Thursday, May 19, 2016

Facing Diabetic Burnout

I've reached a point I've been to before, but am not fond of revisiting. However, my returns are inevitable. I am human, after all. The phenomenon I'm talking about is called diabetic burnout. This happens when a person managing type 1 diabetes is simply tired of the attention it requires.

I understand it may be hard for others to relate to, especially for people who are close to me, who often don't recognize the 24/7 treatment I'm providing to myself. Like parenting, it's not a job, but it's part of who you are.

Parents can't stop caring for their children as they're growing up, but I'm sure most parents could relate to wanting to for a little while, and, though I have no experience in parenting, I don't think it's shameful wanting to step away for a few moments. It's natural to feel overwhelmed every so often.

Of course, in these situations, I imagine you would be able to take a walk, or a short nap to step away. This applies to parenting and managing diabetes. Like managing diabetes, the return to managing your children is inevitable. However, diabetes doesn't grow up and start caring for itself. Diabetes is the "Tuck Everlasting" inside of you that you carry with you, if you are lucky enough to age. Unfortunately, diabetes doesn't look as handsome or as fun as Jonathan Jackson's 'Tuck,' circa 2002.

Until there is none, until there is a cure, there is more diabetes everyday. Sometimes it's unpredictable, and sometimes it's on your side, and most days you wish it wasn't inside, but you get through and thank God that you're able to manage it as well.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Victoria's Secret Giveaway

Just in time for the hot weather, I've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to offer this Victoria's Secret giveaway. This one is worth a whopping $500. I wanted you to have some nice things to wear this summer, and I'm sure you'll feel confident, cool, and sexy wearing Victoria's Secret.


Prize: $500 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/13 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Summer Style Haul

TOBI Casual Intentions Shift Dress in Blue
Summer is undoubtedly one of my favorite seasons. The promise of love is in the flowers, but I don't necessarily mean with another person.

Body confidence is key to embracing the happiness of summer. Go to the beach. Love yourself in a bikini. You don't have to look like Gisele to wear one. If you want to wear it, wear it. How you look is a reflection of how you feel about yourself. Respect your body, and you'll naturally take on healthier habits: emotional and physical.

With my recent style haul, I have never felt quite as confident in my clothes. TOBI has some of the sexiest summer fashion, and I'm love, love, loving it!

On top of it all, TOBI is affordable. They give you 50% off your first order, so, of course, I scored some amazing things to add to my summer wardrobe. First, I selected the TOBI Casual Intentions Shift Dress. It gave me "Cinderella at the beach" vibes. I love dresses that can double as swimsuit cover-ups. I plan to use this piece this way.

I could have definitely fit into a size small, but ordered a medium, since it is a shorter dress, and I'm 5'8" tall. I wanted to make sure it hit at just the right place, and I love where it falls. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

An Open Letter to My Troubling Partner

I have been married for more than 12 years. It wasn’t love at first sight. I don’t think it was love at all, but I have been taking care of my partner, tending to their every need, all this time. This marriage was a full-time job from the get-go. I wanted to quit over and over again, but I don’t have a choice at the end of the day.

I’m not sticking to this relationship for anyone else but me. Leaving my partner means leaving myself, too. If I could walk away, I would run. I would run so fast and become so free.

I never cheated, only with the occasional bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, or sliver of dark chocolate cheesecake, paired with a glass of Merlot. Walking away was never an option. Truthfully, I still can’t, and I still won’t, until there’s a way.

My friends and family don’t like you. I can’t say I disagree, but here we are. In fact, I might spend my whole life this way, here with you.

Tolerable is the perfect way to describe our relationship. Often times, tolerable leads to frustration, and circles its way back to complacency. Then, that perfect way to describe us becomes 50 shades of grey, and not the kind that makes millions of dollars at the box office opening weekend, or inspires you to picture your wildest pleasures coming to life. No one’s too curious about you and me. They forget we’re together most days, unless I tell them we’re still an item. Yet, I live and deal with your childish neediness 24/7.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Accessorize for Spring with Cocktail Rings

Vintage rings are not just a window into the past; they’re a testament to the power and longevity of old masters. The turning of the seasons signifies a shift in jewelry styles and fashion. Recently, vintage and antique designs have captured the imagination of jewelry makers worldwide, resulting in a resurgence of older designs. With spring approaching, redesign your wardrobe to match the emerging eclectic styles. If you’re new to fashion and need inspiration, this guide is designed to help you adopt and embrace an essential piece of jewelry: the cocktail ring.

Finding the Perfect Cocktail Ring for Spring

Cocktail rings are fantastic for self-expression, while simultaneously lending a touch of class to your outfit. Thankfully, it shouldn’t be a struggle to find a cocktail ring that best suits you— simply use your surroundings as inspiration!

In the spring, flowers are blossoming and the weather begins to transition from a wintry chill to a pleasantry. Finding the perfect cocktail ring for spring means focusing on styles that represent rejuvenated energy—organic designs and bright pops of color.

A Colorful Collection

The two most popular colors this spring are blue and yellow, but considering the entire color spectrum for your spring-inspired cocktail ring allows for the widest variety of options.

You can use the look of your accessories to serve as reminders of nature, incorporating motifs such as green grass, bright robin’s eggs, and pink spring flowers. A multi-colored cocktail ring ensures a bright and cheerful selection.

If you’re shopping on a budget, colored enamels and semi-precious stones are great options. Inclusive within these categories are vibrant stones like turquoise, topaz, and amethyst. Everyone has a perfect fit waiting to be discovered!

Unique Organic Designs

While the sheer number of organic design options for a spring-inspired cocktail ring may seem overwhelming, traditional floral designs and bands that incorporate leaves or petals represent a great place to start.

While not all cocktail rings are vintage, Estate Diamond Jewelry carries a beautiful selection of rings, specifically curated for the spring season. Some of the eye-opening rings that you can find include:

Rings with colorful floral designs like the elegant Diamond and Sapphire Cabochon Ring and the bold Diamond and Emerald Floral Halo Ring.