5/20/17

Blood Pressure Apps are not Accurate!


Most people using smartphones already have a fitness app of some kind that came preloaded on their phone.

Like me, we've all used these apps to count our calories, the number of steps we've walked and check our heart rate.

What's left unsaid is that these apps should never be used to the exclusion of actual medical devices that help you monitor your health and should never be relied on to take medications based on the results given by the apps!

I've downloaded several "health" apps and tested them and have found a huge inconsistency that can mislead people into thinking their medication isn't working...

Upon doing some online research, I found an article that addresses this very problem! In fact, the FTC was involved because a particular Blood Pressure app claimed to read and monitor blood pressure accurately.
This claim can have devastating effects on people who take medications and rely on these apps to track their progress.

"Do not rely on Instant Blood Pressure for medical advice or diagnosis."

The article went on to say that such results are estimates only and that self-diagnosis can result in deterioration of health.

In a news report by CNBC in 2016, Dr. Beverly Greene from Seattle stated that "the cuff compresses the arteries and measures the amount of pressure the heart needs to get blood out to the arteries and the pressure of the arteries when the heart is relaxed," which clearly indicates the need for a BP cuff to get an accurate reading. 

So In the meantime, I've contacted Google Play Store about these apps and have asked them to obligate the developers of such apps to clearly mark them "FOR  ENTERTAINMENT  ONLY". 

BP results change within
3 minutes and registering 
high numbers!

4/2/17

Bucket Gardening


Without spending an exuberant amount of money, we were able to get some tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers going in 5 gallon buckets.

I prefer to buy seedlings from Bonnie because they advertise their plants come from heritage seeds and are "natural" non-GMO!

For under $50 we bought 7 buckets, 2 bags of river pebbles, 1 bg of sand, 5 bgs of Miracle Gro Potting Soil and 8 seedlings.

Having 76 degree weather the last two weeks, made it the perfect weekend activity for us, so we got started...

We drilled holes on the side of the buckets and watering tubes. Poured the sand and pebbles at the bottoms and filled with dirt to the rims of the buckets. Then transplanted the seedlings and gave them a good watering

We placed them on a raised make-shift shelf to keep the dogs from peeing on them!

And although I'm a city gal, my guy says he's gonna get me a straw hat and overalls!!! But the only farming I enjoy doing is Family Farm on my Android! LOL

3/27/17

Apps That Pay You Back


A couple of years ago, I discovered a few cell phone apps that offer money back on regularly bought items.

I love using coupons when I go grocery shopping but the rebate apps allow you to save additional money by scanning the UPC code and then submitting a photo of your store receipt!

So I bring a coupon for $1 to buy Angel Soft toilet paper. Then I scan the bar code from toilet paper into the rebate app AND submit photo of the receipt (proving I bought it) and I receive an additional .50 cents to $2 depending on the rebate offered! 

The rebates change weekly so there's plenty of opportunities to get money back. Your rebates can be given to you via PayPal or gift card like Amazon.

Here's a short list of the apps that really work!

-Checkout 51 --- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.c51

-Ibotta --- earn an extra $10 with my code  https://ibotta.com/r/jsv6q

-MobiSave --- https://www.mobisave.com/referral/LLBQDCCM

-Find & Save --- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wanderful.findnsave

-Receipt Hog --- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.infoscout.receipthog

-Walmart's Savings Catcher --- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.walmart.android

3/22/17

My Meatloaf with Eggs


Ingredients:

1.5 to 2 lbs of ground beef
1 lg yellow grated onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
.5 cup ketchup
1 beaten egg
.5 cup stuffing any flavor
3-4 Tbsp Worstershire sauce
.5 Tbsp of chilli pepper
Salt to taste

Mix well and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Have 3 hard boiled eggs peeled.
Place 1/2 mix in loaf pan. Place eggs back to back in the middle and cover with the rest of meat mixture.

Brush lightly with Sweet Baby Rays.
Cook 1 hr at 350. At 10 minutes left, sprinkle Italian shredded cheese on top and brown it.

Cool for 20-30 minutes before cutting to avoid crumbling. Serve with vegetables.

Grooming at Home


When we rescued little Miss Minnie, we didn’t know very much about her, not even her real age.

She was scrawny, skinny, underdeveloped but had a lively and trusting personality.

The 1st few days she slept in a laundry basket with a pillow and baby blankie. And she ate like she hadn't seen food in forever!

She quickly learned to go out in the yard to do her business and seemed to understand most of my instructions immediately.

Soon she bloomed into a beautiful little terrier with cute bushy fur and I took it upon myself to groom her at home.

I was so amazed at her level of trust and patience. She sat as still as she could and let me trim her facial hair with scissors. After the head and ears were done, I combed her and decided to trim the neck and chest and before I knew it, she looked like a teeny tiny version of herself!

After the bath she ran around the house in hyper-mode, running up and down and chasing her tail. I've discovered that bathing makes her excitable.

I always give her a treat after every bath and invite her up on "mommy's bed" as her reward for being the vert best little doggy ever!

3/12/17

Healthy is not Boring


When people say they dread going on a diet, it's usually because the foods they think they have to eat will taste awful or be boring. But that's not true at all!

You have to make food fun, tasty and colorful. Yes, COLORFUL because your eyes have to approve it before the taste buds can appreciate it!

Here's an example of a salad I made using only fresh (not frozen or canned) ingredients.

GARDEN SALAD with CHICKEN:

-2 cups baby spinach
-1 cup kale
-1/2 red onion
-2 vine tomatoes
-3 bell peppers  (different colors)
-8-10 mushrooms
-1 cup shredded carrots
-1 hard boiled egg
-3 oz grilled chicken
-garlic, oregano, black pepper
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-balsamic vinegar (all lot)
-1Tbsp of quinoa
-2 tsp chia seeds
-1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds

*if you want a different dressing, use something fat free*

*all seeds must be raw and unsalted*

This salad make 4 servings. You can track  the calorie count using Fitness Pal app on your phone. You will be amazed how filling and low calorie, with just enough protein and good fat is in this salad! And it smells & tastes great!!!

xx Bon Appétit xx

3/10/17

Drive-thru Petting Zoo


If you ever have the opportunity to visit a drive-thru petting zoo, you must absolutely go!

I didn't think it would be fun driving my way through a wilderness habitat to look at animals, but it was so much fun rolling down the car window and letting the animals come for a snack and a pet!

They charge admission and give you a bucket of feed for the animals.

I really loved the Peacocks, the Kangaroo and the Zebra. You can drive as slow as you want and you'll have plenty of chances to take photos!

*Harmony Park Safari, Huntsville AL*

3/7/17

Diabetes in Dogs


Last July my dog Terra began having symptoms of lethargy, weakness in the legs, excessive thirst and at times confusion.

We had relatives come in from overseas, so our normal daily routine was changed up a bit and didn't notice our dog having these problems.

At some point I thought Terra was overwhelmed by my rambunctious nephew because she seemed introverted and a little tired...

One day after returning from a long weekend of activities, I noticed Terra bumping into chairs and walls and her back legs could barely hold her up.

Needless to say, I totally freaked out and I scooped her up in my arms and drove her to the vet down the street.

The verdict was in... Terra was a diabetic and worst of all, she was blind!!! (see her eyes in last photo)

I panicked, my hands started to shake and I cried a little because I didn't want anyone to tell me I had to put her to sleep.

Fortunately, the vet reassured me that with proper diet and steady insulin dosage Terra could regain her strength and live well for the rest of her life.

We had to let her stay at the animal clinic for a few days to get fluids and diarrhea under control. Her glucose level was almost 900--- it's a wonder she didn't go into a coma!

After we brought her home, the fun part was learning how to administer the insulin shot. I got it done a few times but she growled and hissed and bit me twice.

Then I discovered the auto-injector which was a life saver for us and a lot easier on Terra. No pinching and pulling her fur, no anxiety and vicious behavior, no getting bit and most importantly no missing the injection site. When a dog squirms while trying to get the needle in, you're not too sure if the entire dose was delivered or if some of it leaked out during the scuffle.

It's been 7 months now and Terra is doing much better. She has become accustomed to her new Prescription Diet by Science Hill, knows the time of day the shots are due and has memorized the layout of the entire house and backyard.

She is a remarkable dog and I've learned a lot about perseverance. It was her that was by my side when I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia and couldn't get out of bed, and now I'm loving her back and letting her know how grateful I am to have her in my life ♡


3/4/17

Doggy Humor


I have 2 dogs and my guy has 3. So we are constantly surprised and amused on a daily basis!

This was our own meme from yesterday.
              ♡  Minnie & Stanley ♡

3/2/17

Scrapbooking, Then and Now!


Twenty-five years ago, I was totally obsessed with stencils, stickers and doodling. It was a form of art without having any real artistic capabilities!

I remember finding Mrs. Grossman stickers which were the first to advertise that they were acid & lignin free!

When I investigated the importance of this statement, I found out that a very recent fad called "scrapbooking", was teaching people to preserve their precious memories by avoiding the acid and lignin found in glue sticks, markers, pens, stickers, tape and even in photo albums because they fade the photographs!

Needless to say, I was hooked on scrapbooking and even went to several scrap parties and had my own supplies and carrying case.

What I didn’t realize was that in the distant future, digital photography would be invented and everything would be on computers or online. But that didn't stop me from continuing to enjoy my stickers and doodling...!

Today, I use several Android apps that offer ready-made themes, frames and stickers for decorating digital photos. I've also been using a few photo editing software programs that allow a greater amount of manipulation and altering including pixel shaving, object erasing, blending & merging, and animation!

Below are a few examples and the programs used to create them. 


 

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