Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Today marks 10 years of diabetes.

  • In that time, I've had approximately 14, 600 blood sugar tests and 1, 095 pump site changes.
  • I've cried more times that I can count due to diabetes related circumstances.
  • I have a body covered in scars and callouses.
  • I have lost hours upon hours of sleep due to high and low blood sugars.

  • I am also stronger than the average 22 year old.
  • I have met people I never would have otherwise met.
  • I am grateful for every day of good health I have when most take it for granted.
  • I went to nursing school.
  • I have a view on life that I wouldn't trade for anything.

This last year was a really rough year emotionally, in terms of my diabetes.  Getting married, starting to think about having a family, it all took a huge toll on me this year.  I cried and screamed more than I have since the year I was diagnosed.  But I'm trying to remind myself that for everything diabetes takes away from me, it gives me something in return.  Sometimes it's hard to see the good through the bad, but I know God has given me this for a reason.  So this next year, I want to get back to that place where I remember.  I am going to stop thinking about getting my diabetes into "baby range".  Pregnancy is not the end goal, healthy living is.

Music has been a big comfort to me over the last 10 years.  Jason Mraz's "Remedy" has been a big favorite of mine.  This is my favorite performance of the song, with his friend whom the song was written for in the background.

And this one just plain makes me bawl. It's about cancer, but the sentiments are just the same.

I've never really liked to talk about my diabetes much with family and friends, but I've always had great support.  I was diagnosed at 12, and even then, my friends never left my side.  My parents were there to dry my tears, and to tell me to pick myself up and live life.  I am forever grateful for this.

So now, I'm going to go eat pizza, make some cupcakes, and enjoy the day.  Cause in the end, it's just another day. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black + Brown {Twenty}

Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt & Scarf: Thrifted
Boots: Soda (Burlington)

I have quite an aversion to pairing black with brown together.  I tried to challenge myself with this outfit, and I'm happy with how it looks.

Today I spent some time editing some photos and making an advent calendar.  It turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. :)

It was pretty simple, I printed off these numbers, and glued them to envelopes, then stuck then envelopes to the wall!  I gathered up all kinds of fun ideas for the two of us to celebrate the season, including ice skating and reading the Christmas story in the bible.  Should be a lot of fun! :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Recipe: Autumn Turkey Tenderloins

I never really cooked much before I got married.  That was my mom's job.  But since my mom doesn't live with us, I've had to take over that duty in our home.  And I've discovered that I actually like it.  Just a week or so after the wedding, I discovered and signed up for their daily newsletter.  I've found many great recipes that way, and still look forward to reading through it every day.

This week's recipe is from my Taste of Home cookbook.  I made it on Thanksgiving; it's super easy and tastes amazing.  It's also pretty low carb, which is always good for a diabetic like me!

Autumn Turkey Tenderlions
Time: 30 mins
Makes 5 servings


  • 1-1/4 pounds turkey breast tenderloins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice (I've used cider too)
  • 1 medium apple, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  1. In a large skillet, brown turkey in butter.  All the apple juice, apple, brown sugar, bouillon, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes (the apples will be soft and turkey no longer pink).
  2. Using a slotted spoon, move turkey and apples to plate; keep warm.
  3. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth, add to pan juices.  Bring to a boil and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Pour over turkey and apple, sprinkle with walnuts.
  4. Enjoy. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Best: Festive

Dress: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target
Tights: Burlington
Mary Janes: American Eagle (Payless)
Necklace: Etsy

Behold, my lovely new wreath! :)

I thrifted this dress a few weeks ago and I'm totally in love with it.  I've been looking for a good floral dress, and this one fills the hole in my closet.  

Happy Sunday! :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

One Year {Eighteen}

Striped Top & Scarf: Thrifted
Maxi Skirt & Hat: Old Navy
Red Flats: Gap

So I wore the same skirt two days in a row... I had planned on wearing this top over my pink dress, but it just didn't work.  So, I threw the maxi skirt back on this morning.  

Although we celebrated last night, our anniversary is actually today.  We went and bought a Keuring this morning in honor of the occasion, and put up Christmas decorations this afternoon.  All while remembering this...

My wedding day was beautiful, but I'm SO glad it's over.  Life on this side of the alter is much better. ;-)

Blue Fridays: Round 4 {Seventeen}

Tunic: F21 (Ebay)
Maxi Skirt: Old Navy
Booties: American Eagle (Payless)
Scarf: Thrifted

This outfit was a lot cuter in person.  The lighting conditions were less than ideal when these photos were taken.

My husband and I spent last night in a nice hotel to celebrate our 1st anniversary.  The stairs I'm standing on led up to a jacuzzi tub.  We also had a great view off of our balcony.  It was a fun, relaxing night, and relatively cheap too.  If you're not married already, do it on the off-season! Everything is SO much cheaper! ;-)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Weekly Blessings - Thanksgiving Edition

Ok, first of husband and I can't stop laughing at this.

And now...I'm thankful for:
  • (Almost) One year with my husband!
  • Thanksgiving.  Although I was pretty disappointed that my husband and I couldn't be with my family, it's nice to just be home and relax together.
  • My health.  I'll mark 10 years with diabetes this month and I'm still complication free.
  • Jeremy's job.  In a bad economy where so many are struggling, it's great to have a steady income and good benefits.
  • Our pets.
  • Church.
  • My wonderful family.
God Bless, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Suddenly Winter {Sixteen}

Dress: Charlotte Russe via Ebay
Cardigan: Old Navy
Boots: Soda via Burlington
Belt: Thrifted
Tights: Burlington
Necklace: Gramma's
Earrings: Mudd via Kohl's

And's winter.  The forecast had me thinking we were just in for a dusting, but alas, I was greeted by a few inches of the white stuff this morning.

We're in full Thanksgiving mode here.  I already got my pumpkin pie baked this morning, and will be starting some bread shortly.  My husband is home from work and will be on break the next 5 days.  It's just me and him this year; quite a switch from last year.  We got married the day after Thanksgiving last year, and both of our large families gathered at my parent's house for the meal.  It was quite the event, but it will be nice to have a quieter day this year.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Crafty {Fifteen}

Shirt Dress & Belt: Thrifted
Cardigan & Sweater Tights: Target
Boots: Soda (Burlington)

I'm not a big fan of the mirror photo, but I was so excited that I finally moved my full length mirror today!  It got buried behind a table this summer, and it's only been a half length mirror since then.

I'm feeling all kinds of crafty today.  I found this in pinterest yesterday:

Add some epsom salt to look like snow! Genius.

I'm also mod podging our coffee table.
I'm waiting for it to dry as I type.  I hope it turns out, this is my first mod prodge project.  If it does, it'll be super cute! :)

These are just two of many projects I have floating around in my brain.  What can I say, the impending holiday season puts me in a crafty mood. :)

Happy Tuesday.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Birthday {Fourteen}

Dress & Belt: Thrifted
Cardigan & Boots: Old Navy
Brooch: Gramma's

Today my husband turns 27.  He had to work, but got to open his presents last night, and requested mac & cheese for his birthday dinner tonight.  I will also be making a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for him today.  

So happy birthday Jeremy! I'm glad we get to be together this year! :)

In his favorite hat and sunglasses. Classic look.

Dressing With an Insulin Pump

So for the month of November, I'd like to do a post on the intersection of diabetes and style.  I feel like the two don't meet all that often, but I do have a few things to say about it. :)

If you're a pump wearing PWD, you've encountered the infamous question... Where do I put my insulin pump?? Everyone has a different answer, and I'd like to share some of the ways that I myself wear my pump, and how others do as well.

I can't take credit for any of these.  My goal for this post is just to have all the ideas I've heard through the years in one place!  Enjoy! :)


1) In the pocket.
This is my default, and how I usually wear my pump.  If I have on pants (or even a skirt) with pockets, my pump is in it.  Simple and convenient.  I always have easy access to my pump this way.

2) In the sock.
I just discovered this trick a few years ago (Check out Kerri's great post), and it's one of my winter favorites.  When I'm wearing tall socks and boots, this is a great place to stick my pump.  Life does become a little awkward when I need to actually look at my pump, but for the most part, this works well.

3) In the undergarments.
Sorry if this is TMI, but hey, this is a good tip. ;-) Most of the time when wearing a dress, my pump goes on my hip in my undies (Holly blogged about this too).  If you're a lady, the bra is also a good hiding place.  Personally, I don't usually put my pump in the front, but I find that under my arm is a great location, especially with a sports bra.

4) On the waistband.
Use that handy little clip that came with the pump and clip to to your waistband!  I don't do this often because I find that I bump into things like crazy with it sticking out like that, but I know many PWDs that wear their pumps proudly like this!


5) In an arm or leg band.
I've never found these to work well, but some people love them.  My mom even DIY'd one when I was in high school with a wide piece of elastic and scrap of fabric.

6) Alter your clothing.
If you're crafty, sew some pockets into the inside of skirts.  You have to be careful with this one though, as that pump is often heavier that it seems, and will pull your skirt down a bit!  I've sewn pockets into the inside of slips too, which is how I wore my pump on my wedding day.

7) Baby socks.
Stick the pump in a baby sock and pin it to the inside of your clothing. Done.

8) Spibelt.
I know there are many items out there like this, so shop around!

9) Pump Wear, Inc has a lot of great products!  I've never tried any, but I know people who love them!  Again, shop around, there are a lot of site out there that make products aimed at making wearing a pump easier.

10) Cell phone cases.
They can do double duty as pump cases.  I found some adorable ones (just like the ones below) when I was in high school, and wore them constantly!


Nighttime wear:

11) Clipped to the waistband of PJs.

12) Under the pillow.
I've found when I have a site in my arm and short sleeved PJs, this is the best way to go!

This post could go on and on...there are so many different ways to wear a pump, and variations on those ways!  How do you like to wear your pump?  If there's anything I missed, leave a comment!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Best: Green + Pink {Thirteen}

Sweater, Dress & Belt: Thrifted
Scarf: Target
Booties: American Eagle (Payless)

I don't know why I didn't think of this outfit before now.  Pink and green is one of my all time favorite color combos.

So yesterday, I took a little break from my challenge.  I couldn't put together an outfit I was happy with to save my life.  So I threw on a long sleeve tee, jeans, and flats, and we went and got our Thanksgiving groceries and I did a little bit of other shopping.  Then I came home and made a dozen more outfits with my 30 for 30 items on GCOGH.  And I felt better.  I hate to take a break, but it was so needed.

Hope you had a great weekend! :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Blue Fridays: Round 3 {Twelve}

Tunic: F21 (Ebay)
Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Soda (Burlington Coat Factory)
Scarf: Thrifted
Earrings: Mudd (Kohl's)

Happy Friday! Today yet another Blue Friday! Just one more to go, did you wear blue today?

Today I'm hoping my husband get off work so we can go on another date (2 in one week?! New record!) .  Hopefully to see either J. Edgar or Courageous.  In the meantime, I'm enjoying watching my cat stalk a little bug on the wall.  She's been staring at it for a good 3 hours now.  I keep thinking I should just go take care of the bug, but it's providing her soooo much entertainment... I think I'll leave it. ;-)

Shameless plug: I don't usually bring my photography to this blog, but I have an e-commerce site that is having a major sale today.  50% off cards, mugs, keychains, necklaces, wrapped canvas prints, mobile cases AND ornaments!  This is big.  If you want to check it out, just use the code FFHSHUGEDEAL to get the savings.  Great Christmas shopping opportunity.  It's good until 4pm PST tonight, and then good for 20% off through the rest of the weekend.  This includes You Can Do This Project items for my DOC friends!  Click here to check out the site! Thanks for looking! :)

Weekly Blessings: 11/18

  • Ladies night on Wednesday.
  • A busy, but good week with lots of time with friends.
  • One week until our anniversary night away!
  • Grace and forgiveness.
  • Coffee.  Insomnia has paid me another visit this week.
  • Skype calls with long lost friends.
  • Buying toys for my nephews.  They'll both be almost a year old by Christmas, and we picked up a cute little toy for each of them this week. SO FUN.
  • Impromptu date night with my husband.
  • Planning our own little Thanksgiving dinner.
What is blessing you this week?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday {Eleven}

Cardigan: Target
Maxi Skirt: Old Navy
Red Flats: Gap
Earrings: Kohl's

Today has thus far been a much better day than the previous 4 have been.  I had a new neighbor and her adorable daughter over for coffee this morning, and have been plotting several projects today.  Including this:

My husband's birthday is Monday, and I decided to wrap his gift a little early.  Just so he has to stare at it for a few days. :)
I'm also working out the details of my Thanksgiving menu.  Would someone please tell me how one eats cranberry sauce?  With the turkey?  By itself?  This was not a staple for my own family's Thanksgiving meal, so I was a bit perplexed when my husband requested it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Better in Time {Ten}

Dress: Mossimo Supply Co. (Target)
Cardigan & Scarf: Thrifted
Booties: American Eagle (Payless)

It occurred to me today that I can do something else with my hair.  I've enjoyed just wearing it down, but I can play a little. :)

Today I enjoyed an awesome skype call with by childhood BFF.  She's been in Thailand for 3 months, and just got back a few days ago.  It was so good to catch up!  I also made some pumpkin muffins, and will head out in a few hours to church ladies night.  In the midst of a less than perfect week, it's been a decent day.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When The Thunder Calls For Me {Nine}

Oxford & Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: Old Navy
Red Flats: Gap
Earrings: Etsy
Necklace: Gift

Who doesn't love a little Adele?

Happy Tuesday.

World Diabetes Day {Eight}

Dress: Thrifted
Top: Target
Scarf: Burlington
Booties: American Eagle (Payless)
Earrings: Gift Shop in Maine

So this is actually what I wore yesterday.  Yesterday was also World Diabetes Day!

My husband and I went on an impromptu date night last night.  We saw Puss in Boots and then had a late dinner at Red Lobster.  Good stuff.  And so very needed because this week is going to be another busy one, I'm not even sure if we'll be having dinner together at all.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Best: Black {Seven}

Dress: Thrifted
Scarf: Burlington
Red Flats: Gap
Hoop Earrings: Kohl's

Today I'm very tired.  We've been going almost non-stop the last 4 days, and I'm excited to just sit and relax this afternoon.  If our neighbors will let us that is...

I've got my coffee, some figure skating on TV, and I'm getting ready to do my toe nails.  It WILL be a good afternoon.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 2011 Birchbox

Yay! My first Birchbox is finally here!  Here's what was inside:
From L to R: Thymus Eucalyptus and Kimono Rose Boday Lotion; Jouer Lip Enhancer; kate spade new york Twirl perfume; Zoya "Noel" Nail Polish; Alex and Isabelle Classic Hair Tie (on the bottom of the picture!)

I was excited to see this particular color nail polish this month since it's Diabetes Awareness Month and blue is the official color.  This is a bit of a greenish-blue, but it's still a nice color.  I already put it on my fingernails, and really like it!  It's a great polish with just a bit of holiday sparkle to it.

I also tried out the kate spade perfume.  I'm really not much of a perfume person; I have yet to find a scent that doesn't give me a headache, and this is no exception.  However, the smell is very nice.  It also has a bit of a holiday vibe to it, with a nice sweet, soft scent.

I'm definitely excited to try the other products!  I struggle with dry lips all winter, and I think the lip conditioner could help with that.  The Thymes body lotion should be great too; I find eucalyptus such a refreshing smell, so I'm excited to give this a try.

I'm not sure I'll really use the hair tie, since I just don't have enough hair to use it!  It's very cute though. :)

Did you get a Birchbox this month?  What was in it?  Link up your post in the comments if you wrote one about your Birchbox!


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