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Month: April 2017

Brandon Sanderson Humble Book Bundle

Brandon Sanderson Humble Book Bundle

Note: This deal is over. I would recommend starting with the Mistborn series if you want to get into Brandon Sanderson’s books. You can buy the entire trilogy by clicking here. You can also click here to get the first book only. For those of you who don’t know, Shaylee and I are big fans of Brandon Sanderson. About two years ago a friend of Shaylee’s lent her a book called Mistborn. As she read it she began telling me…

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Wilson Disease: The Treatment

Wilson Disease: The Treatment

All I Need is a Prescription Apparently, getting a diagnosis is only half the battle. This past week has probably been more stressful than any of the previous five. I wasn’t even able to talk to someone about setting up an appointment until this past Tuesday (4/11/17), and they initially told me that the first opening was in May. It makes sense that the receptionist would just look for the first available appointment, but waiting another month for an appointment was…

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Waiting, Worrying: Josh’s Diagnosis

Waiting, Worrying: Josh’s Diagnosis

*I highly recommend reading Josh’s post Wilson Disease: My Diagnosis, before reading this post. His post more clearly covers the process we went through, while mine is more rambling and full of feelings. Waiting for a diagnosis for yourself, and waiting for a diagnosis for a loved one are two entirely different experiences. I experienced a little bit of the stress and anxiety of the first situation when I was just over eight months pregnant. Unbeknownst to me or my doctors,…

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Wilson Disease: My Diagnosis

Wilson Disease: My Diagnosis

I want to start by pointing out that Wilson Disease is a very rare genetic disease. It effects 1 in 30,000 or 0.0033% of people around the world. I obviously don’t blame any of these doctors for not catching it sooner, and I actually feel very lucky that the diagnosis came pretty quick. To learn more about Wilson Disease click here. I Don’t Even Drink In late 2014, Shaylee and I were getting life insurance policies. We each had screenings…

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Oregon Coast: A Few of My Favorite Things

Oregon Coast: A Few of My Favorite Things

Growing up in Oregon, one of my favorite family vacation destinations was the Oregon Coast. Although what we did during each visit to the coast varied, there are a few specific things that I always looked forward to doing. I’m definitely not an expert on the Oregon Coast and there are so many more things to do there besides those that I mention below. Rather than providing a detailed travel guide, I simply want to share some of my favorite things to…

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Our Favorite Michigan Restaurants

Our Favorite Michigan Restaurants

As I grew up in Michigan, I went out to eat a lot, and slowly developed a list of my favorite Michigan restaurants. Whenever Shaylee and I visit my family in Michigan now, we try to eat at as many of these places as possible. Below are a few of them that I would highly recommend. Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill is probably one of my favorite restaurants of all time. This is typically the first restaurant…

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The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Cookbook

The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Cookbook

When Shaylee and I got married we received a lot of gifts that were not on our registry. There was one in particular that I was not that excited about. It was a cookbook called Joy of Cooking. I typically like a cookbook with a lot of photographs because I want to be able to see what I am cooking. Joy of Cooking has no photographs and I was very underwhelmed when I realized this. That being said, it has quickly become…

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Anniversary Gift Ideas

Anniversary Gift Ideas

I really love having any reason whatsoever to celebrate and give gifts, and our wedding anniversary is no exception. However, rather than buy each other an anniversary gift, Josh and I prefer to make each other something unique and personal. Giving a gift that you made yourself is not only fun, but more meaningful as well. Let’s be honest though, coming up with a creative gift idea is difficult. I will admit that I have googled “DIY anniversary gifts for…

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Gateway Games for the Family

Gateway Games for the Family

Board gaming is a hobby that Shaylee and I have developed together as a couple. Neither of us really played board games before we got married, but it has become one of our favorite activities. We have introduced various games to friends and family, and some have gone over better than others. These are a few of our favorite gateway games (in no particular order). Bohnanza Bohnanza is a game about farming beans. That doesn’t sound very fun, does it? However, it really…

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