Surviving that Time of the Month with the help of Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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Surviving that Time of the Month with the help of Walgreens Paperless Coupons

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Every month I have this unwelcome visitor. I call him TOM (time of month).  I don’t know about you, but it’s not my favorite thing.  I normally feel blah and just want to eat candy. I knew I needed to get some essentials.  I love downloading new and useful apps and I was playing around on the Walgreens app.  Did you know you can clip paperless coupons?! I love saving money with coupons but I constantly lose them or leave them at home. I always have my phone. #WalgreensPaperless

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I was able to not only check out the weekly ad, but I could also clip BOTH store coupons and manufacturer coupons.  You can browse by category or even individual pages of the ad. It’s super easy to “clip” the coupon and then save it.  The app even gives you a total savings.  You can also easily unclip them.

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After I clipped my coupons and got my list together I headed to Walgreens. I got my lip gloss so I’d feel better. Yes, I like new things like like lip gloss and nail polish when I don’t feel good.  The Revlon lip gloss was on sale and I had clipped a manufacturer’s coupon!

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Of course I had to get some necessities that were not so fun.  These did give my bonus point though that my app also keeps track of.

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I don’t keep candy in my house. It’s not because I don’t like it. It is because I do like it and would eat it all.  I did put extra arrows on the picture above.  I did not eat all of that, but sure felt like it.  I went with a few tasty treats.  You know, for medicinal reasons because chocolate makes you feel better ;)

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At check out all I had to do was show her the bar code  on my phone, easy peasy.  She scanned it and it took the savings right off.

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This app is so useful. I love that I don’t have to keep track of coupons or a balance rewards card. I got my goodies home and started to feel better.

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In fact this is what I feel like before and after my shopping trip.

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What type of foods, activities, etc make you feel better when you don’t feel good?

July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month

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Cellphones seem to be everywhere.  They are fantastic. I can call for help, talk to a friend, surf the web, look up information and more all from my cellphone.  I don’t usually leave home without it, unless I forgot. Then depending on how far away I am I have turned around to get it.  There’s no denying that cellphones are very useful.  The problem is that we can sometimes get absorbed in them. Cell phones and technology can totally enable better moments through simplifying and enhancing your life.  I just feel sometimes we (me included) need a reminder on Cell Phone Etiquette.

July is National Cellphone Courtesy month and U.S. Cellular is celebrating by promoting positive cell phone etiquette.

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Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and wondered if they were even listening because they were browsing the web or texting?  I know I’ve been the person ignored and unfortunately the one that has done the ignoring.  I’m not talking about looking up info that pertains to the conversation like looking up places to eat or movie times.  I’m talking about hearing a text come through or seeing new emails or Facebook notifications pop up and checking them immediately.  A Pew Research survey found that 67 percent of cellphone owners find themselves checking their phones for messages, alerts or calls – even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. That means a lot of people are checking devices at any given time or place. While you may be able to listen and check at the same time, it does not change the fact you are being rude to the other person.  Emails, Facebook, and Twitter can wait (really they can).

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Lily’s expression above is classic.  While they were staged for this photo, Jayden and Lily were instructed to show me how annoyed they get when someone else is talking on their cellphone when they’re trying to talk or read a book.  Logan did a great job of totally ignoring them too.  I feel that I have this one down pretty good.  I will answer my phone and let them know I have to call them back or shoot them a text after the missed call.  I also try to turn my phone on silent when I’m with someone or in a meeting.  It’s very easy to do with the Apple iPhone5S.  You just switch the little button on the side of the phone above the volume buttons.  It’s shows red if it’s on silent. The Galaxy S5 has a similar feature as well.

I found the following chart pretty interesting.

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The above statistics (as well as those posted below) were obtained between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research. 

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 37 percent of users say others get upset with them for phone use, while 63 percent say they get upset at others for phone use. I thought it was very interesting that over half of cell phone users think no one gets upset at them for their phone use yet over half of cell phone users DO get upset at others (at least sometime).

63 percent of people believe that no one gets upset at them for their phone use. This is the same percentage that sometimes gets upset with others for using their phone or tablet.

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Not to mention, it can be dangerous to be too absorbed on your cellphone. I’ve seen plenty of YouTube videos of people walking into others or things because they were not paying attention.

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Where Do People Have the Worst Cellphone Etiquette?

That same poll listed movie theaters and restaurants.

I have heard some people talk about taking a break from cellphones and I will not be doing that. Why? I need mine for work and I like having it on me.  I can look up information, reviews, directions and more in seconds thanks to the reliability of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE Network.

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As I said before, we did stage the munchkins in these pictures for my post, but the truth is that Jayden (age 11) has his own cell phone.  I like the fact that he can get a hold of us where ever he is and is able to use it in case of emergencies.  There are rules though, he does not just use it whenever he wants. He can only answer calls that are programmed into his phone. He also knows that his texts will be read and his activity monitored. In fact, here is an excellent Parent/Child Agreement that I would highly suggest printing out.

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 As may be expected, smartphone owners who are over the age of 54 have stronger etiquette beliefs than younger users.

  • Among adults 55-64, 82 percent think it is rude to check your phone while talking with someone else, and 80 percent think it is rude to check while dining.
  • 63 percent of users 18-34 think it is rude to be on your phone while talking to someone else, while 57 percent think it is rude to check while dining.

I also thought these  statistics were interesting:

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Women are more likely to prefer texting over men. They are also more likely to have checked or used their phone to avoid conversations.  I definitely prefer texting over talking.

Tips for improving courtesy by busy cellphone users:

Set the ground rules. If you have plans to meet a relative for dinner or spend happy hour with a group of friends, discuss expectations for phone use. By determining technology use before the gathering, everyone is able to enjoy the occasion.

Seek to understand. Focus on similarities instead of differences and set a goal to understand those around you. By understanding other’s wireless device use, you’ll be more courteous of their expectations.

Don’t be a buzz kill. Putting a phone on vibrate during a meeting or event can be a good idea, as vibration mode is meant to alert only you. However, it can distract others if the phone is placed on a table in a meeting or meal. Put the phone in a pocket, where it can alert you to a call but isn’t disturbing others. If you forget to turn off the ringer and get an unexpected call, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 stop ringing by simply flipping over the device.

Avoid being blinded by the light. Adjust screen brightness prior to entering a dimly lit space, such as a restaurant, recital or school play. This allows you to use the device to take photos or use social media without disturbing those around you.

Print of a Parent/Child Agreement.  This is a great step to teach your children cellphone courtesy.

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Celebrating Summer with Kool-Aid Fruit Drink

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Celebrating Summer with Kool-Aid Fruit Drink

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This summer seems to be flying by.  I remember my mom telling me “time flies the older you get” and thinking she was crazy. Time moved so slowly when I was a kid.  I had no idea how right she would be!  I feel like the days go by faster and faster. When I was in Walmart the other day I saw the Kool-Aid Fruit Drink display and had an idea!

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I grabbed a 96 oz bottle of Kool-Aid Fruit Drink and then found the aisle with the Kool-Aid drink powder packets.

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I remember getting so excited for the 4th of July and all the festivities when I was a child.  My small town here in Iowa goes big on the 4th too with parades, bean bag tourneys, horse shoe tourneys, live bands, fire works and more.  We would always dress in red, white, and blue growing up.  As I was reflecting I was feeling a bit patriotic and figured why stop with just the red, white, and blue clothing? Why not dye my hair?!

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I totally did dye my hair!  I separated the underneath strands and dyed half red and half blue.  It’s so simple to do too!  Just boil some water.  Mix Kool-Aid powder packets in 3/4 cup of boiling water. For the red I used 2 cherry packets and 2 watermelon packets.  For the blue I used 4 Blue Raspberry Lemonade Packets and 1 Grape Packet.  I held my hair in the mix for 10 minutes then let my hair dry.

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While I was letting my hair dry and getting ready for the night’s festivities, I enjoyed drinking my Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drink. It’s so refreshing and definitely brings back childhood memories. It’s a great way to #KoolOff

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I can hardly wait for the Fireworks show! Here is a shot from this year’s firework show in Northwood.

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And this is how fireworks make me feel.

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I was having so much fun with my Kool-Aid that I decided to make a Kool-Aid Slushie too! Yes, the outside temp has been in the 50’s the last few days, but the sun is shining and it’s summer so a slushie seemed like a good idea and it was really easy to make.

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Doesn’t that look refreshing?!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Kool-Aid powder packet (flavor of choice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • lots of ice

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Mix the powder, sugar, and club soda in a blender.  Then add the ice.

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Enjoy!

While you are getting ready for your summer fun and grabbing your needed supplies at Walmart, #CollectiveBias let me know that Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart to help promote the new 96oz bottles! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!

Here are the dates and locations to mark on your calendar:

  • Friday August 8th 5-7pm – 360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th 3-5pm – 1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
  • Saturday August 9th 6-8pm – 2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

Summer has never been so fun!  What are some of your favorite summer memories? Tell me below, because I’d love to know!

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Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Hair Dye
 
Ingredients
  • 4 to 5 Kool-Aid Powder Packets
  • ¾ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Mix Kool-Aid powder packets in bowling water.
  2. Hold hair in the mixture for 10 minutes (longer if you have really dark hair)

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Kool-Aid Fruit Drink Slushie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid powder in choice of flavor
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup of club soda
  • lots of ice
Instructions
  1. Mix Kool-Aid powder, sugar, and club soda in a blender.
  2. Add lots of ice and blend.
  3. Enjoy!

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Tom’s Long-Lasting Deodorant has Super Hero Strength

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Tom’s Long-Lasting Deodorant has Super Hero Strength

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Do you ever have those days when you question whether your deodorant is really working?  Maybe you have been working hard or you’re sweating glistening. I have this “fresh check” move that I like to use. I turn my head and as I do it looks like I’m rubbing my nose or chin on my shoulder.  While doing that I take a quick, discreet sniff. Yes, I really do. And don’t laugh, I’ve seen other women pull similar moves so I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here.  I try to pick out  a long-lasting deodorant, but sometimes it’s so hard to figure it out when some of them have ingredients you can’t even pronounce.  That’s why I’ve been trying to find more natural personal care products so I can stay #FreshNaturally.

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I’ve been working on my clean eating (and doing really well!) and I’ve been so surprised at how good I feel. It makes sense that if I put good food in my body then it will run properly and I’ll have more energy.  This got me thinking about what I put on my body too. Ingredients that I can’t pronounce aren’t natural and they probably are not all that good for me. So, I started searching for something natural yet powerful in the deodorant department.

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I came across Tom’s of Maine Deodorant and figured I would give it a whirl.  I picked a morning to try it when I just had to work from home thinking that would be great if it doesn’t last.  My day was a pretty normal day with too much email, calling back friends, remembering I had a load of laundry to do, making breakfast and lunch, etc.  I also remembered my garden needed to be weeded and I needed to replant where some of the seeds did not come up so I headed outside.

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I worked for awhile outside and it was really hot. It was 77 degrees, but we were just in the 50’s a few weeks ago and we hit some 30 below days a few months ago. I was hot.  I finished up the weeding and replanting and headed inside to change. When I was changing I realized I didn’t stink.  I had worked hard and Tom’s deodorant worked  like a champ keeping me fresh and dry.

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Not only did it keep me fresh but it contains no animal ingredients, artifical colors, flavors, fragrance, or preservatives.  That’s like a super hero deodorant in my book which is great when you lead a busy lifestyle like I’m sure most of you do. I don’t have time to stop and smell the pits if you know what I mean. I’d rather be confident and not worry about them.  I’m sure my hubby will miss catching me doing my “fresh check” but I’m okay with that.

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The Children are our Future, Let’s Help Them

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Children are our Future

I totally believe in helping others and being kind to everyone. It seems like everyone is asking for something now a days. I can donate $1 at check out at the market or text to donate or even give online with one click. If I gave money to everything out there I would have to ask for money. Obviously I don’t, but I do have causes that are near and dear to my heart. My mom passed away from Breast Cancer and I spent time in Africa and saw the starving children so I feel a connection to both causes.

After spending time in Africa it made me realize that here in America we have plenty and much more than some of their folks that are better off than others.  That’s when I checked out UNICEF.  UNICEF stands for the United Nations Children’s Fund and they are the world’s leading advocate for children. They are on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.   They also work in emergency relief and on longer term development projects for children.  You can give a one time gift or give a monthly donation.

Did you know that UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization? I’d say that’s pretty fantastic.  They are different from other organizations in two main ways. First, they are one of the largest organizations that specifically focuses on children’s development, children in emergencies and children’s rights. Second they are an intergovernmental organization (IGO). This means that they work in formal partnerships with different governments and have a greater access to and influence with those governments on programs for children.

It’s a great cause and children are our future so it just makes sense.

Saluting My Hero, My Dad

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Saluting My Hero, My Dad

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One of my Dad’s Favorite treats is creamer with a little bit of coffee coffee and creamer.  His favorite flavor is French Vanilla. I was going to spend the day with him and look at some old photographs.  Since my Mom passed away we’ve been going through boxes of photos.  I swung by Walmart on the way to his house to grab creamer and found Coffee-Mate had these very cool bottles. Coffee-mate has decorated their French Vanilla & Hazelnut liquid creamer bottles and their Original powder creamer in patriotic stars and stripes.

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In honor of our military heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate is proud to partner with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families.  #CMSalutingHeroes bottles will only be available at Walmart  through Independance Day while supplies last.

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I found it in the dairy cooler with all the other creamers.  They even had a special case across the aisle with the extra large sizes.

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Operation Homefront is an organization that helps provide  assistance to wounded military members and their families.  I think it’s an amazing organization. I also thought this was very appropriate as my Dad and I were going through his pictures from when he was a marine.

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My Dad joined the marines when he was only 17.  He thought it was so important to serve his country. He fought in Vietnam and even received a purple heart for his service. I’m so proud of him and I love telling people that my dad was a Marine, Force Recon.  I admire the fact that at such a young age he wanted to serve his country and put his country before himself.

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We spent several hours drinking coffee and looking through pictures. I loved hearing my dad tell me stories about his time over in Vietnam.  He hardly ever talks about it so I hung on to every word.  I loved spending time with my dad.

I’m so thankful for his service to his country and to our family.

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My Family Photo Credit: Cassandra Cline

He’s truly a hero in every sense of the word. Daddy, I salute you!

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Selfie Time with my Dad

 

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The Perfect #GameTimeGoodies for the Big Game #shop

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I love this time of the football season! Not only do I enjoy watching the games, but I love football parties!  Walmart and DiGiorno make it really easy for me to host the best game time party!

 

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Do you know what a bowl of chips biggest fear is?  Pizza!

The bowl of chips gets sidelined every time (pun intended).

 

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Prep for the game time party was so easy! I just headed over to my local Walmart where there was a huge selection of DiGiorno pizza to choose from.  Whether you’re looking for cheese, supreme or anything in between DiGiorno has you covered. They even have different crusts to choose from and more!

 

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Check out Walmart’s amazing rollback price! $4.50 for a pizza!  We went with the rising crust and it was so delicious. We are huge fans of their bold new sauce.  The big hit was the three meat rising crust.

 

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It was so easy to prepare.  All you have to do is preheat the oven, bake for approximately 24 minutes, and enjoy!  It came out perfectly cooked and delicious!

 

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Whether their team was winning or losing all my friends enjoyed their pizza.  Even little Megan loved it.   Serving pizza requires minimal prep and your guests can run into the kitchen to get another piece during the commercials. You don’t even need to be sitting at the table and you can totally cheer and hold your pizza at the same time!

 

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Pizza is perfect for any generation.  Whether you’re 6 or 60, pizza is delicious. Everyone was thrilled with what we served and very impressed at the taste and quality.

 

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It’s also fun to just hang out with friends and enjoy pizza after the game.  We had such a great day! So whether you’re planning a party at your home or you are bringing food to someone else’s party, DiGiorno pizza is the perfect choice!

Breast Cancer

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This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com.

What is breast cancer?

According to science and medicine it is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breast, most commonly in the milk ducts. When cells divide uncontrollably, a mass of tissue, called a tumor, forms. A malignant tumor can damage surrounding tissue and is life-threatening.

I would define it more as a silent killer. It creeps in when you least expect it and destroys not only the person whose body it takes over, but their family and friends also.  It’s cruel and kills slowly and painfully.

I hate cancer. I especially hate breast cancer. Why? It killed my mother.

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I was really fortunate to have such an amazing mom! She was my best friend. I could talk to her about anything and everything.  In the spring of 2007 my Mom went to get her annual mammogram. They found a suspicious lump that turned out to be breast cancer. The cancer was also in her lymph nodes.  My mom did the chemo and radiation, lost her hair, and got very sick. She fought hard for 4 years. The last two years the cancer spread into her bones and finally into her liver. My mom lost her battle with cancer on Aug 16, 2011. It’s hard to believe it will be 2 years that she’s been gone in August.

Breast cancer has also attacked two of my friends. These ladies are my age, in their 30’s.  I will be honest with you. After my Mom passed away (and watching my friends go through this) I decided I was done with this stuff. I wasn’t getting any more pap smears and I certainly didn’t want a mammogram. Now, before you go yelling at me and telling me how important it is, hear me out and read to the end.  I felt like not knowing was much better because I watched chemo make my mom and my grandma so sick.  I figured if I didn’t know I wouldn’t have to go through it.

I was wrong.

I am very thankful for amazing friends and a supportive husband that helped me come to that conclusion. Just so you know, I just had my annual pap and I don’t have to have a mammogram yet, but I will when my doctor tells me I need to. I realize that knowing is better and the sooner you know the more options you have. I was reading on LifeScript (Lifescript.com provides medical information, tips and advice that are all written by professional health writers, experts and physicians). I learned that there are alternative therapies for breast cancer. I honestly don’t know what I’d choose and I’m hoping I don’t have to make that decision. I am thankful for the options and information I’ve found. I also found a great article on Risk & Prevention.

Want to find more posts relating to breast cancer? Then be sure you do not miss these articles:

Breast Cancer Facts

Managing Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Diet and Exercise

Visit www.lifescript.com for useful information on Breast Cancer and other prevalent medical conditions related to women’s health.

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Celiac Awareness

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May is National Celiac Awareness Month

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Three million Americans have celiac disease, yet 95% of those who have it are undiagnosed.

What is the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance?

The difference is that between two immune related reactions, allergy and intolerance. The medical and scientific community has long agreed that celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by the consumption of gluten. In recent years, the term “gluten sensitivity” has been coined to describe those individuals who also cannot tolerate gluten and at times experience gastrointestinal symptoms similar to those with celiac disease.

Celiac Central is a great resource!

Learn more:

Make sure you check out my Gluten Free Recipe Section as well!

Day Out with Thomas

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I don’t know if there’s a bigger Thomas the Train Fan than my munchkin, Bradley.  My sister and I didn’t tell him or his sister where we were taking them, just that it would be a really big surprise!

The Day out with Thomas was at the Train museum down in Miami and we were able to ride the little train from the parking lot up to the museum.

 

Brad was super excited (so was Kelsey)!

They had more than just Thomas. There were games, activity centers, food, shows, and bounce houses.

They had so much fun, but the highlight had to be riding Thomas the Train! Yes, we were actually able to take a ride. The kids chose the upper deck to sit on and loved looking out the window at what was passing by.  All the workers were great! They took the time to answer any questions that the kids had and were very friendly.  Brad and Kels even got their Jr Engineer Certificate from Thomas!

We had a fabulous day! We can’t wait to see Thomas next year!

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Going Green

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Now a days everyone is talking about “going green” and I while I do think it’s a fabulous idea, what all is involved?  Not using disposable plates, silverware, etc is one way.  You are not wasting resources.  If you have to use disposable, make sure it can be recycled.  I use reusable containers in my lunch box for work so that I do not have to use plastic bags.  I also use grocery totes so I don’t need to use plastic bags.  Thankfully my grocery store does have a recycle bin for old plastic bags.

What about diapers?  You can use cloth diapers rather than store bought.  Then you have to think about washing them.  What about your detergent?  Some companies are trying to make “greener” and more natural detergents and bottles.  Speaking of detergents and soaps, what about things like dishwasher fluid, or cleaners or even all natural carpet cleaning.

I am all for natural and going green, I just can’t get overwhelmed with all of the different options.  I need to start in one area at a time and go from there.  Every little bit helps and if we all started in a minimum of one area of our life it could make a huge difference.

What are some of your favorite “green” tips?  Let me know in the comment section.  I’d love to share ideas.

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How to Topple the IBM 000-169 Certification Exam

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If you are registered for the IBM BPM Blueprint WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 exam, then chances are that it is your first experience with an IBM certification exam. This short article will help you gain a better understanding of this exam and what to expect as you prepare. The 000-169 exam is a requirement for earning the IBM’s entry level Certified Associate BPM Administrator-BPM Blueprint; WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 certification.

The 000-169 exam has a time limit of two-hours and contains 73 questions that will focus on general admission and process modeling and include items divided among three case studies. The first case study involves the principles of installing and configuring WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.1. Case study two contains items related to logs within WebSphere Lombardi Edition V7.1. The third case study contains questions about troubleshooting tactics in the process monitor and describing the functions of administrator console tools.

Before taking this exam, you should take the proper steps to ensure that you’ll be ready to show off your skills and knowledge on test day. Although it is not required, it would be highly beneficial to enroll in the 5-day, IBM WebShere Lombardi Edition V7.1 Process Modeling, Operations, Administration course. There is also an online version of this course. Once you have a grasp on the subject matter, you should practice for the exam. Testslive.com produces top-quality 000-169 exam tutorials that will not only reinforce the subject content, but will also allow you to gauge your progress on difficult concepts that require repetitious practice.

My HCG Journey

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I had shared with you awhile back that I was doing HCG!

Now, I know that some of you have strong opinions (for and against) – I am thrilled with the results!!

I have done round 2 and 3 and had no issues and have lost 21 pounds!  Yes, it’s a strict diet and it requires self control, but it is totally worth it!  Not only have I lost weight, but I am learning to eat healthier.  I have cut out sugar and feel better too!

I am getting ready to start another round and I’m excited!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Created by MyFitnessPal – Nutrition Facts For Foods

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Giveaway Tips

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I love entering giveaways almost as much as I love hosting them!!

A lot of you have asked me questions here, through email and through my fan page.  I decided I should write some tips to answer the most common questions.

1. You can’t win if you do not enter.  Seems basic enough, but it’s so true.  I have won some pretty cool things, but I enter giveaways daily.  Odds are the more that you enter, the more you will win.

2. All winners are chosen randomly.  I do not “pick” my winners.  I use a random generator.  If you want to read about them you check that out HERE

3. Read disclosures.  These can be found at the bottom of the giveaway and/or the rafflecopter.  They tell you who the contest is open to, if there are any restrictions, and how long you have to respond if you win.

4. Check your spam folder! I can not emphasize this enough! If the word Giveaway, Contest, or Winner is in the subject, it is often placed into the spam folder.

5. Use of personal info (email, phone #) – I highly suggest getting a separate email for entering giveaways. This does NOT mean using two emails to get double the offers.  That is cheating. I mean using a separate email just for the giveaways and keeping your personal email separate.  I also use a special phone number for giveaways and freebies.  You can get a free number from  Google Voice HERE.  Even if they leave a voicemail it will send that to your email.  If you have a smart phone you can download the app for it and receive and make calls from your google voice number.

6. Do NOT cheat!! I think it’s ridiculous I even have to talk about it, but it happens all the time.  We check and verify all the entries.  If you did not do something, do not say you did.  It’s that simple.

7. Have fun!!

To find all my current giveaways, head HERE 

For a list of current winners, head HERE 

Good luck!!

Knock SMA out of the Park!

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Meet one of the cutest girls, Brooklynn, and her parents.  I used to work with her Mom when I was in college.  Brooklynn was born with SMA.  I have to be honest, before she was born, I had no idea what it was.

So here is a quick lesson (thanks to FSMA):

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease.  The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing.  It is a relatively common “rare disorder” : approximately 1 in 6000 babies born are affected, and about 1 in 40 people are genetic carriers.

SMA affects muscles throughout the body, although the proximal muscles (those closest to the trunk of one’s body – i.e. shoulders, hips, and back) are often most severely affected. Weakness in the legs is generally greater than in the arms. Sometimes feeding and swallowing can be affected. Involvement of respiratory muscles (muscles involved in breathing and coughing) can lead to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other lung problems.  Sensation and the ability to feel are not affected.  Intellectual activity is normal and it is often observed that patients with SMA are unusually bright and sociable.  Patients are generally grouped into on of four categories, based on certain key motor function milestones.

 The Greater Florida Chapter of Families of SMA is proud and honored to announce  their Second Annual “SMA Day with the Rays” Fundraiser & Awareness Event.

Join us as the Tampa Bay Rays take on their AL rivals, the Texas Rangers! The event is Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 1:40 p.m. at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL.

$12 per ticket (plus online convenience fee) Buy your ticket now at www.raysbaseball.com/FSMA.
Please be sure to follow all directions on the website when booking your tickets for our tbt*/party deck section at Tropicana Field.
*You will need to put in the password FSMA for us to get our portion of the proceeds, so please don’t forget!
Also, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under receive an Evan Longoria Mini Drum Set! See you at Tropicana Field!
Questions? Please contact Katie Kerns, President,
FSMA Greater Florida at 727-388-1888.

*Proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to Families of SMA to help find a cure. We would love to see everyone attend this event and show your support for Brooklynn and all her other SMA friends. If you need wheelchair spaces to call Chad direct on 727-825-3393.

You can “visit” Brooklyn on her blog HERE