Category: Health

Burt’s Bees Offers a Natural Way to Get Through Cold and Flu Season

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by No Comments

During cold and flu season, I like to keep my medicine cabinet fully stocked so I don’t get stuck making a last minute Target run whenever someone gets sick.

One thing that we go through a lot of during the winter months is cough drops. I think I’ve tried almost every brand imaginable at this point. My current favorites are the ones from Burt’s Bees.

Burt’s Bees cough drops come in three flavors: Honey, Honey & Lemon, and Honey & Pomegranate. These cough drops are made with over 35% pure honey, with a touch of cooling menthol and eucalyptus essential oil. They are free of any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners.

Although these are one of the more expensive brands of cough drops in my area, they seem to be worth the increase in cost simply because you end up using less. The recommended dose for adults and children five years and over is two drops every two hours. When I buy cheaper brands of cough drops, I tend to go through two or three times that amount!

I also like that these cough drops offer the moment of menthol without the yucky taste. Menthol cough drops are the most effective, but I tend to avoid them because of the nasty medicine taste. The Burt’s Bees cough drops aren’t as good as candy by any means, but the taste is certainly much more pleasant.

Visit the Burt’s Bees website for additional information.

How is your family coping with cold and flu season this year?

Photo credit: Burt’s Bees

The Sarah Fit App Helps You Stay Healthy for (Mostly) Free

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 by No Comments

Fitness guru and YouTube star Sarah Dussault (of Sarah Fit) just released a new free app that keeps her videos organized and accessible for you on the go, handy when you want to look to her for inspiration at the gym or when you have a few minutes but don’t have time to boot up the computer and search for a workout routine.

There’s also an exclusive subscription option for $.99/month that gives you budget-friendly—healthy—meal plans. And there’s a forum and easy access to the Sarah Fit blog and other social media sites (all free features, just like the videos).

The app is incredibly user-friendly, and the color scheme (pink and gray with lots of white space) is easy on the eyes.

The videos are my favorite part. I haven’t actually paid for the meal plan access that’s part of the app, but I’ve seen sample videos on her site where she’d shop for a week on a budget and I was impressed (at the moment, I’m enjoying making my own meal plans with as many multi-night dinners as possible, so I haven’t felt the need to spring for a weekly meal plan).

Back to the videos, though! There are over 300 of them, divided into Fitness, Haul/Favorites, Lifestyle, and Recipes so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. If there’s a video you like and plan to use more than once, you can save it to your favorites, another section in the app that’s easy to get find in a second or two.

She talks fashion, fun, fitness, and food, so if you’re into eating healthy and working out, I recommend giving it a try. I’ve followed her for years and she’s consistently provided valuable content, so I’m glad there’s an easy way to access it all from my phone.

The forum is another fun feature because you can connect with other fitness and health enthusiasts to discuss favorite foods, workout songs you love, share product reviews, and motivate each other.

Photo credit: iTunes

Febreze Air Purifiers Make It Easy to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for an air purifier for your home, the Febreze tabletop air purifier helps remove pollen, dust, smoke, and pet dander from the air while adding a pleasant Febreze scent. The HEPA-type filter removes up to 99% of microscopic particles (2 microns and larger) from your air.

The tabletop air purifier is suitable for rooms up to 85 square feet. I have it sitting in my office, which is about that size. The air definitely smells “fresher” in my office than the other rooms in my home.

The Febreze air purifier is modestly sized so it doesn’t take up too much valuable table space and the motor seems to be fairly quiet. The fan is totally undetectable on the lowest setting. If I really need to concentrate, I turn it up to the highest setting and use it as a substitute for a white noise machine. (When you’re a work at home mom, sometimes you need to get creative in order to meet deadlines!)

There are lights on the unit to indicate when the scent cartridge and filter should be replaced. Each scent cartridge lasts for up to 30 days.

There are currently two fragrances available: linen & sky and spring & renewal. If you decide you do not like these fragrances, the system can be used without a scent cartridge as a standard air purifier. The filter should last approximately four months.

Visit the Febreze Air Purifiers website to learn more about the tabletop air purifier and the larger models that are available. You can also download a coupon to save $1 off scent cartridges or refill filters.

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

Photo credit: Febreze Air Purifiers

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.


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