My Christmas Letter (A Year In Review)

We receive a lot of Christmas cards with a letter inside, summarizing that family’s year. My family occasionally sent these letters when I was a kid. Brad and I have rarely felt the urge to send a letter summarizing our year.

I sent our Christmas cards out last week without a letter but got to thinking about those letters as I was reading the ones we’ve already received. Christmas is a good time to look back at what’s happened over the last 12 months and share it with others… so this, I suppose, is my letter.

For us, 2014 has been a year of family, friendship and travel. Continue reading

Stay Home

It’s common sense and good manners to stay home when you are sick (or keep your child home)… cold, flu, stomach bug, etc. A lot of people choose to “power through” or “tough it out” and go to work, attend school or make an appearance at a social/family gathering. But I beg you, please¬†don’t do it.¬†

Just stay home.

Not only is staying home better for your recovery, it helps stop whatever you’ve got from spreading. It can also keep others out of the hospital. What gets me all riled up is that people will go places with “just a little cold” or “a touch of the flu” and expose people like me (i.e. those with broken immune systems) to potentially life-threatening illnesses.

That’s right, your little illness can harm others. Continue reading

Christmas-Hating Cats and Etsy Pick-ups by Santa

You know how I mentioned that my cats like to chew on the Christmas tree?

Well, they tried to kill it this week. While Brad and I were making dinner the other night, he noticed Watson was playing with something and went over to check it out. It was a Christmas light plug. So I went and checked the plugs by the outlet (tree was not plugged in yet) and they were fine. Which meant digging into our Christmas tree to locate the damaged string and to make sure that no other strings were chewed through as well.

Their disdain for Christmas has been noted. #catsofinstagram #occupytree

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If you think about it, everything that goes along with the holidays really does interrupt our pets’ daily lives. My cats have a very quiet existence and a pretty stable schedule, so the holidays kind of derail their little lives. All of a sudden there’s a giant tree in the living room, boxes appear, we are gone at different times, people come to visit and their humans try to wrap things in paper rather than pet them. Continue reading

Holiday Outfits Call for Holiday Pods

I’m not a big fan of getting diabetes-type things as gifts, but Pump Peelz for my diabetes devices make the list of d-gear I wouldn’t mind finding in my stocking. I like being able to dress up my pods and as a company, Pump Peelz has a lot of personality and heart. They offered to let me test out something from their holiday designs to review so I picked the Star Paper Pattern for the OmniPod.

I find myself wearing a variety of holiday outfits this time of year so it only makes sense to dress up my pod. It was hard to pick the design I wanted to try because the holiday options were all pretty great.

Peelz are pretty easy to apply and are forgiving if you need to reposition them. I find it way easier to place a peel on a pod before I activate it. I start at the window and smooth the peel on from there, locking everything in with the side flaps. Continue reading