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fertility meds

Guys, this is just a tiny slice of the mega supply of supplements I have right now, in my desperate attempt to overcome my infertility.  I thought it might be helpful to get an idea of what I am using and the effectiveness of the products I will share as I use them.  This is just what came in a recent Amazon delivery, to be added to my regular routine.

I think it will be easier if I break up my supply into several posts, because it’s a lot of stuff and a lot of info to take in.  I should mention that in addition to the supplements I am using, I am also following a healthy whole foods eating plan, and exercising 5+ days a week.  All of the supplements in the world won’t help you if you aren’t being proactive in all aspects of your life.  I should also mention, for those that don’t know, that I suffer from PCOS which is largely responsible for my secondary infertility.

Secondary infertility is described as the inability to achieve or maintain a healthy pregnancy following the birth of one or more biological children.  What I have come to learn, is that it is typical for PCOS to really take hold and cause infertility in your mid to late 20’s.  This is exactly what happened to me.  I had two children and then came the nightmare roller coaster of miscarriage and infertility.

I had a Clomid/rainbow baby, and then quickly became pregnant with my youngest soon after.  The combination of breastfeeding, weight loss and somewhat normalized hormones coupled with perfect timing helped me with that.  Since then, my PCOS has flared out of control.

So now, I have my battle gear on, and I am fighting to regain what should be rightfully mine.  I have grown tired of being betrayed by my own body and decided to take action.  Sometimes you just have to get mad to get serious, and this year, my friends, I got pissed off.

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  • Premama Fertility Supplement:  This is a drink additive that includes 2000 mg of myo-inositol and 200 mcg of folic acid.  I know I have tried inositol supplementation before with zero results.  Call me crazy, but I decided to try this supplement anyway with a daily tea I will talk about soon.
  • NAC 600mg (n-acetyl-cysteine): This is touted as a miracle supplement by so many for PCOS and has been on my mind for years but I never tried it before.  Until now.  Some benefits reported include improving insulin sensitivity, lowering testosterone and free androgens, regulating cycles and improving regularity of ovulation, supporting egg quality, and higher progesterone levels.  This supplement is in the sulfur family, and let me tell you, the capsules smell awful.  But if it can help me, you know I’m willing to give it a try.
  • OPK Test Strips: Wishful thinking, but I would like to be able to use these puppies, and I know you go through a ton of them in a cycle so I stocked up with a 100 count box.  I will go into more detail on OPK’s for cysters, as they are a whole new game, but for now, I am just well stocked and hopeful.

Stay tuned for more arsenal info, and hopefully I will be able to update that the crazy cocktail of supplements offers me some benefits.  PCOS is tough to navigate and there are so many promised miracle cures out there, it’s hard to know what is even worth trying.  I do a lot of research on everything before I decide to try anything, and of course, none of this is meant as medical advice, it’s just me being open and sharing my journey.  As far as dosages, that can vary wildly, depending on what study or article you read.  I tend to follow the research studies for dosage amounts, rather than the label on the bottles.  It’s all trial and error, really.  I try to be tuned into my body and adjust accordingly.

Until next time, friends!

Now you see me….maybe…

Seriously flirting with the idea of vlogging, adding another element to my blog here, and a new way to interact.  I’m implementing a lot of big changes in my world right now, and as I’ve mentioned before, re educating myself on all things PCOS.  I’m learning even more than I did before, 8 years ago, when I first dove into my research, and feel like it could be helpful to share what I find.

Speaking of 8 years ago……

So, it never fails to hit me this time of year, as the date approaches, and this year is no exception.  Next week, on April 13, marks what would have been my third baby’s birth date/estimated due date.  I was so stinkin’ excited to have a baby with diamonds as their birthstone!!  Not to mention, we don’t have any April birthdays in the family yet!  This year, I would be celebrating 8 blissful years, but the universe had another plan for me.

I lost my baby early on, and went spiraling down into my unexplained infertility battle, that I would eventually find out was caused by PCOS.

I am fighting PCOS to this very day, and have recently gotten so over it, I have decided to really do everything in my power to show this nasty condition who’s boss.  (Spoiler alert: I’m the boss!!  The power is in my hands, and yours too, if you are in my boat!)

I want a happy ending to my tear filled journey, and if I can give even a tiny glimmer of hope of help to someone who feels the same way, who is going through the same thing….well, then I feel like it’s my job to offer a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or even just an ear to listen.

That’s why I have been seriously considering vlogging, since I feel like I can better emote to you and speak like your friend, rather than just type the words to try and convey what’s in my head and heart.

I’ll have to see what my tech guy says, because I am thinking of just hitting record, spilling my guts, then sharing the video.  I get annoyed at the idea of editing anything or doing anything technical because, blah, it’s boring to me!  I am not a patient girl, I just wanna talk.  🙂

 

Citrus Lane September 2014 Review!

We just got our September Citrus Lane box and I am happy to share with you all the fun little goodies we received!!  Let’s jump in!

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This month’s box was quite heavy, and no wonder, because it has a big, chunky, wodden Melissa and Doug item included!!  This month’s box contained:

Red Shape Sorting Clock from Melissa and Doug

This is an awesome addition to the box, I am always so excited to get Melissa and Doug anything!!  This is a very substantial toy, serving double duty as a tool to learn shapes when the little ones are smaller, and to help establish time telling skills when they are a bit older!  I love the bright colors and am very excited to add this to our daily home school routine for my two little ones!

Pieces Foam Bath Puzzle from Boon

A bath toy that doesn’t squirt or hold icky water, woo hoo!!  This will be a very welcome addition to splash time, a fun, bright jellyfish design in a puzzle that sticks directly to the tub wall for bathtime problem solving!  This is very cool and Sara is huge into puzzles right now, so I know she will definitely enjoy this toy!

Little Red Hen Book & CD Set from Barefoot Books

We are book hoarders in our house, so I am always super excited when we receive a book in our box!  This one is no exception, and has the fun bonus of a story cd read by Debra Messing and even a bread recipe to add a super fun activity to go along with the well loved children’s classic!  Love, love, love!

Cinnamon Crunch from Somersault Snacks

Snack time!  This month’s box included a new treat I had never heard of, a healthy new snack that is nut free and made from sunflower and sesame seeds.  Crunchy, sweet, yummy….was I supposed to share these with my kids?  Oops!!  Hehe!  They are a very yummy addition to snack time, and definitely something I am looking forward to having again!

Free Box for a Friend!

We also got a coupon to receive a free box for a friend, a nice way to introduce someone to the awesomeness of Citrus Lane!

 

So ends another awesome month of Citrus Lane!  If you are totally jelly and wishing you had your very own box of goodies delivered right to your door each month, carefully curated just for your child, then click HERE and give Citrus Lane a try!  Shipping is always free, and you get an awesome array of goodies each month specifically for your child’s age.

 

There is also a great promotion going on right now, but ending soon!  Click HERE and be sure to enter code HALFOFF to get 50% off your first box!!

Citrus Lane Box January 2014!

Time for our monthly Citrus Lane review!  🙂

I have aged Saraphina’s box up one full year after being a little bit disappointed in a few of her previous boxes.  Now, that’s not to say her boxes weren’t great!  The problem is when I compared her box to some of the other boxes that I saw on the Citrus Lane Facebook page.  Hehe!  Rather than be envious of the older boxes, I decided to just age her up and honestly, I have been very happy with the aged up boxes!  That said, here is a quick peek at our January 2014 Citrus Lane box!

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*Zig Zag Zebra Coloring Book from Barefoot Books (estimated value: $6.29)

Super cute book this month that is no ordinary coloring book!  The interactive pages have your little one adding their mad artistic skillz to the cute activity pages.  Every page is full color and sturdy, making this book not feel at all like a simple coloring book, which it most definitely is not!  Very fun way to introduce drawing and shapes and even colors to the little kids.

*Duo Tip Washable Markers from Faber-Castel (estimated value: $4.99)

These awesome markers have a colored tip on each side, one wide and one fine, plus they are made from food grade vegetable dyes, so when they inevitably get on your child’s clothes, the stains easily wash out!  Yay!  These are a perfect companion to the coloring book!

*Fruit Set from Plan Toys (estimated value: $8)

This set was exclusively made for Citrus Lane, so I estimated the price by looking up a larger, 6 piece set that was $16.  These super cute fruits are made from wood and Velcro, so you can “slice” them with the included play knife for fun pretend kitchen play.  My kids LOVE cooking with pretend food!  We have had lots of play food over the years, and wood is definitely the way to go!  The plastic play foods get smashed and unrecognizable, and the little cardboard boxes?  Yeah, they don’t last ten minutes in our crazy house.  We have been slowly replacing all the old smooshed stuff with wooden pieces, so this set was an exciting addition!  It’s also fun to “slice” the food and get that satisfying crunch from the Velcro!  🙂

*Upset Tummy & Nausea Relief from Mommy’s Bliss (estimated value: $10.49)

This is perfect to have on hand!!!  I noticed a lot of moms saying they had no use for this item, just wait until their kids get their first case of the stomach flu!  Trust and believe, this is a must have for the medicine cabinet!  All ingredients are completely natural and 100% vegetarian/vegan with no gluten, dairy, soy or sugar.  Even if it’s just a queasy tummy from motion sickness, indigestion or gas, it’s nice to know you have something ready to go to ease your little one’s discomfort.  Yes, yes, yes, I love it!

So ends another awesome month of Citrus Lane!  If you are totally jelly and wishing you had your very own box of goodies delivered right to your door each month, carefully curated just for your child, then click HERE and give Citrus Lane a try!  Shipping is always free, and you get an awesome array of goodies each month specifically for your child’s age.  Use coupon code FEBHALFOFF to get 50% off your February box!

Natures Paradise Organics Review!

I have recently discovered another awesome company that specializes in organic products, with lines for baby, beauty, household, you name it!  Natures Paradise Organics is a company that started with the founder’s great grandmother’s family recipe for skin irritations, something she cooked up herself on her stove top and gave out to family and friends to soothe their irritated skin.

This is a company that is passionate about providing it’s customers with organic, safe, and natural products.  Their recipes include no chemicals, no toxins, no petroleum, no synthetics, no parabens, no phtalates, no BPA, no sulfates and are 100% vegan!  Safe ingredients equal a safe product, and one that you can feel 100% confident in using both on yourself and on your precious baby’s skin!

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I received the  Baby Organic Coconut Moisturizing Lotion for review, and I just have to say, the formulation is heavenly!  It is silky smooth right out of the bottle and the scent is just divine!  It is a very light and delicious coconut smell that leaves skin fresh and moisturized without weighing it down with a greasy, sticky mess.  It absorbs well and best of all, it works wonders on dry winter skin!

This is a product that you can feel good using on your children and yourself, along with their many other amazing products.  As the year is coming to an end, now is the perfect time to go through your cabinets, throw out the old, toxic, nasty, chemical laden products and replace them with something better both for you and for the environment.  Even better, Natures Paradise Organics is having a sale on their products!

Go to their website by clicking HERE, and enter code “blackfriday” to get 60% off!  That is a steal!  Browse through their many products and stock up now, it is a great way to start the new year and an amazing gift for the loved ones on your holiday shopping list!

“Like” Natures Paradise Organics Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Follow Natures Paradise Organics on Twitter by clicking HERE.

The 60% off sale has been extended to include Cyber Monday!  What are you waiting for?  Go shop!  🙂

The awesome folks at Natures Paradise Organics provided me with free product for review purposes only and I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own, and I really do love their products!

Citrus Lane Black Friday Deal!

I love Black Friday season, snagging a good deal and saving money are a sure fire way to make this mama very happy!  This year, just in time for Black Friday, Cirtus Lane is offering up an awesome deal for new subscribers OR current subscribers who would like to renew their subscriptions!  What a perfect time to try it out for yourself or to send it as a gift for someone you know with a baby aged 0-5!

Click HERE where you will find their offers for 3 months for just $56 (regularly $75!), 6 months for just $105 (regularly $150!) or a full year for just $196 (regularly $300!)

We LOVE our Citrus Lane box!!  We have been getting boxes for Sara since she was only 9 months old and have found some really amazing goodies in our boxes over the years!  Take advantage of this amazing deal, and remember, shipping is always free!

Hear No Evil

Hear No Evil Monkey

Or any other sounds for that matter.

I am suffering from painfully clogged ears, a lovely byproduct of this insane cold we’ve all been blessed with.  My goodness, it makes me feel just awful when I think of how annoyed I might have gotten with the children when they were whiny these last few days, possibly suffering from the very same discomfort!

It’s so hard to know when the littlest ones are in pain, or even sometimes what may be bothering them at all.  Thankfully, everyone seems to be doing so much better, and I am hoping that this ear pain will soon be a distant, albeit painful, memory!

I am trying decongestants to drain any fluid that may be built up, and some ibuprofen to help with the terrible pain and swelling.  Really, what it bothering me the most, is not being able to hear clearly.  It’s one of my best tools for detecting baby mischief!

December Citrus Lane Box!

December is a crazy month for everyone!  That is my official excuse for not posting this in a timely manner.  🙂

Citrus Lane’s theme for December was “A few of our favorite things”.  The box was jam packed with some great goodies!  Shall we begin?

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As always, each month includes an insert that gives you all the details of the items in the box, the websites to find the products, and very often, an exclusive savings code so you can stock up on even more of the awesome items.

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This month’s box came was a bit larger than usual because it had a big toy inside of it!

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Green Toys Airplane $14.99

Totally eco friendly, totally made from recycled materials (milk jugs to be exact!) and totally awesome!  The Green Toys ariplane is a perfect imagination toy for both boys and girls alike!  All of the Green Toys items are made very sturdy, ready for lots of play time with even the littlest, perhaps roughest, of little pilots!  A total hit in our house, sound effects not included, but easily and very happily provided by the happy kiddos!

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Pearhead Brag Book $8.95

This is not a flimsy, cheap little brag book!  This is a hardcover, sturdily made book, perfect for a grandparent gift or just filling and keeping for yourself!  My kids love to spend time looking through photo albums, so this would even be a perfect book to fill with photos for the kids to look through whenever their little hearts desire.  Very cute and easily personalized!

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GoGo Squeez Fruit Pouch $1.29

Yummy, easy, real food snack that is great to stash away in purses, diaper bags, you name it.  All of my kids love to eat snacks from pouches, from 10 years old all the way down to my 1 year old.  It is an easy, mess free way to give a healthy snack on the go and offers at least a few minutes of quiet time while the kids are snacking away!

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Renee & Jeremy It’s A Big World CD $12.00

Okay, as a mama with little ones, my house is filled with all sorts of kid songs that can get…..annoying.  Admit it, character voices get old fast!  This CD, Rene & Jeremy as artists in general, just amazing!  Calming, soothing, mellow, happy, just GOOD.  They have a bit of a hippie/folkie vibe that I have to admit, I love.  You can check out their website for samples of their songs.  Watch out though, they are amazingly addictive!

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Madecasse 75% Cocoa Mini Chocolate Bar $1.50

This was an added special little treat just for the mamas (or daddys!) this month.  I love getting small little things for me in the boxes, and you can’t go wrong with chocolate, am I right?  This particular chocolate was very dark and very bold, as the label suggests.  Not for everyone’s taste buds, but still a very nice little treat!

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Ecomom Gift Voucher $15

Ecomom is a website with an amazing variety of awesome, eco friendly items, both for the kids and for mom (or dad, lets not forget the papis!)  This voucher is good for $15 towards ANYTHING your heart desires on their site!  What a generous gift!  The hardest thing about that, is picking one thing to use it on!  I am an Ecomom regular, I have no doubt that everyone will be able to find an amazing deal to use this voucher on!

 

Have you fallen in love with Citrus Lane yet?!  I am being 100% honest when I tell you that it is something we look forward to each and every month!  We are constantly being introduced to new, awesome products and companies.  We use all of our Citrus Lane goodies regularly, and often have impressed mamas asking us where we got this or that.

Wanna hear some exciting news?  The Citrus Lane Subscription box has expanded its ages for their boxes!!  They now offer curated boxes for babies and kids from birth to age 5!!  How exciting!

Are you interested in a getting a subscription of your own?  Well, I can help you!  Click HERE to sign up and you will get $10 off your new subscription!  You can get as little as 3 months, or as much as a full year!

I have said it before, I will say it again.  I think Citrus Lane is an awesome value and it definitely costs less than a quick trip to Target (or any store) for this mama.  They have exciting things planned for the coming year, so now is a great time to join the Citrus Lane community!

 

November Citrus Lane Box!

Middle of the month means a box of sunshine at our door, otherwise known as Citrus Lane!  For those not in the know, Citrus Lane is a subscription service that delivers a box of specially curated items for babies from newborn to age 3 every month.  Each month has a theme, and this month, unsurprisingly, the theme is “Fun With Food.”  Let’s dive in!

This month’s box was full of fun, food related goodies!

As always, each box comes with a sheet that explains each item, tells you where to find more, and often times includes some awesome, exclusive coupon codes.

Goodbyn Small Meals $6.49

This BPA free container is perfect for packing snacks for on the go and keeping them from getting all squished like they would in a baggie.  This one in particular also has two separate compartments, which is awesome for making a complete meal for your little one and easily toting it mess free.

Plum Organics Training Meals $1.49

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.  Yum!  This is a perfect way to start the day, keeping baby nice and full before a long car ride to grandma’s house for turkey and all the fixins!  I like to mix in some fresh fruit, upping the yum factor and adding even more nutrition.  No complaints from my kiddos!

Green Eats Set of 4 Snack Bowls $6.99

Just the right size for the Plum Organics oatmeal!  These bowls are actually made from recycled milk jugs!  Even better, for easy clean up, they are dishwasher safe.  Something to remember though, they are not microwave safe, so while they are great to serve snacks in, remember not to warm anything in these bowls.

Tiny Prints 20% off plus free shipping

Tis the season for fun holiday cards, and this coupon code is just in time for making some awesome cards of your little ones to send to friends and loved ones.

“Look Mommy!  Something for you!  In my box….”

Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer $9.00

Yes, included in this month’s box was a special treat for the mamas!  All natural, hydrating and full of antioxidants.  Great way to wind down at the end of the day, especially during all the chaos of the holidays!

Plan Toys Fish Castanets Set of Two $10.00

How stinkin’ cute are these?!  Two, very brightly colored wooden castanets, perfect for little hands and pleasant on the ears!  It is a soft, pleasant sound that these fishies make, and they are FUN to play with!  I find myself grabbing them every time I see them, clacking out a little beat before one of the kids steals them away.  Very well made and well loved in this family.

“Time for a jam session, Mama!”

Try out your very own subscription to Citrus Lane by clicking HERE.  Once you follow that link, enter coupon code 10TODAY to save 10%.  Or, enter code 10MONTH for $10 off one month.    When you subscribe for a full year, they also give you two months free.  Who doesn’t love free?!

We love Citrus Lane in our home.  As I have said before, the value of the products each month for the small price paid is just fabulous.  And much cheaper than a “quick” trip to Target for me.  I love being introduced to new brands and companies, and we have loved everything we have gotten so far.

Baby Spa

 

After a hot, dry summer, it is suddenly fall and fast approaching winter!  All the crazy weather and now the dry heat can really wreak havoc on our skin, especially on delicate baby skin.  If you aren’t already experiencing dry, irritated skin, then it’s time to be proactive and prevent it from happening all together!

I was recently introduced to the Baby Spa line of products, a brand that is 98-100% natural and absolutely 100% free of parabens, pthalates, SLS, PEGS and mineral oil.  Basically, none of the yucky stuff that could further irritate baby’s skin.

A unique feature of Baby Spa, is that they cater specifically to your baby’s stage, be it a newborn baby or crawler, to a walking baby, and preschool ages and beyond.

They also use something called ethnobotanicals, which are indigenous plants that have been traditionally used for medicinal and other beneficial reasons.

Baby Spa has a wide range of products, from shampoos and baby washes to diaper creams and even massage oils.  The lotions are creamy, not greasy at all, and have a very faint, pleasant scent.

Now is the time to stock up!  Prevent those precious baby cheeks from the dry winter months ahead!

 

Check out Baby Spa products on their website by clicking HERE.

“Like” Baby Spa on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Follow Baby Spa on Twitter by clicking HERE.

 

I received the samples pictured for review purposes, but was not compensated in any other way.