Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lansinoh HPA Brand Lanolin

It has been my experience that Lansinoh is a nursing mom's best friend. The products that I have tried - the contoured nursing pads and their HPA Brand Lanolin - are top-notch and deliver what is promised. I'll talk about the nursing pads in another post. Right now, I want to tell you about the lanolin.

I recently had my fourth baby. I've nursed all of my babies. My first child lost nearly a pound after birth, and I ended up having to supplement nursing with formula feedings. We persevered, however, and she was completely weaned only at 13 months. Breastfeeding has gotten easier with each child, and Buddy Bear and I are doing great after only two weeks.

One thing that has not gotten easier with each child is the adjustment and toughening up period. Buddy Bear nursed well from the beginning, but I had more problems with cracked and bleeding nipples than I had when I nursed the other children. In desperation, I bought Lansinoh's Lanolin.

What a relief! The instant I used it, the pain abated, and by the next nursing session, I could tell that healing had already begun to take place. Wow! Now that is a product that delivers!

What is lanolin, anyway? Lanolin is the greasy wax-like substance produced by wool-bearing animals. Lansinoh Lanolin uses medical-grade lanolin that is subsequently refined to a pure, hypo-allergenic state. Pure lanolin is not harmful to your baby and does not need to be removed prior to breastfeeding.

Lansinoh's HPA Brand Lanolin can be used before birth as preparation for breastfeeding and can of course be used after birth as both a preventative and a remedial measure. It can be purchased through retailers, such as Wal-Mart, or online.

In case you can't tell, I highly recommend Lansinoh's HPA Brand Lanolin.

Monday, June 9, 2008

New Zealand

It's no secret that I would like to travel the world. In addition to traveling Europe, I would like to visit New Zealand. I actually have a blogging friend who lives in NZ, and I enjoy reading her blog and catching glimpses of everyday life in that country. I am always fascinated when she refers to gas as petrol or uses other colloquialisms. (I bet she finds some of my words and phrases just as fascinating.)

While I would love to visit, I don't think I'd want to go so far as to move to New Zealand. Despite the downward spiral in which I see my country engaged, I love being a citizen of the United States of America. I don't think there is another country on Earth that can compare to our great land.

Have you ever considered leaving your native land for another country? Would New Zealand residency tempt you to leave the land of your birth?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Review Your Car Insurance Coverage

The law of the land requires that vehicles be insured. Yet there are many vehicles that are either uninsured or under-insured. If you happen to get in an accident with such a vehicle, you and/or your insurance company will most likely end up paying for some or all repairs and medical bills resulting from the accident.

Assuming that you do have car insurance, do you know that your vehicle is adequately covered? If you aren't completely sure, call your insurance agent and ask him to review your policy with you. If you do determine that you need to increase your coverage, don't automatically assume that your insurance company offers the best value for your needs. Take the time to request quotes from other agencies. This does not have to be a time-consuming and tedious process. Instead of calling individual agencies, follow the example of many other drivers and shop online for a car insurance quote.

If you do not have car insurance, do remedy that situation with all haste. Take the advice in the previous paragraph and shop online for quotes. Whatever you do, make sure you get the coverage you need as soon as possible.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mail Boxes

Have you ever looked at a neighbor's mail box and sighed with envy? I particularly like the ones that have a flowerbed at the base with climbing flowers twining around the post. I also like the mail boxes that have been hand painted - as long as the artist knew what he was doing, that is!

If you suffer from mail box envy, take a look at They offer many types of mail boxes, including but not limited to single-unit mail box and post packages, wall mounted mailboxes, commercial mailboxes, and post mailboxes.

I mentioned that I like hand painted mailboxes, and I was surprised to see the large selection of scenes offered through Mailboxixchange. There were plenty of scenes to suit a wide variety of tastes: birds, flowers, hunting scenes, nautical themes, and landscapes are just a few of the types of illustrations offered.

If you prefer clean and classic lines, there are plenty of choices that fit that description as well. In fact, it seems to me that, no matter your preference, Mailboxixchange is the place to begin your search.

Monday, December 31, 2007

After Christmas Clearance

I love to shop the after Christmas clearance. The day after Christmas I went to Wal-Mart. I picked up some hairbrush/hairbow kits for the shoeboxes that I put together each year for Samaritan's Purse. I also bought some bath toy kits and other small things such as lipgloss. I like to use these throughout the year for my kid's birthdays, Easter presents, etc.

Today I was at Target and they already have their stuff marked 75% off. I was able to get a star for my tree for $5 rather than $20. I also purchased a jewelry box for $7.50. I wanted a jewelry box for Christmas, but couldn't justify paying $60-80 for one. This one wasn't that expensive and it's not exactly what I wanted, but the price was right. It will last me for many more years. When I get tired of it, I can always pass it down to my daughter or sell it at a yard sale for $5. :)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rave: Chick-Fil-A

I was out shopping today and decided to stop at Chick-Fil-A. I rarely stop there because of the prices. I'm too much of a tightwad to spend $5 on fast food when I know I can get a sit down meal for the same.

Anyway, I decided to splurge on the Chick-Fil-A meal. I drove up to the drive thru and could not believe the line. It was wrapped completely around the store. My van was almost blocking the exit of the drive thru. As I pulled around, I saw a man standing on the sidewalk talking to customers in their cars. I could hardly believe what I was seeing.

Eventually, the man came to my van. He asked me if I knew what I wanted to order. I told him I did. He placed my order over his headset, told me my total, took my money, and in just a few moments another man came outside with my food and condiments. The man delivering the food was dressed nicely and did not appear to be in uniform. I'm guessing he was the owner.

I was in and out of Chick-Fil-A in a flash. When I drove up I was certain it was going to take 20 minutes to get my food. The people serving were very polite and when I left the man wished me a "Merry Christmas". It was a great experience.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a money-saving addition to a room: using the fan during both winter and summer can lower your heating and cooling costs, and a ceiling fan that also has a light fixture means that you will more than likely not need to purchase additional light fixtures for that room.

We have had ceiling fans in nearly every room in both of the homes we have purchased. (We've only ever owned one home at a time.) In the first home we purchased, almost all of the fans needed to be replaced, and we found nice Hunter fans on clearance. They served us well, being both attractive and functional.

Our current home had no ceiling fan or light fixture in the living room, which we found rather odd. We ended up purchasing two nice standing floor lamps for $10 apiece, and they have solved our lighting problems. We still have not installed a ceiling fan, and we really need to do that. No-name or Casablanca fans, it really doesn't matter to me what brand we buy. I just want a decent and sturdy fan at a cheap price.

How often do you use your ceiling fans?