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New year, new you – right now you can start the year with this offer: Get $10 OFF Alli Weight Loss Supplement w/ code 10ALLI

My goal for the year? Prepare for a trip to Hawaii with my family over Thanksgiving. That includes saving funds, as well as getting in better shape. I don’t expect to have a beach body, but I do want to be healthier and to learn how to be healthier, and Alli has and will help me along my journey.

Alli has remained the number one weight loss drug in the U.S. for a good while. Unlike other weight-loss pills and supplements that either give you too much energy or make you feel full, Alli actually encourages you to eat better foods. When taken according to the directions (one with each meal, and one snack per day), the Alli plan encourages you to limit yourself to 15 grams of fat per meal, and make it part of a healthy diet and exercise plan. Of course, you should always tell your doctor when you begin any kind of diet or exercise plan. This will help you set realistic goals and be as healthy as you can be along your weight-loss journey.

Alli is a true fat-blocker. Here’s a helpful video created by Alli that explains exactly how it works.

This is a limited time offer that ends Jan. 30, 2016. So remember: Get $10 OFF Alli Weight Loss Supplement w/ code 10ALLI

What are your goals for 2016? How could you make Alli part of your goals this year? Leave an answer in the comments, and best wishes to all of us!



233_8e333d170dc11393ea69d5800dbe9084Spring is here! We are enjoying mild weather, shorter sleeves, and shorts. U By Kotex® is here to help #SaveTheUndies! It’s definitely outdoor season, and with those long excursions to the lake, the farmers market or the outdoor concerts, you want to make sure you can proudly wear your most flattering outfits and most comfortable undies any day of the week.

I am TRULY amazed at the U by Kotex® 3D pads with Capture Core. See, my parents and grandparents were of the generation when “Kotex” meant “awkward, giant pad secured by a belt.” They were the pioneers of period protection. But the girls had to wear long dresses or skirts that made sure to cover everything below the waist. No fabric was safe!

I showed one of these amazing pads to my mom.


This was the conversation:

Me: “Mom, this is what a Kotex looks like today.”
Mom: “My God, that’s unreal.”

Yeah, I still find it unreal. I had my first period back in the 80s, when the hip new thing was pads with “wings.” (Please don’t ask what the wings are. It’s best that moment in sanitary napkin history be left there.) Pads were ALWAYS huge, were ALWAYS cumbersome and were ALWAYS leading to really embarrassing moments at school, like having to go home in the middle of the day because your white shorts were destroyed. (This totally happened to a “friend of a friend,” not me, no, never.)

THESE ARE AMAZING. I thought the U by Kotex® CleanWear® Pads Heavy Flow were a load of hooey, but, oh no. I properly placed mine, Went throughout the day, and never had to worry about my underwear. I’m just coming out of an extremely dreary and daunting winter and I just don’t have time to worry about checking my undies every 30 minutes right now. I am so over that.

CleanWear® and AllNighter® Features:
• Have 3D Capture Core* that quickly draws in and locks away wetness
• Period pads with super-soft sides for your comfort
• Uniquely shaped pads with wings for a secure fit that helps prevent bunching
• Unscented ultra-thin period pads for women (free of artificial scents and fragrances).
• Easy-open wrappers in four fearless designs.

Guess what – YOU can become part of this! Join the ranks and become an #Underwarrior by getting a FREE SAMPLE PACK from U by Kotex!!! You’ll get to experience the joy of roaming with a pad that doesn’t feel like a pad, getting the protection you need and enjoying the Spring!

What are you guys doing to enjoy the Spring? Don’t forget to grab your sample before posting a comment!


I was given product for this review. All opinions are my own.


Dialysis patients like my mom need more proteins in their diet. Protein keeps wastes from building up, so it’s an essential element for those who cannot remove waste conventionally. My mom has trouble eating meats, so it’s hard to get protein in her diet.

So that’s what I was looking for when I tried Summit Nutrition Whey Protein Isolate powder. I got the Vanilla flavor – which I like because mom 1) doesn’t care for chocolate shakes, and 2) I could add it to the foods that she likes.

Instead of making shakes out of the powder, I would use one packet throughout the day. I sneaked it into a milkshake for Mom. I stirred it in cinnamon applesauce. I added it to her coffee as a creamer. It was great (although it did not melt in the coffee; I suggested she put it in her cup before adding the coffee.)

One packet of the stuff contains a whopping 26g of protein, and also has zero fat, cholesterol or sugar. All of these are also important for my mom’s diet, because her kidney failure is related to her diabetes.

This product is geared toward those looking for sports nutrition supplements, but I think I have found something that I can give mom on days when it is all she can take to chew on something, and when she needs protein. I’m really glad this is around, and I hope more dialysis patients look to whey protein products like those from Summit Nutrition to help their diets.


I was given product in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


I have been using Peppermint Oil for about a decade. It’s great to add to baths if I need to wake up, and it’s also really good for helping clear my sinuses if I’m congested or experiencing allergies.

Adovia 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil comes in a HUGE 4-oz bottle, and because it is so strong, it must be diluted before it is used. Tonight, my mother was having COPD symptoms, and to help aid her breathing, I applied some diluted peppermint oil to her chest using a rag. After doing this and helping her use her prescription inhaler, she went from taking short, panicked breaths and asking to go to the emergency room, to breathing normally. Did the Peppermint Oil help medicinally? That’s inconclusive, but I know my mom felt a bit easier with the strong but pleasant scent.

I cannot stress how much this needs to be diluted. It can either be combined with a carrier oil or with water. Trust me, open this bottle and you will understand the importance of the dilution! In fact, I have a glass of peppermint oil diluted in about a cup of water sitting in my bathroom right now and it is minty fresh!

I cannot make any confirmation to the claims that peppermint oil eases stomach discomfort or anxiety – I rarely am queasy, and when I am anxious I prefer calming sources that include prescription medication and more soothing oils like lavender. I also firmly trust the physicians who have saved my mother’s life and will always recommend you seek a doctor’s help first when starting any home remedies.

When I first started purchasing essential oils, I would buy small one-ounce bottles at chain boutiques for about $10. At $11.89, this Adovia oil is a great bargain and is guaranteed to last for an extremely long time.

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I was given product for this review. All opinions are my own.


People like my mom have to limit their liquids. Mom is in kidney failure, and because her kidneys do not function, she cannot process liquids normally. She cannot drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, but rather sip to get along. As a result, her skin is extremely dry and becomes extremely itchy. There have been many times when I have found scabbing all over her back from where she has scratched her dry skin.

It’s really sad to see her in this state if internal and external dehydration. But one thing that has helped ease her difficulties is rosehip oil, like this Foxbrim Organic Rosehip Seed Oil.

I have used other Rosehip oil on mom before, but what I really like about this oil is that it is dispensed with a pump. Most essential oils are dispensed with a dropper, and if you are trying to use it to moisturize, it can get pretty messy when trying to use it on a large area of skin. With this, there is a lot less mess to deal with, and there’s easy application.

Mom loves how soothing it feels, and whenever I apply it, her skin stops itching. Now, I can’t be behind mom every second of the day for rosehip oil duty, but this does make things a bit easier on her.

I am always looking for ways to make my mom’s life better as her caregiver. This is highly recommended, and if it can help my mother’s illness-related, extremely dry skin, it might be able to help your dry, itchy skin as well.

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