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Saturday, February 2, 2013

IUDs may cause severe side effects

The use of IUD as a form of birth control has risen over the past few years and, for some, it isn’t surprising that women are experiencing side effects. Those side effects have led to a mirena recall.

Mirena IUD, a long-term birth control, is used by more than 2 million women in the United States each year as well as 15 million worldwide. It’s too bad experts have found that their could be severe mirena side effects.

As a Mirena user this can be very concerning especially since I’ve dealt with uterine wall perforation in the past. The FDA reports that more than 45,000 women have experience these side effects and others. If you also use Mirena, be sure to do your research and have routine appointments.

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Happy Love Month

I’m going to be making a big deal about love this month because as a Love Ambassador (see the nice badge over there?), I have a lot of love to share and a lot to talk about. Unfortunately, the post I planned today was stuck in my brain. My “little” health issues decided to make themselves known – against my wishes – and I’m stuck pecking through the thoughts.

This happens quite a bit and this month I am acknowledging that I deserve the self love (more about self love later this week) to pay attention to that instead of worrying about my posts. So as I peck ever.so.slowly please standby for a little loveliness going around these parts.

In the meantime, click around and learn a little about what’s going on at It’s a woman’s world!

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What you don’t know about online dating

Online dating. A whole new way of meeting prospective partners - instead of picking up someone at a bar, you're checking out their dating profile and trying to decide if they might be your cup of tea. A common assumption about online dating - and one that I used to hold - is that it's a place for social recluses and freaks who can't or don't want to go out and date in the 'real world'.

But the fact is everyone is online now, from young children to older generations. And if you're reading this, you're online too. The way we use the internet has also dramatically changed - from shopping to banking, we rely on it for many things. So why not date online?

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Online dating and relationship sites have boomed in popularity, offering more and more people the chance to discover their perfect approach to love and romance.

So if you're an online dating skeptic, as I used to be, here are some facts about the fun, friendly and easy-to-use world of online dating that I found out. If you think you understand all there is to know about the world of online dating, think again.

Online dating is the new norm

You may have realized the popularity of online dating, but you might be surprised to see exactly how popular. One in four Aussies know someone who has used an online dating site, and one of the most exciting things about online dating is the sheer volume of success stories, with a massive one in 10 users having found love online.

Online dating is ideal for people who are searching for long-term, meaningful love. It may sound too good to be true (I assure you it's not), but the site eHarmony Australia, for example, is responsible for a remarkable one in 50 Australian marriages.

Who it works for

Online dating works for just about everybody, not only for us middle-aged singles. It might surprise you to know that many students use it to find dates, choosing to save their limited cash by staying in and dating online rather than blowing their money on beer. Of course, online dating can also be great for single parents and professionals with little time.

It’s not just for the younger crowd - it's reaching older generations as well. The over 65-year-old demographic is well represented, with one in six people in this age group knowing somebody who has tried online dating before.

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Net lovers

The internet is helping with all aspects of dating, from finding a partner to planning the perfect date. In the 55-64 age bracket, 60% of people surveyed rely on the internet to search and plan their ideal date night. Many singles use social networking sites like the eHarmony Australia Facebook page to network with other singles and read up on dating tips and date ideas. There is a wealth of information at our fingertips when it comes to dating, and it seems it's increasing people's confidence when it comes to dating and how to go about it.

The internet is also shaping the way we express ourselves in relationships. When you look at the Sydney dating scene alone, one in 10 people have been told ‘I love you’ for the first time via email. It may be argued this isn't a phrase to be said in such a way, through an impersonal written message, but let's look at it another way: So much of our communication these days is via texts or e-mails. Aren't we simply adapting to how communications are changing?

There you have it. Now you know a little more about it, let's hope that any skepticism you had is subsiding and giving way to a better understanding of the world of online dating. I'm not saying you have to go for it all the way and dismiss more old-fashioned ways of meeting people - that can be fun too. But with all the success stories, the booming popularity and the fact you can save so much time and money, it's got to be worth looking into, isn't it?

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sneak peek of 8th birthday party

Amareah, my beautiful middle daughter, recently had a birthday and is now at the mature age of 8. Her party was held at the coolest themed-party location I've experienced: Tutus and Tennis Shoes in Stockbridge, Georgia.

Best part is Amareah and her guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I'll be back later to fill you in on the details.
She enjoyed the spa deluxe party with robes, turbans and flip flops. After they had their manicures and pedicures, they had makeup applied...  
Perfectly decorated party rooms... 
And a tasty cake for all. 
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