How to Look Your Best (even with a thyroid disorder)

living your best life with thyroid disease

Coping with Grave's Disease and Thyroid Disorder

I have Grave’s Disease.

Whew. I’m glad I got that out of the way.

It can be hard to get up close and personal here on the blog, but I’ve become more and more convicted that I should share this part of my life. After all, thyroid disorder is increasingly common in America, and yet is still largely misdiagnosed and misunderstood.

I’ve struggled with the affects of this disease for years, and I’m sharing about it today in the hopes that it can help someone else.

Here’s my story.

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Thank you for linking up all things DIY, design or decor.

Welcome to The Creative Circle link party – a place to share and find decor and DIY inspiration for your home!

Every year I love to come up with easy, inexpensive Halloween costumes for my readers, and it’s always some of my most popular October content!

Today, I’m thrilled to share yet another great idea for today’s Link Up! Keep reading for the full details on this costume…

Ash Ketchum DIY Pokemon Halloween Costume

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DIY Writing Skills Workbook

custom Writing Skills Workbook for less than $1

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Create a custom writing skills workbook in minutes

When I was a young kid, I was blown away one day when my dad brought home a little toy doctor kit, little candies (aka pills – it was the 80’s, okay?) and flashcards for me.

Not an earth shattering story, right?

Except, my parents NEVER just brought home gifts for no reason, so it’s a memory that firmly planted itself in my mind.

Only recently, (many, many years later)I learned the rest of the story.DIY Writing Skills Workbook Kindergarten Back To School

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Lazy Mom’s Guide to Halloween Dinner

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc.  but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Can you feel that? The chill in the air is already creeping in, and so are the Halloween decorations in every store I visit. As you’re well aware, I’m not a big fan of fall, but the holidays of the fall and winter seasons sure make the nip in the air a whole lot more tolerable.

While I do love delighting my kids with a fun themed meal every Halloween season, I don’t always have the same zest for pulling off the details.

Today I’m sharing my lazy mom’s guide to Halloween Dinner. I’m including three, super-simple ideas for pulling off that cute themed dinner, without the prep.

That’s right: if you’re decidedly *not* a Pinterest mom, this post is for you.Lazy Mom's Guide to Spooky Halloween Theme DInner | Five Marigolds

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15 Genius Way to Upcycle Vintage Books

Inspirational Ideas for Upcycling old books

Are you a lover of vintage books? Or, do you simply own old literature that you hate to store, but don’t want to toss?

Me, too.

I often find myself perusing the bookshelves at vintage shops and thrift stores, searching for treasures. I’ve used them to decorate my son’s big kid room…

Big Boy Room Reveal: Decor for the Book Worm. | Five Marigolds #birchlanekids

and also as the occasional book prop for my photography hobby.Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

However, with no bookshelves to speak of, our vintage book collection has max capacity. So, what does any crafty DIY mom do? Scours the internet for ways to upcycle the books she loves.

These 15 ideas are not only clever, but totally functional. These ideas take the functionality and the beauty of hardcover books and turns them into truly remarkable, functional items.

Which one is your favorite??15 Genius Way to Upcycle Vintage Books

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50 Totally Free Day Dates With Kids

50 Frugal (mostly indoor) activities to do with your kids

Looking for ways to spend more quality time with your kids, one-on-one? I’ve pulled together 50 totally unique and creative ideas for building memories and bonding with your kids.

Of course, you don’t need to have an expensive outing to get a little quality time in. That’s why these ideas are all frugal or free. 

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Southwest Breakfast Scramble Meal Prep

The Southwest Breakfast Scramble is perfect for prepping healthy, high-protein breakfasts, all week long

A big thank you to Nellie’s Free Range Eggs for sponsoring this recipe, Southwest Breakfast Scramble. All opinions are mine alone.

School’s been back in session for just a few weeks, and we’re already on the struggle bus. Despite all of our planning and the best of intentions.

We passed right through the optimistic honeymoon phase – where lunches are prepped the night before, mornings run smooth, and projects are completed well in advance, instead of at the last minute.

We lingered in that happy place for about a week before reverting right back to where we ended school in the spring.

The crazy is real.


I have been doing one thing right: meal prep.Southwest Breakfast Scramble Meal Prep Recipe

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Back To School Countdown Banner

Free Library Card Printables for pretend play

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T-minus 1o days until school starts in our area, and we are not ready mentally…or emotionally…at all. I’m not that mom with the glass of champagne at the first day of school bus stop. I’ll miss the easy mornings of summer and the lack of homework and activities in the afternoon. Life is crazy enough with all of that, but what can you do?

For starters, we can prepare ourselves with a good old fashioned back to school countdown banner.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

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Loving Lately: Friday Favorites

What Gets me Through the Weekday Hustle

This post is sponsored by Dannon® Oikos® Traditional Greek Yogurt but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I’m not gonna lie – it’s been quite a year.  Somedays, I have so many plates spinning, I have no idea how I can do it all….until I miraculously do it. Between blogging deadlines, freelancing, teaching ESL and the kids being home for summer…well, it’s busy! Still, I do it because I love it – as well as being home with the kids.

Years ago I used to share my “Friday Favorites” – products and tips that made my life better. Today, I’m resurrecting the theme with useful tips and resources that make my weekday hustle easier.

morning routine

I wake up at ridiculously early hours to teach ESL. This works great for me – because I’m more naturally a morning person anyway. Waking up early gives me time to start my day right. I’ve been really regimented about being sure I fill myself up with good things before adding anything else to my mind and spirit.

That means every morning I’m very intentional about writing in my gratitude journal, reading a devotional and filling my mind with good, positive, grateful thoughts. It’s also an opportunity to pray about the day and release anything that is on my mind, so I’m free to move forward with my day with a clear mind that’s calibrated toward “gratefulness.”Take your photos from drab to fab with this clean and bright photo editing tutorial | Five Marigolds

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Printable Morning Routine Chart

Free Printable Back to School Morning Chart for Kids

This shop, Morning Routine Chart,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackToSchool #CollectiveBias

I can hardly believe I’m writing this post – but, believe it or not, school is almost back in session. HOW did the summer fly by so fast?? The more relaxed morning routine of summer will soon give way to the chaos of the school year, so today I’m sharing a Morning Routine Chart designed to make life a little easier.Free Morning Routine Printable Chart for Kids

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Butterfly Ice Cream Cake

How to Throw an Impromptu summer Party In Minutes

This shop, Butterfly Ice Cream Cake, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and I Love Ice Cream Cakes. All opinions are mine alone. #IceCreamCakeBreak #CollectiveBias

One of the things I love best about being able to work from home is the ability carve out little moments with the kids throughout the day in summer. Don’t get me wrong, working full-time and taking care of three kids during the summer months is a wild ride, but I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

This month is finally feeling like summer here in the Midwest, which means living up all the summer goodness as much as we can! Since this is National Ice Cream month, we decided to combine three of our very favorite summer things: ice cream, butterflies, and impromptu parties.Butterfly Birthday Party Ice Cream Cake | Five Marigolds

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