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November 19, 2019

Amwell Review

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends. 

What are the four words that can ruin your entire schedule?

“Mom, I feel SICK!”

Me: What? Are you sure? Please, do not be sure. Run over to the child and feel his head. He isn’t “hot.” Run downstairs, get a thermometer to confirm. Then realize that I forget to ask what is hurting. Run back upstairs. Only to be told he is itchy and has a rash on his belly. A rash. Then I Google. Then I stop myself from Googling because I have no idea what I am looking at and what he has. Note: do not ever Google rash. You can’t unsee what you will see. Truly, do not Google anything healthcare-related that is why there are trained doctors.

Next, I run over every way I can fit a doctor visit into my day. I could go right after the others get on the bus. Could I go after I teach my first class? Who is going to watch him while I am teaching him? I can’t send him to school with a rash. What if it is contagious? What if it is something that others could get? I do not want to be the parent that sends her child to school, and the rest of the class gets the rash.

Then I remember a service I can use. I can use Amwell. I can call a doctor in my home, and they can determine if this is a contagious rash or one you can put some cream on and get on with your life. I can actually do all this before I have to be at work and he has to be at school. The problem of when to see a doctor is resolved!

Fall is here and our family loves to walk together and enjoy nature and the weather. That's why being healthy is very important, so we can do what we love to do. Good thing because we can easily connect with an Amwell doctor for quick check up.
Fall is here and our family loves to walk together and enjoy nature and the weather. That’s why being healthy is very important, so we can do what we love to do for our family time. Good thing because we can easily connect with an Amwell doctor for quick check up.

This is how you connect with Amwell:

Why should you call Amwell? Do you have someone in your home that is experiencing:

  • Fever
  • Cold & flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Stomach bugs
  • Pediatrics
  • Rashes
  • UTI

Remember that Amwell complements in-person care. It is not a replacement in emergencies. It’s great for 24/7 urgent care from the comfort of home or on the go.

Being sick is a no-no in our home. My kids (including our dog Joy) loves fall weather and loves to spend time outside.
Being sick is a no-no in our home. My kids (including our dog Joy) loves fall weather and loves to spend time outside.

Why else should Amwell be your solution? If you are like me? You do not have the time or energy to run to the doctor or a healthcare provider. You also hate going to the doctor paying a co-pay and then getting a huge bill in the mail after they have spent 15 minutes with you. That has happened to me more times then I can count. I pay my co-pay and then receive an additional bill. I hate going to the doctor when I am sick knowing I could get sicker or because I have children I am caring for, and I have to try to manage them and myself and then wait. I hate taking my kids for the same reason!

My son loves our family time outdoors. Thankfully, there's Amwell for quick check up with a real doctor.
My son loves our family time outdoors. Thankfully, there’s Amwell for a quick check up with a real doctor without leaving our home.

Why Amwell is my choice because these are real doctors, and they can help you, and their fees are very reasonable, and they are upfront. You will not be billed later. I mean, nothing is worse than thinking you have paid only to receive a bill for a hundred dollars later for a common issue that could have easily been resolved.

If you are sick or have an issue that you would like a doctor to help you through, I am giving you the opportunity to try the service. You need to go to Amwell and sign up for an account.

It is easy. I have used the service and you can as well here is a discount code Amwell25 for 25% off a $69 urgent care visit. Go to this link to start your discounted doctor’s visit!

American Well is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with their choice of doctor for immediate, live online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Some general conditions our doctors encounter include minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. They employ primary care and specialist physicians, as well as behavioral therapists and nutritionists, to meet all their patients’ needs. American Well doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy — and all from the comfort of your home.

My New Favorite Travel Essential

This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

People ask me “What to pack for a short trip.” I inevitably start listing clothes. I now have a new favorite item. I pack my Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer Spray and Gray Away Root Touch-Up Quick Stick. I am not sure how I do not notice that I have stray gray hairs, but for some reason, I am blind until I go on vacation.

I know on vacation you aren’t supposed to care about your hair. I do. I admit it. I am vain when it comes to not having gray hair. I am trying to preserve my looks for as long as possible by eating right 90% of the time, exercising 90% of the days, and sleeping when there isn’t a big sporting event that I have to watch or when my kids decide to sleep all night.

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What is the best skin care for aging skin?

Can a red light 5 minutes a day take years off my face? When I say years I mean the parts that now smash together like wrapping paper at a two year old’s birthday party. You know how your skin use to just lay flat and now it has more ripples than the Atlantic on a windy day. That is where I currently am. It looks like I am thinking when I am not. That isn’t the half of my problem.

Have you ever had your kids or in my case my husband spit on their finger and try to wipe off your age spot? I did. I was like that is part of my face. He then looks at me and says, “I am sorry. It looks good.” I love him for that but we all know he was lying or why did he put spit on his finger to try and scrub it off if it “looked good.” I decided I wanted a face people didn’t spit on.

I am entering the red light zone.

I am using the RejuvaliteMD promises over time to help me replace by reducing the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and age spots by improving skin laxity and promoting collagen production.

I am in my 40’s and my skin has changed for the worse. Do you ever feel like you are in a battle to try to live life and not look like life has lived you? If you told me in teens that my skin would look like this after babies.

RejuvaliteMD

What’s included?

  • 120 bulb LED light panel
  • Sturdy base w/5 min. timer
  • Flexible arm
  • Protective goggles
  • Power adapter
  • User manual

Show your skin the light! Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with state-of-the-art LED light therapy. Get it here and get 15% off with coupon code AMEE15

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My New Favorite Gluten Free Snack To Practice Mindful Eating

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Every afternoon, I sink into my couch. I close my eyes, and I wonder what I have to do next? My living room floor looked like a camp dorm filled with random bags, shoes, and other people’s clutter. I deciphered that I needed a plan of attack.

I called my kids downstairs. I wrote a list full of chores and expectations. I set the timer, and I began scrolling through the Internet while they found the floor, counters, and the rest of the flat spaces that they covered in the remnants of their experiences.

I knew that was the moment that I needed to practice mindfulness.
I told my kids that would be in the dining room working on my summer learning goal to be more mindful in my actions and they asked if it is like when I say, “Mind your own business!”

It isn’t.

Mindfulness is being aware of what is going on by paying attention and acting with a purpose in the present moment without judgment.

It is actually something you have to practice since we spend so much of our time thinking about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future, we often overlook the present.

I decided I wanted to be present. I was going to practice being in the moment by taking part in a mindful eating practice.

What is that?

It is when you really taste, savor, and enjoy your food. You only pay attention to what you are eating. You focus on the texture, smells, taste, and sensation of what you are eating. It is hard at first, but if you have the right food choice, it is easier.

I chose these Blue Diamond Almonds & Fruit varieties since they are easily accessible at Walmart, and their flavorful combinations are perfect for mindful eating.

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The Perfect Military Shave with Gillette SkinGuard

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Gillette’s new SkinGuard razor – new at Walmart today.

Once upon a time I met a man who was enlisted in the Navy. That was 22 years and three kids ago a lot has changed but his razor brand hasn’t. He is still a Gillette user and I am still in love with his kissable face. Read his review below.

In September 1996 I joined the United States Navy as a young 20 year old.  I shipped off to Great Lakes IL – and became indoctrinated into Naval Service.  Uniformity and regiment were key components of the “boot camp” process. As newly minted sailors, we wore the same clothes, attended the same classes, and ensured we upheld the highest hygiene standards.  My memory of our boot camp morning hygiene routines is still vivid to this day, and shaving was unequivocally paramount to being “inspection ready”.

On arrival to Great Lakes, IL we had young men enlisting from all cultures and backgrounds – city, country, suburbs….Long hair, short hair…Military family heritage, or first timers.  The goal of boot camp is to break down barriers and impediments to conducting the mission. For Naval boot camp, on the second day onsite we were brought to the military issue exchange to receive our first razor and shaving cream. We were all issued a Gillette razor and Gillette foamy shaving cream. There were no other shaving options allowed, the Navy had to get hundreds of sailors processed through boot camp and to ensure uniformity and cadence.

23 years later, when I smell Gillette foamy shaving cream, my senses bring me back to fall of 1996 boot camp. I recall all the men in my division lining up at the sink for a chance to get five minutes to foam up, shave, rinse and get ready for daily inspection.  For some of my shipmates, they were shaving for the first time in their lives. For others in my squad, shaving presented immense challenges such as nicks, burns, bumps, and irritation.

After morning reveille, we were to line up at our posts for inspection. Our Chief Petty Officer at the time would approach each newly minted sailor and check uniform, shoes, hygiene to include hair and shaving within regulations. I had experience with shaving before boot camp, but with a condensed schedule, chafing, razor bumps, burn and nicks presented challenges.  I vividly recall some of my shipmates struggling during inspection with irritation and grief on their faces due to shaving complications. Our inspection Chief would make a mockery out of the situation by imploring these sailors to “shave properly” the next time. Root cause for these razor bumps and nicks is that every man has different skin which can mean sensitive skin reacts differently to shaving and shaving quickly!


When I recently tried shaving with Gillette SkinGuard and Gillette’s Pure shaving cream – I experienced a level of comfort unparalleled in my prior service years.  The SkinGuard razor glided over the contours of my face and throat – no razor burn or irritation on the first try! It’s hard to have a negative experience with a great razor.

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How to Find Happiness in One Minute

This post is sponsored by Pinnacle Foods. All comments and opinions are my own.

How to Find Happiness in One Minute

This is a question I always ask myself. Do we create our own happiness or is it something we can find? Does it come in a jar? I especially find myself asking this question when I can barely hear myself think.

The car is loud. There are six of them rumbling around in the back. They are seat-belted, but items are still moving from the back to the front in an endless symphony of, “Can I borrow that?” or “Will you pass me this?”

I am just looking at my speed, checking my rear view mirror and counting down the miles until we emerge at a restaurant. There will be no rest at this restaurant, and we are on the vacation of all vacations with family.

I am tired. They are tired. I just bought dinner, and they want dessert. I told them no. Who can afford dessert out?

There is a solution to their need for dessert, and I need to be able to afford a vacation. The solution is not only reasonable. It is personable. It is perfect for road trips like mine, or anytime or anywhere that there is a microwave. It is easy to pack and just for a moment I can indulge in everything I had been looking forward to because in just one minute it is ready.

I didn’t find happiness in a jar. I found it in a box in the baking aisle at Publix.Continue reading

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