How I Reclaimed My Independence

How I Reclaimed My Independence

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Independence. What does that word mean to you?

For me independence means not having to rely on others to get things done. In my last relationship independent wasn’t a word that described me. It was quite the opposite. I relied on him for nearly everything and that’s how he wanted it to be. Making my own decisions wasn’t an option and forget about going anywhere by myself. His car, his rules.

And then I found Phoebe.

Phoebe Cruz

It wasn’t too long after the break-up that I started reclaiming my independence. The very first thing was to stop relying on others to get me from point A to point B. That meant finding a reliable (yet affordable) vehicle. I found Phoebe in the lot of a going-out-of business dealership. She was 5 years old, had 45k miles, and was within my budget. She was the start of my independence.

In the past couple years Phoebe and I have grown quite close. We go everywhere together (unless I’m flying, taking a train, or walking) and you wouldn’t believe the stories she tells. Okay, so that last part is made up, but she really is like a best friend. It’s because we have that relationship that I’m determined to give Mrs. Phoebe Cruz the best possible care.

Phoebe Cruz Salon Day

Special Things I Do For My Car

We go to the beauty parlor (aka The Carwash) once a week for the deluxe treatment: wash, wax, vacuum, and polish. A lady should always look her finest after all. Phoebe Makeover

We take family up on their offer to do a makeover, like when Phoebe got a new look for her front end.

We keep our appointments with the doc (aka The Mechanic) for regular oil changes and maintenance. When it’s time for an oil change, like it was this week, we head out to Walmart. I can get my shopping done knowing my car’s in great hands.

Walmart Quaker State Oil Change

Since Phoebe is basically family I only want the best for her. According to my brothers the best oil for her is Quaker State Advanced Durability Motor Oil. They tell me to “just look for the green bottle” so that’s what I do!

It just so happens that Walmart has the Pit Crew Quaker State Oil special going on where you can get an oil change for $19.88!

Quaker State at Walmart

 Phoebe Cruz is the reason I feel like an independent woman. Because of her I don’t have to rely on others or put my wants on hold. It’s liberating and freeing and I don’t even want to imagine a day without her!

I’ve told you about my car, now tell me about yours! Have you named it or do you have a special bond?

How do you keep your car in optimum health?


Affordable Testing for Type II Diabetes

Affordable Testing for Type II Diabetes

Having Type II Diabetes has been life altering. I’ve had to adjust what I eat, my activity levels, and my daily routine. I’ve had to learn the normal and abnormal signs my body gives out when my blood glucose is too high, too low, and just right. I have definitely become more in tune with myself; how’s that for making lemonade? Diabetes Testing One of the most important changes that comes with having Type II Diabetes is regular blood glucose testing. I’m currently testing a minimum of three times a day; more when I find myself feeling dizzy, nauseous, or faint. Testing my blood sugar regularly allows me to accurately communicate my chronic condition with my doctor so we can keep it in check. Type II Diabetes When I was first diagnosed with Type II Diabetes I didn’t have insurance. The testing supplies were far from affordable and I wasn’t testing nearly as often as I should have been. Since I was paying $$$ out of pocket I tried to make the testing strips last as long as I could (against my doctor’s recommendation.) Today there are more affordable options for those living with Diabetes. Abbott Diabetes Care offers the FreeStyle Precision Neo System which is targeted specifically towards those of us with Type II Diabetes. Their meter AND test strips are available over the counter at an affordable price without a prescription or insurance. That makes such a huge difference for those who cannot afford the higher priced options.

The FreeStyle Precision Neo system is a no-coding needed system which means you’ll be testing fast. Just insert the strip, apply the sample, and get the results. You can get the FreeStyle Precision Neo system and supplies from Walmart, CVS, and other drug stores and get started testing for less. Restocking on test strips and lancets is as easy as a visit to the store! That means no more skimping on testing or running out and having to wait on a prescription. If you’re ready tomanage your Type II Diabetes in an affordable way you can download this $2 off coupon. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of FreeStyle. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freestyle. The opinions and text are all mine.

Staying Healthy Shouldn’t Be Hard #Emergenc

This is my least favorite time of year; when the seasons are fighting for dominance. One day we have gorgeous spring weather and then, out of nowhere, it’s back to being frigid and dismal. It’s right about this time I tend to get sick – a runny nose, scratchy throat, hacking cough. It always seems unavoidable until I remember one letter: C.

Vitamin C is the magical answer according to my grandmother. It supports your immune system and prevents scurvy (because the pirate in you is susceptible). I try to make sure I’m always getting enough vitamins throughout the day. It’s not always easy, though; some days I just don’t want to eat what I should and others I just plain forget.

<queue drum roll, fanfare, fireworks etc…>

Enter Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mix.

Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mix

Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mix (sent to us for editorial inclusion) is naturally flavored and naturally sweetened. It’s packed with goodies (24 nutrients including 1,000 mg of Vitamin C), seven B vitamins (including B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12), antioxidants and minerals (calcium, potassium, quercetin, zinc, sodium, and magnesium.)

There are more than 20 varieties of vitamin supplement drink mixes available. 3 are brand new! We got to try the following flavors:

  • Super Orange
  • Coconut-Pineapple
  • Strawberry-Kiwi
  • Immune+Citrus
  • Berry Medley Warmers

While I’m not a huge fan of the warmers (I’m picky about my warm beverages) I did love the coconut-pineapple. It dissolved very well and had a fresh taste to it. The orange was a bit intense but the Immune+Citrus was refreshing.
Emergen-C Vitamin Drink Mix
What I really love about these vitamin drink mixes is how convenient they are. When I know or suspect I may not be getting the vitamins and minerals elsewhere I can quickly add one to a bottle of water. Having a healthy intake of Vitamin C and other essentials is a great way to support your immune system. I love a product that lets me make the process easier.

To learn more and try Emergen-C for yourself be sure to check out the following links:


Beginning My THRIVE Experience

I received Thrive products in exchange for my honest opinion.

2 herniated discs.
Spinal Stenosis.
Dozens of spinal tumors.
Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)…

These are the majority of the issues I live with on a daily basis. Chronic pain and a general lack of drive are 2 of the primary symptoms that come from these conditions for me. Being constantly tired, no desire to dress or leave the house. Having trouble finding anything to smile about. I wouldn’t wish living like that on my worst enemy. I also hate the amount of drugs the doctors prescribe just to get me through the day. I don’t know what’s in them, they make me sick and they do nothing for my energy levels.

I was beginning to think I was fighting a losing battle.

There comes a point when you’re suffering that you don’t want to fight anymore. You become weak-willed and giving up seems like the most logical option. It’s at that point where the Fight or Flight Response kicks in. I’m so happy that my fight response overpowers that flight instinct.

Even in our weakest moments, we’re stronger than we think.

When I was first introduced to the THRIVE Experience from Le-Vel I didn’t have much else to lose. My house was a total wreck, much like my life. I had no drive to do anything, let alone work. Bills were coming in but the money wasn’t. That just added to the depression. It was all just piling up and piling up. I was drowning and there was no lifeguard in sight. 

The first day of my THRIVE Experience I woke up, grabbed the packet of capsules that I sat beside my bed and took one with a bottle of water. Before I ever put my feet on the floor (as per the instructions.) Then I put on the DFT patch; only half because that’s what I was instructed to do. 20 minutes later I downed the THRIVE shake mix and waited. 

At this point, I wasn’t too sure what was going on. I knew I felt different, but I wasn’t sure if it was my overwhelming hope that I would actually notice a difference or if this stuff was actually working. I mean, I wasn’t completely sold on the product, especially after doing research. Nearly everything I read was just someone trying to sell THRIVE for Le-Vel. Not exactly convincing.

So I went into my THRIVE Experience as a skeptic. 

I made it through the first day feeling great; I just wasn’t sure if it was a mood swing or the product. So I continued. I did the same routine the next day, only, this time, I used a whole patch. What happened?


I got my house cleaned. I got my work caught up. I went for a walk. I cooked a real meal. The only time I actually sat down on day 2 of my THRIVE Experience was to work. I felt unstoppable. There was an initial case of the jitters. You know, like when you’ve had too much espresso. That feeling went away after about 30 minutes. It wasn’t overwhelming, just slightly noticeable. 

Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5 all went by with the same results. I was feeling great! 2 weeks have gone by so far and I’m still feeling amazing. That’s not me trying to sell you something, that’s me telling you the God’s honest truth. I feel like I did in my late teens/early 20’s. I have energy, I want to do stuff. I want to leave the house and spend time with friends and work. I want to live!!!

I’m finding myself where I’ve wanted to be for so long. With hopes and dreams and aspirations. I’m finally starting to see a future without my life being blurred by a fog of depression and pain.

My pain levels are way lower than they’ve been in a long time. I’m not fighting urges to scarf down bowls of ice cream and bags of chips. Water has become my go to drink and I don’t miss soda at all. I’m, are  you ready for this, HAPPY. I’m truly happy for the first time in years. There is nothing bringing me down. I feel unstoppable. I’m really hoping I keep seeing these results and you can bet I’m going to keep you updated!