Keeping It Stylish and Pain-Free with Pure Hazelwood

Pain and discomfort. That’s what this time of year brings. With the weather being so unpredictable in the Spring, I (J) suffer from many aches and pains. Obviously, I prefer all natural products to help as I’m already taking enough medication for my CKD and because they’re all natural of course. We are definitely keeping it stylish and pain-free with Pure Hazelwood and their wide array of all natural products this year. From teething necklaces to their NEW oil diffusing products, there’s something for everyone in the family & they won’t be disappointed!

We absolutely love the pieces that we were sent as well the new designs and we’re certain that you will as well. Check them out below:

  • Darth Vader diffuser bracelet for men

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  • Black Hazelwood diffuser bracelet for men

  • October diffuser duo for women (1 Hazelwood bracelet & 1 lava bracelet

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  • Freshwater pearl & Hazelwood diffuser bracelet for women

  • Solar system diffuser bracelet for kids

  • Solar system diffuser necklace for kids

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  • Red coral medieval Hazelwood necklace for kids

  • Batman diffuser bracelet for kids

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We adore the new designs and absolutely love the lava bead addition to their pieces. They have a nice sleek look to them with a little added weight. We also enjoy the benefits of the natural pain relief from the bracelets and that we can have the added relief of essential oils too if wanted. Such a great idea on Pure Hazelwoods part. Love it! We’ve used Pure Hazelwood products for many years now and will continue to use them as well as recommend them to others who want relief without medication. These are great products to try if you haven’t already!

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Bluetooth Wireless Sports Earbuds with Built-In Microphone by Aukey Canada

I (J) absolutely LOVE my music. From Reggae to Country to Rock, it’s my go-to mood stabilizer. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Bluetooth wireless sports earbuds with built-in microphone by Aukey Canada and I love them. I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to worry about a cord getting caught on things such as the handles of cupboards which has happened to me more often than I can count and there’s nothing more frustrating than have earbuds being ripped from your ears! The sound quality and noise reduction is amazing as well as being able to change songs with the volume buttons instead of hauling out my cell phone to switch them.

This awesome product is available on Amazon Canada for $29.99+tax CDN and includes:

  • Package Contents: AUKEY EP-E7 Wireless Earbuds, Micro-USB Cable, Three Pairs of Ear-Tips, Carrying Pouch, User Manual, 45-Day Money Back Guarantee and 24-Month Product Replacement Warranty Card

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This is definitely a great product for sportsman, music lovers or anyone looking for a great pair of wireless earbuds. I have yet to be disappointed with them which is why I’m recommending them. For more information about this product as well as the many other amazing products by Aukey Canada please check out their website HERE.

 

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Looking Fresh with Men Expert by L’Oreal Paris Canada

Aging is a part of life and with that aging comes signs of it being more visible, bags under the eyes and more. I’m glad that I can keep myself looking fresh with Men Expert by L’Oreal Paris Canada. I (J) have used their products for a few years now and absolutely love them. Having the opportunity to share my love of these products and review other products in the Men Expert line is definitely something I’m excited about! One of my favorite things about these products is the energized/awakened feeling of my skin. It’s like an invigorating instant wake-up that I absolutely love.

A few of these new products include:

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This face wash smells great. Has made my beard and goatee softer to the touch. Instantly makes my skin feel clean and awake. And, it helps purify my skin.

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The 1st Men Expert product that I’ve ever tried was a Hydra Energetic Moisturizer and I was hooked from there. I absolutely love the way this product makes my skin and beard smooth/soft. I also can’t say enough how much I enjoy that energized/awake feeling that my skin feels after using this product!

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This is another great moisturizer that gives you that wake-up feeling while reducing signs of tiredness. It also leaves your skin looking fresh, feeling fresh and moisturized for 48 hours!

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While I shave my head, the little one is at that stage where he likes to style his hair and this sculpting paste is great! We love the fact that he doesn’t have to use a lot of the paste and that it’s easily maneuverable, making any style easy to obtain.

 

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Clearer Shots with The Mini Tripod From Aukey Canada

When it comes to pictures and videos, I (J) shake like a leaf making the images blurry! I love that I can take clearer shots with the mini tripod from Aukey Canada. My shots come out looking a lot clearer and the fact that it has a 360-degree rotating ball head that allows me to take pictures/videos from whatever angle I choose. I really enjoy this feature as I don’t have to turn with the camera/phone which looks better in my opinion. I really love that this tripod is easily transportable and super easy to set up. I also really like the fact

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As you can see from the picture below, this mini tripod has a 1/4″ screw that is capable of holding the weight of a Power Shot camera which is a definite win as the wife loves using her camera to take all kinds of shots and videos. This makes it so much easier for her to stabilize the camera.

We are absolutely in love with this tripod and can’t wait to get outdoors this Spring to take even more magnificent pictures and videos! Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some timelapse videos in there as well. Definitely, a product we recommend.

 

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Take out food..Do you have a budget for it? (FrugalChat #20)

Frugal Chat #20

—*** Take Out food**—

Do you allow yourselves and the whole family a set budget for eating out each month??

 

 

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Christmas Gifts…. Are you a prepper? (FrugalChat #19)

Frugal Chat #19

**—– Christmas Gifts —–**

Are you a prepper and get gifts throughout the year

or

do you wait to the last-minute and get everything near Christmas???

**** I always say that I am going to start early and never do but 2018 is going to be different. I actually have 2 gifts so far, so i am doing good… What about you?

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My Story… Anxiety/Panic Attacks… Anyone else????

Here is my story….

My mild anxiety started when I had my son. I never ever in my life felt that kind of anxiousness… Everytime he would cry or get sick, I felt like it was the END OF THE WORLD… especially if he got sick (I am still like this but it’s not quite as bad, as he gets older. He is now almost 8 years old). I always get the upset/knots in my stomach… and I always thought okay, that’s a form of anxiety…OR like how in the winter it gets dark here at like 4:30PM and I hate the dark but when its dark outside I feel ALOT more anxious.

I can’t control it, it’s just a feeling that comes over me… More recently though is what has scared me. In december of 2017, before christmas, I woke up around 4am and felt sick. Now I have bad digestive issues and sometimes if I eat to late at night, I would wake up in the night, feeling pukeish then it would go away after I got sick.. This was somewhat normal for me, until that one night when I woke up and had my first panic/anxiety attack! I can’t even describe the feeling. At first I thought maybe my blood pressure was high or low, I felt shaky, my heart was racing SO fast i thought it was going to come out of my chest, I was on the verge of passing out and over all just bad!… I even called my mom to come over with her blood pressure machine..

So that day I went about my business and thought okay, I hope this never happens again… But it did, the next morning. I woke up around 4am again and went a little longer without feeling bad, it was around 5:30 that it started coming on again. I called my mom and said I want to go to the hospital because something was seriously wrong. I had, had a headache for a few days that I couldn’t get rid of, I ended up at the hospital and they gave me a shot in my thigh for migraines. It worked and it was the first time in almost a week I felt relief. But for almost a week after that second panic attack, I felt spacey and my head was really messed up feeling. So anyways while I was at the doctors he said that he thought it was anxiety attacks that I was having and prescribed Ativan .5mg. for when I felt these symptoms coming on.

Now anyone who knows me, knows I hate taking pills, even Advil and Tylenol so it was a little scary. He almost gave me meds for migraines (which I havent had to take any since I picked them up) but the Ativan is a different story. I have had to take a few since then, maybe 6-7??? on different days but that is 6-7 too much for me… What is going on that I am having these panic/anxiety attacks? I hate it. I feel like I am loosing all control and that’s something that scares the crap outta me.

It seems like every day that’s all I think about. Omg is it happening again? Will it happen again? I have noticed that I have certain “triggers” that seem to set them off, or partially off. Some of these include: Bright lights, or flashing lights…. At night my eyes get sooo dry it feels like cotton balls on my eyes, well that is another trigger. Stress and BS on an almost daily basis is another… Is this something I have to live with the rest of my life? I sure hope not….

Obviously this is just a quick post to get my story out there but there are lots of little things. I have joined a group on facebook for panic/anxiety attacks and have found lots of similar stories as mine so it’s kind of relieving knowing that I am not alone in experiencing these feelings, it really sucks that so many people feel this way.

When it happens, all I want is someone there to comfort me, tell me its going to be okay but to be understanding and non-judgemental. It’s all so hard and I don’t like these feelings, being on edge every single moment of the day. There has been a few times that I was able to get myself calm before I had a full-blown one and its tough.. There are times if I am busy doing stuff that, it sort of keeps my mind off of it for a bit. It seems I have no patience for anything or anyone now a days.. I havent been sleeping well at all. I made it so that I go to bed closer to midnight/1am so that there’s less chance of me waking up around 4am and wanting to have another attack!!!! I don’t want this to control my life.. IT CANNOT control my life,,, Only I can!!!!!

So I did some research online and found that ALOT of the symptoms that come with anxiety disorders are the same as I have been experiencing for some time and others are more recent, but the following is a list that I made:

  • Excessive worry
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Overwhelming and irrational fear
  • Clenching your jaw, balling your fists and constant muscle tension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Panic attack ā€“ a sudden feeling of helplessness
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Feeling apprehensive and dreadful
  • Trouble focusing and concentrating
  • Expecting the worst
  • Feeling irritated often
  • Experiencing restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Panic
  • Feeling unreal

AND

Physical symptoms of anxiety disorders

  • Sweating
  • Higher heart rate
  • Feeling nauseous
  • Tensed muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Increase frequency of bathroom usage
  • Dizziness
  • Pressure on the chest
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Choking sensation

I have and still do experience most of these. I am slowly trying to take control of my life again but it’s super hard..

Well that is my story and I am sure if I think of anything else, I will post it here. I hope my story can help someone, even if it’s just to vent, talk or making a new friend. I am here and would love to chat with you. Maybe we can help each other with some techniques that we find help? I always find a nice bubble bath helps relax me some! Anyone else? I would love to hear some new tips…

Thanks for listening to me! xo
-Holly

From a mom trying to get her mind back in tact!!!!

Tip for beginners wanting to live more frugally? (FrugalChat #18)

Frugal Chat #18

***— Frugal Lifestyle —***

What are some frugal tips for beginners to get started when wanting to live a more simple and frugal lifestyle?

  • Ā Make good use of what you have on hand (such as reusing grocery bags for garbage bags or a million other things, use empty margarine tubs as storage containers, etc.)
  • Think about a big purchase, even sleep on it
  • Stock up on things that are on sale
  • Buy in bulk and then separate when you get home
  • Make a plan. Can be anything from a menu to plotting out a garden.
  • Budget/tracking where you’re spending money
  • Think really hard about a WANT and a NEED

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Name something you do that would be considered “extreme cheapskate” (FrugalChat #17)

Frugal Chat #17

***— What is at least one thing you do that would be considered “extreme cheapskate”? —***

For us:

  • I use rags as toilet paper (it saves us a bunch because I use the bathroom quite a bit during the day and the rags are only for #1. (and i don’t use them when it’s that time of the month either)
  • We water laundry soap and fabric softener down, as well as soaps and shampoos.
  • Cut the toothpaste container to make sure we get every drop
  • Save the bags that the cereal comes in, they are great for storing items in the fridge and freezer.
  • Wash and reuse bread bags, milk bags, and ziplock bags
  • and so much more

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Weekend fun while being frugal (FrugalChat #16)

Frugal Chat #16

***– Weekend fun ***—

What does everyone like doing on weekends?? Bring frugal of course?!!

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I like using the weekends to get caught up on my cleaning and cooking/food prepping… I am a home body and love being in my home and around my yard!!!.

Sometimes we go sliding or for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods.

I would love to hear what you guys do…

 

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What are some good frugal tips to use for Easter (FrugalChat #15)

Frugal Chat #15

***— What are some good frugal tips to use for Easter…

What do you guys do when it comes to Easter weekend??

 

  • We reuse the plastic easter eggs that we can refill every year
  • Buy marked down items after the holiday to use for next year
  • Reuse baskets and straw year after year
  • My mom usually cooks a turkey and/or a ham so she saves the bones for me to make a delicious stock with
  • Easter doesn’t have to be a big expensive thing!

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Saving on Electricity (FrugalChat #14)

Frugal Chat #14

–*** Saving on Electricity ***–

What are some things you do in your home to keep the electric bill down???

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Some things that we do are:

  • Wash in cold water
  • Hang our clothes outside in the summer
  • Changed my lightbulbs to energy-saving ones
  • Don’t leave lights on for nothing
  • Let the sun in during the day, unless its super hot, then I try to make it dark in the house
  • and so much more

 

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Reusable Pads, Diapers, Toilet Paper, etc.. (FrugalChat #13)

Frugal Chat #13

—*** Reusable pads (or anything that comes to mind)

How many of you would/Or actually reuses cloth pads??? Or anything like diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, etc….

Seen this in my news feeds this morning and figured I’d ask!!!

There are so many products that you can use and reuse, instead of buying convenience… I recently switched from Toilet Paper to rags/reusable clothes. Now before any of you say EWWWW,Ā  give it a try, cause you don’t know what you’re missing. For now I only use them for #1 and the boys don’t use them at all but it is saving us a little money here and there..

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How do you plan for Parties (adults and kids) without breaking the bank (FrugalChat #12)

Frugal Chat #12
***~~~~ Parties~~~~***Ā How do you plan for Parties (adults and kids) without breaking the bank?
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You Still make them feel special, even though you are doing it on a budget…Ā 
#1. What is your budget for birthday parties?
#2. What are some things you do that frugal when it comes to parties?
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  • Saving the decorations year after year is a good idea.. Saves a ton of money..
  • I think I am going to buy a big plastic bin and write Birthdays on it, then I can put all my decorations and extra stuff in there…
  • Another good tip is to keep and reuse candles.. no sense throwing them out after being lit for less than a min
  • Make your own food and desserts
  • Have it at your place instead of renting a hall
  • Tell your kid(s) they can only invite one or two friends from school (Not the whole class)
  • This was the cake i made my son for his 4th birthday CLICK HERE

 

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What are some things that do NOT go in the garbage at your place (FrugalChat #11)

Frugal Chat #11

****—-What are some things that do NOT go in the garbage at your place (in turn saving you money on garbage bags, pick up, etc)? ****——

Examples:

  • We keep empty toilet paper rolls and recycle them for my worms or even crafts.
  • We don’t throw out scraps, we compost them or use them to make delicious stocks and broths….
  • We keep the dryer lint and use it as a fire starter for our campfires in the summertime
  • Jars and Containers get repurposed
  • Old rag clothes get made into just that, RAGS šŸ™‚

 

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Freezer and Meal Prepping (FrugalChat #10)

Frugal Chat #10

****—— Freezer and Meal prepping ****——–

Who here cooks in batches so they can freeze some??

What are your favorite things to make ahead and freeze ???

*****We like to make:

  • Shepard’s pies,
  • lasagna,
  • Mini pizzas
  • even sandwiches for the month get made and frozen until we need them for school lunches….
  • Homemade spaghetti sauce
  • Homemade BrothsĀ 

I love freezer cooking…Ā  The other day I made 4 pizza crusts for the freezer, we just gotta pull them out as needed..

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What are some things your Pantry can’t live without (FrugalChat #9)

Frugal Chat #9

********—— What are some things your Pantry can’t live without ——********

We all have things stocked in our pantry, what are some things you like to keep stocked up on?? Pantry Must havesĀ šŸ™‚

How do you keep your Pantry organized ???

 

Some of our *Must Haves* are:

  1. Flour
  2. Sugar
  3. Rice
  4. Pasta (macaroni or spaghetti)
  5. Spices
  6. Canned Tomatoes
  7. Broth
  8. Chips (okay okay I know we don’t NEED it but I like having chips in my pantry at all times hehe)

I also like to use baskets that I purchased at the dollarstore to keep everything organized and neat looking…

**Feel free to post pictures of your Pantry below…

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Saving money on your Grocery Bill (FrugalChat #8)

Frugal Chat #8

Saving money on your Grocery Bill

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How do you save money on your grocery bill each month??

Do you menu plan??? Or do you just wing it with the ingredients you have at home??

 

  • I like to meal plan first and look at the sales. We typically buy the same kind of stuff so I just look for whats on sale to see what the cheapest place is to get that stuff.
  • We try to use coupons when we can, on items we need
  • We shop the discount shelves, it’s the first place we hit up when we go to the stores!
  • We always go to the store with a list.
  • Price Match (saves us the gas of running to a store if only a certain item is on sale…
  • Scanning code of practice has helped us get a lot of free or very cheap stuff.
  • Buy items on sale in Bulk
  • And lots more stuff…

I would LOVE to hear what you and your family do to save money on your grocery bill each month.

 

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Summer Gardens (FrugalChat #7)

Frugal Chat #7

****——– Summer Gardens ———****

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#1. Who here will be planting a vegetable and/or herb garden this summer??

#2. What are some things that you will be planting???

#3. Favorite thing to grow???

 

****** I have grown a vegetable garden for a few summers now and I absolutely LOVE it. This year I plan on planting more produce then I did last year, meaning I will be able to hopefully harvest more!

 

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Do you reuse store bought containers and jars? (FrugalChat #6)

Frugal Chat #6

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How many of you save your butter containers, glass jars, and etc…..and reuse them for other purposes???

 

What do you use them for??? I know that the possibilities on this one are endless as well. SO many great uses from storing buttons and crafts to screws and nails etc..

I have made a list of items that I use and what I use them for

  • We use butter containers as storage for freezer foods, crafts, leftovers and I use the glass jars for storing spices, bacon fat, pastas, also crafts,Ā 
  • My hubby is on a lot of medicines due to his illnesses so we save all the empty pill containers and use those to store pins, needles, tacs, elastics etc….
  • I like also using glass jars for my spices
  • Cereal Bags are GREAT for wrapping food up and keeping it fresh
  • Coffee containers make good storage for sugar and other dry goods, crayon pencils and a ton of other stuff..
  • Certain ones can be used forĀ Christmas cookies and other gifts to be gifted.
  • And SO much more

Tip: Never reheat plastics in the microwave. I use them to store food but not reheat anything in

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Frugal tips for new or soon-to-be parents (FrugalChat #5)

Frugal Chat #5

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Today’s topic: Frugal tips for new or soon-to-be parents

#1. What are some things that you really NEED for newborns

#2. What can we really do Without..?

 

 

  • I was making homemade wipes and it saved us a whole bunch of money.
    Also coupons for diapers (although cloth ones would have been better and cheaper)
  • Also, NO we did NOT need the change table after all LOL. I mostly changed him on my bed or the couch and used the change table as a drop off zone /storage instead!!!
  • Another suggestion would be to take hand me downs/second hand clothes because baby goes through a lot of clothes .. no sense spending a ton of money on something that gets stained or outgrown before you know it. Please trust me on this one. (He was in sleepers a lot anyways)

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Who shops at the Dollarstores??? (FrugalChat #4)

Frugal Chat #4

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Who shops at the Dollarstore???

#1.What are some of your favorite things to buy?

#2. What are some things NOT to get from the Dollarstore?

 

Well I am going to jump right in and tell you that I love everything I can find at the dollarstore. Sometimes things that are meant for a certain item is much better used for something different. For example: You have to check the containers there good because sometimes the plastic is super cheap, other times the lids don’t stay on properly, if you can check that there without ripping the packaging then I would suggest doing that, but instead of using those containers for food, you can use them for non-food items such as jewelry, crafts and much more.

Here’s a list of my favorite things that you can usually easily find at the dollarama (its our only dollar store around)

  1. StorageĀ  .. Anything from plastic Bins to pop up Containers to Baskets and Boxes.. SO many possibilities
  2. Ā Electronic chargers, holders and even movies (when there’s good cartoons)
  3. Snacks and Candy and sometimes the baking products
  4. Stickers, Crafts and paper. I also love their choice of pens and pencils.
  5. garbage bags
  6. Lysol spray
  7. Sandwich bags, freezer bags and snack bags, foil and more
  8. Coffee Filters
  9. Some Toys
  10. Birthday, Graduation and Sympathy Cards
  11. Birthday supplies
  12. Auto stuff like cleaners, gadgets and smelly things
  13. Bulbs for the nightlight
  14. Parchment Paper
  15. Different holiday decorations (you gotta watch it to make sure its good but most of it is)
  16. First aid products
  17. Hair Brushes and Hair Elastics
  18. Spatulas and those type of kitchen gadgets
  19. Cleaners and when they have the Ivory dish soap I get it there
  20. I bought my plates and bowls from there. They last awhile before they started chipping
  21. and SO much more

As you can see, I like shopping at the dollarama. Some of the things that I noticed that I did not like were

  1. Certain chocolates (aside from the brand names)
  2. Certain food storage containers
  3. Certain Toys are very cheaply made and break almost instantly
  4. Other then that I can’t really think of anything that I don’t like from there. I love almost everything.

I would love to hear what YOU buy and what you don’t like so much from your dollar store!!!!!

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Update Regarding Dialysis

Hey everyone. It’s been quite some time since I’ve (J) posted an update regarding dialysis, my transplants and my health in general so I thought that I would do so today. Treatments have been going good when I’m able to make it to them. Sometimes financesĀ are an issue and other times it’s due to the weather. Winter in Canada can be a little unpredictable around this time of year. Here anyways. For example, we went from being in the -30’s w/ the windchill to +10 the other day and it’s currently +1 and snowing. Then the temperatures are expected to drop back into the -20’s again. Anywho, my phosphorus and potassium were elevated this month so the Dr cut back on the potassium bath (as they call it) that is circulated with our blood during treatments. My phosphorus went down on its own which is something that happens often so we weren’t too concerned about it. Other than that, I’m up to date withĀ all my yearly tests for the transplant team in Montreal. They have the results of my thyroid test and everything is looking great. Stopping the tapazole two months ago was a good thing I guess. My thyroid is no longer overactive although I have to wait and see if the Dr thinks I should go for the radiation treatment or if the tapazoleĀ burnt my thyroid from the prolonged use.

Update-Regarding-Dialysis

Lately, my shoulders have been bothering me extremely bad. I’m not sure if I’ve already mentioned that I was diagnosed with Rotator Cuff Tendonitis or not? The cartilage in my shoulders is deteriorating and IĀ need cortisone injections in order to “refill” the empty pockets left behind by the deterioration. The best way that I can describe the pain from the bone grinding on theĀ bone is like having a major toothache except it’s in your shoulders! Just my luck though, my doctor is off sick and I need a referralĀ to see the Orthopedic surgeon. Painkillers are slightly helping with the pain but they aren’t anything strong other than a bit of codeine and Tylenol. The pharmacist suggested that I talk to my doctor about pain meds that they use to help with diabetic nerve pain which is also something I suffer from.Ā Diseases suck!!!Ā *After reading the article linked above, I’ve come to the realization that the aching that I’m experiencing is something worse than tendonitis and needs to be looked at so I’ll be going to the clinic after dialysis today to see if I can get a referral to have an MRI and CT scan.

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So that’s basically what’s been up in regards to my health and dialysis treatments. Nothing really new but an update for you guys regardless. I’ll try to keep you updated more often as more happens. Until then, have an awesome 2018!

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Free Activities To Do As A Family (FrugalChat #3)

Frugal Chat #3

What are some FREE (or pretty close to it) activities that you can do with with your family?

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  1. We like going to the beach in the summer, packing a picnic and staying there for the day..
  2. In the winter we like going for snowshoe walks and sliding or hiking in the summer on different trails around our home.
  3. In the fall we love collecting leaves then coming in the house to color and trace them
  4. In the spring, we all work together to get our yard cleaned for the summer and we all benefit from this!!!
  5. Hit up the parks for the kids to play and adults to chit chat!!!
  6. We grow a garden together as a family, it’s fun, almost free and we get to reap the rewards!!
  7. My son loves fishing (and secretly so do I), so it’s a matter of getting a license and packing a lunch for the day.
  8. Have a family night at home with snacks and movies
  9. Ā You can always check out the library in your town
  10. Bike rides
  11. Campires, s’mores and stories
  12. Late night swimming
  13. Ā A drive in the car to see where you end up
  14. Feeding the birds and ducks
  15. Have a game night with the family
  16. Host a BBQ or Potluck and tell everyone to bring a little something
  17. Water balloon fights
  18. We drive in the woods in the back of a pickup truck (so much fun)
  19. Picking berries and fruits & veggies around my home and land (currants, raspberries, apples, strawberries, fiddleheads, and more)
  20. and sooooo much more

So as you can see, this is a list to get you started, I hope it’s helpful and if there’s something you do as a family that’s free or pretty close to it, feel free to list it below and I will gladly add it to my list…

I would really love to hear what YOU and your family do for fun!!!!

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Raising Chickens (Frugal Chat #2)

How Frugal do you think it is to raise Chickens? (either meat chickens or egg layers)

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I have wanted some pet chickens for some time (for their eggs), I myself don’t eat much eggs or meat but thought it would be great to have some for my son and hubby as well as for baking (with their eggs hehe)

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Question…

1.What are some of the benefits of owning chickens?
2.What are some not so fun things about owning chickens? (hey we gotta talk about the good, bad and ugly stuff too LOL)
3. What is a good friendly breed and good layers for first time owners?

 

Answers

#1. Some benefits of owning your own chickens is obviously you get fresh eggs everyday. It’s like your supermarket… I have never owned a chicken YET, but I am sure in the long run they save you money. Yes you gotta buy feed for them but in turn they eat certain scraps, bugs, mice and lots more. Most are gentle and loving so they also make a great pet. Not to forget to mention you know exactly what they are fed and how well they are treated!!!

#2. Again I have never owned a chicken but have seen some not so nice stuff, like eggs getting stuck up there, diseases, predators and more

#3. I heard that theĀ Barred Rocks were a gentle breed, but I would love to hear your ideas and what has worked for you. Please let me know in the comments below.

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