Let It Go Friday!

imagesHappy Friday y’all! How was your first week of December? I think I am still lost as to what happened to this year! I mean, come on time is on super charge! I swear I have been hearing Christmas songs for weeks now! What happened to waiting until after Thanksgiving to start anything with Christmas? I did spend the most of the week waiting patiently, okay let’s face it I wasn’t that patient for my background check to be clear from a state I haven’t lived in or even been to in 20 years! Thankfullywelcome friday, the background came back late Thursday afternoon and just like I told the recruiter, I have absolutely nothing on my background check, not even a speeding ticket! Good news is, I am starting the new job on Monday!!! I would have never thought I would be looking forward to going to work.

Today marks the day we made it through another week! Now we can cleanse our minds from any negative emotions and start again with nothing but positivity! Letting go of disappointments, sadness, negativity and frustrations will benefit us in many ways!

seek-respect-not-attention--it-lasts-longer--1I do believe we all have dreams of something we want to do, accomplish, go visit somewhere we want to see and anything else you can think of. Sometimes, we have to fight twice as hard against our thoughts that are trying to hold us back. Being held back could be due to our lack of confidence, which we can correct I find the quote I am sharing with y’all today very encouraging and I plan to never give up on the dreams that are close to my heart! 

Let me ask you one question, what is one of your most desired dreams? Do you have any plans on how to make your dream, become your reality? I guess it shows that I am a planner, which I sometimes go a little overboard. The truth is I might also be a bit of a control freak and planning is the positive-vibes.jpgonly thing I have control of. 

I hope you have a good day and your weekend will start off incredible. I am looking forward to reading your comments and learning what your most desired dream is. I am finally starting my new job on Monday, so I might be a little slow with reading and commenting on posts. I don’t think it is going to take me long to adjust, but I wanted to give you a heads up. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

I have a few books that I would like to share with you. I believe I already told you about these books before, but as Christmas is near wanted to share them with you again. The author of these amazing books is one of my fabulous blogger friends, so I know just how talented she is!! Thank you Emma for your brilliant books!

Pick Me Up Thursday!

you-say-thursday-i-say-friday-eve-have-a-tayzerific-10147394-e1554939166168Happy Friday Eve y’all! I hope your week went well and you are looking forward to the weekend! One of many things I am not great at is waiting! Y’all already know that I quit my previous job because it was well, awful and I accepted another position. So here is where the waiting comes into play. Of course most jobs do background checks, right? Well, one of the states I lived in about 20 years ago is taking forever to get them what they requested! It makes no sense at all, I was barely an adult when I lived there ee80ef69a87cbcf8f1b356cba24f0160-e1575508637204.jpgand sure as hell do not have anything negative in my background! In the event that state doesn’t get my new job the report requested, I may have to wait another week before I am able to start. Now another week off work is great, but it is also unpaid and who can afford that, especially around Christmas?

I hope once you read the quote I wanted to share with you  today, I hope you will find it a pick me up to get through one last day before the weekend starts!hurt-disappointment-sad-quotes-quotes-about-disappointment-and-how-to-handle-it-home-improvement-loans-for-veterans.jpg

It seems like there are some days that make us fight a little harder for sanity and happiness, but I guess we do what we have to do! I feel strongly that we are not given anything in life we can’t handle and ALL the struggles we face makes us that much stronger. I guess sometimes a little extra fight, determination, positivity and sheer will islife-fight how we make it in this crazy life! 

I am looking forward to reading your amazing thoughts on this quote because I know your thoughts are brilliant! In the event my start day is postponed another week it might actually be a good thing because it will give me an extra chance to dip my toes in download (5)something that I am wanting to try my hand in! Even if we do not know it, everything in life happens for a reason and it happens when it is meant to!

I hope y’all have a wonderful day and you are feeling as great as you can. I want y’all to know how much I appreciate each and everyone of you and value the friendship we have made. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of  love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Holiday-shopping-safetyI still can’t believe it is already that time of year again! You know when stores are crazy busy and crowded with holiday shoppers and traffic is horrendous? Finding a parking space is almost as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack! It seems that many people lose their common sense with driving and getting around town is like a war zone!

Trying to find the “perfect” gift for someone becomes more a frustrating chore instead of a good enjoyable time! This time of year really should be more than what’s sparkle.jpgunderneath the Christmas tree and more about spending time with our loved ones. In an effort to lessen your stresses about shopping in the overly busy stores, I am going to share a few great ideas for gifts that can just be delivered to you at home!

  1. Ring-video doorbell with HD video and motion activation alert! How great would this be to not even have to get up to see who is at the door? This fabulous doorbell connects with Alexa allowing for you to not only see the person, but you can speak to them and hear them as well. Your home will be monitored in 1080p video with infrared night vision. I think it would be rather interesting to be able to check on the home anytime with live video on demand!
  2. Canary Indoor Security Camera 1080p HD, with a wide-angle lens. This camera is motion activated, has full color, night vision with image pan and zoom. You can see what is going on inside your home anytime and anywhere you are. Who needs a nanny cam if you have this great camera? The camera come in black, white and black graphite. Connects with Alexa, iOS, Android and Google. There is even one touch emergency services that will alert police, fire and EMT.
  3. Instant Pot Duo can work as a pressure cooker, slow-cooker, rice cooker, steam vegetables, saute foods, warm food and you can even make your own yogurt! This contains the ability  to monitor pressure, temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity and duration. This just blows my mind because it cooks fast and saves you time. After a long day at work, this machine with little effort on your part will have dinner ready in no time!
  4. Super Deal Pro Digital Swing Away Heat Press, Heat Transfer SublimationMachine. Have you ever thought about using your creativity to make gifts for others and even great things for yourself? All you would need is letters, numbers and images to create t-shirts, garment bags, mouse pads, jigsaw puzzles, ceramic tiles, plates and really anything that is flat. A digital LCD time lets you set the desired time and an audible alarm will let you know when the item is complete. I think this machine could be so much fun and using our creativity would show off our talents!
  5. Lighted Makeup Mirror is great for those of us that need extra light to get ourselves ready. I have noticed sometimes it is rather challenging to see when I am applying my makeup in the mornings due to low light. This very affordable light offers LED natural white and is double sided. It even comes with a stand to make things even easier!

These are just a few ideas that someone you know may enjoy! I am still looking for more iideasdeas that could be affordable and a great gift! This is just my first post with gift ideas and there will be more to follow. Please let me know what you thought about these ideas because I would love to know your opinion! 

I appreciate you stopping by today and hope your week is going well. This is my last week until starting my new job on Monday. I am doing all I can to enjoy not working and not having a schedule, but at the same time do look forward to having a set schedule. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Motivational Monday!

6dd4fb5264d72b598fa2e12899fc773a-1.pngHappy Monday y’all, I hope you had a lovely weekend! Can you believe it is already December? I know I have said this before, but I do not know where this year went! With another holiday coming up shortly it can be super stressful. It seems like plans and finding the right gifts to give can be difficult, but I am going to try this year to change this pattern because it just isn’t worth it! Throughout the next few weeks, I am going to do a post a week about fun and easy gifts you can purchase that the recipient will love!

I have been doing the best I can to enjoy the days I have off before starting my new jobdownload next Monday and it has been great! I love having the time and energy to clean my house, write about things that are important to me, start writing poetry again and I still find it be a great release of emotions, researching how to get into freelance writing and even though I still do not sleep in, I can take naps if I want to! I think y’all already know how much I love to write, so if through my research on freelance writing I can actually get involved, it would really be such a dream come true for me! I do believe if we want our dreams to come true and work hard for them, we can achieve anything we set our mind to!

I found a lovely quote that I wanted to share with y’all today because I found it pretty powerful. I do hope you will enjoy this quote and it will have positive impact on your day and bring you a sense of comfort!mandy hale

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I always appreciate all of your support 877f65dcf9eeb694e27705a83304259dand really value your comments! I hope you have a wonderful day and your week is full of amazing things! Try your best to keep a good mindset and do not allow anything or anyone to dull your sunshine! I already told you that I will be sharing some good gift ideas in a few posts throughout the next few weeks. I think instead of getting extremely stressed, we should try to remember what holidays are really for and that is being with family! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

This product is not only really pretty, but it is calming and we all need something like this!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

62751I want to wish y’all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are spending the day with a large family or smaller family,  cooking a huge meal or just eating or a large meal, or spending the day Images-for-Thanksgiving-2019alone, I hope your day is full of joy and remembering all you are truly thankful for! I know I don’t need to say this to y’all, but when sending love out for the holiday, never forget to send the same  love ❤ and thankfulness to those in Heaven ❤!

I always share a Pick Me Up quote to help y’all get through one last day in the week before the weekend arrives. Even though our work week is shorter due to the holiday I do have a quote to share and hope you enjoy it!796c164c6bd7e51a6297c1a97444ab0c

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today! I look forward to reading your thoughts about this post, but I also do not want you to miss out on spending time with1447355901-wdy-quotes-10 family, so please do not rush to comment! Of course I am curious, what are y’all thankful for? I will tell you I am thankful for all of my fantastic WordPress friends, family, friends and of course my loving cats! I do know that people in Canada already celebrated Thanksgiving, which I hope y’all enjoyed it. For all of you celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope your day is filled with lots of love ❤ and joy! I hope y’all never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Good holiday gift idea!

 

 

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

images (7)November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month and is a very in-depth illness that affects many people around the world. This illness is a progressive, degenerative disorder causing the brain cells to waste away and in time die.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is a continuous decline in thinking, behavior, and social skills that disturb a person’s ability to function images (11)independently and contributes to 60-70% of all the cases. The numbers of those affected by Alzheimer’s are staggering. 5.5 million people of all ages, 5.3 million being 65 and older battle with this illness. Sadly, 200,000 individuals that are younger than 65 years old, deal with early onset Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s effects women more than it does men, being two-thirds of people battling with Alzheimer’s are women.

There are 7 stages of Alzheimer’s disease that I am going to explain, just to give you a better understanding of this illness and what the individual and their families go Alzheimers-Stages_Sect3through.

  1. Stage 1 does not involve any impairment. There are no symptoms of dementia or memory loss during this stage.
  2. Stage 2 involves a very mild decline. Minor memory loss can be detected at this stage, which can cause the individual to misplace things. The memory loss can’t be easily distinguished between typical age-related memory loss and memory loss due to Alzheimer’s. At this point the individual can still do fairly well on memory tests.
  3. Stage 3 consists of a mild decline in cognitive issues. Not only are changes in cognitive functions noticed by physician, but memory tests are affected more so. The difficulties at this stage include: finding the right words during a conversation, organizing and planning, remembering names of new acquaintances and or frequently losing personal possessions.IMG_4333
  4. Stage 4 shows a moderate decline and clear-cut symptoms are apparent. The difficulties during the stage include problems with simple arithmetic, poor short-term memory such as remembering what they had for lunch, irritability to manage finances to pay bills and forgetting details about their own life.alzheimers-disease-infographic
  5. Stage 5 begins to show a moderately severe decline in cognitive functions. Even though the individual can normally still function independently, they may start needing assistance with daily activities. The challenges may include difficulty dressing appropriately and or an inability to remember details about themselves such as their address and phone number. The person usually still knows family members and some personal history details. Although memory continues to be an issue, long-term memory such as childhood and youth is less of an issue.
  6. Stage 6 is at a point of severe decline and person needs constant supervision. The obstacles at this stage include confusion or unawareness of surroundings, unable to recognize faces, but can recall closest friends and family, loss of bladder and bowel control, major personality changes and behavior problems, require assistance with activities of daily living like toileting and bathing. At this stage wandering may become an issue, requiring one-on-one supervision.Fotolia_94382271_Subscription_Monthly_M
  7. Stage 7 is the final stage and the most severe decline occurs. There are a few complications involved with stage that include lose ability to communication or respond, the person has no insight to their condition, may utter only words or phrases, assistance with daily activities is needed and unfortunately death imminent.

When dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, there are various symptoms a person may experience. Of course each person will experience this illness in different ways, time lines and severities. Now, please allow me to explain the symptoms and what can be expected regarding the memory, thinking and reasoning, judgment and decision making, planning and performing tasks and personality and behavior changes.

10_ways_to_love_your_brain_infographicMemory is one of the key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It is completely normal to experience memory loss, like forgetting where you left your keys, but memory associated with this disease persists and worsens which affects functions at work and home. Early on a person finds it difficult to remember recent events or conversations. There are a few things one with Alzheimer’s disease may do that are in regards to the functions of memory:

  • Repeat statements or questions
  • Forget conversations, appointments and events
  • Misplace personal items and put them in illogical places
  • Get lost in familiar places
  • Struggle to find the words to identify objects, express thoughts and or participate in conversations
  • In time, forget the names of family and friends1114808.large

The ability of thinking and reasoning becomes challenging. Other things that may become difficult are:

  • Concentrating and thinking
  • Multitasking
  • Managing finances, balancing a checkbook and paying bills
  • Inability to recognize numbers, even their own phone number

Good judgement and decision making becomes even more difficult. This includes, but not limited to the following:

  • Ability to make a logical decision
  • Poor choices with social interactions
  • May wear inappropriate clothing

images (7)Planning and performing familiar tasks become hard to complete. As the disease progresses, routine tasks requiring things to be done in a sequential manner, such planning and cooking a meal, will become difficult. In time people with Alzheimer’s disease may forget how to perform normal daily tasks like bathing and getting dressed and in turn need a caretaker.5798b8071eb46.image

Personality and behavior changes are very common because the changes in the brain can and do affect mood and behavior. Other issues a person may deal with associated with this are:

  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Social withdrawal
  • Distrust in others
  • Mood swings
  • Wandering
  • Irritability and aggressiveness
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Loss of empathy
  • Delusion

The causes related to Alzheimer’s disease are not completely understood yet. However, scientists believe the cause is a combination of genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors that over time affect the brain. It is understood there are problems with brain proteins that fail to function normally and disrupt the work of brain cells.

Unfortunately, there is not one single test used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors will look at the signs and symptoms present, view medical history and rule out any other conditions before they conclude on a diagnosis.

alzheimer-disease-assessment-scale-cognitive-subscale-adas-cog-11-item-lA cognitive test will be completed with the physician. On a cognitive assessment all of the following must be present and severe enough to affect daily life:

  • Gradual memory loss and progressive cognitive impairment
  • Questions that are asked during cognitive are:
    • What is your age?
    • What time is it?
    • What is the year?
    • What is your date of birth?
    • What is the name of the town you are in?
    • Can you recognize 2 people in the room?
    • Name the president
    • Count backwards from 20 to 1

Genetic testing may be appropriate to confirm diagnosis. A gene known as the APOE-04 is associated with higher chances of people over age 65 developing Alzheimer’s.alz-696x464

Currently there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and the death of brain cells can’t be reversed. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is important to follow a daily routine. It may also be helpful to be involved with activities and day-care programs and also have involvement with support groups and services.

While there are no diseases modifying drugs available, but there are some options that may reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Choline Sterase inhibitors are alzheimer-disease-16-638approved for symptomatic relief. The medications are called Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine (Exelon) and Tacrina (Cognex).

There is a lot of help available for the person with Alzheimer’s and their families. You can call 24/7 a hotline 800-272-3900. There is also online help available and a ACRC-Helplibrary of information available at https://www.alz.org/help-support/resources/virtual_library.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I do hope the information I have shared was beneficial. I do look forward to reading your comments and know your insight will be great. Please remember that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes.

At the bottom of this page, I have included a few books and other tools that might be helpful if you ever have to deal with this disease!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Motivational Monday!

6dd4fb5264d72b598fa2e12899fc773aHappy Monday y’all! I hope you had a delightful weekend and you are looking forward to the week ahead. I was finally able to make decision that I do consider to be life altering,  I turned in my resignation! Not having a job is a little stressful, but at the same time I feel a huge load off my back and mind. I know I am going to find something better soon.images (2)

Are y’all ready for a short week? With Thanksgiving being this week, that is one less day of work and one more day to show what we are thankful for. What are y’all thankful for? I am thankful for the life I am able to live and the loved ones I hold dear. Even though I have a rather small family, I am thankful for each and everyone of them. There are some that are unfortunately not still with us, but they are all thought of daily! Y’all already know just how much I loved ❤ my Poppy, but that man will live on in my heart and soul! ❤

It took my a while to decide on what quote I wanted to share with y’all today. I have so many that have a lot of meaning, but the one I decided on was very powerful to me❤!never let the world change your smile

I do believe there is so much in this world that can bring a smile to our face, but then there is also so much that tries taking that happiness away from us. We can’t allow that to happen! There seems to be so much going on in the political world that just will never make sense to me. I believe in fairness and justice, but that doesn’t seem to take place with politics.smile

I know this is a little off topic of Motivational Monday, but I think it is extremely important to say! In my eyes, I think we can all make a huge difference in someone else’s life. It doesn’t really take much to show compassion and empathy for others, at least I don’t think so! It might just mean a smile or kind words that can make an enormous difference in another’s life. We never know what anyone is going through because we do not live in their shoes. 

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I do always appreciate your continued support and kindness! I hope your week starts off great and only gets better for you. Of course, I also hope you are feeling the best you possibly can. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤