Prim Goods — Made Better By Our Story

May 15, 2016 by

Sometimes you find truly incredible products that are MORE than the products themselves. This is one of those times.

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A blogging friend of mine (thanks Fawn!) introduced me to Prim Goods, a skin care line made by the ladies of Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, a nonprofit, faith-based organization affiliated with Teen Challenge USA that helps give women and children affected by drugs a second chance and introduces them to God. Prim Goods asked me and several other bloggers to try their products and give a review.

So I tried them — and I was impressed. Even more, I was moved by what they’re doing at Primrose Hill.

Primrose Hill is located in Clark, Missouri. According to their website, their “goal is to help women, mothers and their children whose lives have been affected by the life-controlling issue of drugs and alcohol. At Primrose Hill, we believe in the power of change. We know that, if given the chance, every woman can go on to lead a productive and rewarding life.”

Primrose Hill is a 12-month, residential recovery program for women, and it is one of the few facilities where their young children can live with them while they get their lives back together.

And these women are getting their lives together. One of the coolest things about Primrose Hill’s website is you can listen to the women talk about what brought them to the home and how their lives are improving now that they are sober. Those stories are part of what makes Primrose Hill so fantastic — and why Prim Goods’ motto is “Made Better By Our Story.”

So what is Prim Goods?

Prim Goods is a micro-enterprise that was created to help raise money for Primrose Hill. As you might expect, it isn’t cheap to run a residential recovery program. In fact, it costs $2,000 a month per woman and an additional $100 a month for each child.

But more than a money maker, Prim Goods helps the women by teaching them vital job skills that they will need once they have finished with the program. It also gives them the confidence of knowing that they can create something that is useful and valued. What a wonderful lesson to give women who are working to put their lives back together! Each item, except for the lip balm, is signed by the woman who was making that product. How cool is that?

And yes, the products are awesome. I loved everything that I tried, but I think my favorite was their bar soap. I’m one of those weird people who prefers bar soap to shower gel. But I’m really picky about the soap I use. I like soaps that smell and feel great. And Prim Goods soap does both. It is super silky on my skin and the Primrose scent is floral, but not overpowering. Read what one student has to say about making soap.

Oh and the lip balm was heaven! I just loved the Honey Bunch scent. I think my next order will include the soap in that honey scent. *smile*

Don’t worry if you can’t handle scented products — Prim Goods has non-scented ones as well, perfect for people with sensitive skin.

So please, take a moment to check out Prim Goods. Their products would make a great gift for yourself or someone you love. And you’ll know that with each purchase, you are helping another woman improve her life and the lives of her children. What is better than that?

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Saying Goodbye

May 1, 2016 by

Today I wrote the final post over at Little Rock Mamas. Even though the three of us (Cathy, Heidi and I) haven’t been blogging there all year, it was still very bittersweet to write the final goodbye. Little Rock Mamas is officially no more.

This seems like it has been a year of goodbyes. From my best friend moving halfway across the country (missing you bunches, Heidi) to coping with Ben’s death (still not ready to write about it), this has been a rough year.

So so long, Little Rock Mamas. We went through a lot of ups and downs, but through it all, it was a lot of fun.

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Jan 31, 2016 by

Welcome to Simply Yavonda.

If you’ve made your way here from Little Rock Mamas, I thank you for following me. If you’ve just stumbled upon this site, thank you for checking me out.

This site is currently a work in progress, but I hope you’ll stick around for a while as we get to know each other.

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Radio Silence

May 29, 2015 by

I’ve been a bit quiet here these past few months. In fact, I think I could describe it as radio silence.

There was lots of stuff going on in my world, but none of it was being broadcast because it just wasn’t the right time to share it with all of you. There were things I wanted to talk about, but I couldn’t. And to write about things that mattered less than what kept me awake at night, well that just didn’t seem right. So, radio silence.

But now I’m ready for the words to flow again.

I have lots to tell you about — Alaina’s struggles with kindergarten; my MS fatigue.

So stay tuned. The radio silence is over.

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An MS-kind of Lucky

Mar 6, 2015 by

This week is MS Awareness Week (March 2-8) and I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about this disease that I haven’t said here before. Last year, I shared with you the story of my initial episode and diagnosis with multiple sclerosis.

A year later, much of what I wrote about how MS is affecting me is still true. No relapses for me (yay!) and my MRI last month showed no changes in my brain (double yay!)

But even with that great news, MS still manages to take a toll. My fatigue these past few months has been the worst since my diagnosis. There are just some days that getting dressed and getting to work feels like the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest. And that just sucks.

Those are the days I don’t feel like a Lucky Mama. Those are the days where I want to curl up and cry and mourn the life I used to have. Those are the days I feel like a failure because I don’t have the energy to play with my daughter. Those are the days I allow myself a little pity party.

But then I remember that I am a Lucky Mama. I can still walk; I can still work; I can still see; I can still muster enough energy to take my child to the zoo on good days. I think of my friend Dawn who suffered a terrible MS relapse last summer, followed by a stroke. Those two events put her in a wheelchair and made it terribly difficult for her to speak. But she hasn’t given up — she is fighting to walk again and be able to again speak publicly about life with MS. And I believe that she will.

I think of other friends who fight MS every day — and never give up.

I remember that I have an incredible support system. My husband, my daughter, my parents and sisters and their families, my husband’s family and my friends — all have encouraged me every step of this journey. Thanks to a Facebook support group, I have met people who have no support from their family and friends. They are navigating MS on their own — I can’t imagine how difficult that must be.

I also remember that I have my faith — and that no matter how cruddy I feel, God is always there to listen to me and help pick me up.

So on those pity party days, I have to remind myself that I am one Lucky Mama. And I want to thank everyone who plays a part in reminding me of that.

Sometimes Lucky is Just a Matter of Perspective -- even with MS

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