Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fibromyalgia, Peripheral Neuropathy and Lipoic Acid

Fibromyalgia, Peripheral Neuropathy


Lipoic Acid

It isn't very often that I talk about my chronic illnesses of which I have quite a few.  Usually when I do it is because I have something important to say.  We learn to keep quiet about it because of how we are treated when we do speak up.  I have spent years making excuses, hiding the truth, and simply just staying quiet.  

Recently I was given a new PCM and as usual, I was so afraid to go see them.  There is a lot of anxiety when I meet a new PCM.  Will they be dismissive, will they ignore me, and worse yet will they simply just not believe me.  Occasionally I run into someone that actually helps me without the judgment and dismissiveness.  This is exactly what happened a few weeks ago.  

While talking to my new PCM, I mentioned my four-year struggle with what has been labeled peripheral neuropathy.  They suggested I try RALA Lipoic Acid.  I went home and ordered exactly what I was told to order from Amazon and it arrived two days later.  After only the second day I noticed my feet did not hurt as much and by day six, I noticed many things had changed.  

This is a copy of my review on Amazon. 

Day 6 on RALA Lipoic Acid. So far this has been amazing. The nerves in my feet are not screaming as loud anymore, they have calmed down tremendously. I can feel the synovial fluid in my feet working and the inflammation in them in greatly decreased. I can actually rotate my feet now and I can flex my feet when walking. It is still painful to put my feet down but that is decreasing as well. My feet feel like they are waking up from a very long sleep.

The tightness in my feet and spine is diminishing. I am having to adjust my movements in and around my environment because my movements have been so stiff for so long and now I have flex and freedom. It almost feels like I am jello at times but in a good way.

My ears have not been producing as much wax, headaches have decreased, swelling in my throat has decreased, memory issues have decreased, disjointed thought patterns have decreased, heart rate is better, and more (all caused by Hashimoto’s disease).

Digestive issues are much better.  Sleep issue, anxiety, and general mood is much better as well. In a few weeks, I will have labs done and I will know more but so far so good.

Oh, and my hair and skin look healthier.

Insta gram Post

 Day 7 
Everything from day six plus when I woke up I was not as sick, stiff and my brain fog was noticeably less.  I was literally able to talk right away and I never do that, ever. It typically takes me about four hours to be able to communicate and talk to people. This is so amazing. I hope it continues.

You have to admit, this is all pretty amazing.  I am not pushing this product nor am I being compensated for this blog post.  This is all just my honest opinion about Liopis Acid.  According to my PCM is must be RALA Lipoic Acid and not any other form.  I wanted to share this great news in the hopes that it might actually help someone else out there.  

I know what it is like to live in constant 24/7 pain.  I know what it is like to have others judge you, ignore you, and just dismiss you.  I am not a doctor and I am not suggesting that anyone take this without consulting their doctor but I wanted to share my story and perhaps it will help someone out there.  

Here's to health and hope, 


Tea Cottage Pretties

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Rug for Tea Cottage Pretties

A Rug for Tea Cottage Pretties

Hand-painted by Beverly

I decided I wanted some rugs to go on our Spring porch.  Looking everywhere for something to match my aesthetic proved to be a difficult task.  While brainstorming with my daughter we thought why not paint one?  Better yet paint one that is personal to us.  So, here is my newly painted rug for Tea Cottage Pretties.

I only found one this size so far and I hope to find another.  I did try it on both sides of our porch. Our porch is approximately 30 feet long.  When we bought the home I thought this was awesome and it is but it is difficult to decorate a 30-foot long porch.  

I started with a rug and used a set of stencils by Waverly 

I also used a crown stencil by Artminds. 

I used regular acrylic paint and stencil brushes by Martha Stewart.  They are my favorites!

Once everything dried I took some time to heat set the paint.  I simply used an iron and cheesecloth to protect the fabric and my iron. 

I love how it turned out.  

Now I must find another for the other side of my porch but even if I don't I love this rug just the same. 

See you next time, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Tea Cottage Pretties Instagram

Tea Cottage Pretties

is now on Instagram

I wanted to share a few photos from my Instagram and invite you to visit me there. 

En suite wall decor 

Vintage Linens

Tea Bar


Morning Room

Cute vignette featuring a retro pink doe. 

Click on any photo to visit my Instagram.

Have a great week, 


Tea Cottage Pretties

Fried Leftover Macaroni and Cheese Ball Recipe

Fried Leftover Macaroni and Cheese Ball Recipe

I have shared this recipe before but I felt like I should share it again.  Perhaps, I am craving these delicious Mac and Cheese Balls.  I found this recipe a long time ago and I love it. 
 You can find the recipe and MUCH more here on this fabulous blog:

Here is the recipe as it is on the above site. 
I used Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese and it works fabulously.

Fried Mac & Cheese Balls 
        2 tablespoon unsalted butter
                                          2 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup half and half
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 packed cup leftover mac & cheese (I used Kraft)

1/2 cup flour

1 beaten egg
1 cup panko (you can also use regular bread crumbs)
Parmesan cheese for serving
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and stir vigorously until the mixture is bubbling. Remove the pan from the heat, then slowly whisk in the half and half until it is fully incorporated and there are no lumps. Return the pan to a medium-low heat stove and use a silicone spatula to continuously scrape the bottom of the pan to keep the sauce from burning. When the sauce is thick and bubbly, remove the pan from the heat and add the mac & cheese. Stir to combine, then taste for salt and adjust as needed. Cool to room temperature, then place the mixture into the fridge to harden.

Once the macaroni mixture has cooled, it will be very firm. Use a spoon to scoop out a 1 1/2″ ball, then roll it between your hands to make it round, pressing down a bit to remove any air pockets. You should be able to make about 8 balls.
Add about 2 inches of oil into a heavy bottomed pot. Turn the heat onto medium high, and watch for the temperature to reach about 320 degrees F. In the mean time, get 3 shallow bowls out, and put the flour in one, the egg in another and the panko in the third. Roll each ball in the flour to coat evenly, then in the egg (make sure it’s well coated with egg or the panko won’t stick). Lastly, drop the balls in the panko and roll around to coat evenly.
Line a wire rack with paper towels to place the balls on once they’re fried. Fry each ball, rolling them around so they brown evenly until they are golden brown and crisp. Transfer the fried mac and cheese balls to a paper towel lined rack and let them drain. Let them cool for a minute before serving, then top with plenty of grated cheese.

Here is a picture of mine after I made them the first time. 

Hope you enjoy, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lifehack What to do with those wire shelves


What To Do With Those Wire Shelves

Do you hate wire shelves as much as I do?  I found a quick inexpensive fix for them.  


First, I cut the foam boards to fix my shelves and then I covered the boards with my choice of contact paper.  I picked a blue color but there are some beautiful modern patterns on the market as well.  

For the corners, I cut out a square and folded the edges over.  

Nice, neat, and clean

The contact paper provides a nice surface that can be wiped clean. While providing a cohesive and attractive look for your shelves. 

Organize your shelves and perfect!!!

There was a small learning curve:

1.) use an Exacto knife for cutting the foam boards
2.) attach a straight line of contact paper to the board,  then slowly pull the backing from it while making sure no bubbles form. 

This is a quick and easy way to make your shelves better. 

Off to my next project, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, February 18, 2019

My Newest Find - Underwood Universal

My Newest Find

Underwood Universal Typewriter

Found this on FaceBook Marketplace for really cheap. 

I mentioned it to my husband and without hesitation, he went to go get it for me. 

It's a beautiful machine.
I believe this one is from 1935 and it came with the original case that is also in great condition. 

I wanted this one to go with my 1918 Underwood.  I love old typewriters and I think I have the two I want now. 

What a nice find. 


Laundry Room Sign

Laundry Room Sign

I had a little leftover fabric from my laundry room basket and sink projects (see bottom photos).  So, I decided to make a cute sign for my laundry room. 

I started by stapling the fabric onto a previously used canvas. 


This is a Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic fabric that I got from a queen-sized duvet that I no longer use. 

I used my crown stencil and these letters. 

And here it is!!!

I just used acrylic paint, nothing special. 

I placed it on the top shelf in my laundry room. 

It was hard to get a picture because it is up high and my light was shining on it. 

I think it turned out really cute.  At first, I was just going to paint a sign but because my canvas was already used I decided to just hide the original paint.  

I am tickled with it and I wanted to share.  This might give you some ideas about how you can use fabric that you love to make your own signs. 

Laundry basket using the same and matching fabric.

Everything matches and looks so beautiful together. 

Till my next project,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Coffee Table Makeover

Coffee Table Makeover

Prima Transfer Design

I have one of those Target Shabby Chic coffee tables.  It was originally a sort of off white and over time it yellowed and look dingy.  So, I decided it was time for a makeover.  I decided to paint it white using chalk paint and add a pretty transfer. 

Prima Design 

Before painting it, I sanded it very well.

I gave it two coats of paint and sanded between each coat. 

Here you can see all the detail work on the table.  

 I picked a Prima transfer for my table.  This one was a set of three that could be used all together or in sections.

I had to wait and let the new finish on my table dry for about 5 days to make sure that the transfer wouldn't fail. So, I waited.....

Finally, I was able to transfer the image on to my table and it turned out so pretty.

Then I gave it a nice wax coating to protect the table and the transfer and to give it a nice finish. 

Our Bella kept me company while I was taking photos. 

If you are considering making over a piece of furniture this is a great option.  There is a learning curve and I made a few mistakes along the way.  In the end, I managed to get it all to work out and it looks fabulous.  I am very pleased with this project. 


Tea Cottage Pretties


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