups on my back, I was free from pain.  My constant drainage had also seized.  Praise God and Thank you, Dr. Baker at Balanced Body!

Towards the end of my session I became the weirdo client. I had strategically put my phone in my back pocket for a ‘cupping selfie’.  Since, I quickly realized it wasn’t very comfortable to move, I could not do my shame free selfie.  So, I did what any normal blogger would do who wanted to document their first cupping session.  I asked if the assistant would take my photo before she took off my torture devises.

Pride?  What pride?

She was happy to do it, and if I heard her right I was the first client to ever ask for her help in a cupping photoshoot.

Here I am in all my cupping glory!

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Cute huh?

I was welcomed with these horrifying photos when I decided to do my research on cupping therapy.

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Is there a body under all those cups?

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This dude looks like he wrapped himself in bubble wrap. Almost makes me want to push him down the stairs just to hear the popping.









Have any of my readers tried cupping?  How has it helped you?  Leave a comment I would love to hear from you!

Much Love,


How to Get Rid of Bloating

How to Get Rid of BloatingBloating has been a part of my life since I went into puberty. Bloating is something no woman should have to endure. How can we feel sexy and powerful when we feel like a hot air balloon?  I can easily go from this size you see to the left, to looking like I’m 8 months preggo in no time. It’s embarrassing, and have actually, on occasion, been asked when the baby is due.


So, how to get rid of bloating…

I learned a neat trick that has helped me during my ‘fluffy’ stages.  Which usually occurs at different times of my cycle or after I eat a meal that does not agree with me.   I have used this a few times, and have seen great results from it and wanted to share it.

What you need:
Rock Salt like Morton’s Ice Cream Rock Salt
Pillow Case, cotton is best
Parchment Paper

Ok, so now what?

First, heat up the oven at 350.  DO NOT MICROWAVE

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Then you add parchment paper to a cookie sheet and add a lot of rock salt and spread it out over the cookie sheet without spilling over. Make sure you have enough to where you do not see the parchment paper.

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how to get rid of bloating

Heat for 15-25 mins.  The salt can cool off quickly so make sure you are ready to relax before getting it out of the oven.  I typically put it in the oven before I take my shower, then when I get out, I make some Peppermint tea and take out the salt.

When finished grab a cotton pillowcase.  Lay it on the counter, open.  Then I grab the parchment paper and carefully manuver it to what reminds me of a taco.  Then I dump the salt in the pillow case and tie the end.

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Keep it on your tummy till it is no longer warm.

Wala, you are done. Sit back, read a book, drink your tea and enjoy the warmth!

BE CAREFUL! This is HOT! Don’t be stupid. Use common sense.
DO NOT DO THIS WHEN PREGNANT! Your baby cannot cool off inside your tummy. Pregnancy is actually a great time to enjoy the bloat.  You don’t have to hid it.  Who cares, right?  You are having a baby!

Here’s my tips for you:

****Lay it on top of your comforter at first over your belly.  Then when it’s comfortable enough for you, remove the comforter and lay it on your tummy.


If you do, you may never stop bleeding again! You have been warned!

You can reuse the rock salt for a few times before throwing away.  So far I have used one batch for about 5 uses. It’s about time for me to add some new in.

I drink Twinnings Pure Peppermint tea along with this treatment. Peppermint is wonderful for bloating, and the two together are like Ninja’s to the bloat!

What does this do?

It helps draw out access water that is in your system. I dunno the science behind it.  I just know it works and works well.

I hope you find relief with this as well.  If you have tried this, and liked it, tell me about it! I want to hear from you!

Much Love,


The Rebounder, It’s Not For Sissies!

The RebounderThis could possibly be my most embarrassing post to date.  Since I am no stranger to laughing at myself, I had to share.

I started this form of exercise because it is so beneficial to the lymph system, and I need all the help I can get.

Occasionally, I walk the kids to school, but walking is not easy.  The way I see when I walk is very similar to watching the camera in the Blair Witch Project.  Or, watching someone walk with a camera attached to their head. My eyes are not fixed with head movement. Instead, my eyes feel as though they are loose which causes the ‘camera shake’ or ‘bobble head’ effect I deal with.  Some days are worse than others, but even on my best day it isn’t just a stroll in the park.  Also, just a side note if you ever see me in public and you shout and wave, I am not ignoring you.  Well, unless I don’t like you, but mostly it’s due to my issues.

Rebounding. First off, I figured that I would never be able to do such a thing.  Talk about ‘bobble head’!  However, with the eyes closed, it isn’t so bad. I tend to get a headache as I am exercising, but usually it goes away soon after.

This is NOT how I rebound, but seriously, how fun! I could really get into that if my body would let me.

No, I don’t do that.  I do it like I would assume a 90 year old would do it. My feet rarely come off the thing.  I simply just bounce on my tippy toes.  Then I alternate between tippy toes and full foot.  All the while, I sing to myself.   Yeah, you read that right…I sing.

Seriously, I wonder if that was video taped if it would go viral. The chances are pretty great, but am I ready for that much fame?

With very little physical effort on my part, I ended up hurting myself. Yep, I hurt myself rebounding like a 90 year old. The back of my right calf connected to my knee is on fire.

I bent down to scoop the litter box yesterday, and I literally was almost in tears. I quickly laughed at myself, because I am not giving the devil any satisfaction.  I mean who hurts themselves bouncing as little as I bounce?  Hand is raised, yep that would be moi!

Plus, pain or circumstances seems to lessen when you bring laughter into the mix. No, I didn’t feel like laughing. Actually, I wanted to shout many expletives.  But, I didn’t, I just laughed.

After texting Chris about my new aliment.  He told me to foam roller.  Anyone ever foam roller?  It is evil! It hurts! It could be used as a form of torture in Turkish prisons! It is not a feel good thing, especially when you have a sore something or other. I took a photo of me in this process, and then my son decided that I needed one where the ‘concentration is so intense’ photo, so he took one.Foam Roller

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Holding my breath here.

I’m taking a couple days to heal, and trying to up the ‘woe is me’ so Chris will take pity on me, and work on the calf.  He is an amazing massage therapist! Of course, I think I could be a bit biased.

For all my readers who like to read data on the benefits of rebounding, here are a few right off hand.

It supports bone and joint density.
I actually read that NASA uses this on astronauts who have been in space to gain back their bone density.

Complete Body Detox.
This is where the lymph system comes into play.  It gets rid of all the gunk.  This little diagram was helpful to me.

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WOOHOO, Lose the fat.
It gets you moving without the stress on your joints, also the gentle detox is huge in the ‘get rid of fat’ department.

Improve Balance and Posture.
You just had me at hello! Who needs balance help?  This girl!

Improves Blood Flow
First, just as rebounding supports lymph circulation, it supports the circulation of blood. It decreases blood pooling in veins to improve chronic edema and rebounding can even lower blood pressure by aiding blood circulation.

Improves Hormone Imbalance
Yes, please!! Since detoxing excess hormones and toxins is key to a healthy endocrine system, I recommend rebounding to anyone with hormone imbalance. Any ladies tend to be a raging maniac during their time?  Jump! Visualize the rebounder as your husbands face (during those days), and you’ll be gravy in no time. Plus you won’t get arrested for trying to do bodily harm to your beloved.

Bye Bye Cellulite 
Why am I not doing this all day long?  Oh yeah, because obviously my body thinks it’s 100 and sees no reason why I should concern myself with dimples on my butt. With that said, cellulite is frequently due to a stagnant, toxic lymph system. Often, women see a reduction in cellulite after regular rebounding for a few months. It’s only been a week for me, tic tock, I’m waiting!

There you have it.

My embarrassment with some knowledge mixed in.

I would love to hear some ways the rebounder helped you.  Also, if you had an injury from jumping like a 90 year old, that would be awesome to read. Comment below…Don’t leave me hanging. This cheese does not want to stand alone.

Much Love,


My Food Sensitivities Test is In!

shutterstock_195397382The food sensitivities test I had is called MRT.   What does MRT stand for? Mediator Release Test.  It’s a test that I had been putting off.  I had a couple reasons why I had put it off, and they are silly reasons.

For starters, I hate needles, like really hate them. To the point where I ask if I can have pediatric needles.  Sad. Yes, but I have no shame in admitting this.

The beginning of why I hate needles….

Back in 2004 my two dogs, Zoie and Gracie got into a dog fight over a cat.  My cat.  One I had owned, that was becoming a little butthole as he was maturing from his kitten stage.  I broke up the fight, and in the process one of them bit me.  Not sure who, but I blamed it on Zoie, my Shepard mix. Gracie was pit bull, and if I had told the ER she would have most likely been put down.  Just for the record, Gracie was a bit emotionally mixed up, but she was not aggressive.  This was a fluke thing, and she was protecting another cat that I had. (long story and not going into all that).

Turns out one of them had severed the tendon in my right hand.  I had to have surgery to repair it. They did it while I was awake, and it was worse than child birth. I wish they had put a partition close to my face so I couldn’t see what they were doing.  Or, given me strong meds so I could care less what they were doing.  My Dr. who was doing the surgery probably wished I was knocked out, because I was uncomfortable, and not really hiding it.  He told me I was worse then his mother. Bedside manner, this man had none.

So, back to needles….not a fan.

The second reason is, I didn’t want to see proof if coffee, chocolate, cheese and vanilla were a no no for me.  My 4 big loves in the food department.  Again, silly and childish. No shame here either.

My husband, Chris is a FDN practitioner.   FDN stands for Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.  He has run some tests on me before.  He runs all kinds of tests like parasite, hormone, process protein, food sensitivity, thyroid and many others.   These tests are usually more detailed than what you would receive from a Dr’s office.  By testing different areas, you then do the protocol, then he finds out the root to the problem.  Testing can get expensive if you are a mystery like me, and have to do a few to figure out what’s going on.  FDN Practitioners look for the root cause, and fixing it.  It is not the ‘band aid’ approach which seems to be the general way that happens in the US.  This is about going much deeper and covering all areas.  Not just the effected area.

We just completed the MRT test, and I have to say I am MORE than pleased!! Foods are broke down in 3 different areas.  Green, yellow and red. Much like red lights, they mean the same.  Green is go, yellow is caution and ultimately you want to stay away from and red is don’t go there.

I am so happy to see my coffee, vanilla and chocolate are in the green! Thank you, Jesus! I can even tolerate cream for my coffee, but my cheeses have to go.  That’s a tough one because I LOVE my Mexican food!

The wheat wasn’t much of a shocker, but still sad to see that warm loaf of bread that gets sat on your table at dinner (like Firebirds) won’t ever get eaten for awhile.

I was extremely surprised by my results. I had thought I was sensitive to many many things. So happy to be proven wrong. Oh, and it looks like I can have a beer again! Hops is barely green!

Unfortunately, wine is off the table, for now.

Hmmmm, I wonder if I can handle tequila?

This just makes me really think my other post about infection is on the right track.

As you can see foods that are really good for us, may not be good for you.  There is so much proof out there that food sensitivities are almost always the cause of certain things, especially behavioral issues like ADD and ADHD.  That’s why it is important to be tested along these lines because it can be just this simple.

This is what one looks like.  However, more of this needs to be explained as it goes a bit deeper than colored lines. I’m waiting for my husband to get home for my consultation.

MRT Test results

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I have cut out so many foods, this was my confirmation that I can start bringing some things in. However, I’ve liked the effects going without sugar has given me, so that is going to stay off the table. However, now I know I can have a piece of Dane’s birthday cake in October!

Oh, I love birthday cake and missed it so!!

I highly recommend going through FDN if you are having health issues.  Especially, if you are tired of feeling like a mouse in a laboratory, and if modern medicine isn’t helping you.  If this would  be something that would interest you, leave a comment below.

Much love,


Still Fine at Thirty-Nine

The title is a bit too much, but I wanted something that rhymed, and I even wanted it corny. Yes, I was actually going for corny.

So here I am, another year older.  Not just another year older, but also the last year of my 30’s!!  I’ve had a lot happen in my 30’s, but this isn’t the post about the decade.  It’s the post about the year.

I don’t get down too much on having birthday’s yet. I am still a young girl at heart who wants flowers, cake, ice cream, surprises and presents! I want what most people want, to feel special on their special day. After all, it is a celebration of life.  As many of us know it is short, and can be taken away at a moments notice. So, why not do great things for a birthday?

I still enjoy birthdays.

That being said, this birthday will be without cake or ice cream!  Yeah, I am heartbroken too! I loooooove cake with a vengeance!  Icing especially, but until I get better it looks like sugar is off my plate.  However, I have had a plus side to this. I’ve lost 6 dress sizes since last December and 30 lbs.  I didn’t realize what a chunker I had let myself get.  If you have read the About Me section in this blog you will see I had a problem with sugar. I’m surprised I wasn’t over 200 lbs!

I am a firm believer that sugar is addicting. It was the one thing I had the hardest time quitting.  It took a sickness to happen TWICE before I said enough was enough.  Yeah, like once wasn’t enough!  I’ve always been the stubborn one, and had to do it my way.  Look what it got me!

Here I am looking back on the year of 38, and even though I have had amazing things happen like moving back to Omaha.  I am ready to jump into 39.  I say, to bigger and better things!! I’m still believing for my miracle.  They happen everyday, and why not to me?

You know people say “Another year older and another year wiser”.  Looking back in my years, I am trying to think how many years I got wiser.   I don’t think I got any wiser for the greater good…to share all my ‘wiseness’ to the masses of the people! Heck, I can’t even do 4th grade math! So, if we are talking wisdom in math, well that boat left me high and dry, while scratching my head trying to figure out what just happened.

Still fine at thirty-nine


This past year has taught me more about growth, than I ever dreamed. I guess it finally took me 39 years to grow up! The growing up I am talking about is spiritual growth.  I was such an infant for 38 years in my walk with God.  Oh, how I thought I knew how it worked. I am amazed how little I did know. Even though it took most of my hearing, not able to see or walk straight, and the occasional flutters of dizziness.  I FINALLY see it, but I still have so much more to learn.

I finally have the ears that hear, and the eyes that see that is written so many times in the Bible.  Looking back, if I had not have the second ear hemorrhage back before Christmas I may not have grown into the person God needs and wants me to be.  It’s very possible I could have continued to eat crap, and set new personal record on ass size, and possibly be moving on when I needed to sit back and wait.

Now, do I think He did this to me to teach me this?  NO! Not a chance! He doesn’t work or teach us that way.  Everything good that happens is from Him, not the other way around.   I finally opened myself up to Him and became stronger in my walk so I can face the challenges that have laid and will lay ahead of me.

Do I still have days where I want to scream and ask Him ‘WHY!?’  Oh, you bet! However, I don’t.  I change my heart fast, and then go straight to praising Him and sometimes I raise my hands up and sing.  Which, He may wish I wouldn’t.  My singing voice is like a cat in heat, it’s daunting!

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Another year older, and I am living a totally different life than I had before.  I am wiser, thinner and still fine at thirty-nine!

still fine at thirty-nine

Down 30 lbs and 6 dress sizes!

Happy Birthday to everyone on their special day, whenever that may be!


I’m Do Overing!

I am ready to get back the motherhood and the life that was stolen from me for almost 3 years.  My last set back was 8 months ago, and I’m saying enough is enough!

I’m getting back in my photography game, and loving it. I did not realize how much I have missed it!  I’m focusing on building my website, portfolio and blogging more and doing it right. Oh, how I have missed writing!  It’s almost like a do over.  Yeah, I’m ‘do overing’ the last 3 years of my life.

I think the turning point for me was when I attended my 20th High School reunion. It was a couple of weeks ago, so I have gotten over the fact that 20 years have passed by.  In a couple of weeks I will be in my last year of the 30’s.  I’m actually ok with that because I am ready for bigger and better things in my life.  That will be for another blog post.

So, my turning point was leaving the house without “adult supervision”.  What I mean is usually my parents are in tow with me. Just in case I have a dizzy spell or my good ear decides it wants to behave badly in an instant.  I felt more at ease when I had someone with me that knew what I had been through, and what can occur at a moments notice.

Leaving the house without my natural security system was a bit unnerving, but I put my big girl panties on and dealt with it. I was very happy I did.  It showed me that I need to branch out, even when it is scary.

Doing that was a huge Walk in Faith moment for me.  Joyce Meyers says, if you are afraid, just do it afraid.  Have faith God will be there and know that He won’t forsake you in anyway.  He didn’t and He hasn’t.  Even on the days that were my hardest, the quickest way around my fear was to refuse it, and thank God for everything at that moment. I don’t care if you look at your circumstances, and you are falling faster than you can think.  Moments like that I thank God my children are well, the birds are singing, for any hearing I have left, I can be on the computer for an hour without getting dizzy, that I moved next door to my parents only months before the 2nd attack,  that I can walk, go to the bathroom without help, my family and friends. There is actually so much to be thankful for.  Once you find something small like clean water it is amazing what fills your heart.  Remember, a thankful heart gets God’s attention.  A complaining one binds his hands.

So yeah, I am do overing!   At times my body may feel like all it wants to do is quit, but that’s when I have to turn on my walk with faith and do things.  Even little things like laundry.  Do everything with God and you will be amazed at what your life ends up like.

Here’s to building my website and doing it right, more photography clients, complete healing and a bigger and better relationship with my God.

I'm Do Overing