Saving More Than Me http://savingmorethanme.com A blog about redeeming, rescuing, preserving, and tending to. Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:42:37 +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 7 Ways To Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancyhttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/stretch-marks-during-pregnancy http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/stretch-marks-during-pregnancy#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:42:34 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60925 7 Ways To Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy Pregnancy is definitely an exciting time for a woman, but even this exciting time comes with frustrating and not so enjoyable moments. Changes to the body come rushing in almost immediately with the added hormone levels, blood increase, weight gain, and growing belly. Early on in my own […]

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7 Ways To Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

7 Ways To Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is definitely an exciting time for a woman, but even this exciting time comes with frustrating and not so enjoyable moments. Changes to the body come rushing in almost immediately with the added hormone levels, blood increase, weight gain, and growing belly. Early on in my own pregnancy and even now, I have been dealing with all of these changes and more. One of the most common problems that a woman has to face throughout pregnancy (unless you’re lucky) is stretch marks.

As the more time goes by, the more that these pesky marks are showing up all over my growing belly. So, I have been constantly looking for things that I can do to help prevent even more from showing up. From reading about what has worked for other moms and talking to my own friends that are pregnant, these are the top ways that I have found to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and fade the ones that are already there.

1. Vitamin E oil.

2. Castor or olive oil.

3. Coconut oil.

4. Shea butter or Cocoa butter.

5. Baby oil.

6. Eating a healthy, balanced diet.

7. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water!

The list above is not in any specific order. The best results that I have personally seen were from using an oil (Vitamin E oil), instead of a lotion or cream. Applying them right after a shower helps as well. However, everyone is different and something else could work much better for you. If you have used or tried something different during your pregnancy for your stretch marks, and it worked for you, please share below!

7 Ways To Help Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

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Ocean Life: Hammerhead Sharkhttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/ocean-life-hammerhead-shark http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/ocean-life-hammerhead-shark#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:45:03 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60124 Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna) are powerful, fierce predators. They have heavily serrated, triangular teeth and a wide, mallet-shaped head which improves their ability to find prey. Hammerhead sharks are often seen in large groups/schools or in large, mass migrations in the summer seeking cooler water. They can be gray to olive-green in color with […]

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Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark

Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna) are powerful, fierce predators. They have heavily serrated, triangular teeth and a wide, mallet-shaped head which improves their ability to find prey. Hammerhead sharks are often seen in large groups/schools or in large, mass migrations in the summer seeking cooler water. They can be gray to olive-green in color with an off-white underneath. According to the National Geographic, some of the species of hammerhead sharks are endangered and threatened. This includes the squat-headed hammerhead and the scalloped hammerhead which are now listed as endangered species and both the smalleye hammerhead and the smooth hammerhead are listed as threatened species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Where They Live:

Hammerhead sharks are found all over the world in temperate and tropical waters. They can be seen swimming far offshore or close to shorelines.

Food Source:

They use their wide, mallet-shaped heads to scan the ocean and sea floor for food by using highly specialized sensory organs, called ampullae. This allows them to detect movement and the electrical fields created by their prey. Stingrays are their main food source but they also eat squid, fish, octopus, and crustaceans.

How They Mate:

Mating occurs annually for hammerhead sharks and the females are in control of the male mate she chooses. The females give birth to live young in quantities of 10-15 baby sharks on average.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that there were nine identified species of the hammerhead shark? The great hammerhead is the largest and it can grow up to 20 feet in length (6 meters) and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. The smaller species however, are more common and are considered ‘harmless’ to humans.

Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark

What Do You Think?

What is the average life span of a hammerhead shark?

Answer: Hammerhead sharks can live in the ocean on average up to 20-30 years.

Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark

 

To learn more about ocean life, click on the links below!

Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle

Ocean Life: Seahorse

Ocean Life: Starfish (Sea Star)

 

 

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50 Life Changing Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket Listhttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/bucket-list http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/07/bucket-list#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:13:47 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60900 Almost everyone has a bucket list (written down or not) of places that they would like to travel to, goals they want to achieve, dreams they want to fulfill, and/or things that they want to experience during their lifetime. Struggling daily with Systemic Lupus, I have learned to live life to the fullest and maximize every moment of my […]

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50 Life Changing Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

Almost everyone has a bucket list (written down or not) of places that they would like to travel to, goals they want to achieve, dreams they want to fulfill, and/or things that they want to experience during their lifetime. Struggling daily with Systemic Lupus, I have learned to live life to the fullest and maximize every moment of my life. A bucket list is kind of a reminder of that and to not let every day pass by.

This list is filled with things that will definitely change your life forever and leave you with amazing memories! These are coming from my own bucket list as well.

1. See the northern lights.

2. Swim with dolphins.

3. Visit the Glowworm Caves in New Zealand.

4. Zip lining.

5. Take a trip to the Machu Picchu ancient ruins in Peru.

50 Life Changing Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

6. Go scuba diving.

7. See the Sea of Stars in the Maldives.

8. Go white water rafting.

9. Volunteer at a wildlife reserve.

10. Watch the Cinderella Castle fireworks at Disneyworld.

11. Go paragliding.

12. Cage dive/swim with sharks.

13. Visit the Eiffel Tower.

14. Experience Christmas/New Years in New York City.

15. Go bungee jumping.

16. Participate in a color run.

17. Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain in Italy.

50 Life Changing Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

18. Go stargazing in another country.

19. Travel to Dubai.

20. Visit a castle.

21. Explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

22. Go cliff jumping.

23. Ride a Gondola in Venice.

24. Learn how to surf.

25. Take part in the Floating Lantern Festival in Thailand.

26. Visit the casinos in Vegas.

27. Walk the Great Wall of China.

28. Skydive.

29. Go zorbing.

30. Eat in the underwater restaurant in the Maldives.

31. Test drive your dream car.

32. Stay in a glass igloo in Finland.

33. Ride an elephant.

34. Visit the pyramids in Egypt.

35. Sit on the edge of Preikestolen in Norway.

36. Learn a new language.

37. Travel to Greece.

38. Visit a National Park.

39. Stomp on grapes to make wine.

40. Throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands.

41. Helicopter over a volcano.

42. Go to the Opera in Sydney, Australia.

50 Life Changing Experiences You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

43. Explore an underwater shipwreck.

44. Experience zero gravity.

45. Go on a hot air balloon ride in Turkey.

46. Watch baby sea turtles go into the ocean.

47. Visit all of the 50 states.

48. Stay in an overwater bungalow.

49. Go on an African safari.

50. Visit the seven wonders of the world.

 

What’s on your bucket list? If you don’t have one, I definitely recommend taking the time to create one. Have an open mind and be creative! If you do have a bucket list, take the time to review it and see if there are any new things that you would like to add on.

 

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Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park This Summer!http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/yellowstone-national-park http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/yellowstone-national-park#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:02:46 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60851 Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park This Summer! Yellowstone National Park is a gorgeous wonderland that was established in the year 1872 as America’s first national park. It holds the world’s largest collection of geysers as well, which are preserved. This national treasure expands throughout Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. This park also has beautiful waterfalls, mountains, […]

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Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park This Summer!

Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park This Summer!

Yellowstone National Park is a gorgeous wonderland that was established in the year 1872 as America’s first national park. It holds the world’s largest collection of geysers as well, which are preserved. This national treasure expands throughout Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. This park also has beautiful waterfalls, mountains, hot springs, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, and an abundant diversity of wildlife including grizzly bears, bison, and wolves. It’s no wonder that the Yellowstone National Park is a top tourist attraction and has millions of visitors annually.

Below is a list of just some of the things to do at Yellowstone.

Things To Do:

– Camping

– Hiking

– Horseback Riding and Llama Packing

– Guided Tours

– Fishing

– Wildlife Viewing

-And Much More!

With such a large diversity, Yellowstone National Park has something that everyone will enjoy doing! You will never run out of things to do and your family will be sure to have unforgettable memories.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that Yellowstone National Park is also one of the last nearly intact natural temperate ecosystems on earth?!

Reasons Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park This Summer!

To learn more about Yellowstone National Park and find out more on what there is to do, be sure to visit the official National Park Website.

You can also visit the Yellowstone National Park Website which will provide you with even more details.

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Sexual Assault Trauma, Triggers, and Happiness #mentalhealthhttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/sexual-assault-trauma http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/sexual-assault-trauma#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:40:35 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60865   This year has been a rollercoaster ride for me. There’s been ups and downs and a few unexpected stops. Recently I received some life-changing news and it threw me for a loop. At first, I was in denial but before I even realized it, I was in a state of depression. For several weeks […]

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This year has been a rollercoaster ride for me. There’s been ups and downs and a few unexpected stops. Recently I received some life-changing news and it threw me for a loop. At first, I was in denial but before I even realized it, I was in a state of depression. For several weeks I slept the day away, avoided talking to anyone, and didn’t want to be bothered with anything. I could feel a pit of sadness in my gut—aching and gnawing at my insides like a bad case of food poisoning. What was it that sent me into this downward spiral?

My 22-year-old daughter advised me that she was pregnant. The same 22-year-old who is in her 3rd year of college several states away. Needless to say, this was an unplanned pregnancy.

Learning that you’re about to become a grandmother for the first time should be joyous news, right? Then why did I feel so depressed…and confused…and uneasy. It had been 23 years or more since I felt that kind of depression.

23 years?

Then it hit me. Twenty three years ago I was sexually assaulted by someone I knew. He held me against my will for over 24 hours and physically beat me and raped me, repeatedly.

And after it was all over, the cops said it was his word against mine and there was nothing they could do about it {this was the early 1990’s}. What was I left with?

A growing uterus. I had my rapist’s baby growing inside of me.

Today, that baby is the amazing 22-year-old who is about to become a mother herself. It wasn’t my daughter’s pregnancy that made me feel depressed…it was the reminder of how my own pregnancy came to be that triggered me.

Not long after my daughter was born, I went through intensive counseling. Actually, 2 years of intensive counseling. My counselor helped me heal and I went on to become a therapist myself.

Thankfully some of my training {eventually} kicked in and helped me identify why I was feeling depressed. My daughter’s pregnancy triggered my own unhappy pregnancy memories. This is proof that a trauma victim’s experience never really leaves. It lingers in the background and sometimes doesn’t reappear until 20+ years later.

After a period of self-care, and lots of conversation with family and friends, I’m okay now. I’m beyond ecstatic that I’m going to be a grandmother. I love my daughter infinitely and I will love her child infinitely as well.

I am a mother.

I will soon be a grandmother

but I will always be a survivor.

Today, I will be as happy as a bird with a french fry because life just doesn’t get any better than this.

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P.S. My daughter is aware of how she was conceived and she gave me permission years ago to talk about my experience. This is the first time I’m sharing my brutal truth with you. Be kind.

 

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Preterm Labor: What Causes It?http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/preterm-labor http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/preterm-labor#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:00:07 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60844 Pregnancies normally last until around 40 weeks (about 9 months); but for some, it unexpectedly ends at less than 37 weeks which is called preterm. Preterm (or premature) labor occurs after 20 weeks and before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Prematurity has been linked to problems such as slow growth, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, and developmental delays as well. […]

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Preterm Labor: What Causes It?

Pregnancies normally last until around 40 weeks (about 9 months); but for some, it unexpectedly ends at less than 37 weeks which is called preterm. Preterm (or premature) labor occurs after 20 weeks and before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Prematurity has been linked to problems such as slow growth, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, and developmental delays as well.

Below are some of the factors that can cause preterm labor and what you can do to help prevent it. If you are having one of these risk factors, it does not necessarily mean you will go into preterm labor.

Factors That Can Cause Preterm Labor:

– Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Use.

– Uterine and Vaginal Infections.

– Short Interval Between Pregnancies. (Sooner than 18 months)

– Gum Infections.

– Stress Levels.

– Occupational Factors.

– Maternal Age.

– Pregnancy Complications. (Such as preeclampsia, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, etc)

– Structural Abnormalities of the Uterus and/or Cervix.

– Carrying Multiples.

– A Previous Preterm Birth.

– If You Were Born Preterm Yourself.

How To Help Prevent It:

– See and Speak With Your Doctor.

– Control What You Can.

– Watch Your Weight.

– Be Sure To Take Your Prenatal Vitamins.

– Eat a Healthy Diet.

– Try To Go 18 Months Between Pregnancies.

– Drink Enough Water To Stay Hydrated.

– Get Treatments For Any Infections.

– Dental Hygiene.

– Get Health/Prenatal Screenings.

 

If you do give birth to a baby prematurely, your baby can still live a healthy life. However, if you do go into labor before 34 weeks, there is a very high chance that your baby will need to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for the first few days up to a couple months of their life. The farther along you are, the shorter your little one’s stay will probably be before they get to go home (if there were no other health problems at birth). But with the advanced medical technology that doctors and hospitals now have, your chances of bringing home a happy, healthy baby are very high.

Preterm Labor: What Causes It?

 

 

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and therefore should not take the place of medical care or your physician’s advice. 

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Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtlehttp://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/ocean-life-green-sea-turtle http://savingmorethanme.com/2015/06/ocean-life-green-sea-turtle#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:22:43 +0000 http://savingmorethanme.com/?p=60836 Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle Green sea turtles (chelonian mydas) are powerful, graceful swimmers and beautiful creatures. Despite the name, a green sea turtle’s shell is not always green. It can also be a blend of brown, olive, and/or black depending on their environment. Unfortunately, they are listed as an endangered species and a subpopulation […]

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Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle

Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles (chelonian mydas) are powerful, graceful swimmers and beautiful creatures. Despite the name, a green sea turtle’s shell is not always green. It can also be a blend of brown, olive, and/or black depending on their environment. Unfortunately, they are listed as an endangered species and a subpopulation of them in the Mediterranean are listed as critically endangered. Even then, they are still hunted and killed for their meat and eggs. Boat propeller accidents, drowning caused by fishnets, and the destruction of their nesting sites by human encroachment, are other reasons their population count is in rapid decline.

Where They Live:

You can find green sea turtles around the world in tropical and warm subtropical ocean waters. There are different populations found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

Food Source:

Adult green sea turtles are herbivores and feed primarily on sea grasses and algae. The juvenile turtles have a more expanded diet of plant and animal life which includes crabs, sponges, sea grasses, worms, insects, and jellyfish.

How They Mate:

Green sea turtles take on lengthy migrations from feeding to nesting sites. They visit these nesting grounds to mate every two to four years in shallow waters close to shore. After mating, the females usually go to the same beach used by their mothers. They dig a pit with their flippers and lay their eggs (numbering about 100 to 200); when they’re done, they cover the pit and return to sea leaving their eggs to hatch after about two months.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that green sea turtles are one of the largest sea turtles in the world? They can weigh up to 700 pounds (317.5 kg) and they have a heart-shaped shell, or carapace, that measures up to 5 feet in length.

Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle

What Do You Think?

What is the average life span of a green sea turtle?

Answer: In the wild, a green sea turtle has an average life span of over 80 years!

Ocean Life: Green Sea Turtle

To learn more about ocean life, click on the links below!

Ocean Life: Hammerhead Shark

Ocean Life: Seahorse

Ocean Life: Starfish (Sea Star)

 

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