Saturday, September 24, 2016

Update on my Mother's condition...

Good morning everyone. I really wanted to give you a more detailed update on my Mother's condition. While she is dealing with all of her physical conditions, she is now dealing with major problems with her right knee.

Apparently there is a major gap in between the two bones that connect at the knee. It's so extreme, that only a complete knee replacement would correct the problem, however, we have come to a brick wall on that matter. Since my Mother has several severe lung conditions, the chances of her coming out of that kind of surgery safely, are very slim.

As I posted recently, when we had gone to do some errands the other day, one of the places we had to go to was the pharmacy to pick up our prescriptions. We were waiting in line and my Mom's right knee almost gave out. If my older sister Michelle wasn't there to catch her, she would have more certainly had another bad fall.

She had a bad fall back in 2015, and that's what caused the knee problem to worsen. And her left knee isn't much stronger. When she was in her late 20's, my Mother fell when she was going to visit someone and the side walk was cracked and it caused her to fall. She had to have knee surgery on both knees. The Doctor that did the surgery back then told her that despite the knee surgeries, her knees would worsen as she got older.

That's exactly what has happened. This is why I started this gofundme campaign. If any of you don't feel comfortable donating money, we will gladly accept donations of the items she needs to get her mobility back. The physical therapy and other things we can work other arrangements out for her. I am sincerely trying to get mobility support for my severely disabled Mother.

She is able to use her mobility chair in the apartment, but it's not portable so she can not take it with her when she goes around town to do errands, go to Doctor's appointments or other things she would like to be able to do.

You see, I may have some illnesses, but I have my mobility. My Mother has lost all of her independence. Most of her life is spent in bed. She can't even sit on the couch because her legs and arms are too weak to get back up. I will be updating the campaign description soon and making some modifications.

PLEASE share this campaign on as many social media platforms as you can. I'm not asking you to donate, just share the campaign. I am sure, sooner or later, we will get her what she needs.

My sole income right now is my disability benefits. I just started my new home business and it takes time to build. I know I can do it, but even then, I can not get my Mother everything she needs on my own. I am pleading.... begging for any kind of help. Sharing this campaign will greatly help her out.

I honestly don't know what else to say to gain your trust that this is NOT a scam, in any way, shape or form. Like I said, if you're willing to donate some of the items she needs, I am willing to talk to you privately and make arrangements. Donations does not need to be monetary.

Thank you for your time and for reading this update. Have a wonderful day.

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Real Homemade Hummus recipe...

Yesterday I posted a homemade corn tortilla chip recipe and I thought this would be great to make with it! Simple and delicious!

Real Homemade Hummus

1 clove garlic 1
(19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, half the liquid reserved
4 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil

In a blender, chop the garlic. Pour garbanzo beans into blender, reserving about a tablespoon for garnish. Place lemon juice, tahini, chopped garlic and salt in blender. Blend until creamy and well mixed.

Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and pour olive oil over the top. Garnish with reserved garbanzo beans.

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Healthy Baked Corn Tortilla Chips (Homemade and Gluten-free)

A wonderful healthy snack and a great way to use up leftover corn tortillas. It's very simple to make. VARIATION: If you need more healthy oils in your diet, brush with olive oil.

Healthy Baked Corn Tortilla Chips (Homemade and Gluten-free)

5 corn tortillas (Misson brand is Gluten Free)
salt (optional, additional spice options listed in directions)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Stack tortillas one on top of the other and use kitchen sizzors to cut them into 4 slices like you would cut up a pizza.

Spread them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet (not air-bake) , spacing them at least 1/4" apart (they will be chewy instead of crispy if not spaced properly). (NOTE: If you must use an air-bake pan, try 350 degrees for 20 minutes).
Shake salt and desired toppings over tortillas.

TOPPING OPTIONS (choose any combo): SPICES: paprika, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder (sparingly), cayenne pepper (sparingly, will add heat!). CHEESES: grated Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, etc. or try SWEET: cinnamon & sugar.

Bake 8-12 mins or until chips are starting to get crispy and slightly golden brown at the edges (check every 1-2 minutes after 8 mins).
Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 mins before serving in order to let them fully crisp.

Extra Crispy: put back in turned off oven at least 10 mins or until ready to serve for extra crispy and warm chips (watch them, you may need to leave oven door cracked to prevent over browning).

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Natural Migraine Treatments that actually WORK!

Amazing article I happen to stumble upon when I was looking for some natural remedies for migraines. I hope you all find this article helpful. I know I sure do! The link to this article is at the bottom of this entry.

Please SHARE this post, you may help someone that suffers with migraines!

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The kids will love this! Spaghetti Skillet recipe

From the Taste of Home Cookbook. This is a light recipe that can be done under 30 minutes. You don't have to cook the spaghetti before adding it to the skillet.

Spaghetti Skillet

1⁄2 lb lean ground beef
1⁄4 lb bulk Italian sausage
2 (8 ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 cup water
1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained (I will use fresh mushroom)
2 celery ribs, sliced
4 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in half
1⁄4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper

In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 14-16 minutes or until spaghetti is tender.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time to try this protein-packed healthy cheesecake!

Healthy Protein Cheese Cake Dessert

1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar substitute (Splenda)
12 ounces fat free cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup egg whites or 1 cup egg substitute
1 reduced fat graham cracker crust

preheat oven to 350f degrees.
spoon cottage cheese into blender or food processor. Blend on high for 30 seconds. add cream cheese and blend 30 more seconds on high.
Scrap down sides then add splenda and vanilla. then blend on medium while gradually adding eggs for 45 seconds.
pour cheese filling into pie crust and bake for 30 minutes.
let cool for at least 30 minutes.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Serve plain or with any kind of berries you choose and top off with some cool whip free!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Taking it one day and one step at a time...

I have had so many friends kindly remind me that any journey always starts by taking it one step at a time, and that's what I most definitely intend on doing.

Living with any chronic pain or illness is a daily struggle. You never know how you're going to feel when you wake up. At time, there are days when the fatigue or the pain is extremely difficult to bare. All I can do, is try my best to cope. Today was no exception. I had to give in and take my anti-inflammatory and a pain killer. If you know me pretty well, you know I absolutely hate having to rely on prescription medication, but right now, it's the only thing that I don't have to pay out of pocket for. I rather prefer to take natural remedies, but unfortunately, anything healthy in this system costs money.

That's one of the reasons why I am so happy to be back in the health and wellness industry. I know that the natural way will benefit me more, but living on disability alone isn't going to get me to where I need my overall health to be. I hope I can help others while I am on my new journey. Just taking it all one day and one step at a time!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Introducing the DIY Network!

I am always on the look out for the latest and greatest in DIY projects. I have recently found an amazing website that publishes many helpful and amazing DIY idea's. I just wanted to take the time to share this newly found resource with you all!

Introducing the DIY Network!!!

They have How-To tutorials, videos, shows and even a blog. You can also register an account if that's your desire. It's a pretty neat little website. I know a lot of you prefer to opt for Do-It-Yourself idea's. I hope you find this website resourceful.

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe

This is why I ALWAYS opt for homemade desserts!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1⁄2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup butter, softened
2 1⁄8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk

1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1⁄2 cups icing sugar

chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 275°F (135C).
Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
Spread on cooled cake.

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

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Good morning!!!

Good morning everyone!

Exciting new things are happening in my life and I can not wait to share my experiences with you all. I hope you have a wonderful day! 💛

I refuse to give up!!!

Hey everyone. I wanted to start this post off by thanking you all for being so supportive and understanding, I know there are times that I can come across as complaining. I am really trying hard to work on being more positive. Living with lupus, fibromyalgia and migraines often causes me to feel drained, exhausted and it takes away my ability to enjoy every day activities. I do apologize if I ever complain too much or if I ever bring anyone down. That is never my intention.

If you're curious as to why I post about my health so often online, well I'll try to explain it as simple as I possibly can...

When I was a teenager, I used to write in a journal, every single day about whatever I was feeling or what I was experiencing. I feel it helped me open up, to where now, instead of writing in a journey, I like to share my experiences with other people. And since social media is available for me now, I feel it's the best outlet for me to express myself and maybe show others that are experiencing hardships, that they're not alone.

I like to share my successes and my frustrations. I want to show others that even when you are feeling at your lowest, you can overcome anything, with patience and the willingness to learn coping mechanisms. So that's why I tend to share a lot here on my profile. I am careful about who I post to as well, which is why most of the time, my posts are for friends only. But I do on a rare occasion, share with other people as well.

I look forward to sharing my journey to living a more productive and healthy lifestyle. It's a daily battle, but I don't think giving up is ever the answer. Do we need a break every now and then? Of course, but taking a break and giving up are two very different things.

Okay, enough rambling for now. Thank you all again for your time and friendship. It's most truly appreciated.