Happy Senior Citizen Day

Happy Senior CItizens Day www.sparklesandglue.com celebrate those you love

I know, I know we make everything into a holiday. There are plenty of holidays I completely ignore and refuse to celebrate: sweetest day, eat a red apple day, bathtub party day, write a letter day, national fritters day, and national ice cream day but Senior Citizen Day is a great day that should be celebrated. 

None of us would be here without those old people getting frisky in their early years {don’t picture it… just acknowledge it} but seriously so much of who we are and what we have is thanks to those “old people.” I think we all need to tell the seniors in our life how important they are to us. Maybe they taught you to tie your shoes, past on a wonderful cookie recipe, or watched your children when they were growing up. Some where down the line someone has done something for you and many of them are getting older. 

Happy Senior CItizens Day www.sparklesandglue.com celebrate those you love

I have learned the hard way that if you wait to tell someone you love them you might just miss the opportunity. Our loved ones are here one day and gone the next whether we are ready or not. So do something nice for a senior citizen today {and everyday} you could…

hold the door open at a store

pay for a couples dinner without them knowing

tell a senior citizen her hair looks nice

let them go in front of you in the grocery store line

help them load the groceries into their car

strike up a conversation {many senior citizens are alone and without someone special to talk to}

smile at someone

tell someone you love them and appreciate them

visit someone in a nursing home {even if you don’t know them}

listen to a senior citizens stories {you would be amazed to hear what they have seen and lived through}

Happy Senior CItizens Day www.sparklesandglue.com celebrate those you love

Honestly, we should’t need a special day to treat our senior citizens special. They are the founders of our country, the people who love us, the holders of history, and the people who fought for our freedom. We as a country don’t do a very good job of showing respect and honoring our seniors. Many of our seniors have been disregarded and thrown into nursing homes only to be forgotten because we just don’t have time to take care of mom, grandma, grandpa, and dad. We don’t have time to take care of the people who raised us, gave their time {around 18 years of it}, paid our way, and supported us. Did they make mistakes? are they perfect people? no but you aren’t either so go visit them, listen to them, hold their hands, and tell them you love them. 

Happy Senior CItizens Day www.sparklesandglue.com celebrate those you loveHappy Senior Citizen Day! 

 

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Quote of the Week: Killing Them {with kindness of course}

 

This week I was asked to assist with a patient in the hospital. My presence is their to help the patient do his best and also help the staff to make good choices for him. I’m doing pretty much everything for this sweet man: keeping him company, keeping him safe, doing nursing stuff like airway management, and doing the aids work such as toiling him. I’m basically this mans best friend and the staff’s best friend for my shift. The only thing the nurse has to do while I’m present is give him his medications since I’m not able to get in to the medication system to chart. You would think the nurses would jump for joy to have so much help from an educated, trained, kind, smiling nurse: NOPE! These jerks are being so mean it isn’t even funny! Arguing everything, delaying treatments/medications,and being just plain rude to my patient and me! 

I have been a nurse damn near a decade and if someone wants to help me with my workload I usually say “Thank You” and move on to someone else who needs my help. When I run in to people like this I bust out my secrete weapon: KINDNESS, SMILES, LAUGHS, and sometimes I even COMPLIMENT them! Yes, I tell those jerks how great they are, what a great job they are doing , and how I understand they are trying their best and it’s hilarious how confused they become.

The meaner they become the nicer I get until they can’t take it anymore and crack under the pressure. You can tell right before they are about to crack because you will notice the edges of their mouths turn upward you and I call this movement a smile but it’s a painful movement for mean people. I think it might physically hurt them. Don’t look away their smile muscles are weak on mean people and they can only hold it for a second or two. If you have a camera snap a quick picture because your friends will not believe what you witnessed! 

This day is what let me to share this quote of the week with you … enjoy {and smile today!}

Quote of the week: Killing them {with kindness of course} www.sparklesandglue.com

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My Infertility & IVF Story: It’s OK to Cry

My Infertility & IVF Story: It's OK to Cry www.sparklesandglue.com

Today I woke up to continued cramps and bleeding but I expected it.  I had to be at my post Misiprostol ultrasound by 9am.  Normally, I’m an early morning person who enjoys waking up and getting going but I tossed and turned all night and woke up feeling more tired than when I went to bed. When I got to the office they asked for me to empty my bladder before the ultrasound and I managed to drop my phone in the toilet, which is the icing on my weeks shit cake. The ultrasound was pretty quick and showed that the medication worked. They did notice my uterine lining was still a little thick but she said that was due to the drugs I was on.

After my appointment I’m feeling rather empty inside and I have deiced that’s ok for now. I have been so focused on staying positive, smiling, and moving forward that I haven’t taken time to grieve my loss. I may have cried a few times but I haven’t really cried and let it all out. I haven’t taken any time for myself. I have been supporting everyone around me, reassuring them, and have forgotten about myself. I’m back home now and taking it easy and I might even meet a friend later to get a spa pedicure just because.

Infertility & IVF suck let’s talk about it…

Want to read more? 

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 1 If I knew getting knocked up was going to be so hard…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 2 Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 3 The Egg Harvest I Feel like a Farm

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 4 The Waiting…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 5 Prepare for Implantation

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 6 Embryo Transfer Day

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 7 I think I am…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 8 Bittersweetness of getting what you want

My Infertility & IVF Story: do you like roller coasters?

My Infertility & IVF Story: Miscarriage and moving on..

My Infertility & IVF Story: It’s OK to Cry

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Crossfit Diaries : Signing up is the first step to Kicking Lazy’s A**

Crossfit Diaries: Kicking Lazy's A** www.sparklesandglue.com

So I have been going on and on about making a positive change in my life. I have been feeling fat, unmotivated, tired, lazy, and sluggish {just to name a few}. I have been trying really hard: eating lots of veggies, drinking plenty of water plus some, going for morning runs, and trying to get extra sleep and still I’m the same weight, my clothes are still to snug, and I still feel like poop. I obviously need something more extreme, someone to push me, and a schedule to keep me on track and that my friends is how I ended up signing up for crossfit. 

It took me a few weeks to go in and talk with someone. I swear that was one of the hardest parts for me. I was so scared and had no clue what to expect but I finally did it! I walked up the the building and pushed the door open {and then I got even more scared while I waited at the desk for someone to come talk with me}. The guy who spoke with me was really nice and I actually felt much less intimidated after speaking with him.

The first step for my crossfit gym is to have an assessment done: 5 exercises that they time. Not that you have a time limit you have as much time as you need to finish everything. So, I scheduled my assessment for the next Friday {which was the first opening they had}. I’m nervous as hell and excited all at the same time! I have thought about canceling a few times but I haven’t. Wish me luck on my assessment! 

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6 Simple Tips for Saving Money When Grocery Shopping

6 Simple Way to Save on your Grocery Bills! www.sparklesandglue.com

I’m far from an extreme couponer and I don’t have huge secrete ways of saving money but I do have a few easy to follow tips that keep me from over spending

1. ALWAYS make a list! It will only take you a minute or two and it will always save you money and time in the long run. I have a white board on my refrigerator where my family can write items we need as they are finished or near empty but right before I leave I do a quick survey and often catch items I need and would have forgotten.

2. Eat before you shop! I never ever go shopping when I’m hungry. Hungry shoppers are sure to grab lots of extra foods that look good but aren’t needed. Plus your much more likely to consume extra calories from the junk food you bought! 

3. Look up & down. The most expensive items are shelved right in the middle at eye level so look at the top or bottom shelves for a cheaper version. 

4. Control your impulses! Impulse buys are often encouraged by stores. Don’t fall into their traps! Stick to your list and you will save money.

5. Pay attention when you check out. One day I bought a cucumber and the cashier charged me for 4128 of them! My bill was over $2,000 now I know we would all catch that mistake but most mistakes are smaller  but still add up. A double scan here, wrong quantity there, and sale items not registering they all add up. 

6. Use an app. If you like to use coupons great! use them. I do use coupons but I’m not a crazy couponer who has 5 for each item and gets money back. What I do use is an app to get money back. I personally love Checkout 51. I take a quick peek at the app before I shop and if anything worth money back is needed in my house I add it to my list. After I’m done shopping I take a quick picture of my receipt and they send me money back. Staples like milk, cheese, and yogurt are almost always worth money back. 

Comment below if you have a money saving tip!

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Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party #5

Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party www.sparklesandglue.com

Link Up Link Up …Link Up Parties make me happy! Sorry that’s my Link Up party song I hum while I type my weekly link up! So, I want to start off by telling you thank you so much for stopping by and partying with us! I really enjoy seeing everyones posts and crafts, and especially the yummy recipes!

Here are some of my favorite posts shared last week! 

This Double Decker Pulled Brisket Cheeseburger with Candied Jalapeños by Dixie Chicks Cook will heat your belly up!

Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party www.sparklesandglue.comAfter your spicy dinner you will need something to cool off with and Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish has an awesome dessert for you … Maple Walnut Ice Cream

Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party www.sparklesandglue.com

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Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF

OK this week was officially crazy! I’m on my own at my new job and it’s been… well let’s call it… interesting. I must admit I’m loving my new job even during the crazy moments but that being said does not mean for a minute that I don’t need a laugh at the end of this work week! I’m guessing you had a crazy week too?!!?!? and are in much need of a little humor. 

In honor of joining a crossfit gym or “box” as they call it I though I would doing a little laughing at myself. I also have a friend who swears after joining cross fit that will be all I speak of… 

Breakfast…oatmeal and crossfit

Lunch…tuna and crossfit

Snack…CROSSFIT

Dinner…salad, steak, boiled eggs, oh and did I mention cross fit? 

So this is for you Mikey & Missy!

I promise I will not get that bad but I will update you all on my progress!  Now on to the laughs…

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

Need a Laugh Friday! #NALF cross fit humor www.sparklesandglue.com

 

I’m sure many of you can relate to these! Do you have a topic to laugh at?

Comment below and we can have a good laugh together next Friday!

 

Thank you dear world wide web for being filled with so many stupid things that make me laugh when I need a laugh! 

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Quote of the Week #2

 

The Quote of the Week #QOTW makes me happy. Some quotes inspire me others make me think about my life and some just make me laugh but what ever purpose they serve I adore quotes!
Quote of the week #QOTW www.sparklesandglue.com

I know a lot of people are are really smart and extra smart about specific topics like all my nursing friends. We are smarty pants when it comes to medicine but sometimes I think we have to remember that just because others don’t have a clue about what we are saying doesn’t make them stupid. Hell, maybe they can build a computer with their eyes closed, grow a garden full of wonderful sights and smells, or create a beautiful piece of art. We all have something we are good at and we can’t all be good at everything….I mean what fun would that be? No one would be unique or interesting! How boring! I, for one, am happy I don’t have to know how to build bridges to hold cars up or cut with surgical precision. As a matter of fact thank you to all of you who do something that I can’t do! 

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My Infertility & IVF Story: Miscarriage and Moving on

My Infertility, IVF, Miscarriage Story www.sparklesandglue.com

I woke up this morning and planned to take the Misiprostol (medication to make me “pass” the products of conception) by 7am. The NP told me to insert the pills vaginally, just what I wanted to shove more stuff in my whoo-whoo. She told me to stay in bed and take it easy for the morning. She warned me to expect cramping after about 1-3 hours that would be followed by extremely heavy bleeding. She gave me some pain medicine to take the edge off.

I really didn’t want to take the pills but after staring at them for a while I realized I really didn’t have a choice so I took them then curled up in bed with my heating pad and waited, and waited, and waited for the inevitable. I felt like I laid in bed for an eternity.

The last 2 weeks have left me emotionally exhausted and it was nice to lay down even if it was only peaceful for a few minutes. After about 3 hours I started experiencing the worst cramps of my life followed by the expected bleeding. I took the pain medication that the NP gave me although it really didn’t help much. What helped me the most was alternating between resting in bed with a heating pad and laying in a hot shower. The cramping eased up as the hours passed but it never really stopped that day. I had a hard time sleeping even though I had my heating pad on and took another pain pill or two before bed.

Tomorrow I have another ultrasound scheduled to ensure the medication worked and I will get a timeline for future interventions. I’m really not in the mood to even think about the future but I’m thankful I have a great nurse Angela to help me get back on track. 

You would think at some point this would all get easier but right now everyday just feels a little muddier and harder to handle. I know having a miscarriage may not be the end of the world and women go through this everyday. For me it’s the last 6 years coming to a head. Finally getting what I have wanted for so long and having it ripped from my hands but life is still moving forward and so am I reluctantly but never the less moving forward.

Infertility & IVF are hard topics and I’m here for you as much as you have been here for me. I love the e-mails I get and being able to help others as much as you have all helped me! 

Have you had infertility issues? IVF? Miscarriages?

E-mail me or leave a comment below.

I would to hear from you and how you coped

Want to read more? 

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 1 If I knew getting knocked up was going to be so hard…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 2 Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 3 The Egg Harvest I Feel like a Farm

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 4 The Waiting…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 5 Prepare for Implantation

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 6 Embryo Transfer Day

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 7 I think I am…

My Infertility & IVF Story: Part 8 Bittersweetness of getting what you want

My Infertility & IVF Story: do you like roller coasters?

My Infertility & IVF Story: Miscarriage and moving on..

My Infertility & IVF Story: It’s OK to Cry

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6 Natural Ways to Lose Weight

6 Natural Easy Weight Loss Tips www.sparklesandglue.com

I’m one of those lucky girls my weight is always changing day to day and I love it so much {hope you can’t hear my sarcasm loud and clear}. I struggle so much with my weight. I have tried pills, miracle diets, fads, and weird products that shock you skinny and guess what…yep… none of them really worked and that is what motivated me to reevaluate my situation and get back to the basics with these 6 Natural Ways to Lose Weight

1. Drink water and lots of it. Give up the pop, juice, starbucks, and other calorie laden drinks! You drink the calories but they don’t fill you up so you end up eating later and by the end of the day you have consumed tons of unnecessary calories

2. Eat! Stop starving yourself and skipping meals. You just end up so hungry later that you eat the whole carton of ice cream in a corner crying {yea it’s an ugly image but it’s true~ put the spoon down!} Oh and I almost forgot your mom was right, breakfast is the most important meal of the day so make time for it!

3. Sleep! Your body needs rest even if you wake up feeling fine {after a pot of coffee}. If your body is exhausted it’s not going to be able to burn fat

4. Eat your veggies! I don’t like many veggies so it’s been a challenge but I have become open minded and found that I like more veggies than I thought I did. It’s all in the way you cook them. I don’t care if you hide your veggies in spaghetti sauce just eat them! They are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and few calories. They will fill you up and if your body has what it needs {mineral & vitamins} you won’t have as many cravings.

5. Learn about the different fats and eat the healthy ones. Your body needs fat so eat things with healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and cold water fish

6. Walk. Yep it sounds simple but walking a little extra each day will help tremendously. I started off walking and before I knew it I was jogging. Now I can run without feeling like I need to call 911 every mile. Every step counts and burns calories. I wear a Fitbit to tack my activity level and I have a goal of 10,000 steps a day. My Mom wears a Fitbit too so we compete for who takes the most steps each day! 

I know these sound like simple common sense tips BUT if they are so simple and common sense why are so many of us struggling with them? It wasn’t easy for me to switch to drinking water everyday after drinking a case of pop a week. I didn’t understand healthy fats and unhealthy fats and I skipped meals all the time! I’m a work in progress but I’m moving forward and that’s all that matters. 

Do you have a weight lose tip to share?

Comment below and tell us what you do to lose weight and feel great?

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