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13.11.10

Cutest little Petcakes- Review and Giveaway

Have you seen the newest toy online?
Petcakes are just so adorable...
and they make me crave cupcakes!

I have seen them on several blogs and most mention that they are perfect for girls.
I do not know about you...
but Broxton LOVES cupcakes... and pets!

So, I set out to see if I could share them with you.
These little petcakes are so cute!
I was so happy when these little guys showed up!

I was wondering around how big they would be...
They are perfect!
The petcake comes in a cute little cupcake wrapper.
What is in the cupcake?! SURPRISE!!!
It is a cute little pet!
I gave Broxton Randy Candy for the review.
(The others will be Christmas presents! I know he would have loved all 4 of them, but I figured I would pace them out... No need to totally spoil him yet! LoL, yes... I said YET!)
He gave Randy lots of kisses!

These are the MOST ADORABLE little things!
Good thing Broxton brings Randy over to give Mommy kisses!
Blueberry Buddy is my favorite, maybe because I have always wanted a "wrinkle dog"!
We will have to see which one Broxton claims as his favorite... I am a bit excited to see who he clings to!!


I was just curious as to how big they were.
Now, don't go giving me measurements... because I have NO clue...
This is how I measure:
He can fit in my hand...
Randy is bigger than a grapefruit.
I would guess he is just a bit smaller than a honeydew melon.
Does that help you?
:)


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Snack and Play Tray Makes Travel FUN! Review


Broxton has been reviewing the Snack and Play Travel Tray and it makes travel a bit easier.
I tried to get a picture of him but from my angle, I have not had any luck!

The travel tray is great for when Broxton wants to play with his cars on a road trip, but honestly... He does not like it for too long. He would rather kick his feet and play versus having this for a long time. I know that once he wants to color and draw in the car, it will be awesome... but for now, he is my curious little boy who does not like anything that might hinder his movement in the smallest amount!

I thought about trying to see if he wanted to snack on it, but I knew the way he was kicking his feet playing that this would not be the right time!
I have honestly been looking for something like this for some time now, so when I was asked to review it... I knew it would be great!

What exactly is this Snack and Play Travel Tray?
It is just one of the greatest gadgets for travelling with a small child!


The tray is made of a tray for their lap (with sides on it to keep things from rolling off) It also has mesh pockets on either side to hold a little of everything! I was not sure if Broxton's books would fit or if they would be wider than the pocket.. Nope! It fit just perfect!
We put a little of this and a lot of that in those pockets!
We had books, cars and trucks, stuffed animals...
You name it...
Anything to make the trip more bearable for us all :)

I think that this would make a great gift for anyone that travels (no matter how far the distance... Kids will love it!)

Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under Your Tree... for someone you love?

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12.11.10

Lenox is name to love - Review and Giveaway


I love keepsake gifts.
You know, what I mean...
The ones from the heart and that are meant to be kept...

A couple years ago, I gave my grandmothers each a Lenox holiday plate.
It was sweet and heartfelt.
Well, I was sent an absolutely beautiful set of Merry Little Christmas Ornaments!
I thought about giving them to my mom, but I hate to admit it, they are going on our tree!!
They are gorgeous!

They are beautiful and are absolutely amazing!
To me, they will represent the first Christmas that Marc was home with Broxton...
How fitting that it included three in the set?
They are hand painted and are just perfect!
The attention to detail is what you expect from Lenox!
The little red pompoms add to the festivity!
I can go on and on...

This would be a great gift for a loved one, or a beautiful addition to your tree!
Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under Your Tree ... for someone you love?

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Can I go to Oregon? I am in LOVE with Tillamook Cheese - Review & Giveaway


I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing Tillamook Cheese.
I am a lover of cheese, so I said yes... I just needed to make sure we had it near me...
I looked and looked and did not find it anywhere.
(Then again, I really did not have a lot of options. But that is not the point.)

The point is, I found it...
and yes, curiosity got the best of me.
Was it really "THAT GREAT?!"

Um, one word:
YES!!!!

It was worth the drive, worth the search!
It was like I found my pot of gold! :)
( I would LOVE to go to Oregon, home of Tillamook!)
I was with my brother, so I asked what he thought I should go with...
Smoked Cheddar was the choice.

I got home and of course, I had to try it...
I cut up a few slices and I was immediately taken back to my childhood with my Nana.
She used to get a gift basket that had the most delicious sausage/cheese/crackers and spreads.
I have never had anything so good since...
But, this Tillamook I am telling you about...
Whoa!
My mouth is getting all watery just thinking about it!

You know, we used to slice the cheese and then serve it with crackers... or plain...
and it was just SO YUMMY!!!!
That was it!
The feeling of days gone by...
The memories and the taste!
I felt as though I was back at my Nana's eating this and watching Wheel of Fortune or Who's The Boss! Seriously, this is the good stuff!
Tillamook is more than just any old cheese. Tillamook is a collection of over 100 dairy families who show their love in their work... They have been around since 1909, so obviously they are doing something right!

Tillamook has a wide variety of flavors...
You can start with Medium, Sharp or Extra Sharp.
Now, you can go a bit bolder with Garlic, Black Pepper or PepperJack...
I like how they not only have all this yummy cheese, but they also have a section of their website that has recipes for you! ( As you know with me, I need all the help I can get... and there are several on here that make my mouth water! They have plenty of macaroni and cheese ones that are sure to put a smile on the boys when they get here!)

I was so excited when their signature bright orange box arrived!!!!
Inside was a smile waiting to cross my face!
It contained a cheese slicer, as much as I love cheese... I did not own one!
Shh... Don't tell on me!
It also had a cute heart shaped sandwich cutter and coupons for more cheese!
(Side note, I found the cheese at Kroger!)

Besides the loafs of cheese, they also offer sliced cheese, perfect for a burger or sandwich!
As well as, shredded Cheese - great for salads and omelette's!
Now that I have these coupons, I will be trying more varieties soon! :)

Don't you want to try it for yourself?
With all of the guests and activities coming up, you know that this cheese would be great! Serve it for a snack or have it on hand for a quick grilled cheese!

One lucky reader is going to win the same Bright Orange Baby Loaf Box that I reviewed!
(Filled with the cheese slicer, heart shaped sandwich cutter and cheese coupons!)

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Aloha Friday - # 60


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too.

My question this week:

Do you have any family currently in the military or anyone who has ever been in the military?

My answer:
Yes! My husband is National Guard!
(Can you tell I am proud of him?)

11.11.10

Terro Ant Bait - Review & Giveaway

Do you have a problem with Ants at your place?
We had a ton of them out on our sidewalk...
Not sure where they came from ( I did not see any food.)
Thank goodness for us, they disappeared as fast as they arrived!

I mean, I am all about visitors for the holidays...
But please, give me a little warning and not to be mean, but I would prefer humans to ants!
:)
I was sent Terro Ant bait to review and I was excited to use it and get rid of them as quickly as they showed up...
But, they were gone before the ant bait was delivered.
You better believe it, we are prepared now! :)

I was sent the Indoor Ant Bait system.
With this, the bait system slowly kills the ant...
Why slowly? So that the ant has time to take the killing solution back to the other ants!
:) Great idea!!!!
The Ant Bait is made from Borax, making it safe for use in houses with children and pets... but does not have a good final outcome for ants! Talk about a major PLUS for our house!!!!

We were also sent the Outdoor Ant Killer.
Now, I like the way they packaged this one!
It comes in a "shaker bag" therefor eliminating the need for a separate spreader!
You just shake this bag around the house, setting up a barrier, and then close the bag!
Yes, it comes in a resealable bag!

Terro recommends this together in a two step process for maximum results...
and guess what?!

They are offering one lucky reader a chance to win both!!!!

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Veterans Day -

This was taken right before Marc deployed...
(Look at how young Broxton was!)

As most of you know...
Marc was not home last year...
He was in Afghanistan.
So, on this Veterans Day...
He is home...
and we are happy!

Please, take a minute today.
Thank a vet.
Say a prayer for those who have served or are currently serving.
They ALL need to know that they are supported.
Still to this day, if I see anyone with the Vietnam hat or anything like that...
I ALWAYS stop and say Thanks.
You can see the thanks in their eyes.
And yes, I tear up every single time too.

There are Veterans from long ago that still to this day have never been Thanked for their service. You know, when they came home, it was NOTHING like it is today. NOTHING. So, that two seconds that it takes to say Thanks... Might mean more than you (or I) will ever know.

For more information on Veterans Day, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.
They have information like this:

Which is the correct spelling of Veterans Day?

a. Veterans Day
b. Veteran's Day
c. Veterans' Day

Veterans Day (choice a, above). Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe but does include an "s" at the end of "veterans" because it is not a day that "belongs" to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans


This was taken THE NIGHT Marc landed!
(See how much Broxton grew?!)

Thank you to ALL of our Military.
As well as the Military Families!!!

10.11.10

Belly Button Bliss - Book Review


Now, all the mothers out there will probably agree...
When you are pregnant...
You get tons of advice...
and sometimes people feel the need to share their horror birth stories with you.
Some might like that, to know all the "what ifs."

Well, Jennifer Derryberry Mann wanted to share all of the beautiful birth stories with readers everywhere! Belly Button Bliss is a collection of stories from everyday women.
Some are hospital births, others are home births..
There is even a section with "extra special" births!

This book really is a cute one and I think it would be a great one for an expectant mother!
You could give it as a baby shower gift, or even a just because present.

I really love how each story tells the moms name and then the information of the baby.
Name, birth date, weight, length... After the cute page with their information, the next page or two is the short, but so sweet story of their birth!

This would even be a cute read while waiting at one of the many Doctor appointments expectant mothers have! :)

Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under the Tree ... for an expectant mom you know?
I know they would love it!!!

You can keep up with Jenni on twitter or facebook.

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Have a Laugh with the kiddies - DVD Review

Looking for a great gift?
Either for the younger kids, or even the older ones?

Broxton and I have been enjoying the Have a Laugh DVD's that we are reviewing!
I remembered them from when I was younger and I LOVED the fact that I could share this with Broxton. Granted, I love seeing the excitement in his face no matter what, but I felt an extra tug at the heart strings when we watched this... because some of them were ones that I remembered from my younger days! Remember the font of MICKEY MOUSE or DONALD or PLUTO.. You know the BIG BLOCK letters that told you who the main character in that cartoon was? I loved watching them and the animation is so different from today's Mickey cartoons!!!

Have a Laugh Vol. 1 might be his favorite!
As we watched he just cracked UP watching Chip N' Dale stocking up on the acorns!!!
But then, when we got to the Lonesome Ghosts... He laughed OUT LOUD! So hard!
Still not sure why he thought those were the funniest ones, but he did!!!
Have a Laugh Volume 2 was cute as well!
I mean, come on, who does not love Mickey Mouse and the crew?
We laughed when the cleaned the clock...
Goofy sure is silly!!
I liked how they had the Re-MICKS at the end with Hannah Montana...
(Volume 1 was Queen.. more for the parents... )

The only thing I did not like about it was the fact when you hit play all, the DVD shows the long version.. then the short version immediately after it...
I would think it would be all long, then maybe the shorts afterwards..

This is a cute DVD for young and old alike!!!

Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under Your Tree... for someone you love this holiday season?

Happy Feet equals Happy ME - Review


I do not know how many of you watch Jersey Shore...
but I will admit, I do from time to time.
I do not really have an answer as to why, and believe me...
Marc asks ALL THE TIME why I am watching it...
I will tell you this though.

Snooki wears some pretty comfortable looking Slippers...
So, I had to see what that was all about!

Enter - Happy Feet!

I had such a fun time looking at all the slippers that they carry!
The Snooki slippers were leopard print... Not my cup of tea... but totally Snooki!
They have cute slippers that look like big fat tennis shoes!
They have slippers that look like all sorts of animals!
Being a die - hard Georgia Bulldog Fan, I of course had to look at all the College slippers!!!!
They have so many teams to choose from!

Now, I think they are cute and fun...
But how do they feel?

They are so comfortable!
They are nice and fat... Plushy and soft!
The shoe strings are decorative, so no worries on that..
You just slip them on and go!
It is like you are walking on these jumbo sized cushions!
They also keep your feet nice and warm!
Even though Marc isn't a bulldog fan, he did like the way his feet stayed warm and cozy in the slippers!
For around $25 a pair...
This is an awesome gift!!!!

So, Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under The Tree... for someone you love?!
Happy Feet Slippers would be awesome for everyone, especially college kids in the dorms!

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LLama LLama Red Pajama - $25 Gift Card Giveaway


I think I could possibly be one of the last moms out there to get llama llama red pajama for her little one! Could I really be?
I have heard great things about it... and when I was able to pick out a book for Broxton from Little One Books, this is what I finally decided on!

For those of you that do not have this book, it is time to get it!!!

Llama Llama Red Pajama is a quick rhyming book about a little llama and his llama mama!
Talk about lots of drama when baby llama wants mama llama!
Whew! Say that ten times fast!

This book is cute in that the drama unfolds as baby llama wants his mama, but she is busy at that very second! As we read it, I point out to Broxton that see? Mama is near by... she is just busy at the moment... Just go ahead and go to sleep... I am just in the other room, as is baby llama's mama! :)

The illustration in this book is full of bright and fun colors! The story is of short sentences that are quick and easy to read!

We were able to review this book thanks to Little One Books.
Have you heard of them?
Little One Books is a great company, from all I see! They are great to work with and I love the passion that the company has.
Not only is Little One Books a great place to get books for your young ones, you can also see what music and videos they offer! The thing about Little One Books is that each item that they sell is personally reviewed by them!! Not only can you see what you will be buying, but they also offer a little information as to why they chose to carry that particular book/video/music selection! I do not see other places going to that level for customer service!
If you are looking for a great gift, but are a little lost as to what you think is appropriate...
Little One Books can help!
You start off with the age of the recipient. Now, do you want book, video, music or bundle? (Bundle includes one of each, you just pick the "theme.")
Then, the fun starts and you get to look at all the items and TRY to narrow it down to just one, or several, items!!!!

I think Llama Llama Red Pajama would be a great addition to all libraries!
Now, Wouldn't It Be Nice... Under Your Tree... for someone YOU LOVE?

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9.11.10

W/W - Leaves are changing!!!!


Finally!!!
The leaves are starting to change their color!!!
Now, to go out and find them and get good pictures!!!
This is near where we live..

Ditch the Joneses - Discover Your Family - Book Review "WIBN"


I always thought that whenever Marc and I had children of our own, that we would both work and put our little one in childcare... Not that I really wanted that, but because I thought that would be what we had to do.
As you know, Marc was deployed the first year of Broxton's life...
and I hoped and prayed that we could survive on his pay (which by the way, the military is SO UNDERPAID, but anyways) and allow me to stay home.
Luckily for us, we had help from my family.

I was terrified that I would have to work...
Now hold on, let me explain...
I was so worried that with Marc being gone, if I was working...
Neither of us would be around for any of Broxton's firsts...
and I was DETERMINED that I would be there and get pictures/video whatever...
Just to be able to show Marc...

I was able to review "Ditch the Joneses Discover Your Family" by Cathi Brese Doebler and I think this is a great book. Granted, it might have been more helpful for us before Broxton was born, but I still got several great tips for us to apply today.

One thing, is I am fortunate to have read this to see that others feel the same that I do...
and I am not alone in wanting this!
I know some of you are stay at home moms and others work... but this just feels right for us at this time. Cathi's book is more than structured information to help with "how to thrive on less that two incomes."
Cathi has included scripture that is relevant to what she is telling us at the moment.
She also ends each section with a prayer that I felt was very touching for the section at hand.
I know that we could not have survived Marc's deployment (nor living on one salary now) without God's help. Also, this book showed me that I tend to forget that I can pray with thanks for all the blessings we have.

I do like that Cathi has included questions to consider, sample worksheets to help you weigh the pro/con for your situation, and my favorite... ways to save money!!!
She also includes information on how to approach your employer when you want to reduce your hours to allow more time with your family... and also information when you want to once again increase your workload!
Seems as though Cathi has it all in this book!!!!

I think that Ditch the Joneses would be a great gift for young couples that are in discussion for starting a family... as well as those that are trying to decide the stay at home or go to work scenarios. This would be great for a loved one that is pregnant, as well as those that are just thinking about what the future holds for them!!!

So, wouldn't it be nice... Under the tree ... for someone you know?

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Softlips = Extra Kisses! Review and Giveaway

It is NO secret just how much I love lotions/potions and all that good stuff!
Remember how I talk about loving brands but never trying the new products?
Well, I remember when the softlips brand came out...
The skinny tubes and the great feeling that it left my lips...

Well, did you know that softlips is now available in more than just the little skinny tubes?
You can now get softlips in a wide variety of flavors...
You can even get it in the little squeeze tubes!
I am trying to figure out what I like the best...
but as we all know, each one represents something a little different!

The tubes remind me of a moisturizing lipstick.
The color is a soft, subtle color, but my lips stay moist and feel great!
But then again, I love the classic of the skinny tubes from the beginning!
Think about it, a great lip balm in a cute little tube, with an awesome result!!!

How about the fact that they have a lip polish now?!
I know you have someone that this would be great for...
(Maybe even yourself?)

One lucky winner will win a set of the softlips PURE 100% Naturals!!!!

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8.11.10

Kinoko AHCC - Review and Giveaway

I know for me, when the weather starts changing...
I start the "seasonal colds."
I have always been like that and it drives me nuts!
Hot to cold!
Cold to hot!
No matter what, every time!

Well, not this time, I hope!
I received a bottle of the Kinoko AHCC Immune Booster and I am crossing my fingers that I can keep the icky germs away this time!
I like that it even tells you to take on an empty stomach for optimum absorption.
(You know, because I never think about the why... )
Anywho...
Since I am not the best at anything medical related...
I am pulling this from their site:

Q: Why is it better to take AHCC on an empty stomach?
A: If AHCC is taken with meals, it will be diluted by the food and may be excreted along with food fibers without absorption. Thus, the best time to take AHCC is 30 minutes before meals or 1 to 2 hours after a meal.

ImmunoComplex™ brings together East and West by combining Astragalus from China and medicinal mushrooms (AHCC®) from Japan with Echinacea from the Native Americas, to create a complete Quality of Life complex.


An exclusive blend of four powerful, all-natural ingredients designed to support and to strengthen your immune system.*

  • Innovative, state-of-the-art, natural dietary supplement complex, specifically designed to strengthen the immune system.*
  • Combines AHCC®, Astragalus, Echinacea and Vitamin C to interact synergistically
  • AHCC: unique molecule processed from hybridization of several species of medicinal mushrooms scientifically shown to enhance immune response by increasing the activity of the white blood cells. (Low molecular weight, 5,000 Daltons, ensures optimal absorption.)
  • ASTRAGALUS: Traditional Chinese medical herb shown to support white blood cell function.*
  • ECHINACEA: Traditional Native American herb, most widely researched herb on the market. Shown to support immune function and to enhance NK cell and Interferon activity.*
  • VITAMIN C: Commonly used anti-oxidant, supports immune response, produces lymphocytes (white blood cells).*
  • Particularly popular during seasonal changes, especially if taken as a "daily vitamin for the immune system," as recommended.

The thing that really grabbed my attention was the Immune Boost, for sure!
But also, it helps improve your mood and your sleep... With fatigue being minimized and allowing for more energy! Yeah! I like the sound of that!
We ALL know I can use that! :)
I figure the weather is really going to start changing into cooler weather, so that means I will be starting these soon!
Do you want to start some too?

One lucky winner will win a bottle of your own!
You know, this could be a stocking stuffer! - OR - This would be nice in a care package for a student off at college! :)

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CharcoCaps - Review and Giveaway

Everyone passes gas!
You know you do...
If you own up to it or not, that is your secret! :)
Ha!
72 % of adults admit to passing gas in public, so like I said...

Did you know that they have CharcoCaps to help with this?
CharcoCaps is recommended to be taken with water at mealtime, or as soon as the discomfort starts... CharcoCaps is not just for gas... It is also for bloating!

From their site:
The use of activated charcoal dates back centuries ago as a natural internal detoxifier and was commonly used to help cleanse the body of unwanted material and assist with the healing process of the body. It is also widely used as an emergency antidote to treat certain kinds of poisoning (overdose) in humans by helping to prevent absorption of poison by the stomach and small intestines. The activated charcoal in CharcoCaps® Dietary Supplement helps reduce intestinal gas by attracting and condensing the gas molecules into the tiny pores that are created on the surface of the charcoal (which is called adsorbing) once it is activated. These gases are then carried out of the body on the surface of the charcoal. Activated charcoal is a powerful adsorbent that's safe and effective, according to clinical studies. CharcoCaps Dietary Supplement is a natural internal detoxifier commonly used to help cleanse the body of unwanted material and naturally adsorbs the toxins that cause gas and flatulence**.

Now, I am giving this to my brother...
LoL, you know how boys are!!!
Well, my brother can not smell...
So, I would hate for him to pass a silent one and have NO CLUE how bad it stunk...
Maybe this would help!
Especially with him off at school, I mean for real!!!
:) I am sure his roommates will thank me!!!!

Hey, stop on over and visit their site...
CharcoCaps is giving away a pre-paid gas card!
LoL, that made me laugh! Just take
the quiz and you are entered!
Want to win a 36 capsule pack for your household?
( You know you do!)
(Think this would be another good stocking stuffer! LoL! Or a BIG HINT!)

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Cystex in your cabinet! - Review and Giveaway


Are you a fan of cranberry juice?
I am... at times!
I used to think that I hated it, but once I really thought about it, I was not sure if I had even tried it! So, I did... and it is not that bad... but only at certain times and only a little bit.
Luckily for me, I have never needed to drink it!

I have several friends that have suffered from Urinary Tract Infections. Not to get all into their business, but they have had me stop and get them medicine, cranberry juice, you name it... all in hopes of making it better.

I can bet you that they wished they had Cystex in their cabinet just for this situation!
Have you heard of Cystex?

From their website:
Safe and effective, and clinically-proven to help prevent urinary tract infections from recurring. New Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox® provides powerful urinary tract protection in just one tablespoon daily - more than cranberry pills or cranberry juice! This pleasant-tasting, unique blend is more than just cranberry concentrate - its proprietary formula also contains D-Mannose, inulin, bromelain and vitamin C - a combination designed to boost bladder health. Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox also has a higher absorption rate than cranberry tablets, provides 17 times more proanthocyanidins (PACS)¹, is lactose-, gluten- and sugar-free, and is just one calorie per tablespoon.

It even says that 1 tablespoon of Cystex is equal to 8 glasses of cranberry juice!!!
YES! You read that right!!!
Equal to 8 glasses!!!!
So, that means... for people like me .... you do not have to drink 8 glasses! Just take your 1 tablespoon!

I wish I would have had this before.
Right before Marc was to deploy, he was in pain...
Come to find out... KIDNEY STONES!
Yes, right before he left...
So, the couple of days we got to spend together before he headed out, we had to share with the pain of Kidney Stones! It got so bad that we went to the hospital!
The doctor told him to drink Tea, Cranberry Juice and Beer!
Said it would help to pass them!
I wonder if this would have helped?
I can tell you, I bet it would not have hurt! :)

Now, don't you want a bottle for you?
Studies have shown that 91% of women taking Cystex showed that their quality of life had improved as well as the recurrence of the UTI was no longer! ( I would think no UTI would improve my quality of life!! Don't you?!)

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