Saturday, July 26, 2014

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Recently, after growing it out for quite some time, I cut my hair and I donated it to a great non-profit organization called Children With Hair Loss (CWHL). I had been wanting to donate my hair for a long time and I felt CWHL was the perfect place to give it to. CWHL's quest is to bring more attention to their mission of supporting the well-being of children struggling with the challenges of medically-related hair loss. Over the past 13 years, CWHL has provided customized, human hair replacements to an increasing number of children with any medically-related hair loss at absolutely no cost whatsoever to the child or their families. CWHL relies solely on fundraising efforts, donations, grants and sponsorships to fund the cost of manufacturing each hair replacement. As opposed to other organizations doing similar work, CWHL requires no financial records from the family, charges no hidden fees, and requires no child to participate in any CWHL promotion or event. Each child is eligible to receive one free human hair replacement and care kit annually until age 21, which includes one human hair replacement with a choice of color and hair type and one hair care kit that includes TIGI hair care products, a human hair face framer (that recipient can wear under a hat), a styrofoam head and stand (styling and storing aid), headwrap and hat, brush and comb, a salon partner in their area that will provide free care/cutting services, and a DVD with hair care instructions, styling tips and application guidance.

With all this in mind, did you know that August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month! Throughout the month of August, Children With Hair Loss is inviting salon owners to help them in their quest to bring more attention to their mission of supporting the well-being of children struggling with the challenges of medically-related hair loss. Salon owners can help build awareness and funds throughout the month of August (and beyond) so that CWHL can continue to help these children. One of the ways salon owners can help this cause is by hosting a Cut-a-Thon or Hair Raiser fundraising event at their salon or barber shop. Some other fundraising ideas include hosting an online fundraiser at to help pay for a hair replacement for a child (simply select Children With Hair Loss as your designated charity when registering fundraiser on the website) or designing a t-shirt and selling it online at to help pay for a hair replacement for a child. (CWHL can even help design the shirt). Salon owners can contact CWHL for other ideas and they will send all the materials needed for a great fundraiser, including posters, brochures, balloons, stickers, and hair donation forms for donors.

Of course, you can still help Children With Hair Loss even if you're not a salon owner. You could donate your hair or make a monetary donation to CWHL. You can also visit their online store where you can purchase several different items which will help support CWHL's amazing mission. Alternatively, if you know a child with hair loss, you can always direct them or their parents to CWHL where they can apply for hair, which of course won't cost them a single penny.

In addition to visiting their website, you can connect with Children With Hair Loss on Twitter at and Facebook at to learn more about them and their mission.

*Disclosure:  All the images in this post were taken from the Children With Hair Loss website. I was not asked by CWHL to post this. As a previous hair donor, I occasionally receive emails from them and I felt the need to share some more information about CWHL and National Hair Loss Awareness Month. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When a hysterectomy does more harm than good

Being a medical transcriptionist, I've transcribed plenty of hysterectomy procedures for physicians over the years. When I was around 7 years old, my mom had a hysterectomy. Basically, a hysterectomy is a procedure in which a woman's uterus is removed. Hysterectomies are performed for many different reasons, including uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, thickening of the uterus, or cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Hysterectomy performed for non-cancerous reasons is usually considered only after all other treatment approaches have been tried without success, however, uterine cancer is not always detected prior to having a hysterectomy. A power morcellator is a medical device used in laparoscopic surgeries such as hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body and in cases where uterine cancer is undetected prior to a hysterectomy, this power morcellator device could do more harm than good because the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman's body.

Here are some alarming statistics you may or may not know about:

  • Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States
  • By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy
  • 90% of these surgeries are done to remove fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)
  • The average lifespan following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage IV) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about four times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated 
If you or a loved one has undergone a hysterectomy and has been affected by a power morcellation device, you may want to check out the following link for more information:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner Review

**Disclosure:  I received a Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner for free from as a member of the Shoplet Product Review Program. No other compensation was received. I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own.**

MasterVision boards are user-friendly, cleverly designed, and carefully built to make it easier to manage projects and organize everyday tasks. The Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner is the perfect multitasking board for a busy working mom like myself. As soon as I received this board, I immediately had a dilemma on my hands. I couldn't decide whether I needed it more in my cubicle at the office or in my dedicated office space at home. I ultimately decided to leave it at home. This 3-in-1 planner measures 24" x 18" and it's made very well. It has a dry erase surface for a monthly calender where I will be able to keep track of my son's football schedule and other happenings at school. He will be a freshman this coming school year (in August) so I have a feeling he'll be a busy young man soon and this calendar will be filled up in no time. The dry erase surface is also magnetic. There is a notes section to the left of the calendar for jotting down notes, messages, reminders, lists, etc. Since I'm a proud football mom, I have a picture of my teenage son donned in last year's football uniform in this section for now until I can fill it up with helpful information to make my life easier. Below the calendar and notes section, there is a cork section perfect for holding game tickets, flyers, announcements, etc. 

Included with the Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner was a dry erase marker, a few magnets, and several tacks, as well as a tray that clicks onto the bottom of the board to hold markers and erasers. Attaching the tray should have been a simple task but I couldn't get it to click to the board so I had to have my boyfriend do it for me. Mounting hardware was provided so that I could screw it to the wall but I chose to just use regular nails instead. There are also instructions included on how to take care of the dry erase surface. There wasn't a eraser included but I used a skoy cloth and it seemed to work well. This 3-in-1 planner is plenty big enough and will definitely help to keep my busy family organized once the school year starts and the activities begin. 

Where would you put a Bi-silque MasterVision 3-in-1 Planner and how would it keep you organized? is the first place I check when I'm looking for new office supplies or office stationary. also has a vast selection of medical supplies, including mobility, adult incontinence, skin care, and bath safety products.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Join Ebates and get cash back for shopping online

Two of the many things I love include shopping online and money so I don't know why it has taken me so long to sign up for Ebates. Ebates was founded in 1998 and is the pioneer and leader of online cash back shopping. Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online, as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online. It's free to sign up and you simply click, shop, and get cash back. I can't wait to start earning and I couldn't have signed up at a better time because my son starts his freshman year of high school next month and we've got some shopping to do to prepare. 

If you're not already signed up and want to learn more about Ebates, click here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

How do you do pasta salad?

Barbecue season is in full swing, in my neck of the woods anyway. We love grilling out whether it's just for a weeknight dinner or for a family get together. At our barbecues, the sides are just as important as the meats. One side dish you'll almost always find at our barbecues is pasta salad. There are about 101 different ways to make pasta salad but of all the different varieties I've tried, the way we make it at my house is by far my favorite way. 

First of course we boil and drain a box of rotini noodles and add to a bowl. Then we add sliced green and black olives, diced onion, and pepperoni. We then add about half a bottle of lite zesty Italian dressing and mix everything together. We then top all this off with some shredded mozzarella cheese and a little more dressing and let it cool for a couple hours or more before serving. After I get some of this yummy pasta salad on my plate, I like to season it with some sea salt and black pepper and just another squirt of dressing.  

How do you do pasta salad at your house? 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Introducing the T.L.C. VoxBox From Influenster #TLCVoxBox

*Disclosure:  I received a #TLCVoxBox complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. However, I was not influenced in any way and all opinions expressed are my own. 

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The most recent VoxBox that I received from Influenster was the T.L.C. VoxBox (because I'm a mom of the Influenster Nation). This lovely box contained Neosporin Neo To Go, Ivory Bar Soap, AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother, Puffs To Go, a Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card, and a coupon for a free Breyers Gelato Indulgences.

I'm very familiar with the Ivory brand, especially Ivory Bar Soap. Ivory products are specially formulated not to be specially formulated. Ivory Bar Soap is 99.44% pure clean and simple and contains no dyes or heavy perfumes. Ivory is recommended by 4 out of 5 moms and I'm one of the moms who recommends it. My son has had eczema since he was a baby and every doctor he has seen about it has recommended he use Ivory Bar Soap. It has always been gentle on his sensitive skin. I have very sensitive and dry skin as well and Ivory Bar Soap has always been gentle on my skin, keeping it moisturized and feeling renewed after showering. Connect with Ivory on Facebook at and Twitter at

My family and I already use the Puffs brand in our home. Puffs is dermatologist tested to be gentle. I really love buying products for my family that are dermatologist tested/recommended because we seem to have so many sensitivities and allergies. Puffs is a brand we love and trust. Puffs To Go can go wherever we go and can be conveniently kept in our car, my purse, or even in the saddlebag on our motorcycle and they never take up much room and are always easy to find. Puffs is the softest, most gentle tissue we have tried and it's the only brand you'll find in my home. Connect with Puffs on Facebook at and Twitter at

I already have a Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card and have been a member of the Fuel Rewards Network program at Shell since July of 2012. The Fuel Rewards Network program is a free loyalty program that helps you save money on fuel. To be honest with you, I rarely ever use my fuel rewards card because I rarely buy my gas at Shell. I shop for most of my groceries at Kroger and I usually just get gas there and use my Kroger Plus Card to save me money at the pump. However, my reward card did happen to come in handy recently when we were heading back home from vacation and had to fill up our gas tank for the trip. We chose to fill up at Shell and we were able to save 3 cents per gallon by using our rewards card. The program is easy enough to use and there are several ways you can save money at the pump, including linking your credit or debit card to your account. I'm going to make it a point to use my Shell Fuel Rewards Network Card more often because every penny counts! Connect with Shell on Facebook at and Twitter at

Until receiving this VoxBox, I had never tried any brand of gelato before so I was super excited. I took my free coupon right away to my local Kroger and brought home a Vanilla Caramel Breyers Gelato Indulgences. Breyers has been bringing families together to enjoy delicious frozen treats for more than 140 years. Each of the four varieties of Gelato Indulgences features a trio of textures, creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings. Breyers Gelato Indulgences makes for a perfect date night at home. The Vanilla Caramel Gelato features creamy vanilla gelato, luscious caramel sauce and gourmet caramelly curls. I was blown away by how smooth and creamy and tasty this gelato was. It was the perfect blend of gelato and caramel sauce. The caramelly curls added an extra touch of indulgence. Breyers Gelato Indulgences is definitely a tasty treat worth the price every once in a while because we all deserve to be indulged! I also love that the carton it came in was plastic and the lid came off and went back on easily. Connect with Breyers on Facebook at and Twitter at

AVON is a name that has been around for as long as I can remember. My grandma and my mom both used AVON products. Having just turned 30 with a few lines on my face, I was excited to give AVON's Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother a try. The Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother is a translucent balm that says it will blur the look of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes instantly. The cream-to-powder skin perfector says it delivers a silky smooth virtually line-free look for skin. However, I was not very impressed with this particular product from AVON. I didn't notice instant results, or results at all for that matter. It did go on easy and feel silky smooth under my eyes however. I did notice a sort of burning sensation around my eyes area after applying it. This product wasn't for me but you can visit and receive 15% off your Anew purchase of $50 or more with the code ANEW15 (offer code valid until 8/1/2014) if you'd like to try it out for yourself. Connect with AVON on Facebook at and Twitter at

As a mom, I've definitely used my share of Neosporin on my son's boo-boos. Even though my son is 14-1/2 years old now, he plays football so he still gets his fair share of cuts and scrapes out on the field, some requiring a little extra attention from mom. I've always been very happy with the Neosporin brand. Luckily, I haven't had to use the Neosporin Neo To Go yet but this first aid antiseptic/pain relieving spray is specially designed for one-handed use. This convenient no touch, no sting spray is small enough that it fits anywhere, including my purse, and offers infection protection, plus pain relief, on the go, which means it can travel with me to all of my son's football practices and games.

What products from my T.L.C. VoxBox have you tried or would like to try?