Latest News: 8 Distressing Candida Overgrowth Symptoms

(If you are new here or just landed on this post in particular, this is a continuation to the post titled, Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something)

(Awesome tree that lives in Virginia City, Nevada … March 2014)

No messing around here. Candida overgrowth … also called yeast/fungal overgrowth. This is what I found on April 26 2014 when I began researching one of the main symptoms I was experiencing.

I failed to mention in the previous post that my body and joints were aching so much that it hurt to stand up and walk across the room. From my research it seems this would be symptoms comparable to fibromyalgia.

I also didn’t mention one of the symptoms because, honestly, it’s quite embarrassing. But, heck! I openly share everything else and even published a blog post asking the online world for monetary help for Team TLC; I might as well share this symptom. Drumroll ….. itchy bottom. This seemed to be hormonal and disappeared as quickly as it appeared; which is why I was able to so easily ignore it.

Here is my complete list of symptoms:

  1. Exhaustion
  2. Inability to think clearly
  3. Achy joints
  4. Stubborn eczema (the essential oil remedy couldn’t even tackle it)
  5. Eczema-like break-outs under my nose and eyes
  6. Itchy bottom about once a month
  7. Painful and constant gas and bloating
  8. Constantly blowing my nose – similar to allergies

I am an experienced online researcher so I am aware to verify information and validity of a website. In addition, I generally don’t get sick and I’ve not been to a doctor in five or six years. Well, except for this nearly 2 year long ignoring of my body’s messages about overgrowth of yeast. Oops!

The morning after I discovered the answer to my situation, I did the spit test. The results were consistent with candida overgrowth. That same day I began a candida cleanse which consisted of eating only certain vegetables and drinking only water. **Due to interest, I will be writing a blog post on the specific items I ate and what I avoided. I hope to get that posted sometime in the next week.**

I also began taking caprylic acid which I had found in research to be a natural anti-fugal. It kills the yeast by poking holes in the yeast wall. I took the Vitamin Shoppe – Caprylic Acid, 100 capsules (amazon affiliate link) for the first month and now I’m taking this one, Capryl Sodium & Resin Free – 100 – Capsule (amazon affiliate link). I may try at least one more of these so I can have a comparison as to which works best for me.

In addition to that I began taking Live Gracefully’s Prebiotic and Probiotic; which keeps the good bacteria alive, replenishes the right combination of beneficial bacteria, and feeds the good bacteria to keep them plentiful and strong.

I had intended to stay on the cleanse for at least 3 days if not more. I only lasted a day and a half. The cleanse was optional so I felt I had done good and killed off some of those silly ole yeast. It was making me way too grumpy with Thomas and Lillian as I felt really hungry and one’s symptoms intensify when the yeast is dying off.

After that, I stayed on a Candida diet for the rest of the month. I am still on a mostly Candida diet and will be for another couple of months. By the end of the first week, the extreme fatigue and achy joints began to lift. By the second week the foggy mind begin to clear and I had much more clarity. I was reunited with my old friend, FOCUS. So amazing! The eczema on the back of my leg had cleared, as well as underneath my nose. AND, no more itchy bottom flare ups! Wahoooo!!!

I am so impressed by the quality and effectiveness of Live Gracefully’s Prebiotic + Probiotic. I mentioned to Brenda Do, Chief Trumpeteer of Live Gracefully, that I would be writing an article about my return to health and sharing about Live Gracefully. I also asked for a special discount exclusively for my readers.

Here it is! 10% OFF! You get 10% off your first order of any of the high quality Live Gracefully supplements. In addition to the probiotic I’ve been using, they offer 1) anti-inflammatory + antioxident, 2) energy + plus immune strength, and 3) heart + brain power.

Be sure to use this code at checkout … CDGUT. The code is not case sensitive. You can enter in lower or upper case. This code expires June 5 2017 and can only be used for your first order. (Since I love the supplement so much I became an affiliate for Live Gracefully y’all!)

Live Gracefully offers a Total Happiness Guarantee .. “We guarantee you’ll be happy with the results you feel while using our products. If, at any time, you’re not happy with our products, please return the opened or unopened bottle(s) within one year of purchase (365 days). Even if you tried every last pill and didn’t feel they helped, then return the empty bottle. We’ll promptly send you a full refund less shipping and handling.”

I personally know Brenda and know that she is committed to the purest quality and effectiveness of Live Gracefully’s line of supplements. The supplements are manufactured in the United States at a cGMP facility. Distribution and administration happens right here in beautiful Reno, Nevada!

The website is a powerhouse of information. Not only that, after you place an order, you receive a few amazing Hal stickers to pass around, a thoughtful thank you with a goal card, and information packed email newsletters periodically.

(My son, Thomas, gave one of his Hal stickers to Violet, our violet plant)

The following is a list of the websites and articles I consulted:

Mind Body Green

Live Gracefully

The Candida Diet

Several from the Dr. Oz website … (Here are two of them):

Eliminating Yeast/Fungal Overgrowth

Hidden Cause of Your Exhaustion

It is my sincerest wishes that this article and the previous article, Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something, are helpful to any who stumble across it or who are led here by Google! I would love to hear your thoughts or stories about candida. Please share if you feel moved. It may help others as well.

I still have a bit to go in getting my gut completely balanced. However, I feel 100% better! I feel so alive again! Here’s to all of us feeling ALIVE! YIPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

(Me at Washoe Lake .. February 2014)

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Latest News: 16 Memorable Maya Angelou Quotes

In honor of a wonderful and amazing woman, Maya Angelou, I’ve gathered 16 of her most memorable quotes. Honestly, everything I’ve seen that she has spoken is memorable. These stood out as deeply meaningful to me.

Maya Angelo shared her heart and soul with others through her written word and speaking. She shared her life experiences in a strong, beautiful, and graceful manner giving hope, encouragement and love to those who needed it.

Maya Angelou …. April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

The below quotes are from the Maya Angelou Quotes website.

“Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.” -Maya Angelou

“The intensity with which young people live demands that they “blank out” as often as possible.”― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“We are only as blind as we want to be.”― Maya Angelou

“My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring, still.”― Maya Angelou

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take buy by the moments that take your breath away.”― Maya Angelou

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”― Maya Angelou

“You did the best that you knew how. Now that you know better, you’ll do better.”― Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change you’re attitude to it.”― Maya Angelou

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.”― Maya Angelou

“Let nothing dim the light that shines from within”― Maya Angelou

“If you’re always trying to be Normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”― Maya Angelou

“‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”― Maya Angelou

The following quotes are from the Brainyquote website.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” -Maya Angelou

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -Maya Angelou

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” -Maya Angelou

With much gratitude and blessings to you Maya Angelou …

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Latest News: Is Your Body Trying To Tell You Something

“We are only as blind as we want to be” -Maya Angelou

The last weekend of April 2014 I could take it no longer. Something was wrong. I had to figure out what was going on with my body.

Those of you who have known me for more than 2 years, may have noticed a difference in me over the past year and a half. The decline began about a year to a year and a half ago. I shared what I was experiencing with no one. I didn’t even let myself “know” about the symptoms as I would blow things off. I didn’t have time to deal with my body trying to get my attention.

I had begun to feel extremely tired. I was foggy with my thinking and losing the ability to make even simple choices. It was not happening all of the time … kinda like a roller coaster ride of good days and bad days.

Last July 2013 after returning from the Chromosome 18 conference I noticed something similar to eczema under my nose. It was very uncomfortable. First on one side, then it moved to the other. I had been having something like this come and go for awhile, but it had been just inside of my nose … not visible to others. Next, it spread to underneath my eyes. It would come and go. I decided I didn’t have time to deal with it so just ignored it.

Next, came a small patch of eczema on the back of my left calf. This, too, would flare and calm down, but never went away. I ignored it. Now, as I sit here in May 2014, it has completely cleared!

I begin to get more and more tired. I felt exhausted all of the time. Yet, I just kept going. I grew more and more confused. I certainly had times of clarity but the latter was overtaking me. I had pressing matters I needed to address and I didn’t have time to even begin to think that something within me needed addressed.

My stomach grew more and more bloated after meals and snacks. There was a steady stream of gas that seemed to never stop. It was extremely uncomfortable. I was staying home more and more.

One afternoon in March 2014, the bloating and pain shooting up my chest were so intense, I seriously thought that would be my last night here on this Earth in my Camilla suit!

It was so intense that I got welts all over my face. I got through that afternoon and evening, first by telling Thomas and Lillian that I’d eaten something that didn’t agree with me as they could see I was in pain.

Second, I did what I did when I birthed both of them. I told myself that my body was just processing something. It wasn’t trying to kill me. I felt it was something that I ate.

So, I took deep breaths, walked around the house, meditated, let the pain just be, and sent love and light to the pain. I felt better the next day but it was several days before it was fully gone.

One would think I would have addressed whatever it was right then and there. Not yet. I had a house to finish packing and get moved out of in the next couple of weeks.

I continued to feel extremely tired and my whole body ached. On the first weekend of April I moved our things into storage and we headed to the house we were to house sit for the month.

I grew more and more exhausted and confused …. and more and more bloated … and there there was that darn eczema on the back of my calf.

I finally decided to listen to my body. It had been trying to tell me something which I had been ignoring for at least a year. I actually believe it had been there much much longer (we’re talking years).

It had just been building and growing and then a combination of factors intensified the condition. I needed to be able to think clearly and to be in my heart space to truly make decisions for Team TLC’s future.

The last weekend in April 2014 the aching, exhaustion and confusion could no longer be ignored. I opened my MacBook, typed in one of the major symptoms that had been recurring since last summer or fall. The pieces began to come together. The dots were being connected. The “clues” my body had been sending me led straight to what I was uncovering online. I had found my answer …. In. Just. A. Few. Short. Minutes.

Stay tuned for my next post as I’ll share what I discovered, how I addressed it, and how I feel now! …. I FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!!! WoooHoooooo!!!

If you know me, you also know that I choose to see situations as learning experiences and opportunities for growth. My lesson from this is to really listen to my body. It absolutely does communicate with us. Our bodies let us know if we are eating things that don’t agree with us, if we are in a situation that is not healthy for us, and if we aren’t taking proper care of our miraculous and beautiful body!

Go here for the next post where I reveal what I discovered.

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Latest News: Wild and Electrifying – Prints and Photographic Scribe

Happy Spring to everyone!

I have been pursuing my interest in landscape photography. I love capturing the simplicity, beauty and mystery of nature. Some of my photographs share the simplicity of nature. Some are mysterious and invoke the how, what or why within you. Some are simply beautiful in that the colors of nature are captured layered together in a 2D format. I like to call it Earth Art!

The above photograph is one of the most popular to date. Sunset in Reno, Nevada’s Damonte Ranch area in March 2014.

I share the photos on instagram at I’ve had much interest expressed by others who would like to purchase prints. I am researching how to best approach this for y’all. I’ll let everyone know when I’ve got it nailed down.

In the meantime I’ll be sharing the most popular photos on my blog. If there’s one that captures your eye, please leave a comment or message me. This will also help me in determining which photos to use for shows and placement in local businesses here in Reno! Kinda of like giving me a thumbs up so I know what speaks to everyone!

In the near future, you will also have the ability to create a custom made monograph of my photography. YOU select the photos you want included and we will take over from there! Want specific quotes included to pair with the photographs? You’ll be able to do that too! These are meant to be personalized for the recipient whether the book is for you or you are giving it as a gift. Stay tuned for more details on this too.

In addition, I am available on a commission basis as a photographic scribe. I will creatively capture the beauty of nature inspired life events. Have you ever been in nature and a view of the landscape brought tears or caused you to be breathless … in a good way? I can capture that view for you! Who says you can’t make time stand still? Here are some examples of what I can create for you.

  • Do you have a favorite nature spot? One that you wish you could keep with you wherever you go? I will photograph your favorite place. You can choose your favorite(s) for printing on gallery quality canvas and/or choose to create a monograph. You will always have your favorite nature retreat with you for those times when you can’t get there.
  • Are you building a new custom home on your dream land? I can capture the entire process from the raw land to completion. You can choose to print your favorite(s) and/or create a monograph.
  • Already have your dream home on a breathtaking farm or ranch with an amazing view of nature? I can capture your favorite views for printing or creating a monograph.
  • Do you have an outdoor based business, organization or nonprofit? I can capture the uniqueness and beauty of this for you too! I have just recently been photographing Center for Adaptive Riding’s facility and grounds. So beautiful! Will share those soon as a blog post. (That’s my son, Thomas, in the white helmet on the front page of CAR’s website! I did not take that photo.)
  • I’m a think-way-out-of-the-box kinda person, so shoot me your thoughts about my services as a photographic scribe. We’ll see if we can make it happen!

Lastly, I am working on wrapping my arms, brain and “heart” around what truly inspires me. With that, it is my intention to pull it all together with the name of Heartfuly Inspired (H♥rtfuly Inspired). It’s currently coming together and I will share as a blog post when it’s all finalized. I intend for this to inspire you as well! xoxo

What do you think about the sunset photo above? Do you have any thoughts to share about this wild and electrifying announcement? Y’all know I LOVE hearing from you!!

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Latest News: Happy Birthday to ME Plus A Happy Gift for YOU

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to ME (February 26th)! I’m only a week late with my birthday post y’all! Teaching this class at High Desert Montessori has kept my hands full to overflowing.

I’m starting off my 44th year spreading love, happiness and kindness … with an intention to do this every day either in a small itty bitty way or a big ole huge way … ALWAYS for myself first so that I can overflow with the ooey gooey stuff to share with others!

My new motto is Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

I invite you to join me in spreading love, happiness and kindness. Who wants to choose to see the good that surrounds us? Who wants to choose to see the good in others? Who wants to choose to see the abundance that surrounds us? Let’s do it!

My son, Thomas, set up a LEGO birthday party for me too. So much fun! Sweet boy!

And, then I treated myself to this …. a Salted Caramel Mousse Cake with yummy fresh raspberries! Why not celebrate life EVERY DAY?!

Next up was dinner with the two favoritest people in my life …. my two kids, Thomas and Lillian! Thanks to my wonderful Oaklawn Junior HIgh friend, Lois, for the gift card. Crispy potatoes, Cheese Plate (cow, sheep, goat) …. SO YUMMY, Warm Golden Beet salad (I will be back for this … made my tummy HappyY), Margherita pizza, and Caramel Budino (Oh My Heavens!! …That was delicious)!!!! Check out how the bill is delivered! Comes tucked inside an awesome quote book. Love the quote that was marked with my bill.

After our early dinner, we had time for a brief walk along the river. Such a special time!

Next up was the HDMS Science Fair …

Lastly, here’s another treat I gave myself on my birthday and my gift to you also. I listened to this wonderful song titled “Happy” by the local Reno band, CRVSH. I was fortunate enough to hear and see these amazing guys live a couple of weeks ago!

This song gives me goose bumps all the way to my soul! I hope all y’all take four minutes out of your day and give this one a listen. Turn it way up and DANCE! Then spread the happiness and share it with somebody else!

Go here … .. It’s #15 on the playlist. So much love to all y’all … xoxo (I also love #1, #2, #3, #4)

P.S. – Stay tuned for a beautiful interview right here on my blog with CRVSH! Can’t wait to share it with y’all!

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Latest News: Update On Team TLC Christmas Miracle

It’s been just over a month since posting and sharing “Help Team TLC With a Christmas Miracle”. It has been overwhelming to keep up with friends wanting to know how things are going so I thought I’d share an update.

In just two weeks $8,400 was raised! Your sharing and donations came from and traveled the world. Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Utah, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Missouri, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, Wyoming, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand.

I thank you from the depths of my soul and cannot wait until I have the opportunity to pay your acts of kindness forward! Thank you to my Jr High School friends, my Mississippi friends, my Chromosome 18 family, my Mississippi family, Nevada friends, facebook friends and people I don’t even know … Oceans of love and hugs to all y’all!!

This house was supposed to be sold on December 26th and we found out a few days later that it got postponed for two weeks. The sale did happen on January 7th. That gave me more time to get the house packed and to search for a new place for us. The plan is to move the second weekend in February.

I have no idea why the sale of this house got postponed for two weeks but it has allowed for perfect timing with another factor. We have been gifted a few raffle tickets for a “Dream Home” that’s being raffled by Builder’s Association of Northern Nevada on February 6th.

Starting on January 6th I began teaching a class at High Desert Montessori Charter School. It’s a creative expressions class which is an elective for 7th and 8th graders. I’ll be teaching it through March 14th and I’m there every day from 12:30-2:30. The class I’m teaching is titled “Success for Teens” combined with learning how to blog. The students are blogging about the class and I’ve created a blog for the class titled “Their View”. I was supposed to teach it last quarter, from October – December 2013. It got postponed to this quarter. I appreciate this amazing opportunity more than words could express.

I continue to have faith and continue to be in awe of the timing of these two events and so many other interesting synchronistic occurrences. Whether we make our new home in the raffle “Dream Home” or another home, the outcome will be perfect. I will see and believe that either outcome is in answer to my prayers. I will be grateful and appreciative and will make whatever address is to be ours in February, our “Dream Home”.

The plan is to continue packing only what we feel we need and releasing attachment to things we don’t need. I’ve created an absolutely get rid of “pile” and, depending on where we move, we’ll take less furniture or almost all furniture. On February 7, 2014 we will know which direction we’re headed!

The past month has been an emotional roller coaster. I shared with a friend the other day that I hear silence where there was not silence previously. I absolutely knew that would happen and am making my way to being okay with that. She said, “That’s alright. Go where the noise is.” That’s my own advice being shared with me, when I can’t see it fully! Right on!!

I continue to be open to and research income generating opportunities in line with my own happiness and desire and commitment to devoting most of my time to being a full time Mom to Thomas and Lillian. I had a meeting last week with an organization and have one this week with a local business.

When I was nudged by my inner voice to openly ask for help and share my situation, I almost didn’t move forward. I had fears and thoughts of unworthiness. Yet, at the same time, my inner voice urged me onward as my asking for help was going to benefit others as well.

Sharing my situation and asking for help was and did help others by letting them know that it’s okay to ask for help and by letting others see the goodness and kindness in our world. I have received many messages from others sharing with me how this has helped them, inspired them, and re-ignited their faith.

I continue to have faith and be aware of the direction my inner voice nudges me to take. Thank you to everyone for your support, love, prayers, and positive thoughts.

Latest News: Success for Teens and Blogging

I’m thrilled that I am getting the opportunity to teach 7th and 8th graders how to blog at High Desert Montessori Charter School! From January 6, 2014 through March 14, 2014, I’m facilitating a program based on the “Success for Teens” book. Students are blogging about the class and at the same time learning what a blog is and why one would want to have a blog. This is an elective class as part of the school’s creative expressions elective choices.

Class Description:

Start pursuing your dreams now! We will learn the true definition of success. It’s not about smarts, looks, or luck. As we read and discuss “Success for Teens” students will think about their own goals, learn how to and begin taking little steps to achieve goals. In addition, we will have guest speakers who are business owners/entrepreneurs and students will create a goals/vision board.

I’ve created a blog titled, Their View, that is a portal for the students of the class to access resources discussed in class and for ME to share class happenings and to share some of the students’ thoughts.

Latest News: Team TLC Amazon Gift Guide

I have been wanting to put together a gift guide for ages! Finally taking the time to do it.

These are items that we use unless indicated otherwise. This is by no means a comprehensive gift guide. I partly wanted to preserve in the digital world much of what Team TLC’s life is like during this time and perhaps give you an idea or two for your own family for any upcoming special occasion!

First, I am an advocate of shopping local whenever possible. I support going to the local used book store in your neighborhood and all locally owned shops where these or similar items can be purchased.

I am also an advocate of making home made gifts whenever suitable. We make tons of home made gifts in our house and give one another store bought gifts minimally.

I’ll be putting together two additional Gift Guides as well. One that lists unique and different gifts and the other will list natural, simple and/or home made gifts.

Reading and Books:

I don’t own a Kindle, but they seem like the perfect gift for the book lover:

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

Kindle Accessories

Some of Thomas and Lillian’s favorite books:

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)

Bobbsey Twins Complete Series Set, 1-12

Junie B.’s Books in a Bus! (Books 1-27!)

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28

Fairy Realm #1: The Charm Bracelet

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car

Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)

The Blessing Cup (Paula Wiseman Books)

I have a widget already put together with my reading material .. TOO many to list individually! Camilla’s Favorite Books.


We are a TV-less house. We haven’t had a television in the house for about a year and a half and haven’t paid for television programing since about 2008.

However, we DO have movie night just about every Saturday night. I have a projector that I purchased back when I was facilitating trainings.

The link for the one I use is listed below. I connect it to my MacBook Pro and project it onto the wall in my bedroom. Fun stuff!

Epson EX5220 Wireless XGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 color lumens, 3000 while lumens (V11H551020)

I don’t have a bluetooth wireless speaker but have had the opportunity to be around one and they are amazing!! Much better than trying to hear the movie from the built in laptop speakers. This is on our bucket list:

Bluetooth Wireless Speaker (for GREAT sound while watching your movies)

This is the laptop I want to get for Thomas and Lillian. I like everything I’ve read about it:

Samsung Chromebook (Wi-Fi, 11.6-Inch)

This is fabulous for anyone who uses the iTouch or iPhone as a speech generating device! Serves a GREAT purpose:

iMainGo 2 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker Case

I’m not a big user of much more electronics other than plugins and an adapter here and there. However, Amazon has their own Electronics Gift Guide with tons of popular items ..

Amazon’s Electronics Gift Guide


Here at The Team TLC Casa we currently only watch G rated movies. I’ve let a few PG movies slip by and wasn’t pleased with the last one.

Family Movie Night:

Finding Nemo (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray/DVD in Blu-ray Packaging)

Felicity – An American Girl Adventure

The Red Balloon (The Criterion Collection)

Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates

The Princess Diaries: Two-Movie Collection (Three-Disc Combo Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)

Babes in Toyland

The Apple Dumpling Gang (Special Edition)

The Fox and the Hound / The Fox and the Hound II (Two-Pack)

Disney 4-Movie Collection: Herbie (Love Bug / Herbie Goes Bananas / Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo / Herbie Rides Again)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Full Screen Edition)

Follow Me, Boys!

The Incredible Mr. Limpet (Keepcase)

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Babar The Movie

Swiss Family Robinson (Vault Disney Collection)

Adult Movie Night:

It Happened One Night


His Girl Friday

We’ve got way too many movie favorites so I’ve put together a widget to house them all! Much more efficient than listing them. Team TLC Favorite Movies.

Arts & Crafts:

Elmer’s 3D Washable Glitter Pens, Classic Rainbow and Glitter Colors, Pack of 10 Pens (E199)

Crayola 240 Sheet Construction Paper

Yuzen Chiyogami- set of 40 Origami sheets (#YW-112)

Canvas panels 8 x 10 inch (pack of 12)

Dimensions Needlecrafts Paintworks Paint By Number, Butterflies And Bamboo

RoseArt Washable Poster Paints, 12-Count, Assorted Colors, Packaging May Vary (354VA-6)

Crayola 64 Ct Short Colored Pencils Kids Choice Colors

Crayola 64 Ct Crayons


Lillian cannot drink from a regular cup. It just spills all down her front side. This is what we use. I use one per week and then throw it away:

Hefty Zoo Pals Cups Safari Collection Cups, Lids & Bendy Straws

I love using this:

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black

This is not the exact one I use, but it’s similar. I use mine daily and this is the one I use to make my homemade fries:

Victorinox Swiss Army 8-Inch Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s Knife

This is not the exact paring knife I use. Mine is very old with a wooden handle. I use this daily too:

Mercer Cutlery Genesis 3.5″ Forged Paring Knife, Steel/Black

I use these almost daily. Multi-purpose! I use for ketchup, nuts, candy on movie night, and more:

NEW, Dozen 2½ Oz. (Ounce) All-Purpose Ramekin Individual Sauce Cups, Condiment Sauce Cups, Sauce Ramekins, Dipping Sauce Cups, Stainless Steel, Commercial/Restaurant Grade Quality

I use one like this to make the Rooibos tea that Thomas and I love so much:

Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece 84-ounce Pitcher

I love my little teapot for loose tea! Works great with tea bags too:

Heat Resistant Glass Teapot With Removable Infuser 24 oz

I stopped using the microwave about 6 months ago so I use this daily. I warm left overs in this or I use the stove top or oven. Just depends on what I’m warming:

Black & Decker TO1332SBD 4-Slice Toaster Oven

I use these for all sorts of things. I store popcorn, nuts, crackers, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in these jars. I also use them to drink my Rooibos tea! I prefer glass to plastic for storage and I LOVE that they are multi-purpose and not one use like canister sets:

Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 12

I have had this for over 10 years. I use it for not only pizza, but when I make fries or nachos. When I make fries or nachos I layer the pan with aluminum foil and coat with either olive oil spray or coconut oil spray:

AirBake Ultra by T-fal T492ABA2 Insulated 15.75-Inch Perforated Pizza Pan Dishwasher Safe Bakeware, Silver

Lillian and I love these towels since we both have long hair. Perfect:

Turbie Twist Cotton (3 Pack): Aqua, Purple, Navy Blue


I grew up playing this with my cousins, aunts and uncles! I just love playing it with Thomas and Lillian:

UNO 40th Anniversery Edition Card Game

This one too:

Sorry Classic Edition Board Game

This too! My cousins and I played tons of Go Fish and Crazy Eight:

Economy Playing Cards, 12-Decks

This too:

Games: Marbles: Classic Marbles

This too … except Lillian won’t play it due to her inability to copy with the unexpected!! (The buzzing when accidentally touching the sides!):

Operation Game

This is a fun and fabulous game that I’ve had since Lillian was a toddler. They both love it! We hardly play it anymore as they’ve moved past this type of game:

Ravensburger Snail’s Pace Race – Children’s Game

I didn’t play this one growing up, but love playing it with Thomas and Lillian:

Candy Land – The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game

This too:

Chutes and Ladders

We don’t own this one, but I played it tons and tons with my cousins! Would love to have it for our family:

Pressman Toys Pre205312 Chinese Checkers

Spent hours and hours with this growing up:

Green Toys Jump Rope, Green

This too:

Classic Hula Hoop Set of 3

Thomas and Lillian LOVE playing with this:

Play-Doh 24-Pack of Colors

This too! They love the one with glitter in it:

Crayola 57-4415 Model Magic Modeling Compound, 2-lb. Bucket, Asstd Colors, Four 8-oz. Pouches

Thomas LOVES these! I personally don’t like the licensed themes or the play themes that would have him use his imagination for battle and destruction type of scenarios.

Thomas has this one:

LEGO City Police Forest Station 4440

And this one:

LEGO City Police Patrol Car 4436

And this one:

LEGO Space Moon Buggy 3365

He wants this one:

LEGO City Fire Station 60004

And this one:

LEGO City 60022 Cargo Terminal Toy Building Set

And this one:

LEGO City Fire Truck 60002

And this one:

LEGO Space Center 3368

And this one:

LEGO Space Shuttle 3367

You get the idea … :)

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Latest News: Team TLC Favorite Movies

Team TLC has movie night just about every Saturday night. We are a TV-less house but we DO have a family movie night once per week.

I use this projector which I acquired when facilitating trainings, Epson EX7220 Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550020), (amazon affiliate link) connected to my MacBook and project our movie onto my bedroom wall! Fun Stuff Y’all!

We mostly watch G rated movies. However, I have found some PG movies that are acceptable for my preferences. Whenever Thomas and Lillian are having a sleepover with The Romano Duo (my Mom and Step-Father), I have a Team Member C movie night. You’ll be able to tell which are mine! I prefer the oldies!

I get most of our movies from the library. We have just about seen all of the appropriate movies the Washoe County library has available. So, sometimes I rent/stream from Amazon. I search for the $1.99 or $2.99 movies.

Here’s a fun and frugal tip! With Amazon Prime Membership you not only get free 2 day shipping, but you get access to unlimited streaming of 40,000 movies and tv episodes and you get to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. My book is available there!

You can sign up for a 30 day free trial Amazon Prime membership and receive these benefits! Just remember to mark your calendar to cancel the membership BEFORE you get charged the yearly fee … unless you think it’s worth it to keep it.

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