Asthma & Allergy Foundation Offers Tips to Reduce Fall and Winter “Wheeze & Sneezes”



Do you or a loved one suffer from asthma or allergies? My kids used to be allergic to tree pollen when they were little but some how grew out of it – thankfully. Nothing worked for them, even prescription medications. They used to “bark” like seals (cough) when the pollen was high. These days we all just get the sniffles here and there, nothing major.

One of our cats has severe asthma. So much so she has a daily inhaler she must take and an emergency inhaler. She sometimes has to go on steroid pills when the asthma is too bad and the inhalers alone don’t work. They are the same inhalers that people use. I had to administer them to her via a little tube and mask called and AeroKat.

Up until our cat developing asthma I knew nothing about it. Now I feel like an “expert”, sad to say.

I do whatever I can to keep allergens, dust, mold and germs from building up in my home. I can’t do much about pet dander. We have five cats and a dog. The best I can do is keep my home as clean as possible.

My husband often jokes that our cat is allergic to cats. LOL!

Asthma is a horrible condition and allergies can make people feel miserable.

I have some great tips from The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America that I thought were too good not to share (with permission of course).

Most people tend to associate allergies as more of a spring and summer problem, and pay less attention as the cooler air roles in because there’s no pollen in the air. However, allergies still severely impact many people because of what’s inside their homes: cats, dogs, dust mites, mold, cockroach droppings, harmful chemicals and more.

Robin Wilson is founder and CEO of Robin Wilson Home in New York City, an ambassador to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and has a hypoallergenic bedding line at Bed Bath and Beyond.  She says most people don’t realize that their home is probably making them sick, but there are simple solutions to help eliminate the “wheezes and sneezes.”

Her tips:

  • For allergy and asthma sufferers, make sure and use hypoallergenic pillows and anti-allergen or hypoallergenic pillow cases and covers. Wash your pillow case once a week, your pillow protector at least once a month and wash your pillow at least twice a year. Replace pillows every three years.
  • Don’t use a vinyl shower curtain because it holds mold more easily and off gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. It’s also less expensive.
  • Use non-VOC paints which won’t off gas, leave an obnoxious paint odor and stir up asthma or allergies. It looks just as good on the wall as regular paint.
  • Avoid wall-to-wall carpeting. Tile and hardwood floors are a much better choice, but must be vacuumed or cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate dirt and dust. Shake out and vacuum area rugs on a regular basis as well. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Watch for mold in the dishwasher and refrigerator pan which can build up quickly in the kitchen.
  • One of the biggest trends today is eco-friendly cabinetry because it has no formaldehyde adhesives and is made with low VOC stains.  Consider frameless cabinets which won’t collect as much dust.
  • Use slip covers on sofas and chairs which can be washed regularly to eliminate dirt and dust.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom, and bathe them often to reduce the dander.
  • Freeze stuffed toys for 24 hours to kill dust mites and other bacteria that may have built up.

Some of these I have heard of before, or are common sense. However I didn’t know that information about the vinyl shower curtains (eww!) and freezing plush toys.

I hope that these tips help you and your family live (and breath!) a better life.

Do you have any special tips to help with allergies or for asthma sufferers? Feel free to share your tips in the comments section.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my site readers. 

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The importance of regular vet visits


Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

We have five cats, a dog and two fish that we love. We try to provide for them healthy food, clean water, plenty of exercise, a lot of love and a warm and comfy bed to sleep in at night. People who know us personally know how much we love and care about our pets.

Sadly… I’ve been a bad pet mother.

We took our do Espn (pronounced Es-pin) to Banfield Animal Hospital this morning. We have their  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® . The plan provides pet owners with the following benefits;

  • Unlimited free office visits
  • Routinely recommended vaccines
  • Comprehensive physical exams
  • Early screening for serious illnesses
  • Discounts on most Banfield products & services
  • Predictable, reasonable monthly payments
  • Convenient drop-offs, evening & weekend hours
  • Online access to your pet’s health records

We took Espn in this morning for a check up, his routine vaccinations and to get  ProHeart® 6 which is a heartworm preventative.

I wrote a post about heartworm disease several weeks ago. If you haven’t read it yet, and you have a dog or cat, I would recommend that you read it and learn more about this deadly and costly disease that all dogs and cats are susceptible to. You can find the post here – Protect your pets health with Banfield Pet Hospital and ProHeart® 6.

It was important to use to have Espn not only get the  ProHeart® 6 injection, but also to be tested for heartworms too.

We arrived at our appointment on time and we were quickly whisked into an examining room. This is the first time I have ever gone into a waiting room upon checking in. Normally when I take our pets to other vets we have to sit in the waiting room for a while.

I was glad to go into the room right away. Our dog is very nervous about being at PetSmart because when he goes there he gets groomed and he must have thought he was getting groomed because he was very anxious.

Our dog was seen by the vet tech assistant right way who briefly examined Espn. Then he went to get the doctor.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

The doctor went over all her recommendations for the various vaccinations she felt that Espn needed. Like a dork I neglected to bring in his records from his other vet. The Banfield Pet Hosptial vet told us up front which vaccinations she wanted to give our dog as well as what tests they wanted to do on him such as a fecal test and blood tests.

The vet was clear and concise on what vaccinations and blood tests she wanted to perform on our dog and she was happy to answer any questions and concerns we might have.

We were concerned about our dog’s weight. He was around 22 pounds at one point now he’s down to around 16 pounds. She said he was a healthy weight. I guess he was overweight before. I’m relieve to know his weight is OK.

What made me feel horrible is that our dog has a really bad issue with tarter on his teeth. It’s really bad.

We take him to get groomed every 2-3 months. When he gets groomed I have them brush his teeth too. I thought that was enough. The vet said to me “Would you only brush your teeth when you got a haircut?”. When she put it that way it made me feel bad that we haven’t been taking better care of his teeth.

The procedure they would need to do to fix his teeth costs $250+, however if we upgrade to a different Wellness plan it would be covered. Needless to say my husband and I are going to save up so we can upgrade our plan so we can save his teeth before it’s too late.

I feel like a bad “mom” now. :-( I always nag my kids about brushing and flossing twice a day, yet I don’t think about our dog and cat’s teeth.

There was a lot done with today’s visit and it’s all part of their Wellness Plan. Everything combined came to almost $550 but it didn’t cost a dime because we have the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® .


Banfield Pet Hospital offers different plans based on the type of pet (dog or cat) and their age. Other factors are taken into consideration too such as your location and if the pet is spayed or neutered. There are also different options depending on the types of services you want/need. Therefore the price varies too much so I can’t give you an exact quote. If you can visit Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to get a quote on how much it will cost. The plans are monthly. I played around with the different plans for our dog Espn (just for the fun of it) and they are much less expensive then a regular office visit. We are a family that lives on a tight budget and I feel like the plans are very “doable”, even for us.

I was surprised the vet checked on our dog’s dental health. None of the other vets we’ve ever used did that before. I’m glad they did. Now we know there is something we can do to help save our dog’s teeth. If we didn’t take him for regular visits his teeth could have got worse.

Seeing how much we had done in today’s visit and how much money we saved being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® member it’s clear to me that this is the best option for almost all of our pets. One of our cats needs specialists, so she has to go to an animal hospital in New Jersey. I would have to see about a Wellness Plan for one of our other cats who is old and has a pre-existing condition (Diabetes).

If you have a dog or cat I would strongly recommend you check out all the benefits of being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® owner. During the cost of  year the plan more than pays for it’s self. In fact just today’s visit alone saved us almost $550!

Our dog has to go back in three weeks for a booster shot and again in six months for another check up and more vaccinations. They even gave us paperwork on all the tests that were performed and why so we knew exactly what was done with our dog today (another words we have complete records of everything that was done).

I’m glad he had his ProHeart® 6 heartworm injection too. After writing my other post about heartworm I am more determined than ever to make sure all our pets are protected. Heartworm is a horrible, painful, costly and even fatal disease.

If you would like to make an appointment at your local Banfield Pet Hospital you can make an appointment online at this link – Banfield Pet Hospital Online Appointment.

Banfield Pet Hospital can also be found on Twitter (@Banfield) and on Facebook.

Do you take your pet on regular vet visits?

Has your pet been tested and/or received preventative medication for Heartworm?

What do you think about Banfield Pet Hosptial and their Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® ? Do you think it’s something you are going to look into for your pet?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers.



*I received a free membership in the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Hear our stories – Share Yours


PHOTO SOURCE:  BCAcampaign.com Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: BCAcampaign.com Facebook page

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are events, sales, specials and more happening all over the country all in effort to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer and to remind women every where the importance of self examination and mammograms.

FYI… Men CAN get Breast Cancer too. My dad did. He had his left breast removed after a cancerous mass was found. That was back in the early 80’s too.

I am grateful that my dad was the only person in our family to have Breast Cancer. I don’t know my maternal side of my family (my mom abandoned me when I was a toddler), so I am not sure if any cancers run in her family. I do know that her mother died from cancer, but no one in my family knows which kind.

Cancer is a VERY scary thing and has touched many people in my life. I worry about it each and every day.

Many brands have created their own Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns to help with research and education.

The Estée Lauder Companies have developed their own special Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign that centers around powerful stories of Breast Cancer survivors and their supporters.

The company has created a very powerful campaign that really touches the heart. It features powerful stories from Breast Cancer patients and their families. It’s a strong reminder that this horrible disease can affect our lives 365 days of the year.

Check out this incredible video where Breast Cancer patients and their families share their thoughts and experiences.


It found this video very moving. One of the stories shared by the other and her two teenagers really touched me. I have teenagers and I couldn’t imagine having to tell them that I have Breast Cancer. And like another woman featured, I too want to be with my husband for many, many, many years and see my children and grandchildren grow up, get married and start their own families.

The hope of the campaign is that it will inspire people around the world to take action in the fight against Breast Cancer.

People are encouraged to share an uplifting message or photo on Instagram or Twitter that includes #BCAstrength and if possible tag @BCAstrength. When you do so the Estée Lauder Companies will donate $1 toward education and medical research, up to a maximum donation of $22,000, to BCRF. I hope you will consider doing this to help raise funds and awareness about Breast Cancer.

There is also a website where the companies are encouraging people to join them in the “Hear our stories. Share Yours.” campaign to create a global forum of support and to bring us all closer to a world without Breast Cancer.

Please visit www.BCAcampaign.com. You can also watch more videos from this campaign on a special YouTube channel.

You can also follow on social media. All the links are found on the website’s home page.

In true “Stronger Together” spirit, many of the highly sought-after, iconic brands of The Estée Lauder Companies are offering Pink Ribbon products or making donations, united in support of The BCA Campaign. I have been using a few of these products.


AVEDA - Limited-Edition Aveda Hand Relief™ with Shampure™ aroma – I have this hand lotion. It works very well. I feel instant relief wen I apply it to my hands and I have noticed a great improvement since using it. My hand are hardly dry anymore. I’m not overly keen on the scent, but I love how effective the product is.


CLINIQUE - Pink with a Purpose Long Last Lipstick in Power With Pink & Great Skin, Great Cause: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ – I have the Great Skin, Great Cause: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. It comes with a beautiful key chain with several lovely Breast Cancer awareness designs on them.

As for the lotion, I have been using it for about a week or so now and I like how it feels on my skin. It’s not heavy at all. It absorbs quickly and leaves my face feeling soft and moisturized. I use it after I wash my face in the morning and again in the evening when I wash off my make up.


COACH - Poppy Wildflower EDP Spray – I love this perfume. It’s very light and delicate. It’s perfect for every day use. I work with children in a professional setting. I love wearing perfume but in my line of work a strong perfume is not necessary. This perfume gives me a lovely scent without coming off too strong. Even my teenage daughter enjoys wearing this perfume to school.

Donna Karan

DONNA KARAN COSMETICS – Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo – These are beautiful scents! I don’t know which one I like more. One day I lean towards one scent, then the next day I enjoy the other one more. There are two different perfume rollers in the box. One is Cashmere Mist and the other is Liquid Cashmere. I like that they are perfumes you apply with a roller. They are also small enough to tuck inside your purse and take with you.

Both scents I find to be very soothing. They have a relaxing quality to them. I also find the scents to be a bit exotic.

Both scents are great for running errands around town or for a night on the town.

Notice that the perfume has the pink ribbon on their caps too.

Advanced Night Repair

ESTÉE LAUDER – Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection & Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact & Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II & Pink Ribbon Keychain & MODERN MUSE Solid Perfume Compact. – I have the Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recorvery Complex II. I apply it to my skin before going to bed at night. A little bit of this product goes a long way. It’s more of a liquid and just a few drops can cover your entire face and neck. It aborbs quickly and feels nice on your face. I have only been using it for about two weeks now so I haven’t noticed a difference in my fine lines and wrinkles (yet). When I wake up in the morning my face looks and feels good. Often I have to wash my face as soon as I get up because I feel like it’s dirty and needs “refreshing”. I don’t feel that way since I started to use this product. I am excited to see how it transforms my face in the next few weeks.

The product came with a beautiful golden Breast Cancer Awareness key chain with the iconic ribbon. My apologies for not having a photo of it.

Joe Malone

JO MALONE LONDON – Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne – If you love roses then you’ll love the cologne. It smells exactly like real roses! I have had rose scented products before, but nothing has come close to smelling like real roses – until now. It’s as if someone squeezed rose petals into a bottle. It’s a beautiful scent. I love it! I have received many compliments whenever I wear this cologne.


LA MER – The Hand Treatment

ORIGINS – Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm in Berry Splash

SMASHBOX – Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise

BOBBI BROWN – Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE – prêt-à-powder with a limited-edition pink cap

DARPHIN – Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum

I love what the Estée Lauder Companies are doing to show their support and help defeat Breast Cancer – from their donation program (#BCAstrength) to their special Breast Cancer Awareness labeled products and “gift with purchase” (key chains).

Has Breast Cancer affected you or a loved one? Feel free to share your stories. Please don’t forget to share your stories, uplifting messages or stories of hope on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #BCAstrength and tagging @BCAstrength if possible to raise funds.



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

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Do YOU have optical insurance? Plus win a pair of designer sunglasses! (giveaway ends 10/18/14)


My glasses (Instagram photo)

My glasses (Instagram photo)

I wear glasses. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was in 3rd grade.

In the beginning I hated wearing glasses. So much so my teacher didn’t know I even wore glasses until my mom mentioned it to her months after I got my first pair. I would hide them in my backpack so that my teacher wouldn’t make me wear them. I didn’t want to be called “four eyes” by my classmates. Thankfully they never called me that name or made fun of my glasses. In fact a few classmates liked them so much they wanted to try them on for themselves.

Fast forward to today. I still wear glasses. I could wear contact lenses but I opt to wear glasses. My husband and son wear glasses all the time too and our daughter needs glasses for distance. We’re a family of eye glasses wearers.

Sadly age is starting to affect my eyesight. “Technically” I need bi-focal but I refuse to get them. Not yet. I feel like I’m too young to need bi-focals. Maybe someday.

Having four family members who need glasses and regular eye exams can be costly. If it wasn’t for insurance I don’t know how we could ever afford to get our eyes checked yearly and get new glasses when they are needed. Without insurance a trip to the eye doctor for just one family member (exam, lenses and frames) can cost hundreds of dollars. That is why I am very grateful that we have optical insurance.

We have had VSP Vision Care for several years. It was an option for us when my husband started at his current job years ago. The VSP optical plan was too good to pass up on. We pay a nominal monthly fee for VSP and we get so much in return.

If you are not familiar with VSP Vision Care, it’s the largest national not-for-profit vision care. VSP offers consumers great benefits at the lowest out of pocket cost.

My son and husband in their glasses (my son no longer has the light-reactive lenses, he opted not to get them).

My son and husband in their glasses (my son no longer has the light-reactive lenses, he opted not to get them).

VSP has nearly 66 million members, including my family. That should give you an idea about what a great deal VSP is. It’s easy to see why VSP is the #1 choice in vision care.

What we love about VSP is that VSP members have the freedom to choose between their 30,000+ eye care providers so you can pick one that is convenient for you. I don’t like to be forced to use specific providers. I like the flexibility to choose someone that I think is a good fit for my family. We found a VSP provider two miles from where we live.

In addition to offering consumers comprehensive eye exams provided by highly credentialed doctors, members also get access to great eye wear with more than two dozen brands to choose from. You and your family will find hundreds of frame options to choose from including classic styles to the latest designer frames. Check out how you can get access to great eye wear with VSP.

In addition to lenses and frames, VSP members can also get a discount on lens enhancements like progressive lenses, light-reactive lenses, anti-reflective coating, scratch-resistant coating and UV protection. My husband and I always get light-reactive lenses. I would never get glasses without that option.

The lens enhancements can really add on to the overall price of the glasses quickly. We found that out the hard way prior to becoming VSP Vision Care members when our son needed new glasses and we opted for the scratch resistant lenses and light-reactive option. Those two options literally added hundreds of dollars to the cost of the glasses.

Like father, like son. Even their glasses are similar.

Like father, like son. Even their glasses are similar.

Consumer research has shown that people who have VSP Vision Care play considerably less than they would when purchasing glasses at an optical retailer without the insurance. In fact most people can save an average of $320. That is a huge savings! Especially when you are live on a budget, every penny counts.

If you would like to see how much you can save with VSP Vision Care check out their virtual savings calculator.

If you would like to learn more about VSP Vision Care visit www.SeeMuchMore.com. This is the one-stop site for all the information you’ll need to know about the vision benefits and how to enroll.

Be sure to check out the Learn About Your Eyes section for helpful information about maintaining healthy vision.

There is even a fun interactive game where you can win prizes!

If you would like to see what others are saying about VSP Vision Care check out the hashtag #SeeMuchMore.

We have been VSP Vision Care members for many years and we’ve never had an issue. We are satisfied customers. It’s by far the best optical insurance we’ve ever had.

Do you have optical insurance? Why or why not?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


VSP would love to give a lucky reader a pair of DESIGNER sunglasses valued between $250 – $400. Thank you VSP!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what you think about VSP Vision Care and/or why do you’d like to win this prize package?

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*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. We are also VSP Vision Care members. We pay for our insurance monthly through my husband’s employer. 

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Protect your pets health with Banfield Pet Hospital and ProHeart® 6


Heartworm Disease and Prevetion

If you read my blog regularly you know that I have a mini-zoo at home. We have five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and two fish. We can also include a wild bunny that we’ve been feeding since he was a baby too. :-)

I love our pets. They are not just pets but family members. We want them to be happy, healthy and protected just like the two legged members of our family.

It’s important to take your pet on regular vet visits. As you can imagine having six pets that need to see the vet it can be costly, but knowing they are well taken care of and healthy is important to us so we always find a way.

Two of our pets have medical issues. One cat is diabetic and our other cat has severe asthma and three leaky valves in her heart. Thankfully our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) and other cats are healthy.

Just like humans, pets need to have regular vaccinations too. One vaccination you should not skimp on is for Heartworm. Heartworm is serious and potentially fatal if a dog contracts it. They get it from a simple mosquito bite. If your dog spends any amount of time outside they are risk for mosquito bites.


Banfield Pet Hospital recommends that you have your pet tested and receive preventive medication annually. I agree with that. Preventative care is essential for everyone – humans and pets alike – to reduce the risks of developing expensive and potentially life threatening diseases, such as Heartworm.

Check out these other facts about Heartworm Disease.

  • Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract Heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito.
  • Treatment of Heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved Heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today.
  • Check out the Heartworm relevance in your state using this interactive map from Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health™ 2014 Report.
  • Heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from Heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual Heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

I didn’t know that treatment for Heartworm was PAINFUL for dogs. Oh my! I would never, ever want to put my dog through something like that. It also scares me that there is no approved treatment for Heartworm in cats. I hope they develop something to protect them too.

Here’s another gross fact – dogs can have up to 250 Hearworms which live several years and can grow to be up to a foot in length. Ewwwww!!!!!!

Heartworms Cause

If your pet has not been tested for Heartworm lately please take that into consideration and get them tested ASAP. Heartworm testing can be done at any routine office visit. You don’t have to make a special visit to have it done. In fact, office visits are always free with Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®. Many other plans include the annual heartworm tests too.

I have been looking into Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan for a while now. Having two pets with medical issues can be VERY expensive (my cat’s insulin cost me $243 recently and my other cat’s two inhalers cost me over $300+). That is why its imperative that our dog and other cats get regular checkups and preventative care so that we are not spending a small fortune on another health issue.

You can customize your Banfield Optimum Wellness plan based on the needs of your pet. You can combine physical exams with routine vaccinations and health screenings. You even get discounts on other services and best of all FREE UNLIMITED office visits. I really like that option – A LOT!

My pets go to different vets (we actually have three different ones – our cat with heart issues has to see specialists in NJ). Just to walk in the door for an office visit and nothing more costs us between $70 – $120 each and every time we bring one of our pets. That is BEFORE vaccinations, medications and so forth. We’re far from being rich too, so it’s a big hit to our budget every time we take one of our pets to the vet, which is often with six pets.

Banfield Logo (for light backgrounds)

Banfield Pet Hospital offers different plans based on the type of pet (dog or cat) and their age. Other factors are taken into consideration too such as your location and if the pet is spayed or neutered. There are also different options depending on the types of services you want/need. Therefore the price varies too much so I can’t give you an exact quote. If you can visit Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to get a quote on how much it will cost. The plans are monthly. I played around with the different plans for our dog Espn (just for the fun of it) and they are much less expensive then a regular office visit. We are a family that lives on a tight budget and I feel like the plans are very “doable”, even for us.

I was given a complimentary Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® membership to try out with our dog. Sadly I have not been able to get my first office visit yet. I called but our local hospital was booked up. Since I work during the day now I can only do evenings or weekends, which naturally are the harder appointments to come by since most people who work need those appointments. We have an appointment for an office visit for Espn in another two weeks on a Sunday morning. Thankfully Banfield Pet Hospital has weekend appointments. Once I take Espn I’ll share my experiences in another blog post. Please keep an eye out for that.

While we are there was are going to get Espn the ProHeart® 6 is an injectable Heartworm preventive medication which provides up to six months of Heartworm prevention. It’s done in a single dose too so you don’t have to worry about multiple office visits or putting your pet through unnecessary stress. I know our dog Espn freaks out at the vet, so the less we have to take him the better.

Before your pet can get the ProHeart® 6 injection they need to have a simple blood test to make sure their heart is free from adult Heartworms. If everything checks out OK your pet can have the injection and you can have peace of mind knowing that your pet is protected because the injection prevents immature worms from maturing which poses a risk to your pet’s heart.

Check out this very informative video that shows you how to prevent your pet from getting Heartworm disease. If you have a moment I would strongly recommend watching this brief video. I found it very interesting (and scary to think mosquitoes can be so deadly!).


If you are interested in getting the injection for your pet here is a link to a coupon for $10 off a 6-month injection of ProHeart® 6. Our dog Espn will be getting that too. When I do my follow up post I’ll let you know how well he handled the injection.

If you would like to make an appointment at your local Banfield Pet Hospital you can make an appointment online at this link – Banfield Pet Hospital Online Appointment.

Banfield Pet Hospital can also be found on Twitter (@Banfield) and on Facebook.

Do you take your pet on regular vet visits?

Has your pet been tested and/or received preventative medication for Heartworm?

What do you think about Banfield Pet Hosptial and their Optimum Wellness Plans? Do you think it’s something you are going to look into for your pet?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers.

Optimum Wellness


*I received a free membership in the Banfield Hospital Optimum Wellness Plan to do a review – coming soon! There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Make “that time of the month” a bit more “enjoyable” with the TOM Box


Menstrual Cycle

I have never met a woman who enjoys “that time of the month”. There is nothing to enjoyable about it. You’re bloated, crampy, crabby and you want to eat everything in site.

Here’s a funny (or not so funny depending on how you look at it) story about “that time of the month”.

I was out on Los Angeles on a press trip when I get a text from my teenage daughter announcing that she just got her period for the very first time. She knew what she needed to do but we were unprepared for this “event”. I had nothing in the cabinet to help her. She needed my husband to get her stuff from the store.

My daughter was embarrassed to tell her dad (my hubby) so I had to text him and tell him what was going on. He FREAKED OUT! He didn’t know what to do… he was in a panic… it was quite comical. It’s funny how a grown man can be turned into a quivering mess just by the mere mention of “that time of the month”.

I spend the next hour or so on my phone between texts between my husband and daughter. Meanwhile I was on a press junket and I had things to do. I finally got him to take her to the store and let her pick up her “supplies”.

To this day my husband jokes with me that I am not allowed to leave home because he doesn’t want something like that to happen again. LOL!

When it comes to that “time of the month” there is very little we can to make the experience less horrible. That is until now.


Introducing the TOM Box – Time Of the Month Box!

The TOM Box is a monthly subscription service (you can cancel at any time) that delivers a special box to your door once a month. Each box contains things to make that time of the month a little less miserable.

Inside each box is your choice of pads or tampons (full package), which is a supply we all need during that time. So the TOM Box has it’s practical side. You never want to run out of THOSE supplies. Plus you get to choose the brand and type of product you want.

In addition the TOM Box contains a few pieces of candy, make up and jewelry. Yes, you read that right – candy, make up and jewelry!

TOM Box sent me a box to check out for myself. My box arrived with a package of pads, some small pieces of candy and some really nice make up.

I love the make up. I received a great lip gloss and really nice eye shadow.

I think my favorite thing inside the TOM Box was the gorgeous silver bracelet. I LOVE the bracelet! Even my teenage daughter wants the bracelet.

I’m sorry that the photo is not that good. The bracelet is silver and VERY shiny. It looks like a watch strap or a belt. I LOVE IT!


In addition, for a nominal additional charge you can have your TOM Box include Gillette Venus Blades 4PK (a girl has to look nice at all times, right?) and/or DOUBLE the amount of candy and make up.

Currently I see that you can get a trial TOM Box for only $5.00. After that the monthly subscription is $16.00 a month. It’s a monthly subscription so each month your card will be billed $16.00 when the box ships out. You can cancel at any time.

I think this is a pretty good deal for $16.00. The make up and jewelry alone makes it worthwhile. I may just look forward to “that time of the month” if I knew I’d be receiving the TOM Box. :-)

The TOM Box would be a nice “gift” for a teenager who just had her first period or maybe even a college student. I’m sure a college student would appreciate the female supplies, candy, jewelry and make up.

TOM Box is from a company called Swaag Box.

If you would like more information or would like to place an order visit SwaagBox/TOMBox. Check them out on Facebook too.

What do you think about this idea? Would you like to receieve a TOM Box to make “that time of the month” less horrible? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free product sample 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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