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I recently have learned quite a bit about the thyroid and the signs of a thyroid problem in my personal struggle with hypothyroidism. Learn what your thyroid’s function is and exactly where it’s at. I explain how important it is to have a healthy thyroid and the different symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. Learn about T3 and T4 and even about an anti-suicidal spray commissioned by the U.S. Army!
What Is Your Thyroid?
To understand how you can have an underactive thyroid or even thyroid problems you first need to understand what your thyroid is. The thyroid is a small, 2 inches wide, butterfly shaped gland located right below your adam’s apple. Trouble finding it?
Hold some liquid in your mouth, tip your head back, and swallow and you should be able to see your thyroid move.
I know all this! Take me to the Thyroid Treatment Kit!
What Does Your Thyroid Do?
Next you might be wondering on what the thyroid’s function is. What does your thyroid actually do? Your thyroid is part of the endocrine system and it plays a very important role in the body. The thyroid secretes thyroid hormones, T3 & T4 into your blood stream which is then distributed to almost every cell in your body.
Some of the functions in your body that your thyroid directly affects are:
- metabolic rate
- muscle strength
- body temperature
- cholesterol levels
- heart rate
- menses or menstrual function
- nervous system development
Do you know that during gestation, how your baby’s spine grows and develops is affected by your thyroid? In fact if a baby is severely lacking in TH (thyroid hormones) he may develop cretenism. This is a severe disorder that includes deafness, ataxia, and mental retardation.
Did You Know?
Your thyroid uses iodine to create its hormones. If a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding, double the normal iodine intake is recommended for normal fetal development!
Hopefully by now you realize how vital it is to ensure your thyroid is healthy and working properly!
You develop thyroid problems when your thyroid is producing either too much or too little TH.
How Does Your Thyroid Know To Produce Thyroid Hormones?
The process of producing TH is actually pretty simple. It begins in the hypothalamus which secretes Thyrotropin–releasing hormone (TRH). TRH also called thyroliberin or thyrotropin-releasing factor (TRF).
TRH travels to the pituitary gland and causes it to secrete Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (TSH). TSH then travels to your thyroid and tells it how much thyroid hormones to release. The majority of your TH that is released by your thyroid is Thyroxine or T4. The thyroid then converts a small portion of T4 into T3 or the Triiodothyronine hormone.
Did You Know?
TRH has a calming affect and relieves depressive, suicidal, and anxious thoughts. So much so that in 2012, the U.S. Army granted $3 million dollars to the Indiana University School of Medicine. The grant was for this team to develop an anti-suicidal spray for the troops. TRH works quickly and can cross the blood brain barrier easily through the nasal cavitiy.
What causes Thyroid Disorders or Abnormal Thyroid?
Now you may be wondering how your thyroid gets out of whack! What causes thyroid disease or how do you develop an abnormal thyroid? Your thyroid levels can become out of control by the attack of disease and inflammation.
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) may be caused by problems with the pituitary gland so that not enough TSH is produced. Temporary inflammation and medications may also restrict your TH and cause low thyroid levels.
In fact, if your thyroid hormones fall low enough it can lead to loss of conciousness, a drop in your body’s temperature, and can be life threatening. Hashimoto’s disease is a common autoimmune disorder that causes hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) may be caused by an autoimmune disorder called Graves disease. Some of the symptoms are protruding or puffy eyes, anxiety, and tremors. More than 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from Grave’s disease annually.
A person may also notice swelling in the neck which is usually attributed to a goiter. A goiter can be a symptom of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Future tests must be done to determine if the cause if due to an overactive or underactive thyroid.
Another sign of a thyroid problem are thyroid nodules. A person may discover a painless lump on their thyroid. Thyroid nodules may cause hyperthyrodism but normally they do not affect your thyroid hormones. However thyroid nodules can develop into cancer and even cause hoarseness by affecting your vocal cords. Thyroid nodules can also limit your breathing, affect your swallowing, and cause you to feel a tickle in your throat. This usually means a nodule has grown large enough and is pushing down on your esophagus or windpipe.
How Do You Check Your Thyroid Function?
Radioactive iodine uptake test
There are several tests that check your thyroid function to determine if its healthy or not. A patient may be given a radioactive uptake iodine test where she is given a radioactive iodine in pill or liquid form. This iodine then collects in their thyroid. A thyroid scan is then performed to check how the radioactive iodine shows up in the thyroid. The focus is on how much iodine your thyroid has absorbed and the location of it in your thyroid gland.
Besides blood tests and physical examination, a thyroid ultrasound is often used to check thyroid nodules. This ultrasound utilizes sound waves and it is very effective as it displays an acurate picture of nodule size and wheter or not the nodule is filled with fluid or a solid.
Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
Thyroid fine needle aspiration biopsy involves inserting a very fine needle into the thyroid and removing cells and fluid. This is used most often to see if thyroid nodules are cancerous. It can also be utilized to treat cysts. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Did You Know?
A very small amount, 10%, of thyroid nodules are actually cancerous. The rest are benign and harmless and are called adenomas.
Thyroid Blood Test
There are various blood tests that are used to check your thyroid function. Most often general blood tests that check the T4 or TSH levels are administered first. It these tests show abnormal thyroid levels, then more specific tests are administered.
Did You Know?
High TSH Levels = Hypothyroidism
Low TSH Levels = Hyperthyroidism
There is controversy on the thyroid function blood tests administered as naturalists and others well versed in thyroid disorders report that in general, medical doctors rely on the broad blood tests instead of ordering specific blood tests. These include:
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies
The opposing view is that many people suffer from thyroid dysfunction and problems, but their symptoms go undetected because general practitioners rely on blood tests that do not provide an accurate picture of the patients’ condition. You can further explore this debate here.
30 Signs of a Thyroid Problem
Hyperthyroid (Overactive Thyroid) Symptoms
- Excessive Sweating
- Weight Loss
- Fast heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Feeling Irritable
- Hair Loss
- Sensitivity to Heat
- Muscle Weakness
- Pounding Heart Sensation
- Trembling Hands
- Vision Issues
- Abnormal Menstrual Periods
- Swelling around the neck
Extreme hyperthyroidism causes brittle bones and serious heart problems.
Hypothyroid (Underactive Thyroid) Symptoms
- Dry Skin & Brittle Nails
- Weight gain
- Tiredness & Sluggishness
- Mental Fog, Unable to Focus
- Fluid Retention
- Feeling Depressed
- Hair Loss
- Unable to tolerate cold, feeling cold all the time
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Periods are longer than normal; bleeding is excessive
- Slow heart rate
- Numbness or Tingling in Hands
Per Mayo Clinic it is more common for women older than 60 to have hypothyroidism. A person may also be susceptible to an underactive thyroid because of their genetics. Swelling around the neck may also be a sign of hypothyroidism.
Long term, a person with an underactive thyroid may also be come obese or infertile and suffer from heart disease.
My Struggle with Hypothyroidism
I am currently 34 and looking back on my life, I can say I first notice the symptoms of an underactive thyroid as a teenager. From the get go, I had terrible and painful menstrual periods that would leave me curled up on my shower floor puking. Our family moved to the United States when I was 14 years old and I suffered greatly at school from the constant AC that the Americans seemed to so greatly love.
I remember my hands turning literally purple and my entire body appeared blotchy. I would try to dress as warm as I could while I watched my peers run around in short sleeves complaining about the heat. I was first introduced to coffee and I often used that to try and warm up, not realizing how detrimental it was to my body.
I have struggled with chronic depression from I was a young child. In recent years as I have begun to take active steps in regaining my health I now attribute the physical component of that to being severly anemic and suffering from an underactive thyroid. I also often felt numbness or tingling in my hands.
I would slather tons of lotion on my legs and I couldn’t figure out why my skin was always so dry. In the dead of winter it was the worse and the skin on my hands and legs would crack and bleed. My nails were soft and bent easily and I could never grow the strong, long nails I admired on my peers’ hands.
During my college years, as my thyroid disorder grew worse so did my symptoms. My depression increased and the mental fog took over. There were many times I would read an article and forget almost instantly what I had read. It was hard to remember my studies and although I generally made good grades, it was an uphill struggle.
Constant fatigue plagued me and constipation coupled the diuretic effects of coffee. I had terrible edema or fluid retention with my 1st pregnancy, my feet and ankles swelled up to double their size.
Throughout the years, I sought help from many doctors, describing my symptoms and not once did any practitioner mentioned a thyroid disorder. Instead, most of my symptoms were blamed on being anemic and suffering from endometriosis. However, after my first child, my symptoms that were blamed on endometriosis had all but disappeared.
When I became pregnant with my 2nd child, three years ago, I was so badly anemic, I had to have iron infusions at the hospital.
Taking the Road Back To Health
I would say that since the birth of my daughter, I have begun to take my health back. I began taking a natural iron supplement and as my iron built up, I began to feel a little better. However, the majority of my symptoms were still present.
1 year ago is when I began to be more intentional about my health and really try and figure out what was going on. I remember feeling so absolutely tired, depressed, and feeling as if I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other. My face was pale, and it was hard to think coherently. I was freezing even in the summertime.
By this time through research and visiting a naturalist, I had learned about thyroid disorder. So I made an appointment at a local doctor. Once there I described my symptoms to the nurse practitioner who saw me. For the first time ever, I heard the words, “that sounds exactly like you have a thryoid problem.”
I couldn’t believe it and was super excited when she ordered the blood tests. And then the results came back. Per the general thyroid function tests I was given, my thyroid was perfectly fine.
I still remember the nurse’s voice at the end of the phone as she gave me my results. She made me feel as if I was a hypochondriac and that I was making up my symptoms.
Thank God I knew better than the nurse practitioner.
I bought a book on Thyroid Disorders and began to learn all about my hypothyroidism. I was astonished that although all my symptoms pointed to a book perfect underactive thyroid, the medical doctors refused to follow their original instinct but blindly believed a general test.
I learned that there were ways around general practitioners refusing to administer more specific thyroid function tests. Below I am placing the link to an online site where you can select the specific thyroid function tests according to what you need or can afford. Update: Link coming soon! Check back in a couple days!
This company is well-reputed company who has been around for years and has contracts with various labs in different locations. All you have to do is select the tests you would like and then go to the lab and have them done. No paying excessive fees and arguing with medical doctors who have forgotten their Hippocratic oath.
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Treating my Hypothyroidism
The next step of course was actually treating my underactive thyroid. When it comes to medications, I try to stay as natural as possible and avoid prescription drugs. Thankfully I had found a natural and organic company who products I trust and whose customers rated at a very high 4.9.
Here is part of their history directly from their site:
“Dr. Edward F. Group III founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world (Global Healing Center, 2018).”
In addition to his other degrees, Dr. Group has these certifications from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy.
- Naturopathic Practitioner Degree (NP)
- Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
- Holistic Healing Practitioner (HHP)
- Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH)
Natural Thyroid Treatment Kit
I ordered the natural thyroid treatment kit that they sold and started taking it per the instructions. By day 4, I felt like a different person! That unhealthy feeling of tiredness and sickness began to drain away and I discovered I actually started to have energy to do things!
I am now on day 15 and I can attest that this thyroid treatment works!!! I have been walking, swimming, and finding energy to be way more active. I can now take walks with my husband and feel good about it instead of barely making it in the door exhausted.
My thinking is more clearer than ever and as I’m studying and reading, I’m astounded at how much material I can recall. Writing is so much more easier and not a chore as it was before.
I am happier! Although my depression is not completely gone, I’m amazed at how much more resilient I am to life’s stressors. I notice how much easier it is to brush off negative situations. I notice how much more I’m enjoying life. I know how much more I’m smiling.
My relationship has improved with my husband since taking this thyroid treatment. I feel more like the woman he fell in love with.
My temperature has regulated and I now feel like a normal person. No more bundling up. I even enjoy AC now, although in moderate amounts.
Here are the three medicines included in their thyroid treatment kit:
Nascent Iodine- Perhaps the most important part of the treatment as your thyroid must have iodine to produce hormones. Nascent iodine is more easily absorbed by the body. The suggested use is 3 drops immediately washed down with purified water. If you have ever used iodine on cuts as a child, you will recognize the taste. Here’s a tip from using it: Place the drops further back on your tongue so the taste is not as strong.
Take Detoxadine once daily. Most people report better results 30 minutes before you eat in the morning.
Global Healing’s Detoxadine contains glycerin instead of alcohol so its easier on your digestive system. Here is a description from their site:
The iodine is from “300 million-year-old salt deposits located more than 7,000 feet below the earth’s surface. It is an extremely pure nascent iodine that is both concentrated and free of additives and toxins. Each drop is loaded with 650 micrograms iodine and it’s screened for radiation (Global Healing, 2018).”
Selenium- Derived from 100% organic mustard seed- This is a trace mineral with anti-oxidant properties. It provides immune support for your body and helps produce glutathione peroxidase which protects your thyroid. Selenium is a must for thyroid health.
Suggested Use is one capsule daily with food.
Vegan Safe B-12:
Vitamin B-12 naturally suports your cardiovascular and nervous system health. It also helps to build your red blood cells and is a source of energy!
Global Healing’s Vitamin B-12 is formulated so that it does not have to be metabolized by the liver and is safer and more effective.
Suggested use is 1 ml held in your mouth for 15 seconds and then swallowed. I usually take this the same time as the Detoxadine as most people find it more effective when taken 30 minutes before eating in the morning.
Although I have never had a bad experience, Global Healing offers a 100% No-Risk 180-Day Money Back Guarantee.
I hope this post has been useful to you and that you have much better understanding of how your thyroid works and why it is important to recognize the 30 signs of thyroid problems!
If you try this natural thyroid treatment kit, please let me know about your experience as I would love to hear feedback!
Cheers, Mrs. G
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What is Mindfulness?
In recent years mindfulness has grown in popularity, so you probably already know what mindfulness is or have at least heard of it. So what is this fantastic life changing practice that social media, health gurus, and counselors keep harping about?
The concept of mindfulness is so simple, it seems stupid. The American Psychological Association says it this way: “…paying attention to one’s experience in the present moment. It involves observing thoughts and emotions from moment to moment without judging or becoming caught up in them.”
Or how about my definition: Mindfulness is simply being present in the moment. Being aware of what you are doing, what you are participating in and observing your thoughts, emotions, and body reactions in great detail.
Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness
Slow Down Your Thoughts:
As a mom we ALWAYS have things that need to be done. School drop offs, lunches to pack, costumes to make or buy, soccer shorts to pretreat and wash, ballet classes for your 2 year old, crap, you forgot to bring the snacks again. You know the drill.
In fact many people wake up and it’s like a giant bungee cord is attached to them as they jump out of bed and go, go, go until they finally snap back to sleep at night. Or they try to. So many people have sleeping problems because they are unable to control their racing thoughts and shut off their brain. Mindfulness helps to quiet your mind.
Improves Your Sleep:
As you learn to quiet your mind at night, you will be able to fall asleep much quicker. There are many relaxation exercises that you can try before or while you are in bed.
Develop Conscious Appreciation for your Life:
When you practice mindfulness, you become aware of the minute details that you never noticed before. Instead of just seeing grass, you notice the beautiful ladybug flitting about, or the studious ants faithfully gathering crumbs.
Instead of complaining about the dark and dreary weather, you notice the cool drops on your face, the swish of the wipers, the spray of water thrown up by the tires. In fact you put some boots on your kiddos and like the Peppa Pig, you all “go jump in muddy puddles!” Being mindful can help to reduce your anxiety and depression.
Mindfulness is a stress reliever.
In 2010, a clinical study was conducted on people who attended stress reduction group based around mindfulness. After 8 weeks, they were tested using fMRI (brain imaging) against the control group that had not taken the classes.
The results were astounding. The participants in the mindfulness group had developed emotional regulation strategies different from that of the control group. In layman’s terms this means that when they watched the same film as the control group, the neurons in their brain was calmer and they processed what they saw differently than the control group. Practicing mindfulness gave them more control of their emotions and lessened their stress.
Mindfulness helps to improve your relationships.
When you think about what you just read, this makes total sense! If you are practicing mindfulness and you are more relaxed and happy wouldn’t you approach your relationship differently? Instead of letting what is going on in the relationship stress you out, you can take a step back and form healthy thoughts. Practicing mindfulness increases relationship satisfaction.
Mindfulness helps to develop flexible thinking.
You can reason that maybe your partner is tired and that’s why he forgot to take out the trash instead of automatically assuming he’s lazy. You can even communicate in a more healthy way without judgment. Your outlook on life is brighter and you feel more happy with your relationship. This is because you have been practicing mindfulness and you have developed the skill of self-observation. You have developed flexible thinking and you now look at situtions in a different way. Mindfulness helps you to be less reactive and develops cognitive flexibility.
How to practice Mindfulness
There are a ton of ways to practice mindful thinking. Just a quick google search will pop up 100s of results for you. Here are two of my favorite ways in which I practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness Coloring & Dot to Dot Books:
I’m sure you have seen these all over the place, you can pretty much find these books in whatever genre or style you are interested in. They range from pretty simple to extremely complicated. I currently have a Dot to Dot Book on Famous Faces.
Check out my connect the dot of Mother Teresa with over a thousand and twenty dots! I think this took me about 3 weeks to complete working on it steadily. These books essentially force you to focus due to their complexity. As you begin to color or connect the dots, you gradually begin to focus more and more on what you are doing.
Think about the crayon, or coloring pencil, or pen in your hand. Feel its weight. Watch how it glides smoothly over the paper. Marvel at the pretty colors and the masterpiece you are creating. Think about how your body feels as you do this activity. Are you relaxed and peaceful or are you concerned about getting it just right. Remember to observe your thoughts without judging.
Here are some pretty cool ones that I found:
Practicing Mindfulness at the Nail Salon
Do you know that you can practice mindfulness pretty much anywhere? Here’s a real life example for you. It was the day before my mother in law would leave after a 10 day visit. I decided to take advantage of the situation and go get a mani pedi. After all my nails were ghastly and as it’s pretty much summer I couldn’t continue to bear the scrutiny of stranger’s eyes on my ragged toes anymore!
I was new to the area and it was the first time at this nail salon so understandably I was a little nervous on how it would go. Now let me just update you on my past experiences at nail salons. I’m normally quite tense and worried about the entire situation. The anxious thoughts kick in and thoughts such as “Is the manicurist totally grossed out by my feet? Oh no, she’s rubbing lotion all over my legs, I should have shaved!”
Not to mention one of the salons I went to in the past obviously did not get clean their tools properly and I had gotten a nail fungus from them! This salon was top notch though, they opened a brand new packet of tools right in front of you. I also have huge scars on my knee from knee surgeries and a machete chop (yea that’s another story). So I almost never pull my leggings or pants higher than my knees because I want to be able to relax without worrying about people’s staring eyes.
So these were all the thoughts going through my head as I made my way to the pedicure station and sat down. Immediately my lady began running the warm water and I made sure to quickly roll up my leggings instead. She then placed my feet in the deliciously warm water. Determined to take my mind off of me and what she was doing, I began listening to the lady besides me who was chatting merrily away with her manicurist.
She was clearly a regular and regaled all of us who were listening with her interesting tales of being a 911 operator. She was a larger black lady, polite and with the most happiest attitude ever. I responded to her stories and we even ended up discussing wheel of fortune which was playing on the TV.
I was still not completely relaxed though and I admired how relaxed she seemed. And then, suddenly in the midst of all the chatting, giggling broke out. Everyone turned an looked and then we too started laughing. The source of the giggling was this petite Asian woman who was having her hands and feet worked on at the same time by 2 different manicurists. When the manicurist began scrubbing her feet she couldn’t help herself from giggling at the tickling.
Being in the Moment with Mindfulness
I think that just simply broke the ice for everyone, at least it did for me. One lady said, “You just go ahead and laugh girl.” And with that statement, I finally allowed myself to relax. At previous sessions I was always afraid to put the massage chair back because I thought I would impede progress. Now I selected exactly the settings I desired and reclined it as far as I WANTED. I notice that the little lady was closing her eyes as they worked on her.
I followed suit, leaned back, and closed my eyes. And finally put mindfulness into action. I enjoyed the gentle massage on my legs, felt the warm water as she rinsed, and the smoothness of the lotion. I opened my eyes and watched as she carefully painted my nails one by one. I noticed how relaxed my body had become instead of being tense and stiff.
When it was time for my mani I closed my eyes as she massaged and exfoliated my arms. I notice how relaxed I felt and how focused. I notice how I didn’t care what anyone else thought of me in that moment. I watched as she dipped the little brush in polish and observed the tiny brush marks it left behind. I didn’t force myself to talk.
Instead I decided to just go with the flow and with what I was feeling. And so my mind became quiet, I became focused, and I enjoyed those moments at the nail salon. To this day, it’s the best salon experience I’ve had. All because I decided to practice being mindful.
I hope my writings have inspired you to practice mindfulness. As I said before there are 100s of different ways in which to practice it. Here is a really good site I found with lots of free downloads. It has everything from mindful breathing, mindful body scans, mindfulness practices, sitting meditations, mindful movements, and guided imagery. You can also search for mindful meditation in audio or mindful meditation scripts.
You have learned today what mindfulness is, then benefits of mindfulness, and some ways to practice it. My challenge for you this week, is to practice it for 5 minutes at a time every day. I think you will be surprised at how being present and enjoying moments of time without judgment can positively affect your life.
Cheers! Sincerely, Mrs. G
Disclaimer: The thoughts and ideas presented are gathered via careful curation, research, and experience. As a reader you are expected to utilize your own critical thinking and judgment in deciding what applies to you and the actions you take. Thank you for reading.
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This blouse with bow will be your new favorite!
Psssttt. Mother’s Day is coming up and I wanted to share with you my current favorite women’s blouse! This blouse with bow has been around forever and it is so chic and goes so well with many outfits!
These blouses with bows always reminds me of genteel England, think Downton Abbey:
Seriously, read this!
Important: If you don’t know what Downton Abbey is or who these ladies are just STOP right now, cause it’s sacreligious!
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First Season of Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey-Complete Season
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I mean seriously, we just cannot be friends, if you don’t appreciate this classic! 😉
Lady Mary Outfits
Speaking of classics, Lady Mary was a classic girl and I can totes see her wearing this white blouse:
Or this darling black blouse as she debated whether or not to ever marry:
Or perhaps Lady Mary would wear these when Matthew came around:
Lady Sybil Outfits
Lady Sybil was also so colorful and the most beautiful in my opinion, can’t you just picture her wearing these beautiful floral blouses?
I also remembering Lady Sybil wearing a stunning blue dress, which blue blouse with bow is your fave?
Remember when Lady Sybil turned her skirt into pants? She would have further scandalized Downtown Abbey by wearing these:
Lady Edith Outfits
As for Lady Edith she reminds me of fall and muted colors like these:
Lady Grantham Outfits
But we simply CANNOT forget Lady Grantham!!!!! We know she really cared about what one wore, remember her cutting remark to Mary after she cut her hair into a bob?
“Oh, it is you! I thought it was a man in your clothes.”
Lady Crawley Outfits
And last but certainley not the least, the Countess of Grantham, Lady Crawley herself! A woman so softspoken and sweet, so gentle yet with firm control on her family and staff. Lady Crawley embodies propriety, buttered scones, and English tea. Can’t you hear the clink of the cups, and the gentle plop of the sugar cubes?
Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts- Pin for Later!
And that’s all folks! I hope you join me in my love for these women’s blouses with bows and all things Downton Abbey! They are classic and timeless clothes and you will be sure to stun whatever the occasion! Best of all you can easily shop this blouse online! If you need me, I’ll be in the middle of a Downton Abbey marathon and sipping tea!
Cheers, a committed Anglophile, Mrs. G
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