Wednesday, April 15, 2015


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:

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!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Roasted Duck in Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Roasted Duck in a Cranberry Sauce


This is a great recipe for any leftovers you may have from a Christmas dinner. I was taught how to cook by my Italian/Austrian Grandmother. She was truly talented and could make a seven course Mediterranean meal out of almost nothing in the fridge. I owe a lot to her because she made me feel very capable and comfortable in the kitchen. 

But lately, though, I've missed my other heritage. So for the past few years, I've been traditionally making roasted duck l'Orange for Christmas to incorporate my Dutch, Irish, and Swedish roots. I find it's the best way I can honor my other Grandmother, who typically made traditional Irish meals.

The duck this year was large and we had a lot left over so I decided to create a unique dish for lunch the following day. This dish is quite easy to make and you can substitute any fruit or veggie you'd like, I just happened to have cranberries left over and added them.

The ingredient portions will very depending on how much you have left over, but when you add rice to anything, it will make the dish a meal. This dish can certainly be modified to add greens like broccoli or spinach to add more color. I just didn't have that left over when I made this. And you could also substitute pasta for the rice. I personally am staying away from pastas at the moment because I'm finding that most gluten (even the little you'd find in gluten-free pasta) is causing my stomach to be upset.


Duck breast, shredded 

One tablespoon orange sauce

4 ounces of cranberry sauce

1 cup cooked basmati rice 

1 onion, diced and sauteed in 1 tablespoon of ghee 


Prepare the rice according to directions. Saute diced onion in a large skillet with the ghee until translucent. Mix together the cranberries, orange sauce, shredded duck, and cooked rice and cook until heated through. Season to taste and enjoy! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fibromyalgia, A Real Medical Disease

I really find this study very interesting. A couple of years back my husband and I had to have a blood test for a new life insurance policy and we were mailed the results. In those results I was told that my cytokines levels were consider "high".

They were not alarming, in fact, they were just slightly above average, but I thought it was high enough for me to research why this abnormality may have occurred for me.

My research didn't amount to much two years ago because all I could find was information on RA. I was not diagnosed with RA and thought I might have possibly tested false-positive at the time. But these findings have me thinking much differently now!

I hope this is looked into further and will eventually become a standard to help all sufferers get diagnosed within a matter of months and not years. That would be most refreshing for us all!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy is Now Available

It's FINALLY here! The latest book in the Fibro and Fabulous Series is here!

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy by Amanda Kimberley LB

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy is Amanda Kimberley's third and latest book to the Fibro and Fabulous Series and discusses what every Fibro Mom should know about pregnancy. It offers tips and tricks to help alleviate both Fibromyalgia and pregnancy symptoms through extensive research and real-life experience.

Kindle Exclusive: $2.99
Print Book: $9.99

ISBN: 978-0692335499

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