Friday, July 22, 2022

Fly On The Wall In A Covid House

Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado, Today, there are three of us opening our homes to our readers for a glimpse at what goes on behind closed doors. What did the fly catch at our place? Covid, that's what. Everyone in my family has had it at one point or another including the grandbabies, but so far I have evaded it...until today, with a positive test. Husby has been home sick all week and then he generously shared his cooties with me. I woke up yesterday with a scratchy throat, runny nose, and a nasty cough. Thanks, Babe! And before you ask, YES we are fully vaxed and boosted! 

This virus comes on the heels of having to say goodbye to my favorite fur baby Savi last week (you can read about it HERE) which nearly did me in emotionally. I'm still trying to grasp that my sweet girl pug companion is gone. I was trying to stay busy this week to avoid the pain of her absence, and then BAM! I got Covid! 

Rather than focus on the craptastic week I've had, let me share some photos from a recent family outing in May that we had to celebrate my beautiful grandson's first birthday (the only person missing is my youngest son since he had to work a double that day and missed the party!). 

***All of the lovely photos below are courtesy of Amber Schnakenberg Photography at 

By the time you read this, I'll probably be in bed with a thermometer, extra blankets, hot tea, and....well, a cheese danish would be nice. Feel free to send some my way......

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA? If you love classic board games, check out my latest article for Family Minded  HERE  Then, take a look at my latest pieces for Always Pets--- Unusual Rainforest Pets HERE and my absolute favorite topic--squirrels-- HERE. I also have some yummy summer recipes (smoothies and BBQ!!) featured in AARP/The Ethel which you can see HERE and HERE

Buzz around these other blogs for a peek into some other homes:

Baking In A Tornado


The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Saying Goodbye: A Little Eulogy For My Four-Legged Friend

Unless you have owned a pet that you loved more than you ever thought possible and considered a member of your family, you will not understand my need to write this eulogy for my four-legged friend. I know people are not supposed to compare the loss of a pet to the loss of a human, but grief is a tricky thing. No two people experience it the same way, and it's impossible to put a degree or timetable on the pain. 

On July 12 at 1:30 a.m., we had to help our sweet pug Savi cross the rainbow bridge. As many of you who follow me on social media know, our pup became unexpectedly and gravely ill 5 weeks ago. She was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease as well as a bad gall bladder. We did everything we could for her---got opinions from four different vets, numerous blood tests and ultrasounds, made sure she had the necessary surgery (removal of gall bladder and spleen), transfusions, multiple medications, and two weeks in a canine ICU. We spent every dime we had left because the prognosis for her was good---she had an 85% recovery rate. For a while there, we thought we had a miracle dog---she bounced back so quickly, even the doctors were astonished. But last weekend she had a major setback---she stopped eating, stopped drinking, and did nothing but sleep. I knew it was the beginning of the end for her and started counting the hours until the dreaded day came. Everyone warned me that I'd know when it was time to let her go by the look in her eyes, but I refused to accept that. I was confident she was not in pain yet and would hopefully pass peacefully in her sleep. But there was still that little spark of hope in me that she would somehow bounce back again. 

She didn't. Late Monday night her breathing became hard and rapid. I held her for the longest time, and when she looked up at me, I saw it in her eyes, just like everyone said I would. She was telling me it was time. My husband and I drove her to the clinic in the middle of the night and said our final goodbyes.

Next week, we would have celebrated Savi's 10th birthday. I have lost family members, friends, and numerous pets before, but this ranks right up there as one of the most painful losses ever---maybe because it went on for five long weeks of hell. 

Savi came to us from a pug rescue group 9 years ago, and it was love at first sight. She has been my constant companion, my fur baby girl, my sweet angel. She was family. She loved to sunbathe on the deck and her favorite food was salmon. Whenever I took warm clothes out of the dryer, she would hop on the pile, roll over on her back and take a long nap. I called her my "little piggy" because she had a plump, pink belly. There were so many kisses and snuggles with her---she was the most loving dog I have ever known. Savi sat on my lap every time I plopped down on the couch to rest, and she always slept beside me in bed for the nine years we had her. I got so used to her pug snores that they actually comforted me and helped me fall asleep. Now I cannot even sleep in that bed and instead have moved temporarily into our guest room. To say that my heart is broken is an understatement. My heart is completely shattered. 

RIP Savi, I'll see you on the other side, precious girl. This home will never feel the same again without you. 


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Looking For Term Life Insurance? Here's Everything You need To Know!

Are you looking into Term Life Insurance for your family? There is a lot of confusion out there about the different types of insurance, but my guest today on the blog is here to answer all of your questions. 

When Should I Purchase a Term Life Insurance Policy?

Find out when you should start seriously looking at term life insurance quotes and how you can secure the best possible rate that works with your budget

For a lot of people, life insurance may seem like something that isn’t necessary until later in life. While it is true that having life insurance when you are older is essential, many people put off finding a plan for far too long. If you are unsure whether or not you should start searching for term life insurance quotes, we’re here to help! We’re going to be walking you through how term life insurance policies work and the best time to purchase a plan. Let’s get you one step closer to finding the best life insurance quote for you!

What is Term Life Insurance?

Before we can explore term life insurance quotes, we need to learn a bit about how term life insurance works

Many young people don’t understand how life insurance works.

There are two main categories of insurance policies that you need to be aware of as you begin searching for the best way to get insured—term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Permanent life insurance is sometimes referred to as whole life insurance. A permanent or whole life insurance plan is exactly what it sounds like—it never expires. You will remain insured for the remainder of your life and you will accumulate a cash value over time. As you get older, this cash value can be used to pay for essential services like healthcare. However, permanent life insurance is by far the pricier option which means that many people choose to go with a term life insurance policy that better fits their budget.

A term life insurance policy—on the other hand—lasts only for a designated amount of time. The average timespan for a term life insurance policy is anywhere from 20-40 years. Unlike permanent life insurance, term life insurance does not accumulate a cash value. As we mentioned, term life insurance is far less expensive while still getting you the coverage you need. For most people in their 20s or 30s searching for life insurance, a term life insurance quote is preferable over permanent life insurance.

When is the Best Time to Get Term Life Insurance?

The younger you are, the cheaper your term life insurance quote will be

Don’t wait too long to purchase life insurance.

Too many young people don’t know that they are in the best position to secure a term life insurance quote. There are a lot of factors that insurance companies look at when they evaluate your application. One of the main factors they look at to determine your monthly rate is your age. For a healthy person in their 20s, the cost of term life insurance can be as low as $25 per month.

Another sign that you should secure a low life insurance quote as soon as possible is if there is someone else in your life that depends on your income. This includes people who are married and new parents looking for insurance. In the event of your untimely death, you want to make sure those around you are financially secure no matter what.

Additionally, people in their 20s and early 30s need to consider life insurance if they have a lot of outstanding debt. This can include student loans, car payments, or mortgages that have yet to be paid off. Should the unthinkable happen and you are uninsured, your debts will be passed to your family members which can cause added stress. So, if you are in your 20s or 30s and fit any of the criteria that we mentioned in this section, the best time to secure a term life insurance policy is right now.

Why is it Better to Get Life Insurance When You’re Young?

Life insurance companies more readily insure young, healthy individuals

The older you get the more likely you are to develop chronic illnesses.

You might be wondering why we are recommending securing a low life insurance rate in your 20s or 30s. The reason is pretty simple—these are the years when you are young and in most cases healthy enough for the insurance company to see you as a low-risk investment. Of course, some factors will drive up the cost of your premium even at a young age. But, if you are healthy, you will have no problem securing a low rate from an insurance company.

The longer you put off getting insurance, the more likely it is that you will develop medical conditions or other risk factors. These risk factors can include chronic illness, tobacco use, high-risk jobs or activities, and your previous medical records. Not to mention, it is a much lower risk for an insurance company to insure someone who is 25 for 30 years than it is to insure someone who is 45 for 30 years. While it is still possible—and highly recommended—that you get coverage no matter your age, it is definitely far cheaper to secure a low rate while you’re young.

What Are Some Ways to Save Money on Term Life Insurance?

Beyond purchasing life insurance when you are young, there are some other ways to make sure you are getting the best rate possible

Minimize your risk factors for the best term life insurance rate.

For a lot of young people searching for an insurance policy, money is tight. That’s why we’re including a few tips to make sure that you can get the best term life insurance rate possible. Let’s take a look:

Undergo a Medical Exam - Some insurance companies offer no-exam insurance. While this may be a necessary option for someone who has a chronic illness or another underlying condition, it is not well suited for someone young and healthy. Without performing a medical exam, the insurance provider will assume that you are high risk and you will be presented with a higher-than-normal monthly premium

Quit Tobacco Usage - This is easier said than done, but it is a major factor that life insurance companies consider. People who use tobacco are far more likely to develop illnesses in the future, which drives up the cost of term life insurance.

Limit High-Risk Activities - When you apply for life insurance, there will be a section on the application that asks you to detail any high-risk activities you are involved in. This can include hobbies or your profession. High-risk professions include jobs with a high risk of personal injuries like mining or logging. High-risk recreational activities can range from skiing to dirt biking.

If you are considering purchasing life insurance, now is the time to start looking. The younger you are, the better rate you can secure for a term life insurance policy. That means the best time to purchase life insurance is right now! After you’ve purchased your plan, you can rest easy knowing your loved ones are financially protected no matter what. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Menopause Symptoms Got You Down? How To Get Your Groove Back With Vital Femme

If you're in the middle of menopause like so many women, you KNOW how tough the symptoms can be. I'm past the worst of it now, but there were months when I felt constantly exhausted. I ate well but was too tired to exercise and sometimes needed 1-2 naps a day! There were a lot of other symptoms that went along with it, so I understand if you're having a tough time with menopause. However, the good news is that there is a supplement from Vital Femme that can help! Here's what they have to say about their awesome product:

Fatigue, brain fog, hot flashes, that muffin top (where did that come from??). You would go to the gym, but you’re so. darn. tired.

Does this sound familiar?  If so, you aren’t alone.  This is not what “the best years of your life” are supposed to be like, and yet – menopause happens. You just want to feel like yourself again – to feel healthy and on top of your game, with the energy to be there for the people you love and for yourself, too. 

Being able to button your jeans would be icing on the cake.

You’ve probably been to doctors, therapists, trainers, and even asked your mom, but nobody seems to have a good answer.  It’s really frustrating because you already eat right and exercise, maybe you’ve even tried hormone replacement – and you are still suffering.   So you suck it up, maybe try the next diet fad, hoping THIS one will actually make you feel better.  There has to be a better way.

The truth is that midlife can sometimes look like a perfect storm – the changes in our bodies and our lives, in general, can present special challenges for women.  Luckily, with just a few simple lifestyle shifts, including proper nutrition and supplementing the right vitamins and micronutrients, you can be on your way to increased energy and better health.

That’s where Vital Femme comes in.  Born of one woman’s struggle with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, Vital Femme supplements were created specifically to address the nutritional deficiencies that women face as they age.  Made 100% in the U.S. from responsibly sourced, vegan, (mostly) organic ingredients, Vital Femme products support energy, immunity, mental clarity, mood, and hormonal balance. 

A star ingredient in Vital Femme’s DIM + D3 Hormone Balancing Complex is Diindolylmethane – or DIM for short – and it should be part of every woman’s healthy aging arsenal.  DIM is a phytonutrient derived from cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale that has been studied extensively for its ability to regulate estrogen and testosterone metabolism in the body, thus maintaining healthy hormone balance.

This is great news for women, especially as they approach menopause because DIM can help to:

  • Promote healthy weight
  • Reduce hot flashes
  • Support breast and reproductive health
  • Reduce acne flare-ups
  • Support normal apoptosis for cellular health

Of course, supplements are only part of the puzzle, and they aren’t a “magic bullet.”  When it comes to your health, real change only happens when you look at your life through a holistic lens and take the time to uncover the situations, behaviors, and
even relationships that no longer serve you.

If any of this resonates for you, you’ll want to grab this free guide that outlines five basic principles that will help you to feel and look your best, now and for the next fifty years!  

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Fly On The Wall In The Land Of Forgetfulness

     Okay, I messed up. I forgot to post my Fly On The Wall blog last month! And May was such an outstanding month! I guess I have been a little too distracted lately, (i.e. extremely forgetful!) but after decorating my office with Post-It Notes for this month's FOTW, I remembered to write it! So here we are with another edition of the Fly On The Wall group blog postings hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado.

     I'm going to tap into last month's fun for today's post. The fly saw us being social butterflies--so many fun activities going on (yay for summer!). We attended a local festival one night and got to see all the neighbors, then we were invited to a pontoon boat party which was a blast. We celebrated a few birthdays with family and then of course there was Mother's Day---another extraordinary day spent with the people I love most. As always, the conversations were ripe with humor and sarcasm---at least the ones I remember!


"Not sure we should keep these pillows. They look old and worn."
"Yep---just like your face."

"I've eaten so many carbs today and now my stomach hurts. It feels like a gunnysack with two cats fighting inside."

"Can you please change out that lightbulb? It's very dim." 
"Just like my brain..."

"So Hon, I'm working on an article for AARP about popular games we played as kids---here are some names you might remember: Twister, Battleship, Connect Four and----"
"Okay, I get it." 
"And there is also Hands Down, Payday, Ants In the Pants and...."
"Yes, I get the point---you don't need to keep----"
"And a game called Aggravation, and---"
"Aggravation is what you're doing to me now!"

"It's a good thing they didn't request bloodwork for me today at the doctor's office---after all the drinking I  did this weekend, my bloodwork would've come back 90% proof." 

"Are you worried about love handles?" 
"No, because I don't have love handles anymore; I have guard rails."

"I love this old photo of you, Hon. Look how young you were."

"Yeah, now I look like luggage that has been tossed around in an airport." 

"Wow, did that actor gain a bunch of weight?"
"No, it's just prosthetics for the role he's playing."
"Well, they should have hired me instead because they wouldn't need prostethics---I'm already that fat."

"You're anxious today, Maybe you need Bovine Therapy."
"What the heck is THAT?"
"It's hugging cows to feel better. It reduces stress." 
"I'm opting for something cheaper. It's called Chocolate Therapy."

     And that's a wrap! I promise to write myself more reminder notes in July so that I don't forget to post the next FOTW. In the meantime, I'm heading to the nearest barn to find myself a cow.....

This was the BEST day! As you can see in the pic, we had a fun group on the pontoon. If you look really hard, you'll see me with Mac squished somewhere in the middle of the group, ha-ha!!

***WANT MORE MENO MAMA?? I've been busy!! You can find me over at AARP talking about the benefits of my Zumba classes HERE  and some yummy meatless meals HERE plus the best way to care for your teeth HERE. If you watched the Belmont Stakes and you want to know a little history on the race, check out my latest for Always Pets HERE or info on a puppy's first year of life HERE and facts on the American Bulldog HERE plus the animals with the shortest lifespans HERE


Buzz around these other blogs for a peek into some other homes:


Baking In A Tornado


The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Frustrated With Symptoms Of Menopause? Hemplily Can Help!

Do you or anyone you know experience uncomfortable symptoms of menopause? Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and more? If so, Hemplily is looking for ladies to give them some feedback! 

In case you aren't familiar with the company, Hemplily is a natural wellness brand since 2017 that helps women find harmony and balance again with products infused with the amazing hemp plant.  Hemplily Founder and CEO Terri Long HAD fibromyalgia and refused to believe taking prescriptions for the rest of her life was the only answer. One of the body’s main jobs is to heal itself! Along her journey to restore her health, she discovered that cannabis was the answer for so many with chronic illnesses PLUS can wipe out the many uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Hemplily was created to share this knowledge with others. 

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