Tuesday, November 21, 2017

10 Best Tweets from #Catsgiving

by Jill Clardy copyright creative commons via Flickr

If you are on Twitter, than you may or may not have noticed the trending "Catsgiving" hashtag. Well, if you don't have Twitter or don't want to bother looking around for the good stuff, here are the best tweets inspired by the hashtag (at least, in my opinion).

1) I'd say this cat is feeling like how all of us will feel by Thursday night.

2) Better keep an eye on those leftovers on #Catsgiving.

3) Ah family.

4) Chairs and overeating can get so complicated.

5) And you know? It's totally cool for you to not like the holidays. Many don't.

6) Don't forget about Canada! Isn't their Thanksgiving already over?

7) Ah, old Hollywood. I feel like it's the 'old movies' time of year. My favorite is "Wizard of Oz."

8) And don't forget to give props to your kitchen helpers!

9)  We all have that one family member.

10) Ah and just remember it's about love at the end of the day.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why I Love Using Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

A few weeks ago I came across a wonderful experience with this tea tree oil shampoo sample I had. It was a fantastic find because I couldn't find any shampoo in my house so this little sample saved the day. And wow did it make my hair look shiny and smooth! I loved it!

So, I recently had the chance to try out this tea tree oil shampoo by Maple Holitics and I love it so far. One of the biggest reasons I love Tea Tree Oil Shampoo? It helps with my scalp issues.

Confession time. Whenever I have something gluten or wheat related, my skin will break out. Sometimes, my scalp does too. I always associated with dandruff (did I really just say that) but after I started managing my diet better I realized how much healthier my scalp was after avoiding that particular food item. So the beautiful thing about tea tree oil is that it's been known to help with scalp issues like this. If my scalp feels tormented, I have noticed how soothing tea tree oil shampoo feels.

Since using it over the last couple of weeks, my hair just feels healthier. And whenever I have scalp issues, this feels so soothing and my problems with itching goes away basically.

It's kind of an amazing solution to something that's embarrassing. If you deal with this, I think you should try this shampoo. 

You can purchase it on the Maple Holistics website right now for only $9.99! That's kind of an amazing deal, so I think you should purchase it today.

I am happy to announce I get to giveaway a bottle of Argan Oil Shampoo to one lucky winner! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends 11/29.

Can't wait for the giveaway to be over to see if you've won? Make sure you go to their website to find out how you can get free products! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I received the above mentioned product in exchange for my honest review.

Do You Floss in Public?

So here's a weird one for you folks. So Nielsen found out that millennials are becoming very comfortable with flossing in public.Why is this? Well all those fancy on the go flossing tools has made us all more aware and concerned about the health of our teeth. Like these things.

So far in my wanderings throughout the day, I don't see a whole lot of people flossing in public like it's a casual thing. Do you see people flossing? And how do you feel about it if you do? If I saw it, I would mostly be afraid I'd see a huge piece of food flying out of their mouth or something. At home is one thing, but browsing through the grocery store and flossing is an entirely different situation.

Oh well, here's to the health of gums!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

4 Reasons to Start Using Essential Oils

by Jan R. Ubels

It's that time of year folks. Stress gets way off the charts. Maybe it's the anticipation of the holidays and upcoming plans. Maybe it's the pressure of making this year a good one. Or maybe life is just stressful in general. But I've been learning a lot lately about the benefits of using essential oils and their many

1) Rosemary essential oil can help improve memory.

In a recent study on essential oils, it was discovered amongst participants that their memory was improved when exposed to the essential oil scent of rosemary. BBC news actually talked about a study like this. 

2) Peppermint can help you digestive system.

I have actually sipped peppermint tea for this very reason but according to a recent study, the aroma of peppermint can help with gastrointestinal system, for example. I also love the taste of peppermint tea as it's mild and can help make my breath smell better.

3) Lavender can do wonders for relieving stress.

According to a Huffington post article, lavender can help you relax and relieve stress. I've had a lavender mist spray before and I loved it. This time of year can be incredibly stressful so give this a try to reduce your stresses.

4) Lemon scent is a mood booster.

There's been a study on lemon oil and it's impacts on mood. Lemon and other citrus scents have been known to be a mood booster. Lemon specifically can almost work like an anti-depressant.

Obviously this just scratches the surface! I love natural ways to boost moods and ease stress and these are the kinds of things I'm going to consider as the stress of this time of year ramps up. Of course, I'm no professional so be sure to talk to one if you have doubts, questions or concerns.


Monday, November 13, 2017

My Newest, Most Favorite Thing for This Holiday Season

I've lately been dealing with something I find extremely annoying - lower back pain. I think it's a mix of not great furniture combined with not great bus seats and poorly designed office chairs. As a result, I was incredibly pleased to receive the Naipo Shiatsu massager too review. My mom was happy about this too! She loved using it to massage muscles in her leg actually.

The Naipo Shiatsu Back and Neck Massager offers a deep massage that is also heated. The incredible thing is it comes with a car charger, which means you can drive and get a massage on the go. Isn't that incredible?
It is also designed with straps you can wrap around yourself to keep the massager in place. Also, it lasts about 15 minutes per turn which I appreciate because I wouldn't need really long sessions of massaging. 

When using this, the deep massage has a "hurt so good" type of feeling. I love how the more you lean into the massager, the deeper the massage. I have used this on my lower back and it's worked wonders. The heat is gentle and mild, just like someone's warm hands or something. I think it's absolutely perfect for back and neck pain. If you have someone in your life that suffers with that, this is a must buy.

I think the only minor downside is that I had a little bit of a hard time keeping the plug in the wall. If I yanked the cord too much, it unplugged pretty easily. 

The pricing of the massager is very good, $40 on Amazon, so be sure to check it out here. And for 25% off use this coupon code MFWSV2SL. If you are seeking a holiday gift for a family member that has maybe lower back pain, this is a must buy.

Best of all, they have a holiday version of a masssager that I think you need to take a look at and purchase for a loved one! Purchase the holiday version. 

Check out the Naipo website for info on some of their amazing products.

I received the above item in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Reasons I Use Ibotta (And You Should Too)

Ibotta is one of those grocery store apps that you redeem cash back through purchases. I've used it for a couple of years now and while I'm at a somewhat modest balance, it's something I appreciate having. As you get into the holiday season, you are probably looking for ways to save money and Ibotta is one of those ways to save through earning cash back on purchases.

But why use it?

It's easy to accumulate cash back.

When I make it a regular habit to use the app, I can redeem at least once a month. I tend to accumulate $20 a month and that's a great savings to me. It has offers that I won't have to work hard to use either, like Uber rides ($1 cash back per ride) or through grocery stores I go to a lot like Whole Foods or Safeway.

Online shopping means you get rewarded.

Of course, it depends on the deal you are going for and where you are shopping, but if you shop online a lot, you need to use Ibotta. It helps you redeem rewards through places like Boxed.com (great for buying in bulk!), for example or Walmart.

You get cash back on good products.

One of my favorite companies for bath and body wash type of products is Nubian Heritage. In fact, I got the chance to review a lotion of theirs recently. Check it out -

First this is one of my favorite body washes and lotions, this scent in particular. The brand is called Nubian Heritage. It's a gentle and rich scent at the same time. I put on this lotion when I get into work and use this body wash in the morning and it's not as strong as perfume but smells wonderful. And the cool thing is if you buy this in the stores, you can redeem this on Ibotta!

So, I recommend Ibotta. Sign up with my referral link and we both get rewarded! You'll get $10 and I'll get $5. Good deal? I think so. Ibotta is easy to use and you'll be glad you signed up.

I received the above photographed product in exchange for my review.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stinker the Cat and How He Found Home After a Year Away

I feel like this is something that reads like an adorable children's book or something, but I came across this news alert I wanted to share with you. It's about this adorable black cat named Stinker and how he was separated from his family for more than a year. You can read the full story on the Pasadena Star Newspaper website, but in short, it goes like this....

Stinker's family was living in Altadena at the time. Their home was offered to be part of a movie that was being filmed and they agreed and moved out for a while. They left food and provisions for their two kittens, one of which was Stinker. When they came back, Stinker was gone. Despite their efforts to find the cat, Stinker was nowhere to be found.

A year later the family moved to Connecticut and started looking at photos of cats in nearby shelters to add to their family. When they started looking at Pasadena Shelters, they couldn't believe what they saw. It was Stinker! Mike Curry flew down to the Pasadena area to reunite with his former cat and realized this little black cat had a few of Stinker's identifying markers. And with the way the cat greeted Mike, he just knew that this was Stinker the Cat. Isn't this an amazing story? One year away and Stinker is now back with his family.