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a few finds


In case you need a monthly reminder of how I consistently fall short of my goal to be a minimalist, look no further! At the end of each month, I’m going to publish a small collection of items I have discovered in the past thirtyish days. Some will have more to do with health / chronic illness than others, but my hope is to provide an honest review of each product. I’m basically Amazon.

chronic pain must haves - 29goingon92.com

{1}  This diffuser works wonders. Whether I am getting ready for bed, in the bath, or my pain is climbing I turn it on and it helps me chill out. It’s also pretty enough that I don’t feel like I have to hide it when people come over {although it’s plastic and I’m not a fan of that}. I’m not sure why, after using essential oils for years, it took me so long to get one, but better late than never, right?

{2}  I’m reading a lot about how terrible electric heating pads are. And not only do the microwavable ones cool off too quickly, I don’t use a microwave so they’re not much of an option. When I first heard about infrared heating pads I was intrigued, but man are they expensive! One model sat in my Amazon shopping cart for weeks, until I finally pulled the trigger. And I love it! The one I purchased has 80 jade stones that are 2″ in diameter. I don’t know if that’s good but it sounds great, right? The aspects of the heating pad which I actually understand are that it has a timer, the temperature is adjustable, and it’s quite large. Since it is nearly as long as I am tall I had the idea one night when my pain was pretty bad to put it on my bed and sleep on top of it. While the heat felt nice, sleeping on top of what are basically rocks was impossible. Still, at the end of the day, it lives up to its price tag, and I’m happy with my purchase.

{3}  I’m always on the lookout for shoes that won’t exacerbate my pain. The Ora by M.Gemi look nice and light and like they would mold to your feet after a few wears. And while all the colors are beautiful, I love the “luggage” shade pictured above. I don’t own these shoes so I cannot provide a review, but they are definitely on my wish list. So just like The Secret taught me, I’m putting it out there, and hopefully, the shoes will come. That’s what we’re supposed to use that book for, right? Expanding our wardrobe?

{4}  It’s come up before but I’ll say it again : I’m a big fan of making life easier, and subscription services are one of the ways I do that. They’re even simpler than asking Siri to remind you to add laundry detergent to your Amazon cart. Quip sends me a new toothbrush head and batteries every three months. I signed up once, and I don’t have to think about it beyond that. Additionally, their toothbrushes are sleek, stylish, and function well. Sure, it’s just a little toothbrush, but I’m into it.

{5}  I have a feeling I’m going to wear these J. Crew ankle-zip leggings a lot. They’re wonderfully comfortable and don’t set off any pain / nerve issues, yet the zips make them slightly more acceptable for wearing in public. If my shirt is long enough I can almost pull them off as regular pants. And, since they are supposed to be “ankle length” they fit me and my short legs without hemming.

{6}  I make pretty much all of my cleaning products. White vinegar is one of the ingredients I use most, and I’m not a fan of the smell. I found this blend when shopping around for essential oils for the diffuser, and not only does it help the effectiveness of my cleaning products {it has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties}  but it smells delicious. Lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, and tea tree…mmmmm….what’s not to love?

{7}  I knew all the benefits of salt lamps and how great they’re supposed to be for purifying air, but after I purchased a couple last month I wasn’t impressed. They looked nice enough, but I couldn’t detect a difference in my home’s air quality. Well, one day a week or so ago I failed to turn on the lamp when I woke up that morning. It stayed off all day and I thought nothing of it. In the early evening I arrived home, walked in my bedroom, and the air just felt dirty. I can’t describe it in any way other than to tell you it was unpleasant. After a few minutes, I realized the only variable that had changed was that the lamp was off, so I flipped that sucker back on and became a believer! {here’s mine}

Now go and have a great weekend! – Anne

Images courtesy of respected sites, as noted.




  • linda maumus

    Anne- there is a holistic doctor that a friend of mine swears by. he’s a naturopath i think. name is Mike Casso. he gets you to stand on something and he can tell what toxins are in your body. he might be able to help with pain. google his name and see what you think. i am in awe of you. i would be a basket case. well, you said one learns to live with it, but that’s a sucky way to live. i am praying for you and at the moment that’s all i can do. xoxo- linda

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