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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why I weaned myself off milk and eggs

I have been addicted to dairy products my entire life. I grew up loving the rich taste of a tall cold glass of milk. Scrambled eggs were a breakfast tradition in my family. I still have vivid memories of my mother frying eggs and bacon when I was a child. I was thoroughly brainwashed by those “Milk does a body good” commercials. We are told in mainstream media and in advertisements that milk is so wonderful. That it is rich in protein, calcium, and enriched with vitamin A and D. The public is told mainly about the benefits of milk and nothing is usually said about the negative side of milk. The negatives outweigh the positives. Many in the agriculture industry want the masses to remain ignorant of the negative aspects of milk, because it would mean less milk sales and less profit.

Like many Blacks and Hispanics, I am lactose intolerant. This means that my body does not produce enough lactase enzyme to break down lactose (milk sugar) in cow’s milk. If I drink too much of it, I will have gas, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. That’s one reason why I shouldn’t be touching the stuff with a ten foot pole. But I tricked myself into thinking that if I found a suitable substitute for regular cow’s milk, all would be well. So, after I realized that I was lactose intolerant, I continued my denial, and consumed Lactaid milk and soy milk for several years afterwards.

As time went on, I learned more about some of the dangers consuming of cow’s milk, eggs, and soy products. Whole milk is very high in fat and helps to form disease and mucus in the body. Some traditional farmers- the ones that don’t farm organically, raise their livestock on feed that contains hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, and a host of other strange chemicals. The hormones make the chickens, cows, pigs, etc., get bigger in a shorter period of time. When people consume the flesh of the livestock, obviously, they are also consuming the hormones and antibiotics. These chemical cause abnormal and disease state in lab animals and humans. This may be part of the reason why girls are reaching puberty at an earlier age.   There are scientific studies suggesting that milk consumption increases the risk of certain types of cancers.

Even after learning this information, I was still in denial. I didn’t want to come to the realization that I had to part ways with milk and eggs. So, I further continued my denial by consuming lactose-free USDA Organic milk and USDA Organic eggs for some time. I reached a turning point a couple of months ago. I stopped eating eggs and using milk almost completely. Now, I only use creamer in my coffee (another food that I need to part ways with) from time to time. I have uterine fibroids and I finally accept that in order to get rid of my fibroids that I need to stop drinking milk and eating eggs altogether.

Humans are simply not designed to consume milk. It is really intended for baby cows.  Milk has remnants of cow blood and pus in it from the process of milking the poor cow. This is really gross in my estimation.  My main motivation for avoiding eggs has more to do with their cholesterol content and the possibility of them containing hormones. Plus, eggs sometimes cause people to have allergies. So, I would encourage people to avoid milk and eggs.

By the way, I did find a suitable replacement for cow’s milk. It is coconut milk. It tastes great in my smoothies and oatmeal porridge and it is very good for you. The downside to coconut milk is that it is expensive in comparison to cow’s milk. It is available canned or in cartons. I think that it is best to find Organic coconut milk in the carton, rather than relying on regular canned coconut milk, though.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

CVS Haul, Eucerin hand lotion

CVS haul, Eucerin Hand lotion

This is a summary of another CVS shopping trip. This haul didn’t go exactly as I had planned the first time around.* So, I had to make a second trip to another CVS/pharmacy in order to complete the deal. There was one sale that I took advantage of in this haul. It was “Spend $20 or more on ANY Aquaphor or Eucerin products, and get $10 in Extrabucks”. By the way, these deals are not currently in effect. The sale ran from Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 thru Wednesday, October 31, 2012.

I used 2 manufacturer coupons, 1 CVS Beauty Club reward and 1 CVS Extrabucks rewards.

The breakdown of the transaction follows:

1 Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Crème 2 oz. $5.49

1 Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Crème 2 oz. $5.49

1 Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Crème 2 oz. $5.49

1 Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Hand Crème 2.7 oz $5.99

Sales tax $1.05

Subtotal (before coupons, etc.) $23.51

I applied the following coupons and discounts to the balance:

1- manufacturer coupon for Eucerin product -$1.50

1- manufacturer coupon for Eucerin product -$1.50

1- $5.00 Beauty Club reward -$5.00

1- $10.00 Extrabucks reward -$10.00

Total and price paid (after coupons, etc.) $5.51

I paid $5.51 out of pocket and also earned $10.00 in Extrabucks rewards. So, it’s like I paid nothing, while making $4.49. Wonderful!!!

*I tried this haul at another CVS before I was able to complete it successfully. The first time that I tried it, there were no bar codes on any of the lotions that I picked out. There were
“Not for individual resale” labels on the packaging, which I thought was strange. The cashier asked me if I took them from a box and I told her that I got them off the shelf. She called over a woman that I assumed was a supervisor for advice on how to handle the situation. The woman didn’t say a word to me or the cashier and walked away from the register. Neither me or the cashier had no clue whether she would attempt to help resolve the issue. At the very least, this was rude and very poor customer service. I waited for a few minutes to see if the “supervisor” would return to help. She didn’t come back to the register, so I left the merchandise on the counter and walked out of the store. I decided to go to another CVS store that had it together.

© Copyright 2012  Susan Broadbelt


Friday, November 9, 2012

Someone May be Holding a Grudge Against You, and You Don’t Even Know It

I was thinking about how strange life is the other day. Some years ago, when I was searching for a better job, I received several calls from the H.R. department of a former employer. It was really an unexpected request for me to come in and apply for the same position that I held a few years before with this employer. Since I was in the market for another job, I decided to call up the H.R. department and inquire about the position. I contacted the H.R. department and expressed an interest in reapplying for the position. The person that I spoke with told me how to go about doing it. I applied first online and then later, in person.

When I showed up to apply for the position in person, I had a chance encounter with a woman that worked in the same department with me. I will call her Shelby (not her real name). She was not my supervisor or anything like that. She was more like the supervisor's administrative assistant, but she did have a little influence within the department that I used to work in. We chit-chatted for a little bit, since we had lost contact after I left the company. I told Shelby that I was there to apply for a position in the same department. I explained to her about the ups-and-downs of my life, since leaving the company.

She seemed to understand, but here’s where the waters get a little murky: She made an out-of-the-blue comment to me. She had asked me where I am from originally, and I told her that I am from Florida. She went on to say to me that “Floridians are not very loyal”. I am not 100% certain what she could have meant by such a bizarre statement. It was largely irrelevant to the conversation we were having prior to the statement and it is an off the wall opinion.

This made me think that she harbored a grudge against me for having left the company. My co-workers and supervisors at the time, didn’t not want me to resign. However, I felt that I had to because of health reasons and to have more time to pursue my education. After I resigned, I learned that the department supervisor quit shortly afterwards as well as two other co-workers in the department.

I thought that perhaps, she blamed me somehow for the “upset” in the department. Hence, the statement that “Floridians aren’t very loyal”. It is probably Shelby’s was of saying that I am not loyal because I abandoned the company. It is the first time that I ever heard her say anything like that to me. I have other reasons to believe that she harbors a resentment towards me, but I won’t go into it here.

I never followed up on the comment and sort of dismissed it. In retrospect, it shows how childish and trifling people can be. As far as my “loyalty” is concerned, she might be right in some respects. I am not loyal to any one company, and I don’t think anyone should be in this day and age. The days of getting a job and keeping it until retirement are long gone. I have been laid off and fired from more than one job, so I can speak from experience about this issue. Therefore, people should always be looking for better opportunities, because no job is secure.

Also, when you apply for most jobs in the state of Florida, you are immediately informed on the application, that you are a prospective employee "at-will.” This means that you do not have a binding contract with the employer to work for them a specified amount of time. In most cases, the employer can let you go for any reason except discrimination or retaliation. At the same time, you can up and quit the job without notice, if you don’t like working for a company. Florida is a "right-to-work" state and unions are mostly discouraged here. That’s how we roll down here.

To me, Shelby’s comment was illogical, to say the least. Especially considering that she told me that she had left the company due to disagreements with the new management. Then, she came back to the company when she found out that the grass wasn’t greener on the other side of the fence. If you want to follow her line of logic, I guess this must make her not loyal, as well. *Sigh*. I can’t stand ignorant people.

Anyways, to make a long story short. After I applied for the job. I never heard from human resources again. This is despite calling them several times and leaving voicemail messages to the person whom originally contacted me. Although I have no real proof of this, I think Shelby badmouthed me and sabotaged my efforts. I figure that Shelby must have contacted the H.R. manager and/or the department supervisor (whom doesn’t know me) and suggested that they should not to hire me.

It’s either that or they may have found someone else to fill the position. I doubt it, though. I had the required training and experience for the position. Everyone there knew me as a good worker and I got along well with most of the co-workers. I never got write-ups or reprimands while I was there.

But it’s okay. That job probably just wasn’t meant to be. I’ve prayed about it and leave people like that in the hands of the Good Lord. I believe that God can fight your battles better than you can.

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Why We Should Not Be Loyal To Employers

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

CVS haul, Dawn Dishwashing liquid, Tide laundry detergent, Covergirl Outlast lip color, Crest Toothpaste

CVS Haul, Crest toothpaste, Dawn dishliquid, Covergirl Outlast lipcolor

The deals that I took advantage of in this CVS shopping haul are as follows:

  • $10 Extrabucks rewards when you spend $30 on select Proctor & Gamble products, including Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, Gain and Tide laundry detergents, and Dawn dish liquid 9-10.3 oz, Crest toothpaste, and Covergirl cosmetics.
  • Covergirl cosmetics on sale, buy one, get one 50% off
  • Crest w/scope 5.8 oz, Crest Pro-Health 6 oz, on sale $2.99
  • Dawn dishwashing liquid on sale, $.99
  • Tide liquid laundry detergent, 19- 32 loads, on sale $5.94

These deals are part of a 4 day sale that is over, October 31, 2012. I used 9 manufacturer coupons, 1 CVS store coupons, and 1 Extrabucks reward.

This is the actual breakdown of the CVS transaction before coupons and Extrabucks:

1 Tide laundry detergent, with Downy, 40 oz. $5.94

1 Dawn Ultra Concentrated dish liquid, Apple blossom, 9 fl oz. (266 ml) $.99

1 Dawn Ultra dish liquid, with Active Suds, Original Scent, 9 fl oz. (266 ml) $.99

2 Crest Pro-Health, Whitening toothpaste, Fresh Clean Mint, 6.0 Oz. @ $2.99 each = $5.98

2 Crest Complete Extra White toothpaste, with Scope Outlast, 5.8 oz. @ 2.99 each =$5.98

1 CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor, Cinnamon stick, 661, 1.9g $10.99

1 CoverGirl Outlast Lipcolor, Naturalast, 545, 1.9g $5.49

Florida 6.0% Sales tax $2.19

Subtotal (before coupons, etc.) $38.54

I applied the following coupons and discounts to the subtotal:

1- manufacturer coupon for any Tide laundry detergent -$1.00

1- manufacturer coupon for Covergirl Outlast lip color -$2.50

1- manufacturer coupon for Covergirl Outlast lip color -$2.50

1- manufacturer coupon for Dawn dishwashing liquid -$ .50

1- manufacturer coupon for Dawn dishwashing liquid -$ .50

1- manufacturer coupon for Crest toothpaste -$ .75

1- manufacturer coupon for Crest toothpaste -$ .75

1- manufacturer coupon for Crest toothpaste -$ .50

1- manufacturer coupon for Crest toothpaste -$ .50

1- CVS Extrabucks reward -$10.00

1- CVS store coupon for Covergirl Outlast lip color -$2.00

Total and price paid (after coupons, etc.) $17.05

I earned the $10 Extrabucks reward for buying at least $30 of P&G products. I used my CVS reusable tote bag and Green Bag Tag during this shopping trip. I earned enough credit to get $1.00 in Extrabucks, since it was my 4th visit to CVS. My total out of pocket cost was $17.05, but it is like I paid $6.05 due to the Extrabucks that I got during the transaction.

© Copyright 2012 Susan Broadbelt


The CVS Green Bag Tag Program

CVS Green Bag Tag and CVS 100% Organic Cotton Tote Bag

Retailers like Winn-Dixie, Publix, and CVS pharmacy are offering reusable bags for sale. It is an effort to save the planet and help the environment, by reducing the use of plastic and paper bags. The disposable bags end up in landfills or polluting the earth most of the time.  The plastic bag that someone cavalierly discards on the street may end up washing ashore in Tahiti. 

I never really gave much thought to purchasing reusable bags for shopping. One day, I was shopping at CVS pharmacy and the display with CVS Green Bag Tags and CVS reusable shopping bags just jumped out at me. Some of the CVS reusable bags have very simple designs and others have more fashionable patterns on them. The most important feature of the bags are that they are reusable and made from 100% organic cotton.

I read the product information on the tote prior to purchasing it. The tag says “Conventional cotton uses more toxic insecticides and synthetic fertilizers than any other single major crop in the world. These chemicals are harmful to both animals and people, and have a hazardous impact on the environment. Organic cotton has less impact on the environment than conventional cotton. It is grown without toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, it replenishes and maintains soil fertility and it helps build a biologically diverse agriculture.” I am not exactly a fanatic, “tree hugger” type, but still, this sounds like music to my ears.
The reusable bag that I purchased cost $5.99, plus tax. It is a large tote of 13.5” L x 15” H x 6” W and has a weight capacity of 25 pounds. Of course, I purchased the leaf shaped, CVS Green Bag Tag for $.99, along with the tote and put the tag on the tote. The CVS Green Bag Tag has a barcode on it to be scanned every time you use it at CVS stores.

Not only can you help the environment through this program, you can also earn incentives. CVS customers receive $1 in Extrabucks every 4th visit to CVS. If you plan to purchase the Green Bag Tag, make sure that you have the cashier scan your CVS ExtraCare card and your Green Bag Tag every time you check out. The Extrabuck will print at the bottom of your receipt, once you have earned the reward. You don’t have to buy a CVS tote to benefit from the program, though. You can bring in your own reusable bags as well.

It says that there is a limit of one Green bag tag use/scan per day per household. I find this to be not really correct, because I have made several visits to CVS stores in one day. Each time I made a visit, I had the cashier scan my Green Bag Tag, and received credit toward my Extrabucks reward.


Copyright 2012

Review of Bic Soleil Bella disposable razors, E-Z rinse

Bic Soleil Bella razor, E-Z rinse

Bic Soleil Bella razor, E-Z rinse
backside view

Bic Soleil Bella razor, E-Z rinse
side view

Bic Soleil Bella razor, E-Z rinse
razor head
You will probably never hear me say anything negative about this product. I really love it! First, and foremost, it works! Bic has a performance policy which says that customers can return it for product replacement, if the customer is not satisfied. Well, in all of my years of using this product, I’ve never been dissatisfied with it.

Bic Soleil Bella razors usually come in packs of three complete manual razors for between $5-$6. I think that the best places to purchase them are Walmart stores or Publix. These stores run very nice sales on the razors from time to time. Plus, the Sunday newspaper inserts have coupons for $2-$3 off each package or “Buy one, get one free” coupons. There is no reason to spend an arm and a leg on this product.

Each razor has 4 blades for easier hair removal and easier rinsing. If you look closely at these blades, you would see that the blades look different from traditional razor blades. There are tiny circular etchings on the blades. I think that this might make for a better, closer shave.

The razor head pivots up and down, so that the blades glide smoothly over your curves and angles. The razor head also has two moisture strips, enriched with coconut milk. The moisture strips rest gently against the skin as you shave, and release a little bit of slimy material. They are activated by water or liquids. Even though the moisture bars are present, I still prefer to use some body wash or bar soap, while I shave. I have never suffered nicks and cuts when using Bic Soleil Bella razors. I credit this mostly to the pivoting head and moisture strips. This feature is the opposite of the cheap, razors that have a very rigid, immobile head and straight, slim handle. I suffered many cuts and nicks when I used those cheaper razors and will never go back to that.

Another feature that I like about these razors is the handle. It feels so ergonomic and comfortable to shave with Bic Soleil Bella razors. There is a notch on the top of the razor handle near the razor head. You can rest the thumb or tip of your index finger there as you shave. The bottom part and under side of the razor has a soft white, rubber or plastic that make it easy to grasp and hold the razor. I noticed that some of the razors have pretty colors, as well as scents to them.

Each razor head also has a cover on it. So, you can easily replace the cover on the razor head and store them after they have been cleaned. I tap the razor in a bowl of water to get the hair out while I shave. When I am finished using the razor, I rinse out all of the hairs. Then, I wipe the razors off thoroughly with some rubbing alcohol. This reduces the chances of getting a nasty bacterial infection.

The razors probably last a really long time, but I only use them 3-4 times before disposing of them. So, that is my review of Bic Soleil Bella razors. They are highly recommended.

Bic Soleil Bella, E-Z rinse disposable Razors are manufactured by Bic USA, Inc.

For more information about this product visit

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