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Pursuing Your Life’s Passion

Frito-Lay’s TrueNorth™ brand of snacks wants you to share your life passion and possibly be the winner of $25,000 and have your story aired LIVE during the Academy Awards on February 22, 2009 5PM/8ET on ABC, directed by Helen Hunt!

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You can share your story or that of a friend. You must be 18 years old or older to enter and a resident of the United States or District of Columbia. You have until 11:59:59 pm CT December 31, 2008! Click HERE to Enter!

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November 26, 2008 Posted by | Food, review | , , , | Leave a comment

Stain Fighter & Color Booster-CLOSED

I recently received a coupon for a FREE bottle of Clorox 2 from Mom Central to test and review. There were 3 different variaties to choose from: Unscented, Lavender and Meadow Breeze (I may have gotten the last name wrong, sorry)-I chose the Unscented.

We have an HE front load washer, so I had to look at it to see if it was compatible… and yes, this is HE compatible. This is a NEW formula and is thicker than the ‘old’ formula. I don’t like it when the liquid goes all over! This NEW formula is much easier to pour. It’s 2X concentrated formula, so you don’t have to use as much. Another plus.

On the bottle it says, Stain Fighter & Color Booster. It is supposed to work better on tough stains and brighten colors. I’ve used it on both whites and colored clothes to see the difference…. It definitely does whiten whites and doesn’t fade colors! Plus, plus. I had a really dingy towel that was used on our doggie and it came out nice and clean! Our red and blue shirts haven’t faded either.

They also have a Money Back Guarantee! Go ahead and take a look at their new website, Dare To Be Colorful, for information on washing, stain removal and more!

Good news for you! I have 4 coupons to give away for a FREE 33 OZ. LIQUID or 49.2 OZ DRY CLOROX 2 STAIN FIGHTER & COLOR BOOSTER, so you can try it for yourself!!

Here is how to get your chance to snag one of the 4 coupons:

1) Leave me a comment and tell me what you hate about laundry.
2) Open to US Residents ONLY, sorry.
3) One COMMENT ONLY per person, e-mail, household (ONE TIME ENTRY).
4) 4 WINNERS will be picked on DECEMBER 3, 2008.
5) Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be chosen.
6) I will list winners here also.

Thank you and enjoy all your household chores!

Giveaway is closed and an email sent to winners, thank you.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | giveaways, Household Cleaners, review | , , , , | 164 Comments

Say Boo to the Flu

It’s about that time of year again. Flu season. The Say Boo to the Flu program is dedicated to bringing information to everyone about prevention of the Flu with videos, cleaning and disinfecting tips, activities for the family and listings of local Flu Vaccination Events!

What is the flu?

Influenza or the flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by the flu virus. It is very similar to the common cold but symptoms are worse and it’s caused by a different virus.

Symptoms include:

*Sudden onset of symptoms
*High Fever
*Chills
*Dry cough
*Achy head & muscles
*Extreme fatigue

Prevention Tips:

*Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
*Cough into your elbow instead of your hand where it’s less likely to spread germs.
*Disinfect the Top 5 Hot Spots:
-Phone receivers
-Refrigerator/microwave handles
-Faucets
-Light switches
-Remotes

For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the flu vaccine recommendations to include all healthy children and youth between 6 months and 18 years old. Get vaccinated in October and November BEFORE flu season peaks!

Say Boo to the Flu program (comprised of Families Fighting Flu, Visiting Nurse Associations of America and The Clorox Company) was created to help educate families on the importance of flu vaccination and other prevention tips.

Families Fighting Flu, Inc. (FFF) is a non-profit, volunteer-based corporation established in 2004, made up of families and healthcare practitioners who have experienced first-hand the death of a child due to the flu, or have had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu.
For more information, visit HERE

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is the official national association for nonprofit, community-based Visiting Nurse Agencies (VNAs), who care for and treat approximately 4 million patients each year.
For more information about the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, visit HERE

Find more information and fun activities at their website!

October 29, 2008 Posted by | Medicine Cabinet, review | , , , | Leave a comment

Less Invasive Surgery for Women

As a woman, we all know how scary it can be to hear the word ‘surgery’ while at the Gynecologists office, but there ARE new options out there! All of us should know these options in order to make an informed decision.

There are now less invasive approaches that once required major surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is an option ALL women should consider BEFORE committing to any gynecologic procedure.

One example is gynecologic endoscopy – the use of a miniaturized telescopic device to see inside the abdomen and female organs — it’s unparalleled in its ability to permit the physician visual examination of internal organs and early detection of gynecologic disorders. I have had this done and it is amazing how much they can do with this little device! They make one or two small incisions in the abdomen, either 1 inch or 1/2 inch or smaller in length and insert the device. I can hardly even notice my little scars and if not pointed out beforehand, no one else can notice it either. I was walking around the same day, unlike the ‘old way’ which more than likely involved a hospital stay.

Not all hospitals are equipped with this new technology, so you need to ask your doctor first.

AAGL is a website dedicated to informing women of these new minimally invasive procedures.

They have information about:
*Health Conditions
*New Treatments Recommended
*Glossary of Terms
*Physician Finder

List of Women’s Health Conditions:
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
Adenomyosis
Cancer
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Cramps (Dysmenorrhea)
Endometriosis
Fibroids
Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
Incontinence
Ovarian Cysts
Overgrowth of the uterine lining (hyperplasia)
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polyps (Uterine Polyps)
Prolapse; pelvic organ prolapse
Scar tissue (adhesions)
Tubal Pregnancy (Ectopic Pregnancy)

List of New less invasive treatments available:
Cryotherapy
Cystectomy
D&C
Endometrial Ablation
Fibroid Treatments
Hysterectomy
Hysteroscopy
Incontinence Treatments
Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopy
Laparotomy
Laser Surgery
LEEP (Loop Exectrosurgical Excision Precedure)
Oophorectomy
Operative Hysteroscopy
Ovarian Vein Embolization
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) Treatment
Polypectomy
Presacral Neurectomy
Sterilization
Transcervial Resection of The Endometrium

You can read articles about AAGL and new treatment options by clicking
HERE

Thanks to Mom Central, I had the opportunity to find AAGL and let others know about the great advances out there for women!

I have had at least 3 of these procedures and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of these to others. Being able to move around and go back to your regular routine is the best part.

October 25, 2008 Posted by | Endometriosis, PCOS, review, Women | | Leave a comment

Stop MRSA Now

Recently, I was asked by Mom Central to do a review about MRSA Now. So I proceeded to check out their website and found a lot of useful information!

In the past few years there has been a lot of talk about MRSA. It has been around for a while and no one knew it existed. Working in a nursing home for years, I’ve seen it first hand. From wounds that never heal to much more serious issues. This is one topic everyone should learn about.

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of Staph bacteria found on the skin and in the nose that is resistant to antibiotics. More than 90,000 Americans get potentially deadly MRSA infections every year and in 2005, nearly 19,000 Americans died from MRSA infections. More deaths are linked to MRSA infections than AIDS.

There are two known types of MRSA:
Healthcare-Associated (HA-MRSA), which occurs in hospitals and nursing homes
Community-Associated (CA-MRSA), which has recently begun to spread in public settings like gyms, locker rooms, households and schools.

People can carry MRSA and not have any symptoms. They can also easily transmit this bacteria to others.

How is it spread?
*Skin-to-skin Contact
*By touching Contaminated Items
**Easily spread in close quarters

What are some Symptoms?
*Skin Infections:
Pimples, rashes, abscesses, boils, or what looks like a spider bite
*These are usually warm, red, painful or swollen
*Does NOT heal itself

Use these Precautions to stop the spread of MRSA:
Scrub up – Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds – the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice – or use an alcohol-based hand rub sanitizer.

Wipe it down – Use a disinfecting bleach solution to wipe down and disinfect hard surfaces. Make sure to use clean cloths to avoid spreading MRSA from one surface to another. (1 tablespoon of disinfecting bleach diluted in 1 quart of water)

Cover your cuts – Keep any nicks or wounds covered with a clean, dry bandage until healed.

Keep to yourself – Do not share personal items, like towels or razors, that come into contact with bare skin.

Use a barrier – Keep a towel or clothing between skin and shared equipment.

Hit the showers – Athletes and coaches participating in sports involving close contact, such as wrestling and football, should shower immediately after each practice, game or match.

Don’t play dirty – Athletes should wash all athletic clothing after each use

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Where are the Highest Risks for Contracting MRSA?
*Hospitals
*Nursing Homes
*Medical Centers
*Childcare Centers
*Schools- locker rooms,gyms
*Athletes who play close-contact sports, such as wrestling and football, are also at an increased risk of contracting and spreading MRSA. In fact, MRSA infection rates are higher among football players than among other athletes. A total of 517 out of every 100,000 football players contracted MRSA from 2003 to 2005 as opposed to the overall national rate of 32 per 100,000 people.

What is the Stop MRSA Now Coalition?
*People across the country who experienced first-hand the threat of MRSA, along with MRSA experts, joined forces to launch STOP MRSA Now, a coalition committed to educating others about MRSA and helping reduce the spread of the infection in community settings, by providing educational materials to their communities, distributing a national public service announcement and offering an opportunity for community members to have questions about MRSA answered.

Click here to learn more about their personal experiences with MRSA.

Click here to watch the public service announcement.

Now what:
*Join the Coalition– Stop MRSA Now

Working together, we can make a difference.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | MRSA, review | | Leave a comment

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