Climbing Everest – Type One Nation Summit 2018

I was able to attend JDRF NEO’s Type One Nation Summit this year and it was refreshing to be in rooms full of people who deal with the same things I do. I don’t have much in-person contact with other people who have type 1 so I often feel like the weird one in the room.

Climbing Everest

This year’s keynote speaker was mountain climber Will Cross. Will has climbed mountains on every continent, walked to the North Pole, walked to the South Pole and submitted Everest – all while living with type 1 diabetes. It was an inspiring speech. I tweeted some highlights from the DiabetesMine account.  Continue reading

Elevate Your Sock Game with Magic Socks {Giveaway}

There are two things that people are self conscious about when asked to remove their socks in someone’s home 1. Foot odor and 2. Holey socks. The MP Team has a solution to the first (and kind of to the second when you think about it). Magic Socks are “the world’s best ordorless socks,” they’re infused with silver, copper and zinc which have antibacterial properties and keep the socks from getting that dirty gym sock smell that everyone has tried to forget from high school phys ed class.

As the warmer months are upon us and many of us look to the great outdoors as our gym (hiking, biking, walking, etc) the idea of sweaty, smelly feet is even more concerning, so having a solution seems like – well – magic.

But how magical are these socks? Do they really work?

I tested them out for 7 days of normal use (no crazy marathons or anything) to see if they would start to smell. Although I don’t recommend going a week without washing your socks (nor I I plan to again), I was pleasantly surprised with the results. My findings are below. (If you’re just here for the giveaway, keep on scrolling.)

 

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Side Table Makeover for Dog Stuff Storage

I was hesitant to feature this project because it’s so similar to the dressers that I redid recently. But why not?!

When you adopt a pet, you adopt the need for a lot of stuff. When we got Stella we had to get a bunch of stuff for her care and keeping. Treats of course, but also nail clippers, a leash, waste bags for walks, grooming wipes, car seat cover, car riding harness and cold-weather gear since the little fur she has is short and she gets very cold, very quickly.

All this stuff needs to live somewhere and for us, it needed to be near the back door. Rather than buying a new table, I grabbed Brad’s old night stand that had been stored in the basement.

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Working Your Illness Into Your Side Hustle

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Nowadays ( <- wow I feel old typing that) it seems that most people don’t have just one job anymore. You’ve probably heard terms like: side hustle, gig economy, extra income, freelancing, etc. a lot more in recent years. A lot of people are taking more control over their lives and their finances through doing more things.

A lot of people, like myself, work a normal full time job and spend a good chunk of their spare time doing other things that earn money. Other people have built whole careers on these independent projects. These things range from freelance writing, editing, coding, graphic design, etc to taking surveys, mystery shopping, operating a money-making blog (not all blogs make money) or even mining Bitcoin.

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Asking Questions and Giving Feedback

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You know how whenever your computer is acting up, the moment the IT guy comes to take a look at it, it starts working perfectly?

That’s kind of what it feels like when I go to the doctor. I know everything that’s going on, specifically what’s going wrong, and when I get into the appointment, it seems to fly right out of my head. Which is why the best thing I’ve done for my appointments is keep a running list of questions and thoughts on my phone to discuss at the appointment.

Asking questions and providing feedback are two critical parts of being an engaged patient. Continue reading