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The Importance of a Good Doctor

I should start out by saying that I am not in the medical field, whatsoever! A "good doctor" is only my onion of what that is. You should always do your own research into getting a doctor, and listen to your doctor! With that said, here is what I think is the importance of having a good doctor.

My Story

What made me think about this being a good topic to share with you all, was my experience with bad doctors. Maybe not so much "bad" doctors, but doctors who do not listen to their patient. I understand that they are doctors. What I might think is going on, might not be what is nescerally what is going on.

I have been going to the doctor without a parent to advocate for me since I was 23 years old. I went years between going with a parent to going alone. The thought of that scared me for some reason. That being said, I got pregnant when I was 23. Being pregnant gets rid of a lot of fears one might have when it comes to the doctor. You go so much, get undress so much, and get so many...oh so many...needles stuck in you.

After I  had my son, I started getting migraines. I went to a new doctor for help. I was immediately put on daily medication, that I kept taking for about 5 years. Not once was there talk about what could be causing the migraines. Not once was there a follow up to see how I was. The only follow up was when I need more medicine. I would have to make an appointment, pay my co-pay just to have the doctor write more medicine for me.

5 years after taking said medicine I started itching all over. I went to the doctor, they took blood, and sent me on my way. I called back nearly a week later to ask the results of the blood tests; and they told me all was clear. Not one mention of trying to find out what is causing my itching. I am talking about itching so bad it kept me awake at night.

Silly me; I kept going back. I would complain every time and then keep going back. Fast forward 3 years. I had gone back to the doctor nearly 15 times for different problems. Always blood tests, always that they came back okay, and never a solution to the problem.

I kept going back because something was wrong. At this point I didn't even care if  there was a solution to the issues that plagued me. I only wanted answers. I only wanted someone to tell me I was not crazy. I knew something was wrong. I knew my body. The doctor would not listen to me. She kept coming back to I was overweight. That all my problems could be pegged down to that I needed to loose weight.

What about the weight itself? I kept telling here that I was trying. Truly trying! It won't come off. Could that not also be a symptom of something else? She would send me for blood tests (I am sure looking for something she could give me medicine for). Then when it would come back all clean, I didn't hear anything.

A Different Doctor...the Same Story 

I went to my gynecologist with problems and went through the same thing.  I gave them the list of problems that I had, their solution was to put me on birth control. That birth control made me crazy. Raging crazy! I went back to the doctor and told them that wasn't going to work for me. Their solution # 2? More birth control. It had the same outcome. I went back. Gave the list of problems to the nurse before seeing the doctor. She mentioned in passing that I might have something; and she gave me the name.

The Importance of a Good Doctor by March to December

Okay, that makes sense. I talked to the doctor. "What about _____?", I asked. His reply? " Let us try a new birth control."....You've got to be kidding me?! Does any doctor anymore try to find what actually is wrong instead of just prescribing medicine and hoping for the best? Does doctors listen anymore?! I let him prescribe the medicine and went on my merry way. I never even filled it. That was 2014.

Getting Answers 

Two years later, and here I am back to trying to find out what is wrong with me. Call me stubborn, but I called the same gynecologist to make an appointment. My thought was just give me my yearly and make sure I don't have cancer. I clearly am not going to find out what is wrong with me. It just so happened my regular doctor was booked up. They offered to let me been seen by the midwife.

Sure! I didn't care who did the pap smear. As soon as she walked in, I knew it was going to be different this time. She listened to me! She asked questions. She would go one route; and when I would tell her about this test or that test ran she went another route. She ordered scans, she advised the lady doing the scans to give me answers before I left, and she called me herself and confirmed what she and I both thought in the exam room. By the way, it was what the nurse mentioned two years ago in passing.

Finally!! FINALLY! I had answers. All these things that were wrong with me added up to this problem. 4 days later I had a new regular physician and was sitting in his office. I knew there was better doctors out there for me. Guess what?! He asked questions, took the time, ordered tests and called me back! He confirmed what the gynecologist said. I was sad about what was wrong with me but so relieved that I finally had answers.

The Importance of a Good Doctor by March to December

My Suggestion to You

I wrote all this to say to you that there are doctors out there that will listen. That you know your body better than anyone! If your doctor wont listen to you, maybe it is time to find a new one. It took me a total of 3 years of paying out money and asking for help with no help. It took me 2 years, after a nurse mentioned in passing what she thought was wrong with me, to get answers and get help. THREE to TWO years of misery. I could have everything under control now for over a year. Possibly YEARS.

However, since I had a team of doctors that would not listen to me, I suffered. I stayed unhealthy. I stayed sick with no answers, no help, and no solution. I should have listened to the people around me, I should have found new doctors, and I should not have stopped until I had the answers I needed. My hope is that if someone out there needs answers and is reading this gets the push you need. Find someone who will help you! Find someone who will listen to you!

Like I said, I am not in the medical profession. I am only advising that there are doctors out there that will listen. That will help. To me, it is vastly important to have good doctors, for you!

I will be back later next week to talk about my diagnosis.

The Importance of a Good Doctor by March to December

1. Do you have a story about a doctor who
wouldn't listen? 

2. Are you looking for answers? 

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Truly I like to hear from you all

Inexpensive Chalkboard Signs with Color4Fun Markers

Inexpensive Chalkboard Signs with Color4Fun Markers by March to December

I realize that last Wednesday's post I said that I would be back with more information on how to download, unzip, and save your digital scrapbooking supplies. I have not gotten the video ready for that yet. I think I bit more off than I could chew, saying I would have it done in a week's time. Look for that in the near future. I am working on it!

Today though we are going to take a step away from digital scrapbooking and actually pull out some paper and markers! That's right. We are going to get our hands dirty. I got these chalk markers at a discounted price in order to review them. When they came in I thought, "What am I going to do with these?" I am a digital scrapbooker after all.

I ended up taking them to my son's bathroom and playing on the mirror with them to start out. He has past holiday window clings all around the side. I've written him little encouraging notes with dry erase markers. These were fun! They erase pretty well too.

Inexpensive Chalkboard Signs with Color4Fun Markers by March to December
Then the idea popped into my brain. I could use these to make a fun project; and that the kiddo and I can do together! We could make fun signs with these. We could also do them on the cheap. 

Inexpensive DIY Chalkboard Signs

You can use chalkboards with this. You could actually erase them if you do. I was looking for a much cheaper alternative to buying multiple chalkboards. Here is how we made our own cheap and homemade Chalkboard Signs. 


  • Chalkboard Markers
  • Black Cardstock 

That's it. Really. Of course I used Colors4Fun High Quality Liquid Chalk Marker Pens on mine. Like I said before, I got these at a discounted price to offer my review on them. You don't have to use these to make your inexpensive DIY Chalkboard signs. I loved the colors of these though and they were so easy to use. Just shake them up, press the tip in until the paint comes down, and paint away! The only negative thing I would have to say about these markers is about the initial pressing in to get the ink out. I wasn't aware, so I am letting others know, that once the paint starts coming down the tip, it goes fast! I found that small presses over and over again kept me from pressing out a big glob of ink all at once. 
I went with card stock because I got more for my money. I tried to find online what I bought in the store, but they just do not seem to have it. Any black cardstock will work. I went to the crafting section of walmart and found a pack of just black 8.5x11 scrapbooking cardstock. It was $5. 
Why did I choose cardstock? Like I said before, I got more for my money. Would I have liked a bulk purchase of chalkboards for $5? Of course! That isn't going to happen though. I got 50 8.5x11 pages for $5. The chalkboards I found were $4 for a 5x7 size. I was going to be making fun signs and cards with an 8 year old. We needed quantity! 


This is so simple guys it isn't even funny. You open your markers, pick out a page, and get to drawing! That's it. The bright chalk paints really pop against the black cardboard. If you make a mistake, just take out another page! You can make signs, cards, and more with these supplies. 
I do suggest that you start at the top and work your way down with your drawing/writing. It doesn't really smear, but a bit can rub off on your hands. My son's hands were covered in chalk. You cannot tell looking at the actual finished product though. Nothing smeared. 

Finished Product 

Inexpensive Chalkboard Signs with Color4Fun Markers by March to December
Yep...He is a little nerd! Tardis, Minecraf, & Pokemon
Here is my finished product. Once I looked at it on the door yesterday, I realized that for some reason I didn't finish the black line on the Pokeball. I fixed it today. Of course you don't really need a tutorial for how to make these fun and inexpensive chalkboard signs. That being said, I never thought of it until I came across these pens and thought it would be a fun craft to share with my readers. 

Inexpensive Chalkboard Signs with Color4Fun Markers by March to December


- Have you ever done this? 

- What ideas do you have for fun and
inexpensive crafts? 

- Comment below or link me up to your post. 
Seriously! I like reading your blogs
as much as I like posting on mine. 

This Mom's Thoughts about Homework

This Mom's Thoughts about Homework by March to December

I have long standing thoughts when it comes to homework. I am talking back to when I was my son's age. I am nearly 33 years old and they really have not changed. I saw this picture a few times on my Facebook feed. I also heard people talking about it this morning on the radio. A teacher's No-Homework Policy. 

This Mom's Thoughts about Homework by March to December

My Story with Homework

I was a good kid growing up! Perfect? Well, no. I didn't cause trouble though, I didn't party or do drugs. I was an all-around good kid....except...when it came to homework. I hated homework. I hated it so much I didn't do it! 

When I was in middle school I was failing. All because I didn't want to do my homework. I was also too immature to know that I probably should just do it because the only thing my protest was doing was hurting myself. Not only my grades, but my butt from all the whippings I got for zeroes. 

It got so bad that my parents had to come to the school and talk to them about holding me back. I believe that was the 6th grade. They set a plan in motion instead. I had to take this paper and go class-to-class and have my teacher notate and sign if I had any homework. I think they thought that if they made me do extra work and try to embarrass me I would do it. 

Well, they were correct. That paper was something my parents could look at and force me to do my homework. They couldn't force me to turn it in though! That's right. I would spend all that time doing the homework, and I wouldn't turn it in. Talk about stubborn! 

I should also say that most my life (outside my parents) I had a real problem with authority. I was not the kind of person that would do something just because you told me to. You better have a dern good reason why you are having me do this! "Because you said so!" is not a good reason and likely would have made me not want to do it all the more. 

What are my thoughts on homework now? Sometimes what we think and feel as a child changes. Well, most of the time actually. We are thinking with a child's mind; and we might not always understand the bigger picture. Sometimes we are just stupid and stubborn children! 

What I Think about Homework

I think it is completely pointless, and here is why. I have said this most my life. What is the point of homework? Why should children spend all day in school to come home and do, some times hours worth of homework? When I was in middle school and fighting daily against homework I was given the reasons from a few people. 

  1. It prepares you for adulthood
  2. You do what you're told
  3. It helps you learn and retain teaching 

Being told it prepares me for adulthood really annoys me now that I am an adult. Grant it, there are jobs out there that you work from home on. I made it a purpose in life not to have one of those jobs. I work to have a life to live! I absolutely do not live to work. Telling me that sitting inside all day as a child to go home and do hours of more sitting and working prepares me for adulthood and the "job force" is a big pile of you-know-what. 

Let kids be kids! My goodness children grow up so fast these days. Cellphones, make up, and worrying about the opposite sex in freaking elementary school. Let them come home and run around outside! 

I was raised that you do what you are told. No questions. You just do it! I agree with that. I hold my son to that standard (most of the time) as well. However, just doing homework because we are told to is not a reason to do it! Why are we making our children come home and work?! "Just because" is not a reason. 

I can only speak for myself and my son. That being said, homework does not help him (or me when I was a child) learn or retain anything I learned. That is outside just writing over and over helps him with his penmanship. The whole "practice makes perfect" line just does not apply. Homework isn't doing the same thing day in and day out. It is different tasks everyday. Coming home and doing an hours worth of work with a parent who isn't a teacher isn't going to be practice. Only a practice in futility. 

Don't even get me started on the way kids do freaking math these days. I promise you I do more confusing than helping my son when it comes to that. Maybe that it he problem and how I get my stance on homework. I am just not smart enough to actually help. lol. 

In summation, I believe that doing homework really has no point. The only outcome I see personally is putting too much pressure on our kids and not letting them be the kids they actually are. If your child needs help and extra learning, that should be something between you and your child's teacher. I don't feel like an entire school of kids needs extra learning and tutoring. They don't need this homework. They don't need to go to school all day, sit in class all day, and them come home and battle through homework with parents that likely don't understand and only make things more confusing for the child!! 

There you go. My rant about homework. I would also like to say that I make my son do his homework; and I don't do it for him either! Even though I don't believe there is a real value to homework, I do believe that children should be taught to follow the rules, even if they don't like them. We are going to have people our whole lives telling us what to do. We are going to have things in life we hate having to do, but do them anyway. Also...extra writing doesn't hurt my child who has terrible penmanship!

This Mom's Thoughts about Homework by March to December

Am I right in my thoughts? Who knows. I have read (yes, actually read) articles where some studies suggest it doesn't help, some say it does, and others say depends on the child and age. These are only my thoughts. They likely stem from my very adamant stance on homework from a child. Somethings are just part of who you are no matter the age. I do hold my frustration with homework in when helping my son do his homework. I don't want to imprint my negative thoughts on him. 

This Mom's Thoughts about Homework by March to December

- What are your thoughts on homework? 

- Do you think my negative thoughts are just
a product of who I was as a child? 

Does your kid have homework? 

I want to know!
Comment below; or link me up
to your blog post about homework.

Before I leave, let me show you my new toy!! A fashion and make up blogger, I am not! This is a really fun hair straightener! I received this item at a discounted rate for my review on it.

I have been wanting to try out a hair brush straightener since I first laid eyes on one. My hair is not curly; it is wavy though. Usually when I am going out with my hubby or a family get-together, I will straighten it. Even with my non-curly hair, it takes a while to straighten it. Here is my review of this product:

Quick straightening
Easy to use
Nice extras
Fast heat up
Good for wavy hair
Easy for curling ends under

Would not turn off w/o unplugging

I am not sure it will work well with very curly hair. I cannot attest to that as my hair is just wavy. It is think though and this made quick work of straightening it out. It isn't slick straight as if it would be with straightener. It gets the job done though!

The Panda Deluxe Spin Mop Review

The Panda Deluxe Spin Mop Review
I have seen this product before and wondered how good it actually was. Then my old mop broke and this came into my life at the right time. The Panda Stainless Steel Deluxe Wringing Basket High Speed Spin Mop and Bucket System is a great addition to my cleaning regimen. Of course the brand name...PANDA...helped with me. ;-)

This item came with 7 parts (and an additional 4 extras!) I managed to put it together without looking at the directions. Yeah..I know...always should look at the directions! That is how easy this is to put together though. The handle has 3 pieces that screw into each other and the mop head that just pops on. It stayed on through mopping my entire house! The four extras (see photos) are additional mop heads and a scrubber.

The item itself is extremely easy to use. I do suggest that you make sure that all of your mop is tucked in before spinning it. Otherwise it will sling water everywhere. You also need to make sure the handle is perfectly perpendicular to the mop head before spinning it or it will also sling water everywhere. It did take my husband popping the handle straight before I could use it. Once he did that, I didn't have any problem straightening it out. The spin part of this item is super easy and kinda fun. (see video). It also comes with another section that you can clean out your mop head before putting it up. My husband's favorite part was the plug that allowed you to drain out the bucket without having to dump and slosh it around.

The biggest advantage of this spin mop bucket system is the NEW TECHNOLOGY HANDLE ROD-has handle driven deft spin mechanism for high performance with smooth push and lift experience, the special built in gear minimizes the interior negative frictional resistance in a cavity with the pipe wall to Simple and Effortless wring out, ENERGY LABOR SAVER and time saver.  

 I did receive this item at a discounted price for my honest review. That being said, I would never steer my readers wrong. I detest fake reviews and would hate for someone to spend their hard earned money on something that isn't good. I highly recommend this product if you are in the market for a great mop!

This is the link where to buy:
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