Wednesday, April 21, 2021



I have always loved mascara!  If I'm feeling tired or blah, I'll put on mascara, even if it's 4pm and I have nowhere to go.  It's an instant "pick me up".  They give me life.  :) 

When I first started wearing mascara, in junior high or high school, it took some practice for me to be able to apply it.  Because of my CP, I have uncontrolled movement and low fine motor skill function.  I remember "learning to apply mascara" was one of my goals to work on as part of occupational therapy.  I don't remember actually practicing it in OT but I did figure it out on my own, at home, the easiest way to apply: laying down on my stomach on my bedroom floor with my elbow steadied on the floor while looking in a mirror.  Eventually I was able to stand in front of a make-up mirror with my elbow propped up and steadied on the bathroom counter.  

So when false lashes became popular, I wanted the look.  I didn't want to spend the money on eyelash extensions, plus I don't think my crazy reflexes would allow anyone to get that close to my eyes to apply.  I've tried so many different false lashes and just couldn't get them applied.  I am not able to use the tweezer type applicators either because I'd probably poke myself in the eye.   Last year I discovered Thrive Causemetics, Liquid Lash Extension Mascara.  It is awesome!!  It makes my lashes so long, and it removes easily with water.  It's my favorite mascara.  But I was still determined to try false lashes.  I wasn't going to allow my disability to get in the way. 

Moxie Lash, the magnetic eye liner and lashes, kept popping up as an ad on Instagram.  So when I received some money as a gift I decided to splurge.  It's taken some practice, mainly getting the eyeliner on smoothly, but the lashes just "snap" right on.  I can actually apply and wear false lashes now.

But I'm not always able to get the black magnetic eyeliner on smoothly, because of my unsteady hand, so another lash I recently started wearing, and actually like better than Moxie, in terms of ease of application and price is a local brand, "Maka Beauty".  They have a clear eyeliner that their lashes easily adheres to. 

If you're interested in ordering the makaLASH please order through my friend's link:  or use her code at checkout: MAKAKATBARTHELS
These lashes are reusable, vegan, latex free, cruelty-free, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.  
*wearing Maui lashes from makaBeauty,  new glasses too   




(Next up... Shopping for a new car)

Friday, April 9, 2021

Stay Tuned, New Posts Coming Soon





I haven't written in a few years.  I don't feel like I have much to blog about in regards to parenting with a disability since my children are older now and more independent (ages 8 and 11).  I've thought about moving over to Instagram and stories, but since I communicate so much easier in writing than I do speaking, I decided to just revive my blog (even though blogging is "old school" now).  I'm working on some new content, not related to parenting but unique to living with CP. 


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

SDR Surgery

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery for patients with spastic cerebral palsy.   Anyone heard of it?

A friend, of a friend, told my friend about it and she told me last week.  The friend's 9 yr old daughter had this surgery and I  guess it improved her life quite a bit. 

I haven't done any research on it but thought I'd pass the info on by posting it here:

Monday, September 17, 2018

August 31, 2018 - 3rd grade Open House

We went to Kiana's 3rd grade classroom for Open House on Wednesday. There was a wall of portraits that the students had drawn of a family member and I had to find myself based on portrait and description. Kiana makes my heart joyful.
- She was on the news
- She was in Sarah Foley's Veritical Beauty Project
- She is nice
- She is disabled
- She NEEDS chocolate

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Teaching compassion and independence, whether they like it or not

My baby is starting kindergarten in a few weeks.  Today was his kindergarten assessment/testing.  While he went into one room with other students and teachers, the parents stayed in another classroom to complete paperwork.  Kiana, my 8 year old, going into the 3rd grade, was with me and without being asked she just started filling out the paperwork for me, knowing it's a tedious, difficult task for me.  She is amazing and I thank God for her.

Although, on the other hand, the other day she was complaining and asking why she was ALWAYS the one who has to help me.  She may roll her eyes and sigh, but she still does what I ask when it comes to difficult tasks.  (Chores on the other hand are a different story.)   She'll appreciate it when she's older.   I do try to make it even and ask Scott for help too.  He's pretty much always willing to help.  For example, if she takes the veggie dip bowl (glass bowl) out of the fridge, I'll ask him to put it away. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Look for the blessings

I enjoyed this episode with Courtney Wetzel on The Happy Hour podcast. (click link to listen: the-happy-hour-187-courtney-wetzel ) When she talked about her view of her parents (her mother with a speech impediment and her father with a cane) growing up and her view of them now was encouraging to me.  My children are 8 and 5 now, and although I am still their world I know they do get questions as to why I walk differently or why they have to help me do certain things, and there might be a day when they are embarrassed by me (I realize all teenagers  get embarrassed by their parents but I pray they are not teased for having a "different" mother.).  Having a disabled mother is shaping them into independent, compassionate, patient people.  God has a purpose for them having me as their mother.  Just like God had a purpose for me being born with cerebral palsy.  God didn't give me more than I couldn't handle, without Him. I was blessed with the amazing children He gave me.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vertical Beauty Project

I met Sarah Foley in MOPS. And recently I was part of her Vertical Beauty Project. She also is the author of this blog Vertical Blonde . She radiates courage and strength, and her blog posts have encouraged me to start exercising again.    I am so grateful to have been included in this project. 

Here is the video from that project:

Vertical Beauty Project Video