Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Books I Really Want to Read This Year

     Here are 5 books that I have pinned on my 'Books Want' board on Pinterest. I hope to get to them all this year!

A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.  - Goodreads

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. - Goodreads

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art...Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war. - Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline...But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. - Goodreads

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees...Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes? - Goodreads

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Endo Diet - Endometriosis Awareness Month

I have read a ton of articles on the Endometriosis Diet and essentially it boils down to this:

If you click here you can see a more detailed explanation of why these foods are not the best for people dealing with Endometriosis.

You can also check out this graphic which has 15 anti-inflammatory foods and explains why they are so helpful. The full article can be found here.

     Some other foods that help fight inflammation are onions, cinnamon, tart cherries, pineapple, and carrots. Another thing we ladies often fight is bloating. Some good foods to battle the bloat are:

     It's a hard thing to change the way you have eaten your whole life but sometimes it can be for the best. I've personally cut down on our processed food, trans fats, and soy products. I can definitely tell a difference if I eat processed food after a while of not eating it. I know there are some more things I could cut out but I love my dairy and I struggle even thinking about it not being in my life. Have any of you tried the Endo Diet? How has it worked? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pin It Tuesday - Future Projects?

     Today for Pin It Tuesday I'm sharing some of the crochet projects I've pinned. Some of these have been on my Pinterest for a long time but I'm hoping to make a few, if not all, of these this year!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Reads - The Rain by Virginia Bergin

     What are you reading today? I'm reading The Rain by Virginia Bergin with my reading buddy Pink Floyd.

"It's in the rain...and just one drop will kill you.

They don't believe it at first. Crowded in Zach's kitchen, Ruby and the rest of the partygoers laugh at Zach's parents' frenzied push to get them all inside as it starts to drizzle. But then the radio comes on with the warning, "It's in the rain! It's fatal, it's contagious, and there's no cure."

Two weeks later, Ruby is alone. Anyone who's been touched by rain or washed their hands with tap water is dead. The only drinkable water is quickly running out. Ruby's only chance for survival is a treacherous hike across the country to find her father-if he's even still alive."

The Rain is the UK edition of this book and the US edition is called H2O and looks like this: 
The H2O cover just did not pull me in like The Rain and The Storm (book two in the series) did. I'm not far into The Rain now but so far I am liking it. Some of the beginning seemed very juvenile to me, more than the normal YA that I like to read. Surprisingly, it isn't bothering me as much as I would have thought. Probably because I'm so interested in the story line. I can't wait to see what happens! I'll be sure to share my thoughts when I'm all done.

Don't forget to share you're Friday reads!

Get To Know Endo and Distracting Yourself From The Pain - Endometriosis Awareness Month

Who doesn't love a good graphic to explain things? 

I found this graphic on a chronic pain board on Pinterest. Although it says it's for Rheumatoid Arthritis, I think all of these suggestions could be applied to Endometriosis as well or any chronic pain disorder for that matter.