Keeping Control of Summer Schedules: Impressa

You’re going to tell me I protest too much when I tell you again and again that I don’t have bladder leakage. Not yet anyway.

Then why do I talk about Poise Impressa on my social media every chance I get? It’s because the products are meaningful to me – after seeing how they helped my grandmother during the last few years of her life. She was a very active woman with an extreme zest for life right until the end. She played bridge and golf and tennis. She liked to get her hair done once a week. She lived to 100-years-old (and 1/2) and was ordering her meals until the last day. I want to be just like her when I get older.


The thing is – bladder leakage happens to women MUCH younger than 100. Much, much younger, in fact.

Bladder leakage is not just a problem for older women. 35 million women of all ages experience stress urinary continence, which can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, and even exercise. Sometimes, it can be anything. Poise Impressa is designed to help stop leaks before they happen, and now gives women an option that helps them to stop worrying about leaks. There is a renewed sense of freedom and confidence to enjoy active, fulfilling lives.

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I was thinking what my life would be like if I had bladder leakage – and not under control – and there weren’t any options available to me, or if I was too afraid to seek help and advice. I would be missing SO much. My life looks like this lately:

7:00 – 7:30: Wake up. No alarm clocks ever. It’s either a natural wake up or one of the family members.
7:30 – 8:20: Shower, help the kids get dressed, give breakfast, feed the pets, pack Scarlet’s camp lunch and backpack.
8:20 – 8:50: Drive to park and drop Scarlet off at camp.
8:50 – 9:30: Drive home and eat breakfast. Finally.
9:30 – 10:30: Walk the dog at the park!
10:30 – 11:30: Write a whole blog post.
11:30 – 12:30: Return my rented camera and lens to Fed-Ex facility in Hatfield.
1:00 – 1:45: Appointment.
1:45 – 2:00: Get a coffee for me and treat for Des!


2:00 – 2:30: Hair appointment. Stuck in chair, while Des mills about.
2:30 – 4:30: Intense play with Des, and errands.
4:30 – 5:00: Pick up Scarlet from summer camp.
5:00 – 5:30: Give the kids a half hour show and half hour of play while I catch up on all things social media – blog commenting, replying to comment, sharing posts on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.
5:30 – 6:00: Think about and execute dinner(ish).
6:00 – 8:00: Family time.
8:00 – Bedtime: Work for me. Editing client photos, baby photos, maternity photos, personal photos. Prepping blog posts.


So as you can see, my days are squeezed tight without a lot of wiggle room for.. anything, much less embarrassment, discomfort, leakage, and the like. The fear of bladder leakage can make women cautious and fearful of certain activities, or even all activities. I get that because I have a certain degree of situational anxiety, and it’s hard to live comfortably always when you’re worrying about what might happen, rather than what IS happening. We have to do what we can to be more free.

Poise Impressa Bladder Supports do not absorb leaks – they STOP LEAKS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN. Impressa comes in three different sizes – 1, 2 or 3 – and the Sizing Kit helps you find your most comfortable and effective internal fit. Each kit includes six bladder supports, in two of each size. After you’ve found your perfect fit, it’s time to purchase the single-size pack. You can use Impressa for up to eight hours every day. I got mine at Walmart in the personal care aisle, and it couldn’t have been easier to find them. I buy more than one, to give to a friend/donate. Have you #TriedImpressa? It might be time to start!

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There are true benefits of Impressa. You can live your life more freely. You can exercise. You won’t need to wear a pad if you’re wearing bladder supports. You can reclaim your favorite outdoor activity or sport for summer and fall.

Need more info?

This link answers many frequently asked questions. And this video helps too:

Get Impressa on Rollback!

Lastly, you can get Impressa on Rollback at Walmart now!

Chicken & Gruyere Cracker Stackers.

Can I just say that if an entire meal, or at the least an entire appetizer, can be made and stacked on a cracker or two, I always want in? I need to say that. If we can build entire meals upon crackers, I want to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In fact, we can do that and I do that quite a bit. Egg whites and cheese sandwiched between two Dare Crackers? Yes. Lunch meats and cheese? Yes. Thinly sliced steak? Dessert? Yes. Anything goes. And when you want to go a little fancy, for a special occasion, the sky is really the limit there too. This is a pretty celebratory time of year, isn’t it? We have Father’s Day and graduations. We have July 4th and summer vacations. We have births and baptisms. We have FAMILY. Together again.

My family has grown and changed in leaps and bounds during the last two years. My brother’s family welcomed a baby girl. My other brother moved back home after over a decade out west. More recently, both of my sisters had babies only two weeks apart, even though they were due two months apart. All of these events have brought us closer. Since Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, about 100 birthdays within our family, and the start of summer all fall within a month or two of one another, every party we have is a big family reunion. Every chance we get to ALL be together is a special occasion worth noting. It’s a big deal.

It’s an adventure.

Family reunions are an adventure because love is an adventure. Our summer entertaining adventures are some of my favorite, and I turn to Dare Cabaret and Dare Breton Original crackers to bring my love of cracker stackers recipes. Now one of my favorite creations involves beet horseradish relish. Intriguing, right? It’s highly flavorful and colorful, but it’s not for everyone. That’s why a good alternative is cranberry relish, which you can buy or make yourself pretty easily. I’m inspired by gourmet lunch tastes. Think like an upscale picnic, or an afternoon special event. Think like a family reunion with all ages!

Start here:

And then get to stacking!

Chicken & Gruyere Cracker Stackers:

Chicken & Gruyere Cracker Stackers.

Chicken & Gruyere Cracker Stackers.


  • Dare Crackers - your choice of variety
  • Thickly sliced chicken breast from deli
  • Gruyere (or fresh mozz, sharp cheddar, etc.)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Beet Horseradish Relish (or cranberry relish)
  • Circular cookie cutter
  • For optional cranberry relish:
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger
  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Choose your crackers!
  2. Squirt or spread dijon mustard on each one.
  3. Use the cookie cutters to cut the chicken breast in a perfect circle - our cookie cutter is the same size as the Dare crackers.
  4. Stack another cracker on top.
  5. Add another circular piece of chicken breast.
  6. Use a peeler (or knife) to cut ribbons of gruyere on top of the chicken breast.
  7. Add beet relish horseradish on top! As a warning, it contains horseradish and could be too much for many palates. A cranberry relish is a good alternative. You can also substitute turkey breast instead of chicken breast to get that Thanksgiving dinner feel:
  8. Scrape off some zest from an orange and squeeze both oranges for juice to be used later.
  9. Heat the sugar and lemon juice in a small pan until the sugar begins to caramelize.
  10. Add the ginger and orange zest. Cook for another minute.
  11. Add the fresh cranberries and orange juice, and cook for about five more minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.
  12. When the cranberries are broken but not mushy, remove from heat.
  13. Spread on top of the Gruyere!

When prepping for a family reunion, or even an impromptu get-together, Dare Crackers have a variety of buttery and/or crisp crackers designed to make each bite better. You can try their complete collection of mouthwatering crackers, loaded with crunch and packed with flavor. I was so inspired by the chicken breast, the tang of the mustard and the relish, and the crunch of the crackers. I love lite-bite dining options because they make entertaining better and easier – more time for FUN.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.