Friday, January 22, 2016

Get Smooth Legs at a Great Price + Find 5 Nifty & Thrifty Shaving Tips & Tricks #ShaveSmarter


Disclaimer: I received compensation and/or product from ShaveMob for the below post. All opinions located in post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before you commit to buy a product or service as your opinion and experiences may vary.



In the chronic illness world there is this thing called The Spoon Theory thought up by Christine Misrandino, a Lupus sufferer. I may be a Lymie and suffer from several other ailments but this theory stretches beyond just one set of chronic illness sufferers and encompasses us all; kind of like an unwritten language amongst all us 'spoonies.'

Ultimately the theory is there to explain to normal people a little bit of how an ill person feels on a daily basis and how we manage our 'spoons'--on any given day we may have more (or less) spoons to spend on day-to-dad activities like waking up, brushing our teeth, cooking food, showering, and even shaving.

Now that you know a little about the theory, you'll understand when I say most of the time I barely have spoons to spend on showering to keep myself clean so shaving is a very rare luxury. Sadly I'll go months without being able to shave because I physically just....can't.





And let me tell you, sporting those Chewbacca legs constantly, even wearing pants to conceal them, wreaks havoc on one's self esteem.

Thanks to ShaveMob, at least part of my difficulties are solved!

ShaveMob is a flexible monthly subscription service for men and woman who are tired of paying for overpriced razors just to be able to do something that's as necessary as brushing your teeth or showering. Starting as low as $8.99 per month, you can find the perfect shaving fit for you and your hairy self...oh wait, that's just me.

You're able to choose your preferred razor and supply as well as save up to 70% off what you would be spending in stores. Not only that but my favorite part is your whole supply comes all at once, not once a month, which saves you on shipping and packaging.

Running low on your supply already you shavetastic hairless beast you? Changing and re-ordering your previous order is simple and easy!







While it still is difficult for me to physically shave and I still go months without sleek and smooth-baby-butt legs, I can say that ShaveMob razors did help the process along when I do have the energy to shave from time to time.

Their razors are super easy to use and give you a really nice close shave that makes you want to dance around after the deed is done.

And believe me I did!

I also love the fact that your whole supply comes in the mail at once; you can shave until your hearts content, or at the very least you're hairless from head to toe (if that's what you want to do, no judgement here). Since I don't do it often this 3 month supply I received is going to last me a LONG time.

As always customer service is a big part of what makes a company successful and their customer service is top notch! Seriously, being able to converse with a company that's kind, courteous, and cares about the welfare of their customers is and will always be a welcome and appreciated experience.

Now in the spirit of hairlessness, here are some nifty, thrifty, and natural tips to help you along when it comes to shaving!






1. Save money--since we're saving money on razors, why spend what you saved on shaving cream? Just buy a bottle of hair conditioner! A bottle will last you quite awhile and the conditioner will leave your legs feeling silky soft when you're done.


2. Cut yourself shaving?--just dab a little raw honey on the cut to help speed up the healing process! Raw honey naturally has antimicrobial properties that help that cut from getting infected. Make sure it's raw or Manuka honey otherwise you won't get the healing benefits.


3. Keep that razor sharp--want to save even more money and keep that razor twice as long? Run the blades along the legs of a pair of old blue jeans. It'll help sharpen the blades and keep that razor working just a little bit longer.


4. Skin brushing--invest in a nice natural-bristled brush and start skin brushing daily. Not only does it help detour those pesky ingrown hairs but doing it the correct way will help circulation of the body and reduce the look of cellulite. Just for that I'm sold!


5. Moisturize--after your legs are all shaved and smooth as a baby's bottom, make them even smoother with a mixture of coconut oil and your favorite essential oil scent. Just take a little bit and rub it in all the way up your legs. It's okay if you keep going back for a little bit more; it takes me a few tries to get the whole leg covered.



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Which tip is your favorite? Do you have a special tip or trick to add to the list?











Monday, January 4, 2016

8 New Year Dedications of a Chronic Lymie


2015 has come and gone and I have to say, good riddance!

While this previous year definitely had a good amount of it's ups-one of my best friends getting married, another wonderful year with my loving boyfriend, turning 26 and going to a casino for the first time-it has also had quite a lot of downs, mostly involving my health and some involving finances, or better yet the lack thereof.

It doesn't help I wasn't able to bring in 2016 the greatest way, either.

I don't want my crappy New Year's Eve to set the tone for the entire year which is why I decided to make this dedications list for myself.

If you remember in years past, I do not do New Year's resolutions. I have not changed my opinion on the subject; I still think if you want to better yourself you should try to do so every single 365 days (366 days this year because 2016 is a leap year) of the year. Which is why instead of resolutions, I have made these 7 dedications to myself.







1. Pamper ME. It's a well known fact that I am a chronic people pleaser. If someone needs something done, I'm there. I go out of my way to do for others and while that's not a bad thing, I take it to the point where I suffer. Same thing with my businesses; I overwork myself to the point of stress and burnout. 2016 will be the year of ME. Getting out more when health allows, hanging with friends more, doing things that I want to do...I miss that.


2. Know my limitations. This one is a hard one as I've been trying to figure out my limitations since I originally got sick in 2004. Each day comes with a new "line drawn in the sand" if you will; one day my pain will be too high so the line is a little bit farther back or another day I might not need my walker to go shopping so the line is relocated somewhere in front of me. I just have to know my body's signs and listen to them.


3. Stop feeling guilty. Two things are inbred in my DNA. Worrying and feeling guilty. I feel guilty about canceling plans. I feel guilty about asking for help. I feel guilty about being sick. I feel guilty about a whole bunch of other things and it has to STOP! My situation is nothing to feel guilty about; I need to remember that and remind myself of it daily when that guilt in one way or another rears its ugly head.


4. Keep trying. Not to be confused with number 6 of this list, keep trying refers to what I want to do. As you may imagine, the day-to-day ups and downs of my health puts a big damper on actually bettering myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Exercising, socializing, meditating, traveling, getting a decent amount of sleep at a decent hour...It's hard trying to better yourself when some days you can't do anything but rest. I just have to keep trying each day and be kind to myself when things don't go the way I plan. This also encompasses different therapies, herbs, and protocols.


5. Embrace the assistance. I'm stubborn with a capital I-can-do-it-myself! Ask my boyfriend, he'll wholeheartedly agree. A lot of the time when I need help or could use help in order to not hurt myself or over do things to the point of setback, I don't want to bother anybody and push myself to do it anyway. One of my dedications this year is to do things when I can, but ask for help when I'm not sure or know I probably shouldn't be doing something. Same goes for the items that work to make my life easier; walker, wheelchair, handicap placard, etc...


6. Keep fighting. Like anybody else who has been sick for a long period of time, I fall into depressions. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and don't want to get out of bed. Some days I go through the motions of living a life but I'm completely apathetic about everything. There are even still times I think about ending it. All these are times I need to kindly let myself be sad or cry then get back up and continue living.


7. Help others. There are so many people that I run in to whether it be online or in real life that are sick with one thing or another. Being chronically ill is universal even if you're diagnosed with different things. Some are veterans and have been doing this for years upon years, but some are completely new to the chronic life. I want to be able to help these people if the opportunity arises even if it's just a friend to talk to. In this life a friend or just having an ear to listen is invaluable.


8. Stop comparing. This one. This one is the hardest for me and it has been since I got sick. I'm a chronically ill driven high-reaching perfectionist that tries to keep up with the pace of my non-sick friends as life goes on and the more I get left behind, the more it hurts. I have to remember everyone has their own unique journey in life; just because I'm not achieving things at the rate of my friends does not mean I'm not good enough. It just means I have a different purpose and timeline to achieve things that I have yet to discover. And that's okay (or so I need to keep telling myself).





What are you going to try to do to better yourself in 2016?









Thursday, July 23, 2015

A New Way to Store & Share Family Memories with RealTimes + $300 Giveaway #RealTimes

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. All opinions expressed below are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise specified. Please do your own research before you commit to buying a particular good or service as your results may vary.



When my sister and I were much younger my mom loved capturing our every moment on film, and by every moment I do mean EVERY moment; I'm pretty sure there's a blurry close up picture of my dad and I eating ice cream on the couch....Anyway since we didn't have a digital camera back then, she lived on disposable cameras and the shelves filled with numerous photo boxes of picture after picture of memories in the basement proves that!


























That love of capturing memories was passed along. To ME! Of course I continued the tradition of disposable cameras up until my family gifted me my very first digital camera when I was 17 back in 2007. Not counting the handful of scanned printed pictures from my childhood that are on my laptop, I have numerous pictures and photo albums dating all the way back to 2007.

On a somewhat unrelated note I think I was destined to be a blogger even before it became a blip on my radar because even back then my camera and I were inseparable!






As a blogger, jewelry designer, and amateur photographer I take pictures of all kinds of things but my favorite pictures are the ones of my family. As it is both my parents aren't too fond of having their pictures taken and my sister essentially lives up in Wisconsin and we don't get to see her very often so family photos are very far and few in between and very, very precious.

You don't think about it in real time but it's amazing, in picture format, seeing how myself and my family have changed since 2007.



























What if, Universe forbid, something happened to all my pictures I've been storing up since 2007, not just on my computer but on my smartphone as well? A careless tip of a glass of water (true story unfortunately) or a accidental slip of the hand into a waiting toilet (again, another true story) can wipe out your pictures entirely if nothing is backed up, at the very least on social media.

I was lucky enough to keep my old computer running after that water incident but the phone that got dumped in the toilet...lost ALL those pictures. It was a hit but thankfully that was just small scale; it would be beyond devastating if something happened on a larger scale to all those priceless family memories.






I can tell you as a blogger and an avid lover of photography my camera goes where I go whether it be digital or phone (or both most of the time) and I snap sporadically; nothing is safe from the lens and if they're with me my family knows to duck and cover when I'm on a photo kick! Thanks to digital and video cameras, it's easier than ever to take countless pictures and short films of my family and friends and share them across every social media platform you can imagine which I've done numerous times over.

What if things got even easier than that? Imagine those numerous pictures and videos you take on a daily basis all seamlessly and easily organized into one simple slideshow to keep and share with family and friends near and far away.

With RealTimes you can spend less time organizing, editing, and posting each individual picture and video and, instead, instantly and automatically create montages that are perfectly organized by location and date just from your media, thus enabling you to spend less time on the computer and more time capturing countless more priceless memories!






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