Saturday, November 17, 2018

Amazing Apps: Fakespot

 Fakespot is a fake review detection service. Are you growing suspicious of reviews on Amazon? You should be. In certain sections of Amazon, up to 70% of product reviews are fake. Companies constantly plant positive reviews of their own products and sully competitors’ products with negative reviews. How can consumers protect themselves and their wallets this holiday season?

Using Fakespot is easy and free. Just download the Chrome Extension or copy and paste the link for any product into Fakespot’s search bar. Fakespot’s patented algorithm scans all reviews for that product and grades their reliability. A Fakespot review will make you think twice before making a regrettable purchase.

Fakespot doesn’t just work for Amazon. Use it to analyze reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor and the Apple App Store, too! I’d love to tell your audience at Motherhood Moment more about the benefits of using Fakespot when shopping this holiday season.

Shopping Savings: MDSave

Americans are continually facing rising healthcare costs with little aid available and uncertain futures for the country’s healthcare system have forced many to take their healthcare into their own hands.
The innovative online healthcare marketplace, MDsave announced this week that they are partnering with CareCredit, a health, wellness and personal care credit card to bring easy healthcare financing to their mission of providing better cost transparency to patients.
Known for offering simple solutions to high healthcare bills, MDsave’s platform makes it easy for consumers to shop, buy, compare, and overall save on needed healthcare. By partnering with CareCredit, MDsave gives their users even more control over planning health finances.
The card is just like any other credit card with a simple application process and zero interest if paid in full within 6 months. As the next step in taking back control of our healthcare, MDsave and CareCredit have provided a comprehensive solution.

Caring Causes: Operation Smile

Imagine if your child was born with a health condition that made it difficult for him to eat, speak, drink, live or smile. A condition that resulted in your child being shunned and mocked.

Now imagine having to travel hundreds of miles to receive free surgery to correct your child’s condition.  For many families around the world – they don’t have to imagine. It’s their reality. Right now, at least half-a-million people are living with an untreated cleft lip or cleft palate.

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, Operation Smile asks you to help to break the barriers of care many patients face as they try to reach an Operation Smile medical mission site.

Those barriers to care not only include transportation, but access to safe surgery, accommodations while their loved ones undergo surgery, and meals. These are just a few of the heart-breaking barriers some of the families face when traveling to a medical mission.

It’s not uncommon for a sibling to accompany their brother or sister to a medical mission so their parents don’t miss a day’s work and pay. Our patients' stories make it clear that help is needed to make sure that they can access the most comprehensive care that they so desperately need.

It takes as little as 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip or cleft palate. These surgeries are life-changing and life-saving. You can help give them a chance to go to school, make friends and have a bright future.

This Giving Tuesday give the gift of new smiles and help restore the health and dignity of children who need it most. Go to to help us help more families break the barriers of care.

About Operation Smile
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

Shopping Savings: Gale & Hayes

Holiday 2018:
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Healthy Habits: Living with Diabetes - Tips from Randy Jackson

November is National Diabetes Month, and November 14 was World Diabetes Day. To help drive awareness around the disease and important link to oral health, Colgate has teamed up with Randy Jackson and the American Diabetes Association.

Randy Jackson is best known as a Grammy award-winning producer, music industry expert and beloved television personality. But what many people don’t know is that Jackson has also been managing the everyday reality of living with diabetes for nearly two decades.

Jackson has since been a diabetes awareness crusader, striving to educate the public on the lifestyle changes he has adopted since his diagnosis. He is now sharing some of his tips and tricks on living his daily life with Diabetes:
  • Make healthy choices: You don’t have to give up the foods you love, but pay attention to what you eat and how much of it hits your plate. Growing up in Louisiana, I ate a lot of rich Southern-fried food and I just didn’t pay attention to the portions. Today. I don’t think of food as "good" or "bad," but instead think about which foods provide nutrition and keep my blood sugar in check. Everything in moderation.
  • Embrace movement: When I was first diagnosed, I weighed around 350 pounds and exercise just wasn’t part of my life. I slowly eased into an exercise plan that worked for me, starting with something as simple as walking.  Today, I go to the gym regularly, enjoy playing tennis, yoga and Pilates. Find fun ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine and when you find something that works, stick with it.
  • Maintain good oral health. I’m a producer, but I also like to sing, so my mouth really matters and I pay extra attention to keeping it healthy. The reality is, gum disease could be a bigger issue for me than someone without diabetes. People living with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease, according to the CDC[1]. I make sure to pay extra attention to the products I use. That’s why I use Colgate Total toothpaste. Its unique formula is unsurpassed for its ability to prevent and reverse gingivitis, which is the most common form of gum disease.
  • Listen to your doctor…and your dentist. It’s easy to be in denial or want to avoid pre-diabetic symptoms. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 4 four adults living with diabetes does not know they have the condition. Don’t let diabetes sneak up on you. Your mouth is the window into your body, so your dentist can help catch some problems early on. Be sure to listen to your doctor or your dentist early and know your family health history. For some, early treatment of pre-diabetes can actually return blood glucose levels to the normal range.
  • Create a personalized treatment plan. Everyone’s body and symptoms are different. Make sure to work hand-in-hand with your doctor and dentist to implement the necessary changes into your routine and educate yourself on the disease. It was not until I was diagnosed in 2000 that I learned there are a lot of other health issues linked to diabetes, like gum disease. This deep understanding of the disease motived me even more to ensure that I was managing it accordingly. And when it comes to my oral health, a simple swap of my toothpaste to Colgate Total® has had meaningful results.
  • Build a strong support system. Remember, you don’t have to face the everyday realities of diabetes alone.  Surround yourself with positive people that will help motivate you, be it friends, family, even an online community like the American Diabetes Association’s Facebook page.

While Jackson admits that some of these changes may seem daunting, a small step like choosing the right toothpaste, such as Colgate Total, a toothpaste that is unsurpassed in its ability to prevent and reverse gingivitis, is an easy measure people living with diabetes can take to prevent gum disease, tissue damage and periodontitis.

Consumer Critique: Raw Spice Bar

I've reviewed Raw Spice Bar before - they're a subscription box of high-quality spices and recipes and ideas for ways to use them. I really enjoyed getting to try unique spice blends that I wouldn't have known how to put together, especially with the new recipes that my family had never tried before.

Raw Spice Bar has updated their subscription options - now, when you sign up for a spice subscription, you can customize your options to get choices that are tailored to what your family wants to try. You can also get their high-quality spices without a subscription from their spice shop. Getting spice gift sets makes a unique gift for the holidays, especially for those who love to cook and try new foods.

Raw Spice Bar spices are mostly salt-free, gluten-free, paleo, and vegan - so they match almost any dietary needs.

Healthy Habits: Help Your Kids Conquer Thanksgiving and Holiday Eating By Creating a Lifetime of Healthy Eating Habits

A common worry parents have around Thanksgiving? Their children won’t eat well. They might not even eat at all. The solution? Imagine Thanksgiving from the perspective of a child. You don’t whose going to be there, the food or the schedule. In short, you don’t know what’s going on. And, on top of all that, you’re expected to just go along, and get along. As long as your kids aren’t infants, it doesn’t matter how old they are. Filling them in on the plans for the day can solve a lot.
Eating expert and Sociologist Dr. Dina Rose, author of IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BROCCOLI:  Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee) offers these steps to Help Your Kids (AND YOU) Conquer Thanksgiving and Holiday Eating and create a lifetime of healthy eating habits without focusing solely on nutrition:
1.       DO tell children what will be on the menu — and when. Don’t assume they know. Then, brainstorm together how they’ll find something to eat, if they’re picky, or how they’ll manage all the sweets and treats.
2.       DO let your children eat a meal before leaving home (or in the car on the way to the main event) if they’ll be too tired or too distracted to eat at the meal, or if they’re worried they won’t be able to eat anything at all..
3.       DO help your children figure out what they really want to eat by doing some taste testing, but only if they’re up for it. Assuming some of the food is unfamiliar, fill a plate with one pea-sized bite of everything on offer.
4.       DO tell your children that after the taste test they can help themselves to anything they want. Resist the urge to “push” the healthy stuff.
5.       DO resist the urge to tell your kids to eat-up. Remind them to pay attention to their tummies.
6.       DO help your children save room for treats coming down the pike.
7.       DO keep some familiar foods in the car for the ride home if your child is unlikely to eat at the meal.
8.       DO teach your kids to bookend Thanksgiving with a couple of no-treat days before and after their holiday feast. Even if Thanksgiving is outrageous, this strategy will even things out. Then, let them figure out their own holiday favorite treats.

Good News:


1.      Many children pick at their food. Nibbling, rather than gorging, is a healthy holiday habit.

2.      Many children would rather play than schmooze by the appetizer table.

3.      The mindless eating that parents do is easily avoided for kids who would rather run around than sit around.

4.      Happy holiday memories are more important than healthy holiday eating.


DINA ROSE, Ph.D. is a sociologist, parent educator, feeding expert and the author of
It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee). Dr. Rose has been training parents, pediatricians, dietitians, and early childhood educators in the Habits Approach for the past decade. Her work has been featured on television, radio, and in print and online news sources. Whether she’s speaking at an intimate gathering of parents, a professional conference, grand rounds or delivering a keynote address, Dr. Rose’s message is pragmatic, memorable and so unique it has been called “transformational.” In addition to writing her own blog, It’s Not About Nutrition, she is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today.

Soul Sustenance: How to Over-Indulge the Right Way

When November comes around, the internet is brimming with tips to resist temptation during the holiday season: skip that extra serving of mashed potatoes, wake up early for a run, do everything you can to maximize productivity.

While modesty and routine are important, let’s be real: part of the fun of the holiday season comes with letting yourself relax and indulge! Sometimes, especially over the holidays, more is more: Thanksgiving dinner, family time, Christmas lights – and of course, a good night’s rest.

Lifestyle expert Lance Smith is serving up a new dish this year: How to Over-Indulge the right way! 

Lance Smith does it all in the entertainment industry. In addition to being an actor, an acting coach and children’s book author, Lance was the face of CMT for a decade hosting numerous weekly shows and specials before taking on co-host duties for The Daily Buzz from 2012-2014 and its new launch in 2017. This avid Tennessee Titans fan can be found at most home games broadcasting highlights on the jumbotron. Still, with all of this, Lance’s newest job is the closest to his heart, being dad to his beautiful baby girl.

Interview Courtesy of Mattress Firm

Healthy Habits: New Technology for Diabetes Testing

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing epidemics, affecting more than 400 million people worldwide. Approximately one in two people with diabetes remain undiagnosed and untreated, which can result in significant health consequences.1 

The number of people living with the condition has continued to skyrocket, yet despite many advances, diabetes management is challenging. A key reason: the dreaded and painful, yet essential fingerstick that more than 30 million Americans with diabetes have to endure up to 12 times a day. 

Routine fingersticks are critical to diabetes management and have been the standard of glucose testing for decades; however, studies have shown that patients continue to struggle to adhere to recommendations for glucose monitoring.,,,,,,, Reasons include the cost of test strips, the painful fingersticks and simply forgetting to test. However, lack of testing can lead to missing significant glucose fluctuations, which can result in major health consequences.

The FDA recently approved a revolutionary glucose monitoring system called the FreeStyle Libre 14 day, allowing Americans with diabetes to manage their glucose levels without the use of a fingerstick for up to 14 days. 

In honor of World Diabetes Day on November 14, Type 1 diabetes patient Reny Partain and diabetes educator Amy Folker highlighted the benefits of the recent advancements in diabetes management, as well as share both clinical and first-hand experience for those living with the condition. 

Courtesy: Abbott

Parenting Pointers: Making Peace With Anger For A More Harmonious Thanksgiving

Ah, Thanksgiving.  Most people conjure an image of the perfect holiday gathering. Family and friends all attend, everybody recites what they are thankful for, and a toast is made to those family members who have passed away in the last year.  
But not everybody’s Thanksgiving is a Norman Rockwell painting. Domestic violence increases, political arguments become heated, and the added stress some people feel to create a perfect celebration only makes everything worse. Plus, since some family members don’t see each other except during the holidays, they may want to revisit old arguments and settle old scores.
“Thanksgiving should be a time to reflect on the past, to be thankful for it, and for our family and friends,” says Tom Corner, a motivational speaker and author ofBorrowed Eyes and Feet: Finding Enlightenment After Rage (  
“Thanksgiving also should be just as much about looking to the future as it is thinking about the past. But in order to do that, some people may have to deal with family anger issues first.”
Corner, whose struggles to overcome his own anger issues are recounted in his latest book, says people who have pent-up anger can deal with it in many different ways – and family gatherings can bring these issues to the surface.
Corner says that while it’s not always easy to mollify someone else’s anger, he does have suggestions on how you can reduce your own anger issues at Thanksgiving dinner:
  • Prepare yourself.  Before attending or hosting the event, spend some time saying some affirmations like “I will focus on things to be thankful for,” “Although my brother/sister may upset me, I deeply love and appreciate myself,” or even “I attract honor, respect and dignity for myself and others.”
  • Behave. Don’t worry so much about other people’s behavior – pay attention to your own.  How you behave is likely to be returned to you. If you are grumpy and assume the holiday will be a disaster, you may make that come true.  “So smile because smiles really are contagious,” Corner says.
  • Risk change.  If your Thanksgiving dinners have always been a disaster because you can’t stand your sister, for example, make a commitment that this year you are going to change.  You can’t change her, but you can change your expectations of her (and yourself).  Decide ahead of time that you will truly be loving and kind to yourself and you will be loving and kind to her.  Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so take a risk and change how you see your family and remove unjustified expectations.
  • Be present and aware. Don’t go on automatic pilot.  “Be here, be now, be present,” Corner says.  “Your positive energy of being ‘in the moment’ will impact those around you. Don’t bring your past arguments and hurts into the present.”
  • Forgive yourself. If your Thanksgiving wasn’t perfect, that’s OK. “Our true perfection lies on our imperfections,” Corner says. Don’t take how it went as a personal reflection on you. Once you forgive and accept yourself, you will magically do the same for your family members.

“After Thanksgiving is over, make peace with what was. Hug your family, kiss your children, and take some time to just be,” Corner says. “You will need it.  After all, Christmas dinner will only be four weeks away. So, if you grasp onto family frustrations ask yourself “Are these thoughts really true?”
About Tom Corner

Tom Corner, author of  Borrowed Eyes and Feet: Finding Enlightenment After Rage”( is a writer and visionary leader who is a motivated professional with a lifetime of experience in the people business. He published his first children’s book in 2014 – List for Santa, List for Life!  His follow-up publications includePositive Thoughts, Positive LifeMommy Why Do You Have Two Birthdays? and Life is Fine, When You are Aligned! His hobbies include physical and mental health, nutrition counseling and spiritual and meditative arts.