Monday, April 11, 2011

The beginning of the end?

Could this really be it?  I think I've been waiting for this time of my life since I was 13 and first got my cycle.

Auntie Flo has never been my friend.  I can barely remember the "excitement" about becoming a woman when I was a tweenager because when Auntie first came to visit I was like "WHAT THE???  Who in their right mind thinks this is a good thing?  OYE!"  (note: I've tried to put a better spin on things for Darly.)  But honestly, what is good about this?

So when I started noticing some signs of peri-menopause, I was THRILLED!  I couldn't be more happy about entering this time of my life.  I was ready to start singing

But then things started going back to how they were before!  What was going on???  and then I figured it out...seems that lovely Darly was sharing her hormones with me.  oh boy!

Luckily that only lasted a few months and it seems I'm back on track for menopause again.  w00t!  Although there are some symptoms that I'm having that I would rather do without.

One thing is that I don't want go through menopause on hormone replacement therapy.  My mom and mother in law both used HRT and did okay, but I think that I'm pretty well informed about the pros and cons and it just doesn't seem to me that HRT is the way to go for me.  So I've been looking into products like Estroven.  

Estroven® products are herbal supplements made with all-natural ingredients to provide natural menopause symptom relief. Black cohosh plus soy isoflavones are combined with essential nutrients like calcium, folic acid, and B-vitamins. These work naturally in the body to help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms. Hundreds of thousands of women trust Estroven® products every year, and pharmacists recommend them 3 to 1 over other brands of menopause supplements.†
Estroven has different menopause formulas to help combat symptoms, so I'll be grabbing the one that looks right for me.  I'm also going to make more of an effort to get to the gym (swimsuit season is coming up fast!) so that should help too.

I'm also liking Estroven on Facebook so I can keep up to date on savings.  Just looking at their wall I'm learning all kinds of great stuff. :D

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Estroven and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Monday, April 04, 2011

I don't blog enough seems that my life as a product reviewer is over.  I don't blog enough, I don't have enough of a following.  Oh well, it was a nice gig while it lasted.  I got to try out some really neat things.  I hope that if you tried any that you liked them.  The new thing seems to be twitter and I just refuse to do that seeing as I already spend way too much time on Facebook.  (see I can't even give it proper respect by capitalizing the name :p  )

I'll try to post my longer notes over here so that those of you few loyal folks who still follow me here can know what's going on.  My shorter entries will be on Facebook.  If I think it's important I may cross post.

Bummer, I was really looking forward to trying out that new thingamagig.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ya gotta be kidding me! Really?

So after all this time...after all the hard work DH has done getting MIL's house ready...oh wait, I should show you.

When the house was originally put on the market we had a lot of showings, but it just wouldn't sell.  One of the main comments we kept getting was that the buyers wanted the kitchen already redone.  I don't really understand why someone would want to buy someone else's idea of perfect, except that it seems they don't want to spend the money to do it themselves.  Hummm don't they realize that we up the price of the house when we have to add improvements?  I guess not.

Here's the before...

And here's the after...

DH put in the tile himself and we paid to have the granite put in.  So after many hours of hard work the house was put back on the market and had 7 showings for it's first weekend out.  Everyone LOVED the new kitchen.  (okay?)  and on Monday our realtor called to ask hubby a question from one of the folks who came to see the house...

The want to know if he would accept an offer with a contingency...  They need to sell their house first...And (get this) they haven't even put their house on the market yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When DH told me this my reaction was ____NO!  and he didn't even get upset with me about the expletive...apparently his reaction was very similar.

Ya gotta be kidding me... after all this time and all this work they expect us to take their offer and just wait for their house to sell???  Yeah RIGHT!  I don't think so pal!  you want the house, you sell yours first...then you go find a house.  Unless of course you want to pay the mortgage on our house while we wait.  :p

oh and what's with all these folks 1 leaving all the lights turned on in the house when they come to see it and 2 using the bathrooms???  They've used up all the toilet paper in one of the bathrooms and hubby has had to clean the toilet...cuz who knows who might get turned off from someone coloring in there.  ewwe!