Tips and Tricks

Today’s the 5th and final day of Diabetes Blog Week, some may continue posting over the weekend for the wildcard topics, but I think I’ll wrap it up today. To be honest, with how infrequently I’ve been blogging lately, I’m surprised I’ve made it this whole week. Kudos to Karen for selecting topics that I could write about! Today’s topic is tips and tricks.

Let’s round out the week by sharing our best diabetes tips and diabetes tricks. From how you organize supplies to how you manage gear on the go/vacation (beach, or skiing, or whatever). From how you keep track of prescription numbers to how you remember to get your orders refilled. How about any “unconventional” diabetes practices, or ways to make diabetes work for YOU (not necessarily how the doctors say to do it!). There’s always something we can learn from each other. (Remember though, please no medical advice or dangerous suggestions.)

I love it when people share really helpful, actionable tips for dealing with diabetes in real life. Two years ago, we “hacked” diabetes and I shared a list of things that I do to make living with diabetes easier.

Medical  Management Tips Continue reading

Get the Most of Your Visit to a Model Home

If you’re considering building a home, you’re probably going to end up visiting a model home at some point. Here are my recommendations for getting the most out of your model home visit.

Visit a model you can actually build. In our community, the model home is not the type of home we’re building. We wanted to see the model of a Florence so our Ryan rep told us which communities had Florence models and we went to one of those. She called the Ryan rep at the other community to let her know we were coming and she greeted us by name when we got there, let us know to tell her if we had any questions and left us alone.

Don’t rush through. Take your time walking through the model. Take a couple of laps if you have to, and don’t let other model visitors make you feel like you should move on from a room more quickly than your ready. Continue reading

5 Things Moving Can Do For You

Right now I’m in the midst of a move. This time, it’s not a personal one but a professional one, the company that I work for is moving its office from the suburbs to downtown Cleveland.

This process though is reminding me of the many personal moves I’ve made in my life. By my 18th birthday, I had lived in 12 different houses. Since then I have lived in two different dorm rooms, squatted in three different home during summers, two apartments, a rental house and now Brad and I have been in the home that we own for two and a half years. Bottom line, I’ve lead a very nomadic life.

Packing up and moving to a new place can be stressful, frightening and exciting all at once time. Here are five things moving can do for you:

1. Force you to downsize, declutter and purge. Continue reading

10 Tips for Being an Excellent Bridesmaid

Being asked to be a bridesmaid in someone’s wedding is a testament to the relationship that the couple has with you. I’ve been a bridesmaid, a maid of honor, a bride, a matron of honor and a bride’s matron (seems full circle!) as well as a wedding guest, videographer and photographer’s assistant. I’ve been honored with those roles and I’ve picked up a lot of advice to share with other bridesmaids.

My goofy girls – Joni Chatman Photography

1. Be a team player.

You don’t have to be friends with the other bridal attendants. You don’t even have to like them! But you do have to work with them. You’re on “team bride” together so put aside petty arguments and badmouthing and work with each other. Chances are you’re going to be planning a bridal shower and a bachelorette party together as well as working as a team to help the bride get ready, stay calm and enjoy her wedding day. After that if you’re all friends, great! If not, no problem.

2. Be organized. Continue reading

A Cooking-Themed Bridal Shower

Last summer, I worked with a great group of bridesmaids to throw a pretty large-scale garden tea bridal shower for my good friend Natalie. I loved how the theme of the shower carried through everything, so when my mom said that she’d like to have a small, Pampered Chef bridal shower, my sister and I cooked up an intimate cooking-themed shower for her.

It’s weird to plan a bridal shower for your mother. Let me just put that out there. But a lot of the stuff I’ve encountered related to my mom getting married has been a bit unusual so the only option is to just roll with it.

Since the guest list was manageable, I volunteered my home for it. I printed the invitations at home and included a card with parking instructions and notice that my home is a shoes-free environment, inviting guests to bring slippers or fun fun socks. Asking  people to remove their shoes in my home is a frequently misunderstood policy and occasionally upsets some, the best way of preventing problems with this is to give advanced notice of the policy, by inviting people to bring slippers or fun socks, they could plan accordingly.

One of my mom’s friends thought that the invitations were professionally made! Major compliment appreciated!

Because it was a Pampered Chef shower, most of the hard work was done by the Pampered Chef lady, who is my mom’s friend. She put together a board with my mom’s wishlist and brought items from it for us to look at and learn about. Continue reading