Thursday, October 23, 2014

The40s body is falling apart...

I haven't posted much over the past year, but I felt a need to write today.  I guess writing has always been therapeutic for me.  And another part of me is hoping someone out there may be able to relate with me! 

For the past year and a half, I have been anemic (iron deficiency anemia). It was first discovered by my family doctor during routine/annual blood tests.  So, over the past few months , I underwent two GI procedures (upper & lower endoscope and I swallowed a pill camera) to rule out Gastro bleeding. Both tests were clear.  

(Oct 2013: Here's a picture of the camera pack I had to wear while the camera traveled through my intestines.)

Later on, I was sent to my OB/GYN for evaluation to see if anemia was caused by monthly periods; and four months (June) ago I underwent an outpatient surgery (endometrial ablation with a DNC) which permanently stopped by monthly bleeding. 

Other strange things happened over the past year.  I had some mild arthritis in my hands and fingers (ANA blood test ruled out rheumatoloid arthritis).  A routine urine sample showed I had protein in my urine, probably a UTI (took a course of antibiotics).   Oh--and one day, I had weird stings or nerve zaps throughout my body (felt like someone had a needle and was randomly pricking me in different spots every few minutes! I joked that I had an enemy sitting at home with a voodoo doll!). And many nights, I complained to my hubby that I had "knots" with pain in my back and hips (stress?).  But most bothersome, I have had a constant pain (some days mild and some days much stronger) over my upper right abdomen. 

Let's fast forward...this week everything went crazy with my body!  Last Friday, I woke up with a huge swollen bottom lip (told by doc to take antihistamines). On Monday, I woke up drenched in sweat. On Thursday, I had lots of pain in my jaw, neck and upper back (took a muscle relaxer). And Saturday, I woke up with bright red dots all over my chest and stomach (not sure if they are cherry anginoma or a strang virus or allergy). 

ENOUGH, right!?!  Feeling at a lost, and most importantly just wanting to feel HEALTHY again, I saw a specialist this week.  To my surprise, an ultrasound showed I have swollen lymph nodes under both arms (axillary nodes).  YIKES...
Over the next six weeks, I will be having more medical tests done.  This specialist is a little worried and wants to take the lead on my case.  She has scheduled the following: more bloodwork, a CT-scan of the abdomen, a visit to a Hematologist/Oncologist, a MRI of the breast (next month) and a follow-up with her (Dec 1).   

The good news is I have had NO weight lost (whew, well good for health reasons; maybe not good for vanity, ha).  Unfortunately, it will be a long six weeks of waiting for answers but I understand these things take time and I’ve put in God’s hands.  I promise to keep you updated.

“Cast your cares onto God who cares for you.” 

1 Peter 5:7

Buying your Daughter's First BRA! Yikes

4 Things to Look for When Buying Her 1st Bra
Expert Shares Tips for Parents and their Tweens

A girl’s first bra is a rite of passage for both her and her parents – and one that’s occurring at younger and younger ages. For some girls, it’s a turning point fraught with anxiety; for others, it’s a celebration. Either way, parents have a hard time ensuring their daughters to have good memories of shopping for and wearing their first bra.

“Trying on your first bra in a big discount retail store can be unnerving for an 8- or 9-year-old who may already feel shy about the experience,” says Kelly O’Brien, a lingerie specialist whose experience with young customers led her to launch LingerTween (, the first ecommerce site dedicated to undergarments for tweens.
“And those stores have limited selections, both in sizes and styles.” 

The average Caucasian girl now enters puberty, which is marked by breast development, at 9.7 years old – about 4 months younger than just 17 years ago, according to an ongoing study as part of the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program. For black girls, the age is 8.8 years and the number of girls developing breasts in first grade has tripled since 1997

 “Another choice is shops like Victoria’s Secret, a place most parents don’t feel comfortable taking their young daughters to shop,” O’Brien notes.

But there are options.  Once you’ve found a comfortable place to shop with a good selection of choices, O’Brien offers these tips for ensuring your daughter is comfortable and happy in her first bra.
•  One size does not fit all. If your tween is average sized, bras labeled “one size fits all” may work. If you’re looking at bras with cup and band sizes, you’ll need to measure. For the band size, wrap the measuring tape around your daughter just under the breasts, where the band sits. Add 5 to that number, and that’s the size. (Tape says 23 inches, band will be 28 inches.) For cup size, measure around the fullest part of the chest and subtract that number from the band size. The difference is the cup size – 0 to 1 inch is an A; 2 inches is a B.
•  Check the strap length. Straps are very important to consider for fit -- especially if your tween is petite. If the strap is a traditional adjustable strap, such as those on most women’s bras, be sure it can be shortened sufficiently. Elastic or stretchy straps are usually a safe bet.
•  Consider a lined bra – it’s not about making her look more developed than she is! Generally speaking, tween padding is not meant to increase cup size. If a tween bra appears to have some padding, it’s typically a thin layer of foam used to smooth over the nipple area so nothing is visible under the shirt. It’s a modesty measure that also helps some girls feel less self-conscious. 
•  Camisoles and sports bras are popular options for shy girls who worry a bra will call attention to them. A short or full-length camisole provides a bit of coverage and isn't as noticeable under a blouse. For the same reason, some girls like to start with bras cut in a sporty style that don't feel like a traditional bra.
“In my shop, girls will come in with their mother and often their grandmother – buying that first bra is a big deal!” O’Brien says. “This is a rite of passage for everyone involved, and we can make it an experience that’s fondly remembered decades later.”

About Kelly O’Brien
Kelly O’Brien is the owner of Linger, an upscale lingerie shop, and blogs about lingerie at A former teacher, digital marketing executive, adjunct college professor, and part of the team that launched, the first website for teen girls, O’Brien founded LingerTween, (, to address a glaring marketplace absence.

Patricia Nash to #CarryMeThrough Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Leading accessory and handbag brand, Patricia Nash LAUNCHED their #CarryMeThrough Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The #CarryMeThrough campaign is inspired by the bond among grandmothers, mothers, and daughters, and Patricia Nash, who also shares that special bond with her mother and daughter, wants to show the world how powerful it can be.

Designer Patricia Nash will ask mothers and daughters to submit their inspirational breast cancer story of how their bond helped support and overcome that challenging time in their life. Each submission entered has a chance to win a weeklong trip for two to Italy!

“When I visit stores I often notice two or even three generations of women shopping together. I love seeing how my creations appeal to women of all ages. It reminds me of when I found my mother’s prized handbag in her closet five years ago, which actually inspired me to launch this brand. It is a truly special feeling that I want to celebrate during this month,” says Patricia.

The #CarryMeThrough campaign will begin Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and run until the end of the month. All submissions will be made on a special landing page on the Patricia Nash website, where participants will be asked to submit a photo with a caption and storyline for a chance to win. There will also be an opportunity to nominate a mother/daughter team who has been inspirational to watch during their fight with breast cancer. The campaign will be posted on the Patricia Nash website where readers will be able to view all submissions. Winner will be chosen by Patricia and Jennifer, and will be announced on The Patricia Nash website November 1st.



January 9th – 15th, 2015

Participating Shows Announced!

(New York, NY) October 21, 2014 – The Broadway League announced today that the dates for 2015 KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY® will be from Friday, January 9, 2015 to Thursday, January 15, 2015 in New York City. Tickets to participating shows will be available to the public on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 11:00am E.S.T.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more.

“Now in its 19th year, Kids’ Night on Broadway continues to enrich and develop the theatre experience for children, pre-teens and teens,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Kids’ Night on Broadway educates and inspires creativity that truly benefits the future of Broadway.”

Participating shows to date include:*
Aladdin, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Chicago, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Honeymoon in Vegas, If/Then, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, On the Town, Pippin, Rock of Ages, Side Show, and Wicked.
(*subject to change, and some shows not available for all performances)

Many Times Square area eateries will offer specials for KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY ticket-holders.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year.

Check for specific dates and locations.

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About The Broadway League 
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League’s 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit, or follow The Broadway League on Twitter@TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at is the League’s new official on-line headquarters for Broadway in NYC and on tour. Download the free mobile app for iOS or Android, and the free IBDB mobile app for iOS orAndroid.
The Broadway League annually presents the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards,® one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, with The American Theatre Wing.
Broadway theatres are filled with an exciting array of new and classic musicals and plays, providing the perfect experience for every audience. Great seats are available at every price point and are easy to buy online, by phone, or in person at theatre box offices. It's always the perfect time to see a show. Broadway performs every day of the week at multiple curtain times to accommodate every schedule.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's #GivingTuesday: Support Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer

Today only, Tuesday August 26, Rosen Hotels and Resorts will donate $1 to Runway to Hope for every new LIKE on any one of their 18 Facebook pages.  

Runway to Hope’s mission is to provide direct support and aid to Central Florida children and their families impacted by pediatric cancer. Through partnerships with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Florida Hospital for Children, and Nemour’s Children’s Hospital, Runway to Hope fosters collaborative efforts among corporations, local businesses, and philanthropists to not only raise funds and awareness, but also bring new programs and initiatives to the pediatric cancer community.

It only takes three simple clicks! (Click on the link below, click on any Rosen FB page and click LIKE!)  It's that simple.  Learn more here: 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Orlando Moms: Here is something FREE to do with your kids on Friday

WHAT: The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is inviting Central Florida families to enjoy "CFAMily Day at the Cornell" — a free event filled with fun and educational activities. Hands-on art-making, scavenger hunts, games and gallery tours will all be available. Activities are designed for the whole family and suitable for children ages 6 and older.
WHEN: 2-6 p.m. Friday, June 20, and Friday, Aug. 8
WHERE: Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College,
1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park

FREE ADMISSION: No registration required

Here’s the schedule:
Hands-on Art Activities – 2:00-6:00
Docent-led Tours – 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30
Scavenger Hunt Competitions – 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00
Individual Free Sketching – 2:00-6:00

Limited parking available next to the museum.  Free parking in the SunTrust parking garage on Lyman Avenue with museum validation.  Visit the museum's website for more information on directions and parking.

Sunday, March 23, 2014