Spotlight Friday: Moon

This weekend the sky is having a spectacular show for you in store, actually on Sunday. A rare supermoon eclipse, the next one will not be seen again until 2033.

I don’t think I will be up for this, at this time of night I am usually sound asleep.

The moon is a majestic thing, up there in the sky. A silent watcher, day and night. So powerful, controlling the tides.

But what else does the moon influence?

I know when it is a full moon I have difficulties sleeping. Even when I totally black out every bit of light.  The menstrual cycle is also called the “moon time

I found this great article about the moon affecting life on earth.


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Earthshine cloth moon art dol by ConchyGemDolls

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Tree Necklace, Harvest Moon Jewelry by MissingPiecesStudio

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Blue Moon art metal print of acrylic by Hawaii-Art

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Triple Moon Goddess Necklace by SheekydoodleCreations

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Celtic Moon Design Stamps Leather Cuff by FantasyFuzion

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Mayan Pendant MOON by doery

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Crescent Moon Boulder Opal Cabochon by TheWisdomShop

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Dark Side of the Moon
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1894 German Antique Map of the Moon. With Lunar and Solar Eclipse Diagrams (2)
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I love looking at the moon on a nice clear night. In the winter time when I drop the kids off in School we can see the sun rise on one side of the house and the moon still on the other side getting ready to go down. It is so fascinating. Sometimes the moon seems so close that you could touch it, and sometimes so far away.

the-moon

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Spotlight Friday: September the Color Purple for ITP

This song has been my fight song, since it came out, as for so many other ITP lers that I have met on FB , there are several groups.  

Believe me this song is played more than once a day in this house, sometimes on the repeat loop. But it helps!

The story of Katie, she created this video:

Many people will know September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. What people may not know, is that it is also ITP Awareness Month.

My name is Katie Meloy, I am 21 years old. Early this year I was diagnosed with a rare blood, and auto-immune disorder called ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura).

It is a condition where, for unknown reasons, my antibodies attack my own healthy platelets, and my body can not produce them fast enough to replace them. A normal platelet count as you may already know is between 150,000 and 400,000. When I was diagnosed my platelet count was only 2,000 and has since been 0.

When a persons platelet count drops below 30,000 there is a increased risk of a serious bleeding event, such as an internal bleed, and haemorrhage. At least one child dies every year in the UK from ITP related causes and it is estimated that 90,000 adults suffer from Chronic ITP in Europe and the United States.

Unfortunately there is no cure for ITP, only treatments including steroids (Prednisolone), chemotherapy drugs (Rituximab) and some other auto immune suppressant drugs. Different treatments work for different people and some people find it hard to find a treatment that works for them at all.

When a treatment works it is very hard to tell how long the treatment will last. Once counts have become ‘stable’ we are in remission. There is a 80% chance that within the first 18months after a successful treatment that a person will relapse.

Thankfully, after suffering chemical meningitis, horrific nose bleeds resulting in my nose being cauterised and countless hospital appointments and admittance’s; I finally have stable counts and have had for 6 months now.

September is ITP awareness month, and ITP awareness day is the 25th September. Since being diagnosed I have made it my mission to share awareness and raise money for the disorder.

I contacted people with ITP from all around the world to come together and help with this awarness video. Most people with ITP have never met another sufferer, so for most, this was a opportunity to share experiences and stories. I was truly overwhelmed by the positive response I got from everyone and I can not thank everyone enough for getting involved!

It would be brilliant if you could help us out by sharing this video or donating online. All money raised helps fund more research into better treatments and hopefully one day, A CURE!

Thank you for taking the time to watch through the video. Please feel free to get in touch, share and comment!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU:
I want to thank everyone that has taken part in helping me create this video and everyone that has shown interest in sharing both knowledge and awareness.

Thanks a million, Katie x

I live with ITP for 10+ years, but was finally “officially” diagnosed with it about 2 years ago. This is why I wear my medical bracelet everyday. ITP  It is a lonely journey, because first you have to find a Doctor who knows about it (which I haven’t) and is willing to help you. Then you have to constantly explain to people what you are going through and they can’t relate. Many visits to the “vampire” as I call them, because of the amounts of blood they always suck out of me, to get a CBC (complete blood count). Just had one done the other day. At the moment I get it about every three months. I was at one point getting blood drawn every week, then every two weeks. Then went into remission and saw the vampire only once a year. Now I am back to very regular visits.

Just a little visual about what the cause of ITP is understood to be at the moment:

It did get a little easier with the internet to get the possibility to find information or the latest research that is done. And to get picked up by online friends in the community, when you are one the way down on your roller coaster ride.

So here is to all the ITP lers out there!

STAY STRONG! And wear the color PURPLE proud!


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Wooden Toy Car by countrysidegifts

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Gothic Vampire Choker by LadyPirotessa

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Keep Calm Be A Diva Purple Pendant by Spring Pendants

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Lotus Earrings Purple by HoneysQuilling

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Dripping in Blooms Purple Yarn Door Wreath
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Purple junk journal
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CATS ON YOUR HEART
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Handmade Christmas Ornament / Suncatcher – Lavender Glass Star by IntheShadeoftheSycamoreTree

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Purple sky by Alicia Lopez

Purple has been my favorite color long before I even ever heard about ITP. I guess for a reason.

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Thank you for your Support!

 ♥ wear your purple ♥

Spotlight Friday: growing up

I heard this song last week in the radio, and it keeps playing in my head. Maybe you have heard it already. I really like the lyrics of this one.

They say boys don’t cry
But your daddy shed a lot of tears
They say I should be a strong man
But baby, I’m still filled with fear
Sometimes I don’t know who I am
Sometimes I question why I’m here
I just wanna be a good dad
Will I be? I have no idea
They say girls shouldn’t be tough
And moms should raise their kids at home
But baby, I know that that isn’t true
Cause your momma’s the toughest person I know
I wanna raise you to be like her
And watch you show the world how to do it on your own
I’m still tryna figure out who I am
I don’t wanna mess this up or do this wrong
I’m gonna be there for your first breath
I don’t know if I’ll be there for your first step
I can promise you that I’ll try to work less
But the tour’s routed, and I got this album
Put in so many hours, and I just want the outcome
To be something that I can look back and I can be proud of
Don’t wanna be a dad that’s living in FaceTime
But I’ve got a world to sing to and you at the same time
I won’t spoil you, you can trust that
For your sweet 16, you get a bus pass
Had your heart broken? Been there, done that
I love you and I can’t give you enough of that
Get back to community that raised you up
Read Langston Hughes, I suggest “A Raisin in the Sun”
Listen to Sam Cooke, a change gon’ come
You put the work in, don’t worry about the praise, my love
Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love
And do it every day
Do that for the rest of your life
And eventually, the world will change

I’ll be patient, one more month
You’ll wrap your fingers round my thumb
Times are changing, I know, but who am I if
I’m the person you become
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
I’m still growing up

I recommend that you read The Alchemist
Listen to your teachers, but cheat in calculus
Tell the truth, regardless of the consequence
And every day, give your momma a compliment
Take your girl to the prom
But don’t get too drunk hanging out the limo
Slow dance with your woman in your arms
Sneak her in after but boy, you better tiptoe
Don’t wake your mom up, do yoga, learn ’bout karma
Find God, but leave the dogma
The quickest way to happiness? Learning to be selfless
Ask more questions, talk about yourself less
Study David Bowie, James Bowen and 2Pac
Watch the sun set with best friends from a rooftop
Wear a helmet, don’t be stupid
Jaywalk, but look before you do it
If it snows, go outside, build a jump, get some help
Get a sled, thrash the hill with your friends till it melts
Go to festivals, camp, fall in love and dance
You’re only young once, my loved one, this is your chance
Take risks, cause life moves so fast
You’re only young once, my loved one, this is your chance

I’ll be patient, one more month
You’ll wrap your fingers round my thumb
Times are changing, I know, but who am I if
I’m the person you become
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
I’m still growing up

I’ll be patient, one more month
You’ll wrap your fingers round my thumb
Times are changing, I know, but who am I if
I’m the person you become
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
If I’m still growing up, up, up, up
I’m still growing up

“Growing up” by Macklemore

This song made me reflect on my job I did so far with my kids. Am I doing the right things? Did I make the right decisions? Did I teach them the right things? Are they independent enough? Did I teach them to form their own opinion and not run with the mass? So many questions, so many variables.

I guess I will see later down the road. It is such a fine line.

I am hoping that my love, my respect and my treating other people, our spending time together and discussions will be enough to have them ready for their world. Because my world will not be theirs.

There is so many new things to learn every day, for me. So I hope I taught them to keep their eyes open and their minds willing to learn. Did they learn to hear the quiet ones?

Patience is one of the things I learned with parenthood. You have to have tons of it. But boy do my kids have to have patience with me as well, as I am learning how to be the best I can for them.

It is a give and take. And the reward? Something you can’t pay with money. The hugs, the kisses, the hours of cuddling, and deep conversations. And those big loving eyes and sweet voices when they tell you: “I love you Mama!”


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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE CARD by tornpaperco

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Wooden Growth Chart Ruler
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Peter Pan inspired Never say goodbye…never forget – hand stamped Necklace
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Kids poster “When I grow up I want to be” . . . for boys
by 1stClassPosters

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Thank you for raising the man of my dreams necklace mother in law stainless steel heart 1.25 inch hand stamped Mother in law gift by cmkreations

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Growing Up-Handmade Mixed Media Collage
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When I Grow Up (Girl) Birds in a Tree (Tweet) Embroidered Quilt Block Square 5×7
by Embnut

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inspiration word art – Nursery Print – Typgraphy by snewberrydesigns

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Bamboo Coral & Sterling Silver Heart Necklace by GlitterRT

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growing-up

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Enjoy the journey of parenthood. These moments will only happen once, treasure those moments. If you blink you might miss something. I am so happy that I was blessed with the opportunity to take this journey with my two lovely bundles of joy, and sometimes teenage drama.

Spotlight Friday : teeth

Just the other day while my kiddo was pulling out her own molar, one of the last few baby teeth, there was this question that came up that I didn’t have an answer to.

She was brushing her tooth that she had just pulled. “Why are you brushing your tooth?  I asked you to brush your teeth in your mouth.” was my question. A funny look and the comment “I don’t think the tooth fairy likes dirty teeth Mami” was her answer. “But what do you think does the tooth fairy do with all the teeth she collects every night?”

“hm…. I do not know , I will have to research that. And don’t hide your tooth again so the tooth fairy has to search for your tooth so long again.” Last time I couldn’t find the tooth and I had to leave a note.

I didn’t grow up with a tooth fairy story, so I was new to that whole thing. So here a little background to the fairy story:

In early Europe[when?], it was a tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out. When a child’s sixth tooth falls out, it is a custom for parents to slip a gift or money from the tooth fairy under the child’s pillow, but to leave the tooth as a reward.

In northern Europe, there was also a tradition of tand-fé or tooth fee, which was paid when a child lost its first tooth.[3] This tradition is recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions.

The reward left varies by country, the family’s economic status, amounts the child’s peers report receiving and other factors.[4] A 2013 survey by Visa Inc. found that American children receive $3.70 per tooth on average.[5][6]

During the Middle Ages, other superstitions arose surrounding children’s teeth. In England, for example, children were instructed to burn their baby teeth in order to save the child from hardship in the afterlife. Children who didn’t consign their baby teeth to the fire would spend eternity searching for them in the afterlife. The Vikings, it is said, paid children for their teeth. In the Norse culture, children’s teeth and other articles belonging to children, were said to bring good luck in battle, and Scandinavian warriors hung children’s teeth on a string around their necks. Fear of witches was another reason to bury or burn teeth. In medieval Europe, it was thought that if a witch were to get hold of one of your teeth, it could lead to them having total power over you.[7]

The modern incarnation of these traditions into an actual tooth fairy has been dated to 1927,[8] 1962,[9] or even 1977.[10] However, there is an earlier reference to the tooth fairy in a 1908 “Household Hints” item in the Chicago Daily Tribune (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_fairy

Here is what I found what the Tooth fairy had to say about, what she uses the teeth for:

Primarily, the teeth are used to build our town but depending on the size and shape some of the teeth are used to make shoes, computers and other things we use on a daily basis.  While some people have told me that it’s a bit strange or gross, consider many of the toys you have are made of plastic which I don’t like.  The Tooth Fairy Village is a very sustainable community and teeth are the strongest and longest lasting material.  You can read her whole story here.

I don’t know what I will tell my kiddo yet about what happens to her teeth when the tooth fairy picks them up. But I found out that I am not the only one facing this question. There are many pages filled on google search with the search for answers. Funny answers, some scientific some questionable ones.

So of course my weekly search on the handmade pages took me to the subject of teeth.


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Natural peppermint toothpaste-teeth whitening-fluoride free toothpaste
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Wood Teether // Maple Wood and Organic Cotton by thebirdandelephant

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Girl Pirate -My Tooth Buddy-Originally designed tooth fairy pillows by theimaginationblvd

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Human tooth necklace by Momento Mori Inc

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Witch Bottle. Real bone, coyote tooth, tumbled stones, and dried flowers oddities bone jewelry animal bone taxidermy teeth pendant by CleverKimsCurios

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1909 Antique Medical Illustration Diseases of the Teeth Anatomy Print
by VintageEmbellishment2

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Brush Your Teeth Bathroom Print 10.8 in x 18 in Brush Your Teeth Sign Art by johnwgolden

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Ceramic Zombie Pumpkin – Pumpkin with Zombie Teeth by JMNPottery

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Bite Me Monster Teeth Hand Embroidered Card by SandrasCardandCraftShop

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I did ask my kiddo the other day what she thinks the tooth fairy does with  all those teeth. “I think she keeps them to keep all those memories safe we had with our baby teeth.” was the answer I got.

my-teeth

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