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Back to School Health Tips

Back to school means back to colds and flu. Start planning now how to avoid those nasty bugs!

1.       Think ahead about packing healthy lunches. Sometimes it’s easier to grab a pre-packed lunch at the store, but some of them have preservatives and aren’t very healthy.

2.       Sniffling and sneezing going on in your home? Have your child tested for allergies. In my family, allergies are common, so my son Cam had allergy testing in preschool. We know now what to avoid, like pet dander, etc.

3.       Teach children proper hand-washing techniques. And to use hand sanitizer if regular hand-washing isn't convenient.

4.       Breakfast doesn’t have to be boring! We have started juicing It's easy to stock up on your fave fruits and veggies and blend a delicious breakfast.

5.       Get enough sleep! Lack of sleep can lead to getting sick more easily.

6.       Stay hydrated! Grabbing a can of soda or a juice box can be easier, but water is the ultimate source of hydration.

7.       Make fruits and veggies fun. Every fall, we like to go out to our local orchard and pick apples. This is a fun outing for my son because he gets to pick the fruit himself and then enjoy it later.

8.       Help cut down on colds going around school, by teaching kids to sneeze into their elbow.

9.    Make a get well kit, with all your family's favorite meds for cough and colds. No last minute trips to the drug store! Here is what I would include in that kit:


Items include: 

  1. Band-aids
  2. Antibiotic ointment
  3. Advil
  4. Gas X {dorm food makes this one essential}
  5. Benadryl
  6. Milk of magnesia
  7. Thermometer
  8. Instant ice pack
  9. Pepto
  10. Throat losenges
  11. Cold medicine
  12. Q-Tips
  13. Nail clippers
  14. Hydrogen Peroxide
  15. An ace bandage
  16. Cotton balls
  17. Small pair scissors
  18. Small pair of tweezers

10 Places to Treat Your Pup to FREE Treats

1.) Starbucks 

Ask the barista for a “Puppuccino” and you’ll receive a free short-sized cup of whipped cream for your pup to enjoy.

2.) Sonic Drive-In

You may get a FREE dog treat, just ask!

3.) Dunkin’ Donuts

Some drive-thrus may keep dog treats handy. 

4.) Sprinkles

Sprinkles offers Pupcakes for just $2.50 each and they’re sugar-free cupcakes topped with yogurt frosting. Some pupcakes are also topped with peanuts, sprinkles or fondant bones.

5.) Dairy Queen 

Ask your cashier for a Pup Cup the next time you’re at Dairy Queen with your dog and you may receive a free small-serving of vanilla soft serve ice cream (select locations).

6.) Shake Shack

Shake Shack offers a doggie bag Bag O’ Bones with 5 ShackBurger Dog Biscuits for around $7.50 OR a Pooch-ini treat that includes 2 dog biscuits in a peanut butter sauce with vanilla custard for under $4.

7.) In-N-Out Burger 

If you have an In-N-Out Burger restaurant nearby, you can order a “Pup Patty” for under $1 that features a plain hamburger patty without any salt added and is served in a doggy bag.

8.) Johnny Rockets

At Johnny Rockets restaurants, you can order a plain hamburger patty (fee applies) and even ask for fresh water for your pup. Plus, at select Johnny Rocket locations, you may even be able to order treats like a lickety split ice cream or pupcake. Dogs are welcome at all locations.

9.) Chick-fil-A

Many Chick-fil-A drive-thrus have a box of Milk-Bone dog treats at the window and will offer them to pup passengers. 

10.) Culver’s

Culver’s locations may offer milk bones to dogs coming through the drive thru. 


6 Ways to Boost Body Confidence

1. Improve Yourself

Think of adding new healthy habits to everyday life, like drinking more water, taking a walk or getting more sleep. 

2. 10 Things

Write out 10 things you like about your body. Take a photo and focus on all the wonderful ways your body helps you.

3. Positive People Are Key

Find your tribe that helps you and lifts you up. Having positive people around you is key to achieving your goals. When you have that support system around you, it gives you more energy to keep achieving.

4. Stock Up on Comfy Clothing

Restraining, tight clothing can make you feel bad, lowering your body confidence. Check out for comfy, wireless bras, boy shorts, panties and more. You'll want to weed out those old clothes out of your closet that have holes or tears. Replace with some comfy clothes!

5. Self-Talk

Self-talk runs through your mind all day long. Take a breathe and pay attention to what you are telling yourself. You need to be your own best friend. One way to easily do this is to keep a journal. Spend time each day, write down good things about the day and bad and look for patterns on how you think about yourself and your life. As you spot these patterns, you will find ways to change them so you can focus on the positive aspects of your life. If you need further help, don't be afraid to reach out to a good friend or counselor. Sometimes getting an outside perspective can help you see what you need to change.


6. Pamper Yourself

Pampering yourself could be as easy as taking a walk, spending time with your family or sleeping more. Or splurge and get some new clothes, a massage or manicure! Practice self-care so you can take care of others. Neglecting yourself does not help anyone.


Stamp Collecting How To's

When my grandmother died years ago, I inherited her stamp collection. As I looked through the books, some went back as far as 1930! It has been amazing to look through these books and see all the time and care put into it. 

Here are some tips if you want to try stamp collecting!


- an album

- World Encyclopedia of Stamp Collecting

- stamp pockets

- stamps. USPS makes it easy to pick out stamps, and they are shipped right to your house!

Starting a Stamp Collection

As with any hobby, there are some supplies you'll need to get started with a stamp collection. While it may go without saying, a stamp album is essential. Since it is imperative to preserve the stamps as much as possible, a pair of tweezers will be needed for handling, and will prevent fingerprints, sweat or grease from getting on the stamp. Remember, the condition of the stamp has a large impact on its value. A magnifying glass is also very useful for inspecting fine details. Make sure to keep the stamps and stamp albums away from moisture, warm areas, and light. Depending on your preference, the collection can be arranged according to a theme, such as country, time period, or subject. Older collectors might even pass on their collection to children or grandchildren. As the collection grows larger, it becomes more and more important to properly catalog the stamps so that you know exactly what you have.


Finding and Collecting Stamps

An easy way to start collecting stamps is to simply ask people you know to pass on stamps from mail that they have received. If a friend is going on vacation, ask them to send you a postcard or purchase a few stamps for you. Elderly people may also have old pieces of mail with out of print stamps. These stamps can make an especially interesting addition to a collection. As the collection grows, you may become more interested in purchasing stamps to complete a theme. Try hunting at garage sales, at stamp collector events, at online specialty stores or through stamp dealers. Serious stamp collectors end up investing enormously in rare, vintage and unused stamps over time. There are plenty of online forums and communities for stamp collectors to compare and discuss their findings. These types of message boards are also extremely useful sources for new stamp collectors to find answers about stamps that they currently have or are seeking.


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Get a Good Night's Sleep: Nature's Novel Mattress Deal and Features

Have you heard of Natures Novel Mattress? Here are some of the features:
  • Free shipping and returns. This makes shopping for a mattress worry and stress free.
  • 100 risk free trial. Try it out for 100 days and decide if you want to keep it. 
  • Natures Novel Mattress cools you in hot weather and warms you in cold weather. Wool is also antiallergenic, flexible and very durable. 
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  • It is hypoallergenic: it is ideal for people with allergies and asthma. It is naturally mold, mildew and dust mite resistant. It is also inherently antibacterial and anti-fungal.
  • It is more comfortable and more durable: the cooling then heating process of Talalay creates a purer latex where cells are evenly distributed. This gives the latex better pressure relief and longevity.
  • It is healthier: our Talalay latex is Oeko-Tex certified as Class I, the highest rating possible. This certification verifies our products are free from harmful substances and is even safe for babies.
  • It does not gas off: you may notice the “new bed smell” of the latex when it first arrives, but you can rest assured that no harmful chemicals are being released because Talalay is made of only natural ingredients.


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Here are some sleep tips to enjoy your new mattress!

Mattress Comfort Is a Must

Your mattress and pillow have to be up to snuff for you to slumber well. Your bed and your body naturally change over time, so if your mattress is seven years or older, it’s probably time to replace it. Older mattresses do not provide the support you need for restful sleep and need to be replaced with Natures Novel Mattress.

The Alarm Is Your Friend

It’s tempting to hit the snooze button over and over to squeak out just a little more sleep, but this hurts you more than it helps you. Break this bad habit and set your alarm for the time you actually need to get up. 

Plan Meals 2-3 Hours Ahead

What you’re eating and drinking and when you’re enjoying it affects your sleep. Try to finish eating 2 to 3 hours before bedtime so your whole system is ready to relax. Drink alcohol in the early evening instead of right before bed so your body has time to digest it before you hit the sack. Make caffeine a morning-only drink and stick to other beverages in the afternoon and evening. Caffeine stays in your system longer than you might think and can disrupt your sleep.

Recharge With a Nap

Taking a nap might seem counter-intuitive to good nighttime sleep, but short naps of 10 to 30 minutes actually help you gain extra energy during the day and don’t disrupt your sleep. 

Exercise For Good Sleep

Talking a walk can get your blood moving and improve your sleep. It’s best to complete your workouts at least 2 hours before you go to bed so your body is ready to rest.

Comfortable Surroundings

Your bedroom should be dark, quiet, cool and cozy. A key factor in the comfort level of your bedroom is the bed itself, so make sure your mattress is big enough so you can move freely, new enough so it doesn’t cause aches and pains, and comfortable enough to support a good night’s sleep.

A recipe for great sleep

Learn about beverages and snacks that can make sleep come easier.

Worry Journal

Don’t bring in work materials, your phone or even allow yourself to think about work while in your bedroom. You can also gain control over your worries and anxieties by keeping a worry journal. Write about the things that are bothering you so you can work through them instead of bringing them to bed with you.

Ban The Electronics

TV, smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer in your bedroom makes it harder for you to sleep soundly. The lighting from electronics actually stimulates your brain while you’re trying to sleep and wakes you up. Keep your electronics in another room and use a simple alarm clock instead of your phone.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.