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Most of us have struggled at some point with insomnia. Whether you're a new mom or dad whose sleep has been interrupted by a crying baby, or a woman starting menopause, or a college student stressing about exams and can't shut your mind off to get some sleep, then this article is for you. There are many steps you can take to naturally get better sleep every night without the use of medications that can be addicting.
Gender differences with insomnia – https://www.thesleepdoctor.com/2011/09/22/men-and-women-different-when-it-comes-to-sleep/
Natural sleep solutions – https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/natural-solutions#1
Effects of pharma and non pharma sleep aids – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29165623
Causes of insomnia – https://sleepfoundation.org/insomnia/content/what-causes-insomnia
Causes and treatments for insomnia – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355167
Tips for getting a good night sleep -https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/summer15/articles/summer15pg22.html
Bright light during day study – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12789673
Blue light glasses – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21552190
*I received a product in exchange for my review but all opinions are my own.
The Pure Company offer products from air purifiers to water purifiers and essential oils. I've had the privilege of reviewing The Pure Company Large Room Air Purifier. Did you know the air indoors can often times be more polluted than outdoor air? This is the first air purifier I've seen that has a place to put essential oils so not only does it filter out the bad (allergens, pollutants, etc.) but it adds to the air some good! I'm a firm believer in the power of essential oils and love how they have this option.
As I went to add a couple drops of oils to the small pad, I thought to myself I'm not sure this will actually fill the room (which I want it to, because I love the Fresh scent), but to my surprise only 2 drops did in fact fill the room, and lasted for quite a while. It's by no means overpowering in smell, but it's enough you actually smell it and just gives the air a nice fresh clean smell. I love their Comfort, Clarity and Fresh essential oil blends. Plus, you can feel good about what you are putting into the air because their oils are made from plants and are 100% pure essential oils with no synthetics, chemicals or fillers.
I absolutely love the design of this air purifier. It will fit in with any room decor, and even add style and elegance to the decor. They also offer wraps if you want to change the color. I love the look of the Marble and Navy as shown below. They also offer a Charcoal color.
The air quality is noticeably improved while running the air purifier. This purifier works as amazingly as it looks. I love knowing my kids are breathing cleaner, purer air, and I love seeing their allergies and asthma indoors improving. It also runs quietly, which is another big plus. It removes 99.97% of air particles as small as .3 microns, and with a 360 degree filter, it's cleaning the air from every direction. It also has a timer with auto shut off at the ends of a cycle. With the air quality sensor, you can set the speed to auto so it will run at a higher speed if needed. This is a nice feature so you don't have to mess with changing a setting, it will do it automatically. There's also an auto alert when the filter needs replacing.
All in all, this is a great air purifier not just for function, but for appearance, style and uniqueness. I would highly recommend checking out The Pure Company, and start taking steps to make your air and water cleaner.
*I received a product for free but all opinions are my own.
Speaking of the kids having allergies, this purifier really seems to help in reducing allergens in the air. With the Fall weather unfortunately also comes allergies, and allergens in the air get tracked into your house too. Not to mention dust, and mold that can also be lingering. My kids have been coughing less and their allergies seem more controlled when we're home. The air just feels cleaner.
You can get the Winix brand purifiers online on their website here or also at Home Depot and Wayfair. The purifier has a smart sensor that constantly monitors the air quality (blue is good, yellow is fair, red is poor). There's also a Check Filter light to let you know when it's time to change the filter. It's very quiet when it's running, which in our house is important because with 3 little kids there's enough "background noise" going on.
Another nice thing is, you only have to replace the filter once a year. It's not like some others where you're having to change them every couple of months. Also, the purifier covers up to 320 sq. feet. Overall, this is a really great air purifier, and with the $100 off deal going on there's no better time to get one.
I'd love to hear from you guys, has anyone else tried the Winix Air Purifiers before? What has your experience been?
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Kidlogger is a parental monitoring app you can download on your child's smart phone or tablet. You can then see and monitor what they are doing to ensure they are only engaging in safe activities.
KidLogger lets you know:
What's great is they have a Basic (Free), Standard, and Professional account so you can choose based on what your needs are. Even the Professional account is very reasonable for all you are getting. As you can see the app works on Windows, Mac and Android devices.
With the day and age we live in, unfortunately taking these measures with our kids is becoming more necessary. If doing this could prevent some of the awful things happening to kids, then it is worth every penny. Check out there website here to learn more and get your account set up today.
*I was provided a product for my review, but all opinions are my own.
I am so excited to share with you all about a furniture company, Uncaged Furniture. They design and manufacture modular, multi-purpose, space-saving home furniture. I was allowed the privilege of reviewing the Stash Folding Kid's Chair. It is extremely well made, and the perfect size for all 3 of my kids (8, 5 and 2). Not only is it a comfortable chair, but it serves another purpose of storage! If you have kids, this is always a plus because no matter how hard you try to de-clutter and keep toys at a manageable level, they just seem to multiply and take over the house, am I right? Any time we can find something that doubles as storage as well, it's a sure win in our books. We tend to have more limited space, so are always looking for anywhere we can "hide the clutter".
The Stash chair comes in Navy Blue, Pirate Black, and Princess Pink. The look fits in great with our decor and can also be converted into an ottoman. Uncaged Furniture also offers free shipping and easy returns. Check out their website here, and get your little ones their very own Stash chair. We will probably be getting 2 more of these in the near future, because it's now the chair they all fight over. What a great gift idea for the upcoming holidays!
*I was provided with a free product, but all opinions are my own.
White with Style Teeth Whitening can whiten your teeth up to 5 to 7 shades in only 30 minutes. I love this kit because I have sensitive teeth and have never been able to use other whitening methods. Even whitening toothpaste makes my teeth so sensitive. But White with Style is specially formulated for sensitive teeth, and did not cause my teeth to be sensitive at all. I noticed a drastic change in color after the first 30 minute use. It comes in Cotton Candy or Mint flavors. Their products are Gluten free, Cruelty free and Vegan. This particular kit is also peroxide free. This is the same quality you would get (if not better) in a professional setting, so for the price you are getting an amazing deal. Plus, right now use coupon code mommyof2embracinglife to get almost 90% off! That means it's only $28 (normally $269)! Head here to get your kit and be on your way to whiter teeth.
As I was shopping online at Wal-Mart the other day, I was thinking, I should probably just be going to the store so I can use coupons and at least be saving a little bit more money. But with 3 young kids, who were all sick, it was much easier to shop online once they were in bed. Then I heard about Giving Assistant. Not only do they offer cash back when you shop online, but they offer coupons in addition to that. And now, I could completely justify all this online shopping I've been doing, which to be honest, is a majority of my shopping (except for groceries).
What is it?
Giving Assistant is a website where you can earn cash back on your online purchases, either to help you save money or you can chose to donate that money to your selected charity. What a great way to be charitable this coming holiday season, or to save on purchases you would normally be making anyway.
Where can you get cash back?
There are over 3,000 online stores to choose from to earn cash back, and they also offer high value coupon codes for over 6,000 brands. For example, shop here at Lowe's, get a percentage cash back (currently 4%) on your purchase, then you have the option to keep that money as savings or donate 1-100% of that. Groupon (currently 7% cash back) is a great place to get already discounted deals and then earn more back. I personally shop at Walmart a lot (currently 11% cash back) and now that I can earn money back on those purchases, I can use my cash back to put towards my next shopping trip (at my computer)!
How do I use it?
They have a browser extension, so remembering to go there first is not an issue. Making and/or donating money is automatic with the free extension. I've done cash back sites before, but would always forget to go there first, and so it was pointless. I would remember AFTER I had already checked out. But with this you get an alert at checkout. This extension takes away all the leg work on your part, as it reminds you before checking out. You can also go to the Giving Assistant website and search for the store you want, then click through to place your order.
How often can I use it?
Use it as often as you shop online! There's no limit to the amount of times or cash back you can get.
How much does it cost, and what's the catch?
There is absolutely no cost, membership is free, and there's no catch or sales pitch. Simply earn cash back as you shop online, as simple as that!
So, as your husband (or wife) sees all those packages arriving at your door, just remind them how much money you're saving this way (or donating). Plus you're saving them a trip to the store. Check out Giving Assistant, and get the extension on your browser. Trust me, you'll be glad you did!
*I was provided a product in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own.
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I have been looking for a water purifier that was easy to use, BPA free, removes most contaminants, and was NOT connected to a water supply (due to a previous leak). The ZIP Countertop Water Purifier meets and exceeds all my requirements and I cannot recommend this enough! Watch my review above to see how easy it is to get excellent quality reverse osmosis water on your countertop in minutes. And check out PuricomUSA's website here to learn more.
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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