The Truth

I, too, have a memory. I support your right to speak against your abusers. This is the only way you can ever heal. Don’t expect them to ever admit to the truth. They probably won’t. But I believe you. I know how it is to have people blame you for the abuse, to call you a liar, etc. I empathize with you. I understand. Your family is WRONG. You are RIGHT.

I Have Memory

The Truth

By Virginia Carraway Stark

After the last blog I published I had a roaring response from my family who were angered that I dared to talk about the abuse I had suffered. The responses fall into the chart of classic abuse to perfection.

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The minimized, denied and blamed me for the abuse. One member of my ‘family’ said that it wasn’t any wonder Katy shunned me because I dared to talk about the abuse. The messages sent to me by family who were suddenly made aware of my blog was phenomenal. They attempted to intimidate me, threaten me, call me names, abuse me emotionally and to shun me.

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I don’t think they realized how that made me feel because it let something loose inside of me. It was like it was the midnight hour and someone called out, ‘Unmask, unmask’ and all their true monstrous faces were revealed…

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I love a nice glass of wine on occasion. Sadly, I’m the only one in my household who drinks wine and I only drink one glass or so, every once in a while. This makes opening a bottle of wine a bit of a waste, since it’s pretty much impossible to reseal a bottle of wine after it’s been opened. When Fabulously Functional asked me to try their Sip & Save Wine Preserver in exchange for an honest review, I was ecstatic. Here was a chance to have a nice (big) glass of wine and be able to preserve the rest of the bottle to drink later.


I’m huge champagne lover, so luckily had the foresight to read my instructions. This product is NOT for sparkling wines or champagnes.

The Sip & Save Wine Preserver is a wine pump that is designed to extract the air from an opened bottle of wine, thus slowing the oxidation process. This keeps your wine fresh.


This is a high quality tool made of stainless steel, ABS plastic, and silicone and is designed to provide years of use. It’s even dishwasher safe.


In addition, the Wine Preserver comes with two reusable push-button wine stoppers, so you can have two bottles of wine opened and sealed properly at one time. If you’re like me, you might want red wine one night and a nice, smooth white wine the next. With these two stoppers, you can have both. Use the pump to remove the excess oxygen, and the wine can be safely sealed for 4-7 days.


I’ve used other seals, and have never been able to lay the bottle down after sealing. The bottle ALWAYS leaks. I read the information on the Sip & Save and discovered that, with this product, after I sealed my bottle, I could lay it horizontally without worrying about leakage. At first, I was skeptical, but I tried it, and my bottle did not leak, even after 4 or 5 days!


This product is great and the company is wonderful, too. The communication from the staff is outstanding. I had questions, and I got answers, quickly and professionally. I love working with a company that employs people who will talk to me.


This company is so fabulous, they’ve offered $2.00 off the Sip & Save Wine Preserver to all those who read this, follow my blog, Twitter, Facebook, other social media, or who just want to take advantage of a great bargain. The code to get this savings is SIPSAVE8. Enter this code in the promotion blank during the Amazon checkout process. Here is the link:


With outstanding customer service and a product that works even better than I’d expected, this company easily rates 5 well-preserved stars!

All opinions stated in this review are my own. I would never recommend a product I would not or do not use in my own household.


Micobiome Heart

If you’ve been reading my product reviews, you know I’m a strong supporter of probiotics. In the past, I reviewed a different probiotic produced by this company, Microbiome Plus + Gastointestinal. I loved that probiotic, so I was thrilled when I was presented the opportunity to try Microbiome Plus + Heart in exchange for an honest review. In addition, the company is also offering a free box of Microbiome Plus + Heart to one of my followers. Please find the giveaway information at the bottom of this review.

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According to information provided by the company, Microbiome Plus + Heart is both a probiotic and an omega-3 supplement, providing the full daily American Heart Association dietary recommendation of omega-3, which may reduce heart disease. It also contains the probiotic L. reuteri NCIMB 30242, which supports normal cholesterol levels and inflammatory response.

This means that, not only is the body getting the excellent intestinal protection Microbiome Plus is known for providing, but also an added level of protection for the heart.

Company information states that Microbiome Plus + Heart is designed to support healthy cholesterol and triglycerides, a normal inflammatory response, healthy blood pressure, and healthy bile metabolism. For more information about Microbiome’s products, check out the company’s website at

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I suffer from high cholesterol, and have a serious family history of heart disease. While my blood pressure is usually good, my family history in that department is also pretty grim. I was amazed to find I could potentially decrease my cholesterol, and protect against the other maladies, while taking my daily probiotic.

I’ve taken probiotics for many, many years, and consider myself something of an expert. I suffer from severe food, environmental, and pet allergies, so it’s been necessary for me to take a probiotic since I was in college and finally received an accurate diagnosis. Without assistance, and a strict diet, my “bad” yeast tends to take over my body. A good, quality probiotic goes a long way toward maintaining a healthy balance of the good and bad yeasts within the body.

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I continue to find myself quite pleased with this company’s products. The way the company divides the medication into a morning and evening dose, with two pills: one is the probiotic and the other is the omega-3. It’s always easy to remember whether you’ve taken your daily medication and whether you’ve taken both your morning and evening doses.

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Both the convenience of the packaging, creativity and helpfulness of the daily dosages, and the effectiveness of the product combine to make this a truly great product.

I rate Micobiome Plus + Heart a healthy 5 stars.

All opinions in this review are my own. I would never recommend a product that I do not or would not use myself or in my own household.

Now for the giveaway information: If you use probiotics, or have always wanted to try one, here’s your chance. This particular probiotic is Microbiome Plus + Heart. You can enter my giveaway by commenting on my Facebook page at, via Twitter (my Twitter handle is @willms_m), or on either of my blogs: or If you comment on one of the blogs, be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. The contest ends Thursday, April 5, 2015.


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I suffer from frequent and severe migraines. With insurance costs rising, and medication expenses becoming absolutely astronomical, I’m always happy to find a natural/holistic solution to any of my medical problems. and La Lune Peppermint Essential Oil allowed me to try an all-natural, essential oil in exchange for an honest review. This gave me an ideal opportunity to explore a wonderful solution to my various asthma, allergy, and migraine issues through the use of one wonderful product.

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With the purchase of this product, La Lune provides an excellent ebook filled with spa treatments and home remedies using this peppermint essential oil.

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Using this ebook, I was able to find wonderful treatments for stress, migraines, acne, athlete’s foot (my son has some serious issues), itching, insects, cellulite, air freshener (it’s easy to make a wonderful and refreshing scent for home use) and many more.

All this from one simple and affordable item: La Lune Peppermint Essential Oil. This item is 100% natural.

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Shortly after being approved for this product, a necessary hospital treatment was delayed due to insurance issues. As a result, my health began to plummet uncontrollably. When I began to experience a migraine, I immediately searched through the included booklet for the recipe for migraine remedies. Not only did the migraine remedy immediately begin to help, I also used the book to find sinus/allergy solutions and my breathing began to improve. I continued to use this product for a plethora of other issues.

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For instance, when placed in a steamer, peppermint oil helps reduce mucus in the throat. Simply add a few drops of peppermint oil to boiling water and breathe in the steam.

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For best results, remember to always carefully dilute as described within the recipe booklet, either with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.
There are no additives, and no fillers in this product. It is certified by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).

La Lune has kindly offered to give away a bottle of its wonderful Peppermint Essential Oil. Those interested in entering this giveaway should follow my blog and comment below by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, letting me know the best way to contact you. If you have any trouble entering via this blog, you may also enter via my Tumblr blog at, or by sending me a Tweet at @willms_m saying “enter me into your giveaway for #LaLunePeppermint. You can also send me an email asking to be entered at michelle_willms at yahoo dot com.

I rate this product 5 brilliant, healthy stars!!
All opinions stated in this review are my own. I would never recommend a product I would not or do not use in my own household.

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Product Review: Naturalico Jump Rope

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My family is very health conscious. With today’s youth being engrossed more and more in TV and indoor activities, and work keeping adults from exercise, it’s always great to find fun, fast, easy ways to get a great physical and cardio workout in just a few quick minutes. I received a wonderful, high quality jump rope from Naturalico to try in exchange for an honest review.

This lovely wire jump rope is exceptionally well-balanced, using high-grade ball bearings. This allows the rope to turn faster. The handles turn, as well, so that tangling is prevented.


It has a 10 ft. cable, so it easily accommodates people of any height. Additionally, it’s adjustable. This allows the jumper to ensure the rope is at the precise length for precision jumping.

It also comes with a lovely travel bag, so the jump rope is easy to pack up and carry around. It fits in computer cases, backpacks, purses, glove compartments of cars, and other small spaces.

I adjusted the rope for each of my children in less than ONE MINUTE for each child. Understand, this rope is NOT a toy. This is for serious training. It’s appropriate for cardio and fitness training for all sports, or just to stay in shape. According to information provided by the company, ten minutes of jumping rope “can provide the same calorie burn as 30 minutes of slow cardio” workout.

I was immensely impressed with the quality of this jump rope, and with the quality of service provided by the company.
I rate this product 5 healthy stars.
All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I would not recommend a product I would nor or do not use in my own home.

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I’ve used many retinol serums and products, but when I saw the opportunity to try Azure Naturals retinol in exchange for an honest review, I was really excited. Azure Naturals uses a combination of products that is safe, and is guaranteed.

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Additionally, it is made in the USA with the highest quality natural and organic ingredients available: 97% Natural, 72% Organic. Additionally, it contains no alcohol, no parabens; it’s plant based, has no GMOs, it’s cruelty free and is never tested on animals!
There’s a wonderful giveaway and discount offer connected to this post, so please keep reading!!

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The earlier you start using a retinol moisturizer, the better, but it’s never, never too late. Start out using it every other day and increase gradually until you can use every day.

Azure Naturals is a wonderful product that is almost entirely natural and/or organic. It is a thick, clear serum that has a rich, earthy odor that dissipates almost immediately after the product has been massaged into the skin. It dissolves very rapidly. Remember, a small bit goes a very long way, so use sparingly.
Remember to use a good moisturizer after applying the retinol serum. I loved this serum. I have sensitive skin and serum worked well; I had no breakouts while using this product. It’s professional strength, so you can know you’re getting the best possible strength for the money.

Azure Naturals has a nice line of products for all your skin care needs.

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I rate Azure retinol serum 5 healthy stars.
This review is my own opinion; I would never recommend a product I do not or would not use in my own household.
The company has been kind enough to provide a bottle of this product to one of my followers. If you’d like to enter the giveaway for Azure Naturals Retinol Serum, please let me know by either commenting via Twitter at @willms_m, on either of my blogs at, or, or even via email at (please put AZURE NATURALS GIVEAWAY in the subject line) by Friday, Feb. 20.

For those of you who don’t win the giveaway, Azures Naturals has generously offered a 20% giveaway. Just entered the code AZURES20 when checking out on the product can be found at:

If you’d like additional information about any of Azure Naturals Products, please check out their links at:,, #azurenaturals,
Thank you and good luck!