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Thursday, October 12, 2017

10 Eye-Opening Breast Cancer Tips

Discoveries are made daily for Breast Cancer. Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?


We have come along way, but still have a long way to go. While Cancer may be frightening to some, there is hope in the new discoveries that are occurring daily.  You may not have had Cancer, but you may know a relative or friend that was affected by Cancer. 


A. “Did you know that 26 states have laws on the books that require mammography testing facilities to tell women that have breast cancer imaging scans if they have dense breast tissue as part of their results, according to Nancy Capello?”

This does not mean that you have breast cancer, but that it may be harder to detect.

B. Did you know that there are foods that help fight against Cancer? Fruits and vegetables are rich in Cancer fighting nutrients.

1. Taxol or Taxotere vs Abraxane

According to WebMd., Taxol when administered during chemotherapy does not dissolve in water, therefore needs to be put in solvents when administering to cancer patients which can cause several side effects. Also, patients require several medications including steroids and antihistamines before starting chemotherapy. This is something that I have witnessed when sitting with cancer patients and talking with them during chemotherapy. They further add that Abraxane can be added dissolved in water thus no more medication needed before therapy, no side effects, and shorter infusion time. In fact they state the time changes from 3 hours to about half an hour of Chemotherapy. Now for someone that has not had chemotherapy or been around someone that has had it, you may not see the significance. But I know personally from sitting with chemotherapy patients it can be time consuming.

Patient's First Chemo Treatment:

2. Sitting With Chemo Patient

If you have a relative or friend that is going to through chemo treatments, Just sitting with them during the treatment, can give them great support. Sometimes the chemo treatments may be just about 20 minutes during a session, while at other times, it may be up to 3 hours or more. Every patient’s timing and situation may vary. If you have never gone through this, you can learn a lot just sitting and talking with others that are going through this.

As I talked with a patient that had chemotherapy, he mentioned that he had trouble traveling to places that he may have been to numerous times before. Because of the chemo fog, he just cannot remember the directions. This was frustrating to him too. Unfortunately chemotherapy damages the good cells of the body as well as the cancer cells, which includes cells in the brain as well.

3. Listening

I have talked to several cancer patients that stated they went through their chemotherapy sessions alone. I was quite surprised. I always recommend if you have a friend or relative going through treatment, go with them to the chemotherapy sessions if possible. Chemotherapy can last several months and 2 to 3 hours at a time one or several days a week. I was totally ignorant of the time process involved. Now I realize how they can be so tired because the chemo not only kills the bad cancer cells it destroys the good cells in your body as well. I discovered cancer patients can bring their laptops, watch TV, or something that I did with them was to talk. I learned so much from just listening to different individuals. I was surprised to see men there with breast cancer. I learned breast Cancer can also occur in dogs.

I recall a relative of mine that found a stray dog and took her in. This tiny dog had numerous medical problems which included breast cancer. My relative took the dog to the vet continually and cared for her with all vigilance.

4. No Side Effects

According to Kristin Bien at Cancer treatment will start human trials with no side effects. She further adds that John Kanzius uses nano-technology and radio waves to treat cancer by injecting nano articles directly into the cancer cell and are heated to destroy the cancer cell. This definitely beats not having side effects such as memory loss, low blood count, constipation, hair loss, nerve damage, and much more that results from chemotherapy and radiation. I can understand when someone tells me that they are a cancer survivor. They have actually had to survive much more than cancer.

5. Reduce Cancer Returns

According to They talk about the cancer possibly having estrogen receptors that receives signals from the estrogen to promote the cancer growth. The cancer feeds off it. So cancer treatment is treated more aggressively with young women that are still menstruating. I personally have heard an oncologist say this exact same thing. I personally know from talking with cancer patients that after chemo is complete they still continue on the Tamoxifen daily tablet once a day originally for 5 years. Now that has changed to 10 years daily. It is referred to as (Oral Chemo).

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6. Knit and Crochet

Those that know how to knit and crochet can make hats to donate to the cancer
institute. Also, you can crochet or knit blankets. These hats are used by chemotherapy patients, who lose their hair during chemotherapy. The blankets are used during their chemotherapy treatments, as they may become quite cool as they sit during their treatments. I have seen some of the most beautiful blankets donated to the cancer society.

7. Take Patient's to Appointments

You can take patient's to their docotr appointments or even take them grocery shopping. Sometimes they may even need help around their house. Sometimes they may not want to ask for help, but you can offer. You may offer to help. Just ask, “Is there anything that you need me to help with around your house?”
8. Offer a Massage Service

Chemotherapy affects every aspect of a patient's body. Some of the chemotherapy patient's that I talked with complained of tired or aching muscles. Several have commented that massages are just wonderful for them. So you might give them a certificate to a body massage parlor. Some of the massage parlors are located within some cancer building.

9. Offer Money

Even though a cancer patient may have insurance, their insurance may not cover everything. So cash is a blessing for a cancer patient. Although both parents may be working, the chemotherapy treatments can range from several months to almost a year. That can become and is quite costly.

10. Offer Natural Soaps

Give the cancer patient natural soaps. These natural ingredients will be great for them. Also, the natural soaps smell so good. I just love the aroma. As I sat with a cancer patient during his treatment, another woman sitting with her loved one shared that she sold natural soaps. She had sold to many cancer patients that seem to love it. I thought, “What a great idea.”

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Do You Know How Domestic Violence Affects Families?

Unfortunately Domestic Violence affects the entire family. When a partner beats up their spouse, it not only hurts the spouse, but also hurts all family members. Remember that victim has a mother, father, sister, brother, and possibly children.


1. False Promises

You need to know that there is a pattern to a controlling and violent person. After they have done their damage they will appear so remorseful to you. They will promise that this will never happen again. They will use excuses that they are under so much pressure. They will even go as far as to say, “You made me do this to you.” You the abused one might say, “But he is a good man, he cooks dinner and he does this, or does that.” Ask yourself, “Does a good man hit a woman.?"  Or does a good woman hit a man?" You need to not make excuses for him. or her.

2. Family and Friends

This is the time to take the help of family and friends. This is the time to listen to your family and friends.  Because your family cares about you, they want nothing but the best for you. 

3. Fear

Unfortunately your children may learn that it is okay to make their spouse fearful and nervous by using emotional verbiage to break down that spirit. Never forget your children learn from an abusive relationship. Your children are watching you. This fear is felt by not only by your immediate family, but by your aunts, uncles, father, mother, cousins, and grandparents. They all feel your pain and hate to see you in such a vulnerable position. You deserved to be happy. Life is too short. Domestic Violence robs you of that happiness. It also robs your family, because they want you to be happy.   Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. Why not choose to be happy in a healthy relationship.

4.  Happiness

Your children learn that It is difficult o be happy because of the worry that one spouse might kill the other. Your toddler learns it is difficult to conceive a life with one parent, because the spouse killed the other spouse. I grew up in a family fearful that I might loose one of my parents to domestic violence. The fear is very real and traumatic. Your children may eventually hate the spouse that continually hurts you emotionally and physically.


Did you know that there are 5 different types of domestic violence according to

They include physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuse.

Always remember if you are in immediate danger call 911. Also, know that there is a 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline. For guidance and support at 1-800-799-7233.


You do not want to become a statistic. Your family definitely does not want this either. 

Did you know that almost 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States and this equates to more than 10 million women and men during one year? Also,1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year; 90%of these children are eyewitnesses to the violence.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Will You Be at the Monthly Blogger's Meet and Greet October 2017?

At today's Meet and Greet please be encouraged to self-promote in the comment section below: Introduce your blog and tell us about your blog. Feel free to post your blog link. Share about your about page, or your favorite blog posts. I look forward to reading them.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

8 Amazing Bite Size Snacks for Toddlers

Toddlers just love bite size snacks. They are so easy to handle and seemingly made just for them. I have listed a few of these healthy snacks for toddlers. They are as follows:

Snack Ideas for Kids

1. Watermelon

I just love watermelon. The watermelon can be cut into quarters and is a healthy snack for toddlers. Watermelon is loaded with water. In addition, it is quite nutritional for you and your toddler. This can also be done with cantaloupe as well and cantaloupe is packed full of vitamins.


2. Teddy Grahms Trail Mix

Elle talks about this Trail Mix mentioning that it is something she would prepare when it was her turn to bring snacks to her son's preschool. This is her personal recipe which can be found

Teddy Grahm Trail Mix

The ingredients include teddy grahams, mini pretzels, m and m's, yogurt covered raisins, and raisinets. These ingredients sound really good. I will have to make this and let you know what I think.

3. Petite Carrots

These small mini-carrots are just the right size for a toddler's hand. In fact, I like them much better than the larger carrots.

4. Animal Crackers

Have you given your toddler any animal crackers recently? The great thing about them is that besides the fact that they taste good, they are just the right size for your toddler to handle and to eat.  This is also a great teachable time to teach your toddler the names of different animals that are found in the form of a cracker.  

5. Trix Cereal

You may have a favorite cereal that you prefer. I recall putting trix dry cereal in a small sandwich bag for my toddlers. This was great to take with me when traveling to the store with toddlers. Usually if toddlers are snacking, they are happy, and you avoid a lot of grocery store drama. Toddlers may get hungry while you are shopping with toddler. I also, would bring a bag to church, which would help my toddler make it through the service.

6. Mini-hot dogs

Since a hot dog is more than a handful for a toddler, what about a mini hot dog. You can purchase the mini ball park hots dogs and just cut a full hot dog bun in half. This idea is found at

Fun Snacks for Kids

7. Frozen Snack bites

For those of you that have babies, you might want to try frozen snack bites made from baby food. Hanna talks about this in the article:

Turn Baby Food into Bite-Size Frozen Snacks for Babies and Toddlers  

She emphasizes that she put a spoonful of baby food on parchment paper and froze it over night. In addition, she states she used blueberry applesauce and sweet potato baby food. This frozen recipe is good for teething babies.

8. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Now this is one of my favorites. The grilled cheese sandwiches can be cut into fourths, which is about the right size for a toddler to handle. This is nutritional as well as tasty.  What are your healthy snacks that you give to your toddler?

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Do You Know My Favorite Things?

We all have favorite things that we like and want to share with others. I have a few favorite things that I would like to share.


1. Pineapple-Banana Smoothie

I experimented one day and tried this smoothie. I discovered I really like it. Now for those of you that may be attempting to loose weight, you may want to make a few substitutions in my recipe. My recipe is as follows:

1 banana
2 scoops of ice cream (this can be substituted with yogurt or skim milk)
I can of crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
2 pinches of flaked coconut
and 2-3 cups of ice

Mix all of this in your blender. Now the crushed pineapples can just be in their natural juice, but I prefer the heavy syrup because it seems sweeter. Occasionally I have added cherry or strawberry jello for a change. I use the instant jello cups.

2. Audio-Books

Although I make it a point to purchase at least 2 CD's within a year I also have made it a point to take advantage of the FREE audio-books from the library. I have found great books through the library. I like to listen to these books while driving in my car.

3. Fresh Paint Scents

I was in the store one day purchasing paint. My husband and I were planning a paint project. The lady ahead of me asked, “Have you tried paint scents.” I replied, “No.” She showed me a small pack and explained all I needed to do was add it to my gallon of paint. After painting, the house would smell exactly like the scent and not that strong paint smell. It is very inexpensive too. So I tried it. I used clean linen scent. The fragrance lasted in the room for several months. I just love it. What are some of your favorite things?

4. Peach Slushy

I bought a Peach slushy. Now this is something that is so delicious. La Familia Morales Restaurant, 725 Garland St., Flint, Michigan, has them.

5. L'oreal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips

Originally I just tried one of the infallible paints/Lip. I usually have the problem of not finding lipstick that is dark as I like it. The one thing I really like about this product is that it actually goes on my lips smooth and seems to just hug my lips. I like that it has a brush to paint on the lipstick. I have several different colors that I love. Guess what? Once you paint it on your lips, it stays on. The price ranges from $7-$9.99, but it is worth every penny.

What are some of your favorite things?  I would love to hear from you. 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Do You Know the Awesome Rewards of Hugging Your Children? Update (OMG)

Have you had your free hugs today? Are you a hugger? Some people will automatically hug those that they meet, while others may just shake hands or give a nod. Still there may be those that say it depends on the situation.

Hug Therapy

Did you know that there are free hugs? You can receive and give hugs freely. There are different types of hugs. Best of all hugs can make you feel really good.

How Many Hugs?

Dr. Mercola discusses hugging emphasizing we need 12 hugs a day for growth. Can any of you say that you receive 12 hugs a day or even one hug. He further adds that hugging makes you healthier by boosting your immune system and easing depression. I know after receiving a hug there is a great feeling that comes over me. It is almost a type of calmness.

Feeling Good

Besides balancing our nervous system, hugs can increase oxytocin levels that heal feelings of isolation and anger according to  I have observed that when someone is upset a hug can just calm them right down. Someone once said that because hugs are free you do not even need a receipt. Hugging can be a win/win situation for parent and child. Did you know that there may be times that you do not have the words to say, but a hug says it all? Hugging is a win/win situation because it not only benefits the person being hugged, but it benefits the giver of the hug. Do You agree? You may also like  The Power of Touch.

Why Hug Your Baby?

There have been studies done that people who have trouble handling stress as adults may have not been hugged enough as babies according to Cnn.Health.
They further add that babies development is controlled by nature and nurturing. I know personally that hugging your baby gives your baby a sense of comfort and reassurance. I also have observed that each child is unique and divine. Some children need more hugs than others. I have observed this with my grandchildren. I have one grandchild that may hug me several times a day and express so much gratitude, while my other grandchildren may hug me once that day. This also makes me aware that I need to give my husband, grandchildren, and my daughters hugs as well. It does not mean that I love them or they love me any less, but shows their needs are different. In addition, you don't want to forget about 5 positive Phrases to Uplift Your Child.

Good Behavior

It is never too late to hug your child. Have You hugged your child lately?

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Blogger's Meet and Greet: Labor Day - September

Although there will be celebration of parades, barbecuing, going on picnics and many other festivities on this day, it still holds a double meaning for me. Read more at  

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Labor Day:

My first child was born on labor day. Although I really wanted some barbecue that morning, I knew the doctor said not to eat if you suspect you are in labor. Although we were timing the contractions, I did not want to get to the hospital too early. Little did I know that once I was in the hospital my baby was born within 20 minutes. My daughter has been swift and excelling in everything she does since her birth.  I am so proud of her.  That is a Labor Day that I will never forget.

Labor Day is a holiday that honors the contributions and movements of those that have strengthen and promoted the well-being of our country.

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