Healthy Living, Natural Products

Naturally Stop Your UTI Before It Starts with Uqora (drink mix)

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

If only preventing a UTI was as easy as drinking it away? No more pills to swallow that you are supposed to take with a full glass of water anyway. With Uqora you skip pills and capsules and naturally prevent those pesky UTI’s. I have had 2 UTI’s and as I think back, both of them were when I worked in a medical clinic and I would be so busy I wouldn’t stop to use the bathroom. I stayed hydrated because I needed it but would go hours not stopping at the restroom. If you’ve worked in a medical building you know that walk to the restroom hardly gets completed. You have doorways along the way and are bound to be seen (and grabbed for a task) along the way. “OK! I can hold it”. That creates UTI’s. I do not recommend getting into that routine.

Naturally Stop Your UTI Before It Starts with Uqora (drink mix)

Many suffer from UTI’s due to chronically suffering since a child or due to pregnancy or age and chronic illness. No matter what causes your UTI’s you get pretty good at feeling them coming on or knowing when you need to make a change before your bound to suffer again. This is the time to use your Uqora. Uqora is meant to prevent the UTI in the first place. Or you can chance it because paying co-pays is fun and those horse-size antibiotics are so great for you when you are always on them, aren’t they? The answer to both of those are “…no they aren’t”.

How does Uqora work?

Once bacteria attaches to your urinary tract it is hard to flush it out, so the safe and natural ingredients in Uqora aid in preventing bacteria from sticking. With electrolytes added and the combination of water to increase urine flow you get to flush your system to get the harmful bacteria out. Plus, there is some added immunity boosts within so all together you are working to stop UTI’s before they start. Once you experience the actual symptoms you have to go get medical treatment so let’s not get to that point. Uqora is formulated with clinical data, in collaboration with top physicians and urologists, to give you body the defense it needs.

You can take Uqora daily! In fact, no more than 5 packets a day is the recommendation so that leaves it safe to use more than once a day. Taking it at normal activities that increase bacteria flow like right after intercourse and right after exercising and even during your pregnancy are great times to have Uqora and a glass of water on hand.

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Best Air Purifier Technology with Airfree Indoor Air Purifiers

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Best Air Purifier Technology with Airfree Indoor Air Purifiers

Natural relief! I love those 2 words. Last week I made an appointment with my son’s new Doctor to discuss his allergies. It had been a few years of moving and switching Doctors and treating seasonal allergies suddenly became a guessing game for me so because he was suffering so bad this spring I made an appointment to talk about a regimen for his 10 year old self. We are to give 1/2 Zyrtec and some Flonase nasal spray daily to get that swollen sinus cavity opened back up. I asked if this is something he needs to be on everyday year round and he sort told me that as long as it appears he needs it, we treat!

Needless to say, I am determined to help the air in my home and perhaps get him to only seasonally needing these medications. Now I hear that one of the best Air Purifiers on the market is having a sale and this is excellent news for your home!

Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mould, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors. The maintenance? None! These purifiers have no filters (gathering and holding allergens) or moving parts (that move around those allergens). It gets better because Airfree Air Purifiers are silent and energy efficient. Airfree continually draws in air, heating it to over 390ºF and instantly sterilizing it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room.

There is a 40% off sale on 2 of the best-selling Airfree Air Purifiers happening from 6/29 – 7/9, 2018. Now is the time to start getting cleaner air and help naturally fight the common allergens inside your home! Sending a child off to a stuffy dorm room or campus apartment? These air purifiers will be the best healthy appliance you can send them off with! They are sleek and modern too!

Airfree Iris3000

Original price: $329.00 – 4th of July Price: $199.00

Airfree T800

Original Price: $159.00 – 4th of July Price: $99.00

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Healthy Living, Kids, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

10 Tips for Kids Staying Home Alone

10 Tips for Kids Staying Home Alone

As our boys neared about the age of 10 or so they began to hear of friends who are home alone for a bit such as from the time the bus drops them at home until parents are back from work. To a pre-teen and teen this sounds so cool. The idea of being home alone is a huge milestone and they are eager for doses of independence wherever they can get it.

As parents, so many thoughts pass through our heads when we get to that point where perhaps we can try some doses at being left home alone. What if there is an emergency? What if they forget to have their phone charged? What if strangers try to enter the home? What if they decide to turn on the stove or fall? We can drive ourselves silly with the ‘what-if’s’ and never leave them home alone. But, I think it is important to reach this milestone.

Teaching a child to be home alone can bring some valuable lessons and even if you don’t think there will ever be a need to leave your child home, I think finding ways to teach a child this independence and leaving him or her alone in spurts is more valuable than that thrill of independence for them. It can introduce talks about trust, making plans and perhaps they will have a minor panic moment that teaches them the importance of making sure that phone is available or to have to think on their feet. They may need to use these lessons elsewhere in their young lives.

We have recently begun training our youngest to be home alone. Notice I use the word TRAINING? This is because like an important job, you need training. This is an important responsibility and it requires planning and tasks to follow.

  1. First and foremost, check about your State Laws. In Wa. state we do not have a formal law about a child’s age to be left home alone but we do have an advisory of 10 years old. Our youngest just turned 10 so it is a great time to start training them after their 10th birthday. Keep in mind there may be a separate law on what age to leave a child responsible for another child if you have 2 left home alone. Know your law!
  2. As soon as you know your State’s law on children home alone, consider your child’s maturity level. We have 3 boys and they are all very different people.
  3. Put the rules on paper! Trust me, your child’s head has a big ego as they lavish in this idea of being home alone. The opposite may also be true, they may be nervous and anxious as you get to the point of actually leaving. So, rest assured that all those rules you mumbled at them did not stay in their heads very long. So have your rules written down and left out for them.
  4. Start small. We began by allowing our son to stay home alone as we took our evening walks. Eventually I may run to the grocery store 5 minutes form our house and then that graduated into longer errands. But never at night after sunset and never longer than 1-2 hours for maybe the first year or so.
  5. Check in! As much as you want to test them on their independence I always give a call within 5 minutes of leaving for 2 reasons: First is to test they have their cell with them and it’s on and working. Second, is to gage their level of nervousness. If they keep asking when you will be back or exactly where you will be, they may be showing their nerves by asking so many questions so I know to make it quick.
  6. One of my top rules are DO NOT CLOSE DORS BEHIND YOU. We have an over 3,000 square foot home. If he decides to go upstairs and close his game room door behind him he will get lost in video games and potentially not hear noises or alarms that may go off in the home. They need to keep volumes down and doors open for safety. Once I came home and he had the door shut-he did not even know I walked through the door and was home because I startled him. For 2 months the game room was off limits if we are gone. He lost the game privileges.
  7. Keep them busy! I tell my son he can watch the downstairs TV where he is in the main part of the home, play computer or video games only if he keeps game room door open at all times and if he lost game privileges I leave a list of chores he can do AND earn money form to make it motivating. If they get nervous or scared, it keeps them busy and passes the time which helps them out a bit. I also have a NO FRIENDS over rule when I am away too.
  8. The emergency plan! Like you have the babysitter list-that becomes your child’s new sheet! I have all numbers in his phone AND written down incase he has a phone issue and I have a trusted neighbor I alert when he is home alone.
  9. The doorbell! Under no circumstances should your child answer the door when home alone. If you need a neighbor to check in for you, have a secret knock code or alert your child that at a certain time neighbor will knock to check in.
  10. Check the home! Have a very curious kid? Do a double check that stoves are off (make sure your child knows cooking is off limits home alone), weapons are locked up, all windows/doors are locked as you leave, garage door is shut, etc..

These all seem pretty basic. However, a guide and a plan is great to ease their discomfort as well as your own. It is much better than roaming a grocery aisle and suddenly panicking that maybe you left the back slider wide open and they are vulnerable or you left the stove on!

Even thoughts like, “they do know silverware does not go in the microwave, right?” are scary thoughts so have rules and plan so you are covered and your child is safe.

What can make this even easier on you are two tools I use in my home! The Ring Doorbell and Security Camera and a Wi-Fi, app controlled indoor camera. I can turn off the daily schedule on our Ring and set it to motion alerts so anytime someone approaches our driveway or front door my phone chimes. I know if someone is lurking and I also can see if my son broke any “door answering or inviting friends in rules”. I also have an app for my indoor video cameras that has 2-way talk. I can see if he entered the game room and shut the door and all I do is hit the microphone label and tell him to get off or open the door! I can also have motion as he enters the kitchen and have a view of what he may be getting into. See them grab a large knife to cut or about to stick metal in the microwave I have eyes and a voice to shout out at him. Now that you are covered, let’s do this! They will learn some very valuable skills under your control.

(I left links to what I use below if that helps you get set up for the Home Alone plan)!

Fashion, Healthy Living, Kids, Natural Products, Reviews, Summer

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

I have partnered with Cabana Life for feature. Opinions are my own

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

Don’t you just love the chance to wear new swimwear? There are so many styles and brands to choose from that when you find the right piece it is like a huge accomplishment. I have a few tankinis and shorts, but what I realized I lack is something for when evening hits on chilly nights. I may still want to get in the water, but out of the water I get cold and don’t want to have to change or get my regular clothes wet. My Palace Blue Zipper Rashguard from Cabana Life is my new favorite sun protective clothing and swimwear piece.

Cabana Life has swim shorts, bikinis, suits, tanks, tees, coverups and more that all work to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and with pieces like the long-sleeve rashguard I have it is great for those days when the warm day sun brings a chilly sunset. Above is an example of a cover up from the Girls line.

Cabana Life has the boys and men covered too! Their skin-safe fabrics give you the highest rated UV protection that will not wash out in the water or with sweat like sunscreens do. I hate the chore of greasing up my son so if I can cover him with safe clothing wherever I can it eliminates skin areas that I have to apply sunscreen to.

From the water to the meal table their fabric is comfortable to wear all day. It dries fast and looks great with bold colors and/or fun patterns. This brand was started by a skin cancer survivor so they are serious about the protection this fabric gives you and your entire family.

Here is the fun part! They have Mom and Me as well as Daddy and Me matching styles. I love finding these matching sets (and it makes spotting my big and little men in a crowd much easier).

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Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

I have partnered with Gurunanda for the feature. Samples were sent and opinions are my own

Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

How much do you love your essential oils? If you are like me you love using oils. Everyone has their preferred way to use oils. Many rely on them for healing, some may use them to make household cleaners and beauty products and my preferred usage is to fill my home with pleasant aromas (I’m a Mom of boys, so….)

Gurunanda has many essential oils and diffusers and now they have some portable diffusers so you’re oils can leave you pleasant aroma wherever you go. The Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential OIl Diffuser for the Car is more than just a unit that can fit in your car’s cup holder. It comes with a USB cord as well as a plug for the cigarette lighter unit of your car.

I see this essential oil diffuser as useful in a hotel room, in the RV and even at your personal work space. I have USB ports on my laptop so when traveling or at my home office I can plug in right near me and burn some lavender or peppermint if I have a headache or stomach aches. It has the ultrasonic mist so it is great for healing.

More Features include:

  • Water Capacity: 55 ml
  • No wick required
  • Overheating protection.
  • Auto shut off when water is low
  • Compatible with most laptops or USB wall/car outlets, cable included
  • ETL certified

Modes of Operation

    • Continuous mode – Mist lasts up to 4 hours.
    • Intermittent mode – Mist lasts up to 8 hours.

While visiting Gurunanda to learn more, see their new Essential Oils Roll Ons! I actually own a few roll ons and the Gurunanda Jasmine Kiss is by far my favorite scent. Every time my eye catches the bottle even if I’m just at home with no plans, I stop to open it and swipe my wrists or neck to just have the scent near me.

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Healthy Living

Why to Make Summer 2018 the Time You Get Fit!

A lot of us know that we should be doing more to take care of our health, whether it is having a healthier diet, exercising more, or getting more sleep and taking more care of our stress levels. There are a lot of things that can stand in the way, though, such as feeling like there just isn’t time to up our activity or thinking that there will be time later on.

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However, when the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it is a really good time to use the natural energy boost that comes with the summer season to start new habits that will help you stay in better shape long term. Here are three reasons to make this summer the time you make a commitment to a fitter way of life!

Lighter Food is What Your Body Craves!

When it is hot, you simply don’t want to eat stodgy, heavy meals, so why not take advantage of your own urge to eat lighter food to cut down on calories? Salads are only healthier when you are actually conscious of what is in them, and many dressings people tend to choose add a lot of oily fats and sugary calories. However, by becoming salad savvy and knowing how to make your own tasty dressings using ingredients with less caloric value, such as apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, you can make sure that while you are in the mood for crisp, refreshing salads, you are actually getting the health benefits! Add in some supplements like Le-Vel Thrive to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need!

Getting Outdoors!

Another benefit to this time of year is that being outside is a lot more pleasant, and so you can use this to start exercising more. Add a pleasant evening walk after your dinner, get up earlier and do some exercise before your day’s efforts really begin, or even slip out on your lunch break for a trip to the gym or a run. These sunny, outdoorsy days won’t last forever, but you can use them to build good habits that will last you a long time. By the time the fall rolls around, you will be in a routine that incorporates exercise, and will be able to look for indoor alternatives that help you keep that workout buzz going!

Your Wardrobe is an Incentive!

In summer you tend to need to show a bit more skin for comfort in the heat, and so it can be a good motivator to tone up your body. Working on your upper arms to get rid of flabby ‘wings’ and have a sleeker look can make you feel much better about strappy summer tops, and toning up your legs can allow you to wear shorts and skirts with confidence!

These are just three reasons why the summer season can help you get into a good routine for health, beauty and fitness, so why not get motivated and start today?