Hair, Skin, and Nail Makeover & $50 NeoCell Giveaway!

NeoCell supplied complimentary samples for review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

How many of you have had trouble with hair loss or thinning hair, brittle nails, and problem skin?  Me, me, me.  I know that these problems come up as we age, and even if you’ve not experienced them yet, you probably will at some point in your life.  But let me tell you a story:

This past fall I suffered a serious health event that required me to stop taking birth control pills, which resulted in hair loss.  Serious, extreme hair loss.

I’m talking falling out in clumps.  It was horrifying, and I would literally lie down on the bathroom floor and cry every time I washed my hair because I was losing so much.  After my hair fell out for three months without slowing down, I started shopping for wigs because I was certain it would not stop.  I can’t even begin to tell you how stressful and scary that was.  (Please note: I’m not saying every woman experiences this when they stop taking birth control pills, only that it happened to me).  You can probably guess that I was desperate to find any kind of “cure” I could, anything at all that might curb the hair loss or help thicken what hair I did have.

There are a lot of products on the market that promise to help with hair loss, and I tried several.  So far, my favorite supplement s are the Biotin Bursts and Keratin Hair Volumizer from NeoCell.

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The super chewy Biotin Bursts are, well, bursting with Biotin, which is an important B vitamin that supports hair and skin health.  You’ll find 10,000 MCG of Biotin per chew, which is scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body that promote natural energy, luxurious hair, and vibrant skin.  Also, these things are delicious.  They taste like candy.

The Keratin Hair Volumizer is a supplement in pill form that brings an all-natural solution for strong, lustrous, and thick hair that starts from within.  This formula includes Cynatine HNS Solubilized Keratin, which is proven to reduce hair loss from washing, as well as improve hair strength and luster.  It also contains Hydrolyzed Super Collagen, which is a structural component of hair, nail, and skin health.  You’ll also find Amla Extract (used for centuries for anti-aging properties), and Vitamin C, which is an important part of collagen formation.

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If you’ve been experiencing any issues with your hair, skin, or nails, I definitely recommend taking a look at these products.  You can learn all about NeoCell and their entire line of supplements at NeoCell.com, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Enter now to win a $50 credit to NeoCell.com!  Giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 and older.  Ends 7/14/15.  Good luck! [Read more…]


We’re Breathing Better with the Venta Airwasher LW45

Venta provided a complimentary Airwasher for review purposes.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I sincerely hope you haven’t had to deal with allergies this Spring and Summer, but it’s been horrible here.  Seriously horrible for the entire family.  Pollen everywhere, sneezing galore, running through tissues like crazy…the usual, times twenty.

While we can’t change Mother Nature, we can change the allergens in our home, both those that occur naturally indoors and the outdoor allergens insidious enough to make their way inside.  How?

One great solution is a Venta Airwasher!

Venta Airwasher LW45

I’ve been using the Venta Airwasher LW45 and have really enjoyed having it.  The Airwasher is a large room humidifier and air purifier, and it’s the best on the market.  It’s been engineered to capture more allergens and particulate matter than any other model for areas up to 800 square feet.

The LW45 is actually a dual-action airwasher system:  it not only cleans the air, but it also adds the right level of moisture to the air, giving you and your family top of the line benefits.

Venta Airwasher LW45 Review

One thing I love about Venta Airwashers is the fact that there is no filter, which totally eliminates any concerns about messy clean-up or hygiene issues.  All you have to do is add water and you’re ready to go!

The Venta LW45 has a unique kind of technology that functions without filter pads by drawing dry indoor air into the appliance and passing it through rotating disk stacks in the water.  Not only does it help with impurities in the air, it also helps remove odors like stale tobacco smoke, household dust, pollen, and allergens.  All those bad things get trapped in the water, and clean, humidified air evaporates.  Since it works on that principle of natural evaporation, you don’t have to worry about things like ions, ozone, or white dust.

The Airwasher has an auto shut-off feature, an electronic water level indicator, and it’s simple to use with on/off light and speed controls.

Venta Airwasher Control Panel

I’ve particularly enjoyed the fact that it is very quiet and doesn’t take up much space, so it’s simple to incorporate into your home (and it comes in both black and white options, so you can choose which color works best with your decor).  I’ve loved using this machine during this terrible allergy season, but it’s meant for year round use.  I’m excited to have it on-hand this winter when the air gets dry.  Happily, it’s also energy-efficient and requires little power (less than 10 watts), and maintenance is simple:  just remove the electric components and ventilator to give it a full clean twice a year.

If you’ve been looking for an airwasher to help with humidity and allergens in the home, you should definitely take a look at the Venta line.  To learn more, explore their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Win $5000 by Creating a Cupcake Design for a Duck Tape Print!

The Kids In Need Foundation is a not for profit that provides free school supplies to kids who need them nationwide, and they’re celebrating the 20th birthday of The Kids In Need Foundation with something sweet!

Duck Tape Cupcake Design Contest

Duck Tape is a proud supporter of the Kids in Need Foundation, and together they’re offering you a chance to be creative and win big!  Submit your original, cupcake-themed design for a chance at the grand prize of $5,000 and your design printed on a limited-edition roll of Duck Tape!

Entry period ends August 3, 2015.  Check out all the details at http://duckbrand.com/kidsinneed.


Don’t Pad the Problem. Cure it with Apex.

We received a complimentary Apex Device for review.  All opinions are 100% our own.

At Game On Mom, we don’t shy away from the “embarrassing” issues.  We know there are things that can be difficult to talk about, so we try our best to be open and do our part to remove the stigma around health issues that affect women.

We’ve talked about bladder leakage and urinary incontinence here before, and today we have another product to share with those of you who might be experiencing this problem:  the Apex.

Apex Device

The Apex is a product from InControl Medical, and it’s designed to restore a woman’s pelvic floor muscle.  What does that mean?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and connective tissue that span the area underneath the pelvis.  Women have a unique set of problems in this area, as childbirth stretch these muscles and often weaken them.  This is the kind of thing that causes bladder leakage, and unfortunately women are sometimes told this is “normal” and it remains untreated.

Of course you can wear products that help protect your clothing (and dignity) in the face of incontinence, but if you want to take a more proactive approach like I did, why not try to treat the problem instead of masking it?

Apex Pelvic Floor Muscle Stimulator

Apex is a non-invasive, non-surgical, home-based treatment device that allows you to restore and strengthen your pelvic floor and help stop urinary incontinence.  It automatically tones the muscles using mild muscle stimulation and an active-resistance balloon to exercise the correct muscles every time.  A strong, toned pelvic floor muscle not only decreases issues with leakage and incontinence, but it also improves sexual health.

Has anyone ever told you to do Kegels?  This is sort of like that, but it ensures that you’re doing them correctly (a surprising number of people do them incorrectly, and I honestly wasn’t sure if I was doing them properly myself).  The Apex inflates to fit every woman perfectly, and each Apex toning session only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.  You should do it daily until you reach your desired level of pelvic floor tone, and then you can reduce your Apex Kegel sessions to 1 or 2 times per week to maintain your strength.  Really, it’s just like exercising any other muscle group.

Just to recap, the Apex can help you achieve:

  • Improved vaginal strength and tone
  • Improved bladder control so you won’t leak while laughing, coughing, sneezing, or exercising
  • Enhanced intimacy
  • Improved pelvic organ support
  • Faster recovery after childbirth

Apex Power Button

The Apex includes an instructional video, which makes figuring out how to use the device a snap.  I’ve been excited to use it, because I am beyond ready to get my leakage under control.  Incorporating the brief Apex sessions into my daily routine hasn’t been any trouble, and I’m already sneezing with more confidence!  My only complaint is that it’s run on batteries only, so you can’t plug it in or recharge it.  It requires 4 AAA batteries, which are not included.  On, there’s one more bonus:  Apex is made in the USA!

If you want to learn more about the Apex device and what it can do for you, make sure to visit Dontpadtheproblem.com; it’s really informative and it has a handy informational video as well.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Don’t pad the problem.  Cure it!

Get $35 off and free shipping on your purchase of the Apex Device by InControl Medical with coupon code MS2015.


Summer Travel Tips & New Breakfast Biscuits from Honey Bunches of Oats (Giveaway)

Honey Bunches of Oats provided samples of their new breakfast biscuits for us to review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s officially summer!  It’s felt like summer for weeks now, but Sunday marked our “official” entrance into the season I’ve loved since I was a kid.

You can probably guess that one of the reasons I loved summer growing up was because school was out and vacations were near!  My kids have proven to be just like their mother, and wouldn’t you know it?  Summers are suddenly more stressful for me as an adult. :)

Summer breakfasts vary a bit from the rest of the year, but one thing remains the same:  my kids and I love Honey Bunches of Oats!  A delicious bowl of cereal, some toast and fruit, and we have a healthy breakfast that keeps us full and energized.

But what happens at snack time?  I’m happy (thrilled) to tell you that Honey Bunches of Oats now has your snack needs totally covered.

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Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits are here!  Sometimes mornings are super rushed, even in the summer, and you need an easy on-the-go option for you and the kids.  Also, parents:  if you like coffee and are a fan of dunking things in said coffee, get these immediately. They’re perfect for dunking!  You can also enjoy them topped with yogurt and berries to get your day started off with a balanced breakfast.

Strawberry Breakfast Biscuits

These biscuits, made with 100% whole grains, are yummy enough for a quick and easy breakfast, but they really shine as the perfect snack food.    When the kids are wearing themselves out playing in the hot summer sun, they’re a great way to keep the kids energized and getting their whole grains.  I can testify that my kids love them and are excited to eat them!  My son loves the chocolate flavor, I’m partial to the strawberry, and my daughter says it’s a tie between the strawberry and the honey.  They’re all delicious!

New Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits

Another benefit to Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits:  they’re absolutely perfect for the car!  Summer road trips can be tedious and stressful, but when you have easy, fun snacks that will keep the kids happy, things are easier.  Avoid the “are we there yet” syndrome by keep a variety of Breakfast Biscuits flavors and some water packed with your other travel necessities.  The entire family will feel better, have more fun, and make special memories that last a lifetime.  Speaking of travel, check out these other summer travel tips suggested by the folks at Honey Bunches of Oats:

Summer Travel Tips

Visit Honey Bunches of Oats to learn more about their new Breakfast Biscuits.  Don’t stop there; I definitely recommend grabbing a box (or three) the next time you go shopping, because they really are delicious!

You could win one box of each flavor of the delicious, new Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits right here!  Open to US residents only who are 18 and older.  Ends 7/8/15.  Good luck! [Read more…]