Light Bladder Leakage Tips

Posted on

Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post and keeping me confident!

{PHOTO BEING EDITED}

Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) is something that can be embarrassing to talk about, even though many women battle it on a daily basis, for one reason or another. LBL can happen when we are coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising, etc. Some women try to avoid using anything, or even opt to use feminine products to help with this, but those aren’t really designed for incontinence. You want something that is designed with Super Absorbent Material (SAM) that will absorb any leakage and odor, so you can feel comfortable and confident when you are out enjoying life. LBL can happen due to physical changes women go through, such as childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy, menopause, bladder infections, Urinary Tract Infections, or complications from surgery or chronic illness.

Poise MicrolinersPoise Microliners are designed to do just this. I want to know if I’m on the treadmill at the gym, out for a Girl’s Night Out and laughing with my girlfriends (we always laugh til we cry!), or even at one of my kids sports events that LBL is not an issue I need to worry about. It just takes seconds to slip on a Poise Microliner when getting ready to go out, and the packages are small and discreet, so you can carry extras in your handbag. I carry an epi-pen with me at all times, due to severe allergies, and these tiny packages fit into that box, so they aren’t noticeable at all! (They have larger, more absorbent options as well, if your LBL isn’t so light.) I am sure all females know that any prolonged exposure to wetness in the panty area can lead to some uncomfortable infections, which is why doing nothing about LBL is not the best choice. The odor is a huge negative too! Poise Microliners, while made with SAM, are also very thin, so you likely won’t even feel it!

poise-microliner-sampleBe sure to visit THIS LINK to get your FREE SAMPLE of Poise Microliners, so you can try them out for yourself! You are welcome and encouraged to send you’re friends and family a link to this post so they can get a sample for themselves as well!

Light Bladder Leakage Tips:

  1. Use the restroom often, and make sure you are completely emptying your bladder.
  2. Stay Hydrated. It can seem counter-intuitive to drink MORE water when you are having LBL issues, but if you don’t drink enough fluids, it can lead to dehydration or constipation, both of which make LBL worse. I’ve found that the more water I drink, the more often I need to use the restroom, so it’s easier to remember to go often, and even easier to completely empty my bladder. Caffeine is a diuretic and can make the issue worse, water is a much healthier option for a multitude of reasons! We should all be aiming for eight 8oz glasses of water daily for good health anyway.
  3. Exercise Regularly: Even though you may have some LBL issues when you exercise, staying in shape and keeping your weight down can help reduce LBL. Don’t skip your workouts if you are having LBL, just use an incontinence product to deal with the issue until it’s better.
  4. Kegels. These really do help, and you can do them anywhere, at any time, and no one will even know. I had all of my children via Cesarean Section, but friends that had their babies vaginally said their OB instructed them to do Kegals post partum. I didn’t get that instruction, but I still firmly believe Kegals can help us ALL keep our lady areas fit and firm, which does help reduce LBL. This is the easiest way to strengthen your pelvic floor!
  5. Use a product designed for incontinence issues, such as the Poise Microliner, so you are equipped to handle any accidents that do happen easily. These can help you stay up to 3x drier, and neutralize odor!
  6. See your doctor. Sure, this can be embarrassing to talk about with friends, family, or physician, but a doctor can rule out any other medical concerns, and help monitor the situation. Keep a log of when your LBL is happening so you can determine a trigger. This will help the doctor in diagnosing the cause. It’s a common issue, and once any infection or chronic condition is ruled out, they can offer you additional advice on how to reduce the occurrence of LBL.
  7. Evict Embarrassment: This is something that happens to many women, even though it’s an embarrassing topic for most to discuss, much less admit to. Once you evict the embarrassment of the situation, and you bring up the subject with close friends, you’ll likely find that you are not alone. Sometimes people just need someone they trust to openly discuss a topic before they feel comfortable owning up to it themselves.

About Poise Microliners:

“These shockingly thin and surprisingly absorbent liners feature SAM (Super Absorbent Material) to provide discreet Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) protection that helps keep you dry and comfortable all day long so you can manage life’s little leaks with confidence. Poise Microliners are the thinnest liners in the light incontinence category and are designed to absorb wetness, neutralize odor and stay three times drier than period liners.”


National Walk Your Dog Week (October 1-7)

Posted on

Top 5 Reasons to Walk Your DogIt’s almost National Walk Your Dog Week (October 1-7)!

I had to take my dog to the vet today for her regularly scheduled checkup. She is not a fan of going to either the vet or groomers, both of which she see’s regularly anyway, and as you can see from the photo above, she chose to sit in the backseat pouting the whole way home, refusing to even look at me :)

Do you walk your dog daily? Multiple times per day? Just long enough to do their business, or a longer walk around the block? How long do you walk your dog, 5 minutes? 10? 30? Let loose in yard to tend to business?

Dogs, as well as humans, need exercise. Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Walk Your Dog:

  1. Good Digestive Health – Like humans, sometimes dogs get constipated, and need a little help in getting things moving within their digestive tract. Taking them on regular walks, can help ensure that they stay regular (which is also a BONUS for you to aid predicting when they need to go!).
  2. Good Weight Control – This is a great form of exercise for both pet and owner. Walking promotes good heart health, and can help keep your weight in check. For humans, if you are walking the neighborhood or park, the dog can serve as an added security layer for you. Our dog loves a good long walk in the neighborhood!
  3. Constructive Behavior – If your dog has to stay crated while you are out, a nice long walk when you get home will help them stretch their legs and release some energy. When your dog know they have a walk to look forward too, even a dog that isn’t crated is more likely to be less destructive around the house, because they have an outlet and alternative way to use their excess energy when you are on a walk. This doesn’t happen overnight, however, if we see our dog getting into things she shouldn’t, we’ll say, “Want to go for a walk?!” and she’ll stop and run to the door. She sits and waits for her leash, and after the walk (10-15 minutes) she comes in and is well behaved.
  4. Encourages Socialization – We’ve found that walking her and exposing her to other humans and pets has helped calm her some. She used to become overly excited around others, but when she sees other people and dogs in a regular, controlled situation, she is capable of staying much calmer now. She’s still a diva and wants all of the attention, but she has vastly improved. Regular car rides have helped too, she doesn’t get nervous or scared in the car anymore. She still is VERY protective if anyone comes near the house, and we’ve chosen not to break her of that.
  5. Strengthens Your Bond – When we first got our dog, we had a specific family member in mind to be the one responsible for the majority of care. From the very first walk, this family member has been the one to walk her at regular intervals, and is the person the dog considers her “master”. Now, when this person is not home and she needs to go out, she knows that I am the one who is most likely to walk her, and she has signals she shows to let me know it’s time. She is willing to go for others too if one of us is ill or unavailable, but it typically takes her longer to do her business than when she’s with her normal walking partner.

“Over 60% of humans in the United States are overweight or obese, and our pets mirror that statistic. Taking our dogs for a walk not only helps them burn calories, build lean muscle mass and relieve stress, it can also provide those same benefits to the two-legger on the other end of the leash.”


7 Uses for Paper Towels

Posted on

This article is sponsored by Viva.

7 Uses for Paper Towels

I have three boys approaching their teens. I only THOUGHT I used a lot of paper towels cleaning up messes when they were little! Now that they are older, they are able to help clean up after themselves, so it’s important that I have quality materials on hand to get the job done. My former beloved brand wasn’t working out well. They were using almost half a roll on a smallish mess. So, we had to experiment to find a new brand that works well for this season of life. I am pleased to say that the Viva Vantage Paper Towel passed with flying colors. The boys only need 1-2 paper towels to clean up a standard mess in our home because the Viva Vantage Paper Towels are so absorbent! It really stretches to help with scrubbing power AND it doesn’t rip or tear while in use.

Viva Collage 1We were shopping last week for a birthday gift, cards, and some basic cleaning essentials, and I found this product at my local Walmart Supercenter.

Viva CollageAs we walked through the cleaning product section and found the paper towels, it was easy to spot the Viva Vantage Paper Towels. They were priced at just $8.97 at my local store for an 8 pack, and had a coupon for $1.00 off the package, making them just $7.97 for an 8 pack. Under $1 per roll is an excellent price!!!

7 Uses for Paper Towels:

  1. Cleaning – This one is obvious, you just spray some cleaner and wipe down surfaces.
  2. Faces – They are great for cleaning up messy faces after meals!
  3. Microwave – Use to cover a dish in the microwave to keep splatters from making a mess.
  4. Keep Herbs Fresh – Store herbs loosely wrapped in a paper towel, placed in a zip top bag in the refrigerator. The paper towels will help absorb excess moisture to keep herbs fresh longer.
  5. Soften Hard Brown Sugar – Place Damp paper towel on top of open container of brown sugar overnight. The next morning it should be soft again!
  6. Protect pans and skillets – Line insides of clean pans or skillets with paper towels before storing in cabinets. They will help absorb any remaining moisture to prevent rusting and keep surfaces from getting scratched by pans you stack on top.
  7. Strain Grease from meat – I place several paper towels inside a bowl, and put my small colander on top. I pour all the meat in my skillet inside the colander and the grease drains through to the paper towels. Lift the colander, shake remaining drips off, and pour meat back into skillet to continue cooking or add seasonings. Let the grease cool (not harden) and then toss the paper towels into the trash. Grease is gone :)

How do you use Paper Towels in your home? Have you given the Viva Vantage Paper Towels a try?


10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex #KleenexStyle

Posted on

This article is sponsored by Kleenex + Walmart
10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex1As the Back To School Rush is approaching and many of us have children returning to school or even going off to college for the first time, it can seem very overwhelming trying to figure out just what is essential and not to be forgotten! I think back on my own dorm room experience fondly, and laugh with my former roommates about our first few days after moving in. Our dorm rooms were set up like mini apartments, and we all figured out quickly that we didn’t know much about cooking, cleaning, or caring for ourselves when we got sick :) Back in those days, computers and internet access was very limited, we weren’t fortunate to have a Walmart Store Locator to help us figure out where the closest store to the University was located! NONE of us were local, nor could we read a map very well, so we spent some time getting to know one another and the local roads while we searched for a store to purchase some necessities!

10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex1Fortunately, Walmart has everything you need to put together the 10 Dorm Room Essentials, and at affordable prices! Here are the essentials I think you need, and I’d love for you to share in the comments, what things you think are important!

  1.  Bedding: You will need sheets, pillows, comforters, and throw type pillows to lounge on while studying.
  2. Shower Kit: Depending on how the bathrooms are set up for your child’s dorm, they will likely need a carry case for their bathroom essentials. Most college dorm bathrooms aren’t large enough to leave things in there, students must carry them back and forth. Don’t forget Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Lotion, Razor, Shaving Cream, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, Mouthwash.
  3. Socks and Underwear: There will be a time when they run out of clean undergarments. Buy them more than you think they need to help keep that to a minimum :)
  4. Laundry Kit: Quarters, Laundry Soap, Woolite, Fabric Softener, Bleach. Kids will have to find machines to use if they live to far from home to bring it for you to wash :) It takes A LOT of quarters! I used Woolite to wash delicates in the bathroom sink, and in a pinch it will come in handy! Bleach for sheets, towels, and undergarments that they may be tempted to use one too many times between washings. It’s college, they get busy and forget to do laundry. It happens.
  5. Sick Kit: Make sure they have plenty of Kleenex! They will likely catch a cold, and need to prevent the spread of germs. Make sure they have plenty of hand washing soap, fever/headache medication, cough syrup, cough drops, vitamins, tummy ailment medication, band aids, neosporin, chapstick, etc. You don’t want them to figure out how “easy” it can be to skip class because of a minor ailment. If they have items on hand, like Kleenex, to help prevent the spread of germs, that can keep it to a minimum. When they do get sick, if they have over the counter medications on hand, hopefully they can catch the issue early and avoid getting really sick.
  6. Healthy Snacks: Kids will have to learn new schedules, time management, etc. It can be challenging. Stock their dorm room with bottled water and healthy non-perishable snacks. They’ll have something handy when they get hungry and need to keep on studying, it’s less expensive  and healthier than running to the snack machine, and if they don’t have to leave their room for a snack, they’re less likely to get sidetracked by social opportunities to distract their studying.
  7. School Supplies: Make sure they have plenty of folders, pens, pencils, chargers for computer/phone, anything specific to their major or area of study. Buy early when they are on sale for a very low price over the summer to save money.
  8. Decor: Bring pictures of friends and family from home, favorite books or movies, things that give the comfort of home. Additionally, they won’t want their room to be bare bones like the picture below. Help them decorate. Kleenex has made a concerted effort to design stylish oval boxes to fit with so many different styles!
  9. Mini-Fridge/Microwave: So they can prepare their own food and store perishables.
  10. Small Lamp: They may want to study when a roommate is sleeping, or just not want the bright overhead light on all the time. A small desk lamp is very helpful to have on desks and nightstands!

10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex1*The Kleenex Expressions Oval Facial Tissue Chevron Designs can be found in the Back to School, Back to College, and/or tissue section of Walmart Supercenters for a LIMITED TIME only, so make sure to pick up enough for the entire semester on your next trip! My local store was out when I stopped by this week, but the manager expects to get more in this week. I ADORE the chevron design and can’t wait to have some in my home too :)

UPDATED to add these reader suggested essentials:

  • Shower Shoes or flip flops to protect your feet in community showers!

10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex


NEW SHARK DETERRENT OFFERS $1,000,000 NO BITE GUARANTEE

Posted on

Shark DeterrentNEW SHARK DETERRENT OFFERS $1,000,000 NO BITE GUARANTEE

 Maui business launches crowdfunding campaign to bring to market the first wearable Sonic Camouflage shark deterrent 

MAUI–NoBite Technologies has created a long-range and easily understandable shark deterrent called the Ocean Recreation Comfort Apparatus. Using Sonic Camouflage technology, the O.R.C.A. emits sounds that keep sharks at a comfortable distance. NoBite has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise $175,000 by August 17. The devices will come with a “No Bite Guarantee” of $1 million.

The O.R.C.A. was created following eight shark attacks on Maui in 2013. After realizing that many ocean-goers were reluctant to go back into the water, NoBite Technologies co-founder Brandon Martin invented the O.R.C.A. “Some of my friends were afraid to get back out there,” said Martin. “So we developed a solution based on evolutionary science. Shark culling and other mitigation programs are far too disruptive to be a viable option,” he adds.

On Friday, August 1, the O.R.C.A. was successfully tested by a group of six professional marathon swimmers on their 43-mile, 16-hour long swim from Santa Barbara Island to Catalina Island. The swimmers entered the water around midnight, surrounded by hundreds of sea lions engaged in a feeding frenzy, in an area known to be frequented by great white, tiger, and mako sharks. “I am considering the ORCA a complete success, since there were no sightings of sharks in a channel which has an abundance of sharks,” said Julian Rusinek, who swam the relay, officially observed by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA).

“Since the 1970s, research has shown that killer whale calls and other sounds can cause some shark species to move away,” said Dr. Manue Martinez, PhD in Marine Biology and Head Researcher at Pacific Whale Foundation. “The O.R.C.A. brings existing science to a wearable device.” Western Australia has recently been testing this technology on a large scale at popular beaches. “As a result of extensive testing, we are so confident that you will not be bitten by a shark while wearing an O.R.C.A. that we are offering an industry first, No Bite Guarantee,” Martin adds.

The O.R.C.A. is a compact and stylish device worn on the wrist or ankle that is safe and easy to use, and harmless to the environment. Using a sophisticated computer and amplifier, the O.R.C.A has a range of up to 100 feet (30m). With the 12-hour battery life, users can enjoy the ocean with peace of mind all day. The O.R.C.A.’s bright LED display gives a clear indication of its charge status, turning red when recharging is necessary and green when fully charged. An included USB dongle allows for waterproof charging. The durable neoprene wrist strap integrates other shark counter measures. Additional technological features (such as smart phone integration) are planned once the minimum funding goal is reached.

The Kickstarter.com campaign will help NoBite Technologies get the O.R.C.A. on the market for international sales. Supporters of the campaign will receive perks ranging from a company t-shirt with a $27 contribution to a limited early bird special price for the O.R.C.A. device with a $71 contribution, or a package of four O.R.C.A. for $371.

About NoBite Technologies, LLC

Helping people feel more comfortable in nature without using chemical-based or disruptive products, NoBite Technologies’ products are created to keep animals a comfortable distance from humans. The company is committed to corporate sustainability and keeping a majority of the production process on Maui to help stimulate the local economy, create jobs, and be responsible members of the local community. The O.R.C.A. team is comprised of doctors of marine biology specializing in sharks and whales as well as advanced engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs– all of whom are ocean lovers.