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#SeizeYourPoiseMoment with Poise Thin-Shape Pads

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Late last year, we highlighted the newest innovative product to hit the incontinence market, Poise Impressa. Today we’re happy to share the latest from the brand, the Poise Thin-Shape Pads. We love walking the city, especially during the summer, so when my mom (a long time fan of Poise products) comes to visit, I always encourage (she’ll say force) her to join me in trekking the city. I’m an avid believer in making the most out of life and experiencing as much as you can. Great moments make great memories, so I am always up for seizing and creating wonderful moments. My mom and I usually stay out all day, which means making sure we have all we need to take on the day away from home, especially on days that are extremely hot and humid. For me, it is essential to make sure she’s comfortable, especially as she’s older. For her, that means adding Poise Thin-Shape Pads to the staple of items she needs.

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The day begins with her being comfortable, not just in the clothing she wears, but also feeling confident that she won’t suffer any accidental leaks throughout the day so that naturally means stopping by our local RiteAid to stock up on Poise Thin-Shape Pads. Easy to find in the incontinence section, and with a package that includes a 66-count, stocking up on these ultra thin pads is a breeze. The new Poise Thin-Shape Pads are 40% thinner than the original Poise pads, making it perfectly thin enough to fit in her makeup bag.

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Because summer days can be incredibly hot, making sure we’re fully prepared is key, so if you or someone you love is incontinent and wants to enjoy a day without worry, check out the checklist in the following tutorial on the must-have items you or your loved one needs before heading out:

Things to make sure to have in your bag to stay fresh on a hot summer day:

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Water – For a long time, my mother didn’t drink much water away from home because she was afraid of accidents, but on these 90+ degree days, there is no escaping staying hydrated for health reasons. Thanks to the Poise Impressa and now the new Poise Thin-Shape Pads, she no longer worries about that and commits to staying hydrated.

Makeup Wipes – Anyone who’s been out in the incredible heat knows your beauty can end up running like it was Niagara Falls, plus if you’re wearing flip-flops, get ready for some dirty feet. Having makeup wipes, instead of regular wipes gives you the benefit of not only keeping you fresh and clean, its hydrating ingredients is great for your skin.

Fan – My mom and I love fans, the femininity of it, the drama of it, plus it’s a great way to keep cool when you’re moving in between air conditioned environments. We both always make sure to keep one in our bags for those times when the heat is especially high.

Poise Thin Shape Pads – While you’ll naturally leave the house wearing one, I advise carrying an extra just in case, especially if you’ll be out for most of the day. Because they’re ultra thin, you can fit multiple in your makeup bag, purse, etc. So walk all you want, laugh all you want, and shop all you want. The thin flex technology featured in Poise Thin Shape Pads moves seamlessly with your body keeping you protected and comfortable.

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Hats – Fashionable and beneficial, a fabulous hat will keep you looking good and will keep the sun at bay, and help keep your makeup on your face longer.

Snacks/Fruit – Just as staying hydrated is important, having a healthy snack is essential. While we usually pop into a restaurant to grab lunch, etc, keeping snacks like fruit is a must as the heat and sun can drain your energy.

As you can see, there’s no reason to let incontinence stop you from enjoying life and making the most of your day. My mom is walking more, and actually many times insists on staying out longer to experience the more of what the city has to offer. There’s nothing stopping you from making and capturing those wonderful life moments. Are you ready to seize your moments with Poise Thin-Shape Pads? Stop at your local RiteAid to #SeizeYourPoiseMoment.

Stop Leaks Before They Start w/ Poise Impressa at CVS

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There are things we may take for granted and not realize it. When I’m out with friends, we go dancing, we may do something that entails physical activity, and we have amazing conversations that end in raucous laughter. For me, this is a joyous time of untroubled fun but for two people in my life, that’s not the case. Both have stopped doing things they love or enjoy trying something new because of leakage. Even everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing and laughter is cause for concern. I was discussing my mom’s activity withdrawal with a friend while on our way to CVS, she informed me that she too has to be careful and worries about leaks……needless to say I was surprised, because this was someone who’s closer to my age group. Until then, I never realized when she declined certain activities, it had to do with the fear of uncontrollable leakage. Luckily I was able to introduce both  she and my mom on the latest safeguard against sudden leaks, the Poise Impressa Bladder Support Kit.

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I’ve been trying to get my mother to exercise more, mainly walking, something she was actively doing before. She also used to stand up or stay away from fabric couches whenever she knew she would sneeze, cough or laugh and while I thought she was just being strange. After introducing her to Poise Impressa, a soft flexible, internal device with a non-absorbent outer cover, that’s designed for the temporary management of SUI, I saw a change. The Impressa is inserted just like a tampon, but unlike a tampon doesn’t absorb leaks. Finding your perfect size is easy, try size 1, if you experience no leaks, you have found your perfect fit; if you still experience leaks with size 1, move on to size 2, again if there are no leaks, that is your size, if not, move on to size 3. My mom found her right fit (size 2) that supports her urethra after trying them all out. It’s important to note that your height and weight does not matter in finding your right Poise Impressa size, it’s all about finding the perfect internal fit. With a little coaxing, and Poise Impressa, not only has she enjoyed our walks (she now walks to her supermarket as a form of exercise), she’s enjoying full belly laughs and is no longer terrified of or standing up when coughing or sneezing).  As we were out and about all day, she felt comfortable wearing Poise Impressa and was quite happy she didn’t have to remove them when using the restroom. To remove the Poise Impressa Bladder Support, just pull the string as you would when removing a tampon.

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As I stated before, a friend of mine also shared her story with me (she’s a size 3 by the way), but of course her story and my mother’s are not the only ones. There are so many inspirational stories of women who are living much happier lives because of Poise Impressa, get to know these women, share your own story, or just learn more on Life After Leaks. Buying the Poise Impressa Sizing Kit is quite convenient, you can either pop into the Feminine Care aisle of any CVS (just look for Poise products), or order them online from the comfort of your home computer or mobile device. Even more great news, CVS is offering a $1 Off coupon off the kit.

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If you want to stop leaks before they start, head over to CVS and grab the Poise Impressa kit. Get to know more on this innovative bladder product by checking out the Poise Impressa video.

Don’t Smell Like an Ashtray! Discover blu PLUS+ e-Cigs & Flavor Tank Varieties

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Is there anything worse than kissing or hugging someone who smells like an ashtray? Getting into a chronic smoker’s car and being assaulted with the stale smell of cigarettes and discarded cigarette butts? Or having to wait for someone while they run outside for a quick cigarette, which is never really quick, because a few puffs are never enough, and the idea of wasting a full-length cigarette just for 3-4 drags is a no-no to them?

I’ve been there, and I’m sure many of you have as well. I grew tired of the stench of cigarette smoke being transferred from my smoker friends to my hair, and clothing and having them fall victim to their constant nicotine cravings whenever we got together, so an ultimatum was issued. Either give up smoking or try something else.

This led to the topic of electronic cigarettes, something I’m familiar with, having written about a few before for this very blog. For my very stylish friend, I recommended the blu PLUS+ e-Cigs because of their sleek and stylish look, and their variety of Flavor Tanks. My goal was to keep them happy, and also be able to fully enjoy their company again, without smelling like an ashtray myself.

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If the above sounds like you, your friends and/or loved ones, you should definitely be introduced to the blu PLUS+ Xpress Kit. The rechargeable and convenient Xpress kit offer everything a smoker wants: long battery life, quick charging speeds, more vapor production for a great tobacco taste, and long lasting flavor, without smelling like they’ve been swimming in old cigarette butts, and without having to constantly excuse themselves from conversations with friends and family.

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Available in a variety of flavor tanks: Classic Tobacco, Magnificent Menthol, Vivid Vanilla, Cherry Crush, Piña Colada, and Peach Schnapps, all of which are available via blu e-Cigs online, your friends will love the premium tastes and cigarette-like draw. What’s even better, Blue e-Cigs currently has a great deal on an Xpress kit offer, an Xpress Kit bundle that comes with a free pack of tanks. That’s a savings of 50 percent; $30.00 value for only $14.99! This limited deal won’t last long.

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Ordering from the website is a breeze, with an offering of a variety of products, and flavors with various nicotine strength percentages for the occasional and avid smoker, free shipping, special online discounts and sales, like the one mentioned above, quick and efficient shipping services from the US-based company, and a 1-year warranty on all blu products.
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Need to talk to someone from blu? Not only do they have a world-renowned customer service with reps you can chat live with, they are one of the most engaging brands on social media. They truly value their customers” input (we suggest you follow their hashtag #blunation to see how they engage their followers on ways to give them a better blu e-Cig experience), respond to inquiries quickly and efficiently, and offer a rewards program like no other. The blu Nation Rewards program gives you a way to earn free merchandise whether you’re shopping or not. What other e-Cig brand allows you to earn points for doing things like registering, performing fun online activities, interacting with blu, or connecting your social media accounts? Your accumulated points can earn you anything from cool tees to money off your order, to golf accessories. Who doesn’t like getting rewarded!

DEAL ALERT: Walmart is Rolling Back Prices on Banquet Frozen Meals

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There’s nothing more gratifying than hearty meals during those very final, frigid months of winter. We enjoy the warm feel of a good, satisfying meal, especially when we also save on that meal. During this uncertain winter season, we’re stocking up on and enjoying wonderful #lowpricemeals from Walmart. Our grocery expenses are being cut, without losing the great quality and taste of a hot meal, thanks to Banquet dinners and pot pies. From now until February 24th, 2015, all Banquet frozen dinners and pot pies are on rollback at Walmart for only $0.80 each. That sound you’re hearing is your budget celebrating. With a great variety of meals, including Salisbury Steak, Pepperoni Pizza, Lasagna, and Cheesy Bacon Pot Pie, you can plan a great family meal at a low cost. While shopping at Walmart, be sure to look for the Rollback signs for Banquet in the freezer section and stock up like we did.

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With over 30 delicious Banquet Frozen Meals to choose from, you may find yourself needing another shopping cart. We’ve already racked up on our favorites including Sweet & Sour Chicken, Pasta Carbonara, Swedish Meatballs, Rigatoni, Turkey Meal, and we’re definitely going back for more.

We know you love a good deal, and this is an amazing one, so be sure to head to Walmart before February 24th, and stock up on these #lowpricemeals while supplies last! To find out more information on this Banquet Frozen Meals deal, head over to www.walmart.com/rollbackmeals.

K-Y® Liquibeads® | The Freedom to be Spontaneous When #TheMoodStrikes

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We all know that healthy skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, especially during those very cold winter months. Having dry skin is quite uncomfortable and for many people, very painful. Luckily there is something that can be done. There is a great product that will keep you moisturized during those cold winter months. Of course we’re not talking about body moisturizers, we’re talking about personal lubricants, specifically lubricants for women. Ladies, while many of us concentrate on the dryness of our exterior skin during the harsh winter months, we tend to ignore our internal skin. We forget that we need to be moisturized, not only for daily comfort, but for enjoyment during amorous activities. The same way your eyes and the inside of your mouth gets dry and need to be hydrated, a woman’s private parts can also get dry, especially as we get older, or after having children. K-Y® Liquibeads® is a great way to moisturize internally. Think of it as hydration for your private parts.

And when you feel properly hydrated from within, that’s when the magic happens again, and again. K-Y® Liquibeads®, which is easily found in the feminine and personal care aisles at Walgreens, Target, and Walmart, is a personal vaginal moisturizer that eliminates dryness and provides soothing lubrication to enhance ease and comfort when you’re intimate.

Get ready to say goodbye to your discomfort, and hello to feeling more sensual, a much happier partner, more enjoyable intimate moments, and lots of window fogging this winter, when you welcome K-Y® Liquibeads® into your life. This no-mess product is easy to use; just insert a clear, quick-dissolving bead into the enclosed applicator and insert it into yourself, once every few days, to keep you and your body revving to go. You will find yourself more than ready whenever the mood strikes. Insertion is just as easy (maybe easier) than inserting a tampon or feminine douche wash. Because K-Y® Liquibeads® gently releases soothing lubrication that lasts day and night, you may find the mood will strike you quite often.

No longer will you be embarrassed or in pain. Your partner will be happy in the knowledge that they are keeping you fully satisfied, and you just may find yourself becoming more vivacious in and out of the bedroom. So whether you’re in a committed relationship or enjoying the single life, welcome these beads of joy in and enjoy the ride. There’s just one stipulation to using K-Y® Liquibeads®, it should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing, other than that, you are free to feel and be your sexiest. To get you on your way to adding the spice back in your love life, click on the following link for $1 coupon off any KY product, available at coupons.com. 

Soundtracking Your Holiday Season Wirelessly: JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingAudioThis holiday season I’m often walking around the city with my headphones on, music blaring in my ears, getting into the holiday spirit, and fantasize that my life and times in the Big Apple is like being in one grandiose music video, that is soundtracking my life. Since life happens both outside of and behind closed doors, I need that soundtrack to continue whether I’m home or not. What has been my go-to for enjoying my holiday soundtrack? The JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speakers. For many of my friends, enjoying their music is a must for their way of life as well. However, they’re not going to A) drag their desktop stereo or desktop computer everywhere they go, B) be willing to constantly stop what they’re doing to crane their necks to hear the next song on the playlist from another room, or C) walk around with their headphones on all the time. I’m sure many of you have friends and family that are similar, which is why you may want to consider #GiftingAudio this season.

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With five hours of speaker playtime thanks to its amazing battery life, there’s no disruption to your holiday music listening enjoyment. The overall idea behind the JBL Flip 2 speaker is to simplify your life with convenience and fill it with music. By syncing the JBL Flip 2 to your cellphone, not only do you enjoy your playlist, but you can also answer incoming calls through its powerful booming speakerphone capability, without missing a beat.

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For me, the JBL Flip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker helps soundtrack the swirling emotions the holiday brings; and as a New Yorker who loves convenience and saving time, purchasing the Flip 2 on JBL.com, with its lifetime support, 30 day returns, and free ground shipping, only adds to the enjoyment of this portable powerhouse of sound. Through the JBL Holiday Gift Guide, you can shop for the holiday gifts by personality, or price range. Get gifts for the music lover, movie buff, fitness guru or world traveler.

As a music lover myself, I need those joyful holiday sounds in my space, to get the full holiday spirit effect. After all, why not, I live alone. I turn on my JBL Flip 2, watch it instantly detect my phone, and listen to those characteristic couple of beeps and I’m flooded with En Vogue’s “Love Won’t Take Me Out” for when I think of a couple lip-locking under the mistletoe. Then Boyz II Men flies in with “Let It Snow” as I reminisce on what it was like when past loves were in my life, and what it could be like again (better sooner than later, but I digress). I know what I’m bringing along with me, along with my Secret Santa gift, to spread some holiday cheer when I attend a holiday party next month.

For those of you feeling lucky this season, you have the opportunity to win one of 30 amazing prizes from JBL. Whether you want to win it for yourself or to give as a gift, these wonderful portable speakers will bring hours of joyful sounds that say happy holidays.

Give a Child the Gift of Health w/ Walgreens’ #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign

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We are always highlighting a good cause, especially when you can help someone by doing something you’d normally do anyway. We love to celebrate charitable efforts like shop for a cause, tweet for a cause, etc, which is why we’re highlighting Walgreen’s #GetAShot, Give a Shot Campaign. It’s getting to be the time of seasonal flu and time to get yourself and your family immunization shots. The great part of this campaign is that for every flu shot or any other immunization you get at Walgreens, they will help provide a lifesaving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program. It’s hard to believe that not every child has access to medicine for preventable diseases but that my dear readers is a harsh reality. While diseases like whooping cough, measles, and meningitis are curable with a short walk to your neighborhood Walgreens for a shot, it is not so easy for families in developing countries.

Did you know that 1 in 5 children around the world still have no access to the lifesaving vaccines? That two of the most common causes of child death are the very treatable pneumonia and diarrhea? That 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases? That’s one child dying every 20 seconds. No family should go through the heartache of losing a child, especially when it’s because of something that is preventable with an immunization shot.

With over 8,215 drugstore locations nationwide, Walgreens is not only the most convenient location to receive these lifesaving vaccines for you and your family, it is also the most philanthropic. Your immunization can help this very charitable campaign to reach its goal of providing up to 3 million vaccines to kids that need it most. Walgreens offers vaccines for several of the most well-known preventative diseases with no appointment necessary and provides you with all the information you need to stay healthy.

So while you’re picking up your essentials at Walgreens, make a pledge to get your flu shot at their Immunization Center and help provide the gift of health and possibly life to child.

Get connected to your health goals & healthy choices w/ walgreens #balancerewards

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that my clothes were fitting a bit more snug than usual, as a blogger, it wasn’t hard to find the culprit of this weight gain. I sit for hours on end on a computer, and although I try to eat healthy snacks, I sometimes revert back to old habits. However, I am making some headway in being more active. With the help of my Jawbone Up fitness device, Walgreens’s healthy snack offerings, and their #BalanceRewards app, I am well on my way to getting back to making healthy choices and earning points to continue on a healthier wellness and lifestyle journey.

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Thanks to the healthy choices program located in the Walgreens #BalanceRewards app, I am able to connect and sync my fitness device, mine being my Jawbone Up Wearable Device, to the Walgreens app to better keep track of the following: what I eat, my calorie intake, how long I’m inactive, how many steps I’ve walked, other workout activities, my sleep patterns, and my favorite notification – a vibrating reminder to get up and move around if I’ve been idle for too long.

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Along with keeping active, I’ve been trying to eat healthy as well and Walgreens is a great resource for finding what you need to. As you can see in the photo at the beginning of this post, I’ve been keeping my energy up with almonds, hydrating with water, taking a daily gummy multivitamin for overall wellness and tracking my steps with my Jawbone.

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Ever since I’ve started this regime, I find that I walk a lot more. I use my time between attending events to take advantage of walking the city. I’m very proud to say I have walked over 20 NYC blocks on several occasions, all for the chance to reach and/or surpass my daily goal of walking 10,000 steps. Some days I do get stuck behind the computer so I periodically get up to walk around the apt, go up and down the stairs, or do a little dance just to keep myself active, all while earning points towards my Walgreens Balance Rewards.

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Unfortunately I have only reached my goal of 10,000 steps (5 miles) once because this week has been what I like to call “the calm before the storm”, aka the week before NYFW, but so far I have earned 760 points and I know I will being earning much more towards my $5.00 reward.. I fully expect my step count to be triple next week, which means earning rewards faster. How much points you earn it completely up to you, all you have to do is be active, the more you walk, run, spin, etc, you more points you earn. What could be better than that?