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Friday, October 31, 2014

Bio'Sensiya Rejuvenating MultiVitamin Night Time Serum Review


When you hit forty, you start to get concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and uneven skin tone. Yes, I'm guilty of this because I didn't care enough for my skin when I was in my thirties. Not that I'm afraid to look old, but I want to at least delay the signs of aging. I've been trying a lot of products and so far, I like the ones I'm using. Today I will be reviewing Bio'Sensiya Rejuvenating MultiVitamin Night Time Serum by Sweetsation Therapy.

Here are some things you should know about the product.

Unwrap your youth. Rewind the power of time with minimal efforts for maximum results. Sweetsation Therapy's philosophy is to create an individualized beauty strategy that answers your every need or desire. Bio'Sensiya MultiVitamin Night Time Serum is the key to this philosophy and essential step to always youthful new you. We have combined the most advanced high performance natural beauty elements and vitamins, in a quest to create a Super product that maintains young healthy skin cells. Bio'Sensiya Night Serum is an advanced step in skin care to address all signs of aging at the same time. Appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, uneven skin is diminished over time while firmness and elasticity are enhanced and supported. It's a potent sophisticated serum your skin and you will love.




I've only been using this for a week and I am already seeing noticeable results. I use it nightly after cleaning my face and I wake up with super soft and smooth skin. I'm used to serums and moisturizers, but I've never felt my face this soft. My sun spots have lightened, too, and I also noticed that my skin is firmer. I'm positive that my skin will continue to benefit from this serum in the weeks to come.

I like the results I am getting from this product and I will definitely include this in my nightly routine. If you're looking for a good moisturizer, I highly recommend this one. And if you're wondering where you could get it, Bio'Sensiya Rejuvenating MultiVitamin Night Time Serum can be purchased through their website and on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Green Tea Puff by The Japanese Konjac Sponge Review


Did you know that a sponge can help combat acne? I'm fortyish, but I still get a a dose of stubborn acne from time to time. Today's review is about the Green Tea Puff by The Japanese Konjac Sponge. I have tried their bamboo charcoal sponge and I love how it cleans my skin. Let's see if the green tea puff is just as great.




Here's what the sponge is supposed to do:


  • Combats inflammation from acne 
  • Helps to prevent spots 
  • Gives you radiant, soft skin


Although it is very light, the Konjac sponge is as hard as a rock when it's dry. You're supposed to soak it with warm water until it gets really soft. As you will see in the photos below, there was no change in size when it got wet.

dry

wet


Never use it dry on your face because it's rough, but once it's wet, it's very gentle on the skin and not scratchy. Other reviewers say they can smell the green tea when the sponge is wet, I don't know if it's just me, but I didn't smell anything at all. Makes me wonder if I have a bad nose, ha-ha.

It's only been a few days, but I noticed that my skin is clearer and softer. The unsightly black heads on my nose and on the deep part of my chin are lesser. My skin feels soft, smooth and very clean.

If you're looking for a way to fight pimples, this is a good product to try. It cleans skin really well without leaving it dry. The Green Tea Puff can be purchased through The Japanese Konjac Sponge website and on Amazon. It's fairly priced at $11.00.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Bright Eyes Under-Eye Gel by Earthen Beauty Naturals Review


Ever since I turned forty, I became obsessed with how I look. I wanted to try products that will help delay the appearance of aging. I recently tried the Bright Eyes Under-Eye Gel by Earthen Beauty Naturals. Please read my review.

Product Description

Eliminate Dark Eye Circles, Wrinkles, Sagging, and Puffiness. Improve Tone and Resilience, Increase Firmness - ALL With Our Natural and Organic Formula!

Plant Stem Cells, Complex Amino Acids, Peptide Chains, and Collagen-boosting, skin firming Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, and Organic Aloe Vera are the secrets to anti-aging, eye-improving success.

- Crafted to meet the Whole Foods Premium Standard for Personal Care Products
- Organic Aloe Vera is easily absorbed, and provides excellent moisturization without clogging pores. - Vegan Hyaluronic Acid gives skin a healthy glow and increases firmness while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Amino acid chains help with collagen production, further increasing skin's firmness and youthful appearance. - MSM reduces the damaging effects of free radicals, and also helps to heal and repair damaged skin and age spots.
- Plant stem cells help encourage new cell growth and prevent premature aging to the under-eye region.




This eye gel is amazing. It smells like cucumber and has a cooling effect that relaxes tired eyes instantly. I've been using this for more than a week and I already noticed a slight reduction of my eye bags. The skin is also firmer and the dark circles are brighter. I work late nights and I get too little sleep, so I always have dark circles and puffiness seems to be a permanent fixture. I also have to take care of my twin granddaughters during day time. And if you're a mom or a granny, you know how terrible those three year olds can get. They can create a big mess in seconds! I feel tired and stressed. It's nice to have a great product like this that you can rely on.

If you're looking for a product to soothe and relax tired eyes, this is a great one to try. It eliminates dark circles and reduces puffiness around the eyes.

Now, if you're wondering where you can purchase this, click here. It's priced at $35.99. A tad pricey, but considering all the wonderful benefits you can get from using the under-eye gel, it's worth it. You may also visit the Earthen Beauty website to know more about their products.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Great style and fashion found in footwear this holiday season


There are some hot looks in fashionable footwear this year that many people may put on their holiday gift-giving lists for those near and dear to them. The problem could lie with finding these much sought-after gifts during the busy shopping season, particularly in local malls and footwear retailers. A more practical option may be to find the most current and trend-setting footwear from online vendors and shoe sites, which will also bring a level of convenience to the entire holiday shopping experience.

There are some great online shoe sellers that offer the ease of a click and buy platform, which eliminates the need to fight traffic and face crowds during the holiday season. This also opens up options in sizes and styles that simply won't be found in a traditional brick-and-mortar retailer. This season will be a popular year for the latest athletic shoes, brand-name sneakers, warm, woolly boots, and gorgeous heels- why not shop from those venues that make it easy to find the exact pair of shoes in the size that you are looking for?

Another great trend that is emerging is the replication of popular styles in sizes for the smaller audience: kids! This is becoming popular as younger generations want to wear what older family or friends are displaying. While heels are not necessarily appropriate for children, styles in boots, flats, and athletic shoes are expanding their sizing options to include these younger wearers. These are the perfect, practical gifts to give to kids this season, and promise to be something a bit more useful than another toy under the holiday tree.





There are also some stunning new arrivals in terms of stylish winter footwear found online, too. The best brands with features to combat the chilly weather are an excellent gift to give to a recipient of any age. Look for the newest styles offered by reputable brands that are known for their resilient, durable footwear and boots.

There are many options found when shopping for holiday gift ideas from online footwear retailers. Visit sites and view selections to compare the prices of your favorite shoes and boots. You won't be disappointed!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel by Ageless Derma


Today's review is about the oil free facial cleansing gel from Ageless Derma. I've already used some of their products and so far, I like the results they deliver. Let's see if this toner can match their other line of products.



Product Description


  • With Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extracts 
  • Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser works to draw toxins from the skin, as well as dirt, make-up and other impurities. 
  • Surface oils, cosmetics and everyday grime particles will be removed, readying the complexion for other skin preparations such as moisturizers, anti-aging creams, toners, masks and makeup. 
  • Glowing, healthy skin with extra moisture and skin that feels good. 
  • Reduce skin puffiness and deeply cleansed skin pores.




My Opinion

I like the mild scent of it. The facial cleansing gel has a nice consistency and a small drop is what you need to clean your face and neck areas. It's gentle on the skin, it lathers up nicely and it's easy to wash, too. I like that it doesn't leave a slimy feel after washing it off. As soon as I have patted dry my face, I can feel that it's very clean. It didn't feel dry as well, unlike other facial cleansing gels that I've used. Plus, I can feel that my skin is soft and smooth. The only thing that concerns me is that I didn't feel any tightness of my skin after cleansing and to me, that means my skin has been stripped of moisture. But the good thing is, hours have passed and my skin still feels soft and smooth.

Recommendation

Overall, I had a wonderful experience with the cleanser. It cleans really well and it doesn't leave your skin dry. If you're looking for a great toner that leaves your skin squeaky clean, but not dry, this is a good one to try.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel through the Ageless Derma website and on Amazon.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Did you know?


The yummy papaya fruit helps improve digestion. The tropical treat is chock-full of papain, a proteolytic enzyme that aids in the breakdown of protein, which helps ease digestion.

Supporting Your Godchild From the Start and From the Heart


When your godchild is getting baptized, it can be both exciting and stressful. Getting gifts for the child can be difficult. They tend to outgrow pretty much anything you buy for them and their parents may or may not want their child to have certain items. Here’s how to avoid confusion while supporting your godchild from the heart.

Talk With The Parents

Talk with the parents about the types of gifts that are appropriate or that the parents would find acceptable. This is also a good idea when you just don’t know what to buy the child. Parents will have a good idea of what’s needed, what they can or will buy, and what they can’t or won’t.

So, for example, does the child need a teddy bear, or a new blanket, or just some basic clothes like socks and onesies? These are items that you can pick up almost anywhere, and while they won’t last long, they will be appreciated. Some parents will have already purchased a lot of clothes for their children, and they may only want you to get them a keepsake toy.

Get The Christening Gown

One idea is to buy the christening gown. Christening gowns come in a few different colors, with the most common or prominent being white. But, pastel colors are also available, especially yellow or an off-white color.

The gown is an integral part of the ceremony, so you would be making a major contribution to it. It would also be a wonderful way for you to show your support for the child.

Silver Is Always In

Silver spoons, a picture frame, or some other keepsake is almost always a good gift idea. These aren’t things that the child will immediately appreciate, but they are things that will appreciate on their own over time. If it’s something like a photo album or frame, then you can also add a picture of you holding the child.

You can also get the album, spoon, or whatever else you decide to purchase inscribed with the child’s name, his or her birthdate, and the day of the christening or baptism.

These types of gifts tend to be gifts that children grow up to appreciate through the memories that are associated with them.

Know Your Duties

Godparents are often part of the ceremony. If you’re never taken part in a christening or baptism before, talk with the pastor about what you will be responsible for. Usually, you’ll be asked to speak for the child during the ceremony, since they cannot speak for themselves. You will also become the sponsor for the child and will take on certain lifelong responsibilities, like making sure that the child is brought up in the Christian faith, attends church, and forms a relationship with both God and the church.

While you’re not a legal guardian, you are considered a spiritual one. It’s expected that you will support the child in some way, shape, or form, even though you have no legal duty to do so. It’s a big responsibility, and being asked to be a godparent is not something you should consider lightly.

Diane Leclair is a greeting card vendor and grandmom of six. When she has the time, she likes to write about life and family to help people relax and enjoy themselves more. Look for her enlightening articles on many of today's top websites and blogs.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Safeguard Heart with Red Wine

The resveratrol in this sip helps reduce the production of heart-damaging inflammatory compounds by 26 percent. Not a fan of wines? Here's a yummy way to enjoy it.



Ingredients:
  • 1 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 jar [1 lb., 8 oz.] tomato basil or olive oil-garlic pasta sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
  • pre-cooked turkey or chicken meatballs
In medium saucepot coated with garlic-flavored cooking spray over medium heat, cooked chopped pepper 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add red wine. Cook 1 minute more. Stir in pasta sauce and smoked paprika. Add meatballs. Cover; let simmer 10 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

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EPILEPSY: TIGIL ATAKE… TULAY SA TAGUMPAY

The National Epilepsy Awareness week was celebrated last September 1-6, 2014 with the theme: “EPILEPSY: TIGIL ATAKE… TULAY SA TAGUMPAY.”  Nevertheless, I'd still like to join and help promote it. Below is the press release.

EPILEPSY: TIGIL ATAKE…. TULAY SA TAGUMPAY”                  

July 9, 2014


Dear Friends,

          Our advocacy for epilepsy continues.
        
          We celebrate National Epilepsy Awareness week from September 1-6 this year with the theme: “EPILEPSY: TIGIL ATAKE… TULAY SA TAGUMPAY.”  In this regard, may we enjoin you to help us in our media campaign? 
       
          For this year, the week will start off with a TRIPARTITE SYMPOSIUM FOR NEUROLOGISTS: MARIJUANA IN EPILEPSY to be held at SULO HOTEL on September 1, 2014.  This will be a forum among neurologist to discuss the emerging issues on Medical Marijuana and to hopefully come out with a consensus statement on its role in the management of Epilepsy in the Philippines.

          On September 2, the 2014 Epilepsy Exemplar Awards will be held at the Crowne Plaza.  This awards night gives recognition to persons with epilepsy who have gone beyond their disease and have excelled in either their profession or in school. 

          To culminate the week’s major activities, a National Epilepsy Week Camp will be held at the Queen Margarette Hotel in Lucena City, Quezon.  This is going to be a whole day affair were lay delegates will be given lectures on epilepsy.  There will be also small group discussions that can be a venue for them to clarify issues that confront them in dealing with the disease.

          Apart from the above activities, members of PLAE will also hold nationwide simultaneous round table discussions, lay fora and school caravans in their area of practice during the duration of the epilepsy week.

          Also, enclosed with this letter is a press release kit which you can use in writing articles on epilepsy which can be broadcasted or printed.  Should you need further materials or information, you can contact us by cell phone or thru our email.
         
          Thank you very much for your continued support throughout the years.



Sincerely yours,

MARILYN H. ORTIZ, MD, FPPS, FCNSP, FPNA
President
Philippine League Against Epilepsy
(plaesecretariat@yahoo.com)





IMPACT OF EPILEPSY

Epilepsy is present in around 1% of the global population. This may be higher in developing countries.

In a country such as the Philippines with a population of 93 million, this means that an estimated 930,000 people suffer from epilepsy.

Local prevalence study: 230 persons with epilepsy / 100,000 population.

Epilepsy strikes most often among the very young and the very old, although anyone can get it at any age.
The mortality rate among people with epilepsy is two to three times higher than the general population and the risk of sudden death is 24 times greater.
People with epilepsy can die of seizures and related-causes, including status epilepticus (non-stop seizures), sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), drowning and other accidents.
Twenty to thirty percent of people with epilepsy are severely affected and continue to have seizures despite treatment.
Of major chronic medical conditions, epilepsy is among the least understood even though one in three adults know someone with the disorder.
Lack of knowledge about proper seizure first aid exposes affected individuals to injury from unnecessary restraint and from objects needlessly forced into the mouth.
The leading non-medical problem confronting people with epilepsy is discrimination in education, employment and social acceptance.
The association between epilepsy and depression is especially strong. More than one of every three persons with epilepsy are also affected by the mood disorder, and people with a history of depression have a 3 to 7 times higher risk of developing epilepsy.
From studies abroad, depression is reported by 24-74% of patients with epilepsy; anxiety in 10-25%.
Around 64% of people with epilepsy in the Philippines suffer from anxiety and 51% from depression.
Living with epilepsy presents challenges affecting many aspects of life, including relationships with family and friends, school, employment and leisure activities.

  
FACTS and FALLACIES ABOUT EPILEPSY
It is a mental condition and leads to insanity.                                                        
Fact: Epilepsy is a brain condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures are sudden, brief abnormalities of behavior, thought, movement or sensation generally lasting for a few minutes. Seizures are caused by a hyperactive, disorganized electrical activity from the brain.
Although psychosis may be found in only 2-7% of persons with epilepsy, it is the exception rather than the rule.
It is caused by spirit possession or “pagsasapi”.                                                
Fact: Although movies, literature and folklore refer to seizures as arising from a spirit possession because of some similarities in their manifestations, seizures can be documented scientifically as abnormal brain activity on EEG, unlike demon possession. Seizures are not dealt with by exorcism or prayer; only by medications and in other cases, brain surgery and a special diet (ketogenic diet, doctor prescribed).
It is contagious or can be inherited. In the past decades, this fallacy has caused many patients with epilepsy to be shunned from society and from pursuing marriage and having a family.
Fact: Many conditions can cause epilepsy. In a small number of patients (10-15%), the susceptibility or predisposition to develop seizures may be inherited. However, for the most number of patients, it can be due to other brain insults. It may happen in those with a history of head injury. It may also happen to those with hypoxic brain injury sustained from a birth complication ( lack of brain oxygen in the baby during child birth – ex. due to coiled cord around neck of baby, difficult labor, maternal complications leading to fetal distress). It may also result from an infection of the brain (meningitis, encephalitis), brain tumors, strokes, prolonged convulsions in childhood. The cause may be unknown in around 40% of cases.
This leads us to another interesting question:
Can Epilepsy be Prevented?

                Many cases of epilepsy can be prevented by wearing seatbelts and bicycle helmets, putting children in car seats, and other measures that prevent head injury and other trauma.         Prescribing medication after first or second seizures or febrile seizures also may help prevent epilepsy in some cases. Good prenatal care, including treatment of high blood pressure and infections during pregnancy, can prevent brain damage in the developing baby that may lead to epilepsy and other neurological problems later. Treating cardiovascular disease, high blood             pressure, infections, and other disorders that can affect the brain during adulthood and aging also may prevent many cases of epilepsy. Finally, identifying the genes for many neurological disorders can provide opportunities for genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis    that may ultimately prevent many cases of epilepsy.
Epilepsy patients are retarded.                                                                                        Fact: This is a misperception because epilepsy is highly prevalent among other disability groups such as autism (25.5%), cerebral palsy (13%), Down syndrome (13.6%) and mental retardation (25.5%). However, if one looks at the entire population of people suffering from epilepsy, majority of them have normal IQs, are able to go to school and sustain gainful employment.
Patients with epilepsy shouldn’t get stressed so they should not study or work or indulge in sports and leisure activity.                                                         
Fact: The relationship between the occurrence of psycho-mental stress and seizures is at present unstudied. Patients associate stressful periods with an increase in seizures. Many experts believe it is the effects of stress such as disturbed sleep and missing meals and medications that bring about an increase in seizures rather than the psychological or mental preoccupation itself.
The fact that there are philosophers, world leaders, artists, writers, politicians and athletes who have epilepsy prove that epilepsy should not pose a limitation to mental and physical activities.
Patients with epilepsy shouldn’t get married because they might pass on their epilepsy to their children. (See above on epilepsy and inheritance.)
When a patient starts to have a seizure, the best first aid is to stick a spoon inside his mouth.
Fact: When a person goes into a seizure, there are very powerful muscle contractions that suddenly cause him to fall, stop breathing, bite his tongue and clamp his jaw. Inserting an object into his mouth has been found to be more detrimental to the patients and has caused dental fractures, mouth lacerations and suffocation. It is not encouraged.
Rather, one should 1) cushion the patient’s head with a soft pillow, 2) loosen his clothing around the neck, 3) remove harmful objects around him which can hurt or injure him, 4) turn him to his side to prevent suffocation and allow drainage of saliva and 5) time the seizures. If seizures last 5 minutes or more or the patient has been injured, the patient should be brought immediately to the emergency room.
Antiepileptic medications are toxic (“ naluluto ang utak”) and should not be taken for a long time.                                                                                                    Fact: Epilepsy is a chronic condition and needs long term intake of antiepileptic drug, the minimum of which is 2-5 years, depending on its cause. Patients are always advised to take their medications daily to prevent seizures from recurring each day. There are minor side effects with long term intake, esp. on the bone, cognition, blood elements or liver but these can be monitored by the doctor on regular follow-up.
                                                       

                                                          TREATMENT
Epilepsy should be accurately diagnosed so that an effective treatment can be given.
Diagnosis is by a good clinical evaluation from a doctor who is familiar with the disease. In addition, other tests like an EEG (electroencephalogram, recording of brain waves) may be requested to confirm and classify the epilepsy; as well as a CT Scan or MRI of the brain, to find out what is causing it.
Once epilepsy is diagnosed, it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. Research suggests that medication and other treatments may be less successful in treating epilepsy when delayed and when seizures and their consequences have become established.
Doctors who treat epilepsy come from many different fields of medicine. They include neurologists, pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, internists, and family physicians, as well as neurosurgeons and doctors called epileptologists who specialize in treating epilepsy.
People who need specialized or intensive care for epilepsy may be treated at large Epilepsy centers (at St Luke’s Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, Medical City, Philippine Children’s Medical Center)  and neurology clinics at hospitals or by neurologists in private practice.
An EEG costs from between 800- 2500 pesos; while an CT scan costs 5,000- 6,000 pesos; an MRI 7,000 – 12,000 pesos.
Medications and other treatments help manage seizures. More than 12 different antiepileptic drugs are now on the market in the Philippines, all with different benefits and side effects. 
The choice of which drug to prescribe, and at what dosage, depends on many different factors, including the type of seizures a person has, the person’s lifestyle and age, how frequently the seizures occur, and, for a woman, the likelihood that she will become pregnant.  People with epilepsy should follow their doctor’s advice and share any concerns they may have regarding their medication.
For most people with epilepsy, seizures can be controlled with just one drug at the right dose.
Using too many drugs in combination can worsen or aggravate side effects such as fatigue and decreased appetite, so doctors usually prescribe monotherapy, or the use of just one drug, whenever possible.  Combinations of drugs are sometimes prescribed if monotherapy fails to effectively control a patient’s seizures.

Patients have to take medications 1-3x/day, everyday, for several years and other cases, for their lifetime.
Most side effects of antiepileptic drugs are relatively minor, such as fatigue, dizziness, or weight gain.  However, severe and life-threatening side effects such as allergic reactions can occur. 
Epilepsy medication also may predispose people to developing depression or psychoses.  People with epilepsy should consult a doctor immediately if they develop any kind of rash while on medication, or if they find themselves depressed or otherwise unable to think in a rational manner. 
If seizures are controlled within 2-5 years of medications, medications are eventually tapered and discontinued upon the advise of the doctor.
Some 20-30% of patients continue to have seizures that impact their daily lives in spite of medications.
People taking epilepsy medication should be sure to check with their doctor and/or seek a second medical opinion if their medication does not appear to be working or if it causes unexpected side effects.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Heartbreak to Healing: Does Your Teen Need Rehab?


It can be hard to just sit there and watch your child sink into addiction. Drugs and alcohol ravage a body, even a teenager’s body, and the effects can be devastating. Sometimes, damage is permanent. So, before your teen is forever lost, make the decision to intervene. Here’s how to know when things have gotten out of control, and what to do about it.

Radical Changes In Behavior That Are Unexplained

If you notice an unexplained change in your child’s behavior, it may be due to a substance abuse problem. Now, this isn’t the only reason teens go through behavior changes. Many times, honestly, it’s a rebellious attitude. But, there are signs that it’s more than just a rebellious phase. One of those signs is an unusually obnoxious or rebellious attitude when you previously had a good relationship with your child.

Another sign is a complete shift in demeanor. Even rebellious teens often still retain a semblance of their former self. If you hardly recognize your teen, it may be because he or she has starting using drugs or alcohol.

Skipping School

Substance abuse often becomes an all-consuming activity. If you’re getting frequent reports that your child is skipping class, or school altogether, it could be a sign that he or she is using.

Changes In Eating or Sleeping Habits

If your teen won’t eat, this is a huge sign. Most teens are still growing, so it’s typical for them to “eat like a horse.” If yours isn’t, there may be something else going on that you need to know about.

Evidence Of Drug or Alcohol Use

Slurred speech, evidence of drug paraphernalia in his or her room, red, bloodshot eyes, and evidence that your child is high are all evidence of a substance abuse problem. Often, teens will experiment with drugs and alcohol, but it won’t become so bad that he or she is drunk or stoned all of the time. With an abuser, they are drunk or stoned all of the time.

In these cases, your only hope might be biophysical detox, which will help remove the addictive substances from their body, including the metabolites that could trigger cravings.

Deteriorating Friendships

If you notice your teen’s relationships deteriorating - they no longer speak to their best friend, siblings, or you, there could be an underlying drug or alcohol problem that they don’t want others to know about.

How To Help

This is probably the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. A staged intervention can help you confront your teen and, at the same time, get him or her the help they need. It may be helpful to have the family doctor there with you, but you should strive to at least recruit your teen’s best friend, or former friends if those relationships have deteriorated.

An intervention can also force your teen to confront the reality that there is a problem. And that is the first step in starting the healing process. From there, you have some choices. Do you check your teen into a residential treatment center? An outpatient center? The best option is one that is effective, so it’s probably best to speak with a psychologist or psychotherapist with extensive experience in drug rehabilitation.

Janessa Fellows is a longtime life coach and mom of three. When she has the time, she likes to sit down and share her insights with others. You can find her helpful posts on a number of websites and blog sites.




Mini Lipstick-sized Universal Rechargeable External Backup Power Bank by Linkon Review


Don't you just hate it when you need to make a very important call only to find out you're out of battery? It's a good thing portable chargers are now available, so we can charge our phones or tablets any time, any where. Today, I am reviewing the Mini Lipstick-sized Universal Rechargeable External Backup Power Bank by Linkon.




Product Description

- Automatic Charging - connect the cable and charging begins, it's that simple!
- Power Check - Press the power button to check the power level of the battery charger. Display will automatically turn off after 30 seconds.
- Automatic Shut Down - The battery charger will automatically shut down after 30 seconds when not connected so you will never have to worry about unexpectedly turning it on.
- Aluminum Alloy Casing - Strong and durable shell to ensure the battery charger will accompany you for many years. - Will not Overheat
- When charging or recharging the LINKON Power Stick, it will NOT overheat unlike many other external battery chargers.
- Portable for Absolute Convenience - Measuring only 3.5 inches long, the LINKON - - Power Stick will fit comfortably in any pocket or bag.





My Thoughts

It's small, it's cute and it looks really cool. I love that it's small because it can easily fit in your pocket. Sometimes, I go out without my purse and I just bring a small pouch for my smart phones; this little power bank is very small, I don't mind putting it in my pocket.

Unlike other power banks, the Linkon Power Stick features a digital display. This, for me, is a huge plus because you get to see how much power you still have left. You can literally see how much juice your gadget is getting from the power stick because the digital readout tells you how much power is going to your phone. It also makes it easier for you to know if the stick is fully charged. Though other power banks indicate that they are full when the light indicator changes color, it's still different when you can see the numbers.

A few hours is all it takes to fully charge the power stick and charging your gadget from the power bank is fast as well. It comes with a cord and "adapters" to match different gadgets. A cute, little pouch is included to protect it from other objects inside your purse.

Recommendation

If you're always on the go and you're always running out off battery, this is a handy gadget to have. It's easy to use and it fits even in small purses or pockets.

Where to buy?

The Mini Lipstick-sized Universal Rechargeable External Backup Power Bank by Linkon is available on Amazon for only $24.95. If you're thinking of getting one now, you can use this code: 3WNXXWIH and avail of 45% off instead of just 38% off.

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me for free by Linkon for evaluation purposes. No monetary compensation was received to write the review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

10 Seconds to Total Confidence

Are you unable to concentrate because of anxious thoughts? One easy way to calm down fast is by making a fist with your non dominant hand and squeezing it for 10 seconds. Scientists found that making a fist stimulates the right side of the brain, which controls mechanical actions and draws focus away from the left side of the brain, which is associated with worrying and over-thinking. By doing the fist squeeze, you'll sail through your task with a calm, clear head.


The Purple and Black Gothic Victorian Dress With Lace Decoration from Tidebuy


Halloween is right around the corner and I'm sure you're already receiving invites left and right. Do you have something to wear? If you still haven't got a costume, I'm sure you'd love to hear about this nice shop where I bought my daughter's Tidebuy gothic Lolita dress; http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Lolita-Dresses-4461/.

I got the Purple and Black Gothic Victorian Dress With Lace decoration at 65 percent off. Ha! Like her, I'm sure you couldn't believe the price, too. She's been looking up for a gothic dress for their Halloween party, but she couldn't find it in the stores around here. I asked around and a friend told me about http://www.tidebuy.com/c/Lolita-Dresses-4461/. The dress is full of mystery and lure and it is both Luxuriant and dark. It definitely expresses death, horror, mystery and riddle. This is a perfect dress for a fun Halloween party.





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By the way, the shop does not only cater to Lolita dress fans. You can also shop for wedding dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses, cocktail dresses, fashion dresses, casual wear, underwear, accessories, shoes and even electronic gadgets.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Events That Can Be Made Even More Special With Gourmet Candy


There are many events where handing out favours is an expected courtesy. Even in those cases where it's not an absolute must, giving gifts is certainly an appreciated token of your gratitude. When it comes to choosing the right party favour, it can be difficult to come up with something that everyone on your guest list will enjoy. Well, look no further; personalised gourmet candy can be the perfect gift for practically any event and any guest list. Customised swirl lollipops and candies are always appreciated, but the following three types of events in particular are sure to benefit from this added touch:

#1 RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS AND CELEBRATIONS - Christenings, baptisms, first holy communions and other religious celebrations are perfect opportunities to give out personalised candies as favours. Since the options for designing your candy favours are so extensive, you can always be guaranteed to find the right look for your party, no matter how formal the occasion might be. Additionally, since children are often the honorees at these gatherings, giving the gift of candy is sure to be another added bonus to their already big day.



#2 PROMOTIONAL EVENTS FOR YOUR COMPANY - As a business, you need an effective way of advertising your products and services. What better way is there than the gift of sweet promotional lollipops and candies that just so happen to have your company name attached? Don't get caught up in the typical free giveaways that your average business offers. Who wants pens and cheap bags when they could have delicious promotional lollies instead? While these generic advertising items may seem appreciated, they often end up tossed in the back of the closet somewhere or, worse, in the trash can. Instead, give your customers a gift they will certainly remember and tell their friends and family about.

#3 ENGAGEMENT PARTIES, BUCK NIGHTS, AND WEDDING RECEPTIONS - Getting married is one the sweetest and most important events in a person's life, so giving the gift of sweet gourmet candy is a perfect fit. At Designer Candy, an online candy shop, they offer candies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and tastes. With all of the available options, you'll be sure to find a candy that will best commemorate this truly auspicious occasion.

The truth of the matter is, almost everyone likes candy. So, when you're trying to find the ideal favour for an event, why not go with something that everyone is sure to like and enjoy? Designer Candy is a great online lolly shop that offers clients a wide selection of different candies that are perfect for every type of celebration you can imagine. To learn more about the types of sweet swirl lollipops candies available and the personalising options they offer or to place an order, visit http://designercandy.com.au/.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Turtle Pendant by Honolulu Jewelry Company Review


Last week, I received an email inviting me to review a Turtle Pendant by Honolulu Jewelry Company. I was sent 2 cute turtle pendants -- 1 for review and another one to be given away to a lucky reader. Well, the pendant has arrived!





Product Description

A sterling silver petroglyph style Hawaiian turtle pendant. 16mm high (approx. 2/3"). 18" box chain included. Lifetime guarantee.

Here's a little something about Hawaiian Jewelry

The history of Hawaiian jewelry began in the late 1800's when King Kalakaua visited the Royal Courts of England. He was then presented with a gift for Princess Liliuokalani at Queen Victoria's Jubilee. The solid gold design was simple with intricate Old English lettering, which spelled the princess' name. The bracelet symbolized enduring friendship between the two nations. Liliuokalani was very impressed with the style and requested more be crafted for other members of her family. Goldsmiths throughout the land were then commissioned to learn this art of jewelry crafting. At the time of Prince Albert's death, bracelets were made in his remembrance by request of Queen Victoria and Queen Liliuokalani. Enameled lettering was used in reflecting the loss of their beloved Prince.

The tradition has since continued throughout the generations. Hawaiian heirloom jewelry has been given as a gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations and weddings. Heirloom jewelry will last a lifetime, and is often passed from generations. It is considered an honor to receive such a precious, personalized gift.

Today, Hawaiian heirloom jewelry is hand crafted, as it has always been. Although Hawaiian bracelets are the most traditional style of heirloom jewelry, more variations have surfaced over the years. You can find rings, vertical pendants, horizontal necklaces, and even id bracelets, each with their own unique design and personalization. With this amazing craft, it is no wonder that this tradition has lasted and grown through the years.

My Thoughts

The pendant is simply adorable. It's beautifully crafted and by the looks of it, precious time and extra care were spent to make it this beautiful. The design is plain and simple, but it looks stunning. It's great to use every day and on special occasions and would easily match any outfit.




Recommendation

The cute turtle pendant would make a great gift to family and friends. As you can see in the photos, it is nicely packaged. For more information about their products, please visit their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Turtle Silver Pendant through the Hawaiian Jewelry Company website. The pretty pendant is fairly priced at $46.00. The offer FREE shipping with every order.

As promised, I am giving away one of these pendants to 1 lucky reader.

Prize: Silver Turtle Pendant, 16mm high with an 18" box chain. Lifetime guarantee. 
Dates: 10/05 -10/15 
 Open to: US Residents 18+ 
 Enter to win using the giveaway widget below. 
 Good luck!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purpose of this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


 
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