You May Have Noticed!

You may have noticed I have not been keeping up with my blogging. Life has been busy and blogging took a back burner. In September you should see posts increase with some old favorite topics and lots of new ones. I won’t be offering coaching sessions, though. It wasn’t really lucrative and the field is crowded with big companies that offer to coach and have a huge budget to advertise. But, I will still discuss CKD, diet, exercise, and all other health and wellness issues. My traffic has still been decent and I need to upgrade the blog again to monetize it. So, if it looks different than it used to, that is why. Plus, my domain name may have to change as I did not continue the payment for it, which is OK because I am not coaching anymore. So, I will pick a new one.

Thank you to all of my followers, and new readers who have found this blog. I look forward to beginning blogging again, soon. In the meantime, I will share some of my artwork available on Redbubble. Now, you can purchase some authentic Health Buddy Melissa artwork.

Health Buddy Melissa

Thanksgiving Tidbits!

Happy Thanksgiving, 2021! My husband does the turkey, and that is already in the oven. I prepped a bunch yesterday and will begin the snacky type before meal stuff soon. Below you will see my two tables set up. The smaller table is our usual dining room table. Since we don’t have a large family at home anymore we downsized from the big one. This little table just serves as extra space in case we need it. I could not find my Thanksgiving table runner, and my husband could not find any left at the store. So, he bought poinsettias, for the big table. I tried to block them out in the photos as it isn’t Christmas, yet, lol. Don’t mind the clutter in the background, it happens. I am a simple girl, and I don’t do fancy.

The orange wine bottle with the Pilgrim painted on, the two votive candle holders, and the Joy framed picture is decor all made by me. All of those items came from Dollar Tree. I painted the artwork on the wine bottle. The Joy picture is actually a gift bag with lights behind it. I really like how that came out. I do not care for the other one that I made, not shown. On the big table are three gel candles I made. I etched the turkey image onto the glass, for the two smaller candles. I then added the gel wax. The bigger one has pine cones in it. I really do enjoy the glass etching and candle making. I have some made for Christmas too!

As my children grow and start lives of their own, my husband and I have to learn to adapt to the holidays. They will look much different in as soon as a year when my second child will be an adult. I tend to like to be in my home for the holidays, celebrating how I want to. My husband is the same way. But, we have to accept that we may have to adjust holiday time to be with extended inlaw families. Since Covid is a little bit better this year, and I am now at stage 2 CKD, this year we have agreed to have dessert with my son’s inlaws. This is very important to him, but he too has to understand how we like to celebrate our holidays. We spent Easter with them, and it was quite lovely. But, he has to understand his sister will soon be on her own and he can’t have things just how he wants. Flexibility is the key.

My point is, change is inevitible, and adapting is vital. What if you were going to be alone for a holiday? How would you cope? Having a plan is super important. There is nothing wrong with being alone, some people even cherish it. The key is to use your time wisely. You can read more here. I personally think having a pet, or a volunteer situation is an awesome way to spend a holiday or any day if you don’t have family near, or friends to be with. There are so many shelters and rescues with dogs and cats in need of loving homes. It can be very rewarding for both of you.

Whatever you do this Thanksgiving I hope you can find gratefulness in whatever you do and all that you have. Spend a day not worrying and instead make a goal to just be happy.

I personally find Thanksgiving to be stressful, and not at all relaxing. However, I have had to learn to change my mindset so that I am not concentrating on all the work that needs to be done for just a few minutes of eating, but rather to be grateful that I have someone to cook for, eat with, decorate the tree, and laugh with.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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crafting with melissa

Happy Thursday! Did you see my new paid subscription yesterday, Meals with Melissa? If not you can read about Meals with Melissa, here. My meal plan for next week is complete, plus Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl are in February. If you would like to see what I will be making, get the meal plan, and recipes, plus how I adapt them for my CKD stage 3, be sure and sign up for Meals with Melissa.

Today, I am introducing Crafting With Melissa. This is also a 30 day subscription plan, that you can renew, or not, at the end of the subscription. Crafting and having Hobbies is a great way to relieve stress and possibly even earn a little side money. At the very least you can make wonderful gifts and home decor. I personally painting, crocheting, glass etching, gardening, jewelry making and lots of others too. Read on to see what your subscription will get you.

1- At the beginning of your subscription, within 3 days of payment being received, you will receive 5 craft project for you to work on for the next 30 days. Your subscription will begin whenever you pay. It does not have to be on the first of the month.

2- Each project will tell you what you need to buy, places where you can buy the items, any special tools you will need, and instructions to complete each project. I will share picture directions along with text, or I might even try videos.

3- Then two times each week I will touch base with you to see how you are doing, and see what you may need help with. You may ask me questions at any time. I will work you through any difficulties you may be experiencing. Plus I will share with you how and where you can make extra money with your new hobby.

4- I will share my finished items either through pictures or possibly videos.

5- Most of these will be fairly easy and affordable. I will try to keep them to themed projects around holidays and seasons. Some projects will be outside of themes.

6- The price for this subscription is 10 dollars per month. You can pay with the Paypal button below, or you can use the contact form to message me and I will send you an invoice to your Paypal email account.

7- All emails are sent individually, not group. I respect everyone’s privacy, and do not want people soliciting others.

Come back next week for 3 more paid subscription options, Lose Weight with Melissa, Mindfulness with Melissa, and Health and Wellness Challenge.

This weekend I will be posting about dry eyes, and dry mouth in relation to CKD. I will share how I have been treating this with a very affordable and effective method.