Autoimmune Diseases

A little over a year ago I got the news I had an autoimmune disease. The first things that went through my mind were confusion, shock, disappointment, panic, worry, the list goes on and on!  The more I learned, the more I worried! In my head, all day long, I had so many thoughts and all of them were worries. The more I worried, the more down I felt. One thing I learned really quick about autoimmune diseases is that many result in severe depression. Imagine waking up sick one day and learning you will never get better. It turns your whole life around and its very lonely because so few people know anything about these silent diseases. I look fine (a tab bit fluffier than before I got sick) on the outside, but on the inside many of my organs are struggling, my body is attacking itself, and each day is a silent battle.

Autoimmune Diseases

After having a few days where I had pity parties for myself, I decided one reason I have this is because I have a voice, and most times I’m not afraid to use it!!! This subject has been harder for me to share though. I like to present myself as being strong, positive, a go-getter….not someone who is sick and “weak”. I can’t change having this disease, but what I can do is be more open about it! I can use my struggles to bring awareness. I can encourage someone who felt despair upon getting diagnosed. I can push people to learn more to help their friends and family who struggle with autoimmune disease. I can share with people how your life might be harder, but you can still find joy!! I can remind people not to judge, as you never know how much pain someone might be in. I can use my voice and hopefully inspire at least one person!

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I’ve met so many people in the past year who also have major health issues, and the main thing we discuss is how lonely it is! I recently spoke to a young woman who got diagnosed 4 years ago and not a single member of her family asks how she is doing, knows what she has, or tries to help her. Unfortunately that is VERY common! I personally have been blessed with an amazing tribe! The moment I was diagnosed, my aunt was looking up what I had on google. My dad always encourages me, looks for options that might help me, and reminds me I can reach out to him at any moment! My best friends send me articles, encourage me, remind me not to overdo it, and notice the days I’m a little to quiet.  On the days where we feel very bad, the worse part is to be alone! If you know someone with an autoimmune disease, make sure to reach out to them! Even if its just to say “Hi” or “I’m praying for you”….just let them know they are NOT alone! Plus, when you are sick, tired, and depressed, you don’t feel like talking to people. If your friend or family member has a chronic illness, be the one to reach out to THEM!!! Nothing is worse than when you feel sick and overwhelmed and have a list of people YOU have to check in on….I know relationships are a two way street, but when someone is sick, don’t make them chase you down. Trust me on this one, it’s huge and so important!!

 

Other than being around for your friend, if you know someone with an autoimmune disease, you should also take the time to learn more about it!  It will show them you care, but it will also let you know what they are going through.  I’ve seen many people make hurtful comments about chronic diseases simply because they were to lazy to get on google and learn. Education is key! With that being said, I would love to share a little about autoimmune disease with you! If you have one, know someone who does, or just want to be more aware, there are tons of great resources online to learn! I personally think the best place and way to learn is by asking someone who has one! Even though you didn’t ask, I’m going to use my voice and share! Please share this with others, the more awareness, the better! It could reach someone who is feeling very alone right now.

Autoimmune Disease

  • An autoimmune disease is where your body attacks it’s own cells. It cause your immune system to be jeopardized and thus easily susceptible to more infections. It’s a chronic illness, has no cure, and for many people, it’s a depressing and lonely disease that for many people gets worse over time.
  • There are over 100 different autoimmune diseases. Many have similar symptoms which makes them hard to diagnose. Some autoimmune disease actually cause you to get more.
  • Over 50 million people in the US have an autoimmune disease, and yet less than 13 percent of people know what an autoimmune disease is! Autoimmune diseases are one of the top killers of women under the age of 65!
  • Many autoimmune disease run in families. If someone in your family has one, learn everything you can because you could end up with it, or one of your kids! Early detection can save years of pain!
  • The average person has to visit 4 different doctors before finding one who takes autoimmune diseases seriously. Most are told it’s “all in your head” and for many people it takes 2-4 years before they are diagnosed….talk about depressing!
  • Autoimmune diseases are the 4th largest cause of disability for women in the United States.
  • Most autoimmune diseases are hereditary. You can’t catch it, cause yourself to get it, fake it, or have any say in how it works. It’s your body attacking itself and there is no medicine to stop it. Often times once it “breaks” something in you, you then get a medicine to repair what’s broken, but their is not a medicine to keep more things from getting broken.
  • The average person has an autoimmune disease for many years, they just aren’t aware until it gets really bad. Different things can cause it to cause problems, but the most common are things like an illness, change in hormones (pregnancy or menopause), extreme stress.
  • Autoimmune diseases don’t care your age, occupation, health, gender etc they just attack!
  • Many people with an autoimmune disease wake up one day feeling bad. They go to the doctor but they can’t figure pout what’s wrong. Then they keep feeling bad each day with no clue why. Having an autoimmune disease is literally waking up sick one day knowing you’ll never get better again.
  • Some people go into remission with their disease, in which for awhile your symptoms are not as bad. Other people never have a remission and stay in what we call a “flare up”. The problem is autoimmune diseases cause inflammation, inflammation causes damage to your organs, and many more serious issues I don’t like to discuss.
  • One of the hardest parts of an autoimmune disease it’s the side effects. They range from joint pain, depression, weight gain, hair loss, exhaustion, insomnia, fever, etc. There are hundreds of different symptoms and each person’s is different. For me personally, I had exhaustion, bruising on my body, high fevers, a weak immune system, headaches, hair loss, nails breaking, and weight gain.
  • Every person’s autoimmune disease is different. I’ve talked to women with the same condition as me who don’t get out of bed most days. I met one at the doctor who said she has to be on disability and has a live in nanny to help with her kids. I met another who knew it ran in her family, got tested early, and changed her lifestyle so she has never had an issue. Every person is different so make sure to ask how they feel and not go by what you read offline. One of my major issues is I get high fevers, I’ve yet to meet another person who has that problem haha.

 

After reading that, not only are you probably shocked but also a little scared for your friend/family member. Don’t be scared, be prepared! When you know the facts, it allows you to better help them! One of my first suggestions is find an naturopath doctor, functional medicine doctor or holistic doctor. Those types focus on how to get your body to stop attacking itself, and not just on the damage it causes. Plus, they actually listen! I’ve had the wonderful pleasure of learning most doctors do not listen as autoimmune diseases are not something they understand.  Next step is learn about nutrition! It plays a huge role and can help you with many of your symptoms! Also, find someone to talk to! Falling into depression is so common but if you have someone to lean on, it makes all the difference!

Autoimmune disease

Yes autoimmune diseases are something you have for life, but I think with the proper care, education, and mind set you will be ok. That is what I tell myself! I’ve been in a really bad flare up for months, but I know one day we’ll figure out how to stop it, and then I’ll have so many amazing tips to share with others! I also think this will allow me to show others that no matter what obstacles are thrown in your way, if you never give up, amazing things will eventually happen! Today is a good day for me, and I’ve learned to say THANK YOU for the good ones! No matter how few and far between they might be!

 

If you have an autoimmune disease, or know someone who does, please feel free to share any tips. Or if you need someone to talk to, I’m here!! This is hard to write and a very sensitive subject so kind words, prayers, support are always welcome!

 

Make sure to follow my blog as I will work hard on being more open about this! Have a blessed day!!

More Resources On Autoimmune Disease:

Autoimmune Mom

American Autoimmune

Health Line

10 Signs You Have An Autoimmune Disease

Molly’s Fund 

 

Dana

Monday Musings 8/24

I am not going to lie, the past week has been ROUGH! Will and I started homeschooling which has been a lot tougher than we thought. He has to do 4-6hrs of school each day and since I have a 3 and 1 year old to also keep busy, our days have been hectic! I’m attempting to do his school work when the baby naps as that little goober gets into everything. But that means less breaks for Will as we have to cram it into two or three sessions. The hardest part for him has been phonics. He has math and science down and loves those. But when it comes to letters and their sounds….NOPE! So Mommy and Will have both been a bit frazzled haha!!11219059_10153158365974576_3551802852844356049_n

 

I’m hoping this week will be easier since I know what to expect and also that I need to try and make it a little more fun for him. Currently he hates school and I know its mostly because I’m not too good at making it fun. He is learning the stuff he enjoys quickly, he was showing off his Five Senses and how to use them for his Grandpa today! And which things are on the left, and which are on the right. Smart boy!!!

 

Balancing working at home, watching my kids, and homeschooling has been rough. Its temporary so I know I can manage but I’ve had to drop others things so I don’t go crazy. We also move into our new house in a month which will add to the crazy for a few days haha. But I like crazy! I seriously think I function better when life is crazy. I mean, who likes boring?!?!

 

Lets talk things I’m loving this week!!!!

reviveacademy-300x200One of my best friends started a social media academy called Revive and its AMAZING! She teaches you how to be successful in social media and life! She even helps you pick out business appropriate outfits!!! This is the lady who mentored me when I started working from home 3 years ago so I know for a fact she is good!!

http://traindirtyfitness.com/revive-academy/#.Vdn-f1NViko

 

11870788_10153835955786091_4794192947214219852_n#GoodEnough is a cause special to my heart. When I started in the fitness world, I knew NOTHING! I was promoting a shake with horrible ingredients, needed to lose a lot of weight, ate too few calories, and was just an all around mess LOL. But I found a fitness company that didn’t care I was a mess! They cared that I was trying and no matter where I was in my journey, that I was good enough!! That’s such an important lesson everyone needs to be reminded of, and now you can get it on a shirt!!! These are limited edition and can only be purchased through this group so don’t miss out!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/856552127772373/

 

 

11885169_10153170501819576_123898734864037834_nDeal Of A Lifetime ends August 31st!!! Don’t miss this opportunity if you have wanted to start your own business for HALF the cost. It’s the perfect time too with the launch of at home gel manicures in a week!!!!

 

Plus next week we launch at home gel manicure kits and that is going to be huge!!! Its such a fun and easy job to get paid for your manicures! Go read more about this opportunity and snatch it up before it is gone!

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Want to hear a few funny stories from my week??? I know you do 😉

My sweet little Adalyn locked all of us out of the house, so Super Mom here broke the screen on a window, broke the lock on the window, got it up, and go Adalyn through to open the door back up. Luckily no one had to go to the bathroom as it kinda took me awhile. Note to self, give a friend a spare key!!!!

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Liam learned if he chases after his brother and sister growling, they will run screaming. He thinks it hilarious, and they do too!

 

In homeschooling, Will and I were talking about “Up” and “Down”. I asked him what was on top of his chair. He replied “My tushey”.

 

I asked Will what he saw when he looked down when he is outside. He replied “Pollen, lots of pollen.”

 

Learning about food, I asked Will what gives you energy. He replied “Coffee. That’s why you drink it all day.”

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed week!!!

 

 

 

Dana

Getting Paid To Share Products

One problem many people encounter when trying to work from home, is finding what to do! The most popular option, especially for Mom’s, is working for a direct sales company. But how do you pick one??? My number one suggestion is find a product you LOVE! The key to being successful with this type of job is loving the product you are sharing. That way talking about it does not feel like work, and your passion and love for the product shows. When you love the product, you also will use it all the time and that is the BEST way to share it with others.

Sometimes you do have to shop around and try a few different products. The great things is many companies allow you to sample the products with a money back guarantee if you don’t like them! That way you can find out if this product will be a great fit for you or not. Also make sure and look at your friends and family and see if this is something they might be interested in. You don’t have to share it with them, you can do online parties, go to events, and meet people online who might want to try your product. You have so many options!!!

You can find a company with any type of product!!! There are so many great options!!! Here are some to check out. For more options and information on business opportunities, check out our Work From Home Directory.

 

Health and Wellnesspaid to be on facebook

Young Living– 100% Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Get your family started on natural healing with the Premium Start Kit. Email for details on how to get wholesale pricing!

Michellesiegel101@yahoo.com

http://www.youngliving.org/Sunnyoils

 

DoTERRA essential oils are perfect for anyone that’s passionate about making a difference to the wellness of those they love. These oils are therapeutic grade.

Website: http://www.mydoterra.com/melanieschouten/

Email: empoweredmumma@gmail.com

 

Fitness

Advocare-  World-class nutrition company specializing in health and wellness, weight management, vibrant energy and sports performance.

Website: http://www.advocare.com/140338820

Email:Kimberly.velasquez@gmail.com

 

Thrive- Thrive is premium nutrition full of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and enzymes that our bodies need to be well balanced and function properly.
simplyU@gmx.com, www.deannmorton.le-vel.com

 

It Works– It works! That’s wrap! Tighten, tone, firm… Get skinny! It works products are an all natural, detoxifying and hydrating line that help you achieve your body sculpting goals! Join my team and aid in the fight against fat!

http://thatswrap.itworksca.com

Kass.chibry@gmail.com

 

Beachbody- In-home fitness programs and weight-loss tools – all the tools and support you need to get in the healthiest shape of your life.
www.beachbodycoach.com/khlavor
Getfit@writersfitnessplan.com

 

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Mary Kay– Welcome to the leader in skin care and cosmetics!  For 51 years Mary Kay has been try before you buy!  One on one facials, group facials, glamour sessions, secure online 24/7 shopping, and business opportunities.

www.marykay.com/dtangren

Dorothy.marykay@gmail.com

 

Younique- Younique 3d Mascara is the most innovative thing to happen to makeup this century. A 300% increase in thickness and volume. A safe a natural alternative to false lashes and lash extensions. Younique 3d fibers are made from 100% green tea leaves. Gluten free, talc free, paraben free, chemical free, and cruelty free. A 14 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with your product! Email: kimmylashes@gmail.com FB: Facebook.com/kimmylashes www.kimmylashes.com

 

Tyra beauty is not another make up company it’s a beauty experience. I fell in love with these products because as a busy mom it takes me from plain to gorgeous in 6 minutes flat with little effort. Tyra Beauty was created so any woman or man can work with them easily and effectively in our every day life. And who doesn’t love Tyra Banks. So I became a Beautytainer to personally share products I love and help others feel beautiful and in return it allows me to earn income and be a stay at home mom.

Renee Tanner Email me at: tyra_beautytainment@yahoo.com

https://www.tyra.com/renee/

 

Sweet Minerals– offers all natural, high quality mineral makeup. We offers a flawless look that lasts 18+ hours and all our products are made here in the US.

www.sweetminerals.com/jessicamarkle

jessm526@aol.com

 

Skincare

Rodan + Fields- Founded by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, Rodan + Fields is bringing dermatology to the home with skincare products and tools that address aging skin, acne, discoloration, sun damage, and sensitive skin, and make real, visible results possible at home without injections or other invasive procedures.  All products come with a 60-day money back guarantee, even if the bottles are empty!

Sharon Casadei Rodan + Fields Level IV Executive Consultant

Website: Casadei.myrandf.biz

Email: RFbySharon@gmail.com

 

Jeunesse Global– Worldwide leader in advanced skincare and anti-aging technology – from great preventative products like our Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenation Serum to our Instantly Ageless product that literally takes 10 years off in just two minutes! At Jeunesse we focus on a variety of great products to help you look and feel younger – on the inside and out! Visit our website for our full line of products at www.eyecandycream.com or visit our Facebook page for lots of great product info and before and after pictures at www.facebook.com/eyecandycream!

 

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Monat- Monat offers a ground floor opportunity with easy to share products that people really want! Our unique, all natural haircare system is proven to work and the results are jaw dropping. No other direct sales company offers products like this, plus we have a very generous compensation plan!

Website: Natural.mymonat.com    Email: stephmize1@gmail.com

 

Lemongrass Spa offers a full line of mineral make-up and an extensive collection of Actually Natural skin care products for the entire family. Lemongrass Spa has an established base of profitable consultants but the market is not flooded, now is a great time to use our products and make money sharing them with others.

Jess Muller Aknaturally.com Jmuller.AK@gmail.com

 

 

Home Products

Usborne Books- The most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. From activity books, to neat fiction series, to internet-linked science and history encyclopedias, Usborne does books better.

Andrea Blanchette

http://www.raisingourbookworms.com

raisingbookworms@yahoo.com

 

Norwex- I am an Independent Norwex Consultant. Let me show you how to radically reduce your use of harsh chemicals in your home and personal use all while saving you a ton of time, money, your health, and the environment! With our EnviroCloth and water you can clean most of your house without using other cleaners, truly getting a TRUE CLEAN!

ambee18@yahoo.com

www.AmberHady.norwex.biz

 

Wildtree- Wildtree offers the highest quality herbs, spices and culinary blends that are free of preservatives, additives, fillers and promote a healthier lifestyle. Wildtree believes in the value of making cooking a quicker, easier, more healthful project for those who are short on time.

My site: mywildtree.com/jessicagroyal

Email: greueljessica@gmail.com

 

Jewelry

Origami Owl

https://missmolly.origamiowl.com/  Mollyritterbeck@gmail.com

 

Adornable.u We offer beautiful, fine fashion jewelry backed by a lifetime replacement guarantee

staceyporritt@gmail.com www.facebook.com/staceyaporritt

 

KEEP Collective– An Exclusive collectible charm concept with personal service, social networking, and e-commerce to build a more meaningful, rewarding, fun & flexible business for women than ever before. https://www.keep-collective.com/with/aprilsmith aprilmsmith0627@gmail.com

 

AND MORE!!!!

Stream– Teaches people how to cut their wireless bill by 25%, 50% or even get it free.

jzhlmayer@gmail.com

hmayer.mystream.com

 

WineShop At Home– Come for the Taste, Stay for the lifestyle!  We provide guided in-home wine tastings of artisan, hand-crafted wine direct from our Napa Valley winery in 33 states across the country.  WineShop At Home offers an exceptional consumer experience, as well as an unparalleled and exciting business opportunity for women & men.

www.discoverthewinelife.com

jentoleary@gmail.com

 

 

As you can see, there are so many options to choose from!!! And all of these fabulous companies will PAY YOU to promote for them!!! How great of a job is that?!?!

 

Do you have a company that isn’t listed here? Feel free to email workfromhomemommas@gmail.com to advertise your company on our list!

Dana

Graham Cookies

As a parent, it is always a struggle between finding foods my kids will eat, and my desire to have them eat healthy foods. Lately as I have noticed that effects sugar have on my 4 year old, I’ve been working hard to find healthy foods that I can make. And that he will still enjoy haha. One recipe I recently found that everyone loved, is home made graham crackers! These are very easy to do and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:graham cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or flour of choice
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a blender combine the ingredients.
  3. Next put in the chilled butter.
  4. Scoop the mixture onto a piece of wax paper, with another sheet onto and roll out with a rolling pin or cup
  5. Roll dough out and use cookie cutters to make shapes or a cup just for circles.
  6. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

 

To Freeze, simply cut the cookies into shapes and then place them onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then you can place them in a plastic bag and you can freeze them for up to 3 months. When you are ready to bake them, just cook them with an additional 1-2 minutes of bake time added on and keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

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Dana

Save $400 Off Your Grocery Bills

saving moneyWhen extra money is needed, my first suggestion is to always look at your budget and see where you can make cuts. My family was living paycheck to paycheck and we had a strong desire to pay off all our debt, but with no extra money that was hard to do. A detailed look into my budget showed me my family of 5 was spending over $1000 a month on food. Eating out, snacks, extras, desserts….all those goodies were adding up, and adding up very fast. So I decided to make some cuts. Ok, BIG cuts to be honest, and get our grocery bill down to $400-$500 a month.

 

Is it doable?? YES! I have been sticking to this new plan for over 8 months now and have saved tons of money, and in fact I wrote the whole plan out to help others do the same!! ((you can read more about that at the end plus how to get it for 50% off!)) The hardest part for me is I am a healthy eater, so I needed foods that were cheap, but also healthy for my family. That took some researching, trial and error, and finding bargains. But it worked and we are now able to put at least $400 a month into our savings!

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Here are a few of my top tips for eating on a budget, and scroll down to the bottom for a list of cheap, easy recipes!

 

TIPS:

*Plan out your meals for the week. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks! If you know what you are going to eat, you will be less likely to spend money eating out

*Make your own snacks. I make all my kids snacks except pretzels. I do homemade cheese crackers, graham crackers, yogurt, muffins, bread….pretty much everything can be made from home for cheaper and a LOT healthier

*PLAN PLAN PLAN: I promise this is the number one tip for staying on track

*Make two nights a week a “veggie night”. Meat is pricey and you can get just as much protein from veggies, but for cheaper.

*Make a grocery list and stick with it! If its not on the list, and you don’t need it, then don’t buy it!

*Go with frozen or canned fruits and veggies. Cheaper!!

*Buy from stores like Aldis, Save A Lot, Costco, or Sams. Make sure to compare prices though as items aren’t always cheaper.

*Buy discount items in bulk and freeze! When I see meat or cheese on sale, I buy a lot and stick it in the freezer.

*PLAN! Keep snacks in your bag so you aren’t tempted to go through a drive thru

*Coupon! But make sure you have your meals planned out before looking for coupons. Otherwise you end up spending more by buying things you didn’t need that were on sale.

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*Grilled Cheese

*Cheese Quesadilla

*Veggie Quesadilla

*Soups (chicken and rice, vegetable beef, broccoli and cheese, etc)

*Veggie Spaghetti Sauce

*Chili

*Rice and Beans

*Chicken or Tuna Salad Wraps

*Tacos

*Casseroles (chicken, broccoli, rice and cheese is my favorite!)

*Potato “Bar” Night

*Breakfast for dinner

*Homemade pizza

 

OR take all the guesswork out of meal planning and go snatch up my copy of Healthy Eating on A Budget. (( https://sellfy.com/p/inKs/ )) Over 100 copies sold and thousands of dollars saved!!! Make sure to enter code “ Musings ” when you checkout and get it for 50% off! This program includes:

4 Weeks Of Meal Plans (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)cover
Recipes For the Meal
Additional Healthy, Cheap Recipes
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Grocery Shopping Tips
Healthy Cheap Foods List
Meal Ideas
Specific Food Tips

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Go read a few of the fabulous testimonials from people who have used this program and saved big!

Dana