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Winning It Wednesdays 7/30/14

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Chasing Charlie Book Review and Giveaway 8/7

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Struggling with Stress and Diabetes

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I am finding that as a diabetic, people don’t care about you. After all it’s our fault we are the way we are. We are fat, ugly and ate too much sugar. That’s why we are diabetic. If we could just stop eating so much our blood sugar would go down and we wouldn’t be diabetic anymore.

Unfortunately that is not the way it works. When I get stressed out my blood sugar goes up. Normal life effects stress and it’s hard to deal with stress as a diabetic. Example: Last night a guy that I have been seeing for a few months just informed me that he lied to me the whole time and was never really interested in me. This morning I woke up with a blood sugar of 300, I just checked it before writing this and it’s 420. I’ve been spending the morning switching between the numb feeling and crying. So yes I’m a bit stressed. This stress is temporary and yes my sugar will drop when I am able to deal and move on.

Another problem I have is I also have money stress, I make $800 a month, currently I make nothing blogging as my laptop keeps crashing, oh yeah, it did it again and I actually have to send it in today to get it fixed. Good news is I do have another computer to use, but can’t access it much. So now I’m also stressed out about money. So in general my sugar is usually high anyway, around 200-250 every morning. The problem is I still have to eat something or my sugar could get worse, yes worse. You can’t just skip a meal and it will go down, your body will compensate for the lack of food, by adding sugar to your body.

Diabetes is not a simple disease, it’s complex and effects everyone differently. Did you know that diabetes falls under the Americans with Disabilities act? Yes diabetes is a disability, because it does effect your everyday life. If my blood sugar is high I should be at home resting, I should not be driving, working or anything. I need to be resting until it’s low enough where activity is safe, yes safe! Something people without diabetes never think about. I can’t just say, oh my blood sugar is over 300 I’m going to go work out. That can cause more problems with your health if you do.

The problem is society does not see us this way, they don’t understand what diabetes does and how it effects your body, me I’m depressed a lot, I can’t move much in the morning, everything hurts. Yes I’m on medications, they are not working. Diabetics also have a huge problem with doctors that don’t listen. That’s my issue and yes, I am switching doctors. Too many believe that it’s you that’s the problem, not the pills they are getting paid for to subscribe to you as many doctors do get kickbacks, making stress and diabetes even harder to control.  My point here is to find a doctor that cares more about you then the bottom line.

5 Ways to Deal with Stress as a Diabetic

  • Take a Nap, this will help you to let your body heal and keep you from doing more damage, can’t sleep, lay down for at least fifteen minutes.
  • Take a walk, but only if your sugar is low enough. Walking can really help to reduce stress and it helps control your blood sugar.
  • Meditate, This is great for everyone and can really help you get centered. You can find online websites with guided meditation or just listen to some relaxing music to get centered.
  • Talk with your friends, Friends are a great way to keep your mind off your stress unless you have friends like I do, but most don’t so I’m listing this. Talk to your best friends and let them know your stressed and not feeling well. Sometimes just sharing can really help
  • Drink Tea, This is how I distress. I sit and drink a nice cup of tea or two, I’m actually reading a great book about health benefits of tea and one is the ability to lower blood sugar! Now, adding sugar to the tea of course does not help, but my advice is to start with a flavored tea you like and sip it slowly, you will eventually get use to the non-sweet taste. If not drink water instead. (keep an eye out for my review of the book coming soon!)

The point is that stress effects everyone in horrible ways and as a diabetic it can have some very major consequences on you. Are you a diabetic? How do you deal with your stress and high blood sugar?

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Winning it Wednesdays 7/23/14

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My Current Giveaways

Firmoo $25 Gift Card Giveaway! 7/29

$25 Celebrating Home Gift Card Giveaway 7/31

Chasing Charlie Book Review and Giveaway 8/7

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Firmoo $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

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What is Firmoo?

Firmoo is the World’s Most Popular Online Eyeglasses Store, gaining over 580,000 fans on Facebook. We have always been committed ourselves to offering customers the best quality products at the most affordable prices which start at 8 dollars- 80%-90% lower compared to that in local store.

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They have a really great try on system so you can see what your new glasses will look like before you buy them. I love these programs because they can be really helpful if your going for a new look and want to see what these glasses may look like on you.

The Giveaway

There are 5 winners for this giveaway! You each will get a $25 gift card to use toward a pair of black framed glasses. You can check them out here. They have a really great selection of classic glasses that I really love. In fact here is my favorite pair. I’m so jealous that you get a chance at a discount!

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Terms and conditions So for some reason the giveaway form would not update the terms for me. So here they are: This giveaway is open world wide as long as you are in the delivery area. You can check that here: our deliery range.

Giveaway ends July 29th at 11:59pm EST Good Luck!

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Triple Knot: Book Review

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The critically acclaimed author of The King’s Mistress brings another fascinating woman from history to life in an enthralling story of political intrigue, personal tragedy, and illicit love.

Joan of Kent, renowned beauty and cousin to King Edward III, is destined for a politically strategic marriage. As the king begins a long dynastic struggle to claim the crown of France, plunging England into the Hundred Years’ War, he negotiates her betrothal to a potential ally and heir of a powerful lordship.

But Joan, haunted by nightmares of her father’s execution at the hands of her treacherous royal kin, fears the king’s selection and is not resigned to her fate. She secretly pledges herself to one of the king’s own knights, one who has become a trusted friend and protector. Now she must defend her vow as the king—furious at Joan’s defiance—prepares to marry her off to another man.

In A Triple Knot, Emma Campion brings Joan, the “Fair Maid of Kent” to glorious life, deftly weaving details of King Edward III’s extravagant court into a rich and emotionally resonant tale of intrigue, love, and betrayal.

My Review of Triple Knot

This is a wonderful classic historical novel. It’s a story of life in a world most of us would never know or understand. Royalty does have it’s perks, but this also shows the downside of being related to royalty in the past.

Joan is a character that you just love, she is trying so hard to do the right thing and be the right person, but things just don’t seem to go her way. She struggles to find her place and keep herself from disappointing her king, mostly so that she stays alive. She’s used as a pawn in return and finds that no matter what she does it’s just not going to work. Eventually she finds trust with a much older knight and they decide to secretly marry, that starts a whole new problem for Joan and her King and Cousin.

If you love a great historical story with intrigue, romance and just overall a wonderful story about life then this book is for you. 

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Chasing Charlie Book Review and Giveaway

Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys. Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancée so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend. Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice. Charlie’s first reaction is to run, but she’s promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine. When Charlie accepts, Davis’s plan is set. But now Charlie’s sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart. “Heartwarming, fast paced, laugh out loud fun.” ~ Susan Fox, Best-selling author “Chasing Charlie will chase away the blues with a red dress, a real love, and a whole lot of fun!” ~ Christie Ridgway, Best-selling author “Funny, sweet, poignant…best feel-good book I’ve read all year.” ~ Trish Jensen, USA TODAY Best-selling author "A once innocent plan becomes an entangled romance . Funny and sweet. A most entertaining combination."~ Carol Bozovich, Rendevzous Magazine

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Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Barnes and Noble    Kobo

 

My Review of Chasing Charlie

This was a very sweet book. I really enjoyed reading it. Charlie is a wonderfully headstrong women who thinks she knows what she wants, but one simple change, well changes everything! Her quite librarian life is suddenly thrown off course as want to be cowboy Davis shows up wanting her to pretend to be his fiancée so his mom will get married. Of course she had no clue that saying yes to a not so simple request would end up changing her life and view.

Davis is just as headstrong as Charlie and even though he approaches Charlie to start this wonderful fake relationship, he slowly starts to have his head turned, but as usual neither character will admit that there truly is more there, then what they would ever have thought!

This is a wonderful book for anyone who is a lover of modern, yet still very western romance. It’s a sweet, yet fun story that will take you to a place that many people never get to see.

 

THE TEXAS TWO-STEP, in series order Chasing Charlie Country Courtship Courting Trouble My Southern Bride Western Pleasure About the Author USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies. Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite. Kathy’s romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association’s BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009. In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest. She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America. Kathy loves hearing from readers.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY


3 Lucky Winners will win $10 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash 
(winners choice)
Ending on Thursday 7th August at 11.59pm EST
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Let’s Win the Zulily Freckles+Kitty Clothing Contest!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

 

Have you seen the colorful outfits from Freckles+Kitty, the delightfully sweet clothing company out of California? Today through Thursday (7/17 – 7/19) zulily is running a contest where we can BOTH win three dresses for our little ones from Freckles+Kitty! Just post in the comments section below which Freckles+Kitty item is your favorite, and if my blog is selected, I’ll choose someone from all the commenters to win something lovely for the little lady of their choosing!

Don’t know much about Freckles+Kitty? Freckles+Kitty is California made toddler and girls clothing inspired by what’s popular now. The best part is that zulily has select Freckles+Kitty styles up to 65% off! You’ll find brilliant colors and trending details such as floral appliqués, printed lace, hoodies, sets, and, of course, ruffles. Lots of ruffles! They use soft fabric blends to give your little girl exceptional comfort with a sense of style and fun. These fabrics are always easy-care and washable. Each Freckles+Kitty garment reflects the California spirit, and it’s these details that make each piece playfully individual. Check out Freckles + Kitty on sale at zulily!

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$25 Celebrating Home Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to my Christmas in July Giveaway. This giveaway is just one giveaway involved in this hop. There are many others you can check out as well. 

Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for The Grand Prize to enter for your chance to win a Fathead Wall Decal of choice! A special thanks to Fathead for sponsoring the Grand Prize!

My Giveaway

Win a $25 Celebrating Home and Penelope Ann Gift Card!

What is Celebrating Home and Penelope Ann?

Celebrating Home and Penelope Ann is a direct sales company. Think Avon and Tubberwear! We designers host in home parties, take online orders and more to help you make your home and yourself look amazing. Penelope Ann is a new addition to the Celebrating Home line that involves jewelry and accessories.

Here are a few items that I love!

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Disclosure: I am a Celebrating Home Consultant.

It’s so simple to enter, just use the form below! Don’t forget to visit the Linky after the giveaway form to find more giveaways to enter!

Giveaway Ends July 31st 2014 at 11:59pm EST Open to US only

 

Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 31, 2014. The Christmas In July Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

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Winning it Wednesday 7/16/14

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Ozeri Weightmaster II Bathroom Scale Review

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Many of you know that I am trying to lose weight and right now I am not doing too well, so even though in general I hate my scale I do have to say if I was able to really put in the time and effort I was a couple of years ago I would love my new Ozeri Weightmaster Bathroom Scale. I really do love it as it’s just so easy to use and easy to see what I’m really looking at. The numbers are large and I can even see them without my glasses on.

What I love about it is that it’s a simple step on scale, no buttons to push, no hard to read screan. It’s a simple yet, powerful scale. The Ozeri WeightMaster II holds up to 440 lbs it includes a BMI and Weight Differential Detection  that was designed and engineered in the USA to provide a comprehensive, yet simple weight management solution to measure and track your weight. It also features BMI Measurement and Auto Recognition Technology. This helps you know exactly where you are in your weight loss journey and helps you to keep on track, that is if you use it every week. I was, but then the last month got busy!

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The other thing I really love about this scale is that it’s not big and bulky. It’s a thin design and is sleek and fits in with most home decor. So it’s not a sore spot in the room. This scale also can track up to 8 people so it’s great for families or people who are trying to lose weight as a group. They do say that having a weight loss partner or partners is the way to go, so now you have another tool to talk your friends into getting out and losing some weight with you.

*This scale uses watch batteries to be prepared and have an extra on hand.

Buy it now on Amazon.com

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