Monday, July 28, 2014

Why We Shouldn't Teach Our Kids To Share

 
 
Quite a statement isn't it?  But after reading this woman's explanation about why she doesn't teach her child to share I see the point, and have been doing it unintentionally since I started raising my four children.  My rule is that if a child is playing with a toy they get to play with it till done.  Then the child who expressed an interest in it get the next turn.  Now if I sense that my child is just keeping it because they don't want another child to have it I say it's the other child's turn.  Also if my child sets the toy down and goes to play with something else but then notices another child making a bee line for the old toy and tries to take it back I say "Sorry, you finished your turn and put it down, now Johnny gets it."

Also I remember that when I was a kid I never expected another child to give me their toy.  I had to wait till they were done with it and then I would get a turn.  Sometimes this meant missing out on playing with something but it taught me delayed gratification and patients.  I agree 100% that making a child give up their toy or activity teaches our children that they must give up what is there's for someone else for no other reason than the other person wants it, and also teaches that we can just demand something and expect it to be given to us.  I see this allot on the playground and at play groups.

We do have to teach our children about disappointment and not getting what we want the exact second we want it.   Life is never going to be like that.  So what exactly are we teaching our children when we enforce a share policy.  As an adult if another adult who is a stranger asked to use your tablet (non emergency) would you do it.  Or use your car, your cell phone, you makeup?  Of course not!  You would think the person was crazy for asking you for such things unless it was an emergency.

Interestingly my children are very giving and sweet to other kids.  They will share without me having to intervene.  This of course is with other children, with their siblings things can get tricky, especially when Legos are involved!

Here is her article

Why I Don't Make My Son Share 

                   

There is a sharing policy at my son's preschool. It's a parent-run co-op, so we have to have policies like this so that we will all handle situations relatively the same way. The policy is that a child can keep a toy as long as they want to. If another child wants the toy, they have to wait until the first child is done with it. We'll even "save" toys for the child if they have to go to the bathroom, go to the snack table, etc. so that it won't get taken before they're done. This applies to anything in the yard or school that can be played with, including swings and monkey bars.
At first, it didn't really occur to me to wonder why this was the policy. I just went with it, because that's the rule, and it didn't seem like a big deal to me. The kids all know the rule, so outside of maybe their first two weeks at the school, they don't throw a giant fit when you tell them, "You can have it when Sally Jo is done." But lately I've been noticing a totally different attitude toward sharing in other places we go, and I'm starting to really know exactly why this is the school's policy.

Two Questionable Sharing Practices

Here are a couple of examples of questionable sharing practices that I've seen recently. The first comes from a good friend of mine. (And I hope she doesn't mind that I use her story as an example.) She and her almost-2-year-old were at the park one day. He had brought a small car from home to play with. Another child, a little bit older, wanted to play with the car and was demanding that my friend's son give him the car. A typical toddler scuffle ensued, and the other mother told her son, "I guess his mom didn't teach him how to share." Never mind the fact that the car belongs to him and that when someone asks you to share, "No" is a perfectly legitimate response.

My second story happened one morning at the local rec center. Friday mornings they fill the gym with tons of Little Tykes climbing structures and those plastic cars they can drive around, tricycles, big balls, even a bouncy castle. Basically a toddler's dream play room. There's this one red car in particular my son really likes playing with, and the last time we went, he drove it around the entire hour and a half we were there. While most of the moms with smaller kids will shadow their kids as they play, my son is old enough now that I can sit on the sidelines and watch. From there I watched a mom whose son wanted to drive the car approach my son repeatedly, saying, "OK, now it's time for you to give him a turn!" Of course he ignored her, and eventually she gave up. There were a million other little cars for her son to drive, including one that was almost identical. Or maybe I would have stepped in at some point.

Real-World Lessons

I don't agree with the approach of the mothers in either of these situations. I think it does a child a great disservice to teach him that he can have something that someone else has, simply because he wants it. And I can understand the desire to give your children everything they want; we all have it. But it's a good lesson for you both to learn that this isn't always possible, and you shouldn't step all over other people to get these things.
Furthermore, this is not how things work in the real world. In your child's adult life, he's going to think he's owed everything he sees. This is already happening in the next generation. I read a fascinating article about how today's teens and 20-somethings are expecting raises and promotions at their jobs for reasons like, "I show up every day."

If you doubt my reasoning, think about your own day-to-day adult life. You wouldn't cut in front of someone in the grocery checkout line just because you didn't feel like waiting. And most grown adults wouldn't take something from someone, like a phone or a pair of sunglasses, just because they wanted to use it. (Well, maybe some of you would. In which case, this post may not be for you.)

It's hard, as with so many things about parenthood, but let's teach our kids how to cope with disappointment, because it happens. And we won't always be there to fix it for them. Let's teach them how they can get things they want through diligence, patience, and hard work.
How do you feel about the concept of sharing where young children are concerned? I know you likely don't have a "policy," as I sure didn't before the preschool told me they had one. Now I notice a variety of different takes on the subject from the parents I see around. Makes me wonder if we need to be talking about this issue a little bit more.

Birth Of our Lamb Sansa, and My First Time Pulling a Lamb

 
Our herd before the birth of Sansa
 
 

Thomas our older lamb resting after a hard day
This last Easter my family was invited to a Seder at our church.  As part of this traditional meal we had lamb for the first time.  Our whole family fell in love with the taste, it was delicious!  As I looked around at stores though the price of even small amounts of lamb was outrageous.  We would never be able to afford to buy it. 


Trying out those legs
So I started looking into buying lambs and putting them on our back pasture which is just sitting empty.  We really need to get some animals out there because the grass is getting out of control.  I ended finding a great deal on sheep and lambs from a man reducing his herd of Barbados Blackbelly Sheep.  These are not the fluffy white sheep you think of, but a hair sheep so they kinda look like goats.  They are reputed to have a sweeter milder meat and are very hardy.  I got each lamb for $40.00. They will be ready to butcher this fall, which I will be doing myself.  So it works out to $1.00 per pound or less!  You don't feed sheep grain as it can cause problems.


Sansa at one day old with mama

I bought two lambs and two ewe's.  One already had a three day old male lamb on her and he will be ready for butcher right around Easter.  The other was pregnant and just yesterday she gave birth!  Unfortunately  the birth did not go well and I had to step in and "pull" the lamb. After talking to a vet I had three choices, take her into the vet which meant catching her and somehow getting her into my van, having the vet come out which meant a huge bill, or trying to help her myself which many sheep, cow, and goat owners routinely do.

She is so pretty!
 Meaning I had to reach inside her and figure out what was wrong, if the lamb was not  positioned right.  This was after my daughter and I chased the sheep for an hour.  I fell three times and twisted my ankle before we finally got her cornered and my 16 year old grabbed her around the neck and held her while I pulled the lamb.  This was my first time having to reach inside a pregnant female and I was scared to death.  I had a birthing kit ready with sterile gloves, lubricant, iodine and paper towels for clearing the lambs face just in case of a complicated birth.  I had a book with how to assist and different mal-presentations, but still, there is no substitute for hands on experience.

After feeling around I found the feet and head (praying it was the right head in case of twins) and began to pull the baby out.  It was still alive which was a surprise with how long she had labored.  Slowly I was able to pull the lamb out and it was alive!  I wish I could have had pictures but my camera was dead.

It is a girl who we have named Sansa.  Her mother is called Catelyn.  Catelyn is turning out to be an amazing mother and little Sansa was standing in less than ten minets  and went  to nurse right away without any help.  She was very vigorous right from the start which was a relief to see after the birth.  I had to put a antibiotic bolus into Catelyn to prevent any infection.  Both lamb and ewe are doing wonderful and little Sansa is adorable to watch bouncing around.

 
Here are some Pics of my Chickens who are always curious about what's going on at the farm.  The black and white striped is my favorite hen. She is very friendly and whenever I come into the pen she follows me around and sings to me.  I haven't named her yet so any suggestions are welcome.
 

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

First big preserving project of the year! Tomatoes if you can believe it!

Every week I try to get down to the food bank in our town to donate food and clothing and help out if I can.  In our little community the food bank is very important to the elderly and poor families as driving an hour or more to the next nearest food bank is out of the question.  This time I brought in a 50 lb bag of flour for them and a bunch of heavy blankets.

While I was there I chatted with some other ladies from my church that were also volunteering and I noticed that they had just gotten a huge delivery of boxes of tomatoes.  They looked amazing and I mentioned it to the food bank director.  She just laughed and begged me to take as much as I wanted because they couldn't give even part of them out and the tomatoes would be rotten by the next week. Our food bank only operates once a week.

So I took two big boxes home and decided to make marinara sauce from my favorite recipe.  I put them in my freezer because there wasn't enough to bother with canning since we'll use these up within a month.  It turned out amazing and you can use this sauce for pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, or whatever.  It's the only spaghetti sauce I genuinely like since I'm not  a big tomato fan.  All that is in this excellent marinara sauce is tomatoes, red wine, garlic, salt, sugar, and a little water.  I add onions because I like them and then when I use the sauce I add fresh basil at the end.


some of the tomatoes


blanching the tomatoes to remove the skins


the skinned and de-seeded tomatoes, about 14 quarts


onions and garlic


cheap wine


my huge stock pot that I use for canning and preserving


the sauce before cooking


all done and ready to freeze, this made 9 cooked down quarts

this took me start to finish about hour not counting the cooking down time

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

14 Free Amazon Books About Homesteading, Self Defense, Knitting, Berry Growning, Survival, and Natural Healing!

Here are 14 book on everything from urban chicken raising, preparing for SHTF, Knitting, Berry Raising, Mini Farming, Self Defense and Natural Healing.  Right now they are free, make sure to check the price before purchasing!  I love free books and have downloaded a few of these myself.  Just Click the Picture of the book and it will take you to the Amazon page.


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Brylane Home Outdoor Furniture Review/Giveaway!

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I do most of my shopping online.  We live in a small town hours away from any large city so doing so makes allot of sense budget wise.  That's why I appreciate companies like Brylane Home.  They carry a huge selection of home products for every area of your home.

Umbrella LampI love their housewares section, they have so many cute things for entertaining and outdoor dinning.

So when they offered to let me review one of their products I was thrilled!  I chose to review the 9' Patio Umbrella that Cranks and Tilts in Burgundy, Umbrella LampUmbrella Stand Side Table in oil rubbed bronze.

They all came in the mail well packaged and I couldn't wait to put them all together on our deck which gets allot of sun at certain times of the day.  The only item requiring some assembly was the umbrella stand table and it was very easy with just a drill gun.  Putting all three items together was easy and looked great!  The umbrella is very easy to open and close and the fabric is well made and very durable.  I love the looked of the oil rubbed bronze on the umbrella stand.  The light is pretty neat and just snaps on with an on off switch.  It gives a very bright light so you could play cards or other games outside.
 
Umbrella Stand Side TableI would highly recommend Brylane Home if you are looking for pretty much anything for your home.  They have good prices, adorable products, and excellent customer service.








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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Day The Rabbit Died... Warning Disturbing Content

Please do not read this if you are disturbed by another person being happy that a fuzzy animal died.

Today the rabbit died...  And yes I am happy about that.


You see there are two types of rabbits in this world.  The first are the rabbits we see at Easter and on TV. They are cute, cuddly, and harmless.  Something you want to bury your face in and squeeze and possibly name George.

But there is a darker side to the rabbit species.  Ninja rabbits that will mercilessly ravage innocent gardens in one night and reduces beautiful cabbages and lettuces to massacred remains that would take DNA samples to identify.

Check the video below if you don't believe me





This is the diabolical fiend I have been dealing with since I planted my garden.  It started with two wild rabbits.  I would catch them in my garden first thing in the morning (I get up before dawn).  They obviously thought that they had stumbled into a gold mine of free food.  Well I quickly disabused them of that notion with my .22 killing the first one right off.  After that the second rabbit wised up and only made midnight raids in terroristic style.

Finally we decided to try a live trap because ... shall I say it.. I cant resist.... That Waskaly Wabbit  just wouldn't come out during daylight.   However this demon of the rabbit world would not take the bait, literally.  I was getting more and more frustrated with my daily discoveries of garden mayhem when luck finally showed up.

There was a huge rabbit RIGHT IN my garden this morning.

My husband who missed out on the first shooting made me promise to let him shoot it if he was home.  So I woke him up and he sighted that little bugger in and put and end to the pillaging.  When it comes to marauders in my garden I can be a little blood thirsty.  Apparently civilization is only skin deep with me.

Rabbits are great on tv but if they get into my garden their days are numbered.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Free How to Ferment Foods and Cheese Making Books on Amazon Today!

Do you know how easy it is to make homemade cheeses and ferment your own foods at home?  Really, it is easy!  I do both and the flavor and knowledge that my food is made to a high standard and organic is wonderful.  Here are two free books (as of this posting time) on Amazon. Hurry because they don't stay free long!

Fermented Foods: How to Ferment Vegetables

 

 

Cheese Making- Step By Step Guide to Making Cheese at Home


 
 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tips for Traveling In Rural America


I have lived in rural America for many years and can say that there are some big differences between a big city and a small town.  Not just the size, but also the interactions you will have with the locals.  If you are from a foreign country this can be even more pronounced. 

On Driving Through The Countryside Or Rural Areas

America is big, huge in fact.  And most foreigner's have no idea that there are vast areas of wilderness and rural farm areas where it will be 50 miles before you see another living person.  When driving across the country this can be a shock.  And etiquette in rural areas is much different than in big cities where people make an effort to ignore you.

1. You will be waved at when driving down the road in rural areas.

This is due to the fact that most rural people help each other out. Often if you break down or have an emergency the authorities are sometimes over an hour away.  People in the country have always been ready to help a neighbor or stranger out because they know that if they get into trouble they would hope a friendly stranger would help them.  So don't get freaked out if every car you pass, or people working in their fields or yards waves at you, they aren't stalkers or insane! Just wave back.

2.  If you have pulled over for any reason people will stop and ask if your all right, and if your broken down will offer to help.

This happens to me all the time. If I have stopped my car or am on the side of a road anyone who comes along will stop and politely ask if I need help. Again for the above reasons.  Help is just too far away in many cases and it may literally be hours before another car passes.

3.  Get gas frequently, and don't expect rest stops every 10 miles.

Rest stops and Gas stations can be very far apart so plan to keep your tank filled.  If you need to use the toilet pull over and find a bush or tree to hide behind.  I always carry toilet paper in my vehicle in case I'm caught far away from a toilet and nature calls insistently. Also having water and some food with you is important.

4.  Do not rely on GPS or MapQuest!  YOU WILL DIE! Get a good map and keep it with you.

Many places in very wild or rural areas of America are not mapped well and you could literally die by following your GPS.  Every year people get hopelessly lost in wilderness areas and either die or have to be rescued.

5.  Services are Limited

These are very unpopulated regions so gas stations may be closed on Sunday or after dark and there may be no services in tiny towns that only have 100 people.  However ask for help if you find yourself lost or stranded and the locals will bend over backwards to help you.

6.  Be careful driving at dawn, dusk, and at night.

 America has huge populations deer, elk (a really really big deer like creature) and other animals.  They seem hell bent on assassinating as many humans as possible by jumping in front of their vehicles when driving down the road and are out most at the above mentioned times. In fact, in rural areas most car accidents are caused by deer, and they kill more people than drunk driving.  Forget about gangs, its the deer that are really out to get you!

 As medical help can be far away many people die before it arrives.  It is a highly unpleasant experience hitting a deer.  I've done it and never want to again.  In fact I try not to drive at night at all in our area.

Small Town America


Small towns have a distinctive culture of there own in America.  They are usually agriculturally based with farming and ranching as their main industries. In fact America is nothing like the movies you see.  Most people in America are very conservative (except in really large cities such as Los Angeles) and even religious which seems to surprise foreigners who think life is what is depicted in the movies.

1.  People will smile at you.

Americans are generally happy people, but also there is a cultural thing about the friendliness and smiles.  In America we are taught that it is very rude to treat someone else badly if you are having a bad day or have problems in your life.  After all it's not their fault!  This is not fake friendliness but more an act of service to others.  To show kindness when we don't feel so great ourselves.  So when you are being served by a waitress or checker they will smile at you and ask if they can help  you or if you found what you needed. 

2.  People will smile at you, greet you with "Good Morning" or "Good Evening" Or "Hello" when you are walking down a street.

This is just plain politeness.  Respond in kind and keep walking.

3.  Locals will be very interested in you if your from a foreign country.

Remember that these are very small towns that often don't see foreign visitors often if ever.  So people will be interested in why you chose to visit and what your home country is like.  In some cases this will be the first time they have met someone from your country and had a chance to talk to them.  Try not to be scared or offended. 

4.  Crime is low

This is true of most small towns.  The streets will be deserted at night, people often leave windows open. The exception to this is any towns down by the Mexican boarder where there is much crime due to the drug cartels coming illegally over the boarder.

5.  Things close early

With fewer people there is less business so most shops close early and towns pretty much shut down at 7:00 pm.

6.  People have guns in the back windows of their trucks.

Do not freak out, these people are not murderers and are not going to shoot you.  This is totally normal and safe.  They are farmers who have to deal with all sorts of predators and pests so they keep a gun in their farm truck in case they need to "Take Care" of something.  I myself have a loaded 22. rifle because we have coyotes (a type of small wolf like creature), skunks, and raccoons that come on our property to try and kill our chickens and wild rabbits that love to eat my garden.  Wildlife is prolific in America so you will be surprised to see animals often.  People may even have a sidearm on their hip, this is allowable by law if they have a permit and I can tell you that most people who carry a sidearm are law abiding citizens who are great people.

7.  People are religious and might invite you to their church

Many foreigners are surprised that America is a very religious place, mainly due to what they see in movies.  It is much more pronounced in small towns.  Yes people really do believe in God here and even go to church regularly.  In fact in small towns church is a big part of peoples lives and there are all sorts of activities that go on every week.  Such as potlucks (a small party where everyone brings food), youth groups, bible studies, and camp outs.  If you get into a long enough conversation with a local they may invite you to one of these activities or to church on Sunday.  They are not trying to convert you, they are just being nice and offering you a chance to have some fun.  Small towns will have many churches of different denominations of the Christian faith.  However there are usually very few non Christian religions in these towns.  There just isn't any population of those religious groups.

8.  Most locals are extremely friendly

Americans are friendly, helpful, generous, and outgoing.  Get used to it we aren't changing any time soon.

9.  Services in small towns are limited

Small towns in America are often separated from each other by big distances by foreigner standards.  With such small populations you will not find things like taxi's, subways, and sometimes no public transportation at all.  This is simple economics.  It just isn't cost effective to have these services for so few people. Also dining and shopping may be limited all though you can find some great little treasures if you look.  Most people own cars due to the long distances to get to the next town.  I have to say really great restaurants can be hard to find.  Commonly found restaurants are usually country diners that cater to hard working farm people.  So the food is hearty and high in calories.  Most people do their own cooking at home and American country cooking can be delicious!

10.  People are Patriotic

We Americans feel very blessed to live in a free country with so much bounty.  Patriotism is not looked down on, except by the liberals in the media and Hollywood.  Its not that we think other countries are bad, we just love the country we live in.  4th of July is a big deal, and many people display the American flag at their home. If you visit on 4th of July make sure to go to the parade and fairs.

11.  Locals are generally Conservative

Most rural communities are conservative. Meaning they are religious, believe in marriage and family, and think street drugs are bad.

12.  Cultural or Artistic Opportunities are limited

Now this is true and not true and depends on the size of the town.  Our town has 10,000 people and has many opportunities to listen to wonderful jazz and live bands, an art gallery,  and many fairs and events throughout the year.  You just have to know where to go because advertising is limited.  Asking locals or contacting the local Chamber of Commerce will fill you in on all the things going on.

13.  Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Activities are big

Hunting is still something people in America do to fill their freezers for the year.  Most people I know hunt and we hunt ourselves to provide meat for our family.  Most people own guns and yet I have lived in this town for 3 years and there has never been a shooting.  This is true of other small towns I have lived in. Fishing, camping, berry picking, river rafting, and backpacking are big pastimes for rural people.  America is full of natural beauty and amazing wilderness.  That being said most people who travel up to the mountains or wilderness are armed with guns.  We still have cougars (mountain lions), bears, bobcats, coyotes, and even wolves in America.  None of these creatures are fun to meet in camp or on a hike.  Most of the time they will run away, but sometimes they decide to stick around and see if your edible, this can be especially true with grizzly bears which are an extremely large bear found in some parts of the U.S. If you are traveling in bear country be aware that many experts recommend having a way to defend yourself and that you have to follow certain safety guidelines to avoid attracting them.

14.  Few People will Speak any Foreign Language

This is something foreign tourists complain about, as if Americans are too stupid or lazy to learn their language.  However they do not take into account some important facts.

America is not close to other countries like you have in Europe.  There is very little interaction with people of different languages except for Mexico, and all American school children are expected to take Spanish in highschool.

People in America may meet someone from say Germany or some other country twice in their life.  To learn a whole foreign language for those two times is not really realistic.

Traveling in rural America can be a culture shock for big city folks and Foreigners.  Just have an open mind, accept the kindness and friendliness you meet, and if you run into a jerk, well there are jerks in every country.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Free Easy Peasy Chores System For Your Family $17.99 Value



Here is a great freebie from over at Intoxicated On Life. This is a great chore plan for those of us with children. She has great printables and I snatched this one up!  Hurry to get it because it expires in a few days. Go HERE to get yours.

Snag Easy Peasy Chores FREE from IntoxicatedOnLife.com for 4 days only. This system will make your life easier. Expires 7/11/14 @ 11:59 PM
 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Four Free Books On Homesteading From Amazon! Hurry to get them!

 
We have a saying in my house.  "If it's free it's for me!"   So here are four free books off of Amazon on homesteading skills!  They are free at the time of this posting so you have to hurry! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

TrueLipids Eczema Experts Products Review/Giveaway!

Cheryl Lee MD Sensitive Skin Care

My son and I both suffer from eczema.  His, however, is much worse than mine and he has unfortunately suffered from it since he was born.  For years we have struggled to find lotions that not only moisturized and protected his skin but also didn't make the outbreak worse due to the fact that he is allergic to most non natural lotions. 

This is why I was so pleased when Cheryl Lee MD Sensitive Skin Care offered to let me review their products.  I had heard allot about these products helping other people with eczema so I wanted to see if it could help my dear son. 

Here is a little information on the company.  You can read more HERE

Cheryl Lee MD products are the first skincare products in the market to be truly therapeutic, hypoallergenic and non-toxic. The technology behind our amazing skincare product line is called  TrueLipids®, and it has helped many people manage their sensitive skin conditions without the use of prescription steroids; this is the Holy Grail in the treatment of eczema. The TrueLipids® products are unparalleled in their combined level of hypoallergenicty, non-toxicity and effectiveness.

At Cheryl Lee MD, Sensitive Skin Care, our goal is for those who suffer from atopic dermatitis, itchy skin, dry skin, ichthyiosis, nummular dermatitis and more to be able to manage their skin conditions naturally and safely without a costly prescription moisturizer. We believe that through your evaluation, you will find our products and our science to be effective, precise, and the best products in the market for treating disrupted skin conditions

TrueLipids® Relieve & Protect OintmentI couldn't have received the eczema kit at a better time.  My son was going through a break out and his face, neck and arms were horribly red and itchy.  That very night I put the TruLipids Relieve and Protect Ointment on him and the next day I couldn't believe the improvement.  His skin was back to looking normal and even smooth and soft!  And the most important thing was that it didn't cause him to break out further. 

TrueLipids® Eczema Experts™ Anti-Itch 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream


I personally used the TrueLipids Eczema Anti-Itch 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream and it worked amazing on my hands which tend to break out frequently when I was my hands in bathrooms at stores due to the soap they use.

I am extremely happy with both these products.  They have helped my family eczema problems and that is a great blessing as any person who suffers from eczema can tell you. 


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The Giveaway!

 
TrueLipids is being super generous by giving one lucky reader of The Thrifty Housewife Blog their very own Eczema Set that I reviewed.  That is a  $100.00 Value!  Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  All entries are optional, all winning entries will be verified for completion.  Good Luck!
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.  I am not a doctor or medical provider.  The results I saw using this product may be different for other people.