Category Archives: Health and Hygiene

Contac Cold and Flu

Hey Everyone!  Cold and flu season is in full force.  We’ve already had some virus scares around the Zoo but no hits yet (so thankful!).  I’m certain that our scares are not long behind us though!  I wanted to bring to your attention a new cold and flu medicine that may keep us all up and going this year.  Contac Cold and Flu is a medicine that is designed to attack the many symptoms that come with the virus so that you can quickly get back on your feet!  They’ve been around for more than 50 years, so it seems like they’d know something or another about it!  😀

Contac® Cold + Flu Day & Night and the rest of the Contac® family of products can be purchased at retail locations nationwide and are available in the Cold & Flu section of your local drugstore, supercenter, convenience store or grocer. Average retail price for Contac Cold + Flu Day & Night is $8.50. For more information, visit

Safety Information: Please read the product package for important safety information and directions on how to use Contac. As with all medications, keep out of the reach of children.

Originally posted 2012-12-06 06:00:00.

Pine Brothers Throat Drops Review

Hey everyone!  With the cold weather moving in, I was pleased to get to do a review of Pine Brothers Throat Drops.  They’ve already come in handy!!!

My Mom has breathing issues and frequently has coughing fits.  So naturally she was excited to test them out with me!  The first night she had coughing fits she reached for Pine Brothers and was amazed at how fast her throat was soothed!  She said it only took a few seconds and her throat no longer had that itchy feeling.

Pine Brothers has been around since 1870! 

Here’s the description as provided for the review:

Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born. “I have discovered something,” Pine wrote, “which will give quick throat relief to thousands afflicted as I was.” He added,”Perhaps I won’t make much money out of this. But I can make people happy, and that’s more important than money.” Mr. Pine was being unduly modest, as his “discovery” would become one of the most successful, most delicious and most unique throat lozenges in the world. Nor has the recipe changed appreciably since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

In 1930 Pine Brothers was sold to the Life Savers Company and continued to flourish. Known for its ‘soft drop consistency,’ Pine Brothers lozenges became a favorite of adults and children alike. The product, which attracted healthiest sales in the eastern and northern states, due to its icy winters, reached its peak popularity in the 1970’s. The company was sold by Life Savers, and then, having been re-sold and acquired a number of times, found itself essentially rudderless and under appreciated; this despite a legion of loyal consumers. Cost cutting changes were made to the original recipes, packaging became stale and marketing non-existent; Pine Brothers began to be made overseas. Sales declined.

Recently, Pine Brothers was acquired by the creator and former owner of Airborne, Victoria Knight-McDowell, for her new company 3 Sisters Home Products™. Much time and effort has been spent locating the original Pine Brothers recipes, redesigning the packaging, and creating an exciting yet classic new look. The natural product is once again being made in America, and is launching nationally in fall 2011. At which time old Mr. Pine, will succeed once again in “making people happy.” God bless him!

Pine Brothers Throat Drops can be found at CVS Pharmacies for about $3.49 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-10-25 20:21:00.

Halo’s Oral Antiseptic Review

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know how it is where you are, but here cold season is fast approaching and even making some early appearances!  I was able to try out Halo’s Oral Antiseptic spray in order to let you know how it is!

So, first…  the important stuff:
What it is!
Halo is an oral antiseptic to help protect you from the airborne pathogens around you!  There is both children and adult formulas!

It comes in a small bottle so you can take it with you anywhere you go!  It is alcohol and sugar-free and is completely non-habit forming.  In a clinical study, Halo killed germs for up to 6 hours.  😀

I tried out the adult formula and Monkey tried out the Children’s.  The flavor was great and there weren’t any effects that deterred us from using it.  Tasted good, no after taste.  We were pleased!  :DI received these products to review in hopes that I would share them on my blog.  All opinions are my own.  Please see PR tab for a more detailed and legalistic mumbo jumbo description!

Originally posted 2012-10-15 19:08:00.

Cool Canuck Review

Cool Canuck

So, have you heard of Cool Canuck???  If you have, and you haven’t tried them out, you are missing out!  Cool Canuck  utilizes fabric technology to create a layer of materials that will repeatedly cool itself by simply wetting it, wringing it out, then waving it!  I know, sounds doubtful.  I had my doubts too.

However, I can tell you it works!!!
I received one of the towels to review and it was fabulous.  I used it while I was gardening and it really helped cool me down!  Initially I used tap water and when I popped it, it was instantly cold!  After about 10 or 15 minutes in 100 degree weather I had to re-pop it and it was just as cold again.  After about 4 or 5 pops, I had to re-wet it but that was after over an hour in the heat!
Here are the products they offer:
Horse Covers
Towels (Gym towels, Sports towels, personal towels)
Bandanas, Du Rags, Helmet Liners
T-shirts, Golf Shirts, Running Shirts, Triathalon Shirts , Equestrian Shirts

Originally posted 2012-08-23 05:00:00.

Make Your Sleep Work For You!

Big or small, everyone needs great sleep!  These awesome pillows are the perfect combination of soft, comfy, and security to help with the perfect night’s sleep! With multiple colors to choose from, you’ll find the perfect Sleep Zzz pillow! Make Your Sleep Work For You

Make Sleep Work For You!

“I would do it if I had the time. There just aren’t enough hours in a day.” Ever said this referring to taking care of yourself? We all have. Let’s face it, if there were more hours in a day we would use them to run more errands, make more appointments, clean more, do more things around the house; basically even if we had extra time to do a little TLC for ourselves life would find a way to fill that extra time before the thought, “ok now I can go work out.” Or “awesome I have time for a facial” even comes to mind.

Thankfully there is time you have that you may not have even thought of using. A time where no offices are open, so you don’t have to worry about appointments. A time when house work is basically impractical. What on earth am I talking about? Those wonderful hours of when you are doing nothing but sleeping! That’s right while you are sleeping for those eight required hours (if you are one of the lucky ones J) you could be doing more for yourself than just getting some beauty rest.

Here are a few things some women would like to get more of a handle on, but often don’t have the time for during the day, that we can do as we are sleeping:

  • Burn some tummy fat
  • Reduce stretch marks
  • Get healthier hair
  • Facial aid

Here are some helpful ways to shed a few extra calories and lose the pooch all while you sleep

  • Studies show that eating a spoonful of penutbutter right before you tuck yourself in for the night will actually help burn more calories while you are catching some ZZ’s
  • Here is a recipie to help burn off tummy fat:

1 cucumber

A bunch of parsley or cilantro

1 lemon

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tbsp aloe vera juice

½ glass of water

*Blend this up and drink it right before you “hit the hay” and you will soon see a dramatic difference!

  • A good diy nightly belly wrap can also help you shed a few pounds without hitting the gym

Freshly grated ginger (ginger powder works too)

Body lotion

Plastic wrap

Ace Bandage

*mix up the ginger with your lotion. Massage it into your skin. Wrap with plastic wrap. Secure with ace bandage. Settle in for the night and kick the fat out while you’re sleeping!

Want those awesome stretch marks no longer be one of the first things you see while dressing? Here is a tip to help you out, all while you are zonked out:

  • Lather down the stretch marks with some vicks vapor rub and wrap it up with some plastic wrap. Do this and they will start to fade out while you are vacationing in dream land.


There you go ladies! Some awesome ways to achieve some you time, without the struggle of finding extra time in the day to do so!

One Problem & One Solution

S;leep Zzz Pillows!

Make Your Sleep Work for You with Twin Z Pillows!The only problem is…  for Momma to have her sleep work for her, The Monkey has to sleep well too!  With Twin Z pillows, everyone gets to sleep better!  These pillows are amazing!  They are super soft AND the pillow case is washable!  With the U shape, it shapes around your little one so that they feel safe and secure!  Not to mention, super comfortable!  With this pillow, not only will the kids sleep better, they will wake up happier!

Good Sleep = Good Mood!  

Want something even better?  They have the same pillows for adults!!!  So yeah, you’ll want one for Mom too!  I love that they have so many covers for them so you don’t have to worry about the over night washer issues!

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ProXeed Review

Hey Everyone!  I recently received a sample of ProXeed to review.  ProXeed is a male fertility enhancer, designed to help improve or optimize the quality of sperm in men.  They state that in one study there was a 20% increase in pregnancy rates.  Taken over 6 months, ProXeed has proven to improve sperm count, concentration, motility, and speed.  ProXeed is in powder form and easily dissolves in cold beverages.  It has added nutrients to reduce oxidative damage and support the formation and maturation of sperm.  It has a fruit flavor and is 12 calories per pack.  They are to be taken twice daily, and results are said to show in as little as 3 months.  The product runs at $125 for 1 months supply.  You can read more at their site

 In compliance with the powers that be, I received a sample of ProXeed in exchange for this post.  No money was exchanged.  My opinions are always my own.  Please see the PR tab for more details. 

Originally posted 2012-05-21 01:06:00.

Fertibella: Conceive with Ease

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know if you’ve heard of this, but I hope bringing it to your attention will help you!  Fertibella is, obviously, made to help those having issues conceiving overcome those obstacles.  Trying to conceive can be a very stressful process, especially considering our patience runs out pretty quickly!
Fertibella is an all natural way to help speed up the process of conception.  It is formulated, according to their website, to boost your body’s fertility in 28 days.  Once cycle!  You can go here and see the science behind fertility and how Fertibella can help you.

If you decide you would like to try their products, they have a Money Back Guarantee.  If you try it for 30 days, and it doesn’t meet your satisfaction, just ship the bottles and any remaining doses back to them and all you are out are shipping costs!  You also get a bonus of 10 early result pregnancy tests and 10 ovulation tests, or 20 of one of them.  Those you keep regardless.  😀   Even if you do end up sending them back, shipping will be way less than the cost of 20 of those tests! 
Have any of you tried Fertibella?  I’d love to hear if any of our Zoo members has used it!  What are your thoughts on trying it? 

Originally posted 2012-04-03 22:41:00.

Sperm Check Male Fertility Test Info

Planning to get pregnant soon and want to prepare? Trying to get pregnant and having issues? Introducing SpermCheck® Fertility, the fast, accurate, affordable, at-home sperm count test for men, now available online from
Each year 11 million couples will try to have a baby, but about 7 million of those couples will have fertility issues and the most commonly accepted myth is that the woman is mostly to blame. The fact is that about 50% of all infertility problems are directly attributed to the male, and most of them are mainly due to low sperm count. Still many men are reluctant to get their sperm tested because up until now they had to go to their healthcare provider and perform the test in the doctor’s office or lab. Such laboratory sperm tests can be costly, as well as embarrassing.
Now with a new at-home test kit called SpermCheck® Fertility, men can test their sperm count in the privacy of their home. SpermCheck Fertility is the only FDA approved, 98% accurate home test for men – it’s as accurate as a lab test but more affordable and convenient. In just 10 minutes, the easy-to-read results indicate a normal or below normal sperm count.  The SpermCheck® Fertility test costs substantially less than a visit to the doctor without the embarrassment and indignities of providing a semen sample to a doctor or nurse.
Experts agree that a sperm count test should be the very first and essential step in fertility testing for couples – it’s non-invasive and can help eliminate or identify a potential stumbling block to conception.
Whether you are planning a pregnancy in the near future or have been trying to conceive, this inexpensive home test can help couples to save time, money and frustration.
Why SpermCheck® Fertility?
  • SpermCheck® Fertility FDA approved
  • SpermCheck® Fertility is as accurate as lab testing – 98% accurate
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  • SpermCheck® Fertility is affordable —just $39.99
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SpermCheck® Fertility is currently available online at and and will be available in Walgreens stores nationwide in April 2012. Suggested retail price is $39.99. for more information about SpermCheck® Fertility, visit For the latest information on store availability, news and special giveaway offers, join our Facebook community .

Originally posted 2012-03-10 02:42:00.

Bryton Picks

                          I recently had the opportunity to try out Bryton Reusable picks.  They are basically, well, a pick!  LOL.  Small and compact, they will slide into the plastic they come in, then right into a credit card slot of your wallet!  Great for those times when you find yourself in desperate need of a toothpick!                I will admit I was initially a bit leery, but I figured, why not!  ere are my thoughts:  they are great for times when you need to floss but don’t have time so you can get the plaque and food from between your teeth.  I wouldn’t use them as a complete replacement for floss, but they are perfect for meals when it’s socially unacceptable to stick your finger in your mouth!  LOL.  (Bet you’d never guess I came from a half redneck family, huh!  LOL.  I don’t do that….  in public…..  LOL)  Also, they are awesome for your front teeth, not so much for your back teeth.  I bent mine when I used it on the back ones!  As for the front, worked like a charm and I didn’t even have to use a mirror!  (Although I did double check myself!)  They will make very easy to discreetly clean between your front teeth!

A nice bonus:  Made in the USA!!!  😀  They have stainless steel cleaning strips which are germ resistant  (this enables them to be re-used up to 30 days!).  Also, they are made from completely recyclable materials!
Anyway, if you’d like to find out more about them, including where to get your own, check out BrytonPicks here!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my Zoo Patrons!

Originally posted 2011-11-29 02:19:00.

Personal Oasis: 3 Tips to Get Yours!

Personal Oasis How to Make it HappenI have to say, having an Oasis of some type is the key to my sanity.  Obviously, we can’t go to our ideal Oasis anytime we want (or sometimes ever) but you can create your own.  Having a temporary means of escape is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves emotionally.  You need one, trust me!  There are times where we need to be able to go somewhere and just breathe.  To me, that’s what my oasis is: a place to breathe, collect my thoughts, ponder and get away for a little while.  It doesn’t actually matter what or where it is: a spot in a closet, in the yard, the laundry room, wherever.  So long as you can go there and escape for a minute.

1. Find a location.  Wherever it is, you must be able to go there and be away from everything, even if it’s only away in your mind.  If you are limited on space, hang a sheet to section off a piece of a room or clean out the floor of a closet and shut yourself in.  Personally, I prefer an outdoor space as I love being outside.  You could even take a blanket and make that your space.  Whenever it is laid out, sit down and allow yourself to just breathe, you are somewhere else.

2.  Remember that whatever your space is, that is strictly for you.  Teach the kiddos, spouse, roommates or whomever that when you are in that spot, you are in a time out where you cannot be interrupted.  It may take a few  times, but they will get it.  At this point, when interrupted all I have to say is ‘hold on, I’m in my zone’ and I am left alone.  It’s nice.

3. You can use your space for whatever makes you happy or relaxes you.  Color, journal, breathe or simply look around for something you haven’t noticed before, noting the intricacies of a leaf or grass growing.  It doesn’t matter, just as long as you relax and have time for yourself.

Do you have your own Oasis?

My Oasis VoxBox

This post was inspired by the Oasis Voxbox that I received for free from Influenster.  So, I’m going to share with you the contents of my box and my thoughts about them!

Welch’s Fruit Snacks: Honestly, I can’t say much about them. I didn’t try them as I am not a fan of gummy type stuff so I didn’t try them. The kids seem to love them though, so that’s something. They are made of 100% juice, so that’s great!

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer: This is fabulous to keep your hair healthy! Especially before straightening or blow drying! It helps to detangle, nourish, strengthen, soften, shine, protect…well you get the idea!

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation: Okay, I have to admit this one was fabulous! I have a much more expensive and fancier brand of foundation which doesn’t stay on through sweating and such near as well. I’m definitely going to be switching to it permanently. It stayed on well throughout the day, even under rather sweaty conditions!

Aloha Protein Bar: I’m not going to say anything about this one, I’ve not found a protein bar which I can stand the texture of so I couldn’t honestly say anything about the flavor.

Vera Wang Embrace: I have always been very loyal to my Bath & Body Works scents, I do believe this one will be a new standard in my scent collection. I really love the sweet but earthy scent that Vera Wang has created. It stays well also. Definitely a keeper!