Tag Archives: Tips & Tricks

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I have had my (second) ileostomy for almost three weeks, and I am trying out products to see which is the best for me.  Convatec is out because I have sensitive skin and their products made my skin boil.  So, this week I have been using a Hollister light convexity bag.  It is a two part system with Hollisters “floating flange” and velcro sealed bag […]

Ostomy life: hollister bag review

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Posted on August 9, 2013 by

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About three years ago I was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, and about two weeks ago I had surgery which left me with a temporary ileostomy.  This is actually my second temporary ileostomy, I got my first less than two years ago as a result of ulcerative colitis.  My first surgery was an ileostomy in August 2011 to remove my colon which, as my doctor […]

My story: my second ostomy

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Posted on August 9, 2013 by

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Over the past two years I have incurred a lot of medical bills, so I am low on cash a lot of the time. The mental burden of feeling helpless in the face of those bills made me constantly concerned about our finances. I found that curbing my spending, and only purchasing “essentials” made me feel less anxious about those bills, because I am doing […]

Low on cash? Cut and Slash (your spending)!!!

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Posted on December 7, 2012 by

My mother and grandmother have rented an apartment in London for a month and a half… and I am going to visit for three weeks!  My mother was kind enough to use her frequent flyer miles to fly me over.  Free vacation!!  My husband John and my friend Erica are also coming over, and their visits will overlap a couple of days which is awesome.  […]

London 2012: the planning phase

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Posted on September 5, 2012 by

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Sunscreen has been in the news quite a bit this year because of new FDA regulations 1.  Sunscreen manufacturers will be required to identify the type of rays that are being blocked, and how water resistant the formula is.  The regulations are not in effect yet, but they highlight an important topic: sunscreens are not created equal.  It would be nice to be able to […]

Screening your Sunscreen: sunscreens are not created equal

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Posted on August 11, 2012 by

Problem: your ear piercing gets swollen and infected whenever you wear earrings.  Tip:  Each time before you put in your earrings, dip the post in neosporin!  My friend Erica told me about this trick and it works so well.  I actually wear earrings now! Problem: you are leaving the house and notice a small run in your stockings.  Tip: Change stockings   If you don’t […]

Easy Home Remedies & Quick Fixes

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Posted on July 22, 2012 by

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My husband John loves tinkering with things and collecting tools.  It isn’t an expensive hobby because he buys most of his non-electric tools at the local pawn shop where they only cost a couple of dollars each.  Recently however, he started complaining that he couldn’t find anything he wanted at the pawn shops anymore.  I suggested that he try going to a yard sale, something […]

So you’re going to your first garage sale?

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Posted on July 22, 2012 by

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So call me crazy, but I am not going to purchase all of this seasons “hot” nail polish colors. Why? Glad you asked. First of all the $12-$18 price tag. Second, many colors are a fad and if you buy them you’ll just end up with a lot of strangely colored nail polish that you never use. Third, even if the color comes back in […]

DIY Nail Polish

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Posted on July 22, 2012 by