Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"For What it's Worth" Cover

Ok guys, I've got another cover that I need you all to listen to! Please be honest in your feedback.

"Hallelujah" Cover

I'm in the middle of a singing competition on SingSnap.com. We started out with 50 people, and now we're down to thirty. Please watch my video that I made for the audition and give me HONEST feedback. I'm thinking about trying out for American Idol, but I want to make sure I'm good enough. Don't worry, I'm not thin-skinned and I appreciate all feedback!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I'm a volunteer for the BP oil spill?

So I went to the BP website that they created for the oil spill going on in the gulf right now. They have various phone numbers on the right hand side of the page. You can call to become a volunteer or to register your professional services.

I AM a professional...being a nurse I thought they might possibly have some need for medical personnel at some point, so I called. They seemed very excited and took down my information. Then, they informed me that they have no need for medical personnel. What? The guy told me that he put me down as a volunteer and I would either be in an office or pre-treating beaches before oil spilled up onto them. He said I could also work with the wildlife but as a volunteer I wouldn't be able to work directly with the wildlife or touch it. So what would I do then? lol.

I can't really afford to quit everything and just volunteer down there. I felt tricked as I clearly explained that I was a nurse and was wondering if they needed nurses. The guy said it was great that I was a nurse and then proceeded to get my information. Oh well. My husband says that now I'll be stuck going if they call me. He said they'll probably say we had a verbal contract and threaten to sue me if I don't go down there if they end up calling me. That would be my luck. lol.

What do you guys think? I hope everyone is having a great day!

Here's the official BP oil spill website in case anyone is interested. Just click here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Another Writer Published an Article About MY Article!

Hey everyone! An amazing writer that is a fellow Associated Content writer and now friend, has written an article about the article that I wrote! My article is titled: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Life as an Army Wife". Her article is titled: "AC Article Review: TBI as Told by Army Wife Iva Gutowski". She contacted me a few days asking permission to write a review of my article and try to spread the word about TBI's and their devastating after-effects. I would truly be honored if you would read and comment on her page about her article...Tell her Iva sent you, and to also read my original article. It would really mean a lot to my husband as well. So, without further a due...here's the link to our articles:

Click here to read my article "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Life as an Army Wife."

Click here to read her article, "AC Article Review: TBI as Told by Army Wife Iva Gutowski."

(You'll even get to see a rare picture of Josh in his Army uniform. (Don't you just love a man in uniform?! lol). The picture I posted with my article was of me and Josh and was taken right before we had to say goodbye. He was then loaded onto a military air-plane and his 18 month deployment in Afghanistan began.

Thanks for your support guys!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Amazing Video: If WE Turn Things Upside Down

I can take NO credit for this video as I did NOT create it but discovered it on Youtube. It is such an amazing video, that I had to embed it into my blog. It was uploaded by Youtube user dorinel2001 on October 01, 2009. PLEASE watch this video. I think it sheds a lot of light on what our future may be like on this planet. Here it is:

If We Turn Things Upside Down:

I need Your Support

PLEASE check out my new article that I worked hard and long over and leave comments on the article at the website that it is posted at! It's titled, "Chronic Pain in America" and contains a lot of useful information. Here is the link to my article:


I really appreciate all of your support! I hope you're all having a great day!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Healthy Snacks in an Emergency

This is a quick article that I wrote for Associated Content about snacks that are great for preventing serious blood sugar drops to very low levels.

From my experience as a nurse, I've witnessed patient's admitted to the hospital with blood sugar problems from skipping meals or replacing meals with candy. Blood sugar is really serious although I know it sounds trivial. Your brain relies on sugar as fuel to keep your body in working order. It's a great idea to carry a couple of snacks with you in case you are ever caught in a situation where you can't grab something to eat.

As a rule, small frequent meals are best for you. They keep your sugar level more balanced and prevent the highs and lows from occurring as frequently. A few good snack ideas for when you feel your sugar dropping are peanut butter crackers, a bag of peanuts, beans, cheese, any kind of nut, a protein bar or shake, or a peanut butter sandwich. Basically anything with protein is a great idea. Proteins are eventually broken down into sugar in your body, and provide much more fuel than just eating plain sugar.

A rule of thumb for noticing if someone is having blood sugar problems is: "Hot and dry, sugar's high. Cold and clammy, give them candy." If someone is having a hypoglycemic attack (very low blood sugar), give them some orange juice, soda or candy to get their sugar levels back up quickly. Then, start giving them proteins such as the snacks mentioned above. The candy will cause their blood sugar to peak, and the protein will then prevent their sugar from bottoming out again.

Hopefully you will never experience any serious problems from emergency hunger. It is not something to be ignored. Do not skip meals and always carry a snack, especially if you are a diabetic. Although, everyone can have low blood sugar when skipping meals. Extreme low blood sugar can eventually lead to death. So take note of the snacks mentioned above, and plan to carry a couple with you wherever you go just in case. You never know what situation you will be in, and you do not want to experience any problems with blood sugar.