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Halloween with Diabetes : Distract and Decorate!

Ok so Halloween (aka the Major Sugar High Holiday) can be kind of frustrating when you have diabetes. It’s hard to play cool and participate in an event like trick or treating, where you have to stock every corner of your house with candy, (because honestly, who wants to be the raisin lady) and then exercise every ounce of willpower to avoid certain death. Ok, yes, I have insulin, but seriously if I didn’t, certain death would not be an exaggeration. At the very least it’s a couple of days of high blood sugars.

When the whole premise of a holiday is based around candy, and you have an autoimmune disease that makes you the Anti-Candy (there’s a costume that needs to be made! Worst superhero ever!), and you’re trying to teach your kids healthy habits, and you also really LOVE Halloween, and you DON’T LOVE certain death, Halloween can be hard, dammit!

So, every year, I try to be prepared…with distractions. I’m a big Dia de Los Muertos fan, so I try to incorporate some of those traditions to take the focus off of candy, and then of course there are costumes, and then it’s decorate, decorate, decorate. I turn my attention to the pumpkins. And of course when all else fails and the snickers are yelling at me to eat them, I try to make sure I stay calm and bolus properly. I also leave my wrappers out, so that I can keep a visual of how many of those little bite size devils I’m taking in!

So back to the distractions…Man I love to carve a pumpkin. My husband and I always carve at least one each, and since we’re not the least bit competitive (ahem. nope, only friendly pumpkin carving here. no sarcasm either), sometimes we end up doing a few.

That said, we live in FL, where we have to time our carving perfectly bc those things will rot in a day or two, so I’m always looking for other things to do with pumpkins earlier in the month since the carving has to be last minute. Since we also have kids, and letting them play with knives is not high on the list of trophy parenting games, and also because you may not love the goopy gloppy all day mess of pumpkin carving like I do, I’m presenting you with a list that has plenty of  no-carve pumpkin inspirations as well!

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Donut Pumpkins from Studio DIY

succulent pumpkin

succulent pumpkin from Simply Happenstance

black and white pumpkins

black and white paint pen pattern pumpkin from Lovely Indeed

gold foil pumpkins

Gold leaf pumpkin from The Every Girl

pumpkin lanterns

Lantern Pumkins! from Design Love Fest

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and one more from Studio DIY because these PUN-kins are just the best!

There are a few others I’m coveting over on my pinterest board. So if you need some more inspo, head over and pin with me!

Happy carb counting, candy eating (if you choose to accept that challenge), and pumpkin-ing!

xo

Sara

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Charming Interview : T Y P. 1 Apparel

SO excited for today’s post. We’ve got Erin & Page, founders of T Y P. 1 Apparel here to talk about their new online apparel shop, which officially launches tomorrow, Fri, June 26. Keep reading to discover more about their business and what they’re all about !

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Thanks for joining Charming Diabetes for a Q&A! Please tell us a little more about yourselves, and your Type 1 Diabetes connection:
(if that connection is you, feel free to give us all the juicy details–how long have you had it? pump or injections? favorite way to treat a low?)
Erin: Hello, my name is Erin! I am 21 years old and currently studying nutrition in college. I have been type one diabetic for over 6 years. I was first diagnosed with diabetes in 2009 at the age of 14. I was on daily injections for about a year until I got the pump! Which is a GAME CHANGER. It gave me so much more freedom in everyday life! So in my kitchen I keep a stash of cereal and it is my absolute favorite way to treat a low!

Paige: Hey! My name is Paige and I am a Sports Massage Therapist. I am 22 years old. I love travelling, food, and family time! I met Erin in 2013. She has been my lovely girlfriend now for a little over 2 years. I moved to from New Jersey to Boston about a year and a half ago to be with her. It has been amazing! My connection to Type 1 is Erin. I see her deal with being Diabetic every single day and it is the bravest thing anyone can do. She doesn’t complain or wish she wasn’t Diabetic. She just lives life to the fullest and that is amazing to me.

Why did you start T Y P. 1 Apparel, and what do you hope to achieve?
We started T Y P. 1 Apparel because we want to bring hope and inspiration to Type 1 Diabetics. We want to start a movement for this disease, to get people to be active and live a healthy lifestyle. Erin runs a diabetic Instagram called @dontpassthe_sugah where she gives very healthy food recipes, inspiration, tips, and more! We have always wanted to have a business that could benefit others in a way that would get them on the path to a healthier lifestyle, because that is what we believe in.

What has been the most exciting part of starting this business so far?
Paige: I think the most exciting part has been seeing our ideas really come to life. It is truly amazing to start with this idea in your head, and you put everything into it and it truly becomes real. It’s amazing to look at the final product and say to yourself “I created this”.

Any advice for budding entrepreneurs out there in the Diabetic community?
Paige: Anything is possible if you work your hardest for it. Don’t half-ass anything, really go for it!

Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to as far as the future of Diabetes is concerned?
Erin: I am looking forward to the day they say “oh, you have diabetes? We have an app for that, haha” but seriously, the clinical trials for the bionic pancreas seem to be going well so I can’t wait for that to get the stamp of approval. I must say being on social media and spreading awareness about our disease, I’ve seen a lot of positivity and I’ve also seen a lot of negativity. Some people don’t have hope that this disease will be cured one day or the feel so badly about the disease they actually hate it. I love my life. Sure, diabetes makes things a little more complicated I have to go to a million doctors and focus on every little thing I eat but I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I never got it. This disease has taught me a lot about myself and I will always have hope, as everyone should. In the last decade, science has improved so much and diabetes research has improved so much that there’s no way they won’t find a cure or a way to make life even easier in the next 10 years.

What’s the best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel, and how can we get our hands on your products?

The best way to connect with T Y P. 1 Apparel is through our social media and website! We have an Instagram account @typ1_apparel where we post designs, pre-sales, info, and updates on production. We also have a link to our website http://www.typ1apparel.com where you can order your shirts and all future items! We’re having our grand opening on JUNE 26th! All shirts are 15% off! Come check us out and be part of the movement!

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Check out the T Y P. 1 website to get yours! (photo credit: TYP.1Apparel)

 

So there you go! And 15% off! You heard it here first 🙂 Go check out their instagram, and their site to get your shirt on order! A huge thanks to Erin and Page for taking the time to chat with me (virtually!).


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xo

sara

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INSIDE A DIABETIC’S BAG // surviving motherhood and diabetes with one small bag.

Confession: I’m a bag lady. I LOVE bags, purses, clutches, all of it. I’ve always been this way, but lemme tell ya, diabetes and motherhood have only made it worse. I cannot leave the house without a vast assortment of i don’t even know what. I would make a very good pack mule (Halloween Costume idea, anyone?). Today I’m sharing the guts of my very favorite little bag–the one that holds all my diabetes $hiz when I’m on the go! Which, btw, is always b/c I have TWO (count them, 1, 2) toddlers. Phew!

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Today I thought I’d share how I survive motherhood and diabetes all in one little bag. It’s full of everything I need for a diabetic or motherhood emergency! I can easily toss it inside my larger purse or diaper bag to keep all of my small necessities handy and separate from all the other junk I haul around when I’m on the go.

For me that means a glucose monitor, test strips, lancets, lancing device, a snack of some sort (because when the low blood sugar hits I don’t want to be digging through stuff, wondering where I put the juice), and of course lipgloss (priorities!)…the exact table of contents is always changing, but those are the basics. I call it a “Go Bag” which is silly I know, but when I can’t find it my husband knows we will not be GOING anywhere until i find it. I try to keep the bag stocked (with lancets. strips, etc) and ready to, ahem, GO because if not, well, I’m screwed and my day might fall apart 🙂 .

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#1,2,3,4: meter, lancing device, lancets, test strips—the bare minimum in any diabetic’s arsenal.

#5: my absolute fave for Low blood sugar on the go. fruit strips (some people call these fruit leather, but that title has always grossed me out a lithe) from my other absolute fave, TARGET!

#6,7 : A pen and paper. Yes. sometimes on the go I like to be able to write down my blood sugars. But also, that little bitty pad of paper can also save the day for my toddlers, who can use it to color if we find ourselves with an unexpected wait somewhere.

#8. lip gloss, obviously.

#9. phone. hello. (and you can grab that wallpaper right here!)

#10. An alcohol swab or two. Confession: I don’t actually use these when checking my blood sugar (It’s true. I’m a finger-licker. That sounds so wrong, but don’t judge). They’re more for the very likely event that we run into something gross and need to clean our hands or get a little scrape.

#11. Sunscreen stick. Such a necessity in Florida.

#12. Band-Aids. Because, toddlers. You’d be surprised how quickly a band-aid can stop a tantrum in it’s tracks.

#13. Crayons. Because, again, TODDLERS.

There ya go! All my must-haves for heading out into the world with DIABETES and TODDLERS!

Most important criteria for The Bag: Cuteness.

Personalization is key for me in tackling diabetes–hauling around all the diabetes gear isn’t the most fun, but at least a few fun accessories makes it a little easier.

I always use a bag that I LOVE–so whatever that means to you. If you can’t handle “cute” bags just sub in whatever adjective makes you smile. It’s all about getting as FAR away as possible from the blah black bags that come with the meter. It’s completely psychological with me–the little black pouch that holds the glucose monitor that comes straight from the manufacturer just doesn’t do it for me. And when I don’t like it, I’m less likely to grab it as I head out the door. So I set up my own little bag, that I love, and it helps me buy into the fact that I do in fact have diabetes and am going to have to suck it up and check my blood sugar in public sometimes. It’s the little things…

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Here are some other little bags I LOVE that are perfect for your diabetic survival kits, Go Bag, or whatever you wanna call it!

1. Canvas Cosmetic Bag by THURSDAY FRIDAY . I am obsessed with all their bags. I have an older one, but I’m eyeing some of the new ones here and here

2. Stella Gray Vegan Leather Bag // This is a great bag from a designer out of Chicago. Mine is the Crosby Quick Cosmetics Case and I LOVE it!

3. FEED bag (pictured) // mine was a gift but there’s a similar size here

If you really want a bag with little elastic bands to hold everything in place like a traditional meter case, you can find some on Etsy that are a little more embellished that the basic black that comes with the glucose meter.

And here are a couple of others I’m obsessed with:

photo cred: noonday collection

photo cred: noonday collection

Those (above) are from Noonday Collection.

And you can’t go wrong with Ted Baker anything

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photo cred: tedbaker.com

I really feel for younger kids, where fitting in seems to be of utmost importance so a bag with a glucose meter may not be their favorite accessory. If you’re trying to help a younger child with this, my best advice is to let them have some input into choosing a bag they love, and putting together their own “Go Bag”. Personalization can be great at younger ages too (even in High School I remember writing my name in colorful letters on some of the big bulky generic looking insulin bags to feel better about them). Don’t rule out the power of a cute monogram! And remember, what goes in the bag doesn’t have to be strictly diabetes related. A small charm, or toy, or treat, golden monkey, or even a photo or inspirational quote (depending on the child’s age–you wanna be age appropriate here) but any other little token that’s personal and reminds them it’s not all bad in that bag can make it that much better.

And if all else fails, get yourself a silver sharpie and go to town decorating that boring old black meter case!!

Do you use a traditional meter case or some other style of “Go Bag”? If you have a favorite small bag you love using for all your diabetes stuff on the go I’d love to hear about it!! Always in the market for a new bag over here 😉

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xo

Sara

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Stocking Stuffers for the Diabetic in Your Life

I don’t know about you guys, but I spend soooo much of time during the holidays counting carbs and trying to justify indulging in just one more dessert. Food is love, and our family loves to cook (and by that I mean I love to cook) and I love dessert. But by the time Christmas rolls around I’m often feeling slightly guilty (and/or high) over some of my choices.

Stocking stuffers are are real problem for me, because my own go to stocking stuffer is…candy. Chocolate. Nothing says “christmas time” like some delicious chocolate, foil-wrapped treat. But those add up, so this year in an attempt to save myself some blood sugar grief, I’ve made a quick reference guide for anyone wanting to get a last minute gift that won’t offend the pancreas.

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1. Egyptian magic–a miracle cure for dry diabetic feet, and also just the greatest ever all around moisturizer. love.

2. More Sugar coffee mug, by Ashley Brooke Designs. I may be drinking my coffee black to save carbs, but I cannot resist a super cute sugar reference.

3. Burt’s Bees Sugar scrub— because you can find it at Target and drugstores, so it’s the perfect last minute sugar rush for those of us who shouldn’t actually be eating it.

4. Sugar lip gloss , by Fresh Beauty.  I heart these. Again, I love a sugar reference. My pancreas may not process it, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to coat myself in it.

5. iPhone cover (Diabetes Sucks) from CafePress. I mean, any technology friendly gift is always welcome in the stocking, but this feisty number shows that you feel my pain. A sure way to win favor with your diabetic loved one.

6. RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream — the best stuff ever. great for moisturizing and general happiness. I believe in the power of coconut. I love it so much I try to work it into all the online shopping guides I’ve ever made. #Loyal.

7. Klein Tools Canvas Pouch — this seems random, I know. But I love bags–total bag lady–and I’d argue that most diabetics have to be. There are so many blood sugar test strips, glucose meters, glucose tablets, syringes, log books, etc to keep up with I’m always looking for a cute new pouch to load everything up in and throw in my purse, or use for travel. This one I love because it’s out of the box and different. It’s inexpensive, and since it’s made for tools it’s sure to be durable enough for all the sharps I have floating around. If you’re not into this specific one, I highly recommend checking out other brands/styles because every diabetic needs a good carrying case!

8. Simply Balanced Fruit Strips –I get mine at Target, but apparently you can get a sweet deal on these with amazon prime. I adore these, not only because they’re tasty, but they are so so handy to carry around for low blood sugar. This isn’t just superfluous candy, this is a legit way to raise blood sugar, sure to satisfy the glucose-tablet-hating-diabetic in your life (aka All Diabetics Ever) Plus BONUS! they’re so slim they take up virtually no room in bags/purses/pockets. Should you want to fill the pouch above with diabetic friendly doo-dads, this is a great place to start.

9. Lancets! This might require intimate knowledge of the recipient, as many of us use different lancets or prefer a specific kind–but work it into conversation, or steal one from the bottom of their purse or the floor of the car (where these things always end up), and get a diabetic something they have to have, but absolutely hate to buy. Do you know how lame it is to go to Walgreens and spend your budget on torturous medical supplies?! It’s not fun. Help them get a head start on the stockpile that every diabetic secretly longs for in order to avoid yet another trip to the drugstore (or..sorry..maybe that’s just me).

Hope that helps!

Happy Last Minute Shopping To All….

xo

Sara

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Make A Shrine | Surviving Diabetes With Toddlers

So I’m the head chef in our house. I cook the meals, I make the snacks, I prep the food, I simmer, stir, and sautee all the time. I LOVE IT. I love to cook. My mom taught me, and since she passed away getting in the kitchen and measuring, mixing, smelling, and taste testing is my favorite way to keep her memory close.

I may be the Chef de Cuisine here at the Charming Diabetes maison (ooh la la), but by no means do I have it all under control. Yes, it’s relatively easy for me to whip up something yummy and cooking is another creative outlet for me. No arrogance in that, it’s just one of my gifts, I’m no Top Chef and I’m terrible at lots of other things.

I’m just relaying this so you understand that despite the fact that cooking food comes easily for me, I am very bad at everything else that goes along with meal time. I’m useless at clean up, awful at setting the table, I usually don’t have everything finished at the same time, and I’m always forgetting the drinks. Martha Stewart I am not.

It seems that between trying to keep the kids from killing each other or tearing the house apart while I cook, I get a little distracted. I never get around to any of the dinnertime set up that needs to happen beforehand so we can eat. So every night, after all kinds of mini interventions and referee calls with the kids, at some point, dinner is ready. And then I herd them all to the table like cats. Kid one, kid two, and husband. Kid one gets down, put her back, kid two cries, get her settled, ok now we’re all at the table. Oh wait, forgot the forks. So then I scramble to get forks and napkins and sippy cup refills because I have an inability to plan ahead.  And of course I’ve gotta GET THE GREEN BEANS away from someone’s APPLESAUCE. Oh and did I mention that part of this chaos stems from the fact that I usually have two versions of dinner (one version is more toddler friendly. I’m not a fan of that, btw, it’s just a self preservation that I’m working on changing).

So THEN I sit down, usually without anything to drink, but who cares because the silence that comes over the table is so seductive….

Ahhh.

The fork comes up to my mouth and….UGH!

UGH! I DIDN’T CHECK MY BLOOD SUGAR.

Every night. Right at dinnertime. Since I didn’t check it, there’s no way I can know if I need to correct it, plus I need insulin to cover the meal and now here I am ready to eat with no insulin on board. Super. So now I’m up searching for my meter and lancets and UGH. I suck at diabetes.

This is how things went for me for a long time until I decided something had to change. I have two toddlers. This season of my life will involve hectic mealtimes, certainly. I can accept that. But I couldn’t afford to completely ignore my blood sugar in the chaos.

So I made a Shrine. Here it is.

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Let me break it down for you. My shrine is basically a cheap plate from target, with a cute bowl to hold my lancets, and that’s where I keep my meter, lancing device, test strips, etc.

I’m visual, so it was important to me to have it look a certain way, hence the cute bowl and the flowers nearby. It helps me feel happier about it. The medical devices themselves are less than inspiring, so the creative in me just has to spruce it up a bit to distract from the “meh” feelings they give off.

I love having it on a plate because I can just pick the whole thing up and move it;  Over to my desk if I’m working, out of the way if we need more space one the counter, beside the couch if I’m having a sick day. I keep one downstairs on the kitchen counter, so that when I’m in the dinnertime trenches it’s close by, and I can check quickly and move on. I have a second one in my bedroom, so I don’t have to go downstairs at bedtime when I’ve inevitably forgotten to check it until I’m in bed.

Plus now that it’s all together, the random lancets and test strips floating around are greatly reduced. Nothing like a toddler finding a used lancet on the floor to make you feel like a good parent. The kids know this is my diabetes plate and not to touch it, and should they have a toddler moment and forget, I can easily grab it and get everything up out of their reach.

Here it is again, after I found some gold spray paint and a lost monkey and decided my shrine would need a mascot. I reeeealllly love gold spray paint.

Charming Diabetes Shrine with a gold monkey because, why not

The shrine (both with and without the monkey) has changed my life. It’s aesthetically appealing to me, which is the biggest deal, because I like how it looks. I’m bought in; I don’t dread searching for my meter, or wander around muttering curses to my faulty pancreas. I have a nice little spot set up and ready to go. I’m checking more often, and I feel less stressed about it. BOOM! Diabetes = Charmed!

All you really need to set up your own is a plate, and a container of some sort for the lancets. If your plate is big enough, you could even have a separate trash bowl on the plate to drop the used lancets and test strips in. The one in my bedroom consists of a bingo plate I liked and wasn’t using for anything else, and a short, clear plastic, party cup for the lancets. Easy. I got the extra meter FREE from the doctor’s office. Ask and you shall receive. Don’t buy a second one until you’ve checked with your doctor–odds are good they can hook you up with a freebie.

 

It works for me…I hope it works for you too! When you get yours set up, let me know!! Send me your pictures to sara@charmingdiabetes.com or share it on instagram and use the hashtag #charmingdiabetes

Happy checking!

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xo

Sara

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