Zoey got her 2nd Kiwi Crate and the theme was Woodland Creatures! We had so much fun with this box. She had 2 crafts: “My Forest Friends” and “My Marble Run”. Just like her first box, this second one did not disappoint, and included some extra materials in case something gets lost or broken.
Let me start by saying that I bought this soap at Walmart, of all places.
And it was less than $5.
So, that said, go on Amazon and read the reviews of the soap after you read mine, but don’t buy it there before checking out your local Walmart first.
I never see legitimate clean, organic, safe products at Walmart… what claims to not have parabens has sulfates… what claims to not have sulfates has parabens. They all have alcohol, added fragrances, or some other weird ingredient that completely negates what the label says. So when my sister-in-law and I spotted this African Black Soap on the shelf, nearly hidden away under the Bert’s Bees, we couldn’t believe it. I read the label over and over again (and smelled it a few times – smells kind of like licorice) before deciding to purchase it.
This roundup is simply a collection of books that I have either read myself or have heard about, and they are must-haves for your library if you’re suffering with PCOS.
For PCOS Awareness Month, I urge you to try something new to take control of your PCOS. We can’t change our diagnosis, but we can change how we live with it. Any day is a good day to take control and try something new, but PCOS Awareness Month is really an even better time to make a change in our lives towards handling our PCOS in better ways.
Click on the book covers below to read more about each one, including reviews. Many of these have Kindle editions, which makes them super affordable.
This year for PCOS Awareness Month, I wanted to do an Etsy Shop Showcase to show some places that you can get some pretty fantastic pieces of PCOS Awareness jewelry! Last year, I posted a picture on Instagram of me wearing my favorite PCOS awareness necklace. Several people asked me where I had purchased it, but unfortunately, the shop I purchased this necklace from in 2009 has since closed. Thankfully a quick search on Etsy revealed that there are several shops selling PCOS awareness jewelry, and each one has something unique and special to share. I reached out to 3 different shops and asked permission to showcase them this month, so today I’m going to share with you some of their pieces and where you can purchase them.
FertileGems has some beautiful, dainty pieces – many of which represent all aspects of infertility or pregnancy loss. Part of what I loved about her shop is that she includes 5 free pregnancy or ovulation tests with orders of her fertility gems. How cool is that?! I thought that offer was so thoughtful. In addition, she includes an inspirational quote print-out with many of her orders, which I thought was also incredibly sweet. She will have a special one for the month of September on orders of PCOS Awareness jewelry.
On several of the products, you can pick which gems you want included – I love a good piece of custom jewelry. Besides being beautiful and high quality, I think any of the FertileGems pieces would inspire you to feel positive about your infertility journey, and of course, feel beautiful! My favorite piece is this one.
The first thing I noticed about RoughRockJewelry is that she is selling some fantastic statement pieces with some really strong color. She also has a variety that I hadn’t seen elsewhere – I love that she has earrings and a brooch for PCOS Awareness! RoughRockJewelry isn’t specific to just PCOS, but she has a section dedicated to it, so be sure to check out some of the other areas in her shop as well. You never know – you may find something for yourself and for a friend. Christmas is coming up, after all…
Even though the shop isn’t just about PCOS, RoughRockJewelry recognizes the importance of PCOS Awareness, so she is giving you 20% off during the month of September with the code pcos20. 🙂 My favorite piece is this one.
When I reached out to SoulCystersCreations, the shop owner shared with me something really special. Each year, during the month of September, she takes a percentage of her sales and donates to a PCOS-related cause or association. For 2015, she is raising funds for PCOS Challenge. I hadn’t heard of PCOS Challenge before, so I Googled it and WOAH! How am I not attending this event?! It is definitely going on the list as a possibility for next year. (P.S. Those of you living in or around Atlanta, it’s on September 19!)
I can tell her pieces are all designed to really empower women to take control of their PCOS and not let it define them negatively. My favorite piece is this one.
For the month of September, SoulCysterCreations has a very special limited edition necklace for sale, and $5 from each sale is going towards PCOS Challenge. If you want this necklace, you have to order during the month of September. The shop owner is also offering an extra 10% off discount for my blog readers, so be sure to use the code LIFEABUNDANT when you place your order. But again, you only have this month to do it!
What all 3 of these shops are doing is really important to me. Not only are they are spreading PCOS Awareness in a variety of ways, but they are also spreading awareness of other forms of infertility and pregnancy loss. Jewelry often turns into conversation pieces – what a simple, beautiful way to start a conversation, whether with friends and family, or complete strangers. I often get asked about my necklace, and it presents a wonderful opportunity to share my heart.
In honor of PCOS Awareness Month, treat yourself to one of these pieces of PCOS awareness jewelry! I’m definitely going to… although it’s going to be really hard deciding which one!
Disclaimer: all images were used with written permission. Please do not use these images without obtaining the same written permission from each shop owner.
On August 19, Zoey’s very first Kiwi Crate came in the mail and she could not contain her excitement. I think she literally said “I’m so excited!” at least five times. When she saw that green crate in the mailbox, she instantly lit up and couldn’t get into the house fast enough to open it up and see what was inside. Here is our official Kiwi Crate Review!
When Zoey was a newborn, I signed her up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which means she received a FREE, brand new book in the mail every month up until she turned 5 years old. Once Zoey turned 3, she started to really notice and look forward to receiving mail every month. It was a sad day when she received her final book in the mail: Kindergarten, Here I Come! She knew it meant no more books in the mail, and even though it has been five months since she received that book, she still asks me if anything is coming in the mail for her.
I have been looking at subscription boxes for a while as a way to supplement the Imagination Library. When she was younger, I looked into Citrus Lane, but it seemed to be tailored for babies and toddlers more than young children. I believe it has changed a bit now, but now that she is 5 years old and very creative, I wanted to get her a box that was more than just toys and body products. That said, I will likely sign up for Citrus Lane if we get pregnant again.
For Zoey, I wanted to get something that would challenge her and keep her busy. That is when I discovered the Crates!
All miracles begin with a crisis.
~Bringing Lucy Home
When author Jennifer Phillips asked me if I wanted to write a review of her book “Bringing Lucy Home”, it was an immediate “YES!” from me, no questions asked. I had the privilege of working with Jennifer as her marketing strategist at the original publisher of her book. Unfortunately, that also meant that I had to be the one to drop the news when the publisher was closing, not long after her book had gone live. She was the first author I thought of when I received the news, and the first one I wanted to personally tell as soon as allowed. Although that journey was really unexpected and rough at times, I don’t regret it because it gave me an opportunity to build a friendship with someone I’ve never met in person, and who lives on the other side of the world from me! Things like this are why I’m actually thankful for the internet. Friendships can blossom, even if you never get to be in the same room.
Disclaimer: I received a free 3-month supply of FertilAid for Women to try in exchange for this review. However, all opinions/comments are my own! I do not receive a commission from sales that result from this post.
This product review has been months in the making! Literally, months. FairHaven Health first reached out to me last November asking if I’d be interested in trying one of their fertility friendly products and I was SO excited for the opportunity. However, as many of you may remember, I was still on my last 3-month stint of 150mg of Clomid, really hoping it would end up in a pregnancy. I decided to put the FairHaven offer on hold, but kept in contact with them in the meantime. When January came and I still wasn’t pregnant, I decided to take FairHaven up on their offer and try FertilAid for Women.
Ladies, listen up.
It’s time we talked about what we’re putting on our pits. But first, a little science lesson:
Please note: All opinions are my own. This product review was not the result of a marketing campaign and I did not receive anything free to conduct this review. This is simply my way of sharing something with you that I truly love and hope you will, too! Pricing subject to change.
Several years ago, a friend introduced me to mineral makeup and I absolutely loved it. I used every last flake of the sample she gave me before I was left pouting, wishing I had more. Unfortunately, the makeup sample she gave me was priced way outside of my budget for the full-sized containers, so I returned to using drugstore makeup and my trusty coupons from the local newspaper.
Then I was diagnosed with PCOS.