Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FM Aware July Edition

They liked the article! They LIKED the article! YAY!!!! My article with the working title, "Top 10 Reasons Fibro Sufferers Should Have Sex", will appear in the July addition of FM AWARE. This magazine is put out by the National Fibromyalgia Association​.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Friday, May 22, 2015

Need Some Time

I have had a death in the family and have chosen to take some time off from public social media posts. I just need a little time and will be back shortly.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Dust is Starting to Fly Again

Last year I came to the conclusion that this website needed a major change because it was getting rather large and too cumbersome for readers to navigate. I had decided to move things into categories so it is easier for you to look around at specific things.

When I started this last year I thought I could accomplish it by the end of last summer, but my author website crashed and I had spent all of my time revamping that one. This one kind of fell to the wayside because it was at least up and running.

Now that summer is fast approaching again, I HOPE to finish what I started and move postings to specific pages. I have done a little today thank goodness! So for those returning, all my postings from the past year are now organized into page categories that you will see up at the top. Each entry will have the corresponding date of when it was first posted on the website.

I will still continue to post the latest entries as I always have-- this is a blog after all LOL! BUT I will then copy the entry into the appropriate category so you can reference it at a later time. Hope this helps all of you to navigate the blog better!

Stay fabulous!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy, Calm, Focused

Fibro and Fabulous was given a brain supplement called HCF (Happy, Calm, and Focused) in exchange for an honest review a few weeks back.

The HCF bottle is a one month supply containing 90 pills. The supplement contains vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, B5, Folic Acid, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium, and Amino Acids, all of which are helpful for Fibro sufferers. The direction are quite similar to other mood supplements like Sam-e and suggest you take it 30 minutes before a meal for the best absorption. You can take all three pills at once or space them out.

I happen to like this product. It definitely does what it says and helps you to stay happy, calm, and focused. I noticed a change right away, but that may be because I was in a flare when I started the supplement. Lately, I have been suffering from anxiety and depression with this flare and I noticed an almost instant change in my mood that even lasted if I forgot to take them one day.

I also personally tried taking all three at once in the beginning, then spaced them out, then tried taking all three at different times of the day to see if the results would change and to my surprise, I found that it did. Taking them in the afternoon allowed me to have more restorative sleep in the evening, but further testing on my part is needed because I only tried this a couple of times through out the month. I'd like to see if that assumption continually holds true. Taking them in the morning helped me to keep alert and awake in the afternoon, something I continue to struggle with and spreading the pills out by taking them right before breakfast, lunch, and dinner seemed to work nicely too. Spreading out the dosage kept me more even tempered throughout the day.

This supplement is hypoallergenic, has no preservatives, chemicals, coatings, calories, sweeteners, enhancers, fragrance, dairy, gluten, nuts, or wheat. I did not experience any side effects while taking this supplement. They do, however, caution pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as, people taking MAO to consult a physician before taking the product.  

I really like how effective this product is and the fact that it works naturally. You don't have a jolt of energy or a jolt of happiness followed by a crash. You simply feel calmly stable throughout the day. For more information on HCF, visit their website at: http://www.happycalmfocused.com/

Stay fabulous,


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thoughts on Housework and Fibromyalgia

I've given housework a lot of thought over the years. When I was in my twenties, I used to feel guilty in the wee hours of the morning about not getting the entire house clean daily. It would keep me up until I'd finally break down at 4 AM and I'd start to dust and vacuum. Seriously-- no joke! 

In my thirties I thought I got things down to a science. I was home all day and I'd clean like a mad woman until my husband came home. Of course, I'd still feel guilty that not everything got done and I vowed to get up at 5 AM every morning to at least start a load of laundry and clean the dishes from all the midnight snacking. I reserved my urge to vacuum until 9 AM because at that time we were in an condo-like apartment complex and I didn't want to wake the family below me. I learned from the days of the high rise apartment in my twenties. ;) 

Today though in my forties, and now having a decade of fibro experiences, I think MUCH differently. A clean house is a group effort-- period. If you are the only one in the group that puts in the effort on a daily basis, the house won't ever be to your standards. 

I have finally come to terms with the fact that my house will never, not ever, be as clean as I'd like. Kids will be kids and husbands will be husbands. Having said that, that DOES NOT mean that I don't strive for a clean house. Quite the contrary! 

I have a schedule for every day of the week and I stick to certain rooms and certain activities each day. For instance, if I'm supposed to vacuum-- that is what I do. I DO NOT bother putting my children's toys away in that room. 

I grab a bag or a bucket and put all of the crap I find on the floor in that bag/bucket and give it to the kids to deal with. I have also been known to do the same to my husband too. ;) 

Now, I can't speak for all of you, but I think part of my problem was I used to do it all because it was expected that I did. Maybe that expectation isn't reaching consciousness with the people I live with-- BUT that doesn't mean it isn't there when half the room is filled with toys, shoes, and snack clutter that was obviously not all of my doing. 

Yes, I used to be on top of all of those things! I did the housework of five people before I got sick-- probably just like all of you-- but really should I have had to do that? The answer is a resounding no! My kids and husband are older and they are wiser too. ;)  That means they can all pitch in every now and again so I can do what I should have done in the first place, the work of one. And I can now FINALLY say, I'm content with that!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review of Suffered Long Enough

Suffered Long Enough: A physician's journey of overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & LymeSuffered Long Enough: A physician's journey of overcoming Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, & Lyme by William Rawls

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book is absolutely fascinating! I have learned many new aspects about fibromyalgia that I did not know before hand, one being Lyme. I had wondered about it, especially living in Connecticut, and this book has filled in a lot of the gaps that I had come across with reading clinical trials about Lyme.

I've read many, many books, journals, and news articles about fibromyalgia, but I must say that this book is one of the best ones I've come across in a long while. The language is clear and easy to read. There are medical terms, but they are explained in simple language which makes it easy on even the fibro-fogged reader.

I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from this disease.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Exciting News! Featured Book #ForeverBound!

Exciting News! The manuscript #FOREVERBOUND, which is the prequel to #ForeverFriends, is featured in Book Country's Waiting to Be Discovered section! I feel truly honored that the Penguin group chose me!

Only the first four chapters are up but you can go to the link here:

Stay tuned for future updates!

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