House Calls Are Becoming Popular for Physicians Once Again

The medical profession is constantly in a state of flux. As physicians learn new things, they change the way they approach healthcare. It is interesting to see how some things that the medical community thought was out of date regain popularity after more studies are done on the impact of said style of treatment. A good example of this is doctors making house calls.



One of the most iconic images of American physicians is that of a physician carrying his small black bag full of tools and making house calls. In many people’s minds these images are connected to things of bygone eras such as wooden bleachers, baseball fields, and Coca-Cola being served in green glass bottles.

Interestingly, modern doctors are reverting to the “good old days” of medicine. Many are once again making house calls. There are a lot of reasons why doctors find making house calls to be attractive. One reason is because they often get phone calls from patients who simply are too sick to come into the doctor’s office. Another reason is that there are individuals, some of which work at home, who are just too busy to leave work to go to the doctor. They may have a situation that needs medical care, but they simply feel that their schedule is too busy to allow them to get the care they need. Another reason why physicians are seeing the benefits of making house calls is because some of their patients simply do not have access to transportation.

Interestingly, with the right tools, anything that a primary care physician can do for their patients in their office, they can do for their patients at their home or in their place of business. All a physician needs to have is portable medical equipment. With this they can do everything from blood work to electrocardiograms. Some physicians use mobile hospitals such as those created by companies like LifeLine Mobile for example to facilitate bringing their own x-ray machines and other mobile medical devices.

There a lot of benefits to patients when doctors make house calls or when doctors come to them at their place of work. One benefit is that the doctors have more time to devote to the patient. Another is that in addition to seeing the illness that the patient has, a doctor is able to get a feel for the patient’s life and understand the circumstances that might have led up to their sickness.

Huggies Snug N Dry Diapers and the #UltraHug $2000 Contest

Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers! 

Brands with a mission to do good are the kind that really warm my heart.  I am so excited to share what Huggies is up to right now, for communities all across America!

About Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers

Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers offer long-lasting leakage protection you can count on, so you can focus on all of your baby’s daily adventures. The range of sizes fit babies from newborn to 35 lbs. Only Huggies Snug & Dry Ultra Diapers have a new, unique quilted liner to lock away wetness better. They have a conforming, gap-free fit to keep your active baby dry throughout the day The trusted Leak Lock® System has quick-absorbing layers for up to 12 hours of protection.


That's right.  The diaper brand that we all know and love is looking for nominations for community projects to receive $2000 grants to help in their efforts of making our communities better.

About the #UltraHug Selfie Contest


From April 20th until June 25th, Huggies will be accepting all selfies of you and your baby with the hashtag #UltraHug, and featuring them in a collage on the campaign landing page. On July 6th, voting will begin to narrow down the 20 finalists to 10 winners who will win a $2,000 grant from Huggies for their nominated community initiative.


How to Enter the #UltraHug Selfie Contest


• First, take a selfie of you and your baby and upload that selfie to Twitter or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #UltraHug
• In your same post, make sure to include a text nomination (approximately 100 – 120 characters) including a name and/or identifying description of a community project in the US, which you would like to nominate. Make sure the community project is something near and dear to your heart.

I chose our local food bank, MANNA.  They're a non-profit organization that provides food for low income families in the Western North Carolina area.  


Centrum® MultiGummies #Ad #CentrumVitamins

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Centrum®. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Centrum® as a product or its effectiveness.

As a mom, I know how important it is to stay healthy.  With my hectic lifestyle though, it's also important to find easy ways to incorporate healthy habits into my daily schedule.  New Centrum® MultiGummies offers an enjoyable way to get vitamins and nutrients that support overall health.



Though eating healthy may be a summertime goal, a recent survey from Prevention and Centrum® finds that although more than 75 percent of Americans believe it is fairly easy to get recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients.
  • Among those concerned that they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients, 60 percent have not changed their diet in the past year to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals they are consuming.
  • 74% of Americans agree it’s a lot easier to eat unhealthy than it is to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • 46% of Americans cite lack of time as a reason why they do not eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans do not get the recommended daily nutrients from food alone? Multivitamins are recognized as one of the ways consumers can help fill daily nutrition gaps from diet.  


Centrum® research found that many consumers were looking for a Centrum brand multivitamin in a gummy formula. New Centrum® MultiGummies were created to provide a great-tasting, easy-to-take option with a formula of key nutrients to help support energy, immunity and metabolism.
Centrum® MultiGummies is available in three natural flavors (Berry, Cherry, Orange), are gluten-free, use only natural colorants and do not contain any artificial sweeteners.



These are perfect for me to grab on the go, and chew as I get the little guys ready for their day.  The flavors are yummy, and didn't remind me of taking vitamins at all.  I like knowing that even if I don't get exactly what I need to eat at mealtimes, I'm still able to get nutrients I need from Centrum® MultiGummies.  


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How a Journal Entry a Day Can Keep the Doctor Away



A nutritionally balanced diet may not be the only way to maintain good health these days. Our mental and emotional well-being is just as critical to functioning at an optimal level as clean eating and exercise. Scientific research suggests that the power of writing allows you to use both the left and rights sides of your brain equally, which removes mental blocks. The benefits of this process include:

  • Reducing stress levels
  • Better conflict resolution skills
  • Enhanced problem-solving
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Amplified clarity and awareness


The “Write” Way to Heal

There is a saying that words have the power to hurt, but conversely, they also have the power to heal. Studies show that expressing your thoughts and feelings in writing, especially after a traumatic event, may actually speed the healing of physical wounds. This finding supports what researchers have hypothesized all along, and that is the undeniable connection between the mind and body. Writing produces a calming effect that quiets a busy mind and relaxes the body, which inevitably creates the ideal setting for the healing process to effectively ensue. 

Let the Journaling Begin

Keeping a daily journal allows your mind to release all of the pent-up thoughts and ideas that may not get properly channeled otherwise. Additionally, it is an effective way to help you reach your personal goals. The beauty of journaling is that it provides a permanent record of where you currently are in your life versus where you wish to go. If you are striving to accomplish certain aspirations, charting your progress will provide solid proof of where you stand, and also keep you motivated along the way.

Thoughts are sometimes so fleeting that they can quickly be dismissed, or even forgotten. Life tends to move at such a frenetic pace that it becomes almost involuntary to focus on the big picture while missing the little nuggets of inspiration that make life so meaningful. However, when you commit to writing daily, all the cloudiness is lifted and what remains is your life in crystal clear focus.

Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen Review

I'm pale.  We're talking borderline albino-white with a smattering of freckles.  The little guys are just as fair-skinned, so I constantly worry about sunburns and harmful UV rays.  Worse yet, all those chemicals in regular sunscreen...

Thanks to a fantastic opportunity, I was chosen to be an ambassador for Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen and received their full product line to try out for 30 days.


Available in different sizes, Goddess Garden's organic product line includes Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion, Facial Natural Sunscreen Lotion, Everyday Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Continuous Spray, Baby Natural Sunscreen Lotion, and Sport Natural Sunscreen Lotion.

Probably my favorite of all of them would be the Kids Sport Spray.  It sprays on white, and rubs in clear and not greasy - and protects the kids immediately, no matter how much they sweat and play.

It offers up to 40 minutes of sun protection during water play; with its water-resistance, the kids can swim, run through sprinklers, whatever and I don't have to worry about their sunscreen washing off.

It has a soft scent to it, no harsh chemical smell or heavy lingering smell.  It absorbs quickly and there's no complaints from any of my kids!

It does spray on a little thick if you aren't careful though, so there was a little bit of wiping involved when Daddy applied the sunscreen.  Sammy thought it was hilarious though, and patiently waited for the sunscreen to be smeared on his face and legs.



Sammy, Kaya, and Lexi all ran and played for a good hour in the sun - usually they come in with pink cheeks no matter what kind of sunscreen we use, but with Goddess Garden's Organic Sunscreen, they were protected from the sun.


I would definitely recommend Goddess Garden Organic Sunscreen for anyone looking for a natural, mineral sunscreen.  It works better than the chemical-y stuff and protects instantly, doesn't leave a greasy residue, and lasts a long time.


To learn more, check out Goddess Garden's website or visit them on their social media below:
Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram / Youtube

Disclosure: I received products in order to facilitate this review.

Top 10 Best Apps for 2 year olds: 2015


[01] Intro to Colors

Teaching your child the basics just because a whole lot easier! Kids these days love to play on tablets and iPads, and what better way to let them learn while having fun? The Intro to Colors app teaches them the entire list of primary and secondary colors as well as color mixing and all the different shades of colors. Let them explore and play at the same time. 


[02] Interactive Alphabet

Get them started early on learning their alphabet with this fun app. With fun characters and games, kids can learn their upper and lowercase letters. There is also a feature that lets them trace letters if you are looking to advance their education at any time. 


[03] Pepi Bath

Teach your children all of the basic hygiene tasks that should be done daily. They can play with boy and girl characters who will take them through brushing their teeth, bathing, going to the bathroom, washing hands, and more. 


[04] Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in my Tummy

You can get your kids to eat healthier and learn the basics of eating healthy with this fun app. Teaching everything from what is actually inside your stomach, to all of the healthy foods you should eat to stay strong, this app turns eating vegetables into a fun time. With games and cute songs, kids will love to eat their broccoli after playing with this app! 


[05] Press Here

If you are looking for just a fun app that allows your toddler to practice their fine motor skills, then this app is for you. With games where the child is tasked with simple activities to press certain bubbles and swirls on the screen, they can practice their hand eye coordination while having fun at the same time. 


[06] Peek-a-Zoo

It can be difficult having to teach your kids all their animals and showing them exactly what they look like and what sounds they make. With this interactive app your child can learn exactly what animals look like and it even teaches different emotions.  Some games require your child to find the animal that is displaying a certain emotion that is being talked about. 


[07] Into to Math

It’s important for kids to learn their numbers early. With this app they can see numbers 0-9 with a number of different games and activities. Getting them introduced to simple numbers early on is never a bad thing. 


[08] Piano Ball

This app is strictly a fun game that allows toddlers to play different songs and sounds on a screen with a big keyboard. With pre set tunes and different sounds to add to your own tunes, kids will be entertained for hours with this app. 


[09] Drawing Pad

Save paper with this fun app for toddlers. It’s basically a big digital piece of paper for toddlers and kids to color and draw whatever they might want to. With everything from colored pencils, paint brushes, and more on this app, kids can create all they want and you can save their pictures digitally. And if you want to later, you can print them off and put them on your walls!


[010] Duckie Deck Family Photo

Let your kids create their idea of your family with this fun photo app. They can create, draw, experiment, and more on this app. Allow their imagination to take off with this app full of cartoonish pictures that have special features that teach kids exactly what their family looks like, such as freckles, braids, and more. 
Download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duckie-deck-family-photo/id779519839?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


About the author:

Carolyn, Macfinest founder. 

What's in Your Sunscreen?

This post is a result of a sponsored ambassadorship for Goddess Garden Organics. All opinions are my own. 

Do you know what's in your sunscreen?  Did you know that most sunscreens use toxic chemicals like oxybenzone, which absorbs into the skin and bloodstream?

Goddess Garden's organic formula keeps families safe from these known hormone disruptors. As a bonus, you don’t have to wait for chemicals to activate for the sunscreen to be effective. The minerals in our sunscreens are effective immediately—great for kids on the go!



Their organic sunscreens offer great sun protection, without irritating sensitive skin. Everyone deserves to enjoy the sunshine, and Goddess Garden helps you and your family enjoy the outdoors—completely worry free! 


MORE ABOUT GODDESS GARDEN

Co-founder and CEO, Nova Covington, discovered her first daughter, Paige, was allergic to the chemicals in many skin-care products, including sunscreen. Instead of feeling frustrated, wishing there was a solution, Nova solved the problem herself. She developed her own skincare products from pure minerals and organic ingredients that wouldn’t irritate her daughter’s sensitive skin. Luckily, she decided to share her products with everyone and Goddess Garden was born!

Goddess Garden made the first-ever, natural mineral, continuous spray—all the convenience of a spray, with trusted zinc and titanium for broad-spectrum protection from both UVB (burning) and UVA (aging and damaging) rays. 



Join us for a Facebook Party sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics on the Mamavation Facebook Fan Page on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm PST/9pm EST. We will chat about how to choose safe sunscreen products and what you need to know to protect your family’s skin in the sun. Our Goddess Garden Ambassadors who have been trying the products for 30 days will be on hand to share their experiences! This event may be life changing for you or a friend.

DETAILS ABOUT THE GODDESS GARDEN ORGANICS FACEBOOK PARTY

Who: Mamavation Community & Goddess Garden Organics
What: Facebook Party
When: Wednesday, May 20th
Time: 6pm PST/9pm EST

GIVEAWAYS FOR GODDESS GARDEN ORGANICS FACEBOOK PARTY ON 3/31

1. 6oz Everyday Continuous Spray, 3.4oz Facial Tube, and 3.4oz Sport Tube RV: $55 (3 winners)
2. 6oz Everyday Continuous Spray, 3.4oz Facial Tube, 3.4oz Sport Tube, 6oz Kids Tube, 3.4oz Everyday Tube, and 3.4oz Kids Sport Spray RV: $106 (2 winners)
3. 6oz Everyday Continuous Spray, 8oz Everyday Trigger Spray, 3.4oz Facial Tube, 3.4oz Sport Tube, 6oz Kids Tube, 6oz Everyday Tube, 3.4oz Everyday Tube, 3.4oz Kids Sport Spray, Goddess Garden Canvas Bag, and Goddess Garden Hat RV: $183 (1 winner)

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN PRIZES

2. Share about this party on the social media platform of your choice like Facebook. Sample Facebook status update: “ Join (tag Mamavation) on WEDNESDAY, May 20th at 6pm PST/9pm EST for a Facebook Party about how to choose safe and non-toxic sunscreen products sponsored by (tag GoddessGarden). Goddess Garden Organics will be giving away over $550 worth of prizes. Join us, http://bit.ly/1H5kv0A 

GET SOCIAL WITH GODDESS GARDEN ORGANICS

Kick it up a notch and communicate to Goddess Garden Organics that you are serious about wanting to work with them by interacting with them in social media.
Twitter: @GoddessGarden

Goddess Garden Organics Ambassador

If you've been following me on Twitter and Facebook, you may have seen me mention that I was chosen as a Goddess Garden Organics Ambassador.  (If you're not following me yet, click the links - don't worry, I'll wait!)

Have you heard of Goddess Garden yet?  This company is dedicated to providing sun protection that actually protects you - not just from harmful rays, but from chemicals that can cause just as much damage.   They create natural sunscreens that allow you to spend that much needed time in the sunshine!

The founder and CEO of Goddess Garden Organics, Nina Covington's daughter had sensitive skin and Nina quickly realized that the "normal" sunscreens weren't going to work for her.  She also realized that there weren't any natural and allergy free sunscreens on the market.  That's why she decided to make her own.

So what's the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreens?  Check out the chart below:

Basically, mineral sunscreens stop the sun from penetrating even the skin's surface, reflecting both UVA and UVB rays.  Chemical sunscreens on the other hand, they allow those rays to be absorbed beyond the skin's surface, into the epidermis and dermis.

You may be wondering what kind of ingredients would go into a natural mineral sunscreen.  Goddess Garden Organics has nothing to hide.


Be sure to check out GoddessGarden.com for more information, and stay tuned for more updates about their products and how well they work for us!

Pure Ice Nail Polish Review

Sometimes a Momma just needs to look her best.  With prom season, and wedding season, and all that other fun stuff that gives us a reason to dress up, it's important to pay attention to the little details as well.

I was approached by Pure Ice Cosmetics to review some of their nail polishes, and boy do they know how to impress!  
Pure Ice Winter Blues and Laven-Dare
The Winter Blues glittery nail polish is from their 2014 Holiday collection, and is so pretty either by itself or over a light base coat.  I love that you can apply the glitter sparingly for an almost graffiti look, like I did below, or you can go heavier with the glitter for more of a shimmer.



Now, I'm no professional manicurist, and I cant claim to be very good at painting my nails - so you'll have to forgive the covered cuticles and mistakes around the edges of my fingernails.  I do have to say though, Pure Ice nail polish is very easy to apply, and looks great with even just one coat.  Add a second coat and a clear top coat and your nails are gorgeous!


Pure Ice nail polish can be purchased from Walmart stores or Walmart.com.

Check out their social media channels for more inspiration and great color ideas: