Jillian Chongva


So since not a soul asked, I’m going to explain why I haven’t been posting much lately.

For the last four weeks I have had a very painful headache. My Nurse Practitioner and I have hit a wall trying to figure out what is causing it and so far we’re stumped.

It started a few weeks after my cough did. The cough started at the end of February and about five days in, I headed to our local hospital to make sure it wasn’t pneumonia, as I have had it in the past when having a deep cough. Fortunately it wasn’t pneumonia, and I was sent home with codeine syrup to help me sleep.

I used that for the five days and though it didn’t fix the cough, I was able to sleep.

When the cough didn’t go away, my Nurse Practitioner started me on a puffer to see if that would help. I did get some relief, but I was increasingly uncomfortable as the cough remained productive. I was also having times of being unable to take a deep breath as the coughing fits would happen.

And in the midst of all this, I ended up with a bladder infection and was put on an antibiotic for three days. Which led to me telling off someone in the waiting room, which I have NEVER done! But that’s another story.

So when I still wasn’t getting relief from my cough, my NP ordered an antibiotic since a virus should have cleared up on its own during the time I was coughing. I was able to get relief and the cough eased up. Which was a very happy time!

But that’s when the headache began. I was using Ibuprofen and was getting mild relief from the head pain. My NP added a Triptan, which sadly didn’t work at all. I bumped up my Ibuprofen just to manage, but that failed as well. Because of the possible side-effect of a rebound headache, my NP asked me to stop the Ibuprofen and she prescribed me T3. That helped for a bit, but didn’t give long-lasting relief.

Which brings us to one week ago when I was prescribed Propanolol. It seemed to help a great deal. The second day on it was great and I was able to be more active and help out with our minimizing for our upcoming move. That was this past Friday, and here we are. I still have headaches, but they are moderated a bit by the Propanolol. But the are still there, now focused in the right temple, directly above my eye. I am managing for the most part, but still tire very easily and the headache comes back strong if I’ve done too much around the house.

So we are at a stand-still. We have no idea what is causing my headaches, and why the plethora of meds hasn’t had an long-term effect on the pain. Is it part of my fibromyalgia? Is it something new? I’m also having dry eyes, pain with eye movement and an extremely dry mouth. And I’m kind of going squirrely trying to figure it out!

So help me out. If you have any tips, please share below!

Well holy crap. I never imagined that there was a better way to close a box of cereal to keep it fresh. And it works on lots of other box tops!

We put our cereal into a container that actually fits in our cupboard, as the boxes can be too tall to fit.

But Becky Holden McGhee just blew my mind with her super simple, and crafty, solution to the improperly closed box! You can do this with a number of boxes for crackers, granola bars and so on!

Watch below!

I have a routine that I follow most mornings that helps me ease into my day. I make my oatmeal, grab my coffee and I snuggle into the corner of our couch. I talk to my hubby as he gets ready for work and I do a couple puzzles, sudokus + pet the puppies.

I grab my second cup of coffee and head to my home office. Then I check my editorial calendar, that I’ve newly started, to help me go ahead and grab the resources I need to write for the blog.

I hope the video below helps you find a morning routine!

When we ran out of bathroom spray, I decided that I really didn’t want to replace it with the usual cocktail of chemicals found in many odour eliminating sprays.

So I turned to Pinterest and found a recipe for an air freshener made from 2 ingredients: baking soda and essential oils. I have a small mason jar that for some reason doesn’t have the lid insert, and I have no idea where it would be! So I used that and the cardstock became the lid.

The recipe is this: 1/4 cup baking soda and 6 drops of your favourite essential oil. That’s it. Pop it into a mason jar and poke holes in the lid. Give it a shake and voila, air freshener. A little tip is, when you shake, cover the lid with your hands so baking soda doesn’t fly everywhere!

I got the recipe from a pin that links to but their last blog post was from 2016 so I’m not sure it’s being kept up!

Here are the steps:

Now you’re all set. Remember to keep a hand over the top of the lid when you shake it!