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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

Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Natural Products, Summer

PARA’KITO Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

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PARA’KITO Natural Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

OK parents! We have been warned that much of what we grew up using as kids actually contains (or now contains) ingredients that are harmful. So, how do we know what is really safe to use from soaps to sun and bug sprays? Summer is coming and we want the best for our families but not spend a fortune either. Let’s look at PARA’KITO for mosquito repellent. The diseases these insects carry is scary but we can protect our kids, naturally and affordably.

With PARA’KITO, you can get those popular and effective essential oils in ready-to-use products that are safe and natural. I am so excited to have these for the summer! I am featuring 2 bands from the kids collection.

bug band

Finally a mosquito repellent I feel safe using on my family. It is a unique blend of essential oils with a slow release form so this works wet or dry and once you open a refill it protects for 2 weeks. I can use the roll on, bands or clips on even my youngest son. Made with natural essential oils I don’t have to fear that we have too much on or that we’ll be left with a horrible scent on ourselves.

It is gentle and with the exception of the roll-on for under 6 months old or taking care not to allow a baby/toddler to get ahold of these in a way to chew or put in their mouths you can use these on the very youngest of family members. It’s as safe as any essential oil product you would normally use. Visit http://us.parakito.com/to learn more!

Healthy Living, Natural Beauty, Natural Foods, Natural Products

Herbal Teas for Beauty and Wellness from Teasane

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Herbal Teas, Beauty and Wellness Products from Teasane

Last month after a Doctor visit for migranes I began having we determined that the sudden drop in estrogen the week I am off the pill and menstruating was the likely cause. I left with a new birth control that is a 3 month cycle. I did my research and was ok switching and in my research I stumbled on a topic I never gave much thought too. Hormones and metabolism!

In learning how my exact hormones are working (or not) and focusing on more of a metabolic exercise and diet plan my chances of success losing some weight and gaining some muscle tone were high. Women are so different from men and we just can’t expect the same results exercising like a man and vice versa. Our individual bodies may be lacking too less of one nutrient and the weight may only respond when metabolically balanced. Hormones are a huge factor in weight loss. This changes my entire daily calendar of how I eat and workout. I wake up to a cup of herbal LOSE tea from the Teasane kit and a high protein breakfast to follow some time after. The best part, I only do 3 15-20 minute HIIT workouts a week.

lose leaf tea

I couldn’t have discovered the Teasane brand at a more perfect time. From beauty and wellness products, the infused or blended natural, herbal teas have so many benefits.

tea for weight loss

The LOSE tea kit is an herbal blend for weight loss support. I eat breakfast with my coworkers later in the morning so I wake up and have a cup of the tea to tide me over and it does work to keep me going until I eat my first meal of the day. It tastes great and I don’t think it needs a sweetener, but I do add Manuka Honey to mine for those benefits too. I just started this 28 day Teasane LOSE kit so I will give some social shout outs with results so keep checking into my channels if you follow.

Tea vs tesasane

If supplements and teas are not right for you, perhaps their Total Beauty line will help you out with skin health. The Facial Tea hydrates, nourishes and renews tired and aging skin. 4 main ingredients make up the cream. Calendula is a natural antiseptic and aids in healing rashes, mild skin irritations. Evening Primrose Oil will help your clogged pores. Rosemary is loaded with antioxidants for those dark spots and Chamomile is an essential oil for your complexion. All of this in 1 jar. Visit Teasane for more.

Teas producrs

Natural Products, Pets Products

Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

I have partnered with Whimzees and Old Mother Hubbard for feature. Opinions are my own.

Shower Your Pets with Love with All-Natural Dog Treats

No doubt if your home becomes filled with Valentine’s cards and candy the kids bring home from class and spouse gifts of chocolates the dog will be sniffing for their own treat. Of course they can’t have those chocolates but having a fun treat on hand is helps them feel loved too. Old Mother Hubbard and Whimzees have all-natural dog treats your dog can safely have for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.

Bits of Love

For a few holidays a year, Old Mother Hubbard puts their P-Nuttier treats into shapes such as hearts for Valentine’s. All natural ingredients of oven baked peanut butter and molasses snacks are a hit with our dog!

heart dog treats

It’s as if you can actually see the wholesome in these snacks. They add apple, oats, peanuts and carrots for a dog treat you will feel good giving your family pet. Find all the treats offered by visiting Old Mother Hubbard including where you can find these near you.

Dog treats holiday

Whimzees are chews and dental chews that are also made with natural ingredients you can feel good handing your dog. They are gluten free and vegetarian with a vegetable-based texture.

Whimzeez dog chewWhimzees for dogs

The shape of the Hedgehog chew, a popular product from Whimzees, makes it a great texture for removing plaque and tartar as your dog chews.

HEDGEHOG dog treat

They must have a great flavor because Maya wanted these before I even tore open the package. It’s funny how a dog just knows a package in your hand is meant for them. She was standing and dancing to earn her Hedgehog.

all natural dog treats

See all of the fun dental chews at Whimzees as well as where you can find near you.

treats for pets

Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Natural Products

3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

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3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

Maybe you have heard of manuka honey. If not, it is gaining attention in the medical world for its abundance of therapeutic effects from certain bacteria ailments to skin and immunity improvements.

Following the success of Comvita internationally, it’s great timing to introduce our certified UMF® Manuka Honey to millions of health-conscious Costco members across North America,” said Vice President of Comvita North America, Corey Blick. “Through responsible beekeeping and setting the bar for Manuka in the industry from a quality perspective, Comvita has earned the highest level of trust with retailers and consumers.

Honey that helps

The Manuka plant of New Zealand is climate-sensitive and only flowers two to six weeks per year, making the honey a scarce resource. Comvita is a leader in offering certified UMF® Manuka Honey. They own and operate the world’s largest fresh-picked Olive Leaf farm and produces other purest source health and wellness products. 

So, why manuka honey? What are the benefits? There are many, but I picked 3 to highlight for you below.

Manuka Honey is known to relieve Gastritis

The bacteria found most commonly in the high acid stomach regions is called Helicobacter pylori. If you have ever suffered through acid reflux you know how miserable it is. According to a report published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, manuka honey had been found to be potent against 7 different Helicobacter pylori strains, but a similar effect was not observed with other types of honey. Using a Manuka honey with a UMF 10+ or higher seems best. The higher the UMF, the higher it is in its therapeutic effects.

Manuka Honey is great for our Immune System

According to a 2016 print in Natural Living Ideas, lab tests have shown that it contains certain substances that can stimulate cytokine production. Cytokines are signaling proteins involved in immune reactions by the body. They kickstart the defense mechanisms of the body and gets it to fight off pathogens and diseases. Increased cytokine production is behind manuka honey’s protective action against potential infections and diseases.

Manuka Honey is fantastic for those with Chronic Sinusitis

With sinus infections you have bacteria thriving in moist, warm chambers of the sinus cavity. These bacteria will form a biofilm making it hard for antibiotics to break through and take care of the infection. Manuka honey has the ability, especially when consuming manuka honey at least UMF 15+ or higher to act against the common sinusitis bacteria for great relief overall.

Manuka Honey Brand

Which manuka honey is right for you?

Comvita offers UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ and 20+ manuka honey varieties. Which one is right for you? UMF 5+ has natural honey benefits. It is the most similar to benefits in any pure honey from a trusted source and natural plant. As you get higher in the UMF, you get the best natural benefits offered from its healing and antimicrobial properties. If you are healthy and not in immediate need of a wide range of healing you can still benefit from UMF 5+ and 10+ just fine and feel good about your honey source and have it to rely on when minor ailments arise like colds and such. If you suffer from ailments like chronic acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, eczema and other such conditions that manuka honey can help bring you relief you would want manuka honey that is 15+ or higher.

comvita 40 years

Find Comvita on Amazon and in Costco stores. Remember, manuka honey is a scarce source and is therapeutic . The price reflects this. You are essentially buying a natural healing product more so than a coffee or tea sweetener.

Beauty, Earth Friendly, Gift Ideas, Healthy Living, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural Beauty, Natural Products

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

I have partnered with Earth’s Organics in sponsorship for this feature

Natural Skincare That Really Lasts

What do you do when you need a product that moisturizes and actually works all day on your skin? You would research and try new products. What happens when your infant child is diagnosed with eczema? You look for natural products, safe for him, that work and last! Are those easy to find? Some work but not all day. Some may last but the ingredients don’t soothe eczema skin. This was the dilemma that the creator of Earth’s Organics was in herself. Why are these products not lasting? She researched, asked around and now has a shop for you with the products she knows will nourish your skin all day and for all skin types, including eczema sufferers.

Lavender soap

At Earth’s Organics you can find soaps, lotions, facial scrubs, body scrubs and foot scrubs. Soap is in contact with about every part of our body and several times a week. Earth’s Organics soaps come in 4 varieties that all contain oils known to nourish our skin naturally and soothe as well. They even have the men covered with the Cedarwood, Amyris, and Vetiver Soap which is woodsy yet sweet scented leaving you with ultimate hydration and smooth skin. Even the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap has a pleasant scent. This soap is also woodsy but with more of a spice scent and will leave your skin toned and nourished.

The other 2 soaps with a more feminine scent are the Lavender, Chamomile, and Rose Soap which is purple in color and leaves you with a refreshed feeling. The Tea Tree, Peppermint, and French Pink Clay Soap smells fantastic and is light and antimicrobial.

Organic soap

If you love scrubs, there are a few to choose that have you covered from face to toes. Like the soaps, these are infused with essential oils and familiar scents. From green tea, brown sugar and coffee to coconut, lemon, and peppermint these scrubs will exfoliate, nourish and leave you with soft skin all day. Just go peek at the ingredients, how could they not leave your skin nourished?

If you are shopping for someone who loves skin products or when you decide you deserve to buy yourself something special, Earth’s Organics make great gifts that will actually get used! Visit Earth’s Organics to see all of the benefits from each product they offer. The prices are great too!