Stay Sanitized with Mother’s Therapy Organics During the Winter Season

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I was recently asked to review a line of organic products by Mother’s Therapy Organics. I was thrilled and gladly accepted because I love trying out new products, especially when it comes to keeping my daughter as germ free as I can during the winter season and anything organic makes me smile. I don’t like using products that contain all those harsh chemicals that are not good for our bodies. When I received my package a couple of days ago in the mail I immediatley opened it to find two bottles: Germ Fightin’ Hand Lotion- Cool as a Cucumber and Hand Sanitizer- Skin Revitalizing. Even though it has only been a couple days I decided to start my review. Please note that this review is 100% based on my personal opinion.

HAND SANITIZER: SKIN REVITALIZING KILLS 99.9% GERMS

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INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Organic Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea),Organic Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal),Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender Essential Oil)
ACTIVE INGREDIENT: 62% Natural Alcohol
SIZE: 4 fL. OZ
I personally love the ingredients that make up this organic hand sanitizer. Goldenseal is a natural herb that has been used in my family for quite sometime now. My parents are huge fans of the liquid form of Goldenseal. Anytime they complain of having an upset stomach they take a couple drops and almost immediately their symptoms disappear. After multiple uses I noticed my hands felt refreshed, clean and moisturized. This size is perfect to keep in my purse or in my daughter’s back pack.

GERM-FIGHTIN’ HAND LOTION: COOL AS A CUCUMBER
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INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera),Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil),Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil),Organic Origanum Vulgare (Oregano)
SIZE: 8 fl. oz
I love anything that smells of cucumber and this lotion has a very pleasent scent. The size is perfect to carry in my purse for everyday use. I also love the fact that this lotion is made with ingredients that leave your skin feeling moisturized and germ free without the residue some products leave behind.

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Overall, so far I am pleased with these two products. I plan to use these for the rest of the month and will come back with an UPDATE. Also, Mother’s Therapy Organics has graciously offered to give one lucky winner a family pack of their hand sanitizers ($20 Value) for FREE, U.S. Residents ONLY. Stay tuned for this AWESOME GIVEAWAY!
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Little Girls and Brushes


***Watch this video by Rid Lice for helpful information***

I don’t know what it is but my heart literally skips a beat when I get a phone call from my daughter’s school when I am working. It was like any other day just working away wishing for 5 o’clock to come around. I was in the zone doing my own thing when I was told that my daughter’s school was on the phone and that it wasn’t an emergency. I immediatley let out a sigh of relief, but still a million thought ran through my head. When I picked up the phone it was the school nurse on the otherend explaining to me that my daughter was one of 6 girls that had encountered head lice. Apparently there is an epidemic of head lice in most of the surrounding schools and day cares where I live. I literally started to freak out in my own little world because I had never dealt with this before and from what I heard head lice can be very time consuming and costly to get rid of. After hanging up the phone I called my mom to ask if she could pick her up from school. Luckily she was able to pick her up. My mom is a lifesaver! The rest of the afternoon I kept thinking about all the stuff I needed to do when I got home. Now let me just add I was doing more than just thinking, I was scratching my head constantly. It had been like that since I got off the phone with the nurse. I had one of the girls go through my hair to make sure I didn’t have any unwanted guests trying to make a home in my hair. Luckily, with a sigh of relief nothing was found and it was all in my head playing tricks on me. It is just something that happens when someone talks about creepy crawly creatures that makes me itch. I rushed home and immediatley kicked my cleaning into high gear. I vaccumed and washed everything my precious little girl’s head touched. As of right now after treating my daughter’s hair there is no trace of any adult lice and just making sure we get all the nits. I am so thankful this happend towards the end of the week because I would hate to have her miss a lost of school. Head lice is so common with kids, but from now on I plan to put some type of product in my daughter’s hair. JUST REMEMBER Head lice LOVE CLEAN HAIR!!! I have included a youtube video I found for mom’s to view in case you are new to treating head lice like I was.

Weightloss: My Testimony

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My weight loss journey began approximately 8 months ago.  My weight had reached an all time high of 183lbs and in that very moment of my life I knew I had to do something before I gained anymore weight.  I thought this was so ridiculous because I didn’t even weigh that much when I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter.  My life in that very moment was in a serious rut. I  needed to change my life. I didn’t buy cute clothes or even try to dress up because nothing fit. All I wanted to wear were t-shirts, gym shorts and flip-flops.  There were even moments when I would just give up trying to find something to wear and just sit on my bed crying. Depressing right?  After my moment of clarity I decided to make an appointment with my primary physician so he could order blood work and do a complete work up on me.  After 3 months of blood work he referred me to a Endocrinologist because my thyroid levels were off. At this point I just wanted to feel better and I wasn’t excited about taking medication for my thyroid. After more blood work the specialist finally told me he felt that it wasn’t necessary for me to be on any type of thyroid medicine and would just monitor me in 3 months. I felt so relieved because I HATE taking medicine.

My friend from work, a.k.a “My second mama”, and I started working out with two really great personal trainers who held a work out class at a local community center three times a week.  Starting out was a challenge because I was out of shape and completely lost in my weightloss journey. I was commited to stick with it and I was secretly developing  a little crush on one of the trainers so that made working out more enjoyable,,Shhh don’t tell..LOL 🙂

Here we are 8 months later and I am proud to say that I have lost a total of 12 lbs. and 4 inches off my waist( my main goal). It is a slow process, but what keeps me going is that I recently had to buy clothes in a smaller size because what I did have to wear was getting too big for me. I am not worried about what the scale says because I only care about the inches I loose.

**Weightloss fact: Muscle weighs more than fat”**

Before I got pregnant I weighed 135lbs at the age of 21. Since then I have realized how much my body has changed  and let me just say my hips are bigger. Now I know after having my daughter that my hips will never be the same as before and I am okay with that because  I can honestly say I LOVE MY CURVES!!

My main goal through this whole journey is to be healthy, be toned, and being able to feel comfortable in my own skin. It was time for a change and  I belive that the right people came into my life to make it happen for me.  I still continue to work out 3-4 times a week  and try my best to eat clean. Eating has definately  been my biggest challenge because I LOVE FOOD!!!

 

Weightloss…Battle #1

” It’s easier to gain the weight, than lose the weight Chris”

My dad used to tell me that when I would endulge in a big mac from Mcdonald’s. I would look at him like he was crazy and thought he didn’t know what he was talking about. At that time I weighed about 125lbs and didn’t have a care in the world. When I graduated from highschool  I gained 10lbs, which was not a big deal. My struggle with weight started after I had my daughter. I breast fed for about a month and got down to 147lbs. Little did I know that I needed to change my eating habits and increase my activity. I still ate what I wanted and rarely exercised. Within these past 5 years my weight has fluctuated between 147-165. I personally feel like it is time to get below 147 and get rid of these unwanted fat cells that has annoyingly stayed with me. I have done some research about weight loss and i am TOTALLY confused about what I need to do to reach my goal. I’ve tried the latest diets from pills to NO carbs and have realized that I love my breads too much to give it up and my anxiety does not mix well with diet pills.

I know the key to loose weight is eat small meals through out the day and increase activity. Easier said than done especially when food is my comfort drug. I recently bought a treadmill and I have used it about 5 times. I plan to use it till the thing falls apart, but what I want to know more about is what to eat and when to eat it. It’s like a Chemistry formula I can’t figure out (Note to readers: I HATED CHEMISTRY).

My friends are great and always say the nicest things, but I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin and I need to do something about it. It’s frustrating when my clothes don’t fit right and I REFUSE to buy new clothes until I lose 30 lbs.

It’s more than just PMS…LUCKY ME!! *Sarcastic tone*

This whole week was a struggle for me and now that it is Friday, I can honestly sit back and reflect on the events that lead to my struggle to get through each day. Monday started off alright to say the least, but as the day progressed I started to feel those annoying hormones reach an ultimate high. As women we all experience those PMS moments, but I experience what is known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and these are the symptoms:

  • Very depressed mood, feeling hopeless
  • Marked anxiety, tension, edginess
  • Sudden mood shifts (crying easily, extreme sensitivity)
  • Persistent, marked irritability, anger, increased conflicts
  • Loss of interest in usual activities (work, school, socializing, etc.)
  • Difficulty concentrating and staying focused
  • Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy
  • Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings
  • Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
  • Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
  • Physical symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness or swelling, headache, and muscle or joint aches and pains

* from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision, 2000, with permission from the American Psychiatric Association

Each month I go through at least half of the symptoms listed above and before I was diagnosed I felt that I had PMS like every other female in the world. As I grew older and became a mother the symptoms became more severe than before. It reached to the point of affecting my life and who I was. I finally went to the doctor and was given a prescription specifically for women who suffer from PMDD. I don’t know about other people, but I HATE taking medication. I started taking my medication everyday and to be honest my days have been less of a struggle. This is a good thing.

And the week goes on…….

All week my daughter was sick with an earache and it was very hard for me because I was unable to take any time off to care for her. I have the best parents a girl could ask for because they were able to watch her while i was at work and took her to the doctor( another struggle I’ll get to). Let me just add that my parents lives 30-40 minutes away. I didn’t see my daughter all week and that was a struggle in itself. As a mother I was hard on myself because I couldn’t be there for her and I felt like I didn’t have any time to take care of the things I needed to because I was working close to 9 hour days. Her insurance recently changed and her doctor didn’t accept her insurance so I had to find the time to call and get her assigned to another doctor , luckily I found a really great doctor. Friday finally came and I felt a lot better knowing that I was going to have a relaxing weekend with my family. With that being said I know everything will be okay.