Gastroparesis: An update and a word of caution

Gastroparesis: An update and word of caution

I realize it’s been a little while since I posted about my gastroparesis and how I’m doing. I had something significant happen I wanted to put out there in the hopes that sharing it might prevent the same thing from happening to someone else, or someone who is going through what I went through recognizes this is what is going on with them. After all, …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

I’ve taken the liberty of skipping my Something for the Weekend posts the last two weeks as I’ve been focusing on family over time online. It was kind of a nice break and a much needed one. The last week in August, we were on vacation at our cabin for most of the week over the holiday weekend. It was just my husband, the girls …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Something for the Weekend - Jennadesigns

This week was a kinda crazy one … my daycare provider was on vacation, so I had all the kids by myself all week long. Ella has gone to daycare during the day each week since I got sick in April because I was just too weak to care for her. Now that I’m feeling better, I have a feeling she’ll be going less often. …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

OK you guys … this image I took Tuesday was just too cute not to share with you all! I had the opportunity to shoot some 8-month photos of this beautiful chunky little girl Haddie, who I helped deliver last Christmas Eve. I ran into her mom this summer and offered a shoot to her because it just felt right and I couldn’t get enough …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

It’s already time for my Something for the Weekend post! This week has been a productive one. My trip down to visit my parents last weekend went well. I was a little nervous as it was my first time traveling since getting sick in April, but it felt good to get out of the house and have a change of scenery for once. I also …

Maintaining good digestive health (and a travel wellness kit!)

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NatureMadeProbiotics #CollectiveBias #ad I don’t know about you, but good digestive health is something I’m serious about as it’s been forefront in my life the past four months. I do many things to help keep myself “regular,” including taking Nature MadeĀ® Digestive Probiotics Adult Gummies, which are an …

DIY Photo Prop: Newborn Basket Filler AKA “Fluff”

For today's DIY photo prop I thought I'd teach you how to make newborn "fluff" - the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It's actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own.

For today’s DIY photo prop I thought I’d teach you how to make newborn “fluff” – the beautifully colored material used to fill baskets and buckets in newborn photography. It’s actually very easy to make it yourself and you can save a ton of money simply by investing a little bit of time and effort into creating your own. Newborn “fluff” sells on Etsy for …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Finally … I got all the stuff in the studio! Here’s a snapshot of my 121-square-foot space I’ve carved out of the corner of our basement. I’ll write an updated studio post in the near future with links to everything I used to maximize my space (and my creative backdrop hanging idea!). This week has been a rather slow one … Hannah had Vacation Bible …

How Dealing with a Chronic Illness Changes You

This is the many ways living with a chronic illness has changed me. At the end of this post, I've included some tips for loved ones and friends of those with chronic illness ... simple ways you can help that make a big difference to those who are struggling.

I got sick suddenly in April of this year – seriously ill, unable to eat solid food, constantly nauseated/throwing up, severe abdominal pain – and it caught me completely off guard. I’ve always been a relatively healthy person. At 38, I haven’t had many medical issues, besides my lifelong issues with depression but even that had been well-controlled for four years. Many ER visits and …