Such a Tweeze….

Have you ever noticed how you can never have enough tweezers in your collection?

Or how hard it is to find the right tweezers when you need it?

Better yet, how quickly your “favorite tweezers” — You know, the one that catches your brow hair just right when you need to clean them up in between appointments– disappears when you need it most!

This problem multiplies when you’re married. I swear it does.  Even worse are those occasions when your husband will has an ingrown beard hair but swears that you can’t come near him with your pink tweezers. (REALLY DUDE. REALLY? These pink tweezers are gonna work just fine!)  😂😂😂😂 #wifeproblems

 

This Tweezer Set features three pairs of tweezers– slanted, straight and pointed — in a protective black leatherette travel case.  Each pair of tweezers closes evenly and firmly, creating the cleanest, most advanced pulling power and they come with a free replacement guarantee.

 

I most appreciated the neutral colors of this set. As I mentioned earlier, I find myself needing to purchase tweezers for my husband to use, but he’s not a fan of the pink variety.  The colors are very vivid and such that they can be easily adapted to be included the toiletry collection of a male or female. Beyond appearance, the color has actual function– The elegant coating makes the ergonomics of the stainless steel tweezers even more exact, super smooth, long-lasting and easy to clean.

Product Review: Brisa Menstrual Cup

This was a very interesting product review to complete.  I wondered how I would do a blog post without sharing too much information, but some of you
may be like me and really want to know another person’s opinion of this type of product.

SPOILER ALERT: I will not be posting any “AFTER” photos because, ummm…. no —   That’s just too much.  But, I can say, this: I was able to use the product over the course of two days and clean it with minimal effort.

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About the Cup:

Brisa is a soft and comfortable menstrual cup made with 100% medical grade silicone. This cup is FDA approved and collects the menstrual flow internally instead of absorbing it, which prevents the dryness and irritation women often experience while using tampons.

Selecting Your Size:

One of the first decisions you need to make when considering a menstrual cup is to find the size that will best fit your cervix.

Brisa Size Options:

1 – Small – If you have a low / medium cervix, light or regular flow, or have never given birth vaginally.

2 – Large – If you have a medium / high cervix, have given birth vaginally, or have a heavy flow.

Since I have yet to give birth and have a low cervix, I went with the small size, despite the fact that I often have a heavier flow.  I figured I would take a few bathroom breaks and monitor the flow the first day to see how quickly the cup filled up. For added peace of mind the first day, I also decided to wear my cup along with a pantyliner while I adjusted to the cup.

 

Inserting and Wearing the Cup is Easy and Comfortable:

I thought this would be one of the most awkward parts (second only to removing the cup), but it really wasn’t. The directions are straight-forward and easy to follow.  You basically fold the cup in half and in half again. Then you allow it to open up and create a natural seal (this will make more sense once you have your own cup). 🙂

I can have a very heavy flow during my cycle and this means that I have to wear “Ultra “or “Super Plus Tampons” at some point during my period. If you’ve ever worn one of these you know they area LARGE and uncomfortable!  Wearing this cup was such a pleasant alternative. I really didn’t think about the fact that I was wearing the cup until I went to the restroom and remembered that I had it on. Per the manufacturer, once you have inserted the cup you can keep it for up to 12 hours (according to your flow).

Removing the cup was also just as easy. I used this towards the end of my cycle so my flow was relatively low. I followed the product directions to remove the item (removing it similar to how one would remove a tampon) and never had any issues with the cup spilling. I will add a few pointers here.  I “prepared myself” for removing the cup by grabbing a few pieces of tissue and having them on hand. Then, I simply took the cup, noted where the liquid was relative to the markings on the cup and dumped the liquid into the toilet.  It is possible to clean the cup with tissue if you are unable to rinse it before inserting it again, but I followed the directions provided on rinsing the cup with water before using it again during the day. And I’m still alive. 😀

 

Peace of Mind:

I was hesitant to do it, but I wore it to bed– and I didn’t have any accidents!  It was great. It really is an AMAZING feeling when you realize that you do not need to think about changing a pad or tampon every 4-6 hours.

For my comfort and personal peace of mind, I cleaned it using the same feminine wash that I use daily.  I thought this would be more sanitary than using traditional soap and water to clean and store the item.  After it was completely dry, I placed it back in the satin storage pouch until I need to use it next month.

I will definitely use this again. Overall, one of the most pleasant surprises was how comfortable wearing this cup was.  I thought it would be more uncomfortable than wearing a tampon, but it was QUITE the opposite– especially when sitting for extended sessions.

Give it a chance, YOUR BODY is going to thank you!

 

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Book Review: Money-Making Mom

Money Making Mom Book Review on FixItWithFran.com

I fell in love with #MoneySavingMom as a student in undergrad– It went right along with the frugal habits I’d already inherited from my maternal grandmother.

This book right here! Let’s just say, it’s a game changer. I’ve started incorporating many of the author’s tips and I’m already seeing increased traffic on my blog and social media sites.
What really strikes me about this text is this– reading it felt like I was listening to a big sister or close mentor.

Her advice was SO down to earth and approachable and the text really felt like we were just curled up on some comfy seats in one of our living rooms having a conversation. You can’t just create that. That’s a real gift! I’m so grateful for what she shared and the opportunity to review this text.

My top 3 takeaways:

  1. Post frequently. She recommends posting content to your blog,  AT LEAST 3 to 4 times a week.  Before reading this, I thought an average of  2 posts a week was doing OK.  After reading this,  I realized I needed to step my game up. By doing so, I’m generating more traffic to my blog and seeing increased interactions with my subscribers.
  2. Repost your own content. Do you have old blogs that existed before your blog had much traffic?  POST THEM AGAIN. That was a simple suggestion that was so eye opening for me. (And it takes care of one of your weekly blog posts ✔)
  3. Follow blogs and podcasts to stay abreast of current trends.  I’m pretty good at following blogs/bloggers and reading up on trends online,  but I had yet to begin listening to any podcasts. She recommends: EntreLeadership or Brilliant Business Moms.

Ok. That’s it. I’m not going to give away any more of the text. If you want to know more, you’ll have to read it yourself to find out. 😉 You won’t regret it.  I PROMISE ✋👍👌

More about the book (from the publisher):

Book Description:

Entrepreneur, author, and popular blogger Crystal Paine shares the secrets of building income at home, using real life examples to from her own journey in becoming a money-making mom as well as the stories of other women from all walks of life. The nuts and bolts of how to make more money from home are revealed in clear steps that can be immediately and easily put into practice.

But more than just a how-to book for earning extra income,The Money-Making Mom is a challenge to dream big and create a pathway for life. Paine offers examples and insights about what “finding your purpose” can look like in family, career, and service to others. Readers will find inspiration and hope for a life that’s more than “just getting by,” one driven by vision and the freedom to bless others generously.

About the Author:

Crystal Paine is a speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. In 2007, she founded MoneySavingMom.com, a site that has since grown to become one of the most popular blogs on the web, currently averaging more than 1.5 million readers per month. She lives with her husband and three children in Wichita, Kansas.

Ghostbusters Logo Heat Reveal Coffee Cup – Product Review 

When I saw this Ghostbusters Logo Heat Reveal Coffee Cup, I knew I had to have it! Husboo and I were both obsessed with the Ghostbusters as kids (He actually liked the movies,  I was more of a fan of the soundtracks– Typical us! 😂😂).

The mug is so much fun! Just add coffee, tea (or slime) to reveal the officially licensed  no ghost logo that was made famous by the original 1984 movie. The unique design is displayed on both sides of the mug — you are practically guaranteed to have a view of the color change in action!

Product Features

* The mugs hold up to 11 ounces of liquid.

* Made from quality ceramic with black glaze and a thermochromic coating.

* The no-ghost symbol appears after 30 seconds and is visible for up to 30 minutes.

* Features the international no symbol and the catchphrase “Who ya gonna call?”

* When hot liquid is added, the famous cartoon ghost emerges, and the title Ghostbusters appears below the no-ghost symbol.

One-Sided Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about love this week. I’ve always been a thinker and I know I promised to get back to sharing my thoughts with you all (aside from the many product reviews) so here we are! 😀

My husband knows that I feel very deeply. At some point before beginning our dating relationship, we were joking about something and I recall saying to him, “I’m mean, I am anti-social, and I don’t like people.” To which he quickly replied, “No you’re not.  You really love people, but you’ve been hurt a lot.”  We’d been friends for about a month, but he had been paying attention!

Since my husband’s grandfather passed, some of my friends have checked on me every day. There are others who I haven’t heard from at all. These others are the same people who often call or text when they need encouragement, words of prayer, are in a crisis, etc. — so yeah.  That’s not a good feeling.

I’ve experienced this feeling before, but this week I really worked on trying to process the frustration that I experienced along with it (I alluded to this in my previous blog post).

It really comes down to this: I realize that there are some people who do not love me the way that I love them or return to me the type of love that they expect from me — It’s a one-sided love. They often ask me to be present for events or for prayer/support/encouragement, but don’t offer me those same courtesies.

I wondered if they ever stop to consider if I needed those things too (because I do). Having studied the 5 Love Languages, I understand that not everyone expresses love in the same ways, but I still become puzzled when dealing with individuals who can receive love/acts of love, but who consistently fall short in returning it to those they receive it from (In other words, why do I always get the short end of the stick from the same people?).

I share this, not to put anyone on blast, but because I think we all have moments when we feel this way and this can lead to feelings of anger or bitterness if we don’t process and release those feelings in a constructive way.  For me, that release comes through prayer journaling. Much of my “lack of weeding” has been due to the fact that I’ve slacked on my journaling routine.

I was writing in my prayer journal today and ultimately, my prayer is that my heart would not become bitter or jaded towards these individuals. I even challenged myself to go a step further. I wondered how many times I made God feel as if my love was one-sided. 

I considered the number of times I’d prayed, only to ask for one thing or another– never to just thank Him or ask how His heart felt with the many crises going on in the world or how I could be His hands and feet in the Earth that day. That gave me some real perspective.

I cannot concern myself with the actions and behaviors of others. The truth is– I don’t know what they are going through or what challenges they may be facing. We all have struggles- we all deal with grief, disappointment, etc. and we all juggle competing demands. 

There are only so many hours in a day– Maybe they intended to reach out and the day slipped away from them. Maybe they never thought of me. Either alternative is ok because I know I am on the heart and mind of God (and so are you).

What I can do is change my expectation. I can only accept people by their actions. I know who I can look to for support in hard times– I have seen those individuals that will lift me up without being asked and I thank God for them.  I don’t know why those who aren’t present choose to behave that way.  I can, however, continue to walk in love and extend grace and keep my heart pure.

These are also instances when I am reminded that we are to trust God and seek refuge in Him above all else. NOT friends, NOT spouses, NOT family, NOT our pastors, counselors, etc. Man will always fail us in some way, shape, or form. God has given us these various people as resources, but they are not THE SOURCE.

I pray this is an encouragement for you this evening.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, please know that you are not alone and God is faithful to carry you through.  His love is never one sided and we should work diligently to ensure that we follow His example.

Scriptures to Meditate On:

Proverbs 18:24 (NLT) There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

Matthew 7: 15-20 (NLT) The Tree and Its Fruit “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT) Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.