Can’t Hold It? 4 Tips to Improve Bladder Control, Control Leakage

[ 5 ] April 23, 2014 |

Can you really improve bladder control?

For this article on the 4 tips to Improve Bladder Control, I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for Depend. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

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Anyone can improve bladder control!

Millions of Americans have bladder control issues, also known as incontinence. What many people do not realize is that the condition can affect anyone – not just older people. In fact, bladder control issues can also affect young people, particularly women who have given birth or men who have been treated for prostate cancer, but there are steps you can take to improve bladder control.

I previously discussed the different types of urinary incontinence but it’s also important to discuss the ways to manage bladder control issues. After all, a weakened or overactive bladder doesn’t mean you can’t live your life!

Tips to improve bladder control:

  • Make changes that will help prevent accidents. For instance, wear clothing that makes it easy to use the bathroom. When the urge strikes you, you don’t want to have to fuss with uncooperative clothing. Make it easy to make it to the bathroom. Is the pathway clear and well-lit? You don’t want to have to maneuver through a dark hallway or around furniture when you need to go. Empty your bladder before going to bed, before car trips, before appointments, etc.
  • Watch what you eat. Certain foods and beverages can irritate your bladder. Consider removing trigger foods (and drinks), such as caffeine, alcohol, carbonated beverages, acidic beverages and foods, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and hot spices. If any of these trigger urinary incontinence, stay away from them!
  • Minimize odors. Stay hydrated by drinking six to seven 8 oz. glasses of water each day. If you’re not hydrated, your urine will be more concentrated and it will have a stronger smell. It can also irritate the lining of your urethra and bladder. You can also consider taking urine-deodorizing tablets, such as vitamin C or supplements. In addition, drinking apple, pear, cherry, or other non-citrus juices can help.
  • Exercise your pelvic floor muscles. Kegels — which can be done anywhere, anytime — can help keep your pelvic floor strong. That can help with feelings of urgency, the frequent need to urinate, and accidents.

Source: DEPEND

In addition, lifestyle expert Mar Jennings suggests:

If you experience bladder control issues, there are products available that provide a discreet and comfortable fit, like Depend Underwear with new Fit-Flex protection, which features more Lycra strands, to help give you the freedom and confidence you need to be active every day.

Check out these real life insights from others who suffer from bladder control issues:  Depend Real Stories Videos.

Depend Underwear with Fit-Flex protection can definitely help you improve bladder control issues. You’ll appreciate the underwear-like waistband (which is soft!), the lycra strands that provide comfort and smooth fit, the great flexibility which allows you to be active, and the absorbency and odor control.

Speaking of being active, Depend helps you maintain your normal lifestyle. If you enjoy running or yoga or bicycling (or whatever suits you!), Depend Underwear with Fit Flex protection allow you to do that and more. Now there is no reason for bladder control issues to curb your activities.

These Depend Underwear have oval leg openings, which are designed specifically for the shape of women’s legs. They think of everything!

If you, or someone you care about, are one of the 25 million Americans affected by incontinence, you will want to give Depend Fit Flex Underwear a try. You can get a free sample of Depend Underwear with Fit Flex protection and check out the comfort and fit — and protection — for yourself.

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Mother Daughter Outfits with Monroe and Main +$108 Giveaway

[ 136 ] April 20, 2014 |

Now and Then — Daughters are like gold!

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.  
then and now Mother Daughter Outfits

Recreating a favorite photo:The Chief Blonde, Shelley Zurek, with her daughter, Kelly, for Mother’s Day, 2014. Second photo: Walt and Shelley’s wedding–mother and daughter share a moment.

Mother Daughter Outfits

My daughter and I have always loved clothes.  We have bonded over clothes shopping many times (she’s like a life-size Barbie! I love to dress her up!) She adores vintage clothes and bargains, just like I do. We excitedly call one another when obtaining a killer deal or superb clothing find.

mother daughter outfits Monroe and Main Mothers Day

These gorgeous pieces from Monroe and Main make it easy for both of us to show off our individual style, yet still look great together.

mother daughter outfits Monroe and Main Mothers Day

Monroe and Main Pieces chosen for our Mother’s Day Outfit shoot: Kelly is wearing the Gypsy Ankle Strap Sandal by Fergalicious ($80), Shelley is wearing the Artist Dream Dress ($80-90) 

mother daughter outfits Monroe and Main Mothers Day


Now, I wear the same size shoes as my beautiful daughter but there is NO WAY I could have got her to give these blue wedge sandals by Fergalicious to me. She put them on the second she got home from college and wore them back to college after we did this shoot. Her boyfriend loved them which made these fantastic Fergalicious shoes from Monroe and Main an extra big hit!

You can’t go wrong with Monroe and Main shoe selections for spring, they literally have 100s of pairs. Just look at some of these beautiful choices for spring and summer.

Summer Shoe choices Monroe and Main

I had no problem choosing a beautiful dress for myself. The Artist’s Dream Dress from Monroe and Main will undoubtedly be my go to dress for Spring. It has every color of the rainbow in it! I can dress it down with a jean jacket as I did here or I can wear it with a cashmere vintage sweater as I did on Easter! Both looked great! Make sure to look at all of Monroe and Main’s spring selections.

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Monroe and Main — Just for you on Mother’s Day

Monroe and Main Mother's Day

Monroe and Main have packaged together some of their favorite accessory items for Mother’s Day and you have 15 chances to win one of these packages! You can first enter on my blog, then head over to the other 14 bloggers in the linky below. They are also giving away in their own giveaway, a similar package. 15 CHANCES TO WIN this lovely gift basket from Monroe and Main!


Giveaway runs from April 21, 2014 through May 4, 2014 11:59 PM EST.


One winner will take home a Monroe and Main Gift Basket valued at $108 containing:

  • Feather Leopard Scarf
  • Toile Tote
  • Vanilla Amber Bath Set
  • Rose Watch
  • Necklace and Earring Set

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Be sure to return every day for all the DAILY entries, and make sure to enter the other Monroe and Main Mother’s Day bloggers giveaways for 14 more chances to win 14 more gift baskets.

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The Chief Blonde received a promotional item for this event.


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Easter Empty Tomb Art! Happy Easter

[ 6 ] April 20, 2014 |

No Bunnies?  No Jelly Beans? This is about Easter’s Empty Tomb

No! Just lovely Easter Art of the Easter Empty Tomb.  Praise Jesus.

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Unknown artist– the myrrh bearing women at the empty tomb; basilica di antapollinare nuovo ravenna italy 6th century

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 Artist: Tissot (?), Mary Magdalene and the Holy Women at the Tomb 

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Artist: Tiffany(?), Angel at the empty tomb of Jesus, stained glass 

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Artist: Anne Cutri (?), detail of empty tomb 

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Artist: Duccio (?), empty tomb

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Artist: David Martin (?), empty tomb

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Artist: Fra Angelico (?), women at the empty tomb

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Artist Unknown, Jesus Christ resurrected,  Empty Tomb

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Artist: Mikhail Nesterov (1889),  the  Easter empty tomb

Chirst appearing to Mary Magdalene Empty Tomb

Chirst appearing to Mary Magdalene Empty Tomb

No Painted Eggs? No little fluffy Chickies? No Sweets? No Easter Manicures? NO! It’s not that I think there is anything wrong with that…it’s just not what Easter MEANS to me. When I reflect upon Easter, Christianity’s Holiest Holiday remembering the Death and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ…I think of one thing! The EMPTY Tomb.

The Easter Sculpture above represents Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene, who along with other women, visited Jesus’s tomb to prepare his body for burial.  In John 20:16 ,

“Jesus said to her, “Mary.”    She turned toward him and cried out.  

Can’t you just see that in her face in the above work of art?  She is stunned, overjoyed, shocked, relieved…all at the same moment. I am like Mary to a degree. Stunned that Jesus gave up his life for us, stunned that God gave up His only Son for us and amazed to see Him again on Easter but immensely relieved.

He is RISEN …Hallelujah!

HE IS RISEN! What Easter Art speaks to you?

Completely Cute Comfort

[ 10 ] April 17, 2014 |

Completely Cute — Vionic Footwear

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Vionic Footwear Airlie (on sale now for $58.99)

Vionic! Of Course!

I had the opportunity to test drive a pair of Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Airlie Slip-on Mules. Of course, I said yes. Who doesn’t want to try all the shoes? And I didn’t have to buy all the shoes to do it. Complete fabulous win!

My first impression of the Airlie from the Vionic Footwear website was, “Leather. Well-made. Casual. But a little meh on the style.”  Then I saw them in person and realized I was wrong. They are completely cute. Mine are pewter, a soft metallic, with silver studs that look especially great with jeans.

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Airlie could also be paired with hand-knit, super excellent, specialty socks and a skirt for those with the legs for it. That’s not me, but I know it would look fabulous!

There are four other colors–bronze metallic, black, navy and wineberry (purple)—so the options for styling this mule are endless as long as you aren’t thinking evening gown or cocktail dress.

Normally, I’m an 8.5-9, but an 8 is perfect, so they run big and are in whole sizes. The velcroed strap accommodates my high instep. While cute is the first thing I saw about this mule, it wasn’t the only thing. For me, shoes must be comfortable. Some women can wear shoes that look great even if they don’t feel great. I’m not one of those women, not even in my 20’s. Now that I’m not 20 anymore, well, I still don’t compromise on comfort., even a little.

Putting on the Airlie was like stepping onto a pillow. I love to be barefoot, but this actually feels better than barefoot because I get arch support. Some may think walking on a cloud is better, but clouds have no substance, so I’m sticking with my pillow metaphor. These mules are incredibly comfortable.

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This is exactly what the founder of Orthaheel intended with the shoes. Comfort, pain relief, and cute. Well, the Orthaheel website doesn’t use the word cute–that’s mine–but I am pretty sure Orthaheel founder, Dr. Phillip J. Vasyli, didn’t want not-cute shoes.

I’m not the only one that finds these Airlies comfortable. Through a delivery mix up, the secretary at my children’s elementary school actually received the shoes and didn’t know why. She really liked them, so after I wore them to work and appreciated their comfort—yay—I gave them to her to do her own test drive. She also gave Airlie high scores in cuteness and comfort, but she wasn’t a fan of the flip-flopping of a mule. My friend works on a carpeted concrete floor, and she has trouble with leg cramps at night because of it. But the night of her Airlie day, she had no cramps and slept the whole night, waking rested and content. I’m thrilled for her.

Since she doesn’t dig the mule, she could pick another style with help from a Vionic Product Specialist. I think she’ll go with Mary Janes. Maybe flats. She’s definitely a fan of Orthaheel or maybe some of these new-for-spring Vionic styles:

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Me? I’m a fan of Vionic with Orthaheel Technology and the Airlie.

The Vionic Footwear Airlie Slip-on Mules with Orthaheel technology were reviewed by Marie Morley, Fabulous Single Mom, a single mom blogger over 45.

Just so you know:

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology offers the only sandals recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Vionic. Vionic is also endorsed by celebrity fitness trainer Juliet Kaska’s (clients includes Kerry Washington, Ali Larter, Stacy Keibler, Pink, Kate Walsh and more).

Here are a few other Vionic Shoes I love…Click on the shoe and see what you think!

Vionic with Orthaheel 'Eve' Toe Post Sandal Vionic with Orthaheel 'Tide II' Flip Flop Vionic with Orthaheel 'Maggie' Geometric Cutout Wedge Sandal Image Map

Note: Some links are affliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase.  Thanks for your support in this way!

$75 Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo Giveaway

[ 231 ] April 14, 2014 |

Can you say Cake + Brownies?

Bake Me A wish Cake and Brownie ComboBake Me a Wish Bakery Combo — Choice of Classic Cake + 1 Dozen Gourmet Brownies ($75)

From the MOMENT I received my review sample from Bake Me A Wish Bakery,

Bake Me A Wish UnBoxing Collage

UnBoxing is FUN with Bake Me A Wish!

until I laid the cake and cookies out for my family and friends to eat:

Bake Me A Wish Ready to Eat Collage

the excitement and anticipation just didn’t end…

still blonde after all these YEARSThe Chief Blonde Remarks: As you may know, I have previously reviewed Bake Me a Wish! On that occasion, I tried their cookies and Freedom Cake. I hope you will go over and read the review, because the Freedom Cake is very very special, especially if you have a loved one in the military.

For this review, it was time to try another Bakery Combo! This time it was the Lava Cakes and Brownies. MMMM…Brownies. The 12 Brownies I received were delectable. I served them to my friends at a card party. We had six different flavors to try (2 each), including Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Crunch, Fudge Walnut, Orange Macadamia and Raspberry Crumb! The crowd agreed they liked the Velvet Ganache and the Raspberry Crumb the best, although seconds were tried of the other flavors too. The brownies were rich and dense just like a gourmet product should be.

I took the Lava Cakes to my parents because my mom and dad LOVE cake with ice cream. If you have never had a lava cake before, you really must try Bake Me A Wish’s version. You heat the cake up before serving, and when you cut into the cake with your fork, hot fudge comes pouring out of the cake (just like LAVA!). OMGoodness… I am not sure anyone breathed while we were snarfing this down.

I would highly recommend Bake Me a Wish’s Bakery combos. They are a perfect thing to order for a loved one who is far from home. The combo allows them to have a cake and then have another goodie for later. It’s really one of those gifts that keeps on giving, and who doesn’t like that?

A bit more about Bake Me A Wish

The Company Says:

Bake Me a Wish! started as the nationwide service for delivery of gourmet birthday cakes. Our cakes are made with only the finest, freshest ingredients by an award-winning family run New York bakery that also supplies pastries to some of Manhattan’s most elite restaurants. We then added other gourmet bakery items – cookie and brownies – along with an exceptional selection of gift baskets (launching holiday 2012).

We are happy to bring you our delicious gourmet gifts at an extremely affordable price. Now, whether it’s your son in college, your trusted associate, your old friend, or your granddaughter across the country, you will always have a simple and wonderful way to remember them on the one day each year that belongs to them – their birthday.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

Buy Bake Me a Wish Cakes and Bakery Products on their Website.


Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 25 11:59 PM EST


1 winner will take home one Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo (ARV. $75)

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