• Keeping it positive

    6 Things Having a Chronic Illness Has Taught Me.

    As most of you know in 2016 my life changed dramatically. To learn about my story click here. When everything first happened it was hard for me to see any positive. But as time has marched on I can definitely pick out 6 major things that I have learned from my chronic illness. 1. It’s ok to Say No Saying no to people has always been hard for me. Im a people pleaser at heart and that is a hard habit to break. But since my diagnosis and surgery I have started to say no. Now Im not saying that I say no to everything cause that would be no…

  • Homemade and Natural

    DIY Wool Dryer Balls

    The Great Garbage Patch For the last few months my son comes home from school and tells me about the interesting things he has learned. A topic that seems to be on his mind and heart a lot is the great garbage patch. Honestly I was not 100% sure what the great garbage patch was. So I did a little research and it was shocking. I wont go into too many details about it so the short version is that there is a HUGE island of garbage just floating around the ocean. There are more than one but the biggest has been named the great garbage patch. It is almost…

  • Homemade and Natural

    DIY Elderberry Syrup – Getting Through Cold and Flu Season.

    We are in the heart of cold and flu season, but that doesn’t mean you have to get every little things that is floating around. I have just recently discovered how amazing elderberries are. The berries are nutritious, rich in flavonoids, and high in vitamin C, vitamin A, bioflavonoids, betacarotene, iron, and potassium. (Gladstar, 2012). Basically making them a great ally when fighting off sickness. Elderberries are dark purple to black. They can be used to make many things; jams, scones, muffins, cakes, etc. But for this blog we are going to focus on making the syrup. Im sure you have seen Elderberry Syrup in your local health food store. Its health…

  • Keeping it positive

    Living With a Chronic Illness – What it’s Really Like.

    Life in general can be difficult. Each and every one of us has hurdles that we have to overcome at some point in our lives. It could be the stress of getting through school, being lonely, anxiety, depression, illness, or so many other things. Since the beginning of 2016 I have been dealing with a now chronic illness. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with and its not going to get better. So how does a person with a chronic illness live their life? I cant speak for everyone but in this blog I will go into what life is like for me now dealing…

  • Fight of the Syrinx

    Up and Running, Sort of.

    ” Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” Unknown The first 2 weeks I was home went by in a flash and before I knew it I was on my way to my first out patient physical therapy appointment. My mom drove me since I was not allowed to drive. When I arrived and met my new physical therapist I knew immediately that I was in good hands. Over the next 6 months my PT and I worked together 3 times a week. And amazingly I slowly…

  • Homemade and Natural

    DIY Simple Calendula Salve.

    Calendula, also know as marigold or pot marigold, is recognized around the world for its ability to help support the bodies healing process. It is easily grown in most climates, and it’s suggested that you grow your own if possible. So in short these tiny bright orange flowers are not only beautiful but amazing for you! Benefits of Calendula. Calendula is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and astringent. Meaning that it is very good for minor cuts, burns, rashes, and bug bites. It is very gentile on the skin and thus can also be used to ease cracking, dryness, and itching. Because of this it is often used in salves, creams,…

  • Homemade and Natural

    DIY Herb-Infused Oil for Body, Cooking, and More.

    Infusing herbs into oil is very simple, but it is the foundation of any good DIY recipe. You can use many different oils; Olive, Apricot, Almond, Jojoba, just to name a few. You will want to use different oils depending on what you are wanting to do with the infusion. For example if you are wanting to create a salve you would probably go with olive oil but if you are wanting to make a massage oil you might want to use something like sweet almond oil.  Olive oil and Jojoba oil have longer shelf lives than most other oils so if time is a factor you may want to…

  • Uncategorized

    Tired, Achy Legs? These Are A Must Try.

    My Legs. I have worked in health care for over 10 years. I use to come home after a long 12 hour shift with throbbing achy legs. You know where you can literally feel your own pulse in your legs. I would hear my coworkers talk about compression stockings but I always just shrugged it off. It wasn’t until I started working with the wound care team that I truly came to understand and love compression stockings! Why Wear Compression Stockings. There are so many reasons to wear compression Stockings: Comfort Prevent Injury Reduce swelling Promote wound healing Decreased leg pain or leg fatigue Prevent DTV’s If you are like…

  • Natural Remedies

    DIY Bath Bombs with Essential Oils and Herbs

    I think I have mentioned it before, but baths are one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind from a full day. What makes baths even better is when you can add a little something to either relax, sooth, or energize. I’ve talked before about DIY Bath Salts, click here to read. So why not also make a Bath bomb? Many bath bombs today are artificial dye mixed with chemicals and maybe a hint of essential oils for smell. When you make your own you insure that all the ingredients are safe and exactly what you like. So when you put in that fizzy ball the perfect mixture of…

  • Fight of the Syrinx

    Im Home… Now What.

    I had waited so long to come home, it was what made me push so hard in rehab. But then I got home… My walked barely fit through our doors, I had to step over a large ledge to get into my shower, my bed was too high for me to get into. and that was just the big things that made being home hard. My first night home I was truly happy. I laid next to Michael all propped up with pillows and tried to sleep. But my sleep schedule was super wonky. I had been in the hospital for a month where they wake you up all the…