Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sartorial Medley: Spring Has Sprung

It is time again for Sartorial Medley, a monthly themed fashion post hosted by myself and Aislynn of Aislynn's World.  (Did you miss the previous posts? Check them out!) We welcome participation from anyone, regardless of your dress size.  From now until the end of the month, email me your photo and link to your blog post  - diva (at) divinemrsdiva (dot) com.  

To participate, even if you don't have a blog,  just Tweet/Instagram/Pinterest/etc. your photo with #SartorialMedley to be featured in the blog post.  We can't wait to see you rocking your outfits!  (Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @DivineMrsDiva.)

Now on to this month's theme: Spring Has Sprung! 


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I have been so excited for spring, bright colors, and cheery weather!  Unfortunately, the weather isn't cheery at the moment, but we did have a nice little run of pretty weather after my departure from the Plastic Palace.  The trees, bushes, and flowers in my front and backyard are all abloom and looking lovely.  I love looking outside and not seeing tree skeletons and sad, crispy bushes anymore.  About a week ago, I had a lovely day out attending a joint birthday party for my aunt and I and later going out to dinner with friends at a local winery. 

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I planned this outfit for the day's events and took photos long before I realized I wore this same shrug in last month's Sartorial Medley.  Forgive me, but this also shows you how much I love the Amber shrugs.  They are so handy and versatile!  It was a little chilly and windy on this early April Saturday, so I needed the sleeves.  Since I decided on having my pops of color in accessory form, I went with a simple black belt.  This dress actually comes with a turquoise skinny belt (and looks super cute with it), but I will wear that next time.

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DivineMrsDiva.com - Sartorial Medley April 2014: Spring Has Sprung

I adore the fit and flare style and the fuller skirt.  It just appeals to me so much.  Of course, polka dots are pretty fun too.  I go crazy for polka dots!

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Polka Dot Skater Dress - Lane Bryant
Amber Shrug - SWAK Designs
Black Skinny Belt - Lane Bryant
Peep Toe Flats - Avenue
Bubble Necklace - Groopdealz

I had to add a picture of me and my sweet photographer.  I was getting angry at the wind, but Sean is very patient with me.

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I look forward to seeing your springy interpretation of this month's theme!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Q & A Monday: Daily Routine

Hey, y'all!!

I've been running errands and cleaning house all weekend.  I hope you all had a Happy Easter.  It was a pretty lazy day for us, getting up late before heading over to the mother-in-law's house for a tasty dinner.

I'm late with this post so I am just going to jump right into it....

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at Losing Weight and Having Fun, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Daily Routines

1.Do you eat breakfast each day? If so what?
I usually do eat breakfast every day unless I get up too late.  When that happens, I might wait until my husband comes home for lunch or have some kind of brunch meal.  My normal breakfast is a banana with almond butter.  Sometimes I have gluten free oatmeal with some walnuts and coconut oil mixed in.  Lately I have been making fruit smoothies with blueberries, strawberries, banana, spinach, chia seeds, almond milk, and sometimes almond butter.
On the weekends, the husband makes breakfast, so we tend to have eggs, gluten free hashbrowns, bacon maybe...something a little more like that.

2. How do you commute to work/school and how long does it take?
I work at home, so I don't have to commute.  It is great!

3. What is the first website you go to each day?

I think I usually check my email first.  Then I check Facebook, Instagram, Zulily, and various deal sites.

4. Do you check email/facebook/twitter before you get out of bed?

No.  My eyes are too blurry and I am too cranky for all that first thing.  When I wake up, I just want quiet and nothing too crazy.  I usually wait until after I go potty, brush my teeth, and wash my face. 

5. Do you take lunch to works/school from home?

I work at home, so I don't have to do that and my husband comes home for lunch.  He doesn't work too far away.  My last job, I worked in a kitchen, so I was able to eat for free.

6. What time do you normally finish work/get home?

It takes me pretty much all day.  Between working on the blog, catching up online, working on house cleaning, or projects...I usually have to just stop what I am doing come dinner time so I can get dinner made.  I'm working on implementing a better schedule for myself so I don't get so burnt out.  My husband usually gets home between 6:30 and 7:30, depending on any errands he has to run after work.

7. Do you tend to plan your evening meals in advance or do you grab something on your way home?

I tend to plan things out before I go grocery shopping.  We have a dry erase board in the kitchen where we write down the week's menu.  Sometimes though, I just don't feel like cooking, so I have the husband pick something up on his way home.

8. What do you typically do in the evening to relax?

We have lots of shows on the DVR, so we watch one or some of those in the evening.  Sometimes we work on projects or play Elder Scrolls Online.

9. Do you fit exercise into your daily routine, if so how?

Yes, we have it scheduled for at least a few times a week.  We try to get at least a 30 minute workout in before dinner (elliptical and exercise bike) and any extra exercise we can fit in, whether that is taking the furkid for a walk or what have you.

10. If you had an extra hour in your day what would you do with it?
Work on craft projects or projects I have had waiting in the wings for a while.....maybe that is what I would do.

 Happy Monday!  I hope everyone has a pleasant week!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What I Wore: Twirling, Tulle, and Pattern Mixing - Oh my!!


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After spending a majority of my March quarantined in my house, I finally had a chance to break out for Bunco at the beginning of April!  I was so excited to get out and see my wonderful friends that I dressed up in this fun ensemble.  I've been stepping out of my comfort zone a bit lately a lot lately in all aspects of life; but fashion-wise, this is one of my first attempts at pattern-mixing.  Initially, I was going to wear a black sequined tank with the same sweater, but I really wanted more bright and cheery colors involved.  I quite like the way it turned out.

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DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Twirling In Tulle Skirt

When Kiyonna sent me this wonderful skirt, I couldn't wait to wear it!  I am a sucker for tulle and more full skirts like this.  The length was perfect for me (for reference, I am 5'9" and wearing a 3X.)  The tulle is soft and flowy - trust me, there was twirling involved, just hard to capture it in photos.  I just felt so feminine and lovely in this skirt.  I can't wait to wear it again and again!

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The skirt is lined, so no need for an extra slip unless you just really want to wear one.  The ruched waistband is a fun touch, but if you want to wear it higher on your waist or make it into an empire look I would recommend sizing down.  The waistband was a little big on me and didn't sit quite like I wanted it to, though I really like the look of the belt with it. I received a ton of compliments on the skirt and ensemble.  That is always an awesome thing!

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DivineMrsDiva.com - Kiyonna Twirling In Tulle Skirt
Twirling In Tulle Skirt - c/o Kiyonna
Floral Tank - Lane Bryant
Plaid Sweater - Torrid
Belt - Lane Bryant
Peep Toe Flats - Avenue (similar)
Flora Necklace - Groopdealz


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Disclosure: I am a member of the Kiyonna Blogger Brigade and they provided me with the skirt in this post.  All opinions on the item are my own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thryoid Cancer Update: My Plastic Palace/Radiation Jail

In my last post on this topic, I talked about the procedure the day I received the radiation pill up until I made it home.  This post looks more at my time in the slammer, the hole, radiation jail, or the Plastic Palace - whatever you like to call it.

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The weekend before I started living in the bedroom, we took most everything out.  The bed, bed frame, bookcase, decor, all my hair products, perfumes, and hair tools all had to be placed in other rooms.  The dressers that were too heavy to move stayed in place.  Since all of Sean's things are stored in the bedroom, we made sure Sean had all the clothes, underwear, and socks he would need for two weeks before wrapping things up. Both dressers were wrapped in plastic and we laid a giant plastic sheet on the carpet as well.  I wanted to be as thorough as possible in covering everything to reduce any contamination.

I will also add that NO precautions were given to me until right before I received the radioactive pill.  I have bitched about it before and I will again.  Maybe someone in the medical field will take notice.  No one went over anything other than a few guidelines the endocrinologist gave a few months prior,  when we first talked about me planning radiation.  Those guidelines consisted of how long I had to be away from my husband and pregnant women after I took the pill.  Everything I learned about precautions and covering things I learned because I have the internet. I wanted to be super prepared and overly cautious about contamination, so I started researching guidelines and such myself.  Only because of my foresight to look these things up or question what needed to be done was I able to take the proper precautions and be completely prepared for my time of living in the plastic room.  I was very frustrated by the nonchalant attitude and lack of more information until the last minute.

It took us quite a few hours to get everything wrapped up the night before.  If you ever find yourself in this situation, I recommend you spend the whole weekend before radiation wrapping things.  You will just be too emotionally exhausted and stressed out the night before.  All I wanted to do was curl up on the couch with Sean and the fur boys to spend time with them, but we were wrapping more things in plastic until about 2 AM.

Here is the room I lived in for nine days.  (I couldn't leave the room for seven days.)

My Plastic Palace

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The above view is from the bedroom door.  You can see my air mattress bed at the far wall, my little "food corner" on the black dresser, my lovely plastic-wrapped "living room" area, and the corner of the desk I used as a work station.


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The air mattress is an old one we have had for a while, so we don't really mind parting with it if need be.  I used an older pillow and comforter that could be thrown away as well.  We did have to spend about $60 or so on quite a few sets of super cheap queen sheets.  I had to change the sheets every day for at least the first four days.  (The first four days are the days when I was most toxic.)  I ended up doing laundry on the 7th day and washed them all, so we didn't throw them away.  I placed a giant plastic comforter bag in the corner here and used it as a dirty clothes hamper.  On the mattress you can see my paper towels I used as napkins and to dry my hands in the bathroom.  I also had various travel sized versions of toiletries divided into plastic bags, as well as a fresh set of everything I could switch to after the first four days.  That means, I had to throw away the toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoos and conditioners, body wash, body scrub, face wash, hand soap, mouthwash, etc. and replace them with new ones.


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This is my little "food corner".  We brought in my super old microwave from my bachelorette days for use during the day.  It will be tossed when the time comes.  (All my trash and things to be thrown away have to sit in a stored location - the corner of my backyard and my garage - for a couple months before they are put out for collection.)  I stored extra paper plates and bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, snack bags, and food items here, along with a box of ziploc baggies filled with my vitamin supplements and medications.  Also, you can see all my water that I worked through in the first handful of days.  I had to drink a lot of water to flush the radiation out of my system.  I bought a Groupon for a gluten-free monthly subscription box, so I saved some of the bags of chips, oatmeal, and soups and had those during the day.  Sean would leave my breakfast (banana and almond butter) at the door before he left for work.  He always comes home for lunch and would make my lunch and leave it at the door. (I wasn't allowed to be in close proximity to him or the fur boys for at least seven days.  After that I could stay six feet away for a few more days.)  In the evenings, he would make dinner and provide that for me as well.


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This is the covered dresser with the television and stereo.  Thankfully, I could watch TV, DVRed shows, and Netflix to my heart's content.  My friend dropped a DVD of her favorite movie, When Harry Met Sally, off with me too, so I watched that as well.  I also stored my extra latex gloves (I wore gloves every time I showered for the first few days and every time I used the bathroom for the duration of my stay), trash bags, and Kleenexes here.  I didn't really get too close to this area, so the uncovered things should be okay.


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Looking to the opposite side of the room, we covered the closet wall with plastic because I was over in that corner a majority of my time.  We used an old table partially covered in plastic and an old chair we completely covered as my office area.   The CPU was in the closet behind the plastic, but we used an old monitor, keyboard, and speakers up on the table.  I kept all my sour hard candy at my desk so I would remember to constantly use it.  I had to suck on hard sour candy constantly to keep my saliva moving through my salivary glands.  You don't want the radioactive saliva just sitting in there.

In the back corner were my boxes of cheap towels and old clothes and underwear and socks.  I took all my old and ill fitting house clothes to wear while in the slammer.  Even though I washed everything at the end, the towels are total crap and will be thrown away.  As you can see, we took no prisoners in wrapping the loveseat, wheeled table, and remotes.  The plastic loveseat was no fun. It was so noisy and hard to get comfortable on it.  The cushions would constantly slip right from underneath me and the plastic made me really warm.  I did end up laying an old blanket on top of it and that helped.

I was able to open the bedroom window to get some fresh air from time to time.  One of those times a giant bumblebee as big as my thumb flew in and scared the crap out of me!  Thankfully, he left quickly, but that gave me a scare.


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The bathroom was a whole other beast.  A majority of the radiation had to leave my body through urine and saliva, so I had to be extra cautious in the bathroom to make sure there was no contamination.  We started by taking everything out of the bathroom.  The faucet and shower door bars were wrapped in plastic and plastic shower curtains were placed as a barrier on the inside.  I had to shower twice a day for the first three to four days, changing my clothing each time.  After I showered, I had to rinse the entire shower area with water.  With this type of radiation, it can be rinsed away with lots of extra water; So that was good in making me feel like I could keep the room clean at least.

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The floor and counter were covered in plastic and the garbage can was triple bagged.  Each time I used the bathroom, I had to close the lid and flush three times.  Afterward, I would lift the lid and wipe all the surfaces of the toilet down with a wet wipe or wet paper towel.  I washed my hands extra thoroughly and used paper towels to dry them.  (the above photo shows the bathroom before I cleaned everything out the morning before radiation.)  My bags of toiletries were all on the counter here.

When brushing my teeth, I had to spit into the toilet the first three days (at least) then flush several times.  If I did spit in the sink, I had to clean it profusely with water and wash my hands again.  I wiped down the counter space, floor, and toilet rather often to keep contamination down.


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Clockwise from top left: Sean made some super tasty stove-top popcorn for me; my friend Sami dropped off a gift basket with a magazine, DVD, candle, lemonade, wine, gluten-free cookies, nail polish, and pedicure goodies, lipgloss, pore strips, and hand cream;  Sean brought me flowers on Friday like he always does.  They made my plastic room a little cheerier; Remotes wrapped in plastic along with my hard candies.


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Skyping with the Boys
DivineMrsDiva.com - Thryoid Cancer Update: My Plastic Palace/Radiation Jail


After seven days, I was able to leave the room and do laundry.  In doing the radioactive laundry, each load had to be washed two or three times.  Once I was finished with all radioactive laundry, I had to run the washing machine four times to clean it.  I don't even know what the water bill looks like right now. lol   My skin and hair was super dry from all the showering and hand washing, so I started doing some extra moisturizing and deep conditioning after the seven days.  I still wasn't able to hang out with Sean, although by Night 8 I did sit in the living room at dinner time and watch an hour long show.

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My desk arrangement and all the dirty clothes on laundry day.


Luckily, my only side effects from the radiation were sore salivary glands the first couple of days.  The soreness lessened and diminished in that time as I sucked on extra hard candies.  I feel really grateful to not have had any other issues.  Aside from being isolated from my husband, furkids, and friends, dreading what side effects might come was really hard for me.  The not knowing, not being sure of exactly what would happen, was terrifying.  The whole week I was just a mess of anxiety and sadness, worrying about every aspect of what was going to happen.  When I first started this series of documenting my journey, I intended it to be a comprehensive look at the feelings as well as the procedure of it all.  Somehow, I feel like conveying my feelings took a backseat in order to educate others that may be going through this.  It is all very tough.  It isn't easy; and brave faces can still have tears on them.  Overall, my time in radiation jail, while isolating and annoying and monotonous and also kind of exhausting, was pretty easy and went by fairly quick.

During my time in the slammer, I mostly worked online, watched TV shows, chatted with friends online, and played online games.  The first weekend I was in was another Elder Scrolls Online Beta weekend, so that gave me something to do.  I also started watching Veronica Mars via Amazon Instant Video.  I had never seen the series before and quickly became obsessed!  When Sean would get home in the evenings, we would start Skyping.  With Skype, we could hang out while he cooked dinner, eat dinner together, and watch some shows before bedtime.  It was nice to be able to talk to him and see him and the boys during my isolation.


The ninth day was my follow-up scan and my first time out in that time period.  I was thrilled and the weather was amazing!  Next time, we'll chat about my follow-up results!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Q & A Monday: Favorite Things

Hey y'all!!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Last week, I decided to be super productive around the house.  I cleaned and reorganized, worked on some craft projects, and did some decorating.  I was able to get a ton of stuff done at home, but the blog suffered from all the time I devoted away from it.  I am still working to find a good balance for me in maintaining the blog (which I LOVE to do) and keeping up with housework and taking care of myself as well.

I started a new cleaning schedule this week, which I feel will help me in not being so overwhelmed but still provide me with time to do all the things I love to do as hobbies.

I hope you all had a splendid weekend!  Mine started out fantastic.  I attended a joint birthday party for myself and my aunt - belated for her and a month early for me.  It was a really lovely time with supportive and loving women I haven't seen in a while.  That evening, we got together with friends at a local winery to hang out.  Apparently, the meal I ate at the winery did not sit well with me because, right in the middle of a late night rousing game of Pictionary with friends, I started getting very sick.

Sunday I was feeling better, but we took it easy, lounging in the backyard sun and getting a few house chores done.  Now on to some Monday fun!

It is time again for Friend Makin' Monday.  If you have a blog, I would like to invite you to answer the questions as well.  Leave me a comment here, so I know you are playing.  Then you can also leave a comment over at Losing Weight and Having Fun, so other folks can check out your answers as well.  It is a fun way to connect to other bloggers.

Favorite Things

1. Favorite color? (be specific… what shade of blue/green/red etc)
A deep but bright shade of fuchsia with glitter in it. Kind of like the walls of my dressing room:

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2. Favorite piece of clothing you own?

I own a LOT of clothes and I love many items and many outfits.  It is hard to pick just one.  Maybe overall, I might pick my knee-high boots.  Whether I wear them with jeans, leggings, skirts, or dresses, I always feel super sassy.

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3. Favorite smartphone app?
I probably use Facebook and Instagram the most.

4. Favorite city?
I loved living in Boston. I loved staying in Lahaina, Maui when we went for our honeymoon. Victoria, BC is also super beautiful and the people were really nice.

5. Favorite strength training exercise?
I don't know what kinds there are to choose from....

6. Favorite vegetable?
Potato lol, Brussels Sprouts, Zucchini, etc.

7. Favorite hair product? (shampoo, styling, conditioner etc)

I have been using Biolage lately, but I love Nexxus moisturizing shampoo and conditioner as well as the repairing line from Carol's Daughter.  For styling, It's a 10 and the DevaCurl defining gel are must-haves.  I actually recently posted a video and review post of my favorite hair products.

8. Favorite animal?

Dogs, specifically long-haired chihuahuas, but I love all dogs.  I also love piglets, sloths, and other adorable creatures.

9. Favorite superhero?

I don't know if I necessarily ever had a favorite superhero, though I enjoy superhero stuff.  I always had the hots for Superman over the others and loved watching Wonder Woman as a kid.  I was way more into Star Wars than superheros.

10. Favorite recipe? (share the details with us)

A recipe I LOVE is my Smoked Salmon Chowder.  It is amazing!!

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I hope you all have a fantastic week full of fun!!

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