If you've been keeping up with me on Instagram, you've seen that I've been traveling all around the United States. I have a roadmap of where I'm headed next, and one certain thing is that I will be spending most of the spring in Arizona. It is my favorite time of the year in the Valley of the Sun. The weather is perfect, so I spend most of my time outdoors.
Some of us may be on Spring Break but as we know, living with diabetes never takes a break. Thankfully I always have my FreeStyle Libre 2 system as my plus one for my adventures. Below are my favorite things about spring and how this season impacts my life as a person living with diabetes.
Favorite things about Spring in Arizona
I live for floral prints, short shorts, and short sleeves! That means my sensor is on full display. But no worries there - it's my best accessory. Small1, discreet*2, and I only need my smartphone to scan and monitor my glucose levels with the FreeStyle Libre 2 app†.
I'm ready for all the spring goodies. Fresh fruits, mimosas, salads, and sandwiches galore. My friends and I love to lay out a blanket and just enjoy the day together. By having my FreeStyle Libre 2 sensor with me, I feel confident knowing what my glucose levels are with a new reading every single minute3 while I enjoy all my favorite foods.
I'm not the only one who loves spring. My pets love it too! Warmer weather means we can stay active and enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer together. With all the extra activity, I keep my alarms‡ on so I get optional [real-time] high and low glucose alarms on my phone during all the fun we have.
I'm soaking up every minute of warm weather activities that I can get. If you want to join me and try the FreeStyle Libre 2 system, visit https://www.freestyle.abbott/us-en/home.html and talk to your doctor if it’s right for you.
Until next time! Xoxo
Visit https://www.freestylelibre.us/safety-information.html for safety information.
* Data from this study was collected with the outside US version of the FreeStyle Libre 14 day system. FreeStyle Libre 2 has the same features as FreeStyle Libre 14 day system with optional real-time glucose alarms. Therefore the study data is applicable to both products.
† The FreeStyle Libre 2 app is only compatible with certain mobile devices and operating systems. Please check our website for more information about device compatibility before using the app. Use of the FreeStyle Libre 2 app requires registration with LibreView.
‡ Notifications will only be received when alarms are turned on and the sensor is within 20 feet unobstructed of the reading device. You must enable the appropriate settings on your smartphone to receive alarms and alerts, see the FreeStyle Libre 2 User’s Manual for more information.
Medicare coverage is available for the FreeStyle Libre 2 system if the FreeStyle Libre 2 reader is used to review glucose data on some days every month. Medicare and other third party payor criteria apply. Abbott provides this information as a courtesy, it is subject to change and interpretation. The customer is ultimately responsible for determining the appropriate codes, coverage, and payment policies for individual patients. Abbott does not guarantee third party coverage or payment for our products or reimburse customers for claims that are denied by third party payors.
1. Al Hayek, A. Clinical Medical Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes (202): https://doi.org/10.1177/1179551420910122.
2. Haak, T. Diabetes Therapy (2017): https://doi.org/10.1007/s13300-016-0223-6.
3. FreeStyle Libre 2 User's Manual.
A trip down memory lane
Knowledge is more than power, it is freedom. — Steven Cuoco
Hello friends! Happy to see you here again. We are reaching the end of the year and there are so many exciting things to look forward to! It’s also a time to celebrate because I just hit my 4-year anniversary of being on #TeamFreeStyleLibre. I remember that first day so clearly - I was nervous to put on the first-generation FreeStyle Libre sensor, I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, and I thought I would knock it right off. So many worries and “what ifs”.
Hi friends, and welcome back!
As you may know, I have been using the FreeStyle Libre 2 system for a while now and the real-time glucose alarms§ have been a game changer for me. I initially thought I would only keep my low alarm on for safety, but once I got comfortable with that alarm, I ended up setting a high alarm to better track and ultimately improve my time in range||¶1,2. As much as I love the alarms on my FreeStyle Libre 2 system, I am even more excited to announce that the app*†‡ is now available! Those days of carrying around a separate device are over!
Keep on Keeping on
Hi friends! Thank you so much for coming back to my website. Summer arrived in Arizona back in March and ever since then, you can catch me anywhere near a body of water. Whether I’m hiking along Saguaro Lake, paddle boarding through Butcher Jones or just hanging in the pool at home, I am staying cool in the water. With my FreeStyle Libre 2 system, I’m able to better manage my glucose levels*†1,2,3 – even in the summer since the sensor is water resistant‡!
Hi. It’s me. Your Unofficial Miss Arizona. I’m reporting to you from my new favorite spot in Arizona: PAGE! I had the honor of being a guest of the Hyatt Place Lake Powell/Page and exploring the surrounding area. If you are looking for a true Arizona experience, keep reading to see why you must add this spot to your bucket list!
Getting Started with Exercise
One of the first orders of business this year was an online webinar with my friend Christel from DiabetesStrong.com.
Halloween looks a little different this year but I decided to keep it classic.
When I hopped on to 3wishes.com, I thought I was going to pick a fun, girly costume like a sailor or a fairytale character.
Hi friends & I’m sure there are some skeptics here too. Welcome to all!
Summer Goals: smile
We could all use a smile right now
There are many many things going on in our world right now. We are living in unprecedented times. We aren’t sure what’s next but one thing is for sure, someone could always use a smile.
As I shared in my previous blog post, I have partnered up with Crest to bring you savings and let you know all about Crest Gum Detoxify. Currently at Walgreens (through 6/26), if you purchase 2 Crest Gum Detoxify items, you will get $4 back in rewards! Savings bring a smile to my face but also Crest Gum Detoxify makes me feel confident that my smile shines bright and healthy!
Im back...& with a Smile!
Hi friends! Long time no see! Honestly, I haven’t been feeling myself lately. I’ve been struggling while staying home. It’s been hard for me to adjust to the current normal and find the motivation to stay on track with work and other duties. None of us could have predicted what life would look like during this pandemic but regardless of what’s going on outside my home, I have taken a few small steps within my home to keep me smiling!
2019 Highlights- Cheers to 2020!
2019 has come and gone! If I had to describe the year in one word I would say “growth.” Not only did my business grow, friendships grew, but I also dealt with many hard times in private that lead me to grow for the better. I had so many exciting moments and I am excited to look back at my top 5 favorite moments of 2019 with you. Here we go!
Hello fellow shoppers! I’m here to tell you about the amazing deals at my favorite outlet center in the valley: Phoenix Premium Outlets!
Use Your FSA Benefits!
BIG NEWS! You can now buy one of my favorite diabetes products through your FSA benefits!
MedAngel ONE Wireless Thermometer
Let’s talk! I am a full-time blogger/influencer. There can often be a stigma around the idea. I get it. It’s a new thing… well actually, it isn’t. The WORD “influencer” is new, but the concept of an influencer isn’t new. Before influencers were celebrities, food critics, people in power. Now people of any background can build their audience, build relationships and become influencers in their own right.
Always on the go!
It seems like every time I check-in with a Crest update, I am heading or coming back from out of town. With my blog/Instagram, I am always traveling to new cities and meeting new people. My smile is my best asset! It is my business card! Thanks to Crest, I am prouder than ever to show it off!
I am SO excited about this post! I am going to be telling you all about the AMAZING Angie Crabtree! This woman has blown me away and I feel like the whole world needs to know about her. Ever since I found out about her, I have become her biggest fan! Any opportunity I get, I pull up her Instagram and show her masterpieces to my friends. She is the most talented person I know and she happens to live with 2 autoimmune diseases. She is a fellow person with diabetes but also lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had the opportunity to talk with her over the phone and now I get to share what I learned!
Last time we talked, I was on my way to Chicago and to meet with some of my diabuddies! I wanted to make sure my smile was looking nice and sparkly in person. For a few weeks at this point I’ve been using Crest 3D Artic Fresh White. Ever since my braces came off in high school, I’ve been confident in my smile but as of late, I’ve had an extra boost of confidence!
Hi everyone! I’m back with another post with Crest! I’m actually headed off to Chicago in a few days and there will be lots of fun going on! Continue reading to find out what offers Crest has going on and where you can hang out with me in Chicago for St. Patty’s Day weekend!
CREST: Love Your Smile
STOP, drop and roll! Oh wait, that’s what you do in case of a fire. Well I guess this deal is pretty hot! Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there are still treats to be had! But this time, at Walgreens!
Would you believe that ME, PALOMA, GLITTER GLUCOSE, MRS. ONLY WEARS DRESSES, MRS. DOESN’T WORK OUT, decided to go camping?! Not only did I go camping, but I went with 100 other people living with Type 1! Spoiler alert: I had the BEST time! Let me tell you all about it!
TOP 5 MOMENTS OF 2018
WOW! What a year it has been! 2018 was a whirlwind. If I could replay 1 year of my life over again, it would be 2018. I want to share my top 5 moments of the year with you & I would love if you shared some of your best moments too! Cheers to 2019!
Hi friends! Thanks so much for checking out the recipes I came up with for Healthline.com in September! They asked me to write another article for the holidays! CLICK HERE to read my article where I share my diabetes tips for thriving during the holidays!
HOW TO SAFELY DISPOSE OF SHARPS
It may be the end of Diabetes Awareness Month but for those living with diabetes, we resume our regularly scheduled program. That includes the many pricks that help us manage diabetes and keep us healthy! But do you know what to do with all the needles, lancets, and other sharps after you use them? Those of us who use needles to manage our medical conditions know it is our responsibility to safely dispose of sharps, but we might lack clear, factual information on what we are really supposed to do. I’ve partnered with SafeNeedleDisposal.org, a website where individuals can get accurate guidance for their area instantly.