Birth Control and Sex Drive

So how many of you out there are using birth control pills?  The NuvaRing?  Injections or patches?  Hormonal birth control is the norm these days, but few know that it can decrease your sex drive to that of a spayed collie.

During your normal monthly cycle, there are two times during the month that your sex drive will increase.  The first time is at ovulation, at which time your estrogen surges and remains kind of erratic for the remaining two weeks. Continue reading “Birth Control and Sex Drive” »

Laughs and Tears

Internet friends, I am sorry that I have not written to you over the past two weeks.  I’ve had a lot going on lately and need to bring you up to speed on things but before doing so, I would like to offer a token of my sincere apology.

I’ve been in the business of tears for a long, long time, so I love it when people laugh until they cry.

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Play and Health

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, Internet friends.  I’ve been mom-napped.  Summertime is here, and I swear my daughter knows exactly when I need a minute because she always gets into something or makes a mess.  Or dresses the dog up like a princess.

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Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief

What do you do for stress relief?  How do you “fill your cup” before pouring it back out for everyone else all day?  My personal favorites are running, intense exercise, reading, music, laughing, beach, boating, taking photos, being outdoors, and talking to friends.  The “little things” that bring me big joy are Starbucks lattes, a great song, a nap, or a beautiful blue sky day in the spring or fall.  I may or may not use retail therapy on occasion…..   Continue reading “Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief” »

Miscarriage Counts: How to Move Through Your Loss

Have you had a miscarriage?  The statistics say that 1 in 3 of you have, but miscarriage is underreported and sometimes, miscarriage occurs without the mother knowing at all (in the case of early miscarriage prior to her knowing of the pregnancy).  I think the statistics are probably more like 1 in 2, which means there are an enormous number of women out there feeling alone in this experience.  I think we need to change that here.

Did you know that miscarriage is one of the most common occurrences in women’s lives?  If every miscarriage that occurred prior to a positive pregnancy test were reported, then 40-50% of all conceptions result in loss.  In other words, it’s no easy feat to get born.  The odds are against you from the very beginning, so if you are here-you were meant to be here. Continue reading “Miscarriage Counts: How to Move Through Your Loss” »

Happy Independence

Happy Independence Day weekend! Continue reading “Happy Independence” »

Furminatormania

Today began innocently enough.  I was in such a hurry to get Savanna to her swim lesson that I forgot my jewelry, including my wedding ring.  Unfortunately for all of us, I let my hair air dry.  I wrestled Savanna into the car with her bathing suit on backwards just to get her to swim lesson on time.

On the way home, I decided to nudge my productivity level up a notch into the TURBO zone.  As we passed by PetSmart, I cut a wheely into the parking lot to pick up the best possible anti-shedding tool.  You see, we have an enormous dog hair problem at home that is gradually pushing me over the edge.  Hair by hair, I’m inching closer to a full blown hair fumigation plan.  Since both of our older dogs are hypoallergenic, I’ve never had to worry about a shedding dog until we got Black Jack two months ago.

Since then, I have been fighting to stay calm over this hair issue until today.  Not one to do anything half way, I purchased the most convincing tool available:  the Furminator.  I also added some “Hair and Allergen” removal spray, and a hand tool just in case the Furminator sucked. Continue reading “Furminatormania” »