1- Find products you love (jewelry, clothes, shoes, whatever you have to have) and add it to your cart. 2- When the cart totals $25, add the Thankful Grateful Blessed shirt from our Fashion Friday page to the cart. 3- Hit Checkout.
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I just had a wonderful opportunity to Review the Remi Swing Dress from Cents Of Style. It is a wonderful dress for Fall and it can be worn in so many ways.
Cents of Style began in early 2007, as founder, Courtney Brown, decided to take her love of fashion and bargain shopping and begin an accessories company.
Cents of Style lives by two mottos. One, you do not have to spend a lot to look great, and two, when you look good, you feel good.
The Remi Swing Dress comes in 17 Colors and in sizes Small to 3XL. I chose the Black Remi Swing Dress and Put it with a Brightly Colored Scarf for the season.
Being a Grandma. some how your body shifts where it has not been before, and I have an issue with that. (I told my Grandkids that Grandma’s are just fluffy around the edges.)
This Dress makes all that Fluff go away and I love how the dress fits, and I feel so good when I am wearing it.
I love the bright colors in the scarf, and a brightly colored necklace and earrings would be a great accessory as well.
I have been through a lot of things in my life that were not bright colors. I have learned that we have to find the Bright Colorful Things in our lives that make us who we were meant to be.
Let me share some ways to wear this wonderful dress…..
*Wear your new swing dress with your go-to pendant necklace and a pair of heels. It’s simple and elegant. *This dress is an ideal addition to your favorite ankle boots. We’re loving this look! *Layer a cute vest over your swing dress. It provides interesting texture and contrast and switches up your look just a little. *Cold weather is coming! Pair this swing dress with a coordinating blanket scarf, add a great wool fedora and ankle boots, and you have a pulled together look that will keep the chill out too.
For My Review For Loveivy I Received A Beautiful Children And Teens 14K Yellow Gold 4mm CZ 4-Prong Screw Back Earrings.
They came in this cute bag and box.
These Earrings Features a 4mm Sparkling Cubic Zirconia in a 4-Prong 14k Yellow Gold Setting.
It is a Timeless Jewelry Gift For Children and Teenagers For Any Occasion.
To introduce you to Loveivy.com I have taken from their website the following….
**Loveivy is a dedicated children’s jewelry online retailer. Founded in 2003, we are based in Long Island, New York. Our goal is to provide children and teenagers high-quality fine jewelry and gifts at competitive prices and with the best service.
We believe that jewelry is a special part of a child’s memory, a loved and treasured gift. Our jewelry gifts will bring years of sweet memories to your young loved ones.**
If your daughter has pierced ears, or your toddler would like a necklace or a bracelet to be just like mommy, LoveIvy.com is the right place to shop.
The Earrings I chose are such High-Quality and my Ganddaughter Adelyn is so excited to be the model.
They are easy to get on and have a long secure thread. The backing completely covers the stud, nothing sharp sticks out the back, and they are very secure.
Whether you’re looking for Baby Jewelry for little ones aged 0 to 2, or Toddler Jewelry, or even Jewelry for a Teenager, you’re going to find plenty of Options available through LoveIvy.com.
In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for Grandparents. The first Grandparents Day was proclaimed in 1973 in West Virginia by Governor Arch Moore.
In 1978, five years after its West Virginia inception, the United StatesCongress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. (September was chosen for the holiday, to signify the “Autumn Years” of life.)
According to the National Grandparents Day Council, Grandparents Day has a threefold purpose:
To honor grandparents
To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
I Am a Lucky Grandma. I Have 19 Of The Most BEAUTIFUL GRANDKIDS! The best gifts I love to get on Grandparent’s Day are Hugs, Pictures, More Hugs, Laughter, Stories, and Pictures!
Grandchildren Fill That Empty Space In Our Heart.
So How Can We Make Our Grandparents Feel Really Special? I Have Found a Few Ideas I Think You Will Like…..
Coloring is not just for kids anymore. Buy some Coloring Books you can leave at their house, and let Grandkids make more memories everytime they visit.
If your Grandparents live far away make time for Skype or Phone Chat with the Grandkids.
Make a Special Card From Thirty Handmade Days
After you print out this Grandparent’s Day Card, the Grandkids will get to fill it out with why their grateful for their grandparent, what they like most about them, what their favorite memory of them is, and a drawing of the two of them.
The Best Gift….Give Them The Gift Of Time.
I think the most Wonderful Gift For Grandparents is the Gift Of Your Time, and there are many ways you can spend quality time together.
Arrange for a once-a-month lunch date.
Help with house or yard work.
Involve yourself in their interests.
No Matter what you Plan on Doing, just Remember to have Fun with it and make Memories For Years To Come.
“Love Is The Greatest Gift That One Generation Can Leave To Another.” (Via Richard Garnett)
Have a Wonderful Grandparents Day.
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Let me tell you a story of Alex Rodiguez Rios (Goes By “Alex”)
“My family arrived to the state of Durango when I was about 3 years old. My mother and father had separated and my brothers and me stayed with our grandparents. We were a very humble but honest family. Our grandparents taught us good principles.
At the age of 8 I began to work to help the family. Copala was a Mining Town and it had many tourists. I began to search the mines for rocks. those rocks contained lead and they shined beautifully. I would sell those rocks to the Americans that would visit our town.
At age 11 I began to make wood figurines from a tree we call Pochote. That tree produces large thorns and with those thorns I would make the figurines.
I never imagined that someday a man named Luiz Perez would come to Copala. I met him at age 13. He was very creative. He had seen elsewhere something similar to our masks. He modified them and made the better, having just arrived from Mexico City.
Since Copala was a tourist town, he began to make the masks out of leather. He later invited me to work with him. At the beginning he only worked with natural tanned leather. He later told me that I would inherit his business and his art. I then began to also make masks of leather and gradually I have introduced different designs and colors that are very unique.
I thank God that it has gone very well. My friend, Luiz Perez, no longer works with leather and I have the Galleria in Copola.
Each of Alex’s Masks are a True Work Of Art. The Leather is Hand Stained and Painted in Great Detail With Stains and Pain in Many Colors.
The Leather is Shaped, Folded, Curved and Some Are Decorated With Sea Shells, Snake Skin, and Other Items.
Small Mask $25.00 Plus Shipping About Handsize.
3/4 Mask – From Nose Up $40 Plus Shipping.
Full Size $50 Plus Shipping
These Masks look Terrific hanging on walls in homes as a Decorative Piece.
It took three decades to figure out what was making Donna Sawka so sick. Her symptoms — bloating, chronic diarrhea and weight loss — began early in childhood, and they only became worse as she aged.
Nine years ago, after developing severe anemia, a specialist told Ms. Sawka that she had celiac disease. The digestive disorder causes damage to the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is ingested. People with the disease need to follow a strict gluten-free diet for the rest of their lives to avoid serious complications like osteoporosis and lymphoma, an immune system cancer.
Ms. Sawka, 48, of Fairless Hills, Pa., said she “was overwhelmed” upon learning she had the disease.
“I kept thinking about everything I wouldn’t be able to eat,” she went on. “I couldn’t even receive communion at church.”
Ms. Sawka’s reaction is a familiar one at the support group she attends. It takes the average patient 10 years to receive a diagnosis. And according to specialists, they are the lucky ones. Studies show that 3 million Americans, or 1 in every 1,133 people, have Celiac disease. But 95 percent of them have yet to learn they have it.
“The entire disease and all of its manifestations are incredibly under diagnosed.” “Patients often have it for a decade or two before they are diagnosed.”
Celiac Disease is often difficult to detect because the symptoms vary so widely from person to person. Ten years ago, the medical community thought it was a rare disorder that affected only 1 in every 10,000 people, primarily children who had digestive problems and failure to thrive.
Celiac disease……also known as Celia Sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy–is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten.
Glutens are a form of protein found in some grains. The damage to the intestine makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium, iron, and folate. My father had this disease and it is not pleasant.
“It’s a problem. “The majority of patients do not have the traditional signs and symptoms. If someone’s only presenting symptom is anemia, physicians will think of a hundred other things before they think of Celiac disease.”
As a result, the condition is also commonly mistaken for other ailments. Ms. Sawka, for one, was told she had everything from irritable bowel syndrome to lupus to an allergic reaction from a spider bite before Celiac disease was confirmed.
Part of the problem is also a lack of education among physicians, particularly internists. Most primary care physicians are simply unaware of new research that shows the disease is common and can manifest itself in unusual ways.
“They think it is an exotic malady,” that persistent fallacy causes a less-than-appropriate effort to order the right blood tests and refer to gastroenterologists for care.”
Physicians now know that the disease is much more common. Most patients never experience the so-called classic symptoms: bloating, chronic diarrhea and stomach upset.
In 2006, the National Institutes of Health started a campaign to raise awareness of the disease among both the general public and physicians. A goal was to increase rates of diagnosis because, unlike many ailments, there is a definitive way to stop Celiac disease from progressing once it is recognized.
“The vast majority of cases experience a complete remission from symptoms once they are diagnosed and go on a gluten-free diet. “So essentially, you have no disease. That is what makes it all the more important to be diagnosed.”
And there is no better time to be on a gluten-free diet. In 2008, 832 gluten-free products entered the market, nearly 6 times the number that debuted in 2003. Last year, gluten-free even emerged as a fad diet in the general population. Now we see the gluten-free products everywhere.
“The quantity and quality of these products is amazing,”
Dr. Fasano said gluten-free products used to taste like cardboard but had significantly improved in recent years. “The only problem,” he said, “is that they cost five or six times more than their normal counterparts.”
Researchers are also beginning to experiment with drugs that may be able to block the immune response to gluten, much like a lactate pill. If the clinical trials are successful, individuals with Celiac disease may someday be able to ingest small amounts of gluten.
Until then, the gluten-free diet is working for patients like Ms. Sawka. “I am perfect now,” she said after 35 years of feeling sick. “Every system in my body was in an uproar, and then everything just quieted down.”
By CAROLYN SAYRE
Do you know how many foods contain gluten. You have to learn that to begin with. And you will need to become an expert in reading the ingredients on food labels and become a detective for gluten in the food that is not labeled.
Check out this Gluten Free Food List that should help.
“The Food You Eat Can Be Either The Safest and Most Powerful Form Of Medicine Or The Slowest Form Of Poison.”
So What are the Causes and Risk Factors of Celiac Sprue?
It occurs mostly in whites of Northern European ancestry and is rare in Africans and Asians.
While the precise mechanism of intestinal damage is unknown, it is clear that removal of gluten from the diet results in resolution of symptoms and intestinal healing in most patients.
Gluten refers to the protein component of grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats (but not rice or corn).
The exact cause of Celiac disease is unknown. The lining of the intestines contains areas called villi, which help absorb nutrients. When people with Celiac disease eat foods or use products that contain gluten, their immune system reacts by damaging these villi.
This damage affects the ability to absorb nutrients properly. A person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food he or she eats.
The disease can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood.
Symptoms of Celiac disease vary among sufferers and include:
Auto-immune” describes the way that the disease does damage; “auto” means “to oneself” so it is saying that the immune system of a Celiac mistakenly does damage to the Celiac rather than to the supposed invader.
What happens is that the immune system believes that a portion of the food eaten needs to be attacked, and as a side-effect of the attack, the lining of the small intestine gets damaged.
Celiacs who are not following a gluten-free diet will suffer from damage to the lining of their small intestines (specifically, to the “villi” the little hair-like growth that helps process food in the small intestine).
This damage slows and even prevents the digestion of food, which can lead to malnutrition (anemia, osteoporosis, vitamin deficiencies, and more)
Oh, Bread! Bless thy white glutinous face
Savior of the human race
Staff of life you’re said to be
Oh, Bread, methinks you’re killing me!
An Open Letter Ms.Modify wrote to Celiac Disease when she was sick in bed. People often don’t know the severity of this illness and tend to link it with food allergies (which it is not!!)
Let’s Talk About The Celiac Disease Diet…..
If you have been recently diagnosed and struggling with transitioning to a gluten-free diet, The Celiac Disease Foundation has a helpful 7 Day Gluten-Free Meal Plan. Full of ideas on how to get started!
So what is the treatment….Celiac disease cannot be cured. However, your symptoms will go away and the villi in the lining of the intestines will heal if you follow a lifelong gluten-free diet.
You must read food and medication labels carefully to look for hidden sources of these grains and ingredients related to them. Because wheat and barley grains are common in the American diet, sticking with this diet is challenging. With education and planning, you will heal.
You should NOT begin the gluten-free diet before you are diagnosed. Starting the diet will affect testing for the disease.
The health care provider may prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies. Occasionally, corticosteroids (such as prednisone) may also be prescribed for short-term use or if you have sprue that does not respond to treatment. Following a well-balanced, gluten-free diet is generally the only treatment you need to stay well.
When you are diagnosed, get help from a registered dietitian who specializes in Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. A support group may also help you cope with the disease and diet.
So can we prevent Celiac Sprue?
Because the exact cause is unknown, there is no known way to prevent the development of Celiac disease. However, being aware of the risk factors (such as having a family member with the disorder) may increase your chances of early diagnosis, treatment, and a long, healthy life.
10 Facts about Eating Gluten Free your Friends and Family Must Know!
Dear Friends, Family, and acquaintances:
I am not eating gluten free as part of a fad, or because the latest celebrity has decided to jump on the G-free bandwagon.
I am not eating gluten free to annoy you, inconvenience you or to make things difficult when we go out to eat.
I am not eating gluten free to be the center of attention or to put a damper on your party.
I am not eating gluten free to pay outrageous prices for a single cookie, cupcake, or a tiny little pizza.
I am not eating gluten free to pay a lot more for a little bag of gluten free flour.
I am not eating gluten free to worry about what I can eat when I go out to eat.
I am not eating gluten free because I love to analyze every ingredient on every item I pick up to purchase.
I am eating gluten free because that little protein that you cannot see in your muffin, cookie, cake, pie, pizza, soup, and yes, even your soy sauce makes me ill.
I am eating gluten free because that little protein hurts my stomach, my joints, my muscles and yes, even my brain.
I am eating gluten free because I have a disease.
I am including a Recipe Book you can purchase if you have kiddos affected by this disease.
(The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook offers more than 85 kid-friendly gluten-free recipes. The Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cookbook does the planning for you. The spiral-bound cookbook includes an introductory section filled with helpful tips and educational information to help parents understand celiac disease, including a description of the dairy-free and gluten-free (GFCF) diet, and recipes to fit.)
Here are some Resources For People with Celiac.…….
The Last Day Of School Is MAGICAL..Stop being a grownup for a while, be young again and think back to what the last day of school meant for you. Capture that joy and let our children read it in your face.
Here are some End Of The School Year Celebrations that you can do to make it even more special for your children!
It is so important to capture pictures. Here is a way to do that……
Last Day of School Tee:Create a fun t-shirt and send your kiddo to school with fabric markers to sign the shirt with. Love this version from Chaos Served Daily.
Have ice-cream for dinner on the last day of school.Because why not? It’s SUMMER!
Plan fun evening of stay-up-late activities. Plan a movie marathon at home and spread out the sleeping bags. Get to the store and have enough of their favorite movie time snacks to keep them fed until midnight.
Even if your child has already started school, it’s never too late to start this oh-so-personalized tradition, and the end of the school year is the perfect time to sneak the book to your first round of educators. They’ve got a whole year of fresh-on-the-mind memories to write about.
All the moms in our neighborhood fill containers with water balloons and water guns. Then hide at the bus stop and ambush the kids as they get off! After you’ve soaked them, give them a stash. Let the games begin.
End of School Basket ~ On the last day of school it is a tradition to have a basket for the kids filled with goodies to get excited about summer.
I Have a Granddaughter Graduating This Year So Let Me Add Some Graduate Inspiration I Found…..
A Penny for Luck Finally, if you’re looking for a positive message to leave for your students, teacher Robert Courtmanche share his end-of-year message to students.
“Each year we have an awards banquet, and I give the seniors a little gift and a penny with a message attached to it,” Courtemanche, a teacher at Galena Park (Texas) High School, told Education World. The wording of that message, penned several years ago by Courtemanche, follows:
My graduation gift to you is a penny, but why?
Look at the penny and you will understand. The year is 2016—so you will always remember this time.
“Honest Abe” Lincoln is on the front—always be honest with yourself and others.
The word LIBERTY—as they say in the Navy, you are now “at liberty,” and that means you are free to do as you like. Don’t waste that freedom.
IN GOD WE TRUST—you must trust in someone or something; you can’t go through life alone. Trust in yourself, trust in God, trust the life you make.
A penny may be worth only one cent, and you can’t buy much with a penny anymore. However, every dollar is made up of 100 pennies, and every kid’s piggy bank starts with one penny. The penny, like each of you, is not made of pure silver or gold—but surely if you put enough pennies together, they will amount to something.
I ask that you go out into the world and amount to something. Set your own value on life, set your own standards and goals.
And, in case you need it …
Here’s a penny for luck.
Have a Wonderful Summer,
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Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognized and celebrated. The celebration takes many forms from house to house, and country to country, but for the most part it is a day where mothers get the chance to put their feet up and be well and truly spoiled!
I just came from visiting my dear mom who is now 86 and so bent over and almost blind. She is still trying to be so independent and wishes she could be years younger. It is an honor to be able to take care of her as she ages.
I have learned so much from her in her later years and she is a Wonderful Mother. Tell your MOM this year how much she means to you.
If you wrote your mother a message… Would she be able to find it?
Top reasons to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day.
She wore your macaroni necklaces with pride to work, the grocery store and the mall.
She had a knack for finding missing objects such as your blankie, pet frog, retainer, lucky marble, homework, or belly button lint collection. Unfortunately she is still looking for the remnants of her mind, memory, and body that once fit into size 4 jeans.
She willingly baked five dozen cupcakes for the bake sale you “volunteered” her for, and which you told her about at 8pm the night before.
She is a human calendar, keeping track of every doctor appointment, birthday, anniversary, parent-teacher conference, field trip, play date, spelling bee contest, lesson, team practice, first word or bowel movement anyone in the family has ever had.
She put up with your “self-expression” years whereby you dyed your hair, pierced body parts, tattooed strange things upon your skin, wore strange clothing and makeup, and used the word “righteous” ad nauseam.
She sacrificed going back to work just so she’d have time to be your Girl Scout Leader, PTA president, field trip chaperone, and chauffeur to every sporting event or karate lesson you ever took.
Even when you were too upset to verbalize what was bothering you, she always knew exactly what was wrong based on the volume and urgency of your heavy sobs or the amount of boogers that ran from your nose.
She loved you even when you flushed her earrings down the toilet, set the living room rug on fire, practiced writing your letters in red marker on the living room couch, or used the contents of your diaper for wall art.
She has spent the majority of her adult years in two places: the kitchen and the laundry room.
She has never had a vacation, comp time, sick day or other “break” from motherhood, and even if she were given the opportunity for one, probably would never take one.
Remember to thank your Mom on Mother’s Day. There is no love that goes deeper or which transcends time and space more than a mother’s love.
If Mom isn’t one for full-on spa treatments, then a simple homemade body scrub is still a nice gesture, and something she’ll appreciate for a long bath. This Homemade Citrus Scrub is light, refreshing and perfect for spring.
Give Mom a Coloring Book…….From beloved author and Hallmark Channel favorite Debbie Macomber, this special adult coloring book features forty-five original illustrations depicting scenes from the Rose Harbor and Blossom Street series. Unplug and let the creativity flow!
All Natural Mists…..A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way for mom to keep cool this summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint.