I have to admit, my husband and I have been using this unit from iTens for quite a few months, maybe 6 months or so… and I’m finally devoting some time to sit down and write about it. You see, pain is never something I enjoy writing about (who does, anyway?) so putting the effort into writing about something that makes me miserable (PAIN) is not a thing I enjoy doing. But, I really wanted to share this with you and my thoughts on the iTENS wearable electrotherapy tens unit device.
The iTENS unit retails for $99.00 and you can select between the Large Wings (pictured above) or the Small Wings. My husband and I opted for the Large Wings because it gives the maximum coverage for your pain sites and are designed to provide bigger coverage area of pain relief for the back, shoulder and other large treatment areas… all of which are locations that my husband and I experience tremendous and continuous pain.
The iTENS unit will give you up to 24 hours of use per charge for continuous pain relief and the gel pads that come with it are good for 10-12 applications. Each unit includes the following items:
- iTENS Device with rechargeable lithium-ion battery (installed)
- Large Wings with Laser printed silver conductive surface
- Charging dock with USB charging cable
- One set of reusable Gel Pads
- Large Wing Span of 2.5″ x 6.5″
What makes the iTENS so unique is that it brings together wearable technology that meets digital health. This thin, lightweight and compact unit can be worn discreetly under your clothing and there are no wires to get in the way or get tangled with like a traditional tens unit. The fun part, is that the device can be easily controlled from the convenience of an app on your smart phone.
The state of the art APP and an energy efficient lithium-ion battery provide you with exceptional battery life for on the go and daily use while incorporating the advanced technology of TENS electronics. And, what we enjoy is that the tool and app actually help with managing your pain allowing you to have documentation at your finger tips for how long you used the unit, a way to track your pain results and where your pain is as well as where you applied your iTENS to your body. The settings for this device is so easy and you can easily apply different types of settings to your device based on your specific pain condition and location.
The iTENS is an FDA cleared, drug-free alternative for treatment of a variety of pain conditions. It’s shape is unique in that it allows for flexible and contoured fit around most joints and body parts. My husband and I especially enjoy that it fits perfectly on our back and in the curves where we need the pain relief. Like I mentioned previously, it’s very lightweight, thin and comfortable and you get medical grade strength without the prescription.
Now, I’m not sure if I mentioned before, but my husband and I own several tens unit devices as prescribed by our doctors. Between the two of us, we probably have 6 total (not included the iTENS) so we have definitely tried many on the market, both medical grade and over the counter. I love that the accessories to keep up with the iTENS and replacement is affordable. If you’ve ever had to buy replacement pads for a tens unit, you know that they can get costly and many times only last 2-3 times before the sticky is gone. The Peel-n-stick Gel pads for iTENS are available in all sizes for the iTENS device wings. The reusable gel pads are good for 10 applications (as I stated above) and each package contains 3 sets of these gel pads for just $6.99 – which is a good bargain considering you are getting 30+ uses in one gel pad refill box.
The iTENS offers muscle massage and muscle rehabilitation modes so you get the maximum in pain relief for joints and muscles as well as recovery after you have really stressed your muscles from sports, working out, etc. You also get a variety of accessories for your device so you can decide to get teh Long Strip Accessory which is designed for sciatic nerve, IT band, tendons and other long treatment areas or the small wing, all of which are interchangeable with the original device you have purchased.
I realize I have given you an overwhelming amount of information, but I honestly don’t know where to begin or where to start. I’m absolutely enjoy my iTENS device and my husband and I love the convenience of all the options available to us. I especially enjoy that the Bluetooth app enables me to use this product without being stopped up by wires or a bulky base that can keep me from really relaxing and enjoying the massage it offers. Replacement pads and accessories are reasonably priced and offer my husband and I a range of products at our finger tips and most importantly, it works. After using different tens units over the years, I know that they work well and I enjoy the fact that this one may look discreet and small but it surely packs a punch. If my husband can get a good massage and pain relief from a device that’s so small and tiny, through his muscles and all – I know anyone could benefit from the iTENS.
Now, yes – I was sent this product for review consideration and yes, I realize that it could seem that my opinion is biased… but let’s be honest here, if you’ve been on my site for a while, you know I have no problem talking about whether or not a product worked for me, whether it was sent for review or not. I can honestly say I am enjoying this product and so is my husband and we have bought replacement pads twice already. It’s worth looking into if you experience chronic pain like we do. And, if you’re over those bulky tens units you have been prescribed, I highly suggest checking this out. The investment is reasonable and actually quite affordable considering the relief you’ll get in the long run.
You can get more information or purchase an iTENS unit at: http://itens.com/
Thanks iTENS for sending this over to my husband and I. We love it and look forward to picking up all of the accessories and more. You have customers for life here.
Disclaimer: As stated in the post, I was sent this unit for review consideration and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to cleaning my teeth, I’m kind of a nut… I find absolute pleasure in brushing and flossing my teeth and while I don’t have the world’s most perfect or whitest teeth, I know they are clean. I’m always trying new teeth cleaning products so I was very excited to get the opportunity to try the CloSYS Oral Health System for myself and see how it worked for me. Today I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the products I got to try and let you know how it worked for me.
The CloSYS Oral Health System is comprised of Alcohol-Free Oral Health Rinses (flavored or unflavored), CloSYS “Silver” a fluoride rinse, CloSYS Toothpaste (available with fluoride or fluoride-free), and CloSYS Fresh Breath Oral Spray. CloSYS products contain Cloralstan (trade name for stabilized chlorine dioxide) which is formulated and patented to maintain oral wellness. Clorolstan impedes plaque formation, oxidizes volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) and kills harmful bacteria that irritate gums and cause bad breath while maintaining a healthy oral environment.
So what is Cloralstan and how is it activated?
Cloralstan is a buffered, water based solution that contains chlorine dioxide gas in sodium chlorite… I know it’s a lot of scientific language and stuff, so hang in there and I’ll try to explain it the best I can. When Cloralstan is introduced into the mouth, the solution is naturally activated by the amino acids in your saliva, creating a small and very safe amount of chlorine dioxide. Cloralstan is also activated by motion, such as brush or swishing. Once it is released, Chloralstan kills the bacteria associated with the build-up of plaque and kills the pro-inflammatory infectious bacteria that are associated with gum disease and host of systemic diseases as well.
Is Chlorine dioxide safe to use?
Chlorine dioxide sounds a bit scary and I’m sure you’re wondering if it is safe. Key components of stabilized chlorine dioxide – chlorine dioxide and chlorite, are used to purify drinking water and sanitize food, and as a result the safety of these compounds have been extensively studied by researchers and documented by the US Government. The amount of stabilized chlorine dioxide in CloSYS products are within the limits observed as safe in these studies, so while it sounds a bit freaky, it actually won’t harm you and will help you and your teeth.
Since I’m such a
crazed nut when it comes to cleaning my teeth, this system has been so beneficial over the couple of months so I just had to share it with all of you. So let’s chit chat about each product and discuss how it has worked for me.
The CloSYS Alcohol-Free Oral Health Rinse retails for about $10 for the 32 fl.oz. which is a steal considering the amount you get. This mouth rinse is non-irritating so it’s perfect for sensitive mouths like mine and you can decide to control the flavor of your rinse as it comes unflavored (the one I have does, but they now have a flavored option available) and you can add some flavor to the unflavored rinse by putting a few drops of the Flavor Control dropper which includes natural peppermint oil (included) so you can decide on the amount you want.
To use the mouth wash, simple rinse your mouth for at least 30 seconds with 1/2 oz. (2 full caps) of the health rinse. Spit out the remainder, do not swallow it. The unflavored version is really not that bad but I prefer to put in a drop of the peppermint oil to add a little flavor. After using this mouth rinse I noticed my mouth feels squeaky clean – which is exactly how I like it to be. My breath smells clean and fresh and I just love that my teeth feel so clean for the entire day.
The CloSYS Sulfate-Free Fluoride Toothpaste (clean mint) has been a great addition to my oral health routine and retails for about $7.00 for a 3.4oz tube. It tastes like any toothpaste would and I like how my teeth felt and how clean it was after just the first use. This toothpaste is formulated to kill 99.9% of germs that cause bad breath, dissove unwanted compounds and reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth for a noticeably cleaner and fresher mouth. I have replaced my normal tooth paste with this one from CloSYS and have really enjoyed it.
This toothpaste has a sulfate-free formula that is non-irritating and is anti-plaque and anti-cavity. It helps eliminate your bad breath and has a gentle low abrasion formula and it is also pH balanced. After using this for a few months, I noticed my teeth are not as sensitive as they used to be and I like how clean my teeth feel immediately after brushing and overtime.
The CloSYS Fresh Breath Oral Spray has been a handy dandy thing to have on hand. Retailing for $2.00 for a 0.25 fl.oz. spray, you get a lot of product and it’s perfect for on the go and to throw in the purse. I’ve been enjoying this product specifically because I don’t chew gum as often and this has been nice to use while I’m out and about. The minty fresh flavor keeps my breath smelling good and feeling good all day long. Just like it’s other tooth brushing counterparts, it is pH balanced and it’s also sugar free and a non-aerosol spray.
The CloSYS Toothbrushes come in a 2 pack for $3.00 and are comfortable to grip while brushing, soft enough to clean your teeth without any abrasion but still firm enough to get down and in the dirty. I like it and it’s an affordable cost considering what you find on the market today.
The Tongue Cleaner is also a great addition to your oral cleaning arsenal. I used it to gently scrape any of the white coating from my tongue. It was easy to use and definitely did the job at hand that it was needed for. You can pick up the 12 pack for $19.99 or get it as a part of a set with the One Month Fluoride or Fluoride-Free Kit for $24.99 (includes the mouth rinse, tooth paste, breath spray, tooth brush and this tongue cleaner).
I have been really enjoying the CloSYS Teeth Cleaning System. My teeth feel good, clean and I really enjoy the price point. I especially enjoy a good clean that doesn’t cause my mouth to have any type of sensitivities. CloSYS can be purchased at some of my local stores like Walmart, Walgreens & CVS and I can also order it online at CloSYS.com or on Amazon. There are various stores that you can find this teeth system through out the US as well. While I haven’t noticed much in the whitening area and still use my current whitening routine, I do notice how clean my teeth feel and enjoy the fact that they are not as sensitive as they usually are. I have taken this set to my dentist prior to use and he says that it’s a pretty good brand and perfect for sensitive teeth.
Overall – I think it’s worth checking out considering the price point. For just $25.00 you can try out all of the items I listed and discussed above in my post and try the whole set for yourself. If you are someone who has sensitive teeth like I do and are looking for an affordable alternative, I definitely say to give these a try or take it to your dentist and ask him about it for yourself.
Have you heard or seen of CloSYS products before? If so, what are your thoughts on them? Have you tried them? Do you think you’ll give it a go if you haven’t?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered. The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. Are you a Target shopper? If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.
Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection. These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.
Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador. The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here). This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum. It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist. Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.
Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each). I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now. These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair. Key Ingredients include: Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair. Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation. I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.
Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood. The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products. The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome. Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.
Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink. Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors. Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured. Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics. 10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind. They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.
Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school. These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family. They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.
Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.
Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods. Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances. It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice. But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.
Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target. Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains. Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin. It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.
The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love. The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands. It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most. It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family. Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more. With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs. It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.
The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house. It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera. Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients. Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals. I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this. Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue. Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse. Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent. I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.
Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60) I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one. Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth. These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler. But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it. I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.
Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free). It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do. Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.
Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us. Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables. Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard. The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors: Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham. They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery. My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.
Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle. The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack. The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.
Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs. These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new. The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free. Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria. What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies. I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.
As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands. At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone. It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands. This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.
It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.
Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website: http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.
Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.
Disclaimer: The products discussed in this post were sent for review and feature consideration and as gifts. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I’ve been told time and time again that I have beautiful long hair and while my hair grows quickly and my hair is long, it sheds A LOT. After having my twins almost 7 years ago, I found that my hair really took a beating from the rough pregnancy I experienced. Over the years I have shed a lot of hair and while my hair grows well and grows quickly, it needed something that would really just give it a little extra love and sprinkle some magical fairy dust to get it back to what it used to be. I take all kinds of supplements and over the years I have taken specific ones for hair strengthening that included Biotin. I have enjoyed them all – but this one I’ll be talking about today, well – I can honestly say… it’s definitely my favorite tasting. Today I introduce you to the NeoCell Biotin Bursts, a gourmet biotin soft chew that the perfect dietary supplement for those who are looking for a different way to get their daily Biotin.
Now, let’s be honest here for a minute… I was immediately drawn to this product because of its packaging… hello – it’s purple. But, honestly after having tried other products from NeoCell, I knew that I would enjoy these. You can read about other reviews I posted on products from NeoCell here and here. These Biotin Bursts are the perfect soft chew for a daily supplement of Biotin which is perfect for hair, skin and nail health and they taste absolutely delicious.
I am all about taking care of your skin and hair so it’s really nice to find a product that can help with both. The NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in delicious chews. Since Biotin is an important B Vitamin that promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support – you’ll get great benefit with this product. The high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin. The fact that this product has Acai Berry added for antioxidant support and protection from free radical damage is a huge plus.
The Biotin Bursts are soy, wheat, lactose, palm oil, yeast and artificial flavor free. It is Gluten Free! You basically take one chew daily and let the product do the work. I take so many different types of medicines due to different health ailments and I certainly am not a fan of taking an additional pill to help with the strength of my hair, so I love that I can have a chew that taste great. I did mention that before, right? It really does taste great. My husband has been taking these with me and we have really enjoyed it.
Each Biotin Burst is individually wrapped and like I mentioned before, you need only take one chew daily. They taste like a berry chew and don’t have any chalky or weird after taste at all. If you are a fan of Acai berry or strawberry and blueberry mix, I think you’ll enjoy the flavors of these because it reminds me of a combination of those flavors. With 10,000 MCG of Biotin you get enough of that hair and nail supplement for daily intake. I just love that it’s so easy to take without any funky flavor, pills to swallow or yuck!
** Other ingredients: dried cane syrup, rice syrup, maltodextrin, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, sunflower oil, malic acid, citric acid, glycerin, fruit and vegetable juice for color, stevia.
Over the last couple of months of taking this supplement, I have noticed that my hair is stronger and tangles a lot less. There is less breakage and shedding which is something I notice immediately because my hair naturally sheds a lot. In combination with some of my favorite hair products, I have noticed that my hair has really improved and over the last couple of months. Summer takes a beating on my hair and leaves it dry and brittle and I noticed with the use of the Biotin Bursts along with my other hair care faves, my hair seems to handle the Hawaii heat nicely.
NeoCell’s Biotin Bursts can be found at a variety of retailers like Vitamin World, Whole Foods & GNC. I love the convenience of shopping online, but I love that I can find products I enjoy in a store near me so I don’t have to worry about running out and waiting on a shipment. So it’s convenient to pick up at my local stores like Whole Foods. The retail for about $13 for a 30 day supply which is an awesome price! You can learn more about the product or find a location and retailer near you on their website here: http://www.neocell.com
Have you tried anything from NeoCell before? If so, what have you tried and what are your thoughts? If not, is this something you think you would be interested in checking out?
Disclaimer: The products mentioned and featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you may see or read on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge water drinker… but as much as I love water, I’m not a fan of it warm or hot unless it’s in coffee or tea. Years ago my husband and I started carrying our water bottles with us everywhere, but because your typical plastic bottle usually contains some form of BPA, they were not able to be left in the car while shopping and they would get really hot from the sun. Who wants to drink hot water to rehydrate themselves? Certainly not me! Over the last year, my husband and I have invested in the Hydro Flask and it is now a household name. It is the #1 staple in our house and since all of our boys play sports and my husband and I are avid walkers, we enjoy our bottles. Today I share with you how I keep cool this summer and why I think this is such an essential item to have.
You’ve seen it featured in my Thirsty Thursday videos time and time again. The Hydro Flask has been my number one drinking companion since I first started using it a year ago. It goes where you go, whether out and about or working out, it will keep your drink ice cold or piping hot for hours. I am sharing with you the 40 oz bottle but they come in a variety of sizes. The Hydro Flask is an award-winning global leader in high performance, insulated stainless steel flasks. They were founded in 2009 in beautiful Bend, Oregon and the company’s mission is to save the world from lukewarm.
Hydro Flask uses the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel and the Hydro Flask food and beverage flasks are stylish while still offering all the necessities like BPA-free, recyclable and backed by a lifetime warranty. Hydro Flask believes strongly that great flasks and great causes go hand-in-hand. Because of this, through its charitable arm 5% back, consumers can allocate a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity they choose. (Learn more about Hydro Flask’s charitable giving here).
Hydro Flask offers a variety of different products that include:
- Bottles (Ranging from 12 oz to 40 oz)
- Beer Growlers (64 oz and 32 oz)
- True Pint (16 oz beer pint)
- Coffee (12 oz, 16 oz & 20 oz coffee flasks)
- Food (12 oz and 18 oz food flasks)
My family and I are huge supporters of the Hydro Flask brand. Each person in my family owns a 40 oz. bottle. While each one is an investment (depending on where you buy them they can retail for about $40 for a 40 oz. flask), they are well worth the cost. During Sports, my sons need to hydrate and keep cool, especially in the warm weather that you get here in Hawaii.
Hydro Flask has Universal Benefits that are great for daily use as well as for anyone:
- TempShieldTM Protected
- Keeps hot up to 6 hours
- Keeps cold up to 24 hours
- 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
- BPA-Free and Phalate-Free
- Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish
- Lifetime Warranty
Hydro Flask is known for their Temperature, Taste and Transport. (temperature) TempShield is used in 100% of Hydro Flask products, which is a unique double wall insulation that protects temperature for up to 24 hours cold and 6 hours hot. (taste) The 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel won’t retain or transfer flavors, ensuring the pure taste of your beverage. (transport) Proprietary powder coat offers an easy-grip, sweat-free and extra-durable bottle that you can take anywhere.
Unlike other stainless steel bottles my family and I have had in the past, the Hydro Flask bottle is sturdy. Other bottles have dented quite easily but these have retained its shape for quite a bit. Of course, if it drops on a hard surface, it can get dinged, but overall it has lasted us quite some time. I have had my original flask for over a year with minimal damage to it.
I love that Hydro Flask offers a variety of different accessories for your flask. A Wide Mouth Straw attachment is a favorite of ours and it allows us to carry our water with ice in it all day. What is so awesome is that even on a hot day, with my bottle in the car, my flask is still ice cold and most of the time my ice is still wiggling around inside the flask. The bottle never sweats which makes it perfect to store anywhere without worrying that it will ruin any of my electronics or furnishings and I love how convenient it is to take with us on the go.
When it comes to staying cool and hydrated this summer or anytime of the year, I know I can rely on my Hydro Flask to keep me cool. It’s the best summer necessity to have and an essential in my book. We are completely hooked – my husband takes his to work daily and the boys take theirs to school and practice. It’s definitely something I think you should check out.
It’s an investment for a water bottle – but many times in the past I have left my flask in the sun while out at the beach or in the car and the ice is still there and my water is still very cold hours later. There are not too many of those types of stainless steel bottles on the market today that can offer you that kind of awesomeness. Who wants to drink warm water anyway, if not for coffee or tea? lol
You can purchase Hydro Flask products at: http://www.hydroflask.com/
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration, however – I already owned similar products previously so I’m speaking with experience as someone who has also spent their own money on the products. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Summer is in full swing now a days… it’s hot and humid here in Hawaii and man, cooling off and hydrating is the best way to keep from all this heat. My eldest son recently finished up his basketball season for the year, and let me just say – it was a tough one. With our weather experiencing major heat and then he having to run around in the gym on the court, it really took its toll. Recently, my family and I have had the opportunity to try HFACTOR Hydrogen water and today we share our thoughts with all of you.
HFACTOR is the first of its kind hydrogen rich water that is designed to fuel you from your very first sip. It’s made in the USA, is 100% natural and comes in a container that is BPA Free. HFACTOR has the potential to improve muscle recovery and activate peak performance to provide a variety of benefits in your first drink. Research suggests that hydrogen gas, an antioxidant, has the potential to boost circulation and provide anti-inflammatory benefits to start healing your body.
So – what is the difference between normal water if it already has hydrogen in it?
In normal water, two hydrogen atoms are bound to oxygen (H20) making it difficult for our bodies to enjoy the benefits of hydrogen. In hydrogen rich water, molecule hydrogen gas (H2) is dissolved into water creating active diatomic hydrogen molecules that are accessible to our bodies. Molecular hydrogen, small and soluble, has the potential to quickly circulate into the many locations of our body – including the hard to reach powerhouses of our cells.
The benefits of drinking Hydrogen Rich Water are really great. Depending on your home, work and lifestyle choices, there are a variety of ways that hydrogen rich water may enhance your health and wellness. Studies documented have shown that molecular hydrogen may have the potential to improve athletic performance and recovery, energy levels, jet lag, hangovers, allergies, skin irritation, inflammation and circulation and many other researched benefits.
Over the last few months, my family and I has started drink HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich Water. We chill the water to make it cold – it tastes best that way. Each water comes with its own straw so it makes it easy to drink on the go or where ever you need a quench of your thirst. Drinking the water – you don’t taste much of a difference than your standard bottled water, but after the first sip – you almost feel immediately hydrated. Honestly, my son described it as you feel like you were dipped into a swimming pool or cool stream and your body was instantly cooled down and refreshed. I drank the water for the first time on a really hot day and felt like I drank a whole gallon of water – because my thirst was quenched, but I felt so cool and hydrated.
My son Kevin drank his HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich water during half time of his games to help with his recovery and hydration. HFACTOR suggests and recommends drinking one to two refrigerated HFACTOR packages a day, within 30 minutes of opening. You can either pop a straw in or pour it into a glass. Drinking HFACTOR before and after your workout may help your performance and recovery.
Instead of the normal Gatorade that we buy him for after his games for recovery, we have been giving him HFACTOR and he loves it. Like I mentioned previously, immediately after trying it the first time, he noticed a difference in how his body felt and how it recovered. Of course, everyone’s body is different so to have my son comment on how he felt after drinking without knowing the benefits – was a huge selling point for me. He continued to use HFACTOR Hydrogen Rich water for the remainder of season.
Since Hydrogen is the lightest, smallest molecule, it can easily escape through conventional bottle materials such as plastic or gas. HFACTOR developed a special aluminum package with minimal carbon footprint, which acts as an effective barrier to keep the hydrogen inside until you are ready to drink it. HFACTOR infuses pure hydrogen into water via a patent-pending natural method, unlike other hydrogen products which are manufactured utilizing magnesium and chemical processes.
HFACTOR was founded in 2013 as a truly functional beverage company that provides hydrogen-rich water full of antioxidants, all created and distributed right here in the USA. Their mission is to make you and the planet proud, so that is why their aluminum water pouch is ergonomic and eco-friendly, providing an innovative and iconic package designed to deliver the best hydrogen water.
If you are a runner – you would absolutely love this water. I will drink one of these after a workout and immediately notice a difference. It is great for muscles as well and really helps with recovery. I noticed that after a workout, I don’t often get much swelling and pain, if any at all and the only change I made to my supplements or diet has been the HFACTOR water. An increase in energy and overall wellness. But, this is more than just a workout or sports drink. My beauty lovers out there, Hydrogen-rich water can be so much more for your beauty routine. I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture as well as my Eczema. My flare ups have not been as consistent and my absorption for my skin for skin care products has been so much better than before. I also struggle with my heart health and this is a drink that I have really loved to help with my blood pressure. I’m no doctor, but seeing the difference in how my body and my family’s bodies are working, makes me a believer.
I highly suggest doing your research prior to drinking hydrogen-rich water to see how it can work for you. HFACTOR sells their water in a 6 Pack for $18.00 and a 24 Pack for $64.99. Shipping to Hawaii was $9.00 for Fedex SmartPost which can take a couple of weeks or $46.56 for 2 Business Days. As a family we have ordered from HFACTOR a few times to replenish our supply. While we don’t drink it daily – it has been an integral part of my healing for my ailments and for my entire family.
I’ll be honest, it’s expensive and if I didn’t notice a huge difference with the water, I wouldn’t have purchased it myself. I also wish there were local suppliers on the island so that I wouldn’t have to buy it online. But overall, it’s a product that everyone in my family has been enjoying.
What about you? Have you tried hydrogen-rich water before? If so, was it HFACTOR or did you try another brand? What do you think of the benefits and have you noticed anything different since trying it. If not, do you think that you would try something like this at the price it is at?
You can read up on HFACTOR Hydrogen-Rich water or purchase your own at: https://h-factor.com/
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review consideration and feature. However, like anything you will find on this site – all opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. My opinion is NEVER swayed because I was provided the product for free or paid to talk about it. I reserve all thoughts and opinions. Affiliate links are posted through out.
As a child growing up in Hawaii, you could find Aloe Vera plants everywhere and anywhere you could think of, including our backyard. My dad used it to treat our burns and sunburn during the summer and other medicinal uses, but I had never heard about drinking aloe water until a few years ago, maybe because I didn’t pay attention to it much or it wasn’t told to me directly. With my sons in full sports mode for summer (we are finishing up basketball season and going into football season in about a month), we always try to ensure that we keep all of our boys fully hydrated and ready to play in the hot summer sun. Today, I share with you my thoughts and my son Kevin’s on Detox Water, a Bioactive Aloe Water.
Detox Water is a mother inspired drink created by Founder Kenneth Park. In his childhood days Kenneth’s mother had experienced serious digestive issues and no medication worked in trying to heal her ailments. A doctor she seen suggested trying aloe. By adding aloe water to her diet, she not only resolved her stomach problems, but she improved her immune response to the on-going stomach pains. After realizing the plethora of benefits she experienced from ingesting aloe, Ken’s mother shared her smoothies with the rest of the family. Each morning with breakfast she would serve her delicious aloe-filled smoothies, blended with fruits and yogurt to neutralize the plant’s naturally bitter taste.
Detox Water is actually the re-launch of the business that Kenneth started in his dorm room at Babson College. In 2012, he created Superleaf Organic Aloe Juice and sold cases on campus, while juggling classwork and business. While it was quite successful – Superleaf drink was similar in variation to existing aloe drinks on the market – which did not deliver all the potential health benefits of truly bioactive aloe vera. After going back to the grind and working everything out, Detox Water became what it is today.
“Detox Water was born in the spirit of my mom and is testament to a strong commitment to health I believe in aloe vera’s healing properties because it healed me, prepared me for every day. I created Detox Water to share my experience with you, help you heal from the inside out.” – Kenneth Park (Founder, Detox Water)
Detox Water is available in three different delicious flavors – Original, Pinamint and Mangaloe. Each bottle contains 350mg of ACTIValoe aloe gel flakes with no less than 10% aloe polysaccarides by dry weight. I know it’s a lot of technical talk – but basically, that means it’s comparable to drinking a shot of the most extensitively researched and clinically-proven pure aloe juice. Each bottle is filled with electrolytes and vitamins to help replenish and restore your body with electrolytes, vitamin c and a full range of vitamin b’s. What also makes this so wonderful is that Detox Water is made without the use of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. The aloe water is able to provide healthy hydration from the best of what nature has to offer. Detox Water is just 15 calories per serving and is rejuvenating, refreshing aloe water paired with organic and natural flavors. It’s literally something that helps to make you feel great and not guilty.
My entire family has been loving Detox Water – so much so that we have already repurchased a case for us to share. Each case retails for $45.00 (12 bottles). My son Kevin however, has been loving Detox Water as a way to re-hydrate after his basketball games. Most of the gyms here in Hawaii are old and many of them do not have air circulation through out. After an extensive game my son’s shirts are drenched in sweat and he’s beyond exhausted. Drinking Detox Water that has been chilled is a great way to hydrate and really just give his body back the nutrients he lost while running about the court.
“Detox Water tastes GREAT! The Mangaloe is my favorite but all of the flavors taste really good. After one sip I feel hydrated and refreshed. I love to drink a few sips of this during half-time to get my energy back and give me the extra electrolytes my body needs to recover from an intense game. I have never tried aloe water before, but you can’t taste any bitter flavor at all. It’s delicious and I really enjoy it.” – Kevin
As a mother, I try to instill proper care of your body and health to all of my children. We are all busy bodies in our household and by teaching my sons at a young age that caring for your well-being is important, I’m hoping it will continue on with them as they become adults and well into their life. I also suffer from ailments of health and have found after drinking Detox Water, it has improved my issues with my stomach, my IBS and other problems I have been experiencing. I’m not a doctor, but I do notice that things have improved with my health, and of course – my son noticed immediately after drinking his first Detox Water how his body felt rejuvenated.
I received Detox Water over a month ago and my family and I have really tested the products for a long period of time to see it’s benefits. I’m beyond impressed and as I stated before, we have already placed an order for replenishing our water. I have never tried anything like it before and I didn’t think it would taste as good as it did.
If you are interested in trying Detox Water for yourself and getting you a case – you can do so by checking out their website. You can opt to do a single purchase of a Detox Water case or sign up for their Delivery Subscription and get 20% off your orders. I haven’t found anywhere local that sells this water as of yet, so we have to order our case online. However, it’s worth it if you are looking for Immunity boosts and other benefits like skin health & anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory and heart health help. I have been really liking how it has helped my stomach, my blood pressure and my immune system.
Purchase your Detox Water at: https://www.detoxwater.com
Are you looking to add a little extra hydration to your summer? Have you heard of Aloe water before?
Disclaimer: My family and I were sent these products for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and we were not paid to provide our thoughts. Affiliate links are posted through out.
When it comes to cleaning our teeth, I’m the warden in our house and I’m constantly on top of the tooth brushing and cleaning each day. But, I also believe that brushing your teeth shouldn’t just be a habit you develop, but it should be fun and you should want to clean your teeth several times a day. I think the boys share a similar attitude towards dental hygiene as I do. They love to go to the dentist (I remember as a kid hating to go) and they enjoy brushing and flossing each day as much as I do. A few months ago I had the opportunity to try the Foreo ISSA Toothbrush and Foreo ISSA Hybrid brush head and really enjoyed it so I wasn’t surprised when all three of my boys were drooling over the new gadget I got to try. To our surprise, we got a wonderful email from Foreo asking if we would like to give their Mini Toothbrushes a whirl and today, the twins are talking about their experience with the toothbrushes and how they like them. I’m excited that the twins get to try the Foreo ISSA Mini Toothbrushes because I think it will be a great tool to have… now I just have to save up so my oldest son Kevin can get one for himself and big Kevin too. lol
The Foreo ISSA Mini Electric Toothbrush is specially designed for kids (or the kid in you). Like the Foreo ISSA (which I reviewed previously and you can read about here), the ISSA mini brings color and brightness to your teeth cleaning with a fun and bold silicone design that includes their innovative Sonic Pulse Technology. This toothbrush is suitable for ages from 5+ which makes it ideal for the twins since Luke & Isaiah are 6.
The ISSA mini electronic toothbrush combines Sonic Pulse Technology that includes soft silicone bristles, resulting in extremely gentle yet effective cleaning of your child’s teeth. This helps to protect the teeth and gums from over-brushing while keeping your teeth squeaky clean and promoting a healthier mouth overall.
What is so great about the Sonic Pulse Techology for the ISSA mini? The ISSA mini’s silicone bristles channel 9,000 high-intensity pulsations per minute to create micro-sweeps that effectively and gently clean the teeth and gums.
Retailing for $119.00 – the Foreo ISSA Mini Electric Toothbrush comes in four fun colors and the boys got Mango Tango (Orange) and Summer Sky (turquoise). Each toothbrush comes with a 2-Year Limited Warranty and a 10 Year Quality Guarantee. While it is specifically designed for children, I actually find that the brush head is a great size for my own mouth and like the size of the smaller brush in comparison to my adult version of the Foreo ISSA.
Most dentists suggest that anyone brushing their teeth brush for at least 2 minutes, 2x a day. The ISSA mini features a Smile Helpers “Glee” and “Glum” to keep your child’s brushing routine on target. You’ll see the “Glee” after 2 minutes of brushing (happy face) and the “Glum” will light up if you haven’t brushed for the 2 full minutes. You will also see the “Glum” if you haven’t brushed in over 12 hours making this a fun tool for the boys to keep track of their brushing habits. The boys look forward to seeing the happy face when they are done brushing.
ISSA Mini replacement brush heads come in two different types – the ISSA mini Hybrid ($19.95) which is used for heavier plaque buildup since it has PBT polymer bristles that deliver more vigorous cleaning while the silicone bristles remain gentle on the gums and the ISSA mini replacement brush head ($24.90) which is made from medical grade silicone and lasts for one whole year. Our household replaces our toothbrushes every three months, so I love that the Foreo ISSA mini brush head replacements are not only affordable, but good for a whole year. The natural properties of silicone and PBT polymer harbor less bacteria which also means you get a more hygienic brush head and overall better oral health.
“I love my toothbrush. It feels like little scrubbies are cleaning my teeth and my teeth squeak when I’m done. I want to make sure I get a happy face each time I brush.” – Isaiah
“My toothbrush makes brushing my teeth fun. I love the color of my toothbrush and the brush feels really soft and smooth. I love that it cleans my teeth, and gets all the germies out. I like the way my teeth feel and my gums are getting hand massages by the toothbrush.” – Luke
What makes the ISSA mini so great for my family is the gentle silicone that is used to create this product. The ISSA mini brush head consists of soft and flexible silicone bristles that don’t scratch tooth enamel or damage gum tissue. This makes this the perfect brush for children’s softer tooth enamel and for more sensitive teeth and gums. I also love that this unit is completely waterproof (I wish my sink and countertops were too – lol, if you have kids, you understand) and the ISSA mini is ergonomically designed to be easy to hold with a built-in timer and 3D flexible brush head to reach every part of the mouth.
We also wanted to mention the Foreo ISSA mikro which is currently in Pre-Sale. Available in five different colors, the ISSA mikro is made specifically for babies and is the only baby toothbrush to combine silicone bristles with gentle sonic pulsations, making it a safe, effective and fun way to teach your children to brush their teeth. Suitable for children ages 0 to 4, the soft silicone bristles deep clean teeth and the sonic vibrations are delicate to help soothe gums providing relief from teething pains. The brush comforts and calms babies making brush hassle free. Check out the ISSA mikro and their presale specials that are going on right now.
Overall, the boys absolutely enjoy their Foreo ISSA mini as much as I enjoy my ISSA. They have been using it for a few weeks now and I have noticed that they have a little competition in the bathroom to see who gets their happy face to come on first. It’s fun and the colors would make anyone excited to brush their teeth. As I mentioned before, I also own the adult version – the Foreo ISSA and it has made such a difference in the way I clean my teeth. I do not use mine exclusively – I have a few other brushes I use in combination with it, but my gums have been so healthy because of it. The twins (Luke & Isaiah) have been loving the little massages they get when brushing their teeth and they tell everyone about their cool toothbrushes. I have noticed that their gums look healthy and their dentist says he thinks this was a good addition to their dental hygiene.
If you have been on the fence to picking up something like this for your kids, I highly suggest checking it out. They are costly, yes – but considering the benefits, you have something that will be worth it. Did I mention you only have to charge it for an hour and the charge lasts for 200 uses? Yes, I consider this a lifesaver for sure. Foreo is easily becoming a household name here and we love the products we have and will continue to support the brand and their products. I have tried many different things that I consider to be gimmicky but we are loving the products Foreo offers and look forward to trying out more.
Do you think this may be something you’ll invest in for your kids? Have you tried the Foreo ISSA toothbrushes before? You can purchase these products and learn all about them on their website here.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I bet you didn’t know, just by looking at me, that I walk or run a mile to two miles five days a week! Or that I exercise, workout or I spend lots of time on the elliptical at least 3x a week. Running or walking is my way of clearing my mind and keeping me motivated, active and allows me to really bring out my creative side and working out, well – it keeps me healthy and helps with my asthma. A few weeks ago I was in a grocery market when a lady snickered at the fact that I had picked up a pint of ice cream… basically saying… “Are you sure you need to be buying that?” I let it go, but I then realized that there is such a common misconception that if you are plus sized, or larger than most that you are obese or overweight. The fact of the matter is, yes – I could stand to lose about 100 pounds to make myself healthier for my children, my husband and me – but that doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily unhealthy as so many will assume that I am. Prior to having children, I was a size 8, petite in body with a large bust and behind and after having children certain medical ailments have assisted with my weight gain. I’m not an over eater, but because of my physique – I often get pegged as “the fat girl”. I realized a few years ago that while I’m on my journey to get healthy and stay healthy (regardless of my size), many will not see it as such. So – now I am categorized as a plus sized lady and hey, at this moment in time… it’s who I am and I’m okay with it. The important thing is that I continue to live a healthy life to the best of my ability – regardless of what the social standards may outline. Yes, I do have extra baggage on me, but – I do live a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Today – after giving this topic some thought, I figured it would be a great way to not only share my story but also a few tips that can help you make small changes to your life for a healthy lifestyle. 5 easy, healthy lifestyle changes anyone can make and anyone can do. Feeling a little frumpy or just feel like you need a boost of endorphins or happy thoughts or need a little pick me up? These tips are simple, easy and you can do them too.
Drink more water
This particular tip may seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is… most people do not consume or drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day. I love water and I love that I can add a little bit of lemon to my water and I am hydrated for longer periods. I’m really good at drinking the recommended amount but if I don’t I make sure I have a trusty timer go off every so often so I do not forget. Having a bottle with you at all times helps A LOT. I fill up my Hydroflask with ice and water and take it with me whenever I’m on the go so I always have water available that is cold and refreshing whenever I need it. Just adding the 8 glasses of water to your daily intake each day will make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.
Get up and move, walk your way to healthy
It may seem like it’s no big deal, but walking increases not only your oxygen but also helps in you regulating your breathing. But, I get it – life can get busy and sometimes you can’t find the time… as a busy mother, I know this all too well. There are still so many ways to get your walking in. Park further away from the store, at the back of the parking lot (be careful to watch your surroundings if you are by yourself) and get a little extra walking time in that way. I hate battling for parking stalls – especially when I’m at places like Costco or Walmart, so I’ll just park far and walk – exercise and a little extra steps are worth it. You can also park your car at the end of the drive way instead of right near the house. Since my mailbox is at the bottom of the drive way and we have another house in front of us, I like to walk back and forth to the mailbox a few times if I know I can’t devote any time to walking that day. And, sometimes walking by yourself is boring… so head to your local big box store like Target, Walmart, etc. and just walk around the store window shopping (if you can avoid the need to make a purchase) and get some walking done there. Last week while walking around target I clocked over 1200 steps just browsing the store and it didn’t feel like exercise to me.
Got a sweet tooth? Don’t let it get the best of you
Let’s face it – we all have it… that dreaded sweet tooth that makes us crave those favorite goodies that satisfy our souls. For me, it can be ice cream, gummy bears or the occasional chocolate. Thankfully – I am not the type of person that feels the “need” to have them, but I do have my moments. Instead of letting these things get the best of me, I just don’t keep them around me but I also don’t deprive myself if I have a craving. The key is moderation and control. Since I know I like ice cream – I will either replace my ice cream with a frozen smoothie with frozen fruit or make a sorbet and if that really doesn’t work, I will eat some ice cream, but make sure to choose the smallest bowl in the house to serve me in. Sometimes all we need is the taste on our tongue to satisfy that craving and a little of it will go a long way. Also – stock your house with fruits, when you want that snack – have a small bowl of fruit and you will be amazed at how fast it will curb that craving.
Stop drinking soda or try to eliminate it the best you can
I never drank soda growing up and once I was really introduced to the taste of it in my early 20s, it was hard to ignore. I’m a Pepsi girl and my husband and I both enjoy Pepsi soda as well (who do you think introduced it to me? haha). It was a hard one to battle and while we don’t stock soda in our house, we still treat ourselves from time to time. I NEED soda with Pizza. I know, I know – no one needs soda… but it’s something I look forward to when I have a piece of pie to eat. So if we really find the need, my husband and I will share a can of it together. That way – we get the flavor, the satisfaction and we are not stuck with a huge case of it in our house and feel the need to drink it all. We can go a whole year without it and then one day, we find the need to taste the yummy, sugary carbonated flavor we enjoy and we’ll treat ourselves. If you can quit cold turkey – do it… if not, just try eliminating it to the best of your ability until you don’t find the need for it any longer.
Get up – stand up, stand up for your life!
As someone who works from home, I can find myself on the computer for hours at a time trying to work on campaigns, type out posts, answering emails… etc. Like with any job, the time can get away with you when you have a deadline or are busy working. But, you should always remember that it’s important to get up once in a while, stand and stretch – walk away from your desk. This will not only allow you to take a breather, maybe have a second to gather your thoughts, but also stretch those muscles and move. Standing up is so important to help in the blood flow of your body and it also helps to give you a little boost of energy that you may be needing after sitting a while.
While this is just a starter list, there are so many more things you can do to make a healthy lifestyle change. Remember, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to do and it shouldn’t make you feel like you are dreading it each day. Living a healthy lifestyle could mean that you are getting an extra 10 minutes of walking in, each day or you cut out your favorite junk food. Rome wasn’t built in a day and things take time. These steps and tips are there to help you be more confident in your choices. If I can do them, well – you certainly can too. Remember, a little at a time and you’ll see a change. Also – if you are in the same boat as I am, know that no one can make you feel terrible – but yourself. Have faith, think positive and know that I’m cheering you on. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself… it’s about being healthy so you can live life. Good luck!
Like posts like these? It’s been a while since I have done these types but I promise there will be a lot more coming soon. 😉
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts and this post is not sponsored.
It’s no secret if you have been visiting here on my blog, that I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, coconut water and just coconuts in general. I love the flavor and I love the scent but I also love the ingredient in itself as it has definitely been a huge part of my skin care routine, health and overall well being. Recently I was given the opportunity to try INVO Coconut Water. I haven’t particularly heard about the brand before and being a coconut water connoisseur myself, I thought I would try it out. Today I share with you my thoughts on this product, it’s benefitis and whether or not I enjoyed it on this week’s Foodie Friday.
I’m a huge believer in the fact that water is such an essential nutrient for our bodies and drinking its minimum amount each day is a necessity. But, I also know that if this is something new for you – new and innovative ways to drink as much water as you can is definitely a must. Because of this, sometimes I like to mix things up a bit and drink some coconut water that helps to not only provide the refreshment my body needs but also the hydration. INVO Coconut Water is a refreshing and flavorful healthy coconut drink that is not only easy to take around with you but it delicious and will easily become your go-to drink from the instant you start sipping on it.
Since coconuts are 99% fat-free and naturally low in sugar and packed with calcium and magnesium it makes a great drink for every day or after an aggressive work out. INVO coconut water drinks are never heat pasteurized and have 100% coconut juice and electrolytes that help to aid in rapid hydration. This drink is seriously a must for those warm summer days or a nice day out at the beach. It’s available in three great flavors – Pure, Green Tea and Tropical. Because of INVO’s creative cold water pasteurization, your coconut water is kept fresh, clean, delicious and special!
Besides being very refreshing, coconut water contains 5 essential electrolytes to keep you hydrated. It also has as much potassium as one banana which I love. And, an interesting tidbit from INVO is that there is a pink hue in their coconut water which is a result of a natural enzymatic process that causes the polyphenolics present in raw coconut water to turn pink over time.
As mentioned before, the Coconut water goes through a High Pressure Processing to ensure you are getting the best quality product that tastes and is fresh. What is High Pressure Processing or HPP? Well, it is a cold pasteurization technique which INVO has named “cold-crafting”. This process inactivates bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds that are present in all foods – thereby guaranteeing food safety and extending the shelf life of your product. Unlike most juices, which are heat pasteurized, ‘cold-crafting’ only uses cold water under high pressure. Due to the absence of heat in the process, the organoleptic and nutrional properties of the food are maintained, allowing the product to retain its fresh taste and nutritional content, just like mother nature intended it be. Since the INVO Coconut waters are 100% cold crafted, there are no nasties ever added. INVO prides themselves in giving us the true freshly-cracked coconut water experience.
So now that I’ve taken the time to give you the run down on the products, all the technical and scientific information and everything in between; I’m going to share with you my overall thoughts on this drink.
First of all, if you are not a fan of the coconut flavor (I know some people don’t like it), I suggest going with the Tropical Flavor. My sons all love the Tropical flavor though they enjoy them all. It taste like a tropical fruit punch and the coconut flavor is not as prominent, though you easily have a quenched thirst, feel re-hydrated and it’s delicious. If you are someone that loves Green Tea or Tea flavors, I think you’ll quite enjoy the Sencha Green Tea. It’s got a great tea flavor and if you are someone that enjoys a great green tea, you’ll love this particular flavor. My favorite out of the three I tried is the Pure Coconut Water. It tastes just like fresh coconut juice/water that you would get here in Hawaii right off the tree.
Each drink is not only delicious, but really great for a usual Hawaii day. While these are made in Thailand, they are offered at many retailers through out the US and I have been told they can be found at Whole Foods, though I haven’t found them at my local store. Once they are available, I will admit that this will be a staple in our household because everyone loves them.
The INVO Coconut water is gluten free, Kosher and Vegan. And, like most premium food products, INVO Coconut Water requires refrigeration for optimum quality and safety so make sure you do not drink the water if you suspect that it hasn’t been kept chilled. If you are allergic to nuts, while it is extremely rare to have a coconut water allergy, it is best to seek medical advice prior to consuming these drinks since Coconuts are tree nuts. The INVO Coconut Water is a good source of vitamin C& B group vitamins and great after a work out!
My family and I are really enjoy these coconut waters and I highly recommend them. We give these treats a two thumbs up each and all agree they are delicious but great for keeping hydrated. If I were running consistently or on a jog, I would pull for this directly after to replenish my electrolytes. INVO is coming out with some great new flavors which I’m also really excited to try. I think if you are someone that wants to change up your water routine or try something new, this would make a great treat. And, as I mentioned before, it’s great for the whole family.
Have you heard of INVO Coconut Water? Are you a coconut water drinker like I am? Comment below and let me know your thoughts on the delicious goodness.
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A few months ago I shared with all of you my thoughts on the Foreo ISSA Toothbrush. I had positive things to say with a few improvement with regard to this teeth cleaning device. You can read my review on this product here. While it is something I continue to use, I was very interested in trying out the latest addition to the ISSA range called the ISSA Hybrid Brush Head. I have been testing and using this product for about a month now and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you as well as my overall review.
The Foreo ISSA Hybrid Brush Head is a Silicone + PBT Polymere brush head that fits on the current Foreo ISSA toothbrush. This Hybrid is specifically designed for those who desire a vigorous brushing of their teeth but still looking for a gentle touch on their gums. It’s the next revolutionary oral-care device that is strong on plaque buildup yet gentle on the gums for whiter teeth and a healthy mouth and confident smile.
This brush is interesting to me as it has some of the similar traits to the original with a slightly different design. The Hybrid Design is specifically engineered to utilize the soft, gentle silicone bristles for the gum area (hello bonus, because that is what I currently use the original ISSA for – massaging and cleaning my gums), but it also integrates the PBT polymer bristles on the inner segment of the brush head to cover the surface area of the teeth. The hybrid design will not only massage and clean your gums gently, but will offer a stronger cleaning experience on the teeth, making it idea for those with more plaque buildup. Foreo took suggestions for those like myself and really took the time to develop something that now works for an all over clean. The original brush head (while something I still use) didn’t clean my teeth to that squeaky goodness I enjoyed but did really massage and clean my gums so I made that suggestion for improvement. I’m so happy that Foreo listened to all of us and made the change appropriately.
The Hybrid solution offers a unique brush head with both silicone and PBT polymer bristles to help deliver the clean we all want why still offering a comfortable massage on the gums. With the sonic pulse technology of the brush base, the bristles channel 11,000 high intensity pulsations per minute for effective cleaning. The Silicone and PBT polymer harbor less bacteria than traditional brushes thanks to their natural properties and you need only replace your brush head every 6 months thanks to that bonus. The brush has a smart design with a 3D flexible brush head. Because of this you can reach every crevice of the mouth and the bristles have strong resistance making them durable to last up to the 6 months before having to replace. What I love is that this is so travel friendly. This brush’s charge lasts up to 365 days worth of use and fully charges in an hour so you don’t need to have your charging dock with you when on the go. The hybrid brush head really incorporates all the great things I loved about the original with greater cleaning benefits and still offers what I need.
The brush is is 100% waterproof and can be used with your existing ISSA. If you don’t have one, then of course – you would purchase the whole unit. It includes all the benefits of the original toothbrush and I still love that I get my two minute brushing timer so I know when I can stop and how long to keep brushing. The Foreo ISSA Hybrid brush head replacement retails for $20 which I consider to be a steal considering you are replacing your regular toothbrushes every 3 months on average. I am really loving this new brush head and find that I am enjoying my Foreo ISSA unit much more with the inclusion of the Hybrid brush head. I am so glad that Foreo made improvements because my teeth now feel cleaner and happy.
You can purchase your Foreo ISSA Hybrid at locations like Sephora.com and get more information by also following FOREO on Instagram @FOREO. Have you tried the Foreo ISSA Hybrid? What are your thoughts on toothbrushes like these? I am loving it and I think you would enjoy it too. Comment below and tell me, what toothbrush are you using now?
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