Crock Pot Recipes – Pork and Squash Stew

Crock Pot Recipes – Pork and Squash Stew

The Polar Vortex has returned to Wisconsin in the early months of 2016. Due to my chronic pain, it is best that I stay inside until the temperatures rise to double-digits again. When the temperatures plunge, I find it only appropriate to have a hearty, thick stew to feed my family. Last weekend, I came up with … Continue reading

Held Together By Tape and Glue

Held Together By Tape and Glue

I would like to dedicate this post to all the chronic pain warriors and “spoonies” out there. Year after year, my body seems to deteriorate. And I find myself in a continuous battle of mental strength versus physical symptoms. One of the most difficult things about having a chronic illness is learning that you are … Continue reading

My Top 5 Favorite Holiday Movies

My Top 5 Favorite Holiday Movies

When it comes to the holidays, there are many things we look forward to. Family. PTO. Delicious food. Christmas lights. Pies. Giving gifts. Friends. And… holiday movies that have taken over your network TV and Netflix queue. There is something almost nostalgic about curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoying a holiday … Continue reading

Banana Bites Recipe – A Flourless Protein Cookie

Banana Bites Recipe – A Flourless Protein Cookie

If you’re anything like me, you might not always have time to eat breakfast in the morning. Or maybe you need a mid-afternoon “pick me up” snack that is packed with protein. This recipe is perfect for you then. I discovered these adorable, tasty little treats at a local (non-franchised) coffee shop. My favorite combination … Continue reading

How to Change Your Perspective

How to Change Your Perspective

I wrote this post which first appeared on MyFibroTeam.com and is reposted to WordsByMara.com with permission. Although this post was intended for the Fibromyalgia audience, my hope is that everyone will be able to relate. Here is my experience in changing perspectives from a realm of comfort, to that of positivity and joy! Everything starts with … Continue reading

Taking Breaks and Offering Help

Taking Breaks and Offering Help

Hello friends! Well, as many of you may know… I am currently taking a break from Facebook and Twitter. I find that social media breaks help to keep me grounded and focused on the important things in my life – which is obviously my family and my health. In the meantime, I will still be … Continue reading

Adolescent Endometriosis – Tales from a Teen

Adolescent Endometriosis – Tales from a Teen

The thing with chronic disease and illness is that it doesn’t discriminate. I’ve had symptoms of fibromyalgia and endometriosis for most of my life, but it took YEARS to diagnose. Fortunately or unfortunately, some women do not need to wait until their mid-20’s or early 30’s to be diagnosed. Some are diagnosed in their teens … Continue reading

How Do You Survive The Storm?

How Do You Survive The Storm?

It was pitch black when I woke up in the middle of a deep sleep. The wind howled and slammed against our bedroom window with a threatening force. Lightening flashed rapidly and my heart began to race. I jumped out of bed and quickly ran to our lower level. My husband stood in the living room … Continue reading