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I’ve mentioned many times over the years that I have a bad back…  A bad back meaning for many years, I was basically bed-bound, floor-bound, and my back pain ruled my life.  I would have some good moments where I would feel almost like a normal human, but they were interspersed more often than not with the really bad pain.  I tried so many things to help.  My chiropractor (who I think is awesome, really like him!) became like my second home.  But I still didn’t feel normal…  It was still just managing the pain to a “livable’ level.  See, the hard part about chronic pain is that at times you can hide it (many times, you just can’t, and those were the times I’d stay home).  You smile, and people don’t realize just how much pain you are in.  Anyways, enter Plexus.  It was *the* thing that finally truly helped my pain.  After being on Plexus products (I started with the TriPlex Combo and then also added in the Ease caps) for several months, I was no longer living at, or even visiting, my chiropractor’s office.  It is the only thing that changed in my life, and so I have no question about it being the thing that worked.  So my back pain – instead of being a normal everyday 6-7/10 on the pain scale with flare ups (very often) of 10/10 pain, is on the whole now maybe a 1-2/10 in my every day normal with a few days here and there of maybe 7-8/10 pain.

While my pain level is very low these days, I do still get some back pain here and there.  That’s why I was excited to try Spand-Ice when I was contacted about trying it out for a review.  Anything that helps the back, that is good for pain, is something I love to try.  So what is Spand-Ice?  Well, it’s something I had years earlier wished was in existence – I would get ice packs or warm packs and try to hold them in place, which worked while sitting, but as soon as I’d stand up, I’d have to hold them in place and it was just awkward.  This is a tank, that also gives a bit of support as well as securely and comfortably holding the ice/warm packs.  It zips up and can be worn as a vest, or you can wear a top as an extra layer beyond that if you don’t want it to be the focal point.  I have worn mine several times, mostly as ice instead of heat, but the heat does feel nice.  I think it’s a great option if you are wanting something to help aid in annoying pain/irritation and also as just a tool for recovery and injury prevention.

It is comfortable (I got a size L, and I’m glad I did – it is snug, but I think you want it to fit fairly snugly, but I know a M would’ve been too small on me).  I would guess that I could wear a L or an XL, and that someone who buys the S could also wear a M.  Besides their Revive Tank, they also have wraps, as well as tanks for pregnancy!  And not to leave out the men, they also make the wraps and the tanks in men’s sizes as well.  And there are extenders if that’s needed.

Here is a video of the founder sharing how to wear the tank plus showing just how long it stays nice and hot/cold (and that you aren’t tied to your couch, but can get things done at the same time!)

Know The Word Study Bible

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KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.

The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.

The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

Features include:

—King James Version Bible text
—Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
—Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
—Words of Jesus in red
—Beautiful two-color interior page design
—Comprehensive list of theological notes
—Full-color maps
—8-point type size

Learn more and purchase a copy.


This Bible is a nice gift-giving Bible or one to get for yourself if you are wanting to dig a little bit deeper into the Bible, to understanding more so that you get more out of what is being said.  This isn’t the “studiest” Bible out there, for sure, but it seems to do a good job of going beneath the surface and helping one to – as its title suggests – know the Word better.  I personally enjoy ESV or NKJV for Bibles the most, but the KJV is a standard and what many people read.  There’s really nothing about this that I didn’t enjoy, and I wouldn’t have any issues recommending it to you if you’re interested in picking up a study Bible!

[As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent a copy for review purposes.  As in all my reviews, my thoughts are my own.]

Christy book review

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Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)(Evergreen Farm, October 2017)

New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic!

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?


I took a little trip down memory lane with this book!  Not because I had ever read it before (I had not) and not because I ever remember anyone else reading it to me (I don’t), but because the Kelli Martin TV miniseries is engrained in my memory whenever I hear the title “Christy”.  I couldn’t help myself – I even Youtube-d a few of the episodes and was reacquainted with the characters as I was reading through the book.  I don’t know if it’s because of Catherine Marshall’s amazing writing ability or the fact that my first exposure to the story was through TV, but the book read like a movie.  I was there.  I was Christy, navigating this place that while not that far away from home was like another world and the people with their own unique traditions and ways of doing things and yet with a strong sense of love and community.

Sometimes, I am reluctant about reading books when I’ve seen the movie, or about seeing the movie if I’ve read the books because one or the other almost always disappoints.  However, this is a story I believe is just right either way you’re first exposed to it, and while of course the made-for-TV version isn’t entirely accurate, it is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of the characters, and I really enjoyed reading the book even more because of that.

This is such a classic, and if you haven’t read it as I hadn’t before now, add this to your TBR pile right away!  No excuses! (The larger format of this edition makes it a breeze to read, also).

Learn more, get a free map of Cutter Gap, and purchase a copy. 

[As a Litfuse blogger, a copy was sent for review purposes.  But true to all my reviews, the opinions are my own truthful thoughts]

Five Things Friday

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a themed day (like Fitness Friday, Friday Favorites, Five Things Friday or whatever strikes a fancy).

1. It’s SEPTEMBER!  I love the changing of months, the changing of seasons, fresh starts…I even like Mondays! (gasp!)  Even though it doesn’t necessarily *feel* quite like full-on Fall yet (although we have had some very very very nice Fall-like days), technically still being Summer, September signals the onslaught of cozy comfy things: scarves, sweaters, boots, blankets, warm drinks, apples, and pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin.  Most of the day today, this song has been floating through my head:

2. I had my DNA tested (through and then for $5 more got some health info from, and did you know that there’s a gene that apparently some people have where as a child, they have a stronger-than-average ability to detect bitterness?  But then that above-average ability plummets to under-average when they’re adults… hence why brussel sprouts or olives may have been hated as a child but enjoyed as an adult.   ((although, it seems to me that I don’t think I really know of ANY child who enjoys either of those, but it was still something neat to hear)).  Some useful info I found out was that I have 2 copies of the MTHFR gene mutation.  Good thing my XFactor Plus multivitamin has methylated forms of vitamins in it (like folate instead of folic acid)…I can’t believe how many things have folic acid added to it!  I still have a lot of reading to do, as it’s genetic/scientific and I have to take it in pieces to digest, lol.

3.  “Diamonds are a girls best friend”, right?  Well, Anjolee sent me this GORGEOUS ring (*note: the version they made for me is made from cz and silver, and it is so shiny, sparkly, and high quality, that I can’t even imagine if it were real diamonds).



This is from their diamond anniversary rings collection.  The exact one I picked is the “Delightful Diamond Anniversary ring” (there are sooo many choices).

It is truly so much prettier in person – I took a lot of photos trying to get the sparkle to come across, and it just doesn’t come across like it does in real life.  I don’t know if it was a problem with their size chart, or if it was a problem with how it printed out for me, but there was a big difference for me from the rings I currently have and what the size chart said I should get (again, maybe it was my printer or user error on my part, but just something to be aware of if it is way off for you).  So I ended up deciding to get what my gut was telling me, what I have in other rings.  So I got a size 6 and it fits perfectly.  It’s actually so perfect because it fits my ring finger of both hands (the left a little loose but not falling-off loose), and then it also fits the middle finger of left hand nicely and my pointer pretty snug.  So it offers variety.

At first I was like, “Is this too blingy?”  Like somehow it would be okay for a married woman to wear the bling, but not a single woman.  Eek, lol!  I got over that feeling quickly though, because you don’t have to be married to wear a nice pretty ring, despite the “anniversary” name.  If you love it, wear it!  I’ve been wearing it all the time, not just for dressing up events.

4.  Do you sleep with a fan on or white noise?  I have (miraculously) made it through the whole summer without using air conditioning, just a fan.  So now that the weather is turning cooler at nights, I’m wondering if my use the fan is more of wanting it to actually blow cool air on me or more of the noise or habit of it.  Just random ponderings.

5.   This is the Labor Day Weekend.  Any plans?  I have a few things I want to do, one of which is to write a poem.  I am praying and hoping the words come to me because it is for a dear lady who has asked me to write something for a project she is doing.  It has been a long while since I’ve written poetry, and I’m feeling both a bit unfit for the severity/importance I feel it is, but yet, I am honored and humbled to give it a go.  So that’s my one big thing I would like to accomplish over the weekend.

Floral Favorites

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Has anyone else been as enamored as I’ve been over the current fashion flood of florals?!  It makes my floral-loving heart sing!  Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved pastels and florals.  And to see sooo much floral this spring and summer… well, can you have too much floral?  I’m not sure, but if so, I’m guilty.  I’ve been enjoying that “trend”, though (I don’t follow trends…to me, following trends is so hard anyways, not to mention it takes away a large part of personal style.  Ever since I discovered Dressing Your Truth several years ago, I’ve given up on trying to fit into the current trends.  And I’ve never felt like I’ve had more of my own personal style!  It’s great!).  But this is a trend that happens to be something I love and incorporate into my own style anyways.  Have you been a fan of the floral frenzy?

When Cleo Madison -a new-to-me brand, reached out to me this summer asking if I’d like to sample something from their shop… you can guess what I chose, right?  Something floral. 🙂  This Prague dress to be exact (which just happens to be on sale now, so click your way over pronto so you don’t miss out before it gets sold out).  Cleo Madison has a lot of great finds, and a great sale going on as well!

Cleo Madison

The pastel and floral theme took me back a bit to my childhood, and of course, a side pony was the logical choice. 🙂  A 30-something can still wear them occasionally, right?! lol

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

The dress is SO comfy, like wearing pajamas comfy!  It doesn’t seem to wrinkle easily, either, which is always a plus!

I was particularly liking my makeup the day I took these pictures, so I’ll share what I’m wearing:

Everyday Minerals foundation in a mix of Golden Fair and Ivory (I can wear either one, and I had a little bit of each left in their containers so I combined them into one).

Eye shadow is Bliss (outer lid) and Utopia (middle and inner lid) from Redeeming Beauty Minerals, which is just an amazing company with heart.  Also from Redeeming Beauty is the brow gel is Gentle.

Mascara is a coat of blackberry mascara from 100% Pure and a coat of brown from Real Purity (I like them both, and don’t have much left the 100% Pure, so just did 1 coat of that).

Blush is actually Silk Naturals Limbo (an eye color).  It’s a pretty pink (on the light side, with a nice shimmer, so it mostly left my cheeks with a glow instead of a strong color, which is fine to me).

Lips are Lipsense Kiss Me Kate (x2) and Bombshell (x1) with Glossy Gloss.  My friend, Cassie, is a Lipsense friend of mine, and here is her page if you’d like to try them out. (She also has a fun giveaway going on right now you don’t want to miss).  She is such a hoot and just a really sweet person!

I don’t know what the trends for fashion will be come spring, but you can bet I’ll still be flying with the florals!!