Be Our Guest Friday {42}: Fibromaylgia Awareness Month 2016 with Being Fibro Mom

Be Our Guest Friday {42}: Fibromaylgia Awareness Month 2016 with Being Fibro Mom

Posted April 29, 2016 by Tanya M in Living with Chronic Illness / 3 Comments

  Chronic PAIN. We all feel physical pain at some point in our lives but do you have chronic, unrelenting pain? How do you survive with chronic pain? How can you thrive with chronic pain? Chronic pain is a symptom of both the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) that I have and Fibromaylgia  and often times people with RA also develop Fibromyalgia.   It seems the more I share my story about my RA, the more I hear from bloggers and readers that have Fibromyalgia and other related chronic illnesses. We understand each other on a deeper level. Often times we can […]



The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love & Giveaway!

The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love & Giveaway!

Blurb: “3* – I Liked It! – The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom explores the Italian immigrant experience living in England and the forbidden love stories between Italians and English during WWII.   Synopsis from Goodreads: “The first meeting between Antonio and Olivia at the Paradise Ballroom is brief, but electric. Years later, on the dawn of World War II, when struggling Italian singer Antonio meets the wife of his wealthy new patron, he recognizes her instantly: it is Olivia, the captivating dance hostess he once encountered in the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Olivia fears Antonio will betray the secrets of […]



Small Victories Sunday Linkup {99}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {99}

My Small Victories: Happy Small Victories Sunday! Welcome to another week where we celebrate all the victories big and small from the last week. What were your small victories? Now, time for you to share your small victories with us! All About Small Victories Sunday Linkup Here at Small Victories Sunday Linkup, we like to reflect on the small victories of the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. We invite bloggers to our community to share their best posts to inspire our readers to read, eat, create, live and blog well. The linkup is open all week […]



Small Victories Sunday Linkup {98}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {98}

  My Small Victories:  Every weekend, I take the opportunity to reflect on the week that passed. I like to take stock of my “small victories”, the little goals I accomplished in an otherwise ovewhelming to-do list. Last week and this week, I’ve been working hard on tracking our expenses so we stay within our budget. Why spend money on things we don’t really need when we can save up for bigger, more exciting opportunities?  As a result, I’ve been trying REALLY hard not to eat out and make simpler meals so that I’m not spending too much time in the kitchen. This […]



Be Our Guest Fridays {41}: 10 Tips to Save Your Sanity When Your Kids Are Sick by Crazy to Clear

Be Our Guest Fridays {41}: 10 Tips to Save Your Sanity When Your Kids Are Sick by Crazy to Clear

Posted April 15, 2016 by Tanya M in Blogging, Guest Posts, Health / 4 Comments

“My tummy hurts.” Stomach viruses. Every parent’s nightmare. One kid brings home the dreaded stomach virus and soon the whole house is quarantined and on lockdown. It’s hard to save our sanity when our kids are sick but is there an up side to the throw up?  I’m happy to bring you Jennie from Crazy to Clear. Jennie reached out to me to be a guest blogger and I love that she focuses on putting the craziness of parenthood into perspective. Instead of just surviving parenthood, Jennie helps parents wade through the crazy to be clear to enjoy their family to their fullest. Give Jennie […]



Small Victories Sunday Linkup {97}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {97}

My Small Victories: Getting Back to My Accounting Roots Between catching up on laundry and cleaning after Spring Break and my Remicade infusion, it’s been an exhausting week! On the home front, I started using LibreOffice spreadsheets on my Mac to start tracking our 2016 budget versus expenses. I was using Quicken on my old Windows laptop but the laptop is ancient and slow as dirt. The accounting geek and control freak in me enjoys creating my own spreadsheets and reports instead of being limited by Quicken’s canned reports. It’s not often that de-automating a process can be liberating but I had some […]



Be Our Guest Fridays {40}: Interview with Susan Meissner, Author of Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Be Our Guest Fridays {40}: Interview with Susan Meissner, Author of Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Do you judge a book by it’s cover? Tell the truth now, I know I do! I’m a sucker for gorgeous covers and stories set in the glamour of Old Hollywood so when I saw Stars Over Sunset Boulevard I had to know more about it. I also love getting to know authors, what inspires them to write their stories and of course, what they love to read themselves. Today it’s my pleasure to feature an interview with Susan Meissner, the author of Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, set during the filming of Gone With the Wind. About Stars Over Sunset […]



Small Victories Sunday Linkup {96}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {96}

My Small Victories: Rest & Relaxation! I haven’t been blogging much this week but I was being royally spoiled by my parents. Soaking up their love, eating more than my stomach can hold of my mom’s amazing food, playing at the beach and sleeping in! Even the kids slept in this week, I didn’t know it was possible for them to sleep past 8 o’clock. Happy Small Victories Sunday! Welcome to another week where we celebrate all the victories big and small from the last week. What were your small victories?   Now, time for you to share your small victories with us!  […]



Be Our Guest Fridays {39}: My Journey with Chronic Illness by My Fruitful Home

Be Our Guest Fridays {39}: My Journey with Chronic Illness by My Fruitful Home

I always like to hear about fellow patients’ journeys with chronic illness. It helps us learn from each other and raise awareness about how our chronic illnesses started and how it impacts our lives.  Today I’m happy to share with you my blogging friend and name twin Tanya from My Fruitful Home. Tanya interviewed me about Motherhood and Chronic Illness a few weeks ago and now it’s our turn to hear her story. If you’d like to share your story or helpful tips about living and thriving with chronic illness, please let me know in the comments.    My Journey with […]



Small Victories Sunday Linkup {95}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {95}

My Small Victories: Clear and Present Goals Who’s ready for Spring? Happy Small Victories Sunday! Welcome to another week where we celebrate all the victories big and small from the last week. What were your small victories?  Note: This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.  Last week, I was inspired by what I’m learning in Elite Blogging Academy, Moritz Fine Design’s  Desktop Organization download and Girl XOXO’s post about Looking at Your Goals Everyday, to create my own mission statement and goals dashboard for […]