Daily Errands

Running around doing everything I can to make my family happy and feed them yummy things.

I picked up the weekly grocery’s and I decided to make some items that will bring delight to my children’s bellies.

On the menu is Shredded Chicken Potato Tacos 🌮 with Salsa🌶🧄🧅🍅, Chicken Panko Bites , and Dessert Squares (three different types: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry). Here are the recipes I spoke about on the podcast 🎙listed below. Please if you do try out these recipes, let me know how it turned out. 🥰

Salsa

  • Ingredients: Romano Tomato (x4), Poblano Pepper (x1), Garlic (x3 cloves), Red Onion (x1), Oregano (dried 2 tbls), and Salt (1 tsp)
  • First, in a small pot, fill with 2 cups of water.
  • Clean pepper by cutting off bottom and removing seeds.
  • Place pepper and tomato in pot and boil.
  • When boiled, set side to cool off. Save liquid.
  • When cool, pour half of liquid in blender with vegetables add raw, onion garlic oregano and teaspoon of salt (or to taste).
  • Blend… done.

Place in container refrigerate and save for later. You will want this cold and refreshing.

Mixture for Tacos

  • Ingredients: Red Potatoes (x4), Chicken Breast (x2), Knorr Cube Chicken Bouillon (x1 cube), the liquid from the remainder of the liquid from the boil of the salsa, salt (1tsp). Pre-shredded cheese (Asadero or your favorite) and Oaxaca ( to crumble) Yellow small corn tortilla, Shredded Cabbage (1/2 cup), Oil (to fry in pan).
  • Have a metal grid ready to place tacos for oil to drain.
  • Boil Potatoes in a separate pot with skin.
  • Boil chicken in the water from salsa with Knorr Cube Chicken Bouillon. Do not add any other water.
  • Once both are boiled, check that potatoes are fork tender and chicken is cooked.
  • Drain liquid from potatoes, then blend potatoes and add salt.
  • Shred the chicken and add to bowl with potatoes. Add Asadero cheese or your favorite shredded cheese.
  • Cover with plastic and place in refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and fy.
  • Get large pan and add oil, test the oil to make sure it is hot.
  • Get Taco fill with a little of the cold chicken potato cheese mixture. Pinch closed with tongs and lay in pan on side to fry. Flip on other side for even golden deliciousness.
  • Plate, add cabbage, salsa, and crumble a little of the cheese.

Trust me you will have made a new friend!

Chicken Panko

  • Ingredients: Chicken Breast (x4), Panko Bread Crumbs (1 cup), Flour (2 cups), Eggs (2 eggs), Teaspoon of the following spices and herbs: Dried Parsley, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt and Pepper. Old bay seasoning (1 Tablespoon) and Milk (1 cup).
  • Cut Chicken into tender sized pieces. In a ziplock bag (or baggie of your preference) and chicken to bag with milk, spices and herbs, and Old Bay. Close bag and store overnight in fridge.
  • You will need three bowls.
  • Mix half of the flour with Panko in a bowl.
  • The other part of flour in other bowl.
  • Mix eggs in third bowl.
  • Dip the each chicken piece into flour. Place on side. (Pro tip: clean up as you go.)
  • Once all is covered in flour.
  • Heat oil in pan (same pan like tacos… use the same oil if it is in the same moment of cooking).
  • Once oil is hot, place floured chicken into eggs and then place in panko flour, then right into pan. Do this is small batches.
  • Once chicken floats and turns golden, take out. They should be cooked all the way through.
  • Check first batch and make adjustments.
  • Adjust heat of oil and/or level of oil.
  • Complete all chicken in small batches.
  • Have a metal grid ready to place chicken for oil to drain.

You can serve with the same salsa it is amazing!!!!

Dessert Squares

  • Ingredients: Flour, Sugar, Vanilla, Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa, Oil, Eggs, Butter Unsalted, Salt, Peanut butter, Nesquik Strawberry Powder, baking powder and Powdered sugar. Have these ingredients ready.
  • Icing: Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar and milk (2 tablespoons) and vanilla teaspoon to create a base. Divide base by three batches:
    • First batch leave as is for Vanilla Squares;
    • In second batch, add 1 tsp of Strawberry Nesquick; and,
    • In third batch add 1 tsp of peanut butter. Place all in to refrigerator for later.
  • Batter: we are creating two types of squares Chocolate and Blondie. We are doing the Blondie twice as only the icing changes here.
  • The squares will all be for 9×9 pan. I would spray the pan before placing batter or grease pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blondie Batter: 2 Large Eggs, 2 tsp Vanilla, 1 Cup of unsalted melted butter, 2 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt.
    • Mix eggs and Vanilla in bowl, in seperate bowl mix sugar and melted butter, combine in to egg and vanilla mixture.
    • Add all dry ingredients in seperate bowl mix together and then incorporate into wet mixture.
    • Place in pan, bake for 30 minutes. Edges should be golden.
    • This should make 9 squares and you will repeat this for our trio dessert squares.
  • Chocolate Brownie: 2 Large Eggs, 1 tsp Vanilla, 1/2 cup of unsalted melted butter, 1 cups sugar, 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup of Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa.
    • Mix eggs and Vanilla in bowl, in seperate bowl mix sugar and melted butter, combine in to egg and vanilla mixture. Add all dry ingredients in seperate bowl mix together and then incorporate into wet mixture. Place in pan, bake for 30 minutes. Edges should be golden. This should make 9 squares.
  • After all is baked you will have 27 squares. One set chocolate and two set blondie. Take icing out of refrigerator and vigorously whip and then drizzle the following:
    • Peanut butter on chocolate,
    • Strawberry on blondie
    • Vanilla on blondie.

These will go fast, which is what happened with my boys.

Buen provecho to all of you and you know we enjoyed these delights this week on this journey on Fannytasticlife.

Small Holiday – Top 10 Picks

For under $25.00 holiday shopping through Amazon (sorted highest to lowest)

That season has begun, and Black Friday is right around the corner. Most of us, who are still in quarantine and trying to save money – by keeping expenses down. However, this is one of the major peaks of interest during this time especially with a lower point of sale in mind. Guess what… Got you covered; for the adults in your life and their small gifts that will make a big impact.

Just to keep in mind how amazing these products are my featured image is already sold out and that is the Cozylove, 16pcs magnets they have other patterns you may like that are still available.

Jumping right into it, here we go with the Top 10 under $25.00:

Does your friends or family always complain about misplacing their keys Great option right under 25 at $24.99

The Adidas Men Adilette Shower Slide is a great option for any guy in your life $24.95

Hottest trend for gentleman this year has been growing gorgeous beards, how about a grooming kit…? $20.91

Gorgy… sleeping eye mask is needed for that lady who just needs a Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment for $15.99

This little stocking stuffers is for that loved one in your life that goes missing for only $14.99

One of my favorites, and on my neck Audrey is fashion baby for $14.39.

If you girl is more of a Marilyn, I got you covered at $12.32

At $10.55 this is a MUST, foggy glasses are not cute with Optix 55 Anti-Fog Spray they got you in the clear.

It gets frustrating, I get it; get this at only $8.86 to let out the mini workout after the webinar.

One more Audrey, how about a sweet earing, oh yes honey this devilish stud is something you an get all the ladies for a mere $2.99

There you have it folks, some adulting under $25.00, from Amazon and if you are Prime some of these are Free shipping. Happy shopping for 2020.

**BONUS**

First 10 comments on this blog by Black Friday 2020, I will gift you the Optix anti-fog. Rules: You will need to follow the podcast above, like on instagram @FHBMGC, Follow and subscribe to youtube @fannytasticlife and comment below. I will reach out to you!

Thanksgiving…whatcha’ doing? You name it!

I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, Lamb, rams, hogs, dogs, Beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes, Chicken, turkeys, rabbit (You name it)!

We need to keep it at a distance, right? Does that mean give up my annual turkey or scale it down. So much time has passed and we can’t be with loved ones. I know a lot of us don’t want to zoom across the family table. Some of us celebrated differently, not in the traditional sense.

Every year I normally host a large dinner where I prepare a large turkey, ham, and all the trimmings including various pies all made by scratch. The last two Thanksgivings we visited family who hosted. Those two times we visited I still prepared a small feast for my family. I did this because the next day there was a nostalgic attachment to years before where I woke up and my mother heated up the leftovers and made a day after breakfast for us.

This may sounds silly but every year as a child we would go to our families home and be given food to take home. Normally, my Aunt Susie would prepare the feast with her amazingly delicious sausage stuffing.

Mom always tried to do her best, but we barely had food by the end of the month waiting for the first of the month like many children in my neighborhood. Maybe a jar of peanut butter, or a brick of government cheese but we could not have a feast towards the end of the month. My mom was an amazing woman and my father the same. It was not until I was about 15 that my mother started making her own celebration.

She would incorporate many dishes that were unique to the holiday. I would help her. I was entrusted on making the pie. Preparing the kasha varnishkes. I would also make the cranberry sauce. She would insist that it be 1 part can and 1 part fresh cut with orange juice and boiled. I can not deny that it was delicious. She would take all the bread and make a yummy stuffing with celery and turkey drippings, and Chicken Liver Pâté.

It was not champagne and caviar but her own feast and it was an amazing feeling from the heart. I loved going to my Aunts and having my mom’s celebration. I promised myself when I was older and had a family I would do the same and incorporate all my mom’s dishes and my Aunts and make it a memory for my children.

Sometimes I would prepare so many dishes and my soul would just feel complete.

This year we don’t have the families coming over at all I am not closing my doors but I cannot open my home as I have had multiple COVID test, thank fully negative and I am still struggling with my breathing and lung pain from April. I just cannot put us at an additional risk. However, I will make a small “You name it” feast.

I hope that my family can connect soon in total but for now little moments and virtual is on the menu.

What ever you decide to do just remember to give love to those in your life that are lonely or just need a little bit of your light. I will do my best on this new journey of Fannytasticlife!

Stealth… oh no she didnt… yes I did.

There is nothing in this world that keeps you honest more than telling people what you are doing.

For a while, I have been blaming the pandemic for the additional pounds that I have accumulated. Well, I have some goals I recently set and it wont be right unless I create a wealth of health (WOH) goal. The movement of WOH!!!

I always say that IT starts with YOU, in this perspective, it is ME. My goal overall is to have better health. For measurement purposes I hope to lose some weight and to put my money where my mouth is I will set up a Goal with my Aspiration Plan and my Back up Plan (Plan A/Plan B)

To gain support of course I started a group on linkedin called Wealth Of Health (WOH), I mean why not!

While I am trying to complete my goals and maintain for my future why not find support and talk about shared success. Here is my plan:

  • Exercise daily 30 minutes, every morning. (7 days a week)

  • Plan A: For the next three months – and reset goal for new timeline. Reward if goal is achieved.

    Plan B: For the next six months – no reward just self love, if goal is not achieved.

  • Aiming for 2lbs a week and a healthy heart for about 30lbs.

  • Maintain a healthy diet, which I already do.

  • Stay happy, positive and focused.

  • Reward: Brand new suit, oh yes!

If you are interested in doing this with me or giving feedback, support or telling me about your journey. I will post and share your story if you like!

I will definitely want to set up virtual group meetings and possibly events around this movement of #WOH. Your wealth of knowledge is important to me.


Here comes Halloween…Halloween!

So much going on in the world and we still need the happiness and wicked glee we all enjoy of this spooky time of year. One night to break free and mentally dress as your inner monster, Rockstar, superhero, French maid, etc.  For businesses experiencing this Pandemic it also offers relief to parents with children who have nowhere to go or nothing to do.

Of course, due to social distancing and the every scary COVID-19 lurking everywhere and anywhere there must be a silver lining as that is what I am all about; one of my huge splurges is decoration that is Pinterest worthy.

An approachable haunted porch or stoop to creep up on and Trick or Treat or Not.

Spooky but Pinterest worthy!

Will you be handing out candy or something else?  This year we placed an apothecary jar filled with masks in our treat bowl shaped like a cat of the night.  Only to increase safety for our children.

Halloween entry foyer, with instead of treats masks.

Halloween is a huge business driver for many industries.  Candy in 2017 sold in the billions one of the highest peaks and last year still maintaining that level.  Undeniably, this year this we will need to wait and see what the trends are, but we know we will be in the low range. 

Many stores pre purchased from their wholesalers this inventory so they may be at a huge loss, towards the end.  A lot of sales November 1, this year on many Halloween items.  The savvy shopper will pick up those deal to add to their collections for 2021.

According to Forbes, we se in the past 10 years, the first peak in 2012 at 8 billion then pretty steady until the next peak in 2017 at 9.1 billion, which was the highest point and then slowly dropped but maintained by 2019 with 8.8 billion in the Halloween expenditures.  

RetailMeNot data 2019 study on Halloween Sales

M&M’s and Reese’s are still the top sellers. Although we love Candy Corns and Jolly Ranchers any thing wrapped is truly the safest always especially during this pandemic.

So far online and discount stores are the highest level where transactions are truly turning those sales and units per transaction (UPT).  The biggest decline was felt in catalogs, unless it was catalog to online and this is because of pandemic.

For my little spices and that is out doggies they are also in the mood being fashionable as always. Coco who was just groomed, is sporting is Candy Corn Ascot and Ginger always ready to play with his Skull chew toy all can be found at PetSmart.

Halloween spice with GingerSnap and his skull chew and CocoLoco with his candy corn Ascot

What ever you decide to do make sure it is festive the best way YOU know how, that’s all for now as I have many other wicked things to do on this journey of Fannytasticlife!

Needs vs. Wants (The in between of Indulgences)

We all need to respect the necessities that life requires but what about the wants we constantly reach for and try to glimpse at and dare hope to touch. An in between does exist and this is called the desires, the whims, treats, pampers, sweet satisfaction of momentary bliss, especially on this journey of Fannytasticlife!

Through life, just living we need food, water, shelter… right… right we can all relate. Abraham Maslow, in 1943 wrote a paper, ” A theory of motivation,” although scientifically there was much conflict with the measurement of this theory: Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the bottom line resonated with most individuals.

  • Five tiers include:
    • The physiological needs of air, water, food shelter, sleep clothing and reproduction.
    • The need for safety, personal security, employment, resources, health, and property.
    • Loving and belonging the midpoint of the hierarchy where friendship, intimacy, family and the sense of connection.
    • Esteem, is the level of need where respect, self-esteem, status, recognition, strength and freedom are found; and,
    • Finally, the top tier of self-actualization where the desire to be the best one can be is here.
Needs

In life we also want for so many things money, fortune, health, designer shoes, bags, a lifestyle of sorts, the finer things. That at times seem too far to touch but then when in our grasps at one costs….?

Wants

What about the in between? We seem to overlook this… Some call these whims, desires how about pampering… telling me this my indulgence…? So what if it is. We have seen that life will not spare us the obstacle so why not enjoy the journey.

Indulgences

Like all my indulgences I love to have the rewards. Yes, rewards as these are not needs nor wants but the trophy that I have earned when accomplishing my goals. I have many goals all the time that I set and every goal I set has a reward. It is important because without the reward you will not be able to find the motivation you make think you will keep it up but a little reward will help you stay focused.

About ten years ago I said to myself, if I get my Notary license as a reward I will buy a Tiffany & Co. pen. Achieved, purchase, crossed off list! I have some new goals that I have set for my next graduation that is coming up, for my new health journey, and recently I said I am going to become an entrepreneur, which is not easy and constantly work on my hustle for my blog, podcast, and licenses along with my credentials. I told myself the first offer I get I am going to get a mani/pedi. It happened this Friday… so what did i do, put a check box on my goal and went to retrieve my reward. This was not a need or a want but a part of my quality of life and recognition for my continued motivation.

I went to this beautiful spa in my town, that I always pass but I did not know they had the services I wanted. Oh My Jesus Christmas (OMJ) … absolutely stunning inside, extraordinary clean and so peaceful. It was amazing from the first moment of entrance. I was handled beautifully by the sophisticated luxury Attaché. I met with my specialist who kept up with the ambiance and provided a superior pedicure and detailed manicure that I was hoping for. This reward of pamper was opulent and yet in my reach. (I provided the link below)

Looma Spa

How do we go about these goals one my wonder. I usually set my goals to two branches of plans in the course of my achieving goals. The first one is my Plan of Aspiration ©  and one in my Back up plan; I refer to these as my Plan A, and Plan B. Both plans move in the same direction and on the same track with the same time line however the Plan B is at half the amount of value. The reason why I do this is because naturally people tend to quit the goal they set, so if I atleast make it halfway I achieved in essence the goal.

My rules are the following for Goals Reward or Reassess (GRoR*):

  1. Set the goal with a Plan A and Plan B.
  2. Establish what the Reward will be, this is important because it needs to be something that is valuable and you really desire.
  3. Both branches of the goal must have a timeline that it is the same process.
  4. Plan B must be worth half of Plan A in order to help you in your back up plan.
  5. If Plan A is achieved the reward is granted and enjoy!
  6. If the Plan B, is used in lieu of Plan A, no reward is achieved and the Reassess comes in to play:
    • Reassess is when the goal doesn’t work out and Plan B is reached and must be reviewed to either make the timeline longer, review the measurable accounts of what was achieved and finally create a new Plan A and Plan B.
    • If Plan a or Plan B, is not achieved it is also suggested to Reassess the realistic process of the goal it may not be achievable at that timeline and the timeline may need to be longer.

Now, if the goal is achieved by all means reward yourself. I sure did, I will always reward my goals as it keeps me focused on attaining my next level of success. Just because a goal is reached this doesn’t mean to stop creating goals. In the beginning you may want to set multiple layers of goals with different timelines.

Timeline

Create a Goal Tracker and Progress checklist to keep a record of your work that way it is measurable.  You can design and use whatever you like. I have added my example that I use below, which I perform on excel and utilize the data on my journey of Fannytasticlife!

Goal Tracker

Now if my tracker is toooo complicated no worries. I also have this adorable book I purchased from Staples. The book is called, this girl has goals by Dayna Lee Collection

*Gror means Cool or Awesome, Urban Dictionary.

MAU Social Media Platforms

Connections

No one loves networking better than me, no one! Of course I am being silly but truthfully connections in all parts of interactions virtuality and in reality are extremely important to our mental health. One of my new mindsets is self-innovation. As it is important especially during this time because of our new, updated virtual personas. We need our connections and we also need to be able to flex with the times.

Prior to the pandemic, we physically were available even if we worked remote or at a specific location. During the pandemic, the change of visibility went from 98% to 0% in a forced quarantine. To move forward and pick up the pieces we need to embrace the new self-innovation discovery and remarket ourselves as well as our brands. The reason for remarketing must deal with being empathetic but how do we show that virtually. As we all know, there are no repeats of first impressions. First impressions via virtual would be our profile pictures.

At first glance.

Some profiles are missing images but we need to take into account that who we are posting messages to may be visual learners. This is why profile pictures really make the connection with potential people of interest.

If you work for a corporate environment and wear professional attire chances are in person you make a great impression and prior to the pandemic your branding was on point.

Currently, your image may need to adjust for a more casual profile picture if you are home working and if you are hybrid at may be a professional casual look; why would we do this? We make this slight change to stay relevant. If you decided to leave your picture on your profile without an update the feedback from many sources state that you are coming off stagnant and not in touch.

However, if you want to keep it crisp and professional, I would suggest updating to a current polished look. For example if you have the same picture from twenty years ago chances are when you do finally zoom meet out in person the connection wont feel genuine.

Let us dissect this slightly: If you change your profile picture very often this can come across as insecure however, if you change it periodically to stay relevant with the current events as they happen this comes across as approachable.

Branding pictures are treated differently: If your brand is one image no matter when it was taken but used for all media, I would suggest keep it consistent unless your brand changes. Being recognizable as part of the brand is not something you want to constantly change. For example if you use specific colors or patterns when people see this they will connect it to you. So it is important for your brand to reflect who you are and maintain consistency.

Our virtual persona is more than just our profile pictures although if you are marketing, even if the content is valuable data without an image, the post tends to be swiped, overlooked, or simply ignored.

MAU

Your persona is something to invest in. Recently, I wanted to review platforms by usage and the format is called MAU, which stands for “Monthly Active Users, and MUVs stands for Monthly Unique Visitors.” (Lua, 2020) Utilizing the data from Buffers top 21 list I compiled this graph below to show the most popular by the billions of active users monthly.

Based on information from Buffer.

As we can see by this chart Facebook is the number one social media platform on the earth with over 2.3 billion monthly users. What does this mean, at first glance we can assume that the feeling of facebook and family connections is the purpose but for marketing you can reach 1/3 of the earth’s population for your business. Why not take that opportunity showcase yourself virtually here.

TikTok with 500 million MAU, has the most interesting pattern that grasp the full attention span and it reaches so many demographics who are willing to join and participate. Virtually brand new on the spot singers are turned into superstars. I personally felt that when my last post got 1160 that I was Tik Tok Famous.

With this platform you are limited to a specific window of time. The impression is so impactful that is truly keeps you watching and becoming addicted to it. This is great if you are the content magnet pulling in that attention. How does it work? It only gives you a glimpse that continues to loop. Therefore, capturing the intrigue and then swiping to the next content.

Many have wondered can 30 seconds be so appealing, and the answer is yes. We are attracted within the first second of a meme and most songs are not longer than 4 minutes unless it is a song by the singer Meatloaf. This is truly a winning strategy like the psychology behind casino design that allows for one user to see so much content in a fleeting period and lose track of time.

Linkedin has about 294 million MAU, which is about 13% of Facebooks grasp but still worthy enough for the connections. I utilize LinkedIn daily, I post and reach out and make sure to constantly update all my information to stay current. My profile is different depending on what media it is on for example my LinkedIn as seen below is simple, approachable and current.

Will I change this picture? Yes, but timing is key. For Instagram with 1 billion MAU, it is exceedingly popular. When you post for marketing you really need to know and understand your concept. This can be described as a storyboard remembering branding and consistency and when posting the message needs to come across is less than 1 sec, so this needs to be meme like and have a value of an icon. For example, when you see a swoosh, you know it is Nike or if you see that famous green mermaid you start craving Starbucks. These are the 1 sec recognitions of those brands and even if it is holiday or a distinctive design that fluidity flows with their brand. That is how you need to design your brand and how it lands.

Mutual Benefits

Value of maintenance regarding networks is so important because staying connected creates a simple partnership of benefits. With two-way communication highways the value of information can be worth more than a monetary interest.

When engaging I know what my message is; what I want to say; but I do not know what I am about to hear. Therefore, understanding the links value is where opportunity can be for both parties. Consequently, I always like to learn the information and hear what the other person wants to convey. It is then I can adjust my message in the conversation. The other part is that sometimes, I make a connection and on face value we cannot offer the other one a direct benefit.

What we can offer is value outside of the connection like a compensation or return of value through interconnected contacts; a third party. Having this contact creates an advantage to the dynamic and making the bridge is the mutual benefit that we all can potentially share, which would be the common interest. Through connections, we can create fresh ideas, advances on projects and goals, opportunities, advice and strategy, support and new perspectives.

AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) predicts client’s likelihood to engage with your business and unite them with your strategy and potential profits. Effective strategy with social media can build a brand and the ability to read the data and project possibilities can potentially foresee the next move based on the tracked insight. Tools used by AI are hashtags, patterns, clicks and overall user behavior and tendencies.

Most social media platforms utilizes this data and if you turn your personal account into a business account you can review this type of data.

Analytics and Insights

Analytics and Insights, are the data tools that review the large pools of data collected by the AI. This creates tools for you to view specifics based on the analytical data and decide next moves and strategy. The steps of analytics are usually: collection, process, feed, review and compare.

Data can include demographic information such as: age, gender, marital status, income, education, geographic location and employment. If you are trying to reach these group you can adjust where and how you post or advertise on these social media platforms.

This data when viewed on either a timeline or over fiscal timelines can reveal crucial data. When compared to businesses similar to yours, creates the insight and hidden potentials.

Insights are very rewarding as they offer an opportunity for change, learning and competition.

Opportunities

There is always a fundamental opportunity to connect with a person and to respect that connection and offer mutual benefits. The social platforms will help connections prosper and relate while the technology will help to create a strategy to for next steps.

Thank you for connecting on this journey of Fannytasticlife!

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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Being Proactive

Monica’s Story

Monica a vibrant career professional in New York City, who recently had just moved from Florida, but was originally a New Yorker. Making herself acquainted in Queens. Settling in with her family and matriculating her children into school. Terribly busy and always initiative-taking with her and her family’s health.

She previously worked for a hospital in Florida who made it part of their standard operating procedure and general office protocol to have the employees in her department receive yearly mammograms, which in her case were always negative.

In the process of her moving, she missed the examination for that year and while changing careers her appointment lapsed when she was due for her mammogram. In a self-discovery, she came across something that would change her life forever.

With Monica Patino

At 37 years old Monica discovered, that she had a lump in her breast. Immediately she had her self-checked out and it was determined that she had Breast Cancer Stage 2B; had she not let the examinations lapse she may have caught it before it had gotten so serious.

Stage 2B, describes “breast cancer in which: the tumor is larger than 2 cm but no larger than 5 cm” (Breast Cancer, 2020)

Monica underwent many procedures that changed her life forever. These procedures included and were not limited to: chemotherapy to shrink the two large cancer cells, full mastectomy, and followed by the radiation. She has now been cancer free for the past four years, thank GOD! Now, Monica is a self check activist,”learn your body and feel it.”

The cancer hit Monica and her family fast, and hard. Her life was immediately impacted by this and thankfully she found a lot of support with her family, friends and job who sponsored her during the annual Breast Cancer Walk, walking with Monica’s Soldiers.

Currently, her good friend is walking in her honor and you can provide sponsorship in the name of Monica Patino, a survivor of Breast Cancer, who is still fighting every day and staying strong and finding peace.

Resources

Stay Healthy (Breast Cancer, 2020)

Screening Information

#AskHer – Atlantic Health System’s #AskHer campaign encourages you to ask the women you care about to schedule their annual screening mammogram, or take the initiative and do it for yourself. Early detection saves lives. (Atlantic Health Systems, 2020)

WebMD – You can get a free mammogram every 1 to 2 years if you’re over age 40. (WebMD, 2020) and

CDC – Find a Screening Program Near You (CDC, 2020)

Important Dates

Importance of October 23 – wear PINK and show support all over the world!

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She HYPES us up!!!

Inspirations

Driving in my car and feeling so grateful. I remember not having a license and taking the train everywhere, or bus, or just walking everywhere. Previously afraid to drive.

In my previous blog, Am I nervous… I briefly mentioned taking my permit and the sequel Licensed I was so happy that I finally got my license to drive; gratefully just appreciating the happiness and freedom I feel. Prior to cruising all over the place I felt afraid and because my husband drove me when we needed to go somewhere I really did not have the courage to drive. In hindsight I believe, I should have drove years earlier.

In 2017, for my birthday I came home and my husband surprised me with my dream car. I could not believe it but of course he got it right, red Liberty Jeep.

Birthday Present Surprise!

I was embarrassed to tell him that my permit expired and that I had no credentials to drive. So, I was truly inspired to run and get that license.

So many things in life we pull inspiration from.

Speaking of inspiration, I recently when deciding to podcast wasn’t sure how I would be received. I had been blogging for a while and was able to write how I feel and capture moments in story. When I started podcasting first I was nervous and insecure about my accent but once I started talking the feedback I got was amazing. This has become true therapy and life changing for me. Finding inspiration, ideas, themes has really driven me to want to inspire others.

The other day I was at the supermarket and I hear some one call me in the parking lot but not by my name but my brand. They actually said, “hey, Fannytasticlife!” I felt so amazing hearing that in an outside element. This beautiful person went on and told me how inspirational my stories were to her. What I loved was that she is not my family or someone on the payroll … but a true neighbor and friend to the family; in our town. I felt so proud of this moment and so did my sweet children who witnessed this act of inspiration and kindness.

From this experience we created an new theme for our apparel in our Inspiration album. In particular, we created three pieces that speak to her specifically and they are: She HYPES us up!, We are listening! and, Get Hype!

I truly love doing what I do and for those who continue to encourage me on this Journey of Fannytasticlife, I thank you all!

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Groucho Marx

The Quiet Place

My mind was endless stirring today. I made sure everything on my list was complete. However, I was in deep thought and over thought in over drive.

I dropped off my son and went to run errands, this time I did not put any music on as I wanted to just think and work it out mentally. I iron it out. However, I realizes my grocery list and had forgotten my phone in the store but decided not to go back to the car and get it.

I was thinking about many of the life changes and challenges that have come into my world and I was trying to ascertain the relevance with my though process today but I could not make the amends with my mind.

I got the bananas, the deodorant, a wanted some cleaning supplies and had them all. I heard my mothers voice in a thought of memory and maybe it was the conversation I had with my sister yesterday that brought this happy laugh to my mind.

My mother passed away two decades ago and when she was alive she always brought laughter to my tears. Anytime I was sad, she would instantly bring me joy. Although she would say being happy wasnt something she enjoyed.

I remembered we were watching a comedy special with that was so funny and I went and started coloring a picture of Groucho Marx, I showed my mom. She loved it. I asked her if we could send it to him and maybe he would send us an autograph. It was at that moment my mother explained that he was no longer alive and in fact had passed away. I started crying into my mothers arms, and asked her to promise me that she would never die. My mother promised; although I know it was a promise she could not keep.

My mother was always very serious about promises and words of honor. She said a promise was more valuable than money. She always expected us to keep our promises, which we were raised to do and which I still do to this day.

My mother would sometimes call me at work to “break up the monotony” as she would put it. Around that time my mother was admitted into the hospital and she would call me with a daily joke. Well one day, she called me and said “Fanny, the angels are here, they have come to take me. I am going to go with them now, I love you” and I cut her off and said, “mom why are you being so silly, I will come after work to see you but I am with customers now” she continued and insisted, “The angels are here please tell your father I love him, and your sister, I love her. Please know I love you all so much.” and with that we hung up. After work my sister and I went to see our mom and I had told my sister how silly she was. When we arrived at the hospital, it was to late as she had passed away.

The doctors told us she died during heart surgery and her kidneys failed, unbeknownst to us that she had surgery planned that day. That was one of the hardest life changing moments I can ever not want to think about. It was in my thoughts today.

As I was walking back to my car I couldn’t stop overthinking. I put the groceries away and I got in and grabbed my phone. I saw I had a text from a dear friend and he wrote lovely things that I needed to read. I started to feel love and joy in my soul. I remembered a joke and laughed at the thought of Groucho Marx in my car and it made sense.

We have one gift, goal and purpose of life, which is not to mourn but to rejoice in love. Having love is so healing especially for our quiet places.

It cant always be perfect but we can give love and get through life together I did today and in my journey of this Fannytasticlife.

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