Don’t Let Road Trips Throw You A Curve

Road trips are escapes from the routine at the speed of life.

Americans and cars go together like apple pie and ice cream. We enjoy our cars, especially for road trips!

Many of us don’t typically experience carsickness, but you throw in enough curves and hills as we motor toward the end of a day’s driving, and some of us will feel queasy.

The fact is, any of us may experience carsickness under the right (or wrong) circumstances.

There are a few things you can do to try and get to the end of your driving day puke-free. Most importantly before you hit the road make sure you have a Reliefband for everyone in the car.

Take frequent driving breaks to get everyone out of the car and check out the scenery.

Keep a stream of cool air blowing in the face of each person while the car is in motion.

Don’t consume greasy or heavy food, and keep the smelly food for another time.

Eat light snacks while in the car.

Stay hydrated with non-sugary liquids – plain water is perfect.

Keep your eyes focused on the horizon (not at scenery zipping past the side of the car).

Be aware that it’s possible for anyone to get carsick, or even all your passengers. Be prepared, have fun out there and live life in full motion with Reliefband!

Morning Sickness And Summer Heat

You’re pregnant. Yay!!

You’re pregnant during the summer. Yay-ack-ugh!

We all know that heat and humidity can increase the rottenness of morning sickness. But, there are a few things you can do to help get your pregnant self through the summer weather.

First, no matter the temperature, get a Reliefband® and wear it to treat the nausea, retching, and vomiting associated with morning sickness.

Stay hydrated. Make ice cubes out of your OB/GYN-approved refreshing liquid and, on those days when you can’t make yourself drink, suck on those cubes. Also, keep foods and beverages in the house that will rehydrate you quickly. Always check with your OB/GYN to determine what will work for you.

If you have to leave your air-conditioned happy place, stay in the shade outdoors, and if possible, sit in the path of a sprinkler, or plop your bare feet in a kiddie pool filled with cool water. If neither of those water options are available, take a spray bottle full of water with you and give yourself a spritz every now and then.

Even when you’re enjoying air-conditioning, a cool shower can help.

Avoid your triggers, such as certain smells or foods. But, make yourself eat a little something. An empty stomach does not decrease nausea.

Take care of yourself, and here’s hoping for a mild summer!

If you have a moment, share your summer heat vs. morning sickness tricks in the comments so that other readers might benefit.

Bye Mom, Hello Uni!

It’s that time of year when we help our grown children pack up and leave the family home. University for them, now-idle bedroom converted to a hobby room for us.

Life is good.

So, what’s on the packing list? There is a packing list, right? If not, you will be shipping multiple packages for months, full of forgotten boots, tennis rackets, special shampoos, or favorite jammies.

Bedding. Take a look at your child’s bed and add everything you see to the list. Pillows, sheets, blankets, throw pillows, possibly stuffed animals will all make the list. Plus, an anti-bedbug mattress cover and some sort of feather or foam mattress topper to provide cushioning for what is sure to be a hard mattress.

Room stuff. If you know how big the room is and what’s already in it, this part should be easy. Things to consider: seating (chair, beanbag, futon, whatever), lamps, desk, rugs, small table(s), trashcans, storage bins for under the bed and bed risers to make more room for the bins, hangers and storage bins for the closet, large mirror, curtains and rods, wall décor, fridge, fan. Well, that’s a start.

Bathroom items. This is the tough one because you’ll need to go into your child’s bathroom in order to fill out the list. Take your child with you — no sense in suffering alone. Starting from one corner of the room, inspect every inch of the space, making your way completely around the room while noting items for the list. Don’t forget essential but non-personal objects such as toilet paper and cotton balls.

Medical/Legal necessities. Note all prescription and over-the-counter medicines your child takes, even those taken only occasionally. Plus, list any documents that will need to be in the possession of your grown child. Note: it’s critical that you make copies of all documents you send with your child. When possible, send the copy and keep the original. Think passport, health/car/renters insurance, birth certificate, social security, bank accounts, really all the documents you’ve kept safely filed away, you’ll now have to entrust to your grown child.

Odds and ends. There are helpful lists on the internet that mention hundreds of necessary and unnecessary items your child may need to pack for university. It’s a good idea to browse those lists and compare yours for missing items. Some overlooked things we find useful for grown children packing for university are earplugs, duct tape, umbrella, flashlight, deck of cards, small toolkit, and a sleep mask.

And finally, help them live life in full motion. Slip a Reliefband® on your young adult’s wrist and explain how to use it. It’s drug-free wearable tech that treats the nausea, retching, and vomiting associated with VR-related motion sickness. He or she will be prepared for the next epic all-day battle in Raw Data or Chronos, right after he/she aces the tests for the week.

If they are wearing a Reliefband®, they won’t need mom or dad there to treat the nasty symptoms of motion sickness caused by VR, or those caused by riding in cars/planes/boats.

That’s a good thing . . . right? Sniff.

Europe In Summer

Every part of Europe calls to us — maybe it’s the history, or perhaps the romance. Whatever it is, its pull is nearly irresistible.

Those of us who suffer from motion sickness find the pull isn’t as strong given the nausea, retching, and vomiting we experience when traveling by car, plane, train, boat or even, on a bad day, an elevator.

However, it’s summer and time to get our vacay on!

Don’t let motion sickness ruin your day (or your vacay); instead, start living your life. With Reliefband® on the wrist, you control those nasty symptoms, and you’ll find travel isn’t the nausea-inducing torture it used to be.

If you’re ready to plan your visit, we have a few favorite spots to share.

Majorca is a Spanish island drenched in ancient ruins, mountains, and beach resorts. It is a land to suit nearly every preference. Pack lots of sunscreen and relax.

Corfu provides a bit of the touristy beach vibe, but primarily, it’s an island that introduces you to the slow pace of life in Greece. If you want to immerse yourself in the Greek culture, this is the perfect spot.

Scotland, the land of lochs, moors, kilt-wearing men, castles, golf courses, bagpipes, and cities and landscapes so beautiful, it melts the heart. No one ever regrets a trip to Scotland.

Really, there are a thousand spots around Europe that would delight anyone looking for a place to land for a week or two. The point is to get out there and enjoy life.

Don’t let the misery of motion sickness stop you from trying new things. Live your life in full motion!

Morning Sickness Beyond Three Months

Giving birth and raising a child—there’s nothing like it, right? Starting or growing your family is what it’s all about. Humans are tribal by nature and we all want to be a part of a clan, our own clan.

Pregnancy, on the other hand, can feel isolating. Your partner wants to help, your parents fuss and make casseroles, but at the end of the day, it’s you and Herbert or Harriet, your baby-to-be.

Morning sickness, the nausea and (sometimes) vomiting that strikes multiple times throughout the day, can be pretty awful. But it’s considered by many doctors to be an indication that the placenta is developing as it should, so it’s a good thing. To the doctors, it’s a good thing. To you, not so much.

The better news is that typically it’s gone after about 12 weeks, except when it’s not.

Some pregnant women experience morning sickness during their entire pregnancy.

There are a few things you can do to get through morning sickness, whether it lasts for 12 weeks or 40 weeks:

  • Keep plain crackers by your bed and munch on them before you get up in the morning, or anytime during the night if you’re feeling peckish.

  • Eat five to seven small meals spaced out over the day.

  • Stay hydrated!

  • Don’t stay in stuffy areas, and keep the air moving by opening a window or turning on a fan.

  • Put on your Reliefband® before you get out of bed in the morning, and anytime you feel a hint of nausea coming on.


Morning sickness can be managed, and the symptoms of nausea and vomiting can be prevented or treated by wearing a Reliefband®.

You will at some point stop feeling nauseous and deliver Herbert or Harriet!

One thing to consider: If your morning sickness seems excessive – you keep vomiting and food just won’t stay down – contact your healthcare provider. You may have hyperemesis gravidarum, and that requires medical attention.

Reliefband – People Keep Talking About Us!

We stopped by Amazon.com recently to read the reviews. It’s something we do fairly often.

Feedback is critical to our plans for the future. What do you love about Reliefband? What additions would you like to see down the road?

It all factors into the decision-making process.

We thought you’d like to see what verified purchasers of Reliefband are saying, and we hope you chime in with your thoughts in the comments!

  • It actually works! For the first time ever, I went on a boat trip without issues. It was tricky at first to locate the “sweet spot” on my right wrist, but now I can position the Reliefband correctly within seconds. This is a game changer for travel and excursions! — N/A

  • It worked for me as a passenger in the back of a van on windy mountain roads with a nut job driver. — Marcus D.

  • Lifesaver! Great for motion sickness prevention! — Amazon Customer

  • It works! I used the Reliefband for the first time on a recent trip. I used it on the airplane and as a car passenger. I had no problems with motion sickness. I am so happy to have found something that works without taking a pill that makes you drowsy! — Cheryl F.

  • So far we love the Reliefband for Motionsickness. I bought it for my son prior to going on a trip and he wore it in the car and never had any problems with getting car sick. We also took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and he wore it for that adventure and didn’t feel sick at all that time either. It definitely gives you a little electric impulse that you can feel. I didn’t realize at first how strong it was until he showed me. So we keep it dialed down to one for him all the time since he is only 9 years old. I am hoping to try it out as well since I have always had issues with motion sickness since I was a child. I just can’t bring myself to take it from him to try it yet. — mmufgator

  • I am happy I found this product. I was at first very skeptical if this product would actually work. But for me it works 100 percent. I had tried several different motion sickness medications before, which unfortunately can have strong side effects. I used the reliefband on a small boat in the ocean, in a helicopter and during an 8 hour plane flight. I have not experienced any motion sickness during that time. The only thing to mention: I needed a bit of time and experience to find the perfect spot on my wrist. But I am really happy I found this product. — qwerty

  • Reliefband works! I’ve been using Reliefband for over ten years to treat chronic nausea brought about or exacerbated by a stroke many years ago. Whenever a random bout of nausea occurs, which is usually a couple of time a month, I put on the Reliefband and set it on “2”. Within 30 minutes or so I’m feeling improvement – sometimes total relief and sometimes a great improvement, which is more than welcome. I see there are a few negative reviews here, but my experience has been all positive. — David M.

  • Prevented sea-sickness, and easy to use. I used this on a recent Alaska cruise. The ocean was rough and everybody else in my group–including those with prescription anti-motion sickness meds–became seasick. NOT ME! I’m so glad I spent the money to get this easy-to-use device before i left. — A. C.

  • This thing works. All I know is my wife can ride in the car without getting pissed at me anymore! — Pros and Cons

  • AMAZING. I am a captain on a sportfishing boat in California and deal with seasick people all the time. I have seen a lot of products come and go over the years, from pills to patches to drinks to chew things, but this thing amazed me. Last week we were on a yacht tuna fishing 55 miles offshore and a passenger was on the verge of puking, I mean he was really green. The owner of the boat slaps this thing on his wrist and within 20 minutes the guy says he feels fantastic. I was and am still blown away. — Damon D.



    • It works on car sickness/motion sickness. My son gets car sick riding the bus to school then suffers until the effects wear off sometime later in the day. I bought this hoping it would help and to my surprise and astonishment, he said it worked within seconds of putting it on. He also took it with him to Boy Scout camp and helped his friend with an upset stomach. Since I don’t get motion sickness, I can’t say that it worked for me but the relief and shock on my son’s face said it was worth it. — Jimmy

    • Definitely works. Bought this for my daughter who gets car sick on road trips. Works like a charm. — Johan C.

    • Worth every penny. I just can’t say how much I appreciate this Reliefband! It WORKS. I have really bad motion sickness, so I got this for a trip to Disneyland. Normally I have trouble even riding a merry-go-round. But while wearing this I was able to ride Indiana Jones, Star Tours, and even Space Mountain. Normally motion simulators make me sick but I had zero problems. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s so worth it. — Cascade book lover


    Thanks, everybody! We love the feedback and appreciate your time with letting us know how you feel.

Wearable Tech For The Holidays

Wearable technology is exploding in creativity and usefulness! This round-up of products is just a glimpse at what’s happening in the field.

Enjoy!



 

Personal Safety

Keeping ourselves and those we care about safe and sound is a big deal. Wearsafe is a small button you can clip to a piece of clothing or slip in a pocket. Once the button is pressed, friends are alerted to what’s happening with you, and your coordinates are shared. There’s a small monthly fee for the service.

The Allen Band helps loved ones and caregivers of seniors monitor heart rates, body temperatures, movement, and more. If it works as advertised, it will bring peace of mind to families. No monthly fee.

Revolar is similar to Wearsafe. Although it may not have as many features, it also does not have a monthly service fee. Do the research in the area of personal safety wearables to find the product that works for your needs.

Tracking

AngelSense helps parents track their kids who have special needs. It provides nearly constant GPS tracking and parents can hear what’s going on around the child, if necessary. There is a monthly fee for this service.

Pocketfinder helps track kids, at-risk seniors , pets, even teen drivers. It also acts as an alert when the wearer feels himself to be in danger. A bonus to this device is that it works internationally, making it an ideal travel companion. There is a monthly fee.

RevolutionaryTracker is a new product which can be worn on a pet’s collar, around a child’s wrist, or in the pocket of an at-risk senior. Calls can be made by the wearer or someone calling the wearer, and there is an SOS button and safety zone features. There is a monthly service fee.

Medical

HealthPatch MD tracks vitals such as heart rate, respiration, body posture and it even knows if you’ve fallen down. There are two components – a resuable sensor module and a disposable patch.

OrCam MyEye attaches to the arm of a pair of eyeglasses and helps the wearer identify individuals in front of them, as well as converts text to spoken word, allowing the wearer to “read” menus, street signs, or whatever it is they’re looking at.

Reliefband is worn around the wrist to control the nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness or morning sickness. It has adjustable settings to fit your individual needs and acts without drugs, and equally important, without delay.
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