Tis The Season For Giving #mgtab

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I Have a New Release This Week Two Hearts Find Christmas was just released independently this week, and it’s the fifth story in my Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book series.

 Although I do like to inject humor wherever I can, I tackle some pretty serious subject matter, and Two Hearts’ Find Christmas is no exception. Josh has serious self-esteem issues as a victim of physical and sexual abuse, while Nina has spent her entire life taking care of others, and not considering what would make her happy.

Until Josh comes back into her life again.

Since December is the season for giving, I’m listing some of my favorite charities.

Want to do something to make sure our men and women wounded warriors are never forgotten?

Why not donate to The Wounded Warrior Project?

Your generous, tax deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will change the lives of over one hundred thousand injured warriors, caregivers, and family members. You will help bring independence back to our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.

I recently had a lovely review about my new Daydreams & Dragonflies Sweet Romance Series, and Josh visits the Crystal Rock Shelter to choose a service dog in Two Hearts Find Christmas.

And a wonderful advocacy for a cause close to my heart, stray and shelter dogs! I think people all too often write shelter dogs (and cats) off. But they are loving and loyal….. Amazon Reviewer

SERVICE DOGS, INC
Your donation helps us rescue dogs abandoned to animal shelters and transform them into lifelines for veterans or other adults living with disabilities.

I have a severely autistic son, and there are many great organizations conducting research.

DONATE TO AUTISM RESEARCH https://greatnonprofits.org/categories/view/autism

And my autistic son also developed diabetes at age nine.

Donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through the support of research. Every dollar we are able to direct toward this critical research comes from donors like you. Your generosity makes real progress possible and propels us toward our goal of a world without T1D.

Your tax-deductible gift today will help continue work to bring life-changing treatments and therapies to the millions of people living with T1D until they find a cure.

And finally, my Two Hearts Christmas Wish has been shortlisted for one of the top 50 Indie Books of 2017. Your vote would be greatly appreciated!!

May all of you have the best and brightest holiday season, as well as a

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tammy

PLEASE VOTE

TWO HEARTS’ CHRISTMAS WISH

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Tamara Ferguson

A member of the Romance Writers of America, Tamara Ferguson is the multi-award winning, #1 international bestselling author of the Tales of the Dragonfly Romance Suspense Series, the Kissed By Fate Series, and the Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.

Her latest wounded warrior romance novella, Two Hearts Unspoken, is included in the top-ten bestselling Holiday Anthology, Mother’s Day Magic…With Love, which was also #1 in Wounded Warrior Fiction. Since being released independently, Two Hearts Unspoken has become a #1 International Best Seller at Amazon as well as a #1 International Hot New Release, and is the 2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER at Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards for Military Fiction.

Presently, Tamara’s working on Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish, the fourth story in her multi-award winning Two Hearts Wounded Warrior series, Emergence, the third book in the multi-award winning Tales of the Dragonfly Novels, and a novella for the next installment of the bestselling Wedding Pets and Kisses anthologies, featuring stories by multi-award winning, bestselling and USA Today authors.

Since she remains a full-time caregiver for an autistic son, you can usually find Tammy working at home, where she spends a lot of time not completing her numerous home improvement projects, because she’s writing or helping author friends promote their books on twitter.

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Diabetes Checklist ~ #CareGivers @DonnaFaz #mgtab

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Healthy Habits for DiabeticsMy father battled diabetes for the last ten years of his life. When he became too ill to care for himself, I stepped into the roll of primary caregiver. I drove him to his doctor appointments, cooked his meals, helped him with his insulin and other medications, as well as other day-to-day tasks necessary to keep him as healthy and happy as possible.

Everyone who lives with diabetes or helps care for a diabetic knows about the daily routine of checking glucose levels. But there are other tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. Here’s a Diabetes Checklist that I found to be helpful.

Once a Year:

  • Schedule an annual checkup. Your doctor will probably want to see you more often. A yearly physical exam is the bare minimum.
  • Request a microalbumin urine test to check your kidney function. Type 2 diabetes puts you at higher risk for kidney disease.
  • Request a dilated eye exam to check for retinopathy.
  • Schedule a foot exam. Diabetics often have reduced blood flow or nerve damage that can inhibit sensation in the feet.
  • Get a flu shot. Diabetics are at risk of developing a secondary infection (like pneumonia) when they come down with the flu.

Twice a Year:

  • Get your A1c levels checked. This blood test shows your average glucose level over the prior two or three months and will help to show you and your doctor how well you are controlling your sugar levels.
  • Schedule a dentist appointment. Regular cleanings and exams are a must. Always remind your dentist that you’re diabetic.

Monthly:

  • Keep a three-day food log. This will help to remind you to stay on top of good eating habits.
  • Download glucose readings from your meter. This habit will help to show you any patterns of high or low readings. For example, if your blood sugar is always high at bedtime, maybe you’re eating too much for dinner or the wrong kinds of snacks.

Managing this condition takes a great deal of commitment and perseverance. I hope this printable diabetes checklist is helpful. Are there any tasks you would add to the above list? If so, let’s share the information so we can all be more informed.

My thanks to Dr. Gary Beste, MD for the above information.

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For the month of June, THE MERRY-GO-ROUND is being offered at 50% off the regular cover price. The Wilmington News Journal calls this book “funny and realistic.” Readers have called it, “an utterly charming romantic comedy,” and “a lighthearted read,” and “wonderfully written.” Kindle readers can get this book for just $1.99 (Kindle Unlimited members can read it for free). Sale ends June 30th.

 

 

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DONNA FASANO is a three-time winner of the HOLT Medallion, a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award winner for Best Single Title, a Desert Rose Golden Quill Award finalist, a Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time winner of Best Romance of the Year given by BigAl’s Books & Pals Review Blog. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide and have been published in two dozen languages. Her books have made the Kindle Top 100 Paid List numerous times, climbing as high as #5.

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Food Allergies and Halloween

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HalloweencatpumpkinIt’s Halloween and all around you children and adults alike are worrying about what they’ll be and what they’ll do on Halloween.

For many Halloween is the favorite holiday of the year. The chance to create an alter ego and project a persona different than what you normally have, is something we all like to do at times. Frozen remains a firm favorite for Halloween, along with Marvel Superheroes such as Batman and Iron man. Fairy tale characters such as Cinderella and the Little Mermaid remain popular.

For children with food allergies or medical conditions trick or treating can be a minefield. It’s hard enough for adults to realize they need to curb their diet due to medical reasons. It’s even more difficult for children. Yet the candy handed out on Halloween can send a normal child into sugar shock, never mind a diabetic.

How as a parent, family member or friend do you negotiate your way through this minefield while allowing your children to enjoy Halloween? Having faced this situation with my own son when he was younger I know it’s not easy. I also know even children with no underlying health issues are being gently lured into giving up their Halloween candy.

Many parents are ‘buying back’ the Halloween candy in exchange for a toy at the toy store of their choice. Your child has still been able to participate freely but he’s able to trade his candy for a toy of his choice. If this is your child or a family friend you can also make sure there’s a special Halloween treat which may or may not have candy in it for him.

Not being able to participate in Halloween or a special event the same way other children can is hard. But focusing more on what your child can have or do, rather than what they can’t is key. That worked best when my son had gluten allergies and will hopefully make for a fun filled Halloween for you and your children.

 

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