Monday, March 30, 2015

Operation Smile Brings Smiles to Kids



Operation Smile is such an amazing charity. Operation Smile helps correct Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate in babies.  It’s a congenital birth defect that hinders baby’s ability to suck and eat and even speak. When the baby is in their mother’s womb, sometimes their mouths or lips do not form and there is a hole.  Babies born with Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate do not have the ability to smile. Parents are not able to see their baby’s first smile as other parents do.  1 in 10 children with Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate don’t get to celebrate their first birthday. It is incredibly sad, thankfully Operation Smile is there to save the day. Operation Smile goes to third world countries where doctors are not an option. It’s a really simple and inexpensive surgery that they just cannot afford. It’s roughly $240 per surgery, and while that doesn’t sound like much to us, in some countries it may as well be ten thousand dollars.  Babies with Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip will experience ear problems and dental problems too. Thankfully it is curable and they can live normal lives. 1 in 700 babies will have Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate. That is so heart breaking because so many babies won’t get surgery without Operation Smile. Operation Smile needs our help, it takes a village to help others.  There are many volunteers and doctors who volunteer their time to travel to third world countries to help these precious little babes.

Campus Book Rentals has teamed up with Operation Smile to help donate smiles. For every text book you rent, Campus Book Rentals donates to Operation Smile. I think that’s so wonderful. So, if you are in college or have a child in college, check out Campus Book Rentals and consider renting text books from them and help support Operation Smile.

For more information and to learn about what they do, please visit Operation Smile

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pregnancy Skin Care Guide


Pregnancy is an exciting time for women. Your body is changing, you’re preparing for another addition to your family, and you’re enjoying the love and support of your family and friends. Unfortunately, pregnancy also has a few less-than-glamorous aspects, such as the temporary skin issues that often arise. Luckily, most of these skin issues resolve themselves shortly after delivery; however, here’s a quick guide to several common skin conditions developed during pregnancy, as well as what pregnancy-safe products can be used to treat them.

One of the most common skin conditions associated with pregnancy is the development of stretch marks, tiny tears under the skin that 90% of women develop in the sixth or seventh month. While there’s no research conclusively proving how to manage stretch marks, moisturizer can improve the appearance and also reduce itchiness. Speaking of itchiness, pregnant women often experience itchiness and rashes as well. Similar to stretch marks, these symptoms can be relieved with the use of fragrance-free moisturizers.

The hormonal changes women experience can lead to melasma and acne. Melasma is the darkening of the skin on a woman’s face, and makeup and concealer can camouflage the darkness, while sunscreen can prevent further darkening and soy-based sunscreen may even lighten the affected area. Women can improve any acne on their face by washing their face regularly with fragrance-free cleanser and using over-the-counter, pregnancy-safe products. Unfortunately, many such acne products contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinoids, which can be dangerous to pregnant women as they’ve been linked to pregnancy complications and birth defects.

Finally, a few skin conditions pregnant women face can be easily treated at home. For example, puffiness on the face and eyelids can be improved with ice and cold packs.

While the skin conditions caused by pregnancy can be uncomfortable, pregnant women can gain relief in the fact that it’s a temporary discomfort that will soon be replaced by a child to love.

Monday, March 23, 2015

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Easter Review



If you are looking for something different for your Easter celebration, you should consider an Easter Bunny Basket 12 inch Cookie Cake from GourmetGiftBaskets.com I know a lot of people like to eat pie, but really how much pie can you eat? You have pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let’s make Easter different. I am not really big on most pies, I really only like a few of them. I love cookies and frosting so this is a perfect Easter treat for my family. It’s also only $34.99. Noah doesn’t really like pie either except for pecan pie and peanut butter pie. He would eat cookies every day of the week though.  The Easter Bunny Basket 12 inch Cookie Cake is not only adorable but it is very tasty. There are many chocolate chips in it. The frosting is delish! Noah loved it too. We enjoyed sitting together and eating it. I had to tell him not to get in to it in the middle of the night, just in case. I didn’t want him getting any ideas for a midnight feast! GourmetGiftBaskets.com has many wonderful items that would make great gifts or just a little something special for yourself. Gift baskets aren’t just for gifts, they are fun for anyone. They have tons of cute Easter items that would brighten anyone’s day! Grandparents have started sending Easter Baskets and treats to their grandchildren. I wish my grandparents did that. I know my grandpa Bill was always good for jellybeans and M&M’s though.

I also received the Hippity-Hoppity Easter Stack ($29.99) to enjoy. It was also adorable. Here’s what was inside: 



Jelly Beans by Buttercup Candy Shoppe - 3.5 oz. - Plump, gourmet jelly beans that explode with refreshing fruit flavors.
 
Peeps by Just Born - Assorted - A classic springtime treat of smooth, gooey marshmallows that are molded into festive shapes and coated with a bright, sweet confection.
   
Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Popcorn by KingOfPOP.com - 1.4 oz. - Crisp and crunchy handcrafted popcorn that's speckled with freshly cracked pepper and gourmet sea salt.
 
Confetti Popcorn by KingOfPOP.com - 3.11 oz. - Handcrafted gourmet popcorn that's drenched in thin candy shells.
 
Double Crisp Chocolate Bunny - 4.25 oz. - A solid milk chocolate bunny that's flecked with pieces of rice crisp.
 
Original Skittles by Wrigley - 2.17 oz. - Bite-sized chewy candies that burst with irresistibly sweet fruit flavors.

Noah has this weird thing about Peeps He likes to eat them, but he thinks they are so cute, he refuses to eat them. He won’t let others eat them either. He is a silly goose. I really liked the Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Popcorn. It was salty and peppery yet sweet at the same time. Who doesn’t love jelly beans and Skittles. It’s not Easter without a chocolate bunny!

For more information and to order check out the GourmetGiftBaskets.com Website

Thank you to GourmetGiftBaskets.com for providing me with complimentary samples. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Campus Book Rentals Helps College Students Save Big Bucks!




The Summer Semester is starting soon. Many college students are trying to get things in order and dreading paying for their books that they will use for only several months. Sure they can spend a fortune at the campus book store but who wants to do that? Those books will probably sit in a box for the next 15 years in someone’s garage anyways. Campus Book Rentals has the solution, they will rent you books for whatever class you need them for. You can save 40%-90% off bookstore prices. The selection is amazing. Seriously, you may think they wouldn’t have a book for that class but they do. I have a friend who is taking classes for something really specific, that is only offered at a select number of places, and Campus Book Rentals has books for her class.

 It’s so great for the environment when you rent your textbooks instead of buying new.  You can even have flexible rental periods to make sure you have the book as long as you need.  Don’t worry about highlighting in the textbooks, it’s totally allowed. If you are just learning about Campus Book Rentals, have no fear, you can sell your old text books too. It would be a great way for college kids to make an easy buck, free up space and help others. So, if you took classes recently, dig out those old books, and check out Campus Book Rentals.  Campus Book Rentals offers Free Shipping both ways.
Campus Book Rentals also supports the amazing charity Operation Smile. Operation Smile helps babies and children with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate get surgery and the treatment they need to suck, eat and speak and smile. Smiling is important. Just think if you couldn’t smile.  Operation Smile saves babies and children’s lives.  

For more information on Campus Book Rentals check out their website.