REVIEW: ScenSei Wax Tarts

Although I have been in the wax world for several years and definitely have my tried and true favorites, I still like to give newer vendors a try, especially when I have heard many good things about their products.  I was super thrilled to get the chance to try a vendor that has been a hit since early this year: ScenSei, Master of Scents.

I’ll be honest, one of the most important things that drew me to want to try ScenSei is the turn around time.  In the last couple of years, the wax tart world has absolutely blown up, and there are more customers and vendors than ever.  This often means that ordering from popular vendors will leave you with a very long wait time to get your products, often two or more months.  However, with ScenSei, TAT is fast and you can have your tarts in your hands in less than two weeks.

The company is owned by Elizabeth Jewel, a very sweet lady from Virginia.  In every dealing I’ve had with here, she’s been an absolute doll and I’ve never heard a bad word about her customer service from anyone else, either.  This is also a very important quality I look for when ordering tarts.

ScenSei’s bread and butter is the clamshell tart, and I love that for it’s simplicity.  I’m not one who orders a lot of fancy shapes, and these fit the bill just fine for me.

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When I first received my clamshells, I had to marvel first at just how beautiful the labels were!  They are printed in bright, vibrant colors that have designs that reflect the scent of the tart.  Here are a couple of my favorite labels.

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Among a jumble of other tarts from my wax stash, these stand out and there is no mistaking that they are from ScenSei.

My only issue with ScenSei tarts at all is that they are the softest tarts I have ever used.  I know pure soy is naturally a softer wax, but some of these gave me some difficulty with popping the cubes out of the clamshell at all, even after putting them in the freezer.  Elizabeth does recommend storing the tarts in the fridge, which is probably OK with some, but to me it’s a little inconvenient–I like to have all my wax in one place, and if some if in my fridge or freezer I will not have it in front of me to remember to use.  This was not the case with every scent though, and I think only one or two out of ten gave me this trouble.

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So, getting down to the meat of the review, here are my thoughts about the scents I tested.  All tarts were melted in a bulb warmer with a 40 watt bulb. I’ll put the ScenSei description in italics first, then my notes.

Winter Mint: Vivid and spicy blend of peppermint, spearmint with a touch of eucalyptus.  This was very strong and long lasting.  It’s not a straight up peppermint, but a blend of winter mints and you get menthol notes.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake: Pineapple, vanilla, and caramelized goodness are the keynotes of this amazing baked scent. Your friends and family will think you are baking them up something special!  One of the softer waxes.  I can pick out both the cake and pineapple scents, which hardly ever happens in this scent from other vendors.  Moderate throw.

Cotton Candy Spin: Just like fairy floss: This scent is an airy and sweet cotton candy fragrance with fruity notes of strawberry and raspberry,with hints of roasted almond and sweet vanilla.  A medium to strong, true cotton candy scent.  You get the sweetness of the vanilla and strawberry but a bit of tartness too.

Sugar Cube: Unusually complex, yet subtle, mix of aromas to include a rich, warm vanilla base, combined with top notes of strawberry and bergamot. Perfect for when you have spring on the brain!!  A strong throw, I found this a soft, feminine scent.  I think this would be perfect for bedrooms, and relaxing.  A bit perfumey, but no floral notes.

Pony Kisses: Vibrant green floral notes of fresh clover with crisp clean apple. Earthy and fresh.  Very strong, fresh scent that really brings in the spring and summer.  Equal notes of clover and apple.  Very unique!

Lemon Meringue: Smooth and creamy with the perfect amount of lemon, crumbly crust and warm vanilla peaks of meringue.  The softest of all the tarts I received, I had to put this in the freezer to be able to get the cubes out.  However, this did not affect the scent, which had a medium to strong throw.  Very, very sweet lemon, with bakery notes that round this scent out nicely.

Fruitsy Loopsy: This child hood memory of a fragrance begins with top notes of lemon rinds, lime, and grapefruit; middle notes of lemongrass, lily, and verbena; and base notes of vanilla sugar. We swear…if it doesn’t take you back to being a kid, no other scent in our line will!  Super strong.  This was one of my favorites.  A lot of vendors have this scent, which is a copycat of Fruit Loops cereal.  This is a great version which is good for blending.

Gooey Caramelized Pears: Juicy, ripe crimson pears baked and sprinkled in caramelized brown sugar with maple butter and then drizzled with gooey honey and vanilla caramel to create this decadent bakery blend.   My absolute fave out of all the ones I tried.  I love to melt this scent in the fall and winter, because it makes the house feel so warm!  The pear scent and maple scents are the main notes, with a honey sweetness in the background.  Knockout strong, and lasted for a long time.

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With over 100 scents, you’re sure to find something you like from ScenSei.  Elizabeth is now also offering jewelry tarts, which I’ve not tried but have heard good things about!  I would definitely order again from ScenSei, and recommend you give them a try as well.

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Happy Feet

Pretty feet are not just meant for sandals and the beach. Pretty feet mean healthy feet. The feet do so much for people’s bodies. They establish balance for a healthy back. They get people where they need to go. They provide fun dancing the night away.

Skin integrity is about keeping the skin healthy. When skin isn’t healthy, it can cause internal infections brought on by sores and other conditions. Unfortunately, the feet can get banged up. The feet is in both direct and indirect contact with the ground and floor, which both have substantial germs. The feet carry a lot of weight, which causes calluses and cracked heels. The feet are also covered up a lot of the time. This can cause a lot of problems for the skin and nails by way of fungi.

Keep the feet clean by proper washing in the shower or bath. After wearing sandals outside, it’s a good idea to rinse the feet off in the bathtub or with the hose to remove dirt and other substances from the feet. Use a pumice stone or other exfoliating tool to remove dead skin from the bottom of the feet. Allow feet to completely dry. Promptly use lotion, such as mango body lotion as applying lotion to the feet while applying it to the body will help promote overall skin health. Cover the feet with comfortable socks while sleeping so that the feet can either remain or become soft. Allow the feet to receive plenty of oxygen during the day to avoid foot odors and other problems.

Keep the nails trimmed. Be careful to not trim nails too short or it can produce problems, such as ingrown toenails. Clean around the nails with a nail brush while in the shower. Trim off dead skin around the nails. It is useful to have a set of manicure scissors, which successfully removes dead skin. It’s also a good idea to apply cuticle oil around the nails to keep the skin from becoming overly dry.

Feet can seem like they’re a lot of work to keep up, but most of the upkeep occurs while in the shower and after getting out of the shower. Making this a part of the regular grooming process becomes habit after a while and the feet will look amazing. Get a buffer, put on some polish, and voila—pretty feet.

SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the adorable picture book “Have You Seen My Tail?” by Kathryn Harper.

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2) | Author & Illustrator: Kathryn Harper | Publication Date: July, 2014 | Publisher: Green Cup Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Anyone who has ever struggled to accept – or longed to experience – change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane’s second story, “Have You Seen My Tail?” Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. “Have You Seen My Tail?” is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to ‘be the very best version of you.’

 

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Am I a Chameleon by Kathrn Harper

 

Early Buzz About the Book

“Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon

“Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in “Have You Seen My Tail?” She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

 

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium.

As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories.

I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

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Casters for Your Home, Office or Garage

Tired of staring at that heavy table in your living room and wishing that you could move it to another room? Maybe you have an old cart with non-functioning wheels, or maybe you have a storage shelf with broken wheels. Thanks to the wide array of rolling casters now available on the market, moving those items is easier than you might think. You can now find swivel casters that let you move those pieces around tight corners and rubber casters that won’t damage your furniture during the moving process. These casters can make your life and redecorating a little easier.

Ring Stem vs. Plate Designs

Casters typically come in ring stem designs and plate designs. Plate designs are the more common of the two. These casters feature a strong metal plate located on the top of the wheel with small holes placed in each corner. You can attach these casters to the bottom of almost any flat object, secure screws through each corner and into the object and push that object around the room. Stem ring casters have a small stem on top of the caster that you can push through existing holes in furniture and other objects.

Swivel or Braking Casters?

Swivel casters are a great option for moving things around larger homes and smaller spaces. These casters feature a unique design that lets you swivel the object to fit around tight spaces. You can get some freedom from backing up and repositioning the object when trying to move it. Braking casters are a good choice for spaces where you need objects to remain stationary for an extended period of time, including in homes with kids or pet-friendly homes. After moving the piece into a new space, you can move a switch on the side and lock the casters in place. This keeps the casters from rolling when someone hits the piece.

Using Casters in Your Home and Beyond

There are dozens of different ways to use casters. You can install the devices onto a couch to make redecorating your home easy, you can use the wheels as replacements for older shelves and storage pieces and you can even use the casters on a toolbox in your garage. You’ll find these products available through Access Casters, Inc. and a variety of other home improvement stores and websites. When you find the right casters for your home, garage or office, order now.

SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Flight of the Mite by Grayson Smith

Flight of the Mite

Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)

Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.

 

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The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: “Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.”

“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent

“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding

” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland

“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting

 

About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson SmithGrayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.

 

 

About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, IllustratorAlana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.

 

Links to More Information

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REVIEW: Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale

In our household, we buy food in bulk and then separate it and freeze it in to more manageable portions.  For this reason, I have been dying to get my hands on a kitchen scale, so I can more accurately measure instead of trying to approximate!  I’m thrilled that I got the chance to review the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale, because it works perfectly for my needs.

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As you can see, the scale itself has a reflective metallic finish with a tempered glass weighing plate.  This aesthetically pleasing design is sure to match any kitchen, and the sleek surface is eye catching indeed.

 

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The scale is ready to go right out of the box.  It lights up with a bright digital display that can be changed to either grams or ounces.

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For my purposes, I was splitting up a large package of chicken tenders into one pound bags.  This scale is absolutely accurate, as it measures to the hundredth of the chosen measurement.  The coolest feature of the scale is that it has a tare system, which means you can weigh your container and then subtract that weight from the weight of the items you are weighing (did that make sense? I feel like I used the word weigh WAY too much…).  As I was using zipper seal bags to store my chicken in, this didn’t make much of a difference for me but I can see it will be useful in the future!

The one and only caveat I have with this scale is with the glass plate.  It comes unscrewed rather easily from the base, and while that is a plus for cleaning, it’s not good for clumsy fingers.  But, with careful use and storage, this should be a non-issue.

I definitely recommend the Ozeri Epicurean Digital Kitchen Scale for those who need it for basic household use, because it is a no-brainer to use and will fancy up your kitchen!

MORE SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Celebrated design features a contoured base layered with a reflective glass sheet for understated elegance and décor.
  • Shatter-resistant glass weighing platform is completely separated from the touch buttons to ensure the highest possible accuracy.
  • Reinforced sturdy base keeps the scale in place during operation.
  • Features an instant-response Unit button to effortlessly change the unit of measurement, and an instant-response Tare button to calculate the net weight of your ingredients.
  • Large high-contrast LED screen displays weights up to a maximum of 5000 g (176 oz) in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz.

BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

Backward Compatible

by Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

NA Contemporary

Book Description

Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close… (insert Star Wars theme music here…)

It is a time of chaotic hormones.

Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release.

During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game’s secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path.

Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy…

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MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

 

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sarah Daltry

As a female who plays video games (I hate the term “girl gamer”), I should be offended by a lot of the things that happen in this book; after all, a girl uses her cleavage to her advantage in the very first chapter. While I definitely hated all the ridiculous stereotypes this book is filled with, I have to admit that this book did have an original twist on boy meets girl and romance.
First off, let me say if you aren’t what some would call a nerd, you will not understand this book, much less enjoy it. There are references to nerd culture, video games, movies, books, and the like in practically every line. I would call myself a geek, and there were some parts even I didn’t understand. This is one thing that massively bothered me, actually: every single character in this book has snarky, geeky comments to make, which are basically the only things that come out of their mouths. The main characters sounded more like 12 and 13 year olds with all the raunchy insults they were throwing around, and that is not good because they are supposed to be in college.

Let’s talk a little about our main characters. Katie, George, and Lanyon are home during their respective semester breaks. Katie is a loner who would rather spend her time leveling up than dressing up. George and Lanyon are lifelong best friends who probably (definitely) spend way too much time together, to the chagrin of both their love lives. All three of these people are at the game store waiting on the midnight release of the hottest new MMORPG. When Katie and George both grab for the last copy of the game, it’s not exactly a love at first sight moment. But as they spend more time together both in the real world and the online gaming one, sparks slowly start to fly and they begin dating–even if Lanyon is tagging along for every one.

As I said, this book is chock full of gamer stereotypes, so many so that I have to wonder if the authors are even gamers themselves. The characters in this novel subsist on Mountain Dew, Snickers, and Denny’s, and regularly stay up for more than 24 hours at a time in front of their consoles. Not only does this sound more like the behavior of teenagers than college students, but I feel like these kids’ parents would not be letting them get away with these kinds of things during their time at home and the holiday season. Maybe I’m just a pragmatist since I’m a parent myself.

The best thing about the book is that Katie and George’s courtship was so sweet and unique. They both really have no romantic backgrounds and no idea how to let one another know how they really feel. But, they try their best, and with the help (and hindrance) of their friends they come together without the ton of drama that YA and NA romances usually have.

I think this may be best suited for an audience a bit younger than me, though I’m glad I had the chance to read a refreshing romance for a change.

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About the Authors

Sarah Daltry:

Sarah Daltry writes about the regular people who populate our lives. She’s written works in various genres – romance, erotica, fantasy, horror. Genre isn’t as important as telling a story about people and how their lives unfold. Sarah tends to focus on YA/NA characters but she’s been known to shake it up. Most of her stories are about relationships – romantic, familial, friendly – because love and empathy are the foundation of life. It doesn’t matter if the story is set in contemporary NY, historical Britain, or a fantasy world in the future – human beings are most interesting in the ways they interact with others. This is the principle behind all of Sarah’s stories.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

She has written several books, most notably Bitter Fruits, an urban fantasy in the Eden’s Fall series, and the six-part New Adult contemporary Flowering series. Her most recent release is Primordial Dust, a YA fantasy.

 

Pete Clark:

Pete Clark likes writing, animals, potato chips, and cheese. Midnight Riders was his first published novel, although he can also proudly say he finally finished Helix Crashing, the fantasy novel he has been working on for over a decade. In addition, he has written Across the Barren Landscape, a collection of linked Western short stories, and Tales from Midnight’s Graveyard, a collection of non-linked horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories. He also writes plays, both dramatic and comedic.

Pete’s Website: http://punchmyselfintheface.wordpress.com

Pete’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PeteClarkAuthor

Sarah’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/SarahDaltry

Pete’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/PeteClarkBooks

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SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: What If by Jessica Barondes

What if...? by Jessica Barondes

 

Title: What if…? | Author: Jessica Barondes | Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: Sense and Sensability Press | Pages: 145 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)

Summary: Life is complicated for the average tween, but try being the smallest girl in 7th grade and navigating the choppy waters of middle school without a mom. Such is the plight of Penelope “P” Ziegler, until she decides to take matters into her own hands and find a wife for her hopelessly quirky dad. Despite Dad’s objections, P is sure—with all her heart—that there’s a woman out there who will make them both very happy!

 

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What if...? by Jessica Barondes

The Buzz About the Book

What if…? is a bittersweet and sometimes comical tale of a tween girl, P, who must come to terms with the loss of her mother as she navigates the world of dating, puberty, school, and friendships. P will absolutely warm your heart and the ending is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed. While I sometimes felt that the themes were more appropriate for teens, I also came to realize that tween girls will also really enjoy reading about the world that they are just on the cusp of entering. *shudder* Ages 10+.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“What a treat to fall in love with a character from the first second you begin to read her story. P has wit, charm, pluck, charisma–and a lot of things to learn. I totally loved her voice, world, friends and the many ways in which she drove her father Georgy insane. Full of laughs and love this charming book is a wonderful read–no matter what your age.” ~ 5 Star Review, Blue, Amazon

“This is a charming and delightful read from start to finish, filled with characters you really care about, especially the unique girl “P” at the center. You don’t have to be in this age group or life situation to relate to the sweet and heartfelt story about wanting the best for those you love. It’s timeless and inspiring and may bring a tear to your eye!” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan A., Amazon

“Witty, intelligent and edgy coming-of-age book for girls (and parents!). This little book is a real gem. I bought it for my nieces too in hopes that they will appreciate their moms more! (and give their dads a chance to be a true hero, like the dad in this book!) I would bet that school libraries, teachers, parents and girls will rate this book a favorite for years to come.” ~ 5 Star Review, Louann B., Amazon

“I was absolutely enchanted from the first page. This book made me cry! It was delightful. The story so sweet and the characters endearing and so real. By the time I got to the end, I just wanted to burst out in applause. This book is a joy to read at any age but perfect for the “tween” reader.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jen W., Amazon

“Both my 11-year old daughter and I loved this wonderfully written book. Charming and exciting from beginning to end, this book is a real treasure.” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan L., Amazon

 

About the Author

Jessica BarondesJessica Barondes grew up in La Jolla, California and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband Ben and their teenagers Jonah and Ellie. Jessica is also a screenwriter whose credits include Little Secrets, Lucky Seven, and Wish Upon a Star, a Disney Channel classic, which was a winner at the Heartland Film Festival. Jessica is currently working on several new movie projects and is an associate producer of the new family film Cowgirls n’ Angeles: Dakota’s Summer.

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Signs that You May Have a Cold or Flu

 

It can be tricky to tell whether you have a cold, flu, or allergies. Since adults can develop allergies at any time during their lives, they could easily mistake their symptoms for a cold or flu. Allergies are not contagious, but the cold and flu are, so it is important to learn how to tell if you have a cold or flu and should stay away from others or go to the doctor. Here are some of the most common signs to look for if you suspect that you may be developing a cold or flu.

Fever

If you develop a fever, you may have the flu and you should stay away from others in order to prevent the spreading of your germs. A fever is also possible with the common cold but less likely. In adults, a fever is any temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in children a fever is any temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to call your doctor if your temperature reaches 103 degrees, or if it lasts longer than 7 days. It is also important to seek medical attention immediately if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever:

Chest pain
Severe headache
Blood in stool
Stiff neck
Rash
Excessive sleepiness or confusion
Chest pain
Severe abdominal pain
Trouble breathing
Excessive vomiting

If your fever goes away and then returns again a few days later, you may have pneumonia and should be checked by a doctor.

Runny or Stuffy Nose

One of the most noticeable and common signs of a cold or flu is the development of a runny or stuffy nose. In most colds, this symptom lasts for a few days to a week and is typically not serious. With the flu, congestion can last for more than a week. Saline rinses, decongestants, and nasal sprays can help to alleviate symptoms.

Body Aches

The common flu often causes body aches that can be quite uncomfortable. If you experience body aches in conjunction with congestion or fever, then you likely have the flu. Some over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and Tylenol can help to alleviate muscle aches and soreness due to the cold and flu.

Sore Throat

A sore throat is often one of the first signs of a developing cold or flu, and can be either scratchy or raw. If you have a cold, your sore throat will likely fade away within a day or two. If you have a flu, your sore throat may last longer and may cause more severe pain.

Diarrhea and Vomiting

In some cases, the flu can cause diarrhea and vomiting in addition to the more typical symptoms such as sore throat and congestion. Swine flu is known for causing diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms are severe they can lead to dehydration and could be dangerous. It is important to try to keep hydrated and to seek medical treatment if dehydration occurs.

According to the article “Important Information for Cold and Flu Season”, individuals who want to avoid developing the cold or flu should try to keep hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water per day, use a humidifier at night, avoid drinking alcohol, and keep their mouth moist in order to fight off germs.

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