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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.

Before you go!

I have to also let you in on a site I have been using that has helped me to stay on top of my game when it comes to creating and sending everything from invites to flyers of any upcoming events (stay tuned to your inbox if you’re subscribed to the email list. I have some great things coming up for you!)

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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.


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Natural Laundry Detergent

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Hey loves! I know it’s been a minute or two since I have posted. Mommy life, work life, and wife life were taking up every second of my 24 hours, and to be honest I was having a difficult time finding the energy to log on and post. At the end of the day, even my fingers were exhausted but, here I am!

Today I’m sharing my top 3 picks for natural laundry detergent. I can clearly remember people looking at me crazy when I talked about choosing not to use Dreft baby detergent when Benjamin was born but, for me it was important to be careful about what I put on his skin. If I watch what I put on my skin then, why wouldn’t I do the same for him?

The Danger in Most Laundry Detergent Ingredients

Some of the chemicals and fragrances found in most detergents are just not worth the intoxicating laundry scent we’re used to (I used to LOVE the Tide fresh scent!).  They have been known to cause skin and eye irritation, and some are even possible carcinogens (cancer-causing).  When I was pregnant and found this out, I knew had to switch.

My top 4 picks

From my research and looking at reviews, the following four natural detergents are on my list. I have not used all of these as yet but, they are on my list until I find one I want to settle on.  Currently, I use Tide Free and Clear but I’m looking for something truly natural. All of the following contain essential oils, no toxic chemicals, plant-based ingredients, and are safe to use in front and top loading HE machines.

  1. Tandi’s Naturals laundry soap
  2. EcoMe Laundry detergent
  3. GreenShield laundry detergent
  4. Pure laundry detergent

 

Which laundry detergent do you currently use?


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Choosing an Organic Baby Formula

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Along with all of the unbelievably joyful moments that being a new parent brings, also comes the worrisome, guilt-filled ones.  As someone who knows firsthand the benefits that eating the right foods can bring, I get consumed with what I am feeding Benjamin. With all that’s out here, I know I should be but it can be seriously overwhelming.

A recent dilemma I had was choosing a baby formula. It really should not bring this much anxiety to pick one, should it?

I have been giving Benjamin formula since birth, at the suggestion of the nurses at the hospital, and also breastfeeding.  He had digestive issues along with some constipation that was painful to even watch. We tried lots of different ones and finally settled on a Soy formula by Gerber Good Start.  After a few months though, I did not feel comfortable keeping him on the soy.

Then the hunt for a regular formula began.

Although very exhausting, breastfeeding was going pretty well so, I began to pump more hoping that I could have enough milk for him during the day while I’m at work.  Between working, nursing, and pumping I was getting really burned out, and I just wasn’t making enough milk.

I did some online research and reached out to family and friends who worked in the pediatric nursing field for some help.  Can I say I’m really surprised that there are no formulas without soy or dairy– ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

Based on conversations I had with others and everything I read, I decided to go with Plum Organics and Earth’s Best Organic formulas.  They were both listed in the top three formulas online and recommended by almost everyone I spoke with.  What stood out to me was:

  • no corn syrup solids added
  • non-GMO ingredients
  • no added sweetners
  • organic lactose

I used Plum Organics organic formula for the past few weeks and I have no complaints! Benjamin drank it without frowning or spitting up (an issue he had when on soy sometimes).  The price point though ($42 for 32 oz), was hitting our pockets pretty hard especially since we were buying it every week.  I can definitely vouch for the great reviews though.

This week, I picked up Earth’s Best Organic instead.  It’s a little less expensive (about $41 for 35 oz) and has the same ingredients. We’re just a few days in but so far, so good.

I never expected this to give me so much angst but, I’m glad there are great options out there for moms like me who are very particular about what their babies put in their bodies.

I also make all of Benjamin’s pureed foods at home but, I have supplemented a few times with the Plum Organics  and Earth’s Best baby foods.  They are the only two brands of baby foods I trust to give my baby outside of what I make at home.

Which brands of organic baby formula and foods are your favorites?