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How to live a happy and purposed life with chronic pain

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. All opinions are mine alone. #StopPainNow #CollectiveBias



I was 27 years old the first morning I couldn’t get out of bed. There was a shooting pain that occurred in my lower back. A pain that immediately flared up when I turned to either side, would shoot down my legs, also manifested in my neck, and rendered me unable to move without assistance. A pain that would persist for several days at a time and would then vanish just as mysteriously as it came. Pain that left me unable to truly plan and prepare for any and all days ahead. Worse still, this vicious cycle persisted for the next several years and was one of the most humbling and humiliating experiences of my adult life. 

My pain specialist believed the pain to be caused by Sciatica, a nervous system pain, which causes tingling, numbness, or weakness that originates in the lower back and travels down the body by way of the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. He also made the connection between this pain and a dancing accident I had suffered in my teens which chose to manifest itself years later as sciatic nerve pain.

It was also during this visit that I learned that I would have to change my diet, balance my health, and find better ways to conquer my sciatic nerve pain. That due to being pregnant, and later during periods when I was TTC again, that in lieu of being able to take prescription medication for this pain, I would need to adjust my lifestyle to diet, exercise, self-care, balance, and more natural means of conquering my sciatic nerve pain. 

From there it took me more than 5 years after learning my initial diagnosis to get to where I am now. I have been to countless doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. I have read books, surfed the Internet, and conversed with other chronic pain sufferers. And with each resource, I began compiling this information which became my daily my playbook of how to live a happy and productive life with chronic pain. I am happy to share these tips with you now. 



Weight: When I eat less-than-healthy processed food, I feel like less than my personal best. I am also a recovering sugar addict. So much so that this behavior lead me to be a pre-diabetic, insulin resistant PCOS patient, and being 120 pounds overweight. While it goes without saying that extra weight is no good for you, imagine the havoc it plays on your chronic lower body pain. So to alleviate some of my pain moving forward I’ve implemented a new rule. No processed sugars, minimal carbs, whole grains, and lots of veggies, quality proteins, and water. Because when you heal your body you heal your pain!

Exercise: Depending on the severity of your chronic pain, exercise can be an excellent remedy. For my lower back pain, I need a strong core and flexible legs. To remedy this, I perform yoga once a day, concentrating on stretching and core building exercises. This combined with 2 miles a day walking and I am losing weight while healing my back.

Meditation: This is something I recently started and it’s worked wonders for me! I maintain a gratitude journal. I perform nightly breathing exercises. I’ve replaced nightly tv watching with reading. And I get up one hour earlier each morning to enjoy tea and the quiet and stillness of the early morning hours in my home.  Meditation helps me to heal my mind, body, and soul!

Massage: If you can afford a professional, I recommend it. It has done wonders for my lower back pain. When I cannot get to a professional session I use tennis balls placed on the floor as an alternative. By just using these balls to gently ease the tension away from my lower back, it helps alleviate pain and pressure point tension as well.

Discussion: I find that honesty and open dialogue is the best medicine! I make a point of never going to bed angry and discuss all my issues with my family and friends when the issues are fresh on my mind. This has helped me not hold onto pain-inducing tension and anxiety, which as I’ve found, has helped my back pain too!

Pain Relief: I’m not going to lie. There are days when everything I do does not help with my pain. When that happens, I take Curamin® Stop Pain Now Extra Strength 60 count tablets. It’s one of my most trusted ways to live a happy, fulfilled, and purposed life with chronic pain.



It seems like a lifetime ago since my dancing accident and recovery to when my initial sciatic symptoms emerged. While I have learned how to live a happy and fulfilled life with chronic pain that doesn’t mean I don’t have help. 

Over the years, I have taken numerous types of NSAIDs. Over time each product has given me some sort of adverse effects on my body. I had to find something safer to take. Something more natural. Something that can help me take on my day. Curamin® is safe, effective and non-addictive. That gives me peace of mind and helps me thrive in my day. It came as no surprise that it’s #1 selling brand and has been voted #1 for Pain Relief.



Now when my back hurts I have learned to stop and take account of the balance in my life and correct my current habits to help ease my pain. To see what I’ve eaten, how I’ve overextended my body, to gauge how much correctly aligned sleep I’ve gotten. And then for days when pain seems to just need extra help, I rely on Curamin®. I like that Curamin® isn’t an ordinary pain reliever but a dietary supplement designed to help my body stop chronic pain. 



I take two Curamin® Stop Pain Extra Strength tablets and within an hour, I’m able to conquer my day because Curamin® doesn’t just mask occasional pain, it gets to the source and stops it. Because for me, when pain is the problem, Curamin is the answer. 

Just as it has worked so well for me, the award-winning Curamin® has provided life-changing benefits for hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I also appreciate that it is a safe, effective, non-addictive herbal formula. It is different from over-the-counter pain medications and prescription drugs that can sometimes have negative side effects. If you want to stop your pain now, say Hello Curamin®. Goodbye Pain!



I purchase my Curamin® from my local health food store. I wasn’t sure where to locate it at first in-store, but when I asked the cashier, she knew exactly where it was. She said is was quite the popular product so they always made sure to keep Curamin® in stock!



It is so popular in fact, that while my husband and I were in-store to pick up Curamin®, another shopper was also there to grab a bottle for his wife! You can also find Curamin® online and at fine health food stores nationwide. You can also check out this store locator to find a retailer near you. 



So, I’ve said all of that to say this, when I want to plan for pain-free days, I remember to do the following: 

  • I prep healthy snacks for myself the night before. 
  • I clean and prep my yoga mat for use the next day.
  • I lay out my favorite mug, tea, gratitude journal, and reading material for my morning meditations.
  • I lay out workout gear for my morning walk.
  • I keep a stock of Curamin® on hand at home.



So, that’s it, folks, that’s how I ensure pain-free days ahead! Also, be sure to click on the above photo to snag yourself a copy of my best tips for fighting pain at home, in case you need it later! I also encourage you to check out Curamin® for yourself and see if it can help you live your best pain-free days as well, too! 

So, everyone, I have to ask, do you suffer from chronic or occasional pain? I would love to hear how you live a happy and purposed life with your pain below!

Here’s to pain-free days,

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How to recycle your broken toys for free

Disclosure: These tips on how to reduce waste at home are part of a sponsored conversation with Tom’s of Maine.  All opinions are my own.



Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average person in the United generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day? This is 2.6 pounds more than most produced back in 1960 and 1.5 more pounds generated than a mere decade ago.

So you may wonder, where does all of this trash go? Approximately 55% of the 220 million tons of waste generated each year in the United States ends up in one of the over 3,500 landfills. With the growing amount of trash filling up our landfills, learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle is paramount for green living in our communities.

In my own home, we are a zero-waste family. We start the ball rolling by decluttering our home and eliminating excess purchases from our home, life, and business. We also began to phasing our plastics and single-use products for more sustainable options, including glass, metal, and bamboo products. We refuse single use items at grocery stores and when dining out as well. We also upcycle products, compost, and for all other items, we recycle, or as it’s more properly known, downcycle, just about everything else we can. Particularly through curbside recycling.  


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While we make every effort to recycle most items we purchase, there is always a myriad of items that my community recycling center will not accept. This is especially true for common plastic household items including used and broken toys, which as most parents can attest, always seem to accumulate before your eyes, making toys one of the harder items to declutter on an occurring basis at home.

While it’s easy to assume that toys are not a great environmental blight, consider this: Only 4% of the world’s children live in the US, but Americans buy and throw away 40% percent of the world’s toys each year. So even if you opt for more sustainable toys, purchase second-hand versions, and pass down the toys you do purchase to others there will probably still be a great deal of currently broken toys in your home that need proper recycling.


Currently, Tom’s of Maine is partnering with the recycling experts at TerraCycle, the world’s leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, to offer the #LessWasteChallenge toy recycling program, a program which allows families to recycle toys and keep additional plastics out of landfills, all for free! 

When I was asked to join the Toms of Maine to offer the #LessWasteChallenge toy recycling program, a program which allows families to recycle toys and keep additional plastics out of landfills, all for free! So when I was asked to join the Toms of Maine #LessWasteChallenge, I jumped at the chance as Tom’s of Maine is a company with more than 45 years developing natural personal care products with a focus on natural, responsible and sustainable practices, while giving 10% of its profits back to helping people and the planet. Products that I buy for my own family at home since beginning our zero-waste lifestyle.


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Families can send in their broken toys directly to TerraCycle by following four simple steps:

  • Visit Tom’s of Maine Challenge Site.
  • Enter contact information to receive a free UPS shipping label via email, printed at home.
  • Fill an old box with up to ten pounds of broken toys.
  • Attach the free shipping label to the box and drop it off at any UPS location nationally
  • Collected broken toys are broken down, turned into new consumer goods or donated to charity.


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Beyond toys, families can also help their communities and the environment by taking the #LessWasteChallenge pledge, which asks families to reduce their household waste by one pound per week and lead healthier, more zero-waste lives at home. To date, American families have pledged to keep more than 200,000 pounds out of landfills since 2016 as over 8,590 participating locations nationwide.

Moreover, Tom’s of Maine has a goal of zero waste to landfills by 2020 at its manufacturing facility in Maine. It’s a lofty goal and I applaud their efforts! And like Tom’s of Maine, I encourage you to get involved, get your children involved, by recycling your used and broken toys at home as part of the #LessWasteChallenge, and to take the pledge as well! 

Here’s to reducing our waste at home, one toy at a time,

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Save $1.00 in March on Kidsfresh

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Did you know that March is Frozen Food Month? Kidfresh is celebrating by helping busy parents like you by making mealtimes a little easier with a Kidfresh Meal Deal!

Kidfresh’s frozen kid’s meals are a twist on kids’ favorites. They are best in kids nutrition, without any artificial ingredients, plus every meal includes hidden veggies. They come in some of kid’s favorite foods and are made with simple ingredients so it’s something you can trust and your child will love to eat. These meals are so convenient for those busy back-to-school weeknights and are ready to eat in just minutes!

Celebrate March’s Frozen Food Month with Kidfresh by taking a trip to your frozen food aisle at Target, Walmart, Shoprite and Wegmans and Earn $1 on the Ibotta app and Checkout 51 app. Hurry! This offer is available for a limited time only.

Here’s to saving,

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