C.R. PIN UP MODEL CLUB STARTING SOON

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Cedar Rapids has a new PinUps (Pinup Models) Club and I had the opportunity to strike a few poses in some sexy classic cars a few weekends ago.

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ICKY! Bathroom floor not the place to change a baby…the solution is here

Created by two moms of twins, Baby Change-N-Go is a portable changing table that creates a safe, clean and private space to change baby’s diaper. It can hold up to 40 pounds, but was tested for 10 times that weight. ​ Bathroom floors are full of germs, illegal drugs and hazardous objects–similar to what you can also find on a public changing station in a public restroom!
We’re guessing based on this story that’s gone viral by Chris Mau that every dad wants a place that’s not nasty and full of germs to change his baby.
Just in case you missed it, Chris and his family went out and their baby needed a diaper change — pronto.  The bathroom floor was NASTY and there was no changing station. What’s a dad to do?

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You could have PTSD

COULD YOU HAVE PTSD?

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Possible Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Typically, when we hear PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we think of military veterans who experience vivid and often debilitating panic-inducing flashbacks of their time at war. With June 27th being National PTSD Awareness Day, a condition resulting in over 3 million cases in the US annually, we thought it best to gain some clarity. We connected with Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a PTSD expert and NYC based neuropsychologist and Teaching Faculty Member at Columbia University Teacher’s. Dr. Hafeez who shared some common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder and how to cope.

Understanding the symptoms of PTSD

Typical symptoms of PTSD include distressing nightmares, that awaken you in a state of panic, persistent thoughts and recurring flashbacks about the traumatic experience, numbing or avoidance of memories of the trauma, triggered emotional responses and just an overall on-edge feeling. “Anyone can have PTSD symptoms and oftentimes they may feel judged for not being able to shake off something others may perceive as not being a big trauma. Many people suffer in silence,” cautions Dr. Hafeez who helps people after exposure to these traumas.

Possible Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

One quarter of the population will be involved in automobile accidents that result in serious injuries. “For those who come seeking mental health treatment after a car accident, 60 percent are diagnosed with PTSD, it’s quite common.” Symptoms may include feelings of anxiety, increased heart rate, and a fear of driving or even being a passenger in a car. “Oftentimes people who were injured in a car accident or even perhaps witnessed a fatality will be in shock. Then over time they begin to reply the accident. This is when it’s advised to seek therapy to cope with this trauma, advises Hafeez.

 

Military Combat

As stated earlier PTSD is commonly associated with combat veterans with 31% diagnosed. Combat PTSD symptoms can include carrying a weapon when not necessary, seeing threats where none exist, and outbursts of physical violence. “Having these symptoms just means that you are have a reaction of stress to a nearly impossible situation,” says Dr. Hafeez.  Service animals and emotional support pets are a start. Meeting with a PTSD specialist for therapy along with self-calming activities such as meditation, deep breathing, painting or yoga are recommended.

Personal Assaults

Sexual assault, mugging or robbery are life-threatening situations that can instantly trigger post- traumatic stress disorder. When events like these occur, victims will try to avoid reminders of the trauma, always be on guard, and may have problems in daily living. “People who went through assault often report feeling unsafe and on edge as if they are expecting someone to attack them again. They also experience terrible flashbacks with disturbed sleep. Turning to alcohol or drugs isn’t uncommon which is why it’s so important to seek therapy,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Group therapy could be very helpful because there’s comfort in not feeling alone.

Natural Disasters  

Natural disasters cannot be controlled which makes it more difficult to prevent the anticipatory anxiety. Devastating life altering events such as tornadoes, earthquakes to hurricanes, and fires often put people into a survival mode for up to 18 months, studies show. Symptoms usually peak during the first year and in most cases, survivors get better with time once they have accepted the reality of the event. “When we look at natural disasters that result in loss of lives, assets, and personal property, there’s a sense of hopelessness that can be incredibly overwhelming. The best way to deal with this situation is this is through therapy which is often difficult to receive right away given people get displaced and are focused on basic survival,” says Dr. Hafeez.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is an attempt to control, it’s more about manipulation through put downs, name calling, blame shifting, instilling fear through ultimatum and threats, and making the person question their recollection of conversations and events. Typically, there is an overstepping of boundaries and the person feels as if they are walking on eggshells. Their every decision comes with doubt and anxiety as whatever they choose may upset their abuser. “Usually the PTSD begins after the relationship has ended or in the case of emotionally abusive parents, when the child leaves the home. They may feel depressed and fearful of being manipulated without knowing it. Helping people establish firm healthy boundaries and identifying “red flags,” empowers the victim,” explains Dr. Hafeez. “Emotional abuse is particularly insidious in that it’s feeds off the vulnerabilities and insecurities of its victims,” she adds.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

New Incredibles Movie Inspired Baby Carriers

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LILLEbaby recently launched its Disney Baby Collection with two colorful Mickey Mouse patterns. Now, they are adding a new pattern for superhero families featuring The Incredibles!

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Ahead of the Incredibles sequel premiere this June, LILLEbaby is launching an Incredibles-inspired pattern, Disney•Pixar Incredibles 2 Collection by LILLEbaby, in the brand’s popular COMPLETE All Seasons and COMPLETE Airflow carrier styles.

 

  • Fabric: 100% Cotton and Breathable 3D Mesh Six
  • Carrying Positions
  • hood, zippered pocket, lumbar support, neck support
  • 2-way straps
  • Machine Washable

Featuring an exclusive temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh. It’s lightweight, road-ready and built for the strongest of super-heros during all of Municiberg’s seasons. Remember: NO CAPES!

 

Reduce eye redness with Lumify by Bausch + Lomb

Drop everything! Because the eye care experts at Bausch + Lomb are proud to launch an amazing new eye drop that significantly reduces redness to help eyes appear whiter, brighter and more radiant.

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 Developed by eye doctors, LUMIFYTM was approved by the FDA in December of 2017. Its unique formulation has been clinically proven to significantly reduce redness in 1 minute and lasts up to 8 hours. LUMIFY is 100% free of bleach and dyes.

“Eye redness is a common, non-specific issue that brings many patients into our offices,” said Melissa Toyos, M.D., general ophthalmologist, dry eye specialist, and facial cosmetic surgeon at Toyos Clinic. “LUMIFY works differently than other redness relievers by selectively targeting redness and alleviating some of the potential side effects common to other redness relievers – rebound redness, dependency or loss of effectiveness over time. I am excited to be able to recommend LUMIFY as a new, effective option for my patients.”

Our eyes are one of the first things people notice and with today’s selfie culture, we always want our eyes to look their best. It’s no wonder many women spend so much time and effort making their eyes look beautiful – concealers, wrinkle creams, lash extensions – but all of these tips and tricks fall short when your eyes are red.

“One of the first things I do when preparing for a photo shoot is to check out the whites of my models’ eyes” said Vincent Oquendo, celebrity makeup artist and LUMIFY brand ambassador. If there is any redness, LUMIFY can help eyes appear whiter and brighter.”

Just one drop of LUMIFY starts working in 1 minute and lasts up to 8 hours, making it a great step to add to your routine when eyes are red and need a little help to let their natural beauty shine through. Once you try LUMIFY, you won’t believe your eyes!

For more information and to check out before and after pictures, please visit www.lumifydrops.com.

LUMIFY will be available at major food, drug and mass retailers including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com in June 2018.

RETAIL PRICE

$14.99 USD (2.5 mL bottle) – 75 drops

$25.99 USD (7.5 mL bottle) – 225 drops

Comfortable and stylish footwear for mom!

Thank you to Camtrade Footwear for providing me with products to facilitate my blog review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Camtrade Footwear designs and manufactures affordable, fashionable, and comfortable shoes.

It’s time to ditch your high heels and step into a comfortable pair of sandals from Camtrade Footwear. Currently, Camtrade Footwear offers the following brands: Secret Celebrity and Soft Comfort. Finding the perfect pair is a breeze no matter what your style preference, price preference and comfort preference may be.

For Mothers Day, I surprised my mom with two styles by Soft Comfort  and she’s had a few days to try them on and is in love with how comfortable they are! She praised that the sandals are not only super soft but also very stylish and feminine. And that they are comfortable enough for all day wear yet versatile enough to wear with shorts or your favorite summer dress.

Soft Comfort offers comfortable sandals made from super soft relaxation technology to provide flexibility, comfort, and cushioning. Soft Comfort uses breathable fabric lining, stylish design, beautiful detailing and top stitching with metallic accents, or embellishments. My mother was able to try the Sunbeam and Sunburst styles. She absolutely loves this brand and mentioned she will have to check out other styles that are in stock.

The Sunbeam is a Tri-Band Slide Offers a subtle and tasteful gold eyelet feature. It’s lightweight- tan outsole and  neutral color options, makes this style a great grab n’ go must-have.

Heel Height: 1 1/2 inches

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Decorative Eyelets
Cushioned Insole
Faux Leather
Black, Navy and Tan
Sizes 6 – 12

The Burst offers a dazzling, Multi-Strap/ Contrasting Material Buckle Sling. Featuring a bedazzled, shimmering band, we balance the bright with a solid, contrasting band.

Heel Height: 1 1/2 inches

Multi-Toned
Multi-Strapped
Buckle
Cushioned Insole
Faux Leather
Black/White, Bronze, Hot Pink
Sizes 6 – 12

Be sure and visit the sizing chart before buying shoes to make sure you order the correct size.

Camtrade Footwear has a beautiful selection of sandals for all your summer needs. To learn more about Camtrade Footwear visit the website and connect with them on Facebook.

 

At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

*Smile Brilliant sent me a whitening kit to try for free.  This review is my honest opinion on their products!*

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I’ve always dreamed of having white teeth and have tried whitening strips when I was younger. It was a struggle of keeping them on and not swallowing the slimy gel. Fast forward to my adulthood I was offered the opportunity to try Smile Brilliants at Home Teeth Whitening.

Needless to say I was skeptical but couldn’t resist the opportunity of having whiter teeth. The system arrives in two shipments. The first shipment included a mixture to cream my impressions. It was really easy to do – and my seven year old son begged to try it. Within ten minutes the templates were done! A return package was include to slip them into
the mail and ship back to Smile Brillant.

A few weeks later the actual trays arrived in the mail and fit perfectly! With that being said the next step is whitening.

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The package suggest to whiten for 45 minutes to 33 hours, followed by a 20 minute desensitizing process. I was super nervous how my teeth and gums would react and to be honest the first time I put too much whitening gel on the trays and could feel everything. It actually hurt. As I continued to whiten everything seemed normal and
the sensitivity subsided. When you first apply the trays you will drool. You can either swallow or spit it out.

As I work from home I have flexibility on whitening. And can at times whiten up to three hours. This worked out perfectly for me. For others, you may need to a lot a certain amount of time each morning or evening to achieve the perfect shade of white.

It didn’t take very long to notice the brightness. With my teeth being fairly white to begin with the difference isn’t as noticeable as others. I still have a few syringes of whitening gel left over and I am excited to continue on this journey to maintain the whitening effect.

Here’s my before and after photos. It was rather challenging to obtain the same lighting in both pictures. These aren’t retouched in any way. I can definitely notice a different in the brightness of my teeth. I wasn’t expected a huge color change. The brightness has impacted me! And I love this product. I’m really impressed with the Smile Brillant system!

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