Diabetes and Swollen Feet

The struggle continues.

 On my last post I was telling you how I became ill and had to be admitted for 5 days.  I’ve been discharged for almost 2 weeks now and if it’s not one thing it’s another.  I am presently suffering from extremely painful swollen feet, legs and ankles.  My feet have been swollen before, yet I don’t recall them getting as big as they are now or hurting this bad.  I had to elevate my feet for an hour just to get my pants off.  That’s crazy!

The doctor prescribed fluid pills the last time.  I fear fluid pills because for me, they temporarily help one problem but creates another.  If you’ve ever experienced a diuretic then you know it causes you to urinate frequently which can cause you to become dehydrated and boy oh boy being dehydrated puts me in a horrible place.  

I really don’t know what to do about my lower extremities being so swollen. It feels as though I’m walking in cement blocks; did I mention that they really hurt?  Elevating them only seems to be a temporary fix.  The moment I put them back on the ground they blow up again. I’ve been using coconut oil in an effort to soften my skin to help prevent or at least minimize my feet and legs from looking like a road map from stretch marks. 

Please tell me you know of a fix for these Flinstone feet, it’s sandal and sundress season……..


Dia-Buddy (Will you be my Diabetic Buddy)

I’ve been authoring this blog since 2013 and I can say that I can count with one hand the number of times I’ve mentioned D.I.A.B.E.T.E.S

So back in 2009 I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. My blood sugar was a whopping 1102!

Yes!! You read it right, 1102

Since being diagnosed it’s been a struggle to maintain a healthy glucose level. I hate when people try to compare me to their grandma or uncle who is type 2 and takes a pill and maybe a little insulin. Type 1 is NOT Type 2. There’s a huge difference. 

I have been hospitalized on numerous occasions with DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis).  Here recently I was hospitalized and diagnosed with gastroparesis. My test results showed that my stomach was only digesting 21% of its contents. That’s not good. In reading about this a found that gastroparesis is a chronic illness. That means I get to look forward to these complications forever.  There are medicines that can assist, however I haven’t located the cure. 

I missed out on blogging for awhile due to my work schedule and then I was able to get back into the swing of things and then once again… more distractions appeared. This past hospitalization was the sickest I remember ever being since I was initially diagnosed.  I don’t ever want to feel that bad again.  My goal is to eat better and to commit to taking my medication. Type 1 Diabetes is a funny thing. One minute you’re too high and the next minute you’re too low. It’s so hard to find a balance. Like my endocrinologist said, “it’s like trying to hit a moving target.”

So moving forward I am going to share more about my battle with Type 1 Diabetes. Plus, I need you guys to help me to stay encouraged to fight! I plan to get back to crafting soon, as well as sharing inspirational stories. One day at a time, one day at a time.

Tonight I’m trying Grilled Lemony Asparagus


Thanks for dropping by,


Nakia Amour – Nakia Amour Natural Hair Care Products


                                                                                                                      written by: Dannielle Walker

Being natural is a way of life, but for some, becoming natural can be quite the challenge. That’s how Nakia Amour’s journey began.  She set out on a quest to provide a better solution to managing perplex hair types.  Nakia’s dedication to create a natural hair care product lead to the start of Nakia Amour Natural Hair Care Products. I had an opportunity to chat with Nakia to talk about how she got her start in the Natural Hair Care industry and what she has planned for the future.


  • Dannielle:  Hello Nakia! Thank you so much for granting me the opportunity to feature you and your company.
  • Nakia: Dannielle, thank you for the opportunity. I love to share and motivate others to action.

  • Dannielle: I know that your natural hair lead you to start your company, Id like to ask what moved you to transition to the natural hair club?
  • Nakia:  Well Dannielle it was simple curiosity. I saw a woman one day with curls that danced in the wind. The way her hair moved and graced her crown was alluring and I couldn’t stop starring. It was then when I decided to give my natural hair a try. I wanted to see what my hair would look like without the use of chemicals. I got my first relaxer at the age of 10 and my mom had always taken excellent care of my hair. We stuck to old school methods like oiling the scalp, protective styling and roller sets, lol. There was no sitting in a beauty salon, we were the salon. Mom felt it was important for my sister and I to know how to care for our hair ourselves. I’m glad she did because I believe that’s what made my transition seemly easy.
          • Dannielle:  From what I understand, Natural is considered hair that has not been permanently modified. Depending on who you ask, hair coloring is/is not considered natural. What’s your take on hair coloring?
              • Nakia:  Well Dannielle, although I don’t use color I like for people to have choices and there are several varieties of hair color. I see color as an accessory for people and it allows an optional way to express themselves. I don’t see anything wrong with coloring if it’s properly applied to “healthy hair” by a colorist. Applying color to weak, brittle or damaged hair will cause hair to weaken and fall out. Opt for ammonia and peroxide free color whenever possible or try henna which is a natural hair tint. Remember to condition and moisturize as well.
                  • Dannielle:  Nakia, there is an array of natural hair products available on the market, what ignited your desire to create a product of your own?
                    • Nakia:  Dannielle when I transitioned to natural in 2008 there were very few products on the market. I got frustrated because I couldn’t get the look I wanted and moisture at the same time, so I started experimenting at home.
                      • Dannielle:  At what point did you feel that your product was good enough to sell and how did you make your first sell?
                        • Nakia:  Initially selling never crossed my mind, it wasn’t until I got approached several times and asked “what I used on my hair”. Only then did I began to entertain the idea of starting a business. I allowed people to try the products as I developed them. This served as my research and development (R & D) and I knew from their feedback the products were ready for market. I made my first sell at the Duafe Natural Hair, Health and Wellness Expo.
                            • Dannielle:  What’s your favorite product from your collection and what other products do you carry in your line?
                                • Nakia:  All of them, lol. They all work together to give my hair what it needs, but if I was stuck on an island and only given one hair care item, it would be the Nakia Amour Curl Enhancing Gel. I absolutely love the Curl Enhancing Gel! It was the answer to my hair type. An unscented, light weight, moisturizing hair gel that didn’t leave my hair hard and crunchy. Other products in the line include a Black Soap Shampoo with Tea Tree, Moisturizing Conditioner, Leave-In Conditioner, Pre-Conditioning Hair Oil and Moisturizing Hair Butter Crème, all of which are unscented and can be purchased at nakiaamour.com
                                    • Dannielle: Can we expect to see any additions to the line-up in the future?
                                        • Nakia:  Absolutely, with the release of our Moisturizing Hair Butter Crème last fall we’re on track to bring even more Nakia Amour goodness to market. I’m still in aw of how much customers love this butter.
                                            • Dannielle: Nakia, I added this section to this blog as a way of inspiring and motivating others with success stories from people who are right here in our community. What advice would you give the readers to encourage them to follow through with their passion?
                                                • Nakia: I encourage whomever is reading this to find out what your passion is. If you do not know, take a moment and think about what service people seek you out for? Is it advice, proofing, cooking/baking, style tips, finance information, fixing things, etc? What do you like to do, so much that you would do it for free? Take some time to sincerely consider and find out what your talent or passion is and write it down. Once it’s written and you have mulled over it, pray and ask if this is the path for you? Think about some of the sacrifices you may have to make such as family time,business expenses (business license, DBA, franchise taxes, attorney fees, insurance) and self time. Self time is huge, you may have to sacrifice self time for the business to progress and it’s important to know that. Also note you should be in a good place mentally as well so you can focus. If you have a family, discuss the business with your spouse and children and how it may affect them. If everyone is in agreement , put the plan into action and step into your destiny. If you’re afraid, do it afraid. If you don’t have everything in place, use what you have. If you feel that you don’t measure up, do your research and move forward, God will send whatever it is you need at the time. I want to emphasize making a plan for a second. Make a plan to succeed by doing your research in the area you plan on stepping into. Don’t hop into a business recklessly. Prepare appropriately by writing out a business plan and double checking that plan with your state Small Business and Technology Development Center. If you live in Little Rock, AR, visit the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. This is a free service and they have people with business backgrounds that can help you win. Remember faith without work is dead, you must do the work. Answer your call and be obedient, God bless.
                                                  • Dannielle:  Nakia, thank you so much for giving back in a way that will help to inspire and motivate others. May God continue to bless you with an avalanche of success! 

                                                  If you’re a part of the natural hair movement, I highly encourage you to give Nakia Amour Natural Hair Care Products a try. Checkout Nakia’s event page on her website! Grab your friends and head out to attend the next product sampling!

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                                                    SET REMINDERS

                                                     So I follow @blackwhiteonly on an app called Studio+.  I came upon this image in my feed and it instantly brightened my day so I had to share.  

                                                    It also gave me an idea!  

                                                    We face challenges on a daily basis; wether they be large or small.  Often a little encouragement goes a long way. Use your phone’s REMINDER feature to remind yourself that even though things may seem tough… You’re gonna be alright


                                                    You don’t have to just use this image, you can create your own using the Studio+ app!


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                                                    How I Cleaned My Dishwasher

                                                    My dishwasher is one of those things that I’m hugely grateful for. I would hate to have to ever live without one. With my lifestyle, the convenience of having a machine that washes, rinses and dries is priceless.

                                                     Recently I’ve been noticing food stains on the dishes after a complete cycle of washing. 




                                                    I was so disgusted by this and thought that we may need someone to come out and service it. But before spending any money, I decided to take a scroll through Pinterest. I found tons of instructions on cleaning dishwashers with vinegar and baking soda so I decided to give it a try first. 

                                                    Here’s how I cleaned my dishwasher…

                                                    • Clear dishwasher of all dishes
                                                    • Add 2 cups of vinegar to a container and place on top rack
                                                    • Sprinkle a cup of baking soda inside the dishwasher
                                                    • Add a mixture of vinegar and baking soda where the detergent goes
                                                    • Run dishwasher through a complete cycle

                                                    This method actually worked for me! My dishwasher is whiter and smells fresher. The next batch of dishes came out sparkling clean without any food residue.  If you’re still having problems after this cleaning method, you should check the drain to be sure it’s not clogged. 

                                                    Important Tip: In most cases your garbage disposal and dishwasher share the same drain, so it’s important to be sure to empty the garbage disposal before starting a dishwashing cycle 

                                                    Do you have any tips and tricks on getting your dishwasher back to new? I’d love for you to share! 

                                                    Well Thanks again for stopping by, 


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                                                      DIY VISION BOARD – What’s your vision for 2016?

                                                      When I was in junior high school there was a chant for sports that we did that goes, “You can do it, you can do it. All you have to do is put your mind into it!” 

                                                      Well, Im all about resolutions and goals. Back in 2013 I created a DIY Simple Resolution & Inspiration Board.  My quest was to find a way to incorporate those resolutions and goals into home decor so that it’s always in front of you and a constant reminder of the goals you’ve set for the year.  This year I chose to add visuals to my board. And since I’m all about socializing, I’m going to throw a 2016 VISION BOARD PARTY!

                                                      A Vision Board Party doesn’t have to be an extravagant affair. As a matter of fact, my party guests will include my husband, myself and our children. I thought this was the perfect way for my family to bring in the new year.

                                                      The Basics:

                                                      • Poster Boards
                                                      • Embellishments (stickers, glitter, ribbon, rhinestones, etc)
                                                      • Photos
                                                      • Magazines
                                                      • Online Images
                                                      • Printed Inspirational & Motivational Quotes and Words
                                                      • Markers
                                                      • Scissors
                                                      • Glue
                                                      • Snacks
                                                      • Drinks

                                                      What your Vision Board should include:

                                                      • How you want to feel
                                                      • What you want to have
                                                      • What you want to do
                                                      • Where you’d like to go
                                                      • Things that motivate and inspire you


                                                        Writing down your goals is a step towards making them happen. What you focus on, you attract. Give this Visualization Technique a try and let me know how it works out for you.
                                                        Wishing you a happy & prosperous New Year,


                                                        Thank you for sharing!

                                                        Checkout my Pinterest Board for some amazing ideas for New Year’s Eve parties!


                                                          DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop and Props

                                                          Christmas, Christmas time is near

                                                          Time for toys and time for cheer

                                                          We’ve been good, but we can’t last

                                                          Hurry Christmas, hurry fast!

                                                          With the way the social media craze is, it’s almost necessary to capture the best moments on camera to share with family and friends.  One cool and festive way to capture the moments is to create a DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop.

                                                          I created one for my family this Christmas and it was loads of fun! It was a hit with both the children and adults! It was super simple to create this DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop! 

                                                          All you need is:

                                                          • Long roll of Christmas wrapping paper
                                                          • Tape
                                                          • Dowels
                                                          • Props (and printed images and words)
                                                          • Poster Boards
                                                          • Glue Stick
                                                          • Scissors
                                                          • Color Photo Printer


                                                          I found a collection of printable Christmas props at Elegance and Enchantment that were spot-on for my photo shoot. I also found some random images around the web that were suitable for a fun family Christmas photo shoot.

                                                          • Print Images
                                                          • Glue the images to the poster board
                                                          • Cut them out
                                                          • Attach dowels to images
                                                          • Tape the wrapping paper to the wall
                                                          • Get to Snapp’n

                                                          Have fun with it!!       Silly Faces & Crazy Poses make the best and most memorable pics!


                                                            Here are a few shots from Christmas Day 2015



                                                          Merry Christmas to you & yours,

                                                          Thanks for Sharing!

                                                          Special “Thanks” to my family!

                                                          Red Cardinal Christmas Tree

                                                          Are you the type of person who likes to decorate your Christmas Tree differently every year? Well, I am! This year I wanted to do something uncomplicated but jaw dropping. In the past, I’ve tried to stay away from the traditional red theme. But really, what color says Christmas better than red? It’s so vibrant and festive! My workplace introduced red cardinal ornaments as a part of this year’s Christmas collection. I fell in love the moment I saw them. The red cardinals on the tree remind me of the boxed holiday cards. The cardinals were originally $60 for 12. Wow, at that rate, the cardinals were going to cost more than my tree! Fortunately they went on sale for 50% off so I purchased 24 and added some holly berries.

                                                          My husband and I went to Lowe’s and purchased a 8ft Fraser Fir. I bought 4 cans of artificial snow at Walmart for $1.50 each. To my dismay, it doesn’t photograph well. I really, really would like my tree professionally flocked with one of those blower things. 



                                                          So, I hear that the Red Cardinal is one of many Christmas symbols.  I did a Google search and came across some interesting writings on the subject. I’m providing links in case you’re curious.

                                                          I’m torn, I’m not sure if this is my favorite Christmas Tree so far. It’s a tie between this year and last year.  I’m definitely pleased with it and my son thinks it’s beautiful and that’s really all that matters!

                                                          Have a Safe & Fun Holiday,

                                                          Want to see last year’s Christmas Tree?

                                                          Under the Mistletoe

                                                          The mistletoe is a very basic looking plant that has been transformed into a classic, elegant looking symbol of the holidays.  I’ve always wanted to hang a real mistletoe during the holidays so, since I’m hosting our family Christmas gathering, I’ve decided that i’m going to finally have my mistletoe. 

                                                          I ordered a Mistletoe & Holly Sprig from Mistletoe.com. Mistletoe.com offers mistletoe and holly sprigs at a responsible price.  The mistletoe & holly sprig that I ordered cost a total of $17.86. The sprig was $12.99. At the time of my purchase, mistletoe.com had a promo for 10% off and shipping cost me $6.17.

                                                          There’s a folklore behind the kissing under the mistletoe tradition. You can gain some extra knowledge by reading about the history of the mistletoe at:

                                                          Remember: Pucker up, its bad luck to decline a kiss when you’ve passed under the mistletoe.
                                                          Happy Holidays to You & Yours,


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