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November is National Caregivers Month

Posted by Connie on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 10:48 am and is filed under Chronic Illness, Shopping.
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The MDA is recognizing National Caregivers Month with its website Salute to Caregivers. The caregiver in my life is my husband, who I dearly love. When I have a flare up or get sick with a regular cold (which for me can become serious quickly), he’s the one that is there at my side. He does everything from help me bathe to making sure I take my medicine.

Visit the Salute to Caregivers site to meet caregivers, send an e-post card to your caregiver or one that you know, learn about resources or make a donation in honor of a caregiver. For those of us who rely on a caregiver due to chronic illness, disability or other medical problems, we thank you!

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With the holidays approaching, you may be looking for a gift to show your caregiver how much you appreciate him or her. Here’s a few ideas:

A pair of comfy slippers for a female caregiver – Acorn Slippers

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A pair of Bushnell Binoculars would make a nice gift too. Your caregiver can take in some birdwatching. Music is always a welcome gift. 50 Classics For Relaxation (2 CD) can be enjoyed by the both of you.

Love Simple DVD Donates To Lupus Research Foundation

Posted by Connie on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 11:00 pm and is filed under Advocacy, Autoimmune Disease, Non-Profits, Shopping.
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Love Simple DVD sales (10% of proceeds) will be donated to the Lupus Research Foundation (Lupus Research Institute).

Your Indie Films/Synergetic Distribution has acquired worldwide distribution rights for the film Love Simple, directed by Mark von Sternberg. The film will be available for purchase internationally on Tuesday, November 11. The story of Love Simple is based on a woman, Seta, who has lupus and a man, Adam, who lives at home and cares for his sick father. Both meet and are not honest about their situations.

This is a romantic comedy that shows what a person with lupus goes through in her every day life. It helps raise awareness about lupus and by pre-ordering it you can help raise money for research.

If you pre-order Love Simple on Amazon.com you’ll get these offers as well:

  • Pre-order Price Guarantee! Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. Here’s how (restrictions apply)
  • Get $4 worth of eligible movies and TV shows from Amazon Video On Demand after you order your item. Limited to one promotional credit per customer. Here’s how (restrictions apply)
  • Save up to 60% on select seasons of top TV shows, including 30 Rock, Eureka, and Friday Night Lights. Offer ends November 6, 2010.

Help support the Lupus Research Foundation and enjoy the great movie, Love Simple.

Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 11:39 pm and is filed under Shopping.
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Do your homework when buying a memory foam mattress topper. Be sure you’re buying a topper that is actually made of memory foam, not just an egg crate topper. Also, check with the foam is made of. Some are made of  fibers that can aggravate allergies. As with anything else there’s better made toppers which cost more money. Read, research and check with your doctor or chiropractor to see what is recommended.

You may want to use a topper instead of a memory foam mattress though as some toppers are made specifically to allow air flow so it doesn’t trap your body’s heat as some memory foam mattresses do. This may be the way to make a decision if you want to purchase a memory foam mattress also. If you have back pain or other chronic pain you may not want to put a lot of money into buying a mattress until you’re sure you’ll be comfortable. Giving the topper a try may be your best route.

Safe Way To Obsess Over Looks

Posted by Connie on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 at 2:24 am and is filed under Chronic Illness, Loving Life, Shopping.
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Many of us with chronic illness or disability have undergone or were born with physical scars or abnormalities of some kind. Hopefully we have learned not to obsess over this, but to accept and embrace our looks. I have a very large scar on my chest due to major surgery. At first I considered having cosmetic surgery to cover it up, but now I look at it as a badge of honor because without it, I may not be alive today.

Now I’d rather obsess over fashion than my physical appearance. One of my vices is buying shoes. Yes, they have to be comfortable, but there’s no problem finding gorgeous shoes like flats from Kate Spade. Although I’d only wear them a few times a year, Michael Kors boots would do me a world of good too. They’d have me strutting!

Simply put, buying shoes and feeling good about how I dress is a lot cheaper than getting cosmetic surgery. It’s taken time to accept the way my body has changed, but all women’s bodies change as we age. Focus on being positive, building up self-esteem, finding new interests and cultivating personal relationships. And, If looking good includes buying new shoes, go for it. And don’t forget to shop safely online.

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Stress Free Holidays

Posted by Connie on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at 3:16 am and is filed under Loving Life, Shopping, Support Group.
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I just joined a group to help us prepare for Christmas. We are going to share idea on how to have a stress free holiday season. Last year Christmas was very rushed and things were done at the last minute. I ended up getting very sick because of feeling so uneasy. For the first time in years I didn’t have a home made Christmas Eve dinner and I didn’t send out Christmas cards.

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Cards are very important to me because I only have my mother and aunt living close by. Finding just the right photo holiday cards tops off my Christmas to do list. At 123print.com there are so many bright and cheery cards to chose from. I was able to find both religious and Santa cards, my favorites. It’s easy to upload your photo and find what you want by category as well as folded or flat cards.

I’ll be sharing this with the group so we can get one of our to do items checked off the list and feel the stress release too.

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Back To School Eyeglasses

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 4:33 pm and is filed under Health Supplies Equipment, Shopping.
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Back to school time is when parents often need to buy new eyeglasses for their children. This can be costly since children lose their glasses or even break them. My friend’s daughter wears glasses and she has to be sure to have a second pair on hand at all times. With her daughter being in school, she wants her to fit in and not be teased by other children, so the style of her eyeglasses is very important.

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Children don’t want to look the same or wear glasses that look cheap. They want fashionable eyeglasses. And it just gets worse as they get older. I can’t blame them. When my older daughter had to wear glasses in high school, they became a fashion statement for her. Even at her age she lost them, sat on them and even feel asleep with them on. We went through a few pairs a year. We finally took the money out of her allowance to teach her a lesson.

ZenniOptical glasses start at only $8. At this price you can purchase a few pairs for your child! You do need a prescription and you can take your child to try on some glasses in an optical store to see what looks good before your purchase. So make back to school fun for your child and less expensive for you.

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