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Ehlers-Danlos Sydrome - Why I'm Tired

The name of my blog is "Too Tired Mama". This is because I'm a mom who wants to do it all -home improvement projects, pin worthy crafts and activities- but I struggle with a couple chronic illnesses so that isn't always possible. My goal with this blog is to share when I'm successful in going forward with my DIY projects, and some of what happens in between my productive spurts.

Today I'm going to focus on one specific illness since May is its awareness month. Ehlers-danlos syndrome is a genetic connective tissue disorder. I handle my illnesses with a sarcastic sense of humor so you will be getting some funny memes along with some educational tidbits as I explain what EDS is and what it means for me.

One of the major criteria for EDS diagnosis is hypermobile joints. That means my joints can stretch further than average or I'm "double jointed". This also means that things "pop out" of place frequently. Almost every time I stretch I get …
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Important things to note for this recipe: while some kinds of cookies can get away with just dumping everything in and mixing, oatmeal raisin isn't one of them. It is important to mix the batter-ish portion first & then mix in the oats and rais…

Kid's Bathroom - Part 1 - Upcycled Towel Rack

My kid's bathroom is boring, completely undecorated and non-functional. There is nothing wrong with boring, but I would like to have a place to hang towels and store bathroom essentials, especially since this bathroom is the one guests use to shower when they visit. I'm making several changes to make it work better and look cute!
The first thing I'm adding is a towel rack to keep towels off the floor. I had been browsing racks for a while, but couldn't find anything I liked enough to shell out the money that was being asked(I'm cheap). Then I happened to drive by a cabinet in bulk trash near my in-laws house so I borrowed a screwdriver, saved a door from the dump, and started a new project!

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Divine DNA Necklaces for Activity Days

I've had this idea floating around in my head for Activity Days for a long time and I finally got around to doing it this week! For those who don't know, Activity Days is the name of the young girl's youth group at my church including ages 8-11, my group includes 8-9 year olds. Part 1 will talk about the spiritual thought/introduction to the activity, Part 2 will talk about instructions for extracting DNA from cheek cells and putting them in necklace pendants and Part 3 is what I would do differently next time.

Part 1

We started with prayer and then I asked the girls if anyone knew what DNA was. We got a couple answers that were pretty close to what I was going for. I then gave a *very* basic outline of what DNA is; the bullet points I hit on were:
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Why "Too Tired"?

I claimed the name "Too Tired Mama" for my blog because at the time I was feeling too tired to do much of anything. Since then, I've been diagnosed with Lupus, among other things, which explains much of my fatigue and other issues. Modern medicine is amazing and treatment seems to be helping most of the time. In spite of my chronic & debilitating fatigue I always have a million ideas for projects floating around in my head that I'm simply too tired to do - most of the time. I'd like for this blog to be about the projects that I am able to get to between bouts of "Too Tired" (when I can remember, hahaha!) and whatever other topics on life & random subjects I feel inclined to write about. I won't promise consistent posts, but I will post when I can and I'll try to not be *too* boring.  ;)