Drug Free Morning Sickness Relief

I thought hanging over a toiled at 4am was supposed to be a ritual shed in the early twenties. Hadn’t counted it on it rearing its ugly head again. Yet, here I was… morning after morning. Afternoon after afternoon, and night after night. At a time in my life where sleep didn’t come easily and comfort was defined as anything with elastic in it, at that. Morning sickness was kicking my butt! I’d anticipated the inconvenience of it early in the pregnancy and knew the tips of keeping saltines on hand and drinking ginger ale to sooth my stomach.

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What I hadn’t, however, counted on lasting almost in the third trimester accompanied by the other many symptoms later stages of pregnancy. It was miserable, and I found myself feeling cooped up in the house more, avoiding any and everything that may trigger an uncomfortable moment. This was a time when I most wanted to get out, run errands and prepare.

My “morning” sickness lasted well into my 22nd and 23rd week with each pregnancy

Flash forward to today, and I come across a product that is completely natural and could of eased my woes WITH the addition of Folic Acid (a helpful nutrient during pregnancy),…and I’m silently cursing envying of the mothers of this new and improved generation of birthing children! Why couldn’t this have been around when I needed it?!?! Drug free morning sickness relief? Yes, please!

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Sea –Band Mama is the greatest thing since sliced bread! It helps by usual natural ingredients to neutralize those pesky stomach acids that cause nausea while soothing tender tummies at the same time. Since it’s natural, you can just carry the pack around with and grab one of the pleasantly tasting lozenges as needed (they don’t recommend you exceed 10 lozenges per day).

The Sea-Band Mama line provides effective ways to ease morning sickness naturally with drug-free acupressure wristbands and ginger lozenges, used separately or together. Sea-Band Mama wrist bands use acupressure to trigger the P6 Nei Kuan pressure point on the inside of the wrist to alleviate nausea from morning sickness. Stimulating this pressure point helps the body to calm nausea and vomiting.

Free from artificial colors and flavors, Sea-Band Mama Ginger Lozenges were formulated with essential ginger oils to help relieve upset stomach. They also include folic acid to contribute to a normal maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

This product sounds like a dream to new mothers everywhere. If you aren’t into lozenges, there are also bands and essential oils available by Sea Band Mamas too. This would be a great gift for an expecting mother, and I’ll be throwing them in with baby shower gifts from now on.

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Check out Sea-Band Mama’s Pregnancy Morning Sickness? Drug Free Ways to Reduce Nausea During Pregnancy​ video for more information about the product line. You can find Sea-Band Mama products at Target, CVS and other stores (Store Locator).

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine.

Poise Microliners and light bladder leakage

This post brought to you by Poise at Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am really happy I was asked to participate in this campaign. I mean, I laugh a lot.  As often as possible, in fact.  Laughing generally leads to leakage, so having some protection on that front is a very wonderful thing.  Never mind when I'm sneezing, but that's a whole different complaint and story to share on a different day. Leakage isn't something anyone ever wants to deal with, so having products like these microliners to *ahem* soak up evidence is a good thing.  Having super absorbant material (SAM) gives women (like me!) confidence to go about their day without worrying about a little LBL getting in the way. 

The reason I like these liners is that they are SUPER discreet.  Smaller than a pantyliner, which really isn't what I need with the leakage issue, and also? The wrapper isn't crinkly.Nothing screams HEY I'm using feminine products more than crinkly wrappers (seriously, and I'm talking to all of the companies who make things for ladies to use, can we work on this? PLEASE?)

Mostly, I like the microliners with SAM (remember, I told you SAM is my new BFF a few weeks ago!) because they really hold up to liquids. At an afforable price.  Too often it seems like you get performance or a good price on something, but not always BOTH. Check out Poise at Walmart for the full line.  I'm sure there's a product to meet your needs :)

Visit the Poise Coupon link to print your $1 off coupon under the "liners" tab.  

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Things I don’t leave home without

I’m talking about something serious today.  YES, I am.  The things I don’t leave home without.  These are serious things.  Well, maybe not all of them are.  But each serves a purpose.  There’s also one item in particular that is newer to me but immediately became part of my ‘stuff’ I must bring places. Hint: it helps with light bladder leakage.

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Can you guess what my new addition is to that list up there? (Also, doesn’t my wallet totally look full like I have all the dollars? All the monies?).

Yep.

The Poise Microliners.

I told you I was trying them, remember? A few weeks ago? My new friend SAM (super absorbent material)?

SAM is sleek and discreet. Sam understands what we need and want and helps us go about our day with confidence.

Because, as this picture I found on Facebook says:

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Image found on http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting Facebook page. 

And that’s how I knew that SAM had to be with me all the time.

Because I laugh a lot.

And then I leak a lot.

Or maybe I sneeze.

I still leak.

Coughing?

Wiggling?

Jiggling?

Yes, all of the -ings can make the leakage happen.

I need to be protected.

Because leakage. Yuck.  Leakage dries and then it leads to smellage.

Nobody wants that.

Now, you may know by now that I am picky. Picky, picky, picky.

I don’t want feminine products that scream, “I’m a feminine product!!  LOOKATMEEEE!”

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I want to keep them on the down low (I mean, unless you are a blog reader, but then you know already, and we’re cool)…low profile, small size, slim profile, and QUIET.

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These microliners are SLIM.

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In my bag or, well, you know, in use and stuff… no one would ever guess I had SAM with me. Or on me. That’s a SAM next to my iPhone 5c so you can see the size.

Also, these are quite absorbent. I’m not going to go all 1980’s maxipad commercial on you and pour a weird color liquid onto the microliner, but they are pretty absorbent and I feel confident wearing them.


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I’m so happy we live in 2014 and have things available for any of us who live with  LBL. (That’s not a typo for LOL, it’s LBL. Light bladder leakage). Such a small thing can give us discreet protection.  I like that.
Get a Free Sample of Poise Microliners! You can have SAM be your BFF too!!

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Have you tried the new Poise Microliner yet? Do you live with LBL too? What do you not leave home without?

Turning 40, a new doctor and a “fun” surprise

This post brought to you by Poise at Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

I turned 40 last week.  I did.  I’m not 29 again, not 39 again, I’m 40.  FORTY.  I’m ok with the number.  It’s the other stuff that comes WITH the turning forty thing that I’m kind of struggling with.  Like Tuesday, for instance. I had my first appointment with a new physician.

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Nice to meet you, Brett!!  Time to schedule a mammogram!

Um, ok?

You’re also due for a pap smear.

We only just met, see.  I think that’s more of a second date thing, Dr. Martin (yes, I found a Dr. Martin).

(laughter)

Now, aside from the understanding and belief that medical tests and being proactive in caring for my now-middle-aged-body, which I am ok with, I do like my new doctor.  Plus she totally understood when we were laughing at some dumb joke I cracked and had THE LOOK.

You know.  The look when you have a little surprise in your panties because you grew babies in your belly and they bounced on your bladder and moved it around on you for however long they gestated inside of you and now sometimes when you laugh or sneeze your bladder gives way?

That look.

Thankfully, Dr. Martin didn’t give me pity.  She laughed right with me.

Then she suggested I get myself some Poise at Walmart so that I can have some discreet protection for those moments.  She said it was because I’m SO funny and obviously I laugh a lot but maybe she was just being nice.

The new Poise are not your granny’s leakage protection, my friends. But I’m going to save my thoughts on these for a while until I get a chance to *ahem* test them out.

And, I’m going to wager a bet that some of you who are reading this are quietly nodding and whispiering to yourselves “I pee a little when I laugh, too.”

1 in 3 of us (women) have light bladder leakage. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  It’s just something we have to take care of because if you sprinkle before you tinkle, that may not end up smelling so fabulous and no one wants that!

See, Poise has a new friend that those of us who have those little surprises will becoming familiar with.  The friend? SAM. SAM (super absorbant material) is part of the new Poise Microliner product to help those of us with light bladder leakage. The microliners are the thinnest on the market.  Whee!! Discretion! The entire Poise line is available at Walmart at an everyday low price.

‘Fess up, ladies.  Do you sprinkle before you tinkle?

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Shared moments with family and friends #nibblers

I’m feeling eleven kinds of nostalgic today. Maybe it’s the weather, Mother’s Day next week, turning 40, my baby finishing preschool next month.  Maybe I’m just sentimental. I don’t know. But so many moments are flooding into my memory, new moments, old moments, forgotten moments, treasured moments. The common theme to all of my moments is that they are all shared moments.  It’s never a moment when it’s just *me.*

My favorite shared moments?

When I’m laughing with my children

Going for rides on the boat with my dad

Sailing with my dad

Shopping with my sister

Visiting with my dad

Helping in the kids’ classrooms

Teaching Sunday School

Bringing a meal to a family

Watching a movie snuggled up with my family

Playing games with my mom

Discussing favorite books with my mom

Getting pedicures with friends

Road trips

Concerts and events with friends and my husband

Our wedding

Our childrens’ births

Our engagement

 

One way many of us connect is with food, and so many memories for us all include food and eating. We have a Friday night tradition of family movie or game night, depending on our moods.  We always make a fun snack.  Sometimes, it’s popcorn, sometimes popcorn with a chocolate surprise in it.  Other times, we’ve made ice cream sundaes with fun toppings.

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We did ice cream with Mrs. Fields Nibblers recently and the kids just thought that was the best thing ever.  The small size of the Nibblers made for smaller portions, and the fun flavors added a new twist to their ice cream.

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The Nibblers Cookies come in packages with just 15 cookies in them.  These are great for sharing with friends…other team parents…kids on a team, a fun treat after dinner.  The smaller size of the cookies and numbers in the box help folks like me to not eat too many cookies!  They are, as my 8 year old said, the perfect sharing cookies.

**Stay tuned, we’re bringing these to gymnastics to share with fellow parents there.  We got rained out of 2 soccer practices and 2 baseball games this week!

I’m participating in this sponsored campaign as an influencer in the Niche Parent Network & Conference community. All opinions are my own.

 

 

10 Reasons to stop drinking soda #goH20

I like the taste of most sodas. I won’t lie. I have a sweet tooth with a mind of it’s own. I love root beer.  Birch beer. Sasparilla.  So good. I am trying to stop drinking soda, though, for a plethora of reasons.  Really, it’s just not good for us. Recently, I was challenged to write a post about the benefits of drinking water vs. drinking soda.  That’s how I came up with these 10 reasons to stop drinking soda.

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1. Many sodas contain brominated vegetable oil—a toxic flame retardant—to keep the artificial flavoring from separating from the rest of the liquid. Do you really want to ingest flame retardant?

2. Your teeth. I’m pretty sure you like yours. I like mine! The acidity in soda can eat away your tooth enamel. You can’t just replace enamel on your teeth.  I’ve lost a lot of my tooth enamel from grinding my teeth for decades… I don’t need any extra help in that department.

3. Weight gain- even diet soda can make you gain weight, long term.

4. Sodium- Soda usually has sodium  in it.  That’s not going to hydrate you, and it’s not going to quench your thirst.  Quite the opposite.

5. BPA- most soda in cans contains BPA. (bisphenol A)

6. Empty calories- there’s no nutritional value in sodas.  Drinking calories isn’t going to give your body fuel to keep going, and it won’t help boost your immune system.  It can help you gain weight, however, and put you at risk for health issues.

7. Diet Soda can cause problems too. Just because the calories are lower doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to consume it.  Diet sodas still have sodium and carbonation.  Studies are showing long term effects of diet soda consumption.

8. Your organs- sodas are high in sugars.  Excessive sugar intake can negatively impact your organs.  You know, your organs, that keep your body running?

9. You can clean a car battery and a toilet with soda.  Do you REALLY want to be drinking something you can also clean your toilet with?  Or a battery?

10. YOU. Aren’t you deserving of something that won’t harm your insides?  Or cause damage long term?

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Brita’s new campaign is taking a direct stand against sugary beverages, including soda, sports drinks and juices, for better health. Because after all, “nothing is better” than clean, clear, refreshing water. 

According to the CDC, more than 40 percent of Americans drink less than half of the recommended amount of water daily, and approximately one fourth of children don’t drink any water on any given day. When you drink just one more glass of water you are keeping your body hydrated and giving it the energy it needs.

Brita is an official supporter of Drink Up, the effort from the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its honorary chairperson, Michelle Obama, to get people to drink more water, more often.

Brita has also partnered with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG) to drive awareness of the dangers of sugary beverages and combat childhood obesity.

Check out Brita’s new commercial  that provides a clear visual on this very subject and Brita.com to learn more about drinking Brita filtered water as a healthy beverage choice.

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Brita blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here.

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend #CookieBoss

 I am being compensated by GSUSA for my participation in the  National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend campaign as part of my affiliation with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

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I’m in my third year as a Girl Scout Leader. My little Brownies are actually selling their cookies now.  I can remember all of the fun I had learning as I went through Scouts as a kid- songs, crafts, camping, dancing, but I always loved selling cookies.  Actually, if I’m really honest, I loved the badges and delivering the cookies.  It was always so fun to bring those boxes and hand them over. That was my first experience selling anything, when I sold cookies, and while my parents did bring cookie sheets to their respective offices, I did a really great job every year on my own, making calls and visiting neighbors to sell my cookies.  Often times, we’d sit and have a cookie together when I did finally deliver.

Now, as a leader, I’ve tried to challenge my little Brownies. We have tried to role play, and I encourage them to sell cookies.  I challenged them this year and instead of working on the “Meet my customers” badge together, I wanted them to try and earn it at home.  Several of them have already proudly reported to me that they’ve earned the badge all by themselves, by following the guidelines and working with their families. That makes ME so proud. Why do I want to challenge kids who are in school all day already?  Because in the activities we do in Scouting, especially cookie sales, the girls learn important LIFE SKILLS.

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The Girl Scout cookie program aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills.

Life skills are important.  The Girl Scout cookie program makes learning those life skills FUN.

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My little troop and I are looking forward to National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend– taking place from February 5-7, 2014. I WISH I could head down to walk the green carpet, at the Grand Central Terminal this Friday, February 7, but I know our Girl Scout sisters will do a fabulous job and sell tons of cookies! There’s even a Girl Scouts Cookie Championship Sweepstakes. So, for those of us who can’t be on the green carpet in NYC, we can at least take part virtually and enter the sweepstakes!

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GSUSA on Pinterest – http://bit.ly/1awbmyN

I do have to ask- what’s YOUR favorite Girl Scout Cookie variety?

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Tools to build self-esteem and self-confidence

Ladies, remember when you were little and anytime you saw a camera, you hammed it up?  I know I did, for years.  And then… somehow, some way, I stopped. I began to hide from the camera.  I’m too (insert negative here) or I’m not (insert adjective here) enough.  My hair’s not done, my makeup’s not on, I’m having a fat day, look at the zit on my chin! 

So there’s some point in time between this little girl below and adults where we stop loving the camera.  Why is that? And how can we work to stop it? Dove wants to help give us all tools to build self-esteem and self-confidence.  They want us to use the tools so much they are giving away a ton of prizes.  This is a sponsored post with Lunchbox. UNI_Dove_SelfEsteem_Social_5[2][2]

Make Girls Unstoppable

Dove® wants to inspire women everywhere to make girls unstoppable.Download the Dove® self-esteem discussion guide to help you start the conversation with your daughter.

After downloading, enter to win a Walmart gift card. There’ll be a give away of one $300 Walmart gift card everyday and a $1,000 Walmart gift card grand prize! You can enter every day to increase your chance of winning! Um, $300? A day? Yes, please.

When Did You Become Camera Shy?

You used to love the camera. These 2 love the camera- for now.  My goal is for them to NOT stop loving the camera.  While you’re on the site, watch an inspiring video about girls’ relationship with the camera, and be reminded of the importance of teaching young girls about self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Dove® Self-Esteem Project at Walmart

Your purchase helps provide self-esteem programs for girls. Your Dove® purchase at Walmart helps support the cause. Start contributing today at walmart.com/dove.

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No purchase necessary. Open to 50 US & DC, 18+. Ends 11/22/13. For rules, click here.

Party in pink and support the Avon Breast Cancer Walk! #SleepPink

Earlier this week I had a little breakfast food Sleep Pink party with a few friends.  We all wore pink (which just happens to be the best color in the world) and enjoyed some yummy foods, fantastic company, mimosas and a whole lot of laughs. The Sleep Pink party is something that the folks at Estroven asked me to have, and to share with you, to help get the word out about their current program.  Estroven is supporting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women to support those impacted, while raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research and prevention. The goal is to provide education while raising awareness of two important women’s issues: menopause and breast cancer. Given that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this is a great time for spreading the word and finding fun and creative ways to raise awareness.  

By having Sleep Pink parties, women (and men) everywhere can help raise awareness for these super important issues and by going one step further, when party-goers share their Pink Party photos on Estroven’s Facebook page,  Estroven will make a $250 donation to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (one donation per photo/party.) If that’s not a great excuse to get together with some friends, I don’t know what is! (If someone at your party is camera shy like my friend is, just have them be the photographer.  Easy peasy!) Please note, you can also snap a photo of yourself in pink pajamas and upload it- if you aren’t able to host or attend a party, you can still support this amazing cause!!  

Estroven created SleepPink.com which has tools to help you plan your party: SleepPink.com will include downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas i.e. music playlists. 

Did you know that there are 35 million women in the US who have reached menopause?  That’s kind of a lot.  It’s almost 1/3 of the entire female population in this country.  I’m sort of with that crowd now- I’m in perimenopause.  Let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun.  Hot flashes, super wonky cycles, screwy sleep patterns.  And the fun is only just beginning.  

Along with the whole menopause thing in women over 45, the risk of breast cancer doubles in women over 55. The risk starts increasing in your mid-thirties until you start menopause, triples in your thirties and forties, and keeps increasing dramatically.  That’s some scary stuff.  In the U.S., more than 100,000 women between the ages of 45 and 64 are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. That is a big, scary number.  

I can’t do tons about menopause. Or cancer, really. And I certainly cannot self- fund research to help cure or prevent either menopause or breast cancer. But I can use my voice and spread the word about the companies and brands and organizations who CAN help to do things- with funding, raising awareness, etc.  Which is how we got to this post.  I can’t stop breast cancer on my own.  I can’t even stop menopause. But I can post, and I can tweet, share, and spread the world.  So there you go.

Menopause- It’s part of life for almost all women- but I have and will continue to seek natural and homeopathic remedies to alleviate symptoms so that I’m not miserable all of the time when I do have symptoms.  I’ve also been starting to do some more consistent exercise and am working to get back into the workout routine to try to help with managing symptoms.  One thing I discovered recently was Estroven Nighttime….and it’s helping, at least with my night sweats.  Plus, the melatonin helps ME to get a more restful night’s sleep, helping me to feel more rested in the morning and energized to start my day. Which helps me feel motivated to exercise, and that helps alleviate symptoms and keep my body healthier.  It’s all connected, right?  Sleep’s important, and I’m enjoying it once again! 

(If you want to try the Estroven Nighttime, I noticed on the Sleep Pink site that it’s on sale buy one get one 1/2 off at Walgreens through 10/26- great time to try! I am heading over there in a bit to stock up!)

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sleep Pink from the makers of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.