So I Was Checking Out Fiverr…

I decided to see what someone could come up with for a new logo for one of my sites, and I was looking around for something I might be able to offer, and I got it!! I now have a gig up and available to send a postcard from Seattle…this was the image that I made to put on the gig (it links to it too if you want to check it out!)

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I figure I should add a space needle or something, I figure once I do a couple (if I do any?) then I’ll take a picture of those and those can go up there too. Of course I thought about throwing my hat into the making a website pool but I’m holding off…for now.


A single place, millions of creative talents. from as little as 5$

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Back to School Kids Clothes Shopping Benefiting Schools!!

While we are on the saving money and raising kids theme I wanted to mention Schoola where you can not only get used kids clothes at an amazing discount, but some of that little bit of money actually is going to schools!




Even better you can organize a back to school clothing drive and the school gets at least $15 bucks! It is a great deal, because you and all the other parents get rid of those clothes that just end up on the floor because they don’t fit, and the school gets some extra money to do what they do best! Win-win all the way…



I would write more but with three kids who will be starting school this September…I have some shopping to do! Only after I send the ones they grew out of back though of course (wink-wink!).

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Made My First Thrive Market Order Today!!

I’m totally digging it so far, most exciting for me is that:

1.) They have the big Vanilla version of the protein smoothie mix that I have been getting that Costco only has in Chocolate…and for about a dollar less!

2.) They have the kind of bubble bath that I like to get for my kids…it’s one that in the store I only buy if it is on sale but the price on Thrive was pretty much the same thing as getting it on sale so I got it.

3.) They have ALL of the teas that I like to keep in stock, so with this purchase I went ahead and stocked up on Traditional Medicines Nettle Leaf tea, Yogi Kava Stress Relief Tea, and I got a new (to me) Organic India Tulsi Tea with Moringa in it…all of these are normally over $5 so I was psyched to get such a good deal paying less than $4 for each!

All of this got me over the $49 to get free shipping, and when I applied a code they had emailed me in the last week it took 15 dollars off!! So I paid $35.95, got free shipping, and it says that overall I saved $39.56…Works. For. Me.

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I think my next big purchase will be for some healthy snacks to put in the kids lunches probably, and I look forward to it!! I look forward to sharing this with the next person who tells me it is too expensive to eat healthy/organic food. It really makes it all SO so much more accessible. Each membership even helps cover a membership for someone who isn’t able to otherwise afford it, so in that we are all helping each other with this one. We get healthier food and we are helping someone else to get healthier food. Woo-hoo!!

THAT is what I mean when I say Together We Are Stronger.

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How To Pit Cherries?

Wow, so I saw this video the other day, of deserts to make with cherries, and it was one of those wonderful magical videos that made everything look so so easy…there was one part in particular that completely caught my attention, especially having had bought at least three bags of cherries so far this season! In my experience, the cherries are so so yummy when they are fresh, but a few days later, before they are actually “bad” they are still really great to freeze, which leads to what I saw in the video!

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In the video, the lady casually reached towards a bag of cherries, and then popped out this “thing” that she used to pit the cherries. It looked to me almost like I was looking into the kind of world that existed in the 50’s when women were portrayed as these domestic goddesses, and obviously they all had one of these things. So I have since popped on Amazon and found this Cherry Pitter (pictured above) and it’s in my cart, and decided to tell you about it. Do you remember ever seeing one of these things??

**Just so you know the other cooler looking ones that I saw had reviews that said they fell apart pretty fast after getting them, this is why I chose this one for the very “solid looking” design.

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I’m Texty and I know it…

Every time I hear the song I’m Sexy and I Know It or see some joke or reference to it I totally think about this…and I think at least for me, I’m like, super texty, and sometimes people take it wrong. It isn’t that you aren’t worth calling, I’m just more comfortable texting. :-)

So I pulled this together on Cafepress, click if you are interested and you’ll see a way that you can put your favorite quotes/thoughts/images in print on items too.

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Happy Dance…(Thank you SpamShield!!)

Alright, so I have spent the last few days FRANTICALLY trying to stop user registration spam on one of my sites. I have been wanting to get Buddypress going on one of them and was determined to get it up and running efficiently, so when my inbox started absolutely FLOODING with spam user registrations (more than 50 a day) I was beside myself!! Making it worse was that my gmail was reaching it’s memory limit making it double frustrating. So I was trying to delete as many emails as I could while getting way more a day than usual.

I started trying different plugins for spam, I already had Akismet and I tried probably about five different ones too. Keep in mind I’m home with the three kids these days so basically this means that when I had time I’d research plugins on my phone, go to my computer and install in less than about 5min, look at what time it was and watch my inbox. The first bunch of them, all of which I tried one at a time did absolutely nothing. The most promising one with the most users/reviews didn’t like the way my server was set up. I had gone through and gotten the right key to apply and everything, totally frustrating, and I don’t have time to call GoDaddy and ask them to reconfigure my server right now.

Finally today, rather than trusting Google/Wordpress recommendations I went straight to Buddypress. I then clicked “Plugins” to see if they recommended any for this issue and I found one, they had WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam. As you can imagine I went and installed it, checked the time (it was 12:50pm) and while I had gotten another spam registration at that very point in time, I simply deleted it and waited.

Now, it is 7:26pm and I am declaring victory…I have not gotten any new spam registrations and in addition to that I’ve gotten a “real” comment on that site, that of course I had time to follow up with since I wasn’t trying to find another spam solution.

So happy dance!! I totally recommend WP-SpamShield to anyone who is trying out BuddyPress to create an online community using WordPress!!! If you want to donate to them continuing this effort to prevent spam (please do) click HERE! I wish I could donate more..

I learned and will (hopefully) remember to go straight to the source next time I’m looking for a solution…

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My Ninja Boy Enjoying Last Few Days Before School is OUT.

Almost Last Day of School!!
My son, who up until the last week has been not wanting to go to school as much, has suddenly gotten really excited about school! It is sweet on one hand because of course that makes all of our lives easier but at the same time…it’s almost over! He’s enjoying his last few days as a preschooler, soon to be a big Pre-K kiddo and is going through the emotional swings of what that all means. Some of his best friends will be gone next year, off to Kindergarten, and he’ll be one of the big kids.

I think part of me really thought this would take longer! I remember when he first started at this school and he LOVED it because his sister was still there and of course it is cool if she is there. I was able to enroll him a little earlier than usual even just because they knew he was ready and also excited to be there, plus I was asking for it when I had a job for that period of time. I really thought that the teacher was confused when she asked about how many days he would be joining them for Pre-K…total trip.

Now I get to enjoy lots of fun summer time activities with him and of course my two daughters too! It is looking to be a beautiful summer, and I’m hoping to do a lot more of what we have been doing these last few weeks going to beaches, camping, biking and more!!

Climbing on Rocks
Exploring the Beach (1)
Exploring the Beach (2)
Biking in the Woods

I’m even starting to get a little bit of a suntan!! Time to stock up on sunscreen and aloe!!

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My Sore Throat & NOT Taking Antibiotics…

BraggsI’m not recommending that anyone does any of what I’m about to share, just sharing what worked for me. I am not a medical professional just a mom with MS doing my best. If you know me well, you know that I avoid antibiotics more than just about anything…I know that sometimes they are needed and I’m not opposed to using them in those cases but I will NOT use them as the first resort. For the last few weeks I have had a sore throat. No fever, no swollen tonsils or anything but it’s been noticeable, particularly in the evening. I was finally almost to the point that I was going to contact a doctor to ask if they thought I needed it when I did some research into what might help, and realized I hadn’t used all of what I had available to me. Starting about two or three days ago, I started gargling hydrogen peroxide. I have used it to swish many times for my teeth/gums but hadn’t thought of this. It wasn’t any kind of instant miracle relief but I can tell you that now it is barely noticeable. Another thing that I decided to start doing with more regularity is drinking water with a generous splash of apple cider vinegar. I didn’t drink this after gargling because I wasn’t trying to experiment that much but I was doing both things, and yesterday I even took a swig of the pure unwatered down apple cider vinegar. I figure if it might help, and I know it won’t hurt me, it is worth trying first before getting into the higher risk prescriptions available.

This is an example of how I deal with life. First for weeks I was drinking the Gypsy Cold Care Tea and taking the Elderberry Syrup (which is usually enough) but since that didn’t seem to be getting rid of it after a few weeks I figured that it must be bacterial instead of viral, hence moving on the the Hydrogen Peroxide and ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for some direct germ killing potency. I’m happy to say I’m feeling great! Still a bit sore from the recent bike riding but that’s about it!!

That is how I avoid things like taking antibiotics. Thanks for reading!!

Prior posts on related topics:
Are Antibiotics Leading to Autoimmune Disorder?

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Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis 

I found a theme for my site!! As you may know I have lived with MS for just over a dozen years…which means that most of my adult life has been a an “MS Life” so to say. I have always prided myself as being so much more than that diagnosis but I have realized recently that it is ok. I have this diagnosis, it is a part of who I am and it is always a part of my story. I have tried to get doctors to reconsider the diagnosis and cause for whatever symptom I’m experiencing at the moment but it doesn’t seem that anyone was interested in doing that. So what other choice do I have than to make the best of what I have got!


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As passive as I’ve been letting it define me, I have been anything BUT passive when it comes to the treatment with my MS. I do not for example take any of the DMD’s (Disease Modifying Drugs). I quit those about six years ago when I was pregnant with Hazel, and simply never went back on them. I have however experienced some symptoms or relapses (whatever you want to call it) and I have found other satisfactory ways for dealing with them. I find that by focusing on what IS working, and making that part of myself as healthy as possible, the rest seems to work itself out. My biggest triggers have always been stress and so I have addressed that for example by joining a community of like minded positive thinkers via the church that I go to (Center for Spiritual Living) as well as making lots of new friends via the MomsWithMS.org site that I created (also in 2009) for moms diagnosed with MS like me.

I will be addressing my techniques and theories for how I deal with MS and my MS Life more fully in my blog. Please feel free to comment or ask questions because I am happy to know I have some kind of an audience and I want to provide value to my readers.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!! Namaste..

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The Four Agreements + Self Mastery

4AgreementsI’m currently taking a class called “Self Mastery” that uses this book along with some other materials to teach us about being our best selves, to “Master” ourselves hence the name “Self Mastery”. I have taken other classes that are on this topic as I’m constantly looking to see where I can improve, I know it is a shocker but I’m not perfect (sshh!!). It’s been interesting because it really seems that each week, which is focused on a different one of the 4 agreements, it seems that I am experiencing extreme examples of how they play into my life. I think those will have to be blog posts to come but they will be linked to here:

1.) Live with Integrity

2.) Don’t take anything Personally

(haven’t gotten to 3 + 4 yet, but soon!)

Let me know if you have read this book and if you liked it.

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New Fitbit!!!

I’m so totally psyched…I lost my Fitbit back in March when I was totally excited to use it for tracking my training for the 5k Run MS event..so when my band broke I was totally bummed! Fitbit support totally came to my rescue though and I had a new band on the way in the mail, while it was on it’s way to me I kept my Fitbit tracker in the shelf bra in my tank top…it worked great for the most part but then on the night before my replacement bracelet band came I completely lost it! I was pretty upset and did a lot of looking for it..it happened at night and so I figured it had to be in one of the two bedrooms but even with my alarms set and me listening carefully for the vibrations I could not find it!

After that I contacted support again and shared my story, I knew it would be kind of a miracle to actually get my fitbit replaced when I lost it but I thought maybe they’d consider it since it happened while I was waiting for the band. I’m completely thrilled to say that they DID replace it and it is on my arm right now…I have it synced to my account and I’m ready for action! I DID do the 5k and am happy to say that while I wasn’t the fastest I DID do it. I’m probably going to sign up for another one just to motivate my training!

I highly recommend Fitbit as their support has been phenomenal, and it’s the little things like being able to set alerts that vibrate through the day that totally help me not just track my steps but also keep me on track when I’m working and need to go do things like pick the kids up from school.

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I’ve gotten a hold of this link that gets you Free shipping with orders over $50 at Fitbit.com too! :-).

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