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Hey. It’s been awhile.

Perhaps you haven’t noticed. I wouldn’t blame you- consistency isn’t one of my strengths, let’s just be honest here. But I’ve missed you. Missed this– this whole blogging bit. The planning, writing, photographing and editing, wishing I knew what I was doing… It was beginning to feel like Lost Upon A Time was gaining traction. My workflow was becoming more efficient, and I was learning SO much. One of my scrap wood designs is even going to be featured in a legitimate magazine! That’s huge to me!

But we had a change of plans.

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Waiting For a Diagnosis

According to Prevention.com, it can take autoimmune disease sufferers 5 to 10 years to be diagnosed. Here in the US, there are nearly 24 million autoimmune disease patients, as estimated by the NIH. However, if you’re asking the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., that number jumps to 50 million. In contrast, cancer affects about 9 million, and heart disease 22 million.

There’s no question that the rate of increase for autoimmune diseases is out of control. Once considered a western world problem, it’s now a pandemic crisis. And medicine is nowhere near understanding – much less treating – these complex conditions. Read more…

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3 Herb Sleepy Tea Blend

On the heels of dishing out my favorite coffee hacks, today I’m sharing my sleepy tea blend. (If you’ve tried all eight coffee hacks in one day, no tea is going to help you sleep, my friend. You’ll just have to wait it out.)

Like so many with autoimmune disease, my sleep needs are like a yo-yo. There are those times when I cannot sleep more than 4 hours. Then there are other times when I’m out for 12 hours, and need several naps during the day. If this describes you, you know how beat-your-head-against-the-wall frustrating it is. Read more…

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Coffee Hacks for Home

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I’m a coffee snob and I am not ashamed. I love a smooth shot of espresso, full bodied with a thick layer of crema on top. Dark roasts, light roasts, medium roasts, and city roasts all have a place in my heart. Lattes are nice. Cappuccinos are lovely. And breves? Divine.

My love for the bean runs deep; taking root long before I worked as a barista. Even after working with expensive equipment, some of my favorite coffees are the simple drinks that can be made at home. The following coffee hacks require equipment you likely already have: a drip-style coffee maker, a blender, and a citrus zester, or grater. Read more…

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Cheap and Easy Homemade Vegetable Broth

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Hello, Friends!

It’s soup season!

Around here, anyway. When the wind howls, the snow flies, and it feels too darn cold to even go out to the mail box, there’s often a pot of soup on our stove. Made well, it’s comfort for the soul; and nourishment for the body.

If you’re like me, you want to keep tasty, healing meals on the table for your family. But, you only have so much time and not a lot of energy. You try to balance healing foods, a teeny grocery budget, and convenience. Sure, homemade is great. It’s usually the best way to go, in terms of health and frugality. But who’s got the time? Does anyone really want one more thing to think about?

This one’s easy, friend. I promise.

 

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Six Tips for Better Time Management with Autoimmune Disease

Happy New Year, Friends!

Has 2016 begun well for you?

Looking back on the last twelve months, I’m pretty amazed at all that can happen in just one year. You too? Each January, I mull over the gains and losses, and lessons learned of the last twelve months. Then I look ahead to the coming months and set goals. I’m not a resolution maker. Instead, I establish priorities. I choose what I want to focus on in different areas of my life; for instance -spiritually, health-wise, business, home making, marriage, etc. There’s always some area that needs intentional growth. Okay, several. Lots. Alright, I need to grow up. Moving on.

Do you reflect back over the year before looking ahead?

One area I’m forever struggling with is in maintaining a routine. Time management can be an elusive white unicorn for anyone, I know. But it seems to come more naturally for some folks than for others. I am an “other”. Read more…

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It’s good to have goals

I’ve put on a bit of weight this year; I’d say 10 pounds or so. I blame middle-age, several rounds of prednisone, and fatigue that renders me almost bedridden. Thankfully, the prednisone is out of my life (for now), and the fatigue is at bay. However, at some point during my last flare-up, I lost my thigh muscles. I can’t find them anywhere. Mind you, I have plenty, plenty, of thigh. Just no muscle.

With any move I make, I jiggle. Parts I never knew I had are jiggling. It’s a funny feeling. *blink*…Whoa! Did my eyelids just quiver? Read more…

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You’re Kind of a Big Deal

Hey.

How’s your week been? Good? Bad? Meh?

Over in our little corner of the world, we’ve been on a bit of a roller coaster. Highs, lows, and definitely some unexpected twists. Thankfully though, no one’s puked so far.

Well, wherever you are, whatever part of the track you’re on in your ride, it matters. You matter. That’s easy to forget, so here’s a little PSA for ya, friend.

You were created with intention. For a purpose. Your life, your experiences- they have meaning. The good and the bad. The meh. Think back to what’s made you who you are. What have you over come? What battles are you still fighting?

There’s only one of you. You have a story.

Take a listen here. I promise you’ll love the music, you’ll love Morgan’s voice, you’ll love her hat. But it’s the words that’ll fill your soul.

Be reminded that your story matters, because you’re part of the bigger story. Your life is a thread in the fabric the Master Weaver has designed. Without you, without your story, that cloth falls apart.

Own it. Shine. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just real.

~m

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Hibiscus Tea: Making Jamaica with Piloncillo

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Oh. My. Gosh. Did you see the sunshine yesterday! I was out there with my flabby, pale self, just putzing around the yard looking for any reason to be under that gorgeous sky. It felt so good. Today is looking about the same. We just might have to grill tonight…

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Chronic Disease From a Physician’s Perspective

I stumbled across this post last week, and haven’t been able to get it off my mind. If you have waited years for diagnosis, or perhaps you know the name of what makes you ill, you will appreciate this letter. Michelle has a fantastic blog- she’s both honest and feisty. I encourage you to take a moment to see what she has to say. But first, read this letter she found. It’s an eye opener.

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