Thursday, July 12, 2018

Natren Probiotics - Review and Giveaway

a variety of Natren Probiotics for the entire family

Whether they're sharing an ice cream cone with the dog or eating gum off the sidewalk, kids can get into "uh oh" situations that can lead to digestive upset or illness. After all, kids will be kids, but isn't that what makes being a kid so much fun? Fortunately, Natren has them covered! Natren Probiotics has a line especially for children, and their products are proven to help reduce occasional digestive upset and support your kids' natural defenses. So kids can have fun while keeping their tummies happy and trouble-free.  Natren is acclaimed by the medical world as an outstanding probiotic product for toddlers and growing children.

Good bacteria, known as probiotics, can help eliminate the bad bacteria that cause stomach distress.  Probiotics support a child's health by creating the proper balance between good and bad bacteria in their digestive tract.  Research has shown that good bacteria can alleviate occasional digestive distress while supporting a child's natural defenses.  When kids feel good, they do amazing things!

For those who are unfamiliar with probiotics and its benefits, countless clinical studies have shown a balanced gut to be directly or indirectly helpful in broad health conditions and specific digestive conditions ranging from skin problems and fatigue to heartburn and indigestion.

Natren, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical grade quality probiotics.  In addition to providing probiotics for toddlers and children, they also offer them for women, men, and pets.  One system that they carry is the Healthy Start System that is suitable for adults and children age 8 and older.  Powder probiotic options are available for younger children.

The Healthy Start System is a box containing three bottles, each one with a different, gentle serving of one probiotic super strain.  Natren keeps each bacteria species in the Healthy Start System® in separate bottles to guarantee probiotic product potency.  A 30-day supply is available for $51.95.

The Healthy Start System contains three powerful strains that support relief from occasional gas, bloating and indigestion.  It also helps with regularity, proper nutrient absorption, and digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins.

With the Healthy Start System, you are to take one pill from each bottle once a day.  They may be taken all together.  Or Step 1 can be taken in the morning, Step 2 at noon, and Step 3 in the evening.  It is recommended to take the capsules before meals to optimize digestion and take them at least two hours apart from herbs, garlic and prescription medication.  It is also recommended that you take the capsules with unchilled, filtered (chlorine free) water.  That's because the chlorine and fluoride in tap water can harm the beneficial bacteria in the probiotics.  

Natren is different in other probiotic companies in that they package their products in dark glass bottles with tin lids to protect them from harmful light and moisture.  The products are shipped in thermally controlled boxes to keep them cool and extend their lives so they have guaranteed potency through the printed expiration date.  Natrene recommends that their probiotics be refrigerated to keep them at max potency.

I've had digestive issues since I was a junior in high school.  My gut has hated me most of my life.  I do take a prescription pill that has alleviated some symptoms but I also take OTC probiotics. By taking the three capsules daily in the Healthy Start System, I've noticed that I'm more "regular" and I'm not near as bloated.  

I won't make any medical claims regarding the probiotic capsules and I can't guarantee they'll solve your problems.  I recommend seeing a medical doctor or specialist if you have digestive issues or medical problems.  What I can say is that I'll continue taking Natren Probiotics because I've seen a positive change in how my digestive system works.  
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Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 130

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I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 130.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
–1 Timothy 2:8

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scandic Beauty - Skincare Products Review


I know the reality of it, I'm not getting any younger.  Wrinkles and under eye circles, along with lackluster skin, are starting to catch up with me.  I don't believe any product can completely reverse the signs of aging but there are some out there that I've found to be beneficial in giving my skin a more youthful, radiant look.  Recently I've been using a couple skincare products from Scandic Beauty.

First there's the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum.  It's formulated to hydrate, protect, and firm.  Hyaluronic Acid, honey, botanical stem cells and 'heavy water' deliver deep moisture replenishment to rejuvenate, calm and gently exfoliate.  Then there's the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum, formulated to restore, firm, and revitalize.  The power of four potent peptides provides immediate and long-term firming and reduction of wrinkles.  It also provides the naturally soothing effects of Chamomile, Lavender and Orange peel oils, along with a plethora of botanicals to nourish the skin back to health and youthfulness.


As part of a daily skincare routine, I first apply the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum to my face after it's been cleansed, then I put on the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum.  The two-step process creates better results than using just one product or the other.  The Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum has a dropper, and it's recommended to apply 5 to 7 drops of the serum to cleansed face and neck.  You can also use the Ren/Pure Pre-Serum as a spritzer after applying makeup.  

I've had no skin reactions from either product but the company does advise that the ingredients are very potent.  It's recommended that the Ung/Young Line Smoothing Serum be used only once a day for the first week to test for any skin adversity.  


Having been introduced to Scandic Beauty, I'm pretty impressed with the results.  Scandic Beauty is not the Fountain of Youth, but their skincare products have been favorable and I've noticed some improvement on my face.  

I received products for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Fireworks and Swimsuits

Randomly random ramblings have a spot at Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.
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I went swimming and sun bathing for the first time the other day.  My bestie came down from Iowa to visit with her parents.  Parents happen to have an amazing pool.  Don't think I didn't jump in the vehicle as soon as I got the invite.  Don't have to ask me twice!
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yard sale swim suit

Speaking of swimming, I purchased two swimsuits online from Rosegal.  I also bought a bunch of shirts.  It was my first time shopping from there.  The clothes fit okay but the swimsuits were horrible fits.  As one would have it, the swimsuits are non-refundable.  
(I understand the reason why I can't return them.  But they still had the clear sticky tape in the crotch. Oh well.)

I ended up giving them to a friend.  Not long after, I found a brand new two-piece swimsuit at a yard sale for only $3. And it fits like a champ!
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Jason and I made a huge purchase last week.  We sprung for a Serta memory foam mattress.  I hate spending that much money but the mattress we'd been using was over ten years old and was way past its prime.  We also purchased an adjustable frame.  Which means the head and feet can be raised up or down via remote, according to preference.  

Jason and I don't share the same preferences.  See the problem there?!  
Sometimes working opposite shifts has its advantages.  He can have the head raised when he's in bed and I can raise the feet halfway to the ceiling when I'm sleeping.
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Jason and Allyson
(Take note of the bowl in Allyson's lap: grapes soaked in vodka and sprinkled with dry Jell-O mix. 
I may have had a few...and then a few more.)

We celebrated 4th of July with a private company affair, thanks to Allyson and her mom.  Both work for Kohl's, and the company blocked off their parking lot for employees and family.  We could see the fireworks perfectly from where we were at without being in the throng of madness at the riverfront.

Kohl's was also kind enough to feed us, and even include a Blue Bunny ice cream cart.  
Hope Allyson and her mom work there next year too!

Logan watching fireworks
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Juliann and Emma

Emma turns 16 years old in two days and Logan turns 20 in five days.  #AllTheFeels

Emma's bio mom hosted a Sweet 16 party for Emma on Saturday and we attended.  It's only been the last couple of years that all parents from all sides of this crazy blended family can come together and celebrate the kids, all in one place.  We don't have to do a party here and a party there.  You don't even know how much this means to me.  Life's too short to be petty or malicious.  Besides, it cuts on costs!!


For her 16th birthday, Emma's aunt paid for her to get her hair cut and colored.  Emma's never had her hair colored before.  I'm in love with it!  Think she'd find it weird if I went with the same shade of red?!
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My son-in-law and my son

With the kids being older, I take every opportunity I can to spend quality time with them.  I'm glad they don't require my constant care and attention anymore but I want my bond with them to remain strong.  I got my three kids, husband, and son-in-law together the other day for lunch at El Rancherito, a Mexican restaurant.  It's the simple things....
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How did you spend 4th of July?
Been swimming yet this year?
What's your randomness?

God's Blessings Day by Day - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

God’s Blessing Day by Day is a trustworthy devotional compiled by renowned pastors and church leaders. Edited by Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this devotional is the perfect way to introduce your children and grandchildren to a legacy of faith.

My Review:

My family is a household rooted in Christian beliefs and faith.  I believe it's important to teach children at an early age the core values and beliefs that revolve around Christianity.  Giving them the tools early on helps them to grow and mature in a religion of love, mercy, and grace.

The God's Blessings Day by Day devotional is a great resource to get kids interested, and keep them interested, in the life applications of God's word.  Each page of the book is intended to be read one page a day, for a total of 52 weeks.  The words are written in a way that capture children's attention.  The illustrations and working are age appropriate, without deviating from the Scripture.  A white ribbon bookmark keeps place of the page you're on.

  In this devotion are valuable lessons on such topics as thankfulness, obedience, trusting God, being kind, loving others, and many more. This book will teach young children the value and joy of spending time with God every day.

Children are impressionable, and instilling words and lessons about Jesus at a young age will help instill a stronger spiritual approach when they get older.  This hardback book is a 52-week devotional that will engage children and captivate them to act out the deeds, rather than just hear about them. Each day contains a verse, a devotion, a prayer, and a truth about God.  A pastor or church authority from different denominations around the country are in charge of each week. For instance, week 12's devotions are from Pastor Jeff Crook of Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Georgia.  God's Blessings Day by Day is a great way to instill the love and works of Jesus to your child.
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Frisbee Sonic - Frisbee Disc Review


I always encourage my kids to play outdoors.  I believe that they need the physical exercise to promote a strong and healthy mind and body.  Wham-O, the toy company that has been producing some of the most trusted toys in the market for 70 years, has reinvented the way the Frisbee® and all other discs will fly in the future.  The new Frisbee Sonic encourages physical activity involving skill and exercise.  


The Sonic a completely unique Frisbee® experience.  According to the company, it actually works better than the traditional Frisbee®. The square-like, sine wave shape mimics many things in nature. The alternating twists and turns of the design resemble a bird in flight as it spins through the air.  It is available in two colors - red and green.

I have a large back yard and have been using it this summer as an area to play outdoor games with my older kids.  Me and Logan have especially taken advantage of the nice weather to get outside and throw the Frisbee Sonic back and forth.  It's amazing how something so simple can be so much fun.  With the right throw and aim, the Frisbee® Sonic flies far.  It can be thrown using different hand variations to give the speed, direction, and distance you want.  It has an easy-to-grip contour.  Logan's better at throwing and catching but I enjoy the time to bond and get some exercise.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Masterpiece Robot - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Masterpiece Robot pays tribute to the power of a child’s vivid imagination, which can transform a suburban autumn backyard into a futuristic battleground and Laura’s lively siblings into unwitting but enthusiastic participants in a fight for a planet’s survival. We begin in Laura’s bedroom where she is struggling to find her way into the story she wants to write, and we end there with Laura putting the finishing touches on her triumphant tale.  

When Laura―a.k.a. Masterpiece Robot―heads into the backyard with her little sister Molly―a.k.a. Sidekick―her active imagination places them instead on patrol around the perimeter of a dystopian city, guarding against super villains. Then older sister Amber―a.k.a. Valerie Knick-Knack―throws handfuls of fallen leaves at them, unknowingly initiating a battle for the ages.  

The transitions back and forth from suburbia to dystopia in this story within a story are deftly rendered with contrasting palettes. The rollicking interactions of the sibling heroes and villains make Masterpiece Robot pure fun to read.

My Review:

As far as book genres go, comic books aren't normally my thing.  But I was interested in the premise of Masterpiece Robot: And the Ferocious Valerie Knick-Knack, and decided to read it along with my granddaughter, Rahjae.

A story within a story, Masterpiece Robot is packed with comic book panels of a family playing together in the leaves and of superhero children battling villain, Valerie Knick-Knack.  It takes the powers of Laura (aka Masterpiece Robot), her sidekick Molly, and Roman (aka Lord MekMek) to bring down Valerie Knick-Knack.  

This story ultimately shows that a child's imagination during free play can be used to concoct adventures and escapades.  The kids playing in the leaves weren't doing just that; They were also imagining what it would be like to be superheros.  Masterpiece Robot is a book recommended for kids aged 7 to 10.  Rahjae is eleven years old and enjoyed reading the action-packed adventures.  There are a handful of words that I had to explain to Rahjae because they were unfamiliar to her but, other than that, Masterpiece Robot is an entertaining, fast-paced story.


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