What is a Subchorionic Hematoma or Bleed

If you are currently pregnant and researching this pregnancy complication, I hope and pray that you have a good outcome. I also welcome you to read my story here:
I Had a Subchorionic Hematoma.

When I was diagnosed, the ER doctor explained this to me as holes in my placenta that were bleeding. These were the cause of my vaginal bleeding that landed me in the ER in the first place. I was told that a subchorionic hematoma is the biggest cause of first trimester bleeding, that it was very normal, and the outcome could go either way. I was not given any information outside of that. So the next days and months I went to the internet to find out what I was dealing with.

I found this explanation on whattoexpect.com:

Subchorionic bleeding is the accumulation of blood within the folds of the chorion (the outer fetal membrane, next to the placenta) or between the uterus and the placenta itself.

Many hematomas are discovered when vaginal bleeding is looked in to. That is exactly how mine was diagnosed during my visit to the ER. The hematomas can cause bleeding to go on for weeks, even months, while some women never even experience the bleeding.

In many cases, the hematomas will eventually dissolve on their own and the pregnancy will continue on normally. However, if you are experiencing this, you do need to be aware and prepared with the knowledge that there is a risk of miscarriage and even preterm labor. Some women will be told their hematoma has dissolved and then it reappears during the pregnancy or comes out during birth.

This is a common complication in pregnancy, however treatment is not standard and every doctor goes about them differently. Some may recommend moderate to intense bed rest and pelvic rest, while others will give the go ahead to continue your normal activities.

YOU need to be aware of how your body is handling the hematoma. If you bleed more when you’re active, take a step back as much as you can and ask for help when it’s needed. Rest when you can and continue to drink your water.

 

Giraffe Razor Extension Handle – Review

I thought having a summer baby would be fun! I have a spring and winter baby, it’d be perfect!

I didn’t think of the fact that a SUMMER baby would mean I’d be VERY pregnant in… SUMMER! ha! I love summer, I love getting some sun, but I’m miserable when I’m super hot and when my asthma flares up. Add in the pregnancy and the need to have shaven legs that are seen when wearing shorts and dresses… and well, it makes for an interesting summer.

I have to say, I’ve done well this summer. I was all about not letting my kids’ typical summer activities be completely ‘ruined’ because of baby brother interfering before he’s even born. So, many of our summer days have been spent at the WildWater Kingdom waterpark, the beach, and swimming pools. Despite the fact that I am currently due with my baby in just 8 days, I’m still shaving, daily even.

prego legs

Take a look at that picture up there! That’s me with my nice smooth legs hanging at the water park just a week ago. And of course that’s my giant baby belly that makes it quite hard to get to my legs. So, you want to know my secret to keeping smooth legs this summer?

A GIRAFFE!

Giraffe razor

The Giraffe Razor Extension Handle that is.

I was so excited to hear about this wonderful product! I will say that it took me a a few tries to get used to it. I was a bit nervous at first that I would end up slicing my legs as I got used to the extended reach. ha But I got the hang of it and it sure has helped me get through this summer pregnancy! When I first contemplated how I was going to get through the summer without super hairy legs, I asked some other prego mama’s what they do. Many said that their significant other would step up to the task when it became necessary. Personally, I was not about to ask for help with something like that! It’s a good thing I didn’t plan on that anyway since I later entered the single mama life. I’m so happy that I already had the giraffe ready and waiting to help me get through with nice, smooth legs.

The Giraffe is a wonderful product for my fellow pregnant mama’s, but also for anyone else who has difficulty when it comes to shaving whether it’s due to an injury or illness.

Giraffe razor in useThe Giraffe’s Features:

  • Adds 15-20 inches in Length to a Razor Handle – Eliminates Bending at the Waist
  • No Slip Grip with Rubberized Finish – Perfect for Anyone who has Arthritis
  • Quick Connect and Release Buttons – Ease of Use
  • Pivoting Head Rotates to a 30°, 45° or  90° angle – Maximizes Flexibility
  • Two Universal Razor Attachments, Small, and Large
  • Accommodates the Most Popular Men’s and Women’s Premium Disposable and Reusable Razors on the Market Today
  • Wrist Lanyard – Conveniently Wear around your Wrist for Easy Retrieval

The Giraffe’s Benefits Include:

  • Safety – Decreases the Risk of Falling
  • Comfort – Minimizes Lower Back Strain
  • Privacy, Independence and Time Management
  • Broadens Options for Wearing Comfortable Clothing
  • Positive Self-Image
  • Improve Quality of Life

You can purchase your own Giraffe for $29.99 on Amazon.com.

 

*I received free product in exchange for this post.

*This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through my link, helps my family. :)

Parents – You NEED a landline!

Dispatcher

Landline phones… you know what those are, right? The phones that you DON’T take everywhere with you? I hate to think that there are parents out there who didn’t grow up with a landline and think of that as ancient history. I went without a landline as an adult for approximately 8 years or so and I’m VERY happy to have one now for my own family. I don’t really use it, but it’s a necessity and I’m going to tell you why it should be a necessity for your household too.

Since becoming a parent, I’ve feared the possible emergency situations where my child would be left in the position to call 911 to get help. My cell phone is usually always around me, if not in my pocket. As my kids reach the age to learn 911, I reiterate over and over that if something were to happen to me, to look in my pocket for my phone or on a nearby table, etc. depending where I am if an emergency takes place. I can’t count how many times I’ve worried that I’d just collapse for some reason or another and my children wouldn’t be able to find my phone to call for help.

Growing up, it seemed like there was always something going on in my family – an injury or sudden health concern leading to one of us needing to call 911. This happened way too often. Fortunately for my children, they have not yet had an emergency situation where they needed to call for help. So far so good, but I’m not taking any chances. A few months ago we added a landline to our home. We really do not use it. It’s simply there for emergency situations. I stress less about possible future emergencies, knowing that the landline phone has a place in our home that the kids are aware of and can access easily. I have many reasons for adding a landline for my family’s safety, but they may not convince every parent that they need a landline in the home.

I recently partnered with Ooma, a leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology. A shocking fact I learned from them, could be the deciding factor for YOU on whether or not to add a landline to your home.

In a ‘good’ emergency situation, the person calling 911 will know the address and the 911 operator will know just where to send help. But, did you know that in some areas only 10% of calls from cell phones are routed to the right 911 office and are easily traceable? That is a shocking percentage and very scary to me as a mom.

My landline is definitely here to stay!

Here are some additional tips from Ooma to keep your family safe:

TIP #1:  KEEP A FIRST AID KIT AT THE READY 

Whether it’s for a small scrape or something far worse, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene.  According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that’s seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you’re often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.  

TIP #2:  WRITE AN EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST 

Make sure that no matter where you are, it’s easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma’s home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives. 

TIP #3: RECOGNIZE THE FIRST SIGNS OF DANGER 

Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

You can learn more about Ooma’s services at www.ooma.com or connect with them via Facebook or Twitter.

Got any 911 emergency stories of your own? If you’ve got a story you’d feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear about them!  

 

Most Dangerous Professions and their Income Levels

Loggers, Pilots, Garbage Collectors, Construction Supervisors, and Fishermen…

Those are some of the most dangerous professions. Some definitely surprise me while others are completely expected to make a list like this one.

Between the years of 2000 and 2014, the number of fatal work injuries decreased by almost 2,000. Sounds good, right?

The total in 2014? Almost 5,000.

Almost 5,000 people died while working. That is NOT good.

Some of the deaths come from expected dangers of the listed professions which is sadly a risk many employees have to take. Others come from ‘minor’ accidents, some of which are not expected. The top two causes of work place deaths are transportation accidents and falls. I was shocked to learn that the most fatal falls were those under 10 feet, rather than those that were over 30 feet!

Can it get worse? Yes. Many of these professions are NOT even high paying jobs. People are risking their lives for some lower paying jobs.

If you’re curious to see more of the details on the workplace deaths and their causes, check out this article:

THE MOST DANGEROUS PROFESSIONS & THEIR PAY

You can also see a chart that compares work-place deaths by state. I was happy to see Ohio on the lower end of that.

Ditch the Soda, Gain a Brighter Smile

I’m writing today to share with you all some tips to gain a brighter smile as a result of ditching your soda drinking habits. But first, I have to be ME. I’m an Ohioan and it’s POP, not soda. I’m sorry if you prefer ‘soda’, I just cannot make myself say that. Please just overlook this possible ‘downfall’ of mine. HA!

I’m 32 years old and I’ve been drinking pop for so many years. I can remember the days that I couldn’t finish a full can myself as a child, and now I could down WAY too many to count. Mountain Dew is what got me through college. No doubt on that one. I even had an injured laptop to show for that – allnighters + Mt Dew + typing papers = sticky keys that may not be fixed.

Through the years I’ve gone through spurts where I’d cut down on my pop drinking habits, but I’d always end up back at it. In the last couple of years, I started to rethink my habits and try to turn it in to a reward at times to help cut down, but to also encourage myself to drink more water. In this same time frame, I became a coffee drinker and I cut out pop completely for quite some time.

The past months I’ve been limited on my caffeine intake during this pregnancy so I admit there are many times I skip the coffee and go to pop because I can drink more before I reach my caffeine limit. I do try my best to limit my overall intake so that it is more of a treat. I never thought about the impact possible to my teeth from switching from pop to coffee. I was shocked to see that in an article I’ll be sharing with you.

In my efforts, I have noticed a difference in my teeth so I’ve seen the proof that cutting down on pop intake can help gain a brighter smile. I am continuing the best I can to make changes like this to help get my brighter smile back.

You can find some tips and trick that can help YOU gain a beautiful, bright smile once again and kick the pop (or soda) habit. Just check out this article with tips from ten different nutritionists and dieticians:

EXPERT TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH & BREAKING A SODA ADDICTION

American Serenade Coffee and Tea – Giveaway

If you’ve been around a while, you know that I fell in love with American Serenade’s coffee when I tried a sample and actually enjoyed the taste! I tried to be a coffee drinker for YEARS but gagged with each sip of the various types I tried. Then my wonderful neighbor, a sales consultant for American Serenade introduced me to her coffee and the company that is based right in our own little town of Barberton, OH. American Serenade won me over and I quickly signed up to be a sales consultant as well. You can read my full post on American Serenade here:

American Serenade Invites You to Experience Beverages Differently

American Serenade specializes in Coffee, Tea, and Wine as well as handmade dinnerware and various accessories. This is a small business that supports other small businesses who supply the products.

We’ll focus on MY personal favorites for today…

American Serenade coffee

All coffee is hand roasted in small batches and ground to your specification when the order is placed. Non flavored coffees are 100% Organic & Fair Trade. You can learn all about American Serenade’s coffee by clicking here.

chamomile tea closeup


ALL of our teas are 100% Organic & Fair Trade, many have health benefits. All tea is hand designed by artisans to bring out the best flavors. You can learn all about American Serenade’s tea by clicking here.

If you’d like to order some of your own American Serenade beverages or other products, head on over to www.americanserenade.com and choose Michelle Rouzzo as your consultant. Want to save 10%? Use code: VI2QPOAG5562

ENTER TO WIN 1 bag OR 6 samples of Coffee or Tea!

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Friday, August 5, 2016. A winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and confirmed on our giveaway winners post. The winner will also receive an e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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Dangers of Boating

princess riverboat image

Do you know how dangerous boating can be? Can you believe that it’s a leading cause of injury and death in recreation? In the U.S. alone, there are 600 deaths a year due to boating. I’m shocked!

Sure, I’ve heard of various boating accidents that they usually seem like rare events and causes. Surprisingly, most accidents in boating come from the operator not paying close enough attention to their responsibilities. It’s sad that the operators can’t keep their passengers safe. I know a lot of people go out for some fun on the water in the summer and it shouldn’t end in tragedy due to distraction.

My family went on a river boat cruise while on vacation this summer and I sure am glad that our operators were paying attention and kept us safe! They even gave all of the children a turn to steer and still managed to get us all back to shore safely.

You can learn more about all of the dangers and injuries that come along with boating by checking out the article:

BOATING INJURIES BY THE NUMBERS

If you’re going out on a boat ride this summer, whether you’re the operator or the passenger, please be aware of the dangers that come along with it. Keep safe as you finish up your summer fun.

 

Do You Know Your Movie Yachts?

Movie Yacht

There are many popular movies out there that involves a yacht of some type. Yachts, of course, show off how wealthy the owners are and many are sure to flaunt that. Sometimes there are characters who luck out and get invited to join those rich owners on an excursion out on the water. Many movie goers watch and dream of being able to own their own yacht.

Some pay attention to every nook and cranny that is shown as they daydream while others may just watch the action taking place and move on. I’m totally the latter – I can love a movie and call it my favorite, but not remember all the details unless I watch it over and over and over again. When I think of yachts in movies, I know that there are many, but I can barely pinpoint one or two, let alone recognize them enough to match a picture to a movie title.

Which type of person are you? Do you easily remember these types of details or do they leave your memory shortly after the movie? How about you take this quiz and see how you score.

How Well Do You Know Your Movie Yachts?

I admit, I did not score well at all. I didn’t even know many of the movie names listed! I hope you do better than I do, that’s for sure. I’d love to hear how well you scored compared to how you thought you would do. Come back and let me know in the comments below.

Dear Baby: I’m Sorry – Book Review and Giveaway

When I heard about this book, I knew I HAD to get a copy and share it with all of you!

Dear Baby: I’m sorry… is full of all the wonderful and crazy parenting moments we can all relate to in some way or another. When I received my copy, I couldn’t stop turning page after page and I laughed at every single one.

Many of you know that I am expecting my third child anytime in the next three weeks. I was just informing big sister and big brother recently that little guy is going to sleep – A LOT. Because of that, this snippet from the book is one of my favorites.

first nap victory

All nap times are going to be precious to me, but especially that first one, after big brother and sister are off to school and I can get something marked off my to-do list (aka take a nap too! ha!).

Sarah Showfety’s book is great for parents and grandparents. It’s guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter to your day.

If you’d like to get a copy for yourself or as a gift, head on over to Amazon.com to get yours for just $7.92.

 

ENTER TO WIN a copy of Dear Baby: I’m Sorry by Sarah Showferty!

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Monday, August 1, 2016. A winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and confirmed on our giveaway winners post. The winner will also receive an e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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What I think of Pokemon GO

Three months ago my kids discovered the Pokemon shows on Netflix and went on a kick where that was the only show they wanted to watch for weeks! Just in time, the book fair arrived at my daughter’s school and what did she buy? A Pokemon book! Here we are three months later and it’s a huge interest to both my 8 year old daughter and my 5 year old son. As soon as I started hearing about Pokemon GO, I knew I was going to have to check it out and let the kids get involved.

On their last visit with their Dad, they were introduced to the game and came home asking to download ‘a new game’ on my phone. I knew what it was going to be and they were thrilled that I already planned on downloading it for them. Unfortunately for them, I was a bit immobile over the weekend due to severe sciatic nerve pain (thanks a lot baby!) so I haven’t been able to take them out and about – yet. They have collected all of the ones in our neighborhood. Once they’re home from a visit with their grandparents they’ll be excited to do some exploring outside of our neighborhood.

I LOVE seeing my kids excited about new things. While I’m totally okay with game time, I don’t let them sit in front of the TV or cell phones all day long. The Pokemon GO game is just an added bonus game that they’re playing WHILE enjoying the outdoors on these summer days that are disappearing a lot quicker than I like. While I’ve been out and about it’s put a smile on my face to see people walking around town obviously hunting their Pokemon. What I don’t get, is all of the negativity being shared around Facebook.

I keep seeing statuses or memes talking about Pokemon GO players needing to get jobs or get their faces away from their phone screens. I know a lot of responsible adults who work AND enjoy the game with their friends and children. It’s okay to have a little fun in your life and if a popular activity doesn’t fit your idea of fun or proper lifestyle choice, ignore it and move on. At least with this game, people are going OUTSIDE, getting extra exercise and fresh air, meeting new people, genuinely enjoying themselves. They could be doing much worse things and you don’t know how the activity with this game is helping them on a personal level. If they’re not hurting anyone (themselves included) or ignoring responsibilities, let them have their fun.