Survival: Part Two-Water Purification Continued

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Welcome back to the continued Part Two- Water Purification. We’ve been discussing ways to prepare for survival. I introduced to you the Berkey® Water Purification system and shared, from their website, great reasons to invest in a Berkey.

I recently purchased a Berkey. and so far, everyone in the house enjoys the excellent drinking water the Berkey® provides. For many years I have used a PUR® water pitcher. I gave a reverse osmosis system a try and didn’t care for the “taste” of the water.

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Survival: Part Two-Water Purification

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Welcome back to, Survival: Part Two-Water Purification. I hope you enjoyed last week’s article. These articles are to help you prepare, not cause worry. This week we will cover two excellent water purification systems: Berky® and LifeStraw®.

Before we get started, neither Berkey® nor LifeStraw® has paid me to review their products. I did purchase a Berkey® and will speak on my experience with that water purification system.

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Legatto for Women

Legatto For Women Great for Massage

“I have been given this product, Legatto as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company. “ [Originally posted on 12-14-2017]

Fibro Pain vs. Passion

I recently wrote about the effects of fibromyalgia pain on our personal love lives. 

 Fatigue, brain fog, muscle pain and soreness, weight gain, and depression are just a few of the “friends” of fibromyalgia pain that make passion seem like a word forever gone from our vocabulary.

I can’t blame all the problem on fibromyalgia pain, though that is certainly enough of an issue. I think that age and menopause have something to do with the problem as well. And due to a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), I am not able to use hormone therapy to improve the situation.

My husband and I had become quite frustrated because of my lack of libido and the pain I was experiencing. The times that we did try to make love ended up being more like work than pleasure. There didn’t really seem to be much pleasure in it for either of us; though we desired greatly to show our affection to one another.

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Pill Drill

Pill Drill: Never Forget Your Medicine Again

It’s been a while since I shared about The Pill Drill, while I don’t use this product. It seems to be a great tool for managing medications. I looked up some reviews by users and everyone seems to love it. The price hasn’t changed either. Originally posted March 3, 2017

  “This is a sponsored post.

I have been compensated by the Chronic Illness Bloggers network.

All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.”

“Did you forget to take your medicine?”

“Honey, did I take my medicine?”

“How long has it been since I took some ….?”

Have you heard or said any of these questions in your home?

Are you struggling as a caregiver, trying to keep your parents in a regulated regimen of medication?

These questions are asked (it seems) daily around our place. Between my husband and I, we are always trying to figure out who has taken what when.

Finally, a gadget to help!

The Pill Drill System

Things that impress me about this product

  • Reminders with customizable tones and flashing lights
  • Easy scanning of each medication turns off the reminder.
  • I can notify a caregiver that medication has been given.
  • The mood cube is a nice touch.
  • Reporting will show trends relating to medication and how you feel.
  • It will help you to not forget to take your medicine.

This really may be the answer to taking medications and on time! Also, I’m thinking it will relieve some of the caregiver’s headaches! You will still have the setup time but the reminding should really be helpful.

Here are a few questions I had initially and researched.

How does it work?


Pill Drill Hub medicine

The hub will play customizable tones and flash when your medication is due. The hub has a large screen for readability and buttons to search the day’s history.



Scanning tags are provided to place on each container. You may use to containers provided or place the tags on your prescription bottle. When you take your medication, scan the bottle and the hub will record that you have taken your medication.

Track Well-Being

Ppill Drill Mood medicine

The mood cube can be scanned to record how you are feeling.




Pill Drill Notify medicine

The hub will then notify your loved ones or caregiver that you have taken your medication. This can be done through e-mail or text.

Questions I Researched About Pill Drill:

  1. What does the Pill Drill Cost? What do I get?
PIll Drill Kit medicine

The cost is $279 plus shipping. Each PillDrill kit includes the PillDrill Hub, 12 Scanning Tags, 2 Weekly Pill Strips, and the Mood Cube.

This is always the first question I ask when I see a new product. I’m always thinking, “With all the money I spend on medications, how can I spend more?” But that may be the point. When you are spending all that money on prescriptions, it is all the more important that it is taken as prescribed, especially with some drugs that must be taken on a strict schedule.

And here’s a great advantage. NO MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION. It seems a lot of things get you hooked by the nice price, but then you find out there is a subscription fee. I know that I can’t afford another monthly fee going out of my small income.

2. What else do I need to use The Pill Drill?

You will need an electrical outlet and access to Wi-Fi. 

To set up your schedule, you will need to use a cell phone app or go online with your computer.

3. What platform does the app use?

The PillDrill app supports both Android and iOS.

4. How does the Pill Drill differ from the app I am using now?

I think the Pill Drill would keep me on track a little better. The scanning device right on the pill bottle/container will help with recording. We seem to forget to record between taking the pill and getting to the phone to record it. Possibly with the pill being right with the device will help this not to be a problem.

However, my present phone app will track everyone in the family. Also, my phone app handles everything to do with my health: doctor’s appointments, notes, vital signs, weight, ever connects with a food diary if I so wish. I can download any or all of this information to take or send to my doctors and caregivers. And it only costs a couple of dollars.

Also, my phone app handles everything to do with my health: doctor’s appointments, notes, vital signs, weight, even connects with a food diary if I so wish. I can download any or all of this information to take or send to my doctors and caregivers. And it only costs a couple of dollars.

*At the time of this writing, I was using the Med Helper Pro. It quit notifying me, so I am now using Medisafe.

5. Can more than one patient use this?

I believe two people could use the same device if you don’t have too many drugs between the two of you. But it may be confusing to do so.

I understand they are working to release a product to use in tandem.

Final Analysis

If you are a caregiver, trying to keep someone on track, this would definitely look into this system. I think it will ease a lot of your headaches.

If you have fibro fog or some type of brain fog, this will be helpful. As I said before the scanner is a great concept that I think would help.

You can find out more or order your Pill Drill today at

Don’t Forget Your Medicine,  🙂


You might be interested in these posts, as well.

Medications and Tips for Chronic Pain Management

Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

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Great Kitchen Gadgets You Shouldn’t Be Without- Part 2

Friends! I have saved the best for last. The last four kitchen gadgets you shouldn’t be without. [Click if you missed Part 1 ] We’ve got some ground to cover today, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in. These gadgets are well worth the investment and reward you with simplicity and ease. Enjoy!

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Last four kitchen gadgets

I received my KitchenAid stand mixer 18 years ago. I love its versatility, ease of clean up, nearly indestructible bowl and attachments. When you add your KitchenAid stand mixer to a soft close mixer lift, you’ll never want to go back having it sit on your countertop.

KitchenAid has many attachments (more gadgets) that can be purchased for your stand mixer. Pasta makers, grinder, food prep items, ice cream maker, sifter scale, grain mill, sausage stuffer, fruit and vegetable strainer and food processor.

It is worth the time so see it in action at QVC with Tina Verrilli Tina is most notable for being the Grand Prize winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, as well as being runner up in the Food Networks America’s Best Cook. I love to listen to Tina. She is a down-home type of gal, talks to you not down to you. Her enthusiasm for the KitchenAid products makes her fun to watch.

When we moved to our new home in Minnesota, the house contained a mixer lift. It was broke at the time, so I simply “stored” the mixer on the shelf, but a couple of months later it was fixed and I could officially use it to its full capacity.

When we remodeled our kitchen two years ago I made sure that there was going to be a soft close mixer lift in the kitchen cupboard configuration. I really love the ease of pulling it up, locking it in place, making a recipe, and then the easy cleanup, unlock, and back into the cupboard. If you have an extra cupboard you can easily install a soft close mixer lift gadget.

From across the pond

  • Spurtle

I know you are probably wondering what in the world is a spurtle? I was watching QVC with David Venable and he announced the next item was a “spurtle”. Never having heard of a spurtle before, I was immediately intrigued.

By the end of the demonstration, I was wanting a spurtle. A spurtle is a wooden Scottish kitchen tool, having its beginnings in the fifteenth century. A spurtle was made for the stirring of porridge, soups, stews, and broths. Its unique long spatula-like curved bottom makes getting around the bottom of bowls and pots very handy.

I use my spurtle for making scrambled eggs, pudding, and hot fudge. It gets down and round the sides well and prevents the sugar from burning to the side. I also like it for making oatmeal.

Zojuriushi Website

This is an awesome bread maker! I have had four bread makers throughout my married life and this one is the best by far! I make homemade bread weekly as well as pizza dough.

This bread machine makes a 2lb, rectangular loaf. I like the quick loaf feature, taking only 2 hours and 18 minutes, as well as a quick dough feature which is done in 45 minutes.

If you’re in need of extra bread machine recipes, check out the Breadmachine Diva. She has some great recipes and uses a Zojuriushi as well.

I have used my Zojuriushi so much, I wore the non-stick coating off the pan, so I had to replace it. The paddles have been replaced a few times as well- not resting or collecting dust in this house. In addition to a variety of bread and doughs, it will also make jams and meatloaf.

Save your fingers

  • Zester

As my baking skills have increased, it became apparent I was coming up short in some handy kitchen gadgets. One of these gadgets was a zester. The above zester was the first zester I bought, now that I have used it a great deal I would be willing to upgrade to a longer narrower version.

It grates everything from lemons, limes to garlic, ginger, chocolate, parmesan, etc. Saves me from grating my knuckles off on the old grater. Always a plus!

Well, we made it! I hope this two part kitchen gadgets review was helpful. Until next time, here is to good friends, good food and and good life! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to We want to make you aware, if you click on the link and purchase an item, we receive an affiliate commission. We recommend products or services that we use personally and/or firmly believe will bless our readers. Thank you!


Product Review: Magnabilities Jewelry

I have not been asked or paid to write this review. I’m writing because I love it and I want you to know about it.

Magnabilities valentine

I’ve not purchased jewelry in 5 years

And that jewelry was some junk I purchased at a $1 jewelry shop. Then in December, my daughter-in-law began selling this beautiful, interchangeable Magnabilities Jewelry. You see, the center of the jewelry is a magnet which you can pop out and place a different piece into the setting. If that isn’t great enough, you can customize the inserts by selecting your favorite photos of family, friends, pets or even scenery. They will pop the photo onto an insert and Voila! a new necklace has been created.

It’s Lightweight!

Another great thing about Magnabilities Jewelry. It’s lightweight. Heavy pieces and my chest do not get along. I suffer from fibromyalgia and heavy jewelry causes pain. Even their larger pieces are not too heavy for me to wear.

It’s Customizable

Also, I had been wanting to create a piece of jewelry to wear that would remind people to hug me softly. I love a good hug as well as anyone but a squeeze can be quite painful for me. Magnabilities gave me an opportunity to create a beautiful piece of jewelry that can stand as a reminder ~”Soft Hugs Only”.

It’s Versitile

Gorgeous necklaces and bracelets in gold, silver, antique silver, and hematite. Also, available in different lengths.

And oh, don’t forget adding charms. You will never wear the same exact set again. I’m telling you, every Sunday when i see Tina at church, the question of the day is, “What are you wearing today?”

It’s Beautiful!

It’s Beautiful! Every piece of jewelry that Tina shows me is gorgeous! I want every piece I see. Magnabilities offers dozens of designs: necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings. And if you aren’t a jewelry person, there are keychains to use for that or even purse jewelry.

It’s Interchageable!

As I mentioned earlier, the inserts are interchangeable. You can buy one necklace or bracelet and then buy a myriad of inserts to change out. Then you have the perfect necklace for every outfit. Later on, purchase a new insert or a seasonal insert. I always hesitate to spend money on seasonal items because it’s just not practical. But this makes the jewelry very reasonable. Charms are also available. They clip right onto the pendants or bracelets.

Need to see a demonstration?

This doesn’t even touch the surface of possibilities. Tina and I will have a Facebook party this Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:30EST in the evening. Make you wish list here. Then join us at my party at this link or just go shop around through this link.

Hope to see you there!

Mandy Farmer

Mayo Clinic – How Healthcare Should Be Done

HEALTHCARE UPDATE 2021: Mayo Clinic ranked No. 1 hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report – Mayo Clinic News Network

Inside the Doors of Mayo Clinic

As soon as we entered through the doors at Mayo Clinic, we felt peace and hope. We had never experienced anything like the atmosphere and the love and care we felt when we arrived.

When we turned the car onto the campus we felt peace. We saw beautiful landscaping with trees and flowers and water fountains as we drove onto the campus. We drove right up to the building we needed to check into.

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