Tuesday, December 06, 2016

WW - Mystery Clips w/linky

I encountered these in an antique store last week. The owner bought them from a picker about 8 years ago. She still hasn't found anyone who has seen anything like this before, and has no idea what they were used for. They are lead, very soft and flexible, and about an inch long. They will clip over a very narrow edge. The decorative bit stands up/out from the surface over which they are clipped. From left to right - Cairn (or Scots?) Terrier; Lion; Fleur de Lys; St. George's Cross; Thistle. There is also an arrow, and an anchor.

Have you seen these before? I am so intrigued and anxious to solve this mystery!!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Limelens Takes Your Phone Photography to the Next Level #HGG2016 {review}

I've been in purge mode lately, as I scour through my house tossing, selling, or donating so many things that we no longer use or need. And one thing I've discovered is that I have a possibly embarrassingly large number of cameras. I love photography, whether taking carefully lit and balanced images with my DSLR, or quickly capturing memories of fun with my smart phone. And before phone cameras got so good, I had a series of film and digital point and shoot cameras that I used regularly. But not any more. My phone pictures are just as good as, or even better than, the ones I can get with those older cameras. Plus, my phone is always with me, and super easy to grab when that perfect shot comes into view.

Of course, there are effects you can only get with a special lens, which has not been an option with smart phones until very recently. I've been having fun checking out a new set of lenses, made especially for smart phones, from Limelens.

These lenses attach to your phone, over its existing camera lens, and boost the camera's native capabilities. I have the Limelens introductory set which includes 2 lenses, the clips needed to attach them to your phone, and a sturdy protective case. The Thinker is a dual macro/wide lens, providing a 10x Macro perspective or 0.67x wide-angle view.  The Captain is a 190 degree fisheye lens, which is super for wide landscape shots or group shots. The set comes with 3 Limeclip attachments that fit over 40 devices including leading smartphones and tablet brands. Instructions for which Limeclip to use, and how to position it on your phone are included. The clip is designed so it won't cover your flash, when you use the correct one.
This image, from the Limelens website gives a good close-up of the case. It doesn't show the lens covers though, which will keep your lenses scratch-free. The case itself is small and sturdy, fitting easily into my purse so I can always have the lenses with me.

It doesn't hurt of course that this is all in my favourite colour - lime!

Here are three comparison shots. Please excuse the poor lighting! I was focusing on how much of the scene each lens would take in. All three shots were taken with me standing in the same position, and holding my phone roughly at the same angle and distance from the bowl of fruit each time.

From left to right - my Samsung S7 camera on its own; Macro/wide-angle lens; fisheye lens. Cool, hey?

Here is the Thinker lens on my phone. I'm looking forward to using this as a macro lens next summer for my floral and insect shots in the garden. This image also shows how the Limeclip sits on your phone back. You can see that it is raised, especially where you secure the lens by twisting it in. (That is a really easy half turn, btw.) The Limeclip attaches with an adhesive strip, and it stays on your phone. This will of course impact the type of case you can choose for your phone, so be prepared. Limelens has a handy guide on their site, including options of cases that fit over your Limeclip, and others to which you can attach the Limeclip. 

The Limelens Set retails for $99.99 US, but is currently on sale for $49.99. They do ship to Canada, at reasonable rates. This would be a great gift for the tech enthusiast on your list, or any teen who takes lots of photos with their phone. It's unique and a definite conversation starter!

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Meet the New Answer to Stress Urinary Incontinence from Poise #LiveWithoutLeaks

I'm not sure if I've told you guys how sick I was a couple of weeks ago. Nothing life threatening, "just" a cold. But when I get a cold, I don't go half-way. It starts with a sore throat, moves to my sinuses, and ends in my chest. This time around it laid me flat for three solid days. I was just miserable and couldn't function, so I'd get Boo off to school and go back to bed. This is so strange for me, but there wasn't much else I could do.

At the end of those three days I was feeling a lot better, but the cold was in my chest, making it hard to breathe, so I was exhausted. And I was coughing like crazy. Deep, painful, persistent coughing. Aside from being terribly uncomfortable, my coughs now have a not-so-fun side effect: I pee a little every time. It's especially bad when I first get out of bed in the morning with a full bladder and a chest full of phlegm. I have almost mastered the running to the bathroom, coughing, with my legs held tightly together.


This experience is called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and is defined as the involuntary loss of urine that occurs when pressure is suddenly placed on your bladder. Like when you are pregnant and the baby kicks, or you decide to trampoline with your kids, or you violently sneeze. What causes it? It happens when the muscles around the urethra become too weak to prevent the leakage of urine from the bladder when pressure (or stress) is placed on it. This often happens with pregnancy, especially after vaginal birth. It can also occur with aging and menopause. I've experienced SUI since my pregnancy, but it has definitely become a more common occurence in the past couple of years. I imagine that's connected to my peri-menopause.

I wouldn't be surprised if many of my female readers experience similar issues. In fact, 1 in 3 Canadian women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL), of which SUI is one type. Yet, many of us are embarrassed to talk about it, so we don't realise we are all in good company. According to a study by Poise, 72% of Canadian women aged 45-54 who experience SUI feel self-conscious because of it. That study also found that younger women are a bit less self-conscious - 56% of those aged 18-34. I wonder if that has to do with the younger women being more open to talking about the condition? At any rate, I think sharing our experiences helps everyone and allows us to share solutions and treatment options as well. We all win.

Treatment options for SUI range from lifestyle changes like losing weight, to Kegel exercises, physiotherapy, and all the way to surgery. On a daily basis, many of us use absorbent pads to catch our leaks as they happen. A new treatment option is a product that actually works to stop the leaks before they happen - Poise Impressa.

Poise Impressa is a bladder support, inserted into the vagina with an applicator, just like a tampon. It is non-absorbent, and removes easily by pulling on the string. It works by providing support under the urethra, applying physical pressure to stop any potential leaks.

The core is a flexible, medical-grade silicon, which is covered
with a soft, non-absorbent polypropylene cover

Impressa comes in 3 sizes, and it's important to use the correct one for you. To get you started, Poise offers a Sizing Kit, containing one support in each of the three sizes. This retails for $9.99. Start with the smallest (Size 1). If it feels comfortable and you experience no leaks, you've found your size. Otherwise move up to try size 2. The size you need will depend on a number of factors, including how much leakage you experience, as well as your height and weight. Poise Impressa can be worn for up to 8 hours, once per 24 hour period. I've been trying it out, and I'll tell you more about my experience in a coming post. Wish me luck!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Poise Impressa as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary product to facilitate my review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.


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