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LifeProof 6plus Frē Case Review

** This review is my own honest opinion and I received no compensation to write this review.**

Do you have little ones always asking to play with your phone? I know I do, and I am always terrified that it will get broken. Not only is my child clumsy, but he gets it from me. I constantly drop my phone while I am using it. It is my rule that every time I get a new phone, I get a LifeProof case to go on it. These cases have never failed me, and trust me I put them to good use.

 

I order this case from Lifeproof directly. I was unsure which color to choose, as a few stood out to me. I previously had the Sunset Pink, but found that when I put it in my jeans pocket that it would discolor the pink rubber. Over time this lead to my case looking dingy and dirty.  I finally decided on the Banzai Blue case. I was pleasantly surprised at the color. It is bright and vibrant with a variation of a lighter and darker blue, and a splash of lime green. The colors go together very well, and I love it.

You can see the inside of the case has rubber gaskets and shock absorbers, to help make this case what it is. These cases are waterproof up to 6.6 feet for 1 hour and drop proof from heights of 6.6 feet, dirt proof and snow proof. I can attest to most of these, it doesn’t snow in Florida so I honestly can’t say how they do in snow. As for the waterproof features, I frequently take my phone to the beach, and the swimming pool and have taken my phone in the water in both places with no issues. A mom tip, if those sticky fingers get your phone you can easily rinse it off under the faucet with no worries of ruining your phone. The most important thing, once you receive your LifeProof case do the water test, before using it in or around water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite feature of the LifeProof case is the fact that I can drop my case from 6.6 feet and my phone is still fine. Between my self and Chief, my phone gets dropped at least once a day if not more. Each time the phone hits the ground everyone around me cringes. I just shrug my shoulders and say don’t worry, its ok I have a LifeProof case.

The iPhone series is very well constructed, and is not bulky or a heavy addition to your phone. I have tried several other brands and they are much larger and heavier then my LifeProof. I recommend this case to all my friends, and they don’t only have cases for iPhones. They also have cases for Samsung, Motorola, LG, and Google phones. So there is a case for everyone.

To order your LifeProof case head over to their website and find the case that is a perfect match for you.  You can receive 5% cash back by using ebates when placing your order. If you do not have ebates, then sign up today and start receiving cash back on your purchases. Use this link (affiliated link) when registering and receive $10 cash back after you purchase $25 worth of qualifying products at hundreds of possible online stores.

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February is Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Red Dress Month for Women, or Go Red for Women Month. It is sponsored by the American Heart Association, and helps inform women about the signs/symptoms of heart disease. Most of us know someone in our family who is affected by heart disease, or it may be you. In my family it is me, I have heart disease.

Did you know that women experience signs completely different then men when it comes it heart disease? Did you know that women will have symptoms of a heart attack that are drastically different then men? Do you know what those symptoms are? Well make sure you read our whole post, so you can find out.

My story of heart disease

Whew, who ever thinks that they are going to be diagnosed with heart disease? Definitely not me, never in a million year, especially not when I was just 20 years old. But, hey it happened and thanks to medical advancements I am here to tell you all about it.

When I was just 20 years old, I began experiencing fainting episodes. For no reason I would suddenly feel as if I were going to faint, and then I would wake up on the floor. Of course I called the doctor right away and got an appointment. They ran all the necessary blood work and everything came back clear. But, I was still experiencing these fainting episodes.  One time I was on vacation from college visiting my family, on my drive home I began to feel light headed so I pulled into a rest stop. Twenty minutes later I woke up, and had no idea where I was or what happened. I called my doctor and scheduled another appointment. Before my appointment I fainted again after getting out of the shower and fractured my wrist. This was it, I had enough.

I went to my doctor and demanded that he find out what was wrong with me. He said there was one last test he wanted to run, but expected it to come back clear as well.  The test he wanted to run was called a Tilt Table test. It was just as it sounds, I was strapped to a table and it tilted at an 80 degree angle which would induce stress that causes fainting. 15 minutes into my test I passed out, when I came to I remember hearing the nurses yelling at me but couldn’t understand what was happening.

The Diagnosis

After what seemed like the longest time of my life I finally had an answer. It was something I never expected to hear. A cardiologist came into my room and very bluntly told me that I needed a pacemaker or I was going to die. I had a 15 second pause in my heart rate during my test. I panicked, pure fear coursed through my body as she left the room and left me with her physicians assistant. My first thought was to call my daddy, he would know what to do. Any parent can tell you that getting a phone call from your hysterical child saying they need heart surgery is absolutely terrifying.

I was diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic Syncope and Sick Sinus Syndrome. In simple terms my heart  slows down so much that I pass out and my hearts natural pacemaker doesn’t work properly. We had several opinions after the initial diagnosis all confirming what the first Cardiologist said. Although one doctor did agree to try medication first. Being that I was only 20 years old at the time, we went with this option. Several months later I was still having issues, symptoms, fainting and I had enough. After fainting why working, I was transported by ambulance to the hospital where I made the final decision to have the surgery to place the pacemaker.

The Recovery

The down side to having a pacemaker placed is that you lose the use of your left arm for six weeks as the scar tissue grows around the leads placed in your heart. You are prevented from lifting your arm above your head, pushing, pulling, lifting etc. Not the easiest that’s for sure.

I started to feel semi normal again after a few weeks. It was a painful surgery as they make a pocket in your chest muscles for the pacemaker.  The fainting was getting better, we had to find the perfect settings for my pacemaker and it took a bit of time to get them perfect. But once they did, it was awesome. I was able to start living my life again with out the fear of passing out. 

Luckily for me I made a full recovery after my surgery and live a happy 9 years with my pacemaker. It wasn’t without it’s ups and downs, I had problems a few times but they were easily corrected with adjusting my pacemaker settings. The battery life varies on your pacemaker based on the frequency of use. My battery lasted 9 years, and was replaced on 1/31/2017.  Boy did I forget just how painful this surgery could be, haha. This time around I don’t have as many limitations, but I do have some. Like no lifting, keeping it clean and dry to avoid infection. The struggles I face, as taking care of my little guy, cleaning house, cooking, everyday normal tasks. But heres hoping I don’t need surgery for several more year.

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Does heart disease run in your family? Yes, no, or you don’t know? If you don’t know, then ask. It is very important to know your medical history. Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack?  Well, lets find out together.

First thing first, schedule a well woman visit with your primary care doctor. Have them check your blood pressure, and Body Mass Index. Schedule blood work to find out your total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and blood sugar. Speak with your doctor about any family history regarding heart disease. If you have a higher risk of heart disease, consider scheduling an appointment with a cardiologist for a check up. What can it hurt, sure there is your copay, deductible and taking time out of your day. But what if I told you that making that appointment could save your life one day. Are you willing to schedule it now? You can download and take this risk factor quiz and bring it with you to your health care check up.

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

According to the American Heart Association these are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in women.

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, it is VERY important that you follow these steps.

  • Do not wait to call for help. Dial 9-1-1, make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away.
  • Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice.
  • Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders.

Always remember one thing. Heart disease does not care if you are 20 or 75, it can strike at any time. Make your self aware of the signs and symptoms to help save your life, or the life of someone you know and love.

❤️Brittny

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Are you being the best mom?

Do you feel like you ask your self this questions frequently? Are you being the best mom? What does being the best mom entail?

I personally believe that everyone is being the best mom. We are constantly fighting with each other to see who can out do who. We are in constant competition to see who’s kids can wear the nicest clothes, have the nicest shoes, who has the most friends over at a play day. Let me tell you, this is absolutely tiring! I do my best not to be this kind of person, but it is easy to fall into the trap.

Are you ready to hear it?

YOU ARE THE BEST MOM! You rock the socks off those little people in your life. They don’t care if their socks match, or if their shirt has a little stain on it. They will NEVER notice if those clothes you got them came from a second hand store. Kids won’t notice if there are 3 people at their play date, but 7 people at Johnny’s play date.

Our children are only worried about one thing. That one thing is unconditional love from their family. They care about the hugs, kisses, cuddles, laughs and memories they are making with you. It is hard for us as parents to see that this is enough for them.

So be the best mom that is right for you. Don’t mold your self to fit someone else’s stands of what the best mom is. Only we can make that choice for your self. The stress of being perfect is real, it can  really cause some serious issues in our lives. Be true to your selfs and feel the stress wash away.

Remind your self of these things

  1. I am the best mom for my family.
  2. I am not perfect and that is OK.
  3. I will not compete with my fellow moms to out do one another.
  4. I love my children unconditionally and that is all that matters.

If you have friends in your life who don’t believe in these 4 key things, then you might want to rethink your friendship. I am not saying you have to cut them out of your life completely, but maybe limit your interaction to play dates only. Being around people who only believe in outdoing each other can be very damaging to our self esteem. You don’t need that. There are tuns of other moms at the play ground who feel the same way as you. Some as just afraid to admit it, as they don’t want to be seen as “outcast” per say.

Motherhood is not perfect, I am not perfect, and my child is far from perfect. ButI am the best mom to my family and that is all they care about.

Hang tight momma’s we got this together. It truly takes a village to raise our children. We might as well make it a village filled with the Best Moms, and that means all of you. Be kind, stay strong, believe in your selves.

❤️ Brittny

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