Education, Father's Day, Gift Guides, Graduation Gift Ideas, Reviews, School

We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

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

We Are Celebrating Teachers and Dads with GIANTmicrobes

Can you believe another school year has come and gone? Now we begin to celebrate summer and Father’s Day as well as thanking our teachers for spending nearly 6 hours a day with our children. We are celebrating with GIANTmicrobes and it has been a hit!

Anthony wanted to gift his 4th grade teacher and his Health/PE teacher the Heart GIANTmicrobes from the 2-pack Heartfelt box for Teacher Appreciation Week last week. This meant we opened the box and got 2 gifts in 1! It was perfect in a year he did a lot of science in class and also for his health teacher. They thought the gift was so clever!

Each GIANTmicrobe comes with its own card with a bit of education and a connection to how relative it can be to your giftee. It’s the first thing Anthony grabs and reads on these fun plush!

 

The gift packs are really the way to go because the box designs are so adorable and they make great collections for your Teacher’s classroom or even dad’s office. No matter who or what you are celebrating you will have fun finding the right gift that will make for a great conversation piece with GIANTmicrobes.

Healthy Living

Sleep 101: Strategies That Will Promote Holistic Health

Sleep 101: Strategies That Will Promote Holistic Health
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We live in an increasingly unhealthy world where millions of people are constantly grappling with serious illnesses, mild discomforts, mood instability, and other issues which make the reality of compromised mental and physical well-being known. Luckily, people who are serious about cultivating lifestyles of profound wellness should know that they can. One of the best ways to make wellness happen is by optimizing sleep quality. Below you’ll find just a few of many techniques that you can deploy to put the sleep optimization process in full effect:

Sleep Optimization Strategies 101: Strategies, Systems, And Solutions

As many wellness experts know, one of the best ways to take your health to the next level is by getting high quality sleep. Yet most Americans don’t. The ideal amount of sleep that an individual needs to attain for the purpose of renewing their physiological system is between 6-8 hours. Unfortunately, many if not most individuals are getting a mere five hours of sleep per night. Luckily, there are multiple sleep optimization techniques that individuals can implement to remain on track to health. One of them is paying attention to what you eat. Ideally, you shouldn’t go to bed on an empty or full stomach. The discomfort that results from either state can disrupt or compromise sleep. Also make sure that you put yourself on a schedule so that your body becomes acclimated to waking and sleeping at certain times. Additionally, make your environment conducive to sleeping. Specifically, go to sleep in an environment that is quiet, dark, and cool.

One final strategy that you can implement to optimize your sleep quality is maintaining your melatonin, GABAQ, and serotonin levels. Each of these elements plays an integral role in facilitating sound sleep. For example, melatonin helps promote restful sleep while also regulating the person’s sleep-wake cycle. Serotonin is also an important element of the sleep optimization process because serotonin production precedes melatonin production. Finally, an individual’s GABA levels are important because they function as the brain’s chief inhibitory neurotransmitter. Click here to learn about products that you can use to keep all of these physiological elements in balance.

Conclusion

If you’re serious about leading a profoundly healthy life, now is the time to focus on optimizing your sleep quality. Note that you can use the information outlined above to help you do so. Also keep in mind that the professionals of Accutrition are pleased to offer products that will enable your body to maintain the serotonin, GABA, and melatonin levels necessary to promote healthy sleep. Start making lifestyle changes now to ensure that you can remain in the state of profound health necessary to optimize daily living!

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

Beauty, Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Natural Beauty, Summer

Your Sunscreen May Be Harming You! Goddess Garden Offers Mineral Sunscreens

I am a Goddess Garden Ambassador so I am sent product. All opinions are my own

Your Sunscreen May Be Harming You! Goddess Garden Offers Organic Sunscreens

A favorite summer brand of mine has become Goddess Garden. I am so in love with their products that I signed on to become an Ambassador this year with them. I love finding quality, effective and affordable skin products that are natural and safe for mine and my family’s skin. Goddess Garden has products like sunscreens and perfumes made for all skin types.

Even Baby can be safe lathering up with Goddess Garden natural mineral sunscreens. Natural minerals reflect the UV rays and aren’t absorbed into the skin, they are much less likely to cause irritation. This makes them great for those with sensitive skin or anyone who wants to avoid synthetic chemicals. This is why chemicals do more harm than good and why Goddess Garden gave great thought to that in creating their sun products.

Another favorite is the Goddess Garden Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm. Collect all the varieties so you can have them in your car, purse, bathroom and wherever else you keep a stick of lip balm. I keep them everywhere! Even my son has the Raspberry one in his backpack.

I love visiting the Goddess Garden blog because I can find a lot of articles on sun safety such as this favorite: Give Chemicals the Bird: Chemical vs. Mineral UV ProtectionI also found this great infographic there about the scary facts about chemical sunscreens.

Did you hear the recent news that some Hawaii beaches will be making certain sunscreens off limits in their area? Coral Reef damage is very real and is becoming very problematic in our own United States as well as other nations. It is fairly fascinating yet concerning. Here is a video to help you understand more.

Once you suddenly want to make sure you are set this summer with the correct sunscreen, start at Goddess Garden!

College Bound, Gift Guides, 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!

Healthy Living, Home

Celebrating National Clean Up Your Room Day with Febreze Tower Air Purifier

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Celebrating National Clean Up Your Room Day with Febreze Tower Air Purifier

Did you know that May 10 is National Clean Your Room Day? Every Friday is my National Clean the House Day. I love to start the weekend dust free, floors all clean and the house in shape. Both my husband and I hate clutter so we we work together to maintain a house I can feel comfortable showing if anyone were to stop by any day of the week. I can mop, dust, sanitize and scrub but I cannot control the air and certain odors. For that I need a machine like the Febreze Tower Air Purifier.

The Febreze Tower Air Purifier does 3 things for your home (and health). First of all it has 3 cleaning levels to clean the air in the room. The HEPA-Type filter removes up to 99% of air pollutants & allergens such as dust, smoke, pollen and pet hair & dander that passes through the filter so you breathe fresher air. This tower is designed for large rooms and you can find a desktop and mini versions for smaller spaces.

 

Second, the Febreze Air Purifiers emits fresh air scents by simply inserting a Febreze cartridge (your first one is included). This is just a nice added bonus that not only does it clean the air but leaves a pleasant scent in the room.

The third feature of the Febreze Air Purifiers is that in the way the purifiers circulate & filter’s the room air up to 5 times an hour it literally eliminates odors. All controls from scent intensity to circulation levels are controlled at the top of the unit for easy access.

You can find Febreze Air Purifier units Nationwide in stores like Walmart and Best Buy.