Stress Management

Stress Management

When I was released from the hospital last year, I had a lot of trouble getting back into my normal sleep routine. I did some research and asked my oncologist whether it would be “OKAY” for me to try CBD Oil. He said yes! So I ordered some from an herbalist friend of mine. Honestly, I didn’t give it much time to see if it helped me get balanced out because it tasted like what I imagine old “bong water” would taste like. But I recently learned about Vitalibis CBD Oil which is extracted using short bursts of heat in a patent-pending method, and no solvents. Now that I am an Ambassador with the company (meaning I sell the products from my affiliate website) I have to be very careful even sharing my personal experiences as testimony for how well the product works, because doing so might be considered making a medical claim and one of the things that helps this company stand apart, is they follow the rules for marketing dietary supplements and do not make any implied medical claims. The thing about holistic medicine is, there is no one size fits all treatment. I might do well with CBD OIl to balance out my bodily functions and feelings, someone else might like an herbal tea, or perhaps a flower remedy! I put my herbal studies on hold when I learned my cancer had spread and I am just getting back into that again, but I wanted to share an Affiliate Link for the Herbal Academy, which is where I have been studying herbs and where people can learn how to care for themselves with herbs!

Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

Aromatics International Essential Oil Collection

Right after my hospitalization from the adverse effects of immunotherapy treatment, I walked away from my essential oil hobby. I gave my website EssentialAromatherapy away to someone I knew would care for it and evolve it to their own special place online.  I gave away all my aromatherapy books, courses, and most of my essential oils to friends who I knew would appreciate them. I think without realizing it, I was preparing not to be here today.

But I am here and I am not done fighting to survive this cancer! In the cancer community, there is an acronym NED, for the health status “No Evidence of Disease“. Well, I still have cancer tumors in my liver, so I still have stage IV cancer, but what I also have is “No Expiration Date“!  So I coined term #NED2 to symbolize that!

When I first considered joining Vitalibis as a Brand Ambassador to sell CBD Oil products, part of the reason I took the leap and jumped right in, was the fact that the company also has a small selection of curated products which include essential oils from a brand with an exceptional reputation, Aromatics International.

“All of Aromatics International’s essential oils are either certified organic, wildcrafted, or organically crafted. “

Learn more about their philosophy of blending in their informational video

FTC DISCLOSURE: I am a member of the the Vitalibis Ambassador Program. I was not compensated for this post. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my link To view the Aromatics International Essential Oil Collection look under the link for Products then Curated Products


Book Recommendation: Coping With Ocular Melanoma (OM) – A Toolbox

I just finished watching a Facebook LIVE video from the A Cure In Sight™ Eye Believe Patient Survivorship Seminar, which is taking place right now in Orlando, Florida (Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 2018).

Here is a link to the video, but you do have to be logged into your Facebook account to view it I believe:

I learned so much from the author, Ziva (Anne) Osborn, that I wanted to link to her book, Coping With Ocular Melanoma (OM): A Toolbox, on Amazon**. Anne, as a teen grew up in the shadows of OM when her mother died of OM. Forty years later, she was diagnosed with OM, Class 2.

I have not read the book but it is definitely something on my Recommended list after listing to her speak!

Click this link to go to Amazon: Coping With Ocular Melanoma – A Toolbox

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I’ll be donating the profits from the sale of this book from my link above or on Facebook to A Cure In Sight during the month of December 2018.

Pura Vida 30% Off Sale & Free Shipping

It’s Pura Vida Bracelets’ 8th birthday and to celebrate they are offering 30% off site-wide plus Free Shipping starting today, 9/27 through Sunday, 9/30.

And don’t forget, if you purchase using the links on my new fundraising page, I am donating my profits to A Cure In Sight! I’m so proud to fund raise for the only patient founded, patient run, IRS approved non-profit charity focused entirely on interests related to eye cancer – A Cure In Sight™ for Ocular Melanoma.

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Pura Vida’s Charity Collection

One of the primary reasons I selected Pura Vida as a company I wanted to affiliate with, is their long-standing commitment to raising money for Charity.

This graphic hit my Facebook wall today and I think it is so pretty, as well as raising money for a very worthy cause. Just click the photo to learn more!

View  the whole Pura Vida Charity Collection HERE

10% Off Entire Order When You Purchase $30+ 

NOTE: I am an affiliate marketing partner with Pura Vida Bracelets. I earn a small commission on the purchase of products made from links directly from my website, or links like these which I post on my Facebook Page.

PuraVida Fundraiser for Damon Runyon

PuraVida Fundraiser for Damon Runyon

I’m happy to announce I found the perfect synergy between my efforts to raise awareness about eye cancer and my efforts to raise money for cancer research.

Between now and September 25th, 2018 I will donate any commissions* I earn from the purchase of this adorable good luck eye charm necklace or “evil eye” ring to the 3rd annual Stroll the Square event hosted by William Raveis Real Estate of Glastonbury to benefit the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Click the links above or the photos below to go directly to the Pura Vida web page for each item!


*I am an affiliate marketing partner with Pura Vida so I earn a small commission on the purchase of products made from links directly from my website,

NEW Affiliate ~ Pura Vida

I am very excited to announce that I have been accepted into the Pura Vida Affiliate Marketing* program! There are so many things to like about the Pura Vida collection of bracelets and other accessories but for me the reason I applied to be an Affiliate Marketer is Pura Vida’s Charity Collection!

Free Shipping on US Orders $30+

*I have not received free products in exchange for reviews or promoting these products, but if purchases are made from my Affiliate Link then I do receive commission on the sale.

Andalou Naturals SPF 30

PRODUCT REVIEW: Andalou Naturals, Beauty Balm, Brightening, Sheer Tint with SPF 30

One of the things I take seriously is using skincare which is as natural as possible. It’s really hard to find USDA Certified Organic makeup and skincare because our certification system does not allow for many of the functional ingredients which are allowed by other Organic standards. And for me function comes first!

About three years ago I discovered Andalou Naturals, Beauty Balm. Not only does it even out my skin tone without looking or feeling like a true “foundation”, it has a SPF of 30! I use the version called Brightening.

I avoid chemical sunscreens and was happy to find out the active ingredient is mineral based, Zinc Oxide 20%. Sunscreen is legally an over-the-counter (OTC) drug in the USA, so products which are marketed as sunscreens have to follow the FDA labeling regulations; the sunscreen ingredient is listed as the *active ingredient* just like other OTC medicines one might ingest.

In addition, the ingredients are 97% Nature Derived, Non GMO Project Verified and contain many from botanical sources which are good for the skin like vitamin C and fruit and herbal extracts. And no toxic synthetic fragrances!

You may be able to find this product at your local Health Food store or pharmacy.

iHerb is one of the companies in my Affiliate Network, so I checked their website and they carry the line at a better price than I paid at Whole Foods the last time I bought it!

Disclosure: I have not been given this product to review. I purchased it and have used it for years. All opinions in this review are my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. Learn more about my Affiliate Network.