Saving More Than Me http://savingmorethanme.com A blog about redeeming, rescuing, preserving, and tending to. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:37:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://savingmorethanme.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/smtm-peach-gray-favicon-557d2e9dv1_site_icon-32x32.pngSaving More Than Mehttp://savingmorethanme.com 32 32 Free Fonts Inspired By The Beach and Seahttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/fonts-inspired-by-the-beach http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/fonts-inspired-by-the-beach#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:34:30 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=61026     Should I say that summer is half over? Or should I say that we have half a summer left? I think I’ll opt for the latter even though the heat is killing me. Despite the heat, it’s hard not to enjoy summer vacations, family barbecues, trips to the beach, and lazy days with […]

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Should I say that summer is half over? Or should I say that we have half a summer left? I think I’ll opt for the latter even though the heat is killing me. Despite the heat, it’s hard not to enjoy summer vacations, family barbecues, trips to the beach, and lazy days with no alarm clock.

I was at the James River a few weeks ago and it was nice to see families enjoying the sunshine and the outdoors. I always get a smile on my face whenever I hear kids laughing and having fun. Times goes by quickly which is why it’s nice to slow down during the summer months and enjoy the everyday moments.

One of my favorite summer activities is visiting garage sales. I love looking for vintage items, furniture, etc., At a recent garage sale I acquired seven nautical-themed pieces of decor for $5.00.  Most of the items still had the original Home Goods price sticker on them and I can tell you that I definitely got my money’s worth. One of the 7 items that I bought was an oar with the word “coastal” on it. I like the colors but the font that “coastal” is written in looks out-of-place. I decided that I’m going to paint over it and use a more sea-worthy font. I’m probably going to use the Manic Sea font listed below but I haven’t committed as of yet. We’ll see how it goes. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and hopefully you’ll find a creative project to use these fonts in. I love them all!

 

 

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Manic Sea

Sea Turtle

Palm Beach

Seaweed Script

Wishful Waves

Pier

Nantucket

Beach Resort

Ocean coastlines

Sealife by House of Lime dingbat

 

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Weruva Cat Food: Review + Giveaway {2 Winners}{US/CAN}http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/weruva-cat-food http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/weruva-cat-food#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:30:13 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=61011   Weruva Cat Food: Review and Giveaway {2 Winners}{US/CAN} Disclosure:  Weruva sent me a complimentary box of cat food to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine {and the cats}.  Before I left for the BlogPaws conference in May, Weruva sent me a box of cat food for the kitties to try. The box contained […]

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Weruva Cat Food: Review and Giveaway {2 Winners}{US/CAN}

Disclosure:  Weruva sent me a complimentary box of cat food to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine {and the cats}. 

Before I left for the BlogPaws conference in May, Weruva sent me a box of cat food for the kitties to try. The box contained an assortment from the four Weruva lines of cat food:

  1. Cats in the Kitchen
  2. b.f.f. {best feline friend}
  3. Weruva original and
  4. Weruva Tru-Luxe

The cats are huge fans of the Cats in the Kitchen line so I knew that all four fur-kids would lick their plates their clean. With regards to the other 3 lines of food, I planned to conduct a taste test. Since I didn’t have time to do this before I left for Nashville, I set the box aside.

When I returned home, I noticed that the Weruva box was empty. When I asked my husband about it, he said he fed the cats whatever was in there. When I reminded him that I planned to review that food with the cats, he said he forgot. I then asked him specifics {hoping to glean some kind of info I could use for my Weruva review}. His responses? “I don’t remember” and “they ate it all.” Oh boy.

I wouldn’t call my cats finicky but they are picky. Considering they licked the bowls clean {my husband’s exact words}, I’ll let those results speak for themselves.

The kitties love Weruva!

What makes Weruva different than other pet food?

  • Carnivorous focus
  • Protein fit for human consumption
  • Human food processing standards
  • Non-blended formulas

If you want your cats to lick their bowls clean, enter this pawsome giveaway and you might snag a prize for your felines!

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Details:

2 winners will each receive 1 case of TruLuxe cat food (3 oz, 24 cans, you get to choose the flavor—after you consult with your cats of course 😉 ). The approximate retail value of each prize is $40.

This giveaway is open to entrants in the US and Canada {with the exception of Quebec}. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

How to enter:

Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form. The first entry is mandatory and the rest are optional. Good luck!

 

 

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Marvel’s Ant-Man: Free Activity Printables + Movie Trailer @AntManhttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/ant-man http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/ant-man#respond Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:07:15 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=61004 Marvel’s Ant-Man: Free Activity Printables + Movie Trailer @AntMan     Disclosure:  Marvel/Disney Publicity has provided me with all post assets. I have permission to share.  In case you haven’t heard, Marvel’s Ant-Man was released in theaters on Friday, July 17th.  This movie brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first […]

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Disclosure:  Marvel/Disney Publicity has provided me with all post assets. I have permission to share. 

In case you haven’t heard, Marvel’s Ant-Man was released in theaters on Friday, July 17th.  This movie brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time. Marvel Comics first introduced Hank Pym/Ant-Man in 1962 in “Tales to Astonish #27” and later Pym appeared alongside The Avengers in the team’s debut in “Avengers #1” in 1963. Pym became Ant-Man after discovering a chemical substance—the Pym Particle—that allowed him to alter his size and possess superhuman strength. With the development of another of Pym’s technologies, Ant-Man also has the ability to control armies of ants.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new action-packed adventure brings us master thief Scott Lang as the present-day Ant-Man. After being armed by
Dr. Hank Pym with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, Lang must embrace his inner hero and help Pym protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

 


Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You, Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man; Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of
Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym; Corey Stoll (“House of Cards,” “The Bourne Legacy”) as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket; Bobby Cannavale (“Chef,” “Blue Jasmine”) as Paxton; Michael Peña (“End of Watch,” “American Hustle”) as Luis; Tip “T.I.” Harris (“American Gangster,” “Identity Thief”) as Dave; Wood Harris (“Above the Rim,” “Remember the Titans”) as Gale; Judy Greer (“13 Going on 30,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) as Maggie; David Dastmalchian (“The Dark Knight,” “Prisoners”) as Kurt; and Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as Dr. Hank Pym.
Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s  Ant-Man with Kevin Feige, p.g.a., producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Stan Lee and Edgar Wright serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hear Stan Lee makes an appearance.

To celebrate the release of the movie, Marvel has created a FREE Ant-Man Family Pack full of coloring pages, games, and other activities. Once you’ve printed out your goodies, take a peek at the Ant-Man trailer linked down below.

Ant Man Family Pack

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Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 2http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/lupus-while-pregnant-part-2 http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/lupus-while-pregnant-part-2#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:15:31 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60983 Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 2 Lupus is treated differently with every case, therefore, there is not a single course of treatment during pregnancy. As I spoke with my own doctor, he even told me that throughout his 20+ years in practice, he has never seen a similar Lupus case, especially since the disease is […]

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Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 2

Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 2

Lupus is treated differently with every case, therefore, there is not a single course of treatment during pregnancy. As I spoke with my own doctor, he even told me that throughout his 20+ years in practice, he has never seen a similar Lupus case, especially since the disease is unpredictable and takes its own path. At each appointment, your health care provider should do a series of tests (including blood, urine sample, etc.) and change your course of treatment as necessary. With my old doctor, he did not do tests on me for the first few appointments and at that moment, I knew it was time to switch doctors since I even explained that I was worried about my kidneys (I also have kidney disease from the Lupus which makes me even more high-risk).

With regular care, the chance of experiencing a Lupus flare during pregnancy is between 7-35 percent, even if your Lupus has been in remission for at least six months prior. If you do have a flare, your doctor will work with you to treat your disease and symptoms in a way that is safest for you and your little baby. For some, including myself, this will mean to avoid sun exposure, heavy exercise, and even more rest in bed. I have been learning to conserve the little energy I have anymore by resting A LOT and drinking plenty of fluids. This also helps keep the pain away since I am not straining myself. The first trimester might be the hardest since your whole body is trying to adjust and is going through tons of changes. Thankfully, I did not have morning sickness to add to this!

Unfortunately, there is an increased risk of Lupus flares after delivery. So your doctor will still continue to monitor you closely for at least a couple of months. Do make sure to go to all of your appointments; if you miss one and go to a busy doctors office like myself, it can be very hard to reschedule one soon after. Any symptoms or complications that you are having, be sure to let your health care provider know as soon as possible or head to the emergency room at the hospital if you feel uneasy about them. Since the beginning of my pregnancy, I have actually visited the hospital about one to two times per month. Living with Lupus while pregnant has definitely been a hard journey for me, especially with never having any energy and severe pain, but all of the extra doctor visits and tests have put my mind at ease since I know my health care team is taking extra precautions to ensure that I have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

 

To read part 1 of Living With Lupus While Pregnant, click here!

Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 2

 

**Disclaimer- This post is for informational purposes only. I am not a health care provider. If you do have Lupus and are deciding whether to become pregnant or have just found out that you are pregnant, please speak with your doctor and they will answer any questions that you may have.

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Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 1http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/lupus-while-pregnant-part-1 http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/lupus-while-pregnant-part-1#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:00:49 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60973 Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 1 A few months ago my whole world changed.. I found out that I was pregnant! Even though this should be an exciting time, it was also scary for me because I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease. My mind went non-stop and all I did […]

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Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 1

A few months ago my whole world changed.. I found out that I was pregnant! Even though this should be an exciting time, it was also scary for me because I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease. My mind went non-stop and all I did was worry. Since then, I have done tons of reading and research and even though pregnancy and birth can both trigger Lupus and its symptoms, those with Lupus can actually conceive normally and have a healthy pregnancy (which was good news to me!).

With more doctors now knowing about Lupus and with an advancement in medical technology, patients with Lupus can safely get pregnant and even carry a baby full term. When before (up to a few decades ago), Lupus patients were actually told not to get pregnant and health care practitioners weren’t too sure about it. It is recommended that if you do have Lupus and are trying to conceive, that you speak to your health care provider first and that you have also been symptom-free or in remission from Lupus for at least six months. Of course for some, like myself, pregnancy does come as a surprise and therefore you should try to see and speak to your doctor as soon as possible, especially if you are taking medications and your Lupus has flared recently (since this can increase the risk of complications and miscarriage).

Once you are pregnant, most health care doctors will classify your pregnancy as high-risk, but don’t let this worry you! This only means that you will be monitored more closely so that you are able to have the best pregnancy possible and to ensure that you and the baby stay healthy. When seeing a specialist, try to choose one that is familiar with high-risk pregnancies and one that you feel comfortable with. This does make a huge difference and don’t be afraid to switch doctors. I had to switch from my first pregnancy ob-gyn and I am beyond happy that I did. I feel very comfortable with the new doctor and the nurses, they take the time to listen to my concerns, and I trust their judgment. Having Lupus and being pregnant is not the time to try not to be assertive, which I had to learn for myself. Once you choose your doctors, you are likely to have a check up every two to four weeks throughout your pregnancy.

 

To read part 2 of Living With Lupus While Pregnant, click here!

Living With Lupus While Pregnant: Part 1

 

**Disclaimer- This post is for informational purposes only. I am not a health care provider. If you do have Lupus and are deciding whether to become pregnant or have just found out that you are pregnant, please speak with your doctor and they will answer any questions that you may have.

 

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Endangered Animals: Manateehttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/endangered-animals-manatee http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/endangered-animals-manatee#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:13:39 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60966 Endangered Animals: Manatee Manatees are large, graceful animals that graze underwater. They are also called sea cows. They range in size from 8 to 13 feet in length and can be seen either alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Since they swim very slowly (about 5-10 miles an hour), they are easy for hunters […]

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Endangered Animals: Manatee

Manatees are large, graceful animals that graze underwater. They are also called sea cows. They range in size from 8 to 13 feet in length and can be seen either alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Unfortunately, manatees are endangered. Since they swim very slowly (about 5-10 miles an hour), they are easy for hunters to catch and for boat propellers to hurt them; they also get entangled in fishing nets. Manatees are hunted for their oil, hides, and bones. When they are not being hunted and killed, they can live an average life span of up to 40 years.

Where They Live:

You can find manatees in warm, shallow coastal waters and rivers. According to National Geographic, there are three species of manatees which depends on where they live. One species of manatees is found along the North American east coast (from Florida to Brazil and the other two species are found in the Amazon River and the west coast, including the rivers of Africa.

Food Source:

Baby manatees, or calves, drink their mother’s milk and the adult manatees are heavy grazers, eating about a tenth of its own weight in as little as 24 hours. Since manatees are herbivores, they eat primarily algae, weeds, and water grasses.

How They Mate:

Calves are born underwater and unable swim on their own for at least an hour after birth. To take their first breath, their mother must help them to the surface. Even after they are able to swim on their own, they still stay by their mother’s side.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that while resting, manatees can remain submerged underwater for up to 15 minutes before coming up to the surface to take a breath? While swimming however, they must surface every three to four minutes.

Endangered Animals: Manatee

What Do You Think?

How much do you think a manatee weighs, in pounds?

Answer: Manatees can weigh anywhere from 440 to 1,300 pounds.

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5 Travel Tips For People With Urinary Incontinence {ad} #DiscreetatTargethttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/tips-travelers-urinary-incontinence http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/tips-travelers-urinary-incontinence#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:13:14 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60949         I love to travel and one of my all -time favorite destinations is Washington D.C. I can’t get enough of this place. Luckily, DC is only a 90 minute drive away which means I can visit whenever I want. When I moved to Virginia 6 years ago, I trekked to DC […]

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I love to travel and one of my all -time favorite destinations is Washington D.C. I can’t get enough of this place. Luckily, DC is only a 90 minute drive away which means I can visit whenever I want. When I moved to Virginia 6 years ago, I trekked to DC at least once a month. I toured the monuments, explored the museums, gazed at the cherry blossoms, hung out outside the White House, enjoyed the night life, and cruised by the embassies. I.loved.every.single.minute.of.it.

Until I developed urinary incontinence…

Traveling with urinary incontinence put a damper on my visits to D.C. for three reasons:

1) There are few restrooms at the monuments, or none at all.

2) During travel season, the line to use the restroom may require a 5-15 minute wait.

3) I had a urinary accident {which I call pee-gate 😉 } at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Yes, I was embarrassed. Yes, I know I’m telling you about it.

After pee-gate, I stopped visiting DC.

Before I knew it, I stopped traveling all together. And that made me sad…very, very sad. Realizing that I needed answers, I made an appointment with a urologist. His tests revealed that I have what so many others struggle with—urinary incontinence and urinary urgency. He told me I have two options:  take medication or wear a diaper. I opted for the latter and I hated it which means I seldom wore it.

 

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About a year or so later, Always released their new Discreet line of products made especially for women with urinary incontinence. Going from a diaper to a Always Discreet liner? Heaven.

Always Discreet Liners

  • Absorbs 2x more than you need*
    *Based on average US consumer usage
  • Have a thin and flexible design that gives you discreet incontinence protection

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If you need something heavier than a liner, Always Discreet gives you two other options:

Always Discreet Pads

  • Full length Dual LeakGuards help prevent leaks
  • Up to 40% thinner than the leading brand to help keep your incontinence protection discreet

Always Discreet Underwear

  • Soft Dual LeakGuards help prevent overactive bladder leaks where they happen most – at the legs
  • Advanced Triple Layer Core helps pull, trap and lock away urine wetness and odor

If you’re not a fan of buying urinary incontinence products in the store, you can now order them online through Target’s new subscription service. You’ll save 20% too!

 

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Now that the days of pee-gate are behind me, I’m back to traveling and loving it. If you have urinary incontinence and travel {or want to travel again}, here are my top 5 tips:

  1. Avoid caffeinated drinks at least 2 days before traveling. Caffeine can irritate your bladder which may lead to more incidents of urinary urgency/incontinence.
  2. Always wear a urinary protection product. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Avoid a pee-gate!
  3. Carry additional liners/pads/underwear with you in your purse or carry-on luggage. You’ll want to “freshen up” at some point!
  4. Stay hydrated.  Don’t be afraid to drink water. Dehydration increases your risk of urinary tract infection and those are so not fun.
  5. Map out the restrooms ahead of time. If you’re going to a museum, monument, park, etc., find out where the bathroom is {I usually research this online}. Knowing bathroom locations always decreases my level of anxiety. Knowledge is power after all!

 

Just say no to pee-gate and yes to travel!  Where are you headed this summer?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

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