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This page will include links to products and services I love and want to pass on.

buxom lip polish

Easy To Hold Gloss

I’m a lip gloss girl. Although matte lipsticks are all the rage, I have yet to find one that doesn’t feel drying and make me want to constantly lick my lips.

I love the feel of Buxom lip polish and the fact that the tube is easy to open and substantial enough to hold. It moisturizes the lips with vitamin A and E and has a built in hyaluronic acid booster that feels tingly but not irritating.

You can find it here!

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

KICKS ARE DOPE

Sneakers are everywhere these days and not just reserved for the gym or casual weekend wear. Cute sneakers can be worn with tailored dress pants and a button-down or a maxi dress in the summer.

I tried on this cute pair by Natural Soul at Nordstrom’s and couldn’t decide which color to buy. The orthotic insole is removable and I didn’t even need to unzip them to get my AFO  supported feet inside. Oh, and they are soooo comfortable.

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gentle-souls-lowe-sneaker-women/4489775?country

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

VELCRO IS LIT

I love this pair of adjustable velcro shoes by Plae called the “Larkin”. After reading about the Company and their  “plae it forward” mission, I fell in love.  Not only do the shoes have velcro for hand-challenged people like me, they have great traction , removable insoles, and room for AFO’s and orthotics.

https://www.plae.co/shop/adults/

 

 

Fine Motor Problems & Tools

HANDS-FREE ASSISTANT

I’m obsessed with my Amazon Echo Show

Not only does she play and show music,   weather, movie times, jokes, set timers etc, but she can also be used to video call contacts, display recipes and conduct 1-minute meditations and chair exercises.

Smart home products like Echo can be paired with lights, cameras, remotes and other objects making them voice controlled. For people with fine and gross motor problems, this is life changing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24C0TI/

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

CUTE WIDE-WIDTH BALLERINA FLATS

It’s hard to find flat dressy shoes that don’t look like you just raided an old lady’s closet.

These super cute faux suede ones have a pointy toe and an elastic jewel covered strap that holds a foot in place. The can be worn both casually and to black tie affair.

http://torrid.com

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How to style and straighten your hair with disabilities like hand weakness and arthritis.

DISABILITY HACKS TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR

Straightening one’s hair when you have hand weakness and other disabilities is not only difficult, it’s downright dangerous! Believe me, I’ve probably bought every type of flat iron ever made and have the burn marks to prove it. Sure, wearing gloves can help, but not so much when you drop a 375° iron on your foot or accidentally brush it against your forehead.

A few weeks ago I was at Nordstroms and saw a display for the Brush Crush by Drybar. I’ve had blowouts done at Drybar’s salons before and love their Detox Dry Shampoo– I’m a total sucker for cute packaging. Naturally, I had  to try their newest product.

The Brush Crush is basically a paddle brush and straightening iron in one. When you turn the brush on you can increase the temperature to what works best for your hair. I have really thick hair and typically need to crank up the heat on all heated styling tools to at least 375 degrees. The great part about this tool for people who have hand tremors and weakness, is that unless you literally stick your fingers inside the brittles and touch the ionic base, it’s pretty hard to burn yourself. Also, if you have brain fog and tend to forget things, the brush shuts itself off after 60 minutes. This is comforting as de-frizzing my hair is not worth burning down my house.

To use the Brush Crush tool, your hair first needs to be dry. If you have trouble holding and/or maneuvering a blow dryer, you can try using a hands-free blow dryer stand. Once your hair is dry, Drybar recommends using their accompanying heat protectant spray called Hot Toddy. Of course you can use any brand of heat protectant spray you want, but I actually really love the smell of their Hot Toddy one and the fact that it adds a ton of shine.

The Verdict:

Compared to a regular flat iron tool, the Brush Crush isn’t winning any awards for best hair straightening tool. However, it is an awesome tool for smoothing hair and removing frizz after and in between blow dries. Although the Brush Crush is not as lightweight as I expected it to be, I love the fact that I can safely use it independently without fear of needing a burn center or new house.