Sunday, September 2, 2018


If you are here reading this post, it might be because you too are looking for something that makes your soul happy, especially when it comes to business. We all have obligations to ourselves and to our families and we all have to earn a living, however, not everyone has the privilege of loving what they do for a living.  If you do, congrats, you are part of a lucky group of people!  If you do not love what you are doing for a living, or are simply looking for a fun way to earn income, you are in the right place.

I have been part of many MLM (multi-level marketing) companies in the past - health and wellness, beauty products, empowerment etc...and I am still part of a couple and will continue to be.  I am of the belief, that you don't have to only choose one company. If you love products from different companies, why not use them and make money promoting them, as long as of course, they are not in direct competition (ie: Avon vs. Mary Kay, for example.)  That would be counterproductive to your sales approach.

I have for years, enjoyed network marketing and was doing it from home. I had been a stay at home mom for the last five years, ever since I was diagnosed with a brain tumor (and subsequent brain surgery and recovery,) however, as we all know, life goes on and so do financial obligations, so I had to go out and get a "real" job. I loved being home for my kids and working on my blog, but I felt I had no choice but to help supplement my family's income and went back to the work force. I started in a field I had never been in before - hospitality but struggled to survive the daily grind, you know, things like: traffic, supervisors, limited lunch time, low-pay, lack of flexibility, reduced time with family...all things you have to deal with when you are out in the corporate world.  Don't get me wrong, it was a nice place with great people, but as they say, "the struggle was real."

While, I can say that hospitality is exciting and is quite a fast-paced environment and it never really gets boring, the hours and the pay are dismal - mainly, the hours.  I mean, I knew going in that the hours were crazy, but I just couldn't make it work in my home life. Not being around as much for my kids, missing their activities, their sporting events and not being able to be there to help them with homework, problems etc... It made me feel helpless. I know many people do it - working the late hours, weekends, coming home at midnight, preparing for 6a.m. shifts, low pay, but that is just not my "cup of tea!"  

Which brings me back to:  "Do what makes your soul happy!"  Life is too short to be miserable at work or at home. I know this first hand from my own personal journey with health issues. When you are working in something you don't like and you are just "surviving" day in and day out but then, you are faced with a possible death scenario, it totally changes your perspective on life completely!  Of course, it is not necessary to be so dramatic or to go through a life-changing event like I did.  It is important though, to try to understand what our mission in life is, to understand that we all have a purpose here on Earth and our goal is to find that purpose and to fulfill it! It is our obligation to learn and to grow as human beings and to find what makes us happy and along the way, help others as well.  We all have different talents, different likes and different missions. The key to success is to find the answer to those questions and pursue them.

I decided that I wanted to walk away from that "corporate job," and pursue what I have ALWAYS wanted, which is to continue in network marketing, work from home (online) and be there again for my kids, as they venture through their academic and social journey's.  It doesn't mean, in the future I might not go out and work again in corporate, if I find something I love, but the truth is, that I have decided to change my mindset and focus on the NOW. Focus on what it is that I want to make work ri ght now and go for it!  I think that when you are passionate about something, it overflows to your customers (clients) and they feel that energy and also get excited about the product or service you are offering.

While, I am not encouraging anyone to go out and quit their jobs or ignore their financial responsibilities, I am promoting that you follow what your passion is and do what makes your soul happy!

For the LONGEST time, I think one of my biggest obstacles of why I hadn't had success before was because I never really defined what it was that I wanted!  I mean I blogged for years and did some affiliate advertising but I could never figure out what I really wanted to do that would earn income.  That is what YOU need to decide - what is that you REALLY want to do?  

What do you love? What do you enjoy doing and what are you good at?  Do you love shopping? Do you love fashion? Do you love being online? Do you enjoy talking with people and networking?  Well, if you do, then this is going to be perfect for you!

For years, I had created my own designs on t-shirts via other online platforms and I posted on my own social media but it never really took off. I also LOVE being online. I love branding. I love network marketing and I love to be creative. And I especially love soulful style!  That is why when I came across J.Elizabeth Boutique, I fell in love with the concept.

J.Elizabeth Boutique is a multi-level marketing company that enables you to own a home-based business with little to no risk and unlimited potential. It is structured to allow you (the online boutique owner) to do your own marketing and sales. Plus, not only is the structure of the company amazing, their t-shirt designs are made of great quality and their motto of "Do More of What Makes Your Soul Happy" is my absolute favorite! 

I also came across another line on their main website that says, "We don't meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our paths for a reason."  I whole-hardheartedly believe in this!  I believe that we are all brought together to learn from each other, to learn what we want and don't want, whether in person or online - we are all connected! I believe we should all support one another, empower each other and make a positive difference in the world. If everyone practiced this, the world would definitely be a happier place!

So, to answer what you came looking for, in order to join to become an online boutique owner, it is very simple. You just pay a fee per month ($9.99) to have your own site/business page. You get to choose whatever name you want for your own boutique (pending its availability) and then it is tied together with the inventory of J.Elizabeth and boom - you are a boutique business owner! 

You also get amazing mentoring from your sponsor (which, for YOU, could be ME, if you decide to go this route.)  Oh, and you might see a section that says choose "J.Elizabeth Starter Kit" for $65 but for now - that is optional!  You do not have to choose that option. It is a welcome starter kit that brings J.Elizabeth logo shirts in a box.  

All you have to do is sign up where it says "COMPLETE ENROLLMENT," with your info and pay $9.99 fee to keep your website up and running on a monthly basis - that's it!  You have to be 18 years and older and have an active working credit card. It doesn't get any easier than that!  Plus you are going to love what you do, especially, when your friends and family start coming to you without you trying, asking to buy some of the cool t-shirts and accessories in stock!

One of my favorite parts of being an online boutique owner is the posting on all my social media platforms. Everyone loves cute and fun t-shirts and accessories, so you are promoting something people will love and want - especially when the quality is good!  All shirts from our boutique are D.T.G (Direct to Garment) print, which means it will last and not crack or fade.  Also all shirts are machine-washable.  Quality and Cute = perfect combination!

These trendy designs (and accessories) are already made for you. You don't have to do the designing or worry about inventory or overhead - it's all done for you! You just have to do the promoting and selling yourself.  Obviously, you can't just sign up and expect it to happen overnight by itself. Like any business, you have to work it!

What I can tell you is that, it is extremely rewarding to work at something I love and have the support anytime I need it.  My sponsor (Jess) is awesome!  Anytime, I had questions, she responded immediately and steered me in the right direction! There are tons of resources, especially via YouTube with informational and empowering videos.  J.Elizabeth is also working on re-vamping their website, that should be up and running in the next few weeks, for a better customer experience, so that is exciting!

Should you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them for you. You can email me at: or visit my social media business pages on Facebook or Instagram at: SHIRTOLOGY U.S.A.

If you are ready and don't want to wait, you can sign up right here, right now!  START YOUR OWN ONLINE BOUTIQUE NOW

Before I let you go, all I ask is if you can comment below to let me know you were here and stop by when you are on social media and give #SHIRTOLOGYUSA a like!  Thank you!
Whatever you choose...make today amazing!! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Teen Driver Safety and Insurance

Your teen is likely to be itching to hit the road. Our guide to car insurance and driver safety can help you and your teen steer clear of driving dangers. 

Every teen dreams of the moment where they put their car keys in the ignition and hit the road by themselves for the first time. For parents, this moment can be filled with worry even if their teen has been practicing from the moment they first got their learner’s permit ( It’s a moment when a parent can be filled with both pride and concern for their child. I can vividly remember watching my daughter back out of the driveway to hit the road by herself for the first time. I wanted to call and check up on her the minute she drove out of my view.

When your child is ready to spread their wings and drive, there’s really nobody that can stop them. Though, as parents, we can definitely get them to slow down and follow the speed limit at the very least. Here are some tips on how to promote safe driving from your teen and ensuring that they have the insurance they need before they hit the road. Hopefully, they help both you and your teen driver feel safer and more comfortable when they first set out on their journey as drivers.

Teaching Your Teen About Driving Safety

Ease Into Driving

The best way to make sure that your teenager is a safe driver when they get their license is to teach them about safe driving as soon as they get their learner’s permit ( When I first began driving with my daughter, we started with supervised driving sessions that lasted about 20 minutes. As her confidence behind the wheel grew, we started driving longer and farther. I believe that easing her into driving helped her become a confident driver without putting too much pressure on her right off the bat.

After she gained more experienced on the road, we practiced driving in various conditions like at night or in the rain. While it was scary for us both, I think it would have been way scarier for her if she got caught in a storm and never practiced driving in those conditions. More often than not, you and your teen will feel more secure and confident if you practice driving in different conditions together.

Discuss the Risks of Driving

Although they’ve probably heard it a million times already (I know my daughter has), it’s important to remind your teenager that irresponsible and aggressive driving can be dangerous. Teens can sometimes underestimate the danger of bad driving habits like speeding and tailgating. They can also underestimate the value of a seat belt. The best way to beat bad habits is my squashing them before they even start.

One of the biggest and most common concerns nowadays is distracted driving. Our kids (and a lot of us) always have our phones at our fingertips, and while it has made the world more accessible, it has also made driving more dangerous. Driving a car is a huge responsibility that demands our undivided attention. Talk to your teen about the importance of putting the cell phone down and remaining focused while driving.

Even more dangerous than distracted driving, teenagers driving while impaired has become a national concern. Although it’s illegal, the reality is that a lot of teenagers are drinking and driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol compromises a driver’s judgement, coordination and reflexes. Combined with driving inexperience, drugs or alcohol can be deadly. It may be a difficult conversation, but it’s one you’ll both be glad you had.

Set a Good Example

As much as we like to tell our kids, “Do as I say, not as I do,” most learn better from example. This is true for driving habits too. That’s why it is so incredibly important that you always wear your seat belt, drive defensively and avoid distracted driving, especially when you’re in the car with a novice driver. When my daughter first got her learner’s permit, she started to really observe what I was doing while driving. I didn’t want to tell my daughter to see me using my phone after I just talked to her about distracted driving, so I quickly had to get my own bad driving habits in check.

Car Insurance for Your Teenager

When you’re teenager is ready for his or her very own driver’s license, it’s time to think about car insurance. Typically, adding a new driver to your existing auto insurance is cheaper than purchasing a new stand-alone policy. Depending on your circumstances, one option may be more viable than the other. Regardless of which option you choose, your teen must be insured before they can legally begin driving by themselves.

Once your teen is insured, make sure that they keep their insurance card in a safe and easy-to-reach place in their car. Usually, keeping your proof of insurance with your vehicle registration is a good idea. When my daughter got pulled over for the first time, she called me afterwards and thanked me for storing her registration and insurance neatly in her glove compartment. I think she might have fainted if the officer walked up to her window and she couldn’t find her paperwork. If they ever need to show proof of insurance and registration, your teen will be incredibly thankful (and possibly relieved) that they know where everything is.

Guest Post:
Laura Arroyave 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


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Friday, July 20, 2018


So my 15-year old daughter is away for the summer working out of state. She opted for this after the end of the year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. She seems to really be enjoying herself and working hard,  though she rarely ever calls home. I know from what family members tell me and a few pictures I can see on social media and sporadic late night face-time calls.

Today, at 12:50pm, in the middle of the work day, she called my cell phone. Rare. My heart momentarily stopped. I couldn’t even say “hello” properly. I said, Hi, what happened?” “Nothing, she replied, (thankfully,) it's just I found out that we don’t have to use clear backpacks at school this year.” “Oh that’s great! I said. I am happy for you. What else? I asked. “That’s it, gotta go, bye, love you.” And with that she hung up. 

Whew! I thought to myself. My immediate instinct was to think something bad happened. Ever since Feb. 14, 2018, it is an underlying fear I have. That was the day she texted both her father and I (at 2:35p.m.) to tell us there was an active shooter in her school. That is the one text (or call) no parent EVER wants to receive!  That fateful day of Feb. 14th, she said she could hear someone crying and praying because they had been shot. She said she was in the 1200 building on the 3rd floor. She said she was hiding and that she was fine but that she was terrified. After that, we lost comunication with her for 30-40 minutes!

That was the most terrifying thirty to forty minutes of my life not knowing if my child was dead or alive. I know she was scared for own life as well.  That day was "hell" for everyone involved.

Fast-forward to the simple phone call today to share news with me. Sure it was an over-reaction on my part, I guess, but it just took me momentarily, to a dark place and thought.  Thankfully, it was good news.  It may seem like no big deal, but the news of that rule (no clear backpacks) being implemented made her day, enough to actually call me. I imagine it was a feeling of a sense of privacy returned. It is a small sense of normalcy returning. 

Who knows how each of these students will react as they return back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, when summer is over. after what was, a long and painful end to the school year.

My hope is that with some of the changes that have been implemented over the summer, such as no more clear pack backs, (pilot) metal detectors being installed (hopefully in the Fall 2018,) fire alarm tones being altered, higher fencing, and extra school resource officers (SRO's,) there will be some semblance of security and a feeling of getting back to “normal

Realistically, we all know things will never be the same for anyone of these students or anyone affected by the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, but we have to find the silver lining wherever we can and keep moving forward to make things better, especially when it comes to gun violence awareness and safety in our schools!


As Summer 2018 starts winding down, I am grateful to be able to spend days like this enjoying sunny South Florida. As a work at home mom with a side hustle, I have enjoyed that privilege for quite some time.

It has been 5 years since I left my last job in the "corporate world."  Honestly, I have not missed it one little bit! I have though, learned during this "time off," how to really appreciate my health, my days of leisure, my family and the privileges in my life, oh, and how to go after a "side hustle!"  It has also been five years since my brain surgery and I feel much more confident now. It was a very slow process of getting back to some sense of "normal" and having to deal with more migraines than before. However, I am now headed back to the "real" working-world again in August! New job, new industry, new goals!

Sometimes, life steers you in directions that you have to go in, to get you to where you ultimately want to be. So I am at the head of the wheel and setting my sail.

I will keep you posted on that new adventure but for now, I am blessed to spend my last days of summer and probably days off, in general, poolside chilling with my kid, surrounded by beautiful landscape.

"Those who are grateful have more blessings and fulfillment in life than those who are not...True gratitude is a quiet state of poise and inner calm where you're truly thankful, where you sense the divine order and wouldn't want anything to change." 

Friday, July 13, 2018


I read a Facebook post today from, Jennifer Guttenberg, a grieving mother in my town and realized I have more in common with her than I could have ever imagined. We are both MSD (Marjory Stoneman Douglas) parents; we both have sons who play hockey, our husbands are both passionate and outspoken about what they believe is right and just, our extended families know each other, we both believe in common sense gun laws, but most of all, our daughters were both in the 1200 building on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.

My heart breaks for her as a mother, and as a parent, especially knowing full well that it could have been me writing that Facebook post below. It could have been our family suffering this devastating loss. 

After watching the "simulation" video of the mass murder that took place at Stoneman Douglas High School (that day, a day that was suppose to be about love,) I realized it was only a matter of luck, divine intervention or simply logistics, that our daughter survived the shooting.  I am eternally grateful for that and for her safety. Our family is truly blessed, yet I cannot help but feel an immense sadness, not only for all the victims' families but specifically with Jamie Guttenberg's family, especially today, as they endure Friday the 13th without their daughter - not just because it is Friday the 13th, but because it is July 13th, the birth day of Jaime, who should be celebrating her 15th birthday!  Like so many of the other families of the Parkland 17, it is another milestone or special occasion they are unable to celebrate with their loved one.

We share a lot in common our two families, living in the Coral Springs/Parkland, Florida area trying to give our kids the very best education and neighborhoods to live in.  We share the joy of having been blessed with amazing children, who have the privilege of growing up in one of the "safest cities in America." (The irony of that is painful.) Our daughters both light up a room when they smile, they were both in biology class together, they both have brothers that play hockey, they both had a bat mitzvah, which showed how much they are loved because they are both compassionate, and loving to their friends. Our families were and are unknowingly, intertwined now by the fervent passion to bring about gun safety reform and to make sure this kind of tragedy does not happen again.

It is difficult to write this and have to use the past tense, so I tried not to, but the reality is, she is no longer here and that in itself is heartbreaking. This article is not meant to ignore the fact that there were 16 other amazing people, who also lost their lives, but it is Jaime's loss in particular that has hit me the hardest. All 17 victims were wonderful souls, who lost their lives way before their time, in a tragic way, but it is Jaime that has struck a cord with me and I am not really sure why.  My daughter also knew some of the other students who were shot and killed and even shared a Math class with another female victim. 

I have only seen Jaime in pictures and videos. She was a beautiful young lady. That bright smile and her enthusiasm for what she loved to do, dance, was evident. It is knowing she was in class with my daughter and that it could have easily been my child.  It is the look of Jaime's eyes, that touched my heart because through that look, I could see a happy teenage girl, who loved life. They all did. None of the victims deserved this.  No family should ever have to endure this kind of suffering and especially the despair of losing a child, let a lone, while attending school!

I cannot fathom the heartbreak of the Guttenberg family and countless others,who have lost their loved ones to a senseless tragedy.  Senseless is redundant when speaking of a tragedy, I know, but it must be reiterated, so that you the reader can try to grasp how unnecessary and preventable this horrific tragedy was. (Most tragedies are, hence the term.) The sorrow of these families, their friends, their classmates, is gut-wrenching.  It is unimaginable to have to continuously go back to the scene of a crime, so to speak, as many of these students have to do. There were so many mistakes that day and the days leading up to it.  There are an infinite number of things that could have been done differently on the part of staff, administration, government, agencies, police and so many others, yet, we are left with one result - children who were MURDERED AT SCHOOL.  Talk about a senseless tragedy!  Imagine sending your child to school and they don't come back! That is unfathomable! 

We both sent our daughters to school on February 14th, telling them we loved them and assumed we would see them around 3 or 4p.m. that day, like every other school day. However, what transpired after 2:35p.m. on 2/14/18 changed so many lives. We all lost something that day. Some lost children, some lost sons, husbands, fathers, partners, friends, classmates. Some lost their innocence, a part of their childhood. Witnessing a murder and its aftermath, will do that to you.

In the same breath, we also gained new friends that day. We learned who are neighbors were and what their children's names and ages were. We learned what the true meaning of community was and is. We also learned where people stood (and stand) on certain issues. We, the parents, the students, the siblings, the relatives, the friends of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, were undoubtedly affected, some worse than others, and for that, we must make a promise to bring about change and to never forget, but most importantly, to never again allow this to happen!

Image: MiaMoon Photos

It is summer time now. My 15-year old daughter is away for the summer working as a counselor to little kids at the JCC in a different state.  Unlike the rest of her classmates and friends in the area, this is her first time being away from home for so long.  Yea, a real shocker, but this Cuban-American mother right here, never sent her kids away to summer camp, so this was a big deal for me, for her, for our family.  It is a big deal for many reasons. One, it a big deal because she actually was determined to take initiative to get hired by people who had never met her; two, her desire to get away from the area for a while; three, it is a big deal for us because it is literally the first time we do not have our daughter at home and that right there is what makes the difference for me.

It is not only that my daughter is not home. It is that I walk into her room, empty of her presence and don't see her stuff all over the floor and bed. You know, what a typical teenager's room looks like. I walk in and the stillness scares me. It takes me to February 14th and then, my mind pulls back to the here and now and I give thanks, knowing that she will be home soon.  Then my mind is jolted to those parents - the parents of the 17 victims and specifically to Jaime's parents.  This is when I feel the most empathy and compassion.  It is through the stillness and quiet surroundings of our daughter's room, that I imagine what could have happened, as unspeakable as that may be. I have to say it. I have to acknowledge it. It could have happened and it can happen to anyone again, unless we constructively work together to put a stop to it. We must stop the senseless gun violence that is so prevalent in our Country.

At first, all I could do was to imagine the immense void in the lives of these families but now as we approach the 5 month mark of this tragic event, I have immersed myself in a battle for social justice and gun reform safety. I have aligned myself with a group of people, mainly Parkland parents, who have formed a Families Against Assault Rifles Pac.  I do not want to take anyone's gun rights away, nor do they.  I simply want to advocate for gun reform and common sense gun laws, like universal background checks and banning bump stocks and high capacity magazines and so much more that makes sense.  We cannot think it is too late, or that there are too many weapons out there. We must try. We must make an effort to change the way things are right now because it is not working.  

The 17 lives that were lost, (actually taken) in Parkland on Feb. 14th and the countless victims of senseless gun violence in schools and around our nation, deserve that we do something in their memory.

So today, in memory of Jaime Guttenberg's birth date, Friday, July 13th, I invite you to do something positive, to get involved, to speak out about gun violence.  This is not political per se, it is about safety and common sense. It is about protecting the future of our children and grandchildren. It is about not letting innocent people die in vain.

Interestingly today, in an earlier conversation with my 11-year old son, while I was kvetching about something and just out-right complaining, which now in hindsight, I don't even remember what it was, but the point is that my youngest child is the one who put things in perspective for me when he said, "Well you should know that the purpose of life is to make other people happy and to enjoy your own life." I just looked at him and said, "You are absolutely right. Good point!"

Like my son reminded me, through his statement, we should strive every day to bring joy to others, whether through good deeds, or simple smiles and we should work even harder at enjoying our lives.  

It is with that thought, that I ask you to reflect upon the fact that Jaime, who should be celebrating her 15th birthday and the other 16 victims of Parkland, who should be celebrating their own milestones, are not here on Earth anymore to do so.

It is my belief that we are here on Earth to complete our life lessons and to learn from them. Sadly, sometimes, those lessons are cut short and we do not understand why. I also vehemently believe we have an opportunity each and every day, that we wake up, to make our mark in the world and make things right and by right I mean, make the world a better place through our words and actions, especially for those who can no longer do so.

Monday, June 4, 2018


Summertime has arrived!  If you have toddlers or young children you know keeping them entertained is not always an easy task. Let me introduce you to a fun way to keep your child entertained and looking forward to learning. It's called Little Passports.

As adults we rarely ever get mail anymore unless they are bills and I know when I get something in the mail that is not a bill I get excited! I also remember that as a child, anytime I would receive something in the mail, like my Highlights magazine (back in the day,) it was so much fun. Imagine your kids looking forward to getting a special package in the mail just for them!  Your child is sure to love going to the mailbox to check for their Little Passport package every month.  Little Passports is a fun and educational way to keep your children engaged in learning about the world, about science, reading and other great topics.  They can also enjoy adventures with the fictional characters of Max, Mia and adorable dog, Toby.  Both kids and moms love Little Passports!

Little Passports is an award-winning gift subscription that was created and tested by real kids, and created with educational value in mind by educators, toy industry veterans and scientists. If you’re looking for a fun and educational gift for your toddler or school-age kids, Little Passports is the way to go! It has won the "Mom's Choice Awards - Honoring Excellence," 2017 Parenting Product Award, Brain Toy Academics Choice Award Winner, iParenting Media Award and so many more.

Little Passports was founded in 2009 by two moms, Stella Ma and Amy Norman, who wanted to inspire kids to learn about the world while having fun. It is the perfect gift and it's educational! It is perfect for children ages 3-12 years old. (Includes a "passport," world map, stickers, activities and so much more...)

1 Choose a subscription
Little Passports offers fun and engaging options for children ages 3-13 with several different payment plans. 

2 Check your mailbox
Each month, your child will receive a new package in the mail filled with fun and engaging products.
3Discover and learn
Start exploring and spark a lifelong love of learning. 

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Friday, May 18, 2018

I am not a big drinker but I am big on "relaxing mom time!"  When I saw this ad for the SipCaddy Portable Cup holder, I just had to share it because I have so many mom friends, I know would love this, as they just love their glass of wine.  Oddly enough, I do not like wine at all, but I love how this cup holder is so versatile that you can use it for just about anything else.  Well, maybe not a Jack Daniels but it will hold a can of beer or soda or a bottle of shampoo for your convenience.

I guess the whole point though of having the portable cup holder is to find the time to just de-stress in the most relaxing atmosphere possible - bath time.

However, this idea for moms, kinda' seems like straight out of a fantasy movie. I mean, really, who has time to lounge in a bath and sip wine when you have little kids? I know when my kids were little, I was happy to just sneak in a shower.  True. That's how crazy it is when you have little ones and no help around.  Sometimes, you are home alone with the kids and your husband or partner is out working and you are stuck at home with the kids.

Luckily, I am out of that stage! Wahoo! And I look forward to any possible moments of relaxing without kids nagging about something. Although kids nagging tends to come with the "mom life" description!  Hence, the need for SippyCaddy portable cup holders!   

Just don't be fooled about the kids not being little anymore, there will always be something as they grow older. So if your kids are still really young, enjoy that phase too!  It goes by so quickly!

Anyway, I guess, if you have the time to take nice long baths, having a glass of wine or beverage of choice at your disposable, wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.  Who wouldn't enjoy a happy hour bath time right?

If so, enjoy it!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


Summer is almost here again, which for me, lately, is not really something I look forward to.  If you have followed my blog before, you may already know that I am a brain tumor survivor. If not, well, now you know. 

As a result of the craniotomy (brain surgery) I had in 2013, I ended up with what people call "barometer head."  Basically, when the weather changes, I get thrown for a loop! "Weather changes almost always cause changes in atmospheric pressure. So, my headaches or migraines are caused by  changes in the weather, which are officially called barometric or pressure headaches or migraines. Also, because our sinuses are filled with air, any change in that pressure can affect headaches. Barometric pressure headaches tend to occur after a drop in barometric pressure.  When you first start suffering through this, it is hard to gauge when the headaches will actually occur. (NOTE: If you happen to be suffering from headaches as well, I recommend that you start a journal. Write down when you get a headache, how long it last and what weather pattern was occurring on that day (before or after your pressure headache.)

So, although I was born and raised in Florida, and I love it, these last few years have really been an adjustment. As fun as summers have always been my whole life, especially, after having kids, lately, I tend to dread this time of year. The headaches increase for me during the summer because of the rain and humidity and then my pain is compounded by flare ups of my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. I know I sound like a mess but for the most part, I am really not. I am just in search of a way to keep things under control, especially when summer rolls around.

So, why am I writing about all this?  Although I could sit here and kvetch, what I am really looking for is recommendations and some constructive input - homeopathic, organic remedies to alleviate these symptoms. I had been reading up on something called Migraine Magic, that helps alleviate migraines by spraying yourself with a mist or using a roll-on your head and I am seriously considering ordering this, simply because I have read such great reviews on that product. However, I feel like I need something that will help me treat my overall symptoms.  Sure, I take vitamins, but when real pain hits, I need something stronger and I don't want to continue to take OTC's (over-the-counter) pain relief medicine. I have tried a lot of different supplements over the course of the last few years but I need something different and effective!

For the most part, I am a happy, healthy mom, working on my writing, my side hustle businesses and network marketing.  However, when those "mama said there'd be days like this" hit me, well, I just feel like I want to shut down the whole world! Realistically, that is not an option, so hence my willingness to try something new.  People have suggested essential oils, acupuncture, yoga and more. I know a combination of all those things would probably be helpful as well but I have been going down a different route of research lately.

A while back I ordered an Anti-Aging Cream with Apple Stem Cells from a company called Hemp Genix and I loved it! "This cream helps to prevent age related skin degradation, along with the regrowth of healthy skin cell formation." They combined 30mg of pure CBD oil to provide natural healing properties.  Now, you must be wondering what does anti-aging cream have to do with my headaches and pain symptoms?  Well, because I loved their cream so much and I got a lot of compliments when using it, I started reading about the company, which lead me to my research on hemp and CBD oil. CBD is short for Cannabidiol.

This is what I found out from their website:

"Cannabidiol called CBD for short, is derived from hemp, which is the male cannabis plant. CBD hemp oil from this plant may contain trace amounts of THC, but WON'T get you high at all. It is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high. This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.

CBD hemp oil is produced using high-CBD, low-THC hemp, not at all like medicinal weed items, which are typically produced using plants with high groupings of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since hemp contains just follow measures of THC, these hemp oil items are non-psychoactive."

So, why do I think CBD oil might help me?  My research online has lead me to many articles but basically, what I learned is that "CBD may prevent the body from metabolizing anandamide. This is a compound associated with pain regulation." And regulating my pain is most certainly something I need! Maintaining high levels of anandamides in your bloodstream, may reduce feelings of pain and also, CBD is known to limit inflammation within the body, which may also help reduce pain and other immune-system responses, like for people who have rheumatoid arthritis or other auto-immune diseases. 

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cannabis has been used for nearly 3,000 years in alternative medicine. Some of these uses include the management of pain, neurological symptoms, and inflammation. 

So the other day I was doing all this research on CBD oils and other options to find pain relief and my teenager overhears me discussing it with a family member and later tells me, "Yea Mom, you should try smoking pot. Try it." (as she laughs,) She tells me a lot of people she knows are "vaping."  (Geez, now I need to go do more research! LOL!)

Now, while I don't care if other people smoke pot, this is definitely not something I want my kid doing (smoking pot or weed or whatever the correct terminology is,) this is simply about me finding an alternative method to manage the pain when it hits me. Actually, I would prefer before it hits me!

I have certainly learned a lot in my research about CBD oils and hemp.  Vaping CBD oil is one of the preferred methods to ease side effects for many people who suffer from things like all types of cancers, stress, anxiety, joint pain, seizures, inflammation, sleep-apnea, high blood pressure and the list goes on.

I was curious...

How I should use CBD oil if I opted for this method. 

What I learned is that CBD oil is taken via vaping or ingestion. Oral CBD is less likely to cause side effects, so as a beginner I may want to start here. You can put a few drops of the oil under your tongue, or you can  take CBD capsules, or even eat a CBD-infused treat.  

Next question...

Will I get high from CBD oil?   


CBD oils are made from marijuana, but they don’t always contain tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC). THC is the component that makes users feel “high” or “stoned” when smoking cannabis. Conclusion is, CBD oil doesn’t have psychoactive properties.

Hmmm, decisions, decisions...

Now, in all seriousness, if you are reading this and can relate or if you have tried an alternative method for pain management, especially CBD oils, I'd love to hear about it.  Any recommendations, suggestions. (Serious comments only please.)

Thanks for joining me on my journey (quest) to find pain relief!


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FYI - CBD does not cause a high, unlike THC. The reason why CBD is non-psychoactive is due to its lack of affinity for CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in the brain, and are the pathways responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC.

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