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Thursday, January 19, 2017

4 Ways To An Inexpensive Valentine's Day!

That magical month will soon be here again--February! Where everyplace you go, almost everything is decked out in pinks and reds, and giant candy hearts and oversized teddy bears will profess their love for you. But most of us don't have a lot of money to spoil our honey. Not a problem! You can still create an awesome Valentine's day celebration on a budget! 

Create A Card


You don't have to go out to a greeting card store and drop seven or eight dollars on a card that most likely a thousand other people will be getting the same day. Make your own card for your sweetie. Use materials that you already have on hand; paper, buttons, photos, markers. Whatever that your mind can come up with! Got any really cute photos of the two of you together? Incorporate them into the card. It doesn't have to be perfect--make it unique to your relationship! Package it up nice, and boom! This will be sure to bring a smile to your sweeties face. 

Recreate How/Where You Met


So where exactly did you and your signifigant other meet? Did you meet through work?  On the internet, perhaps? Or was it in a coffee shop? No matter where it was, sit down and think about some creative ways that you can kind of re-stage that. It is something cute and unexpected. Say for instance, you met on the internet, or perhaps at work--try this: send your love an e-mail, or perhaps write a little love note and leave it on their desktop. If you met in a coffee shop, brew up two cups of coffee and turn on some indie music, then just chill out and relax with each other! Again, use your creativity and imagination, I bet you'd be surprised at the ideas that you come up with!


Frugal But Fun Dates


You don't have to spend alot of green to have a lot of fun. Throw on your coats and head outdoors! Hold hands and take a walk and enjoy the beauty that is Winter. Not diggin' the cold? Stay inside, make some sandwiches and snacks, grab a blanket and throw it on the living room floor. Voila! An indoor picnic for two! How about a movie night? Pick out a few movies you and your sweetheart love to watch together and grab that blanket off the floor! Snuggle with each other, and enjoy. 

Hungry?


Here's an activity that gets you two close (depending on how small your kitchen is!). Cook up some dinner together! Dig through the cupboards, and figure out a meal that you both like. Grab a few candles, fold up the napkins all fancy, and all of those bistros and cafes have nothing on you and your sweetie!

By following these tips, you and your love will be sure to have a wonderful (and inexpensive) Valentine's Day. Now that's pretty sweet. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

5 90's Toys We Miss

Sure, in the 1980’s there was Simon and that Waterful ring toss game that everyone would spend hours playing with. But in the 90’s, the times, they were a-changing and a new era of toys and games were ushered in. So, strap on your Moon Shoes, kids, and let’s countdown the top ten toys from the 90’s that we wish we could still play with. Being a 90's kid myself, I miss these toys! Except for maybe Furby...*shudder.*

Tamagotchi



Some of the best times were had while caring for our virtual pets. They taught us a certain level of responsibility, as we had to feed and take care of our literally little ones. They totally paved the way toward our eventual parenthood. Don't you think? 

Easy-Bake Oven



Future pastry chefs everywhere began their journey with the beloved Easy Bake Oven. Who knew that with a simple household lightbulb could help to produce some of the tastiest treats around? Alright, who wants to bake a cake today? These are still around today, but everyone knows that nothing can compare to the original, right?

POGS



Ah, yes. Pogs. The things that every single kid collected, yet nobody really could tell us what they were for. We sure had fun flipping them like tiny cardboard coins, though! As kids, we had to have them! Those sweet little discs of happiness. To this day, I still don't know what they were used for, though. But according to Wikipedia, "The name pog originates from POG, a brand of juice made from passionfruitorange, and guava; the use of POG bottle caps to play the game preceded the game's commercialization."


Furby



Back when these hell-demons first hit the shelves, they went just as fast as they came. Every kid wanted one under the Christmas tree. While they are technically still around today, nothing can quite compare to the original. Except now they're "smarter." Which makes them all that "scarier." 

TY Beanie Babies


These little beanbag animals spawned a generation full of kids that possessed an attitude that is usually reserved for zealous collectors. Remember those limited edition animals, like the Princess Diana commemorative bears? People were willing to pay any amount of money to get their hands on certain Beanie Babies. These days, you can purchase them for about $3 on eBay.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

It's The Little Things In Life

Sure, there are jobs, tasks, chores and other things to be done, but every once in a while, I believe that it is necessary to put it all aside and look at life from a new perspective. Find something good in each new day. If you feel yourself slipping into a bad mood, try taking some deep breaths and going for a short walk. You'll find yourself enjoying the little moments a little bit more afterwards. Something for me that grounds me always? Is a hug from my son.



I honestly and truly never knew how much a hug could mean to me until my son came along. Sure, I will steal hugs from him, but he is getting to be at that age where he doesn't want me to hug him unless it's of his own accord. A six year-old acting like a teenager, who knew? But nothing is better, nothing feels more special in the whole entire world than when he comes running up to me to give me one of his "tackle" hugs, yelling "I love you, mommy!" "You're the best!" Even though sometimes I may not feel like the "best mom," he seems to think I am. 



One thing I have to admit is that when I first found out that I was pregnant with my little guy, I was scared to death. I'm sure that's nothing new for any first time mom. But I had moments of doubt where I legitimately freaked out and told my then fiance that I didn't think I could do it. How could I be a mom? Me? There was no way. All of that ended up changing a few weeks later when I first heard the little "thump-thump" of his heartbeat. This was a life that my husband and I created. A life. In our hands.



Again with the getting off track, very bad habit of mine. Being present and in the moment is a valuable thing to learn. When it gets particularly stressful, take a moment to "ground yourself," Focus on something that is around you, is it your feet on the floor? That clock on the wall? This is something I learned a few years back, and honestly it is one of the most valuable tools I have ever learned to use. Be present, be there, enjoy the little things, the smallest of moments. They are after all, what count the most.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

5 Ways I'm Gonna Rock 2017

I will have to admit that I have never done one of these posts before. I always was afraid of creating a word, creating a situation for myself, where I would set myself up for failure. I was afraid of a self-fulfilling prophecy. But then I realized that this is one of the things that I can address in my words for 2017. So, what is my word? Well, I have more than one...


DETERMINATION



There is so much that I want to be determined about. I am determined to work on being a more outgoing person. I'm determined to be less emotional about things, and actually think about situations before I react. I'm determined to get my family back together. And I'm determined to work on this blog and work, work, work it. Most of all, I am determined to be the best mom I can be to Syrus.


EXCITEMENT


I want to chase more exciting opportunities. I do not want to say 'no' so much. I will not let my anxiety control me. I will be more of a 'yes' person. I am going to find more things to do. I am going to try new things. I will try that new food, I will go to that place. Most importantly, I SHALL SAY I WILL. 


MOTIVATION



I have to admit that between my mental illness diagnoses, I have lacked motivation, for really anything, for quite some time now. I want this to be the year that I actually get things done. That even included calling doctors. I'm already rocking the motivational vibe, I have an appointment on Valentine's day for pain management, so fingers crossed there. Maybe this will be my year. 


INSPIRATION



A lot of you already know that I also run Positivity In Pain, a place for people with chronic illness to go and be uplifted. I want to grow it so much more in 2017. I want to inspire people to be more positive and live a more happy life despite the challenges that their chronic illnesses may throw at them. Here's to growing it even more this year, our "PiP" family is growing exponentially!


COMPLETION


I have this bad habit that I want to break this year. I end up starting projects, getting really excited about them, and then they fall by the wayside. I am going to stop doing that this year. I vow to finish the things and the projects that I have started. I have to set a good example for my son, after all. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Five Reasons I Love Borgata!

This post is sponsored by BorgataCasino.com but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I enjoy a good casino experience just like anyone else. But do I like to travel? Not always. That is why I love Borgata Casino! Here are my top five reasons to love them! 

1. I Can Play In My Jammies 



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Setting Little Goals + FREE PRINTABLE!

It's that time of year again, where memberships to gyms are purchased in bulk, health food goes flying off of the store shelves, and everyone resolves to do something different in the new year. We make these huge goals for ourselves, but nine times out of ten, they are so awfully vague that the reason behind your resolution is lost. For example, let's take a resolution like "Go to the gym more," while that is indeed an admirable goal, why exactly do you want to go to the gym? To lose weight, to tone up, sure. But what are the smaller goals behind that resolution? Do you want to lose X amount of pounds, or are you there to build up your muscle, are you planning on running a marathon this year?

Kind of understand what I'm getting at? I learned the hard way that while the big goals are great, and they are indeed something to work towards, we often have to start small, very, very small. Leading up to, and after the birth of my son, I suffered from severe depression, which was only exacerbated by his birth, and thus became post-partum depression. Life was a sheer living hell, and everyday was a constant battle within myself. I eventually got the help that I so desperately needed, and learned that little goals were the foundation of achieving our larger goals. We're never going to be perfect, so why try? But we can achieve our goals through little steps.

Little steps = big results.


When I was in a particularly dark place in my life, even getting out of bed and getting dressed was an impossible task. Why bother? I thought to myself. It's not worth it. I'm a terrible mom, anyway. I was plagued by these thoughts every hour of every single day. Eventually it culminated into a suicide attempt, which I luckily did not succeed in, but ended up in the hospital where I did get help. We were given work-sheets each morning, and we would fill them out with three small goals that we wanted to achieve that day. Everyone's goals were different, mine consisted of things like getting out of bed, getting dressed, brushing my hair, calling my husband, telling him I love him, etc.

My stay in the hospital was followed up by intensive 7-hour therapy each day of the week for a whole month, where we were once again given the goal sheets. Eventually, it became second nature for me to write down what I want to achieve each day. Ever since I had my little guy, I had always wanted to start a blog, but I never thought I could, never thought it would be worth it, I thought, why even take the risk? I'll just fail, anyway.



But after I finished up my therapy, I began to take the little steps necessary to starting up a blog. I began with writing down ideas for posts, thinking about what I would write about, how often I would post, etc. Eventually, I created a Blogger account, and opened up Corter Moon. After that, I purchased a domain name. About a month later, I chose a blog design to purchase. It was a process, but one I am so glad that I chose to do. Having a successful blog is my dream. I'm chasing after it, little by little and bit by bit. It's those little steps that get us to where we want to be in life.

This year has been particularly rough for our family. Our son had pneumonia and was hospitalized, as was I, I smacked my head on a tombstone in a cemetery and ended up being airlifted to a trauma center, my husband and I are living apart because we cannot afford to live together. But he is becoming a paralegal. We’re working on getting back together. 2016 has certainly seen it’s ups and downs with our family.

MOUNTAINS of ups and downs.


My stay in the hospital years ago (when I attempted suicide) - was followed up by intensive 7-hour therapy each day of the week for a whole month, where we were once again given the goal sheets. Eventually, it became second nature for me to write down what I want to achieve each day. Ever since I had my little guy, I had always wanted to start a blog, but I never thought I could, never thought it would be worth it, I thought, why even take the risk? I'll just fail, anyway.

But after I finished up my therapy, I began to take the little steps necessary to starting up a blog. I began with writing down ideas for posts, thinking about what I would write about, how often I would post, etc. Eventually, I created a Blogger account, and opened up Corter Moon. After that, I purchased a domain name. About a month later, I chose a blog design to purchase. It was a process, but one I am so glad that I chose to do. Having a successful blog is my dream. I'm chasing after it, little by little and bit by bit. It's those little steps that get us to where we want to be in life. Here I am,  four years later after starting a blog, monetizing my blog, doing so much with it, I even finished my second book for my other blog! And I’m even selling copies! I think that 2017 is going to be a really great year, for everyone. My wish for everyone is health and happiness and lots of love. I've created a printable for those little goals I talked about! Just click on it, and download and print! 





Monday, December 26, 2016

The RELEASE: Chronic Illness Companion Part Deux

Not only am I celebrating with my wonderful family because it is Christmas, but guess what? My second self-published book, The Chronic Illness Companion is OUT! It was released on December 16th! It's meant to be a devotional/journal type book for those living with chronic pain. I am so excited that I wanted to share some more of it with you! These are lifted directly from the book! Check it out! Let me know what you think! If you're really interested I'll leave links at the bottom to purchase! 


If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
- John Wooden

Okay, so let's talk a little bit about mistakes. Another throwback to the first installment of Positivity in Pain, I spoke about how life, in and of itself is a learning process, one that will continue up until our very last breaths. But how does one learn? Through trial and error, through making mistakes, and learning how to pick themselves up and dust themselves off and trying again. We are going to trip, we are going to stumble and we are going to fall. It happens to the best of us, even those who are not chronically ill. It is what we do with those mistakes and errors that make and shape who we are and who we will become.

Have you made mistakes? Talk about them here. This is your private place.


Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
- Walt Whitman

At some point in our lives, we certainly have probably had a bad experience here and there, whether it be with doctors, or friends and family that do not understand our illnesses. However, again, it comes down to a choice. We can either let it hold us back, or we can move forward with our lives, and like good ol' Walt says, let the shadows fall behind you. Be done with the past, we certainly are not going to be going back there, we are only going to be moving forward from now on. Think of it like that – forward movement, towards the sunshine, past the shadows and towards the light.

Take a moment to look around you! What do you see? The sunrise? The sunset?


    When you die, God will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you denied yourself.”
    - Roger Housden

    Now, I am not a particularly religious person, however, this quote really hit me. Normally when we die, we are taught that we will be judged for the sins that we committed, not the pleasures that we denied ourselves. But this quote says exactly that. Chronic illnesses or not, we do not need to deny ourselves pleasures in life, no matter how big or how small they may be.

    What things make you over-the-moon-super-incredible happy? What is it? Think about it if you need to. Now, when you think of it, I want you to go do it. Yes, sure, it may result in a “flare day,” or two. But think about it, that comes with living life anyway. So why deny yourself doing something fun? I am not saying to go out and overdo it and go out and incapacitate yourself. But every now and then, to do the thing that you love, won’t hurt. Well, I mean it will, but, well, you know what I mean! Live life to the fullest, and never deny yourself something that will make you happy.

    What makes YOU happy? Never deny yourself happiness!


So...what do you guys think? I would love your thoughts! Let me know in the comments! 

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