Be Your Own Health Advocate during Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Breast Cancer Ribbon

Breast cancer is the second deadliest cancer for women in the U.S., resulting in approximately 40,000 deaths each year. One in eight women will likely develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives, but thanks to early detection and improved treatments, millions of women are surviving this silent killer. Knowledge is power, and the experts at NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health education provider, want to ensure all women are informed and ready to be an advocate of their own health during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Nearly 300,000 cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed this year alone,” said Kim Tuck, RN, President & CEO of NurseWise. “Although the number of cases has gone down in recent years, it is crucial for women to understand how to be their own advocate in detect, treat and fight this disease. Empowering patients to proactively manage their health is the foundation of NurseWise, and we want women to understand they are their own first line of defense.”

NurseWise offers these five tips to help women take control of their health and understand their options when it comes to breast cancer.

Know your body and start early. Most people understand that that early detection is key to fighting and surviving breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends women begin breast self-exams in their 20s and begin receiving clinical breast exams (CBE) every few years in their 20s and 30s. Doing so will provide a baseline for medical providers to compare to in future years. The CBE is an opportunity to talk with your medical provider about breast changes, early detection and other factors. Be sure to keep records of any issues that arise, as this is part of your medical history.

Mammograms save lives. It is recommended that women who do not have a history of breast cancer in their family begin mammograms at age 40 and continue each year beyond. Having a healthy baseline allows a radiologist to compare your annual results – noting if something appears out of the ordinary. You can also ask your doctor about newer, 3-D mammograms, which produce better images. The American Cancer Society recommends that women considered “high risk,” including those with an immediate family member with breast cancer, have an MRI along with their mammogram each year.

Request copies of all of your reports. Keep your own easy-to-access file of all of your screenings, procedures and reports that way you have your medical history at your fingertips and readily available during any doctor’s appointment. Medical history is crucial to determining a course of action following any diagnosis. Paperwork can become misplaced during the transferring of information between doctors’ offices, clinics, labs and hospitals. It’s in patients’ best interests to provide medical staff their records and results during appointments.

Push for additional testing. Sometimes after an abnormal mammogram, patients will need to have an ultrasound to further evaluate the area of concern. If the ultrasound does not provide clarity, women are often instructed to return in six months to reevaluate the issue. In the medical field, six months is deemed a safe time period to monitor the change in breast tissue. This is a standard practice that is meant to avoid unnecessary procedures. Although follow-up test results six months later are typically noncancerous, each person’s body is different. If you’re not comfortable waiting, you can request for a biopsy and take additional steps to prioritize your health.

Get a second opinion. Double-checking your results with another provider is your option. Whether it’s testing, diagnosis or treatment, a second opinion can help you make the most educated decision regarding your health. Take a second set of eyes and ears with you to provider appointments. There is a lot of information shared and often much emotion involved in these appointments, making it easy to miss important details. Bring a friend or family member to be your secretary and take notes. Write down questions beforehand and bring them to your appointment so they can be answered. Some providers will even let you audio record your conversations with a smartphone, making it even easier to review what you learned at a later time.

For additional information about breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit the American Cancer Society.

Breast cancer awareness concept.

About NurseWise

NurseWise is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation in the business of providing multilingual telehealth (nurse triage and health education) services. They partner with health plans, hospitals, providers, colleges and universities, and other specialty organizations to ensure all callers have access to high quality, appropriate care. For more information, please visit our website at www.nursewise.com or contact us at info@nursewise.com.

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Great finds at Rite Aid



I enjoy making regular trips to our local Rite Aid store because you never know what awesome finds you’ll stumble across. I love that Rite Aid has everything from beauty and health to grocery and seasonal decor. Rite Aid is literally a “on stop shop” for almost all of your needs.

I plan on making a trip in the very near future to check out their fall and Halloween decor.

Rite Aid sent me a box of goodies try out. All of the products can be found at our local Rite Aid store.


Essie Gel Setter – I’m not much of a nail person, but my daughter sure is. She goes to the nail salon every few weeks to get her tips filled in. She also loves to change her nail color often.

One of her favorite brands of Essie. I love their colors.

The Essie Gel Setter is a top coat that goes on over your favorite Essie nail color to give it a rock hard, yet brilliant shine. My daughter uses this to protect her nail color and keep them from chipping or fading. She tells me that she really likes this and it’s helped her nails out a lot.

Drip Drop

DripDrop Hydration Drops – This powder can be added to water to help replenish electrolytes lost from being ill, heat or exercise.

Although these are referred to as “drops,” it’s actually power in individually wrapped packages. To use them simply mix the packet with water after (or during) exercise or if you are overheated or not felling well. The powder contains the electrolyte your body needs which can often be loss due to exercise, heat or illness.

Mix the powder well otherwise it will clump up.

The flavor is not so bad. It’s not too sweet (I’m not a fan of sweet beverages) and the flavor is enjoyable.


Reese’s Spreads Snackers – Oh my! These are SO GOOD! Graham crackers, peanut butter and chocolate – need I say more. I’ll be sure to pick up more of these when I make my way to Rite Aid in the near future.

I LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups so there was no doubt that I wouldn’t love this snack treat too.


Manuka Honey – This is an interesting product. It’s honey that can be used for cuts, scratches and burns. I would never in a million years think to use honey to treat a minor wound or burn. It can also be used as a gentle exfoliate to brighten and moisturize your skin. I haven’t use it yet in this capacity. I keep it in our First Aid kit. I have not have the opportunity to use it yet (thankfully) but I’m sure eventually someone in my family might need it.


Eddie Funkhouser – I love this brand’s products. I have never met an Eddie Funkhouser product that I didn’t like.

Rite Aid sent me three products from Eddie Funkhouser.

Luxlight Hydrating Primer – This is a primer that goes on underneath your foundation to help keep your skin hydrated and it helps to set your foundation. Personally I use this without a foundation. I don’t like to wear too much make up. I like this product because it adds just a wee bit of color to my skin and it helps to even out my skin tone. I top it off with the Luxlight Illuminator Pen and some face power. I think it makes my skin look better and not as “dull” as it normally looks.

Luxlight Illuminator Pen – This is an interesting product. It looks like an eyeliner, but it’s not. It contains a creamy liquid make up that you apply to your skin directly from the pen. You can use your finger to make sure it is applied evenly.

This doesn’t contain any glitter but it does have a pearlescent look to it. You can use this to highlight areas of your face such as your cheek bones and around your eyes. It’s essentially a highlighter, but in liquid form and delivered by a pen-like product. I use to highlight the top of my cheeks.

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Power – You can’t tell from the photo but the colors are the brown/bronze family. I haven’t used this product yet. I have very pale skin and bronzer doesn’t always look right on it. I might use this to accentuate my cheeks a bit, making it appear that I have cheek bones. My daughter – who has olive skin thanks to y husband who is 100% Italian – can use this. I’ll probably end up giving it to her.


Covergirl Bloom Mascara – I was not blessed with long lashes. My husband, son and daughter all have gorgeous eyelashes. I don’t think it’s fair that men get long eyelashes. I think only women should. LOL!

I don’t want to go to work looking like I am ready to head out to a night club. I like to keep my daily make-up to a minimum, however I do need help with the eyelashes.

I like this mascara because it adds fullness and length WITHOUT giving an artificial/fake eyelash look. I want fullness and length without going overboard. This mascara delivers. It gives my lashes the look I am going for.

Julie G Lashes

If you like fake eyelashes then you might be interested in trying Julie G Lashes. I have not tried these yet only because I haven’t had a need for them.


L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara – If you want the look of fake eyelashes, but don’t want the hassle of gluing them on and having them come loose, then try L’Oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara. This mascara gives you the same look – but in a mascara.

This is a mascara and primer all in one.

This is the ideal mascara to use when you are planning to hit the town with your friends or go on a date night with that special someone. This mascara gives you lush, thick, long lashes.

I wish I was able to take facial photos to show you the difference between this mascara and regular mascara. It’s like “night and day.”


Covergirl Outlast Lipwear Lipstick and Lave Lip Gloss – I don’t often wear lipstick, unless I am getting dressed up. I normally wear lip balm and lip gloss.

Covergirl Outlast Lipwear Lipstick is available in really beautiful colors. It applies easily and lasts for a long time. What I like about this lipstick is that it doesn’t dry out my lips or leave a sticky residue.

I LOVE the Lave Lip gloss. Not only is it a pretty color it has just the right amount of “sparkle” without looking tacky. I don’t want glittery lips! This lip gloss does have glitter in it but when applied to your lips it gives it a shimmery appearance. I love this one so much that I keep it in my purse. It adds a touch of color to your lips too.


These goodies from Rite Aid came at a great time. My daughter is on a potent medication for her acne which is really drying out her skin. The dermotologist told her to start apply moisturizer from her head to her toes to prevent the medication from really damaging her skin. One of her friends was on the same medication and his skin dried out so much it cracked and bled.

Rite Aid sent me some face and body wash and moisturizer that is working out great for my daughter.


SebaMed Body Lotion and Body Wash – This wash and lotion is perfect for people like my daughter who have super sensitive skin. Normally she doesn’t but the medication she is on is reaping havoc on her skin.

I have used both products myself. I love how the wash cleans your face and body without drying it out or leaving a residue on your skin. Your skin feeling totally clean and ready for the light, refreshing body lotion.

We’ve only been using these products for a little while, but so far, so good. I’m curious to see what her dermatologist has to say aobut her skin when she sees him again in a few weeks.


Dove Quench Absolute Shampoo and Conditioner – I have very course, thick, wavy hair. It’s not easy to find products that provide my hair with moisturizer without weighing it down.

I’ve been enjoying this shampoo and conditioner. It rinses out fairly easy (even for my hair). I haven’t noticed as many knots as I normally do and it leaves my hair feeling very soft. Even my husband commented on how soft my hair felt (like likes to run his fingers through my hair).

My daughter has long, VERY thick hair too and she she says she loves how her hair feels using this shampoo and conditioner combo too.

A little bit goes a long way, especially with the conditioner. You need just a small amount to condition your hair. I made the mistake the first time of using too much. You don’t need to.

I like squeeze bottles too. It helps when you are trying to get the last bit of shampoo out (it’s easier than shaking a bottle up and down violently to bring the remaining shampoo or conditioner to the opening).


One last product Rite Aid sent me that I REALLY needed was Alive brand vitamins. I had recently run out of my multi-vitamin so it arrived just in time.

I see the commercials for the Alive products and they always make me laugh. The women are always so happy and full of energy. I WISH I felt that way. LOL!

I’ve been taking these vitamins for a few weeks now. I don’t feel like singing and dancing like the ladies in the commercial, but I do like the idea of knowing that my body is getting the important vitamins and minerals it needs.

The gummies also taste great. I’m a big fan of gummy vitamins.

All of these products are available at your local Rite Aid store. To find a Rite Aid location near you visit www.RiteAid.com. Rite Aid can also be found on the various social media channels.

Have you tried any of these products yet? If so, which one/ones?

Did any of the products mentioned here interest you? If so, which one/ones?



*I received free product samples in order to do this review as part of the Rite Aid Network. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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World Rabies Day – Is YOUR pet protected?

*Disclosure: Post is sponsored by Merial, a world-leading animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of pets, but all opinions are my own.


If you are a regular follower of my blog chances are you are aware that I have a “mini zoo” at home which consists of five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat, and a fish that fears the cats.

I love our pets. They are very much a part of our family. I do whatever I can to keep them happy and healthy. They are well loved (spoiled!) and I’d like to think they all have a good life.

Having pets means having veterinarian expenses. Your pet needs to visit a vet on a regular basis to ensure that they are healthy. They also need specific vaccinations, including the rabies vaccination. I’m not sure of the laws in all areas, but where I live it’s mandatory for your pet to have a rabies vaccination. You cannot get a license for your dog without proof that your dog is up to date on their rabies vaccination. We can’t even take our dog to the groomer without a current rabies vaccination on record.

All of our cats are strictly indoor cats. We live in a condo complex and there are too many cars racing around, driving like homicidal maniacs. We don’t want to take a chance of one of our cats getting killed by a car, or go missing. For their health and safety we keep them indoors. They do go outside on our balcony (we live on the top floor), but that is about how far they go.

I think a misconception that many cat owners might have is that if their cats are strictly indoor cats they don’t need a rabies vaccination. That is FALSE! Indoor cats can be exposed to rabies, too! What if your cat slips outside and is exposed? Rabies can be transmitted be infected animals such as foxes, raccoons, coyotes and bats. Or, what if you cat was exposed to a rabid bat in your house?

We have our cats vaccinated because when they are out on the balcony they can come in contact with other animals.

Still not convinced? Check out these startling facts. They might just change the way you view rabies.

In 2013, nearly 500 domestic animals within the United States contracted the rabies virus, and cats accounted for more than half of these cases.1 U.S. households own more than 85.8 million cats, making them a more plentiful pet than dogs.2   Given the population of cats within the United States, vaccination is the responsible action to protect the life of your cat. Even indoor cats can be exposed to rabies infection.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes severe inflammation in the brain and spinal cord of mammals. Rabies can be transmitted from rabid animals to other mammals, including humans, through bites. There is no cure or treatment for rabies and infection is fatal. Rabies is a preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories around the world, including the United States.3 The costs associated with rabies are estimated to be more than $300 million in the United States alone.4

I feel very strongly about the health and well-being of both my pets and my family. That is why I have partnered with the company Merial to shine light on the importance of getting all cats vaccinated against rabies, whether they are outdoor cats or indoor cats.

Merial is the creator of PUREVAX® Feline Rabies vaccines.

Merial created the PUREVAX Pure Protection program to educate cat owners about rabies.


Our cat Padmé enjoying some fresh air on our balcony. You can see some left over snow behind her.

According to information found on the PUREVAX® Feline Rabies vaccines brochure;

PUREVAX Feline Rabies vaccines are highly effective and proven in cats, including kittens as young as 12 weeks of age.

The PUREVAX Feline Rabies vaccines are the only rabies vaccines that protect without the need for adjuvants, a vaccine additive that may present potential risks to feline patients, such as injection site reactions and chronic inflammation.5,6

Today, September 28, 2015 is World Rabies Day. I appreciate that there is a special day created to educate pet owners about rabies and to encourage them to get their pets vaccinated right away.

Launched by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control in 2007, World Rabies Day is a global health observance to raise awareness about rabies and increase prevention efforts. Hundreds of thousands of people and organizations participate in this global event on a local, regional and national level.

I have never heard of World Rabies Day until now. I wish we had heard about it sooner. Years ago when I was younger we had cats who were indoor/outdoor cats and we never had them vaccinated. The dogs were, but not the cats. I guess we can consider ourselves very lucky that our cats never contracted rabies.


If you would like to learn more please visit RabiesAlliance.org/World-Rabies-Day.

Merial would like to encourage all cat owners to ensure that their cats are currently vaccinated against rabies infection (if overdue, now is the perfect time to make an appointment to see the vet).

To help educate pet owners, Merial has created the Feline Defense game. This interactive game is designed to take a fun approach to educating cat owners about the dangers of rabies. You can find the game at PurvaxPureProtection.com.

It would be wonderful if you could help spread the word about the importance of getting your cat vaccinated against rabies – including indoor cats. Please share this important information with family, friends and neighbors. In addition, if you share on social media such as Twitter®, Instagram® and Facebook®, please use the hashtag #VaxYourCat.

For more information you can visit VaccinateYourPet.net.

Do you own pets? Are you a cat owner? Is your cat vaccinated against rabies?


*Merial partnered with bloggers like me for its PUREVAX Pure Protection program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. Merial believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words.

  1. Dyer JL, Yager P, Orciari L, et al. Rabies surveillance in the United States during 2103. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2014;245(10):1111-1123. http://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/full/10.2460/javma.245.10.1111. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  2. APPA Staff. 2015-2016 APPA national pet owners survey statistics: Pet ownership & annual expenses. Pet industry market size & ownership statistics. http://www.americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  3. World Health Organization. Rabies. Media Centre. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/. Updated September 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  4. National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. The burden of rabies. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsRabies/index.html. Updated September 23, 2013. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  5. Greene CE, Schultz RD. Immunoprophylaxis. In: Greene CE, ed. Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:1163-1205.
  6. Day MJ, Schoon HA, Magnol JP, et al. A kinetic study of histopathological changes in the subcutis of cats injected with non-adjuvanted and adjuvanted multi-component vaccines. Vaccine. 2007;25:4073-4084.


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When was the last time you had a Tuberculosis test?

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Blood Test

As I write this post I am suffering from a very bad cold. My face is in a lot of pain, so I have no doubt it’s something to do with my sinuses. Thankfully I don’t get sick often, so I can deal with a little bit of a cold.

I work with children. It doesn’t surprise me that I caught a cold. There has been a lot of sniffles, sneezing and coughing lately. Sadly many of the little ones I work with don’t know to cover their face when they sneeze or cough, so those germs are airborne. Ugh!

Now that the kids are back to school I’m sure they will be coming home with colds too. It happens. It’s a part of life. All you can do is try to keep yourself healthy, avoid sick people as much as possible, and eat/drink nutritious things to boost your health and immune system.

There are worse things out there then just the common cold, like Tuberculosis. Have you ever given that a thought?

Did you know…

Every 3 seconds a new Tuberculosis infection happens.

30% of the world’s population is infected with Tuberculosis.

Every 21 seconds someone dies from Tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an airborne, highly contagious, infectious disease caused by bacteria. These bacteria are spread through the air by a person infected with active TB when they sneeze, cough or even speak, with nearby people breathing it in.

The TB infection is usually chronic and inactive before becoming active. This inactive (also known as latent) state can persist for weeks, months or years without any symptoms before developing into active contagious disease. When it strikes, it primarily affects the lungs; however, it can also cause disease in any part of the body, such as the lymph nodes, bones, brain, and eyes.

I never knew how serious Tuberculosis could be until now.

My kids get TB tests often for school. It’s a requirement. When I take them for their physicals they get the TB Skin Test where the doctor injects something under their skin. We have to wait 48-72 hours then go back to the doctor so he can read the results. Thankfully they have always been negative.

I cannot remember the last time I had a TB test. In fact, I think it’s been decades since I received any kind of immunization aside from the flu shot. Tuberculosis has never been on the forefront of my mind.

I recently had to get a physical for a new job. I couldn’t get an appointment with my regular doctor in time for me to start my new job, so I had to see someone else. Before I even went there they asked me to bring my immunization records with me. As I said before, it’s been decades since I received any immunizations. My doctor is no longer alive and the office I went to shut down about twenty years ago. I have no records. I don’t even know if I was ever vaccinated for TB.

Getting a TB test was also part of the requirement to start my new job. Since I am working with kids they wanted to make sure I didn’t have Tuberculosis.

Man Coughing

I had the under the skin test. I know it’s just a brief prick on the skin, but it did hurt. Not only that it bled. It also grossed me out to see this big white bubble under my skin. I couldn’t look at my arm for a long time because the sight of the bubble didn’t sit well with me.

I’m a very busy person, as most people are. At the time I needed to get the TB test I was working two jobs back to back. I also have a family to take care of, a home to tend to and my blog. Toss in driving my daughter to/from work and I barely have time for anything let alone making an appointment to return to the doctor’s office to have my TB test read. I wish I could get an instant result. You CAN with the TB Blood Test.

There is blood test for Tuberculosis which is more more accurate than the skin test. In addition you can get your results within the same office visit.

The TB Blood Test is also more accurate than the Skin Test which is open to interpretation. I have heard that the Skin Test also gives false-positive results. The TB Blood Test is accurate.

The TB Blood Test doesn’t require a vial of blood. All your doctor needs is 3ML of blood.

Anyone can take this test regardless of age and immune status. It also doesn’t have a cross reaction with previous TB vaccinations.

Had I known about the TB Blood Test I would have done that over the Skin Test. I wouldn’t have had to sit around waiting for the doctor to become available to read my results. It took time from my day to get those results read when I could have had it all done in one visit.

Now that I know about the TB Blood Test I am going to request it the next time my kids require it, or if myself or my husband need to be tested.

If you would like to learn more about the TB Blood Test please visit TheTBBloodTest.com. You can also check out the hashtag #TBBloodTest on social media to see what others have to say about it.

When was the last time YOU had a Tuberculosis test? Have you had any negative experiences with the Skin Test? Feel free to share your thoughts.



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Healthy eating with Veestro


Microwave Meal

Do you ever get bored with the foods that you are eating? Me and my family sure do. It seems like we eat the same foods week after week.

I hate to admit it but I often rely on pre-made foods. I rather not, but there are times when I am pressured for time and need to whip up a quick meal.

It’s always been a dream of mine to have my very own gourmet chef. Not only could my family have delicious, gourmet meals night after night (and different meals each week!), but I could also make sure that the meals were healthy and made with real ingredients and not pre-made “gunk.”

I highly doubt we will ever have our own personal chef, so all I can hope for is some extra time and great cookbooks where I can learn to make new thing. In the mean time it IS possible to enjoy healthy, gourmet meals from Veestro.

Veestro delivers 100% plant-based, organic, non-GMO, chef-prepared entrees, soups and juices. Their service is available nationwide. It’s like having your own personal chef without the expense of one.

According to Veestro;

Plant-based diets naturally promote weight loss, resulting in long term sustainable weight loss. They are low in saturated fats, high in fiber, and reduce excess cholesterol intake. And while it is always possible to overeat on high-calorie foods, this is much harder to pull off on a plant-based diet. Fruits and vegetables contain mostly water, keeping you feeling full without consuming a lot of calories. They are also rich in antioxidants, plant sterols, phytochemicals, and potassium, which are all thought to reduce the risk of heart disease (just another perk of a plant-based diet!)

The folks at Veestro understand that not everyone has the time to cook, they know you are busy, but they also know that you want to eat a wholesome and nutritious meal. At Veestro everything is made fresh, using all-natural ingredients, no preservatives or animal products.  You won’t have to worry about recipes, shopping or cooking. You don’t calculate ‘points,’ keep track of calories, or play games. You just grab a Veestro meal from the fridge or freezer, heat and eat. It’s that easy!

Veestro is now REAL Certified. This means they have met certain criteria in the following categories: Responsible, Epicurean, Agricultural, and Leadership. http://eatreal.org.

Veestro sent me some meals to try out for myself.

I will admit that some of the foods sounded kind of “odd,” and possibly foods I might not enjoy. Thankfully I’m always open to trying out new things and I went into this with an open mind.

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

Some of the meals I received I knew I would like such as;

  • Veggie Lasagna
  • Tuscan Calzone
  • Veggie Empanadas
  • Veggie Patty Burger
  • Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup
  • Three Layer Scramble
  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Thai Chicken Stew
  • Savory Croquettes with Veggie Hash

Some sounded a bit unusual and I wasn’t sure I would like them, most especially tofu. I am not a fan of tofu. I also have never had quinoa before so I didn’t know what to expect. Some of the more unique ones include;

  • Kale & Quinoa with Tempeh Bites
  • Red Curry with Tofu and Veggies
  • Golden Chickpea Stew with Quinoa

The meals are made fresh and then frozen for shipment (with the dry ice). Meals should be kept in the freezer, and will last up to 8 weeks in the freezer without compromising flavor or quality. If you choose to keep then in the refrigerator, they will last about a week or two.

The foods from Veestro are easy to prepare. Just pop them in the microwave or oven and enjoy them when they are heated up.

This is “clean eating.” These meals are not made with man-made ingredients or gunk that you can’t pronounce, let alone know what they are. Veestro makes sure to include all the ingredients on every meal. The great thing about these meals is that each and every ingredient I knew what it was. There were no mysteries or surprises.




Admittedly I don’t know what Tamari is (I assume it’s a spice), but the rest of the ingredients found on the meals I received to review I understood.

There were some meals that I absolutely loved, and there were some meals that I didn’t really like. But that is OK. That is why Veestro has different meal options with their Ala Carte section. That allows consumers to order the meals they want.

I think the reason why some of the meals didn’t appeal to me because I am not used to the ingredients. Take for example Quinoa. It’s all new to me so I am not used to the flavor or texture. I think that is an ingredient that would have to grow on people. I’m sure it’s an acquired taste.

The meals do taste freshly made. They don’t have that bland frozen pre-made meal taste to them. After you prepare them and put them on a plate they look as if you made them.

Clean, wholesome eating is not for everyone. It’s something you’d want to ease yourself into. It’s certainly worth considering because healthy eating is so much better for you and your family.

Vegetable Calzone

Vegetable Calzone

If you would like to learn more about Veestro please visit Veestro.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

I have a special discount code for readers too – use the code SHESCRIBES to save 20% off your order. 

Veestro has different meal options including the Ala Carte mentioned above where you choose your own meals. They also offer “Meal Packs” including Gluten-Free meals and High protein meals. They also offer a 21 day “kick start” option and for those of you who love juicing, they offer juices too.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot! Veestro sent me some juices to try out too. One was called Johnny Appleseed which was very good. The other flavor (I totally can’t remember what it was called at the moment) wasn’t as appealing to me. It was green in color and I think that is what threw me off. I am not used to the idea of drinking something green.

Veestro might not be “budget friendly” for many people, but if you are interested in eating real foods it’s nice to “get your feet wet,” so to speak, by eating meals from Veestro.

What do you think about Veestro? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Are you into clean eating? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Five Mistakes You’re Making in the Shower



Our daily shower seems pretty straight forward, right? But odds are, at least one step in your well-meaning routine unintentionally leaves your skin or hair worse for wear. For anyone who’s ever gotten that dry, tight feeling, an itchy scalp, irritation or redness after a shower, these five common shower mistakes are likely culprits that unintentionally strip skin of oils and throw the skin’s pH balance out of whack. Fortunately, the fixes are simple! Spending five minutes to optimize your cleaning routine makes can leave your body balanced and refreshed:

  • Mistake #1: Overdosing on Shampoo. Ninety-three percent of the country’s adults shampoo almost daily, according to market research firm Mintel. But so much washing strips hair’s natural oils, drying and weakening the strands and irritating the scalp. Dermatologists lathering up just 3 to 4 times per week (or less!) with just a dime sized dollop of soap free shampoo, and only rinsing hair on other days. If you can’t resist washing daily, make sure to choose a pH balanced formula.
  • Mistake #2: Washing with Soap and Hot Water. They may seem innocent, but traditional soap bars can have a pH of up to 9, leaving skin dry, tight and vulnerable to damage. Ditch the soap and switch to a soap-free cleansing bar or soap-free milky cleanser for both the face and body.
  • Mistake #3: A Sudsy Shave. Shaving with foam and water alone may protect from cuts, but foam isn’t protective enough to defend against razor burn and redness, especially if you’re using hot water. If skin is dry, try using your hair conditioner as an alternative shaving aid. It hydrates and sinks deep within skin to prevent nicks, cuts and razor burn, but its smooth consistency won’t clog your razor, as long as you rinse.
  • Mistake #4: Using Your Regular Body Wash on Intimate Areas. The intimate area’s ideal pH is actually different than the rest of our skin (3.8 as opposed to 5.5) and regular soaps and showers, certain clothing, diet and even sex all affect that balance.
  • Mistake #5: Not Moisturizing Immediately After Your Shower. After a hot shower, you have three minutes before your body loses essential moisture. To prevent dry, crackly, irritated skin, store a body lotion in your shower and apply all over while skin is still damp.

Sebamed has plenty of products available that will help you out when you shower to ensure that you are showering properly.

Sebamed Scalp Activating Shampoo ($15.49). It has a balanced formula which won’t strip hair of oils.

Sebamed Liquid Face and Body Wash ($19.95)

Sebamed Feminine Intimate Wash ($15.49). This wash is specifically formulated at pH 3.8 to balance the delicate pH “down there,” making it easy to stay fresh, healthy and happy by protecting against imbalances that trigger infections and odors.

For more information please visit SebamedUSA.com.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to taking a shower (or bath)?



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