DOZZI Natural White Noise Machine by WITTI a doozy of a baby shower gift

DOZZI Natural White Noise Machine by WITTI a doozy of a baby shower gift

My newest grandson will soon arrive, and the baby shower for his mama — my eldest daughter — is on the calendar. With Brianna's shower scheduled, all things baby have been on my brain lately. She'll receive a nursery glider from her dad and me (not a secret, so no spoiler here) but I plan to present her with a few other little goodies, too, as grandmas do.

Yet as I peruse the possibilities, everything seems so, well, generic, typical, common. All that's on Brianna's registry is adorable, yes, but I'm looking for something a little different, useful gifts versus

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Bifocal readers? Yes, from Readers.com!

Bifocal readers? Yes, from Readers.com!

I can no longer deny that readers are an absolute must for me. Stretching my arm as far as can be in hopes I might see print large or small hasn't made a difference for quite some time, so readers strewn about my house are a given.

Another given of late has been that those readers go off and on, off and on, up and down depending on what I'm doing. I put them on to check my phone, take them off to see the television across the room. Put them on to read a restaurant menu, prop them atop my head to…

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Empower dear ones with the Let's Be Well Diabetes Box™

Empower dear ones with the Let's Be Well Diabetes Box™

This post sponsored by AARP and the American Diabetes Association.

My husband isn't normal. I guess a more accurate descriptor would be that he's an anomaly. See, my husband has peripheral neuropathy—numbness, tingling, pain, and worse in his feet. It's a condition most commonly due to diabetes. Yet my husband does not have diabetes, not even pre-diabetes. According to literally decades of blood tests seeking a diabetes-PN connection, there is no connection.

There are, though, chronic—and oh-so stubborn—foot wounds my husband regularly contends with, similar to the foot wounds folks with diabetes often experience. It's a confounding state, to say the least.

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Book review: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy

We've all heard of — possibly even experienced — the health and healing benefits of acupressure, the treatments wherein pressure points in the body (the ones used in acupuncture) are pressed and prodded with fingers to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Some folks swear by it.

We've also all heard of the healing benefits of aromatherapy using essential oils, especially considering the recent popularity (and sales) of the bitsy bottles of extracts and chemical compounds in endless variety for use in equally endless ways.

Combine the two, acupressure and aromatherapy, and you have a dynamic duo that just might trump the health and healing benefits of either alone.

acupressure and aromatherapy

In her new book, The Essential Step-by-Step Guide to Acupressure with Aromatherapy, — which I recently received free for review — Karin Parramore, LAc, CH provides detailed...

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Life Reimagined: Well on my way to unstuck

Life can be sticky. And those sticky spots in life — unfun events, moments, circumstances — can lead to being stuck in unhappy, uncreative, unproductive places in myriad phases.

life reimaginedI've been stuck in such a place for several months. I shared here about a month ago my hope that Life Reimagined, an online, subscription-based service helping millions of American's plan for the "what's next?" questions in life, could help me get unstuck.

My progress report? It's working!

In the past 30 days or so, I've used a variety of the many Life Reimagined tools to figure out what to do to move forward, get free of the sticky spots holding me back personally and professionally. In particular, I used what I learned from my initial quizzes and time with an online life coach to focus on reducing stress and finding more joy in my day-to-day in order to get back...

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Great American Smokeout: How my husband quit smoking for life

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the American Cancer Society. All opinions and anecdotes are my own.

great american smokeout

When my future husband and I first started dating, he had it all. The personality. The kind heart. The looks. The hair. 

And he had a cigarette in hand. Always.

 1981 smoker

I wasn't a smoker, though all six of my siblings and both of my parents were, so...

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