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Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favs - 8/26/16

Hi and happy Friday!  Here are my favorite things this week:

This cute ketchup pin makes me want to become a collector.

Keep It Fancy - Enamel Pin
Andrew Heath

Daisies are my favorite.


I love planners.

Front view of planner

Supercute watch.


I'm pretty sure I need this dress.

Deb Shops
Bootie weather is almost here in the South.

Mindy Mae's Market

Beautiful handmade cards.

Blank Card Set - Blank Feather Card Set - Blank Greeting Card Set

Cookies or not, I need this.

World Market

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What can CoQ10 do for you?

For the past 2 years I have been struggling with health issues that seemed to just pop up out of nowhere.  One of those issues is high blood pressure.  I've always been curious about CoQ10 as a supplement and when I was given the opportunity to review it, I jumped at it.

Before taking the supplement I did my homework.  I am not a doctor and advise you to speak with your healthcare provider before adding any supplement to your diet.  There could possibly be side effects if combined with certain prescription drugs.

Coenzyme Q10 is similar to a vitamin and is found in every cell of our body.  Our bodies make it and our cells use it to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.  It is also an antioxidant, which helps to fight harmful molecules.  Coenzymes work with other enzymes to digest foods. (1)

According to the University of Maryland (2), CoQ10 supplements may prevent or help a number of conditions, which include:  heart attack, heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Viva Labs (soon to be Viva Naturals) sent me a bottle of their CoQ10 400 mg Veggie Softgels.  The capsules also contain 5mg of Black Pepper.  Check out the other ingredients over on Amazon.

I've been taking the CoQ10 for a little over a week.  I haven't had a problem with my blood pressure, which is great, but it has been managed pretty well with my prescription medication.  I have, on occasion, had low blood pressure which brings me close to blacking out.  I haven't experienced this while taking the CoQ10.  I have to say, I have had more energy this week.  I'll post an update to see if it continues.  This would be great as I have Fibromyalgia and struggle with a lack of energy.

Below is a photo of the actual Softgels with some lip balm for size comparison.  The size is fairly large, but the gel capsule format makes it easy to swallow.  Viva Labs suggests taking the supplement daily with a meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.  CoQ10 is fat soluble and should be taken with a meal containing fat in order for your body to absorb it. (2) 

Are you taking CoQ10?  If so, how is it working for you?  I would love for you to let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week,

*I was given a sample of Viva Labs CoQ10 in exchange for an honest and sincere review.  All opinions are mine.*


(1)  WebMD

(2)  University of Maryland

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does Anyone Else Miss Their Kiddos?

School started here on Monday and I already miss my kiddo, lol.  My son, Jaxon, started 1st grade this year.  I was so ready for him to go back to school.  I was about to go crazy if I had to hear about one more cool game on Roblox.  But he's only been in school for four days and I'm finding myself repeatedly looking at the clock around 3pm.  

Jaxon just missed the cut-off date for starting school the year before last, so he started Kindergarten a year late.  He turned six just a couple of months after school started.  No big deal though.  He has a lot of attention issues so I felt it was good.

Here he is last year:

And, here he is this year:

He can't be bothered to stand up.

He grew almost two inches in a year!  He's got tall genes from both sides of the family, so I hope he's over six foot.  I'm not working right now and we needed some help from friends to get school supplies.  We were (and are) blessed.  Two friends sent us paper, pencils, etc, one friend sent a backpack and a sweet couple  went to high school with brought over a bag of clothing and a pair of shoes.  My sis-in-law and brother are contributing towards a winter coat and my sister is picking my son up from school on most afternoons.  I have amazing friends and family.

So . . . Do you miss your kiddos yet?  Tell me I'm not alone in the comments!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joy In The Wasteland

It's been a really long time since I've posted.  You know, life . . . .

This is going to be a rambling post.  I just need to work through my feelings and find a way to cope and heal.  Writing it all down kinda helps.

I got laid off, I took a job in Minnesota to be close to the love of my life.  I hated my job, I got really sick.  I was depressed, didn't have any money and felt all alone.  I worried about my 5 year old.  I packed up and moved back to Arkansas.  I was so rash.  I quit my job, I said mean things to my best friend, the man I hope to marry.

I apologized.  I then became absorbed in helping my uncle pack up his business.  One that I had worked at.  That was extremely hard.  Both physically and emotionally.  I came home and would feel the crushing weight of loss.  I was so lonely.

I've been praying through it all.  I've sought solace in God's love and grace.

I know I'm rambling.  Sorry.

I was hanging out on Pinterest and I stumbled upon the blog Arabaj Joy.  Arabaj means wasteland. Taken from her blog:

"Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days.  The wasteland (the Arabaj) will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.  Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy!  The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.  There the Lord will display His glory, the splendor of out God."

We can have joy in the wasteland.

I read her post How To Live Loved and following different links I came to a post about praising God in our pain.  How God wants us to fully rely on Him, to have faith in his plan.

So, I still cry at the drop of a hat.  I long to talk with my love like we used to.  I pray, I hope, I thank God and praise him in my wasteland.

African Sweetheart
If you have a prayer need, I would love to pray for you.  Let me know in the comment.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Horror Movie Survival Kit with Man Crates

So, I was challenged by Man Crates to create a list of items I would want if I were trapped in a horror movie.  What is Man Crates, you ask?  Well, let me tell you.

Man Crates is an awesomely creative company that specializes in gifts for men.  And get this, the gifts are delivered in a wooden crate that your guy gets to open with a crowbar.  How fun!  They have crates for the carnivore, survivalist, beer lover, gamer and more.  Man Crates also has a handy horror movie survival guide for you:

On to the challenge!  I love The Walking Dead and basically any zombie movie, so that will be the survival kit I will be putting together.  Here is my list of essential zombie survival gear:

1.  1st Aid kit with guaze, sterile pads, antibiotic cream, scavenged antibiotics, pain meds and sutures.

2.  An outdoor survival guide, because c'mon, I'm never gonna remember all that stuff.

3.  Tarp, rope and lightweight sleeping bag.

4.  Shotgun and shells, because you don't have to have that good of an aim with one of these suckers.

5.  Heavy-duty knife.

6.  French coffee press.  What?  I need to be caffeinated to deal.

7.  Kinetic flashlight.

8.  Energy and/or granola bars.

9.  A backpack to put it all in.

There you go.  That would be my basic kit.  Food and other handy items would come and go.

What items would you put in your horror movie survival kit?

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - 9/29/14

Wow, I haven't written a blog post since August.  I've fallen off the wagon in other areas too.  Like my promise to myself and Jaxon to eat healthier.  I find that menu planning really helps me to eat better.  Even if I don't stick to the menu plan strictly, I still have healthy foods in my fridge and pantry.  So, it's back on the wagon.

Lunch:   Leftover vegetable soup.  I used Alton Brown's recipe.
Dinner:  Tacos, in Lettuce cups, with all the fixings:  avocado, cheese, tomato, sour cream

Lunch:   Cobb salad with avocado, lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, cucumber, hard boiled egg, cheese and roasted red pepper vinaigrette.
Dinner:  15 Minute spaghetti carbonara

Lunch:   Black bean "burger", sweet potato chips and small salad.
Dinner:  Balsamic roast beef, baked sweet potatoes and green beans. (freeze half)

Lunch:   Leftover roast beef and sweet potato.
Dinner:  Baja fish taco bowls.

Lunch:   Tuna Salad sandwich with veggie chips.
Dinner:  Leftovers or dinner out.

Cold cut sandwiches or leftovers.

Chili and cornbread.

Breakfasts for the week will be one of the following:  scrambled or fried eggs with sausage or bacon, oatmeal with nuts and/or fruit, greek yogurt with fruit, nuts and honey or a protein smoothie.

Now to sit down and write out the grocery list.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hi, it's been a while. {Randomness}

Hello all, I hope you are all having a great Summer.  It's just about over.  Here in Arkansas we have been blessed with an unseasonably cool Summer and it has been wonderful.  Keep those cool fronts from Canada coming!

No menu plans or recipes today.  I just wanted to say, "Hi, I'm still around."

Here are a few things I am loving lately:

Listening to on repeat:


Random pics:

I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by,