Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Break Save Me!

My hair is blond again. I have naturally three colors in may hair blond red and brown. I hated it growing up so as I got older I kept dying my hair. Red hair, auburn red to blond and back to red again. I used to work as a hairstylist apprentice so I have fun keeping up with hair color trends.
Finally the snow is gone and Michigan is warming up and de frosting. The birds are chirping and my annoying crack head bird is back waking me up every day at 5 am.
I got my hair cut from long to mid length in a cute updated hair style. I got a new camera and wanted to show off my hair do but I deiced to use my cell phone camera instead. Despite all of the hair dye my hair is still shinny.
On another note this week is spring break. I get a break from dealing with the drama at the school with the admin staff not caring that my daughter has a medical condition yet they have her more hour’s out of the day then I do. We have one kid at his friends house another kid as his aunt’s house. Then we decided to let the little 5 year old spend two days. My niece and Bella got to play squealing of giggles and running around inside the apartment. The first day all the snow went away we went to the park and that's a huge thing to undertake while I'm sick as I haven't been able to do much from the inflammation and the pain of my illness. I'm seeing the surgeon on the 15 to see if they found a throat surgeon that will take the charity care so I can have the gallbladder removed and the large hital hernia.
We once her two nights were done we allowed another one of my nephew come and spend the rest of the week here. Things have been going so well he got to say another night.
Adam and I have been working on spring cleaning. the living room is cleaned what's left is just the book case and book shelf and the desk. Everything else is spotless. We have also managed to get all 12 loads of laundry done Adam washed I folded and put away. We make a great team. Tomorrow Adam and I will work on the kid’s room along with the bedroom. Cleaning out closets. oh it's a chore I hate the most. I been searching how to make super small apartment size closets functional I mean two bedroom apartments if they are older apartments have super small closets. yet we have a large closet in the bathroom we can work on. Trying to find places for stuff for a family of 5 in a two bedroom apartment is very nice but small in a cute way. .kids stuff in one room which is the master bedroom then our stuff in our room and the living room is books and video games and photos entertainment stuff.
The bathroom is all the hygiene products I have to find a simpler system for that as were starting to build up to too much.
Then in the kitchen is a challenge because the cupboards are small but lots of storage space we got two tall plastic drawers that hold the boxes and drinks and things that are not going to fit in the cupboard.
I been thinking also of putting up keeping type of charts on the walls we have a detailed cleaning list up on the wall but I'm going to finish making my home management binder. I have lots of projects I'm working on all while being in pain and miserable yet I have to look like everything is ok or my family serious is grumpy as I am.
I have to keep reminding myself where we all were last year at this time which was living with friends and just moved into our place last year in March. We renewed our lease and are here for another year. Hubby is working part time but at 13 a hour and full hours for part timers. We have Bella’s ssi and almost at the point of being cut from food stamps. We’re starting to make it by the skin of our teeth.
Have you ever been in a tight financial situation like we are with family? How did you get yourself out of it? We have met a few people ok a lot of people who have even been in worst spots then we are what is this economy coming too when there's not enough full time jobs and employers are too cheap to pay out the benefits so they only hire part time? What’s wrong with people making a decent wage instead of struggling to make ends meet like our friends or getting by the skin of our teeth from month to month?
 

Have you started your spring cleaning yet?
Have you ever had to get creative with small storage spaces?
Have you ever had to do it all on a fix limited budget?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Looking for a rare genetic disorder group to meet up in Kalamazoo, Mi?

Late notice but every second Thursday of each month is our rare genetic disorder meet up for undiagnosed disorders.
That's right we will meet every Thursday at Big B on stadium drive in Kalamazoo at 11 am I along with a few others will be there.
 We would love to see you there. if not put it on your calendars for next month same time and place EVERY SECOND THURSDAY yes I shouted it as I get excited for the meetings. everyone welcome who has family or has or is looking for support :)
you can also keep in touch with me Amanda Ripsam who has 22qvcfs digeorge, I also have a father three siblings and my daughter. There are other members who have children with other genetic disorders but we all share one goal in mind to meet the needs of special needs family's and have a support network. I'm truly passionate about this an have always wanted to be able to help be a founder of a group like this there is myself and a few others. look forward to meeting you there.  I'm so passionate about this I have my official blog with a domain. www.mommiesquietplace.com this is also for moms, dads, grandparents, friends, caregivers, of anyone who loves someone with a rare genetic disorder and would love more info. If you can't meet up keep in touch with me over on my blog. I live in  Mi and willing to do meet ups.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

http://www.shespeaks.com/Spotlight-on-SheSpeaks-Blogger-Amanda-Ripsam-of-Mommies-Quiet-Place

Whats been happening on www.mommiesquietplace.com. is what I keep getting asked so here it goes... I have been busy I was featured on Shespeaks a popular website that loves to promote products and reviews and give things to their members. I've gotten a few things and loved it. Shespeaks apparently loved me too. check it out here

http://www.shespeaks.com/Spotlight-on-SheSpeaks-Blogger-Amanda-Ripsam-of-Mommies-Quiet-Place

doing a mini makeover on the site as well as updating pages and post. I now have a section up called what can mommiesquiteplace do for you up as a media kit. I been working on my portfolio as you all want to see more photos right ?? Wordless Wednesday has photos of all the different hair colors I've done to my hair which one do you like the best? blond red or brown. you can leave comments and follow me on my facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/mommiesquietplace

it's nice to see you see you here...

4 different ways my hair styles change. Which one looks best. ? #Wordless Wednesday


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bellas Dental appointment. 3/31/2014

Today she got more crowns put in place. Not talking about the pretty princess crowns I'm talking about those silver ones. she got two more of them. A few months back she got one on the right side now she has them on the left. The medication we had to give her to get her seizures to stay under control  was flavored with a special syrup to make the medicine taste ok enough for her to take them. now she's older 6 turning 7 on April 27 shes all about nothing liquid if it's a medication.
To get to the point her cavities are in the spaces where you floss. Bella has sensory processing disorder ADHD and a few other health issues that just brushing her teeth alone and her actually brushing her own teeth was a victory in and of it's self. If you have a special needs child you'll understand my point of view.
Honesty flossing happen but each time was a hour long chore to get her to do it the right way. The string stuff didn't work the pick stuff didn't work. I was at a lost of options.
so now I'm on the hunt for sensory processing special needs type of adaptive equipment for issues that come up, maybe a special type of flosser that is out there that I don't know about.  I'm going to test a few out and get back to you all and let you know which ones I found works best.
If you know of any kind of store that sells this stuff please send the links my way.
After her appointment we went to applebees and got a milk shake because she can't eat a while lot do to the numbing stuff still lingering and the laughing gas wearing off making her tired.
I will be honest I am exhausted today as well. I been so overly exhausted all week do to my own health issues.  We all went home and fell a sleep.
I'm also tired of the same few people who are friends being the only people concerned about Bella's and mine appointments and health. I'm tired of repeating over and over so I posted this blog.
Earlier I posted this Facebook status.
Dentist appointment for Bella earlier today went ok. Will post update about it on my blog and have it up soon. Don't want to read my blog but want to find out how Bella's appointment went oh well. I blog so I don't have to tell 100 people the same thing over and over It also gives me more characters to be able to type it out better. Nothing personal or directed at anyone but if the shoe fits wear it. I have a cell phone if you want to be part of our lives then call us. Officially done with people and their need to nosy up on our world on Facebook. Want the goods check out the blog
I expect to see the numbers drop but you know what I only have time for people in my life who want to make the effort. I also feel like when people whine about how much they miss me as I'm from Toronto Canada yet they never put in the effort to contact me. It's not like I moved to Irac?
It's been months since I've heard from family I hear from my friends more often and complete strangers online then I do my own family.  I can count on one hand the number of people who showed up at my wedding who truly cared and another hand of people who called because they couldn't make it and sent cards or emails. 
I just am exhausted physically and mentally and that's why I started to blog to save me time and effort I noticed since I started blogging I been able to focus on life and people in my life a lot more funny how that worked out but the people who are truly interested in my goals and dreams are the ones who care. I have a great supportive group of people from church and sad to say it they are more like family to me then my own family. 
 I have some friends I still chat with on Facebook but not unless I start the conversations. 
you see there green lights but no one is really truly there care other then to watch Bella and I like were a freak show. 

  How would you suggest I deal ?


Monday, March 31, 2014

How do I manage many routine appointments for the both of us ?

Monday Bella has a dental appointment at 11am.
The Dentist is going to clean her teeth and possibly put another crown on the other side of her mouth. 
Due to flavoring of her medication when Bella was younger, which we had to do in order to get her to take her seizure medication, the sugar in the flavoring is what caused the cavities and the fact that flossing a child with sensory processing disorder teeth was a chore just to get her to comply. 
The dentist will give her a bit of laughing gas and her appointment will take about a hour 

Then there's my Doctor appointment that was set for the same day. 2:30 pm I see the surgeon and we talk about our next steps in referring me to a local throat dr which we have to find one who will work with the charity care I am receiving. that's how I'm covering my health care.  See previous post about my health issues.  
After that it's home  and got to start working on dinner we have set dinner time here at home every night at 6 pm if Bella eat's or drinks after 7 she wet's the bed at night yes she's 6 but do to her health issues she still wet's the bed at night.  No matter what we tried as we tried it all it don't work she barely makes it to the bathroom when she does feel like shes wet and she's not on a routine for peeing at night so waking her up at a certain time is a hit or miss and we both end up exhausted and tired the next day. So we let her sleep and will plan on trying more night potty training during the summer. 
Monday for Dinner is a roast I put in the crock pot I start it at 7 am before we leave dice up carrots, and chop up potato's. I add some water so it don't burn some seasonings which ever I end up grabbing out of the cupboards and call it good. Then when I get home the place smells amazing like I been working hard in the kitchen all day the meal taste just as good. 
I love crockpot cooking.  
I am lucky my hubby has the day off so he drives and I deal with the talking to the doctors, during the appointments to kill time I make list read a book talk with hubby play games on our phones. 
It's not a perfect system for managing routine appointments but the best way I can explain how to manage them all is to write time and dates and address down so you remember hubby and I sync our google calendar so we each can see our appointments.
I also make a print up of our calendar post it up on my wall at home yep I just tape it to the wall. I will come up with a creative board of some sorts but so far this has been working.  

what works for you in managing many doctors appointments. ?

Share, Love celebrate the Best of P&G products.

  Updating a few reviews on this blog from my tumbler blog.  I noticed I went to my external blog posting on Shespeaks and couldn't find my reviews it was because before I discovered blogger I found Tumbler and everything went poof when I shut Tumbler down. 

 This was for the Share, Love celebrate the Best of P&G products. 

 
 
 
 
 
Olay Total Effects 7in1 … Rating
4.6
Your Rating
5.0
Reviews
337
Your Review On
Apr 25, 2013
 
as a redhead with fair senstive skin. I have to be careful as what to use on my skin. olay in the past has dried out my skin. I thikn I may not have found the right Olay product for myself. However Olay 7 moisturizing wash is a nice combo for my skin. I didn't break out in redsploch…
 
 
 
Tide To Go Rating
4.6
Your Rating
5.0
Reviews
403
Your Review On
Apr 25, 2013
 
I always keep the mini sized tied to go in my purse and car. I have a five year old daughter and three step kids who are in there teens two of the step kids are boys and ones a girl. I'm always being asked for my tide sticks from the kids. Mom I spilled juice, mom I got ketchup on m…
 
 
 
CoverGirl Outlast Double… Rating
3.7
Your Rating
5.0
Reviews
283
Your Review On
Apr 25, 2013
 
It's the exact same shade as my natural lip color with a shade darker. I love the 295 shade I recieved in my p&g sample kit I used to use cover girl when I was in high school. It's like reuniting with a old love. I also love how long it last as well as the shine factor. one thing …
 
 
 
Gillette Fusion ProSerie… Rating
4.5
Your Rating
4.0
Reviews
430
Your Review On
Apr 24, 2013
 
i received this in my she speaks p and g product kit. I got a full size my husband was excited that something I got in the mail was for him :) I test and review products as a hobby. There for I said he needed to try it. I have a clean shaven husband with a soft face with out razor b…

My First twitter party experience

Last week I took part in a Twitter Party for Shespeaks. 
I didn't win anything. In-fact I showed up early how hard is it to show up late for a Twitter party with today cell phones and computers were always connected. I placed it on my google plus calander and I was ready excited and looking forward to meeting new people and ready to go. Minus the snacks and drinks of course. I had my handy water bottle next to me. 
I was having trouble keeping up with all the other news feeds on top of the party's news feeds. That's the problem when your first learning all the many different social media. I'm pretty well covered when it comes to knowing how to use Twitter. I kept forgetting who am I hastaging or who do I @. 
that was the difficult part there were so many host each one would ask the same question and I wasn't sure which host do I answer to ? did it mater if I only answered to one or all ? Do I reply to each question and I did still not win a thing. I did find more pages to follow. I did not find anyone else following me not even the host of these party's it was like clicks back in High school I had trouble fitting in. I'm not even sure I want to take part in another Twitter Party. 
Maybe I need to learn a lot more about Twitter then the basics. I thought I was pretty well advance in my Twitter usages I figured how to edit my profile how to change backgrounds and update pictures and status. I figured out how to @ at people and how to # at people but keeping up with a party took a lot of focus and of course nothing loaded in the time I needed it to. my end kept getting the questions well after 10 other people answered them. 
was your first Twitter Party experience as bad as mine was ?

Shespeaks review Carefree (since I shut down my tumbler it was on here is a fresh update)

Shespeaks is a great website that I often am checking out.
I enjoy checking out the products that are reviewed, I also enjoy getting products from them to review I've gotten a few packages from Shespeaks but that was before I became a blogger. I never dreamed of blogging at the time. Heck I just enjoyed being able to try products to review who dosen't right?
While since my tumbler account which this review was on is now down I am taking a moment to rewrite my reviews for my blog.
I wish I would have been concerned about backing up my reviews that I've done over the years I would have had a huge data base. However each new blogger makes mistakes and my first mistake was not blogging a long time ago.
I have been enouraged by a lot of my family and friends to do reviews again as they enjoyed them as they are always coming to me to learn about the latest products that are out there like I'm some sort of shopping guide. Do they pay people to that ? If so and if your hiring I'm interested.
All right enough blabbering.
Here is some photos of what products I received from she-speaks in fact it's so old it the date stamp says 01/01/2012 two years I have been doing product reviews and It all went poof into thin air. Sighs has that ever happen to you ?
The product in the photo was sent in exchange for a product review which I did on the shespeaks website and my tumbler blog that I had but I didn't consider that to be a blog was just a bunch of reviews.
As you can tell carefree pantie liners.comes in a larger pack but the liners are small they didn't cover my undies like I wanted a liner to cover it only covered the front part and that made it bunch up and not stay in place. I was really looking forward to writing a great review but sometimes that's just not the case here at mommiesquietplace some times you have to be honest. I think these liners would make a great teen girl panti liner but not for a women who had a kid.  It's been a while since I purchased carefree pantyliner I honestly usually get the other guys stuff.  
I had given some to friends to try they seem to liked them so this was a freebie for my friends. I do enjoy giving stuff away but pantie liners makes me feel just a tad uncomfortable to say here want some liners and I get these puzzled confused looks on their faces which makes it all worth while and fun for me in the end.
over all I am torn this is great for a small skinny person hut for me wasn't so comfy.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

My Blog's goals

Goals for my blog in no order

  • Build my followers 
  • build page views 
  • grow my other social media to drive more traffic to my blog 
  • work with more companies to do even more product reviews 
  • find connections with my readers 
  • have interactions with my followers more 
  • read other blogs 
  • comment on other blogs
  • build a fan page 
  • post more pictures 
  • do some challanges 
  • write more post 
  • work with local companies in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Allegan Michigan and other area companies 
  • work with international compaies
  • work with promoting sales put my sales experience to use 
  • get a sponser for my blog 
  • get a donate buttion up 
  • get more graphics and design lay outs to my linking 
  • watch more toturials 
  • create a few more youtube videos 
  • earn a income 
  • get a llc 
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  • Write a free ebook
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  • Get 5 retweets per post
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  • Update our fan page twice a day
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THE BLOG
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  • Update our fan page twice a day
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THE BLOG
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OTHER
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  • Get 5 retweets per post
  • Get 10 shares or likes per post
  • Update our fan page twice a day
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THE BLOG
  • Work on one large post/project per week
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  • Link to one other “friendly” blog per month
OTHER
  • Make $500 per month
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  • Meet or talk with a like-minded individual about your blogging on a monthly basis/find a mentor
  • Read one book related to our niche every month
  • Create a YouTube video
  • Have at least 1 guest posts
  • Review our goals every month
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  • Get 5 retweets per post
  • Get 10 shares or likes per post
  • Update our fan page twice a day
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THE BLOG
  • Work on one large post/project per week
  • Check broken links monthly
  • Run a contest once a month
  • Make a schedule
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  • Write a free ebook
  • Always have at least 10 posts ready to go in the queue
  • Link to one other “friendly” blog per month
OTHER
  • Make $500 per month
  • Learn something new each week and implement it
  • Meet or talk with a like-minded individual about your blogging on a monthly basis/find a mentor
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  • Review our goals every month
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  • Get 5 retweets per post
  • Get 10 shares or likes per post
  • Update our fan page twice a day
  • Comment or post on others’ fan pages twice a week
THE BLOG
  • Work on one large post/project per week
  • Check broken links monthly
  • Run a contest once a month
  • Make a schedule
WRITING
  • Submit posts to article directories
  • Write 1 guest posts per month
  • Write a free ebook
  • Always have at least 10 posts ready to go in the queue
  • Link to one other “friendly” blog per month
OTHER
  • Make $500 per month
  • Learn something new each week and implement it
  • Meet or talk with a like-minded individual about your blogging on a monthly basis/find a mentor
  • Read one book related to our niche every month
  • Create a YouTube video
  • Have at least 1 guest posts
  • Review our goals every month
  • Interview someone
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  • Comment on 20 blogs a week
  • Get 20 comments a day
  • Get 10 comments per post
STATS
  • Get 500 subscribers (You can help just by entering your email in the get updates field.)
  • Decrease bounce rate
TWITTER, GOOGLE +, HOMETALK, FACEBOOK
  • Have 1000 followers on each social media outlet
  • Tweet at least 3 times a day (Twitter)
  • Get 5 retweets per post
  • Get 10 shares or likes per post
  • Update our fan page twice a day
  • Comment or post on others’ fan pages twice a week
THE BLOG
  • Work on one large post/project per week
  • Check broken links monthly
  • Run a contest once a month
  • Make a schedule
WRITING
  • Submit posts to article directories
  • Write 1 guest posts per month
  • Write a free ebook
  • Always have at least 10 posts ready to go in the queue
  • Link to one other “friendly” blog per month
OTHER
  • Make $500 per month
  • Learn something new each week and implement it
  • Meet or talk with a like-minded individual about your blogging on a monthly basis/find a mentor
  • Read one book related to our niche every month
  • Create a YouTube video
  • Have at least 1 guest posts
  • Review our goals every month
  • Interview someone
  • Increase knowledge on photography by looking at photo tips at least once a month
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Here are the Dugger laundry recipes, from their website.

Just use a capful per load
Here are the Dugger laundry recipes, from their website.
Duggar Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value
4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (I use Ivory)
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- use 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- use ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)
*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!
Powdered Laundry Detergent – Top load machine
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (I use Ivory)
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax
-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)
 Washing Soda and Borax can often be found on the laundry or cleaning aisle. Recipe cost approx. $2 per batch.

when to get a advoate for your special needs child ?

 When to get a advocate for your special needs child.

Every Thursday we go to her Ot and Pt therapy place and f ind that I had struggles with the school trying to give us a hard time about her absents even though her Dr excused her from school. I'm not quit done dealing with the school. Remember when I said I'd write about when to find a Advocate for your child with special needs. That is one moment when you need to speak up to the school and not let their idea of how your childs education should be over their health issues. Yes Health issues and Educational issues are a topic of contention because the school feels it's Medical needs vs school needs and that's when you need an advocate to help the school listen to you on your behalf. The school isn't educated on special needs children not a public school any ways and the only person at the school's who have any clue are the teachers and Ot  and Pt as it's not the administration job to know what a rare genetic disorder is so how will they understand where you are coming from if they don't know what the syndrome is and the challenges we as parents face with it.  Adminstration likes to belive they know it all and have answers that would best help but in reality their advice or tips are only condescending tons start to get arise out of you and make you feel like your the worst parent on the planet so they can have their way. That's when you get yourself a advocate and don't let the school tell you that you are a bad parent and you need to have your child in school rather then having your child attend much needed medical treatment. The school has 5 days a week they can deal with your child not being present one day for medical appointment's. It's called a medical excempt for a reason. You need to stay on top of absents because school recordings via the voice mail messages you use when you call in don't always get put down for the right time and date or even put down at all.
 We still have to set up a Iep review and have a few issues tweeked but I refused to do so with out a advocate. An Advocate tend to know the right terms and wording to use and know the system and how it works better then I do. I'm ok in admitting that I don't feel confident to tackle the school with out someone on my side who knows the system better then I do. I feel it will benefit both the school and the child when you have a advocate I know of other schools who hire advocates to help them and the parents others will hire a advocate to help them get what they want which is basically to lower their bottom dollar in funds. Especially when your in a small town. There are funds for the things your child needs don't be scared to ask. The worst you can get is a no it's not available. If your advocate can't get though there are ways around it to get your voice heard. For example I called the Michigan protection Advocacy services They deal with making sure schools are in compliance offer help and guidance.
Then there is the ARK or ask both places will provide you with a advocate free of charge which I got my advocate from the ARK and the school finally has heard my concerns and we haven't even had a meeting yet but they heard my concerns because I was proactive. See being reactive got us no where with the school other then both parties usset with each other.  Now that I'm being pro active intead of reactive I'm getting more answers.
Do you have a advocate ? would you use a advocate or do you feel you can handle the challenges with out one? Do you have a IEP for your special needs child ? Do you have a child with special needs ?


My experience with online support groups for #22q

As you know by now I have a family history of a rare genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Velocardio facial syndrome and Digeorge syndrome. My genetic fish test calls it all three. Other people debate over the name alone so how are we suppose to get the treatment we need when Dr's can't seem to keep the name straight. for me personality I believe to call it all three.  In conversations I tend to drift between saying we have Digeorge or saying we have 22q11.2 deletion syndrome because in essence our symptoms are more along the 22q11.2 not the vcfs or digeorge issues. It's all close to being the same thing but people will fight to the death about the name which is why there is the same name campaign that some parents started calling it 22q. 
I've been around in online forums for the past ten years I have made some very dear friends some I feel are more like family then my own family. 
Then there are people who like to think they know it all, They think were all cookie cutters and all of us with this rare genetic disorder have heart issues or thyroid issues even though I have the syndrome and health issues my issues are not thyroid or heart related. I been tested I can show my medical bills for the test.
what do I have from the 22q11.2 Digeorge velocardio facial syndrome. Who knows??? 
What symptoms do I have lots. What's normal for someone to have say my massive hitial hernia issues, GERD, Mallory wiess tear, Multiple Gallstones are also in the general population who have digeorge syndrome. My daughter has unspecified epilepsy she passes out, hypocalciuma, leg pains,low average iq, ADHD both emotional and physical,sensory processing disorder, vpi and aprexia of speech with 80% hypernality.  
 you mix that with hubby working because we need to pay the bills some how and you mix in three step kids who are teens who have their own health issues to deal with. 
you get a overview of my life just a small glimpse. 
Why did I go to support groups online? I'm home all day and I often like to know what I'm getting myself into before I go to dr appointment's.  I'm often found in digeorge groups and when I express how my father, three siblings myself and my daughter all have this the people in the group tend to avoid me. I also have found that parents are much into these groups and I'm sitting alone because I'm a adult with the syndrome who possibly can't know anything because I have the syndrome. I don't feel like my life experience are up to par for people I meet online because the one's who reach out are looking for info on just their child and I feel bad because I can't provide them answers they are looking for as I'm not a dr but I can say this is what it was like for me to experience this syndrome. I have provided people comfort but I have not been able to just be gotten the support I was looking for as an Adult who has this rare genetic disorder where do I go who do I turn to ? I have found adult support groups but they are not as active online. I have a handful of people who I consider close online 22q friends.  I attempted the foundation but the info they have is on children and teens. I'm 31 do people not life past teenage hood with this syndrome? surly they must because I have and my father has live as long as we have. Yes I lost a baby brother who was 6 and trying to find support group for that alone is a challenge how do you deal with the grief of loosing a sibling ? Just move on and forget about it all right ? 
there is so much promotion of children with this syndrome and trying to get the word about having children get tested and treated partly because they qualify for medicade that cost is covered for the most part. As an adult with our with out insurance this syndrome is expensive as owning a mortgage or attaining a collage degree.  Seriously you should see my medical debt. Now that I finally have answers I've started my own group for adults but also welcome parents. 
I also found that people will try to play dr. example is someone address a question like my question for example was what was the age that the general population with 22q go into menopause for women? 
I got the same person who gave me crap about throid issues yelling at me to make sure my THS levels were leveled yes they are I said and I was told they can be normal but not acting normal. yeah I know this all ready that wasn't my question thanks wannabe DR.   I clearly know to ask my dr these questions but I was wondering when they experienced menopause as I was having a few symptoms.  I was left unheard because of the debate I got into with someone who assumed they knew it all.
Why I am not active any longer in support groups or advocating for children because there's plenty of other people do that job that leaves room for me to do my job advocating for adults. I will in person promote for awareness of children and I will offer support to any one who has children with this disorder but I feel personally online time is my time. I don't' have time to fuss over something other people are all ready working on. I'm sadden that I can't be part of these group with out some of the drama that comes with them. Are you part of online groups/support groups? How do you deal with online drama ?






  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

NecktieEmporium.com #review@amanda ripsam



I was contacted by Necktie Emporium to do a review of one of their neckties.  I received the tie Free to me in exchange to write this review.
This has not effected my feelings or thoughts about this particular tie. All opinions expressed are 100% true honest feelings and thoughts. I get no compensation if you buy the tie or not. 


I picked the 21'' Solid Black Zipper Necktie. see here  ->  http://www.necktieemporium.com

 Check it out!
 Not bad for under $15

Who showed you how to tie a Necktie? do you ever get asked that question as you sit and ponder how you ended up with a knot instead of a french Windsor knot ? was that in over or out under and pull ? I am still trying to even get my two step sons to wear a tie and my hubby wears ties only for formal occasions like we have any and interviews.  I used to have to wear them to work every day when I worked a the salon when I lived in Toronto. A NeckTie in Black was part of our all black uniform. Imagine trying to ask your coworkers can you fix my tie while in the middle of trying to serve clients.
With the Zipper Necktie you never have to tie a knot in a Tie again. it also has a comfy neck line that you slide up and down to adjust around your neck as well as a spot behind the tie to tuck in the back part have you ever wondered how to get that part to stay in place I used to use safety pins that would pinch me. yes ladies can wear ties it's rather polished looking with the outfit I had to wear when I worked at the salon. I love the length of the tie and who can go wrong with a solid black tie ? 
-Fully adjustable zipper mechanism mimics a real necktie
-Dimensions: Approximately 21" long X 3.50" at widest point
-Handmade 100% Polyester fabric that looks like silk
-Fashionable color great for all occasions
 
  • If I didn't get the tie to review would I have purchased the tie? yes I would and here's why.Think of the time saved tying the knot, the frustrations of having to look for a tie only to find it's too short or not the right color at http://www.necktieemporium.com/mesosa21ziti.html you can even get some funny ties which would make perfect gifts and I think I know a few people I would love to buy a few ties for.  When my husband has a interview he plans on wearing this tie. I'll let you know if it was his good luck charm or not. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Health Update

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We are starting to see the snow melt but I have a feeling it's going to snow some more. I also think I'm cleaning very slowly because of my health issues. I have had the stomach bug over the week so did hubby were starting to feel better. I am still waiting to have surgery looking for a local dr that will work with the type of payment plan I need to be able to have surgery. I am finally done with all my testing I just am waiting for the surgery team to get back with me to be able to work on the throat repair that's the part that's taking so long is finding a dr that will work with the type of payment plan with out the special throat dr I can't have surgery, I have to have hitial hernia repaired, gallbladder removed at the same time and a few repairs done to my esophagus. too much to explain here. Hugs I am managing the best I can with being frustrated over the limit's I have on my body I miss working out I miss doing active fun things I miss a lot off the good foods and coffes. I had some coffee and chocolate last week which wasn't a good idea I got severely sick from it. starting to recover a bit from that just feeling exhausted which is why I stared blogging to help me focus on what I can do not what I can't do.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lent 2014, My spiritual journey during lent

Lent 2014 began on
Wednesday, March 5
and ends on
Thursday, April 17
 Lent takes place from March 05 till April 19, 2014. Lent is a solemn observance in the liturgical year of many Christian denominations, lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. In the general Latin-rite and most Western denominations Lent is taken to run from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) morning or to Easter Eve.

The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Bible when Jesus is crucified on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ's carrying the Cross and of his execution, are often observed. Many Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches remove flowers from their altars, while crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious symbols are often veiled in violet fabrics in solemn observance of the event. (With material from: Wikipedia)
My thoughts on Lent... 



 Usually we think of only giving up something that we are addicted to or something we love 
in my case coffee, chocolate, teas, pops/sodas depending on your location. With my health issues 
I've had to give all of that up, I also given up many material things because were just getting on 
our feet financially. We lived with our friends last year at this time. This year we have our own apartment 
it's a small two bedroom apartment. This year for Lent I'm giving up negative emotions. 
Over the past weeks I have been keeping to my self reflecting on desires of my own heart such as 
this time next year I want my blog to be my source of income and be able to afford a house,
 hubby and I have talked and pondered the ideas of moving by the time we have to renew our lease next year.
while talking and considering we just renewed our lease, then it dawn on me, renewal of my mind. 
I'm not going to quote scriptues to you because I respect the fact that many of you are not believers 
to each their own I say.  but there is a scripture that says to renew our minds and gives details on how to go about it.
 As I've said I wont quote bible scriptures, you let me do my thing I'll let you do yours. We will get along well 
 I am choosing to give up anxiety, worries fears of any kind. 
Being a parent of special needs child there a lot concerns as you can imagine for example three of the four kids have birthdays 
in April how are we going to afford it all and stay above the financial waters?
 Then we have Easter coming up. Holidays are difficult time for me as homesickness consumes my being and I become 
reclusive to my own  comfortable apartment only going out when needed. Often going out is needed and I am rarely home enough as it is.
 I mean for socializing and fun things with people I love.  
This year for Lent although it's late I'm going to work on renewing my mind and body not just physically do to physical illness but 
mental and spiritual as the two are very different yet so important to work on no matter what age.

  1. April Fools' Day
    Tue, 01.04.2014
  2. Good Friday
    Fri, 18.04.2014
  3. Holy Saturday
    Sat, 19.04.2014
  4. Easter
    Sun, 20.04.2014
  5. Easter Monday
    Mon, 21.04.2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Follwers needed/wanted. Please follow my blog.


Finally, took the plunge and dove in. I purchased my own domain. www.mommiesquietplace.com is up and lives.
Please forgive the appearance of my blog at the moment it's in Makeover mode. I am adding content, social media icon buttons, I'm trying to figure out how to put a donate to my pay pal button up. I am figuring out how to create my own blog badge so others can share my blog on their blogs. I am looking for a graphic designer to help but I don't have money so I am tinkering with the idea of teaching myself how to design my own graphics. I also am writing lot's of content.
I am promoting my blog on my social media platforms and looking for company's I'd like to pitch so I can work on campaigns I like.
I love doing product reviews so I'm looking forward to hearing from company's contacting me.
so far I have a makeup review to put up and a acne treatment review to post. I have a few other things I like to post as well such as my life of having 22q. I posted pages to make it easier one for my photos, one for 22q, one for about me, one for reviews, and one for my poetry as I would like to get back into writing my own poetry again.
I have lot's to think about and trying to set up a game plan.
By this time next year I would like to be able to say that I am earning income blogging so far I have earned nothing blogging except for some products here and there.
for a while I was on a roll but buying my own domain I had some issues and had to wait for my blogger blog to redirect to my domain I purchased from go daddy. I only spent ten dollars I am letting blogger do the hosting for me. I at some point will learn how to make money by placing add on my blog. I took my first big step and I am so excited to announce my blog www.mommiesquietplace.com
Mommies Quiet Place blogs about product reviews, her medical journey, and showcases photography currently my blog has 43690 page views I am enjoying seeing the page views go up and I also enjoy having people comment on my blog. I just need to work on the number of regular readers for my blog I only have 21 Followers.
I have a Facebook page as well called mommiesquietplace where people can interact with each other about my blog. I am very excited.
Do you own a blog? care to do a follow for a follow ?
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Do a happy Dance www.mommiesquietplace.com is now offical blog with it's own domain :)




Doing a happy dance at the moment. My domain issues have been solved. www.mommiesquietplace.com now has it's own domain.  go a head type it in the address bar and hit enter my page will show up.
Please mind it's appearance it's in the middle of a huge makeover. (meaning pretty-fied) yes that's a word it's an Amanda word.

Keep a eye out I have some great reviews coming up and some not so great reviews sorry guys it's 100% honest even if I do get products for the review.  I will try to be nice about the not so great reviews.

Some news and updates in regards to my health issues and my daughters health issues. I also have Isabella's Iep school updates coming up and will walk you guys though on how to get an advocate and when you need a advocate for your child with special needs. Please keep in mind I am dealing with the public school system. It's not advice it's just me blogging about our experience.

I also have news about the meeting we have for the rare genetic disorder/undiagnosed support group that I am part of founding with Parent to Parent a non profit that helps special needs family's.  We meet locally and I will make a special post just for that.
A lot of good stuff coming along and I want to personally thank each and every single reader, fan  and stalker out there. (don't be offended by the word stalker I used it lovely as it makes my page rake increase so troll away)
I would have done this blog with out you guys but it wouldn't be nearly as successful. 40,000 plus page views I guess I figured something out right.
I also have a facebook page for you to interact with mommiesquietplace because we all need that quiet time even us moms I will share for share and all kinds of fun stuff there I am looking for a admin three to be exact one for am one for pm and one for proof reading. I am also looking for guest bloggers have you ever thought about blogging but want to do it with out anyone knowing who you are? or just don't have time to run a blog but would love to get a post about info out there contact me and we can work something out.
If you would like to see something on my blog please let me know I will try to make it happen.
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