Domain Distractions Abound!!

Today has been kind of exciting…I don’t think I’ve talked about this here but I am both a Domain Diva (50+ domains) and also a Google Girl (I have a thing for google). So when I got my email this morning inviting me to try out domain.google.com, can I tell you I was COMPLETELY PSYCHED?!?!

I got the one free one that they gave me for the trial and have since TWICE gone back to register new domains. I don’t have anything up quite yet but check these out, soon I’ll have these up and running under “Current Projects”:

http://www.MyTwitterSitter.com/

and

http://www.nationalparkresorts.com/

I’m excited for both of them and I’m hoping that by writing for the second one I will finally memorize not just all the state capitals, but the parks too!!!

In full Geekery until next time….

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Local Community Building Online

I have moved a lot in my life, as a child for example I went to approximately 12 schools before I walked across that stage to get my diploma at the age of 18. So as an adult now, with 3 kids, it is ever more important to me that I get connected in my neighborhood. I have explored a number of ways to do this including facebook groups, email lists, and local meetings too but none have come close to what I’ve found in Nextdoor.com it is basically almost like a mini-facebook/craigslist where you can discuss the happenings in the neighborhood (and those close to it) as well as post any free/for sale items and that sort of thing to make it available for neighbors to partake.

Nextdoor Map

As you can see there are a lot of neighborhoods already represented on here. Unfortunately but in some cases fortunately you can only be signed up in the neighborhood you live in. For example when I moved a few times recently I was not able to maintain the accounts I’d created in those neighborhoods, I had to start over each time. I did not like that at the time but now looking back I see that it is kind of a feature because it makes it more difficult for anyone who might have bad motivations to join multiple neighborhoods.

I’ve gotten free plants, been involved in lively discussions and gotten inside information about happenings near me. I recommend checking it out! It also is great for planning local events like potlucks and bbq’s where you want neighbors to join in. I am pretty sure they are still just in the United States.

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But What If I Am Allergic? (Test Results Came In)

I did not think I was allergic to anything when I took the tests, I thought I’d be proving that wasn’t the problem by doing so.

…but what if I am allergic to something? When I went back to the doctor a few days later to get my test results I was floored. I don’t remember exactly what my doctor said, but pretty much the last time she saw someone with results like that they were having seizures. That they were similar to a malnourished person from a 3rd world country or something. Also that while many people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are allergic to dairy, most are not allergic to quite this many things…

Allergy Test Results

Allergies:

I showed allergies (an immune response) to just about everything aside from meat, vegetables, coffee (thank god) and chocolate. I’ll post them if I find the original results.

Nutrients:

Our body needs a lot of things, the test that I took clearly showed that I was absolutely deficient, almost dangerously so in a number of different areas. This included things like Sodium and Lithium, two things that I’d heard of and never thought of as things I “needed” but apparently I did. Most surprising? I was told my cholesterol, at about 109 was dangerously low. That I needed my cholesterol to be around 160. I started taking high quality vitamins and probiotics.

This actually came at a good time. I’d recently been laid off and we were surviving on food stamps (EBT). So in other words options were already limited. Money spent on food was laser focused on good quality meat and vegetables, and any money I managed to get my hands on went into a garden where I grew the greenest leafiest vegetables that I possibly could, along with some peas and strawberries for the kids to pick of course. It was even better when I learned that the less popular cuts/parts where actually more nutritious, things like the ‘offal’ or organs of these beautiful grass fed creatures like cows or chickens which I found at the farmers market or the local co-op grocery store for great prices.

After about a year of eating like this, avoiding grains, beans, any processed food and more, I was feeling fabulous. None of my symptoms stuck around and I both looked and felt great. I think it was when I got on my scale and saw 140 that I felt I was at my ideal size. I was also getting the smoothies/smoothie mix from Arbonne because as a consultant I had such an amazing discount, I signed up as a consultant to them close to a year prior and was grateful for that added benefit. They are the only personal care products I use (hair/body wash etc.).

Fortunately for me, I started the MomsWithMS.org website and the MomsWithMS.com private community and my husband simultaneously got some more work. Things were still hard but they were getting better.

But how was I able to deal with such a restrictive diet?

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Ergonomic Nail Polish?

I just saw this ad and I had to share, since I know a few people who might have a hard time putting on nail polish. It is a nail polish applicator that has a looooong handle so that it is more like a paintbrush or something and easier to manipulate. I am totally curious to know how it works, have you tried it?


Plie Wand
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I Am Not Allergic To ANYTHING!!

“I have a stomach of steel” I used to say, it seemed I could eat a much wider variety of foods than other people without getting gassy (or worse!) and so when I was at a workshop that was teaching me about Empowered Living and the option to work with a Naturopath was presented I kind of thought it was funny. Most of the time my symptoms weren’t around, and I knew I ate a really healthy diet.

Because I knew about this stuff. I not only read the MS Diet book by Dr. Swank but I also had been an intern at Fitness Magazine while I was in school at Parsons School of Design and was also a consumer of other fitness magazines like Shape and even Working Mother which often had “healthy recipes” in it.

I went to get the tests. I didn’t want to be that person that didn’t give it a shot, hell if I could control my MS with something as simple as diet I was IN however I ‘knew’ that if I went with it and took the recommended tests they would see…because I am obviously in SUCH good health diet-wise.

Test Results Came In

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