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Monday, May 25, 2015


Are you worried that you have allergies, but know that a doctor’s visit, testing and follow-up will be too costly and time consuming? Instead you suffer with the sniffling and sneezing, hoping that it's just a seasonal thing. Or maybe you're concerned about exposure to STDs, but want a discreet and less expensive way to get peace of mind. Perhaps, you're in need of a pregnancy test or a complete female health checkup. Maybe, you want to check on that fatigue, or the effect your stressful job has been having on your body.

Busy Americans are finding new ways to be frugal, but at the same time there is more emphasis than ever on preventive medicine. However, people also know that it can be costly to do all the testing necessary to properly diagnose health issues before they become serious problems.

The estimates that by 2030, the number of people with Diabetes (currently more than 180 million worldwide) will double to 366 million. Cancer incidence increased globally between 1990 and 2000 and is projected to increase further by 50%, to more than 15 million new cancer patients by 2025.

Traditional lab testing can be a very time consuming and costly process (source: It requires a visit to a doctor, the doctor ordering specific tests, patients then taking those orders to a lab facility to be completed, and then patients scheduling another follow-up visit with their doctor to get the lab results.

Personalabs provides consumers with an improved, alternative way to get those results, while saving money and time.

Personalabs management service allows patients to go their website (, find the test they are interested in (more than 300 tests available), place their order and Personalabs will send them a doctor's order within 60 seconds. Questions or concerns? No problem. There are Customer Care Specialists standing-by to help.

Personalabs has doctors registered in 50 states. You print the confirmation order and take that to one of the 1,700 lab facilities located nationwide. The lab takes your sample (whether it’s blood, urine, stool or semen) and you can leave knowing that you’ve completed your part and Personalabs has you covered the rest of the way! The lab tests your sample and within 24-48 hours (some tests are more extensive and may take up to 7-10 days), you will receive an e-mail advising that your results are ready. You then sign into our secure Personalabs Patient Portal to view your results.

Benefits of using Personalabs:
If you require discretion, Personalabs offers a 100% confidential service -Your results are sent to your private account, viewable only by you.
If you need results quickly-You can place your order using a computer, mobile device (iPad, tablet or cell phone) or by calling 1-888-438-5227 to place your order with one of our Customer Care Specialists. You can visit the lab immediately and your results become available to you directly.
If you have little time-There is no waiting time, you do not need to book an appointment as they are not necessary. You just go to one of the lab testing centers with your confirmation order and get tested. 
If you need to get the results to your doctor - Personalabs offers a service whereby you can share your results directly with your doctor, if you wish.
Using this service as part of your regular healthcare - Don’t wait for small issues to turn into big issues. Take an active role in managing your healthcare.

Personalabs accepts all major credit cards, PayPal (including Buy Now, Pay Later), Amazon Checkout, FSA cards and all pre-paid gift cards.

We currently do not accept any form of health insurance as our blood test prices are the lowest available on the market. Personalabs saves you money and is cheaper than the actual premium you would pay to your insurance provider. We do, however, offer the ability to provide you with an insurance admissible receipt. You can use that to claim back funds from your insurance company.

What are you waiting for? Take an active role in your healthcare. Get the blood tests you need and results quickly for much less than traditional testing.
This post was created in partnership with eAccountable. All opinions are my own.

Happy Memorial Day 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Shaun The Sheep Movie Coming August 7th!

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Organo Gold

When you say “sports drink,” coffee isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind – so why is it Manny Pacquiao’s sports drink of choice? The world champion boxer’s favorite gourmet coffee, Organo Gold, is infused with Ganoderma, a mushroom extract used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine for its possible antioxidant, immune support, and other beneficial attributes. Pacquiao doesn’t just drink Organo Gold: he has now signed an endorsement contract because it’s the only coffee he cares to drink. Paired with the known beneficial effects of coffee itself (improved circulation, memory and muscle preservation), the addition of Ganoderma to Organo Gold gourmet coffee produces a knock-out punch.
We got to try some of the coffee, and love it! We got BrewKups in Caramel Vanilla: An effortlessly blended combination of rich caramel and smooth vanilla that’s guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of palates! Make coffee your way with BrewKups by adding the right amount of sweetener and milk or milk substitute to suit your taste. It’s a truly personal experience that allows you to enjoy home brewed gourmet your way.
Premium Gourmet King of Coffee - Enjoy the luxury of a premium organic coffee with the added bonus of pure organic Ganoderma lucidum spores. Only the finest organic beans are selected for this bold, flavorful coffee that is the perfect way to enhance your day. Think of it as a necessary luxury, and a joy to drink any time.
Organic Green Tea - Add an element of zen to your day with a soothing cup of our Organic Green Tea. This flavorful tea combines the best organic green tea leaves packed with flavonoids and our renowned organic Ganoderma lucidum mushroom, for a truly invigorating cup of tea.

Check it all out at Organo Gold on Facebook, as well as Organo Gold on Twitter.

MedCenter System Pill Organizer

For the individual always on the go and concerned about keeping themselves in good health, MedCenter Systems has the resolution. Never again will you forget when to take your medication or vitamin supplements with a MedCenter Systems device. Now, you can keep track and avoid confusion about the proper dosage and timing for your vitamins and medications. Millions of Americans do not take their medicines correctly. People simply forget to take them, are confused about when and in what amount to take them, or lack the personal organization to carry out the daily task. With the MedCenter System, taking your medications on schedule, becomes a part of your daily routine.
Jason and I both have to take a generous amount of medications each day for various reasons. It is really hard  to keep track! So we got the MedCenter Traveler. This compact nylon travel kit includes seven Pill Boxes (marked with the days of the week) in a convenient and durable nylon case. The MedCenter Traveler fits conveniently in a carry on or suitcase. The Velcro flap allows for quick access to Pill Boxes. Holds up to seven pill boxes for up to one full week of medication. The compact size saves space in desk drawers, carry-on luggage, or suitcases. There are four cavities in each included Pill Box.

Check it all out at MedCenter System on Facebook.

Ultimate Volcano Kit

Dr. Cool has turned this classic science experiment into the ultimate hands-on volcano experience! First you'll use the plaster and mold included to make your volcano chamber. Then you'll use the brush and paints included in the kit to decorate it. Next you'll make the volcano erupt over and over again with the eruption powder (included). Plus you'll get to examine 3 genuine volcanic specimens including: a real geode, an obsidian arrowhead, and a floating piece of volcanic rock called pumice.
The information guide will teach you all about your specimens as well as how volcanoes form and why they erupt. Also included is an activity booklet with 10 fun games, puzzles, and challenges to complete. Because everything is included in the kit, you won't need to run to the store for additional supplies. If you're doing this project for the science fair, you'll love how nice this volcano looks - it's way better then those paper mache volcanoes. This is the perfect science kit for anyone interested in geology, earth science, or volcanoes.

Friday, May 22, 2015

#KohlsSummerStyle Giveaway

Kohls Giveaway 
We’re kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with a $1,000 Kohl’s gift card giveaway! 20 winners will receive a $50 gift card to Kohl’s!


Post-it Brand & Fiskars For Fun Summer Crafts

Summertime is almost upon us - for some it has already arrived! What better time of year to make some cute summer crafts and activities? Here are some great products from Post-it Brand and Fiskars.
Post-it Brand World of Color collections featuring Post-it Notes in 9 fresh color palettes inspired by exotic destinations including Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro, Bora Bora, Bali, New York, Cape Town, Jaipur, Marseille and Helsinki, this collection helps you take daily reminders, to-do lists, and messages to the family to the next level!
Post-it Brand Pattern collections with eye-catching, colorful Post-it Flags and Tabs, organization is easy, fun and stylish! Great for the fashionista, the collection features new patterns including the Gingham, Geos and Carnival Pattern collections – they are perfect to mark pages of magazines, papers, cookbooks, and more.
Fiskars PowerGear2 - Pruners, Loppers, and Shears - The PowerGear2 gardening and outdoor tools feature an innovative gear design that provides more cutting power in the middle of the cut where the branch is thickest. These optimized mechanics deliver advanced durability with reinforced connections for the blades, gears, and handles for more power with less effort.
Fiskars Tag Maker is available in four different designs. The Tag Maker is the perfect tool for any crafting project. In three simple steps you can create a tag with an eyelet and use to label jars, make cards, tag presents, etc.

Powell & Mahoney Cocktail Mixes

Powell & Mahoney are beverage and cocktail aficionados. With over 20 years of combined experience in the cocktail mixer and beverage world, the founders of Powell &  Mahoney thought it was high time to bring back the genuine, honest taste of America’s classic cocktails, in an all-natural cocktail mixer you would want to use again and again. Using only the finest juices, essential oils and organic cane sugar, they've authentically reproduced the classics.
I got the Pomegranate mixer! The Pomegranate, known as an antioxidant superpower, was initially mixed as a pomegranate martini and created for at-home entertaining. As word spread, it struck a chord with hosts and hostesses and soon became a household phenomenon from coast to coast. “Simple, crisp and refreshing” was the objective in developing the all-in-one solution for your home entertaining. With a touch of lemon and orange, this perfectly balanced mix is great with vodka, tequila, and gin. I mix mine with vodka, and pour over ice, and it makes a nice refreshing summer cocktail.


The Year My Mother Came Back #SRC2015

I am spending my summer traveling with BookSparks in this year’s #SRC2015. Right now, I am traveling with The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen. Destination: Find the miraculous in Manhattan.
The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen

About The Book:
Thirty years after her death, Alice Eve Cohen’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face: the year her youngest daughter needs a harrowing surgery, her eldest daughter decides to reunite with her birth mother, and Alice herself receives a daunting diagnosis. As it turns out, it’s entirely possible for the people we’ve lost to come back to us when we need them the most. Although letting her mother back into her life is not an easy thing, Alice approaches it with humor, intelligence, and honesty. What she learns is that she must revisit her childhood and allow herself to be a daughter once more in order to take care of her own girls. Understanding and forgiving her mother’s parenting transgressions leads her to accept her own and to realize that she doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good mother.

My Thoughts:
As a memoir, this book reads more like a story, more like fiction, something easy to read, with a nice flow. I generally find memoirs a bit stiff, as in - this is what happened at this time, and then this happened, etc.. But in this book, the author is telling a story, and she tells it very well.

About The Author:
Alice Eve Cohen’s first memoir, What I Thought I Knew, received the Elle Magazine Literary Grand Prix for Nonfiction, was one of O: The Oprah Magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer, and was one of Salon’s Best Books of the Year. A solo theater artist and playwright, she has toured her plays nationally and internationally. She teaches at the New School and lives with her family in New York City.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fiore Pantyhose

Fiore produces the finest in European hosiery and nylons with the most creative and fashionable styles available. With a regularly evolving product line of fashion-forward products, Fiore will always keep you at the center of attention. With a wide range of product lines, you're sure to meet all your hosiery needs with Fiore.
I got the Gladis design, and am just totally in love! Sexy tights with a hold-up imitation pattern. Invisibly reinforced toe portion, comfortable flat seams, and single-covered elastane yarn for improved durability. I feel like a sex kitten in these, and that is a good feeling!

Check it all out at Fiore on Facebook, as well as Fiore on Twitter.


Ultra Bright LED Outdoor Lantern

Whether you are camping out in the wilderness, waiting out a storm, or simply telling stories to your children under the blankets, you can rest assured that the AYL StarLight 330 will be there to light the way. The lantern is designed to be the most rugged and durable available, while utilizing the latest advances in LED technology.