Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Walmart $500 Bedroom Makeover Giveaway!!!

Who could not use this? Well Sandy over at Organize with Sandy is having a great Giveaway that you should check out.

There are a couple of rules you must follow, but heck it will be worth the chance to win. You must have a child 8 years (by August 20, 2009) and older. You must use this to redo your child's bedroom.

How I would love to be able to redo my 10 year old's bedroom. He would be so excited to go and spend this money picking out the things he wants and needs for his room.

See don't you think he could use it too? ;o)

So check out the contest, you never know. You just might be the winner!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

PCOS, My Story

How many ladies know what PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is? How many ladies have actually heard of it?

When my husband and I had tried for over a year to get pregnant and had no luck, my mid-wife said let’s try Clomid. Sure I say, why not? Well that time passes and leads to no results, except for a miscarriage. My mid-wife looks me straight in the eye and said Cindy, I think that you need to see an Endocrinologist. What? Me? What the heck is an Endocrinologist? I mean really and why? Then she said Cindy to be honest I believe you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome known as PCOS. I mean really? Come on at the age of 17, I easily got pregnant with our son who is now 10. Why could I not get pregnant this go around and him on 6 at the time? Maybe, just maybe it was not in God’s plan for us to have another one. This was so hard to hear, how my heart yearned for another child. How could we afford to go to an Endocrinologist? I left that day feeling that my chances of having another child had been flushed down the toilet forever. I told her I would have to talk to my husband and let her know if I wanted her to schedule an appointment for me. As I drove back to work all I could think about was finding out more about PCOS, and what it really meant for me. If I was to go to this doctor would I just fork out this money to him and not have a child to show for it in the end. What really was PCOS? Did I really have it, like she thought?

As I read more about it these where some of the things I found out about it. Note: some symptoms of PCOS include but are not limited to:

· Obesity, weight gain, can’t lose weight

· Irregular or no menstruation

· Acne

· Depression

· Oily skin

· Infertility

· Blood pressure issues

· Excess or abnormal hair growth

· Pain in the lower abdomen/ pelvis area

· Tired

So, as I look at this list even today, I can say just out of the few symptoms I have listed I have most of those problems. As I checked off things on this list I come to find out maybe I really did have PCOS. Even if I could not get pregnant, I need to seek help for this problem. That was my main goal, my health was important and is important so we decided to take that step and go see the Endocrinologist. In late 2006 we made that hour and half journey to see the Endocrinologist several times. During those trips lots of blood work, ultra sounds, etc. where preformed and he told me yes, Cindy you do have PCOS. Then he proceeded to tell me he wanted me to try Metformin and then go from there. He said let’s start small and then work our way up. Why try to start with big meds when we might not even need them. Within two months later I was pregnant and now we have a happy soon to be 13 month old.

I have come to realize there are so many different problems for women with PCOS. Metformin might be some ladies answer to having that child they so desperately wanted, then again it might not be. Everyone is different, no one is the same, so treatments maybe different for you than it was for me. I am not a doctor by any means, but maybe you should read up more about Metfromin and PCOS and see if this is something your doctor feels that you should try.

After having our little guy, I still have to realize that even though I am not trying to get pregnant there are still issues with PCOS, it’s something that I can’t get rid of, and there is no cure. This is something I am going to have to learn to live with and take control of! As I have read books, read online, and talking with the doctor I have found out that women with PCOS have greater chances of developing several serious, life-threatening diseases which can include:

· Type 2 diabetes

· Cardiovascular Disease

· High blood pressure

· Higher risk of heart attack than most women.

· Cancer

Did you know that 50% of women with PCOS will have diabetes or pre-diabetes before age 40? This is why I am monitored and now on Metformin daily. Metfromin is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels and for some reason seems to help women with PCOS. It’s not been proven, but at least my doctor tells me with the ladies that he sees and uses it with it really does seem to help. I have noticed big time a difference in my facial hair, weight loss, and just the way I feel. I had no energy before. Yea, I know having a little one at home makes you tired, but this was a different tired, the one I had felt before I had even got pregnant and one that I feel for sure was coming from my PCOS.

Weight loss is a big issue for a lot of women with PCOS, its hard work. It really is, I know I have been there. One of the biggest things that I have had to help me was the Metformin, watching my carbohydrates intake and getting some form of exercise. I am not talking about working out an hour a day either, for me taking a walk every other day has worked. I am talking about just a 20-30 min walk. Heck when I first started I could not go that long, I worked my way up to that and now actually can do easy 50 min walk if I want to. Walking is something that’s free, and most of the time easy to do. I know that I can help control my PCOS by doing just little steps.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Toddler Interpreter Review & Giveaway

How many of us Mom's and Dad's out there want to know what there toddler is thinking or wanting? Many times I sit and watch Chandler and wonder what he is thinking about or we will be eating dinner and I will be like do you want more? Of course he just looks at me. ;-)

I have seen where you can teach a baby or toddler sign language, but not really thought about it much. I mean come on how do you teach a small one how to do sign language? I have found the book that you need to get, if they are interested in teaching your baby/toddler.

This book is
Toddler Interpreter®, don't worry it's not the type of book where you have to read and read before it all starts to come together. When I want to learn something I am like give me the info, lets get down to business. This book does just that!

When I got my book in the mail, I was so excited to read up and start this with Chandler. I was worried that he would be to young since he just turned a year old. Come to find out though, you can start as young as 6 months and as late as 30 months. It is truly amazing, we are still working on the first stage but I feel that he will be doing this in no time. The book consist of 5 stages total, and each stage has 12 new signs and you teach your child based on his or her age. This will work out great not only at home but as well as preschool. I highly recommend this book to all parents/grandparents out there that want to be able to talk to their little one.

Here is your chance to win a copy of Toddler Interpreter®.
All you need to do is leave a comment below on how you would use this giveaway. To have an extra entry in the contest subscribe to my blog.

Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. This contest will close September 2, 2009 at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner on September 3, 2009! The winners will be picked randomly.

Congratulations to comment #1 (Xenia) for being our random winner chosen from Random.org.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Piggy Paint Review

How many moms out there love to paint their little girls nails? However, hate to smell the polish or the polish remover. How about do you ever wonder what is it really made of? Well ladies do I have the answer to all your problems when it comes to polish and polish remover.

Let me tell you that Piggy Paint is Non-Toxic, Odorless and Kid-friendly, even the remover too! What more could you want for your little girls? This way you don't have to worry about the smell while you are painting those little piggy's or fingers, you don't have to worry about them putting in their mouth either. You know it's fine, nothing is going to harm them. It last for days and if you want to take it off just use the all natural polish remover. One of the best things yet, it's made in the USA!

Piggy Paint polish is available is a wide array of fun, vibrant colors that your little girls are sure to love. They have great gift packs that would be great for gifts for your little one or their friends.

Piggy Paint is offering my readers a special deal, that you can't pass up. Now through September 15, Piggy Paint will give you 15% off any thing on their site, including sale items! All you need to do is enter coupon code: NUMBER15L.
If you spend over $25.00, get free domestic shipping. Just remember they do ship worldwide also.