Apps, College Bound, Healthy Living, Natural Products, Promotions, Reviews

I Fall Asleep Faster Now with the Pzizz Sleep App

I have partnered with Pzizz for this feature. Opinions are my own

When you write and try products for a living to help readers find products to live happier, healthier and more active lives, I sometimes come across something so genius I now have it incorporated into my daily life and don’t know what I did before using it. For me lately, it is the Pzizz App. I have been pitched and even tried many sleep products and this one is my nightly savior. Let me explain more so you can get better sleep just like I do now and save too with a promo code!

The Pzizz app is not only for your nightly sleep. There are 2 other modes, nap and focus. So this is truly meant to relax your mind and allow you to settle down a bit even during the day. If you are like me, you crave to rest then the moment you settle in your mind refuses to shut off. I used to give myself the excuse that I do my best thinking at night, but at what expense? It was a loss of precious sleep. The healthiest thing anyone can do, no matter your age or abilities is get proper sleep.

Sleep is more than counting the hours your eyes are closed. Sleep means deep, non-interruptive and prolonged rest and if you function on naps they need to be short and so effective and deep as well or you just want to keep sleeping through your day. Pzizz uses a combination of music, voiceover and sound effects in a sort of hypnotic way that is in a rhythm allowing your body to use the play as a daily ritual to train for falling asleep fast and allow you to wake up refreshed.

There are 2 ways to use this app. The Classic ‘FREE’ version gives you a simple ‘Dreamscape’ that plays a few variations for you each night in a soothing male voice. It gives you a classic version without options to choose sounds or even allow for the female voice playover. However, if free is all you can do you WILL still benefit from the app.

However, Premium (about $9.99/month or $99.99 a year OR Free for 7 days and I’ll explain below) Pzizz is truly the way to go and don’t worry because I have a savings code below for you and it saves you a whopping 80%!! Paid sleep apps are still a lot cheaper than those artificial sleep aids you take with water and hope for the best each night.

With Pzizz Premium you have over 25 Dreamscapes to choose from. You always have the voiceover and in this version you can switch from male or female voice (I love the female voice myself), but the Dreamscape is the background sounds and music. I love the choices and the Saturn Set and Hills are 2 of my favorites.

You also get an alarm option where it will properly wake you up without loud alarm sounds. You can even set a sleep reminder if you need motivation to stay on a schedule. I recommend buying some sleep headphones unless your partner is OK with listening but there is something about hearing it right up to your ear versus full volume to reach around the room that is most soothing.

Remember! I promised you a code to save off of the paid version and it is below! First, here is the official pitch I was sent that really sparked my interest and then you can head over to the Pzizz blog for more sleep topics:

Over two billion people (yes, with a “b”) in the world are affected by insomnia, but Pzizz has helped over 1 million people get the sleep they need, including some of the world’s most influential people. J.K. Rowling called Pzizz the best thing she’s used for sleep by a mile. Former Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert told Sports Illustrated Pzizz helped cure his insomnia and Ambien addiction. Even The Duke of York is a Pzizzer!

Pzizz Savings Code Instructions

Here is how to use your Pzizz code: GRADGIFT that will expire on June 30, 2018! You have to redeem the code on the Pzizz website at https://pzizz.com/buy/ Once you redeem the code, you can use it on iOS, Android or both with the same email at app registration as you used on the site to redeem your code. This code saves you 80% off the yearly price option so that makes it only $19.99 a year or about $1.66 a month! How much do you spend a month on sleep aids that aren’t always cutting it? It makes a great gift for a grad heading off to college!

Still unsure about the Preferred version? If you download the Pzizz app right now on Apple or Android you can get Pzizz Preferred for 7 days free and no credit card is required. It will ask if you want it and you confirm and after 7 days it just reverts back to classic. I did this at first and it was very easy to try it for 7 days. However, I missed the features once it went back to free so I now am a Preferred user. I can tell you that I settle in each night and turn on my app and after a week I am not even 5 -10 minutes into the play and I am out! I used to have this 7pm drag everyday (or so I called it) and that is gone! You want to try this. You have nothing to lose! Start now— Pzizz on iOS and Android

College Bound, Gift Ideas, Graduation Gift Ideas, Healthy Living

ZeroWater’s 7 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher with Ready-Pour Review

I have partnered with ZeroWater and sample was sent for feature

Do you have your list? That master ‘New College Student Dorm’ list? Perhaps you are sending back a Sophomore or Junior so you’ve been at a summer-before-start before. You will never use the word ‘compact’ or ‘dorm size’ as much in your lifetime as you will in the next few years. You have to think about space saving as you think about sending them off healthy and with the best of what you can leave with them. The ZeroWater‘s® 7 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher with Ready-Pour™ is a must-have and I will tell you why!

First of all it is compact. At 7 cups a pitcher it is shaped to slide into those small fridges. It saves time as a water pitcher because the design allows you to pour even as it finishes filling through the filter. Know what’s in the dorm building water? Do you really want to know?!! ZeroWater will leave you piece of mind that they are getting nothing but pure, filtered water. I put it to the test…..

I used 3 separate glasses so no residue from each testing water was mixed. I started with my city tap water and although when I look up my area it says our TDS levels are about 59, you can see they clearly are not! I have 126 out of my tap. I am still at the standard but obviously contains some contaminants. Then I tried a standard store bought water bottle and got 16…better! Of course my ZeroWater from the pitcher was zero. Now that sounds like a dorm must-have to me as a Mom!

Understanding the ZeroWater filter system and TDS

5-Stage Filtration:

Stage 1 – Removes suspended solids such as dust and rust that make your water appear cloudy 

Stage 2 – Removes additional suspended solids 

Stage 3 – Removes organic contaminants; pesticides, herbicides, Mercury, Chlorine, Chloramine, and stops bacteria from growing 

Stage 4 – Removes inorganic compounds i.e. metals, nonmetals and radiological contaminants. 

Stage 5 – Removes remaining suspended solids, holds the resin in place 

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) refer to minerals, salts, metals including lead, chemicals, fluoride and runoff polluting your drinking water. 

A Promo Code for the ZeroWater‘s® 7 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher with Ready-Pour™

You can find the ZeroWater‘s® 7 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher with Ready-Pour™ at www.zerowater.com and if you use the code Grads20 you can save 20% on this exact pitcher! Head on over and save before that code ends! Be college dorm ready!

College Bound, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

The Most Powerful MyCharge Portable Charger

I have partnered with My Charge for this feature

Last year I got a MyCharge HubXtra Charger and I am in love with it. It travels with me, has gone camping with me and to conferences where I take a lot of photos and videos and need to keep a charge on my phone. It has built in charging cords so I am only carrying the unit and not multiple cords.

Because I use this everywhere I go I have got a lot of compliments on it. I don’t always recommend the HubXtra to everyone. If you need a portable charger capable of charging tablets and extra hours of high power then you want the MyCharge RazorUltra.

The MyCharge RazorUltra is the most powerful MyCharge portable charger in their lineup. It can charge 2 tablets at once. It has 90 extra hours of power! This means you tablets and phones can stay charged on this RazorUltra all weekend long! Take that one to the mountains, literally!

There are 2 built-in USB ports and inside the packaging they enclose a recharge cable so you can leave yours put at home or in the car and keep this cable with the charger. This is a great gift idea for those who carry devices like students and travelers! Live near storm-prone areas? This can be a life saver for your devices to stay connected to news and loved ones!

Please take time to visit MyCharge this season and arm your loved ones with power.

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Back to School 2017, College Bound, Food, Gift Ideas, Parenting

3 College Care Package Ideas For Your Student

I am a Premier Protein Ambassador and all feature ideas are my own

 

 
Do you have a child or children in college? If you do you know that bittersweet drop off moment where they are ready to run and you can’t let them go. Trust me! They won’t go far. They want food, laundry done, conversations on how to cook rice and many other needs that they will always still need your care. To make them feel even more comforted (and to comfort ourselves) we can send care packages. But what should you send? Let’s get creative based on my own experiences with some suggestions I will give you.

 

Premier Protein

 
The first 2 weeks were a lot of back and forth by phone making sure he is settling into classes and dorm life. At one point I get a call from him asking for some grocery money in his account. He wanted some cans of soup and protein bars. He said that because his first am class is on the other side of campus and he walks he needs breakfast that he can take and walk with.

 
He wanted protein bars and in our home we buy Premier Protein so I hopped online and ordered him some to be shipped. Premier Protein bars have no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and are gluten free. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so we really do our homework and choose wisely.

 

 
On our son’s first few days in his dorm room we noticed a small issue. The outlets are never placed in the right spots. This means that by the time they plug in laptops, lights, a mini fridge, alarm clocks that leaves little left for all the chargers as well. Another thing I learned is how much their cell phones do get used. If they have a full day of classes all over campus and need to try and hit the cafe a few times that cell phone battery is done. We love using the MyCharge HubXtra. What is unique about this is that you don’t also have to remember to grab your charging cord like most power banks require. The charging cords are built in and contain a lightning and micro chargers. I carry one myself for travel. This will get used!

 

 
One of my favorite options are gift baskets and GourmetGiftBaskets has many care packages to choose from. Some are candy filled, some healthier. This is the Health Nut Care Package above. What is great is that you can choose a basket, enter there shipping address and attach a message that is typed in a card. It is a lot of fun when that gift box arrives and they know it is a collection of foods or beverages before they even open it.

 
You will be sending packages and they will be requesting (food) mostly so send them the goodies they will proudly pick up when the hall desk sends them that message that they have a package waiting. I assure you these ideas will go over real well.

 
Let’s get you started! I am giving away Premier Protein samples. If you win you can send your child’s dorm address and Premier Protein will send it their way. Or you can use your own address and try them for yourself. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 9/5. Good luck!

 
Premier Protein Giveaway

Back to School 2017, College Bound, Education, Parenting

3 College Dorm Room List Essentials #ShopPurple

 
Last year we sent our son across the state for his first year of college. It wasn’t until dorm move-in day that I realized the things I overpacked and with time I also realized the things I did not think to pack. Being first time college parents was new and so overwhelming. Year 2 is a breeze. In fact he has taken total control and we are left with not much needed from us. As hectic as the process is of sending them off and settling them in, enjoy every moment because once they are settled their neediness seems to fade fast. Well, except for breaks when they bring home a stinky laundry basket of a much needed chore from you.

 
I remember being in his dorm and we were so hot on that 12th floor in the heat of summer with an A/C unit still broken. We were discussing where to eat dinner and I needed to freshen up. There was no mirror in his room so I head to the bathroom. “Where are you going, Erinn?” Asks my stepson. “That is a mens restroom for the dorm, the girls would be 1 level up or 1 level down.” I had forgotten they have the floors separated. I had no mirror and I knew I was a hot and sticky mess.

 

He needed a mirror in his dorm, but he’s a guy and his restroom is 3 steps from his dorm room. I knew that any female student would want a mirror in their room but it can’t take up space and you can’t put nails in the dorm walls. Learn from my story and then head over to the Jet Back to College Dorm Furnishings and Decor to find the standing mirror style your daughter (or son) may like. These don’t leave holes in the wall and push flat for a narrow fit in any corner.

 

The first 2 weeks were a lot of back and forth by phone making sure he is settling into classes and dorm life. At one point I get a call from him asking for some grocery money in his account. He wanted some cans of soup and protein bars. He said that because his first am class is on the other side of campus and he walks he needs breakfast that he can take and walk with.

 

He wanted protein bars and in our home we buy Premier Protein so I hopped online and ordered him some to be shipped. Premier Protein bars have no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and are gluten free. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so we really do our homework and choose wisely.

 

The third essential that comes to mind is electronic chargers. Of course they won’t forget those but are they long enough? Most dorm rooms have a real silly set up and limited plugs so getting one that has a long reach and can charge off their computer or laptop will keep their phones nearby and take up less outlet space. There is a brand at the Jet Back to School page called Fusebox that we have used and it holds up well with its braided cord and 6 foot length.

 
Send them off with the essentials including these items I mention here that didn’t even total more than $75 all together on Jet. Enjoy this life stage of theirs while you are at it.

 

 
NEW TO JET.COM? You get to save 15% on your first 3 orders when you use the promo code SAVE15 “see site for details”.

 
New customers only. Min. $35 in eligible merchandise per order required. Max. discount $20 per order. Offer expires 9/1/2017 at 12:00 AM PST; if any of your first 3 orders are not placed by this date, they are not eligible for the discount. Excludes products marked as ineligible for promotion on the product display page. Offer cannot be applied to previous orders and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer is subject to change or cancellation. Void where prohibited. Brand, category and other restrictions may apply.

 
NOT NEW TO JET.COM? You still get all of the benefits and great prices they have to offer. I just got a birthday card from them and it had a promo code for me. Let me remind you of the advantages of shopping J:

• Free shipping over $35
• 2-day delivery with no membership fee on thousands of items
• 24/7 U.S.-based customer service
• Jet shows you items that can ship together so you can save money
• Buy multiples on Jet to save
• Waive returns on Jet to save”

 

Do you plan on doing some online Back to School shopping this year? I challenge you to head on over and browse Jet! Let me know if you find what you were looking for in a quick comment below! 

 

Back to School 2017, College Bound, Gift Ideas

School Supplies – Back to School with Bic

Thank you Bic for partnering and offering feature samples

School Supplies - Back to School with Bic

Aisles and aisles of pens and pencils. How do you choose? Your back to school list could be narrowed down by a school supply list sent for your child’s class or printed off college websites as a tool. But when it says pens and pencils there seems like so many of them. I am featuring Bic because I want to take just one brand and highlight some popular product so you can pick up the supplies that will be right for you before you even get to the store. Hopefully, this makes school supply shopping day go a bit quicker for you.

My son is heading into grade 4 and his supply list has common items like pens, pencils, glue sticks, scissors and I noticed that for the glue sticks and scissors they listed specific brands. In parentheses it said that these were ‘preferred’ brands because they are known to hold together and work best. The brand can mean all the difference. If I choose a generic brand I am buying the item again and sometimes a few times over in one school year so it really doesn’t save me in the end.

Bic is a trusted name and we have a son in college who specifically requests the Bic mechanical pencils. He has requested these since the middle of High School because he says they write better and last longer than other brands so Bic is always my brand I go to first. Above is the Bic Velocity Max Mechanical Pencils. These pencils have a wider eraser and a smoother, darker writing than the standard series.

Our youngest has had the Bic Marking set for well over a year now and they are still all together and write great. I love that this packaging doubles as a holding case. The color choices are great too. We are never left unable to find a shade we need. This set comes in fine point or ultra fine point.

Bic Gel-ocity pens. That is fun to say! These are retractable gel pens that dry extra fast and with minimal to no smearing. I love the fun colors too.

These Bic Intensity fine point pens are great for school projects. The ones I have are the Fineliner set. They work great for drafting and marking.

They write so smooth and with one child heading back to College these are great for him to have.

How convenient is the Bic 4 color Pen + Pencil? I attend blog conferences and meetings for the school and having 1 writing device that is a pencil + all 3 pen colors I would need is so fantastic to have on hand. It gives you a pencil with extra lead, eraser, red pen, black pen and blue pen all with a simple click to choose.

Another option for pens is the Bic Soft Feel varieties. These have such a comfortable and smooth grip. This makes writing much easier when you have to take a lot of notes. If your child will write essays or a lot at once, these are a fantastic item for their comfort.

So head on out and look for the yellow Bic packs for the pencils, pens and markers that you need for the back to school shopping chore you have. Follow Bic Pens on Facebook and Twitter to keep yourself updated o what is new and what is on promotion.