Archives for April 2017

Target: Seventh Generation Lotion $3.29 After Rebate

This deal is good through 4/29/17 only.

Here’s an excellent price on Seventh Generation Lotion at Target:

Seventh Generation Coconut Care Moisture Lotion on sale $6.99

*Use the 10% off Seventh Generation Coconut Care Baby Items Target Cartwheel Offer
You Pay $6.29 out of pocket

*Submit for the earn $3.00 when you purchase Seventh Generation™ Baby Personal Care Ibotta Rebate
Like paying only $3.29!

Kroger/King Soopers FREE Smartfood Popcorn

If you have a Kroger or any of it’s affiliates (like King Soopers) be sure to load the ecoupon for a FREE SMARTFOOD Popcorn to your loyalty card!

This coupon is available today, 4/28/17 ONLY. However, you have until 5/4/17 to redeem it.

Why is it Soooooo Hard to Drink Water?

It shouldn’t be hard to drink water, should it?

Getting to the bottom of the question: Why is drinking water so hard?

We all know drinking water is supposed to be good for us. So why is drinking water such a hard habit to implement?

Not too long ago, I became convinced I need to drink more water. And the optimal amount of water I needed to drink was 100 ounces of water per day.

It all started when I was reading through my Facebook newsfeed.

I came across a conversation between a group of trusted friends. They were praising the benefits of drinking 100 ounces of water. Everyone in the conversation claimed better health, successful weight loss, and beautifully radiant skin.

All the comments were glowing.

Someone even used the phrase, “life changing.”

When I tried to drink the recommended amount, I found myself wondering, "Why is it hard to drink water?"

After reading this conversation, I decided I would set a personal goal to try to track my water intake and to drink 100 ounces per day.

Who doesn’t want beautifully radiant skin?

I set myself up for success with an easy way to reload my glasses, and I made a batch of Rainbow Citrus Water. (It seemed a little Spartan to start with just straight water!)

DAY 1

Until I undertook this challenge, my typical liquid consumption looked like this:

  • 2 cups of coffee in the a.m.
  • If I exercised in the morning, I drank another cup of coffee after exercise.
  • At lunch I made a fat flushing detox drink or I didn’t bother with a drink at all.
  • About 3 to 4 in the afternoon, I brewed a cup of herbal tea.
  • At dinner I might drink some water. Otherwise, that cup of tea in the afternoon was the last thing I drank.

I guesstimate I consumed less than 40 ounces of liquid a day.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even realize I never reached for a plain glass of water. Ever.

Conversely, I faithfully send my girls with a water bottle every where they go. School lunches? Water bottle. After school activities? Water bottle. Car trip? Water bottle.

Day 1 I am joining them and bringing water with me everywhere.

DAY 2

Water tastes great. It’s so refreshing. I find myself wondering why I don’t reach for a glass of water more often.

However, there is one teensy, tiny drawback. The trips to the restroom.

I knew that drinking more water would necessitate more trips to the restroom, but sheesh! It’s Day 2. This is ridiculous!

DAY 3

The numerous trips I’m taking to the bathroom have me wondering if I should be limiting the number of squares of toilet paper I’m using each trip. At this rate, my water consumption is going to necessitate an extra Costco size pack of toilet paper… per week!

Discouragement is starting to take over.

I strategize my day around when I should consume my water and how close I will be to a restroom.

DAY 4

First day of feeling success. Drinking water is becoming a habit. When we made a family trip to Starbucks, I skipped the coffee. I brought my reusable water cup and had them fill it up for me.

Not only did they fill my water bottle, but they gave me a $0.10 discount for bringing my own cup. It’s like they paid me to drink my water. Happiness in a small victory.

Filling a bobble water bottle for a plane trip and lamenting, "Why is it hard to drink water?"

DAY 5

I can’t do it. There is too much on my plate today. I know that drinking 100 ounces of water will lead to too many restroom breaks and I simply don’t have the time.

I don’t want to quit just 5 days in, so I drink about 32 ounces of water that night.

Joke is on me!

After 2 middle of the night restroom runs, I decide I need to set a time in the evening to stop all water intake. I decide 6 p.m. is it. No water after 6 p.m.

DAY 6 -9

These days all look the same. Water. Restroom. Water. Restroom.

Real old. Real fast.

DAY 10

I quit. I can’t make sense of why any one would do this!

It takes me 10 days before I start to research – why 100 ounces of water? Why was that a magic number?

You know what? It’s not a magic number. In fact, I can’t figure out why it is a number at all. When you read how drinking more water can boost your health, you find the formula for drinking the right amount of water.

Based on this information, I made a new healthy goal.

Drink. More. Water. Period.

I simply wasn’t drinking enough water and was definitely drinking too much coffee.

Now, before I even drink my coffee, I’m opting for a glass of lemon water. And instead of coffee after my workout, I’m drinking water then too.

In addition, we’ve added a SodaStream to our kitchen, and I’ve found I really enjoy fizzy water with a lime slice in the evenings. Who knew?

I’d love to know: How much water do you drink each day? Do you find it is a struggle to reach for water like I do?

Best Background Noise for Sleeping So You Can Wake Up Rested!

Round-up of the best background noise for sleeping.

A round-up of the best background noise for sleeping.

If you have difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, have you tried using white noise?

When our youngest daughter was a toddler, we found an air purifier that made white background noise was effective in helping her to get, and stay, asleep. It worked until one day she flat out refused to sleep with it again. (The force was strong with that little one!)

That same daughter will soon be heading off to college. She continues to be a light sleeper, so it was recommended that she learn, once again, to sleep with a white noise maker. Using a noise maker can help a light sleeper block out sounds in the dorm.

So what exactly is white noise?

White noise is a constant sound. It can be any sound that you enjoy that drowns out other sounds.

The fact is, you may be waking to noise without even realizing it. Small noises in the night may be just enough to interrupt your sleep depending on what stage of the sleep cycle you are in. And once you are awake, it can be difficult to get back to sleep.

According to the Sleep Foundation, 74% of Americans say a quiet room is vital to their sleep.

That need for a quiet room is one of the reasons why people LOVE their white noise makers. It provides background noise for sleeping that is both consistent and pleasant. In addition, it works to block out any noises that may disturb sleep. (Sleep with a snorer? You may need to read How to Stop Snoring Naturally.)

A good white noise is soothing to the listener, which is why there is such a great selection in background noise makers. The key is to find what works for you and that your partner can also sleep to. Then, you need to sleep to that background noise consistently.

BEST BACKGROUND NOISE FOR SLEEPING:

background noise maker
1. Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine

Of those surveyed, this was hands down the most popular background noise maker.

One reviewer writes: “It’s freaky how I start immediately yawning the minute we turn this thing on!”
tower fan background noise

2. Tower Fan

Sleeping to a fan is a popular background sound that also cools off a hot room. If you don’t enjoy a fan blowing on you at night, simply turn it to the wall. You’ll still get the benefit of white noise and circulating air, but it won’t be directed at you.

echo dot background noise for sleeping

3. Echo Dot

Did you know you can use this popular household electronic to generate background noise?

Start by creating white noise playlists for your Amazon Echo Dot. You will find several white noise sounds in Prime music.

Once you’ve added the white noise to your playlist, you can then tell Alexa to play it on loop. You can also have Alexa set a timer so your noise turns off within a set amount of time.

If you find you don’t like the white noise options on Prime music, you can also find white noise playlists on Spotify that you can use.

OR try this crazy Alexa trick – you can find tower fan rest sounds on Prime Music that you can use to loop. You get the sound of a tower fan without the cool air!

portable background noise
4. LectroFan – Micro

Once you start using background noise to get to sleep, you may find it difficult to get to sleep without it. People RAVE about the LectroFan Micro. It’s perfectly portable so you never have to be without your favorite background noise.

air purifier and background noise maker

5. Winix PlasmaWave 5300 Air Cleaner Model

For many people, the combination of an air purifier with their need for white noise is a winner. Not only does an air purifier get rid of dust, mold, and smells, but it’s also a constant fan noise.

6. Phone Apps

There are several phone apps you can use to create background noise and soothing sounds. If you are concerned about battery life, most of these apps also have a timer function.

One reviewer wrote: “I’m a therapist and recommend these phone apps to my clients frequently!”

These are the apps that come most highly recommended:

  • Relaxing Sounds
  • Relax Melodies
  • Sleepy Fan
  • Sleep Cycle
  • Sleep Pillow

7. Podcast

Several people recommended the Sleep With Me podcast to aide in getting to sleep. The host of the podcast reads to you about boring stuff in a boring, monotone, sleepy voice. Fans of the show swear by it. Personally, I’ve tried listening and find the voice creepy. Proving, you have to find what is right for YOU.

Do you have a favorite background noise for sleeping not mentioned here? Please leave a comment so I can add it. Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep!

9 Secrets to Shopping Trader Joe’s

9 Secrets to Shopping Trader Joe's

Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your area? They offer a unique selection of groceries at competitive prices.

I love to shop there because I’m always discovering something new.

However, there are a few secrets you need to know before you shop a Trader Joe’s.

#1 – Trader Joe’s claims all it’s products are Non GMO with no artificial colors or flavors or preservatives. However, you won’t find the Non GMO project certification on any of it’s packages.

If you want to know exactly what standards they use when sourcing their products, they have it all spelled out on their company website.
There are no GMOs when shopping Trader Joe's

#2 – Trader Joe’s does not offer sales. Ever.

That means you get their lowest price without having to have a loyalty card, a digital app or coupons! This guarantees hassle free shopping every day.

#3 – You can use manufacturer coupons at Trader Joe’s.

While most of the products you find at Trader Joe’s are private label, they do sell brands like Udi’s, Earth Balance, Bob’s Red Mill, and Oregon Chai.

Before you head out, consult the current printable coupons, and make sure you know where to find organic coupons that you can use.

#4 – Trader Joe’s blooms are a bargain!

Blooms are a bargain when shopping Trader Joe's

If you are looking for fresh flowers for an occasion, a gift, or even for everyday, Trader Joe’s has a great selection of in season flowers at incredibly low prices.

At Christmas, the $10 boxwood wreath and $6 poinsettias are a Pinterest lovers dream! 😉

# 5 – Watch the pricing on fruit!

Fruit is priced by the piece when shopping Trader Joe's.

Some of the fruit at Trader Joe’s is priced by the piece – not the pound! Bananas at $0.19 each are a bargain. However, apples are priced by the piece too! This can be confusing for those of us who are used to paying by the pound.

#6 – You can sample ANYTHING!

There is always a sample station set up in the store that samples a feature product.

However, if you want to try ANYTHING in the store before you buy it, all you have to do is ask! A store employee will assist you.

#7 – If you don’t like something, you can take it back.

This is true of anything you buy in the store! If you get home and something you purchased does not meet your expectations, you can return it for a 100% refund!

#8 – Bring your own bags and you could win a free gift card!

Bring your own bags when shopping Trader Joe's.

When you are checking out, be sure to bring your own bags. Then, ask the cashier for a ticket to enter the weekly drawing.

Fill out your ticket and drop it in the box on the way out, and you could win a free Trader Joe’s gift card!

#9 – Stock up on greeting cards for only $0.99 each!

Trader Joe’s has an excellent selection of beautiful greeting cards for only $0.99 each! I like to have several cards on hand for every occasion so I’m never without a card.

Load up on cheap greeting cards when shopping Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s offers competitive prices that rival those of Whole Foods. I did the price comparison. And they offer a good selection of healthy snack items I like to buy.

What do you like about shopping Trader Joe’s?

Target: Hot Seventh Generation Deals through 4/22

Stock up on Seventh Generation products at Target through 4/22/17. Combine a Buy One Get One Free offer with a hot Target Cartwheel coupon and Ibotta rebates!

Deal Idea:

Buy 4 Seventh Generation Dish Detergent Gels at $4.49 each

*Use the 15% Off Seventh Generation Dish Detergent Cartwheel Offer
Pay $11.45 out of pocket
Submit for the Earn $1.50 when you purchase Seventh Generation™ Auto Dish Soap Ibotta rebate
Like paying $9.95 or just $2.49 each!

Or, you could try this deal:

Buy 1 Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent $12.99
Buy 3 Seventh Generation Dish Pacs at $10.99 each

*Use the 15% Off Seventh Generation Dish Detergent Target Cartwheel Offer
*And use the 10% off Seventh Generation Laundry Packs Target Cartwheel Offer
Pay $30.37 out of pocket
*Submit for the Earn $3.00 when you purchase Seventh Generation™ Laundry Packs Ibotta rebate offer
*And submit for the Earn $1.50 when you purchase Seventh Generation™ Auto Dish Soap Ibotta rebate offer
Like paying just $24.87 or $6.22 each!

Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails

Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails

Natural Remedies for Brittle Nails.

Are your nails brittle and constantly peeling?

If you answered yes, then you suffer from flimsy nails.

But don’t worry! You can grow strong, healthy nails.

I’ve got 5 natural remedies for brittle nails that are guaranteed to help you grow beautiful, strong nails.

#1 – Collagen Peptides

I can not stress enough how adding collagen peptides to your diet will help strengthen your nails.

My favorite brand is Vital Proteins. I add one scoop at a time to my afternoon cup of hot tea. It’s tasteless, so it is easy to consume.

You could also add a scoop or two to a smoothie or in your morning coffee.

#2 – Cuticle Cream

Healthy cuticles = healthy nails. If you have dry cuticles that crack, or you use clippers to cut them back, you are removing the nail’s natural defenses against infections.

Use an orange stick to push back cuticles, then apply a cuticle cream nightly. The cuticle cream will lock in moisture, which helps prevent splitting and cracking.

#3 – Wear Gloves While Doing Chores

This is such a simple fix, but it will go a long way towards helping you grow strong, healthy nails.

Activities such as daily dish doing and gardening dry out nails and leave them prone to breakage.

Make wearing a pair of eco friendly gloves consistently is one of the healthiest nail habits you can make.

#4 – Avoid Toxic Nail Polish Removers

The acetone and alcohol in nail polish remover will dry your nails out and cause them to be weak and brittle.

Always use a soy based nail polish remover.

#5 – Olive Oil

Add a weekly olive oil soak to your weekly beauty routine.

Soak nails in a bowl of pure olive oil for 10 to 15 minutes. Start by soaking them two times a week. After a month, soak them just one day a week.

This beauty hack is one of the best natural remedies for brittle nails because it is easy, inexpensive and effective.

My nails are proof you can use these natural remedies to fix your nails. In fact, now my problem is how fast they grow!

Nails after being treated with natural remedies for brittle nails.

Have a natural remedy for dry, brittle nails I didn’t list here? I’d love to learn about it in the comments.