June 12, 2017

Support MS Focus // Helping People with MS Find Better Days

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Multiple Sclerosis Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was shocked to learn that MS, or Multiple Sclerosis, is on the rise and that it is affecting more people in the 20-40 year old age group. Whenever I am made aware of that sort of information, it becomes personal to me. My oldest son is in his 20's and I am thankful every day that my boys have healthy and strong bodies. I'm also aware that life can change in an instant and MS is one of those things that has no known cause or cure. 

That's why I decided to work with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MS Focus) to get the word out about the awesome work they do to provide absolutely FREE services and grants to help people with MS lead quality lives. They focus solely on helping with immediate and critical needs of people with MS and their caregivers/families - from wheelchair ramps to support groups, exercise classes to emergency financial assistance - until research can find a cure for MS.

It's pretty amazing that they provide great services all across the country to help people with MS and their caretakers that help them maintain good health, stay safe, be self-sufficient, and enhance feelings of personal well-being. AND they have been doing it for over 30 years!

It's that sort of practical assistance that appeals to me... It's the nuts and bolts of everyday life. Although I don't have any friends or family that have been affected by MS, my family is no stranger to autoimmune disorders and I know just how debilitating they can be. My sister has been through multiple rounds of IV therapy as part of her treatment, and the process of coping with her autoimmune disorder has been devastating for her - physically, emotionally, and financially.

Had there been an agency like MS Focus available to support her in her treatment, I can only imagine the difference it would have made. She absolutely could have used the kind of support that they offer through their health and wellness programs... She certainly could have used their emergency assistance program to help pay for her medication as well. She is doing great now, but it has been a long process for her and it makes me realize how important organizations like MS Focus are!

I'm super careful when I select a charity to support - because some just don't measure up - but you can rest assured here because 100% of all net proceeds of all fundraising events hosted by MS Focus go directly to the services provided!

The symptoms of MS are really unpredictable and may get worse as the years go by. MS Focus provides support, education, and assistance to help people with MS rise up to the challenges. Their primary mission is to support individuals with MS, enabling them to maintain their health and well-being, to continue leading productive and independent lives, and to keep a roof over their heads and a safe environment in their home. They do so with empathy, resourcefulness, and conscientious care.

With gaps in available services through private health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and community agencies, the services that are provided by MS Focus are needed now more than ever! Make sure to check out their website for ways you can support them - and to check out any upcoming events in your area!

Events? Yes events! Earlier this year they hosted their first-ever Mind and Mobility Health and Wellness Festival in Hollywood, Florida that featured guided yoga and meditation sessions (including adapted movements for those with MS) tons of other fun activities, food trucks and more! Right now there is a Bike Run, a Cruise for a Cause, and I hear that there is a fall fashion show in the works!

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February 17, 2017

DIY Homemade Skin Conditioning Wipes // Natural Skincare

The weather is incredible here in Minneapolis right now and I can't keep myself indoors! I've been outside for hours every day. So good! But I've really been noticing the effects of months of frosty, dry weather on my skin. My face is breaking out a bit right now, (too much sugar?) but has dry, flaky patches, too. It's time for me to switch up my routine a bit and make sure that I'm taking a bit better care of things!

I got to work creating a lovely skin conditioning wipe that cleans your skin, moisturizes your skin, and feels refreshing without drying. Not only are they wonderful for your skin, but they are super easy to make.

February 10, 2017

Avoid Stress Eating with Self-Care

In my adult life, I've been a size 2 and a size 12 - and every size in between. It seems the older I get, the less I care about the size of my pants and the more I care about how I FEEL. Lately I've been FEELING stressed. I'm not talking about the kind of stress that takes away my appetite and makes me lose weight - like when I went through my divorce. I'm talking about the kind of stress that makes me want to head for the comfort food.

I know that I'm not alone. In my circle of friends, especially my female friends, I'm hearing the same thing from almost everyone. We are stressed out by constant political posts on Facebook and Twitter. We are afraid of what might be coming down the pipeline. (literally and figuratively) We are worried about losing our rights. We are worrying ourselves sick - and that state of constant worry is starting to have a pretty dramatic impact on our bodies!

January 30, 2017

A Reminder ... To Love

Image from helpfulink.org where a portion of all profits from
sales go to charitable causes of your choice.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

December 13, 2016

'Tis the Season to GIVE BACK with CenturyLink and MN Vikings!

I was incredibly fortunate to be able to spend my afternoon today with CenturyLink and the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs as they helped connect underserved youth by donating new computers, software, studio equipment, iPad Minis and other upgraded equipment to Pillsbury United Communities.