An Alternative and Natural Method for TTC- The Stork OTC

“While I have received compensation for this post from Fertility Planit, all opinions are my own.”
Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 12.06.56 AM

If you have been reading my blog for a lengthy amount of time, you know that I have struggled with women’s health issues since a teen. I also shared my struggles with trying to conceive due to infertility difficulties related to PCOS. Thankfully during my struggles with trying to conceive, I received excellent medical care through a military fertility clinic that was local to me. My fertility treatment course began and ended with a drug to assist with ovulation and tracking my cycles with ovulation prediction sticks and basal body temperature. Thankfully I conceived during my second round of Clomid. My Clomid baby just recently turned five-years-old!

Unfortunately not all fertility stories end with a happy ending. I know several friends struggling with heartbreak and anxiety of infertility. Fertility options can often lead to several thousands of dollars. The additional costs related to trying to start or grow a family can add unnecessary stress on a couple, which can in fact be detrimental to TTC (trying to conceive).
Stork OTCI recently learned about an over-the-counter conception aid, The Stork OTC. The Stork OTC is an at-home conception device that was designed to help make TTC easier. The Stork OTC is more cost effective, as well, as it retails for just $79.99. Although I have not personally used the Stork OTC, I mentioned the Stork OTC to several of my friends and a couple of them were successful in TTC using the product. They raved about find at their local Target and CVS. My closest friend told me that The Stork OTC was relatively easy to use, once she convinced her husband to give it a try.

The Stork OTC assists couples in conceiving through the use of cervical cap insemination. It is designed to be used as the next option for a couple who are having a difficult time conceiving, but are not ready to try more costly in-clinic methods. The Stork OTC contains two parts: the Conceptacle and the applicator. The Conceptacle, a latex-free condom-like sheath, is used to collect the sperm during intercourse or can be used with donor sperm. After intercourse, the cervical cap is placed on the Conceptacle. The cervical cap is then placed onto the applicator, which is used to guide the cervical cap through the vagina to the cervix. The cervical cap remains next to the cervix for 4-6 hours, optimizing the chance of conception. This video demonstrates how to use The Stork OTC.

The Stork OTC is most appropriate for couples we have received diagnoses of low sperm count, sperm immobility, or an unfavorable vaginal environment. It should only be used during the ovulatory phase of a women’s menstrual cycle. The Stork OTC should not be used by those whom it is medically unsafe to come pregnant or for those whom it is medically unsafe to have intercourse.

If this product were available when I was TTC, I would have tried it before resorting to other fertility options. It’s great to see that there are more options available to couples who desire to have a baby of their own. Please visit The Stork OTC for more information about this fertility assistance option.

If you have infertility problems, how long have you been TTC and what methods have you tried? Would you consider using the Stork OTC?

Sharing a Sweet Future in Bolivia

As a small business owner, corporate social responsibility is something I have given a lot of thought to. From choosing printing labs that use green packaging, to donating proceeds from my breastfeeding in public mini sessions to a local breastfeeding non-profit group, my efforts may be small, but they are important to my overarching business philosophy.

From small businesses to larger ones, corporate social responsibility is vital to a successful company. I have previously blogged about the Truvia brand’s partnership with the World Food Programme called Sharing a Sweet Future. This three year effort to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia began in 2012. Why Bolivia? Nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population is unable to afford adequate food to support a healthy life. Additionally, 65 percent of all rural households are unable to afford the minimum recommended caloric intake. With these statistics, it’s no surprise that the majority of Bolivia’s children consistently fall under the minimum daily caloric intake and are suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Truvia_Infographic
As the leading stevia brand, Truvia is committed to sourcing responsibly and stewarding natural resources. Since the Sharing a Sweet Future program began, the company has helped to improve the lives and communities of the people of Bolivia. This has been accomplished through enhancing access to nutrition with micronutrient packets and decreasing health risks for families by establishing safer cooking conditions by providing clean stoves. As a result, the Sharing a Sweet Future partnership has improved school meals for over 67,000 Bolivian schoolchildren, installed 258 energy efficient stoves, and supplied 130 metric tons of fortified vegetable cooking oil to cook 2 school meals per day.Image 3
Many people don’t realize this, but Bolivians use truly primitive cooking techniques with unsafe stoves, causing food borne pathogens, harmful smoke exposure, and burns to the adults and children in the communities. The Sharing a Sweet Future effort has provided more energy efficient stoves that allow Bolivians to make their foods using less fuel, generating less harmful smoke and minimizing environmental destruction. The program has also provided vegetable oil fortified with the highest level of Vitamin A nutrients and micronutrient powders in school meal baskets, to help children combat nutritional deficiencies. Image 1 (1)

Perhaps the best way to truly understand just how much the Sharing a Sweet Future initiative has helped is to read about and watch the impact it has had on the Bolivian community.

“Truvia’s support came at a time when we didn’t have any resources, and were almost going to close this type of program.”
-Sergio Torres, head of Bolivia operations for the WFP

“As a parent I am very satisfied that the children have a daily breakfast and lunch at the school. The products provided by WFP and the Municipality allow them to have a diversified diet.”
– Adolfo Brito, Father

The program has had a positive impact on faculty, students and parents. Ramiero Alvino, Field monitor explains, “Nicolas Flores attends the 5th grade in the Huapi School in the Municipality of Poroma. Among other things, he says that he and his sister and brother are continuing their studies thanks to the school feeding program, as only his mother is supporting them.”

Rene Flores, the principal of the Pisili School of the Education Nucleus of San José del Paredón in the Municipality of Tarabuco, shared how the program’s efforts to build new energy-efficient stoves have eliminated the smoke, so the mothers do not complain anymore about their children being exposed to harmful fumes. He also noted that the new stoves have reduced the quantity of firewood needed for cooking the school meals.

The Sharing a Sweet Future initiative may be coming to a close, but the impact it has made on the people of Bolivia will not be forgotten.I challenge you to reach out to your favorite local businesses to see how they are supporting important causes. Visit the Truvia sustainability page to learn more about the brand’s efforts: www.SharingaSweetFuture.com

This post is sponsored by Truvia® Natural Sweetener. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is Seven

Dear Oldest Son,sevenHappy 7th birthday my love (about a month late!). I can hardly even believe you are seven now. Just where does time go? About a month leading up to your birthday you kept saying, “I can’t wait to be seven, and then eight, and then nine and then ten.”. As you said this, your eyes would get bigger and bigger with each year. I love watching you grow, but can you slow down please?xander cake smashThis year has been very busy for you. In the spring, you played your very last year of teeball. Noah and you were on the same team, which was a lot of fun to watch. By the end of the season, you were running faster and hitting the ball much further. Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.33.02 PMLast spring you finished Kindergarten at Barnhart.  In the fall you started first grade at a brand new school. So far you are loving your new school and have learned so much! I love listening to you read and watching you write, including writing “speeding tickets” to your brothers when you play. Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.34.26 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.38.15 PMShortly after beginning first grade, you started your first hockey season as a Little Sabres. Each Saturday and Sunday morning from October until the end of February you worked hard, learning how to skate and puck handle. I have loved watching you fall in love with the game of hockey. Xander at hockeyAt the age of seven…you are goofy.Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.33.51 PMFierceScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.34.37 PMInquisitiveScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.35.06 PMContemplativeScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.37.03 PMMessyScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.35.43 PMand protectiveScreen Shot 2016-03-15 at 12.38.57 PMScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.57.31 PMI just know you are going to do great things and have big adventures this year. I love you so much, Xander. Happy birthday silly boy!

Love,

Mama

Winter’s Play

As January comes to an end, I can’t help but wonder where the first month of the new year has gone. The Stavish boys have been busy enjoying the first snow fall, a fun trip to the lego store, outings out around town, and then a whooping of a blizzard. These everyday moments and out of ordinary events that fill their brains with new experiences that I have the pleasure of witnessing and guiding them through. Guidance may come in the form of rescuing the smallest out of waist deep snow by the mail box or picking up more tiny red legos than I care to admit.

Years down the road I want to look back and remember these small moments.
Little boy giggles, while they wrestleScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.53.27 PMThe last few months snuggled in his cribScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.53.57 PMHis smile as he felt the snowflakes on his cheeksScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.56.14 PMThose tiny spiderman boots stomping through the mountains of snowScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 6.00.21 PMThe content look on his face as he hammered the hell out of anything in his wayScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.53.44 PMThe red hat he wore all winter long, never actually covering his ears. That just wasn’t his style.Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 6.01.41 PMA long nap after a morning of playScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 5.54.11 PMA ride in the snow