Friday, March 16, 2012

Weekend links!

Hollywood Sign

Hello, hello! I wanted to take a minute and thank all of you who left such nice comments on Wednesday's post. My scan and x-rays went fine - I don't know why I get so nervous for medical things, but here I am at almost-30, shaking in my boots to get a needle in my arm.  It is scary though when you go to the doctor and they say you need to get these serious things done's so easy for my mind to run wild. Anyway, besides the strange injection they gave me for the CT that made me feel like I had peed my pants, the appointment was relatively simple. My results came back later that day, and although there was nothing in my throat (yay!) my thyroid is enlarged so I go in Monday for more testing. The doctor gave me the go-ahead for my LA trip though, and I am so thankful. Hoping some sea-air and relaxation will do me well.

So, that's what's going on in my neck of the woods. Get it? Neck of the woods? HA. ;) Anywaaay, I am flying out today at noon and will be back on Sunday or Monday to share all about my little adventure. In the meantime, here are some links to check out. Enjoy!

A Girl Scout-inspired bridal shower. So, so awesome.

Have you watched the amazing method video yet? And if so, have you gotten that song out of your head yet?

Strawberry lemonade, anyone?

Passionfruit is up and running! I'm excited to check it out for myself.

The Polkadots sent Henry the sweetest package full of tee shirts, buttons and music! Seriously, if you have a little one, head on over. So much fun.

I really enjoy Carly's blog- especially posts like this.

Neat art over on Kelly Ann's blog.

I know I said this last week, but it's a good question- have you read the new issue of Gadchick yet?

Real men wear pink.

Need some fitness/healthy eating inspiration? Look no one of my favorite blogs!

Anti-aging foods? Sign me up!

I'm so happy to have Ancient Shades as a sponsor this month, so pop over and have a look! I think their maps would be such an awesome gift for a friend who has moved, to remind them of home.

Oh my...this post is giving me an intense case of baby fever. And little girl fever! Could Harper be any cuter?!

I love reading about all of Abi's adventures!

Enjoyed this article about living in the now. It's a great read!

I love Valerie Vargas.

And finally, head over and check out these fine ladies and their blogs- one, two, and three.


  1. Valerie Vargas is rad. She did my shin and was so lovely to work with. I met her at a convention and she remembered me when I saw her a few months later. Love little things like that.

    1. She's beyond amazing. I wish she was taking on new customers again, but it seems she's a busy lady!
      Rachel Jamie McCarthy (recently became Baldwin) is definitely one to watch in the UK scene at the moment!

  2. Glad you are finally getting some answers! Super excited to check out your links. Enjoy your weekend in LA, im sure the sea and fresh air will do you the world of good, I know it makes me feel a million times better when im outside in the sun...looking forward to seeing your adventures!

    Louise xo

  3. Hi - I'm currently experiencing, or experienced the same thing. Turns out I'm Hypothyroid. That's usually what it means when the thyroid is enlarged (goiter). The good news it can be corrected. The bad news, in order for that to happen you have to be on medication for life. I, like you, am totally against taking anything pills. I'm trying to restrengthen my thyroid through diet and a natural supplement. If it turns out to be your thyroid that is the issue, feel free to talk to me about it, I've been researching it for some time. :)

    1. I was HyPERthyroid for many years and medicated for it. Then, my endocrinologist gave me radioactive therapy. The therapy normally results in the Hyperthyroidism turning into HyPOthyroidism (which is less dangerous). However, I was incredibly fortunate and my doctor was able to deliver the perfect amount of therapy, which left me with normal thyroid levels. I have been "cured" for eight years now. What I learned from that experience is how vital it is to find a really good endocrinologist.

  4. It's always good to hear positive feedback from various test results! Glad to hear nothing is seriously wrong! Better to know though, than always wonder. =-)

    Hope you have fun on your trip this weekend!

  5. Yay, thanks for including my blerg! You are too sweet.

    I'm glad everything went well--I know what you mean about feeling scared, I think it's because you are so far out of control in a medical situation. You have no idea what they're doing or why they're doing it and you just sit there and answer the same questions 70 times (I spent all day yesterday at doctors' offices and I must've said my birthdate and answered "Yes, i feel safe at home" like 8 times). The sight of a tray of needles reduces me into a blubbering mess (hate when people mock me for having tattoos and still being scared of hypodermic different!).

    Anyway I hope they figure out what's going on with your thyroid - such a common issue among women our age, I know lots of people who have issues with it. Sending you lots more love and good vibes.

  6. Could you recall what type of contrast has been used on your CT scan?
    Sometimes the iodine contrast could cause thyroid to swell and increase its activity. It also can collect in so called hot areas.
    On the other hand a small percentage of women are developing thyroid enlargement after pregnancy (that in the past used to be considered a sign of beauty!)
    Lastly, some women could have postpartum thyroiditis (which causes thyroid enlargement)
    The next test most likely is going to be the thyroid ultrasound. Key points to look are the blood flow and uniformity of the tissue. If you had iodine contrast, thyroid the nuclear scan should not be used for 30 days.

  7. wooooo! yay for caitlin! her bologna is awesome! (she will see this and understand it.)

    1. My bologna brings all the boys to the yard.

  8. Have fun in LA!! I live here, but I'm actually heading up to San Francisco this weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip =]

  9. great links! loved that article about living in the now. great things to remember!

    have a lovely weekend <3

  10. Love that list of anti-aging veggies. Also, I lived with thyroid issues for a good part of my life (until an incredible endocrinologist cured me..). You are welcome to pick my brain anytime if you think it may be helpful. Enjoy LA!

  11. the girl scout shower--- so creative! who would have thought!? glad to see you're okay lady!

  12. Glad you are okay. That pee your pants injection is the worst!

  13. So glad to hear the testing went well. Thyroids are tricky creatures (lots of problems in our family) but once you get it sorted you will feel much better.
    Enjoy your trip out here but pack for rain, it's gonna be a wet weekend. :) Not that a little rain will get in the way of you having fun!

  14. Just found your blog!! Eeeeppp!! Now following!! :D

  15. Thanks for the links,Danielle. PS. I have had hypothyroidism since I was 17 (2003). :)

  16. I love the Tiny Buddha article - people checking their phones when we're in the middle of a conversation is one of my pet peeves.

    Glad you're getting answers!

  17. Isn't getting a CT scan the creepiest?? I have an area in my stomach that's been aching since a month after I gave birth and I just can't figure out what it is. I had a CT scan and felt the pee sensation and the voice that the machine uses is so creepy eek! Hope you get some answers soon!

  18. I am in LOVE with Harper! She's the kid I think I was when I was younger...I just want to squeeze her cute lil' cheeks! oh god... don't even get me started on this stunner! Hope you're feeling ok Danielle, safe travels xx