Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mushroom, Summer Bean, & Hummus Pasta Recipe! @Sabra #Sponsored

I am back once again with a summer recipe using Sabra hummus! This time around, I am sharing a great recipe using some of my favorite ingredients! 

Athlete's Foot & how to treat it! #Sponsored


Athlete’s foot is a very common infection of the skin that appears on feet or between toes. Common symptoms of this infection are scaling, redness, itching and sometimes, small blisters and even bleeding may appear. Although this problem is usually caused by fungal infection; there are other causes that can lead to it.

Medical term for this condition is tinea pedis. There are various types of fungus that can lead to athlete’s foot and they can be contracted in various places such as gyms, locker rooms, pools, pedicure salons or by using contaminated socks, shoes or clothes. Fungus can also be transferred through direct contact with other person. Most people get them after walking bare naked in areas where someone with athlete’s foot walked before them. It can easily be concluded that this infection usually affects athletes who are constantly wearing sneakers and have sweaty legs. This disease is also common for people in armed forces who are wearing closed shoes in tropical conditions. Have in mind that fungus cannot grow without proper environment (hot and humid). About 70 % of people have this problem at one point in their life. Once treated, there is no guarantee that the infection will not resurface.

Many people suffering from this issue don’t have any symptoms and they even don’t realize that they are carrying fungus with them. Most of them think that they only have dry feet. Usual symptoms of this infection are itching and burning. Skin can often start scaling and in particularly severe cases, it can cause enormous pain and even bleeding. Rarely, athlete’s foot can lead to blisters.
In most of the cases, symptoms of this infection are barely noticeable. All we can see is some dry or strangely looking skin. Feet may appear more red than usual; there can also be some scaling on one or both feet. Commonly, the infection is localized on the bottom part of the foot. Space between fourth and fifth toes can also have some sort of moist, skin peeling or dry scaling. There are three main types of this disease: the one that appears on feet, infection between the toes as well as that which leads to blisters. 

Nowadays, there are various, efficient drugs that can help us solve this problem. Ketoderm is regarded as one of the best in its own class, efficiently treating athlete’s foot but other fungal infections as well. Medicine comes in a form of a cream and it should be applied on affected area for next 2 to 6 weeks depending on patient’s weight and age as well as type of fungus. In some cases, skin will not react as we would expect it to. In that case, treatment needs to be prolonged or revised. Like any other medicine that is used for skin, Ketoderm may cause various skin irritations. However, these side effects are rare. In case of any severe side effect, medical professionals from You! Drugstore advises you to contact your medical provider and ask for further assistance. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Food Lion's New Recipe Portal + Easy Weeknight Skillet Sauteed Garlic & Herb Chicken Pasta Recipe! #LifesBetterWithTheLion #Sponsored

I absolutely love shopping at my local Food Lion store. It's clean, always organized, the staff is very friendly, and very affordable compared to some other grocery retailers in my area. I was thrilled when I got chosen to be a part of Clever Girl's Food Lion campaign! I was asked to come up with a recipe as well as give my honest opinion on Food Lion's new website. 

I've been to Food Lion's website many times to take a glace at their weekly ad's. I do this about once a week to see what is on sale that week. I love the clean look and layout of their website. You can see from the screenshot below that everything is neat and organized, and the website is easy to navigate. You can load coupons on to your MVP card, browse their weekly specials, and even find recipes!

I was asked to submit a recipe to Food Lion's recipe portal, the process is really simple. All you have to do is name the recipe, upload a photo, include a description of the dish, and directions, and easy as that your recipe will be up on Food Lion's recipe portal for everyone to see! It does take Food Lion about 1-3 business days to process the recipe and get it approved. 

I submitted an Easy Weeknight Skillet Sauteed Garlic & Herb Chicken Pasta. My kids and husband go crazy for this dish when I cook it! 

Its really simple you just need these ingredients here to make this dish come together in 30 minutes or less!

Slice up some boneless skinless chicken breast.

Toss in a few cubes of skillet sauce.

In the skillet it smells oh so good! 

Toss in some pasta, a can of drained tomatoes, and bam! You have an easy weeknight meal! It really is good!

Make sure to check out Food Lion's new website and their recipe portal for more delicious recipes!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Animal Activism: Custom Prosthetics Save Wild and Domestic Creatures #AD

Animal Activism: Custom Prosthetics Save Wild and Domestic Creatures

3D printed items have transformed our lives, but we’ve also used them to save animals with debilitating conditions and injuries. In the same way that doctors have designed custom prosthetic limbs for children in war-torn countries, veterinarians have been using 3D technology to give distressed dogs, turtles, horses, and ducks a chance to live normal lives. Below, we’ve shared three inspiring stories of animal aid.

Bionic Turtles
In the open ocean, animals are often harmed by our human inventions. That’s exactly what happened to a poor sea turtle, which got caught in a boat propeller and lost a large chunk of its beak. Without a working snout, the turtle wasn’t able to eat food on its own. Luckily, some Turkish animal rescuers found the turtle and kept it alive. They got in touch with a 3D printing company, which set out to design a custom bionic beak for the sea creature. 

First, they performed a CT scan and figured out the necessary dimensions for the replacement beak. Next, they translated that data into a precise 3D model and printed it using high-grade titanium. Finally, they performed surgery to attach the new beak, so that the turtle would be able to survive in the wild. Post-operation, our turtle friend looks like a future Godzilla villain, but his beak is as good as new. 

Duck Feet
Just like humans, animals are sometimes born with deformities or missing limbs. This was the case with Buttercup, a duck with only one working foot. To help improve his life, the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary adopted Buttercup and got in touch with a 3D printing company to see if they could help. The tricky part about designing a replacement duck foot is finding the right material — duck feet are rubbery and flexible, so the team used a strong, yet malleable silicone filament to ensure that Buttercup wouldn’t be in pain. To finish the procedure, Dr. Shannon McGee amputated Buttercup’s bad foot and attached the new one with a sheath. For the first time in his life, Buttercup the duck is able to walk normally.   

A Dog Named Derby
Derby the dog was born with tiny front legs, which made it impossible for him to walk around or play with other puppies. Most of the time, dogs with this condition are put to sleep, but Tara Anderson rescued Derby from the pound and set to work on special prosthetics for his legs. As a manager at 3D Systems, Anderson knew that 3D printed items might be the answer to Derby’s disability, so she got a team together and created a series of prosthetic prototypes. Eventually, they settled on a shock-absorbent design where Derby’s front legs rest in a rounded boot, allowing him to keep up with other dogs in the neighborhood. Today, Derby lives happily in New Hampshire with the Portanova family. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ogio Evader Camo Backpack from Staples + $25 Gift Card Giveaway! #BackToSchool #AD

I love shopping at my local Staples store. The staff is exceptionally friendly and they always have the best back to school sales! Thanks to Staples, for providing me with the Ogio Evader Camo Backpack to check out!

This backpack is really cool! It has several compartments for storing books, pencils & pens, there is even a separate section for a laptop or tablet.  Mind you, my son is only in the 4th grade, but he will be taking a tablet to school this year. Plus, this year they also bring home their text books. This backpack does look a little big for him, but honestly with all the stuff they carry to and from school now days, I think it will serve him well. 

Shoulder straps have always been my son's biggest issue. He complains they hurt him, I think this backpack will work out better than his last ones, they are well padded and fit him just right!

The Ogio Evader Camo Backpack at Staples retails for just $49.99! 

To help kick off the back to school season, I am giving one lucky reader a $25 Staples gift card to help with the cost of back to school supplies! I bought all of my back to school supplies the other day at Staples for both of my kids, and it only costed me about $31.00 for everything! They have some great deals in store AND online, so make sure you check them out! 

Enter for your chance to win a $25 Staples gift card! US entries only! Good luck!