June 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.): Alzheimer’s Awareness

June 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.): Alzheimer’s Awareness
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What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a neurological brain disorder named after a German physician, Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and behavior, eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others. Survival can range from 4 to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not a “normal part” of aging, it is not just a disease of old age. Approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as early-onset Alzheimer’s).

Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. That’s where you and I come in.

Keep reading for more info on how you can help.

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May 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.): Adoption & Orphan Awareness

May 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B.): Adoption & Orphan Awareness
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International or Intercountry adoption is the process by which an individual or couple become the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child who is a national of a different country and then bring that child to their country of residence to live. International adoptive parents are subject to laws and must meet the legal adoption requirements of their country of residence AND those of the country whose nationality the child holds.

Thousands of U.S. citizens adopt children from abroad, providing them with loving homes, supportive families, and a world of happiness. One thing is clear, though the process may be complex, holding your new child in your arms is the ultimate reward.

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Love Without Boundaries (LWB) is not an adoption agency. It is an authentic international charity that provides hope and healing and is passionate about helping every orphaned child in finding a permanent family whenever possible, whether through domestic or international adoption. LWB began in 2003 to help save the life of one tiny boy in China and now operates ongoing programs in Cambodia, China, India, and Uganda to orphaned and vulnerable children, and their underserved communities, through its education, nutrition, medical, and foster care programs.

It is LWB’s vision to provide the most loving and compassionate help possible to orphaned and impoverished children, and to show the world that every child, regardless of his or her needs, deserves to experience love and be treated with dignity and care.

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April 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Wounded Warriors

April 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Wounded Warriors
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The April Monthly Awareness Polish Box (M.A.P.B) is honored to announce Wounded Warrior as this months cause. Simply put, Wounded Warrior, refers to veterans and active service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service.

This month’s selected organization is Paralyzed Veterans of America. Since its founding in 1946, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Leadership Team has worked to improve the quality of life for veterans and all people living with spinal cord injury and disease. There are an estimated 100,000 American veterans with a spinal cord injury or disease. However, the work performed by Paralyzed Veterans of America benefits all veterans and all individuals with a disability.

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March 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Endangered Animals

March 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Endangered Animals
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You may be asking yourself, “Krystal, where are you going with this?”

No, I’m not naming animals at the zoo nor am I going to discuss how cute they are….even though they are. What I am going to do is spotlight the danger they are in.

These are just a few of the “critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable” animals the world has according to A-Z Animals. And it’s time, time to take a stand and put an end to the devastation that we are causing to our animal friends. Let’s not add any more animals to the list of extinct animals including:

  • Dodo

Endangered – (of a species) seriously at risk of extinction.

Extinct – (of a species, family, or other larger group) having no living members; no longer in existence.

Can you image? A world with no more animals? Keep reading to find out how you can join the efforts to help put an end to endangered animals.

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February 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Childhood Cancer Awareness

February 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Childhood Cancer Awareness
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Cancer of any type or age is terrible but when it affects our children it’s something completely unimaginable. Although pediatric cancer death rates have declined by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades, cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease among children. The most common types of cancer diagnosed in children ages 0 to 14 years are leukemias, brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and lymphomas. But the amazing people at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital work tirelessly day after day to ensure the tiny little human that walk through their doors are taken care of. 

While September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, M.A.P.B decided to #gogold (Gold Ribbon brings awareness to Childhood Cancer) and raise awareness in February.

Let’s check out what the makers have in store for us this month! Enjoy… 

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January 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Mental Health Awareness

January 2018 Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Mental Health Awareness
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What Is Mental Illness?

Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities.

Mental illness is common. In a given year:

  • Nearly one in five (19%) U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness.
  • One in 24 (4.1% has a serious mental illness.
  • One in 12 (8.5%) has a substance use disorder.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Just know that mental illness is treatable and the vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness, please get support!!!

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November Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Diabetes Awareness

November Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Diabetes Awareness
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Hey y’all, welcome back. Today I have the newest Monthly Awareness Polish Box focusing on diabetes. National Diabetes Awareness Month is November and World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14. This disease plagues a lot of families and hits close to home. Today we will get to the bottom of diabetes finding what it is, stats and figures and what you can do to lower your risk.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy

What are the different types of diabetes?

The most common types of diabetes are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin every day to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Sometimes diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 diabetes.

How common is diabetes?

As of 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, had diabetes. More than 1 in 4 of them didn’t know they had the disease. Diabetes affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. About 90-95 percent of cases in adults are type 2 diabetes.

New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.

Lower Your Risk

Small Steps for Your Health

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight
  • Lower High Cholesterol
  • Physical Activity
  • Lower High Blood Pressure
  • Lower High Blood Glucose
  • Quit Smoking

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Polish Box: The Color Box – Rainbow

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Rainbows are so pretty, aren’t they? They appear high in the sky after a rainfall and I don’t know about you but I always make a wish when I see one. I like to think of them as a sign of good luck and of course I always wonder, where does it start and where does it end? I also wonder do people in other parts of the world see the same rainbow? Are they making a wish too?

Well, no longer do I have to wait for rain to see a rainbow! Starting Oct. 20th, you don’t either! 6 makers were paired with 6 blogger to create the ultimate rainbow! One that you can wear on your nails!

And now through 11:59 et on Thursday, Oct. 19th, you can enter to win the Rainbow Color Box. Keep reading and click on the link below to enter!

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Polish Box: Fall Seasonal Indie Box

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 It’s looks like Mother Nature has finally read her ‘Seasons Changing’ memo and turned off the heat. Today’s the first day in about a week that we are having seasonal temperatures. The weatherman is calling for a high of 78 but this morning when I woke up it was 71 and the first thing I reached for was my sweatshirt. My bed was so cozy and warm, the perfect place that you’d want to stay in all day but alas, I must adult and do all those things I dread, mainly laundry.

Speaking of which, I was so very proud of myself yesterday when I turned my mountain pile of laundry into a molehill. I finally felt as though I had accomplished something in life. I was on a high! That was until 2 mysterious baskets of laundry appeared out of thin air, like seriously?!

 I can’t!!

I abruptly yelled, ‘this is a joke, right?!’ As my 14 year old just turned and ran away. He must have noticed my….. frustration and washed a load himself! Yay, one point for me for great parenting.

Only….. he left the clothes in the washer all night meaning… I have to re-wash them. Dude, SERIOUSLY?!

Anywho, on a brighter note, today’s my moms birthday and because I didn’t get prior, approval I won’t say how hold she is, but at any age she’s still my best girl! Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Now, turning our attention to polish, today I have the Fall Seasonal Indie Box featuring Colores de Carol, Anchor & Heart, Turtle Tootsie and special guest, Tonic!!!!

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October Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Breast Cancer Awareness

October Monthly Awareness Polish Box: Breast Cancer Awareness
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Good Morning and happy Monday! This week we are starting things off with a little awareness. As you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that’s when the whole world goes PINK in an effort to bring aware awareness and change to a terrible disease that one in eight, yes 1:8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

So think about if you gathered yourself and 7 other females in your life. This stat of 1:8 means that one of you will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I don’t know about you, but that crazy to me.

Here are a few more stats that just blow my mind!

  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.*
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.*
  • Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.*
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.*
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.*
  • Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.*

I believe early detection is KEY!! Looks for signs:

  • A change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • A change in the breast or nipple appearance
  • Any nipple discharge—particularly clear discharge or bloody discharge

At-Home Self Breast Exams

Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month 7-10 days after menstrual period starts which is also when breasts are the least tender and lumpy.

If they are no longer menstruating, then select the same day of the month (first of the month for example) and mark it on the calendar to remind yourself when to perform this self exam.

What to look for is a change from last month’s exam to this month’s exam. It is not unusual to have lumpy or bumpy breasts. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

Note: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately.

This is not to scare anyone, it’s simply to bring and raise awareness.

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