August Break is just around the corner!

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway's August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It's goal is to get you out and shooting ... noticing and appreciating what is around you.

I look forward to August each year for many reasons (the kids go back to school!) and Susannah Conway’s August Break is one of them! It starts Tuesday with a photo prompt each day of the month. It’s goal is to get you out and shooting … noticing and appreciating what is around you. “This is a community project that has no real rules —  …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

This week I finally finished the basement studio. It was a lot of work and required rearranging a ton of stuff and moving a bunch of stuff back into storage, but it was worth it! I have all my props and backdrops and everything all in one area and it feels great and organized! There’s a few little finishing touches I’d like to do, but …

Motilium – My new gastroparesis treatment

Motilium: My new gastroparesis treatment - Jennadesigns

I haven’t posted a real update here in a while, besides my Something for the Weekend posts every Friday. I saw the GI specialist team at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee late last month. It was a very disappointing experience. A second opinion They had all my records and pretty much focused on two things, my thyroid function and a CT …

DIY Photo Prop: Floral Crowns and Headpieces

Here's another in my series of DIY photo props! I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous photography props I can use in photo shoots. Over the past six months or so, I've amassed quite the collection of headbands, hats, and a few floral crowns. The few floral crowns I have are okay, but they're nothing special. I decided it would be a fun project for Hannah, my 8-year-old, and I to purchase supplies and make our own deluxe floral crowns for my photography adventures.

Here’s the first in my series of DIY photo props I have planned! I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous photography props I can use in photo shoots. Over the past six months or so, I’ve amassed quite the collection of headbands, hats, and a few floral crowns. The few floral crowns I have are okay, but they’re nothing special. I decided it would be …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

I love when I can take something I find while thrifting and turn it into the vision I had in my head. This DIY photo prop makeover was the perfect example of that!

This has been a good week my friends, in so many ways! This week I actually felt good enough to start doing some work in our basement studio. I actually got out the drill (whoa, power tools!) and the hardware and got my new backdrop system and rod hung up flush to the wall. It’s adjustable for different size backdrops and will work really well …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links! - Jennadesigns

This week was another rough one. Fortunately, I’m thinking this coming week will be better – I’m optimistic! I spent most of this week in bed getting IV fluids and just too exhausted to even think of doing anything. Wednesday I met with pain management to come up with a treatment plan for my gastroparesis pain. I kinda stumped them as they’ve never dealt with …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links

This week was a little bit of a rough one for me. I’m having a hard time dealing with all I’m missing out on with my children because of this illness. I didn’t feel well enough to go to the Fourth of July parade or fireworks … I missed seeing my baby girl’s expression at both of those events for the first time. There’s a …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

This week has been a good one overall. Still recovering from my implanted port insertion (you can read about that here). I have a 10 pound weight restriction so that meant Ella had to go to daycare all week. I kept Hannah home with me for most of the week and it was nice to have that mother-daughter bonding time. I got all my home …

Gastroparesis: My experience getting an implanted port

I'm here to tell you what to expect if you're facing getting an implanted port, whether it's for chemo or another disease or disorder (like gastroparesis - read my diagnosis post here) that requires you to get IV fluids or medications on a regular basis and you want to avoid the repeated sticks of the IV needle.

Well, this is me smiling in front of the camera three days after getting my surgically implanted chest port which I’ll be using for IV fluids and medications in the future. As you can tell, I’m pretty bruised up and have a lot of steri-strips covering the stitches. What you can’t see is how sore I am or how much pain I have. I’m actually …

Something for the Weekend: Inspiration & Fun Links!

Well, I actually had one really good day this past week and got a lot done – it felt great you guys … just to feel “normal” for one day! I stopped in and visited work (I’m a L&D nurse and have been on disability since April) and it was so nice to see my co-workers for a little bit and reconnect with my boss, …