Free Health Screenings at Sam’s Club

What a great way to start the New Year!

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton, only 8% of Americans are actually able to keep their New Year’s resolutions.* This can be particularly challenging for busy parents, many of whom make resolutions that are focused on improving their health. In an effort to help families keep their health-related resolutions, Sam’s Club is offering a free health screening to both members and the public on Saturday, January 10 from 11am-3pm at all Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy. The screening is valued at $250 and includes the following tests:


  • Blood pressure
  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Risk ratio
  • Glucose
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Vision (not available at all locations)


In addition, mark your calendars for the second Saturday of every month! Sam’s Club will offer nine additional free screenings on the second Saturday of every month through October to help people assess and manage their health.



How e-cigarettes could represent better health

Everyone knows that the real party often takes place outside, with hardened smokers holding court in a fog of cigarette smoke. At least that’s how it used to be. Vaping and electronic cigarettes have been around for a while, but they are recently starting to prove popular. They offer a cost effective alternative to other smoking cessation devices, and a healthier lifestyle without the fear of quitting.

This means that those trying to improve their health can do so without stress at social occasions. Many social smokers are used to spending their time outside. A party, whether it’s a wedding or a corporate event, has to be pretty spectacular in order to get everyone involved. Offer something they just can’t miss so that everyone can enjoy themselves.

Surprise Element

I once attended a special 60-birthday party for a well-respected man. The company, which provided the entertainment, added a very special touch to what was already a great atmosphere. Professional singers posed as serving staff and at the right time, they then burst out into song, surprising and entertaining everyone in the building barring those who already knew of course.

Silent Disco

If you felt that wasn’t enough, how about a silent disco? Everyone on the dance floor listens to music through wireless earphones. Guests were able to switch between two different DJs via buttons on the headphones. DJs can either supply music, or you can specify your own.

All in all, this is fun to take part in, and even more fun to watch.

Aerial Dancers

Aerial dancers have also taken over as a must-have for entertaining, with their feats of acrobatic daring and awe-inspiring choreography on trapeze, ropes and silks. Many also offer instruction packages, where your guests can also take part. Most dancers can tailor their performances to your event to make the experience extra personal. They can also incorporate other circus arts such as fire breathing and can even serve your guests drinks!

An event filled with unique entertainment can be an enjoyable and memorable way for your vaping guests to relax. Electronic cigarettes are an excellent alternative to chemical filled tobacco products. Companies like Vapouriz offer a wide variety of options from different flavours, starter kits and refills. There truly is something there for everyone.


Simple Steps to Find a Chiropractor in Your Area

Chiropractors care for patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. With the help of spinal adjustments, manipulation, and other techniques,, they enable people to get rid of back and neck pain and also achieve overall health. These professionals assess a patient’s medical condition by reviewing their medical history, and performing a physical examination as well. Besides, conducting tests, identifying health issues, providing neuromusculoskeletal therapy, and advising patients on health and lifestyle issues are some of the other tasks that these professionals perform.
The great thing about these professionals is that they focus on patients’ overall health. Some of these professionals make use of massage therapy, rehabilitative exercise, and ultrasound other than spinal adjustments and manipulation. Some may also apply braces or shoe inserts in order to treat patients and relieve pain. Some chiropractors provide general care while others specialize in sports, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, or nutrition.
If you are having any issue related to nerves, bones muscles, ligaments and tendons, getting in touch with a chiropractor can be a great idea. But you must know that not all chiropractors can be trusted. There are some who can provide better services and treatments than others. But how to find a chiropractor that you can trust? Well this is not as tough as it may seem. Here are some simple steps that may help you find a reliable chiropractor in your area.
Ask you friends and family. In case your family or friends have had a chance to get a treatment from a chiropractor you can get references from them and contact a chiropractor for a consultation. You can certainly trusts the word of your dear ones and thus find a chiropractor they have benefited from in the past.
Use the internet. Another simple way to find a chiropractor is to make use of the internet. There are many location online directories that you can find in order to find out different chiropractor services in your area. You can get the contact details of different professionals, call them up or visit their websites to find out about the type of services they offer and learn about their experience as well.
Reading online reviews. This is another simple way to find chiropractors in your area. But you must remember to consult more than a single website to read reviews as sometimes there are bogus reviews in order to misguide people and create hype about certain chiropractors.
You can also visit Daniel Lajoie Chiropraticien who is known for his wide experience and reliable services. So when you make a list of the chiropractors you can trust do keep this option in mind.



Getting Ready for the Holidays

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My to-do list for the upcoming holidays include:  getting my hair cut and highlighted, schedule a manicure, go to the dentist for teeth cleaning and check-up and get my teeth whitened.  I got my hair cut and highlighted yesterday. I need to find time after work to get a gel manicure, and I have a dentist appointment this coming week.

So, I have everything on my to-do list done. Right?  Wrong.  I am missing get teeth whitened.  Did you think I would get my teeth whitened at the dentist?  No need to. I can whiten my own teeth. How you may ask?  With Colgate’s Optic White pen.  I love the design of this whitening pen. Gone are the days of whitening strips and gross after tastes. With the Colgate Optic White pen, you can brush your teeth and then whiten your teeth throughout the day.  The Colgate Optic White set comes with a toothbrush and whitening pen.  I brush my teeth with the toothbrush, whiten my teeth with the pen and the pen fits inside the toothbrush.  Genius huh?  Its an all in one.

Colgate Optic White TB + WP

I was given a Colgate Optic White toothbrush and whitening pen to try for free in order to write this review. I like the toothbrush. Its soft but strong enough to thoroughly brush your teeth in all the hard places. Afterwards, I use the whitening pen, swivel it to the right to give me some whitening cream and apply the cream to my teeth.  My teeth are sensitive so the whitening cream did not make my mouth burn. I just applied the cream to each tooth and I am done. There is no chemical aftertaste.  I apply the whitening cream every time I brush my teeth except when I go to bed.

I like the Colgate Optic White toothbrush and whitening pen.  Now, I can’t say if it truly whitens my teeth. I have not been using it long enough to determine if my teeth got whiter. This product is not for people with stained teeth. You may need to get your teeth professionally whitened first.  My teeth are already white since I have had braces for over two years and I complied with my orthodontist to not drink anymore red wine.  This product does maintain the whiteness of my teeth.

I recommend this product. I really like the toothbrush as I feel it really cleans my teeth. The whitening pen is definitely a bonus.


Activities to Help Your Body, Mind and Soul Recharge


Life can be draining. Between work, family, friends, social obligations, holidays and school, it seems like there is rarely enough time in a day to just take care of you. That’s why, every once in a while, you should schedule a little time to recharge your batteries and do something that is good for your soul. Here are just a few suggestions:

Give Back

Giving back to others in the community is a great way to feel great. A good way to do that is by finding a local organization you believe in such as literacy, animal rights, food banks or support for the military. You can find these groups online through sites like or at your local community centers, schools and religious institutions.

For instance, if you want to support the military, you can join an organization like Operation Gratitude. This is a great group to start with because there are different levels of participation from donating money to writing letters to creating hand-made carepackages. Or, if you want to interact with the people you are helping, you could create welcome home events.

Do Something Different

Sometimes all it takes to be happy is to do something you’ve never done before. While this can be something extreme like bungee jumping or sky diving, it doesn’t have to be. Anything new can be an exciting way to keep yourself growing, learning and moving forward.

If you like adventure, but don’t want to go as far as jumping out of a plane, try a new activity such as ziplining, dirt biking or white water rafting. Not only are these activities fun but they also get your blood flowing and increase your adrenaline levels.

If you love the arts, take time to visit a museum, go to a concert or see a show. Consider driving to a different city to experience its cultural sites. For example, drive to New York City to see a Broadway play or to visit MoMA. You can even take your significant other, your children or a friend to share the experience with you.

Go Old School

In these days of emails, instant messages and texts, the art of written communication seems to be dead. But, do you remember how fun it was to receive a letter in the mail? A great way to refill your soul is to recognize and be grateful for the people in your life. Sit down and write out a letter to the people you care about most. The physical act of writing the letter can be both fun and fulfilling. If you are feeling especially artsy, try writing an old fashioned letter with a calligraphy pen. No matter what, the lucky recipient is sure to feel special and loved.

Whatever you like to do to invigorate your soul, make sure you make time to do it. The simple truth is, you can only give to others after you have given to yourself. So take the time, and do something just for you.


The Switch to Sippy: Switching Your Toddler from Bottle to Sippy Cup


Weaning your little one off the bottle can be a stressful task. Not only is your child used to getting their favorite drink from a bottle, they get oral stimulation from the bottle nipple as well. For little ones, this can help them calm down or even fall asleep. When you transition from bottle to sippy cup, your child will have to learn new skills to control the flow of liquid and find an alternative way to calm themselves or get the same satisfaction that comes from sucking on the bottle nipple.

If you’re having a hard time getting your little one to switch over, here are a few ways you can help make the transition easier on your little one and the entire family:

Let Them Play With the Cup:
Before you toss the bottle and convert them to the sippy cup “cold turkey,” consider letting them play with a sippy cup first. Fill the cup up with water and let them stand at the sink and try to dump the water out, squeeze the spout, and otherwise play with the cup. You may also want to let them see you or another child drinking from the cup. If they understand how it works they may be less hesitant to give it a try.

Start With Juice or Milk:
A simple way to encourage your little one to start drinking out of a sippy cup is to begin by offering it with a beverage that they love to drink. Slowly switch your little one over by allowing them to have juice or chocolate milk only if they use their sippy cup. This will limit the amount of juice they drink and give them motivation to start using their new cup.

Skip the Hard Plastic Spouts (at least at first):
To help your child transition from bottle to a sippy cup, consider purchasing a sippy with a soft plastic spout. The spout resembles the nipple of a bottle, which may be more comfortable for your child.


Additionally, consider removing the regulator from the inside of the cup. The regulator is what controls how much liquid comes out at once. While this is great for keeping your diaper bag clean, it can be frustrating for a little one who wants to take a bigger drink.

Choose a Fun Cup:
Another way to encourage your child to ditch their bottle is to make their drinking container fun. Treating the cup special and encouraging your little one to drink from their new “big kid” cup will help give them a sense of empowerment. Consider buying a personalized sippy cup like these, which have the added benefit of getting your son or daughter acclimated to the written version of their name.

Sippy Cup Only When Out of the House:
Start leaving their bottle at home. Only allow them to have a drink when you are out on the road or at a restaurant if they use their sippy cup. Tell them that their bottle has to stay in the house and they’ll need to use a sippy cup when they aren’t home. Once they get used to this, start restricting the use of the bottle while at home, too. If your little one still uses a bottle to fall asleep, you may want to leave this transition until last.

Think Outside the Sippy:
Some kids just like straws better. Whether it’s because straws are easier for them to suck on, or because they think it’s more fun, it just works for them. Consider trying a sippy cup model that features a retractable straw instead of a regular sippy cup spout.

Another option is to let your child drink from a cup without a lid first. Try letting them drink out of your water bottle or a cup with just a little water or milk in it. Once they figure out that there is liquid in the cup, drinking with the lid on may not be such a big deal.

Make a Big Deal Out of it:
Kids love attention. They love being applauded and cheered for. They are likely to repeat the action when they think you are happy. Have you ever accidentally laughed when your little one was doing something naughty only to have them repeat the behavior immediately? It works for good behavior too! Clap, cheer and smile when he or she makes an effort to start drinking from the sippy cup and she’ll likely repeat it just to make you happy.

Helping kids transition to a new more grown-up behavior can be stressful for the whole family. Learning a few tricks can help make it easier and more fun for everyone!

Author Bio: Preston Davis is a first time dad, blogger and DIY extraordinaire. Master of the grill and all things culinary, he currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. Follow him on Twitter to see what he’s up to: @withPreston.


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