I did it did I bought myself my Christmas present early. This is probably all I will get this year due to limited funds, but that is just fine with me. Would you like to see what I bought??
Laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, paper plates and dixie cups!! YAY ME!
This working mom of 6 had it with dishes during Thanksgiving break and while 5 of the 6 kids have been out of school all week long (with me working) I have already had it with dishes and laundry again.
Yay for paper products! I will quote names on the cups every morning and that will be their cup for the day.
I have been making my own laundry and dishwasher detergent for the better part of a year now so the detergents was definitely a treat for me.
Honestly, I am not being sarcastic. This is what I want right now. So I went the hour away to Sam's Club, treated everyone to hotdogs/pizza and a soda and bought my present.
I have been running the dishwasher three times a day all week! Sheesh!
What about you, do you run to paper products during those busy times if the year?
OCD Hand Sanitizer. Open cap. Sanitize. Close cap. Open cap. Sanitize. Close cap. Open cap. Sanitize. Close cap. Make sure cap is firmly closed. Recheck cap. Are you sure it’s closed? Available from Perpetual Kid $4.99
Shower Squid. Need a hand in the shower, or nine?
This friendly squid, equipped with nine, adjustable tentacles for gripping your shampoo, soap and washing extras, without disappearing into the bathroom void! How cool is that?
My husband NEEDS this! He always looses his glasses at night. This is sweet and handmade! I wish I had found this earlier and I would have gotten it for him for Christmas. Hey, his birthday is in February, shh don't tell.
I stumbled across this wonderful "Gingerbread Nativity" tutorial. What an excellent way to remember the reason for the season and real meaning of Christmas! I have never gotten into Gingerbread houses and the secular aspect of Christmas is definitely out of control. Between Santa, Reindeer,stockings, trees and those elves on the shelves it is hard to keep our focus on Christ (and the kids focus off of receiving).
What better way to bring the focus back to Jesus than a DIY Nativity scene?
I have been asked several times, How can you help a friend fighting a battle with cancer? Here are some of the things that come to my mind:
Keep positive. Please don't say, “My grandmother died from cancer three years ago.” How will that help her keep a positive attitude?
Help her compile a list of people she want to keep informed of her treatment process. It can be very daunting letting everyone know how you are doing and how many more treatments you have to have. There are many free blogs and websites patients can use to allow their family and friends to keep updated. Ask if she would like you to call or email all those on her list after appointments, etc.
Offer to drive her to her appointments and offer and go in to her consultations to take notes of what the doctor says. Survival just becomes the norm and you get home and wonder what was even said. I had a great oncologist and they gave me lots of literature but the answers to your personal questions that nasty “chemo brain” just wipes from your memory the second you walk out of the oncology office.
Pay attention. After my first chemo treatment I became to depressed and suicidal. I have NEVER been like that. I was too scared to say anything but eventually I did. Apparently my medications were reacting badly. My oncologist changed my medicines and whalla all those awful thoughts and fears disappeared immediately. Super, super scary. Really! Medications scare me now that I know how they can affect your mental state!
Run errands for her. The “brain fog” or “chemo brain” is relentless so ask and remind. Bill payments, monthly errands, school commitments...
Take her laundry home with you to do at your convenience (and so she won't feel like she has to entertain you while you do her chores). Especially if she has had breast surgery. It took me a good two months before it didn't hurt to switch loads after my surgery.
Volunteer to have someone there to get her kids off the school bus or pick them up from school the first few days after each chemo treatment. If possible make arrangements for homework help and playdates for yournger children.
Arrange for dinners to be delivered to the family. Freezer meals to keep on hand or hot meals delivered on specific days. Even purchasing the groceries to cook a specific meal can help illicit help from other immediate family members to help out in the kitchen. Avoid overwhelming smells and spices, they can trigger nausea.
Bring the woman a cup of coffee the day after her treaments. It is too easy to stay in bed and skip that morning coffee then here comes that caffeine withdrawal headache to make things worse!
Make a sign for her to put on her front door (Do not Disturb Please, I am resting). So important!
Ask her to be honest and tell you if there is a particular individual she would rather not have help out or volunteer to care for her home or family. Then you can run interference for her.
Arrange for housework and lawnwork that needs to be tended to. Don't forget to arrange to get the garbage out to the curb.
I am certain I have forgotten many important things. As I think of things I will add them to this list. I hope this helps. If you think of anything else jot me a comment!!
Yes, I adore makeup. I do not wear much. I wear it very tastefully but I also appreciate some more dramatic looks. I stumbled across some great websites looking for inspiration on how to use some of my new jeweled toned eyeliner pencils from the Dollar Tree. Look at these great samples of eye makeup:
It is easy to get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season. It is also easy to forget the entire reason we celebrate Christmas. It isn't about Santa Clause, reindeer, snowmen, elves candles, trees or presents ... it is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ being born on Earth to save us all from our sins.
Placing mangers in our homes during this "holiday season" is a good way to try to keep focused on what it is all about, HIM.
Here are a few awesome nativities I found around the web.
Need inspiration for Christmas crafts?? Go no further! Check out these awesome original crafts. Click on the links to go to each of the original websites and see how to make them. I wish I had time and supplies to make all of them.
How far into the decorating scene are you for the holidays? I used to go all out but each year I seem to do less and less, or let all the kids do it their way. Garitson ( my second, 14) decorated the piano this year. He did a great job too. I think I will post some photos of it later this week perhaps. If I can get some decent lighting.
I am thinking a post on Nativities will be coming up soon!
What is your favorite way of bringing the Christmas Spirit in your home?
Hair loss is a very sensitive subject for a lot of women undergoing cancer treatment. I was 38 when I went through chemo and I sure was. I wish I had splurged an bought myself a pink wig! Here are a few great head covers.
These are awesome!!! I wish I had found these when I needed them and very affordable!
When you wear hats, caps and scarves the nape of the neck often shows as well as the side burn area. I was very sensitive about this area. Eventually I just wore ball caps though. It is amazing the audacity of some people though and no matter how you prepare for it, you are still going to get pointed at and talked about. Yes, sad but it will happen.
All I can say really is embrace it. I wish I had gone bald more often.