This Is What Happens When You Get Old

You guys, in the last 2 years since being I’ve been an inconsistent blogger, y’all have missed out on a lot in my life. Lucky for you, MUCH of what you missed including me complaining about the different old lady ailments I have suffered. The path to 40 has been a bit BUMPY.  I will spare you the lurid details FOR NOW (mwahahaha) but my various problems have included a bad back injury that I still have to baby, a bad flare-up of the DeQuervain’s syndrome I’ve had in my right hand/arm since I gave birth to Joshua fourteen LONG YEARS AGO, and various battles with ANXIETY, which has dogged me since I fought a bout with depression in 2008-2009 (which as you may recall I DID chronicle here on this blog).

All this to say, I now take a lot of SUPPLEMENTS, mostly in pill form, and use essential oils to help with my pain, mental health, and my stupid hormones.

I get really weary of taking pills, but they help! I take MSM for my hand pain, DIM for my hormonal acne, magnesium for my anxiety, and a good probiotic like we all shoud.

But there is ONE thing I take, that is not a pill, PRAISE THE LORD. It’s a supplement in powder form that I put in my breakfast shake, yogurt, coffee, or whatever food/drink I have at the time when I remember I need to take it. It’s Calcium + D, which has 1000 mg of calcium which women my age reallly need, and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3, which I really need for a variety of reasons but mostly my mental health. Living in Ohio, most of us here honestly don’t enough Vitamin D, and a deficiency there is no bueno.

This is my pro-mental health breakfast

I would not have heard of this godsend of a product if my friend Haley had not told me about it. The company she works for (who I used to work for) has Fit Formula Wellness, the makers of Calcium + D, as a client, so she asked me if I wanted to try it. I said yes because I LOVE HALEY, but to be honest, I wasn’t even THINKING about it for myself at first, but for Jonah. Turns out it’s great for both of us. Let me ‘splain.

As I mentioned in my last post, Jonah goes to the Brain Balance Center for some of his issues and he is doing ah-maz-ing. Part of the BB program is a special diet, and Jonah has to be on 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 for it. BUT WAIT, none of the vitamins of supplements your kids have to be on for this can contain any form of SWEETENER, so it’s hard to find one that is a) compliant, and b) the child will actually EAT.

Fit Formula Wellness is LITERALLY the perfect solution. I put it in Jonah’s applesauce, his chili at dinner, his dairy-free yogurt, etc and he eats it up and doesn’t  know it’s there. ALSO, as you may have caught in the sentence above, the diet he is on is also dairy-free, so he really needs that extra calcium. He has refused any other type of milk (almond, coconut, etc.) so he literally only drinks water – which is fine, but also rather devoid of calcium.

Long story long, eventually Fit Formula Wellness heard of my love for their product (through Haley, natch) and asked me to be an influencer for them. I was all, “Um, ok, but I don’t blog anymore.” And they were all “That’s cool, you post lots of other places on social media so we want you anyway!” And I was all, “AWW that’s so nice!”

And then I started blogging again a few week later, so I figured I’d write a bit to tell you all how much I love it, AND AND AND give you a coupon code! ‘Cause you KNOW I loves me a deal.

So, go grab a box of Calcium + D from Fit Formula Wellness for 50% off. Normally $14.99, get yours for HALF THAT here!!  You can get it for EVEN LESS if you subscribe monthly,  it’s just $12.99 and you get 50% off that too! And it will last you a month, and you will LOVE it. The coupon code is “jenny” – ALL lower case.

Oh and I should probably say, I guess this is a sponsored post. Even though I’ve already fulfilled my influencer requirements earlier in the program with Facebook and Instagram posts, just to be on the safe side, so the FCC doesn’t try to squeeze blood from this super dry stone. Opinions are of course, my own.

SO let’s RECAP:

  • I’m old an decrepit but I’m managing it naturally and it’s working
  • My friend  Haley told me about an awesome product so now I’m telling you
  • I love Calcium + D and you should get some
  • Use coupon code jenny for 50% off til May 10th
  • My 7-year-old son gulps it down and has no idea so it’s also upped my Mom Ninja Skillz

That is all for now my friends! Come back next week and I’ll tell you all about my AGE SPOTS! #SoOld #SoSoOld





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I think I am having an identity crisis.

Last night when I was saying goodnight to Joshua as he climbed into bed I got really weepy. I mean, he will be eleven years old in a month. And laying there in his bed, he looked HUGE. And he was kinda just like, “Ok lady, tell me good night and get out of here.”

Instead I told him a story, a true story about how when he was a baby, once he really got communicative, between say 6 and 18 months, and he was SO sweet, I used to say to him ALL THE TIME: “Joshua, I hope you always love me as much as you do right now.”

Because he LOVED me. SO much. Unabashedly. With abandon. And he was just indescribably sweet. His babyhood for me was much easier and more enjoyable than Sophie or Jonah’s, both because he was an easy baby and because he was the only one. I was his and he was mine, completely.

tiny joshua

And now he loves Minecraft and friends and watching Agents of Shield with Daddy.

And he’s almost 11 and I’m 37 and…when did this happen? I still feel like I should be 26 with a newborn.

So…pop quiz: who am I, and what am I supposed to do with this giant man-child who could take or leave me?

Anyone have a cheat sheet?

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A Solution to My Newest Old Lady Problem

Since I’m on the slippery slope to 40, I’ve been having some “old lady problems” – my low back muscles are often overly tight and I have to stretch to keep everything happy or I’m hit with back pain (and my left leg will fall asleep often too due to this). I have to keep  on top of it and it’s annoying. Also, the postpartum injury I got 10 years ago after Joshua was born to my left hand means my left arm often aches when I drive. And lately, I’ve got pain in my left heel from plantar fascitis.What? Geez. Might as well reserve a room in the nursing home.

Last year, I also welcomed a new ailment. I don’t think it really has to do with age but since I was over 35 when I got it, I lump it in with my old lady problems. This latest irritation is teeth sensitivity. All of a sudden, the teeth on the bottom left side of my mouth got REAL sensitive to cold and it hurts like a mother! So, I have to eat ice cream on the right side of my mouth only (shockingly, easier said than done) and whenever I enjoy a frosty beverage, you’ll find me drinking it like this:

jenny straw

That’s right! A straw is my new drinking buddy! Taking a drink from a glass of cold water or Mountain Dew results in serious pain unless I use a straw. I’ve been using special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and it seems to work for awhile and then stop working, so this whole sensitive teeth thing  has been a little frustrating and inconvenient. I mean, there have been times I’ve been caught without a straw and have had to choose between quenching my thirst or not being in pain. No fun!

Recently Crest and the One2One Network, the sponsors of this post, asked to interview me about my teeth sensitivity and asked if they could try a new Crest product for sensitive teeth out on me, too. Well, I’m always game to get in front of a camera, but I was nervous about trying the new product. Because…I was afraid they were going to make me test out how it worked by eating or drinking something cold and I was afraid that it would HURT!

When I arrived at the Crest event, they asked me a few questions and about my sensitivity and then presented me with this:

Crest Saturn Carton 6ct (lo-res, clipped)

I opened a little package and took out a small strip – much smaller than a white strip, but removing it from the package was similar – and put it on my teeth where my most sensitive spot is. It felt totally fine, it didn’t hurt at all, and it was easy to put on. Then, I kept it on while they filmed someone else. After abut 15 minutes, it was my turn to take the strip off and – gasp! – take the test to see if it worked. The test was, of course, the thing I feared most – drinking ice water without a straw. I was nervous as I poured the water in the glass of ice. My mouth didn’t FEEL any different than usual, so I was nervous that the Crest Sensi-Stop Strip hadn’t done anything.

But…as I anxiously took a sip of ice water…I didn’t feel anything. I mean, I felt cold water in my mouth but NO pain. It was amazing! It was just like the good ol’ days when I could eat and drink cold stuff like a normal person. Just to test it again, I took several more – and bigger – sips of ice water. I felt no pain at all. I couldn’t believe it! In just a few minutes the Sensi-Stop strip had totally erased my tooth sensitivity!

What I like about the Crest Sensi-Stop strips are that they are easy to use, not messy, and they WORK – but the best part is that the effects last for up to 30 days! As I am writing this it is 4 days later and my tooth sensitivity has yet to return. I am drinking from a cup with ice water like a boss without a straw and without pain. I can even crunch the occasional ice cube for old times’ sake!

Look Ma, no pain!
Look Ma, no pain!

So, I am sure you are wondering where you can get this awesome product! Here’s the catch: it’s not available until September when it will be at retail stores nation-wide (which is too bad because I would have bought some on the SPOT!) but never fear, you can pre-order them at! If you have sensitive teeth, I highly recommend that you do so. I am definitely going to. I just can’t believe how well that little strip worked, and has kept working for days. I’m excited that it’s going to simplify my oral care routine (no more multiple brushings a day with sensitive toothpaste), too.

I can’t wait to get me some Crest Sensi-Strips!! Do you have sensitive teeth? What things are you sensitive to, and do you think you’d try a product like this?

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