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Cosby Trial Shows Victims are Still Blamed & Shamed

It’s often said that rape is the most under-reported crime and after watching the Bill Cosby trial play out, it’s clear why. From the very beginning there has been an effort to shame, blame, and discredit all of the ladies who have come forward. (Personally, I find it impossible to believe that over 50 women are all lying!)

While we have progressed a lot as a society, some myths simply will not die. Take, for example, the theory that someone can “ask for it” or cause abuse by wearing “provocative clothes.” Surely, in the year 2017, with so much more awareness, this nonsense couldn’t be believed by anyone…

Not only do some people believe it wholeheartedly, it can even sway their vote. A male juror from Cosby’s trial is quoted as saying, “Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck?”

This is so sad, so shocking, and so illogical! Regardless of what type of clothing, or underwear, or shoes a person is wearing, it can not be an excuse for rape. Even if an individual was walking through the street in the nude, nobody has the right to molest, assault, or abuse them in any manner. A bare midriff is not an invitation to be manhandled like a piece of meat!

I truly wish we lived in a world where women and girls weren’t judged so harshly based on their appearance. A world where total equality was the norm. Unfortunately, we aren’t living in that kind of place, and until things change, we have to do everything we can to protect ourselves from vicious predators. Ladies need to carry mace in their purses, attend self defense classes, and take any reasonable safety measure. (Of course, it’s not always possible to prevent crime, but we still have to try!)

And, most of all, when a victim is brave enough to come forward, we can NOT talk about her clothes, or whether she was drinking, or her past dating history. Every victim deserves the right to be believed instead of harassed and doubted.

I am extremely disappointed by the jurors decision in the Cosby case. No matter how much I wish it had been a conviction, this is how the law works and we have to accept it. What I wonder, though, is how many others will stay silent because of what these victims were subjected to? Now, that is one scary thought to ponder…


How do you feel about the Cosby Case?

Stress-Free Family Travel Tips

Getting ready to hit the road or the friendly skies soon? (My own family is planning a week-long trip in August for 10 people, and yes, I’m already overwhelmed just thinking about it!) This guest post from Kristy Rodriguez of Pure Nurture is full of stress-free family travel trips that will help minimize the hassle and maximize the fun.


This summer, more than 82% of Americans will take a family trip, according to the annual study conducted by Gas Buddy. While vacation can be fun for kids, studies have found that it’s often stressful and exhausting for parents. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be, with proper planning. These self-care travel tips are inexpensive, easy to find and helpful for the entire family!

Self-massage with a tennis or lacrosse ball:

These can be used to massage your back, neck, or hamstrings by resting the ball between your body part and a wall or floor, or even just holding it in your hand.

Essential oils for relaxation and rejuvenation:

Plug into a car diffuser and enjoy some uplifting, de-stressing or relaxing scents. My favorite oils for travel are lavender for relaxation, orange for a mood boost and peppermint for an energy boost.

Coloring books (adult and kid varieties):

They say coloring is the next best thing to meditation, so pack up some colored pencils, crayons, and/or markers along with plain paper or coloring books for you and the kids.

Bring your own snacks:

Highway gas stations and airports are two of the most challenging places to find healthy snacks! Grab a small bag and pack your own—ones that will keep your blood sugar and mood stable, as well as boosting your immune system, which is really important when you’re traveling. Aim for a nutrient-dense variety of items like fresh fruit, trail mix, and cereal bars, preferably the low-sugar kind.

Try a Kids’ club:

All-inclusive resorts can be a great option. Check out kid-friendly resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica that  are relatively low cost. Food is included, which means you won’t be paying for a meal that your kids don’t end up eating (I know this situation very well). The kids’ clubs offer fun for all ages. While your kids are having a great time, you will have some down time to do whatever fills you up—reading on the beach, taking a nap, getting a massage, etc.

These are just a few ideas to help make your next family getaway feel more like a vacation and less like a trip. The better care you take of yourself, the better you’ll feel . . . and the more energy you’ll have to keep up with your kids, giving you a better chance of coming home feeling more relaxed and refreshed.

About the Author:

Kristy Rodriguez, pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, is the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher, Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online. She is also the author of Pure Nurture: A Holistic Guide to a Healthy Baby.

Feeding Wellness Complete Health Cat Food Ensures #HealthyMeetsHappy

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I’m being compensated to share the availability of Wellness Complete Health and new Complete Health Grain Free Cat Food available at PetSmart, but I only share information that’s relevant to readers. Neither Wellness or PetSmart is responsible for the content of this article.

You know the old saying, “You are what you eat?” It couldn’t be more true. A well balanced diet is crucial for good health. Most people are fortunate enough to select their own meals, but animals aren’t so lucky. Because we have to make those decisions for them, they are totally dependent on our judgment.

This is a responsibility I take very seriously. With so many different brands of pet food available, it’s important to scrutinize labels and compare ingredients. When I shop for my feline friends, I look for complete sources of nutrition, something that contains actual food instead of scary stuff like fillers, by-products, artificial flavors, colors, chemicals, and/or preservatives.

Wellness, one of the leading pet brands, has reformulated their Wellness® Complete Health™ line, creating a variety of foods that give cats what they need for a lifetime of wellbeing, no matter which life stage they are at. These wet and dry delights combine natural, premium proteins and antioxidants, which help to support strong immune systems, digestive health, optimal energy, urinary tract health and skin/coat health. They contain no corn, no soy, no wheat and are carrageenan free.

I found all of these goodies while shopping at my local PetSmart and bought a bunch of things for Princess and Pepper to sample. Boy, did they enjoy every bite, especially the moist meals. (As they age, dental issues have become a constant struggle.)

More good news for those dealing with dietary restrictions: Grain free options are also available! It’s the Year of the Cat, after all, and Wellness doesn’t want to leave anyone out.

In addition to caring for pets, Wellness cares about the planet. They have partnered with upcycle/recycle leader TerraCycle® to help eliminate waste and give you the opportunity to donate to your favorite cause. Organizations, schools, or individuals can sign up for the Wellness Recycling Program through the TerraCycle® website. By shipping your used Wellness packaging to TerraCycle, you’ll earn 100 points per pound. These points can then be redeemed for gifts or cash. Sign up is totally free. Talk about a win-win all around!

Visit PetSmart® to check out and purchase your cat’s favorite Wellness® Complete Health and Complete Health Grain Free options. Not sure if your picky kitty will like it? Every Wellness product comes with a “Catisfaction” guarantee. Simply return the unused portion back to PetSmart for a full refund if you’re not 100% happy.

You can also find Wellness through their social media—a great way to get updates, see adorable pics, and connect with other fans in the cat community.

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Why I Love UpSpring Prenatal + Gummy Multivitamins

This review was made possible by iConnect and UpSpring. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Do you eat a perfectly balanced diet? Nope, me neither! Since most of us definitely do not, taking a multivitamin is an easy way to supplement what we get from food. For many years, I have used one daily. It’s important all the time, but especially when pregnant because the nutrition required for a growing baby is complex.

There are so many different prenatal vitamins on the market, it’s mind boggling! Because I have trouble swallowing pills and struggled with round-the-clock nausea, finding something that would work for me was challenging. (I either couldn’t get it down at all, or it wouldn’t stay down for long.)

After a lot of trial and error, a two-step version from UpSpring was my best option. Because UpSpring is a mom-founded and mom-run company, they understand what moms need and provide innovative solutions to the everyday health and wellness challenges we deal with.

Not only are UpSpring Prenatal + Gummy Multivitamins easy to use, they contain everything a mom-to-be wants minus all the yucky stuff we don’t: 

    • Clinically proven to support fetal brain development
    • 100% daily value of 11 essential nutrients
    • 285 mg DHA/EPA
    • 800 mcg Folate 
    • Alpha GPC (highly bioavailable form of Choline) 
    • All natural
    • gluten free
    • low sugar
    • Non-GMO
    • NO mercury

The two-step system includes 3 peach-mango flavored gummies and 1 extremely small softgel per day. Nothing bothered my sensitive stomach and they were so convenient to take on the go—no water required.

UpSpring Prenatal + Gummy Multivitamins are available nationwide at Target (look in the Women’s Health Aisle) and you can also find more info on their website.