2chicksand1oldlady

Two sisters taking care of their mom while trying to live life and find love.

The Follow Up Plan Until Our Next Level

Thanks everyone for all of your feedback and encouragement. We are so humbled to have an opportunity to learn and share with you. We received some great feedback from our survey, and we will be taking action on the following topics:

1. Content centered toward men

2. Content related to managing expenses and care

3. Information on our lives (Who are we? Why do we do this?)

To help address these action items we are in the process of redesigning our site. We are really focused on ensuring this site provides resources to all caregivers. In-home care is one of the fastest growing trends in our society; and people are being placed in this category at a younger age. So, we want to be that place to help caregivers see there is help, support, encouragement, and life while making this transition . So, please look out for our new site coming soon!

Finally, we would like to give a warm congratulations to our winner of the $25.00 Amex gift card, Lisa Knox. Lisa, your gift card will be mailed out shortly :-).

Again, thank you for your support!Also, if you would like to share any information, topic ideas, or blog posts; email us at 2chicksand1oldlady@gmail.com.

Until we meet again!

 

 

xo

2Chicksand1OldLady

“My ABC123” “Partner in Crime” “My Sister”

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Secret Weapons Come in All Forms

Bath and Bodyworks Sleep Lavender Vanilla Body Wash and Lotion

One of My Favorite Secret Weapons!

One of my mottos is to find the funny in every situation. It’s not always easy. So, at times I find that I have to dig into my “arsenal of secret weapons” to navigate the caregiving waters :). Today, I’m going to share one of my favorites with you, Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lavender Vanilla Body Wash and Lotion. I know that probably sounds crazy. But, when you’re a caregiver, you realize the most unconventional items can bring the greatest “peace” :). Today, I got a chance to remember that.

It’s a normal Sunday in my house filled with cooking, laundry, etc . Everyone is feeling lazy, and in their respective corners. It seems like a “peaceful” day. Well, that peace was short-lived when my Mom a.k.a “The Old Lady” decides she wants to have a conversation about my love life. Of course, you know that’s my favorite topic to discuss (not really). I try to distract her by asking about my relatives, what she wants for dinner, heck even the Kardashians (one of her favorite shows) were on the table for discussion.

Anything, but my love life or the lack there of. But, she was not going to be denied. She decided that this was our time to discuss how we need to visit a “psychic” because there must be a “root”(old school term for a curse) on me that is blocking me from love. Really? Now we have brought this to the level of “roots”. Wow, you know things are tough when they start thinking you may need to visit “Doctor Buzzard” for a little assistance. I thought Jesus was enough, silly me :).

Of course, this conversation went on too long (longest 10 minutes of my life). So, I decide to throw a monkey wrench in my mom’s plan. I reminded her that I would be supervising her bath tonight. At that moment, you would have thought I hit her with a “tranquilizer dart” :). She hates when I supervise her bath. I tend to be the more organized decisive attendant, and on top of that she hates me telling her what to do. So, she immediately shifts focus off of my love life and then starts complaining about me supervising her bath. All I can think is “WINNING”, and I’m about to seal the deal by using my secret weapon during bath time :).

Bath and Body Works Lavender Vanilla Aromatherapy lotion is truly a “magic bullet”. My mom is clean relaxed and sleeping. It’s 8:21pm, and I’m comforted to hear the sounds of her snoring while I type this blog :). You can’t beat that response time. All you need is 30 minutes, and peace will echo through your home.

Here’s the link to this collection:http://bit.ly/Ul9jLS
Find your “secret weapons” and embrace your peace while providing rest and relaxation to your family. It’s a win win for everyone. Until we meet again!

xo

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Feedback Requested! You could win $25.00!

I’m changing things up a bit. As I prepare to take things to the next level with my blogging. I wanted to take a moment to say “Thank You” for allowing me to share my journey with you. The support and encouraging words really mean the world to me. This is not just a passing fancy for me, this is my life.

So, in times of growth you have to get feedback on your performance to help chart your future path. That’s where you come in. If you can please take a moment to complete this brief survey (Click this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M99YMQH) for me, I would greatly appreciate it. To show my gratitude, I will randomly choose one (1) new follower from now (July 14th) through Sunday (July 20th) to win a $25.00 American Express Gift Card. All you have to do is take the survey, and follow me. It’s that easy!

I will definitely share my results as I use this information in preparation for my next level. Until we meet again!

xo

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Small Gestures Can Produce Great Moments

It’s amazing to me how in the smallest gestures you can find deeper meanings. Today I was washing my mom’s hair, and I found myself thinking about the act of washing hair. Of course, it means my mom is going to have the cleanest scalp and softest hair due to my good scrubbing, and these wonderful products from Shea Moisture and As I Am (Shameless plug).

"Coconut Cowash" by As I Am & "African Black Soap Purification Conditioner" by Shea Moisture

The best hair care products ever!!!

But, really this is about the intimacy of washing someone’s hair. When someone washes your hair, it’s a time of trust and relaxation. Your defenses are down, and you are at a moment of peace and tranquility. It’s such an amazing feeling. Then, I thought about the person washing the hair. When you’re washing someone’s hair, you are in complete control of that person’s feelings in that moment. You are getting an opportunity to take care and pamper someone without resistance. Or, them deciding to make this a time for “20 questions” like my mom is known for doing :). For a caregiver, those moments are so rare, it’s scary :). So, when we get them it’s like winning the lotto.

As caregivers all we want is to make sure your needs are met. It’s the one thing that gives us pleasure and contentment. But, a lot of times we meet resistance due to our decisions not being the ones that make our family members happy. But,we are charged to make the tough decisions. Especially, since we are thinking about the good of the whole versus the one. It’s not an easy path. But, it’s the path we’ve decided to walk. So, we do what is needed. But, as I learned today small gestures can lead to moments of enlightenment. Moments when you realize your actions are not in van. It’s just funny how they may appear during the small gestures. But, they always say, “Great things come in small packages”.

So, wash some hair, draw a bath, do something that shows you care. That one moment of peace and tranquility can produce a feeling that will warm your heart, and motivate you to keep pushing forward.

Until we meet again!!
xo

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