It’s Recruitment Day at Rave Reviews Book Club! Are you a member yet?

Those who have been following for a long time know that reading helped me when I was at my worse. I wish I had known about RRBC back then because I have read some excellent books from there.

Be My Guest

Today is Recruitment Day at Rave Reviews Book Club.  All members are actively inviting friends, family, and social media contacts to become members.  This is not your ordinary book review club.

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Rave Reviews Book Club membership is $25.00 per year for authors and $10.00 for non-authors.  Club members receive daily support through tweets and RT’s. Three new Books of the Month are chosen monthly and highlighted on various social media platforms. Another wonderful perk is being selected as the Spotlight Author and hosted on many blogs during a one week period.  Rave Reviews Book Club is continually thinking of new ways to support our authors with #PUSHTUESDAY’s, Member of the Week, and Member of the Month. RRBC works hard to provide incentives and a growing number of books for our readers to choose from.  I am very happy to be a part of such an AWESOME group.

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$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway

Who couldn’t use a little extra cash during the holidays? I have joined together with an amazing group of authors and bloggers in this year’s Holiday Cash Giveaway sponsored by I Am A Reader.

Holiday Cash Giveaway

An Amazing Group of Authors & Bloggers have joined with me to bring you 1 fabulous prize

1 lucky winner will receive $300 Cash!

 

Holiday Cash Giveaway Sponsors

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Kathryn Chastain Treat
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Corina Lombardi
Heather Gray (Author)
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The Rave Awards! Have you voted?

If you would like to see me featured in the Rave Reviews Book Club’s Rave Awards, please vote. Voting ends at midnight CT on December 5th.

Be My Guest

Rave Reviews Book Club  is rounding out its first year with the Rave Awards. The club has been growing strong over the last 12 months. Book Club members and the public are invited to vote on their favorite Blog, On The Shelf Interview, and Book Trailer.

I am excited to say that I have been entered into all three categories! Please take a moment to hop on over and look at all the wonderful interviews, blogs, and book trailers and vote for your favorite (I hope that you like mine). I am getting my evening gown all ready for the red carpet!

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I began the year as Membership Director but as you all know my health is tenuous and I have stepped down as Membership Director and taken on the roll of a general member and Social Media Assistant. I am so happy and excited to be a part of this…

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Allergic to Life trailer

What an awesome show of support!

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I’ve been a fan of Kathryn Treat’s book ‘Allergic to my Life’ since it first came out – I literally could not put it down. And now I’ve been touched all over again by the trailer for the book. Filled with lovely family photos, the trailer is like a snapshot of Kathryn’s life, before and now.

If you like the trailer please vote for it, and Kathryn’s blog, right here.

cheers

Meeks

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Sewing: A Tale of Two Lifetimes

I have talked many times about how I used to sew so many different things from clothes for my children and myself to shirts for my husband. I sewed Halloween costumes, made curtains, and stuffed animals and dolls.

After becoming ill, I began having issues with visual and sensory over-stimulation due to the mold exposure. I could not look at a pattern piece with its shape andthen place it on a patterned piece of fabric and decide how best to lay it out without having anxiety attacks that led to tears. I gave up sewing because I just could not manage it. What used to be a calming thing to do became a nightmare of gigantic proportion.

Scottish Doll

Scottish Doll

This doll (made nearly 20 years ago) was  for a friend who wanted a Scottish doll. I took a Raggedy Andy pattern and began designing. I took the shirt that closed in the back and made it open in the front with color and buttons. I used the same pattern and designed the jacket first out of muslin and then out of tweed fabric. I bought red gingham fabric and fashioned the legs to give the appearance of socks. I practiced again on muslin to fashion a kilt that would fit the doll and then using the precious piece of his clan’s fabric made the kilt.  The hat was fashioned out of felt and I used orange yarn to make his hair and beard. My father using his upholstery machine and know-how made the bag.

Back of Doll.

Back of Doll.

It wasn’t until my first granddaughter Sadie was born eight years ago that I attempted to sew again. I wanted to make her a dress. I was going to be a grandma that could make things for her. My first attempt was a simple pattern with bloomers.

First Dress

First Dress

Then I wanted to make her first birthday dress which was a huge undertaking. It was made of coordinating polka dots (blue with white and white with blue). It also had many details. I was determined that this grandma was going to figure out a way to sew again.

Birthday Dress

Birthday Dress

An American Girl Witch

An American Girl Witch

This same granddaughter asked if I would make a Halloween costume for her American Girl Doll Sage last month. She wanted either a witch or pirate costume. Looking online for doll patterns that would work for American Girl Dolls, I found several. Much to my chagrin they were $17.99 on sale for about $8.99. Still too much for a doll pattern. Armed with my muslin I began trying to create a simple dress and cape. After several attempts, this was the end product. I presented it to my granddaughters (because sister needed one for her doll as well). She loved it. Of course she asked where the hat was and I told her that grandma just couldn’t figure it out. Had this been a request of me ten or eleven years ago, I would have just sat and worked at it until I had a hat.

While my sewing now resembles two different lifetimes, I am so thankful that I have recovered enough to be able to sew again.

And isn’t this the season for thanksgiving? I am so thankful for the things I have managed to get back into my life. I am thankful for my family and the friends who stood by me. I am thankful for my wonderful doctors.  I am also thankful for those who I have met and the lessons I have learned because of this illness. I am thankful for all you who follow along with me on my journey and those who have purchased my book to learn more of my journey.

Blessing to you all!

 

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – being a hairstylist with environmental illness

Great information!

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After my exposure to formaldehyde from the Brazilian Blowout in 2011, the chemical poisoning I experienced resulted in various health problems, including sensitivity to chemicals. Over the years, the sensitivity started to become worse.

By the month of May this past spring, I developed severe MCS (Multiple  Chemical Sensitivities) after visiting a recently renovated home that exposed me to various toxic chemicals. That was the tipping point, and

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Calgon Take Me Away!

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Am I dating myself with this phrase? How many of you remember the Calgon commercials? Back in the day before I became sensitive to chemicals and realized all the stuff these products contained, I loved letting Calgon take me away! Today is one of those Calgon take me away days. It started with my grandson sitting on my wicker love seat cushion and wetting through his diaper forcing me to remove the cover and wash it and take care of the inner cushion. More has happened but I won’t go into detail here.

What do I do to “take me away”? I get in the car and go for a drive. So much has happened over the last few months: my father becoming ill and passing within a matter of weeks, my grief and helping my mother get through things which added even more exposures to my already overburdened body, suddenly developing swelling in my ankle and learning that I have a blood clot and needing to start blood thinners, and now the addition of a sinus infection. My doctor gave me the okay to get away as long as I am careful about my time sitting in the car.

A few weeks ago my husband took me for a drive to the mountains to the little mining town of Columbia just to walk around and get away from it all.A few days later we joined my daughter and her family at the Pumpkin Patch. It is a 45 minute drive to my daughters and I was able to walk around before the drive to the Pumpkin Patch where I was able to walk around to look at the pumpkins and enjoy the scenery. The following week my husband and I drove to my favorite place, the beach. We had to stop along the way for me to get out and walk around but it was well worth it. Nothing recharges my batteries like the ocean breeze on my face.

Today I cannot do any of those take me away things. My alternative is to sit with a cup of hot green tea and read a book and allow the adventures of May Dodd from the book 1000 White Women to take me away.

What is your Calgon “take me away”?

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In a Doctor’s Own Words: A Toxic Legacy and 12,000 (+) Canaries Later

Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

Dr. John Molot is a doctor who sees patients with complex, chronic, environmentally linked, and often disabling, health conditions. Although he is retiring from private practice, he is still a staff physician in the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

He recently released a book, “12,000 Canaries Can’t Be Wrong“,  wrote a report in support of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Environmental Health (OCEEH), and appears in a video presentation about the health effects of common  chemical exposures (see below).

Check these out:

12,000 Canaries Can’t be Wrong
What’s making you sick & what can you do about it

http://johnmolot.com/books/

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Day 321 In the Pursuit of Love (Compassion/Empathy)

Colleen did an excellent job of comparing empathy and compassion and showing how they interconnect. Take a moment to also visit the two blogs of friends she mentions in the post.

Life in the City with a Future

Recently, I won Kathryn Chastain Treat’s book: Allergic to Life – My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope. Her experience with Environmental Illness makes my experience look like a pleasure cruise. Her response back was an epiphany. She pointed out that our experiences may have been different but that didn’t make mine any less traumatic or painful.

Image1bridgeI believe that empathy and compassion are two of the most powerful and transformative forms of love on the planet. They are the key to world peace. Both involve an opening up of one’s heart to embrace another’s pain. The subtle difference being that compassion you don’t have a foundational experience to understand what the other person is going through but you choose to show up anyway. Empathy you have experienced a very similar pain, for example, you both went through chemo or have MCS.

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Thermography– & MORE—-

I had thermography done years ago at Dr. Rea’s. I am going to check into where I can get it done near me.

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Has your family doctor or GYN ever talked to you about Breast Thermography? This is a simple, non-invasive way of accessing your risk for breast cancer – yet most conventionally-trained physicians have no idea about its benefits. Although a surprising fact to most people, Medical Thermography has been around since the 1970’s and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1982 for breast cancer detection and risk assessment.
Discover a safe alternative to mammography and prevent cancer – naturally – http://www.phmiracleliving.com/t-MedicalImaging.aspx#thermo

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 I AM HAVING A THERMOGRAPHY TEST AS SOON AS THE WEATHER & APPOINTMENTS CAN MATCH UP!!!!  🙂

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AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING SOOOOOOOO MANY E-MAILS FROM MCS SISTERS SAYING NO ONE IN MY FAMILY UNDERSTANDS MY MCS– & HOW I HAVE TO LIVE—- WELL MOST ALL OF US HAVE THOSE IN OUR FAMILY—- JUST KEEP SHARING THE INFORMATION— SOME WILL LISTEN & LEARN– & SOME NO…

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