SAVE THE DATE: Tomorrow Schoola 75% off Site Wide Sale

SAVE THE DATE: Tomorrow Schoola 75% off Site Wide Sale

Time to stock up on school clothing with this awesome Schoola Promo Code! Schoola is a used online shop for adult and children’s clothing, where a portion of sales go to support certain school districts. The huge bonus tomorrow is that they will be having a huge 75% off sale site wide on their already low prices!!

This short and sweet sale will only last one day!!! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to stock up on highly discounted clothing and accessories!

Bonus Perks:

Promo Code for 75% off:  COOL

Free Shipping on orders over $25

New members who sign up get will get a $10 credit!

Fine Print: Discounts and credits do not apply toward the free shipping threshold or promotional minimums. Discounts are applied to the post-credit order value. New-with-tags items are not eligible for purchase with discounts or credits.

PCOS and Dairy Products

PCOS and Dairy Products

PCOS and dairy products

We touch on a very small portion on dairy in a previous blog post Why is PCOS So Overlooked? Today we will touch on a bit more and some safer alternatives to dairy.

When we dive into a lot of the PCOS stuff and what’s good and bad, it gets scientific and medical and I am trying to keep these posts readable and understandable so please bare with me.

What’s up with PCOS and dairy products?

Dairy is known to have insulin growth factor – 1 also known as IGF-1. This is a naturally occurring hormone in the human body, but some of those with PCOS have higher levels. What does this mean and what does it do you might be wondering. Well, IGF-1 has a molecular structure that is very closely related to insulin and mimics insulin-like activities.

This basically means that some PCOS suffers already have a raised amount of IGF-1, add more in and our ovaries are not in hyperdrive.

Here is a catch 22 though, IGF-1 is important as it preserves bone and muscle tissue. It’s almost important during the growing stages to promote stronger bones. Now add in that are still unsure of the higher levels causing breast or prostate cancer, it’s still an unknown researched topic.

You might be wondering if this even applies to me and my PCOS and the response to that is: Are you insulin resistant? If you are yes, this does apply to you. Not everyone who has PCOS is insulin resistant. Your doctor can do blood tests to confirm if you are insulin resistant.

Did you know dairy can also wreak havoc on your skin? If you suffer from PCOS acne, you might want to look into your dairy intake. The anabolic hormones and IGF-1 are proven to unsettle the skin and produce acne.

So How Do I Get Calcium?

Great question, lucky for us calcium doesn’t have to come from milk. We are fortunate enough that calcium comes from various sources such as:

  • red kidney beans
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • curly kale
  • dried sesame seeds
  • collard greens

These are suggestions and not a complete list. Always do your own research, so you can make fully informed choices. Now as for a milk substitute you can use items such as:

  • rice milk
  • coconut milk
  • almond milk
  • hazelnut milk

Soymilk is still very controversial to me, as studies have shown negatives and positives.

My final thoughts on PCOS and dairy products

Everyone must do what’s right for them personally. Trying new ways to cope with PCOS and eliminate some of the side effects we suffer is one of the main goals. Everyone should do their own research and not rely on just one’s opinion (including my own). I live by the try it if it can’t hurt you theory and at this point, I am willing to try a lot when it comes to naturally handling my PCOS when the doctors only want to dump synthetic hormones down my throat. You must decide for yourself whats best for you.

 

Sources and Information

White Lies: Insulin Growth Factor – 1

PubMed: Nutrition, Insulin, IFG-1 Metabolism and Caner Risk

ACTA Oncology: Use of dairy products, lactose, and calcium risk for ovarian cancer

PubMed: High school dietary dairy intake and teenage acne

AAD: Growing evidence suggests possible link between diet and acne

Nutrition Studies: How to Get Calcium without Dairy

 

Photo Attribute: Joanna M. Foto via Magdeleine

 

 

 

 

 

Master List of Amazon Furniture Under $25

Master List of Amazon Furniture Under $25

Just starting out? Maybe trying to decorate a college form? Whatever your reasons here is the master list of amazon furniture under $25. Maybe glitch prices, but I know they will probably not last long so get them while you can. Sorry since this is the master list I will not be including pictures to each link.

  1. Furinno 12127EX/BK Simplistic End Table, Espresso/Black, Set of 2  $23.70

  2. Furinno 99152DC/BK/BK Go Green 3-Tier Multipurpose Storage Shelf with Bins, Dark Cherry/Black $14.84

  3. Furinno 10004EX/BR End Table/Night Stand Storage Shelf with Bin Drawer, Dark Espresso Finish  $12.59

  4. Furinno NW889DC/BK Go Green 4-Tier Multipurpose Storage Rack w/Bins, Dark Cherry/Black $23.17

  5. Furinno 99811DC/BK Turn-N-Tube 5 Tier Corner Shelf, Dark Cherry/Black $17.97

  6. MOMENTUM FURNISHINGS PBF-0287-303 Cherry Telephone Stand $22.17

  7. Furinno 99130EX/BK Turn-N-Tube 3-Tier Double Size Storage Display Rack, Espresso/Black $17.39

  8. Furinno 14032EX/BK Turn-N-Tube Accent Decorative Shelf, Espresso/Black $11.76

  9. FURINNO 15120BKBK TNT No Tools 5-Tier Display Decorative Shelf with One Bin, Black $24.97

  10. Furinno 99132BK/GY Turn-N-Tube 5-Tier Corner Square Rack Display Shelf, Black/Grey $15.39

  11. Furinno 11257BK/GY Turn-N-Tube No Tools Entertainment TV Stands, Black/Grey  $23.12

  12. SONGMICS 3-tier Storage Cube Closet Organizer Shelf 6-cube Cabinet Bookcase Black $19.99

  13. Sterilite 3 Drawer Wide Weave Tower, Espresso Frame & Drawers w/ Driftwood Handles, 1-Pack $19.83

  14. Furinno 11191BK THE Entertainment Center TV Stand, Black $21.88

  15. Furinno 11181EX/BK Compact Computer Desk, Espresso/Black $22.54

  16. Hodedah Armless Task Chair with Adjustable Height and Swivel Functionality, Blue $20.39

  17. Furinno 11192EX/BK Efficient Computer Desk, Espresso/Black $19.42

  18. Furinno 11179DBR Simple Design Coffee Table, Dark Brown $18.56

  19. Furinno 13239EX/BK Simplistic TV Entertainment Center with Bin Drawers, Espresso/Black $20.38

  20. Furinno 11174DC(BK)/BK Just No Tools Dark Cherry Mid Television Stand with Black Tube $15.75

  21. Furinno 13054BK/BK Econ Entertainment Center with Storage Bins, Black $24.43

  22. Simple Designs LT2007-BLK-2PK Chrome Mini Basic Table Lamp 2 Pack Set with Fabric Shades, Black $14.94

  23. Simple Designs LT2007-WHT-2PK Chrome Mini Basic Table Lamp 2 Pack Set with Fabric Shades, White $12.13

  24. Sauder Beginnings End Table, Cinnamon Cherry $15.59

  25. Sauder Beginnings Multimedia Storage Tower, 12-Inch,Cinnamon Cherry $11.62

  26. Simple Designs LT2008-BLK Mini Ceramic Globe Table Lamp, Black $6.06

  27. Furinno 11158DBR/BK Coffee Table with Bins, Dark Brown/Black $22.18

  28. Zenna Home 2523NN, Cross Style Bathroom Spacesaver, Satin Nickel , 23.6 x 64.6-Inches $19.97

  29. Honey-Can-Do BTH-03484 6 Tier Metal Tower Bathroom Shelf, 12.6 x 11.02 x 59.84″, Chrome $14.47

Why is PCOS So Overlooked?

Why is PCOS So Overlooked?

Woman PCOS

If you suffer from PCOS you might know what I am talking about, or you might have a doctor who actually listens to you and properly treats your PCOS. I will admit, I use to have a good doctor but he retired and finding a new one who understands PCOS and doesn’t push hormones has been troublesome.

A little background, I also have endometriosis, so it gets a bit trickier with treatment. The problem arises when one doctor decided to go through hormone therapy, but with the hormone therapy came horrible side effects he decided to treat with more medication. The end results was a TIA, which is a mini stroke.

I was done and decided to find other approaches, a more natural approach. Dietary changes, including the PCOS diet, is hard for me to follow. What I wanted to mostly touch on is the insulin resistance in this blog post. This seems to be the worst for those who suffer PCOS and deal with the weight gain.

What Exactly is Insulin Resistance?

First insulin is a hormone, and its created in the pancreas. Insulin also helps control glucose (blood sugars). This is important to maintain control because, without control, it leads to increase of health issues such as diabetes, breast cancer, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and you guessed it PCOS.

Having insulin resistance can actually make our PCOS symptoms a lot worse. For example, bare with me, because I am trying not to make this article sound to medical. High insulin levels produce hyperandrogenism (excessive male hormones). So that triggers also another lovely side effect of PCOS, hair and a lot of it, in places women don’t want it.

So basically PCOS woman, have what’s called Syndrome X, this is insulin resistant obesity. We have our own syndrome, lovely huh? Well, it’s not so lovely when you’re considered obese and the doctors around don’t want to help you. Thank you, doctor, for allowing my health to worsen in the future but not assisting at the problem at hand!

So What Can I Do?

Diet, Diet, Diet… Yes, stop enjoying everything you enjoy! Choose your foods from the low glycemic index and lower those carbs, raise those protein-rich foods and high fiber foods. Don’t get me wrong we need carbs, but you need healthy carbs. If you suffer from insulin resistance PCOS your enemy is refined carbohydrates (think sugary foods and starches) refined carbohydrates can actually make matters a lot worse.

Food Suggestions (Not a complete list):

High Fiber Foods

  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Red and green peppers
  • Leaf lettuces
  • Green beans
  • Almonds
  • Winter squash
  • Beans
  • Lentils

Lean Proteins

  • Tofu
  • Chicken
  • Fish

Now if you’re trying to get pregnanct, the whole dietary needs change drastically, for example, there are reasons to avoid dairy, but if you switch to soy, soy has been known to cause delayed ovulation. Avoiding dairy due to saturated fats that increase oestrogen levels, this then decreases the absorption of certain nutrients which will lead to weight gain.

Over the next few weeks will be touching on a lot more information that is broken down by sections because there is a lot of information to a healthier PCOS lifestyle.

 

Sources and more information

PCOS Foundation: Insulin Resistance 

Oxford Academic: IR and PCOS: Mechanism and Implications for Pathogenesis

American Diabetes Association:  Low GI Foods

 

Photo Attibution: Daria Nepriakhina via Magdeleine

 

 

 

 

 

Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask Review

Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask Review

I know I promised this post a week, maybe longer, back, but here it finally is Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask Review. I can’t say enough about this mask! I wanted something to help clean out the impurities in my skin and this truly helped. Going to try and make this blog post as simple as can be and highlight the pros and cons.

This product is made in the UK, made the Good Things company! It also states that it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans! It’s free from animal products, mineral oil, parabens, and sulfates! All bonuses when it comes to the products you use on your body!

Now what made this stick out to me is that it uses activated charcoal (obviously) and caffeine (not so obvious) to pull out the impurities. So that means goodbye gross black and white heads!

Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask

Pros:

  • It works well
  • Does not dry out the skin
  • 3.3 Fl. Oz
  • Once a week use

Cons:

  • None
  • Not Easily found in stores

I purchased Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask at T.J Maxx, typical price is $8.00 for a 3.3 fl ounce size. At T.J Maxx it was only $4.99. I haven’t been able to locate this at any other local stores. You can view more about Good Things by visiting their website. A quick search on ebay also says you can purchase it there!

Pore-Fectly Clear Charcoal Mask is definitely a product you want to head to T.J. Maxx and look for! Leaves your skin soft and not irritated or red!

Lulu Essentials Loofah Sponge Review #GotitFree

Lulu Essentials Loofah Sponge Review

This review is for Lulu Essentials Loofah Sponges, I am going to start out saying I am spoiled and buy mine from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They are like $15 dollars for 3.  I was very disappointed in my last set as they fell apart, so when given a chance to review a new brand off bath loofa sponges I jumped all over it, we also call these things bath poofs, I am not sure what you all call them.

These poofs are nice and soft, they are larger and very thick! Just what I want in a poof! A very little bit of soap goes a long way with these poofs, when I am feeling cheeky I like to use more soap! Okay, back to these loofah sponges they are amazing! There is not a low of words you can put into describing a bath poof though, and I can draw it out telling you over and over they are super soft (they are) and nice and thick (they are), the only thing I would change is the handle, needs to be a tad bit longer! I like to hang them from the handles in the shower and these barely fit over them.

But seriously look how big this poof is, I am not squeezing my hand around it, its resting around it! So now that you know I have the best loofah sponges known to man I bet your wondering where you can get these bad boys for yourself, say no more, I got you… Purchase Link

HOTOUCH Women’s Bikini 2 Piece Racerback Review #HOTOUCH

HOTOUCH Women’s Bikini 2 Piece Racerback Review

Wow, this is one sexy bikini and has excellent support for larger chest woman! If you are looking for a sexy bikini HoTouch hits the mark with this one.

The top features a very soft mesh material along with a solid bottom for modesty. The bikini bottoms tie on each side, these ties are not stitched together so you can untie them and tie them for a perfect custom fit. The size ordered is an XXL, as you notice the top part had to be pinned back slightly in this size on a 12/14, so I would definitely wish I had gone with the XL over the XXL, the fit would have been perfect.

The material is serged and straight stitched and made very well. The material is durable and stretchable and holds its shape most importantly in water. I have no concerns about the quality or workmanship of this bikini. I would purchase it again and rate this a 10 out of 10 on both attractiveness and quality.  So far I am very pleased with the company HOTOUCH and the items I have received from this company to review.

They have slightly molded cups in the bikini top, that offers a nice hold, without adding a size along with being thick enough for modesty during cold water swims. The racer back style top also offers a lot of support, the straps are not adjustable but I found the fit to be perfect.

The material this bikini is made of is 85% polyamide and 15% polyester. The feel is very soft and comfortable on the skin. None of the stitching is itchy either even the threads used are soft and you won’t feel pinching.

 

 

 

Tankini from HoTouch Review #HOTOUCH

Tankini from HoTouch Review

Enjoy this review for the HOTOUCH Tankini suit. Ordering online is always tricky, but, by reviews, it can help you remove some of the questions you might have when it comes to certain brands, especially when your ordering items with different sizing outside of the normal US sizing.

Today’s review is of a simplistic Tankini made by HoTouch.

I ordered an XL and wear a 12/14 in real life.

I found this suit to fit nicely, the straps are adjustable and if you have bigger boobs you know exactly how helpful this can be.

This tankini has serger seems, which means much more durability.

Along with slightly molded cups, so if you are already big breasted you don’t have to worry about this suit increasing your size. If you’re on the smaller side and looking for that, this is probably not the best option.

I would definitely say size up if you are ordering this suit though. It looks great on and the top is very flattering if you are trying to hide a belly.

The material is 85% polyamide and 15% polyester. There is some stretch to the material, but it holds its shape very well, even when wet.

All in all, I would rate this suit a 10 out of 10, for quality and attractiveness.

 

Chinese Clothing Yay or Nay?

Chinese Clothing Yay or Nay?

Chinese Clothing

You have probably seen many of the posts on what I expected and what I got when it comes to Chinese clothing, the truth is though there are very many Chinese sellers that have superb clothing.  How do I know this? I have been given the chance many times to review clothing. I have also researched through reviews on various sites and other bloggers like myself.

I have been able to clothe myself, my teenage daughter and my granddaughter (my adult daughter is on her own lol) for very reduced prices if not free. I have gotten some flops not going to lie, but mostly everything I get is absolutely gorgeous.

I have decided over the next few weeks I will be sharing some outfits I have gotten and the quality of these items to help break down some of the clothing shops online that offer some of the best items and some of the not so best. This will help others be more informed when trying to save money but still own stylish nice clothing.

The Skinny… pun intended.

A lot of Chinese clothing makes the basic slightly plump American feel like a fat ass though due to their sizing, but honestly, I cut the tags out and call it a day. Their large is like an XXL or XXXL, so plus size girls don’t let their sizing make you turn away, cut the tag! Lol

I hope my readers enjoy the posts over the next few weeks and it is enlightening to those who have been pondering if they should buy or not.

So tell me in the comments.. do you have a good or bad experience… Chinese clothing, Yay or Nay?