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7 Tips for Better Sleep

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Getting good, quality sleep is one of those things that we know we need but, most of us do not. Living in the current “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” culture, has made many people underestimate what they are doing to their bodies and minds by not prioritizing getting enough sleep. Lack of concentration, depression, and weight gain are just a few of the many issues that can plague the person who is not well rested regularly. If a better mood and overall health is what you’re after, here are 7 tips for getting better shut-eye tonight.

  1. Have a set bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This will help to regulate your body’s clock, helping you fall asleep faster and stay asleep for the night.
  2. Get a relaxing nighttime routine.  Practicing a routine right before bedtime that  includes staying away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.
  3. Get moving. Fitting in 20 to 30 minutes of cardio or weight training to get your heart rate up is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity. Exercise at any time of day, but not at the expense of your sleep.
  4. The perfect sleep environment.  The room you sleep in should set the stage for getting good, peaceful rest.  Really analyze your bedroom. What is the temperature?  Is it normally too hot? Too cold? The ideal temperature for sleep is usually between 65 and 70 degrees. Remove any lights from a cell phone, computer or television, and consider using blackout curtains to keep out any light from outside. If you have a partner who snores drown out them out by using ear plugs and some white noise machines.  
  5. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. The one you have been using for years may have exceeded its life expectancy – about 9 or 10 years for most good quality mattresses. Have comfortable pillows and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you and objects that might cause you to slip or fall if you have to get up during the night.
  6. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening. Alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine can disrupt sleep. Eating big or spicy meals can cause discomfort from indigestion that can make it hard to sleep. If you can, avoid eating large meals for two to three hours before bedtime. Try a light snack 45 minutes before bed if you’re still hungry.
  7. Cut the caffeine. So you may love your coffee but, drinking it later in the day could be affecting your ability to catch some z’s.

PCOS

Feminine Care: My Honey Pot review

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Hey loves! I’m bringing you my take on the Honey Pot company pads that I decided to try out recently.  Video reviews and social media posts about this brand have been swirling the internet for the past few years, and when Aunt Flo made an appearance last week, it was my chance to give them a shot.  

My local Target had the entire Honey Pot Co. product line all in stock.  I picked up the regular-sized pads and a few other items that I probably did not really need (Target gets me EVERY. TIME.), and headed home.  

As a self-proclaimed girly girl, I was immediately in love with the packaging. The cute colors and the super-convenient, resealable opening are genius! Words of support during a time that is not so easy to deal with for many women, can be found on the outside.

I was thinking to myself, “You may be feeling like crap but, you will get through it girl! Yes!!

Product performance

I’m all about that plant based everything life, especially feminine care products for many reasons.  It is healthier for you and the effects on your body are undeniable. The ingredients found in mainstream feminine care products have been linked to bacterial vaginosis, hormonal imbalance, and fertility issues, and I don’t need those types of problems (neither do you). Also, as someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) I know I have to be extra wary of everything I put on or in my body.

However, I have not been satisfied with natural feminine care brands I’ve used in the past. Not even a little bit. The leaking (not cute!), shifting, and the icky, wet feeling all day were enough to make me take my chances and go back to regular pads.

The Honey Pot really convinced me that non-toxic products can perform just as well (or better)!  They stay in place, the absorbency was just right, the size of the pad was perfect, and the herbal infusion gave my girly parts a very spa-like feeling.  

Yes, each pad has mint, lavender, and aloe infused into it and I was totally here for it!  Honestly, on the first day the cooling sensation was pretty strong — like Vapor Vicks rub strong.  After that, I was used to it and almost welcomed the extra pampered vibe I was getting.

Thank you Honey Pot co. for winning me over! I have not tried the feminine wash or wipes but, I will be in the near future.

Here’s a video by the founder of the Honey Pot, Beatrica Espada on why she created this much-needed product line.

Have you made the switch to non-toxic feminine products?  What has been your experience?


Beauty, Fit Life

Self-care Sundays

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This mommy, wife, sister, friend, wanna get fit, big dream-chasing life gets crazy sometimes! I’m so super grateful for it and all that is on the way but, sometimes I forget that taking care of me should be on my list as well and it does not make me a bad mother or a neglectful wife.

Things like scheduling a pedicure, getting a facial or taking myself to the chiropractor for this annoying back pain I’ve had for 2 years now. Or asking hubby to watch Benjamin while I go to Home Goods or Target. Carving out 2 hours to go to Barnes and Noble with Becoming by Michelle Obama, so I can read it in peace and finally finish it!

What I’ve also realized is that self-care is also letting go of people and situations that no longer serve you. We’ve all had that “friend” who always has something negative to say and is always the first to “turn up” and bring the drama wherever they go. Or that relationship that you are in that is going nowhere fast but, you stay out of fear of starting over.

Let me just say, that saying no sometimes is so unbelievably therapeutic. As a former people pleaser, this is tough to do but, it feels too great not to! Not in a mean, nasty way of course but, there’s just so many family gatherings, birthday parties, dinners, and baby showers I can go to in a month while still handling my business and taking out some time for me.

I’m still figuring, adjusting, and rearranging my life to squeeze in my definition of self-care because, after 30+ years of living, I FINALLY know that it is more than necessary.

What’s your idea of self-care? How often are you including it into your daily/weekly/ monthly routine?

Check out some of my favorite things to use when I need to just do me!




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7 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

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I know I’m thirteen days late but, happy 2019! How long can you still say ‘Happy New Year’? Well, I’m wishing all of my followers, readers, subscribers, friends, and family a transformative 2019!

For a few years, I would get super anxious and slightly down when New Year’s eve would approach because I did not feel like I accomplished anything groundbreaking. Looking back now, I know that was false but, I’ve since figured out that I can accomplish more by doing a few things:

  1. Knowing what I want– Fact: most of us don’t know what we really desire (besides a new car, house, and a new body). If you want instant clarity and relief from anxiety, sit down and write out all of the things you would like to get done this year. I pray first and ask God what I should do then, wait for a feeling of peace.
  2. Visualizing– I actually visualized my life with all of my goals completed, and not like a faraway dream but, as if it had already happened. It’s hard to do at first but, it really helps to make things feel more concrete.
  3. Stepping into the feeling– how would you act if you actually had that dream career? how would you wake up every morning? What types of places would you go to on the weekend? What kind of conversations would you have?

The main key is not to overthink it. Though nice, not every goal has to solve world hunger. Here are some resolutions that should be on every 30 something’s list:

  1. Turn off all screens one hour before bed. No TV, no phone, no tablets. Pick up a book, workout, meditate, or have some quality time with your honey instead *wink*.
  2. Life’s short. If you want the car, buy it. (There’s a Tesla Model X and an Infiniti QX 50 with my name on it).
  3. Learn how to make your money work for you. Investments, passive income, residual income, and automation are the name of the game.
  4. If you are struggling to fit some exercise in every day (like me), set an alarm on your phone that goes off whenever you first get home in the afternoons/evenings. Drop whatever you’re doing and move for at least 5 minutes. Dance, go for a run around the block, jump rope, do 20 burpees. Eventually, you can go to 10 minutes, then 20, then 30.
  5. Call a family member or friend you have not talked to in a while.
  6. Get a passport.
  7. After the passport comes in the mail,  take at least 1 trip overseas. There is so much world out there and experiencing somewhere different can really switch up your perspective on your entire life.