Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: His Lady Mistress

The next book I am reviewing is actually a book I've had for a while. I've had this book on my Kindle and it was one of the books I first read ever so long ago when I first got the Kindle app.

His Lady Mistress is by Elizabeth Rolls and is from the Harlequin Historical series. It is a romance novel.

The book takes place in the 1800's in England.  Follows a young girl during the perils of her life after she has lost both her parents, and covers the death of her parents.  She first loses her mother, and then witnesses the lose of her father which leaves her an orphan.  She is sent to live with family who denies her existence and she ponders what her life would be like if she was whom she really was.

I recommend for anyone who likes a good romance novel to read this.  This book reminded me of the books I read when I was younger, the ones I would sneak from my mother (the good ol' Danielle Steele books). Perhaps that is why it is one of my favorites. I end up reading it once a year, so yes I've read it a lot.

Verity Scott is a young girl and at the age of 15 she loses both of her parents.  At her father's grave she is caught trying to visit it, in reality she is trying to lay down bulbs. By the act of her father taking his own life left her destitute. The one act of kindness she receives that night stays with her.

She is sent off to live with an Uncle.  Her Aunt treats her like a servant, changes her name, and she is mistreated.  The one act of kindness by the savior returns... does he remember her? Does he save her again? What will happen???

Read the book.

Okay I am on the fence on my reviews and not wanting to give too much away.

Do any of you read my reviews? Give me feedback please.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Shoulder Troubles

Just when I think tearing my labrum was bad...

I went and injured my AC and rotator cuff.

It's still a mystery how this happened. But for a while now I've been working with one arm. The pain was so bad I didn't dare use my right arm.  And I became very good at doing things with my left hand.

The swelling has finally gone down to where I can use my right arm. Yay!!

But my AC and rotator cuff are inflamed and waiting for things to calm down. Doing physical therapy and stuff.

Trying not to use it. But frankly have to at times :/


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

J'Adore

I recently received the J'Adore VoxBox from Influenster.

Inside the box contained:
  • Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9.39)
  • Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates ($5.29)
  • Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray ($9.99)
  • KISS Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99)
  • Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas ($.4.49)
  • Vaseline Men Spray Lotion ($7.99)

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask

The first thing I tried was the Boots Botonics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask.  You had to peel away the back for the instructions, which I found hard to peel.  It said to apply to a cleansed face so I cleaned my face my normal way.  Then applied the mask liberally to my face. I have some photos.



It was gooey. The mask drieTrd fairly quickly in my opinion.  The instructions said to wait 10 minutes so I set the timer.  I am an impatient person and this 10 minutes seemed a lot.  I ended up reorganizing my coupon binder to eat up the time.  The instructions say to wipe off the excess which I didn't seem to have.  I rinsed off the mask, which at this point I wished that I didn't put any on my neck because it was hard to get to without getting my shirt wet.  My face was tighter!!!!

This was an amazing experience. One that I will use once a week.  And will purchase more once I run out.

Hershey's Kisses

I love Hershey's Kisses and these went into my candy bowl.

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron

I've used Frizz products before and this one does not let down the Frizz name.  It works just as described. I just wish it didn't need the flat iron to achieve the look.

KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

I am not a fan of fake lashes. I have a hard time putting them on.  I did manage to get one of these on and they do look natural. I would recommend anyone to get these lashes.  You could barely tell that I had them on.

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas

I'm truly not a big tea drinker.  But I did sit down and try one of these and YUM!  

Vaseline Men's Spray Lotion

So of course this was given to Nick to try. He was worried that it would be greasy. But it wasn't. Very easy to apply.  I would have posted the picture but who wants to see his hair legs. lol

I loved trying all of these products thanks to Influenster.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Journey of Finding Caner

In 2013 I began this crazy journey.  Crazy because it wasn't something I even suspected.  Crazy because I didn't even want it.  And crazy because how it felt me feeling.

In March, May, and September I had 3 serious kidney infections.  The one in September was by far the worst.  These kidney infections made me change my lifestyle.  I began eating foods that would help my kidneys out.  Researched online about flushing my kidneys and which foods would be best. But the one thing I could not fix on my own was the fact I was peeing blood.

When it was found that there was blood in my urine, and there was no signs of infections, that is when the worry set in.  I had an ultrasound done and it was found that my right kidney wasn't functioning properly.  Sure just let it roll off your shoulders that your kidney was being lazy.  The left kidney functioned perfectly but the right... well...

A CT with contrast was ordered.  IV contrast was administered, and let me tell you if you haven't had this be prepared. I actually went to the bathroom before because I knew what to expect. But you have a warming feeling in your throat then DOWN THERE. And honestly to me feels like you peed your pants.

I can get claustrophobic at times in certain situations. So I closed my eyes during the CT, which honestly isn't that bad.  And picture myself on the beach and concentrate on that.

When I got the phone call with the results of the CT it wasn't what I was expecting.  I was thinking cysts or something like that due to my sister telling me she had cysts on hers. I was told they found a lesion on my right kidney and they wanted an MRI.

A lesion is a fancy way of saying there is something there but they don't know what it is. So they want to find out what it is.

After the phone call I went to Google. 

A CT determined that I had a lesion on my right kidney.  A lesion is a fancy way of saying there is something there but we have no idea what it is.  When I first heard that they found a lesion in the CT and that I would need an MRI I began Googling things.

No, I didn't WebMD because let's face it if you ever go to WebMD for something it will end up saying you've had cancer or some weird thing you couldn't possibly have. I ended up on Urology Care Foundation. I also looked up articlIes on NCBI, National Center for Biotechnology Information, about lesions on kidneys in CT's and MRI's.  I'm a science person so it's easy for me to look up an article and read more detailed information.

The time came for the MRI.  After I was laying down on the MRI table I was given an IV.  Now this was complicated because I can't raise my right arm, I'll get to that later.  I was strapped down and sent into the MRI.

Have you had an MRI?  I would say it's like being inside a tube of toothpaste?  I compare it to that. You are squeezed into a tube, it's white inside... toothpaste.  And with the ear plugs in sounds like there is construction going on with jack hammers... it's loud.

The countdown to the MRI and the countdown to the results I repeated one thing to myself.

I have cancer

I know what you are thinking... Why on Earth would you be repeating that? Because I didn't want cancer.

You see I faced the same thing a few years ago.  Something came back on my pap smear and so a biopsy was taken.  I kept thinking "I don't have cancer"... "I can't have cancer."  And on the phone with the nurse as she described what they found was the textbook definition of stage 1 cervical cancer.  I had everything taken out but my ovaries.  I went back to get retested. Thankful I didn't need chemo or radiation. I still have to go back every so often to get tested to see if it came back. But I was lucky. This time I didn't want to chance it. So I said I had cancer.  That just my luck it would be cancer.

I went into the doctors and got the results.  It's a cyst.  The cyst is around my right kidney and other things. Medical terminology to describe it.  And I am being referred to someone because of the kidney issue and cyst.  So hopefully soon my right kidney is back to normal functions.

While I don't have cancer this gave me a scare.  It is a great possibility. 

So for myself, for YOU, for your family and friends.  Go get checked.  Stop and think of when the last time a doctor evaluated you and your health? Go get looked at.



Monday, February 3, 2014

Raise Your Arm Challenge

Recently I took the Dove Raise Your Arm Challenge.

I was supplied Dove Advance Care Deodorant through Influenster.

Did you know that you can remove 36% of your skin when you shave?
I didn't know until my Dove Deodorant Influenster Box came in the mail.

This will be a review of Dove Advance Care Deodorant (Dove) that I received as a part of Influenster to check out and review. 

The container isn't one that I've seen before in a deodorant. Actually when I first opened the box and saw this I thought it looked more like a haircare product.  It's 2.6oz and states that it is a 48 hour antiperspirant deodorant.

 I put it on shortly after receiving it. Due to the snow in the area we haven't received mail in a few days so our mail came quite early when this arrived.

The smell is a floral scent and reminds me of Dove products. I use Dove soap to wash with.

Currently I use Secret Clinical Strength Waterproof. It comes in a 1.6oz container and has 20% antiperspirant.

Overall I prefer the Dove over the Secret.  The smell is better and the quantity is more. But does it work better than Secret?

After I put it on I slid on a black tank top (yes it's winter this was my base layer). And the Dove did not smear all over the tank top. So thumbs up on that!!

I had an appointment. I had hurt my shoulder and needed an MRA to see what was wrong. So off to the hospital I went.  I had to go to Fluoroscopy first. My shoulder was numbed and a very large needle was stuck into my shoulder to inject dye (it was not fun). Even though my shoulder was numb it hurt and I know I was sweating a lot.

I then went over to the MRI.  Not sure if you've ever had an MRI but I basically tell people it's like being inside a tube of toothpaste. It is very narrow. By this point I'm in a lot of pain and I know I'm sweating.

Did the Dove let me down? No!

I finished with the MRI. Went and got dinner. And then watched Nick play with Lulu in the snow. And here several hours later it's like I just put it on.

So Dove now I challenge you. I will be running a 5K in May.  Can you handle that? We'll see.

I recommend that you go out and purchase this deodorant. Especially if you are like me and tend to sweat a lot, especially in nervous situations.

I've used this deodorant for the past few days... and I've noticed a difference.

So why don't you take the Dove Raise Your Arm Challenge and see what Dove Deodorant can do for you.