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    Tips to Plan a Staycation

      Do you ever feel like you need a vacation, only to realize that taking one is hardly relaxing? Whether you’re trying to make schedules and flight times work or nailing down tour times to not miss a thing in a city, the planning can feel like a second job. Sure, traveling to a new city can be great, but after a few days of walking all day, dealing with crowds, and rushing from one spot to the next to take it all in, you feel ready for a vacation. Next time you need a break, consider taking a staycation. Not only does it eliminate the anxiety that comes with catching flights or dealing with traffic, but your wallet will thank you. Plus, you’ll be…

    Five Things You Should Buy Organic

    Back when “organic” and “all-natural” first became a trend for companies and consumers, it usually also was a sign of a high price tag. Now, with the demand for cutting chemicals and living greener lives that are better for both us and the environment, organic products are more competitively priced than ever before. When you talk about organic products, usually food is what comes to mind. However, there are plenty of other everyday household items that you can swap out for alternatives that are healthier for your family and the environment. Check out some easy swaps below – chances are, you’ll love making the switch.   Produce We’ll start with the obvious and look at what’s in your shopping basket. It can add a lot…

    Best Ways to Beat Allergies this Spring

    Keep allergies at bay with these simple changes April showers bring May flowers…and all the pollen that comes with it. When you breath in pollen, your body sees it as a sort of invader that needs to be stopped, and the immune system attacks it as it would a virus or bacteria. These defensive antibodies release histamines, and histamines cause all those annoying symptoms – itchy eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. Allergies are no fun for anyone, and regardless of where you live, there’s a good chance that a bout of allergies is heading your way. You can keep an eye on the pollen forecast and avoid outdoor activities on allergen high days or take your daily over-the-counter allergy medicine to help lessen these effects….

    Spring Cleaning: How and When to Clean and Replace Common Household Items

    The clocks have sprung forward and the Easter bunny is on his way. Along with warmer weather, spring brings the fresh start of spring cleaning. This is the time when you tackle cleaning projects that are neglected throughout the year, like wiping down your walls and door knobs, dusting ignored nooks and crannies, and polishing furniture. We have a few more tasks to add to your list that you’ll want to work in your cleaning routine year-round, as well as information on when you’ll want to replace common items that you might not have realized have overstayed their welcome in your home. Bedding How to Clean For most every day sheets and pillowcases, you should wash them in warm water, not hot. Hot water can…

    How to Beat the Summer Heat (without A/C)?

    Take a second to think about the most memorable things in the summer. In my mind, I’m thinking about picnics at the park, hanging out on the beach, and chilled beverages (like tasty homemade iced tea). However, summer heat is dangerous. We’re talking about the real dog days of summer, when the extremely intense heat is pounding and the humidity makes it impossible to sit comfortably, be outside for more than a few minutes and sleep well through the night.  How to Beat the Summer Heat? The most obvious answer for comfortable, cool, REM sleep is a functional air conditioning unit. These modern cooling machines will most likely keep a bedroom at the optimum sleeping temperature (which is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit), and on top of that, provide…

    Hypo Allergenic Bedding Questions Finally Answered!

    What Does “Hypo Allergenic” Mean? Relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Am I Allergic To Dust? For real confirmation, as to whether you are allergic to dust, we recommend you speak to an allergist. However, if you want to take the common sense approach, here you go. If you find yourself having trouble sleeping at night and you’re constantly waking up with a runny and itchy chances are that dust mites might be behind it and you are allergic. Here is a list of the most common symptoms of dust mite allergies: Runny nose Stuffy nose Coughing Wheezing Watery eyes Sneezing Congestion Difficulty Breathing What Are Dust Mites? Simply put, dust mites are tiny cream-colored microorganisms that love warm and moist climates. They make their…

    How to Sleep During Pregnancy

    Often a pregnant woman will say that one of the most difficult things to adjust to, during pregnancy, is sleep. How to sleep during pregnancy is a very common question and we hope to help you with some these tips: Tips: Sleeping During Pregnancy Buy a white noise machine that will make you feel calm (you can just as easily use your fan, humidifier or cell phone). Rub oils on your body or have your husband help with a massage. Make sure your room is as dark and quiet as possible. Use the bathroom right before bed. Sleep on breathable, high quality bamboo sheets. Consider purchasing a body pillow. Drink a cup of chamomile tea an hour before bed. Exercise or go to the gym. Take a warm…

    5 Tips To Stop Snoring

    According to a recent study by the Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center, Pediatrics, BBC News, a staggering 59% of people say their partner snores. It’s quite possible that your partner doesn’t even know he/she snores until you tell them and sometimes, even when you tell them, they may be in denial. Snoring can be a very sensitive subject.  It might seem funny at first but snoring can cause turmoil in a relationship. As the person who is constantly waking up to it, it is important to try to help, to show that you care. The truth is, all you want to do is sleep through the night without the sound of a freight train next to you. Right?   Here are a few tips to help you or your partner stop snoring:…

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