Wake Up & Concentrate

I just got some new oils, including Ylang Ylang, and I finally had a chance to read up a little more on it this morning. Rocky Mountain Oils describes it this wayRocky Mountain Oils’ Ylang Ylang Complete is most often used as a stress reliever, as well as to calm the mind and soothe the nervous system. It has strong antidepressant properties and it helps to bring the emotions into proper balance. It helps relieve mental fatigue, anxiety, and tension headaches.

This really surprised me because I’ve always heard of it as an aphrodisiac, but not much else. It occurred to me immediately that this would be awesome for me right now because my mind is moving super fast because of the Steroids I’m on.

After looking up a few other oils, I took a chance and created this blend:

 Let me tell you, this worked beautifully for me. I needed to focus on my Bible reading and study this morning, and within minutes of breathing this blend in, I could feel my mind focusing better on what I was reading. It allowed me to focus and get it done first thing this morning, so that I could start my day off right.

As always, I encourage you to visit Rocky Mountain Oils to purchase essential oils.

xoxo

 

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Dress Up for Yourself!

Last night, I mentioned that one of the passions I’ve found, since being diagnosed with cancer, is to put together great outfits — from the makeup to the hat to the accessories. This morning, I’ve been up since about 6:00 (yay, steroids), so I was able to drink my coffee in bed while I got through all of my spiritual goals, use a great little essential oil blend (I’ll share in another post) I made up to help me concentrate, and get ready for the day properly.

Typically, if I am home for the day, I don’t worry too much about what I put on. Heck, I may not even shower, and I usually don’t apply makeup. Today, I am spending the majority of my day at home, but I do have to run some errands … still not always enough for me to put forth too much effort.

But today, with the abundant energy I am feeling, I decided, “What the heck?!” Let’s dress up for me! I got a shower and used my Clarisonic.

In fact, I need to sing the Clarisonic’s praises, as I assured you I would. You’ve heard me lament about the dry skin that can accompany Chemo. Plus, for some reason, one of the effects of Chemo is that my nose runs constantly. It drips. It is the bane of my existence at the moment. Since I’m always wiping my nose, my nose and upper lip are typically horribly dry, with the dead skin slowly peeling off (sorry for the details).

Here enters the Clarisonic. I use it in the morning, on the simple setting that guides me: 20 seconds for the forehead; 20 seconds for the nose, lip, and chin area; and 10 seconds for each cheek. The result: amazingly soft skin, with zero dry patches. The results for me were instantaneous, and have improved with each use. I’m noticing smaller pores on my chin and nose. Less blemishes. And lovely, smooth skin.

Anyway, back to my morning. My mom took me shopping yesterday (thanks, Mom), and I got some new tops. The one I’m wearing today is a great turquoise color which matches my Coastal Scents SocialEYES palette. So, I chose the turquoise and silvery-grey colors for the shadows, and the black color to line the eyes.

Then I finished my outfit — pretty casual actually, but still cute, donned my hat, and headed downstairs to work.

Who says You can't dress up to work from Home?

It feels good to be ready for anything that comes my way today. A lot better than Monday when I ended up pumping gas in my pajamas on my way to pick my son up from school.

Even if you don’t work from home in the secular sense, doesn’t it feel good when you’re dressed and made up, even if its to clean out your kid’s clothes or work on making his costume for a school project? (Also on my to-dos today).

Tell me, do you get dressed up every day? Does it make you feel better? More productive? Happier? Let me know in the comments!

Happiness through Illness

Almost daily, I am asked “How do you feel?” And I feel almost guilty because I really am holding up well. That’s not to say that Chemo isn’t kicking my butt some days, or that I don’t get frustrated at my limitations or sad that sometimes I have to sleep all day long. But my overall mood is better than it’s been in years.

I credit several actions that I take to my overall sense of wellbeing, and I wanted to share them with you, dear readers, so you if you are currently coping with illness or do in the future, you can try some of these tactics. I hope they work as well for you as they do for me.

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Hope

Hebrews 6:19 tells us, ” We this hope as an actor for the soul, both sure and firm” (Revised New World Translation). As humans, we are born with a spiritual need. I don’t ignore mine, and I have tremendous hope through my faith in God and the promises that He has made for us through His word, The Bible.

This hope keeps me grounded. Through prayer, I throw my anxieties on God, and allow him to calm my heart. It has strengthened my relationship with Him and strengthened my faith in the hope He provides us.

I encourage all who cope with illness to fulfill their spiritual need. Find your hope, because it will anchor your soul.

Stop Negative Thinking

Recently, I was asked about whether or not certain events happened to me before my cancer diagnosis. And I realized, that I had never given a thought to why I had cancer. I already knew. Humans are imperfect. King Solomon said, “The swift do not always win the race, nor to the mighty win the battle … because time and unexpected events overtake them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11,  Revised New World Translation).

Maybe my love affair with wine, bourbon, and bacon contributed to my cancer. Maybe not. Maybe it’s my family history. But does it really matter why? If it wasn’t this, it is likely some other difficulty would have come along.

When I was diagnosed, I did cry. I hated the thought of making people worry about me; turning my family’s world upside down. I felt that way on and off for a few days.

And then, I realized how blessed I am to have parents who jumped in to take work responsibilities off me. To have a husband who has yet to argue with me, even when I am at my most ridiculous. To have a son who understands my current limitations, and shows concern for me in the sweetest and subtlest ways. To have my sister drop everything to visit me whenever I need her. To have an outpouring of kindness from friends near and far. The first month after my diagnosis, not one single day passed that I did not receive a care package or cards. I have a beautiful kindred spirit who sends me a card every single week, texts me several times during the week, and arranges FaceTime “dates” every few weeks. All with two kids! Friends are arranging to visit, even just for a long weekend (an 11 hour drive with two kids) or a day or two during the week (from 3 hours away).

How can I be sad? I have never felt more loved in my life.

If you are faced with illness, please try to push negative thoughts away so you can see how much you are truly loved.

Surround Yourself with Those You Love and Who Love You

Illness saps our energy and it is easy to end up isolating ourselves. Try not to. It’s difficult for me, because honestly I don’t know if I will be too fatigued to leave the house. But I do conditionally accept invitations. And with some careful planning, i am able to make these invitations work.

Mom and Dad take turns bringing me to Chemo (I cannot drive myself). And as much as I plan to get certain things done, we usually end up talking. Sometimes it’s about the shop (work). Sometimes its catching up on other things. But we talk and it’s fun and it makes the time go quickly.

When my son comes home from school, I try to engage him a little bit. He’s nine, so he’d rather play Minecraft, but we at least talk about his day and get his homework finished. I try to spend time with my husband during the days that I’m able to keep my eyes open.  And we go to my parents once a weekend for dinner. Always.

This leads me to my next practice.

Plan Out Your Days

You already know that I am a planner. A paper planner. You’ve seen it. I won’t bore you with details. But both chronic and temporary illnesses can  cause forgetfulness, foggy thinking and more. So right now more than ever, I find it essential to writ out and plan my days.

I divide my days into my most important topics (Spiritual, Health, and Work/Personal). And then I write my goals in each section, keeping in mind how I feel during each day. And I don’t try not to get upset if I have to move some to another day. Last week, an entire day had to be rescheduled. It is what it is. I plan heavier on days I know I’ll be hopped up on Steroids, and lighter on the days I know my fatigue is bad. And I plan so that I can do my best to be where I want to be and accept invitations.

I don’t know if this will work for you, but I think it’s worth a shot. It doesn’t have to be in a planner. It can be a to do list. The sense of accomplishment you will feel when you’re able to cross items off your list, is sure to improve your outlook.

Unlock Your Passion

For me it’s always been writing. It is cathartic. It makes me happy. I also enjoy grown-up coloring, creating fun looks with clothing and makeup (see the Beauty menu), and listening to music. These are things I do for myself and not anyone else. I think we all need to do that from time to time.

Do you want to learn to knit? Go for it! Do you like to paint? Create some art. Find something that makes you feel good and that you do just for yourself and not for anyone else. Unless you’re really good. Then sell that stuff 😉

In all seriousness, though, sometimes what we love doing we do want to share. That’s why I write this blog. In the hopes that what I love to do and write about might help others.

Communicate With Your Friends

We have sort of covered this already. But it’s important to be in touch with friends even when there is distance between us. I usually HATE FaceTime, but it is one of my favorite things to do right now. To see someone’s face that I don’t get to see daily fills me with joy. The introvert in me hates speaking on the phone, but I try not to ignore any phone calls.

I try to write thank you notes when someone gives me a gift. It helps me to remain grateful and appreciative, and it also a great way to extend my forms of communication.

Do I speak with my friends as much as I want to? No. And I like to think that they understand. Sometimes days get away from me. But I do try to respond and reach out as much as possible. It prevents me from being completely isolated, especially on days when I’m not up to going out.

Last Thoughts

I realize that we all have different personalities. You may be reading some — or all — of these, thinking that I’m ridiculous. And that’s OK. But for me, these things work, and they have made me happier and more contented than I’ve felt in years.

Yes, I have days when sadness overcomes me, or I get angry at my limitations. But eventually I am able to put things into perspective and regain my happiness. I hope that some of these ideas will help you, sweet readers.

 

 

Palmarosa Oil: Benefits for Chemo Patients

Palmarosa oil is awesome. I started the first draft of this intending to give you scientific information and to explain them in detail, but then I remembered that I don’t really like to write that way. And chances are, since you’re reading my blog, that you don’t like to read stuff like that. If you would like to know the scientific awesomeness that is the Palmarosa plant, I encourage you to do a Google search. I even started it for you right there 🙂

One fact that I must share with you is that Palmarosa’s botanical name is Cymbopogon Martinii. It has the word Martini in its name. It must be good.

In all seriousness, though, Palmarosa oil is pretty amazing. It has all kinds of antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties for it. It’s even a fever-reducer. It can help with digestion, serves as a hydrating agent (great for dry skin), and promotes cell growth. The uses for it abound. It can be mixed with lotions, used in a diffuser, and added to baths.

Before my foray into the world of essential oils, I had never even heard of it, but now I consider it to be a necessity among my collection.

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Benefits of Palmarosa Oil for Chemo Patients

I’ve mentioned before that I have just resurrected my intrigue with essential oils recently. And honestly, I had to re-research why I had some of the oils I had, Palmarosa included. Boy I am glad that I did. Because in addition to the properties I mentioned above, Palmarosa has some specific benefit benefits to some of the issues Chemo recipients face.

Fatigue & Chemo Brain

To be honest, this phase of Chemo is really kicking my butt. I thought I knew what fatigue felt like before; now I realize that was a piece of cake compared to these drugs. My week now looks something like this: Monday is pretty good; Tuesday I’m tied up with Chemo, but pretty coherent; Wednesday I’m hopped up on steroids so I get a lot accomplished until the evening when I’m suddenly done; Thursday, I sleep ALL day; Friday, I can barely stay awake; Saturday I am slowly coming around; Sunday is OK, but I could totally take a nap. And then it starts all over again.

It is particularly frustrating to me, as I set high expectations for myself. As a planner, I give myself what I think should be a reasonable number of goals to achieve for the day. Some days I can accomplish all of my to-dos and then some; but entire days are having to be rescheduled. It makes me mad.

“Chemo Brain” has also set in. Those who have dealt with Chemo Brain know exactly what I am talking about. But for those of you who don’t, I will briefly explain. These symptoms are similar to effects of stress on some people, as well as symptoms of some autoimmune diseases and even the forgetfulness of “getting older.” But with Chemo Brain the symptoms can be more intense than the temporary symptoms of stress or aging.

For me, Chemo Brain means periods of time where I just can’t focus. On anything. Not Candy Crush or a Criminal Minds episode. Not on a good book. Not on Pinterest. Nothing. It also means an inability to find words, even sometimes saying a word that has nothing to do with what I am attempting to communicate. Most disturbing for me, though, is replacing words with similar-looking, but completely different meanings when I am reading (i.e. replacing “sensational” with “sexual”). It makes it hard for this Grammarian to properly edit and proofread. It also means having to re-read things constantly.

That’s where Palmarosa comes in. Used aromahtherapeutically, Palmarosa oil helps to relax while relieving fatigue. It promotes concentration and a sense of well being. Let me tell you — it really works. Here are some suggestions for how to use it to help with these symptoms.

How to Use Palmarosa Oil to Combat Fatigue & Chemo Brain

This morning, to my surprise and dismay, I slept until 10:45. Having carefully planned my day last night, I was angry that I had to sleep that long. I hurriedly grabbed my things — Erin Condren planner and accessories, laptop, iPad, and iPhone — and went downstairs. And sat, bleary-eyed on the sofa trying to mentally wake up.

Between my hands being full and my distress at oversleeping, I did not grab my aromatherapy diffuser as I had intended. The thought of going back upstairs was more than I could wrap my head around. But my oils were on the coffee table in front of me. So I took the lazy way.

I opened the bottle of Palmarosa oil and breathed deeply.

It’s that easy. Just open the bottle and breathe deeply. The simplest, laziest, easiest way to use it.

If you would like to get more benefit from it, try some of these suggestions:

  • Add 2-3 drops to your aromatherapy diffuser. You can also add Geranium oil to the diffuser. The two oils blend well together and offer similar benefits. 
  • Add 8-10 drops to your bath. 
  • Add 2-3 drops to your favorite carrier oil and massage on skin.

It’s that easy and that simple. No complicated blends to create. Nothing overwhelming about it. Which is good, because Chemo Brain makes us forgetful.

If you’re new to essential oils, and you’re not sure where to purchase, I recommend buy-ing from Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO). Their S.A.A.F.E Promise assures the highest quality oils available. But the best thing is, they aren’t an MLM. There is no kit to purchase and no pressure to sell to your friends. You can buy just one oil if you want. And if you need help, their customer service is excellent. Please note that I am not a paid sponsor, nor an affiliate with RMO. I just really believe in their quality and dedication to the essential oil community.

That’s it for tonight. I’m off to take a bath … with RMO’s Tranqulity blend. More about that soon 🙂

xoxo

New Eyeshadow Palettes

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about makeup, so I’m excited to present you with my review of a Birchbox exclusive, the Coastal Scents styleEYES Trio Palette. First of all, I need to start by saying that this trio is only $25! That’s $25 bucks for 24 different shadows. Highly pigmented, gorgeous shadows. So far, I have only used two of the three palettes, but I’m thrilled so far …

Exclusive Birchbox Palette

Overall Impression

All three of this pictures were taken at the end of the day … I’m always hurrying to get ready, so I rarely have time to post in the morning, though I do have one (with a special appearance of my latest Jamberry manicure, Little Lady. Coincidentally they match the little ladybug on my hat!) …

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Anyway, I apologize for the generally bad pics … lipstick worn off, a little pale from fatigue. But the eyeshadow has some serious staying power. The bottom picture is from today, after chemo. I looked better earlier. My social worker even said that I looked fabulous. And one of the staff said I looked like I had lost weight. Chemo probably isn’t the best way to lose weight, but for someone who can afford to shed some pounds, it made me feel pretty good. Wow … easily distracted AGAIN!

Back to these shadows. The palettes are socialEYES, glamourEYES, and formalEYES. I’ve used the first two. glamourEyes is my favorite at the moment. I’ve never been one to use intense colors, but here’s the thing. What better time is there to try something bold than when you have cancer? It’s not like someone is going to tell me that my eye makeup is hideous. I have cancer … people are going to tell me I look great, even if I look like a troll!

So I have used a gorgeous deep pink, bold teal, and a deep green. It has been super fun to try some bolder shades, and mix multiple colors to create a more multidimensional look. Before attempting the bold colors, I did watch several YouTube tutorials and Pinterest guides. That helped tremendously. And like I said, I can look like a troll and no one will mention it 🙂

Some Technical Notes

Brushes: I use these eyeshadow brushes from Sephora. They work really well. If you decide to purchase, read the included guide so you know which brush to use for which part of the eye and which eyeshadow color should be used on what part of your eye (generally speaking).

Technique: Like I said, YouTube videos and Pinterest tutorials really work. It has helped me refine my look and improve the quality of application. It can be difficult to find the right guides and tutorials, so you can try searching by experience: novice, beginner, intermediate, etc. Look for applications for your eye shape. You can also search by the brand of the eyeshadow you want o apply. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to watch some intense applications, either — bright colors that you would NEVER try. Because it still shows the expertise of the person who created the video.

Tips: In my experience, most eyeshadows (powder) I use have some sort of fallout (shadow lands on your face outside where it’s supposed to be). While I have known this for a long time, I am just now beginning to apply my eyeshadow before the rest of my makeup. This means that you can use a makeup remover wipe to clear up fallout without ruining the rest of your hard work. This will make it more difficult for you to apply concealer if you have dark circles, but you can manage with practice. If you use powder foundation, wait to apply  mascara until after you apply your foundation. That way you won’t get powder on perfect eyelashes.

In Other Beauty News

Mom gave me a Clarisonic Plus brush. She thought hers was broken, but it isn’t, so she had an extra. Yay me! I’ve only used it once so far, so it’s too early for a review, but look for one soon.

Given my renewed passion for essential oils, I have been doing research on different uses. I came across this tutorial to clean my makeup brushes (which desperately need it). To be honest, I am loosely following it. I’m lazy. I don’t feel like going out to buy Castile soap, so I will be using Dawn. And I am letting the brushes sit in the oil and the Dawn, Lavender, water blend for a bit before I wash the brushes out. I will let you know in my next beauty post how it worked 🙂

xoxo

The Best Paper Planner EVAH!

Happy Monday people! So, I’ve been wanting to make my blog prettier and increase my audience and stuff, so I’ve been doing some research (hello Pinterest!) into it. One of the suggestions I’m going to implement is I think I’m going to break my blog into categories by day of the week. I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m thinking since Mondays are so manic (thank you, The Bangles, for that classic song), I’m going to post some of my favorite organizational tips (or maybe not, because beyond this post, I don’t know that I have anything else to share). So, here we go!

Back in the day, I was a paper planner girl. It all began once I had my first full-time job, had ongoing projects, and needed to remember to do them. I remember my first planner. It had a page for each day of the year, with blank lines. No times; no month-view. Just a simple, journal-like book. I loved that thing. It was taped together by the end of that year. I graduated to Franklin-Covey after that, and fancied myself an A+ organized planner (ha).

Then technology came along, and I decided it needed to be in my phone and/or iPad. I tried so many planning apps, but none of them allowed me that freedom to just make a list of what I wanted to accomplish at some point in the day. Plus, I forgot more than one appointment because my phone was on silent or not near me or something equally ridiculous.

Early last year, after complaining that I was in a rut, my husband reminded me that I used to be very organized and productive when I had a paper planner. Woah! Do those things still even exist? Shortly after that, I saw someone else’s paper planner and it had pretty stickers.

What was it? I’m not only going to recommend it, but I’m going to let you in on a couple secrets that I just found out about earlier this month …

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How and Why I Chose THIS One

I pretty much have one of the most awesome jobs ever. I am part owner of a retail shop! I know, it IS glamorous. Seriously. Well, sometimes. I get to shop for a living. I also get to do a bunch of other stuff like pay bills, schedule social media, write newsletters (in theory), handle payroll, and a bunch of other stuff that needs to get done. But not on a a strict, hourly schedule. Additionally, I have a school-aged son, a husband, and doctor’s appointments (lots of them right now). So my must-haves for a planner were something like this:

  • Month-view
  • Week view with room to make lists
  • Way to differentiate between the three of us
  • No times
  • Pretty
  • Easy to use
  • Stickers a major plus (yes, I am a child)

I scoured the Internet, comparing views and features; ease of use and presence of stickers; overall attractiveness and likelihood of use. It was one of those “easily distracted” moments where I spent excessive time searching. Honestly, these kinds of planners are not inexpensive, so I didn’t want any regrets.

Finally, I settled on the early winner and the same planner I had seen a colleague using: The Erin Condren Planner. Some of you are probably thinking, “Did she really just take that long to tell us about what we already know is the awesomest planner?” And others of you are thinking, “Who the heck is Erin Condren?” For those of you yawning, you can skip down a bit or quit reading altogether. For the rest of you … hold onto your hats ’cause your about to be blown away!

Here’s one bad thing about an EC planner. If you are somewhat indecisive, choosing your cover is going to be miserable. There are so many fabulous options, and it was just as excruciating this year as it was last year to pick my custom cover. Here is what I chose for 2016:

My Erin Condren Planner

I love this quote, and I figured with all that my 2016 is bringing, I needed an inspirational quote to look at every day.

As you can see below, this planner works for me.

A Week in the life

The Details

EC Planners used to come one way only: vertical layout, with each shaded area designated Morning, Day, and Night. In 2015 I learned how to make it work for me, and scheduled my days within those chunks (not realizing there was a whole world of customization at my fingertips). In 2016, EC came out with more variety:

  • Horizontal layout
  • Vertical layout (no designations in shaded areas)
  • Vertical, timed layout (for those who keep appointments, e.g. massage therapists, hairdressers)

Since I am a creature of habit, I stayed with the vertical layout. But I love the ability to section it off how I want. Right now my three sections are: Spiritual, Health, Work/Personal. Typically, I would probably do Spiritual, Personal, and Work; but having cancer kind of makes the Health category a necessity.

Every EC planner comes with four sheets of stickers bound in back (two sheets with printed items like birthday, sale, doctor appointment, etc; and blank sheets in different colors). It also comes with pull-out book mark and a double-sided folder and zip-close pouch bound in the book. EC offers sheets of personalized stickers as well as a number of seasonal and themed books/kits for an additional cost. You can also purchase matching cell phone cases, personalized trays, and more. In other words, unless you have unlimited funds, I suggest you go in with a budget in mind (FYI the planner is $50, including cover personalization).

The World of Etsy

At some point earlier this month, I discovered that there are people out there — creative people — who have businesses dedicated to making stickers for EC Planners that EC doesn’t make. These people live on Etsy. Do a search for Erin Condren on there and there are 250 pages of stickers. Some are totally useful — different bill stickers, laundry stickers, holiday stickers; and some are a little more specific — shark period stickers and  poop stickers, for example.

Now, with the aforementioned available (did you see the unicorn poop ones?!) I thought for sure they would have chemo and radiation stickers. Truth be told, they did. But they were ugly. Then I happened upon Alyssa’s Etsy page. I liked her stickers, and as I clicked on a item for a closer look, I saw that she does custom orders. So I emailed her to explain what I wanted and to find out how much it would cost. Amazingly, she asked for my detailed input, there was no up-charge, and she turned them around over a weekend! I highly recommend her! Aren’t they beautiful?!

Custom Stickers

Tips, Tricks, and Final Thoughts

For how much I love stickers, you’d think I would have already thought to buy random stickers to include in my planner, but I didn’t think of it until recently. You can decorate your calendars with them, use specific ones for events (I wish I had gotten some Star Wars stickers for the opening of the new movie), or use simpler ones to designate important items on your to-do list.

Washi Tape is great, too. Many users use them to make the shaded areas stand out on their week view, or to create separation in the horizontal view. I use it to cover up mistakes in my calendar when I don’t have white-out tape around, and to mark visits, trips, and breaks.

If you have stuck around to the end, thank you! I know it’s a long post, but for those paper-planner users, it’s an important one. Do you have tips for the EC Planner? Or do you swear by another brand? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

xoxo

A Few of My Favorite Things

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That’s right! Tomorrow we begin Phase Two of my Chemotherapy. Twelve weeks, once a week. If you’re curious, the cocktail I’ll be receiving is Taxol and Carboplatin. I’m a little nervous, since different drugs cause different reactions, but I’m super confident in my Oncology team, so I’m sure everything will go great.

In the meantime, I thought I would share a few of my newly favorite products.

  • Mangiacotti Whipped Body Lotion — In the interest of full disclosure, we sell this at our shop here in the South. I brought this product line home to try so I could speak with knowledge to my customers. The whole line is awesome (lip repair, hand repair, body soap), but am I smitten with this lotion. It is light, but absorbs into my skin so that it is hydrated all day long. There is no greasy residue, just softer, saturated skin. I’m even using it on my bald head.
  • Organic India Tulsi Sleep Tea — Shout out to my friend D who introduced this to me (and just replenished my supply). It is so tasty and relaxing. In fact, I just drank a mug of it and I can feel my eyes getting heavy. It’s been something that I have had a taste for even right after chemo treatments. Love this tea. BTW I linked back to the brand’s sight, but I’m sure you can pick up at health food stores.
  • Eucalyptus oil — This isn’t a new product for me, as I purchased it for making cleaning supplies, but I recently brought it back out at the beginning of Chemo. Chemo can increase mucus (sorry, I know its gross) and make you stuffy. Especially when you have to stop your nasal spray because it’s now causing nosebleeds. I suffered for days, until I remembered I had Eucalyptus oil. I put a few drops into my aromatherapy diffuser, and BAM! Stuffiness relieved.
  • Erin Condren Planner — OK, so I discovered this at the beginning of last year, but this year I have become even more reliant on it. Tons of appointments plus Chemo Brain (I am so forgetful) equals disaster. But not with my EC Planner. Everything gets put into it. It’s color-coded with stickers and pens. It is the awesomest thing ever. And do you know what I just discovered?! Etsy has a TON (like 250 pages) of stickers that designers make to go with it. I have some that I will show you in a post soon (I’m waiting for them to arrive). The Erin Condren Planner deserves a post of its own, that’s how amazing it is.

That’s all I can think of now. The tea is kicking in and I’m getting too mellow to think up anymore gems.

xoxo