Summer is the perfect time for water balloon fights, playing outdoors, playing with friends, sports and time at the beach. But don't forget to keep you and your kids hydrated this summer. We love BODYARMOR Sports Drinks with electrolytes, coconut water and vitamins for keeping hydrated on these hot summer days. Check out their #HydrateTheHuddle #Giveaway and every week you'll have the chance to win coolers or team packs for your child and their team.
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We recently had our driveway and side pavers cleaned and sealed by Forever Sealed, and we are thrilled with the results. Not only does it look 1000% better right now, but the sealant they use to seal it will keep it looking that way for years to come with little maintenance. They also offer a 25 year warranty to give you an idea of how long this will last.
Initially, I met the Tampa owner, Curt. He was very knowledgable and friendly and came out and gave me a free estimate in under 20 minutes, as well as explained the process they use. Curt and Don were very prompt, professional, courteous, hard working and friendly. It was a 2 day process, because everything had to have a day to dry out before the sealant was put on.
The sealant they use is 100% environmentally safe. It penetrates into the concrete to create a hardened and permanent barrier. As listed on their website, here are some things the sealant can do for your concrete/pavers:
As you can see on the before pictures, we had a lot of algae growth on the side pavers, and lots of stains on the driveway which look amazing after they were cleaned and sealed.
They also offer power washing services, and wood sealing. We had a wonderful experience with this company and I highly recommend them. If you call for an estimate, mention that you heard about them from my blog "Mommy of 2 Embracing Life" to receive a 25% off discount. You can find them online at www.foreversealedfl.com or reach them at (813)994-7926 to schedule your free estimate.
*I was provided a free product but all opinions are my own.
With 3 kids with allergies, asthma and respiratory issues, I've been researching natural ways to help alleviate their symptoms, especially when they get respiratory infections and sinus infections. I kept coming across salt therapy and all the many benefits, but couldn't afford to go to salt rooms as often as my kids would need it. Then I discovered the AirSalter by Healovation and it was exactly what I was looking for as a way to combat these issues from home on a daily basis.
Since we've started using it nightly, I've noticed a reduction in their symptoms. My daughter also had a cold that usually settles in her chest, but with using the AirSalter, she was able to clear the cold quickly without a secondary infection settling in. On their website, you can find all sorts of articles on research that's been done showing the benefits of Halotherapy. Here are just some of the issues it can help with:
Salt therapy helps decrease inflammation and clear mucus which is why it helps with the issues above. I was also surprised at how I slept better after using it myself. I don't have any allergy issues like my kids, but this was an unexpected pleasant result of using it for myself as I really struggle with sleep at times.
The saline solution is sourced from the Dead Sea, which is one of the saltiest bodies of water. However, it only contains 12-18% sodium chloride. The rest is a high concentration of minerals that help to cleanse and detoxify. That's why it is so beneficial for common ailments as it provides hydration and reduces inflammation.
The kit comes with:
If you or anyone in your family struggles with any of the conditions listed above, I highly recommend checking out the AirSalter. It's truly a unique product that I have not been able to find anywhere else. You can get your own from Healovation here. Plus right now it is $20 off the original price.
*I was provided with a product in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.
Last year, I used H&R Block for the first time, and was so impressed with the ease of filing taxes, but also the assurance I got with H&R Block's Tax Pro Review. Their tax professionals will review, sign and e-file your taxes, so you know everything is double checked, officially signed, and you are getting your biggest refund possible. The professional I worked with was prompt in responding to any questions I had, and it made all the difference knowing my return had been professionally reviewed.
The average amount of experience that these tax pros have is 15 years. I also liked how you can have private, protected conversations with your professional through a messenger type correspondence, and you don't ever have to step foot in an office. You communicate on your time and schedule. Even if you have a really complex tax situation, they have all forms available and the experience to help you get it done right.
I also love how H&R Block has Price Preview so there's transparency in the pricing and no surprises, from start to finish. There will be no confusion over the cost when you get to checkout. Also, they offer the option to have your payment deducted from your return, so essentially you pay no money out of pocket for the services. You can check your refund status online in real time. They can also do direct deposit so the refund is in your bank account in as short of a time as possible.
For tax filing season, I've been so impressed with H&R Block and the professional services they offer. I highly recommend you check out the Tax Pro Review for the confidence and peace of mind in filing your taxes this year.
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You CAN Remineralize Your Teeth Naturally!
Whether you're an adult trying to avoid that filling of a cavity (or 10), or you have a child with weak enamel and you're trying to save their teeth, don't loose hope! You can do this at home naturally. I have successfully healed my sons cavities with natural products, as have many others, and I'm here to share what worked for us.
Step 1: Cell Salts
The number one thing that has helped the most, is the use of homeopathic cell salts. I will list the ones below that we used, and why they help. Within a few days, my sons pain was drastically reduced, and with time, the dentist confirmed he no longer needed fillings. I believe this was what helped the most.
Cell salts were discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, a German doctor, in the late 1800s. He discovered 12 mineral salts in the ash residue of human cells. He theorized that many diseases and maladies were actually caused by mineral imbalances within the body (a lack of these necessary minerals), and the body would be brought back into balance by using these cell salts over a period of time.
These 12 minerals are essential to our bodies. They are given in homeopathic form and work at the cellular level (“cell” salts). They are absorbed by your mucous membranes and not the digestive system, which is often faulty and has trouble with absorption.
Cell Salts #1 Calcarea Fluorica 6X Tablets
Cell Salts #2 Calc Phos 6X Tablets
Cell Salts #8 Magnesia Phosphorica 6X Tablets
Cell Salts #10 Natrum Phos 6X Tablets
Cell Salts #12 Silicea 6X Tablets
Step 2: Stop Using Fluoride
All your life you've been taught fluoride is what helps prevent cavities. However, it is a powerful neurotoxin that causes more damage and does nothing to protect your teeth. Here are some remineralizing toothpaste options that will help to remineralize, decrease cavities, and prevent future decay. If you click on the name of the product it will take you to Amazon where you can read more about them and see customer reviews.
Step 3: Add in Cod Liver Oil
It is recommended to get your nutrition from food, but since that is often difficult to do, the easy way to start is to use a cod liver oil supplement. The Vitamin A content is very high in liver in general, and cod liver oil provides much needed vitamin D as well. Both of these help in supporting healthy teeth and bones, and as an added benefit they also help boost the immune system. Parents used to give their kids a spoon full of Cod Liver Oil every day, and this is why. Turns out they were on to something. For those of you who struggle to get down the fishy taste, I highly recommend these chewables. My kids ask for them, and have no problem taking them, when I used to try and try with the oil and just could not get it in them
And that's it, with implementing those 3 steps, we were able to reverse cavities in my 8 year old. There are other things you can add in too if this alone doesn't work, but for us, it really worked! Does anyone else have experience remineralizing your teeth naturally without dental procedures? I'd love to hear what worked for you!
If you are looking in to plastic surgery for whatever reason, did you know there are non-surgical alternatives out there? I will list a few below, that can offer benefits like less down time, less money, and non invasive options.
As someone who has struggled since college with insomnia, this is a topic I found myself googling often. I needed to find ways to get better sleep, because now, with 3 young kids, not sleeping is not an option. If I want to keep up with them during the day, I need my sleep at night! Here are some tips I've found along the way that help me get sleep.
No caffeine after 12 (noon). I know this is earlier than most people need to stop, but for me, if I keep sipping my coffee past 12, it will be very hard for me to get to sleep.
Try to keep a consistent bed time schedule. I know it's not always possible to go to sleep at the same time every night, but when you can try to keep it more consistent, your body will start to recognize ok, this is bed time, and will cooperate a little better.
I like running a white noise sound machine when I sleep because not only does it block out the sounds my snoring husband makes, but it is also soothing and helps me sleep more soundly. Now this one is not for everyone, some people it seems to make it harder for them to sleep. But for me, it definitely helps.
Here is one that is hard for most, no screens 2 hours before bed. Instead, try reading a book, or journaling, or something else relaxing. The blue light from the screens signal to your body that it's day time and makes it hard for you to produce natural melatonin needed to make you sleepy. If you simply MUST check emails and Facebook before bed, get some blue light blocking glasses.
Sleep in a comfortable bed. Ok, this may seem like a no brainer, but if you're sleeping on an old mattress that doesn't support your body, and toss and turn all night because your uncomfortable, then it may be time to look into getting a better mattress like this memory foam mattress.
Anything that helps you relax before bed is going to help calm your mind and body and help you get better sleep. For me, that's a relaxing bath with epsom salt and sometimes lavender essential oils. The epsom salt can soothe muscle aches and pains as well as detox and help your body to relax. It also supplies your body with topical magnesium (which is what epsom salt is) that plays a part in the relaxation capabilities of epsom salt.
Which leads me to the next thing that really helps me, is make sure you're getting adequate magnesium. Most people are deficient, and magnesium helps promote relaxation. I like to take Magnesium Glycinate before bed, and Magnesium Malate during the day.
When all these lifestyle choices fail, and you still can't seem to doze off, I use liquid melatonin drops. The pills don't seem to work as well, but the liquid works well and fast. Usually within 30 minutes I'm asleep. But don't take it until your ready to start trying to get to sleep. Otherwise it doesn't seem to work as well.
Also, when I've had caffeine before bed, or been on my phone, and I feel so awake and KNOW it's going to be hard to get to sleep, then I will take 1/4 to 1/2 of a Unisom. Not the kind made from the ingredients of Benadryl, but the kind with doxylamine succinate. This has been something that has yet to fail to help me get a full night's sleep, but I try not to use it nightly or I become dependent on it and can't sleep without it.
Some of these things may take time to help break the cycle of insomnia, but if you start implementing them, you will be on your way to sleeping better every night and waking more refreshed and energized.
Many health-conscious individuals have opted to incorporate organic foods into their diet in a time where ingredients and transparency more in demand. What some may not realize is that there are also plenty of options out there when it comes to organic items for the home. An often overlooked product is feminine hygiene products like pads and tampons. Some don't even know organic options exist out there, and that you don't have to break the bank to get them.
With Kali Boxes, you can sign up for monthly period box and get them delivered to you every month. The subscriptions are personalized, flexible and convenient so you have what you need every month.
Another organic alternative in feminine care that some may not be aware of is yeast infection medicine. FemiClear is a 2 day all natural yeast infection treatment that contains no artificial antifungal drugs or chemicals. It is made from oxygenated olive oil, calendula, and melaleuca. Plus right now on Amazon you can save $3.00 with a clippable coupon.
Sliquid Organics Splash Balance Gentle Feminine Wash is a great alternative to traditional soap and water and other harsh detergents. Fragrance formulas are blended with essential oils, coconut derivatives, and sea salt. Sliquid Splash is perfectly balanced to complement a woman's natural PH.
There's another great organic cleansing wash for those with sensitive skin. Rael Natural Feminine Cleansing Wash with a light and fresh scent is perfect for daily hygiene while helping to maintain a healthy ph balance. It is non-drying and non-irritating and helps to keep odors away. The ingredients contain only natural herbs and are Paraben free, Phenoxyethanol free, and Artificial fragrance free.
As you can see there are plenty of options out there and you can go organic with you feminine hygiene products as well as your food, cleaning products, and other products around the home.
Damon Wayans, Jr. has come up with an app that is the "Uber" of bringing entertainment providers and venues together. Many know him from New Girl as "Coach", but now he has ventured into starting his own business. Special Guest App is a global app platform to connect venues and entertainers. This could be huge in helping DJs, singers, and comedians find work on a regular basis without relying on an agent, not to mention helping those planning events to find their entertainment easier.
“I've noticed there's a lot of talented people out there who have the talent but they don't have necessarily the representation to help them be seen,” Wayans told FOX Business. “I felt like that was a problem to be solved, and I wanted to make an app that allows entertainers to get gigs and be seen by other people as much as possible.”
He brought his idea to serial entrepreneur Kris Jones to help him design the app and get it off the ground and running. Jones really believes in the project and thinks it could really transform the entertainment industry. They plan to open in Atlanta, Austin and Nashville in the near future.
As you can see below, you can search for talent by location or category.
I have family members who are in the entertainment industry (singing / songwriting) and from their experience I can tell you this would make such a difference for them and their careers. Finding gigs as an artist can be difficult, and making a living can be a challenge when you don't know where to go to get work. And using an agent is not always feasible. As someone who is an entertainer for a living, Wayans Jr. has taken his passion and creativity and developed something that will change the way this industry works, just as Uber has transformed the personal transportation industry.
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Arid deserts, beautiful mesas and canyons, and plenty of amazing cities; Arizona has just about anything one could ask for. Unfortunately this beautiful state is tucked away in the far southwest of the U.S, meaning that most people will never get to experience its wonder. However, many people still are lucky enough to be able to visit and experience many of the things that Arizona has to offer. Unfortunately for those people, they may never be able to get the full Arizona experience, as there are just some things that only locals can truly understand. Here are five things that only the residents of Arizona would understand.
While everyone who visits Arizona can see the beautiful sights and sounds the state has to offer, only residents of the state can truly understand what it’s like to appreciate these sites. Arizona is full of national parks and hiking trails that offer the state’s residents a great chance to get out and explore the beauty of nature. Even the most avid Arizonan explorer probably hasn’t seen everything that the state has in store, which makes Arizona’s vast beauty something only its residents can truly appreciate.
Real Mexican Food
Being so close to the U.S-Mexican border has its perks, and they come in the form of true authentic Mexican food being available just about anywhere. When traveling to northern states Arizonans quickly learn that what most states refer to as “Mexican food” is actually just a ripoff of the authentic thing. Some of the traditional Mexican dishes that one can experience in Arizona are as close to real Mexican cuisine as you can get, so be thankful!
Hot Summer Weather
Everybody in the U.S understands that Arizona is a hot arid desert, but only the state’s residents truly understand the extent of the heat. Temperatures boil well over a hundred degrees on a frequent basis, and rainfall barely falls. Living in this type of weather changes how you live and deal with temperature changes. Temperatures in the fifties become jacket weather, while temperatures in the seventies might still require you to wear long sleeves or pants. Many people talk about the dry heat of the Arizona desert, but you can only truly understand the extent of it after you’ve lived here for awhile
Locals of Arizona are all too familiar with the pain and misery that comes with rooting for the local sports teams. The Phoenix Suns are currently in rebuilding mode, and were recently bad enough to clinch the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. The Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes haven’t been as bad, but they’ve still been floundering at the bottom of the standings for a few years now. Arizona’s one saving grace is The Diamondbacks, but even they have just recently finished a disappointing season that ended without a playoff berth.
No Daylight Savings Time
One of the weirdest things about Arizona is that it doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time. That means that instead of springing their clocks ahead in March or falling back in time in November, the clocks in Arizona stay exactly the same. It's a weird concept, as Arizona is one of the few places that has yet to adopt daylight savings. On the bright side, there's no need to look for a Scottsdale plastic surgeon to help remove those bags under your eyes from losing sleep to daylight savings time. Arizonans hear all the time how switching the time messes up the circadian rhythm of their out-of-state friends, but a true Arizonian has yet to experience daylight savings.
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