Friday, May 26, 2017

Product Review: NOW Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion + Giveaway

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own. Compensation for this post was provided. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

Being a Mom of two boys is wonderfully exhausting and if I am being honest, in the past four years that I have become a Mother, I some how lost sight of myself and focused all of my energy on my children. For 2017, one of my biggest goals was to invest more time into ME.  Find my passions, get healthy, enjoy some free time with my girl friends, and just learn to love me again.

I learned a lot of these goals surrounded the fact that I wasn't loving the skin I'm currently in. It's no surprise that pregnancy and parenting has taken it's toll on me, especially my pregnancies. Since having my first child, my gall bladder decided it was going to hate me and needed to be removed, my thyroid decided it was going to stop working properly, my energy level has been non-existence and my weight - oh, my weight has been a struggle.

When I had my gall bladder removed back in 2014, my surgeon recommended I look into some supplements, mostly probiotics, to help my digestive system. I heard what he said, but I let it go in one ear and out the other. I've always been someone against medicine, supplements, or pills of any sort. I didn't grow up seeing my parents take any supplements so I've always been kind of skeptical of them. However, I've known my digest system hasn't always been the best. I'm not a regular type of girl, if you know what I mean, and being pregnant didn't help that trait. I noticed during my pregnancies, and especially since having my gall bladder removed, I suffered from several gastrointestinal symptoms including bloating, constipation and just general discomfort. Add in motherhood and I felt drained and sluggish, like in the video below:


When I was contacted by MomsMeet to do a review of NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion, I was very intrigued. After hearing a lot about probiotic's, I wanted to give it a try for myself. While researching NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion, I loved the fact that it was a probiotic with Women specifically in mind. It is formulated to support women's health in all stages of life. I'm a sucker for a good infographic, so I loved that NOW teamed up with Yoga Journal Magazine earlier this month and created this lovely visual guide to show the importance of a good probiotic:



When my samples came, I was equally excited and nervous. NOW sent me their Women's Probiotic as well as their Super Enzymes, which supports digestive health and helps break down fats, carbs and protein, and their Kids BerryDophilus Chewables probiotics. 



I immediately started using the Women's probiotic and as of today, I've almost been on it an entire month. I honestly love it! I love it so much I've already purchased a second bottle so when I finish this one I don't run out. I can 100% tell a difference in the changes it has made for me and my body. Not only has it helped me become a more regular girl, I haven't dealt with the occasional bloat and discomfort I slowly became use to. 



I have also noticed I have been sleeping better since I started taking my Women's Probiotic 20 Billion. During the day, I feel as though I am able to focus better and my energy level has definitely increased. I also decided to try the Super Enzymes. I do believe it has helped a little, but I don't plan to buy it for continuous use. Baby steps people, baby steps! Weston currently takes a probiotic, and has since he was three to help with digestive issues, so unfortunately I haven't tried the Kids full size sample I received. 



NOW has graciously offered to give one lucky reader a free sample of the Women's Probiotic 20 Billion {$33.99 MSRP}! Please note, to enter the giveaway you must live in the US and be 18+. Deadline to enter the giveaway is Tuesday, May 30th!

If you are interested in an opportunity to win, leave a comment below and tell me why you're excited to try NOW Women's Probiotic 20 Billion. 

Bonus entry option one - share a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and comment below that you shared it with your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram name. Share it on more than one platform and get a bonus entry for each share! 

Bonus entry option two - head to Twenty63 on Instagram to see how you can get easy bonus entries!

If you don't want to enter the giveaway but are interested in NOW products, or want to see which product would be best for you, make sure you check out NOW's Product Finder Tool

Monday, May 1, 2017

DIY: Kid's Table & Chair Makeover

My favorite DIY to date: this kid's table and chairs makeover on a budget!


This year one of our biggest goals is to update our outside living space. We have a small screened in porch connected to a patio and a small deck. We have lived in our house almost seven years and our outside living space has been riding the struggle bus for most of those years, if any of my neighbors are reading this, we know - we are getting our act together!

Recently, my in-laws were cleaning out their house and they came across two kid's metal folding chairs and a wood side table they didn't have a need for any longer. My Father-In-Law sent me a picture of the chairs and table to see if we wanted them before they tossed them, umm...yes please! I immediately knew what I wanted to do with them and where it would go. Free outside seating for the boys, score!



As you can see, every thing was mismatched; but, they all had good bones. The little three leg wood side table was a perfect height to work as a table for the two folding chairs.


Supplies were simple:


We didn't have the spray paint or the fabric on hand, so this DIY wasn't completely free. We used a primer and paint in one that could cover metal and wood, I opted for the color satin granite. I didn't want a gloss paint since it will live outside a majority of the time.  I found this outdoor fabric at JoAnn Fabrics during a 50% off sale and it was perfect. I thought it was boyish and neutral enough to fit into my vision for my screened in porch. This fabric is from SMC Designs and it's an outdoor canvas fabric called Cosmic Bramlett Fresco, it is normally $21.99/yd if not on sale. We bought a yard and a half for a little over $16 and the spray paint was a little over $3. Under $20 and the boys have a modern custom table and chairs set that we all love.


Weston wanted to help so bad, so he was my little side kick. He had the job  of removing the seat cushions and the back cushions. He kept calling the screw driver his sword and then didn't want to give it back when he was done! After he removed the cushions I put him to work by wiping everything down with some dish soap and water just to get the dirt and dust off of them. It didn't have to be perfect but he did a great job.


While Weston worked on the little chairs, I worked on this nightmare! These staples almost did me in. Every time I thought I had all the staples out, I found five more. 


My other assistant was my wonderful husband, who normally always gets pulled into my DIY projects, he handled all the spray painting. He did lightly sand the chairs but he said it wasn't necessary. We only paint the legs of the table and the chairs so one can of spray paint was more than enough. While Brian spray painted, Weston and I returned inside the house and we started wrapping the table top and cushions with fabric.


I don't have any pictures to show this process because Weston couldn't be trusted around the staple gun, not even for a split second. Boys! For the table top and cushions, I literally cut the fabric to size and then tightly wrapped it around and stapled it to get a tight fit on the back side. It was super simple.

The most time consuming part about the entire project was letting the paint dry to secure all the cushions and table top back into place. We were able to get everything else done in a little under three hours, during Lennox's afternoon nap. It was a nice sunny day in Indy on this day so we were able to set the chairs and table legs out in sun to dry. The following day after work we screwed the table legs and the cushions back in and viola! Perfection!


I LOVE IT! I couldn't be more happier with how it turned it. I literally am walking around my house looking to see what I can paint and wrap in fabric next. I have my eye on my kitchen table and chairs!


I am in love with the fabric! It is absolutely perfect and exactly what I had in mind. I have just enough fabric leftover I might get an accent pillow or two out of it. I just need to learn to sew. So, yeah - that may not ever happen.


Weston's new favorite place to eat or play is this little table, I caught him in mid thought right here. As you can see in the background, the weather and wind has really beat up our wood trim outside; repainting it is one of the many projects on our outside list to complete this year. The whole plan for our outside space is still in the works, but this little table and chairs set makes me want to get it done tomorrow.

How is your outside living area? Do you love it or is it a work in progress?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Product Review: ClearPop Earache Relief + Giveaway

One of the worst things about being a parent, especially a parent to littles, is watching them while they are sick and in pain. You feel helpless when you want to be able to do anything and everything to help them. Soon after I became a parent for the first time, I experienced this helpless feeling. My oldest son has had chronic ear infections since he was 3 months old, he is now almost 4 years old.

Between 3 months old and 15 months old, he had over 10 ear infections. Every time we took him to the Doctor they prescribed him an antibiotic. By the time he was 15 months old, he had already been on several different kinds of antibiotics including amoxicillin, augmentin, cephalexin and several ear drop solutions. Finally, when he was 15 months old we opted to have tubes put in his ears.

This is a happy Weston less than an hour after his surgery eating breakfast. He was so little! 
His tubes put up a good fight, but his left tube fell out within 6 months of being put in and his right tube fell out almost 8 months ago. Since his tubes have both fallen out, he has had three new ear infections. This time experiencing them while he is a little older has been completely different. And just how life happens, if he is going to get one, I can promise you it will be a Friday night or Saturday - you know, when his pediatrician is closed. We then have to determine if we take him to an urgent care center to get a prescription, followed by a rather large medical bill - or do we hold off for a day or two and schedule a regular appointment with his pediatrician. But, then even at that, I hate paying an office visit for a 5 minute appointment when I can diagnose an ear infection at this point in my life.

I was recently contacted by ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief to receive a sample of their product and provide my honest review. I jumped at the opportunity because something like ClearPop would have been a god send for this household. We have been looking for an over the counter remedy to try for years that prevent the dreaded doctor bills but help Weston with pain relief.


ClearPop is an all-natural, prescription free, antibiotic free, earache treatment for ages 2 and up! The ingredient list is simple: isomalt, citric acid, ascorbic acid, xylitol, water, and lemon oil. ClearPop uses a lollipop-like shape to help with suction of the oral cavity and a natural lemon flavor to promote salivation to break up mucus and unblock the middle ear where the infection lives. ClearPop is medicine free, sugar free and gluten free. Kids think they are getting a lollipop treat and have no idea they are effectively draining their middle ear.


Based on clinical studies, ClearPop reduced the pain in 9 out of 10 patients while it completely eliminated the earache in 7 out of 10 patients. It's so simple to use as well! You simply have your child lay down, with the painful ear facing up, then place the flat side of the ClearPop on their tongue and have them suck vigorously until it is fully dissolved, normally 15-20 minutes.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, Weston has not had an ear infection in the last 2 months so I was unable to have hands on experience with this product. However, I am keeping it in our medicine cabinet and at the first sign of an earache Weston will be trying it out.


ClearPop has graciously offered to give one lucky reader a free sample as well! If you have a child that suffers from earaches, or if you are a frequent traveler, or if you have littles and you just want to be prepared for the middle of the night melt down when an earache surprises them - head over to my Instagram post here to enter to win. Deadline for the giveaway is Thursday, April 13th!



If you don't want to enter the giveaway, you can purchase ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief through 1100 stores nationwide, as well as, Amazon. It's normally $11.99 but Amazon currently has it on sale for $11.39 with an additional coupon for $1.50 off. I figure its worth a shot for an all natural treatment as low as $9.89 compared to a minimum Doctor's office visit of $100 plus the cost of an antibiotic.

If you have used it in the past, I would love to hear about your experience below!

Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.