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Super Saturday

Yesterday was such a fun, busy day. I don’t know if I have told you all that I am a hermit. Self-imposed and much loved, but a hermit, nonetheless. I do not like leaving my farm. I actually get agitated when I have to be in town sometimes haha Yesterday, though, was a day I was glad to be in town.

My first stop was our local artisan/farmer’s market. I connected with a bath product company on Facebook and they were going to be at the market yesterday. I HAD to get my hands on their bath bombs. You guys know how I am about my bath products hahaha The Ever After Boutique makes handcrafted bath and home products, such as candles and wax melts. I bought several bath bombs, some sugar scrub cubes, wax melts and a foot scrub. I tried one of their cotton candy bath bombs last night and, let me tell you, their products rival Lush. I was highly impressed! As soon as I dropped the bomb in the tub, the colors swirled and mixed to make the water purple and the fizz with this bomb was incredible! The scent wasn’t as potent as I was hoping for, but it was there. Check them out on Facebook and see what they have to offer. The price is great and they have some really cool products!

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After the market, I headed over to our local civic center for a comicon. Yep, I’m one of those people haha I love just about anything in the sci-fi or fantasy genre. My dogs are names for Lord of the Rings characters haha Our town has tried these cons a few times and this one was quite a success! Lots of people, lots of cool vendors. The best part was hanging out with a friend and some of his cool kids. The little ginger has stolen my heart in a crazy way. We clicked instantly the first time we met and we just have a kind of crazy connection. I can’t explain it, really. Anyway, we had a BLAST walking around the con … buying cool stuff and eating treats.

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Of course, I wore the wrong shoes. Of course, my knees, ankles and feet were stagging a revolt. Of course, I grabbed the WRONG pain medicine as I was running (late) out the door. By the time I got home, my pain levels were bordering on insane. I took a dose and a half of the right meds and did nothing until they kicked in. I ended up taking the other half a pill not long after, because they just weren’t doing enough. I hate when stuff like that is totally my fault and could have been avoided. Sigh … one of these days I’ll learn. It was a good opportunity to try the bath bombs I bought earlier in the day, though.

My poor face really showed the effects of the day. I had dark circles under my eyes and my entire face just looked worn out. I dug into my bag of tricks and pulled out several products. I was gonna have to approach this with guns a’blazin’! My first attack was a sheet mask from Soo Ae Beauty. I went with a vitamin mask, because I was feeling defeated AND depleted! After the 20 minute mark, my skin felt great! I felt refreshed and the remaining serum wasn’t sticky or weird, like it can be with some masks. It has a light lemony floral scent, which helped to perk me up a bit, I think.

My eyes, though. My eyes still looked like they had seen way too much. They felt puffy and there were some very dark circles. I remembered I had some eye patches from Tarte Cosmetics. Save your hard earned money, y’all. The description for these Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches claims to fight the look of puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet. Uhhhhh … no. My dark circles were still there (and are still there this afternoon). You get four sets for $22. While not wildly expensive, it’s too much money for a product that doesn’t really work. At least, they didn’t work for me.

My last plan of attack was a sleeping mask I just got in the mail from Sephora. Ahhhh … now this is some good stuff. First, there is enough in the package for at least three or four applications, as the directions say to use a thin layer. I pressed the foil back down, and put it in a plastic baggie to keep it from drying out. Score! Second. my poor little face immediately brightened and the rosacea redness disappeared. Completely. It’s back today, but for a few minutes, it was totally gone! Also, it didn’t leave my face sticky or slimy, as some of these masks can. Maybe my skin was that desperate for some nutrition and sucked it all in haha Either way, my skin LOVED this stuff!!! Well worth the $4. Holy cow, sooooo worth it.

So how was your weekend? How did you help your skin recover from it? Lemme know!

Carrie♥

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Family fun 

I have a five year old niece, and she totally has me wrapped. Maybe more than my own daughter haha We love to have slumber parties. Tonight is her second night with me this week, and she is sweeter than pie.

You all know I’ve been flaring for about two weeks now. That doesn’t stop us from partying, though. It definitely slows it down, but the party doesn’t stop. Five year olds are not known for their patience, but she tries. Her mommy, (my baby sister), has systemic lupus, so Keyra understands bad days, as much as a five year old is capable of, anyway. 

Hot baths are my go-to when I feel like this, and they happen to be one of her favorite things to do! She LOVES dropping the bath bombs in and watching them fizz. I ordered some random bombs from Amazon a few months ago, and tonight we picked cherry. Phew … talk about highly scented!!! 

After bath time fun, we were in the den, and she had a bowl of cereal. She stopped eating, looked at me and said “Kewy (she says Carrie so funny), what else sweet can I do for you? I could massage your feet?” My heart immediately melted. This precious little angel …


She does give a good foot massage, but what we did instead was a mini facial. I have a Peter Thomas Roth cucumber toner spray and she loves when I spray her face. Not too much though, that stuff sprays like a fire hose hahaha Then I give her two little squirts of ELF hydrating serum and she rubs it all over her face. We finished up with our “scent of the day”, which was a few squirts of Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple.

I hate that this disease has caused a five year old to be so concerned about making me feel good. At the same time, it has allowed her sweet soul to shine. And does it shine!! Don’t misunderstand me, she can be hell on wheels sometimes. Most times haha, but in my worst moments, her best moments shine bigger and brighter than anything I’ve ever seen. 

Do you have a special little in your life? When do they shine their brightest? What are the little things they do to show that sweet side?

Be on the look out tomorrow for a Dior mask review. I am super stoked to share it with y’all! Have a great day today! 

Carrie❤️

How to make money without leaving your house

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When you have a chronic condition, leaving your house to shop can be a daunting task. It takes a lot of time to get ready to leave the house, and the trip itself can be an arduous task. I don’t know about you, but I tend to walk quite slow because I hurt. What may be a thirty minute jaunt for healthy people could be a two hour nightmare for us. I mean nightmare literally.

Often, there aren’t enough handicapped parking spaces, if you’re lucky enough to have a handicapped placard for your vehicle. That means we’ll end up walking farther than we really should. Then come the stares when you get out of your vehicle. Because we look healthy, people assume we are. When we exit the vehicle without a wheelchair or some type of aid, we get all sorts of nasty looks from people in the parking lot. Once we get through that, we have to navigate gargantuan stores. Why do they have to be sooooo large?? I am not ready to drive around in the little electric carts. Not yet. It’s a mental thing for me. So, I brave the mega-stores on foot, knowing how badly I will pay for it. I usually take a pain med before I go in, hoping to ward off the worst of it.

Most shopping can be done online, these days. THANK YOU, INTERWEBS!! Online grocery shopping isn’t a thing here, yet. Dry goods can always be ordered, of course, but not actual groceries. Everything else, though, can be delivered to my door with a few keystrokes. Did you know there are ways to actually make money on those purchases? Wanna know the secret? You have to promise to keep it just between us, okay?

Ebates! Ebates is the answer! Nearly any online store you can imagine is affiliated with them and offer varying percentages of cash back on purchases. Until July 1, Walmart is offering 10% cash back. 10%!!! That can be quite significant if you are ordering your household supplies for the month. Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s, Bloomingdales all have cash back offers. I started my account May 5, and I have over $37 in cash back already. Not bad when you consider most offers are around 3%. That 3% adds up!! Also, I may have a slight shopping problem hehe There are times when these companies double their cash back offers, too. 

Check them out here. (<<affiliate link) If you do as much as I do to avoid going out, and possibly create a worse health situation, I highly recommend checking Ebates out. I mean, if you’re going to shop online anyway, you may as well get some cash back from it! Lemme know what you think … do you use a rebate service already? If not, why not?

Carrie♥

Flare I go again … 

Or, should I say still. I’m ready for whatever is going on with my body to be over with. My hands and fingers have been ridiculously swollen over the last few days, and I have had absolutely no energy to do anything. My fingers legit look like sausages. That makes typing challenging.

Of course, flares happen at the most inconvenient of times. My hubby is leaving tomorrow to go to Texas for several weeks. That means we had to make a trip to Walmart. On a Saturday afternoon. I think that must be a “thing” to do on Saturdays in my town. I swear, everyone was in that store. Surely several fire codes were violated with the number of people there.

For those who don’t have chronic illnesses, it’s hard to imagine why that might be difficult. Well, aside from the fact that it was two hours in Walmart. That, in and of itself is tough haha The best way I can describe it is to imagine your legs are filled with wet concrete. They get heavier and heavier with each step you take. Then, imagine someone set sandbags on your shoulders. And they add sandbags every few minutes until you are totally hunched over from the weight. Now, imagine someone has put your ankles in a vice. With every step, the vise gets tighter and tighter until you are sure the next step will shatter your ankles beyond repair. I honestly don’t know what I would do without shopping carts. They are my lifeline in those situations, truly.

I am so thankful for a caring and understanding spouse. So many of us who deal with chronic health issues do not have caring and supportive partners. I can’t even tell you the sadness I have experienced, reading the stories from women whose families actually think they are faking it. Who would choose to fake something like this?? Who would want a life like this? No one needs attention that badly.

My husband has been beyond incredible. He knows when I’m having a hard day, just by looking at me. I try my best to hide it, but he sees through me. He has been to countless doctor’s appointments, cooked, cleaned, dealt with the laundry, made our daughter’s breakfasts and packed her lunches (when she was still in school). He’s not the most patient of men haha, and he was raised in a family where all of the above was “women’s work”.  When it comes to me, though, he is the kindest, most patient, most helpful and considerate man in the universe. He is truly my rock. He has the biggest shoulders, I swear. They carry so much weight. I don’t know how he does it.

I hope I don’t sound whiney. That’s not my intention, because I am not a whiney person. I don’t dwell on the negatives of this disease. There’s no point. It won’t go away and it would be a never ending downward spiral. I just wanted to offer a glimpse into what many chronic illness sufferers go through with a simple Saturday afternoon trip to the store.

Okay, now that all that is out of the way, I have some really cool items up for review over the coming weeks. Here’s a sneak peak of just a few things:

With my entire family gone for a least the next week, I should have plenty of time to pamper myself and work through this nasty flare. What are some things you do to help yourself feel better? Any tips and tricks you’d like to share?

 

Carrie♥

Skin Care Saturday

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Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful, easy weekend. Since this is my first Skin Care Saturday post, I thought I would talk about my nighttime skin care routine, in addition to talking about tonight’s mask. When I saw my dermatologist the other week, we talked a lot about how I care for my skin. He said I was being aggressive, but in a good way. At my age, aggressive is a must hahahaha

I kick off my routine by washing my face. I don’t recall how I discovered this cleanser, but it has been nearly miraculous for me. The first time I used it, it took out most of my rosacea redness immediately. I stood in the bathroom, staring into the mirror, stunned at how good my skin looked. It is a staple now. My holy grail cleanser is Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 16 Ounces. I am aware that this is a pretty spendy cleanser, but I have searched high and low for something that works and makes my skin look awesome, in general, and this is it. I am learning that sometimes, you do indeed get what you pay for. I also use this exact Konjac Sponge Set: Organic Skincare Facial for Natural Exfoliating and Deep Pore Cleansing 5 Piece Sampler Pack Infused with Charcoal, Red Clay, Tumeric, Green Tea and I love them! They are super soft and do a much better job than fingers alone. My skin is too sensitive to use a washcloth, so this is a great compromise. Each sponge lasts a month or two and I just can’t say enough about them. Then comes the mask!! Tonight, I used TonyMoly’s I’m Real Avocado Sheet Mask, for nutrition. This is a 20-30 minute commitment so get a glass of wine, close your bedroom door, and just relax.

After removing the mask and patting all of the serum in, I spritz my face with Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist. This stuff is AWESOME, but a lot comes out when you spray, so be prepared haha I wasn’t. I’ll let you picture the hilarity of that for yourselves hehe After that dries, I use a little bit of e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence on a cotton pad and wipe my face. I let that dry, and then I go in with L’Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream. This can even safely go on the eyelids! Finally, I finish up with Garneir SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, 1.7 0z. (The product name is spelled incorrectly in this link. Sorry Garnier!) It looks like the packaging has changed since I bought mine, but this stuff is delightful! It kinda smells like vanilla cupcakes to me. I might be crazy haha, but I think it smells wonderful. I put this all over my face, and down my neck.

So that’s it! Written out, it sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. Without the mask, it might take five minutes to do my nighttime routine. What’s your nighttime routine? What skin care products can you not live without?

Carrie♥

UNBOXING!

I love unboxings. I think they are a really fun to see what comes in subscription boxes, and I’m a huge fan. It’s not always easy for me to get out of the house, and I don’t always feel like I can stand in a makeup store and check out everything they have. Let’s face it, I think any makeup lover can get lost in Ulta or Sephora haha! I have gotten lost in Ulta and I don’t always realize in the moment what I’m doing to myself, standing and walking around for an hour or two (or three hehe). Subscription boxes are a really cool way for folks like me to check out new products without a huge investment in time, money or physical exertion.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that Target and Walmart offer beauty boxes!! Target’s box isn’t a subscription, meaning you actually have to go to the website and order every month. For around $7, that’s not such a bad thing. Walmart offers two boxes, the Classic, which is geared toward women over 35, and the Trendsetter, geared toward women under 35. Their boxes are sent quarterly, and are $5 each. I used my daughter’s info to order the Trendsetter. I can be trendy. No, really, I can be!

My poor box took a beating, but check this out! Included items are a Masque Bar soothing sheet mask, a full size Sinful Colors Professional nail polish in Clad in Plaid (It’s showing up orange but it’s not. It’s more of a pinky coral.), a Schick HydroSilk 5 blade razor, and NYX Goctha Covered concealer in medium. Also, travel sizes of Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, Hawaiian Tropic 30 SPF sunscreen, and John Freida sea salt spray. There was also a $3 off on a $15 beauty purchase, not pictured. That’s four full size products and three travel size. With tax, this was a little under $8. This box is valued at $31.93. I call this one a winner!

The first photo is the Classic box. There’s a collagen mask from SOO AE (one of my fave skin care companies), a royal jelly night cream from Bert’s Bees, coconut oil moisturizer and liquid coconut face oil from Palmer’s, a travel size roll-on deodorant from Ban, travel shampoo and conditioner from Gliss and a travel size Colgate Optic White Beauty toothpaste. The Trendsetter box contains several of the same items, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer and face oil. There’s a sample of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse foundation (and a coupon), a travel size Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment conditioner, Bioré baking soda acne scrub, and a travel size Dove deodorant. I couldn’t find a value for the boxes. These travel size items are coming in very handy, as my daughter is leaving Monday for a two week trip to Canada, via train. It’s her first trip by herself and certainly her first time out of the country! These boxes came just in the nick of time haha

I think these are fabulous boxes for the price.What are your thoughts? Thinking about adding these to your subscription list? To order the Target box, simply go to their website and search beauty box. To get on the Walmart list, click here  and enjoy!

Carrie♥

Midweek Mask and something cool

My original plan for this blog was to publish six days a week, with either Saturday or Sunday off. This flare is kicking my tail and messing with my publishing schedule! That’s life with a chronic disease, though. I know that and I accepted that long ago. It’s still frustrating, not being able to what I want to do, when I want to do it. I want you to know why there may be gaps of a few days with my posts, and I hope you are okay with it, too. This is, after all, a blog about looking and feeling great while dealing with chronic conditions. Sometimes, those conditions get in the way. Ugh! 😉

Now, onto the fun stuff. It’s Wednesday and that means … midweek mask!!! (Cue lively band music.) Before we get into tonight’s mask, I have some really cool news to share with you. It’s mask related, so it fits haha I have been doing midweek mask and skin care Saturdays (and some makeup reviews) on my Instagram for a while now. A few weeks ago, I received a DM from the company SOO AE Beauty. Thy make a lot of the masks I use. They make a great product, what can I say? Anyway, the message was informing me that I was chosen as a winner in a contest they run, and they needed my personal details so they could send my prize. I had no idea they were even running a contest!! I just legitimately love their products, and I always tag the companies I talk about. I want them to know what I think, ya know? Needless to say, I was stunned. My prize came a few days ago and this is what they sent:

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Check out my prize package!

How cool is that??? The pink package is an açai berry sleeping mask, and the white package is a donkey milk sleeping mask. Yes, donkey milk. It’s exactly what it says it is. Anyway, many, many thanks to SOO AE Beauty. I really love my prizes and they will be used, with much love!

Tonight’s mask was one from my prize package. I chose the Donkey Milk Gel Skin Mask. This was unlike other sheet masks I have used in the past, and I have used A LOT of them. The serum was very gel-like and thick, and the mask was kind of clear. I set the timer for 17 minutes, and had a little siesta on my couch! I’m telling, ya, 17 minutes may not sound like much, but I think it’s the perfect amount of time to kind of check-out of the real world for a bit. I think we can all use some “check-out” time every now and then. It was very cold haha, which is pretty much par for the course, I’ve found. It’s very refreshing this time of year, especially after fighting a sprinkler in the garden for 20 minutes, at 7:30pm and 92° and holy cow, is summer over yet? I’m not even kidding. Focus, girlie … focus. So, yes, very refreshing for it to be chilly. After the time was up, I patted the remaining serum in, and basked in my very moisturized skin. It stayed tacky for quite some time. It’s been about three hours and it’s still slightly tacky. I’m not sure I really like that part, so this is absolutely a mask to use before bed. And, as always, I followed up with my regular nighttime skin care routine.

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I love making funny faces when I have a sheet mask on!

Gentlemen, don’t think that these masks are for women only. You men out there have face skin, too, ya know. And I daresay it needs a little more babying than our skin. You guys are ROUGH sometimes! A lot of men out there have very physically demanding jobs. Not that women don’t. Please don’t misunderstand, me. It’s a different type of physicality, oftentimes. Men, you really need to consider some type of skin care. Moisturizer and sunscreen, at the very least. Or a moisturizing sunscreen hehe. Either way, you guys really need to jump on the skin care train. Your skin has to last you for the rest of your life, too. Pssssstt … I’ll let you in a little secret. Come a little closer … a lot of women really like it when men take care of themselves. I’m not talking metrosexual levels, here. I’m talking some basic care, a little pride in yourself and your appearance.

Overall, I really like this mask, and I LOVE all of the products I have tried from this company. I dunno what it is with Korean beauty products, but they are killin’ the game, in my opinion. If you’re looking for a nourishing, restorative mask, I highly recommend this one. The price point is excellent and it works!

Midweek mask 2 package June 14 2017

Bath bomb bombed

I am a bath product aficionado. I love all types of products: bombs, salts, bubbles, oils, fizzies … you name it, I probably own it. Any time I am in a store that might sell bath products, I always check out their selection. I had occasion to be in Rite Aid this weekend and, lo and behold, I spy a bath bomb! Éclair Naturals Fizzy Bath Cupcake. It was in the natural personal care area, but there it was, whispering to me from the shelf.  “Take me home”. So I did.

I wish I hadn’t. Being such a lover of bath products, it kinda hurts when I come across a dud. And boy, was this a dud. I opened the package and was very underwhelmed by the scent. It claims to be grapefruit orange scented, but there wasn’t much there. I didn’t even get a whiff of citric acid, (and it’s the first ingredient), which you would expect with a citrus scent. The ingredients list sweet orange and grapefruit peel oil. Hmmm …

I dropped the cupcake in and it immediately hit the bottom of the tub with a loud “thunk”. And no fizz. I don’t mean the fizz was weak. I mean NO FIZZ. There was something floating up from the bottom, but it looked like oil. So I pulled the bomb out and it was foamy. Like soap. I called my daughter to find the packaging, because I truly thought I read the box wrong and it was a decorative soap. No such luck. We tried to break it, thinking there might be a coating on the outside. We thought once we exposed the inside it would fizz perfectly. My daughter was able to break it by whacking it against our cast iron bathroom sink. I dropped a large piece in … hopeful. My dreams were dashed. It did nothing, except that odd foam. I will say that, what I was able to dissolve, made the water a little softer.

Because I take baths so often to soothe my joints and muscles, I feel like a bath product expert hahaha! Calling this “bath cupcake” a dud is quite an understatement. No fizz, no lovely scent. Just a weird foam that sticks to the “cupcake”. Should you see this in Rite Aid, and it whispers to you … walk away. I don’t think it’s worth the money. Yes, it made the water a bit softer, but I could buy an entire box of Calgon for less money and get an incredible scent with the soft water, and two more baths! Save your $4.99 and walk away.

Eclair Naturals bath cupcake photo

Photo taken from Rite Aid app

Carrie♥

Yucky Weekend

I hate flares. I really do. Not only is my pain much greater, but they really mess up my plans. I started flaring late Thursday, with some increased pain. Friday afternoon, the pain in my hips was so intense that I was near tears. My pain meds weren’t helping. I even tried a prescription muscle relaxer, thinking that maybe the way I was sitting caused the problem. Those didn’t help, either. On top of that, I started running a fever Friday, which is what clued me in that it was a flare. It only lasted a few hours, but returned Saturday evening. Because I was in such a state, Skin Care Saturday didn’t happen. I was also going to do an unboxing of the Wal-Mart Beauty boxes that came in Saturday’s mail, as well as my prize for winning an Instagram contest with SOO AE Beauty.

Honestly, I didn’t even feel like blogging this little bit today, but I decided that I should let you all know what happened. My blog plan for the next few weeks is shifting back a few days. Something to look forward to (at some point) is an interview with a local spa owner, massage therapist and aesthetician. We will talk about the benefits of massage therapy for chronic illness sufferers, as well as the effects chronic conditions can have on the skin. The goal was to already have the interview done and posted. At this point, I cannot say when the interview will happen, just that it IS happening.

This is our reality. These are but a few of the non-physical and non-emotional ways that chronic conditions affect our lives. I’ve learned to roll with the punches, so to speak. Unfortunately, a lot of “healthy” people don’t understand. They look at me and see a healthy 40-something woman. When I have to cancel plans or adjust my schedule (more than once) they think I’m lazy and not doing what I can do. I WISH I was just lounging on my couch, being lazy, instead of fighting back tears with every movement. It’s all good, though. Really. These days are few and far between, for now, and I am incredibly grateful for that. I do what I can, when I can, and I don’t sweat the rest. Hope everyone had a restful and peaceful weekend. Let’s show life who’s the boss this week!

Carrie ♥

Working for the weekend

Whoohooo … the weekend is here! I don’t work outside of my home, so the “weekend” is a bit irrelevant to me. Every day is a “work” day on a homestead. For many of my fellow chronic illness warriors, however, working outside of the home is a necessity. Relaxation for my pals out there is a MUST, and the weekend is the most obvious time to do that. When I am feeling stressed out, run down, exhausted (take your pick), I have several methods I use to recharge my batteries.

The first thing is to demand (yes, I said demand haha) some “you” time from your family. Alone time can be incredibly rejuvenating, even if it’s 30 minutes in your room, with the door closed. Read a book, watch a show, take a quick nap, or just sit quietly and reflect on the week. Another method I use to relax is a hot, hot bath. I am the queen of bath products haha! I have bubble baths, bath salts, bath bombs, bath fizzies, bath oils … you name it and I probably have it. I incorporate baths into my “me” time. I get the water as hot as I can stand it and soak for 20 minutes or so. It can be even more relaxing by using candlelight, rather than harsh bathroom lighting. I use scents that are known to be relaxing (see yesterday’s blog post about aromatherapy). For me, that’s lavender, rose, gardenia and just anything from Bath and Body Works. They have a specific aromatherapy line that is really nice.

Something else I really enjoy using to relax is hot tea, or tea to my European friends. I really like hot tea, no matter the season. A few of my favorites are Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, peppermint, chamomile and a chamomile, lavender blend. There is nothing better to me, after a rough day, than getting out of a hot bath, lounging on my bed with a good book and a cup of hot tea. It is manna for the soul, I swear.

Some of us with more extroverted personalities find they recharge by being around people, which is totally fine! I don’t get it haha, but if that’s you, plan an evening out with some friends, catch a movie or have dinner and drinks, if your meds allow for alcohol consumption. However you are able to best recharge yourself, do that.

Studies show that most of us afflicted with chronic diseases are women, and despite our illnesses or conditions, we are still the backbone of our families. Our lives (and the lives of those around us) can be impacted in a negative way if we aren’t operating at our peak, whatever that might be. Those of us with chronic diseases/illnesses/conditions tend to operate with a disadvantage as it is, so anything we can do to keep our emotional system running smoothly will help every other aspect of our lives.

Your peace of mind is so important on this journey. It can be almost impossible to not fall into a depression when we are faced with our unique challenges. Keeping our heads above water has to be a priority, and finding time to really relax can help. I hope you can find some quiet time (or fun time, for you extroverts) and recharge this weekend.

Carrie ♥