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The Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway

28 Nov 15
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I’ve teamed up with Julie from Counting My Spoons, Donna from February Stars and Fed Up With Fatigue, AshleyJane from Living Incurably and Alisha from The Invisible F to run a Rafflecopter giveaway just in time for Christmas.

It’s not just any giveaway, it’s the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway!

What can you win?

There will be five lucky winners:

1 Ultimate Spoonie Gift Package includes the following prizes:

  • One Sootheze Pal
  • Maui Excellent Volcano Oil products
  • Serenitea & Fibrocane Daily from Premier Bioceuticals
  • The Fay Farm’s lotion and muscle rub
  • Wheat bag and hand-warmer set from us here at LiveKen
  • La Vie en Rose slippers & soothing socks
  • Living Incurably by Ashley Jane Kneeland
  • The Patient’s Playbook by Leslie Michelson
  • Suffered Long Enough by Dr. Bill Rawls
  • Return of the Key e-book by Alisha Nurse
  • Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia by Dr. Rodger Murphree
  • Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine subscription.

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1 Fibro Recovery package includes:

  • The Vital Plan RESTORE Program including 1 Month of Vital Plan Supplements
  • Suffered Long Enough by Dr. Bill Rawls
  • Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine subscription
  • Return of the Key e-book
  • Wheat hand-warmers from us here at LiveKen

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3 runners up will each receive a copy of the book “Suffered Long Enough” by Dr. William Rawls MD.

The wheat bags have all been sustainably made using upcycled material. I find having one or more of these as being a crucial tool in my arsenal for coping with the pain I have from Fibromyalgia and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. They’re great to use hot or cold. For heat, just stick in the microwave for up to 2 minutes and apply. For cold, store in a sealed waterproof layer (like a ziplock bag) in the freezer for at least 4 hours and remove when needed.

To enter the contest simply go to the Rafflecopter giveaway page and follow the links to join the social media pages or mailing lists for one or more of the participating pages. You have the opportunity of entering up to 21 times. Full terms & conditions are available on the Rafflecopter page.

The contest opens today and will run from midnight (EST) on Nov. 27 to midnight (EST) Dec. 4. Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter software.

Winners will then have 7 days to reply with their mailing info once contacted to claim their prize.

GOOD LUCK!


The Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway!

28 Nov 15
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THE ULTIMATE SPOONIE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED

I’m taking a break today from our A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life to share with you an exciting opportunity to win some amazing prizes in time for Christmas. I’ve teamed up with Julie from Counting My Spoons, Donna from February Stars and Fed Up With Fatigue, AshleyJane from Living Incurably, Alisha from The Invisible F, and Dr Rodger Murphree from The Fibro Doctor to run a Rafflecopter giveaway  (the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway) just in time for Christmas.

What can you win?

There will be five lucky winners:

1 Ultimate Spoonie Gift Package includes the following prizes:

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1 Fibro Recovery package includes:

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3 runners up will each receive a copy of the book “Suffered Long Enough” by Dr. William Rawls MD.

The wheat bags have all been sustainably made using upcycled material. I find having one or more of these as being a crucial tool in my arsenal for coping with the pain I have from Fibromyalgia and Pelvic Congestion Syndrome. They’re great to use hot or cold. For heat, just stick in the microwave for up to 2 minutes and apply. For cold, store in a sealed waterproof layer (like a ziplock bag) in the freezer for at least 4 hours and remove when needed.

To enter the contest simply go to the Rafflecopter giveaway page and follow the links to join the social media pages or mailing lists for one or more of the participating pages. You have the opportunity of entering up to 21 times. Full terms & conditions are available on the Rafflecopter page.

The contest opens today and will run from midnight (EST) on Nov. 27 to midnight (EST) Dec. 4. Winners will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter software.

Winners will then have 7 days to reply with their mailing info once contacted to claim their prize.

GOOD LUCK!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

Mental Monday: Upcoming Projects

20 Jan 14
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(c) Megan S, December 2013

(c) Megan S, December 2013

So, as you would be aware I’ve been very busy in the last 20 days completing several sewing projects and starting on a few bigger projects.

I completed my patchwork quilt and made a matching meditation cushion:

(c) Megan S, January 2014

(c) Megan S, January 2014

I’ve also started dropping hints of my really big project for this year, my campaign for raising awareness of invisible illnesses.

Partly for my own benefit, and partly to keep all of you up to date, I’ve realised I need to actually make a list of the upcoming projects I’m working on so that I can try and work out how they’ll all fit together!

Upcoming Sewing Projects

  • Matching wheat bag to go with my meditation cushion and patchwork blanket.
  • Meditation cushion for my MIL
  • Seatback covers (can’t think of the correct name for them) for E’s grandparent’s dinning room chairs
  • Other meditation cushions and wheat bags to sell and give away

Upcoming Awareness Raising Projects

  • Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang picture book Kickstarter Campaign (sometime in the next few months, the book should be available early 2015 if I manage to raise the funds to complete it)
  • Parent and teacher’s guide to using Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang to teach young children about invisible illnesses (late 2014/early 2015)

Other Important Projects

  • Increasing my activity levels slowly while pacing and maintaining my health; aiming for being able to do 4 hours activity without the need for rests in order to begin considering a graduated return to work program
  • Set up an Etsy Store to sell sewing and other craft creations (I have a name for the store, just need to make some things to sell)

As you can see I have a lot on my plate! I’m obviously not going to be pushing myself too hard just to complete these projects, so they’re going to be long term activities that will probably take me all year or longer to complete, but I really feel these things are important to me.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I want to build a reputation of being here to support the community but I also want to maintain some connection to my previous self. The sewing projects are my link to sustainability, I also view them as a way to bring in some small amount of income while I’m stuck at home.

Do you have any big projects you’re focusing on in 2014?

Will you join me in raising awareness of Invisible Illnesses by sharing Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang with your network?

Apron Completed

11 Jan 14
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If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you’d already know that apron that I gave you sneak peaks of late last year… It’s finished!

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And it’s been used! E and I made a wonderful orange and almond/hazelnut (didn’t have enough almonds) cake.

This felt great, it was the first time I’ve managed to bake (with help) since the early days of this illness. 🙂

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Although the visible stitching isn’t completely straight, I’m very happy with how it’s turned out.

Another completed sewing project

18 Nov 13
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I’ve (semi)completed another sewing project.

I always find the eye masks you can get at the shops uncomfortable so I thought I’d try make my own…

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Photo (c) Megan S, November 2013

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Photo (c) Megan S, November 2013

The top material is the same as my neck pillow and the backing is cut from an old child’s fleece jumper.

I was planning to add Velcro to the back to hold it on my head but at the moment I’ll just be tying it up.

It’s so much more comfortable than the other ones I’ve tried.

I love that it matches my neck pillow I made and I’m planning to make a rectangular hot/cold pack to match as well.

My first successful sewing project…

16 Nov 13
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I’m still working on The apron I’ve given you sneak peaks of, but I have successfully completed one sewing project…

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Photo (c) Megan S, November 2013

My very own hot/cold shoulder pillow that can also be used as a travel pillow!
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It’s really comfy and fits my shoulders perfectly. This was my second attempt (first one was too small) but it only took an hour and a half to make!

I was really surprised with the amount of rice needed to fill it.

Crafts Progress

07 Nov 13
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Crafts Update

And the full product to be sewn (hopefully tomorrow) … can you work out what it is?

Crafts Sneak Peak

01 Nov 13
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Crafts Sneak Peak

Bright and colourful birds of hope and healing!

I’ve had a long and busy day today so this will have to do for the day.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow…