My Reviews Are Back (as am I!)

Due to being under the weather for most of this year, I’ve not been reviewing products that I find useful for people living a life sensitive to chemicals. However, I aim to get right back into the sunshine; now that I’ve wiped away my tears. It’s not like I’ve been grateful for much at all, let alone thinking about how I can help others. But that really has changed. Not sure if it was looking at life through the lens of a camera (it’s still a thing, y’all), or the new found confidence I’m experiencing after completing and publishing my first book project, but I do feel mahoosivly grateful for so much lately. So without further verbosity, here, just in case you missed it, is something I’m most enamoured with lately: My Lilla Rose collection of Hair Jewellery.

My Lilla Rose Dragonfly Flexi Clip

My Lilla Rose Dragonfly Flexi Clip

I already did a post on Lilla Rose, and how I think these products are mighty useful for those of us who have problems with hair elastics; besides, they are so gorgeous and pretty that I want this post to link from my blog page too! And, because I’ve not been blogging since January, this year, 2014, it’s not like peeps are going to expect my product reviews to be back up. But just so you know, I’ve got a review coming up on a Dehumidifier that I’ve been using, as well. And an Australian brand of Mutalfor (as apposed to the type that comes from overseas) that I’ve had great success in using!

Other posts coming up:

The Day I Fell in Love with a Font

Losing Someone to MCS (and how to cope)

The new treatment I’ve been doing for the last year

A post on the Amazing Amelia Hill

Probably some more rabbit tails tales

Housing (mine)

My Latest Trip to the Dentist

And some other topics not usually spoken about…

And, here is something I am mahoosivly excited about: my interview that I spoke about, here, has just been accepted by  AESSRA‘s (AESSRA stands for the Allergy and Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association Inc), editor of Sensitivity Matters. Woot woot! In that last post, I asked people to guess who I had interviewed, no one did, but I guess it was kind of obvious anyway because that’s who I was talking about when I alluded to my interviewee; well, it’s our own Kathryn Treat, author of Allergic To Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope. She’s so amazing, and a beacon of hope to us all! I can’t wait to see this interview come out in print, and I’ll be sure to put a copy of it up here.

And, in case you are wondering if I’ve lost my mind and started to invent my own English language, no (well, maybe I have lost my mind), but I’m not making up new words: Mahoosvie is just one of the latest additions to the Oxford Dictionary.

More from the Sydney Morning Herald:

“The addition this week of ‘mahoosive’ to the Oxford Dictionaries – among a record crop of 1000 other words or terms – flags that it’s considered a perfectly fine descriptor by the boffins who shape the English language.

Once, huge was entirely adequate. But in this age of exaggeration and who-can-shout-loudest, even superlatives such as gigantic, enormous and massive clearly no longer cut it. So we now have a portmanteau (two words thrust together) that combines ‘massive’ with ‘huge’.”

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Trailer for Allergic to Life

Today, I found out (through a new blog I’m now following: Meeka’s Mind), that there is a an actual trailer for author, Kathryn Treat’s book, Allergic to Life: my battle for survival, courage and hope, and it’s on YouTube! This is exciting for me as I’ve followed Kathryn since my health was set back from living in a mouldy house in 2012; luckily, I’ve made some progress and I’m on my way to recovery, but along this (the most horrid part of my life so far!) pathway out of here, she has been a beacon of hope. Hope of what is possible!

So yes, I’m proud and chuffed to see Kathryn on YouTube!

Last year, at Uni (2013), I studied my second class on interview skills: and I’ve just finished an certain interview that seems to have taken an eternity to write! (Since that class!) But as Kathryn recently said to me: “Everything happens when it’s meant to.” Now, this interview is with one of my favourite authors; but I’ll leave it up to you to guess which one… Ergo, I’ve just submitted it for publication with AESSRA‘s Sensitivity Matters, Australia’s Allergy organisation. Wish me luck on getting published, xx.

More from AESSRA’s website:

“AESSRA’s quarterly magazine, Sensitivity Matters, contains information on toxic chemicals and allergens, useful products, news of local and overseas research, book reviews, recipes and suggestions for dealing with allergies and sensitivities at home, school, work and in other situations. Recent issues have included articles on:

  • Applying for MCS-friendly public housing

  • Treating MCS with dextromethorphan

  • Coping with emergency accommodation

  • A Tasmanian holiday with MCS

  • House-hunting tips


  • Health effects of pesticides, fragrance, traffic pollution, bisphenol A, cigarette and wood smoke Back issues are available to members.”

You can download the membership form and join AESSRA, here

You can follow Kathryn on her YouTube channel, here

Follow her Blog: Allergictolifemybattle, here

Visit her website, here

Twitter, here

Or buy her book, here: Allergic To Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope


Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
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