December 9, 2017

Hallmark and Walmart Photo

I was sent a WalMart Gift Card via Love, Hallmark for this review. 
My opinions are my own.


The Holidays are here, and its greeting card time, so there’s no better time than now to hop on your Holiday greeting cards! 

Hallmark has partnered with Walmart Photo on a collection of personalized photo cards available for purchase online or within one hour while you shop! 


With my weird blend of family I chose two different kinds of cards.

Both sets were done in one hour and out in the mail the next day, of course with Holiday stamps. 



We have gotten positive and warm replies to our cards and of course we love them! 

There are many different cards, sizes and designs to choose from.

Pick up in one hour or have them shipped to you. Of course being so close to Christmas, I would do the one hour pick up. 

Order before you leave home to shop, or at the kiozak, and pick up when your ready to check out. 

December 5, 2017

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AvoSeedo avocado tree germinator makes it easy for everyone to grow their own plant at home from a simple avocado pit. Easy to use for all ages of amateur avocado arborists,

The clever AvoSeedo bowl design keeps the avocado pit immersed in just the right amount of water to grow effectively. Made for durability from recyclable, non-toxic materials and is reusable for other vegetables like lettuce, celery, carrot tops! Germinate and grow an avocado tree in your own home, whatever the climate. 
Fun family (Millennial parents, their young kids, grandma/grandpa) project to make a tree sprout and watch it grow from the pit of a common avocado. Increase kids' understanding of ecology, interconnections in nature, responsibility and care for the environment in a participatory and concrete way


The Avacado


Cut in half....


Remove the pit and skin it....


Place in the holder straight up....


Plant the flag in the provided hole....


Place in a bowl of water....Change the water every week or so....


VOILA!


I only just started it so I will update everyone as it grows! 

UPDATE: Apparently one of the cats in the house decided to attack the seed while I was unavailable to protect it. The pit/seed disappeared and the bowl of water was spilled. I had to start over, so now we wait.

This was really easy to do and kids will like to see the tree grow.

December 1, 2017

BUMP IT OFF


These fur babies make up a part of our household. They were subjected to my testing of the Bump It Off. They did not complain. In fact I had a small issue getting away from 2 of the test subjects because they liked it so much. I wont say which ones, they deserve to keep their dignity.





There are alot more uses than just for pets. You can use this in the kitchen, laundry and your own body. It is dishwasher safe so it can be cleaned under a hot cycle and reused over and over. 




As you can see, dishwashed!


I like it. I have yet to finish and use it in all the ways I can. I do believe this has earned a place on my Holiday Gift Guide. I think this would make a perfect gift for any and every one.

I was sent a BUMP IT OFF to facilitate a review. My opinion are my own.

November 30, 2017

HEALTOP - 100% Natural Skin Care Products for Kids and Moms



 
This is how it came packaged.
Wrapped in wonderful smelling tissue paper.

Body cream, every day face care and slimming drops.


I really liked the gentle smell of the products. It was not overpowering and the body cream went on my skin like silk. My skin did not feel oily after using the every day face care oil and even several hours later my face skin felt smooth. The slimming drops did leave a small after taste but nothing I couldnt deal with. I have upped my exercise so Im not 100% about how it effected my weigh loss. Did not hurt it though. 

These are the bundles they have

sports bundle - 6 products to protect your body

skin care kit - regular to mixed skin

skin care kit - dry winter skin

summer travel kit - for sun travel

skin care kit - oily skin

safe autumn kit

moms bundle

teenagers bundle

toddlers Bundle - get ready for winter bundle


For more information about HEALTOP and the people who make up the company visit their about us page HERE.






November 17, 2017

Stroke, A Helpful Bit of Information

Recognize the Signs of A Stroke

What is a stroke?

 A Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. 

It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). 

When that happens , part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

What happens during a stroke?

Stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or "mini stroke", is caused by a temporary clot.



What is after care of a stroke?

When discharged from the hospital, if you are sufficiently recovered and have family members who can help you rest and recover at home, you may be able to go directly home.

If your home wasn’t designed to accommodate a stroke survivor, it may need some modifications.  Furniture may need to be moved — or in some cases even removed — so that you have a clear pathway from room to room and even within a room, particularly if you’re using a wheelchair or a walker. Bathrooms and showers may need to be refitted with grab bars on the wall so that you can more easily get up and stand. One study showed that nearly 40% of stroke survivors suffered a serious fall within a year after their strokes occurred.

Your treatment will continue at home.  A physical therapist or other health care professional may come one or more times a week to treat you and to assess your progress.

If your health team determines that your condition still requires extensive therapy, and that home is not a good option at this time, your doctor may send you to a specialized rehabilitation facility where you can continue your recovery until you are sufficiently independent to go home.

Some stroke survivors are so afflicted that they need ongoing nursing care, on a low level basis or even 24/7 so those patients may go from the hospital directly to a nursing home.

Therapies (occupational, speech, physical, more)

Your care team, both in and post hospital may include a Physical Therapist (PT) who helps stroke survivors with problems in moving and balance; suggests exercises to strengthen muscles for walking, standing and other activities.

 An Occupational Therapist (OT) helps stroke survivors learn strategies to manage daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, writing or cooking.

 A Speech Therapist (ST) help the stroke patient with the process of speaking more clearly and helping them to be more understood vocally and help the patient get the words that are in the brain to come out the mouth the correct way. 

There may also be a Dietitian who will help with correcting dietary issues and nutrition needs. 



The link above will take you to a workbook that you can print out to help your loved one recover. 

What is Aphasia?

 Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language (typically in the left half of the brain). Aphasia is most often caused by stroke. However, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. These include brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurological disorders. 

The specific symptoms and severity of aphasia vary depending on the location and extent of brain damage. Individuals with damage to the front part of the brain may have "choppy" or non-fluent speech.

 However, they can typically understand what people say fairly well. Those with damage to the posterior regions of the brain often have fluent speech—that is, the rate and rhythm of speech may sound normal. However, their speech may contain the wrong words or made-up words. They also typically have difficulty understanding what is spoken.

Additionally, all individuals with aphasia may also have one or more of the following problems:
  • Difficulty producing language:
    • Experience difficulty coming up with the words they want to say
    • Substitute the intended word with another word that may be related in meaning to the target (e.g., "chicken" for "fish") or unrelated (e.g., "radio" for "ball")
    • Switch sounds within words (e.g., "wish dasher" for "dishwasher")
    • Use made-up words (e.g., "frigilin" for "hamburger")
    • Have difficulty putting words together to form sentences
    • String together made-up words and real words fluently but without making sense
  • Difficulty understanding language:

    • Misunderstand what others say, especially when they speak fast (e.g., radio or television news) or in long sentences
    • Find it hard to understand speech in background noise or in group situations
    • Misinterpret jokes and take the literal meaning of figurative speech (e.g., "it's raining cats and dogs")
  • Difficulty reading and writing:

    • Difficulty reading forms, pamphlets, books, and other written material
    • Problems spelling and putting words together to write sentences
    • Difficulty understanding number concepts (e.g., telling time, counting money, adding/subtracting)
  1. Get the person's attention before you start speaking.
  2. Maintain eye contact and watch the person’s body language and use of gesture.
  3. Minimize or eliminate background noise (TV, radio, other people).
  4. Keep your voice at a normal level. Do not speak loudly unless the person asks you to do so.
  5. Keep communication simple, but adult. Don't "talk down" to the person with aphasia.
  6. Simplify your sentence structure and emphasize key words. 
  7. Reduce your rate of speech.
  8. Give the individual time to speak. Resist the urge to finish sentences or offer words.
  9. Communicate with drawings, gestures, writing, and facial expressions in addition to speech.
  10. Encourage the person to use drawings, gestures, and writing.
  11. Use "yes" and "no" questions rather than open-ended questions.
  12. Praise all attempts to speak and downplay any errors. Avoid insisting that that each word be produced perfectly.
  13. Engage in normal activities whenever possible. 
  14. Encourage independence and avoid being overprotective.

There is no instant cure or recovery for the stroke patient. It is a long recovery depending on the type of stoke and how the patient was effected. It could be months to years before recovery is done. They may never fully recover. 

To the wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, child, friend of the patient: Please remember you are not alone! There are many of us out here who have had to watch a loved one go through this process. It is hard and you will feel helpless and maybe worthless as you watch them try and try and fail. You may feel powerless. But you are not. You have the power to help them by standing with them and letting them know they are not alone in the recovery process. You can reach out to your loved ones care team and they can help you find a support group or a therapist who can help you through your emotional journey as you help your loved one through theirs. You are not alone.

My Story:

This July someone I love I had a massive seizure and spent 3 weeks in the ICU. After being home for a week he suffered a stroke. He spent another week in ICU in a specialized unit. He was sent home. 6 days later he was readmitted to the hospital for a second stroke and a medication mistake. He has had a long journey and his isnt over. He is still recovering and I am still by his side. It is hard but the days are getting easier as he gets better. 




November 14, 2017

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November 10, 2017

Gods Great Love For You Childrens Book

I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was given. There is NO giveaway for this book at this time due to time restrictions by outside family issues. My opinion is my own.


God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.


The drawings are simple but are a joy to look at and children as well as adults would enjoy this delightful children's book as a gift this holiday.

This book doesnt cover the God sent his only son and that son died for us concept. Some people think that this should have been included but I believe that concept is a bit much for the intended age group. This book is ment to encourage and enforce the God Loves You facet and I believe it does that.




As founding pastor of Saddleback Church with his wife, Kay, Dr. Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life has sold more than 34 million copies. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries. As a global strategist he advises world leaders and has spoken to the United Nations, US Congress, Davos Economic Forum, TED, Aspen Institute, and numerous parliaments. Rick has also founded the Global PEACE Plan, which Plants churches of reconciliation, Equips leaders, Assists the poor, Cares for the sick, and Educates the next generation in 196 countries.