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My Surprise Talent and Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips #AGiantSurprise #Spon


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Guess what? I have two surprises for your first is that Green Giant has new veggie snack chips and they are absolutely delicious. I mean I could eat a whole bag delicious. Green Giant Veggie Snack chips come in two different varieties Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt and Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips in Zesty cheddar. Both varieties  are absolutely delicious but I absolutely LOVE the Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips they are the perfect blend of sweet and salty and are an easy replacement for greasy potato chips. Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips (6g per 28g serving) have 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips (10g per 28g serving) and I LOVE that. This is a snack that gives me my crunchy salty goodness without all the guilt. Even my kids love them and they love potato chips!

 

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The Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar Flavor are made with real vegetables, 17 grams of whole grain per serving (48g are recommended daily), and are naturally flavored. The Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor are made with real sweet potatoes and made with 14 grams of whole grain. Plus, they contains 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips.

Want to try these delicious Green Giant Veggie Snack chips for yourself? Well here is a Green Giant Veggie Snack chips coupon for $.85 off!

So now that I shared Green Giant’s Giant Surprise here is my surprise talent: I can triple roll my tongue. Yep that’s right not roll my tongue but triple roll it which is apparently very difficult for most people to do. I know you are trying right now aren’t you and you just can’t do it!

 

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So there you have it my weird and wacky surprise talent. Green Giant has unearthed some wild and wacky surprise talents so be sure to check out this video. If you have a surprise talent be sure to share it in a video and upload it to the Green Giant Facebook page. And for lots more surprise talent fun check out the Green Giant YouTube channel.

Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent at www.facebook.com/greengiant

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Happy World Rare Disease Day TO ME! #raredisease

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When I was diagnoses with Graves’ Disease almost 3 years ago I had no idea it came with it’s own day, how lucky am I?

 

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In all seriousness today is World Rare Disease Day a day dedicated to bringing awareness to 7,000 rare diseases and disorders affecting 300 million people and Graves’ Disease is one of those Rare Diseases.

So what is Graves Disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic Graves’ Disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). common symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • A fine tremor of your hands or fingers
  • An increase in perspiration or warm, moist skin
  • Sensitivity to heat
  • Weight loss, despite normal eating habits
  • Enlargement of your thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Change in menstrual cycles
  • Erectile dysfunction or reduced libido
  • Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea
  • Bulging eyes (Graves’ ophthalmopathy)
  • Thick, red skin usually on the shins or tops of the feet (Graves’ dermopathy)

I am one of the lucky ones who also has Graves’ ophthalmopathy which means:

  • Bulging eyes
  • Excess tearing
  • Dry, irritated eyes
  • Gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Pressure or pain in the eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Reddened or inflamed eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Limited eye movements, resulting in a fixed stare
  • Blurred or reduced vision (rare)
  • Ulcers on the cornea (rare)

I was fortunate in that my symptoms came on very suddenly and very strongly after my 3rd daughter was born. I don’t really remember much of the first year of her life as managing my disease really took precedence. The difficult thing with a disease like Graves’ Disease is that the symptoms can often be confused for other things. For me the fact that I had a thyroid 4 times the normal size really helped with my diagnosis, all my other symptoms doctors attributed to my having 3 kids, which was beyond frustrating. It took 3 doctors and some tests to determine my disease but once we found answers I was so relieved. My anxiety and depression were out of control and it was very difficult to even get through the day let alone care for 3 young kids.

Once I had a diagnosis due to my severity and the development of Graves’ ophthalmopathy several years prior it was determined that permanent action needed to be taken quickly. (I had a cornea ulcer 2 years prior but we did not know I had Graves’ Disease at the time). My choices were radioactive iodine or a total thryroidectomy, I chose total thyroidectomy. When my Colette was just 11 months old I had my thyroid completely removed, my thyroid was so big they feared I would suffocate when they put  me under, it was crazy big I oculd not sleep on my back or I choked!

Well 4 1/2 hours later I awoke to no thyroid, it was so big we had some bleeding issues and since I could not go home until the bleeding stopped I was in the hospital for 4 days. I hardly remember those days other than my husband was there almost always and when he wasn’t my family was, I was never alone. I still remember my brother and his girlfriend ( now wife) sitting by my bed through the night watching Netflix on my laptop so my husband could get some sleep. It really was a team effort and I am so lucky I had family to help and support me.

Once I went home I could not really move my head much or hold my baby for a month. That was a really rough month but again family came through big time helping care for my kids, I am truly blessed. Now that I have no thyroid I had to make some major life adjustments since I have to take a daily pill to replace the thyroid hormones I am missing. It has taken a really long time to get my medicine adjusted and made for a complicated pregnancy with my fourth daughter.

While the task of getting my medicine regulated has been complex, I absorb at an unnatural and unpredictable rate, my Graves Disease has been successfully managed since my surgery and I would do it again in a heartbeat. My eyes are still a problem and I have random and unexplained flare ups often, it has meant giving up my contacts which has been hard (vain I know) and when yours eyes hurt it makes for a rough day. But last week I marked 3 months on the same dosage and that is a record for me, I am so so happy about this milestone. I am thrilled to think we may have finally found my correct dosage and have been feeling great lately.

So today on Rare Disease Day I challenge you to learn about a disease that you know someone has, take a moment to understand what they are going through. And then celebrate like I am, that modern medicine has made many of these diseases manageable!

 

 

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Joovy moonRoom Plus A Giveaway ends 1/17

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As you know I LOVE Joovy, they have yet to make a product my family and I do not love. The newest addition to the Joovy family is so cool and innovative and well it is about time someone improved the play yard! Meet the Joovy moonRoom

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How cool is this play yard from Joovy? Now this is  is a true play yard with over 10 square feet of play space that allows your little one to safely explore and play while not feeling overly confined. My youngest never wanted to play in her other play yard, it was small and she felt confined. The Joovy moonRoom has been pure fun for her, she has a great view of everything going on, she has lots of space and it is purple a little girls dream come true! As a mom I am over the moon for the design (haha get it) no really I LOVE this design. The Joovy moonRoom is sleek and modern and uses minimal floor space while having maximum interior space. Everyone who walks into my house is immediately drawn to the Joovy moonRoom it is just that cool.

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Need to go to grandma’s house or on a trip? Don’t worry true to all things Joovy this one can go with you easily. Folding the Joovy moonRoom up is a breeze and it comes with a carrying bag. For me the Joovy moonRoom provides peace of mind. I have a safe place I can put Genevieve that she is happy in. No more stressing about small pieces when my older girls get out Legos or tiny dolls, everyone can happily play in one room safely with the Joovy moonRoom. This is the ultimate play yard I know my mom needs one for her house, years ago when we searched for a play yard for grandma’s house the options were terrible, now she can get a Joovy moonRoom but she is not taking mine!

The Joovy moonRoom retails for $219.99 and comes with a fitted sheet, available in purpleness, black and charcoal!

Win It: Joovy is giving one lucky fan a Joovy moonRoom enter below!

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Yes I am Writing a Political Post

I do my best to avoid politics, it’s a messy business. Don’t be fooled though I am very passionate about what I believe in, but I am equally as passionate about being an informed voter. I find it appalling when people vote for someone because others they know or like are voting for them or worse yet they believe these ridiculous political ads and yes both sides spin the truth. I have the utmost respect for people who support candidates I do not as long as they are making an informed choice.

So this is my plea to do your homework, research the candidate and vote for the one who’s vision and voting history you agree with. Don’t take the right to vote lightly, exercise it in an informed way.

When I was in college I spent a summer doing mission work at an orphanage for abandoned disabled children in Kingston, Jamaica. I lived and worked in horrendous poverty. Kingston is a crime ridden city and the orphanage where I spent my days was in a really bad area, we had armed guards at the gate to the orphanage but once I went outside to ride the city bus to a small village in the country I was on my own with a few fellow volunteers. While I was there an election was held. One man running for election was shot by the opposing party, trucks full of people would ride through the towns shouting and shooting off guns to promote fear and harass people into voting for there party. On election day we were sent home early and told to stay indoors with the padlock on the door (yes we padlocked the door at night). The party that won rode through the towns yelling, celebrating and shooting off guns and everyone hid. I will never forget how I felt and how different it was than an election here. Candidates do not have to fear assassination and people do not fear retribution for their vote.

So exercise your right to vote, make an informed choice and vote your conscience!

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