Disney Bounding Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens

Disney Bounding Maz Kanata from The Force Awakens

In my opinion, the most intriguing character in The Force Awakens is Maz Kanata. She is unique, intuitive and very mysterious. A look at her sense of style would leave most of us a little confused, but it is perfect for her. As a Disney bound, it was difficult.maztall

What is Disney Bounding?

Disney Bounding is the act of dressing to represent a Disney character. It is not wearing costumes, but putting together an outfit that would be perceived as a regular outfit, but could also be identified as being reminiscent of a Disney character.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World both prohibit adults from entering the parks wearing costumes. This ensures that children do not confuse regular park goers with Disney characters. Disney Bounding began when a Disney enthusiast wanted to show her love of Disney characters, without breaking the dress code rules of the Disney Parks.

I really struggled to find something that was stylish enough that someone would actually wear, but still represent Maz Kanata. I found all of the pieces, but I’m still not 100% certain that I’ve captured Maz herself. What would you do differently to capture her style and spirit?

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Since this would be a difficult disney bound to recognize, anyone who chooses this would have to head to the parks with a Rey or BB8 disney bound. Check back next Friday for more disney bounds!

An Unexpected Caregiver

An Unexpected Caregiver

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of us expect that we will eventually become caregivers to our aging family members. Sometimes we end up in the caregiver role long before we expected, due to accidents, injuries or health concerns. Becoming a caregiver unexpectedly can put a great deal of stress on a family. Services like Elizz are vital for maintaining your own health while being a caregiver.

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A few years ago, my son started to show signs of illness. At first we thought it was just a virus or a reaction to a medication so we made doctor’s appointments and did our best to figure it out. His illness persisted and worsened, and no one seemed to know what was wrong. Our visits to the hospital and doctor’s office were so routine that everyone knew why we were there. They treated his symptoms with IV fluids, and they ran tests, but we still had no answers.

It was a very stressful time, when we first become caregivers to our ill child. We didn’t really have anyone to talk to about it, because it’s difficult to burden others with your own problems. I realize now that is a common problem among caregivers.

Our son was losing weight quickly, so managing his diet was a challenge. He was weak and tired. My breaking point came the day we had to move his mattress from the top bunk, because he could no longer climb the ladder to get into his bed. I wish I had known about Elizz.com so that I could have taken advantage of their services and learned a little more about my own journey as a caregiver by taking the 5 Stages of Caregiving Quiz.

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After months of this, we finally received a diagnosis. He has a severe form of Ulcerative Colitis, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the large intestine. We were still caregivers to an ill child, but we were getting support and direction. We had specialists, a dietitian, a child life specialist and our family doctor.

It was important for us to learn what services we needed and where to find them. If you are a caregiver, you can can find service suggestions from Elizz here: Which Elizz caregiver services are right for you? I am finding comfort from the articles on Elizz, like this one: Identifying and Managing Caregiver Stress.

It has been three years now, and we still find ourselves needing some extra support and answers when it comes to caring for our son. Thankfully, I know where to turn for help when we need it: Elizz.com.

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Join the #ElizzCaregiving Twitter Party Feb. 18th at 8pm EST

Join the #ElizzCaregiving Twitter Party Feb. 18th at 8pm EST

This is a sponsored post written promoting the #ElizzCaregiving Twitter Party by me on behalf of Elizz for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Are you a caregiver? Chances are that you either are a caregiver or you know someone who is a caregiver. Most of us are happy to take on the role of caregiver when it comes to the people we love, but it doesn’t make the job any easier. Juggling family, work and appointments can be challenging. The financial strain and emotional toil can become too much if a caregiver doesn’t get the support he or she needs.

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Elizz is a service powered by Saint Elizabeth Health Care, which is a not-for-profit Canadian organization. Elizz.com offers caregivers the support and tools they need to take care of themselves and their family members. There are articles, resources, virtual advice and advisors to support caregivers, and it is all found at the tip of your fingers. There are also peer-to-peer supports available and a personalized social network called Tyze. It is everything a caregiver could need.

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At the #ElizzCaregiving Twitter Party on February 18, 2016 at 8pm EST, we will be chatting about Elizz and the needs of caregivers in Canada. This party is hosted by yours truly (@kidsumers) and we will be giving away VISA gift cards as prizes throughout the party.

You must RSVP to be eligible to win!

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Growing up while learning how to be a caregiver

Growing up while learning how to be a caregiver

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I grew up learning how to be a caregiver. My mom is a nurse and worked in chronic care for most of my life, and her place of work was a regular stop for me as a child. I would stop there after school and visit many of the patients. I became a candy striper as soon as I was old enough to do it, and had an early education in how to take care of those who need it. It is no wonder that I started working with people with disabilities when I was just 18 years old, and eventually went on to become a social worker. For many years I ran an agency that focused on provided services to seniors and people with disabilities in order to keep them living in their own homes for as long as possible.

Of course, being a candy striper or social worker doesn’t compare to caring for an aging loved one. My mom has set an example in that area as well. As her parents grew older and my grandpa became more medically frail, my mom helped them move closer to her and became their caregiver. She drove them to appointments and helped with chores, but she had a job and my dad to care for so she couldn’t always be there. She had to find services to help them maintain their independence.

With her experience as a nurse and my knowledge in the caring field, we were able to set up the services they needed. There were always things to manage though, and I’m sure it would have been a relief to have more resources for them, but I know my mom valued that time she had with them.

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Sadly, both of my grandparents have passed on now. The loss of my grandfather was difficult of course, but the hardest part was watching my grandmother work through her grief. She had lost the love of her life and she seemed to lose her will to live at the same time. I think that mental health issues in the elderly are often overlooked, and it is important to recognize the signs of depression or other mental health issues. I don’t think she ever went back to the happy-go-lucky woman she was with my grandpa, but she did learn to live with her grief.

When we lost my grandmother, my mom had to move into a new stage of her life that was very difficult for her. It was the final stage of caregiving and it was a drastic change from the life she had been living for many years.

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Today, 25% of all Canadians identify as caregivers, and that number is expected to grow to 1 in 3 people by the year 2020. Many don’t think of themselves as caregivers, but rather as family or friends. These people are likely in the first two stages of caregiving as listed above by Elizz. As a caregiver to a child with a chronic illness, I drift back and forth through these stages depending on how well he is doing. It can be a constant cycle that we navigate through, celebrating the good days and working through the challenging ones. I am glad that there are support systems out there. Take the 5 Stages of Caregiving Quiz to see where you fall.

“Elizz was created to arm caregivers with the support and tools they need to better care for their family members and themselves. Fresh, simple and easy to navigate, Elizz.com is the place to go for all thing caregiving. From articles and resources for the Do It Yourself (DIY) Caregiver, to virtual advice through caregiver coaches and nurse advisors, to health care services provided in the home, caregivers can find it all in one convenient place. Elizz also offers peer-to-peer group support as well as a personalized social network called Tyze, which helps individual caregivers to manage their situation and connections with family and friends. Elizz is powered by Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a Canadian not-for-profit with over 100 years of experience.”

Elizz offers support for the caregiver so that he/she can be the caregiver he/she wants to be. The Elizz Caregiver Coach service offers a coaching session where they answer questions, outline options and provide expert advice on navigating the health care system. They build a care plan that works To learn more about Elizz and see the services they have available, visit https://elizz.com/services. Which Elizz caregiver services are right for you?

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The Force Awakens Wouldn’t Be Represented Without a Rey Disney Bound

The Force Awakens Wouldn’t Be Represented Without a Rey Disney Bound

If you haven’t watched the new Star Wars movie, you won’t understand this Rey Disney bound. That’s okay, because you shouldn’t be wasting your time on the internet when you could be at a theatre enjoying The Force Awakens.

Go ahead. Come back when you’re done.

If you choose to read this first, I promise not to spoil anything for you.

ReyWhat is Disney Bounding?

Disney Bounding is the act of dressing to represent a Disney character. It is not wearing costumes, but putting together an outfit that would be perceived as a regular outfit, but could also be identified as being reminiscent of a Disney character.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World both prohibit adults from entering the parks wearing costumes. This ensures that children do not confuse regular park goers with Disney characters. Disney Bounding began when a Disney enthusiast wanted to show her love of Disney characters, without breaking the dress code rules of the Disney Parks.

Rey Disney Bound

While this is a cleaner and a little less rugged look than Rey’s true look, I think it reflects her style and personality. The way that you wear the scarf and belt are definitely important when attempting to portray Rey. A stick is also a great addition, but I’m fairly certain that Disney security would ask you to leave that behind.

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My son has challenged me to come up with more disney bounds for The Force Awakens, and I’m doing my best to live up to his expectations. Take a look at the BB8 Disney Bound, and come back next Friday to see what we have next.

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