Archives for February 12, 2016

Top Cool Rubber Dog Chew Toy “Skipped Ball” is a must-buy for your Dog!

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Looking for a great toy for your Dog to chew? The Top Cool Rubber Dog Chew Toy “Skipped Ball” found on Amazon.com is a must-buy! It is pretty durable and made from 100% rubber. It has an opening so you can put small treats in it and so this make it a more challenging toy for dogs. I highly recommend for average dog chewers. My dog is a pretty heavy duty chewer so we tried this one with a family member’s dog and it is a hit! It is perfect for smaller and medium size dogs and I highly recommend! This would make a great gift! Your dog will not be bored with this toy!

Self Disclosure: I received a heavily discounted product in exchange for an unbiased review.

February is National Cancer Prevention Month! Have you had your Mammogram yet?

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If you’re confused about when to begin getting mammograms, you’re not alone. I know that personally I have been quite confused by this especially when my OBGYN and my General Practitioner have told me different things.  In recent years, there’s been a great deal of debate in the medical community over when women should begin routine mammograms, as well as the appropriate screening test.

  • In 2015 the recommended guidelines not only changed again, but differed depending on the organization. Susan. G. Komen recently created a graph to help outline the differing guidelines:

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  • David Boyd, Director of Wellness, Prevention and Primary Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center notes, “There are a number of factors that go into deciding when a woman should start screening for breast cancer, including family history and current lifestyle choices. However, it is critical that these conversations start happening so that women can be armed with the information they need to live a healthy lifestyle that may prevent cancer or take steps that might catch it in an early stage.
    • It is also critical to understand the types of screening tests available and how and when to choose the right one.
      • Physical Exam: Annual exam is recommended by most physicians. Speak with yours.
      • Mammogram: Typically done between the ages of 40-74, perhaps sooner based on personal and family history. 3D mammography is a new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. This highly sensitive imaging tool provides individual images of thin layers of breast tissue, which produce much clearer images as compared to two-dimensional (2D) mammography.
      • Needle Aspiration: Also known as a fine needle aspiration, a way of obtaining tissue for biopsy if needed.
        • Biopsy: Usually a wider needle to obtain more tissue. “Tissue is the issue” to make a diagnosis!
        • Below is a graph that shows the general process of testing if a lump is found:

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Here are some additional facts that are important and helpful to know:

  • According to ACS, approximately 90 percent of women who are 40 and older and find and treat their breast cancer are cancer-free after five years.
  • Women who have a mother, sister or daughter who have or have had breast cancer are almost twice as likely to develop the disease.
  • There are several risk factors for breast cancer. Be sure to discuss your risks for the disease with your doctor. If you are under 50, ask your doctor when you should start to have mammograms.
  • Women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer should come up with a comprehensive cancer screening plan with their doctor. For example, women who have a family history of breast cancer should discuss having a genetic test to determine if they have mutations to their BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which increase their risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer.

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For more information, go here.

Don’t forget to schedule your Mammogram! It truly is an important thing that we should do!

Self Disclosure: I received compensation for this post as part of a promotional program with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and MomSelect.  Information and infograhics were provided by CTAC and MomSelect. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Lil Bub Starring in Hit App InstaKitty 3D Supporting ASPCA

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If you thought writing recording a Billboard topping album, publishing a book, hosting your own TV show, and raising over $300,000 for charity are amazing things for a cat to do, you’d be right. And Lil BUB has now accomplished yet another incredible inspiring feat: Becoming a new character inside the hit game App, InstaKitty 3D, available now for iOS and coming very soon for Android!Made with Love
Lil BUB and her best friend Mike Bridavsky, have teamed up with indie game developer and LucasArts veterans HappyGiant to create an incredibly realistic 3D virtual Lil Bub, for her fans to play, feed and care for. And when fans purchase the virtual Lil Bub or any of her custom items, they will be helping other cats in need. That’s because InstaKitty 3D is a proud supporter of Lil BUB’s Big Fund for the ASPCA, and as with all official BUB products, and a percentage of all Bub sales will go to her fund!The team at HappyGiant worked very closely with Bub and her owner Mike to make sure every aspect of BUB came out unbelievably accurate. Her adorable personality has been recreated with real BUB sounds, mannerisms and idiosyncrasies. Finally, your own virtual BUB to have fun with at any time!

“The team at HappyGiant did an incredible job,” said Mike Bridavsky, Lil Bub’s owner. ““BUB and I worked very closely with their team and animators. to ensure that all of her unique movements and mannerisms were accurately recreated. As the number-one expert on BUB, I have to say that I was stunned with the results, it’s as close to the real BUB as you can get.”

The game features these customized Bub items, and more!:

  • Uses actual BUB sounds
  • Features original music from BUB’s album
  • Bub Dance Game
  • BUB side-scrolling game
  • Feed BUB her favorite foods
  • Custom BUB wallpaper
  • And much more!

 

I received a Free download on this app and it’s too cute! My son and I are fans of Lil Bub so we were actually quite happy to try this one out! It’s fun and there is a variety of different things you can do! One of my favorites is the Lil Bub Dance Game!

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You can purchase here:

About Lil BUB
BUB is a very special, one of a kind critter.
More specifically, she is the most amazing cat on the planet. Discovered as the runt of a healthy feral litter in a tool shed in rural Indiana, she was taken in as a rescue when it was clear that she would require special care. Since then, BUB has overcome great challenges, is a published author, a talk show host, a movie star, and has helped raise well over $300,000 for animals in need.

About HappyGiant
HappyGiant is an indie game studio focusing on mobile games, augmented and virtual reality platforms. HappyGiant was founded by LucasArts veteran Mike Levine. HappyGiant has created Dolphin Paradise: Wild Friends, Orca Paradise: Wild Friends and made several prominent pet apps.. Levine also created the indie game “Insecticide” for Nintendo DS, which received critical and fan praise. While at LucasArts, Levine worked on Monkey Island 2 & 3, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Full Throttle, The Dig, Rebel Assault 1 & 2, Jedi Knight: The Force Within 1 & 2, and several others.

Self Disclosure: I received a free download of Lil Bub to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

Los Angeles’ Deals for Valentine’s Day Weekend Rose delivery via UberEats, fair-trade chocolate, pampering products, organic teddy bears and more

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Planning a romantic evening, a “Galentines” day brunch or celebrating with the kids? Whole Foods Market has great ideas for a memorable Valentine’s Day weekend. Friendly reminder to shop before Sunday to avoid marathon street closures, or opt for delivery!

For the Sweetheart:

Whole Trade® Roses via UberEats (A dozen red roses, $25*) – Los Angeles’quickest option for flower delivery on demand! Don’t let this weekend’s marathon street closures or a busy schedule get in the way of romance. Order a dozen red roses for delivery via UberEats on Saturday, Feb. 13.  Heading out on the town Saturday night? Order roses before dinner and get a $15 off purchase of $50 or more coupon* from Whole Foods Market.

Whole Trade® Roses (double dozen assorted roses, $35**, Feb 12-14) – Make this a Valentine’s Day to remember with affordable Whole Trade® roses that support healthy ecosystems and thriving farmworker communities.

Whole Trade® Theo Chocolate Select Organic Chocolate Bars (3 ounce, 2/$5, Feb 10-16) – Share a Whole Trade® Theo Chocolate bar. With high standards for social and environmental responsibility, this chocolate is a sweet treat for him or her, and the planet!

Dinner for Two (one entrée + two sides per person, $24.99**, Feb 10-14) – Enjoy a relaxing and romantic evening in and let Whole Foods Market do the cooking! Choose from cabernet glazed short ribs or Kite Hill lasagna along with a selection of sides including garlic leek mashed potatoes, asparagus with julienned vegetables, roasted wild mushrooms and kale & fennel salad with quinoa.

“Galentine’s” Day:

Select Rosé Wines (20 percent off, Feb 12-14) –Today’s rosés are festive and perfect for a girls’ brunch or dinner in Los Angeles’ 80-degree-weather February.

Whole Foods Market Fizzing Bath Bombs (2.3 ounce, 2/$5, Feb 10-16) Help friends de-stress with these lightly scented essential oils. Scents include coconut milk, lavender vanilla, oatmeal Shea, muscle soak, milk & honey and rose petal.

ALL lip care and lip color (25 percent off, Feb 12-14) – Feel beautiful from the inside out with the highest-quality lipsticks, lip balms and glosses!

For Little Loved Ones:

Bears for Humanity ($19.99) Share the love with a child this Valentine’s Day with a certified organic teddy bear. When one of these furry friends is purchased, Bears for Humanity gives one to a child in need.

Like all products in Whole Foods Market stores, the items featured here are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. Additional offerings this weekend include

Fine print: *Delivery only available in UberEatsLA coverage area. Coupon valid 2/13/16-2/19/16  at these Los Angeles stores: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Downtown LA, Fairfax, Montana, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Venice, West LA, Westwood, Wilshire Blvd.  **Prices below only valid at stores in Arizona, Southern California and Southern Nevada. Check your local store for specific pricing outside of these states.

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

ProFlowers is Spreading Love with FREE Valentine’s Day Flowers! Do you do Snapchat? If so! Don't miss this special deal! Send FREE Flowers! #SpreadLove

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ProFlowers is spreading the love with FREE surprise Valentine’s Day flowers  and this is running through midnight EST today (while supplies last)!

This is a great deal! I just ordered and it was super easy! What a wonderful Valentine’s Day Gift!

No shipping charges and no catch.

It’s simple. Follow ProFlowers on Snapchat and we’ll snap you a code for a free bouquet redeemable at ProFlowers.com/SpreadLove.

 

If you’re not a Snapchat user, it is easy to do!

1)      Go to Snapchat and follow SnapProFlowers

2)      ProFlowers will add you back and send you a snap

3)      The snap will include a link with information (ProFlowers.com/SpreadLove) and a unique, special code for you to redeem your flowers with

4)      Have your phone ready to screen shot the Snap (you only have 10 seconds before the Snap vanishes)

5)      Take a screen shot of the Snap with the code (or write it down before the 10 seconds is up)

6)      Go to ProFlowers.com/SpreadLove to order your free bouquet and use the special code at checkout

7)      Complete order process with code!

Now, how cool is that!?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Self Disclosure: I received a free special code to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.