Saturday, May 13, 2017

Why I continue to use AdvoCare products.

In 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus, I was told to find a good quality Omega supplement.  I did lots of research and I found AdvoCare's OmegaPlex supplement.  I bought some and took it for 3 months and noticed a difference.  I also heard that their B12 supplement called Spark provided natural energy, and that I was also B12 deficient.  So I ordered some and gave it a try.  Sure enough, I noticed a difference!

I fell in love with the products, and they helped me lose weight, have more energy and overall to feel a lot better.   I'm not a doctor, and I don't claim that they cure anything - they don't! Nothing does. But for me, they have helped a lot.

The other thing that has helped me a lot with AdvoCare is that when you share how great the products work, you can be rewarded with income earnings.  I never thought of myself as someone to sell a product like that (even though I spent 10 years in TV and Radio sales), and I never even intended to "sell" AdvoCare.  It all started because I had a friend ask me what I was drinking in my water bottle. I was drinking 1/2 Spark and 1/2 Rehydrate.  I told her about it, and told her how it helped me get some energy back and helped me boost my vitamin intake.  I offered her a sample.  She liked it and asked how to order.  So I gave her the link to my site to purchase.  That was it.  Then she wanted to sign up for the 20% off discount.  So she signed up and then someone saw her drinking her drink and they bought some too.  It just kind of snowballs like that.  

I know many of you who read this blog probably struggle with energy.  I am sure some of you also struggle to find a job that you can do while also balancing the demands of Lupus.  This job you can do on your own terms.  And it's not even really a job.  You just use the products and when people ask about it, offer them a sample. I keep tons in my purse to share at any time.

AdvoCare has been a huge help for me, both for my health and also for my income.

If you want to learn more, email me at

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I hope to share these great products and this great company with more people who might need it as much as I do!

xo Nikki

Saturday, April 8, 2017

*This is not a sponsored post*

For the last 6 months I've switched out my regular multi-vitamins (with the exception of adding additional Vitamin D per my doctor because I live in the North East & it's been winter) with Lupa Vita which is a multi-vitamin designed specifically for Lupus patients.  

Lupa Vita is non-GMO, gluten free and soy free.  To me, these three things are very important!  I also like that the levels of each vitamin are higher than what you'll find in traditional multi-vitamins, because my doctor has told me multiple times that people with autoimmune diseases tend to have low levels of the vitamins included in Lupa Vita. 

Prior to taking Lupa Vita, I was taking the following daily:
Vitamin D
Vitamin C
Vitamin B12
Omega Supplements
A multi-vitamin
and I had to take those twice a day...which is a lot of pills!   Lupa Vita is once a day and includes the following:
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Vitamin B12
Flaxseed Oil
Black Pepper (helps your body absorb the turmeric)
Cherry Extract

You can learn more about why Lupa Vita included these vitamins by reading about it here on their website.  I did my research and I am very happy with choosing Lupa Vita for my multi-vitamin.  The hardest part about all of the supplements needed with lupus is remembering to take them and also having to swallow so many pills.  Lupa Vita is one capsule that I find easy enough to swallow.  

You can purchase Lupa Vita here.  You can either buy it on Amazon or have them deliver to you monthly, which is what I do so that I don't have to remember to re-order and I won't run out. 

If you decide to try Lupa Vita, let me know what you think by commenting below.

If you have any other products that have worked well for you, please share in the comments!

Have a happy & healthy day!  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Has anyone tried a holistic doctor for treating Lupus?

Hi everyone!  I'm wondering if anyone has tried a holistic or complementary medicine primary care doctor for treating Lupus and if so, what do you think?

I currently see a traditional primary care doctor, as well as a traditional rheumatologist.  I am planning to keep my traditional rheumatologist, but I'm interested in possibly switching to a holistic focused primary care doctor who can better manage things like supplements, acupuncture, etc.

Anyone who has done this & wants to share, please comment below or email me at


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dealing with common illness while having Lupus...

Lupus is hard enough, right?  Add in your average germs and it can be really challenging.  I live in Massachusetts and the winters here tend to be filled with lots of common every day germs like colds and stomach bugs.  Our 2 year old son got a little stomach bug yesterday and sure enough I woke up today not feeling so good.  Instead of being able to just be "normal" and worry about the stomach bug, of course I started worrying about how this would affect me overall -- would I get more sick, would lupus flare up and be more painful, would it go away quickly, etc?  The thoughts are hard to manage when you get sick.  I think we all know that.  

I have been trying to live in the moment, in each day, without worry about the future.  I am so blessed to have a wonderful supportive family and a man who loves me and takes great care of me when I'm sick, but being sick itself is hard.  I generally try to keep the posts here very upbeat and positive, but I wanted to be honest about how I'm feeling today.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  

We just had an amazing trip up to Canada to see family.  Lots of hockey, sledding, a few too many glasses of wine (which I try my best to limit, but staying up late with family is always so fun) and maybe I pushed myself a little too hard and I'm paying for it now, but life is about making memories with people you love.   I'm wondering how you handle balancing things in life, the late fun nights with the common illnesses and also work and being a parent?  If you have lupus (or any other illness) and you're reading this right now, please comment below with your thoughts and any advice you may have.   I'm loading up on vitamins, being diligent about taking my medicine and trying to put mind over matter.  Sometimes just getting up, taking a shower and continuing with my day is all I need to feel better.  Sometimes it's not.  What works for you?  I'd love to have this be a place where we can share tips and help each other through this.  Hang in there friends! xoxo

Thursday, October 13, 2016

11 Years Today...

Today has been 11 years since my mom passed away.  She had breast cancer.  I also believe that she may have had Lupus too, although that's only based on my memories of her...I have no way of knowing for sure.  My mom passed on October 13th 2005.  She was 53 years old.  I was 24 years old.  My mom was a single parent, and I am an only on that day, I lost the person who had been my whole world.  It was one of the hardest days of my life.  

Today, 11 years later, I still miss her as much as the day she died.  As a Christian, I believe she is in Heaven.  My mom loved God and Jesus... and she truly believed.  She had confidence that she was going to be with her savior.  At that time in my life, I didn't believe like I do now.  I was skeptical.  I was raised a Christian, but I was angry that my mom was dying.  My mom talked to me a lot about life, death and faith.  In her passing, she showed me that Heaven is very real.  

Since then, not a day goes by that I don't think about her.  I see her in the beauty of nature, in the warm summer sun, when I see a robin perched on a branch, when I'm at the barn in the sweet smell of hay and horses, and most of all, when I see my son smile.  He looks so much like his Daddy, but when he smiles he is 100% my mom.  He has the same twinkle in his bright, gorgeous blue eyes. 

When I think of my mom passing so young, I worry about my own health and want to be healthy & strong for my son and my family.  In some ways, I am thankful that I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was because my organs are healthy and I'm on a treatment plan that I hope will work for many years to come.  I hope that the monitoring that I have by wonderful doctors means that I will live a long life.  I truly believe that one of the scariest parts of Lupus is how many women remain undiagnosed.  Women who go to the doctor with symptoms that don't make any sense, and who have their doctors brush them off.  Women who wake up exhausted, in pain, and wonder why they feel the way they do when they are young and should have more energy.  If you're reading this, and this sounds like you then please ask your doctor to run a comprehensive metabolic panel of blood tests including an ANA test.  If that's positive, ask for an anti-double stranded DNA test along with a referral to a rheumatologist who will test you for things like an anti-Smith antibody and other tests for autoimmune diseases.  Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for these tests.  Trust your my good friend says, "that is the Holy Spirit talking to you", and I believe she is correct.  Sometimes, I think though, that the voice/gut feeling talking to me is actually my mom...but either way, I listen.

None of us know what God has in store for us.  For my mom, God called her home far too young, but the impact she made on this Earth in 53 years was pretty amazing.  She is my biggest inspiration. I hope I can be as good of a mom as she was to me.  

This was a long and rambling post, but if you've lost a parent then you know how I'm feeling. 

Moral of the story, if you feel like something is wrong with your body, whether you suspect cancer, or lupus or something else, push hard to get the tests needed.  Trust your body, trust your instinct.  Trust God to guide you.  Early detection, with anything, is key.