Smooth as an Irish Ale || St. Patrick’s Eye Makeup Look


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I have to admit, I simple adore how this eye look came out! I need to wear greens more often because they just make my brown eyes look so clear!! Yes, I think I do think highly of myself, why do you ask? Heh…

As per usual, this is an arthritis-friendly look. Keep in mind we are using bright, vibrant colors so we will have to spend a bit more time fussing. However, it’s simple and easy to achieve without too much effort!

I hope you enjoy the video!


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Products Mentioned:

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Laura Mercier – Translucent Pressed Setting Powder (not mentioned)

Maybelline – Eyestudio Eyeshadow Quad – Gutsy Green*

Make Up For Ever – Artist Palette Vol. 2 – Shades: ME-302, ME-700

Olay Regenerist –  Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths*

Urban Decay – Electric Pressed Pigment Palette – Shades: Freak

Maybelline – Master Chrome Highlighter – Shades: Molten Gold*

Make Up For Ever – Smoky Extravagant Mascara

MAC – Prep and Prime Fix+ Finishing Spray


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Satisfied Sunday 3/18


This week I am grateful that…


pexels-photo-373543.jpeg…Mocha didn’t break my ribs. (We may find out otherwise!!)

I was playing with Mocha last week and she stepped quite smartly on my rib cage. I didn’t feel anything crack at the time but the pain is excruciating. I think it’s a bad bone bruise because it’s doesn’t hurt to breathe but it still has to heal the same way!


How was your week? LMK in the comments!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

the Trouble with Pain is…



I am in a weird/horrible mood right now. I am flared up (I think) because my energy levels are low, my brain is on neutral and I feel like I’m trudging through a mud puddle that sits neck high.

Usually, when I’m flared up, I just want to sleep. Unfortunately, today is not one of those days.

IMG_4125I have an abundance of energy coursing through my body. I have intense cabin fever but my body won’t cooperate!! I feel sick every time I move but I just want to take Mocha for a long walk. She is so playful today that a long hike suits her. But, I can’t comply.

It’s not even the flare. It’s the cold weather! I have a couple of weeks off from work and I have ample time to spend with the puppy but today, the temperature plummeted. I can’t exercise in the cold even if I were in good shape.

I have more or less come to terms with my illness and that I cannot do certain things anymore. But, every so often I am just too annoyed for words. I love being active…Why can’t I be active??


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Satisfied Sunday 3/11

This week I am grateful for…


…sleeping in! I slept until 1pm yesterday and my body felt so energized when I woke up. I don’t know why I needed so much sleep since I’m not in flare but I did, apparently!


Hi, my name is Monica and Ihave RA.

Satisfied Sunday – 3/4


This week I am thankful that…

Nothing too disastrous happened during Windmeggedon (I live in the Northeast)!

I am also thankful that Affie’s anti-inflammatory medications decreased her heart swelling.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

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Feeling Unmotivated…


So, you may have seen on social media recently (by “recently” I mean last month) that I came down with a horrible stomach bug. I vomited for six hours straight and don’t remember most of it because I was so dehydrated. I spent a week trying to get my body back on track but even now, four weeks on, I still crave water with electrolytes.


a8a6dd53d8e5f646_StockSnap_6BO8QPKBLDAfter I got better, I was continuously bombarded with bacteria. My students were constantly sick and I just couldn’t kick the cycle. Thankfully, though, I never got the flu!

Eventually, I resorted to wearing a mask everywhere and got better. But, now, I’ve lost all motivation to do anything related to my Instagram, Twitter, blog and YouTube. I have all these ideas floating around in my head but I cannot bring myself to do any of them.

I wasn’t particularly productive on many of my platforms (Twitter and YouTube especially) but over the few weeks I was sick I completely lost it!

Do you deal with this? How do you get out of the slump??


Saachi the Bullmastiff and Affie the Coton Taking A NapI can’t even bring myself to read other people’s posts or scroll through Instagram anymore. I want to. I just can’t!

Is it because I just don’t have the drive anymore? The productive muscle has gone soft? Or am I afraid of seeing the massive amount of unread or unseen posts piling up higher and higher every day? Am I just still not feeling well — I am so tired all the time (more so than usual). Maybe it’s a little bit of everything.



I really hope to be back at it soon! Please let me know if you have any tips because I just can’t get myself out of this slump!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A Sweet and Easy Valentine’s || Nail Art

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Not all nail art needs to be intricate and time-consuming. If you have a chronic illness, or Rheumatoid Arthritis, like me, detailed, precise work is your worst nightmare. Add in a small canvas and it might make you weep!

Well, apparently, Valentine’s Day is not supposed to make you cry but make you happy and giddy and…stuff? So, I present a super fun, easy and arthritis-friendly nail art. It’s pink and red and screams Valentine without the fuss.


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Easy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Pink Nails ft. Sally Hansen and OPIEasy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Pink Nails ft. Sally Hansen and OPIEasy, Arthritis-Friendly Valentine's Day Pink Nails ft. Sally Hansen and OPIBase: Sally Hansen Petal Pusher

Dots: OPI Tank my Doodle (burnt red), OPI by Popular Vote (berry), Color Club Poptastic (neon pink)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.