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Waiting For a Diagnosis

According to, 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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7 Prompts For Love Notes

Love notes are always nice, aren’t they? Fun to give, fun to receive- whether they are shared between lovers or friends. A simple “I love you”, or “you’re such a great friend” is hard to beat. It sure gets the point across. But a creative, personalized message is often more meaningful. If you’ve toyed with the idea of penning a sentiment of your own, but found yourself stuck on what to say, this post if for you.


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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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Two Minutes to Awesome

Roses, chocolates, and lace are everywhere right now. Just about any doodad you can think of bears the words “I Love You” or “Be Mine”, and sits on a store shelf ready for purchase. While it’s nice to be on the receiving end of one of those heart shaped candy boxes, all of that marketing can make the big holiday of love feel cheap. But, there are some creative and meaningful alternatives out there.

A friend of mine once told me Valentine’s Day was her favorite holiday. (Seriously? Who says that?) She makes valentines and sends them out to different people every year. For her, its not about romance. It’s about celebrating love; the kind that sustains all kinds of relationships.

That’s pretty inspiring. Read more…

Love notes: on the fifth day

Work boots.

Redwings. He wears them every day. Well, except to church on Sundays. They’re well worn; molded to his feet. He has a winter pair and a summer pair. There’s an old “junk” pair included in the rotation somewhere. I can never keep straight which is which.

He lives his life in these boots. Fairy tale princes may ride in on brilliant white steeds and clad in shining armor, but mine pulls his half-ton pick up into our dirt drive way and hops out dressed in torn jeans and steel-toes.

Today’s love note sits inside one of those pairs of boots.

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Love Notes: Day 4


Yesterday’s post got me to thinking. Not only about love notes I’ve been given, but also the handmade birthday cards, and get-well-soon cards. Quick notes, and random smiley faces somebody had scribbled down just for me. There’s something more permanent, more significant about a sentiment you can touch, than a text or e-mail that carries the same message. Don’t you think?

If you could get a kind note from anyone, who would it be? What would it say? In that quiet closet, deep within your heart, what are the words you’re most wanting to hear? I wonder that myself. I usually try to stay out of those closets; it’s too easy to get locked inside them and lose perspective. But I can’t help wondering… Perhaps there are common themes among us.  Read more…