Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

Support a Family Member in Their Caregiver Role

As the member of the AARP blogger Kitchen Cabinet, this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. My mother’s health and well-being has deteriorated since August. My role as a caregiver has grown to the point where I drive her everywhere, take care of her medications, keep track of her appointments, attend doctors’ visits with her, make sure that she is eating and more. I am planning for the future because I know she will need more care, especially moving to Assisted Living. It’s been difficult to see her decline. Once a vibrant, extremely independent woman who enjoyed … [Read more...]

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Invisalign to the Rescue for Straight Teeth

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always. As the mom of a teen with crooked teeth and an overbite we know she will need braces. She’s worn a spacer for years to prepare her for braces which was painful and caused a dent in her mouth after removal. Now we’re looking for an alternative for metal braces since she’s concerned about being called brace face and other names. Plus it's really important to get her teeth looking good already. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners that are practically invisible, my daughter feels relieved that … [Read more...]

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Family Trip to Marietta Square, Georgia

Recently we took a family trip to Marietta Square, Georgia. It's about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. You can spend a few hours to a full day here, sight-seeing, shopping and eating. The center of the square is Glover Park, where you can people watch and let the kids run off some steam. The park is home to a lovely fountain which makes the perfect photo op. There’s an exact replica of the Liberty Bell and a statue of former Senator Alexander Stephens Clay. Of course, there are flowers, grassy areas, and lots shade trees. We sat for a while, took some photos and watched my young cousins … [Read more...]

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Cluster Headaches are the Devil

About two months ago I was diagnosed with cluster headaches. The pain was horrible, it woke me up every night and hit me during the day too. Since I am my own patient advocate I did online researched and joined a cluster headache support group. The way the group members described the pain brought me to tears. Some people felt like killing themselves. They said it was the worst pain ever. It is agony. That made me think: when my doctor asked me about my pain level, 1 – 10. I said 7. Ten to me is labor pain. But, women with cluster headaches say that this type of pain is worse than labor. … [Read more...]

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How to Prepare Your High School Kid for College #JourneytoCollege

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Kaplan Test Prep. I received compensation to write this post, and any opinions expressed are my own, and reflect my actual experience. After one daughter who has already finished college and grad school, I can tell you how hard it is to prepare your high school kid for college. She did very well in school and could have gone to pretty much any school she wanted. Even so, the planning was overwhelming. But, as a parent who wants the best for my daughters, I did the best I could. Now, I have another daughter in high school. She’ll be … [Read more...]

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