Robyn’s Health World

Robyn’s Health World

I’ve been on a journey to improve my health after years of ignoring it. So far I have lost over 15o pounds. Along with my weight loss the health section includes a lot on mental health. Here you will also find general health topics like heart health, exercise, aging, and more.

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Vaccinations for Adults

Most of us think of kids when we hear about vaccines and immunizations. However, adults need vaccinations too. Just like we want our children to be protected, we need to protect ourselves as well. Adults need regular vaccinations to help keep them healthy. There is a lot of information out there ...
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National Suicide Prevention Week September 10-16, 2017 #NSPW17 – Tips, Resources, Facts, Hotlines and More to Help

National Suicide Prevention Week 2017 is September 10-16. Please take some time to learn the facts about suicide and the warning signs of someone who may be thinking about suicide. Reach out to those you think are at risk. Share this information on your social networks. And if it is ...
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August is National Eye Exam Month | Robyns.World

Have you had an eye exam lately? It is National Eye Exam Month

August is National Eye Exam Month. Having a regular eye exam is so important, not only for our eye health, but for our overall health. Not only can your eye doctor look for eye issues but they can also find other health issues. Everyone should get regular eye exams, even ...
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Cold and Flu Prevention Tips | Robyns.World

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

(Family Features) Being sick isn't fun, but missing out on family vacations or parties for the big game because you are sick is even worse. It has been called FluFOMO, the fear of missing out because you are sick. Getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently and disinfecting hard ...
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39 Weeks is Best - Prematurity in Babies Infographic - Prematurity Awareness Month

39 Weeks is Best – Prematurity in Babies Infographic – Prematurity Awareness Month

As I mentioned the other day, November is Prematurity Awareness Month so this week's infographic (source: March of Dimes) talks about this serious issue. My own son was premature at 34 weeks. The day he was born he had to be transported by ambulance from my hospital to Cardinal Glennon ...
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Physical therapists can provide a safe, drug-free alternative for treating pain.

Alternatives to Pills for Pain

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 alone enough opioid prescriptions were written for "every American adult to have their own bottle of pills." Prescription opioids - medications ...
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Keep Your Brain Sharp! 8 Tips You Can Use

8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp

The brain is the body's most complex organ. It's also the most important one. Brain health is so important and there are things you can do to "work out" your brain! That's why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age. Every day, scientists are discovering how closely our ...
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Kidney Stones Are Not Fun! My story and infographic

You know the old saying, when it rains it pours, well it sure has been pouring in my family lately! The latest crisis is that I have a kidney stone. Ugh! On Thursday I was feeling perfectly fine and then all of the sudden that afternoon things went downhill. If ...
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Infographic - Weekly Feature Each Saturday on Robyns.World

Are You a Morning Person or Night Owl? Infographic

Yes, I'm still here! Sorry I've been a bit MIA this past week. Let's get back to our regular schedule! Since it is Saturday that means it is time for the weekly infographic. I asked on Facebook the other day for people to share if they were a night owl ...
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Infographic: Food and Mental Health

This week's infographic is all about the connection between food and mental health. It really can make such a big difference, my therapist and Hubby and son's psychiatrists have been telling us this for years. If you, or someone you know, has any issue with mental health please consider adding ...
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How to Truly Enjoy the Holidays | Robyns.World

How to Truly Enjoy the Holidays

It is nearly impossible to escape the holiday season, it surrounds us everywhere. For some of us it can become extremely overwhelming. It is possible though to really enjoy the holidays. We all have to understand certain realities though and work hard to not get too stressed out during this ...
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Infographic: Organ Donation Myth vs Reality

Infographic: Organ Donation Myth vs Reality

Sometimes I just stumble upon a really important infographic. That is the case with todays about the myth vs. reality of organ donation in the United States. Please take some time to read through this infographic and share it with others. If you are not already a registered organ donor, ...
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Infographic: 16 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep

Infographic: 16 Things You Didn’t Know About Sleep

This month is National Sleep Comfort Month so I found this really interesting infographic telling us 16 things we didn't know about sleep. I'm sure you will find out some new things from this one. What did you find most interesting about sleep? Infographic source: http://www.PsychologyDegree.net ...
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Robyn's New Teeth Are In!

The new teeth are in!

My new teeth are "installed" finally. I just had the final oral surgery Monday morning to remove the rest of my own original teeth and 2 old bridges and they immediately put in the full upper and lower dentures. These are not implants, just regular dentures. I mention that again ...
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Robyn's new dentures are just about ready! They will be in my mouth soon! RobynsOnlineWorld.com

My New Teeth are Ready!

I'm soooooooo excited! My new teeth (dentures) are ready to go in!!!!! If you missed any of the story, check out my past posts on my dentures. Today I had my final pre-denture appointment today at Ballwin Dental Care with Dr. Dan which is what these pictures are from. So ...
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Cancer in America

Sadly we all know too many people affected by cancer. Today I am sharing an article about the top 23 cancers that are impacting our lives including trends in reported new cases and mortality rates. Not a cheerful topic, but important information for us to know about. CHARTS: How Cancer ...
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Keep Better Track of Your Medications with Medisafe App

I received compensation for my work on this campaign. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. Taking medication on the proper schedule is crucial so it works for us. The older I get, the more forgetful I get about things like this. Medisafe is ...
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Update on Robyn’s New Smile (dental work)

I thought I would update you all on my new smile, aka dental work. Please watch the video to see where I am at in the process. I've also included a special offer for free social media work from me in exchange for a donation to my GoFundMe account! Huge ...
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Robyn trying to smile right after oral surgery

Update on the Road to Robyn’s New Smile

Tuesday afternoon I had my first oral surgery for the first step of extractions for my new smile! They took out seven teeth yesterday. Luckily I had IV anesthesia and so I don’t remember any of the actual oral surgery part! That is the way to go for dental work! ...
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Please help me get a new smile!

Help Me Get a New Smile!

Many of you know of my dental woes. Today I got my final consultation on getting myself a brand new smile! I am so excited about this, but it costs a LOT of money. Because of this I have put together a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to pay ...
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Procrastination Will Not Help

Procrastinating Does Not Help

I'm sure I have talked about being a procrastinator here before. I am really good at it. Sadly.  Hiding out in bed, pulling the covers up over you, none of that makes things go away. However, I have been trying really hard lately to reform my ways. Really, really hard ...
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St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

Win Your Dream Home and Support Kids

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a leader in the treatment of childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This is a charity that I have always been happy to donate to because I just cannot imagine how devastating it must be to have your child diagnosed with something like this ...
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Emergency oral surgery, UGH, plus a funny story, and some bad news and good news

Ugh. I hate anything dental related. I have had bad teeth for a very long time, I mean really bad. For years I would ask for dentures and was told I was too young which made me crazy. Finally though I think it is going to happen this summer. Yesterday ...
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What I realized in therapy yesterday... | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

What I realized in therapy yesterday

Most of you know I am a big believer in therapy. My family and I have been seeing one for quite some time. We started going as a family for my son when he was little and went both as a family, just him, sometimes son and I, sometimes Hubby ...
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Working Through Your Stuff: Connecting Body & Mind | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Working Through Your Stuff

Along with working on our bodies to get healthier, we always have to work on our minds. Luckily, we can work on both of those things and they help each other at the same time. Don't you love when things work out like that? stuff (noun): all of those emotions, ...
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The eyes are the window to your soul and your health #Bridge2Health

The eyes are the window to our soul and our health

Disclosure: I am being compensated United Health Care to share my thoughts on this topic. Opinions are my own. We have heard the phrase, “the eyes are the window to your soul,” many times. However, we now know that are eyes are also a window to our overall health. Having ...
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Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month [infographic]

If you have been reading my blog lately you know that I have been under a lot of stress lately with my son. It is what it is and I am managing to get through it. However, I do always notice when I am experiencing a lot of stress that ...
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Foods and Antioxidants as Preservatives: A Primer #AntioxidantFacts

Foods and Antioxidants as Preservatives: A Primer

Last week many of you saw my tweets tagged #AntioxidantFacts. This was during a webinar I attend (disclosure: I was compensated as well) with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods. When they asked if I would like to participate I jumped on the chance because honestly, all of the talk of ...
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April 16 - National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day: Taking the Time to Plan April 16

Today I am sharing an article about National Healthcare Decisions Day which is on April 16. I really feel like this is important information for all of us to have. (Disclosure: I have been compensated to share, but I feel strongly about this topic.) It may seem like a somber ...
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Maximize Your Memory Infographic

Celebrate Memory Day by Maximizing Your Memory with Brain Games [infographic]

Today is Memory Day! Give your memory some extra love today by maximizing it. I found a fun infographic about how to maximize your memory with brain games to help you. Luckily I love playing games anyway so hopefully I’m helping out my brain even after all of these years ...
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Yoga Do's and Don'ts During Your Period | Robyns.World

Yoga Do’s and Don’ts During Your Period

Yes, I'm going to talk about women's periods today. It may not be the most fun topic, but it still is important. As I have been sharing with you that I'm working with Gaiam TV's MyYoga (disclosure - I am compensated for my work; opinions are my own) one thing ...
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Cold and Flu #ReliefIsHere

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. Opinions are my own. Winter seems to be the worst time of the year for colds and flu. Being sick stinks though no matter what time of the year it is. Check out the CDC's Weekly US Map of the flu outbreak ...
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Sick Day

I thought I had gotten by without catching the respiratory bug that was floating around the house but it turns out I was just last in line. Ugh. So I'm calling in sick today, I'll be back by Wednesday though I think. BONUS CODE: If you are playing along in ...
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How Yoga Can Help You at Work | Robyns.World

How Yoga Can Help You at Work

While I normally talk about tips on growing your business and using social media on Thursday posts, today I am broadening my scope. For most of us who work in social media we spend a large amount of time sitting behind a computer. This can be bad for our overall ...
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Healthy Popcorn Snacking | Robyns.World

Healthy Popcorn Snacking Options

Today is National Popcorn Day! Celebrate with popcorn but make it healthier. We all know popcorn can be quick and easy with microwave popcorn but it has a lot of stuff in their that is not good for us. At the movies none of us are quite sure what that ...
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Have you been to the doctor lately? 9 tips to help you or a loved one | Robyns.World

Have You Been to the Doctor Lately?

One of the things I used to do is not go to the doctor. I knew I was very unhealthy and frankly it embarrassed me to go to the doctor because of that. There are some of you reading this and shaking your head knowing exactly what I mean. {{{{HUGS}}} ...
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Yes, You Can Do Yoga! #MyYoga

Yes You Can Do Yoga

I know many of us think more about being healthier this time of year. Today I want to share with you my experience with yoga. I am actually working with Gaiam TV (disclosure: I am being compensated) on a campaign right and have been using their online #MyYoga videos to ...
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Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track

Life is quite a wild ride. Sometimes faster that we would like it to go, sometimes moving too slowly. At times it can be smooth and easy but then those big dips and twists and turns come along. We can squeal with delight, we can shriek in fear. It’s all ...
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Infographic: Colds and Flu in America PLUS Med Checker Resource

Hopefully you got a flu shot to help protect against the flu this year already. Unfortunately there is not a cold shot. During the holiday season is the worst time to get sick but yet it seems to be when it happens the most. Many of us will use over ...
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Veterans Day and PTSD Infographic

On Tuesday, November 11, we will celebrate Veterans Day which is a day for us to honor all who have served in the military. Thank those you know who have served, take a moment to honor those no longer with us, and participate in a Veterans Day activity in your ...
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Get a Shot. Give a Shot. #GiveAShot #CollectiveBias #shop

Get a Flu Shot and Give a Shot @ Life to a Child

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias - This is a cause I firmly believe in! The seasonal flu season is nearly upon us again and it is so important for us to get our annual flu immunization ...
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Tips on Improving Your Sleep Habits | RobynsOnlineWorld.com #FoodForSleep

How I am improving my sleep

Sleeping has always been a problem for me, not every night, but it goes in spurts and it definitely impacts me the next day. I have done things like get a new bed, new pillows, and various other things but rarely did I try changing my habits. When Food for ...
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World Suicide Prevention Day 2014

Save a Life: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Unfortunately this cause is very close to me. I know several people who have considered suicide and even worse, I know some who committed suicide. Life is so fragile. Everyone needs to reach out and help prevent this cruelness. Suicide Warning Signs: ...
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Food for Sleep

Food For Sleep

I have talked about my issues with not sleeping well many times. When I was approached by Food for Sleep to try out their product I was happy to say yes. What intrigued me was that this was not a drug with ingredients I really did not know much about ...
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View your world through fresh perspectacles

Fresh Perspectacles

I made this image today after being inspired by a post on Momastery, Give Me Gratitude Or Give Me Debt. My thanks to my wonderful friend Karen of Future Expat for sharing the post with me. It is truly one of the best blog posts I have read in a ...
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Win Healthy Bastards Probiotic Formula from RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Do you know about probiotics? (plus giveaway)

I get a lot of emails asking me to try out a lot of different products. some I accept, some I do not. When I got an email from a company called Healthy Bastards (you can read about their company name here) I had to see what it was about. Once ...
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8 Ways To Work On Weight Loss

8 Ways I Am Working on Losing Weight (most of the time)

I have been at a plateau with my weight loss for a while now. It is easy to fall into a rut with weight loss just like anything else. Still though, I celebrate the 125 pounds I have already lost proudly! Now it is time for me to just re-invest ...
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National Learn to Swim Day [Infographic]

Today is National Learn to Swim Day so our weekly infographic is about swimming of course! Growing up I took swimming lessons every summer at one of the local pools. Even though we did not have a pool at our home (until we moved) growing up, we swam at friends ...
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Are Electronic Cigarettes Safer Than Regular Cigarettes? | RobynsOnlineWorld.com

Are Electronic Cigarettes Safer Than Regular Cigarettes?

Photo Source: Monica Grigsby via Flickr, adapted (added title) These days there is a lot of buzz about the electronic cigarettes available. The big selling point is that these do not create smoke and therefore there is no second-hand smoke to endanger other people’s health. Vapor lounges, stores that carry ...
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Chronic pain sufferers are more likely to take higher dosages of OTC pain medications

You Can Overdose on OTC Pain Meds Easier Than You Think

This post has meaning in my own personal life which is why I am participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork on behalf of the American Gastroenterological Association. I will be compensated for participating, but the opinions are entirely my own. These days we all seem to search the internet for ...
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The Science of Happiness [Infographic]

The weather is finally turning for the better for most of us and that means we are happy to get out of the house. Today’s infographic talks about the science of happiness which includes being happier just spending 20 minutes a day outside in good weather. If you need to ...
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Overview of Depression [infographic]

This Saturday’s infographic is not a happy topic, but an important one. When I search for each week’s infographic I really try to make them topical either to events happening or just in my actual life. I suffer with depression myself. This strikes some folks as odd because I am ...
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Facts About Your Farts [infographic]

This week’s infographic was inspired by a great post I read yesterday from Janet, Humorous Things All Boy Moms Must Know. If you are the parent of a boy you already know that farts had to be on her list of things to know, and it was. Having raised a ...
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Baby Aspirin

Throwback Thursday: Remedies from childhood

Hubby is at home sick today. Poor guy. Unfortunately, I am not the best nurse, but I do try. It got me thinking about when I was a kid all of the different things that happened when I was sick. Luckily that was not too often for me, but it ...
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Dreary Days

Feeling dreary

I have occasionally written about my dreary days before, well here it is again. Really I am a happy person, but everyone has their down days. Today is one of mine. What happens on a dreary day for me…. I may stay in my pajamas all day – and yes ...
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5 Tips for Using Music to Get Motivated

5 Tips for Using Music to Get Motivated

Around this time of year folks start falling off their goals to be more active. It is tough with the January blahs setting in. One thing you can do to help stave off those blahs is to use music – peppy music – to keep you moving and motivated! Over ...
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Walgreens Pharmacy Chat #WalgreensRX #cbias #shop

My sleeping issues and how to chat with a pharmacist

Unfortunately I have always had trouble sleeping. It stinks. It is not every night, but when it happens I can be so tired but for whatever reason I just cannot fall asleep. It makes me crazy at the time and cranky the next day. Finally I thought I would try ...
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Infographics

Winning at Weight Loss [infographic]

Since I shared yesterday about my weight loss over the past year I thought an infographic today about weight loss would be fitting. I like this one overall, although the HCG diet part I disagree with since I tried it and I just do not think it is a good ...
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Weight Loss - 1 year later and 120 pounds less!

Weight Loss: 1 Year Later and 120 Pounds Less

Today is the 1 year anniversary of my weight loss journey. The journey is not over by far, but I am very happy with where I am at today. I feel so much better – I can’t even adequately explain in words how much better I feel. This journey for ...
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Be Prepared for Cold and Flu Season

Not only will our friends and family be invading visiting our homes this holiday season, but there is a good change they will be bringing along some uninvited guests with them – GERMS! We are headed into cold and flu season at the same time that we visit with others ...
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QUIT SMOKING PLEASE: Great American Smokeout

Today is the annual Great American Smokeout and I hope that all of you who are still smokers (or users of any tobacco) will quit smoking, at least for the day. I smoked for many years myself and I understand that quitting is very hard. When I quit in February ...
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COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease [infographic]

This Saturday's infographic is a bit sobering and hits close to home. My grandpa passes away from COPD on Monday. Grandpa had smoked for years and years and was still smoking up until he died. While there are multiple things that can cause COPD, smoking is a giant factor. The ...
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Timeline of Marijuana Use in the US [infographic]

The last few days I have been fighting a bug and watched a lot of television including several shows about marijuana. Some were about making it legal, some were about why it is so bad, some about medicinal uses. It really is an interesting topic I think so I found ...
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Military PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [infographic]

On Monday, November 11 our country celebrates Veteran's Day to honor those that have been a part of our military. Sadly, while we have a day to honor these men and women, many still do not receive the treatment they need for mental health especially for post traumatic stress disorder ...
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Achoo! What do you use when you don’t have a Kleenex?

Achoo! Achoo! Achoo! I hear this a lot in my house. Poor Hubby suffers from allergies and asthma and all of that seems to leave him more susceptible to colds and flu too (not sure if that is true, but seems that way). I stock up on Kleenex (disclosure – ...
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It is Easier to Do Than Worry About Not Doing

Sunday I went apple picking with Hubby, my cousins Jamie and Ben, and their son (who I call my nephew) Colby. It has been several years since I went apple picking. For a long time I did not go because it was easier not to. It was easier not to ...
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Recovering From Surgery

My surgery yesterday went well. Thanks to all of you for the good thoughts. The doctor removed my right ovary and the large cyst and performed a D&C. No need for the full hysterectomy thank goodness! By the way, the removal of the ovary and tube has a fun name, ...
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I want to be old

Today I was at the doctor’s office again. We were discussing options for the surgery I have scheduled on Tuesday. I am having my right ovary and a large cyst removed for sure, but we talked about other possible scenarios also depending on what he finds. This is a new ...
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Speak Up About Hearing Loss [infographic]

Another infographic about hearing loss this Saturday. My dad has hearing loss, my husband has hearing loss, and I even have some hearing loss! There is a lot of "what" and "huh" happening in our family. We have been trying some products which I will be writing about soon too ...
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Walgreens Healthcare Clinic in St. Louis (and around the country)

I know some of you can relate to this scenario. You are at home or work or school and start feeling really rotten. You need to get in to see the doctor but when you call you find out there is no way they can squeeze you in for an ...
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Benefits of Walking [infographic]

Welcome to the weekend. I think my host company has things figured out and hopefully my blog won’t be down again like it was all day yesterday. So frustrating! Anyway, let’s get to our Saturday Infographic. Since I just started the walking challenge I thought I would share this Anatomy ...
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I have lost 100 pounds so far! Before and After Photos

Here are some new pictures of me! As of last Thursday morning I was down 100.2 pounds since I started losing weight on January 10, 2013. My previous before and after photos are at the bottom so you can compare. You can read my past posts about my weight loss ...
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Vacations are Good for Your Health [infographic]

It is time for the Saturday Infographic. Since we are in the swing of summer I thought I would share why we all need to take a vacation. This is a great reason - it is good for our health! I was nodding my head in agreement through this infographic ...
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Do you REALLY know about varicose veins?

I thought I knew what a varicose vein was, but I really did not! When TheMotherhood asked me to participate in this campaign (disclosure – I am being compensated, but opinions my own), Rethink Varicose Veins, I said yes because I knew my grandma had a lot of problems with ...
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Mammograms are not that bad…really

Today I had my annual mammogram. I was actually a little late in getting mine, but better late than never. When I mention mammograms I always hear comments like “ouch”, “so painful”, and the like. Now, there are a small handful of people who may experience some pain, but that ...
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Donate to Mom’s Relay For Life

For those of you that have been readers of mine for a while you may remember that my mom is a cancer survivor! Go Mom! She volunteers a a great deal of her own time and energy into fundraising and awareness of cancer now as a survivor. Her next event ...
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Are you doing enough to protect your eyes and your kids from UV Rays

Last week I shared the Protecting Your Eyes From the Sun infographic that gave a lot of useful information. Today I thought I would share a little bit more than I learned from The Vision Council (Disclosure: I was compensated by TheMotherhood on behalf of The Vision Council for my ...
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Protect Your Eyes from the Sun [infographic]

For this weeks infographic I have a really great one to share. This is from The Vision Council and is all about UV-Safety and protecting your eyes from the sun. I attended a webinar on Thursday with The Vision Council and TheMotherhood (this was a compensated event - but a ...
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Can you imagine not being a mom? Shot@Life + Giveaways

Disclosure - Giveaways donated to show appreciation and will be selected via random.org Link up, comment and share with Sisters From Another Mister and 20 awesome bloggers Making a difference May 8th thro May 18th CAN YOU IMAGINE NOT BEING A MOM? When Nicole asked me to be a part of ...
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My first trip since weight loss began

If you have been a reader for a while you know I love to travel and I often go to conferences as well as on blogger summit from various brands. I think BlogHer in August of 2012 was when I stopped. It was self-imposed because my weight had become a ...
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Link up to give every child a shot@life

In case you were unaware, this week is World Immunization week, the perfect time to talk about the importance of global vaccinations. Nicole of Sisters From Another Mister, together with shot@life and the United Nations Foundation are very happy to announce a link up to share our stories about motherhood ...
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Weight Loss Ups and Downs

So in two days it will be three months since my surgery and the start of my weight loss journey that is actually working. Yay! There have been ups and downs along the way for sure since my last update. Yesterday Hubby and I took a ride with the top ...
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National Doctors’ Day and [infographic]

Today, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day. I am very thankful for some of the wonderful doctors that have helped me this year! Dr. Blair, my primary doctor, is extremely kind and understanding. She never makes me feel rushed during my appointments and just has a wonderful caring nature about ...
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WebMD Pregnancy App and Giveaway

In the past I shared with you about the WebMD app and the WebMD Baby app. Now they have also added the WebMD Pregnancy app. I had a chance to speak with WebMD’s expert pediatrician, Dr. Hansa Bhargava, the other day to find out more about this new app. Gosh ...
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2 months after gastrectomy

2 Month Update After Weight Loss Surgery

Well it has been two months since I had my weight loss surgery, a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and while I have been able to tell a big difference in how I feel already, I wasn’t sure if you could tell in the way I looked. Hubby took several pictures of ...
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FREE Allergy Screenings at Sam’s Clubs This Saturday

Did you know that Sam’s Club offered a different monthly free health screening each month? Plus, it is for members and non-members! This month it is free allergy screenings. I love the idea of this since there are so many without health insurance right now. The screenings do not replace ...
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Hearing Loss and Musicians [infographic]

This week’s infographic (I do them each Saturday now) is about hearing loss in musicians. Hubby has a considerable hearing loss in one of his ears (I still always forget which one). Part of this is from chronic ear infections when he was a child, but Hubby also grew up ...
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Weight Loss Surgery 1 Month Later

Today I had a follow up with my wonderful surgeon, Dr. Minkin. It has been just about a month since I had the gastric sleeve surgery (the weight loss surgery on January 10), and it has been 12 days since I had my gallbladder removed. January was a rough and ...
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Free classes for those caring for kids with mental illness

I mentioned that NAMI offered these free classes in the past, but I wanted to put the information out there again since new classes will be starting in the near future. While these are in the St. Louis area, don’t worry, the classes are done across the country and you ...
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Good Riddance Gallbladder

Yesterday I had surgery again, this time to remove my gallbladder. Good riddance! I did not even know I was having gall bladder problems, but apparently they have been there for a while. Once I read about some of the possible symptoms a lot of them fit. Compared to when ...
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It is not just fat…

Now I know there are many of you out there who may understand the things I am going to talk about already and that is awesome, but even though I consider myself a very smart person I really had no comprehension of this. So I am fat. I have been ...
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Back to the hospital

Ugh. Late last night Hubby took me to the ER, I was admitted and am still here at the hospital. I assumed it was something with my sleeve gastrectomy surgery, but it looks like it is my gall bladder. Oh joy! Plus I have a cyst on one of my ovaries ...
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I’ve been plucked!

Okay, so not plucked as in feathers, but I had my first follow-up visit with my surgeon, Dr. Minkin, today and he plucked out all of my staples. Yay! They were starting to itch! Let’s see, what else has happened since my last update, but first a quick clearing of ...
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After Surgery Update

I am now four days out from my surgery. Thanks to all of you who have offered your good wishes and support, it truly does mean a great deal to me. To be honest, the best perk to blogging is that I have such great supporters and cheerleaders in so ...
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The Big News

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have already seen the big news. I am actually writing this post from my hospital room. Yesterday I had weight loss surgery, specifically a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. My weight has been an issue for a long time and I had ...
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You do not have to live with chronic pain

Last week I attended a webinar with TheMotherhood and Dr. Jennifer N Caudle of the American Osteopathic Association on the topic of chronic pain. This was really an interesting session and I think all of us in attendance learned quite a bit. I thought I would share with you as ...
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Holiday Stress Relief Giveaway

I know that I tend to stress out during the holiday season and that I am not alone. So this giveaway is just a reminder for you to take a few minutes now and then for yourself during the holiday madness. Some ideas of things you can do for a ...
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Caption This Photo of Hubby

I loved reading all your answers on the last caption this photo so I thought I would do it again. Here is an interesting photo Hubby took of himself. Let’s hear your captions! I think this is more fun than Wordless Wednesday myself ...
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i am not weird

I Am Not Weird

In 2011 I met Kevin Metzger at the Type-A Convention and he shared with me this wonderful book, I Am Not Weird, that his daughter wrote. I have told so many people about the book in person, but I realized I never blogged about the book. I want to say ...
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

You might have already known by the pink everywhere, but October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even though this subject is talked about often, there are still many women who are not taking action. We need to keep talking. We need to keep learning. Some points to think about ...
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