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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Anti-Aging Essentials for Every Budget




Finding the right skincare products can be daunting, especially considering staying on budget. There are so many products on the market today, it can be difficult to find something that works that you can afford. When it comes to anti-aging essentials, there are options that can suit every budget, if you know where to look! With pure hyaluronic acid serum and 100 squalane oil, you have a few options to add to your anti-aging skincare regimen that works, not costing you a fortune in the process!

Affordable Skincare Products
With our suggestions, you will find skincare products that work for anti-aging and won’t break the bank. Take pure hyaluronic acid serum for example. This product provides the much-needed moisture and hydration for your skin. The serum requires only a few drops with each use and at just under $10, the price can’t be beaten. You can easily use one bottle for several applications, helping you to spend less on your skincare regimen.
100 squalane oil is another quality product that won’t cost you a ton of money to use to fight the signs of aging. With this product, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced. The oil helps to provide elasticity, which is needed to avoid the signs of gaining. Only two to three drops are needed with each application and also under $10, makes this product quite affordable.
At a slightly higher price point, Vitamin C and E serum is another product you might want to add to your anti-aging routine. The product helps to build collagen as well as even out your skin tone. With this product, your skin is provided Vitamin C that will help to nourish the skin, avoiding drying out and creating wrinkles. This product costs just $25.95 and only requires two to three drops per application.
These are just a few examples of top-rated products you can add to your skincare routine that won’t break your budget. Add one or all to your routine today to enjoy the anti-aging benefits.




Get in your Best Shape with Terra-Core!



I received a sample from Terra-Core for the sole purpose of this review.
I have been a fitness enthusiast for over 3 years now. What started as a means to lose a LITTLE weight, became SO much more than that and I love fitness way more than I ever thought I would. 
I keep venturing out and doing more and more. 

Not only do I lift weights 6 days a week, I also hike, and bike (completed 20 miles last week and 15 yesterday!) and do bodyweight exercises as well. I am in the gym 6 days a week and outside doing more 2-3 days a week. I keep myself busy with fitness and I'm loving the new routine I have. 

Terra-Core has made some of my new routine SO much more fun. It's 1 device, 1 tool to help you build the body you want! It's a Stability Balance Trainer and helps you use way more muscles per exercise. 

I received their Balance Trainer and was impressed with what was inside the box. 

It comes deflated, but also comes with a tool to remove the plug, it's own hand pump, a DVD, tape measure, and instructional poster.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

14 Money-Saving, Mommy Proven Tips That Actually Work





"Save money, build wealth, retire like a boss in your own corner of heaven and watch the sun go down as you sip on your super Shirley temples." Sounds easy when the experts on CNN are talking about it, but in reality, saving money is difficult.
Throw children into the mix, and the savings mountain becomes that much harder to climb. Think about it, raising a child born around 2015, to the age of 17 years will cost you a whopping $233,610 as per the U.S Department of Agriculture statistics. This enormous amount that could boost any retirement package magnificently does not take into account the huge costs of education of putting a child through college or university!

Saving…with children

For parents with more than one child in the brood, saving cash and providing the best care you can afford can be two difficult balls to juggle.  Did you know that over 25 million U.S households live paycheck to paycheck? There is really not enough money to go round and have much left after the needs and wants have been met.
Statistics show that 70% of mothers with kids under 18 years have to work, with most taking on full-time jobs to fend for their families. In fact, 74% of the households with children under 18 are solely dependent on their moms as the sole income earners.  So can mothers pursue the virtues of savings, while they juggle busy work lives and parenting? Below are tried and tested saving tips backed by mothering experience.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to Calm a Cat in Heat




Female cats in heat will do anything to mate. They will spread out their legs, raise their behind, and pull up their tail to show readiness. If there is none at home to mate with, they will call out to the neighborhood tomcats and spray the front door with pungent urine. Tomcats can become aggressive and restless upon hearing the queen’s call.

Felines express their desire to breed incessantly. You will soon find yourself looking for the escape artists who went out to breed and be bred from. If it is your first time dealing with a cat in heat, you should know that not all cats calm down on their own. They need you to soothe them, distract them, and shower them with extra attention.

How you can help
Depending on your cat’s temperament, extra brushing and lap sessions can help calm it down. Exercise and play can also wear them out. Then again, some cats need to be left alone. If you have ‘intact’ tomcats at home, it is wise to isolate the queen in heat. Also, secure all possible escape routes to prevent unwanted pregnancy by feral cats.

When cats are in heat, their cat parents will have loads of work to do. You can distract your cat with predatory games, play soothing music, and offer more lap time. Expect to clean up after spraying cats as well. The strong odor of cat spray cannot be mistaken for pee and cats eager to mate will spray on furniture until they are allowed to mate.

If you cannot eliminate previous sprays or use ammonia-based cleaners, this will encourage cats to keep spraying. Pheromone blockers can help prevent spraying. You may need to clean the litter box more often during the estrus phase or heat period.

How often will this be a problem?
Female cats go in heat as often as every two to three weeks. The heat phase can last a week on average. If the cat is unable to mate during this period, the cycle will repeat until the cat successfully mates.

It is possible to delay the heat cycle by inducing ovulation. You see, cats release an egg or ovulate during intercourse. Your vet can stimulate your cat’s vagina artificially so your cat can ovulate without getting impregnated. Never do this on your own. The process can buy you a month or up to 40 days before the next heat cycle will commence.

Hormonal therapy is another option. Certain hormones like prostaglandin and estrogen may help avoid unwanted feline pregnancy by stopping the heat cycles. Do know that hormonal therapy is often long-term and can have adverse effects on your cat. If you opt to medicate your cat before it goes in heat, consult with your vet for specific instructions.

Can I prevent my cat from going in heat?
It is inadvisable to let your cat mate every time it is in heat. Even if you intend to breed your cats, it is not wise to let a cat mate and get pregnant every time it is in heat. If you knew how long a cat is pregnant and how fast they get pregnant, you will do everything to prevent your cat from getting pregnant when it is in heat.

You can also put an end to the heat cycle by spaying (removing ovaries and uterus) your female feline. If you own a tomcat, consider having it neutered (testes removal) to prevent unwanted impregnation of intact female cats in the neighborhood.



Thursday, April 4, 2019

GETTEES Review & GIVEAWAY!



I received samples directly from GETTEES for the sole purpose of this review

I'm a huge proponent of supporting local. When I found GETTEES on instagram and then discovered they were fro Metro Detroit, Michigan, I had to reach out. 
Turns out they're only about 12 miles from me and I was super excited about that. 

Inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, they built their own factory and set out to make quality, American-Made clothing By the People, For the People, while being honest about every aspect of their business.

I received the Heavyweight Crew in Royal and the Campus Crew in Cherry.
I'm almost always a Medium, but based on their size chart I went with a Large in both.