Monday, September 14, 2015

Confession - Every Time I Cough, Sneeze, or Jump on the Trampoline - I Pee My Pants!

Before you think, "Ewww" and click away, let me assure you that I never thought I would need something like this, let alone want to talk about it, but these have changed my life. 

Don't try to act like you've never suffered from this you guys.  If you leak a little when you cough, sneeze, laugh, dance, or exercise, welcome to the world of Stress Urinary Incontinence.

Yeah, it's a thing.

Before I had my daughter I remember a friend telling me that after having kids it was impossible to jump on a trampoline without peeing her pants.  I didn't believe her.  I mean, yeah, maybe that happened to her, but that didn't mean it would happen to me, right?  
Fast forward to the first time I sneezed while I was pregnant and peed my pants.  The first time I jumped on the trampoline after having my daughter, and peed my pants.  It was nuts,  I didn't even have to go!  I was beside myself.  A few months back I had a cough that turned into pneumonia, and every single time I had a coughing fit, my five year old daughter, would laugh and ask me if I needed to change my pants.  And I did.

Poise Impressa actually supports your bladder and prevents leaks, it looks like a tampon, but it is NOT designed to absorb leaks.  It can be worn for up to 8 hours to gently lift and give support to the urethra. This added support actually prevents urine from leaking.  


When I was offered the opportunity to try this new product, I jumped at the chance, because I want to be able to jump!  I play tennis, run half marathons, and have a super active 5 year old to keep up with and I don't want to leave a trail of urine everywhere I go!

I'm A New Woman

I'm delighted to report that these changed my life.  No exaggeration.  I'm a new woman.

Learn more about Poise Impressa and get a $2.00 off coupon for the Poise Impressa Sizing Kit to help find their most effective and comfortable internal fit.  Inside the kit you'll find a $4 coupon to use on your next Poise Impressa purchase.   You can also download a $2.00 off coupon for a Poise Impressa Bladder Supports 10 Count Base Pack, here.

What are you waiting for? This is a game changer.  Run out and get some.  #TryImpressa

And, finally, because I'm obsessed with gifs:

How I felt before Poise Impressa.


How I feel now that I've tried Poise Impressa!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

10 Interesting Facts About The Spanish Language

Languages fascinate me.  Whenever anyone suggests that the English language is easy, I ask them to pronounce this:  GHOTI.  Of course it’s not a word, and most people read it as goaty, and are shocked when I tell them it's pronounced fish.  The GH are pronounced F as in enouGH, the O is I as in wOmen, and the TI is SH as in moTIon.  Simple, right?  Spanish is my second language, and since I began learning it over 15 years ago, I have been intrigued by it.  

  1. The US is on track to being the largest Spanish speaking country in the world by the year 2050.  Currently Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speaking people.  I’m proud to know the language that is spoken by nearly 50 million people in the United States.  
  2. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish is the 2nd, and English is 3rd.  500 million people speak Spanish worldwide.
  3. Spanish is also the 2nd most studied language.  More than 20 million people were studying it in 2010.  As the population explodes, and the economies of Latin American countries develop, the Spanish language is set to become more and more important in the world of business.
  4. Spanish is the 3rd most used language on the Internet after English and Chinese.  It is the second most widely used language on Twitter, and 80 million of the billion Facebook accounts belong to people who speak Spanish.  This is remarkable since it is estimated that less than 40% of the population in Latin America has access to the internet.
  5. V and B are often used interchangeably both in written and spoken Spanish.  Though the letter v is commonly pronounced as v in many parts of Mexico and Central America, the Royal Spanish Academy considers it to be incorrect and affected (snobbish).  
  6. Latin is the original root of Spanish, and Arabic had a huge influence on the language.  Today English is having a great impact on Spanish because so many English words are used internationally in technology, business, modern culture and entertainment, and have been accepted as common usage in Spanish.
  7. In different parts of the world Spanish is called either español or castellano.  In Central America, except in El Salvador, the word español is used.  In South America, all countries except Colombia use the word castellano.
  8. Though the Spanish language originated on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar), the colonization of the New World led to more people in Latin America speaking Spanish than in the area where it came from.  There are some differences between the Spanish spoken in Spain and that of Latin America, but they are minor and don’t hinder communication between people from different areas.  Spanish is spoken as a first language in 44 countries, ranking 4th most geographically widely spoken language.  English is 1st with 112 countries, French is 2nd with 60 countries, and Arabic is 3rd with 57 countries.
  9. Spanish is easy to read because it is one of the world’s most phonetic languages.
  10. Spanish is a Romance language in the same category as French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, and Romanian.  It is also part of the Indo-European classification which includes, English, French, German, the Scandinavian and Slavic languages, as well as many languages in India.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Puerto Rico's Culinary Scene is on Fire!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Puerto Rico has long been high on my list of places I want to visit. It just hasn't been in the cards yet.

Last weekend, my cousin Cynthia had the pleasure of attending Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza and sent back the most tantalizing images.

Puerto Rico has so much to offer as a 5-star tourist destination. For sun-worshippers - 270 miles of coastline including Flamenco Beach in Culebra which has been called one of the best beaches in the world. The Travel Channel has featured Puerto Rico in it's Top 10 Beaches. If you love adventure, you can learn to kiteboard or explore the 268 acre Río Camuy Cave Park by hiking, caving, even ziplining! The old world charm of San Juan, the second oldest city in the New World, will appeal to history buffs who can explore forts and museums. The capital city is also called the Metropolis of the Caribbean offering world class shopping, 5-star dining, and a spicy night-life.  Another reason it is so enticing is that it is so easy to get there.  A short flight from the US Mainland, no passports required, no money exchange to figure out (they use US dollars) - just hop on a plane and go!

When To Go

Puerto Rico boasts year round summer temperatures, with an average annual temp of 80°F/26°C so it's a great destination any time of the year. It gets busy Dec-April when tourists are trying to get away from cold weather in the rest of the states.  It has also become a popular spring break destination.

Must See

Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay in Vieques at night - kayak in to visit the beach that glows in the dark thanks to a super high concentration of bioluminescent dinoflagellates that live in the water.  Visitors report that this is one of their favorite experiences.

El Yunque National Forest - the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest system.  Park at the La Coca Falls and hike up to the Yohaku Observation Tower or at the Palo Colorado Visitor's Center where you can hike up to La Mina Falls.  If you go in the evening, remember to listen for Puerto Rico's coqui tree frogs, yeah you probably remember that sound from Dora the Explorer!

Bring your headlamps to check out Cueva Ventana in Arecibo in the Karst Region.  It's a short, but slippery hike from the parking area to a cave with stalactites and stalagmites, and a breathtaking view out the "window".  These are bat caves, but don't be alarmed, they will be sleeping during your visit.

Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean

Puerto Rican cuisine has been a simmering fusion of Taíno, Spanish and African cultures and ingredients for centuries, but in recent years local chefs have been incorporating flavors from around the world and internationally known chefs have opened restaurants on the island. For a long time, high end restaurants featured food by chefs trained in Europe, but the new guard of talented home grown chefs are proudly incorporating local flavors and farm-to-table fresh ingredients into their menus.  At Saborea, Cynthia was able to enjoy food prepared by some extraordinary chefs and have a tour of Bacardi's Distillery.  The following dishes were prepared by the amazing Chef Joel Rodriguez.

Photo Credit:  All photos provided by Cynthia Vega.

Be sure to visit See Puerto Rico's website so you can start planning to Live your own 5-star vacation story in Puerto Rico.
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Favorite Things Friday

I tell my daughter at least once a day that we have a great life.  At age four all it takes is a dish of ice cream for a day to be proclaimed, "The Best Day Of My Life".   At the end of the day I like to ask her what she enjoyed most about the day (aside from ice cream) and remind her of the things we've experienced so that the fun we had isn't eclipsed by the bloody ice cream!!

We started off this week by sending a video of the two of us singing Happy Birthday to Ollie and emailing it to her in Dallas.  Then we headed to the farmer's market and met up with some friends.

While walking to Old Town one afternoon my Dad pointed out that all the cactus had new growth, and I photographed all the prickly babies.  This is our sweet spot in the desert when the weather is cool and lovely in the evenings and gets hot enough in the day that we want to jump in the pool.  We're lucky to live here.   I wrote about it on my new blog Listing to Port.

I signed my daughter up for tennis lessons at the Tennis Garden while we were there for Kids Day.  They threw in two tickets to the BNP Paribas so we met my parents there.  Here she is during an end change in a match between these two phenomenal Greek players, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic.

We also got a free photo taken at the Bank of the West tent:

On our way out we stopped for a #MoetMoment.  Sadly, there was no actual Moet there.  :(

On Thursday, Offspring's name was finally drawn at her preschool and she got to be Star Student.  We get to spend the weekend with this unicorn and document our fun in a journal as well as fill in a poster all about my daughter.  She wore it to Stuft Pizza that afternoon when we met up with friends visiting from Canada.

This morning Offspring's cough woke me at about 4:30 and I couldn't get back to sleep.  I got up and made myself a cup of love.  Double espresso and some foamed milk.  I'm about to make myself a decaf version.

I hope you've had a terrific week and have an even better weekend!