Avoid the doctors office and chat with real doctors on Amwell

“This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own”

Before I got pregnant, I hardly ever went to the doctor. I just didn’t feel the need to waste my time by sitting in an office waiting to be called, then sitting in the exam room for a half an hour waiting to be seen for something trivial that could possibly be handled by just dealing with it at home. By dealing with it, I mean contacting Amwell, which is a site with real doctors who call or video chat you to help you out with a diagnoses based on your symptoms.

How awesome is it to not waste gas, bring the kids, or sit around and wait forever?

 Reasons to Use Amwell

  1. Lower cost. Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance.
  2. Accessibility. After hours, on weekends and in the middle of the night (24/7/365) availability. Great for those who do have transportation or when you don’t feel well enough to drive and those who are newly relocated and don’t have providers yet.
  3. Convenience. Consumers are looking for a faster appointment. Now they don’t need to schedule an appointment nor do they need to wait to be seen, especially if on vacation or business travel. The doctor can be seen from the comfort and convenience of their own home.
  4. Quick prescriptions. Consumers would rather have an online video visit than an in-office visit to obtain common primary care prescriptions.
  5. Peace of mind. Rather than self-diagnosing or visiting a social forum for medical advice, users can obtain second opinions directly from board certified, licensed doctors.

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I’ve been feeling like I have a UTI, so I decided to hop on Amwell and contact a specialist. I described my symptoms and they are prescribing me antibiotics. It’s as quick and as simple as that.

Having a little one makes it hard to do anything let alone visiting a doctor’s office. I’ll be using Amwell from now on for all of my basic needs.

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Follow the link and use this code (HEALTHY16) to get your first visit for only a $1!

Learning the Tricks of Etsy and Getting Sales

Around March, my Etsy shop finally decided to take off and I currently have 90 sales under my belt. Now I know to the big Etsy sellers, my measly 90 sales over at my Make it Cute shop is nothing, but to me it’s a huge milestone.

I’ve worked my butt off trying to fix my listing titles, tags, descriptions, seo, etc. Basically, it’s like another blog, and requires constant effort.

Most people think you just list a few things on Etsy and you’ll get sales; Wrong!

Things I’ve learned about the algorithm of Etsy

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Keywords

Titles need to be filled to the max with keywords of your item. I separate them with a hyphen or a comma, then paste them into the tag section (use all 13 tags).

Keywords also need to be more than one word. Be descriptive. Think of what you’d be searching for to find your item.

Your keywords also need to be implemented into your description. The part where you describe the process and detailing of your item.

Great Photos

It also helps to have clear photos that stand out and catch the eye. I am still working on this part since it’s hard to do great pics in Sunlight and/or inside the house. I am contemplating on building a light box or even purchasing a cheapo one from Amazon to use with both my phone and dslr camera in hopes that it will make my photos more enticing and in turn generate more sales.

Having your item staged with something next to it to give a size comparison is also good. Shows the buyer just how big your item is comparatively.

 

Profile

I have heard that filling out your profile and policies 100% leads to more views. Regardless of views, you’ll want to do this so you are backed by your shop policies if something were to go awry.

Social Media

You’ll want to build a social media following specifically for your Etsy business. I mainly like Instagram as I get way more interaction there than on Facebook. Probably because the Facebook pages only show to a small percentage amount to your followers. Don’t sign up for the business instagram account. They could eventually show you less and less like Facebook since they were bought out by Facebook.

Establish a following on whatever social media sites you prefer, use relative hash tags for your product and watch the likes, comments and follows come in. (Especially on Instagram)

Introduce new products on social media first that way you get them interested enough, they’ll be waiting for you to list it on Etsy. Announce sales with coupon codes, flash sales, giveaways, whatever to get a little online traffic.

Click on the relative hash tags that you’ve used in your posts and go heart a few of the people’s photos who have used the same hash tag. It gets them over to your profile and can lead to a possible sale. For instance, I use the hash tag #idrinkandiknowthings from #gameofthrones since I have made a mug and tumbler with that quote. Then I go heart peoples public posts.

It’s my number 1 seller so far!

There are plenty more tips, so maybe I’ll do a second edition post as I learn more tricks of the trade.

Do you have any tips for Etsy sellers whether you’re a buyer or a seller?

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My ozark tumbler

My Etsy Shop if you’d like to take a Peek at more of my items.

Detroit Lake Campground

A few months ago, we decided to book a camping trip at Detroit Lake, Oregon since our friends had invited us. I was kind of hesitant since baby girl is walking around now and you know, campfires and dirt and uncomfortable air mattresses with a toddler just didn’t sound thrilling. So lets just say, I had to be optimistic.

It takes about 2 hours from here to there so I knew we needed to leave before she took her late morning/early afternoon nap. We got lucky since she ended up sleeping the entire way there.

We arrive and set up camp, which didn’t take nearly as long as it usually does since we bought an instant tent with poles already attached and ready to go. (Thanks Target cartwheel for the 40% off! Lol)

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I brought her playpen and a new camping play toy set on Amazon which kept her occupied while we set stuff up. Then we freed her, and all was fair game says the running rampant toddler.

She walked around part of the campground saying hi to the campers near us. She’s going to be a social butterfly like her dad. I myself like to avoid conversations with strangers since I’m a little socially awkward. I don’t know if I like her being super friendly since this opens up (in my mind) easy access for kidnapping. Hey you can never be too cautious with the sick people in the world today. But don’t worry, I’m a helicopter mom. I mean, you got to be when they’re this age…

The campground was okay, maybe a little too cramped for my liking since we had the extra parking spots right in our camp area. It’s almost as if we were in the city with very little yard separating us from our neighbors. I guess in a way it’s nice if you want to mingle with strangers, but i prefer more space when you have to pay to camp.

The lake last year was pretty dried up. It still isn’t where it normally is supposed to be, but it at least had a good amount.

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We sat in our inner tubes in the lake for a little bit, but the current kept pushing us up to the shoreline in the 6 inches of water, so our butts were scraping on the rocks. Arya wanted to hop out of the tube and go play on her own. Lol she’s starting to become too independent… i just want my baby to stay little forever.

She was having so much fun running around that she didn’t want to take a single nap and fought it pretty much all day until 5pm. And even then, she only slept 30 minutes and was up til 10:30.

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She’s enjoying the world. And when she gets older, she’s going to wish she could nap, like I currently wish for myself…ha

Overall, Detroit Lake was fun, but it gets pretty cold through the night, so be sure to bring lots of blankets and warm clothes. I was freezing my butt off!

They have free showers to use, a free activity every day to do, AND toilets… No digging holes for me, yay!

So if you’re looking for a luxury style place to camp in Oregon, try Detroit Lake!

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Traveling to Vegas With a Baby Part 2

If you haven’t read part 1 and would like to, go here.

The next day…

Checkout time is 11 am at most of the hotels in Vegas, but we had planned to leave at around 9:30am to go use our caesers buffet groupon which had stipulations of being there before 10 am.

So we get to Caesers Palace which seemed like miles and miles of walking to get to the buffet and we notice the line is non existent. Wow, that’s a first. Usually this place is sought after and super crowded.

Well, apparently since it was Memorial Day, they weren’t accepting the Groupon offer. Or well they would, but they told me it would be an additional $60 charge when the Groupon was already $69. Way to try to capitalize on the deaths of our fallen soldiers/service men/women Caesars. Dicks!

So now our plans for breakfast fell through. We were hungry, so we just went to the food court and had mediocre, overpriced breakfast sandwhiches.

It’ll make a turd as my husband always says.

After that, we had to go back to Harrahs because i realized i had left my new phones charger in the room. Good thing we still had a key and it worked so we didn’t have to deal with the front desk.

We had also planned to go to Costco to get booze, but realized again that it was Memorial Day and it wasn’t open. That’s okay though, because good ol’ Walmart is open all year unfortunately.

That’s our usual stop when we go to Vegas, so it was fine.

Next stop was checking in to the New York New York hotel.

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Roller coaster from our room

Check in didn’t take super long, maybe 30 minutes or so. We ended up upgrading the park avenue room to a spa room for an additional $29 per night as advertised through the email we recieved prior to our stay.

So we get our keys, go up to our assigned room, open it up and notice that peoples belongings are still in it. So we’re like what the hell.. its no wonder there are reviews of people’s stuff getting stolen. This is probably the majority of the reason why.

My husband goes down to talk to them and they say sorry and give us a room on a different floor and as far away from the elevator they could possibly give us, which was annoying. The room was nothing special. It was nice enough for what it was. The spa tub had a bunch of hair in it, so i didnt even want to get in it, and mold or crud around the jets that came off when I wiped it with a baby wipe. So housekeeping pretty much does a piss poor job cleaning, if they even do any at all.

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My daughter had black feet from walking around for 10 min on the carpet. So gross. I washed her up and instantly put socks on her. Shampoo your carpets once in a while!

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The following day we are out and about and go back up to our room to find that we’re locked out. So my husband again, goes back down to get our keys fixed. They said it wouldn’t happen again but it very well did the following day. This time i was pissed and went down there to the guest services desk where no one is to help you. All the other service people are checking people in and ignoring us standing there, so finally, i went up and interrupted someones check in to get help. She looked irritated but i didnt care. If they did their job right the first time, they wouldn’t be bothered by crap like this and then i wouldn’t be angry.

We didnt get a sorry, no resort fee comped, nothing for this irritating hassle. This hotel is one of the most unorganized ones i have stayed in.

The only thing decent was the bed. It felt comfortable.

The pool was like warm bath water. Wished it was colder on 100 degree days. I really hope they dont heat their pools? That’s pretty dang silly for the Nevada summer heat if they do.

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The machines are tight, but the location and hotel is fun and entertaining. I will never stay here again though, but i will probably pass through.

This pretty much made our Vegas stay meh.

I’ll do an overview of Vegas with a baby in my next post.

Gerber® Lil’ Beanies: A Healthy Snack Your Toddler Will Love

We’re not new in trying out Gerber® Lil’ Beanies baked snacks. I seen them on sale one day at Target through the cartwheel app when they first came out and had to get them to try out for my lil babe. She absolutely loves them, so I get them at least once a week for her to snack on.

This last trip to Target, I had experienced a crying fit, which she had never done in the store before. I’m assuming it was because she was hungry since she didnt want to eat much of her lunch. As soon as I opened up the Lil’ Beanies in the store, she began devouring them and calmed down.

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These are the perfect on the go baked treat for my lil babe since they have 2g of protein and 1g of fiber per serving. I feel good knowing shes eating a healthy snack as these are made with navy beans and also contain 10% of the daily value of vitamin E. There’s no GMO’s, artificial flavors, artificial colors or preservatives. Just a tasty treat toddlers love.

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Lil’ Beanies come in original and white cheddar with broccoli, and the latter being her favorite of course. I’ve tried them myself just to see what she’s eating and they’re pretty good. You definitely can taste broccoli and cheese!

Now that she’s 14 months and becoming more and more picky with what she eats, I’m glad she’s loving these Lil’ Beanies since it makes it a whole lot easier to deal with hungry outbursts in the store or out and about in general.

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Lil’ Beanies will always be in our cupboard; Because a happy baby is a happy mommy.

Your Second Skin: Nursing Bra Review #Mamaway

I dont think you can have too many bras. And with nursing being uncomfortable as is, I needed another good nursing bra to make it quick and easy with the help of a snap closure.

The second skin nursing bra is pretty comfortable because it has no underwire to dig into your underside. When you’re already uncomfortable, you don’t need the extra annoyance from a metal wire.

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It has a tiny bit of padding that can be removed easily if you so desire. I keep them in since the material is thin-like and I dont need people seeing my nipples poking through. The padding material gets bunched up and out of place when you wash it but its easily fixable since there’s a side entry to remove or adjust.

What I didn’t notice before washing were the instructions. Who reads those anymore? Hah. It’s recommended to remove the padding before you wash and hand wash only. Makes sense to me.

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One thing I wish I could change on it is how high the clasps are positioned. Normally when im finished breastfeeding, I can snap it back up with one hand, but this takes two since it’s higher up. Minor nuisance, but still one I had noticed.

Other than that the bra is like a second skin. It’s super comfortable and pleasant to wear. The nude color may be plain and boring, but it’s perfect under any color of clothing. They do have other color options.

More Information:

Highly elastic, can be extended up to 2-3 cups and can be used from pregnancy to breastfeeding period.
⦁ The chest pad has different sizes for each nursing bra, which molds perfectly to the contours of your breast, is comfortable and does not shift around.
⦁ Featuring a highly durable button, can be conveniently worn and taken off with one hand.
⦁ Under bust designed using an elastic band so that the weight of your breast can be distributed equally on your chest. It’s steady, supportive and not too tight.
⦁ Super soft material, one piece nursing bra, provides seamless support.

Fabric : 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
Machine washable in Laundry bag/ Do not bleach
* Remove padding before wash, padding hand wash only.

Overall, a pretty decent bra that’s even comfortable to sleep in.

I recieved this item free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Little Sprouts Silicone Pacifier Clip and Teether

Since Arya is still breastfeeding at 13 months and likes to play with things while doing it  (including clawing at my face), I wanted to try out this pacifier clip.

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Its so cute, and doubles as a teether as well, which is good, because she literally wants to chew on everything she can get her hands on;  including the corkboard type material underneath our coasters and her cardboard books. UGH!

I knew we’d be traveling, so I wanted to get something like this for the plane rides and for when we’re out and about in the stroller. Something to occupy her that she won’t lose, since it easily clips to her shirt. (We ended up losing her first favorite teether while in Vegas and we’re both pretty sad about it)

The first time I clipped it, I must not have gotten it right, because she pulled it right off.

The second time I put it deeper onto the shirt and didn’t have any issues.

Love it!

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Make Ice Packs Out of Pampers Diapers & Save!

This post has been sponsored by Pampers and iConnect. As always, all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Pampers have always been with us from the very start. From babies bum to moms bum.

Yes, you heard right.

I’m not sure how common this is in other parts of the states, but here in Vancouver, Washington hospitals, they use newborn pampers diapers as ice packs for post partum pain. And believe me, it was the only thing that provided some relief for a 3rd degree tear.

You open the top of the diaper up (it pulls apart easily) and you insert small ice cubes in between the layers, then you fold the top over and secure it with the sticky tabs. Wa-la, as simple as that! It’s absorbent and has a super soft protective layer that’s perfect for not only  brand new baby skin but moms too!

The thing I like about Pampers is you dont get a really strong chemical smell like most other brands and my daughter doesn’t break out in rashes. Perfect for my little ones sensitive skin!

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You’ll also be able to print a $2 off any package of pampers training pants. However, you cannot stack both since they’re both manufacture coupons. You would need to purchase 2 items in order to use both of the coupons for training pants.

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