Friday, September 19, 2014

Everlane T-Shirt Review

Have you heard of Everlane? It is a website that sells clothing and accessories. They do things a bit differently than most though. Most clothing labels mark up their clothing 8x or more. Everlane sells the same designer staples for a whole lot less. You can also see where the items are being made.

I ordered a bunch of t-shirts and LOVE the brand. These are not your Old Navy or Wal-Mart t-shirts. They are 100% supima cotton and are made in a factory that Everlane visits several times a week.

I love the muted colors, the fit of the t-shirt, the fact that they are made in the USA and the best part...they are $15 with free shipping (when you order 2+ items). Yup, $15. I have washed mine a ton and they still look new. 

It is still amazing to me that the factory does things by hand. They individually hand dye the t-shirts. They individually hand press (i.e. iron) the t-shirts. You could not pay me enough to iron t-shirts for a living.

I placed my first order with Everlane a few weeks ago. I ordered on a Friday and the t-shirts were here by Wednesday of the next week. Super fast! I ordered a Small (the pink one), Medium (the gray one) and Large (the navy blue one) to get a feel for the sizes. I am 5'8", 142ish pounds and normally wear a size 6. I wasn't sure if these would be a normal size, a junior's size or a "designer" size.

I would say I am most comfortable with a size Medium. I don't like my t-shirts fitted. The small bust (from pit to pit and doubled) measured 34", the medium bust measured 37" and the large bust measured 40". You can exchange the size if it doesn't fit but I am keeping all three. I can wear the small under a cardigan and the large around the house.

My second order was here in 3 days. I ordered one of every color they had in stock. Aren't they pretty?

The colors without the flash.
The colors with the flash.

This week the weather in PA has been cold! I took yesterday and cleaned out my closet. Almost all the summer clothing & shoes are now packed away. I love the new Everlane t-shirts among my other items.

I was not compensated in any way for this review. I just love these t-shirts and purchased them for myself. The Everlane links will bring you to their website. If you purchase something, I get a $25 credit!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My week in photos - 9/15/14

Happy Monday! It is cold but sunny here in west central PA. It truly feels like autumn and the leaves have started to change colors here. 

Today I have a quick doctor appointment with my family doctor to follow-up on my shingles. The medicine has worked great and I have less of a rash and the bumps are less welt-y. Tomorrow is my RSD doctor appointment and Wednesday I go for an allergy test. 

Squeezing bottles of shampoo & conditioner while showering hurts my wrists. I decided to put it in an empty pump bottle I had. It turns out my conditioner is WAY thicker than I though. This took forever.

It has been chilly. I wrapped up in a blanket, gloves, a hat and scarf so I could hang out on the hammock.

Any ideas of what kind of bug this is? He was on our back porch.

And another odd bug on the back porch the same day. It was like a spider moth. He was large. Yuck.

I adore my husband. This week he made rice. I don't even eat brown rice. We literally had enough rice for 30 people.

I still adore Jamberry!

A friend posted this on Facebook.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My week in Photos - September 6, 2014

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is September? This year is flying by. I am thankful for the sunshine that allows me to sit outside. It has been hot here but I am not complaining. I love it. The cold weather will be here soon enough. 

How about this crazy outfit? I sat on the basement stairs while the hubby organized. Notice the red & green headband? I found it in the Christmas stuff.
I love that we live in a rural area where our neighbors visit on tractors.

This made me very happy yesterday.

The hubby (on the far left) leads worship at two different churches. This worship team was asked to perform at a health fair yesterday. I felt good enough to go.

I packed up some care packages this week. Several girls in our church are freshmen in college. I remember being in college and loved getting packages.

Cable had "The Frog Prince" on and I watched the entire thing. It was really, really silly but I kept watching.

Getting ready for "Thanksmas" which is my family's combination of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year's wrapping theme is red & green traditional papers.

My doctor taped up my knee and wrist on Thursday. photos...but I have shingles! I woke up yesterday with a really itchy mess on my back. It was like big red mosquito bites. Today I emailed a photo to this doctor and he said to have it checked out. One ER trip later, I was diagnosed with shingles. I am contagious for the next two weeks.

I am so thankful that the Steelers played today. The ER and pharmacy were both empty. We were in & out so fast!

OUR tractor for sale! It was my father-in-law's and we are hoping it sells by the first snow. We don't want to have to store this in our basement if we can help it.

Loving Jamberry!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My week in photos - 8/28/14

At my weekly doctor's appointment yesterday my doctor said I could 'push it' a bit. I baked today. I dropped an egg but who cares. I made these huge cupcakes. They are going to the neighbors. Mint chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate.

Another bag for ThredUp. This is my 5th bag to them. My 3rd & 4th bag are processing. I send in used items and they give me money. It takes about a month from the time it is sent in until you get money.
We got a "new" (to us) van. We had two older vans with over 120,000 miles on them. We had planned on running our two older vans until they stopped working. That was the plan. And then we realized that we could get more for them now and upgrade. We are selling both of those (the first one sold this past weekend and I will list the second tomorrow) and upgraded to a 2008 with only 50,000 miles on it. It is the newest, lowest mileage vehicle we have ever had. Fancy!

My husband drove to NJ to pick this one up on Monday. Thankfully he borrowed a car dolly and I didn't have to go.
The hubby woke up at 5am to travel 10+ hours (round trip) on Monday. He got back Monday evening and came home to a leaking fridge. "We" worked on it a few hours and I am thrilled to say that it is working again! Plus, we now have a very clean fridge. I didn't realize how much dust collects in the coils. Ewwww.

On Tuesday we had dirt (fill) dumped in our driveway. Our driveway goes completely around the house. It is like a gravel mote. Every year we (the husband) put more gravel down since it disappears. It kind of sinks into the ground.

This year my husband had a friend scrape up all the gravel and put fill down. Hopefully that will pack and then the gravel won't disappear as fast.

I love this funny man. He worked in the pouring rain for hours. Plus, he dances with me in the rain.

Here is our friend "Goose". This real name is Randy but almost everyone out here has an odd nickname. He ran the John Deere and my husband ran our tractor.

We had two tractors parked on the side of our home for a few days.

I love this view! This is the view you see from the hammock on the front porch.
I ordered my favorite mascara from Amazon last week and used it yesterday. I hardly ever wear make-up at this point. I was going to the doctor's and so I put it on. I LOVE this mascara. It makes my lashes super long and doesn't clump. I have purchased more expensive mascara and didn't like it half as good as this one.

Best part? It is $4.77 with free shipping on Amazon. Yup, a full size mascara for under $5. It is Maybelline's lash stiletto in soft black. I have used "very black" and it works great too. But it is like fifty cents more and I am cheap. It is over $7 at Wal-Mart and you have to drive there. Amazon rocks!

Here is how good it works...The doctor had me doing high tech eye movements wearing a eye sensor. The eye sensor kept thinking my LASHES were my pupils because of how big they looked. The doctor told me not to wear mascara next time. Oops.

Last week I had a mole biopsied. I won't show you the actual spot because it is gross. We got my results yesterday and there is no cancer. Thank you Jesus! I didn't think it was cancer but the results took forever (a week). I confess that during that week I had a lot of doubts and worries. I may have even googled melanoma once or twice.

The printed Band-Aids were on clearance for half the price of plain Band-Aids. I have worn Monsters, Inc and Sponge Bob this week.

And this one is funny. I tie dyed a shirt in turmeric. It was an old white shirt I was donating anyway. It took all my wrist strength to do this and I hurt for a day afterward.

Here is before I washed it. Pretty awesome, right?

Even the "after" looks great. Except, it smelled of turmeric. I washed it a second time and it still smelled. Plus, it lost most of its color after the second wash. Yeah, tie dying with turmeric isn't a great idea.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Photos - August 23, 2014

I have missed blogging. I keep blogging in my head but haven't actually done it. 

This past week has been the "week of dizziness". It started after church on Sunday and hasn't yet left. I started thinking that it was a low sugar thing and ate a lot of sugar. It made it worse. But, I did get to eat Popsicles and Swedish Fish. 

I called my doctor Monday and he said to come in for a full blood work up. Then I emailed my new doctor and told him what was happening. He said my blood work would come back fine and that dizziness was a great sign. 

And he was right. The blood work came back the next day and all my levels except one are normal. That silly low level was iron. My iron is always low. No big deal. 

So...the dizziness. I have been sweating a lot. More than I have probably ever sweated in my life. It has finally been humid which is helping me produce sweat. Also helping is this awesome little sauna from Amazon. 

Isn't it so funny looking? But, it really works. I sweat up a storm. I pop in a movie (thanks Kristen for the loan of all the DVDs!) and zip myself up.
Here is my 6'6" husband using it.

It is basically a lot of piping with a cover over it. Then you hook up the heating unit and plug it in. Does anyone else remember Pipeworks from the 1980's? We loved these as a kid! Unfortunately the sauna kit did not include wheels like Pipeworks did.

Also a fun little thing that has been left hand changes colors. It turns a yellow/orange color. It has been happening for the last few weeks. It goes from my fingertips into my palm.

So here is how the new doctor explained the dizziness which is, at times, pretty severe. I dream about earthquakes and the earth spinning and wake up to find that I am really dizzy.

The doctor said that RSD and Dystonia affect the nerves and nervous system. We already knew that. But my body feels the pain and slows the blood to that area. My knee gets swollen and the blood doesn't move past the area well. The same happens in my hands and wrists. 

So, basically my system has slowed the flow of blood to the area over the last year or two. Instead, it focuses on other things like digestion. In the last three weeks have really shaken up my body. There have been oxygen masks, eye exercises, electric stimulus sessions, odd Tai-Chi like movements, a lot of sweating, the withdrawal of my pain meds and so much more. My body is freaking out. It doesn't know how to deal with all of this.

It isn't use to dealing with digestion and moving the blood through my limbs. My body doesn't like it at all and so I get super dizzy. 

Here are some of my new supplements: Nitric Balance, Multi-vitamins (yes, they are like gummy candies and I don't care), Magnesium when my body tolerates it, Kapp Arest and a great probitic. The probitic will help with things like thrush. I tend to get thrush fairly often for some reason. There are only so many things I can cut out from my diet. I have not had diet soda or aspartame for three weeks. I have not had milk for longer than that. I have been decreasing the amount of gluten and sugar. Do you know how hard it is to find gum without aspartame or glycerin? Nearly impossible. Someone make good-for-you gum.

Also helping with the sweating is my fun heating pad "bonnet" and hot baths. I hate taking baths. I feel the need to shower before and after so I don't sit in my own filth. Does anyone else do this? And by the time I have showered-bathed-showered, my hands look like prunes. 

I am still using my loaned electric stimulus machine daily. I love this thing. I am so blessed that a friend of a friend lent this to me. It basically sends little shocks of electricity through my nerves. It feels so good. I crank it up and it really helps with the pain.

I have been doing a lot of shopping on Amazon. This week I got my eye cover. I have eye exercises that will hopefully strengthen my right eye and help it move back to the center. Amazon was so thoughtful to include this lovely earring in my purchase. I can now do my eye exercises dressed up like a pirate. 

Right now my "job" is to get better. That is the goal. 

My day usually looks like this: 

10pm to 4am - Sleep

4am to 6am - I'm awake since the Ambien wore off and I am trying to wean myself off of it. I went from 17.5 mg to 12.5 mg to 10 mg and tonight I am going to try 8mg. 

6am to 8am - Sleep

And then during the day I lay in the hammock, do eye exercises, arm exercises (without moving my wrists/hands), try to eat healthy and not get dizzy, sweat and read. There is lots of reading. I am going through about a book or two a day on my Nook. Thank goodness for free books!

One of those free books included a how-to make your own crafted gifts. TWO of the "gifts" included a supply of cat hair. Ummm...what?

And other photos I have taken this week...

We decided to go from two minivans to one. I sold one after listing it on my Facebook page.

My husband went to a baseball game with a good friend, the friend's niece and the friend's parents who just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together. While there, he caught a foul ball. 

This is the couple that has been married for 60 years. Our friend, Dar, sits behind them in the gray shirt. They are some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. 

My husband and I sponsor children through Compassion. We received two new photos this week. We have been sponsoring them for about 10-11 years. 

The first is Johari. The first photo shows her in an ivory two piece dress with a plaid collar. It was taken in 2003. The new photo shows her wearing a lovely two piece dress which she made. She is taking tailoring courses in high school.

The second photo is of Princess. I remember picking Princess because of her name. Plus, how cute was she in the photo taken in 2004? She was so tiny! She is now 17.

Here is proof that my husband loves me. He took all my ebay stuff out of the office since it is just a reminder of what I cannot do right now. The office is so much bigger without all the stuff! Here he is carrying the bottom half of my mannequin. 

And last photo. Did you know ants like friend chicken more than candy corn? I did an experiment. Life gets boring hanging out in a hammock for most of the day. They attacked the chicken within a half out. They didn't touch the candy corn, even when I left it overnight. I even broke it apart for them so they could have the sugary inside.

By the way, I agree with their choice. I think fried chicken skin is the best food in the world.

A Dragon home edition 13 review is coming. I wanted to try it some more before I posted the review. Thanks for being patient :)