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    Yesterday, the question came up have I been inspired lately?  Well I hadn’t because I’ve just been in a mood.  Pain has a way of doing that do you.  I was happy that the past week was a “no doctor’s appointments” at all week, none, nada, not a one. This week I have two or three; I don’t have my planner beside me so I can’t remember.

    My daughter came home from school, tired and exhausted but happy.  Made me think, all the time I’ve been sick and I’m in my room a lot; my bed has become the go to gathering spot.  I’ve had three kidlets and sometimes a dog or two talking to me about their day, their plans and cheering me up. Inspiration had me thinking, my daughter and her friends who I think of as daughters who gather in my bed instead of my living room and the big comfy couch.  So this weekend was special because the extra daughter came to my house before she even went home.  So we ended up watching some thriller on Netflix in my queen sized bed.  Did I mention I really need a bigger bed?


    Today is the Canadian Thanksgiving.  I have no clue why we have a different date than the US.  My husband did tell me that we have to pick up a couple turkeys after the US Thanksgiving because some turkey with “honey” in the name is the best turkey ever.  My husband gets all these recipes and cooking advice from his coworkers.  That’s a good think because we’d starve otherwise.  My mom and grams are coming over for dinner and because my son is working today we’re having dinner at a normal dinner time.  It smells so yummy in the house.

    Our Wedding 1995
    Yesterday was my husband’s and I’s 21st wedding anniversary.  Somehow, I thought it was our 20th.  Facebook reminded me that I wished him a happy 20th last year.  What did we do?  Nothing, nada, zilch because I didn’t want to leave the house due to pain.  He went to the Spitfires game on his motorcycle and froze his tush off on the way home.  My girlie actually watched Once Upon a Time with me as a homework stalling technique I think.  I’ll take it.

    with the kidlets, gramma, gram-mim and poppa jack
    Today is also bittersweet as we all gather for thanksgiving it’s also the day my Poppa Jack passed away eight years ago. Holiday meals always made me think of him and dessert.  We have Mayberry slices of desserts, little bit of turkey and the trimmings and two desserts, what’s wrong with that?  My son was in charge of buying desserts, yeah I don’t bake either.

    I’m still thankful for my family, friends, the pupalups, a roof over our heads, turkey sandwiches for the next week and LOVE!  Oh and wine, thanksgiving is a good day to have a glass of wine!


    How was your weekend? Any plans this coming week?

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    Honey Colony Equalibrium Energy: My Trial With Superfood

    I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

     

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    I received a jar of Equilibrium Energy from Honey Colony over a month ago.  It’s taken me so long to write because I’ve been in a flare, messed up blog site and computer problems.

    The package arrived to me safely and very well packaged.  The jar is 2.3 ounces or 66 grams.  The jar is a reusable Biophontonic Violet Glass jar.  (I had to look that up! It means the jar protects the contents from light).  I usually take photos of boxes as I’m opening them but for some reason I didn’t.  Packaging to make sure a product arrives to you is important and the package was the appropriate size.  Not an oversized Amazon box!

    So what is it?

    At the core of Equilibrium is raw honey. Eleven other potent superfoods are added—each one organic or wildcrafted, boasting numerous health benefits. The total 12 ingredients bring harmony to a life that may face stress, toxins, and negative energy.    Source: Honey Colony

    Jar of Equalibrium Energy

    So what’s in the superfood besides raw honey?

    The 12 ingredients are:

    Active Natural Prebiotics
    Phytoplankton
    Blue Algae
    Medicinal Mushrooms
    Double- Directory Adaptogenic Herbs
    ORMUS
    Ginger
    Organic Turmeric
    Raw Honey
    Bee Pollen
    Bee Propolis

    Honey Colony has a post about the 87 benefits of the ingredients in the Equilibrium Energy Superfood.  There is so much information on all the 12 ingredients on their website that I can’t do it justice in a blog post.

    Label of Equalibrium

    Photo Source: Honey Colony

    I started taking it right away. It is a dietary supplement and not a medical product. The directions are that you take a teaspoon in the morning on an empty stomach. When I wake up I have to take an antinauseant immediately and wait for it to take effect. I found that taking the spoonful and then having my morning tea was best for me. Some people have recommended having it in your tea. I was a afraid that if I did that I wouldn’t get all the benefits if it was diluted.

    I am very sensitive to textures and found it hard to take for the first two days. After that, I was able to take the spoonful and not complain about the texture.   Anyone who has ever been with me eating and seeing me freak out about mushrooms will know that I can’t even stand the thought of mushrooms even if they were puréed.  It was sweet and gritty kind of like the centre of a fig bar.  That’s the only way to describe it.  It looked like black caviar when you first look at it.

    Honey Colony Equalibrium Energy superfood

    Did it work?  I don’t know.  I was taking it at time when I was having a lupus flare.  My nausea was on the top level for me.  A couple days all I had was the spoon of the Energy with tea or ginger ale.  So some of the days due to my nausea it truly was the only food I had.  I didn’t have to take any Benadryl when I was having a spoon everyday.  I just realized that as I am writing this blog post.  That’s a pretty big benefit in itself.

    Will I buy it for myself?  At this point, I can’t afford it on my long term disability reduced wages.  I wish I could because I would like to try it for longer.  It’s a pretty powerful jar of goodness and you only have to take a teaspoon of it daily.  Check out Honey Colony  at http://www.honeycolony.com/  Prices for auto ship are less expensive than buying a single jar as are buying them in a three pack is less expensive.

    I hope you enjoyed my review of Honey Colony’s Equilibrium Energy Superfood.

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    Looking out


    I wrote this just over a year ago as a writing assignment.  My true loneliness of my isolation is raw.

    I hope you enjoy reading and looking in my window for a little bit.

    Kristin

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    I’ve spent a lot of time looking out windows in the past few years but more so this year.  I think of the isolation I feel looking out into the world.  I think of the fear of going out because on the outside I look fine but inside I hurt, I’m beyond tired and yet I try to put a smile on my face. I think of the loneliness that I feel even though I have four amazing family members living in the house with me and two pupalups that are always close by.  I feel trapped inside and robbed of living a true life and will be stuck behind the window.

    Yet, I open the blinds and let the light in every morning.  If It’s a day I’m stuck in bed I have a fake window to look at and it’s pretty cool to picture myself in a hammock in the shade listening to the waves roll up on the beach.

    This window makes me think of yesterday’s uncertainty and how I try to enjoy the simple things like a cup of tea, my kidlets coming and talking to me, a pupalup dropping a toy in my lap and the light that comes in from the window I’m looking out.

    I’m grateful for those little things and even more so on a day when I find myself in bed exhausted after a nights sleep, in pain in every joint of my body, a headache and nausea that just never leaves me, I’m grateful for the sun that is coming in the window I’m looking out.

    Day 4 writing assignment in writing 101

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