Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry


Every Hour Counts

For the past five months, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant.  I am always sad when I say that it hasn’t happened and I am beginning to get skeptical if it will ever happen.  I know that five months isn’t a long time, but I never imagined it would take this long.

People keep saying “it’ll happen”, “don’t worry”, and “all in due time”. I realize that, but I also feel that I can’t just sit around and wait.  Time is unfortunately not on my side. I’ll be 4o next month and Rod will be 53 on Saturday.  According to the test results, his fertility is off the charts.  But, what about mine?

Part of what gets me so frustrated is the lack of consistency in medical advice these days. I go to two OBs and they both say that I am fine, but when I read on-line about my test results, there is a completely different story.

Furthermore, it takes so much money to pay for each of these opinions. I have the top insurance, but still only a portion is covered.

Thankfully, there are reliable things in this world like pregnancy tests.  I found these great ones that can see results a day or two earlier than other tests.  When you are on pins and needles, like I am, every hour counts.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm4ddb5b8d603f88e9de689f3230234b47

Products That Work…Name Included

Sometimes the name of a product just speaks to me.  This happened when I got this spray for Maggie’s skin.   When I saw the words “I love my dog“, I was sold.

Fortunately, the product is great too.  It smells fresh and the ingredients list is obsolete of chemicals.  I am happy to spray it on her liberally and see if it will help the skin allergy she develops in the spring every year.

The last thing that had me hooked was that Maggie didn’t mind it either.  Although many dogs like to swim and play in water, Maggie hates the stuff and every time we need to get her wet, she walks in the other direction.  Despite even having a strong lemon scent, Maggie doesn’t seem to mind the wellness product.

I’m now looking forward to finding products that are called “I practice yoga eagerly” or “I visit my family with glee”.

I got this product just for the name….#corgi #dogslife #ilovemydog #lovelyfresh

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The Only Thing That Changes Is The Technology

I just got off the phone with a colleague that I haven’t spoken to in over 13 years. When I picked up the phone, it was as if no time had passed. We joked, reminisced about old colleagues, and caught up on what is going on today. I realized that people, and the light they shine, doesn’t change. Our personalities are very similar to the ones we had when we were two years old.

When I got off the phone, I looked at my iPhone and realized that the last time I spoke to her, I was talking on a Nextel phone. Nextel doesn’t exist any longer because it was bought by Sprint. The technology was so different and we have come so far. I just ordered a new protective cover for my phone, but in 2002, these covers weren’t necessary because phones had minimal glass. Life is so different.

But is it really? Recently, I’ve been thinking about visiting family that I haven’t seen in quite a few years. We like each other, but it isn’t often that we see each other. I’m hoping it will be fun and I think it will be…and with any type of cell phone.

Maggie’s Soft Coat

Everywhere we go, people remark how soft my dog’s coat is to pet. She naturally has lovely fur and it’s like sinking into a mink coat just sitting next to her.

At the same time, every spring she gets a skin allergy that has her scratching her tummy. The vet says to use Benedryl, but it makes her so sleepy that I hate to give it to her. She’s much happier when she’s full of energy and can jump around.

Today, we got some doggy-vitamins that I’m hoping will help. Omega-3s are great for skin and I think she’ll do great with them. She’s already digesting them easily and gobbling up the food that gets covered in a half teaspoon of the mixture.

Lastly, I’m so happy I don’t have to administer human omega-3 vitamins to her. Cutting open the capsules and squeezing them into her bowl was always a mess and most often left me with fishy odor on my hands and clothes. Gone are those days!

Here is a shot of Maggie loving her daily sun bath. She has British roots so it’s natural that she perhaps has sensitive skin when exposed to the harsh California sun.

Good Customer Service

It is so refreshing when one finds a company that has good customer service.  I get so excited to receive and endorse their products because they have formed a relationship with me.  I feel like the customer service is almost equally important as the product itself.

I think often of the resort that I attended a few years ago in Sardinia, Italy.  Rooms typically run $3000/night in the high season of July and August.  It was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the ambiance was exquisite.  But, what really creates such outrageous rates at this famous hotel is the customer service.  The staff is very well trained on how to best serve the clientele.  At the Cala di Volpe, the people make you feel like you are special.

These days, I often help out a friend of my mothers with her online business. She has put me in charge of customer service where I answer emails for her from disgruntled customers.  I see from the other side now how easy it is truly to make the customer feel unique and special.  They are concerned about their order and we should be too.

Last week, I received a thermometer to measure the temperature of meat when it’s cooking in the oven.  The thermometer is great and I’m very happy with it.  When I go order another kitchen product again, I  am going to reach out first to Frazoni.  They are so nice.  When I messed up the ordering process, they were quick to help me fix it.  I’ve never met them, but I feel like they are friends and I want to buy from people that I know.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Reference ID: pm34186e9eb70e30487210b962e867b742

Getting Away for 48 Hours

Last weekend, my husband and I went camping for two nights in the Los Padres Mountains outside of Ojai, California. Some campsites get cell phone reception where we go, but this one didn’t.

At first, we were scrambling. Did we send out all the emails we needed to before we entered the site? What would we do if someone needed to get in touch with us during the time that we were there? Soon we entered into our camp routine, but honestly, I was often thinking about what messages I may be missing while we were away.

When we returned to civilizations on Sunday afternoon I had two realizations. First, there was nothing that I was missing while we were away. No important emails came in and the people who need me most on a daily basis were with me the whole time, my husband and my dog.

Second, the break from technology gave my husband and I a chance to speak about topics that probably would have never come up if we had had the distraction of everyday life. Not only were our minds relaxed and we could think more easily of creatives topics, but by needing to come up with more topics of conversation, we dug deeper into ones we had already had. We were also not distracted so a conversation had each of our full attentions.

I highly recommend getting out of town for two nights and letting the mind relax. It’s not easily to leave the world behind, but the world that you enter is well worth it.

A dog and her tent #ojaiunplugged #camping

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On The Go

My husband works often out of his car. He visits clients all day and uses his car as a quiet space to make phone calls, review his email, or check his calendar. For this reason, he also keeps snacks in the car such as nuts or protein bars.

Last week, he said that he didn’t have time to stop for lunch and was caught eating his snacks until he got home for dinner. This week, I gave him a whey protein powder single dosage packet which he can pour into a bottle of water and shake for an instant meal. He loved it.

I realize that often we are “on the go”. Things happen and sometimes we don’t have enough time to stop for a meal or take care of other daily necessities. As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I love spending time with my dad because he is very good about scheduling the day to ensure we sit down for three meals. I was always a healthy weight growing up and one time a dietitian remarked that this was probably why.

It is with these thoughts that I encourage everyone to try and schedule meals as best possible. It’s not healthy to skip. Even if you are on the go, see if you can take a “meal-to-go” with you.

Bad People In This World

My husband is often needing to do background checks on potential employees. He hires technicians in the construction business and he has unfortunately had some bad experiences with thieves and no-goodnicks. Thus, he has a report run on all applicants these days to ensure he’s not at risk when working with clients.

Last week, I had an opportunity to review a software that checks a phone for deleted messages, missed calls, photos, and a variety of other types of data. I thought that perhaps he could use it for his business in addition to the background checks, but in this situation, one has to have access to the phone to check it.The software is best used for when a parent wants to check on their teenage child to ensure they are not conversing with potential child molesters and/or when a spouse wants to see if their partner is having an affair.

When I read the information about the software and read reviews, I almost wanted to close my eyes so as not to see what was happening on the screen during a scary film. How awful to think that you have to “spy” on your child or spouse. These types of products are made for situations that no one ever really wants to be in. While reading, I could see that I was quickly closing the pages as fast as I could and I wanted to get as far from this product as I could. It was a very thorough software though if you are in the need for one of these reasons (

Unfortunately, there are bad things that happen in this world and there are bad people out there. I guess we should be glad that there are products out there to help protect us from them. I just hope I don’t have to use them very often, if ever.

Homemade Self-Tanner?

My sister-in-law lives in Boston and this year they are certainly are in need of some self-tanner. With the record amount of snow, they have barely seen the light of day. They have for certain not seen any sun in weeks.

She asked if I knew a recipe for self-tanner and after some quick research, I found one that I liked for the ingredients. I sent it to her, but I was curious how it turned out. I popped into my kitchen and very quickly I was looking bronze. Here it is:

– 4 black tea bags

– 3/4 cup water for steeping your tea

– 1/2 cup coconut oil

– 1/2 cup cocoa butter

– 1/3 cup raw cocoa powder

I got the recipe from where they give further details, but in essence, you steep your tea and then combine all the ingredients in a blender.

I’ve been wearing it for the past few days and I really like it. It’s nourishing and hydrating for my skin and gives it a nice warm glow. I used fractionated coconut oil as I always do in these recipes and it works out great. My only piece of advice is that the recipe creates a lot. I have enough now for my sister-in-law and I both for two winters!

Part Of The Bigger Picture

My husband is very selective about which photos we send to family, post to Facebook, etc. Not only does he want to make sure all participants look as good as possible, but he also wants to ensure the shot is appealing to the eye. It needs to be centered and have photographic traditional qualities.

I see his point, but sometimes I just want to get the shot out there. I want people to see the bright and shiny faces and get a feel for where we were. Thus, in our marriage, we’ve been learning to negotiate. I post less photos to Facebook, I let him take more photos, and he lets me send out more photos than he traditionally would.

This week we got a selfie stick which is something that I have been wanting for a long time. Now we can take lots more photos when we don’t have someone to click the button for us. I love it. Here we are trying it out. I’m sure he doesn’t love this photo, but I’m putting it in the bucket of photos that I’m allowed to post without much approval. It’s a small bucket, but it’s worth it because it’s part of the bigger picture, literally.

Trying out our new Selfie stick. He doesn't like pictures, but I try hard to convince him #newlyweds #marriage

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