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[email protected] branded Ovulation (LH) and Pregnancy (HCG) Tests Review

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Getting pregnant, ugh, it comes so easily for some women.  But for others, like myself, it can take years and thousands of dollars in fertility treatments just to even ovulate. For my husband and I, our trying to conceive (TTC) journey was full of heartache and tears.

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To start the TCC journey, the best place to start would be to see if you are ovulating. Just because you have a menstrual cycle does not mean you are ovulating, and that can be very frustrating.  [email protected] makes an ovulation prediction kit (or OPKs) that is a quick test that you can take at home to measure the hormone that triggers ovulation, Luteinizing hormone (LH), in your urine.  They are really easy to use, but can be a little difficult to read.  That is a standard though for the two line test.  You have to compare the two lines, and when the control color and the test color are the same, that is when the LH surge is about to take place.  I know when I was trying to get pregnant both times, I used the OPKs once a day starting on cycle day 7 and used them up until cycle day 18.  A few days before the actually positive I could have sworn the two lines were almost the same color, but after really comparing them, and asking for some opinions from others, I realized that the colors were slightly different.  When I finally got the positive OPK, it was very clear that it was a positive.  I should note, that I never got a positive result with the [email protected] OPKs, but that is because I do not ovulate on my own and require medical intervention to ovulate.

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Two weeks after you ovulate, you will want to reach for the [email protected] pregnancy test. They are a lot like the OPKs.  They are used by testing your urine.  However, if you ever get two lines on a pregnancy test in the amount of the time specified on the instructions, you are probably pregnant.

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When you purchase the [email protected] kit from Amazon, you will get 50 ovulation test and 20 pregnancy (HCG) test.  In my opinion, I love how they bundle the two tests together, because more than likely, if you need the OPKs, you will need the pregnancy tests as well.

Weather you are already in your ttc journey are ready to start trying for a baby, I would suggest that you pick up one of these kits from [email protected].  That way you will have some help getting pregnant when you want to.

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Disclaimer to my family: No, I am not currently trying to get pregnant.  I tested this product and wrote this post in hopes that it might help someone like myself who tried for a very long time to have a baby.

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Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System Review

Dr Hanas Nasopure Nasal Wash System ReviewOver the years I’ve avoided neti pots like the plague.  I always thought they looked very uncomfortable and very unsanitary. So a few weeks ago when I got a horrible cold I was so thankful that Nasopure had sent me the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System free to review.

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That little squirt bottle, became my best friend for like a week, and it was so easy to use too.  The pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride that comes with the bottle is pre measured so that you don’t have to worry about putting too much or too little.  You just open the little pack, add water, mix and use.

Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System let you control the pressure that the water comes out, so you don’t have to twist your head in an uncomfortable position use it.  You can hold your head at a very natural position

When using Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System, there is no need worrying about added dyes, perfumes, or chemicals.  They use all natural pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate in their pre measured packets. Also, the bottle is made out of 100% recyclable BPA free plastic.

The squirt bottle is very easy to wash, too.  Just put it in the dishwasher or wash with warm soapy water and rinse well. So easy!!

Here is a list of the common health problems that the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System may be able to help:

  • Allergies
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sinus Issues
  • Ear dysfunction
  • sore throat
  • coughs
  • post nasal drip
  • asthma
  • snoring
  • decreased sense of smell/taste
  • exposure to pollution

Out of all the things that the Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System can help, the thing I like best is not how the product works, but how it is made and where.  The Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System is made here in the good ole’ USA by adults that have disabilities.

Overall, I loved my Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System.  It was so easy to use and clean, and I only felt really uncomfortable the very first time I used it only because I had no clue what I was doing and what to expect.

If you think you are ready to purchase your very own Dr. Hana’s Nasopure Nasal Wash System, you can do so on their website http://www.nasopure.com/.  The complete system cost about $20 (plus shipping), but if you are not ready for the complete system, you can pick up the sample kit (which is what I got) for $15 (plus shipping).

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ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote Bag Review

 

A few weeks ago Goose had a dance recital.  That meant tons of hair accessories, make up, jewelry, and so much more. If it had not had been for the ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote, I don’t know what we would have done.

One thing you learn in dance is always plan for the unexpected, and always bring extra stuff. So that is what we did.  In the may outside pockets of this tote, I put hair stuff and make up; hair spray, gel, ponytail holders, bobby pins, eye shadow, blush, and lipstick (she’s three so I don’t go crazy with the makeup). On the inside, we put a first aid kit, a small sewing kit, and baby wipes.

In the end, I was so glad I had brought the ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote. It held everything I needed, and every girl in our dance ended up needing something for my tote. The mesh made it very easy to find stuff, and I wasn’t worried about the tote getting dirty, since it’s made for the shower, I knew I could wash it if anything happened and it got dirty.

Overall, I loved my ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote.  Even though I didn’t use it for the shower, I would definitely recommend the tote for those who live in dorms or if you have kids that are planning on going to an overnight camp.  I know, from being a child who spent many weeks at Christian camp, that this tote would have been excellent for the showers since you have to cart everything back and forth from your room to the bathroom.

If you are interested in purchasing a ShowerMade Quick Dry Shower Tote of your very own, you can do so on Amazon.  As of right now (1/3/14) they are around $9 PRIME, and it is well worth it if you ask me.

 

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Two Volcanoes Coffee Review

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I L-O-V-E coffee!  That is why I was so excited to try the 100% Guatemala coffee from Two Volcanoes.

Two Volcanoes CoffeeThis whole bean coffee available on Amazon, is really good.   The smell makes my whole house smell wonderful when I open the bag.  The Two Volcanoes coffee has a nice smooth flavor with notes of floral, spice, and maybe some chocolate. And if you are like me and enjoy coffee all throughout the day, this is a good one that can be enjoyed at any time.

Two Volcanoes CoffeeThe organic coffee beans from Two Volcanoes is grown at 6,000 ft above sea level, and are processed using a wet method, which ensures that each bean is evenly dried to perfection.

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Overall, I loved this coffee, and I think I might purchase some more when this bag runs out.

If you are interested in purchasing some Two Volcanoes Coffee, like I said above, you can do so on Amazon. Last I checked (12/31/14) they were currently waiting on a restock, but I wouldn’t think they should be out too much longer.

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Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotic Review

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It seems like EVERYtime I take antibiotics I get thrush.  It’s really annoying and makes me feel even worse than I did before taking the antibiotics. I had got the Advanced Probiotic to review from Number One Nutrition, and so I decided to start taking it to see if I could prevent the thrush.

When choosing a probiotic, it’s always a good idea to go after one that has more than one type of “good” bacteria. I was really pleased to see that the Advanced Probiotics from Number One Nutrition has following bacteria in it:

  • Probiotic Bacteria
  • Bacillus Subtillus
  • L. Rhamnosus
  • L. Casei
  • B. Longum
  • L. Acidophilus
  • L. Plantarum
  • B. Breve
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Size compared to the apple on my MacBook. Couldn’t think of anything else to compare it to.

So far, I’ve not got thrush!  I am so glad, and plan to keep using the probiotics. Maybe I’ll start seeing some of the other digestive and immune system support that probiotics can provide.

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle (or two) of Advanced Probiotics from Number One Nutrition, you can get them on Amazon or on their website.  They are currently (as on 12/29/2014) about $20 for a 30 day supply. That price is well worth it to me to avoid thrush again.

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Always Kiss Me Goodnight: Vinl Disorder Decal Review


When we are all focused on Christmas, we have to remember that Valentine’s Day is just right around the corner.  So, I have a really great gift idea for your love.  A very romantic “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” wall decal from Vinyl Disorder for over your bed.

The decals from Vinyl Disorder are really simple to apply and made really well.  The number one rule though is to make sure you start with a clean wall.

Once your wall is nice and clean, pull off the stiff backing on the decal.  The decal will look like everything is backwards; that is the sticky side that goes on the wall.  Once it goes on the wall, here is what it looks like:

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Once you get it on the wall, go back over each of the letters and design with something hard.  Make sure every part of the letter is stuck or it will come off when you start to pull off the white paper.  Once you make sure everything is down nice and tight, it’s time to pull off the white paper.

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And you are done!  Something so simple that will take less than 15 minutes to put up will make a ton of difference in your bedroom.  Turning a once boring wall into a very interesting focal wall.

If you are interested in purchasing a wall decal from Vinyl Disorder, you can do so on their website.   The decals can be customized, and made to fit your needs.  If you don’t like the “Always Kiss Me Goodnight” quote, Vinyl Disorder has 100’s of designs, so odds are you will find one that you love!

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Baby Rockstar – Lullaby Renditions Of Frozen Review

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If you are like the rest of American parents, then you probably have a little “Frozen” fan in your home.  Goose is a HUGE Elsa fan, but could leave Anna behind. There are times I get absolutely tired of the songs from “Frozen”, but Goose could keep going for hours and hours.  That is why I am so happy that Baby Rockstar has come out with lullaby Renditions of “Frozen”.  That way she can keep on listening to the songs, but it mixes them up a little bit.

 

Here is a little sample of the CD.  I actually find the Lullaby Renditions really relaxing.  My daughter likes to try and sing a long, but the tempo is a lot slower than the movie versions of the songs, so she tends to get really far ahead of the music.  But I like how she can id the songs before I even say what they are.

I personally really like the Baby Rockstar – Lullaby Renditions Of Frozen, and I believe that it would make a really great gift for a HUGE Frozen fan or maybe a baby.

If you are interested in purchasing a cd of Lullaby Renditions of Frozen, you can do so on their website by clicking here.

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Alpha Grillers Garlic Press Review

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Alpha Grillers Review

My family and I love garlic. I mean really love it.  But sometimes, you need more than just a press.  Sometimes you need the whole clove of garlic in the recipe, and that is why I love the Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler set because it comes with both.

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The press is really easy to use.  You just put the whole clove of garlic on the press, push down, and out comes perfectly minced garlic.  The peel stays in the press. To clean, just scrape out the peel and wash with soapy hot water.

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As you can see in the image above with the peeler, peeling garlic is very easy too.  And is great if you are making something that need whole or sliced cloves of garlic, like stock.

The only thing that bothered me is the fact that both are traditionally a “unitasker”.  Meaning it can only be used for garlic pressing and/or peeling. So my husband and I set out to make it a multitasker. Here is our result!

 

We had a lot of fun making the chocolate sprinkles with the garlic press.

If you are interested in purchasing a garlic press and peeler from Alpha Grillers, you can find them on Amazon.  The set will make an excellent gift for Christmas, so hurry and get your’s soon!

If you would like to connect with Alpha Grillers, they can be found at the following website and social medias:

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Soothie Suckers Review and Giveaway


Soothie Suckers Review and Giveaway

Cold and flu season is now upon us, and there is now a way to provide your child (both big and little) immune support and nasal support in an easy to take dietary supplement that just so happens to also be a popsicle.

Soothie Suckers Review and Giveaway
Immune Support Soothie Suckers

 

Each pre measured 1oz Soothie Sucker contains a nice blend of certified organic or wild-crafted herbal extracts, and vitamin A. The Soothie Suckers are great frozen if your little one has a scratchy throat or a stuffy nose.  They can be tossed into a diaper bag or in a lunch bag and just taken like juice.

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OK, now that you’ve seen my pro’s on Soothie Suckers, here are my con’s… The taste is a little odd.  It says that it’s orange on the package, but I didn’t think it tasted like orange, nor was it really an orange color.  It looked and tasted more like herbal tea.

Overall, the Soothie Suckers were pretty good, but I do believe they could improve on the flavor some to make it more appealing to the younger audience.

If you would like to purchase some Soothie Suckers, you can do so on on their website or on Amazon.  They come in two flavors; grape and orange.  They will also run you around $10 for a pack of 8.

If you would like to connect with Soothie Suckers, you can do so on the following websites and social medias: SoothieSuckers.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

We are also very privileged to be giving away a box of Soothie Suckers.  You can enter any time between now and 12/11/14 at 12:00 PM.

 

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Liquid Chalkers Review

You have a crafty person or a very organized person to a gift for, may I suggest the Liquid Chalkers by Paper and Twine. 

Oh my goodness, I am in love with the Liquid Chalkers from Paper and Twine.  From reminders to making gifts, I have found so many uses for the chalk markers.

When you first get them, you will have to make sure the paint is in the tip.  It takes less than a minute, but you will want to shake and then press the tip firmly on something until the tip is soaked in the liquid chalk.

Here is what the tip looks like when it’s almost ready to use.  I only had to press it down a few more times to get it ready to go.

For my Nana’s birthday, I used the Liquid Chalkers from Paper and Twine to decorate a chalkboard mug.  I had read not to use the Liquid Chalkers on surfaces that had been painted with chalkboard paint, but I tested this first in an area on the bottom of the mug, let it dry for 24 hours and then erased it.  It worked perfect, and to go along with the gift, I gave my Nana some Liquid Markers to play with too.  She loved them.

Goose has a table that is an enamel painted metal (I think, I know it’s a metal top, but I don’t know exactly what the paint is).  We’ve had a blast playing with the markers on the top of that.  We just keep a rag with us, and erase when we are done.

One use I’ve found is to write reminders for myself.  Here I wrote on the mirror to remember to take my medication.  I left it up there until I was done with the medication and then used Windex to wipe it off.  Nothing was left!  I was very impressed!

A few other uses I’ve found is a grocery list on my refrigerator, and I made traceable letters for Goose and then covered the paper with clear contact paper (that has made a very good learning tool).

The only thing I do not like about the Liquid Chalkers is the smell!  They have a very strong marker smell, and we can only use them for about 5 min at a time. Other than that, the markers are wonderful!

Overall, I love the Liquid Chalkers from Paper and Twine.  I would definitely recommend them if you have a crafty project you would like to do, or if you would like to use something other than dry erase markers.

If you are interested in purchasing some Liquid Chalkers, you can find them on Amazon or on Liquid Chalker’s website.

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