Valentine’s Day on the Way! #LoveHallmarkCA #myhallmark #ad

According to Hallmark’s Corporate site, Valentine’s Day is the second-largest holiday for giving greetings cards.  Approximately 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged industry-wide (not including packaged kids’ valentines for classroom exchanges).  I’ll admit I’ve seen a lot of Valentine’s Day cards in my time!

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Although Valentine’s Day is one sweet holiday, there is a bit of history to it:

“According to Roman legend, during the third century, Valentinus was imprisoned for his Christian beliefs and sentenced to death. While jailed,  Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer’s blind daughter. The night before he died, Valentinus wrote a farewell note to the girl, which he signed, “From Your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next day, Feb. 14, 269 A.D.
Hundreds of years later in fifth century Rome, people honored Juno, the pagan goddess of love and marriage, on Feb. 14. During the celebration, men would draw women’s names and court them for marriage.
Around 498 A.D., Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 as St. Valentine’s Day to honor the martyr Valentinus and to end the pagan celebration.
In 1849, Esther Howland of Worcester, Mass., published the first American valentine.”

Isn’t that something?  Flash forward in time; Hallmark first offered Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916! They’ve been perfecting all of our Valentine’s Day gift giving desires ever since.  Hallmark offers so many options for all of your gift giving needs … and they cover all of your special loved ones!

Look for their Pet Husky Techno Plush, Mickey & Minnie itty bittys®, Story of Us Card Keeper, Valentine’s Gift Bags and coordinating tissue, assorted Valentine’s Day cards including Kids, Signature and Paper Wonder!  And so much more!

Look for my upcoming social shares for pictures of Hallmark product that you’ll love; as well as, a possible giveaway!  For now I’ll leave you with this post.

P.S. I have a GIVEAWAY up on my Instagram page!

Visit:   https://www.instagram.com/mybitsandbleeps/

Lots of love, Jeannine!

Father’s Day #Giveaway #ad #LoveHallmarkCA #myhallmark CAN 16/07

Father’s Day has always been difficult for me.  While I had a dad, he wasn’t however the best of fathers.  I did have an amazing grandfather but he passed away many years ago.

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My daughter’s father (my ex-husband) hasn’t been in her life since she was quite small.  It’s easy to understand how ‘put off’ I am with the whole day.  Having said this, I do have two brothers who have been present in my daughter’s life, and I also have friends who are wonderful fathers!  This is reason enough to celebrate in my opinion.

You probably saw the lineup of the awesome selection of gift ideas for both dads and grads that I shared on Instagram … it was also shared on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus!  I’m hoping that you went into your local Hallmark store to see for yourself the spectacular gift ideas that Hallmark offers.  I know that I promised to post a giveaway at a future date but even that got delayed.  No need to worry (in my opinion) as giveaways are always fun and always welcome!

GIVEAWAY

Prize:  Whiskey Rocks Set with Storage Box (MSRP $19.95)

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Begins on: time post goes live and Ends on: July 16, 2018 at 5 pm EST

Terms and Conditions: Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. [Please read entire Terms and Conditions] All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out to any other country.
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NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

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WINNER:  Kathy Downey

 

Balancing Your pH with RepHresh™ Pro-B #pHBalancingAct #ad + #Giveaway CAN 18/05

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Taking control of your health isn’t always easy but it’s not as difficult as you might think. There are so many experiences in life that women go through (menstruation, intercourse, pregnancy, menopause – just to name a few) and I believe that the more you educate yourself, equip yourself and effectively make appropriate changes in your life the more likely you are to manage and/or maintain your health.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Having turned 50, I can honestly say that I have experienced my fair share of life’s experiences.  I’ve also experienced many health issues; this is why my health has become extremely important to me.  I am trying to learn more about my health but I also share my knowledge with my daughter, and even her girlfriends, because I want these young ladies to be able to make informed decisions about their health as well.  Yes, here on the blog as well, I want you to learn about your health.  Think of it as a gift.

RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic helps maintain feminine health and this is why, since I was introduced to it, I have been taking it.  What is it?  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic is a gynecologist recommended daily oral probiotic that helps maintain the normal amount of vaginal lactobacilli and prevents odour, irritation and abnormal vaginal discharge.  The capsule is easy to swallow (think of it as a vitamin for your vagina!) and it’s convenient to take because it can be taken orally at any time throughout the day, as opposed to others that need to be taken vaginally.  It’s designed for females 12 years or older.  Best of all, it’s available over the counter.

This feminine supplement is clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria.  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ was specially formulated by doctors at the Canadian Research and Development Centre for Probiotics associated with one of Canada’s foremost Universities.   The patented probiotic strains in RepHresh™ Pro-B™, L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri RC-14™, help to maintain the flora important to overall vaginal health, balancing yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health.

Actually, the vaginal yeast counts of healthy women fluctuate significantly, and do so often without you even knowing.  RepHresh™ Pro-B™ contains strains specific to vaginal health.  It is clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria unlike other probiotic supplements which target digestive health.  The fluctuations in the vaginal pH level can occur for many reasons: hormones, menstruation, intercourse, even going on a flight!  By maintaining the vaginal pH at a healthy, normal level, you can reduce the plethora of vaginal issues that can occur.

FUN EXPERIMENT:

I had the opportunity to do my own little experiment at home.  I was provided with a set of pH strips and two fresh juices so that I could (1) see for myself, and (2) share with you what a healthy vaginal pH range is.

A) I took a strip from the test kit and dipped it into the first juice and let it sit for 30 seconds.  I then took it out and compared it against the colour chart on the pH test kit to determine the pH level.  A healthy vaginal pH level is between 3.5 and 4.5

B) I repeated step A with the second juice.  Do you see a difference?

One of the juices has a pH level that can be comparable with a healthy vaginal pH, while the other juice has one that is comparable to an unhealthy vaginal pH level.

FYI:

~ a vaginal pH greater than 4.5 means there’s a perfect environment for bacteria growth

~ menstrual blood has a pH of 7.4

~ semen (intercourse) has a pH of 7.1 to 8

~ water (feminine washes/cleansers)  … water has a pH of 7 … fragrances/perfumes can irritate the vagina

~ both pregnancy and menopause cause hormones to fluctuate; usually to an elevated pH

I caution you to always discuss any vaginal symptoms and concerns with your doctor.  If you’re concerned about forgetting what you want to discuss with your doctor you may want to write it down, along with any questions, on a piece of paper.  You’ll discover that many gynecologists recommend RepHresh™ products!

Personally, I went through some difficult moments with my health that included my vaginal health.  I went through a lifetime of menstrual concerns (including bacterial infections). Recently, since being forced into menopause, my hormones have gone completely whacked!  This is the moment when women (like me) are experiencing an elevated pH.  I’m now feeling much better but I can honestly say that in retrospect, I probably could have had easier moments throughout my life.  Had I not felt embarrassed to discuss certain topics with my doctor I would have discovered solutions; instead I lived with discomfort, pain, and even embarrassment.  It’s wonderful to note that over the years women’s health has taken center stage and women are more comfortable and confident discussing what should be ‘normal topics’.  Shouldn’t our health be ‘normal’?  It should and it is!  Let’s all please teach our daughters, sisters, friends, and any other women in our lives, this valuable information.

Ladies, I encourage you to be open about your health with your doctors, with yourselves, and with your daughters.  There’s no need to feel shy or embarrassed about anything to do with your health.  By being open and honest we can take control of our health.

GIVEAWAY

Prize:  $100 Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and RepHresh™ Pro-B™ Probiotic

Begins on: time post goes live and Ends on: May 18, 2018 at 5 pm EST
Terms and Conditions: Open to Canadian residents 18+ only (excludes Quebec). Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway via email, and will be required to provide their full name, address and telephone number, so that Sponsor can mail out the prize. By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a PR agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. [Please read entire Terms and Conditions] All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents and will not be sent out to any other country.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other Social Media channel.
NOTE:My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.

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WINNER:  Julie Rusnak

Available at most major food and drug retailers across Canada.  You can learn more about RepHresh™ on Twitter, on Facebook, on their YouTube channel or you can visit http://www.RepHresh.ca