Time to GET NAKED!!!!

Hello!

Two posts in one day, pretty amazing if I do say so myself. This one is more of PSA and something near and dear to my heart!

The social media sites are being spammed with post after post but I promise you, I will not do that. I may tweak it before the end of the month with additional info, but really, I am just about sharing what I know first hand and not annoying you.

What is Melanoma and the Warning signs for Skin Cancer

Maybe you don’t know, but this July I will celebrate 13 years as a skin cancer survivor.

My battle started back in 2002 when I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma found on my back, again in 2008, again on my back and than most recently in 2014 on my right arm. In between those three melanomas battles, I have had countless Basel cell carcinomas & aggressive A-typical moles removed from just about every area of my body. There are many forms of skin cancer with Melanoma being the deadliest. My collection of scars is pretty fabulous!

I count myself as one of the lucky ones having been so diligent all these years with my check ups to have caught the cancer in its early stages each time requiring a simple surgery of “cutting it out”. I know many who have had not been as lucky and they have gone on a journey with chemo, radiation and other means of medication as well as major surgery. While others, sadly have lost their battles to this horrible disease.  All and all, the treatments and the journeys all boil down to be life changing for everyone who has ever had to deal with skin cancer.

Did you know that skin cancer is on the rise, specially among teenagers and college students due to indoor tanning. Read more at following link. Tanning – SkinCancer.org

Did you know too, that those who endured 5 or more blistering sunburns as a child have an 80% chance of developing melanoma! This is why I am battling this disease now. I remember many really “good” sunburns from my youth very well as they were not only painful,but covered both sides of my body because being a child of the 80’s, we spent our days outside, all day in the pool with ZERO sunblock. We used “tanning oil”. We thought we were cool because after a few days of pain, resulting from blistered and pealing skin, we had a beautiful glowing tan!

Remember this ad????????

I am very happy with the skin I am in these days. Freckles, scars and pale skin and all.

Here is a fun fact for you. Skin cancer when caught in its early stages, is 100% curable.

Don’t avoid the sun. Embrace it and protect yourself. Hat, sunglasses, long sleeves and sunblock with an SPF of at least a 15 are key. If you are like me and enjoy being outside, reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner when swimming. I don’t leave my house without applying an SPF of 25 to 50 to any exposed skin. It is in my makeup, moisturizers and depending on the shirt, even my clothes!

Here is another interesting little tidbit. I live in the beautiful state of Colorado. For those that ski and do anything in the mountains, the rate in which one burns is faster due to higher elevation. Check out this link for more insightful information on how to protect yourself against the dangers of the sun. The Mini Skin Cancer Prevention Handbook

Know your skin and know your spots. If something looks off, have it checked. Never fear asking a doctor to check a spot. If they think it looks fine and you’re not convinced, seek a second opinion. A good dermatologist will not argue with you about having a spot biopsied.Everyone should visit a dermatologist once a year. For those of us that have had a history with any form of skin cancer, they recommend twice a year. For those like myself with a bad history, I am going in for check ups every three months, that’s 4 times a year which sometimes leads to 5 and than 6. It all depends on the biopsy results. Because I do go on time without fail, I have caught each case early on, making the treatment simple. It is still annoying, painful and frustrating as hell, but simple.

Here is the inspiration for the month of May! While this form of getting naked isn’t my idea of a good time, I do get naked because it has saved my life three times over and more!

http://www.melanoma.org/sites/default/files/u13882/GetNaked2015-FB.jpg

check out their website for how you can spread the word!!! Get Naked

If you have questions, please inquire. I am happy to answer them.

If you are a Melanoma survivor and need sunscreen and lip balm, call this fabulous lady, she will hook you up. Heather Fall – Mary Kay

Tell her I sent you! She is running a campaign for her Mary Kay business with my help. Check it out!!! Tiffany’s Toosh

 

 

 

 

 

3 weeks until summer!!!

Happy Saturday!

Happy May 2nd!

I have entered a time in which blogging seems to have taken a back seat completely. I have no excuses other than time or lack of it.

The kids are out of school in three weeks. THREE WEEKS. Not sure who is more excited, the kids or me.

 

Anyway, gonna try to knock two hops out in one post.

On Friday, my friend over at Feelie Beachie hosts a fun little hop.

Feeling Beachie

  1. I hate to wear ______________________,but love to wear ________
  2. Hearing ________________________  makes me feel ___________
  3. I have a _______________ on my ________________
  4. I wish I could say _________ to __________________

My Answers:

1. I hate to wear shorts but love to wear Capri’s

2. Hearing my kids talk to each other about their day makes me feel very lucky and blessed. They are the best of friends.

3. I have a grande Carmel Flan from Starbucks on my desk this morning.

4. I wish I could say that the drama girls create in middle school stays there to my daughter but we both know that it never really goes away. We just have to ensure that we remover ourselves from those that attract it.

Feeding off #4 the last two weeks have been a bit of a challenge for both my daughter and myself. She is growing up and while she wants certain freedoms, she has become all to aware, that she is still a child, err, young adult. I can’t express how proud I am of her as she continues to lean on me for support and not shut me out. It’s been really hard watching her go through some of the challenges girls face as this age. I want to shield her from everything but that wouldn’t teach her anything, so I have just sat back and waited patiently while still ensuring she is safe.

Which brings me to this this fun blog hop my friend host on Tuesdays, Time Out for Mom

Time out for MomAnd the topic being – Right now is the perfect time to _____.

 

 

Right now is the prefect time to simple live.

Kids and adults don’t play outside much anymore because they have phones, computers and other electronic devices glued to their faces. MINE INCLUDED. Drives me bonkers.
Taking my daughter and her friend to school yesterday this was the conversation.

Friend – my mom is switching cable providers and they won’t be out until Monday which means we have no T.V, no computer and no internet ALL WEEKEND. My brother is really mad.

Daughter – Well that blows.

Me – Well now you can experience for two whole days how our generation lived every day of our teenage lives.

Girls – ……………….

Me – You will survive, I promise.

Girls – <insert loud, long sigh here>

So again, now is the perfect time to simply live. We are always on the go. Taking time to just live and really enjoy life. Go outside, breath in fresh air, ride bikes or throw a Frisbee. Anything that doesn’t require a form of technology.

I have a love hate relationship with it. I love that I can share my thoughts with you here but that we seem to have succumbed to the fact that we can’t leave our homes or go to the bathroom without our darn phones.

 

Sunday’s Prom Recap

Last night our 17 year attended his schools Jr/Sr prom.

Ten years ago this kid was drowning himself in every weapon Nerf made and Lord of the Ring action figures.

Last night, he put on a Tux!

IMG_2851-imp My favorite two men!!!

IMG_2857-impMy son with his girlfriend who is just as sweet as she can be.

School is out in 4 weeks!

GULP!

Tuxes and cufflinks

I took my son to pick up his tux tonight for prom this coming Saturday!

He tried it on at the store long enough to ensure things fit properly and then we came home where he REALLY tried it on to figure out all the bells and whistles.

I could hear him messing with things and knocked to ask if everything was okay to which he
responded with ” not sure how all this stuff works and can you help?  I helped him put the cuff links on as well as the bow tie and then helped him slide into the jacket.

Then I melted into mush because my 17 year old, 6’2 son was towering over me wearing a tux! How did this happen so darn fast!

Pictures will be taken Saturday when it is all official. In the meantime, here is what went through my mind.

 

I couldn’t pick him up if I tried… he could pick me up though.

Tuesday’s coffee – Recent fear

Good morning!

I was super bummed that I had to miss last weeks chat because life was being unfair and throwing a bunch of curve balls my way and I wasn’t juggling them very well.

Happy to report I made it. I am back and I hope for the remainder of the week.

This week I am linking up again with my good friend over at Time Out for Mom and her coffee chat!

Time out for Mom

 

This weeks topic “tell me about a recent fear that you faced” is perfect for me because it will tie into last week insanity!

As a mom to two teenagers, the one fear I have always dreaded is the inability to protect my kids. It’s every parents fear. To not be able to hide the ugly of the world from their eyes because even we as adults don’t want to deal with it, but children shouldn’t have to period.

This past weekend, my 14 year old came to me and shared some of the ugliness that she was dealing with first hand and asked for help. I know this was no easy task for her and I couldn’t be more proud of her and how she handled it. I fear so many children don’t tell an adult when life is being unfair or how they are feeling lost because they are scared that no one will help them.

The good part of this is that once she brought me into the situation, protecting her was easy.

Deep sigh of relief that we made it through the week and are starting a new one.

Hug your children, and tell them you love them, every single day.

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Sillies about my week!

I didn’t get to blog at all this past week.

I was having one of those days, every.day.of.the.week.

Can’t explain it, there was just something in the air. I had to disconnect from a lot to accomplish the little that I did.

Depending on the day.. this was the theme.

Friday took FOREVER to arrive (this made my hubby laugh pretty hard)

And then Friday, finally arrived.

We celebrated with the following items.

Fried Pickles

    

 

And finished season 5 of this delightfully intense show.

Seemed a like the perfect end to a crazy, insane, silly week.

Today is Sunday.

Here is to a fabulously NEW week!

 

TGIF – Friday 4 Follows

OMG… tomorrow is Friday! Where did the week go???

I just spend two hours at Men’s Warehouse buying my son a tux because renting one was silly due to the cost. He has another year of high school meaning, one more prom + three more dances before that and they are always formal or require a suit jacket.
We simple rent the accessories needed for the next year which cost $40.00. SOLD!

Stay tuned, prom is in two weeks! Picture will be posted.

Until then….

You know the drill! Go hope over to my friend Feeling Beachie

Feeling Beachie

1. I ________ the feeling of_________a new__________
2. After ___ I _____
3. I once tried to text/email _______, but it came out ____ instead
4. The last thing I want to do when I feel ___________ is ___________

1. I love the feeling of completing a new card that took less time than expected.

2. After two hours at Men’s Warehouse this evening with my son I realize more often than not, the moments I have with  my kids are so bittersweet these days.

3. I once tried to text/email my daughters choir teacher about her “live” performance review, but it came out liver instead.

4. The last thing I want to do when I feel sick is anything.at.all.

Tuesday’s coffee chat – Spring has arrived.

Time out for Mom

I am so done with Winter… .show me your Spring!  
Living in CO – we are blessed with all four seasons, sometimes all in one day.
While the first day of Spring was a few weeks back, we have had another dusting of snow that quickly melted leaving behind the Crocus to bloom in my front flower bed.IMG_3572 IMG_3573
I have a love-hate relationship with spring.
I love it because everything is coming to life and the smells are intoxicating.
I love flip flops and open toed shoes which don’t really go well with shoveling snow off your car or sidewalk.
Capri’s because wearing pants all the time is boring.
I hate it because we have a bird  in our tree already making a delightful noise as soon as the sun peaks over the horizon at 6am – on Saturday morning.
Second and probably more than the bird, I hate spring because of my allergies.
I among many, many others have to put myself in a drug induced state as soon as the first signs of spring show. A budding tree, the grass turning green, the crocus popping out of the ground – all of it makes me feel like poop if I miss a dose of my allergy medicine.
It doesn’t stop me from getting outside and playing in the yard, it just means I look like this most of the time.
I am learning to love all seasons… with summer at the very end of that list because I despise being hot. Anything above 75 and I am whining like a baby.
Show me your spring!