>U Mom Knows Best: October 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Discovering New Healthy Products With The New Hope Blogger Box

 Thanks to the New Hope Network Influencer Co-op for sending us the natural products featured in this post.

 This year has been a year of no traveling so that means I was not able to attend any conferences. In March, I was getting ready to attend a conference to discover the best new natural and healthy products. Well thanks to the pandemic, this event was canceled. So that meant so tasting and trying products like healthy snacks and healthy supplements. That meant not connecting with brands that promote a healthy lifestyle.

 I was glad that I discovered and joined the New Hope Network Influencer Co-op. As a member of the New Hope Blogger Co-Op, I will receive a quarterly “Blogger Box.” The New Hope Network hosts Natural Products Expo West and Expo East. I was super excited when my first New Hope Blogger Box arrived and I could not wait to see what new natural products that I would discover. 

 The huge box was packed with so many healthy products, from fresh and delicious snacks to new and incredible health and wellness products. I really love trying new products, especially ones that are allergy-friendly and dairy-free. 

The package included:

34 Degrees – Umami Snaps

Be Well Nutrition – Carnival Kids Protein Drink

Her Royal Hempress LLC – Absolute Glow Face Serum

Human Power of N Company – SuperGrapes® Chews

Innovix Pharma Inc. – OmegaVia Kid's Omega-3 Chewies

Nutra Food Ingredients, LLC – Collagen Coffee+ Coconut MCT Individual Packs

Youtheory – Immune+ Daily Wellness

Zubiate Foods – ZUBI'S Organic Queso de Jalapeño; Crema de Jalapeño; ZUBI'S Salsa

 The first thing that I did after taking all the goodies out of the box was to check for allergens. Since I have many food allergies like dairy, soy protein, and mushrooms, it is important to look at the ingredients of everything that I eat. If I eat anything with these ingredients, I will have asthma problems. Chemical fragrances also trigger my asthma so I was glad that these products were made with safe ingredients.

 I was happy that all but one of the food items were dairy-free so I could enjoy them all. The Carnival Kids Protein drink had milk in it so I had my boys taste it. Just one of the supplements had mushrooms in it so I was not able to try the Youtheory – Immune+ Daily Wellness. I am glad that the rest of my family does not have food allergies so they could use the Youtheory this winter for immune support.

 I immediately had to open up the bag of 34 Degrees – Umami Snaps as they sounded so delicious. These baked chickpea snacks were crispy and delicious. The seasoning was also delicious and tasted of garlic and soy sauce. They were dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free.

 So I knew that the Zubiate Foods – ZUBI'S Organic Queso de Jalapeño; Crema de Jalapeño; ZUBI'S Salsa would be a perfect match for the chickpea snaps. I loved the small-batch jars that would be perfect for traveling. Since discovering my dairy allergy, I have not been able to enjoy queso and I was excited to try this queso as it was vegan as well as the other dips. The queso was mild and the salsa had a nice spicy flavor. The Crema was too spicy for my liking so I will use that one in recipes.

 I was excited to try the Nutra Food Ingredients, LLC – Collagen Coffee+ Coconut MCT Individual Packs as I love coffee and one with collagen is even better. This Coffee was so easy to make and had a creaminess to it. I usually add almond milk to my coffee but with the collagen and coconut MCT, I had no need to do that. I did stevia to it for a bit of extra sweetness.

The Her Royal Hempress LLC – Absolute Glow Face Serum came in a pretty bottle and I liked that this vegan serum was thick and not runny like most face serums. It also had a nice light scent that did not trigger my asthma.

 The Human Power of N Company – SuperGrapes® Chews had a delicious grape flavor and I loved that they were full of anti-oxidants and could help with blood pressure. These were vegan and gluten-free.

 My son wanted to try the Innovix Pharma Inc. – OmegaVia Kid's Omega-3 Chewies with me and he said that they tasted good. This is the kid who hates taking his omega oils and other supplements so I am glad that he likes these. Such a cute kid-friendly box!

 My son also got excited when he saw the Be Well Nutrition – Carnival Kids Protein Drink as he has tried other Iconic protein drinks and loved the taste of them. I love that this chocolate protein drink is grass-fed, has 8 grams of protein, no sugar, and a serving of veggies in it. The small size is perfect for school lunches. 

 Since I have a mushroom allergy, I could not try the Youtheory – Immune+ Daily Wellness but I will add this to my husband's supplement basket. This immune supplement has vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc in it which are all great for staying well. My husband will love that they are capsules so they will be easy to swallow.

             Snow in October? Crazy weather here!

 It was super fun to explore this box of natural products. It was like I was attending a health conference. The day after I received the box, it was snowing all day which was depressing as it was still October. We usually don't get snow until December and it melts by noon. So I was glad to explore this box on a day that I was stuck in the house. I loved discovering new healthy products that are made with natural ingredients. 

Monday, October 26, 2020

StemCell Revive In Home Facial Kit Review

Can stem cells improve the look of your skin?

I received a Stemcell Revive kit to facilitate this post. 

We all want our skin to look nice, especially on our face. I think this is true for most ladies and some men. We seem to be always looking for that product that will take care of acne, dull skin, fine lines, etc. The beauty business is a big one as they market all these different creams, cleansers, and masks that promise us beautiful skin. Over the years, I have tried plenty of beauty products for my skin and I have learned a thing or two about what key ingredients that have helped my skin look nice. I have also learned that beautiful skin is more than just applying a cream to your face. The best skincare tips don't always come in the form of cream as these best skincare practices for beautiful skin involve so much more.

Beauty in the form of stem cells

 I am always curious about new beauty treatments and when a company reaches out to me to review their beauty product, I usually want to know more. I always do some research on the beauty company that is emailing me as I need to know what ingredients they use, as I try to avoid toxic chemicals on my skin. I also avoid skincare products that contain milk products as my dairy allergy causes asthma attacks. I also want to make sure that the company is not making unrealistic claims about their product.

 So when StemCell Revive reached out to me and asked me to try their at-home Stem Cell Facial kit, I liked what I read. Their Stem Cell treatment was something that I wanted to try. So I agreed to check out The StemCell Revive Kit to see if it could help make my skin look younger. While I already do healthy things to keep the wrinkles away, my skin needed some help. 

 With everyone home, due to the lung virus pandemic, and not leaving the house much, my beauty routine has suffered. The photo above is before I used the Stemcell Revive kit and I have no makeup on. I think that my face is saggy and dull. Since I am not wearing makeup, I am not using my face creams in the morning. It is funny how a change in routine can affect your skin. So I want to revive my skin back to a healthier state and I hope that StemCell Revive will do just that. 

Highly-concentrated stem cell serum targets skin conditions with amazing success

 StemCell Revive is an all-in-one skincare solution designed to stimulate cellular regeneration while lifting, tightening, and moisturizing facial skin. The StemCell Revive Skin Treatment Program was developed by Majara Belisle, founder of Las Vegas’s Espri Laser Med Spa. Belisle has been providing a wide range of skincare treatments to clients for many years and, in 2017, began working with non-embryonic stem cell derivatives and her own proprietary formula of all-natural peptides to develop innovative new skin rejuvenation treatments. The resulting formula and technology, StemCell Revive, brought her clients such remarkable results that Belisle partnered with leading biotechnology companies, including Amnio Technology, to further develop the product as a consumer in-home skincare kit.

What’s in the Box?

 The StemCell Revive Kit has everything you need for a complete in-home treatment. It’s easy and takes only minutes to apply. you will notice that there are three boxes inside the kit. One box includes the proprietary Intensive Allograft Skin Serum with growth factors and polypeptides. The next box holds the reusable StemCell Revive Pen to apply the serum. While the last box contains a 30-day supply of Hyaluronic Essence for daily moisturizing aftercare. I will further explain all the items in the kit with the help from the StemCell Revive website.

Intensive Allograft Skin Serum

The Intensive Allograft Skin Serum is derived from the amniotic layer of placental tissue. I know that stem cells from placenta tissue had me concerned about unborn babies being harmed but the company gets the stem cells from donors. The stem cells and other ingredients in the serum are derived from the amniotic layer of placental tissue donated by mothers and fathers after live full-term Cesarean births. No fetuses, babies, or mothers are harmed. The placental tissue (which is normally discarded by hospitals) is collected by a tissue procurement bank that follows all guidelines established by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). 

This Intensive Allograft Skin Serum contains a rich mix of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines such as epidermal growth factor (EGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), and Interleukin-10 (IL-10). These growth factors, essential for fetal growth and development, signal cells to reduce chronic inflammation and promote regeneration and repair of damaged or degenerated tissue.

The StemCell Revive Pen

The StemCell Revive Pen employs nanotechnology to apply the Intensive Allograft Skin Serum to the skin. The Pen’s oscillating cartridge creates microscopic channels in the epidermis while it simultaneously delivers Intensive Allograft Skin Serum to your skin. The microscopic channels allow the solution to penetrate deeply and thoroughly. Moreover, the natural production of collagen and elastin occurs as the microscopic channels heal. These dual processes stimulate collagen production and encourage cellular growth. The Pen is rechargeable and reusable.

Hyaluronic Essence Ampoules

Each Kit includes a 30-day supply of Hyaluronic Essence Ampoules. Hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer that locks in moisture and boosts elasticity to give the skin a more youthful appearance. Our Hyaluronic Essence is applied by hand daily and is packaged in 30 individual ampoules to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.

How does this kit work?

When I first looked at everything that was in the StemCell Revive In-Home Facial Kit, I was a bit overwhelmed but I was glad that the kit included a step by step instruction booklet to help me understand how to use all the items. There was also a video on the website that also explained how to apply the serum.

 I made sure to take a before photo of my face before I started the beauty treatment. That way I could see if it gave me any promising results. As with all beauty treatments, it could take some time to see noticeable results. The website said that I might see some dramatic results after 2 days of applying the serum, so I decided to take a photo 2 days after and then a week later. I like it when before and after photos show changes, especially my 6-month fitness before and after photos

 This photo was taken 2 days after the StemCell Treatment

A mini facial massage

 Applying the Intensive Allograft Skin Serum was like giving my face a mini facial massage. The cartridge holds plenty of serum and needs to be all absorbed into the skin. This process can take up to 20 minutes. So I applied the serum while watching TV. I did my treatment at night as the website said to not apply anything to your skin for two hours.

 The Hyaluronic Essence Ampoules were to be applied for the next 30 days to further improve the skin. I have used Hyaluronic before and this helps your skin absorb water. So I applied the Hyaluronic Essence Ampoules again at night time. I seem to have more time at night for my beauty treatments so that is when I choose to do them.

StemCell Revive In-Home Facial Kit targets skin conditions like

√ Wrinkles

√ Dry Skin

√ Scars

√ Skin Spots

√ Aging Skin

√ Discoloration

StemCell Revive provides a safe, natural, and healthy solution for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation irregularities, scars, and other unwanted signs of aging. Suitable for all skin types. All of the active ingredients in our serum are manufactured in the USA, 100% natural, organic, hypoallergenic, and not tested on animals.

StemCell Revive, the first in-home skin treatment kit that uses stem cell science to stimulate cellular regeneration and lift and tighten facial skin, would be a great holiday gift for anyone looking for a healthy, glowing look this holiday season.

Did the StemCell Revive work?

 I took photos of my face before I used the StemCell Revive. Then I took more photos of my face after 2 days and after 2 weeks after applying the StemCell Revive. The StemCell website said that I would see some results after two days but that it may take longer. I really am not sure if the skin on my face changed in those two days. When I looked at the photos that I took after 2 weeks, I began to notice that the fine lines were not as deep. I also noticed that my skin seemed to be smoother and the area under my eyes was not as dark. 

 I will continue to use the 30-day supply of Hyaluronic Essence and will update this post with my 30-day photo of my face. What I like about this facial care kit is the fact that it was simpler to use when compared to other facial devices. I only had to use the StemCell Revive Pen once. The Hyaluronic Essence was easy to apply every night too. I have used facial devices that required me to use a device for 15 minutes ~ 3 times a week and the StemCell did not make me do that. This facial device is costly when compared to using anti-aging creams but way cheaper than salon facial treatments. It is also hard to replicate my face position for each photo but when I study my photos, I do see my skin improving. I think with each facial device that I review, they help keep my face young looking. It is also other healthy things that I do like exercise and eating healthy that keeps my skin looking nice. So look at the photos of my face and then check out the StemCell Revive website ~ https://stemcellrevive.com/ for more information. 

 This photo was taken 2 weeks after the StemCell Treatment

Here are the before photos of my face

Here are the photos of my face after two days

Here are the photos of my after 2 weeks

Get more information about StemCell Revive

Friday, October 23, 2020

Spin Master RC Play Time Party Time

 Checking out some awesome toys with my boys

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 My boys love action toys and toys that move like RC cars. So they were excited with they got an opportunity to check out some new toys and then later show the toys to their friends. The toys that we were selected to have fun playing with were from Spin Master. The toys that the boys were super excited to check out are listed below. These would make great gifts for Christmas!

 Monster Jam Megalodon STORM 

Ninja Bots 

Air Hogs Stunt Shot 


 Right now, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the circle of friends that my boys have is small. These friends are homeschooled and their parents are following the same guidelines that I am when it comes to this crazy virus. My boys are hanging out with these friends at the local park and on occasion at their houses. The six friends are from two different families and I am glad that my boys have friends during these crazy times. 

 So my boys invited their friends to the park up the street to show them these awesome action toys. My boys knew that their friends would love to play with RC cars and Ninjas. The park was a perfect place to drive RC cars as it had plenty of space to drive cars. The Monster Jam Megalodon STORM was made to drive on many different terrains like grass, sidewalks, and even water. So it was a perfect outdoor RC Car, The Air Hogs Stunt Shot and the Ninja Bots were made more for inside but they worked fine on the concrete at the park for our party.

 My boys had fun demonstrating the toys to their friends and showing them how they work. Then they let their friends try the remote control toys. Everyone enjoying taking turns driving the RC Cars and having battles with the Ninja Bots. These were fun action toys that were made for kids of all ages. Check out the descriptions of how the toys work.

Air Hogs Stunt Shot

 Go wild indoors with Stunt Shot, the new RC from Air Hogs Super Soft! This remote control stunt vehicle is unlike any other RC, with super soft foam wheels that can drive over anything indoors without causing damage!

 I liked that this RC car had soft wheels so my boys could not damage my walls when driving them in the house. These cars were fun to bounce off the walls. This car could do wheelies and flip over. It could even go down the stairs. My boys like chasing me in the kitchen with the Air Hog RC car and I was glad that it had soft wheels that did not hurt when they drove the car to crash on my feet. The car charges with a USB cord and the remote uses 2 AAA batteries. 

Watch the Air Hogs Stunt Shot in action

Monster Jam Megalodon STORM 

The Megalodon STORM - the only remote control vehicle that can dominate water AND attack land! Drive on the water with your authentic Monster Jam truck replica. Custom performance tires will allow you to conquer any terrain – water, dirt, rock, snow, and more.

 The Megalodon was super fun to drive around the park. This remote control car could drive on the grass and rocks. Since it was fall and we live in the desert, the boys could not drive the car on water. This car was made for play as it was durable. The Megalodon STORM RC is USB rechargeable and the remote uses 2 AAA batteries.

Watch the Megalodon HUNT FOR STUNTS!

Ninja Bots

Arm your Ninja Bots by selecting your favorite weapon! Included weapons range from a battle hammer and nunchuck to a plunger and spatula. Select your weapon combination and battle style to unleash the ultimate battle. If you are victorious, your Ninja Bot will celebrate with a special victory dance. 

 The Ninja Bots were super fun to play with. These battling bots were super fun to watch as they had silly personalities and sounds. Each robot had its own set of weapons. The boys placed weapons in their robot arms and then set them behind the included shield. Once the shield was lifted the bots made funny sounds and movements as they battled each other. The battle ended with a robot tipping over and the other robot doing a victory dance. It was fun to watch these guys move. My boys had to show me how to make the ninjas make a farting noise. The Ninja Bots require 3 AAA batteries each. 

Watch the Ninja Bots in action

 My boys had a lot of fun playing with the toys with their friends and agreed that they would make great Christmas presents. These toys are sold at Walmart and can be ordered online HERE ~ HERE ~ HERE

Visit https://www.spinmaster.com to learn more

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

11 Tips To Be More Productive While Working From Home

 If you are still working from home, you know the struggle and while some things seem to get easier, others are still tough.

I received a Raise computer stand to facilitate this post.

 It has been over seven months since my family and others have made drastic changes in the way they work and go to school. The Covid-19 pandemic has turned so many lives upside down and it does not seem like things are going to get better, any time soon. So many people, including myself and my husband, are still working from home. So many kids are attending school on a computer with way too many Google or Zoom meets. Then there are the parents who are trying to juggle working from home and homeschooling at the same time. 

 For some people, working from home is a dream come true and he enjoys not having the daily commute and being able to watch tv while working. My husband is able to get his work done efficiently from home. While others are still struggling with working from home, especially if you have kids. Trying to attend online meetings with the noise of kids in the background is not easy. 

 I used to be able to efficiently work from home, that was before the family invaded my space. Now I have kids making noise while I am trying to accomplish work from my computer. My kids are older so while they know not to bother me while I am in a conference but they still do with their many questions. The struggle is real but over the months, I have learned several tips to make work at home more efficient and manageable. These tips have helped me to be less stressed and have helped me get a better system in place so my family can all work in the same house. These tips have helped us all be more productive with our work. 

The kids are home all day and they never leave

 It has been so long since the kids attended school in person and while the kids are getting adjusted to virtual school, they still don't care for at-home school. When the kids started attending school, things were chaotic but these 10 Tips To Help Kids With Online School made things easier. Some of the kid school tips have even helped with my work. Another thing that really helps with the stress of everyone at home is the power of prayer. When I feel like I just can't do this anymore, I stop and pray for God to help me.

1. Make a dedicated space for work

 Early on the thing that has helped most with working from home is making a dedicated space for everyone to do their work. I made sure that everyone's space was free from distractions and for the younger boys, not in their bedroom. When my college kid was home, we had five people working from home. My husband was in the living room, the college kid was in his bedroom, one kid was in my photo studio and the other was in the dining room. I set up my workspace in my master bathroom as it was the only quiet space that I could find. I was thankful that my bathroom was big and nice looking. We renovated the master bathroom a couple years earlier so it was not that bad to do my work in this space. My family would joke about my makeshift office in a bathroom but I was able to escape from the noise.

2. Work from a desk or table   

 Once you set up a dedicated space just for work, set up your laptop computer on a desk or a table so it feels like a real workspace. When you are at the office or the kids are at school, they do not sit on a couch. Doing your work from a couch tends to make your posture be misaligned which can make you feel tired. The couch does not make it easy for you to sit up straight and that can lower your oxygen intake which makes you feel tired. Not sitting up straight all day can lead to back and neck problems, not to mention awkward unprofessional Zoom calls. 

3. Raise your computer 

 Since many people are making makeshift desks at the kitchen table, that too can lead to back and neck problems as your computer is at the wrong angle. A simple product that is so smart is the solution to those body aches from sitting at the laptop all day. This Premium Birch Desktop Monitor Riser can help you be more productive with your at-home work. The ergonomic design of Raise™ will de-clutter your workspace and enhance your productivity. It will help elevate your computer monitor to eye-level for optimal ergonomics, reducing neck pain, eye strain, and poor posture.

This year has shown us how fluid our work environments are and how we can be productive anywhere, as long as we have a workspace that is harmonious with our comfort and wellbeing. Meet the Raise Desktop Fixture™, our new desktop monitor riser.

 This sustainability and eco-friendly desk accessory is so simple yet so smart. This is a must-have computer riser that is perfect for all those Zoom meetings. The Raise will put your face in the right position for the computer web camera so no longer will people see the top of your head or worse the ceiling fan making you look weird. When you place your Chrome Book on this 13-ply Birch veneer plywood stand, it helps you be in a perfect frame for online meetings so there are less embarrassing backgrounds while you are talking with work clients. 

 The Raise is elegant and its minimalist appearance makes it a seamless addition to your workspace. It can be used on any stable surface and its four silicone grommets provide grip while protecting your desktop or table. The Raise provides the perfect nesting spot for desk accessories. In fact, it was designed to integrate with their Slope™, a personal desktop whiteboard, which fits under the Raise.

4. Prevent eyestrain

 Staring at a computer all day is not good for the eyes. So make sure to take regular breaks from staring at the computer screen. That break can be as simple as making sure to glance away for a couple of minutes every hour or better yet get some exercise and get up off your chair and take a walk around the house. This break is a perfect time to get a drink of water. 

5. Get exercise

 Exercise helps your brain think better. I like to exercise before work as Morning Exercise Is Good For The Body And The Mind. When I make the time to exercise, I not only feel amazing but I am more productive with my work. If you don't have time for fitness before work, find creative ways to work some movement into your day. Some people like to work at standing desks or pace the floor while talking on the phone. Now that my college kid is back at school, my office is in his bedroom. So I make a point to walk downstairs everyone. I do this mostly to see how my kids are doing with school. Even though my boys are in middle school and are self-sufficient, they like mom visiting them throughout the day. 

 I am not a morning person when it comes to energy, so I need a boost, and these CBD Living Energy Shots help me to hit the ground running. These delicious mixed berry shots have 200 mg of caffeine plus 30 mg Broad Spectrum Nano CBD. I like that these shots combine CBD with caffeine so they are also great to use later on in the day for awesome focusing effects with the calming effects of CBD. They are also sugar-free so I don't get a sugar rush or crash.

6. Eat a healthy lunch  

Working from home makes it tempting to grab unhealthy snacks. The kitchen is right there calling your name and it is so easy to grab a handful of cookies instead of taking the time to make a nutritious meal. I get it that you are busy and don't have time to make a meal. So stock your fridge with grab and go healthy food that will fill you up. When you make meal prep easy with ready to eat meals, you will not reach for the junk food.

7. Get Dressed

 Make an effort to get dressed every day before work. It will help you feel more motivated to work. When you stay in your pajamas all day, it tends to make you feel tired and lazy. So get dressed and make yourself look nice. You will find that your work production goes up as you will feel like you are ready for work. This will also be good for when you have those Zoom meetings. I saw this first hand in my husband. On the days that he gets dressed, he gets out of the house quicker and is happy to work. When my husband stays in the clothes that he slept in, he complains about working.

8. Make breakfast an important thing

 Make an effort to eat a healthy breakfast before you sit down to work. Now that you are not leaving the house it is so simple to skip breakfast but don't as a healthy breakfast will help you be more productive. It will also help you from grabbing unhealthy snacks. We all know that once we start working, things can get busy and you won't have time to eat. So on the weekend meal prep some easy breakfast foods that you can heat up in the morning like these healthy chocolate protein pancakes or frozen fruit for adding to protein powder for smoothies. You can even premake breakfast burritos and freeze them to heat up in the microwave. I like to make these breakfast cookies as they store well in the fridge. 

9. Eat plenty of fiber

 Working from home can mess with your body and that can lead to problems in the bathroom. So make sure to include plenty of fiber in your meals like fruits and veggies. An easy way to increase your fiber intake is with a simple fiber supplement that you can stir into your coffee. When you select a tasteless fiber powder that dissolves in any liquid, you can make the going in the bathroom easy so you can get it done without a long bathroom break. 

 Use code MOMKNOBEST10 to save money on an amazing fiber supplement

10. Get plenty of sleep

 Make sure you are placing importance on plenty of sleep. We all know that sleep is important to a healthy body and when we skimp on sleep, our work suffers. So force yourself to go to bed at night so you can get 6-8 hours of sleep. Turn off the devices and TV as those can interfere with your sleep. Check out these Twelve Tips To Get A Better Night Of Sleep

11. Quit work

 I don't mean quit your job but rather stop working at the time you would if you were at the office. When you work at home, it is all too easy to keep working after work hours. It can be hard to separate work life from home life and that can make for a stressful day. All work and no play is not a good thing. If you don't make time for yourself and the kids you will start resenting work. You will not be a good employee for your job. Even though you are working from home, you are still getting paid from an employer, even if they are not in your home office. So that means also that you are only getting paid to work the 9-5. So unless you are earning overtime pay, stop working when your workday is done.  

Monday, October 19, 2020

Sweet Zzz Organic Bamboo Sheets Review By Mom Knows Best

This is a sponsored post written by me for SweetZzz Mattress. All opinions are mine alone

 Made from 100% organic bamboo, the Sweet Zzz bamboo sheets offer the most luxurious and healthy sleep experience. At 400 TC these sheets are the silkiest soft sheets available. Despite their quality and luxury, their price tag is very affordable.

 Sleep is important to our health. When one does not get enough sleep many things can happen to the body besides being tired. When your body does not get the proper rest that it needs, your mind can also not perform that well.  Lack of sleep can be bad for our health and while a couple of sleepless nights are ok, you should try to get 6- 8 hours of sleep every night. God made sleep to be an important part of our bodies. When we sleep, our body uses this time to restore us. When kids sleep, that is a time that their bodies do their growing. 

If you need help falling asleep~ Check out these 12 sleep tips! 

 I decide to do a search on what lack of sleep can do to your body and I was amazed that it was more than just leaving you tired. I know when I do not get enough sleep, my brain seems foggy and I have trouble thinking. I also can be a cranky person. When one of my boys does not get the proper amount of sleep, he is hyper and misbehaves. When the other son doesn't get his 9 hours of sleep, he is crabby and not fun to be near. 

  Sometimes we don't get enough sleep because we go to bed late or because we wake up too early. Then there are parents who have young kids and babies who crave more sleep but their kids interfere with their sleep patterns. Sleep problems can be caused by not being able to fall asleep, I love using CBD gummies to help me fall asleep faster. Sleep issues can also be caused by things waking you up in the middle of the night. I could go on with these sleep interferences.

Lack of sleep can affect:

~ The brain

~ Your mood

~Immune system

~ Digestion

Respiratory system

~ The heart

~ Hormones

~ Blood pressure

~ Blood sugar

~ Cause you to gain weight

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Ways to improve your sleep

 There are many ways to improve your sleep and that can start with replacing your bed mattress with a new mattress or trying a new pillow. Some people have success with weighted blankets to help their sleep while something as simple as buying new sheets can make a difference in the quality of your sleep. Certain types of sheets can help improve the performance of your mattress and help regulate your body temperature. I am picky about the sheets that I sleep on as I want them to be soft and not itchy. Sleeping on soft silky bamboo sheets has made a difference in my sleep. 

Sweet Zzz Organic Bamboo Sheets

 I recently received Sweet Zzz Organic Bamboo Sheets and I was excited to see what made these sheets different from my current bedsheets. Right away after I took the Sweet Zzz sheet set out of the package, I could feel how soft and silky they were. The Sweet Zzz sheets are made from Organic bamboo viscose and they have a 400 thread count. I liked that these soft sheets were silky but not slippery. 

 If you have ever tried satin sheets, you understand about the slippery issue. My first experience with satin bedding was a set of satin pillowcases. I sleep with 2 pillows stacked on top of each other and my pillows keep sliding all night, eventually falling on the floor. I never bought satin bedding again. The Sweet Zzz Bamboo sheets were soft but not slippery. I just had to slide my hands on the sheets a  couple of times.

 So I quickly tossed the Sweet Zzz sheets and pillowcases into the washing machine so I could use them that night. I always wash new clothes and sheets before I use them. That way they are clean and also have the scent of my favorite eco-friendly laundry detergent.  A nice scent on my sheets also helps me fall asleep.

 The bamboo sheets are 100% organic and held up wonderfully in the wash. Since they had to be dried on low heat, I dried them separate from my other clothes. The sheets were even softer from the dryer. The sheets had some wrinkles on them but next time I may try pulling the sheets out before they are 100% dry like the instructions specify. I did not mind the wrinkles as long as they are clean and soft.

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Bamboo is eco-friendly

 I like that the Sweet Zzz sheets are made from environmentally friendly materials. Bamboo is a plant that can grow quickly, up to four feet a day with a small amount of water. The organic material in these sheets means they are resistant to dust mites. So that is good for my allergies and skin issues. 

Sheets that stay put on the bed

 Once my sheets were done being washed, I headed up to my college kid's room to make the bed. Since my son is away at school and everyone is working/ schooling from home, I am hanging out during the day in his bedroom. My older son's room is in the back of the house, far away from the noise. He also has a queen-size bed that I like to stretch out on the day when I do my writing.  I joke with my younger boys that this is my hotel office. I also decided to place the bamboo sheets on my son's bed because my bed is a water bed and uses special sheets. 

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Once in a while, I like a change of pace and I sleep in my college kid's room, especially on the weekends when my husband likes to sleep in and I need to get up early. It was easy to make the bed with the Sweet Zzz Bamboo sheets and I like that they stayed put as they have an elastic band around the whole sheet. The pillowcases were sized to fit around my queen-size pillows and the pillows slid right into the bamboo pillowcases. Since it was not bedtime yet, I decided to sit on the bed while I worked on the computer. The sheets felt very soft and comfortable.

Bamboo Sheets Info

 Made of 100% organic GOTS certified bamboo viscose

~ Easy to wash in cold water and can be dried on low

~ Has an elastic band all the way around the fitted sheet 

~ Sheet sets include 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillowcases- twin set has 1 case

A Cool, Organic Silky Soft, Yet Durable Bamboo Sheet That Outperforms Your Favorite Luxury Hotel Sheets!

 That night, I put the bamboo sheets to the test and slept in my son's room. It was a hot night, so I had the window open. I tend to fall asleep quicker when the room is cooler and a cool room means that I can snuggle under a soft blanket. In the summertime, I use a sheet for my covers. Tonight was a sheet only night, so I got comfortable under the bamboo sheets. The top and bottom sheets felt cool to the touch.  Sweet Zzz bamboo sheets have a temperature-regulating ability to help keep you cool in the summer (great for those who sweat in their sleep) and warm in the winter.  They also are made of a material that is moisture-wicking. The 100% organic bamboo sheets felt so soft around my body. That made the bed nice and comfortable. I listen to the sounds of the crickets and felt sleepy. 

How did I sleep?

 I must have fallen asleep quickly as I don't remember staying awake that long. I did not wake up at all that night, not even to use the bathroom. I then noticed the nice color of the sheet set, which was a nice light silver color. These bamboo sheets come in 2 other colors~ white and light blue. The sheets from Sweet Zzz also come in many sizes to fit almost any bed, including twin XL and Cal king. These sheets have a 50 Night Risk-Free Trial. So if for any reason the sheets don't meet your expectations, you can return them back to Sweet Zzz. The return shipping is also free. I really love that these soft and silky sheets have a Lifetime Warranty. I don't think I have ever seen a company offer that on sheets.

 I really enjoyed sleeping on the 100% organic bamboo sheets from Sweet Zzz. I wish that they made sheets for water beds. When my son comes home from school, he is going to love these soft sheets. To get some bamboo sheets for your bed~ head on over to Sweet Zzz and use promo code MOMKNOWSBEST154 to save some money on these soft and silky sheets. 

How to Wear Jeans Correctly

  Now that the weather is cooling down, I will be replacing my shorts with jeans. For the longest time, I did not wear a pair of jeans because I had a hard time finding jeans that fit my body type. When skinny jeans became popular, it was then I gave jeans a chance again. Now, I love wearing jeans and they are now considered essential items in my wardrobe.

 Safe to say, almost every woman owns a pair of jeans that are considered an essential item. But with the array of cuts, styles, and types of jeans out there, how do you know which is the right one for you? The best advice I can give you is to take it all back to basics and prevent that overwhelmed feeling by building on the basics. Here’s the essential guide to help you pick the right style for you, and to wear it well and with confidence!

More than 50 shades of everything!

 Although this season has indicated that sky blue is becoming the color of the season, remember that the denim you buy will also have to work and coordinate with the rest of the clothing you own and match your lifestyle. If you work with dogs, for example, light color such as this might not be the best idea! 

 Darker indigos and blues are easy to dress up to a more formal look and are easier to adapt to a working environment. If classic blue is not your thing, don’t be afraid to depart into one of the many unconventional jeans colors available on the market today. You might even discover that something you have always considered outrageous, like leopard print jeans, turns out to look great on you.

Although many people are intimidated by them, white jeans can go a long way in balancing out your figure, when paired with the right top half accessorizing. 

Something for every size

 For those who fall into the plus-size category, a good pair of jeans for women can go a long way in balancing hips and making your legs look longer. When it comes to jeans for women, bootleg, flare, and straight leg cuts are excellent for flattering the plus size figure. The secret of a flattering cut is to create long lines that lengthen the proportions of the body.

 Although many plus-size wearers shy away from form-fitting cuts, these are excellent for balancing the proportions of hips and thighs, creating an overall slimming effect. Add dark denim to the mix and you will enhance the look. 

What’s your shape?

 Rectangular body types tend to have hips and shoulders of similar width, with no real defined waist and a flat bottom. The benefit of this is that you can choose how much you would like to lift, emphasize, or underplay the shape of your backside through the jeans you choose.

 Rectangles are considered an easy body type to dress, as you have the choice of whether or not to create and emphasize, or downplay the presence of curves. The universal rule with jeans is to ensure that there is no extra room around the crotch. ​Rather buy jeans a size too small than too big, and let them stretch around your natural shape. Ideally, jeans should be form-fitting when you buy them and relax their fit as you wear them. Look for high-quality denim with lots of stretch in the fabric, that allows the fabric some give it when you wear it. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

At Home Screening Tests With Imaware ~ No Doctor Approval Needed

 I am an affiliate with imaware

Skip the doctor and screen for food allergies, diseases, and more

 I remember over two years ago when I started experiencing severe asthma attacks but did not yet realize that I had asthma. It all started in the summer of 2017 when my seasonal allergies got worse and I was feeling out of breath when I was exercising. My seasonal allergies were causing me to cough a lot. I thought that maybe more of the weeds that I was allergic to were growing. I also thought that getting older was the reason that I was out of breath when exercising. When fall came, the time that my outdoor allergies would normally get better, and the bad cough did not go away that I started to think ~ could this be asthma?  I started to think that I was experiencing an asthmatic cough. 

My asthma got worse

 The next year my health took a turn for the worse. I starting experiencing a real bad cough, one that made it hard to breathe. It was January so I thought that I had a bad cold. When the cough did not go away and I had to sleep sitting up, I knew something was not right with my body. This cough would leave me gasping for air and I began to question even more that I had asthma. I knew that I needed to make a doctor's appointment but at the same time, I knew that getting an appointment with a doctor could take a while. So I tried to ignore this bad asthmatic cough and started Googling things. Online searching led me to that dairy products could trigger asthma symptoms. I already was sensitive to milk and could not eat ice cream or drink milk without feeling sick to my stomach. 

 What I did not realize at that time that my use of whey-based protein powder and nightly snack of cheese and crackers was causing me to have severe asthma attacks. I, not willingly, eliminated all dairy from my diet. In a couple weeks, my cough went away. I still did not believe that I had a dairy allergy so I decided to get a food allergy blood test to determine if I was allergic to milk products. The blood test result confirmed that I was allergic to all dairy products and the cause of my severe breathing problems.  

Food allergy testing from the comfort of your home

 Back in 2018, I went to a lab to get my food allergy testing done. If it was the year 2020, I probably would have not felt safe going to a medical lab, let alone a doctor's office. Not because of the COVID virus but because of all the disinfectant products that are being used, as the chemicals trigger an asthma attack. I took my son to the dentist the other day and my asthma flared up from sitting inside the exam room for 10 minutes.   

 So I am glad that I discover a place that allows you to perform health screens from the comfort of your own home. Imaware™  sends everything that you need to safely complete a health test at home with no need to see a doctor. This at-home health testing company has tests available from allergy testing to celiac testing. They even have COVID-19 testing.    

 As you probably know, COVID-19 has forced many people to re-look at their own health and put their own metaphorical oxygen mask on first. At imaware™ they make it easy for someone to order a test and complete a test - all at home - with just a few drops of blood. Imaware is an at-home health testing company that empowers patients to put health back into their own hands.

So much more than food allergy testing

This at-home health testing company came into the market many years ago and were known for their at-home celiac disease screening test, they have since grown so much and now offer health screening tests for the following health conditions:

~ Overall baseline health tests: Women’s Health & Wellness, Men’s Health & Wellness

~ Autoimmune diseases like celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis

~ IgE allergies (unlike the food sensitivity screenings you see that are not recommended by allergists)

~ Prostate cancer (PSA) screening

~ Baseline Heart Health and pre-diabetes testing

~ Specialized cardiovascular screening and more!

Available online at imaware, imaware™ is a convenient and reliable at-home blood testing solution. Easy-to-use collection kits and accurate online results empower you to take control of your health.

 Will I need to see a doctor?

 With imaware, there is no need for a doctor's approval. You don't see to see a doctor or have a doctor write a prescription for the health test. So there is no need to call your doctor or schedule a doctor's appointment. So you can do your health screening at home and get the results that you need without ever seeing a doctor.

What about medical insurance?  

 If you don't have medical insurance, no worries as imaware is affordable and does not use medical insurance. You order the tests you want and pay for them with a credit card, all safely online.

What will the tests tell me?

~ The easy to read and actionable lab reports will help you understand:

~ Whether you may have the condition

~ How likely you are to have the condition

~ How to engage your healthcare professional

~ How to track your health and progress over time

Get more information about imaware home screening test HERE

Is the testing accurate?

 All of the laboratories that imaware uses are based in the US and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988) and CAP College of American Pathologists) certified. This standard ensures that lab sample processing is reviewed and audited to the highest standards.

How Does The Test Work?

 The health screening tests are easy to perform and you can do everything at home. It takes four simple tests to get the health results that you need.

1. Draw 5 drops of blood

2. Collect in the collection device

3. Secure and return the sample

4. Check your results online

My results with imaware at-home health screening

 Since I already knew that I was allergic to dairy and milk products, I had no need for additional food allergy testing. My last food blood allergy testing also confirmed that I was allergic to soy and mushrooms. So I decided to order a  Women's Health & Wellness Test to check how my overall health was. I liked that this blood test checked my vitamin D levels and cholesterol, along with many other important health conditions. I wanted to know how my health was so I could be aware of any health problems that may require me to visit a doctor.

 It was kind of easy to perform the health test and I only had to fast for 8 hours. Poking my finger with the lancet was the easy part. I had a hard time squeezing the blood out of my finger, so I am glad that the kit came with 2 lancets. After I got the blood on the device,  I sent the test packet back through UPS in a prepaid envelope. Then in 7 days, I got the results. I really liked how detailed the heath test results were. I was happy to see my test results in the comfort of my home. I discovered that my vitamin D was a healthy range, must be my daily sunshine, and the supplement that I am taking. My cholesterol was also fine as well as the other items that the test checked in my blood. These blood results encouraged me to keep up my healthy habits.

Did you know most illnesses can be prevented through proactive screening?  

But every year, millions of Americans avoid traditional lab testing because it can be costly and inconvenient. Our mission is to help everyone gain access to easy and affordable at-home tests, so together we can prevent life-altering conditions and disease.

Get more information about imaware home screening test HERE

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