I went to the doctor recently for just a regular check up, and while I was there, my blood pressure was taken, and it was extremely high. I’ve had a lot of stress in my life recently, and apparently it’s effecting my life more than I thought.
My doctor told me that along with some medication, I should start taking more vitamin D-3. I had no clue that a vitamin D-3 deficiency would lead to hypertension and heart trouble. So I started researching- like I do pretty much everything-, and a vitamin D-3 deficiency can lead to A LOT more problems than I ever knew.
Since I found out about my high blood pressure, I started using Mom & Baby Pure Vitamin D-3. It’s a liquid supplement that can be taken alone or in a drink. One bottle will work for children and adults and contains over 2000 servings.
I, personally, really like that the only other ingredient in 2 Mom and Baby Pure D is MCT oil. There is no flavors, dyes, or preservatives. Also, 2 Mom and Baby Pure D does not contain any sugar, salt, starch, gluten, yeast, wheat, soy, milk, egg, shellfish, or nuts. That alleviates a lot of worries for a lot of parents.
For infants and children Mom & Baby Pure D recommends that they get just one drop of the supplement once a day, For those over 4, they recommend 2-3 drops. However, you should always talk to your doctor or healthcare provider, I know my doctor said that I needed to take a little more, but your’s may say a little less.
If you would like to learn more about Mom & Baby Pure D, you can check them out on Amazon. One 2oz bottle is currently $20 (PRIME!!!), but will last you quite a long time.
You can also enter to win your very own bottle of Mom & Baby Pure D. You may use the form below and enter anytime between now and 4/26/15 at 11:59pm.
About a month ago, my mom got a brand new iPhone 6. This was definitely not her first smart phone, but we know that with 4 grand kids running around, she better get a case right away. The phone store she was at had a ton of cases, but she really didn’t care for any they had, and to be honest, the cases in the store were really very expensive.
I decided to get her a the pink leather wallet case by ShielderCases for her birthday. At $25 (PRIME!!) I was a little worried that it would be cheap and would fall apart right away. However, I have been proven wrong over the last month. She has dropped the phone herself several times, and I know the grand kids has dropped the phone too, and this case has protected her iPhone very well, and held up really well.
One of the things my mom likes most about the ShielderCases wallet case is the wallet part of it. She says that it is so much easier to put her id, debit card, and cash in the wallet case. She also says that it makes one less thing she has to keep up with
Over all she and I are very pleased with the ShielderCases Pink Leather Wallet case. The $25 that it is currently listed for right now on Amazon is well worth it. If you are interested in purchasing your own Wallet case, you can do so on Amazon, the case comes in pink, brown, and black. You can find them here: http://amzn.com/B00QAZ8IIU
Also, if you get a chance, head over to ShielderCases and like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ShielderCases/540758799402336
For the past few years I’ve had a horrible time with breakouts and dryness on my face. My PCOS hasn’t really been helping with this issue either. I have tried face wash after face wash, and every retail product I tried, either made my face oilier or dried out the dry spots more.
Last year, I was at a fall festival and there was a local company there who had this really neat booth with all natural hairspray, soap, and face wash made out of all oil. I was thinking there is no way this will work, but they convinced me to try it. And low and behold, IT WORKED!! My dry spots were hydrated and the oily places where cleaned. I couldn’t believe it. When I ran out, I could not for the life of me remember the name of the company, so I decided to try to make my own. So here is my recipe for my combination skin…
For a 4oz bottle:
2oz Castor oil
2(ish)oz Fractionated Coconut Oil From GoPure
15 drops of āVō Essentials Lavender Oil
15 drops of Peppermint Oil
15 drops of Spearmint Oil
15 drops of Lemon Grass Oil
Since the Fractionated Coconut oil is already a liquid just combined that and the castor oil with the essential oils (LOVE LOVE LOVE the Lavender oil from āVō Essentials) in a bowl, give it a quick mix and pour into a 4oz container.
To use, what I do is put like a quarter sized drop onto my hand in the shower, and rub onto my face. When I am done with my shower, I use a washcloth and gently scrub the oil off. When my face dries, it may still feel a little oily, but that my skin absorbs that quickly.
I use high quality pure oils, like the GoPure fractionated coconut oil and the āVō Essentials Lavender Oil, so that I am not adding more chemicals and irritants to my skin. I love the fractionated coconut oil for GoPure because I don’t have to melt anything and there is no smell, those are the only benefits that I’ve found with it. I like the Lavender oil from āVō Essentials because it seems like the quality is a little better than some of the other lavender oils that I have used.
I honestly love trying these two products, even though it’s always to combined more than one product into a review post, I am glad I did with these two products. They just go so well together.
If you are interested in purchasing either the 100% Pure Fractionated Coconut oil or the āVō Essentials Lavender Oil you can find them at the links below.
GoPure Fractionated Coconut Oil: http://www.gopurenaturals.com/collections/body-skin-care/products/fractionated-coconut-oil
āVō Essentials Lavender Oil: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00u9s6tty
The āVō Essentials Lavender Oil can be found on Amazon (PRIME!!) and the GoPure Fractionated Coconut can be purchased on their website.
There has been a lot of press recently about how dirty tap water is, and it has a lot of people scared. We have been using water filters for years, but I know I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it. I’ve always kind of wondered about the things that are in water filters, or what might be left over once it goes through the filter. What drew me into the BluPure filter was two things;1) It is ecofriendly and 2) there were 13 stages in this filtration system.
The 13 stage filtration consists of the following filters:
- 5-micron filter pad
- 5-micron filter pad
- catalytic carbon
- 5-micron filter pad
- G.A.C. (granular active carbon)
- 5-micron filter pad
- ion exchange resin (I.O.R.)
- 5-micron filter pad
- zeolite natural rock
- 5-micron filter pad
- 0.5-micron carbon block
There are a ton of steps that water has to go through just to end up in your glass. Almost everything that might have been in you water should be out by then including:
- Heavy Metals
(mercury, iron, lead, etc.)
- Radiation Particles
- Medication Residue
- Hydrogen Sulfide
That is a quite a bit of stuff. The water to me tastes so much cleaner, and it no longer has that chlorine taste. I am going to try to have the water tested soon, to see if a lab can tell the difference between a control sample and a sample of water that went through the filter. Once I get the results I will post them.
There are a few problems I’ve had with the BluPure filter. First of all, we have very high water pressure at out house, and that caused the BluPure filter to leak. The leak was very slow, so I could never find where it came from. BluPure sent me a replacement part, but before I went and tried to take the filter apart, I decided to try the filter at my mom’s house. There it worked just fine. The second issue we had was that since the filter hooks directly to the faucet, the water coming out of the faucet very slow. That is just more annoying than anything, and I’m not really sure what is causing that issue.
Overall, barring any thing coming up on the lab report, I really do think that BluPure has come up with a very nice product. I wish that I could use it at my house, however my mom and sister are really enjoying having it.
If you would like to purchase your very own BluPure water filter, you can do so on Amazon. The current price is $85.95 (PRIME!!) and has 4.9 stars out of 5! So, if you are looking for a filtration system that will remove almost everything in you water for a reasonable price, this is where you should look.
When I was a kid, I was very very “tinder” headed. I hated to have my hair brushed by anything other than my hair brush, which was one of those slicker hair brushes that don’t really brush you hair or get the tangles out. I soon learned that if I wanted my hair long like I wanted, I was going to have to deal with the pain of brushing out my hair.
But, what if it didn’t have to be that way? I know my daughter wants to keep her hair long. So last year I found a detangling brush on Amazon, and instantly fell in love. These brushes are so easy to use, and I know that I have reviewed another detangling hair brush in the past. When I saw that Hair Symphony was looking for people to write reviews, I wanted to review another brush of this style, so that Goose could help me demonstrate how easy the brush is to use.
You may ask yourself, what is so special about the Hair Symphony detangling brush, aren’t they all the same? Well, here is how it is different…
The pink detangling brush is specially designed by European top engineers alongside beauty experts with years of experience in hair care.
With its smooth rounded tip bristles it manages to successfully detangle any type of hair. It will not be a problem for either short or long, thick or thin, straight or curly hair. The alternate heights of the pins and the pattern at which they are placed work to glide through any tangles easily and without any pain. Don’t be fooled by the “cheap” imitations you may find online. Quality is essential for this brush to actually work. We have done several tests for the endurance and elasticity of the pins, and always updated the composition of the plastics used
Here is Goose showing how easy the Hair Symphony detangling brush is to use.
The Hair Symphony soft styling hair brush is really great too. I love how the handle is nice and sturdy, and fits my hand really well. I tend to gravitate toward this brush more than the detangling one, but they are both great!
And to keep everything organized, Hair Symphony includes this awesome cosmetic bag to keep your awesome hair brushes.
If you are interested in purchasing a Hair Symphony hair brush set, you can find them on their website http://hairsymphony.com/products.html# and Amazon. The set right now is about $17.00 (PRIME!!!).
You can also connect with Hair Symphony on the following social medias:
You know, I LOVE my iPad Mini. It’s so convenient for Goose to play with, and has fueled my reading addiction. The only problem that I’ve had with the iPad mini is it hurting my hand and wrist after reading for about an hour, and Goose seems to have trouble holding onto it sometimes too.
The ErgoGrip has become my iPad mini’s best friend. This little silicone rectangle has suction cups so that it sticks to your iPad or tablet giving you a more comfortable hold on the device.
I love the ErgoGrip because it is so easy to put on my iPad mini and to take off, but there are so many awesome features. There are no adhesives, so you don’t have to worry about the ErgoGrip messing up your device. The silicone is very soft, so even if you are going to be on your tablet for hours, the ErgoGrip is going to make sure you are comfortable. They come in five different colors, so odds are, you could find one to fit your tastes. Also, the extra width of the ErgoGrip makes it easier for little hands to hold onto the tablet.
There is only one thing that I don’t like, and that really isn’t any fault of the ErgoGrip. As you can see in the photo above, I have the ErgoGrip on the top of my iPad Mini (the short side). If I wanted to use it on the long sides, it would block part of the screen. So when using the ErgoGrip, I have to use my iPad mini in landscape mode. Not a big deal most of the time, though can be annoying. Like I said, this is not the fault of the ErgoGrip, it is, frankly, a drawback to the size of the iPad Mini.
Overall, I am very pleased with my ErgoGrip, and plan to keep using for quite some time.
If you would like to purchase your very own ErgoGrip, you can find them on Amazon. Right now, they are $8.99 (PRIME!!!), so if you plan on getting one, I would head over to Amazon soon, and pick one up; the ErgoGrip is well worth the price.
You can also enter to try and win an ErgoGrip. You can enter any time between now and 3/2/15 at 11:59pm
On of my favorite pass times is capturing Goose’s childhood through photos. I have personally taken THOUSANDS of pictures of her. I have so many now that I’ve started to search for ways of displaying a select few in actual print.
A few months ago, I was contacted by FulcrumGallery.com about doing a review. I immediately went to their site to see what kinds of things they do. I saw some of the most beautiful prints of paintings and photos. Normally, those are not really my thing, and I was about to decline, but then I saw that they would do custom photo prints!!! I was extremely excited.
So I set off to deciding which picture I wanted from the THOUSANDS of photos I have of Goose. Let me tell you it was not an easy decision!
There were so many choices to make. First I had to decide which photo I wanted. I decided on a picture I took of Goose using my Samsung point and shoot camera. I figured it would show me how good a quality the print is when it gets here since this camera is far from anything fancy.
Then I had to choose what style I wanted.
FulcrumGallery.com has plain canvas prints with not a lot of other options.
Museum wrap canvas with quite a few choices to make
Gallery wrap canvas with only a couple of options
Framed Canvas with lots and lots of frame styles to choose from
That’s not including all the mat and glazing options you can choose from.
So after a few hours (yes I am one of those indecisive people who spend hours trying to make one decision that should be super simple…you should see how long it actually takes me to write one blog post haha). I decided on the 20.88 x 16.88 inches Framed Photo Print, Tuscan Rustic Walnut frame, Top Mat Haze, and Non-Glare Acrylic Plexiglass.
When I got my tracking number, I was doing my own little happy dance. I checked the number severl times a day to see where my package was. It was so frustrating to have to wait. This is where I have to say I was very disappointed, not in FulcrumGallery.com, but in UPS and USPS. The package was sent “Smart Post” so once it arrived in my city, it was transfered to my local post office for delivery. Somewhere between UPS and USPS, my beautiful photo was misplaced!! I was so upset. FulcrumGallery.com made it right though. I was impressed with their customer service reps, and how quickly they responded to my emails about the shipping. In no time, another print was on it’s way to my house.
Last week, my framed photo print finally made it’s appearance. It was obvious that FulcrumGallery.com takes pride in their work. My order was packaged perfectly and safely. It actually took quite a bit of effort for Goose and I to unpackage it. It was like Christmas morning for Goose and I, we could not get the print out fast enough.
Upon getting all the packing material off I was very very impressed with how close to what I ordered my actual print was. The only noticeable difference to me was the color of the mat. The mat on what I ordered was a tad bit darker, but again that may just be my computer screen resolution. I am very happy with the matting, and it turns out to be the perfect color.
I am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work. The frame is beautiful. To me, it is very obvious that this is NOT a cheap frame. It is a nice thick piece, and feels very solid.
When I turned over the print, I noticed that even the custom framers stand behind behind their work by signing the back of each framed print they do. Out of all the prints I’ve had made, this is the first time I’ve seen the framers stand behind their work.
I have to say that I was very worried about how clear the photo itself would be. Like I said before, I just used a regular point and shoot camera. It is 14 megapixels, but that in no way put my mind at ease. If you look really really close, you can kind of see that the image is not 100% clear, but truthfully, no one is going to be looking that close to that photo. If I had used a DSLR or a more professional camera, I would have expected more. However, that was not the case, and the photo quality is really what I expected.
Overall, I am very impressed with FulcrumGallery.com’s work and professionalism. I was very happy that I was able to experience their customer service first hand, because they were just plain awesome. I will be proud to display their work in my home for years to come.
If you would like to purchase your very own custom print from FulcrumGallery.com, head on over to http://www.fulcrumgallery.com. They have high quality designs that would fit in anyone’s home. The framed photo I received would have cost around $60, but believe me, when I say I am not a bit disappointed in the craftsmanship.
FulcrumGallery.com is also on the following social networks if you would like to connect with them:
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One of the things I LOVE about having this blog is getting to try new things. Out of all the things I get to try, however, coffee has to remain one of my favorite. That’s why I was so excited when I got the Wave3 coffee in the mail.
The package actually came while we were on vacation, and when my sister told me it had arrived, I was ready to get home and have an awesome cup of coffee, since the good coffee on our cruise ship was far from free, and the free coffee was far from the best cup of coffee I had ever had.
I opened the package as soon as I got home, and I was suddenly hit with the wonderful aroma of a well roasted coffee. I was eager to have a cup, but I needed to wait since I had not slept in about 20 hours and had to go to bed.
The next day, I could hardly contain my excitement as I brewed my very first cup of Wave3 coffee. The first sip of good coffee in over a week was almost overwhelming. When the bold but not bitter, robust yet smooth flavors hit my mouth, I knew I was home.
Wave3 also has some interesting claims about their coffee that I could not personally verify. They claim to have 7 health benefits, but I am not sure I can fully verify those unless I continue to drink their coffee everyday (which is a possibility along with a few of my other favorite brands listed in reviews on my site) Here is the list of the 7 health benefits
Top 7 Health Benefits of WAVE3 Coffee…
According to Wikipedia, The Third Wave of Coffee refers to a current movement to produce high-quality coffee, where coffee is an artisanal foodstuff, like wine, rather than a commodity. Wave3 takes this concept even further by sourcing not only the best tasting coffee beans, but the most nutritionally superior as well.
WAVE3 contains essential nutrients including Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin. These nutrients occur naturally in WAVE3, remember we’re organic and nothing artificial is added.
WAVE3 improves energy levels and brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, reaction times and general cognitive function. We think our customers are the smartest people in the world!
WAVE3 increases the burning of fat in your body while boosting your metabolic rate.
WAVE3 can drastically improve physical performance through increased adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from your fat tissues. Many WAVE3 fans enjoy a robust cup of WAVE3 about a half an hour before heading to the gym.
WAVE3 helps fight depression and makes you happier. No wonder WAVE3 coffee lovers are always smiling!
WAVE3 contains massive antioxidants. Drinking 3 cups daily could make WAVE3 the biggest source of Antioxidants in your diet… in the average American diet WAVE3 beats out the antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables… combined.
The only problem I had with the coffee was determining the specific flavors of the coffee, but after reading the Amazon product description and the reviews, most people say that there is are chocolate and berry tones. Once I read that, I could slightly taste it, but it definitely not overpowering like some of the coffee currently on the market.
Overall, I love this coffee, and very happy to say that Wave3 is USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade, Sustainably-grown, and is roasted in the good ole’ USA.
So, if you are ready to get your very own bag of Wave3 coffee, head on over to Amazon,http://amzn.com/B00PJTQVPK, (the only place I’ve found this coffee for sale) and either grab a bad before they sell out, or have Amazon email you when more bags become available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.