When Your Gallbladder Fails You

Back in October, I started getting the worst pain I’ve ever felt. It started in my upper right abdomen and radiated to my back and into my shoulder. Of course I Googled and once I talked myself out of it being a heart attack, I realized it was my gallbladder. So, as you can imagine, I began Googling everything possible about when your gallbladder fails! And lets be really honest here, I was freaking out that I would’t be able to do the Keto diet any longer.

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What to Do if You Suspect a Gallbladder Attack

First of all, I can tell you what not to do…don’t go to Urgent Care. They can’t really help you there. If you are having a gallbladder attack, you need to go to the ER. I sat at Urgent Care for hours only to have an x-ray done that didn’t really tell them anything. Unfortunately, I continued to have pain off and on and worst of all, I was nauseous every single day. I woke up with a bitter, metallic taste in my mouth every morning and getting out of bed took a lot of effort.

How Did I Finally Get Help?

My primary care doctor ordered an ultrasound for me. The ultrasound came back clear. According to the ultrasound, there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder. However, after a lot of research on my part, I found that it’s not abnormal for the ultrasound to come back like that. There could be things that the ultrasound is not able to pick up that is actually there. My primary care doctor suspected I was dealing with an ulcer or acid reflux. I argued because, again, after all my research, it did not seem like an ulcer or acid reflux at all. In the end, I was referred to a GI doctor. That ended up being a HUGE blessing!

Within a few minutes of meeting with the GI doctor, I knew I was going to get results. He listened to exactly what I was telling him and started making a plan. The first thing he recommended I do was have an endoscopy done to definitely rule out an ulcer or acid reflux. The second thing he recommended was a HIDA scan. The HIDA scan will show any problems with gallbladder, liver, or bile ducts.

When the Gallbladder Fails

My endoscopy came back fine. No ulcers and no acid reflux. But I already knew that! The HIDA scan came back with low gallbladder ejection fraction (less than 20%…normal is over 35%). My GI doctor called me the next day and immediately referred me to a surgeon. I met with the surgeon and she told me that she felt comfortable, based on my different tests, that removing my gallbladder would be the right thing for me. Of course, I agreed. It had been over 3.5 months at this point and I was about to lose my mind.

Surgery to Remove the Gallbladder

My surgery was on January 5, 2018. Strangely enough, I was not nervous at all. That is not like me at all. I was oddly calm. The goal was to have the surgery done laparoscopic, unless an issue pops up and they have to switch to general surgery (I think that’s what they called it). Thankfully, my surgeon was able to do it laparoscopic! Apparently I caused a little hiccup in the OR when my blood pressure suddenly dropped WAY too low during surgery. They had to give me a shot of epinephrine to speed it back up. The only problem with that was, when I woke up, I ended up spending more time in recovery because they couldn’t get my heart rate to calm back down. After several bags of fluids and lots of trips to the bathroom, it finally calmed down enough for me to go home.

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Did Surgery Work?

When your gallbladder fails like this and you have surgery to remove it, there is always that chance that it doesn’t help your symptoms. While I was terrified of that happening, the idea of living another day with the nausea and pain was just too much. The very next day after my surgery, I woke up with ZERO nausea! I haven’t been nauseous yet. Yes it’s not been a full two weeks yet, but I’ve been able to eat fine and I don’t feel sick anymore. So I am cautiously optimistic that it worked! One of the things the surgeon (and friends that have had their gallbladder removed) told me was that I could end up with diarrhea for a few months after I eat. Thankfully that has not happened either! I feel like a new person!

I know doctors don’t necessarily like when patients Google everything, but if there is one thing I learned, it’s that if you don’t agree with a diagnosis or your treatment, stand up for yourself. Push for tests that you want done. Speak up to be heard. I went in to my appointment with my GI doc with an outline on my phone of everything I had been through. When it came time to give him my history, I pulled out my phone and read the outline.

Oh and my worries about the Keto diet…I have been eating according to the Keto diet for the last week and no issues at all!

Have you had your gallbladder removed?

The Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It’s been awhile since I’ve used my slow cooker. I used to use it all the time. Being that we have been very busy lately, I knew that before the kids went back to school from Christmas break, I wanted to make a slow cooker pot roast for us to enjoy as a family. Family time is so important to me. My biggest dream, not even joking, is for us to sit down and have dinner as a family every night. However, with the kids sports schedule and my husbands work schedule, that just doesn’t happen.

The Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

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  • 4 lb Roast
  • 1 Ranch Packet
  • 1 Beef Stew Packet (I used this gluten free one)
  • 1/2 cup of Butter
  • 4 large Yellow Hot Peppers


  1. Place your 4 lb roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Pour the Ranch packet and the Beef Stew packet on to the top of the roast.
  3. Place the yellow hot peppers on and around the roast. I cut mine in half. Since I used jarred hot peppers, I poured a little bit of the hot pepper liquid in the slow cooker.
  4. Put the stick of butter on top of the roast.
  5. Cover your slower cooker and cook on low for 7 1/2 hours.

*My recipe was adapted from this recipe.

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This was THE BEST slow cooker pot roast I have ever made. Both kids devoured it and after just one bite, my husband asked me to make it again soon. In fact, he has been eating leftovers of it all week. It tasted good the first night, but tasted even better leftover!

If you are not a fan of spicy foods, do not fear this recipe! The hot peppers did not make the roast spicy at all. It simply added a very nice flavor to the entire dish! This slow cooker pot roast recipe is one that you will be making over and over. It’s that good!

Unique Prints with Photowall

Finding the right piece of art to hang on your wall can be frustrating. Especially if you are indecisive like me. When we redid our family room, I knew what I wanted the wall over the couch to look like, but finding the right pieces and then making the decision to buy those pieces, took some time. For some people (me included, in some regards), they may be looking for unique prints or a way to print their own images on a canvas or even as a wall mural! I have a picture that I took when I was in Northern Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes that would be gorgeous printed as a canvas! No matter what you are looking to do when it comes to the wall art for your home, Photowall has you covered!

*I received a canvas of my choosing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I was approached by Photowall to receive a canvas print or wall mural of my choice, I got really excited! We had just finished our family room remodel, but had one small wall that needed something. After searching store after store, I couldn’t find that piece that screamed out to me that it just had to be on my wall. Being indecisive, it was a bit overwhelming to look through the Photowall site and choose just one image. I knew I was looking for unique prints; something I couldn’t find at the store, but what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I started thinking about the things that I liked. The style that we were going for in our home. As we remodel different area’s of our home, we are taking on a more rustic, farmhouse look with our home. My husband really likes pictures of barns. So I did a search for barns on the Photowall site and found the perfect picture for our family room!

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The picture is absolutely stunning! As you can see in the next  picture, it looks amazing next to the wood wall we did in our family room. As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right about the barn photo being the picture we needed for that wall!

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About Photowall and their Unique Prints

Photowall is a Swedish company that has a passion for both design and quality. Each of their prints are environmentally friendly, fire retardant (in accordance with Swedish standards), and they do not fade in sunlight. All of their prints carry a 100% guarantee. They offer worldwide shipping with free delivery in EU and free 2-3 day shipping in the U.S. I ordered my print a couple days before Christmas. I fully expected to receive my print after Christmas. However, I received in three days later…before Christmas!

If you are ordering a canvas, you have the ability to choose whether you want it to include the DIY frame or just the canvas. I chose the DIY frame. With assembly videos that Photowall provides on their website and the directions included in the shipment, it was very easy to get this canvas put together and up on the wall.

Take a look at the Photowall website. There are definitely prints there for everyone and every room in your house! If you are a U.S. customer, then you will need to order from this site. Enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Kids

The holidays are a time for get togethers with friends and family. If you have kids, getting a sitter and going out for New Year’s Eve doesn’t always happen. My husband and I have spent the majority of our New Year’s Eve at home with the kids. Besides playing board games and eating a lot of yummy finger foods, the kids look forward to the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks they get to drink in “fancy” glasses. This kid friendly drink recipe is perfect for the kids this holiday season!

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Merry Berry Delight Non-Alcoholic Drinks


  • Black Raspberry Cascade Ice
  • Wild Berry Cascade Ice
  • Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice
  • Muddled Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries
  • Mint Leaves

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  1. Start by mixing a few mint leaves with a handful of muddled raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  2. Next add 1 part Black Raspberry Cascade Ice, 1 part Wild Berry Cascade Ice and 1 part Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice.
  3. Gently stir everything together, pour over ice and add a fancy paper straw!

Enjoy!! Trust me when I say, your kids will enjoy these fancy drinks. Especially if you order the paper strawsnon-alcoholic drinks. I don’t know what it is about those paper straws, but they always make a drink seem a little fancier to kids! Plus, who am I kidding, I love them too! Pair the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks with this yummy bacon wrapped smokies appetizer. My kids devour those little smokies! Bacon makes everything a whole lot better!

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season or for New Year’s Eve, I hope you have fun, safe and happy New Year!

Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Before we had kids, my husband and I would go out to dinner for New Year’s Eve and then head home, put pjs on and play Trivial Pursuitfamily friendly. We were (and still are) super competitive with each other. Since having kids, our New Year’s Eve traditions have changed quite a bit. Neither one of us really care about huge parties or going out to a bar for the night. So having a family friendly celebration is what we have been doing for the last 13 years (minus a few years when the kids had sleepovers with their grandparents)!

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Planning a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

When you think of New Year’s Eve parties, what do you think of? I think of food, bubbly drinks and the ball dropping. Guess what, you can have all of that in your family friendly celebration! With little ones, you may not want to keep them up until midnight. That’s totally understandable. When mine were little, it didn’t matter how late they stayed up, they still woke up at 7 am! So, with the help of YouTube, I would pull up the previous years ball dropping and have the kids watch that. They totally thought they got to stay up until the ball dropped, when in reality, they went to bed at their bedtime! Total mom win!

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It’s tradition, in our family, to do fun little poppers at Thanksgiving. I don’t know when or where it started, but my kids look forward to it every single year. Your kids will have fun with these super easy DIY poppers! Fill them with confetti (buy your confettifamily friendly here for a really good price) and a little piece of candy! Don’t have time to make your poppers, buy them!

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I promise you, your kids will love these poppers, no matter their age!

Family Friendly Food Options

The best food to have for your family friendly New Year’s Eve party is finger foods. Think chicken fingers like these Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers Recipe. They are super kid friendly and delicious! My kids devour them! Other favorites:


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Another fun option, and one your kids will surely remember, is making chocolate fondue! Pick up some fruit, marshmallows, donuts (cut them in bite size pieces), etc and have at it! They will love it! If you don’t have a fondue set, then check this one out! This fondue setfamily friendly is on a super sale right now!

Whatever you decide to do for your New Year’s Eve, have fun with it. Your kids will remember these fun traditions for years to come!

What do you do on New Year’s Eve?