Friday, June 13, 2014



Yes, this is an article about that parental subject we all know and love……..potty training.   

Recently, I overheard some young mothers discussing their various methods while at a restaurant during ‘lunch hour’.   I found it utterly amazing that these ladies sounded just like my friends and I did a few years ago!   Their discussion covered different articles, books, etc.; each young woman emphatically trying to impress the others…..sadly, there was absolutely no discussion about ‘success’ or ‘successful methods’.

Since we were only separated by the partition between our separate booths, I got up the courage to approach them with the opening line “I couldn’t help but overhear parts of your conversation….”;   I described my own failures as a young mother trying to teach my little ones without any sort of ‘quality’ guidance throughout the potty training process. 

After sharing some of the more humorous episodes, I told them that a few months ago I discovered a method that is maybe as close to perfect as one could get!  I was so impressed by the results of this method; you can complete potty training successfully in as little as 3 days!   Potty training without all of the episodes I had overheard during their conversation; a tried-and-true method that has approximately 97% success!   With today’s prices, just imagine the annual savings….no more disposable diapers or diaper service!

For less than the cost of 2 economy packs of diapers, your child can be potty-trained almost in the blink of an eye! (There is a more than adequate time allowance for product return.)  Hundreds of dollars will be saved!

Naturally, they were interested to find out exactly what I was talking about.  We exchanged contact information and….well, to make a long story short, this article is being written with those ladies specifically in mind … and anyone else out there who still has potty training on their children’s horizon…


Monday, March 10, 2014

Weight Loss....For The Ladies Only

With the onset of the spring/summer season, what are many of us thinking about?  Our weight and physical appearance!  Personally speaking, the fall/winter season causes weight problems.  Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years……eat and drink ‘til you drop holidays!  If you aren’t into outdoor winter sports (shudder!) then your physical activeness was extremely limited by this year’s winter.  It was close to impossible to take a ‘walk’ of any sort, proven by my weekly grumbling sessions of taking the garbage to the front curb for pickup.

Honestly, how can you get through fall/winter without picking up some pounds here and there?  Understanding this dilemma has helped me to be better able to ‘forgive’ myself for my slovenly silhouette (I am my worst critic).  Now, what is to be done so that removing my sweatshirts, baggy sweaters, and the like isn’t such a terrifying thought?  I want new spring and summer, too! 

In the past few weeks or so, I have been experimenting with various weight loss products and diet supplements.  Some seemed ‘okay’, some a complete waste of time and money.  The problem is that there are infinite choices out there and so many ‘scams’.    

A week ago I came across something unique in its approach.  Someone, a male professional with credentials (no, not Dr. Oz!), had already established himself in the weight loss field; however, he was dismayed that it seemed to be most effective for males….only!  For some reason, women were only experiencing minimal results!  A close female family member approached him for weight loss help; she knew his established track record….who better to ask?  This began a ‘journey’ for him; he wanted to help her….and actually help her.  His research resulted in discovering distinct differences in how a male loses body fat/weight as opposed to a female!  He subsequently developed a unique product and approach to the problem….only for females!  Not only did it help her, she introduced it to all of her friends!

No, this is not intended as a specific ‘product endorsement’ of any sort.  I am merely writing about my own personal discoveries, with the hopes that it just might be of help to someone else.  I hope so….  In any event, I now look forward to the change in seasons……bring in Spring!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hair Today....Gone Today!

A short list of ‘creepy’ things to do:

  • Shave your legs
  • Shave your underarm area
  • Share your facial area
  • Shave your neck
  • Shave your back
  • Shave your chest

I think you get the idea…..I HATE SHAVING!  I am convinced that body hair removal is some sort of curse on mankind dating back to times unknown!  I have tried so many different razors (manual, electric, battery-operated) that I just might qualify as a ‘renowned authority’….I have also had the immense displeasure of waxing, plucking, etc., ad nauseum.  Lately, with the onset of Spring, the whole ‘shaving’ thing is something that must be addressed.

The only reason I did not try laser is that a friend of mine DID; after seeing her ‘burns’ and listening intently to her long descriptions of each and every painful moment, I decided that it would not be in my best interests to see these things for myself firsthand.  (one of my wiser moves)

Men have the same problems as we women do with hair removal; many men DON’T want ‘hairy’ legs, a ‘hairy’ chest/back/buttocks.  Some men don’t want hair on their legs either.  This was an eye-opener for me; I was so wrapped up in my female ways that I failed to consider the fact that men suffer almost more than we do.  Society expects women to have this ‘bodyhair shaving’ issue…not men!  This is truly sad and I publicly apologize for my past ignorance and tunnel vision.  Sorry fellas!

There is a system that works much like laser…but without the pain!  In effect, it ‘singes’ the hairs painlessly; when finished you then rub down the area (side benefit:  this also serves as a form of exfoliation for your skin).  No muss, no fuss, lasts a long time….luv it!  Yes, this is a ‘plug’ of sorts however if you knew me personally then you would know I am not one to openly ‘plug’ anything unless I truly believe in its value.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Your Eyes....Windows To Your Health?

All jokes aside, when is the last time you had your eyesight checked?  No, I don’t mean when you get your license renewed (at least in my state) or that little eye chart you find posted everywhere.

Generally, if you don’t currently need to wear glasses or contacts, you should consider a full eye exam every two or three years; however, once past the age of 40, many professionals will suggest an annual exam.  If you already wear glasses or contacts, or if vision disorders/diabetes runs in your family, it is suggested you get an annual exam.

One big bonus of eye exams is that other health issues can be ‘brought to light’, such as glaucoma or bleeding behind the eye.  Certain types of lesions with scarring on the retina can be a sign of various health disorders.  Specific retina imaging can even reveal problems indicative of cardiac disease! 

The medical field is constantly seeking ways to detect life-threatening problems early; articles are constantly being publicized regarding various ‘new’ findings or theories.

In addition to a typical eye doctor’s office, exams are now available at several major retailers and drugstore chains.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Internet.....Your Friend!

Like so many of us out there, I am always looking for ways to ‘cut corners’ without cutting quality of life.  By that I mean wiser spending on those items one MUST have, such as insurance and/or a vehicle, household necessities, personal must-haves (i.e. jewelry, makeup, and hair products), etc. 

As a one-person ‘do it all’ (breadwinner, mother, caregiver, the list is endless…) I am not afforded the luxury of making several calls to multiple places to obtain quotes ….sending emails requesting information are not always answered quickly and waiting is not always an option!

Two days ago, my car was extensively damaged when another vehicle lost control on the ice and landed hard on the driver’s side of my automobile!  Fortunately, other than some bothersome cuts, bruises, upset stomach, headache, muscle pain, I was not hurt too badly.  Now my problem is……WHAT DO I DO ABOUT THE CAR????  The door is destroyed, the windshield is cracked and it’s freezing outside and windy!  My financial situation is not good enough to just run out there and buy a car like I’m replacing toilet paper!

Due to my present life situation, I have learned to make extensive use of the internet; it is an indispensible part of my life now.  Other than food, paper products and medicines, much of my shopping is not done online.  Shopping online (i.e. Amazon) is easier, quicker, costs less gas…heck I even save on insurance because of less mileage!

The car, what about the car?  After doing some online research, a friend picked up some duct tape and plastic sheeting from the local hardware.  Online I learned how to make a temporary ‘window’ for my driver’s side door….hopefully, after the weekend is over, I will be able to pick up a replacement door at one of the car recycling places in our area (former junkyards, ha ha, got to love socially correct wording!) and pay to have it installed.  I am also doing online research for a replacement automobile!  

Thursday, February 13, 2014


♥♥♥♥     I ABSOLUTELY L O V E THIS    ♥♥♥♥

I am going to have this plastered EVERYWHERE in my house!  (ha ha)

This is one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter...reminds me somewhat of so many mothers out there:

  • beating our heads out of frustration
  • constantly advising our children  (no, Harry Potter!)
  • defending them against all odds (when he 'zaps' the bad warlock and tells him 'you will NOT....hurt/whatever...Harry Potter!)
  • sometimes causing a 'scene' to be paid attention to

The similarities are many.....the love and protection of our children and loved ones.....aren't we all SO much alike?