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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Have you tried Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products?

This is a compensated post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am definitely a willing consumer when it comes to choosing store brands. Gone are the days when a store’s brand was substandard; now their brands normally work (or taste) just as good as major brands and the prices are competitive. Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products offer that great value, which allow families and individuals to save money and purchase a brand they can trust. Saving money on over-the-counter products and medications can really take the pressure off of the already stressed budget. With Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products, customers have a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Recently, I had the chance to review Walgreens Brand Mouth Rinse in the Spring Mint flavor. I hadn’t tried it before, but I’m a regular user of mouthwash and gave it a try to compare with others I’ve used in the past. Although the antiseptic had the “tingly” feeling it wasn’t too strong, which would have been uncomfortable. I was able to swish for as long as I needed. My teeth felt even more clean after I used the mouth rinse, but the scent was not pleasant at all. The rinse also left a not-so-pleasant taste in my mouth. Now this could be personal preference so I wouldn’t necessarily base your buying decision on that, but if you decide to try it be sure to buy a small bottle first to test it out.

120x30_WalgrensTransparentLogoHave you tried any of Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products? If so, do me a favor and leave your experiences in the comments.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Energy-saving products

One of the big things that most households need to do to conserve energy is ensure the home insulation is sufficient. By getting sufficient insulation installed (such as loft insulation, garage insulation and pipe lagging ) homeowners can be warm in the winter and cool in the summer… that is temperature comfort year round.

There is a UK-based online shop that specializes in eco-friendly products and their mission is to focus on energy saving products like those mentioned. While helping customers to save on energy costs inside of the house, they can also help with saving money outside. For instance, by using solar powered outdoor lighting, which not only highlights a beautifully landscaped lawn but it also provides security for your family.

Now that I have moved from a house to an apartment I do not have to concern myself – too much – with those types of concerns, but I do need to get back into the habit of recycling and up-cycling as well as putting my reusable shopping bags back in service. I guess it does not  help that the bags are sitting on the floor in the back of my closet.

How do you save money and energy around your house? Any tips for recycling and saving energy for apartment dwellers? I am having a little trouble with that because of the limited space and I have to come up with a solution quickly since of my children is on the “we have to start recycling again” warpath.


A man & his remote… {Wordless Wednesday}

… uh, already?!


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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don’t laugh at me, but…

When I entered my teenage years my grandmother had started using a magnifying glass to see the small print on various items: medicine bottles, footnotes in books, instructions, etc. I recall chuckling a little when she started having to do it and, on the other hand, I was amazed at how my spry, quick, intelligent, loving and boisterous Mom Mom was aging.

My Mom Mom, who was my dad’s mother, died in the late 90s. But her memories, some of her belongings, sayings and love linger in my heart. … That magnifying glass she has is lingering here as well. I’ve kept that thing for more than 10 years now. I figured that my children may need it for science projects or fun family experiments with the sun. And, I couldn’t make myself get rid of it because it’s something my grandmother always had around her. It’s a piece of her…

Today, I was trying to read the small print on the back of a bottle of mouthwash. (Why I was doing that is an entirely different story.) I moved the bottle back and forth from my eyes – closers… further away… under the light… angled. Nothing worked.

DSCF5705 Then I thought of the magnifying glass that was sitting on my shelf in the office. In fact, I just put it on the shelf yesterday because I couldn’t decide where to put it or if I should give it away. I picked it up and held it in front of my face as I had seen my grandmother do a thousand times. Wow, was the print clear and easy to read. I’ve been avoiding that for quite some time now… Not too long ago I mentioned to the eye doctor that the print on things is getting smaller. He said, “No, you’re getting old!”

Humph! I thought.

Even with an up-to-date prescription with invisible bifocals (don’t tell anyone!), I still have trouble seeing certain things. When my 19-year-old daughter is around I ask her to read stuff, I stand close to a window or I give up. As time goes on, I’ll get my younger children to read to me.

For now I guess I’ll use the magnifying glass when I really need to although I’m not going to let anyone see me do it. As I’m using it I won’t think of how old I’m getting; I’ll just think of all the sweet and funny moments with my grandmother. … She would probably laugh at me!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Adolescent drug addiction & rehabilitation

As parents, we only want to do what’s best for our children and we will do whatever we can to help our children through anything. Sometimes we have to realize that our children need more than just parental help, they need specialty intervention and treatment.

Unfortunately some children make bad choices or are easily influenced to do something that will harm them like experimenting with drugs. That experimentation can result in an addiction and, as parents, we have to do our best to get them into an adolescent addiction treatment program. It’s not an easy decision to make, but it is a smart one and there are several programs to choose from that will be best for all involved. For instance, your loved one may need the constant support of a residential program or be at a point where outpatient treatment will be effective.

By seeking more information it will be much easier to determine what the best choice is for your child or teenager and gaining that knowledge is key to understanding your child’s condition. Parents, this is not something you can fix on your own, but there are Teen Drug Rehabilitation facilities and programs available

We do our very best raising our children by guiding and educating them on important life lessons, but not everyone heeds those lessons. Push aside discouragement and disappointment then jump in feet first to conquer a disease that effected 10 percent of children ages 12 to 17 in 2009.*


*Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2010). Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-38A, HHS Publication No. SMA 10-4856 Findings). Rockville, MD.



Sunday, April 3, 2011

What’s today?

I have this really colorfully cool calendar from Oriental Trading (got it for free! YIPPEE!) and it says that today is Find A Rainbow Day. I didn’t know that such a day existed, did you?


At first when I saw that I took it literally and I thought if I was telling my children that they would have taken it literally as well. Then, as I sat here thinking about it, it dawned on me that it could be taken a different way: I can find a rainbow in anything today.

To me rainbows mean glorious color, mystery and happiness. I can find that in my day:

  • It’s in the music I’m listening to that doesn’t have the sound of my children in the background.
  • It’s in the ability to be able to clean up my home.
  • There’s the happiness I find in a quiet and random day.
  • It’s in the sun that shines outside and the breeze I hear rustling the leaves at my door.
  • It’ll be in the voices of the friends I’ll connect with today.
  • I feel it in my heartbeat at the joy of life.
  • It was the love I heard in my children’s voices when they called me earlier.
  • It’s in the jokes, love and playfulness I have with my best friend.

image That rainbow is everywhere. Today is Find A Rainbow Day; have you found yours?





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