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Recently, I took my mother to visit the skilled nursing and long-term care facility that she went into when she had her stroke. She was thrilled to see the friends she made, both staff and patients when she visited. Then while standing listening to golden oldies over the speaker in the dining hall as she talked to her favorite kitchen worker, and my mind began to wonder…
Video or APP games will be our BINGO – I don’t think we will find full satisfaction BINGO. But leaderboards within the nursing home charting patient progress in Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, Zelda, or Super Mario.
Plant-based, Paleo, Keto, Pescatarian, Vegan, and Vegetarian Diets – Many are adopting new lifestyles and choices of living. I just hope Ensure is working on some new dairy-free recipes.
Wireless Everything – Sure there may still be the need to buttons or remotes. However, most electronic may be voice activated or be controlled by another smart device.
Different Dining Music – In the dining area instead of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Green Day, or N’SYNC will probably be streaming over the speakers.
Virtual Pets – Being that many nursing homes don’t allow pets to be long term guests; I suspect many will have virtual pets that patients take of on their watch, tablet, phone or other device.
Beauty Salon Extravaganzas – Also, I think the salons inside of facilities would need a wide variety of color options for dying hair. In addition, they should be prepared for men and women getting manicures and pedicures.
Alternative Medicine Practitioners on Staff – Due to the increasing demand for natural remedies I think these practitioners may find a home in these facilities.
Just random thought, but I would like to know your thoughts on this.
I just took the pledge to “unplug” for National Day of Unplugging. So I won’t be on social media from March 9 at sundown to March 10 at sundown and my Etsy shop, Peaces by Cortney will be closed. To learn more or join in this pledge please visit the National Day of Unplugging website.
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This is me and I am an indoor plant killer. Sad and oh so true. No matter how hard I have tried I can’t get a plant to live in my home. I really want to bring plants inside but have continued to struggle for years. I have tried aloe plants, cacti, succulents, orchids, bromeliad, lily plants, waffle plants, bamboo, philodendron, and golden pothos. No luck at all keeping any of them alive at all.
I love plants and when it comes to gardening outdoors I’ve got a green thumb. There are benefits to having plants indoors and I want them…
I want to be the woman in the picture below. My hands in the dirt with the ability to look at an indoor plant and give it exactly what it needs. Sure, I would love to have several like her but I will settle for one. Just one, please!!! I would really love to overcome this challenge and could use your help.
I will do almost anything to keep one alive in my home. Nonetheless, I am going to buy another plant this weekend in hopes that I can keep it alive. It is also important to know that plants have been known to die within 48 hours under my care. So please share your advice ASAP!!!!
Recently, I have been seeing signs around with the infamous Dr. Seuss hat. Then realizing Dr. Seuss day is just around the corner I began to reminisce. Growing up I always loved looking at the pictures in Dr. Seuss books; and I would be ecstatic when one of the movies would come on TV. The wording in the books would be tricky but fun. And to this day, when I read his books to my kids I still stumble on the unique words sometimes.
However, a few years back a friend of mine mentioned that she hates Dr. Seuss books, refuses to read them to her children, and will not allow them to read them…EVER. She said this with such clarity and boldness that I knew she was serious. So I asked her why because they just seemed like fun books to me. She then replied with a list, rattling them off with her fingers one by one.
As the conversation continued, I kind of tuned out and began to question my parenting skills. Am I being a bad parent for reading his books to my kids? Moreover, should I be concerned that I actually enjoy the books for myself every so often? I immediately felt guilty, worried, offended and slightly judged all at the same time. I was saying to myself, “what is the deal with Dr. Seuss?” Come to find out, many people have a grudge against his writing style – a mean a lot of people. Google it and you will see.
Well, it has been about six years since I had the encounter and I have to say… it doesn’t really matter. Both of my kids are school age now and doing just fine in the world of academia. What matters is that you read to your kids. Now that I think about it all the more… I wasted too many brain cells, back then, worrying about someone else’s opinion.
Special thanks to Tamarcus Brown for the photo.
Last night I was thinking about someone in particular who is dealing with uncertainty. Having to deal with anxiety myself I understand its close cousin “uncertainty”. Nonetheless, I realize uncertainty is almost just like a pimple.
Yup, that is my simile. The day can be going great and you walk by a mirror and with a quick glance, you take a double take. With a step closer to the mirror you have a pimple. Also, there are times when you can feel one growing right under your skin and you know that in a few days you will have a pimple. I believe the same to be true about uncertainty.
Even if you used all of the planning and prevention in the world things can still go wrong which can lead to uncertainty. And uncertainty can show up anytime without your permission just like a pesky pimple. You may want to pop the pimple of uncertainty with a quick fix to help things look more normal and get things to be smoother.
Uncertainty is a sure thing that everyone will encounter. It is a tough thing to deal with. Not knowing where the money is going to come from. Not knowing how you are going to make it through the day. Or not knowing how long you have with a loved one. There are tons of other forms of uncertainty and I am sure you have some of your own. However, I want you to keep going in the midst of your uncertainty. You may have several pimples of uncertainty that you wear every day. I want you to wash your face and do the best you can each day! Because just like pimples uncertainty about a situation won’t last always. Love yourself and own who you are with kindness and empathy.
2017 was a year that changed me in ways to this day I still don’t even know. One change was my path from Paleo, to vegetarian and finally to plant-based vegan. So what pushed me to make this change? The answer is my husband and mom.
In early 2017, my mother had a major stroke that impacted her cognition and caused her to lose sight on the right half of both of her eyes. And within the same month, she was diagnosed with a highly aggressive cancer. Today she is a cancer survivor and is doing well given all of what 2017 threw her way. Nonetheless, the first six months of 2017 shook me to my core and led me to a lifestyle change.
Moreover, during the summer, my husband experienced a cardiac event that led to the ambulance rushing him away from home to the hospital in the dark and early hours of the morning. Long story short there he is ok but he had to make changes to his diet as well – doctors orders. I was surprised that I didn’t have a heart attack myself considering all of what I had encountered – but my husband was the last stray. I had to make a change that would increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life.
In years past, I had sprints of pescatarianism and lacto-ovo-vegetarianism. In 2016, I completed a Whole 30 which led to a paleo diet that I followed until my mother had a stroke in January 2017. Over the next few months, traveling between home, work, kid’s school, radiation treatments, doctor offices and hospitals my eating habits when into the “trash”. I ate whatever was easy and convenient. Lot’s of pizza, fast-foods, ice cream, burgers and chicken nuggets. To be honest I was in survival mode and food was comforting me instead of nourishing my body.
So on July 12, 2017, I became a vegetarian…”cold turkey”. Then 90 days later, I completely transitioned to a plant-based vegan diet. My skin has never looked clearer, my “numbers” are what they were 10 years ago and the boost of energy is REAL! However, the energy element didn’t really kick in until about 6-8 weeks into me being vegan.
Now as a wife, mother, daughter, caregiver, full-time employee, blogger, and a crafter who is also vegan I still get tired – but who wouldn’t. But I feel better about my food choices and in greater control of my health. Overall, I became vegan because I wanted to increase my chances of living a longer and healthier life for not only myself but my family. Though I must say I am beginning to develop personal feelings and convictions towards the treatment of animals in our food industry…but that is a blog post for another day!
While I featured VAVA Desktop Diffuser in my Cortney’s Favorite Things from 2017 I was so impressed that I wanted to share more about this particular item. I mean I ended up buying a total of four of them – so it is safe to say, I think I am in LOVE!
When I order my first one I was a bit skeptical. I liked the sleek, modern and minimalist look of the diffuser but was unsure about how it would perform. After conducting much research on diffusers I knew I wanted it to have an auto-shutoff and an intermittent setting. This had both and was so compact and cute… I took a chance!
It arrived in sturdy packaging and include a users guide, cleaning brush, USB cord, and a black travel tote. I initially purchased it for my bedside but the light would not go off while it was running (You can set it for the light to be off while it is still defusing. I just didn’t figure that out until a month later… SMH) So I took it to work instead. And this proved to be so helpful while in the office.
After a couple of days, I felt like a ninja when I added my essential oils to fight off the germs that floated around the office. And besides, it made my office smell pretty darn good! I have enjoyed this diffuser so much because of its compact size and ease of use that I ended up ordering a total three more for my two kids and mother. Now my kid requests me to turn it on at night to help them rest and it helps my mother get some additional rest to ease her anxiety.
Since it only holds 30 ml it only leaves you the opportunity to add about 1-2 drops of essential oils. So you could add your favorite single essential oil or a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil blend. As I mentioned earlier, the diffuser will work with the lighting off. Check out the guide below:
Depending on the settings you use, the time of diffusing can range from 3 – 6 hours. Also, the machine is easy to clean but I think the brush for the machine could be better. Lastly, it is not silent but only emits a very soft bubbling sound that is actually kind of soothing.
Welcome to 2018, time for resolutions, no resolutions or un-resolution. This year I have opted to have not have a resolution but rather a theme. The theme for this year is:
“Owning me with kindness and empathy.”
The thought behind the theme is owning who I was, who I am and who I will be in the future with the understanding that I am not perfect and still pretty cool anyways. 2017 was a real challenge but it allowed me to see my weaknesses and discover new strength that I had no idea I could muster up. In the past, I often showed outer strength but struggled with internal stability, depression, and anxiety (Yes, I said it!). Often times, I was harder and more critical of myself than anyone else could ever be; while wondering and caring a bit too much about what people thought. But I have to take care of me and you have to take care of you. So this year, resolution or un-resolution is to take me for who I am inside and out.
My hope for all of my followers is to see themselves for who they are and embrace themselves with kindness, understanding, and love that you so well deserve.
FYI – Not sure if I spelled un-resolution right or not. And that is OK.
Over this year I have made a lot of changes to my diet. However, one item that certainly has been a consistent member of my menu is AVOCADOS! Yes, the fruit that is a berry a.k.a the “alligator pear”. I have had it on toast, grits, salads, and smoothies just to name a few. Today I want to share my love for avocados with you too. So here are five of my favorite avocado recipes from Pinterest. All have been tried and truly are delicious. If you try any of them let me know below!
My shop, Peaces by Cortney is heading in a new direction for 2018! While I will continue to offer baby hats, I will be expanding my shop and making items for children and adults. If you want to keep up with the expansion follow my blog; as I will be offering a sneak peek along with an exclusive coupon code.
For a while now I have been wanting to take up yoga but have no clue how. I searched the internet for answers but didn’t really find what I was looking for. I would go to a class but I am worried about embarrassing myself -not knowing all the poses or at worse passing gas in front of everyone. So I am asking your feedback and help!
Please feel free to share any other tips and advice. I really want to start off right.