We recently had the opportunity to stay at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Clearwater Beach, FL and wanted to share about the experience. Make sure to read to the end, as SpringHill Suites has been SO generous to offer one of my readers a chance to win a 1 night stay in a Studio Suite with breakfast for up to 4 guests!!
When we arrived at the hotel, check-in was quick and easy, and the valet guys do an awesome job of parking/retrieving your car quickly. They only offer valet, but to park anywhere on the beach costs money. Their valet costs are actually on the lower end compared to other parking at comparable hotels in Clearwater.
I was so impressed with the rooms. They were spotless and everything was very clean when we got to our double queen suite. It was nice to have the sleeping area divided from the couch. The tv could turn either way so my husband, the night owl, could stay up later watching sports. The rooms are modern and bright. They come with a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker which is always a plus. They have a closet with plenty of room, along with an ironing board, hangers and bench. The rooms are very family friendly, even though we did not have our kids with us this trip, it's definitely a hotel I would come back to with the family.
Normally at hotels I don't sleep very well because the beds are either too hard or too soft, but this hotel had the most comfortable mattress. It was firm but not too firm, and I actually slept really well. The bathroom is spacious with plenty of towels and a tub/shower.
There is a gorgeous pool area outside the lobby overlooking the water. They also have an amazing breakfast with so many choices from hot cooked eggs, sausage and waffle machines to cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, bagels and more. There is a business center and fitness center as well.
SpringHill Suites is only a short walk to the beach and local shops and places to eat. The views from the room's balcony are beautiful. You can see the water and it was so pleasant sitting outside. We didn't need our car the whole time we were there with so many places to eat, shop and the beach all right there. If you're looking for the perfect location for your beach trip, this is it!
Clearwater is one of my favorite beaches to visit, and finding a good place to stay is not always easy, but this is honestly the best hotel I have stayed at in the Clearwater area. The location is central to basically everything you could possibly want to do. I would highly suggest visiting this hotel on your next beach trip, you will not be disappointed!
And now, for the giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win a 1 night stay for up to 4 guests in a SpringHill Studio Suite with breakfast included!
**I received a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
I've been hearing a lot about hair mineral analysis lately, especially while trying to heal from Lyme Disease, and really wanted to get one done to find out if I'm deficient in any minerals and/or toxic in heavy metals. A lot of people are, and this can lead to health issues.
I came across AmAlt Health Labs, and decided to submit a sample of my hair for analysis. They make the process very easy and simple. You get a welcome box with all you need to submit your sample and then results are available for viewing online. I also learned a lot from their website, like that fact that when minerals are balanced, a lot of health issues can be resolved. As someone who struggles with Lyme disease, I've been hearing this in multiple places, and it's actually very encouraging that mineral balance may be able to help on top of the herbs and natural products I'm using. Also, in the world we live in, toxic metals are almost unavoidable and can accumulate in your body. This can lead to an increase in health conditions.
Collecting and sending the sample was easy and didn't take too long. You just collect about a tablespoon of hair closest to the scalp (only an inch worth if you have long hair) and place in the bag.
This sample results page show what they test for, and how the results will be displayed. It shows the elements, whether or not they are toxic or potentially toxic, and whether your results are in normal range or out of range. They test over 60 minerals and toxic metals. The results are straight forward and easy to read. I like how they use the different colors to help visually show what is out of range. Once they received my sample, it didn't take long to get the results. I'd highly recommend this company. To read more about them and the Hair Mineral Analysis, you can check out their website here. Ordering is easy as well, you simply order online and your starter kit will be on it's way.
I'd love to hear comments below - has anyone done a Hair Mineral Analysis and what was your experience with it?
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Ok my low carb friends - if you want a good chocolate substitute- look no further! This Choc Zero Keto Bark that I've just discovered tastes AMAZING, and it has no sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners! It is only 2-3g net carb per ounce, so you can have the whole bar as a treat, feel like your cheating, but still be on target for your day! Plus it melts nicely, so I like to add a bar to my morning bullet proof coffee for a nice mocha taste. It comes in Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt and Milk Chocolate Hazelnut.
Has anyone else tried this delicious chocolate? See below for a breakdown of the ingredients/nutrition facts.
If you have children under the age of 12, I would highly suggest looking into LegoLand. Our kids are 7, 4 and 2, and this was honestly a perfect time to bring them. There was obviously plenty for the 7 year old to do, but surprisingly there was a lot for the 2 year old as well.
We went in July, mid summer, and it really wasn't as crowded as I was expecting it to be. We did go on a Monday (not a weekend) so this helped some I'm sure.
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There's just about something for everyone at LegoLand whether you're 2 or 92.
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Overall, we had an amazing time at LegoLand Florida. I would highly recommend this park to anyone with kids, and going in the summer was a great time for us.
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Miami is known for lots of things, such as the city’s great culture, fantastic beaches, and wonderful climate. However, what is often overlooked is the city’s sports teams. Miami has a professional sports team in three of the four North American sports leagues. The city has representation in the NBA with the Miami Heat, MLB with the Miami Marlins, and NFL with the Miami Dolphins. All three teams have won titles in their respective leagues, and all three have loyal and passionate fan bases. If you’re looking for Miami homes for sale, then rest assured you’ll always have something to do, as the city’s teams provide year-long entertainment for the city’s residents. However, what is the current state of each Miami team, and what does each team’s future look like?
The Marlins have recently fallen on some tough times. After recently selling the franchise to an ownership group that includes the legendary New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, the team has struggled mightily. The team has recently started to rebuild their roster by trading away their star players and trimming down the team’s payroll, sacrificing current results in the hopes that they will be primed for success in the distant future. This offseason, the Marlins unloaded the reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. While trading the league MVP may seem strange, the Marlins received a decent package of young prospects in return, and won’t have to worry about Stanton’s massive 13 year, $325 million contract down the road. In the offseason, the Marlins also traded away star players Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna. With these moves the Marlins current roster is now completely devoid of star talent and won’t be looking to compete for N.L pennants or World Series titles anytime in the near future. However, if Jeter and the new regime can pull this rebuild off properly and build a strong team through draft picks and prospects, then the team’s current struggles will be well worth it.
It’s been 8 years since Lebron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to South Beach to join forces with Dwayne Wade and altered the course of Miami sports forever. The self-proclaimed “Heatles” were able to win back-to-back championships and secure four straight trips to the NBA Finals. Unfortunately, in 2014 Lebron James left the Heat to return back to the Cleveland Cavaliers and things haven’t been promising in Miami since. Chris Bosh struggled with medical conditions until he was eventually forced into early retirement, and Dwyane Wade and the front office had a falling out, leading the star to sign with the Chicago Bulls for the 2016-2017 season. However, now Wade is back, and Lebron James is once again exploring free agency. Perhaps it’s time for a “Heatles” reunion in South Beach? After all, James once famously boasted that he’d bring the Heat eight titles but only produced two during his time in South Beach. Perhaps it's time for him to fulfil the rest of his promise?
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Even though they’re one of the most historic franchises in the NFL, the Dolphins haven’t been playing like it recently. The team has only made two postseason appearances since the start of the 2002 season, and haven’t made it past the divisional round since 2000. In addition, this last season was nothing short of a disastrous campaign. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was injured early on in the season, leading the Dolphins to turn to the often criticized Jay Cutler to lead them. The result was not pleasant for Dolphins fans as the team finished 6-10 and were never really in the playoff picture. Now uncertainty surrounds the team, as questions begin to arise. Is Ryan Tannehill durable enough to stay on the field, and does he have enough weapons around him to compete for championships? For now, Tannehill is the Dolphin’s guy, but happens if the team continues to struggle and fails to make the playoffs when he comes back from injury? The Dolphins need to be careful in the upcoming years, as the front office’s moves could define the team’s legacy for years to come.
*I received a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
In an attempt to get cleaner air in our home due to previous water/mold damage that has since been remediated, we have been trying out different air purifiers in different rooms of the house. Two of my kids have really bad allergies, and wake up every morning with stuffy noses and dark circles under their eyes. For this reason, we tried out the Airfree P3000 in their room. After about 24 hours, it smelled really fresh in their room. After a couple days their allergies were much improved.
There are many benefits to this machine over others, one being it emits NO ozone. Ozone can be a lung irritant and over time can even cause irreversible damage. After finding out about this, I really wanted to find a purifier that did not omit ozone for the kid's room. Even if it meets the standard for ozone emission, it can still be generating some, which can accumulate over time. Airfree also does not require any replacement filters. This is because it eliminates allergens by heating the core to a high temperature that destroys and allergens, bacteria, viruses, dander, tobacco and even ozone.
It's operation is silent, so it won't interfere with sleep. It has a simple, elegant design that will fit in with any decor. The 3000 that we have is black, and they have a P1000 that is white. It cleans the air in rooms up to 650 square feet. Overall we are very pleased with this purifier and feel it works extremely well at eliminating allergens in the air. There is no smell when plugged in (as we have noticed with a few other purifiers we have tried) and this is probably in large part due to the fact that it does not generate any ozone. I would highly recommend this product to anyone dealing with allergies or mold issues in the home.
*I received a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
If you are looking for a product to help in your battle with chronic Lyme disease, I'd like to share with you about my experience with Results RNA Ultimate Lyme Support. Chances are, if you're anything like me, you are researching and trying to find the best approach to battle this debilitating disease. I decided from the start that I wanted to fight naturally without the use of antibiotics because of the gut damage and bacterial resistance it can cause. So basically, I've been using herbs and now have added in Results RNA products. Once I added in the sprays, I really did start to notice an improvement for the good.
Any form of treatment will take time, but I really think this gave me a boost that my body needed. The sprays are really easy to take, you just spray 6 sprays in your mouth twice a day. The Silver (ACS200) works as a natural antibiotic against Lyme and other co-infections (that I'm pretty sure I have as well). All of the sprays work synergistically to optimize your body's natural immune response to help build you up and fight off the pathogens. It also helps to decrease inflammation and neutralize oxidative stress.
Since I started treatment in January, I have gone from 32 symptoms to 6, so that right there is proof that natural treatments can work. I'm still working on those last 6 symptoms, and hope to be in remission soon. I really think Results RNA is helping boost my immune system to get me there along with the herbs, and I would really recommend them to anyone battling Lyme Disease.
I plan to continue using Results RNA beyond the initial 2 month supply because of the positive changes I've seen. I will update this post in a few months on my continued progress, so continue to check back!
*I received this product in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.
Today I want to share about my experience with the Air Oasis Air Purifier 3000G3. We have had some water damage in our home in the past, and so have wondered if mold may be contributing to my kids allergies as well as my Lyme becoming chronic and causing so many problems, as often times the two go hand in hand. I researched to find one of the best air purifiers, and came across the Air Oasis.
I can really tell a difference in the air quality since we started using the Air Oasis 3000G3 Purifier. It just smells fresher, and did from the first day we plugged it in. There is no assembly necessary, you just unpack it, plug it in and turn it on.
The technology behind it kills bacteria, viruses, allergens (like mold, pollen, dander and dust mites) and reduces odors and VOCs up to 99% in the air and on surfaces. With 3 kids, this really will come in handy when cold/flu season starts up. As far as allergies, I can really tell a difference in my kid's allergies especially. They are no longer waking up with stuffy noses and dark circles under their eyes. Even with Zyrtec daily, we just couldn't seem to get their allergies under control before. This alone is worth getting one of these purifiers!
The design is simple, and it doesn't take up too much space so can fit in with basically any set up. We have it in our living room, but you can also get a smaller one for bedrooms. I am really loving ours, and highly recommend you look in to these devices if you have ever had any mold issues in your home, or if you or your family struggle with allergies. It gives such a peace of mind to know our family is breathing in clean, pure air. To read more about the company you can check out their About page here, and also check out their Blog here for some really helpful articles.
*I received a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
I have done a lot of research in trying to come up with different ways to attack my chronic lyme disease, and an important factor that needs to be considered in any treatment of chronic illness is detox. As you are killing off pathogens, the body needs to be able to detox, or get rid of, what you've killed off. Sweating is one of the best ways to detox. Traditional saunas, however, can be very uncomfortable with the high heat levels and humidity. That's when I came across a Far Infrared Sauna, and found that Health and Med makes a Far Infrared Sauna Blanket!
It's is so convenient to be able to have it at home and not have to go anywhere. When it came in the mail, I had to set it up and try it right away. I was amazed at how good it felt, and not at all uncomfortable like I had imagined it might be. By about 15 minutes I was already sweating.
Setting it up was simple, you just connect the cords to the bottom of the blanket, plug into an outlet, and it's ready to go. You select the setting for each zone (1, 2 and 3), and then push start, so simple! I'm already noticing decreased joint pain and mobility, likely due to decrease in inflammation. I also just feel overall better. It's like my body had a lot it needed to get rid of but wasn't sweating enough on it's own. Also, I've been having issues with waking up in the night with anxiety, which I've read can be due to an overtaxed liver. This has also decreased, since FIR can help assist the liver with detox.
Some of the benefits of using a Far Infrared Sauna include: detox, relaxation, pain relief, improved circulation, weight loss, skin purification, improves heart function and stress relief along with much more.
Another important thing to look for if you're going to purchase an infrared sauna, is that's it's low EMF like this one. I also like how it doesn't take up a lot of room like traditional saunas, so it's easy to store between use.
Overall, this is an amazing product that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a good detox method, which can be of great benefit even if you don't have a chronic illness.
**I was provided services in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
We just had our carpets cleaned with Zerorez and were so impressed with their services. David was polite, arrived on time, and worked hard from start to finish. Our carpets were in pretty bad shape with stains and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.
With young kids, we try to avoid using chemicals whenever possible, which is what made me decide on using Zerorez. They use a counter rotating brush to get what vacuums leave behind. Then they use "Empowered Water" which is softened water run through a generator that changes the molecules. It leaves ZERO residue behind, because they are not using soaps and chemicals, so the whole process is safe for kids and pets. This also helps it to stay cleaner longer, because the residue left by other companies leads to more stains and dirty carpet later. They also use a patented cleaning wand so as not to "flood" your carpets. This allows for much faster drying times. The rooms are totally dry within a few hours.
We got all the carpets cleaned, and he was done within an hour and a half. By the time he finished, the first room was almost dry.
We had our carpets cleaned professionally before, but they didn't come anywhere near this clean. I was so excited with how these OLD stains were coming out, and WITHOUT chemicals!
Some say water alone cannot remove stains/clean carpet, but just check out our before and after pictures. They tell a different story. I will definitely be using Zerorez from now on. No need to flood carpets and get unnecessary chemicals doused on them. This is the cleanest, most kid safe way to go. Give them a call at (813)345-4178 or fill out their contact form here to get your carpet cleaning scheduled. Trust me, you won't regret it!
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