Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Heating Up The Kitchen With Club House Organic Spices!

I received complimentary packages of Club House's Organic Kung Pao and Taco Seasoning Mix from a great site that I belong to called Influenster.

These are the two packages I was sent in the mail.

I couldn't take the heat from the Kung Pao rice dish, so I enjoyed the tasty fries!

My honest thoughts: The packaging was okay, although I would love to have a re-sealable option so I don't need to transfer any leftover spice mix into another container for later use. The spice definitely packs a punch, so a little goes a long way for any recipe. I could smell it a mile away. lol The heat is very much present in each bite for the rice dish that I made but Bill found that despite the heat, it didn't have a lot of flavour. I wish there was less sodium in each package too because that is a bit of a deterrent. This won't be a staple spice product for our home, but it was good to try out.

The Taco mix though was really tasty! A lot of flavour and a great blend of spices. My baked fries turned out excellent. It had a bit of a zesty taste, but still tolerable. I would definitely make them again and we still have quite a bit left of the mix to enjoy!

So there you have it. These goodies that I got in the mail was a nice surprise and if you haven't already joined up, I would encourage you to check out Influenster (totally free to be a member!) so you can have an opportunity to test out all sorts of cool new products that launch.

Have you tried any of these organic spices out yet? If so, let me know your thoughts!

Flavour.ca  Influenster Canada #HelloFlavour #Complimentary

Friday, November 3, 2017

My Love Book

Over the last several years, life has been rather challenging and I'll honestly say that not every day is great, but I am learning to cope. It's a slow process and if you've been reading my blog, you're getting a glimpse into some of what I've had to deal with, both with physical pains and emotional ones, as well as all the different things I'm doing with trying to heal.

I think for many of us, we get those moments where we feel really useless, maybe not as a person, but due to the fact that we cannot be the ball of energy that we used to be. Dishes don't get done, laundry doesn't get put away, and trying to have a job never mind a thriving career seems futile because we just never know how we are feeling from day-to-day.  There are moments when I feel like I am contributing nothing to my relationship and then I give my head a good shake, pop open this book, and realize that despite my issues, I'm awesome, just like you are incredible in your own way too!

This Love Book that Bill created to celebrate our 9 year anniversary back in September, reaffirms not only how much he loves and appreciates me, but that we complement each other wonderfully.  A lot of the pages are personal and I tell you that tears well up in my eyes every time I read it!

Here it is, enjoy!

Love Book from Bill.
Custom Music: "Sunrise" by Bill Nuvo

If you want to create your own personalized lovebook for someone special, just follow the link here and get started: https://lovebookonline.com/

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

Bill and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

We're ready for all the spooky boils and ghouls tonight! :)

Our "Halloween Tree" is now done, as shown below!

You can also check out the cool video back in 2016 when we did some video of what happens when Dead Fred and our new prop Jean-Claude Buckplug get activated!

Inflatables

Spooky doorbell

Inside decorations of some of our spooky crew and "Halloween" tree. :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Heart and Stroke Volunteer



Hi everyone!

There are so many worthy causes and it's hard to be active in everything. However, I have chosen this time around to volunteer for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

I would be thrilled if you could drop by my page and make a donation!

If you would rather donate by cash/cheque in-person to me in Windsor, that can certainly be arranged as well.

My current goal is $100,but I am hoping with the generousity of others, I can surpass that.. :)

Thanks again!


PS. Please leave a comment, if you have any questions at all or to arrange dropping off a donation!


Monday, October 23, 2017

We're getting married!



Planning is something that has been very difficult for me and a bit of a fear to be honest. However, re-framing my thoughts and continuing my own personal healing journey, having things to look forward to is important, knowing that adjustments may need to be made because life doesn't go in a straight line, it is certainly a winding road.

We're quite the quirky couple and so this was pretty fitting, plus we both love the 80's! :)

Can you guess who is in the photo and the movie?

This is not the official wedding invite that our family and friends will get, but something fun to post at the moment.

As an entertainer, Bill's weekends are busy and so we both liked the idea of a week-day wedding. Plus this means he won't miss out on any prime-time gigs!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Why "I Love You" Makes a Difference

Well it’s been over a month or so of intense physiotherapy and I am seeing some improvements with my pain levels, not to mention my flexibility. Strength, well that ranges from day to day. Sometimes I can easily open up a jar and other times “Bill, can you come please help open this!”  Side note: one of the best presents Bill ever got me for the kitchen: This gadget rocks when i'm solo and no one is around to assist me: Easy Twist Jar Opener

My personalized physiotherapy program was designed exactly for the issues that I asked for help with, along with problems that they saw when I did my assessments. I won’t go into a ton of detail on what I’m doing because it may not be what you are actually needing for your own recovery. I will though include some parts that I think are really helpful for everyone, but I would encourage you to book a consultation to assess your individual needs. 

For pelvic floor physiotherapy, you need to be comfortable with your physiotherapist. If you’re not, it’s going to be a clenching fiasco, which for most of us who suffer with tight pelvic floor muscles is a nightmare.  The internal exam and on-going internal “work” is really important. I did ask Catherine if she sees patients who forgo the internal part and she said yes, but when that is the case, there is only so much she can do. 

I’m past the point of being shy. I cannot count how many specialists have seen my tush and other intimate areas. It still is a bit of a source of trauma for me on an emotional level because of what I have been through, but in order to heal, those trigger points inside need to get some much needed tlc and external only does so much.  I am doing a lot of work at home because let’s not kid ourselves, therapy is expensive. My coverage has ran out for the year and so everything now is paying out of pocket.  This is why I am really happy with my time at Physiofit because they realize that we’re not all money trees. I have plenty of exercises to do daily at home between visits, so it’s kind of like Santa Claus knowing if you are awake or have been good or bad (not in the same creepy way though). The physio team knows if their clients have been diligent in the exercises or slacking.

Just some of the exercises that I do on a daily basis at home and also at Physiofit (amongst others that they have special equipment for). I get assessed and different exercises get put in and others get taken out, depending on how my body is responding and what they think I should work on next.

Now for the physiotherapy part that doesn’t involve any internal work, there is still a lot of parts of the body that I knew I had some pain but didn’t realize the difference when I started to activate those muscles properly.  Posture, a big one. I have “sitting syndrome” which I think a lot of us can relate to, whether we’ve worked in jobs that have us sitting a majority of the day or have been in bed-ridden situations where our muscles just become very weak from lack of movement.  My upper back is super duper tight, which is part of the area where I hold my stress, and so with the all the targeted exercises I have been doing, I can really feel a positive difference and Bill also uses his magical hands when i'm really achy. Incorporating everything and also making the time to book with my amazing RMT, Carrie, works well for me.

I recall my first time on the treadmill, which has been my warm-up, and I didn’t realize how much I swayed with my hips and shoulders. Being aware of these things helps to break the habit, although most of us probably don’t even realize that we’re walking incorrectly and causing so much extra pain.  The best part though is investing your time with a professional team and giving a whole stack of effort, it can get better.

Now I am sure you are wondering about my title of “I love you” and how that relates to this blog.  While positive words of affirmation are always encouraged, I am actually referring to a specific exercise that I have been taught a few times now called the I love you massage.  This helps with cramps, gas, constipation, and all those fun digestive symptoms. I have a video here to show you basically how it’s done. It may not work the first time for you, or the second, but keep at it. It’s simple to do and really helps to move things along. Some videos you will see show immediate relief, but from my own experiences, it can take a few hours to even overnight. It just depends on how congested my body is. 

A great video that shows how the technique is done.

I am doing a lot of other things along with physiotherapy, so i'll have another blog up on those details soon!

As always, thank you for the on-going support.

If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me over e-mail, leave a comment on my blog or find me on Facebook.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Middle Eastern Delight: Windsor Palace

Not all Middle Eastern restaurants are the same. We have an abundance of them here in Windsor and they all have their own unique style, whether it’s a totally different take on traditional hummus, or even how certain dishes are prepared.  This time, we tried a new family-owned place called Windsor Palace, on 755 Wyandotte St East, here in Windsor, Ontario, which was highly recommended by our friend Matt, who dined with us.

The menu is fairly large and so you can get everything from chicken and lamb to falafel plates and shawarma sandwiches.

To start with, we had this delicious half and half soup, which was a combination of lentils and chicken.  Very mild taste with a nice thick texture and so tasty.


Our appetizer plate consisted of a mix of hummus, tabouli, fattoush and baba ghanouj. Also to note, their pita bread is incredibly soft.  The worst is hard, stale tasting pita that you have to gnaw into and eat. We pretty much polished off most of the appetizer.


Instead of ordering individual meals, Matt suggested that we just split the BBQ chicken with biryani rice and curry.  A great choice and wow was there a lot of food! The chicken was perfectly cooked and I just love biryani rice.


The service was excellent and the prices are reasonable for the quantity and quality, so I really cannot say there is improvement needed in any way from this experience.

Windsor Palace is ideal for just about any occasion. It has a casual elegance and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant was rather busy when we arrived, so go early or make reservations!

They also have another new location out in Tecumseh at 12 Amy Croft Drive, which I am certain will make the residents of Tecumseh very happy.

Oh and we are currently scoping out spots for the ideal place to host our wedding reception, so I think we are definitely keeping this one in mind!

Have you been here before? Did you like it, loathe it? Tell me about YOUR experience!

Make sure to "like" Windsor Palace on Facebook!

Windsor Palace gets 4/4 Muse's.
*All photos taken by me. Please ask permission if you wish to use any, as it's the right thing to do!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thanksgiving Gratitude



It doesn't matter if you're eating a lavish turkey dinner or simply Kraft Dinner out of the pot, the fact that you are eating something should warrant a moment of gratitude.

If there is someone in your life that you can call up to talk to, count your blessings.

If you're able to be cozy and warm in bed, even if someone is stealing the covers, you're still way ahead of the game. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

It will always be those simple things that enrich our lives and keep us grounded.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Get Your Tickets To Windsor King Fest!


Mark your calendars you Hound Dogs!  ;)

Windsor King Fest is coming and you don't want to miss out on any of these incredible shows Nov 3-5th, 2017!

Tickets are available online at: http://www.windsorelvisfest.com/

OR
Pick up the phone and call to reserve your tickets: 226-783-5069

Make sure to share this blog with all your family and friends!




Friday, October 6, 2017

ABC's of PAIN MANAGEMENT

“We are meant to move” echoes through my head every day. After starting  physiotherapy at Physiofit, I realize the importance of posture and movement on a daily basis. No matter how much you can do, some sort of movement is better than being completely sedentary.

Although I struggle a great deal with health anxiety, I am always reminded not to always take life too seriously. Life is full of uncertainty and we cannot control everything. It’s a tough pill to swallow. The more we try and control the uncontrollable, the worse our bodies and minds become. We get into a perpetual state of fear. It is true that good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people. I think a prime example is the Las Vegas tragedy. Were the innocent people at the wrong place at the wrong time? Maybe...but still, many people will continue to travel there and even stay at the hotel, not really even thinking twice about it. Does that mean they don’t care? Of course not, it just means that these events do not dictate their happiness. I know getting in that mind frame is easier said than done, trust me, but let’s just focus on today because we have minimal control over what happens tomorrow.

I compiled my own little ABC pain survival note that I hope some may find helpful.  It has some of my quirky side in there and I tried to address aspects of physical, emotional and spiritual distress.

You can print this out for a daily reminder, keep it in your email folder or phone. Feel free to share  this post too!

THE ABC’s OF PAIN MANAGEMENT

Accept responsibility. This is a big one, as we often blame external factors which make us even more depressed.

Believe in yourself.  I know...a bunch of new-age mumbo-jumbo, but feeling good about yourself can really boost your serotonin levels, which greatly affects mood. 

Calm down.  Many of us who battle with pain tend to panic a lot and a few deep breaths can make a world of difference. As Drew Barrymore said, in the film Ever After, "Just Breathe."

De-clutter.  Whether it’s one room at a time, get rid of stuff you don’t need. Sell, donate, give to friends. Surrounding yourself with clutter keeps you stuck. It's like having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth permanently.

Engage in meaningful friendships. I think this speaks for itself. If you have a friend who always calls you for help, but never checks in to see how you’re doing, probably best to let that person go. Yes, we all lead busy lives, but a simple “hey i’m thinking of ya” goes a long way. 

F*ck it!  Yep, sometimes it’s okay to admit defeat and throw your covers over your head and call it a day.

Get away from technology. It's tough, but well worth it to just put your electronics aside for even a few hours. Establish a routine to close down your devices. Unless you have a job that requires you to be constantly connected (if so, maybe it's time to consider a career switch if that is a main stressor for you) no one is going to hate you for missing a "like" on a post about their dinner foodie pic or newest outfit. If they do, you better get a new circle of friends.

Hold on. Whether you’re an amateur cook or like to dabble in photography, find time to do something you are passionate about, so you can hold onto those memories.

Invest. I’m not talking about stocks, but your own well-being. Get that check-up that you've been putting off for months, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage.

Jump around.  Again, movement people!

Kill time. When you’re in pain, it feels like a single day can just drag on. Stop looking at the clock and maybe play a few rounds of Candy Crush. By the time you know it, it will be night time. That game is SO addictive!

Laugh.  Often we cry too much, so how about a few good laughs, eh?

Make a sandwich. Seems odd, I know, but your body may be reacting because its simply hungry.

Naked time.  Any form of intimacy can benefit us, from a simple snuggle to orgasmic pleasure.

Observe your surroundings. Being mindful can help ease stress and won't leave you in a state of chaos and confusion.

Praise yourself. Not everything can get done in a day when you’re unwell. Your to-do list may be a mile long but accomplishing just one thing can feel very rewarding. (Thanks Carrie for this tip!)

Quit it.  Don’t beat yourself up over things that are totally out of your control.

Relax. Sometimes our bodies are just screaming for us to RELAX. Frankie knows.

Sleep.  The benefits are endless when you are able to have a good night’s rest. Zzzzz

Turn up the music! Play your favourite artist/band. Abba never put anyone in a bad mood.  

Understand this too shall pass. Wise words and very true.

Volunteer. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life. I am proud to be part of  CMHA.  Whether it’s a weekly, monthly, or whenever you can commitment, give back to your community.

Wake up.  Yesterday sucked, but today is another day, right? Right.

X - plain yourself. None of us are mind-readers and brain-fog is damn real, so clear communication is essential.

Yes! You don’t have to always be a “yes man” but from time to time, say yes to a new experience.

Zip it.  We can all have mean streaks, but words can really sting. Sometimes, especially if you know someone is going through a really rough patch, instead of lashing out, walk away and enjoy the silence.