Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Operation Happiness by Kristi Ling

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Ask Me About My Tempur-Pedic : Website Failure

tempur-failAfter herniating the disc between my L4 and L5 vertebrae when I was 19, sleeping became more difficult for me than it already was, so I decided with my settlement money to buy the best bed I could. After sleeping on someone else’s Tempur-Pedic, I had my heart set on one.

Do I love the bed? Yes, actually. I sometimes wish it was a tad softer. The display models are soft because they get ‘walked on’ a lot, which is how you are supposed to ‘break-in’ your new bed. I bought mine in 2009. I understand now they make a softer topper for the bed. But the bed isn’t my issue. It’s the company that irritates me.

With as much as they charge for their beds, I’d like to have some customer service. Or maybe a website that works. I have such a hard time understanding how they charge so much per bed but have had and continue to still have a website that doesn’t work. If I go to look up buying a new mattress protector, there is a big color ad that says something about a ’10 year warranty – click here.’ I click and am taken to a page that says: Read the rest of this entry

SCORE Marketing Your Business Workshop in SLO

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A Quilt for the Wounded Warrior Project

wounded warrior quilt

Check out this Kickstarter project: to create a red, white, and blue quilt for a lap blanket. The finished quilt will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Quilters have begun an unofficial program of making quilts for soldiers injured in the war. The quilts are shipped to combat hospitals and given to soldiers in Intensive Care Units. These troops are often sent home in minimally heated cargo planes, so the quilts are functional for warmth in addition to showing that we care and thank them for their sacrifices.

I will finish a patriotic quilt in red, white, and blue and give it to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Per Kickstarter’s rules, you are not funding a charity organization, just me, but when the quilt is complete, it will be taken to my local Wounded Warrior chapter to make sure it goes to a service member who needs it.


  • Size is 4 ft x 6 ft 6 in, or 48″ by 78″ (the size of stretchers and gurneys)
  • All cotton; no synthetics, including the batting (80/20 batting is OK)
  • Red/white/blue or appropriate patriotic theme (no cartoon characters)

Materials Needed:

  • Batting
  • Backing
  • Bias Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine Oil
  • Embroidery Thread

Help fund it, here:

Easy, Edible Green Smoothies: Kid Friendly, Vegan Friendly, Lactose Free, & Yummy!

Being stuck at home after a concussion is no fun, but to make things even worse (in my opinion), my doctor said I really have to up my vegetable intake.  I’m no kale-hugging-paleo-chick, but I’ve always made an effort to eat some dark green things every day.  Faced with the reality of doubling what I’m eating to help my brain heal meant I was going to have to get creative, and maybe even a little sneaky.

I started experimenting with green smoothies, but a lot of the ingredients are things I just don’t normally keep in my kitchen.  Like Aloe Vera juice.  Really?  If you’re the kind of person who keeps that as a staple, this blog probably isn’t for you – unless you’re looking desperately for kid friendly green smoothie recipes that are lactose free and maybe even vegan.  With that, I can help.

As I’ve been experimenting my way through blenders of green, questionably edible things with fancy ingredients, I started making simpler versions – green smoothies I would actually eat (I’m a very picky eater with a lot of strange food allergens).

Here is a list of what I consider to be a “staple” for my smoothies:

  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh bananas
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Ice Cubes
  • Unfilterd Apple Juice
  • Fresh Orange Juice (get it from the refrigerated section at the grocery store – the others tend to be fake orange juice)
  • Single Serving Cups of Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Pineapple in 100% Juice

Beyond those basics, here is what I like to have on hand to “mix it up” once in a while:

  • Frozen Mango (or the tropical frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Frozen Raspberries (or the triple berry frozen mix from CostCo)
  • Ocean Spray Blackberry, Cranberry, Blueberry Juice
  • Canned Apricots

After that, I have a few additives I like to use as green smoothie boosters, but these are completely optional:

Here are my first two easy, edible green smoothies that are kid friendly, vegan friendly (just take out the bee pollen) and lactose free.  And did I also mention they taste good?!?


A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

A kid friendly green smoothie recipe using 'just the basics' like baby spinach and frozen strawberries.  Lactose free and vegan friendly green smoothie.

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe


I can’t believe this! I stubbed my toe (HARD) on a little desk at school last night before my late class. I was wearing toe socks (for the babies) and caught the desk leg in-between my toes. It quickly swelled up and turned purple. I knew I had to get it checked, but I still felt bad going to ER with the possibility that it was just painful but not fractured. Everyone at ER kept saying “not to worry, it’s not broken,” so they kept me waiting for hours (four to be precise). When the x- ray tech came back he asked me if I thought about investing in steel- toed shoes for work. Clear as day I had a full break with a nice diagonal and a big gap between the bones of my toe. If you, like the doctor, are wondering, which toe, just look. I’ve gotten a ‘lot of “Which – OH!, that one!” The doctor did that, too.  They can’t do anything more for me than pain killers and a soft cast, which I think sucks, but the doctor said I should be happy, it’ll heal straight this way. All I know is it hurts!

Broken Toe in Soft Cast with Pedicure

Still jealous of my fancy pedicure?

Broken Toe in Soft Cast, Broken 4th Toe

The line is where the break is and its direction.

I’ve never broken anything before. This sucks!

Japanese Styled Chinese Acupuncture from a German Immigrant

On Monday I finally went in for some acupuncture. It took me a while to find someone who speaks English in my area. Most are up in Tokyo. It sounds like a lot of businesses in Tokyo actually have English speaking personnel. Anyway, I thought you all might like to hear what Japanese acupuncture is like in Japan. Keep in mind, Ive had both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture back in the states, so anything that shocks me would be a really big shock to someone who has never had any acupuncture. Read the rest of this entry