Category: Health

Link Round-up: Food, Online Safety, DIY Infinity Scarf, and More

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has food ideas, online safety talk, a DIY infinity scarf, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make chocolate chip zucchini bars.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make chocolate-covered pretzel turkeys.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make a banana birthday cake.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a tutorial for a chunky wooden bead statement necklace.

Happy Mothering talked about online safety for kids.

A Dose of Paige taught us how to make an infinity scarf.

Robyn’s View inspired us with some fall décor tips.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

The Venta Airwasher Effortlessly Improves Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 by 3 Comments

If you suffer from allergies, live in a dry home, or are just worried about your indoor air quality, the Venta Airwasher is a unique way to make your home a bit more inviting.

This combination air purifier and humidifier helps keep children and parents energized, healthy, and refreshed. The Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 system constantly humidifies dry air in the home while simultaneously purifying it –without using filter pads, so there is little to no maintenance.

The Venta Airwasher works by having dry air drawn in through the top of the product and passed over a rotating disk stack. Dirt and dust particles become heavy and sink to the bottom of the lower housing. Humidified and purified air then evaporates through the vented sides of the Venta Airwasher.

The Venta Airwasher is amazingly quiet. Before I received this, I had a humidifier in our living room I seldom used because it was really loud. The Venta airwasher is so quiet that I kept checking to make sure it was actually running during the first week I had it!

Venta Airwashers are lightweight and have a space saving design. We have our LW15 in the corner of the living room. It’s barely noticeable, but we can definitely feel the difference as far as humidifying the air goes.

My husband and my son both have very sensitive, dry skin, so running the Venta Airwasher every day has been a lifesaver for them.

The Venta Airwasher does a great job of eliminating unpleasant smells in your home, so it’s wonderful if you have pets or live with someone who smokes.

If you love aromatherapy products, you can even buy Venta Airwasher fragrances that are poured into the water to disperse the scent throughout the room. The fragrances are made with essential oils to give your home a pleasant lavender, eucalyptus, or vanilla scent. I personally love this option because I’m always looking for ways to scent my home without resorting to burning candles that are a potential fire hazard.

Visit the Venta Airwasher website to learn more and to compare the different models available.

Would you like to win a FREE Venta Airwasher? Check out our giveaway on Facebook for a chance to win a Venta Airwasher for your home.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.  

Photo credit: Venta Airwasher

Link Round-up: Savory Foods, Elderberry Tea, a DIY Garland, and More

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has savory foods, immune-boosting elderberry tea, a mitten and snowball garland, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make delicious roasted sweet potatoes and black beans.

Growing Up Gabel shared 20 avocado recipes.

A Life in Balance showed us how to make a mini pizza bar for family game night.

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My Joy Filled Life shared why she doesn’t make her bed.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a paper mitten and snowball garland.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make washi tape ornaments.

Wellness Mama taught us how to make immune-boosting elderberry tea.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and My Joy Filled Life

Link Round-up: Gratitude, a New Shirt, Spider Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ways to bring more gratitude into your life, how to make a cute new top for yourself, spider crafts, “healthy” brownies, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make breakfast cereal popcorn balls.

Mind Body Green shared nine simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a cute gathered back t-shirt.

Oh She Glows shared a recipe for flourless thumbprint breakfast cookies.

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Crafts by Amanda showed us how to play checkers with superheroes and buttons.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor posted a recipe with spinach brownies with pumpkin frosting.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us some DIY spider crafts to squeeze in before Halloween.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Treats, a DIY Planter, Relationship Tips, and More

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has lots of treats, a colored planter, and tips for relationships and parenting.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make an avocado chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared seven relationship tips that can do more harm than good.

Pint Sized Baker showed us how to make acorn brownie pops.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a colored planter from PVC pipe.

Hungry Happenings taught us how to make Halloween Oreo cookie pops.

Life a Little Brighter showed us how to make a two-ingredient chocolate hazelnut braid.

Play Dates on Fridays shared some wisdom picked up over a decade of parenting.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Happiness, Introversion, Halloween Treats and Crafts, and More

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for work happiness, introversion, Halloween treats and crafts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for pumpkin pie chocolate truffles.

Mind Body Green shares tips for finding happiness at work even if you don’t like your job.

Hungry Happenings showed us how to make pumpkin spice jack-o-lantern Rice Krispie treats.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make woodland creature felt masks for dress-up.

Mommy Snippets offered a homemade sore throat remedy.

Life a Little Brighter gathered 10 easy dinner ideas.

Play Dates on Fridays had a guest post that discussed what it’s like being an introverted parent.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

THERA°PEARL Pals Deliver Soothing Relief for Your Child’s Aches and Pains

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by No Comments

Hot and cold therapy is a time-tested way to relieve all sorts of aches and pains, which is why THERA°PEARL Pals deserve a place in your family’s first aid kit. They are the perfect way to comfort little ones after they fall off a bike, get stung by a bee, or twist their ankle coming down the stairs too fast.

There are several things I love about THERA°PEARL Pals.

You can freeze them or pop them in the microwave, so you don’t have to keep separate products on hand for hot and cold therapy. They don’t drip or leak when frozen, which makes them much less messy than other ice packs I’ve tried in the past. The pearls keep the product pliable, so it conforms nicely to knees, elbows, or other hard to reach areas.

The packs are well made and an independent lab has verified there are no heavy metals, VOCs, or BPAs in the product.

THERA°PEARL Pals come in four different animal designs:

Even though THERA°PEARL Pals are for kids,  THERA°PEARL makes several great products for adults using the same Pearl Technology.

If you suffer from back pain, but can’t afford to spend the day in bed, the THERA°PEARL Back Wrap is a real lifesaver. I also like the ankle/wrist wrap for days when my carpal tunnel is flaring up.

Whether chilled or heated, all THERA°PEARL products using Pearl Technology hold their temperature for the doctor recommended time of 20 minutes. Visit the THERA°PEARL website to see the entire product line. The THERA°PEARL website also has a section explaining the benefits of hot and cold therapy in greater detail.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: THERA°PEARL

Do Your Kids Get Enough DHA?

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by No Comments

What is DHA, you ask, and why does my kid need it? Glad you asked! DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid (yep, that’s why they use DHA instead). It’s an omega-3 fatty acid that is a building block of the human brain, skin, retina and other pretty important body parts. And – you guessed it – your kiddos need it to support brain development.

Now it’s not that hard to get DHA into your diet – just eat lots of cold water fatty fish like mackerel, tuna, halibut or salmon. Doctors recommend kids eat fish at least twice a week to get the recommended amount of DHA into their diet. In fact, some studies have found that low DHA levels may impact reading, memory and behavior.

Your kid not a big mackerel fan? Then you could try DHA supplements like omega-3 fish oil pills. Scientists have found that DHA supplementation early in life increases intelligence as kids get older. If you have an infant you’ll find DHA is included in some baby formulas. And don’t forget DHA supplements when you are pregnant – many doctors think that the positive impact of DHA likely begins in utero.

However you work it into your children’s diet, DHA is just as important as the other vitamins and minerals your child is getting.

Link Round-up: Hydration, Halloween, Office Gear, and More

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has hydration tips, Halloween food, a monogrammed leather mouse pad DIY project, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to create a Strawberry Shortcake bento lunch.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared a review of The Balm’s Frat Boy blush.

Crafty Journal shared some apple buying tips to keep them from bruising.

Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us how to make a cute monogrammed leather mouse pad.

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Kenarry has fun Halloween food ideas to share.

A Beautiful Mess showed us a cute DIY project that involves a dry erase wall.

Tone It Up shared some recipes that will keep you hydrated (perfect if you’re getting bored with plain water!).

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and Kenarry