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I know people can be finicky about their pillows, but for me it is all about the comforter. There is nothing like snuggling up in a comfy blanket at night to help set the tone for bedtime! The Martha Clyne Year Round Down Alternative Comforter was designed to give you ultimate comfort all year. Poly microfiber is a super-fine thread that allows for an extremely tight fabric weave so there's no possibility of the fill poking through, even after long use. The resulting fabric is also as soft to the touch as silk, a luxurious addition to your bed. Plus, it is machine washer and dyer safe!
from a good night's sleep, my primary concern this time of year is
reducing my allergies. There is no goose down in this comforter to
trigger allergies and, instead, is made with a microfiber filling. Since
many people are allergic to goose down (and since I am allergic to just
about everything I come in contact with, I assume I am probably one of
these people), a poly microfiber filling is a nice alternative. It
provides the same fluffiness and body heat retaining properties as down
without unnecessary allergens.
I absolutely love the soft feel of this comforter. I have used real down in hotels and, quite honestly, this felt just as comfortable to me! I have a problem with night sweats but cannot stand to sleep without blankets and this did a great job of helping regulate my body temperature. It was a great size and I could not find any imperfections in the stitching. I appreciate that it is allergy-friendly since I suffer from terrible allergies this time of year! By only complaint is the color. It is bright white, which is fine for me because I shower in the morning. My husband, on the other hand, showers in the morning and it was only a matter of a couple of days before the perfect, bright white was no longer perfect. I am grateful that it is machine washable, I would have just preferred a darker color.
Buy it here: You can purchase the Martha Clyne comforter from Amazonfor under $50! *I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Last year, I had a great time at the "Color Run" and have already signed up for some fun runs this year. My first race, "The Glow Run", is at the end of May! The race takes place at night and the concept is to wear as much glow in the dark gear as you can. I am so excited and was thrilled to see a set of 100 Glow Sticks offered through Amazon so I could treat the entire team. Since the Glow Sticks are sold on Amazon I was thrilled to be able to use my Prime membership and get these babies in just 2 days. The tube that they come in keeps them from being damaged in the mail and while being stored. I loved the bright assortment of colors which will match the tutu I purchased for the race! Yes, there is nothing like glow sticks to help bring out my inner child. With just a simple snap and shake, the glow feature is activated. The set also includes clasps to transform the sticks into bracelets. Although it was a little tricky, I was able to slide my hands through slowly so that I did not need help from others, but it was a little difficult. If you have larger hands, you will probably need to have someone else clasp these onto your wrists. I am pleased with the brightness of the bracelets and found that they continued to glow for overnight so I am certain they will last through my race!
I am so happy that I have these on hand for our race team. Just getting these is making me really excited for my first run of the season! These would also make great favors for birthday parties or accessories for the 4th of July. The possibilities really are endless. Buy it here: You can purchase Glow Stick Bracelets from Amazon for $14.95. That's less thank $0.15 a bracelet! *I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
Smart Cookie Dog Treats out of Denver, Colorado offers pet owners the opportunity to create their own customized boxes of treats by picking the ingredients they want for their dog’s specific lifestyle, dietary needs, or preferences. Smart Cookie dog treats are made by hand using all human-grade ingredients like salmon, flax seed, quinoa, green beans and blueberries sourced 100% from the USA. They contain no wheat, no corn, no soy, no by-products and are free of preservatives. All of the meats are ground in-house, the grains and flax seed are milled for each batch, and fresh fruits and vegetables are used for optimal nutrition.
How it works: you select a protein, carbohydrate, and fruit and veggie combination that are the three key ingredients that go into your dog’s customized treats. The treats are then baked up and delivered right to your door! I absolutely love the idea of being able to make your own treats! I believe in eating healthy so, naturally, I want the same for my beloved pups! In addition, I am always on the lookout for treats and foods that are free from dyes which tend to aggravate my Bulldog's skin.
In addition to customizable treats, they also offer some blends that were expertly designed to please your dog. These blends include:
The Prima Dogna: Blend includes Salmon, which contains Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids to make their coat shine in the spotlight. Whole Ground Barley is a slowly digestible starch which will help keep them fuller longer and maintain their flattering figure. Carrots contain Vitamin A which is essential for healthy bones, coat, skin, eyes, and teeth, so the Hollywood dog cameras are sure to catch their pearly whites. Cranberries are rich in Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant and immune booster, so they are always red carpet ready.
The Survivor: This blend of Chicken, Oats, Blueberries and Green Beans has an army of antioxidants and supports an iron-clad immune system. Chicken is a high-quality protein containing amino acids and certain minerals for organ function and energy. Oats are known to protect against cancer, diabetes and heat-disease, as well as help lower cholesterol. Blueberries and Green Beans will arm your dog with vitamins and antioxidants which biochemically piggy-back on free-radicals (toxins) to keep them from harming your dog’s body.
The Sports Dog: Beef, containing B12, is necessary for normal processing of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the body. The vitamin will help promote strong muscles. This treat contains a high fat content (most concentrated form of food energy) to provide your dog with more than twice the energy of proteins and carbohydrates. Quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse contains lysine (an amino acid) which aids in the production of collagen formation and tissue repair, so after a quick drink of water, they are back in the action.
When evaluating dog treats, I look for three things and The Survivor treats I was sent to sample passed all three tests!
1. My Boxer, Butch, is a "treat snob" and will quickly spit out any treats that are not high quality. He is very picky but I am happy to say that, not only did he munch these up, he begged for more!
2. My Bulldog, Buttercup, throws up easily and cannot always digest treats. However, she ate these with no problem and really seemed to enjoy them! I certainly enjoyed not having to clean up a mess later!
3. Gas....need I say more? Some treats leave everyone in the house having to deal with serious gas problems but these gave my dogs no problem at all. Our noses say, "thank you"!
I could not be happier with these high quality treats and if my dogs could talk, I would bet they would agree!
Our family has been using Dial products for years and I was really happy to learn that they are offering a new line of personal care products for babies and young children! Developed with young childrens' delicate skin in mind, the line offers the following benefits:
No added parabens
No artificial dyes
Developed with pediatric dermatologists
The line includes both a Dial Baby Body and Hair Wash as well as Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. I have really sensitive skin and eczema which has been flaring up lately so I decided to test the effectiveness of the Body and Hair Wash myself. It did a nice job of cleaning my skin and it was as gentle of a formula as promised. My skin felt nice and smooth and it did not aggravate my skin condition in any way. The Foaming Hand Wash was great as well. I prefer foaming hand soap because I think it is easier for my kids to thoroughly rinse. Hands came out clean after use there was no noticeable residue left after washing! Win it here:
Time to toss all those plumping products that promised to work. Say bye-bye to Botox. Make room for the only at home anti-frown line product you’ll need from now on –WorryLess. Worryless is indeed the stuff of movie magic. Developed by Hollywood makeup and special effects artists, it uses medical grade silicone to simulate skin—filling and concealing frown lines between your eyebrows instantly! WorryLess is the first and only topical dermal filler created to virtually erase glabella lines (the deep vertical lines between your eyebrows). If it works for A-list actors on high definition film, it will work for you!
Upon application, the silicone transforms from a liquid to a flexible rubber-like consistency, which simulates skin. It seamlessly fills in the deep crevices and because it is translucent, allows your skin to shine through. The result? Perfectly, smooth realistic looking skin. WorryLess is:
I live in "Dreary Erie", Pennsylvania and seasonal affective disorder affects so many of us here during our long winter. I work in mental health and we frequently encourage patients who have seasonal depression to try light therapy lamps. The lack of sunlight can truly contribute to mood disturbances, even to those who spend most of their days indoors without access to the sun during the warmer months. Those of us who work in mental health know the benefits of light and we also know the mental benefits of exercise so it only makes sense to put these two elements together! The Happylight Liverty 10K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp provides up to
10,000 LUX of full spectrum light (scotopic light measured at 10
inches), the highest recommended output for addressing seasonal change,
the "Winter Blues" or even the effects of shift work, jet lag, malaise or
fatigue. Balanced Natural Spectrum Daylight taps the potency of light to
gently cue your body to recalibrate and stabilize, naturally reducing
fatigue and lethargy while improving focus.
This time of year I am very eager to take my running outside; however, my allergies have kept me indoors so I was really happy to have the opportunity to try this lamp out during my workouts. My inside routines include a mixture of treadmill running, using the elliptical, and doing strength training with occasional yoga practice. The small size of the lamp made it portable so I could easily use it with each of my workouts. The lamp was quite effective in what is designed to so: give me energy and lighten my mood. I have been under quite a bit of stress lately and adding the lamp to my workout routines seemed to help enhance the euphoria I experience (thanks to the endorphin release) post-workout.
Since the lamp works without having to be positioned directly at your face, using it during a workout is quite effective. With my strength training exercises, it was certainly much easier to get the benefits when I was on the floor but, because it is so small and light, it can be easily propped up on furniture or shelving so I can get the full benefit during the entire workout. I have certainly benefited from using the lamp this spring and really look forward to using it during the winter when I hardly see sun at all! $100 is truly a small price to pay for the mood benefits this lamp delivers and I am so happy that I now have it! Buy it here: The Happylight lamp is available for purchase for around $100 from the Verilux website and from Amazon.
Over the past several years, I have really started to love using silicone products in the kitchen. Not only are the more flexible and sturdy than standard plastic products, but they tend to be a lot easier for my children to use. They are 9 and 11 and they both love to cook! I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review a new Cooking Utensils Gift Set that contained four fun-colored silicone cooking utensils.
The set includes a spatula (8.5" x 1.8"), spoonola (8.3" x
1.9"), brush (8.2" x 1.4"), and whisk (10.5"x 2.3"). Silicone cooking utensils can make great additions to your kitchen because, unlike many plastic and metal products, they are non-stick, heat-resistant, stain-resistant, odor resistant, and dishwasher safe (I can't even tell you how many other utensils I have melted in my dishwasher).
The first thing that I noticed about the set, besides the awesome colors, was the size. They are smaller in scale than my usual cooking utensils but I found that they did the trick nonetheless and were actually much easier for my kids to use. They are much sturdier than I originally thought and I was able to easily use them for all of my cooking and baking needs without problem. The silicone is great for the spatulas especially and they are great for mixing as well as scraping the sides of bowls. They are very easy to clean as well and, although I still dishwash them, found that they easily came clean by running under hot water. The other benefit of these is that, thanks to the flexible silicone, they do not cause any damage to pans or other kitchen items you are cooking/baking with.
Buy it now: You can purchase this set from Amazon for $15.99. The company offers a lifetime satisfaction guarantee!
*I was provided with the above mentioned product for the purpose of facilitating this review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Wednesday, April 15th is National Banana Day! To help you celebrate the day with a tasty but healthy twist, check out this tasty recipe from Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch. Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch is packed with 40g of whole grain per serving, 7 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein making these a delicious and wholesome breakfast option! I made them myself and the whole family was thrilled!
Banana Streusel Muffins
Ingredients 1-1/4 cups flour 1 Tbsp. baking powder 1/8 tsp. salt 1 egg 1/2 cup fat-free milk 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 3 Tbsp. oil 1-1/2 cups Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch cereal 1 cup finely chopped bananas 1/2 cup Post Selects Banana Nut Crunch Cereal, lightly crushed 1 Tbsp. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1 tsp. oil
Directions Mix flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl.
Beat egg in small bowl; stir in milk, 1/3 cup brown sugar and 3 Tbsp. oil.
Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.)
Stir in 1-1/2 cups cereal and banana.
Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pan or muffin pan which has been sprayed with cooking spray, filling each cup 2/3 full.
Mix 1/2 cup cereal, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and cinnamon.
Drizzle with 1 tsp. oil; stir until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over muffins.
Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.
*I was provided with a sample in order to try this recipe for myself. All opinions expressed are my own.