What Is Vaginoplasty And Could It Help You?

There are a lot of elective surgical procedures out there that people use to improve the look or function of part of their body. However, while most people are familiar with things like nose jobs, face lifts, and breast augmentation as a concept, fewer women are aware that it is also possible to have surgeries that can improve the look and shape of your more intimate parts.

Vaginoplasty and labiaplasty are procedures that people use for a number of reasons, and when vaginoplasty surgery is done by a good surgeon like David Ghozland, they can generally give the results promised.

What Is Vaginoplasty And Who Benefits From It?

Vaginoplasty is a procedure used to ‘tighten up’ the vagina. This can be done for a number of things. For instance, a vagina may have become looser during childbirth and can’t be fixed with things like Kegel exercises. It can also be the result of ageing.

The main reason why people book a vaginoplasty is to improve sexual sensation and confidence. Some women feel less appealing to current or potential partners if they have looseness because of birth or ageing, and also don’t enjoy intercourse as much. Vaginoplasty can help them regain their confidence and enjoyment. As such, it is most popular with middle-aged women and women who had difficult births.

What Is Labioplasty And What Is This Used For?

Another form of elective surgery some women have is labioplasty. Labioplasty is more a cosmetic procedure, which changes the shape and size of the inner or outer labia. This is usually done because someone is unhappy with oversized or asymmetric labia and would like to correct this, and occasionally it is done as reconstructive surgery.

Is Vaginoplasty Right For You?

As with any surgery, vaginoplasty and labioplasty do carry some risks from anaesthetic and infection, so while they are common and professionally performed procedures, you should still weigh up the benefits before deciding whether they are your best option. Some people can achieve tighter vaginas after childbirth or in middle-age simply by doing exercises that tighten the muscles, and so if the problem is not severe, this is worth trying before going under the knife. However, if you have always been self-conscious about your labia or have become less confident or found sex less enjoyable since you lost your pre-children, youthful ‘tightness’, then considering vaginoplasty may well help you psychologically as well as physically.

If you have a problem that you think could potentially be addressed by this kind of surgery, the best thing to do is arrange a consultation with a good surgeon and talk through the options available to you. In cosmetic surgery, every case is different and so this initial consultation is important in answering your questions and helping you decide if the surgery is something you want to go ahead with.

Vaginoplasty is becoming increasingly popular, however, and there are plenty of women who have no regrets about taking the plunge!

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Treat the Team with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

This post is sponsored by Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.

It’s that time of year – fall sports are in full swing! It’s actually one of my favorite sports seasons, because pretty much any sport you play has a league in the fall.

Our fall teams work very hard – practicing 3 or more times a week, plus one or two games a week on top of it. Sometimes the kids spend more time with their teammates then they do their own families we keep them so busy! So when it’s all said and done, we like to treat the team to a special day out. This year, we were lucky enough to treat them to Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for a homemade made-from-scratch meal!

Now I don’t know about you, but our kids after a big game are starving. They couldn’t get their menu’s fast enough to see what they wanted – my little guy of course knew right away he wanted ‘the best mac n’ cheese ever‘ as he calls it. He pretty much licks the bowl clean it’s so good!

Let me tell ya’ – the delicious homemade kids meals from Cheddar’s are cheaper than fast food kid meals. Let that sink in for a minute. So even if you don’t think you can keep your team tamed enough to all sit down at a restaurant for a meal, get it to go! They have convenient carry-out service, and they will make sure to send forks and spoons and napkins so you could even have a party in the park!

He loves him some mac n’ cheese!
Of course no visit to Cheddar’s is complete without dessert! The boys said they could handle their own hot fudge cake – so we let them give it a try (most desserts are big enough for 2 to share; but they’ve been good sports all year, so we let them get their own). In my opinion, I’d make a trip to Cheddar’s just for dessert!

They got started pretty quick – and realized their eyes were a bit bigger than their stomachs

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Clogs Be Gone with Roto-Rooter

I’ve told you before about the old house I live in – where I literally think the pipes are older than any living member of my family. With 5 people and 2 cats in our house, you can imagine the type of clogs we get – especially with 2 teenage girls, and a mischievous little boy. In fact, we were just talking last night about how when my son was about 7 he tried to sneak his kitten to school – in his backpack. Thankfully I noticed he was being just a bit too careful with his backpack on the way out the door, so I checked – but I sure didn’t expect to see a cat! Obviously this is just one of many situations we have gotten ourselves into with our little guy.

So I guess I should admit I can’t always just blame the kids (though I would say clogs are about 99% them). On occasion when I’m cooking I am really really bad about putting grease down my kitchen drain.

Now it’s not on purpose – I’m just usually cooking when I get home from work, with kids asking me questions about homework, my son asking when dinner is going to be done because he’s starving, and cats meowing about the same. On more than one occasion I’ve went to drain the ground beef for tacos or spaghetti and oops – there it went.

We don’t have a garbage disposal of course, so there it went – and each time I know I’m gonna’ have to dig out the Roto-Rooter -usually the max or gel cleaner, or I’m gonna’ be in big trouble.

Having Roto-Rooter products in my closet have been a life saver on more than one occasion. Because trust me, I’ve ran out before, and it’s not pretty. Especially at 11 o’clock at night and I am trying to do dishes so I can go to bed (I cannot go to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes – it ruins my morning!)

The great thing about Roto-Rooter MAX is literally within an hour I’ve been able to go right back to business – no extra work needed!

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Sheet Pan Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Sheet Pan Blueberry Banana Pancakes

Yields: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Bake Time: 10-14 minutes | Total Time: 15-19 minutes

 

Ingredients:

4 cups pancake mix (+ required water, milk, eggs, etc)

1 cup blueberries

1 banana, sliced thin

2 tablespoons butter

 

Additional materials:

Large rimmed sheet pan

Aluminum foil

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Prepare batter in a large bowl as stated on packaging or as directed on recipe. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter. Brush butter onto prepared sheet pan. Pour pancake batter onto pan – spreading it evenly. 
  4. Place half of the blueberries and bananas onto the top of the poured batter. Bake for 5-7 minutes (approximately half way through), and remove from oven to add the second half of blueberries and bananas (the fruit sinks through as it’s baking). Place pan back in the oven and check it again after baking for 5 additional minutes. 
  5. Pancakes are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. To get the golden brown color, turn your oven to broil and place the pan in the oven for 2 minutes at a time until desired shade is reached. You may need to rotate the pan to get even color.

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The Christmas Tree Debate: To Go Real or Artificial

For many families who celebrate Christmas, there is an all too common debate that they must revisit every year: whether to buy a real or artificial Christmas tree that year.

 

Probably many of us remember the debates our parents had when we were children, or we have at least heard of them. One parent was raised with an artificial tree and the other a real tree at Christmas, and neither can bear the thought of changing.

 

The debate can get surprisingly heated!

 

So, if you are anticipating yet another Christmas tree debate this year at Christmas, let us help you out by spelling out the pros and cons of each option.

 

The Real Deal: Live Christmas Trees

 

For folks on the “real Christmas trees only” team, they tout many factors for why a real tree is the only Christmas tree for them.

 

The most common supporting point for this side is the wonderful fir-tree smell. Smells are one of the biggest things that establish strong memories in our brains. So, naturally, when someone grows up smelling a real Christmas tree every year at Christmas, their fond memories of the season are unrelentingly tied to the smell. It simply doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.

 

Another factor for real tree fans is the process of going to pick the tree out as a family. Many families start the Christmas season by going together to hunt for the perfect tree. The whole process of pulling the trees out, turning them to check for bare spots and broken limbs, is all a part of building the season’s special feelings.

 

This is especially true for those who like to go to actual Christmas tree farms to find and cut down their own tree. Such activities for many are necessary to recreate the Christmas cheer that they experienced as children. They are tradition.

 

However, there are of course down sides to living Christmas trees. For one, they will require much more maintenance, including watering and fertilizing them as long as you keep them up, else they will turn brown and start to shed their needles.

Real trees are also very messy, even if you keep them well maintained. The sap manages to get everywhere, as do the needles.

 

Finally, it is not exactly easy to get or dispose of the real Christmas tree, especially if you do not have a very large vehicle. And disposal often requires a special trip to the land fill.

Here are all of the pros and cons we could think of for a quick reference:

 

Pros:

  • Wonderful, seasonal smell from the fir tree
  • The festive tradition of picking out and even cutting down the tree
  • Every year there is a different tree to make new memories with
  • They are never pre-decorated, so your family will also make memories decorating a new tree every year

Cons:

  • Live trees are difficult to transport if you don’t have a big car
  • They make quite a mess with their sap and needles
  • They take a lot of work to care for (watering and providing “Christmas tree food”) to prevent them from browning
  • Even with good care, they can die and turn brown before the season is over
  • Not easy to get rid of when Christmas is over

The Artificial Option

 

 

For those who believe artificial Christmas trees are the best, they also have just as strong opinions on the matter.

 

For many artificial tree supporters, convenience and idealism are their strong points of argument.

 

As far as convenience goes—there is no yearly trip to the store or tree farm and the complicated process of transporting it home. There is also no mess from needles or sap.

 

Some take the convenience a step further and purchase trees that already have lights and decorations already on the tree. For those who have little time, or those without children or with grown children, these trees create the festive spirit without all of the demanding work.

 

With regards to idealism, artificial trees are usually perfectly symmetrical and filled in. There are no gaps, broken limbs, or awkward angles. The trees look perfect enough for a post card. And for the trees that come with lights already on them, the lights are evenly distributed, which is great for those who are not gifted in the art of lighting a tree.

 

Still wondering about the fir-tree smell, though? Artificial tree fans have an answer for that too—plug ins and candles that spread the fir scent all through the house.

 

Here are all the pros and cons for artificial trees:

 

Pros:

  • Absolutely no mess (no needles, no sap)
  • No maintenance—tree doesn’t need to be watered to stay green
  • Easy to put up and pack up
  • Can come already lit and decorated for ultimate convenience
  • Perfect tree every time

 

Cons:

  • No (natural) fir-tree smell
  • No tradition of trekking out to find the perfect tree
  • Miss out on lighting and decorating your own tree each year (which may be a pro for you…)
  • Same tree (and possibly lights and decorations) every year

 

Hopefully our run-down helps you and your family make a unified decision this year!

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