‘Nit Picking’ – Back in Atlanta and this is my first crazy story of many.


Hey there everyone! Did you miss me the way I missed you? Of course you did. Because if I know otherwise it would be a crushing blow to all that is left of my ego.

With our move here to Atlanta, things have been crazy and 5 steps beyond a madhouse. Getting all of our things from Chicago, having the moving company lose half of our things… yeah. That’s a whole other story to come, people. In the end, everything finally arrived as it should have in the first damn place… 2 months later.

But enough about all of that awfulness, I have to tell you guys about a service I discovered here in Atlanta that has been an amazing experience when it comes to health and peace of mind.

While I was sitting at my sister’s home, we noticed that since my nephew had come back from his trip abroad, he was just itching away at his head and just looking very uncomfortable.   When he asked his favorite aunt, Moi, to take a look at his head, what I found made me scream, run and then do a little dance of horror in the middle of the room.

Head lice. LICE!!  It was awful!!

I know I know I’m a horrible person for losing it like that but YOU didn’t see what I saw.  It..was…wow.

nitpickingAfter his mom and I calmed down and my brother in law stopped us form simply setting the entire house on fire to be sure there were no crawlies everywhere,  we decided to hit google for some assistance. Of course let’s be honest here, discussing lice with anyone is a bit embarrassing. Also, there was no way my sister was about to sit in a car with my nephew to transport him to the Doctor’s office or a clinic to deal with it and worry about being judged. 

That’s when we looked up discreet Atlanta head lice removal on Google and found a company that not only made house calls, but used natural products and understood the desire for discretion and putting all of us at ease.  The Pink Combs. Also, they really did arrive and use Pink Combs! Just thought I’d throw that out there.

They are a mobile lice removal service that not only handles head lice removal in Atlanta but also the entire state of Georgia!

It’s been several weeks since the Pink Combs saved the day and we haven’t see not a single nit or creepy thing in my nephew’s hair since. No I’m not going to tell you which nephew It was either lol. Thank goodness I have a huge family.

So thank you to Ushanie and Stacie of the Pink Combs. I promised I’d write about you!

Your mouth is awesome. Take it to an awesome dentist

dental smiles


I am an adult female and let me just say that no matter how old I am or how old I grow to be, one thing will always remain true. I’m terrified of the dentist.  It doesn’t matter how nice they are, how nice the office is or how attractive the Dentist might be. As soon as I know I have to go into a dental facility, i start to sweat and panic. It’s so bad that I don’t even have to be the patient! Kids, Husband whomever, if I have to go with someone into a dentist’s office, It’s going to be a problem.

But no matter how afraid I am of the whole thing, let me tell you a story about why I will never ever ignore any issues with my teeth again nor will I skip an appointment. True I may cry and scream the whole time but I am still going to go. Let me tell you why.

When I was 18 I had come home from college for the holiday vacation to visit my friends and family. It was my first time home since going away to college clear across the country and I couldn’t wait to see everyone and have a great time. What I hadn’t known was that my father had scheduled a dentist appointment for me the first day back. Please believe that if I had known a dental appointment was in my immediate future I might have not gone home. I am so sincere. But seeing as how the plane had already landed and I was already in my family’s car heading up I94 from the airport, there was no escape.

We get to the Dentist’s office and immediately the sweating starts and my hands shake.  Let’s just skip all of the embarrassing parts that happened during this visit shall we?

By the end of the visit my Dentist tells me that I needed my wisdom teeth out. He describes the procedure that needs to be done and his first mistake was to tell me that the whole thing had to start with a needle being inserted into my mouth.

Uh…how about no.

And that was the last time my Dentist ever saw me.

Psssh it was bad enough that he was a dentist but then he wanted to stab me in the gums with a needle? I’d like to buy a vowel and solve the puzzle please. ” Hell NO!”

I never went back to see him. Matter of fact I never went back to the dentist again until I had the bright idea to marry a man who’s sister, brother and mother were Dentists.  Uuuugh!

Now I’m not going to admit to you just how long it was between when I saw a dentist last and when I finally went back to see one. I also won’t admit that the only reason I went was not because my family made me, but because I had searing pain in my face that I simply couldn’t take anymore. I was in the middle of a presentation in front of an audience when all of a sudden it felt like a small nuclear device went off in my jaw.  Yeah… I fell to my knees and was rushed to urgent care then an emergency dentist.

Not only did I have a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed, I had 4 of them that all demanded to come out. If you know what an impacted tooth is? Yeah two of them were impacted.  It was awful.

But by the end of it all and after the healing and the AMAAAAZING drugs they sent me home with I realized how much better I felt! The frequent searing headaches I had weren’t stress! they were because of my darn teeth!

To say my quality of life improved afterwards is an understatement.  All of the years of random pain were completely unnecessary and could have been avoided ONLY if I had gotten my teeth taken care of as I was supposed to.

Now I still hate having to go see a Dentist.

But I’ll never NOT go again.

So I got my husband to try Yoga…

yoga fitnessWhen you mention Yoga to people, the first image in their head is of some hippy dippy woman with such a “celestial name” like: Serendipity or Moon beam, sitting on a mat telling you the importance of breathing and drawing energies with your chakra. All the while the smell of incense waifs about the room and soft music plays on the stereo or…if you’re lucky, there is an actual guy in the corner playing some wooden drum.  Personally I love everything about that but I realize that it isn’t for everyone. Especially lots of you macho guys.  But this is why I have to tell you about DDP Yoga and how my husband fell in love with it.

First of all let me just say that my husband is a really rugged kind of guy’s guy. Football on Sundays, beer from his favorite mug as he sits on a couch in his man cave. God I hate that couch. Kind of guy who eats a steak that normal people aren’t even sure isn’t still raw. Some days I just want to serve him dinner by pushing him into the yard with nothing but a knife, some matches and a cow. Whatever happens, happens.

So a year ago he tore his ACL and I mean tore it bad. Just shredded the darn thing. Our Chiropractor and the kids like to call it: A Derrick Rose Injury. Since the accident he hasn’t been able to engage in all of the “manly” exercising he enjoys or running with the dogs and the kids. My normally fit ex-solider began sliding into what they are calling Dad-Bod. Which works out fine to go along with his horrible dad jokes. I could see he wasn’t too happy about any of it so I decided to look up workouts and strength exercises  he could engage in yet protect his wobbly knee.

Enter the viral video of Arthur. 

I found this video while surfing Google at work and by the end of the video both my assistant and I had tears rolling down our faces. It was simply the most inspiring thing I had seen.

After I cleaned myself up and reapplied my make-up, both my assistant and I both ordered copies of the Yoga program that Arthur credited for his transformation: DDP YOGA.


DDP Yoga combines calisthenics, sports therapy stretches, and Dynamic Resistance and as we found out after our first few sessions, a high-cardio but minimal-impact workout that you can do comfortably in your home. The only things we needed were a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and a heart monitor. I personally decided to go with the Fitbit Charge HR (which i will be sure to review soon) but my husband decided he didn’t need one –at first. He later went back and got the Fitbit Surge after he saw how well my Charge HR worked. The DDP program has about 15 workouts that come on a DVD set that ranges from Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the soul shaking; Extreme. By the time we got to the Extreme workouts I was positive I had trained well enough to become a Jedi Knight and fly off to fight the Empire.  The videos are from a little more than 15 minutes to over an ass kicking worth of an hour and a half. Each workout helps you focus on making  your core stronger, better balance and also how to harness your breathing.

Now understand that DDP Yoga is not and it does not proclaim to be a traditional yoga program. As a matter of fact it is everything BUT.

In the end It is definitely something I have found very helpful. As a Matter of fact, my husband does DDP Yoga about three times a day! One workout in the morning, an afternoon quickie – get your minds out of the gutter, then an intense evening session.

The results for both of us have been amazing.


How Chiropractors and Podiatrists help with Foot Pain and why you should see one.

aching foot

There are more than a few factors that can contribute to plantar fasciitis. And of course, while some men are known to get plantar fasciitis, it would be more common in women. Isn’t that swell.

Other than the fact you are more inclined to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis if you are a woman, here are a few more contributing factors:

  • Being overweight.
  • Started a new exercise
  • Suddenly increase the intensity of your workouts
  • On your feet for several hours a day.
  • If you also suffer from ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
  • Often wear high-heeled shoes, then change to flat shoes.
  • Shoes with bad arch supports and or have thin soles.
  • flat feet and or high arches.

Of course I would be guilty of each and every one of these which would explain why the pain grew in intensity as I changing my health routine to compensate for the fact my new job kept me sitting in a chair all day. It was as if all the stars aligned for me to suffer from this awful ailment.

Eventually the pain had gotten too severe to the point simply walking about the house had become just too much, let alone attempting to do any kind of cardio such as running, walking or jogging.  That’s when I finally went to see a friend of mine who is a wonderful Chiropractor that specializes in foot and heel pain.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend who is a super chiropractor like I do, you can always of course look in the yellow pages (if you still have one of those), or you can join the rest of us in the 21st century by just using google.  Looking to find a Chicago Podiatrist? No sweat. Need to drill down in that search and find something in your own neighborhood? Save some time and just ‘google your suburb and exactly what you need to find such as Naperville Podiatrist or flip it around ie., Podiatrist Bolingbrook. You get the hint!

After my initial consultation, we learned that of course I had severely fallen arches from all of the cross-fit and running.  I mean really severe. The Dr. Showed me a few exercises designed to help stretch out the muscles in my heel and foot as well as the frozen water bottle trick. I completely and utterly swear by the frozen water bottle trick.  Dr Wellman then suggested that for long term relief it would be imperative that I be fitted for custom orthotics that can be placed in my shoes and would help readjust my foot with each step and alleviate the pain.  I was a bit leery at first as I couldn’t help thinking I was one step closer to needing giant Frankenstein shoes or needing a walker with the tennis balls on the feet.

At only 31, I wasn’t ready for that.  But what I WAS ready for was to be relieved of the pain.

It took a few weeks for my custom orthotics to come in after they made a casting of my foot, but when they did and I got used to wearing them in my shoes, the difference has been night and day.

If you are suffering from foot pain, you really should take the time to see a chiropractor of foot specialist. DO not wait a moment more than you have to!

Trust me.