Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a rare disorder characterized by severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. It is a complex physiological disease that I suffered through not once, but twice, and I still have the emotional battle scars to show for it. MY FIRST PREGNANCY About two weeks into my pregnancy, I started to feel nauseous. Soon, I was unable to eat almost anything except for maybe
Whenever we pass by LUSH in the mall, my 11 year-old daughter and her friends are instantly pulled in as if by a strong magnet. The chain’s bath bombs seem to be the biggest crowd pleaser. Sure, they’re colorful, often glittery, and they smell intensely fragrant, but these bath treats do not come cheap! How to make your own bath bombs for less. Put that DIY slime
Like many of you, I’m a mom with a million things on my plate and ALL the irons in the fire. I homeschool three kids, I work part time, I juggle my daily passion of writing and my first love in my sweet husband of 13 years. Right now, it’s ten years into my journey with an anxiety disorder and things are much improved, but
I’m a sucker for bowls of steaming soup during the cold season and this winter is no exception (never mind that we’ve had record high temps here in the Deep South; soup is still delicious even when it’s 72 degrees outside). It has been awhile since I’ve raved about the Instant Pot or shared a recipe, so I wanted to give you this season’s favorite dish at my
So you overestimated your medical expenses for the year and now you have FSA dollars to burn. Nearly 10 years ago I had a sizable FSA surplus and bought so much cortisone ointment that we are still making our way through it. I’m sure it expired ages ago. The good news? You didn’t need as much medical care as you expected. That’s priceless in my book. But since
When I heard about the brand LuLaRoe, I was instantly intrigued. I love that it is mom-friendly, with lots of feminine prints and cuts, and best of all an emphasis on comfort! (Can I get an AMEN?) I’ve always been a girl-y girl at heart who makes comfort a very high priority. I have been a dedicated fan of leggings for about six years now and if you
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Want to celebrate in style without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered. Tips for a budget-friendly Mardi Gras party. Hit your local dollar store. At my local Dollar Tree (pictured), I found assorted Mardi Gras masks, beads, crowns, feather boas, colorful hairspray and other items for only a dollar apiece –
There are many ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day – in a fun and frugal way. With a little do-it-yourself-creativity, you can make it a special day for those you love. 6 Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day 1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast (above). Wow your love with this sweet breakfast idea by Wilton. There are so many ways you can vary this
There is a lot of friction in the world right now, along with a lot of stress and worry. That’s why it’s important to learn to be kind to yourself in what may feel like an unkind world. Here’s how you can treat yourself better. 1. No internet an hour before bed. Social media increases stress. Instead of scanning Facebook before bed, allow yourself the time to
A few months ago, after a regular check-up, my doctor called to tell me that I had high cholesterol, something that I know runs in my family. He immediately wanted to put me on meds, but I was hesitant, having heard about myriad side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs. I asked my doctor if I could have 6 months to try to lower my cholesterol naturally.
When it comes to Ugly Christmas Sweaters, the tackier the better. And if you’re thinking of throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, you’ve got to go all-out gagworthy (in a good way). Here are some ways to assure your Ugly Sweater Party is delightfully hideous. Think beyond the sweater. If you’re a woman, you can add to your festive look with a skirt of bows, like
Just when you’ve gotten the taste of pumpkin spice out of your mouth, here comes eggnog. The pumpkin spice latte is now a thing of the past, with the eggnog latte happily stepping up to take its place. Pumpkin spice madness clearly got out of hand this year. But what about eggnog? Is it next? Eggnog is everywhere. Eggnog slime. It’s not just a flavor, it’s
A friend of mine recently posted: “When I was in Costco, a woman in line shared with me, as she threw a mess of potato and tortilla chips onto the conveyor, that she was emotionally eating because of the election. Then when I popped into Whole Foods, a woman impulsively grabbed two bags of cookies near the checkout and said to her husband, “So I can
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos honors those we have lost with festivals and parties. It is a chance to celebrate the lives of the deceased who are believed to awaken from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones. How to throw a Dia de los Muertos party fun enough to wake the dead. For this post, I consulted my friend Crystal,
Every autumn, I look forward to stepping into Starbuck’s for a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. I love it when the house smells of pumpkin bread cooking in the oven. And every year, I splurge on my favorite pumpkin spiced soap. But there is such a thing as overkill. Here are some pumpkin spice scented products that have just gone too far. Pumpkin Febreze.