The Perfect Floral Maxi Dress

If you've been on the hunt for the perfect floral maxi dress - I've found it for you! I stumbled upon this gem on Pinterest, which is sold by the Australian fashion website called ShowPo. Follow them on Instagram and Snapchat! You'll be become obsessed with the gorgeous Aussie ladies that run this me.

T1 Diabetic's Guide to Sweets & Treats

MYTH: Type 1 Diabetics can't eat sweets. Thank JESUS we still can! I have the biggest sweet tooth - mostly for chocolate and Oreos. So, being diagnosed with Type 1 was devastating when I knew I couldn't indulge as much as I used to. On the bright side, I have found some fantastic sweets and treats that count as a snack size (about 15g of carbs).

Medical ID Bracelets + Coupon Code

I was really against the idea of wearing a Medical ID bracelet after my diagnosis. I only associated them with the boring, masculine chunky chain link bracelets advertised at the pharmacy counter at Walgreens. My mom actually persuaded me to look into getting bracelets and gave me the name of a few websites that sold fashionable options for women, men, and children. 

My New Best Friend (My Glucometer)

Being new to Type 1 Diabetes has its challenges. Number one being how many times a day I have to poke my fingers to check my blood glucose (BG) levels. As of now I check about 6-8 times a day. So, that means I have to carry my new BFF with me EVERYWHERE!

Yes, I named my Glucometer. (I have a thing for English "butler" sounding names). Winston is a

10 Tips For Reducing Finger Prick Pain

Dude, pricking your finger is a pain, literally. I've gathered some simple tricks from experts in diabetes care to help you not feel like a voodoo doll.

1. Prick the Sides of Your Fingers
I was taught this trick by the nurses in the ICU. The pads of your fingers have the most nerve endings in order to have a better sense of touch, thus causing more pain. The sides of your fingers have less nerve endings and work just as well for glucose readings. 

2. Switch Fingers Regularly
Diabetics tend to have their favorite fingers for poking, but this never lets them heal! Testing on the
same few fingers increases the risk for soreness and infection. Over time, calluses and scar tissue can form, which may make it more difficult and painful to obtain a blood sample. God gave us 10 fingers, so lets use all of them!

3. Use Soap And Water - Not Alcohol
I was taught from the beginning to never use alcohol swabs before testing because they could give an inaccurate reading, but they can also cause more pain. According to certified diabetes educator,

General Diabetes Infographic

Before getting diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, my knowledge of the disease was quite limited. I quickly realized, I am not alone. Most of the population of the United States doesn't understand what diabetes is and how many types/forms there are. (2 principle types, and 6 other forms, BTW). A typical response I receive after telling people I have T1D is, "Oh, but you aren't even out of shape." They automatically think of the most popular type of diabetes: Type 2, which is quite different from Type 1. Check out the infographic I made compared Type 1 and Type 2 here

In the meantime, check out this general diabetes infographic I created below. 
The numbers are staggering.