Friday, November 13, 2020

5 Things on Friday 11/13/2020

 Happy Friday! I usually write in the morning, so this feels odd to be sending this out in the evening. So, grab a martini, and let's catch up.

1. I've been working hard on changing my mindset on negative thoughts. I can seriously say it's made a difference all week. I've been combining this with using the "Secret" method. The Secret method is just pretty much-pretending something you want already exists. 

2. Back in September, I started a Scentsy business. I decided I need something else besides the rental house that was just mine. Honestly, I've made direct sales before with no luck. This time, it's working really well. To the point that I'm almost shocked. Anyway, I'm glad that I have my own jobs to keep me busy. This girl is not about working outside with her husband, especially when it's cold. Brr!

3. I've spent many of my weekends in Lexington for the last month, getting my new beach house ready for rentals. I LOVE that this house is so much bigger and cozy. I also have storage space with a garage and two sheds, so I won't be lugging tons of stuff when I clean. Did I mention I finally have a washer/dryer and a dishwasher? So, much better. This house and area have a totally different vibe, though. I went from a house with an awesome water view, quiet, and the party street to something completely different. The Nauti House is closer to the road, but the beach is so much better. I will have insulation blown in and new windows to help soundproof in the next week or two.

4. Girl days are the best! Earlier this week, I went out to lunch and shopping with one of my besties. We had such a fabulous day!!!

5. I had a busy week. I put my youngest daughter back into public school. The paperwork and the running consumed most of my days this week. She seems so happy to be back. The homeschool program just wasn't working for her.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hair Loss During Menopause: What Women Need to Know


hair loss, menopause, women, over 50, hair, beauty
                        This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hair Loss During Menopause: What Women Need to Know

Thinning hair and hair loss can be extremely complicated. In some instances, people experience hair loss due to a genetic predisposition to it, proving it to be completely unrelated to other health factors. In other instances, hair loss, is found to be a symptom of an underlying health condition, a nutrient deficiency, or even a hormone imbalance.

Women know that their hormones are in a semi-constant state of flux. Monthly menstrual cycles cause symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as mood instability and weight fluctuation, and when women go through more serious hormonal conditions like pregnancy, inconsistencies in the natural hair growth cycle can play a large role during the process.

Though menstrual cycles and pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s hormones, there’s another natural process that takes a similar toll on hormonal balances: menopause.

What is menopause and how does it affect my hair?

Menopause is the process a woman’s body goes through when she is exiting her natural window of fertility. During this time, hormones are fluctuating wildly and can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and weight fluctuations, not to mention thinning hair and hair loss.

Hair loss during menopause is specifically caused by the lowered production of progesterone and estrogen in the body, which are hormones known to support the hair growth cycle and keep hair on your head for longer periods, among many other functions. The decreased production of these hormones also triggers the increased production of androgens, which are typically male hormones that shrink hair follicles, leading to hair loss.

Though hair loss during menopause can typically be linked to hormonal changes, this isn’t always the whole story. Hair loss can often occur due to high stress, lack of proper nutrition, and as a side effect of certain illnesses and medications. Since menopause typically happens when a woman is in her mid-50s, there is some likelihood that there may be other health-related issues causing hair loss besides menopause itself.

Preventing Hair Loss During Menopause: What You Can Do

There are several options to consider when it comes to hair loss prevention methods. Depending on the specific cause of your hair loss, different methods will have different levels of effectiveness. Here are some of the best ways to slow or stop your hair loss and support healthy hair regrowth during menopause:

Try a laser hair cap. Depending on the severity of your hair loss, you may have decided that the problem goes beyond lifestyle factors. In cases like this, an FDA-cleared laser cap can help. These devices use low-level light therapy, an FDA-cleared hair growth treatment, to slow the spread of hair loss and return hair follicles to a healthy state in order to facilitate new hair growth. What’s more, laser hair caps only need to be worn for 30 minutes every other day in order to see results.    

Create an exercise routine. We know what you’re thinking, and no, exercise does not directly cause your hair to grow. However, living an active lifestyle is one of the key ways to maintain healthy hormonal balances, which can in turn reduce hair loss and even support healthy hair growth over time. Whether you prefer lifting weights at the gym or simply adding a long walk into your daily routine, regular exercise can lead to improved hair appearance and thickness.

Reduce your stress levels. Stress has virtually no positive effects, yet so many of us find ourselves victims of it on a daily basis. Stress is another prime catalyst for hormone imbalance, so the more you get your stress under control, the healthier your hair growth cycle will be. Some common ways to reduce stress are meditating, journaling, listening to music, and incorporating other self-care habits that you enjoy into your day.

Change your hairstyle. Many women feel a certain level of attachment to their long, beautiful locks. However, the longer your hair is when menopausal hair loss starts to take effect, the more noticeable the thinning will be. Many women have been able to boost their self-confidence during periods of hair loss by switching to a shorter hairstyle, which makes hiding thinning hair much easier than with long tresses.

Hydrate and eat well. The power of a healthy diet should never be underestimated. If you’re experiencing hair loss during menopause, it may be due to nutrient deficiency even more than hormonal imbalance. Make sure to incorporate lots of vitamins, minerals, and protein into your diet through leafy greens, berries, legumes, and lean meats. Make sure to compound this with several glasses of water per day, as this will keep your hair looking and feeling healthy and hydrated.



Thursday, October 1, 2020

Halloween Happenings 2020


Mom Among Chaos has worked with local area bloggers to bring you the best family-friendly Halloween happenings in Southeast, Michigan! Make sure to share it with all of your friends!

Halloween Happenings 2020


223 E Gates St, Bruce Township, MI
October 8, 2020, 5:30-7:30
Join us for a Fall evening pumpkin event! Play pumpkin toss, take a trip down our trick-or-treat trail and enjoy refreshments & donuts. Plus, magic shows by Jason Hudy throughout the evening, pumpkin carving, and meet a Jack O’Lantern on stilts.

5535 Gatewood Dr, Sterling Heights, MI
October 8, 2020, 5 PM to 9 PM
Join us for a Spooktacular time at our Halloween Open Gym Party! There will be games, costume contests, music, dancing, and so much fun!
$25 Per Child
-Pizza and Juice Included!
-Halloween Goodie Bag for those Preregistered!

168 Cass Ave, Mt Clemens, Michigan
October 16, 2020, 7PM
Join us for Halloween fun! We will have pumpkin painting, a movie on the lawn, candy, and more!

Chesterfield Township Parks & Recreation
October 17, 2020 12PM-4PM
Must purchase tickets.
Chesterfield Leisure Services is excited to offer a Halloween event! Children ages 2-10 can breeze through our outdoor trick-or-treating trail held on the grounds of the Township Office. This safer alternative to traditional trick or treating, sponsored by Harbor Oaks Hospital and Wendy Jones, Real Estate One, is sure to please parents and children alike with plenty of candy and few special treats.

Tickets can be purchased online at parks.chesterfieldtwp.org.

Attendance is strictly limited for each time slot. Purchase your tickets TODAY to reserve your spot! This event is sure to sell out!

**Leisure Services is also seeking adult volunteers for the Trunk-or-Treating portion of the event. Volunteers must arrive by 11 AM, and will remain parked until 4:45 PM. You'll provide your own candy for 400 monsters. Sign-up to participate by calling Leisure Services at 586-949-0400 ext. 4. You must provide your name, address, phone number, age, vehicle license plate #, make, model, and color, and email address. Decorated vehicles are eligible to win a prize!

8174 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Township, MI
October 17, 2020, 3:35-4:15
Must sign up online. Limited to the first 200.

12900 Hall Rd, Sterling Heights, MI
October 17, 2020, 11:30-2:30 PM
Pre-registration is required
Join us for some spooky, pre-Halloween, fun! Follow the clues to local Macomb County businesses to unlock great prizes!
Pre-registration is required for this event:
Pre-register by 9/30 for $20
Pre-register from 10/1 - 10/15 for $25
Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber Office parking lot.
12900 Hall Road, Sterling Heights, 48313
We will release everyone at Noon to start the hunt.
Check out the discussion tab for more information on prizes and registration deadlines!
Thank you to our sponsor: First State Bank!

22522 E 9 Mile Rd, St Clair Shores, MI
October 17, 2020, 1PM-4PM
Trunks, Tricks and Treats...Oh my!
Join Us for a Halloween Stroll at our new branch in St. Clair Shores. Stroll through our parking lot full of decorated vehicles and end your stroll by picking up a bag full of treats. Stop by the Pie Throwing station and/or purchase raffle tickets to help raise money for Maggie's Wigs for Kids. You must register to attend. Registration is Free. We will be following all CDC guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all.

47120 Romeo Plank Rd, Macomb Township, MI
October 24, 2020 10AM-12PM
With the current regulations in place for gathering outside, we are going to “Flip the Trunk” on our annual Trunk N Treat event. This year, participants are asked to donate a bag of candy that will be brought to the Good News Gang in SW Detroit. The Good News Gang ministers to children with adverse living conditions. After donating a bag of candy, each family will have the opportunity to take a fall-themed picture (we encourage costumes!!!) and get a special surprise to bring home to celebrate.

27325 Barkman St, Roseville, MI
October 24, 2020, 4PM-7PM
Residents $3, Non-Residents $5 (use must purchase wristbands)
We are hosting our annual Trick-or-Treat Trail for children ages 18 months-12 years old. This event features spooky music, hot chocolate & cider, donuts and candy, and other goodies which will be handed out by many different service clubs, businesses, city departments, and other individuals. This is a great way for kids to trick-or-treat in a safe and secure environment.
Wristbands are required for entry and must be purchased in advance. In order to purchase a wristband for a child, first and last names, as well as birthdates, are required at the time of registration.
Available time slots:
Resident: $3
Non-Resident: $5
This event is only successful if we have volunteers to pass out candy and other treats for the children. If you are interested in having a space to pass out candy, please contact us at 586.445.5480 or email sfrederick@rare-mi.org.

5005 Chicago Rd, Warren, MI
October 24, 2020, 5PM-7PM
You won't even need to leave your car to celebrate Halloween this year- just put on your costumes, hop in your car, and come to our drive through Trunk-or-Treat! Weather permitting, we will also be showing a movie on our big screen at dusk.
Trunks needed: If you are interested in passing out candy, bring your car, decorations, and treats to the parking lot by 4:30 PM on October 24th to set up. Call (586) 264-4701 or email mfox@warrenfirstumc.org with any questions or to reserve your spot!

90 Macomb Place, Mt Clemens, MI
October 24, 2020, 5 PM- 7:30 PM
join us for our 2nd annual trunk or treat event. it was a big hit last year and want to keep it going. rules and regulations will be posted a week in advance prior to the event day. we are looking for trunkers to participate this year. please contact me if you are interested. Let's make this Halloween great for the kids this year!!

23322 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI
October 24, 2020, 3PM to 6 PM
Come join us for our 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat. Candy, food and music, a fun event for all! We will be passing out candy and selling Corndogs and Sliders. We ask that you please bring one Non-perishable food item per child for our food drive. All proceeds go to Odd Fellows charities. If you are interested in passing out candy, you can email drew1216brown@gmail.com.

56295 Card Rd, Macomb Township, MI
October 25, 2020 8AM-3PM
Cost and information unknown.

14900 Metro Parkway, Sterling Heights, MI
October 25, 2020, 9:30 AM- 6 PM
Sign up online.
Halloween Hustle 2020 Run/Walk is happening! This event will take place at the Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, MI. The 5K racecourse is a mix of surfaces including pavement, grass, and packed gravel suitable for all-terrain jogging strollers.
The In Person event will have 6 waves in which participants will register for the wave of their choice. There is also a Virtual Category.
The Men's and Women's Competitive wave participants will be eligible for overall and age group awards. The Open wave participants will receive a chip time but will not be eligible for overall or age group awards. There will be a costume contest for each wave.
You may only run in the wave in which you are registered for. Each wave will be capped at 90 participants. We ask that spectators are kept to a minimum due to overall event limits. This is a dog friendly event.
Participants will have the choice of no shirt (for a $10 discount) or a premium soft feel long sleeve finisher top. All participants will recieve a finisher medal, as well as cider and donuts at the finish line.
There will be an evening drive-in family-friendly movie following the event. The movie cost is $25 per car and can be purchased during the registration process or as its own category for those that may have other friends and family wanting to join. Those registered in early waves and attending the movie will have to leave the venue after their 5K and return starting at 5:00 pm to park for the movie.
Schedule of Events
Early Packet Pick-up at Hanson's Utica on Thursday October 22 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
Race Day Sunday October 25
9:30 am Competitive Men's 5K
10:30 am Competitive Women's 5K
11:30 am Open Wave 3
1:00 pm Open Wave 4
2:30 pm Open Wave 5
4:00 pm Open Wave 6
6:00 pm Movie (cars may start arriving at 5:00 to park)
Registration increases $10 after October 15th. There will be no race day registration.

27700 Gratiot Ave, Roseville, MI
October 25, 2020, from 11-1 PM
Free trunk or treat event open to the public!
Fun for all ages!
October 25 from 11-1 at Live Rite's Recovery Resource Center
27700 Gratiot Avenue Roseville, MI 48066
(586) 217-5899
*In search of people to decorate trunks and pass out candy too!

45835 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI
October 28, 2020 6:30-8 PM
Join Stony Creek Church and the City of Utica Parks & Rec., for this fun, FREE, annual event for all ages! Route begins at Stony Creek Church and ends in Downtown Utica (or vice-versa). Businesses and some residents along route, will be passing out candy! **PLEASE NOTE** This is a weather permitting event, as it cannot be moved indoors due to COVID-19.

22884 Sharrow, Warren, MI
October 31, 2020, 2-6 PM
Must have a ticket!
For all ages! Numbers and Tickets are Limited! Free Trunk or treat Option for the kids, Tarot, Costume Contest with a prize (Value $50). Cake for all spooky music for all and fun crafts for the kids!

20900 Dequindre Rd, Warren, MI
October 31, 2020, 12-3PM
12 – 3 PM
1:00 PM AT THE BABE ON A BUDGET BOOTH Please follow CDC guidelines for public areas including wearing a mask and social distancing.


Eastpointe Spindler Sled Hill
November 1, 2020, 3-4PM
Don't just throw your old pumpkin away. Have a little fun by rolling it down a hill and watch it smash into pieces! *Pumpkins must be carved*
Refreshments will be provided by the Roseville Optimist Club.

Did I miss a Macomb event? Please let me know in the comments so I can add it.

Find more Halloween Happenings all across Southeast Michigan: 

Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood Livingston County Halloween Events 

Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Halloween Events

Sunday, September 20, 2020

7 Ways to Declutter Your House Fast

Clean Minimalist Home Interior

Recently, minimalism has been a trend, therefore, motivating people to declutter their homes. Even in fashion, architecture, and lifestyle, people are beginning to understand the beauty that lies in simplicity. Research says that decluttering and living a minimalist life, in general, can be beneficial to our mental health and well-being. 

For instance, going home to a cluttered home after a long and stressful day at work can cause more stress. Furthermore, minimalism and decluttering can help us on our way to financial freedom. Since it is all about focusing on the things that you need and removing the garbage of life, it will make us focus our energy on our passions. 

However, decluttering can be challenging, especially if you are living in a manufactured house and haven’t lived in one before. Here are some tips on how to declutter your house fast:

1. Learn to let go of things that you no longer use. 

Like Marie Kondo, a Japanese tidying consultant who became well-known because of her books on decluttering and organizing, puts it, only keep things that “spark joy.” Doing so enables us to live the life that we truly want and envision. Once you’ve collected all items that do not spark joy, put them in boxes or in plastic bags, and then consider giving them to your family or friends who may want to have them. It’s also a good idea to donate.

2. Categorize your belongings

Marie Kondo suggests that we organize our belongings by categorizing them into the following:

- Clothes

- Books

- Papers (Categorize into 3 types: Papers that need attention, papers that are necessary for the short-term, and papers that are necessary indefinitely)

- Komono (Miscellaneous items- grooming products, kitchen utensils, beddings)

- Sentimental items

3. Invest in organizers (storage boxes, shelves, drawers, etc.)

As much as possible, make things look tidy and organized by purchasing organizers such as hikidashi boxes, which are great, especially for managing underwear items. Shelves are also helpful, especially in the kitchen. It allows you to see your things at a glance.

4. Consider taking photos of your documents/films

You may want to consider scanning some documents or photos then store them into your computers or hard drives. This can also be easier to organize and keep track.

5. Set a deadline

This is important, especially when you want to declutter fast. You can try to declutter in 1-2 days, but this is easier said than done. It usually takes 5 to 7 days for deep decluttering and organizing. You may also want to try setting goals for each day of decluttering (for example, for the first day, you can focus on clothes and books, then another category in the next few days).

6. Label

Especially when it comes to garage and basement items, labeling can be a tremendous help! Consider purchasing a label maker if you have the extra money to put labels on boxes. It’s a suitable method for the organization and less worry when looking for something around the house! 

7. Make it a bonding moment

Decluttering is not easy, but it is worth it, especially if you’re doing it for fun! Consider doing it with your partner, friend, family member, or anyone you’d like to declutter with. Put on some music, prepare some snacks as a reward after a hard day’s work. It can be fun!

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of MichiganHousesOnline.Com. For more home cleaning tips and advice, you can check out his blog.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Five Things on Friday 8/21/2020

Happy Friday! These summer days are becoming shorter and shorter, which breaks my heart. Grab a cup of joe, and let's catch up!

1. Almost two weeks ago, hubby came down with stomach issues and a headache. Of course, I made him go get tested for Covid-19. We were in the Lansing area for a weekend for karate, and even though everyone was outside and wearing a mask all weekend, you just never know. He came back negative. During this time, I ended up sick with cold-like symptoms, and so I went and was tested and was negative. It's so sad to think that every single time we get sick, that nasty virus will be in the back of our minds. 

2. We've been trying to upgrade our beach house all summer. We've had two houses we bid over asking and still lost out on. God has had our back without a doubt. I just happened to look at Zillow a few weeks ago, which I haven't done in a long time. There sat a cute house with a garage, fantastic porch, dishwasher, private backyard, washer, and dryer, plus more storage and bedrooms—every single item I have had on my wish list. We made an offer, and I had zero hope. I really didn't even think much about it like I did the others. That evening I got a text that our offer has been accepted and was in shock. The inspection went well, and now just waiting on all of the little details. I decided to put my other house up for sale as soon as the appraisal comes back. I could keep them both, but the business sucks up so much of our time. I want less instead of more. 

3. We've been getting ready for school mode. K is starting homeschool this year. F has already started her college classes. She has a lot on her plate this year with finishing her senior year and 2 college classes. 

4. Everything has calmed back down with the dogs. My dog Izzy tried to kill my chihuahua a few weeks ago. Sophie had broken ribs, stitches, and her lungs were affected. I thought about putting evil sister (Izzy) down. I couldn't do it. We now keep them completely separated. Izzy even has her own section of the house, and I rotate who gets to be in the central part of the house. Izzy doesn't have many years left, so I just couldn't bring my heart to doing it.

5. I have worked out 5 days a week since March. Because I had a fever, I allowed myself to take a week off. Let me tell you it was hard. When you fall into a routine, it's hard to get off. I even forced myself to take the Fitbit off because I had noticed my fitness level went down. Nope, it's okay to rest your body. I will be back at it on Monday.