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T1d is a Beach

I almost thought we weren't going to make it to the beach the other day. I had to finish up some last-minute things, go to the post-office, and get gas before we headed towards the coast up to County Line. Most parents can understand how difficult it is just to get your toddler and dog ready to leave the house. Well, it's even more difficult to get a Type diabetic toddler ready to leave the house because you have to make sure her BG is stable before driving (among many other T1d things). Although it's possible to hand your three-year old a juice box or candy to treat a low while driving, I don't advise it (I've tried it and it's just stressful). It's also annoying to be driving while her Dexcom CGM alert is beeping for a high BG.


Thankfully, that wasn't the case as we made the 35 minute drive towards one of my favorite surf spots back in the day. We didn't get there until a little after 1:00pm. I originally planned to setup our beach tent at Leo Ca…
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Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas

Get creative when it comes to wedding anniversary gifts and what to do for your anniversary. Here are a few examples to help get you started. May be I'll come back to this list myself and update it as the years go by. Feel free to share with your significant other. Cheers lovebirds!


1st Anniversary
Traditional - Paper / Modern - Clocks
Try this - anything made of paper such as movie or concert tickets. Even better, plane tickets! If you want to stick with something modern, get her or him an Apple Watch or Samsung's Smart TV.

2nd Anniversary
Traditional - Cotton / Modern - China
Try this - bath or kitchen towels with a Chinese porcelain print or any one of the many plush bath robes on Nordstrom.com. Or, you could literally go to China, Taiwan, Vietnam, anywhere in the East.

3rd Anniversary
Traditional - Leather / Modern - Crystal
Try this for her - her favorite designer leather bag, wallet, key fob or sandals. For him, try his favorite brand leather shoes, wristband for his Apple…

5th Wedding Anniversary

We recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! Even though we had our wedding ceremony in August 2013, we were actually legally wed on January 15th back home on Oahu. Almost a year later, we went to Venice and Milan for our honeymoon. I was four months pregnant with Coral. After dating many assholes in the past, it was easy to see how special this man was to me and forever will be. We come from countries apart, but hold values dear to our hearts. Respect, honesty, loyalty, and unconditional love are the very things that keep us and our family together.  Cheers to five years of marriage (and many more)!

A post shared by Shelsea 🐚🌊 (@t1disabeach) on Jan 15, 2018 at 4:27pm PST
I always have a difficult time finding the perfect wedding anniversary gift for him because the things he likes aren't exactly romantic or have the potential to represent any sentimental value. He likes knives. He has so many of them already. So I scoured the internet weeks in advance only to finally s…

Slow-Cooker Oxtail Soup

I always try to find simple low-carbish meals to cook Per my previous post, I recently ordered some groceries from milkandeggs.com specifically to make oxtail soup. A lot of my followers on Instagram have been asking me for the recipe since I've made it several times before. It's especially delicious during these winter months in Southern California. Don't forget, we're from Hawaii. Any time it gets under 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it's frickin' cold.

I don’t measure when I cook, only IF I bake. See how these measurements work out for you and add or subtract amounts as you see fit. Here’s what you'll need:

Ingredients
2 lbs oxtails 1 strip dried orange peel zest (optional) 2 star anise (optional) 2 oz fresh ginger  1 Tbsp garlic salt to taste 1 Tbsp freshly cracked pepper to taste 2 Tbsp "shoyu" or soy sauce 1/8 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
1 Tbsp Better Than Bouillion Beef Base (optional for added flavor)
1/2 lb Daikon - Korean raddish 0.83 lbs Bo…

Milk and Eggs

We discovered Milkandeggs.com several weeks ago and I've been meaning to post about it on the blog as I have on Instagram. They have a lovely variety of locally farmed fresh fruits and veggies, meat, seafood, condiments and more. No minimum spend for free delivery. They even have a great selection of Asian veggies like bok choy and daikon and handmade dumplings! All at really affordable prices.

This was the second time I've ordered from their website and was pleased with the two-day delivery. They're based in Long Beach, CA, so if you order in the morning, it's likely to arrive at your doorstep before 7:00am the next day. Unfortunately, our delivery driver wasn't able to access our driveway since she had difficulty using the intercom and called me at 5:30am. Right before Coral had a low BG alert on her Dexcom CGM. I called security to let her up the driveway. Not sure what might've been wrong because the leasing office staff was able to use my code at the inte…

Steady Overnight

I recently bought a couple bottles (2g net carbs) and cans (2g carbs) of Pure Protein shakes from Trader Joes. It's pretty thick and best to thin it out with a bit of water or milk. They taste pretty good though and Coral definitely approved. It's also a healthier alternative to Wahoo or Hershey's syrup.



When her BG began to trend downwards from 99mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) , I gave her 4oz of the bottle mixed with 3oz @fairlife milk (total carbs = 6g, 10g protein). She spiked a little and I had to bolus her a few times overnight. At least I didn't have to wake her to drink some juice to treat a low BG. We’ll see how tonight goes when we try the shake again.

Fellow Instagram T1d Tip: Also check out Hood Calorie Countdown milk (3g carbs per cup). Sold at Albertson's in California. For other retailers in your area, click here.



Everyday is an experiment. Everyday is a gift. Mothers of children with diseases know that all too well. We need no reminders to see the …

Dexcom and Apples

How was your Christmas? I hope you got everything you wished for...other than a cure. Santa clearly didn't make that happen. Oh well, it's on all the medical researchers out there supposively working to "find" a cure. At least we have family, friends and this awesome T1dCommunity!
I am super stoked my hubby bought me a new iPhone 8 with some accessories and a new wristband for my Apple Watch Series 2.* The only downside was that I had some trouble downloading all my apps to the new iPhone - the most important app being Dexcom. Especially, since we had done a new pump site change on a new area of Coral's body - her belly. Furthermore, she didn't finish her dinner and I knew her blood glucose (BG) was going to drop within the next hour or two even after temporarily decreasing her basal by 90% on the Animas Ping pump. Her BG was 90mg/dL around midnight. Without enough protein and fiber from dinner or any meal, she won't last more than half an hour sometimes.…