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Make a Wish and Blow out the Candles

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A lady never tells her age....why not?

Today I turned 51.Wow! I can't believe I made it this far. Where has my life gone? To hell in a hand basket? Down the drain? Up a river without a paddle? Over the hill and through the woods?

I try to recall my life in one word, but I can't sum it up. I'm thankful just to be alive for one more day. I grateful to be sitting here and able to do the things I enjoy.

So when I blow out the candles on my cake my wish will be I survive another year in tact, with my wits about me, all my original body parts and make it to fifty-two!

Happy birthday to me!

Book Trailer:Real Moms Love to Eat

Friday, December 2, 2011
Join author Beth Aldrich, as she joins other moms in their love affair with food to look and feel fabulous. It's an affair of a lifetime. Real Moms really DO love to eat!

"Update the Traditional Cookie Exchange: Host a Chex Party Mix-Change!" and Give-a-way

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mix things up this holiday season with Chex Party Mix-Change. 

Tired of the same old boring cooking exchange? Why not mix it up with Chex Party Mix...
Invite a few friends over and go wild with delicious holiday recipes. Your guests will go wild with excitement.

  • Original Chex Party Mix - A tried and true classic of many holiday gatherings.
  • Chex PB & Chocolate Blast - Is there really a better combination than peanut butter and chocolate? Yes, when Chex cereal is added!
  • Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch - Mix things up and try this mouthwatering alternative to the beloved holiday pie.
  • Hot Buttered Yum Chex Mix - A combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, honey and marshmallows blend effortlessly together in a crazy-delicious, gluten free crunchy mix.
  • Chex Caramel Chocolate Drizzles - Melted chocolate, chewy caramel and a delightful crunch carry this gluten-free party mix recipe from microwave to table in 15 minutes.

My crew tried all these great recipes, but our favorite is....
Christmas Candy Crunch

2 boxes Chex Cereal
2 bags red and green M & M's
2 bags white candied coated pretzels
decorating sprinkles to taste

Mix together and enjoy.

Get festive with your Chex Party Mix and be creative. We used Christmas decorated cello goodie bags, plastic red & green candy canes and red tinsel shreds. Then packaged the treats inside individual boxes. You can also decorate the outside of the boxes with holiday stickers.

Need some ideas: DIY packaging

For a chance to win your own prize pack which contains:
2 boxes of Chex cereal to create Chex Party Mix recipes
5 featured Chex Party Mix recipes
10 takeout containers so your guests can take their Chex Party Mix to-go
$20 gift card to purchase recipe ingredients and decorating supplies

Leave a comment and tell me how you party with Chex Party Mix. Be sure to leave your email address. Contest ends Dec. 15th. US only. 

"Disclosure: The Chex Party Mix-Change product, information, and giveaway have been provided by Chex through MyBlogSpark."

Welcome Guest Blogger Sue Ann Bowling Sharing Her Story of Diabetes

Monday, November 21, 2011
Sue Ann Bowling earned her A.B in Physics from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1963, and her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1970. She stayed at the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute until retiring in 1998. She still lives in Alaska, in a suburb of Fairbanks called North Pole.

Homecoming, her first novel, came out in 2010 and has begun gathering enthusiastic readers and critical acclaim. Tourist Trap begins a year and a half after Homecoming ended.

For more information, visit her website.

Sue Ann Bowling: My Story 

Forty-two years ago I was told I had diabetes...

I'd been incredibly thirsty all summer, and the campus doctor finally sent me into town for an early-morning fasting glucose test, "to rule out diabetes." That afternoon he called. "The test was positive. Go to the hospital. Now!" Do not pass GO. Do not collect $200. Do not even stay for the Thursday afternoon seminar. Your fasting blood sugar was 200, it jumped to 400 and sat there, and you had chili for lunch? I'm sure it never occurred to him that I'd drive myself to the hospital.

At that time diabetes came in two flavors, juvenile-onset and adult-onset, and at 28 I fell in the crack between them. Today we talk about Type 1 (failure to make insulin) and Type 2 (insulin-resistant), argue about exact definitions, and recognize that Type 1 may develop as late as 50 or 60 while Type 2 is becoming increasingly frequent in children, but in the late 60's things were simpler. If you got diabetes as a child you needed insulin shots for the rest of your life; if you got it as an adult it could be managed with pills. I was stabilized with insulin shots for a couple of days in the hospital and sent home. Later we found that pills didn't work.

Diabetes, as I’ve said elsewhere, is defined by high blood sugar. Insulin counters that, but too much insulin can lead to low blood sugar, also called insulin shock. My “education” at the hospital consisted of being handed a lot of printed information, mostly on what I could and (sob) could not eat. I was released on Saturday with instruction to see the doctor on Monday. By two hours after I was released from the hospital, I was in insulin shock. Luckily the handouts had described the symptoms (shaking, sweating, blurred vision) well enough that I knew I had to eat, immediately.

At that time blood glucose measurements were carried out in the laboratory and took several hours. Glucose in the urine could be measured, but urine tests measure at best what your blood sugar has been for several hours before the test. I used Tes-Tape To measure urine glucose for a while, but soon gave it up. What was the use when the tape showed dark green (maximum sugar) when I was clearly in insulin shock? Bad enough that my fingers were frequently burned from trying to reassemble a freshly-boiled glass syringe—and no one ever told me it was possible to resharpen those needles.

Twenty years later my fingers were still sore, but for a different reason. I had my first home glucose meter! The accuracy was much better than Tes-Tape, but because this was a blood test, it took blood. Which meant pricking my fingers. Even when I had the meter, I didn’t test as often as I should have. After all, I hadn’t been told, at the initial diagnosis or afterward, about all the side effects that can affect people with diabetes, and it was just being found out that keeping blood glucose under control greatly reduced those side effects.
Sometime in the early 90's I started having black floaters in my eyes. "Diabetic retinopathy--bleeding from hemorrhages on the retina," the eye specialist said, and began treating them by laser burns to the retina. This is a scary process. With a lens against the front of the eye holding your eye open, you have to keep your eyes fixed on a specific point while the laser flashes in your eyes--as many as a couple of hundred pinpoint burns in a session. At that point I started really paying attention to the glucometer readings--but it didn't help much. I could easily drop as much as 100 mg/dL an hour for no obvious reason. (A healthy person's blood sugar may range from 70 to 140 mg/dl, so 100 mg/dL is a large change.) My blood sugar could come up even faster after eating. And one day, instead of a small floater, I had what looked like a black caterpillar in the less lasered eye that rapidly expanded to leave me blind in my right eye.

I wound up with two vitrectomies in that eye. As part of the second, the outer edge of the right retina was so heavily lasered that my peripheral and night vision in that eye were destroyed. That scared me enough that I started keeping closer track of my blood sugar. But the best I could do was keep it under 300. Most of the time, and I was having far too many episodes of low blood sugar even to do that. My doctor had me write down everything I ate for a week, and he could make no more sense of my blood sugar than I could. He suggested an insulin pump, but he’d never prescribed one before. Mayo Clinic said no, it would increase my chances of insulin shock.

Wrong. When I finally got a pump, it greatly reduced my shock episodes. Why? All my doctors to that point had prescribed fixed doses of insulin. Even when I went onto Lantus (supposedly level absorption over 24 hours) and fast-acting insulin before each meal I had a choice of going to bed high or waking up high in the morning. The pump told me why. The pump replaces Lantus with what is called basal insulin (covers basal metabolism) and individuals vary in how their need for basal insulin varies over the day. Turns out mine varies almost twofold between midnight and 8 am. With the pump’s programmed variation in basal insulin not only did my blood sugar level out, I was able to reduce the amount of insulin considerably and no longer had to eat to keep from going into insulin shock. I lost 30 pounds before I even realized I was losing weight.

I still have diabetes, I still have to weigh everything I eat, and I am still compulsive about reading nutrition labels. But I have every intention of winning my 50-year medal. After all, I’ll only be 78!

Disclaimer: The opinions in this blog post should in no way be construed as medical advice. It is strictly the author's personal opinion's.  

Please visit Sue's blog and leave your comments.

Join Me For the Million Mom Munch

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Awhile back I had the pleasure of reviewing and blogging about a new book Real Moms Love to Eat.

Beth Aldridge's book is a great way to stay healthy and keep real about it! In a few weeks I turn 51. I love my body, but my body doesn't love me. I LOVE TO EAT!  

Beginning in January follow me on my weight loss journey as I follow Beth's plan. 

You can pre-order Beth's book which comes out in January. Also be sure to enter the sweepstakes.

Join Me For the Million Mom Munch

Welcome Guest Blogger Sibylla Nash Sharing Her Story of Gestational Diabetes

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sibylla Nash is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles and author of the novel Bumped . You can visit her at

Sibylla Nash: My Story  

Hi, my name is Sibylla and…I have a sweet tooth. It was never a problem. I could always stop when I needed to. I love cupcakes with buttercream frosting, caramel sundaes, Oreo cookies and don’t get me started on the chocolate. It was never an issue until I became pregnant.

Even now, ten years after the fact I can call up aspects of my pregnancy just like it was yesterday. I can remember so clearly the day I found out I was having a girl. I was so impatient to find out who was residing in my tummy. I wanted to know what to buy, blue booties? Pink dresses? I also remember the fear and uncertainty that squeezed my heart when I got the call from my doctor about having to come back in and do another gestational diabetes test.

Up to that point, about 26 weeks, I was having a pretty easy pregnancy. No morning sickness. Development was on track. The possibility of having gestational diabetes threw me for a loop. I didn’t know you could acquire it during your pregnancy and how serious it could be. I went back in for the second test where I had to drink an overly sweet concoction at different intervals. For over an hour, I hoped it was a mistake, that the new test would come back negative. It didn’t. I went from easy street to high-risk road overnight.

My days of eating for two were whittled down to a skeleton diet bereft of anything sweet. Gone were my Hungry Man breakfasts and it was hello jailhouse gourmet. I had to draw blood after every meal to track my sugar levels. Ouch. No orange juice, no jelly on my toast, sugar in my oatmeal. And still, my sugar levels could not be corralled. I was put on insulin and had to give myself a shot before each meal. It was scary and frustrating because I felt as though I had zero control over the situation. Diet and exercise weren’t helping no matter how hard I tried, wished and prayed. Going on insulin felt like a personal failure, coming from a mindset of one who had never dealt with a disease before. I’d never had my body go left when I was yelling and pleading with it to go right.

The last trimester of my pregnancy was marked by visits to my ob/gyn and the diabetes counselor and then somehow I had to come in every week to have my daughter’s heart rate monitored. I think it started off as some innocuous test until her heart rate was discovered to be low. So they asked me to come back in the following week to test her. It was always the same time, just before lunch when she was resting from her night of high-flying kicks and jabs. By the third or fourth week, I got smart and ate an orange and her heart was normal for the test.

Because mothers who develop gestational diabetes tend to have larger babies – which can be problematic for both mother and baby, they monitor the baby’s growth in utero and in my case, the doctor wanted to induce me on my due date because she was getting pretty big. At the hospital, doctors and nurses fussed over me, checking my sugar levels, heart rate, etc through out the day. By 5 p.m., my contractions had stalled and I was only two centimeters dilated and begging for an epidural.

The epidural caused my daughter’s heart rate to slow down and I had to have an emergency C-section. She weighed in at 9 lbs 9 oz. and was healthy. The minute she was delivered, they stopped checking my blood sugar level or even mentioned diabetes. They dropped me like a full diaper. A couple of weeks later, I had my blood levels checked and was told I was no longer a diabetic but that I should continue to exercise and watch my diet because I have a higher percentage of getting it later in life.

I’m fortunate that it hasn’t come back yet but it’s always in the back of my mind. I wish I had the type of feel-good story about me overcoming it but I don’t. Diabetes kicked my butt like it was a big bully. If we were to have a rematch, I can only hope that I will be able to control it better.


Food Affairiate Thank You Goodie Bag Review!

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Awhile back I participated in the Real Moms Love to Eat Food  Affairiate Program. I reviewed the book and fell in love with the program. I was also lucky to receive a goodie bag filled with wonderful products mentioned in the book.

Some of the products I particularly liked were the Flatout bread, the popchips, Mary's Gone Crackers, Riceworks and gopicnic.  I can't wait to try these great products when I start on my regiment and Real Moms Love to Eat.

Thank you  Beth!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


EB Goodie bag: Judith

Pink Together Prize Pack: Daisy

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, so this month my blog is turning red and grey for diabetes awareness...
Click on the picture above to learn more about the disease.
Look for special guest posts along with more information about diabetes.

Trick or Treat!

Monday, October 31, 2011
Well, this raps up 31 days of BCA and Go Pink for Women!

I want to thank everyone who stopped by. I also want to thank by guest bloggers for taking the time to share their courageous and uplifting stories.

Today is Halloween. The ghouls and goblins will be out in full force, but I don't want you  to get tricked...

Welcome Guest Blogger Breast Cancer Survivor Mary Vee

Monday, October 24, 2011

 Mary started writing as a stowaway. She didn't dream of becoming a writer. She didn't even like writing stories in school. But one day, after returning home from a mission trip, she decided to share her rewarding experience with a magazine. Her article was published shortly after. A few conferences and articles later Mary wrote her first tween novel and is currently working on a Christian fiction YA book about pirates and adventure. She is a member of ACFW and belongs to the Montana chapter. She loves to take classes to sharpen her skills and network. Mary posts weekly Bible and missionary stories on her blog, God Loves Kids. She also posts twice a month on The Writer’s Alleywrites book reviews, articles,and taps away at her novel. 

Mary Vee: My Story  

Cancer has visited my door twice.

I didn’t appreciate either visit-

BUT what I learned from God, who stood by my side when that unwelcomed visitor barged into my life, may help you if such an unwelcomed visitor invades your life.

Family blessings: God gave me an awesome husband who went with me to the see doctor, the specialist, and the surgeon who performed the biopsy. Each medical provider said, “It’s probably not cancer,” but testing proved otherwise. He sat in the waiting rooms during my surgeries, radiation and follow-up visits that ended with an all is well--end of story—I thought.

Five years later, that gem of a man went with me to the checkup, where we learned cancer came back for another visit. He sat by my side as the doctor told his news, the specialist who confirmed the news, the waiting room, (ten hours!) while surgeons did their work, and the chemo sessions. He held me during my most difficult time: when I lost my hair. WOW what a guy.

God gave me cool kids who prayed for me during family devotions each night. They helped with laundry, dishes, dusting, sweeping, taking out trash, and didn’t fuss when I couldn’t sit at the table for meals. They even ate the fourteenth lasagna in two weeks brought by loving saints from our church, (my son hates cheese—it was a real sacrifice on his part). They blessed me so.

Thank you, God for the family you gave me.

Doctor blessings: God gave me kind medical providers who knew how to explain every step using directions for dummies. The surgeon also said the surgery should take place soon.

However, months before the first surgery, we had booked our first-ever family vacation. My husband wanted to cancel the trip. “Your health is too important.” I prayed, “Please, God, let us go, it would be a great opportunity for our children.” I asked the surgeon if a vacation delay would jeopardize the results. He ummmed and thought; he looked at my face and said, “I think the trip would be a good idea.” Yeah! We had a great vacation. One week later, I had my surgery.

Thank you, God, for the understanding doctors you gave me.

Church blessings: My family loves helping others in our church. We bring meals, watch kids, take out trash, and help behind the scenes whenever possible. But when cancer visited my door I didn’t want people to come help me take out my trash, watch my kids, bring meals, and wash my dishes. I cried. I wanted to do my own work, take care of my own family. My heart ached when others did it for me. I cried and sobbed.

Then God did something for me. He gave me a special hug and whispered: how can others learn to serve unless there is someone to serve? Look at the blessings you’ve received by helping others--don’t take this blessing from them. He was right. So, I cried again—but for a different reason. I had been selfish. I’m sorry, God.

At times my white count dipped dangerously low. Seeing I had been too stubborn to stay home from church, my pastor announced: “Let’s find a way to greet each other without physically touching, today.” The people laughed as they discovered inventive ways to greet each other. It turned out to be quite fun. (I think God thought we all looked funny, too )

Thank you, God for the church you gave me.

Friend blessings: One Sunday, a man from church asked me, “How does it feel to have chemo?” His voice showed a genuine interest. I appreciated his question and his desire to listen for more than one minute to my answer. He didn’t say the usual lines, “hope you feel better, sorry you’re going through this,” or give me Bible verses written on a card. He simply listened and asked heart felt questions. That was nice.

My sister, who is my best friend, came to my house and helped me walk a little further each day while I recuperated. She made me laughed—and walk further (older sister!)

God drew other friends close to me who, unlike Job’s friends, helped me through this difficult time with their encouragement.

Thank you, God, for the friends you gave me.

The Rest of the Story: God healed my body.

…AND my newest blessing is you.

I guess the biggest lesson God taught me was: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He SHALL direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

Red Ribbon Week October 22-30, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The theme this year is It's up to me to be drug free.
About the Event
Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following the last full week included as appropriate celebration dates. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 22-30, 2011.

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.

 And, perhaps more importantly, Red Ribbon Week commemorates the ultimate sacrifice made by DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who died at the hands of drug traffickers in Mexico while fighting the battle against illegal drugs to keep our country and children safe.

The Story Behind the Symbol
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena grew up in a dirt-floored house with hopes and dreams of making a difference.

Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out it. "I can't not do this," he told her. "I'm only one person, but I want to make a difference."

The DEA sent Camarena to work undercover in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel believed to include officers in the Mexican army, police and government. On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death. 1

Within weeks of his death in March of 1985, Camarena's Congressman, Duncan Hunter, and high school friend Henry Lozano, launched Camarena Clubs in Imperial Valley, California, Camarena's home. Hundreds of club members pledged to lead drug-free lives to honor the sacrifices made by Camarena and others on behalf of all Americans. 2 These coalitions began to wear red badges of satin, red ribbons, as a symbol Camarena's memory. The Red Ribbon Week campaign emerged from the efforts of these clubs and coalitions.

Today, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated, helping to preserve Special Agent Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life. The Red Ribbon Campaign also became a symbol of support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs. They pay homage not only to Special Agent Camarena, but to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse.


Talk to your kids about being drug free...
Get involved in community activities...
Get involved with your child's school...
Get involved with your local police...


For more about Red Ribbon Week:

Red Ribbon Pledge:
As parents, we will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse.
We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

As a grandparent I am glad my grandson's school is involved in Red Ribbon Week

Some of the activities his school has planned include various themes throughout the week and well as collecting goods for food banks.

What is your child's school doing this year? What are you doing?

Lancome Genes Day October 21, 2011 Supporting St. Judes

Friday, October 21, 2011
On Friday, October 21, Lancome will be selling Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate (as they do every day), but on this special day $7 of every bottle purchased will go to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What a wonderful organization to support!

This year Lancome is committed to doubling what it raised last year, with a goal of at least $300,000! Dillards Department Stores have gotten in on the giving spirit and they have started their donation early. Go to any Dillards between now and Oct. 23rd and they will donate $7 from any Genefique sale right away, no need to wait for Oct. 21st.

If you’ve never tried Genefique, you still have time to try before you buy – go to any Lancome counter and get a free 7 day trial supply. Now you can get your skin looking beautiful and do good for those in need at the same time. Mark your calendars now!

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, go to and follow St. Jude on and

About Lancôme and Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate
Lancôme, founded in Paris in 1935, is the world’s largest luxury beauty brand. Its award-winning skincare, makeup and fragrances are sold at 2,000 counters across the U.S. Just as science and research are the cornerstones for St. Jude, they are the driving force behind Lancôme skin care. Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, introduced in 2009, is a shining example of this single-minded focus. The award-winning and best-selling product is the result of 10 years of research and the recipient of seven international patents. It also marks the brand’s entry into the area of genes technology as it relates to skin. After extensive clinical testing, Lancôme confirmed that in just seven days the Génifique formula enhances the youthful quality of skin and improves skin tone, texture and luminosity. After two months of regular use, Génifique stimulates the production of proteins associated with young skin—this is Lancôme research and innovation at its best.

A truly innovative formula, Génifique was the first skincare product to enter the genes territory. And the results speak for themselves: visibly improved tone, texture and luminosity within just seven days. The unique, sleek packaging with the dropper system only adds to its appeal. Fans include “Mad Men” actress Christina Hendricks, Lancôme ambassador Julia Roberts, British songbird Lily Allen, supermodel Veronica Webb and star makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury.

Genes Day: Celebrating the Beauty of Scientific Research
The suggested retail prices for Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate are $58 for 0.67 ounce; $78 for 1 ounce; $98 for 1.7 ounces; $125 for 2.5 ounces. Those new to Génifique are welcome to stop by the counter during the month of October for a deluxe seven-day sample of the product. On Genes Day, October 21st, a $7 donation will be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for every concentrate sold at a Lancôme counter in the United States or at

Join the conversation at and on twitter @lancomeparis #GenesDay.

World Osteoporosis Day 20 October 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011
 Because I am over 50 and a post menopausal woman this is an important subject for me. Keep on track, get checked, down break your back!

On 20 October 2011 it's World Osteoporosis Day, organised by International Osteoperosis Foundation (IOF) to raise awareness of this condition which causes bones to become thin and frail.

Did you know:
Every 20 seconds someone in the United States breaks a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
20-25% of Caucasian women and men over 50 years have a prevalent vertebral fracture.
10 million Americans are estimated to have osteoporosis.
One in five women with a vertebral fracture will sustain another one within twelve months.
Clinical vertebral fractures are associated with an 8-fold increase in mortality, which is similar to the increase in mortality seen following hip fractures.

What can you do:

If you are a over the age of 40, take the one-minute online risk test created by the International Osteoporosis Foundation to see if you are at risk.

Watch for signs of possible verterbral fractures including:
Have you lost height? (more than 3cm/just over one inch)?
Have you recently had sudden, severe back pain?
Have you noticed an increased stoop in your back?

Learn more at the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation


How Do I Love Thee Body, Let Me Count the Ways...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Today is Love Your Body Day! 

Love Your Body Day is sponsored by NOW Foundation and today I am participating in the NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival...

How Do I Love Thee Body, Let Me Count the Ways....

I am a 50 something menopausal women who just happens to love her body just the way it body is not perfect, nor is it suppose to be.

I do not want to have a cookie cutter figure...

I'm an apple and that's OK!

 My body is not a size 0..I am a size 22 and that's OK!

I am not pretzel thin and that's OK!

My body is beautiful just the way it is and that's OK!

With me...what you see is what you get...
I don't have to be a super-thin super model
I don't have to weigh 95 pounds soaking wet
I don't have to lose weight to please others

I am woman, hear me roar...
I love my body and I will not be

Remember... your beauty is not what you are, but who you are....

Disclosure: "This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival"

If you're on Twitter, you can follow NationalNOW and use the hashtag #lybd to talk about Love Your Body Day and the things you are doing to celebrate! You can also find NOW on Facebook, where we also have a Love Your Body Cause. 

Announcing: NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival on Wednesday, Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Announcing: NOW Foundation's Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival on Wednesday, Oct. 19

by NOW Foundation

Calling All Bloggers! Are you ready to sound off on unrealistic beauty standards and the effects of advertising on women and girls? Or share healthy ways to feel good about yourself or cultivate self-esteem? Now is your opportunity! On Wednesday, Oct.19, the NOW Foundation will host a Love Your Body Day blog carnival, featuring voices from across the Internet – and you're invited to add yours.

Each year NOW Foundation celebrates Love Your Body Day to send a positive message to women and girls that beauty comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. This year's blog carnival will encourage women to come together to celebrate a day of self-acceptance and promote positive body image by contributing their unique voices.

To participate in the blog carnival, please email the link to your blog post to lybd2011 {at} yahoo {dot} com (or post a link in the comments below) by Friday, Oct. 21. Beginning on Love Your Body Day (Wednesday, Oct. 19), we will post the list of participants.

Please remember to include the following text link in your blog post: "This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival" linking to:

Here are some suggested topics to choose from:
» Advertising/media influence on women and girls
» How I learned to love my body
» Airbrushing and other tricks that create unrealistic beauty standards
» Cosmetic surgery
» Dieting and eating disorders
» Negative, narrow gender stereotypes
» Colorism
» Loving your body and disability
» Children's body image awareness

Please note that the topics listed above are only suggestions and bloggers are not limited to those topics.

World Menopause Day Oct 18th

Today is World Menopause Day.... whoopee! I'm thrilled to have my own special day, where I can celebrate the joy's of menopause. Won't you join me? 

Have a menopause party, no pity parties allowed...

Celebrate the fact you have gone through the curse and come out a winner!

Today women all over this vast world will celebrate what Mother Nature took away...hip, hip, hurray!
Get out the confetti, call up your girlfriends and PARTY HARDY....

Welcome Guest Blogger Breast Cancer Survivor Liz Shaw

Monday, October 17, 2011

Liz  is an 11 year survivor of breast cancer. She loves angels, dragonflies,wallabies, loves to blow bubbles while watching the sun set, and loves to laugh with friends. By day, she works in the behavioral health field as an administrative assistant. By night, she is writing an epic fantasy. You can find her on the web at TheWriting Reader

Liz Shaw: My Story 

Breast cancer is a life-threatening disease. I'm not talking about mortality here, although certainly it can be fatal. No, I mean it threatens the way you live, the way you view life, the things you believe, in fact, it threatens the entirety of your core being. And that's a good thing.

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought I had all the answers. There was something about being diagnosed with a fast-moving, highly aggressive form of breast cancer in March of 2000 that ripped that certainty away from me with a vengeance.

Here are some of the things that breast cancer taught me.

Slow down and appreciate the gifts that every day brings
Before my life changed, I didn't think I had time to stop and look around me. During my journey with breast cancer, I began to notice things like sunsets and dragonflies. I learned that taking time to sit and watch these wonders of nature was powerfully healing. The morning I was scheduled to go for the simulation appointment before starting radiation therapy, I was full of anxiety and fear. I walked out into my driveway and was surprised by a wallaby! In Arizona? What?! That miraculous sighting turned my attitude around, and I went into the appointment laughing and full of the wonder of the gift of living every day.

It's not about what you do; it's about who you are
I was a driven career woman before being diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything was about the job. Even on vacations, I couldn't leave my job behind. I had heard "you're a human being, not a human doing" before, but I didn't know how to apply that to my life. All my self-worth was wrapped up in my doings. That all went away during chemotherapy. I had a tough time with treatment, finishing it with heart damage that verged on heart failure. It was all I could do to walk from the couch to the bathroom and back. Some days that 10 foot trip could take as long as an hour because I had to stop repeatedly to lean against the wall and catch my breath. I could barely take care of myself; there was no way I could do something for anyone else. I learned to accept myself as I am, not as I do. My family and friends will tell you that this has resulted in some wonderful behavioral changes. I no longer need to be right all the time. I don't always need to have an opinion. I enjoy living the questions now, just as Rilke advised the young poet.

We are surrounded by angels
On my first visit to the cardiologist, I noticed that his office had a very obvious theme: angels. They were everywhere. They were all cute, folksy angels, mostly female. Not a Michael or Gabriel in the bunch. I asked him about it. He shrugged and said that his wife's collection had gotten too big for their house, so he had allowed her to decorate his office with them. Then, all business, he told me that my heart would never get better. I would be very lucky if I didn't end up in congestive heart failure after completing radiation. I asked about nutrition and diet. He said that they wouldn't hurt, but that they couldn't rebuild what the chemotherapy had killed. The best I could hope for, he said in a serious tone, was to hold steady. Then he left me in the exam room, alone. No, not alone. With the angels.

A year late I sat in that same exam room, looking at those same angels, while I waited for the results of the latest MUGA scan which would reveal how my heart was working. I believed it was healed. I no longer had to walk along walls. In fact, I was swimming laps and walking every day without getting short of breath. I was just waiting for the tests to prove that a miracle had occurred. The cardiologist walked into the room, looked at me, and shook his head. He put his hand on my shoulder and with a grin on his face he said, "Get out. There are sick people in the world who need my time." Then he hugged me and handed me a copy of the MUGA results. My heart function was not just better; it was better than it had been before I had gone through chemotherapy and radiation.

  The angels who accompanied me on my journey through breast cancer weren't those cutesy folk angels in my cardiologist's office, although those were a visible reminder of the value of hope in a very dark moment. No, my angels were the people who prayed for me every day, people I didn't even know at churches all over the country. They were the people who brought over dinner and did some chores. They were my family and friends who believed in me and walked alongside me on this journey. They were my pets, who gave me unconditional love, even if I didn't have the energy to shower that day and smelled a bit ripe. They were the doctors, nurses, and technologists who listened to me and held my hand, in addition to providing treatment. I was surrounded by angels. And so are you!


This Real Mom Loves to Eat!

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Let's face it...I'm a 50 something menopausal woman and I love to eat!

I  recently discovered this great book  Real Moms Love to Eat by Beth Aldrich. 

Real Moms Love to Eat is an easy to follow guide for any 'real' woman who loves to eat as much as I do. I found the website and program easy to follow. I love that! 

The book is broken down into three sections, that include and implement a lot of great ideas, recipes, charts and tips for the mom who loves to eat. And who doesn't love to eat!
Official book launch is January 3rd 2012. 

Beth also offers a  Food Affairiates program where you can join in the fun.... I joined and received my digital copy of Real Moms Love to Eat. I love it! It's easy to follow and easy to stick with(I have a problem sticking with diet programs).
I'm now waiting anxiously for my goodie bag.

 Let me tell you more about Beth:
 Real Moms Love to Eat was created with you in mind. It will lead you on a food journey of excitement, fun and new surprises, without pigeon-holing you into one eating style or another. Instead, you are free to experiment, get crazy and become more open-minded about the food you will soon discover.

More info:

Real Moms Love to Eat on Facebook

Follow @realmomsluv2eat on Twitter
Pre-Order Beth's Book

Everyone that participates in this “virtual pre-order launch party” is eligible for randomly drawn prizes. Simply enter the the twice-a-month pre-order book giveaway, hosted by the site here: You can pre-order the book for one entry AND sign up for Beth’s FREE newsletter for a second entry!
Winners from this virtual book pre-order party will be chosen on January 3, 2012 through and contacted via email. 

 So if you're a real mom like me and love to eat take advantage of Beth's book and program. I promise you won't regret it!

 Disclaimer: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Beth Aldrich - Real Moms Love to Eat blogging program, for a chance to get 3,000 My SocialMoms Rewards points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

 Disclosure: I was gifted from Restoring Essence Nutrition, LLC-owner of Real Moms Love to Eat, a free copy of the book, “Real Moms Love to Eat” and a Food Affairiate goodie bag for participating in this virtual tour and writing about this book pre-order contest.

Join A Frugal Friend for her 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Event……

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 Join A Frugal Friend during the month of October for the 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Event..

The Blog Event will encompass:
Breast Health Information
Personal Stories
How we can help (those fighting and also families left behind)
Community, and an ability to share with each other in comments
Promotion of companies who help in this fight against breast cancer
Giveaways (to help promote those companies and products that help fund breast cancer research/causes)! 

October is Also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Monday, October 10, 2011
This month is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I have the honor of being a guest blogger over at 

Please stop by and read my post as well as the other posts on domestic violence awareness.

Welcome Guest Blogger Breast Cancer Survivor Melody Olson


Melody is a 2 time breast cancer survivor! Be sure to stop by Melody's blog melody-mae .Her is all about life and the beauty in each and every day! Below is Melody's uplifting story.

Melody Olson: My Story

My name is Melody. It is October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this is a cause that is near and dear to me!

I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor, Yes I said two times…

 The First Time...

The first time I was diagnosed my three daughters were still quite young. My prayer and my goal was to just BE HERE. To be here to watch them grow up! I was going to take whatever those doctors had to throw at me. My plan was to fight back and never give up. I had surgery followed by 10 months of chemo and then seven years later...

The Second Time Around... 

7 years of clean and clear reports...

I found a lump on the other side and so began the tests, biopsies, surgeries and chemo once again. This time my girls were older. Two were living on their own and the youngest was in high school. My prayer took on a different meaning.  

The goal had been changed. Now I wanted to be here to see that youngest go to college and become a teacher. I wanted to be here for weddings and grand-babies!

This time after surgery and chemo, I decided to have my ovaries removed to prevent any more estrogen. (my tumors were ER+ which meant the estrogen in my body fed the tumors)

So I had an oophorectomy, where they removed the ovaries. I was 45 years old and this sent me smack dab into menopause, in fact none of this slow menopause stuff, right smack into hot flashes and night sweats…oh the joy! :)

2 Time Breast Cancer Survivor...

I was one of those 'lucky' ones to hear you have cancer not once but TWICE! But, I am also here to tell you I have battled the beast, and won! :)  

And you know what? My youngest daughter is now a senior at Western Washington University. She will be graduating with a dual major and becoming that teacher she always wanted to be.

I also have 2 married daughters who have BOTH given me a grandson!

The joy I felt when I saw these little faces and held them for the very first time was unbelievable. It was multiplied by the fact that I was ALIVE!  I was here to be a part of their little lives!!!

I Am Here To Tell Ya...

Life is good! There is always hope, I truly believe this.

there is always hope.

when the clouds are dark and heavy

when it feels like all is lost

My prayer is that you remember,

there is always hope!

I pray that you would keep looking UP. SHINE your light for others to see-

May you savor each and every moment of each and every day.

life is good and my God is awesome!

I leave you with a quote from Anne Frank:

"Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again!"


Pink Together Celebrating Breast Cancer Month Giveaway : (Ends 10/31)

Saturday, October 8, 2011

This month I've turned my blog pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have not been directly affected by breast cancer, but my aunt and my mother-in-law have. That is why I am  happy to support it with this giveaway on behalf of General Mills.

Breast cancer not only effects women, but their families as well. This month get involved join the 2011 Pink Together TM campaign  by visiting 

Here are some things YOU can do:

Visit to share your personal story and messages of hope and read about others´ personal journeys. To encourage personal connections, General Mills will donate $1 to the Komen organization for each Message of Hope that is sent to someone who has shared their story on (up to $25,000) during October. This is in addition to a $2 million donation General Mills is making to the Komen organization.

This year, for the first time in its five-year history, at consumers can choose how $1 million of this donation will be shared between two important Komen programs: the Treatment and Assistance Program, which assists women in securing care they otherwise may not be able to afford, and Prevention Research, which helps unlock the keys to preventing breast cancer. Visit from September 19, 2011 through April 14, 2012 to make your choice. Results will be announced on Mother´s Day 2012 – Sunday, May 13.

Meet the 2011 Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors, and hear their amazing stories of courage and survival on and the Pink Together YouTube Channel.

General Mills will also be turning the packaging of participating products pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. 

General Mills Pink Together Gift Pack 

 A 16 oz. box of Total cereal
VIP coupons valid for one box of Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios cereal and one cup of Yoplait yogurt
Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook Pink Together Edition, which includes a collection of more than 150 delicious recipes with complete nutrition information and a 32-page Pink Together Survivor Ambassador bonus section that shares inspirational personal stories of survival as well as recipes
Water bottle and removable silicone awareness bracelet
Drawstring sport backpack
Rhinestone ear buds

 To enter the give-a-way:
"Like" Pinktogeher on Facebook 

Come back here and leave a comment telling me that you follow Pinktogether and leave your email addy and your FB name.

Giveaway will end on October 31st at 11:59 pm CST. Open to US Only.

Thank you and Good Luck! 

“Disclosure: The Pink Together prize pack, information and coupons have been provided free of charge by General Mills through MyBlogSpark.” 

One Lucky Person Will win a Goodie Bag!

Friday, October 7, 2011
Eggland’s Best Goes Pink!

Eggland’s Best Goes Pink To Support Susan G. Komen...

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, Eggland’s Best is showing their support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by giving their eggs a pink makeover.

From now until November 15th, Eggland’s Best eggs will turn their distinctive red “EB” stamp into a pink “EB” alongside the signature Susan G. Komen for the Cure Running Ribbon. In addition to sharing more than 300 million breast cancer awareness messages this fall, Eggland’s Best is also pledging a donation of $50,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

I am thrilled to be able to participate in the Part of Being the Best is Doing Good program by helping to spread the word about the EB/Susan G. Komen partnership and their “pink ribbon” eggs. 

To find out more about what Eggland’s Best is doing to help in the fight against breast cancer, please visit:

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, the promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

 The 2011 Komen campaign message is "Less Talk. More Action."

 One lucky High Heels and Hot Flashes reader will win an Eggland’s Best Prize Pack. The prize pack will include an eco bag, plush egg, spatula and an EB free product coupon.
Contest ends Oct. 31st USA only please.
Winner will be contacted via email on Nov.1st.
Please be sure to put your email address in the comment box.
Prize will be sent directly from EB. 

To enter you must like EB on facebook

 After you like EB come back here and leave a comment letting me know you liked EB and your FB name.

If you don't have FB, you must follow my blog. Leave a comment.

 As a thank you from EB I received a coupon for EB eggs.

Real Men Wear Pink!

Thursday, October 6, 2011
and real men get breast cancer!

Male breast cancer is cancer that forms in the breast tissue of men. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a woman's disease, male breast cancer does occur.

Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though male breast cancer can occur at any age.

Men diagnosed with male breast cancer at an early stage have a good chance for a cure. Still, many men delay seeing their doctors if they notice unusual signs or symptoms, such as a breast lump. For this reason, many male breast cancers are diagnosed when the disease is more advanced.

Hershey's Turns Pink to Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

 I love chocolate and as a menopausal woman I will find any excuse to eat it! This month Hersey is going pink and I'm filling by grocery bag with a lot of pink goodies...

The Hershey Company will turn pink in October to help raise awareness of breast cancer.
Limited edition pink York peppermint patties, Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Nuggets chocolates will hit the shelves this Fall to raise breast cancer awareness across the country. The Hershey Company also is supporting the campaign by contributing $250,000 to the Young Survival Coalition , the only non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to addressing the concerns and issues unique to young women and breast cancer.