Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can You Control the Costs of Your Healthcare?
Face it: something’s going to happen to you during the course of your lifetime that’s going to require you to seek some form of medical treatment. The human body, for all of its amazing complexities, is subject to wear-and-tear. Such abuse often falls beyond the scope of the natural healing process. Yet the inordinate cost of healthcare is often precisely what keeps people from seeking it when it’s needed.
Yet you do have some measure of control over what kinds of healthcare costs you’ll be required to pay. As you know, it costs a lot more to be seen in an emergency room than it does to be treated in a doctor’s office or clinic. Yet surprisingly, many of the more common problem treated in America’s ERs are for issues that can also be addressed in a clinic. While the treatment that you receive will be the same, the bills for such treatment can be very different. Before we jump into some tips on why the emergency room should be avoided, take a glance through this infographic comparing the two services:
Tips to Avoiding the Emergency Room
The most common reasons given by patients who could have been treated in a clinic but choose to instead go to the ER is that they needed treatment at odd hours when clinicians weren’t available to be seen in their offices. Yet that excuse disregards those patients’ own role in their healthcare. By following just a few simple practices, you’ll find that avoiding unnecessary trips to the ER isn’t all that difficult:
Don’t wait for symptoms to worsen: Too many people feel that they have to be near death in order for a doctor to take their compliant seriously. Yet the truth is that you know your body better than anyone. If you know you’ll eventually need treatment, go to the doctor now. This way, you’re not left in agony in the middle of the night, with your only choice being a trip to the ER.
Have a primary care physician: While clinicians can’t diagnose you over the phone, your primary care doctor is at least aware of your medical history and your current overall state of health. He or she will also typically allow you to reach out to him or her after office hours. His or her personal knowledge of you can allow him or her to make a good assessment of your need for treatment over the phone.
Live a healthy lifestyle: The easiest way to avoid needing to be seen in an ER is to avoid the habits and practices that may land you in one. By being healthy, you not avoid trips to the emergency room, but you lower the costs associated with your healthcare altogether.
Just because you can’t control the fact that you will require medical treatment at some point doesn’t mean that you can’t influence the type of care that you receive. By being mindful of your body and exactly how it responded to injuries and illnesses, coupled with living a healthy lifestyle, you can help ensure that your typical medical care rarely rises beyond of the occasional clinic visit.

Sunsella Silicone Baking Cups Review




There are a ton of great uses for Sunsella Silicone Baking Cups. I recently had the opportunity to try them and I am hooked! I don't think I'll ever buy paper cups again.

They are great for the obvious things like muffins, but they are even better for the not-so-obvious. I use them to make homemade almond butter chocolate cups (like Reeses peanut butter cups but without all the sugar and without peanut butter.) I use them to separate snacks in my children's lunch boxes and I use them to make individual egg dishes. I even use them in our solar oven!

They are easy to clean, easy to use, and are truly non-stick. They are also dishwasher/oven/microwave/freezer safe and BPA free. I highly recommend them to anyone.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Paradise Coconut Oil Review



If you are familiar with any of the the hip diet trends, then you are most likely aware of coconut oil. Vegan, Primal, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Celiac and many low-inflammation diets recommend natural oils like coconut oil.

But where do you find it and how do you buy the right one? Well, the hardest thing about choosing a coconut oil is finding a reputable manufacturer that makes pure cold pressed oil. For this, you're most likely going to need to go online.

The second issue is size. Most coconut oil is sold in outrageously huge containers to make it economical to ship. That's great for saving money and because coconut oil generally lasts a long time (and is shelf stable.) But if you're just getting started using it, you want a more manageable size container.

That's one of the main benefits of Paradise Coconut Oil. Paradise coconut oil is organic certified 100% coconut oil.  But it comes in a reasonably sized package. It contains just the right amount so you can most of the recipes you'll come across in starting a new diet/lifestyle but not so much that you'll end up with an endless supply if you decide to change diets again.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Australian Tea Tree Oil Review

Saturday, August 9, 2014


I had to opportunity to review Australian Tea Tree Oil. I wanted to try it because there numerous claims at the ailments it can cure online. I even used tea tree oil shampoo on my daughter as a baby to heal cradle cap (worked great) but had never used real tea tree oil. It was completely different from how I expected.

First - the product smells so strong and volatile. A little definitely goes a long way. I was glad the product came with a How-To guide because it had so many great ideas for uses. I followed the recipe for the acne treatment and hair conditioner.

I used both of these products and really liked the hair conditioner. The acne treatment seemed to work okay but I haven't had any raging acne lately to really give it a try. It was easier to use as a hair conditioner spray (mixed with vinegar and water) than the acne cream because of the dilution and scent.

I also used the product to try and destroy a plantar wart. Tea tree oil is supposed to able to cure all sorts of skin ailments. I have battled this wart for 5 years and NOTHING has ever gotten rid of it. I have been applying tea tree oil - covering in a bandage for about 3 weeks. The wart is still alive and well, but does seem to have changed a bit. The center (where the roots are, way too much info, I know) is dried out and I can pick it out with my finger nails. Maybe it's dying? Maybe it's changing? It's still here and is the same size but if it is dying that it's worth continuing to apply the tea tree oil and see if it eventually goes away.

Also, this bottle will last a super long time. You use such small amounts in any of the recipes and it is so strong that you will want to use it sparingly. I like it but it does take some getting used to.
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Bru Joy Stainless Steel Ultra-Sharp Dual Blade Vegetable Julienne Peeler Review



If you want to make really great vegetable "noodles" or you want to easily julienne vegetables for an entree, then you either need a spiralizer or a really great julienne peeler.

For Mother's day, I bought myself a julienne peeler so my kids could surprise me with the perfect gift. And I loved it. The peeler made excellent zoodles and julienne carrots. But it was half plastic, half metal and it broke after just 2 uses.

Then I had the chance to review the Bru Joy Stainless Steel Ultra-Sharp Dual Blade Vegetable Julienne Peeler. It's stainless steel everywhere so there are no plastic breakable parts. It's built to last.

Plus, it actually has two blades - one to julienne and one to peel. I no longer need to two devices to accomplish the job. You can wash it by hand or pop it in the dishwasher. It comes out great either way.

It does a fantastic job and is easy to use. Plus, it's under $10! This is a kitchen must have if you want to add more vegetables to your diet.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Buying Necessities to Set Up a Salon
Entrepreneurs who want to stake their hold in the medical and therapy market can open their own massage boutique. More people are realizing that massages can help them relax and find the much needed relief they desire without having to take pills or go through invasive procedures. Because many therapists now recommend that patients go through regular massages, salons are always needed to serve the growing number of clients. When someone is ready to open his or her own boutique, however, that person might wonder what necessities he or she needs to furnish the salon.

Most massage therapists need tables. When they are in the market for sturdy massage tables Toronto entrepreneurs can go online and find a wide assortment of tables that can accommodate their clients. Many clients come to these facilities in pain from surgery or stressed out from life in general. They have tense muscles, stiff necks, and are in a great deal of discomfort. When salon owners buy furnishings from a qualified massage tables supplier, they can get tables that are sturdy enough to serve even patients who are in a great deal of pain.

Along with tables, Lierre salon owners can also buy accessories like aromatherapy scents and cupping supplies. People are becoming more aware of cupping and aromatherapy and how these items can help enhance their massages. When owners want all of the best supplies on hand to meet the requests of any client, they can go online and find all of the needed furnishings and accessories online.

FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge

Friday, August 1, 2014

A few weeks ago, I received a sample of the FiberChoice Fruit Bites supplement so I could join the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge.

If you want to read about why I decided to use fiber supplements and how I got started with the challenge - you can find that information here: Getting Started with the FiberChoice Challenge.

In this discussion, I'm going to tell you how it's been going and what I've thought of the product.

First off, they are so easy to use!! The product I sampled was a fruity chewy - I don't want to call it a tablet - fruit shaped gummy. They taste great. So great, that I actually flipped the bottle over to see how much sugar was in them. Not too much (phew!)

So, how much easier does it get than chewing a gummy that's almost like candy to correct your fiber woes?

Plus, they are made from all natural prebiotic inulin (found in fruits and vegetables) so I feel good about taking them.

What about bathroom relief? Yes, it had to be said. There is a reason for taking fiber products after all. In my opinion, they were helpful. I am still taking iron supplements for my anemia (read above to see why I started the challenge if you want more info) so I still need extra help above and beyond what fruits and veggies can do.

I haven't had any problems and I seamlessly transitioned from my other fiber products to FiberChoice Fruit Bites. In all honesty, the Fruit Bites are so much more convenient and....pleasant.

But there were a few things I didn't really like, and ironically they have to do with the gumminess of the Fruit Bites. My first beef was that the inside of the jar looks horrible. I don't know if gummies melt or they just smear their gumminess on the bottle or what. I've noticed it with all gummy supplements and it really bothers me.

I'm sure it's "no big deal" but if manufacturers knew what it was and could let us know or had a way to fix it, it would make things more appealing. Just saying.

The other complaint had to do with the taste. As I mentioned, they taste great. My kids have not asked for them because they know they are "medicine" but if they ever tasted one, they'd want to eat them again and again and again. They taste a lot like candy. That's a good thing if you want to take them regularly, but I'm just saying to be aware of it and make sure kids know they are not candy.

If you have a thing against gummies, FiberChoice also comes in chewable (non gummy forms and sugar-free forms). They also have products that contain antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, and some that are formulated for weight loss help. There is a lot of options.

You can find them pretty much wherever medications are sold and also online (I saw them on Amazon just today.)

I'm going to keep taking them and I'll report back in a couple weeks to tell you how you can get started in the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge and how you can save money if you want to buy some.


Disclosure: I received complimentary product and compensation for my participation in the FiberChoice 30-Day Get Picky Challenge. All opinions expressed are my own and should not be deemed as medical advice.


Argan Alchemy Oil Review






Argan oil is my new favorite...everything oil. I use it for my skin, my hair, my face, my feet...

I have been very fortunate to be able to review Argan Alchemy's pure organic argan Oil. This is a very high quality, organic oil.

For those of you not familiar with Argan oil or using oils in general, you should consider Argan oil to be a lot like olive oil except that it has a lighter smell and absorbs better into your skin.

People in Morocco eat Argan oil with their bread and put it on their skin. I have been using it to soothe my skin after being in the sun or bathing. I use it on my neck and face. I use it on myself and my children. I even use it in my hair (sparingly.)

It's a fantastic oil. It's light and absorbs well into the skin. My only complaint about the this oil is the size of the bottle. If you want to give it a try, 2oz is fine, but once you've used it a couple times, you'll realize that you need a much larger bottle. Or you'll want to order 2 at once.

If you're worried about the cost, realize that this one product will replace so many others. You'll probably never want to buy "lotions" again. I don't think I ever will.

Plus, until August 31st - you can save $5 by using the code: GLFV45YX
You can find it on amazon.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


#1 Rated Nut Milk Bag from Everyday Kitchen Essentials Review


If you've never made your own nut milk, then you're missing out. Not only does it taste better than store bought milks, but it's much easier and less expensive than you think.

I am a fan of nut milks, but only sometimes. So I prefer to make a 1-2 cup batch at a time. It only takes a few minutes to make a batch, and that way you don't have an entire carton going bad in the fridge while you get in the mood for a "certain milk."

If you want to make nut milks, you will need 3 tools: a powerful blender, a nut milk bag, and a container.

I've been using muslin bags for the last few years and they work great. Unfortunately, they kind of smell like milk even after washing. Okay, they smell like baby spit up.

So when I had the chance to review the #1 rated nut milk bag from Everyday Kitchen Essentials I was excited.


It was exactly how I expected it to be. It was a bag, and it worked excellently for straining milk.

The best thing is that it's made from nylon - so it doesn't hold the smell (and possibly other things...) like the cotton muslin bags I have used.

The mesh is very tight and does not let the pulp through. It's such a good strainer, that I am considering using it for sprouts.

You can also use this bag to strain chicken stock or make greek yogurt. And of course it is useful for almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, rice milk, and hemp milk.  Of those, I think almond and coconut taste the best.

You'd be amazed how much you'll find yourself using it.
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PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands Review

Thursday, July 31, 2014


I love fitness equipment - admittedly; more than actually exercising... One product I had never tried was resistance loop bands. I've own long (unlooped) resistance bands, but when I received the Phantom Fit Resistance Bands, I was trying something new for the first time.

The first thing that surprised me was the size. These bands are small. They are light weight, portable, and not likely to tangle up in your luggage or gym bag. You can't say that about most gym equipment.

I typically use resistance bands for pull up assistance or dumbbell replacements. I found these bands to be completely different. I think these are a great replacement for ankle weights and for adding resistance to legs during standing workouts.

I haven't found a great arm use yet, but I think they are amazing for legs. They come in four sizes:
- 1 Blue "Light" Band
- 1 Red "Medium" Band
- 1 Green "Heavy" Band
- 1 Black "X-Heavy" Band

As far as durability - these bands are strong. I have had many resistance bands that snap and break. These are a much stronger material and I have faith that they will last a few years (maybe longer depending on use.)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.