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Restocking My Reserves During Dad’s Hospital Stay #FoodLionSale + $50 Gift Card Giveaway{OVER} #ad


Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine. Restocking My Reserves During Dad’s Hospital Stay #FoodLionSale + $50 Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway #ad On January 31st, my father was admitted to the hospital where he remains today. His health struggles while in the ICU have taken me on a rollercoaster ride. Dad has gone from near death to stable to critical to near death and then back to stable again. He has spent the majority of his stay in the Intensive Care Unit {ICU} ...

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She Is Me: Family Emergencies and Multiple Sclerosis {a personal story} #CureMS

She is me:  family emergencies and multiple sclerosis #cureMS

She Is Me:  Family Emergencies and Multiple Sclerosis {a personal story} #CureMS As I pull into the hospital parking lot, I wonder:  how did I get here? I don’t even remember the drive. The only thing I remember is finding my dad colored blue and listless in his bed. Fear sets in as I get out of the car. Dear God, I don’t want to walk into the hospital and hear that he passed away. I’m not ready yet. My dad’s not ready yet. And why is the handicapped parking lot so far away from the hospital entrance? As I ...

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The Problem With Emotional Pain {Solution: #love}

where there is love, there is life. gandhi quote

  The Problem With Emotional Pain {Solution——-> Love} #mentalhealth   The problem with pain is the mere fact that it exists. It greets us when we least expect it and it lingers like an unexpected houseguest. We, as humans, try to protect our hearts from pain but we often fail or go overboard by placing a barrier around our heart. A heart that’s locked away may not get hurt…… but the holder of the heart surely isn’t living either. One must feel love in order to truly be alive. “It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the ...

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Special Moments With Dad Include Pumpkin Meets Marshmallow Pie and Coffee #loveyourcup #shop

Pumpkin Meets Marshmallow Pie  #recipes #pumpkin #shop

Special Moments With Dad Include Pumpkin Meets Marshmallow Pie and Coffee #loveyourcup #shop My dad is one of the most important people in my life and I feel very blessed to be able to spend time with him every day. Dad currently lives with my husband and I {or as my dad says, we live with him ;)}. Like any father-daughter relationship, we have had our share of ups and downs. There have been disagreements, unkind words spoken, disappointments, and periods of silence. Thankfully, we have successfully weathered all of it. Since dad no longer works {a former physician} and ...

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Answering The Question, “What Do You Do For A Living?” #blogging #cureMS

what is a blogger? #weblog #sponsored

Citation It’s one of those questions that you’ve probably been asked a hundred times. You know, the old “So what do you do for a living?” question. Yes, that question. I don’t know about you but I get asked this question on a regular basis. Your response, dear reader, may be automatic and require little thought. Lucky ducks. My response requires thought and usually a quickly reply. Considering that I have Multiple Sclerosis {MS}, I don’t do anything quickly! So why is “what do you do for a living?” such an issue for me? Here’s why: Do I respond with—”I ...

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The Beauty of South Florida: Beaches, Sunsets, and Palm Trees

Sunset in the Keys

  The Beauty Of South Florida As some of you know, I {Bree} live in south Florida. I absolutely love it and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I know, there are people out there that think I’m crazy lol. Florida is a state that definitely has its pros (beaches, palm trees, summer all year around, tons of things to do, etc.) and cons (bugs, heat, hurricanes, etc.). However, I just wanted to share with you pictures that I have taken of my “second home” and one reason why I do love Florida… the beach! Seagull near the ocean. Jensen ...

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Bad Things Happen In Three’s….and They Woke Me Up. Dealing With Sadness and Persevering.

strong through the pain #lifequotes

Bad Things Happen In Three’s…and They Woke Me Up. Dealing With Sadness and Persevering. After spending three fun-filled days at a blog conference in May, I was glad to be back home. I settled in on the couch, legs propped up, and drink in hand. My body was full of fatigue and pain but my mind was racing with so many thoughts and ideas that stemmed from attending the conference. I was excited and made mental notes of when things would happen. As I relaxed, I was glad to see that the house wasn’t a disaster zone.  My husband did ...

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Unhappy? Stressed? Feeling Lost? Try This Therapeutic Technique #personalgrowth #mentalhealth

helen keller #happiness #life

A Self-Help Therapeutic Technique Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are you confused about what you want out of life? Are you stressed out but you don’t know why? Let me introduce you to a technique I often used with my clients. Often, we are so caught up in the day-to-day stresses of life that we lose sight of what we want in life. We lose sight of why we’re working that second job, or why we argue with our spouse, or why we dread going home. Constructing a vision of our perfect day often helps identify what we want, what we ...

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Mother of Pearl Blog Series: Learning To Give Up Control + Pearl Necklace Giveaway {OVER} {US} #moms

Encouragement for moms by moms #MotherOfPearl

Welcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day. AND . . . do enter the contest for a chance to win a beautiful handcrafted pearl necklace and a JOYN India bag. Enter at the bottom of this post. The contest runs 5/4-5/13, and the winner will be announced on 5/14. Contest is only ...

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